Brigitte Fitzgerald (Emily Perkins)
The plainer younger sister of Ginger Fitzgerald. She is devoted to finding a cure for Ginger's werewolf condition, though she ends up killing her in self-defense. In the second movie she finds herself struggling with a werewolf curse of her own.
A very similar girl also named Brigitte lived in the North American frontier in the early 1800s, and is one of the heroines in the "prequel" Ginger Snaps Back.
- Badass BoastGinger: You can't fight what's in us B.Brigitte: I'm not like you Ginger; I am stronger.Ginger: Funny, that's not how I remember the last fifteen years of your life.Brigitte: That's how I remember the last fifteen minutes of yours.
- Brainy Brunette: Has shown to be very clever and resourceful throughout the first two movies.
- Chosen One: In The Beginning. According to the Seer, it's up to her to decide whether to kill Ginger and sever the werewolf bloodline, or let Ginger kill her and allow the curse to plague the New World forever. Brigitte rejects both options, kills the Hunter instead and becomes a werewolf along with Ginger.
- Everyone Can See It: With Sam. Both Trina and Ginger lampshade this.
- Grade Skipper: Mentioned in an offhand line by Ginger in the first film, presumably to explain why the two are in the same grade despite Brigitte being younger.
- I Hate You Werewolf Sister: Averted, Brigitte loves Ginger more than anyone else, even after she murders three people and is indirectly responsible for the deaths of two others.
- Morality Pet: Even at her worst, Ginger genuinely loves Brigitte, even if that loves manifests rather... violently.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- After Ginger's death.
- To a lesser extent Tyler's death in the second movie.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Initially, at least. She quickly learns that death and the macabre aren't as great as she once thought.
- Perpetual Frowner: She only shows a real smile once in the entire series.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In Ginger Snaps 2. This is partially because Brigitte had hit puberty by the beginning of the movie, but a lot of it also has to do with Emily Perkins persuading the director to have her wear tighter clothes and makeup while filming.
- Ship Tease: With Sam in the first film. Ginger and Trina seem to notice this and are not amused by this. Likewise, Sam insists he doesn't think of her "like that", to which Brigitte rolls her eyes.
- Shrinking Violet: Brigitte is very shy, which becomes even more obvious after Ginger starts being more outgoing.
Ginger Fitzgerald (Katherine Isabelle)
Brigitte's older sister and best friend. She is obsessed with death and the macabre, and has over the years more or less shaped Brigitte into becoming like her. After being bitten by a werewolf in the woods the night she gets her first period, Ginger finds her body changing, and becomes sexier, more outgoing, and more violent.
A very similar girl also named Ginger lived in the North American frontier in the early 1800s, and is one of the heroines in the "prequel" Ginger Snaps Back.
- Alpha Bitch: Starts to turn into one when she gets bitten.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Even before transforming, she's a pretty big jerk to her parents, especially her mother.
- Drunk On The Darkside: At her early stages of the transformation.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Once she finally has enough of Trina's shit, she breaks her nose. During her transformation, she develops a nasty habit of mauling people.
- Female Misogynist: Ginger hates things she deems to be feminine or 'girly', and the only other girl who she can stand to be around is Brigitte.
- Fiery Redhead: Hell, look at the title of the movie.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Seems to undergo one after Brigitte infects herself, and seems to be willing to take the cure with her before getting scared when she feels the change coming. Then Sam knocks her out and she transforms while unconscious. What's left is a ravenous werewolf.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: She is super protective of Brigitte, especially after she gets bitten, to the point of killing people that look at her little sister funny.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Has a perverse fascination with gore and death from the get-go that she shares with Brigitte.
- Pet the Dog: In the prequel, Ginger feels sympathy towards Geoffrey, a child who's mother was killed by the werewolf who hit him. She thinks that killing him (the werewolf who bit her) will cure herself but actually hesitates when given the opportunity, and even comforts him when he's crying at his mother's grave.
- Took a Level in Badass: Shortly after she was bitten, becomes much more violent and assertive as her change gets closer and closer.
- In the prequel, when she attacks the fort with several other werewolves just to save Brigitte, certainly counts.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the prequel, she is far nicer to her sister and a lot more reluctant/fearful of her transformation, frightened that she might put Brigitte in danger.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries to get Brigitte to turn into a werewolf and become a pack.
Sam (Kris Lemche)A drug dealer who hangs around Brigitte and Ginger's high school. He helps Brigitte develop a cure for Ginger.
- The Ace: He is respected by the students at the high school. Probably because of his drug supply, but still...
- All Love Is Unrequited: Trina clealry has a crush on Sam, not that he returns these feelings.
- Brainy Brunette: Is shown to be a smart guy, using his knowledge of plants and werewolf lore into helping Brigitte try to find a cure for Ginger. This is especially interesting seeing as he and Brigitte just found out that werewolves exist.
- Everyone Can See It: Trina and Ginger think that Sam and Brigitte have a crush on each other.
- Genre Savvy: He and Brigitte almost immediately put together what is going on shortly after the beasts death, and the first thing they do is throw "hollywood rules" out the window.
- Sacrificial Lion: Maybe. Some fans speculate he is the mystery wolf in the second film, there is no Word of God on that.
- Ship Tease: With Briggite. They get particularly close, and other characters seem to think there is something between them. Ginger and Trina aren't too happy about this, and Sam insists to Brigitte he doesn't think of her like that.
Jason McCardy (Jesse Moss)Ginger's "boyfriend", a stereotypical cocky teenage boy who was infected through unprotected sex with Ginger. He is cured, but it turns out to be just temporary in the second movie. Maybe.
- All Men Are Perverts: It's blatantly obvious from the word go that his intent to date Ginger ammounts to scoring with her.
- Body Horror: This is a werewolf movie, but we don't see how far he transforms.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Acts like one to Ginger.
- Everyone Has Standards: Thinks what he's going through is fucked up, especially when he doesn't know what's happening to him. Particularly when he kills his own dog.
- Evil Is Hammy: Not so much evil as it is "Jerkass Drunk On The Darkside" but he really starts to ham it up towards the full moon, particlally when Brigitte injects him.
- Jerkass: Loudly catcalls Ginger, even when she tells him to fuck off, and later boasts about having slept with her.
- What Have I Become?: His reaction when he realizes there's something wrong with him. He's completly out of the loop in regards to the werewolves and is scared and confused about what's happening to him. As far as he can tell, what's happening to his body is just from a bizarre STD.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the reveal that Monkshood isn't a real cure, Fridge Horror dictates that he became a werewolf himself. Some speculate he's the male werewolf in the second movie, but Word of God suggests that's not the case.
- Would Hurt a Child: Nearly does this before Brigitte injects him with Monkshood.
- Would Hit a Girl: Prepares to attack Brigitte when she comes to the kids rescue.
Trina Sinclair (Danielle Hampton)Ginger and Brigitte's constant bully, who, despite her rude behavior, is very popular among the other students of Bailey Downs High.
- Alpha Bitch: Ironically, she is not a werewolf.
- The Bully: Towards the sisters, but mostly Brigitte. This of course incurs the wrath of Ginger.
- Crazy Jealous Girl: Has this attitude towards Brigitte when she thinks she and Sam are a thing.
- Death by Falling Over: Slips in a puddle of spilled milk and brains herself on the countertop.
- Karma Houdini: Never got punished by the teachers for bullying the Fitzgerald sisters. Ginger takes matters into her own hands.
- Missing White Woman Syndrome: After her death.
- Pet the Dog: Literally, her dog is pretty much the only thing she's seen caring about.
Pamela Fitzgerald (Mimi Rogers)Ginger and Brigitte's overly perky mother. She mistakes Ginger's transformations for normal changes during puberty. She's also a little bit crazy, to the point where she finds Trina's dead body, and even plans on burning down their house and run away with them.
- Adult Fear: When she discovers Trina's body.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ginger views her as this. Considering the woman can't stop saying how delighted she is that Ginger's started getting her period, it's hard to blame her.
- Mama Bear: Willing to break the law to ensure her daughters safety. In one of the deleted scenes, she turns herself in as the killer of Trina Sinclair so that her daughters won't get arrested.
- Parents as People: She's not very useful and clearly doesn't understand her daughters at all, but she does love them a lot, to the point of being willing to go on the run from the law with them so they won't have to go to jail.
Henry Fitzgerald (John Bourgeois)The sisters' father. He really isn't all that involved in their lives, although he seems to notice that what's happening to his daughters isn't normal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sarcasticlly questions his wife when he notices the girls are suddenly interested in what she has to say.
- Weirdness Censor: He does notice something is going on with Ginger, but having raised the girls, he thinks what's happening is normal.
Mr. Wayne (Peter Kelegahn)The school's guidance councilor. He is confused by the Ginger and Brigitte's antics, and like the others don't understand them. He is Ginger's first human victim not counting Trina.
- The Scapegoat: In a deleted scene, the Fitzgerald sisters get out of trouble when they threaten to accuse him of molesting Ginger.
The Beast of Bailey DownsThe werewolf that terrorized Bailey Downs before Ginger. He was the one that bit her, and was run over by Sam shortly after. Not much is known about him, but it's sometimes hinted in the prequel and sequel that Bailey Downs is home to many, many werewolves.
- Chunky Salsa Rule: Blasted by a speeding van.
Ghost (Tatiana Maslany)An odd little girl Brigitte befriends in the second movie. She lives in a rehab clinic/hospital with her grandmother, who is a patient. She finds out Brigitte is a werewolf and tries to help her out. She even helps her escape the clinic. It also turns out she put her grandmother in the hospital in the first place, and is planning to use Brigitte to kill her "enemies".
- Big Bad: Of the second movie. She is the final antagonist of the movie, and throughout the movie has been planning to use Brigitte to kill people she doesn't like.
- Enemy Mine: Even after her true nature is revealed, she, Brigitte and Alice still fight the werewolf stalking Brigitte.
- Karma Houdini: For now, but it doesn't look like another movie is being made anytime soon.
- Replacement Goldfish: Brigitte starts to treat her like the sister she lost.
- Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: Throughout the movie, she has an irrational obsession with comics, fantasy, and has a tendency to narrate to herself, out loud. And that was all before we find out she tried to burn her grandmother alive and is planing on feeding her to a werewolf.
- The Unfought: Somewhat Averted, as she does help fight the werewolf during the climax, but Brigitte's attempt to confront her was cut short by the werewolves attack.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulls this one near the end of the second movie.
Tyler (Eric Johnson)A corrupt worker at the rehab clinic. He sells the patients drugs in exchange for sex. He tries to pull this stunt on Brigitte, but naturally it doesn't work. On the other hand, he behaves altruistically towards Brigitte and Ghost on many occasions, so it's hard to judge him. He was killed by the mysterious male werewolf, shortly after being framed of rape by Ghost.
- Affably Evil: He sells drugs to the patients in exchange for sexual favors, but he gets legitimately concerned for Brigitte when her lycanthropy begins to advance and seems to have a legitimate and platonic affection for Ghost
- Asshole Victim: Kind of Subverted; he was an asshole, but he is killed for the wrong reason, and when he gets killed he was starting to lighten up.
- Evil Counterpart: In comparison, he is a darker meaner version of Sam. Adding to irony, Sam's a drug dealer and Tyler works for a rehab.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Zig-Zags between this and Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Really Gets Around: At the expense of the rehabilitation progress of the clinic patients.
Alice Severson (Janet Kiddler)The director of the rehab clinic Brigitte was placed in. She doesn't know that much about her, but is concerned that Brigitte is poisoning herself due to her Monkshood addiction.
- Badass Normal: As seen at the climax.
- The Dreaded: Justified, she is a rehab director, and almost all the girls in the clinic are still taking drugs.
Unknown WerewolfA male werewolf that stalks Brigitte throughout the movie. He intends to mate with her and really doesn't take no for an answer. His true identity is never revealed.
- The Determinator: Will stalk Brigitte anywhere, and kill anyone who tries to help her.
- The Heavy: He's the one who Brigitte is on the run from throughout the movie and an enemy of the Big Bad (Ghost).
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Brigitte. He wants to mate with mate with her and is relentless and persistent in pursuing her.
- The Un-Reveal: His human self. Fans speculate he is Jason, but Word of God says that interpretation wasn't intended.
- Some fans speculate he is A surviving Sam, there is no Word of God on that.
The Hunter (Nathaniel Arcand)An aboriginal werewolf hunter in Fort Bailey. He is determined to make sure that Ginger and Brigitte pull through to fulfill a prophecy he heard as a boy.
- Because Destiny Says So: A firm believer in the Red and the Black prophecy, of which one sister will kill the other. That is his primary motivation for protecting the sisters (primarily Brigtte).
- The Determinator: Is steadfast in his beleif of fulfilling the Red and the Black prophecy, come Hell or high water.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets a shirtless scene.
- Not So Stoic: The look on his face when Brigitte stabs him says it all.
- Ship Tease: With both sisters.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Strongly believes this, but he is killed instead of Ginger.
Wallace Rowlands (Tom McCamus)The leader of Fort Bailey, which is constantly under siege of werewolves. One of them kills his wife and infects his son, whom he keeps hidden in the fort.
- Big Good: The closest the film has to this as leader of Fort Bailey, who offers protection to the Fitzgerald sisters. Not that he makes the right decisions throughout the film.
- Despair Event Horizon: Goes through this over the movie. Being forced to kill his son is implied to be the reason he commits suicde at the end.
- Driven to Suicide: Kills himself at the end of the film as Fort Bailey burns.
- Jerkass: Less so than the Reverend or Sergeant James, but on balance he probably falls into this trope
- Papa Wolf: Pardoning the obvious werewolf pun, is fiercely protective of his son.
- Pet the Dog: Does this with his son, Brigitte and Ginger.
Reverend Gilbert (Hugh Dillon)The resident preacher at Fort Bailey, a fanatical religious zealot. He is distrustful of the sisters, seeing them as evil. His paranoia is intensified by the constant werewolf attacks on the fort.
- Bad Boss: Resorts to having to hold one of his men at gunpoint to try to test Ginger's blood.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Jame near the end of the film, effectively taking control of Fort Bailey to kill the Fitzgerald sisters.
- The Fundamentalist: As if being a Sinister Minister wasn't enough, he is described as being twisted deadly by scripture, interlaces his religion in his more villainous moments, especially when he blames the aboriginal "heathens" for the werewolf attacks and describes the Fitzgerald sisters and his implied lust for them as temptations that he seeks to destroy.
- Jerkass: Almost immediately wants to cast out the Fitzgerald sisters out of paranoia, expresses racism towards Wallace in regards to his wife, and in a number of his sermons, blames Wallace's marriage and other such unions for bringing lycanthropy into all of them in the first place.
- Karmic Death: Attempts to burn Brigitte alive, gets burned alive himself.
- Kick the Dog: Locks the sisters in a house with a werewolf on the loose, for no discernible reason other than they are outsiders. Keep in mind, this is before he or anyone knew or had any idea that Ginger was bitten.
- Kill It with Fire: Tries to do this to Brigitte. It's also what killed him.
- Knight Templar: His paranoia drives him to protect Fort Bailey from all outsiders, as well as blaming the curse on Wallace's marriage to a native woman, and denounces the sisters as witches.
- Lust: He's at least subtle about it for the most part, but one of the men at the Fort warns Ginger that he has taken as fancy to her. Also throughout the film, he describes the sisters as "temptations". Unlike most examples of this trope, he tries to deal with these temptations by killing them.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Repeatedly makes it clear that he blames the werewolf curse on Fort Bailey on white men marrying and having children with aboriginals. He constantly refers to them as savages and heathens and interlaces this in nearly all his sermons.
- Sinister Minister: Is the Reverend of Fort Bailey and one of the main antagonists of the film.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one near the end of the movie. As he prepares to burn Briggite alive, he viciously denounces her as a witch an disciple of the devil, as well lashing out at Wallace.
- Would Hurt a Child: Is part of the group that hunts down and prepares to kill Geoffry.
James (JR Bourne)A veteran of the War of 1812, and the Sergeant Major of Fort Bailey. He is less paranoid about the sisters, but is enough of a jerk that he attacks them anyway, simply for being out at night. That's far from the worst of it.
- Attempted Rape: When he and the reverend abduct Ginger to test her blood, James takes this as an opprotunity to try to force himself onto Brigitte before Wallace intervenes.
- Bad Boss: Kills one of his men during a werewolf attack and describes how he sees them as expendable, especially if they are not white.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the reverend. While Wallace is technically the one running the joint, by the climax of the film the two of them effectively take over Fort Bailey in order to kill the Fitzgerald sisters.
- Deadpan Snarker:Reverend Gilbert: He's turned.James: Turned ugly.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While his throwing Milo out was mostly for him being mixed race and his father no longer there to protect him, it also stemmed from him getting Wallace to stop his Attempted Rape of Brigitte.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: JR Bourne now stars as a werewolf hunter in Teen Wolf.
- Jerkass: If not for the Reverend, he would easily be the most assholish character in the movie. He's abrasive, has a bad sense of humour, gets a kick in beating Ginger and Geoffrey, callously leaves one of his men to die. On top of that he's raciest.
- Kick the Dog: You'd almost think this is a hobby of his as he gives a toast to the Hunter who has been protecting him, describing how he used aboriginals in his unit as cannon fodder; tries to beat the sisters just for being out at night; attempts to force himself onto Brigitte; hunts down and beat Geoffry; and throws the mixed race Milo out to die the werewolf infested forests when his father dies.
- Sociopathic Soldier: If his constant Jerkass and Kick the Dog behaviour wasn't enough, there's his description how he saw the First Nations in his unit as expendable, and during his Attempted Rape on Brigitte, forced her to bite his hand so hard it draws blood and smear it on her face as a way of getting off.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Is openly hostile towards First Nations. He describes how he used aboriginals in his unit as Cannon Fodder, refuses to leave the Fort if it meant being guided by a "savage" and throws out Milo upon his father's death simply because he is mixed race.
- Would Hurt a Child: Phyiscally beats Geoffry when he's captured and would have killed him had Wallace not done the deed.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem physically beating Ginger when given the opprotunity to fight her. He's actually enthusiastic about it.
Geffory Rowlands (Stevie Mitchell)Wallace's son, who was bitten by werewolf that killed his mother. To avoid being killed, Wallace hides him in his house.
- Creepy Child: The result of being kept in an isolated room and going through a werewolf transformation. Doesn't stop him from being sympathetic though.
- Mercy Kill: Is shot and killed by his father before Gilbert, James or their men could take the first shot.
- Morality Pet: To his father naturally, but he also garners sympathy from Ginger, who openly emphasizes with him over his mother and even tries to comfort him at his mother's grave.
- Pet the Dog: Gets this treatment from both Wallace and Ginger.