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- Adaptational Villainy: The movie cuts out the part where he fights off LeBay's possession of him and has him directly battle with Dennis and Leigh.
- And I Must Scream: Strongly implied in the book in particular, as a couple of scenes show him attempting to fight off LeBay's influence before his "passenger" takes over, leaving it open-ended just how aware Arnie is of what he's doing under the influence.
- Ax-Crazy: By the end, he's just as murderous as Christine herself.
- Badass Driver: Depending on how much control he has of Christine on his own merits and how much is just her.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Becomes one to Leigh after his personality changes, which leads to them breaking up.
- Evil Makeover: He ditches his nerdy clothing for a more "punk" look as Christine and LeBay start to influence him more and more.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Dennis have been Best Friends for most of their lives.
- Looks Like Cesare: Arnie has this appearance when driving Christine in the climax before crashing through the windshield.
- Nerd: He's a very stereotypical nerd, being smart, shy and very awkward and unattractive with his pizza face and unflattering Nerd Glasses.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Arnie starts out as sensitive man to Dennis's manly man but then changes to manly man due to Christine's and/or LeBay's influence.
- Smug Snake: Arnie has shades of this when he visits Dennis at the hospital for the second time, as he's obviously looking down on him.
- Tragic Villain: Was a shy, innocent kid before he got involved with Christine, who changed him for the worse. He and his parents end up dying due to it.
- Villain Protagonist: Shares this role with Christine.
- Yandere Couple: As his personality changes, he becomes as devoted and obsessive of Christine as she is to him, with his personality making a huge turn for the worse after Buddy vandalizes Christine.
The titular vehicle of the story, and the TRUE antagonist of our story
! An enigmatic 1958 Plymouth Fury (Sedan in the original novel).
- Ambiguous Situation:
- AM/FM Characterization: She can't speak, but can "communicate" via playing appropriate songs from The '50s.
- Bad Ass Driver: Played With, given it drives itselt and it's a murderous Sinister Car, it can drive quite well.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the story, although in the books she's on a Big Bad Duumvirate relationship with LeBay, who seems to be directly possessing Arnie.
- Car Fu: How she kills people.
- Cool Car: Her unique model (which differs between adaptions) is what first catches Arnie's eye.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like sharing Arnie with other people, especially Leigh.
- Defiant to the End: Notably in the film, just as she's about to be crushed by Leigh and Dennis, she switches her radio on and begins to play the song, "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay," by Danny & The Juniors, as if vengefully taunting the two and saying that, judging by the lyrics to the song, although they've beaten her, she's not done yet and she will be back!
- The Determinator: Getting vandalized beyond mortal repair and engulfed in an exploding garage doesn't stop her. If she wants you dead, she'll eventually get you. Even crushing her into a cube may not be enough.
- Healing Factor: She's able to repair any damage she takes, which is useful during her murderous night trips, as it leaves the police unable to connect her or Arnie to her crimes.
- Sentient Vehicle: She's a sentient car with an obsessive relationship with her owners. How she became one is never explained, but in the book Dennis theorizes LeBay unwittingly performed a ritual sacrifice when he killed his family with Christine.
- Villain Protagonist: Shares this role with Arnie.
- Yandere: Almost kills Leigh by having her chose while she's inside Christine.
- Yandere Couple: Arnie eventually becomes as obsessed with her as she is with him.
- Break the Cutie: Happens during the scene where Dennis is with Arnie in Christine and Arnie being under Christine's influence.
- Career-Ending Injury: He suffers a leg injury that forces him to retire from football.
- Did Not Get the Girl: He and Leigh ended up breaking up during the time between the final chapter and the epilogue. They're still Amicable Exes.
- Failure Hero: Although he crushes Christine with a bulldozer, he fails to rescue Arnie, who is killed by going through the windshield (in the film) and in a separate accident (in the book), and Dennis will most likely never get over it. Even worse, it appears that Christine will rebuild herself at the end.
- Hero Antagonist: To Arnie and Christines Villain Protagonists.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Arnie have been Best Friends for most of their lives.
- Lovable Jock: Although Dennis is far from perfect, he's generally a nice guy who's a friend and protector to Arnie.
- Nice Guy: Dennis's likability makes it believable that he is best friends with Arnie and helps the audience pity him after Arnie stops hanging out with him.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dennis starts out as Manly Man to Arnie's Sensitive Guy, but then changes to Sensitive Guy while recuperating from a football injury.
- Amicable Exes: In the epilogue, she and Dennis are still good friends despite their relationship not working out.
- Babies Ever After: In the epilogue, she's mentioned to be married and the mother of identical twin girls.
- Betty and Veronica: Acts as the Betty to the Leigh/Arnie/Christin Love Triangle, but the Archie to the Denniss/Leigh/Arnie Love Triangle.
- Head-Turning Beauty: She's extremely attractive, which is repeatedly noted by other characters. Dennis, in particular, describes as "just beautiful, with no qualifications
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: A popular girl who's both caring and compassionate.
- Love Interest: To Arnie, and later Dennis. She ultimately doesn't end up with either and marries another man in the epilogue.
- New Transfer Student: She enrolls in the school right before the story started, and quickly become one of the most popular girls there.
- Nice Girl: She's nothing if not kind and supportive. The only thing she doesn't seem to like is Christine, which turns out to be a very valid feeling.
- Say Your Prayers: When Leigh nearly chokes to death on a hamburger, she tries to recite the Act of Contrition in her head.
- Sex Goddess: During the epilogue, Dennis goes out of his way to mention that sex with her was incredibly satisfying.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Arnie is often described as unattractive, but she still falls for him due to his kindness and intelligence. And when she also falls for Dennis, is due to his courage and loyalty to Arnie.
- Sweater Girl: In the film, she is frequently shown in tight, cute sweaters.
- '80s Hair: The film gives him a transitional '70s-'80s style, a big fluffy mane with excessive sideburns.
- Asshole Victim: He's killed by Christine; he deserved it for being a cruel bully.
- The Bully: He has bullied Arnie relentlessly the entire time they knew each other.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Combined with Hypocritical Humor. He makes a racist joke about school basketball star Lenny Barongg, but when Bobby Stanton makes another, he admonishes him.
- Hate Sink: Has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, his entire character seems to exist solely to bully Arnie and thus get murdered by Christine.
- Hypocrite: In the film, he's shocked at seeing Christine total his Camaro, seemingly forgetting the fact that he and his friends trashed Christine, which is what led to Christine trashing his car in revenge.
- Oh, Crap!: In the film, upon seeing the garage go up in a fireball.
- Not So Stoic: Any fight in him is deflated after watching one of his friends get crushed and another blown up.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bolts after seeing Christine back out of the blown-up garage on fire, tossing his pry bar aside. He doesn't get far.
- Teens Are Monsters: He seems to exist only to make Arnie's life hell, to the point he actually pulls a knife on him when Arnie dares to fight back against the constant bullying.
Roland D. Le Bay
- Adaptation Distillation: His role in the movie is greatly diminished, as he just happens to be Christine's previous owner, instead of the implication he was the one to give her setience.
- Demonic Possession: In the book, he begins possessing Arnie from beyond the grave.
- Evil Old Folks: He's apparently been nasty his whole life, but is an old man when we meet him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In the books, it's implied he's the one responsible for having turned Christine into a Sentient Vehicle, via the murders of his wife and daughter. Whether he intended this is left ambiguous.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His anger issues are his defining characteristic. The novel's Signature Line "His single-minded purpose. His unending fury." is a description of him.
- Lower-Class Lout He is described as a poor, dirty-looking man.
- Offing the Offspring: It's revealed that LeBay may have sacrificed his choking daughter to Christine.