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!!Llewelyn Moss
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->'''Played By''': Creator/JoshBrolin

A trailer park inhabitant who accidentally comes across the remnants of a Mexican drug shootout while hunting, and decides to take the money he finds, sparking the events of the movie.

* ActionSurvivor: In some parts. [[spoiler: Not so much by the end.]]
* AntiHero: Type III or Type IV, given his {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and his willingness to let innocent people die to save himself.
* {{Badass}}: For all in the world, he does manage to battle Anton Chigurh on relatively equal terms, outsmarting him once, and wounding him in a gunfight.
%%* BadassMoustache
* CrazyPrepared: He goes to some trouble setting up a proper hideout and trying to preempt his enemy's attacks. [[ProperlyParanoid If it were not for his quick thinking and planning]], he would have been killed very quickly.
* DecoyProtagonist: The movie follows him, but Bell is the real protagonist.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In all badassery, he insults Chigurh when he is offered Carla Jean's life in exchange for the money. [[spoiler: Subverted in that it gets both Moss and Carla Jean killed.]]
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: He bravely refuses Chigurh's offer, speaking up to him all the while. [[spoiler: It gets him and Carla Jean killed.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: He is unceremoniously killed by Mexican drug runners offscreen.]]
* GenreSavvy: Everything considered, he does figure out how to prepare for the arrival of Chigurh, and outsmarts him twice at the motels and hotel, but in the end, his Genre Savviness failed him when Chigurh made the offer.
* TheHunter: Apparently lives by hunting pronghorn.
* {{Jerkass}}: He is not a sympathetic person, and would be considered the villain against anyone but Anton Chigurh.
%%* NiceHat

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!!Anton Chigurh
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->'''Played By''': Javier Bardem

A Mexican hitman, and the primary antagonist of the story. He is tasked with obtaining the money lost in the shootout, but he goes rogue, and starts killing everyone in his pursuit of the money.

* AxCrazy: A subversion. Even if they [[BlueAndOrangeMorality don't make sense to a normal person]], Chigurh has his reasons, and he's more coldly logical than crazy. He does, however, have one of the primary traits of a true AxCrazy, which is the immense amount of danger involved in even speaking to him.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* BadassBaritone
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Moss is killed, though not by him, but Moss' murderers fail to obtain the money, and he instead finds them. He subsequently kills Carla Jean, and escapes justice perfectly.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: His ridiculous haircut says nothing about the ruthless and implacable killer he actually is.
%%* BigBad
%%* CreepyMonotone
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: He has his own set of moral codes, completely incomprehensible to everyone else.
%%* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DisproportionateRetribution: Inflicted by him on the shop owner early on. He tries conversing with Chigurh, who responds by having him call a coin toss for his life. [[spoiler: The salesman guesses correct, but still....]]
* DissonantSerenity: One of the most chilling aspects of him.
* TheDreaded: In the drug business.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: He looks like death warmed over.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first scene of the movie has him strangling a deputy with his handcuffs, and then killing a random driver with his air canister. Also, when he buys gas at a highway store, he makes the coin toss on the salesman for trying to small-talk with him.
* EvilIsPetty: As Carson puts it, he doesn't have a sense of humor. He is willing to [[spoiler:belittle and possibly kill a gas station attendant for ''trying to make small talk with him'']]. This only makes him more terrifying.
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* ForTheEvulz: Either this or ItAmusedMe. The book describes in the opening, how he allows himself to be arrested, just in order to see if he can escape with his supreme act of will. [[spoiler: He can.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Just another reason to be terrified of him, he is incredibly intelligent, planning tactical entries into rooms before doing them and able to patch up a wound from a shotgun blast. All of that mixed with being one of the most dangerous and unstoppable assassins in movie history.
%%* HatesSmallTalk
%%* HeroKiller
* IGaveMyWord: Villainous case. [[spoiler: He "promises" Moss that Carla Jean will be hurt if he does not comply. He does not, and is killed, and Chigurh retrieves the money, and he still kills Carla Jean just because he gave his word to do so.]]
%%* ImplacableMan
%%* KarmaHoudini
* KickTheDog: Frequently. Notably, making the coin toss on the salesman for trying to make small talk with him, strangling the deputy to see if he could, killing the driver, and eventually [[spoiler: killing Carla Jean.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Shooting Wells in the groin, and also his pursuit of Moss.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Chigurh's true strength is his ability to get the element of surprise. When that is no longer in his favor, he's not nearly as effective.
%%* LackOfEmpathy
%%* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
%%* NoSenseOfHumor
* ProfessionalKiller: His profession, though he is much more than that.
%%* PsychoForHire
* RogueAgent: After killing the drug executives accompanying him to the crime scene with the Mexicans.
%%* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* SlasherSmile: Has one when he's choking his arresting oficer to death.
* TheSociopath: He is such a potent one that he's basically a walking force of unstoppable evil.
%%* SoftSpokenSadist
* TheSpook: Absolutely ''nothing'' is known about him, except for, maybe, his name.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: The closest he gets to this, and justice in any way in general, is when Carla Jean refuses to call his coin toss, completely wrecking his moral conception of the world. He kills her anyway.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: His captive bolt pistol and oxygen canister. As well as his silenced shotgun.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Javier Bardem intentionally muddied his natural Spanish accent to make Chigurh's nationality more ambiguous.

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!!Ed Tom Bell
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->'''Played By''': Tommy Lee Jones

The elderly sheriff of the unspecified county where the events of the novel takes place, and the narrator of the story.

%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler: the death of Moss, and presumably Carla Jean, although we don't see him react to it, he retires finding himself incapable of reacting to all the pointless violence around him.]]
%%* GrumpyOldMan
%%* NarratorAllAlong
* OldCopYoungCop: With Deputy Wendell
* PinballProtagonist: He has no effect on the plot whatsoever, but is stil the protagonist.
%%* PoliceAreUseless
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In the book, he claims that he prefers [[CoolGuns Colt Single Action Armies]] chambered in .44-40 Winchester.
%%* TheSheriff
%%* UselessProtagonist
* WhenIWasYourAge: Does not say it outright, but he laments all the violence spreading in Texas, when compared to in his youth.

!!Carla Jean Moss
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->'''Played By''': Creator/KellyMacdonald

The wife of Llewelyn Moss, and involuntary object of a wide range of problems caused by his ordeals.

%%* TheChick
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In the film.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Carla Jean:''' The coin ain't got no say. It's just ''you''.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In a similar vein to Sheriff Bell, she is a character who is not evil at all in any way, but instead powerless in an evil world.
%%* TheIngenue
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Chigurh resorts to this to keep his word.]]
%%* NiceGirl

!!Carson Wells
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->'''Played By''': Creator/WoodyHarrelson

A hitman hired by the same drug runners that previously hired Chigurh, in order to track down the money and kill Chigurh.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: Speaks of Chigurh as, in the words of Moss, "The Ultimate {{Badass}}"
* AintTooProudToBeg: [[spoiler: He doesn't resort to full-fledged begging, but at the hands of Chigurh, he, with increasing desperation tries to convince him to let him live, as he knows where the money is, and that he can give extra money to Chigurh. It doesn't help.]]
%%* AntiVillain
* ContractOnTheHitman: Is hired to take care of Chigurh, after he goes rogue.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Offers to protect Moss from Chigurh, in exchange of the money.
* HitmanWithAHeart: At least when compared to Chigurh....
* MrExposition: His effect on the plot is limited, but he serves to give some exposition on Chigurh.
%%* NiceHat
* ProfessionalKiller: A more straightforward example than Chigurh.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler: After a short period of action in the middle of the movie, mostly to create exposition for Chigurh, Chigurh kills him.]]
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