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->'''Played By:''' Creator/JosephGordonLevitt

%%* {{Badass}}
%%* ByronicHero
* TheDanza: Joe, as played by '''Joseph''' Gordon Levitt.
%%* EtTuBrute
%%* HeroicSacrifice
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Kills himself to stop the cycle that would create the Rainmaker.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Develops into this over time, especially with LoveRedeems in play.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: In stark contrast to [[LoveMakesYouEvil Old Joe]].]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Redeems himself for his past as a hitman by destroying the main threat in the future... by committing HeroicSuicide.]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:He and Old Joe ultimately become this.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Killed himself so Old Joe will cease from existence.]]
%%* UnscrupulousHero

[[folder:Old Joe]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/BruceWillis

* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Ultimately a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:He cried after killing the first Rainmaker prospect.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Exceptionally good at combat despite the fact that he's pretty old.
* BaldOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Initially. Eventually becomes BaldOfEvil.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:By killing Abe and charging the plot.]]
* CrusadingWidower: His reason for his mission.
* IHatePastMe: He has no kind words for Young Joe.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: The film follows his ProtagonistJourneyToVillain, [[AntiVillain though he didn't became "evil" per se]].]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: By trying to stop the events of the past to save his wife, he becomes a [[spoiler:child-murdering]] monster.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:In his quest to stop the Rainmaker, he ''creates'' the Rainmaker, making him into the BigBad by the end of the movie.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Narrowly {{subverted}}. If Young Joe hadn't performed a HeroicSuicide, he would have created the very Rainmaker that ruined his life.]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:He and Young Joe ultimately become this.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Ultimately becomes this as he (almost) creates the Rainmaker.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Would kill one, actually.]]

->'''Played By:''' Creator/EmilyBlunt

* ActionMom: Handy with a shotgun when it comes down to it.
* FakeAmerican: Emily Blunt is British.
* MamaBear: For Cid.
%%* ReluctantWarrior

->'''Played By:''' Creator/PaulDano

* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:His CruelAndUnusualDeath involves {{Fingore}}, ''both'' AnArmAndALeg and FacialHorror before being KilledOffForReal.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:It isn't pretty.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Well, Decoy {{Deuteragonist}}.]]
%%* TheLancer

[[folder:Kid Blue]]
->'''Played By:''' Noah Segan

* BigBadWannabe: Blue has aspirations to be something greater, but he's far too incompetent to be taken seriously.
* ButtMonkey: 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.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mishandling his gun and being mocked by his co-workers establishes Blue as a notorious fuck-up.
* TheGunfighterWannabe: Blue wants to be deadly with a gun, but has clearly been watching too many Westerns. Or maybe not enough.
* GunTwirling: Frequently does this, even though he's shot himself in the foot before.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He has this relationship with Abe.

->'''Played By:''' Piper Perabo

->'''Played By:''' Jeff Daniels

* AffablyEvil: He takes a friendly tone with his men, giving them advice and cracking jokes.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Right up until Old Joe kills him.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: His preferred method of dealing with troublemakers. If that doesn't work, he breaks them with a hammer.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:He's killed by Old Joe before the finale.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has this relationship with Kid Blue.

->'''Played By:''' Pierce Gagnon

* BadassAdorable: This little boy has the potential to become a PersonOfMassDestruction, being ''way'' more powerful than his mother. [[spoiler:And he does, in the timeline where he becomes the Rainmaker.]]
%%* CreepyChild
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:After Old Joe shoots him, he gets a pretty nasty wound on his face.]]
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:He is the Rainmaker.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:As the future Rainmaker.]]
* MindOverMatter: His powers.
* PowerIncontinence: Given how young he is, he has very little control over his abilities.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:In the timeline where he becomes the Rainmaker. He watches his mother be killed, and that becomes his StartOfDarkness.]]

->'''Played By:''' Garrett Dillahunt

* PunchClockVillain: He's just doing his job, and Young Joe even seems to respect him.
* WouldntHurtAChild: 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.