Characters: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Fred "Freddy" Krueger

Freddy as a nightmare monster, and when he was human (but still a monster).
Played by:
Main actor: Robert Englund
Minor actors: Leslie Hoffman, Stacey Alden, John Saxon, Michael Bailey Smith, Danny Hassel, Chason Schirmer, Tobe Sexton, Paula Shaw

"When I was alive, I might have been a little naughty, but after they killed me, I became something much, much worse. The stuff nightmares are made of."

The primary villain of the series, and the most often recurring character. Born of a nun who was raped by a group of mental asylum patients, he became a child murderer as an adult, claiming many lives until the parents of Springwood got their revenge on him by burning him alive. He makes a deal with three demons to become a powerful ghost with the ability to manipulate dreams. In death, Freddy turns out to be an even worse nightmare than he ever was in life as he continues to hunt the now-teenage children of the lynch mob that killed him.

  • Achilles' Heel: His powers only work to their full extent in the dream world.
  • Appropriated Appellation: He was called the "Springwood Slasher" during his child-killing days.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To his daughter eventually.
  • Ax-Crazy: Killing is like breathing to him.
  • Bastard Bastard: Freddy isn't called "the bastard son of a 100 maniacs" for nothing. He was conceived when dozens of insane inmates in a mental asylum raped his mother Amanda, a nun who was working there. Freddy was a child murderer in real life, and became a specteral nightmare killer after his death.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Whenever Freddy's defeated, it's mainly by exceptionally lucid dreamers who can shift the reality and fabric of their dreams just as much as he can. His underestimation of this doesn't help either.
  • Big Bad: Naturally. However, he was possibly subservient to the Dream Demons since they are the ones that gave him powers. Though he cuts his ties to them in the comic series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and becomes the Big Bad once more.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: He had blond hair when he was human, and portrayed by Englund. His younger selves are portrayed by more red-headed actors.
  • Brought Down to Normal: At the end of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors. And how so? In the orginal timeline Freddy was let go after someone forget to sign the warrant, and after a Timey-Wimey Ball, an FBI agent signs the warrant, leading to Krueger's arrest and the fact he never became the Nightmare God that he once was.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As a hardcore sadist and demonic enforcer, he's quite frank about literally having become "the stuff nightmares are made of" and takes pride in his reign of terror throughout Springwood.
  • Child by Rape: He was called "the bastard son of 100 maniacs".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Yes, he will kick you in your balls. Yes, he would appear as a dead loved one or parent to kill you.
  • Covered in Scars: Or in this case, severe third-degree burns.
  • Creepy Child: Young Freddy is shown to have been pretty creepy himself in various flashbacks, and he loves to populate his nightmares with pale, creepy children who represent his former victims.
  • Crusty Caretaker: Pre-death Freddy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the first slasher villains to crack jokes.
  • Dream Weaver: This trope is what Freddy Krueger's powers ultimately boil down to, as he can enter dreams at will and alter them to his choosing.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Freddy has a sick sense of humor, as his idea of fun is to give someone a particularely painful and creative death. He constantly makes bad jokes about his victims, usually with cheesy one-liners before their deaths or afterwards if he's feeling especially cheery.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "Drugs. Now there's a real nightmare."
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Freddy Krueger somehow managed to become an undead dream-dwelling human monster just by being really nasty to kids. Freddy's Dead reveals that he was given his powers upon dying by several nightmare demons.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Justified, because he was burned to death.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the first several films, less so in later sequels.
  • Extra Parent Conception: Freddy is called the bastard son of a hundred maniacs, assuming that isn't hyperbole. In Nightmare 5 one of the maniacs is shown to look exactly like pre-death Freddy, hinting that this is in fact his biological father.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He usually addresses his victims in an almost friendly way.
  • Freudian Excuse: In Freddy's Dead, the filmmakers try to explain away his evilness by giving him a horrifically awful childhood. His mother (who was a nun) gave birth to him only after being raped repeatedly by one hundred patients at a mental asylum she worked at. His adopted father was a sleazy pimp who beat him up daily (and who Freddy later murdered with a razor blade). He was bullied by kids at school, and gave signs of being a textbook sociopath by killing the classroom hamster, for which he never was punished for or got help with. Then he shuffled through life as an adult from one low paying job to another, until he decided to express his rage at life by killing kids. Notably, he even tries and uses the Freudian Excuse to his daughter Maggie in Freddy's Dead as a means of explaining he was not evil and he was made into this way. It doesn't work.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In this case, quite literally.
  • Ghostly Goals: Freddy started out avenging his own death, but after he succeeded, he decided to stick around and continue killing (he was, after all, a sadistic serial killer even before he died; even with his revenge complete, he probably saw no real reason to stop killing).
  • A God Am I: Freddy is literally a god when he's inside people's dreams, and his powers while in dreams seems virtually limitless. It's best summed up by this exchange from the first movie:
    Tina: Oh God!
    Freddy: (brandishes claws) This is God!
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Look at him!
  • Healing Factor: One of Freddy's many powers in dreams.
  • Hellfire: Freddy was able to summon this in the second movie when he was outside of the Dream World.
  • Humanity Ensues: When Freddy is dragged into the real world in Freddy's Dead, he becomes human again. He turns back into his standard form pretty quickly though, although he's still human even then.
  • Iconic Outfit: His brown fedora, red and green striped sweater, and knife glove.
  • Identical Grandfather: In Alice's dream of how Amanda Krueger was raped, one of the 100 maniacs looks exactly like pre-death Freddy, and is played by Robert Englund as well. Before Alice is assaulted by the maniacs, a shot briefly lingers on his face, hinting that this is in fact Freddy's biological father. It's also hinted that this is actually Freddy himself in disguise, although why he would take on the guise of his father is unclear.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Many female characters who come across him, such as Tina, Nancy and Lori, become a target of his lust.
  • Immortality: Technically a spirit rather than a physical being, he can't die. Even if killed, it is shown his spirit simply returns to captivity in Hell, or just waits until another victim dreams.
    • As promised by Hell's Dream Demons, his spirit cannot ever truly die.
  • Invisibility: Freddy can turn himself invisible at will.
  • Ironic Fear: Fire. Although he enjoys his living in Hell and enjoys setting fire to various victims, it's often shown that fire is something he's truly afraid of following his physical death, and is one of few things that can truly harm him, even in dreams.
  • Jerkass: What really separates Freddy from all the other famous Slasher Movie villains is how much of a plain asshole he is. Most other killers/monsters at least have a token flimsy reason for doing what they do (Michael Myers from Halloween kills because it's in his nature to do so, Jason from Friday the 13th does it because his mother tells him to, etc.), but Freddy openly admits that he just does it because it's fun.
    • Jerkass Gods: Despite possessing unlimited power within dreams and more-or-less being a Dream God, he uses his power and pride to mess with his victims and carry out petty murder tasks rather than anything too substantial.
  • Kick the Dog: Cruel and Unusual Deaths aside, Freddy LOVES doing this to all of his victims. For instance, he would give them a false reassuring hug (as in the case of Nancy, Roland or Greta) as he killed them.
  • Large Ham: Averted in the first two films and New Nightmare (though he did make the occasional sick joke here or there), but played straight in the rest of the film series with Freddy's Dead being the one where he is at his most hammy.
  • Laughably Evil: He has his moments.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Freddy Krueger's appearance is somewhat based off of this. In fact, Robert Englund even once stated that he based some of Freddy's movements on Orlok's.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He sets off the event's of Freddy vs. Jason by posing as the mother of Friday the 13th villain Jason Voorhees in order to trick Jason into resurrecting from the dead once again and heading for Freddy's hometown of Springwood, Ohio. Freddy banks on Jason's inevitable killing spree being blamed on Freddy by the town residents (if no one remembers Freddy, he can't harm anyone), and he is proven correct.
  • Man on Fire: This is how Freddy Krueger died at the hands of the parents of Springwood. In the original film, Nancy sets Freddy on fire when she pulls him out of her dream and lures him to the basement.
  • Mind over Matter: Freddy can easily move objects with his mind in the dream world. He even plays an ad-hoc game of pinball with Jason's body in Freddy Vs. Jason.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Is it ever. He was simply a human serial killer when he was alive. After his death he became an undead abomination with near-godlike powers and a bodycount eventually numbering in the hundreds.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: K Names.
  • Never Sleep Again: It's in the rhyme about him. As in never sleep to never dream of him and die.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: A running joke in the series is that Freddy's powers are pretty much limitless, as far as changing from film to film. It does make sense however. Since Freddy has effectively become the king of nightmares, his powers in the dreamscape would be virtually unlimited. On the rare occasions he manifests in the "real" world, he generally gets his ass kicked (most notably, at the end of the first film).
  • Nice Hat: Freddy's fedora, of course.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Justified, because he's dead (no body to feel pain with). Even when he's pulled into the real world, he laughs off getting impaled through the stomach and getting the crap beaten out of him by Jason Voorhees.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Freddy's modus operandi.
  • Obligatory Joke: In the later movies, he always makes some kind of (usually groan inducing) ironic joke about someone's situation either just before or after he murders them.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Freddy became increasingly worse over time. He was always a sadist, but at first he pretended that he wanted revenge for his death at the hands of a lynch mob until he just dropped all pretense and continued killing when this goal was already completed. With nothing to stop him, he eventually murders every child in Springwood and drives their distraught parents to utter madness. With the entire town destroyed, he just creates another "Elm Street" in a neighbouring city and reveals that he'll never stop killing until everyone's dead.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Freddy is technically a sort of "astral lich". He would definitely qualify as a powerful sorcerer, and his appearance just screams "undead". Also, killing him tends to involve some rather unusual methods, most often dragging him onto our plane, and, even then, nobody has ever managed to kill him permanently. An easier parallel is that Freddy is some sort of ghost or a demon (he is in service to nightmare demons after all).
  • Pædo Hunt: In the original film and Freddy vs. Jason, it's strongly implied but not stated outright that Freddy is a pedophile in addition to being a child killer. Wes Craven originally wanted to make him one, but in the end decided not to in order not to be accused of exploiting then recent news headlines about pedophiles at day cares, et al.
  • Playing with Fire: Despite being killed by fire and being deeply afraid of fire, Freddy has been shown to conjure up fire at will.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Not only does he kill, he's also immensely sexist and is strongly implied to be a pedophile as stated above (though only in the remake).
  • Pungeon Master: This is basically Freddy's trademark.
  • Psycho for Hire: Freddy is implied to be this to the Dream Demons who gave him his power.
  • Reality Warper: He was able to partly manipulate the outside world, like re-animating his bones. However, by Freddy's Dead, his power had gotten so powerful, he was able to erase Springwood parents memories and make other adults into mindless people who go about their daily lives if there were kids there. In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, he came across the Necronomicon ex Mortis and used its spells to become even more powerful in the real world.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Freddy Krueger is killed several times by the heroes, but he returns each time. As Freddy himself put it in the fourth film — "I. AM. ETERNAL!" In the sixth film he says "In dreams. I. Am. FOREVER!" The dream demons who are the source of his powers promised him that he would indefinately resurrect no matter what anyone does to him.
  • Rubber Man: Stretching limbs are one of many of Freddy's powers.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His powers are greatly heightened by the fear of his victims. Their fear that he is an unstoppable nightmare monster causes him to be an unstoppable nightmare monster.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his foster father when he was young. Fate of his foster mother is unknown. His murders also caused his own mom to kill herself, if this was Freddy's plan however, is unknown.
  • Serial Killer: He was one both in life (as the Springwood Slasher) and the afterlife.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: He's an accomplished shapeshifter in the dream world, regularly appearing as other people, mechanical devices, and a host of other forms. While he can look however he wants, as a nightmare ghost he prefers to appear as his post-death burnt self, probably to scare his victims. His true form in the real world are his skeletal remains, but it remains to be seen if he even has a true specteral form.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Eerily Freddy uses this tactic on Joey in Dream Warriors by disguising himself as a hot nurse, showing that he's an equal opportunity deviant.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: Freddy with his claw on most anything.
  • The Dreaded: While not being afraid of him isn't enough to stop him entirely, he relies on the masses' fear and belief in him to keep his powers strong. Without this, he's significantly weaker.
  • The Sociopath: For sure, to Freddy, humans are just his playthings.
  • Super Mode: "Super Freddy" from The Dream Child, which he conjures up to mock the comic book fan Mark.
  • Villain Ball: Rather than kill his victims outright, he prefers to draw out their torment for his own amusement, overconfident in their inability to effectively fight back. This has given many of his victims a chance to escape or find the means to defeat him, and Jason stole one of his kills because of this. A notable aversion: because he recognized Nancy as a threat since his defeat in the original movie, in Dream Warriors, he simply stabs her in lieu of his usual elaborate kill sequences.
  • Villainous Valour: During Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy puts up a good fight against the superstrong Jason Voorhees even when he's technically just a weak, disfigured, physical ghost thing when not in the Dream World.
  • Voice Changeling: One of Freddy's many powers, as he demonstrates at one point in Freddy's Dead.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Via his dream powers. One of the things he enjoys doing most to torment his victims is pretending to be someone close to them so he can scar them emotionally before going in for the kill.
  • Was Once a Man: Once a human serial killer, he turned into something resembling a nightmare ghost/demon after his death.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: During his fight against Jason, he manages to hits a leaping elbow drop. Notably he does this by jumping on his back while Jason is standing, rather than while Jason is lying on the ground, making it more like a Muay Thai strike than a wrestling move.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though all the people we see him kill are teenagers or adults. He's explicitly had victims that were much younger, however.
  • Wolverine Claws: Freddy's primary weapon is a glove with blades attached to each finger.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His victims have their souls absorbed into his body, to remain there permanently. Freddy then siphons off their souls' power to become even more powerful himself. A few films end with them being freed. One notable example had this happen followed by them tearing him apart from the inside out.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Boy howdy.

Nancy Thompson

"I'm into survival."

Played by: Heather Langenkamp

The heroine of the original film, who returns for the third film as well. Daughter of Marge and Donald Thompson (divorced), she's best friends with Tina, Glen (her boyfriend), and Rod.

  • Action Girl: By the end of the first film, she's ready to kick Freddy's ass in the real world. And she hadn't lost that step in Dream Warriors.
  • Badass Normal: In the first movie, Nancy manages to hold onto Freddy and drag him into the real world, from then which she leads him through her booby trapped laden house and has him set on fire (Freddy hates fire since he was burned to death). She manages to somehow survive the first movie's Cruel Twist Gainax Ending. When she appeared in third movie (Dream Warriors), she led some of Freddy's other victims into facing him head on but she sadly died in that one.
  • Big Good: In the comics.
  • Brutal Honesty: She has no qualms about talking back to her parents or her boyfriend about someone trying to kill her, even throwing in a few curse words for good measure. However, she's more amicable when she's not constantly hounded by Freddy.
  • Final Girl: The first in the series.
  • Hysterical Woman: She's treated as such in the first movie by all the adults, and she herself almost believes it when Freddy doesn't immediately show up to play in what she thought was the real world. Of course, since it's horror movie, she's Properly Paranoid.
  • Skunk Stripe: She gets one in the first movie, after pulling Freddy's hat out of the dream and it stays with her.

Marge Thompson

"[to Nancy] There's something wrong with you — you're imagining things."

Played by: Ronee Blackley

Nancy's well-meaning, but struggling and occasionally neglectful mother.

  • The Alcoholic: Starts off slow when Krueger's murders starts to happen in the first film, but gets progressively drunk as the film goes on.

Former Lt. Donald Thompson

"[To Glen] There's an unsolved murder and I hate unsolved murders, especially ones that my daughter is mixed up in, what are *you* doing here?"

Played by: John Saxon

Nancy's father, who divorced her mother some time before. He's a cop in the Springwood sheriff's department.

  • The Alcoholic: Only after Marge's death, however. He does get sober enough to fight against Freddy's Dem Bones form.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Pretty much doesn't believe Nancy before it was too late.

Glen Lantz

"Oh, man. Midnight. Baseball bats and boogeymen. Beautiful."

Played by: Johnny Depp

Nancy's boyfriend in the first film, who lives across the street.

  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: When Glen is sucked into his bed by Freddy and killed, gallons of blood (far more than what the human body contains) suddenly spew out from it like a blood fountain.

Jesse Walsh

"Something is trying to get inside my body!"

Played by: Mark Patton

The lead character in the second film, whose body is gradually taken over by Freddy.

  • Ambiguously Bi: While he never shows an overt attraction to other men, the screenplay is by the writer's own admission a pretty thinly-veiled allegory for someone coming to terms with this, and Mark Patton (who is gay in real-life) also said that he played Jesse as someone unsure of his sexuality.
  • Butt Monkey: Other than Lisa wanting to get into his pants, pretty much nothing goes right for him during the course of the film. His father treats him like crap, his mother and sister don't treat him as badly but are pretty dismissive of his problems, his biology teacher blames him for the fact that a snake escaped from its tank and attacked him, and the less said about his treatment at the hands of Coach Schneider, the better.
  • Distressed Dude: He has to be saved by Lisa.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Vitriolic Best Buds: He's both of these with Ron Grady. At least until Freddy takes control of Jesse and kills Ron.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jesse spends probably more time walking around shirtless than every other male character in the series combined. Not to mention at least two shots of his bare butt.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Not only does he scream far more than any of the female leads in the series, he even manages to do it in an even higher pitch.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While the second film follows him for the most part, he really doesn't accomplish anything of any real note and by the end he completely transforms into Freddy, leaving Lisa to take over as protagonist.

Lisa Webber

"I love you, Jesse!"

Played by: Kim Myers

Jesse's girlfriend from the second film.

  • Final Girl: Becomes this in the final parts of the second film, after Freddy completely takes over Jesse.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's already shown to have a fairly strong personality early in the film, but she really takes it up a notch in the final scenes when she confronts Freddy and takes him down.
  • The Hero: Jesse may be the second film's protagonist, but Lisa is the one who actually fights Freddy.
  • Identical Stranger: About the first thing anyone comments on with regard to Lisa is her (or more specifically, Kim Myers') resemblance to a young Meryl Streep.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Unlike most of the other Final Girls in the series, Lisa has no hang-ups about sex and wears some very revealing clothing, even going within an inch of being topless.

Kristen Parker

"The man in my dreams... he's real, isn't he?"

Played by: Patricia Arquette (Dream Warriors), Tuesday Knight (Dream Master)

Succeeding Nancy as the main heroine, Alice is one of the teenagers at institutionalized as Westin Hills Asylum for apparent suicide, but is actually one of Freddy's targets.

  • Cursed with Awesome: A subversion. Kristen has the power to pull people into her dreams, but she subconsciously blocked the power for years after her parents got divorced. Years later, she isn't sure if she still has it until she accidentally pulls Nancy into her dreams in Dream Warriors. Unfortunately, Freddy turns her ability into Blessed with Suck when he uses her to pull Alice into her dream. After he kills Kristen, the power gets sent to Alice, so Freddy uses her as his new conduit so he can go after the other teenagers of Springwood.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Dream Master opens where Dream Warriors left off, making it look like Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid will have to go up against Freddy again. He kills Joey and Kincaid in the same night, and once he has Kristen cornered, forces her to drag Alice into her dream. In doing so, Kristen transfers her dream power to Alice, but not before passing through Freddy, ensuring that she's his new power source.
  • Man on Fire: A subversion. Krueger threw Kristen into a boiler and she became engulfed in flames. In the real world it looked as if Kristen fell asleep with a lit cigarette and accidentally set her bed on fire.
  • Passing the Torch: To Alice.

Alice Johnson

"Come on, you fucking coward!"

Played by: Lisa Wilcox

The lead protagonist of the fourth and fifth films, and a high school friend of Kristen.

  • Abusive Parents: Alice and her brother Rick had to deal with emotional abuse from their alcoholic father for years. Following Rick's death their dad started going to Alcoholics Anonymous and by Dream Child has become a more loving and attentive father.
  • Action Girl: Gradually became this by the end of Dream Master.
  • Action Survivor: Alice is the only protagonist to survive two films straight.
  • Arch-Enemy: She becomes the most powerful of the Elm Street heroines and one whom Freddy legitimately loathes. She's the only one whom made it difficult for him to come back. Once she killed him in Dream Master he had to find another way to invade dreams as she was too powerful for him to overcome. He spends the majority of Dream Child taunting Alice, but can't actually do anything to her because he could end up harming Jacob in the process.
  • Blessed with Suck: With Kristen's dream power, Krueger used Alice to pull people into her dreams so he could murder them.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Alice is compared to MacGyver with how handy she can be, same as Nancy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Was this by the end of Dream Master. In Dream Child Alice became blonde, but her personality stayed the same.
  • Final Girl: And the only one to survive two movies in a row.
  • Mama Bear: The whole point of Dream Child was that she wouldn't let Krueger get away with warping her unborn child.
  • Personality Powers: An inversion. As Krueger killed off her friends, Alice began inheriting their dream powers and pieces of their personalities.
  • The Power of Friendship: The power she gains from her friends gives her the strength to face Krueger on her own, but it's also that their power gave her the strength to find her own strength, which is what ultimately stops him and frees his enslaved souls in Dream Master.
  • Shrinking Violet: Originally.
  • Take Up My Sword: From Kristen.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's pregnant in Dream Child.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Dream Master began, Alice was rather meek and spent most of her time in daydreams. By the end of the film, she became a Badass who took Krueger on by herself.
    Alice (as Freddy is harassing Dan): Get away from him you son of a bitch!

"John Doe"

"Freddy won't hurt me. I'm family."

Played by: Shon Greenblatt

The last surviving child of Springwood, who manages to escape from the town, only to be brought back to investigate exactly what has happened there. As time passes, he starts to suspect that he's related to Freddy. Unfortunately for him, he's wrong.

  • Decoy Protagonist: Freddy's Dead treats him as the main character until the survivors try to escape Springwood, after which Freddy kills him, and Maggie takes over as the protagonist.
  • Mysterious Past: We never actually find out his real name or anything of any real significance about his backstory.
  • No Body Left Behind: After Freddy kills him, his body vanishes, and aside from a brief mention by Maggie, he's never seen or mentioned again. Not only that, all evidence indicates that he was erased from history.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Freddy fully planned for him to bring some fresh victims and, most importantly, his daughter to Springwood.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: After doing some research in what remains of Springwood, he concludes that not only did Freddy have a child who no-one knew about, but that he himself is that child. He's right about the first part, but wrong about the second part; Maggie is Freddy's child.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After bringing Freddy's daughter, Maggie/Katherine to Springwood, Freddy no longer has any real need for him, and kills him with a bed of spikes.

Maggie Burroughs (aka Katherine Krueger)

"Freddy's dead!"

Played by: Lisa Zane

A psychologist who appears in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, investigating the appearance of the mysterious "John Doe" and the deaths of every child in Springwood. In reality, she's Freddy's long-lost daughter, and the only person who can finally destroy Freddy.

  • Dark Secret: One that even she doesn't know about; she's Freddy's daughter, and witnessed him murdering her mother.
  • Final Girl: As with Lisa Webber, she's initially not the film's focus character, but takes over the role in the final act when Freddy kills John Doe.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother was killed by Freddy. Something that's all the worse when you consider that her father is Freddy!
  • Straight Woman: The sole voice of reason among the generally dysfunctional characters in the film.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She unknowingly helps carry Freddy out of Springwood, leaving him free to attack the entire world.

Lori Campbell

"Welcome to my world, bitch!"

Played by: Monica Keena

  • Action Girl: Becomes one in the third act.
  • Attempted Rape: Freddy tries to rape her in a nightmare right before he's dragged into the real world.
  • Badass Normal: Who else can say they cut Freddy Krueger's head off?
  • Dude Magnet: Aside from her boyfriend, there's Blake, who she considers an idiot, Linderman, who she doesn't hate but doesn't reciprocate, and Freddy, who wants to rape her.
  • Final Girl: Well, the only girl to not die, as her boyfriend survives with her. Also, the final Final Girl of the original continuity.
  • You Killed My Father: Well, her mother to be exact. This is why she's so eager to get payback against Freddy.

    New Nightmare continuity 

The Entity / "Freddy Krueger"

"Miss me?"

Played by: Robert Englund

The Entity is an ancient shape-shifting demon who has taken the form of Freddy Krueger for the past decade until the end of the series initiates his release into the real world.

  • Badass Longcoat: Freddy is wearing one.
  • Big Bad: The Freddy Krueger in this film is one even moreso than the Freddy Krueger in the mainstream continuity. It is an ancient entity of evil, which according to Wes Craven has existed in various forms throughout history. It is therefore behind many other monsters, and has spread more misery and destruction than Freddy ever did, who's mostly confined to Elm Street.
  • Child Eater: Freddy tries to eat Heather's son Dylan alive before she stops him.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: "Freddy" wears a pair of leather pants.
  • Jack the Ripoff: The entity masquerading as Freddy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even more so after the 6th part in which he was a monster with a sick sense of humour. Here, he is more vicious and isn't nearly as comedic.
  • Murder by Cremation: How The Entity is beaten.
  • Overly Long Tongue: "Freddy" attacks Heather with it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Freddy Krueger himself, but he's not really "Freddy" so much as Evil Itself taking on the form of Freddy, and there needs to be a script made in order to contain it.
  • This Was His True Form: When the entity is seemingly destroyed at the end, it goes from looking like Freddy to a stereotypical demon.

Heather Langenkamp

"That was Nancy, Wes. It's not me."

Played by: Heather Langenkamp

Heather Langenkamp is the actress who played Nancy in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, and is still mainly remembered for the role as she has become a mother.

  • Badass Normal: In the New Nightmare continuity (where she's actually Heather Lagenkamp, an actress who is famous for playing Nancy Thompson), she actually manages to flat out beat the entity that is taking on the form of Freddy Krueger after the movies stopped being produced.
  • Mama Bear: In the New Nightmare continuity.
  • Skunk Stripe: Heather gets one due to the overwhelming stress of Freddy crossing over into the real world, forcing her to become Nancy once more.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Heather vomits when she sees that claw marks on Chase's body.

Robert Englund

"Just because it's a love story doesn't mean it can't have a decapitation or two."

Played by: Robert Englund

The affable, playful actor who has portrayed Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare film series.

  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: When Heather calls him to lament that she is having Nightmares about Freddy. Robert at first assumed that she was afraid of him since he played Freddy, which seems like a concern since Heather and him are friends. However just when Heather assures Robert it's not him but a different kind of Freddy, he finishes her sentence, while at the same time giving a small but subtle Oh Crap! look on his face, before hanging up on her. It's revealed that he was painting a composite picture of the New Freddy.
    Robert Englund: Heather? You doing okay?
    Heather Langenkamp: Holding my own. You know that guy who was calling me all the time? He's started again. He's been putting stuff in my mail.
    Robert Englund: Must've read about the funeral. Sick mother. That's the last thing you need right now, I'm sure.
    Heather Langenkamp: Actually, it's been giving me Freddy nightmares.
    Robert Englund: Wait a second. Now, let me get this straight. You're having nightmares about Freddy? As in me?
    Heather Langenkamp: No. It isn't you. He's scarier. He's...
    Robert Englund: Darker? More...evil?
    Heather Langenkamp:'d you know?
    Robert Englund: Call it a guess...
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Robert Englund's fictional counterpart in this film is much like the real-life guy; talkative and jovial, and genuinely enjoys the villainous role he's playing.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Robert Englund and his wife's apparent course of action.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The movie leaves it ambiguous what happens to Robert Englund. The last we see of him he seems to have become possessed by the Freddy Entity. It's unclear if Freddy ultimately took over his body to fight Nancy or not, and if he did, whether that means that Heather killed Robert.

Wes Craven

"Are you ready to become Nancy once again?"

Played by: Wes Craven

The creator of the Nightmare franchise, he is plagued with nightmares sent by the Entity about its plans.

  • Creator Cameo: As himself, no less.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Wes Craven bases the new Elm Street script on prophetic dreams.
  • Mr. Exposition: He serves to explain the entire plot to Heather Langenkamp (and by extension the audience). He tells her about the Entity that has taken on the form of Freddy Krueger, that it has been released due to the end of the movie series and is trying to cross over into reality, and that Heather is the only one who can stop him.

    Remake continuity 

Freddy Krueger

"Why are you screaming? I haven't even cut you yet."

Played by: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Seitz

This version of Freddy was a gardener at Badham Pre-School, who was loved by all the kids there. He was also a child molester who used his position to have his way with the children. After the parents found out, they chased him into an industrial park where they trapped him inside a building and burned him alive. Years later he returns to kill all those who attended the pre-school except Nancy, as he has different plans for her.

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He knows the brain can still function for seven minutes after the heart stops, and gladly takes advantage on it to play with his victims.
  • Darker and Edgier: While he is still inclined to occasional one-liners, his attitude is a lot angrier and more bitter compared to his mainstream counterpart. And what he plans to do to Nancy is way more disturbing.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Nancy: Fuck you!
    Freddy: Ooh, sounds like fun. It's a little fast for me. How about we hang, first?
  • Off with His Head!: It doesn't work, though.
  • Pædo Hunt: The remake explicitly makes him out to be one, even after a lot of misdirection saying otherwise.
  • Red Right Hand: The burned skin, what else?
  • Stalker with a Crush: He comes across like this, wanting Nancy all by himself and killing anyone that gets in his way.

Kris Fowles

Played by: Katie Cassidy

  • Decoy Protagonist: Although anyone familiar with the original expected Nancy to take the spotlight sooner or later.