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Character sheet for the Mary Poppins books, movie adaptations (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns) and stage adaptations.

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Mary Poppins and her close ones

    Mary Poppins
"Never judge things by their appearance... even carpetbags. I'm sure I never do."
"Everything is possible. Even the impossible."

Film actresses: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)

Stage actresses: Laura Michelle Kelly (original London play), Ashley Brown (original Broadway play), Verity Hunt-Ballard (original Australian play)

A no-nonsense magical nanny who comes into the lives of the Banks family of London, England, via a literal gust of wind. She acts stern and vain, but the Banks children become involved with the most mystical occurrences in her company.

In Mary Poppins Returns, she comes back when the Banks family is in turmoil once more.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The movie version of Mary Poppins has been softened up considerably compared to her original book counterpart.
  • Ambiguously Human: Besides the fact that Mary can do things that normal humans wouldn’t be able to do (such as being able to travel via the wind, defy the laws of physics and being a Weirdness Magnet), Mary’s behaviour tends to be rather strange compared to other people in the story. Basically, she stands out in a crowd and she can do things that no one else in the story can do and nobody knows why... except Mary herself.
  • Bag of Holding: Her magical carpet bag easily contains multiple objects way too big and heavy for a normal bag.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult her or her methods, and never mess with her charges. Miss Andrew learns this the hard way in Mary Poppins Comes Back and the musical.
  • Big Entrance: She demonstrates a knack for this.
    • In the first book (Mary Poppins) and the stage show, the wind blows her onto the Banks family's doorstep.
    • In the movie Mary Poppins, she sails down from the sky on her Parasol Parachute.
    • In Mary Poppins Comes Back, an attempt to pull Michael's kite out of a tree results in the Banks children finding her at the other end of the string. Her entrance in the musical's second act and in Mary Poppins Returns follow suit.
    • In Mary Poppins Opens the Door, she falls out of a firework burst on Guy Fawkes Day.
  • But Now I Must Go: She does this at the end of each of the first three books and the films. In addition, she leaves at the end of both acts of the musical.
    • In both movies, she departs without saying a direct good-bye to the children.
  • Costume Evolution: Mary's wardrobe keeps up with the times she lives in, from the 1910s to the 1930s. She does however keep her trademark colors of blue and red.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her wit is quite sharp.
  • Full-Name Basis: It's rare for anyone to use less than Mary Poppins's full name.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Initially in the beginning of the movie, eventually she gets over it and becomes outright kind towards the children. Played straight in the books, Returns, and the musical.
  • "I Am" Song: Practically Perfect in the musical.
  • Iconic Item: Her parrot handle umbrella and carpet bag.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: It's never explained how or why she's able to do the fantastic things she does. Mary Poppins herself certainly doesn't plan on telling, since in her own words, she "never explains anything".
  • Leitmotif: "A Spoonful of Sugar" in the original film. Becomes a slight Bootstrapped Theme in Mary Poppins Returns, played as Mary first arrives at the Banks household.
    • "Practically Perfect" in the musical, along with "A Spoonful of Sugar".
    • "Can You Imagine That?" becomes her main theme in Returns.
  • Magical Guardian
  • Magical Nanny: The original, endlessly referenced and parodied.
  • Parasol Parachute: Her parrot handle umbrella - it goes up and down.
  • Refuge in Audacity: She hires herself. With, no less, the implication that Mr. and Mrs. Banks are the ones who need to impress her!
    • In the original film, she uses the wind to literally blow the competition away to leave the nanny spot open for her.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mary is portrayed with one in the film and musical.
  • Title Character: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns and so on.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes straight-up nice, gentle, empathetic and less but fairly strict towards the Banks children in the middle of the movie, and in books published after its premiere. Downplayed in the original novels, the musical, and Mary Poppins Returns.
  • The Trickster:
    • Mary tricks Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks into hiring her in the film and musical.
    • In the film, she also tricks Mr. Banks into spending time with his children by stating agreement with him, and distracting him from his original purpose, which was to fire her for filling his children's heads with frivolity.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Very much so in the novels, but even Disney's version of Mary Poppins has a very strong vain streak about her. She obviously admires her own beauty, and gets downright offended if it's ever implied that other women might be prettier than her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Although by all measures she is a typical British nanny in appearance and behavior (her methods of commutation aside), eight books' worth of weirdness occurs around her (and, just as tellingly, stops whenever she leaves, a fact the Banks children notice and bemoan). This applies to both films and the musical as well.

[singing] "Winds in the east, mist coming in. / Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin. / Can't put me finger on what lies in store / But I feel what's to happen all happened before."

Film actor: Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

Stage actors: Gavin Lee (original London and Broadway plays), Matt Lee (original Australian play)

Also known as the Match-Man in the books, Bert is one of Mary Poppins's closest friends circa 1910. In the film and the musical, he is portrayed as a jack of all trades, changing job/activity from scene to scene.

  • Adorkable: He has moments of this, especially when he's around Mary.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: His role in the stage musical is this. He moves the story along as much as he's in it.
  • Almighty Janitor: Bert, despite being a variety job man that includes chimney sweeper, screever, etc. seems to be one of the most well connected people in both the movie and the musical. The upper class seem to respect him, he is an associate of Mary, and is implied to have some magic at his disposal.
  • Ascended Extra: Bert was a minor character in the books, usually just referred to as "the Match-Man" by the narrative (though Mary Poppins did call him "Bert"). The movie combined him with the character of the Sweep and made him one of the main characters.
  • Composite Character: Bert's portrayal in the film and musical is a combination of the Match-Man and Sweep characters from the books.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: He addresses the audience directly at the start of the film. As noted in All-Knowing Singing Narrator above, this is taken Up to Eleven in the musical with him being the one telling the Mary Poppins story along with participating in it.
  • Hidden Depths: A funny character he is, Bert has a surprising amount of wisdom and empathy, as shown during his chat with the children and later Mr. Banks, in some of the film's tearjerking scenes. In fact it's largely due to his talk with Mr. Banks that the man changes his ways.
  • "I Am" Song: "Chim Chim Cher-ee" in both the film and musical.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: In the film, he has a different job in every scene he appears in: one scene, he's a One-Man Band, one scene, he's a screever, once scene, he's a chimney sweep, and finally, a kite seller.
    • This also applies to the musical, where he's a chimney sweep, a screever, a barrel organ player, a street sweeper and even a lamp lighter through out the course of the show.
  • Nice Guy: Bert is happy-go-lucky, satisfied, charming, friendly, kind, imaginative, energetic, funny, zany, easy-going, optimistic, empathetic, endearing and heroic all rolled into one.
  • One-Man Band: He is first seen at the beginning of the movie, operating a one-man band consisting of an accordion, a bass drum, a bicycle horn and several cymbals, just to name a few instruments.
  • Put on a Bus: He is travelling the world offscreen during Mary Poppins Returns.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Dick Van Dyke is a beloved actor and performer, and Bert is deservedly iconic. But that hasn't stopped people – particularly in the UK – from ridiculing his attempt at a Cockney accent for the last 50+ years. Van Dyke claims that the accent coach they hired for him was an Irishman who couldn't do it any better, so Van Dyke decided to just roll with the accent and make it hilariously bad. In the film, he attempts to sing in the accent, but occasionally slips back into his American accent, as heard when Bert is singing a verse of "Chim Chim Cheree" while cleaning the Bankses' chimney. He actually plays two Brits in the film... the other much more convincingly. It's just that most people don't know, or don't stay till the end of the credits to find out.

     "Uncle Albert" (Albert Wigg)

Film actor: Ed Wynn (Mary Poppins)

Mary Poppins's uncle. He enjoys laughing, so much so that he starts floating. Depending on the version, this is either down to laughing gas or just outright laughing too hard.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Albert's laughter makes him literally defy gravity, and it is contagious enough that Mary warns the children and they react with fear. It is contagious enough that Late to the Punchline joke he got after Banks was fired caused Mr. Dawes Sr. to laugh loudly enough that he developed the same disorder and literally died laughing.
    Jane: Will we get spots?!
    • In the novels, Uncle Albert floats to the ceiling whenever his birthday falls on a Friday, due to laughing gas.
  • Cool Old Guy: Everyone seems to like him and find him the next best thing to Fun Personified.
  • Cool Uncle: He is Mary's uncle and, while she isn't too fond of his quirks, she still cares about him.
  • The Hyena: He loves to laugh. His "I Am" song is titled that.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The character is British, but the actor speaks with a clear American accent in the film.

"It's a good thing you came along when you did, Mary Poppins."

Film actor: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)

A close friend of Mary Poppins in the 1930s and Bert's apprentice as a kid, Jack is a lamplighter who helps watch over the Banks family.

  • Badass Normal: "Normal" in the sense of "not as blatantly magical as Mary Poppins", but he does climb up the side of Big Ben using only ladders and his wits in an attempt to stop the clock so that Jane and Michael can get to the bank in time.
  • Canon Foreigner: Jack was created for Mary Poppins Returns; he didn't appear in any of the original P.L. Travers novels.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Of a sort. He used to wave up at Jane and Michael's window when they were kids, and he has a bit of a crush on Jane.
  • Legacy Character: Jack is this for Bert, taking the sidekick role he had in the original film. He was Bert's apprentice when he was young and knew of Jane and Michael when they were kids.
  • Nice Guy: Following in Bert's footsteps, Jack too is outgoing, kind, imaginative, and easy-going.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Jack is introduced as Bert's former apprentice, and mentions he used to wave at Jane in her window when he was a child.
  • Ship Tease: With Jane Banks.

    "Topsy Turvy" (Tatiana Antanasia Cositori Topotrepolovsky)

Film actress: Meryl Streep (Mary Poppins Returns)

Mary's eccentric cousin whose repair shop turns upside down every second Wednesday.

  • Composite Character: She's basically Mary's gender flipped male cousin Arthur Turvy from the "Topsy-Turvy" chapter of the book Mary Poppins Comes Back, and has the name of his maid-turned-wife, Topsy.
  • Informed Ability: She runs a repair shop and is said to be able to fix anything, but since the main characters visit her on a day when she has trouble getting anything done, we never actually see her fix things.
  • Overly Long Name: Her full name is Tatiana Antanasia Cositori Topotrepolovsky.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Her accent mainly sounds Russian, but with hints of other European accents as well. Jack lampshades this and asks where she's from, but Mary Poppins cuts her off before she can give a full answer.


The Banks Family

    The whole Family 
  • Dysfunctional Family: Featured as a plot point in both Disney film adaptations, but played up in the stage musical. In this version, not only is George Banks distant and Winifred Banks distressed, but the children are naughtier than in either the film or the books.
  • Generational Saga: Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns follow two successive generations of kids of the Banks family.

     George Banks
"A British bank is run with precision. A British home requires nothing less! Tradition, discipline, and rules must be the tools! Without them: disorder, catastrophe! Anarchy! In short, you have a ghastly mess!"

Film actor: David Tomlinson (Mary Poppins)

Stage actors: David Haig (original London play), Daniel Jenkins (original Broadway play), Philip Quast (original Australian play)

The emotionally distant patriarch of the Banks household and father to Jane and Michael (along with John, Barbra, and Annabel in the books). He may seem stiff and aloof, but cares deeply for his family.

  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of the sequel, Banks performs a posthumous one of these, as his savings saves the Banks family home.
  • British Stuffiness: At least, until Mary's message gets through.
  • The Comically Serious: In the film and the stage musical.
  • Creature of Habit: In the film and stage show. "The Life I Lead" in the film and his segments of "Cherry Tree Lane" in the musical are about this very trope.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Mary Poppins's presence ultimately causes him to warm up to his kids.
  • Disappeared Dad: He has passed away by the time Mary Poppins Returns takes place.
  • Happily Married: In spite of all his Parental Neglect, his marriage with Winifred doesn't seem unhappy at any point in the film.
  • Meaningful Name: He works in a bank.
  • Parental Neglect: His life is so strictly regimented by his job that he has no time for nor interest in his children until Mary Poppins presses the issue.
    • The stage show mentions in passing that George's own parents neglected him, leaving him in the care of Miss Andrew and thus leading to his personality and parenting style.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the sequel, it turns out he took the tuppence Michael gave him in the first film and secretly invested it for him. Mr. Dawes, Jr. reveals that in the years since, the account grew to be just enough to pay off Michael's loan.

     Winifred Banks
[singing] "We're clearly soldiers in petticoats, and dauntless crusaders for women's a-votes! Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they're rather stupid."

Film actress: Glynis Johns (Mary Poppins)

Stage actresses: Linzi Hateley (original London play), Rebecca Luker (original Broadway play), Marina Prior (original Australian play recording)

The wife of George Banks. In the film, she is a militant of Emmeline Pankhurst's "Votes for Women" suffragette movement. She's a former actress in the musical.

  • Adult Fear: She's close to tears when she realizes the children are missing, and gets upset every time she hears that they've run off from whoever is taking care of them.
  • Adaptational Badass: Come Act 2 of the musical, after she meets Miss Andrew, Winifred realizes that George has had a rough childhood and sees a new side to her husband. With the encouragement of Mary Poppins and her children, she goes to the bank and stands up for him when it seems he's about to be fired. Fortunately, he keeps his job and gets promoted with, at her insistence, quadruple his previous salary.
  • Good Parents: She is shown to be slightly more caring and attentive to her kids than George, even though her militant activities prevent her from doing it full time.
    • The musical has her be far more attentive to the kids than George.
  • Happily Married:
    • There's no sign of troubles between her and George in the film.
    • Subverted in the stage show, where Winifred struggles with her role as George's wife and place in society.
  • "I Am" Song: "Being Mrs. Banks" in the musical.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As a surprise for George in the book and musical, she hires Miss Andrew, George's childhood nanny, to replace Mary Poppins in the musical. Justified in that she was not fully aware of his rough childhood until it was too late. In addition, George had praised Miss Andrew earlier in the show, so Winifred wouldn't have a clue that she scarred him for life.
  • Missing Mom: By the time Mary Poppins Returns takes place, she's no longer there.
  • Named by the Adaptation: She had no first name in the books. P.L. Travers herself insisted to have her named "Winifred" instead of "Cynthia" as the production wanted for the film.
  • Nice Hat: She always wears a straw boater when going outside in both the film and musical.
  • The Pollyanna: In the film. The women's right to vote still has a way to go but she never gives up.
  • The Suffragette: Winifred is part of Emmeline Pankhurst's "Votes for Women" movement. She even gets a musical number about it, "Sister Suffragette". The film portrays her as a distracted suffragette who is a little too busy to fully take care of her family, and her friends are just as aloof.

     Jane Banks 

Film actresses: Karen Dotrice (Mary Poppins), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns)

Stage actresses: Charlotte Spencer (Original London play recording)

The daughter of George and Winifred Banks and the eldest of the Banks children.

Novels, 1964 film and adaptations:
"She only promised to stay until the wind changes. Isn't that right, Mary Poppins?"

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the musical, both Banks kids are naughtier than their book and film counterparts. As they soon learn, however, Mary Poppins doesn't stand for it.
  • Ash Face: She gets covered in soot when she're sucked up the chimney with Mary, Bert and Michael, face included.
  • Gilded Cage: Bert references this to Jane and Michael when they question their father's love for them. Stating that his job is cold, heartless and difficult but he faces it every day for his family's sake.
  • The Hyena: She is prone to being giggly in the film.
  • Jerkass Ball: Held by her in the "Bad Wednesday" chapter of Mary Poppins Comes Back.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She comes from a rich family, but she's lonely as a result of Parental Neglect.
  • Nice Girl: She can be a bit mischievous at times like her brother, but she's overall very kind in the film. Subverted in the books and especially in the musical.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Zigzagged in the musical. Both Banks children are initially a tad rude to their house-staff (notably Robertson Ay) and don't think the highest of them. They initially dismiss Bert in a similar matter, calling him "very dirty" and not wanting him to tag along. As the show goes on, they not only begin to treat them with respect, but they ask Bert to help them out after they run away from Miss Andrew in Act II.
  • Nostalgic Narrator: A read-along of the Disney movie framed the story as an adult Jane recalling the misadventures she and Michael experienced under Mary Poppins's care.

Mary Poppins Returns:
"You came back. I never thought we'd see you again."
  • Adaptational Badass: She has become an activist, albeit without a husband and in tougher economic times.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: When Mary comes back, Michael utters "Mary..." and Jane finishes with "...Poppins!".
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Like her mother, she has become an activist.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: More than two decades have passed since Mary Poppins entered her life then left, and she grew up accordingly.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Of a sort. At the end of the movie, Jack gives Jane a balloon and, after grabbing one of his own, the two float above the sky together, affirming that they see each other as more than just friends.

     Michael Banks 

Film actors: Matthew Garber (Mary Poppins), Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns)

Stage actors: Harry Stott (Original London play recording)

The son of George and Winifred Banks and the youngest of the Banks children in adaptations (the second eldest in the novels).

Novels, 1964 film and adaptations:
"We better keep an eye on this one. She's tricky."

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the musical, both Banks kids are naughtier than their book and film counterparts. As they soon learn, however, Mary Poppins doesn't stand for it.
  • Ash Face: He gets covered in soot when he's sucked up the chimney with Mary, Bert and Jane, face included.
  • Character Development: Mary Poppins's presence causes him to become more respective.
  • Gilded Cage: Bert references this to Jane and Michael when they question their father's love for them. He explains that their father's job is cold, heartless, and difficult but he faces it every day for his family's sake.
  • Jerkass Ball: Held by him in the "Bad Tuesday" chapter of Mary Poppins.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He comes from a rich family, but he's lonely as a result of Parental Neglect.
  • Nice Guy: He can be a bit mischievous at times, but he's overall very kind in the film. Subverted in the musical and the books.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Zigzagged in the musical. Both Banks children are initially a tad rude to their house-staff (notably Robertson Ay) and don't think the highest of them. They initially dismiss Bert in a similar matter, calling him "very dirty" and not wanting him to tag along. As the show goes on, they not only begin to treat them with respect, but they ask Bert to help them out after they run away from Miss Andrew in Act II.

Mary Poppins Returns:
"Good heavens, it really is you. You seem to have hardly aged at all!"

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair went from red as a child to black as an adult.
  • Adult Fear: After he grows up, he finds his day job clashing with his dreams of being an artist, in the middle of The Great Depression. Then his wife Kate dies, his house might be repossessed, and his children start running around alone in the park.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: When Mary comes back, he utters "Mary..." and Jane finishes with "...Poppins!".
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: More than two decades have passed since Mary Poppins entered his life and left, and he grew up accordingly.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, he has grown a mustache, fathered children, is Married to the Job, and lives in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. And his children run off in the park the way he and Jane did as kids.
  • Men Can't Keep House: His late wife used to manage the house, so he's playing catch-up. Played for Laughs when he forgets to do stuff like grocery shopping. Played for Drama when he neglects the household finances which include things like making payments on the loan he took out against his house.
  • Porn Stache: He has grown such a mustache.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: There's no excuse for Michael using something as important as his dad's stock certificate as drawing paper and then carelessly tossing it in with his other drawings then forgetting about it.
  • When He Smiles: He looks bereft after his wife dies, but he manages a genuine smile when Mary Poppins comes back to Cherry Tree Lane and greets her.
  • Widower Man: His wife has sadly passed away by the time Mary Poppins comes back.

     Annabel, John and Georgie Banks
"But we don't need a nanny. Mother taught us to look after ourselves."

Film actors: Pixie Davies (Annabel), Nathanael Saleh (John), and Joel Dawson (Georgie) (Mary Poppins Returns)

Michael's children. Annabel and John are twins, while Georgie is the youngest child.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Annabel and John both tend to act like they're older than they are, and when Mary Poppins arrives they're both dismissive of her at first since they think they're too old for a nanny. However, the fantastic adventures she takes them on makes them mellow out considerably. The death of their mother is likely the reason why they try to act mature and responsible.
  • Canon Foreigner: None of the children appear in the P.L. Travers books or previous adaptations.
  • Cheerful Child: Georgie is the most cheerful and innocent of the three children, and he's not as concerned about being mature as his older siblings are.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Georgie is named after his grandfather George Banks.
  • Fatal Flaw: Georgie doesn't know how to keep things to himself. In fact, this is how he blows his cover on both occasions.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Georgie explains his misadventures in the park (leading to Mary Poppins) as so:
    Georgie: I was flying a kite and it got caught on a nanny!
  • Mythology Gag: Annabel and John are named after two of Jane and Michael's siblings in the novels.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Annabel is outnumbered by her two brothers.
  • Security Blanket: Georgie has a stuffed giraffe named Gillie to which he's very attached. His mother made Gillie for him before she passed away.

Other characters

     Admiral Boom
"Storms are up at Number 17! Bit of heavy weather brewing there."
"Batten down the hatches, Mr. Binnacle! Rough seas ahead, I fear."

Film actors: Reginald Owen (Mary Poppins), David Warner (Mary Poppins Returns)

A neighbour of the Bankses and former Admiral in the Royal Navy. He had the roof of his house built like a ship and has a cannon fired by his first mate Mr. Binnacle twice a day, at 8 AM and 6 PM, causing earthquakes in the neighborhood.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: He acts like his house is a ship.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a lot of comments on the Banks household, calls their nanny applicants a "ghastly crew".
  • Insane Admiral: Played for laughs; he likes to fire off a cannon every morning from the roof of his home in suburban London and shoots at the chimney sweeps with fireworks believing they are "Hottentots".
  • Officer and a Gentleman: He is very polite and has gentlemanly manners in the adaptations. He's generally nice in the books too, but he fittingly curses like a sailor (none of which is heard in the narrative).
  • Old Soldier: Given his mention of "Hottentots", it's likely that some of his military service took place in South Africa, probably during the Boer Wars of the 1880s and 1890s.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: A possible reason for his Cloudcuckoolander and Insane Admiral behavior.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite his bizarre behavior and the inconvenience that comes from his constantly shooting off his cannon, the Admiral is respected and well-liked by his neighbors. Even Mr. Banks, who's constantly obsessed with order and things running smoothly, has fond, casual chit-chat with the Admiral on his way home from work, and seems to appreciate the clockwork precision with which he fires. Mrs. Banks and the household staff are quite used to the routine, and rather than complain about it, they simply do what needs doing to protect the household breakables; they'll put up with a twice-daily inconvenience if it means the Admiral is happy.

     Constable Jones

Film actor: Arthur Treacher (Mary Poppins)

The local policeman who comes and assists with the Banks family as best as he can.

  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the novels, he's the oblivious cop who is bewildered by Mary Poppins's magic. In the films, while it's unclear if he knows about Mary Poppins, he is a more competent police officer.
  • Adaptational Name Change: In the novels, he's known as Constable Egbert. He was renamed "Jones" in the film and is left unnamed in the stage musical.
  • Adult Fear: He's concerned about how Jane and Michael's father isn't picking up the hints that the kids want to spend time with their dad and have fun. He can't do more than offer his opinion, and promises to watch over the family.
  • Friend to All Children: Jane and Michael like him, and he makes sure to take them home safely. He also defends them when Mr. Banks wants to be stern.
  • Nice Guy: He makes sure Jane and Michael are brought home as soon as possible and tells Mr. Banks to go easy on them since they spent the whole afternoon tiring themselves out by chasing after a kite.
  • Police are Useless: Subverted. He's the only adult besides Bert who finds the children when they go missing, and he brings them home straightaway. When Mr. Banks goes missing near the climax, he helps comfort a frightened Mrs. Banks.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: We see him watching Bert's one-man-band to make sure there's no trouble, and then he finds Jane and Michael and brings them home.

     Mr. Dawes Sr.
"Fiddlesticks, boy! Feed the birds and what have you got? Fat birds!"

Film actor: Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

The old director of London's main financial center, and the greedy boss of Mr. Banks.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When he gets the "Wooden leg named Smith" joke, he laughs so hard that he starts floating to the ceiling.
  • Anti-Villain: For all his crustiness, at worst he is insensitive and unwilling to listen to a child. He truly doesn't mean harm, and fires Mr. Banks because he thinks it's the only proper thing to do.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the first film has to one.
  • Canon Foreigner: Mr. Dawes, Sr. and his son were not in the original Mary Poppins books.
  • Defrosting Ice King: When Mr. Banks tells him the joke about a man with a wooden leg named Smith, he breaks into a fit of laughter before he dies laughing. Even Dawes Jr. mentions that he had never been happier in his life.
  • Die Laughing: When he finally gets the punchline of the "Wooden leg named Smith" joke.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Michael as a child protests that he wants to keep his tuppence to feed the birds and show kindness, Dawes Sr. tries to explain complicated concepts on the good things saving tuppence in a bank can do. Michael starts scratching his head in confusion.
  • Evil Is Petty: His reason for firing Mr. Banks is understandable considering the trouble the situation has caused; but the method of firing him, ruining all of his nice possessions, is incredibly mean spirited.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A Morally Bankrupt Banker who wears glasses.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His points about having money in the bank to invest and grow ends up being proven true in the second movie, something Michael can appreciate with irony; George Banks invested Michael's tuppence, and the interest over twenty years is enough to save the house.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite earlier blaming George Banks and his children for causing a run on the bank, when he dies, his son offers George a new position at the bank.
  • Late to the Punchline: He ponders over the "Wooden leg named Smith" joke at first before he gets it and flies up into the air, dying of laughter.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: He only cares about his bank making profits; downplayed in that he cares about the customers.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He wears a red scarf and a black suit and is a Morally Bankrupt Banker.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Just as Michael opens his fingers to reveal the tuppence, Dawes Sr. grabs it before Michael can officially give an answer. This leads to Michael and Jane fighting him for the tuppence, and causing the bank run.

     Mr. Dawes Jr.
"I may be circling the drain, but I still have a few steps left in me."

Film actors: Arthur Malet (Mary Poppins), Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins Returns)

The son of Mr. Dawes Sr. and one of the members of the board of their bank.

  • Anti-Villain: First film only. Like his father, he only wants what's best for the bank, and that narrows his viewpoint on what a child may want versus what a bank customer may want. George Banks talking about Mary Poppins and passing on the tuppence to Dawes Sr. had an impact on the son, who is smiling the next day.
  • Canon Foreigner: Neither he nor his father were in the original books.
  • Casting Gag: Dick van Dyke played Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film. He plays his son in Mary Poppins Returns.
  • Cool Old Guy: He epitomizes this in the sequel.
  • Defrosting Ice King: The last thing this normally ruthless and serious banker does in the first Mary Poppins film? Flying kites with the other bank employees, following the happy death of his father.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares for his father greatly, defending him when he thinks Mr Banks will hurt him and desperately calling for him to come down when he starts flying from laughter.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As he angrily tells his nephew, you don't increase bank profits by lying to people, especially when they are your own customers and employees. He takes it rather personally as well that Wilkins went after the Banks family, whose men were loyal workers, and that his nephew called him senile.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Appear in Returns as that rarest of things, an honest bank president. In his "Reason You Suck" Speech to his nephew, he presents not just a moral argument against Wilkins' actions but also a business one - his dishonest practices are going to start scaring away customers in the long term.
  • Identical Grandson: In Mary Poppins Returns, he looks exactly like his old father from the first film (as he's played by Dick van Dyke and with very similar makeup).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first movie, he is last seen telling George that his father died laughing and surprisingly, does not resent George for it as he is glad that he died happily. He is now the chairman of the bank, and one of his first acts as chairman is to reintegrate George and make him a partner. By the time of Mary Poppins Returns, he is a totally changed man.
  • Just in Time: In Mary Poppins Returns, he makes an appearance at the very last moment to oust his nephew as chairman, get his job back, and save the Banks household
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Initially, he's just as ruthless a banker as his father, but more narrow-minded about what money might mean to a child. Averted in Mary Poppins Returns.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's mellowed out in between the films, forgave Michael for his transgressions as a child, and saves the Banks family home by revealing that George invested the tuppence.

     Miss Andrew
"These children have been spoiled! I've arrived here just in time. By chance, I brought the punishment that best befits the crime."

Stage actresses: Rosemary Ashe (Original London play), Ruth Gottschall (Original Broadway play) Judi Connelli (Original Australian play)

George's childhood nanny who is affectionately nicknamed The Holy Terror. She is featured in the Mary Poppins books, beginning with the sequel Mary Poppins Comes Back, as well as the stage musical.

  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in any English film adaptation, but she does have a part in the Russian film.
  • Ascended Extra: Miss Andrew was prominent in only one chapter of Mary Poppins Comes Back and is never seen again until Mary Poppins and the House Next Door. In the musical, she gets her own two-part song and she becomes part of George's backstory per the books.
  • Babysitter from Hell
  • Big Bad: While not as prominent as the Dawes family in the first film, Miss Andrew is implied to have scarred George for life in his childhood and certainly makes things a living hell for the family when she returns.
  • Birdcaged: Her punishment in both Mary Poppins Comes Back and in the musical. Mary Poppins magically turns Miss Andrew's lark's old cage into a human sized one and traps her inside. In Comes Back, her lark Caruso carried her away and drops her outside the Banks household, where Miss Andrew calls for the next cab out of Cherry Tree Lane. As noted below, the stage show goes a bit further.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: After trapping Miss Andrew in the birdcage, Mary Poppins ends up sending her down to hell in the stage musical.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's this to Mary Poppins, especially in the musical.
  • Villain Song: "Brimstone and Treacle"

     William Weatherall Wilkins
"You're not giving Banks one more second to pay that loan!"

Film actor: Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns)

The president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank and the villain in Mary Poppins Returns. He is Michael's boss and Mr. Dawes Jr.'s nephew.

  • Big Bad: Wilkins is the film's villain, as noted above. A bank president who gladly engages in purposeful foreclosures and wants to repossess the Banks household.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, William Wilkins comes off as a conventional bank president and is initially friendly to Jane and Michael when they visit the bank. Once they leave, his true colors show as he tears out their late father's records of being a shareholder and burns them in the fireplace. In the Royal Dalton Bowl, he is represented as a wolf who's just as duplicitous, making him a literal "wolf in sheep's clothing".
  • Character Tic: He has a habit of swinging his pocket watch.
  • Clocks of Control: Downplayed. Wilkins fits the personality of this trope to the letter, being the ruthless, stern, and manipulative president of a bank, and he seems to be very fond of his pocket watch, but his association with it mostly boils down to twirling the watch as a Character Tic.
  • Evil Nephew: He takes over Mr. Dawes's job as bank chairman after convincing people his uncle is too crazy to run it. Dawes demotes him at the very end though.
  • Fiery Coverup: After claiming he can't find a record of the Banks' shares, Wilkins rips out the relevant page and throws it into a fire. He then requests all of the Banks family's financial records be brought in so he can destroy them as well.
  • For the Evulz: There is no specified reason for his actions other than pure greed.
  • Heel–Face Return: His last appearance after being ousted by his uncle and storming off is in the park, buying a balloon like everyone else, but his fails to take off. However, the Balloon Lady tells him there's nowhere to go but up, suggesting he may eventually mend his ways.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Even more so than his uncle and grandfather in the first film. He convinces Jane and Michael that he is willing to help them save their home. On the contrary, he's the one who wants to repossess it personally, destroying George Banks's records of owning shares. As stern as his family members were about making profits in the first film, they never did anything illegal. As his uncle tells him, they made the bank's profits by smartly investing the money with which their customers trusted them, not by taking advantage of the ones struggling financially and seizing their property.
  • Reality Ensues: Wilkins feebly protests his uncle's attempt to fire him by pointing out that the bank's profits increased under his administration. His uncle fires back that while this is true for now, he achieved this by betraying the trust of many of the bank's most valued customers, which will seriously hurt business in the long term. It's also implied that Dawes was disinclined to be merciful after learning that his nephew had been falsely telling people he'd gone senile.

     Katie Nanna

Film actress: Elsa Lanchester (Mary Poppins)

The predecessor of Mary Poppins as nanny of the Banks children.

  • The Alcoholic: Implied with George's comment about "confusing efficiency with a liver complaint" and Michael's disgust at the idea of a nanny who "smells like barley water".
  • Hate Sink: Katie Nanna is the last kind of person you want to entrust with your children. She mentions that she has lost the children a grand total of four times during her service with the Banks family and refuses to accept any of the blame, instead insisting that the children are beasts and that it is all on them for getting themselves lost. She even packs up and leaves the Banks residence while they are still missing! On top of that, she has the nerve to demand her pay before storming out bags and everything. The only reason Ellen tries to dissuade her is to because of the fact that she ends up having to look after the children when there are no nannies present. Mrs. Brill, however, is not the least bit upset to see her out. Downplayed in the musical, where Katie Nanna is seen for all but two minutes, nearly dragging the kids home before they ditch her. She then quits per the film.
  • Special Guest: Elsa Lanchester was no small star, and she appears for barely three minutes in the 1964 film.

Alternative Title(s): Mary Poppins Returns


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