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* BigBad: Causes the conflict with her cursed video tape.
31st Oct '16 6:37:12 PM Isaac_Heller
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-->'''Samara''': [[PowerIncontinence But I do]] [hurt people], and I'm ''sorry'' it won't stop.\\

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-->'''Samara''': [[PowerIncontinence But I do]] [hurt people], and I'm ''sorry'' ''sorry''...it won't stop.\\



-->'''Samara''': But I ''[[ForTheEvulz do]]'' [want to]... And it ''won't stop''.

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-->'''Samara''': But I ''[[ForTheEvulz do]]'' [want to]... And and I'm sorry...it ''won't stop''.
19th Sep '16 5:41:34 AM Evilgidgit
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[[folder:American Films]]
!!Rachel Keller
The main protagonist of the series. A hardworking journalist from Seattle who investigates her niece's mysterious death and connections to an alleged cursed videotape. Upon watching the tape, Rachel discovers the rumours are true and teams up with her ex-boyfriend Noah to find its origins before they and their son Aidan are killed within seven days.
* ActionMom
* BadassNormal
* {{Expy}}: Of Reiko Asakawa.
* FalseReassurance: She tells Aidan that they did nothing wrong when they sent Samara's tape out into the public.
* [[GoodParents Good Parent]]: To Aidan, yes. To Samara, no.
* HeroicBSOD: When she finds [[spoiler: Noah's corpse.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: In the second film, Rachel allows Samara to drag her into the tape's monochromatic world to protect Aidan. She escapes though after sealing Samara in the well.
* HotScoop
* IntrepidReporter
* MamaBear
* NecessarilyEvil: In ''The Ring 2'', [[spoiler:when Samara has fully taken over Aidan's body, the only way to subdue her and drive her out of her son is by nearly killing him]]. Which Rachel accomplishes by taking a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and [[spoiler:lacing it with enough pills to horrify the audience]].
* ParentalAbandonment: It's strongly hinted that Rachel's focus on her career takes her away from Aidan, resulting in her being in the dark about his anxieties (if not outright dismissive) and going to parent-teacher meetings only out of obligation. This changes A LOT by the second film, specifically seeking out a smaller newspaper so she can spend more time with her son.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Granted, the Curse is hardly believable as it is, but she only has herself to blame when the lack of reasonable explanation for her actions in the second film gets Child Protection Services on her head.
* WhatTheHellHero: Surprisingly does this a lot in the series. Aidan calls her out when she reveals she freed Samara's body from the well, but he never told her before that she can never be at peace so he shares this trope.
** Rachel unleashes the tape onto an unsuspecting world, causing the events in ''Rings''.
** And again in the second film when she seals Samara in the well.
* WorkingWithTheEx: With Noah, who was her boyfriend for a time until they had Aidan.

!!Noah Clay
Rachel's ex-boyfriend and a media analyst, Noah is enlisted by Rachel to discover the origins of the cursed videotape. He is Aidan's father but doubts he would ever be a good father due to his own being a disappointment.
* BadassNormal
* IndyPloy: He's very resourceful at getting what he wants.
* LighterAndSofter: He couldn't be more different from Ryuji if he tried. Unfortunately, this also extends to his investigative skills.
* PapaWolf
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]: [[spoiler: He's killed so that Rachel knows the curse isn't over]].
* TechnoWizard
* WorkingWithTheEx: Noah works with Rachel. They seem to rekindle their old flame in the process.

!!Aidan Keller
Rachel and Noah's young son who possesses a degree of psychic powers.
* CreepyChild: On par with Samara, and it becomes worse when she possesses him.
* DemonicPossession: At the hands of Samara, who appears behind him in ''The Ring Two'' in a public bathroom and approaches him with each photo he takes of himself in a mirror.
* {{Expy}}: Of Yoichi Asakawa.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: He drew many unsettling sketches of his cousin Katie buried deep underground (or even underwater) in the run up to her death. After watching the tape, his artistic focus changes to Samara's house, the inside of the well, and progressively obsessive drawings of circles.
* PromotionToParent: Rachel's parenting and Noah's absence have forced him to take this role.
* PsychicPowers
* SpiderSense
* PoorCommunicationKills: He never volunteers any information on his visions, it has to be Rachel who asks him about them after his behavior or drawings tip her off. It's only after Rachel frees Samara from the well that he tells her she will continue to kill people.
* WhatTheHellHero: He's the one to break this to Rachel.

!!Samara Morgan
The antagonist of the series and the American version of Sadako Yamamura. An eight year old who was tossed down a well by her adoptive mother Anna, Samara created the cursed videotape to get attention and possible revenge on the world.
* AbusiveParents: Richard Morgan banished her to the ranch barn. Her biological and adoptive mother tried to drown her.
* AffablyEvil: This is debatable, even though she is an eight-year old girl.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Her version of the cursed videotape which is as twice as long as Sadako's and twice as terrifying.
* BreakTheCutie: It doesn't appear to take long. She makes verbal threats about her future rage against the world.
* CreepyChild
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Samara was nearly drowned by her birth mother Evelyn, and then received even more misery at the Morgan Ranch thanks to her uncontrolled powers. She was locked in the barn by her father, and took her frustration out on her mother's beloved horses by driving them to suicide. She was eventually tossed down a well by Anna.
* DemonicPossession: Possesses Aidan and fails to act like him when in Rachel's company.
* {{Expy}}: Obviously based on Sadako, but also on her evil twin from ''Ring 0''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half human, half [[EldritchAbomination something else]], according to her birth mother.
* HumanoidAbomination: see HalfHumanHybrid. Aside from that she's got PsychicPowers that are borderline RealityWarper in scale. The power she possesses is so intense that she can MindRape people just by being in proximity to her.
* IronicEcho: Rachel watches an interview from the mental institution:
-->'''Psychiatrist''': You don't want to hurt anyone.
-->'''Samara''': [[PowerIncontinence But I do]] [hurt people], and I'm ''sorry'' it won't stop.\\
Later, Rachel remembers the video with a slight change in tone:
-->'''Psychiatrist''': You don't want to hurt anyone.
-->'''Samara''': But I ''[[ForTheEvulz do]]'' [want to]... And it ''won't stop''.
* IronicNurseryTune: "[[{{Leitmotif}} Here we go, the world is spinning, when it stops, it's just beginning. Sun goes up, we live and we cry, Sun goes down, and then we all die.]]"
* MadnessMantra: [[VoiceOfTheLegion "Mommy!"]]
* MakingASplash: Samara is so terrified of water, she can subconsciously use her powers to repel it high into the air --only for it to come splashing down when her focus is removed.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Unwittingly made on X-ray plaques with her PsychicPowers. Like any other child, she likes images of horsies and trees, but the images themselves are horrifying.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PowerIncontinence: Even before birth, she possessed PsychicPowers that exceeded her ability to control. Anyone who came close to her, man or beast, suffered horrendous hallucinations just from her being there.
* PsychicPowers: Samara has uncontrollably nensha powers, which allow her to burn images onto surfaces and into people's minds.
* SealedEvilInACan: Trapped in a well by Anna Morgan. Suffered the same fate as a ghost in ''The Ring Two''.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl
* TragicVillain: Heavily hinted that the relationship between Samara and her foster parents was anything but a loving one. [[TheDogBitesBack She repaid the favor]] [[MindRape by making their]] [[EnfanteTerrible lives a living hell]]
* WomanInWhite
* {{Yandere}}: A non-romantic example in ''The Ring Two''. Samara considers Rachel to be a surrogate mother [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was nice to her in the first movie]], and [[DemonicPossession nothing is going]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse to stop them from]] [[IfICantHaveYou being a happy family]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Samara possesses Aidan and finally has her wish granted, to be loved by a mother, in this case Rachel. That is until Rachel drugs her and then exorcises her from her son in a bath, before sealing her again in the well. Nice, really nice. Any wonder many people [[{{Sequelitis}} hate the sequel?]]

!!Anna and Richard Morgan
Samara's foster parents. Anna and Richard Morgan ran a family horse ranch on Moesko Island and were renowned horse trainers in the local area. After adopting Samara, Anna suffered from horrible visions caused by Samara's powers, causing Richard to banish the girl to the barn. In revenge, Samara tortured the ranch horses into suicide by jumping off cliffs. Anna eventually kills Samara by pushing her down a well, before committing suicide herself by leaping off a cliff.
* AbusiveParents: Richard in particular, forcing Samara to live in the barn and prefers the horses to her.
* BathSuicide: Richard kills himself via electrocution in a bath. It's not a pretty sight.
* [[CoolHorse Cool Horses]]: The Morgans' famous racing horses made them famous. Then they killed themselves, making them even more famous.
* DownOnTheFarm: Make that horse ranch.
* DrivenToSuicide: Pretty much everyone in the family save Samara. Anna leapt off a cliff, Richard electrocuted himself in a bathtub, and the family horses leapt off cliffs thanks to Samara.
* ElectrifiedBathtub
* {{Expy}}: Anna is the equivalent of Shizuko Yamamura, and Richard is the equivalent of Takashi Yamamura.
* FalseReassurance: Richard tries to pull this on Rachel when she asks about the existence of Samara and the tape.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: As soon as Rachel reveals she's made a copy of the tape, Richard realizes that killing her right then and there with a hook won't keep the curse from spreading.
* IronicEcho: When Richard refers to all reporters (and Rachel in particular) as unable to leave well enough alone, "spreading the sickness" via their investigations. Which is exactly what Rachel did with Samara's curse.
* LivingRelic: Richard after losing his family and quitting his business.
* MirrorScare: A scene on the tape depicts Anna brushing her hair and the mirror is moved about telekinetically by Samara, lifted straight out of the Japanese films.
* RedHerring: That Richard killed Samara, when in fact Anna did. In-universe example: Rachel believes Anna may have made the cursed video, when it was actually created by Samara.
* VillainousBreakdown: Richard ("MY WIFE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A CHILD!")

!!Evelyn
Samara's birth mother. Having possibly mentally unstable prior to child birth, Evelyn was young when she gave birth to Samara and lived in a hospital run by nuns. However, Samara did not cry unless put near water. Evelyn claimed Samara was possessed by a demon and was told by her daughter to drown her in order to save her. She attempted this but was stopped by the nuns and carted off to an asylum. She appears in ''The Ring Two'', and cryptically tells Rachel how to exorcise Samara from Aidan.
* BedlamHouse
** Her younger self is played by Creator/MaryElizabethWinstead.
* MadnessMantra: The melody she hums to herself, which is [[{{Leitmotif}} the American series' theme tune]].
* ParentalAbandonment
* PassingTheTorch: Evelyn asks Rachel to out away her child since she failed to in the past.
* PatronSaint: According to an orderly at the asylum, Evelyn is visited by young mothers for guidance.

!!Katie Embry and Becca Kohtler
Best friends who discuss the rumours of the cursed videotape. Katie is Rachel's 16-year old niece and close to her and Aidan. Katie reveals to Becca that she and three other students, Josh, Stacey and Scott, went to Shelter Mountain where they became the first viewers of the tape. Minutes later, Katie is killed by Samara. Her death leads to the events of the film. Becca witnessed her friend's death and was institutionalised, possibly gaining psychic powers in the process.
* BedlamHouse: Poor Becca ends up in one after seeing Samara kill Katie, and has a fear of televisions.
* HauntedTechnology: Katie has to deal with a TV that turns itself on, and the fridge door which opens by itself too.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Katie draws sketches of images in her head in her work book, eventually writing "Why is this in my head!?"
** She also scribbled "hair" over the faces in a fashion magazine, making all the models look like Samara.
* PeekABooCorpse: Perhaps one of the [[NightmareFuel scariest images of the film]] is when Kaite's mum Ruth opens a closet and finds Katie's body with a deformed face. The fright is not from the corpse but from the sudden appearance of the imagery.
** Katie's facial fate is hinted at in the final frames of the opening scene when the camera zooms at her face - it distorts.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Becca appears to gain some form of PsychicPowers, predicting the number of days Rachel has to live.
* VictimOfTheWeek: Katie fills this along with three others, or four if you count Becca as witnessing her death.
16th Sep '16 9:47:52 AM unclejack
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[[folder:American Films]]
!!Rachel Keller
The main protagonist of the series. A hardworking journalist from Seattle who investigates her niece's mysterious death and connections to an alleged cursed videotape. Upon watching the tape, Rachel discovers the rumours are true and teams up with her ex-boyfriend Noah to find its origins before they and their son Aidan are killed within seven days.
* ActionMom
* BadassNormal
* {{Expy}}: Of Reiko Asakawa.
* FalseReassurance: She tells Aidan that they did nothing wrong when they sent Samara's tape out into the public.
* [[GoodParents Good Parent]]: To Aidan, yes. To Samara, no.
* HeroicBSOD: When she finds [[spoiler: Noah's corpse.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: In the second film, Rachel allows Samara to drag her into the tape's monochromatic world to protect Aidan. She escapes though after sealing Samara in the well.
* HotScoop
* IntrepidReporter
* MamaBear
* NecessarilyEvil: In ''The Ring 2'', [[spoiler:when Samara has fully taken over Aidan's body, the only way to subdue her and drive her out of her son is by nearly killing him]]. Which Rachel accomplishes by taking a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and [[spoiler:lacing it with enough pills to horrify the audience]].
* ParentalAbandonment: It's strongly hinted that Rachel's focus on her career takes her away from Aidan, resulting in her being in the dark about his anxieties (if not outright dismissive) and going to parent-teacher meetings only out of obligation. This changes A LOT by the second film, specifically seeking out a smaller newspaper so she can spend more time with her son.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Granted, the Curse is hardly believable as it is, but she only has herself to blame when the lack of reasonable explanation for her actions in the second film gets Child Protection Services on her head.
* WhatTheHellHero: Surprisingly does this a lot in the series. Aidan calls her out when she reveals she freed Samara's body from the well, but he never told her before that she can never be at peace so he shares this trope.
** Rachel unleashes the tape onto an unsuspecting world, causing the events in ''Rings''.
** And again in the second film when she seals Samara in the well.
* WorkingWithTheEx: With Noah, who was her boyfriend for a time until they had Aidan.

!!Noah Clay
Rachel's ex-boyfriend and a media analyst, Noah is enlisted by Rachel to discover the origins of the cursed videotape. He is Aidan's father but doubts he would ever be a good father due to his own being a disappointment.
* BadassNormal
* IndyPloy: He's very resourceful at getting what he wants.
* LighterAndSofter: He couldn't be more different from Ryuji if he tried. Unfortunately, this also extends to his investigative skills.
* PapaWolf
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]: [[spoiler: He's killed so that Rachel knows the curse isn't over]].
* TechnoWizard
* WorkingWithTheEx: Noah works with Rachel. They seem to rekindle their old flame in the process.

!!Aidan Keller
Rachel and Noah's young son who possesses a degree of psychic powers.
* CreepyChild: On par with Samara, and it becomes worse when she possesses him.
* DemonicPossession: At the hands of Samara, who appears behind him in ''The Ring Two'' in a public bathroom and approaches him with each photo he takes of himself in a mirror.
* {{Expy}}: Of Yoichi Asakawa.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: He drew many unsettling sketches of his cousin Katie buried deep underground (or even underwater) in the run up to her death. After watching the tape, his artistic focus changes to Samara's house, the inside of the well, and progressively obsessive drawings of circles.
* PromotionToParent: Rachel's parenting and Noah's absence have forced him to take this role.
* PsychicPowers
* SpiderSense
* PoorCommunicationKills: He never volunteers any information on his visions, it has to be Rachel who asks him about them after his behavior or drawings tip her off. It's only after Rachel frees Samara from the well that he tells her she will continue to kill people.
* WhatTheHellHero: He's the one to break this to Rachel.

!!Samara Morgan
The antagonist of the series and the American version of Sadako Yamamura. An eight year old who was tossed down a well by her adoptive mother Anna, Samara created the cursed videotape to get attention and possible revenge on the world.
* AbusiveParents: Richard Morgan banished her to the ranch barn. Her biological and adoptive mother tried to drown her.
* AffablyEvil: This is debatable, even though she is an eight-year old girl.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Her version of the cursed videotape which is as twice as long as Sadako's and twice as terrifying.
* BreakTheCutie: It doesn't appear to take long. She makes verbal threats about her future rage against the world.
* CreepyChild
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Samara was nearly drowned by her birth mother Evelyn, and then received even more misery at the Morgan Ranch thanks to her uncontrolled powers. She was locked in the barn by her father, and took her frustration out on her mother's beloved horses by driving them to suicide. She was eventually tossed down a well by Anna.
* DemonicPossession: Possesses Aidan and fails to act like him when in Rachel's company.
* {{Expy}}: Obviously based on Sadako, but also on her evil twin from ''Ring 0''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half human, half [[EldritchAbomination something else]], according to her birth mother.
* HumanoidAbomination: see HalfHumanHybrid. Aside from that she's got PsychicPowers that are borderline RealityWarper in scale. The power she possesses is so intense that she can MindRape people just by being in proximity to her.
* IronicEcho: Rachel watches an interview from the mental institution:
-->'''Psychiatrist''': You don't want to hurt anyone.
-->'''Samara''': [[PowerIncontinence But I do]] [hurt people], and I'm ''sorry'' it won't stop.\\
Later, Rachel remembers the video with a slight change in tone:
-->'''Psychiatrist''': You don't want to hurt anyone.
-->'''Samara''': But I ''[[ForTheEvulz do]]'' [want to]... And it ''won't stop''.
* IronicNurseryTune: "[[{{Leitmotif}} Here we go, the world is spinning, when it stops, it's just beginning. Sun goes up, we live and we cry, Sun goes down, and then we all die.]]"
* MadnessMantra: [[VoiceOfTheLegion "Mommy!"]]
* MakingASplash: Samara is so terrified of water, she can subconsciously use her powers to repel it high into the air --only for it to come splashing down when her focus is removed.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Unwittingly made on X-ray plaques with her PsychicPowers. Like any other child, she likes images of horsies and trees, but the images themselves are horrifying.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PowerIncontinence: Even before birth, she possessed PsychicPowers that exceeded her ability to control. Anyone who came close to her, man or beast, suffered horrendous hallucinations just from her being there.
* PsychicPowers: Samara has uncontrollably nensha powers, which allow her to burn images onto surfaces and into people's minds.
* SealedEvilInACan: Trapped in a well by Anna Morgan. Suffered the same fate as a ghost in ''The Ring Two''.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl
* TragicVillain: Heavily hinted that the relationship between Samara and her foster parents was anything but a loving one. [[TheDogBitesBack She repaid the favor]] [[MindRape by making their]] [[EnfanteTerrible lives a living hell]]
* WomanInWhite
* {{Yandere}}: A non-romantic example in ''The Ring Two''. Samara considers Rachel to be a surrogate mother [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was nice to her in the first movie]], and [[DemonicPossession nothing is going]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse to stop them from]] [[IfICantHaveYou being a happy family]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Samara possesses Aidan and finally has her wish granted, to be loved by a mother, in this case Rachel. That is until Rachel drugs her and then exorcises her from her son in a bath, before sealing her again in the well. Nice, really nice. Any wonder many people [[{{Sequelitis}} hate the sequel?]]

!!Anna and Richard Morgan
Samara's foster parents. Anna and Richard Morgan ran a family horse ranch on Moesko Island and were renowned horse trainers in the local area. After adopting Samara, Anna suffered from horrible visions caused by Samara's powers, causing Richard to banish the girl to the barn. In revenge, Samara tortured the ranch horses into suicide by jumping off cliffs. Anna eventually kills Samara by pushing her down a well, before committing suicide herself by leaping off a cliff.
* AbusiveParents: Richard in particular, forcing Samara to live in the barn and prefers the horses to her.
* BathSuicide: Richard kills himself via electrocution in a bath. It's not a pretty sight.
* [[CoolHorse Cool Horses]]: The Morgans' famous racing horses made them famous. Then they killed themselves, making them even more famous.
* DownOnTheFarm: Make that horse ranch.
* DrivenToSuicide: Pretty much everyone in the family save Samara. Anna leapt off a cliff, Richard electrocuted himself in a bathtub, and the family horses leapt off cliffs thanks to Samara.
* ElectrifiedBathtub
* {{Expy}}: Anna is the equivalent of Shizuko Yamamura, and Richard is the equivalent of Takashi Yamamura.
* FalseReassurance: Richard tries to pull this on Rachel when she asks about the existence of Samara and the tape.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: As soon as Rachel reveals she's made a copy of the tape, Richard realizes that killing her right then and there with a hook won't keep the curse from spreading.
* IronicEcho: When Richard refers to all reporters (and Rachel in particular) as unable to leave well enough alone, "spreading the sickness" via their investigations. Which is exactly what Rachel did with Samara's curse.
* LivingRelic: Richard after losing his family and quitting his business.
* MirrorScare: A scene on the tape depicts Anna brushing her hair and the mirror is moved about telekinetically by Samara, lifted straight out of the Japanese films.
* RedHerring: That Richard killed Samara, when in fact Anna did. In-universe example: Rachel believes Anna may have made the cursed video, when it was actually created by Samara.
* VillainousBreakdown: Richard ("MY WIFE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A CHILD!")

!!Evelyn
Samara's birth mother. Having possibly mentally unstable prior to child birth, Evelyn was young when she gave birth to Samara and lived in a hospital run by nuns. However, Samara did not cry unless put near water. Evelyn claimed Samara was possessed by a demon and was told by her daughter to drown her in order to save her. She attempted this but was stopped by the nuns and carted off to an asylum. She appears in ''The Ring Two'', and cryptically tells Rachel how to exorcise Samara from Aidan.
* BedlamHouse
** Her younger self is played by Creator/MaryElizabethWinstead.
* MadnessMantra: The melody she hums to herself, which is [[{{Leitmotif}} the American series' theme tune]].
* ParentalAbandonment
* PassingTheTorch: Evelyn asks Rachel to out away her child since she failed to in the past.
* PatronSaint: According to an orderly at the asylum, Evelyn is visited by young mothers for guidance.

!!Max Rourke
Editor-in-chief of the Daily Astorian newspaper, Max Rourke becomes Rachel's ally in ''The Ring Two''. He is very sceptical about Samara's existence and powers, but the strange goings on changes his mind. He is eventually killed by Samara.
* DaEditor
* {{Expy}}: Appears to be the American equivalent of Okazaki.
* InnocentBystander: He is killed by Samara when he tries to record her on camera.
* IntrepidReporter
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Katie Embry and Becca Kohtler
Best friends who discuss the rumours of the cursed videotape. Katie is Rachel's 16-year old niece and close to her and Aidan. Katie reveals to Becca that she and three other students, Josh, Stacey and Scott, went to Shelter Mountain where they became the first viewers of the tape. Minutes later, Katie is killed by Samara. Her death leads to the events of the film. Becca witnessed her friend's death and was institutionalised, possibly gaining psychic powers in the process.
* BedlamHouse: Poor Becca ends up in one after seeing Samara kill Katie, and has a fear of televisions.
* HauntedTechnology: Katie has to deal with a TV that turns itself on, and the fridge door which opens by itself too.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Katie draws sketches of images in her head in her work book, eventually writing "Why is this in my head!?"
** She also scribbled "hair" over the faces in a fashion magazine, making all the models look like Samara.
* PeekABooCorpse: Perhaps one of the [[NightmareFuel scariest images of the film]] is when Kaite's mum Ruth opens a closet and finds Katie's body with a deformed face. The fright is not from the corpse but from the sudden appearance of the imagery.
** Katie's facial fate is hinted at in the final frames of the opening scene when the camera zooms at her face - it distorts.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Becca appears to gain some form of PsychicPowers, predicting the number of days Rachel has to live.
* VictimOfTheWeek: Katie fills this along with three others, or four if you count Becca as witnessing her death.

!!The Ring Groups
After Rachel released the tape into the public, copies were made among teenager groups, creating a teenage cult called "Rings" as seen in the short film of the same name. These [[SecretCircleOfSecrets Secret Circles of Secrets]] involve about five people, each person watching the tape to see how long they can last with the supernatural symptoms of the curse, whilst recording what they see. If they panic or give up, they can pass the tape to the next member, and so on. Very few rings have seen anyone get beyond Day 7, and the Astorian Ring seem very determined to do that, particularly with their newest member Jake.
* AssholeVictim: Subverted for Jake, who desperately tries to trick his friend Emily to watch the tape only for her to close her eyes when watching it.
* {{Cult}}
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Vanessa really wants to see the outcome of Day 7, regardless of who gets sacrificied.
* LoveHurts: Jake's crush on Vanessa leads to his involvement with the tape and to his fate at the beginning of ''The Ring Two''.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets
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* DeathGlare: A literal one; it's how she kills her victims in the films.



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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Sadako's TV incarnation tries to get Mitsuo Ando's wife to stab him to death for causing their son's own demise, but it ends up leading to the couple to make peace when Ando apologises. Sadako is so shocked that she can't understand why they cast aside their hatred.



** ''Sadako 3D'' saw the creation of a new suicide video that was online. Computers, laptops and phones were haunted in its sequel.
* HealingFactor: Shown to heal an old man's disability in ''Ring 0''.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Sadako is a hermaphrodite, meaning she is a woman but is genetically male and has a man's privates. She also has Androgen insensitivity syndrome, an intersex condition that means she cannot give birth. In ''Spiral'', [[spoiler: the reborn Sadako gains the ability to give birth, making her, as she puts it, "A complete hermaphrodite."]]

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** ''Sadako 3D'' saw the creation of a new suicide video that was online. Computers, laptops and phones were haunted in its the sequel.
* HealingFactor: Shown to heal an old man's disability in ''Ring 0''.
0''. Sadly this is the only good thing she does with her powers.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Sadako is a hermaphrodite, meaning she is a woman but is genetically male and has a man's privates. She also has Androgen insensitivity syndrome, an intersex condition that means she cannot give birth. This revelation tragically leads her plunge down the well in the novels. In ''Spiral'', [[spoiler: the reborn Sadako gains the ability to give birth, making her, as she puts it, "A complete hermaphrodite."]]



** Becomes this in the television series.



* PsychicPowers: Sadako pretty much has displayed the entire variety of powers listed on the trope's page. Her most notably power is psychography (or "nensha") which she used to create the videotape. [[spoiler: Also able to alter the genetics of human biology, and mutate a smallpox strand with her DNA into a virus able to cause tumours, heart attacks, and impregnate women with said DNA to ensure that she can be resurrected, as well as create clones of the dead.]]

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* PsychicPowers: Sadako pretty much has displayed the entire variety of powers listed on the trope's page. Her most notably power is psychography (or "nensha") which she used to create the videotape. [[spoiler: Also In the novels, she is able to alter the genetics of human biology, and mutate a smallpox strand with her DNA into a virus able to cause tumours, heart attacks, and impregnate women with said DNA to ensure that she can be resurrected, as well as create clones of the dead.]]



* ShrinkingViolet: In ''Ring 0''.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sadako and Toyama.

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* ShrinkingViolet: In ''Ring 0''.
0'', she is very shy and quiet, and only opens up to Toyama.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sadako and Toyama. Sadly DoomedByCanon.
* StartOfDarkness: Thrown down a well leads to her becoming a vengeful ghost.



* ThrownDownAWell: Leading to her death and StartOfDarkness.
* TraumaCongaLine: Where to begin? In the novels, Shizuko loses her second child to illness, becomes depressed and eventually commits suicide, joins an acting troupe and finds love but a recording of Sadako and her boyfriend Toyama having sex kills six people, her father develops tuberculosis, and then she is raped by Jotaro Nagao who discovers [[spoiler: she is a hermaphrodite]] and chucks her down a well to her death.
** In the films, she is abandoned at birth for a day, kills a journalist, her mother commits suicide, her out-of-control powers lead to several deaths and she is the victim of a WitchHunt, murders all of her tormentors, is thrown down a well by her father, [[spoiler: and survives down there for thirty years]].

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* ThrownDownAWell: Leading to her death and StartOfDarkness.
The best known example.
* TraumaCongaLine: Where to begin? In the novels, Shizuko her mother loses her second child to illness, becomes depressed and eventually commits suicide, Sadako joins an acting troupe and finds love but a recording of Sadako and her boyfriend Toyama having sex kills six people, her father develops tuberculosis, and then she is raped by Jotaro Nagao who discovers [[spoiler: she is a hermaphrodite]] hermaphrodite and chucks her down a well to her death.
** In the films, she is abandoned at birth for a day, birth, kills a journalist, her mother commits suicide, her out-of-control powers lead to several deaths and she is the victim of a WitchHunt, murders all of her tormentors, tormentors including her harmless boyfriend, is thrown down a well by her father, [[spoiler: and survives down there for thirty years]].



* BadassNormal

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* BadassNormalBadassNormal: Very determined to solve the mystery of the videotape, particularly when his wife and daughter watch it.



* IntrepidReporter

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* IntrepidReporterIntrepidReporter: Goes to great lengths to uncover the truth behind the videotape.



* PapaWolf

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* PapaWolfPapaWolf: Comes off as a bit of a reluctant parent, finding his daughter Yoko's constant crying to be a bother. However, as soon as he learns his family have voiced the videotape, his true devotion to his daughter comes out.
** Also a good single parent to Yoichi in the TV series.



* TheAce

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* TheAceTheAce: Very smart and a genius in intuition, mathematics, and medicine.
* AxCrazy: His TV counterpart is, particularly if anyone messes with Mai.



* AxCrazy: His TV counterpart is, particularly if anyone messes with Mai.
* BadassBeard

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* AxCrazy: His TV counterpart is, particularly if anyone messes with Mai.
* BadassBeard
BadassBeard: Sports one in the films.



* PunchClockHero

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* PunchClockHeroPunchClockHero: Claims to have raped several girls in the books.



* TheChick



* ShrinkingViolet

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* ShrinkingViolet
SparedByTheAdaption: Survives the film series.



* GuiltComplex
* KilledOffForReal: TV only. Performs a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the spreading of the cursed video. However, he is revived by his loved ones as a clone, but expires quickly after due to the short lifespan of Sadako's clones without medication.

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* GuiltComplex
GuiltComplex: For Takanori's death.
* KilledOffForReal: TV only. [[spoiler: Performs a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the spreading of the cursed video. However, he is revived by his loved ones as a clone, but expires quickly after due to the short lifespan of Sadako's clones without medication.]]



* AmateurSleuth

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* AmateurSleuthAmateurSleuth: Has no background as a detective, but is bright enough to investigate the M.H.V.



* TheHero

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* TheHeroTheHero: Of ''Loop''.



* TheMedic

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* TheMedicTheMedic: Works as a medical student.



* BadassBeard



* AmateurSleuth
* TheCoroner

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* AmateurSleuth
* TheCoroner
TheCoroner: Works as a coroner alongside Ando.



* HotScientist



* DontGoInTheWoods: Subverted. Tomoko and co. to a relatively popular camp ground. It is inside their cabin they find terror.
* InnocentBystander
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* OurGhostsAreDifferent

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* DontGoInTheWoods: Subverted. Tomoko and co. to a relatively popular camp ground. It is inside their cabin where they find terror.
* InnocentBystander
InnocentBystander: Find and watch the videotape by happenstance and die unaware of the rules to escape death.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: All four of them.
* OurGhostsAreDifferentOurGhostsAreDifferent: In the film, Tomoko's ghost is manipulated by Sadako into convincing Yoichi to watch the tape. As Ryuji puts it, "She isn't Tomoko anymore."



* SacrificialLamb

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* SacrificialLambSacrificialLamb: Killed off to kick off the plot.



* VictimOfTheWeek

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* VictimOfTheWeek
VictimOfTheWeek: A fitting trope, since they die a week after watching the tape.



* BrokenBird

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* BrokenBirdBrokenBird: Didn't have the easiest of lives. Dead son, superpowered daughter, and humiliated by the press lead to her suicide.



* ParentalAbandonment
* PosthumousCharacter: Been dead for at least thirty years by the time the story kicks off.

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* ParentalAbandonment
ParentalAbandonment: Kills herself and abandons Sadako in the process.
* PosthumousCharacter: Been dead for at least thirty years by the time the story kicks off. [[spoiler: Averted in the TV series.]]



* TheProfessor

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* TheProfessorTheProfessor: Was a professor in Tokyo University.



* GrumpyBear

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* GrumpyBearGrumpyBear: Not the most approachable person, but with good reason.



The female equivalent for Kazuyuki, Reiko fulfils the same role as he does in ''Ring'', investigating rumours of a cursed videotape following the death of her niece Tomoko. She often leaves her son Yoichi home alone, and is ex-wife to Ryuji.

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The female equivalent for Kazuyuki, Reiko fulfils the same role as he does in ''Ring'', investigating rumours of a cursed videotape following the death of her niece Tomoko. She A modern Japanese career woman, she often leaves her son Yoichi home alone, and is ex-wife to Ryuji.Ryuji's ex-wife.



* CoolOldGuy

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* CoolOldGuyCoolOldGuy: Very spry for his age and very selfless.



* RedShirt

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* RedShirt
RedShirt: Just another victim of the tape. [[spoiler: Though in this case, she comes back as a vengeful ghost.]]



%%* LeadPoliceDetective: Investigating the mysterious deaths of Ryuji and Reiko's father, leading him into the plot of ''Ring 2''.

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%%* LeadPoliceDetective: * TheInspector: Investigating the mysterious deaths of Ryuji and Reiko's father, leading him into the plot of ''Ring 2''.
21st Jan '16 6:48:56 PM nombretomado
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* TheInspector: Investigating the mysterious deaths of Ryuji and Reiko's father, leading him into the plot of ''Ring 2''.

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* TheInspector: %%* LeadPoliceDetective: Investigating the mysterious deaths of Ryuji and Reiko's father, leading him into the plot of ''Ring 2''.
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* BreakTheCutie: A bit of a fragile flower, which stems from witnessing her body commiting suicide in a BloodBath. She goes through a lot of trauma in the film but all to protect Nagi.

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* BreakTheCutie: A bit of a fragile flower, which stems from witnessing her body commiting suicide in committing a BloodBath.BathSuicide. She goes through a lot of trauma in the film but all to protect Nagi.
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* LivingRelic: Richard after losing his family and quitting his business.
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