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    Mr. Furious 

Roy / Mr. Furious

Played By: Ben Stiller

"I guess tonight the lone wolf hunts... alone."

A wannabe "dark and brooding" anti-hero, Roy is actually a fairly mellow and nice superhero playing up a fake hair-trigger-temper. He gains Super Strength when he's sufficiently angry (supposedly...).


  • Anti-Hero: Played with. He's not actually a misunderstood maverick who protects the citizens who fear and despise him. But he wishes he were!
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: When Monica asks him what his name is, he initially tries to come up with a suitably cool sounding one (Phoenix Dirk, Phoenix Dark, Dirk Steel...) before finally admitting it's Roy.
  • Badass Biker: He wishes; he has a bike but is actually adorable.
  • Badass Longcoat: More successful at the wearing a long coat part than the badass part.
  • Berserk Button: He tries to convince his enemies that he has a lot of these so he can work in his gimmick as much as possible. In his introductory scene, he claims to be incensed by a bad guy who is chewing with his mouth open. Threatening his Morality Chain is a real one, though.
  • The Berserker: Flip-flopped. Ordinarily he's just bellowing and swatting at people. But give him enough motivation...
  • Cassandra Truth: He has this pet theory about Captain Amazing's true identity. But all his friends think it's ludicrous.
  • Cool Bike: Subverted. It's more like The Alleged Bike.
    Mr. Furious: It's a Harley.
    Monica: [mildly impressed] A Harley!
    Mr. Furious: —compatible. Harley compatible. Basically the same engineering.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tends to pick fights he can't win and get smacked down. He turns it around on Casanova once his Unstoppable Rage is genuinely set off.
  • Hulking Out: What he believes his power is. Turns out to be true, it just takes him being genuinely angry to activate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tries hard to be a jerk.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once sufficiently motivated, he becomes capable of taking on the Big Bad in single combat.
  • Metaphorgotten: Constantly.
    Mr. Furious: I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines.
  • Raging Stiffie: When the Furriers get hit with the clothing shrinking ray, Roy comments that his pant feel like they're shrinking too.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: In an attempt to get Mr. Furious over his existential crisis, his teammates remind him of a time he lifted a bus. Though it turns out he actually just pushed the bus...while the driver's foot was on the accelerator...
  • Skyward Scream: He tends to do this to announce himself to bad guys.
  • Super Strength: His apparent 'superpower'. Turns out he's strong enough to throw a grown man over his shoulder - with his pinky. If sufficiently angry.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite his alleged Super Strength, he tends to not be of much use in a fight except as a punching bag for the bad guys. This changes when his rage ''really'' takes over and he proves himself a martial equal to Casanova Frankenstain.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Supposedly. And actually, it just requires genuine rage rather than just pretending to be mad.

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    The Shoveler 

Eddie / The Shoveler

Played By: William H. Macy

"We have a blind date with destiny... and it looks like she's ordered the lobster."

A family man gifted with incredible skills with a shovel, he wants to put his abilities to good use to help the down-trodden. He doesn't have any superpowers, but he shovels well, he shovels very well!


  • Adaptation Name Change: His name was Stan in the comics. In the movie, it's Eddie.
  • Adapted Out: Not him but his shovel. In the comics, The Shoveler's shovel was a magical Arthurian artifact that spoke to him in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe. In the film, this element is absent.
  • Badass Normal: No powers besides his proficiency with a shovel, but he keeps up with the rest of the team (not that that says a lot). Though he also manages to be one of the better fighters of the group when it comes to hand to hand combat.
  • Boring, but Practical: His original, home-made crime-fighting outfit isn't really a costume at all - just protection. Denim, leather, knee pads, padded vest, and hard hat.
  • The Comically Serious: No matter how bizarre things become, the Shoveler is stoic and serious.
    • As observed in the Funny sub-page, he makes not eating a sandwich Serious Business.
    • The one time he actually makes a quip, it's pretty black humor:
      The Shoveler: [driving an armored car toward a steel gate at 70 mph] What do ya think? Should we knock, or... just let ourselves in?
  • Emergency Weapon: He carries a gardening trowel for this purpose.
  • Happily Married:
    • Well, he's happy. She's had just about enough of this idiotic 'super hero' business. This crisis in their marriage is one of the subplots. "Lot of other men I coulda married, Eddie. Still are."
    • When the Furriers's clothes start shrinking and showing off a lot of skin, he looks away.
  • The Hero: Not in the sense of 'the protagonist', but in his motivation. Unlike the rest of the crew, he's not in this for the praise - or to settle a grudge - or to pump up his own self-image. He's in it because somebody must Save the Day.
    The Shoveler: We fight crime. Call it what you will.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Shovels!
  • The Leader: The Mystery Men are basically democratic, but when a situation actually calls for a leader, Eddie is usually the one to step forward.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: In addition to the big one that all seven get later on, he has one of these when bidding his wife goodbye.
  • Only Sane Man: At least, by the team's standards of sanity.
  • Shovel Strike: Not particularly effective at the beginning, but he gets better.
  • Team Dad: As the oldest of the core team and a family man in his civilian identity, he displays a fatherly affection towards the younger members of the team.
  • Weapons of Their Trade: Eddy is a sewer excavator who moonlights as "The Shoveler", a D-list superhero who wields, well, guess. He also carries a trowel as an Emergency Weapon.
    Eddy: God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.

    Blue Raja 

Jeffrey / Blue Raja

Played By: Hank Azaria

"Well, I'd love to stay and chit-chat, Mother, but I fear I must away with me - our metropolis is in the clutches of madmen!"

A Fake Brit with an elaborately crafted backstory and theme dealing with a skeptical mother. He's a master of silverware, throwing forks with incredible precision and force, but never using knives.


  • Accidental Misnaming: He mistakenly calls The Bowler "Evelyn" and her father "Sal."
  • Basement-Dweller: He still lives with his mother. And even though he has a steady job, he states early in the movie that he has to steal his mother's silverware because he doesn't have any disposable income.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He could do a lot more with his talent, but he gets a lot of mileage out of forks and spoons.
  • Color Character: Parodied, since he's referring to a period of British imperialist history, not his costume. Eventually he caves to peer pressure and switches to a partially blue costume.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He can probably throw anything with amazing accuracy, but he's picky. His theme involves forks, spoons... in an emergency, maybe a pie server. But not knives.
    Blue Raja: I'm 'The Blue Raja'. I'm not 'Stab Man'. I'm not 'Knifey-Boy'.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: He's been crystal clear about that.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe. He has an elaborate backstory and character for his superhero identity, and is nit-picky about keeping themes consistent, to the point of actually making him less effective (his partners complain about his refusal to throw knives, and his theatrical flourishes actually ruin his accuracy until Sphinx tells him to knock it off).
  • Fake Brit: Literally, In-Universe. He pretends be English in public, but is really American in front of his mum.
  • Flechette Storm: His primary means of attack.
  • Hurricane of Puns: He'll substitute the word 'fork' or 'spoon' wherever he can.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's the traditional 'unerring marksman' kind of hero, and actually does have incredible accuracy with any sort of throwing weapon. Notably, it makes him the only one of the original three Mystery Men with a genuine reliable superpower, his theatrics just hindered him.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Kind of the point.
  • Insistent Terminology: Yes, he knows there's not much blue in the costume! But he's the Blue Rajah - it makes sense if you know your history!
  • Lighter and Softer: In comparison to his comic book counterpart, a POW who learned to weaponize the cutlery provided to him during his incarceration. Here, he's just a Fake Brit cutlery enthusiast who lives with his mom and holds down a day job at a Bridal Supply shop.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The Bowler has to inform her dad that she's sure The Blue Rajah is neither a Commie nor a fruit.
    Bowler: His ignorance embarrasses me.
  • The Smart Guy: He's widely read and cultured. Not much on common sense, though.

    The Bowler 

Carol / The Bowler

Played By: Janeane Garofalo

"Here comes Daddy!"

The daughter of Carmine the Bowler, a bowling-themed superhero killed by Tony P. Sarcastic and quick-witted, she joined the team to get revenge and free herself from her father's overbearing ghost. She has super bowling skills, aided by a flying ball containing the skull (and undead spirit) of her dead father.


  • Action Girl: Against her will. She doesn't want to fight crime, she wants to go to graduate school. But she's snapped eagerly up by the team because she is confident, has a useful super-power, and can pronounce the word "cadre" correctly. There's also the fact her bowling ball is possessed by her father who wants revenge for his death.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, the bowler was middle-aged and extremely frumpy. In the movie, she's freaking Janeane Garofalo.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, The Bowler was called that because she spent most of her non-superheroing time bowling, and got her powers via a super suit won from her third husband in a divorce settlement.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The first Bowler was her father.
  • Companion Cube: Her bowling ball talks to her (and only her).
  • Deadpan Snarker: She particularly likes to correct the imbecilities of her fellow heroes.
  • Empathic Weapon: Her ball is possessed by the spirit of her dead father, and while she usually gives it a throw to start him off, Carmine is capable of flying and picking up speed on his own. He can also communicate to her psychically, although she has to speak to him out loud.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In a double sense: a bowling ball is an improbable weapon, but this particular bowling ball is especially improbable.
  • It's Personal: She doesn't mind doing good, but it's really not why she's on the team.
  • Legacy Character: Her father, Carmine the Bowler, was a sort of Blue Rajah type in his day. He's currently possessing her bowling ball.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: She identifies herself to Tony P. at their first meeting. The 'You Killed My Father' and 'Prepare to Die' are implied.
  • Reluctant Hero: She's haunted by her father, and she won't be left in peace until she avenges him. (If then.)
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only girl on the team because [she's the only one, of either gender, who passed the tryouts.
  • Spock Speak: Her speech is very erudite and precise, generally avoiding contractions.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: When faced with Tony P, she admits that she's not a killer. Unfortunately for Tony P, her father is.
  • Weaponized Ball: Uses a bowling ball possessed by the spirit of her father (the original Bowler) as a weapon.
  • You Killed My Father: She actually uses the line when addressing Tony P.
  • Younger and Hipper: In the comics she's a middle-aged divorcee. Here she's a grad student.

    The Spleen 

The Spleen

Played By: Paul Reubens

"If you wanna know what my power is, pull my finger!"

A gross but pleasant weirdo desperately looking for a team that'll put up with him and his powers. As a teenager he cut one and blamed it on an old gypsy woman, who proceeded to curse him to always be the one "who dealt it".


  • Abhorrent Admirer: He's immediately attracted to the Bowler. Not mutual.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His superpower is quite silly sounding, but is probably the team's most consistently useful superpower.
  • Cursed with Awesome: A parody of this trope. He's pretty proud of it, not angsty.
  • Fartillery: Pinpoint accuracy (as long as he corrects for the wind) and potent enough to be a One-Hit KO. It's also supernatural in nature, the result of a gypsy putting a curse on him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He loves being a super-hero, but he has a real problem getting people to team up with him!
  • Gass Hole: As a super-power.
  • Gypsy Curse: The source of his power: he blamed an old gypsy woman for letting one rip, and she cursed him to always be the one "who dealt it". All in all, she did him a favor really.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Voluntary farting is probably near the bottom of all desirable or useful-sounding powers. However, see Fartillery above.
  • Odd Friendship: With Invisible Boy, who's enough of a fanboy to overlook his shortcomings.
  • Parasol of Pain: Parodied when he's facing off against the Disco Boys outside the bar. The rest of the group ready their weapons and he ineffectually brandishes a cocktail umbrella.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: He wears some truly appalling outfits.
  • Speech Impediment: Has a lateral lisp when he speaks.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Sometimes he'll just yell!
  • Umbrella Drink: He's seen drinking one when the team is celebrating at the bar.

    Invisible Boy 

Invisible Boy

Played By: Kel Mitchell

"All my life, I've been ignored by people. And finally, after years of being overlooked, I found I had the power to disappear."

A dorky teenager who wants to be a superhero so people will stop ignoring him. He has the power to become invisible... as long as no one is looking at him.


  • Ascended Fanboy: The original trio seek him out for his many contacts with superhero wannabes, and he ends up on the team.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest member of the team, and he receives the least respect. Having a power, in this case, is of no help.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's the only member of the team who has no comic book counterpart. In fact, he was made up as a joke by a drunken Bob Burden. The filmmakers loved the idea, and added him to the script.
  • Gag Penis: Implied.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: His power is to be invisible when no one is watching. That's a mighty big restriction, but he's actually incredibly useful when it comes to getting past automated defenses.
  • Invisible Streaker: Turns out that when Invisible Boy becomes invisible, he also becomes insubstantial, causing his clothes to fall off.
    The Bowler: Maybe you should put some shorts on or something if you want to keep fighting evil today.
  • Invisibility with Drawbacks: Invisible Boy's power only works if no one is looking at him.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The wide-eyed junior team member - Katsushiro to the Sphinx's Kambei.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Spleen, who's pretty desperate for anybody to look up to him.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: That's how he ended up as the team's junior member.
    Invisible Boy: Haven't you guys ever been a kid?... Haven't you ever had a dream?

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    The Sphinx 

The Sphinx

Played By: Wes Studi

"When you care for what is outside, what is inside cares for you."

Very little is known about this cryptic hero. He's very big down south. He's terribly mysterious. (Also he can cut guns in half with his mind.)


  • Cool Mask: The least goofy-looking to begin with, and helps the others improve their own costumes.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Much of his dialogue is simple word play that often doesn't make sense, as Mr. Furious points out.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Not much is known about him or his powers, besides his being terribly mysterious.
  • The Mentor: Under his tutelage, they go from hopeless incompetents to semi-incompetent.
  • King Incognito: In a Deleted scene, the gang attempt to contact him by going to a Mexican restaurant where it's said that one can summon the Sphinx by ordering specific items off the menu. After several failed attempts, they leave in frustration only for the Sphinx to appear out of costume shortly therafter as the bus boy who cleans up their table.
  • Mind over Matter: He can cut guns in half with his mind.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Even after he joins the team, much about him remains a mystery.

Villains

    Casanova Frankenstein 

Casanova Frankenstein

Played By: Geoffrey Rush

"When the clock strikes twelve... cuckoo, cuckoo... you will be dead. And my city will be given a new state of mind."

A Worthy Opponent of Captain Amazing's from the Glory Days. He is released from the insane asylum on Captain Amazing's personal recommendation.


  • Awesome Mccoolname: Casanova. Frankenstein. The filmmakers actually chose him from the Mystery Men's Rogues Gallery to be the film's Big Bad purely by virtue of how cool his name was.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's completely insane and indulges in mass murder purely for the fun of it. It's noted that this is why he was able to create his Doomsday Device: it drove everyone else insane who tried to figure out how to make it, and Casanova was already insane.
  • Bad Boss: He lampshades it via a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when he activates his staircase's lethal security system while several of his mooks are in its path.
    Casanova: It's so easy to get the best of people when they care about each other. Which is why evil will always have the edge. You good guys are always so bound by the rules. You see, I kill my own men.
  • Big Bad: His release from the asylum drives the plot.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He loves to do evil.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He revels in it!
  • Cool Car: He prefers to be chauffeured about in his converted Corvette limo.
  • Cultured Badass: At first his cultured air makes him seem like a purely cerebral villain. In the climax, Mr. Furious discovers that Casanova was also Captain Amazing's match in a direct physical confrontation.
  • The Evil Genius: He's apparently capable of building super-weapons in a matter of days, forming an alliance between the various mobs of the city, and outguessing Captain Amazing at every turn.
  • Femme Fatalons: His fake(?) nails are his weapons of choice and surprisingly effective.
  • For the Evulz: At one point he blows up the asylum where he was incarcerated, killing a lot of people. Not out of a dislike of the place, but because he wanted to talk to Captain Amazing.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Once he has a hostage, he seems to go into this mode automatically.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's toying with Mr. Furious - at first. Even more impressive given that most of his weaponized fingernails were lost to the heroes' magnet weapon, leaving him with only a pinky nail and his fists to fight with.
  • Wicked Cultured: Subverted as often as it's played straight. Fond of antique furnishings, Gaudi's style of architecture, Good Old Fashioned Fisticuffs; on the other hand, also fond of disco and 'a fine, elegant Harvey Wallbanger'.

    Tony P 

Tony P

Played By: Eddie Izzard

The leader of the Disco Boys, and a minor super-villain in his own right.


    Tony C 

Tony C

Played by: Pras Michel

The second-in-command of the Disco Boys.


  • Afro Ass Kicker: It's a mighty 'fro tying in to the Disco Boys' theme. And... of course... he knows kung fu.
  • Blaxploitation: He is a parody of such characters.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He prefers to use a gun. In the climax, after being deprived of his Saturday night special, he takes on the Shoveler with a heavy curtain rod.
  • Jive Turkey: His dialogue consists entirely of this.

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    The Disco Boys 

The Disco Boys

"Disco forever!"

A gang of thugs who have been lying low for years, for fear of Captain Amazing.


  • Dance Battler: They incorporate disco dance moves into their hand-to-hand combat.
  • Gang of Hats: Obviously, they adhere to a disco theme.
  • Mook: Casanova's gang from the old days.
  • Not Worth Killing: The villainous version - the Boys beat Mr. Furious, the Blue Raja and the Shoveler for sneaking onto Casanova's property, but don't kill them.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Averted. They fully intend to shoot the heroes. When their guns are out of action, they simply gang up on the heroes.

    Frat Boys 

Frat Boys

"Can we bring the brewskies?"

One of the old gangs invited to Casanova's big crime meeting.


  • Gang of Hats: They're all members of the local "Phi Zeta" fraternity.
  • Jerk Jock: The theme of their gang.
    Casanova: Still on probation for lethal hazing...

    The Susies 

The Susies

Another of Champion City's themed gangs.


  • Yakuza: The theme of their gang.

    The Not-So-Goodie-Mob 

The Not-So-Goodie-Mob

Played by: The Goodie Mob

Gangsta gangsters.


    The Suits 

The Suits

Downsizing all who oppose them!


    The Furriers 

The Furriers

Yet another of the old gangs driven underground by Captain Amazing.


    The Red Eyes 

The Red Eyes

A small-time gang of hoods who pick on easy targets like nursing homes. Back in the day, Captain Amazing had far more important things to worry about than them. But times are lean.


Other Characters

    Captain Amazing 

Lance Hunt/Captain Amazing

Played by: Greg Kinnear

The superhero of Champion City. No villain can withstand him! ...Which turns out to be a problem.


  • The Ace: He's rich, handsome, the envy of all the other super-heroes! Unstoppable in combat and very well-off thanks to his corporate sponsorships.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Captain Amazing, who has the best reputation of all heroes, actively bargains to be the villain's assistant upon capture.
  • Body Horror: His death scene shows him getting psycho-fraculated. It is gruesome. He looks like a rotten freeze-dried corpse.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The director describes him as "intelligently stupid." Really good in his niche, but with many blind spots.
  • The Cape: His public image. He may have been that way back in the day, but now he's more worried about corporate sponsorships than being a hero.
  • Clark Kenting: Only Mr. Furious sees through it.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: His uniform is plastered in logos for various companies. His recent slump just cost him the Pepsi franchise.

    Dr. A. Heller 

Dr. A. Heller

Played By: Tom Waits

Dr. Heller - weapons designer, innovator, inventor, world-changer. You can also rent chickens from him.


    Monica 

Monica

Played by: Claire Forlani

A new waitress at the diner where the guys hang out. Mr. Furious is immediately attracted. She's not.


    Sally 

Sally

Played by: Gayle Vance

An old woman who runs a junkyard at the edge of Champion City. She employs Roy (Mr. Furious) although she doesn't think much of him.


  • Catchphrase: "Junk it!"
  • Mean Boss: Constantly makes unrealistic demands of her employee, shouts at him constantly, ignores his reasonable arguments, and mocks him when he gets upset with her.
  • No Indoor Voice: Most of her dialogue is shouted.

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