!Super 8


!The Film Crew

!!Joseph ‘Joe’ Lamb
->'''Played By:''' Joel Courtney

* {{Adorkable}}: Whenever Alice is around he can barely think.
* BadassPacifist: Joe gets the alien to leave Earth just by using empathy.
%%* BadBadActing
* CallingTheOldManOut: Calls out his dad for making him stay away from Alice without getting to know her
* CharacterDevelopment: Becomes more assertive and finally accepts his mother's death.
* {{Determinator}}: Nothing stopped Joe from going to rescue Alice from the alien.
%%* DoggedNiceGuy
%%* TheHero
* HurtingHero: His mother's death and father's ParentalNeglect didn't do him good for his emotional health.
%%* MissingMom
* NiceGuy: The most mature and well-mannered of his friends.
* ParentalNeglect: Joe's father can't wait to shovel him off to a camp for the summer. He's terrified of being left alone with Joe.
* TookALevelInBadass: Part of his {{character development}} has him letting people walk all over to standing up for himself and others. Also, he entered a flesh-eating alien's lair, something that Joe probably wouldn't do in the beginning.
* TragicKeepsake: His Mom's locket.
* WouldHitAGirl: But hesitantly and only because it was the only way to wake her up [[spoiler:so that they could run for their lives.]]

!!Alice Dainard
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ElleFanning

* AbusiveParents: Of the neglectful, alcoholic kind.
%%* TheChick
%%* DefrostingIceQueen
* DistressedDamsel: Gets kidnapped by the alien near the end.
* JerkassFacade: To deal with her abusive father and the guilt she feels for his indirect role in the death of Joe's mother.
* LovableAlphaBitch
* MissingMom: Alice's mother left them at some point.
%%* ParentalNeglect
%%* SixthRanger
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only girl in the main cast.

!!Charles Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Riley Griffiths

%%* BigEater
%%* TheBigGuy
%%* ControlFreak
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* HotBlooded: He's somewhat abrasive and short-tempered.
%%* InsufferableGenius
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* LargeHam
%%* PrimaDonnaDirector
%%* SirSwearsALot
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone, but especially Cary.

->'''Played By:''' Ryan Lee

* AxCrazy: A heroic example.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions
* {{Keet}}: He's pretty hyperactive and easily excitable.
* PyroManiac
* MadBomber
* SirSwearsALot
* TagalongKid
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Charles, but also with Martin and Preston.

->'''Played By:''' Gabriel Basso

* ButtMonkey
* CowardlyLion
* DirtyCoward
* IllBoy: He has a very weak stomach.
* TheLancer
* NervousWreck

->'''Played By:''' Zach Mills

* DeadpanSnarker
* TheSmartGuy

!Residents of Lillian, Ohio

!!Jackson ‘Jack’ Lamb
->'''Played By:''' Kyle Chandler

%%* DespairEventHorizon
%%* DressingAsTheEnemy
%%* FantasyForbiddingFather
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Heavily implied after he, in his own way, forgives Louis.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The "jerk" part comes from planning to send his son away because he didn't know how to talk to him and forbidding Joe from spending time with Alice because of her being the daughter of Louis. The "heart of gold" comes from him forgiving Louis and saving his son.
* MoralityChain: A non-villainous example. It seems Jack's wife was this for him to prevent him from being vindictive towards Louis even before the accident due to his bad reputation as the town drunk, however, after his wife died, Jack blames Louis for her death and becomes hostile towards him as a result, which even exceeds to Louis's family as well, such as his daughter Alice.
%%* PapaWolf
%%* OverprotectiveDad
%%* NotSoStoic

!!Louis Dainard
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RonEldard

* AbusiveParents: Of the neglectful kind.
* TheAlcoholic
* AlcoholicParent
* TheAtoner
* DespairEventHorizon
* JerkassFacade: Acts like an asshole mostly due to his wife abandoning him and Alice, as well his guilt over making Mrs. Lamb cover for him at work, which lead to her death.
* OverprotectiveDad
* SurvivorGuilt: All Louis wanted to do was apologize to Jack for indirectly causing his wife's death.

!!Dr. Thomas Woodward
->'''Played By:''' Glynn Thurman

* TheAtoner: For his part in experimenting on the alien.
* BadassTeacher
* BaldOfAwesome
* ButtMonkey: He's never seen in a single normal situation. He's always being grabbed, or hurt, or tortured...
** Except when he frees the alien from the train.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Tells Nelec exactly what he thinks of him.]]
* NotQuiteDead
* PsychicLink
* ReassignedToAntarctica
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

!!Sheriff Pruitt
->'''Played By:''' Brett Rice

* BackForTheDead
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Sort of. He's disdainful of portable music because he thinks it's a 'slippery slope'. [[spoiler:Indeed, the guy he chides for it fails to overhear Pruitt being attacked.]]
* KilledMidSentence
* MauveShirt
* TheSheriff: Of Lillian.

->'''Played By:''' Kyle Gallagher

* ChekhovsGunman
* DeadpanSnarker
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* PrecisionFStrike
* TheStoner: He's the town's local pot dealer, and is more often high than not.

[[folder:The Kaznyks]]
!!Mr & Mrs Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Joel [=McKinnon=] Miller & Jessica Tuck

* HappilyMarried: They're never seen arguing, and seem like a team when it comes to dealing with their many kids.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Guy and Girl]]
* ParentalSubstitute: They make it clear they're fully prepared to be there for Joe.

!!Jen Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Amanda Michalka

* BareYourMidriff: Her usual outfit.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Hates her babysitting job and wishes she could leave it and go to parties.
* MsFanservice: Due to her BareYourMidriff role.

!The Air Force

!!Colonel Nelec
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NoahEmmerich

* AssholeVictim
* BadBoss: [[spoiler:He murders his former employee Dr Woodward in cold blood, and sends his [[TheDragon Dragon]] into a practically suicidal situation.]]
* BigBad: Nelec is the true villain of the story; all the horrible events that plague Lillian can be traced back to his initial actions.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:He sends his own men up against the Alien basically to serve as canaries down the mine, and when he's confronted he tries to escape by opening the cage he kept the kids in.]]
* ExactWords: He gently promises he will 'take care' of Woodward...but Woodward knows what that means.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Ripped apart by the Alien he brutally tortured.]]
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:He's killed and eaten by the Alien.]]
* SociopathicSoldier
* TheStoic
* TortureTechnician: [[spoiler:He was responsible for torturing the alien, and also tortured Woodward for info.]]

!!Master Sergeant Overmeyer
->'''Played By:''' Richard T. Jones

* TheDragon: To Colonel Nelec.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:He's ripped out of the bus by the Alien as he's trying to clarify an order from Nelec.]]
* PunchClockVillain: He's following orders, and otherwise doesn't seem like all that bad a guy.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:He understandably looks terrified when Nelec orders him to tag the creature.]]

!Other Characters

!!The Alien/'Cooper'
->'''Played By:''' Creator/BruceGreenwood

* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:When he first crashed, all he wanted was to go back to his planet. Nelec and the military subjected him to cruel experiments and inhumane conditions amounting to torture. Angry and in agony, he kills humans freely after escaping.]]
* BigEater: Of humans.
* BizarreAlienBiology
* CapturedSuperEntity
* GeniusBruiser
* ImAHumanitarian: Humans become his source of food.
* ImmuneToBullets: The combined might of the Air Force doesn't impact him much. [[spoiler:Nelec unloads an entire magazine into his face and it doesn't slow him down.]]
* ItCanThink
* NoNameGiven: We never learn his true name, or the name of his race.
* NotSoDifferent: From Joe; both have been through a trauma and feel alone in the world.
* PsychicLink: With whoever he touches, seemingly by choice.
* TunnelKing: He gets about by tunneling underneath the town, able to come and go as he wishes.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds