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

A bicycle courier who lived in Deptford, London with his parents. While running a delivery to an address somewhere across the city, a car cut across Jim's bike and caused him to crash, putting him into a coma. 28 days later, Jim woke up and the entire city was empty due to an outbreak of the Rage Virus.
* ActionSurvivor: It takes him a little while to get up to speed, but after a few days he's wielding a baseball bat like a champ. A few days after that, he's taking out a squad of soldiers.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Coupled with ImportantHaircut. Getting rid of his coma-hair shows he's kicking it up a notch.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's sweet. And then some people decide to repopulate the earth using his friends.
* ButtMonkey: Even in [[CrapsackWorld this world]], Jim has a tough time of it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jim can be quite snarky.
-->''"Oh, great. Valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep, if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care."''
-->''"World's worst place to get a flat, huh?"''
-->''"No, no. No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it's really obviously a shit idea."''
* TheEveryman: Until he finds his inner Badass.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:How he kills Cpl. Mitchell.]]
* TheLoad: At first. He gets better.
* NakedOnArrival: How he wakes up from his coma.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His callow and careless actions [[spoiler: ''directly'' result in Mark's death.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He shows himself to be capable of the same brutality as the Infected.
* OnlyOneName: His surname is never revealed.
* TookALevelInBadass: Over the course of the film, he goes from a confused courier to an Infected-killing badass who runs circles around a group of soldiers.

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

A young woman who lived in London. During the outbreak of the Rage Virus, Selena's family was killed and she hid in a barricaded shop in the London Underground with another survivor named Mark. Selena adopted a more serious attitude towards the current situation and believed "staying alive's as good as it gets". She is a qualified pharmacist and obviously has a measure of medical training.
* ActionSurvivor: She's a chemist (pharmacist for Americans), and she's survived the apocalypse for a month.
* BadassLongcoat: She meets Jim wearing a gas mask and a really awesome coat.
* BigSisterInstinct: After [[spoiler: Frank dies]], she tells Jim that she doesn't want Hannah to cope, she wants her to be safe and well. Later, when she realizes that she [[spoiler: can't fight the soldiers off, she settles for drugging Hannah so she won't be so traumatized]].
* BrokenBird: She's lived in hell while Jim slept through it. She is ''not'' a happy camper.
* BrutalHonesty: She tells Jim in no uncertain terms that she will not hesitate to kill him or leave him behind if need be.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She slowly warms up to Jim, then even more with Hannah and Frank.
* JerkassHasAPoint: You don't survive in this apocalyptic world by being soft.
** Her unhesitating dispatch of [[spoiler: Mark]] when he gets infected comes of as really cold-blooded, but she is right when she says he was fucked and they both knew it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She was a nice and normal woman before the outbreak, and is only as hard as she is because of the situation. Her kinder side shows itself as time goes on.
* TheMedic: Her job before the outbreak, which comes in handy in the new, post-outbreak world.

->'''Played By:''' Megan Burns

The daughter of Frank. When the virus broke out, she and her father barricaded themselves into their apartment. When they ran out of water they were forced to find another place with Jim and Selena.
* ActionSurvivor: She's definitely not a trained fighter, but she manages to be resourceful enough to survive to the end.
%%* AdrenalineMakeover
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Averted, thankfully.
* CarFu: How she takes out West and some other soldiers.
* CreepyMonotone: While out of her mind on Valium.
%%* TheDogBitesBack
%%* LittleMissBadass
* MissingMom: Nothing is said about her mother.
%%* TookALevelInBadass
%%* WrenchWench
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears

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

A cabdriver in London who lived with his wife and daughter Hannah in an apartment block near the center of the city. When the Rage Virus broke out, his wife was killed, but Frank was able to barricade the apartment complex and use salvaged police equipment to fight the Infected.
%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* TheDeterminator
* DriverOfABlackCab: Averted and parodied in a deleted scene.
* TheHeart: Manages to still hold onto some form of decency in the face of the world hitting rock-bottom.
* NiceGuy: Happily takes in Jim and Selena, and is generally a jovial fellow in spite of all of the horrible things happening around him.
%%* PapaWolf
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He's both. He's a total badass who can take charge, but he's a loving father, knows his wine, and appreciates the beauty that's still in the world.
* StepfordSmiler: A fairly unique example. For the sake of his beloved daughter, he puts on a happy, cheerful face while keeping his own optimism alive. When speaking privately to Jim, he expresses more uncertainty. He also has a short-lived blow-up when [[spoiler:the soldiers don't appear to be at the blockade]]. However, he quickly gets over this [[spoiler:due to his sudden unfair infection]] and apologizes to Hannah for shouting around her.
* TeamDad: Takes Jim and Selena in like they're his own.

->'''Played By:''' Noah Huntley

-->''"OK, Jim. I've got some bad news."''

A young man who lived in London with his parents and sister. During the outbreak of the Rage Virus, Mark survived and hid in a barricaded shop in the London Underground with Selena.
* ActionSurvivor: Got through the first 28 days, no problem. Jim's arrival changes that.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hes snarky and callous, but he has a wonderfully touching monologue about his family during the infection.
-->''"My...parents and my sister, we went to Paddington Station, hoping maybe we could get on a plane, maybe we could buy our way onto a plane. I remember my dad had all this cash, even though cash was completely useless. About 20,000 other people had the same idea. Crowd was surging. I lost my grip on my sister's hand. I remember the ground was soft. I looked down and I was standing on all these people. Like a carpet. People who had fallen and...somewhere in the crowd there were Infected. It spread fast. No one could run. All you could do was climb. Climb over more people. So I did that. I climbed. And I got up on top of this kiosk. Looking down, you couldn't tell which faces were infected and which weren't. Then I saw my dad. Not my mum or my sister. My dad. His face...Selena's right. You should be grateful."''
* WeHardlyKnewYe: When Selena sees the bite on his arm, she immediately kills him.
* ZombieInfectee: Got bitten by an infected person.


!!Major Henry West
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ChristopherEccleston

-->''"This is what I've seen in the four weeks since infection: people killing people."''

A veteran in the British Army. During the original outbreak of Rage, West and his brigade of 800 soldiers are tasked to protect Manchester and keep the Infected out by manning the M602 Blockade, which becomes the only entrance into Manchester. After the death or infection of nearly all in his command and the fall of Manchester to the Infected, West is driven insane by what he has seen.
* AffablyEvil: West comes across as very genial, reasonable and well-composed. Ultimately, however, this turns out to not be the case.
* AFatherToHisMen: [[spoiler: A dark deconstruction, it's implied this trait is what drove him to insanity and, eventually, villainy.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Ultimately, it's hard to pity him when Hannah gets Mailer to tear him apart.]]
* BigBad: The main human villain.
* DissonantSerenity: [[spoiler: The first hint there is something seriously wrong with him.]] He delivers the news to Jim that [[spoiler: he plans to allow his men to rape Selena and Hannah]] with the same emotional gravitas as somebody ordering Chinese takeout, and he is shown to casually sip tea above the steps of his mansion headquarters in between bouts of slaughtering infected.
* AFatherToHisMen: West is extremely protective of his 'boys'.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: [[StartOfDarkness It's implied losing his entire command sans the handful of soldiers that we meet has]] [[DrivenToMadness driven him to madness]]. Before that, he was presumably a distinguished military officer.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Hannah, who he planned to give to his troops to rape, delivers him into the loving hug of Mailer, the Infected soldier he'd been starving to death.]]
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: The apocalypse has not had a good effect on his sanity or his views on people.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's less infantile than most of the men under his command are and knows how to turn the charm on. He might even seem normal. [[spoiler: [[SanitySlippage He's not]].]]
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Part of the image he projects.
* PapaWolf: Brutal he may be, but he genuinely does care for the soldiers under his command. When Jim kills them, he takes the gloves off.
* SanitySlippage: The apocalypse has not had a good effect on his sanity in general. He slips even worse when Jim kills several of his soldiers.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* WalkingSpoiler: He's [[spoiler:gone insane.]]

!!Sergeant Farrell
->'''Played By:''' Stuart [=McQuarrie=]

A veteran soldier of the British Army and serves as Major Henry West's second-in-command.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Farrell is disgusted by how far the other soldiers have slipped into savagery and draws the line at their plans to rape Hannah and Sarah.]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Tells Mitchell to basically go fuck himself, and distracts him and Jones from Jim escaping.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Pulls one to give Jim a chance to escape.]]
%%* HiddenDepths
* IronicName: Farrell sounds a lot like ''feral.'' [[spoiler: He's the only soldier that ''isn't'' a savage.]]
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: Quite literally, given West had gone insane and the other soldiers are [[PsychopathicManchild petulant manchildren]].]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: To show the kind of people the other soldiers ''really'' are. Though, considering he saves Jim, who later saves Selena and Hannah and considering [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what Jim does to the rest of the soldiers while he's at it]], he does manage to go out with much more dignity than his 'comrades' and his heroism will likely be vindicated by Jim, Selena, and Hannah when they are all finally rescued.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: He's the only soldier with a definite moral compass.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Calls out Jones for allowing Mitchell to kill him cruelly and painfully rather than just shooting him. [[PetTheDog Jones at least as the decency to agree and shoot him before Mitchell has his chance.]]]]

!!Corporal Mitchell
->'''Played By:''' Ricci Harnett

A vulgar, cocky, and insensitive soldier under Major Henry West's command. He is sarcastic and cruel to virtually everyone he meets, seeming to have a particularly bitter rivalry with one of his two remaining superiors, Sergeant Farrell.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: '''Oh yeah.''']]
* TheBully: Particularly to Jones.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Jim kills him by gouging out his eyes.]]
* HateSink: [[spoiler: To the point watching Jim [[EyeScream crush his eyes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath into the back of his head with his thumbs]] [[YourHeadASplode until Mitchell's head violently explodes]] ([[{{Gorn}} in, keep in mind, what has to be one of the most luridly graphic movie deaths of all time]]) is nothing sort of ''[[AssholeVictim cathartic]]''.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Aggressive, violent, bullying and smug.
* {{Sadist}}: Gets off on hurting others, he even wants to [[spoiler: bayonet Farrell to death when he's charged with executing him and Jim]] just because they hate each other.
* SmugSnake: He's not a tenth as great or clever as he thinks he is, and ''oozes'' self-satisfaction in the most grating way possible.
* SociopathicSoldier: Mitchell is a sadistic piece of walking shit who wears a big grin when he's getting ready to do something horrible.

!!Private Jones
->'''Played By:''' Leo Bill

-->'''West:''' Jones, our resident tin opener.

A young, inexperienced soldier. He serves as the cook for the group.
* ButtMonkey: He's delegated to TeamChef duties despite having no talent, bullied and taunted by his supposed comrades, and [[spoiler:ultimately meets a horrible death.]]
* DirtyCoward: He's a bit of a pussy and easily pushed around by the other, more aggressive soldiers.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Is horrified that Mitchell wants to make [[spoiler: Farrell's]] death slow and excruciating, and wants to simply shoot him instead.
--> '''Mitchell:''' "Why?"
--> '''Jones:''' "Because it's ''quicker!''"
* LethalChef: Jones is no kind of chef, preparing an omelette with eggs that have long gone bad but figuring that if he used enough salt it would hide the flavor.
-->'''West:''' Jones, did you notice while cooking that these eggs were off?
-->'''Jones:''' I thought the salt might cover the taste, sir.
%%* ManChild
* NervousWreck: He seems to be constantly on the verge of a breakdown.
* PetTheDog: Shoots [[spoiler: Farrell]] dead before Mitchell can torture him.
** When Jones is dying from his wounds, Henry holds his hand as a form of comfort.
* RealMenWearPink: Wears a pink apron while cooking... and fighting infected.
* ShrinkingViolet: Jones is easily bullied, timid and shy.
* TeamChef: But not a particularly good one.
* TearsOfFear: While hiding from the Infected, he's blubbering and hiding in utter terror.