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Mattalyn (Mattie) Ross
Kim Darby (1969), Hallie Steinfeld and Elizabeth Marvel (2010)
- An Arm and a Leg: She has her arm amputated after it's bitten by a snake.
- Badass in Distress: She has to be rescued several times. Then again, she's only fourteen.
- Creepy Child: Has elements of this, especially the 2010 remake.
- The Determinator: She won't stop until Chaney is captured or dead.
- Guile Heroine
- Little Miss Bad Ass
- Little Miss Snarker
- You Killed My Father: Her whole motivation for her journey.
Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
John Wayne (1969), Jeff Bridges (2010)
- Bad Ass
- Knight in Sour Armour
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Appears at first to be this lazy, rude alcoholic who's past his prime. But once Mattie really gets to know him she realizes how noble, selfless, brave and true he is.
- Papa Wolf: To Mattie
Glen Campbell (1969), Matt Damon (2010)
Jeff Corey (1969), Josh Brolin (2010)
- Smarter Than You Look: Subverted. LaBoeuf claims Chaney much more cunning than he lets on but in reality Chaney not overly smart and only escapes because of LaBoeuf's incompetence.