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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.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "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).
  • 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 like Lucky Luke is faster than his own shadow, Rantanplan is stupider than his own shadow.
  • Dub Name Change: He's called Rin Tin Can in several English translations, and Rintindumb in others; and in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, he's named Bushwack. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,

    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 be 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 rodea 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.
  • 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-Domain Character: Subverted. They're not the real Dalton brothers, but their identical cousins. However, their general incompetence was inspired by the lacklustre 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Lucky Luke! I hate Lucky Luke!"
  • 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 an undesirable novelty to him, the money 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 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 disregard him he'll start shooting them and if Averell says stupidity 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.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Calm down, Joe!" and "Shut up, Averell!" (shared with Jack).
  • Co-Dragons: With Jack.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Surprisingly. In the new adventures episode The Daltons' Baby he objects along with Jack 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: In his first appearance. There are only traces of this in later stories such as Daisy Town.

    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 sadly dropped in later books.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his stupidity, he can be just as dangerous as his brothers when he wants to be.
  • Dark Chick: Gender-Inverted Trope.
  • 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 
  • 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 Psychotic 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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.


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