Characters: Heat

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    Los Angeles Police Department 

Lt. Vincent Hanna

Played by: Al Pacino

Sammy Casals

Drucker

Mike Bosco

Danny Schwartz

    Neil's Crew 

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.

Michael Cheritto

Trejo

Waingro

    Family 

Justine Hanna

Lauren Gustafson

Charlene Shiherlis

    Neil's Associates 

Nate

Donald Breedan

    Roger Van Zant 

Roger Van Zant

Hugh Benny

    Others 

Eady

Alan Marciano