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Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) Determinator: Will go to any length to protect her daughter. Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) Determinator Ever since she has been possessed, she has been drugged, beaten, mutilated, twisted and contorted and nearly died of heart failure. Yet she manages to get through it all. Father Damien Karras / Patient X (Jason Miller) Back from the Dead: In part III, The Gemini Killer possesses him and makes him kill. Big "NO!": Right before he jumps out of the window at the end. Billing Displacement: Billed under Max von Sydow, despite being the character with the most screentime. This was likely because this was Miller's first film, and he was better known for his stage work at the time. Supporting Protagonist: He is the titular Exorcist, not Merrin. Crisis of Faith: Has this throughout the movie and regains it towards the end as he tries to save Regan. Heroic Sacrifice: After begging for Pazuzu to come into him instead and being momentarily possessed, Karras flung himself out the window to destroy it. Father Lankester Merrin ( Maxvon Sydow) Genre Savvy: Even before the prequel is made, he knew exactly what the demon possessing Regan was gonna do against them. Warning Karras before going in the room. Lieutenant William F. Kinderman (Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott) Ascended Extra: In the third film he gets promoted to being the main character. Large Ham: When he's played by George C. Scott, it's a given. Father Dyer (Reverend William O'Malley, Ed Flanders) Pazuzu Ax-Crazy: When he possess Regan he acts savagely all the time, giving a painful Groin Attack to a psychiatrist and shouting obscenities at everyone. Big Bad: Of the book and film series. Jerk Ass: He takes a great enjoyment in tormenting not only Regan but the people close to her. Nightmare Face. The few moment he shows himself we see a wite pale face with dark rings around his dull, red eyes and brown, crooked, rotting teeth. Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's quite foul mouthed. Sore Loser: Is he ever. The only reason why he possess Regan is to kill Merrin in a bid of petty revenge for casting him out of a child in Africa. You Cannot Grasp the True Form: We only see his pale face for just a second, but he never shows himself in his real form. Would Harm A Child: He not only causes Regan to harm herself, but he goes into Karras's body so that he could use him to kill her because she was worthless to him now. The Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif, Jason Miller) Body Surf: Has possessed Father Karras to wreak havoc.