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Portrayed by: Doug Bradley (Hellraiser to Hellraiser: Hellworld) Stephan Smith Collins (Hellraiser: Revelations)
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (Hellraiser: Revelations)

Main baddie of the series, a mysterious figure known as a Cenobite. Pinhead is an extremely dry witted bringer of the ultimate pleasure, which just happens to take the form of horrific tortures. Formerly Captain Elliot Spencer of the British Expeditionary Force, his mind was shattered after participating in The Third Battle of Flanders (Battle of Passchendaele). Developing a severe case of PTSD and Survivor Guilt, Spenser buried his grief by seeking out increasingly depraved carnal pleasures. His dark journey would eventually lead him to the Lament Configuration, and his transformation into Pinhead.
  • Badass Boast: Very fond of them.
  • Big Good: Interestingly, Pinhead's human form Captain Elliott Spencer is this of Hell on Earth, making it a Doug Bradley vs Doug Bradley fight!
  • Big Bad: Revered as the main antagonist of the franchise.
  • Blasphemous Boast: He doesn't appreciate God's name being brought up around him.
    Pinhead: Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks!?
    Pinhead: I AM THE WAY!!! (Cue Evil Laugh)
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Like all Cenobites, his motives are very hard for humans to perceive.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sense of humor is planted very firmly in the deadpan section.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's willing to spare a victim, if they offer something worthwhile (usually a more wicked soul) in return.
    • Faustian Rebellion remains common, particularly with Kirsty. Depending on the Writer, however, Pinhead may actually keep his word, or he may refuse a victim if he feels they'll come to him eventually anyway.
  • Flanderization: As the sequels kept coming, Pinhead devolved from complex figure, to stereotypical slasher film baddie.
  • Depending on the Writer: His personality can range from supernatural being who punishes the wicked, to a garden variety slasher villain.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When a patient is tricked into opening the Lament Configuration in Hellraiser II, he stops his fellow Cenobites from claiming her. Hard to pin down as a moral standard or just not being his modus operandi, though.
    Pinhead: It is not the hand that calls us. It is desire.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pinhead Unbound in Hellraiser IV berates his demonic partner Angelique for trying to win over John Merchant through seduction. Pinhead has a better plan: torture John and his family into obedience.
  • Evil Is Hammy: When he wants to, he can crank up the ham.
  • Hellbent For Leather: In the most literal sense.
  • Nightmare Fetishist

    Other Cenobites 
Pinhead never appears alone. When he is summoned, he is accompanied by a revolving door of likewise mutilated Cenobites. Later films portray him as their leader, or at least the head demon in charge.


Portrayed by: Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Mike Jay Regan (Hellseeker, Deader, & Hellworld), Jolene Anderson (Revelations)

Pinhead's most constant Cenobite follower, and only one to appear more than twice. He appears as a tan figure, with the skin on his face stretched back by hooks. Obscuring his eyes, and leaving his gums and trademark chattering teeth exposed.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Female Chatterer from Revelations.
  • The Dragon: Though the Female Cenobite seemed to occupy it at first, his constant appearances pretty much grant him the title by default.
  • Dumb Muscle: His primary role is that of an enforcer, usually restraining subjects for Pinhead.
  • Enfant Terrible: At least one incarnation was a child who became a Cenobite.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Inferno, where he appears as a legless variant aptly called Torso.
  • Legacy Character: Pinhead seems to like having a variant (be it a Hell Hound or a female) of Chatterer around.
  • The Voiceless: He obviously can't talk with his disfigurement.

Female Cenobite

Portrayed by: Grace Kirby (Hellraiser), Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)

One of the original four Cenobites. A raspy voiced female, with wires peeling back the skin around her throat.
  • Bald Women: As with most Cenobites, she has no hair.
  • The Dragon: Before Chatterer took the role, she seemed to be Pinhead's second in command, and only one who spoke to him as an equal.
  • Woman Scorned: In the comic.

Butterball Cenobite

Portrayed by: Simon Bamford

Last of the original four Cenobites. A grotesquely fat and mostly silent Cenobite, with a pair of sunglasses.


Portrayed by: Ken Carpenter

Formerly cameraman Daniel "Doc" Fisher. The first of several Pseudo-Cenobites, Cenobites forcibly morphed by Pinhead who haven't received their punishment in Hell. Has a camera lens where his right eye goes, and can make things he records explode.
  • Badass Mustache: A very unique characteristic, as Cenobites usually appear hairless.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Like CD, his is unexplained. Unlike CD, we get enough background to wonder why he's suddenly a Cenobite.
  • Improbable Weapon User: More than the other Cenobites of his generation, as he kills someone by extending his camera lens into their skull.


Portrayed by: Eric Willhelm

Formerly Jimmy Hammerstein, local DJ. Jimmy had the misfortune to be DJ'ing the night Pinhead dropped by the Boiler Room. In the midst of the massacre, he was morphed into CD, the second Pseudo-Cenobite. Can launch CD's like shurkiens from the CD player imbedded in his stomach.
  • Deadly Disc: His whole shtick.
  • Dull Surprise: Jimmy seems remarkably unfazed during the massacre. Until he gets a bunch of CD's embedded in his head.
  • Flat Character: Unlike his brethren, has no real characterization before his conversion.


Portrayed by: Peter Atkins

Third of the Pseudo-Cenobites. Formerly Rick Bloodstone, Boiler Room bartender. After the massacre, he was morphed into Barbie, a large Cenobite with power over fire.

Siamese Twins

Portrayed by: Jimmy Schuelke and David Schuelke(Pre-Cenobite) Michael Polish and Mark Polish(As Cenobites)

Mark and Michael Norrington were Identical Twins, working together as security guards at a certain building. On their rounds one night, they had the misfortune of stumbling onto Pinhead and his ilk. The two inseparable brother were merged together at the head, becoming a ghastly Cenobite pair.
  • Body Horror: While common to all Cenobites, the Twins can separate, only to reunite, destroying anyone between them in a shower of Gorn.
  • Creepy Twins: Hard to get much creepier than these two.

Wire Twins

Portrayed by: Lynn Speier and Trish Kara

A mysterious pair of Cenobite Females. They function as the Cenobite equivalent of Succubi, luring in victims with their sexual power.


Portrayed by: Dale Wilson(Pre-Cenobite) Mike Jay Regan(Cenobite)

Deacon Vrainian was once a skilled and lauded surgeon in his human life. But one slip up cost him the life of his wife during an operation. His mind shattered, Deacon eventually stumbled upon the Lament Configuration. Pinhead offered him a way to forget his pain. And so, he became a sinister Cenobite Surgeon.

Bound and Bound II

Portrayed by: Nancy Lilley(Female) Gary J. Tunnicliffe(Male)

A pair of similar, but unrelated Cenobites. Appearing with leather straps bound over their eyes and mouths.

    Kirsty Cotton 
Portrayed by: Ashley Laurence

The closet thing the franchise has to a main protagonist, making an appearance in three films. Niece of the despicable Frank Cotton, she winds up entangled in the plans of the Cenobites.

  • Bittersweet Ending: She successfully bargains her way out of Pinhead's clutches but the methods to do so have most likely damned her to Hell when she dies anyway.
  • Damsel out of Distress: After all the years of fearing Pinhead and his ilk, she escapes from them.
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her murder of her husband's mistress is heavily implied to condemn the other woman to Hell, despite no sign that she even knew Kirsty existed.
  • Domestic Abuse: In Hellseeker, her cheating husband was planning on killing her.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In Hellseeker she murders her husband's mistress to try to save herself. We have no evidence that the mistress knew of the marriage in the first place, much less wished Kirsty ill.
  • Final Girl
  • Genre Savvy: By the time of Hellseeker
  • Tear Off Your Face: Does this to Julia in Hellraiser II, to Kill and Replace her.

     Other notable characters 

Frank Cotton

Portrayed by: Sean Chapman and Andrew Robinson
The decrepit soul who started it all. Frank believed he had felt all the pleasures the world could offer him. Until he found a mysterious puzzle box on a trek through India. Solving it, he was whisked off to the Cenobite realm to experience the so called "Ultimate pleasure". And after years of this "Ultimate pleasure" he wants out.

Julia Cotton

Portrayed by: Clare Higgins
Kirsty's stepmother, who was having a sexual affair with Frank. When Frank came back from the Cenobite realm, she began to work for him before being taken to Hell herself. In the second film, she escapes Hell under servitude to Leviathan. Forms a Big Bad Duumvirate with Channard.

Phillip Channard

Portrayed by: Kenneth Cranham
The sadistic and psychotic namesake and head of the Channard Institute in Hellraiser II


The God of Hell. Master of the Cenobites, who uses them as foot soldiers. Takes the form of a giant golden lozenge with black beams of light.

Joanne Summerskill

Portrayed by: Terry Farrell
A reporter trying to uncover the mystery behind the Lament Configuration

J.P Monroe/Piston-Head

Portrayed by: Kevin Bernhardt
Scumbag owner of The Boiler Room, a nightclub in Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. After purchasing a certain macabre looking pillar, he becomes wrapped up in Pinhead's evil plan.


Portrayed by: Valentina Vargas
Demon Princess of Hell. Angelique is a Demon Daughter of Leviathan, eventually turned into a rank and file Cenobite by Pinhead.
  • Bald Women: You try growing hair when your scalp is split open and tethered by hooks.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pinhead originally addresses her with respect, if disagreeing with her methods, implying that Angelique is his superior. After her conversion, she no longer even receives lines, and is just another Cenobite in his retinue.
  • Ironic Name: Angelique is French for "Angel".

Detective Joseph Thorne / The Engineer

Portrayed by: Craig Sheffer
A hedonistic, asshole detective with a penchant for solving puzzles who is trying to track down a serial killer called The Engineer. Appeared in Hellraiser: Inferno. Turns out he is The Engineer himself and has condemned himself to eternal suffering courtesy his Jerkass behavior and hedonistic tendencies.

Trevor Gooden

Kirsty's husband in Hellseeker. After Kirsty's fake death, Trevor suffers amnesia before the Cenobites begin to stalk him. Turns out he was cheating on Kirsty and planing on killing her with the Lament Configuration. Kirsty turns the tables on him and sent the cenobites on to him.

     The Merchant Family 
Three generations of men tied to the Cenobites and the Lament Configuration. All portrayed by Bruce Ramsey.

Doctor Paul Merchant

A scientist in the far future, and latest of the cursed Merchant bloodline.
  • Badass: This is the guy who kills Pinhead

Philip Lemarchand

The creator of the Lament Configuration.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He had no clue the toybox he was commissioned to make would bring about his end, and curse his bloodline for generations.