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

* AntiHero: Young Joe is a NominalHero 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 UnscrupulousHero when Cid becomes something of a MoralityPet for him in the third act.
* ByronicHero: 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.
%%* EtTuBrute
* FunctionalAddict: 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.
%%* 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.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Young Joe is initially very greedy and selfish, prefering to rat out a friend rather than losing half of his silver, but he became a better person after his character development and by the end of the film [[spoiler:he even sacrifices himself in order to save the lives of Sara and Cid.]]
%%* UnscrupulousHero
* VillainProtagonist: Young Joe is a hedonistic junkie who wants no part of his future's CrapsackWorld.

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

* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Old Joe will just about anything to save his wife. However, when given an option to stop his past self from meeting her, he refuses. He cannot sacrifice their relationship.
* AntiVillain: He has [[WellIntentionedExtremist sympathetic goals but is willing to do unspeakable things]] to achieve them (though he's also tormented by guilt when he does).
* 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:After killing Abe, he comes dangerously close to ensuring that the Rainmaker exists.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:''Almost.'' Killing Sara would have set Cid on the path to becoming the Rainmaker, but Young Joe's suicide prevents Cid's descent into villainy.]]
* CrusadingWidower: His reason for his mission.
* {{Determinator}}: He won't stop at nothing, not even at killing children, in order to save his wife in the future.
* FutureBadass: While Young Joe, as a Looper, is a killer and criminal, his weapons experience basically boils down to shooting bound and gagged prisoners with a [[ShortRangeShotgun blunderbuss]]. Old Joe, however, has a few decades of hardened crime life under his belt, and is therefore much more of a threat.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Old Joe.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He accuses his younger self of being selfish, but he himself is not willing either to give up on his love to save her life in the future.
* IHatePastMe: He has no kind words for Young Joe.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Old Joe was trying to [[{{Retgone}} erase the existence]] of The Rainmaker, by killing a younger version of him, but ironically Young Joe commits suicide and Old Joe is erased from existence instead.]]
* 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.
* OneManArmy: He is a highly trained killer who singlehandedly takes out [[spoiler:Abe and all his henchmen]].
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:In his quest to stop the Rainmaker, he ''creates'' the Rainmaker, making him into the BigBad by the end of the movie.]]
* {{Retgone}}: [[spoiler:After Young Joe's suicide, Old Joe simply vanishes from the existence.]]
* 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.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Old Joe wants to save his wife. [[spoiler:Even if it means shooting children.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Ultimately becomes this as he (almost) creates the Rainmaker.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Guns down one of the candidates to become the Rainmaker when he's only a kid.]]

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

* ActionMom: Handy with a shotgun when it comes down to it.
* BadassBoast: 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.
* GoodBadGirl: She used to be a HardDrinkingPartyGirl but has now reformed. Or is trying to.
* MamaBear: 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.
* MoralityChain: [[spoiler: 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]].
* ParentalAbandonment: She didn't want to have Cid and dumped him on her sister for years.
* ReluctantWarrior: 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.

[[folder:Young Seth]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/PaulDano

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:It isn't pretty.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: 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.
* FateWorseThanDeath: 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 AndIMustScream.
%%* TheLancer

[[folder:Old Seth]]
->'''Played By:''' Frank Brennan

* AndIMustScream: Averted, Seth begins to scream in horror as he watches his limbs and fingers disappear, one by one, only for his tongue to disappear as well, making him unable to speak properly but is cut short with a bullet to the head.
* BodyHorror: His CruelAndUnusualDeath involves {{Fingore}}, ''both'' AnArmAndALeg, TongueTrauma, and FacialHorror before [[BoomHeadshot dying by headshot]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: What's left of Old Seth by the time he makes it to the Doc.

[[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.
* TheChewToy: 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.
* 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.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Hilariously incompetent, but surprisingly not an awful person. [[spoiler:Doesn't stop Joe from killing him, though.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: He has this relationship with Abe.

->'''Played By:''' Piper Perabo
* ChekhovsGunman: Two examples. [[spoiler: 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]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: Implied. She turns down Joe's offer to give her half his silver, insisting she'd rather earn her money on her own.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: 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

* AffablyEvil: 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.
* 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: [[spoiler:Particularly when he loses control of his TK]].
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:After Old Joe shoots him, he gets a pretty nasty wound on his face.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler:Cid to The Rainmaker, who "came out of nowhere" and took over organized crime.]]
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:He is the Rainmaker.]]
* MindOverMatter: His powers.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:Cid, a freakishly powerful telekinetic who may or may not become the Rainmaker, who's described as having destroyed five ultra-powerful crime syndicates ''at once''.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Given how young he is, he has very little control over his abilities.

[[folder:The Rainmaker]]

* TheDreaded: 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.
%%* GreaterScopeVillain
* OneManArmy: The Rainmaker, a powerful telekenetic who takes over several extremely powerful crime syndicates singlehandedly.
* RedBaron: 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.
* 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.