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Characters in the ''Death Wish'' films:
An architect and UsefulNotes/KoreanWar veteran from New York who started killing criminals after his wife and daughter were attacked inside his own apartment. He started his vigilante career by killing small-time bad guys (muggers, rapists etc.), moved to street gangs and by the end of the series takes on heavily armed mafiosos.
->[-Played by: Creator/CharlesBronson-]
* AntiHero: When you are a vigilante who murders bad guys, this kinda comes with the territory.
* BadassMustache: The trademark Bronson 'stache.
* BerserkButton: While Paul kills all crooks equally, he gives far worse punishments to rapists, muggers and drug addicts, all of whom were responsible for his greatest tragedies.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Who'd thought that some nebbish architect guy would end up taking down several criminal organizations?
* CartwrightCurse: No woman is safe from harm around Paul, least of all his family. Except for Geri, who left him due to his violent lifestyle.
* CoolGuns: Kersey's WeaponOfChoice in the third movie is the .475 Wildey Survivor.
* CrusadingWidower: The entire thing began when he lost his wife to scumbags, and it just gets worse when his daughter joins her in the second movie.
* TheGunslinger: A handgun is his weapon of choice.
* InSeriesNickname: Mr. Vigilante, the New York Vigilante in the first film.
* PartTimeHero: Does architect work when not shooting criminals.
%%* UnwittingPawn: In the fourth film.
* VigilanteMan: The iconic urban vigilante, who set the standard for vigilante flicks to come.
The leader of the unnamed street gang in the third movie.
->[-Played by: Gavan O'Herlihy-]
* AxCrazy: After he meets Paul in the cell, he tells him that he'll kill an old lady, just for the hell of it.
* BigBad: Of ''Film/DeathWish3''.
* FacialMarkings: Just like his cronies, the mark of his gang is on his forehead.
* GangBangers: Leads a group of particularly vile ones that are terrorizing New York.
The person who hires Paul in the fourth film to take down the major drug rings in Los Angeles. He is actually an ambitious drug dealer under the identity of an absentee news magazine mogul who is seeking to take over the local drug business and tricks Paul to do the dirty work for him.
->[-Played by: John P. Ryan-]
* BigBad: Of ''Film/DeathWish4TheCrackdown''.
* TheChessmaster: This guy uses Kersey and his vigilante tendencies to eliminate his rivals in the drug trade.
* NoNameGiven: His real name is not revealed.
* SirSwearsALot: Is quite a pottymouth after showing his true colors.
A mobster in the fifth movie who becomes Paul's main target after he kills his new wife.
->[-Played by: Michael Parks-]
* BigBad: Of ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: His mocking (and later [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]) of Big Al and Reg certainly qualifies.
* SmugSnake: A slimy, Irish mobster, he always manges to escape prosecution [[spoiler: because he has a [[TheMole mole]] in the D.A's office]] but once Kersey gets his sights on him, he acts like its' a minor annoyance. Even when his [[TheDragon dragon]] Chicki warns him not to underestimate Kersey, O'Shea is far too confident in his plans. Sadly, his overconfidence proved to be his undoing, as he wasn't savvy enough to realize he was a villain in a Death Wish movie and therefore, doomed.