Characters / Blade Runner

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Blade Runners and L.A.P.D.

    Rick Deckard 
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"Replicants are like any other machine, they're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem."
Played by: Harrison Ford

"I've had people walk out on me before, but not when I was being so charming."

A "Blade Runner", a special member of the Los Angeles Police Department whose job is to hunt and "retire" replicants which have been declared illegal on Earth.
  • Action Survivor: While Deckard has the definite reputation of a Memetic Badass, he shows monumental difficulty in his fights against the replicants. A Justified Trope, as they are top of the line, highly advanced Cyborgs, with two designed for military use.
  • The Alcoholic: It's much faster to count the scenes in which Deckard isn't drinking. And if you can still drink with a split lip, then you are an überholic. This goes right toward Deckard as a Film Noir detective. Notice also that Bryant never drinks: he pours two glasses while discussing the skin-jobs loose on the street, but never touches his glass, just watches while Deckard drinks his. Later, he tells him "Drink some for me, huh?". The implication is that he is an alcoholic in recovery and derives vicarious pleasure from watching others drink, but won't drink himself.
  • Anti-Hero: Deckard isn't the most likeable of guys, and his job of executing the Ambiguously Human replicants is ambiguously moral.
  • Artificial Human: Maybe. Still widely discussed even today.
  • Badass Longcoat: Deckard's single-breasted brown trenchcoat, which he wears in almost every scene he's in, has become so iconic you can easily find replicas of it online. As well as giving him the classic Hardboiled Detective look, it's practical in a city where it never stops raining.
  • Born Lucky: Luck is what ultimately saves him from the replicants: he would have been killed by Zhora had witnesses not stepped in, by Leon had Rachael not intervened, and Roy if he hadn't taken pity on him.
  • Cool Guns: Which is both futuristically devastating and old-school looking.
  • Defective Detective: Not only is he plagued with self-loathing and doubt, he becomes increasingly unsure that his role as Blade Runner is ethical, and eventually becomes a fugitive with Rachael.
  • Designated Hero: Lampshaded by Roy, questioning Rick's heroics during their cat-and-mouse game.
    Roy: (sarcastically) You are the "good" man, aren't you?
  • Hardboiled Detective: He is more of a deconstruction, being an Anti-Hero with some serious psychological conflicts.
  • Informed Ability: Despite being described by Bryant as pretty much the ultimate Blade Runner, Deckard doesn't look particularly competent nor proficient, and much less a badass by any stretch of the term. His two kills in the entire movie are women that he shot in the back, including one who was fleeing from him, and his fights with Leon and Roy involve him getting curbstomped until Rachael saves him or his opponent discovers his humanity, respectively. An arguably Justified Trope, as Deckard is said to have been in retirement before the movie begins. And if the implications of the movie are anything to go by he spent most of that retirement drinking.
  • Men Can't Keep House: His apartment is filthy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Deckard is prone to this. Whenever he gets into a fight with any of the replicants, he takes one hell of a beating.
  • Not-So-Badass Longcoat: As cool as that coat makes him look, as said above, Deckard definitely is not a badass.
  • One Last Job: Bryant convinces him to come out of retirement on the grounds that he's the most capable man who's available at the time. He grudgingly agrees to do it.
  • Perma-Stubble: He is a noirish Anti-Hero played by Harrison Ford, after all—it's basically part of the uniform. The film takes place over the course of several nights, and he doesn't stop to shave.
  • Pragmatic Hero: His methods are questionable, but he takes no pleasure in killing and feels genuine remorse for his targets.
  • Punch Clock Hero: He doesn't particularly like his job as a police officer who's more or less a bounty hunter. His reason for taking on the assignment in the film is as a favour to Bryant and because he's the best man for the job.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Gets the shakes after killing replicants. Its probably the reason he left the police.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ramen noodles.

    Dave Holden 
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"Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about...your mother."
Played by: Morgan Paull

"You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down."

Another "Blade Runner". It was originally his job to retire the Nexus-Six replicants who defected to Earth. His task is cut short when Leon shoots Holden and leaves him for dead. So the task ultimately falls to Deckard.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Bryant mentions that Holden is alive, so long as nobody "unplugs him", implying he's on life support (confirmed in deleted scenes where he imparts knowledge to Deckard).
  • Artificial Human: Possibly. A deleted scene shows Bryant and Gaff watching footage of him and Deckard talking from their direct VOP - suggesting the Bladerunners have cameras in their heads.
  • Break Them by Talking: He takes the Voight-Kampff test to a whole new level of psychological torment by giving rhetorical and loaded questions. Telling Leon he was allowing an overturned turtle to suffer a prolonged death in agony, and was unwilling to help. Leon's heart-rate by this point is sky-rocketing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. He was testing new employees at the Tyrell Corporation on the premise that they might try to infiltrate the company. Interviewing dozens of employees all day long, with no results, made him quite irritable with Leon.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Well it is futuristic Film Noir.

    Bryant 
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"I need ya, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old Blade Runner, I need your magic."
Played by: M Emmet Walsh

"Stop right where you are! You know the score pal! If you're not a cop, you're little people."

Deckard's former supervisor from his time as a blade runner, who calls Rick in for One Last Job.
  • Da Chief: An Inspector in the LAPD who appears to be in charge of Blade Runner units. Deckard does not appear to like or respect him very much.
  • Dirty Cop: Very minor one. For whatever reason he is clearly keen on no one else finding out about the replicants being on Earth. Though that might be pressure from his superiors.
  • Fat Bastard: Is noticeably overweight and forces Deckard to hunt the Replicants with thinly-veiled threats.
  • Jerk Ass: Pulls Deckard in with threats and compliments him on his killing ability. Even though Deckard is clearly mentally struggling with the job.

    Gaff 
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"It's too bad she won't live! But then again who does?"
Played by: Edward James Olmos

"Lófaszt! Nehogy már! Te vagy a Blade, Blade Runner!"note 

An enigmatic officer in the L.A. police department who detains Deckard, and fills the role of his 'partner' of sorts on Deckard's quest for the Nexus-Six replicants.

Tyrell Corporation

    Dr. Eldon Tyrell 
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"Commerce, is our goal here at Tyrell. "More Human than Human" is our motto."
Played by: Joe Turkel

"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy."

Dr. Eldon Tyrell is the genius who has built up the large Tyrell Corporation. He is the creator of the Replicants.
  • Affably Evil: At best he's morally grey, but he befriends Deckard quickly and treats Roy with respect, even though Roy had invaded his home to make his demands.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His creations seem to disagree with the ethics of creating sapient beings that are doomed to a short life of hard labour.
  • Eye Scream: In combination with this, he gets his head crushed by Roy.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Delves into academic studies with Batty who is desperate to extend his 4-year lifespan. Even with intelligence that matches his creator's, both come to the same conclusion. Any attempt to chemically or biologically alter the artificial DNA code of a replicant causes an error in mitosis, its cells all start to go viral, killing said patient.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Tyrell wears thick glasses and is responsible for exploiting the life he creates with forced servitude and short lifespans.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In some ways he's more of a villain than Roy is.
  • Mad Scientist: A brilliant scientist who doesn't stop to think that creating artificial humans with emotions and personalities might backfire on him someday.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Has an ongoing game with J.F. Sebastian.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's never seen without his bifocals.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When your angry, vengeful creation is confronting you and demanding you perform a medical procedure on him, the correct answer is not to explain why that procedure would be fatal, it's to perform it anyway. Possibly justified in that his idolization of Roy as his ultimate creation may have been stronger than his self-preservation.
  • Wicked Cultured: He comes across as more highbrow and intelligent than most of the other characters do (except possibly Roy).
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His company appears to be quite profitably, and nobody seems to complain about its business ethics of using robot slaves.

    Rachael 
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"Have you ever retired a human by mistake?"
Played by: Sean Young

"It seems you feel our work is not a benefit to the public."

Rachael is the latest experiment of Eldon Tyrell. Tyrell believes that as the replicants have such a limited lifespan, they have little time to develop control of their emotions, causing difficulty managing them. He believes implanting them with memories would create a cushion which would allow for emotional development, and make them more controllable. Rachael has the implanted memories of Tyrell's niece, and she is led to believe that she is human. It is not revealed in the film how long she has been living, but Tyrell admits that he thinks she is beginning to suspect the truth of her existence. When Rachael learns the truth, she is ignored by Tyrell. In desperation, she turns to Deckard, who has been told by Captain Bryant to retire her. He eventually falls in love with her.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Her book counterpart is revealed to be very sinister by the end of the novel.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's not revealed she's a replicant at first until she takes the Voight-Kampff test. Even she doesn't know - only Tyrell does.
  • Artificial Human: Like all replicants are.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When she blows Leon's head off to save Deckard.
  • Clones Are People, Too: She's more or less Tyrell's pet project, a replicant designed to be as human-like as possible and to have a more complex backstory (in the form of implanted memories) than the others. He treats her like a human and she never suspects she isn't one until Deckard shows up.
  • Cry Cute: When Deckard reveals she's a replicant in his apartment.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a while before she and Deckard finally get it over with and kiss. And even then, he was rather rough with her.
  • Do Androids Dream?: As the most human-like of the replicants in appearance and personality, it's pretty much impossible to tell she is, in fact, an artificial life-form.
  • Emotionless Girl: She has a very cool demeanour towards Deckard at first, but this breaks down after she learns she's a replicant and finds it hard to take.
  • Fake Memories: They're really memories from Tyrell's niece.
  • Hidden Purpose Test: Subverted. Exposed to one by Tyrell who wanted to see a negative result from Voight-Kampff before providing a positive result. (Debatable as to whether Deckard was the "negative result" Tyrell sought after, see Artificial Human entry above.) It typically takes 20-30 cross questions to expose a replicant, but it took over a 100 to reveal Rachael was one.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She does this in Deckard's apartment.
  • Only One Name: Unlike the other replicants, her last name, assuming she has one, is never stated. (In the book it was Rosen.)
  • Pretty in Mink: Rachael wears a few, indicative of her pampered status.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Although Rachael and Deckard sleep together at one point in the book, their relationship is much less romantic.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Rachael takes this trope pretty far: she's a Replicant who thinks she is human. When Deckard tests the machine on Rachael, it takes over one hundred questions for him to determine she is a Replicant (it takes only twenty or thirty, normally).
  • Robot Girl: Being more or less the Tyrell Corporation's robotic Sexy Secretary.
  • Sexy Secretary: Who would doubt she is one.
  • Smoking Is Cool: In fitting with the Film Noir aesthetic of the movie, there are several scenes where she smokes cigarettes.
  • Transferable Memory: All her childhood memories aren't real.
  • Was It All a Lie?: She never says it but she threw away "her" photo with her "Mother" when Deckard reveals the truth to her.

    J.F. Sebastian 
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"There's a part of me in you..."

Pris: "Must get lonely here, J.F.."
Sebastian: " Not really. I make friends. They're toys. My friends are toys. I make them. It's a hobby."

A genetic designer working for Tyrell. He is not allowed to emigrate off-world.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed offscreen by the replicants.
  • Nice Guy: To the point of Good Is Dumb. He goes out of his way to help the replicants out of the kindness of his heart, shelters them, gets them their coveted audience with Tyrell, and look what he gets out of it.
  • Not So Different: He agrees to help the replicants meet Tyrell because he's sympathetic to them from having a genetic disorder which gives him a shorter lifespan just like they have.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Has an ongoing game with Tyrell, who beats him regularly.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Roy after gaining access to Tyrell's chambers.
  • Younger Than They Look: Has Methuselah Syndrome. Because of this he ages faster and has a shorter life span, something he has in common with the replicants. He looks over fifty when he's in fact in his twenties

Replicants

    In General 

  • Inhumanable Alien Rights: The replicants are allowed to be shot on sight.
  • Lack of Empathy: Their distinguishing feature. The Voight-Kampf test involves asking the subject pointed questions and gauging their emotional response. Ultimately, however, it's revealed that Replicants really do learn to empathize. Tyrell suggests that the reason for their limited lifespan is because if they lived too long they'd be indistinguishable from human beings. This is one of the biggest apparent diversions from the original book, in which Replicants are stated to have no empathy whatsoever and are compared to humanity's own growing lack of empathy; however, given Irmgard Baty's reaction to Isidore's Freak Out over a dead spider amongst other events depicted in the book, this is commonly considered an example of Unreliable Narrator and Unreliable Expositor.
  • Man Child: While they are adults both physically and mentally, they're still very childlike in their emotions, be it Pris's very whimsical behavior or Roy basically having a temper tantrum when meeting Tyrell and killing his father.
  • Nominal Hero: The Replicants are escaped slaves from deep space. The Blade Runners are bounty hunters who get money for gunning them down. A Blade Runner protagonist makes for an uneasy moral setting at best.
  • Super Strength: Nexus-6 Replicants are built to be far more durable and stronger than human beings, at the cost of a reduced lifespan. In the climax, Roy Batty lifts up Deckard's entire body weight using only one hand to save Deckard's life.
  • Tragic Villain: All they want is to have normal lifespans and be free, but they can't have either.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Angry over their servitude and intentionally limited lifespan. A lifespan that was limited in order to curb the development of rebellious anger, even.

    Roy Batty 
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"I've...seen things you people wouldn't believe..."
Played by: Rutger Hauer

"Quite an experience to live in fear isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."

Roy Batty is the leader of the renegade NEXUS-6 Replicants and the main antagonist of the film. He is highly intelligent, fast, and skilled at combat, and yet still learning how to deal with developing emotions. With an A Physical Level (superhuman strength and endurance) and an A Mental Level (genius-level intellect), he is probably the most dangerous of all the fugitive replicants. He is a combat model, used off-world for military service. He and five other replicants come to Earth, hoping to find a way to lengthen their life span.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His dying words to Deckard after saving his life, one of the most famous monologues in film history.
  • Anti-Villain: He's a violent murderer, but he's also an escaped slave who just wants to live his life in peace. In the original ending, Deckard speculates that Roy spared his life for no other reason than Roy's love for life. Though the canonicity of the voice-over is heavily debatable as it's been removed in subsequent versions of the film, most notably the Directors Cut. Another suggestion is that Batty's real motivation for the rescue is the desire for his life to be remembered.
  • Artificial Human: Like all replicants.
  • Badass Longcoat: He has a trenchcoat of his own to rival Deckard's.
  • Big Bad: The natural leader of the renegade NEXUS-6 Replicants.
  • Clones Are People, Too: He wants more life ...Father.
  • Do Androids Dream?: He convinces Tyrell he's just as intelligent as he is, but Tyrell tells him as sympathetically as possible that there's nothing he can do to prolong his life.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He calmly accepts his impending death and gives Deckard some parting words of wisdom.
    Roy: All those moments will be lost in time... like tears... in rain. Time to die.
  • Final Speech: One of the most famous ever: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..."
  • Genius Bruiser Both the smartest of the renegade Replicants and also very strong and agile.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Like all of the Replicants, his goal is just to live a normal life instead of being a slave and dying before his time.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's very clever at using people for his own ends: Chew, Sebastian, and he tries hard to convince Tyrell to help him, but it doesn't work.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Being a NEXUS-6.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Kills Tyrell after being told by his creator that there's no way to have a longer lifespan.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Under Roy Batty's guidance, Sebastian checkmates Tyrell in two moves.
  • The Spock: He normally controls his emotions very well, though he does fly into a rage at Tyrell, and has a emotional attachment to Pris.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to lift Deckard with one arm, at least.
  • Trans Human: Being an artificial human who's been engineered to be better than the real thing, well..
  • Übermensch: He was intentionally created to be one, with a genius-level intellect. Philip K. Dick himself said Rutger Hauer was "the perfect Batty - cold, Aryan, flawless." Batty naturally becomes the leader of the escaped replicants.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Deckard's life at the end just before he dies.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His blond, almost white hair and his past as a killer (he doesn't specify, but he said he's done questionable things).

    Pris 
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"Then we're stupid, we'll all die."
Played by: Daryl Hannah

"I think, Sebastian, therefore I am."

She is a "basic pleasure model". She is the girlfriend of Roy Batty. At an A Physical Level, she is shown to have superhuman endurance (as in the scene where she grabs a boiling egg with her bare hand without harm). Her B Mental Level puts her at a lower intellectual level than Roy.
  • Artificial Human: A replicant.
  • Decoy Damsel: Uses her attractiveness on Sebastian to convince him to get Roy past Tyrell's security so he can meet him. Although Roy later kills both Tyrell and a crying, guilt-ridden Sebastian once the bargain is complete.
  • Dark Chick: In personality. In terms of ranking, she's more of a dragon.
  • Dark Action Girl: The villainous equivalent of Rachael, but more active.
  • The Dragon: Deckard has to fight her before he encounters Roy.
  • Evil Albino Has white-blond hair like Roy.
  • Femme Fatale: She seduces Sebastian into letting her and Roy stay at his apartment, then they end up murdering him.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Subverted. She is a "basic pleasure model" and uses her skills to win over JF. However, it's a ruse to gain access to Tyrell.
  • Murderous Thighs: She tries to choke Deckard with her legs in one scene.
  • Only One Name: Her last name isn't spoken.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: The Replicants are almost perfect in resemblance to regular humans, to the point where only a psychological test can detect them.
  • Sexbot: She's essentially a robot prostitute.
  • She-Fu: She's good at gymnastics and uses some acrobatic moves during her fight with Deckard, though not that it does her much good in the end.

    Leon Kowalski 
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"Wake up! Time to die!"
Played by: Brion James

"Painful to live in fear isn't it?! Nothing worse than an itch you can never scratch!"

Leon Kowalski is a replicant who came to Earth with five others looking to extend their lives. He has an A physical level, which enables him to have superhuman strength and endurance (according to the Final Cut he was used as a 180 kg/400 lb nuclear-head loader in the outer space colonies as well as a front-line soldier). Leon is classified mental level C. He doesn't have the speed of thought that Roy does when it comes to solving problems.
  • Artificial Human: A Nexus.
  • Avenging the Villain: He tries to avenge Zhora's death.
  • Ax-Crazy: Much more violent and impulsive than his fellow replicants are.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one just like Roy does.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a short goatee.
  • Bloodless Carnage: When he's given a Boom, Headshot by Rachael, it just shows the hole in the front of his head, no blood.
  • Boom Head Shot: Dispatched with a shot from Deckard's Hand Cannon, by Rachael.
  • The Brute: The biggest and probably the strongest replicant.
  • Dumb Muscle: He was built for manual labor. During the briefing sequence, he's even given stats: Physical A, Mental C, making him the dumbest of the replicants. He displays Super Strength on a few occasions. The script also called for him to do a Ceiling Cling, but it was left out.
    • His limited mental capacity is most noticeable in the opening Voight-Kampff testing scene where as most Replicants require twenty-thirty questions, he gives himself away at the very first.
  • Famous Last Words: "Wake up, time to die."
  • Hidden Depths: His final monologue to Deckard implies he's smarter than people or his fellow Replicants take him for.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to Deckard.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His low intelligence and the nonsensical quips he gives during his fight with Deckard give him shades of this.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In his fight with Deckard. He gives him a serious beating before Rachael retires him.

    Zhora Salome 
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"Do you think I’d be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake?"
Played by: Joanna Cassidy

Deckard: "Have you felt yourself to be exploited in any way?"
Zhora: "How do you mean exploited?"
Deckard: "Well... well, like to get this job. I mean, did... did you do, or... or were you asked to do anything lewd... or unsavory, or... or, otherwise repulsive to your... your person, huh?"
Zhora: (laughs) "Are you for real?"

Zhora is a replicant who came to Earth with five others looking to extend their lives. She has an A physical level and B mental level, just like Pris. She was originally used in murder squads, though she keeps a job as exotic dancer by the time Deckard comes for her.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tries to choke Deckard out using his own tie.
  • Determinator: Endures the first shot from Deckard's Hand Gun, which goes through her chest, and still tries to resume her escape.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Zhora wears a replicant snake as a fashion accessory.
  • In the Back: She is shot dead by Deckard while she is trying to run away.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It is her job.
  • Sexbot: Downplayed: a robot exotic dancer in this case. Also subverted, because she wasn't presumably designed for such work, unless it was a part of her coverup skills as an assassin.
  • She-Fu: Averted unlike Pris, probably because Zhora is a trained fighter and Pris is not. She uses short-range strikes and chokes.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: A tall, dark-haired woman with a cold attitude.
  • Tattooed Crook: She is identified by a snake tattoo in her neck.

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