Staff Sgt. Matthew Eversmann
Played By: Josh Hartnett
A Ranger sergeant who receives his first command.
- Big "NO!": Twice, when Blackburn falls out of the helicopter and when Jamie breaks cover to help Twombly, leading to Jamie receiving fatal injuries.
- Composite Character: The real Eversmann was part of the Lost Convoy, while this version leads the effort to reach Super Six One.
- The Idealist: Labeled as such by the other Rangers, with Kurth saying he likes the Skinnies and he believes in the mission right down to his very bones.
- In-Series Nickname: Wilkie calls him "Matty" when the latter radios in on the state of the crew of Super Six One.
- It's All My Fault: Has a heart to heart with Hoot where he blames himself for Jamie's death and Blackburn's fall from the chopper. Hoot reassures him that he can't control things like that; "It's just war."
- Meaningful Name: As the closest that this film has to a lead protagonist amongst a big ensemble cast, he is the everyman viewpoint character for the audience.
- Weapon of Choice: A M16A2 assault rifle.
- You Are in Command Now: Winds up in command of Ranger Chalk Four when one of his superior officers has an epileptic seizure the night before the battle.
Specialist John Grimsey Grimes
Played By: Ewan McGregor
A desk clerk who winds up going on his first mission.
- Adaptational Name Change: The character that Grimes is based off of is named John Stebbins, but was changed when Stebbins was convicted of rape.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Grimes desperately wanted to be put into the field instead of working as a Desk Jockey. Its safe to say he regrets this when he actually does get his wish.Grimes: [as he is blown into the air by an RPG explosion] FUUUUUUUCK THIIIIIIIIIS!
- Desk Jockey: Worked behind a desk before being put on the front lines. The reason why is that he can type, which meant a big deal in the 1990s.
- Made of Iron: Considering he survives the blasts from three RPGs throughout the film with little more than an injured foot...
- Running Gag: Gets shot at with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenade) no less than three times.
- Too Dumb to Live: Averted, Joyce counsels him to take the part of his Kevlar that covers his back out, but Grimes is smart enough to keep his in. Joyce dies and Grimes lives.
- Weapon of Choice: A M16A2 assault rifle with an underbarrel M203 grenade launcher.
- You, Get Me Coffee: Taken a step further in that he's the guy who made the coffee, remarking that he spent Operation Desert Storm making coffee for the Rangers.
Captain Mike Steele
Played By: Jason Isaacs
The Captain of a Ranger rifle company.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Gets a laugh out of Pilla's impression of him.
- Bald of Awesome: A tough, smooth-headed Ranger captain.
Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight
Played By: Tom Sizemore
- Adaptation Personality Change: The real McKnight noted that he doesnt swear, smoke, or shout as much as the film version does.
- Colonel Badass: Walks around a war zone like bullets arent flying around him and heads back into battle even after being shot twice.
- Deadpan Snarker: 99 percent of his dialogue is pure snark.
McKnight: Well, shoot back!
Specialist Shawn Nelson
Played By: Ewen Bremner
- No Indoor Voice: For the second half of the film thanks to Twombly deafening him.
- The Reliable One: Why Eversmann has him remain behind at a post outside the target building.Nelson: I hate being dependable, man.
- Steel Eardrums: Averted when Twombly fires his machine gun too close to Nelsons head, deafening him.
- Those Two Guys: With Twombly.
- Tongue Trauma: Defied. Nelson mentions he almost bit his tongue off on his last combat drop, so he puts in a mouth guard before he ropes out of his helicopter.
- Weapon of Choice: A M60 machine gun.
Specialist Lance Twombly
Played By: Tom Hardy
Specialist Mike Kurth
Played By: Gabriel Casseus
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Does his best not to shoot a woman trying to pick up a rifle. Struecker does it for him instead.
Corporal Jamie Smith
Played By: Charlie Hofheimer
Staff Sergeant Ed Yurek
Played By: Tom Guiry
A member of Eversmann's chalk.
Private First Class Todd Blackburn
Played By: Orlando Bloom
Sergeant Lorenzo Ruiz
Played By: Enrique Murciano
- Gut Feeling: He seems to be convinced he'll die on the mission, and is holding his "Death Letter" before they leave. When he's shot, he even screams "I fucking knew it!"
- I Can Still Fight!: Captain Steele effectively forces this view on during the mission, leading to Ruiz affirming "Still in the fight, Sir."
- At the end, Steele visits him in the hospital and Ruiz states "Don't go back out there without me. I can still do my job."
Sergeant Casey Joyce
Played By: Chris Beetem
- Too Dumb to Live: Joyce gleefully boasts to Grimes he doesnt need a kevlar plate on his back as he doesnt intend to be shot in the back running away. Joyce is later killed when a Somalian sniper shoots him in the back while defending the convoy.
Private John Maddox
Played By: Michael Roof
- The Driver: Of the Humvee containing McKnight.
- Eye Scream: Maddox is blinded when an RPG shatters the windshield of the humvee he's driving, sending broken glass flying into his face. He cant see well enough to get to the crash site, so McKnight has him drive the convoy back to base.
- Weapon of Choice: A Beretta 92FS pistol.
Sergeant Scott Galentine
Played By: Gregory Sporleder
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Galentine gets his rifle shot out of his hand (along with getting his thumb almost totally shot off halfway).
- Communications Officer: Galentine appears to this for Eversmann's chalk, as he is the Ranger who tries to radio Nelson, Twombly, and Yurek when they get separated from the rest of the US force, and keeps Eversmann up-to-date on troop movements he doesn't personally hear from McKnight or Steele.
- Weapon of Choice: A M16A2 rifle.
Staff Sergeant Jeff Struecker
Played By: Brian Van Holt
Sergeant Dominick Pilla
Played By: Danny Hoch
A Ranger manning a 50-caliber turret on one of the Humvees. A bit of a jokester.
Lieutenant John Beales
Played By: Ioan Gruffudd
Private Richard Alphabet Kowalewski
Played By: Brendan Sexton III
Private John Waddell
Played By: Ian Virgo
- Weapon of Choice: A FN Minimi/M249 machine gun, similar to Twombly's.
Specialist Dale Sizemore
Played By: Matthew Marsden
- I Can Still Fight!: When Struecker tells the remaining Rangers to load up to head back out to rescue Durant, he says no to Sizemore because of the cast on his arm. Sizemore starts cutting the cast off with a knife, so Struecker relents and allows him to load up.
Private First Class Clay Othic
Played By: Kent Linville
Sergeant Mike Goodale
Played By: Carmine Giovinazzo
Played By: Tac Fitzgerald
Sergeant First Class Norm "Hoot" Gibson
Played by: Eric Bana
- Band of Brothers: Discussed, he says the reason he does this work because of his fellow soldiers.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: When he steps into the gunner position after Pilla is killed. This is exactly what soldiers are supposed to do when replacing a dead or wounded gunner to ensure the weapon is still functional and in a ready-to-fire state, making it one of those rare and wonderful moments that are both cool/dramatic and accurate.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hoot seems a bit more callous than the rest, but comforts Eversmann as he's grieving over Jamie's death.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's a calm professional badass, but he's also undeniably a cynic.
- Late to the Tragedy: When Strueckers humvees cant get to the Super Six Four crash site, Hoot and his team volunteers to reach it on foot. They find the remnants of Shughart and Gordons Last Stand and that Durant was captured before destroying the downed helicopter.
- Nerves of Steel: He steps into Pilla's spot (right after the latter was just killed) with little more than a declaration of affirmation that he's taking the gunner's spot.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: He successfully supports the convoy's return to base, goes out again into the city to join the rescue efforts, fighting all night and then returns (sprinting) once more to base, then goes out again with nothing more than a few mouthfuls of rice to keep him going. Despite the trope name, this is another justified example of Shown Their Work; Delta operators, as a more experienced and elite special forces group than the Rangers, are often expected to go even several days without any sleep at all, and there was more work to be done e.g. to find Durant. He says as much to Ranger Eversmann; don't even think about joining me, you're physically and emotionally exhausted and you'll just slow me down. Early in the film he's mentioned as going two days without eating on a scouting mission.
- Weapon of Choice: A Colt M727 carbine rifle with a camouflage paint scheme.
Sergeant First Class Randall "Randy" Shughart
Played By: Johnny StrongA Delta sniper paired with Gary Gordon who volunteers to rescue Michael Durant, the pilot of Super Six Four.
- Bash Brothers: With Gordon.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: His death, which consists of getting shot in the back and arms, then has almost a dozen shots emptied into his chest at point-blank range.
- Famous Last Words: "Gordys gone, man. Ill be outside. Good luck."
- Fatal Family Photo: Randy has a wife and a daughter back home, and even calls his wife before going on the mission. He dies defending Super Six Four crash site.
- Last Stand: With Gordon defending the Super Six Four crash site.
- Weapon of Choice: A M14 battle rifle with a camouflage paint scheme and an Aimpoint CompM2/M68 reflex sight. He also carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.
Master Sergeant Gary "Gordy" Gordon
Played By: Nikolaj Coster-WaldauA Delta sniper paired with Randy Shughart who volunteers to rescue Michael Durant, the pilot of Super Six Four.
- Bash Brothers: With Shughart.
- Boom, Headshot!: Gets shot in the head by a Somalian militiaman while covering the crash site.
- Famous Last Words: "Randy, last mag!"
- Last Stand: With Shughart defending the Super Six Four crash site.
- Reality Ensues: Unlike the Rangers, who wear Kevlar helmets, the Delta operators wear hockey helmets since theyre more comfortable and lighter. Unfortunately, theyre not bulletproof, as Gordon finds out the hard way.
- Weapon of Choice: A Colt M733 assault rifle with a camouflage paint scheme, M68 Aimpoint red dot scope, weaponlight, and a sound suppressor. He also carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.
Major General William F. Garrison
Played By: Sam Shepard
Sergeant First Class Jeff Sanderson
Played By: William Fichtner
- Shotguns Are Just Better: He's shown carrying a Remington 870 shotgun on his pack, though it's never used.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Steele. The two spend just as much time arguing as trying to get to Super Six One.
- Weapon of Choice: A Colt M727 carbine rifle with an Aimpoint sight, Surefire flashlight, and camouflage paint scheme. He also carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.
Master Sergeant Tim Griz Martin
Played By: Kim Coates
- Famous Last Words: Tell my girls... Ill be okay.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Blown in half by an RPG.
- Hidden Depths: He is an incredibly good artist, as shown by his illustrations for a book he's writing for daughter (and perhaps other children.
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: As Busch puts it, children's' books "are not supposed to scare the living shit out of the children."
Lieutenant Colonel Gary L. Harrell
Played By: eljko Ivanek
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Cribbs
Played By: Steven Ford
Staff Sergeant Daniel Busch
Played By: Richard Tyson
A Delta operator stationed aboard Super Six One.
- All for Nothing: While the helicopters are able to find and pick him up, Busch sustained a fatal gunshot wound defending Super Six Ones crash site and dies sometime later of his wounds. His name is mentioned in the credits as one of the casualties.
- Last Stand: Ends up conducting one as the only uninjured person onboard Super Six One and has to defend the crash site. Relief comes in the form of a Little Bird gunship, but by then Busch has sustained fatal injuries.
- Situational Hand Switch: While defending Super Six One's crash site, the normally left-handed Busch is forced to switch to shooting right-handed to shoot at attackers on his left.
- Weapon of Choice: A Colt M727 carbine rifle, which he uses to defend the Super Six One crash site.
Warrant Officer Michael Durant
Played By: Ron Eldard
The pilot of Super Six Four.
- Fatal Family Photo: A subversion when he looks at a photo of his family and is subsequently captured instead of killed.
- Sole Survivor: The only one of his crew to survive the initial crash (Shughart is seen examining one of the bodies as he arrives with Gordon) and the ensuing shootout where Shughart and Gordon are killed.
- Weapon of Choice: A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine gun fitted with a slimline foregrip. He also uses Gordon's M733 assault rifle when he gets killed.
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Matthews
Played By: Glenn Morshower
Chief Warrant Officer Cliff "Elvis" Wolcott
Played By: Jeremy Piven
Pilot of Super Six One.
- Composite Character: With Super Six Seven pilot Jeff Niklaus as the pilot whose chalk is placed farther away from the target building and where Blackburn falls from the chopper.
- Disposable Pilot: Killed when Super Six One crashes.
- Sacrificial Lion: After being a prominent character in the first half of the film, he becomes one of the first casualties when his helicopter crashes.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Goffena
Played By: Boyd Kestner
Pilot of Super Six Two, the Black Hawk containing Shughart and Gordon.