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     Fred C. Dobbs 

Fred C. Dobbs

Played by: Humphrey Bogart

     Bob Curtin 

Bob Curtin

Played by: Tim Holt

  • Anti-Hero: Makes some questionable decisions, such as considering leaving Dobbs to be buried alive in a collapsed mine shaft, and deciding to kill Cody despite knowing so little about him, but he always gains a conscience about both afterwards; he saves Dobbs in the former situation, and regrets letting Cody die in the latter.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: More or less. He goes through a lot during the film, finally escaping from a crazed Dobbs with his life. Though all the gold is lost in the process, he can still move on with his life.
  • Foil: Becomes this to Dobbs.
  • Gold Fever: Though not nearly as bad as Dobbs.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Inbetween. Not much better than Dobbs at first, but grows to have more of a consciense later on.
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     Howard 

Howard

Played by: Walter Huston

  • Ambiguously Evil: Seems to take on novice prospectors more as a challenge to see if they can resist Gold Fever than anything.
  • Motor Mouth: All the characters talk a mile a minute, but he's the fastest talker of them all.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Nice. He seems to be fascinated with challenging people's morality, yet he's by far the most charitable of the three.
  • Only Sane Man: Proves himself to be this.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Dobbs and Curtin take him for an old man they'd have to carry on their backs, but when they're trekking through the mountains he's more durable and energetic than the two combined.
  • Token Good Teammate

     Cody 

Cody

Played by: Bruce Bennett

     Gold Hat 

Gold Hat

Played by: Alfonso Bedoya

  • Bad Liar: Can't pass himself off as a mountain policeman if he tried, even if he didn't need to show anybody "any stinking badges".
  • Bandito: Leader of a whole bunch of them.
  • Face Death with Dignity: But he won't face his death by a firing squad without his hat.
  • Fat Bastard: Portly and malevolent.
  • Famous Last Words: "Permission, Lieutenant, to grab my hat?"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts friendly and personable until you don't give him what he wants.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Is caught, arrested and executed after stealing donkeys after a young police informant finds the donkeys' distinctive brand on them.
  • Laughably Evil: Alfonso Bedoya gives him sort of a sense of humor.
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