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I made my family disappear.
~ Kevin's famous quote
This is my house. I have to defend it.
~ Kevin making a stand to save his house from Harry and Marv: the Wet Bandits
My family in Florida, and I'm in New York.
~ Kevin gets the wrong flight.

Kevin McCallister is the main protagonist of the first two Home Alone movies and the made-for-television fourth film.

Portrayals

In the two films, he is played by Macaulay Culkin, who also portrayed Richie Rich and Richard Tyler.

Character Biography

Home Alone

Kevin McCallister fell for his uncle Frank's prank from DVD outtake extra

In a rare DVD outtake, Kevin is seen falling for one of his family member's pranks.

At age eight, he is the youngest of five children (his brothers and sisters are Buzz, Megan, Linnie and Jeff) born to Peter and Kate McCallister and he has six cousins (counting one who is a daughter not of Frank McCallister, but of Rob). He is subject to ridicule by his older siblings, mostly Buzz. One Christmas, his family leaves for Paris and accidentally leaves him behind. Kevin has fun without the ever present nuisance of his family but he slowly grows lonely, until he discovers that Old Man Marley is actually a very nice man and the rumors about him are never true. Things get worse when two dim-witted yet violent criminals, Harry and Marv a.k.a. "The Wet Bandits", target his lavish house to be robbed. Kevin, without any protection, decides to booby trap the entire house and the two, despite being horribly disfigured by Kevin's torment, the two capture Kevin but before they can kill him, Old Man Marley beats the two into unconsciousness with a snow shovel. The two are then arrested as Kevin's family comes home for Christmas morning, where he acts like nothing happened during the week as Kevin sees Old Man Marley reuniting with his son at the window and Buzz becomes shocked about his room wrecked by Kevin.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Homealone

Harry and Marv, Kevin's Nemesis.

In the sequel, the family decides to head to warm Florida for Christmas instead, but Kevin mistakenly follows a man who looks like his father onto a plane bound for New York City. Kevin is alone but has his father's money in his bag. He decides to enjoy his time in the biggest city in the country, so he lives it up and gets a suite at the Plaza Hotel. However, Marv and Harry now renamed "The Sticky Bandits" have escaped during a prison riot and discover that Kevin is alone and lost in New York City. Out for revenge, the two attempt to kill Kevin but he defeats them by using his surroundings to his advantage. Kevin then goes to the home of his uncle, which is under renovation while they are away. After Kevin discovers that the Pigeon Lady is actually a very nice person and is not scary, Kevin booby traps the entire place and foils the robbers but they get to Kevin before he can escape. Chasing him into Central Park, the two attempt to shoot Kevin, but the revolver is covered in lacquer wood stain which the two got covered in earlier, and won't fire. The Pigeon Lady throws pigeon food onto the two burglars and they get attacked by swarms of pigeons. The cops then arrest the two after Kevin sets off fireworks. Kevin's family arrives for Christmas at the Plaza Hotel after Kevin reunites with his mom and his family, but his dad gets enraged that he spent lots of money on room service.

Personality

Many people in the McCallister family think that Kevin is nothing more than a helpless child. As he is the youngest he is the one constantly being picked on by older siblings such as his sister and especially his brother Buzz becuase of this abuse Kevin was actually overjoyed when he thought he had made his family disappear. Kevin was normally argumentative, stubborn and even aggressive which are traits one would find in an eight-year old boy. He was capable of fighting back, and on some level was even cruel such as attacking Buzz twice, once when he maliciously ate his pizza and when he humiliated him during a choir. This also goes from throwing a brick at Marv from a tall building and making the pizza man he ordered thinking he was being shot at. He also laid well-planned traps that put the robbers, Harry and Marv in massive physical pain and could have even killed them.

He can be confused at times such as when he thought that Old Man Marley was a serial killer who murdered his family when he was actually a very kind man. This happened again when he was lost in New York and ran away screaming from the Pigeon Lady simply because of her appearance however she is actually a lonely yet kind-hearted woman. Despite originally fearing these people, they end up saving Kevin from The Wet Bandits. It is possible he had learnt to stop judging people by their appearances however in the fourth film he became unsure of his father's girlfriend, Natalie's butler Prescott because of his hostile attitude however this grumpiness was brought on because of frustration on how tiring his job and eventually saved him. There are times when Kevin can be wise beyond his years such as giving advice to Old Man Marley to rebuild his relationship with his estranged son which he did. And once again in New York when she told the Pigeon Lady to start loving again.

Despite peoples outward opinion of him Kevin is not nearly as immature as they make him out to be (although granted when he was left home alone he took the opportunity to scream like a madman, jump up and down on his parents bed and an excuse to eat more junk food than he could manage) however once Harry and Marv attempted to break into his house he became more responsible, doing laundry (despite him being afraid of the furnace) and even going shopping. He was also able to defend his home from the Wet Bandits, using very intricate traps to injure and incapacitate them. All in all Kevin was extremely loyal to his family (especially to his mother) even if they may drive each other crazy.

Gallery

Home Alone

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Trivia

  • Kevin and his family are absent from Home Alone 3, which was originally to feature a teenage Kevin. However Macaulay Culkin had quit acting 3 years prior, and had grown tired of the role and had no interest in returning.
  • In some sort of error of continuity, Kevin is aged 9 in Home Alone 4, even though he was aged 10 in his last appearance, meaning he should at least of been 11 or 12 by the fourth film.
  • Another error of continuity is that Kevin is confirmed to be eight in the first film and ten in the second one, when it was specifically mentioned several times in Home Alone 2 that it takes place only one year after the first film.
  • Macaulay Culkin returned as an older Kevin in the first episode of the online series DRYVRS.