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!!Llewelyn Moss
->'''Played By''': Creator/JoshBrolin

A trailer park inhabitant who accidentally comes across the remnants of a Mexican drug shootout while hunting, and decides to take the money he finds, sparking the events of the movie.

* ActionSurvivor: In some parts. [[spoiler: Not so much by the end.]]
* AntiHero/ NominalHero: Type IV or Type V , given his {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and his willingness to let innocent people die to save himself.
* {{Badass}}: For all in the world, he does manage to battle Anton Chigurh on relatively equal terms, outsmarting him once, and wounding him in a gunfight.
* BadassMoustache: Justified because of the year.
* CrazyPrepared: He goes to some trouble setting up a proper hideout and trying to preempt his enemy's attacks. [[ProperlyParanoid If it were not for his quick thinking and planning]], he would have been killed very quickly.
* DecoyProtagonist: The movie follows him, but Bell is the real protagonist.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In all badassery, he insults Chigurh when he is offered Carla Jean's life in exchange for the money. [[spoiler: Subverted in that it gets both Moss and Carla Jean killed.]]
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: He bravely refuses Chigurh's offer, speaking up to him all the while. [[spoiler: It gets him and Carla Jean killed.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: He is unceremoniously killed by Mexican drug runners offscreen.]]
* [[GuileHero Guile Anti-Hero]]: He manages to survive being chased by the Mexicans and Chigurh by the combination of savvy foresight and street-smart cunning.
* TheHunter: Apparently lives by hunting pronghorn.
* {{Jerkass}}: He is not a sympathetic person, and would be considered the villain against anyone but Anton Chigurh.
* NiceHat: Even after returning to the United States without any clothes other than hospital robes he buys one.

!!Anton Chigurh
->'''Played By''': Creator/JavierBardem

A Mexican hitman, and the primary antagonist of the story. He is tasked with obtaining the money lost in the shootout, but he goes rogue, and starts killing everyone in his pursuit of the money.

* AxCrazy: A subversion. Even if they [[BlueAndOrangeMorality don't make sense to a normal person]], Chigurh has his reasons, and he's more coldly logical than crazy. He does, however, have one of the primary traits of a true AxCrazy, which is the immense amount of danger involved in even speaking to him.
* {{Badass}}: Even discussed by Moss and Carson
%%* BadassBaritone
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Moss is killed, though not by him, but Moss' murderers fail to obtain the money, and he instead finds them. He subsequently kills Carla Jean, and escapes justice perfectly. He gets injured in the car crash, though.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: His ridiculous haircut says nothing about the ruthless and implacable killer he actually is.
* BigBad: Of the film
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: He has his own set of moral codes, completely incomprehensible to everyone else.
* CreepyMonotone: Never raises his voice
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Once [[spoiler:Moss gets rid of the tracker device, Chigurh switches strategy to killing Carson and threatening Carla Jean to draw Moss out]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Demonstrated in the gas station.
* {{Determinator}}: He's basically a human SuperPersistentPredator
* DisproportionateRetribution: Inflicted by him on the shop owner early on. He tries conversing with Chigurh, who responds by having him call a coin toss for his life. [[spoiler: The salesman guesses correct, but still...]]
* DissonantSerenity: One of the most chilling aspects of him.
* TheDreaded: In the drug business.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: He looks like death warmed over.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first scene of the movie has him strangling a deputy with his handcuffs, and then killing a random driver with his air canister. Also, when he buys gas at a highway store, he makes the coin toss on the salesman for trying to small-talk with him.
* EvilIsPetty: As Carson puts it, he doesn't have a sense of humor. He is willing to [[spoiler:belittle and possibly kill a gas station attendant for ''trying to make small talk with him'']]. This only makes him more terrifying.
* EvilSoundsDeep: he has a really deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Either this or ItAmusedMe. The book describes in the opening, how he allows himself to be arrested, just in order to see if he can escape with his supreme act of will. [[spoiler:He can.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Just another reason to be terrified of him, he is incredibly intelligent, planning tactical entries into rooms before doing them and able to patch up a wound from a shotgun blast. All of that mixed with being one of the most dangerous and unstoppable assassins in movie history.
* HatesSmallTalk: The reason why he nearly kills the gas station attendant.
* HeroKiller: Toyed with because [[spoiler: he never gets to kill Moss]]
* IGaveMyWord: Villainous case. [[spoiler: He "promises" Moss that Carla Jean will be hurt if he does not comply. He does not, and is killed, and Chigurh retrieves the money, and he still kills Carla Jean just because he gave his word to do so.]]
* ImplacableMan: See {{Determinator}}
* KarmaHoudini: Partially. [[spoiler:He survives, but with a fracture that leaves his arm bone sticking out.]]
* KickTheDog: Frequently. Notably, making the coin toss on the salesman for trying to make small talk with him, strangling the deputy to see if he could, killing the driver, and eventually [[spoiler: killing Carla Jean.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Shooting Wells in the groin, and also his pursuit of Moss.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Chigurh's true strength is his ability to get the element of surprise. When that is no longer in his favor, he's not nearly as effective.
* LackOfEmpathy: Because he's TheSociopath.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant:
* NoSenseOfHumor
* ProfessionalKiller: His profession, though he is much more than that.
* PsychoForHire
* RaceLift: Or at least implied FakeNationality. In the book Chigurh's nationality is ambiguous. In the movie he's played by Spanish Javier Bardem and most assume him to be mexican.
* RogueAgent: After killing the drug executives accompanying him to the crime scene with the Mexicans.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Not so much [[spoiler: because he's relying on the tracker in the money suitcase.]] Though even without it, [[spoiler: he manages to locate Moss, Wells, Carla AND the money.]]
* SlasherSmile: Has one when he's choking his arresting officer to death.
* TheSociopath: He is such a potent one that he's basically a walking force of unstoppable evil.
* SoftSpokenSadist: See CreepyMonotone above.
* TheSpook: Absolutely ''nothing'' is known about him, except for, maybe, his name.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: The closest he gets to this, and justice in any way in general, is when Carla Jean refuses to call his coin toss, completely wrecking his moral conception of the world. He kills her anyway.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: His captive bolt pistol and oxygen canister. As well as his silenced shotgun.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Javier Bardem intentionally muddied his natural Spanish accent to make Chigurh's nationality more ambiguous.

!!Ed Tom Bell
->'''Played By''': Tommy Lee Jones

The elderly sheriff of the unspecified county where the events of the novel takes place, and the narrator of the story.

%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler: the death of Moss, and presumably Carla Jean, although we don't see him react to it, he retires finding himself incapable of reacting to all the pointless violence around him.]]
%%* GrumpyOldMan
%%* NarratorAllAlong
* OldCopYoungCop: With Deputy Wendell
* PinballProtagonist: He has no effect on the plot whatsoever, but is stil the protagonist.
%%* PoliceAreUseless
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In the book, he claims that he prefers [[CoolGuns Colt Single Action Armies]] chambered in .44-40 Winchester.
%%* TheSheriff
%%* UselessProtagonist
* WhenIWasYourAge: Does not say it outright, but he laments all the violence spreading in Texas, when compared to in his youth.

!!Carla Jean Moss
->'''Played By''': Creator/KellyMacdonald

The wife of Llewelyn Moss, and involuntary object of a wide range of problems caused by his ordeals.

* TheChick: To Moss's TheHero
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In the film.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Carla Jean:''' The coin ain't got no say. It's just ''you''.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In a similar vein to Sheriff Bell, she is a character who is not evil at all in any way, but instead powerless in an evil world.
%%* TheIngenue
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Chigurh resorts to this to keep his word.]]
%%* NiceGirl

!!Carson Wells
->'''Played By''': Creator/WoodyHarrelson

A hitman hired by the same drug runners that previously hired Chigurh, in order to track down the money and kill Chigurh.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: Speaks of Chigurh as, in the words of Moss, "The Ultimate {{Badass}}"
* AintTooProudToBeg: [[spoiler: He doesn't resort to full-fledged begging, but at the hands of Chigurh, he, with increasing desperation tries to convince him to let him live, as he knows where the money is, and that he can give extra money to Chigurh. It doesn't help.]]
* AntiVillain: He seems a fairly decent guy, compared to Chigurh
* ContractOnTheHitman: Is hired to take care of Chigurh, after he goes rogue.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Offers to protect Moss from Chigurh, in exchange of the money.
* HitmanWithAHeart: At least when compared to Chigurh....
* MrExposition: His effect on the plot is limited, but he serves to give some exposition on Chigurh.
* NiceHat 'cause he's a GoodOldBoy
* ProfessionalKiller: A more straightforward example than Chigurh.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler: After a short period of action in the middle of the movie, mostly to create exposition for Chigurh, Chigurh kills him.]]

!!Man Who Hires Wells

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

An enigmatic businessman who hires Anton Chigurh to recover the money, and Carson Wells when Chigurh goes rogue.

* BiggerBad: The money Moss finds and that Chigurh is after belongs to his organization. [[spoiler: In the book, however, he is only middle management. After killing him, Chigurh returns the money to his boss, an even more mysterious Biggest Bad.]]
* ContractOnTheHitman: Hires Carson Wells to kill Chigurh after the latter goes rogue, but it [[AssassinOutclassin backfires]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He is this combined with CorruptHick. He has a nice office in a Houston highrise, from which he apparently runs the day-to-day operations of a Texan drug cartel.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shows shades of this in his interactions with Carson Wells.
* NoNameGiven: We never learn his name. Or anything else about him.
* OhCrap: The look on his face when [[spoiler: Chigurh bursts through the door]] says it all.
* ProperlyParanoid: Gives transponders to both Chigurh and the Mexicans, [[spoiler: which backfires spectacularly when Chigurh takes offense at this and kills him.]] Also, his office is only accessible by entering a secret code into the elevator, which changes after every use. In the film version, he keeps a pistol in his desk drawer.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Only appears in two scenes, [[spoiler: and in the second one he gets blasted in the throat with birdshot before he can have any lines]], but his actions have a large impact on the plot.
* TheSyndicate: Runs one in Texas that does business with [[TheCartel their counterparts south of the border]].