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    Bill S. Preston and Ted "Theodore" Logan 
Played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves

  • Adaptational Badass: In the comic, they kill their robot duplicates and De Nomolos themselves.
  • Air Guitar: All the time, generally after they find something to be "excellent."
  • All Loving Heroes: Generally get along well with every figure the encounter weather they're Genghis Khan or Death.
  • Alternate Self: In the final issue of the Marvel comic, dozens of alternate Bills and Ted's from other universes gatecrash the anniversary party. Notable in that they aren't all human and they aren't really Bills or Teds. They just imitate the boys after their sons preached about Wyld Stallyns when travelling the multiverse.
  • Babies Ever After: Have baby sons by the end of Bogus Journey.
  • Been There, Shaped History: An early script had them accidentally causing various historical disasters but the writers changed it because they're weren't comfortable with the heroes killing millions of people.
  • Berserk Button: Don't harm one in front of the other, or their girlfriends. Or they'll drop the nice guy attitude and do something smart before kicking your ass.
  • Big Good: They're good guys that are destined to lead the world to being a Utopian society through their music.
  • Book Dumb: Their major flaw is that they don't take their school work at all seriously. The plot of the first movie kicks off because they'll both be in serious trouble unless they get a perfect score on their history final.
    Teacher: So what you're telling me, Ted... is that Napoleon was 'a short... dead... dude.'
  • Buffy Speak: Bill and Ted have a rather unique vocabulary and speaking style.
  • Burger Fool: Work at Pretzels 'n' Cheese in the second movie.
  • The Dividual: They both act pretty much the same, though Bill seems a tiny bit smarter, which isn't saying much. Either way, the two are rarely seen apart.
  • Dork Knight: They're hopelessly out of place in history, but still manage to get everything going their way.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: The comics reveal that most of their Battle of The Bands winnings were spent on buying parts for Station to build a theme park in their back garden.
  • Future Badass: In the alternate timeline where Dear Nomolos won the Battle of The Bands, Ted became this after two years of military school.
  • Future Loser: In the same timeline, Bill is childless and still working at Pretzels n Cheese. He is married to Missy though.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite being uncomplicated slackers, Bill and Ted have a natural instinct for mastering the causal and paradoxical effects of time travel. Bill not only knows what an Oedipal Complex is, he can recognize he has a minor case. Also, while their use of the English language is most unconventional and egregiously unorthodox, their vocabulary does seem to be more well developed than most teenagers, or for that matter most anyone. As Alex Winter himself said in a 2018 interview, "We're dumb, and yet we speak so eloquently."
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Some of the missions in the NES game such as giving Jesse James an uzi and Cleopatra a credit card.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They do everything together, split a place after high school, propose to their girlfriends at the same time, and name their sons after each other.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • Bill's grandmother is also played by Alex Winter.
    • In the comics, their teenage sons travel back from the future and get mistaken for alternate versions of Bill and Ted.
  • Idiot Heroes: While they have an intuitive understanding of San Dimas Time, their basic response to everything is almost always (a) tell a dumb joke, (b) make a rock music reference, (c) going along with what someone smarter suggests, or (d) some combination of the above.
  • Informed Ability:
    • The first movie parodies this. Despite their music being credited with changing the world, they are actually quite terrible in the present.
    • The second movie plays this more seriously. Bill and Ted know what the future has in store for them, but about five years after the first movie, they're still struggling with their music and show little sign of improvement. After auditioning for the Battle of the Bands, Ms. Wardroe gives them the last spot, but she also points out their lack of ability and tells them they really need to shape up. With Ted's dad threatening to send him to military school if they wash out, the pressure to make good on their future is on.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Both these boys are as dumb as they are sweet, and stupid as they are kind. They are such likable kids that it is hard not to root for them at the end of the day.
  • "London, England" Syndrome: When Bill chides him for telling Miss Wardroe that their girlfriends come from medieval England, Ted covers himself by saying the princesses come from Medieval England, Iowa.
  • Missing Mom: Neither of the boys' mothers are ever so much as mentioned, let alone explaining where they went. Possibly because digging into that would take the funny out of the running gag with Missy.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Bill S. Preston.
  • Nice Guys: Stupid as Bill and Ted may both be, it's hard to deny that they are both sincere, decent and kind-hearted kids when push comes to shove. Its near impossible not to root for these guys during their adventures.
  • Parody Sue: Those Two Guys are inexplicably the inspiration for a Utopian future of peace, friendship, and rock.
  • The Pete Best: There was originally a third guy called Bob in the original Bill, Ted and Bob improve sketch, but the comedian who played him lost interest.
  • Preppy Name: Usually introduce themselves as Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan.
  • Ridiculously Successful Future Self: Their songs end up making Earth a utopia.
  • Saving the World with Art: Well, saving the Earth with rock and roll.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In one of the comics, the duo go back and stop Abraham Lincoln being shot. This leads to the present becoming a Crapsack World where none of the characters were born so Bill and Ted have to go back and stop themselves saving Abe.
  • Surfer Dude: San Dimas is too far from the ocean to do any actual surfing, but Bill and Ted's behavior and language draws clear inspiration from Southern California surf culture of the 1980s.
  • Totally Radical: These two dudes are almost always speaking in slang.
  • The Unfavorite: Ted's dad prefers his brother Deacon because he's studying to be a lawyer.
  • Xtremely Kool Letterz: Called their band Wyld Stallyns.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: When they visit the future in Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return, the first person they meet compliments how realistic their holographic masks are.
    • They later invoke this trope by pretending to be members of a Bill and Ted reinactment society and figments of imagination.
    • In Real Life, writers Matheson and Solomon never saw the actors before filming the movie. They saw Reeves and Winters in a nearby McDonald's before starting their first day's filming and remarked that they'd make a good Bill and Ted.
    • Winter and Reeves once walked out of a restaurant and got caught up in the New York Halloween parade and someone said "Hey look, it’s two old, fat guys trying to be Bill and Ted".

    Rufus 
Played by: George Carlin

  • Ass Pull: Where did he get the realistic Pam Grier mask when stranded in the past in the second movie?
  • Casual Time Travel: In the live action TV show, he uses his time machine to teleport to work in the mornings.
  • Cool Old Guy: He hails from a future where The Power of Rock has resulted in a better world for all, so he's very laid-back and cool.
  • Cool Shades: Usually wears them.
  • Cool Teacher: Makes his lessons interesting by bringing historical figures into the future to give lectures and warns his students not to do their homework without listening to headphones.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Is known for hating chicken kiev in the TV series.
  • Held Back in School: In the improv sketches and early script, he was in his late twentiesnote  and still a sophomore in San Dimas High School. When trying to think of a reason for him to have his own time machine, the writers decided to make him an agent from the future.
  • Humans Are Psychic in the Future: Implied in the live action TV series where he has prophetic dreams and seems to hypnotize a customer into buying things from Nail World.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Rufus spends almost all of the films stood in the sidelines, correcting any minor mistakes they might make, and giving them enigmatic advice to steer them on the right path... but NEVER steps in himself and solves it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Played for laughs - Bill and Ted take to him right away, and by the time they meet him again they trust him implicitly. Well, it's more that they told themselves to trust Rufus...
  • Only One Name: In the Model T For Ted episode of the cartoon, he mentions that Rufus is his middle name as first and last names have been eliminated in the future.
  • Race Lift: His Ms. Wardroe disguise is black in the movie but white in the Comic-Book Adaptation.
  • Stealth Mentor: Ms. Wardroe in the sequel was actually Rufus in disguise.
  • Terminator Twosome: Follows the robot Bill and Ted back in time in order to stop them from killing the originals.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: It seems like he caused the future that led to him going back to cause it, which is a little odd since most of the rest of both movies insist that changes to the future don't happen until you make the changes in the past that... oh, never mind.
    • Fridge Brilliance kicks in when Rufus seems unconcerned about what's going on throughout Bill & Ted Save The Universe, even telling someone, outright, he knows roughly what's happening, because, for him, it's already happened. For Bill & Ted, they need to figure out the rules of time travel as time is moving along, but Rufus is so far into the future, he's almost working to a script!
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Ms. Wardroe played by Pam Grier is actually him in disguise.
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    Missy 
Amy Stock-Poynton

  • Damsel in Distress: Napoleon kidnaps her to be his bride when he takes over Hell.
  • Genius Ditz: Seems rather dim to the point of not even questioning why there's suddenly a phone booth filled with historical figures in the yard, but then manages to send the boys directly to Hell in the sequel... Despite her seances apparently not ever working according to Ted.
  • Granola Girl
  • Hot for Teacher: Implied when she asks the boys to say hi to Mr Ryan for her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She exorcises the ghosts haunting her, not realizing that they're Bill and Ted.
  • Really Gets Around: Along with Likes Older Men. Not only has she been both Bill and Ted's step-mother, but she even ends up with Chuck DeNomolos.
    • In an alternate timeline shown in the 2015 comics, she ends up married to Bill.
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: Her exorcism chant "D'lrow eht elur l'liw sirhc d'na de.” backwards is "Ed and Chris will rule the world". Referencing the movie's writers, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson.
  • Stacy's Mom: To Bill and Ted.
  • Summon Magic: In the comics, she summons Einstein's ghost to help her pass a psychics exam, not realizing he was an expert on physics.
  • Trophy Wife: What she is to the boys' dad's.

    Death 
  • The Alcoholic: Starts drinking on the job in the first issue of the comic.
  • Been There, Shaped History: A comic set in the 1300s has a man hang himself, walk around taking notes after Death brings him to Hell, then coming back to life after playing Chess with Death. The man turns out to be Dante Alighieri. It's implied he's already done this several times.
  • Best Out of Infinity: Provides the page quote. In Bogus Journey, the title characters attempt to win their freedom in a game of Chess with Death in a sequence reminiscent of The Seventh Seal. Only instead of chess, the boys play Twister, Battleship, and a variety of other contemporary games, which Death keeps losing. (Of course, Death doesn't want to admit he's losing to these airheads so he keeps altering the conditions of the challenge, making it "best 2 out of 3", "best 3 out of 5" and so on...)
    • This is actually used as a plot point in the original script, which was used for the comic book adaptation. At the Battle of the Bands, Bill and Ted are repeatedly killed by their robotic Evil Counterparts, and they make Death bring them back each time, citing the number of games at which they beat him.
    • The novelization drops the number of resurrections to 2, saying he (Death) owed them one life per game (so 4)
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the timeline where De Nomolos rules the world, Death was forced to pass his powers to Determine Nomolos' younger brother. Death eventually learns to use them again.
  • Burger Fool: Has to take a job at Pretzels 'n' Cheese to pay his rent in the comics.
  • Captain Ersatz: His appearance and the Chess with Death are based on Death from The Seventh Seal.
  • Chess with Death: Claims to have never been beaten, but is utterly trounced by Bill and Ted in games like Twister and Clue.
  • Death Is a Loser: Gets melvined by Bill and Ted, can't win Chess with Death to save his (un)life and is a Sore Loser to boot.
  • Death Takes a Holiday: Issue #2 of the comic is called "Death Takes a Most Heinous Holiday".
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He continues to tag along with Bill and Ted after they've beat him. He eventually takes a liking into them.
  • Dem Bones: Is a skeleton in the Marvel comics because Evan Dorkin didn't see any stills from the movie until he was a third of the way through the comic and it was too late to redraw.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Is melvinned by the boys.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Gets stuck on the bad end of this.
  • Distressed Dude: The plot of Bill and Ted Go To Hell is kicked off by him getting kidnapped by Napoleon.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Big time. The boys even joke about it after beating him. Admittedly, Having Death in your rock band does mean you don't have to worry about when Death comes for them. He's already there.
    • Plays the trope straight in the comics, winning his job back after comforting a dying woman that she'll be reunited with her husband in Heaven.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Tells Bill and Ted not to patronise him after they tell him he played really well in the Best Out of Infinity games.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: By the end of the film, he joins the band and seems very enthusiastic about it. He is a much friendlier guy in the spin-offs.
  • Friend to All Children: When the duo thank Death for saving them from the police in De Nomolos' world, Death tells them he didn't care and had been trying to save a child they were targeting.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Wears one under his robes when he takes his most heinous holiday.
  • I Heard That: Says it after Bill tells Ted not to fear the reaper.
  • Jerkass
  • Legacy Character: Is forcibly retired in the comics and a midget skeleton takes over as Death.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: In the comic, he's no longer part of the band like he is in the movie, but ends up being their manager.
    • When he gets fired as from being Death, he takes and loses several jobs.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: When the guys go back and stop Abraham Lincoln being killed, Death can remember both timelines.
  • Sand In My Eyes: When Ted's dad gives a speech about how kind hearted the boys are, Death wipes his eyes and says that Heaven must be for allergies as well.
  • Solo Side Project: According to the end credits, he had a brief solo career separate from the Wyld Stallyns.
  • Sore Loser: Does not take well to being handed his first, and subsequent many, defeats.
  • Speech Bubbles: In the Boom! Studios comics, his speech balloons are black with white text.
  • Wingding Eyes: Go black with red X's when he's kidnapped in Bill and Ted Go To Hell.

    Chuck De Nomolos 
Joss Ackland

  • Air Guitar: Does one just to tell his followers that they won't have to hear them anymore after he defeats Bill and Ted.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Toyed with. De Nomolos sounds like an intimidating sci-fi name, fitting for the villain of the piece. Then you find out his first name is Chuck. And he used to be a gym teacher.
  • Back from the Dead: Comes back in the comics by beating Death at Game of Life.
  • Bald of Evil
  • "Bang!" Flag Gun: Bill and Ted replace his gun with one that bares a "Wyld Stallyns rules!" message.
  • Big Bad: Of the second film, and the only Big Bad in the entire series.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: All that peace, friendship and rock music must go! Especially the rock!
  • Chess with Death: In the comics;
    • Marvel: He did it to bring himself and his Legion of Doom out of Hell. It's revealed that he cheated so even his cronies who weren't killed were sent back.
    • Boom! Studios: Kills himself so he'll get a chance to do this and get immortality in a "Double or Nothing" deal.
  • The Comically Serious: Especially when dealing with Bill and Ted and anything that looks like Bill and Ted.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The closest thing to a villain the first movie had was Ted's dad trying to send Ted to military school and arresting the historical figures they needed for the history report. De Nomolos is a terrorist from the future who wants to assassinate the heroes and replace them with robots.
  • Death by Adaptation: Survives the movie but is killed in the Comic-Book Adaptation and occasionally shows up in Hell.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: He shoots his Ray Gun at a few studio cameras and his image is broadcast to every channel all over the world.
  • Friendless Background: The comics reveal he's been hated all his life because historical records show he's going to kill Bill and Ted as an adult.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was Rufus' gym teacher.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Rules most of the galaxy in his Bad Future in Triumphant Return.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: We don't learn much about his motivations other than that he wants to stop Bill and Ted and hates rock music.
  • Good Counterpart:In the comics, Rufus gets Station to make a good robot De Nomolos to fight him.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In one of the comics, he refers to Bill and Ted as "attention trollops" instead of attention whores.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Boom! Studios comics, he turns good and settles down to life in modern day San Dimas. Also implied by him hooking up with Missy at the very end of Bogus Journey.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Dies a second time in the comics when Abe Lincoln points out that he's holding a robot head that's set to self destruct. "Me and my big mou—".
  • Mage in Manhattan: When he comes to the present to stop Bill and Ted at the end of the movie.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Is trying to undo the utopian future that Bill and Ted created.
  • Out-Gambitted: Tries and fails to match Bill and Ted at their Retroactive Preparation.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Named after the movie's writer, Ed Solomon.
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: Sends robots back to alter the past not realizing that time travel in the Bill and Ted universe works on Stable Time Loop.
    • Tried to match Bill and Ted's Retroactive Preparation by giving himself a key to the cage they put him in and a spare gun. But Bill points out that only the winner of the fight will get to use the time machine and it turns out Bill and Ted had actually left him a "Bang!" Flag Gun.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Said that Rufus was his favourite student.

    Princess Joanna and Princess Elizabeth 
Played by: Diane Franklin and Kimberly Labelle

  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, they are a lot tougher and capable of taking control even in the wildest, most surreal situations.
  • Adapted Out: Don't appear in the live action TV series where Bill and Ted are single.
  • Arranged Marriage: Their father, the king, is forcing them to marry some "Royal Ugly Dudes". Rufus was able to rescue them just before the wedding begins.
  • Bound and Gagged: The evil Bill and Ted do this to them and hang them from the rafters during The Battle of The Bands, intending to kill them after the performance.
  • The Dividual: No real difference between them.
  • Everything's Better with Royal English Babes: As Bill and Ted would put it.
  • Fainting: When the evil Bill and Ted expose their robotic innards.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: They originally came from the 15th century, before settling down in the 20th century with Bill and Ted. They adapt pretty quickly though.
  • Hidden Depths: In the second movie, they demonstrate a fair amount of musical talent.
  • Not: When their ex fiancée's arrive in the present to steal them back, the princesses say it was nice to see them again. Not!
  • Satellite Love Interest

    Evil Bill and Ted 
Also played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.
  • Air Guitar: As much as the real Bill and Ted. After De Nomolos chews them out for it, they develop a "stealth" version where they twiddle their fingers (as if strumming guitar strings).
  • Breath Weapon: Were able to knock Missy out with "Evil breath" at one point.
  • Cool Shades: Put them on and stand Men in Black style while watching the time machine disappear.
    • In the comics, they wear these most of the time so that the readers can tell them apart from Bill and Ted.
  • The Dividual: Are even more identical in personality than the original duo.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Apparently have souls as they end up in Hell in the comic.
  • Evil Knockoff: Of Bill and Ted obviously.
  • Expy: Humanoid robots from the future, sent back to assassinate human heroes, they're clearly based on The Terminator.
  • Flipping the Bird: Evil Bill's body does it to his removed head.
  • Graceful Loser: Seem genuinely impressed when Bill and Ted bring superior robots to kill them and even wish them a cheery "Catch you later Bill and Ted" before having their heads punched off.
  • A Hell of a Time: They seem to like the idea of spending eternity breaking rocks with De Nomolos.
  • Jerkass: They murder people and they're like, totally dicks about it too.
  • Kick the Dog: Try to run over cats with their time machine and a stolen car and spend most of the movie between killing the heroes and the Battle of The Bands, trashing their apartment.
  • Kill and Replace: Were sent to do this to Bill and Ted.
  • Losing Your Head: Their heads and bodies can still keep going when separated.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: In the comic Bill and Ted activate self destruct switches inside the robots' heads and throw them at De Nomolos.
  • Severed Head Sports: Remove their heads and start playing basketball with them at one point.
  • SkeleBot 9000: Their heads are skull-like when the artificial skin is removed.
  • Super Prototype: Comics show that a teenage Dear Nomolos built a two-headed one called Biil Ted 1.0 that could fly and had guns built into his arms.
  • Terminator Twosome: Were sent back to kill Bill and Ted while Rufus came back to try and prevent them.
  • Voice Changeling: Were able to mimic the princesses on the phone and convince Bill and Ted they wanted to break up.
  • Would Hit a Girl:In the comic, Evil Bill punches Missy and sends her flying instead of using "evil breath" like in the movie.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The first thing they do upon reaching the present is to send the time machine away by itself.

Alternative Title(s): Bill And Teds Excellent Adventures, Bill And Teds Excellent Adventure, Bill And Teds Bogus Journey, Bill And Teds Excellent Comic Book

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