Kingsman is an independent secret service based in the United Kingdom and operating at the highest level of discretion. Its cover is the namesake tailor shop in Savile Row, London.
- Aristocrat Team: Implied in the background of the first film:Harry/Galahad: Since 1849, Kingsman tailors have clothed the world's most powerful individuals. By 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money, going un-inherited, and a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realized that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good. And so began our other venture. An independent, international intelligence agency, operating at the highest level of discretion. Above the politics and bureaucracy that undermine the integrity of government run spy organizations. A suit is the modern gentleman's armour, and the Kingsman agents, are the new knights.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The very definition of a Kingsman agent. Justified, as the organization started out as and still uses a high-class Savile Row tailor shop as their public front. The suits themselves are badass, since they're bulletproof.
- Cultured Badass: They're elite-talent spies who take manners and dress seriously. Fine suits and glasses are even their uniforms.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Kingsman consists of exceptionally intelligent adept fighters. NLP (neurolinguistic programming) happens to constitute their training process as well, qualifying agents for this trope as it hones their social acumen.
- Men Don't Cry: In theory every Kingsman is meant to be this by training, not being allowed to "waste time" mourning dead comrades when there is a mission to complete. In practice however, all the training in the world cannot stop these heroes from weeping Manly Tears in-private for beloved friends who have fallen in battle, especially when they are drunk.
- Oddly Small Organization: From all available evidence, the Kingsmen only have a dozen field agents at most, replaced as necessary. It's indicated there's a fairly large support staff, however. Harry justifies this by explaining that the Kingsmen exist to influence world events behind the scenes rather than to try and enact sweeping change on their own.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Their entire schtick, right down to recruiting the upper crust.
- Although, in the case of Eggsy and his father, they got into the Kingsmen through sheer ability.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All of the Kingsmen whose names are given are named after figures from the legends of King Arthur. Harry is Galahad and his compatriots are Arthur (The Leader), Merlin (the Techno Wizard) and Lancelot (who dies early on). It can be presumed the rest of the organization sticks to this theme, as Roxy's sponsor is Percival.
- Specs of Awesome: Their glasses are one of the Kingsman gadgets, doubling as heads-up displays and transmitting live-streams to HQ or Merlin's plane. As such, they never take them off, even in combat.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Kingsmen are trained to be divorced from human attachments and emotions, as the British are generally expected to remain calm and unflustered under all circumstances... but then again see Men Don't Cry above.
- Stylish Protection Gear: The Kingsmen's wickedly stylish suits are all bulletproof.
- Weapon of Choice: Two; Tokarev TT-30 pistols equipped with an underbarrel shotgun and umbrellas that function as guns and shields. The latter is recognized by the Statesmen for the Doomsday Protocol.
Chester King / Arthur
Portrayed By: Michael Caine
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service
The leader of the Kingsmen. Harry quietly butts heads with him several times, chiding him for refusing to move forward as the world changes.
- Accent Relapse: He slips into a Cockney accent as he's dying.
- Actor Allusion: Wears the same NHS frame spectacles as Harry Palmer.
- Adaptational Villainy: Sir Giles, Arthur's equivalent character in the comics, does not join forces with the villain and attempt to poison the protagonist. This role is fulfilled by Rupert Greaves, Merlin's comic equivalent instead.
- Benevolent Boss: A very downplayed example. He's still a high class jerkass who believes working class candidates like Eggsy and his father have no place among the Kingsmen, but he cares deeply for those who fit his standards. For example, he congratulates Roxy in person after she passed the final test and shows a genuinely shocked expression on his face after seeing Valentine executed Harry/Galahad. Even after he is revealed to be in league with Valentine, he's still willing to give Eggsy a second chance to become a Kingsman to replace the deceased Galahad and protect him from Valentine's Hate Plague, despite his distaste for Eggsy's social status. Granted, he semi-forced him to agree by trying to poison him, but still, he did give him another chance, something he didn't do with Charlie, the candidate he preferred.
- Big Good: He's the leader of the Kingsmen. Unfortunately, he makes a FaceHeel Turn and joins Valentine.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Unlike Valentine, who refuses to abide by the cliches of classic Tuxedo and Martini villains, Arthur does not appear to have paid much attention to them, as he explains the Evil Plan shortly before his death and falls for a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo. The victory of the heroes largely relied upon Arthur's lack of foresight.
- Boomerang Bigot: Implied. Throughout the film Arthur speaks in a refined accent and seems the definition of an upper class snob who has in for the working class Eggsy. After being poisoned by Eggsy his dying words are a string of expletives uttered in a very coarse, East End accent.
- Death by Adaptation: As befits him being now a villain.
- Disappointed in You: Tells Charlie this once he fails his Secret Test of Character. Especially noteworthy as Charlie was the only remaining candidate who fit his vision of what a Kingsman agent should be.
- Establishing Character Moment: His cold indifference to Lee Unwin's death shows how Arthur is quite the upper-class snob.
- Evil Brit: When it's revealed he is one of Valentine's puppets.
- Evil Old Folks: Is revealed to be in on Valentine's conspiracy at the end.
- FaceHeel Turn: Valentine easily persuades him to switch sides.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Trying to kill Eggsy with a poisoned glass of brandy, Eggsy pulls a Poison Chalice Switcheroo.
- Irony: For all his hate about the common class, Eggsy rubs it in his face that he was beaten by a simple sleight of hand trick anyone could learn.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even as the leader of the Kingsmen he comes across as very snobby and elitist, thinking the lower-class Eggsy shouldn't be included in their ranks. Following Harry's death, he offers Eggsy a glass of brandy that the Kingsmen use to toast fallen members despite it being against tradition for non-Kingsmen to drink. Then it's revealed the brandy is poisoned and Arthur's teamed up with Valentine.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whilst Valentine and Gazelle are comedic villains, Arthur is, for the most part, portrayed very seriously and both of his scenes with Eggsy (shooting the dog and the poisoned brandy) are pretty tense.
- Mean Brit: Arthur is a gentleman at first glance only, since he's actually an elitist prick.
- Mole in Charge: Valentine won him over to his cause some time ago.
- Not So Different: As he's dying after ingesting his own poison, his accent switches from Posh to Cockney, revealing that he came from humble beginnings like Eggsy.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He's a classist jackass, but is head of the Kingsman Agency, which basically exists to save lives and help out the world. Then he joins Valentine, making him a Politically Incorrect Villain.
- Punny Name: His surname is King and his code name is Arthur.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Like all Kingsmen, he wears really stylish suits.
- The Spymaster: He's the movie's answer to M. As the head of the agency, every Kingsman answers to him.
- Walking Spoiler: The Reveal that he is in on Valentine's plan kicks off the entire final act of the film.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Eggsy the chance to join him and Valentine in honor of Harry's memory. Eggsy says he'd rather join Harry.
- You Are What You Hate: He's contemptuous of the lower socioeconomic classes and presents himself as firmly a member of the upper ones, but a pre-mortem Accent Relapse implies that he actually came from a background similar to Eggsy's.
Augustin Edmonds / Arthur
Portrayed by: Michael Gambon
Appearances: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The new Arthur after Chester's death, he's only briefly seen in Golden Circle before a missile takes him out with the other Kingsman agents.
- The Cameo: His screentime is so short it very much qualifies as this (and Michael Gambon is renowned enough, besides).
- Famous Last Words: "Oh fu-!"
- No Name Given: He doesn't even have the time to have his name pronounced in the film before perishing. He does however have a name in the film's novelization, "Augustin Edmonds".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off in his second scene.
Harry Hart / Agent Galahad / The Lepidopterist
Portrayed By: Colin Firth
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- "I'm a Catholic whore, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black, Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So, hail Satan, and have a lovely afternoon, madam."
The current Galahad, who was once saved by Eggsy's father, a Lancelot candidate. He still feels responsible for his death, and resolves to give his son a chance to make something of himself.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Harry Hart was named Jack London.
- Alliterative Name: Harry Hart.
- Ambiguously Gay: His Berserk Button seems to be abuse against homosexuals if the barfight scene and church scene are any indication. His interactions with Eggsy are also dripping with Ho Yay, and Colin Firth himself has said "We don't know anything about him, he might not be straight" when talking about the character. Elton John even blows him a kiss. However, he also notes that he's never been in love.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies. In his house, he has walls filled with them. The sequel reveals that before becoming a Kingsman, he originally wanted to study butterflies and he also a wall of butterflied in the room the Statesman gave him while trying to regain his memories. And after regaining his memories, Harry occasionally sees a couple of butterflies. Eggsy even compares himself to a butterfly because took a petty thug (larva), protected and trained him to be something special (butterfly).
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His effortless Curb-Stomp Battle against Dean's goons in the tavern shows him as one early on. The battle in the church against nearly the entire congregation where they all die and he barely takes a scratch just cements it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the nicest characters in the movie, but when he and an entire church congregation are affected by Valentine's device which turns off their inhibitions and increases their rage, Harry is able to slaughter the vast majority of them quite easily and horrifyingly.
- Boom, Headshot!: Delivers quite a few of these, and dies by being on the receiving end of one of these, courtesy of Valentine. Subverted, as Harry is seen alive and well in Kingsman: The Golden Circle with an eyepatch.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Falls victim to Valentine's signal in the first film. It doesn't last, but is enough to cause many deaths... including his own. Except not.
- Combat Pragmatist: Depending on the situation he will either quickly disable/incapacitate his opponents or directly go for the kill.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight in the tavern against Dean's thugs who come to beat up Eggsy. They never stood a chance.
- Disappointed in You: When Eggsy fails his last Secret Test of Character by refusing to shoot the dog he adopted, he sees it as Eggsy throwing away everything he'd been working towards over something trivial — even worse because, turns out, the gun was loaded with blanks. This is particularly sad because it's the last exchange he and Eggsy have before Harry's death. Or not.
- Establishing Character Moment: His very first line ("Shit") marks him as Sophisticated as Hell. His following resigned lament over his mistake establishes how the loss of a comrade hits him hard. He then attempts to console Lee Unwin's wife and child, going as far as to give them a literal token for direct help from the Kingsman, showing that what he cares about is what's right regardless of the secrecy he's required to keep.
- Eyepatch of Power: Harry wears one in the sequel, on his left eye.
- Eye Scream: As Harry's eyepatch is seen on his left eye, it indicates that Valentine shot his left eye out, rather than the supposed Boom, Headshot! seen in the first movie.
- Gentleman Snarker: As a Kingsman he is gentlemanly in all things, including his snarking, whether it be directed towards the Big Bad or against an asshole attendant at a hate-mongering church.Harry: I'm a Catholic whore, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black, Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So hail Satan, and have a lovely afternoon madam.
- Genre Savvy: He and Valentine have a chat about the James Bond films of old and Harry confesses a preference for the villains in contrast to Valentine's for the heroes. Though Harry doesn't play into the genre tropes like Valentine he does understand them and seems to recognize them in Valentine.
- The Gunslinger: He's a pretty terrific shot, and he's had plenty of time to practice.
- Hallucinations: Of butterflies in The Golden Circle due to recovering from his amnesia.
- Handicapped Badass: In The Golden Circle, Harry loses his left eye and suffers from occasional hallucinations, but manages to still be a threat to his enemies.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He loved his dog Mr Pickle and is deeply offended when Eggsy believed that Harry callously shot and killed him in a test. It's also because of his love towards Mr Pickle that Harry is able to regain his memory due to the trauma/shock of the dog's death or from being forced to shoot him in the trials.
- Heroic BSoD: A mixture of his injuries and shellshock from killing dozens of civilians against his will makes him an easy kill for Valentine.
- Implacable Man: Becomes this at the church congregation after being driven to mindless rage by Valentine's Hate Plague, methodically killing dozens and ignoring several gunshot and stab wounds.
- Improvised Weapon User: During the church brawl, he uses whatever's at hand (such as bibles and incense burners) to fight off the churchgoers after he runs out of bullets.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason he inducts Eggsy into the Kingsmen training program is his attempt to make amends for Eggsy's dad sacrificing his life to save Harry, after Harry's mistake nearly got them all killed.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": After saving Elton John, he asks the latter for tickets to his next concert. More than happy for being rescued, Sir Elton offers him a backstage pass.
- Macross Missile Massacre: He can fire fast enough to resemble actual machine-gun fire, and can use them to fire any type of bullets he wants.
- The Mentor: Veteran secret agent Harry Hart acts as a mentor to Gary Unwin, aka Eggsy, and persuades him not to waste his life and talent in crime and join the undercover espionage agency Kingsman to save the world from James Bond type villains.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Poor Harry, while mentoring Eggsy he gets headshot by Valentine just before the climax. Subverted, as he is seen to have survived in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
- Moe Greene Special: The Golden Circle reveals that Valentine's bullet hit Harry's left eye.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His horrified facial expression after the effects of Valentine's Hate Plague signal wear off says it all.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to check a prisoner for weapons, forcing a trainee Kingsman agent to sacrifice his life to save the rest of the unit. That trainee was Eggsy' father.
- Nice Guy: Snarky he can be, but he's nevertheless a polite and kind man.
- Not Quite Dead: Returns in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, thanks to being saved by the Statesmen.
- One-Man Army: The church scene, with him causing almost half of the casualties easily cements him as this. Just watch this video.
- Papa Wolf: He takes apart Dean's thugs after they threaten Eggsy.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Eggsy throughout the course of the film, as Eggsy's father is dead and his stepdad is a jerk.
- Reality Ensues: He's a badass One-Man Army, and dies of something as mundane as a bullet to the head from the Non-Action Big Bad. There isn't even any fanfare about it. Just in case you were beginning to think Galahad was an Invincible Hero. Played With in the sequel, where Harry is revealed to have survived, but only on account of the Statesmen's interference, and even then, having lost all his memories of his time in Kingsmen.
- This is actually still a case of Reality Ensues, as head shots are not actually a guaranteed kill in real life.
- Related to the same point, when he returns to active duty, he finds out the hard way that the gunshot wound and his lack of practice for over a year have deteriorated his skills.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. The comics has Harry as Eggsy's uncle, but the movie adaptation shows that he isn't related to Eggsy in any way.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Whiskey breaks the vial of Poppy's antidote in The Golden Circle, Harry believes he did it intentionally under someone else's orders and shoots him in the head. As it turns out, he was partly correct - Whiskey did break the vial intentionally, but he wasn't working for another organization, as he was acting on his own when he did it.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He speaks with a clipped formality that's occasionally peppered with hard cursing (without ever changing his tone of voice).
- Supporting Leader: For the first two acts of the first movie, he is The Hero.
- Survivor Guilt: He feels horribly guilty about Lee Unwin's Heroic Sacrifice for him, even after many years have passed.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As with all Kingsmen, his suits are incredibly stylish.
- Tranquil Fury:
- Calmly beats the snot out of half a dozen thugs after they threaten Eggsy and degrade him. He even politely apologises to Eggsy afterward for the scene, excusing it as his need to "let off some steam."
- His rampage in the church also taps into this, as despite everyone exposed to the Hate Plague going into an Ax-Crazy Unstoppable Rage, he kills almost half of the maddened congregation without breaking his stoic demeanour.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the church scene, he doesn't hesitate to kill the women as well as the men. In fact, the first person he kills to start off the massacre was a woman, with the under-barrel pistol to the face.
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin / Agent Galahad
Portrayed By: Taron Egerton
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- Harry: Who's to blame you for quitting the Marines? You were halfway through training, doing brilliantly, but you gave up.
Eggsy: Because my mum went mental, banging on about losing me as well as my dad. Then we wouldn't be cannon fodder for snobs like you, judging people like me from your ivory towers with no thought about why we do what we do. We ain't got much choice, you get me? And if we was born with the same silver spoon up our arses, we'd do just as well as you, if not better.
The son of a previous Lancelot candidate and the franchise's main protagonist, Eggsy grew up in a poor background, surrounded by his violent step-father and the latter's degenerate friends. Despite being forced to turn down most opportunities in his life for one reason or another, he shows incredible promise. Both because of this and because of his father's legacy, Harry Hart convinces him to pass the tests to join Kingsman.
- The Ace: He was more or less this (badass driver, pretty adept traceur, Royal Marine trainee with a high IQ) to begin with and over the course of the movie becomes even more so in several ways. He even successfully impersonated a member of high society, which just three days before would have been, by his own admission, his biggest obstacle as a Kingsman.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Gary Unwin was named Gary London.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Eggsy is ostracized within the trainee group because he's from a poor, working-class background, in contrast with the private school rich kids.
- Badass Driver: One of Eggsy's skills before joining the agency. He hijacks a car and manages to elude the police by driving backwards effortlessly a few miles. He probably could've gone longer, too, had he not swerved out of the way to avoid hitting a fox.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: To the extent that finally donning the suit was how he prepared to infiltrate the super-villain's lair, illustrating the end of his training and the beginning of his life as a Kingsman. The suit itself helps him be more badass, being bullet-proof.
- Big "NO!": When he witnesses the death of Harry Hart.
- Blatant Lies: In a mission to obtain some antidote for Poppy's tainted drugs, Eggsy poses as a client. Unfortunately, the company was expecting a Singaporean by the name of Wu Ting Feng. When asked by an incredulous staff member if Eggsy (with angular features and light skin, characteristics we later see the actual Asian Wu Ting Feng's are far from) is Wu Ting Feng, Eggsy lets out an awkward "...Yes".
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Eggsy has a great IQ, school performance and excels in physical abilities including Le Parkour, but he left it all to become a street crook. He says that this is because of how he was raised, on account of his deceased father causing his mother to be averse to his activities that may lead her to lose another family member (like joining the armed forces). Harry persuades him to leave his criminal life.
- The Caretaker: Harry assigns him as his mother's when he was merely a child, and he does become this, as well as a Living Emotional Crutch.
- Chick Magnet: Downplayed, but it might be telling that both of the female candidates immediately decide to side with him against the other recruits (even if he and Roxy are only friends). Meanwhile, Tilde only needs to take one look at him to upgrade his petition of a Smooch of Victory to Rescue Sex. Given his looks and personality, this is hardly surprising.
- Gets revisited in The Golden Circle when he and Whiskey try to seduce the dragon's girlfriend in order to slip her a tracking chip. Whiskey gets blown off immediately, but as soon as Eggsy shows up, the mark can't wait to get it on with him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Downplayed. He's not an inappropriate flirt, but he had no problem having Rescue Sex with a woman he hardly knows — although, to be fair, he only asked for a kiss; the rest was her initiative.
- Drops the "pervert" part entirely by the second movie - he feels terrible about having to sleep with an attractive woman to put a tracer on her when he is already in a relationship with Tilde, to the point that he feels obligated to warn Tilde about it, when he could easily have rolled with it without her ever knowing and justified the act to himself as just being part of the mission.
- Combat Parkour: He's broad-shouldered and built, but his gymnast background shows nonetheless when he fights. He kills one of Poppy's goons in with his thighs, for instance, while midair, avoiding gunfire from other goons.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Eggsy's successful at pulling Harry from his state of regression. His tactic evidently alarms and distresses Harry before it works, however. Justified, as shock is needed to cure the amnesia of people saved by Statesman's Alpha Gel technology.
- Dance Battler: By the second movie, his fighting style has become extremely acrobatic, consistently using his entire body and emphasizing flips and spins. He must have learned from his fight with Gazelle.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His father died in action, mother remarried a jerkass domestic abuser who would physically abuse Eggsy and his mom. At some point, Eggsy resorted to drugs and petty crimes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone in the movie has a couple snarky quips, and Eggsy's no exception.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Before meeting Harry again, he had resorted to drugs and petty crimes, didn't have a job and had dropped first gymnastics and then his training for the Marines despite excelling at both. Harry saw that he still wanted to do something good with his life and gave him the opportunity to become a Kingsman.
- Ditzy Genius: Eggsy has a huge IQ, showed potentially Olympics-worthy athletic talent as a child, was a stellar student and Marines trainee, and did brilliantly on both the written and physicality-oriented Kingsman tests even though he partook in them long after his life went terribly awry. As a consequence of his Dark and Troubled Past, however, Eggsy is also unacquainted with numerous pieces of basic knowledge, like the "simple physics" in Secret Service and that maggots turn into flies while larvae turn into butterflies.
- Establishing Character Moment: Defending his mother from her abusive boyfriend and caring for his crying baby half-sister when no one else was. Also extends to the car chase and interrogation scene, showing his badass skills, weakness for animals in danger, and his unflinching loyalty to his friends.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Downplayed. Eggsy is definitely a nice guy, but he has committed petty crimes. However, the main reason he gave up prominent future opportunities is because he couldn't leave his mother alone with his abusive stepfather.
- Generation Xerox: Downplayed and played with. None of the following three men can be called lookalikes, being portrayed by different actors, but the trope is in the narrative roles: There are parallels laid out between Eggsy and his father, Lee. Both men had the same look of amazement upon seeing the Kingsman headquarters for the first time, according to Harry (and so did he). They were from "lower" socioeconomic classes, but exceptionally talented, as they beat out more formally trained rich recruits for a spot in the final stage of Kingsman's challenging screening process. However, neither Lee nor Eggsy did not secure the title of Lancelot not because of a lack of skill, but because of their compassion (Lee getting killed after putting a friend's life above his own; Eggsy refusing to shoot his pet). They end up marrying blonde-haired women too (different-looking blonde-haired women, mind). In the second film, noticeable Call Backs to Eggsy's Parental Substitute/previous Galahad Harry also increase. Eggsy is told he's late for a Kingsman meeting, and he's the one who survives a mix-up, like Harry was with Lee. Although where Harry thinly veils his snarky remarks "with respect", Eggsy straightforwardly prefaces his "with disrespect".
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small diagonal scar over his left eyebrow.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Eggsy forms a tight bond with his canine companion, J.B.
- Hidden Depths: Despite seeming like a typical street punk at first, Harry reveals Eggsy had excellent grades, took gymnastics and was skilled enough to possibly be an Olympian, and that he went into training for an elite military unit before quitting halfway through after his mom became horrified at the idea she'd lose him like she lost his father. He's also seen (and, from the sound of it, enjoyed) My Fair Lady.
- Informed Flaw: In The Secret Service, Harry mentions that Eggsy's been in trouble due to drugs but, in The Golden Circle, Eggsy admits that he doesn't actually have that much experience with them and that it's just something people automatically assume about him. Of course, it's very easy to get into trouble regarding something without knowing anything about it, especially if people assume you do — chances are, Eggsy's friends (actually shown taking drugs in Golden Circle) ran into the fuzz at some point and Eggsy got taken down with them.
- Invincible Hero: Bordering on this, by the end of the film the only things that have really posed a challenge to him were killing his dog and fighting Gazelle, almost an Invincible Villain in her own right. Not bad for a street punk with at best a few months worth of formal training.
- It's Personal: He doesn't get along well with Charlie from since the training, even more so when he turns up later as one of Valentine's supporters, but it reaches a breaking point when Charlie shows up again as Poppy's right hand man and is responsible for hacking into the Kingsman Database and provides the information for Poppy to locate and destroy every Kingsman base in England, killing Eggsy's best friends Roxy, Brandon, and his dog JB in the process. Eggsy is furious, and after beating him in the climatic fight, makes a point to Charlie that he's dropping all gentlemanly acts just for this once to avenge the deaths of all his comrades, before brutally snapping his neck.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He has a jawline sharp enough to be considered a weapon in its own right.
- Le Parkour: Won the local gymnastic championships twice and was considered Olympic material, but now only uses his athletic talent to evade pursuers. Uses to great effect in the final battle against Valentine's men and Gazelle.
- Like a Son to Me: Heavily implied when Whiskey tells Eggsy that his unborn son would've been his age had he been alive.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To his mother Michelle, complete with a classic trope element: She held him back from pursuing a risky career path out of intense fear that he'll die, and she'd lose her son after having already lost her husband (the traumatic experience that led to her instability in the first place). Although, interestingly, she encourages Eggsy to stay away from her and Dean (who's physically abusive to them both) frequently, so long as he's safe.
- Lower-Class Lout: He starts off poor with a big chip on his shoulder, but he's a better person than his outward persona might suggest.
- Manly Tears: A couple of times, by the second film bordering on a Rare Male Example of Tender Tears who's also shown in a positive light the very handsome hero, muscular, desired and in a happy, respectful relationship, and a skilled professional whose tears come from a capacity for compassion as opposed to "weakness".
- Mr. Fanservice: There's an entire sequence in which he's shirtless and wet, showing off his great shape. He also looks downright dashing in his Kingsman suit.
- Nature Lover: He has a weakness for animals.
- Nice Guy: He only gives attitude to people who disrespect him. Otherwise, he's a cool guy to hang out with.
- Nice Hat: Wears a variety of them in his civilian attire.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- His attacking Charlie using his electric signet ring caused Charlie's chip implant to malfunction, allowing the latter to survive by losing his arm instead of his head.
- His stepping on a landmine despite being the one who's sweeping the ground with a mine detector ends up getting Merlin killed.
- Letting Tilde know that he is sleeping with one of his targets as part of his job ends up pushing her to smoke pot tainted by Poppy which nearly gets her killed.
- Non-Idle Rich: While he Married For Love, he did still marry into money (since his bride is Sweden's princess) at the end of the second film. That said, he's still an active Kingsman even after becoming a prince by marriage.
- Official Couple: The Golden Circle shows that he and Tilde have been a couple for a year. They marry at the end.
- One-Man Army: As his first run through Valentine's lair showed. It took pretty much the entirety of the mook reserves coming at him from all sides carrying heavy weaponry for him to begin considering death. And even then he figured out a way to kill them all at one fell swoop.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Although the audience does learn that Eggsys given name is Gary, he introduces himself to the other Kingsman candidates as Eggsy, and is exclusively referred to as Eggsy by the other characters in the film.
- Platonic Life-Partners: There is zero romantic tension between him and Roxy.
- Pursuing Parental Perils: Eggsys father died on the path to become a Kingsman, and his mother wanted him to give up the Marines for this reason. Nevertheless, Eggsy is intent on his Kingsman training, and joins in the end.
- Rags to Riches: Goes from Lower-Class Lout to a well-paid and well-educated secret agent that poses as a respected bespoke tailor in one of London's finest districts. Come The Golden Circle and he upgrades again, this time to royalty by marrying the crown princess of Sweden.
- Rags to Royalty: Downplayed. After the first movie, Eggsy leaves considerably well off. By the end of The Golden Circle, he is now of royalty after marrying Tilde.
- Rescue Sex: He was happy to settle for a kiss, but...
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Chester offers him a place in the "elite" Valentine plans to safeguard from his engineered Hate Plague. Eggsy refuses... and it backfires fatally on Chester.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As a Kingsman, his suits are very stylish. His civilian apparel, on the other hand, sometimes borders on Impossibly Tacky Clothes.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Understandable, considering he's from a rough part of London.
- Skewed Priorities: His Fatal Flaw in the second film, and this actually leads to devastating results each time it happened. Firstly, he leaves Charlie's robotic arm in the car because he's in a hurry to go to his friend's birthday party, unknowingly allowing Charlie to remote-control the arm and hack the Kingsman network, leading to Poppy destroying all Kingsman bases and killing Eggsy's closest friends and pet dog. Secondly, when he has to get intimate with a target, he takes the time to call Tilde, his girlfriend, to ask for permission first, when it was really not needed. (He doesn't even have to sleep with her, just to put the tracker inside her) And this leads to a falling out between the two that ends up with Tilde poisoned by Poppy's drug virus. Thirdly, he carelessly exposes the fragile antidote tube from its secured capsule just to closely examine it, allowing Whiskey to slap it out of his hand and breaks it on the ground. And finally, when he sees the entrance of Poppy's base, he gets too distracted to notice that he's not out of the minefield yet, and leads to him stepping on a mine even with the mine detector in his hand, which eventually leads to Merlin's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Spanner in the Works: Valentine's plan would have gone off without a hitch if Harry hadn't allowed Eggsy to sit in on his meeting with Merlin about the death of James Arnold. This tells Eggsy about the head-exploding implants. Later on, Harry calls Eggsy his place to yell at him, allowing Eggsy to watch the video transmission of the church events. This directly led to Eggsy realizing that Arthur was compromised and allowed him, Merlin and Roxy to take Valentine down before the evil plan was completed.
- Strangled by the Red String: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with the main protagonist with little to no development. Played extremely straight in that actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it.
- Suit-Up of Destiny: Right before the climax, he performs one of the most badass instances of putting a suit on ever.
- Took a Level in Badass: He starts off as a talented person with no goal or future, before Harry comes into his life. Eggsy is then put into Kingsman Training from Hell, which allows him to grow even more into his talents. And when he puts all his smarts and skills with his Kingsman suit and gadgets, he becomes nearly unstoppable.
- Undying Loyalty: One of his strongest and most important traits. His refusal to rat out his friends to the police nearly got him imprisoned and it's clear that even the threat of death won't make him betray the Kingsmen, particularly Harry.
- This actually causes problems for his Kingsman career, with him losing the Lancelot slot to Roxy because he refused to shoot his dog and, in the second movie, being unwilling to sleep with a mark to plant a tracker without making sure his girlfriend was okay with it.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: He seems to dislike violence (watching a Brainwashed and Crazy Harry brutally massacre a hate group has more palpable impact on him than it does the rest of the Kingsmen), but ultimately engages in it for The Greater Good.
- Warrior Prince: Not by birth mind you, but becomes one through marriage to The Princess of Sweden at the end of "The Golden Circle"; and yet he continues to fight on the front-lines to protect world-peace instead of kicking-back and having a relaxing life, making him a modern example of this trope.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Eggsy wants to prove himself that he's more than a Lower-Class Lout by being recruited into Kingsman, but he also does it to not disappoint Harry and is very ashamed when he does.
- What You Are in the Dark: In the "The Golden Circle" Eggsy refuses to sleep with a target without informing his girlfriend and getting her okay, then when she breaks up with him over it, Eggsy still doesn't go further than needed to plant a tracking device.
- Would Hit a Girl: His fight with Gazelle at the end of the film. Then again, based on her M.O., it's perfectly justified.
James Spencer / Agent Lancelot
Portrayed By: Jack Davenport
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Kingsman agent who gets killed at the beginning of the first movie while trying to save Professor James Arnold. Seventeen years prior, he and Eggsy's father were competing for the position of Lancelot. When Eggsy's father jumped on a grenade and died, he got the position by default.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appears during the title sequence alongside Harry, Merlin and Lee Unwin (Eggsy's father), where he is shown earning the title of Lancelot.
- Decoy Protagonist: Lancelot is made to look like this until he gets killed off by Gazelle.
- Establishing Character Moment: He provides one for the Kingsman organization as a whole. He greets the bad guys with a gentlemanly joke, fights them all off with grace and style, then catches a glass before it falls, identifies the contents with a single sniff, and declares that spilling even a single drop would be a sin.
- Expy: Comes off as a debonair mix of Roger Moore's and Pierce Brosnan's James Bonds.
- Fingore: Shoots off a Mook's thumb while rescuing Professor Arnold.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Gazelle slices him down the middle. Heightwise.
- The Lancer: A given by his codename. Going by his death, he had a great pull in the Kingsman agency.
- One-Man Army: He's only in the movie for a couple of minutes at the most, but he ran through a gauntlet of Mooks and topped it off by not getting a perfectly aged drink to spill on the floor.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name, as Merlin mentions during the title sequence, is James. Otherwise, he is known by his code name, Lancelot. His next of kin is a 'Mrs Spencer' according to his file, so his full name is likely James Spencer.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears early in the film, but his death leaves a hole in the Kingsman agency for a replacement, leading to Eggsy's recruitment, and Harry is ordered to finish Lancelot's mission.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He appears early and doesn't last much, despite making quite an impression.
- The Worf Effect: After his introduction shows off his badass credentials by having him effortlessly slaughter a room of bad guys without spilling a drop of whiskey, Gazelle suddenly and quickly kills him to establish how formidable she is.
Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Agent Lancelot
Portrayed By: Sophie Cookson
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
One of the Kingsman candidates for the position of Lancelot, she was recommended by Percival. She quickly bonds with Eggsy, and steps in to protect him from the bullying of the others.
- Action Girl: By definition being a Kingsman candidate, though we don't see much of it.
- Ambiguously Gay: She doesn't bat an eye when tasked with seducing a girl, although that might just be her being a professional. Other than that, there's no indication of which way she swings.
- Badass Adorable: Roxy is an adorable young lady and she was the one to become the new Lancelot and manages to shoot down a satellite with twenty year old plus equipment from the stratosphere. Her equipment was falling apart, she had to aim manually while falling because of that, and she is afraid of heights.
- Badass Bookworm: Heavily implied. Roxy is very smart and was able to survive from drowning by understanding that putting shower heads in the toilets would make breathing easier.
- Brainy Brunette: One of the smartest in the film. She's dyed her hair blonde in the sequel, but of course that does nothing to diminish her intellect.
- The Chick: Most of her action scenes happen offscreen. Onscreen she fulfills the emotional heart role much more consistently.
- Demoted to Extra: Has very limited screentime and not a single action scene in The Golden Circle. Then she dies.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She dies a very abrupt and anti-climactic death in The Golden Circle.
- Good Is Not Nice: At least, not always. Gets the job that she and Eggsy were competing for because she would shoot her dog, not knowing that her gun also had blanks.
- In-Series Nickname: Prefers "Roxy" over "Roxanne".
- The Lancer: She becomes the namesake after earning the title and by the end of the film, she is fulfilling the role with ease.
- Little Miss Badass: She's the tiniest of the Kingsmen candidates, but proves herself more than capable of handling any given situation.
- Meaningful Name: "Roxanne" in the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which means "bright" or "dawn". The first could interpret her high intelligence, while the latter alludes to her becoming the new Lancelot.
- Nice Girl: One of the few to not be a jerk to Eggsy for his lower-class background.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Almost her entire career pretty much, despite being the most capable candidate. Her only moments in the limelight were stressing about her fear of heights and being consoled by Eggsy... Until she gets over it and then some by shooting off a satellite, while floating in the stratosphere. Taken literally when we're informed that she just passed the speeding train test before Eggsy even had his. And again when she passes the Shoot the Dog test offscreen, but you hear her pull the trigger in the next room.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Eggsy. There is little romantic tension between them and they become great friends.
- She Is the King: Regardless of the fact that Lancelot is the name of a man, it is Roxy who gets the role.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Kingsman candidate other than Amelia, and not only does Amelia exit the story almost immediately after her introduction, it's revealed near the end that Amelia was a plant by the Kingsmen who faked her death to illustrate the dangers of their work.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Roxy dies in the Kingsman mansion explosion in The Golden Circle.
- Took a Level in Badass: Conquered her fear of heights to the point she was able to shoot down a satellite with twenty year old plus equipment from the stratosphere.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: In The Golden Circle, she helps Eggsy make a good first impression on his prospective father-in-law, the Swedish king, by sending information about all the outlandish topics the king brings up to Eggsy's glasses, supplemented by some good-natured snarking on her part. It works like a charm. Unfortunately, a massive Mood Whiplash is right around the corner.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Roxy has a fear of heights at first.
Other Kingsmen & Employees
Portrayed By: Mark Strong
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- "I hope not to be scraping one of you up. But if I do have to, and you're inside the target, please know I'll be very impressed."
The tech wizard of Kingsman and the man who oversees the testing of the candidates.
- Adaptational Heroism: Merlin remains loyal to Kingsman, unlike Rupert Greaves, his equivalent character in the comics, who joins forces with the villain and attempts to poison the protagonist. This element of his character is given to Arthur in the film.
- Almighty Janitor: Although the difference in rank isn't pronounced until it gets Played for Drama come the second film: Poppy wipes out nearly all of Kingsman, and Merlin survives because "mere staff" are apparently too unimportant to kill.
- Badass Baritone: Merlin has a deep voice and is the Kingsmen's resident Badass Bookworm.
- Badass Bookworm: Damn well holds his own during the siege on Valentine's base, proving himself to be a badass bookworm.
- Bald of Awesome: Very bald and very badass.
- Brave Scot: Has the accent, and proves his badass credentials when he eventually goes into the field.
- Cool Old Guy: Not that old, but still qualifies. He's always cool under pressure, impeccably polite and and professional, and caring but extremely firm towards the candidates.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Tests out this approach to help Harry regain his memories, although he gives up fast he can't handle witnessing his friend subjected to it and said approach wasn't proving effective anyway.
- Exact Words: During the parachute test, he never actually said that one of the trainees didn't have a parachute but used "what if" to present the situation as a hypothetical. The trainees made the assumption themselves in a moment of panic.
- Face Death with Dignity: He spends the last moments of his life bravely baiting Poppy's men towards him by singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads", then lifts his foot from the landmine.
- Gentleman Snarker: Just as much as the rest of the cast, as exemplified with his commentary to the candidates during the skydiving test. He even jests that he'd be impressed if one of them ended up splattered on the landing zone.
- Good Is Not Nice: He comes across like a Jerkass to his students at first, but he is doing so to keep them in reality but also to test them to see if they truly are Kingsmen material. Once he, Eggsy and Roxy are on their own, he reveals himself as more or less a Team Dad.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In The Golden Circle, when Eggsy accidentally steps on a mine, Merlin ends up taking his place and blows himself up to take out several of Poppy's guards.
- Hidden Depths: While plastered on a bottle of Statesman whisky, he admits that he loves country music and later states that his favorite singer is John Denver.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Drunkenly, in the second film, after almost every Kingsman agent is killed by Poppy's attack.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Eggsy Invokes No One Gets Left Behind. Merlin is adamant that attempting to save him would be detrimental to the mission. There's no time.
- Knife Nut: Opts for a rather large blade in the second film.
- Manly Tears: Implied after Harry is shot in the first film. In the second one, he informs Eggsy of the importance of this for the sake of carrying out their mission, however, he becomes prone to drunken Inelegant Blubbering after downing a whole bottle of Statesman whiskey with Eggsy.
- Meaningful Name: His codename is Merlin, and he's a Techno Wizard.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: Although he apparently can fight, Merlin enjoys being principally Mission Control.
- Mission Control: While he's still a badass, he's rarely seen partaking in field assignments, instead overseeing active Kingsman agents.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Triggering the implants at the climax of the first film may have been a good idea at the time, but it also left a vacancy in the White House, opening the way for a US president willing to let a massive chunk of the US population die from Poppy's virus just so there'd be no drug users left and he could claim victory for the war on drugs. Granted, his predecessor couldn't have been much better, since he was willing to go along with Valentine's genocidal plan, but at least we never saw him Kick the Dog the way his successor did.
- No Name Given: We never find out Merlin's real name.
- Not So Above It All: He's very professional and stoic - he even avoids swearing almost entirely in a film filled with very colorful language. But during the...fireworks...scene, even he can't deny how bloody awesome that was."That was fucking spectacular!"
- Not So Stoic: See Inelegant Blubbering.
- Only Sane Man: Especially after Harry's death. And upon finding out Arthur had compromised the Kingsmen by siding with Valentine, he's the only one trusted by Eggsy and the new Lancelot to help them stop the Hate Plague.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Yes, please." (at the prompt to trigger the implants in Valentine's VIPs, causing their heads to explode.)
- Promoted to Opening Titles: A film equivalent anyway. Despite being one of the main characters, he's barely featured let alone billed as such in promotional materials (Taron Egerton suffers from the same). And along with Egerton, he's headlining the sequel.
- Red Herring Mole: Mark Strong has a reputation for playing villains (enough to have featured in a commercial lampshading this fact alongside Tom "Loki" Hiddleston and Sir Ben Kingsley), and the comic book equivalent of his character is revealed as The Mole. It turns out that in the film, it's the organization's leader who is the mole instead.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: As the one in charge of training the Kingsman candidates, his first test is flooding the room the Kingsman candidates are in while they're all sleeping and seeing how they handle the situation. One of the recruits drowns. Another test involves all of the candidates parachuting into a specific drop zone, without telling them one of them doesn't have a parachute until they're in freefall. He's eventually revealed to be a more benevolent example of this trope, as all the tests weren't as lethal as they'd been built up. The girl who seemingly drowned actually works for the Kingsmen and is alive and well, and he turned out to be lying about one of the candidates not having a parachute, just wanting to see how they'd react.
- The Smart Guy: Of the Kingsmen.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Most likely due to being a good guy this time. It's ultimately averted in the sequel.
- Survivor Guilt: He downs multiple glasses of whiskey in the sequel. Following intoxication, he's sobbing about Charlie and the taxi. "It's All My Fault"! Eggsy comforts him, opposing the sentiment.
- Trickster Mentor: Most of the tests he puts the candidates through are actually testing for something other than what it seems on the surface, or at least have some twist to them that he doesnt bother to explain. Most notable is the skydiving incident in which he allows all of the candidates to jump from the plane, before suggesting that they need to know what to do when operating under unforeseen circumstances... like when one of them doesnt have a parachute. He never actually said that any of them were missing parachutes.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Particularly during the climax where he feeds Eggsy instructions and vital information while trying to thwart Valentine's plan.
- Weapon of Choice: A Heckler & Koch 416 assault rifle. He gets a little on edge when Eggsy tries to take it during the Final Battle.Eggsy: Alright, let's have that, then.
Merlin: Uh uh. This is mine. I'll show you yours.
Portrayed By: Fiona Hampton
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service
The other female Kingsman candidate, she dies in the first test, drowning when the others fail to assist her while attempting to escape.
- Action Girl: Subverted. She is set up to be one but is killed off before proper training begins.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Is the only candidate killed during the Kingsman training. Subverted as she is actually a member of the Kingsman support staff in Berlin and was planted among the trainees to fake her death in order to emphasize how seriously the others should take this course.
- What You Are in the Dark: Her 'death' serves this purpose for everyone applying in the Kingsman program. Merlin points out that everyone only thought about finding a way out rather than assisting each other, which can prove fatal for some team members as what happened in the first three minutes of the move.
Portrayed By: Richard Brake
Appearances: Kingsman: The Secret Service
A secret Kingsman trainer who is tasked to ensure candidates remain loyal to the agency by kidnapping and interrogating them.
- Deleted Role: He was meant to come back in the sequel, but his scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
- Good All Along: He might appear to be jovially sadistic, but he's actually an ally of the Kingsmen and is presumably rather in-deep with them considering the information he's trusted with.
- No Name Given: He's known only as 'The Interrogator'.
- Secret Test of Character: He gives one of these to the Kingsmen candidates; he drugs them, ties them to train tracks and demands information for their lives. Eggsy and Roxy succeed, Charlie fails. Amusingly, the Interrogator just grins and allows Charlie to think he's about to die for the sheer fun of it, or maybe as an added punishment.