|“||Oh, I hate mummies!||„|
|~ Rick upon seeing mummies destroy his car.|
Colonel Richard O’Connell, also known most famously as O'Connell or Rick, is the main protagonist of the Mummy series.
Rick is an American adventurer and was a former Colonel of the French Foreign Legion. He was married to Evelyn O'Connell née Carnahan and conceived a son, Alex O'Connell. Throughout his life, O'Connell had gone through many adventures, seeing many exotic locales and encountering many different peoples and customs, with his adventures turning towards a more eldritch direction as he first encountered the evils of the resurrected mummy Imhotep, going on to face many more supernatural foes later in his life.
Once O'Connell had grown older, he had dedicated time to several adventures alongside his friend and oft accomplice Izzy Buttons, in misdeeds such as bank robbery, but had abandoned this when he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion in an expedition to an ancient Egyptian necropolis known as Hamunaptra, with Rick as one of only two survivors, returning three years later, finding the ancient mummy Imhotep and stopping him from an ascent to power with an archaeologist-turned librarian called Evelyn Carnahan, whom O'Connell had fallen in love with during the expedition, and married shortly thereafter. Imhotep would, however, resurface into Rick's life several more times, causing Rick to defeat him with the help of his own family. Over the years, Alex and Rick's relationship suffered some strains as Alex left his family behind to join the United States Air Force, these strains continuing well on for years until their collaboration in the defeat of the ancient Chinese immortal known as Emperor Han, which led to a reconciliation betwixt father and son.
Rick's adventuring days took their toll on his health and put his life on a constant risk as he was almost hung in the Cairo prison, strangled by Imhotep, and nearly killed fighting the Emperor Han.
Rick O'Connell is a man of action that believed in shooting first and asking questions later, being curt and brash when he needed to be. Although O'Connell acted with bravado in most situations, he was not incapable of pathos and sympathy, having fallen in love with and marrying Evelyn Carnahan, having a son with her, considering his family to be the most important thing in his life. Along with his prowess in firearms, O'Connell was also proficient at defending himself unarmed and knew how to improvise when in a perilous situation.
- Before Brendan Fraiser was cast, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Nicholas Cage, Mel Gibson, Ewan McGregor, Keanu Reeves and the late Bill Paxton were all considered for the role of Rick O'Connell, although Tom Cruise would later play Nick Morton in the 2017 reboot, The Mummy. Originally, that film was meant to kick off the Dark Universe franchise. However, The Mummy was met with negative reviews and underperformed at the box office, therefore cancelling the rest of the Dark Universe in the process.