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Played By: Liam Neeson
" I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
The protagonist of the series, Bryan is an ex-CIA agent and special forces commander who's brought back into fighting through the situations his family (and sometimes himself) are put through in the films.
- Action Dad: Calling Bryan this might be the biggest understatement of all time.
- Amicably Divorced: From Lenore, by the time of the second movie. In the first film, she treats him with disdain and only reconciles her differences with him after he rescues their daughter from human traffickers.
- Badass Boast:Jean-Claude: "You can't just go around tearing up Paris-"
Bryan: "I will tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!"
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not a fancy fighter, mostly smashing the enemy into anything that is near them or shooting them in disabling spots so he's open to finish them off.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a suitcase full of recording equipment, cash, and passports accessible at a moment's notice, which proves handy when Kim says that strange men have entered the apartment.
- Crusading Widower: As of the third film, Lenore becomes literally The Lost Lenore.
- Determinator: He doesn't allow things like absurd enemy numbers or being chased by the police or having an injured leg stop him.
- First Father Wins: His emotional arc with Kim throughout the trilogy is steadily growing closer after a long time of being Married to the Job, to the point that when it turns out the Big Bad of Taken 3 turns out to be her abusive stepfather she pretty much admits Bryan is the only father she has or needs.
- Good Is Not Soft: Bryan's a good guy, and the last guy you'd ever want to cross. To specify, he's cordial to just about everyone and doesn't appear to have a mean-spirited bone in his body. If you hurt his family, however, he will not hesitate to destroy you.Bryan: [to Jean Claude] Tell me what I need, or the last thing you'll see before I make your children orphans is the bullet I put between [your wife's] eyes!
- I Will Find You: Promises this to his family on every film, so he will save them... and says this, word for word, to the man that kidnapped Kim on the first in an oft-quoted line, and promises to kill him as well.
- Guile Hero: Bryan is always at least one step ahead of his enemies.
- Heartbroken Badass: In the first movie, he tears up as he listens to Kim being abducted over the phone, unable to help her. In the third movie, there are several moments where his grief over Lenore's death catches up with him.
- Implacable Man: A heroic example (more or less). Don't threaten his daughter and his family or nothing will stop him until you're dead! See Determinator.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He clearly went to the same school of torture as Special Agent Jack Bauer. He inflicts pain with ease and skill, monologuing about what he's doing at the time.
- Karma Houdini: A rare good guy example. While saving Kim from Paris, Lenore and himself from terrorists in Istanbul, and later avenging Lenoreís murder, Bryan commits a multitude of crimes. These include: murder, torture, attempted murder, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, impersonating law enforcement, assaulting multiple police officers, escaping police custody, stealing a police car, causing death by reckless driving, stealing police evidence & breaking and entering. He suffers no legal consequences for his actions and Dotzler only tells him off for stealing evidence from the police database, one of his most minor crimes.
- Kick the Dog: Towards the end of the first film he shoots Jean-Claudeís wife in the arm and threatens to kill her unless he tells him where his daughter is being held. Whether he genuinely meant this or not is open to interpretation.
- Nice Guy: He's this to anyone who doesn't have something to do with his daughter's abduction.
- Nothing Personal: In Taken 3, Malankov tells Bryan Lenoreís murder was not because Bryan had done something to him in the past but merely a business deal.
- One-Man Army: As several men find out the hard way.
- Overprotective Dad: Kim even mentions at a couple of points that he made security checks of guys she dated, and the final joke of Taken 2 is her asking Bryan to place not shoot the man she's dating currently. All three films involve her being in danger at one point or another.
- Papa Wolf: When his family is in danger, particularly his daughter, Bryan will tear the world apart for their safety.
- Parental Neglect: Lenore accuses him of this.
- Pragmatic Hero / Unscrupulous Hero: He goes to absolutely brutal lengths to get his daughter back. From flat out Cold-Blooded Torture to threatening to kill someone's innocent wife for information.
- Properly Paranoid: He spends the first act of the first movie asking Kim to be careful and fearful about the fact she is going to wander all of Europe. He ends up being right.
- Retired Badass: Used to be CIA. Time may have slowed him down, but not enough to make a difference to his enemies.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: To rescue his family on all three movies.
- Tranquil Fury: He can be smooth and conversational with the people he's planning on killing and/or interrogating, but it's obvious that the facade is only skin-deep.
- The Unfettered: To protect his family, he's perfectly capable of applying Cold-Blooded Torture even to old friends (that turned out to be scumbags, but still, their families have nothing to do with it).
- You Killed My Father: To Malankov in Taken 3, ďYou killed my ex-wife.Ē
Kimberly "Kim" Mills
Played By: Maggie Grace
- Accidental Misnaming: Dotzler calls her ďMiss St JohnĒ presuming she goes by her stepfatherís surname. She promptly corrects him.Kim: Mills. My name is Mills.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her parents and Bryanís friends call her ďKimmy.Ē
- Daddy's Girl: She is loyal to her parents and quite close to her dad.
- Damsel in Distress: In all three films, at one point or another she's either kidnapped or threatened to be kidnapped, forcing Bryan to do what he does best to protect her.
- Dead Guy Junior: Intends to name her child after her now late mother in Taken 3 if it is a girl.
- First Father Wins: Big time. Initially, Kim is closer to her stepfather Stuart, who showers her with affection and treats Lenore well. However, after Stuart and Lenore separate, Kimís relationship with him also deteriorates as he treats her mother badly. In Taken 3, itís revealed Lenore has reluctantly gotten back together with Stuart and has been miserable the entire time. This causes further strain on Kim and Stuartís relationship as she can see the effect the marriage is having on her motherís emotional health. At the same time, she has grown closer to her biological father, Bryan, after he rescued her from a sex-trafficking ring in Paris, and become a permanent feature in her life after years of being Married to the Job. He has also repaired his fractured relationship with Lenore to the point the two of them are mutually dreaming of a Relationship Upgrade, which is what Kim has been dreaming of. What really seals the deal is Bryan does everything in his power to find Lenore's murderer. Stuart, on the other hand, orchestrated Lenoreís murder (and framed Bryan for it) to claim her life insurance. After this, Kim, understandably, completely loathes her stepfather.
- Shipper on Deck: For Bryan and Lenore. Considering theyíre her parents, this isnít exactly a surprise.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a chilling one to Stuart in Taken 3, showing just how much their relationship has deteriorated since the first film.Stuart (talking about Lenoreís murder): Kim, honey, I know itís hard on you but itís hard on me, too.Kim: Iím sorry. I didnít realize it was a competition.Stuart: (Chuckles) Itís not a competition. Please donít hate me. Iím not responsible for what happened.Kim: I donít hate you, Stuart. But for the last two years, every time I looked into my momís eyes the only thing I saw was hurt and sadness. And for thatÖ I do hold you responsible.
- Undying Loyalty: To her parents. Including putting herself in danger to rescue them from terrorists in Istanbul and lying to the police to protect Bryan when he is suspected of killing Lenore.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the second film, she does her best to run around town dodging the bad guys searching her and blow up a few locations with grenades so Bryan can figure out where he and Lenore are. On the third film, she's already so jaded that when kidnapped, she only glares at the man who did it and gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
Lenore "Lennie" Mills
Played By: Famke Janssen
- Affectionate Nickname: Bryan calls her 'Lennie.' During the first Taken movie, where they don't get along, she reminds him that she asked him not to call her that anymore. From the start of the second movie on, when their relationship is much better, Bryan almost exclusively calls her Lennie and she doesn't correct him again.
- Amicably Divorced: In the second film, from Bryan. In the first, it's less amicable.
- Awful Wedded Life: With Stuart from the second film forward. They split up at the start of Taken 2 & she and Bryan start growing towards a Relationship Upgrade. At some point between this and Taken 3, she gets back together with Stuart out of obligation as he says he wants to make their marriage work. However, she doesnít feel anything towards him anymore (they apparently donít even share a bedroom) and is clearly in love with Bryan. Then, before she can divorce Stuart so she and Bryan can get back together, Stuart has her killed for her insurance money.
- Damsel in Distress: In the second film.
- Defiant Captive: While she is clearly scared out of her mind and panics in the beginning, she ends up impressing Murad by standing up to his taunts. So much so that he decides to not only kill her but dismember her for good measure.
- Jerkass: Big time in the first film. She's incredibly rude towards Bryan and goes out of her way of keeping him away from Kimmie.
- The Lost Lenore: In Taken 3 she becomes a literal example of this Trope.
- Mama Bear: While downplayed compared to Bryanís One-Man Army Papa Wolf status, she is willing to be tortured and killed if it stops Murad and his men going after Kim.
- Nothing Personal: Gets this twice over:
- Taken 2: Murad tells her he doesnít hold her accountable for his sonís death, but will kill her to hurt Bryan, who he does hold responsible.
- Taken 3: Malankov tells Bryan her murder was merely a business deal and not because Bryan had done something to him in the past.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Murad tries to break her by saying Bryan cares more about Kim than her and sees her as nothing. Lenore doesnít take the bait.Murad: Mrs Mills. What should I do with you, Mrs Mills? (Beat) I have nothing against you. You didnít kill my son. But your husband did. Now, he betrayed you by choosing to save your daughter instead of you. (Cups her chin and forces her to look at him.) He left you here like a dog.
Lenore (Pulls her head out his grip and holds his gaze): At least my daughter is still alive.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Taken 3.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She's much nicer in the sequel... not that it saves her, apparently.
Played By: Arben Bajraktaraj
The leader of the Albanian kidnapping ring that abducted Kim in the first film.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: It doesn't do him any good.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Patrice Saint-Clair in the first film.
- Break the Haughty: A really pitiful example at that. His defiant refusal to tell Bryan about Kim's whereabouts lasts less than a minute before he cracks.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He's electrocuted to death. According to what Murad says to Brian about him in the second movie, the electrocution got to the point that his heart eventually burst.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's killed right before the final act in the first movie. Not that anyone cares.
- Non-Action Big Bad
- Not So Stoic: After being electrocuted a couple of times, he's quick to spill the beans in the (mistaken) belief it will save his life.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction twice to some of Bryan's best lines:
- Too Dumb to Live: Marko? When the guy who just jammed metal spikes into your legs and attached live electric leads to them asks you some simple questions, it might behoove you to answer them. Or at least, not to antagonize him.
Played By: Gérard Watkins
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs for his life when Bryan trains his gun on him.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Marko Hoxha in the first film.
- Dirty Coward: He becomes a lot less smug and sure of himself when his guards are taken out.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to himself, he's a family man.
- Faux Affably Evil: Patrice is very polite and even sympathetic, even when ordering a man's execution.
- Non-Action Big Bad
- Nothing Personal: He throws this out to Bryan, who isn't buying.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Tries to play this card, but Bryan is unsympathetic.
- Too Dumb to Live: While it's likely that he would have been killed anyway, trying to talk his way out of saying it was Nothing Personal to the father of one of the girls he sold off as a product (whom he also held hostage beforehand) isn't helping.
- Villains Want Mercy: "Don't kill me! It was Nothing Personal!" Wrong choice of words.
Played By: Olivier Rabourdin
- Asshole Victim: In the beginning of Taken 2, when tortured by Murad. Nobody mourns when he's being tortured, since he conspired with the Albanian mob in the first film to sell out Bryan Mills' daughter.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Earlier in Taken, he at first seems to be a Reasonable Authority Figure towards his old friend Bryan, but when his corruption is discovered, it was all an act.
- Dirty Cop: He's working with the Albanian mob.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a wife and children and shows he loves his kids very much in the first film when he tells them a bedtime story. Bryan is more than happy to exploit this in order to extract information from him.
- Fallen Hero: He used to be a field agent operative and Mills' colleague before becoming an unscrupulous Dirty Cop.
- French Jerk: When Bryan confronts his former colleague over his involvement with the Big Bad of the first film, Pitrel refuses to answer and attempts to force Bryan out of Paris at gunpoint. When his wife attempts to question what was going on, he tells her to shut up.
- His explanation of why he sold out to such horrible people is an annoyed-sounding "My salary is X, my expenses are Y. As long as my family is provided for I do not care where the difference comes from".
- Groin Attack: In the beginning of the sequel while Pitrel is being tortured, Murad had his genitals stabbed with scissors.
- It Works Better with Bullets: He pulls a gun on Bryan, who then reveals he took out the bullets beforehand, and points out Jean-Claude's lost his edge if he didn't notice the weight difference.Bryan: "That's what happens when you sit behind a desk: You forget things! Like the weight in the hand of a gun that's loaded and one that's not."
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Taken 2, he gets tortured and killed by the same Albanian mob he had dealings with before in the first film.
Played By: Nicolas Giraud
- The Charmer: Due to his role as a Honey Trap.
- Dirty Coward: Peter is no fighter, and practically wets himself when Bryan confronts him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Given his job as a Honey Trap, this is to be expected.
- Honey Trap: He's a spotter for the human traffickers.
- Look Both Ways: How he dies.
Played By: Nabil Massad
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Seeing that all of his henchmen have been disposed of, he offers to make a deal with Bryan in exchange for Kim's life. Bryan doesn't have it.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A wealthy, yacht-owning sheik who doesn't have a problem buying kidnapped women.
- Bald of Evil: He only has hair on the sides of his head.
- Dirty Old Man: He plans on keeping Kim as a Sex Slave.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "We can negoti—" *BAM*
- Post-Final Boss: He's the last obstacle of the first film, found right after Bryan kills his right-hand man, and he goes down with a single shot.
Played By: Rade äerbeděija
An Albanian mafia boss and the leader of the criminals seeking revenge against Bryan's family in Taken 2. He's the father of Marko Hoxha from the first film.
- Big Bad: Of Taken 2.
- The Don: For the Albanian Mafia.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His grown sons whom he swears will avenge him...
- Evil Counterpart: To Bryan, since both of them are examples of Papa Wolf, though Murad is an definitely malevolent example.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a longtime mobster with three grown sons.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a very polite man, even when he's trying to kill you.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bryan kills him by impaling his neck through a coat hook.
- Moral Myopia: Desperately wants to avenge his son, even though he was far from innocent, and he likely doomed countless girls to sex slavery before Bryan put him down.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's not much of a fighter.
- Papa Wolf: Sadly for Murad, Bryan was the superior wolf. Letting your pups become morally compromised sleazebags that abduct, drug, and sell young girls to the sex market is proof that you're totally unworthy of this trope.
- Revenge by Proxy: He wants to make Bryan suffer first by leaving his wife to bleed to death in front of him and vows to sell his daughter to the cheapest whorehouse possible.
- Revenge Myopia: There is good reason why he is the page quote for this trope. Murad doesn't care if Marko worked in a crime ring, and destroyed many young women's lives by forcing them into sex slavery (a fate Bryan's daughter escaped just in time). He just wants to ease his pain by killing the man responsible for Marko's death (and his loved ones), and to add salt to the wound, intended to do so by finishing his son's original intentions.
- Secret Test of Character: Subjected to one. After promising to call off the feud, Bryan walks away, leaving his gun behind. Murad grabs the gun and tries to fire, only to find there are no bullets in it. Bryan drops the bullet and then shoves Murad's head into a towel hook, killing him.
Stuart St. John
Played By: Xander Berkeley (Taken), Dougray Scott (Taken 3)
- Big Bad: In Taken 3
- FaceĖHeel Turn: He becomes the main villain of part 3.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Although he never appears in Taken 2, it's mentioned by Lenore that he's become much nastier. In the third film, he out and out orchestrates her murder to collect on her life insurance policy while framing Bryan for it.
Played By: Katie Cassidy
- Dumb Blonde: Way to give away literally every detail about your lodgings, address, and personal details to that handsome stranger that's suspiciously kind to you outside the airport, Amanda.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: No one really cares about her after her death.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lied to Kim and Lenore (who agreed to the trip under the impression that Kim would be accompanied by several legal adults) about her cousins being part of the vacation. Then she allows Peter (a complete stranger) to share a cab with them and tells him they're staying by themselves - all because she thought he was hot and wanted a one-night-stand. Even when Kim scolds her for this, she brushes her off with a "Who cares?" Her carelessness leads to her and Kim being kidnapped by a sex trafficking ring and sold as sex slaves, with her dying of an overdose.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Her death is meant to show how high the stakes are early on (and establish that Bryan's daughter is a virgin).
- Too Dumb to Live: Sure, just tell the seemingly nice stranger that you met at the airport exactly where you're staying and that you're completely alone, just because you think he's hot. What could possibly go wrong?
Played By: Holly Valance
- Heroic BSoD: She has a minor one, when Bryan saves her from a crazed fan with a knife.
- Rich Bitch: Averted. She can give off this vibe, but she's merely jaded.
Played By: Leland Orser
Inspector Frank Dotzler
Played By: Forest Whitaker
- Expy: Of both US Marshal Samuel Gerard and Lt. Jon Kavanaugh, Whitaker's character on The Shield.