Characters in the trilogy film series The Santa Clause
While in the position, he has limited power to influence how the actions of the pole are executed. Scott mainly kept it traditional, but with an influence that made kids 87% happier, while Jack made it into a commercial enterprise.
Among the Council of Legendary Figures, he is the only one who apparently can be changed (Easter Bunny is probably a familyposition, while the rest are Immortal).
- Big Fun: Whoever is chosen grows into the role literally and is fun to be around.
- But Thou Must!:
- Once Chosen, there's no going back. Parts of the personality, along with your body, overwrite your own, making you into a more benevolent and kind person. However, it's subverted in the third film where it's revealed that there's an escape clause one can use if they're truly unhappy with the job.
- Scott changes from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to genuine good person, gaining weight, etc. due to the powers.
- Jack has only physical changes, as a Legendary Figure, it has no power to force him to be nice.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Not fully explained, but hinted at. Should people stop believing in him, he loses his power and the Elves lose their jobs.
- Klingon Promotion: The current one can step down by design or accident, creating an opening.
- Legacy Character: Similar to The Flash, the position continues, changing from person to person, who may or may not be related.
- Santa Claus: Takes some liberties with the position, as changing it to a Legacy Character. Others have depicted it being changable, such as Ernest Saves Christmas, but those were often passed through Family Ties, instead of to random people.
- Played by: Tim Allen
- Because Destiny Says So: in a "the position chooses the person" not the other way around. It is written that the person chooses, yes, to be in the position in the first film; but the second and third make it more into a gift to granted, than one to chosen.
- Benevolent Boss / Honest Corporate Executive: The Elves love working for him.
- Character Development: Initially, he wanted nothing to do with being Santa Claus, but warms up to it by the end of the first film. In the sequel, when he finds out about the second clause and that he won't get to be Santa anymore, he's devastated and works to keep the job.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even years after taking up the mantle of Santa Claus, Scott hasn't lost his sarcastic and sometimes condescending sense of humor.
- Klingon Promotion: Subversion in that it was by accident and that he wasn't part of the organization to begin with.
- Played by: Elizabeth Mitchell
- Death Glare: She uses this to keep her students in line.
- The Dreaded: To the students who dont behave, shes your worst nightmare.
- Good Is Not Nice: She truly cares for the kids, and has a nice personality outside of school. But doesn't see the point in putting efforts into Holiday-related activities. (Its possible that she tries to keep it non-denominational, non-religious, or simply prefers to put resources towards the Sciences, Maths, etc. that many schools have been doing since the 90's.)
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happens at her school once she left. Did she return after Christmas to give a two-weeks notice? Did she just phone in and say "I found a new job"?
- Played by: Eric Lloyd
- Demoted to Extra: He has a pretty small role in The Escape Clause.
- Played by: Judge Reinhold
- Played by: Wendy Crewson
- Amicable Exes: At first she and Scott don't get along. But after the end of the first movie, the two since kept in touch.
- Played by: Liliana Mumy
- Played by: Ann-Margret
- Played by: Alan Arkin
- Played by: David Krumholtz
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Inexplicably absent from the third film.
- Friend to All Children: His interactions with Charlie show that he's this.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: As Head Elf, he knows all the ins and outs of the North Pole and provides Scott with all the assistance he needs to do a good job.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he often becomes frustrated and impatient, he's still a good guy. Once Scott finally accepts his new role, Bernard is nothing but a helpful second in command.
- Mr. Exposition: He explains to Scott and the audience what the Santa clause is.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like the other elves, he's a lot older than he looks.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's like Santa's right hand man, especially since it's implied that there have been multiple Santas in the past and he knows how to prepare for a new Santa.
- Played by: Spencer Breslin
- Pride: Admits to this as a problem in the second movie, and in the third movie, this is how Jack manipulated him.
- Gasshole: When he eats chocolate.
Other Legendary Figures
- Anthropomorphic Personifications: Each of them are a Spirit of something -
- Cupid - Valentine's Day
- Mother Nature - Nature
- Father Time - New Year's
- Easter Bunny - Easter
- Jack Frost - Winter
- Sandman - Sleep, Dreams
- No-Sell: They can't affect each other directly, but can help each other in times of need. This helps prevent Jack Frost from becoming more Benevolent as Santa.
- Played by: Peter Boyle
- Ludicrous Precision: Gives this in the second movie, telling how much time is left till Christmas Eve, down to the minute.
- Played by: Aisha Tyler
- Played by: Jay Thomas
- Played by: Michael Dorn
- Played by: Kevin Pollak
- Played by: Martin Short
- An Ice Person: As the personification of winter, Jack possesses a magical cryokinesis.
- Bad Boss/Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Elves don't like to work for him.
- Bad Santa: Once he takes up the mantle, he flips the North Pole into a tourist attraction to turn a profit, throwing the entire concept of Santa, a symbol of generosity and reward for goodwill, out the window.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the third film.
- Evil Counterpart: He is the reverse of everything Santa stands for. Replacing benevolence with corruption, encourages bad behavior, and other things, while still retaining enough of the original for the position to still exist in the first place.
- For Want of a Nail: Being a legendary figure, he probably had far-reaching consequences, since Kids are growing up a lot less happy in his world.
- Large Ham: As seen in his over the top musical number.
- No-Sell: As mentioned above, the Magic of Santa Position can only work on him physically, not mentally or in terms of personality. In the short time he was Santa, we never see him wield the magic Scott used in the second movie, so we don't know if they are denied to him, he simply doesn't use it, or they were lost since no one probably believes in him anymore.
- Played by: Tim Allen
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Instead of being a docile automaton to fill in for Scott, he has his own epiphanies about the concepts of naughty and nice, and tries to rewrite the guidelines accordingly.
- All Crimes Are Equal: Pick your nose? Guilty. Steal a toy? Guilty. It is a family-friendly movie, so they don't get anything towards felonies, but the Toy Santa does take up a draconian approach to the crimes under his jurisdiction.
- Bad Santa: Originally meant as a stand-in for the real Santa, he tries to take over the job with an "all kids get coal" policy.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the second film.
- Gone Horribly Right / Wrong: Read the Rules, see them being broken everywhere, minorly or majorly. To correct this, he comes down on them with an iron first.
- Knight Templar: Toy Santa doesn't really understand the difference between someone being bad, and kids just being themselves. He really likes rules, and since things are "sloppy" at the North Pole, he goes mad with power.