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A character page in progress for the Steven Spielberg film ''{{Film/Lincoln}}''.



[[folder:The Lincoln Household]]

!!Pres. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln
->'''Played By''': Creator/DanielDayLewis

The 16th President of the United States.
* BadassBeard: Once fought in the Black Hawk War and is fighting a war currently with the South along with being TheDeterminator, he's also very bearded.
* BadassBoast: An actual quote, no less.
--> "I am the President of the United States, clothed... in ''immense power''! You ''will'' procure me those votes."
* BadassBookworm: War Veteran President leading a nation through a war and fighting for an amendment that will end slavery once and for all along with being very well learned in the written word.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's soft-spoken and his attitude is very genial. So when he gets mad and starts raising his voice, people ''listen''.
* TheChessmaster: The film greatly shows his cunning nature, subtle political maneuvers and command over just about every situation he was in.
* CoolOldGuy: Very congenial with the young people he interacts with and tells stories that contain moments of awesome and ToiletHumor.
* CurseOfTheAncients:"Buzzard's guts, man."
* DeadpanSnarker: This is Abraham Lincoln after all.
** Lincoln goes to see Bilbo to give him his walking papers on the eve of the Thirteenth Amendment being passed. Bilbo has been operating in a manner that keeps him completely disassociated from the President to avoid the appearance of corruption. So when Lincoln finally shows his face, they greet each other thusly:
-->'''Bilbo:''' 'Well, I'll be fucked.\\
'''Lincoln:''' I wouldn't bet against it.
* {{Determinator}}: He knows the odds of passing the 13th Amendment are stacked against him. Doesn't phase him one bit.
* DiseaseBleach: Like most presidents, the job prematurely ages him. In his case, it aged him ''a lot''.
-->'''Grant:''' By outward appearance, you're 10 years older than you were a year ago.
-->'''Lincoln:''' [[{{Understatement}} Some weariness has bit at my bones.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: While Congress may have a cold attitude towards him, it's clear Lincoln loves and is loved by his Union soldiers.
* GentleGiant: 6'4" (still large for the average 21st century male) and very soft-spoken
* GuileHero: Passing the 13th Amendment certainly took a lot of cleverness on his part.
* LargeAndInCharge: The 6'4" Lincoln towers over everyone else. Day-Lewis' height (6'1") is exaggerated somewhat by the camera angles.
* MessyHair: "My last barber hanged himself. Left me his scissors in his will."
* NiceHat: He has that famous tall hat.
* NiceGuy: Characterized by his unassuming kindness, in contrast to his more pragmatic Cabinet.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Personable and President Iron. Lincoln is very friendly and personable with soldiers and servants, but firm and serious with lawmakers and diplomats.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Lincoln has a habit of breaking into anecdotes that sometimes don't have any relevance to the topic at hand. Other times they're quite calculated to produce an effect.
* {{Troll}}: There are hints that Lincoln tells his stories to exasperate his advisers (especially Edwin Stanton) as much as to make them think.
* TheUnfettered: Lincoln is ''absolutely'' determined to pass the amendament, and doesn't hesitate to: use bribery to convert representatives to his side, exploit the emergency powers that the Constitution has given him, and even [[spoiler: lie to congress about being in peace talks with the Confederacy]].

!!First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln
->'''Played By''': Creator/SallyField

The First Lady and Lincoln's wife.
* AffectionateNickname: Her husband calls her Molly.
* BrokenBird: Mary has suffered the loss of two children, worries about her husband's safety, and fears (sadly, quite correctly) that history will remember her as a crazy woman who ruined Lincoln's happiness.
* TheFashionista: She doesn't take a page from ''Godey's Ladies Book'' (the Vogue magazine of the era)....she takes the whole library and is primped in the laces and ruffles of the mid-Victorian Era.
--> ''I must dress in costly materials. The people scrutinize every article I wear with critical curiosity.'' - Mary, quoted in the book ''Behind the Scenes'' by her friend Elizabeth Keckley.
* OneHeadTaller: The real Mary Todd Lincoln was 5'2, more than a foot shorter than her husband. Sally Field is of the same height.
* PimpedOutDress: The corseted waists, the flounces, the ruffles, the patterns, and the crinolines which were all popular during that era.
** Mary was a good sewer, and may have made some of those outfits herself.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: Very high strung, fragile, and prone to outbursts in contrast with her friend and dressmaker Lizzy.

!!Robert Todd Lincoln
->'''Played By''': Creator/JosephGordonLevitt

Lincoln's eldest son. He's just come back to revisit his family, but hopes soon to enlist in the Union army.
* {{Determinator}}: Just like his dad, he is determined to do that right thing. In this case, it's enlisting despite his parents' protests.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Inverted. It's a lot harder to enlist in the army when your father who forbids it is Commander in Chief.
* TheUnfavorite: Mrs. Lincoln thinks Abe sees Robert as this, while Abe suggests that Mrs. Lincoln sees Tad as this. (The film depicts their true feelings towards their sons as much more complex.)
%%* WellDoneSonGuy

!!Tad Lincoln
->'''Played By''': Gulliver [=McGrath=]

Lincoln's youngest son.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:When he hears his father has been shot, Tad screams in grief.]]
* ConstantlyCurious: He's very curious about slavery, even examining plate images of whipped and beaten slaves. His mother worries this will traumatize him.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Out of childish curiosity, he asks some of the black employees of the White House, like Slade and Keckley, if they were ever slaves in the past and if they were beaten, without realizing it can be a touchy topic. Luckily they both understand.
* SleepCute: He's introduced asleep on the floor, and his dad curls up with him.
* SpoiledSweet: Son of the President, plays with official maps, rides a goat pulled carriage through the White House, yet is a goodhearted and playful boy.

!!Elizabeth Keckley
->'''Played By''': Gloria Reuben
* BlueOni: Very calm and collected in contrast with her boss and friend Mary.
* TheFashionista: Who else is responsible for Mary's PimpedOutDress ensembles?

!!William Slade
->'''Played By''': Stephen Henderson

* TheDriver: Drives the carriages for the Lincoln family.
* NiceGuy: Very congenial, good-humored, and gentle.
* OldRetainer: Worked with Abe for a long time.


[[folder:Lincoln's Cabinet]]

!!William Seward
->'''Played By''': Creator/DavidStrathairn

Lincoln's Secretary of State.
* TheGoodChancellor: He frequently and vocally disagrees with how Lincoln does things, but throws himself into fulfilling the president's wishes by any means necessary.
* TheLancer: To Lincoln.
* TheReliableOne: Of the Cabinet members, Seward is the one working closest with Lincoln during the struggle to get the amendment passed. Although even he gets frustrated coping with Lincoln's juggling act between pushing the amendment and considering meeting with the Confederate peace commission.
* WhatTheHellHero: He is ''not'' happy when he learns Lincoln arranged to meet with a Confederate Peace Commission without consulting him first.

!!Edwin Stanton
->'''Played By''': Bruce [=McGill=]

The Secretary of War.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Stanton has no patience for Lincoln's jokes, but when the news of the latest battle is wired in, [[TruthInTelevision he and the President hold hands.]]
%%* BadassBeard
* TheComicallySerious: Fusses over the burnt edge of a military map and positively storms out of the room when Lincoln starts to tell another of his stories.
%%* LargeHam

!!John Usher
->'''Played By''': Dakin Matthews

Lincoln's Secretary of the Interior.
* {{Jerkass}}/TokenEvilTeammate: Basically his role amounts to bickering with other cabinet members and complain about Lincoln's plans to abolish slavery.

!!Gideon Welles

Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy.
* FatherNeptune: Lincoln even calls him this. TruthInTelevision!


[[folder:House of Representatives]]

!!Thaddeus Stevens
->'''Played By''': Creator/TommyLeeJones

Leader of the Radical Republicans.
* ArchEnemy: Stevens absolutely '''despises''' George Pendleton.
* AscendedExtra: Thaddeus Stevens is mentioned all of four times in ''Team of Rivals'', but in the movie he is one of the most prominent characters.
* BaldOfAwesome: Though only we only see it once at the end. Usually he wears a wig.
%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DeadpanSnarker: '''Big time.'''
* {{Determinator}}: Stevens himself admits that he will or do say anything to abolish slavery.
* GoodIsNotNice: Stevens is a stubborn obstinate jerk who doesn't give a damn bout what "the people" want. He is also a merciless fighter for freedom and justice for all people.
* HandicappedBadass: Has a club foot and walks with a cane, yet is known as the "Tyrant of the House".
%%* HotBlooded
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Stevens goes against his principles to claim that he only wants equality under the law, not total racial equality, in order to get the 13th Amendment passed... but blunted the alienation of the ardent abolitionists that such a declaration would incur by ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbally eviscerating]]'' George Pendleton for cornering him for it
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most of his conversations are peppered with insults to the whoever he's currently addressing. He's also a strong believer in racial equality who is willing to do whatever it will take to abolish slavery.
** And he really [[spoiler:loves his common-law wife.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His views on racial equality and strong desire to make it a reality make him come across as this [[DeliberateValuesDissonance to the majority of white characters in the film.]] To the pro-slavery congressmen, of course, he's not well-intentioned at all.

!!Francis Preston Blair
->'''Played By''': Hal Holbrook

%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DeadpanSnarker

!!Fernando Wood
->'''Played By''': Lee Pace

Copperhead Democrat representative of New York and the 13th Amendment's most outspoken opponent. The real Wood was a career politician who was Mayor of NYC when Lincoln was first elected. He had been a big supporter of the Union and Lincoln, but was known as an opportunist who would take whichever side worked to his best advantage.
* TheDragon: He's the Democratic Party's best orator and weapon against the amendment, but he largely takes his instructions from Pendleton.
* LargeHam: Most likely intentional, as his job is to drum up opposition to the amendment.

!!George H. Pendleton
->'''Played By''': Peter [=McRobbie=]

Democrat representative from Ohio and chief opponent of the 13th Amendment.
%%* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad: In a manner of speaking. As the de facto leader of the Democratic opposition to the 13th Amendment, he's the biggest obstacle in the way of its passage.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: While Pendleton did indeed vote against the Thirteenth Amendment, he also did many good things for the country, the most notable of which was authoring the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883, which dealt a crippling blow to corruption in the national government.
%%* EvilOldFolks
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam: More subdued than Wood, but still has his moments. Especially his epic '''"How dare you!"''' in response to one of Stevens' harangues.
* TheRival: To Stevens. Half of the latter's comments on the House floor are usually insults thrown at his direction.

!!Schuyler Colfax
->'''Played By''': Bill Raymond

!!James Ashley
->'''Played By''': Creator/DavidCostabile
* ManlyTears: When the Amendment is passed, he sheds tears of joy.

!!Asa Vintner Litton
->'''Played By''': Stephen Spinella

* TheConscience: Acts this way towards Stevens, though really Stevens doesn't want or need his guidance.

!!George Yeaman
->'''Played By''': Michael Stuhlbarg

* [[spoiler:BigYES Or rather, big '''AYE!''']]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: He's portrayed as a very soft-spoken NiceGuy who openly admits to hating slavery. But he's also uneasy about abolishing it and voices opposition to giving black people and women equal rights.
* NiceGuy: Very polite in general, especially in comparison to all the other democrats who staunchly oppose the amendment.

!!Clay R. Hawkins
->'''Played By''': Creator/WaltonGoggins

* DirtyCoward: Switches his vote depending upon who's threatening him at a given moment. However....
* GrewASpine: When it's time to vote, he votes yes and he doesn't give a damn if the Democrats shoot him for it.

!!William Hutton
->'''Played By''': David Warshofsky
* AntiVillain: Admits he's "a prejudiced man," but he has a very personal reason for opposing the Thirteenth Amendment... his brother died in the war. Lincoln recognizes this and doesn't try pressing him overly hard.

!!Alexander Coffroth
->'''Played By''': Boris [=McGiver=]
* HeelFaceTurn: Stevens persuades him to vote for the Thirteenth Amendment and to switch parties from Democrat to Republican.
* SpeechImpediment: Has a very pronounced stutter which is PlayedForLaughs. This is ArtisticLicenseHistory, as the real Coffroth was considered a gifted orator.


[[folder:Gang of Three]]

A trio of lobbyists hired by Seward to buy votes from the Democratic Party.

* ComicTrio: Their antics throughout the film are the source of most of its humor. They have a few GreekChorus moments during the floor debates.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Almost every scene featuring these three is accompanied by a lively bluegrass piece, a marked contrast with the more somber music elsewhere in the film.
* SleazyPolitician: A rare heroic example. They rely on shady backdoor deals in favor of the amendment's passage.

!!William N. Bilbo
->'''Played By''': Creator/JamesSpader

* AscendedExtra: Very little is known about the real Bilbo, so his characterization is almost completely invented.
* BigEater: He's eating something in most of his scenes and has an ample gut.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* PrecisionFStrike: Gets two.
* TokenEnemyMinority: Bilbo was driven out of Tennessee when he decided to side with the Union.

!!Richard Schell
->'''Played By''': Creator/TimBlakeNelson

!!Col. Robert Latham
->'''Played By''': Creator/JohnHawkes



->'''Played By''': Jared Harris

General-in-Chief of the Union Army.
%%* BadassBeard
* BlingOfWar: Averted, as in RealLife. The General prefers a simple uniform at all times, whether in the field, at command HQ or at a peace conference.
* BrutalHonesty: Bluntly tells Stephens and the Confederate delegation that their offer of a negotiated peace is unacceptable. Instead he immediately demands they prepare "terms of surrender."
* FourStarBadass: The very first four-star general of the United States, in fact.
%%* TheStoic

!!Alexander Stephens
->'''Played By''': Creator/JackieEarleHaley

Vice-President of the Confederacy, leader of the peace committee.
* AffablyEvil: Besides his courteous treatment of the black Union soldiers escorting him, he's also very civil towards both Grant and Lincoln, despite the circumstances of their meeting, whereas his colleagues are more snappish and short-tempered.
* BigBadFriend: To Lincoln, as vaguely alluded to by them being on FirstNameBasis during the private negotiations
* BiggerBad: He is this by extension to Pendleton and the anti-Amendment opposition as one of the major leaders of and representative for the Confederate government waging the Civil War (largely) to preserve slavery.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: The reason the peace conference fails. Though the Confederacy's on its last legs and slavery is a dead letter, legally and practically, Stephens insists on negotiating as a separate power and then for slavery's retention.
* TheDragon: To the unseen Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
* FirstNameBasis: With Lincoln.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Despite being a white supremacist who once declared that "Our new government is founded upon [...] the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man", Stephens is respectful to the black Union soldiers he meets even as they're greeting him with {{Death Glare}}s. The real Alexander Stephens saw the black man as inferior to the white, but did not see that as a reason to denigrate or mistreat black people. Lincoln also addresses him as "Alex", hinting to the fact that they were friends before the war.
* UnflinchingWalk: While his fellow Southerners pause in horror upon finding out their escort is made up [[OhCrap of black Union soldiers]], Alexander calmly keeps walking to the carriage awaiting them and politely talks to the soldiers escorting them.

!!George Archibald Campbell
->'''Played By''': Creator/GregoryItzin