Characters: The Wolfman (2010)

Lawrence Talbot

Played By: Benicio Del Toro

The main and title character. A stage actor, he returns to his home in England after his brother's 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 ten 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.
  • 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, he returns 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, as well as 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-written so that the 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 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.
  • The 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.

Sir John Talbot

Played By: Anthony Hopkins

Lawrence's father, who had a strained relationship with his son. Lawrence returns home after his brother's death. It turns out Sir John is the werewolf that bit Lawrence, but also killed Lawrence's brother and mother.
  • Action Dad: He shoots on those who want to catch his son, and later tries to kill Lawrence. And he already killed Ben. And he himself is a werewolf.
  • 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 damn, is he suave! He is played by Hannibal Lecter, after all, the King of Affably Evil.
  • Hannibal Lecture: He 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 Lawrence if the hunters hadn't come along...

Gwen Conliffe

Played By: Emily Blunt

Lawrence's love interest. Ben's former fiancee, who wants to know the truth about Ben's death. Over time, 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 Girl: 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

Played By: Hugo Weaving

Based on the real life Inspector Fredrick Aberline of the Jack the Ripper murders, Francis is in charge of the investigation of the werewolf murders. He (correctly) suspects Lawrence of being the killer. He soon learns the truth and becomes bitten himself.


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 that 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.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: He is lecturing about the strapped-down Lawrence and he remarks that his patient can no more transform into a monster than he, the doctor, can sprout wings and fly out of the window. Sure enough, when Lawrence transforms and breaks loose, he executes Destination Defenestration on the shrink.
  • Death by Irony: He claims that Lawrence will no more likely change into a werewolf than he is likely to sprout wings and fly out the window! He doesn't sprout wings, at any rate...
  • Expy: Possibly one of Dr. Mannering from the original film's sequel, a similar, but far less sadistic, character.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He gets so wrapped up in discussing Lawrence's delusions and the treatment he's devised, that he's the last person in the room to notice that Lawrence is transforming right behind him.
  • Famous Last Words: "Help me! Help!"
  • Oh Crap!: Upon discovering that Lawrence's lycanthropy is not a delusion.

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.
  • 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.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows Sir John is the Wolfman and kept him restrained during nights.