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Pvt. Cooper

Played By: Kevin McKidd

  • Animal Motifs: Cooper is associated with dogs, he is loyal to his squad and has a fondness towards dogs. His enemy Ryan has no qualms about killings dogs and Cooper is also in a bloody battle against werewolves.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He refuses to shoot a dog simply because Ryan orders him too, even if it means he'll fail his training.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Seems to be a big dog lover. He's actually enraged when Ryan casually shoots the dog at the start - and seems to form an attachment to Sam as the film goes on.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You think it's all over? It is now" - also doubles as an Ironic Echo.
  • Shoot the Dog: Averted; he's explicitly given an order to shoot a dog to complete his SAS training but he refuses to comply.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only human character to make it out alive.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Megan. It stays unresolved.


Sgt. Harry G. Wells

Played By: Sean Pertwee

  • Aerosol Flamethrower: He uses this on a werewolf towards the end.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one when talking to Cooper.
    "When I signed my life away on that dotted line, I fucking meant it. I am a professional soldier."
  • Berserk Button: He does not take kindly to finding out that he and his troops were sent to act as bait for the werewolves.
  • Dying as Yourself: Invoked. Chooses to sacrifice himself before he succumbs to the werewolf transformation/
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's almost exclusively referred to as 'Sarge'.
  • Fatal Family Photo: The picture of his wife Annie. Looks at it before he dies
  • A Father to His Men: Absolutely; his men adore him and he even chastises Ryan for 'scaring my lads'.
    • His actor jokes that he's like a mother hen to his group.
  • Happily Married: To his wife Annie. Matter-of-factly says that the thought of never seeing her again scares him the most.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sarge blows himself, and the werewolves, up with the gas cooker.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: Inverted. Sarge reveals to Cooper that his wound from earlier has almost completely healed, even though his stomach had been slashed open and his guts had to be shoved back in.
  • Resist the Beast: And he does a damn good job of it, remaining in control of himself thanks to his Stiff Upper Lip.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Alternates between deep, stoic monologues and curse filled rants pretty freqently
  • Stiff Upper Lip: He rarely freaks out, usually remaining calm and focused in the face of impending doom.
  • Taking You with Me: Sarge blows himself and all the werewolves up (save one).
  • Werewolf Infectee: Averted. He informs Cooper of his condition, and prepares for the worst accordingly.



Played By: Emma Cleasby

  • Boom, Headshot!: When she's revealed to be The Mole, Sarge doesn't waste time and shoots her in the head mid-transformation.
  • The Mole: Averted, actually. She talks about wanting to 'get out' and doesn't want to be part of her 'fucked-up family'. In the end, however, she does help the werewolves into the house.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Cooper. It stays unresolved.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman in the film, barring the camper that gets offed at the beginning.


Capt. Ryan

Played By: Liam Cunningham

  • Batman Gambit: Ryan lured Sarge's men to a particular location so they could be 'bait' for a werewolf that they could capture. It goes horribly wrong; there's more than one werewolf, and they're very smart. Ryan's entire squad gets butchered without getting off a single shot.
  • Big Bad: Zig-Zagged. While the werewolves are the threat at large, he is the one who lured Sarge's team in hopes to lure werewolves in the first place, setting the plot in motion. It helps that he became bitten in the initial attack and becomes a werewolf himself and the Final Boss.
  • Catchphrase: "Live and learn".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Liam Cunningham has a particularly dry delivery.
    Joe: Brilliant... we either stay and snuff it, or we all go... and snuff it.
    Ryan: Decisions. Decisions.
    Joe: Laugh? I nearly died.
    Ryan: Who's stopping you?
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ryan is introduced ordering Cooper to shoot a dog, and then doing it himself when Coop refuses.
  • Evil Is Petty: Sent Cooper and his team into werewolf territory as bait for the simple fact that Cooper wouldn't shoot a dog and attacked him for it when he did it himself.
  • Freak Out!: After his first encounter with the werewolves, Ryan is ranting and terrified.
  • Hate Sink: We don't see very much of the werewolves between action sequences, so Ryan fulfills the role of someone to hate for most of the movie, until he starts to turn.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With a massive great sword right through the chest. Unfortunately, he's become a werewolf and so he carries on rather well.
  • Jerkass: Has no problem with (literally) shooting dogs, and even less problems with sending Sarge, Cooper and the rest of their team into werewolf territory as bait.
  • Kick the Dog: He shoots a dog in his first scene, simply because he can.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Twice. He uses Sarge and Cooper's team as bait for the werewolf so his team can catch it off guard. Instead, Ryan's team gets slaughtered and Sarge's team comes to his rescue. At the end of the film, Cooper shoots Ryan in the head after he turns into werewolf, giving Ryan an Ironic Echo from the beginning of the film.
  • Werewolf Infectee: Played straight. He's bitten by a werewolf, and doesn't bother to tell the rest of the group about it, although Cooper figures it out pretty quickly.


Pvt. "Spoon" Witherspoon

Played By: Darren Morfitt

  • Agent Mulder: He accepts the existence of werewolves pretty fast.
    Cooper: That's werewolves to you and me.
    Joe: You're taking the piss.
    Spoon: What? It makes perfect sense to me.
  • Badass Normal: He not only fights a werewolf in hand-to-hand combat, he's winning.
  • The Berserker: Would you expect anything less from a man who begins to enjoy fighting werewolves and later delivers the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of a lifetime on one?
  • Blood Knight: He actually starts to enjoy the siege.
    Spoon: Know what this reminds me of? Rourke's Drift. 100 men of Harlech, making a desperate stand against 10,000 Zulu warriors. Outnumbered, surrounded, staring death in the face and not flinching for a moment. Balls of British steel.
    Joe: You're bloody loving this, aren't you?
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: His epic performance with the flares.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: And then he fights a werewolf. With bare hands. And is winning... until a second werewolf shows up.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses one quite effectively in his last stand.
  • Screaming Warrior: During his last stand.
  • Spam Attack: Is very prone of performing a whole load of quick, vicious attacks with knives and hammers.
  • Spiteful Spit: In the face of a werewolf, no less.
  • Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?: When the soldiers need a diversion that's 'fast and loud' they all look at Spoon, who wasn't even listening.
    "What? You what?"


Pvt. Joe Kirkley

Played By: Chris Robson


Pvt. Terry Milburn

Played By: Leslie Simpson

  • Genre Blindness: Standing next to an open window during a siege by wolves was a bad idea.
  • Foreshadowing: Terry's capture by werewolves while standing with his back to the window shouldn't come as much of a surprise when his disregard for basic training is shown in the slapdash way he has almost the entire contents of his bergen unpacked around the campfire.
  • Futile Hand Reach: When Joe finds him being eaten alive by the werewolves, he reaches out weakly for help.
  • Nice Guy: He's a rather shy, but amicable individual.
  • Off with His Head!: Joe sees him in the barn, still being slowly eaten. A wolf bites his head off and throws it at Joe as an insult.
  • Tempting Fate: Standing by an open window and proudly calling the wolves 'pussies'. He's torn through the window, dragged off and devoured.


Corp. Bruce Campbell

Played By: Thomas Lockyer

  • An Arm and a Leg: It happens so fast, but it looks like Cooper hacks off a werewolf's arm with the sword in the house.
  • Evil Is Bigger: They are massive, each one is at least 7 feet tall.
  • Face–Monster Turn: The werewolves have no control of themselves in their wolf forms. Averted, they can open doors, unzip tents, target the engines of cars, and even attack the generator.
    • Fridge Horror sets in when it is revealed they have fresh and rotting human remains in multiple parts of their house. Their intelligence in wolf form is uncertain, but they know how to clean up after themselves, and store their victims as food.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The squad thinks the werewolves are this, since they follow the squad to a house and spend much of the evening trying to get them. The squad realizes that with all the fighting and trouble they are giving the werewolves, anyone else would have abandoned the house. The fact the werewolves are so persistent leads them to conclude the werewolves are the owners of the house the squad has barricaded themselves in.
  • Two Girls to a Team: If we are to believe Megan and the photo, then two of the five werewolves are women.

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