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Characters: The Cabin in the Woods
aka: Cabin In The Woods
As a note: we can't really get into the tropes without spoiling damn near the entire film. No spoilers are tagged below to avoid a page of white.

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     The College Kids 

Dana Polk (The Virgin)

Played by: Kristen Connolly

Curt Vaughan (The Athlete)

Played by: Chris Hemsworth

Jules Louden (The Whore)

Played by: Anna Hutchison

Marty Mikalski (The Fool)

"Statistical fact: Cops will never pull over a man with a huge bong in his car. Why? They fear this man. They know he sees further than they and he will bind them with ancient logics."
Played by: Fran Kranz

  • Adorkable: Has his moments.
  • Badass: He's the only member of the group who succeeds in accomplishing anything, and actually manages to beat the organization in the end. He also racks up an impressive body count compared to every other character, who each only kill one monster at best and none at worst.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saving Dana at the end of the movie.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being high for the entire movie, he was the only to actually win a confrontation with the Buckners.
  • The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Marty was surprisingly on the money about a lot of things even before they started to go to hell. Apparently, his pot has made him mostly immune to the controllers' attempts to control him
  • Deadpan Snarker: Likely due to being an Erudite Stoner.
  • The Fool: Marty is called this by many, but he surprisingly fits into the Tarot archetype beyond just being a hippie stoner—he manages to succeed where others fail, often by pure luck.
  • Genre Savvy: The first to realize something isn't right.
    • Wrong Genre Savvy: Although, even after encountering the Buckner zombies, Marty finds a hidden camera and concludes, "I'm on a reality TV show!" It's a Justified Trope in that he's on pot... and the control room actually treats the situation like a reality show.
  • Get a Room!: Tells this word by word to Holden and Dana.
  • The Hero: More or less becomes this by the film's third act, throwing the movie Off the Rails and foiling the organization's plot.
  • Hidden Depths: He's shown to be astoundingly philosophical during the final scene. Before that he proves to be both great at thinking on his feet and a surprisingly adept fighter.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He used a bong as an improvised weapon. And a trowel off screen.
  • The Lancer
  • Not Quite Dead: He seemed to have died, until his Big Damn Heroes moment when he saves Dana.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When one of the Buckners attacked and apparently killed him, he had not only survived, but neutralized the zombie by dismembering him with a trowel, offscreen. And of course this was a surprise to everybody, including the people in the Control Room.
  • One Last Smoke: With Dana at the end of the film.
  • Only Sane Man: Marty, who keeps cautioning the group against actions like reading the mysterious Latin. His pot-smoking has made him Properly Paranoid as well as resistant to the mind-altering chemicals used by the villains- mainly due to a mistake on their part.
  • Spanner in the Works: He ruins the entire plan to kill the college kids.
  • The Stoner
  • Stoners Are Funny: Which serves as a Red Herring; you think he's the Plucky Comic Relief when he's actually The Hero.

Holden McCrea (The Scholar)

Played by: Jesse Williams

     The Organization 

Overall Tropes

The Director

Played by: Sigourney Weaver

Gary Sitterson

Played by: Richard Jenkins

Steve Hadley

Played by: Bradley Whitford

Daniel Truman

Played by: Brian White

Wendy Lin

Played by: Amy Acker

    The Ancient Ones 

    The Monsters 

Overall Monster Tropes

Alien Beast

Angry Molesting Tree


The Buckner Family

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Matthew, who not only murdered his father but also his brother and sister.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Patience Buckner's diary, which is also an...
  • Artifact of Doom/ Summoning Artifact: Specifically the Latin words at the end of the book.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Apart from the casual emotional abuse and sadomasochism metted out on a daily basis while they were alive, the Buckners eventually went from murdering travellers to mutilating and killing each other. In short order, Pa tortured Ma to death by cutting her belly open and filling it with hot coals; Matthew killed Judah; one of Patience' arms was cut off and fed to the rest of the family; Matthew killed Pa, specifically by mutilating his jaw; finally, he presumably killed Patience.
  • Cannibal Clan: A possibility. They certainly didn't have any qualms about hacking off Patience' arm and eating it.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Matthew Buckner's beartrap attached to a chain. Ditto Ma Buckner's saw, which is most effective when the victim's being held down.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: All of 'em. Matthew is undoubtedly the worst, however: according to Patience, he is literally aroused by torture and self-mutilation- to the point of getting "a husband's bulge."
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: While his children go about trying to break into the Cabin, Pa Buckner stows away in the back of the Rambler and waits until Holden and Dana try to escape in it.
  • The Family That Slays Together
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Giant Mook: Matthew.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Patience Buckner eventually finds her way down the ritual chamber and kills The Director with a hatchet to the head, before falling to her doom herself. This didn't really fix anything since the world was ending anyway, but it did give Marty an extra few minutes of life.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They are a "Redneck Zombie Torture Family", incomparable to regular zombies as an elephant is to an elephant seal. Mostly they are Revenant Zombies, being clearly retaining their intelligence and motivated by the desire to torture and murder rather than the desire to eat.
  • Religion of Evil: The "Great Pain."
  • Too Kinky to Torture: They practice a religion based around pain.
  • Undead Child: Patience.


Dismemberment Goblins

The Doctors

The Dolls


Flock of Killer Birds

Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain

Giant Ant/Ape/Cat/Ferrets/Floating Head/Insects/Millipede/Owl/Snake/Tarantula/Toad/Woman

The Hunter

The Huron


Kiko ("Japanese Floaty Girl")

Killer Robot

The Kraken


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Apparently the Merman has never been chosen for the Ritual during Hadley's tenure.
  • Artifact of Doom/ Summoning Artifact: A conch shell, which has to be blown in order to work.
  • Brick Joke: By the end, turns into one.
  • A Day in the Limelight: During the Purge, when it kills Hadley.
  • Graceful in Their Element: In it's only scene, the Merman has great difficulty moving on dry land, and was only able to kill Hadley because he'd been knocked to the ground by an explosion. However, judging by the presence of a lake near the cabin, it presumably would have fared better had it been chosen for the ritual.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: "Dude, be thankful. Those things are terrifying. And the cleanup on them's a nightmare."
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Sporting a huge fanged mouth, long tangled hair, webbed fingers, a fishtail, and a blowhole, the Merman seems only vaguely human at best.


  • Alien Blood: When one of them is shot in the head by Marty, it bleeds green gunk instead of blood.
  • Artifact of Doom/ Summoning Artifact: Apparently, a large chest of bottles and vials containing unknown substances, complete with an antique gas mask. At present, it's not known if the bottles had to be opened or the gas mask had to be worn (or both at once) in order to summon the mutants.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Hazmat Suit: Most of the mutants wear these, minus the signiature helmets.
  • Institutional Apparel: The few who don't wear biohazard suits- like the one Marty shoots- wear hospital gowns and scrubs.
  • Mutants
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: During the brief overview of the security monitors, the Mutants can be seen holding a captive down while one of them vomits green slime into his face.


The Scarecrow Folk

The Suffocators

The Sugarplum Fairy

The Tank








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