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    Larry Daley 
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Played by: Ben Stiller

The museum's new night guard.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the children's books, all he does is screw up in the most stupdendous way possible. The films not only make him responsible enough to at least do most of the clean up, but he even learns real martial arts over the course of the trilogy.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He not only learns from his mistakes and becomes well-versed on history, archaeology, and other subjects related to the museum via his own research, he later graduates college and becomes a teacher. In the original books he keeps screwing up unbelievably and he remains a night guard.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He wields his flashlight as a mace in his final duel with Kahmunrah.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Began as an unemployed everyman. Somehow is able to stand up to ancient deities and legendary creatures, most prominently in the second film where he's able to defeat Kahmunrah in a sword fight with his flashlight, despite seemingly having no formal training.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has some dry quips, whenever he becomes aware of his Only Sane Man status.
  • Five-Man Band: The Leader in every film.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses a flashlight to defeat Kahmunrah in the second film. A case of Truth in Television, museum flashlights ARE built incredibly tough and museum guards often use them to try and subdue people.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Larry was the only name revealed in the books. His full name is shown as "Lawrence Larry Daley" in the movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to most of the mueseum exhibits, definitely.
  • Papa Bear: He is very protective of his son Nick. To an extent, he is also one to the museum exhibits.
  • Secret Keeper: Swears an oath to keep the living exhibits a secret between him and his family.
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    Nick Daley 

Nick Daley

Played by: Jake Cherry (Movie 1, Battle at the Smithsonian), Skyler Gisondo (Secret of the Tomb)

Larry's son.


    Teddy Roosevelt 

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

Played by: Robin Williams

This version of America’s 26th president is a wax statue.


    Sacagawea 

Sacagawea

Played by: Mizuo Peck

A wax figure of the Native American woman that helped Lewis and Clark explore the United States.


  • Action Girl: Sacagawea, despite not having as much screentime or dialogue as some of the other exhibits, is helpful to Larry in all three movies (as a tracker in the first and third, as a fighter in the final battle in the second, and in helping Larry plan an important event in the beginning of the third).
  • Beta Couple: With Teddy. They are the secondary couple in most of the movies.
  • Five-Man Band: The Chick.

    Attila the Hun 

Attila

Played by: Patrick Gallagher

A wax version of the famed Hun warlord.


  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Hun language is still remained a mystery due to the lack of historical information and sources, so Patrick Gallagher went on spitting the most unimaginable words.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in the first movie, where Larry was under constant threat of being ripped apart by Attlia's huns.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the physically strongest and always happy to rip someone apart.
  • Break the Badass: Attila breaks down after Larry uses psychology on him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Is only when Larry breaks him by talking when they make amendments.
  • Five-Man Band: The Big Guy.
  • Hot-Blooded: His favorite way of approaching problems is to rip said problem apart, limb by limb.
  • No Indoor Voice: Attila spends most of the first movie screaming (probably) death-threats at Larry.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: As the tablet corrodes during the third movie Attila shows extreme bouts of panic, to the point where Larry has to talk sense into him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Attila is Red to virtually everyone's Blue.

    Jedediah 

Jedediah

Played by: Owen Wilson

A minature cowboy who is part of an exibit on Manifest Destiny.


  • Breakout Character: He proved so popular with test audiences that reshoots gave him a larger role.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Octavius, starting at the end of the first film.
  • Not So Different: Larry points this out almost word for word, that he and Octavius both "want what's best for [their] people."
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    Octavius 

Octavius

Played by: Steve Coogan

A minature Roman soldier from an exhibit on Roman Times.


    Dexter the Monkey 

Dexter

Played by: Crystal the Monkey

A capuchin monkey who delights in mischief.


  • Everything Is Better With Monkeys: One of the franchise's main sources of laughter due to his love-hate relationship with Larry and trickster nature. Not if your name is Larry Daley, mind you, but other than that he is affable.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's his fault that the plot of the second film starts. He brought the Tablet to the Smithsonian and Kahmunrah came to life with ambitious world domination purposes.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He is this to Larry, but slowly warms up to him.

    Ahkmenrah 

Ahkmenrah

Played by: Rami Malek

A pharaoh of an Ancient Egyptian era. His tablet is what causes the exhibits to come to life.


  • And I Must Scream: While most of the other exhibits were able to roam the museum as they please, he was locked in his coffin for over fifty years, screaming his head off every night. He is very relieved when he is freed near the end of the first movie.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His outfit involves this.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Ahkmenrah treats Larry with immense respect, usually referring to him as the Guardian of Brooklyn, stating he will always be in his debt. Seeing as Larry was the first to free him from his sarcophagus in fifty-four years, it's not hard to see why.
  • Body Horror: What he is subjected to as the tablet slowly loses its power. Since he once was a live human being he slowly decomposes to a corpse.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Kahmunrah's Cain. Kahmunrah despises his younger brother, feeling that he cheated him out of his throne. An early draft of the second film has him admitting to killing Ahkmenrah in his sleep.
  • Cool Crown: He wears an elegant golden crown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While being one of the nicest exhibits around, he is prone to sarcasm every now and then.
  • Dissonant Serenity: There's a small, slightly disturbing moment in the third movie, when Jed and Octavius fall down the ventilation shaft. Everyone is understandably worried that the heat will kill them, with the exception of Ahkmenrah, who just stands there calmly, nonchalantly stating that the heat will "bake them like tiny little scarabs in the Sinai". Everyone silently stares at him incredulously. His only response is "Too dark?"
  • Eternal English: Ahkmenrah speaks perfect English right out of the gate, which he explains as being from his time as an exhibit at Cambridge.
  • Five-Man Band: The Smart Guy. He is the only one who knows how to use the tablet. He also speaks Hun.
  • Nice Guy: He is impeccably polite the moment he is freed and immediately offers Larry his help. Ahkmenrah also never questions Larry's authority, despite being a pharaoh and the owner of the tablet.
  • Really 700 Years Old: About four-thousand years old.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kahmunrah's red. Ahkmenrah is level-headed, soft-spoken and generally more composed compared to his hammy brother.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: What everyone was afraid he was in the first movie. Once freed, Ahkmenra quickly establishes himself as a Nice Guy.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kahmunrah.
    • We don't meet Ahkmenrah in person until the climax of the first film, but he very quickly establishes himself as one of the good guys, playing a vital role in helping Larry and Nick stop the bad guys and restoring order to the Museum. By contrast, we meet Kahmunrah pretty early on in the second movie, he quickly shows himself to be evil, and he becomes the Big Bad for the rest of the movie.
    • While Ahkmenrah appears in all three movies, he only plays an important role in the first and third; in the second, he is Demoted to Extra. Kahmunrah, on the other hand, only appears in the second film, where he, as the movie's Big Bad, naturally plays a very large role. Despite both appearing in the second film, the two brothers don't even get to meet each other in the movie, since Ahkmenrah stays in New York while Larry, Kahmunrah, and most of the movie are in Washington D.C. (which is the reason for the former's above-mentioned Demoted to Extra status in that movie).
    • This applies personality-wise, too: Ahkmenrah is a polite, composed, regal Pharaoh and serious-but-friendly Nice Guy who helps Larry throughout the series, while Kahmunrah is a hammy, power-hungry, cheerful-but-ruthless Pharaoh and Laughably Evil bad guy who is the source of the main conflict in the second movie.

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    Dr. McPhee 

McPhee

Played by: Ricky Gervais

The museum director. He is a very nice person.


  • Angrish: When angry, he starts metaphors and can never finish them.
  • Bad Boss: Short tempered, condescending and very nervous, at the verge of firing Larry even for the teeniest thing. He gets better but he is still a bit of a jerk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acknowledges Larry as the best night guard the museum had in the second film... but he Cannot Spit It Out.
  • Secret Keeper: In the third movie he finds out about the museum's secret.
  • Troll: He had a caveman created to look just like Larry in the third film (Laa) as a joke.

    Rexy 

Rexy

The skelleton of an enormous Tyrannosaurus rex at the entrance of the museum.


  • All Animals Are Dogs: At first he acts like a normal predatorial theropod but when he is thrown a bone, particulary one of his ribs, he loves to chase it and bring it back.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: Very tamed and loves to chase and bring things to Larry like a dog would do.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Albeit this T-Rex is just bones with no organical tissues and behaves like a dog.

    The Moai 

The Moai

Voiced by: Brad Garrett

A statue of Easter Island, or moai, with a love for "gum-gums".


  • Badass Baritone: This is what happens when Auguste Gusteau stops talking French and voices a broken English statue.
  • You No Take Candle: He talks in a broken English, referring to anyone as "dum-dum" and always asking for "gum-gums" as food.

    Cecil 

Cecil

Played by: Dick Van Dyke

The night guard that Larry replaces.


  • Adaptational Badass: The original books don't show him doing anything impressive. Here he's shown proficient in combat and having lived through a dangerous storm in Egypt.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original nightguard never intended to steal from the museum and is content with his life. Cecil is aware he is about to be laid off so he orchestrates the film's plot to lay the blame of Larry while he and his partners attempt to steal the tablet (to gain eternal life and rejuvenation) and sell off all the museum's other golden artifacts to be set for life.
  • Affably Evil: Cecil is actually rather friendly. Him and the other night-guards being fired is what leads them to the idea of stealing the tablet. And while they do plan to use Larry as the scapegoat, they never consider harming his son. At one point, he even yells at Sacagawea to get out of his way, when he escapes with the stage-coach. The third movie shows that afterwards, he remains on good terms with Larry.
  • Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice of the three former night-guards.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the first movie.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cecil did this unintentionally when giving advice to Larry. Cecil advises Larry to research stuff on the museum exhibits to help him out, which is used against him when Larry shouts the secret code to stop the horse-drawn cart Cecil used to escape.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Simply referred to as the boss in the books. Is named as Cecil in the films.

    Reginald 

Reginald

Played by: Bill Cobbs

One of the retiring guards along with Gus and Cecil.


  • Affably Evil: Like Cecil, he's a pretty friendly guy.
  • Nerves of Steel: Reginald doesn't flinch a bit when Columbus has him at sword-point.
  • Token Minority: He is the only Afro-American night guard of the group.

    Gus 

Gus

Played by: Mickey Rooney

One of the retiring guards along with Reginald and Cecil.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Has a habit of addressing to other men such as Cecil and Larry as terms like "Snack shack", "Hot dog" and "Lunch box".
  • Calling Your Attacks: He is fond of doing this.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He is the grumpiest of the three, always looking for a fight and insulting.
  • Hot-Blooded: "I'll beat him with my fists."
  • Retired Badass: He used to do boxing in his youth but he still can kick ass thanks to the Tablet of Ahkmenrah.

    Rebecca 

Rebecca

Played by: Carla Gugino

The museum's receptionist and a lover of History.


  • Break the Cutie: She thinks Larry is mocking her love for History when he tells her that the museum comes to life at night although he is trying to help her with her Sacagawea thesis.
  • Cute Bookworm: She is nice and kind. She is beautiful too and loves History, especially if it's anything related to Sacagawea.
  • Secret Keeper: She ends up believing Larry's story when she sees the museum coming to life at the film's climax.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Vanished without a word between the first and second film.

    Laa 

Laa

Played by: Ben Stiller

A Neanderthal wax statue that replaced the missing one from the first film. McPhee ordered to be made to resemble Larry and considers the night guard as his father.


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    Amelia Earhart 

Amelia Earhart

Played by: Amy Adams

A wax statue of the famous female aviator that vanished in 1937.


  • Genki Girl: A very energetic and passionate woman. She is not as annoying as Dexter but when Larry is chased by Kahmunrah and his allies, she brings up too much attention.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this in the second film.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Amy Adams plays Amelia Earhart. Umm... She Cleans Up Nicely, but in those pics she could stand to gain a few pounds.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With the woman that Larry meets at the end of the second film that looks suspiciously similar to her (and they are portrayed by Adams too). Amelia is energetic, tomboyish and wears aviator clothes; whereas the museum visitor is much more calm and wears much more femenine clothes.

    Kahmunrah 

Kahmunrah

Played by: Hank Azaria

The elder brother of Ahkmenrah. He is the main antagonist of the second film.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Kahmunrah can seem downright ridiculous and childish, but he is every bit as ruthless as his title "Kahmunrah The Bloodthirsty" seems to suggest.
  • Big Bad: Bloodthirsty and rather hammy, he is the main villain of the second movie.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ahkmenrah's Abel. Kahmunrah despises his younger brother, feeling that he cheated him out of his throne. An early draft of the second film has him admitting to killing Ahkmenrah in his sleep.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Cecil from the first movie. Cecil is a mere security guard, genuinely friendly, and motivated partly by wanting to continue mitigating the effects of his old age. Kahmunrah is literal royalty, a complete asshole, and has immaturity as one of his defining characteristics.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as cheerful a good chunk of the time, but it completely fails to mitigate his cruelty.
  • Large Ham: Prone to yelling his lines for emphasis.
  • Laughably Evil: At times it can be a bit difficult to take him seriously, especially in his childish argument with Larry. He has zero problems with killing people though.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: Cruel, vicious and megalomaniacal.
  • No Indoor Voice: In heavy contrast with his brother's more soft-spoken nature, Kahmunrah loves yelling around the place to let people know he's in charge.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Watch him arguing with Larry for the childish part. Apparently his people used to call him "Kahmunrah The Bloodthirsty Who Kills Whoever Doesn't Give Kahmunrah Exactly What He Wants In The Moment That He Wants It", which makes him sound like a bratty ten-year old in the body of a grown man.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ahkmenrah's blue. Kahmunrah is very loud, power-hungry and a lot less peaceful than his younger brother.
  • Royal Brat: One self-centered and childish bastard.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ahkmenrah.
    • We don't meet Ahkmenrah in person until the climax of the first film, but he very quickly establishes himself as one of the good guys, playing a vital role in helping Larry and Nick stop the bad guys and restoring order to the Museum. By contrast, we meet Kahmunrah pretty early on in the second movie, he quickly shows himself to be evil, and he becomes the Big Bad for the rest of the movie.
    • While Ahkmenrah appears in all three movies, he only plays an important role in the first and third; in the second, he is Demoted to Extra. Kahmunrah, on the other hand, only appears in the second film, where he, as the movie's Big Bad, naturally plays a very large role. Despite both appearing in the second film, the two brothers don't even get to meet each other in the movie, since Ahkmenrah stays in New York while Larry, Kahmunrah, and most of the movie are in Washington D.C. (which is the reason for the former's above-mentioned Demoted to Extra status in that movie).
    • This applies personality-wise, too: Ahkmenrah is a polite, composed, regal Pharaoh and serious-but-friendly Nice Guy who helps Larry throughout the series, while Kahmunrah is a hammy, power-hungry, cheerful-but-ruthless Pharaoh and Laughably Evil bad guy who is the source the main conflict in the second movie.
  • Speech Impediment: Talks with a very noticeable lisp, which makes it quite hard for everyone to take seriously.
  • Take Over the World: His goal is to use the tablet's powers for world domination.
  • The Unfavorite: According to himself his parents preferred Ahkmenrah over him, even giving his younger brother the throne. The third movie seems to confirm this, as their father never evenmentions Kahmunrah and specifically had the tablet made after Ahkmenrah's birth, because Merenkhare couldn't bear to lose him.

    General Custer 

George Armstrong Custer

Played by: Bill Hader

A wax statue of the famous 7th Cavalry general.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Can't remember Sacagewea's name.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Behind that ridiculeness is an insecure man known for his historical failure rather than a good leader. Larry cheers him up in the final battle against Kahmunrah.
  • Large Ham: Bombtastic as he is, his hamminess only serves not to take him seriously.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: "We're Americans. We don't plan; we do.
  • My Greatest Failure: He confesses to Larry during the final battle that he didn’t like how his real version died- rightfully so, too, seeing as how his real version lead an army into a Native American massacre and died with his men.

    Al Capone 

Al Capone

Played by: Jon Bernthal

The Chicago Italian-American gangster from the 1930's.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The real Capone was chubby but charismatic. Here he has the athletic build of Jon Bernthal. Justified in that he is a younger version of the gangster everyone knows.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Downplayed since he was threatening a living bobble head, but it's heavily implied that he used force to get the Einstein figurines to tell him the tablet's combination.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: He and his men, as they are based on a carton photograph in black and white.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He cooperates with Kahmunrah for his own purposes. The sole idea that he is a The Dragon for Kahmunrah bothers him.
  • Dramatic Drop: When Kahmunrah is opening the portal to the Underworld, Capone drops the Einstein bobble-head he was threatening.
  • Hot-Blooded: Always rearing for a fight and it's not hard to set him off.
  • I Hate Past Me: A subversion, a deleted scene shows that he hates his future self. Mainly because he thinks he's above getting arrested for something like tax evasion, and he resents the weight he gains after aging. Then it's played straight when the mugshots of future Al Capone say that young Al Capone is a "funny looking kid" and calls him a punk.
  • Nice Hat
  • Only Sane Man: Not as quirky as Kahmunrah, Ivan, or Napoleon. Not to say that they others don't fulfill their roles, Capone is just the more serious of them. However, this is thoroughly averted in a deleted scene where he (and his men) apparently think that his fake tommy gun fires real bullets, despite the fact that obviously nothing happens when he 'fires' it.

    Ivan the Terrible 

Ivan the Terrible

A wax figure of the terrible Russian leader.


    Napoleon 

Napoléon Bonaparte

Played by: Alain Chabat

A wax figure of the diminutive Emperor of France.


  • Dragon with an Agenda: He cooperates with Kahmunrah for his own purposes. The sole idea that he, along with Ivan and Capone, is a The Dragon for Kahmunrah bothers him.
  • French Jerk: He works with the film's villain and has a gossipy personality, especially if it is anything romantic. After all he is French.
  • The Napoleon: Small sized, power hungry and wears his trademark tricorn.

    Abraham Lincoln Statue 

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Statue

Voiced by: Hank Azaria

The statue of the 16th President of the United States that sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.


  • Deus ex Machina: He arrives at the same moment Kahmunrah's bird soldiers from the underworld and he shoos them off.
  • Gentle Giant: He is the living image of the very beloved president that abolished slavery but 60 feet tall.

    Einstein Bobbleheads 

Albert Einstein Bobblehead Figures

Voiced by: Eugene Levy

A group of small bobblehead figures of the revered German genius. They help Larry resolving the combination of the Tablet.


    Able 

Able the Space Monkey

Played by: Crystal the Monkey

An astronaut capuchin monkey.


  • Everything Is Better With Monkeys: Able doubles the fun as he also has the mischievous nature of Dexter. Both he and Dexter have a slap fight with Larry at the ensuing climatic battle.

    Brandon 

Brandon

Played by: Jonah Hill

An Smithsonian security guard that briefly challenges Larry.


The British Museum

    Lancelot 

Lancelot

Played by: Dan Stevens

A wax figure of the legendary Arthurian knight.


  • Anti-Villain: He does not act by pure evil but by his code of honor and he is also dealing with an identity crisis.
  • Big Bad: Ends up as this for the film in the third act. He believes the tablet is the Holy Grail and runs off with it to take it to Camelot.
  • Hot-Blooded: His reaction when the group stumbles upon a bronze statue of a nine-headed snake demon? "Let's kill it."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is vain, glory hungry, ruthless and a bit of a Stalker with a Crush concerning Guinivere; nonetheless, he has a sense of honour, and appreciates friendship.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's not just dealing with the revelation he's not really Lancelot, but that Lancelot is a fictional character. At least Teddy and the other exhibits are based on real people. The revelation that his entire existence is fake hits him hard, and he decides he'd rather let the tablet lose its power and he die than live a lie.

    Tilly 

Tilly

Played by: Rebel Wilson

A night guard of the British Museum.


  • Big Beautiful Woman: Laa is completely astonished when he is watching her.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Laa.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows the secret of the museum by the end of the third movie and has been in charge with the museum's coming to life routine three years after Larry came to the British Museum.

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