This page is a listing of characters from the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' film series.

* ''Characters/WesCravensNewNightmare''
* ''Characters/FreddyVsJason''


[[folder:Original continuity]]

!Fred "Freddy" Krueger

[[caption-width-right:350:Freddy as a nightmare monster, and when he was human (but still a monster).]]
[-Played by:\\
'''Main actor:''' Creator/RobertEnglund\\
'''Minor actors:''' Leslie Hoffman, [[spoiler:Stacey Alden]], [[spoiler:John Saxon]], Michael Bailey Smith, [[spoiler: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.

* AchillesHeel:
** His powers only work to their full extent in the dream world, and he's noticeably less capable against lucid dreamers that are capable of controlling their own dreamscapes.
** Being forgotten. He ''needs'' to be feared to have power, and if everyone forgets he exists, he's stuck in Hell and can't resurrect.
*** Related to the above, since he needs to be feared to have power, Freddy can be weakened if his target grows a backbone and stands up to him.
** [[HolyBurnsEvil Holy objects]] can harm him, but no one ever thinks to use them against him.
* AppropriatedAppellation: He was called the "Springwood Slasher" during his child-killing days.
* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler: To his daughter eventually.]]
* AxCrazy: Killing is like breathing to him.
* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: In a flashback to his childhood in ''Freddy's Dead'', it's revealed he killed a class pet with a hammer.
* BastardBastard: 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 spectral nightmare killer after his death.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: 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.
* BerserkButton: Only he can kill the children of Elm Street, as Jason would find out.
* BigBad: Naturally. However, he was possibly subservient to the [[GreaterScopeVillain Dream Demons]] since they are the ones that gave him powers. Though he cuts his ties to them in the comic series ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' and becomes the BigBad once more.
* BladeBehindTheShoulder: His blade-fingered glove started out this way, when he was still alive and his glove was merely a homemade murder weapon. In dreams, it evolves into more of a built-in weapon, which alternately appears on his hand whole when he sheds a disguise, or sends its blades springing out from his (or a puppet's, or a possessed boy's, etc) fingertips.
* BritishTeeth: His teeth are in horrible shape, ranging from just being nasty and brown to having multiple gaps in them.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Whenever he's pulled into the real world, he loses his RealityWarper status and NighInvulnerability, but as shown when it happens in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', he's still MadeOfIron and able to put up one ''hell'' of a fight.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh: Nightmare Warriors''. And how so? In the original timeline Freddy was let go after someone forget to sign the warrant, and after a TimeyWimeyBall, an FBI agent signs the warrant, leading to Krueger's arrest and the fact he never became the Nightmare God that he once was.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: 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.
* ChildByRape: He was called "the bastard son of 100 maniacs".
* CombatPragmatist: Yes, he will kick you in your balls. Yes, he would [[spoiler:appear as a dead loved one or parent]] to kill you.
* CombatSadomasochist: Freddy often seems to take delight in his own pain. He regularly [[SelfMutilationDemonstration injures himself just to freak his victims out]], laughs his ass off while Alice repeatedly punches him in the face in ''The Dream Master'', and in ''Freddy's Dead'', is shown in a flashback cutting himself and laughing while his foster father whips him with a belt, even asking for more before overpowering said foster father and killing him with a razor blade.
-->'''Freddy''': You wanna know the secret of pain? If you just stop feeling it, you can start using it.
* CostumeEvolution: In the first film, his sweater's sleeves were solid red. ''Freddy's Revenge'' onward gave him striped sleeves to match the torso.
* CoveredInScars: Or in this case, severe third-degree burns.
* CreepyChild: 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.
* CrustyCaretaker: Pre-death Freddy worked as a janitor while being a serial killer on the side.
* DeadpanSnarker: One of the first slasher villains to crack jokes.
* DealWithTheDevil: How he got his powers; as revealed in ''Freddy's Dead'', as he was being burned alive, he was approached by three Dream Demons, who search the world for the most evil soul and give them the power to turn dreams into reality. Before his demise, Freddy accepted their offer to "be forever," and the rest is history.
* DemonicPossession: A power demonstrated in ''Freddy's Revenge'' and ''Freddy vs. Jason''.
* DemonOfHumanOrigin: Although it's never stated exactly ''what'' Freddy has become since his death, his DealWithTheDevil was brokered with a trio of actual demons and involved turning himself into an undead monster who could invade people's dreams. But then, OurDemonsAreDifferent.
* DirtyOldMan: Likes to come on to young women, especially the female protagonists. Assuming Freddy vs Jason is set in the same year it was released, that being ''2003'', and Lori being most likely to have been around 18, Freddy is old enough to be her grandfather as he comes onto her.
* TheDreaded: 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.
* DreamWeaver: 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.
* EmotionEater: Freddy lives off the feat of others. In comics, he's encountered people who idolize or worships him, but he ends up getting them killed. He wants people to ''fear'' him, those who actually like him are useless.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "[[DrugsAreBad Drugs. Now there's a]] ''[[DrugsAreBad real]]'' [[DrugsAreBad nightmare]]."
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Freddy has a sick sense of humor, as his idea of fun is to give someone a particularly painful and creative death. He constantly makes bad jokes about his victims, usually with cheesy one-liners [[PreMortemOneLiner before their deaths]] or [[BondOneLiner afterwards]] if he's feeling especially cheery.
* EvilIsNotAToy: A significant plot point in ''Freddy vs. Jason''. Trying to control Jason Voorhees was ''never'' going to end well.
* EvilIsPetty: Especially in ''The Dream Child'', where he frequently goes out of his way to torment Alice by flaunting his kills in front of her and generally just harassing her when he can. Of course, this is largely because he genuinely hates Alice, but since he could end up hurting the unborn Jacob, who he aims to turn into a FetusTerrible, he can't actually do anything to her.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: 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.
* EvilMakesYouUgly: {{Justified|Trope}}, because he was burned to death.
* EvilLaugh: Because of Freddy's sadistic pleasure out of all of this. His laugh is generally the last thing your hear. In the first he barely even has any lines, he mainly just laughs, but a very disturbing laugh, the type of laugh that haunts your dreams (ironically).
* EvilSoundsDeep: In the first several films, less so in later sequels.
* EvilFeelsGood: Freddy's loving every moment of this.
* ExtraParentConception: 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 [[IdenticalGrandson look exactly like pre-death Freddy]], hinting that this is in fact his biological father.
* FanHater: [[invoked]]As explored in the tie-in comic ''New Line Cinema's Tales of Horror #1'', Freddy is disgusted by the idea that he has 'fans'. He has no desire to work with others or be worshipped in any way as these people are useless to someone who requires fear or needs to make the kill himself.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Freddy usually addresses his victims in an almost friendly way, and is good at making a sardonic joke every now and then.
* FetusTerrible: In ''The Dream Child'', a nightmarish flashback to his birth depicts him as one.
-->'''Nun'': Sister, this is one of God's creatures. Take solace in that.\\
'''Amanda'': That is ''no'' creature of God!
* {{Flanderization}}: Freddy was considerably more serious in the first film, but the sequels, which largely didn't involve Wes Craven, turned him into a comedic goofball.
* ForTheEvulz: Freddy kills people simply because he ''can'' kill people. The revenge thing is just a bonus. Heck, after he killed off all the children of the parents who killed him originally, he starts looking for any way he can to reach new victims because he just loves killing people ''that'' much.
* FragileSpeedster: When pulled into the real world in ''Freddy vs. Jason'', he's this to Jason's MightyGlacier. He can easily dodge most of Jason's attacks and gets in lots of good hits, but one punch from Jason sends him flying.
* FreudianExcuse: 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 FreudianExcuse to [[spoiler:his daughter Maggie]] in ''Freddy's Dead'' as a means of explaining he was not evil and he was made into this way. [[SubvertedTrope It doesn't work]].
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In this case, quite literally.
* GhostlyGoals: 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).
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: As revealed in ''Freddy vs. Jason'', Freddy's power is entirely dependent on how many people know of and fear him; when the people of Springwood eradicated every trace of his existence, he was left powerless.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In ''Freddy vs. Jason'', he brought [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] BackFromTheDead and set him upon Springwood, knowing that he himself would be blamed for Jason's killings, which would give him enough power to escape Hell and go about haunting Springwood again. The plan works, but Freddy never anticipated that Jason would continue to intrude on his territory and steal his potential victims.
-->'''Freddy''': Everyone forgot! That's why they weren't afraid anymore! That's why I needed Jason to kill for me, to get them to remember! But now he just won't ''stop''!
* AGodAmI: 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''': Please, God!
-->'''Freddy''': (brandishes claws) ''This'' is God!
* GoodScarsEvilScars: ''[[BodyHorror Look at him!]]''
* HealingFactor: 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.
* HeroKiller: He kills [[FinalGirl Nancy Thompson]] at the end of ''Dream Warriors'', and [[DecoyProtagonist Kristen Parker]] early in ''The Dream Master''. Both were significant threats to Freddy and responsible for defeating him previously.
* HolyBurnsEvil: As suggested by the tune sung about him and shown in 3, holy items are one of the few things that can actually harm him. Unfortunately, few people actually think to use them against him.
* HumanityEnsues: 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.
* IconicOutfit: His brown fedora, red and green striped sweater, and knife glove.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: The song associated with him, sungto the tune to "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe."
-->''One, two; Freddy's coming for you\\
Three, four; better lock your door\\
Five, six; grab your crucifix\\
Seven, eight; gonna stay up late\\
Nine, ten; [[NeverSleepAgain never sleep again]]''
* ItAmusedMe: Why he does what he does, it amuses him.
* IdenticalGrandfather: 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.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: 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. He uses it in ''The Dream Master'' to attack Rick.
* IronicFear: 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 SlasherMovie 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 ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' kills because it's [[MadeOfEvil in his nature to do so]], Jason from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' does it because his mother tells him to, etc.), but Freddy openly admits that he just does it because it's ''fun''.
* JerkassGods: 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.
* KickTheDog: {{Cruel and Unusual Death}}s 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 [[spoiler:Nancy, Roland]] or Greta) as he killed them.
* LargeHam: 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.
* LaughablyEvil: The sequels turn him into this, making him a LargeHam who constantly makes wisecracks and spouts one-liners as he kills people.
%%* LeanAndMean
* LooksLikeOrlok: 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.
%%* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
* ManipulativeBastard: He sets off the event's of ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' by posing as the mother of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' 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.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While Freddy is an irredeemably evil monster, Robert Englund is a NiceGuy and extremely appreciative of his fans, and many people who have worked with him attest to his friendliness.
* ManOnFire: 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.
* MindOverMatter: 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''.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: 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.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: NamesToRunAwayFrom/KNames.
* NeverSleepAgain: It's in the rhyme about him. As in never sleep to never dream of him and die.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: 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).
* NiceHat: Freddy's fedora, of course.
* NighInvulnerability: {{Justified|Trope}}, 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 [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]].
* NightmareDreams: Freddy's modus operandi.
* ObligatoryJoke: In the later movies, he always makes some kind of (usually groan inducing) ironic joke about someone's situation either [[PreMortemOneLiner just before]] or [[BondOneLiner after]] he murders them.
* ObviouslyEvil: His whole appearance just screams "evil". This is actively embraced by Freddy, since he can look any way he wants to in dreams. He loves being a monster.
* OffOnATechnicality: How he walked away from the child murders he committed before he died; depending on whether you go by the films or ''Series/FreddysNightmares'', it was either because the judge failed to properly sign the search warrant or because the arresting officer neglected to read him his Miranda rights.
* OmnicidalManiac: 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 [[ChildlessDystopia murders every child in Springwood]] and [[DrivenToMadness 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.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: 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 [[OurGhostsAreDifferent some sort of ghost]] or [[OurDemonsAreDifferent a demon]] (he is in service to nightmare demons after all).
* PaedoHunt: 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. Creator/WesCraven originally wanted to make him one, but in the end decided not to in order not to be accused of [[RippedFromTheHeadlines exploiting then recent news headlines]] about pedophiles at day cares, et al.
* PlayingWithFire: Despite being killed by fire and being deeply afraid of fire, Freddy has been shown to conjure up fire at will.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Not only does he kill, he's also ''immensely'' sexist toward women and is strongly implied to be a pedophile as stated above (though only in the remake).
%%* PopCulturedBadass
* PungeonMaster: This is basically Freddy's trademark.
* PsychoForHire: Freddy is implied to be this to the Dream Demons who gave him his power.
* RealityWarper: He was able to partly manipulate the outside world, like re-animating his bones. However, by ''Freddy's Dead'', he had gotten so powerful that 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. He reaches his peak in ''Freddy's Revenge'', where, upon possessing Jesse, he's able to alter things in the real world; he goes completely nuts at the pool party, boiling the water in the pool, creating a wall of fire around the yard, making himself temporarily intangible before jumping out from under the floorboards, and blowing up the barbecue and most of the electrical appliances that are there.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes are red in ''Freddy's Revenge.''
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Freddy Krueger is killed several times by the heroes, but he returns each time. As Freddy himself put it in the fourth film "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis 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 indefinitely resurrect no matter what anyone does to him.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His initial motive throughout the first three films, and the early part of the fourth. See SinsOfOurFathers below for more details.
* RubberMan: Stretching limbs are one of many of Freddy's powers.
* {{Sadist}}: A key part of his character: he murderous psychopath and ''loves every minute of it''.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: 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.
* SelfMadeOrphan: 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.
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: One of Freddy's freakier habits is to show off his invulnerability by wounding himself: cutting off fingers, slashing open his side, peeling off his own scalp, etc. In this case, it's as much to squick out his victims as to demonstrate the futility of trying to hurt him.
* SerialKiller: He was one both in life (as the Springwood Slasher) and the afterlife.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: 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 spectral form (though the novel ''Protege'' implied that the demonic visage that he briefly assumes during the "YOU!" scene in ''Freddy vs. Jason'' is it).
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: 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.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Freddy with his claw on most anything.
* SinsOfOurFathers: His killing sprees throughout the first three films, and the early part of the fourth, is to kill the children of the lynch mob who originally burned him alive. After killing Kristen Parker in ''The Dream Master'', he's only in it ForTheEvulz from that point onwards.
* TheSociopath: For sure, to Freddy, humans are just his playthings.
* SuperMode: "Super Freddy" from ''The Dream Child'', which he conjures up to mock the comic book fan Mark.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: He has died quite a few times.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: In ''Freddy's Revenge'', he possesses Jesse by messily transforming his body into his own shape.
* {{Troll}}: He constantly makes bad jokes about his victims, usually with cheesy one-liners.
* {{Unperson}}: After it became known that Freddy grows more powerful based on how much he is feared and by how many people know of him, the town of Springwood tried to erase all knowledge of his existence and his murder spree to spare their children. Those who had any knowledge of Freddy were institutionalized and put on Hypnocil. It worked so well that Freddy brought Jason back to stir things up.
* VillainBall: 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 [[Film/FreddyVsJason Jason]] [[KillSteal 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.
* VillainousValour: During ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', Freddy puts up a good fight against the superstrong Jason Voorhees even when he's technically just a weak, disfigured, physical ghost [[BuffySpeak thing]] when not in the Dream World.
* VoiceChangeling: One of Freddy's many powers, as he demonstrates at one point in ''Freddy's Dead''.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: 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 [[MindRape scar them emotionally]] before going in for the kill.
* WasOnceAMan: Once a human serial killer, he turned into something resembling a nightmare ghost/demon after his death.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: During his fight against Jason, he manages to hit 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: Though all the people we ''see'' him kill are teenagers or adults. He's explicitly had victims that were much younger, however.
* WolverineClaws: Freddy's primary weapon is a glove with blades attached to each finger.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Any damage he inflicts on his victims in the dream world crosses over to the waking world.
* YourSoulIsMine: 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.
* YourWorstNightmare: 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.

* ActionGirl: 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''.
* BadassNormal: 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|Ending}} GainaxEnding. When she appeared in third movie (''Dream Warriors''), she led some of Freddy's other victims into facing him head on [[spoiler: but she sadly died in that one]].
* BigGood: In the comics.
* BrutalHonesty: 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.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: In ''Dream Warriors'', she's [[spoiler: fatally stabbed by Freddy, but she manages to get back up and stab Freddy in the gut with his own claws, holding on to him long enough for Neil to finish burying and consecrating Freddy's remains.]]
* FinalGirl: The first in the series.
* HystericalWoman: 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 ProperlyParanoid.
* SkunkStripe: She gets one in the first movie, after pulling Freddy's hat out of the dream and it stays with her.
%%* SacrificialLion
* TeamMom: To the Dream Warriors.
* TrapMaster: In the first movie, before dragging Freddy into the real world, she rigs her entire house with booby traps to slow him down.

!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.

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

![[spoiler: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.

* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler:Only after Marge's death, however.]] He does get sober enough [[spoiler:to fight against Freddy's DemBones form]].
* NotNowKiddo: Pretty much doesn't believe Nancy before it was too late.

!Glen Lantz

->''"Oh, man. Midnight. Baseball bats and boogeymen. Beautiful."''

[-Played by: Creator/JohnnyDepp-]

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

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He gets sucked into his bed and is ripped apart.
* GirlNextDoor: Or boy rather. He's a plain, sweet and easily flustered mama's boy who feels emasculated in the presence of Tina's obnoxious macho lover.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: 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.

* AmbiguouslyBi: 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.
* ButtMonkey: 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.
* DistressedDude: He has to be saved by Lisa.
* HeterosexualLifePartners / VitriolicBestBuds: He's both of these with Ron Grady. At least until [[spoiler:Freddy takes control of Jesse and kills Ron]].
* MrFanservice: 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.
* PainfulTransformation: Whenever Freddy possesses him, his body is messily transformed into Freddy's own shape. This includes blades growing out of Jesse's fingers, his skin peeling off, and Freddy [[ChestBurster ripping open and bursting out of his chest]]. All the while, Jesse is screaming in agony.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: 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.
* SupportingProtagonist: 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 [[spoiler: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.

* FinalGirl: Becomes this in the final parts of the second film, after [[spoiler:Freddy completely takes over Jesse]].
* FieryRedhead: 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.
* TheHero: Jesse may be the second film's protagonist, but Lisa is the one who actually fights Freddy.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: How she beats Freddy and frees Jesse.]]
* IdenticalStranger: About the first thing anyone comments on with regard to Lisa is her (or more specifically, Kim Myers') resemblance to a young Creator/MerylStreep.
* MsFanservice: 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.
* SpoiledSweet: She's dubbed as the local rich girl, but she's shown to be one of the series' nicest characters.

!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.

%%* ActionGirl
* CursedWithAwesome: 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''. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Freddy turns her ability into BlessedWithSuck 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.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:''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.]]
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler: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.]]
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:To Alice.]]
%%* SacrificialLion
* SmokingIsCool: She smokes cigarettes in ''Dream Master''.
%%* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome

!Roland Kincaid

->''"Let's go kick the motherfucker's ass all over Dreamland."''

[-Played by: Ken Sagoes-]

One of the teenagers institutionalized at Westin Hills, and one of Freddy's targets.

* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted in ''Dream Warriors'', where he survives the whole film. Played straight in ''Dream Master'', where he's Freddy's first kill.
* DefiantToTheEnd: See SeeYouInHell below.
* HeroesLoveDogs: In ''Dream Master'', he's revealed to own a dog named Jason.
* SeeYouInHell: His last words to Freddy once Freddy stabs him. Freddy responds, "[[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld Tell 'em Freddy sent ya.]]"
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: When Freddy returns in ''Dream Master'', Kincaid is his first victim.
* SuperStrength: His dream power. He's strong enough to bend metal chairs with his bare hands, punch holes through walls, and pushes cars.
* WhatTheHellHero: He and Joey both give this to Kristen for pulling them into her dream out of fear that Freddy is coming after them again, pointing out that her dreaming about Freddy may stir him up again.

!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.

* AbusiveParents: Alice and her brother Rick had to deal with emotional abuse from their alcoholic father for years. [[spoiler: Following Rick's death their dad started going to Alcoholics Anonymous and by ''Dream Child'' has become a more loving and attentive father.]]
* ActionGirl: Gradually became this by the end of ''Dream Master''.
* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler: Alice is the only protagonist to survive two films straight.]]
* ArchEnemy: She becomes the most powerful of the Elm Street heroines and one whom Freddy legitimately loathes. She's the only one whom [[spoiler: 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.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: With [[spoiler: Kristen's dream power]], Krueger used Alice to pull people into her dreams so he could murder them.
* CombatPragmatist: Alice is compared to Series/MacGyver with how handy she can be, same as Nancy.
* DreamWeaver: She's the titular Dream Master.
* FieryRedhead: Was this by the end of ''Dream Master''. In ''Dream Child'' Alice became blonde, but her personality stayed the same.
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: And the only one to survive two movies in a row.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Her reaction when she realizes that Freddy is using ''her'' to kill new victims.
* MamaBear: The whole point of ''Dream Child'' was that she wouldn't let Krueger get away with warping her unborn child.
* PersonalityPowers: An inversion. As Krueger killed off her friends, Alice began inheriting their dream powers and pieces of their personalities.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: The power she gains from her friends gives her the strength to face Krueger on her own, [[spoiler: 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''.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Originally.
* TakeUpMySword: From [[spoiler: Kristen]].
* TeenPregnancy: She's pregnant in ''Dream Child''.
* ThisCannotBe: Her reaction in ''Dream Child'' when she witnesses Freddy's return.
-->'''Alice''': You can't come back! I locked the door on you!\\
'''Freddy''': But I found the key.
* TookALevelInBadass: When ''Dream Master'' began, Alice was rather meek and spent most of her time in daydreams. By the end of the film, she became someone 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. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, he's wrong.]]

* DecoyProtagonist: ''Freddy's Dead'' treats him as the main character until [[spoiler:the survivors try to escape Springwood, after which Freddy kills him, and Maggie takes over as the protagonist]].
* MysteriousPast: We never actually find out his real name or anything of any real significance about his backstory.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: After [[spoiler: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''.
* UnwittingPawn: Freddy fully planned for him to bring some fresh victims and, most importantly, [[spoiler:his daughter]] to Springwood.
* WrongGenreSavvy: 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. [[spoiler:He's right about the first part, but wrong about the second part; ''Maggie'' is Freddy's child]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After bringing [[spoiler:Freddy's daughter, Maggie/Katherine]] to Springwood, Freddy no longer has any real need for him, [[spoiler:and kills him with a bed of spikes]].

!Maggie Burroughs (aka [[spoiler:Katherine Krueger]])
->''"[[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:she's Freddy's long-lost daughter, and the only person who can finally destroy Freddy]].

* AlliterativeName: [[spoiler:Her real name, '''K'''atherine '''K'''rueger]].
* DarkSecret: One that even ''she'' doesn't know about; [[spoiler:she's Freddy's daughter, and witnessed him murdering her mother]].
* FinalGirl: As with Lisa Webber, she's initially not the film's focus character, but takes over the role in the final act when [[spoiler:Freddy kills John Doe]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother was killed by Freddy. Something that's all the worse when you consider that [[spoiler:her father ''is'' Freddy]]!
* StraightMan: The sole voice of reason among the generally dysfunctional characters in the sixth film.
* UnwittingPawn: She unknowingly helps carry Freddy out of Springwood, leaving him free to attack the entire world.


[[folder:Remake continuity]]

!Freddy Krueger

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

[-Played by: Creator/JackieEarleHaley, [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 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 learned of his crimes, 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 for Nancy, as he has [[AndIMustScream different plans for her]].

%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* BigBad
* ColdBloodedTorture: 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.
* DarkerAndEdgier: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Nancy''': Fuck you!
-->'''Freddy''': Ooh, sounds like fun. It's a little fast for me. How about we hang, first?
%%* DreamWeaver
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: What he was planning on doing to Nancy.
%%* EvilMakesYouMonstrous
* EvilRedhead: In life.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Yep, he still has this kind of voice; not shocking given that his actor was [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]].
%%* GhostlyGoals
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: It doesn't work, though.]]
* PaedoHunt: The remake explicitly makes him out to be a child molester, even after a [[RedHerring lot of misdirection saying otherwise]].
* RedRightHand: The burned skin, what else?
* StalkerWithACrush: He comes across like this, wanting Nancy all by himself and killing anyone that gets in his way.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] The film raises the possibility that maybe in this timeline, Freddy was actually innocent of his crimes and is [[TragicMonster the soul of a wrongly murdered man seeking vengeance]] but it turns out that he was ultimately a monster in life as well.

!Kris Fowles

[-Played by: Katie Cassidy-]

* DecoyProtagonist: Although anyone familiar with the original expected Nancy to take the spotlight sooner or later.
%%* KilledOffForReal