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Lt. Vincent Hanna

Played by: Al Pacino

Neil McCauley

Played by: Robert De Niro

  • Affably Evil: A ruthless bank robber who's not above polite conversation even with people he says he would murder if he had to, as witnessed by his genial encounter with Vincent.
  • Bad Ass
  • Bank Robbery: The last job he plans with his gang.
  • Beard of Evil: The movie's a bit more complex than straightforward good vs. evil, but symbolically it's no coincidence that the violent Noble Demon bank robber sports a natty little goatee.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He is disgusted with and furious at Waingro for killing the guards during the armored car robbery when it isn't necessary.
  • Gentleman Thief: A Deconstructed Character Archetype. He has the charm and all the connections, but he's a painfully lonely man, and won't get close to anyone for fear that the cops will be right around the corner.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Despite some bad habits, his team of robbers usually watch out for each other. Except for Waingro, who is too inhuman to count.
  • One Last Job: He plans himself one last bank heist before his retirement.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hanna's red.
  • The Stoic
  • Villain Protagonist: A bank robber who is a main character, but he has an equal role with Lt. Hanna, the cop trying to catch him.

Chris Shiherlis

Played by: Val Kilmer

  • The Gambling Addict: The main problem he has, which is the reason his marriage with Charlene is on the rocks.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Charlene. Though it's technically his fault for living his criminal lifestyle in the first place.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Has a brief one when he loses his temper during his argument with Charlene and when he storms out of his house.
  • Tattooed Crook: Sports two tattoos on both his arms.