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Characters from the film Constantine, based on the comic book Hellblazer. For characters from the Constantine TV show also based on Hellblazer, see Arrowverse: Mystics and Arrowverse: Other Entities.


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    John Constantine 
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Played by: Keanu Reeves

The Protagonist and an accomplished exorcist. He learns that he has a fatal case of lung cancer and is finally going to Hell. Eventually, he meets and agrees to help Detective Angela Dodson.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Here played by the dark-haired Keanu Reeves, but a blond in the comics.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's just as much of a badass in the original comics, but here, he is a noticeably better fighter than the poor one that the John Constantine of the Hellblazer comics is established to be.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He's changed from British to American.
  • Back from the Dead: His suicide resulted in a clinical death he was revived from in his backstory. At the end of the movie, he is resurrected by Lucifer when on the verge of ascending to Heaven.
  • Badass Abnormal: Though, honestly, John's powers as an exorcist is not high.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Batman Gambit: What he does to Balthazar to get him to talk.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A Nay-Theist exorcist.
  • Cain and Abel: It's implied by Gabriel that he killed his own twin in the womb.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Constantine. John Constantine, asshole." Said two or three times throughout.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Fulfills the trope almost to the letter, with the exception that he flips off the Devil himself when he escapes Hell and begins to ascend to Heaven, so casually that it doubles as both a Moment of Awesome and a Funny Moment. It may or may not have backfired, depending on how John felt about getting brought back. The novelization of the film reveals that it was actually God controlling John's hand to flip Lucifer off.
  • Driven to Suicide: He killed himself when he couldn't take the things he saw with his Psychic Powers anymore. Since suicide is worthy of damnation, his soul went to Hell; he came back, his mission now to do enough good to have his suicide forgiven by Heaven so he isn't trapped in Hell forever when he dies for real. He kills himself again to summon Lucifer to stop the Evil Plan of the Big Bad Duumvirate. Don't worry, though, he makes it out alive, with the bonus of having finally earned that absolution he's been looking for.
  • Dull Surprise
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen:
    Constantine: Before you were a "bartender"...you were one witch doctor against, what...thirty Ashgar? And I...
    Papa Midnite: You were...Constantine. The John Constantine. Once.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: The crucifix flamethrower-shotgun.
  • In-Series Nickname: 'Johnny-boy', courtesy of Balthazar
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The recurring reminder of his upcoming death with Death; he is diagnosed early in the movie with terminal lung cancer from smoking. It turns out to not be the cancer that actually kills him but a second suicide. Even then, Lucifer rips out John's cancer to ensure he lives long enough to damn himself, completely curing him.
  • Jerkass: Often aloof and impolite, sometimes bordering on cruel.
  • Maybe Ever After: John develops feelings for Angela and they share a few Almost Kisses, but nothing concrete comes of it by the time the credits roll. The only thing keeping this out of Did Not Get the Girl territory is Angela's offer to see him around and John's agreeing to it.
  • Nay-Theist: John's opinion of God is not high.
  • Power Tattoo: Has a two-part tattoo called 'The Red King' on both forearms that can force half-demons and angels to reveal themselves.
  • Psychic Powers: He can see the half-breed angels and demons.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Averted Trope. His frequent smoking is framed negatively by both the movie and the other characters, especially as he already has lung cancer from it and smoking isn't going to make it kill him any slower.
  • To Hell and Back: Can travel between Hell and Earth with the use of holy water.
  • The Trickster: Preserved from the comics.
  • Xanatos Gilligan: What John is, ultimately, to both Heaven and Hell.
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    Angela Dodson 
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Played by: Rachel Weisz


  • Agent Scully: Is as first skeptical about the supernatural in general, and even suppresses her own talent. But after her time with Constantine she comes around.
  • Always Identical Twins: With her sister Isabel.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Angela feels guilty that she wasn't there for Isabel and didn't support her. This guilt helps drive her to find out what Isabel had been going through when she died.
  • Audience Surrogate: Her role in the story. Played With somewhat when John drops an infodump on her about the Spear of Destiny. As she's Catholic, she's a bit annoyed that she's being lectured about the Crucifixion.
  • Demonic Possession: She becomes possessed by Mammon as part of his scheme to make it onto Earth. After an exorcism by John and Chas fails to get the job done, Lucifer, of all people, steps in to tear his son out of Angela and fling him back into Hell.
  • Fair Cop: Her attractiveness doesn't go unnoticed by John, either. He has to take a moment to think if he should say "yes" or "no" when she asks if she needs to take the rest of her clothes off to get in the bathtub. (It Makes Sense In Context.)
  • Maybe Ever After: John develops feelings for Angela and they share a few Almost Kisses, but nothing concrete comes of it by the time the credits roll. The only thing keeping this out of Did Not Get the Girl territory is Angela's offer to see him around and John's agreeing to it.
  • Psychic Powers: Awakens her powers with Constantine's help. She is said to be quite a powerful one, at that, which turns out not to be a good thing, as that's exactly what Mammon needs to enact his plan.
  • Red Is Heroic: A red-haired cop and the female lead of the movie.

    Isabel Dodson 
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Played by: Rachel Weisz


    Gabriel 
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Played by: Tilda Swinton


  • Ambiguous Gender: Since Gabriel never wears very revealing clothes, it is unclear what their gender actually is. The novelization describes them as a male.
    • Inevitably given gender in localisations into gender-specific languages. In Russian dub Gabriel is referred as female.
  • Archangel Gabriel: Not stated, but going off of the name and Archangel Lucifer's recognition of them...
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Mammon. Gabriel is helping to bring him into the world and create hell on Earth.
  • Broken Pedestal: Lucifer laments that Gabriel had been "the best of all of us," though he may have also just been messing with Gabriel.
  • Driven to Suicide: Is horrified enough by the results at the end of the movie that he pressed John to kill him and end his life.
  • Graceful Loser: Commented on John's improvement after everything.
  • Holier Than Thou: Condescends John at every opportunity.
  • Invisibility: How he sneaked up to kill Chas.
  • Ironic Hell: Stripped of wings, power, and God's support, Gabriel is left a human.
  • Knight Templar: Has this sort of attitude.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: See Ambiguous Gender above. It's also possible that Gabriel is non-binary.
  • Our Angels Are Different: John refers to them as "half-breed." While Gabriel doesn't contradict him, it is possibly implied that this is not true and that he had been created as a full angel long ago, as Lucifer's dialogue implies that they knew each other from before.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets a wide-eyed look of horror when he realizes Lucifer has come to stop their plan.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When shown as a half-breed angel.
  • Super Breath: Gabriel is a fan of this, blowing away the disintegrating remains of Balthazar and later sending John flying into the next room.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He loves God and want to make humans worthy of God's love... so he decided to unleash Hell on Earth because he believes that it is only during true suffering that humanity's noblest qualities come through.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like all half-angels, Gabriel has a set of feathered wings. Until the end when they get burned off by Lucifer.

    Balthazar 
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Played by: Gavin Rossdale


  • Badass Boast: "Fire? I was born from this!"
  • Character Tics: In his first and quite a few of his later scenes, Balthazar ends up flipping an old coin on the back of his knuckles. It's because of this tic that Angela finds out, for sure, that he killed a friend of Constantine's.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Is a half-breed demon.
  • The Dragon: Fancies himself to be this to Mammon.
  • Noodle Incident: He and Constantine know each other from before and Constantine obviously has a grudge against him, but it's neither hinted nor explained how or why. The novelization adds dialogue to their first meeting that reveals Balthazar had manipulated a girl Constantine cared deeply about into overdosing on drugs.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes appear red when he's shown to be a half-breed.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always wears a pristine, pinstriped blue suit...with a polka-dot tie.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Has this done to him by Gabriel.

    Mammon 


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    Lucifer 
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Played by: Peter Stormare


  • Affably Evil: While sleazy and gross, this version of Lucifer conducts himself with a fair amount of honor.
  • Arch-Enemy: God by default, with Constantine as a strong second.
  • Archangel Lucifer: Obviously. When he appears he has to dirty the ground to walk on it.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He ends up saving the day when he stops Gabriel from summoning Mammon to Earth.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Is the ruler of Hell and capable of releasing souls to Heaven
  • Evil Is Hammy: Satan clearly enjoys dicking around with Constantine and Gabriel both when he shows up. He's played by Peter Stormare, what did you expect?
  • Evil Is Petty: It's stated by Word of God this Lucifer is more like Fagin than Milton's Lucifer, an impossibly old being who enjoys leading (to him) children astray. Demonstrates this with how he chooses to handle John's "redemption."
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is this to Mammon and Gabriel.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Lucifer is not human and never has been so he reacts in a way very different way from other characters.
  • Man in White: Wears a white suit when he appears.
  • Physical God: Has this quality more than anyone but Gabriel. Even his own son is nothing to him.
  • Pragmatic Evil: Doesn't want the world destroyed because it's a regular source of fresh souls he benefits from.
  • Reality Warper: Is implied to be this.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Possibly played with. He has a, likely, full-body tattoo, since the parts shown are on his neck, wrists and feet but, it's unknown if it gives him any special abilities or such.
  • Winged Humanoid: Averted. Even though Lucifer likely had wings as an angel, he doesn't have wings anymore.

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