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->'''Played By:''' Creator/JosephGordonLevitt

%%* {{Badass}}
%%* ByronicHero
* TheDanza: Joe, as played by '''Joseph''' Gordon Levitt.
%%* EtTuBrute
%%* HeroicSacrifice
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Kills himself to stop the cycle that would create the Rainmaker.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Develops into this over time, especially with LoveRedeems in play.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: In stark contrast to [[LoveMakesYouEvil Old Joe]].]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Redeems himself for his past as a hitman by destroying the main threat in the future... by committing HeroicSuicide.]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:He and Old Joe ultimately become this.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Killed himself so Old Joe will cease from existence.]]
%%* UnscrupulousHero

[[folder:Old Joe]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/BruceWillis

* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Ultimately a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:He cried after killing the first Rainmaker prospect.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Exceptionally good at combat despite the fact that he's pretty old.
* BaldOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Initially. Eventually becomes BaldOfEvil.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:By killing Abe and charging the plot.]]
* CrusadingWidower: His reason for his mission.
* IHatePastMe: He has no kind words for Young Joe.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: The film follows his ProtagonistJourneyToVillain, [[AntiVillain though he didn't became "evil" per se]].]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: By trying to stop the events of the past to save his wife, he becomes a [[spoiler:child-murdering]] monster.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:In his quest to stop the Rainmaker, he ''creates'' the Rainmaker, making him into the BigBad by the end of the movie.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Narrowly {{subverted}}. If Young Joe hadn't performed a HeroicSuicide, he would have created the very Rainmaker that ruined his life.]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:He and Young Joe ultimately become this.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Ultimately becomes this as he (almost) creates the Rainmaker.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Would kill one, actually.]]

->'''Played By:''' Creator/EmilyBlunt

* ActionMom: Handy with a shotgun when it comes down to it.
* BadassBoast: Her first major line has her delivering one while aiming the rifle at the apparent intruder in the corn field. Played with in that Joe quickly realises she's overcompensating - as she's spending too much time describing what she's going to do than actually doing it.
* GoodBadGirl: She used to be a HardDrinkingPartyGirl but has now reformed. Or is trying to.
* MamaBear: For Cid.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Cid's transformation into the Rain Maker is implied to have been started by watching her get killed. Her influence is what causes him to spare older Joe]].
* ParentalAbandonment: She didn't want to have Cid and dumped him on her sister for years.
%%* ReluctantWarrior

->'''Played By:''' Creator/PaulDano

* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:His CruelAndUnusualDeath involves {{Fingore}}, ''both'' AnArmAndALeg and FacialHorror before being KilledOffForReal.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:It isn't pretty.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Well, Decoy {{Deuteragonist}}.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Implied for young Seth. Abe knows they can't kill him (because he needs to survive long enough to be sent back in time and complete the loop), so instead condemns him to 30 years bedridden with no limbs, tongue, ears or nose. The fact he can (presumably) still talk at least lets him narrowly avert AndIMustScream.
%%* TheLancer

[[folder:Kid Blue]]
->'''Played By:''' Noah Segan

* BigBadWannabe: Blue has aspirations to be something greater, but he's far too incompetent to be taken seriously.
* ButtMonkey: Things rarely go right for Kid Blue, although it's usually his own fault.
* {{Determinator}}: Credit where credit's due; he doesn't give up, even if it's the smart thing to do.
** Especially since this involved driving a hoverbike with a single ''broken'' hand, pulling off reasonably accurate shots with his offhand in the meantime.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mishandling his gun and being mocked by his co-workers establishes Blue as a notorious fuck-up.
* TheGunfighterWannabe: Blue wants to be deadly with a gun, but has clearly been watching too many Westerns. Or maybe not enough.
* GunTwirling: Frequently does this, even though he's shot himself in the foot before.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He has this relationship with Abe.

->'''Played By:''' Piper Perabo
* ChekhovsGunman: Two examples. [[spoiler: Her son turns out to be one of the potential candidates to become the future Rain Maker. Old Joe visiting her apartment also leads to Abe's crew catching him]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: Implied. She turns down Joe's offer to give her half his silver, insisting she'd rather earn her money on her own.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She seems good-natured enough, and comforts Joe when he's feeling guilt over Seth's death. She's also working as a prostitute to provide for her son.

->'''Played By:''' Jeff Daniels

* AffablyEvil: He takes a friendly tone with his men, giving them advice and cracking jokes.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Right up until Old Joe kills him.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: His preferred method of dealing with troublemakers. If that doesn't work, he breaks them with a hammer.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:He's killed by Old Joe before the finale.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has this relationship with Kid Blue.

->'''Played By:''' Pierce Gagnon

* BadassAdorable: This little boy has the potential to become a PersonOfMassDestruction, being ''way'' more powerful than his mother. [[spoiler:And he does, in the timeline where he becomes the Rainmaker.]]
%%* CreepyChild
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:After Old Joe shoots him, he gets a pretty nasty wound on his face.]]
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:He is the Rainmaker.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:As the future Rainmaker.]]
* MindOverMatter: His powers.
* PowerIncontinence: Given how young he is, he has very little control over his abilities.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:In the timeline where he becomes the Rainmaker. He watches his mother be killed, and that becomes his StartOfDarkness.]]

->'''Played By:''' Garrett Dillahunt

* PunchClockVillain: He's just doing his job, and Young Joe even seems to respect him.
* WouldntHurtAChild: He trains his gun on Cid when startled by him coming down the stairs, but immediately raises his hands to show he's not a threat once it's clear Cid is a child.