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 got their powers, they were wearing the same outfits 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: All of them initially, except for Johnny.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.
- 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: Prior to the first movie, he broke up with Sue when she suggested they move in together. He gets better.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Played for Laughs in the second film when Reed gives Hager a well-deserved The Reason You Suck speech, and both Storm siblings have this to say:Sue: I'm so hot for you right now.
Johnny: [hugs Reed] Me, too!
- Flowers of Romance: Averted. He tries to give Sue a lily in the first film, only to walk into her room and discover that Victor has filled her room with multiple extravagant bouquets. Before he leaves, though, he tells the nurse—who was about to place some orchids by Sue's bedside—that Sue is allergic to them and to put sunflowers (her favorite) instead. Sue, who up until that point had simply been pretending to be asleep, smiles in a fashion that clearly tells the audience how touched she is by the gesture.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the Fantastic Four and is usually in charge of making the team's big decisions.
- Locked into Strangeness: In this movie, his grey temples are a result of the cosmic radiation that gave him his powers.
- 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 (enthusiastically) ask Johnny if Reed can stretch other parts of his body. Reed is visibly flustered as a result.
- Rubber Man: His powers allow him to stretch any part of his body.
- Science Hero: A brilliant scientist turned superhero. Usually, his mind is even more useful than his actual powers.
- Tempting Fate: In the first movie, when Ben voices his worries about the trip, Reed has this to say:Reed: A few days in space. It'll be great. What's the worst that could happen?
- 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 that 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.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Sue is a genetics researcher in the movie—something she isn't in the comics. However, this sort of falls under Informed Ability as stated below.
- Adaptational Wimp: Sue is the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four in the comics. While not necessarily useless in the movies, she isn't the powerhouse her comic counterpart is either. Possibly a third movie would have remedied that.
- Affectionate Nickname: Ben calls her "Suzie" often—a sign of their close relationship, even after her break-up with Reed.
- Alliterative Name: Susan Storm.
- Awesome McCoolname: Susan Storm. She also shares this with her little brother, Johnny.
- Barrier Warrior: One of her powers is to create invisible force fields.
- 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.
- Deadly Force Field: She can use her force fields as blasts and threatens to create a force field inside Victor's body and expand it until he explodes.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Both Reed and Victor are attracted to her in the movie and she was able to get the Surfer to pull a HeelFace Turn partly because she reminded him of the woman he loved.
- Hot Scientist: She's a very attractive scientist. She's also the head of the Department of Genetic Research at Von Doom Industries.
- Invisibility: One of the powers granted to her by the cosmic storm. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on any other clothes except the uniform she was wearing at the time, so she's forced to become an Invisible Streaker on at least two occasions in order to sneak around.
- Informed Ability: Sue is a genetic researcher in the films but doesn't really display this knowledge, seeing as most of the intellectual heavy lifting is done by Reed. In the second movie, she claims she can create a force field inside a person's body and expand it until they explode but never does it either.
- Irony: In the first film, while pointing out everything Reed did wrong during their time together, Sue notes how nice it is to be "seen" from time to time. True enough, it's Sue who gets the power of Invisibility.
- 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 nothing but her underwear. In the sequel, when Susan accidentally swaps powers with Johnny, she immediately flames on, burning off her non-fireproof clothes and 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 whenever she overexerts herself while using her powers.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni / Sibling Yin-Yang: With her little brother, Johnny Storm. Where Johnny is brash, hot-headed, and impulsive, Sue is level-headed and calm, often imploring others to think first before acting. It's made even more obvious in the scene where Johnny finally manages to activate his Flight powers: Sue—clad in a blue cardigan—cautions him to assess his options, while Johnny—who is wearing a red blazer—simply tells her he never does before doing a swan-dive off the Baxter Building to lure the heat-seeking missile away from his sister and a recently de-powered Ben.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's not happy about how often she ends up accidentally exposing herself, be it via Invisible Streaker shenanigans, Reed walking on her showering, or her clothes being incinerated. She always has a Naked Freak-Out whenever it happens.
- Team Mom: Despite the fact that Franklin and Valeria have yet to be born in the movies, Sue still has her hands full with managing Reed (who tends to prioritize science over eating and sleeping) and keeping Johnny and Ben apart.
- Tranquil Fury: Sue, after being reunited with Reed, is shown to be upset when Reed doesn't seem interested in her. What set her off is when Reed said he's happy that she's with Victor, and calls him out on it.Sue: You never got it, and you never will.
- 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
Susan's younger brother. A thrill-seeking, girl-of-the-week former astronaut with a love for extreme sports and attention. He can control fire, raise the temperature of his body to the point of ignition, and also has the ability to fly.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Johnny gets some upgrading from the books by making him a qualified NASA astronaut (that got kicked out of NASA for a stunt with some supermodels and a simulator). In the original comics, he was a teenage hipster that had even less reason to be on the flight than Susan.
- 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. Although he spends most of the movie screwing up due to his unstable form, he uses it to his advantage at the end during the final battle against Doom.
- Attention Whore: Johnny revels in the fame that comes with being a superhero and is the only one of the Four who is happy with the situation from the very beginning.
- Awesome McCoolname: Johnny Storm.
- Big Brother Instinct: Johnny may be younger than Sue, but he's still very protective of her and even sets a man's wheels on fire for saying crude remarks about Sue.
- While searching for Ben on the crowded bridge in the first film, Johnny notices a young girl standing near a leaky gas tank. When it explodes, Johnny immediately shields her with his own body and tells her to stay put afterwards. And this was before he even knew he was impervious to flame.
- The Casanova: A shameless playboy who flirts with girls constantly.
- Catchphrase: "Flame On!" whenever he activates his powers. He also uses Ben's catchphrase ("It's clobbering time!") 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's clothes tend to be incinerated whenever he activates his powers. In the first movie, he accidentally crashes into the snow after he sets himself on fire for the first time. In the next shot, he's shown completely naked and has to run back to the hotel wearing nothing but his date's pink parka.
- In the sequel, when the Silver Surfer crashes Reed and Sue's wedding, he complains about having to ruin his tuxedo before flaming on and giving chase. He was wearing his uniform beneath the tux, though.Johnny: [in a whining tone] But this is Dolce.
- In the sequel, when the Silver Surfer crashes Reed and Sue's 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 discovers early on that his fire powers can be used to boost himself into the air.
- Glowing Eyes: A heroic version of the trope. Johnny's eyes glow orange whenever he uses his powers.
- The Gadfly: He takes obvious pleasure in taking the piss out of Ben, and quite frequently at that.Johnny: Unfortunately, the doctors couldn't do anything to fix your face.
- The Hedonist: If there's one thing Johnny clearly enjoys, it's having a good time—preferably with tons of girls nearby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brash and mostly full of himself, but his 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. As a result, the team only lets him go "supernova" if the situation is dire enough and Sue is nearby to contain it.
- Playing with Fire: Well, duh, he's the Human Torch.
- Red Is Heroic: He tends to wear a lot of red clothing, especially in the first film.
- Sad Clown: In the second film, he lets on that he plays up his alpha male, girl-of-the-week personality, but it has left him hollow and yearning for genuine relationships, which he is forced to confront when looking at how well Alicia and Ben get along.
- Token Flyer: Johnny is the only one among the Four who can fly under his own power. Even when they get the Fantasticar in the second movie, Johnny prefers to fly on his own.
- 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 whenever he activates his powers.
Benjamin "Ben" Grimm / The Thing
A test pilot and Reed Richards' oldest friend. 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, unlike the rest of the team, this comes at the cost of his natural appearance.
- Adaptational Intelligence: The film Ben Grimm (also known as The Thing) is a lot smarter than his comic book counterpart (though even in the comic book some writers have explained that Ben employs Obfuscating Stupidity). For example in Rise of the Silver Surfer he instantly deduces that a picture taken of Silver Surfer arriving in Earth's atmosphere isn't a comet because "the trail is wrong". This is quite apt considering that Ben, like the rest of the Four, is a trained astronaut.
- Always Need What You Gave Up: His transformation into the Thing is reversed just in time for Victor to reveal his villainy and attack. In order to help the team, Ben willingly gives up his normal appearance and regains his powers.
- 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 permanent and he's stuck in his super-strong and durable but hideous rock monster form. In the first film, his main arc involves coming to terms with his new looks, but not before he voices just how jealous he is of the fact that his team mates get to keep their natural appearance.
- Blind and the Beast: He finds true love with the blind Alicia, who cares for him because of 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He has difficulty doing even the most mundane of tasks with his heavy, rock-like body, as he can't even lift up a cup or bowl properly, use a payphone, or ride an elevator.
- Catchphrase: Like in the comics: "It's clobberin' time!", whenever he's about to kick ass.
- Driven to Suicide: Averted. He contemplates jumping off a bridge after he becomes The Thing and his fiancee leaves him. However, the opportunity to use his powers for good while rescuing civilians on the bridge changes his mind, even if it doesn't really lift his spirits.
- 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—with one glance, to boot—that Hager's "comet" can't be a real comet since "the trail is all wrong."
- Gentle Giant: Not as much as his comic book counterpart, seeing as Movie!Ben still has a lot of angst to sort through, but it's still there.
- 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 Badass: Zig-Zagged. In the comics, Doctor Doom is depicted as using Powered Armor to fight the Fantastic Four. Here, he gains superpowers from the same accident that created them, making him more powerful on his own... but his powers are significantly less effective than the technology he uses in the comics, and his overall stature as a villain is far lower and less threatening.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, Victor is the dictator of Latveria. Here, he's a wealthy businessman working in America. Although in the sequel, it's implied his family had greater influence in their country.
- 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: Not nearly as powerful or grandiose as his comic book counterpart, who's often considered to be one of Marvel's most dangerous villains.
- Ax-Crazy: Becomes more and more unhinged as the first film progresses. Near the end, he just straight-up starts murdering random people on sight.
- Badass Longcoat: His Doom suit in the first film sports this along with the hood instead of the comics' cape.
- 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 to by his first name Victor, and rarely as "Doom".Victor: [to Reed] After all, we're both doctors.
- That said, he does call himself Doom after he dons his suit and mask, though the team doesn't acknowledge it.
- Composite Character: He's essentially just Norman Osborn with Doom's name and costume.note
- Cool Mask: His silver mask in the first movie is a gift from the people of Latveria, which he dons to hide his disfigured face after enhancing his powers. He ditches it in the second movie, but later dons a slightly more menacing version for the climax.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is at the hand of two of these in the second movie. First, when he tries to fight the Silver Surfer alone, he is defeated in a single blast; second, during the final battle, 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To the three male leads.
- Like Reed, both men are interested in Susan.
- Doom's mutation disfigures him, but gives him an indestructible body like Ben.
- Like Johnny, he gets elemental powers.
- A God Am I: He already thought highly of himself, but his ego grows immensely once he obtains his powers.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Not only is he literally green-eyed, but he deeply resents Reed for being smarter than him, and later for "stealing" Sue.
- If I Can't Have You : After seeing Reed and Sue rekindling their relationship, he has no problems killing her along with the rest of the team. More so when Sue fights back.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: The suit he wears at the end of the first film is fairly accurate to the source material, but with a leather Badass Longcoat in a darker shade of green than the comics' cape. The suit from the second movie goes full black with silver armor.
- 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 in Reed's face.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: After he gains his powers, his attitude becomes much more sadistic, but with a smooth, soft-spoken sinister edge. Best seen when he tortures Reed after freezing him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, his powers are his own; his board is just what he uses to get around. In the film, being deprived of his board depowers him.
- 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.
- Badass Baritone: He boasts the deep voice of Laurence Fishburne and is an extremely powerful and dangerous opponent.
- Chrome Champion: A cosmically powered man completely covered in shining silver skin.
- The Dragon: Serves as a reluctant 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 Abomination: 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 eats it and as a fiery storm in the Earth's atmosphere when Silver Surfer confronts him directly. Though it was intended to have Galactus resemble his comic book counterpart in the cancelled Silver Surfer sequel.
- 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.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: This version is less a character and more a force of nature. He does seem to be sentient based on what we hear from Silver Surfer, but we never get to see it from him in person.
- 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.
- The Voiceless: Galactus has no voice in the film.
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 is 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.
- Voice of Reason: She's this to Ben when he was feeling down about his appearance. In the sequel, she tells him and Johnny that it's Reed and Sue's decision if they wish to live a normal life.
General T. 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.
- Asshole Victim: Was an enemy to the Fantastic Four (especially Reed), and their reaction to his death at the hands of Victor is not one of pity for him but one of horror that Victor has regained back all his powers.
- Bald of Authority: A bald military general that serves as the obstructing authority figure for the film.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Victor uses his increased powers to shatter Hager like glass.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's all brawn and no brains. He serves as a jab at science and militarism clashing, with him representing militarism and Reed being science.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism: He called the Four "freaks".
- Horrible Judge of Character: Decides to put his trust on Doom of all people. He pays for it with his life.
- Jerk Jock: Was one back in college, but even years later he still has a typical Jock vs Nerd rivalry with Reed and still uses football metaphors.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He calls the team out for their petty quarrels interfering with the mission.
- 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. Though he has an initial "T.", which would be his first name.
- 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 a 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.
- Adaptational Badass/Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, he worked as a UN interpreter. Here, she's in the U.S. Army.
- 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. With his death, she may have been promoted his position.
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.
- Asshole Victim: He wasn't exactly a nice guy to begin with.
- Expy: To Henry Balkan from Spider-Man, who also gives the Big Bad a hard-time which pushed him to villainy.
- Fantastic Racism: He called the Four "freaks".
- Jerkass: Towards Victor, presumably even before the cosmic storm incident since Victor believes he's enjoying seeing Victor losing money. 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.
- No Sympathy: Ignores Victor's plea about how much he worked to built his company.
- 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.
- Smug Snake
- 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.
- Canon Foreigner: She originated from the first film.
- 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.
- Ambiguous Situation: Given that Spider-Man: No Way Home has established non-MCU films as part of the same multiverse, he may or may not be the same entity as The Watcher Informant.
- Creator Cameo: Notably, Willie Lumpkin is the only time that Stan Lee has cameoed as an actual Marvel Comics character.note
- Generic Guy: Simply only gives Reed his mail and announcing "Here's your mail" before walking out.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Shares the same actor as Stan Lee from the second movie.
- Nice Guy: One of the few pleasant characters who is nice to Reed Richards, whom no one else respects.
An old man who tries to sneak into the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm.
- Ambiguous Situation: Given that Spider-Man: No Way Home has established non-MCU films as part of the same multiverse, he may or may not be the same entity as The Watcher Informant.
- Celebrity Paradox: This is Stan Lee in a cameo As Himself.
- Creator Cameo: Because this is Stan Lee we're talking about.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Shares the same actor as Willie Lumpkin from the first movie.
- Mythology Gag: Him trying to sneak into Reed's and Sue's wedding without success is a reference to how in the comic book issue where the couple married, the Author Avatars of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby tried to sneak into the wedding, only to be turned away by Nick Fury.
Game-Only CharactersCharacters who showed up in the video games based on the films.
Harvey Elder is the leader of the Moloids.
Phillip Masters is the stepfather of Alicia Masters.
- Ascended Extra: He was only mentioned in a deleted scene of the first film. He's a villain in the first game.
- Overprotective Dad: He brought some of the museum displays (mummies, dinosaurs) to life to protect her stepdaughter from the Fantastic Four.
- The Unfought: The team is unaware of him, and assume the things he brought to life were caused by the cosmic storm somehow.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: The Puppet Master, after the team defeated the things he brought to life at the museum.Puppet Master: Next time, fantastic fools, the Puppet Master will not fail.