Characters / Looper

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  • Anti-Hero: Young Joe is a Nominal Hero at the start of the movie. He's (mostly) self-centered, has no qualms executing people for the mob, and shows few signs of heroism throughout most of the film. He develops more into an Unscrupulous Hero when Cid becomes something of a Morality Pet for him in the third act.
  • Byronic Hero: Joe himself is a hitman who not only works for himself, but is also a flawed protagonist with a mysterious past that is never mentioned.
  • Functional Addict: Averted. While relatively efficient at their jobs, both Joes are crippling addicts to the "eyedrop drug." Somewhat played straight with Old Joe however, as he's been off the stuff thanks to his wife. The withdrawal symptoms on the other hand look to be similar to heroin, only about a hundred times worse.

    Old Joe 
Played By: Bruce Willis

Played By: Emily Blunt

  • Action Mom: Handy with a shotgun when it comes down to it.
  • Badass Boast: Her first major line has her delivering one while aiming the rifle at the apparent intruder in the corn field. Played with in that Joe quickly realises she's overcompensating - as she's spending too much time describing what she's going to do than actually doing it.
  • Good Bad Girl: She used to be a Hard-Drinking Party Girl but has now reformed. Or is trying to.
  • Mama Bear: Sara makes an effort to be this trope personified, except she's way softer than she plays at. Most of her badass is bluster, which Joe twigs to quickly.
    Sara: This is a Remington 870. One blast could cut you the fuck in ha—
    Joe: (cutting her off) In half. Yeah, that's telling. You're holding a gun, I say I'm not afraid, so you describe the gun to me. It's not the gun I'm not afraid of.
  • Morality Chain: Cid's transformation into the Rain Maker is implied to have been started by watching her get killed. Her influence is what causes him to spare older Joe.
  • Parental Abandonment: She didn't want to have Cid and dumped him on her sister for years.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Downplayed. Sara doesn't want to kill anyone, but has to protect her farm from vagrants in some way. She uses a shotgun loaded with rock salt; highly unlikely to be fatal, but it hurts like hell.

    Young Seth 
Played By: Paul Dano

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: It isn't pretty.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Well, Decoy Deuteragonist. He's set up to be important in the first act, but stops being relevant to the plot shortly after becoming important to it.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Implied for young Seth. Abe knows they can't kill him (because he needs to survive long enough to be sent back in time and complete the loop), so instead condemns him to 30 years bedridden with no limbs, tongue, ears or nose. The fact he can (presumably) still talk at least lets him narrowly avert And I Must Scream.

    Old Seth 
Played By: Frank Brennan

    Kid Blue 
Played By: Noah Segan

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Blue has aspirations to be something greater, but he's far too incompetent to be taken seriously.
  • The Chew Toy: Things rarely go right for Kid Blue, although it's usually his own fault.
  • Determinator: Credit where credit's due; he doesn't give up, even if it's the smart thing to do. Especially since this involved driving a hoverbike with a single broken hand, pulling off reasonably accurate shots with his offhand in the meantime.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mishandling his gun and being mocked by his co-workers establishes Blue as a notorious fuck-up.
  • The Gunfighter Wannabe: Blue wants to be deadly with a gun, but has clearly been watching too many Westerns. Or maybe not enough.
  • Gun Twirling: Frequently does this, even though he's shot himself in the foot before.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Hilariously incompetent, but surprisingly not an awful person. Doesn't stop Joe from killing him, though.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has this relationship with Abe.

Played By: Piper Perabo
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Two examples. Her son turns out to be one of the potential candidates to become the future Rain Maker. Old Joe visiting her apartment also leads to Abe's crew catching him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Implied. She turns down Joe's offer to give her half his silver, insisting she'd rather earn her money on her own.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She seems good-natured enough, and comforts Joe when he's feeling guilt over Seth's death. She's also working as a prostitute to provide for her son. However, she flatly rejects Joe's attempts to "save" her from her lifestyle, and she sees him as just another client.

Played By: Jeff Daniels

  • Affably Evil: Abe just wants to have nice talks with people until they give him what he wants... or until he gets fed up and smashes their hands with a ball-peen hammer.
  • Big Bad: Right up until Old Joe kills him.
  • Break Them by Talking: His preferred method of dealing with troublemakers. If that doesn't work, he breaks them with a hammer.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's killed by Old Joe before the finale.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has this relationship with Kid Blue.

Played By: Pierce Gagnon

    The Rainmaker 

  • The Dreaded: The Rainmaker, an evil crime lord from the future who took control of every mob family single-handedly, and now presides over an international reign of terror and mass murder.
  • One-Man Army: The Rainmaker, a powerful telekenetic who takes over several extremely powerful crime syndicates singlehandedly.
  • Red Baron: The Rainmaker, the terrifying future crimelord who sets the movie's plot into motion, the phrase 'reign of terror' is used, making it a pun.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the timeline where he becomes the Rainmaker. He watches his mother be killed, and that becomes his Start of Darkness.

Played By: Garrett Dillahunt

  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's just doing his job, and Young Joe even seems to respect him.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He trains his gun on Cid when startled by him coming down the stairs, but immediately raises his hands to show he's not a threat once it's clear Cid is a child.