The Fantastic FourA team of four scientists and pilots who were caught up in a cosmic anomaly and given strange powers as a result of the exposure.
- Badass Family: Sue and Johnny are a Sibling Team while Sue and Reed get married in the sequel.
- Celebrity Superhero: They're portrayed this way, similar to the comics. The films crack a few jokes about them signing deals with big corporations.
- Civvie Spandex: The films straddle the line, being body-hugging but clearly not spandex. The funny part is that before they get their powers they wear these same suits under their spacesuits and the jumpsuits worn on the space station. That's right folks, they're literally wearing long underwear.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The Four themselves are only very rarely called by their codenames, Ben in particular because calling him "The Thing" is seen as unnecessarily cruel. Sue also takes offense to being called the Invisible Girl.
- Reluctant Hero: Initially all except Johnny, of course.Johnny: Am I the only one who thinks this is cool?
- Samaritan Syndrome: The Four feel compelled to use their powers for good... often at the cost of their personal lives and relationships, as seen in the wedding opening of the second movie.
- Sibling Team: Sue and her younger brother Johnny.
Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
An MIT graduate and physics researcher extraordinaire working out of the Baxter Building. He is the one who originally proposes the mission to examine the cosmic cloud that gives the team (and Victor Von Doom) their powers. He can transform his body into a living elastic and stretch to incredible lengths.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Reed lacks his comic counterpart's arrogance and numerous morally questionable decisions.
- Adorkable: His quirky and timid behavior has this appeal.
- Alliterative Name: Reed Richards.
- Best Friend: He and Ben have been best friends for years.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Has a few moments of these. Particularly when he fights back against Ben in the first movie and gives General Hager a piece of his mind in the second.
- Brains and Brawn: He and Ben have this Dynamic, with Reed acting as the Brains.
- Commitment Issues: Before the movies started, he broke up with Sue when she suggested they move in together.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the Fantastic Four and usually makes the big decisions for the team.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His elastic skin makes it very hard to actually hurt him in any way, although being supercooled can neutralize him.
- Power Perversion Potential: A few female reporters in the first film have (enthusiastically) asked Johnny if Reed can stretch other parts of his body. Reed is clearly flustered.
- Rubber Man: His powers allow him to stretch any part of his body.
- Science Hero: A brilliant scientist turned superhero. His mind is usually more useful than his actual powers.
- The Smart Guy: One of the smartest scientists in the world. Even Victor and Hager, who dislike Reed admit that about him.
- They Do: He and Sue get together during the course of the first movie and get married at the end of the second.
- Working with the Ex: In the first film, he has to work together with Sue after a bad break up. It quickly becomes apparent there's still a lot of Unresolved Sexual Tension in their interactions.
Susan "Sue" Storm / Invisible Woman
A genetics researcher and, at the time of the fateful mission, Reed's former love interest. Has the ability to create force fields and bend light around herself, rendering her invisible by conventional means.
- Alliterative Name: Susan Storm.
- Barrier Warrior: One of her powers is to create invisible force fields.
- Deadly Force Field: She can use her force fields as blasts and threatens to create a force field inside Victor's body and expanding it until he explodes.
- The Chick: She's the only one of the team who comes to suspect the Surfer isn't truly evil and is vital in him pulling a HeelFace Turn.
- Hot Scientist: Very attractive scientist that leads Von Doom Industries's Department of Genetic Research.
- Invisibility: The powers she gained allow her to turn invisible. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on any clothes except her uniform, so she's forced to become an Invisible Streaker a couple of times in order to sneak around.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a gorgeous woman and her skintight suit leaves very little to the imagination. In the first movie the Invisible Streaker nature of her powers is played for Fanservice when it conveniently fades at the worst possible time, leaving her in her underwear. In the sequel, when Susan accidentally swaps powers with the Johnny, she immediately lights up in flames, burning off her non-fireproof clothes, leaving her in the buff on a crowded street filled with cameras. Jessica Alba even reports that her death scene in the second movie was reshot with the direction to die sexier.
- Psychic Nosebleed: She gets a nosebleed when she exerts the use of her powers.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's not happy about how often she gets ends up accidentally exposing herself. Be it via Invisible Streaker shenanigans, Reed walking on her showering or her clothes being incinarated. She always has a Naked Freak-Out whenever it happens.
- They Do: She gets back together with Reed during the course of the first movie and they get married at the end of the second.
- Working with the Ex: In the first film, she has to work together with Reed after a bad break up. It quickly becomes apparent there's still a lot of Unresolved Sexual Tension in their interactions.
Jonathan "Johnny" Storm / Human Torch
The younger brother of Susan. A thrill-seeking, girl-of-the-week former astronaut with a love for extreme sports and attention. He can raise the temperature of his body to the point of ignition and also has the ability to fly.
- All Your Powers Combined: Johnny becomes able to absorb the other's powers in Rise of the Silver Surfer due to exposure from his encounter with the Silver Surfer. After being a screw up due to his unstable form for most of the movie he uses it to his advantage at the end during the final battle against Doom.
- Big Little Brother: He's 6 feet tall compared to Sue's 5'6 1/2.
- The Casanova: A shameless playboy that flirts with girls constantly.
- Catchphrase: "Flame On!" whenever he activates his powers. He also uses Ben's catchphrase during his final fight with Doom.
- Chekhov's Skill: Johnny going "Supernova" is forbidden by Reed on the grounds of being dangerous, but is later used at the end of the first movie to defeat Doom.
- Clothing Damage: Johnny clothes are incinerated when he activates his powers. The first time it happens while he's skiing in the mountains he crashes into the snow creating an impromptu jacuzzi. In the sequel when Silver Surfer crashes the wedding, he complains about having to ruin his tuxedo before flaming on and giving chase. He was wearing his uniform beneath the tux, though.
- Flying Firepower: He can use his fire powers to fly.
- The Hedonist: If there's one thing Johnny clearly wants, it's having good a time.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brash and mostly full of himself, but he's heart is in the right place.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: In the second movie, he absorbs the powers of the rest of his teammates and curb stomps a Silver Surfer-powered Doom.
- Mr. Fanservice: The Clothing Damage aspect of his powers leaves him naked a lot in the first film, though he's only ever seen from waist up or covering himself. In the sequel, he gets a Shirtless Scene while wearing only a Modesty Towel.
- Person of Mass Destruction: His flames can reach the temperature of the sun, and in the process risk dooming all of life on the planet due to the likelihood of him causing Earths atmosphere to ignite.
- Sad Clown: In Rise he lets on that he plays up his alpha male, girl-of-the-week personality but its left him hollow and yearning for genuine relationships, which he is forced to confront when looking at how well Alicia and Ben get along.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ben, as Johnny constantly teases him and makes jokes at his expense.
- Wreathed in Flames: His entire body becomes consumed with flames when he activates his powers.
Benjamin "Ben" Grimm / The Thing
A test pilot and old friend of Reed Richards. He faced the most exposure to the cosmic cloud, being trapped outside when the space station was engulfed, leaving him with the most profound mutation of any member of the team. He is a being of living rock, making him both extremely durable and extremely strong but at the cost of losing his human appearance (his power not within his control, unlike the rest of the team).
- Always Need What You Gave Up: His transformation into the Thing is reversed just in time for Victor to reveal his villainy and attack. So willingly gets his powers back to stop him.
- Best Friend: He and Reed have been best friends for a long time.
- The Big Guy: The group's literal muscle and go-to guy for physical combat.
- Blessed with Suck: Unlike the rest of the team, his powers are permanently and he's stuck in his super strong and durable but hideous rock monster form.
- Blind and the Beast: He finds true love with the blind Alicia, who cares for him by his personality and not his looks.
- Brains and Brawn: He and Reed have this Dynamic, with Ben acting as the Brawn.
- The Brute: Gained Super Strength along with his appearance, making brute physical strength his specialty.
- Catchphrase: "It's Clobbering Time", whenever he's about to kick ass.
- Driven to Suicide: Comteplates jumping off a bridge after he becomes The Thing and his fiancee leaves him.
- Genius Bruiser: One of the few versions where he is just as clever and savvy as you'd expect from a former test pilot and astronaut. In the sequel, he even recognizes Hager's "comet" can't be a real comet since "the trail is all wrong".
- Military Superhero: A few throwaway lines mention him having served, but it's never clearly stated which branch (Marines in the comics).
- Shipper on Deck: To Sue and Reed in the first film, constantly pushing the two to talk or setting up meetings between them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Often trades barbs and insults with Johnny.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Ben's shirt is shredded from his transformation and he spends most of his time shirtless as The Thing.
Victor Von Doom / Doctor Doom
A former MIT associate of Reed Richards from the country of Latveria and now the CEO of his own corporation, Von Doom Industries. After agreeing to finance Richards' voyage of discovery aboard his private space station to examine the cosmic cloud and being exposed to its effects, his body gains organic metal properties and can generate violent electromagnetic fields. During his first confrontation with the Fantastic Four he is hypercooled by being rapidly heated by a firestorm created by Johnny then doused in water, encasing him in a shell of his own body. He is sent back to Latveria but manages to free himself from his petrified state and returns to the United States, having had an encounter with the Silver Surfer. Initially appearing to help with the efforts to track and subdue the Surfer, he eventually reveals his true colors by stealing the Surfer's board and enhancing his electromagnetic powers with it. It takes the combined power of Johnny absorbing the other three members' powers to finally put an end to his reign of terror by forcibly separating him from the Surfer's board, although his ultimate fate is not known.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: He was with the rest of the Fantastic Four during the cosmic ray storm that empowers them, giving him powers of his own.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: He gets his powers in the same accident that empowered the Fantastic Four, with his body being transformed into metal and giving him lightning powers. In the comics, Doctor Doom has no innate powers but wears Powered Armor and has vast knowledge in sorcery.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist in both films, though he shares the spot with Galactus in Rise of the Silver Surfer.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's largely referred by his first name Victor, and rarely as "Doom".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is at the hand of two of these the second movie. First when he tries to fight the Silver Surfer alone and is defeated in a single blast, and later during the final battle when fighting Johnny with All Your Powers Combined easily beats Doom, who never even gets a single shot off.
- The Dragon: Inadvertently becomes one to Galactus by keeping the board away from the Fantastic Four during the climax.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with the Fantastic Four in the sequel to take down the Silver Surfer. Naturally, he betrays them in the end.
- A God Am I: He already thought highly of himself, but his ego grows immensely once he obtains his powers.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Deeply resents Reed for being smarter than him.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He's actually very difficult to kill thanks to his mutated organic metal body. At best he can be petrified but actually killing him would take something more (Susan suggests she has the power to do so by exploding him from the inside with an expanding force field).
- Psycho Electro: Victor becomes much more psychotic once he gains his electric powers.
- The Rival: With Reed, being eager to shove his financial success in Reed's face. In fact, the only reason he's dating Susan is to rub it on Reed's face.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: After he gains his powers his attitude becomes much more sadistic, but with a smooth, softspoken sinister edge. Best seen when he tortures Reed after freezing him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Dr. Doom falls into the ocean near the end of the sequel, and is never seen again. Did he drown? Did he make it back to shore? We don't know. Another sequel would have likely answered that question (Julian McMahon accepted a three-film deal at the time).
- Wrong Guy First: Sue is dating him at the beginning of the duology.
Norrin Radd / Silver Surfer
An alien who visits several planets on behalf of the galactic maelstrom known as "Galactus" on his silver surfboard-like object. After his arrival, seven days later, the planet is consumed by Galactus. He is enslaved to Galactus in exchange for his people's safety and must serve as his herald.
- Alliterative Name: Silver Surfer.
- Anti-Villain: The only reason he's working for Galactus is so Galactus doesn't destroy his own planet. The Surfer even saves Sue from friendly fire because she reminds him of a woman he loves.
- Chrome Champion: A cosmically powered man completely covered in shining silver skin.
- The Dragon: Serves as one to Galactus, being a herald to the planets he consumes.
- The Fatalist: Has become one as a result of his enslaved position to Galactus being forced to find occupied planets full of living organisms for the cosmic entity to literally consume. Sue eventually is able to convince him that he always had the choice to rebel against Galactus.
- Faustian Rebellion: The Silver Surfer somehow has enough power to defeat Galactus with a Heroic Sacrifice, even though Galactus gave him his power.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He defeats Galactus by flying straight into its core and discharging all the power contained in his board to implode the world-eating storm, not only destroying the maelstrom but also freeing himself from enslavement as Galactus's herald. And The Stinger reveals he didn't even die.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Even more so than the Fantastic Four themselves. Due to his creating environmental problems and EMP pulses from his surfing across the Earth, the military despises him and forces the Fantastic Four to capture him. Even Ben (Thing) expresses support for General Hager's contemptuous treatment of the Surfer, but reluctantly has to break him out of captivity when Surfer agrees to help the Four avert Galactus's path to Earth.
- Intangibility: Can do this due to his manipulation of molecules. During his introductory chase sequence, he phases through buildings, cars, Johnny, and even his own board. He can even do it to Sue's force fields.
- Wedding Smashers: Accidentally becomes this, showing up right during Susan and Reed's wedding.
Galactus / Gah Lak Tus
Galactus is a mysterious alien being that wandered through space and consumes the energy of life-bearing planets in order to survive.
- Adaptational Species Change: Galactus in the comics has a humanoid appearance wearing purple and blue armor but in Rise of the Silver Surfer, he has no humanlike qualities and is only seen as a black cloud. Hints of his signature helmet do however show up as a shadow on Saturn before Galactus ate it and as a fiery storm in the Earth's atmosphere when Silver Surfer confronted him directly.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Shares the spot of main antagonist with Doctor Doom in Rise of the Silver Surfer. With Galactus being the Greater-Scope Villain as the ultimate threat to the planet and Doom being The Heavy.
- Eldritch Abomination: He's a gigantic nebulous cloud of destruction in this adaptation.
- Planet Eater: He preserves the balance of life by eating planets, just as a lion does by eating zebras.
Alicia Masters is a blind artist and the girlfriend of Ben Grimm after the space incident.
- Blind and the Beast: With Ben after they become a couple. She does soon touch his face and learns the truth, but still doesn't care about his appearance.
- Decomposite Character: Her role in bonding with Silver Surfer in the comics was given to Susan in the film.
- Love Interest: For Ben in both movies, after he's dumped by Debbie.
- Nice Girl: Easily the nicest character in both movies. She's even nice to Johnny when he's being an ass to Ben.
- Race Lift: Alicia Masters was white in the comic books, and it's played by a black actress in the films.
- Second Love: For Ben, with Debbie being the first.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's black and blind.
General Hager is a high ranking officer in the United States Army and a fellow college student of Reed. He's in charge of the government's efforts to deal with the Silver Surfer.
- Analogy Backfire: When trying to strongarm Reed, he starts using football metaphors, claiming that he's the quarterback.Hager: But I guess you never played football in high school, did you, Richards?
Reed: No, you're right, I didn't. I stayed inside and studied, like a good little nerd. And fifteen years later, I'm one of the greatest minds of the 21st century, I'm engaged to the hottest girl on the planet, and the big jock who played quarterback in high school? Well, he's standing right in front of me asking me for my help. And I say he's not gonna get a damn thing, unless he does exactly what I tell him, and starts treating my friends and me, with some respect.
Hager: (to his men) Give him what he wants.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: A black and bald military general that serves as the obstructing authority figure for the film.
- Expy: He was originally supposed to be Nick Fury, but this had to be changed at the last minute due to rights issues at the time, with (Fox owning the film rights to the FF, while Marvel Studios had the rights to Fury). It's especially obvious since one of Hager's conversations with Mr. Fantastic is taken almost word-for-word from a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Nick Fury in Ultimate Extinction.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Decides to put his trust on Doom of all people. He pays for it with his life.
- Jerk Jock: Wase one back in college, but even years later he still has a typical Jock vs Nerd rivalry with Reed and still uses football metaphors.
- Literally Shattered Lives: He's killed when Doom uses the Silver Surfer's board to enhance his powers, allowing him to petrify and shatter the general.
- Only One Name: "Hager" is the only name given to him.
- The Resenter: Early in his career, he was charged with overseeing a missile defense system, but the project was terminated when Reed advised the military against the project. Hager seems to resent him for it even years later.
- Scientist vs. Soldier: Hager berates Reed for not being at his beck and call to design something to catch the Surfer, Reed lets Hager know when he's making destructively stupid decisions.
- The Stoic: He is usually stoic, humorless man.
- Too Dumb to Live: The General repeatedly trusts Victor over Reed, even giving him access to study the Surfer's board. Likely due to their mutual dislike of Richards. He even has the audacity to appear surprised when Victor inevitably screws everyone over and steals the board for himself.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Doom kills Hager once he gets what he wanted from him.
Frankie Raye is a captain for the United States Army and part of General Hager's team assembled to deal with the Silver Surfer.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Frankie Raye is a Fiery Redhead in the comics, but is a blonde in the movie.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's cold and dismissive of Johnny at first, but seems to warm up to him by the end of the movie.
- Ignore The Fanservice: She pointedly ignores Johnny flirting with her while wearing only a Modesty Towel.
- Love Interest: For Johnny in Rise of the Silver Surfer.
- Not His Sled: In the comics, Frankie Raye is Nova, one of the heralds of Galactus. But she remains as a normal human throughout the movie and has no connection to him.
- Number Two: She serves as General Hager's right-hand woman.
Leonard is Victor's assistant in Von Doom Industries.
- Number Two: He's Victor's loyal right-hand man in Von Doom Industries, though he doesn't play a part in Victor's actions once he becomes Doctor Doom.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Is always seen wearing a suit and he has the suave manner to go with it.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He sends Doom's frozen body to Latveria at of end of the first movie, causing him to be freed in the sequel and almost dooming the world in the process.
Ned Cecil was a New York investment banker that provides funding for Victor's company.
- Expy: To Henry Balkan from Spider-Man, who also gives the Big Bad a hard-time which prove him to villainy.
- Jerkass: He has no respect to Victor's Latverian heritage, and often refers to it as "The Old Country".
- Majority-Share Dictator: He led the other stockholders in withdrawing their money from Von Doom Industries after the space mission failed.
- Nothing Personal: Tells this to Victor after he pulls out all the money from his company. It doesn't help him.
- Revenge: He's murdered by Victor in a Parking Garage as revenge for ruining his company.
- Torso with a View: Victor kills him by blowing a hole through his chest with his new powers.
Ben's fiancee before the space incident, who dumps him after he becomes The Thing.
- Freak Out!: Has a horrified reaction when she sees Ben as The Thing for the first time.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While cruel and insensitive, her dumping of Ben after his traumatic transformation is understandable, something Ben himself ultimately accepts.
- Lingerie Scene: Introduced wearing her nighties. In the middle of a street.
- Returning the Wedding Ring: After the bridge scene, she shows up to Ben and takes off her engagement ring, leaving it on the blacktop before walking off.
- Romantic False Lead: She was engaged to Ben at the beginning of the duology before she dumps him and he eventually moves on with Alicia.
- Satellite Love Interest: We don't know anything about her and she is never heard of again after she dumps Ben. This was completely intentional though, to make way for Alicia.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Has no qualms walking in her lingerie in the middle of the street during the dead of night.
The nurse assigned to the Fantastic Four after the space accident.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She appreciates the view of a naked Johnny in an impromptu jacuzzi after he manifests his powers for the first time.
- Hospital Hottie: She's a very attractive nurse, as Johnny immediately notices and starts flirting with her.
- No Name Given: She's even credited as "Sexy Nurse", but she has name tagged in her uniform.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Turns out to rival's Johnny love for sports and adrenaline when they go skiing, even challenging him for a race, much to his surprise and joy.
- Satellite Love Interest: Looked like she was going to be Johnny's Love Interest in the first movie, but then she disappears after two scenes.
Willie is the mailman of the Baxter Building where the Fantastic Four live.
- Creator Cameo: Notably, Willie Lumpkin is the only time that Stan Lee has cameoed as an actual Marvel Comics character.note