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Voiced by: Val Kilmer
Singing Voice: Amick Bryan
"Let my people go!"

A Hebrew man who was found as a baby by Egyptians and grew alongside Rameses II. He eventually discovers his true heritage and helps lead the Hebrew slaves to their freedom.

  • Accidental Murder: Moses, already tormented by revelations about his own origins, witnesses a slaver brutally whip a feeble old man, and accidentally pushes him to his death while trying to stop him. The guilt from this drives him into self-imposed exile.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: According to religious texts, Moses was "slow of tongue", indicating a Speech Impediment or speech disorder. This is absent in the movie, as Moses speaks clearly.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: At least regarding his relationship with Rameses and nostalgic love for Egypt. He's also shown to be tormented by the suffering and deaths inflicted on Egyptians during the plagues. His angst about not being the right man for the job is lifted pretty closely from the Biblical account.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Or Historical Beauty Update. The Bible doesn't mention Moses' looks, either. However, he definitely gets an Age Lift, returning to Egypt in his thirties, rather than eighty. An important factor of Moses' biblical character was being "heavy of tongue and mouth" - he stuttered, and likely quite bad. An apocryphal story tells that this was due to burning his tongue on a hot coal as a baby (in order to test his loyalty, the royal servants of Egypt presented him with a crown and a brazier full of coals. Moses instinctively reached for the crown, but an angel invisibly turned his hand to the coals. He tried sucking on it to cool it down but it was still covered in burning ash). In the biblical tale, Moses' stuttering is actually one of the major reasons for his initial doubt that he could ever become the leader of a people, resolved only when his brother Aaron promises to speak for him. The makers of the film figured a stuttering protagonist wouldn't make a very good musical, and just dropped that angle.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Moses was without a doubt a hero to the Hebrew slaves in the Bible, his Fatal Flaw was his Unstoppable Rage and lack of remorse after losing his temper. Examples include smashing a slave-driver's head in with a rock when he saw him beating an old man, and then burying the body out of fear of discovery rather than guilt. In this movie, it's clear that while Moses was trying to stop the beating, he pushed the slave-driver from a great height was an accident, and was immediately consumed with guilt over it. In the Bible, Moses is also not shown to feel any remorse for the suffering inflicted on the Egyptians during the plagues, whereas in this movie Moses is tormented by the suffering (and deaths) of innocents. And then there's the breaking of the Ten Commandments over the Golden Calf just before the credits roll...
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While Moses does have some more heroism than he did in the Bible, he was also a Royal Brat who was (initially) callous and uncaring towards the Hebrews.
  • Adopted into Royalty: By Queen Tuya. It's made clear that he won't inherit the throne, as it's the birthright of Rameses, but they get along so well that it's not an issue.
  • Age Cut: During Moses' time with the Midian people, his (natural) hair grows out and he gains a beard.
  • All-Loving Hero: He repeatedly warns Rameses to let the Hebrews go because he doesn't want to see the innocent suffer. And when his nephew (Rameses' son) dies as a result of ignoring Moses's warning, the latter leaves his brother to mourn. And when he does, he immediately weeps over the loss of his nephew and other innocent first-born sons.
  • Amazon Chaser: He seemed to take a real liking to Tzipporah's feisty attitude. He even watches her with an "awestruck" face when she escapes.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed. He and Rameses got a long great in their youth, but as adults, the latter would angrily state how the former would always get him into trouble and also get him out of it.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted. Moses breaks down in tears after the final plague. He is crying not only for the loss of his nephew, and by extension all the first-born of Egypt, but also for the loss of his relationship with Rameses.
  • The Atoner: Although most of his "sins" are by association.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of his biological and adoptive families.
  • Badass Beard: Not as much as Jethro, but still. Even in his time in Egypt, he had a goatee.
  • Badass Pacifist: Uses his quick thinking to save Tzipporah from getting recaptured. Does the same thing when he rescues her little sisters from thieves. Also, he never takes up arms against Egypt, instead putting his trust in God.
  • Blessed With Suck: Moses comes to view being chosen by God as this, as not only is he forced to be the instrument of destruction, pain, and death on God's behalf, but he must now fight against the man who was once his adoptive brother.
  • Big Damn Heroes: It's implied that life for the Hebrews had become much harsher under Rameses' rule, so Moses's return from the desert could qualify for this. Although it's more like God qualifies for this trope, as the one calling the shots and supplying the power. Moses is more of a vessel.
  • Big Little Brother: He's taller than Miriam, but younger than her.
  • Break the Haughty: Discovering he was born a slave really gave Moses a blow at his ego. Discovering he had to face his brother was an even bigger blow, although he was already humble by that stage.
  • Cain and Abel: Eventually, with Rameses, with Moses as the Abel and Rameses as the Cain. Both deeply regret it, except for Rameses in the climax, when he's become utterly consumed with hatred for Moses.
  • Catapult Nightmare: After the wall-painting sequence.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Subverted. Moses does not take the news of his real heritage well (at first). Then after discovering why he was in a position for adoption to begin with, he also rejects his adoptive family (though not completely, concerning Rameses, and possibly the Queen), eventually leading to his self-exile.
  • Character Development: Changes from a haughty prince who couldn't care less about the slaves, to the kind, noble man who won't stop until his people are let go, and ending with the aged leader who is put in charge of the freed Israelite nation.
  • Chekhov's Gift: The shepherding staff given to him by Tzipporah. When he gets his Mission from God, God designates it as the instrument with which He will demonstrate His wonders.
  • The Chosen One: God never does explain why Moses is chosen to be the Deliverer, rather than someone else. Nevertheless, despite his initial reluctance and later hardships, he accepts his call. Unlike some examples of this trope, there is no widely known prophecy which proclaims him to be the Chosen One; the closest thing to this would be Miriam's words to him when they first meet, which he did not believe at that time. Although there actually is a pretty good reason as to why Moses was chosen. By being brought up as an Egyptian, he was kept from being a slave, and he and Ramses also grew to be very close. Both of these facts put together placed him in a position to talk to Ramses and demand his people's freedom without much threat of being harmed or locked up, and so when put in that perspective, he makes perfect sense to be the Chosen One and the Hebrew's deliverer.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Most of what he goes through in the movie (that isn't obviously supernatural) could be considered coincidences. But with God being a known factor in his life, There Are No Coincidences.
  • Counterpoint Duet: With Rameses during "The Plagues."
  • Cry into Chest: With his adopted mother, the Queen, when she is trying to comfort him after he finds out about his adoption (though it's uncertain if he's actually crying or not).
  • Deliberately Cute Child: When he first meets his adoptive mother. He's an infant at the time, but he's already able to use facial expression and body movement to maximize his adorableness.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ditches his Egyptian pair after his exile, then ditches them altogether after talking with God.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: In the scene immediately preceding the plague of the firstborn, Moses practically begs Rameses not to let things continue, all the while staring at Rameses's son...who is a firstborn. Rameses not only refuses to release the Hebrews, but decides to finish what Seti started years ago by wiping them all out, vowing that "And there shall be a great cry in all of Egypt, such as never has been or ever will be again!". From here, Moses has little choice but to resign himself to the final plague.
    Moses: ...Rameses, you bring this upon yourself.
  • Dramatic Drop: His torch, when he sees the wall engravings depicting the slaughter of the Hebrew infants. Also, his staff, when God reveals His identity.
  • Dream Melody: Moses is seen casually whistling the lullaby his biological mother sang to him at the beginning. When he hears Miriam singing the song after she reveals his true heritage, he recognizes the tune and realizes the truth.
  • Dreaming the Truth: He realizes his heritage in a dream, in which the tale of his being sent on the river as a baby is played out through hieroglyphics.
  • Drives Like Crazy: His chariot race with Rameses at the very beginning.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • He demands respect from Tzipporah when they first meet. Subverted since Moses (at that time) didn't do anything worthy of respect, which is lampshaded in her response.
    • Inverted later when he joins the Midianites as Jethro was more than happy to throw praise upon Moses (who at this point had done something worthy), but Moses is still feeling the weight of having been the Prince of Egypt for so long.
  • The Exile: He runs away to the desert after accidentally killing a man who was abusing a Hebrew slave.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Moses started off wearing an Egyptian styled wig, but later cast it aside in place of going along with his natural hair.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: With Tzipporah during "Through Heaven's Eyes."
  • Farm Boy: More like "Shepherd Boy". A unique example since he wasn't raised as one, but his reaction to "the call" fits perfectly.
  • Fearless Infant: During his trip down the Nile. His basket nearly gets intercepted by crocodiles, hippos, and a fishing net, and yet when Pharaoh's wife discovers him, he's all smiles.
  • Flowers of Romance: During the "Through Heaven's Eyes" sequence, he sneaks them onto Tzipporah's shepherding staff when she isn't looking. She appreciates this.
  • Follow the White Rabbit: How he encounters the burning bush, by following a lost sheep.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He starts out being the foolish and carefree younger sibling to Rameses' responsible, dutiful older sibling. This is lampshaded briefly after their chariot race, and inverted when the two grow up; Moses has now found his calling, but Ramses is too proud to realize that he's about to make the mistake of his life.
  • Friend to All Children: He saves Tzipporah's younger sisters from thugs even though he didn't have to. Also, in the "When You Believe" song, Moses allows two children he hardly knows to dangle from his staff; he even bends down to the second child when she couldn't reach it. He also grieves for the children who die in the tenth plague.
  • Happily Adopted: Played straight until he learns his true heritage, but then subverted with a vengeance. Once he finds out he was adopted, it destroys his world as he knew it. This is due to the circumstances surrounding his adoption, as well as the state of his people/family of birth and the fact that his adoptive family is to blame for their suffering.
  • Happily Married: With Tzipporah. They share a close relationship, offering support for one another when needed.
  • Heartbroken Badass: What really cements him as one is being forced to watch people suffering during the Plague scene and his relationship with Rameses was officially damaged after the death of Rameses's only son.
  • Heel Realization: First, right after he sees his adopted mother's reaction to him tripping Tzipporah into the moat. Then, when he sees the Hebrews' suffering (after finding out he was born as one of them), soon culminating into his self-imposed exile.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: As a prince, Moses was the owner of two dogs, who he loved dearly.
  • Heroic BSoD: A minor one after discovering he's an adopted Hebrew, and a not-so-minor one much later, after the final plague has passed and Rameses is mourning his deceased son.
  • Hope Bringer: For the Hebrews, after receiving hope from his sister, his wife, and (especially) God Himself.
  • Hope Spot: When he talks with Rameses during the ninth plague, and it seems like he might finally let go of his pride.
  • Humble Pie: Starts to lose his haughty prince attitude when he discovers his true heritage.
  • I Can't Dance: As demonstrated in "Through Heaven's Eyes." Tzipporah "convinces" him to join in.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Subverted, towards Tzipporah (near the beginning of the movie), in that he's hesitant to take her as his concubine. Not because he doesn't like her, or isn't attracted to her, but because he doesn't want to see her enslaved against her will (and he's pretty intimidated by her). Once he gets an opportunity, he helps her escape.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: A variant. Moses' primary motivation for most of the film is to set his people free.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He really wished that God chose someone else to free his people, as he watches his home Egypt crumble by the 10 plagues and he has to stand against his adopted brother.
    And even now I wish that God had chose another; serving as your foe on his behalf is the LAST thing that I wanted....
  • "I Want" Song: Inverted with "All I Ever Wanted." Rather than singing about wanting more out of life, the song is about Moses trying to convince himself that he already has everything he could ever want and has no reason to be dissatisfied. It becomes a Dark Reprise once the ten plagues begin.
  • Like a Son to Me: It didn't matter to King Seti or Queen Tuya that Moses was a Hebrew child, he was their son.
  • Manly Tears: May also count as Tender Tears, since it happens more often than with most heroes (or he's just had a hard life). Mostly just gets misty eyed, but he openly weeps during his second Heroic BSoD.
  • Meaningful Name: His name can mean (among other things) either "one who was drawn out [saved]" or "one who draws out [saves]." In other words, it means both "saved/delivered" and "savior/deliverer." Both meanings are alluded to in the opening number, "Deliver Us" (in Miriam's section especially), and both are represented in his life throughout the film.
  • Memento Macguffin: The ring that Rameses gave him, which represents their relationship. He gives it back after he puts his people, and their freedom, before his relationship with Rameses.
  • Messianic Archetype:
    Miriam: You are the Deliverer.
  • Misery Builds Character: Both his anguish in Egypt in the first half of the movie, and his trek into the desert.
  • Mission from God: Probably the supreme example of this trope. In both this movie, and in The Bible and other texts, he has mixed feelings about his mission. It is implied (in the movie) that he finally abandons all reservations just before he parts the Red Sea.
  • Momma's Boy: He was closest to his adoptive mother.
  • More Than Mind Control: Or rather, "More Than Infant Amnesia." Despite resembling the Hebrew slaves more than his fellow Egyptians (the fairer skin and messy brown hair) and subconsciously remembering his birth mother's last lullaby, Moses seems completely oblivious to and floored by his adoption. Moses later admits that he didn't see that he was a Hebrew because, subconsciously, he didn't want to be one. (This probably contributes to his feelings of guilt, shame, and unworthiness of leading the Hebrews.)
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: As usual, he was hidden in a basket by his mother and sent adrift on the Nile in hope that someone would find him and keep him safe. It's only natural since he's the Trope Namer.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is handsome and is shirtless for the first half of the film.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has this reaction during most of the plagues while he watches the suffering of Egyptian civilians. After the death of the Egyptian firstborn children, including Rameses' son, he slumps against the wall and breaks down sobbing, crumbling to his knees, devastated and horrified at what he has brought.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: After accepting his destiny as messenger, he doesn't challenge or question Yahweh, even when the first born are slain, he remains obedient severing all former ties to his homeland, although he clearly isn't happy about it. Ramses doesn't realize or accept any of this, until it's too late.
  • Nature Lover: He loves his life as a shepherd, after leaving Egypt.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Experiences a lot of angst over his Hebrew blood but Egyptian upbringing. In his interactions with Rameses to demand the release of the Hebrews, he almost seems more concerned about the Egyptians (as victims of the Plagues) than the Hebrews.
  • Nice Guy: Thanks to Character Development, he becomes a friendly man who is more caring.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: It happened to him a few times, the most notable times being when he saves the old man being whipped, and when he first asks Rameses to let the Hebrews go.
  • Oblivious Adoption: He had no idea that he was not truly an Egyptian.
  • Oh, Crap!: A few times, the most notable being when the huge pillar of fire shoots out of the Red Sea.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His Significant Wardrobe Shift consists of a red robe with gold linings and a blue body attire.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red robe and wants to free the enslaved Hebrews.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Moses and Rameses, respectively. As young men, Moses is more rambunctious and flippant, while Rameses is more introspective and prone to angsting. When they grow up, they retain their oni roles, but in a different way. Moses is passionate and warm while Rameses is (usually, at least in his role as Pharaoh) cold and ruthless. Even their clothing reflects this. Rameses wears blue and white while Moses wears red and earth tones. They're also represented by their respective colors in one shot during "The Plagues."
  • Refusal of the Call: In the burning bush scene, he tells God, "You've chosen the wrong messenger." He does this out of past guilt (feeling unworthy) rather than fear. This refusal doesn't last long since, after scaring him with His indignant impatience, God comforts him and convinces him that he'll be fine with His help.
  • Riches to Rags: Zigzagged and more like "Royalty to Rags". Technically Moses was born as a Hebrew, and thus would have grown up a slave. However, thanks to his mother, he was spared from it and adopted as the youngest son of the Pharaoh. But upon discovering his true origins, witnessing his adoptive father's Lack of Empathy towards the Hebrew (casually brushing off the deaths of infants), and accidentally killing a guard for nearly beating a man to death, Moses flees from Egypt. He was taken in by Jethro, Tzipporah, and the people of their home.
  • Rousing Speech: He gives a brief one to some of the Hebrews just before the song, "The Plagues." Fortunately it isn't a Sedgwick Speech, because it's quite the downer until the last couple of sentences.
  • Royal Brat: At the beginning of the movie. Like Rameses, only more of a troublemaker.
  • Scrap Heap Hero: Also a Prodigal Hero.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: From his princely attire to the more humble look of the Hebrews. In this case the Wardrobe Shift goes in an unusual direction: as a prince, he wears nothing but a loincloth and jewellery - going constantly shirtless and appearing very buff and handsome. After he assumes his true identity he, like the rest of the Hebrews, wears much more clothing.
  • Starting a New Life: In Midian, after his self-exile from Egypt. Going Native also applies.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Looks very much like his sister Miriam, especially in their eyes, and the curl pattern in their hair is very similar. They resemble each other much more than ether of them look like Aaron.
    • He (along with Miriam) is the spitting image of his mother Yocheved.
  • Survivor Guilt: Implied, concerning the Hebrews—especially the ones who died during Pharaoh Seti's edict.
  • Tearful Smile: Also Single Tear, right after meeting with God for the first time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Moses gives a brief one Ramses during the plague of darkness, saying that it's his own stubbornness and Lack of Empathy that's bring all this misery upon his kingdom, and he should let the Hebrews go before things go From Bad to Worse. Needless to say, Moses' criticisms don't move Ramses in the slightest.
  • There Is a God!: Used as literally as possible. Though it is implied that Moses learned about God from Jethro and his family (and presumably had at least some faith in Him), he actually sees God "face to face" when he gets his Mission from God. This experience gives him the courage to go back to Egypt. Applied in a harsher way with the plagues.
  • Title Character: Moses is the "Prince" in the title.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Moses goes from a spoiled, arrogant prince to the man who has accepted himself and saved his people from persecution.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After learning of his true origins, Moses loses all of his arrogance and becomes a more humble and caring person.
  • Twirl of Love: To Tzipporah, once he gets back from talking with God.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Inverted, actually. Though he has prominent cheekbones, he is the hero of the movie.
  • Wall Slump: Both times he has a Heroic BSoD.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Rameses. Even more than that, they were raised as brothers. Tragically, they became enemies when Rameses was Pharaoh and Moses returned from hiding to free the Hebrews from bondage.
    "You who I called brother, how could you have come to hate me so?"
  • Would Hit a Girl: Before his Character Development, if the girl in question is a slave. He tricks Tzipporah into falling into a moat and later on, roughly grabs Miriam's arm and throws her to the ground.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Is given this moment (in song) by his future father-in-law, Jethro, after Moses tells him he's "done nothing in [his] life worth honoring." In reply, he points out that Moses saved every one of his own daughters at various points, and asks, "You think that is nothing?"

    Rameses II 
Voiced by: Ralph Fiennes
"I will not be the weak link!"

The future and eventual Pharaoh of Egypt. He is Moses' adoptive older brother and best friend. However, Rameses tends to be the more responsible one. His relationship with his brother becomes strained when Moses wants Rameses to free the slaves and he won't deliver.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In this iteration, Moses and Rameses were raised as brothers, and Rameses is clearly heartbroken by Moses' self-imposed exile and eventual turn against Egypt. Contrast this to the Bible and The Ten Commandments, where Rameses (or rather the unnamed Pharaoh in the former) is not shown to have any sort of affection for Moses, even before the truth of the latter's heritage is revealed.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still the villain, he's portrayed in a more tragic, sympathetic, and all-around human light than his Biblical counterpart. Rameses is clearly torn up about having to go against his brother, hoping that they can work things out, but ultimately decides they can't and refuses to see things any other way. Some scenes ended up having to be re-written from the original drafts of the script because Rameses came across as too nice.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The historical Rameses II was red haired, a detail which can still be seen on his mummy. Here he is black haired - when he is haired at all.
  • Adult Fear: For the well-being of his child, though not enough to let go of his pride.
  • Age Lift: In real life, Rameses II was appointed Prince Regent at age 14. Here, he's a young adult when that happens. Likewise, he was 49 when his firstborn son died not his theoretical thirties.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Rameses' downfall is portrayed with all the pathos of a family member suffering hardship. After he's been defeated, and even though he tried to kill all Hebrews, Moses only feels sadness and pity towards him, muttering a forlorn 'Goodbye, brother.' as he leaves with his people while Rameses is left stranded at the other side of the sea.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Surpassing his father as Pharaoh (thus not becoming the "weak link") at the expense of others' well-being (the slaves). It's one of the main reasons he becomes a villain in the first place, and refuses to back down.
  • Anti-Villain: He loves his brother dearly, and refuses to seek his harm personally (with the possible exception of the "Nile turning to blood" scene), even forgiving all of the crimes Moses committed when he returns to Egypt. This lasts until the final plague does its work. From that point on, he becomes a straighter villain, even if his motives are understandable. In fact, some scenes had to be rewritten because Rameses initially came off as too sympathetic.
  • Bad Boss: All slave owners are. He has the Hebrews do excruciating labor for no compensation whatsoever, doubles their work quota out of bitterness towards Moses, and was planning to recreate the genocide of the Hebrews babies of his father.
  • Bald of Evil: Once he's the Pharaoh.
  • Bear Hug: When Moses returns to Egypt, he and Rameses eye each other in surprise. Rameses, however, quickly gets over the shock and grabs Moses in a giant hug, lifting him off the floor and apparently even squeezing the air out of Moses.
  • Berserk Button: Never suggest that Rameses can't live up to his father's reputation or ask him to sacrifice some of his authority.
    Rameses: [repeatedly] I WILL NOT BE THE WEAK LINK!
  • Beyond Redemption: After Egypt has been ravaged by the nine plagues, Moses tries one last time to plead for him to let the Hebrews go. Ramseses refuses, and declares that he will finish what his father started and wipe out the Hebrews. Moses can only walk away in anguish, deciding that, as horrible as what’s to come is, Ramseses just isn’t going to listen to reason. Only after all of the first born sons of Egypt, including Ramseses’ own son, have been taken by the Angel of Death does he let Moses and the Hebrews leave Egypt.
  • Big Bad: Of the second half, when he is the primary block in the way of the Hebrews' freedom.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Rameses starts off as a rather flawed young man, though it's somewhat expected of a young man looking to ascend the throne. Once he's the Pharaoh, he becomes less sympathetic, willing to keep the system of slavery going, both out of a sense of pride of what he's accomplishing and because he doesn't want to be seen as weak. Once the firstborns of Egypt die, he loses all semblance of mercy, chasing after the Hebrews after he already let them go out of a desire for revenge.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Moses. Rameses's first reaction to his little brother killing a man in front of multiple witnesses is to declare him innocent. When Moses returns after years of being gone he is ready to give his brother a high position and wipe away the crime. Unfortunately, this doesn't last forever.
  • Big "NO!": Screams a massive one as the Red Sea closes, drowning his army and cutting him off from Moses.
  • Big Word Shout: He shouts "Moses" twice, his last lines in the film.
  • Break the Haughty: The death of his son. Later, the drowning of his men at the Red Sea. Ramses himself is pushed back to shore by the force of the waves; thematically, this act can be seen as God Himself pushing Ramses back with His might, the ultimate force that can humble even the proudest man.
  • Cain and Abel: Eventually, with Moses, with Moses as the Abel and Rameses as the Cain. Both deeply regret it, though following the death of his son in the final plague, Rameses becomes utterly consumed by hatred for Moses, ending any fraternal bonds that might have persisted.
  • Counterpoint Duet: With Moses during "The Plagues."
  • Cruel Mercy: The fate that Jehovah ultimately bestows on him. His kingdom is destroyed, his army wiped out, and his son is dead. He doesn't even get to die with his men, instead washing back up on the shores of Egypt, screaming Moses's name in hopeless rage.
  • Death Glare: Gives several, mostly to Moses.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The death of his son. He goes on a war campaign to kill Moses and every other Hebrew afterwards.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: He's portrayed as a more sympathetic example than most, and has overlap with Utopia Justifies the Means, refusing to be the "weak link in the chain" that would destroy their dynasty and thus bring ruin upon Egypt.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Rameses telling Moses to leave him after his son's death as a result of the final plague.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When he sees Moses distraught after accidentally killing someone, he thinks his little brother is afraid of being punished for finally going too far with his pranks. So he assures Moses that he will receive a full and immediate pardon. It doesn't occur to him that Moses is feeling guilty for the murder and can't stand the abuse heaped on the Hebrews.
  • Drives Like Crazy: His chariot race with Moses at the very beginning of the movie, especially after being goaded by him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He appears to be trying to do this when Moses arrives to plead with him one last time to let the Hebrews go.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Rameses still loves Moses after he becomes Pharaoh and honestly wishes that things turned out differently between them. Also, what really pushed Rameses to kill off the Hebrews was the death of his son.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: His armies at the Red Sea. An inverse of the trope, since it usually applies to the hero of the story.
  • Evil Brit: Has a British voice actor.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Moses. Both are (or were) the princes of Egypt who grew up to be royal brats with an callous attitude toward the Hebrew slaves. But while Moses became more humble and chooses to help the Hebrews, Rameses grows more arrogant of his status and more vicious to the Hebrews than his father before him.
    • To Miriam. Both are the elder siblings of Moses who help influence him in some way. Miriam helps Moses recognize his destiny to free the Hebrew slaves and forgives him for his earlier cruelty towards her, while Rameses encourages Moses to forget about the suffering Hebrews and uses brute force when Moses refuses.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Moses, a rather tragic deconstruction of the trope. The audience is made to understand why Rameses is the way he is, even if his actions aren't excused.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's voiced by Ralph Fiennes.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: By the time Moses has returned, Rameses cut off the side ponytail he had in his youth.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He absolutely refuses to be the "weak link," endlessly comparing himself to his own father. Even when Moses tells him something even worse is coming, Rameses still won't listen. If that's not enough, he still tries to chase down Moses and the Hebrews after he lets them go out of wounded pride, and that doesn't go so well, either.
  • Final Solution: After allowing the slaves to go free, Rameses changes his mind and leads his army after the former slaves as retribution for the final plague.
    Rameses: [ordering his army into the Red Sea after the Hebrews] Don't just stand there! KILL THEM! KILL THEM ALL!
  • Fist Pump: When he declares his intent to start killing Hebrews again.
  • Flipping the Table: Rameses does this to the priests' table right before he jumps into his half of the emotionally-charged "Plagues" duet.
  • Foil:
    • To Moses, in conjunction with also being his Evil Counterpart. Moses is a Hebrew who grew up to be the irresponsible younger sibling but would grow more caring and focused on his work; Rameses is an Egyptian who was the responsible older brother but let his pride blind him to doing what was right.
    • To Miriam, in conjunction with him also being her Evil Counterpart. Miriam is a poor Hebrew slave who convinces Moses to fulfill his duty of freeing their people; Rameses is a royal Egyptian who tries to persuade (and fails) to not care about the Hebrews.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He starts out being the responsible, dutiful older sibling to Moses's foolish and carefree younger sibling. This is lampshaded briefly after their chariot race, and inverted when the two grow up - Moses has now found his calling, but Ramses is too proud to realize that he's about to make the mistake of his life.
  • Freudian Excuse: This version of Rameses' has some reasoning of his obstinacy against freeing the Hebrews; he's a major "Well Done, Son!" Guy who had an emotionally abusive father who called him "the weak link in the chain". As a result, Rameses became a Pharaoh who would never do something he (or, most likely what his father would) considered weak, developing into his two fatal flaws — stubbornness and pride.
  • Get Out!: Does this several times, including the Flipping the Table example above.
  • A God Am I: Ramses repeatedly refers to himself as "the morning and the evening star," pointing to the fact that as Pharaoh, he is supposed to be a god incarnate. He is proven wrong when God Himself smites Egypt.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Moses, because he chose the Hebrews over him. He takes his anger out on the Hebrews, out of spite.
  • The High King: After he succeeds his father to the throne.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Ramses II was almost certainly not the Pharaoh of the Exodus (Who was likely from earlier in the New Kingdom period), and there is no evidence that he attempted genocide against any ethnic group, let alone the Hebrews.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even as the plagues are underway and Egypt is falling down around him, Rameses adamantly refuses to release the Hebrews, determined not to be the "weak link" that would destroy his father's legacy. Needless to say, it backfires horribly.
  • Hope Spot: When Moses returns from the desert, and Rameses thinks he's come back to stay and be brothers again.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Towards Tzipporah, when he forcefully grabs her cheeks and makes her look towards him. She gets him to back off by trying to bite his hand.
  • Irony: He refuses to be the "weak link" that will bring down the dynasty because he believes it will bring ruin upon Egypt. His stubborn refusal to free the Hebrews in accordance with this philosophy brings ruin upon Egypt in the form of the Ten Plagues.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: This version of the Pharaoh is portrayed very differently from the biblical version and the one in The Ten Commandments.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Seti's lesson to Rameses about never being led astray from his traditions, including the keeping (and general mistreatment) of slaves.
  • Memento Macguffin: The ring he gave to Moses, which represents their relationship. After Moses gives it back, he wears it for the rest of the film. It most likely becomes a Tragic Keepsake in the end.
  • Murder by Inaction: His attitude towards the Hebrews (thought it starts out more as "Let Them Suffer"), as well as to the Egyptians themselves once they start suffering from the plagues. Because of Rameses' pride he refuses to yield and end the suffering. Eventually this leads to his becoming Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: A more sympathetic example than most, but he's still pretty awful to the Hebrews.
  • Never My Fault: Rameses doesn't understand that all the suffering that has happened to him, notably the death of his son, is a result of his own stubbornness.
  • No Sympathy: Towards the slaves, to the point where he planned on recreating his father's purging of all the Hebrew baby boys, essentially just to spite Moses.
  • Oh, Crap!: Subverted, when Moses' staff turns into a cobra. He seems to be the only one (besides Moses) who doesn't have this reaction during this scene.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son dies as a result of the Last Plague, and he becomes a broken, hateful shell of his former self afterwards.
  • Papa Wolf: Overrules his Big Brother Instinct. The death of his son caused Rameses to go into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Pet the Dog: While a ruthless slave owner he's a very caring and lovable father towards his son. He also, despite all the plagues he caused, briefly offers Moses the chance to come back with him and be friends again sadly asking him "why thing can't be the way they were before ?"
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Rameses all but begs Moses not do this after Moses kills a slave driver and plans to flee Egypt in the wake of this and learning his true heritage.
    Rameses: Moses... please.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: Averted due to never getting a chance to invoke this; Moses left Egypt before he could. When Moses returned, he was now Pharaoh, so he immediately pardoned him of his crime.
  • Pride: Moses recognizes that this, along with stubbornness, are Rameses' major flaws in "Plagues”.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Moses and Rameses, respectively. As young men, Moses is more rambunctious and flippant, while Rameses is more introspective and prone to angsting. When they grow up, they retain their oni roles, but in a different way. Moses is passionate and warm while Rameses is (usually, at least in his role as Pharaoh) cold and ruthless. Even their clothing reflects this. Rameses wears blue and white while Moses wears red and earth tones. They're also represented by their respective colors in one shot during "The Plagues."
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Manages to get a lot done in the ten or so years that Moses was gone. This reflects both his ambition and the harsh life conditions of the slaves who actually built his monuments.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The climax, when Rameses, despite freeing the Hebrews earlier, snaps and decides to lead his men in a chase to slaughter the Hebrews before they escape. Thanks to God's intervention, they fail miserably.
  • Royal Blood: Rameses is destined to be Pharaoh, because of this. Likely as a result of this, he has no real regard for anyone outside of his immediate family. In spite of his own loyalty to—and reliance on—his bloodline and their traditions, he tries to convince Moses to ignore his own, but Moses will have none of that.
  • Royal Brat: At the beginning of the movie (and some aspects continue later on). Not as bad as some examples, and he tries to be responsible and good—but often gets caught up in the heat of Moses' early shenanigans.
  • Royal Decree: "Be still, Pharaoh speaks..."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Rameses promises to absolve Moses from the crime of murder (which he fulfills when Moses returns to Egypt) because he is "the morning and the evening star" and can change the laws however he deems fit. He goes far enough as to say he can "make it so it never happened.”
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Not a prophecy per se, but a fear that he would bring about the downfall of his dynasty by being weak. Downplayed in that both the dynasty and Egypt ultimately don't fall, but are severely weakened instead. His historical counterpart is widely considered to be one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, if not the greatest.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: During "The Plagues", Ramses enters a room with Hotep and Huy as they are applying ointment to their boils. Enraged at their inability to stop the plagues, Ramses orders them to leave. They are not seen again in the film.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Besides "Rameses," it's often spelled as either "Ramses," "Raamses," or "Ramases".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like his mother, Queen Tuya.
  • Tempting Fate: When he threatens to resume killing the Hebrews ("finish[ing] the job"). More specifically, when he proclaims that "there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt."
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: He develops this attitude after Moses returns for his people and not for his adoptive brother. The line he sings in "The Plagues" says it better.
    "Then let my heart be hardened/And never mind how high the cost may grow"
  • Tragic Villain: Unlike his counterparts from The Ten Commandments and The Bible, Rameses is portrayed much more sympathetically here, even if he's still the villain. He only became what he is because of his overbearing father and the environment he grew up in. His overwhelming sense of pride and refusal to be seen as weak are what cause his downfall here.
  • Unable to Cry: Even after his son dies, though it doesn't mean he isn't sad (nor unsympathetic).
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: It's hard to imagine the young Rameses seen in the beginning who clinged to his mother would grow up to be a cold-blooded, villainous Big Bad.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In a very tragic example, Rameses becomes more and more unhinged as the Ten Plagues go on. He finally snaps after the death of his son, riding after Moses and the Hebrews and, when they try to escape him through the Red Sea, he shouts to his men "Kill them! KILL THEM ALL!" His last scene is of him screaming in rage and agony, cursing Moses.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Moses even tells Seti I that all Rameses wants is his approval.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Moses. Even more than that, they were raised as brothers. Tragically, they became enemies when Rameses was Pharaoh and Moses returned from hiding to free the Hebrews from bondage.
    "You who I called brother, how could you have come to hate me so?"
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His response to his Despair Event Horizon, towards the Hebrews.

Voiced by: Sandra Bullock
(Adult Singing) Voiced by: Brenda Chapman ("Deliver Us"), Sally Dworsky ("When You Believe")
(Child) Voiced by: Eden Riegel
"Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill."

The older sister of both Moses and Aaron. As a child, she watched her youngest brother be sent away from the Hebrews and then adopted by the royal family. Since then she never lost hope that he would return and deliver her, Aaron, and their people from slavery. She is the representation of the hope for the Hebrews.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the Bible, it was Aaron who was the sibling who believed in Moses and spoke out against the injustices of their people while Miriam was the sibling who was initially cynical of Moses' goal. Here, their situations are switched.
  • Adult Fear: Miriam's deep concern for the survival of her people guides so much of what she does. (Ironically, she sings about it as a child, when she hopes that Moses will return to save them all someday.)
  • All-Loving Hero: Miriam is a deeply compassionate person. She only wants the freedom of her people and no one to get hurt.
  • Badass Pacifist: Miriam doesn't lift a violent finger in the whole movie, but her speeches of hope are amazing and powerful on their own.
  • Bear Hug: Gives a mini-version of this to Aaron at the end of the film.
  • Berserk Button: Seems gentle and very slow to anger until she sees something unjust going on. She's especially prone to losing it whenever a fellow slave is being mistreated.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Older than both of her brothers, yet this trope is only played straight with Moses: First, when Miriam follows his basket down the Nile until it safely lands at the palace, and then later on when she steps in to save Moses from a potential No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by a mob of pissed off slaves led by Aaron. And she spends a lot of time providing Moses with emotional and moral support as well.
  • Born into Slavery: Like her brothers and mother, Miriam was born as a slave to the Egyptians.
  • Cassandra Truth: At first, Miriam is the only one who believes Moses is chosen by God to be the deliverer, as she was the only one who saw what happened to Moses in his basket. Getting this concept through to everyone else is a huge uphill climb as well as a big part of her arc.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Is implied to be this when she sees a man getting severely beaten and wants to do something about it. Aaron keeps her from doing this because she might get killed or hurt.
  • The Conscience: To Moses. She reveals his identity to him, in order to put him on the path toward delivering the Hebrews out of slavery. And when Moses breaks down, unsure of himself, Miriam provides emotional support, but also keeps him focused on his mission and reassures him he's doing the right thing.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Moses, and to a lesser extent, Aaron. She's their moral compass and their main source of hope, and the few times when she scolds her brothers, she's firm but never antagonistic about it.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: When she sings their mother's lullaby to convince Moses that he really is her and Aaron's brother.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shared with Aaron — unlike their younger brother, they grew up as slaves. It's not hard to imagine the kind of troubles and heartache they had to endure.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or Barefoot Poverty. Probably the first. Since Aaron is wearing shoes as an adult and she still goes barefoot, it's probably by choice.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The opening sequence, where young Miriam follows Moses' basket down the Nile until she's sure her baby brother is safe, really emphasizes her courage and compassion. And it sets up her faith in God and in the idea that Moses was saved to rescue the Hebrews from slavery.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Appears to be this with Aaron at first, as her outspoken nature almost leads to her (and possibly Aaron, who shamelessly pleads with Moses) getting flogged after she stubbornly tells Moses who he really is. It gets flipped by the end of the film: Miriam's faith in Moses and her actions appear to be wise in retrospect while Aaron's earlier skepticism looks cowardly and misguided.
  • The Glomp: Has one with Tzipporah at the end of the film.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied to become this with Tzipporah as they sing together in "When You Believe" and give a hug to one another at the end.
  • Hope Bringer: Especially for Moses. It's implied in "When You Believe" that she fills a similar role for the Hebrews in general. Her optimism tends to spread to those around her. She is the representation of hope in this film.
  • Hope Spot: When she and Aaron first meet up with Moses, and she thinks he knows they're his siblings and that he's come to free them.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Seeking freedom for herself and for her people guides much of what she does in the movie.
  • "I Want" Song: Gets a very brief one at the end of "Deliver Us."
  • Leitmotif: You can hear strains of "When You Believe" in the background in some of her scenes long before the whole song makes an appearance.
  • Little Big Sister: She's the oldest, but is dwarfed by both her brothers.
  • Nice Girl: Gentle, peace-seeking, and empathetic. Much of her impulsive behavior comes from her compassion for other people.
    • Throughout the movie, she is shown consoling or speaking up for people who have been hurt or treated unfairly, often putting her own life on the line to do so.
    • Miriam actually smiles up at Moses when she realizes she has finally gotten through to him about his true identity and sees how panicked he is. And this is right after Moses grabbed her and flung her to the ground for speaking up about it.
    • Both when Moses accidentally kills the slavedriver, and when he returns to Egypt and the other Hebrews make him a pariah and get violent, Miriam steps in to protect and console him - she saves his life before Moses even has a chance to apologize for what he did to her.
  • Not Afraid to Die: The risk of death is pretty implicit in a Hebrew slave a) telling a prince of Egypt that he's actually born of Hebrew slaves, and b) intervening to save a fellow slave from getting whipped to death. It doesn't stop her for a minute; she fearlessly attempts both.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Old: Besides her being a child in the opening sequence, she shows little to no signs of aging throughout the movie, despite taking place over the course of 10+ years. Contrast with Aaron, who (like Moses) ages quite noticeably—with longer hair and increased age lines. If she does change, it's too subtle to easily notice. It's rather jarring when you compare how she looks to Moses, Aaron and Rameses - who are all younger than her. But she doesn't look as old as they do.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several times, the first being when Moses accidentally kills the Egyptian.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Downplayed, in that it is subtle, and it isn't acknowledged by the other characters. After the tenth plague killed the firstborn Egyptians, both Moses and Tzipporah are clearly saddened over the event, but Miriam actually seems happy. She tones down, though, upon seeing their sadness, before beginning the song "When You Believe."
    • Given her many years of oppression under slavery (which neither Moses nor Tzipporah experienced/observed for very long), her reaction is understandable. Also, judging by the song, she's happy because the Hebrews are finally free, not (necessarily) because the Egyptians died.
    • Briefly dials back the optimism she's known for when, in her speech to Moses and in "When You Believe," she talks openly about the pain of her life as a slave and the frustration of having her prayers go unanswered for so long.
  • The Pollyanna: Also a Plucky Girl. This woman has never given up on hope. It was best portrayed in "When You Believe".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Passionate red oni to Aaron's cautious blue oni. Roles are reversed with her and Tzipporah - Tzipporah is quick tempered and feisty, and Miriam is a quiet take on The Determinator.
  • Security Cling: To her brother Aaron as they watch the Red Sea close over the Egyptians.
  • Shown Their Work: While not technically in the bible, a popular Jewish story/belief is that Miriam was a prophetess in her own right who foresaw that her baby brother would be chosen by God to deliver their people from slavery. In this film, Miriam also realizes that God chose Moses as the deliverer when he's a baby, and retains that faith and certainty for the rest of her life.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Aaron, both in looks and personality; consequently, they have their share of disagreements, though it is clear they both love each other in spite of this.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: This is one of the main themes of this movie, and Miriam is its primary embodiment.
  • Single Tear: Two tears actually, but close enough. Miriam sheds two tears when she repeats Yocheved's lullaby to Moses.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Her ponytail comes undone when she gets thrown to the ground near the beginning of the film.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Looks a lot like her mother. In one of the movie's most iconic moments, this is actually Played for Drama when Moses realizes Miriam is telling the truth after she sings their mother's lullaby — her posture and the way her hair blows across her face make her look eerily similar to Yocheved when she sent Moses down the river.
    • Looks a lot like Moses. They resemble each other much more than either of them look like Aaron. In some places their hair even curls in identical ways.
  • Tearful Smile: Smiles through her tears after Moses recognizes the lullaby she sings to him.
  • There Are No Coincidences: It is her ability to look beyond the surface which allows her to have hope and inspire others.
    "God saved you [Moses] from the river, he saved you in all your wanderings, and even now he saves you from the wrath of Pharaoh. God will not abandon you... so don't you abandon us."
  • Tritagonist: After Moses and Rameses, it's Miriam whose character is the most fleshed out and whose actions have the greatest impact on the story.
  • Undying Loyalty: Of all the characters in this film, Miriam is the only one who never loses her faith in Moses or expresses any doubts about his mission. Aaron is cynical for most of the film, and Tzipporah is initially skeptical and angry when Moses tells her about his encounter with God.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Has to break this out whenever Moses needs a confidence boost. Miriam constantly reminds him that God has chosen him to do great things. Most notably after Moses is knocked into the mud pit and Aaron unloads on him.

"I'm coming with you."

A woman of the Midianite tribe, she was to be offered to Rameses (who subsequently offered her to Moses instead) as a slave, but manages to escape. She's not seen again until much later, when she takes Moses back to her people after he saved her three sisters from bandits during his time in the desert. She later becomes his wife, and supports him in his quest to release the Hebrews.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Her being a slave in Egypt, and her meeting Moses before he arrives in Midian.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Her fear of being violated and forced to become a concubine at the beginning of the movie (see Go-Go Enslavement and Fate Worse than Death below). This fear (as well as her sense of righteousness) fuels both her indignation and her will to escape.
    • Later on, she fears that Moses will be hurt or killed trying to fulfill his mission.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: At least until she warms up to Moses. See Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • Anger Born of Worry: A non-severe example, when Moses first tells her about his Mission from God. With helpful words from Moses, she quickly sets aside her worries.
    But Moses, you're just one man...
  • Ascended Extra: She largely takes over Aaron's role as Moses' main support when he returns to Egypt, while Aaron himself remains rather cynical of Moses until the actual exodus.
  • Bare Your Midriff: When she first meets Moses as a captured and imprisoned slave.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: A variant. Rameses orders that she be dried off (after falling into a moat) and sent to Moses' room.
  • Belly Dancer: A more conservative one than most other examples, both in dress and style.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever affront her dignity — she will bite you. Or drop you down a well.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: At least compared to other characters; it makes sense when considering her father, Jethro.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Tzipporah is the eldest daughter (of four) of Jethro, the High Priest of Median. Not all the trope characteristics apply, but she is depicted as darker and of more "exotic" descent than Moses (though according to THE book, the people of Median also shared the Hebrew faith). Main subversion of this trope is that she is initially suspicious of Moses, and has more of a Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic with him, up until their wedding scene.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Tzipporah and her sisters laughing at Moses' discomfort from getting bathed by the old Midianite women, as well as from Jethro's Bear Hug immediately thereafter. It would be a case of gender-flipped Peeping Toms, except they do it completely openly, and for nonsexual reasons (probably).
  • Composite Character: Tzipporah is a mix of Moses' two wives from the Bible. She takes the name and role of the Biblical Tzipporah (a Midian priest's daughter) but she is designed to resemble his Cushite (Ethiopian) wife. Some theologians think the Biblical Tzipporah and the Cushite woman were the same person (which is what this version of Tzipporah is based on) but no one knows for certain. This rendition of Tzipporah being a composite of Moses two wives is not new, as Ezekiel the Tragedian, a second-century B.C.E. Jewish playwright from Alexandria, Egypt wrote about her being a Cushite from Midian.
  • Cool Big Sis: It's very possible she had this relationship with her three younger sisters.
  • Cry into Chest: A shoulder variant. With Moses, briefly, just before "When You Believe." A unique example of the trope, in that she does it not for her own pains (directly), but out of empathy for the pains of others, especially Moses, whom were affected by the deaths of the firstborn.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied to be this with her father, Jethro.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Manages to escape from the Egyptian palace on her own by overpowering the man assigned to guard her and escaping out the window with a Bedsheet Ladder.
  • Death Glare: Gives a rather piercing one to Moses when he deliberately made her fall in a moat. She also gives one to Rameses, and later to Aaron.
  • Defiant Captive: She tries to bite Rameses' hand when he moves her face towards his. She also yanks the rope she's tied to out of the Egyptian High Priest's hands.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Justified. Tzipporah is initially cold and hostile towards Moses in their second meeting because their prior time together involved him making her fall into a moat, affronting her dignity. After they meet again, with him now humbled, she began to see a decent side to him.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or Barefoot Poverty, which wouldn't make much sense, seeing how her father is the high priest. Also very impractical; the desert is not a place where you can wander barefoot as you will.
  • Dramatic Sit-Down: When Moses tells her of his experience with God/the burning bush, as well as his mission. Happens out of shock and fear/anxiety, rather than depression (see Anger Born of Worry above).
  • Dude Magnet: Rameses and Moses were quite taken by her looks. Tzipporah initially wasn't interested in either, but does later fall in love with the latter after he loses all of his arrogance.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She (practically) single-handedly lifted Moses out of a well with a rope, which is surprising given her thin build.
  • Farm Boy: "Shepherd Girl". Also the Shepherd's Daughter, though without the negative connotations.
  • Fate Worse than Death: She is nearly forced to be a concubine to Moses (while he is still prince of Egypt—ironically they end up getting married after he changes for the better). Subverted since she escapes from his room before he arrives, but she is almost caught. However, since Moses didn't want to force her to stay, he gives her the opportunity to escape Egypt.
  • Forgiveness: Because Moses helps her escape from Egypt, and helps her sisters against a couple of bandits (and after a light-hearted case of Restrained Revenge), she is able to completely forgive him of his former trespasses against her. This eventually leads to their close friendship and marriage.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Her slave outfit is quite fanservicey. Beautiful Slave Girl and So Beautiful, It's a Curse applies as well, and this disturbing trope too.
  • Happily Married: With Moses. They share a close relationship, offering support for one another when needed.
  • Held Gaze: With Moses, again.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied to become this with Miriam as they sing together in "When You Believe" and give a hug to one another at the end.
  • Hope Bringer: His new life with her and her family gave Moses a sense of peace, happiness, and meaning—which helped him recover from the shame and pain that he had when he left Egypt.
  • Hot-Blooded: This trait was (likely) one of the reasons she was able to escape from Egypt. Also a primary characteristic of her support for Moses in his mission.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: She's not a Gypsy, but most of the trope characteristics apply to her.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: While she's a slave at the beginning of the film. She also goes with Moses to assist him with his mission to free his people.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her design was mildly based on her voice actor — Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • Makes Us Even: A comedic example when she finds Moses in the well. Still remembering the time he humiliated her by letting her fall into a pond at the banquet, she unceremoniously drops him right back in. She then seems content that they're "even" and doesn't bear him any more ill-will, and is shown to be much warmer and more appreciative of him from then on.
  • Mating Dance: A somewhat subdued version, given the culture portrayed and the nature of the film. Still, judging by her dance moves, facial expressions, and the huge bonfire nearby, this is clearly an example of the trope. Moses does his best to keep up.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Moses' earlier line to her, "Look at your family. They are free." Her words are the last spoken lines of the film. ("Look. Look at your people, Moses. They are free.")
    • Also, "Dance with me!"
  • Meaningful Look: Though she does this often, one especially notable (yet subtle) example is after Moses says, "I've done nothing in my life worth honoring."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name means "bird," and when introduced she wants nothing more than to be free.
    • During "When You Believe," she also admits prayer often seems in vain, "like the summer birds, too swiftly flown away."
  • Ms. Fanservice: See Go-Go Enslavement. (Even without that outfit she's still pretty fanservicey.)
  • Nature Lover: Same as Moses, she enjoys life as a shepherd nomad.
  • Necktie Leash: This is how she gets Moses to finally start dancing, though she uses a scarf "lasso" rather than something he's already wearing.
  • Nice Girl: Underneath her defiant and rather haughty attitude, she's really sweet and supportive.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Some may see her as this, particularly concerning her actions in the court of Pharaoh at the beginning of the movie. Others may see her as this. See also Violently Protective Wife below.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Old: For the 10+ years that go by from the Age Cut, she shows no noticeable signs of aging. Contrast with Moses whose hair grows out, and who gets more age lines. If she does change, it's too subtle to easily notice. (All the male adults change noticeably from before and after.)
  • Oh, Crap!: Several, including when the Nile turns to blood. Also, when the Red Sea comes crashing back down.
  • The Quiet One: Has relatively few lines for the amount of screen time she gets, and all of them are straightforward and without padding (with the exception of her parts in "When You Believe"). She communicates more often through expressions, gestures, touch, and body language. Ironically enough, she gets the last lines in the film.
  • Race Lift: The Biblical Tzipporah is generally thought to have been Middle Eastern, but she's depicted as black here.
    • However, many religious scholars do believe that Tzipporah was Cushite, or African.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She may be The Quiet One but she has a fiery personality and is very proud of herself when she lets Moses drop back into the well.
  • Security Cling: To Moses, after he gets knocked down and confronted by disgruntled Hebrew slaves (including Aaron). A variation of the norm, since she does it to help him, rather than the other way around.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Subverted for comedic effect. After Moses has Tziporrah sent to his chambers by Rameses, he sees a shapely, shadowy figure sitting on his bed behind a curtain. He composes himself awkwardly before pulling the curtain back—to reveal that it is actually the servant who had escorted her sitting there, and he is all tied up. He then notices that his dogs are tied up as well and there is a Bedsheet Ladder going over the balcony.
  • She's Got Legs: Tzipporah has long, shapely legs that just add to her Ms. Fanservice status.
  • Sidekick: Tzipporah functions as a rare wife version, as she accompanies the hero throughout most of his epic journey. She shares his dedication to his mission, and has little patience for those who oppose it (and him) in any way.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Doesn't want to be given (forcibly) to anyone, especially not to Rameses or Moses, whom she thought of as "arrogant, pampered palace brat[s]". It was only after Moses covered for her escape when Tzipporah sees a hint of good in him. After Moses's self-exile, he rescues her three sisters from water thieves, which also convinces her of his good character. And during the "Through Heaven's Eyes" montage, she gets to know him as being sweet, sensitive, and humble. Consequently, they fall in love and get married.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The most common spelling of her name is "Tzipporah". But, it's often spelled as either "Tziporrah," "Zipporah," or "Sephora."
  • Spiteful Spit: In her first scene when Rameses approaches her she spits at him, causing him to comment that rather than a "desert flower" as she was described she's "more like a desert cobra!"
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's the same height as Moses, and about as tall as the average man in this movie.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: "Sugar and Fire" is probably a more accurate description. She's the Nice Girl to friends and family, but is generally very openly hostile towards perceived enemies, and cold towards strangers when first meeting them.
    "That's why Papa says she'll never get married..."
  • Tender Tears: Gets misty eyes at various times, when emotions are strong.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She was once known as a "Desert Flower" (and "Desert Cobra") when she was forced to be a concubine to either Rameses or Moses.
  • True Blue Femininity: Underscores her more gentle and virtuous qualities. Also stands as a contrast to Moses' red robe (who is, ironically, usually less assertive than her).
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her father, Jethro, isn't exactly ugly, but Tzipporah is
  • Undying Loyalty: Applies to all the characters in some way or another, though it is especially notable with Tzipporah when she decides to support Moses in his mission to free the Hebrew slaves—in spite of all the odds against them (implying faith in/loyalty to God as well).
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: A hero variant. She later gets her revenge (see Unsportsmanlike Gloating below).
  • Unkempt Beauty: Even after she falls into a moat and gets messed up, she is still beautiful.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Of the unspoken variety. She indulges in a little bit of this after dropping Moses back down a well he fell into earlier. She concludes it by walking away with a heavily exaggerated Menacing Stroll.
  • Uptown Girl: Interesting play in her relationship with Moses. When they first meet, she's a slave and he's a prince. When they meet again in Median, she's the daughter of the man in charge - Jethro the priest, and he is a refugee. By the climax, they become the first couple to the Hebrews.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Implied and a wife variant. If you're a bad guy, don't touch Moses in front of Tzipporah. When Moses looked like he was going to be injured by Ramses's armed guards, Tzipporah immediately moved to stop them, broke out of Aaron's hold and likely would have defended them had the blood in the river not ended all conflict. She also immediately ran to Moses' side shortly before this, when the disgruntled Hebrew slaves threw mud at him (causing him to stumble and trip) and started to approach him with possible violent intentions.
  • With Due Respect: With Moses when they first meet. Subverted, in that she is completely open about him not having any "due" respect at that time. (Also, the situation has nothing to do with military rank, to which the trope normally applies.)
    "But I am showing you all the respect you deserve: *Beat* None!"
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Combined with Meaningful Look when Moses tells her father, "I have done nothing in my life worth honoring." She looks surprised and saddened to hear he thinks this, implying she feels he's very much worth honoring at this point. This is especially significant because the last time they spoke she told him he wasn't worthy of any respect, and the last time they interacted she dropped him in a well for humiliating her back in Egypt.

Voiced by: Jeff Goldblum
"When did God start caring about any of us? In fact, Moses, when did you start caring about slaves? Was it when you found out that you were one of us?"

The younger brother of Miriam and older brother of Moses. Throughout the story, Aaron has always looked out for his sister, especially when she could become too assertive or impetuous. He represents the cynical side of the Hebrews.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: His cynicism and early opposition to Moses. In The Bible, he supported Moses from the beginning, even serving as his spokesman.
  • Adaptational Wimp: From a personality/metaphysical standpoint, rather than physical. In The Bible he was a skilled (or at least bold) orator who spoke for Moses—who either had a speech impediment or anxiety.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Fears for the suffering and death of others, especially Miriam.
    • Fears the penalty for speaking out of turn as a slave. Most child viewers probably see him as a groveling coward, but adults understand that he's most likely seen countless other Hebrews beaten, maimed, and killed for acting out, so Miriam being so unafraid to speak her mind probably scares him to death.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: As demonstrated with "Prince Moses" at the beginning of the film. He does it to try to keep Miriam safe.
  • Anger Born of Worry: He often gets annoyed at Miriam when she puts herself (and, by extension, him) in danger.
  • Badass Beard: More so than Moses, though still not as much as Jethro. Possibly a Beard of Sorrow as well.
  • Barefoot Poverty: As a child.
  • Bear Hug: At the end of the film, he sneaks up behind Moses and gives him one, lifting him off the ground.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Used figuratively for his relationship with Miriam, since he's younger than her. He works hard to keep both of them safe (in spite of her protests). This is likely why Miriam is still alive and uncrippled, since she's often shown to be fighting against injustice. This also seems to be a fundamental part of his character, since he also holds Tzipporah back (unsuccessfully) to try to keep her from being hurt by Pharaoh's guards (see Violently Protective Wife in Tzipporah's section above).
  • Big Little Brother: For Miriam anyway. Aaron is both older and taller than Moses.
  • Blatant Lies: Several of them, played for both comedy and drama:
    "Oh, my good prince, um, sh-she's exhausted from the day's work—not that it was too much, we... we quite enjoyed it—but-but she's confused, and knows not to whom she speaks."
  • Born into Slavery: Like his siblings and mother, Aaron was born as a slave to the Egyptians.
  • Character Development: He regains the hope and optimism that was lost in his years of being a slave.
  • The Cynic: He questions when has God ever cared about the Hebrews. And then he icily asks Moses when did he start to care. He initially becomes doubtful that anything will change after the first plague when Hotep and Huey “replicate” turning the water red, this convincing Rameses that the plague is nothing special. He eventually changes his ways.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shared with Miriam— unlike their younger brother, they grew up as slaves. It's not hard to imagine the kind of troubles and heartache they had to endure.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A subtle and icy version when he reunites with Moses the third time.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Aaron was understandably a little icy towards his brother when he returned from his self-exile. Fortunately, he ends up warming up to his brother.
  • Demoted to Extra: Due to the film choosing to focus on the relationship that Moses and Ramses had as adoptive brothers, it would have felt awkward to have Moses' biological brother accomponate him during his encounters with Ramses and their discussions about their relationship both in the past and at present. Therefore, his role as Moses' emissary and spokesman was removed, with the miracles he performed in that role done by Moses himself.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: Over the years of pain and slavery he and his family endured, his faith in God has slipped away. When Moses explains that he was sent by God to do His work, Aaron scoffs at the idea that God has sent a deliverer for the Hebrew slaves. Fortunately, it isn't permanent. "Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill."
  • Foil:
    • To Rameses — Both are the older brothers of Moses, but Rameses is an entitled Royal Brat while Aaron is a meek, cowardly slave. And while Rameses grew up with Moses and did love him, their relationship becomes broken; in contrast, Aaron only got to know his brother as an adult, starts off rightfully icy and cynical of Moses but comes to be loyal and warm to his brother.
    • To Miriam — Both are the older, biological siblings of Moses, but his cynicism is contrast against her optimism.
  • Forgiveness: He is able to forgive Moses of his past indifference and hostility towards the slaves. Moses, in turn, forgives Aaron of his former disbelief and harassment.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Alternating in this role with Miriam. While in the Great Scheme of Things, Miriam's faith in Moses and God makes her the responsible one and he is the foolish one to doubt, Miriam remains the foolish sibling in her reckless Chronic Hero Syndrome, and it's probably his responsible obedience and submission that kept them both alive for so long.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Due to being a slave almost his entire life.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Aaron may not be a "Jerkass" per say, he was noticeably (but understandably) icy and doubtful of Moses's word that God would help the Hebrews given that they've been praying to Him for it for generations and received nothing and accurately pointed out that Moses only started caring about the Hebrews because he found he was one of them. Moses himself admits that Aaron has every right to be angry with him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • While he may come off as rather harsh to Moses upon his return, it's not without reason. And afterwards, he starts fully supporting his little brother.
    • He comes across as harsh to his sister Miriam when she tries to do something to help others. However, it’s clear that he’s deeply afraid that he will lose the only other family member he has left and will do what he can to keep her from getting hurt or killed.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Jocheved, Miriam, and Moses all share a strong family resemblance. Even though he's not the youngest, as an adult Aaron doesn't resemble any of them. (Presumably he takes after his unseen father.)
  • Lovable Coward: Justified. The "coward" part comes from the fact that as slaves, he and Miriam could easily be killed for speaking or acting out of turn. The "lovable" part comes from the fact his cowardice is very sympathetic and his Big Brother Instinct attitude towards Miriam and others (i.e. keeps Tzipporah from getting hurt by the Pharaoh's guards). He also gets better with Character Development.
  • Messy Hair: Many of the Hebrew characters have this (including Moses, though not as much as Aaron).
  • Nervous Wreck: Prominently shown in him, when he and Miriam meet their long lost brother.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: Downplayed, in that it's played seriously and subtly. While not to Holocaust levels of malnutrition, it's clear that he is suffering from starvation (especially when he is shown next to Moses).
  • Oh, Crap!: Several times, the first being when he and Miriam meet Moses by the well.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: In contrast to Miriam and Tzipporah, who are both perpetually barefoot, Aaron wears sandals. Even his younger brother Moses ditches shoes before returning to Egypt. Averted when Aaron was a toddler - he is barefoot along with his mother and big sister.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: On behalf of Miriam, to Moses when they first meet.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played straight as a little kid, when he looked like a younger male version of Miriam. Subverted as an adult, where he's revealed to now look nothing like the rest of his family. Presumably he takes after his father, whom we never see.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When the Red Sea parts, he's the first to go in. Prior to this, he is very passive, submissive, and pessimistic.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Aaron starts to regain his hope after Moses return from his exile and works tirelessly to free the Hebrews.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Aaron becomes nicer and supportive of Moses.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Aaron calls Moses out on his not caring about the Hebrews until after he discovered he was one himself. Moses agrees with him (it is implied to be one of the reasons for his self-exile, and one of the reasons he felt unworthy to lead them).
  • Younger Than They Look: He physically looks older than Miriam, but he’s actually her younger brother. It could be due to the life of hardship and possible starvation that make him look older.


People of Egypt

    Pharaoh Seti I 
Voiced by: Patrick Stewart
"Oh my son, they were only slaves."

Rameses's father and Moses's adoptive father. A strict authority figure, who has little sympathy for the Hebrews.

  • Abusive Dad: Seti is emotionally abusive towards Rameses. He even calls him the "weak link". Although despite this, with a little pushing he's still willing to name Rameses Prince Regent to give him the chance to prove himself he wants so much.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: The historical Ramesses II was a redhead who came from a prominent family of redheads. We never see Seti's hair color but given every other Egyptian in the film you can be damn sure it isn't red.
  • Affably Evil: Despite his many monstrous crimes, he treats his queen with love and respect.
  • Age Lift: While his age is never stated, Seti appears to be much older than he was when he died in real life: 44.
  • Assurance Backfire: After Moses discovers the horrifying mural of babies being fed to crocodiles, Seti embraces him and says they were only slaves in a sympathetic, reassuring tone. This does not make Moses feel remotely better.
  • Big Bad: Of the first half, since he enslaved the Hebrews and purged their infants.
  • Broken Pedestal: Moses does look up to him as his son before he was revealed to be adopted and when he discovers his true heritage and learns Seti had committed horrific acts of throwing Hebrew infants to crocodiles to be devoured as sacrifices. Moses becomes infuriated by his actions and starts to distance and leaves him after accidentally killing a guard to help an elderly slave.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Views the mass murder of the Hebrew slaves as just another thing that needed to be done.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Seems like the pharaoh that Moses must go up against to free his people, but dies offscreen halfway through, after which his son Rameses takes over.
  • Dramatic Irony: He tells Moses, "You will never have to bear a burden like the crown I will pass on to Rameses." Even those with a passing knowledge of the bible know how chillingly wrong he is.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his harsh nature, Seti does care for his sons, including Rameses. He also treats Tuya with equal respect.
  • Evil Old Folks: Seti appears to be an elderly man and is the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Patrick Stewart.
  • Family Values Villain: Despite his horrendous act, Seti genuinely loves his wife and sons. However, he doesn't seem to see all the children he had killed as actual people, and ignores the implication that he nearly killed the baby who would end up becoming his adopted son.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • This line from Seti:
      "He must not allow himself to be led astray... not even by you, my son."
    • Followed by this line during the Plague of Darkness:
      Rameses: I will not be dictated to. I will not be threatened. I am the morning and the evening star. I am Pharaoh.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Without his actions, there would be no sense within the conflict.
  • Happily Married: While we never see him interacting with his wife, the fact that he immediately stops scolding Ramses and Moses after Tuya touches his back makes you wonder they must have a genuine loving and caring relationship.
  • Hidden Depths: A combination of Seti sounding like he's almost choking at his words and the fact that he looks away from Moses while saying that "Sacrifices must be made" suggests his decision to slaughter the Hebrew children haunts him more than he wants to admit.
  • The High King: Of Egypt before Rameses takes over.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Historians and theologists generally agree that Seti I was not the Pharaoh of the Oppression, although to be fair their actual identity has been debated for centuries, and likely will for centuries more.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Subverted. It seems like this is his reason for murdering the Hebrew children; they were growing in numbers and he had to sustain the population. However, it's immediately made clear that he doesn't feel any regret over the situation at all.
  • Killed Offscreen: He dies some time between Moses running away and returning to Egypt, since Rameses is the new Pharaoh when Moses returns, and the two talk about him in the past tense.
  • Lean and Mean: An old, skinny man with a Lack of Empathy towards Hebrew babies being murdered.
  • May–December Romance: Implied with Tuya. He has the appearance of an elderly man, while she appears to be in her thirties.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: Downplayed. While he does enslave the Hebrews and order mass infanticide, he's portrayed as something of a Reasonable Authority Figure, being genuinely concerned about his kingdom's future and genuinely loving his family.
  • Never Say "Die": Played strangely straight with Seti, who never explicitly says he ordered the slaughter of countless Hebrew babies, even though that's clearly what he did. Also, while he clearly dies some time between Moses leaving and returning to Egypt, he's never explicitly stated to have died, with Moses and Rameses merely talking about him in the past tense. The closest we get is:
    Moses: Do you still not understand what Seti was?
    Rameses: He was a great leader.
    • Slightly justified, as Egyptians had a different view of death than we do. As he mentions to Moses at one point, he simply views it as "passing into the next world," because in ancient Egypt, death was simply a different kind of life.
  • Obliviously Evil: Possibly. When comforting Moses about the mass infanticide of Hebrew newborns, he says "they were only slaves", hinting that he doesn't believe he did anything wrong since Hebrews are subhuman by his standards.
  • Parental Favoritism: He is much harsher towards Rameses than Moses because it is the former who will eventually become ruler. He all but ignores Moses' responsibility for destroying a major monument while at the same time deriding Rameses as the weak link that will destroy their dynasty.
  • Predecessor Villain: He was causing suffering for the Hebrews since before the movie began, which no doubt influenced Rameses and contributed heavily towards the way he turned out (and him being an emotionally Abusive Dad could not have helped.) Moses does not have a direct confrontation with him though, as Rameses becomes Pharaoh by the time Moses returns to Egypt.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played With. At first he seems like your typical ruler, voiced by an actor who is not known for villainous roles—albeit a ruler of a slaving nation, but he's not kicking puppies and is genuinely concerned about his irresponsible adult sons and the future of Egypt. But he turns out to have zero regard for human life if it's not Egyptian and unable to see why that's even wrong. At any case, he is more an Obliviously Evil example.
  • Tough Love: He explains to Moses that he's hard on Rameses because he's trying to prepare him for the burden of inheriting his empire. As Moses points out, he leans a little too hard on the "tough" part, which leads to tragic results for Rameses down the line.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed. While there is no doubt his wife, Tuya, is a stunning beauty, Seti isn't ugly — he's a little thick in the stomach area and visibly old, (possibly older than Tuya).
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If he hadn't been so hard on Rameses or called him "the weak link," Rameses wouldn't have been so determined to prove his father wrong that he brought doom on Egypt and himself.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: How he views himself. The Hebrew population grew too numerous for his liking and to prevent a possible uprising, he thought slaughtering their infants was needed to prevent that. He even decided to have a hieroglyphic mural created to commemorate his deeds out of some twisted sense of pride.

"When the gods send you a blessing, you don't ask why it was sent."
Voiced by: Helen Mirren
Singing Voice: Linda Dee Shayne

The mother of Rameses and Moses. It was her that found a baby Moses in the moat and quickly adopted him.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The historical Rameses came from a family of redheads. Tuya's hair is portrayed as black.
  • Assurance Backfire: She, too, tries to reassure Moses that he really belongs where he is, and she does do better than Seti. But her advice to Moses is "forget what you learned and don't question it", which Moses just simply can't do.
  • The Conscience: Tuya is implied to be this for Seti, as well as Moses before he met Miriam. (See below).
  • Death Glare: Blink and you'll miss it, but when she finds the baby Moses her servants look disapproving, but she cows them with one look.
  • Disappointed in You: When Moses humiliates Tzipporah in front of the banquet guests, a single look of sorrowful disappointment is all it takes to fill Moses with remorse, and he tries to apologize to Tzipporah later.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Despite being a queen, Tuya is only seen wearing sandals out in public during the banquet. In the privacy of the palace, she goes barefoot.
  • Happily Married: While we never see her interacting with her husband, the fact that Seti immediately stops scolding Ramses and Moses after Tuya touches his back makes you wonder they must have a genuine loving and caring relationship.
  • The High Queen: She just radiates beauty, regality, and benevolence. She also has a subtle but firm power over her servants and family that shows in the simplest gestures. One glare from her has her handmaidens bow their heads respectfully, a single hand on Seti's shoulder ends his scolding of Rameses, one hand gesture to Rameses stops him from trying to protest further, and a single look of disappointment is all it takes to fill Moses with remorse over his treatment of Tzipporah.
  • Love at First Sight: Maternal example. She adores Moses the instant she sees him, and adopts him immediately without any doubt or hesitation.
  • Mama Bear: Tuya sends a couple of icy death glares to her handmaidens after they show their disapproval of her adopting Moses, a Hebrew baby.
  • May–December Romance: Implied with Seti. He has the appearance of an elderly, while she appears to be in her thirties.
  • Morality Pet:
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest in the movie.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She never so much as raises her voice, but she knows how to use her status as queen, wife, and mother to protect her loved ones.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It's clear that Ramses takes after her when it comes to his looks.
  • Token Good Teammate: Initially. Her husband was an emotionally abusive father to her eldest son and had No Sympathy for the Hebrews, and her two sons were royal brats. Thankfully, her youngest son grows out of it.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed. While there is no doubt that she is a stunning beauty, her husband, Seti, isn't ugly — he's a little thick in the stomach area and visibly old, (possibly older than Tuya).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her absence once Moses returns to Egypt implies she passed away in the interim, but it's never made clear.

    Rameses' son
Voiced by: Bobby Motown

Rameses' son.

  • Age Lift: Historically speaking, Ramses' thirteenth son and ultimately his successor Merneptah would have been nineteen when Amun-her-khepeshef died. The boy doesn't even seem to be past fifteen here.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is never mentioned in the movie, but it's Amun-her-khepeshef.
  • Children Are Innocent: He has no idea about the past Rameses and Moses share or what they're fighting about; he's just frightened by the sudden plagues and sees Moses as the cause.
  • Death of a Child: He dies in the final plague as a result of his father's stubbornness.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: He doesn't understand the relationship between Moses and Rameses or the past they share; it's not clear if he even knows that Moses is kind of his uncle. He doesn't understand the issue of slavery or why Moses and Rameses are at odds. All he knows is that the plagues started when Moses showed up, and thus Moses must be responsible.
  • Kill the Cutie: An innocent child and Rameses’ Morality Pet, who unfortunately ends up as one of the Angel of Death’s victims.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: His death sent Rameses over the edge and into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Morality Pet: His presence softens Rameses's cold exterior, and when he's killed in the final plague Rameses is consumed with grief and rage.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like Rameses did at his age.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Moses and Rameses were on the verge of reconciling had he not interrupted. His presence reminds Rameses that he has something to protect, and so he goes back to seeing Moses as his enemy. Cue the final plague and the poor kid's death.

    Hotep and Huy
"It's not your fault your sons learned nothing!"
Voiced by: Steve Martin (Hotep) and Martin Short (Huy)

Hotep and Huy are high priests and magicians that serve under Pharaoh Seti I, and later Rameses.

  • Adaptational Name Change: In the Bible, they are named Jannes and Jambres. Here they have actual Egyptian names.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Biblical characters were absolutely no phonies like Hotep and Huy, and their powers weren't stage magic but true sorcery. There's an entirely mythology about the topic, and the most popular traditions have the priests being empowered by Satan (or a similar figure like Mastema and Abezethibou) or possessing a massive knowledge of proto-Kabbalah, to the point a Jewish story portrays them defeating the Archangels Michael and Gabriel of all beings.
  • Butt-Monkey: They largely serve as comic relief.
  • Fat and Skinny: Hotep is obese and Huy is lean.
  • Fat Bastard: Hotep is a fat jerk.
  • Gag Nose: Huy has a very long nose.
  • Jerkass: Both are devious, vain and pretentious sycophants.
  • Lean and Mean: Huy is a skinny jerk.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: They exit the movie during the Ten Plagues, just as the movie is reaching its bleakest point.
  • Shout-Out: They bear a strong, if admittedly exaggerated, resemblance to The Ten Commandments' Dathan (Edward G. Robinson) and Baka (Vincent Price) While serving as comical charlatan High Priests rather than Governor and Master Builder, respectively, they retain a similar function in the story: abusive, corrupt and petty sycophants willing to discredit and undermine Moses to Pharaoh every chance they get.
  • Stage Magician: Unlike Moses's legitimate divine powers, Hotep and Huy simply created the facade of being blessed by the Egyptian pantheon to keep up appearances. This ranges from implied (staffs "turning" into cobras in the midst of a blinding light and fog) to flat-out shown to the audience (using red powder to "turn water into blood"). Huy even referred to themselves as "magicians" during their Villain Song, though that might be due to the term being used interchangeably with "wizard" in the olden days.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: When Moses drops the wine skin bomb on them.
    I am so upset!
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They're always seen together. They even get their own Villain Song.
  • Villain Song: Playing With The Big Boys Now is a flashy bout of Evil Gloating that showcases their arrogance, and amounts to a Bring It in what they think is going to be a conman contest.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time the magicians are seen, they hurriedly try to cure their boils with lotions before Rameses flips their table over in a fit of anger and commands that they leave. They complied to their Pharaoh's wish, gathering their spilled lotion bottles and leaving. It is unknown what became of Hotep and Huy but it was most likely they were banished by Pharaoh to parts unknown for failing to match the power of God or that they were killed by the rest of the plagues.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Moses first returns they mistake the situation as him trying to play the same trickster game they use but in a raw unpracticed form. Their song comes just shy of saying it outright, and amounts to "nice try kid, but you're outclassed". Their offer to make him an apprentice in that scene may actually have been serious.

"Sleep and remember my last lullaby so I'll be with you when you dream..."
Voiced by: Ofra Haza

A Hebrew slave woman and the mother of Miriam, Aaron, and baby Moses. In the prologue, Yocheved defies Pharaoh Seti's edict calling for the murder of all the Hebrew male newborns and sets her infant son adrift in a basket on the Nile in a desperate bid to save his life.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Downplayed. Like her Bible counterpart, she was forced to give up Moses for his protection; unlike her counterpart, she wasn't able to spend time with him other than when he was an infant.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Yocheved and her children go barefoot, like most slaves in the movie
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: As in the biblical myth, baby Moses' mother puts him in a basket to float down the Nile to safety, as a mass murder of all Hebrew babies is happening. She's clearly heartbroken to do so.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was born into a life of slavery.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the Book of Exodus and The Ten Commandments, she's still alive into Moses' adulthood, and meets her grown son and witnesses him discover his true heritage, only later dying during Moses' decade-long exile. Here, she's already dead by the time Moses discovers he's a Hebrew, and never meets him again.
  • Dramatic Irony: Yocheved wished for three simple things, the first that God delivered a Shepherd to them so that they could free all the slaves and lead them to the promised land, the second is that her child Moses was able to live free, and the third, and the one she had the least hopes in, that her family one day could be reunited, anyone who knows the story knows well that despite living a miserable life and having to let go of her youngest child she gets none of her wishes. A Shepherd did come, and that shepherd was Moses, by the very nature of his duty, he could never be free, and to rub salt to the injury, Moses is incapable of leading the slaves to the promised land, only their descendants were able to enter and only her children reunite, by the point of their reunion she is long dead.
  • Good Parents: She loved all of her children dearly and proved this when she risked her life to save her youngest child, Moses, from the Pharaoh's soldiers.
    • In a couple of shots, you can see her maternal instincts surface with Aaron, too. When Aaron darts out near the Egyptian soldiers, Yocheved reflexively pulls him back and then runs her hand through his hair.
    • In an earlier scene, where they first hear the soldiers marching into Goshen, you can see her placing a protective hand on his head.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The animators for Yocheved were so impressed by Ofra that they modeled Yocheved's look on Ofra's appearance.
  • Mama Bear: She evaded soldiers to keep her youngest child safe.
  • Missing Mom: It's not clear what exactly happened to Yocheved after "Deliver Us" but it's implied that she's dead by the time Miriam and Aaron reunite with Moses. The father of her children, Amram, is completely absent from the movie.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, kind, and motherly.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: If it wasn't for her, Moses wouldn't have eventually come to free the Hebrew slaves.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her life after she sent Moses away in the river is unknown. However, by the time Moses meets his two older biological siblings, she's dead.

    Rameses' Great Royal Wife 

The wife of Rameses II and the possible mother of his first-born son.

  • Demoted to Extra: Despite the fact that one of Ramses' Great Royal Wives played a major role in the previous live-action film The Ten Commandments, this individual is only seen in this version briefly standing next to her husband's throne, their son sitting on the steps leading up to it. She disappears from the film after the transformation of Moses' staff into a cobra, without saying a word or being actually named.
  • Foil: To Tzipporah — While the former is from a humbler background (albeit the daughter of a chief), and is strong, opinionated, and very supportive of her husband, the Great Royal Wife while the wife of the current pharoah of Egypt, is silent, passive, and remains very much in the background.
  • The High Queen: To Rameses' High King.
  • Happily Married: Unlike the presenatation of Ramses and Nefretari's relationship in The Ten Commandments, seeing how happy her husband is when Moses makes his first visit to the Royal Court since his exile.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears from the film as fast as she's introduced. We don't even get to see her reaction to her possible son's death.

People of Midian

"First you rescue Tzipporah from Egypt, then you defend my younger daughters from brigands. You think that is nothing? It seems you do not know what is worthy of honor."
Voiced by: Danny Glover; Brian Stokes Mitchell (singing voice)

The father of Tzipporah and her sisters and the High Priest of Midian.

  • Badass Beard: A big one, with a cool appearance.
  • Bear Hug: Gives Moses a huge one when they first meet. He also gives Moses and Tzipporah a huge group hug when they ask him for permission to marry, nearly crushing them both.
  • Big Fun: A large and jovial man.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has curvy ones.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A jolly, loud family man with squashing hugs, though unlike most examples, a non-violent one.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He walks in on Moses while he's being bathed (showing No Sense of Personal Space), welcomes him with a huge Bear Hug (showing what Big Fun he is), drapes his own robe over Moses when he sees that he's wet and naked (showing how caring and hospitable he is), and cheerfully declares that tonight Moses will be his honored guest (showing his complete acceptance of strangers, and gratitude for someone saving his daughters).
  • Good Counterpart: To Seti I. Both are the leaders over a certain a group of people and serve as some paternal role to Moses (adoptive father for Seti, father-in-law for Jethro). They also have some indirect effect on Moses' Character Development and self-worth — Seti makes Moses feel worse about not being there for the Hebrews and was disgusted at his adoptive father's Lack of Empathy; Jethro gives Moses a powerful You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech via song, which enables Moses to become more cheerful and humble. Also, the two have contradicting physiques which showcase their personalities — Seti I is Lean and Mean, while Jethro is Big Fun.
  • Good Parents: Proves to be a caring and loving father to all four of his daughters.
  • The Leader: The High Priest of Midian.
  • Nice Guy: Jethro is a naturally good-natured man, who is faithful and optimistic. By following God, his simple life has been joyful and fulfilling. He is a man with a firm belief in a master plan and God. He believes that God knows far more than he, and trusts that a person's worth can only be determined by God.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He honors Moses as guest of honor at the banquet, not because he is a guest but because he knew of Moses's deeds. He also allows Moses and Tzipporah go back to Egypt to free the Hebrews, knowing full well that he might never see them again, because he understands that it is God's will and Moses must perform this task.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jethro was ecstatic when Tzipporah and Moses came to ask him to officiate their marriage.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: His song, "Through Heaven's Eyes," states this to Moses.

    Tzipporah's sisters
"We're trying to get the funny man out of the well."
Voiced by: Unknown (oldest), Francesca Marie Smith (middle), Aria Curzon (youngest)

Tzipporah's three younger sisters, who inadvertently help Moses find his new life.

  • All There in the Manual: Their names are only revealed in side materials. Their names are Ephorah (older), Ajolidoforah (middle), and Jethrodiadah (youngest).
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Jethrodiadah (the one whose face is covered) is the youngest of her family.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or Barefoot Poverty, which wouldn't make much sense, seeing how their father is the high priest. Also very impractical; the desert is not a place where you can wander barefoot as you will.
  • Iconic Item: Even as a teenager, Jethrodiadah still wears her trademark blue headwrap.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jethrodiadah seems to develop this with Moses, if her inviting him to sit with her and dance with her on his first night, and hanging out with him during the Time Passes Montage is any indication.
  • Nice Girl: They all prove to be this when they try to rescue Moses from the wail. Jethrodiadah especially offers Moses to sit and dance with her on his first night with her people, when he seems lost.
  • Plucky Girl: Fearlessly tell off brigands trying to steal their sheep. Not that it does them much good, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Satellite Character: Other than being Tzipporah's sisters (and Moses' sisters-in-law once he and Tzipporah get married) and being nice girls, the trio don't really add much to the story.
  • She's All Grown Up: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but when Moses explains to Tzipporah that he needs to carry out his Mission from God by pointing out that her family is free, her three sisters can be seen in the background weaving and tending the sheep, and then waving good bye when the two set off. While mainly seen from a distance, it seems they did grow up to be very beautiful.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: They look like younger versions of Tzipporah—seriously, even before Tzipporah was revealed to be their sister, it probably wasn't that hard to figure out. It's especially true in the case of Ephorah (the oldest of the three), as she looks identical to her oldest sister—just younger and with shorter hair.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: While Jethro isn't exactly "ugly," Tzipporah's sisters are very cute and, as shown when Moses and Tzipporah leave to go back to Egypt, all three of them grow up to be quite beautiful (much like their oldest sister).

Other Significant Characters

"I AM that I AM."
Voiced by: Val Kilmer

God is the Divine Spirit and Supreme Being responsible for the Creation of the Universe and all beings that dwell on the Earth and in Heaven. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the patriarchs of the Hebrew people.

  • Berserk Button: He definitely doesn't like when someone questions His wisdom.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He speaks in a soft and calm manner during His first introduction like everyone expects from the All-Mighty one. Then He furiously yells at Moses for having doubt His choice of His messenger. Then there's the plagues...
  • Big Good: For the Hebrews, obviously, He is their Lord who delivers them from pharoh's oppression and empowers a hero to carry His will.
  • Divine Intervention:
    • The Nile scene in "Deliver Us" demonstrates that it was God who saved Moses from the dangers of the river. He also saved him from dying at the desert via a camel taking him out of the sand and into the Midians.
    • Does it directly during the parting of the Red Sea; no one can deny that the gigantic pillar of flame wasn't his doing.
    • Technically, when you are a diety, literally any action you take qualifies as divine intervention.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Not for Himself, as He doesn't have physical feet, but still considers it impolite if you walk around on sacred ground with your sandals on.
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things: When Moses protests that he's a bad choice to free the Hebrews, God gets pissed. Are you telling God that He screwed up?
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Ramses' constant refusal to free the Hebrews leads to God inflicting the Plagues upon Egypt.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He is God and appears to have no set form to speak of, appearing as whatever otherworldy shape he wishes.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Uses Moses' own voice when speaking to him through the burning bush, and during Moses' nightmare he appears through the symbol of Aten, a monotheistic deity forced upon Egypt by a prior pharaoh and Unpersoned the instant they oculd get someone else on the throne.
  • Good Is Not Soft: God is going to have His people freed, and is not afraid to punish Rameses' refusal by laying waste to his country. After all, He gave him plenty of opportunities to give in to His command and lots of evidence of His might. Also, He is abounding in love and wisdom, He is peaceful and magnificent but can also show His power and might to those that doubt Him, he is able to show His wrath to those that anger Him.
  • Humiliation Conga: His plagues are all specifically meant to be this for Egyptian culture and beliefs. He darkens the sun, displaying that His power surpasses that of Ra, Ramses' patron god, He turns the river to blood, displaying His power over the most vital part of Egyptian culture and trade, and he murders the firstborn, whom the Egyptians held in high esteem.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: He is ominous and intimidating, even to Moses, and His methods are harsh and full in Omniscient Morality License, but only has the good of the Hebrews in mind, and also visibly realizes He has crossed a line when Moses becomes completely terrified by Him.
  • Large Ham: He's God. He speaks with the prose and theatrics you would expect from Him, especially when He's angry. Best examplified with tirade He launched into with the above mentioned Berserk Button.
  • Might Makes Right: Again, He's God, and His will is law, as the Egyptian learn the hard way.
  • Omniscient Morality License: The plagues — and the final plague, in particular — would have been major Moral Event Horizons if done by anyone not possessing one of these. But God is God, so — despite the uncountable death toll — He still gets a pass in the movie.
  • Papa Wolf: God will do whatever it takes to protect His people.
  • Physical God: Notably and deliberately averted. Rather than appearing as a wizened old sky father as sometimes depicted in family-friendly works, God is only ever seen in the utterly inhuman, unearthly, rather terrifying forms described in the Bible - usually as a "mass" of light or fire.
  • Reality Warper: It goes without saying that God is completely, absolutely omnipotent.
  • Silence, You Fool!: True to character, He really doesn't appreciate His creation answering back, and loses His temper with Moses.
  • The Unfettered: In order to free the Hebrews, God is willing to lay down ten terrible plagues not just on Rameses but on the Egyptian people as a whole. In particular, the final plague kills the firstborn of each family in eye-for-an-eye retribution for Seti's murder of Hebrew children.
  • Voice of the Legion: He is actually voiced by the entire cast, who can be heard whispering under Val Kilmer's performance.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Moses is terrified of God's anger after daring to say He chose the wrong messenger. God then starts to wrap Moses' body like in a sort of hug and reassures him that He's with him on this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: God has no concern with who plagues make suffer, as long as it means His people are freed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: By proxy, as He sends the Angel of Death to take the life of every firstborn Egyptian child.
  • You Are Not Alone: God reassures Moses that He will be with him when Moses is in front of Pharaoh, so he has nothing to fear.

    The Angel of Death
Voiced by: N/A

The entity sent by God to carry out the final plague: the death of every first born Egyptian child.

  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: It exists to follow God's word. Whether a person is deserving of the plague or not means nothing to it. In fact, it would have taken the firstborns of the Hebrews as well had they not marked their doors with the blood of the lamb.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It's a mass of swirling light whose introduction seems to imply that it lives outside our plane of existence (heaven, in all likeliness).
  • Foil: To Moses — Both are servants of God, but Moses is mortal, signals the plagues through indirect means, and feels a great deal of inner turmoil over his duties. Death is an angel, personally kills all the firstborn sons of Egypt, and never hesitates to carry out its work.
  • Giant Flyer: Justified, seeing as it's an angel.
  • The Grim Reaper: It is essentially this, "angel of death" and all, but it doesn't have the archetype look (black cloak etc.).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Angel's function is to dish this out on Rameses for adamantly refusing to release the Hebrews from slavery, and for the horrendous atrocities his forefathers have committed against the Hebrews.
  • Light 'em Up: With a dash of Holy Hand Grenade and Soul Power in there too.
  • Light Is Good: Double-subverted. It is a mass of light sent by God that claims the lives of every first born child in Egypt, albeit as the final punishment for the wrongdoings the Egyptian pharaohs have wrought upon the Hebrews, and Rameses' adamant refusal to show them mercy.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The power it has over Death is given emphasis through the sheer lack of any major impact its physical actions truly have. Lives are simply taken, just as swiftly as they're given.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Looks more like a glowing fog than our traditional idea of angels. Though angels in the Bible could indeed get pretty weird looking, the biblical version of it was slightly more on the traditional side (having been a humanoid entity carrying a sword with all the first-borns' blood on it).
  • Small Role, Big Impact: With its biblical equivalent being essentially the Trope Codifier, this isn't surprising. The final plague was meant to be the last step in Rameses' Break the Haughty story.
  • The Unfettered: Unlike Moses, it has no hesitation to carry out God's orders, no matter how morally questionable they are.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It was sent to Egypt for the exact purpose of killing firstborn children.


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