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Carrie White

Played by:
Sissy Spacek (1976 version)
Angela Bettis (2002 version)
Chloë Moretz (2013 version)

Carietta "Carrie" N. White, the Cinderella of the story, is a shy, lonely teenage girl who is frequently bullied and abused by both her classmates and by her fundamentalist Christian mother Margaret. Her life seems to be getting better once the attractive, kind-hearted athlete Tommy asks her to the prom, but then it goes right back into hell, and then some. She possesses the ability to manipulate objects with only her thoughts, which makes angering her... not advisable.

  • Accidental Misnaming: The school principal constantly calls her "Cassie Wright", and doesn't even seem to notice when she corrects him, spurring this exchange:
    Mr. Morton: We're really sorry about this incident, Cassie...
    Carrie: IT'S CARRIE! (With her mind, she knocks the ashtray off the table)
    • Averted in the 2013 version. The principal only gets her name wrong once, and remembers it after he's corrected. Instead, the thing that sets off her mini-freak out in his office is having her mother informed of the shower incident.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, she is portrayed as being rather pudgy and covered in acne. Among the actresses who have played her are Sissy Spacek and Chloë Moretz. However, the book's description is given as she is looking in a mirror at her own face, so the written portrayal could be interpreted as how she sees herself at that moment, in which case her flaws are being exaggerated (as teenagers in Real Life are fairly prone to doing), whereas most might actually see her as rather pretty. Tommy actually thinks she's beautiful when he picks her up for the prom.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the 2013 version. Aside from being more adept in using her powers, she is more ruthless in punishing her tormentors.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the 1976 and 2013 films, her hair is a much lighter blonde than the dark and "mousy" color described in the book.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Both the '76 and '02 versions of Carrie (especially the '02 version) hold less rage and vengeful fantasies inside of them prior to their breakdown, and the breakdown itself is portrayed as them being in something of a trance rather than fully conscious and culpable in their actions.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The titular Carrie herself, shy, awkward, and totally naive to things as universally known as a woman's period. This is due almost entirely to her being raised by her zealous mother—as a child, the lessons Carrie's mother put into her head made her judge the other kids her age unfairly, and even though she's outgrown that as a teenager, she still has no idea how to act with other people. Needless to say, very few people have a nice word to say about her.
  • Anti-Hero
    • Classical Anti-Hero in most of the movie/book, Nominal Hero or Tragic Villain in the end. Carrie has spent her entire life being bullied, tormented, and abused by her mother and classmates, and in her only moment of happiness, she's cruelly pranked and humiliated. Her resulting rampage, however, goes far, far beyond ruthless, murdering her classmates and even people she's never met before.
    • They take this to another level in the 02 version, where before her massacre at the prom, her mental break causes her to go into a trance, and unconsciously unleash her powers on the gymnasium and the town, only to awaken with no memory of what she just did after getting home, and horrified to find herself in a bath with reddish water and covered in blood, and the implication from her mother that she committed a great sin.
  • Anti-Villain: The Woobie variety Carrie brutally murders and tortures her classmates and the town citizens in her rampage, but it's in response to years and years of abuse coupled with a deteriorated mental state.
  • Ax-Crazy: Near the end, famously. She quickly begins to take joy in the pain she's causing her classmates and citizens.
  • Back from the Dead: Potentially implied at the end of the 2013 version, when her headstone begins to crack apart.
  • Ballroom Blitz: She brings the pain at prom night, trapping many of the students inside.
  • Beautiful All Along: Carrie cleans up rather nicely when she's allowed to. Tommy himself, when having a conversation with her, is surprised to see that she's actually very pretty underneath her poor posture and refusal to make eye contact.
  • Beauty Inversion: In the 2002 remake, her drab clothes, messy hair and something about not washing her face or anything definitely hid any beauty that Angela Bettis had, making it that much more special when she went to the prom.
  • Berserk Button: She can't stand blood... or getting laughed at... or people thinking her name is Cassie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Not at first, due to her demure and submissive nature. Once she begins to accept her powers and grows a bit more backbone, though, Carrie starts pushing back against her mother in particular. Then the prom happens, and she REALLY turns out to be no one to mess with.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her powers cause her mother to think that she's an evil witch and try to kill her.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Just before her rampage begins, Carrie's soaked in pig's blood from the prank, creating a haunting image.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Her Iconic Outfit is this, except a prom dress instead of a wedding dress.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: What caused her to snap in the prom. She did absolutely nothing to deserve what she got, and only got dumped with pig's blood in her happiest moment because one Alpha Bitch simply couldn't stand her.
  • Bully Hunter: Subverted. She does hunt down Chris and Billy, but it's actually one of the biggest misconceptions that she is this, when she, in fact, kills indiscriminately throughout the town.
  • Bully Magnet: Carrie is an unfortunate target for bullies.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: One that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Over the course of the novel, she starts to grow a backbone, embraces her powers, and becomes a little less naive. Unfortunately, her growing strength is what leads her to react so strongly at the end.
  • Despair Event Horizon
    • After a lifetime of being made feel worthless by everybody around her — especially her own mother — the three people to finally reach out to her also (at least in her mind) betray her. Tommy, Sue, and the gym teacher were all completely innocent (the real villains were Chris and Billy), but she didn't know that. Understandably, this would dash any last shred of hope for humanity she might have had. The utter shame of it all is that Tommy had genuinely fallen in love with her, and (in the movie) was visibly angry when the prank was pulled.
    • The 2013 version adds an interesting touch: showing her crying over Tommy after the bucket hits his head, and knocks him out/kills him (unclear which), implying that she knew he was innocent, and what happened to him just pissed her off more. Tommy in the 2013 version was also visibly angry at the prank, shouting "What the hell!?" at the gym in general. (He also yells "What the hell?!" in the 1976 version, it's Moment of Silence but his words are clearly visible.) This may have contributed to Carrie realizing that he wasn't in on it and genuinely was trying to show her a good time.
  • Death Equals Redemption: In the 2013 version, Carrie seemed to believe this, as she chose to stay in her collapsing house with her mother's body rather than escape, despite having time to do so.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to everybody during the prom scene.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Not only does she have to contend with an abusive mother, but she's also a complete social outcast in school.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Sue's arms at the end of the novel.
  • Disappeared Dad: In the novel, Carrie's father was killed in a construction accident seven months before she was born. In the 1976 film, he ran off and left the family. In the 2013 film, the reason for his absence is never stated. In The Musical, it's heavily implied he ran out on Margaret after she became pregnant (which would certainly explain a lot about Margaret's distrust towards men).
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A teen outcast, subject to heavy bullying by peers, snaps and goes on a killing spree... even Stephen King has made the connection. (In On Writing, he outright calls Carrie a female version of Harris and Klebold). This counts as a retroactive example, however, given that Carrie was published 25 years before Columbine.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Once she realizes her gift, she's quick to turn it on her abusive mother.
  • Driven to Madness; One of the traits that just about every adaptation tones down (although most leave it ambiguous how much she actually loses her mind), but it's clear in the novel that she has gone completely insane by the end of Prom Night, even being lampshaded as she walks down the street of her burning town.
  • Faking the Dead: In the '02 version, she does this with Sue's help in order to start a new life for herself.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • In the book, Sue hears her telepathically scream for her mother before she dies.
    • In the 2013 movie just before she sacrifices herself to save Sue, she says, "It's a girl", followed by "You don't know?"
  • Freudian Excuse: Having Margaret White as a mother can excuse practically anything. Her naivete and awkward nature is due almost solely to her mother abusing and tormenting her.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Subverted. Carrie goes mad from having the bucket of pigs' blood dropped on her, but she thinks that the revelation that drives her mad is that Sue and Tommy were setting her up, which she isn't.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In all the film versions... at least before prom night.
  • Heroic RRoD: In the book, her overuse of her powers, combined with blood loss from being stabbed by her mother, cause her to have a heart attack after killing Billy and Chris.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the 2013 movie, Carrie telekinetically throws Sue out of her house just before falling stones crush the house and herself in the process.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In the 2013 movie, Carrie is lifting up Chris' car and is about to gleefully kill her until she sees how frightened and helpless Chris looks, an expression that's been on Carrie's face many times (often because of Chris). All in Carrie's ensuing facial expression, it can be seen that she realizes that her and Chris switching positions like this doesn't make her feel better, it only means that she is now the bully.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: The whole reason why she's skeptical of Tommy's offer initially. One of the songs in the Brian DePalma film soundtrack is called "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me", a touch on the nose.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her blood-drenched pink prom dress.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted. Her desire to be treated as an equal among her classmates and other people extends to her psychic powers, after reading about psychic phenomena and finding that she wasn't the only one to have such supernatural abilities.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In the book and the 2013 film, Chris justifies her mistreatment of Carrie by saying that Carrie has previously expressed the sentiment that everyone but herself and her mother are going to Hell. Given that Margaret says similar things around Carrie all the time and that Carrie was kept sheltered for years until the state said that she couldn't be homeschooled anymore, it's extremely likely that Carrie thought that this was a perfectly normal thing to say, having never learned that other people would find it offensive.
  • Last Disrespects: In the '76 and '13 versions, her grave is defaced with the words "Carrie White Burns in Hell".
  • Legend Fades to Myth: In the sequel, Rachel mentions that a mountain of conspiracy theories has developed around Carrie and her rampage.
    Rachel: Supposedly, she set the fire as some sort of revenge-suicide thing, Elvis was her date and they escaped in a UFO.
  • Little Dead Riding Hood: In the book, her prom dress is red. It's pink in the movie, although Margaret mistakes it for red (and she promptly corrects her).
  • Loners Are Freaks: This trope is a large part of her problem with getting accepted by her classmates.
  • Meaningful Name: The color white is associated with innocence and purity, values her mother is trying to instill in her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In both the 1976 version and the 2002 version, she has this reaction when she returns to her house and takes a bath, and it only escalates from there. In the 2013 version, she has it earlier when she's about to kill Chris, only to see Chris' fearful expression and realize that she's become just like her - and then is forced to kill Chris anyway in self-defense.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Her full name is "Carrietta N. White", but it's never been revealed what the N stands for.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In the 2013 remake, she actually snaps out of her psychotic break and decides to spare Chris. Chris returns her mercy by trying to run her over, forcing her to kill Chris in self-defense.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted hard in the first five minutes. She gets her first period at age 16 — and she is under the impression that she is bleeding to death.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: She stops fearing Margaret when she realizes she has a bit more power than she thought, and can use this power to protect herself and/or punish Margaret. She almost says this word-for-word in The Musical.
    I am not afraid of you / at all. / I have nothing left to lose. / I have power I can use. / Nothing you can say / or do / will ever stop me / again...
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • In the '02 version, where she is somehow resuscitated by Sue after spending hours submerged in a bathtub.
    • Potentially implied at the end of the 2013 version, when her headstone begins to crack apart.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At the start of the story, Carrie appears to others as an ordinary student, only notable for being one of the school outcasts. In reality, Carrie has supernatural powers that even she was not entirely aware of.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She burns down her high school and kills scores of people during her rampage. In the book and the remake, she also destroys most of the town.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In the book, before killing Margaret:
    "I'm going to give you a present, Momma. [...] Do you know what the present is, Momma? Darkness. And whatever God lives there."
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Though she hardly becomes a Villain Protagonist in the end...
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: She does this subtly — usually, all she does is look at her target, as evidenced when she throws the asshole kid off his bike, or locks down the school gym. However, when she slams shut all the windows and doors in her house, she doesn't even do this. In the 2013 version, she uses various hand-motions.
  • Psychic Powers: Of the Mind over Matter variety. In the book, she's also telepathic.
  • Puberty Superpower: Zig-zagged. She had latent powers since birth, but only managed to gain control over them at adolescence.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the prank, she loses her shit and begins slaughtering anyone who crosses her.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In the short time between Margaret's death and her own.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: At the prom. Justified in the novel; before the prom, she deliberately wore unflattering clothes, because her mother believed that trying to look attractive is sinful.
  • Shrinking Violet: She has absolutely zero friends due in no small part to being as shy as a mouse.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the 2002 version. Rather than dying with her mother, she fakes her own death, and she and Sue run away to Florida.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She sews her own prom dress.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: In the 1976 film. She thinks everyone is laughing at her after the prank when everyone is really in stunned silence. She still goes mad in most other adaptations, but there really are people laughing at her, especially in the book.
  • Tranquil Fury: Averted in the book. Carrie quite gleefully enjoys the carnage she causes. Played straight in all film adaptations but especially the De Palma film.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After snapping, she descends into this. She is mostly in Tranquil Fury, but some bits her calm demeanour slips to reveal the absolute fury within.
  • Villain Protagonist: More precisely she's a Woobie Anti-Villain, starting off sympathetic but turning into a revenge-seeking monster by the book's end.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When one of Tommy's friends starts goofing around at the prom, Carrie briefly thinks he's attacking Tommy, and is considering using her powers to knock him away before she realizes they're just having fun.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her reaction to the prom prank is one of the all-time great cautionary tales about bullying. Carrie might well be the quintessential Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. She is certainly one of the most popular examples of the trope.

Margaret White (née Brigham)

Played by:
Piper Laurie (1976 version)
Patricia Clarkson (2002 version)
Julianne Moore (2013 version)

Margaret White (maiden name Brigham) is the mother of Carrie. She is a hardcore fundamentalist Christian who feels that all sex, even within marriage, is sinful, and regularly abuses her daughter in the name of God.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: She wears glasses in the book, but not in the 1976 movie.
  • Abusive Parents: She's a completely deranged fundamentalist who treats things like menstruation and holidays as sinful and has a special "prayer closet" to lock Carrie in when she misbehaves.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While not as extreme an example as Carrie, in all of the movies she's been played by actresses far more attractive than the white-haired, heavyset woman she was described as in the book (Piper Laurie in '76, Patricia Clarkson in '02, Julianne Moore in '13).
  • Adaptational Heroism
    • In The Musical and in the '13 film, while still abusive, she's more human and she genuinely loves Carrie thinking that the punishments she subject her to are for her own good. In The Musical she even expresses remorse for having her locked in the closet. Also in the '13 film she hesitates to stab her daughter claiming that she's always loved her.
    • While she isn't humanized as much as in the above mentioned adaptations, the 2002 television film's Margaret is a lot less psychotic and physically abusive than her 1976 counterpart.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: More apparent in the 2013 version, where she's seen scratching her arms raw, poking her thigh with a needle until blood runs down her leg, and banging her head against multiple objects.
  • And Starring: In the 1976 and 2013 versions. Patricia Clarkson is credited second in the 2002 version.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To her mother and stepfather in the book, to the point that they both wanted her out of the house.
  • Asshole Victim: After years and years of abusing and tormenting her daughter, it's hard to feel sorry for her when Carrie finally kills her at the end.
  • Ax-Crazy: Quite. Although it makes itself most obvious near the end, where she tries to murder Carrie.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: She is the story's main antagonist along with the Chris/Billy couple. She is, however, the True Final Boss.
  • Catchphrase: "Go to your closet and pray."
  • Christianity Is Catholic: In the '76 film, a lot of the religious iconography that shows up in her house is Catholic, even though it's strongly implied in the book that her beliefs are rooted in fundamentalist Protestantism of the old-time Puritan variety, which has... issues with the Catholic Church. (Carrie recalls that Margaret used to be a Baptist, before forming her own church with her husband). Averted in the 2013 version, where she quotes some decidedly bizarre and skewed scripture that Carrie claims isn't in the bible. She'd probably know though.
  • Crucified Villain Shot: In the '76 film and the 2013 remake, Carrie kills her by crucifying her against the doorway with kitchen knives, in the style of the St. Sebastian figurine in her chapel.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Carrie telekinetically stabbed her with multiple knives in the 1976 and 2013 versions. Her 2002 death is more closely matched to the book.
  • Dies Wide Open: In the 1976 version.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "And God made Eve from the rib of Adam. And Eve was weak and loosed the raven on the world. And the raven was called sin. Say it, the raven was called sin."
  • Evil Is Hammy: Particularly, Piper Laurie's portrayal. (see Large Ham below)
  • Evil Matriarch: Carrie's mother, and the only family she has. She controls everything Carrie does and forces her daughter to abide by her own distorted religious beliefs.
  • Evil Redhead: In all three films.
  • Female Misogynist: She believes that women are sinners by nature.
  • The Fundamentalist: Taken to its most insane extreme. In the book, she and her husband formed their own church because the none of the existing ones were extreme enough for them, and she's considered crazy even by other Christian fundamentalists.
  • The Grinch: The viral marketing for the 2013 version includes a phone number that people can dial, with a recording of Carrie and Margaret on the other end. Around Christmas, the message on the other end had Margaret grabbing the phone from Carrie and telling the caller that Christmas was an evil holiday that had been corrupted by greed, and that it should only be spent praying.
    "The birth of our Lord is a time to repent, not to feast on cake."
    • She doesn't view Valentine's Day much better; the message in February had Margaret insulting the caller as a "whore" for celebrating the holiday.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: In the book and in the '02 version, Carrie kills her by psychically squeezing her heart until it stops beating.
  • Hypocrite: For a fundamentalist, Margaret has no problem flat-out making up Bible passages. Specifically, just about everything from her rant to Carrie about how women are cursed with sin is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Given the strong statements found in Scripture against changing or adding to it...
    • This is recognized in the '13 version. While Margaret is ranting at Carrie, Carrie calls her out for making up passages from The Bible to suit her agenda.
    • For the record, the first sin was disobedience, not intercourse. Since God asked Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth while they were still in the garden, sex was not inherently sinful.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In the 1976 version, she moaned multiple times before dying.
  • Impaled Palm: Her Death by a Thousand Cuts above started with this.
  • Knight Templar: After Carrie has gone on her revenge, burning the town and killing many of its citizens, Margaret attempts to kill Carrie. Though Carrie is undoubtedly too far gone at that point, it's doubtful she would have ended up in such a way if Margaret hadn't damaged her so much. She had also pretty much made up her mind to murder Carrie as soon as she got home, even before the prank happened.
  • Knife Nut: In her more psychotic moments, including the end, she goes after Carrie with a butcher's knife.
  • Knocking on Heathens' Door: In the original, she is seen doing this at Mrs. Snell's house.
  • Large Ham: Piper Laurie's performance in the '76 version. Laurie felt that her character and performance were so over-the-top that the film had to be a Black Comedy, and she still maintains that to be the case to this day. In an interview on the DVD extras for the 1976 version, Betty Buckley (who played the gym teacher in the film and Margaret in the Broadway non-parody musical) notes the relationship between Margaret and Carrie to be "operatic."
  • Madness Mantra: "If the eye doth offend thee, pluck it out."
  • My Beloved Smother: Julianne Moore went into depth on this at ComicCon, saying that, for Margaret, Carrie is the only family she has, and the thought of her leaving her grasp and leaving her all alone is something that she can't bear.
  • Offing the Offspring: Always an option for her. She ultimately succeeded except in the 2002 version.
  • Religious Stereotype: She is every stereotype of Christian fundamentalists rolled into one and mixed liberally with raving insanity.
  • Sanity Slippage: Margaret starts off insane, but gets even crazier once Carrie insists on going to prom.
  • Self-Harm: She is prone to hitting and scratching herself as a means of guilt-tripping Carrie, especially after Carrie starts using her powers and Margaret can no long control her. She also does it covertly at the sewing shop while talking to a customer about a dress, clearly self-aware enough to realize that insulting the customer would be a bad idea. Carrie telekinetically stops her later on, telling her that it isn't going to work any more.
  • Sex Is Evil: She believes all sex, even within marriage, to be sinful.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the 2013 movie. "You know the devil never dies...he keeps coming back. You gotta keep killing him."
  • Textile Work Is Feminine:
    • The narration makes mention of her sewing doilies.
    • The 2013 film shows her not only sewing at home (possibly implying she hand-makes all of Carrie's clothes, which would make sense if she considers 2013 feminine fashion for teenage girls sinful), but she works professionally as a seamstress.
  • True Final Boss: In the films. Just when you thought that chaos will be over once Carrie gets the Chris/Billy couple, Margaret tries to kill her once she gets home.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything she does in the story, from visiting people's doors to attempting murder, is because she believes she's helping people in desperate need of saving. Her intentions are good, but her actions are reprehensible.
    • Even more prominent in The Musical, where she doesn't want to kill Carrie, but thinks she has to because she's a "witch." In most stagings, she's crying as she stabs Carrie—and she sings "Carrie (Reprise)" as a way to give her one last moment of comfort just before she dies. While it's still a horrible, horrible thing to do, and we're glad when Carrie kills her, but it's hard not to sympathize with Margaret, just for a moment...
  • In the musical, Margaret has an eleven o'clock ballad called "When There's No One," where she contemplates what her life would be like after murdering Carrie.
  • White Shirt of Death: Was wearing her white nightgown when she dies.
  • Widow Woman: In the book. The film has her claiming this, but Carrie counters that her husband merely ran off with another woman. As shown by the sequel, Carrie's right.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She starts off as an abusive monster, but she becomes completely deranged by the time Carrie reveals her power and goes to prom.

Sue Snell

Played by:
Amy Irving (1976 version, and its sequel)
Kandyse McClure (2002 version)
Gabriella Wilde (2013 version)

Susan "Sue" Snell is a popular high school student who feels guilty about taking part in the humiliation of Carrie in the showers. To make up for it, she asks her athlete boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to the prom instead of her, choosing to stay home on prom night. She is one of the survivors of Carrie's rampage, and in the sequel, she has become a guidance counselor at the new high school. She functions as The Fairy Godmother to Carrie's Cinderella.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The 2002 film makes her motives more sympathetic, and she goes out of her way to befriend Carrie before the prom.
  • Alliterative Name: "Sue Snell".
  • The Atoner: The book featured snippets of her autobiography/memoirs in which she attempts to make amends for what had happened that night. In the '76 film, she's suffering from nightmares about it at the end, and in the sequel, it's her memory of the incident that drives her to stop the bullying against Rachel before it's too late.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the '13 film, Sue is blonde, Tina and Chris are brunettes, Heather as a redhead and Nicki and Lizzy have black hair.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Sue recognises this as one of her major problems when she joins in on everyone bullying Carrie in the shower. She later corrects it.
  • The Cassandra: Downplayed, but she has psychic intuition that something is going terribly wrong at the prom - and, in the '76 and '13 versions, she sees Chris and Billy plotting to drop the bucket - but is disregarded and ignored even after Chamberlain is on fire.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: In the book, after the "Black Prom" she and Tommy are blamed for having driven Carrie over the edge. From the snippets we see of her memoirs, she spends the rest of her life trying to live it down.
  • The Cynic: Some of her lines in the book suggest that she has a bleak view of human nature. At one point, she says that people don't change for the better when they grow up, they just get more skilled at hiding their true nature.
  • Death Seeker: The closing lines of her memoir suggest that she's become this.
  • Deuteragonist: She gets the most focus in the book after Carrie herself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: A notable one in the 2002 film. When Helen calls Carrie "retarded" during the baseball game, Sue doesn't say anything, but it's clear from the look on her face that she doesn't approve.
  • Final Girl: She is the only survivor out of the main cast in the '76 version.
  • Mind Rape: At the end of the book, a dying Carrie does this to her, angry about the prank that she thought Sue had pulled on her... only to find that she had meant her no harm, and that she hadn't planned to humiliate her at the prom. She even lets her into her mind intentionally to prove this to her.
  • Morality Pet: She tries to be this to Chris, but fails. She could also be seen as this to Carrie, as she spends most of the climax trying to find Carrie and try to calm her down. After reading Sue's mind, Carrie comes to understand that she was trying to help her, and allows Sue to comfort her as she dies.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Downplayed, but she writes a memoir that is one of the central texts of the book.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the sequel, she has this when she sees Rachel telekinetically destroying the snowglobe in her office in a fit of anger. She remembers very clearly what had happened with Carrie, thank-you-very-much.
  • Only Sane Girl: In the 1976 version she finds out about Chris and Billy's plot against Carrie at the prom and very nearly blows the whole thing wide open.
  • Race Lift: She was played by black South African-Canadian actress Kandyse McClure in the '02 version.
  • The Scapegoat: With Tommy in the book.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She gets a fire poker through the eye the moment she arrives at the front door of the party.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Suggested in the book. During the climax, it's strongly implied that Carrie uses her powers to cause her to have a miscarriage. In the '13 film, it's stated outright when Carrie places her hand on her belly and tells her she has a baby girl.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the only popular girl who feels bad for Carrie-the others have no problem bullying her.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted in the sequel. It's revealed that she went into psychiatric care after surviving Carrie's rampage, and by the events of the film, she is the therapist.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: In the sequel, she is the only one who knows what psychics like Carrie and Rachel are capable of. She gets killed trying to stop Rachel.
  • Zen Survivor: She's become this in the sequel.

Tommy Ross

Played by:
William Katt (1976 version)
Tobias Mehler (2002 version)
Ansel Elgort (2013 version)

Thomas "Tommy" Everett Ross, the Prince Charming of his school, is one of the stars of the school's baseball team and the boyfriend of Sue, and their relationship has recently become more intimate. After taking part in Carrie's humiliation in the shower, Sue, feeling sorry for what she did, asks Tommy to take Carrie to the prom in order to make up for it, to which Tommy reluctantly agrees.

  • Academic Athlete: In the novel, he's a straight-A student and a talented amateur writer who has had his poems published in several journals, and wants to get a university degree before pursuing a career in professional baseball.
  • The Ace: In the novel, Tommy is kind, sweet, sincere, intelligent, and a respected athlete.
  • Brainless Beauty: Both film adaptations retain his niceness, but turn him into this for no readily apparent reason. Rather, the 2013 version doesn't mention his grades, but he does seem sincere when he compliments Carrie's poem.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: In the book, he and Sue are scapegoated for the incident.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Carrie's arms in the '13 version.
  • Funny Afro: He wears one in the 1976 film version.
  • Killed Off for Real: Very likely. Either by fractured skull or burned to death in his unconsciousness. The book makes it clear that he broke his neck and died instantly.
  • Lovable Jock: In addition to being a star athlete, he's also a very good-hearted, likable person, and one of the few people who stands up for Carrie, though he is reluctant to take her to the prom. It's also mentioned in the Scrapbook Story that none of his surviving classmates had anything bad to say about him, which, considering that most of the survivors were social outcasts who hadn't been invited to the prom, suggests that he was the opposite of the "jerk jock" stereotype.
  • Nice Guy: Sue calls him this, and he proves it by being kind and polite to Carrie before and during their night together.
  • Only Sane Man: He seems to be this at the prom. Too bad he gets knocked out before the disaster occurs.
    • In the 1976 film version he has just enough time to look up and see the knocked down bucket, thereby piecing two and two together, and is clearly outraged at the prank towards Carrie as he angrily mouths "What the hell?" to the students while pointing upwards at the bucket. Had he not been knocked unconscious immediately afterwards, he very likely would have been able to calm Carrie down and defuse the situation.
    • Similar in the 2002 version, he angrily throws his crown to the floor.
    • In the 2013 version he yells "What the hell!" to the students after the prank occurs, looking very pissed off.
  • The Scapegoat: As shown by the book's Scrapbook Story, he's treated like a Jerk Jock afterwards (along with Sue, who gets retconned into an Alpha Bitch) so that the people investigating the incident can have an easy scapegoat.
  • Tap on the Head: Rare justified example. In all versions, he's thrown into deep unconsciousness by being hit once on the head...but it was by a heavy metal bucket, and it's implied to kill (or at least seriously injure) him. The book is more explicit about this, and he is killed instantly.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Tommy is just plain nice. Even Sue agrees he's justified in giving her a What the Hell, Hero? about bullying Carrie, he agrees to take her to the prom, and he falls in love with her. Maybe.
  • Two First Names: His last name is often used as a given name.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Of course by inviting Carrie to prom, but emphasized in the book as he voted for them for Prom King and Queen, and they win by one vote.

The Gym Teacher (Rita Desjardin / Miss Collins / Miss Gardiner)

Played by:
Betty Buckley (1976 version)
Rena Sofer (2002 version)
Judy Greer (2013 version)

Rita L. Desjardin is the gym teacher at the high school, who feels a mix of pity and annoyance at Carrie for her social awkwardness. After Carrie is humiliated in the showers, Rita is quick to punish those responsible with a week's detention, with her, after school, with failure to show up leading to one being barred from the prom.

In the 1976 film, her name was changed to Miss Collins, while in the Broadway adaptation, she became Miss Gardiner. Both remakes kept the name she had in the books, but the 2002 version changed the spelling to "Desjarden".

  • Adaptation Name Change: In the 1976 version and in the musical.
  • Adorkable: In the 2013 version, she has some strange dance moves.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: She and some students use this in the '02 version to escape the burning gym.
  • The Atoner: In the book, this is why she retires from teaching after the prom.
  • Composite Character: The musical combined her with the principal.
  • Cool Teacher: Deconstructed. She's much nicer than the other sadists of Chamberlain and helps Carrie, but she admits that she was cruel to Carrie and was more like Chris and her mean girls than she liked to admit.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the '76 and ''04 versions.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How she met her end in the '76 version, where she gets crushed at the waist by a falling basketball backboard.
  • Hot Teacher: Particularly in the '02 version.
  • It's All My Fault: In the novel, she blames herself for not doing more to help Carrie, and quits teaching for good.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the book, she enjoys slapping Carrie and is secretly annoyed at having to deal with her problems, but she does recognize how bad the bullying is and sees to it that the girls are punished for it. But when the prank is pulled at the prom, she can't help laughing along with everyone else. She does admit afterwards that she should have done more to help, and resigns out of guilt.
  • Lesbian Jock: Betty Buckley has said that she played her as one in the '76 version. However, instead of being a Butch Lesbian like many versions of this trope, she has a very feminine appearance, and the bulk of her interaction with Carrie is complimenting her looks and giving her beauty tips. She also mentions having taken a date to her own prom, although this doesn't rule out her being bisexual and/or closeted — she most likely would have attended her prom in The '60s, before the gay rights movement lifted most of the taboos surrounding homosexuality.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In the book, she's only been teaching for a year, and is unprepared for some of the issues that might arise as a result.
  • Only Sane Woman: Seems to be this in the faculty, as she's the only one to understand how badly Carrie was bullied and to punish the girls for their bullying.
  • Race Lift: A comparatively mild example. The 1976 film changes her ethnicity from Frenchnote  to Irish, while the Broadway adaptation makes her English.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She and the principal are the only adults that provide any help to Carrie (banning Chris from prom only made things worse in the end, but they couldn't have possibly known what would happen at the time), and she gives Carrie some true compassion and respect that she clearly needs. On the other hand, she's quick to jump to conclusions about Sue and refuses to believe that Sue really doesn't mean any harm to Carrie (which has some justification, given that Sue is part of Chris's Girl Posse and initially joined the other girls in throwing tampons at Carrie in the bathroom)
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives the girls one hell of a verbal lashing after the shower incident in the 2002 version.
    Miss Desjardin: I want you all to know what you did on Friday was a really nasty thing. Did you stop to think that Carrie White might have feelings? Do any of you ever stop to think?! Sue? Helen? Tina? Oh, you think she’s ugly, don’t you? Well, you’re ugly. I saw just how ugly all of you are Friday morning!
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the book the narration notes that she looks young enough to be attending the prom rather than chaperoning.
  • Stern Teacher: She doesn't hesitate to give her class a week of boot-camp detention and threaten them with expulsion from the prom as punishment for humiliating Carrie. However, she drops this attitude when she's with Carrie, treating her with the respect that nobody (save for Sue and Tommy) gives her.
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: Desjardin = of the garden in French. So a surname close to "gardener" in theater makes sense.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • In the '76 version, when Sue attempts to stop the prank against Carrie, Miss Collins forcibly removes her from the prom, operating under the mistaken belief that she intends to ruin Carrie's coronation. (It's also because of a previously mentioned rule that students are forbidden to be at prom without a date). This allows the event that triggers Carrie's Roaring Rampage of Revenge to occur.
    • Also, it was her speech that made Sue feel guilty about what happened to Carrie in the first place, which prompted Sue to ask Tommy to take Carrie to the prom. If she hadn't chewed them out, Carrie wouldn't have been in a position to be pranked by Chris.

Chris Hargensen

Played by:
Nancy Allen (1976 version)
Emilie de Ravin (2002 version)
Portia Doubleday (2013 version)

Christine "Chris" Hargensen is the Alpha Bitch of the school, and Billy's girlfriend. She leads the class as they humiliate Carrie in the shower. Feeling that Carrie is responsible for her misfortune, she sets out to get revenge on her after finding that she is going to the prom with Tommy, enlisting her Girl Posse, her boyfriend Billy, and his friends in the plan.

  • Accuser of the Brethren: Why she grows to hate Sue. Sue regrets the shower incident they pulled on Carrie and tries to make up for it and Sue breaks off from Chris' Girl Posse because of this.
    Sue: 'She doesn't like me much?'...
    Helen: 'Susie, she hates your guts.'
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She was a brunette in the book, but blonde in the '76 and '02 versions.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted in the 2013 film where Portia Doubleday's Chris is done up as an overly tanned and made-up ratchet with ratty extensions, contrasting to Carrie's more natural beauty.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book she was not only a Jerkass but also a juvenile delinquent and had no problems threatening other students with serious harm; the films tone her down to simply being a vindictive Alpha Bitch. The 2002 film goes further; in this version she shows reluctance to follow through with the prank after seeing Carrie happy, and only does so under pressure from Billy; she also vainly screams for Billy to stop when he is about to run Carrie down, in stark contrast to the other two films in which she herself attempts to kill Carrie (or urges Billy to do so).
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • The French translation of the book states that she got multiple detentions for bullying handicapped students, as opposed to "misfits" in the original. Her language is also more vulgar at several points.
    • In the 1976 film, she is even worse than in the book, being in every way the driving force behind the prank and trying to run Carrie over, which she wasn't willing to do in the book.
    • Her villainy is also ratcheted up in the 2013 version, as she not only leads the class in humiliating Carrie in the shower but also films it all on her phone and posts it on YouTube, where it goes viral. The YouTube video is also displayed at the prom after the pig blood scene, which, together with Tommy getting knocked out/killed, sets Carrie off.
  • Alpha Bitch: To a sociopathic degree. Lampshaded in the parody Scarrie!:
    Chris: "The Carrie Whites of the world aren't meant to go out with the Tommy Rosses of the world! For if God had wanted that, he would have given her a kick-ass bod, and long hair that layers easily and DANCES IN THE WIND!!"
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: It's said in the book that the main reason she stays with Billy is because he's the only boy she can't manipulate. Also when he makes advances on her, she finds that she loves his aggression.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In the book and in the 2013 version. She is the Alpha Bitch for a reason!
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Displays symptoms of sociopathy with her Lack of Empathy and Never My Fault attitude when punished for assaulting Carrie and having her Prom privileges revoked, her entitlement (believing its her right to attend anyway). She’s extremely obsessive (with ruining an innocent girl’s Prom night, Sue herself laments in her novel that Chris was only focused on destroying Carrie), and also displays symptoms of narcissism in the ‘13 film (Has a big picture in her bedroom above her bed). In the ‘76 and ‘13 film she even shows a murderous side right before Carrie kills her in self-defense. Whatever the case, she’s clearly not right in the head.
  • Asshole Victim: The Alpha Bitch with no redeeming qualities, who humiliated a girl that had done nothing to her. She's given a cruel death in every version of the story.
  • Ax-Crazy: By the end of the 2013 film. Chris is aware of the mass murder done to her senior class by Carrie, and when she sees Carrie in the road she orders Billy to run her down despite all logic telling her that trying to run over Carrie isn't a good plan, proving Chris has just about lost all her sanity.
    Chris: Run. Her. Down. Kill her. Kill her, Billy. KILL HER BILLY! KILL HER!
    Billy: Shut up, I got this!
    • In the book, she wasn’t really all that mentally well even before Carrie goes off the deep end, what with her trying to blow someone’s toes off with a firecracker simply because she had a cleft lip.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the '13 version, where she gets thrown through a windshield, leaving her face torn up with huge shards of glass sticking out of it... and that's before Carrie inflicts the Coup de Grâce by blowing up the car.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: She and Billy along with Margaret are the main antagonists in the story.
  • Bi the Way: In the '13 film, Billy eggs her and Tina on to kiss each other and she doesn't go along with it when Tina prompts it, but in a deleted scene of it she actually goes through with it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the '13 film, Chris and are brunettes, Sue is blonde, Heather is a redhead and Nicki and Lizzy have black hair.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: To her father, taken Up to Eleven.
  • Break the Haughty: In the book, but it doesn't stick in the films. Having been brutally attacked by Billy, raped by him, and being on the brink of being abandoned by him, she still begs him to take him with her, while he plans not to.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She’s got a pretty good idea of both how destructive Carrie has become and how utterly enraged she is over her little stunt with the pig’s blood by the time of their final meeting. However, instead of doing something sensible, like backing up the car and hitting the gas in the opposite direction or at least attempt to apologise, she instead tries to mow her down. It’s even more utterly dumb in the 2013 version where even after seeing her boyfriend’s head pancaked by the steering wheel, she tries to run her down again, receiving only a faceful of glass and a Darwin Award for her stupidity.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She has a very high IQ, but only a C average.
  • Bully Brutality: Aside from tormenting Carrie over her first period, and the pigs' blood prank, it's noted in the book that she's committed such horrible things as stuffing fireworks on someone's shoes and nearly blowing her toes off. The principal of the school even flat-out tells Chris' father that, with all of the things she's done, they could easily have her thrown in prison.
  • Bullying the Disabled: In junior high she slipped a firecracker in someone's shoe and nearly mutilated her foot because she had a cleft lip.
  • Daddy's Girl: Chris is a particularly toxic example. Her father is an Amoral Attorney who has spoiled his daughter and ignores everything she's done. He tries to sue the school district, only backing off when he learns that they will counter-sue him for Chris's record of violations. It's downplayed in that Chris is happy to use his influence to get what she wants, but she doesn't seem to care about him at all on a personal level.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: And how. Her father is an Amoral Attorney and she is a very spoiled, violent monster.
  • Delinquent: Her characterization in the book. It's stated that she's been sent to detention 73 times in four years, twenty of them for bullying, and that she skipped most of them. In addition, during Junior High, she had once put a firecracker into a girl's shoe and nearly blew off two of her toes. The film adaptations largely downplay this to focus on her Alpha Bitch tendencies.
  • Entitled Bastard: She's furious that she's banned from the prom after what she did to Carrie in the shower, believing it's her right to go.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As cruel as Chris is to her, she never wanted to kill Carrie. Right before Carrie kills her and Billy she screams in her mind at Billy not to kill Carrie. In the 1976 and '13 version, though, she completely subverts this by being the person who wants Carrie dead, and it's debatable how sincere she is when she thinks that.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Towards the end of the book Chris is finding out the hard way that the utterly sociopathic Billy is not someone she can use and throw away as she has her other boyfriends—he's beaten her, raped her, and is planning to abandon her and flee the state.
  • Evil Is Petty: Chris only gets banned from prom because she can't hold out on detention, which she thoroughly deserved. For this she blames Carrie, and sets about ruining and humiliating her one last time.
  • Facial Horror: In the '13 version. Getting thrown through a windshield will do that to you.
  • For the Evulz: Her actions both in the book and the various films seem to be motivated by little more than either petty sadism or the desire to be a violent thug for its own sake.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the '02 film, she tries to convince Carrie to doubt Sue by acting friendly to Carrie in the locker room, and she tells her lies about Sue to do so.
  • Hate Sink: In every version of the story (save the 2002 film), Chris is presented as a sadistic, violent, and vulgar bully without any redeeming qualities and no motivation behind her bullying other than the pleasure of it. It's very clear Chris isn't meant to be liked.
  • Hidden Depths: In the ‘13 film, director Kimberly Pierce states the overly-make up and tan look Chris has in the movie is supposed to represent the character's insecurities.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Suggested in the book. Her previous boyfriends were college fraternity brothers who she always had following her around like lost puppies. However, other characters say that Billy is largely under her control (most of the time) and would do anything for her.
    "Billy had not been her first lover, but he was the first she could not dance and dandle at her whim."
  • Jerkass: Good God. No redeeming characteristics what. so. ever. Thanks, Carrie!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Anytime Chris shows a hint of basic human decency or even remorse over what she does, it’s either a ploy to better manipulate someone or, in the case of the 2002 version, does not give an ounce of justification for what she both does and what she would go on to do.
  • Never My Fault: Though it was clearly her fault that she got detention and was banned from the prom, instead of taking responsibility, she decides to plot an elaborate revenge against Carrie. She even tries justifying herself by claiming that Carrie was "running around saying everyone except her and her gilt-edged momma were going to hell" as an excuse.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: According to the book, Chris bullied "misfit pupils", including one girl with a cleft lip whom she almost blew a couple toes off of by sticking a firecracker in her shoe. She also sneers that one of her classmates, who is Jewish, would never win prom queen for that reason.
  • Privilege Makes You Evil: Her father is a rich lawyer who often uses Loophole Abuse to ensure she never faces the consequences for her actions.
  • The Sociopath: In the book. Toned down in the adaptations, but not by much.
  • Spoiled Brat/Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Her father, a rich lawyer, got her into Oberlin despite her poor grades, and threatens to sue the school if they punish Chris for what she did to Carrie in the shower. He backs off when he sees her record of violations (or, in the 2013 movie, when mention was made of the video she had on her phone of the shower incident). Later, after getting kicked out of the prom, she plans to humiliate Carrie as payback for it, feeling that she is entitled to go to the prom. She's so annoying you just want to squash her. Thanks, Carrie!
  • Stupid Evil: It’s most prominent in the 2013 film, but trying to run down Carrie after it’s astonishingly clear that she could literally end their life by simply thinking about it was not the most intelligent decision she could have come up with.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite witnessing Carrie waste an entire school with just her mind, Chris still thinks its a good idea to mow Carrie down instead of, say, running like hell for her life. It's especially egregious in the '13 version, where she continues trying to kill Carrie even after watching her kill her boyfriend and tear up the road in front of them...especially when she hits the pedal to run her over after Carrie contemplates sparing her!
  • Tomboyish Name: Her full name is Christine but she's known as Chris by everyone except her father.
  • The Unfettered: If she wants something, nothing can hold her back.
  • Villain Song: "Crackerjack (Out for Blood)" in the original 1988 production of the musical and "The World According to Chris" in the 2012 revival.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the '13 version, she completely loses it when she realizes that Carrie has Psychic Powers.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Chris tries to get her friends to do this to get out of detention in the '13 film.

Billy Nolan

Played by:
John Travolta (1976 version)
Jesse Cadotte (2002 version)
Alex Russell (2013 version)

William "Billy" Nolan is Chris' boyfriend. He is one of the school's delinquents, and his characterization ranges from merely a jerkass (in the 1976 film) to outright thuggish (in the book). He frequently hits Chris, and in the book he forces himself on her. He breaks into a local farm in order to kill the pigs and drain their blood into the buckets.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Billy is a sociopath in the book, but John Travolta portrays him as a bumbling dork.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Inverted. A lot of his more reprehensible aspects are toned down in the film adaptations. While he's still an asshole in the films, in the original book he was a straight-up thug who hits dogs with his car for fun and beats and rapes Chris. The '13 film is the closest to the book's depiction, as he's shown to be controlling and abusive to Chris, and even more heartless (compare Chris' reaction to Tommy's death to Billy's complete non-reaction.)
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Part of his appeal to Chris is the fact that he's aggressive and abusive. The book says that part of the reason Chris is with him is because she's used to manipulating other boys, but Billy is the only one she hasn't been able to do that with. This is arguably inverted in the 1976 film, where Chris is the bad girl to Billy's Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain (although he still hits her several times).
  • The Alleged Car: The original book has him driving a rusty, beat-up, jacked-in-the-back '61 Chevy Biscayne with a broken headlight. The film versions, fortunately, upgrade him to something much cooler.
  • And Starring: The 1976 film has "And introducing John Travolta, in his first motion picture role".
  • Asshole Victim: He's so relentlessly horrible that it's hard to feel anything when Carrie kills him.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In the book, he runs over stray dogs with his car for fun and kills two pigs to get the blood for the prank. The films tone it down to just one pig, but the cruelty of it is emphasized in the '13 film, when he gleefully does the deed himself (complete with kissing the hammer) after one of his cronies can't bring himself to do it.
  • Berserk Button: He hates it when Chris calls him a "stupid shit."
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Chris. While in some of the film adaptations - notably, '76 - he's mostly just along with it because she's his girlfriend, in the book, he enjoys every step of it, and even plans to abandon Chris and his supposed friends to face the consequences, although he's never met Carrie.
  • Cool Car: The films all upgrade his choice of ride over the old jalopy he had in the book, giving him a '67 Chevelle in the '76 film, a souped-up Ford truck in the '02 film, and a '70 Pontiac GTO in the '13 film. Which makes it a much greater shame when Carrie blows it up.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Chris in the book where he seizes control of the plan early on and becomes the driving force behind it.
  • Delinquents: Both him and his friends.
    • Greaser Delinquents: In the book, and to a lesser extent in the '76 film. Both remakes largely update him and his friends to a more modern "white trash" portrayal.
  • Domestic Abuse: He is frequently shown hitting Chris, and in one scene in the book, rapes her. When trying to run Carrie over at the end he admits to himself that he wishes it was Chris (and his stepfather) going under his tires.
  • For the Evulz: Where Chris wants to harm Carrie personally, Billy is out to ruin the prom for everyone for no reason beyond his own amusement.
  • Freudian Excuse: While it's not fully spelled out, the book implies that he has a troubled home life, with his father absent and his mother constantly fighting with her four boyfriends. Doesn't excuse his actions though. Doesn't excuse them at all.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted. Chris flashes back in the book to the first time they did it. Billy made unwanted advances on her and she was initially disgusted. But she quickly finds herself enjoying it and gets into it. Essentially, Chris is with him because Billy is really good in the sack.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: In the book, Billy seems motivated only by general disdain for everyone around him. It's clear that his preferred target is Carrie, but he ultimately wants to ruin the prom for whoever wins, regardless of who it is. When setting up the prank, he thinks to himself that he would find it just as funny if Chris was the target of the pig blood, and later tells her directly that he would have done it to her if he could.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a black leather jacket in the book.
  • Henpecked Boyfriend:
    • Averted in the book, where his refusal to be this is the reason Chris is attracted to him.
    • Played straight in the '76 version. While he slaps her around once or twice, it's made clear that Chris is calling the shots in their relationship.
    • In the original script for the '13 version, Sue states that, for all of Billy's bravado, Chris essentially has him under her thumb, with it being implied that this is why he agreed to go through with Chris' prank. Ironically, the actual finished film has the exact opposite portrayal, with him acting controlling toward Chris and putting pressure on her.
  • Jerkass: Almost every page he's on has him doing something reprehensible or expressing the desire to hurt someone. While the films tone down his villainy somewhat, he's still portrayed as an all-around asshole.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Literally. In the book, one of his hobbies when his mother and stepfather are fighting is to take his car for a drive and look for stray dogs to run over.
    • Leaving his "friends'" fingerprints on the buckets.
    • Raping and planning to abandon Chris.
  • Lack of Empathy: He barely knows who Carrie White is, he just wants to destroy her life. In the book, it's stated that he does the prom prank only For the Evulz, and that he would find it just as funny if Chris was the target of the pig blood. And his reaction to learning the town is burning? "This place sucks anyway."
  • Manipulative Bastard: He pushes his greaser friends into helping him slaughter the pigs by playing on their desire for revenge against the farmer. He doesn't tell them what he wants the blood for, and even sets them up to get arrested if things go south.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Billy hates everything and everyone, and he wants them all to suffer, even if he doesn't know them, like Carrie, or even if he does, like Chris.
  • The Power of Hate: Hatred towards everything motivates all his monstrous actions.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When he learns of Carrie's rampage, he decides to leave for California, intending to dump Chris and leave her at Carrie's mercy. He doesn't get far.
  • The Sociopath: Billy in the book is a psychopath who kills animals for fun, beats his girlfriend, and wants to murder both her and his stepfather.
  • Two First Names: While not common, his last name can be used as a given name.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing holds him back. Not even his "beloved" girlfriend.
  • Villain Ball: He tries to set his friends up to get arrested for the prank, despite having no sane reason for doing so. He realizes too late that they would immediately turn him in if they were caught.
  • With Friends Like These...: His "friends" honestly seem terrified of him, and Billy deliberately leaves their fingerprints on the buckets, hoping they'll get arrested afterwards.

Tina Blake / Norma Watson

Played by:
P. J. Soles (1976 version)
Katharine Isabelle (2002 version; plays Tina)
Meghan Black (2002 version; plays Norma)
Zoe Belkin (2013 version)

Tina Blake is Chris' best friend and part of her Girl Posse, and just as catty as she is. She assists Chris in her plan to humiliate Carrie; she is the one who switches out the ballots to get her and Tommy in position.

In the 1976 film, her character takes the name of Norma Watson, who was a fairly minor character in the book. Both characters exist in the 2002 film - Norma being portrayed as a peppy overachiever in charge of the prom.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Tina is described as redhead in the book but is brunette in the '02 and '13 films. Norma is blonde in the book and played by blonde PJ Soles - but she becomes a brunette in the '02 film.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In addition to the Adaptational Villainy below, Tina gets upgraded into quite the ditz in the '02 film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the 2002 film, Norma is a much more sympathetic character than any of her other portrayals, and the worst thing she does is tease Carrie in the Prom. She is genuinely kind to Carrie at the Prom and is disgusted once she realizes Carrie was subjected to a cruel prank by someone.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Norma was a Student Council President in the original book and in the '02 version, and barely figured at all in the story. The '76 version upgrades her to Chris' partner-in-crime, replacing Tina. Likewise Tina was merely just Chris's friend in the book. The most evil thing she does is allow Chris to look at the King and Queen ballots.
  • Adorkable: P. J. Soles as Norma in the '76 version. She may be The Dragon to Chris' council of high school villainy, but she is so dorky and cute you kind of want to let it slide. Especially after seeing her get her hair done in the salon, and still wearing her trademark hat on top of the dryer.
  • Asshole Victim: In every film where she's upgraded to Chris' Beta Bitch she fits this trope. Especially in the 2013 film where she plays the humiliating locker room video in front of all the prom-goers, promptly after Carrie has pigs blood dumped onto her. No tears were shed for Tina when Carrie burned her to death in her rampage.
  • Baddie Flattery: In all the film versions, the character upgraded to Chris' Beta Bitch is this when collecting Carrie's ballot from her. In the 2013 film, she even tells Carrie she and Tommy have her vote, but Carrie expresses doubt on her face.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the '02 version, most of Tina's shirts are tied off at the bottom so that they do this.
  • Beta Bitch: In the film versions.
  • Bi the Way: Tina prompts a kiss with Chris per Billy's request in the '13 film, in a deleted scene Chris actually goes along with it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the '13 film, Tina and Chris are brunettes, Sue is blonde, Heather is a redhead and Nicki and Lizzy have black hair.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Norma is the '02 version gets splattered with the blood dumped on Carrie.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the 2002 film Norma gets picked on a little by Tina, and Helen hurries away when she sees Norma coming at the prom. However she is shown giggling with the rest of the girls when they taunt Carrie during gym class.
  • Callousness Towards Emergency: Norma's reaction after Tommy is downed by the falling metal bucket in the '76 film.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Played with in the '13 film. Tina having a sexual relationship with her teacher, Mr. Ulmann, just to get him to torment Carrie further is obviously repulsive, but it almost saves her life during Prom because he tries to find and help her and they head for an exit, before Carrie notices them in time and she starts to focus on killing Tina.
  • Composite Character: Tina was Chris's best friend in the book while Norma was a side character. The 76 film gives Norma Tina's role as Chris's gal pal.
  • Death by Adaptation: Both Tina and Norma survived in the book. Whichever one of them is upgraded into a Beta Bitch is killed off in their respective films.
  • The Dragon: To Chris.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Both of them are this in the book. Tina takes part in the shower incident, and Norma taunts Carrie and Tommy at the prom, though she claims innocence afterwards. It's ultimately unclear whether they were involved in the prank, though Chris mentions that she "set it up" with her friends so that Carrie would win.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In the book, Tina is one of Carrie's bullies, but doesn't seem to know about the prank, and seems horrified when told that the stuff on Carrie was blood.
  • Evil Gloating: While Tina is collecting the ballots from Tommy and Carrie, she wishes them “good luck” with a suspicious smile.
  • Evil Redhead: In the book, Tina is described as a "small, pretty girl with a billow of red hair". However it's a subversion since she's not explicitly evil in the book - as the worst thing she does is participate in the shower incident. In the films where she is evil, she is brunette.
  • Fakeout Makeout: In the 1976 film, this what Norma does with her boyfriend as a cover up so she can swap the ballots from Prom King and Queen with mock ones.
  • Genki Girl: Meghan Black's portrayal of Norma.
  • Girl Posse: Part of it, and the most important member barring Chris herself.
  • Hot for Teacher: In the 2013 film.
  • Iconic Outfit: Norma's red baseball cap in the '76 version, which she is never seen without — she wears it to prom, and even at the hairdresser, where it's sitting atop her hair dryer. Reportedly, this was P. J. Soles' idea. To the point where Freddy vs. Jason had a teenage girl wearing a similar hat as a direct shoutout.
  • Karma Houdini: In the novel, it's not really clear if Norma and Tina both rigged the votes to execute Chris' plan, or if only one of them did, but in any case they both survive the Black Prom so in either case either they both got off scott-free or one of them did for their role in the tragedy.
  • Kill It with Fire: Her death in the '13 version. Carrie sets her dress on fire and immolates her alive.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Tina lets Chris look at the prom ballots in the book, but seems shocked at the prank. It's possible that Chris didn't tell her because she's on the prom committee, and wouldn't want any disruption. Averted in the films, where she's fully on-board with it.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In the '13 film, she serves one scene to indicate that Chris' Girl Posse are no longer on good terms with Sue, via when Miss Desjardin is confronting Sue and Tommy about asking Carrie to the prom, Tina gives Sue a bitchy look as she passes by the trio.
  • Modesty Towel: In the '02 film, Tina is in a towel as she's testing the locker room showers' water due to Katherine Isabelle refusal to do nudity.
  • Motor Mouth: Norma in the 2002 film. She's implied to be this in the book too.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the '13 film, Tina briefly objects to posting the shower video online, only because she can be seen in the video. Chris tells her that nobody will notice.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Norma claims this happened to her in the book - that she couldn't stop herself from laughing after seeing Carrie covered in blood, especially after Carrie was bullied by others - but it's ultimately left ambiguous if this is true.
  • Race Lift: The novel doesn't distinguish the characters' races, but in every adaption the characters are portrayed by white actresses save the '13 film where Tina is played by the mixed race Zoë Belkin.
  • The Sociopath: In the '13 film, Tina has a sexual relationship with her teacher solely for Carrie to have another bully, and gleefully uploads the shower video onto the TV screen during Prom to further humiliate her.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Downplayed. While it's not explored enough to know if she does it for Sextra Credit, in the 2013 film, Tina has a romantic (or at least sexual) relationship on some level with her English teacher, Mr. Ulmann, and they openly exchange flirty smirks in class. It's heavily implied she utilized this affair with an authority figure as leverage for Mr. Ulmann to single Carrie White out in his class, to humiliate her and belittle the poem she chose for her assignment.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Norma seems to have this status in the book. Even Tina, whom she escapes with, doesn't actally like her at all.
  • Uncertain Doom: Norma's fate is left unanswered in the 1976 film, as Sue confirms in the 1999 sequel that a few people somehow survived Carrie's massacre with her, and Norma is never seen dying on-screen. But considering Norma's last appearance is her being knocked unconscious, or even possibly killed, by the water hose by Carrie's telekinesis powers, her chances aren't good.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the book, Norma claims that she felt nothing but sympathy for Carrie and just couldn't restrain herself from laughing. This rather clashes with the fact that she taunted Carrie and Tommy earlier in the night, and judging by her expression, seemed to be hoping something bad would happen.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the 1976 film. Mind you, Norma isn't innocent in laughing at the prank and Tommy's death at all, but she also had no idea that by doing so, once Carrie, whose mind had snapped from all the abuse she suffered over the years, witnesses her laughing, would then imagine everyone attending the Prom laughing at her. This directly is what causes Carrie's Roaring Rampage of Revenge that killed all of Norma's classmates.
  • Verbal Tic: In the book, Norma has a HABIT of PUTTING random EMPHASIS on her WORDS.

Helen Shyres

Played by:
Edie McClurg (1976 version)
Chelan Simmons (2002 version)

A minor side character in the book who functions as one of Sue's best friends. In the first film, her role as Sue's best friend is given to Frieda Jason, while Helen herself functions as a completely different character. In the TV remake, Helen is once again combined with Frieda, taking her role of being nice to Carrie at the prom. In the '13 version she is absent but the character of Heather has a role similar to that of Helen in the original film.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted for the '76 film. Her looks aren't commented on in the book, but she is nominated for prom queen, which implies that she's fairly good-looking, and in the '02 film she was played by the very pretty Chelan Simmons. In the '76 film, however, she is a chubby girl who is the Butt-Monkey of Chris's posse, and she appears to not have a date for the prom.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While not an evil character in the book, the '02 film has her being nice to Carrie at the prom and spotting the bucket of blood moments before it spills, and trying to stop it. She's also seen trying to move Tommy's body while the rampage is going on in the prom.
  • Armour-Piercing Slap: Delivers a big one to Kenny in the 2002 film when he laughs cruelly at Carrie.
  • Big Fun: Edie McClurg played her this way in the'76 film.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Inverted in the '02 film. She picks on Carrie at first, but is revealed to be a nice enough girl who never really hated her.
  • Black Best Friend: Thanks to Kandyse McClure giving Sue a Race Lift, Helen is the white best friend to a black girl.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the '13 film, Heather is a readhead, Tina and Chris are brunettes, Sue is blonde, and Nicki and Lizzy have black hair.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the '76 film, she seems to get picked on a lot by Chris's group despite being a member.
  • Composite Character: With Frieda Jason in the '76 and '02 films. Helen is the one who talks with Sue while decorating the prom, and Frieda is the girl who is nice to Carrie at the prom. Frieda takes both roles in the '76 film (and Helen has a completely different role) while Helen does both in the '02 film.
  • Death by Adaptation: Her fate isn't stated in the book but she's seen being killed off in the 2002 film.
  • Decomposite Character: In the 2013 version, Helen's name is seen on the prom ballot... and that's all we see or hear of her. Instead, her role from the book and 1976 version are given to Heather.
  • Enigmatic Minion: In the book, she seems to express remorse for the shower incident, but Sue suspects that she knows something about the prank and is deliberately keeping quiet.
  • Even the Girls Want Her/Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the '02 film, she excitedly comments on how great Carrie's ass looks in her dress.
  • Evil Redhead: In the 1976 and 2013 version.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She's part of Chris's gang in the book, but Chris isn't fond of her, sneering that she "couldn't get elected dog-catcher."
  • Hypocritical Humour: She mocks Tommy and Roy for their Ho Yay...and immediately compliments Carrie's ass.
  • Uncertain Doom: Her fate isn't mentioned in the book, though her mother died from stepping on one of the downed power lines. During the White Commission, one of the survivors mentions the Shyres' address in her testimony and says it's where "they live" in present tense, which implies that she may have survived.
  • You Can See That, Right?: After maliciously laughing at Carrie humiliation, Heather asks her boyfriend, "Are you seeing this?" when Carrie begins making the blood on her body levitate.

Jackie Talbot/Freddy and Kenny Garson

Jackie Played by:
Michael Talbott (1976 version)
Malcolm Scott (2002 version)
Max Topplin (2013 version)
Kenny Played by:
Rory Stevens (1976 version)
Miles Meadows (2002 version)
Kyle Mac (2013 version)

Jackie Talbot and Kenny Garson are members of Billy’s Gang of Bullies in the novel and are fairly minor characters in the novel, along with the other members of Billy’s gang. In the films, Jackie and Kenny are both adapted as the Composite Characters of every member of Billy’s gang in the book (save the ‘76 film, where Jackie is renamed Freddy), and they both play a more active role in the prank.

  • Adaptational Karma: Jackie and Kenny assist Billy in killing the pigs in the novel, but are never punished for it. In every film version They both die. With the sole exception of The ‘02 film, where Jackie survives, but is exposed to the police for his role in the Prom.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The Composite Character equivalent to Book!Jackie is named Freddy in the '76 film.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Kenny is a much bigger bully in the ‘02 film than in the novel, as he laughs the hardest at Carrie’s humiliation, and snorts like a pig to mock her, as well as laughs at her in their science class with Tina.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the films, at least one of them attends the prom with Chris’ Beta Bitch to help her swap the prom ballots with mock ones to ensure Carrie is Prom Queen. In the novel, neither of them interact with any of Chris’ friends.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In every films, they’re aware of what the pigs blood they collect with Billy will be used for at the Prom and they go along with it just fine. In each film (except Jackie in ‘02 film), they’re both present at the prom and are fully aware of what will happen.
    • This is especially the case for Kenny in the ‘02 film, where he openly mocks and laughs at Carrie after she’s drenched in blood.
  • All There in the Manual: Kenny’s name is never mentioned in the ‘76 film, but his actor is credited as “Kenny” in the after-film credits.
  • Ambiguously Bi: This rather suspect line from Freddy in the 1976 film:
    Ernest: Take it easy, man.
    Freddy: I'll take it any way I can get it.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Kenny receives one from Helen in the ‘02 film after his reaction to the Prom prank.
  • Ascended Extra: Kenny’s biggest role is in the ‘02 film, whereas in the novel he only appears when Billy kills the pigs. Freddy and Jackie also have bigger roles in the ‘76 film and ‘13 film respectively, than Jackie in the novel.
  • Asshole Victim: In the films where they perishes in Carrie's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, due to their roles in her own humiliation.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Freddy tells Ernest in the ‘76 film that he wants on the Prom committee and wants to collect the Prom King and Queen ballots because he has pride in their school, however Chris’ evil smirk in the background while watching this shows Freddy is up to no good.
  • Book Dumb: Kenny can only read at a third-grade level in the book.
  • Callousness Towards Emergency: Kenny’s reaction when Tommy is hit with the bucket in the ‘76 and ‘02 films.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • In the ‘02 film, Kenny’s arm is crushed in the gym door, and he is trapped there the entire prom disaster until he eventually is electrocuted like the other prom-goers.
    • In the '13 adaptation, Carrie zones in on him and closes the bleachers as he desperately runs up them to escape her rampage, only for her to slam them shut and bisect him inside them.
  • Death by Adaptation: Jackie and Kenny don’t die in the novel, But with the sole exception of Jackie in the ‘02 film, they’re both killed off in every film adaptation.
  • Demoted to Extra: A minor example in the ‘13 version. Kenny Garson was always a minor character even in the novel, but he was a supporting character in the 1976 and 2002 films as Norma and Tina’s accomplices in rigging the ballots (Jackie plays that role in this film), in this film he’s barely present, appearing in 3 scenes (one in which he’s at the farm ready to kill the pig with everyone else), only named once, and his fate isn’t answered during prom, the last time he’s seen is when falls off the bleachers after Carrie forcefully closes them.
  • Delinquents: Both of them. Jackie's criminal record goes back to when he was a kid.
    • Greaser Delinquents: In the book. Every remake largely updates them and Billy to a more modern "white trash" portrayal.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Jackie objects to killing the second pig in the book, only to be ignored. It's also implied that he wouldn't have gone along with Billy in the first place if he'd known what the blood would be used for.
    • Freddy in the ‘76 film refuses to kill the pig, doesn’t laugh at Carrie getting drenched, or Tommy when he’s downed by the bucket, Jackie clears Sue’s name in the ‘02 film of any involvement with the evil prank, and Jackie refuses to kill the pig and gasps in shock when Tommy is downed by the bucket in the ‘13 film.
    • Averted with Kenny in every film where he only has Kick the Dog moments contrasted to Freddy/Jackie, except in the ‘13 film where he is shocked when Tommy is hit with the bucket.
  • Fakeout Makeout: Freddy does this with Norma in the ‘76 film as a front to replace the prom ballots with mock ones to set up Carrie for the prank.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Freddy in the ‘76 film proves himself to be this when he joins the Prom committee under the pretense of having school spirit, but really he’s only apart of it for his role in the prank.
  • Karma Houdini: The book implies that all of Billy's friends survived, them included. It's downplayed, since they weren't aware of the actual prank and cooperated with the investigation afterwards.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the book, Billy doesn't tell them why he wants the pig blood. They only go along with it becuse they want to get back at the farmer for prosecuting one of their friends.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Kenny in the book. He's said to have a third-grade reading level, and he can't stop giggling and making bad jokes when helping kill the pigs.
  • Shout-Out: When trying to get psyched up to kill the pig, Jackie Talbott says, "Don't worry, little piggy, Uncle Jack's just gonna bash your head right in." It's very similar to Jack's threat when he's coming after Wendy in the baseball bat scene.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Kenny’s arm in the ‘02 film when it’s crushed in the door.
  • The Stoner: Other than the long distance back to their hometown, the only other reason Jackie goes along with Billy to the pig farm in the novel because of the weed Billy provided. Kenny is also stoned out of his mind throughout the scene.
  • Tragic Dropout: Subverted with Kenny in the novel, as Sue mentions he only has a third-grade reading level.
  • Uncertain Doom: Kenny in the ‘13 film. He is last seen falling off the bleachers after Carrie shuts them, and it’s not answered if he escapes the Prom or not.

Ralph White

Carrie White's father, and Margaret's husband. A former construction worker who found God, Ralph promised to Margaret that their marriage would be free of "sin" (i.e. sex), but came home drunk one night and raped her, producing Carrie. The book says that he was killed in an accident on the job not long after, but the film has him running off with another woman instead. The sequel reveals that he later fathered Rachel Lang, making her and Carrie half-sisters.

  • Adapted Out: Unlike in other adaptations, he is never alluded to or even mentioned in the 2002 television film.
  • Disappeared Dad: In the film. It's revealed that he ran off with another woman.
  • The Fundamentalist: The book notes that he always carried around a Bible... and a revolver.
  • The Ghost: He is never seen in the book or in any of the films, only mentioned and discussed. As a result of Writers Cannot Do Math, he is also a literal example, as he would had to have come back from the dead to stop Margaret murdering Carrie.
  • Knife Nut: In a flashback, Carrie refers to the knife Margaret tried to kill her with as "Daddy Ralph's long butcher knife".
  • Pet the Dog: In the novel, he stopped Margaret from killing Carrie when she was a baby. This is quite a feat, considering he had already died before Carrie was born.
  • Really Gets Around: In the film universe, he fathered two children with two different women two decades apart.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the book he died in a construction accident. In the '76 and '13 film, as well as the stage musical, he ran off with another woman.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In the films.

Nicki and Lizzy Watson

Played by:
Katie and Karissa Strain

A set of Creepy Twins who serve as supporting antagonists in the 2013 film and almost always seen when tormenting Carrie. They are based off a mix of Norma Watson's role (assisting Tina in swapping the Prom King and Queen ballots), and also the twin Thibodeau sisters from the novel.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the books, Norma was a goody-two shoes type character. Nicki and Lizzy are Chris's second best friends. Although both Norma and Nicki and Lizzy help Tina replace the ballots.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, Norma Watson and Donna and Mary Thibodeau were Chris's friends but they weren't as evil as Nicki and Lizzy.
  • Adorkable: The two twins are evil and cruel but the way they always dress and talk a-like makes you hate to love em.
  • All There in the Manual: The original script reveals Nicki's last name to be Watson.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the '13 film, Nicki and Lizzy have black hair, Tina and Chris are brunettes, Sue is blonde, and Heather is a redhead.
  • Composite Character: The twins are based seemingly on Norma Watson and the Thibodeau sisters.
  • Creepy Twins: Their movements are completely synchronized, their expressions are always identical, they hardly ever talk, and when they do, they almost always talk simultaneously.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: They come to a rather gruesome end at the hands of Carrie in the prom scene. She holds them down with her telekinetic powers and the other prom-goers trample Nicki and Lizzy to death.
  • The Dragon: To Tina seemingly despite the fact that Tina herself is also The Dragon.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Never seen without one another and even speak at the same time.

    Characters from The Rage: Carrie 2 

Rachel Lang

Played by: Emily Bergl

A high school outcast who has been bounced around the foster care system after her mother was institutionalized. Like her half-sister Carrie White, she possesses Psychic Powers and uses them to take revenge against bullies — in this case, the Jerk Jocks who drove her best friend Lisa to suicide.

  • Abusive Parents: While not as bad as Margaret White, Rachel's foster parents are very neglectful and are depicted as Lower Class Louts, and her father has no problem hitting her. In an early scene, it's stated that the only reason they raise her is to get $300 per month from the foster care system.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, especially when it comes to the "legend" of Carrie White.
    Supposedly, she set the fire as some sort of revenge-suicide thing, Elvis was her date and they escaped in a UFO.
  • Goth: She's fond of dark make-up and has a thorny rose tattoo as an indicator. Notably when she shops at a lipstick counter, the sales clerk watches her carefully.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Or at least have psychic powers. Notably, this is the polar opposite of how Carrie was portrayed.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Lisa and Artie appear to be her only friends, and she's seen as a freak by the other students.
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Carrie White.
  • Marked Change: After she goes berserk, her tattoo of a thorny rose starts spreading itself all over her body, causing her to look as though she is covered in vines.
  • Psychic Powers: She inherited them from her father Ralph White.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After a sex tape of her and Jesse is played at a party, she snaps and kills everyone there.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: She claims she's a lesbian in order to stop a classmate from hitting on her.

Lisa Parker

Played by: Mena Suvari

Rachel's best friend. At the start of the film, she throws herself from the roof of the school after finding out that her boyfriend Eric, whom she gave her virginity, was only dating her for sex in order to score literal points with his buddies.

  • Death Is Dramatic: Invoked. She kills herself in the middle of the school day in order to get the most attention. Naturally, her death drives much of the plot.
  • Driven to Suicide: When Eric rejects her, she jumps off the roof.
  • Goth: Much like Rachel, she wears baggy clothing and dark make-up to identify herself as such.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The cause of her suicide. She thought Eric actually liked her, only to learn that it was just for the game. Her suicide note sums this up.

Jesse Ryan

Played by: Jason London

Jesse Ryan is a member of the Bates High School Bulldogs football team. He is highly uncomfortable with his teammates' contest, known as the Game, in which they hook up with girls and score points depending on how hot the girl was, how far the two went, and other variables, and feels pressured into it by them. He strikes up a relationship with Rachel, only for it to be disastrously derailed when she finds out about the Game.

  • Expy: He seems to be a combination with Tommy and Sue.
  • Final Guy: The only notable survivor of Rachel's rampage.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The burn scar he gets on his arm during Rachel's rampage is one that can easily be concealed under a sleeve, making it an example of the good kind.
  • Lovable Jock: He's pretty much the only decent person on the football team.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Arguably subverted. It's implied that he sleeps with Rachel because he honestly loves her as opposed to trying to score points for The Game. The verification for this comes just in time to keep Rachel from ending him.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Even when he catches fire and is clearly in pain he still refuses to leave until he frees Rachel from beneath the debris in the midst of the inferno. At least he would have if his actions didn't prove to Rachel that he does genuinely love her, and she uses her powers to telekinetically push him outside the house before it collapses on her.

Mark Bing

Played by: Dylan Bruno

Mark Bing is the starter of the football team, and the one most committed to the Game. Feeling that the integrity of the team is on the line, he orchestrates a plan to humiliate Rachel after her best friend Lisa kills herself due to his teammate Eric's actions, so as to prevent her from going to the police and spilling the beans as to what they had done.

  • Big Bad: He's the most committed to the game, and masterminds the plan to humiliate Rachel.
  • Expy: Comes pretty close to Billy.

Sue Snell

Played by: Amy Irving

See "Characters from the book and the film adaptations".


Eric Stark

Played by: Zachary Ty Bryan

Eric Stark is the football player who inadvertently drove Lisa to suicide by taking her virginity and then breaking up with her. Fearing for his future, he teams up with his teammate Mark to prevent Rachel from spilling all the details to the police.

  • The Dragon: To Mark.
  • Jerk Jock: On top of playing the Game with his teammates, he also plays very dirty on the field, badly wounding a member of the opposing team during the big game.
  • Kick the Dog: He gives the sheriff a mocking salute when his father gets him off the hook for Lisa's suicide. He later makes fun of Lisa's death to Rachel's face, saying he "just about split her in two."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Lisa's death, though it's mostly out of fear that he'd piss off his father and lose his shot at a football scholarship. His behavior at the party makes it clear that he doesn't care once he's off the hook.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when the sheriff holds up to him the picture of him and Lisa together.

Tracy Campbell

Played by: Charlotte Ayanna

Tracy Campbell is Jesse's girlfriend, a member of the cheerleading squad, and the school's Alpha Bitch. She happily joins Mark's plan to humiliate Rachel, seeing her as trying to steal her boyfriend Jesse.

  • The Cheerleader: She is on the cheerleading team.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    Jesse: "Doesn't it bother you that some girl offed herself yesterday?"
    Tracy: "Why? She wasn't anybody."
    Jesse: "What?"
    Tracy: "I mean, I didn't know her."
  • Your Cheating Heart: She goes along with the plan to humiliate Rachel because she thinks Jesse is cheating on her with Rachel.

Monica Jones

Played by: Rachel Blanchard

Monica Jones is Tracy's best friend, going along with her participation in Mark's plan out of obligation to a friend.

  • Beta Bitch: She's Tracy's right hand girl.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be nice to Rachel just so she can help humiliate her.
  • Eye Scream: Rachel kills her by smashing her glasses and shoving the broken glass into her eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She appears to make friends with Rachel out of kindness, but she's only acting that way to take part in a humiliation.
  • Girl Posse: Part of Tracy's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She pretends to be nice to Rachel in order to advance Mark's plan for revenge.
  • Sexy Spectacles: She's one of the popular girls and shown as attractive because of her glasses.

Deborah

Played by: Deborah Meschan

Deborah is one of Monica and Tracy's best friends, who catches a ride with Monica and Rachel to the party and even helps participate in the prank.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially she is sweet to Rachel, even commenting on how pretty she looks. She she shows her true colors are the party.
  • The Dragon: To Monica.
  • Evil Redhead: In the script, she is described a cute redhead. In the film, its brownish red.
  • Girl Posse: Part of Tracy's.

Alternative Title(s): The Rage Carrie 2, Carrie 1976

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