Played by: Cássio Scapin (TV show), Diegho Kozievitch (movie)
Antonino Stradivarius Victorius II, or just "Nino" for short, is the main character of the show. A lonely 300-year-old wizard boy living with his uncle and great-aunt, he uses his knowledge of magic to trick three other kids into going to his home, the large castle in the middle of town.
The movie's version of Nino is a frustrated Child Mage-in-training who wants to be respected by his great-aunt and uncle as an equal to their maturity, as well as a desire to fit in with other normal children, but is constantly sheltered and lectured by them.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the movie, where he's constantly desiring to be normal so he can play with other kids outside of the castle, but is unable to because of his family traditions.
- Child Mage: Training to become a wizard like the rest of his family, but his magical skills are still amateurish and prone to backfiring or missing.
- Child Prodigy: Downplayed since he's still prone to making mistakes and inventing things that were already done, but he still shows a lot of potential in both scientific and magical fields, sometimes managing to create something that is truly impressive.
- Dawson Casting: Played by an adult actor in the TV show, in comparison to the three other child leads, but his energy and enthusiasm in his delivery helps to give him a more childish vibe.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: His main desire in the movie.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: His main desire in general. It's what leads him to use magic to lead the main trio into the castle to begin with.
- Image Song: "Zeca, Nino, Pedro, Biba", an upbeat, jazzy song shared with the three other kids.
- Idiot Hair: A black bowlcut with a strand rising from the middle.
- Keet: He's energetic and enthusiastic in the show to the point of it being contagious.
- Leitmotif: An instrumental version of his theme song, also shared with his three friends.
- Really 700 Years Old: A 300-year-old wizard boy.
Played by: Luciano Amaral, Cinthya Raquel & Freddy Allan
Three kids who were lured towards the castle by Nino using a spell on Zequinha's ball. The four have become inseparable since then, with the trio visiting the castle each day to play with their new friend.
- Adapted Out: All three are absent from the movie, due to the actors having grown up by that point.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Zeca, who constantly asks questions and tries to learn more about things around him.
- The Big Guy: Pedro is the tallest of the three and is usually capable of doing things that require more strength.
- Catchphrase: Zeca's constant asking of "why?", followed by other characters answering "just because, Zequinha!" in an annoyed tone. Cue Telekid.
- The Chick: Biba, as the only girl in the main group.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: They share "Zeca, Nino, Pedro, Biba" and its instrumental version with Nino.
- Muggle Best Friend: All three towards Nino.
- Once an Episode: Their entry into the castle by one of the Doorman's "passwords", or Zequinha asking "why" repeatedly until Telekid's sketch begins to answer his main question.
- Power Trio:
- Superego: Pedro, as the most logical of the trio and the one usually proposing the sensible approach to events around him.
- Ego: Biba, the mediator of the group who is capable of being more loose than Pedro, but still more grounded than Zeca.
- Id: Zequinha, the youngest and most impulsive of the three who likes to eat, run around and ask things constantly.
Played by: Sérgio Mamberti
Victor Astrobaldo Stradivarius Victorius I, or simply "Dr. Victor", is Nino's uncle and a great inventor, on top of being a skilled and powerful wizard himself. Often has to put up with his nephew's antics, and is usually seen leaving to and returning from his day job.
The movie's version of Dr. Victor is a stricter sage, focused entirely on Nino's education as an inventor and wizard, without paying attention to his desires for normalcy.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Has his moments. His inventions are usually successful, but occasionally he comes across a fluke, and sometimes he can digress during a story. His recounting of their encounter with Da Vinci has him break into fluent Italian when the artist comes in, which the kids have to point out to him so he can translate it.
- Been There, Shaped History: He was right there with several of history's greatest inventors and artists, learning and teaching with each of them. One episode even focuses on the time he and Morgana had Leonardo da Vinci himself visit the castle when it was positioned in Italy during the Renaissance.
- Catchphrase: "Raios e trovões!" (lightning and thunder), said when he's particularly upset with Nino.
- Friend to All Living Things / Friend to All Children: Described as a lover of all animals, living creatures and children, and his inventions are usually made with some benevolent idea in mind. Victor himself also has some child-like wonder to him, sometimes joining in the fun with the kids when possible.
- Gadgeteer Genius: A prolific inventor. He even has his own room in the castle for projects and inventions, which Nino also likes to use for the same purpose.
- Leitmotif: A classy, upbeat piano song.
- Meaningful Name: "Victor" comes from Victor Frankenstein, the scientist behind the infamous monster, while "Astrobaldo" is derived from the "astro" radical of the word, tying to Victor's love of space travel and observation.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's 3000 years old.
- Shock and Awe: His magic seems to be centered around electricity and lightning. His catchphrase shown above causes actual thunder and lightning to appear even in sunny days, and his spells usually have a lightning crack shape to them.
Played by: Rosi Campos
Ana Morgana Maria Gioconda Teresa Cecília Luísa Astrobaldo Demétrio Fonseca Stradivarius Victorius, a powerful, 6000-year-old sorceress and Nino's great-aunt. While sociable and friendly, she spends most of her time in her bedroom inside the castle's single tower, with her magpie friend Adelaide, with a sketch in the show dedicated to her stories about great people and events in history.
The movie has Morgana be a more serious mentor to Nino, in contrast to her more lighthearted approach in the show. The plot's main conflict also stems from someone on her side of the family returning with desires of vengeance and power.
- Adaptational Personality Change: The movie's version of Morgana is far more serious and strict than the TV show, and she loses most of her child-like energy and humor in exchange for a more somber approach, to better help with the conflict involving her cousin.
- Been There, Shaped History: It's easier to count the number of times Morgana didn't somehow participate in a big historical event. Her stories include meeting and helping Leonardo Da Vinci with the Mona Lisa, participating in the first excursion to the Arctic, meeting several Greek philosophers and she's somehow acquainted with witches from fairy tales. AND their writers. And this is merely scratching the surface of what she's done.
- Cool Old Lady: A quirky, friendly witch with immense magical prowess that loves children, animals and nature.
- Friend to All Children: Like Victor, she loves kids and has her own child-like enthusiasm.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Morgana", an upbeat song with a catchy beat and some exotic instrumentation in the mix, playing almost like a tango song at points. The show uses a slower, classier version as her leitmotif.
- Meaningful Name: "Morgana" is an alternate version of "Morgan", referring to the "Morgan le Fay" of Arthurian myth.
- Once an Episode: Has a "Witchcraft" sketch dedicated to her stories about meeting historical figures, and lessons about health, nature and general knowledge.
- Really 700 Years Old: 6000 years old by the time of her Birthday Episode.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: She's not opposed to socializing and is very conversational, but most of her time is nonetheless spent in her bedroom at the castle's tower, to the point it's somewhat rare to see her come downstairs to the main hall.
Played by: Wagner Bello
An alien from a distant planet that lands in the main hall of the castle one day. Through a basic, fast dictionary reading, he learns to speak Portuguese and occasionally returns to the castle to learn more about human activities with his new friends.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is purple and yellow, and his "outfit" is comprised of rings and shoulder pads of the same color.
- Amusing Alien: A friendly alien visitor with boundless curiosity and quirky customs.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: One of his machines shows that his insides are bio-mechanical, and he openly mentions that some parts can be bought in stores in his home planet. This without mentioning his head and arm protuberances and the rings around his abdomen.
- Establishing Character Moment: Teleporting into the castle's main hall in an ominous display of flickering lights and gusts of wind, only to immediately scream in terror at the leads and hide behind Celeste's tree.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Etevaldo", a song with reversing effects, synthesizer riffs and reverb notes, meant to sound otherworldy and have a sci-fi feel to it.
Played by: Patrícia Gasppar
A creature of Brazilian folklore, the Caipora (Caipora Régia, or "Rê" for short) is a defender of nature and friend of the native civilizations of Brazil. Appears whenever she hears whistling, and usually leaves if someone correctly answers her riddles.
- Ambiguously Human: She's human-like, but outright states she's not human herself in her introduction. As she puts it, "Caipora just is, there is no other".
- Berserk Button: Pollution and deforestation make her hiss loudly at the mere mention of the words. To say nothing of uncontrolled hunting and hurting animals.
- Bowdlerise: The original Caipora myths depict it assaulting hunters in the Amazon who don't agree to its terms and limitations, and being warded off with tobacco ropes. Needless to say, since this is an edutainment show, these parts are omitted.
- Establishing Character Moment: Appearing in the castle while everyone is asleep and whistling while they're snoring, causing a major ruckus due to her hyperactive personality.
- Friend to All Living Things: As a protector of nature, this is a given, although unlike usual natural defenders, she's also not opposed to humans outside of her allied tribes and can be quite friendly to those who don't pollute.
- Gender Flip: Usual folklore renditions of the Caipora have it be a male human-like creature, while the Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum version is female.
- Genki Girl: She's energetic and likes to move around constantly, to say nothing of the constant teleporting, and usually speaks loudly. She does have a few quiet moments, however.
- Green Thumb: Her magic is attuned to nature, which includes the growth and development of plant life, as demonstrated when she helps Zequinha's bean sprout grow so big it grows around the entire castle.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Caipora", a sertanejo (Brazilian country music) song. The show's instrumental version also tends to use Tupi-Guarani drum beats.
- Magical Native American: Native Brazilian, but same principle.
- The Storyteller: Likes to tell stories about two Tupi-Guarani boys who live in the Amazon.
- Teleport Spam: Her preferred method of transportation.
Played by: Ângela Dip
A fashionable reporter and presenter of the local news show. She visits the castle one day to interview Dr. Victor and instead ends up in Nino's convoluted lie that he's his own uncle. From that point on, she becomes a regular visitor to play with the children and go after a new scoop.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Penelope is girly, fancy and fashionable, has an adoration for pink and greatly loves cute things, but she's still a professional reporter and helpfully informs the main quartet at one point that her newscast job is just that: a job, like any other.
- Demoted to Extra: Appears briefly in the movie to report on the incoming planetary alignment event.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Penelope", a surfer-rock song. The show remixes it into a "news show" style, having it double as her program's introductory jingle.
- Intrepid Reporter: She's always looking for a new scoop for her show, and living in the same town as a big castle full of magical wonders often gives her the material she needs.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's dressed head-to-toe in pink all the time, and even her news show has a pink bench and background. That being said, her husband Ulisses likes the color pink just as much, invoking the male variant of the trope.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She and Biba call out the boys on their treatment of Zula and she leaves the castle in disgust at their attitude. Once they learn their lesson, she returns and forgives them.
Played by: Eduardo Silva
A friend of Nino's who lives in the neighborhood, who just so happens to work at the local pizzeria as a deliveryman. Often comes in spinning through the front door with a pizza on each hand and several ideas for fun.
- Fun Personified: Never lets up on having fun with the others, and is usually the first to get on his feet to do something.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Bongô", a happy and uplifting reggae song. An instrumental version serves as his leitmotif. Of course, it emphasizes bongos.
- Keet: Often lifts the mood the second he walks in through the front door, just because he's always with a smile on his face and full of energy to play around with the kids.
- The Pollyanna: It's hard to see him depressed, since he's ever the optimist. He sometimes tells stories about how customers who got a pizza wrong just couldn't find it in themselves to get mad at it with him around.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He DOES work in pizza delivery...
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The one thing that makes him stop having fun and run off is Morgana. He does put away his fear, however, to celebrate Morgana's birthday with the others.
Played by: Pascoal da Conceição
The show's Big Bad. Real name "Pompeu Pompílio Pomposo", he's supposedly a real-estate agent, obsessed with buying the castle's terrain so he can bring it down and build a 100-story building and adjacent parking lot in its place. His schemes usually involve disguising himself to try and trick Nino into signing a contract that will pass the ownership of the castle onto him, but he never succeeds.
The movie gives him a bumbling henchman named Rato and has both constantly trying and failing to buy the lease on the castle, havin done so for quite some time. Hia frustration leads him to Losângela and he ends up cutting a deal with her, becoming HER henchman in the process.
- Adaptational Villainy: Zigzagged. He's still the exact same hammy villain in the movie (in terms of acting), but he's at least smart enough to use a better disguise with Nino (helped by the fact that Nino has never met him directly in this continuity) and follow Losângela's instructions closely so their deal can work out. That being said, Losângela turning Victor and Morgana into puppets and later setting them on fire gets no reaction from him. If anything, he's applauding it before the witch has to command him to restrain Nino.
- Alliterative Name: Pompeu Pompílio Pomposo.
- Bald of Evil: A dishonest con-man, and completely bereft of hair.
- Butt-Monkey: He tries HARD to get Nino to sign the contract, but always ends up unmasked and humiliated. A preferred method of getting him to leave is through the castle's garbage chute.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Dr. Abobrinha", a heavy, deep song with tubas sounding oppressive and slimy. An instrumental version serves as his leitmotif.
- Mayor Pain: In the movie, where Losângela makes him the mayor of São Paulo so he'll have immediate control and authority over the terrain of the castle.
- Meaningful Name: "Abobrinha" is the Portuguese word for the squash/zucchini gourd, a joke at how his head, much like a squash, is a smooth surface. However, "abobrinha" is also a slang term which means "hogwash/nonsense", referring to how often he talks things that displease the cast. His real surname "pomposo" is a Portuguese word meaning "pompous", referring to his haughty attitude.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His favorite strategy. Given this is a kids show, the kids fall for it up until the end of the episode, where something gives him away as an impostor.
Voiced by: Álvaro Petersen Jr.
A pink snake that lives in the tree at the main hall of the castle.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A pink snake.
- Crossdressing Voices: A female snake, voiced by a man.
- Deadpan Snarker: Won't miss a beat to make a snide comment towards someone when she's in the mood.
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Celeste, a Cobra" (Celeste, the Snake), an Egyptian-themed song with several lines emphasizing the S sound on the words. An instrumental version without the drum beat serves as her motif in the show.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's a bright pink color and is one of the female residents of the castle.
- Recurring Element: For the Rá-Tim-Bum shows, with each having a talking female snake character.
- Sssssnake Talk: Downplayed. She plays up the Ss in her words, but not as prolonged as other examples.
Voiced by: Cláudio Chakmati
A blue monster that lives in the castle's plumbing. Likes to brag about how bad he is and to challenge the kids with riddles.
- Berserk Button: It's easier to name things that don't anger him.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Likes to challenge the kids at home to solve his riddles.
- Cartoon Creature: He's a blue fuzzy creature of unspecified species that likes to live close to the sewer.
- Evil Laugh: His trademark "fatal cackle" that he loves to do, and variations thereof. Subverted in that he's not actually "evil", however.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His name is literally just "Bad".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He claims to do bad things to the other residents of the castle, when really he's a big softie who wouldn't hurt a fly (intentionally, at least), something Godofredo rubs on his face constantly.
- Leitmotif: An electric guitar riff as he rushes through the pipes.
- No Indoor Voice: People know he's moving through the pipes because he likes to roar loudly as he does so, and he doesn't ever speak low.
- Poke the Poodle: What his "bad deeds" amount to, and even then he can't go through with them.
Voiced by: Álvaro Petersen Jr.
Mau's sidekick, a small monster that shares Mau's hideout in the castle's pipes.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Like Mau, he'll ask the audience questions sometimes. And some other times, he'll give out the answers to them when Mau isn't looking.
- Cartoon Creature: Hard to say what he really is. Guesses range from saying he's a sewer rat to an elf.
- Extreme Doormat: To Mau, but sometimes he can be a Deadpan Snarker instead.
Voiced by: Fernando Gomes
A talking cat that lives in the castle's library, taking care of the books.
- All Witches Have Cats: It's not outright stated if he belongs to Dr. Victor or Morgana, but the library does contain the elevator to the workshop, and the castle's owners are wizards, so the trope is technically in effect.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A big orange cat with spots.
- Cute Kitten: A really sweet kitty that loves reading.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A spotted cat called "Gato Pintado".
- Image Song / Leitmotif: "Felino Sabidão" (Know-it-All Feline), a jazz song with upbeat periods. A lighter-toned version serves as his leitmotif.
- Mega Neko: Larger than your average house cat.
- "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: What Gato and his library amount to, encouraging kids to seek out storybooks and poems by famous writers.
- Verbal Tic: Finishes sentences by meowing.
Voiced by: Fernando Gomes
A sentient clock positioned in the hall near the entrance, always on time.
Voiced by: Cláudio Chakmati
The castle's robotic doorman, stationed beside the entrance.