Anna Fang is one of the most colourful characters in Mortal Engines. She is an Anti-Tractionist aviatrix. An infamous resistance fighter with a price on her head, Fang built her own airship, the Jenny Haniver, and is renowned for her fearless pursuit of justice and her peerless combat skills.
Hester Shaw is the heroine of the film. Injured as a child during a fight that took her mother’s life, Hester has been left with a facial scar – a constant reminder of the brutal crime. It is always a catalyst for Hester’s transformation into becoming the ultimate survivor and a woman propelled by the desire of vengeance. After her mother’s death, Hester was found and raised by Shrike, a resurrected man who is half human and half machine. He kept her safe but he wasn’t an ideal model for her emotional and social development.
Tom Natsworthy is in many ways, Hester’s opposite. Raised inside the traction city of London, he has no real sense of the world outside of it. He has been raised to believe that anything that is not a part of the traction world is to be feared and regarded as a threat to traction cities. Orphaned as a boy when his parents were killed in an accident, Tom was taken in by the Historian’s Guild and is treading a typical path for a young man in London.
Thaddeus Valentine is the city’s lead archaeologist and is admired by his fellow Londoners for his daring expeditions and important discoveries. Valentine has risen from modest origins but he now lives in rarefied air, having been given ‘special privileges and special station by the Lord Mayor, due his popularity and his promise to create a better future for London.
Shrike is one of the most compelling characters in the Mortal Engines universe as he is part-human, part-automata. Hundreds of years old, Shrike is the last known ‘Stalker’ roaming the Earth – a dead man resurrected by technology. He has got a human brain inside his meatl skull, but the compassion and consciousness has been taken out of his mind. You give him a task and he does it. Now, there are no more wars to fight and so the character of Shrike has become a bounty hunter.