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The Expendables

    The Expendables as a whole
  • Action Heroes: Of course. It's the entire point.
  • Badass Crew: Oh yes. If each of them are a One-Man Army, then God help you if they are together.
  • Blood Brothers: Once you fight side by side with them, you are a brother (or sister) to them for life, even if you're not a part of the team.
  • Cast Speciation: Even if some of its members have individual gimmicks, the team has many of them with similar roles. Yin Yang and Toll Road share the expertise of hand-to-hand fighting, a field in which Gunnar also excels; most of them carry big guns, not limited to their official artilleryman Hale; and, of course, most members could qualify as the big guy of a smaller team.
  • Combat Pragmatists: Using mooks as human shields, drawing guns in hand to hand combat situations, improvising weapons from everyday objects, strikes to the groin...all par for the course with these guys.
  • Cool Old Guys: Before the addition of Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan in the second film, Statham was the youngest actor in the group and he still was 42 by the time of filming. Stallone is in his mid 60's, and Norris (the only cast member to have fought The Bruce Lee himself) is in his 70's.
  • Dysfunctional Family: To some degree. They may argue, disagree, and even fight (very occasionally), but they really do love each other.
  • Hidden Depths: The entire team. Although none of them show much interest in retirement, it's clear that they're all devoted to each other, and despite their occupation, they all have moral boundaries.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: They wouldn't be able to fight off hundreds of mooks if they all weren't damn good shots.
  • Invincible Heroes: With so much muscle and machine guns, it's hard not to be this.
  • Made of Iron: They suffer the occasional injury, but none of them are ever permanently debilitated.
  • Old Soldier: They're all well into middle age at least, with Barney in his sixties at the start, but are still extremely capable.
  • Private Military Contractors: They're mercenaries.
  • Punny Name: Toll Road, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang...
  • Rated M for Manly: Their entire lives revolve around mercenary work, and they're very good at what they do.
  • Stealth Experts: While they have no problem with going in loud, they all know how to get to their targets quietly when they need to.
  • The Team: They are basically a giant-sized version of a Five-Man Band. Barney is The Leader (being the top guy) while Christmas is The Lancer (as he is second-in-command, contrast to the top guy). Among the rest, there are three Big Guys: Toll Road (the best hand-to-hand fighter), Hale (the strongest member and with the biggest guns) and Gunnar (the biggest and meanest). They are followed by other three Smart Guys, those being Yang (the smallest, but very skilled), Galgo (the craziest, but very skilled as well) and Doc (the medic). The Heart and The Chick would be respectively Billy (the youngest and the least jaded) and Maggie (the most down-to-earth, only woman in the team); and finally Tool, being the job organizer, could be considered The Team Benefactor.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gunnar in the sequels. And arguably everyone else on the team to varying degrees.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They regularly insult and casually threaten to kill each another... But they're willing to die and kill for each other.
  • Weapon of Choice: While all of the Expendables use assault rifles and submachineguns as their primary weapons, each of them uses a particular signature weapon as well.

    Barney Ross

The leader of the team, Ross is an aging pistolero and mercenary with a jaded attitude and the conviction that nothing he does is making the world a better place. He does possess an actual moral compass however, and tries to take jobs that hurt only the bad guys.

  • A Father to His Men: Forgives Gunnar for betraying the group, and his main motivation in the second movie is trying to avenge the death of Billy
  • Bad Luck Charm: His "lucky" ring...
  • Celibate Hero: Seems to actively avoid romance, despite his chemistry with Sandra in the first film and Maggie in the second
  • Chain Pain: Uses one against Vilain.
  • Cigar Chomper: Though not as much as Trench.
  • Cool Bike: Barney has a custom chopper that he built himself.
  • Cool Car: Barney's truck is a custom 1955 Ford F100, with armor plating and bulletproof windows.
  • Cool Plane: Barney has a sea plane with hidden machine guns. In the sequel, it has an artillery gun mounted in the nose.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the main protagonist of the first three movies, he'll have a smaller role in the fourth, with the intention of Passing the Torch to Christmas.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Barney goes through one in the third film when Caesar is nearly killed by Stonebanks. Barney is so distraught that he temporarily disbands the Expendables and forms a new team of young recruits because he can't bear the thought of one of his friends being killed so close to retirement.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His weapon of choice, according to the official field guide, is brass knuckles(though he seems to actually prefer his pistols to anything).
  • Guns Akimbo: Barney often fights with a Kimber custom M1911 in each hand.
  • The Gunslinger: He prefers pistols to other firearms, and he's the quickest shot on the team.
  • The Hero: He's the leader of the Expendables, and their moral center.
  • Hero's Classic Car: Drives a 1955 Ford F100 pickup truck, which turns out in a Chase Scene to have been heavily modified under the hood.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lee Christmas.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: This is why Barney rejects Maggie's advances.
  • Keep the Reward: Gives his share of the money to Sandra, rather than keeping it for himself.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He tries to be cynical and detached, but simply cannot stop himself from caring when it really does matter. In the rare, rare instances where his actions make a positive difference in the lives of decent people, his sour armor completely melts away.
  • Meaningful Name: Barney Ross was the name of an American boxer from the 1930s. His name could be a reference to the fact that one of Sylvester Stallone's best known characters is a boxer.
  • Old Soldier: The oldest of the Expendables and this means that is competent enough to survive doing this mercenary thing for over 22 years.
  • Quick Draw: Somewhat of his stock in trade, considering he favors handguns.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Barney loves to quick-draw his enemies using a snub-nosed Colt Single-Action Army.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to have seen the death of so many brothers that he is able to keep his feelings completely in check when dealing with the loss of friends.
  • Tranquil Fury: Tends to favor this over Unstoppable Rage, shown in the first and second films where he hardly raises his voice at the villains. Which is why it's so shocking when he flips out upon seeing Stonebanks.
  • Weapon of Choice: Pistol, both his custom 1911 automatics and his snubnosed single-action revolver.
  • When She Smiles: It's rare, but he shows a surprising tender warmth when he actually does get to make a positive difference in this world.
  • Worthy Opponent: Vilain considers him one, and is elated when they finally get to fight.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: During his fight with Vilain, Ross charges Vilain and delivers a full on power slam.

    Lee Christmas 
Played By: Jason Statham

The youngest member of the original team, Lee Christmas is a career mercenary and blade specialist, who serves as Ross' Number Two and reality check. He has a rocky relationship with his girlfriend, Lacey.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Milder example. He is good at this thing and he knows it, and is not above flaunt it a bit.
  • Bald of Awesome: Being played by Jason Statham, this is a given.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is he ever, and seeing as how it's Jason Statham.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Former SAS.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Barney Ross.
  • Knife Nut: Lee appears to prefer using his throwing knives to any other weapon.
  • The Lancer: Ross's quick-witted second-in-command who, despite his rough demeanor, would be willing to put his life on the line for the sake of his friends. In the upcoming fourth film, however, he'll now be The Hero with Barney Passing the Torch to him.
  • Meaningful Name: A pretty obscure one. Lee Christmas was a mercenary during the real-life Banana Wars. Genius Bonus for history buffs, and a huge hint that the name is really an alias.
  • Mugging the Monster: Inverted. In The Expendables, monster mugs you!
  • Number Two: Lee is this to Ross.
  • One-Man Army: While all of the Expendables kill way, way more than their fair share of mooks, Christmas usually gets the lion's share; in the second movie he kills more than Toll, Gunnar, and Caesar put together - though about a third of those came from blowing up the bridge at the beginning of the movie. His kill count is well into triple digits before the opening credits.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Though most of the Expendables fit this already, Christmas is a particular example, with greater emphasis on theatrical techniques. Especially notable in the second movie, where Barney convinces him to do the whole church ambush by just appealing to his ego and the flashiness of the whole thing.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he discovers his ex-girlfriend is being abused by her new man, he is not happy.
    Christmas: Where is he?
  • Warrior Poet: He busts out a limerick at the end of the first film.
  • Weapon of Choice: Knives of all types.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: After he finds out that his ex-girlfriend's new partner is hitting her, he goes to the park, hears him call her a bitch, subjects said boyfriend to a Curb-Stomp Battle, and threatens to kill him if he hits her again. All without raising his voice.

    Yin Yang 
Played By: Jet Li

The smallest and lightest member of the team, Yang is a close combat specialist who has known Ross since day one, and is the first one to follow him when he decides to go ahead with the mission to the island. He claims to have money problems, and is frequently mocked and belittled by Gunnar.

  • Alliterative Name: Yin Yang
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A mild example, but he's pretty confident in his skills.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in the third movie, working for Trench in the film's climax.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Though not above using guns and knives.
  • David Versus Goliath: In his battle with Gunnar. Although it's also an aversion of this trope; Yang would have been killed if Barney Ross hadn't intervened.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second movie, he leaves about ten minutes into the movie, and in the third, doesn't appear until near the end, where he's now working for Trench.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses two to take out five mooks in the opener of the sequel after his gun runs out of ammo.
  • I Have a Family: He mentions having one on the first movie, which is the reason he demands money constantly. He admits to Barney that he was lying about it, but brings up the possibility that he'll start one someday.
  • Large Ham: Especially when compared to most of Li's other roles.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Yang invokes this when he walks into a kitchen filled with knife wielding mooks and, being a true Combat Pragmatist, immediately draws his pistol. Only it's empty after the first shot.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The shortest member of the team in the first and second movies; deadly in close-quarters combat.
  • Put on a Bus: Appears in the opening sequence at the start of the second film, but parachutes into China with the rescued official and isn't seen again. Prior to his leaving Gunnar asks when he'll return, to which he replies "Maybe soon...maybe never." leaving it open for the bus to come back.
  • Token Minority: The only Asian in the team. Lampshaded in The Expendables 2. When asked by Gunnar who he'll get to pick on without him, Yin replies "You'll find another minority".
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ross. When the rest of the team decides that returning to Garza's island is insane, Yang insists on accompanying Ross. When asked why his only reply is "friends die together". Somewhat subverted when he turns up working for Mauser in the third film because Trench pays him more.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is very petite, especially compared to the behemoths the team is mostly composed of, but he makes it up with martial skill, improvisation and grace.
  • Weapon of Choice: His bare hands, with a side of whatever is readily available.

    Toll Road 
Played By: Randy Couture

A tough close-up combatant with a cauliflower ear and intellectual pretensions. Toll Road is the best physical fighter on the team.

  • Badass Beard: By the sequel.
  • Badass Bookworm: Toll Road is implied to be fairly well read. In the first movie, when the crew is heading back after their securing the hostage mission, most are maintaining their weapons or flying the plane while he is studiously reading a book with his reading glasses on.
  • Bald of Awesome: Though it is hard to see due to his uncanny skill to keep his hat on while fighting.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Generally punches, kicks, or throws mooks rather than using guns or blades (not that he doesn't also carry and use both).
  • The Big Guy: While not the only musclebound martial artist in the team, he is probably the best of them in a technical sense. He ends up squaring with the previously invincible Paine, and although he still fails at overpowering him cleanly, he does land his fair trade of moves and end up killing him for good.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After trading bumps with Paine, who had beaten down Barney earlier, Road resolves to Kill It with Fire.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Clearly believes himself to be more cultured than his pals, and it might be technically true given that he was in college and likes to read, but never does anything to prove it in a pragmatic context.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a boonie hat as part of his uniform, and also he wears caps and berets in casual wear.
  • Old Soldier: Like many members of the team, he is both old and skilled. Given that he's the one to eventually take out Paine, he may well be the best of them all in physical matters.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Lee, his bare hands, though with more emphasis on wrestling moves and throws than direct strikes.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Uses suplexes, powerslams and powerbombs when in physical battle. The actor, Randy Couture, is both an amateur wrestling champion and a trained professional wrestler.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Couture's cauliflower ears.

    Hale Caesar 
Played By: Terry Crews

The team artilleryman, Hale Ceasar never enters a fight without a grenade launcher, a shotgun, or some other devastating fire support weapon. He's one of the more cheerful members of the team, and in terms of sheer muscular power, the strongest.

  • Awesome McCoolname: It's not just a pun, it's a pretty cool sounding name too.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: When he figures out using the AA-12 was a bad idea in closed quarters in the first movie.
    • In the third film, when he uses a minigun. Just as Gunnar predicted, he has about 10 seconds worth of ammo.
  • Bald of Awesome: Always bald, always awesome.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Caesar and his AA-12 save the rest of the team in style in the climax of the first movie, turning every single mook that stood in their way into mincemeat.
  • The Big Guy: He is the team's artilleryman, as well as probably the physically strongest among them, given that he is Ross' go-to guy when freakish feats of strength are required.
  • Blood Knight: Seems a bit too much over-enthusiastic about fighting, leading Toll Road to ask him to seek a psychiatrist.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: While his teammates are usually more subdued, Caesar clearly loves what he does.
  • Cool Gun: His AA-12 shotgun note . There's also his Milkor mutiple grenade launcher in The Expendables II that's loaded with buckshot rounds, though he actually only borrowed it from Gunnar.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets in a few jabs here and there.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the third movie, he gets badly wounded by Stonebanks and spends the majority of the film in the hospital to recover. He survives.
  • I Call It "Vera": He refers to his AA-12 shotgun's miniature warheads as "Omaya Kaboom" when talking to Toll Road in the first movie.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A straight razor.
  • Knife Nut: Though not as obsessed with blades as Lee Christmas, Hale's backup weapon of choice is a shaving razor. In the sequel he is also shown to carry a more normal combat knife.
  • More Dakka: The team's resident expert in pouring down heavy ammo.
  • Psycho Party Member: He is not the only who looks a bit nuts in this team, but his lust for violence and fighting makes him the most vicious on the battefield.
  • Scary Black Man: And he would be scary even not being the only black in the squad (which he ceases to be with Doc's arrival).
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Seems to think so, given his taste of using shotguns. Even after losing his beloved AA-12 to Trench, he gains a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun and uses the aforementioned buckshot MGL.
  • Twofer Token Minority: When Barney introduces the team to the villagers in the second movie as "Americans," most of the team corrects him. Hale's correction is to self-identify as a Blackfoot Indian, but it's hard to tell if he's serious or just being a smartass.
  • Weapon of Choice: Shotguns, whether semi-auto or an AA-12 fully automatic.

    Gunnar Jensen 
Played By: Dolph Lundgren

A shellshocked lunatic with drug abuse and rage problems, Gunnar is a hulking bruiser who is willing to kill anybody, ally and enemy alike, having issues with Yin Yang in particular. He mellows out considerably by the start of the sequel.

  • Back from the Dead: He was shot and apparently killed by Barney after trying to kill Yin Yang. However, it was Only a Flesh Wound.
  • The Big Guy: He is the tallest of the team and one of its best martial artists, and his bloodlust (and violent insanity overall) is equalled by no one.
  • Blood Knight: Even worse than Hale, Gunnar definitely has fun fighting and maiming. After coming back from a flurry of hits and a leg choke by Yin Yang, he just strikes a smile and a cheerful, "My turn."
  • Boisterous Bruiser: After Caesar, he's the most extroverted of the Expendables.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Studied chemical engineering before he quit to become a bouncer in order to impress a girl.
  • Byronic Hero: He's more unstable than the rest of the team, suffering from a drug addiction and more willing to kill the teams' targets in needlessly cruel ways. He does mellow out after the first film.
  • Casanova Wannabe: A subtler example, nonetheless, but Gunnar's occasional attempts to flirt with Maggie always fall flat.
  • Cool Gun: In the sequel, he carries a Milkor MGL multi-shot grenade launcher as his primary weapon during both the opening rescue and during the airport shootout.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Gunnar has a recurring substance abuse problem (heavily implied to be crystal meth), which helps to explain some of his attitude problems.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite betraying the team in the first movie and actively trying to kill one of his member, they don't seem to care much afterwards, including said member.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the team's chemical engineer, see Actor-Shared Background.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In the first movie, he leaves the group due to a falling out with Barney and then joins Munroe's team. He later betrays them during a car chase to try to kill Barney and Yin Yang and gets shot by Barney. By the end, Gunner is back with their good graces and stays a face during the sequel.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a huge bowie knife. During the climactic airport shootout in the sequel, this appears to be the ONLY weapon he is carrying as backup to his grenade launcher!
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even although it's not his specialty, he is fearsome at close combat. During his fight with Yang in the first film, he is fast and skilled enough to keep pace with the smaller man for most of the fight, and whenever he lands hits, Yang feels them.
  • Pitiful Worms: This is his favorite type of insult.
  • Psycho Party Member: He might not be the least sane in the team (Galgo and Caesar probably beat him in that), but he is the least moral. He is willing to betray the team and murder one of his members with his own hands for a grudge.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Seen using shotguns from time to time.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the first movie and even became one of the bad guys for a brief moment.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted. In the first moments of his fight with Yin Yang, Gunnar seems to be little more than an unskilled brawler who happens to be very burly, but he soon reveals he knows how to use his strength and size. His precise, karate-like punches and kicks also evidence he is a trained martial artist just like Yin Yang (and not without reason, as Lundgren is an European karate champion in real life).
  • Weapon of Choice: Explosives and grenade launchers. He uses a sniper rifle in the third movie, probably in reference to promotional materials from the first film that described him as a sniper. He even mentions using a wrist-mounted computer to check weather conditions.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Rejoins the team at the end of the first movie, having kicked his drug problem.

"I promised myself, I'm gonna die for something that counts."
Played By: Mickey Rourke

A former member of the team, Tool runs the tattoo parlour that the Expendables operate out of. He suffers from severe PTSD which is why he had to leave the team in the first place.

  • Absentee Actor: For the sequels.
  • The Casanova: Mainly implied. The first time we see Tool, he is accompanied by a gorgeous, buxom blonde young enough to be his daughter. Based on comments made by his friends he's good at seducing women though not so good at keeping them.
  • Knife Nut: Not to the same extent as Christmas but he has his moments. He doesn't take part in fighting scenes so this is the only shtick he shows.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: It's implied that his love life isn't very successful.
  • Manly Tears: Lets out a few during his monologue.
  • Mission Control: Organizes the jobs that the Expendables go on.
  • My Greatest Failure: Seeing a woman attempting suicide in Bosnia and doing nothing to stop it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Tool's obsession with "decorating" pretty much anything, whether it's Lee's head with a tattoo or a guitar he plans to smash once it's completed.
  • Retired Badass: A former member of the team and, if his knife-throwing is any indication, his skills are still sharp.
  • Retired Monster: How he views himself.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: He is not referenced in the second or third movies.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: To the point where he had to walk away from the team's jobs.

    Billy "the Kid" Timmons 
Played By: Liam Hemsworth

A new recruit in the second film, Billy is an Afghanistan veteran whose faith in the US Army has been shattered. He doesn't yet know if the mercenary life is for him but he doesn't have many other options.

  • Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: When he's behind a scope, he's cool as a cucumber, emotionlessly mowing down mooks with single shots and even quietly apologizing for the delay in rescuing Barney and Ying Yang because he had to adjust for wind. Outside combat though, he's just an average young man dreaming of settling down with his French nurse girlfriend.
  • Fragile Speedster: His speed comes in handy for scouting runs and for reminding Barney how old he is. He is killed off quickly.
  • The Heart: He has yet to become as pessimistic as the older team-mates.
  • Kill the Cutie: The youngest and most innocent member of the team is killed to motivate everyone else.
  • Nice Guy: When compared to his teammates.
  • New Meat: Though the Expendables aren't military, he seems to be their version of this - he's a new member of the group, doesn't seem to be as muscular as everyone else, and is nicknamed "the Kid". He also refers to Ross as "Sir", whereas everyone else just calls him Barney.
  • Retirony: He's not sure that the mercenary life is for him and he's planning on finishing up at the end of the month.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Billy's death makes the mission to stop Vilain personal.
    • Face Death with Dignity: He urges the team not to cooperate with Vilain and remains as stoic as he can even after getting a huge Bowie knife kicked through his chest.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: An unusually young example but his time served in Afghanistan shattered his faith in the American Military. Also an unusual example in the nature of the trauma; his commanding officer refused to use artillery on Taliban fighters who were hiding amongst civilians, which would have been a serious war crime. This caused his entire team to be slaughtered, leaving him with the guilt of failing them. Yet the same officer murdered a stray puppy he adopted during that battle on the grounds that an adorable baby animal would "soften" the soldiers and make them unfit for combat; an all too frequent and sad occurrence in the Real Life US Military.
  • Tagalong Kid: Pretty old for the usual example but plays it straight nonetheless.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's fairly good looking.
  • The Trope Kid: Named after Billy The Kid.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Barrett M107 Sniper Rifle.

    Maggie Chan 
Played By: Nan Yu

A CIA agent assigned to assist the team during the second film, Maggie is a technical genius, and a physical match for any of the men on the team.

  • Action Girl: Completely shatters the stereotype of the 1980's Asian damsel in distress; aside from being pulled away from flying debris once. She is intelligent, brave, completely independent and an equal to every male Expendable (and possibly even better when it comes to interrogation).
  • Badass Bookworm: Arguably more educated than every man on the team, a fact that Barney grudgingly shows respect for.
  • Biker Babe: She rides a motorcycle when she meets up with Barney.
  • The Comically Serious: She's a bit more straight-foward than the rest of the team.
  • Cultured Badass: She's fairly intelligent.
  • Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent English, French, Chinese, and Slavic languages.
  • Dragon Lady: Averted: Possibly the first female Asian warrior in an American film who kicks ass but is decidedly not a mean-spirited and cynical ice bitch.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: After fighting side by side with our heroes.
  • Genius Bruiser: The most technologically savvy of the cast.
  • The Heart: Aside from Billy The Kid, her empathy and connection to humanity is the least damaged of the band.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Maggie extracts crucial information from some of the bad guys using a torture kit containing several knives, scalpels, and other nasty-looking instruments (although it happens off-camera).
  • Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Trailer: Despite her fairly major role in the movie (she's in it more than Jet Li), she wasn't included in the billing.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Although there's definitely some romantic tension between Barney and Maggie, Barney refuses to let it go any further out of concern that he'll endanger her.
  • One of the Boys: Able to simultaneously take the immaturity of the men in stride and bond with them through the camaraderie of sharing dirty jokes.
  • Sixth Ranger: Although not officially a part of the Expendables, she is implied to be this for the franchise should it ever continue:
    Maggie: If you're in trouble, call me or you're dead.
  • Team Mom: Able to be an emotional center and conscience for the team AND still be a badass too.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman on the team; and a complete equal as a warrior to every male Expendable. In every way. Including some truly awful dialogue early in the movie.

Played By: Antonio Banderas

A former Spanish Armed Forces sharpshooter and Bosnian War veteran who fears nothing, Galgo is sharp and charismatic with a bark that matches his bite.

  • Badass Spaniard: A former member of the Spanish Legion and portrayed by Antonio Banderas.
  • Because I'm Good at It: He claims this is the reason he's a mercenary, rather than anything else.
    Galgo: All I know how to do is killing people! And! I! Am! Very! Very! Good at it!
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name translates to "Greyhound".
  • Blood Knight: As he says above, the only thing he does well is kill people and he's desperate to get back to it.
    [in the middle of a gunfight] "This is the happiest day of my life!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has a mad amount of enthusiasm, can't communicate without motioning around frantically, often says very bizarre and/or inappropriate things, likes to sing and dance, and never, ever shuts up.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seems like The Load when he first appears with his endless chatter and nervous manner, but once he lets loose in the final battle... holy shit.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: An amusingly dark version since his squad was killed in front of him.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Played with. He used to belong to the Spanish Legion, an unit that isn't exactly elite and is more associated in Spanish popular culture to extreme right-wingers and overall nutcases (Galgo himself could be considered a parody of this, even if he fortunately doesn't talk about politics in the film). However, the Legion has been through very nasty stuff for most of its operational history, so it is accepted that anybody who comes from its missions alive is guaranteed to be a badass in his own right.
  • Fearless Fool: Seems like this. Fortunately, he can more than back it up.
  • Firing One-Handed: Momentarily does it with an AK-47 while doing a dance pose.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He quickly proves to be this, as none of the others can put up with his nonstop talking, but by the end they've accepted him as a member of the team.
  • Happy Dance: Does one of these when Barney allows him to help out.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Subverted. He acknowledges that killing is the only thing he is good at, but his obvious enthusiasm for joining the team in order to keep killing downplays any possible reluctance for it.
  • Large Ham: And his body language is not less histrionic.
  • Le Parkour: Very agile and graceful. His introduction has him doing pretty moves down from a scaffolding.
  • Man Hug: Embraces Barney when he officially lets him join the team until Barney tells him to ease off.
  • Motor Mouth: He never stops talking. Ever.
  • Nervous Wreck: The poor guy really looks like he has a neurological condition or something.
  • Quick Draw: Skilled at this.
  • Psycho Party Member: Unlike team members who see their job as a chivalry task at the best or a fountain of thrill at the worst, Galgo claims to be in there just for the act of killing. Then again, given the circumstances of his claim, it's not clear if that is the literal truth or just a desperate way to sell his talents. Considering his background, it might be even a sign that he's not completely on his rocker.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied. He fought in the Bosnian War and saw all of his unit die, so it's entirely possible that his perennial anxiety is a Black Comedy take on PTSD.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his former team; ever since this happened, he's been desperately looking for work to no avail.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is among the lightest and least buff members of the brigade, but his aim, skills, finesse and guts make up for it.
  • Weapon of Choice: Notable because he doesn't have one. He uses any weapon he can get his hands on.

Played By: Wesley Snipes

One of the original five founding Expendables, Doc managed to get himself imprisoned after attempting a solo mission that went horribly wrong.

  • Badass in Distress: Part of the third film involves the Expendables rescuing him from a train filled with soldiers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a sense of humor to match even Lee's.
  • Gagging on Your Words: He's pretty confident and snarky but it takes a lot of effort for him to thank the team for saving him.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a skilled medic and lethal combatant who shows exactly why he was one of the original members.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When he runs out of knives, he's perfectly able to use his bare hands and martial arts skill.
  • Knife Nut: He's particularly skilled with blades, describing himself as "the knife before Christmas." He was also apparently skilled enough with them to be capable of giving himself a clean shave, dry, without a mirror, using Gunnar's massive Bowie knife, and while on a plane.
  • Large Ham: As is standard for Wesley Snipes. Doc is always theatrical and over the top.
  • The Medic: The two reasons Ross gives for rescuing him are that he is a medic and one of the original team members.
  • Scary Black Man: Courtesy of Wesley.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied, notably when he chooses to sleep on the floor rather than in bed. It is probably due to having spent eight years in a Hellhole Prison.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: It takes him a while to actually thank the other guys for saving him but after that he's pretty nice.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Christmas, he's a Knife Nut and also favours a Steyr AUG.


    General Garza 
Played By: David Zayas

The military dictator of a small island nation, General Garza runs a repressive Police State, and is deeply involved in the South and Central American drug trade.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After he realizes the kind of person he's become he's soon killed by Munroe.
  • Anti-Villain: Although he's a dictator and a pawn of Munroe, he also feels guilty for what he and Munroe have done to his country.
  • Badass Boast: Gives a good one at the end of his Rousing Speech.
    "We will kill this American disease!"
  • Badass Moustache: Has a nice 'stache going on.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: On the surface he and Munroe are this, but it becomes clear that Munroe holds the actual power in the relationship.
  • Cool Sword: When Garza decides to be his own man and stand up to Munroe, he does so carrying a sword.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Munroe goes too far when he tortures Garza's own daughter for information so Garza decides to stand up for himself. This ends poorly for him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His daughter, Sandra, is this to him.
    "You don't kill your family."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See Noble Demon below. He disapproves of killing family members. He also seems to have a problem with the general level of callousness that Munroe displays; while Garza is willing to kill to maintain power, he's not nearly as casual about it as Munroe and Paine are.
  • Four-Star Badass: We never get to see him fight, but this is certainly implied. After all, when you're a twenty-first century dictator you don't threaten a man with a sword instead of a gun unless you're also a certified badass.
  • The Generalissimo: Garza is one of the rarest characters in Western film—the sympathetic South American generalissimo.
  • Glorious Leader: If the posters of him all over the island are any indicator.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Killed by Munroe before he can complete his Heel–Face Turn or even realise that he and the Expendables are on the same side.
  • Heel Realisation: Following his My God, What Have I Done? below.
  • Hidden Depths: He makes his soldiers's elaborate warpaint himself and has a daughter who is a great artist, implying he was good at painting aside from being a dictator.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Grows more and more unhappy with playing the role of the tyrannical oppressor. When Munroe has Sandra tortured it forces him into a Heel Realisation.
  • Noble Demon: Quite a noble one, actually. Although he's a dictator, he would rather be ruling peacefully than having to oppress his people and grow drugs for his CIA dealer. He even admits that his daughter is who he should have been.
  • Police State: Runs one.
  • President Evil: As the dictator of an oppressive police state.
  • Puppet King: Only in power thanks to Munroe's efforts.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He dies soon after he turns against Munroe.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to his troops from his balcony during his Heel–Face Turn, where he apologises for his actions and urges them to help him drive the Americans out.

    James Munroe 
Played By: Eric Roberts

A rogue CIA agent, drug smuggler, private military contractor, and all around bad guy, James Munroe defected from the agency to help Garza run his drug business. Completely ruthless, he is the power behind the throne.

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Seemingly with General Garza, the two heads of the drug smuggling operation. Despite the official titles, it soon, however, becomes apparent that it's really Munroe in command.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Alluded to when talking about Sandra and how her relationship is with her father.
    Munroe: How did two obvious professionals pass right through security personnel, kill 41 soldiers and get away? With help, that's how. Everything's under control, except one detail, a daughter who wants her father and company dead and gone. Bad Shakespeare. Somehow the company parasites got to her. Look, she's your daughter, and that's tragic. But blood or not, she's goes. Call it the price of doing business.
    General Garza: You don't kill your familia.
    Munroe: Come around my house during the holidays, pal.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: He's a former member of the CIA who went rogue for personal gain. However, the CIA itself is not exactly evil in those films. It's shady, but Bruce Willis's CIA Agent character is still a heroic figure (especially in the sequel), and Sandra is a CIA contact.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no qualms about shooting someone in the back.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Has no idea why Ross comes after him, and is convinced that he must be doing it for the money. "What're they paying you anyway. I would have payed you twice as much. To go FISHING!"
  • Evil Counterpart: Positions himself as one to Ross during his rant at the end. It would be more accurate to say that he's one to the team as a whole, as a CIA agent turned mercenary who is willing to cross far more lines than they are.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's willing to act polite, but he has no loyalty to anyone but himself.
  • Greed: His primary motivation is to make as much money as possible.
  • The Heavy: Of the first film. He's not as much of a fighter as the other characters, but he's the reason the Expendables are sent to Vilena.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Manages to not only take out Garza and three guards while restraining a struggling Sandra with the other arm, but to do so before any of them can so much as raise their weapons, let alone return his fire.
  • In the Back: Shoots Garza in the back.
  • Large Ham: He gets hammy on a few occasions.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To General Garza. Garza may be technically in charge, but Munroe is the one financing him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is suspiciously close to that of US President James Monroe, who proclaimed South and Central America to be the US's backyard, and started the American tradition of interfering in those countries.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. Munroe leaves the fighting to The Dragon and appears to be a noncombatant. Then he pulls out a gun and mows down an entire room full of guards in about ten seconds flat.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: His death. He’s fatally shot multiple times by Barney and Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Lee.
  • Only in It for the Money: Wants to make a lot of money; doesn't care how he gets it.
  • Rogue Agent: A CIA operative turned drug smuggler.
  • Sinister Shades: Seen wearing shades on occasion.
  • Smug Snake: He has a lot of confidence, but lacks the combat ability of the series other villains.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Waterboarding her, on the other hand, he has no problems with.

    Daniel "Dan" Paine

Ex-US military and with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, Paine is a private military contractor and Drill Sergeant Nasty who Munroe brings in to act as his right-hand man and train Garza's special force. A thug at heart, he handles the jobs that Munroe does not trust Garza's men to do properly.

  • Bald of Evil: As nasty as he is bald.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a bushy short beard, signature of Stone Cold.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Of Sandra. The Brit does most of the work but Paine still watches and provides assistance. He later starts to have Ross tortured as well.
  • David Versus Goliath: The Goliath during his battles with both Ross and Toll Road, who aren't exactly small guys. He wins one and loses the other.
  • The Dragon: Oscillates between that and The Brute to Munroe.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: This part of his personality really shines through.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted. Paine looks the part of the huge, unintelligent thug, but his dialogue lines coupled with what Munroe says about him suggest he's ex-US military and actually quite bright.
  • The Juggernaut: A veritable physical behemot, he makes a mountain of muscles like Ross look feeble and it takes a trained wrestler like Toll and a lot of fire to stop him.
  • Man on Fire: How Toll Road finally deals with him.
  • No-Sell: Pretty much shrugs off anything Ross throws at him. It takes Toll Road a lot of effort to have Stone Cold start selling.
  • Rogue Agent: Most likely, given his association with Munroe and clear US military experience.
  • Use Your Head: Does this during his fight with Ross, ending the fight with a flying headbutt and tackle.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Although he was winning his fight with Barney, when he sees Caesar turning some Mooks into Ludicrous Gibs down the hall, he wisely flees the scene.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And waterboard her repeatedly.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He takes Ross out with a spear and performs a chokeslam on Road among other pro wrestling maneuvers. He is played by a former WWE superstar.

    Lawrence "The Brit" Sparks 
Played By: Gary Daniels

A British torturer and martial artist in Munroe's employ, Lawrence Sparks is in charge of interrogating prisoners, which he does with extreme relish.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: If his sneers and cocky attitude are enough to judge.
  • All There In The Website: According the promo material for the first Expendables' website his name is Lawrence Sparks.
  • Badass Mustache: Of the handlebar moustache type.
  • The Brute: He acts as Munroe's muscle, although his smug attitude, small physique and high skill could make him look The Evil Genius.
  • Evil Brit: As his nickname would imply, he's British and a nasty son of a bitch.
  • Iconic Outfit: Wears nice suspenders to carry his holst.
  • Lightning Bruiser: An impressive martial artist, he trades a lot of throws and kicks with Ying Yang and is tough enough to endure as much damage as everybody. Even stabbed and weary, he is only overpowered after being double-teamed by Ying Yang and Lee.
  • Made of Iron: Kicked, beaten, and stabbed, and yet continues to get back up without any discernible damage having been sustained.
  • Neck Snap: Yang kills him this way, kicking him so hard it ends up breaking his neck as Lee holds him in place.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: During the film.
  • Smug Snake: Along similar lines to his boss.
  • Torture Technician: Seems to be the one Munroe relies on the most when it's time to waterboard somebody.

    Jean Vilain
"We are both fighting men. I respect that. And fighting men, they don't deserve to be killed like sheep. But respect... must be taught."

The villain of the second film, Jean Vilain is a mercenary and arms dealer who hopes to make a killing selling some lost plutonium to the highest bidder. He claims to admire and respect the Expendables and views Ross as a worthy adversary.

  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Firm believer of this.
  • Badass Longcoat: Always seen wearing one.
  • Big Bad: Of the second film.
  • Blood Knight: Absolutely overjoyed when he has to fight Ross and keeps demanding him to put up more of a fight.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Aside from his name, he makes his group's symbol a goat's head, which is shaped like a pentagram, and refers to it as the pet of Satan.
  • The Coats Are Off: During his confrontation with Ross.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them constantly until his final fight with Ross. He even keeps them on in a mine of all places.
  • Determinator: Every bit as tough as the Expendables and just as willing to power through the pain.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Barney's finally beaten him, he pulls himself back up and turns to face him and accepts his impending death.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a cheerful chap who treats everyone very non-formally and will often happily talk about philosophy. He also does so while brutally murdering innocent people.
  • Feeling Their Age: He is aversion; age clearly hasn't made him any less dangerous.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: Goads Barney to fight him hand-to-hand at the end of the movie, although nominally subverted in that he favors kicks more than fisticuffs.
  • Foil: As Vilain himself notes twice on the movie, both him and Ross are "natural warriors" who live their lives in battle and can do that job better than anyone else. Vilain, however, is a merciless Blood Knight with no moral boundaries whatsoever while Ross is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who always tries to help people when he can.
  • The Heavy: Although he's not the Expendables initial target, he becomes responsible for derailing their original mission.
  • Knife Nut: He seems to favor blades and uses one to kill Billy.
  • Large Ham: Not usually, but he has his moments.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast and agile but also resistant enough to No-Sell half of Ross' attacks and strong enough to throw him to the ground with one kick.
  • Made of Iron: Survives a fairly ridiculous amount of punishment in the final battle.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Van Damme is a polite and gracious gentleman who not only loves his fans, but is best friends with his ex-wife.
  • Meaningful Name: Jean Vilain is the villain of the film and is played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.note 
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is pronounced similarly to "villain".
  • Obviously Evil: Always wearing sunglasses, has a satanic tattoo and is named "Vilain".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Averted - he tries giving one to Barney during their fight, but Barney won't die so easily.
  • Sinister Shades: He even wears them when underground in a mine!
  • The Social Darwinist: Gives off this vibe, particularly with his recurring "man or sheep" speech.
    Vilain: Respect must be taught. For without respect, we're just people. Common, shitty people.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Zigzagged. He seems very interested in selling the plutonium quickly and for a large amount of money but never speaks of what he would plan to do with such money. He also expresses excitement at what a potential 'game changer' introducing a large amount of such merchandise to the global power struggle would be.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Barney one, enough so that when they finally face one another, he and Barney both discard their guns and knives and fight hand-to-hand.

Played By: Scott Adkins

Vilain's Number Two, Hector is his main enforcer and handles most of the unit's intimidation. He and Lee Christmas quickly develop a mutual dislike of one another.

    Conrad Stonebanks 
Played By: Mel Gibson

A founding member of the Expendables alongside Ross, Stonebanks became a ruthless arms trader. Believed to have been dead for years, he re-emerged and is out to end the Expendables.

  • And Show It to You: "Why don't you cut me loose, I'll open your meat shirt and show you your own heart."
  • Big Bad: Of the third movie.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first appearance he deliberately foregoes shooting Barney in favor of wounding Hale before dropping a thermobaric bomb on them just to maximize the team's suffering.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Feels sorry for Luna when he holds the rookies hostage, since he has a daughter of his own. Not that it'll stop him from using her as bait and eventually killing her, though.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's an arms dealer but draws the line at selling nuclear weapons or other extremely destructive devices. He plays it off with a joke about not wanting to take out his customers but it's heavily implied to be one of the few genuine principles he has left.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He makes mocking reference to Barney's conscience and seems baffled as to why he hasn't joined Stonebanks in his criminal activities.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Barney Ross.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's almost always polite and has Mel Gibson's charismatic personality but is definitely not on the side of good.
  • Kick the Dog: He critically wounds Caesar just to upset Barney, when he clearly had the opportunity to take a lethal shot.
  • Large Ham: A little subdued but you can tell that Mel Gibson was having a very good time.
  • Made of Iron: Takes five bullets to the chest without body armor and survives long enough to taunt Barney before being finished off.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Aside from his art collecting, he's made billions from being an arms dealer and from what little is seen of his personal life it certainly shows.
  • Motive Rant: Delivers one to the rookies when he holds them hostage, telling them how he and the original Expendables did the dirty work the U.S. government didn't want to touch to make them "look like heroes". Then when he started to work for himself, they tried to use his own team to kill him.
    "I was an American, working for America. Was. They'd eat their own children. I'm gonna spare you that heartache."
  • Not Quite Dead: Barney believes that he killed Stonebanks years ago but he survived and continued working under a different name.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Stays away from the nuclear arms trade. This is not out of any moral imperative but because he doesn't want one customer killing off all the others.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Expresses this in the climax.
    "How hard can it be to kill ten men? You think you could at least wound a couple?"
  • To the Pain: Fond of making threatening speeches detailing exactly how someone is going to suffer.
  • The Unfettered: Seems to take a great deal of pride in having zero moral scruples.
    "Success, real success, is being willing to do the things that other people are not."
  • We Used to Be Friends: Takes it really personally that Barney, a man he once regarded as a "brother", tried to kill him when he "went dark".
  • Wicked Cultured: He collects art.


    Sandra Garza 
Played By: Gisele Itie

The daughter of General Garza, Sandra is a CIA informant who acts as the Expendables' guide to her father's domain.

    Mr. Church 
Played By: Bruce Willis
"Only thing you need to know is the job's real and the money's real."

The CIA agent who first contracted the team. Church is a very dangerous man.

  • A Father to His Men: Church is very protective of Maggie and warns Barney Ross there will be dire consequences if any harm comes to her.
  • Ascended Extra: In the first movie Church only appeared in a single scene. In the sequel he's around a lot more.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Being an agency spook he's always dressed nicely.
  • Bald of Awesome: One badass bald guy.
  • Bus Crash: Drummer explains in the third film that Church is "out of the picture", but whether he's actually dead or was just reassigned is never specified.
  • The Cameo: For the first movie anyway.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Averted. Although Church is indeed highly shady and is kind of a Jerkass (albeit with a heart of gold), he is still A Father to His Men and is still genuinely trying to make the world a better place. He supports the overthrowing of a Latin American Dictator and his Rogue Agent backer and the prevention of 5 tons of weapons grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands. He even picks up a gun and fights along with the heroes when Barney calls him a Dirty Coward in the sequel.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Barney Ross calls out Church as a coward who sends others to do his dirty work, Church picks up a gun and decides to fight alongside the heroes.
  • Ironic Nickname: Given how foul-mouthed he is.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: We first meet him inside a church.
  • Old Soldier: Like the other cast members, he's old but dangerous.
  • Put on a Bus: The third movie quickly establishes that he's been replaced by Max Drummer.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: He does not appear in the third movie though he is mentioned.

    Trent "Trench" Mauser 
Dubbed By: Daniel Beretta (European French)

A one-time friend of Ross', "Trench" Mauser runs his own mercenary group and occasionally crosses paths with the Expendables.

  • Ascended Extra: Much like Mr. Church, Trench Mauser becomes a fairly important character in the sequel.
  • Badass in Distress: Turns out to be the prisoner with a sack on his head in the sequel. The first thing he does once freed is ask for a big gun.
  • BFG: His Weapon of Choice. In the beginning of II, he demands Hale to give him his AA-12 automatic shotgun because he just won't use a gun that is not big. He's later seen with the same AA-12 complete with a Badass Bandolier much like another sequel film of his.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In II after Barney and his team had been trapped by Vilian with no way out.
  • The Cameo: For the first movie anyway.
  • Cigar Chomper: Unless he's in the middle of a battle Trench always has a stogie in his mouth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's Arnie so he naturally gets a lot of dry remarks and one-liners.
  • Hero of Another Story: Trench runs his own crew and is presumably out there doing the same sorts of things that the Expendables are. In the third movie he's joined by Yang.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Mauser" is a weapons's brand, but it might be as well a portmanteau of 'Mars' and 'Hauser'.
    • "Trench" is also appropriate, considering how he digs the crew out of the mine in the second movie.
  • Old Soldier: Like most of the others, his age hasn't slowed him down in his mercenary work.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Ross constantly trade barbs but would (and do) go to incredible lengths to bail one another out of trouble.
  • Weapon of Choice: An AA-12 shotgun. He initially takes Hale Caesar's, but he brings his own for the final battle in the second movie.

Played By: Chuck Norris

A lone gunman for hire, Booker was hired to eliminate some of Vilain's men, putting him in contact with the Expendables.

  • The Ace: He makes everything he does look effortless. At one point he casually strolls by a line of enemies and wipes them out while barely looking at them or raising his gun.
  • Badass Beard: Chuck's.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice. First when he saves the Expendables while they're pinned down by the Sang and again when he joins them during the fight at the airport.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no qualms with using one militiaman as a human shield while gunning down the rest then tossing said militiaman into an airport x-ray scanner and shooting him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With the bonus of being a Meme Acknowledgment of Chuck Norris Facts:
    Hale: I heard you were once bitten by a cobra.
    Booker: Yep. And after seven agonising days... the cobra died.
  • Hero of Another Story: While the Expendables were doing their thing he was already on his own separate mission fighting the Sangs. There are also stories told about him. Despite having never met him, Gunnar has clearly heard of him, asking "Aren't you the one they call The Lone Wolf?".
  • I Work Alone: Says as much after saving the Expendables from the Sang. Despite that, he shows up to help the team during the final showdown. When Barney points out that he's supposed to be "The Lone Wolf", he admits that "sometimes it's fun to run with the pack".
  • Leitmotif: The theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Memetic Badass: In universe. The other Expendables know him by reputation.
  • Old Soldier: Though he might not seem it he is the oldest of the tough guys.
  • One-Man Army: Explicitly described as such on his official profile, and his first appearance backs it up when he casually and singlehandedly wipes out a Sang force that is overwhelming all of the Expendables. Including a tank. He only appears in the movie for five minutes, but in that time he kills more than half as many Sangs as Christmas does in the entire movie.
  • Red Baron: "Lone Wolf". He doesn't need teammates and works alone. He's a literal One-Man Army to the point of absurdity.
  • Unflinching Walk: At one point during the massive airport battle, he's shown casually walking along, firing his rifle one-handed from the hip and mowing down a dozen Sangs.
  • Weapon of Choice: A G36C assault rifle with multiple magazines clamped together.

    Max Drummer 
Played By: Harrison Ford

  • Ace Pilot: Look at how he flies that Huey!
  • Blood Knight: After the climax of the movie, Drummer tells Barney that fighting along side him and his team was the most fun he ever had.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Eventually averted with him; he's an elite-ranking CIA field officer, and unlike Monroe or Church, he appears to firmly be one of the good guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Drummer has a very dry sense of humor. Just look at who he's played by.
  • It's Personal: Stonebanks tortured and killed several of his agents, which is why he gets involved personally.
  • I Was Never Here: Says this before leaving with Trench and Yang to provide back-up for the Expendables.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather cold to Ross when they first meet but later goes out of his way to aide the Expendables, declaring it the most fun he's had in years.
  • Precision F-Strike: Given the third film's PG-13 rating he's the only one to utter "fuck" during it.
  • Retired Badass: Formerly a highly-regarded Major in the United States Air Force.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Mr. Church.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His weapon of choice is listed as a helicopter.

    John Smilee 
Played By: Kellan Lutz

  • Badass Biker: Ramps a bike up several stories in order to take out soldiers who have Barney cornered - he definitely counts.
  • Leader Wannabe: Asks when he gets to take over at the end of the third movie and he has problems with taking orders.

Played By: Ronda Rousey

Played By: Victor Ortiz

Played By: Glen Powell

  • Chekhov's Skill: He's introduced rock climbing and his skill at it is crucial in the climax.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He prefers drones and computer hacking over handling weaponry.
  • Genius Bruiser: But that doesn't mean he can't handle a weapon. He's also pretty athletic, as he's introduced free-climbing up the side of a mountain and BASE jumping off when he loses his handhold.
  • Non-Action Guy: Relatively speaking; he does not get as involved in the action as much as the others, preferring to use his skills with drones and computers. That said, he is still capable of holding his own when needed and is shown to be very athletic.
  • Playful Hacker: Shut down Seattle for three days because he could.

Played By: Kelsey Grammer

Alternative Title(s): The Expendables 2, The Expendables 3


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