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    Lucky Luke
Played by: Terence Hill in Lucky Luke (1991), Til Schweiger in Les Dalton (2004), and Jean Dujardin in Lucky Luke (2009)
Voiced by: Marcel Bozzuffi in Daisy Town (French), Daniel Ceccaldi in La Ballade des Dalton (French), Jacques Thébault in the 1983 cartoon and the 1991 cartoon (French), Antoine de Caunes in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Lambert Wilson in Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (French), and Peter Wanngren (Swedish)

The title character, a lonesome cowboy far from home, drifting around the West. Being slow on words, but quick on reflexes, he's known to shoot faster than his own shadow.

  • The Ace: Even without taking his Improbable Aiming Skills in account, he is physically strong enough to defeat much bigger opponents than him in a bare hands fight, cunning and smart enough to manipulate the enemies he can't defeat by force, Born Lucky and has more common sense than most people he meets.
  • Addiction Displacement: Late in series he quits smoking, and takes up a habit of on chewing on a wheatstalk instead.
  • Berserk Button: Never try to mistreat Rantanplan. Luke is perfectly aware that the poor dog tries his best, and is outraged when he sees him being mistreated. When Joe Dalton took a swing at him in annoyance, Luke outright tells Joe he'll never forgive him if he actually hurts Rantanplan.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is selfless, altruistic, and always does the right thing... but you don't want to make him angry.
    Luke: Here [cigarette] savor it you don't get to smoke much at the end of a rope.
  • Born Lucky: Hence the nickname, he has great luck tracking. It serves as Plot Armor in situations where Luke would have been shot dead without ever be able to react to.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yep!"
  • Celibate Hero: While this was frequent at the times in Franco-Belgian comics, Lucky Luke deserves a special mention in that he is explicitly stated to dislike the very concept of being in a relationship. In one book, when asked to escort a group of women to a new town, he freaks out at the mere sight of the women and almost refuses to provide his help until being convinced nothing will happen.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tends to bring his help to whoever he meets during his journeys. There are some occasions where he tries to leave them to their fate, frequently out of frustration about their stupidity (particularly when it comes to the Warden's inability to keep the Daltons contained in jail), but either he eventually comes back having changed his mind, or it turns out he was only faking his departure as part of a manipulation.
    • Averted in The Rivals of Painful Gulch. He wanted out but the bridge he was crossing blew up due to one of the families' antics. He came back solely for revenge.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He is the only one who understands how Rantanplan thinks. One sketch had him ask the dog for various tools and him naturally bringing always the wrong one but Luke was happy because he knew he wouldn't get it right and deliberately asked for the wrong ones in order for Rantaplan to bring the right ones. This implies that he knows which items The Ditz will mistake for which.
  • Cruel Mercy: At the end of Bounty Hunter, towards titular Bounty Hunter Elliot Belt. During the album, Belt showed himself willing to provoke a war between the local Indians and settlers to capture a man and tried to kill Luke when the latter proved the man was actually innocent. Because of his actions, Belt ends up a wanted man himself, but after capturing him Luke asks the sheriff to release him... So that Elliot Belt would have to spend the rest of his life fleeing bounty hunters and would learn what it is like to be hunted down. And since the reward on his head is quite big, a lot of bounty hunters are going to chase after Belt. Beware the Nice Ones indeed!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being one of the few with a sound mind, he's sure to do this from time to time.
  • The Dreaded: He is Lucky Luke, THE Lucky Luke. His name brings dread only to outlaws and villains however. In "The Tenderfoot" when he told a lynch mob that surrounded him to stand down and bring Waldo for due process and avoid a bloodbath (Luke only had Waldo and himself against almost ten person), they comply with one simply explaining: Ever saw Lucky Luke shooting?
  • The Drifter: One of the most classic examples of the trope. Almost all his adventures can be summed up as him arriving in a particular place, helping the locals with their current issue, then leaving galloping toward the sunset while singing he is a poor lonesome cowboy.
  • Fastest Gun in the West: Enough (along with iconic enough) to be the image for the page.
  • Guile Hero: Despite being best-known for his skills as a marksman, he actually defeats a lot of his opponents by outsmarting them rather than by force. The Daltons, especially, he usually takes down by outsmarting them rather than actually fighting them.
  • The Gunslinger: Well, he is a cowboy.
  • Honor Before Reason: Has an unfortunate tendency of following this even in life-or-death situations. Eg. in the Daltons' Mother Ma Dalton came really close to shooting him dead, just because he refused to duel an old lady, despite the fact that he could own the rights to the Blasting It Out of Their Hands trope! Would not disarm a girl much?
  • Humble Hero: He walks away before being thanked, turn down bounties by asking the sheriff to give it to charity and his only replies when someone ask him if he is THE Lucky Luke is a nonchalant "yep".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Possibly the best-known example in Franco-Belgian Comics.
  • Last-Name Basis: According to the 2009 movie, his full name is really John Luke.
  • Living Legend: Almost everybody in-universe has heard of him.
  • Meaningful Name: He was possibly Born Lucky.
  • Mixed Ancestry: In the 2009 movie, his mother was an American Native, allowing the Politically Incorrect Villain to get in a few racist digs at him. The subject hasn't come up in the comics, though.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He is rather skinny, but he can easily outmatch much bigger and more muscular people than him in brawl.
  • Nice Hat: A White cowboy hat.
  • Not So Stoic: It is rare to see Luke actually moved and when he does his expression barely changes. A Jewish mom notices he is touched by her grandson's violin performance when he lets his straw hang out of his mouth a bit more and after reading an old friend's last request he is unable to roll a cigarette.
  • Only Sane Man: Quite often, due to him often running in towns full of crazy people. This typically tends to irritate him, as people are unlikely to listen to reason, forcing him to manipulate them into solving their problems.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Lucky Luke? Not the Lucky Luke?"
  • Relative Button: Jolly Jumper is the closest thing he has that passes for friend and family, when he is kidnapped Luke is shaking down people by threatening to blow their head off.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: There aren't many people so willing to screw money as much as he is. He simply doesn't care. Heck trying to bribe him to do something immoral is a Berserk Button that once pressed activates the punching system.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Until he replaced it with a wheatstalk. This has been Lampshaded and made fun of in both comics and adaptations.
    • In the 2007 animated movie, Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure there's a brief scene where he bonds with Native American Chief Crazy Wolf over the hardships of giving up smoking:
      Crazy Wolf: Ooooh, Crazy Wolf finally gave up smoking!
      Lucky Luke: Yep, me too!
      Crazy Wolf: Did you suffer from many cravings?
      Lucky Luke: Yep — I had to chew on a piece of straw for a long time.
    • In the 2009 live-action movie, there's a short scene playing during the closing credits, where Lucky Luke is sitting with his back to the camera, smoking a cigarette. Then he realizes the camera is on him, does a double take, throws away the cigarette and replaces it with the familiar piece of straw before turning back to the audience and saying, somewhat sheepishly: "Hello! My name is Lucky Luke. I quit smoking back in '83. I feel much better now."
    • It becomes an important plot point in the 2016 Darker and Edgier book L'Homme qui tua Lucky Luke ("The man who killed Lucky Luke") by Matthieu Bonhomme. In said book, Lucky Luke meets a man named Doc Holiday, himself a chainsmoker whose lungs are starting to get the better of him. Doc later notices Luke's hands shaking from withdrawal after he was forced to stop smoking for a few days due to a tobacco shortage in town. Worried about Luke getting fatally shot because of this, he impersonates him in a duel and gets shot in the back by his opponent's father, who then brags about being the man who killed Lucky Luke. He uses his Last Words to beg a distraught Luke to quit smoking before it is too late. At the end of the book, Luke is then seen picking up a piece of straw from Doc's grave and starts chewing on it as he leaves the town.
    • The comics themselves made a few jokes about Luke having quit smoking. In one album, a politician offered a smoke to Luke before remembering he had quit. He then offered a wheatstalk for Luke to chew on, but Luke politely declined, saying he was trying to cut down on wheatstalks.
    • In another album, the Daltons fake amnesia in order to get pardoned, and Luke tries to call their bluff by offering a feast to Averell... who unfortunately is the one brother whose amnesia is genuine, and who states he isn't hungry. Luke tries to tempt him by digging in and praising how excellent the food is, causing an overhearing Jolly Jumper to remark that Luke's appetite has certainly grown since he quit smoking.
  • Super Reflexes: Combined with Improbable Aiming Skills, it makes him the deadliest shooter the Old West has ever known. As time went on, he became faster and preferred Blasting It Out of Their Hands over plain killing.
  • Super Speed: A Running Gag is that he's consistently faster at drawing his gun than even his own shadow (except for that one time where his shadow was faster).
  • Vague Age: Much like Asterix, Luke's age is never told, with the usual lampshading of "he looks good for his age" "what's his age, by the way?" happening from time to time. In L'Homme qui tua Lucky Luke, when asked about it, Luke says he forgot his age.

    Jolly Jumper
Voiced by: Jean Berger in Daisy Town (French), René Goscinny in La Ballade des Dalton (French), Roger Carel in the 1983 cartoon (French), Bernard Demory in the 1991 cartoon (French), Éric Legrand in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Jean Rochefort in Les Dalton (2004), Adrien Antoine in Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (French), and Gunnar Ernblad (Swedish)

Lucky Luke's wisecracking horse and only partner to remain at the his side at all times.

  • Animal Talk: Can converse freely with any other animal in the series, and talks to himself (and by extension, the reader) a lot. Humans can't understand him, though Lucky Luke is hinted to at least get the general gist of it for the most part. In the 2009 movie, he's upgraded to Talking Animal.
  • Cool Horse: Usually the fastest horse in the West and when other horses tell him that they are trained to show up at their master's whistle Jumper one up them by whistling Luke to show up.
    Lucky Luke: You called old chum?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Considering he has to keep up with Luke and deal with Rantanplan.
  • The Drag-Along: While he'll always do what Lucky expects of him, that doesn't mean he'll do it quietly.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He can make coffee, play chess (though badly), pick locks and bite off bindings.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: No matter how much he complains about Luke, he will never abandon him.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: You won't find a horse with a sharper tongue anywhere.

    Rantanplan/Rin Tin Can
Voiced by: Bernard Haller in La Ballade des Dalton and the 1983 cartoon (French), Roger Carel in the 1983 cartoon (French; replacement voice), Bernard Demory in the 1991 cartoon (French), Francis Perrin in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Éric Métayer in Les Dalton (2004), François Morel in Rantanplan, Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure, and Les Dalton (2009 cartoon) (French), and Peter Sjöquist (Swedish)

A dog known for being among the best prison guard dogs in the West — a reputation that unfortunately is very exaggerated.

  • Animal Talk: Talks mostly to himself, since no humans can understand what he says (then again, he has problems understanding what humans say as well).
  • Badass on Paper: Like Luke, his legend has spread in the West, and he's often considered a Heroic Dog on the level of Lassie or Rex The Wonder Dog, and to be fair, he's been involved in some very exciting adventures and fought all manner of villains - all of course by complete accident on his part, most of the time he's not even aware he's on an adventure!
  • Big Eater: And quite often, he doesn't even care if what he is eating is food.
  • Breakout Character: Very popular with the readers; he's starred in his own comics, both short gag stories and album-length adventures. In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon he has a larger role than in the comics, and tends to show up even in episodes based on albums where he didn't appear at all. In 2006 he even got his own animated series, and he's a regular character in the 2010 animated series about the Daltons.
  • Canine Companion: Sometimes to Lucky Luke (who doesn't mind him tagging along), sometimes to the Daltons (who do mind, but he never understands this).
  • The Ditz: The only character in the comic stupider than Averell Dalton; he can't seem to get anything right.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Just as Lucky Luke is faster than his own shadow, Rantanplan is stupider than his own shadow.
  • Dub Name Change: In the English translations of the comics, as well as the English dub of Ballad of the Daltons he's called Rin Tin Can, in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon he's named Bushwack, and in the English dubs of newer animated projects (such as the New Adventures, Go West, The Daltons and his own animated series) he's Rintindumb. In Scandinavia he's called Ratata.
  • Extreme Omnivore: An even worse case than Averell Dalton. Among other things, he's eaten coal nuggets, bath water and Averells cooking.
  • Face Plant: One of his signature gags is to try and leap into someones, usually Luke's, arms like a loyal dog, only to misjudge the distance and face plant on the ground.
  • Heroic Dog: A parody of the concept. He tries his best, but just isn't smart enough to pull it off. He's never an outright hindrance though, and has saved the day a few times, even if by accident.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A Running Gag; Joe Dalton couldn't make it clearer that he loathes Rantanplan, yet the dog remains firmly convinced he is a nice, caring person. At times it goes as far as forgetting who the characters are, even mistaking Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper for Santa Claus and his reindeer.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: Is seemingly incapable of grasping how much the Daltons, especially Joe, hates him, and keeps mistaking them for caring masters, which couldn't be further from the truth. Downplayed example with Jolly Jumper, who doesn't outright hate him, but finds him incredibly annoying and wishes he'd go away for good.
  • Smart Ball: Surprisingly! Normally he's borderline Too Dumb to Live, but on some very rare occasions he'll have a flash of brilliance. These instances are almost always played for laughs (in one case he actually fainted after displaying intelligent behavior).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Literally in Tortillas For the Daltons, when the heroes split up to look for the Daltons in the desert because the dogs in the group (the other being the hacienda owners incredibly intelligent chihuaua) seemed to have found two different tracks. Rantanplan just concluded that the hat he was given to smell wasn't edible and wandered off in a random direction, the rest of the group later found him nearly dead from thirst... a few feet away from a freshwater river.

    Calamity Jane
Voiced by: Micheline Dax in the 1983 cartoon (French) and Isabelle Mangini in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French)

  • Action Girl: Which helps a lot in dealing with the trouble in a Wild West setting.
  • Adapted Out: Since she had been firmly established as an ally of Lucky Luke by the time the comics were adapted for the animated series, the adaptation of Lucky Luke contre Joss Jamon (in which she was featured as a villain, see Historical Villain Upgrade below) replaces her with Ma Dalton.
  • Berserk Button: Do not disrespect women in her presence if you value your life.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She is introduced in her first starring appearance with this, saving Luke from a bunch of Natives of her own.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example.
  • Damsel in Distress: Epically defied all the time. At multiple points characters will try to attack or kidnap her, assuming she is just a harmless woman, only to be in for a very bad surprise.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her temper is more fiery than her hair.
  • Happily Married: She claims to have been married to Wild Bill Hickok, a famous real-life gunslinger, until he was killed.
  • Historical Beauty Upgrade: Notably averted; while not exactly portrayed as identical to her real life counterpart, she is still pretty close (the biggest difference is that she is skinnier), and the comic does not make her particularly prettier, instead settling for a plain look.
  • Historical Domain Character: Based on the real life Calamity Jane.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In her first (cameo) appearance in Lucky Luke contre Joss Jamon, she is mistakenly portrayed as a villainess, also with a completely different design. This was eventually corrected and she was introduced as an ally of Luke in her first leading role.
    • One of the later album deals with her suffering an in-universe example of the trope, when a legend that she is supposedly a witch and demoness who came Back from the Dead as a ghost to haunt a city spreads throughout the west. It however turns out to be a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax created by a group of bandits who wanted to keep unwanted people away from a deserted town where they discovered a new gold mine. Naturally, Calamity Jane is not amused about her likeness being used as a "scarecrow" (as she puts it).
  • The Lad-ette: A G-Rated version of the trope; notably, her real life self played this trope straight.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking skills are so bad that at one point, a cowboy was willing to die rather than eat her cakes.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She is one of the few non-antagonist characters to appear as a Deuteragonist in more than one book (as well as one movie and at least two animated appearances), and the only female character Luke has actually developped interactions with, excluding Ma Dalton. However, their relationship is platonic and they treat each other like good friends with no real hint of romance.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Seems to have become this with Luke. They do not seem to have romantic interest for each other, but they get along pretty well whenever they meet, and Luke is one of the few people who can convince her to calm down without suffering a violent reaction.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: And how. Half of her balloons are filled with skulls and stars if it any indication.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Like Luke, she can go toe to toe with men bigger than her, and even arm wrestle them with little effort.
  • Tomboy: She was a clear-cut example from childhood. Flashbacks reveal she enjoyed playing rodeo at home (wrecking her entire house as a result) and would occasionally try to play with boys.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Downplayed; she couldn't act less feminine and her tastes are completely boyish, but when she becomes the owner of a saloon in her first story, one of her main ambitions was to create a small area reserved to ladies, where she would serve them tea and cakes. Later in the same story, Lucky Luke manages to have her trained into at least pretending to be a lady, though her true personality is still there and doesn't take long to show up again. She also blushes when Lucky Luke kisses her hand.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Like her real-life counterpart, she enjoys adding lots of juicy details when telling stories about her life, with a different version each time. She admits this when telling those stories to Luke.
  • Weapon of Choice: Unlike Luke, she usually favors rifles over guns.



    The Daltons

Lucky Luke's most featured adversaries and the most iconic outlaws of the series. They are, in fact, not the "real" Daltons (Bob, Grat, Bill and Emmett, who appeared in one early story and were killed off at the end of it), but their identical, if more incompetent cousins, Joe, William, Jack and Averell.

  • Avenging the Villain: They started their career in an attempt to avenge the real Dalton Brothers' death at the hand of Luke. Their hate of Luke has become more personal as the story has kept going on, though.
  • Badass Mustache: They definitely want to invoke it since they' re such posers but whether they succeed or not is questionable at times.
  • Big Little Brother: To the point where all their respective heights are inward proportional to their age. Joe is the oldest brother, William is younger, Jack is even younger, and Averell is the youngest.
  • Breakout Villains: The original Daltons were lethal but one-shot villains who died at the end of their album; they ended up so popular that a new set of them were introduced, and ended up becoming as iconic as Luke himself.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Their whole family considers crime as a tradition in the family. They take it to such extreme that their uncle, Marcel Dalton, is considered a Black Sheep just because he is the only honest member of the family.
  • Character Exaggeration: In their first story, they came across as a little different; Joe as the hard-boiled leader, William as a Trigger Happy Gunslinger, Jack as a Master of Disguise, and Averell as a strong and athletic — if dense and food-obsessed — Brute. In subsequent stories, Joe remained mostly the same (though his Hair-Trigger Temper was enhanced quite a bit), Jack and William pretty much lost their individual traits and became full-time Co-Dragons to Joe, while Averell lost his strength and whatever competence he had and became more like a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Chronic Villainy: Any story about someone trying to redeem the Daltons (the Marcel Dalton story being the most notable example) is doomed to end up as a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
  • Continuity Snarl: Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, William and Jack swap names. It happens first in their début story (for the first half, William is the shorter and Jack the taller; then it switches in the second half, making William taller and Jack shorter), and in some stories afterwards. In the 2006 movie and the 2010 animated series, the two brothers' names are likewise swapped.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's not clear what happened to their father, but he clearly isn't around anymore. Belle Starr has Ma Dalton mentioning a Noodle Incident about him using dynamite, suggesting he might be dead. Ma Dalton implies that he accidentally killed himself while using dynamite to force a safe.
  • The Dreaded: As incompetent as they can be when they are pitted against Luke, they are dangerous enough to scare the crap of almost everyone else.
  • Dreadful Musician: In Tortillas for the Daltons, their training to infiltrate as a mariachi band goes so badly their instructor (a hardened bandito) tries to hang himself.
  • Enfant Terrible: According to their mama, some wanted posters in Daisy Town and a spin-off they were pretty mean (and pretty backwards) even as kids. Joe surpassed them all, by far, however.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: They honestly love Ma Dalton, and at no point do they turn against her. Not even Joe.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all the times they argue with each other and Joe abuses his brothers, they always stick together and have each other's backs. In one book of the Rantanplan spin-off, when Averell gets abducted, Joe is genuinely outraged at the Warden, and they escape for the sole purpose of rescuing him.
  • Freudian Excuse: They come from a loving family of outlaws, their best memories come from their parents taking them to attack banks and stagecoaches.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Lucky Luke, though Joe wouldn't agree. But, while Joe absolutely hates Lucky Luke, to the point where the mere mention of Luke's name is enough to send him into a rage, the three others don't share this extreme animosity, and will generally be quite civil to him — Averell especially. Luke on his side bears the Daltons no ill will (while he does get tired of always having to be the one capturing them when they escape) and tends to treat them fairly nicely, especially in later albums. When they get sentenced to death, he even tries everything he can to save them, down to trying to convince the President.
  • Greek Chorus: After being introduced with different skill sets, William and Jack soon settled down to become interchangeable middle brothers who function this way between their more fleshed-out siblings Joe and Averell. Which helps to explain why even their creators Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
  • Historical Character's Fictional Relative: They're not the real Dalton brothers, but their identical cousins. However, their general incompetence was inspired by the lackluster record of the real Dalton gang, in particular their incredibly bungled final raid.
  • Idiot Ball: While Averell is the default holder, it gets passed around a lot among the four of them.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: Most of the time, it's pretty obvious they aren't that much of a threat, and will probably just as easily foil their own schemes with their stupidity as they will get captured by Luke.
  • Joker Immunity: Averted with the original Daltons, but played straight hilariously with their cousins; no matter how many crimes they commit, or how many times Luke arrests them, they will always be merely sent to jail with a ridiculously high prison sentence (hundreds to thousands of years), where they will usually escape from nearly as soon as they arrive due to the wardens being complete morons; this takes such proportions that it gets more and more lampshaded as the series goes on. In later albums, Luke ends up sick of having to run after them again and again, and calls out the wardens for their incompetence.
    • They actually get sentenced to death in a later album, but take advantage on an old law saving them from the sentence if they get married. Their marriage is cancelled at the end of the book and their former father-in-law, an indian chief, make the authority promised to not sentence them to death.
  • Nice Hat: Despite the hole in it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: When first introduced, the new Daltons were portrayed as so incompetent Luke was actually eager to meet them again because he found them entertaining. They eventually took lessons and became as dangerous as the original Daltons, as long as they weren't confronted with Luke himself.
    • And even now, despite their stupidity, they are shown to be actually quite dangerous. They did come close to killing Luke on occasions.
    • Their incompetence is mostly when dealing with Lucky Luke, against other people their aim is great and they show more cunning, such as jumping out of their train a few minutes before it arrives so they can ambush the sheriff that was waiting for them.
  • Scooby Stack: Their peculiar size difference makes this one of their typical poses.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Joe is both the shortest and the leader of the gang, while Averell is the tallest and the most dimwitted. However, it is actually a subversion in that Joe may think he's the brains of the gang (rather in the way that Oliver Hardy's character believed himself to be much smarter than Stan Laurel's), but he's actually just as stupid as his brothers, only in a different way. Goscinny himself once pointed out that Joe is merely the most malevolent or evil of the Daltons and that evil does not equal smart.
  • Siblings in Crime: They even provide the trope picture.
  • Smug Snake: God, are they convinced about their own genius especially Joe.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitutes: For the original Daltons. Morris regretted killing off the original Daltons, and René Goscinny had liked the original Dalton Gang story so much that when he took over the writing for the comic, he introduced another quartet of Daltons and billed them as the cousins of the original Daltons.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Joe is mostly the obsessed one with killing Lucky Luke but there has been at least one time when he, William and Jack cheated at a poker game which would determine who gets to off him. Also William was offered once the chance to kill Luke as consolation for Joe marrying the woman that he liked.
  • Training from Hell: The Dalton Brothers start out as incompetent villains incapable to do anything right so they grind themselves through a brutal training regime. They end up becoming great riders, deadly shooters and very competent in general apart from their stupidity which unfortunately for them doesn't change and remains their weak point which Lucky uses to defeat them.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Apart from their height, the four brothers look very much identical. And apart from the moustaches and hair their mother's face looks just like her sons'.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: No matter how many times Luke saves their varying sized hides, they will still attempt to eliminate him at first chance. It extends to civilians too. In the Daltons in the Blizzard they thank the Indians who saved them from drowning by violently stealing from them their sled.
  • Villain Protagonists: In several stories the focus is more on their attempts to outwit Lucky Luke than it is on Luke himself. They've also appeared solo in several stories, and like Rantanplan, have starred in their own animated series in 2010, The Daltons, where Lucky Luke doesn't even appear and the focus is on the Daltons as they try to escape from prison.

    Joe Dalton 
Voiced by: Pierre Trabaud in Daisy Town, La Ballade des Dalton, and the 1983 cartoon (French), Patrice Baudrier in the 1991 cartoon (French), Gérard Surugue in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Clovis Cornillac in Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (French), Christophe Lemoine in Les Dalton (2009 cartoon) (French), and Johan Hedenberg (Swedish)

The oldest, but shortest, of the brothers and the mastermind of their various schemes and prison breaks.

  • Angrish: Pretty much his most frequent state.
  • Arch-Enemy: What the Joker is to Batman, Joe is to Lucky Luke. At least in his mind.
  • Berserk Button: Any mention of Lucky Luke's name is sure to make him go completely crazy. Same goes for seeing him in person, for the matter.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the series has to a recurring one.
  • Big Brother Bully: To Averell. Though to be fair, his anger and brutality usually is provoked by Averell's stupidity more than anything. Otherwise, it has been shown he does care about all his brothers, Averell included.
  • Book Dumb: In his own mind he is by far the smartest of his brothers, but he is completely uneducated and unfamiliar with anything you would learn in school. To give an example, he thinks Christopher Colombus was the first authentic American. His one area of expertise is crime.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is often subject to slapstick, things almost never go his way, and he is The Un-Favourite to his mother.
  • Catch Phrase: "Lucky Luke! I hate Lucky Luke!". A secondary one (shared with Jack and William) is "Averell, SHUT UP!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Out of all the Daltons, he is by far the most proud to be a criminal, to the point that when he was pardoned once (due to the telegraph operator screwing up a message telling the prison to release an inmate named Joe Milton) Joe refused to leave, feeling insulted, and had to be thrown out.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He is probably as unlucky as Luke is lucky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ok not deadpan per se, but even he can get snarky considering how stupid people around him are.
  • Evil Genius: When he is not carrying the Idiot Ball, he is the smartest of the four. Ahem, by comparison.
  • For the Evulz: He loves the outlaw life and not just for the money. In fact considering that the idea of legally buying something seems like a bad habit to him, the loot is treated more like a trophy and its the infamy and terror that really drives him. This stands out in at least two cases. Once when their new leader said that they would go on a bloodless crime-spree he expressed a desire to bring dynamite and for at least some blood to be spilled. He also planned on hanging the first sheriff that arrested him and his brothers on his wedding day.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: And how. If he sees Luke or hear his name he'll go red, if someone mocks or disregards him he'll start shooting them and if Averell says something stupid he'll beat him up.
  • Jerkass: Regularly verbally and physically abuses his brothers, especially Averell, and out of the four he is the most inclined to commit crime.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he explains to the Natives the effect the people of Daisy Town will have on them.
    • Also, in the Rantanplan spin-off, he at one point calls out the Warden for failing not only to prevent them from escaping, but also to prevent people from entering in the Penitentiary to abduct prisoners. While the scene is played for laughs, the Wardens do suck at their job.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has his moments, like when he convinces the Natives to attack Daisy Town.
  • Mister Big: Shortest of the brother and also the one in charge.
  • The Napoleon: Jack even compares the two at one point.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He often insists on killing Luke himself.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: When all the other kids liked to play cowboys and Indians he liked to play cops and robbers most likely without the cops, a game that he never stopped. There is much tantrum-throwing when either his Ma or Lucky Luke spoil his playing.
  • The Resenter: Out of all his brothers, he is the one who hates Luke the most.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Joe is both the shortest and the leader of the gang, but it is actually a subversion in that he thinks he's the brains of the gang (rather in the way that Oliver Hardy's character believed himself to be much smarter than Stan Laurel's), but he's actually just as stupid as his brothers, only in a different way. Goscinny himself once pointed out that Joe is merely the most evil of the Daltons and that evil does not equal smart.
  • Trigger Happy: His answer for the slightest provocation is to shoot it.
  • The Un-Favourite: He has a big issue with Ma Dalton liking Averell more than him. However, she eventually reveals that Joe is actually her favorite because he is just like his father. The reason she is so hard on him is because he is the smartest and toughest of his brothers and needs to be able to look after them, since they would likely get themselves killed without him.

    William Dalton 
Voiced by: Jacques Balutin in Daisy Town, La Ballade des Dalton, and the 1983 cartoon (French), Michel Tugot-Doris in the 1991 cartoon (French), Éric Legrand in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Alexis Tomassian in Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (French), Julien Cafaro in Les Dalton (2009 cartoon) (French), and Peter Sjöquist (Swedish)

The second oldest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations mistakenly named "Jack."

  • Big Brother Worship: To a certain extent he and Jack admire Joe and follow him out of respect. They have their limits however.
  • The Casino: In Lone Riders, he shows that he can be quite The Gambler and end ups winning the entire money. He then buys the Casino and tries to make 1 million $ as fast as possible.
  • Catch Phrase: "Calm down, Joe!" and "Shut up, Averell!" (shared with Jack).
  • Co-Dragons: With Jack. The only ones that think highly of Joe and the only ones that he considers accomplishes.
  • The Ditz: Not as much as Averell, obviously, and Depending on the Writer to a big degree, but some stories do show that when Averell isn't around, William is the one who takes over the role as the family dunce. In one Rantanplan comic, when the brothers escape prison to look for the kidnapped Averell, William makes so many stupid decisions that Joe at one point attacks him with an angry "You... you Averell!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As he so eloquently put it, killing Lucky Luke is fine but wanting to kill a baby is just not nice.
  • Greek Chorus: Between their more fleshed-out brothers, William and Jack function as this most of the time. Which helps to explain why even Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
  • Gun Nut: To the extent that he treats his guns like his best friends, has a whole hotel room turned into an arsenal and considers death by Russian Roulette as the most poetic and touching way to go. Unless it is his time to go...
  • The Heart: Another role he shares with Jack. As such, they constantly need to keep Joe off Averell's throat.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In his confrontation with Luke, having only one bullet left, he tried to defeat him by playing the Russian Roulette with him. Needless to say, Luke, being Born Lucky, easily survived the first round and easily tricked him into believing he was losing so he could take him without killing him.
  • More Dakka: If in doubt and Luke still stands, shoot some more!
  • One Steve Limit: Signed as "Dalton, Bill" in his first appearance, but since Bill is also the name of one of his deceased cousins he has since always been addressed and referred to as William Dalton.
  • Trigger Happy: Displayed in full in his first appearance. There are only traces of this in later stories such as Daisy Town where he has a habit of pointing his gun instead of his finger, and shooting with his gun instead of touching with his hand both in order to feel natural and to make a point.

    Jack Dalton 
Voiced by: Jacques Jouanneau in Daisy Town (French), Gérard Hernandez in La Ballade des Dalton and the 1983 cartoon (French), Olivier Hémon in the 1991 cartoon (French), Éric Legrand in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (French), Christophe Lemoine in Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (French), Bruno Flender in Les Dalton (2009 cartoon) (French), and Tommy Nilsson (Swedish)

The second youngest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations accidentally named "William."

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Surprisingly. In the new adventures episode The Daltons' Baby he objects along with William and Averell to Joe's decision to leave the baby to the vultures, demonstrating that killing babies is off-limits for them.
  • Greek Chorus: Between their more fleshed-out brothers, William and Jack function as this most of the time. Which helps to explain why even Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
  • The Heart: Another role he shares with William. As such, they constantly need to keep Joe off Averell's throat.
  • Master of Disguise: In his original appearance. This was dropped in later books, removing one of his unique traits.
  • Smug Snake: All three are this to some extent (Averell not so much), but he is almost as much as Joe, delighting in his own cunning and believing that he will be the one to trick Luke.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's the most knowledgeable about things like history and different cultures, sometimes acting as Mr. Exposition to his brothers.

    Averell Dalton 
Voiced by: Pierre Tornade in Daisy Town, La Ballade des Dalton, the 1983 cartoon, and the 1991 cartoon (French), Bernard Alane in The New Adventures of Lucky Luke, Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure, and Les Dalton (2009 cartoon) (French), and Mattias Knave (Swedish)

The youngest, tallest and dumbest (or at any rate most obviously dumb) of the Dalton brothers.

  • Adaptational Badass: While he is still the stupidest in the The Daltons tv series, Averell has shown tremendous potential as a Renaissance Man: he has been a talented artist (Painter, Sculptor, Interior Decorator, Origami Crafter, Puppeteer, Gardener...); chef (Baker, Pastry chef...); animal trainer(horses, birds) ; musician(horn, duck call) and even retained some of his previous athletic prowess (Karate Master, Wine swinger...)
  • Anti-Villain: He simply follows his family's footsteps. Some gags are even about him not being wanted for his crimes since he is so harmless. Although once he was on probation, he did say it was funnier when they were stealing from banks and having the saloon for themselves.
  • Big Eater: To the point one of his Catch Phrases is "When do we eat?"
  • The Brute: He originally was introduced as the physically strongest of the the four. He still displays shades of this occasionally in later books, but for the most part, he is essentially portrayed as just the stupidest.
  • Butt-Monkey: He usually is the one who takes hits when Joe is pissed off.
  • Catch Phrase: "When are we eating?". In ''Tortillas for the Daltons" he learns to say it in Spanish.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his stupidity, he can be just as dangerous as his brothers when he wants to be.
  • The Ditz: Big time. According to his brothers he only learned to walk when he was seven.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Not surprisingly. In the new adventures episode The Daltons' Baby he objects along with Jack and William to Joe's decision to leave the baby to the vultures, demonstrating that killing babies is off-limits for them.
    • He also shames Joe for stealing from their uncle Marcel, as Ma taught them to steal only from strangers or the State
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    Averell: *crunch* I really like foreign cooking! What's this delicious crust around the frijoles?
    Emilio Espuelas: That's called a terracotta bowl, amigo.
  • Genius Ditz: Occasionally shown to possess unexpected skills, such as being able to craft a fake but perfect-looking revolver out of soap, but since he needed help to get all the details down he stole a real and loaded revolver from a negligent guard two weeks ago and used it as model. He wanted to use the soap gun for their escape and offer the real one as Joe's birthday gift.
  • Harmless Villain: His occasional bouts of competency aside, Averell isn't a very motivated criminal and probably wouldn't be one if it wasn't for his family. When the Daltons briefly went their separate ways to see who could do best on their own, Averell ended up becoming a hugely popular chef (albeit with occasionally unscrupulous business practices which were however not his doing). In comparison, Jack become a corrupt casino boss, William a corrupt mayor and Joe just went on a huge crime spree.
  • Lethal Chef: Despite being the Big Eater, he is horrendous at cooking and will react quite violently when someone is criticizing his meals as seen in Daltons City. However, in Lone Riders, he is able to cook perfectly with an Italian pizzaiolo. Furthermore, in the The Daltons series, he has been a proficient Baker(Bread War), French fryer (Fries for free) and Pastry Chef (A Piece of Cake)
  • Minion with an F in Evil: To the point that when first introduced, he had a "Not Wanted" poster instead of a "Wanted" one. He did act a bit meaner after his training with his brothers, but later books turn him back into a borderline Stupid Good character.
  • Momma's Boy: He has always been Ma Dalton's favourite son.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: One episode of the Rantanplan series has two scientists kidnapping him and using him as a test subject for a formula attempted to make him intelligent. This ends up turning him into an Evil Genius Bruiser who actually was even more dangerous and competent than Joe, to the point the leading scientist ended up turning him back to normal and destroying his formula.
    • And even in his normal state, there have been moments where he showed himself to be more dangerous than one would expect like The Dalton Cousins where he actually fought Luke to a tie and the Dalton's Escape where he came the closest to simply shooting Lucky Luke dead, stopped only by Joe's decision to take him as a prisoner and slave.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally; he has a soft spot for Rantanplan and is, on the whole, quite kind to him.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: He often interprets Joe's snarky comments about him literally. For example, when they are trying to figure out who is using which fake identity:
    Averell: And who am I supposed to be?
    Joe: You are an idiot!
    Averell: Oh, okay, that's all I wanted to know.
    • Taken Up to Eleven as he spends the rest of the story introducing himself as "Idiot Jones" as if it was his name.
  • The Runt at the End: In a twist of this role, he may be the largest and strongest of his family but he always comes last in repeating the thoughts, words and actions of the group and he often screws them up anyway, earning himself some scowls from his three brothers for ruining their style.

    Ma Dalton

Aged mother of Joe, William, Jack and Averell.

  • Affably Evil: Unlike her sons, she is a genuinely nice and kind person... As long as her boys aren't in danger.
  • Anti-Villain: She isn't actually villainous, and any times she will play an antagonistic role, it usually is out of love for her children. Luke actually is in decently good terms with her otherwise.
  • Badass Boast: Once delivered a great one to Lucky Luke:
    "You were nothing but a newborn when I learnt how to use a weapon!"
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Surprisingly despite her nice behaviour she is as much a Card-Carrying Villain as the rest of her family. She is proud of raising her sons to be a bunch of scoundrels, and is more annoyed by their swearing and stupidity.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Of the Affably Evil variety.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first pages has her kindly thanking Luke for helping her cross the street, then makes a fake hold-up for her meat and right after the butcher muses that her rusty old gun is probably empty we cut to a panel where she shoots a rattlesnake dead from a far distance with her revolver.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She really loves Sweetie, her cat. She dislikes dogs, however, and finds Rantanplan particularly annoying.
  • Mama Bear: And how! She was ready to challenge Luke to a duel for her kids and likely would have won (Lucky Luke being unwilling to even hurt her and Ma being a great shot).
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Which makes her even similar to her sons in looks.
  • My Beloved Smother: Is perfectly fine learning her boys were let out on bail, until it turns out Belle Starr paid for it. She immediately goes to get them out of her clutches.
    Ma: A woman! How horrible!
    Sweety: Hsssss!
    Ma: This is outrageous! My little boys aren't old enough to be consorting with women!
  • Never Mess with Granny: Possibly the best well-known example in Franco-Belgian Comics.
  • Retired Badass: Never went to prison since no one was able to have her convicted and she told her children she used to break their father out of jail before they were even born.
  • Retired Outlaw: She was mostly an accomplice until her husband died. Afterwards, she lives off the charity of the townsfolk.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Townsfolks used to go with her mock hold up and give her groceries for free since she was a kindly old woman who colored the Wild West with her eccentricity. Then she showed them that her rusty gun was actually loaded the whole time.

    Billy the Kid 
A teenaged outlaw who's been a criminal since he was 6 years old.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: For all his villainous actions and how feared he is, in the end he really is just as immature as you'd expect from his age.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: So much that people acclaiming him as a hero ended up putting him in a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Characterization Marches On: Much like Calamity Jane, he made earlier cameos with a completely different design, portraying him as a Fat Bastard adult. Eventually this was dropped, and he was reintroduced as a slimier Enfant Terrible Psychopathic Manchild.
  • Comedic Spanking: Luke cant exactly shoot him, so his go-to punishment before hauling Billy to jail is a thourough spanking.
  • The Dreaded: Exaggerated; in his first appearance, he scared the crap out of people so much that nobody dared complaining about his actions, arresting him or putting him on trial. Later, in one book, he manages to rob people just by leaving a sign stating he is around. This causes people to leave their goods in front of the sign for him to take when he will be back.
  • Enfant Terrible: This version of the character literally started his outlaw career as a child, and is still very young by the time he meets with Luke.
  • Evil Redhead: He is very evil, very evil-looking and very redheaded.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He was this to Luke at first, due to being amused by the fact Luke wasn't afraid of him. It quickly disappears when Luke gets the better of him.
  • Historical Domain Character: Based on the real life Billy the Kid, albeit a literal interpretation of his nickname.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Committed his first robbery at the age of 6, and when he was punished for it by his father, he ran away from home and embarked on a life of crime.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Well, he is a real child, but the comic still tends to play up his childish antics as Comedic Sociopathy. He forbids a Saloon owner to sell anything else than lemonades and threatens a man with a gun so he would tell him a bedtime story, amongst other things.
  • Teens Are Monsters: By the time of the comics present, he's 14 and a sadistic, thieving monster.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Red toffees.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As a baby the only thing that could stop him from crying was using his dad's revolver as a sucker (wasn't loaded) at 6 he committed his first robbery and at his current age, about 14, he terrorized a whole town.

    Jesse James 
An ex-confederate soldier turned outlaw alongside his brother Frank, obsessed with the myth of Robin Hood.
  • Badass Longcoat: Exaggerated in the movie.
  • Beard of Evil: Which may or may not have anything to do with his fanboying of Robin Hood.
  • Characterization Marches On: Though unlike Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid, his earlier portrayal actually did somewhat look like his final design.
  • Demoted to Extra: After his album and being the Monster of the Week, he never again became the main threat and was always a minor recurring player. Even in the new animated series he only made a cameo at the end of the episode that was about the rivalry of Joe Dalton and Billy the Kid as a third possible candidate for the title of worst desperado.
  • Historical Domain Character: Based on the real life Jesse James.
  • Hypocrite: After he started using the Loophole Abuse.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: He tries to be this, but his approach of it is... a bit too literal.
  • Lean and Mean: Very skinny compared to most characters in the comic, and most definitely a bad guy.
  • Literal-Minded: He took the concept to "steal from the rich to give to the poor" a bit too literally; whenever he gives money to a poor, that person instantly becomes rich in his eyes, causing him to steal from him. He ends up using a Loophole Abuse to share the money with his brother and his cousin, by having them taking turns in playing the "Poor" role.
  • Wicked Cultured: Downplayed; he is a big fan of the Robin Hood book, which is pretty tame by today's standards, but considering he lives in a setting where literature isn't exactly common amongst outlaws, he is perceived as one. Played straight in the movie, where he frequently quotes Shakespeare. In his debut album, that was the trademark of his brother Frank.

One-Shot Antagonists

    Elliot Belt 
One of the most infamous and tenacious bounty hunters of the West.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Bounty hunting is the most despised profession in the old west, considered even lower than outlaws, and Belt is the most hated of them all. The dance girls and piano player refuses to perform when he walks into the saloon, and the bartender just pours his drinks right on the table, because while the law says he has to serve Belt, it doesn't say he has to serve him in a glass.
  • Chronic Villainy: Even he knows he wasted time turning over a measly bounty while he has a a bigger bounty to track but he can't help himself.
  • Cruel Mercy: At the end of The Bounty Hunter, Luke decides to let Belt go despite all the trouble he caused, and his repeated attempts at murdering him, because Belt now has a high price on his own head, and will know what it feels like being on the run for the rest of his life.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Not only does he not understand, nor does he care, why people hate him for turning in their friends and loved ones wanted by the law, sometimes for pathetic amounts of money, he doesn't understand why Luke isn't interested in teaming up with him.
  • Expy: Of Lee Van Cleef and his many western roles.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-universe example. The only thing he cares about is his profits, he doesn't even seem to mind he can't really enjoy the money since everyone hates him so much.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He's been like this ever since he was a child, constantly telling on his classmates for preferential treatment and rewards.

    "Dr." Samuel Doxey 
A travelling medicine salesman and self-proclaimed doctor, who's main product is a fake cure-all elixir.

  • All-Natural Snake Oil: One of his scams, which he markets as not just all-natural, but tasty as well. It would be, since it's actually just lemonade.
  • Evil Genius: While he is a charlatan he is still an intellectual by western standards.
  • Gargle Blaster: His original "miracle elixir", about the only medicinal thing about it is that it doesn't outright kill whoever drinks it, and not for lack of trying.
  • Mustache Vandalism: Luke realizes who "Oxide" is when a child Doxey scammed draws a moustache on the picture on the side of his wagon, giving it the same moustache and beard Doxey had before.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: In the classic western tradition, Doxey's "elixir" is 100% nonsense, and he'll do anything to trick people into buying it, including poisoning the local water to make everyone sick.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: After escaping from prison, Doxey decides to change his identity... by shaving off his beard and changing his name to "Oxide", and nothing else, he even still wears the same clothes! Somehow, it still works, Luke doesn't recognize him when they meet again.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not Doxey himself, but his assistant Scraggy, who disappears after the first part of the story. The animated version adds a scene where Doxey yells the alarm on Scraggy after they break out of prison to cover his own escape, and Scraggy later turns up again in the ending, now running his own snake oil scam after Doxey is recaptured by Luke.

    Judge Roy Bean 
The self-proclaimed "law west of the Pecos" who runs a makeshift courtroom out of his bar in Langtry, Texas, despite not being an actual judge, nor a lawman of any kind.

  • Bears Are Bad News: Has a tame bear who doubles as a bodyguard and enforcer.
  • Hanging Judge: Has a reputation as one, and his real-life counterpart was possibly an Ur-Example, but ultimately averted in-universe, as Bean never actually sentences anyone to death, mostly limiting himself to confiscating illegal bets (that he himself encouraged people to make) and cattle, though he also likes handing out prison and labor sentences for crimes he mostly make up on the spot. Bad Ticket, the judge who briefly replaces him, turns out to really be one of these. Bonus material explain that the real Roy Bean was mostly known to just fine people and charging five dollars a wedding.
  • Karma Houdini: Is never really punished for his crimes, as Langtry didn't have any official judicial system set up, so even after the cavalry shows up to restore order, Bean is still the closest thing to an actual judge the town has, and gets to sentence himself. He does admittedly judge himself guilty of corruption and "being a no-good scoundrel", but his only punishment is hanging up his outdated lawbook for good, and settles down as a bartender.
  • The Judge: Well, that's what he calls himself, but it's a self-proclaimed title, he's just the closest thing Langtry has to a real judge.
  • Never Learned to Read: Humorously, despite constantly quoting from an old civic code book, Bean is actually illiterate, and is just making everything up.
  • The Nose Knows: He can smell cattle coming from miles away and know they aren't ones he had confiscated yet. His own bear is in admiration toward Roy's "predator instinct".

    Joss Jamon's Gang 

A group of ex-confederate soldiers who struck out on their own as outlaws after the end of the American Civil War. The group was led by Joss Jamon, and consisted of Bill The Cheater, Joe The Indian, Jack The Muscle, Steve The Wishy-Washy, and Sam The Farmer. The gang ends up on Luke's radar after they plunder the small town of Los Palitos and frame him for their crimes.

  • Card Sharp: Bill The Cheater, in typical western style.
  • Dirty Coward: Steve The Wishy-Washy, who is stated to have switched sides between the Union and the Confederacy dozens of times over the course of the war, depending on who was winning.
  • Dumb Muscle: Jack, serving as Jamon's enforcer and eventually a Corrupt Cop.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Sam takes full advantage of his humble and trustworthy looks, making everyone think he's an honest farmer, while in reality he's a vicious criminal.
  • Frame-Up: The gang manages to pin their attack on Los Palitos on Luke by having Sam claim he recognizes Luke as a member of the gang, and Luke only narrowly avoids being hanged by promising to bring the real criminals back to the town.
  • Knife Nut: Joe, he uses the threat of scalping people more than once in the story.
  • Mayor Pain: Jamon sets himself up as the corrupt mayor of Frontier City, and gives cabinet positions to his henchmen.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Again, Steve, constantly joining up with whoever seems to be winning. Even tries to surrender and join Luke near the end, but Jamon was expecting this and just pulls a gun on him to force him to stay.
  • The Savage Indian: Joe The Indian, though the ending implies at least part of it might just be an act.
  • Self-Deprecation: Steve is a caricature of Goscinny himself.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Joe's dialogue consists entirerly of "Ugh" for the entire album, only for him to suddenly deliver an eloquent monologue after the gang is cornered, including latin phrases.

    The O'Timmins and O'Hara's 
A pair of feuding families who's incompetence and stubborness might not lead to many fatalities on their rivals, but is slowly destroying their hometown of Painful Gulch.

  • Altar Diplomacy: How the feud is finally settled for good, with intermarriage between the two clans. The son produced by this union, Aloysius O'Timmins-O'Hara (who had both the family traits), eventually became mayor of Painful Gulch and went on to become a Texas congressman.
  • Feuding Families: A parody of the real-life feud between the Hatfield and Mccoy families, but the O'Timmins and O'Hara's are so bad at it that they've never managed to actually kill any of their enemies.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The families eventually settle the feud after working together to put out a fire at the O'Hara ranch.
  • Lethally Stupid: The real problem with their feud is that all their sabotage and shoot outs only ends up hurting innocents because of how dumb and poor shots they are.
  • Motive Decay: Neither side even remembers what the feud was about in the first place, but they refuse to stop fighting.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Each family has a distinguishing physical trait for all their members; huge red noses for the O'Timmins and huge ears for the O'Haras.
  • Women Are Wiser: The women of each clan are understandably sick of the endless feud, and are the main force behind eventually settling it.

    Emilio Espuelas 
A mexican bandito who terrorizes the area just south of the Rio Grande.

  • Accidental Kidnapping: He and his gang accidentally steal an armored wagon that was transporting the Daltons to a new prison, thinking it was a gold or money transport.
  • Hostage For Macguffin: Espuelas prefered mode of operation; kidnapping people, usually foreigners since the natives are too poor to bother with for the most part and the rich landowners too well protected, and demanding ransom.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Is increasingly flabbergasted at the Daltons clumsy and poorly thought out approach to crime, culminating in when they kidnap Lucky Luke (disguised as the real target) and finds out they didn't bother disarming him!
  • Villain Team-Up: Joe Dalton manages to talk him into one of these, much to his later regret, since it leads directly to his downfall.

    The Whittaker Theater Troupe 
A travelling group of actors, Whittaker Baltimore, Gladys Whimple, Barnaby Float and Francis Lusty, who specialize in melodramas, especially their own creation, The Dashing White Cowboy. Secretly, the actors uses the troupe as a cover to commit robberies in the towns they visit.

  • Beneath Suspicion: The one actually committing the robberies is Francis Lusty, the troupes driver and machine operator, while most of the town is busy watching the play.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: After the gang ends up in prison, Francis is forced into playing the Linda role when they put on shows for the other inmates, since Glady's wasn't arrested (and even if she was, would have gone to a womens prison).
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Barnaby Float, who specializes in villain characters. He looks virtually identical to the trope namer. Expectedly he isn't quite as theatrical about his villainy in his real life.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The money the villains have stolen is hidden inside the doll used to portray Glady's baby brother in the play.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gladys Whimple, who eventually gets sick of her compatriots criminal ways and returns to her old job as a saloon dancer.
  • The Hero: Whittaker Baltimore, the gangs leader, specializes in these roles.
  • Light Is Good: The title character of the play, who wears an entire cowboy outfit entirerly in white to show what a good guy he is.

    Cass Casey 
A rich and influential cattle baron who demands total control of the prairie grasslands for himself and his cattle, harassing and attacking the farmers who try to set up their own homes there.

  • Berserk Button: As Luke explains cattle barons like Cass see barbed wire as a personal insult. To the point nearby store and diligences refuse to bring the stuff as it will end up with them wrapped in their product.
    Store owner: He [barbed wire vendor] sells only silk ropes now.
  • Fat Bastard: Massively overweight and a real asshole at first.
  • Heel–Face Turn: An unusually sudden one; after the farmers agree to share their well water during the drought for the cattle, winning over the other cattle barons, Casey reluctantly seems to realize what a jerk he's been and tells his mooks they just have to own up to it and hope the farmers are willing to forgive.
  • I Gave My Word: The drought ends minutes after a peace agreement is reached, and Casey could just have ignored it, but at that point, he seems to have decided to change his ways.
  • It's All About Me: "The prairie belongs to the cattle, and the cattle, that's me!"
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Seems to subsist entirerly on steaks, at the peace dinner at the end, he doesn't even seem to know what vegetables are.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The cattle barons absolutely do not have exclusive claims to the grasslands, but Casey uses his wealth and influence to basically make him the de-facto ruler of the area.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Villanous example, nothing infuriates him more than the farmers trying to divy up the prairie with barbed wire.

    Phil Defer 
Also known as "The Spider", Defer is a very tall, gangly hitman hired by O'Sullivan, the corrupt owner of the Ace of Spades saloon, to kill his competitor O'Hara, only to come in conflict with O'Hara's friend Lucky Luke.
  • Bowdlerisation: In the original version of the album, Luke actually shot him dead. In later editions, he's simply injured and left unable to hold a gun again.
  • Career-Ending Injury: In the censored version, his hitman career is permanently ended by the shoulder injury Luke inflicts on him.
  • Dub Name Change: In the English version, his name is Phil Wire.
  • Expy: Of Jack Palance villain Jack Wilson from Shane.
  • Lean and Mean: Shown as almost comically tall and skinny, especially for the 19th century, to the point that he's too tall for the bed he sleeps in.
  • Professional Killer: The first hitman in the series.
  • Red Baron: "The Spider"

    Dean Smith, Emperor Of the United States 
A wealthy rancher who's success and riches has made him delusional, making him believe he's the Emperor of the United States.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Genuinely believes himself to be the legitimate ruler of the U.S, and has his cowboys wear army uniforms and even issues edicts and currency for Grass Town to use.
  • Decapitated Army: After Luke kidnaps Smith, his army realizes that with him gone, no one is paying them to keep up with this nonsense, and disperse, ending the rebellion.
  • The Dragon: Gates, Smith's former cook and currently second-in-command, who's just as delusional as his boss is.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When the judge is tried for "treason" and condemned to execution by firing squad by Gates, he directly addresses Smith and warns him that if he becomes an accomplice to his unlawful murder that his will soon follow and he will be hanged. Smith promptly reduces the sentence to life-imprisonment.
  • Evil Chancellor: Buck Ritchie, a notorious outlaw, who drives Smith from a harmless eccentric to attempting to conquer the United States for real.
  • Expy: Of Joshua Norton, the real-life self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Smith never really snaps out of his delusion, but after his defeat, he seems to at least grasp that his actions were "a kind of madness", and agrees to formally abdicate and go into exile.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He didn't even really start out as a criminal, since the people of Grass Town mostly just humored him and his edicts, but once Buck Ritchie started influencing him, Smith quickly proved why a delusional man with a fortune and an army can be a real threat.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He doesn't knowingly do this since he genuinely believes himself to be the legitimate ruler of the U.S, but effectively does this since his wealth is why his men humor him and what allows him to take over Grass Town.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Knowing that Smith is genuinely mentally ill rather than evil, Luke kidnaps him and hides him away while he finishes up dealing with Ritchie. Afterwards, rather than arresting him, he lets Smith go, telling him that his "reign" is over and he has to go into exile. Smith agrees, hands Luke his official abdication declaration and leaves Grass Town, and the U.S, behind for good, disappearing into Mexico.

    Jack Ready 
A corrupt rancher and long-time rival of Luke's friend Baddy. After Baddy's death, Ready had hoped to finally buy up Baddy's land and add them to his own, only for Baddy's nephew Waldo, a "tenderfoot" from England, show up to claim his inheritance, something Ready has no intention of allowing.

  • Dirty Coward: After he seemingly misses during the duel with Waldo at the end, Ready falls to his knees and begs for mercy, promising Waldo his lands if he's allowed to just walk away with his life.
  • Duel to the Death: After his scheme is exposed, Ready is challenged to a duel by Waldo, but unlike the typical western "high noon" affair, it's in the traditional European style of ten paces, using flintlock pistols with only one bullet.
  • Faking the Dead: After all his efforts to terrorize Waldo fails, Ready fakes his own death and frames Waldo for his murder, hoping that Waldo will either flee the territory or get lynched by the townspeople.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: Thinking he had missed with his only bullet during the duel, Ready quickly gives up and begs for his miserable life. As Waldo reveals, Ready had actually hit him in the arm which is why he didn't shoot back, but his British Stiff Upper Lip meant he didn't show the slightest amount of discomfort at the injury.
  • Glove Slap: Gets one courtesy of Waldo as part of his challenge.
  • Luxurious Liquor: Only drinks expensive whisky imported from Scotland just for him, which tips off Luke that Ready is still alive and the town bartender is in on it, because the bottle in the saloon keeps decreasing despite Ready being the only person who can afford it.
  • Tar and Feathers: After he loses, he's tarred and feathered before being chased out of town.

    August Oyster 
The owner of the local saloon in the town of El Plomo. Unbeknownst to the townsfolk or the nearby cavalry base, the saloon contains a secret tunnel that Oyster is using to smuggle weapons that he sells to the indian tribes. That is, until he runs afoul of Calamity Jane.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Idiotically bet his saloon in an arm-wrestling contest between Jane and his Giant Mook, not realizing that Jane is much stronger than she looks, even holding back at first just so she could rake it in from anyone else dumb enough to bet against her.
  • Arms Dealer: His true profession, the saloon just being a valuable cover since selling guns to the indians is insanely illegal.
  • The Dandy: While they were certainly around in the Old West, you wouldn't expect to find this kind of character in a frontier town like El Plomo.
  • Dry Crusader: After he loses the saloon to Jane, he lies to the local womens teetotaler group about having a change of heart, and giving up his former life of vice and sin, hoping to use the group to get the saloon shut down so he can resume smuggling.
  • Sissy Villain: In direct contrast to Calamity Jane, Oyster is a ridiculous dandy who dresses in a pink suit and douses himself in perfume. He's also not much of an action guy, relying on his Dumb Muscle for most physical tasks.

    Frank Malone 
Originally the guide for a caravan of pioneers heading to California, Malone tried to extort the groups leader, Andrew Boston, for more money when they were barely halfway, and when Boston refused, tried to shoot him, only to be disarmed by Lucky Luke who happened to be nearby. Humiliated, Malone swore revenge and hid himself in the caravan disguised as an old woman, waiting for an opportunity to strike back.
  • Beneath Suspicion: There's no hint that the old woman is anything other than one of the unnamed members of the caravan.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Is absolutely determined that the caravan fail, or even better, all die out in the wilderness, all because he was angry at Luke and Boston.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Malone spends almost the entire story in disguise on one of the wagons, appearing on-panel several times throughout, but it's not revealed it's him until the climax.
  • I Lied: Malone had already been paid quite a bit to guide the pioneers to California, but he still called a stop in the middle of nowhere and tried to blackmail them for even more money, knowing that they'd have no way of continuing without an experienced guide.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Has Luke in a perfect ambush position during the climax... and prompty missed all six bullets in his gun. Justified as he himself points out, since he's been sitting in a bumpy wagon knitting for weeks on end, so his hands were shaking like leafs.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Malone sabotages several of the wagons throughout the journey, including sawing through a wheel axel, cutting the harness for the horses, destroying the water barrels and blowing up the weapon supplies before entering indian territory, the latter two which could easily have resulted in his own death.

    Bull Bullets 
An outlaw working of Senator Orwell Stormwind, a corrupt U.S Senator, living high off his employers dime and serving as a go-between for Stormwinds illegal alcohol and weapon sales to the indians in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. When a project to open up the Hills for settlement is proposed, Bullets is tasked with making sure the expedition fails by any means necessary.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Tries to prove that the "firewater" he's been selling the Indians is perfectly fine by drinking a whole bottle of it by himself, then drunkenly slurring about how he can "take on any man in this here saloon" (they're in an Indian camp in the middle of nowhere at the time). He then tries fighting Lucky Luke, and can't even land a single hit on him, even though Luke is standing still right in front of him.
  • Arms Dealer: He's the one doing all the selling for Stormwind's operation.
  • The Dragon: Bullets is really just the right-hand man for Stormwind, but he still serves as the The Heavy for The Black Hills.
  • Non-Action Guy: He does eventually get his hands dirty, but only as an absolute last resort. Normally, he prefers using sneakier tactics such as traps, ambushes, theft, and hiring other people to do the work for him.

The chief of an Apache tribe that is feuding with the cavalry garrisson led by Colonel O'Nolan, Patronimo is intent on continuing the Indian Wars, and blames the colonel for the loss of his father Bisteco, the tribe's original chief.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Despite his hatred for the white man, Patronimo is actually half-white, as his father Bisteco was actually a Bohemian named Laslo Byztek, who had been kidnapped as a child and raised among the Apaches as one of them. He had grown tired of the endless bloodshed years ago and returned to Europe, but Patronimo refused to follow him.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: Since O'Nolan refuses to deviate from regulations by going around the titular Apache Canyon, because doing so would not be taking the shortest route, Patronimo always stages a trap there by dropping boulders on their wagons, and the cavalry always destroys their camp in retaliation afterwards. Both sides know that the traps are coming, and know how to avoid it, but refuse to stop.

    Denver Miles and Colorado Bill 
A pair of card cheats and scam artists who have a tendency of getting themselves tarred and feathered for their crimes, only to immediatly go right back to their craft in the next town over. When they accompany Luke to the abandoned boom town Gold Hill, they see yet another business opportunity.
  • Burn the Witch!: One of their plans to get rid of Powell is convincing the townsfolk they saw Powell performing black magic and try to get him lynched.
  • Card Sharp: Both of them, though Miles is better at it than Bill.
  • Dirty Coward: Big words come easily out of both of them when they have an even bigger crowd to hide behind.
  • Obviously Evil: For a supposed Con Man Bill can never resist the impulse to bet, lie and cheat whenever the opportunity seemingly presents itself, even when it turns that it is mostly an opportunity to expose himself even further.
  • Real Estate Scam: Their plan is to buy Powell's seemingly worthless mine, salt it with gold, and then cash in on the resultant inflated value. Problem is, Powell refuses to sell it.
  • Tar and Feathers: They're introduced this way, and it's not the last time.
  • The Runt at the End: Colorado is seen in Daisy Town as the last member of a bunch of tougher thugs, as they break their bottles to gang up on and stab Lucky aaand he fails and keeps trying to for the entirety of the brawl, until Lucky Luke helpfully breaks it for him, on his head.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Our cowboy offering them a free ride only serves to make him a mark in Denver's eyes, to rob blind in the dead of the night.

    Otto Von Hiimbergeist 
A visiting scientist from Austria, who's a pioneer in the fledgling field of psychology and psychiatry, Von Hiimbergeist has theorized that crime is a mental disorder that can be cured through therapy, and has come to the United States in the hopes of testing his theories on some of the worlds most notorious outlaws - the Daltons.
  • All Psychology Is Freudian: Despite predating Freud himself, the ending even mentions that Hiimbergeist's work will go on to influence Freud (who's still a child by this point in time).
  • Face–Heel Turn: His goals were noble at the start, but spending enough time around the Daltons makes Hiimbergeist decide that the outlaw life is far more exciting than his chosen profession and decides to become a criminal himself.
  • Psycho Psychologist: Not at first, but once he decides to become a criminal himself, it applies. He even uses his psychology techniques for crime.


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