!Super 8


!The Film Crew

!!Joseph ‘Joe’ Lamb
->'''Played By:''' Joel Courtney

%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BadBadActing
%%* CallingTheOldManOut
%%* CharacterDevelopment
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* DoggedNiceGuy
%%* TheHero
%%* HurtingHero
%%* MissingMom
* ParentalNeglect: Joe's father can't wait to shovel him off to a camp for the summer. He's terrified of being left alone with Joe.
%%* TookALevelInBadass: How many kids would enter a flesh-eating alien's lair?
* TragicKeepsake: His Mom's locket.
* WouldHitAGirl: But hesitantly and only because it was the only way to wake her up [[spoiler:so that they could run for their lives.]]

!!Alice Dainard
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ElleFanning

* AbusiveParents: Of the neglectful, alcoholic kind.
%%* TheChick
%%* DefrostingIceQueen
%%* DistressedDamsel
%%* JerkassFacade
%%* MissingMom
%%* ParentalNeglect
%%* SixthRanger
%%* TheSmurfettePrinciple

!!Charles Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Riley Griffiths

%%* BigEater
%%* TheBigGuy
%%* ControlFreak
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* HotBlooded: He's somewhat abrasive and short-tempered.
%%* InsufferableGenius
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* LargeHam
%%* PrimaDonnaDirector
%%* SirSwearsALot
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone, but especially Cary.

->'''Played By:''' Ryan Lee

* AxCrazy: A heroic example.
%%* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
%%* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions
* {{Keet}}: He's pretty hyperactive and easily excitable.
%%* PyroManiac
%%* MadBomber
%%* SirSwearsALot
%%* TagalongKid
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Charles, but also with Martin and Preston.

->'''Played By:''' Gabriel Basso

%%* ButtMonkey
%%* CowardlyLion
%%* DirtyCoward
* IllBoy: He has a very weak stomach.
%%* TheLancer
%%* NervousWreck

->'''Played By:''' Zach Mills

%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* TheSmartGuy

!Residents of Lillian, Ohio

!!Jackson ‘Jack’ Lamb
->'''Played By:''' Kyle Chandler

%%* {{Badass}}
%%* DespairEventHorizon
%%* DressingAsTheEnemy
%%* FantasyForbiddingFather
%%* [[HerHeartWillGoOn His Heart Will Go On]]
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* PapaWolf
%%* OverprotectiveDad
%%* NotSoStoic

!!Louis Dainard
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RonEldard

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]]: Of the neglectful kind.
%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* AlcoholicParent
%%* TheAtoner
%%* DespairEventHorizon
%%* JerkassFacade
%%* OverprotectiveDad
%%* SurvivorGuilt

!!Dr. Thomas Woodward
->'''Played By:''' Glynn Thurman

* TheAtoner: For his part in experimenting on the alien.
%%* BadassTeacher
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* ButtMonkey: He's never seen in a single normal situation. He's always being grabbed, or hurt, or tortured...
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Tells Nelec exactly what he thinks of him.]]
%%* NotQuiteDead
%%* PsychicLink
%%* ReassignedToAntarctica
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

!!Sheriff Pruitt
->'''Played By:''' Brett Rice

%%* BackForTheDead
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Sort of. He's disdainful of portable music because he thinks it's a 'slippery slope'. [[spoiler:Indeed, the guy he chides for it fails to overhear Pruitt being attacked.]]
%%* KilledMidSentence
%%* MauveShirt
%%* TheSheriff

->'''Played By:''' Kyle Gallagher

%%* ChekhovsGunman
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* PrecisionFStrike
%%* TheStoner

[[folder:The Kaznyks]]
!!Mr & Mrs Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Joel [=McKinnon=] Miller & Jessica Tuck

* HappilyMarried: They're never seen arguing, and seem like a team when it comes to dealing with their many kids.
%%* [[NiceGuy Nice Guy and Girl]]
* ParentalSubstitute: They make it clear they're fully prepared to be there for Joe.

!!Jen Kaznyk
->'''Played By:''' Amanda Michalka

* BareYourMidriff: Her usual outfit.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Hates her babysitting job and wishes she could leave it and go to parties.
* MsFanservice: Due to her BareYourMidriff role.

!The Air Force

!!Colonel Nelec
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NoahEmmerich

%%* AssholeVictim
* BadBoss: [[spoiler:He murders his former employee Dr Woodward in cold blood, and sends his [[TheDragon Dragon]] into a practically suicidal situation.]]
* BigBad: Nelec is the true villain of the story; all the horrible events that plague Lillian can be traced back to his initial actions.
%%* DirtyCoward
* ExactWords: He gently promises he will 'take care' of Woodward...but Woodward knows what that means.
%%* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Ripped apart by the Alien he brutally tortured.]]
%%* SociopathicSoldier
%%* TheStoic
* TortureTechnician: [[spoiler:He was responsible for torturing the alien, and also tortured Woodward for info.]]

!!Master Sergeant Overmeyer
->'''Played By:''' Richard T. Jones

* TheDragon: To Colonel Nelec.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:He's ripped out of the bus by the Alien as he's trying to clarify an order from Nelec.]]
* PunchClockVillain: He's following orders, and otherwise doesn't seem like all that bad a guy.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:He understandably looks terrified when Nelec orders him to tag the creature.]]

!Other Characters

!!The Alien/'Cooper'
->'''Played By:''' Creator/BruceGreenwood

%%* {{Badass}}
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:When he first crashed, all he wanted was to go back to his planet. Nelec and the military subjected him to cruel experiments and inhumane conditions amounting to torture. Angry and in agony, he kills humans freely after escaping.]]
* BigEater: Of humans.
%%* BizarreAlienBiology
%%* CapturedSuperEntity
%%* GeniusBruiser
* ImAHumanitarian: Humans become his source of food.
* ImmuneToBullets: The combined might of the Air Force doesn't impact him much. [[spoiler:Nelec unloads an entire magazine into his face and it doesn't slow him down.]]
%%* ItCanThink
* NoNameGiven: We never learn his true name, or the name of his race.
* NotSoDifferent: From Joe; both have been through a trauma and feel alone in the world.
* PsychicLink: With whoever he touches, seemingly by choice.
* TunnelKing: He gets about by tunneling underneath the town, able to come and go as he wishes.
%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds