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     Stamper Oil 

Harry Stamper

Portrayed By: Bruce Willis

  • Celibate Hero: Has no Love Interest, his daughter being the only woman in his life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stays behind to detonate the nuke after the remote detonator is destroyed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being at odds with AJ and his crewmates, he is a good person overall to the point that he's willing to let AJ marry Grace.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds these when saying goodbye to Grace.
  • Mutual Kill: With the asteroid.
  • Papa Wolf: Harry understandably shoots at AJ when he discovers that not only did the latter only wrecked the drilling equipment, but he was sleeping in bed with Grace in AJ's bed.

AJ Frost

Portrayed By: Ben Affleck

  • Break the Haughty: Was rather full of himself and prone to making rash decisions without Harry's knowledge. But when the going gets tough, he always comes through. This is especially true after he watches his friends die when they crash on the asteroid.
  • The Cavalry: After the first Armadillo is sent into space by an explosion, all hope seems lost on Earth. Then he, Bear, and Andropov show up in the other one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Is willing to pull one when he draws the short straw, but Harry takes his place at the last moment.
  • The Lancer: To Harry.
  • Like a Son to Me: Harry tells AJ so at the end, just before the former's Heroic Sacrifice.

Grace Stamper

Portrayed By: Liv Tyler
  • Raised by Dudes: Subverted. Grace is a perfectly well-adjusted and surprisingly feminine young woman, in spite of being raised collectively by the Stamper Oil drillers.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: We don't see the tomboy part of Grace's life but she describes it when arguing with Harry.
    "I was playing with titanium depth gauges when I should've been playing with dolls!"

Chick (Charles Chapel)

Portrayed By: Will Patton

  • Disappeared Dad: An unwilling example; he has not been allowed to see his only son due to the severity of his gambling addiction.
  • Functional Addict: Chick has a gambling addiction so bad that his wife not only divorced him but also went to court to have his rights as a parent annulled. He is, however, the real deal when it comes to being an oil drilling roughneck.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: With Harry.
  • Number Two: Is this for Harry and later for the entire mission.
  • Retired Badass: It's mentioned that he served in the Air Force for six years before his days as a driller.

Rockhound

Portrayed By: Steve Buscemi

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: On Earth; he gets even crazier on the asteroid.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's Steve Buscemi. What did you expect?
  • Death Seeker: He expected to not survive the mission, which is why he hit up a loan shark so he could make it rain on their last night on Earth. As a consequence, when it comes time to decide who should stay behind to detonate the nuke, he volunteers to do it.
    "I say we all stay and die, but that's me."
  • Insufferable Genius: Extremely smart, and makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Got a double-doctorate from MIT and taught at Princeton for over two years.
  • Ladykiller in Love: A serial womanizer so much that they nicknamed him for horny womanizing, Rockhound declares he wants babies with Molly Mounds once they land safely. He's later seen with the former stripper at the wedding of Grace and AJ.
  • Sanity Slippage: Comes down with "space dementia" in the last half hour or so of the film.
  • The Smart Guy: To an obnoxious degree.
  • The Triple: Why did Rockhound choose to be a driller? Because the money's good, the scenery changes, and they let him use explosives.

Bear (J. Otis Curlene Bear)

Portrayed By: Michael Clarke Duncan

Max Lennert

Portrayed By: Ken Campbell

  • The Big Guy: He is the only one on the crew who rivals Bear in size.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: While manning the Armadillo, an explosion launches it into space. Poor guy.
  • Famous Last Words: He yells "I'm bailing!" before he gets launched into space.
  • Momma's Boy: He is shown during the roundup montage getting a "lovin' mother" tattoo, which his mama is touched by.

Oscar Choi

Portrayed By: Owen Wilson

  • Ascended Fanboy: He is immediately completely enthusiastic about going to space to save the earth, like it's a dream come true for him.
    "This is deep blue hero stuff!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Grace describes him in so many words as "spacey" during the montage to find and bring all the roughnecks to NASA.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A deleted scene has him commenting on the state of Lev's home country and assuring him that nationalities mean nothing in outer space, and that they're all united as astronauts. As you can imagine, Lev isn't all that flattered, and even Rockhound is giving him looks for this bizarre praise.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Appears to be the most excited of Harry's crew to go to space, thinking it will be fun. He doesn't even survive the landing.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He dies in the Independence crash, as he wasn't able to get his helmet on in time.

Freddie Noonan

Portrayed By: Clark Heathcliffe Brolly

  • Storyboard Body: Grace, in an argument with Harry, tells him she learned the birds and the bees from Freddie Noonan's tattoos.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The least distinguished member of Harry's crew; he's not even featured in the montage of the crew being rounded up. He dies in the Independence crash.
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     NASA 

Dan Truman

Portrayed By: Billy Bob Thornton

  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: About 2/3 of the way through the movie, we learn that Truman wanted to be an astronaut, but his disability prevented him from being able. Harry, who made good friends with him, makes sure Truman gets his mission patch.
    "I still remember the first, middle and last names of every man in my class."
  • Parental Substitute: Takes over as the father figure for Grace, being protective of her once Harry's left the planet.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's incredibly accomodating to Stamper and his crew, knowing that they are the planet's best shot.

Ronald Quincy

Portrayed By: Jason Isaacs

  • Jerkass Has a Point: He shares the Insufferable Genius trait with Rockhound, but usually only when he really needs to really get the attention.
    "Do you really want to trust this decision with someone who got Cs in astrophysics?"
  • The Smart Guy: For NASA and apparently according to Truman the smartest person in the world.

Col. Willie Sharp

Portrayed By: William Fichtner

  • Colonel Badass: The first man to wield a gun in space. Also familiar with nuclear devices and helps Gruber disable it when it is remote activated by the military.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He clashes with Harry a lot, but he does eventually come to respect him. Proven when he gets back to earth and meets Grace:
    "Permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met."
  • Skeptic No Longer: He is extremely vocal in his lack of faith in Harry's team; it takes some serious pep talk on Harry's part to convince the man that he will see the mission through to the end no matter what the cost. In the end, he is grateful that Harry's proven him wrong.

Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts

Portrayed By: Jessica Steen

  • The Generic Girl: Of the survivors, she has the least characterization. Her only memorable scene is telling Bear and Oscar off when they speak out of turn while she explains the thrusters.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the mission.

Lt. Gruber

Portrayed By: Grayson McCouch

Col. Davis

Portrayed By: Marshall R. Teague

Co-Pilot Tucker

Portrayed By: Anthony Guidera

  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed during the landing on the asteroid.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees the windshield cracking under repeated debris strikes, he knows their time has run out.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: He and Davis are violently sucked out of the Independence's cockpit into space when the windows are shattered by asteroid debris.

Lt. Halsey

Portrayed By: Greg Collins

     Others 

Lev Andropov

Portrayed By: Peter Stormare

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kooky as all hell, but he's still an incredibly competent cosmonaut, saving the lives of the crew on no less than three occasions.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Hoo boy...
    Truman: He's been on the Russian Space Station for 18 months...alone. So don't be surprised if he's a little...off.
  • Colonel Badass: He climbs out of the Armadillo to repair it and prevent it from flying into space.
  • Funny Foreigner: The only Russian on the team, and a deeply eccentric man never short of snark or a witty comment.
  • Leave No Man Behind: He refuses to evacuate the Russian space station until he's retrieved AJ, by which time both men are trapped by the raging inferno. Against all odds, he get himself and AJ out with seconds to spare.
  • Lzherusskie: Stormare is Swedish.
  • Made of Iron: He survives the destruction of the space station, of the shuttle, and a rock storm while repairing the Armadillo, the last of which was floating through zero gravity at the time.

General Kimsey

Portrayed By: Keith David

  • General Ripper: His first instinct at learning about the asteroid is to fire every nuke they have and rip the asteroid apart. Subverted later, when he tries to convince the President not to prematurely detonate.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Tries to talk the President out of having the nuke detonated early, well aware of the consequences.

"Molly Mounds"

  • Ms. Fanservice: Rockhound is MOST pleased to see her when he returns to Earth, and who could blame him?

The Asteroid aka "Dottie" aka "That Cast-Iron Bitch"

  • Code Name: Given a NASA-only codename because the person who discovers it gets to name it. Once the world discovers its existence, they just refer to it as "the Asteroid." Freedom and Independence crews have a number of colorful names for it.
    Karl the amateur astronomer: I'd like to name it after my wife, Dottie. [Dottie looks touched] Because it's a vicious, life-suckin' bitch from which there is no escape. [Dottie stops looking touched and flips him off]
    Dan Truman: [awkwardly] That's...that's sweet, Karl.
  • Colony Drop: This thing is somewhere between a quarter and a third the size of the moon.
  • Death from Above: The dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid six miles wide. This asteroid is the size of Texas (900 miles, give or take). Do the math.
  • Eldritch Abomination: No one suggests that the Asteroid is literally one of these, but it is very much treated and referred to as an enemy or monster instead of a natural disaster - complete with a subtle "monster roaring" sound effect each time it appears onscreen. The fact that a giant rock has received an entry on the character page proves how effective this was.
    Harry: I don't think this thing likes us.
    Chick: That's cause it knows we're here to kill it.
  • Half The Asteroid It Used To Be: Gets blown in half by Harry and the halves fly past Earth (barely).
  • Mutual Kill: With Harry.
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