Characters: The Wolfman (2010)

Lawrence Talbot

The main and title character. He returns to his home in England after his brothers murder. He wishes to look into it, and of course is bitten by a werewolf. He finds out his father was the werewolf who bit him, killed his brother, and his mother.
  • Adaptational Badass: His Wolfman is far more formidable than in The Wolfman 1941, killing about 10 times the number of people the original Wolfman did. Even in human form he's not bad with a rifle.
  • The Alcoholic: He comes off as this in the movie. Played pretty straight in the book adaptation of the movie.
  • All Just a Dream: He has quite a few hallucinations while recovering from his nasty little bite, as well as hallucinations in the asylum.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Badass
  • Beast and Beauty: Him and Gwen
  • The Charmer: Implied to be this in the beginning, though we're not sure whether it's his actual character or the werewolf influence.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: You've had quite a nice little messed up childhood, haven't you? What with witnessing your mother's death and all, and being sent to a mad-house where you underwent all sorts of nasty treatments and then shipped off to live with a distant relative in America.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Gwen's Shoot the Dog moment, hereturns to human form and spends his last moments of life in Gwen's arms before he appropriately dies at the end.
  • Diving Save: He saves a Romani child by doing this right before the first werewolf attacks her.
  • Doomed Protagonist
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After learning of Ben's death and then seeing what's left of him.
  • Fake Memories: As a child, his memories of his mother's death were re-formed during his time in the asylum so he would believe that his mother killed herself and concealed his real memories of his werewolf father tearing her throat out.
  • Famous Last Words: "Thank you."
  • Go Among Mad People: He gets locked in an asylum for ranting that he's a werewolf. He'd previously been committed as a boy, to help him suppress the trauma of his mother's death, because he'd been ranting (quite truthfully) that his father was a werewolf and had killed her.
  • Hearing Voices
  • I Am a Monster: "I am what they say I am... I'm a monster".
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: When the full moon rises, Lawrence, strapped to a chair, implores the doctors in the room to kill him because he knows he will go on another murderous rampage when he transforms.
  • I'll Kill You!: Played straight to his father when he learns he was the werewolf who bit him AND killed his mother and brother. Him saying this to the assembled doctors is almost a subversion. Despite the delivery, he is trying to warn them that he's a dire threat, rather than making a promise of revenge.
  • In a Single Bound: He quite impressively clears a police blockade in a single leap, much to Aberline's dismay.
  • Instant Sedation: Subverted. He gets a number of injections while in the asylum, presumably to sedate him, but none take effect immediately. When a doctor tries to inject him with a sedative as he turns into a werewolf, he isn't affected at all.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Much as he would like to, Lawrence is unable to stop himself from transforming and is completely subject to the phases of the moon.
  • It's Personal: In relation to his own father, who is revealed to have killed his wife and oldest son and bit Lawrence, thus spreading the curse to him.
  • I Want My Mommy: In the novelization, he begs his dead mother to help him during his first transformation, in pain and scared out of his mind. Eventually he just takes to screaming her name, but all that comes out is an animal roar.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: He kills his father and almost kills Gwen too.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: It's not so much that he forgot, but rather Lawrence's memories were re-wrote so that real memories of his werewolf father killing his mother were made to appear that she had killed herself with a razor.
  • Let Them Die Happy: He dies in the end, but he stays alive for a few moments to reassure and thank Gwen for "setting him free." However, he dies before learning that he has bitten Aberline and cursed him as well. He could also be happy from realizing that since he was still alive to that point meant he had succeeded in defeating his father, meaning neither of them will hurt anyone again. However, this only makes the ending more tragic when we find out what becomes of Aberline.
  • Madness Mantra: Where is my father? Where is my father? WHERE IS MY FATHER?
  • Madness Montage: All the hallucinations poor he has.
  • Mind Rape: What essentially happens to him after his time in the asylum, poor man.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Justified, since in this version he spent most of his life in America where his accent probably dissipated. Since Benicio is a native Spanish speaker, his accent does seem to slip in a few scenes with varying degrees, which in turn might be justifiable as well, since his mother in this version was visibly of some Spanish decent. He still gets Brownie Points for a good effort.
  • Parental Abandonment: He witnessed his mother's "suicide" as a child, and if that's not traumatic enough, his father throws him into an asylum and then ships him off to live with his aunt in America afterwards.
  • Power of Love: His feelings for Gwen bring out what's left of his humanity, but only right before Gwen "sets him free."
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: The novelization of the movie makes note of the extra mass he gains when transforming into a werewolf, and suggests its source is hell itself.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • These Hands Have Killed: He stares at his bloodied hands in horror when he wakes up after his first transformation.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Things just keep getting worse for him...
  • White Shirt of Death: Played for full horrific effect when he wakes up after his first transformation. The white shirt he was wearing is quite messy.
  • Wolfman: Trope Namer.

Sir John Talbot

Lawrence's father, who had a strained relationship with his son. Lawrence returns home after his brothers death. Turns out he is the werewolf that bit Lawrence, but also killed his brother and mother.
  • Action Dad: He shoots on those who want to catch his son, and later tries to kill Lawrence. And he already Ben. And he is a werewolf.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Big Bad
  • Composite Character: He replaces the Gypsy's son, Bela, as the werewolf who gives Lawrence his curse.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He didn't want you to out him about being a werewolf and on inadvertently killing your mommy.
  • Death by Adaptation
  • Famous Last Words: "You're heir to my kingdom, Lawrence. You've always been heir to my kingdom."
  • Faux Affably Evil: He turns out to be quite evil indeed... but dang! is he suave. He is played by Hannibal Lecter, after all, the king of Affably Evil
  • Hannibal Lecture: Gives one to Lawrence. Rather fitting considering he's played by Anthony Hopkins
  • Notable Non Sequitur: He warns his son not to go out on the full moon, which sets up the inevitable werewolf attack. The Notable part of this is where he tells Lawrence this because Sir John is the werewolf and (at least, initially) doesn't want to be responsible for his remaining son's death.
  • Papa Wolf: An instance of this occurs when he tries to protect Lawrence from the angry mob trying to capture him by shooting at them, and possibly even blinding someone in the process, showing that he may truly care for his son. Highly subverted when he ends up trying to kill Lawrence later on after revealing he already killed his brother and mother... and that he's a werewolf himself... Trauma Conga Line much? Also subverted when he lets the angry mob drag Lawrence off to an insane asylum right after the poor guy wakes up after the full moon and is scared and confused.
  • Pater Familicide: Given that he is the one who killed his wife and Ben and probably would have succeeded in killing Larry if the hunters hadn't come along...
  • Walking Spoiler
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His lycanthropy has most certainly gone to his head.

Gwen Conliffe

Lawrence's love interest. Ben's former fiancce, who wants to know the truth about Ben's death. Overtime they get romantically attached. After finding out Lawrence is a werewolf, she sets out to help him, and ends up killing him.
  • Action Girl: She eventually becomes the Victorian equivalent of this when she becomes so motivated by trying to save Lawrence that she totes a gun around while running around in a dark forest in the middle of the night — certainly breaking the Damsel in Distress version of her character from 1941.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: She gradually gets this over the course of the movie. Initially, she comes off as a very proper and somewhat quiet woman. However, as she becomes determined to find a cure for Lawrence towards the end of the movie, she starts to wear less fancy attire and her hair is noticeably a little unkempt from her nights of searching for answers. By the finale, her hair is down, she is wearing a slightly lower cut and dirtier looking dress than her earlier attire, and carries around a silver bullet loaded pistol.
  • Always Save The Guy: Her actions in protecting Lawrence from Aberline are understandable, but she is also putting the chance that he can be cured above the likelihood that he will kill again (and in fact Lawrence does end up infecting someone directly because of her.)
  • Beast and Beauty: Her and Lawrence
  • Hands-On Approach: The stone-skipping scene. Oops, is that a little blush we see on your face, Gwen?
  • Interrupted Cool Down Hug: She gives Lawrence a Cooldown Hug in the end, but that angry mob just had to come by and ruin everything.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She stops Aberline from shooting Lawrence, which in turn causes him to get bitten. However, this really doesn't do much good since she ends up shooting Lawrence herself in the end. Although, she's somewhat justified since she was still convinced she could reach Lawrence, and well... she was right. Plus, she probably figured that Lawrence would have finished off Aberline instead of chasing after her instead.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: After many days of sleepless research, she discovers only how to kill Lawrence, not how to cure him. In desperation she searches for the Gypsy fortune-teller, but she only confirms it: a werewolf can only be slain with silver, and only by someone who loves him.

Inspector Francis Aberline

Based on the real life Inspector Fredrick Aberline of the Jack the Ripper murders, Francis is incharge of the investigation of the werewolf murders. He is suspects Lawrence as being the killer, which he technically is. He soon learns the truth and becomes bitten himself.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The film ends with Lawrence dead, but only after having bitten Aberline, whose horrorstruck Oh Crap! look suggests he's just realized the implications.
  • Anti-Villain: He antagonizes Lawrence, but is technically one of the good guys.
  • Badass: But then again, when has Hugo Weaving ever played anything but a badass?
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Years after failing to catch Jack the Ripper in London, Inspector Abberline was sent to the Moors to investigate a werewolf's killings and became a werewolf himself.
  • Foreshadowing: He shoots a standing mirror which he thinks Lawrence Talbot is hiding behind. "Now there's some bad luck for ya," an officer says regarding the broken mirror. Near the end of the movie, Aberline is bitten by Lawrence, thus doomed to become a werewolf himself.
  • God Help Us All: Upon the seeing the Wolfman escape a barrage of gunfire during the London rampage.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's just a cop doing his job and trying to stop Lawrence from killing again.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He spends most of the movie bent on killing Lawrence, but in the end he's bitten by Lawrence and the curse is passed on to him.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He is a fictionalized version of the real life Inspector Frederick Abberline.
  • Horror Struck: Upon realizing he's been bitten.
  • Inspector Javert: Appropriately enough.


A gypsy who warns Lawrence that he is in great danger. After he is bitten, she meets with Gwen who tells her that Lawrence can be killed/saved by someone who loves them.

Dr. Hoenneger

The sadistic doctor at the asylum Lawrence is sent to. He publicly tries to prove that Lawrence isn't a werewolf, but it only results in Lawrence transforming in front of everyone.

Ben Talbot

Lawrence's brother, who is killed in the opening of the film. His death sets the events of the film in motion.


Sir John's manservant.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Battle Butler: He is armed to the teeth with silver bullets and other monster-killing devices. It didn't do him much good in the end though, and he loses points for not realizing the silver bullets are sabotaged.
  • Old Retainer
  • Secret Keeper: He knows Sir John is the Wolfman and kept him restrained during nights