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Pinhead never appears alone. When he is summoned, he is accompanied by a revolving door of likewise mutilated Cenobites. It appears that three usually go with him. Later films portray him as their leader, or at least the head Cenobite in charge.
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Portrayed by: Doug Bradley (Hellraiser to Hellraiser: Hellworld) Stephan Smith Collins (Hellraiser: Revelations) Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgement)
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, Spencer 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.
  • Anti-Villain: His idea of pleasure is just too off the chart to be what humans want.
  • Badass Baritone: Deep voiced and leader of the cenobite.
  • Badass Boast: Very fond of them.
  • Badass Longrobe: His leather getup resembles a priest's robes, befitting his status as the high priest of an S&M religion.
  • 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!
    • In the comics, Pinhead abandons his post in Hell, abdicating it to Kirsty Cotton, and pursues redemption. It's a con, and even without the power of Hell at his fingertips, he's still the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Villain: He ended up taking over the Big Bad role from intended main villain Julia Cotton.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the third Hellraiser film, he comes back from the dead, but is separated from his human half, making him more dangerous than before. By the end of the third film, this mistake is corrected when his human and cenobite halves merge back together.
  • Cold Ham: During the first two movies, Pinhead is simultaneous restrained and dramatic.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his menacing appearance and tendency to gruesomely mutilate those stupid enough to solve the Lament Configuration, Pinhead can be reasoned with to help fight against even worse threats or if the box was solved against the person’s will or they were tricked into solving it, Pinhead can be reasoned with to find the person(s) responsible. While he does mutilate those who solve the puzzle, most of them are power hungry humans who had it coming big time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flanderization: As the sequels kept coming, Pinhead devolved from complex figure, to stereotypical slasher film baddie.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a human to becoming one of the most powerful cenobites in the Hellraiser series.
  • The Heavy: Plays a major role in every Hellraiser installment.
  • Hellbent For Leather: In the most literal sense.
  • Lean and Mean: Like most cenobite, Pinhead's rather slender.
  • Legacy Character: Hinted at in the films. While Doug Bradley always portrays Pinhead, Hellbound shows him as the mortal Eliot Spencer, survivor of World War I. For comparison, Pin-head's first chronological film appearance is in Bloodline, nearly 100 years before Spencer's birth.
    • Confirmed in the comics, where the Marvel run ties him to Aztec myths, and the ongoing series has him replaced by Kirsty Cotton and Harry Lamour.
  • Motive Decay: Initially his motives are inscrutable. In Hellbound, he's uncertain, but has echoes of human desires. From Hell on Earth on, he's a slasher villain, a generic demon, or a punisher of the wicked, Depending on the Writer.
  • Nightmare Fetishist
  • Noble Demon: Pinhead's adherence to the order's rules lead him to be one of the more nuanced horror movie icons.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Most of the people he gruesomely kills often were those who had it coming.
  • Sense Freak: Except taken to Nightmare Fuel torture levels.
  • War Is Hell: What began Elliot's downward spiral and eventual transformation into a Cenobite.
    Spencer: God died that day at Flanders.


Portrayed by: Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Mike Jay Regan (Hellseeker, Deader, Hellworld & Judgement), 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.

    Female Cenobite 

Female Cenobite/Deep Throat
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.


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 turn 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 schtick.
  • 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 Cenobites 

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 

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 I and II 

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.

Cotton Family

    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.

  • Action Survivor: She's not physically strong enough to fight off Frank or the forces of hell. So, she uses her brain, of course!
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Kirsty is described in the book as being somewhat of a plain Jane, while in the movies she is more conventionally attractive.
  • 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
  • Guile Hero: She outwits Frank in each of their encounters.
  • Latex Perfection: Well, not exactly latex...
  • Odd Friendship: With the cenobites on some ocassions or to fight against a worse threat.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Does this to Julia in Hellraiser II, to Kill and Replace her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With each subsequent movie.

    Frank Cotton 

Frank Cotton
Come to Daddy...
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Portrayed by: Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, 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.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone in the Cotton family has a strong dislike towards Frank given his immoral behavior, and cared little about him. It's possible even the Cenobites hated him, since he was never converted into their ranks.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, Frank is described as being overweight with a massive mustache. This is not the case with Sean Chapman.
  • Asshole Victim: Yes.
  • Badass Boast: His Famous Last Words before the Cenobites rip him apart.
    Frank: Jesus wept.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to experience a sensation he'd never felt before. He got just that when he met the Cenobites.
  • Big Bad: Of the first part. The Cenobites actually help Kirsty to an extent in the movie.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Tries to pull the same stunt in the sequel. Julia is having none of it this time though.
  • Big "NO!": Frank shouts this when Kirsty tosses the Lament Configuration out the window.
    • And again when Kirsty sets fire to his digs in Hell, which causes him to lose his skin again.
  • Cain and Abel: With Larry.
  • Die Laughing: Frank cackles maniacally as the chains rip him apart in the climax.
  • Evil Uncle: To Kirsty.
  • Evil Feels Good: Frank's motivation.
  • Face Stealer: More like "Skin Stealer".
  • The Hedonist: Which led him to the Lament Configuration.
  • Incest Is Relative: Repeatedly tries to force himself on Kirsty, his brother's daughter. Word of God says he never consummated his lust for Kirsty, but it's easy for audiences to assume he had.
  • Kill and Replace: His brother.
  • The Nth Doctor: Sean Chapman plays Frank before his opening of the puzzle box. Oliver Smith plays him in his desiccated/skinless stages. Portrayed by Andrew Robinson after Frank kills Larry and steals his skin.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the book, even after seeing how heavily scarified the Cenobites are (having previously assumed they'd be beautiful women) and hearing their repeated warnings that their offer of "pleasure" isn't what he's thinking of, Frank goes all in anyway. He soon regrets it.
  • Sense Freak: Like most fictional hedonists.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: You never would have known just how evil Frank is based on first impressions.

    Julia Cotton 

Julia Cotton
I'm no longer just the Wicked Stepmother. Now I'm the Evil Queen.
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.

The Merchant Family

    Philip Le Marchand 

Philip Lemarchand

The creator of the Lament Configuration.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. Lemarchand had been obliquely referenced before, but everything implied he was a Cenobite-worshiping cultist. Nobody expected him to be just some guy, much less someone who'd never willingly worked with Leviathan or spent his efforts trying to stop Pinhead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He had no clue the toybox he was commissioned to make would bring about his end, and curse his bloodline for generations.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Starts out a harmless toymaker and winds up creating dimensional doors to perverted hell dimensions.
    • Subverted, however, in that Lemarchand is appalled by this, and attempts to undo it.
Several generations of men tied to the Cenobites and the Lament Configuration. With one exception, All are portrayed by Bruce Ramsey.
    John Merchant 

John Merchant

An architect drawn into his family's feud with Pinhead.
    Doctor Paul Merchant 

Doctor Paul Merchant

A scientist in the far future, and latest of the cursed Merchant bloodline.
  • Badass Bookworm: A brilliant engineer who is the one to defeat and destroy Pinhead, for good.
  • Bald of Awesome: It was meant to show that he's become Pinhead's equal.
  • Magic Versus Science: He's the science fighting Pinhead's magic. His science wins in the end.


Portrayed by Paul Rhys
A degenerate member of the family who has gathered a nihilistic cult following by means of his power over death.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Intends to conquer Hell and overthrow the Cenobites. Pinhead isn't having it. And when Pinhead finally gets his hands on him, it's not even a Curb Stomp Battle!
  • Dark Messiah: Gathers suicidal hedonists to his side and transforms them into "Deaders" - undead beings in various states of decay.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Other descendants of Philip Lemarchand are seen trying to reverse engineer the puzzle box into a configuration that can kill Cenobites. Winter intends to use it to conquer them for his own gain.

Other Characters

    Phillip Channard 

Phillip Channard

Portrayed by: Kenneth Cranham
The sadistic and psychotic namesake and head of the Channard Institute in Hellraiser II
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Part II with Julia.
  • Combat Tentacles: Tipped with scalpels.
  • Deadly Doctor: His killings are medically related ("I recommend amputation!")
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Julia.
  • Evil Feels Good: His Cenobite conversion comes with wires burrowed into his face, and a massive tendril stuck in his head. His reaction to all this?
    Channard: And to think...I hesitated.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He mockingly uses his "bedside manner" voice to feel superior to others as a human, let alone after his conversion into a Cenobite. Once he is made into a monster. he drops all pretenses and revels in his sadism.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's more monstrous than any of the other Cenobites, who have at least retained a sliver of their humanity. Channard's human body is drained and withered during his conversion, with tentacles and wires tearing through the remnants of his flesh.
  • Large Ham: As a cenobite.
  • Loophole Abuse: Thinks getting a crazed patient to open the Lament Configuration will exempt him from the Cenobites' wrath. He's wrong.
  • Off with His Head!: Has the top of his head pulled off by the tendril when his hooks get stuck in the floor.
  • People Puppets: He himself becomes one post-transformation, his feet dangling uselessly in the air as his body is supported by a massive, phallic tentacle that has drilled into his head.
  • Sadist: After becoming a cenobite, Channard actively enjoys inflicting pain on others.
  • Schmuck Bait: Tries to entice Tiffany by having his Combat Tentacles sprout flowers and beckoning fingers. It doesn't work.


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 

Joanne Summerskill

Portrayed by: Terry Farrell
A reporter trying to uncover the mystery behind the Lament Configuration
    J.P. Monroe 

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.
  • Abusive Parents: Never elaborated on, but Pinhead implies he was molested by his parents.
  • Beauty Is Bad: To put it simply, he's a total hunk. And a morally deficient bastard.
  • The Dragon: Briefly to Pinhead, as he was the one bringing him women for him to eat so he could resurrect.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a Casanova scumbag but even he is horrified by Pinhead's cruelty. To an extent.
  • Expy: Of Frank, right down to the "come to daddy" line.
  • The Hedonist: To a lesser extent than Frank.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Right through his noggin, signalling his change into Piston-Head.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed both of his previously mentioned abusive parents.


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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all of her manipulative nature, she spends the entire movie as someone's slave. First Delisle, then Jacques and, eventually, Pinhead himself. One really can't help but feel a twinge of sympathy for her state.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In her physical state.
  • 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".
  • Manipulative Bitch: She plays with John Merchant's head to complete the elysium configuration.
  • Mind over Matter: She demonstrates the ability of telekinesis, such as moving the puzzle box from across the room to her hand.
  • Voice of the Legion: After becoming a cenobite, her voice has a darker reverberation to it.
    Detective Joseph Thorne 

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.
  • The Hedonist: Uses cocaine, cheats on his wife wth hookers and steals from crime scenes to fund his depraved lifestyle.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The creature crawling down halls in the first movie is also canonically named the Engineer, but appears to have no direct relationship with the one Thorne hunts. (The novel has a third entity named the Engineer, but it's unclear if it exists in the film canon.)
  • Smart People Play Chess: The movie opens with Joseph playing speed chess against a friend of his to show his intelligence. On top of that he has a phone conversation halfway through without interrupting his game and goes right back to playing a basketball game after he trumps his opponent.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The severed finger found belongs to his innocent childhood self.
    Trevor Gooden 

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.
  • Big Bad: Technically.
  • Dead All Along: As revealed in the end, was in Limbo from the beginning of the film.