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Played By: Ben Foster
- All-Loving Hero: Bower is selflessly brave as he tries to save as many people he can and doesn't want to leave people behind to die. Though he does becomes apathetic at one point in the film.
- Always Save the Girl: Bower seems to value the life of his wife more than anything else and hopes to find her before the Hunters do.
- Arm Cannon: His main weapon.
- Badass: You wouldn't think so at first by he has his moments.
- Break the Cutie: Bower is a boy-scout who slowly loses his sanity through out the film.
- Claustrophobia: Suffers from it, as shown from his panic attacks when trapped in hypersleep and when he gets stuck when traveling through vents.
- Despair Event Horizon: When he founds out that all his love ones are dead he almost gives up on saving the ship.Bower: There's nothing left! Its gone! There's nothing left to go back to...
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: There was nothing left for him on Earth, so he enlisted on the mission.
- Face Your Fears: Bower is a claustrophobe, but being on a ship with cramped corridors and tight vents, he doesn't have much of an option but to face down his phobia.
Gallo: Let go of your fear!
- Especially towards the end where Gallo tries to drive him insane by exploiting this fear. He opens up the control room window revealing nothing but pitch black. Bower has another panic attack due to there seemly being no escape now and is closed in by the creatures.
- Goal in Life: Bower's reason for going on the ship is to found a place in history.
- Happy Flashback: Has one about his childhood where he watches TV with his parents when Tanis is discovered and being inspired by the idea of sending people there.
- He does remember his wife, Evalon, mouthing the words "I love you". Also flashes back to moments with him holding her hand.
- The Heart: Bower acts as this to Nadia and Leland. Wanting everyone to stop fighting each other and start supporting each other.Bower: I know it's felt like every man for himself. But a little fucking solidarity goes a long way.
- The Idealist: Bower is a boy-scout as Payton calls him. He believes there will always be law and solidarity goes a long way.
- Loser Protagonist: His wife left him and there is really nothing left for him on Earth.
- Made of Iron: He continually gets damaged and wounded but powers through.
- Ontological Mystery: He remembers his training and mundane details, but not much in the way of his past.
- Running Gag: He falls A LOT through out the film.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: He was in cryo-sleep while everything aboard the ship was going to pot.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: His Arm Cannon.
- Stun Gun: What his arm cannon operates as. However, like any real riot-control weapon, it can be very dangerous if used up close.
- Tragic Hero: Turns out that the woman he remembers isn't his wife but his ex and she stayed on Earth. After the divorce he had nothing left and enlisted on the flight to found a place in history. He obviously still loves her as he had kept a photo of the woman. Worse is that Earth mysteriously vanished, meaning that she did as well.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has a quick fight with Nadia.
Played By: Dennis Quaid
- Alone with the Psycho: The psycho in this case is Gallo.
- Genre Savvy: He immediately assumes that help isn't coming and that he and Bower need to work together to save the ship. He also blocks off the vent with a wrench and always keeps a large bar handy as a weapon. He's very cautious with the clearly deranged Gallo and hopes to sedate him, but he always keeps his weapon close just in case. He also locks Gallo in one of the hyper-sleep pods when he gets out of control.
- The Heart: When Bower has his claustrophobic panic attack when traveling through the vent he lightens the mood by joking that he got the door open. Also, acting as the voice of reason when Bower becomes desperate to found his wife Payton tells him that he should focus on the ship first.Payton: "We save the ship, we save them."
- He also tries to act as the voice of reason to Gallo.
- Mission Control: Payton stays on the ship's bridge for pretty much the entire film, directing Bower and helping him when he can.
- Ontological Mystery: He's suffering from short-term amnesia from the cryo-sleep, and his conflict with Gallo on the bridge is his mind trying to resolve this.
- Only Sane Man: Between the fearful Bower, the crazy Gallo and all the self-interested survivors on the ship, Payton remains relatively calm, focused and maintains the voice of reason.
Played By: Cam Gigandet
- Ax-Crazy: Gallo becomes increasingly unhinged and violent.
- Large Ham: You could say crazy is hammy.Gallo: You're killing us! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE, CORPORAL!!"
- It's All About Me: He consistently tries to get Payton to abandon Bower and launch themselves out into space before the ship shuts down, buying them a few more days to be rescued.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gallo played by pretty boy Cam Gigandet is naked in this.
- Sanity Slippage: Progressively goes through this on the bridge with Payton.
- Unreliable Expositor: Gallo claims that the ship is lost in space when it really isn't.
Played By: Antje Traue
- Action Survivor: Nadia came out of cryosleep months before Bower, and she's turned into a hardened survivor with battle-damaged clothing and shivs. It's not clear how tough she was before cryosleep, or if months of living on the run from the Hunters toughened her up. She's also a "survivor" in the sense that she was originally part of a team of crewmembers from the Biology crew who all woke up at once, but who got picked off one at a time.
- Badass Bookworm: She's pretty athletic and knows how to fight. Before the flight she was apart of the Brandenburg Institute genetic sampling team located in Germany.
- Barefoot Poverty: Only walks around in tattered socks exposing her toes and heels.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: She eats grasshoppers because its good for protein.
- Justified in that grasshoppers actually contain disproportionately high levels of protein for human consumption. Also considering that there's little edible food left on the ship, it's a survival tactic. They didn't just leave grasshoppers alive for a thousand years on the ship, she must have hatched the grasshoppers out of cryosleep, intentionally raising them specifically as a food source.
- Character Development: She drops her egocentric mindset and actually shows some solidarity by actually caring about Bower's search for his wife. This happens after Bower saves her from being eaten a couple of times.
- Clothing Damage: She sustains a fair bit of it, which partly makes her.
- Dark Action Girl: Initially acts as an antagonist to Bower.
- Deus Angst Machina: Nadia broods about her state of amnesia.Nadia: It only comes in pieces. I know everything about this vault and it's systems. But still can't remember where I grew up...or my brother's name.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: She doesn't trust Bower at first and judging from guys like Leland you can see why.
- Gratuitous German: Nadia's primary language is German, though she knows fluent English. Sometimes when she curses she falls back into untranslated German.
- Grudging "Thank You": To Bower.
- Hates Being Touched: Puts a knife to Bower's neck when he touches her.
- Home Base: Nadia actually has a very nifty hiding place, compared to other crewmembers who just wander the halls after they wake up and then get picked off by the Hunters. As the head of the Biology crew, she has access to the restricted "Noah's ark" vault containing thousands of biological samples. Because it's restricted to her palm-print it's one of the few areas in the ship that the Hunters can't get into. This also means that it's still relatively clean, and hasn't worn down from years of Hunters crawling through it (unlike the grime-covered other sections of the ship). When she takes Bower and Mahn in there, it's one of the few times that they actually feel momentarily safe. The downside is that while Nadia is keyed for access to the Biology section, she can't get into any of the sensitive areas like the bridge or reactor, which are keyed for Flight crew only - that is, until Bower shows up.
- The Heart: She keeps Bower motivated to save the ship.
- It's All About Me: Due to the fact that there is no rescue, turning back, and the flight crew seemingly dead Nadia has developed an "every man for himself" attitude. She mugs Bower for his supplies (and shoes) and is willing to leave Mahn behind in the Hunter's hunting ground because he is slowing her down.
- Justified Criminal: During the first mugging she says that she'll gut Bower if he resists. However, during her second mugging attempt where Bower resists and falls from a great distance she asks him if he is okay instead. Indicating that what she said was an empty threat.
- Knife Nut: Nadia's weapons of choice.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has torn clothing and sweaty cleave, and her face is easy on the eyes. Not that her outfit is particularly revealing.
- The Smurfette Principle: Becomes this when it's revealed that Bower's wife is not on the ship.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She gives Bower emotional support to remain optimistic after founding out the woman actually left him and vanished along with Earth. This is right after he saves her from being eaten by Leland and this her way of showing gratitude.Nadia: Well...she saved your life.
- She also offers him grasshoppers and he accepts, which disgusts Mahn.
- Also tries to keep Bower from going insane and defending him from Gallo.
- Workaholic: Her motive for enlisting on the mission was that it didn't feel right handing off the genetic samples of earth's biosphere she worked seven years to get. So she volunteered to go along with it and still protects it when the ship goes to hell.
- Unreliable Expositor: Nadia thinks that the creatures are crew/passengers who have transformed, but they are actually evolved descendants of them.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Stops Mahn from doing this to a Hunter child, thinking it's human at first.
Played By: Cung Le
- Bad Ass: This guy is the most capable fighter in Bower's little rag-tag squad. He tangles with Hunters pretty regularly and even kills the Hunter leader in one-on-one combat.
- The Big Guy
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Determinator: Every time the hunters corner him he tries to put up a fight even though he is physically out match.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He lures the Hunters away while Bower resets the reactor, resulting in his death.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Mahn is an agricultural worker who also just happens to be a martial arts expert, both with and without weapons (played by professional fighter Cung Le).
- Moral Dilemma: He becomes conflicted with killing a Hunter child.
- Nice Guy: Manh is by far the kindest and most noble character. He saves Bower twice, once from the Hunters and once from Nadia. He offers to guide Bower through danger to the reactor with only the slightest clue as to Bower's mission. He's easily one of the more capable fighters and never leaves Bower or Nadia behind (despite the two of them leaving him behind on more than one occasion). He holds the broken catwalk when it breaks. And, finally, he distracts the Hunters and lures them away while Bower resets the reactor.
- Only Sane Man: Manh is only person Bower encounters on the ship that doesn't need to be persuaded to help him restart the reactor and save the ship.
- Pet the Dog: Refusing to kill the Hunter child is rather sweet. Too bad it gets him killed.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has a quick fight with Nadia as well.
Played By: Eddie Rouse
- Character Death: Gallo kills him with a syringe.
- Despair Speech: He has a very pessimistic view of the situation. No rescue since Earth is gone and they lost control of the ship. So there is nothing left to live for other then go by survival instinct.Leland: I wouldn't have survived this long if I had a heart. You know, a strange thing, the survival instinct. I mean, there's nothing really left to live for.
- Dirty Coward: Leland is very quick to abandon others.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys:Leland: You don't survive this long trusting strangers.
- Eye Scream: Gallo shoots a syringe into his eye.
- Faux Affably Evil: Behaves very considerate and helpful at first.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He has no choice other than a little bit of algae to make herbs with.
- It's All About Me: His schtick.
- Mr. Exposition: He's the one to explain some of the mysteries of the ship.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Tries to be funny and friendly...at first.
- Survivor Guilt: Leland feels ashamed by what he has done to survive and doesn't want to be judged for it.
- The Social Darwinist: Says that he wouldn't survive this long if he had a heart.Leland: Its just survival of the fittest...or maybe the brightest.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Leland does this to Bower when he gives up on saving the ship.
Played By: André Hennicke
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Since the Hunters value strength and are known to eat each other, you only get to be the leader by being the smartest, most badass hunter of them all.
- Badass: Even for a Hunter, he's the toughest and smartest of them all.
- Big Bad: The leader of the Hunters. Subverted ultimately. Gallo is the Big Bad.
- Character Death: Mahn kills him in one-on-one combat.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Hunters are a cannibal clan, after all.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Mahn to be one, giving him a weapon for their fight.
Played By: Norman Reedus
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's nice and cooperative with Bower for maybe a minute until learning he isn't a part of a rescue team. Then he immediately becomes hostile and dismissive of Bower's mission.Shepard: You're late. There's no fucking C.O. on this ship. Fuck you.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He rivals Bower in the sheer amount of f-bombs dropped.
- Dirty Coward: The primary reason he refuses to help Bower is out of fear of the Hunters, despite the fact that everybody's dead anyway if Bower doesn't fix the ship.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He dies mere minutes after cursing out Bower, refusing to help him and abandoning him to the Hunters - after Bower saved him from a Hunter trap.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He abandons Bower after he's saved by him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's only in the movie for maybe four minutes.
Played By: Dennis Quaid & Cam Gigandet
- Affably Evil: Gallo is very likable when he thinks he's Payton.
- A God Am I?/Satanic Archetype: Gallo takes it upon himself to be the new God, enticing the hunters with his brutal philosophy, and the new Devil, mocking and destroying pluralism and morality. Leland sums it up nicely.Leland: He was both God and the Devil!
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Payton goes from a helpful professional and Mission Control to an Ax-Crazy Big Bad after he remembers he's Gallo.
- Ax-Crazy: Gallo suffered from pandorum after the transmission from Earth, and went completely insane. He slaughtered his crewmates and claimed himself to be King of the ship for an unspecified length of time.
- Big Bad: Everything going wrong on the ship is due to Gallo: the power loss, the abandonment of the original mission...he even created the Hunters.
- Crazy Survivalist: Gallo is fixated on survival of the fittest, and set himself up as the King of his new world after catching the Space Madness.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: It absolutely baffles him why Bower doesn't want to stay on the ship and eat people.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Is this to some degree.Gallo:This ship is a seed which we can create a new world! Raw! Natural state! Beautiful! Perfect!
- God Is Dead: This is Gallo's claim and his justification.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He doesn't take the news of Earth's supposed destruction well.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gallo managed to influence an entire culture through his insane rantings and control of the ship.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Gallo rants about how the aspects of human civilization such as law, order, morality are petty concepts which led to overpopulation. That they should create a new world to replace humanity with the ship in a natural state, which is an obvious reference to the tribal Hunters.
- Motive Rant: He gets a downright impressive rant during the climax.Gallo:"You have to let go of your petty concept of reality. That's just baggage from the old world and we both know that didn't work out very well now, did it? They fucked up our planet. Life eats life. And all that's left is what is."
- Order Versus Chaos: The battle between Payton and Gallo, sanity and insanity, the person he once was and the person he became.
- The Social Darwinist: Gallo believes that literal dog eat dog tactics would prevent overpopulation from happening again.
- Space Madness: What drove him crazy was the onset of pandorum.
- Split-Personality Merge: What transpires between Payton and Cam!Gallo is basically Gallo's evil Id and dutiful Superego fighting each other. The evil Id wins.
- Villainous Breakdown: Gallo is constantly having one, his erratic behaviour making him jump from rant to rant.