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    Rick O'Connell 

Rick O'Connell
"You know, a couple of years ago, this would have seemed really strange to me. "
Played By: Brendan Fraser

"Oh, I hate mummies."

The main character. An adventurer who served in the French Foreign Legion and eventually learns that he's a reincarnated warrior on a mission to save the world.

  • Accidental Truth: He was the only one to theorize the reason for Imhotep's punishment, was because he got frisky with the Pharaoh's daughter (actually Seti's wife, but it was a good guess). Evy dismisses it though until the Medjai confirmed it.
  • Action Dad: In the second movie, combined with Papa Wolf when Alex is kidnapped and Rick pulls out all the stops to save him.
  • The Chosen One: He later finds out in Mummy Returns that he may be a reincarnated Medjai destined to protect Evy who is the reincarnated Pharaoh's daughter. While also destined to kill the Scorpion King.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even about to be hanged:
    Hangman: Any last requests, pig?
    Rick: Yeah, loosen the knot and let me go.
  • Determinator: He just keeps going no matter how many times he's knocked down.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Definitely by the second movie, he's come to accept he's smack dab in the middle of very supernatural messes and just rolls with it (i.e. shoot at whatever's trying to kill them and/or needs to be killed to fix the mess). Best summed up in that movie when he and Ardeth witness Imhotep's second resurrection from their hiding spot
    Rick: (to Ardeth) You know, couple of years ago, this would've seemed really strange to me.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Played with; as a career soldier, he's no exception to the old saw, "No atheists in foxholes". He knows how uncertain life is, and so is quite willing to believe in curses and that one should not be incautious when it comes to a MacGuffin called "The Book of the Dead." On the other hand, that same cynicism means he has no patience with "good" superstitions; it takes seeing his own face on an ancient wall painting to to convince him of his own heroic destiny after spending a movie length denying he is The Chosen One.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Goes from an almost caveman look (unshaven, wild-haired, dirty and clothes torn) in his first scene to a clean and nicely-dressed gentleman in his second, to the point that it takes Evy a couple of seconds to recognize him from the prison.
  • I Warned You:
    • In the first film, Rick is wary of Evie reading the Book of the Dead's incantations, but Evie dismisses him, stating that "no harm could come from reading a book." Evie ends up awakening Imhotep as a result, and when they escape, Rick explicitly states, "Didn't I tell you not to play around with that thing?"
    • Gets a Call-Back in the sequel, when Rick and Evie are exploring a tomb and find a treasure chest. Sure enough, opening it sets off a trap that nearly kills them.
      Evelyn: It's only a chest. No harm ever came from opening a chest.
      Rick: Right, and no harm ever came from reading a book. Remember how that one went?
  • Indy Ploy: Almost all of his plans are done impromptu or with very little analysis.
  • Legion of Lost Souls: He starts the first movie in the French Legion, where he's the only one of his platoon to get spared by the Medjai once they entered Hamunaptra given Imhotep started manifesting in the sand below him.
  • No-Sell: He believed that something unholy was afoot going into Hamunaptra, so far from pissing his pants at the sight of a voracious, screaming mummy, he simply shouts right back and blasts it with his shotgun.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not harm his son.
  • Save the Villain:
    • At the end of the first film, as they're escaping the collapsing Hamunaptra, Rick tries to help Beni escape, but can't pull him out in time before the door seals him in.
    • In the novelization of the second film, Rick feels so sorry for Imhotep over Anck-su-namun abandoning him to save her own skin that he actually tries to help save him. Instead, Imhotep voluntarily lets go, allowing himself to be Dragged Off to Hell.
  • Strategy, Schmategy: Most of the time Rick's only 'strategy' is to go into a situation guns blazing until everything he's fighting is dead, relying on Evelyn in particular to find an alternate when they're facing an immortal foe who can't be killed by conventional means.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's very attractive and has a good deal of sarcasm and dry wit to his character, and makes jokes at several people such as Beni. He's also quite big at a solid six foot three.
    Jonathan: Er..- sorry Evie, he's... er... a bit tall.
  • Walking Armory: Carries at least two pairs of revolvers and semi-automatics on him at all times, in addition to a typical shotgun and a ever-present duffelbag, car trunk or travel chest filled with guns, ammunition, explosives and knives. Alex in the third movie is shown to have taken up this habit, with Rick preferring the pre-war classics and the son favouring more advanced WWII-period weaponry.

    Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell 

Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell
"Having an encounter with a three thousand year old walking talking corpse does tend to convert one!"
Click here  to see her after she Took a Level in Badass in The Mummy Returns
Click here  to see Maria Bello's version of the character from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
"Look, I may not be an explorer or an adventurer or a treasure seeker or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. a librarian."

  • Action Mom: She has already become this upon having Alex, able to mix the combat skills of her past life with some of the combat training she's received from Rick.
  • Back from the Dead: In the second film, she's fatally stabbed in the gut by Anck-su-namun near the end and dies in Rick's arms. Alex resurrects her shortly afterwards using the Book of the Dead.
  • Badass Bookworm: A librarian by profession and very well-read, but (at least in the second movie) perfectly capable to kick your arse.
  • Badass Driver: In the third film, Evy does a good job driving after a chariot whose passenger is throwing fireballs.
  • Brainy Brunette: She starts as a Hot Librarian, and is both The Smart Girl and Only Sane Woman compared to the gung ho Rick and the less than savory Jonathan.
  • Came Back Strong: After she is resurrected in the second film she regains all of her memories of being the Princess Nefertiri, including the fight training. Since she also still has all her memories of her life as Evie , including the moves she's learned from Rick, this allows her to combine the two and beat Anck-su-namun when they were pretty evenly matched back in the ancient times.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: She reads from a book that sets off the events of the first movie, and that conveniently prevents the production company from having to pay more actors.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less on the face than the rest of the cast, but still is quite snarky.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Anck-su-namun in the first two films. Justified in both. In the first, Ankh-su-namun needs to kill Evy to become immortal (and then the guards summoned by Jonathan have no qualms about attacking her). In the second, Evy has fought her before in their past lives so she's the best qualified to take her out. Jonathan tries to fight Anck-su-namun but she clearly outclasses him.
  • Determinator: Takes responsibility for raising Imhotep and putting him in his grave again in the first film, no matter how dangerous it is. She also risks her life to rescue Rick from hell near the end of the second film.
  • Disney Death: She gets stabbed near the end of the second film and subsequently dies, but they use magic to bring her back.
  • Groin Attack: She knees a random Mook in the family jewels during the fight at the mansion in the second movie.
  • Happily Married: To Rick in the second film and onward.
  • Hot Librarian: Starts as one who wanted to become an Adventurer Archaeologist.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In the third film, Evy spends a while fighting The Emperor and Choi while wearing a fancy pink evening gown. She displays some good martial arts moves and pulls a knife from her garter belt at the start.
  • Kiss of Distraction: On Imhotep in the first movie, causing him to lose his concentration and freeing the plane with Rick, Winston, Jonathan and Ardeth on it from Imhotep's giant sandstorm.
  • Lady of Adventure: Unintentional in the first movie. Deliberate by the second. The third has her becoming a novelist based on her adventures, only to be brought back in for one more.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: By the second movie, she wears her hair down in contrast to her keeping it tied in the first.
  • Loony Librarian: A downplayed example. She is a librarian who, while highly intelligent, is also slightly eccentric and extremely clumsy. This is exemplified in a scene early in the film where she accidentally knocks over an entire library of bookcases like dominoes.
  • Mama Bear: Do not harm her son.
  • Morality Pet: To Jonathan; he's a coward most of the time, but he will step up when his sister is in danger.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After undergoing Adrenaline Makeover, she starts dressing less conservatively. In the second movie, we see her previous incarnation Princess Nefertiti fight her stepmother in a golden bikini.
  • Nerd Glasses: She's a librarian with interest in Egypt and wears glasses. Which she loses once in the desert in the first film.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She manages to bring down an entire library in a few seconds in the first film, and the curator gives her a The Reason You Suck speech. Later, after her reading from the Book of the Dead has brought Imhotep back to life, Ardeth joins him.
    Curator: [We Medjai] are sworn at manhood to do all in our power to stop the High Priest Imhotep from being reborn into this world.
    Ardeth: And now, because of you, we have failed.
  • Proper Lady: She's prim, sensible, with very good manners (to the point that once Rick jumps on her reading, Evy's response is "The only thing that scares me, Mr. O'Connell, are your manners."). Changes to Spirited Young Lady with Maria Bello's Evy.
  • Reincarnation: It is revealed in the second film that she is this for Nefertiri, who has guarded the bracelet of Anubis back in ancient Egypt.

    Jonathan Carnahan 

Jonathan Carnahan
"Be quiet Alex! If there's going to be any hysterics, they'll come from me!"
Played By: John Hannah

"I say, bloody good show, chaps! And did I panic? I think not!"

  • Achievements in Ignorance: During the first two films, he manages to keep hold of crucial items for their future efforts- the key to Hamunaptra and the Spear of Osiris- without knowing their true significance until much later.
  • Action Survivor: For the most part. He's not a fighter, but has some fine shooting skills, not to mention Deus ex Machina levels of luck.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As cowardly and bumbling as he may be, do not mess with his sister.
  • The Chick/The Smart Guy: Evy and Alex are both quite intelligent too, but Jonathan is the most resourceful.
  • Cowardly Lion: He flees from danger, unless his sister is in trouble.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Is clearly outclassed as a fighter by Anck-Su-Namun in the second film, but manages to get a few hits in, surprising both of them. In the end, though, Anck slashes at him and is about to kill him when Evy stops her in the nick of time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently.
    Evy: What do you suppose killed [the Warden]?
    Jonathan: Did you ever see him eat?
  • Headbutt of Love: Tends to use it as a comforting gesture: To his sister in the first movie and his nephew in the second.
  • Hidden Depths: Jonathan may seem like your standard Plucky Comic Relief, but as the entry below details, he's far from incompetent, and he just might have stopped taking anything seriously since 1918. Given the timeframe of the movie and his age, it's highly likely that he served, which would explain his skill with a rifle and his fists, his drinking habit, his skittishness, and his skepticism with traditional heroism.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Jonathan may be a ridiculously greedy, swindling Plucky Comic Relief, but he is also a crack shot with a rifle, a skilled pickpocket, and disturbingly competent with a book of ancient spells. When the first reanimated mummies appear in the treasure room and his two-shot derringer proves almost useless, he promptly pulls the revolvers from Rick's holsters to continue shooting. Then when Evy's in danger, Jonathan orders the guard mummies to kill Anck-su-namun without any hesitation.
  • Lovable Coward: Ties in with being the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Only in It for the Money: Pretty much his motivation throughout the first film. In the sequel, when it's revealed that the family are now quite well off, he's seen quite relishing in his new-found wealthy lifestyle. His greed actually saves the world when he repeatedly steals the Spear of Osiris, which Rick uses to kill the Scorpion King.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: A frequent source of humour who sometimes gets dangerous.
  • Sidekick: A textbook example of one.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He sucker punches Anck-su-namun at one point in the second movie. Justified given that she was trying to kill him and she just murdered his sister right in front of him.
  • Zombie Gait: Fakes being one of Imhotep's followers on the streets of Cairo to get the car.

    Alex O'Connell 

Alex O'Connell
Freddie Boath as Alex in The Mummy Returns
Click here  to see Luke Ford's version of the character from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Played By: Freddie Boath (The Mummy Returns); Luke Ford (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)

(To Imhotep) "My dad is going to kick your arse."

  • Brats with Slingshots: In the second film, played to amusing effect against Lock-nah.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Like his uncle Jonathan, Alex is established early on as learning how to read hieroglyphics. This eventually pops up after Evy dies and they need to resurrect her using the Book of the Dead... written in hieroglyphics.
  • The Chosen One: To use the bracelet of Anubis. Well he chose himself really.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He sure does take after his father.
  • Idiot Ball: As Rick lampshades, what the hell was Alex thinking when he decided to go and uncover the Emperor?! It's not like his family haven't had a long history dealing with curses and mummies... does it ever end well?!
  • In the Blood: Alex is not the first person in the family to be a Disaster Domino.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the third film. He even inherits his father's knack for accidentally unleashing the undead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a brat, but he actually has a good heart and is rather smart.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Lin. Although Lin is about the same age as Alex, she and her mother had been rendered immortal for 2,000 years due to the power of Shangri-La's waters. Of course, her mother took care of the problem by sacrificing their immortality in order to summon an undead army to stop the Emperor.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He inadvertently awakens the Dragon Emperor from his tomb simply by digging him up. Of course, he was being manipulated into doing so at the time, so it's a given.
  • The Smart Guy: He is intelligent far beyond his years, a trait his parents never hesitate to acknowledge. He is able to speak and read Ancient Egyptian better than Jonathan having been taught by Evelyn and is able to use the Book of the Dead to resurrect her when she is killed by Anck-su-namun.
  • Tag Along Kid: He was kidnapped by Imhotep for the majority of the second film and needs to be rescued by his parents, but subverts it later on when he uses the Book of the Dead to resurrect his mum.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His stupidity for waking up the Emperor in the third film.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He and Rick slew the Dragon Emperor.


Imhotep and his followers


"Death is only the beginning."
Click here  to see his mummified form.
Played By: Arnold Vosloo

"The sands of time have already begun to pour against you."

The Big Bad of the first two movies of the Mummy trilogy.

Back in ancient Egypt, Imhotep was the High Priest of Osiris and the trusted advisor of the Pharaoh Seti I, becoming a close confidant and friend of the man. Despite this, Imhotep formed a hidden romance with the Pharaoh's mistress, Anck-Su-Namun, the two taking many precautions to keep their love a secret.

One night, however, the two had chosen to no longer live in secrecy and decided to assassinate Seti I. While they succeeded in their task, their acts of treason were witnessed by the Pharaoh's daughter, Nefertiri, who managed to alert the loyal guards of her father, the Medjai. Forced to flee, Imhotep could only watch in grief as Anck-Su-Namun committed suicide in front of the approaching guards.

With the intent of bringing his love back to life, Imhotep and his priest stole Anck-Su-Namun's body away to Hamunaptra. Utilizing the sacred Book of the Dead, Imhotep almost succeeded in his dark task before the process was interrupted by the arrival of the Medjai, who proceeded to arrest the high priest and his followers. While his priests were mummified alive, Imhotep was given a much worse fate for his crimes.

With the legendary Hom Dai placed on him, Imhotep was cursed with unholy powers and the effect of bringing about the Ten Plagues of Egypt if he were brought back to life before being mummified alive along with dozens of flesh eating scarab beetles within his sarcophagus, feasting upon him for many years.

Once resurrected, his set goal of once again resurrecting his lost love began anew.

  • Affably Evil: Imohtep is a fairly polite, friendly guy who drains people as part of his plan and kills those who get in his way.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all his evil, Imhotep just wanted to be with his lover and he suffered greatly for that love. In the second movie's ending, Imhotep is clinging to a ledge over a hellish abyss and calls out to Anck-Su-Namun for help. Despite genuinely loving Imhotep, she ultimately values her new life more and abandons him. Imhotep is completely devastated; he looks at Rick and Evienote , gives them a jealous and respectful look, and lets go of the ledge to fall to his death. Ultimately, everything Imhotep went through was for nothing.
  • And I Must Scream: The Hom-Dai cursed Imhotep with eternal life, which involved cutting out his tongue, wrapped in bandages, and entombed alive in a sarcophagus filled with flesh-eating scarabs, ensuring that he will endure the agony of his wounds for all time.
    • Worse in the novelization, which has the latitude to go into deeper detail about the curse without pacing or rating issues. It seems that the curse was designed to work in a twisted mockery of the "circle of life"- Imhotep is eaten by the scarabs, and eventually becomes so ravenous that he begins eating them, they eat him all over again...
  • Anti-Villain: He was motivated by love rather than power or control.
  • Arch-Enemy: Rick is this to Imhotep and is the main reason Imhotep plans fail.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice so far.
  • Bald of Evil/Bald of Awesome: Vosloo is noticeably bald, and he had to have his body waxed for Imhotep, necessitating this.
  • Benevolent Boss: First film only. He bows his head in reverence upon bringing his loyal priests back; he also keeps his word to Beni and is surprisingly candid towards him concerning the details of his Evil Plan, which might be because Beni is the first person he can talk to after 3000 years or so . He goes in the opposite direction in the sequel, treating his disposable human followers with apathy and sneering at his highest servant's death at the Scorpion King's hands... er, pincers.
  • Big Bad: For the first two movies.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Scorpion King in the second movie.
  • Body Horror: Most of time, he's a walking, rotting mummy, and needs to absorb the fluids from living humans to restore his human form.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After losing his powers, Imhotep faces Rick himself in an even one-on-one duel, armed as well as unarmed. While he doesn't face the Scorpion King himself, he does throw the Spear of Osiris at the monster's chest, missing only because Rick catches the spear.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Imhotep is appropriated of his powers by Anubis who apparently wants him to face the Scorpion King like a mortal.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When Beni gets lost in the pyramid, the recently resurrected Imhotep is about to kill him as the cowardly Beni prays to various gods in an attempt to ward him off. When Beni starts to pray in Hebrew, Imhotep recognizes the language and instead forces Beni into his service, since having someone around who can actually understand him would be useful to someone who's planning to conquer the world (plus Beni knows the guys who have the canope jars).
  • Composite Character: While the punishment of being mummified alive for trying to revive their beloved is a part of both Imhotep and Kharis' backstory, the removal of the tongue comes from the latter only.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The nature of the Hom-Dai: you're made immortal and trapped in a sarcophagus with flesh-eating scarab beetles for all eternity. A harrowing Fate Worse than Death...unless you manage to escape the coffin. Then you get superpowers like telekinesis and elemental control.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: His ultimate fate, though he willingly jumped to the underworld after his lover abandoned him.
  • The Dreaded: The Medjai are doing everything in their power to prevent Imhotep's resurrection so that his curse will not bring destruction to everything.
  • Dying Vocal Change: In the first film, his voice returns to the supernaturally-deep rumble he possessed back before he regenerated, as he slowly decomposes back into a mummy.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Can take the form of a sandstorm.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rick, they are completely in love with one person and would do anything for that person, however, Rick is the more honourable person as he pursues his love in a righteous manner whereas Imhotep pursues his love through deceit and murder.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply loves Anck-Su-Namun. She's also the main reason why he's been cursed.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In his mummy status, his voice is deeper and guttural than his normal one.
  • Evil Wears Black: Imhotep has a preference for wearing a black cloak, both before and after he was cursed.
  • Eye Scream: What he did to Mr. Burns at first.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is often polite to his enemies... before killing them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Love Makes You Evil, followed by Fate Worse than Death.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a priest (admittedly the High Priest of Egypt), but after murdering the Pharaoh, he attempts to resurrect someone from the dead and gets cursed to be a walking mummy, which gives him a lot of power if he is released.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the Book of Amun-Ra is used to take away his immortality, all it takes is Rick running a sword through his stomach to finish him off.
  • Karmic Death: His death in the second film, while tragic, mirrors his own Lack of Empathy, seeing everyone as an obstacle or a pawn to his means and caring little about what happens to even his own followers. He dies knowing that the one person he does care about would not risk themselves for him either.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The adventurous and witty tone runs out the window once he appears.
  • Large Ham: Most of it in Ancient Egyptian, however.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It was his love for Anck-su-namun that led him to both assist her in murdering Seti and try to bring her back from the dead, two crimes that were apparently enough of an insult to the gods/God to justify both mummifying him and his servants alive and to give him the curse of the Hom Dai, which makes him undead. He tries the resurrection thing again in the first film, and has better luck in the second, but after Anck-su-namun abandons him, he willingly removes himself from the world and descends to Hell.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's a well built and handsome man with a lot of Shirtless Scene. Of course, even fully regenerated he retains his Volumetric Mouth, which can come off as even more terrifying than when he did it as a rotting corpse.
  • Neck Lift: Does this, often before killing people by draining their fluids and life.
  • Necromancer: Imhotep is able to bring mummies to life to do his bidding, as shown when he raises his mummified priests near the end of the first film and opens an urn in the museum during the second film, using the contents to create a quartet of soldier mummies to chase Rick, Evelyn, and Ardeth.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees Evy's cat in the first movie, he gasps and flees in terror. Since ancient Egypt saw cats as guardians of the underworld and Imhotep was still a mummy when he saw the cat, it's understandable why he was so afraid of it.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He is said to bring calamities and plagues if he were to awaken and he certainly lives up to this trope. Imhotep brings forth the Egyptian plagues in the first movie, raining down Cairo with hailfire, covering it with clouds of locusts and diseases that leaves its people enslaved to his will, and he can manipulate the elements such as summoning a sandstorm or water wave for great destructive effect.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Shows mercy to Beni after finding out he can speak Hebrew- more out of a sense of needing a translator until his powers are cemented than anything.
  • The Punishment: His curse had the side effect of turning him into an immortal flesh-eater with superpowers beyond the ken of mortal men and is practically unbeatable.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imhotep was buried alive in a sarcophagus with flesh-eating scarab beetles to keep him company in olden times. No wonder he comes back extra evil thanks to the accidental reading of the Book of the Dead.
  • Tragic Monster: He just wanted to be with his loved one. Who leaves him to die in the end, rendering all his efforts and suffering moot.
  • Troll: Why else would he put Lock-Nah in charge of watching after Alex if not for kicks.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In the first film, thanks to still figuring out how to use his powers, and even then in very specific circumstances. Imhotep shows creativity at a distance like the 10 plagues, creating sandstorms, and raising mummies to distract the heroes, but up-close in a fight when it's just him versus Rick and Jonathan, he limits himself to just using his Super Strength and Healing Factor by tossing Rick around the room and attempting to strangle Jonathan when he could easily grab either one of them and drain their organs and fluids.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The first film's first act starts out like a witty adventure comedy genre copycat of a Indiana Jones movie, but then when Imothep appears, the horror genre outweighs the adventure genre.
  • Villainous Valor: Most apparent in the second movie, when he decides to try fighting the Scorpion King after Anubis takes away his powers, and even fights Rick to a standstill. Of course, he changes his mind when the Scorpion King turns out to be massive scorpion-human chimera, and chooses to trick him into attacking Rick instead. Of course, he's still awesome before then as well.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Egyptian mythology, cats were the guardians of the underworld and warded off evil spirits. Until Imhotep was restored to his full power, he was terrified of them and could be scared off by simple housecats. He shrugged this off when fully restored.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The worst part is that Imhotep isn't even trying to destroy the world, it's just that he's cursed to bring the Ten Plagues of Egypt when he resurrects (the first time at least; they don't come with him in the second film). Of course, this is tempered by the fact he doesn't seem to particularly care that his presence is tearing Egypt apart...

    Anck-su-namun / Meela Nais 

Anck-su-namun / Meela Nais
"Put your mask on. Let's not scar that pretty face."
Played By: Patricia Velásquez

"What a bright little child. Your mother must be missing you terribly. If you wish to see her again, you better behave."

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Of course, there are a few times when she loses her cool, mainly when it concerns Imhotep.
  • Ascended Extra: The character Anck-Su-Namun is given more insight in the second film in contrast to the first film.
  • The Baroness: Sexpot variant.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Having abandoned Imhotep in favor of her own life, she stumbles and falls into a swarm of scorpions (and possibly the flesh-eating scarab beetles) as she is fleeing. The scorpions/beetles crawl all over and inside her, choking her dying screams as they sting her to death and/or devour her alive.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her mummy form averts this. She looks exactly as you'd expect a 3000-year-old mummified corpse to look.
  • Dark Action Girl: In modern times and in ancient Egypt.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Evy.
  • Dirty Coward: Imhotep begs for her help in the second film, and she runs away on him, which contradicts her past incarnation's devotion to him when she willingly kills herself in his name suggesting that maybe Meela and Anck-Su-Namun are not the same person after all.
    • Or worse, that Anck-su-namun was always like this. While she did kill herself for Imhotep, it was with the idea that he would resurrect her so they could be together. When faced with a real and pressing danger with no guarantee she would make it out safely, she chose her own skin.
  • The Dragon: To her lover, Imhotep, in the second movie.
  • Driven to Suicide: She stabbed herself the first time she died.
  • Eaten Alive: Her fate, after abandoning Imhotep. She trips and falls into a pit full of flesh-eating scarabs that proceed to swarm all over her body and devour her alive.
    • Given the scorpion motif throughout the Scorpion King's pyramid, the above was likely accomplished by the plain old scorpions.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Evelyn as both are Ancient Egyptians who were reincarnated, also whereas Anuck-Sun-Nmaun love for Imhotep is subjective on whether he can help her or not Evelyn loves Rick from the core of heart and would risk her life for him without a second thought.
  • Faux Action Girl: Whenever she's in a situation where she's not entirely in control of the fight, she's quick to either run for it or find a way to tip the scales in her favor.
  • Killed Off for Real: Anck-su-namun dies well, killing herself in the face of Pharaoh's guards with the defiant cry 'My body is no longer his Temple!'. Meela doesn't do nearly as well, dying a Cruel and Unusual Death after abandoning Imhotep.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Imhotep.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Ancient Egypt, mostly.
  • Reincarnation: Meela is the reincarnation of Anck-Su-Namun.
  • She's Got Legs: As an Ancient Egyptian Anck wears little more than body paint. As Meela she favors slinky outfits that show a lot of skin.
  • Smug Snake: Very. Anck and later Meela just cannot resist rubbing it in when she thinks she has the upper hand.
  • Stripperiffic: Especially in Ancient Egypt. Where does her outfit begin or end with all that paint?
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Probably justifiable as Anck has spent most of that time dead, but when she and Evelyn fought in the second film, Anck was totally reliant on her combat training from Egypt whereas Evelyn was able to take her by surprise with some tricks she'd learned from Rick since their marriage.

    Beni Gabor 

Beni Gabor
"Oh, your strength gives me strength."

  • Accidental Hero: One of the pieces he took from Hamunaptra turned out to be the Spear of Osiris, the weapon that is later used to kill the Scorpion King in the second film.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he meets Imhotep in the tomb, he goes through Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and then Jewish chants in an attempt to gain some divine immunity. The last one convinces Imhotep to spare his life and enslave him, since he recognizes the Jewish chant as being from Egypt's slaves like in the Bible.
  • Arc Words: Rick tells him "Goodbye Beni" twice, (Thrice if you count the camel race) first when he throws him off the boat, and then again when he gets trapped in the sinking tomb despite Rick's attempt to save him.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He serves Imhotep purely out of fear and greed, and he clearly loathes every minute of it, except the part where he taunts the eyeless Burns, perhaps because he blames Burns and his fellows for unleashing Imhotep. By the end of the movie, he finds out being the toady for an undead dark wizard is really not all it's cracked up to be.
    Beni: I need a new job.
  • Butt-Monkey: Beni's not exactly the most enviable character in the first movie; he gets thrown off a boat, finds himself on the wrong side of the Nile, gets forced into servitude by Imhotep, gets beat up, and finally gets trapped in Hamunaptra as it's sinking, just before getting Eaten Alive by scarabs.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Every chance he gets. During his very first scene, his first action upon finding a place to hide is to close the door on Rick.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Having spent the movie betraying everyone, he faces a slow death by dehydration and starvation after being trapped in Hamunaptra's treasure chamber. That's bad enough, especially given that the single torch he has is going out. But then, the scarabs show up...
  • Death by Materialism: Beni had already taken enough riches that Rick and Evelyn could live afford a freaking estate in London years later. But he just needed to get more, and activated the trap that brought it all down. And if he had dropped the heavy bag he was carrying earlier, he might have made it before the door sealed him in.
  • Dirty Coward:
  • The Dragon: To Imhotep in the first movie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As vile as he may be, Beni flinches and shuts his eyes as Imhotep sucks Daniels' body dry.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's basically Jonathan (comedic, greedy and cowardly) without his redeeming qualities (like Big Brother Instinct).
  • Evil Former Friend: He and Rick were friends during their time serving in the legionnaires, though Beni leaving Rick to die to save his own skin quite thoroughly killed that. By the time they meet again three years later, there is clearly no love lost between them. That said, Rick does try to save Beni when Hamunaptra collapses, though is unsuccessful.
  • Fatal Flaw: Mix of being a Dirty Coward, Greed, and his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. This ultimately leads to his Cruel and Unusual Death at the end of the film.
  • Greed: Beni demonstrates the insatiable nature of unfettered greed, always wanting more no matter how much he already has. His constant and overwhelming desire for more material wealth ends up biting him in the ass big time.
    • The worst part is how avoidable his fate was; Had he left with the treasure he already had on the camel, he would've been set for life. But Beni just had to go back for an even larger bag.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike Imhotep, a genuinely cool villain with a tragic past, Beni is a mere sniveling coward, backstabber and greedy scumbag who cares only about himself.
  • Karmic Death: Lampshaded by Evey, who tells him his character type always comes to a Cruel and Unusual Death.
    Evey: Oh, yes. Always.
  • Kick the Dog: Helping Imhotep out of cowardly self-preservation is one thing, but mocking poor Mr. Burns over his traumatic encounter with Imhotep was just another unnecessary layer of cruelty altogether.
  • Laughably Evil: For being a Butt-Monkey.
  • Legion of Lost Souls: Was part of the same unit as Rick. He survived by hiding in a building while everyone else was getting shot by the Medjai.
  • Properly Paranoid: Beni wears the symbols of dozens of different religions, seemingly to cover his bases. In the face of Imhotep, hungry for mortals to restore himself, he pulls out quite a few and prays. This actually saves his life when he takes out the Star of David and begins praying in Hebrew — Imhotep foreseeing the need of a translator. Crosses into some Crazy-Prepared territory as well.
  • The Renfield: He's mostly there to help Imhotep find what he's looking for, and failing badly at that.
  • Slimeball: Beni is a greedy, sniveling Jerkass who would sell out anyone to save his own skin.
  • Smug Snake: After becoming Imhotep's minion.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To Imhotep, although it's more out of fear and greed than genuine devotion.

    Baltus Hafez 

Baltus Hafez
"You two must sacrifice yourselves for me. You shall be rewarded in Heaven!"
Played By: Alun Armstrong

  • An Arm and a Leg: The scorpion statue sucks off his arm.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Hafez is presumably Egyptian, however, his accent sounds more like an ambiguous meld of Italian and Romanian if anything.
  • Dirty Coward: To two of his last minions as they're being chased by undead killer monkeys:
    "You two must sacrifice yourselves for me. (runs off) You shall be rewarded in heaven!"
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:The Scorpion King rips him into at least three pieces.
  • Hand in the Hole: And he isn't happy when he pulls it back out and sees the state of it.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Scorpion King.
  • Mysterious Past: Where did he come from? How does he know about and why does he worship Imhotep and wants him to conquer the world? What is his relationship with Meela Nais and Lock-Nah? We never find out.
  • Wicked Cultured: He is a museum curator, reads Ancient Egyptian, and has his own cult of Imhotep worshipers.


"When the time comes, I shall truly enjoy killing you."
"Not bad...for a Medjai."

  • Arch-Enemy: To Ardeth Bay.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the other fighting villains, like Imhotep and Anck-su-namun, Lock-nah is just an ordinary man who can keep up with Ardeth Bay in a duel.
  • Black Dude Dies First: He is the first of the main villains to be killed.
  • Blood Knight: A rather dark example. Lock-Nah is more excited at the prospect of hurting people as opposed to fighting them.
  • The Brute:
    Meela Nais: "And the Book of the Living... takes life away."
    Lock-Nah: "I thought that was my job."
  • Child Hater: If his behavior toward Alex is anything to go by.
  • Cold Sniper: Shoots Ardeth Bay's falcon out of the sky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a few moments.
    (Lock-Nah stabs his knife right between Alex's fingers)
    Alex: Whoa, that was amazing! Perfect aim.
    Lock-Nah: What are you talking about? I missed.
  • The Dragon: To Hafez. A skilled fighter and an imposing villain.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje portrays the character with got a rich, bass voice.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can go from calm to extremely angry with minimal provocation.

    Red, Jacques, and Spivey 

"Red" Willits, Jacques Clemons, Jacob Spivey

Played By: Bruce Byron (Red), Joe Dixon (Jacques), Tom Fisher (Spivey)

A trio of thieves hired to steal artifacts for Baltus Hafez.

  • Agent Mulder: Jacques is a strong believer in the curses and spells on certain artifacts and repeatedly warns his comrades not to disturb such artifacts. While Red and Spivey (particularly the latter) are dismissive, Jacques turns out to be right and all three wind up dead because neither of them listened to his warnings about the curse on the chest needed to restore Imhotep.
  • All There in the Manual: Red's last name in the novelization is Willits.
  • Bald of Evil: Red is a balding man and ruthless thief.
  • Big "NO!": Jacques when Spivey opens the chest, which dooms all three of them.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: All three have their fluids and organs absorbed by Imhotep.
  • Defiant to the End: Red and Jacques spend their last moments shooting at Imhotep after he absorbs Spivey.
  • The Ditz: Spivey, who ignores all of Jacques' warnings and has to be reminded not to shoot Red in a Mexican Standoff.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Red is the Ego, the leader who is equally greedy and cautious.
    • Jacques is the Superego; he is the most superstitious and cautious.
    • Spivey is the Id, the ditzy one who disrepects Jacques.
  • Genre Savvy: Jacques knows how to read hieratic while Red references the fates of Burns, Henderson, and Daniels in the first film, making both of them wary of the chest they were hired to steal. Doesn't save them though.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Have very little use or characterization outside of being comic relief bad guys, and are unceremoniously killed off halfway through the story.
  • Offscreen Villainy: Red mentions murdering a pair of guards when they stole the chest from a museum.
  • Perma-Stubble: Rough mercenaries Red and Jacques both have a day's worth of stubble, with the latter's in more of a goatee.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Jacques' backup weapon is a short curved sword.
  • Terrible Trio: A trio of thieves/mercenaries working for the villains.
  • Weapon of Choice: Red uses a Smith & Wesson M&P and later a Browning Hi-Power while Jacques and Spivey use Webley revolvers.
  • Would Hurt a Child: None of them have any qualms about hurting Alex, most notably Jacques who kicks away a scaffolding Alex is standing on.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: All three are locked in a room and cursed so that Imhotep will absorb their fluids and organs.

The Dragon Emperor and his followers

    The Dragon Emperor 

Emperor Qin Shi Huang
"I raised you for one purpose: to enforce my will on the entire world!"
Played By: Jet Li

"Today you awake to a world in the grip of chaos and corruption. I will restore order. I will retake what is mine. I will crush any idea of freedom. I will slaughter without mercy. I will conquer without compassion. I will now lead you past the Great Wall. Once you cross, you will be indestructible."

The Big Bad of the third film.

A ruthless Chinese warlord who succeeded in becoming the first Emperor of China, Huang was a merciless tyrant who led his troops on a unrelenting campaign of power through ancient China, killing any resistors or assassins along the way. After some time, however, his interests turned to seeking a way to preserve his youth in hopes of extending his reign beyond the normal human life span.

As such, he sought the assistance of a witch known as Zi Yuan, who held the secrets of immortality. After his horrific betrayal of the sorceress though, Huang and his men were cursed to forever be mummified as terra-cotta for centuries until his resurrection.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's a very composed individual, but he reveals an incredibly warped, violent, and sadistic streak on occasion, and being cursed for thousands of years has only worsened his insanity.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Even before he became a mummy, he fended off two assassins all by himself, while previously sleeping with his sword rested on his feet. He also learned magic from his councilors.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: He communicates in his native Chinese language, as evident when he doesn't understand Zi Yuan's curse, which she spoke in Sanskrit.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He doesn't have any goal beyond becoming immortal and ruling the world forever.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Imhotep was an Egyptian priest whose main goal was to reunite with his lover, and he gained immortality and powers through the curse cast upon him as punishment. Qin Shi Huang is a Chinese warlord whose main goal has always been conquest, and he actively sought immortality and learned to control the five elements before he was tricked to receive a curse upon himself. Ironically, it was for killing General Ming, the lover of the witch he was trying to gain immortality from.
  • The Dreaded: He is a feared and power-hungry conqueror, before and after he was cursed.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone refers to him as the Dragon Emperor, never using his name, Qin Shi Huang.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He accuses his general, Ming, of this. No one really feels for him, given he quarters the man over a woman whom then he stabs For the Evulz.
  • Evil Is Petty: He would have gotten what he wanted if he just let Ming and Zi Yuan marry. Seriously, the guy was First Emperor of China! And he wasn't even in love with Zi Yuan. The first thing he does when he sees Zi Yuan and recognizes Lin as her daughter is say she'll be his and kidnapping her.
  • Evil Overlord: First emperor of China, and an absolute bastard.
  • Historical In-Joke: The real Qin Shi Huang was driven insane because he believed drinking mercury would extend his life. Not a wise idea.
  • Immortality Seeker: The Emperor's interests of conquest extended to conquering mortality in his later life.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Rick and Alex are able to stab him with the dagger in both the front and back, connecting the two pieces in his heart and starting his death throes and liquidation.
  • Kirin: He transforms into a kirin-like beast to fight the O'Connells from up close in the finale, and would've won if Rick didn't manage to stab his side with the enchanted dagger, reverting him back to human form.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Before being even cursed, he was taught by mystics to manipulate the Chinese elements and is one hell of a martial artist.
  • Scaled Up: He's shown having the ability to turn into a black, three-headed dragon after bathing in the waters of Shangri-la. An ability he used only once in the entire film, for some reason.
    • Either it took a lot of energy to adopt such a form or he thought he didn't need to use such a form to defeat his enemies and didn't want to give the impression he was 'scared' of them by relying on raw power to stop them.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: After bathing in Shangri-La, he becomes a three-headed dragon, and takes a behemoth form to attack people.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He tried to kill Zi Yuan for her betrayal by falling for Ming instead of him. He actually succeeds the second time.

    General Yang 

General Yang
"Only the pure of heart will sacrifice themselves for the Fatherland."
Played By: Anthony Wong

"Soldiers! Soon, all our training and sacrifice will bear great fruit. It is my dream to raise our Emperor from his tomb. Only he can bring order out of this chaos. Soldiers, tonight our great battle begins!"

The general of a para-militant faction dedicated to the goal of returning Emperor Huang to life, Yang believes that with the help of the resurrected warlord, the turmoil brought about after the Second World War that has left China in a state of turmoil can finally be resolved.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He gets caught in some wooden gears. As he's being chewed up, Choi rushes forward, grabs his hand and fruitlessly tries to pull him out. He yells at her to leave him, but she refuses to let him go and they die together.
  • Anti-Villain: Yang believed that the Emperor, if resurrected, could resolve the turmoil brought about by the Second World War and restore China to its former glory.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting crushed to death by wooden gears. Whatever his flaws, he didn't deserve to die like that.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His final words is telling Choi to let go and save herself. She chooses to follow him.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's a martial artist and nearly kills Alex before the Yeti come to his rescue. Then the Yeti holds him up and roars at him. Yang punches the Yeti on the nose, and survives being thrown almost over a cliff and then the following snow avalanche. Then during the battle, he and Choi survive getting bombarded by Mad Dog and Jonathan's plane. It takes throwing him in wooden gears and being crushed to put him down.
  • A Father to His Men: Mostly towards Choi.
  • Renegade Russian: He is a Chinese general who wants to bring back the Dragon Emperor so that he can restore their country back to their lost glory. In a unique twist, he is not a Chinese Communist but a general serving the then-ruling Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, who came to power in 1928 after the successful completion of the Northern Expedition that ended the Warlord Era of the Republic of China.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yang isn't necessarily out to Take Over the World, or even self-benefit. He just believes the Dragon Emperor can restore China back to order and glory.



Played By: Jessey Meng

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After Yang gets caught in some wooden gears, Choi refuses to abandon him and perishes with him.

    Roger Wilson 

Roger Wilson

Played By: David Calder

  • Affably Evil: How much of his friendliness is genuine is ambiguous.
  • Evil Mentor: Wilson nurtures and encourages Alex's archeological aspirations, but is just using him to find The Emperor's tomb for selfish reasons.
  • Off with His Head!: By the Emperor. With his bare fingers. On fire!
  • Poor Communication Kills: Thanks to him not speaking Chinese, the Dragon Emperor mistakes Roger for being an enemy, and promptly decapitates him. It didn't help that Yang wasn't able to tell the Emperor he was a valuable ally.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he awakens the Emperor, he tries to climb on the chariot with Yang, but the Emperor simply decapitates him for his trouble. Of course, that MIGHT have been because the Emperor doesn't understand English and mistook him as an enemy. Yang didn't exactly have time to introduce everyone.


    In General 

The Medjai

The former bodyguards of the Pharaohs, they are a order of warriors sworn to protect Egypt and the world from the likes of Imothep and the Scorpion King.

  • Badass Army: They certainly hold their own against hordes of Anubis warriors who can only be killed by decapitation.
  • Cool Sword: They all wield some wicked-looking swords.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They wear black desert robes and look fairly sinister. They're still the good guys.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They kill anyone who come across Hamunaptra, as they can't risk them freeing Imhotep by mistake. Later subverted in that Rick, Evy, and Jonathan are all allowed to live following Imhotep’s defeat in the first film, while in the second film they had clearly spared the lives of Imhotep’s followers when the latter came to dig up Imhotep, if only temporarily while the Medjai attempted to discover their plans.
  • Hero Antagonist: Starts out as this in the first film towards the protagonists, but when Imhotep revives, they (mostly their leader Ardeth) act as their allies.
  • Idiot Ball: They let Imhotep's followers dig up Hamunaptra and recover his body just to discover what they are up to rather than stop them before resurrecting the Creature again.
  • Knight Templar: A Muslim varation, they seek to keep the world safe regardless of the costs.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All things considered, it was the very first order of Medjai created in ancient Egypt who initially cursed Imhotep creating the very danger that could potentially, if not most certainly, destroy the world. In hindsight, given humankind's own often times disastrous curiosity, damning and burying one of society's worst derelicts only for him to become a walking, talking apocalypse unto himself several millennia later in an age which has next to no real defenses against such monumental threats in the first place, due in small part to modern society relegating ancient curses to fables and fairy tale most likely wasn't the best of ideas.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Are willing to kill anyone who approaches Imhotep's tomb, but unlike most examples, they are quite justified in doing so.

    Ardeth Bay 

Ardeth Bay
"If a man does not embrace his past, he has no future."
Played By: Oded Fehr

"There is a fine line between coincidence and fate."

  • Big Good: He is the leader of the Medjai dedicated to protecting the world from the likes of Imhotep and the Scorpion King.
  • The Big Guy: Of O'Connell's group.
  • Cool Pet: Horus, his pet falcon. Lock-Nah shoots it. Ardeth slices Lock-Nah dead.
  • Cool Sword: A curved blade which he's quite skilled with.
  • The Comically Serious: Rick (to Ardeth) "You, lighten up."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Always dresses in black, like his fellow Medjai.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
    Ardeth: This was my first bus ride.
    Ardeth: Why don't you people ever keep your feet on the ground?
  • Decomposite Character: Ardeth Bay was the cover identity of Imhotep in the 1932 film.
  • Facial Markings: He has tattoos across his forehead and both cheeks. But unlike most examples of the trope, they're just clan markings.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. He charges into the horde with only an empty shotgun to buy time for Rick and Jonathan to save Evy and kill Imhotep. Once this is done and they make it out of Hamunaptra, he is seen to have survived. In the script he did actually die, but while filming Stephen Sommers liked the character too much to kill him off.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ardeth insists on calling Imhotep 'the Creature' instead of by his name as every other character does.
  • More Dakka: "I prefer the Thompson." Late in the first film, he takes the Lewis machine gun from Winston's plane after it crashes and uses it against Imhotep's mummified priests for the first half of the climax.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the first film, he's the one who knows about Imhotep's true nature and the extent of his abilities. In the second film, he explains the prophecy surrounding Rick and the Scorpion King.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's quite easy on the eyes, acting as fanservice with fighting scenes and an alluring accent.
  • No Name Given: His name is never mentioned in the first film.
  • Not So Stoic: Generally conducts himself with dignity and aloofness, but grins like a maniac when strapped to Winston's plane wing and is clearly having the time of his life.

    Dr. Terrence Bey 

Dr. Terrence Bey

Played By: Erick Avari

  • Big "YES!":
    Evy: And do you think this justifies the killing of innocent people?
    Dr Bey: To stop this creature? Let me think... (together with Ardeth) YES!
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Compared to you the other plagues were a joy!"
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He elects to stay behind and fight the brainwashed Imhotep cultists. He is overwhelmed and killed, but he takes down a few before he goes.

American Expedition

    Dr. Allen Chamberlain 

Dr. Allen Chamberlain
"They're led by a woman. What does a woman know?"
Played By: Jonathan Hyde

"What have we done?"

  • Asshole Victim: The only one of the doomed expedition members with no redeeming qualities.
  • Big "NO!": Yells this when Imhotep's roar sounds, and it leads to..
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: "You must not read from the book!"
  • Four Is Death: Dr. Chamberlain and the three Americans are guilty of opening the cursed chest with the Book of the Dead needed to bring Imhotep back to Earth with; he's the second man that Imhotep tracks down.
  • High-Class Glass: He sometimes wears a monocle, which makes him look a bit more distinguished.
  • Jerkass: He is both sexist and annoyingly smug.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Chamberlain is maybe a smug sexist, but he was right that Evy should not read from the Book of the Dead otherwise Imhotep would rise and the Expedition members who opened the chest (including Chamberlain himself) would be doomed as Imhotep's regeneration victims (though he shouted this at her after she had already read from the book and brought Imhotep back to life).
  • Killed Off for Real: The second of the four men that is sucked dry by Imhotep, who then takes his canopic jar and the Book of the Dead from him.
  • Killed Offscreen: Rick's group is looking for this guy before Imhotep finds him. They get distracted by Beni in Chamberlain's office, and only hear his screams and see the corpse Imhotep left behind, with Imhotep taking the Book of the Dead from his hands along with the canopic jar.
  • Mean Brit: The British Egyptologist is both sexist and annoyingly smug. Unlike his American associates, he's lacking in sympathetic qualities.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Word for word once the locusts that make up the first plague swarm the camp upon Imhotep rising (he's covered in the bugs when he says this).
  • Only Sane Man: Of his expedition and arguably overall, being the only one to take the curse seriously before Imhotep was released.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Dismisses the protagonist's chances because they're "led by a woman".
  • We Have Reserves: Is perfectly willing to let his hired workers open the trapdoors first, to spare himself and his partners the booby traps (they subsequently get sprayed by acid, though he did save the lives of his American comrades doing this).

    Mr. Burns 

Mr. Burns
"We're gonna find it, boys, and we're gonna make history."
Played By: Tuc Watkins

"Without my glasses I can't see the deck to cut it, now can I, Daniels?"

  • Blind Without 'Em: Played for horror instead of comedy, since his glasses break and he's accidentally left behind while everyone is fleeing into the crypts; he's left shuffling along trying to find his way out, and can't make out the shape sneaking up on him — until Imhotep's right behind him...
  • Eagleland: Part of the American expedition, and the first of them to be killed by Imhotep.
  • Eye Scream: "My eyes! They took my eyes!".
  • Four Is Death: Burns is one of the four guys in the vicinity of the Book of the Dead chest when it's opened, and doesn't even make it to the end of the night before the curse of the chest comes for his eyes and tongue. Imhotep then follows everyone to Cairo and makes Burns Victim No. 1.
  • Killed Off for Real: With Beni's help, Imhotep corners Burns and "finishes the job" he started on him in Hamunaptra.
  • Killed Offscreen: Loses both his eyes and tongue and then his life offscreen.
  • Nice Guy: He seems to remain in friendly terms with the heroes even though they're supposed to be in competition.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realises that Imhotep has come back for the rest of him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first victim of Imothep.
  • Tongue Trauma: "My tongue!"
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt M1911 semi-automatic handgun.

    Mr. Henderson 

Mr. Henderson
"Say, O'Connell, what do you think these babies will fetch back home?"
Played By: Stephen Dunham

"Hamunaptra, Daniels. That's all you gotta keep telling yourself. Hamunaptra."

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Of all the Americans, he's the most stereotypically American.
  • Eagleland: He is, for all intents and purposes, a cowboy.
  • Expy Coexistence: In terms of appearance and sharpshooting skills, he's this of O’Connell, but with a cowboy getup. Kinda funny, since they're in the same film together. Helps that his actor Stephen Dunham was Cast the Runner-Up for O’Connell before Brendan Fraser was ultimately cast.
  • Don't Ask, Just Run: When he runs into Rick and Johnathan, with the scarabs not far behind.
    Mr. Henderson: Run you sons of bitches! RUN!
  • Four Is Death: One of the four hapless men who is around the chest with the Book of the Dead when it's opened, and the third member of that group to be killed by Imhotep for it.
  • The Gunslinger: Hendersons' favorite style of fighting is to fire off as many rounds at a target as possible.

    Mr. Daniels 

Mr. Daniels
"All the money we're payin' you, there better be something under that sand."
Played By: Corey Johnson

"Stupid superstitious bastard."

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Attempts to beg for his life by giving his jar up to Imhotep. It winds up being for naught, as Imhotep sucks his body fluids away.
  • Eagleland: One of the American explorers who usually has a tie on him.
  • Four Is Death: Daniels is one of the four guys who helped open the chest with Anck-su-namun's canopic jars and the Book of the Dead in it, and while he stays alive a bit longer than the other three, he still dies by Imhotep's hand, even as he attempts to give his canopic jar back.
  • Guns Akimbo: During his Last Stand before he runs out of bullets.
  • Killed Offscreen: Daniels attempts to appease Imhotep with his canopic jar, but the mummy sucks him up as the camera changes to Beni's face.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After they return from Hamunaptra, with Burns having his eyes and tongue ripped out.
  • Last Stand: When he's pulled off the car as the heroes try to escape, Daniels decides to go out swinging, gunning down about eight of Imhotep's henchmen before running out of ammo. Then Imhotep himself arrives...
  • Mauve Shirt: The last of the Americans to survive, and after his death, Imhotep is fully regenerated.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The last of the Americans to survive and sharpshooting-wise formidable.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Daniels shows some concern for the others and helps fight the mummy, but he's also a greedy, curt, and sometimes cowardly tomb raider.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two Smith & Wesson M1917 revolvers.

Other Characters

    Gad Hassan 

Gad Hassan

Played By: Omid Djalili

  • Asshole Victim: No one was all too sad for his death, but more interested in how.
  • Death by Materialism: He wanders away from the group to nick some treasures, and ends up torn up from the inside and slammed into a stone wall for his greed.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite thick set and is by far the most despicable of Rick's group, trying to have Rick killed for sport at the prison.
  • Jerkass: He tries to extort sex with Evy in exchange for Rick's release; it takes a deal to split treasure to prevent him from hanging Rick, a deal that was effectively rendered moot with his death.
  • Killed Off for Real: By slamming his head into a stone wall after a scarab burrows into his brain.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: He is only every referred to as the Warden by the other characters.
  • Large Ham: Has very few lines delivered below shouting level.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: When the good guys are crossing the desert on camel-back, they continue on through the night, some of them sleeping while riding. The Warden's loud snoring disturbs Jonathan, who smacks him with his riding crop, causing the warden to snort awake and cry out, "No more goat soup!"
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates bugs, as he's quick to declare.

    Capt. Winston Havelock 

Capt. Winston Havelock
"You know, O'Connell, ever since the end of the Great War, there hasn't been a-a single challenge worthy of a man like me."
Played By: Bernard Fox

  • Ace Pilot: British Airforce pilot, and a veteran of WWI.
  • The Alcoholic: Spends all his time drinking because he couldn't have a warrior's death like so many of his friends.
  • Catchphrase: The quote about "rotting of boredom and booze" appears to be this, as Rick mimics him verbatim.
  • Death Seeker: For years he often wished he'd gone out in "a blaze of glory." like so many of his friends. He finally manages to get his wish, thanks to Imhotep crashing his plane.
  • Die Laughing: "Here I come, laddies!"
  • Disposable Pilot: He dies after Imhotep crashes his plane in the desert. THEN he sinks with his plane in quicksand.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After getting the glorious death he always wanted.
  • Improbable Age: An 'improbably old' version. Capt. Winston Havelock is a retired Ace Pilot from the First World War. However the first film is set less than a decade after that war ended and Capt. Havelock is visibly over sixty (his actor Bernard Fox was seventy one at time of filming.) Even assuming he joined the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of war in 1914 he'd still have been deep into middle age during his combat career.
  • Retired Badass: Winston is officially a retired war pilot.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was willing to put his life on the line to help Rick rescue Evy and defeat Imhotep.



Played By: Shaun Parkes

    The Scorpion King 

The Scorpion King

Played By: Dwayne Johnson

The true Big Bad of the second film. He (or an ancestor) later got an eponymous Spin-Off film series, see here for its characters.

    Army of Anubis 

Army of Anubis

Played By: Computer-generated animation

  • Dark Is Evil: They are dark-skinned Egyptian demons that emerge from black sand.
  • Keystone Army: The Army of Anubis is tied to the Scorpion King thanks to his deal with their deity. If he is defeated by someone, they will have the power to overwhelm the world using its army or to send it back to the Underworld.
  • The Legions of Hell: The Egyptian equivalent at any rate, considering they are coming from the Underworld.
  • Off with His Head!: According to Ardeth, the only way to dispatch a soldier of Anubis is to decapitate it.
  • We Have Reserves: Its said that there are as many Anubis soldiers as there are grains of sand in the desert.
  • Zerg Rush: Their main method of attack seems to be just charge and overwhelm the enemy through sheer weight of numbers. Justified in that they’re a demon army and don’t really have to strategize beyond “send wave after wave until the enemy is overrun and wiped out.”

    Zi Yuan 

Zi Yuan

Played By: Michelle Yeoh

  • Big Good: She is the one who first defeated Dragon Emperor and has been trying to stop his return ever since.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She pushes herself into the Dragon Emperor's sword to get the dagger from his belt so Rick can kill him. Even before that, she sacrificed her and her daughter's immortality to create an undead army to oppose the Emperor's own forces.
  • Hot Witch: She is attractive enough to make the Dragon Emperor and his general Ming fall in love with her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Willingly pushes her entire body into Huang's sword to retrieve the dagger needed to kill him.
  • Lady of War: She leads the undead army into battle against the terracotta legion.
  • Love Triangle: Between her, Ming, and Huang. She chooses Ming, which is only the start of the conflict.
  • Magic Knight: She may be a witch who is skilled in sorcery, but she's no slouch at swordplay either.
  • The Mourning After: Zi Yuan's lover, General Ming, died 2,000 years ago. She still misses him and has never moved on.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Her lover, General Ming, is sworn to serve The Emperor, who lusts after Zi Yuan and is a Green-Eyed Monster.
  • Together in Death: After giving up her immortality to revive an undead army to combat the titular Dragon Emperor (which, ironically, also includes her dead lover), she dies at the hands of said Emperor and finally joins Ming in death.



Played By: Isabella Leong

    General Ming Guo 

General Ming Guo

Played By: Russell Wong

Alternative Title(s): The Mummy 1999, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor