William J Johns
A morphine-addicted bounty hunter and war veteran who is transporting Riddick to high-security prison to collect a large bounty on him. When the ship crashed, he presented himself as an intergalactic police officer and spread the story about Riddick being a serial killer so he could capture him for himself. He is also very immoral person, killing many people and other bounty hunters to capture him.
- Asshole Victim: When he gets killed by one of the aliens in Pitch Black, it's hard to feel sorry for him, considering what a Slime Ball he is revealed to be.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, he appears to be a clean-cut lawman and typical hero. In reality, he's a scheming weasel with no concern for anyone but himself.
- Bounty Hunter: One of the most amoral you will ever meet. It doesn't matter if the people who hired him are ruthless multi-corporations and the people he hunts mere deserters or defectors, he WILL collect the bounty on their heads and appear as lawful no matter what. So no different from a hired killer.
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- Deadpan Snarker: Always cynical and once quips about the nice breeze and the wide-open space in the deadly planet.
- Dirty Coward: Johns is a coward willing to sink to any level to survive. He takes drugs to keep himself steady and only threatens those who are either incapacitated or weaker than him.Riddick: Johns was like most mercs. They look all stand up and do right, until you cut them open and you find something missing. In his case, a spine.
- The Dog Bites Back: After bringing Riddick to Butcher Bay in Escape from Butcher Bay, he spends most of the game alternating between foiling Riddick's escape attempts and haggling with the warden over his bounty and getting no respect (and even less respect as Riddick continues to tear up the place.) Eventually Johns gets tired of haggling, and the next time he foils Riddick's escape attempt he tries to haul him off the planet to take him to another prison.
- Evil All Along: Later on in Pitch Black, he's revealed to be the opposite of this good, law-abiding citizen he presents himself as.
- Eye Scream: He takes his drugs through the eyes with a needle.
- Hate Sink: Johns is a despicable, slimy scumbag who will use any dirty means to get what he wants, including killing children.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: When Jack asks where Johns is, Riddick only replies, "Which half?"
- It's All About Me: Monetary gain and (when at risk) survival is his sole concern, anything and anyone else be damned.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
Johns: "You feel that? Riddick did that. He went for the sweet spot and missed."
- Carolyn is outraged to find out that Johns is a morphine addict when her copilot died in pain without relief. Johns states that the entire reason he's an addict in the first place is because of a piece of a shiv Riddick left right next to his spine that causes him nearly constant pain. He can still feel it rubbing against his spine and shows the wound to Carolyn.
- Johns also repeatedly stresses to Carolyn that Riddick is someone to be genuinely wary of. Johns is a junkie coward and a prick who still operates within the bounds of the law, while Riddick is a dangerous killer who would sacrifice all of them in an instant if he could. Johns's point is proven when Riddick leaves Carolyn, Jack and Imam behind to die when they have outlived their usefulness.
- Karmic Death: He wanted to feed Jack to the creatures...and ends up as a meal himself.
- Last-Name Basis: With everyone, particularly Riddick.
- Light Is Not Good: As mentioned above, he appears to be a clean-cut cop and typical hero, but is really anything but.
- Only in It for the Money: The only thing his brain recognises is numbers. His choosing ability is determined by the amount of money he will get.
- Put on a Bus: Johns spends the entirety of Assault on Dark Athena unconscious, due to Hauser not returning to voice the character.
- The Sociopath: MUCH more than Riddick a classic example, who has no sense of pity, shame or regret and can only fake them, in order to be socially accepted.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Despite his cowardice and cruelty, Johns is no idiot.
- Space Police: He poses as this, when in reality he's a mercenary.
- The Unfettered: Nothing is off the table when it comes to getting what he wants.
- What You Are in the Dark: Johns is capable of keeping up a fairly benevolent (if no-nonsense) demeanor, but when the chips are down, he reveals his true nature as a ruthless monster concerned solely with his own benefit. This is demonstrated in a very literal fashion in Pitch Black, when Johns and Riddick walk ahead of the group to discuss the best way to get through a dangerous canyon. Johns exposes the depths of his depravity by suggesting they murder Jack, a young girl, and drag her corpse as a distraction for the creatures. Riddick is quietly horrified by such a suggestion.
- Would Hurt a Child: Prior to Pitch Black, he used Riddick's soft spot for kids against him by shooting one and threatening to shoot more unless Riddick gave up.
A mercenary who wanted to catch Riddick after a short encounter with him on the mercenary ship in Dark Fury. Nothing is really known about his past. His personality is humorous, yet obsessive and cold-hearted.
- Ambiguous Situation: He's last seen alive but in a cage with two hellhounds trying to get into his cage (and seemingly succeeding). Deleted scenes and the novelization have him make it out of the cage to harass Riddick one last time, at which point he's mauled by the same hound Riddick befriended. Sadly, Toombs managed to take the hound with him.
- Bad Boss: Most of his men end up dead.
- Butt-Monkey: As the Wile E. Coyote to Riddick's Roadrunner, he never quite gets ahead and usually winds up humiliated but alive.
- Guttural Growler: Due to being played by Nick Chinlund.
- Laughably Evil: He's bizarrely fun to watch, like an incredibly sadistic stooge.
A mercenary hired by Toombs to help him hunt down and capture Richard B. Riddick.
- Distracted by the Sexy: While she carries herself as the most professional member of Toombs' crew, she can't help but take notice of Riddick's well-developed physique while they're all packed up for a long flight, and nearly endangers herself and the rest of the crew by trying for a closer look.
An arrogant captain of a eight-man mercenary crew.
- 0% Approval Rating: There's not a single character who even remotely likes Santana. Even his own team members don't mourn over his death.
- Asshole Victim: Riddick chops off his head with his own machete, while still bound. A very well deserved fate for such a despicable character.
- Badass Boast: Within minutes of landing, he yells a declaration for Riddick to hear that he will personally chop Riddick's head off and take it back in a box. This comes back to bite him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He has aspirations to being the main human antagonist of Riddick, but he's far too incompetent to pose a genuine threat.
- Bounty Hunter: His profession.
- Butt-Monkey: If something bad happens, it happens to Santana. He's frequently injured, beaten, insulted, humiliated, disrespected by both other mercenaries and his own company and mauled. And he deserves every single moment of it.
- Dirty Coward: He's a violent sadist, but only toward those who he feels he can push around.
- Flat Character: He feels more like a Straw Character or a caricature of a Hate Sink than a proper villain.
- Hate Sink: Santana distinguishes himself in a franchise filled with murderers, genocidal conquerors and flat-out monsters by being the most loathsome, vile and repulsive piece of shit encountered, rivaled only by Jaylor.
- Jerkass: Callous, sadistic, perverted, sexist, condescending, smug, lacking in empathy, Santana is pretty much an embodiment of this.
- Karmic Death: Gets decapitated by Riddick with his own machete, and his head winds up in the special box he brought.
- Kick the Dog: As mentioned below, he kept a young girl in chains for his own amusement. When they arrive planetside, he releases her into the wilderness, and then shoots her in the back, all because he was starting to like her.
- Off with His Head!: Riddick dispatches him with decapitation.
- Machete Mayhem: He wields a machete, which he plans to use on Riddick.
- Rape as Comedy: He attempts to take advantage of Dahl when they're alone. Dahl beating the crap out of him is played for laughs.
- Serial Rapist: Santana was keeping some poor girl chained up in his ship for the purpose of raping whenever he pleased, and doesn't waste time trying to rape Dahl.
- Slime Ball: To say that Santana is unscrupulous to the core is an understatement.
- Smug Snake: Santana talks a big game, but that's all he can do. When face-to-face with Riddick, he's a trembling coward.
- The Sociopath: Though unlike other examples, Santana lacks the charm or intelligence of a typical sociopath.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's obscenely arrogant and overconfident. His cruelty and incompetence catch up with him in a very satisfying way.
A merc, Captain Santana's best friend and second in command, tasked with hunting for Riddick.
- The Brute: Physically imposing (as should be expected of anyone Batista plays) and primarily uses a light machine gun in combat.
- The Dragon: Santana's go-to enforcer and unofficial second in command.
- Dragon Their Feet: He ends up as a bigger threat than Santana, to say nothing of living longer.
- Genius Bruiser: He's massive, and much smarter than his boss Santana.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Diaz is able to shoot a baby Mud Demon off Vargas' leg with a machine gun, and not hit Vargas in the process. Probably just a lucky shot, since earlier on he missed Riddick's wolf because he was too lazy to use his scope.
- Jerkass: Not quite as much as Santana, but still counts due to also being a sadistic sociopath.
- Only in It for the Money: He's very concerned with the cash reward for Riddick.
- With Friends Like These...: Despite ostensibly being Santana's closest friend, even Diaz doesn't like him much. He also doesn't mourn Santana's death at all.
A mercenary working under Santana, when they answered the distress call from Mercenary Station P7.
- Beard of Evil: He's distinguished by his beard, although how evil he is is up for debate. He's complicit in Santana's actions, but doesn't show himself as a sadist.
- The Smart Guy: Of Santana's group, he's the most technologically inclined and with the possible exception of Diaz is one of the smarter mercenaries.
A mercenary who was part of Santana's team whom Santana considered his 'good luck charm'.
- Good Luck Charm: According to Santana, this is the only reason he's around.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Only one who wants to leave when they have the opportunity to.
- Sole Survivor: Of Santana's team.
- Tagalong Kid: The youngest of all the Mercs of both teams.
- Token Good Teammate: The only one of Santana's entire team who seems like a decent person, to the point where one must wonder why he is even part of Santana's team at all.
- Token Religious Teammate: Tellingly, his merc kit includes a bible.
A mercenary working for Santana. He was one of the eight mercenaries who intercepted a distress beacon to find and kill Riddick.
- Smug Snake: He confidently states that capturing Riddick is a four-man job at the most. Falco is one of three mercenaries Riddick kills on the first night of the hunt.
A mercenary working for Santana.
A mercenary working for Santana.
- An Arm and a Leg: He's caught in one of Riddick's traps, which severs his legs at the knee. Fortunately, his misery comes to an end when another trap finishes him off.
- Off with His Head!: After being caught in a trap, a second trap snaps his head off.
Boss Johns' Crew
Colonel R. 'Boss' Johns
A bounty hunter and the father of William J. Johns, and for the last 10 years has been searching for Riddick in hopes of unearthing answers about the death of his son on a planet in the M-344/G System. He arrives to the sun scorched planet where Riddick has activated a beacon to find him.
- Anti-Villain: He's not nearly the psychotic son-of-a-bitch his son was.
- Avenging the Villain: His sole motivation for answering Riddick's distress beacon. He doesn't want money, he wants satisfaction.
- Broken Pedestal: Eventually comes to an understanding with Riddick over the character of his late son and the fate it made for him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is this for his late son, and the central conflict between Johns and Riddick is convincing him that his son was evil at all.
- It's Personal: While the other bounty hunters are after Riddick for the money, Boss Johns desires personal retribution for his son's death at Riddick's hands.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: As stated, he's not interested in Riddick's substantial bounty, which is promised double if he is returned dead. He even ends up saving Riddick a few times.
- Shoot the Dog: In a critical moment, leaves an injured Riddick behind to fend for himself... but it turns out he was taking the power nodes and making a run for the ships so he could make a Gunship Rescue at the last minute.
A Nordic bounty hunter of German descent. She's second in command of Boss Johns Mercs and is the primary sniper of the group.
- Action Girl: Dahl is an experienced Bounty Hunter who is as deadly with her fists as she is with her weapons.
- Anti-Villain: Although she's an antagonist to Riddick, she's a loyal woman who's really just trying to hunt down a dangerous killer.
- Bounty Hunter: She's after Riddick for the bounty and working for Boss Johns.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Santana attempts to rape her; Dahl easily fights him off and Santana is left much worse for wear.
- Cold Sniper: Mans the sniper rifle when Johns and Santana go to discuss terms with Riddick, and isn't a terribly warm person in general.
- Enemy Mine: Along with the other mercenaries, she teams up with Riddick to survive the mud demons, leading to a HeelFace Turn.
- HeelFace Turn: Like her boss, she ends up working with Riddick and they ultimately part as friends.
- The Lad-ette: The only indicator of feminine behavior is a small makeup mirror in her toiletries, which Riddick steals at one point to spy on the mercs without blowing his cover. She also violently rebuffs Santana when he tries to force himself on her, and later admonishes him to "butch up" when the mercs think Riddick's tampered with the locker the power nodes are stored in.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a rather form-fitting wardrobe that shows off Katee Sackhoff's breasts, and she has a topless scene when washing herself in a sink.
A mercenary working for Boss Johns. Moss was the tech guy of the group.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and anybody who screws with Santana is pretty awesome.
- Bounty Hunter: His profession.
- Everyone Has Standards: Moss is hardly a bad guy anyway, just a mercenary. But he's disturbed when Boss Johns beats Riddick while he's in chains.
- The Smart Guy: Of Boss Johns' team.
- Those Two Guys: With his pal, Lockspur.
- Troll: When Santana is tensely unlocking a locker that has been possibly rigged to explode, Moss hits the table at the last minute just to break the tension and screw with him.
A mercenary working for Boss Johns.
- Bounty Hunter: His profession.
A wealthy aristocrat who hires mercenaries to collect mass murderers, whom she turns into Human Popsicle statues to admire. All in the name of art.
- A Glass of Chianti: Drinks champagne as she watches Riddick kill aliens in a gladiatorial battle.
- Animal Motifs: She has a decidedly serpentine appearance: a lengthy body, an elongated neck, and long fingers. Her hair style emulates a cobra hood when seen from the front.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She's rather attracted to Riddick's physique and murderous reputation.
- Evil Gloating: Rather than just turn Riddick into a statue from the get go, she wants to watch him kill aliens for entertainment. All this after explaining she has no intention of letting him go.
- Faux Affably Evil: while Chillingsworth is very polite and charismatic towards Riddick and co, she is far from a nice person.
- Femme Fatale: She wears a stylish yet seductive dress and makes a few subtle passes at Riddick.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: If what she claims is true, she only goes after murderous killers and leaves ordinary people alone. It's also pointed out that everyone who works for her does so willingly and are paid handsomely. However what she does to the criminals is clearly a Fate Worse than Death and those who associate with the murderer receive inhumane treatment. It also seems that very few of those who work for her actually live long enough to collect their pay.
- Light Is Not Good: White is the primary color of her outfit and starship.
- Living Doll Collector: She turns murderers into Human Popsicle statues she can admire.
- Villainous Breakdown: She suffers one after Riddick kills Junner.
- Villainous Friendship: There appears to be a relation between her and Junner. The two share conversations and she has an emotional breakdown after he dies. The two also wear matching outfits (even the green on his clothes correlates to her eyes).
- Wicked Cultured: Though twisted she has a philosophical mindset.
- Woman Of Wealth And Taste: She dresses in fine attire and her sleek starship is filled with expensive decor.
- You Have Failed Me: Averted with Junner. She points out his excuses are worthless, but understands his line of work doesn't always get perfect results.
Antonia's bodyguard and security chief.
- Bounty Hunter: Mentions being one.
- The Coats Are Off: Discards his Badass Longcoat before he engages Riddick in their final duel.
- Combat Pragmatist: Decides to neutralize Riddick by taking Jack hostage on their first encounter. Later averted when Riddick challenges him to a duel and let Jack go to fight mano a mano.
- The Dragon: Does all of Antonia's dirty work.
- Eye Scream: Riddick kills him with a dagger through the eye.
- Fair-Play Villain: Rather than shoot Riddick with a gun, he accepts his challenge to duel with blades.
- Go Through Me: He subtlety places himself between Riddick and Antonia on several occasions.
- Master Swordsman: He's as good with a blade as Riddick.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Doesn't question anything Antonia does or says, but otherwise acts like an honorable warrior.
- Sinister Shades: Wears them at all times.
- Undying Loyalty: Be it their relationship or the money she pays him, he never questions Antonia.
- Villainous Friendship: There appears to be a relation between him and Antonia. He shares her interest in art and only leaves her side when the situation is safe. The two also wear matching outfits (even the green on his clothes correlates to her eyes).
- Warrior Poet: Apparently he's into art like Antonia, though their tastes differ somewhat.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem threatening or injuring Jack, though doesn't take pleasure from doing so.