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

* {{Badass}}
* ByronicHero
* TheDanza
* [[spoiler:EtTuBrute]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSuicide]]
* HitmanWithAHeart
* [[spoiler: LoveRedeems: In stark contrast to [[LoveMakesYouEvil Old Joe]].]]
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* [[spoiler:ShadowArchetype: He and Old Joe ultimately become this.]]
* [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe: Killed himself so Old Joe will cease from existence.]]
* UnscrupulousHero

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

* AntiVillain
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:He cried after killing the first Rainmaker prospect.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BigBad: By killing Abe and charging the plot.]]
* CrusadingWidower
* IHatePastMe: He has no kind words for Young Joe.
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil: 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.
* [[spoiler:ProtagonistJourneyToVillain]]
* [[spoiler:ShadowArchetype: He and Young Joe ultimately become this.]]
* [[spoiler:WouldHurtAChild: Would kill one, actually.]]

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

* ActionMom: Handy with a shotgun when it comes down to it.
* FakeAmerican: Emily Blunt is British.
* [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]]
* MamaBear: For Cid.
* ReluctantWarrior

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

* [[spoiler:BodyHorror: His CruelAndUnusualDeath involves {{Fingore}}, ''both'' AnArmAndALeg and FacialHorror before being KilledOffForReal.]]
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: It isn't pretty.]]
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist: Well, Decoy {{Deuteragonist}}.]]
* 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.
* 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

->'''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.]]
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss: He's killed by Old Joe before the finale.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has this relationship with Kid Blue.

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

* [[spoiler:BadassAdorable]]
* [[spoiler:CreepyChild]]
* [[spoiler:FutureBadass]]
* [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence]]
* [[spoiler:PsychicPowers]]

->'''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.