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- The Good Kingdom: Cloister, the only observed kingdom in the movie, fits this trope quite nicely. Had Roderick taken over, he would have likely turned it into The Empire.
- Humans Are Warriors: They put up a good fight against the giants.
- Red Shirt Army: The Guardians, Cloisters protectors. To emphasize, most of the Guardians who attempt to save Isabelle are quickly killed by the giants or the human traitors. Elmont is the only remotely capable member of the group. Even Jack, who becomes an honorary member, fares a lot better.
The Hero of the story. Jack starts the story as a simple, yet idealistic farmboy whose father told him stories about the giants who attacked humanity hundreds of years ago. Then, Jack meets Isabelle, the Princess of Cloister, and the two embark on a great adventure to save the kingdom from the giants once more.
- Action Survivor: Before he takes a level in badass.
- Blade on a Stick: Subverted. Jack attempts to use a lance against Fallon but fails. He is portrayed wielding one in a poster, making this a case of Covers Always Lie.
- Expy: Let's see, farmboy who meets a princess, is helped by a literal Obi-Wan and becomes a great hero. Sound familiar?
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Jack's father was a kindly man who comforted him during a storm and told him the story of King Erik and the giants.
- Guile Hero: Considering he is not a trained soldier like Elmont, Jack relies more on quick-thinking to defeat the giants.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Elmont. At first, Elmont disregards Jack as a mere farmboy, but he earns his respect after Jack saves his life. After escaping from the giants lair, Elmont gives him a Guardians badge, making him an honorary Guardian.
- The Hero
- Knife Nut: At first, Jack uses a knife, which he later gives to Elmont. He even kills a giant with a large kitchen knife.
- Nice Guy
- Official Couple: With Isabelle. At the end of the movie, they are married and have children.
- Took a Level in Badass: Heck yeah!
The Princess of Cloister. Just like Jack, Isabelle grew up with her mother's stories about the giants. After Jack saves her life, they decide to stop the giants together. She is also a descendant of Erik, the king who defeated the giants long ago.
- Played by: Eleanor TomlinsonVoiced by: Leyla Rangel (Latin-American Spanish), Airi Taira (Japanese)
- Arranged Marriage: To Roderick. Needless to say, she is not happy about it.
- Bling of War: She wears a golden armor during the climax.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Faux Action Girl: Isabelle wants to travel around the world, but when she begins her first real adventure, she is absolutely helpless and needs Jack and Elmont to get her out of trouble.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. Aside from wanting to go on adventures, Isabelle is very sweet.
- Official Couple: With Jack. At the end of the movie, they are married and have children.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: This defines her relationship with Jack.
Captain of the Guardians. Upon hearing the princess is danger, Elmont leads the mission to save her. At first, he is unimpressed by Jack but after seeing his courage, they earn each others respect.
- Played by: Ewan McGregor
- The Ace/Authority Equals Asskicking: Not only is he the leader of the Guardians, he is their most effective member. He is the only Guardian to return from the land of the giants alive and the one who coordinates Cloisters defense when the giants attack.
- Badass in Distress: He is almost cooked alive but never loses his dignity.
- Fake Nationality: Elmont is English, but his actor is Scottish.
- Genre Savvy: Elmont is aware of how the story will turn out, as shown during his fight with Roderick."I may not be the hero of this story, but at least I get to see how it ends!"
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Jack.
- Knife Nut: Jack gives him a knife to defend himself. He uses it to kill Roderick.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He'll put a good scare in Jack for not kneeling when he's supposed tobut when the Princess goes missing, Elmont remembers that Jack was the peasant who'd stand up to bullies to protect a strange girl whom he didn't even know was the princess. He vouches for Jack with the King when it counts.
The king's advisor. Although he might look loyal to the king, he is in fact planning to use Erik's magic crown to usurp the throne and take control of the kingdom. However, Jack and Isabelle cause trouble to his plans.
- Played by: Stanley Tucci
- Arranged Marriage: To Isabelle. Needless to say, she is not happy about it.
- Big Bad Wannabe
- Evil Chancellor/Treacherous Advisor: Obvious from the beginning.
- Evil Is Hammy: Stanley Tucci clearly had fun while making this movie.
- Karmic Death: He attempts to push Elmont to his death and Elmont kills him with a knife.
- Smug Snake: Oh, boy.
- Stupid Evil: He starts killing off the rescue party before establishing control over the giants.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He believes he is the villain and Elmont is an enemy to be crushed. He is not the Big Bad, Fallon is. Elmont kills him and the giants take the crown and attack the humans as if he was not there at all.
The King of Cloister and Isabelle's father. After the death of his wife, Brahmwell kept his daughter safe and arranged her to be married to Roderick. When Isabelle disappears, Brahmwell is desperate to find her. He is also a descendant to King Erik.
- Played by: Ian McShane
- Big Good: He is the most benevolent authority figure in the kingdom, and he intends to keep his people safe from the Giants.
- The Good King: The king is a pretty decent guy. Aside from one serious blind spot early on, he's a good leader who handles himself well, deals with his subjects fairly, and isn't above hard labor right alongside the common soldiers when necessary. He also shows remarkable restraint when dealing with Jack, refraining from trying to intimidate him once it's clear there's some chemistry between him and the Princess. Not to mention he insists on fighting alongside the guards when the Giants attack, and gives Elmont a "Hell no!" when asked to leave.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He should have not trusted Roderick.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Brahmwell fights alongside his men during the final battle with the giants, joins the soldiers tugging on the lanyards to secure the drawbridge and refuses to flee when things look hopeless.Elmont: Get the king to safety!
King Brahmwell: (pulls out his sword) Like hell!
The king who defeated the giants long ago. He forged a crown that could control giants. He is also the ancestor of Isabelle and Brahmwell.
- Famed In-Story: He became a legend after he defeated the giants.
- The Magnificent: By the time the movie takes place, he is known amongst the people of Cloister as "Erik the Great". The giants known as Erik the Terrible.
- Precursor Hero
- Posthumous Character: He only appears in flashbacks.
- Royal Blood: He is the ancestor to Isabelle and Brahmwell. The giants can recognize them because they can smell blood.
- Always Chaotic Evil
- Barbarian Tribe
- Evil Is Bigger: Well, they're giants.
- Evil Is Hammy
- Fantastic Racism: All of them hate humans.
- Lightning Bruiser: The giants are strong enough to rip trees out of the ground and they can run faster than horses despite their size.
- One-Gender Race: Every giant in the movie is male.
- What Could Have Been: The filmmakers have mentioned in an interview that there was at one point female giants in early stages of the script, but were cut out mainly because the director didn't want to have Jack kill any of them.
- Our Giants Are Bigger
- Toilet Humor: The giants do fart, belch and pick their noses, forgivable because they are portrayed as being grotesque creatures.
General of the giants. Being one of the giants who attacked humanity long ago, Fallon seeks the chance to return to the human land once again. He has two heads.
- Played by: Bill Nighy (large head) and John Kassir (small head)
- Big Bad: As if Roderick's death wasn't obvious enough.
- Can't Take Criticism: He will hit you with his iron flail if you call him out on any BS, and he will kill you if you insult him.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Jack throws a bean down his throat and a beanstalk rips his body apart from within.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: When he grabs Isabelle after breaking into the castle. Although, Fallons desire for her seems to be less out of lust and more out of indirect revenge (since it was her ancestor, Erik, that first used the crown against the Giants).
- Just the First Citizen: He is only a general. He becomes the leader of the giants after Roderick dies and he takes the crown.
- Klingon Promotion: At the start of the movie, Fallon is a general. When Roderick dies, he takes the crown and the giants accept him as their leader.
- Royal "We": Fallon often refers to himself as "we" and "us", presumably to include his second head. He seems to only use "I" and "me" when things get personal.
- The Unintelligible: The small head's speech is almost entirely incomprehensible.
One of Fallon's lieutenants. He and Fallon appear to have a deep hatred for each other.
- Played by: Ben Daniels
- Ambiguously Brown: Fumm's exact race is never specified, but he's definitely not Caucasian.
- The Mutiny: Fumm challenges and doubts Fallon's authority throughout the entire film. He eventually takes charge of the Gantuan army when Fallon falls into the fire moat and is presumed dead.
- Token Minority: While his exact ethnicity is unknown, Fumm seems to be the only non-white character in the entire film. That is, if the rest of the Giants are indeed considered white.