- “The geekiest kid in school just became the biggest, buffest adventurer you've ever seen, but he'll learn that true courage and confidence can't be programmed.”
- —Jumanji movie website
Dr. Xander "Smolder" Bravestone is one of the five selectable playable characters in the video game version of "JUMANJI". In "Welcome to the Jungle", he was the chosen avatar of Spencer Gilpin. In "The Next Level", he was initially given to Spencer's grandfather Eddie Gilpin, instead of Spencer, but soon regained his former avatar.
When he was a boy, Xander's parents were murdered by the dastardly Jurgen the Brutal. Within the world of "JUMANJI", Bravestone is an international explorer and famed archaeologist, well known in both the realm of "JUMANJI", and across the seven continents for his courageous exploits. After he saved Franklin "Mouse" Finbar's life from a warlord in Peru, he has never left Dr. Bravestone's side. He was also a former colleague of Professor Van Pelt. During the Jaguar Shine Adventure, after receiving a letter from the field guide Nigel Billingsley, he arrived in "JUMANJI" with his companions to answer the call for aid to lift the curse. When Jurgen the Brutal returned to steal the Falcon Jewel, Nigel sent Dr. Bravestone a new letter to call for help, so that he and his crew would return to complete the Mountain Fortress Adventure and save the land of "JUMANJI", once again.
His symbol on the player select screen is a compass, reflecting his role as an archaeologist, explorer, and adventurer.
|"Strength" / "Weakness"||Welcome to the Jungle||The Next Level||Description|
|"Strength"||He is very strong and tough. (Not Listed)|
|"Speed"||He can run very fast and can easily outpace the others in the group.|
|"Climbing"||He is very good at climbing.|
|"Boomerang"||He is very skilled in using weapons that Finbar keeps in his backpack, especially a boomerang.|
|"Smoldering Intensity"||He has a sort of intensity about him that can make him seem attractive when saying certain things.|
|"Fearless"||He is courageous in the face of danger. (But any traits from human players are still reflected by him).|
|"None (Generosity)"||He is the only character without a specific weakness in the 2017 film, however, the official site adds generosity to his weakness statistics. Regardless of having no apparent weakness, he is not invincible and can still be killed, and is easily frightened when played by Spencer.|
|"Switchblade"||He is vulnerable to attacks by a man named Switchblade, an Oasis gangster who hates Bravestone for flirting with his wife.|
- Despite one of his traits being "fearlessness" and having "no weaknesses", in practice he is easily scared, like Spencer, making it his main weakness.
- His symbol on the 2017 film's closing credits next to his actor's credit is a Squirrel, referencing Spencer's fright of the Squirrel at the Vreeke House and when being spooked by another Squirrel at the Jaguar Shrine.
- He has similarities to Indiana Jones from the Indiana Jones series and Rick O'Connell from The Mummy series. Dwayne Johnson's first film role was The Mummy Returns.