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Michael Myers, "The Shape", "The Boogeyman"
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.
- Alliterative Name: Michael Myers.
- 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.
- Axe Before Entering: Either this or he just crashes his way through doors.
- Badass: Michael is pure evil, but he is undeniably badass.
- Big Bad: Of the series.
- Back from the Dead: Not as bad as Jason or Freddy though.
- Bandaged Face: At the beginning of 4.
- Black Eyes of Evil: In the original films. The remakes feature him with Creepy Blue Eyes.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He was blond as a child, but his hair darkened as he grew older.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: His first act of villainy (at the age of six) was to murder his own sister in cold blood.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Laurie's Abel.
- Convenient Coma: Between II and 4, and 4 and 5.
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: More genre savvy than the average movie killer. Being one of the Trope Codifiers of the genre helps.
- Dark Is Evil: White mask notwithstanding, Michael is very fond of hiding in the shadows.
- Decoy Protagonist: Of the remake.
- 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: 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 Is Bigger: He's the main villain of the series and the tallest and biggest character of all. Especially in the 2007 movies, where he's portrayed as being a good 7 feet tall.
- 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 Rolfe as 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.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When he was a child.
- For the Evulz: He occasionaly shows some grim signs of sadism like dressing like a ghost and putting glasses, making Lynda believe it's her boyfriend Bob and then brutally strangling her with a phone cord just when her back is turned to make a phone call. Another one is putting razor blades in candies for the children.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Combined with being dressed as a Bedsheet Ghost, he is this while posing as Bob, who wears glasses and Michael takes them after he killed him.
- Genius Bruiser: Killing is all he does, and he does it well.
- 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.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a knife.
- 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 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 come 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.
- Not Quite Dead: He's pretty hard to kill.
- Pater Familicide: His one consistant motivation.
- Reduced To Rat Burgers: Resurrection implies he subsists mostly on rats.
- 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.
- Serial Killer: Played with. He has specific targets actually,(first of all, killing all his family relatives) but he doesn't mind also kill anybody unfortunate to get on his way.
- 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.
- The Stoic: Ever since he killed his older sister.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: When Laurie unmasks Michael for a few brief seconds at the end of the original film, he looks... just like a completely, ordinary man.
- Vader Breath: In the first film, Michael's heavy breathing is heard whenever he's in focus. The sequels largely drop this trait.
- The Voiceless: Michael never speaks, although it's unlear if he can't, or simply chooses not to.
- White Mask of Doom: So iconic that he goes out of his way to replace it in The Return of Michael Myers.
AKA Cynthia Myers (original series)/Angel "Boo" Myers (Zombieverse)
Laurie Strode is the Final 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)
- Action Girl: In H20, where she actually kills Michael. Except not really, but she gets points for trying.
- Action Survivor: She made it out of Michael's first two rampages alive, even stabbing him three times in the first film.
- Audience Surrogate: In the original, she's just an ordinary teen, much like the targeted audience.
- Badass Normal: She might be a normal teenage girl, but Laurie fights back against Michael with anything at her disposal, including sewing needles, a clothing hanger, and a revolver.
- Big Sister Instinct: Despite being terrified, she vehemently protects Tommy and Lindsey from Michael in the first movie.
- Broken Bird: Happens to her after encountering Myers, especially and considering Zombie's versions.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In H20, it's a short '90s cut to reflect her new Action Girl status. In Resurrection, it's long and messy after she's been living in an insane asylum.
- Final Girl: Who Took a Level in Badass in Halloween H20.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Two cases of this
- In Resurrection, it is stated that Laurie went mad when she killed the person she thought was Michael Myers, and was locked up in asylum because of it. Turns out this was a plan of hers to get Michael once and for all.
- H2 shows that Laurie was already slipping through the cracks and ends up a screaming wreck after learning she was Michael Myers' sister, after years of not being told.
- Mama Bear: Though she has no qualms against attacking Myers in the first movie, she really makes him suffer in H20 after he attacks her son.
- Plucky Girl: Probably the most relatable part of her character is that she can stand up against pure evil despite being scared to tears.
- Screaming Woman: This is the role that made Jamie Lee Curtis an iconic scream queen.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Offscreen before the events of 4, and at the beginning of Resurrection.
- Taking You with Me: She attempts this with Michael in Resurrection. It fails.
- Took a Level in Badass: In H20. She goes from a shell-shocked survivor to a determined fighter who tries her damned hardest to put Michael down.
Nine-year old orphan daughter of Laurie Strode, who is Michael's main target throughout Halloween 4
.Played by: Danielle Harris (4 and 5) and J.C. Brandy (The Curse)
Jamie's Baby and the target of Michael's and the Cult of Thorn in the sixth movie.
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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up knowing the truth of Michael Myers, and living with his mothers fear.
Doctor Samuel Loomis
, Dr. Loomis is forced multiple times to track Michael down in an attempt to stop him from killing people. And he's pretty Bad Ass
at doing it.Played by: Donald Pleasence (I to II and 4 to The Curse), Tom Kane (H20) and Malcolm McDowell (The remake and its sequel)
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
. 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)
Dr. Marion Chambers
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.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter is among those slain by Michael in the first film.
- Put on a Bus: He retired to Florida between Halloween II and The Return of Michael Myers. Considering what happened in the first two films, you can't exactly blame him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He takes Loomis more seriously than most others do.
- 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.
- The Cameo: In the fith movie.
- Papa Wolf: To Steven.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the first movie, well, he was just a seven year old boy, in the sixth movie however, he ends up beating Michael to an inch of his life.
Jamie Loyd's foster sister in the fourth film, who was looking after her on Halloween. Throughout the movie, she protects Jamie and in the fith film is killed by Michael.