Benjamin Franklin Gates
Background information
Feature films National Treasure
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
National Treasure: Key of Tales

Untitled National Treasure (Sequel) (unreleased)

Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by Nicolas Cage

Arley Swaby

Portrayed by
International Voice
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Ben Gates
Paul Brown
Personality Friendly, funny, smart, determined
Appearance Average man with brown hair and a coat
Occupation Historian
Amateur cryptologist
Mechanical engineer
Alignment Good
Goal To find the greatest treasures in the world and keep them safe from any illegal dealer
Home Washington, D.C., United States
Relatives Patrick Gates (father)
Emily Appleton (mother)
John Adams Gates (grandfather)
Love Interests
Allies Riley Poole (partner), Abigail Chase (girlfriend), the President
Enemies Ian Howe, Mitch Wilkinson
Likes Treasure, adventure, making plans, tracking evidence
Dislikes Illegal dealers, treasure robbers, having his family accused or kidnapped
Powers and abilities
Fate Uses the found treasure to buy a new house with Abigail (National Treasure).
Clears his family's name, and is taken as a hero by the U.S. Government (Book of Secrets).
Quote "We're more like treasure protectors."
"I thought it'd be a good idea to have a duplicate, turns out I was right."

Benjamin Franklin Gates is the protagonist of the National Treasure film series.


National Treasure

Ben Gates is a well-educated history fanatic with a maverick's sense of adventure. His interest in the past comes from his own family lineage, as his ancestors had roles in some of America's historic events.

The family's passion can be seen in the full names of both Ben and his father, Patrick Henry Gates. As he is both intelligent and cagey, quests that seem impossible to most can plausibly be accomplished by Ben Gates. Though he carries a sense of humor and wit, adversaries should not underestimate him, as they will rarely under stand all facets of a situation as well as he does.