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Played by: Pa Grape.
Voiced by: Phil Vischer

George is the main protagonist of the film. At the start of the movie he is working as a cabin boy in a pirate-themed restaurant with his friends Elliot and Sedgewick. George is rather weak-willed, and as a result no one respects him, particularly his wife and children, and people often take advantage of him due to it being easy to talk him in or out of things.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Robert probably shouldn't have threatened Eloise in front of George while standing under a chandelier.
  • Character Development: Gets more assertive as the story goes on.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Getting the barbecue because Sedgewick talks him into it.
  • Extreme Doormat: In the scene introducing him and his friends, he ends up getting a barbecue packet from the back room because Elliot's too scared to go back there and Sedgewick is too lazy, and in general it's easy to talk him in or out of things because he won't stand up for himself. Eventually he gets better.
    • Determinator: While he remains soft-spoken and mostly non-confrontational, he eventually becomes a lot more proactive and resolute when it comes to things that actually matter. Like saving that little girl he's become friends with.
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  • Grew a Spine: After feeling guilty about not helping Eloise with even simple things, he gets up and starts helping her, and from that point onward he becomes a lot more willing to make his own decisions and much less willing to back down from them, even if it puts him at odds with Sedgewick or Elliot.
  • I Will Find You: To Eloise after she gets captured. He insists on it even when Elliot wants to just go home.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Becomes rather close with Eloise over the course of the film, helping her around the ship and just spending a lot of time with her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Eventually he realized that his and his friends' layabout ways were causing Eloise to have to do far more work than was her responsibility, and he starts helping her.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: His children look up to another man more than him. This is a very sore spot for him; any time his kids come up in conversation he tends to start staring at the floor sadly.

Played by: Larry the Cucumber.
Voiced by: Mike Nawrocki

Elliot works as a cabin boy in a pirate-themed restaurant with George and Sedgewick. Elliot is afraid of just about everything, from the dark to wicker chairs.

  • Afraid of Needles: A bonus feature on the DVD reveals this is one of his fears.
  • Character Development: Goes from being a Dirty Coward afraid of everything to being a Cowardly Lion.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Of course he is when he's played by Larry the Cucumber. Elliot presses the button on the Help-Seeker even though his friends think it's a bomb, when it causes a rowboat to appear he presses the button hoping it'll give another rowboat, on the Island of Walking Rocks he amuses himself by making a couple of small rocks "walk" and making up a little song about them, sees nothing wrong with singing thirty-two verses of "Papa's Got A Gumball, Nelly" in a row...
  • Cowardly Lion: Gradually develops into this. He goes from refusing to go into the back room of the dinner theater because it's too dark to going up against a giant mechanical, thankfully easy to shut down sea snake even though he's clearly terrified of it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Refusing to go into the back room to get some barbecue because the room is really dark and is "on his list."
  • Face Your Fears: Has to get better at facing his fears over the course of the movie.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: This is to be expected when his girlfriend Bernadette is played by Petunia Rhubarb.
  • Lazy Bum: While much of it comes from his fears, some of it really is him being lazy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Why did it have to be just about everything? Especially the dark. And wicker furniture. Whenever something pops up that scares Elliot, he exclaims "That's on my list!"

Played by: Mr. Lunt.
Voiced by: Phil Vischer

Sedgewick works as a cabin boy at a pirate-themed restaurant alongside George and Elliot. While he builds labor-saving devices in his spare time, he is really very lazy.

Princess Eloise
Voiced by: Laura Gerow
The princess of Monterria. When the ship The Steadfast was attacked by pirates, she and her butler Willory remained hidden, so they evaded capture. However, the rest of the crew was taken prisoner, including Eloise's brother, and Eloise is determined to find and rescue him. She used the Help-Seeker (a gift from her father) in order to find heroes, and she is convinced that George, Elliot and Sedgewick are the heroes that she was waiting for.

Over the course of the film, she forms a friendship with George and ends up inspiring him to be a better person. So when she ends up being captured by the same people who took her brother, it prompts George to try to rescue her.

  • Daddy's Girl: She's apparently the one the King entrusted with the Help-Seeker, according to her he calls her "his little Eloise" and always finds time for her no matter how busy he is, and the reason she insists on seeing George, Elliot and Sedgewick as heroes is that she has unwavering belief that the Help-Seeker, and by extension her father, chose them for a reason.
  • Damsel in Distress: Eventually her uncle's minions catch up to her.
  • Determinator: She insists on looking for her brother despite the danger to herself.
  • Determined Expression: Has this look rather frequently.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her exclamation of "My brother needs help!" while pulling a sword out from behind a piece of furniture. Fearless Fool tendencies and insistence on helping Alexander, all outlined in one brief moment. While she does get talked down from actually using the sword, the determination remains.
  • Fearless Fool: In the opening scene she grabs a sword with the intention of fighting. Never mind that she's only eight and not very skilled with a sword. Her butler talks her out of it.
  • Foil: According to audio commentary, this was intentional. Eloise is brave and hardworking and opinionated and basically everything that the Pirates have to learn to be.
  • Hair Decorations: She's always wearing that big ol' hairbow.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She and her brother both have blonde hair. They are the children of a good and wise king. Eloise is steadfast and loyal, insists on seeing good in the protagonists that they themselves don't see, and works hard at everything she does even if no one else will. Her general attitude ends up inspiring George in particular to change for the better.
  • I Will Find You: To Alexander. She insists on going into dangerous territory, and even entering places filled with dangerous people, just to find even a hint on where he's being held.
  • In the Hood: When they go to a bar to get information, Eloise wears a large hood to disguise herself. She gets recognized anyway, which leads to her capture later on.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has a brief moment of this. At one point she and George somehow get on the subject of their respective families. When George says his children George Jr. and Lucy are great kids, Eloise says that they should know how lucky they are to have a hero for a father. Given what George's relationship with his kids actually is, this instantly kills the conversation on a sad note.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With George. She appreciates his help around the ship and gets to the point where she goes to him if she has a question, and they end up spending a lot of time together.
  • Modest Royalty: Justified. Requisite Royal Regalia isn't really suited for sea travel.
  • Parental Abandonment: Dad's away on business and Mom is nowhere to be seen.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed. Her dress is white but it has a large pink bow in the back, and her hair is up in a large pink bow as well.
  • Rebellious Princess: Downplayed. She doesn't resent being a princess at all, but does some things that are decidedly un-princess-like. Willory keeps trying to dissuade her from certain courses of action (going into a Bad-Guy Bar among other things), pointing out that such actions will be all the more dangerous for her because she's a princess. She soundly ignores him in most cases, since "Even princesses can do what is right."
  • Regal Ringlets
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the opening scene she impulsively decides to try to fight, and after Willory talks her out of it she instead uses the Help-Seeker to try to find help, and until the heroes the Help-Seeker summoned actually start living up to it, she does her best to keep the ship running pretty much on her own.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Her dialogue sometimes falls into this. "Ahoy, strange seafarers! What brings you so far from shore in such a modest vessel?" and "It is imperative we mount a rescue immediately!" are probably the most notable examples.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Eloise is generally calmer and more likely to remain upbeat than Alexander.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Manages to remain fairly calm despite the circumstances, and until George starts helping her she's practically running The Steadfast on her own.

Prince Alexander
Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

The prince of Monterria. The ship he's on, The Steadfast, is attacked by his uncle. While he and his crew fight bravely and even seem to be winning, the tide suddenly turns and he is taken prisoner, prompting the rest of the crew to surrender as well.

Later on, Robert gives him a Sadistic Choice: either tell when the King will return so Robert can kill the King, or let Eloise die.

  • Bad Liar: He lies about Eloise's whereabouts in an attempt to protect her, but he comes across as way too defensive and Robert doesn't believe him.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't take insults against his father too kindly. He attacks Robert for calling the King a coward in the opening scene, and while that doesn't go so well and he doesn't try any similar stunts after that, further insults against the King later on still make him visibly angry.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His first impulse upon realizing that Robert's going to go after Eloise is to lie about her whereabouts. A bit too insistently. How much he cares about his sister is used against him later, when Robert tries to force him to choose between her and the King.
  • Captive Audience: Robert forces him to watch a demonstration of how Robert intends to pull off an assassination against the King.
  • Death Glare: Frequently gives such a look to Robert, and at one point he follows it up with outright attacking him. However, the angry glares often give way to more sad or frightened expressions, implying that he's largely using anger to hide his fear.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped in the opening scene and remains a prisoner for most of the movie.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He and his sister are some of the very few characters in the movie who have blond hair. Alexander is shown to be willing to jump into a fight alongside his crew. He loves his family dearly, defending his father's name whenever Robert insults the King, and lying to protect Eloise.
  • Modest Royalty: Justified. Given the traveling and the fact that he was fighting at the start, Requisite Royal Regalia would not be practical.
  • Parental Abandonment: Dad's away on business and Mom's nowhere to be seen.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Until he's taken prisoner, he's fighting alongside his crew.
  • She Will Come for Me: Alexander says to Robert that his father will send help.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Alexander is more hot-blooded and less naturally optimistic than his sister.
  • Teens Are Short: While he's not exactly short, veggies standing next to him who aren't George, Sedgewick, or Eloise (or Robert who cheats the whole height thing) tend to be noticeably taller than him.
  • Warrior Prince: When the ship is attacked he leads the crew in the fight, "for the King! And Monterria!" Doesn't stop him from getting captured though.

Played by: Archibald Asparagus.
Voiced by: Phil Vischer

Princess Eloise's butler. He and Eloise were the only ones on The Steadfast to evade capture when the ship was attacked by pirates. He tries his best to keep Eloise out of danger (a difficult feat when she insists on going into danger on purpose). Although he is a very loyal servant, he doesn't quite trust Eloise's judgment concerning George, Elliot, and Sedgewick, believing that they won't live up to be the heroes Eloise hopes them to be.

  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Played with. While it does turn out Eloise believing that the Pirates would do the right thing wasn't in vain, Willory isn't portrayed in a negative light for thinking otherwise; he definitely had a point, especially during the first half of the movie.
  • High-Class Glass: To be expected when he's played by Archibald Asparagus.
  • Knew It All Along: He spends the entire movie being critical of the Pirates...until they end up becoming heroes after all. After they return to their own time, he says that he knew they were alright all along. Eloise shakes her head in amusement at that one.
  • The Mean Brit: He's subtly disapproving of the Pirates when Eloise is around and openly hostile when she's not. Part of the joke being he's right on with his criticisms.
  • Non-Action Guy: In contrast to Alexander and Eloise, and ultimately the Pirates post-Character Development, Willory would much prefer staying out of trouble as much as possible.
  • Only Sane Man: For a while there; he had to look after a Fearless Fool princess who insisted on viewing an Extreme Doormat, a Cloudcuckoolander scaredy-cat, and a Lazy Bum as heroes. Small wonder he tends to be very uptight.

Robert the Terrible

Voiced by: Cam Clarke

The Big Bad of the film. Robert was banished some time ago for a previous attempt to take the throne. Since then he has been building up his forces and his weapons with the intent of trying again. When the King goes away on business, Robert seizes the opportunity to go after the King's children. While he manages to capture Alexander, Eloise evades him, so he sends out spies to try to find her.

Later on, he actually does capture Eloise, and uses her as a hostage to try to force Alexander to tell him when the King will return. However, the Pirates save them, and Robert, angered at the Pirates, follows them to the future with the intent of killing them.

  • Artificial Limbs: A rather odd example, considering that this is VeggieTales. It causes him to be the only character in the whole movie besides the Rock Monster family to even have limbs at all. Everyone else must make do with Invisible Anatomy.
  • Big Bad
  • Cain and Abel: Is the "Cain" to the King's "Abel". According to Jolly Joe's wife, Robert is "as bad as the King is good", and he really resents his brother and wants him to die.
  • The Evil Prince: He's the King's brother. And is plotting to assassinate him.
  • Evil Uncle: Considering he kidnaps Alexander and intends serious harm to both him and Eloise, he can't be a very good uncle.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: At the end of the movie he's rather angry at the Pirates for ruining his plans and he follows them to their time to try to finish them off.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tends to tinker in his spare time. Hence the Power Armor. And the mechanical snake. And the bombs. A knack with inventing is one of the few things he and his brother actually have in common.
  • Hey, You!: Never refers to anyone in his family by name. Alexander is "nephew" or simply "prince", Eloise is "the princess" or "the girl", and the King is "my brother".
  • Hook Hand: One of his mechanical arms ends in a claw instead of a hand.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He’s easily the darkest villains of the franchise. Unlike the other villains, who tend to be harmless, misunderstood, or unaware of their own villainy, he’s a ruthless pirate whose plan involves murdering the King with a bomb.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: And people do run away really fast. Sedgewick inadvertantly clears out a whole bar just by asking if anyone's seen the cutlass (that turns out to belong to Robert.)
  • The Napoleon: It's sometimes hard to tell when he's walking around in a sort of Powered Armor all the time, but he's actually shorter than his eight-year-old niece.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He tends to get right up in Alexander's face, and at one point wraps one of his mechanical arms around him.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He apparently tinkers in his spare time and has made all sorts of devices that include bombs, a large sea dragon robot, and a sort of contraption that gives him arms.
  • We Will Meet Again: After he is defeated, he shouts this, saying he will not stop until the King's crown is on his head. And he does attack once more, although this time he doesn't go for the King or the prince and princess, instead following the Pirates to the future to get revenge on them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Makes it clear that he has no intention of letting Eloise and Alexander live when they're no longer of any use to him.

The King
Voiced by: Cam Clarke

The ruler of Monterria, and Alexander and Eloise's father. He is a wise king, and is adored by his children. He is the one who created the Help-Seeker.

Pulls a Deus ex Machina to save the protagonists when all hope seems lost.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Pirates ultimately can't do much against Robert and Robert almost destroys them...but the moment the King shows up, his ship disables Robert's ship in a matter of seconds and Robert's men bail out rather than deal with him.
  • Big Good
  • Cain and Abel: Would be "Abel" to Robert's "Cain", being kind where Robert's cruel, generous where Robert's selfish, etc. However, he is not above gunning his brother's ship down to save his kids and their friends.
  • Deus ex Machina/The Cavalry: Appears at the end to save the rest of the cast in a timely fashion. Justified by the creators, as he's supposed to represent His in terms of a parable.
  • Disappeared Dad: Is this to his kids for a time.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Robert calls him "my brother", Alexander and Eloise call him "father", and everyone else just calls him "the King."
  • Gadgeteer Genius: It doesn't get much more genius than creating a time machine.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He banished his brother sometime in the past for the latter's attempt to take the throne. And towards the end of the film he guns down his brother's ship to save Alexander, Eloise, Willory and the Pirates.
  • The Good King: Apparently he would always look out for even the lowliest of his subjects. One of the many reasons his brother hates him so much.
  • Large and in Charge: He's definitely the largest Veggie in the movie; a family portrait seen early on shows that he towers over his children, and when he's actually seen in person it becomes clear that it's not only his kids that he's taller than.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The reason he was away was because he had business elsewhere, but he has created a sort of time machine and left it for his children, and he's the one who saves the day in the end.


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