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The Vasquez foster family

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"All hands on deck."

Species: Humans

Appears in: SHAZAM!

The Vasquez couple and the young foster boys and girls they're in charge of.

For tropes applying to the kids' superhero forms in general, see Shazam - The Shazam Family.

  • Alliterative Name: Most of the kids besides Mary and Eugene have this.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In casual clothes Billy is red, Freddy is blue, Darla purple, Pedro green, Eugene gray, and Mary is magenta.
  • Family of Choice: They're not related by blood, but share strong family bonds all the same. Billy is initially cold to them, but after warming up to them in his Shazam form and finding out that his biological mother abandoned him, he fully considers them as his family.
  • Five-Token Band: The foster family is quite diverse with a white boy (Billy), a white handicapped boy (Freddy), a white girl (Mary), an Asian boy (Eugene), an Ambiguously Gay=/=asexual Hispanic boy (Pedro) and a African-American girl (Darla). Both parents are also Hispanic.
  • Foster Kids: All the kids are these. Victor and Rosa themselves were foster kids, which motivated them to become foster parents. The family's dynamic is actually a very nice subversion to the typical depiction of foster homes as Wicked Step-Parents, the worst extents of Fostering for Profit and modern-day updates to the Orphanage of Fear; the family lives together with a sense of love and collegiality no matter how difficult the financial situation can be, and Victor and Rosa legitimately love and care about the kids they have taken on.
  • Orphanage of Love: Upon meeting Billy, Freddy tells him that the family seems nice but gets "real Game of Thrones" after a while... only to troll him. That foster family is actually one of the nicest, most loving and most functional ever put to film.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Eugene and Darla are notably younger than the other teenaged foster kids, and their cuteness are milked in any given chance.
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    Freddy Freeman 

Frederick Christopher "Freddy" Freeman

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"If you could have one superpower, what would you pick? Everybody chooses flight!"
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Species: Human

Played by: Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody (adult superhero form)

Dubbed by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Daisuke Ono (superhero form, Japanese), Kylian Trouillard (European French), Donald Reignoux (superhero form, European French), Adam Moussamih (Canadian French), Emiliano Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish), Alan Bravo (superhero form, Latin-American Spanish)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

"You look at me and you're like 'Why so dark? You're a disabled foster kid, you've got it all'!"

One of Billy Batson's foster brothers, his roommate in the Vasquez house and guide to Fawcett Central High School. He befriends Billy after the latter receives his powers.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Sort of... inverted? They've abandoned his blond New 52 look in favor of his earlier black hair. This stays true when he uses the power of Shazam, wherein he doesn't have long blond hair like in the comics.
  • Adorkable: He has a nerdy admiration for superheroes, and outright squees when he finds out that Billy has gained superpowers.
  • Alliterative Name: Freddy Freeman.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Is ostracized by his classmates and picked on by the local bullies. Fortunately, things seem to be shaping up to get better for Freddy in the end.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A superhero fan who gets to hang out with an actual superhero. Himself later becomes a superhero when Billy shares his powers with his foster siblings.
  • Best Friend: Billy hangs out with him even while transformed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Billy rejects Darla calling him her brother, Freddy ends up walking the sulking Darla to class and comforting her.
  • The Chew Toy: He's a target for bullies.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Mild example. He has Billy go inside a strip club as Shazam so he can tell him what he saw. However, when he's gently lead out with a complementary basket of wings with Freddy eagerly asking if Billy saw any boobs, Billy blankly says that they'd need more money which disappoints him. Later when Billy teleports them to the strip club away from Sivana, Freddy is happily walking out covered in glitter.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Freddy's own transformed adult self is clad in blue.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as "Captain Marvel/Shazam Jr" during the film.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's the one who usually cracks the most sarcastic and witty lines.
  • Disabled Snarker: In their first conversation, he trolls Billy by claiming "it gets real Game of Thrones around here", then cracks up laughing when Billy takes him seriously leading into the character quote above.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Along side Billy (who is Shazam), he and Freddy learn the hard way that alcohol is an acquired taste for a reason. After trying one drink, they spit it out in disgust and buy tons of candy and soda instead.
  • Flying Brick: Freddie's default powerset when Billy shares his power with him. He specializes in flying, but his other physical attributes are not as emphasized.
  • Foster Kid: Along with the rest of his siblings.
  • Genre Savvy: Due to his knowledge of pretty much every known superhero in their universe he's fully aware of the tropes and what to and what not to do in regards to being one.
  • Hero-Worshipper: His fondness and admiration for superheroes is the main source of Continuity Nods in SHAZAM!. To wit:
    • He admires and worships Superman and has several pieces of memorabilia at home, including a cap, a t-shirt and a cup, all with the "S" symbol. He also has a Time magazine with the Black Zero (General Zod's ship) on its cover, a Daily Planet cover about Superman being Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee and another about Superman's return. He even owns a bullet that bounced on the Man of Steel.
    • He seems to admire the Justice League overall, what with his batarang replica, Batman action figure, Aquaman sweatshirt and Wonder Woman t-shirt.
  • Hypocrite: He chastises Billy for selfishly showing off with his powers outside instead of showing up at school in this form, where he got the "suitcase wedgie" treatment from the Breyer brothers instead of an awesome moment where he [Freddy] would get the privilege to introduce the new superhero in town to everyone. That's the same guy who filmed Billy-as-Shazam all day long before and put it all on YouTube to get shit tons of views. Billy even calls him out on breaking his own rule on letting people know he's associated with him when he pointed out earlier that the hero's loved ones are the perfect bad guy target. This comes back and bites him when Sivana sees him and Billy, as Shazam, on the news together and he takes him and his siblings hostage.
  • Keet: Easily, the most hyper active of the foster kids. Him becoming his own Shazam avatar is even more so hyperactive.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Inverted. His Game of Thrones line pivots from what was going to look like a grimdark tone to the big red cheesefest on.
  • The Lancer: The sibling Billy is closest with, but also the one he argues with the most. Freddy is genre savvy with no powers, where Billy is powerful but directionless.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: How Mary describes him and Billy when they argue.
  • Motor Mouth: He’s pretty talkative and loves to gush about superheroes and other nerdy things.
  • Secretly Selfish: During Billy and Freddie's fight, Freddie calls out Billy for letting his powers go to his head while Billy in turn calls out Freddie for trying to use his association to his powers to get popular with his classmates.
  • Squee!: He does this a lot when he meets Billy as Shazam for the first time, and one towards the end of the film when Shazam brings Superman to the cafeteria to eat lunch with Freddy.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: When receiving the power of Shazam in the climax, he turns into a superhero who doesn't need a crutch anymore. This is highlighted by a shot of the crutch falling on the ground. Justified, since A Wizard Did It — or rather, Shazam did it with the wizard's staff (and also in that he hasn't experimented with the powerset and transformations yet so his crutch didn't simply vanish to rematerialize when he powers down as usually happens in other versions).
  • Toxic Friend Influence: A mild example, but he doesn't exactly discourage Billy's standoffish behavior with all those viral videos and indeed gleefully enjoys the perks of Billy's Shazam form; he doesn't start getting snippy until Billy decides he wants to go solo after being told he's like the Shazam form better than Billy.
  • Troll: He likes to mess around with people, especially Billy — being Shazam notwithstanding. His first interaction with Billy is scaring him with dark things like how he got thrown from a window, has terminal cancer, or that the household can get pretty real "Game of Thrones". When Billy became Shazam, Freddy tricks him into believing that he has invisibility to watch him acting idiotic when he was, in fact, still visible. Also, during one of the power tests, he secretly lights the box Shazam is hiding in on fire to test whether or not he is fire-resistant.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: While Freddie does have his limits, he's actually rather patient with a lot of Billy's early antagonistic attitude.

    Mary Bromfield 

Mary Bromfield

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Species: Human

Played by: Grace Fulton, Michelle Borth (adult superheroine form)

Dubbed by: Aya Hirano (Japanese), Alicia Vélez (Latin-American Spanish), Leyla Rangel (superheroine form, Latin-American Spanish), Emilie Rault (European French), Geneviève Bédard (Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

One of Billy Batson's foster sisters, and the eldest of the Vasquez fosters.


  • Age Lift: She and Billy are pre-teen twins in the comics and most media. Here, Mary is in her late teens while Billy is about to turn fifteen.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She always appears collected.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She gets very protective of her foster family, whether that be from bullies or Sivana himself, and is extremely defensive of their youngest, Darla. Mary even risks her life or puts herself in harms way if it means keeping the other kids safe.
  • Brainy Brunette: Smart enough to be able to get accepted into Caltech, and is able to figure out by looking at a newscast and putting together other events she witnessed that Billy is Shazam. She also figured out that if they lure out all the Seven Deadly Sins from Sivana then he'll be powerless.
  • Casting Gag: Her actress made a career playing a younger Time-Shifted Actor to various main characters. Here, she's the main actress for the character who gets an Older Alter Ego.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Averted — she's the only sibling wearing the same red as Billy when using the Power of Shazam. Incidentally she does own a white sweater, corresponding to her alternate costume from the comics.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Much like with Freddy, she's never referred to as "Mary Marvel/Lady Shazam" during the film.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's shown to be a good older sister to her foster siblings, and they all generally like her.
  • Demoted to Extra: She's Billy's most prominent sibling in the comic books and most media. Here, Freddy takes the role. And when Billy's foster siblings finally get their powers, Mary is notably the most Out of Focus while the rest get to showcase them. The actress who plays her superhero form revealed that her scenes were cut for time.
  • Foil: Out of all the orphans, she provides the sharpest contrast to Billy. Billy initially kept everyone at a distance, looked out only for himself and acted irresponsibly. Mary is firmly attached to her foster family, puts others before herself and is the most mature family member after their foster parents.
  • Foster Kid: Along with the rest of her siblings.
  • Hidden Depths: She secretly cares for her family, and is distressed when she learns her college degree means she may have to leave them.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She grabs a carnival game gun and comes within a hair's breadth of nailing Dr Sivana in the eye. And those duck shooting guns aren't nearly that accurate, especially at that range.
  • Informed Flaw: Her actress, Michelle Borth, revealed she's uptight and grew up too fast, and "has lost the capability of just relaxing, having fun, and letting loose and being a teenager". But when she transforms into her superhero form, "she knows how to have fun. She's got her confidence back. She knows how to let her hair down. She knows just how to embrace life, and she's not so worried anymore". We never get to see this side of her due to her small screen time.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Much like her counterpart in the comics. She has a skirt on her outfit, unlike Darla.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She's depicted as the rock of the family at first, but the combination of her Caltech application finally going through and almost getting run over by a truck sends her into an emotional breakdown.
  • The Runaway: Victor revealed that she ran away twice until she found the Vasquez as her home.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Briefly. She figures out Billy is the new superhero in Philadelphia shortly before Sivana confronts the Vasquezes.
  • Super Intelligence: According to DVD special features, this is what her special power is — the Wisdom of Solomon.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Taking cues from her New 52 version, Mary and Billy are not blood-related siblings.

    Eugene Choi 

Eugene Choi

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Species: Human

Played by: Ian Chen, Ross Butler (adult superhero form)

Dubbed by: Eri Miyajima (Japanese), Masamichi Kitada (superhero form, Japanese), Jared Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish), Javier Olguín (superhero form, Latin-American Spanish), Simon Faliu (European French), Raphael Bleau (Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

One of Billy Batson's foster brothers.


  • Asian and Nerdy: He wears glasses, is introduced while playing a video game, hacks a government database to find Billy's birth parents, and later mimes a Kamehame Hadoken attack at one point. He also shouts "hadouken" when he's firing lightning bolts in his transformed state.
  • Brainy Brunette: A black haired young boy who managed to find Billy's birth mother via hacking a government database.
  • Child Prodigy: Eugene is around elementary school age and is a hacking prodigy.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His adult form is clad in gray.
  • Foster Kid: Along with the rest of his siblings.
  • Game Master: Introduced playing a video game and is said to be good at it.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He mimics the move during the Final Battle using his newfound lightning powers.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: His first name is American while his last name is Korean.
  • Shock and Awe: He primary uses this power when Billy shares his powers with his foster siblings.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Rectangular shaped ones and us the most tech-savvy of his family.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the smartest and most tech-savvy of the kids; he was the one to track down Billy's real parents, which entailed hacking into a government database.
  • What T He Fu Are You Doing: He attempts to defend Freddy from the Breyer Brothers at one point with nunchuks, but accidentally hits himself in the head with them.

    Pedro Peña 

Pedro Peña

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Species: Human

Played by: Jovan Armand, D.J. Cotrona (adult superhero form)

Dubbed by: Mitsuaki Kanuka (Japanese), Takahiro Sakurai (superhero form, Japanese) José Luis Piedra (Latin-American Spanish), Víctor Ugarte (superhero form, Latin-American Spanish), Martin Faliu (European French), Elias Changuel (superhero form, European French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

One of Billy Batson's foster brothers.


  • Alliterative Name: Pedro Peña.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His introverted tendencies make him come off as this.
  • Asexuality: His reaction to the strip club can be explained by this or...
  • Badass Beard: In his adult superhero form.
  • The Big Guy: He's overweight, making him the largest of the kids and when he's transformed with the powers of Shazam, he also has the largest muscles, and relies the most on Super Strength.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His superhero form is clad in green.
  • Foster Kid: Along with the rest of his siblings.
  • Hidden Depths: He comes across as either unaware or uninterested, but when he finds Billy's discarded notebook filled with names and addresses, he figures out that Billy is trying to find his mother and enlists in Eugene's assitance to help this kid he barely knows.
  • The Quiet One: The most introverted of his siblings. Not so much when he's in his superpowered form.
  • Super Strength: He primarily uses this power when Billy shares his powers with his siblings, trying to prevent a Ferris wheel from collapsing.
  • Weight Woe: He's an overweight boy who seems to have some sort of insecurity about it, judging by the barbell weights said to be his at one point. He's obviously elated by his superpowered (and super ripped) form later on.
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    Darla Dudley 

Darla Dudley

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Species: Human

Played by: Faithe Herman, Meagan Good (adult superheroine form)

Dubbed by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Estefanía Piedra (Latin-American Spanish), Annie Rojas (superheroine form, Latin-American Spanish), Délia Franniewicz (European French), Elia St-Pierre (Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

One of Billy Batson's foster sisters, and the youngest of the Vasquez fosters.


  • Age Lift: Downplayed. Close to pre-teen in the comic books and most adaptations, she specifically mentioned she's nine during the time of her introduction.
  • Alliterative Name: Darla Dudley.
  • Badass Adorable: Retains her bright and sweet sunshine personality even in her formidable adult "Shazam" form.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest of the Vasquez fosters. This is why Mary covers her eyes when the foster siblings teleport into a strip club.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret:
    Billy: Is she even good at keeping secrets?
    Darla: Moderate.
    Freddie: No.
    • Ultimately downplayed as while shecan keep a secret, namely Billy's alter ego, it is shown to be difficult for her.
  • Casting Gag: She is a child character whose adult superhero form is played by Meagan Good, a Former Child Star herself before her career has gotten better since her childhood.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her superhero form is clad in purple.
  • The Cutie: She's adorable, sweet and cheerful.
  • Foster Kid: Along with the rest of her siblings.
  • The Glomp: Victor describes her as a "big hugger." Literally the first thing she does onscreen is hug new foster brother Billy before he's even said a word to her.
  • Meaningful Name: Darla means "darling" or "dear one." She's very sweet and the rest of the family dotes on her.
  • Motor Mouth: She's described as speaking a lot when she wants to avoid being distressed. She's really effective at it...
    Darla: Silence makes me uncomfortable.
    Eugene: (wryly) She's almost never uncomfortable.
  • Nice Girl: Possibly the nicest person in the whole SHAZAM! movie.
  • Secret Keeper: She becomes the only other one of Billy's foster siblings to learn he's gained the powers of Shazam. She gleefully brags about having been able to keep it a secret when Mary figures it out.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Inverted. She wears large rounded glasses, but is not as bright as the tropes implies.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She's the only one to have bare arms as part of her Shazam form.
  • Super Speed: She primarily uses this power when Billy shares his powers with his siblings.
  • Womanchild: Naturally, Darla in her superhero form is a pre-teen girl in an adult woman's body.

    The Vasquez Couple 

Victor & Rosa Vasquez

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Species: Humans

Played by: Cooper Andrews (Victor), Marta Milans (Rosa)

Dubbed by: Taiten Kusunoki (Victor, Japanese), Kotono Mitsuishi (Rosa, Japanese), Óscar Rangel (Victor, Latin-American Spanish), Xóchitl Ugarte (Rosa, Latin-American Spanish), Gilles Morvan (Victor, European French), Léovanie Raud (Rosa, European French), Alexandre Fortin (Victor, Canadian French), Catherine Proux-Lemay (Rosa, Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

Billy Batson's new foster parents who run a group home.


  • Alliterative Name: Victor Vasquez.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Victor scolds Billy for skipping school and running away from home.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Gender Flip. Victor is heavyset while Rosa is slim.
  • Foster Kid: Both of them were raised in the foster system themselves, which is why they began fostering kids themselves.
  • Good Parents: They're shown to be genuinely good parents to Billy and his foster siblings, whom Billy grows to care about along with the rest of them.
  • Happily Married: They don't seem to have any problem in their married life.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: They become this after Billy gets the powers of Shazam. Even more so when all the kids they're in charge of get those powers.
  • Parental Substitute: They are foster parents. They provide parental love and guidance to kids who don't get it from others.
  • The Runaway: Both of them previously ran away from foster homes in the past, with Victor doing it the most, until they finally found their true homes.

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    The Breyer Brothers 

Brett and Burke Breyer

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Species: Humans

Played by: Carson MacCormac (Brett), Evan Marsh (Burke)

Dubbed by: Iván Bastidas (Brett, Latin-American Spanish), Bruno Coronel (Burke, Latin-American Spanish)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

"What, you need your fake family to stand up for you?"

Two bullies at Fawcett Central High who tend to target those who can't fight back.


    Marilyn Batson 

Marilyn Batson

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Species: Human

Played by: Caroline Palmer

Dubbed by: Sayaka Kobayashi (Japanese), Rosalba Sotelo (Latin-American Spanish)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

Billy Batson's biological mother.


  • Abusive Parents: She mentioned how her parents forcibly kicked her out of the house just because she fell pregnant at 17-years-old. She repeats the same pattern by callously leaving Billy behind as a young toddler and being downright unaffectionate towards him once he meets her at the apartment complex.
  • Archnemesis Mom: In a sense for Billy, as her deliberate abandonment of him is what started his long-suffering search for her during his childhood until he realized her true colors much to his disappointment upon finally finding her.
  • Asshole Victim: Given how cold she was towards Billy when he tries to reunite with her and the fact that she left him behind as a young toddler in the first place, it is difficult to feel sorry for her current situation.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Marilyn cast Billy aside to start a new happy life. By the time of the film she is now trapped in a spiral of hopping between abusive partners and loveless-relationships of convenience.
  • Broken Pedestal: Billy realizes the loving mother he remembered was just through the eyes of a child.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The compass she gave Billy was his most prized possession. When he gives it back, she doesn't recognize it. It had been years, and she likely only got it for him as a consolation prize since she couldn't win the stuffed tiger he wanted.
  • Burger Fool: When Billy meets her after years of being separated from her, she wears a red shirt with her forename on a label stuck on it, indicating she's a fast food restaurant waitress or something similar. The building she lives in certainly doesn't scream "apartments for high income" either.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Deconstructed. Billy believes this for a large portion of the film (or rather, that it was his fault that they got separated and Marilyn had a good reason for not finding him). But when he finally finds her and moves to hug her for the first time in ten years, she doesn't return the gesture, seems more upset that this is an inconvenient time for her than happy to see the child she supposedly loved, and overall gives the impression that her claims that she abandoned him so he could have a better life without her are more to justify her actions to herself. However, rather than being a heartwarming gesture, Billy is emotionally crushed and no longer sees her as his mother since he searched all those years for her for nothing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Marilyn was a pregnant teenager who was kicked out by her parents. Her boyfriend abandoned her within three years claiming he no longer wanted to be part of their lives and was later jailed. Overwhelmed with the stress of raising a young boy with no support, she impulsively abandoned after seeing he was found by the police. And for the last ten years, she has apparently been in loveless relationships and a dead end job.
  • Domestic Abuse: When Billy found her, she lives in an apartment with a partner who is, at the very least, verbally abusive.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Downplayed, while the Seven Deadly Sins are this for the main story, Marilyn is this for Billy's personal arc to find her until he realized once he found her that she had purposely blew him off and in turn made his long search to be welcomed back in her mother's open arms into a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
  • Hate Sink: She is by far the least likable character in the film, even more so than either Sivana or the Breyer brothers.
  • Hypocrite: Disowned by her parents for having a child before the age of 17... and then abandoned her toddler son simply because he was an inconvenience.
  • I Have No Daughter!: Her parents disowned her, as she mentions they wouldn't give her any support for her and her son.
  • It's All About Me: While she claims she left Billy with the police because she felt he would be better off that way, the fact she didn't attempt to properly hand off custody of him to the state and ensure he'd have a stable environment (and could still visit him) shows she cared more about unburdening herself from being a parent than his well-being.
  • Jerkass: Not only did she abandon a helpless toddler under the reasoning that he would be "safer" with the police (ignoring that it led Billy to the mercy of the foster care system), but she was cold-hearted towards Billy once the latter tried to reunite with her.
  • Kick the Dog: When Billy meets up with her after spending the past ten years looking for her, she awkwardly refuses to engage with him as he tries to hug her.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Marilyn abandoned Billy as a kid, and when he found her again, her life, which she had thought would be better with Billy not in the picture, is even worse than before.
  • Lower-Class Lout: She is found living in a troubled neighborhood full of them and her new abusive husband is one too. She herself could qualify following her Teen Pregnancy then ditching Billy to help herself, making her current stay well-deserved.
  • Missing Mom: To Billy, as they've been separated for ten years.
  • Moral Myopia: Marilyn's parents kicked her out of the house while she was pregnant with Billy, yet she herself does not see the consequences of leaving behind her own toddler son without telling him.
  • Never My Fault: She never considers the possibility that Billy might have had a troubled upbringing after she left him, and interprets his finding her as self-assurance that he was fine without her.
  • Parental Abandonment: She abandoned Billy at the fair when he was a toddler, not feeling capable of raising him when his father was in prison. When they reunite nearly a decade later, she's unable (or unwilling) to make him a part of her life, outright telling him that "this isn't a good time for [her]".
  • Parents as People: Billy's memory of her is that of an ideal, if not perfect mom. But when he reunites with her, she has to set the record straight by telling the harsh yet understandable truth: She abandoned Billy due to the combined toll of a deadbeat partner, teenage pregnancy, and getting kicked out of her house for said pregnancy. While Billy is heartbroken by this revelation, he magnanimously doesn't call her out on her behavior but instead leaves her behind to embrace his new family.
  • Shed the Family Name: She reverted to her maiden name and shed the name "Batson" after Billy's father left her since it was his family name. This is the reason why Billy has never been able to find her until the day Eugene Choi told him about this fact.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only shows up in the movie for two scenes, yet she shows a major importance to Billy's Character Development and contribution to his troubled upbringing.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She's a Posthumous Character in the comic books and most media.
  • Struggling Single Mother: She abandoned Billy when his father was in prison and she felt she couldn't raise him on her own.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Her parents kicked her out when she was 17 and pregnant with Billy.
  • Troubled Abuser: Downplayed. While "abuser" might be pushing it, she certainly didn't come off as thoughtful towards Billy given her distant attitude when he wanted to reconcile with her and her callous abandonment of him when he was young. However, she was shown to have a rather difficult life herself since both her parents disowned her for having Billy young and her boyfriend ended up getting incarcerated, thus receiving absolutely no support in raising her son.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Mary is not her daughter in this version.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost everything about her is as much a surprise to the viewer as it is to Billy himself.
  • What You Are in the Dark: She did initially try to be a loving mother to Billy, but once she saw him with some policemen, she realized that she had the option of giving him away, which she took with zero hesitation.
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    Mall Santa 

The Mall Santa

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"RUUUNNN!"

Species: Human

Played by: Brian Kaulback

Dubbed by: Jiro Sato (Japanese), Sylvain Hétu (Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

A man playing Santa Claus who finds himself caught twice in a battle between Billy!Shazam and Dr. Sivana.


  • Bad Santa: Maybe not the worst example of this trope, but he's pretty quick to ditch a poor kid that was sitting on his lap to save himself when Billy and Sivana crash through the mall. He's also got quite a mouth, apparently.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor guy finds himself being attacked by super-powered beings twice on the same day. And making Santa look bad with some of the kids in the process.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: After the Final Battle, he is interviewed on TV, and enthusiastically lets out a few curse words in rapid succession. All of them are bleeped, both for humorous effect and because the movie is family-friendly.
  • Dirty Coward: He immediately leaves a young girl at the mercy of a supervillain.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the mall, he promises a little girl that Santa will always be there for her, then almost immediately afterward when the superhero fight causes a panic, he bolts and leaves her to fend for herself.
  • Innocent Bystander: He's unlucky enough to be on the site of a battle between Billy!Shazam and Dr. Sivana twice.
  • Mall Santa: He's first seen at a mall, then later at the Christmas fair.
  • Run or Die: He loudly shouts "RUN!" when Sivana starts using his powers at the Christmas fair, then runs away.

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