Mega Corps manufacturing Replicants and other technologies.
Played by: Joe Turkel
Appears in: Blade Runner
- "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long — and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy."
Dr. Eldon Tyrell is the genius who has built up the vast Tyrell Corporation. He is the creator of the Replicants.
- Adaptation Name Change: His last name was Rosen in the original novel.
- Affably Evil: At best he's morally grey, but he befriends Deckard quickly and treats Roy with respect, even though Roy had invaded his home to make his demands.
- Animal Motifs: Owls. His company's logo is an owl and he keeps a (Replicant) Owl in his offices. His large glasses give him an owl-like appearance and he is a holder of knowledge like owls are often portrayed as.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: His creations seem to disagree with the ethics of creating sapient beings that are doomed to a short life of hard labour.
- Eye Scream: In combination with this, he gets his head crushed by Roy.
- Failure Is the Only Option: He delves into academic studies with Batty who is desperate to extend his four-year lifespan. Even with intelligence that matches his creator's, both come to the same conclusion: any attempt to chemically or biologically alter the artificial DNA code of a replicant causes an error in mitosis and its cells to go viral, killing said patient. However, the script has notes for the exchange that Tyrell might be lying, and that Roy is not certain whether to believe him.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Tyrell wears thick glasses and is responsible for exploiting the life he creates with forced servitude and short lifespans.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In some ways he's more of a villain than Roy is, being responsible for the nature of the replicants and all the misery caused by it, but he's largely uninvolved in the story itself.
- Kick the Dog: Tyrell dismisses Rachael as "an experiment, nothing more", and once she finds out the truth, he totally ignores her and doesn't raise a finger to keep her from being hunted by the LAPD.
- Mad Scientist: A brilliant scientist who doesn't stop to think that creating artificial humans with emotions and personalities might backfire on him someday.
- Smart People Play Chess: He has an ongoing game with J.F. Sebastian. Sebastian even explicitly refers to both Tyrell's intellect and his skill at chess.Roy: Is he good? Your opponent?
Sebastian: Dr. Tyrell? I've only ever beaten him once at chess. He's a genius.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He's never seen without his bifocals.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- When your angry, vengeful creation is confronting you and demanding you perform a medical procedure on him, the correct answer is not to explain why that procedure would be fatal, it's to perform it anyway. Possibly justified in that his idolization of Roy as his ultimate creation may have been stronger than his self-preservation.
- He also shows questionable judgment in allowing Sebastian to come up to his apartment in the dead of night without warning or explanation, or without checking security, just because he (actually Roy) makes a brilliant chess move.
- Wicked Cultured: He comes across as more highbrow and intelligent than most of the other characters of the first Blade Runner film do (except possibly Roy).
- Villain with Good Publicity: His company appears to be quite profitable, and nobody seems to complain about its business ethics of using robot slaves.
- Villainous Legacy: His final great success, producing a Replicant capable of having children, is what drives the plot of Blade Runner 2049, decades after Tyrell's death.
Played by: Sean Young
Appears in: Blade Runner
- "It seems you feel our work is not a benefit to the public."
Rachael is the latest experiment of Eldon Tyrell. Tyrell believes that as the Replicants have such a limited lifespan, they have little time to develop control of their emotions, causing difficulty managing them. He believes implanting them with memories would create a cushion which would allow for emotional development, and make them more controllable. Rachael has the implanted memories of Tyrell's niece, and she is led to believe that she is human. It is not revealed in the film how long she has been living, but Tyrell admits that he thinks she is beginning to suspect the truth of her existence. When Rachael learns the truth, she is ignored by Tyrell. In desperation, she turns to Deckard, who has been told by Captain Bryant to retire her. He eventually falls in love with her.
- Adaptational Heroism: Her book counterpart is revealed to be very sinister by the end of the novel.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her last name was Rosen in the original book.
- Ambiguously Human: It's not revealed she's a Replicant at first until she is submitted to the Voight-Kampff test. Even she doesn't know - only Tyrell does.
- Artificial Human: Like all Replicants are.
- Big Damn Heroes: When she blows Leon's head off to save Deckard.
- Clones Are People, Too: She's more or less Tyrell's pet project, a replicant designed to be as human-like as possible and to have a more complex backstory (in the form of implanted memories) than the others. He treats her like a human and she never suspects she isn't one until Deckard shows up.
- Cry Cute: When Deckard reveals she's a Replicant in his apartment.
- Deadpan Snarker: She shows some signs of this during the Voight-Kampff test.Deckard: You're looking through a magazine and come across a full-page nude photo of a girl...
Rachael: Is this testing whether I'm a Replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?
- Death by Childbirth: She died 6 October 2021 giving birth to her daughter.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a while before she and Deckard finally get it over with and kiss. And even then, he was rather rough with her.
- Do Androids Dream?: As the most human-like of the Replicants in appearance and personality, it's pretty much impossible to tell she is, in fact, an artificial life-form.
- Emotionless Girl: She has a very cool demeanour towards Deckard at first, but this breaks down after she learns she's a Replicant and finds it hard to take.
- Fake Memories: They're really memories from Tyrell's niece.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Subverted. Exposed to one by Tyrell who wanted to see a negative result from Voight-Kampff before providing a positive result. (Debatable as to whether Deckard was the "negative result" Tyrell sought after, see Artificial Human entry above.) It typically takes 20-30 cross questions to expose a replicant, but it took over 100 to reveal Rachael was one.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She does this in Deckard's apartment.
- The Lost Lenore: She and Deckard aren't present at the start of the movie, and the reasons why unfold as the plot advances. Rachael died in 2021 in childbirth, and it most definitely affected Deckard.
- Only One Name: Unlike the other replicants, her last name, assuming she has one, is never stated (in the book it was "Rosen").
- Plot Driving Secret: She died in 2021, as explained in Blade Runner 2049. She passed away after giving birth to a child, and her bones are found by Officer K at Sapper Morton's farm in 2049. The discovery of this is what motivates K's quest to find both the child and the father.
- Posthumous Character: In Blade Runner 2049, Rachael has been dead for 28 years, although her memory clearly lingers.
- Present Absence: Rachael is absent from the story of Blade Runner 2049 due to having been dead for decades, but she's extremely important to the plot nonetheless.
- Pretty in Mink: Rachael wears a few, indicative of her pampered status.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Although Rachael and Deckard sleep together at one point in the book, their relationship is much less romantic. Book!Rachael is not a good person, and they emphatically do not end up together at the end of the novel.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Pris and Rachael were identical androids of the same model, here they have no connection to each other beyond both being replicants. Also, Rachael's cover in the book was as Rosen's (non-existent) niece. In the film, she is said to have memories that were taken from Tyrell's (existent) niece but her cover seems to be as an unrelated employee.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Rachael takes this trope pretty far: she's a Replicant who thinks she is human. When Deckard tests the machine on Rachael, it takes over one hundred questions for him to determine she is a Replicant (it takes only twenty or thirty, normally). The sequel takes this even further: Rachael, unique among Replicants, was capable of having children.
- Robot Girl: Being more or less the Tyrell Corporation's robotic Sexy Secretary.
- Sexy Secretary: Who would doubt she is one.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: In fitting with the Film Noir aesthetic of the movie, there are several scenes where she smokes cigarettes.
- Transferable Memory: None of her childhood memories are real.
- Was It All a Lie?: She never says it but she threw away "her" photo with her "Mother" when Deckard reveals the truth to her.
Played by: William Sanderson
Appears in: Blade Runner
A genetic designer working for Tyrell. He is not allowed to emigrate off-world.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the book his intelligence is so low he's considered a second-class citizen; here, he's a wildly clever engineer.
- Adaptation Name Change: Was called John R. Isidore in the book.
- An Arm and a Leg: In Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, he's lost both legs and one arm. He can only move because he's strapped to his robot teddy bear's back.
- Death by Adaptation: J. F. Isidore survives the book.
- Decomposite Character: Edge Of Human has John Isidore show up as a different character.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed offscreen by the replicants.
- Genius Ditz: Sebastian is very skilled at chess and is clearly possessed of a fine mind to be a genetic designer at such a young age (despite appearances, he's only 25), but he's woefully naïve of the danger presented by Roy and Pris. It costs him his life.
- Killed Offscreen: The only way we learn he was killed was the police dispatch mentioning the body of a 25 year old man.
- Last-Name Basis: He's mostly referred to as just "Sebastian".
- Nice Guy: To the point of Good Is Dumb. He goes out of his way to help the replicants out of the kindness of his heart, shelters them, gets them their coveted audience with Tyrell, and look what he gets out of it.
- Not So Different: He agrees to help the replicants meet Tyrell because he's sympathetic to them from having a genetic disorder which gives him a shorter lifespan just like they have.
- Smart People Play Chess: Has an ongoing game with Tyrell, who beats him regularly.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The Edge Of Human said he just barely survived the movie.
- Unwitting Pawn: Roy and Pris are just using him to get to Tyrell. Sebastian doesn't realise this until it's too late to save Tyrell or himself.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Roy after gaining access to Tyrell's chambers.
- Younger Than They Look: Has Methuselah Syndrome. Because of this he ages faster and has a shorter life span, something he has in common with the replicants. He looks over fifty when he's in fact in his twenties
Played by: James Hong
Appears in: Blade Runner
A genetic designer working for Tyrell Corporation who specializes in the design of Replicant eyes. Roy Batty and Leon Kowalski come to him in their quest to find Eldon Tyrell to expand their lifespan.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The "cold" part is especially relevant here. Leon rips open the jacket that he wears, exposing him to the cold, and Roy interrogates him while he's freezing.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: He wears a set of goggles on his head. It's presumably useful for precision in his work but we don't get to see him use them.
- Literally Shattered Lives: James Hong has said that there was a scene left unfilmed where Chew is found frozen solid, is accidentally knocked over and broken into many pieces on the floor.
- Locked in a Freezer: Word of God says Roy and Leon left him to die in the cold chamber in which he was working on Replicant eyes.
- You No Take Candle: The first phrase he utters in English."You not come here! Illegal!"
Played by: Jared Leto
Appears in: 2036: Nexus Dawn | Blade Runner 2049
- "Every civilization was built off the back of a disposable workforce, but I can only make so many."
A manipulative Replicant manufacturer whose company perpetuates the work of the Tyrell Corporation after buying its remnants. He managed to legalize the production of Replicants again in 2036.
- Abusive Parents: He frequently refers to his Replicants as his children, and is staggeringly cruel to them. He slices one's stomach open with a razor just because he can, and it's debatable whether or not Luv is so fanatically loyal to him because that's how she's programmed or because she's genuinely afraid of him.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: He speaks with a lot of weird pauses and strange, lilting tone-shifts. It's one of the things that makes him seem ironically more robotic than any Replicant.
- A God Am I: Wallace has some serious god complex issues going on. He's INSANELY arrogant, and frequently describes his empire in Biblical terms; referring to his Replicants as "angels" and claiming that it's mankind's birthright to control all the stars in the heavens.
- Always Someone Better: He's taken up the work left behind by Tyrell Corporation and succeeded it in many ways, but Tyrell's work did manage one thing still beyond Wallace's grasp and is what drives the entire film: producing a Replicant that can actually give birth.
- Beard of Evil: He's the Big Bad of 2049, and he sports a beard.
- Big Bad: The main villain of 2049: Luv might do most of the heavy lifting, but she's acting on his orders.
- Bring Him to Me: Used almost word-for-word (says "it") by Wallace when he orders Luv to capture Deckard.
- Cold Ham: While he never shouts or flails about, he is prone to long and self-important monologues full of religious metaphors and megalomaniacal lines. This generally serves to make him seem even more creepy and unpredictable.
- Conspicuous Consumption: In a city where clean water, real wood, building space, and natural light are a luxury, Wallace's Evil Tower of Ominousness is massive, mostly empty, lit by natural lighting, and has rooms paneled mostly in wood and filled with perfectly clear water. We only even see a few employees working there, so it seems just huge for the sake of being huge.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Compared to the previous film's Big Bad Roy Batty. Roy was a Replicant who sought nothing more than freedom and a normal lifespan, and did pretty much all of his own dirty work. Wallace, on the other hand, is a human who favours the idea of engineering Replicants as a Slave Race, and is a Non-Action Big Bad. In addition, Roy was blond, clean-shaven, and superhuman, while Wallace is dark-haired, bearded, and blind.
- He can be also compared to Eldon Tyrell, creator of the Replicants and lead of Tyrell Corporation. While Tyrell was an affable, grandfatherly old man with thick glasses who usually dresses in white, Wallace is a solemn, sophisticated younger man with a high-tech sight system who always dresses in black. Also, Tyrell was a doctor and the creator of the Replicants, while Wallace is never stated to be a scientist or anything beyond a businessman and only wants to exploit Tyrell's invention. Finally, while Tyrell dies losing his eyes, Wallace is blind from the start.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He made sure the production of Replicants became legal again in 2036 by unethical means. And he brought a whole new level of unethicality to Tyrell's experiments and products.
- Cyborg: He has robotic implants in his head, which help him to see using small cameras-drones.
- Emperor Scientist: He controls most of humanity's artificial food production, has undeniable political influence and lives in the pyramid than was once Tyrell's home, which still towers over Los Angeles.
- Empty Eyes: As a result of being blind.
- Evil Counterpart: Tyrell was hardly a saint but he had some affection toward his Replicants and in a twisted way saw himself as their father. Wallace sees himself as a god that gives and takes life of his creations on a whim.
- Evil Cripple: A blind Mad Scientist with a god complex and complete disregard for the life of his creations or that of the people who will stand in his way.
- Evil Is Hammy: He tends to have lengthy, philosophical monologues in every one of his appearances, often in a monotone with exaggerated annunciation.
- Evil Is Petty: While he has set up shop in Tyrell's pyramid, rather than simply moving in to Tyrell's old penthouse, Wallace built over it, expanding the pyramid to nearly twice the size it was in the first film. It's his way of showing that he has to be bigger and better than Tyrell in every way.
- Evil Wears Black: He's dressed entirely in black.
- Eye Scream: Whatever made him blind left numerous scars around his eyes.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's played by the handsome and youthful looking Jared Leto and he's a ruthless narcissist with zero empathy for anyone, human or replicant.
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. Wallace is so utterly convinced off his own godlike superiority, he would never even consider that the Replicant "child" he's so obsessed with is not only right under his nose but actually works for a subsidiary that Wallace's own company controls.
- Faux Affably Evil: Wallace's calm, measured tone comes off as vaguely polite, but it proves to be a poor cover for his megalomania and god complex, and it doesn't change the fact that he's an amoral Mad Scientist who engineers Replicants as a slave race. His interaction with Deckard shows this well: he maintains a courteous tone as he ponders the implications of Deckard and Rachael's relationship, and offers Deckard a life of comfort in exchange for the location of his child, even offering Deckard a copy of Rachael. Once Deckard refuses, Wallace immediately has the duplicate shot then tries to have Deckard carted off to the off-world colonies to be tortured into giving up the information that Wallace wants.
- Failed a Spot Check: Never even considered the idea that the child he was looking for actually grew up by the time K and the LAPD even found Rachaels remains and discovered she died via childbirth. Nor did he even consider that said child was Ana, who had a contract with him to provide the newer Replicants with memories.
- Freud Was Right: For someone who spends the whole movie obsessing over how Rachael was capable of reproduction, he shows an odd lack of interest in learning how Deckard, someone he outright states might be a Replicant, is capable of the same thing. This, combined with his highly sexualized harassment and torture of that poor newborn Replicant woman, and his statement that he has "millions" of children, has some very unsettling implications about who he plans the "father" of the next generation to be.
- Horrifying the Horror: Luv is an Ax-Crazy psychopath who loves causing pain...and she's visibly shaking and crying while watching Wallace mutilate one of her sisters, just as an indicator of how bad her boss is.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied. It's clear that his inability to match Tyrell's last work of genius - Replicant reproduction - galls him to no end, and not only has he bought his predecessor's penthouse and company, but he's converted the old Tyrell ziggurat into a new building that's literally twice as large and half as occupied, just to show off how wealthy he is.
- I Own This Town: Los Angeles is pretty much his property, as he can have Luv murder police officers to retrieve evidence, owns Attack Drone and controls the food production.
- Karma Houdini: Although his plans do get foiled and he loses his right-hand woman at the end of 2049, he himself is left largely untouched, and nothing's stopping him from opposing Deckard and the rebelling Replicants again at a later date.
- Kick the Dog:
- He slashes a 'newborn' Replicant in the lower abdomen with her eventually dropping and dying of bloodloss, just to wax philosophically about his Replicant's inability to reproduce.
- Later, when his attempt to tempt Deckard with a new Rachael fails he doesn't hesitate to direct Luv to shoot her right in the head. Part of their meeting also involves showing Deckard the original Rachael's skull.
- In 2036: Nexus Dawn, he orders one of his Nexus-9 Replicants to kill himself to prove how subservient this line is.
- Kimono Is Traditional: The first time we see him, he is wearing a black Japanese kimono complete with proper sandals. While it could be a reference to the Japan Takes Over the World trope that dominated the cyberpunk genre made popular by Blade Runner, it also serves to show he is a spiritual, philosophical character (or at least he tries to be).
- Lack of Empathy: Towards Replicants (he explicitly engineers them as slaves and kills a newborn Replicant just to illustrate a point) and humans alike (he has no regard for the people Luv kills in his service).
- Looks Like Jesus: Invoked for irony and symbolism.
- Mad Scientist: Subverted. He's never stated to be a scientist, but he reprised Tyrell's work to create stronger, more ruthless and more servile Replicants and made their lifespan unlimited. He always compares his work to divine creation. He is also obsessed with finding the secret of the reproduction of Replicants, which Tyrell apparently did find before dying, as Rachael gave birth.
- Meaningful Name: Niander, which literally means "new man", but also evokes "neanderthal". In other words he's both progenitor of a new species, and just a caveman who wants to crudely dominate.
- Mega-Corp: His high tech company bought out the now-bankrupt Tyrell Corporation and produces virtually all of Earth's artificial food supply as well as the new Nexus-9 Replicants and "entertainment" technologies like the Joi A.I.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Doesn't throw a single punch and doesn't fire a single shot throughout the duration of the movie (although he does stab a character in a non-fighting context). Justified since he's blind and a businessman.
- Not So Stoic: A downplayed example, but he seems rather pissed off when Deckard dismisses both him and his replicant clone of Rachael, exemplified when he immediately has the fake Rachael executed in front of Deckard. He also responds irritably when Deckard asks him if he has any children, snarling that he has "MILLIONS of children". See Freud Was Right for what this seems to imply about his plans for the Replicant species.
- Prophet Eyes: His eyes are clouded over as though he has cataracts. The usual symbolism of this trope is inverted, however, as rather than lacking sight but having some special insight others don't have, Wallace is an utterly delusional narcissist whose physical blindness is an outward signifier of his moral blindness.
- Red Right Hand: He is blind and his eyes make him look appropriately eerie.
- Rule of Symbolism: Let's see...
- He has a major god complex, considering himself the father of the new Replicant race, and looks like an evil Jesus, or possibly Moses. Jesus and Moses came to free the slaves and resist empires, while Wallace owns an empire that is built on slavery.
- He's blind and has a shaggy beard that makes him somewhat resemble a Biblical prophet. He can see farther than anyone else, but he's blind to things like compassion and human feeling.
- He's blind but sees through the use of small, floating camera drones that resemble a swarm of insects, which is a pretty good visual summary of how he runs his company: relying on the help of countless artificial servants while not doing any of the work himself.
- He has a "newborn" Replicant spawned just so he can kill her. Wallace views himself as a Biblical God, who creates people just so he can kill them.
- While waxing philosophical about his Replicants' inability to reproduce, Wallace kisses the poor Replicant in question and then stabs her with a phallic object. Moreover, while the actual cut is obscured, he seems to stab her in the womb, or possibly even lower. Not to mention how the shot of the blood pouring down her legs seems to evoke rape imagery.
- His name literally means "new man" and sounds like "Neandertal." He's both the progenitor of a new race, and little more than a brutish savage who has no human emotion or empathy, and cares nothing for others but as material for his empire.
- For a world that's built on the work and sacrifice of artificial humans, Wallace is by far the most unsettlingly robotic and inhuman character in either movie, including his own attack dog, Luv.
- For all his grandstanding and hubris, Wallace's arrogance is so extreme that he never even considered that the Replicant child, Ana Stelline, works for him right under his nose. He's both literally and figuratively blind to the truth.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Mourns that humanity lost its taste for slaves unless they are engineered, implying he wouldn't care if his disposable workforce were humans or Replicants as long as they are his assets.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: His voice never raises above a soft register, whether he is waxing philosophic or threatening Cold-Blooded Torture. He also doesn't miss a beat during his soliloquy when he eviscerates a newborn Replicant with a scalpel.
- "Take That!" Kiss: Plants a rather voracious kiss on the lips of the young Replicant he kills during his soliloquy. It likely inspired Luv to do the same to K during their fight.
- The Unfought: He never meets K in the film and never gets in harm's way either. Given that he is not a fighter, it's pretty justified.
- Visionary Villain: His ultimate aim for humanity to built an interstellar empire instead of the mere nine offworld colonies they have at present. However to do this would require a vast number of replicants as a disposable labor force, which can only be achieved through breeding as well as manufacturing.
- Villain with Good Publicity: His company saved humanity by producing artificial food after the worldwide blackout of 2022 caused massive plant and animal extinctions. As a result and because he managed to legalize Replicants again in 2036, nobody questions the resumption and expansion of Tyrell's unethical works by his company.
Played by: Sylvia Hoeks
Appears in: Blade Runner 2049
- "In the face of the fabulous new, your only thought is to kill it? For fear of great change? You can't hold the tide with a broom."
A Nexus-9 Replicant, Niander Wallace's assistant and right-hand woman.
- Ax-Crazy: Don't let her calm exterior fool you, when she's on duty, Luv is a violent psychopath who enjoys causing pain.
- Big Damn Villains: Saves K from the scavengers in San Diego via a remote controlled drone strike that she directs from her office. This is before she really becomes an antagonist to him, however.
- Blood from the Mouth: After K shoots her in the gut. Being a combat replicant, it's not enough to put her down.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: She could have easily killed K when she ambushed him and Deckard but instead chooses to leave him to die. This gives him a chance to kill her later.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Like Wallace, she strongly contrasts Roy Batty; physical differences aside (Roy was a blond man, Luv is a dark haired woman), Roy was very much his own man, even killing his own creator, while Luv is Wallace's loyal Dragon. She also lacks Roy's philosophical nature and emotional attachments, proving to be more of a blunt instrument and sadistic killing machine.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Compare how she dresses in blinding white at the start of the film to how her costume starts incorporating more and more greys and blacks as the film progresses and she gets more unhinged.
- Cool Guns: Her double-barrelled blaster pistol◊.
- Dark Action Girl: She qualifies as this, being Wallace's enforcer.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gradually starts developing into this as the movie unfolds.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her dedication to Wallace - despite the fact that she ends up doing things in service of him that only serve to emotionally compromise her - is not too dissimilar to that of an abusive relationship, which is particularly evident when considering she heavily desires to be wanted by someone.
- The Dragon: To Wallace. He even calls her his best Angel.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Even though Niander Wallace is nominally the Big Bad, he doesn't do anything to actively antagonize the main heroes, and in fact rarely leaves his building. The real threat of the movie is Luv, who actively confronts the heroes and is the one that K fights and kills in the climax.
- Emotional Bruiser: In a very unsettling manner. She sheds a tear almost everytime she kills someone, but it doesn't stop her from being fanatically dedicated to her duty.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. Wallace designed the Nexus-9 Replicants to be completely emotionless and subservient, but while Luv maintains a dispassionate appearance, she can get quite emotional really quick to the point of near irrationality.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. She's desperate to prove herself as superior to the point she leaves Joe on the brink of death twice just to make sure he understands she is 'the best', and it ends up getting her killed.
- Faux Affably Evil: She jokes around with her victims, but it only serves to underline her ruthlessness as she tortures and kills them.
- Fluffy the Terrible: A ruthless, dangerous Dark Action Girl named "Luv".
- Foil: To Rachael. Both of them start as morally ambiguous characters, are considered the best creations of their makers, express deeper emotions than Replicants should, and become increasingly conflicted about the agenda of said makers. Additionally, both women feel attraction to the main heroes and interfere in crucial moments to save their lives from imminent danger. Even their appearances are a bit similar. Then again, Rachael is ultimately proved to be a kind-hearted character, develops true free will, genuinely falls in love with Deckard and has a child with him. Luv, on the other hand, never manages to overcome her programming and proves to be little more than a brutal killing machine and Wallaces top henchwoman. Her feelings toward K are Villainous Crush at best and she is ready to kill him on spot just to prove she is better, to say nothing of her malicious and cruel act to destroy Jois emitter, which turns her into a personal enemy of K. But the most tragic difference between them relates to their makers: Tyrell clearly holds Rachael in high esteem for what she is, while Wallace may call Luv his best Angel but for all her efforts she is nothing more than a useful instrument for him, which could be easily replaced when he unlocks the secret to create Replicants that can have children.
- Foreshadowing: Introduced as a non-action, administrative-type (not unlike Rachael to Tyrell in the original film), Luv nonetheless has to manually move a very large and heavy industrial door sealing the old archives when the hydraulics seize up. This alludes to her physical capabilities as a Nexus-9 that will be showcased later in the film.
- She tells Joshi before killing her that "you can't hold the tide back with a broom." Luv dies when K drowns her in the incoming tide.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: A possible version; Luv mentions that people assume the Nexus-9 Cannot Tell a Lie, but Luv states she's going to tell her boss that she killed Joshi in self-defense, right before she stabs the unarmed woman to death.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Although she seems calm, she's very prone to fighting and seems to hide her temper behind a stoic facade.
- The Heavy: She has more screentime than Niander Wallace, tracks K down up to Deckard's hideout and fights K to the death at the end.
- Hero Killer: As the central antagonistic force Luv becomes a very powerful enemy past the half way point and becomes a very clear threat to the heroes. Through the film she kills Joshi, Joi, and may have even killed K.
- Hypocritical Humor: In a very non-humorous fashion. She tells Joshi that Replicants never lie, before immediately stating that she'll tell Wallace that she had to kill Joshi in self-defense.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: A parallel to K's I Just Want to Be Special arc. Her loyalty to Wallace is in part motivated by her wanting to be desired, and it's also bolstered by how Wallace treats Luv differently than how Replicants usually are treated, specifically by naming her and also referring to her as his "angel". It's even suggested that she was looking for some kind of similar acknowledgment from K in this regard, as their initial interaction has her admitting that it feels nice to be asked questions, though K promptly rejects what seems to be an earnest advance on her end and leaves her cold (though in a comeuppance that enforces the trope she eventually steals a "Take That!" Kiss from him in their final encounter). A lot of this is what most likely drives her Grew Beyond Their Programming moments, and what causes her to cry during moments where she forces herself to act out of character.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Exhibits many shades of this throughout the film, most notably in her final confrontation with K, where she gloats about being "the best one".
- Ironic Name: Her name sounds right like "love", but she is not exactly a lovely person.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: Earns special enmity from K after she sadistically crushes Joi's emitter, thus killing her for good, for no real reason except to spite him.
- Meaningful Name: She exists only to love and obey Niander. Also, "love" means "zero" in certain games. She's nothing but a number to her master.
- Kick Chick: Uses a lot of acrobatic high kicks in her fight scenes, which contrasts heavily with K's sloppier, more brutish fighting style.
- Kick the Dog: She crushes Joi's emitter, effectively killing her, for no real reason other than pure cruelty.
- Knife Nut: Aside from her gun, she uses a retractable switchblade.
- Made of Iron: Being a Replicant, she can take quite a beating.
- Mutual Kill: Her fight with K ends in one of these.
- Non-Indicative Name: The name "Luv" might give the impression that she's in some way loving. She really isn't.
- Not So Stoic: She tries to remain composed, especially around Wallace, but she silently cries in their first scene. By the half-way point of the movie her temperamental persona slips.
- Number Two: She's Wallace's main henchwoman.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She starts off as Woman in White, but eventually adds black and red to her outfit.
- Robotic Psychopath: More than capable of putting up the urbane replicant front, while in reality is a sadistic murderer.
- Sadist: It's clear that Luv genuinely enjoys many of her acts of cruelty.
- Smug Snake: She's very confident in her abilities.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: She's composed while committing gruesome acts and calmly tells Lieutenant Joshi that she's going to kill her.
- Tragic Villain: All things considered, she is this. Luv clearly does not enjoy some of Wallace's actions or her own on his behalf, as she is seen crying after murdering Joshi and watching her creator kills another Replicant, but is compelled to go along with it anyway due to her programming. Additionally, she is forced to advance the plans of Wallace to create Replicants that are capable of having children, which, if successful, will ultimately render her obsolete to him.
- Trapped in Villainy: She is implied to not enjoy doing at least some of Wallace's dirty work, as she is seen crying after committing a murder and watching Wallace kill another Replicant. However, her programming compels her to obey his every command.
- Undying Loyalty: Wallace conceived her Replicant line to be completely subservient.
- Villainous Cheekbones: A female example.
- Villainous Crush: Hinted at toward K, given her comments about him and her "Take That!" Kiss to him near the end.
- Villainous Rescue: Luv saves K's life by using a remote-controlled drone to blast the scavengers who attack him in the giant dump yard, to ensure he finds important clues to lead her to what Wallace wants.
- Villain Respect: Despite the frustration it obviously caused her, she seems to have at least some of this for Joshi after she refuses to cave to Luv's threats - at least enough to call her "Madame" before gutting her with a knife. Then again, she handles the corpse completely carelessly, so the curtsy may have been sarcastic.
- Weak, but Skilled: Has the clear edge on K when it comes to fighting technique and knife handling, but she is completely outclassed when going to-to-toe with him in terms of conventional strength.
Played by: Set Sjöstrand
Appears in: 2036: Nexus Dawn
A Nexus-9 Replicant Niander Wallace uses to demonstrate the line's perfect subservience to a group of lawmakers in 2036 in order to legalize the production of Replicants again.
- Expendable Clone: Wallace has no problem sacrificing a Replicant to make a point. Replicants are simply tools for Wallace, their life has no value for him in the pursuit of his megalomaniacal projects for the future of Earth.
- A Glass in the Hand: He shatters a glass to take a shard to mutilate himself, then kill himself, all on Wallace's order.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Deliberately and gruesomely subverted. Wallace demonstrates that the Nexus-9 are completely subservient compared to the previous models by ordering this Replicant (who follows his orders implicitly) to make a choice kill Wallace or kill himself. The Replicant grabs a shard of glass, and when Wallace tells him to make a choice ("Do this now."), slashes his own throat without hesitation.
- Kick the Dog: His death serves to establish Wallace's complete disregard for the life of Replicants.
- No Name Given: He is not named onscreen but Wallace refers to him as "an angel" to the lawmakers.
- Self-Harm: Cuts his own cheek with a shard of glass on Wallace's order.
- Undying Loyalty: Wallace conceived Nexus-9 Replicants to be completely subservient, and demonstrates by ordering this Replicant to choose between killing him [Wallace] or committing suicide.
Played by: Loren Peta note
Appears in: Blade Runner 2049
A copy Replicant of Deckard's late love interest Rachael, created by Niander Wallace in order to make Deckard cooperate more easily.
- Boom, Headshot!: She gets shot by Luv after Deckard refuses Wallace's offer to join him.
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Wallace admits that they can take Deckard offworld to be tortured, but he has more than pain to offer him. Cue a Replicant in the form of his Lost Lenore Rachael Emerging from the Shadows. When he refuses this 'gift', Luv shoots her in the head and Deckard is taken to the airport.
- Expendable Clone: She's disposed of rapidly after Wallace finds out he created her for nothing.
- Gilded Cage: She was created to provide company to Deckard while he's a prisoner of Wallace, and to make sure he will cooperate.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: Deckard says that the real Rachael had green eyes, but this one has brown eyes. However, Rachael was shown to have brown eyes, implying that Deckard was lying as a means of rejecting this "gift". This is complicated by the VK test close-up clearly showing Rachael has green eyes, despite Sean Young having brown eyes.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She gets unceremoniously shot in the head by Luv after it's become clear Deckard won't fall for Wallace's Gilded Cage strategy to have him cooperate.
Played by: Tómas Lemarquis
Appears in: Blade Runner 2049
- "Oh. An old one, pre-Black Out. It's gonna be tough."
An employee of Wallace Corporation who's in charge of Replicant-related files.