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Characters from the book and the film adaptations
Carrie Whiteshy, lonely teenage girl who is frequently bullied and abused by both her classmates and by her fundamentalist Christian mother Margaret. Her life seems to be getting better once the attractive, kind-hearted athlete Tommy asks her to the prom, but then it goes right back into hell, and then some. She possesses the ability to manipulate objects with only her thoughts, which makes angering her... not advisable.
- Accidental Misnaming: The school principal constantly calls her "Cassie Wright", and doesn't even seem to notice when she corrects him, spurring this exchange:Mr. Morton: We're really sorry about this incident, Cassie...Carrie: IT'S CARRIE! (With her mind, she knocks the ashtray off the table)
- Averted in the 2013 version. The principal only gets her name wrong once, and remembers it after he's corrected. Instead, the thing that sets off her mini-freak out in his office is having her mother informed of the shower incident.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, she is portrayed as being rather pudgy and covered in acne. Among the actresses who have played her are Sissy Spacek and Chloe Moretz. However, the book's description is given as she is looking in a mirror at her own face, so the written portrayal could be interpreted as how she sees herself at that moment, in which case her flaws are being exaggerated (as teenagers in Real Life are fairly prone to doing), whereas most might actually see her as rather pretty. Tommy actually thinks she's beautiful when he picks her up for the prom.
- Averted with Angela Bettis in the '02 version; see below.
- Adaptational Badass: In the 2013 version. Aside from being more adept in using her powers, she is more ruthless in punishing her tormentors.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the 1976 and 2013 films, her hair is a much lighter blonde than the dark and "mousy" color described in the book.
- American Accents: Sissy Spacek's Texan accent comes through loud and clear in the 1976 film. "If ah concentrate hard enough, ah can move things!"
- Anti-Hero: Classical Anti-Hero in most of the movie/book, Nominal Hero or Tragic Villain in the end.
- They take this to another level in the 02 version, where before her massacre at the prom, her mental break causes her to go into a trance, and unconsciously unleash her powers on the gymnasium and the town, only to awaken with no memory of what she just did after getting home, and horrified to find herself in a bath with reddish water and covered in blood, and the implication from her mother that she committed a great sin
- Anti-Villain: The Woobie variety.
- Ax-Crazy: Near the end, famously.
- Badass Adorable: The version portrayed by Chloe Moretz is just so small, cuddly and cute you'd wanna take her home with you too.
- Ballroom Blitz: She brings the pain at prom.
- Beautiful All Along / She Cleans Up Nicely: At the prom. Justified in the novel; before the prom, she deliberately wore unflattering clothes, because her mother believed that trying to look attractive is sinful.
- Beauty Inversion: In the 2002 remake, her drab clothes, messy hair and something about not washing her face or anything definitely hid any beauty that Angela Bettis had, making it that much more special when she went to the prom.
- Berserk Button: She can't stand blood... or getting laughed at... or people thinking her name is Cassie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be afraid of her own shadow on the surface, but seriously, don't piss her off.
- Blessed with Suck: Her powers cause her mother to think that she's an evil witch and try to kill her.
- Blood-Splattered Prom Dress: Her Iconic Outfit is this.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: What caused her to snap in the prom.
- Coming-of-Age Story: One that goes horribly, horribly wrong.
- Despair Event Horizon: After a lifetime of being made feel worthless by everybody around her — especially her own mother — the three people to finally reach out to her also (at least in her mind) betray her. Tommy, Sue, and the gym teacher were all completely innocent (the real villains were Chris and Billy), but she didn't know that. Understandably, this would dash any last shred of hope for humanity she might have had. The utter shame of it all is that Tommy had genuinely fallen in love with her, and (in the movie) was visibly angry when the prank was pulled.
- The 2013 version adds an interesting touch: showing her crying over Tommy after the bucket hits his head, and knocks him out/kills him (unclear which), implying that she knew he was innocent, and what happened to him just pissed her off more. Tommy in the 2013 version was also visibly angry at the prank, shouting "What the hell!?" at the gym in general. This may have contributed to Carrie realizing that he wasn't in on it and genuinely was trying to show her a good time.
- Death Equals Redemption: In the 2013 version, Carrie seemed to believe this, as she chose to stay in her collapsing house with her mother's body rather than escape, despite having time to do so.
- Death Glare: Gives one to everybody during the prom scene.
- Deus Angst Machina: Not only does she have to contend with an abusive mother, but she's also a complete social outcast in school.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Sue's arms at the end of the novel.
- Disappeared Dad / Parental Abandonment: In the novel, Carrie's father was killed in a construction accident seven months before she was born. In the 1976 film, he ran off and left the family. In the 2013 film, the reason for his absence is never stated. In The Musical, it's heavily implied he ran out on Margaret after she became pregnant (which would certainly explain a lot about Margaret's distrust towards men).
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A teen outcast, subject to heavy bullying by peers, snaps and goes on a killing spree... even Stephen King has made the connection. (In On Writing, he outright calls Carrie a female version of Harris and Klebold). This counts as a retroactive example, however, given that Carrie was published 25 years before Columbine.
- The Dog Bites Back: Once she realizes her gift, she's quick to turn it on her abusive mother.
- Faking the Dead: In the '02 version, she does this with Sue's help in order to start a new life for herself.
- Famous Last Words:
- In the book, Sue hears her telepathically scream for her mother before she dies.
- In the 2013 movie just before she sacrifices herself to save Sue, she says, "It's a girl", followed by "You don't know?"
- Freudian Excuse: Having Margaret White as a mother can excuse practically anything.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In all the film versions... at least before prom night.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: In the book, her overuse of her powers, combined with blood loss from being stabbed by her mother, cause her to have a heart attack after killing Billy and Chris.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the 2013 movie, Carrie telekinetically throws Sue out of her house just before falling stones crush the house and herself in the process.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: The whole reason why she's skeptical of Tommy's offer initially.
- One of the songs in the Brian DePalma film soundtrack is called "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me", a touch on the nose.
- Iconic Outfit: Her blood-drenched pink prom dress.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted. Her desire to be treated as an equal among her classmates and other people extends to her psychic powers, after reading about psychic phenomena and finding that she wasn't the only one to have such supernatural abilities.
- Innocently Insensitive: In the book and the 2013 film, Chris justifies her mistreatment of Carrie by saying that Carrie has previously expressed the sentiment that everyone but herself and her mother are going to Hell. Given that Margaret says similar things around Carrie all the time and that Carrie was kept sheltered for years until the state said that she couldn't be homeschooled anymore, it's extremely likely that Carrie thought that this was a perfectly normal thing to say, having never learned that other people would find it offensive.
- Legend Fades to Myth: In the sequel, Rachel mentions that a mountain of conspiracy theories has developed around Carrie and her rampage.Rachel: Supposedly, she set the fire as some sort of revenge-suicide thing, Elvis was her date and they escaped in a UFO.
- Little Dead Riding Hood: In the book, her prom dress is red. It's pink in the movie, although Margaret mistakes it for red (and she promptly corrects her).
- Loners Are Freaks: This trope is a large part of her problem with getting accepted by her classmates.
- Meaningful Name: The color white is associated with innocence and purity, values her mother is trying to instill in her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the first movie, she does this after killing her mother. In the second movie, it happens beforehand when she returns to her house and takes a bath.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: "N".
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In the 2013 remake, she actually snaps out of her psychotic break and decides to spare Chris. Chris returns her mercy by trying to run her over, forcing her to kill Chris in self-defense.
- No Periods, Period: Averted in the first five minutes. She gets her first period at age 16 — and she is under the impression that she is bleeding to death.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: She stops fearing Margaret when she realizes she has a bit more power than she thought, and can use this power to protect herself and/or punish Margaret. She almost says this word-for-word in The Musical.I am not afraid of you / at all. / I have nothing left to lose. / I have power I can use. / Nothing you can say / or do / will ever stop me / again...
- Not Quite Dead/Back from the Dead: One of these is implied at the end of the 2013 version, with her headstone beginning to crack apart. It isn't clear which one is supposed to be in play.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She burns down her high school and kills scores of people during her rampage. In the book and the remake, she also destroys most of the town.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In the book, before killing Margaret:"I'm going to give you a present, Momma. [...] Do you know what the present is, Momma? Darkness. And whatever God lives there."
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Though she hardly becomes a Villain Protagonist in the end...
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: She does this subtly — usually, all she does is look at her target, as evidenced when she throws the asshole kid off his bike, or locks down the school gym. However, when she slams shut all the windows and doors in her house, she doesn't even do this. In the 2013 version, she uses various hand-motions.
- Psychic Powers: Of the Mind over Matter variety. In the book, she's also telepathic.
- Puberty Superpower: Zig-zagged. She had latent powers since birth, but only managed to gain control over them at adolescence.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Self-Made Orphan: In the short time between Margaret's death and her own.
- Shrinking Violet: She has absolutely zero friends.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the '02 version.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: She sews her own prom dress.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: She thinks everyone is laughing at her after the prank when everyone is really in stunned silence.
- Unstoppable Rage/Tranquil Fury: After snapping, she descends into this. She is mostly in Tranquil Fury, but some bits her calm demeanour slips to reveal the absolute fury within.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her reaction to the prom prank is one of the all-time great cautionary tales about bullying.
Margaret White (née Brigham)
Played by:Margaret White (maiden name Brigham) is the mother of Carrie. She is a hardcore fundamentalist Christian who feels that all sex, even within marriage, is sinful, and regularly abuses her daughter in the name of God.
- Abusive Mother
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While not as extreme an example as Carrie, in all of the movies she's been played by actresses far more attractive than the white-haired, heavyset woman she was described as in the book (Piper Laurie in '76, Patricia Clarkson in '02, Julianne Moore in '13).
- Adaptational Heroism: In The Musical and in the '13 film, while still abusive, she's more human and she genuine loves Carrie thinking that the punishments she subject her to are for her own good. In The Musical she even express remorse for having her locked in the closet. Also in the '13 film she hesitates to stab her daughter claiming that she's always loved her.
- Axe-Crazy: Quite. Although it makes itself most obvious near the end, where she tries to murder Carrie.
- Ambiguous Disorder: More apparent in the 2013 version, where she's seen scratching her arms raw, poking her thigh with a needle until blood runs down her leg, and banging her head against multiple objects.
- And Starring: In the 1976 and 2013 versions. Patricia Clarkson is credited second in the 2002 version.
- Big Bad Ensemble: She is the story's main antagonist along with the Chris/Billy couple. She is, however, the True Final Boss.
- Catch-Phrase: "Go to your closet and pray."
- Christianity Is Catholic: In the '76 film, a lot of the religious iconography that shows up in her house is Catholic, even though it's strongly implied in the book that her beliefs are rooted in fundamentalist Protestantism of the old-time Puritan variety, which has... issues with the Catholic Church. (Carrie recalls that Margaret used to be a Baptist, before forming her own church with her husband). before Averted in the 2013 version, where she quotes some decidedly bizarre and skewed scripture that Carrie claims isn't in the bible. She'd probably know though.
- Crucified Villain Shot: In the '76 film and the 2013 remake, Carrie kills her by crucifying her against the doorway with kitchen knives, in the style of the St. Sebastian figurine in her chapel.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: Carrie telekinetically stabbed her with multiple knives in the 1976 and 2013 versions. Her 2002 death is more closely matched to the book.
- Dies Wide Open: In the 1976 version.
- Establishing Character Moment: "And God made Eve from the rib of Adam. And Eve was weak and loosed the raven on the world. And the raven was called sin. Say it, the raven was called sin."
- Evil Is Hammy: Particularly, Piper Laurie's portrayal. (see Large Ham below)
- Evil Redhead: In all three films.
- Female Misogynist: She believes that women are sinners by nature.
- The Fundamentalist: Taken to its most insane extreme. In the book, she's considered crazy even by other Christian fundamentalists.
- The Grinch: The Viral Marketing for the 2013 version includes a phone number that people can dial, with a recording of Carrie and Margaret on the other end. Around Christmas, the message on the other end had Margaret grabbing the phone from Carrie and telling the caller that Christmas was an evil holiday that had been corrupted by greed, and that it should only be spent praying."The birth of our Lord is a time to repent, not to feast on cake."
- She doesn't view Valentine's Day much better; the message in February had Margaret insulting the caller as a "whore" for celebrating the holiday.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: In the book and in the '02 version, Carrie kills her by psychically squeezing her heart until it stops beating.
- Hypocrite: For a fundamentalist, Margaret has no problem flat-out making up Bible passages. Specifically, just about everything from her rant to Carrie about how women are cursed with sin is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Given the strong statements found in Scripture against changing or adding to it...
- This is recognized in the '13 version. While Margaret is ranting at Carrie, Carrie calls her out for making up passages from The Bible to suit her agenda.
- The Immodest Orgasm: In the 1976 version, she moaned multiple times before dying.
- Impaled Palm: Her Death By A Thousand Cuts above started with this.
- Knife Nut: In her more psychotic moments, including the end, she goes after Carrie with a butcher's knife.
- Knocking on Heathens' Door: In the original, she is seen doing this at Mrs. Snell's house.
- Large Ham: Piper Laurie's performance in the '76 version. Laurie felt that her character and performance were so over-the-top that the film had to be a Black Comedy, and she still maintains that to be the case to this day. In an interview on the DVD extras for the 1976 version, Betty Buckley (who played the gym teacher in the film and Margaret in the Broadway non-parody musical) notes the relationship between Margaret and Carrie to be "operatic."
- My Beloved Smother: Julianne Moore went into depth on this at ComicCon, saying that, for Margaret, Carrie is the only family she has, and the thought of her leaving her grasp and leaving her all alone is something that she can't bear.
- Offing the Offspring: Always an option for her. She ultimately succeeded except in the 2002 version.
- Religious Stereotype: She is every stereotype of Christian fundamentalists rolled into one and mixed liberally with raving insanity.
- Self-Harm: She is prone to hitting and scratching herself as a means of guilt-tripping Carrie, especially after Carrie starts using her powers and Margaret can no long control her. She also does it covertly at the sewing shop while talking to a customer about a dress, clearly self-aware enough to realize that insulting the customer would be a bad idea. Carrie telekinetically stops her later on, telling her that it isn't going to work any more.
- Sex Is Evil: She believes all sex, even within marriage, to be sinful.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the 2013 movie. "You know the devil never dies...he keeps coming back. You gotta keep killing him."
- Textile Work Is Feminine: The narration makes mention of her sewing doilies.
- The 2013 film shows her not only sewing at home (possibly implying she hand-makes all of Carrie's clothes, which would make sense if she considers 2013 feminine fashion for teenage girls sinful), but she works professionally as a seamstress.
- True Final Boss: Just when you thought that chaos will be over once Carrie gets the Chris/Billy couple, Margaret tries to kill her once she gets home.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything she does in the story, from visiting people's doors to attempting murder, is because she believes she's helping people in desperate need of saving. Her intentions are good, but her actions are reprehensible.
- Even more prominent in The Musical, where she doesn't want to kill Carrie, but thinks she has to because she's a "witch." In most stagings, she's crying as she stabs Carrie—and she sings "Carrie (Reprise)" as a way to give her one last moment of comfort just before she dies. While it's still a horrible, horrible thing to do, and we're glad when Carrie kills her, but it's hard not to sympathize with Margaret, just for a moment...
- White Shirt of Death: Was wearing her white nightgown when she dies.
- Widow Woman: In the book. The film has her claiming this, but Carrie counters that her husband merely ran off with another woman. As shown by the sequel, Carrie's right.
Played by:Susan "Sue" Snell is a popular high school student who feels guilty about taking part in the humiliation of Carrie in the showers. To make up for it, she asks her athlete boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to the prom instead of her, choosing to stay home on prom night. She is one of the survivors of Carrie's rampage, and in the sequel, she has become a guidance counselor at the new high school. She functions as The Fairy Godmother to Carrie's Cinderella.
- Alliterative Name: "Sue Snell".
- The Atoner: The book featured snippets of her autobiography/memoirs in which she attempts to make amends for what had happened that night. In the '76 film, she's suffering from nightmares about it at the end, and in the sequel, it's her memory of the incident that drives her to stop the bullying against Rachel before it's too late.
- Convicted by Public Opinion: In the book, after the "Black Prom" she and Tommy are blamed for having driven Carrie over the edge. From the snippets we see of her memoirs, she spends the rest of her life trying to live it down.
- Final Girl: She is the only survivor out of the main cast in the '76 version.
- Mind Rape: At the end of the book, a dying Carrie does this to her, angry about the prank that she thought Sue had pulled on her... only to find that she had meant her no harm, and that she hadn't planned to humiliate her at the prom. She even lets her into her mind intentionally to prove this to her.
- Oh, Crap!: In the sequel, she has this when she sees Rachel telekinetically destroying the snowglobe in her office in a fit of anger. She remembers very clearly what had happened with Carrie, thank-you-very-much.
- Only Sane Girl: In the 1976 version she finds out about Chris and Billy's plot against Carrie at the prom and very nearly blows the whole thing wide open.
- Race Lift: She was played by black South African-Canadian actress Kandyse McClure in the '02 version.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She gets a fire poker through the eye the moment she arrives at the front door of the party.
- Teen Pregnancy: Suggested in the book. During the climax, it's strongly implied that Carrie uses her powers to cause her to have a miscarriage. In the '13 film, it's stated outright when Carrie places her hand on her belly and tells her she has a baby girl.
- Token Good Teammate: She's the only popular girl who feels bad for Carrie-the others have no problem bullying her.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted in the sequel. It's revealed that she went into psychiatric care after surviving Carrie's rampage, and by the events of the film, she is the therapist.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: In the sequel, she is the only one who knows what psychics like Carrie and Rachel are capable of. She gets killed trying to stop Rachel.
- Zen Survivor: She's become this in the sequel.
Played by:Thomas "Tommy" Everett Ross, the Prince Charming of his school, is one of the stars of the school's baseball team and the boyfriend of Sue, and their relationship has recently become more intimate. After taking part in Carrie's humiliation in the shower, Sue, feeling sorry for what she did, asks Tommy to take Carrie to the prom in order to make up for it, to which Tommy reluctantly agrees.
William Katt (1976 version)
Tobias Mehler (2002 version)
Ansel Elgort (2013 version)
Tobias Mehler (2002 version)
Ansel Elgort (2013 version)
- Academic Athlete: In the novel, he's a straight-A student and a talented amateur writer who has had his poems published in several journals, and wants to get a university degree before pursuing a career in professional baseball.
- Brainless Beauty: Both film adaptations retain his niceness, but turn him into this for no readily apparent reason. Rather, the 2013 version doesn't mention his grades, but he does seem sincere when he compliments Carrie's poem.
- Convicted by Public Opinion: See Jerk Jock.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Carrie's arms in the '13 version.
- Killed Off for Real: Very likely. Either by fractured skull or burned to death in his unconsiousness.
- Lovable Jock: In addition to being a star athlete, he's also a very good-hearted, likable person, and one of the few people who stands up for Carrie, though he is reluctant to take her to the prom. It's also mentioned in the Scrapbook Story that none of his surviving classmates had anything bad to say about him, which, considering that most of the survivors were social outcasts who hadn't been invited to the prom, suggests that he was the opposite of the "jerk jock" stereotype.
- Only Sane Man: He seems to be this at the prom. Too bad he gets knocked out before the disaster occurs.
- In the 1976 film version he has just enough time to look up and see the knocked down bucket, thereby piecing two and two together, and is clearly outraged at the prank towards Carrie as he angrily mouths "What the hell?" to the students while pointing upwards at the bucket. Had he not been knocked unconscious immediately afterwards, he very likely would have been able to calm Carrie down and defuse the situation.
- Similar in the 2002 version, he angrily throws his crown to the floor.
- In the 2013 version he yells "What the hell!" to the students after the prank occurs, looking very pissed off.
- Two First Names: His last name is often used as a given name.
The Gym Teacher (Rita Desjardin / Miss Collins / Miss Gardiner)
Played by:Rita L. Desjardin is the gym teacher at the high school, who feels a mix of pity and annoyance at Carrie for her social awkwardness. After Carrie is humiliated in the showers, Rita is quick to punish those responsible with a week's detention, with her, after school, with failure to show up leading to one being barred from the prom.In the 1976 film, her name was changed to Miss Collins, while in the Broadway adaptation, she became Miss Gardiner. Both remakes kept the name she had in the books, but the 2002 version changed the spelling to "Desjarden".
Betty Buckley (1976 version)
Rena Sofer (2002 version)
Judy Greer (2013 version)
Rena Sofer (2002 version)
Judy Greer (2013 version)
- Adaptation Name Change: In the 1976 version and in the musical.
- Adorkable: In the 2013 version, she has some strange dance moves.
- Air-Vent Passageway: She and some students use this in the '02 version to escape the burning gym.
- The Atoner: In the book, this is why she retires from teaching after the prom.
- Composite Character: The musical combined her with the principal.
- Death by Adaptation: In the '76 version.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: How she met her end in the '76 version, where she gets crushed at the waist by a falling basketball backboard.
- Hot Teacher: Particularly in the '02 version.
- It's All My Fault: In the novel, she blames herself for not doing more to help Carrie, and quits teaching for good.
- Lesbian Jock: Betty Buckley has said that she played her as one in the '76 version. However, instead of being a Butch Lesbian like many versions of this trope, she has a very feminine appearance, and the bulk of her interaction with Carrie is complimenting her looks and giving her beauty tips. She also mentions having taken a date to her own prom, although this doesn't rule out her being bisexual and/or closeted — she most likely would have attended her prom in The '60s, before the gay rights movement lifted most of the taboos surrounding homosexuality.
- Only Sane Woman: Seems to be this in the faculty, as she's the only one to understand how badly Carrie was bullied and to punish the girls for their bullying.
- Race Lift: A comparatively mild example. The 1976 film changes her ethnicity from Frenchnote to Irish, while the Broadway adaptation makes her English.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She and the principal are the only adults that provide any help to Carrie (banning Chris from prom only made things worse in the end, but they couldn't have possibly known what would happen at the time), and she gives Carrie some true compassion and respect that she clearly needs. On the other hand, she's quick to jump to conclusions about Sue and refuses to believe that Sue really doesn't mean any harm to Carrie.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In the book the narration notes that she looks young enough to be attending the prom rather than chaperoning.
- Stern Teacher: She doesn't hesitate to give her class a week of boot-camp detention and threaten them with expulsion from the prom as punishment for humiliating Carrie. However, she drops this attitude when she's with Carrie, treating her with the respect that nobody (save for Sue and Tommy) gives her.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Desjardin = of the garden in French. So a surname close to "gardener" in theater makes sense.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Sue attempts to stop the prank against Carrie, Desjardin forcibly removes her from the prom, operating under the mistaken belief that she intends to ruin Carrie's coronation. (In the '76 version, it's also because of a previously mentioned rule that students are forbidden to be at prom without a date). This allows the event that triggers Carrie's Roaring Rampage of Revenge to occur. (In the book, she appears to be very aware of this, and lives with the guilt for the rest of her life.) Also, it was her speech that made Sue feel guilty about what happened to Carrie in the first place, which prompted Sue to ask Tommy to take Carrie to the prom. If she hadn't chewed them out, Carrie wouldn't have been in a position to be pranked by Chris.
Chris HargensenAlpha Bitch of the school, and Billy's girlfriend. She leads the class as they humiliate Carrie in the shower. Feeling that Carrie is responsible for her misfortune, she sets out to get revenge on her after finding that she is going to the prom with Tommy, enlisting her Girl Posse, her boyfriend Billy, and his friends in the plan.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She was a brunette in the book, but blonde in the '76 and '02 versions.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted in the 2013 film where Portia Doubleday's Chris is done up as an overly tanned and made-up ratchet with ratty extensions, contrasting to Carrie's more natural beauty.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the book she was not only a Jerkass but also a juvenile delinquent and had no problems threatening other students with serious harm; the films tone her down to simply being a vindictive Alpha Bitch. The 2002 film goes further; in this version she shows reluctance to follow through with the prank after seeing Carrie happy, and only does so under pressure from Billy; she also vainly screams for Billy to stop when he is about to run Carrie down, in stark contrast to the other two films in which she herself attempts to kill Carrie (or urges Billy to do so).
- Adaptational Villainy: Her villainy is ratcheted up in the 2013 version, as she not only leads the class in humiliating Carrie in the shower but also films it all on her phone and posts it on YouTube, where it goes viral. The YouTube video is also displayed at the prom after the pig blood scene, which, together with Tommy getting knocked out/killed, sets Carrie off.
- Alpha Bitch: To a sociopathic degree. Lampshaded in the parody Scarrie!:Chris: "The Carrie Whites of the world aren't meant to go out with the Tommy Rosses of the world! For if God had wanted that, he would have given her a kick-ass bod, and long hair that layers easily and DANCES IN THE WIND!!"
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: It's said in the book that the main reason she stays with Billy is because he's the only boy she can't manipulate. Also when he makes advances on her, she finds that she loves his aggression.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In the book and in the 2013 version. She is the Alpha Bitch for a reason!
- Asshole Victim: The Alpha Bitch with no redeeming qualities, who humiliated a girl that had done nothing to her. She's given a cruel death in each film.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the '13 version, where she gets thrown through a windshield, leaving her face torn up with huge shards of glass sticking out of it... and that's before Carrie inflicts the Coup de Grāce by blowing up the car.
- Big Bad Ensemble: She and Billy along with Margaret are the main antagonists in the story.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She has a very high IQ, but only a C average.
- Delinquent: Her characterization in the book. It's stated that she's been sent to detention 73 times in four years, twenty of them for bullying, and that she skipped most of them. In addition, during Junior High, she had once put a firecracker into a girl's shoe and nearly blew off two of her toes. The film adaptations largely downplay this to focus on her Alpha Bitch tendencies.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Towards the end of the book Chris is finding out the hard way that the utterly sociopathic Billy is not someone she can use and throw away as she has her other boyfriends—he's beaten her, raped her, and is planning to abandon her and flee the state.
- Facial Horror: In the '13 version. Getting thrown through a windshield will do that to you.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Suggested in the book. Her previous boyfriends were college fraternity brothers who she always had following her around like lost puppies."Billy had not been her first lover, but he was the first she could not dance and dandle at her whim."
- Jerkass: Good God. No redeeming characteristics what. so. ever.
- Never My Fault: Though it was clearly her fault that she got detention and was banned from the prom, instead of taking responsibility, she decides to plot an elaborate revenge against Carrie. She even tries justifying herself by claiming that Carrie was "running around saying everyone except her and her gilt-edged momma were going to hell" as an excuse.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: According to the book, Chris bullied "misfit pupils", including one girl with a cleft lip whom she almost blew a couple toes off of by sticking a firecracker in her shoe.
- The Sociopath: In the books. Toned down in the adaptations, but not much.
- Spoiled Brat/Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Her father, a rich lawyer, got her into Oberlin despite her poor grades, and threatens to sue the school if they punish Chris for what she did to Carrie in the shower. He backs off when he sees her record of violations (or, in the 2013 movie, when mention was made of the video she had on her phone of the shower incident). Later, after getting kicked out of the prom, she plans to humiliate Carrie as payback for it, feeling that she is entitled to go to the prom. She's so annoying you just want to squash her. Thanks, Carrie!
- Too Dumb to Live: Despite witnessing Carrie waste an entire school with just her mind, Chris still thinks its a good idea to mow Carrie down instead of, say, running like hell for her life. It's especially egregious in the '13 version, where she continues trying to kill Carrie even after watching her kill her boyfriend and tear up the road in front of them...especially when she hits the pedal to run her over after Carrie contemplates sparing her!
- Tomboyish Name: Her full name is Christine but she's known as Chris by everyone except her father.
- The Unfettered: If she wants something, nothing can hold her back.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the '13 version, she completely loses it when she realizes that Carrie has Psychic Powers.
Played by:William "Billy" Nolan is Chris' boyfriend. He is one of the school's delinquents, and his characterization ranges from merely a jerkass (in the 1976 film) to outright thuggish (in the book). He frequently hits Chris, and in the book he forces himself on her. He breaks into a local farm in order to kill the pigs and drain their blood into the buckets.
John Travolta (1976 version)
Jesse Cadotte (2002 version)
Alex Russell (2013 version)
Jesse Cadotte (2002 version)
Alex Russell (2013 version)
- Adaptation Personality Change: Billy is a sociopath in the book, but John Travolta portrays him as a bumbling dork.
- Adaptational Villainy: Inverted. A lot of his more reprehensible aspects are toned down in the film adaptations. While he's still an asshole in the films, in the original book he was a straight-up thug who hits dogs with his car for fun and beats and rapes Chris. The '13 film is the closest to the book's depiction, as he's shown to be controlling and abusive to Chris, and even more heartless (compare Chris' reaction to Tommy's death to Billy's complete non-reaction.)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Part of his appeal to Chris is the fact that he's aggressive and abusive. The book says that part of the reason Chris is with him is because she's used to manipulating other boys, but Billy is the only one she hasn't been able to do that with. This is arguably inverted in the 1976 film, where Chris is the bad girl to Billy's Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain (although he still hits her several times).
- The Alleged Car: The original book has him driving a rusty, beat-up, jacked-in-the-back '61 Chevy Biscayne with a broken headlight. The film versions, fortunately, upgrade him to something much cooler.
- And Starring: The 1976 film has "And introducing John Travolta, in his first motion picture role".
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Runs over stray dogs with his car for fun and kills a pig to get the blood for the prank. The latter is emphasized in the '13 film, when he gleefully does the deed himself (complete with kissing the hammer) after one of his cronies can't bring himself to do it.
- Cool Car: The films all upgrade his choice of ride over the old jalopy he had in the book, giving him a '67 Chevelle in the '76 film, a souped-up Ford truck in the '02 film, and a '70 Pontiac GTO in the '13 film. Which makes it a much greater shame when Carrie blows it up.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Chris in the book where he seizes control of the plan early on and becomes the driving force behind it.
- Delinquents: Both him and his friends.
- Greaser Delinquents: In the book, and to a lesser extent in the '76 film. Both remakes largely update him and his friends to a more modern "white trash" portrayal.
- Domestic Abuse: He is frequently shown hitting Chris, and in one scene in the book, rapes her. When trying to run Carrie over at the end he admits to himself that he wishes it was Chris (and his stepfather) going under his tires.
- For the Evulz: Where Chris wants to harm Carrie personally, Billy is out to ruin the prom for everyone for no reason beyond his own amusement.
- Freudian Excuse: While it's not fully spelled out, the book implies that he has a troubled home life, with his father absent and his mother constantly fighting with her four boyfriends.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Subverted. Chris flashes back in the book to the first time they did it. Billy made unwanted advances on her and she was initially disgusted. But she quickly finds herself enjoying it and gets into it. Essentially, Chris is with him because Billy is really good in the sack.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a black leather jacket in the book.
- Henpecked Boyfriend:
- Averted in the book, where his refusal to be this is the reason Chris is attracted to him.
- Played straight in the '76 version. While he slaps her around once or twice, it's made clear that Chris is calling the shots in their relationship.
- In the original script for the '13 version, Sue states that, for all of Billy's bravado, Chris essentially has him under her thumb, with it being implied that this is why he agreed to go through with Chris' prank. Ironically, the actual finished film has the exact opposite portrayal, with him acting controlling toward Chris and putting pressure on her.
- Jerkass: While the films tone down his villainy somewhat, he's still portrayed as an all-around asshole.
- Kick the Dog: Literally. In the book, one of his hobbies when his mother and stepfather are fighting is to take his car for a drive and look for stray dogs to run over.
- Lack of Empathy: He barely knows who Carrie White is, he just wants to destroy her life. In the book, it's stated that he does the prom prank only For the Evulz, and that he would find it just as funny if Chris was the target of the pig blood.
- The Sociopath: Billy in the book is a psychopath who kills animals, beats his girlfriend, and wants to murder both her and his stepfather.
- Two First Names: While not common, his last name can be used as a given name.
- The Unfettered: Nothing holds him back. Not even his "beloved" girlfriend.
Tina Blake / Norma Watson
Played by:Tina Blake is Chris' best friend and part of her Girl Posse, and just as catty as she is. She assists Chris in her plan to humiliate Carrie; she is the one who switches out the ballots to get her and Tommy in position.In the 1976 film, her character takes the name of Norma Watson, who was a fairly minor character in the book. Both characters exist in the 2002 film - Norma being portrayed as a peppy overachiever in charge of the prom.
P. J. Soles (1976 version)
Katharine Isabelle (2002 version; plays Tina)
Meghan Black (2002 version; plays Norma)
Zoe Belkin (2013 version)
Katharine Isabelle (2002 version; plays Tina)
Meghan Black (2002 version; plays Norma)
Zoe Belkin (2013 version)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tina is described as redhead in the book but is brunette in the '02 and '13 films. Norma is blonde in the book and played by blonde PJ Soles - but she becomes a brunette in the '02 film.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In addition to the Adaptational Villainy below, Tina gets upgraded into quite the ditz in the '02 film.
- Adaptational Villainy: Norma was a Student Council President in the original book and in the '02 version, and barely figured at all in the story. The '76 version upgrades her to Chris' partner-in-crime, replacing Tina. Likewise Tina was merely just Chris's friend in the book. The most evil thing she does is allow Chris to look at the King and Queen ballots.
- Adorkable: P. J. Soles as Norma in the '76 version. She may be The Dragon to Chris' council of high school villainy, but she is so dorky and cute you kind of want to let it slide. Especially after seeing her get her hair done in the salon, and still wearing her trademark hat on top of the dryer.
- Bare Your Midriff: In the '02 version, most of Tina's shirts are tied off at the bottom so that they do this.
- Beta Bitch: In the film versions.
- Butt-Monkey: In the 2002 film she gets picked on a little by Tina, and Helen hurries away when she sees Norma coming at the prom. However she is shown giggling with the rest of the girls when they taunt Carrie during gym class.
- Composite Character: Tina was Chris's best friend in the book while Norma was a side character. The 76 film gives Norma Tina's role as Chris's gal pal.
- Death by Adaptation: Both Tina and Norma survived in the book. Whichever one of them is upgraded into a Beta Bitch is killed off in their respective films.
- The Dragon: To Chris.
- Evil Redhead: In the book, Tina is described as a "small, pretty girl with a billow of red hair". However it's a subversion since she's not explicitly evil in the book - as the worst thing she does is participate in the shower incident. In the films where she is evil, she is brunette.
- Genki Girl: Meghan Black's portrayal of Norma.
- Girl Posse: Part of it, and the most important member barring Chris herself.
- Iconic Outfit: Norma's red baseball cap in the '76 version, which she is never seen without — she wears it to prom, and even at the hairdresser, where it's sitting atop her hair dryer. Reportedly, this was P. J. Soles' idea. To the point where Freddy vs. Jason had a teenage girl wearing a similar hat as a direct shoutout.
- Kill It with Fire: Her death in the '13 version. Carrie sets her dress on fire and immolates her alive.
- Motor Mouth: Norma in the 2002 film. She's implied to be this in the book too.
- Verbal Tic: In the book, Norma has a HABIT of PUTTING random EMPHASIS on her WORDS.
Played by:A minor side character in the book who functions as one of Sue's best friends. In the first film, her role as Sue's best friend is given to Frieda Jason, while Helen herself functions as a completely different character. In the TV remake, Helen is once again combined with Frieda, taking her role of being nice to Carrie at the party. In the '13 version she is absent but the character of Heather has a role similar to that of Helen in the original film.
Edie McClurg (1976 version)
Chelan Simmons (2002 version)
Chelan Simmons (2002 version)
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted for the '76 film. Her looks aren't commented on in the book, but she is nominated for prom queen, which implies that she's fairly good-looking, and in the '02 film she was played by the very pretty Chelan Simmons. In the '76 film, however, she is a chubby girl who is the Butt-Monkey of Chris's posse, and she appears to not have a date for the prom.
- Adaptational Heroism: While not an evil character in the book, the '02 film has her being nice to Carrie at the prom and spotting the bucket of blood moments before it spills, and trying to stop it. She's also seen trying to move Tommy's body while the rampage is going on in the prom.
- Armour-Piercing Slap: Delivers a big one to Kenny in the 2002 film when he laughs cruelly at Carrie.
- Big Fun: Edie McClurg played her this way in the'76 film.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Inverted in the '02 film. She picks on Carrie at first, but is revealed to be a nice enough girl who never really hated her.
- Black Best Friend: Thanks to Kandyse McClure giving Sue a Race Lift, Helen is the white best friend to a black girl.
- Butt-Monkey: In the '76 film, she seems to get picked on a lot by Chris's group despite being a member.
- Composite Character: With Frieda Jason in the '76 and '02 films. Helen is the one who talks with Sue while decorating the prom, and Frieda is the girl who is nice to Carrie at the prom. Frieda takes both roles in the '76 film (and Helen has a completely different role) while Helen does both in the '02 film.
- Death by Adaptation: Her fate isn't stated in the book but she's seen being killed off in the 2002 film.
- Decomposite Character: In the 2013 version, Helen's name is seen on the prom ballot... and that's all we see or hear of her. Instead, her role from the book and 1976 version are given to Heather.
- Even the Girls Want Her/Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the '02 film, she excitedly comments on how great Carrie's ass looks in her dress.
- Evil Redhead: In the 1976 and 2013 version.
- Hypocritical Humour: She mocks Tommy and Roy for their Ho Yay...and immediately compliments Carrie's ass.
Ralph WhiteCarrie White's father, and Margaret's husband. A former construction worker who found God, Ralph promised to Margaret that their marriage would be free of "sin" (i.e. sex), but came home drunk one night and raped her, producing Carrie. The book says that he was killed in an accident on the job not long after, but the film has him running off with another woman instead. The sequel reveals that he later fathered Rachel Lang, making her and Carrie half-sisters.
- The Ghost: He is never seen in the book or in any of the films, only mentioned and discussed.
- Knife Nut: In a flashback, Carrie refers to the knife Margaret tried to kill her with as "Daddy Ralph's long butcher knife".
- Pet the Dog: In the novel, he stopped Margaret from killing Carrie when she was a baby.
- Really Gets Around: In the film universe, he fathered two children with two different women two decades apart.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the book he died in a construction accident. In the '76 film, he ran off with another woman.
- Your Cheating Heart: In the films.
Nicki and Lizzy Watson
Katie and Karissa Strain
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the books, Norma was a goody-two shoes type character. Nicki and Lizzy are Chris's second best friends. Although both Norma and Nicki and Lizzy help Tina replace the ballots.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the books, Norma Watson and Donna and Mary Thibodeau were Chris's friends but they weren't as evil as Nicki and Lizzy.
- Adorkable: The two twins are evil and cruel but the way they always dress and talk a-like makes you hate to love em.
- All There in the Manual: The original script reveals Nicki's last name to be Watson.
- Composite Character: The twins are based seemingly on Norma Watson and the Thibodeau sisters.
- The Dragon: To Tina seemingly despite the fact that Tina herself is also The Dragon.
- Those Two Guys: Never seen without one another and even speak at the same time.
Characters from The Rage: Carrie 2
Played by: Emily BerglA high school outcast who has been bounced around the foster care system after her mother was institutionalized. Like her half-sister Carrie White, she possesses Psychic Powers and uses them to take revenge against bullies — in this case, the Jerk Jocks who drove her best friend Lisa to suicide.
- Abusive Parents: While not as bad as Margaret White, Rachel's foster parents are very neglectful and are depicted as Lower Class Louts, and her father has no problem hitting her. In an early scene, it's stated that the only reason they raise her is to get $300 per month from the foster care system.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, especially when it comes to the "legend" of Carrie White.Supposedly, she set the fire as some sort of revenge-suicide thing, Elvis was her date and they escaped in a UFO.
- Goth: She's fond of dark make-up and has a thorny rose tattoo as an indicator. Notably when she shops at a lipstick counter, the sales clerk watches her carefully.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Or at least have psychic powers. Notably, this is the polar opposite of how Carrie was portrayed.
- Loners Are Freaks: Lisa and Artie appear to be her only friends, and she's seen as a freak by the other students.
- Long Lost Sibling: To Carrie White.
- Marked Change: After she goes berserk, her tattoo of a thorny rose starts spreading itself all over her body, causing her to look as though she is covered in vines.
- Psychic Powers: She inherited them from her father Ralph White.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After a sex tape of her and Jesse is played at a party, she snaps and kills everyone there.
- Sorry, I'm Gay: She claims she's a lesbian in order to stop a classmate from hitting on her.
Played by: Mena SuvariRachel's best friend. At the start of the film, she throws herself from the roof of the school after finding out that her boyfriend Eric, whom she gave her virginity, was only dating her for sex in order to score literal points with his buddies.
- Death Is Dramatic: Invoked. She kills herself in the middle of the school day in order to get the most attention. Naturally, her death drives much of the plot.
- Driven to Suicide: When Eric rejects her, she jumps off the roof.
- Goth: Much like Rachel, she wears baggy clothing and dark make-up to identify herself as such.
Played by: Jason LondonJesse Ryan is a member of the Bates High School Bulldogs football team. He is highly uncomfortable with his teammates' contest, known as the Game, in which they hook up with girls and score points depending on how hot the girl was, how far the two went, and other variables, and feels pressured into it by them. He strikes up a relationship with Rachel, only for it to be disastrously derailed when she finds out about the Game.
- Expy: He seems to be a combination with Tommy and Sue.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The burn scar he gets on his arm during Rachel's rampage is one that can easily be concealed under a sleeve, making it an example of the good kind.
- Lovable Jock: He's pretty much the only decent person on the football team.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Arguably subverted. It's implied that he sleeps with Rachel because he honestly loves her as opposed to trying to score points for The Game. The verification for this comes just in time to keep Rachel from ending him.
Played by: Dylan BrunoMark Bing is the starter of the football team, and the one most committed to the Game. Feeling that the integrity of the team is on the line, he orchestrates a plan to humiliate Rachel after her best friend Lisa kills herself due to his teammate Eric's actions, so as to prevent her from going to the police and spilling the beans as to what they had done.
- Expy: Comes pretty close to Billy.
- Lack of Empathy: He can't be bothered to care about Lisa's death, feeling that the Game is more important than a classmate's life.
- Ripped from the Headlines: Sadly enough. See the main page for the details.
Played by: Amy IrvingSee "Characters from the book and the film adaptations".
Played by: Zachary Ty BryanEric Stark is the football player who inadvertently drove Lisa to suicide by taking her virginity and then breaking up with her. Fearing for his future, he teams up with his teammate Mark to prevent Rachel from spilling all the details to the police.
- The Dragon: To Mark.
- Jerk Jock: On top of playing the Game with his teammates, he also plays very dirty on the field, badly wounding a member of the opposing team during the big game.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Lisa's death, though it's mostly out of fear that he'd piss off his father and lose his shot at a football scholarship.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when the police officer holds up to him the picture of him and Lisa together.
Played by: Charlotte AyannaTracy Campbell is Jesse's girlfriend, a member of the cheerleading squad, and the school's Alpha Bitch. She happily joins Mark's plan to humiliate Rachel, seeing her as trying to steal her boyfriend Jesse.
- The Cheerleader: She is on the cheerleading team.
- Lack of Empathy:Jesse: "Doesn't it bother you that some girl offed herself yesterday?"
Tracy: "Why? She wasn't anybody."
Tracy: "I mean, I didn't know her."
- Your Cheating Heart: She goes along with the plan to humiliate Rachel because she thinks Jesse is cheating on her with Rachel.
Played by: Rachel BlanchardMonica Jones is Tracy's best friend, going along with her participation in Mark's plan out of obligation to a friend.
- Beta Bitch: She's Tracy's right hand girl.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be nice to Rachel just so she can help humiliate her.
- Eye Scream: Rachel kills her by smashing her glasses and shoving the broken glass into her eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil: She appears to make friends with Rachel out of kindness, but she's only acting that way to take part in a humiliation.
- Girl Posse: Part of Tracy's.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She pretends to be nice to Rachel in order to advance Mark's plan for revenge.
- Sexy Spectacles: She's one of the popular girls and shown as attractive because of her glasses.
Played by: Deborah MeschanDeborah is one of Monica and Tracy's best friends, who catches a ride with Monica and Rachel to the party and even helps participate in the prank.