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!!Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman


* AntiHero: [[UnscrupulousHero He can and will be extremely ruthless]] but struggles to [[PragmaticHero put the total good of everyone in the city]] over his own revenge. He goes after mobsters and criminals, enjoying the suffering he is giving them. Also while he will never harm innocent people, his unstoppable rage doesn't stop him from breaking the fingers of an Asshole Carny while incognito.
* BadassLongcoat: He finds it in the trash, but it is no less badass.
* BandagedFace: His heavily burned face is covered in bandages and gauze to hide his identity and prevent further harm.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Darkman a "freak", try to cheat him out of a carnival prize, or as noted below, the surgery that keeps his burns from being unbearably painful had the side effect of giving him ''a lot'' of these.
* BlessedWithSuck: The treatment that cut off his pain, allows him to be super strong and tough, but also makes him prone to severe mood swings.
** CursedWithAwesome: However, he does possess superhuman strength, durability, and agility caused by the surgery. Once he was able to adapt to the surgery procedure, he was able to kick a lot of ass and escape mostly without injury.
* CoatHatMask: Well, more accurately: Coat, Hat, Bandages.
* CompositeCharacter: Of Radio/TheShadow and ComicBook/TheUnknownSoldier mixed with Franchise/UniversalHorror characters.
* TheCowl: Works in the shadows, as smart as he is ruthless, and never stays for a "thank you".
* DarkIsNotEvil: While not in disguise, dresses entirely in black, yet he is the hero... [[AntiHero sort of]].
* DisabilitySuperpower: Indirectly invoked -- Westlake didn't get his powers from the explosion, but as a side-effect of the doctors' attempts to treat him.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:He could have, but chooses not to in the end.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Slightly subverted. He rarely uses any type of firearm, preferring to use science and his strength. When he does, it's for show. [[spoiler:[[BatmanGrabsAGun However, that doesn't exclude the fact he does murder Skip with his own fake machine gun leg in the novelization of the first film]].]]
* EyesAreUnbreakable: Despite being caught in an explosion and repeatedly dipped head-first in a big vat of acid, his eyes are completely unharmed.
* FacialHorror: His face is disfigured beyond recognition following Durant's attack on his lab.
* FeelNoPain: The nerve endings connected to his skin were severed, rendering him incapable of feeling pain.
* FriendToAllChildren:
** In ''Return of Durant'', it is shown that while Darkman prefers to be alone, he doesn't mind giving back a basketball to a kid that lost it.
** While he hates Rooker in ''Die Darkman Die'', he doesn't take it out on his wife or child. In fact, he went out of his way to protect them. [[spoiler:In the end, he actually sacrifices the only stable synthetic skin to fix the kid's face when he could have used it on himself.]]
* GeniusBruiser: As a scientist, he makes strategies for his attacks on Durant and his gang.
* GoodLipsEvilJaws: Zigzagged. He's a pretty violent AntiHero, and his teeth are exposed because his lips were burnt off.
* TheGrotesque: He lost his entire life and most of his face after the accident, leading him down the path to becoming "Darkman".
* HairTriggerTemper: Due to his amplified emotions, he can get real mad real quick. One scene in the first movie has him breaking a carny's fingers because he refused to give a prize for winning a game.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He is the first superhero to admit that he would end up like that. The scene where [[spoiler:Pauly has been killed, he's sitting on top of a building saying "What have I become? What have I become?"]]
* ImmunityDisability: The destruction of his nerve endings allows him to FeelNoPain... but has also cost him his sense of touch.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Thanks to his adrenaline rush, he is not only strong, but has excellent aim. As proven when, during a minor bout of stress, he managed to win a carnival game with the baseball during the first film.
* ItsNotYouItsMe: At the end of the first film, he [[spoiler:chooses not to return to his old life and renew his relationship with Julie, stating that he's changed on the inside as well and cannot subject anyone to his new vicious nature]].
* KindheartedCatLover: Darkman usually has a stray cat living with him.
* MadeOfIron: Darkman ''can'' get hurt, but since he's lost all sense of touch, tends to ignore it.
* ManipulativeBastard: In the first movie, he was able to fool Durant and his cronies into believing Pauly stole their money. In the second movie, Durant caught on to his disguise trick. However, rather than it giving him an advantage, it made Durant paranoid that any of the mooks could be Darkman. He went as far as tugging a guy's face to make sure he wasn't Peyton.
* MasterOfDisguise: Slowly became one over the course the first ''Darkman'', but more or less perfected it by ''Return of Durant''.
* MoodSwinger: Despite his status as a hero, his amplified emotions cause him to swing from one to another. As Darkman, he goes from a raging psychopath to a crying baby. Even as Peyton, he is too overly happy almost border-lining to slasher smile material.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Liam Neeson's American accent slides all over the place, till the point where you can hear his Ballymena accent coming in.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Since Darkman is missing roughly 40% of his skin, he pretty much needs a HealingFactor, or he'd keel over from various horrible diseases and the injuries he sustains in battle. ''Die Darkman Die'' states that he ''does'' have rapid healing.
** Westlake also seems to be the world's greatest vocal impersonator (although the first movie does show him taking the time to practice). Also a talented ventriloquist, as he somehow manages to speak coherently without lips.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His main motivation is to kill those who ruined his life. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Strack during the final fight.
* SenseLossSadness: After the accident he suffered, which left him severely burned, the title character was subjected to an experimental medical procedure that severed the nerve endings close to his skin; as a result, he's no longer able to feel pain... or any physical sensation at all. He's not happy about it, and in the third film, when Bridget Thorne claims she can repair his nervous system and allow him to feel again, he jumps at the chance.
* ThatManIsDead
--> '''Darkman''': Peyton is gone....I'm everyone and no one. Everywhere and nowhere. Call me....'''Darkman'''.
* TragicHero: Darkman is probably one of the best examples.

!!Robert G. Durant


* AmbiguouslyGay: At least to his minions in the first film. During a meeting with a couple of goons, one of them mentions that Durant may have a thing for Rick after Durant congrats Rick after killing Yakko.
* BadBoss: He's willing to throw his own men out of windows.
* BigBad: In ''Return of Durant''.
* ConvenientComa: In ''Return of Durant'', [[spoiler:to explain how he survived being ''BLOWN UP'' at the end of ''Darkman'']].
%%* TheDreaded
* TheDragon: In ''Darkman'', though he was already a BigBad as a crime boss.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{Fingore}}: Durant has the habit of collecting people's fingers as trophies.
* {{Gayngster}}: Possibly. There's a hint in the deli scene that Durant may have a thing for Rick.
* HellishCopter: In the first movie, he dies when his helicopter crashes. [[spoiler:He gets better in the sequel.]]
* JokerImmunity: He seemingly died at the end of the first film, but is revealed to have merely fallen into a ConvenientComa in ''II''. Spin-off stories also have him coming back from the dead as everything from a [[ComicBook/DarkmanVsArmyOfDarkness Deadite]] to a reanimated head attached to a SpiderTank.
* TheMafia: Strongly is a member and leader of a mafia group, or considers himself to be one.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Whatever the G stands for in Robert ''G.'' Durant.
%%* PetRat

! Julie
%%* BrokenBird
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Her hair is a gold as her heart, as she still loves Peyton despite his disfigurements.
* DistressedDamsel: At the climax of the first film, Julie is taken hostage by Strack and it's up to Peyton to rescue her.

! Pauly

%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* TheBrute
* FrameUp: Darkman is able to make it look like the Pauly and Ricky were about to leave town with money. Guess how Durant reacts to this.
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:How Durant kills him.]]

! Ricky

* AssholeVictim: He's the one who kills Peyton's coworker and friend, so he deserves what's coming to him.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: His head crushed by a moving truck. [[GoryDiscretionShot We don't see it, but the results are not pretty.]]
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul
* TheStoolPigeon: As soon as Darkman gets his hands on him, he spills the beans on Durant and the gang. [[spoiler:However, since he killed Peyton's lab assistant and friend, it doesn't save him.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He only appears in a couple of scenes in the movie before Darkman kills him.

! Smiley

* EvilLaugh: Lets one loose when he grabs Skip's prosthetic leg and opens fire on Eddie Black's men in the opening sequence.
->'''Smiley''' (grabs Skip's leg and opens fire): Hee hee ha ha ha ha ha! DIE!
* KarmicDeath: Dies in the exact same way Peyton was supposedly killed, in a lab rigged to explode.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Bears a distinct resemblance to Fritz, one of the terrorists from ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard]]''.

!Louis Strack Jr.


* BadBoss: Accidentally kills his henchman and doesn't care.
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBad: Drives the plot of the first film with his corrupt dealings to make his dream city.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: See FauxAffablyEvil.
* ChekhovsSkill: He claimed that before he became head of his company that he started out as a High Steel worker. This made him skilled enough to keep balance on the beams while fighting Darkman, who was struggling not to fall off.
* ClassicVillain: Pride, Greed, and Ambition are his defining traits.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Darkman drops him off from a skyscraper.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: For the most part, he initially seems genuine with his feelings towards Julie and wants to help her out. In reality, he's a greedy ManipulativeBastard willing to do anything to make his dreams a reality.
* FisticuffsBoss: Much of his moves during his final fight with Darkman is punching the hell out of him.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Due to hiring Durant to steal a document for him that involves attempting to kill Westlake for it, he is indirectly responsible for the birth of Darkman.
* ItsAllAboutMe
--> '''Strack''': What do you think, Julie? Who's the real monster here? I destroy, to build something better! Whereas you? You're a man who destroys for revenge! Look! Look about you! It's all mine! Because I built it! I built it all!
%%* TheManBehindTheMan
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* NailEm: Uses a rivet gun about as big as he is in the climax.
* VisionaryVillain: See UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:When Darkman is holding him inches before his death, Strack brags about how he won't be killed by him. Sadly for him, Darkman disappoints and drops the bastard.]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He wants to steal the [[{{MacGuffin}} Bellasarious Memorandum]], destroy any of the areas in the city, and build a brand new section that will, as he sees it, bring in a new era for the city.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When Darkman gets the jump on him, he mistakes Darkman for TheCape and gloats about how he won't be able to kill him. He's ''so'' wrong.