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The characters of Dumb and Dumber, some of which appear in its sequel, Dumb and Dumber To.

Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey)

"You'll have to excuse my friend. He's a little slow!"


Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels)

  • Accidental Hero: At the gas stop, Harry chats up an attractive motorist, and only notices that his foot caught fire after she drove away. Harry rushes to the bathroom to dunk his foot in a toilet, and bursts into the stall where Seabass has cornered Lloyd, and unknowingly knocks out Seabass before he can rape and kill Lloyd.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The prequel is both this for he and Lloyd, as they vow never to "let a girl come between them again."
  • Anti-Hero: Type I.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Has two of these moments, when he saves Lloyd from being raped by Sea Bass (although this one was unintentional), and at the end, when he fakes his death long enough for the authorities to arrive and arrest the Big Bad.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often thanks to Lloyd.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lloyd has it worse, but Harry's still neck-deep in this trope.
    State trooper: PULL OVER!!!
  • Disney Death: He appears to have been shot by Andre at the end, but it turns out he was wearing a Bulletproof Vest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite his stupidity Harry can at times be sarcastic towards Lloyd. For example he said to Lloyd “What are you? A camel?” when Lloyd urinated in several bottles. When the duo are unable to locate Mary Swanson in Aspen, Harry sarcastically asks “Great! What do we now?” to Lloyd.
  • The Ditz: Just which one's "Dumb" and which one's "Dumber"? As noted below, Harry seems to have more common sense than Lloyd, but is still not very bright for actually going along with Lloyd's schemes.
    • Unlike Lloyd though, he can read (actually very well for someone as dim as he is).
  • Dumb Blonde: Yes, a male example.
  • Easily Forgiven: Mary playfully throws snow at Harry, who misguidedly smashes her with a snowball in response. After the resulting chaos is over, Mary laughs it off.
  • Extreme Doormat: Throughout the movie, he comes off as a little smarter and more sensible than Lloyd, but for the most part goes along with everything Lloyd does partially because he's just very passive. Although he does lose it and fly off the handle at Lloyd a few times.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He starts a dog-sitting business, although he's bad at it, and seems to like the dogs.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after he realizes that Lloyd backtracked so far east that they no longer had enough gas money to get to Aspen.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lloyd.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
    Lloyd: Harry! You're alive! [Beat] ...and you're a horrible shot.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: The one in the duo who doesn't have any malice like Lloyd did because of being a nicer character that heavily cares for Lloyd and is kind of a Genius Ditz.
  • The Lancer: To Lloyd.
  • Laxative Prank: Lloyd does this to him as revenge for "stealing" his girl.
  • Lethally Stupid: He accidentally killed Mental by giving him rat poison instead of his ulcer pills (when both he and Lloyd first planted hot peppers in Mental's burger, ultimately causing Mental's ulcer to burst).
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the sequel, Harry finds out that he's a father to a daughter he sired with Fraida Felcher... back in 1991. Or so he thinks.
  • Malaproper:
    Harry: I thought we were gonna be together forever. Then about a week later, right outta the blue, she sends me a John Deere letter.
  • Manchild: Has the humor and maturity of a teenager. Even in the sequel!
  • Messy Hair: Which befits his character perfectly.
  • Nice Guy: His stupidity may lead to some unintentional jerkass moments, but Harry's a well-meaning guy in general and an especially good friend to Lloyd.
  • Potty Emergency: In a particularly infamous scene, thanks to the Laxative Prank, Harry takes one of the most grandiose dumps in the history of cinema.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lloyd's Red.
  • Tacky Tuxedo: A blue one when he and Lloyd attend the Snow Owl Benefit.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Lloyd reveals he's been wearing extra gloves the whole time while Harry's hands were freezing, on top of the other things Lloyd did to him up to that point, he laughs and tells Lloyd he's going to kill him, and starts to follow through with the task.

Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly)

"Who are these sick people?"

Joe "Mental" Mentalino (Mike Starr) and JP Shay (Karen Duffy)

"You don't kill people you don't know, that's a rule!"

  • Asshole Victim: In the restaurant scene, where Joe gets poisoned.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Joe kills Harry's parakeet to send a message to Lloyd and Harry.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Mental gets annoyed to death and is eventually on the receiving end of Harry and Lloyd's antics.
  • Co-Dragons: To Andre, with Mental appearing to be the favoured one.
  • Cold Sniper: Shay breaks out a silenced sniper rifle in one scene.
  • Dead Animal Warning: His murder on Harry's parakeet to send the latter and his partner a message.
  • Death by Irony: Joe dies from the rat poison he was about to put in their drinks.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See quote.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Mental finally learns that Harry and Lloyd did not intentionally steal the briefcase and are just two lovesick losers with too much time on their hands just before they accidentally poison him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mental dies after accidentally taking the rat poison he intended to spike Harry and Lloyd's drinks with.
  • Jerkass: Both of them are just scowling thugs to everyone around them.
  • Kick the Dog: RIP, Petey.
  • Pet the Dog: Mental decides to spare Harry and Lloyd after learning they stole the briefcase by accident.
  • Tomboy: JP. It's almost a shock to see her later in a dress.

Nicholas Andre (Charles Rocket)

"You're a dead man. You're a DEAD MAN!"

  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Any attempts at humor on his part are out of sheer frustration.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The more he gets pissed off, the more he's this. He's pissed off a lot.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He believes Lloyd and Harry are trained professionals, due to killing one of their prized owls with a cork (which is nothing but an accident).
    Nicholas: It was a message. We killed their bird, and they kill one of ours.
    JP: How can anybody kill an owl with a cork?!
    Nicholas: They're not just anyone, they're good!
  • Hot-Blooded: Big time.
  • I Have Your Husband: Kicks off the plot with this. It goes slightly awry thanks to the dimwitted duo.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Charles Rocket plays him almost totally straight, which in this kind of movie actually makes him a really intimidating presence.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Usually seen dressed to the nines.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Just completely done with everyone's shit for much of his screentime.

Sea Bass (Cam Neely)

"Who's the DEAD MAN who hit me with a salt-shaker?!"

F.B.I. Special Officer Beth Jordan a.k.a "Athletic Beauty" (Victoria Rowell)

"My astrologer says I should really stay away from accident prone guys..."

  • Chekhov's Gunman: All of her scenes but the last one make her out to be just a gag character.
  • Motor Mouth: Talks Lloyd's ear off about her boyfriend while he's waiting in the bar. He hates this.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Has conversations with both Harry and Lloyd, and gives off a seriously ditzy vibe until The Reveal at the climax.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Her stories about her boyfriend to an uncaring Lloyd.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Turns out she's an FBI agent, who, with other members of the force, has been following the guys all the way from Providence.

Billy in 4C (Brady Bluhm)

"Pretty bird. Now, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird."

  • Butt-Monkey: Lloyd sells him a dead bird with its head taped on, likely scarring him for life.
  • Kindhearted Bird Lover: Especially in the sequel, where he's grown up and owns several birds, which then get eaten by Harry's cat.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's always referred to by the number of his apartment, although without subtitles on, it's easy to think this means his last name is "Enforcee".

Dr. Bernard Pinchelow (Steve Tom)

Adele Pinchelow (Laurie Holden)

Dr. Pinchelow's gold-digging wife who secretly plots to kill both Pinchelow and Penny so she can inherit his fortune.

  • Big Bad: Of the sequel.
  • Gold Digger: She married Dr. Pinchelow for money and tries to apprehend a priceless package for herself.

Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner)

An old flame of both Harry and Lloyd and the biological mother of Penny Pinchelow.

  • Amicable Exes: Sort of. She gets as annoyed with Harry and Lloyd as anyone else would, but she at least tolerates both of them and doesn't seem to have any ill-will.
  • Good Reason For Parental Abandonment: She gave her daughter up for adoption because she didn't feel ready to be a parent and couldn't support her. However, she later comes to regret this and tries to find her during the final act of the film.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Harry and Lloyd can't quite believe that she let herself go. To prove her identity, she shows her smiley tattoo... which has now turned into a frown.
  • Really Gets Around: Aside from getting with both Harry and Lloyd simultaneously, she also had a one-night stand with Peter Stainer, who is Penny's actual father.

Penny Pinchelow/Fanny Felcher (Rachel Belvin)

The adopted daughter of Dr. Pinchelow and the biological daughter of Fraida Felcher.

  • Brainless Beauty: Penny is undeniably cute, but has the IQ of a nail.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's once seen wearing nothing but her underwear, but that was because she was under the impression that you could battle stage fright by "picturing yourself in your underwear".
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Subverted. At first, she displays the same brand of stupidity as Harry and Lloyd, even having similar hobbies, but isn't actually related to either of them.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Subverted. She's Fraida's biological daughter, and is first implied to be Harry's daughter. Then Lloyd starts to suspect he might be Penny's father, only for both of them to realize that her real father was a deceased high school friend of their's: Peter "Pee-Stain" Stainer.

Travis and Captain Lippencott (Rob Riggle)

"Where's the invention!? Where's the goddamn billion dollar INVENTION!?!" (Captain Lippencott)


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