Characters specific to Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
After getting into a fight with his older brother Buzz because he purposely ate Kevin's cheese pizza, Kevin is sent to the third floor of the house by his mother Kate. Before he goes, he angrily tells his mother that he never wants to see her or anyone else in the family again. The next morning as the family prepares to leave, Kevin is still sleeping. The family, in a rush, hurries off to the airport and doesn't realize that Kevin isn't with them. Later, Kevin wakes up to find his whole family gone and is in thrill, believing his wish came true. But when Harry and Marv, two bandits, start robbing houses in his neighborhood and plan to rob Kevin's house, too, it's up to him to scare them off.
- Adorably Precocious Child: In both movies Kevin is shown to be very smart for his age and capable of great maturity and insights, but he still has a childish (and occasionally bratty) streak; he's just a kid and often acts like one.
- Aesop Amnesia: Double Subverted. Kevin says he wants to be on his own again, but later attempts to find his family when he gets seperated at the airport, and even acknowledges that the whole ordeal from the first film nearly wrecked his Christmas. However, he later enjoys how he is far away from his family, and eventually has to learn all over again that being on his own, with his family nowhere to be found, isn't all fun and games like it seems to be at first. At the end, he is, just like in the first film, desperately wishing for a chance to be with his family again.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: This is how his older siblings see him. To be fair, as annoying as Kevin can be, they are all jerks to him.
- Attention Whore: Kevin seems to be a bit of one at the beginning, but especially on the first night when he bugs Kate and Peter in his first scene and throws a fit a few scenes later about how being around so many other people makes him sick.
- Badass Adorable: You bet your sweet ass he's this trope. This kid goes through (and helps instigate!) more chaos in two movies than some people see in a lifetime. And he's just so damn cute.
- Berserk Button: The thing which sets him off in Home Alone 2 is learning that the money Harry and Marv are planning to steal from Duncan's Toy Chest is intended for a children's hospital.
- Kevin: You can mess with a lot of things, but you can't mess with kids at Christmas!
- Big Eater: He eats an obscene amount of food in both movies. At the end of the second movie, it turns out that his room-service bill is $967.
- Blue Is Heroic: He wears a blue shirt when he's not wearing a red one.
- Butt-Monkey: To his family. Both movies show him being picked on and insulted by his jerkass siblings (not to mention his uncle) and treated like The Scapegoat and The Unfavorite by his neglectful parents.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often.Frank: You better not wreck my trip, you little sour puss, your dad's paying good money for it.Kevin: Oh, wouldn't want to spoil your fun, Mr. Cheapskate!
- Face Your Fears: He has to face his fear of his basement furnace.
- Freudian Excuse: The way his family treats him.
- Good Is Not Soft: He has a good heart deep down and still loves his family, despite their constant abuse of him, and can be very compassionate and helpful. When it comes to his enemies, however, he's downright ruthless.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Kevin has shades of this, as pointed out in the Honest Trailers reel (manipulation, talking to himself, trapping a pair of non-violent criminals in a sadistic world of torture, from which there is no escape...)
- Hypocrite: At the beginning of the second movie, he gets angry with Buzz for giving him a fake apology despite the fact that in the first movie he attempted to get out of trouble by giving Kate a fake apology himself. To be fair, Kate bought Buzz's fake apology, while she didn't buy Kevin's at all.
- I Want My Mommy!: He shouts his Mom's name after watching Angels With Filthy Souls and being horrified by what he saw.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kevin is the first to admit he's not always the best kid and can be a pain sometimes, but he does overall have a good heart. Especially seen in his interactions with Old Man Marley and the Pigeon Lady.
- Karma Houdini: He steals a toothbrush by accident (due to Old Man Marley showing up in the store before Kevin can pay for it) and despite being chased by a police officer, he gets away scot-free after losing the officer and nothing else ever comes of it.
- Leitmotif: He's usually accompanied by an instrumental version of "Somewhere in My Memory".
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Kevin has two brothers, two sisters and lots of cousins.
- Mouthy Kid: He's not afraid to speak his mind.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has one after accidentally stealing a toothbrush, after he gets away from the officer chasing him.
- Parental Neglect: Kevin's parents don't seem to be particularly mean, but they often ignore him and don't care about his feelings. Plus, what kind of parents would forget about their 8 year-old kid and leave him home alone on Christmas? Although, in all fairness, the home was in chaos with the extended family there. We have no reason to believe his parents are like this all year round.
- Parting Words Regret: He eventually grows to regret telling Kate that he hopes that he'll never see his family ever again.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: All the sadistic things he does to Harry and Marv. They are the bad guys, anyway.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears a red shirt in some scenes.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers one to his whole family in the second movie after Buzz teased him during his Christmas pageant:Kevin: I'm not sorry! I did what I did because Buzz humiliated me. And since he gets away with everything, I let him have it. And since you're all so stupid to believe his lies, I don't care if your idiotic Florida trip gets wrenched or not! Who wants to spend Christmas in a tropical climate anyway? (He begins to walk out of the room)Kate: Kevin!Peter: Kevin, you walk out of here, you sleep on the third floor.Fuller: Yeah, with me.Kevin: So what else is new?Uncle Frank: You better not wreck my trip you little sourpuss. Your dad's paying good money for it.Kevin Oh, I wouldn't wanna ruin your fun, Mr. Cheapskate. ''(Kevin walks out of the room)
- The Runt at the End: The entire reason the Home Alone movies exist is because the main character is this, to the point that he is accidentally left behind on family trips.
- Slasher Smile: Just before he cuts the rope from the treehouse on which Harry and Marv are dangling.
- Something We Forgot: Is accidentally left behind by his family in both movies.
- The Scream: Kevin is right up there with Tom Cat as the king of screaming.
- This Means War!: His response to learning that Harry and Marv are planning to steal from children on Christmas. What follows is an especially brutal set of traps for the duo.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Plain cheese pizza.
- Trap Master: Since Kevin cannot overpower two grown men, this is the way he protects his family home from the burglars, setting up Booby Traps to cause them Amusing Injuries. This is taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, where many of the traps he sets up would outright kill them many times over in real life.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Downplayed as he used it for self-defense purposes, but Kevin is only a preadolescent and is capable of using a gun.
- The Un-Favourite: What Kevin seems to be to his family.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Big time. He's an 8-year-old boy who's perfectly able to take care of himself and outsmart adults, including professional burglars. Both movies also involve him giving sage, worldly advice to much old characters and helping them turn their lives around.
- Would Rather Suffer: In the second movie, when Kate gives him an ultimatum to either apologize to Buzz or he stays grounded for the rest of the night, he responds with this:Kevin: I'm not apologizing to Buzz! I'd rather kiss a toilet seat!
Harry Lime and Marvin "Marv" Merchants
A pair of burglars who have been breaking into other vacant houses in the McCallisters' neighborhood and have targeted the McCallisters' own house. Kevin initially manages to keep them away by making the house look as if the family is home, but they eventually realize the deception.
- Adults Are Useless: Averted (briefly) by Harry and Marv. They do manage to catch Kevin in both movies. Kevin is then rescued by Marley and the Pigeon Lady.
- Affably Evil: Especially Marv. When they nearly hit Kevin with their van, they both take time to admonish him to be more careful when crossing the street. It was only Kevin reacting at Harry's gold tooth (which he remembered from when Harry came to his house posing as a cop) that caused the duo to become suspicious and start following him.
- All There in the Manual: Their last names are only given in the credits.
- Amusing Injuries: The injuries they sustain make up most of the movie's comedy, despite the fact that several of them are pretty extreme for a kid's movie series, and should have killed Harry and Marv several times over if used even semi-realistically.
- Arch-Enemy: After all the pains and injures they suffered thanks to Kevin it becomes personal.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Collectively known as the Wet Bandits and later the Sticky Bandits, both coined by Marv.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Marv, at 6'4", stands one foot taller than Harry.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Harry and Marv, respectively.
- Butt-Monkey: If you're a bad guy, you're definitely going to be on the receiving end of a horribly painful Humiliation Conga before the end of the film.
- Determinator: To a fault, which isn't the best thing for them. Though they can be reasonably clever, Kevin's mind games against them, and even most of the individual traps themselves, run on the fact that they always bullheadedly press forward without regard even when they know it's a bad idea - especially once enraged. But like Wile E. Coyote, they could quit at any time.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They do seem to care about one another.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- They both lecture Kevin about road safety when they almost run him over by accident.
- Harry is unwilling to follow Kevin into a church, even though he was hiding in the Nativity Scene. So is Marv. Seems more like they were afraid of it, though.
- Fat and Skinny: Harry and Marv, respectively, although Joe Pesci really isn't that fat, but he is much shorter and heavier than Daniel Stern.
- Fingerless Gloves: They both wear them.
- Flanderization: In the second movie, Harry is noticeably more grouchy, while Marv is noticeably dumber. Both can be justified by going to prison and all those head injuries in the first movie, respectively.
- Genre Blind: In the first movie, under the assumption that This Is Reality, they assume that "Kids are stupid."
- Greed: Obviously, but it's a plot point in the first film, where they had already gotten away with the plunder of a whole streetful of houses and could've quit at any time at no risk whatsoever, but Harry is dead set on going after the McCallister house even after Kevin starts making trouble because it's worth even more money than the rest.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the second film, Harry mentions that they share a photo album.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When they're finally caught at the end, the cops are able to identify which houses they robbed since Marv would leave the houses' sinks running as a calling card. Marv is proud of this, while Harry shakes his head. This is also how the Bandits plan to punish Kevin before Old Man Marley intervenes—by putting him through his own traps.
- Impersonating an Officer: Harry dresses himself as a policeman to know when the residents of the neighborhood are going to leave for the holiday. In the novelisation, Marv does as well.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: They used to be just nonviolent thieves who simply prefer stealing and not hurt anybody. Since Kevin could have just called the police and had them arrested, his violent treatment towards them could be considered a Disproportionate Retribution.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Both, but especially Marv. It got even worse in the sequel!
- Kick the Dog: In the second film, Marv is seen nicking change from a salvation army Santa, and later, both he and Harry knowingly try to steal money from a children's charity.
- Laughably Evil: They are so bumbling and ineffectual they totally steal the show with their antics (and all the Amusing Injuries they suffer).
- Leitmotif: A sneaky motive. The fans simply call it "Harry and Marv Theme".
- Made of Iron: According to Honest Action, Harry would have been killed 8 times and Marv would have been killed 13 times over the course of the first two films.
- Punch-Clock Villain: They used to be this, before meeting Kevin.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Harry is the red to Marv's blue.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Harry (the short one) isn't smart at all, but he's not nearly as silly and idiotic as Marv (the tall one).
- Slasher Smile:
- When Kevin discovers them after sneaking in the neighbor's house from the basement.
- When they find Kevin outside Duncan's Toy Chest.
- After Kevin slips on the ice at the entrance to Central Park.
- Stupid Crooks: Both of 'em. While Marv is the dumbest of the two, Harry is equally stupid himself.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Harry, the brains, and Marv, who's Too Dumb to Live and just goes along with Harry's plans.
- Too Dumb to Live: Both the Bandits have their stupid moments, but especially Marv. For example, in the sequel when they just happen to run into the kid who put them through hell and landed them in prison, do they try to avoid him? No, they instead try to kidnap and kill him while (well Marv does this part) gloating in detail their plan to rob a toy store, knowing fully well how Kevin outsmarted them the previous year and continuing to underestimate what he's capable of. Had they just left Kevin alone, they could've spared themselves a revisit to a world of hurt followed by a return to prison.
- Villain Has a Point: For all the robberies they do, this deleted scene in the first movie shows they despise the commercialism surrounding Christmas, with people taking vacations over staying home and spending time with family.
- Villainous Friendship: A type 1. Although Harry often gets annoyed with Marv for his stupidity, he does seem to consider him a friend.
- Villains Out Shopping:
- When Kevin plays Angels with Filthy Souls to scare off Marv, he says the voices sounded familiar, suggesting that he's watched that movie too.
- Since they're not going to return to the McCallister house until 9 pm, Harry suggests they grab dinner first.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With each other.
- Would Hit a Girl: Both of them were willing to shoot the Pigeon Lady in the second film. Thankfully she incapacitates them with her birdseed before they can do anything (it helps that their gun was jammed with tar at the time).
- Would Hurt a Child: In the second movie. Also at the end of the first movie, after all the injuries they suffer thanks to Kevin and they want to get back at him.
- Angrish: That's what happens when you put Joe Pesci in a PG movie.
- Badass Longcoat: His typical getup, along with the Wool Beanie, and the Fingerless Gloves he and Marv wear.
- Bald of Evil: He might have had hair once, but two incidents with a blowtorch has scorched off any hair he might have had.
- Berserk Button: He's obsessed enough with trying to do in Kevin, but it gets even worse in the first film after Kevin launches a paint can at his face, knocking out Harry's Gold Tooth.
- Big Bad: While they are a duo, Harry fits this role since he is the smarter of the pair and Marv tends to listen to his orders.
- Boisterous Weakling: Harry clearly thinks of himself as a tough guy and often picks on Marv, but Kevin's traps reveal Harry to be every bit as big a wimp as his co-burglar.
- Deadpan Snarker: Harry's a pretty crotchety guy, and employs hefty amounts of this trope toward Marv's idiocy.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Harry draws the line at flooding people's houses and chasing a kid into a church (although the latter may have been out of superstition or simple Pragmatic Villainy to avoid getting caught). When he almost runs over Kevin he warns him to be more careful when he crosses the road.
- While in New York, Marv aggressively hits on a woman by speaking French. She responds by slapping him and a disgusted Harry tells Marv he deserved that.
- Freudian Threat: After the paint can trap in the first movie, he threatens to snap off Kevin's cajones and boil them in motor oil.
- Gold Tooth: He has a gold tooth, which produces a rare live-action Twinkle Smile. Kevin sees it when he is nearly hit by Harry's van, and realizes that Harry was the same man posing as a police officer at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately, this makes Harry suspicious of him. When, during the climax, Harry gets hit in the face with a paint can, it breaks his gold tooth. Needless to say, Harry's Berserk Button is pressed for sure. In the end, Peter finds it on the floor. That will be hard to explain.
- Grumpy Bear: Whenever something actually makes him smile, it doesn't last before he's back to this trope, whether it's because of Marv, or... well, it's usually Marv.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After all, he is played by Joe Pesci.
- It's Personal: After each trap, his malice for Kevin increases, but it reaches its climax when his Gold Tooth is knocked out.
- Jerkass: Especially towards Marv.
- Knight of Cerebus: In the second movie, where he has a gun and fully intends to use it on Kevin.
- The Napoleon: His temperament is just as short as he is.
- Nice Hat: Harry's Wool Beanie. It gets burned off in both movies.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain:
- Harry actually manages to get information from the neighbors by disguising himself as a policeman.
- At the end of the first film, he outsmarted Kevin and caught him. He would have bitten Kevin's fingers off if Marley hadn't shown up. At the end of the second film, he pulls a gun on Kevin and is about to shoot him in the face when the pigeon lady appears.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He chastises Marv for flooding people's houses, calling it a "sick thing to do". He turns out to be correct, because this means that the cops know each and every house the two hit. Marv is chuffed to hear this, while Harry is extremely annoyed.
- Red Right Hand: His golden tooth in the first movie which he loses after being hit with a tin can by Kevin. By the end of the first film, there's his "M" scarred right hand from touching the booby-trapped doorknob, which is kept in the second.
- Scars Are Forever: In the first film, he tries to open a door, not knowing that Kevin had heated up the doorknob on the other side. He burns his right hand and cools it off in the snow. In the second film, it is revealed to have left a burn scar in the shape of an M on his right palm that he still has a year later. One of the few injuries in any of the films that is actually depicted realistically.
- Shout-Out: The credits list his last name as "Lime". There was another villain named Harry Lime in The Third Man.
- The Sociopath: He certainly shows enough signs, especially in the second film.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He gives a couple of these, once in the first film after slipping off the ice-covered steps and landing on his back, and again in the sequel after falling on a car. Played for Laughs, of course.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's a lot crankier and more irascible in the second film. Justified perhaps in that he's just spent a year in jail thanks to Kevin.
- Verbal Tic: He frequently mutters angrily to himself regarding Kevin.
- Would Hurt a Child: Strongly implied by the second film. He tells Kevin that "knocking off a youngster on Christmas Eve wouldn't mean much" and later goes as far as to hold him at gunpoint.
- Aesop Amnesia: He apparently learned nothing from the first movie.
- Alliterative Name: Marv Merchants.
- Bumbling Sidekick: At least in the second film. In the first film, he seems to be closer to Harry in terms of intelligence.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Much to Harry's disgust."Remember, if this makes the papers, we're no longer the Wet Bandits, we're the Sticky Bandits!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in the second film.
- The Ditz: At times, Harry looks downright smart compared to him. In the second movie, he had trouble spelling "sticky", and stopped after the t.
- The Dragon: To Harry, who comes up with all the plans. He tends to be the follower.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
- In the second movie, he warns Harry they should leave when he notices all the pigeons. He proves right when the pigeon lady appears.
- In the first movie he thinks that Harry's plan to try to rob the McCallister's house even with Kevin inside is not a good idea. Given what happens next to him and Harry he surely was right.
- In the first movie, when Harry says the McCallister's house is "the one", Marv says there could be toys worth stealing inside. Some toys can be valuable collector's items.
- In the second movie, it was Marv who suggested that they leave Kevin alone after he ran away from them into Central Park, knowing very well that he is alone and out of his element from the last time. Even Harry agrees, seeing that the Park gets even more dangerous at night.
- In the first movie, he warns Harry not to go out the window on the rope leading to Kevin's tree house. He does the same in the second movie when Harry wants him to climb down from the roof of Uncle Rob's brownstone with him. He turns out to be right both times.
- In a deleted scene from the first film, he convinces Harry to stop pursuing Kevin, pointing out that following a child around is a terrible idea, as it's practically sending an invitation to the cops.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Along with Harry he warns Kevin to watch out for traffic hinting that "Santa doesn't visit funeral homes". Before that once he notices Kevin crossing he shouts to Harry to "watch it" in a clearly worried tone. Like Harry, he's also contrary to enter in church to follow Kevin. He also thinks that trying to rob the McCallister's house even if Kevin's inside is a bad idea.
- Evil Is Petty: In between big scores, he either nicks change from a Salvation Army Santa or leaves the water running in the homes they rob.
- Expy: Marv is based on James Woods' worthless thief (yes, that James Woods) in an early episode of Kojak. "We don't leave clues, we leave dead-ends. We're the Dead-End Kids, remember!"
- For the Evulz: He floods the houses he and Harry rob for no better reason than to leave a 'calling card'.
- Informed Judaism: He has a few lines that likely come from how Daniel Stern, who is Jewish himself, improvised a lot of Marv's lines and antics.
- "Merry Christmas, Harry." "Happy Hannukah, Marv."note
- In the second movie, he threatens Kevin by saying "American don't fly to the Promised Land, little buddy".
- Large Ham: Especially in the second movie.
- Manchild: In the first movie, Harry states that Marv is afraid of the dark. In addition, Marv wanted to steal toys (though he could have been planning for him and Harry to sell them, which may not be as stupid as it may seem). That's on top of him wanting him and Harry to have a criminal calling card. In the second movie, he's practically giddy to go ice skating.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- In the first film, Marv leaves a makeshift calling card for the police, namely by flooding the houses the duo robs. As the cops tell them once they're arrested, doing so let them know which houses were they ones they hit, much to Harry's dismay.
- In the second film, Marv tells Kevin about how he and Harry will rob Duncan's Toy Chest, leading Kevin to stop them just like he did in the first film. This leads to their second arrest, the store's money going to the children's hospital, and Mr. Duncan sending Kevin and his family tons of gifts.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: He does this in the first movie when Kevin puts the tarantula on his face and again in the second movie when he and Harry are being attacked by the pigeons. This is evidently how Daniel Stern actually screams in real life. He also does it in City Slickers and Bushwhacked!
- Stupid Crooks: Harry isn't all that smart himself (he never made it to the sixth grade in fact), but Marv is much, much dumber. His idiot moments include:
- Flooding all the houses they rob just to leave a Calling Card, which allows the police to tie all their thefts together.
- After stepping on broken glass and cutting his feet, instead of clearing the rest of the glass out of the way, he walks over the rest of it.
- Stealing many things in broad daylight after he just broke out of prison.
- Admitting to the police that they tried to steal from a children's charity, despite Harry telling him they have the right to remain silent.
- And perhaps his biggest idiot moment of all, in the second film, he walks into a room and does not notice a large gaping hole in the floor in front of him that anyone with half a brain cell would see. Though to be fair, he'd just been hit on the head with a brick several times.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In Home Alone 2, he is a lot dumber than in the first film, possibly thanks to the head injuries he sustained in the first film (and/or additional head injuries he might have sustained in prison).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: If his major freakout with Buzz's tarantula is anything to go by, he has a bad case of arachnophobia.
The McCallister Family
Kevin's mother. After discovering that Kevin was left home alone, she does everything humanly possible to get to him.
- Aesop Amnesia: In the sequel. When she confronts Kevin in the attic after the choir debacle, she uses the exact same passive-aggressiveness that she did with Kevin in the first film, even knowing how well that had worked out before and snarkily admitting it. Granted, she attempts to make absolutely certain Kevin doesn't get left behind this time.
- Badass Boast: "Right now, no mugger or murderer would dare mess with me!"
- Berserk Button: Don't even think about standing in her way when she's looking for Kevin. Bonus points for when she slaps the concierge for advising her against it.
- Determinator: Given the measures she goes to in order to find Kevin, you can bet your bottom dollar she is.This is CHRISTMAS! The season of perpetual hope! And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and HITCHHIKE! If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.
- Deuteragonist: Kate doing everything humanly possible to return to Kevin becomes a hefty sub-plot in both films.
- Easily Forgiven: Justified - come on, it's Christmas! Kevin's just happy to see her at all.
- Happily Married: To Peter.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She comes off as harsh when she sends Kevin to the attic, telling him "it's too late" when he apologizes and declaring "You're the only one in this family who causes trouble". But in fairness to Kate, Kevin's apology (delivered in an exaggeratedly-remorseful tone and with huge Puppy-Dog Eyes) was obviously insincere and mainly a last-ditch attempt to get out of being sent upstairs. As soon as Kate rejected the apology, Kevin started his tantrum again.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Before developing into a protective Mama Bear she was pretty bad to Kevin. She barely notices all the abuse he receives from his older siblings and doesn't even defend him when Uncle Frank (another adult!) calls him "little jerk" in front of everyone. However both movies show that she really cares for her son.
- Kick the Dog: An unintentional one. When Kevin complains that the rest of the family hates him, Kate suggests that he ask Santa for a new family implying that they really do hate him leading to Kevin telling her that he hopes that he doesn't see them ever again.
- Mama Bear: Both times Kevin is separated from the family, the sub-plots follow Kate doing everything in her power to get to him.
- Must Make Amends: At any cost.
- My God, What Have I Done?: All she's trying to do is discipline Kevin, and it winds up leaving him alone in Chicago. Not so much her fault in the second movie, but she takes it pretty hard nonetheless.
- No Sympathy: She acts rather ignorant about Kevin's problems at the beginning of the movie. She gets better later on when she realizes that Kevin's at home.
- Parental Neglect: To Kevin. She blames the rest of her family for how busy and loud it gets in the house making her unable to focus on Kevin. She very poorly carried out that pizza dinner argument exiling Kevin for it when it was Buzz's fault.
- Was Too Hard on Him: When she realizes she left Kevin at home, it absolutely eats her up inside for the rest of the movie."What kind of a mother am I?"
Kevin's father. He seems to take Kevin missing relatively more calmly than his wife.
- For Want of a Nail: In the second movie. He lets Kevin rummage through his bag to get batteries for just a moment, and it leads to them getting separated and dealing with an even bigger catastrophe than last year.
- Henpecked Husband: He shows shades of it at times, giving Kate a wide berth in both movies during her absolute determination to find Kevin regardless of what she has to do.
- Happily Married: To Kate, mainly since he just lets Kate boss him around and make all their decisions.
- Not So Stoic: The only time he really loses it is at the end of the second film when he discovers how much Kevin spent on room service.
- Only Sane Man: In relative terms, anyway. In the first Home Alone, Peter tried to talk Kate into waiting for the next flight from Paris to Chicago instead of hopping from airport to airport. She didn't listen, but he turned out to be right. He and the whole family arrive home just minutes after she does. In the sequel, he's the first to notice Kevin is missing, responding to the "Kevin's not here" train with "What?!".
- Parental Neglect: Accidentally, to Kevin. He seems to handle it a lot more reasonably than Kate does, since he's much less of a jerk to him.
- The Stoic: Mostly by comparison. Kate is a whirlwind of panic when trying to get to Kevin; meanwhile Peter is just calmly trying to get everything in order. Additionally, whenever Kevin gets in trouble, Kate tends to yell at him while Peter just calmly tries reasoning with him and disciplines him if he continues acting out.
The older brother of Kevin. He seemingly has nothing better to do but pick on his brother Kevin, although he is quite protective of him and does have something genuinely nice to say to him at the end.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Or cousin, to Heather during the scene where she's counting heads and he starts rattling off random numbers to mess with her.Heather: Buzz, don't be a moron.
- Big Brother Bully: Especially in the first movie, where he's nothing but an utter sourpuss to Kevin. And he's not much better in the second movie... until the end when he redeems himself.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even moreso in the second movie.Buzz: [after Kevin blows up at the family] What a troubled young man.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: He eats Kevin's pizza on the first night, and not only does he get away with it, but for losing his temper and bum-rushing Buzz, Kevin is sent to the third floor and doesn't get anything to replace his pizza. No wonder he thought everyone in the family hated him.
- Hidden Depths: His dialogue, particularly in the second movie, is actually quite sophisticated for a teenager and even when compared to most of the adults in the movies, and even his "A, 2 and D" speech could be snarkiness rather than him being dumb. He also plays almost every character in his family like a fiddle, including Kevin. One could infer that he's just as bright as Kevin in his own way and his pranks against are born of boredom.
- Jerkass: Could give Uncle Frank a run for his money. The reason why the family becomes mad at Kevin at the beginning of both movies before Kevin is left behind is because of something he did and made Kevin mad; eating the cheese-only pizza that was for him in the first movie and pulling a prank on him at the school's Christmas concert in the second.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He tells Kevin he should knock first before entering his room.
- While everyone else is worried about Kevin's safety, Buzz isn't concerned at all and thinks nothing bad will happen to him. He winds up being right as, even with the Wet Bandits, the family returns to find Kevin completely unscathed.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As mean as he can be to Kevin early in the movie, he does have something genuinely nice to say to him at the end.
- Karma Houdini: In the second movie. Sure, Kevin pushes him down after the electric candle debacle, but Buzz still gets away with conning the whole family with an insincere apology after the fact, and suffers no retribution.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In the first movie. He initially gets away with taunting Kevin over pizza, which causes Kevin to bum rush him afterwards. But he later gets his comeuppance in the form of Kevin destroying his room and using his life savings to buy food.
- Lack of Empathy:
Megan: You're not at all worried that something might happen to Kevin?
- In the first movie, the family shows concern for Kevin's safety—all except Buzz, that is, who thinks that Kevin could use some time in the real world.
Buzz: No, for three reasons: A, I'm not that lucky. Two, we use smoke detectors, and D, we live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period!
- In a deleted scene, the whole McCallister family lies awake at night in Paris worrying about Kevin, except Buzz, who sleeps soundly.
- Manipulative Bastard: After publicly humiliating Kevin in the school choir for a cheap laughs and prompting Kevin to punch him for it, Buzz offers his family a completely phoney whimpering apology and they buy it, then smirks at Kevin to admit it was fake which prompts the latter to lash out at the family for buying it and taking Buzz's side over this, making Buzz look even better by comparison again!
- Odd Name Out: For some reason, he has the strangest name compared to the rest of the family.
- Pet the Dog: He does redeem himself with a genuinely sincere speech in thanks to Kevin at the end of the sequel.
- He also praises Kevin for managing to look after the house at the end of the first movie.
- Precision F-Strike: More like Precision A-Strike with his "growing on my ass!" quote.
- Tempting Fate: He claims that Kevin will be fine because they live on the most boring street in America, where nothing remotely dangerous will ever happen. Cue the Wet Bandits.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In 2 he embarrasses Kevin in public but manages to get away with it by offering a groveling phony apology to his family, then manipulating Kevin into another outburst. Jeff is the only one who immediately knows he's full of it and their mother only realizes the truth after Kevin has to spell it out for her.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice got much deeper in the second movie. Justified, as Devin hit puberty.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Skinny Papa to his chubby wife Leslie.
- Dreadful Musician: Sings very off-key in the shower.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he's at least responsible enough to not let his eight-year-old nephew watch a violent gangster movie.Kevin: It's not even rated R. He's just being a jerk.
Kate: Kevin, if Uncle Frank says no, then it must be really bad.
- Evil Uncle: He's not evil, but treats Kevin quite poorly, and shows no emotion when his parents leave him behind accidentally. In the sequel, he hasn't changed much, although he does mellow slightly by the end.
- Grumpy Bear: Yep, he's that kind of uncle; the grumpy ones.
- Happily Married: To Leslie.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: One of the more memorable scenes in the second movie involves him in the shower, busting out a... truly stunning rendition of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk." Thanks to Kevin's Talkboy, this becomes a major Chekhov's Gun later on.
- He calls Kevin a jerk... while being the biggest Jerkass in the family.
- He calls Kevin a nosy little pervert in the sequel - The same man who pulled down Kevin's pants in a deleted scene in the first film. Though it's unclear wether the deleted scenes are considered canon or not.
- Jerkass: None of the other members of Kevin's family are very nice, but he takes the cake. Even the rest of the family has moments where they seem to merely be putting up with him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He wasn't wrong about how Kevin shouldn't watch a violent movie. When Kevin actually does watch it when he's home alone, it traumatizes him.
- He bitches about the unlikelihood they would make it to the plane because it leaves in 45 minutes, given that their house is 30 minutes away from O'Hare Airport, it was only pure luck that the McCallister's made it on time.
- Karma Houdini: He's a complete and utter ass to everyone (including his own wife and kids) and never faces any consequences whatsoever, though Kevin does use Uncle Frank's Jerkass-ness to his advantage in the hotel.
- Lack of Empathy: Tries to console Kate and Peter after they realize that Kevin was left behind by saying: "I forgot my reading glasses", earning a scowl from Leslie.
- No Indoor Voice: "LOOK WHAT YOU DID YOU LITTLE JERK!" and then "GET OUT OF YOU HERE YOU PERVERT OR I'M GONNA SLAP YOU SILLY!"
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: His reaction to everyone realizing Kevin was left at home? He forgot his reading glasses.
- Pet the Dog: Even he claps for Kevin at the hotel in the second film.
- The Scrooge: Frank is regularly portrayed as a penny pincher; he avoids paying for his share of pizza, tries to steal airline champagne flutes, and it's heavily implied he is only taking his family to Paris because Peter and Kate are paying. Kevin outright calls him a cheapskate in the sequel and isn't called out on it.
- Shower Scene:"Get outta here, you nosy little pervert, or I'm gonna slap you silly!!!"
The younger cousin of Kevin and son of Frank and Leslie McCallister. He likes to drink soda and is said to wet the bed, much to Kevin's dismay.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: More like an Annoying Younger Cousin to Kevin.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He constantly wets the bed - in the second film, it's implied he does it on purpose, or at least finds it amusing that Kevin might have to share a bed with him for that reason. And during the dinner at the start of the first movie, we see Fuller drinking a Pepsi, but then he briefly stops and gives a smug look at Kevin.
- Informed Attribute: Fuller is apparently a bed-wetter, though we never see the, erm, "results" (probably for the best). This leads to a Chekhov's Gag toward the end of the second movie when he's seen with a few Coke cans on either side of him in bed.
- Meaningful Name: The kid named Fuller is cautioned to watch his fluid intake because of his notorious bladder problem.
- Potty Failure: This is why Kevin hates sharing a bed with him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He sure loves his fizzy drinks.
- Troll: Look at that smirk. Seriously. And they say Kevin's the troublemaker.
The aunt to Kevin and Buzz, mother of Fuller, and wife of Frank McCallister.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Chubby Mama to Frank's Skinny Papa.
- Doting Parent: She's shown to be a doting mother to Fuller.
- Happily Married: To Frank. They seem to genuinely care for each other, even despite Frank's casual Jerkassery to everybody else.
- Nice Girl: Compared to Uncle Frank anyway.
- Women Are Wiser: In the second film, she tries to get Frank to stop laughing at Kevin.
Kevin's second older brother after Buzz.
- Big Brother Bully: Though Buzz gets more focus, he's not very nice to Kevin either, just like the rest of the family.
- Demoted to Extra: While never a major character, he goes from one of Kevin's mean siblings in the first film to a background character in the second.
- Pet the Dog:
- A deleted scene in the first movie shows that he can't sleep in Paris because is worried about Kevin.
- Although he laughed with Buzz while he ruins the pageant in the second movie, when everyone applauds when Buzz apologizes to Kevin, Jeff is glaring at him, clearly knowing he's full of shit.
- Alliterative Name: Megan McCallister.
- Big Sister Instinct: During the Paris scene, she reveals to Buzz she's worried about Kevin being at home on his own.note
- Demoted to Extra: Like all of Kevin's siblings not named Buzz. In the second film, she doesn't have many lines and never interacts with Kevin.
- Pet the Dog: In the first movie she shows concern for Kevin's safety, unlike Buzz. Even her shot at Kevin when the family is mad at Kevin is to say that he's "completely helpless," which makes her sound rather concerned in comparison to what her other siblings call him.
Kevin's other sister.
- Delusions of Eloquence: She uses French phrases to sound intelligent, but she comes off as pathetic. Her actual mistake is using the plural form instead of the singular when referring to Kevin. She should have called him "l'incompétent".
- Demoted to Extra: Similarly to Jeff and Megan. In the first film she has a name and a few interactions with Kevin but in the second film she is reduced to a Living Prop.
- Gratuitous French: "Les incompétents!"
- Jerkass Has a Point: She does tell Kevin he shouldn't worry because Kate would pack his stuff for him.
- Pet the Dog: Deleted scenes show that she, like Megan and Jeff, is worried about Kevin's well-being.
One of Kevin's cousins, daughter of Uncle Rob and Aunt Georgette. As the oldest of the kids, she holds the most authority after the parents.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Absent in the second movie.
- Deadpan Snarker: She ends her head count with "...and a partridge in a pear tree."
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Cousin example. She is put in charge of keeping track of the younger kids, and aside from Kevin, she's the only one who calls out Buzz on being a Jerkass.
Supporting characters specific to Home Alone
Old Man Marley
Kevin's neighbor. Buzz told a story about how he was called the "South Bend Shovel Slayer" because it was said that he murdered his family and half of the people on the block with a snow shovel and kept them in a garbage can full of salt. Kevin meets up with him several times through the film before learning that he's far the opposite from what he seems.
- The Atoner: He got into an argument with his son years before and clearly regrets how he handled things. They reunite at the end of the film.
- Badass Beard: He has an impressive white one.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Kevin in the first film by attacking Harry and Marv with his snow shovel.
- Cool Old Guy: He clobbers Harry and Marv with his shovel, taking Them each out with a single blow.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicts one on Harry and Marv, taking them out easily.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Double-subverted. He dresses in dark clothing for much of the film and is rumoured to have murdered his family years before, but it turns out the rumours about him are not true and he's not on speaking terms with his family because of an argument he had with his son.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: His appearances are often accompanied by an ominous bell chiming which helps mask the fact that he's not a Serial Killer.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's rumored to be a Serial Killer. He's not.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Don't be fooled by that menacing stare; Marley's just a lonely old man who has no one in his life.
- My Greatest Failure: He got into an argument with his son years prior that seriously damaged their relationship and it's clear he sees how he handled things as this.
- Nice Guy: Despite his fearsome reputation, he's very polite, soft-spoken, and heroic and doesn't even seem all that bothered by what people say about him.
- Parental Abandonment: Years ago, he had a fight with his son, which ended with him telling his son that he didn't want to see him anymore. They manage to reconcile at the end of the movie.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Kevin. He's the one who eventually takes down Harry and Marv after they capture Kevin and threaten to torture him.
- Shadow Archetype: Like Kevin, he got into an argument with family and refused to reconcile for years. As such, he illustrates how lonely Kevin's life would be if he got his wish.
- Shovel Strike: According to Buzz, he's rumored to have murdered his entire family with a shovel. While the rumors are patently untrue, he does use his shovel to take down Harry and Marv.
- Walking Spoiler: He's a rare positive example of a character not being what they appear.
The "Polka King of the Midwest." When Kate McCallister is trying to get a flight to Chicago, upon hearing about her dilemma, Gus offers her a ride, which Kate gladly accepts.
- Disappeared Dad: In a sense. He's not really proud of this, but he and the boys are on the road constantly, and it really cuts down on time spent with family. And that goes for all the members of his band, too: according to Gus, one of the boys has never even met his kids.
- Expy: Of Del Griffith from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Same happy-go-lucky sort of demeanor, except with a polka band.
- Nice Guy: He is nice enough to offer Kate McCallister a ride back to Chicago. He even tries to comfort Kate when she starts lamenting she's a bad parent to Kevin for leaving him home alone, as Gus points out at least she's doing her best to return to him.
- Parental Abandonment: He once accidentally abandoned his son at a funeral parlor.
- Red Baron: The Polka King of the Midwest! Awkwardly, Kate has never heard of him.
Supporting characters specific to Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
A homeless woman tending to pigeons at Central Park who strikes a friendship with Kevin.
- Big Damn Heroes: When she steps in and saves Kevin literally just before Harry is about to shoot him.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Eccentric pigeon lady, at any rate.
- Expy: She serves the same role that Old Man Marley did in the first film; a person who at first appears menacing and as such scares Kevin, before an encounter with him reveals that they're actually a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, became a loner because of a tragic incident in their lives, becomes friends with Kevin, came to Kevin's rescue when Harry and Marv had him cornered, and eventually made peace with themselves thanks to Kevin.
- Homeless Pigeon Person: After her life collapsed, she dealt with it by taking care of the pigeons in the park, leading to her distraught and homeless state.
- Mama Bear: Towards Kevin. Much like Old Man Marley in the first film, she's the one who eventually takes down Harry and Marv after they capture Kevin and Harry is about to shoot him.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: As mentioned above, the Old Man Marley of Home Alone 2. Maybe not quite as scary - at first, Kevin's not so much scared of her as extremely Squicked out by all those pigeons on one person ("...sick!!") Regardless, Kevin soon warms up to her.
- Nice Hat: Despite being a bit tattered like the rest of her clothes, her hat still looks nice.
- No Name Given: She's either called the Pigeon Lady or the Bird Lady, but we never get an actual name out of her.
The concierge at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, where Kevin stays. He thinks Kevin had stolen his father's credit card, and as such over-eagerly treats Kevin like a criminal, which really didn't help Kevin when he was chased by Harry and Marv.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: He ends up on the receiving end of one of these, courtesy of Kate.Mr. Hector: "Madam, there are hundreds of parasites out there armed to the teeth— *SLAP!* Do bundle up, it's awfully cold outside."
- Background Halo: An overhead light turns on after he discovers Kevin "stole" his dad's credit cardMr. Hector: "Bingo." *ding*
- Butt-Monkey: Along with the hotel staff, he's outsmarted and humiliated by Kevin.
- For the Evulz: He has no real reason to be a Smug Snake over discovering Kevin's credit-card fraud — beyond "is played by Tim Curry."
- Inspector Javert: He's the only one suspicious of a boy staying all by himself in a hotel in New York.
- Jerkass: Is a overall smug jerk.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being established as a smarmy jerk, he does have a point when he tries to talk Kate out of looking for Kevin in New York City at night, alone.
- Large Ham: As can only be expected, given who plays him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The morning after the shower incident, he puts on a pleasant and cheerful persona as he tries to apologise to Kevin. While Kevin keeps up the charade, saying his father, who has not been seen with him once, has already left, Hector pretends to fall for it. As soon as Kevin leaves, he returns to his smug persona, and decides to get to the bottom of the situation once and for all.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Downplayed to the point of Villainy-Free Villain. He's doing his job and is right in what Kevin did was credit card fraud, but is overly eager in having him arrested.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Although he clearly is eager to hand Kevin over the the police, he does have his moments.
- As mentioned above, hes only doing his job when he confronts Kevin.
- He advises Cedric the Bellhop to not count his tips in public.
- After nearly getting killed by Johnny, he orders all the guests inspecting the commotion to stay in their rooms.
- When Kate says shes going out to look for Kevin, he tries to dissuade her by mentioning the dangers of New York at night, only to get slapped in the face.
- Skewed Priorities: Averted, but also played with. After the shootout with Johnny, Mr. Hector quickly (if only briefly) forgets about Kevins credit card fraud scandal, and even orders the guests investigating the noise to stay in their rooms.
- Slasher Smile: When he discovers Kevin "stole" his dad's credit card.
- Smug Snake: Is very proud in discovering the credit card "thievery", but Kevin got away. Oops. He still tries to take credit for his discovery while talking with Kevin's parents.
Elliot-Fox "E.F." Duncan
The philanthropic owner of Duncan's Toy Chest, a toy store in New York City. He donates the proceeds from the store's Christmas sales to a children's hospital. Unfortunately, Harry and Marv plan on stealing it all the night before.
- Friend to All Children: Regularly donates charities to children, and his store even allows kids to come in and play with the toys. Kevin even points out that most toy stores won't allow kids to play with the toys before purchasing them.
- King Incognito: He's posing as an ordinary cashier when Kevin meets him.
- Nice Guy: He perfectly understands why Kevin had to break the window of his store, and secretly sends him and his family tons of gifts in gratitude for Kevin saving the charity fund.
- Third-Person Person: Justified as he's pretending to be a cashier in employ of Mr. Duncan.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Plans to donate the proceeds his toy shop makes a children's hospital. Unfortunately, Harry and Marv plan on stealing it all.
Angels with Filthy Souls characters
- "Keep the change, ya filthy animal."
- Ax-Crazy: He seems to enjoy killing a bit too much.
- Bond One-Liner:
- "Keep the change, ya filthy animal."
- "Merry Christmas, you filthy animal, and a happy new year."
- Distinction Without a Difference: "Alright, i believe ya, but my Tommy Gun don't!"
- Laughing Mad: Whenever he kills someone.
- Would Hit a Girl: He guns down his girlfriend, Carlotta, because he believed that she was cheating on him.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Both films.
- "I'm gonna give you until the count of ten to get your ugly, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead! One...two...ten!"
- "One...two...(proceeds to gun down his girlfriend)...three!"
Characters specific to Home Alone 3
- Badass Boast: "No matter how old they [Peter Beaupre's gang] are, no matter how big they are, they can't beat me here. They can't beat me at home."
- Cassandra Truth: No one initially believes him about Beaupre and his gang robbing the houses.
- Ill Girl: Comes down with the chicken pox early in the movie.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Much like Kevin, he's very smart and resourceful for someone his age.
- Big Brother Instinct: Unlike Kevin's older siblings who were never shown standing up for him, Stan and Molly are shown to immediately close ranks at the first indication Alex is in actual danger. Their protectiveness is forceful enough to convince an FBI agent it would be easier to simply tell them what's going on instead of continuing to play the 'matter of national security' card.
- Family Versus Career: Essentially the reason Alex is left home alone in the first place. Both his parents have fairly demanding jobs and are in the middle of home renovations so money is tight. Karen spells out the basics of the trope when her boss calls her in.Karen: "You are asking me to choose between making a house payment and taking care of my sick child and I do not appreciate it!"
- Obfuscating Stupidity: A bit downplayed, but Stan doesn't seem like the academic type. He has, however, apparently trained his pet parrot to speak complex thoughts often relevant to the situation. Including asking for better bribes and carrying on long prank calls.
- Sibling Rivalry: Of a fairly standard variety. Stan and Molly constantly and take unashamed pleasure in deriding him when it looks like he's screwed up. However, they are also just as quick to praise him when he succeeds.
- Big Bad: Beaupre.
- Knight of Cerebus: They are criminal spies that may or may not have killed Alex if Alex was not smart. Also considering they are armed with guns and wear snow camouflaged suits when they prepare to invade Alex's house it is safe to say that they take their job of retrieving the chip very seriously.
- The Dark Chick: Alice.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Compared to Harry and Marv, they are more like villains in a Political Thriller.
- Villain Protagonist: Beaupre and his team can count, as the main focus seems to be them trying to get the chip.
- Big Good: An FBI agent who has been chasing Peter Beaupre for seven years.
- Police are Useless: Somewhat averted given that he wasn't able to arrive until after Alex had things mostly wrapped up. He does however arrive in force and does not waste any time at all.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he receives a memo about a kid in Chicago reporting the very chip he's looking for, he doesn't question the source and only hesitates exactly long enough to confirm that the serial numbers match before heading to retrieve it.Agent Stuckey: "We're going to Chicago."
- Cranky Neighbor: She lives in the same neighborhood as Alex and is a Grumpy Old Lady.
- Grumpy Old Man: She's elderly and rather rude to Alex at the beginning of the movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She later mellows out after Alex saves her life.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though unlike her two predecessors, who just have undeserved reputations, she's rude and surly until the chips are down and she realizes there's real danger. From her point of view, Alex is this; she sees him as a brat and his entire involvement in the plot starts when she gives him the car just because she doesn't want it and doesn't want to pay him for shovelling the walk, but as she tells him later, "you're a very sweet young man, I just never took the time to know you."