!!Lawrence Talbot
-->'''Played By''': Creator/BenicioDelToro

The main and title character. A stage actor, he returns to his home in England after his brother's murder. He wishes to look into it and, of course, is bitten by a werewolf. [[spoiler:He finds out his father was the werewolf who bit him, killed his brother, and his mother.]]
* AdaptationalBadass: His Wolfman is far more formidable than in ''Film/TheWolfman1941'', killing about ten times the number of people the original Wolfman did. Even in human form, he's not bad with a rifle.
* TheAlcoholic: He comes off as this in the movie. Played pretty straight in the book adaptation of the movie.
* AllJustADream: He has quite a few hallucinations while recovering from his nasty little bite, as well as hallucinations in the asylum.
%%* AntiHero
* BeastAndBeauty: Him and Gwen.
* TheCharmer: Implied to be this in the beginning, though we're not sure whether it's his actual character or the werewolf influence.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: You've had quite a nice little messed-up childhood, haven't you? What with witnessing your mother's death and all, and being sent to a mad-house where you underwent all sorts of nasty treatments and then shipped off to live with a distant relative in America.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:After Gwen's ShootTheDog moment, he [[ThisWasHisTrueForm returns to human form]] and spends his last moments of life in Gwen's arms before he appropriately dies at the end.]]
* DivingSave: He saves a Romani child by doing this right before the first werewolf attacks her.
%%* DoomedProtagonist
* DrowningMySorrows: After learning of Ben's death and then seeing what's left of him.
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler:As a child, his memories of his mother's death were re-formed during his time in the asylum so he would believe that his mother killed herself and concealed his real memories of his werewolf father tearing her throat out.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Thank you."]]
* GoAmongMadPeople: He gets locked in an asylum for ranting that he's a werewolf. He'd previously been committed as a boy, to help him suppress the trauma of his mother's death, [[spoiler:because he'd been ranting (quite truthfully) that his ''father'' was a werewolf and had killed her]].
%%* HearingVoices
* IAmAMonster: "I am what they say I am... I'm a monster."
* ICannotSelfTerminate: When the full moon rises, Lawrence, strapped to a chair, implores the doctors in the room to kill him because he knows he will go on another murderous rampage when he transforms.
* IllKillYou: Played straight to [[spoiler:his father when he learns he was the werewolf who bit him '''AND''' killed his mother and brother]]. Him saying this to the assembled doctors is [[PlayingWithATrope almost a subversion]]. [[LargeHam Despite the delivery]], he is [[CassandraTruth trying to warn]] them that he's a dire threat, rather than making a promise of revenge.
* InASingleBound: He quite impressively clears a police blockade in a single leap, much to Aberline's dismay.
* InstantSedation: {{Subverted|Trope}}. He gets a number of injections while in the asylum, presumably to sedate him, but none take effect immediately. When a doctor tries to inject him with a sedative as he turns into a werewolf, he isn't affected at all.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Much as he would like to, Lawrence is unable to stop himself from transforming and is completely subject to the phases of the moon.
* ItsPersonal: In relation to [[spoiler:his own father, who is revealed to have killed his wife and oldest son, as well as bit Lawrence, thus spreading the curse to him.]]
* IWantMyMommy: In the novelization, he begs his dead mother to help him during his first transformation, in pain and scared out of his mind. Eventually, he just takes to screaming her name, but all that comes out is an animal roar.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: He kills [[spoiler:his father]] and almost kills Gwen, too.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:It's not so much that he forgot, but rather Lawrence's memories were ''re-written'' so that the real memories of his werewolf father killing his mother were made to appear that she had killed herself with a razor.]]
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:He dies in the end, but he stays alive for a few moments to reassure and thank Gwen for "setting him free." However, he dies before learning that he has bitten Aberline and cursed him as well. He could also be happy from realizing that since he was still alive to that point meant he had succeeded in defeating his father, meaning neither of them will hurt anyone again. However, this only makes the ending more tragic when we find out what becomes of Aberline.]]
* MadnessMantra: "Where is my father? Where is my father? WHERE IS MY FATHER?"
** "If you don't kill my father he will kill again and again and again and again..."
* MadnessMontage: All the hallucinations he has.
* MindRape: What essentially happens to him after his time in the asylum, poor man.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: {{Justified|Trope}}, since in this version, he spent most of his life in America where his accent probably dissipated. Since Benicio is a native Spanish speaker, his accent does seem to slip in a few scenes with varying degrees, which in turn ''might'' be justifiable as well, since his mother in this version was visibly of some Spanish decent. He still gets Brownie Points for a good effort.
* ParentalAbandonment: He witnessed his mother's "suicide" as a child, and if that's not traumatic enough, his father throws him into an asylum and then ships him off to live with his aunt in America afterwards.
* ThePowerOfLove: His feelings for Gwen [[spoiler:bring out what's left of his humanity, but only right before Gwen "sets him free."]]
* ShapeshifterBaggage: The novelization of the movie makes note of the extra mass he gains when transforming into a werewolf, and suggests its source is {{Hell}} itself.
%%* SharpDressedMan
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: He stares at his bloodied hands in horror when he wakes up after his first transformation.
* TraumaCongaLine: Things just keep getting worse for him...
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Played for full horrific effect when he wakes up after his first transformation. The white shirt he was wearing is ''quite'' messy.
* {{Wolfman}}: TropeNamer.

!!Sir John Talbot
-->'''Played By''': Creator/AnthonyHopkins

Lawrence's father, who had a strained relationship with his son. Lawrence returns home after his brother's death. [[spoiler:It turns out Sir John is the werewolf that bit Lawrence, but also killed Lawrence's brother and mother.]]
* ActionDad: He shoots on those who want to catch his son, [[spoiler:and later tries to kill Lawrence. And he already killed Ben. And he himself ''is'' a werewolf.]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: He is much less sympathetic than his 1941 counterpart [[spoiler: who was not a werewolf and killed the wolfed-out Lawrence to protect Gwen, and was extremely upset on learning that the werewolf was his son.]]
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BigBad: He's the main villain of the movie, so that pretty much explains it.
* CompositeCharacter: He replaces the Gypsy's son, Bela, [[spoiler:as the werewolf who gives Lawrence his curse]].
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: [[spoiler:He didn't want Lawrence to out him as a werewolf and for inadvertently killing his mommy.]]
%%* DeathByAdaptation
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"You're heir to my kingdom, Lawrence. You've always been heir to my kingdom."]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He turns out to be quite evil indeed, but damn, is he suave! He ''is'' played by Hannibal Lecter, after all, the ''King'' of AffablyEvil.]]
* HannibalLecture: [[spoiler:He gives one to Lawrence. Rather fitting, considering he's played by Creator/AnthonyHopkins.]]
* NotableNonSequitur: He warns his son not to go out on the full moon, which [[SchmuckBait sets up]] the inevitable werewolf attack. [[spoiler:The "Notable" part of this is where he tells Lawrence this because Sir John is the werewolf and ([[XanatosSpeedChess at least, initially]]) doesn't want to be responsible for his remaining son's death.]]
* PapaWolf: An instance of this occurs when he tries to protect Lawrence from the angry mob trying to capture him by '''shooting''' at them, and possibly even blinding someone in the process, [[PetTheDog showing]] that he may truly [[WellDoneSonGuy care for his son]]. [[spoiler:''Highly'' subverted when he ends up trying to kill Lawrence later on after revealing he already killed his brother and mother...and that he's a werewolf himself... TraumaCongaLine much? Also subverted when he lets the angry mob drag Lawrence off to an insane asylum right after the poor guy wakes up after the full moon and is scared and confused.]]
* PaterFamilicide: [[spoiler:Given that he is the one who killed his wife and Ben and probably would have succeeded in killing Lawrence if the hunters hadn't come along...]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler:His lycanthropy has most certainly gone to his head.]]

!!Gwen Conliffe
-->'''Played By''': Creator/EmilyBlunt

Lawrence's love interest. Ben's former fiancee, who wants to know the truth about Ben's death. Over time, they get romantically attached. After finding out Lawrence is a werewolf, she sets out to help him [[spoiler:and ends up killing him]].
* ActionGirl: She eventually becomes the Victorian equivalent of this when she becomes so motivated by trying to save Lawrence that she totes a gun around while running around in a dark forest in the middle of the night, certainly breaking the DamselInDistress version of her character from 1941.
* AdrenalineMakeover: She gradually gets this over the course of the movie. Initially, she comes off as a very proper and somewhat quiet woman. However, as she becomes determined to find a cure for Lawrence towards the end of the movie, she starts to wear less fancy attire and her hair is noticeably a little unkempt from her nights of searching for answers. By the finale, her hair is down, she is wearing a slightly lower-cut and dirtier-looking dress than her earlier attire, and carries around a silver bullet loaded pistol.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Her actions [[spoiler:in protecting Lawrence from Aberline are understandable, but she is also putting the ''chance'' that he can be cured above the likelihood that he will kill again (and in fact, Lawrence ''does'' end up infecting someone directly because of her)]].
* BeastAndBeauty: Her and Lawrence.
* HandsOnApproach: The stone-skipping scene. Oops, is that a little [[LuminescentBlush blush]] we see on your face, Gwen?
* InterruptedCoolDownHug: [[spoiler:She gives Lawrence a CooldownHug in the end, but that angry mob just had to come by and ruin everything.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:She stops Aberline from shooting Lawrence which, in turn, causes him to get bitten. However, this really doesn't do much good since she ends up shooting Lawrence herself in the end. Although, she's somewhat justified since she was still convinced she could reach Lawrence, and well...[[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight she was right]]. Plus, she probably figured that Lawrence would have finished off Aberline instead of chasing after her instead.]]
* OnlyICanKillHim: After many days of sleepless research, she discovers only how to kill Lawrence, not how to cure him. In desperation, she searches for the Gypsy fortune teller, but she only confirms it: a werewolf can only be slain with silver, ''and'' only by someone who loves him.

!!Inspector Francis Aberline
-->'''Played By''': Creator/HugoWeaving

Based on the real life Inspector Fredrick Aberline of the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders, Francis is in charge of the investigation of the werewolf murders. He (correctly) suspects Lawrence of being the killer. He soon learns the truth [[spoiler:and becomes bitten himself]].
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The film ends with Lawrence dead, but only after having [[TheVirus bitten Aberline]], whose HorrorStruck OhCrap look suggests he's just realized the implications.]]
* AntiVillain: He antagonizes Lawrence, but is technically one of the good guys.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Years after failing to catch UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper in London, Inspector Abberline was sent to the Moors to investigate a werewolf's killings [[spoiler:and became a werewolf himself]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: He shoots a standing mirror which he thinks Lawrence is hiding behind. "Now there's some bad luck for ya," an officer says regarding the broken mirror. Near the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Aberline is bitten by Lawrence, thus doomed to become a werewolf himself]].
* GodHelpUsAll: Upon the seeing the Wolfman escape a barrage of gunfire during the London rampage.
* HeroAntagonist: He's just a cop doing his job and trying to stop Lawrence from killing again.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:He spends most of the movie bent on killing Lawrence, but in the end, he's bitten by Lawrence and the curse is passed onto him.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He is a fictionalized version of the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Abberline Inspector Frederick Abberline]].
* HorrorStruck: [[spoiler:Upon realizing he's been bitten.]]
* InspectorJavert: Appropriately enough.

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

A gypsy who warns Lawrence that he is in great danger. After he is bitten, she meets with Gwen who tells her that Lawrence can [[spoiler:be killed/saved by someone who loves them]].
* DemotedToExtra: She had a much larger role in the original film. Although, Gwen [[AscendedExtra sort of fills her shoes]] as the figure trying to help Lawrence with his curse this time around.

!!Dr. Hoenneger
The sadistic doctor at the asylum that Lawrence is sent to. He publicly tries to prove that Lawrence isn't a werewolf, but it only results in Lawrence transforming in front of everyone.
%%* AssholeVictim
%%* BigBadWannabe
* CueTheFlyingPigs: He is lecturing about the strapped-down Lawrence and he remarks that his patient can no more transform into a monster than he, the doctor, can sprout wings and fly out of the window. Sure enough, when Lawrence transforms and breaks loose, [[spoiler:he executes DestinationDefenestration on the shrink]].
* DeathByIrony: He claims that Lawrence will no more likely change into a werewolf than he is likely to sprout wings and fly out the window! He doesn't sprout wings, at any rate...
* {{Expy}}: Possibly one of Dr. Frank Mannering from [[Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan the original film's sequel]], a similar, but far less sadistic, character.
* FailedASpotCheck: He gets so wrapped up in discussing Lawrence's delusions and the treatment he's devised, that he's the last person in the room to notice that Lawrence is transforming right behind him.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Help me! Help!"]]
%%* HerrDoctor
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
* OhCrap: Upon discovering that Lawrence's lycanthropy is ''[[RealAfterAll not]]'' a delusion.

!!Ben Talbot
Lawrence's brother, who is killed in the opening of the film. His death sets the events of the film in motion.
* CompositeCharacter: He replaces Frank Andrews as Gwen's fiancé.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Help! Help me! Somebody help me! Help!"]]
%%* SacrificialLamb
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He is killed only a few minutes into the film.

Sir John's manservant.
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BattleButler: He is armed to the teeth with silver bullets and other monster-killing devices. [[spoiler:It didn't do him much good in the end, though, and he loses points for not realizing the silver bullets are sabotaged.]]
%%* OldRetainer
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:He knows Sir John is the Wolfman and kept him restrained during nights.]]