The main villain of the Halloween film series, he killed his sister when he was young and was sent to a psychiatric hospital for the reminder of his natural born life. Years later, he escapes, looking to finish off his sister. Also known as The Shape in the scripts, as he is only a shape in the darkness.Played by: Tony Moran, Will Sandin, Nick Castle (the original film), Dick Warlock, Adam Gunn (II), George P. Wilbur (4 and The Curse), Erik Preston (4), Don Shanks (5), Chris Durand (H20), Brad Loree (Resurrection), Tyler Mane, Draeg Faerch (the remake), Chase Wright Vanek (H2)
The Adjectival Man: Referred to as the "Boogeyman" by the characters until they learn his name. Jamie also calls him "the Nightmare Man" in 4.
Ax-Crazy: Michael is really a subversion, he is more calm and quiet that crazy, but still has several features of a true Ax-Crazy, he's a cold-blooded homicidal maniac without conscience who enjoys killing.
Covered with Scars: Following being lit on fire in the second movie, Michael was shown with burn scars on his hands. Though we didn't see it on-screen for ourselves, the implication is that this was the case for his entire body.
Creepy Child: Played up in the remake, which portrays him as more of a textbook sociopath.
Demoted to Dragon: In The Curse of Michael Myers. Though near the end he turns on the cult of Thorn and slaughters them, taking back the Big Bad position.
Determinator: Holy hell... powers or not, Michael shrugs off gunshots, stab wounds, and explosions and yet keeps on going.
Enfant Terrible: We get to spend half an hour with his younger self in the 2007 film.
Evil Makes You Monstrous: Subverted; despite his horrifically evil nature, Michael's looks are unaffected until he was severely burned at the end of the first sequel.
The Faceless: Originally, his adult face was seen once in the original film at the end of it. However, as pointed out by James Rolfeas part 2011's Monster Madness, in Halloween 5 you could see it when Jamie asks to see his face, despite the use of shadows. Also, Michael's face is shown numerous times in both the remake and its sequel.
Healing Factor: He was shot in the eyes once, but got over it by his next movie. Just one of many examples.
Immortality: Hard to explain in the first few films, but John Carpenter's stated repeatedly that the Michael of the later films isn't a human - he's the living embodiment of pure evil. Thus, "killing" him just slows him down a little.
Implacable Man: In the first film alone, Michael takes a knitting needle to the neck, a kitchen knife to the chest, and six bullets to the torso. And he just keeps coming.
Instant Expert: How he learned to drive, either by watching people or having Dr. Wynn teach him, if you go by 6's logic.
Lack of Empathy: He never shows the slightest sign of empathising with or even thinking about the feelings of his victims, or, really, anyone else.
Light Is Not Good: His iconic white mask is eerie and disturbing, and when it's ripped off at the end of the first movie, he looks like any other normal person - certainly not like the monster he had been behaving as.
Made of Iron: At least in the first two films, and in the Zombieverse.
Made of Evil: Dr Loomis says refers to him as "evil on two legs". Indeed, he does everything he does because he's a pure evil serial killer.
Malevolent Masked Man: They don't much more malevolent than Michael, and he always kills while wearing some kind of method of hiding his face.
Menacing Stroll: Seeing him move at a speed higher than a power walk would be quite the spectacle.
Never Found the Body: At the end of the first film, Michael just disappears after Loomis guns him down. The sequels and remakes all offer one explanation or another for his escapes, and on a few occasions, his body is found and recovered, but he's Not Quite Dead.
Silent Antagonist: In the original films, Michael never says a single word. Most of the sequels don't even make Michael's breathing audible. In the remakes, however, it's made clear that he can speak, but he chooses not to, at least until the end of the sequel.
The Sociopath: Has no emotions, empathy, remorse, mercy, you name it. This quote from Dr Loomis seems to hammer the point home: "I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong." Sounds like it alright.
Stealth Expert: Especially in the first film, where he vanishes from view despite him having no obvious means of escaping notice.
Super Strength: He can lift grown men and crush their skulls without so much as grunting with effort.
Laurie Strode is theFinal Girl and main heroine of the series. Originally just a target that he tries to kill, it is later learnt that she is actually Michael's younger sister and Laurie actively tries to stop him.Played by: Jamie Lee Curtis (original series) and Scout Taylor-Compton (Zombieverse)
Laurie's son in H20. He is the only one who knew her true identity and is a student in the school she's running. He believes his uncle is dead and gets tired of his mothers paranoia and pretends to go on a school trip when he throws a Halloween party that gets Michael's attention.
Brutal Honesty: At one point he is forced to put his foot down about his mother's paranoia.
Cassandra Truth: His entire career in regards to Michael is this. No one ever listens to his warnings about the danger Michael poses to society until it's too late. Though this is actually not as bad as in most cases. In both the first two movies and the fourth movie, the cops at least heed his warnings and take some action. Unfortunately, it isn't enough.
Ignored Expert: Nobody takes his warnings about Michael seriously until it's too late. To be fair, asserting that a patient is "pure evil" isn't likely to convince too many people.
Jerkass: In the original series, he had his moments and was overall a Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold (not withstanding him causing the accidental death of Ben Tramer or him going off the deep end in Revenge). However, in the Zombieverse, he Took a Level in Jerkass following his near death brush with Michael and became an insufferable prick.
Papa Wolf: Though he never has children of his own he was willing to protect 17 year old Laurie at the cost of his own life and young Jamie afterwards.
Properly Paranoid: Others viewed a young Michael as a disturbed boy. Loomis viewed him as a monster just waiting to strike. Guess who was right.
Retired Badass: According to the orginal canon comic series (or in the H20 canon), Loomis was a war veteran.
Supporting Leader: He spends most of the original hunting Michael down and gets top billing, but he isn't the lead character.
Take Me Instead: In the fourth movie, after encountering Michael at the diner, Loomis is perfectly willing to try this. Unsurprisingly, Michael doesn't take this offer.
"Don't go to Haddonfield. If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael?"
What the Hell, Hero?: Loomis seems to get this at least once a movie - usually because of what Michael has done. Not fair in those cases, though, cause Loomis did everything possible to keep Michael locked up.
The Man in Black (Dr. Terrence Wynn)
Mysterious man who is seen throughout the fifth film and in the end busts Michael out of jail. He is later revealed to be the leader of the cult of Thorn, which turned Michael into the killer he is now in order to sacrifice his entire familynote The reason for the sacrifice is left unclear due to H20 ignoring past sequels. It's probably for world peace or something. His real identity is that of Dr. Terrence Wynn, ex-coworker of Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove.Played by: Robert Phalen (first film), Don Shanks (5) and Mitch Ryan (The Curse)
One of Loomis's colleagues, who was there when Michael broke out of Smiths Grove Sanitarium. She is the one who reveals to Loomis that Laurie is Michael's sister. In H20, she is killed by Michael in the introduction.
The sheriff of Haddonfield. Loomis goes to him to warn him about Michael. He is a skeptic on Michael being pure evil, but later his daughter is killed by Michael. He blames Loomis for her death and later retires.
The Skeptic: He doubts Loomis' claims that Michael is truly pure evil.
A boy Laurie babysits in the first movie and a witniss to Michael's attempt on his sister's life. He makes a cameo in the fourth movie as a teenager and is the main character in the sixth movie, where he teams up with Loomis to take Michael down and protect Jamie's baby Steven.