Characters page for the Les Visiteurs film series.
12th century characters
Godefroy Amaury de Malefète "Le Hardi", Count of Montmirail, Apremont and Papincourt
A French knight whose loyalty to King Louis VI the Fat and exploits in battle earned him the nickname "Le Hardi" and the hand of Dame Frénégonde de Pouille. An unfortunate encounter with a witch puts his marriage at stake and he resorts to using a secret time travel magic to fix his destiny and ensure his descendance's survival. It doesn't quite work as expected, and he ends up being sent to the late 20th century with his squire Jacquouille instead.
- Badass Longcoat: Dons a coach driver coat in Bastille Day.
- Battle Cry: He uses two.
- Been There, Shaped History: Which is also a Stable Time Loop between Les Visiteurs and Bastille Day. In 1793, when Jacquouillet is looking for a way to change his name, Godefroy drops "Jacquart" as a suggestion, which is adopted, thus causing himself the change he was questionning in the first film when he met Jacques-Henri Jacquart for the first time in 1993.
- Blue Blood: The typical medieval lord whose nobility has been earned by the sword in service of his king.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a brave, manly and fierce warrior in his rightful times, and enjoys singing bawdy songs when he feasts.
- Catchphrase: In addition to the above Battle Crys, he frequently says "Mortecouille!" (literally "Dead testicle!") when he's surprised. Like many words in the films, it's pseudo-medieval French.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He is strong enough to throw a grown man high into the air and neck-lifts another effortlessly, and a single punch of his sends Ginette flying.
- Cool Helmet: His 12th century nasal helmet.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Since many 20th century people think he is "Cousin Hubert", he goes by that name to ease things and avoid returning to the mental asylum.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: His outlook on life clashes heavily with modern values in the 20th century. For instance, having servants, having them sleep outside and making them eat on the ground.
- Everyone Has Standards: In a Black Comedy sense in the first film about the witch.
- Godefroy: One does not torture a woman on my lands. Burning her at the stake will be enough!
- Fair for Its Day: Actually a pretty swell dude by the standards of his time. Chivalrous, generous, loyal to the core and fun to be around. Even when Jacquouille decides to drop him to stay in the 20th century, he acknowledges that he is a good and just master.
- The Fettered: He berates or mocks nobles of the 18th century for being effeminate, weak and cowardly when facing the Revolution that strips them from their properties, titles and head. "I shall die if I weaken!" is not his motto for nothing.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He is a 12th century knight and he gets sent to the 20th century and The French Revolution. He is undeniably confused by these eras, but he acts with way more common sense than Jacquouille in order to return to the 12th century.
- Friend to All Children: He's always happy and proud when he gets to see his descendants' young children, calling them his "descendance", and he is genuinely nice with them.
- Knight in Shining Armor: In some ways he's a subversion of the trope, but his behaviour towards ladies, his bravery and loyalty to his king make him one.
- Made of Iron: Dr. Bauvin comments on how Godefroy only slept two hours with a heavy dose of sleeping pills that would make a normal (20th century) person sleep for days.
- The Magnificent: His bravery earned him the surname "Le Hardi" ("the Fearless").
- Marry for Love: The king states that he has heard of Godefroy's love for Frénégonde, and allows him to marry her to reward him for his services.
- Medieval Moron: Less than Jacquouille, but he still has troubles adjusting to the 20th century. And his superstitious beliefs have a reason to be, since witches and wizards do exist in the century he comes from.
- Mistaken for Gay: Due to his flowery and outdated language, Edouard Bernet starts believing that he's trying to hit on him. Jacquart is also confused when he books a single-bed room for both him and Jacquouille, though he means for his squire to sleep on the floor.
- Mistaken Identity: Due to his extreme resemblance to his (presumed dead) 20th century descendant Hubert de Montmirail, his 20th century family assumes he is Hubert. He progressively uses it to his advantage.
- Not Afraid to Die: There's a reason his surname is "le Hardi", he is never afraid to die in battle. His only fear is not having a descendance.
- Red Baron: He earned his surname "Le Hardi" ("the Fearless") for a reason. He might be confused by the different eras he's sent to, but he is a force to be reckoned with in his rightful era, as demonstrated when he beheads an English knight or when he charges the Burgundians attacking his lands.
- Parental Substitute: Of sorts, in The Corridors of Time. Philippine wanted to see Godefroy as she thought he was her father Hubert. He then tells her the truth, but she still insists that he should stay at least for the wedding ceremony. Godefroy accepts and even accompanies her at the altar like her father would have done, then leaves to go back to his time.
- Stalker with a Crush: Due to Béatrice's uncanny resemblance to his beloved Frénégonde, it's no surprise that he wants to be very close to her at first.
- Undying Loyalty: To his family, to king Louis VI, and to the Crown of France in general. He even dares to pay homage to Louis XVI as he learns of his beheading in 1793 when all nobles kowtow before the revolutionary soldiers. Although his greatest dream is to have a descendence, he vows to stay loyal to his betrothed when she breaks off their engagement, and his attempt to right his wrongs for her triggers the plot of the franchise.
- Would Hit a Girl: While he presents as a knightly defender of women, attacking a fast food cook for throwing hands with Ginette, he has no qualms punching the same Ginette when she tries to prevent him from taking Jacquouille back in time.
Jacquouille "La Fripouille"
Godefroy's squire. A smelly, unrefined, buffoonish and sticky-fingered man from the low layers of medieval society, he is a loyal servant to Godefroy nonetheless. Godefroy forces him to taste the time travel potion first.
- Catchphrase: Some are used legitimately, the others are randomly thrown around because he's a Medieval Moron who's lost in time.
- "Hosanna!" whenever Godefroy is safe.
- "C'est diablerie!" ("This is devilry!").
- At one point he hears Jacquart shouting "OK!" and decides to make it his own catch phrase and uses it randomly (he doesn't have much clues of what it means), and to a higher extent in The Corridors of Time.
- At the beginning of The Revolution, he keeps saying the religious word "Hosanna!", which is quite inappropriate for the very secularist Charlotte Robespierre, and in the 1793 French society in generalnote . She advises him to use "Hourra!" instead, because it's "more laïc" (the most widely used French word for "secularist"). Unfortunately, Jacquouille doesn't get it and keeps repeating "Hourra, it's more laïc!" instead.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might be a moron by all accounts, especially in the 20th century, but he seemingly knows how to survive in the wilderness, as he holds his own against a pack of wolves without fear and "smells the tracks very well" according to Godefroy. He also knocks one of the Burgundian knights down with a mallet during their raid on Godefroy's lands.
- Does Not Like Magic: He is scared shitless by what he heard about the witch of Malcombe, and urges Godefroy to not drink the time travel potion, thinking the wizard cannot be trusted.
- The Dung Ages: He carries this trope with him throughout the eras he travels to, which brings plenty of olfactory annoyance to said eras' characters. Most 20th century characters think he's a smelly hobo, and the 18th century characters think he is a peasant from a really poor and remote area. Charlotte Robespierre thinks galleys and a penal colony made him so dirty and smelly.
- He uses horse dung to feed a fire in Bastille Day. Cue the expected reaction from neat and tidy 18th century nobles.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: A Medieval Moron who causes much havoc in the centuries he's sent to.
- The trope is kind of subverted in that Jacquouille does enjoy the eras he's lost in while Godefroy absolutely doesn't, and not only because he can enjoy stuff and comfort instead of the 12th century harsh life. It has also something to do with the fact that the Revolution and 20th century societies are more favorable to low condition individuals than the early 12th century was. In reverse, being a high-born doesn't automatically give you a high social status or privileges anymore, which is part of the reason why Godefroy wants to return to 1123 at all cost.
- Flanderization: He somehow gets even more moronic in The Corridors of Time than he already was in the first film, and it doesn't improve at all in Bastille Day.
- Innocent Bigot: He freaks out upon seeing a black postman.
- It Tastes Like Feet: According to Jacquouille, the time travel potion "tastes like pig dung". One wonders how he does know what pig dung tastes like...
- Jabba Table Manners: He's rather unrefined when eating.
- Lethal Klutz: His Fish out of Temporal Water antics cause much troubles to the 20th century characters, and it escalates to Disaster Dominoes levels in The Corridors of Time. 18th century characters are not safe from his antics either.
- The Magnificent: His overall personality earned him the surname "La Fripouille" ("the Scoundrel"), which also rhymes with his name.
- Medieval Moron: The very embodiment of this trope in the films. While it's common for pretty much every man to be this in medieval Montmirail, this character trait is naturally turned Up to Eleven when he's lost in the 20th century.
- He eats a sandwich and the cellophane around it.
- Mistaken Identity: Many people in the 20th century think he is Jacquart's brother, or a cousin.
- Charlotte Robespierre thinks he is Jacquouillet's uncle.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By stealing the Duke's jewels and retrieving them in the 20th century, he let the corridors of time open, creating a temporal paradox of sorts.
- The Pig-Pen: Per The Dung Ages trope, he's smelly (his feet in particular) and takes one bath every two months at best in the 12th century. It bothers most 20th century and 18th century characters more than the medieval ones, who are just as smelly if not more. And his teeth are rotten.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Whenever he sees a black man, he will call him a "saracen". Since he's a medieval man, it's not really surprising.
- Scary Teeth: His rotten teeth have mostly comedic value for the viewer, but they play a part in scaring the shit out of Jean-Pierre's and Béatrice's children.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Towards the end of The Corridors of Time, he refuses to go back to the 12 century with Godefroy, as he reviles his previous life (always going on foot, fear of being trampled by horses or killed), even though he admires and respects his master.
- The Squire: He's Godefroy's squire and manservant. He travels by foot while the high-born travel on horses.
- Sticky Fingers: He steals the Duke's jewelry in the 12th century and various stuff in the 20th century.
- Time-Travel Romance: He has one with Ginette.
- Unfortunate Names: When pronouncing "Jacquouille", some people are embarassed because the hear the word "couille" (a French slang word for "testicles", used as often as "balls" in English) in his name. In Bastille Day, Charlotte Robespierre calls him "Jacques Couille".
Dame Frénégonde de Pouille
The daughter of the Duke of Pouille, and Godefroy's fiancee.
- Big "NO!": When she sees Godefroy shooting at her father with a crossbow.
- Blue Blood: She is the daughter of the Duke of Pouille.
- Love Interest: She is the love of Godefroy's life.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She genuinely loved Godefroy even before the king promised her hand to him.
- Proper Lady: The typical well-mannered medieval noblewoman. She's noticeably upset by her father's Jabba Table Manners and she covers her face to not look as Jacquouille and Jacquart as they turn into dung when they travel in time.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: She is seen sewing in The Corridors of Time.
Eusaebius the Enchanter
A wizard who once served Godefroy's father. He knows the formula of a potion that allows whoever drinks it to cross the "Corridors of Time", as he calls it. He is just the man Godefroy needs to fix his destiny but, unfortunately, he is old and loses his memory.
- Court Mage: He once served Godefroy's father.
- Forgetful Jones: He is a well of science and magic, but he loses his memory...
- Idiot Ball: He forgets to add one of the main components in the time travel potion (quail eggs), sending Godefroy and Jacquouille to the late 20th century instead of a few days back in time.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: He is dead at the beginning of The Revolution in 1124, when the King's men are looking for Godefroy, who's still stranded in 1793. For some reason, Norah (his daughter) keeps his mummified corpse in his bed.
- Oh, Crap!: Once he realizes he has forgotten to put quail eggs in the potion...
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Wears a robe and a pointy hat.
- Wizard Beard: He has a long white beard.
- Wizard Classic: He has pretty much all the characteristics of a classic wizard, minus a wand or staff. He insists that "his magic is not made of the witches' maliciousness".
King Louis VI le Gros
The king of the Franks. He rewards Godefroy with the hand of Frénégonde de Pouille for his loyal services and for saving his life.
- Anachronism Stew: The fleur-de-lys symbol is featured heavily on his royal regalia, but it didn't become this prominent until the reign of his son, Louis VII.
- Bring Him to Me: In Bastille Day, one year after Godefroy's departure in the corridors of time, Louis VI calls his vassals to go at war again, but Godefroy doesn't show up (as he is stranded in 1793), and news of him using sorcery are spreading. The king orders his men to bring Godefroy to him at all cost, otherwise he will strip him from his titles and lands.
- Cool Crown: He wears a golden crown over his helmet when he dons his armor.
- The Good King: At least it is how he is considered by Godefroy and Jacquouille.
- Historical Domain Character: The first historical character to appear in the films.
- The Magnificent: "Le Gros" ("The Fat"), his historical surname.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: He always wears a golden scarf with the fleur-de-lys (the symbol of French royalty), and blue clothes with fleur-de-lys when on his throne (blue was the royal color).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He accompanies his army and is not afraid to fight.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He's this with the English princess Kathlyn.
- Warrior Prince: He accompanies his ost (his army).
Duke Fulbert of Pouille
A French duke and the father of Frénégonde. He initially refused to let his daughter marry Godefroy but since his king ordered him to give her hand to the Count of Montmirail, he obliges.
- Boom, Headshot!: Due to the witch's hallucination poison, Godefroy thinks he is a bear attacking Frénégonde and shoots a crossbow bolt directly into his forehead.
- Jabba Table Manners: He asks for wine so he can "piss a lot", and belches when eating.
- Parental Marriage Veto: He didn't want to let his daughter marry Godefroy initially, but finally accepts as he has to follow the king's orders.
- His death by the hands of Godefroy prevents the marriage from happening.
- He puts another veto on the marriage in The Corridors of Time as he can't find his jewels (which have been stolen by Jacquouille and retrieved in the 20th century). The marriage is cursed if it happens without the precious fertility Relic of Sainte Rolande, prompting Godefroy to return to the 20th century.
- Retcon: His death is erased from time when Godefroy returns to the very moment when he shot the crossbow bolt, forcing it to deviate and hit the witch instead.
- Serious Business: The relic of Sainte Rolande is believed to bring fertility to marriages in his family, and not having it at the ceremony is a very bad omen to him.
A monk of Godefroy's court.
- Agony of the Feet: Jacquouille clumsily lets a hot iron bar fall on his foot, which sends him screaming.
- Cunning Linguist: When Godefroy's party raids the witch's house, they find a threat written outside the house (which translates as "Shall the indiscreet person be turned into a slug!"). According to him, it is made of Latin and "Visigothic language".
- Knife Nut: He unsheats his knife when Godefroy and his men are approaching the witch's house.
- Warrior Monk: He wears armored pants under his robe and carries a knife, just in case.
The Witch of Malcombe
A witch who lives in the forest of Malcombe and performs Black Magic. Godefroy raids her hideout and has her locked in a cage to be burnt for sorcery.
- Boom, Headshot!: Godefroy's crossbow bolt ends up in her forehead once he manages to change his destiny.
- Burn the Witch!: What Godefroy intends to do with her.
- The Dark Arts: Godefroy has her arrested for performing it. It includes:
- The Dreaded: Friar Raoul and Jacquouille are noticeably afraid by what they heard of her.
- Elongating Arm Gag: She magically extends her arm to reach Godefroy's flask to put her hallucinating poison in it.
- Evil Laugh: She cackles as Godefroy is hallucinating after she poisoned his water.
- Revenge: She poisons Godefroy's water in retaliation for capturing her.
- Super Spit: Apparently, her saliva is acidic.
- Wicked Witch: Ugly woman? Check. Evil cackling? Check. Lost Woods? Check. Black Magic? Check.
A monk inquisitor who has been sent to Montmirail. Jacquart unfortunately bumps into him.
- Anachronism Stew: He's an inquisitor in 1123. The first Inquisition was created in 1199.
- Bald of Evil: His monk tonsure is not a villainous trait, but the character surely is.
- Burn the Witch!: Wants to burn Jacquart for carrying "satanic artifacts".
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Forces Jacquart to swallow huge quantities of water.
- Corrupt Church: He wants to get rid of Godefroy, presumably to confiscate his lands.
- The Dreaded: When Eusaebius learns of his arrival in Montmirail, he gets scared and prepares to leave the castle.
- Knight Templar: He is an inquisitor who burns or tortures people for being "heretics", "possessed by the Devil" and so forth.
- Medieval Moron: He's afraid by a moo box and believes it to be "satanic".
- Sinister Minister: You really wouldn't want to be suspected by this man of Church.
Prosper le Purineur (Prosper the Manure Gatherer)
Jacquouille's brother. A smelly and scabby peasant who gathers manure (hence his name). He is tasked to bring food and water to Jacquart, who's imprisoned in a dungeon.
- The Cameo: A one-scene character played by Christian Clavier talking to a major character played by... Christian Clavier.
- The Dung Ages: If Jacquart's situation in Middle Ages wasn't bad enough, he gets exposed to Prosper's smelly presence (and since he's a manure gatherer...). And Prosper transmits him his scabies.
- The Magnificent: "The Manure Gatherer".
- Medieval Morons: He looks about just as "medievally moronic" as every low condition individual in 1123 Montmirail.
- One-Scene Wonder: His scene is one of the most well-remembered of The Corridors of Time.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Jacquart thinks he is Jacquouille at first. And since Christian Clavier plays him...
Gontran "Le Buté", duc de Luigny
A duke who serves the Burgundians' cause, he's an enemy of Godefroy and the king.
- Arch-Enemy: To Godefroy and the Montmirails. Godefroy serves King Louis VI the Fat while Gontran embraced the Burgundian cause.
- Blue Blood: As he's a medieval lord.
- The Magnificent: "Le Buté" ("the Mulish").
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: He attacks Godefroy's lands to make them his own.
- We Will Meet Again: Godefroy makes him fall off his horse during their battle. One of his knights picks him up on his horse, he loudly vows to return and they flee, mocked by Godefroy.
The daughter of Eusaebius the Enchanter.
- Mrs. Exposition: She explains what exactly happened to Godefroy to the soldiers who are looking for him on the king's orders, and where he is.
- The Omniscient: She knows when Jacquouille and Godefroy are stranded, and briefly possesses the body of the Mother of God to tell them where Eusaebius' 18th century descendant is so they can find him and come back to Middle Ages.
- Remember the New Guy?: She is introduced in Bastille Day. Nothing hinted at her existence in the first two films.
- Seer: She can see through time.
Late 20th century characters
Béatrice Goulard de Montmirail
A descendant of Godefroy and Frénégonde, and the cousin of Hubert de Montmirail. She married Jean-Pierre Goulard, a dentist from a commoner family, which upsets Godefroy.
- Affectionate Nickname: Jean-Pierre nicknames her "Béa".
- Blue Blood: She belongs to the Montmirail lineage.
- Identical Granddaughter: She looks exactly like Frénégonde, which troubles Godefroy more than a little.
- Impoverished Patrician: Somewhat. She most probably married outside of nobility for this reason, and her father sold the Montmirail family's château to Jacquart.
- Malaproper: She takes the strange habit of calling Jacquouille by "Monsieur Ouille".
- Mistaken Identity: Godefroy initially thinks she is Frénégonde (see Identical Granddaughter) before quickly realizing she's a descendant.
- Nice Girl: Pretty much a saint for putting up with the mess her ancestor puts her through, with a smile. She also calls out her contemporaries when they are rude to him, especially since the general assumption is that he's a mentally ill trauma survivor from a car crash. She likely would not do it if she did not believe him to be related to her, though.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In The Corridors of Time, as she can't find chocolate milk to make the time travel potion more drinkable for Jacquouille, she thinks adding an alcohol (Grand Marnier) to it will be just fine. Turns out it alters the potion's effects, and Godefroy and Jacquouille are sent to the late 18th century as a result.
- Nobility Marries Money: Heavily implied in her case on the "nobility" side. Her late father did have to sell the family's castle.
- Only Sane Woman: Even though she doesn't realize Godefroy and Jacquouille do indeed come from Middle Ages until the very end of the first film, she's the most helpful person they have in the 20th century and keeps her cool all along, which is no small feat given the madness they cause to most 20th century characters.
- Sour Prude: Valérie Lemercier portrayed her this way so well that today, many French people's image of what's left of the nobility note basically amounts to "Dame Béatrice" exasperatedly addressing Jacquouille as "Monsieur Ouille" and her posh accent. "Couille" is the French slang for "testicle".
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: She speaks with what sounds like a caricature of a posh French nobility accent. Valérie Lemercier was so good at acting with it that it surprised many people when they found out her normal accent doesn't sound like that.
Jacquouille's prissy descendant whose family made a fortune and came to possess the castle of Montmirail. He turned the castle into a luxury hotel and restaurant.
- Amusing Injuries: When he's stranded in Middle Ages, he gets almost burnt for sorcery (leaving marks on his feet) and then he's tortured with water. He's forced to drink so much water that his belly, navel and eyes inflate.
- Butt-Monkey: An absurd amount of unpleasant things falls upon him the second he meets Godefroy and Jacquouille, and from then on it won't stop until the first sequel's ending. For more details, see the Butt Monkey entry in the film's tropes.
- Catchphrase: "Qu'est-ce que c'est qu'ce bin's?!" (which roughly translates either as "What the hell is going on?!" or "What the hell is this mess?!").
- Comical Overreacting: A prissy Nervous Wreck who is confronted to the antics of two Medieval Morons, and reacts accordingly.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He visibly can't survive in Middle Ages without help.
- Identical Grandson: Looks very much like his ancestor Jacquouille, minus The Pig-Pen part, medieval moron demeanor and medieval clothes of course. Everyone in the 20th century thinks Jacquouille is his brother or cousin, which upsets him to no end.
- Mean Boss: He is quite mean with Jacqueline, his hotel's receptionist. To the point of making her cry.
- Mistaken Identity: When he's sent to Middle Ages, everyone thinks he is Jacquouille or at least one of his relatives. Since they live in The Dung Ages, they all mock him and comment how clean and "handsome" he looks.
- Neat Freak: In complete and extreme opposite to his ancestor from The Dung Ages, he's obsessed by cleanliness.
- Nervous Wreck: A nervous man to begin with, it doesn't improve at all once he meets our two medieval protagonists...
- Nouveau Riche: He comes from a recently enriched family and has nowhere near the mannerisms of someone like Béatrice.
- Older Than They Look: Retroactively due to Bastille Day. Since he was a kid during World War II, he should be in his 60s at least in 1993. Christian Clavier was 41 when he played Jacquart in 1993.
Béatrice's husband, a dentist from a commoner family.
- Butt-Monkey: Let's just say housing two Medieval Morons will never help him keep his cool, to say the least. The Butt Monkey entry on the main film page speaks for itself.
- Comical Overreacting: Like Jacquart, about 80 per cent of the character's funny moments are made of this.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's very upset when Béatrice gets too close to "Cousin Hubert" (Godefroy). He even suspects her and Hubert of being Kissing Cousins when they were younger, which Béatrice firmly denies.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He is sent to Middle Ages by accident and experiences some expected confusion and troubles in that era.
- Golf Clubbing: When he is stranded in Middle Ages, he uses his golf club to knock a Burgundian knight down.
- Nervous Wreck: He's way more nervous than Béatrice when confronted to Godefroy's and Jacquouille's antics.
- Nobility Marries Money: Heavily implied, with him on the "money" side.
- Nouveau Riche: Not as prominent and flamboyant an example as Jacquart but he's still very much this.
A homeless woman Jacquouille and Godefroy meet in the 20th century. Jacquouille quickly bonds with her.
- Dreadful Musician: She sings quite dreadfully, accompanying her voice with an accordion.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead, and clearly not of the calmest type.
- Mistaken Identity: For some reason, Béatrice keeps thinking Ginette comes from Middle Ages in The Corridors of Time, calling her "Dame Ginette". She also keeps trying to have Ginette drink the time travel potion.
- Sticky Fingers: She has no qualms stealing silverware at the Goulards' home or at Philippine's wedding.
- Time-Travel Romance: There is one between her and Jacquouille, but they're never really seen physically loving each other. She also never realizes that Jacquouille comes from Middle Ages.
- The Tramp: She is seen begging money after singing at one point in the first film.
An old medium, and the descendant of Eusaebius. He secretely keeps the legacy of his wizard ancestor, the time travel formula most notably, which comes in handy when Godefroy and Jacquouille are stranded in the 20th century.
- Genius Cripple: He is old, bedridden and needs life support, but he knows magic secrets his ancestor transmitted.
- Identical Grandson: Both he and his ancestor are played by Pierre Vial.
- Oh, Crap!: In The Corridors of Time, once Béatrice tells him that she mixed the time travel potion with alcohol, he instantly realizes how much she has screwed up...
- Secret Keeper: He is the keeper of Eusaebius' formulas, which are transmitted from generation to generation in his family.
An intern psychiatrist who is sent to examinate Godefroy. He provides sleeping pills to calm Godefroy down.
- Groin Attack: Godefroy ends up grabbing him by the groin and pinning him against a wall the first time they meet.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: He applies the trope to Godefroy, not knowing that he comes from Middle Ages. He tells Béatrice that Godefroy doesn't even know who "Michel Drucker" (a French TV host) is.
- One Dose Fits All: Averted. He comments on how Godefroy only slept two hours with a heavy dose of sleeping pills that would make a normal person sleep for days.
Maréchal des logis Gibon
A Gendarmerie officer who is called to handle Godefroy with his CRS (anti-riot) brigade in the first film. He then gets caught in our two medieval protagonists' antics.
- Birdcaged: Godefroy puts him in one of the cages in the Secret Underground Passage under the château.
- Butt-Monkey: Godefroy puts him in a birdcage and gives hims a heavy dose of sleeping pills (in retaliation for the beating he received from Gibon's CRS brigade). He is in a hospital bed by The Corridors of Time, and gets sedated again when nobody trusts him after he realizes that those two troublesome hobos come from Middle Ages.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: In The Corridors of Time, he realizes that Godefroy and Jacquouille come from Middle Ages but nobody believes him, and he goes mad.
- Meddlesome Patrolman: He fits this type of cop quite nicely.
A Gendarmerie officer who leads an investigation after Gibon has been found locked in a cage and drugged with sleeping pills.
- Butt-Monkey: To a considerably lesser extent than most of the other late 20th century characters but still noticeable. Jacquouille destroys his cap and shakes his hand after having kept salmon in his hands, for starters. Then Jacquart almost strangles him and transmits him his scabies.
- Meddlesome Patrolman: Much like Gibon, he fits the trope.
Hubert de Montmirail
Godefroy's direct descendant in the second half of the 20th century, Béatrice's cousin, Cora's former husband and Philippine's father. He was a rally driver and died during a race in Borneo in 1977. When Godefroy arrives in 1993, his striking resemblance with his descendant is noticed by Béatrice, who then thinks Godefroy is an amnesiac "Cousin Hubert".
Cora de Luigny-Montmirail
The wife of Hubert de Montmirail before his death. She married a man from the rival family of the Montmirails, the Luignys.
Philippine de Montmirail
The daughter of Hubert de Montmirail and Cora. Hubert died when she was 5 years old.
- Blue Blood: The Montmirail lineage.
- Give Away the Bride: She asks Godefroy to bring her to the altar like her father would have done.
- Nice Girl: Perhaps the most gentle female character in the whole series. She is much more likeable than her mother. She realizes Godefroy is not her father but insists on his presence at her wedding. Godefroy agrees and accompanies her to the altar with the Relic of Sainte Rolande around her neck.
A man working for La Poste (the French postal services). He is the first 20th century person Jacquouille and Godefroy meet, and for them he is a "Saracen" note . They scare him away and destroy his postal van, believing it to be a "devil-carriage". He bumps into them again in The Corridors of Time.
- Catchphrase: "C'est des malades!" ("They are nuts!").
- Innocent Bystander: The first victim of our two Medieval Morons' Fish out of Temporal Water antics.
- Once per Episode: Jacquouille calls black men "Saracens" at least once per film.
- Recurring Extra: Director Jean-Marie Poiré liked Théophile Sowié's short performance in the first film so much that he had him return for the sequel.
- Running Gag: He bumps into Godefroy and Jacquouille again in The Corridors of Time and runs away screaming, again.
- Run or Die: When two men armed with medieval weapons are approaching you and throw a mace at you, the best choice you have is to run away...
- Scary Black Man: In-Universe, for Jacquouille only. Since Jacquouille bashes his postal van with a piece of wood, the postman has a good reason to be angry at him. Then Jacquouille comes back at him with Godefroy...
18th century characters
Antoine Claude Jacquouillet
Jacquouille's 18th century descendant at the time of The French Revolution. He is a Public Accuser, which means he can prosecute any person he deems an enemy of the Republic, and puts them on trial at the Revolutionary Tribunal. He is first seen accompanying General Bonaparte at the end of The Corridors of Time.
- The Dreaded: One of the revolutionary soldiers mentions him as "the terrible Jacquouillet" at the end of The Corridors of Time. Turns out himself is afraid of Robespierre.
- Eat the Rich: He makes a living from confiscating the refractory nobility's properties for himsel... err, the Convention, and has no pity sending nobles to the guillotine.
- Hanging Judge: Implied by his Public Accuser status.
- Identical Grandson: Looks very much like his medieval ancestor Jacquouille. So much so that Charlotte Robespierre thinks Jacquouille is his uncle.
- Meaningful Rename: The members of the Committee of Public Safety find his name "Jacquouillet" a bit ridiculous for his incoming speech at the Convention, and advise him to change it. Godefroy then drops the name "Jacquart" as a suggestion.
- Nouveau Riche: 18th century version of the trope, in Bastille Day. He is a bourgeois who climbed the social ladder of the new revolutionary order, and he has the power to confiscate the nobility's properties, keeping a good chunk of wealth for himself.
- Reign of Terror: He is a Public Accuser working for the Revolutionary Tribunal and threatens to torture Godefroy and Jacquouille before sending them to the guillotine.
Countess Marie Adélaïde de Montmirail
A noblewoman of the Montmirail lineage. Her husband has been beheaded and she seeks to flee in Austria.
- Arranged Marriage: The main giveaway is the fact that she isn't mourning her recently beheaded husband.
- Blue Blood: She's part of the Montmirail lineage.
- Heavy Sleeper: When Jacquouille whistles to have her stop snoring like a bear, it doesn't work. Then he has the idea to use a pillow...
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Her inflatable wig is not very practical to get into a coach.
- Lots of Luggage: Her whole wardrobe, a ton of books and a harpsichord are her "necessities" when the Montmirail family has to leave the castle.
- Malaproper: She keeps calling the Dutch Duke "Henri" instead of "Hendrix".
- Proper Lady: A well-mannered 18th noblewoman, though she's not above using curse words.
- Simple, yet Opulent: She is never seen wearing anything else than dresses. Even when she has to hide her nobility to stay alive.
- Widow Woman: Her husband has been recently beheaded when she meets Godefroy and Jacquouille.
Gonzague Malefète, Count of Montmirail
Godefroy's late 18th century descendant. He's a deputy at the Convention, and he calls himself "Citizen Gonzague Malefète" to conceal his aristocratic origins.
- Blue Blood: A member of the Montmirail lineage though, as a Convention deputy, he takes several decisions against the nobility, such as sharing property of the lands with peasants and overall embraces the revolutionary ideals. Or maybe he embraced the Revolution's ideals just to save his head.
- The Casanova: He seduces a very attractive theatre actress.
- Continuity Nod: He was mentioned by Béatrice in the first film as she told Godefroy about the Montmirail family's history since Middle Ages, and Godefroy found a painting of him in one of the château's rooms. He eventually appears in Bastille Day.
- The Dandy: In stark contrast with his rough and uncouth 12th century ancestor.
- Doomed by Canon: As we learn in the first film, Robespierre had him beheaded. In Bastille Day, before leaving him, Godefroy gives him an important advice, knowing that he will be beheaded: he must ensure that the Montmirail lineage will not be extinct. Gonzague escapes the soldiers coming for him at the end, so whether he will escape his fate or not remains to be seen.
Lorenzo Baldini, Marquis of Portofino
An Italian cousin of the Montmirails in the late 18th century.
- Amusing Injuries: His butt is grazed by a musket shot, which sends him hopping and screaming.
- Anachronism Stew: At some point, like Robert, he is seen wearing◊ Incroyable-style clothes. This fashion wouldn't appear until 1795, following the end of the Reign of Terror.
- Blue Blood: He is from a cousin branch to the Montmirail family. He's first seen imprisoned with other nobles at Issoudun, waiting to be guillotined.
- The Dandy: Speaks, acts and looks like most 18th century nobles.
- In-Series Nickname: At one point, he is proud to tell Godefroy about his father-in-law who held a candle while king Louis XV took a dump after waking up, with all the court watchingnote . Godefroy and Jacquouille then nickname him "Ass-Wiper".
- The Load: He's this to Godefroy and Jacquouille when they escape the prison at Issoudun, though they keep him along so he can bring them to the Montmirails' château.
- Lovable Coward: Godefroy calls him and the other nobles out for not standing for the Crown of France. Moreover, he follows Godefroy and Jacquouille around without bravery during the evasion so they can protect him.
- Shot in the Ass: His butt gets grazed by a musket shot.
Robert de Montmirail
A Montmirail family member.
- Anachronism Stew: At some point, he is seen wearing◊ Incroyable-style clothes. This fashion wouldn't appear until 1795, following the end of the Reign of Terror.
- Blue Blood: He is part of the Montmirail lineage.
- Captain Obvious: "When you heat using horse dung, you smell like shit."
- The Fatalist: He has a very fatalistic view of how the Revolution is turning for the family, and thinks nothing can help them.
- Grumpy Bear: He is always complaining.
- Nice Hat: He wears a Girondin hat◊.
- Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels about his family when it's time to flee. It doesn't get any better once Godefroy and Jacquouille step in.
Marie Marguerite Charlotte de Robespierre
The sister of Maximilien Robespierre.
- Historical Domain Character: She is loosely based on Maximilien Robespierre's real life sister.
- Insistent Terminology: Advices Jacquouille to not use "Hosanna!" but "Hourra!" instead, because "it's more secular".
- Love Interest: She is Jacquouillet's girlfriend.
- Nice Hat: The blue Girondin hat she wears on the picture, with the blue, white and red cockade.
- Nouveau Riche: 18th century version. She comes from the bourgeoisie that arose during the Revolution against the "Ancien Régime" that was dominated by royalty, aristocracy and the Church.
- Bring Him to Me: Orders Jacquouillet to bring the two escapees (Godefroy and Jacquouille) to him.
- The Comically Serious: The character could well be placed in a serious historical drama with no need to modify his persona. He happens to be in a comedy.
- The Dreaded: Even Jacquouillet sweats visibly in his presence.
- Historical Domain Character: Naturally.
- The Magnificent: His historical surname, "the Incorruptible".
- Potty Emergency: He has one after eating the boudin Philibert cooked for him.
- Race Against the Clock: Gives 48 hours to Jacquouillet to bring the "leaders of the evasion" (Godefroy and Jacquouille) to him.
- Reign of Terror: The historical symbol of it. The film doesn't really take the "restoring his reputation" route note but doesn't make him a bloodthirsty tyrant either.
- Younger Than They Look: Nicolas Vaude is 54 years old, twenty years older than Robespierre was in early 1793.
Ginette's 18th century ancestor. She is a sans-culottes who lives in the same building as Jean-Paul Marat, Charlotte Robespierre and Gonzague. She believes in the revolutionary ideals.
A soldier of the Garde Nationale from the French West Indies and a sans-culottes. He is in a relationship with Prune.
- Angry Black Man: Well, having Jacquouille around (who called him a "Saracen" in the first place) is no good for his nerves...
- Crazy Jealous Guy: As Jacquouille tries to seduce Prune at some point.
- Lethal Chef: The boudin he cooked apparently messes with Robespierre's guts.
- Running Gag: Jacquouille calls a black man "Saracen" once more.
- Where da White Women At?: The fact that Prune is in a relationship with him doesn't go unnoticed for everyone, Jacquouille especially.
The famous polemicist and journalist of the newspaper 'L'Ami du Peuple'.
A theatre actress, and Gonzague's mistress.
- Anachronism Stew: She wears a First Empire style robe. Such fashion didn't exist before the early 1800s, certainly not in 1793.
- Head-Turning Beauty: She's basically there to trigger comments on her nice butt when she has to leave Gonzague's apartment in the middle of the night, especially from Jacquouille.
- Love Interest: Of Gonzague.
- Nice Hat: She wears what looks like a giant fancy pink and white cap.
Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois
A member of the Committee of Public Safety.
- Artistic License History: He is seen reciting poetry he wrote to celebrate Robespierre. In reality, Robespierre and Collot d'Herbois barely tolerated each other, and since each member of the Committee was equal and Robespierre was personally quite humble, there was no need for trading poems. While Collot d'Herbois was an actor and playwright and therefore perfectly capable of dropping a dithyramb or two, it's unlikely he'd ever do it for the Incorruptible.
- Bound and Gagged: Once he has revealed the location of the Mother of God to Godefroy, Godefroy and Jacquouille leave him bound, gagged and suspended in a well.
- Historical Domain Character: Very loosely based on the real Collot d'Herbois.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Writes very laudatory poetry to celebrate Robespierre.
A Dutch noble who offers his help to Adélaïde de Montmirail and her family.
- Anachronism Stew: He wears Louis XV style clothes (1750s-1770s) and a wig of the same era. Those were completely out of fashion for at least 25 years by 1793, and would actually get him suspected and killed in no time during the Reign of Terror.
- Kavorka Man: He is quite unattractive but manages to seduce Adélaïde.
- Romancing the Widow: Seduces Adélaïde mere days after her husband's death.
La Mère de Dieu (The Mother of God)
A secret seer/oracle who can see through time. Collot d'Herbois is known to consult her.
- Historical Domain Character: She is based on Catherine Théot.
- The Omniscient: As soon as she sees them, she knows who Jacquouille and Godefroy are and what era they come from.
- Seer: She is a very powerful medium, and she can see through time.
- Willing Channeler: Her face temporarily turns into Norah's face so Norah can talk to Godefroy and Jacquouille through time, telling them where Eusaebius' 18th century descendant is so they can find him and come back to the Middle Ages. Her face also turns into that of King Louis VI, to warn them of his orders.
An apothecary, and a 18th century descendant of Eusaebius.
- Jumped at the Call: He helps Godefroy and Jacquouille from second one as they enter his shop, desperately looking for the potion to travel in time before dying. He also follows them in time, having no choice to escape the revolutionary soldiers.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The time travel potion was seemingly not ready again (probably because he didn't have time to add enough viper venom in the hurry), and it sends Godefroy, Jacquouille and him in the middle of World War II.
- Secret Keeper: Just as his 20th century descendant, he is the keeper of Eusaebius' formulas, which are transmitted from father to son.
A general in the French revolutionary army.
- Anachronism Stew: Jacquouillet refers to him as "General". The end of The Corridors of Time most certainly happens in late 1792 (Brunswick's army is mentioned by the fleeing nobles, this army attacked the French revolutionary army at Valmy on 20 September 1792), and King Louis XVI's beheading happened on 21 January 1793 (it is mentioned at the beginning of The Revolution). Napoleon got promoted as General in December 1793.
- Historical Domain Character: Natch.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is introduced at the end of The Corridors of Time but doesn't appear in The Revolution. Real Life history provides a valuable reason, as Napoleon was not in mainland France by the time of Louis XVI's beheading. He was commanding a volunteers battalion in Corsica between October 1792 and June 1793.
World War II characters
A descendant of Jacquouille, and the father of Jacques-Henri Jacquart. A German garrison uses his château as headquarters during the Occupation in 1943.
- Les Collaborateurs: He believes in Marshal Pétain's regime, collaborates with the Germans and believes in their projects for Europe.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He berates his son for listening to American jazz (it was not tolerated back then).
- Identical Grandson: He is the fifth character of Jacquouille's lineage played by Christian Clavier in the films.
- In the Blood: Jacquouillet's less savory trait (being a servant of the Reign of Terror for personal profit) makes a return down the bloodline with Edmond's beliefs in the Vichyst "National Revolution" and his collaboration with the Germans.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his son Jacques-Henri (since both were played by Christian Clavier).
A Wehrmacht colonel who establishes his headquarters at the castle of Montmirail in 1943, waiting for the arrival of his superior Erwin Rommel in France. Edmond Jacquart (the castle's owner) collaborates with him.
- Cultural Posturing: He hates American jazz, and thinks German classical music is superior to it, which is very much in line with what Nazis thought of jazz (as a "degenerate" form of culture that "corrupts and depraves" the youth).
- Older Is Better: For him, nothing is better than German classical and romantic music.
- Those Wacky Nazis: What with the swastikas everywhere, German Funetik Aksent and hatred of jazz.
François de Montmirail
A Montmirail family member and the chief of a Resistance group in 1943, he operates in the vicinity of the castle of Montmirail. He might be Béatrice's father.
- Blue Blood: The Montmirail lineage, again.
- Good Is Not Nice: He intends to interrogate Godefroy and Jacquouille (through torture presumably).
- Heroic Lineage: He is a resistant fighting against the Germans and his ancestor Godefroy was a fearless knight.
- Identical Grandson: The spitting image of Gonzague de Montmirail (both are played by Franck Dubosc).
- Nice Hat: He wears a beret.
- La Résistance: He leads a French resistance group against the Germans.
The descendant of Charlotte de Robespierre in 1943. She is a resistant and François de Montmirail's Love Interest. Possibly Béatrice's mother.