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    Milo James Thatch
"But hey, you know, that's what this is all about, right? I mean, discovery, teamwork, adventure!"

"—Now what’s really amazing is that if you deconstruct Latin, overlaid it with a little Sumerian, throw in a dash of Thessalonian, you’d be getting close to their grammatical structure. Or at least in the same ballpark. Which is almost exactly like certain obscure offshoots of Chocktaw! Well, obviously using Greek pronunciation, but you get the point, proving once and for all, that Atlantean trade routes accessed the new world centuries before the Bronze Age! Take that, Mr. Harcourt!"

A linguist and cartographer at the Smithsonian who was recruited to decipher The Shepherd's Journal while directing an expedition to Atlantis.

  • Adorkable: He's a proficient linguist and an idealistic adventurer who also trips over his words around attractive women.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • The directors of the museum thought he was a nutcase, like his grandfather.
    • He's was the outsider and the butt of a lot of jokes when he joins Rourke's team, though they do grow closer to him over time, to the point where he can win them over from Rourke when he tries to steal the crystal.
  • Badass Bookworm: Milo becomes this during the last action sequence by telling everyone how to use the Atlantean vehicles and then leading the charge.
  • Brainy Brunette: Milo has brown hair and let's look at the info below:
    • Educated at Oxford University (1896-1903), Thatch holds a double doctorate in the fields of Linguistic Theory (Grammatical Structure, Syntax, Babel Theory, Evolution, Written Languages, and Lost Alphabets) and Dead Languages (Cryptology and Hieroglyphics, with thesis work done on American Indian tribes of the California Coast, Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and South Asian/Sub-Continent Strains).
    • He had minor degrees in Chemistry, Literature (French, Old English, and Chinese), Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology. In addition to his formal training as a linguist and translator, Milo was tutored by the legendary Thaddeus Thatch, his grandfather, in the fields of Cartography, Drafting, Navigation, Astronomy, Archeology, and Antique Restoration Techniques.
    • Employed in Washington, D.C. as a Museum Linguist/Translator and Cartographic Restoration Expert, 1903-1904. Participated in Academic Exchange Program 1909-10, spent 11 months working in Paris at the Bibliotech National, and the Prado Museum in Madrid.
    • Also, see the Hidden Depths section.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is the butt of every prank by the rest of the crew and gets no respect for most of the trip.
  • Chastity Couple: With Kida. They're clearly in love, but all they do on-screen is holding hands and hugging.
  • Cunning Linguist: An "expert at gibberish".
  • Determinator: He's been trying for years to put together the resources for an mission to find Atlantis and validate his grandfather's theories despite everyone in Academia treating him like a kook and sabotaging him. In his own words, "I will find Atlantis on my own, if I have to rent a rowboat."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Every time he's around Kida. Just look at his reaction when he first lays eyes on her. He forgets his own pain!
  • Ditzy Genius: Intellectually, he is quite capable and accomplished, being a Cunning Linguist amongst other things, but he lacks more common skills, such being able to drive, and he also is quite The Klutz (and he disturbingly often crosses into Lethal Klutz territory to boot) triggering both small and large disasters either by fiddling with stuff he doesn't fully understand or simply by bumbling around.
  • Geek Physique: Kida assumes he is a scholar because with his "diminished physique and large forehead you are suited for nothing else".
  • Going Native: At the end of the film, he decides to stay with the Atlanteans. He goes as far as to even marry Kida.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Kashekim dies and all seems lost.
    Sweet: I followed you in and I'll follow you out. It's your decision.
    Milo: Oh, my decision? Well, I think we've seen how effective my decisions have been. Let's recap. I lead a band of plundering vandals to the greatest archeological find in recorded history, thus enabling the kidnap and/or murder of the royal family. Not to mention personally delivering the most powerful force known to man into the hands of a mercenary nutcase who's probably going to sell it to the Kaiser! Have I left anything out!?
  • Hidden Depths: He's an eager but put-upon linguist and cartographer... who also knows an awful lot about plumbing and boilers, right down to how to treat certain brands and models.
  • I Choose to Stay: He's the only one who stays behind in Atlantis, to help the Atlanteans rediscover their lost culture and stay with Kida.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Milo has a white Persian named "Fluffy." At the end of the movie, it's implied that she now belongs to Audrey.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Kida.
  • Megane: In the adorkable sense. He wears glasses and is quite cute.
  • Mighty Whitey: He has none of the characteristics that are usually associated with the trope, but he fulfills it anyway; since the Atlanteans can't read their own language or use their technology, and he can. An unusual variation in that he actually saves the native peoples' culture, while most examples of this end up doing the opposite; there's also the fact that he does this by enabling the discovery and retrieval of technology and knowledge that the Atlanteans had themselves already created, and then been deliberately prevented from accessing after the cataclysm that destroyed their continent.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Not as explicitly as, for example, Kida, and his under-dressed moments are often played for laughs, but he does spend a lot of time in a thin tank top and cool pants showcasing his Geek Physique and, at one point, goes swimming with Kida in his underwear, to the delight of many fans.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He was only brought on the team because they needed a linguist.
  • The Navigator: Due to being the only one who can translate the Shepherd's Journal, though he does occasionally get it wrong.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears big, round glasses that emphasize his nerdiness and general intelligence.
  • Nice Guy: That and his dorky, quirky nature are the main reason why he has such a huge, out-of-universe female fanbase.
  • Official Couple: With Kida. They fall in love during the movie and at the end, Milo stays in Atlantis so he can stay with Kida.
  • Omniglot: Not nearly as much as the Atlanteans, but in addition to his native English, he is also comfortable conversing in Latin and French and can understand and read Atlantean.
  • The Only Believer: At least initially, he's the only member of the team interested at all in scientific advancement, or thinks that the mission is about that. Everyone else is in it for the money.
  • Opposites Attract: With Kida. He's an Adorkable nerd, she's a Tomboy Princess.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his parents died, his grandfather raised him.
  • Science Hero: Most of his heroics are from his academic knowledge: languages, boilers, ancient technology, etc.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He does not give a damn about all the money that can be made off Atlantis if it means killing the people living there.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears circular glasses and is a major Brainy Brunette.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Warrior Princess Kida. He's the first person to accurately pinpoint the sunken city in centuries, while she's defended the borders of Atlantis for thousands of years.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the beginning of the movie, he's a shy bookworm who has never so much as raised his voice at anyone, barely able to keep up with the rest of the excavation crew. By the end, he's single-handedly defeated Rourke, helped save Atlantis, and led a small army of troops out to stop the excavators from destroying the city, even knowing he could have died trying.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Milo kept his grandfather's explorers hat.

    Princess / Queen Kidagakash 'Kida' Nedakh
"We were once a great people, now we live in ruins. The Kings of our past would weep if they could see how far we have fallen."

"Solesh mat-o-not, Maylo Thatsh-top. Kwam tered-se-nen." {All will be well, Milo Thatch. Be not afraid.}
Voiced by: Cree Summer

The Princess of Atlantis.

  • Ambiguously Brown: And since Atlantis is cut off from natural sunlight it's probably not a tan.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Until the end of the film, when she is made queen and wears a robe.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as she is, Kida isn't afraid to kill if someone threatens her loved ones or home.
  • Brutal Honesty: Is not afraid to say what's on her mind even when it contrasts with her father's beliefs. Also, this gem with Milo.
    Kida: [to Milo] You are a scholar, are you not? Judging by your diminished physique and large forehead you are suited for nothing else!
  • Chastity Couple: With Milo. While they are clearly the movie's Official Couple, all they do on-screen is holding hands and hugging.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Her dad is the king.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't hesitate to knee men in the groin.
  • Cool Crown: Her tiara at the end of the film.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Apparently, it's standard for Atlanteans.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The crystal, which preserves the life of Atlantis, will merge with a royal host if it senses danger. Since Rourke is threatening it, it merges with Kida, putting her into a vegetative state that will kill her if she is in it too long, as it did to her mother when Atlantis first sank.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She's barefoot for the whole movie.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: When joined with the Heart, Kida has the power to both levitate and telekinetically activate the engravings of the Kings and project bolts of energy into the Stone Sentinels that guard the perimeter of the city. She channels an ungodly amount of power that is enough to both halt and freeze an erupting pyroclastic flow and lava torrent from a powerful volcano within seconds and then break apart the resulting mantle. It's also quite safe to say that you don't want to lay a hand on her while she's in this form.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Her dynamic with Milo, obviously. There are several other more traditionally attractive men in her kingdom but she wants Nice Guy Badass Bookworm Milo.
  • Groin Attack: Twice on the same poor schlub, within the span of ten seconds.
  • Healing Hands: Another power of the personal crystal necklaces, though Kida shows that its power may be virtually untapped if it can heal all physical ills save eventual old age and death. This ties back to the "advanced medicine" Milo claims the Atlanteans once (and still do) possess.
  • I'll Kill You!: To Rourke, after he mortally wounds her father. She succeeds in carrying this out by proxy, providing Milo with the means.
    "Moh-it gwenog-lo-nik!" {I will kill you for that!}
  • In-Series Nickname: She goes by the sobriquet of "Kida" because even Milo can't pronounce her full name.
  • Le Parkour: Is quite skilled in the art, climbing and vaulting around buildings and mountains alike.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She becomes fused with the crystal and Rourke tries to take her to the surface, which leads to the battle of the climax to bring her back to Atlantis.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Milo, who has only lived a very small part of her lifetime.
  • Meaningful Name: Just because a name sounds bizarre doesn't mean it's made-up. Kidagakash is from Kiowa, a real Native American tribe inhabiting the Great Plains in the area of Oklahoma. It means "rising away darkness", and Cree Summer happens to be a real Native American.
  • Megaton Punch: To Mole after he whispers a rather lascivious proposition to her in French. Mole weighs over 300lbs.
  • Missing Mom: Kida's mother was exposed to the crystal's power for too long and died as a result. She is briefly seen in the intro.
  • Mystical White Hair: White hair seems to be a racial trait of all Atlanteans, suggestive of their longevity (but not their age—the children have white hair, too).
  • Nice Girl: She is kind hearted, and has a general respect for all creatures.
  • Nubile Savage: Even though she's thousands of years old.
  • Official Couple: With Milo. At the end of the movie, he stays in Atlantis to be with her and they become the new rulers of the kingdom.
  • Older Than They Look: Like all Atlanteans, she ages at a fraction of the rate of a normal human, having been present for the sinking of Atlantis over 8000 years ago.
  • Omniglot: Because according to Milo, all modern languages in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres descend from Atlantean, so she can speak English perfectly, as well as Greek, Latin, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, Norse, and of course; Atlantean.
  • Opposites Attract: With Milo. She's a Tomboy Princess, he's an Adorkable nerd.
  • Power Glows: When she merges, she's drawn entirely with white lines and luminous blue-white surfaces for a very eerie "supercharged" effect.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: She's shown to be this before and after she meets Milo. Her father even admits that 1000 years prior to the story, Kida would have slain any trespasser in Atlantean territory on sight and without remorse, having only not done so to Milo and his crew because she was desperate for a way to save her dwindling civilization.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's anywhere from 8,500 to 8,800 years old, considering that she was a child at the time of the great flood.
    Milo: Oh, well. Hey. Looking good!
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A princess who actively goes out of her way to help Milo and the search team with their research. Not to mention her status as a Living Macguffin, though Milo wasn't aware of this when they met.
  • She's Got Legs: She wears high-cut bikini panties for the swimming scene.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kida falls in love with the intelligent, endearing, kind-hearted Milo Thatch.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": Since her full name is hard to pronounce, she likes to be called simply "Kida".
  • Spock Speak: Her English speech is very sophisticated and lacks contractions.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kida looks exactly like her deceased mother.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With the linguist/explorer Milo. She's defended the borders of Atlantis for thousands of years, while he's the first person to accurately pinpoint the sunken city in centuries.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: She can't breathe underwater, but is still an amazing diver. Justified considering she's been practicing in a half-sunken city for a long time.
  • Tomboy Princess: Doesn't wear the traditional princess dress and most of her skills are those of an outdoorsman.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Off-screen, but she was much less welcoming in the past due to her role as a protector of Atlantis from those who who would try to exploit it. The fact that Atlantis is slowly decaying and dying is what gets Kida to let Milo and his group in.
    King Kashekim: Your heart has softened, Kida. A thousand years ago, you would have slain them on sight.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In a very brief moment near the beginning of the film, Kida's bracelet is pulled off by her mother as she's called into the Heart of Atlantis. When Kida herself returns from the crystal's possession near the end, she has the bracelet with her.
  • The Unpronounceable: Milo can't get his tongue around her full name, and he's a linguist.
  • Voice of the Legion: When under the possession of the Mother Crystal.
  • Walk on Water: The first sign that the Atlantean crystal is investing her with powers.
  • Warrior Princess: It is implied that she has been patrolling Atlantean boarders with a team of fellow warriors and killed anyone that came too close, and that this is one of her duties as Atlantis's princess.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kida has natural white hair, like the other Atlanteans.

    Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke
"But we are peaceful explorers, men of science."

"I love it when I win."
Voiced by: James Garner, Earl Boen (video game)

The leader of the band of mercenaries, for the Atlantean expedition.

  • Asshole Victim: Absolutely none of the crew (or audience) feel bad when he winds up a pile of molten rock.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed until the climax, where he goes into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • An Axe to Grind: He grabs a nearby fire axe during his fight with Milo.
  • Big Bad: He is the leader of a group of mercenaries that are after the crystal.
  • Blood Knight: He attacks Milo with a fire axe fully intending to chop him to pieces.
    "Getting tired, Mr. Thatch? Aw, that's a darn shame. 'Cause I'm just getting warmed up!"
  • Body Horror: What happens to him after his arm is sliced with a piece of glass charged with crystal energy.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Unlike most Disney villains, turning into a monster does not make him more powerful—as he claws his way after Milo, it's implied that moving causes him pain, and he's instantly shredded to pieces by the chopper blades of his zeppelin.
  • Colonel Badass: Is a high-ranking military man and very good at that.
  • Crazy-Prepared: According to Audrey, Rourke is "never surprised" and "carries a lot of guns." Both of which are understatements.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Somewhat surprisingly, given his imperialistic attitude to the Atlanteans. His crew of mercenaries include a black/Native American man and a young Hispanic girl, and he generally doesn't undervalue them based on race/gender. Of course, once the mission reaches its climax, he has little problem abandoning them with the city once they side with Milo.
  • Evil All Along: Starts off seeming like a tough-but-fair leader, but it turns out that he was after the crystal from the very beginning.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He shows complete confusion and frustration when his crew abandons him for condemning Atlantis to death out of greed, and when they explain that they didn't want anyone hurt in their tomb-robbing, he remarks, "P.T. Barnum was right" (his supposed saying "There's a sucker born every minute.").
    Rourke: Aw, you can't be serious.
    Audrey: This is wrong and you know it!
    Rourke: We're this close to our biggest payday ever and you pick now of all times to grow a conscience?!
    Vinny: We've done a lot of things we're not proud of; robbing graves, eh, plundering tombs, double-parking... BUT, nobody got hurt! Well... maybe somebody got hurt but, nobody we knew.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: When he reveals his true colors, he makes more wisecracks than one might expect from a naval officer. Instead of making him Affably Evil however, it makes him more despicable, for instance when Dr Sweet protests after Rourke fatally punches the King, the villain quips back:
    "I suggest you put a bandage on that bleeding heart of yours; it doesn't suit a mercenary."
  • Evil Is Petty: You can't get any more petty than condemning an entire civilization to death just for triple the amount of money (of whatever the friggin' heck would already be, still most assuredly mind-blowing, the amount of money and prestige that would come from being one of the men who discovered Atlantis). Or bullying Milo and the King.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: After being, painfully, transmogrified into a crystal monstrosity when Milo slashed his forearm with a piece of irradiated glass from Kida's containment tank window, he is literally shattered into tiny bitty pieces by the whirling helicopter blades.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Shows remarkable ability to just roll with things.
    Milo: Okay, there's a giant crystal hovering 150 feet above our heads over a bottomless pit of water. Doesn't anything surprise you?
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed. Rourke's desire for as much money as possible, even when he would have profited from just discovering Atlantis, causes him to take heinous actions that turn his own crew against him, allowing Milo to stop him from taking the Heart of Atlantis and kill him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even when he throws Helga off the platform, he calls out cheerfully, "Nothing personal!" after her!
    • Notably, as they get closer to Atlantis, his demeanour becomes less "military commander" and more like a jovial uncle, always cracking jokes even when he's threatening Milo or the King.
  • Foreshadowing: His true colors were hinted at before The Reveal when Helga commented to him that there being people alive in Atlantis 'changes everything', to which he replies "This changes nothing".note 
  • Gas Mask Mooks: His henchmen wear gas masks despite a lack of gas anywhere.
  • Gem Tissue: Appears to have become this towards the end of the film, since he was shattered.
  • Greed: Of all the Disney Villains that had greed as a motivation, it is egregiously exaggerated. Who in the times of WWI would even be able to afford paying triple the profit that Rourke is desiring?
  • Hate Sink: Once he's revealed to be the villain, Rourke goes out of his way to become as unlikable and despicable as possible, with the flimsiest of excuses, even when it's not wise to do so, and has the most transparent of motives, all while acting like an insufferable jackass who thinks he knows better. His bad sense of humor is tasteless, he is completely unreasonable, and his actions and attitude are so repulsive that most of the cast immediately turn on him. And he didn't hesitate to throw Helga off the blimp in order to lighten its load. Milo also mentions that the most probable buyer for Kida and the crystal, in terms of who has enough money in the world for it, is the Kaiser.
  • Hidden Villain: The fact that he is the film's main antagonist is not immediately obvious.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tossing Helga off the gyro-balloon to lighten the load was what really messes up his plans.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Mercenary? I prefer the term adventure capitalist."
  • Jerkass: One of the biggest assholes ever put into a Disney Film. It's not hard to see why every named character turns on him and betrays him.
  • Karmic Death: Willing to wipe out an innocent civilization just to profit off of their power crystal, while acting like they're just a relic from the past. Gets transformed into a mass of crystal himself and obliterated completely, leaving nothing to bury.
  • The Kingslayer: He fatally injures King Kashekim by punching him in the stomach.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He outweighs Milo by a hundred pounds, easily, and he's faster. It's a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: His eventual fate is to be shredded to crystal dust by a propeller.
  • Meaningful Name: His name can be read as "Lyle T. Rourke", i.e. "loyal to Rourke".
  • Only in It for the Money: To the point where he tries to steal the crystal to get even more money.
  • Painful Transformation: Rourke is clearly screaming in pain when the crystal energy overwhelms him.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation:
    • When Whitmore is showing Milo the crew files, Rourke's is the only one that's partially obscured.
    • Early on, Milo notices that there's a page missing from the Sherpherd's Journal. Later on, it turns out that the missing page describes the properties of the legendary crystal in detail. Rourke's the one who ripped it out.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one in the climax when the Villainous Breakdown comes into play.
  • Smug Snake: Despite never being surprised, and responding to the unexpected situations effectively, to say he was overconfident would be an understatement, and every action he took, underestimating Milo, tossing Helga off the blimp, and just acting like a cruel dick to everyone when his true colors were revealed, really bit him in the ass. Killing off the people of Atlantis just to get slightly richer comes off as exceptionally petty, as just discovering Atlantis would've been rewarding enough.
  • The Sociopath: He seems like a rather grandfatherly if somewhat tough man, who holds a funeral for the men and women who were killed during the Leviathan attack. When he's revealed to be a mercenary however, he demonstrates a Lack of Empathy for the Atlanteans, proudly claiming that he would triple the price for the Crystal knowing that it's their life force, keeps up his jovial facade even after fatally wounding the King and demonstrates how much he really cares about his crew when he leaves the main characters to die with Atlantis and double crosses Helga without hesitation.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Even during his Villainous Breakdown, he's jovial and doesn't raise his voice.
  • Stupid Evil: Being part of the team which discovered friggin' Atlantis would already have made him rich and famous beyond his wildest dreams. Too bad Rourke wants more, even at the expense of quite literally everyone else, from his own team right down to the Atlantians themselves.
  • Talk to the Fist: Milo tries convincing him to back down from his plan to rob the Atlantians. Rourke ultimately replies by punching him in the face.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: What's especially unsettling about Rourke is that there's almost nothing particularly outlandish or odd about him, especially compared to his subordinates. Were it not for his heinous worldview and well-hidden greed, he might be someone you'd trust with your life.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Milo proceeds to ruin his attempt to air-lift Kida to the surface, Rourke starts trying to cut him to ribbons with a fire axe.
    "I consider myself an even-tempered man; it takes a heck of a lot to get under my skin. But congratulations—you just won the solid gold Kewpie doll!"
  • Villain Has a Point: The rest of the expedition sans Milo were perfectly okay with robbing the Atlanteans of their treasure at gunpoint up until the point Rourke actually started killing people. But they never once thought that might end in violence?
  • Walking Spoiler: He's built up as the team's more grounded leader in both the marketing and the first half or so of the film. It's only in the last 20 minutes that it comes to light how utterly amoral he is, at which point he becomes the main antagonist.
  • Would Harm a Senior: After his true nature is revealed, he cements it even more by giving the thousands-of-years-old King Kashekim a fatal punch to the gut.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: A justified use, since the movie takes place at the pinnacle of the zeppelin period. The general design is actually taken from high-altitude meteorological balloons of the period.

    Lieutenant Helga Katrina Sinclair
"You promised me a percentage!"

"Well, I came down the chimney. Ho, ho, ho."
Voiced by: Claudia Christian

Rourke's German second-in-command.

  • Contralto of Danger: Has the lowest voice of all the female characters and is the evilest of them all, too.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's eviler than the other named female characters and faster with the kicking.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. It wasn't the fall that killed her (although it quite possibly broke her back and/or caused quite a bit of internal bleeding), but having a flaming gantry crash down on top of you would certainly do the trick. And if THAT didn't do it, the ground erupted into a lava flow that inundated the cave.
  • The Dog Bites Back: It's Helga's igniting the hydrogen after Rourke betrays her that really foils the Evil Plan.
  • The Dragon: She's fully on board with Rourke's plan of destroying Atlantis if it means getting a profit. That is, until he stabs her in the back by both trying to kill her and taking away her cut, prompting a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
  • Femme Fatale: Don't let her hotness fool you, she is a ruthless mercenary.
  • Flare Gun: Has one tucked away and uses it on Rourke's escape balloon in the climax. Also counts as a Chekhov's Gun. We see the gun early on when she shoots it to see how deep they're dropped into the volcano, then it plays an important role in the climax.
  • Hartman Hips: Helga is a strong and athletic woman who is very well-endowed in the glutes department.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Helga shows some remorse when she discovers that they will be stealing from living people and not a long-dead civilization, but she is betrayed and mortally wounded by Rourke before she (possibly) switches sides.
  • Kick Chick: She favors kicking in final fight with Rourke. Unfortunately for her, Rourke demonstrates the weakness of this fighting style, grabbing her foot and using it to toss her off the balloon.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Well flare actually, but it still fits since she fires it just before she died.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Helga's animation is considerably much more fluid than the rest of the cast. This may be due to her supervising animator being from France.
  • Nothing Personal: "Nothing - Personal." Her Famous Last Words, doubling as an Ironic Echo.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's almost always scowling.
  • Right-Hand Cat: The standard white Persian, and it makes her look sinister at first, although it's actually Milo's.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Saves her last moments by firing a flare to prevent Rourke from escaping.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Primarily seen in tanktops, and rarely seen doing anything feminine. She's a mercenary who has no problems with killing people, such as when she shoots Rourke's escape balloon down with a flare.
  • Taking You with Me: Obviously badly injured, she fires a flare into the balloon that her murderer is using to escape.
  • Thrown from the Zeppelin: She is literally thrown off one in the climax so Rourke can lighten the load of his get-away vehicle.
  • Waif-Fu: Tries to use this gymnastic, kick-heavy style on Rourke. She gets thrown off again despite her efforts.

    Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini
"It was like a sign from God. I found myself that boom."

"With something like that, I would have, white wine, I think." - Vinny, on the Leviathan
Voiced by: Don Novello

An Italian demolitions expert.

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "We done a lot of things we're not proud of. Robbing graves, plundering tombs, double parking..."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everything he says are with a deadpan expression and tone.
    Vinnie: "Hey, look. I made a bridge. Think that only took me, like, two seconds." note 
  • Demolitions Expert: To say that he's obsessed with explosives is an understatement.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A self-admitted example in that he doesn't care if he hurts people unknowingly but won't stand for it when it's rubbed in his face.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Along with the rest of the group when Milo calls them out.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Has some of the most violent lines in the movie. They're also some of the funniest.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name comes from the island of Santorini in the Greek islands, home to a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago that is thought to be part of the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis.
  • Moral Myopia: invokedPlayed for laughs. When he pulls a Heel–Face Turn, he says that in spite of all the things they've done, nobody ever got hurt. At least, nobody they knew.
  • Noodle Incident: Whitmore offhandedly claims to have freed him from a Turkish prison.
  • Only in It for the Money: Averted by the end. But he's rewarded handsomely anyway!
  • The Stoic: Most of the time, he has a very bored expression on his face. He only really smiles twice in the movie: after blowing up the pillar to make a bridge, and when he discovers the explosive capabilities of the Atlantean Aktirak's Wave Motion Guns.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Vinny loves explosions, but not enough to be a Bomb Throwing Anarchist.
  • Troll:
    Vinny: You didn't just drink that, did you?
    Milo: (Nods happily)
    Vinny: That's not good, that's nitroglycerin! Don't move, don't breathe, don't do anything. Except, uh...pray, maybe.

    Audrey Rocio Ramirez
"Two for flinching."

Whitmore: "Don't let her age fool you. She's forgotten more about engines than you and I will ever know."
Voiced by: Jacqueline Obradors

A teenage female Puerto Rican mechanic and the youngest member of the expedition.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: As stated above, Audrey is the youngest member.
  • Brainy Brunette: Of the engineering variety.
  • The Bully: Claims that she used to take lunch money from guys like Milo. Perhaps it's true?
  • Chew Bubblegum: Though she doesn't utter the immortal line. The very act of her blowing and bursting the bubble during Milo's presentation to the rest of the group seems to unnerve him even more than he already is.
  • Child Prodigy: Began working in her father's Automobile Repair Shop as a mechanic's assistant in 1901 at age 5. Showed an early aptitude for mechanical engines; was promoted to full apprentice at age 7. Began work at Henry Ford Automotive 1905 at age 9 as Journeyman Mechanic. Was given first supervisory position at age 11.
  • Daddy's Girl: Strongly implied; she wants to earn enough money from the expedition to open another shop for her father's business.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rather abrasive to Milo at first, but once she warms up, she's quite a softie.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: If the fact that she took in Milo's cat after he stayed in Atlantis is any indication, then yes.
  • Nice Girl: The first to take notice of Milo's admonishments and the first to fully support him after Rourke beats him down.
  • Nice Hat: One that manages, against all odds, to stay on her head for nearly the entire film, until she swaps it for a different hat to go with her formal dress while meeting with Whitmore at the end.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Amusingly, she is never actually seen repairing anything mechanical on-screen (the most technical work she is shown doing is turning a valve and tightening a nut, tasks anyone with with a pair of functioning hands and a wrench can accomplish, and the one time her set of skills is directly needed, Milo ends up doing the job instead) meaning that her status as a great mechanic ends up being somewhat of an Informed Ability.
  • Teen Genius: The youngest member of the team, and an ace mechanic.
  • Tomboy: She reveals in her backstory that her father wanted boys.
  • Wrench Wench: She's the one in charge of repairs and maintenance.
  • Wrong Side All Along: The audience gets to see foreshadowing of Rourke's greed and lack of respect. But the crew, Audrey in particular, seem horrified when Rourke starts kidnapping women, punching old men and being a-okay with condemning hundreds if not thousands of people to death for his own personal profit.
    "This is wrong and you know it!"

    Wilhelmina Bertha Packard
"Wow. I'm Impressed."

"He took his suitcase? Marge, honey. I don't think he's coming back."
Voiced by: Florence Stanley

An elderly, sarcastic, chain-smoking radio operator.

  • Brutal Honesty:
    "We're all gonna die."
  • Been There, Shaped History: She's the "Packard" in "Packard-Bell", according to Word of God.
    • Oh boy: If you want to know all the backstory details 
  • Curious Qualms of Conscience: The last of the group's specialists to take Milo's side. For no other reason than perhaps... Meh.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every other sentence that comes out of her mouth drips with snark. She's particularly sardonic when making announcements over the Ulysses tannoy.
  • Dissonant Serenity: (Gargantuan Leviathan Machine of War fires beam of energy through the Ulysses, crippling it and dousing the boilers with sea water.)
    Audrey: (Trying to hold it together) Get me the bridge!
    Mrs. Packard: (Opens 'Crime' magazine) Sir, it's engineering on four.
  • Ditzy Genius: She seems to be barely fazed by all the craziness happening around her, but despite this supposed senility, she does her job with a calm that can provide stability in trying times.
  • Dude Magnet: She manages to get some very young Atlantean men to fight over her. And has been previously married to eleven husbands.
  • Dull Surprise: She doesn't surprise easily. Heck, it takes colossal statue guardians coming to life to impress her!
  • Everyone Has Standards: The most apathetic and indifferent member of the supporting cast. Although, like the others (except the villains, of course), she draws the line at destroying an entire civilization to get more money.
  • Fan Disservice; Although we mercifully don't get to see if this is the truth. She apparently sleeps in the nude — and she sleep-walks.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Where a lot of the humour around her character stems from. No matter how intense the danger. She spends the finale taking photographs.
  • Kavorka Man: Gender-flipped. Despite being an elderly woman, she still manages to get young Atlantean men to fight over her.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A prehistoric war machine has mortally crippled the sub and in five minutes the boiler is going to kill anybody left aboard!
    Packard (into the radio): I gotta go Margie. No, no, I'll call you.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: When she's doing public announcements aboard the Ulysses.
    Packard (reading from script): 'Dinner tonight will be baked beans. Musical program to follow...' Who wrote this?

    Doctor Joshua Strongbear Sweet
"Here. I'm gonna need you to fill these up."

"I got a sheepskin from Howard U, and a bearskin from old Iron Cloud. Halfway through medical school I was drafted, one day I'm studying gross anatomy in the classroom, the next, I'm sawing up Rough Riders on San Juan Hill."
Voiced by: Phil Morris

A medic of African American and Native American descent.

  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Implied, as he wasn't hesitant at all about trying the alien cuisine of Atlantis. Justified, being a combat medic meant that he had to get the most out of every meal, especially since he was on the front lines and had to keep everyone healthy.
    Sweet: Don't forget to eat the head! That's where all the nutrients are [proceeds to slurp the crustacean's head and all of its innards in one sitting]
  • Chekhov's Gun: His saw, which he draws attention to at the beginning of the film and which he and Audrey later use to try and free the crystallized Kida. Maybe if he'd done the sawing instead, the plan might have worked.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Even this is delivered to Milo as a touching reminder instead of a harsh rebuke.
    Sweet: Of course, it's been my experience, when you hit bottom, the only place left to go is up.
    Milo: (Dismissive) Huh. Who told you that?
    Sweet: A fella by the name of Thaddeus Thatch.
  • Gentle Giant: A refreshing aversion from the Scary Black Man trope, he is a large and broad shouldered black man who is as kind as his name implies (i.e. very).
  • Hypocritical Humor: Claims to hate fish yet tucks into the Atlantean meal (consisting mostly of crustaceans) Kida serves to the group with particular zeal. Then again, he'd been on a lengthy journey with Cookie handling all the food, so he probably got over the fact that it was seafood.
  • Jerkass Ball: Despite being the nicest of the crew, and being the only crew member to be openly nice to Milo upon their first interaction, Sweet joins in the crew making Milo the butt of their jokes and, when Sweet helps members of the crew up a small ledge, one by one, Milo, being last in line, reaches out his hand when it's his turn, but Sweet already turns to leave. Subverted when Sweet is the first to realize the crew been too hard on Milo, and he and Audrey encourage Milo to sit with them and welcome him in the group.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is often just called Sweet.
  • Meaningful Name: He is one of the friendliest and most decent members of the group, and the first to Heel–Face Turn (after Rourke gut punches Kida's father).
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's part-black and part-Native American.
  • Motor Mouth: Particularly brought to attention during his initial checkup on Milo, where he keeps talking despite Milo having a thermometer in his mouth.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: If your doctor's name was "Sweet" wouldn't that put you at ease?
  • Nice Guy: Mentioned by Milo when he's attempting to teach Kida the names of his teammates. Milo has some trouble making a distinction for her between the names "Sweet" and "Cookie" and that cookies are sweet and that Sweet is a nice person.
  • Team Dad: He is the wisest and most compassionate member of the group.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He's African-American and Native American. Truth in Television: The two ethnic groups have a complex and close relationship through American history and Sweet's mixed ancestry would not at all have been considered rare in the 19th and early 20th century.

    Jebediah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth
"Saddle up, partners. Bring jerky and ammo!"

"Sweet mother of Jefferson Davis!"
Voiced by: Jim Varney, Steven Barr (Milo's Return)note 

A Western-style chuckwagon chef.

  • Americans Are Cowboys: Unsurprising, since he was a quartermaster, mule-skinner, rifle-man, scout and fur-trapper in the US Army during the Civil War and the subsequent Sioux Wars.
  • Camp Cook: Unfortunately, he is also a Lethal Chef.
    I got your four food groups: Beans, bacon, whiskey, and lard!
  • Cold Sniper: With a double-barreled musket, of all things. Though considering that he's on the side of the good guys in the climax, he's more of a Friendly Sniper.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When working as a restauranteur in New York, a customer complained about his culinary skills. Cookie was subsequently fired for shooting him in the knee.
  • The Ditz:
    "I seen this in the Dakotas! They can smell fear just by looking at ya. So keep quiet."
  • Informed Ability: Like most of the rest of the cast, Cookie was ostensibly selected for the expedition because of his expertise in a particular skill—in his case cooking. However, everything we see of his food suggests that it is neither appealing (see Lethal Chef below) nor nutritious (he thinks that the four basic food groups are bacon, beans, whiskey and lard). So how he got on this crew is anyone's guess. It's entirely possible that, given everyone else's high levels of skill and presumably equally high recruitment cost, he was the only cook the expedition could afford. Either that, or they were expecting a relatively easy in and out job.
  • Lethal Chef: His cooking, when thrown on the campfire, makes a mushroom cloud at one point. Not surprising, considering the grease content. He's also horrified when presented with an ordinary head of lettuce.
  • Nice Hat: A bowler hat with a red feather.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only known by his nickname "Cookie".

    Gaetan Moliere AKA: 'Mole'
"You have disturbed the dirt!"

Kida: "The little digging animal called Mole... He is your pet?"
Voiced by: Corey Burton

A French geologist who acts like a mole.

  • Animal Motifs: Moles, obviously, due to his Punny Name, obsession with dirt, and even physical resemblance to one. He even carries a plush mole that he presumably sleeps with.
  • Big Eater: One of the few who tucks into Cookie's meals with gusto. He also takes a bite out of the Atlantean crustaceans quite happily.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He quickly enjoys the Atlantean food with no problem whatsoever.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even by the standards of the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits he's a part of, Mole stands out as an utter wackadoo - however, he is brilliant when it comes to Geology, dirt in particular, and has developed or invented 62 independent mining and excavation vehicles, tools, or related equipment.
  • Dirty Old Man: Quickly gets far too familiar with Kida, which leads to him getting punched. And, yes, he is very, physically dirty.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed, in that he's a mild French Jerk with questionable social skills.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everybody in the group is disgusted by him, and it says quite a lot that in a group that includes Cookie, Vinnie and Mrs. Packard that he is considered the biggest freak around.
  • Genius Ditz: He seems to be "out there" on everything other than geology, his specialty.
  • Genius Slob: The Mole, dirt is his job and his hobby. Brilliant geologist. Sleeps in a hole he digs out for himself.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After learning that the Atlanteans speak French, he discreetly asked Kida to spend the night with him, only for her to punch him in the gut in response.
  • Gonk: He is a lot uglier and more disproportionately built than the other characters, along with those rather weird telescope-glasses.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: As the end of the film shows, he really doesn't look all that bad when he's properly cleaned and formally dressed. He's clearly uncomfortable with it, though, and buries himself in a large flowerpot at the first opportunity.
  • Hollywood Autism: It's possible he really has a form of Autism, as speculated by some viewers. This, and that he was somewhat of a feral child can explain his eccentric mannerisms.
  • Jabba Table Manners: While having lunch with the Atlanteans, Sweet shows him how to eat the crustaceans they use as food, by biting off their heads first. Mole does it in a rather messy way and burps loudly, grossing out Sweet.
  • Manchild: Pig Pen tendencies aside, he's meant to be 39 at this point, but is the most immature of the crew, such as when they decide to cut Milo some slack, he just has to put a wet whoopie cushion on his seat.
  • Motor Mouth: When analyzing a dirt sample, he talks very rapidly and very quietly to himself.
  • Nice Hat: His is a leather cap with a variety of minute clockwork tools, telescopic / microscopic binocular lenses and a mini torch lamp.
  • The Pig Pen: To the degree where soap is a Cool and Unusual Punishment.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's "mole".
  • Punny Name: What do you expect, considering that he's an expert on digging and seems the most comfortable when burying himself in dirt?
  • Sherlock Scan: He ascertains all of Milo's profession and home life merely by examining the dirt under one of his fingernails.
    "Aha! There you are. Now tell me your story my little friend... Parchment fiber from the Nile delta circa 500 B.C. Lead pencil, number two. Paint flecks of a type used in government buildings. You have a cat, short-haired Persian, two years old, third in a litter of seven. These are all the microscopic fingerprints of the mapmaker. (Tastes dirt) And - linguist."
  • Team Pet: Kida thinks he is this for the exploration team. Milo says she is "close enough".
  • Token Evil Teammate: While he's still moral enough to pull a Heel–Face Turn with the rest of the group he's still the least moral member of the team, giving a disturbing Slasher Smile with his silent implication that the expedition's weapons are for dealing with any locals.
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: His backstory, according to Dr. Sweet, is this. It's even the page quote!

    King Kashekim Nedakh
"I know what you seek and you will not find it here. Your journey has been in vain."

"What they have to teach us we have already learned."
Voiced by: Leonard Nimoy

The King of Atlantis and Kida's father.

  • The Atoner: His attempts to harness the Crystal's power for war were what led to Atlantis sinking, so he isolates the city from visitors and hides the crystal underground.
  • Badass Boast: Understated, but still awesome in that it foreshadows Rourke's demise by the crystal.
    "Some obstacles cannot be removed by a mere show of force."
  • Blind Seer: Metaphorical, after the great flood robs him of his vision by him staring into the Heart as his wife ascends and he shields Kida from the sight. His eyes are opened to the magnitude of his mistakes.
  • Character Death: Dies of internal bleeding brought on by a punch to the gut from Rourke.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is voiced by Spock after all. He is kind enough to let the crew stay for a night, but is totally right in wanting them gone as soon as possible. However, he understands he can trust Milo
  • Grumpy Old Man: But is also a bit of this too. Though not without good reason.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He is blind, but he gets anyway that 1 the visitors are probably up to the crystal, 2 that they have weapons too.
  • Secret Legacy: Considers himself personally responsible for nearly destroying the Atlantean Empire. Because he weaponized the Heart Crystal to power massive engines of war and conquest and even developed a thermo-nuclear weapon / meson bomb of such might that it caused the tsunami that sank the city.
  • Spock Speak: Like his fellow Atlanteans, his English is very sophisticated and avoids contractions. Bonus points for being voiced by Spock himself.
  • Time Abyss: At least 27,000 years old, considering that for every 300 years that passes, an Atlantean of royal lineage ages just one. So physically, he's anywhere from being in his 90's but considering his age during the Mebel-mok, (30's-40's), he's probably closer to 40,000 years old and one hundred and thirty-ish physically; accounting for his frailty.
  • Victory Through Intimidation: By his sheer presence alone, he manages to get Rourke to back down from attempting to explore the city for the Heart of Atlantis and agree to leave by morning. Unfortunately, it only worked while Rourke was still pretending to be nothing more than a peaceful explorer.

    Preston B. Whitmore
"If I could bring back just one shred of proof, that'd be enough for me."

"Your grandad had a saying. 'Our lives are remembered by the gifts we leave our children.' This journal is his gift to you, Milo. Atlantis is waiting."
Voiced by: John Mahoney

An eccentric millionaire who funds the expedition to Atlantis and an old friend of Milo's grandfather.

  • Collector of the Strange: His house is filled with a variety of artifacts from around the world, ranging from totems to weapons (including the Spear of Destiny according to the sequel). He even has a tank filled with Coelacanth, fish that were thought to be extinct until twenty four years after the events of the movie.
  • Cool Old Guy: By all appearances, he's incredibly chill and likeable.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Puts together all the equipment and convoy needed for the journey. Including a gyro-evac balloon, bi-planes, digger, trucks, sub-pods, submersible carriers and the SS Ulysses itself. He even takes care of all of Milo's prior living details before he even accepts the (admittedly awesome) deal.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Milo meets his extremely rich benefactor by shaking his foot when the guy was doing yoga. Also, according to Helga, he doesn't bite often.
  • Fiction 500: The fact that he was able to build the Ulysses without bankrupting himself would put him well within this range.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: A tremendously successful businessman who is very proud of the fact that he's going to the afterlife with a clear conscience.
  • Lotus Position: While performing some ridiculously flexible yoga exercises. He even shakes Milo's hand with his foot.
  • Nice Guy: If every rich and powerful person in the world were like this guy, the world would be a much better place.
  • The Promise: Wishes to fulfill his life-long friend's desire to discover Atlantis posthumously by supporting Thaddeus's grandson in every way he possibly can.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils: Encourages Milo to follow in his guardian's footsteps and discover the unknown.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He completely trusts Milo and the expedition itself.
  • Secret Test of Character: When he gives Milo the Shepard's Journal, he's at first very dismissive of the possibility of finding Atlantis and points out how Milo won't get any support. When Milo shows his conviction, Mr. Whitmore smirks and presents the full deal.
  • The Skeptic: Has shades of this, but gives Thaddeus and his grandson in turn every resource required to find the proof they need to uncover Atlantis. By the end, he is thrilled to see that they were right all along.
  • The Team Benefactor: There'd be no expedition without him. The Steam Punk tech employed by the team is of his company's creation.
  • Uncle Penny Bags: As rich as Scrooge McDuck and definitely not afraid to use his vast wealth for seemingly insane purposes. Having funded more than one trip to recover lost artifacts, including the Shepherd's Journal itself.
  • Wall of Weapons: Of the antique, collector variety.

    Fenton Q. Harcourt
"You have a lot of potential, Milo. Don't throw it all away chasing fairy tales."
"You want to go on an expedition? Here. Take a trolley to the Potomac and jump in! Maybe the cold water will clear your head."

A board member of the Smithsonian Institution who dismisses Milo's belief in the existence of Atlantis.

  • Agent Scully: Doubts Milo's theories that Atlantis actually exists.
  • Pet the Dog: While he dismisses Milo's theories regarding Atlantis, he does tell Milo that he has potential.

     Edgar Volgud
Do not cross Edgar Volgud, strangers...
Voiced by: Clancy Brown

The first antagonist in the sequel, Edgar Volgud was a man who made a deal with the Kraken to save his village and become immortal, but has since suffered Sanity Slippage

  • Age Without Youth: According to the villagers' rumors about him. He only looks somewhat decrepit, however, and is never shown to suffer from his great age.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or, in this case, with the Kraken... also known as the "Devil Fish".
  • Ironic Name: His name seems a bastardization of the German vohl gut ("all a-okay", "entirely good"). Did we mention he's the Age Without Youth soul-bankrupt antagonist with hardly any redeeming qualities to his name?
  • No Immortal Inertia: Crumbles into a pile of dust after Vinny blows up the Kraken.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Made a deal with the Devil that turned his village into a gloomy Innsmouth-like hellhole, but apparently, he only did so to provide for his village when the inhabitants were starving.

     Erik Hellstrom
Voiced by: William Morgan Sheppard

The second antagonist in the sequel, Erik Hellstrom used to be a Citizen Kane-type arrogant businessman, and a friend of Whitmore. He went mad during The Great Depression however, and now believes himself to be Odin. To make matters worse, he's convinced that he needs to bring about Ragnarok, and even worse, a stolen Atlantean spear gives him the power to back this up…

  • A God Am I: Convinced that he is none other than Odin, King of the Norse Gods.
  • Artifact of Power: He is nothing without Gungnir/The Spear, the Atlantean spear that allows him to achieve fantastic feats worthy of Odin, from "merely" making a castle fly to giving life to his idea of the fire god Surtr ex nihilo.
  • Big "NO!": As his mad dream and Napoleon Delusion crumble along with his destroyed flying castle, he lets out an unusually heartbreaking example.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Erik HELLstrom. Switching the letters around a bit, one can also read "Hell-storm" in his name, which… isn't exactly better… and is also quite close to his goal.
  • Napoleon Delusion: Combined with A God Am I in his certainty that he's Odin.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Not only does he think he's Odin, he thinks it's his divine duty to bring about Ragnarok. And he comes damn close to succeeding, at that!

A humongous Fire Elemental bent on destroying the planet together with the Ice Giant Ymmir, Surtr is the terrifyingly powerful creation of Erik Hellstrom, given life and powers using the Spear.

Alternative Title(s): Atlantis Milos Return


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