Michael Audrey Myers (pre-2018 timelines)
The main villain of the Halloween film series, he killed his older sister when he was 6 years old and was sent to a psychiatric hospital for the reminder of his natural born life. Years later, he escapes, looking to finish off his other sister and anybody who crosses his path. Also known as The Shape in the scripts, as he is "only a shape in the darkness".
Played by: Tony Moran, Nick Castle, Will Sandin (age 6) (the original film), Dick Warlock, Adam Gunn (II), George P. Wilbur (4 and The Curse), Erik Preston (age 6, "psychic vision"), Tom Morga (bandaged Michael, uncredited) (4), Don Shanks (5), Chris Durand (H20), Brad Loree (Resurrection)
- Adaptational Heroism: Subverted in the original novelization. The book explores Michael's psyche more thoroughly than the films and offers a possible theory why this kid became a killer, but it doesn't hold back on his evil actions at all and shows he ultimately came to embrace the dark forces tempting him.
- Adaptational Villainy: As bad as he normally is, Michael is somehow even worse in the Devil's Due comics. Not only does he kill without remorse as usual, but he also takes time to sadistically torture and humiliate his victim for sick thrills. He also makes it very clear he Would Hurt a Child by slashing a boy's throat, and has apparently been pure evil since birth, fantasizing about cutting open his mother's stomach while Laurie was in the womb. Oh, and the fucker gets away with everything.
- The Adjectival Man: Referred to as the "Boogeyman" by the characters until they learn his name. Jamie also calls him "the Nightmare Man" in 4.
- Alliterative Name: Michael Myers.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Michael never speaks, behaves in horrifyingly violent ways sometimes without warning, and his obsession with Halloween might link to a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There is clearly something up with him mentally, but as far as the films are concerned it's beyond human understanding. Loomis is so baffled by what drives Michael that in the end he diagnoses him (possibly correctly) as pure evil.
- Ambiguously Human: In stark contrast to say, Jason or Freddy, Michael seems to be an ordinary (albeit ridiculously tough and strong) man, but it's heavily implied he's only this on the outside.
- Animals Hate Him: Dogs hate Michael, barking ferociously at the sight of him. Michael isn't terribly fond of dogs either.
- Antagonist Title: The fourth, fifth, and sixth films all feature his name in the subtitle (The Return of Michael Myers, The Revenge of Michael Myers, and The Curse of Michael Myers respectively).
- Awesomeness by Analysis: According to the novelization, this is how he was able to escape from Smith's Grove without a driver's license: he observed Loomis driving very carefully, to the point that he could procure a getaway vehicle when the time came.
- Ax-Crazy: Michael is somewhat of a subversion, in that he is more calm and quiet than crazy, but is still a cold-blooded homicidal maniac without conscience who is driven to kill.
- Axe Before Entering: Either this or he just smashes his way through doors.
- Back from the Dead: Not as bad as Jason or Freddy though. Most of the time, he's just Not Quite Dead.
- Bait-and-Switch: He occasionally shows a fondness for tricking his victims into thinking he's someone else before killing them. In the original, he leads Lynda to believe that he's her boyfriend, and in The Return of Michael Myers, he lets Kelly think that he's a deputy until she notices the dead body of the real deputy.
- Bait the Dog: In the sixth film (theatrical cut only) when Jamie tries a second time to reach out to her uncle, Michael briefly pretends it's working, before killing her in a gruesome manner.
- Bandaged Face: At the beginning of 4. How he was able to see anything with his face completely wrapped up is a mystery for the ages.
- Beyond Redemption: Dr. Loomis spent eight years trying to reach him with psychotherapy and reform him. As of the first film, he's convinced that Michael is too evil to be redeemed and has to be stopped, one way or another.Loomis: I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.
- Big Bad: Of the series.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Loomis describes them as "the devil's eyes". His mask often makes him look like he has no eyes at all when he's shown in low light, particularly in the first film.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: His first act of villainy (at the age of six) was to murder his own sister in cold blood.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Laurie's Abel.
- Canon Welding: The Chaos Comics run tries to directly tie the 4-6 movies with Twenty Years Later. However these comics were made non canon due to the release of Resurrection.
- Character Tics: His slow, almost robotic, movements, his shallow, creepy breathing, tilting his head at people or things that confuse him, and sitting up (usually after getting knocked down) without using his arms to push himself up.
- The Comically Serious: Maybe unintentional, but the fact that Michael can maintain his emotionless status even in front of someone who yells at him or even makes fun of him can generate a laugh or two albeit in a very dark humorous way.
- Convenient Coma: Between II and 4, and 4 and 5.
- Cool Mask: His white, latex William Shatner mask. It's so cool, it's shown in a comic set in the H20 continuity, that he has a bunch of spare masks in case one is lost or damaged; another comic depicts him getting them from the trash after the owner of Nichol's Hardware Store throws them away out of disgust that a bunch of murders were committed by a guy wearing one.
- Cop Killer: Michael has no problem killing cops when they get in his way. Taken Up to Eleven in The Return of Michael Myers, where he slaughters virtually the entire Haddonfield police force (pre-emptively, to keep them from interfering with his attempts to kill Jamie).
- Covered with Scars: Following being lit on fire in the second movie, Michael was shown with burn scars on his hands. Though we didn't see it on-screen for ourselves, the implication is that this was the case for his entire body.
- Covert Pervert: Described as such in a number of sources. The Nightdance comic implies that Michael is sexually fascinated by his victims and sisters, adding a sexual aspect to his killings. He also all but stated to have raped his niece Jamie in the sixth movie(confirmed by its creators), and the screenwriter of the sixth movie describes Michael as being a sexual deviant. John Carpenter himself said Michael originally killed Judith "for sexual reasons" before stopping himself mid sentence.
- Creepy Child: He violently murdered his older sister when he was six-years-old.
- In a comic set in the H20 continuity, it's shown that he fantasized about gutting his mother while she was pregnant with Laurie and he had killed a rabbit while his sister Judith wasn't watching him due to losing her virginity with her boyfriend.
- Curse: He's said to embody the curse of Thorn, at least in one timeline. It's never been defined just what drives Michael, but it clearly isn't the wants of any human being and seems to ensure he can never stop killing, not even through death. It's quite likely even Michael himself doesn't know what it is.
- Darth Vader Clone: Michael is a hulking masked figure in black with terrifying powers who breathes deep and husky. He started out as a normal boy who became corrupted by an unforeseen darkness and pursues a young hero who turns out to be a long lost relative. Sound familiar? The big difference is while Vader still has enough humanity to turn on evil and redeem himself, Michael is already far beyond saving before he even met Laurie.
- Dark Is Evil: White mask notwithstanding, Michael is very fond of hiding in the shadows.
- Demoted to Dragon: In The Curse of Michael Myers. Though near the end of the Theatrical Cut he turns on the cult of Thorn and slaughters them, taking back the Big Bad position.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Chaos Comics miniseries (which ties together the Jamie Lloyd trilogy with H20) it is clarified that Michael was indeed decapitated by Laurie at the end of Twenty Years Later. However these comics were later ommited from canon due to the release of Resurrection which clarifies Michael faked his death.
- Demonic Possession: The novelization of the original suggests this is why Michael is what he is, driven to kill by the undying spirit of a disgraced ancestor. The later movies take it a step further with a curse, but this doesn't amount to much.
- Depending on the Writer: Although Michael's silence, white mask and seeming indestructibility are consistent across multiple films, exactly whether or not Myers is actually supernatural varies depending on the timeline. Michael does seem to possesses possibly superhuman abilities in the first two films (breaking through doors, recovering from dozens of bullets, teleportation), the only explanation given is that he is pure evil. In the Thorn trilogy (parts 4-6), Michael's bloodlust and immortality are explained to stem from an ancient sacrificial curse. They go as far as implying that Micheal may be regretful of his crimes. Subsequent sequels have since reinstated Michael's original mysterious and remorseless nature.
- Determinator: Powers or not, Michael shrugs off gunshots; stab wounds; and explosions...and yet keeps on going.
- Discontinuity Nod: In the comic Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode he disguises himself in a clown costume to kill Laurie. The costume is based off the one he killed Judith in and the mask he wears with the costume is a Don Post Emment Kelly mask, which was considered to be Michael's original mask in the first film before going with the now iconic altered Captain Kirk mask.
- Disproportionate Retribution: It's implied Annie yelling at him in his car is the reason he spends so much time terrorising her in the original.
- Does Not Like Guns: Michael oddly enough never uses a gun properly, even when he has an opportunity to grab one. When he actually did hold one, he used it to impale someone rather than fire. In this case, it's likely he just finds it more satisfying to kill up close and personal rather than shoot from a distance.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Audrey.
- Empty Shell: Myers could be considered a villainous version of this device. He has some moments of cunning and dark humor, but these are mainly used to serve his homicidal goals. Outside of that, Michael is a vessel of pure bloodlust and rage. He has no real motivation, killing randomly and unpredictably, is utterly devoid of emotion, and isn't deterred by how many times he gets battered or "killed." In the 2018 film it takes 40 years to motivate him to escape, and even then he doesn't have much of a plan, only confronting Laurie when Dr. Sartain brings him to her. A rare instance where this doesn't make a character pitiful or tragic and only highlights how much of an absolute abomination he is.
- Enfant Terrible: His first kill was his older sister Judith, at age six.
- Establishing Character Moment: Stabbing his older sister to death in the opening of the original film. He's six-years-old at this point.
- Evil Is Bigger: While average-sized in the first two films, the films starting with the fourth one have him played by stuntmen well over 6 feet tall.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Michael never shows emotions (except the occasional hint of rage), but at points displays a macabre sense of humor: dressing up as a ghost for no other reason than to freak out Lynda and displaying the corpses of his victims to scare their friends as they're found.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: As the Cult of Thorn discovers, trying to control Michael Myers will never end well. Dr. Sartain also learns this the hard way in the 2018 film.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Subverted; despite his horrifically evil nature, Michael's looks are unaffected until he was severely burned at the end of the first sequel.
- Evil Uncle: The fourth, fifth, and sixth movies have him target his niece Jamie. In the H20 continuity, he's also this to John, Laurie's teenage son.
- Evil Wears Black: His coveralls in most films are either charcoal or grey.
- Eye Scream: Michael is stabbed in the eye with a coat hanger in the original film and shot in both in the second.
- The Faceless: Originally, his adult face was seen once in the original film at the end of it. However, as pointed out by James Rolfe as part 2011's Monster Madness, in Halloween 5 you could see it when Jamie asks to see his face, despite the use of shadows.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When he was a child. When unmasked as an adult in the first movie, even with the stabbed eye, his face appears to be normal and actually somewhat innocent.note
- Fatal Flaw: Michael's sheer refusal to give up the hunt often kicks him in the balls in the end. When he finally gets a hold of Laurie in the 1978 original, he doesn't notice Loomis about to shoot him out the window. His continued pursuits lead him into places where the heroes get the edge on him. This is especially evident in 2018, where he walks right into the Strodes' trap by following Allison downstairs, where they lock him in and ignite the house.
- Flat Character: A deliberate and chillingly deconstructed example. John Carpenter described Michael as "an absence of character" and true to form, there really is nothing to Myers' personality beyond his bloodthirsty, unrelenting love of killing. He does occasionally show signs of confusion, playfulness, and even in one odd instance sadness, but the rest of the time he's so devoid of expression it's impossible to tell what goes through his head or why he's such a monster. Most of the time he's treated more like a grim force of nature than an actual character.
- For the Evulz: He occasionally shows some grim signs of sadism like dressing like a ghost and putting on glasses, making Lynda believe it's her boyfriend Bob and then brutally strangling her with a phone cord just when her back is turned to make a phone call. In fact, much of his stalking behaviour seems to be him getting kicks out of spooking his victims more and more before going in for the kill.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Combined with being dressed as a Bedsheet Ghost, he is this while posing as Bob, who wears glasses that Michael takes and wears after he kills him.
- Freudian Excuse: Averted. Unlike other cinematic serial murderers he has no excuse like a tragic past, abusive parents or else. He's an homicidal maniac because he choose to be one. In the "Cult Of Thorne" timeline (at least in the producers'cut) however it's implied he's forced to kill because it's under a curse casted by an evil cult and maybe he doesn't even like what he is.
- Genius Bruiser: Killing is all he does, and he does it well. Other than that, he is a master at stealth, can drive a car (when did you ever see Jason do that?), and creates traps, places corpses in places to scare other victims, and usually stalks his prey, learning what he can about them before killing.
- Green and Mean: Michael wears a spruce-green jumpsuit in the first two films.
- Healing Factor: He was shot in the eyes once, but got over it by his next movie. Just one of many examples.
- Humanoid Abomination: If John Carpenter's statements are on the dot, then he's not human anymore.
- Iconic Outfit: His white, expressionless mask and charcoal/grey note mechanic's coveralls. While the exact details of the mask change from film to film (unavoidable, as there are several different actors wearing different recreations of the mask), he's almost always shown wearing them as an adult, and in The Return of Michael Myers, goes out of his way to get replacements.
- Immortality: Hard to explain in the first few films, but John Carpenter's stated repeatedly that the Michael of the later films isn't a human - he's the living embodiment of pure evil. Thus, "killing" him just slows him down a little.
- Immune to Bullets: He's shrugged off bullets, only getting knocked down (and/or pissed off) and getting up everytime. He's even been shot up by several police officers with shotguns, rifles, and revolvers, causing him to fall down a mine shaft in the fourth film; he lived.
- Implacable Man: In the first film alone, Michael takes a knitting needle to the neck, a coat hanger to the eye, a kitchen knife to the chest, and six bullets to the torso. And he just keeps coming. The best anyone can manage is to temporarily disable him.
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: In 4, he impales Kelly with a shotgun.
- Inexplicably Awesome: In both the H20 and 2018 timelines he's ostensibly just a normal man (albeit one usually characterised as pure evil) - but yet his preternatural stalking ability and ability to survive injuries that would kill normal people many times over are never explained, and really stand out given that these continuities don't delve into the supernatural angle of the 4-6 timeline.
- Instant Expert: In the first film, he knows how to drive despite having been in a mental hospital since he was six.
- Intro-Only Point of View: The original Halloween follows Michael's perspective in the first person as he murders his older sister.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Stabbed, shot, set on fire(multiple times),beaten senseless, rammed with a car, we could go on forever. It doesn't bother him as long as he can get up to kill again, though.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: In part due to his belief that Michael is pure evil, Loomis refers to him as an "it" more than once.
- Jerkass: He's a brutal mass murderer, but there's an element of cruelty to Michael's attacks that places him squarely in this mould. He stalks his victims mercilessly, seemingly to give himself kicks as they rarely know he's there, plays pranks on them seemingly to amuse himself (witness his locking Annie in the laundry room outside) and is fond of arranging their bodies to scare future victims even further (as seen by his macabre display of Laurie's friends at the end of the first film, or having Rachel's body on display to terrify Jamie in 5).
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the sixth movie he appears to reach towards Jamie in a rare moment of humanity...and then he kills her by impaling her on a corn thresher.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: If only by adaptation. In the Chaos Comics miniseries, which tied together to storylines of the Thorn trilogy, and H20, Michael has spent years terrorizing Haddonfield, killing numerous people and haunting Laurie, Jamie and their family, only for Laurie to finally kill Michael in that version of events. However Resurrection later thumps these comics from canon and even in the context of the story, the victory is nullified by Laurie becoming the new killer.
- Kick the Dog: Michael has a tendency to murder dogs as well as people, usually toward the end of a film's first act. He goes so far as to eat a dog (off-screen, thankfully) in the first film.
- Kill It with Fire: Attempted by Loomis at the end of Halloween II. It didn't take. Freddie in Resurrection also pulls it off, but the final shot indicates this one didn't stick either.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a knife, although he's perfectly fine with using whatever he can find, or just his bare hands if nothing else is available.
- Knight of Cerebus: Considering that Michael is considered the embodiment of pure evil by many characters in the franchise, this comes as no surprise to anyone.
- Lack of Empathy: He never shows the slightest sign of empathizing with or even thinking about the feelings of his victims, or, really, anyone else.
- Light Is Not Good:
- His iconic white mask is eerie and disturbing, and when it's ripped off at the end of the first movie, he looks like any other normal person - certainly not like the monster he had been behaving as.
- In installments where Michael is incarcerated before escaping, he wears a white hospital gown or something similar before ditching that once he finds a convenient mechanic to kill for a set of coveralls.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Is the biological father of Jamie Lloyd's baby, Steven.
- Made of Evil: Dr. Loomis refers to him as "evil on two legs". Indeed, he does everything he does because he's a pure evil serial killer. This is highlighted in the original films novelization and the producers cut of the sixth film which clarify Michael to be a puppet of supernatural forces beyond his control. The theatrical cut of the sixth film doesn't treat the curse all too seriously and it almost comes off as a Red Herring for Michael's rage.
- Mad Artist: The way he disposes of the corpses of his victims are...very theatrical and extravagant to say at least.
- Made of Iron: At least in the first two films. Later films have him as borderline Nigh-Invulnerable.
- Malevolent Masked Man: They don't come much more malevolent than Michael, and he always kills while wearing some kind of method of hiding his face.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The first film makes it ambiguous whether he's just a really tough serial killer or whether he is, in fact, an indestructible Boogeyman. The film allows for either interpretation, though the last scene leans towards the latter. The sequels avert this by making Michael an explicitly supernatural entity.
- Meaningful Background Event: Myers is a master of this in the series, often appearing just off the frame or out of the focus in some shots with no one noticing him.
- Menacing Stroll: Seeing him move at a speed higher than a power walk would be quite the spectacle.
- Monster Clown: Michael's first costume at the age of 6 was a clown, when he stabbed Judith. He was originally supposed to don a similar clown mask as an adult, but they found the William Shatner Mask more intimidating. He does don a clown mask in The First Death Of Laurie Strode briefly to menace his sister.
- Never Found the Body: At the end of the first film, Michael just disappears after Loomis guns him down. The sequels and remakes all offer one explanation or another for his escapes, and on a few occasions, his body is found and recovered, but he's Not Quite Dead.
- Not Quite Dead: Rather notorious for this.
- Not So Stoic: In Halloween II and The Revenge of Michael Myers, Michael's emotionless demeanor falters when Laurie and Jamie appeal to his humanity, but both times, he switches right back to the cold-blooded killer he usually is in short order. After Laurie calls his name, Michael pauses, and tilts his head, apparently confused before he shrugs it off and keeps coming. When Jamie calls him "Uncle", Michael stops, and complies when she asks to see his face. A close-up on Michael's eye even shows him shedding a Single Tear, but when Jamie tries to wipe it away, Michael reacts angrily, puts his mask back on, and resumes trying to kill her.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Being a Stealth Expert who can come out of nowhere, Michael's had quite a few of these, most notably butchering the bulk of the Haddonfield police force, sans Sheriff Meeker, in the fourth film.
- Outnumbered Sibling: In the continuities where hes Lauries brother, hes the only boy in the Myers family, sandwiched between daughters Judith and Cynthia (renamed Laurie).
- Pater Familicide: His one consistent motivation.
- The Power of Hate: Michael's evil is apparently so great and all-consuming it gives him a healing factor and inhuman strength. It was even there as a child, according to the novelization. Fellow inmates who gave Michael trouble would suffer nasty accidents and fall ill.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He loves to provoke his victims, tormenting them with merciless stalking games and obviously taking joy in their terror - just like a cruel child bullying others. Justified since he's been institutionalized since he was six, so he obviously didn't mature properly.
- Quizzical Tilt: He often tilts his head at the corpse of a person after he makes a kill, as if to admire his work.
- Reduced To Rat Burgers: The original film has Loomis and Sheriff Brackett discover a partially eaten dog offscreen in his family home. Resurrection also has the contestants of the reality show find rats he has killed for food in the basement. And not all of them are dead.
- Reverse Grip: Typically holds his knife like this.
- Riddle for the Ages: It has never been explained just where Michael's nigh-immortality, inhuman strength, and unrelentingly murderous nature comes from, or whether he's a supernatural being or just a sick man determined to kill. While a few timelines have tried to explain what Michael is, even then it's not completely clear.
- Sadist: Film critic Kim Newman put it best in the 25 Years of Terror documentary when he noted that for Michael scaring people is perhaps more important than killing them. He seems to enjoy ratcheting up his victims' fear before he kills them - most perfectly exemplified by stringing the bodies of Laurie's friends up for her to find in the first film. And that's not even getting into the increasingly elaborate and brutal ways he dispatched his victims as the series went on...There's also the way how he tilts his head after usually killing someone, as if he wants to admire his work from another angle.
- Serial Killer: One of the most famous of all slasher villains that fulfill this role. Played with in the sequels, where he has specific targets, (his family) but he doesn't mind killing anybody unfortunate to get in his way.
- Sibling Murder: His first victim, at six years old, was his older sister, and it just got worse from there.
- Silent Antagonist: In the original films, Michael never says a single word. Most of the sequels don't even make Michael's breathing audible. In the remakes, however, it's made clear that he can speak, but he chooses not to, at least until the end of the sequel.
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: He stalks Laurie and Lisa in Halloween: Nightdance, who are blondes. At least one blond teenager/woman is counted as one of his victims in every film except Curse where there are no blonde victims and H20 where the one blonde girl survives.
- The Sociopath: Has no emotions, empathy, remorse, mercy, you name it. This quote from Dr Loomis seems to hammer the point home: "I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong." Sounds like it alright.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Has voyeuristic tendencies, stalking his victims from a distance or just creeping around them.
- Stealth Expert: Especially in the first film, where he vanishes from view despite him having no obvious means of escaping notice, and once, without any sign that the person watching him had ever looked away.
- The Stoic: Ever since he killed his older sister. In the original films, Michael's mask perfectly demonstrates his emotional state; cold, detached, and inhuman.
- Super Strength: He can lift grown men and crush their skulls without so much as grunting with effort, and is also capable of ripping a tombstone out of the ground.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: When Laurie unmasks Michael for a few brief seconds at the end of the original film, he looks... just like a completely, ordinary man.
- Tranquil Fury: He's completely emotionless while killing, and in general. And yet the sixth movie states he is driven by a consistant rage.
- Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: Besides the whole "sister homicide" thing, Michael proved to be a little terror during his days institutionalized, according to the novelization. He drowned a girl who teased him in the apple bobbing tank during a Halloween party and other kids who gave him trouble would suffer similar misfortune. And yet he was able to convince the heads of Smith's Grove he was still just a catatonic little boy.
- Unexplained Recovery: His appearance in Twenty Years Later (ostensibly set in a different continuity than 4-6) shows Michael alive and well, with no sign of damage from the fire that nearly killed him in Halloween II.
- It's also never stated how Michael can see again after being shot in both eyes in the second film.
- Uncertain Doom: In the Theatrical Cut of The Curse of Michael Myers, he is last seen being beaten by Tommy with a lead pipe so that the corrosive chemical he injected him with gushes through the eye hole of the mask, but his mask is shown laying on the ground along with the syringes. It could be that Tommy killed him and knocked his mask off in the process, and Loomis is heard screaming which may or may not be Michael killing him. It was hinted by Loomis in The Revenge of Michael Myers, however, that Michael's rage will eventually kill him. In the non canon Chaos Comics, he survived Tommy's attack only to be decapitated by his younger sister Laurie.
- Ungrateful Bastard: In The Revenge of Michael Myers, a hermit takes care of a comatose Michael for an entire year. Within a minute of waking up, Michael repays this kindness by strangling the hermit.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He's a murderous,cruel killing machine, but his first murder came as such a shock because he was initially a timid, ordinary little boy. The novel expands on this by showing he had nightmares of his ancient predecessor Enda's tragic story and was frightened by what Enda was telling him to do. In time, however, he came to relish in the power and abandoned his humanity to become the boogeyman we know today.
- Vader Breath: In the first film, Michael's heavy breathing is heard whenever he's in focus. The sequels largely drop this trait, although it occasionally comes up again, albeit very downplayed compared to the first film. It returns in the 2018 film, vocals provided by Nick Castle.
- Villain Protagonist: Michael is this for the franchise as a whole, since we follow him from the tender age of six on his neverending quest to bring bloody chaos to Haddonfield. This is avoided in H20 and 2018, since he gets considerably less screentime in the former and Laurie and her family are the main focus of the latter.
- The Voiceless: Michael never speaks, although it's unclear if he can't, or simply chooses not to (though the 2018 film explicitly states that it's by choice). The remake does have him speaking but not often. The original films take this even further; most of the time, Michael doesn't make a sound even while exerting himself or being injured. Becomes a major plot point in the 2018 film, as his psychiatrist will go to any lengths to hear him speak after 40 years.
- Weapon of Choice: He almost always uses a sharp kitchen knife for his murderers even if he can use any other weapon he can find nearby. Case in point the 2018 film when he murders someone with a hammer, then trades it out for a knife on the counter.
- White Mask of Doom: So iconic that he goes out of his way to replace it in The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween H20 after losing it in the fire in Halloween II.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the original film's novelization, he is cursed to do what he does, in contrast to the Made of Evil portrayal he is famous for. The 5th and 6th film imply that he's been forced to kill by a great evil, later revealed to be the work of the Cult of Thorn. It also implies that he hates what he has become and cries briefly in the fifth film. The future films starting with H20 would drop this element.
- Would Hit a Girl: The majority of Michael's victims are women, and he does quite a bit more than just hitting them.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played with, to the point of Depending on the Writer. The films go back and forth over whether or not Michael is interested in killing children.
- Michael consistently targets teenagers in every film where he appears, killing any he can get his hands on.
- In the original film, the worst thing Michael ever does to a young child is scaring a boy who bumped into him and terrifying Tommy and Lindsey. He ultimately ignores both children in favor of targeting Laurie and her friends. In Halloween II, a maternity ward full of newborn babies is ignored by Michael, other than briefly hiding there. By the end of the film, those babies are the only people Michael has come across that he didn't at least try to kill.
- In the fourth, fifth, and sixth films, Michael's main target is his niece, Jamie, who is eight when he first comes after her, and later targets Jamie's newborn son. He repeatedly tries to kill Jamie (eventually succeeding in the sixth film) and nearly runs over a young boy who is with Jamie in the fifth film, but doesn't go out of his way to attack any other children. The only reason Jamie was notable exception was because the Curse of Thorn has those inflicted kill every other relative of their bloodline.
Laurie Strode/Cynthia Myers
Laurie Strode is the Final Girl and main heroine of the series. Originally just a target that he tries to kill, it is later learnt that she is actually Michael's younger sister and Laurie actively tries to stop him.
- Action Girl: In H20, where she actually kills Michael. Except not really, but she gets points for trying.
- Action Survivor: She made it out of Michael's first two rampages alive, even stabbing him three times in the first film.
- Audience Surrogate: In the original, she's just an ordinary teen, much like the targeted audience.
- Badass Normal: She might be a normal teenage girl, but Laurie fights back against Michael with anything at her disposal, including knitting needles, a clothing hanger, and a revolver.
- Big Sister Instinct: Despite being terrified, she vehemently protects Tommy and Lindsey from Michael in the first movie.
- Big Good: In the 2018 movie, Laurie has appeared to taken this role over from Dr. Loomis due to her experience and being ready this time.
- Canon Welding: The Chaos Comics miniseries attempt to tie the Jamie Lloyd trilogy with H20, but was omitted from canon by the later release of Resurrection. In that version of events, Laurie did in fact kill Michael, but succumbs to madness and becomes the new killer.
- Crazy-Prepared: In the 2018 movie, Laurie is seen practicing her marksmanship (hitting the target right in the head too), loading up her many guns, has a hunting knife on her person, has a house surrounded by boobytraps and cameras, the front door is double padlocked with the windows covered with metal mesh, and the inside has secret passageways. Laurie is not messing around.
- Deadpan Snarker: Laurie's sarcasm is much more subdued compared to Annie's but nevertheless a present trait of her character.Lynda: "It's totally insane. We have three new cheers to learn in the morning, the game is in the afternoon, I have to get my hair done at five, and the dance is at eight! I'll be totally wiped out!"Laurie: "I don't think you have enough to do tomorrow."(Upon seeing Annie in her underwear and a flannel shirt.) Laurie: "Oh, fancy."(To Tommy Doyle.) Laurie: "Lonnie Elamb probably won't get out of the sixth grade."
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Subverted for the most part.
- In the Jamie Lloyd trilogy, she dies offscreen as a result of a car accident, leaving her daughter alone to Michael. This is ironically the closest she got to a happy ending in the previous films, as its assumed she lived a happy live with her daughter before her death and didn't have to contend with Michael for the rest of her life.
- In H20, Laurie seemingly conquers her demons and kills Michael once and for all after twenty years of being haunted by him. Resurrection reveals she was tricked into killing an innocent man when Michael faked his death and was subsequently placed in a sanitarium before Michael tracks her down and kills her. Jamie Lee Curtis went on to state she doesn't consider Resurrection canon because of this.
- In the non canon Chaos Comics, which would have bridged 4-6 and H20 together does have Laurie successfully kill Michael in that version of events...only to have succumbed to her demons and become the new Shape.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In H20, it's a short '90s cut to reflect her new Action Girl status. In Resurrection, it's long and messy after she's been living in an insane asylum.
- FaceHeel Turn: In the non canonical Chaos Comics miniseries she becomes the new killer after suffering a mental breakdown following Michael's decapitation.
- Final Girl: Who Took a Level in Badass in Halloween H20.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: In Resurrection, it is stated that Laurie went mad when she killed the person she thought was Michael Myers, and was locked up in asylum because of it. Turns out this was a plan of hers to get Michael once and for all.
- Mama Bear: Though she has no qualms against attacking Myers in the first movie, she really makes him suffer in H20 after he attacks her son. This will likely apply to her daughter and granddaughter in the 2018 film.
- Never Mess with Granny: In the 2018 movie, Laurie is pushing 60 years old and her daughter, Karen, has a daughter of her own, Allyson, making Laurie a grandmother. Laurie is also show to have become a gun-toting survivalist who has been anticipating Michael's return since 1978, saying she's prayed every night he'd escape so she could kill him. Laurie has truly become a force to be reckoned with.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: A subtle example but Laurie is strongly implied to be the only virgin out of her friends and shows discomfort towards sexuality. However, she does clearly pine for guys in her class, namely Ben Tramer, showing she does have an interest in the opposite sex, but is too repressed to express it. Word of God states that Laurie's sexual repression was intended to make her comparable to Michael who is also sexually repressed, and that the end of the first movie where she stabs Michael several times is her taking out her sexual frustrations.
- Plucky Girl: Probably the most relatable part of her character is that she can stand up against pure evil despite being scared to tears.
- Properly Paranoid: She's extremely tense and paranoid about the possibility of Michael's return in H20. She's right to be worried. Taken Up to Eleven in the 2018 movie where she has a house surrounded by booby-traps and cameras, the inside has secret passage ways, and enough guns to start a small war with which she practices shooting frequently. With Michael's transport bus crashing, Laurie has been right to prepare for his return.
- Sanity Slippage: In H20, she's clearly been adversely affected by her experiences as a teenager, and in Resurrection, she's left barely responsive in a mental institution. Halloween (2018) has her a little more unhinged than in H20.
- Scars Are Forever: In the 2018 movie, a close up shot of Laurie's left shoulder is seen with a prominent scar where Michael slashed her with his knife 40 years prior.
- Screaming Woman: This is the role that made Jamie Lee Curtis an iconic scream queen.
- The Stoner: A little known fact about innocent Laurie here is that in the original film, she smoked a blunt with Annie in her car, nearly getting caught by Sheriff Brackett, Annie's father. A comic set after the events of the first and second film takes this Up to Eleven, with Laurie befriending a girl named Sally Winters, who she starts dabbling in drugs with to cope with the stress from the killings, smoking a blunt in one scene, taking "allergy pills" before graduation, and getting drunk in a party, the last of which nearly gets her shanked by Michael incognito in a clown costume. Thankfully, she's seen mostly sober (save for alcoholism) in Halloween: 20 Years Later (The comic is in the H20 continuity).
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Offscreen before the events of 4, and again at the beginning of Resurrection.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Survives for even longer with each new timeline. H20 ignoring 4 through 6, and the 2018 film ignoring all the sequels.
- Taking You with Me: She attempts this with Michael in Resurrection. It fails.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In H20. She goes from a shell-shocked survivor to a determined fighter who tries her damned hardest to put Michael down.
- In Halloween (2018), while just as, if not more paranoid and fearful than in H20, she's been preparing herself for 40 years to finish off Michael once and for all.
Doctor Samuel Loomis
Michael's psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis is forced multiple times to track Michael down in an attempt to stop him from killing people. And he's pretty badass at doing it.
- Actor Allusion: Loomis being a WWII veteran who had been a POW of the Luftwaffe in the H20 canon comic series is possibly a nod to his actor's previous role in The Great Escape, where he had also played a British POW in a Luftwaffe POW camp (though unlike Colin Blythe, Loomis survives the film).
- Anti-Hero: Loomis is this on his worst days, such as in Revenge of Michael Myers where he was more than willing to use little Jamie Lloyd as bait to capture Michael Myers.
- Arch-Enemy: No matter where Michael goes, Loomis will be there to stop him.
- Badass Beard: Gray and quite thick.
- Badass Bookworm: Michael's arch-enemy and a professional psychologist.
- Badass Longcoat: An impressively stylish beige one.
- Bald of Awesome: The series' leading badass has not a hair upon his head.
- Beyond Redemption: He tried for years to help Michael overcome his violent urges. However by the main events of the first film, Loomis eventually admits that it was all in vain, and that Michael has to be stopped by any means necessary.
- Big Good: He is the face of the force of good in the franchise, for being Michael's Arch-Enemy.
- Bus Crash: Due to the death of Donald Pleasance, Dr. Loomis is stated to have died in between films in H20 and the 2018 installment.
- Cassandra Truth: His entire career in regards to Michael is this. No one ever listens to his warnings about the danger Michael poses to society until it's too late. Though this is actually not as bad as in most cases; in both the first two movies and the fourth movie, the cops at least heed his warnings and take some action. Unfortunately, it isn't enough.
- Cool Old Guy: As he got older, he didn't get any weaker. He wailed on Michael with a two-by-four... while in the middle of having a stroke!
- Covered with Scars: After trying to kill Michael in a fire in the second film, he shows up in 4 and 5 with a limp and burn scars on one cheek and his hands, which he hides with Conspicuous Gloves. His scars disappear in the sixth film as a result of getting plastic surgery and skin grafts.
- Crazy-Prepared: In the fifth film, he set a trap involving a heavy, metal chain net attached to a rope to drop on Michael. Then he shoots him 3-4 times with a tranquilizer gun, before it's snatched away. Then he grabs a 2x4 and beats Michael with it. It works.
- Creepy Good: In 4, 5, and 6, he's still the Big Good, but now he is covered in burn marks, walks with a limp and is undergoing Sanity Slippage.
- Determinator: He'd have to be to keep up a conflict with Michael.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: He is this in the films made after his actor Donald Pleasance's death, as he was the Big Good of the films and references to him were made in his absence following the character's Bus Crash.
- Gun Nut: His Weapon of Choice for the first two films is a Smith and Wesson Model 15, but switches over to a Smith and Wesson 639 pistol with pearl grips for his next two appearances.
- Handicapped Badass: In the Thorn trilogy, he has a limp thanks to injuries he took in the explosion in the second film.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull this off in Halloween 2 to kill himself and Michael, but it fails and they both survive.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Dangerously comes close in becoming this as he starts to use unethical tactics to fight Michael in the later films.
- Ignored Expert: Nobody takes his warnings about Michael seriously until it's too late. To be fair, asserting that a patient is "pure evil" isn't likely to convince too many people.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: As per his not-unjustified belief that Michael is evil incarnate, he calls Michael "it" on more than one occasion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments (causing the accidental death of Ben Tramer or him going off the deep end in Revenge), but he's definitely on the side of good.
- Light Is Good: In contrast to Michael's dark coveralls, he wears a biege trenchcoat.
- Made of Iron: Survived a large explosion, has been tossed around, slashed and stabbed by Michael, and even beat Michael Myers down while in his 70's and having a stroke (which he survived).
- Misblamed: In-universe, Loomis is blamed by Sheriff Brackett for Michael's rampage, despite the fact that Loomis did all he could to make sure Michael never saw the light of day again.
- On top of that, he's a lowly psychiatrist. If Brackett wants to blame anyone it should be Loomis' bosses, because they refused to listen to how dangerous Michael was.
- Papa Wolf: Though he never has children of his own he was willing to protect 17 year old Laurie at the cost of his own life and young Jamie afterwards.
- Properly Paranoid: Others viewed a young Michael as a disturbed boy. Loomis viewed him as a monster just waiting to strike. Guess who was right.
- Retired Badass: According to the original canon comic series (or in the H20 canon), Loomis was a war veteran.
- Sanity Slippage: Starts pretty quickly when he raves about how "the evil has gone" at the beginning of the first movie and eventually slips right down into full-blown bat shit fanatical madness by the end of the series. It reaches its peak in The Revenge of Michael Myers, where he uses Jamie as bait before beating Michael unconscious with a 2x4, screaming for him to die.
- Supporting Leader: He spends most of the original hunting Michael down and gets top billing, but he isn't the lead character.
- Take Me Instead: In the fourth movie, after encountering Michael at the diner, Loomis is perfectly willing to try this. Unsurprisingly, Michael doesn't take this offer."Don't go to Haddonfield. If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael? [silence] God damn you. [starts shooting]"
- Took a Level in Kindness: Is more calm in the sixth film than the prior installment.
- Uncertain Doom: In The Curse of Michael Myers, both cuts give uncertain fates for him as he reenters the abandoned Smith's Grove to finish Michael. The Theatrical Cut ends with his screaming with the implication Michael finally killed him, while the Producer's Cut has him find a dying Dr. Wynn in Michael's place, who passes the Curse of Thorn onto him as Michael escapes, much to Loomis' horror.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Loomis seems to get this at least once a movie - usually because of what Michael has done. Not fair in those cases, though, cause Loomis did everything possible to keep Michael locked up. However, Nurse Patsey rightfully calls him out when he is downright scaring Jamie in Halloween 5.
Jamie Lloyd/Jamie Carruthers
Nine-year old orphan daughter of Laurie Strode, who is Michael's main target throughout Halloween 4 and 5.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She's bullied at school because of her deceased mother and Serial Killer uncle.
- Boom, Headshot!: In the Producer's Cut of Curse, Dr. Wynn shoots her in the head.
- Break the Cutie: Two films worth of being hunted by her evil uncle leave Jamie traumatised and broken, culminating in her abduction and death in the sixth film.
- Cute Mute: For most of 5.
- Deadpan Snarker: She can be pretty snarky at times. In Halloween 4, she says this to Rachel when she doesn't want to babysit Jamie.Jamie: I'm sorry I ruined everything, If I wasn't here you could go out.
Sheriff Ben Meeker: He'll stay 'till the day he dies.Jamie: He'll never die.
- And in the ending of Halloween 5, where the police lock up Michael in a maximum security facility.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's quite pale, has dark hair, and comes off as quite creepy at times in the fifth film.
- Final Girl: Of Halloween 4 (shared status with her foster sister Rachel) and 5.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She dies in the theatrical cut of The Curse when Michael impales her on tractor harrows.
- Parental Abandonment: Both her parents were killed in a car accident, leaving her virtually alone (still having friends and allies by her side, not that they do her any good). In the Chaos Comics run - which ties her trilogy to the 'H20'' timeline - her mother faked her death and simply left her behind.
- Psychic Powers: She shares a psychic connection with her uncle.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In the sixth movie.
- Teen Pregnancy: In the sixth movie she is fifteen years old when she has her son Steven. As she was nine years of age in the fifth movie and six years have passed since then.
- The Voiceless: She is almost mute in the start of 5, due to the traumatic experiences in the last film. She regains her voice later.
Michael's deceased older sister and his very first victim.
Played by: Sandy Johnson (the original film)
- Cain and Abel: Shes the Abel to Michaels Cain.
- Death by Sex: She is killed just after getting it off with her boyfriend and is still half-nude when Michael kills her.
- Ms. Fanservice: She was only wearing panties when Michael killed her.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death opens the first film. Afterwards, Michael is sent to Smiths Grove Sanitarium until he escapes 15 years later.
Jamie's Baby and the target of Michael's and the Cult of Thorn in the sixth movie.
- Child by Rape: In the original drafts.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Is implied to be Michael's son. Outright stated in the original drafts. It seems, though, it may have been retconned that Jamie was artificially inseminated, after test audiences felt that the mindless killing machine raping her (under orders from someone else, no less) was out of character.
Laurie's son in H20. He is the only one who knew her true identity and is a student in the school she's running. He believes his uncle is dead and gets tired of his mother's paranoia and pretends to go on a school trip when he throws a Halloween party that gets Michael's attention.
Played by: Josh Hartnett
- Brutal Honesty: At one point he is forced to put his foot down about his mother's paranoia.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up knowing the truth of Michael Myers, and living with his mothers fear.
- Deadpan Snarker: John definitely takes after his mother in terms of sarcasm. Laurie even lampshades it herself.John: "It just occurred to me today that I've never celebrated Halloween before."Molly: "And why's that?"John: "Oh, we've got a psychotic serial killer in the family who loves to butcher people on Halloween, and I just thought it in bad taste to celebrate."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While he survived H20, John is completely absent from Resurrection.
Introduced in the 1978 film
The Man in Black/(Dr. Terrence Wynn)
A mysterious man who is seen throughout the fifth film and in the end busts Michael out of jail. He is later revealed to be the leader of the cult of Thorn, which turned Michael into the killer he is now in order to sacrifice his entire familynote . His real identity is that of Dr. Terrence Wynn, ex-coworker of Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove.
- Adaptational Villainy: Mixes this with Adaptational Heroism. Depending on what cut of the sixth movie, Wynn is either a sincere believer of the Thorn curse and cult (Producers Cut) or arrogant prick with malicious intent like Michael who doesn't even believe in the cult he's supposedly leads.
- Big Bad: Leader of the cult of Thorn and makes Michael The Dragon during The Curse.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As it so happens, Michael doesn't appreciate being Wynn's pawn, and turns on the cult, reclaiming his position as Big Bad.
- Cop Killer: Slaughters the entire Haddonfield police force in 5 to free Michael.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: He was a minor character in the first film.
- Enigmatic Minion: In 5. Nobody, not even the writers knew who he was.
- Evil Mentor: To Michael, having helped groom Michael into who he is today. He also may have taught him how to drive.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When providing "voices" to those chosen for the sacrificial task.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts politely, even though he made Michael what he is.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Wynn was an unnamed extra in the first film, and became the Big Bad of the sixth film.
- Gender Flip: Was made a female nurse in the remake, and killed by Michael while he was at Smith's Grove several years before he escaped.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He is seen smoking in 5.
- Greater-Scope Villain: By making Michael what he is, Wynn is responsible for almost everything that happens in the films, but only has a leading role in the sixth.
- Hate Sink: Particularly in 6's theatrical cut, Wynn is a cold, arrogant and horrifically amoral scientist who impregnated multiple innocent women, including Jamie, with Michael's cells for his sick experiments in controlling evil. It's even implied he made Michael into the monster he is now. What's more,he doesn't even believe in his own cult's teachings and is just a power-hungry asshole trying to exploit the Shape's bloodlust for himself. While Michael Myers and the Silver Shamrock organization can be compelling and even entertaining in their mysterious evil, Dr. Wynn and his cult are just a group of repulsive wannabes who aren't missed when Michael does away with them.
- Kick the Dog: When he makes his first appearance in 5, he literally kicks a small dog while stepping off a bus.
- Killed Offscreen: Unlike the Producer's Cut of The Curse, where he dies onscreen, the theatrical cut of the film has him die offscreen near the end when Michael massacres the Cult of Thorn.
- The Man Behind the Man: He leads the Cult of the Thorn that empowered Michael. He was the one who mentored Michael, helped him escape in 1978 and direclty aides Michael throughout the fifth movie as a secret partner, freeing him from police custody at the end of the film.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A psychologist who turns out to rival Michael in terms of evil.
- Nice Hat: Wears a dark fedora to go with his attire.
- Psycho Psychologist: He is a psychologist who is much of a lunatic as Michael.
- Silent Antagonist: In 5, he never says a word. He's much more talkative in his other appearances.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Conal Cochran, since he's the aging, enigmatic leader of a mysterious cult-like organization who controls dark forces and initiates mass sacrifice on Halloween. Although as Michael himself demonstrates, he isn't nearly as competent.
- Uncertain Doom: Towards the climax of the sixth movie, when Michael goes after the cultists, Wynn is in the room when the massacre commences, but his own fate is never elaborated on. According to the script Wynn was decapitated by Michael, but they removed that scene from the final movie because there were plans to have him return in the seventh. However the seventh film would ignore the previous sequels, so Wynn's return never happens. However in the non canon Chaos Comics, that tie the 4-6 movies to H20 Wynn is shown to be still alive.
Dr. Marion Chambers
One of Loomis's colleagues, who was there when Michael broke out of Smiths Grove Sanitarium. She is the one who reveals to Loomis that Laurie is Michael's sister. In H20, she is killed by Michael in the introduction.
Played by: Nancy Stephens
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her few moments where she'll throw in a sarcastic remark, usually in response to Loomis's more... eccentric behavior. This is especially present in the tie-in comic, Repetition Compulsion.Marion: (in response to Loomis brandishing his revolver.) "Could you at least be discrete with that thing?"
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: A good example; She's a chainsmoker who lights up a lot.
- Platonic Life-Partners: To Loomis in the H20 continuity . She's his closest friend, helps him during his fruitless pursuits of Michael, and stays with him in his ailing years.
- Slashed Throat: How she's killed by Michael in the opening of H20.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Killed by Michael in the opening of H20.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears in the 4-6 continuity and 2018 installment. However, she does reappears in H20 and is featured in comics set in the same universe. She's also slated to return in Halloween Kills.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett
The sheriff of Haddonfield. Loomis goes to him to warn him about Michael. He is a skeptic on Michael being pure evil, but later his daughter is killed by Michael. He blames Loomis for her death and later retires.
- Irrational Hatred: He blames Loomis for Michael getting out and killing Annie, despite it being completely not his fault. It's worse in the comic Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode, where he acts antagonistic towards Loomis and treats him as if he killed those people himself; at one point he nearly attacks Loomis when he mentions Annie. Thankfully, he's implied to have out grown this trope, as he is later depicted asking Marion Chambers to sent his regards when Loomis is dying.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter is among those slain by Michael in the first film.
- Put on a Bus: He retired to Florida between Halloween II and The Return of Michael Myers with presumably a similar situation happening in the other two timelines. Considering what happened in the first two films, you can't exactly blame him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He takes Loomis more seriously than most others do.
- Averted in the Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode, where he's adamant about Michael being dead and refuses to listen to Loomis, (mis)blaming him for Annie's death.
- Shout-Out: Shares a name with a renowned Science Fiction author and screenwriter.
- The Skeptic: He doubts Loomis' claims that Michael is truly pure evil.
- Sole Survivor: In the unrated edition of the second Rob Zombie film, Brackett is the only main character still alive, since Laurie is killed in that version.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode towards Loomis.
One of Laurie Strode's best friends and the daughter of Sheriff Brackett. She was supposed to babysit Lindsey Wallace on the night of Michael's original murder spree.
Played by: Nancy Kyes (1978 film and 1981 sequel)
- Ascended Extra: The Zombieverse makes her a much more important character than the original film.
- The Cameo: Her corpse prominently appears in the second film when the authorities retrieve the corpses of Michael's victims.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Downplayed, but Annie, as the Sheriff's daughter, smokes pot and plans to abandon her babysitter duties for sex.
- Danger Takes A Back Seat: In the original film, Michael slits her throat from behind in her car.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry wit, which manifests when she makes fun of Michael as he stalks the girls.
- Death by Sex: She's killed on her way to have sex with her boyfriend in the original film. Double Subverted in the Zombieverse, where she survives Michael's rampage in the first film, only to die in the following one.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Linda, but present in the original film when she has a Sexy Shirt Switch. More so in the Zombieverse where she has a sex scene with her boyfriend in the first film.
- Slashed Throat: In the original film, Michael lures her into her car to slit her throat from behind the driver's seat.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She survives the first entry in the Zombieverse, in contrast to famously being the first of Laurie's friends to die in the original. Even if she dies in the second film, she is well ahead of her original counterpart by outliving her for two years.
- Stoners Are Funny: Has some comedic moments while high on marijuana in the original film.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She dies in the second Zombieverse film at Michael's hands, but still well outlives her original counterpart.
- White Shirt of Death: In the original film, she was wearing a white dress shirt when Michael kills her.
Lynda Van Der Klok
One of Laurie Strode's best friends who has a boyfriend named Bob and a cheerleader. Has something of a vapid and hedonistic personality.
Played by: P.J. Soles (1978 film)
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the Rob Zombie film, she is more of an Alpha Bitch in contrast to the vapid Valley Girl from the original, with it likely that Laurie and Annie are morality pets to her.
- Adaptational Modesty: Shes wearing an open bathrobe when Michael kills her in the 1978 film, but the 2007 remake inverts this by having her completely naked when this happens.
- Asshole Victim: In the Rob Zombie film, where she is significantly cruder and more egotistical than the air headed original character.
- Book Dumb: She regulary forgets her books for school.
- CatchPhrase: Has a tendency to say "totally" in the original film.
- Composite Character: The 2007 version takes Annie's place as the first of the three girls to die and whose body is splayed out in front of Judith Myers' gravestone.
- Death by Sex: One of the most famous in the slasher genre.
- Dumb Blonde: She is shown to be very ditzy as she says she forgets her books for school.Lynda: So, who cares? I always forget my chemistry book and my math book, and my English book, and my, let's see, my French book, and... well, who needs books anyway? I don't need books. I always forget all my books. I mean, it doesn't really matter if you have your books or not... Hey, isn't that Devon Graham?
- Evil Phone: Michael strangles her with a phone cord in the original film.
- Ms. Fanservice: Both versions fulfill this role quite prominently.
- Pom-Pom Girl: She's supposed to be this, although the Rob Zombie film implies she got kicked off.
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: Both incarnations are blonde and killed by Michael, although she's the last to die in the original film.
- Smoking Hot Sex: She and Bob smoke after sex in the original film.
- Statuesque Stunner: Both versions stand the tallest of the three girls (5'8") and are regarded as quite pretty.
- Valley Girl: Her mannerisms give off this vibe in the original film.
Lynda's boyfriend, who is very recognizable for his glasses.
Played by: John Michael Graham (1978 film)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has light brown hair in the original and black hair in the remake.
- Death by Sex: Shared with his girlfriend in both versions.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Both incarnations are stabbed by Michael and left to hang from a knife.
- Robbing the Dead: Michael takes his glasses after killing him and then wears them in an attempt to fool Lynda into thinking hes Bob.
- Smoking Hot Sex: Smokes after sex with Lynda in the original.
- Speed Sex: Lynda claims he isn't good in bed in the Rob Zombie film.
A boy Laurie babysits in the first movie and a witness to Michael's attempt on his sister's life. He makes a cameo in the fourth movie as a teenager and is a main character in the sixth movie, where he teams up with Loomis to take Michael down and protect Jamie's baby Steven.
- Badass Normal: As an adult, Tommy manages to savagely pummel Michael Myers repeatedly with a metal pipe.
- The Cameo: In the fourth movie, he's seen hanging with Brady and Wade at the drug store.
- Celebrity Resemblance: His H20 incarnation resembles comic book artist/writer Joe Quesada.
- Creepy Good: Tommy is definitely a nice guy who's dedicated to stopping a monstrous mass murder but it's very clear that after years of spending his time mostly as an introvert, he doesn't exactly have the best grasp on social norms.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: A comic in the H20 continuity shows him Happily Married with a kid and has become a comic book artist/writer, who gets the idea to write a series about Michael Myers going after his niece and his connection to the Cult of Thorn.
- No Social Skills: Spending the large majority of his adolescent life as a quiet recluse clearly had its effects on Tommy's social life.
- Papa Wolf: To Steven.
- Pipe Pain: Delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Michael with a pipe in the Theatrical Cut.
- Stalker Shrine: Tommy's room is littered with tons of items and such related to Michael Myers, like newspapers clippings and photographs.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the first movie, well, he was just a seven-year-old boy, in the sixth movie however, he ends up beating Michael to an inch of his life.
Morgan StrodeLaurie's father/adoptive father depending on the continuity. Owner of Strode Real Estate.
Played by: Peter Griffith (Original film)
- Adaptation Name Change: His name is changed to Mason in the Rob Zombie films.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to his brother John's Cain.
- Death by Adaptation: In the 2007 remake, he and his wife Cynthia are murdered by Michael.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the 2018 continuity, he really is Laurie's father because she and Michael are no longer siblings.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He and his brother John are very different people, especially regarding how they treat their kids.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in one scene, but he unintentionally started Michael's stalking of Laurie when he has her drop off a key at the Myers house.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unmentioned in most continuities.
Introduced in Halloween II (1981)
Deputy Gary Hunt
- You know, Haddonfield was a pretty quiet town before tonight. The only gunshot you heard was to start off the race at the high school track.
A loyal deputy and close friend of Sheriff Leigh Brackett who ends up assisting Dr. Loomis in his search for Myers in H2 after Leigh ends up going home after discovering his daughter, Annie, murdered.
Played by: Hunter von Leer
- The Lancer: To Sheriff Brackett as Deputy, to the point he takes control of the search for Myers when Brackett goes home.
- Not So Stoic: His first scene has him understandably distressed when he rushes to inform Brackett of Annies death.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He assists Loomis in the search for Myers as much as possible, to the point of restarting the search for Michael after discovering the burnt body originally believed to be Myers was actually someone else.
- In Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode, he's friendlier to Loomis than Sheriff Brackett is and politely asks him to leave, as the town's had enough to deal with after Michael's rampage.
- Smoking Is Cool: Takes a moment to smoke when visiting the Myers house.
Bennett "Ben" Tramer
A classmate of Lauries whom she seems to like.
Played by: Jack Debois (Halloween II (1981)
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in the 1978 film, and makes a full appearance in the second.
- Identical Stranger: His Halloween costume consists of a set of dark coveralls and a white William Shatner mask, giving him an uncanny resemblance to Michael Myers; the difference is that Tramers mask has blond hair instead of brown. Shame Loomis didn't check what color the hair on Michael's mask was...
- Identification by Dental Records: His body is so burnt that it has to be identified by his teeth.
- Murder by Mistake: On the receiving end when he is mistaken for Michael.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Hit by a cop car, which crashes into a van that explodes, burning him alive.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Halloween (2018) timeline since Michael is caught and arrested shortly after the end of the original film.
- The Voiceless: Doesnt get a chance to say a word onscreen before hes offed.
Introduced in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Jamie Lloyd's foster sister in the fourth film, who was looking after her on Halloween. Throughout the movie, she protects Jamie and in the fifth film is killed by Michael.
Played by: Ellie Cornell
- Action Survivor: She survives Michael's rampage in the fourth film, and manages to hurt him by running him down with a pick-up truck.
- Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue-gray sweater during the fourth film and is a Final Girl.
- Cool Big Sister: To Jamie.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: With a healthy dose of Reality Ensues; in the fifth film, Michael manages to catch her off guard and kills her without a fight.
- Final Girl: In the fourth film, along with Jamie.
- Knight Templar Big Sister: To Jamie, what with her uncle trying to kill her and all.
- Made of Iron: Rivals Laurie in this regard when she falls off a roof in the fourth film and survives.
- Modesty Towel: Due to a shower scene in the fifth movie.
- Nice Girl: She's a very nice person who cares deeply for her foster sister.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Final Girl of the fourth film, killed off with ease in the fifth.
- Take Up My Sword: After her death in the fifth film, Tina Williams looks after Jamie in her place.
Sheriff Ben Meeker
Played by: Beau Starr
The new sheriff of Haddonfield after Brackett retired. Much like his predecessor, Loomis comes to him for assistance when Myers once again breaks free but unlike Leigh, it doesn't take long for him to be convinced of Michael's threat. He spends the reminder of 4 and 5 helping Loomis stop Myers.
- Badass Normal: Meeker is more than ready to join Loomis in hunting Myers down and at the end of 4, is leading the state police and lynch mob in blasting Michael with shotguns, pistols, and rifles. The beginning of 5 shows him even allowing the lynch mob to toss dynamite down to finish off Michael.
- Berserk Button: He gets pissed when Loomis brings up his dead daughter in the fifth film.
- Cool Gun: He packs a Franchi SPAS-12, which he unloads onto Michael in the end of the fourth film.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ben can be rather dry with his humor.Loomis: "Oh, Sheriff Meeker, my name is Dr.-"Meeker: "Loomis. Folks around here aren't likely to forget your face. At least not cops."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rather grumpy and curt but overall, he's a man who's trying his best to stop a serial killer and protect his town. His interactions with Loomis showcase this the best. He's obviously a little irritated by the man's paranoia but recognizes the validity of the claims.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Ben's daughter, Kelly, is one of Michael's victims in Return of Michael Myers.
- Overprotective Dad: While telling Brady to load up a shotgun in Return of Michael Myers, Meeker lets him know that Brady's been seeing his daughter."Oh, yeah... I catch you gropin' my daughter, I'll use that shotgun on you. You understand?"
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The moment he acknowledges that Michael is indeed back and Loomis is correct, he grabs a shotgun and accompanies Loomis in searching for Jamie to get her to safety.
- The Skeptic: Initially, but it doesn't take long for him to become convinced that Myers is back in Haddonfield. He only doubts Loomis at first due to fairly sound arguments.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's heavily implied to have been killed in the police station massacre in the fifth film.
Sheriff Meeker's daughter.
Played by: Kathleen Kinmont
- Asshole Victim: As she stole Rachels boyfriend Brady from her, and deserved a heinous death like getting impaled by a shotgun for it.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Michael stabs her with a shotgun, pinning her to a wall.
- Ms. Fanservice: She gets an extended lingerie scene and she's never seen wearing pants throughout the film.
- Oh, Crap!: Has an epic one when she finds herself face to face with Michael Myers after finding Deputy Logan's corpse.
- Pet the Dog: She displays concern for Jamie when she has a Freak Out after seeing Michael at the store and is among those who goes over to check on her. She also prepares coffee for the deputies guarding the house.
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: She's blonde and doesn't survive an encounter with Michael.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's a Ms. Fanservice character who stands 5'10".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She could be considered a Composite Character of Laurie's friends in the original film: A blonde Ms. Fanservice (Lynda) and Sheriff's daughter (Annie) who gets killed by getting pinned to a wall (Bob).
Played by: Sasha Jenson
- Defiant to the End: As Michael lifts him into the air by his throat, Brady spends his last moments spitting at him.
- Determinator: Does everything he can to help Rachel and Jamie escape: firing on Michael, bashing him with a shotgun, and finally resorting to Good Old Fisticuffs.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: One of the reasons why there's conflict between him and Rachel is because they were supposed to have sex that night, but Rachel has to babysit Jamie. So he goes for the next pretty girl who will have him: Kelly.
- Neck Snap: How Michael kills him.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Subverted. Meeker gives him a shotgun to use as the last line of defense for Rachel and Jamie, but Brady is completely ineffective with it; when he tries to Shoot Out the Lock he burns his fingers, then the gun jams and once he's able to get it right, Michael is on top of him and makes Brady miss.
Reverend Jackson P. Sayer
An elderly traveling preacher who Loomis hitches a ride with to get to Haddonfield.
Played by: Carmen Flipi
- The Alleged Car: His pickup truck isn't in good shape.
- As Long as There is Evil: Seems to have this mindset. His statement about evil's implacability serves as eerie Foreshadowing to the ending of the film when Jamie stabs Mrs. Carruthers."You can't kill damnation, mister. It don't die like a man does!"
- Functional Addict: His consumption of alcohol does little to keep him from driving safely.
- Hero of Another Story: He's been chasing an unknown evil for 30 years, and nearly took it out a couple times.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears for one scene, but he's the reason Loomis is able to reach Haddonfield.
Introduced in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Rachel's best friend in the fifth film.
Played by: Wendy Kaplan
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies protecting Jamie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tina is flighty, irresponsible, and not overly bright, but she genuinely cares about her friends, and gives her life to protect Jamie.
- Sad Clown: Implied; when she leaves Jamie to go party, she tears up during an argument with Dr. Loomis, upset of how scared Jamie is. Then she leaves pretending to be cheerful.
Introduced in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Played by: Marianne Hagan
- Cute Bookworm: Much like her late cousin, Kara is a studious college student. We get more insight into her character, seen by her focusing her studies on psychology.
- Damsel in Distress: Gets captured by the Cult of Thorn in the climax.
- Final Girl: For the sixth film.
- Fiery Red Head: Kara stands up to her father when he starts berating her neglected mother.
- Good Parents: For her son, Danny.
- Ms. Fanservice: While otherwise very similar to her cousin, Kara has a short scene in her underwear.
- Nice Girl: She tries her best to do what she can for her son. Shes good friends with her brother and his girlfriend, eventually Tommy Doyle too.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kara mirrors Jess Bradford from Black Christmas (1974). When running over to the Myers house Kara picks up a fire poker to defend herself and heads upstairs to rescue her son. Jess does the exact same thing except from shes in a sorority and is going to rescue her fellow sisters.
- Teen Pregnancy: Implied to be the case with Danny being somewhere around 7-9 and Kara 22. (Leaked script states Kara is 22)
Kara's young son, who the Man in Black takes an interest in.
Played by: Devin Gardner
- Creepy Child: When he threatens his grandfather, John Strode, with a knife after he struck Kara.
- Hearing Voices: The Man in Black supplies him with these urging him to kill.
- Heroic Bastard: Is the illegitimate son of his mother and manages to resist the Man in Black's influence.
- Shout-Out: His name is one to Danny Torrence from The Shining.
- Teen Pregnancy: It's implied Danny was conceived this way.
A real estate agent and Morgan Strode's brother, which makes him Laurie's adopted uncle. Father of Kara and Tim Strode, and grandfather of Danny.
Played by: Bradford English
- Abusive Dad: Physically, verbally and emotionally abusive towards Kara; he punches her and later disowns her.
- An Axe to Grind: Early in the film, he uses a hatchet to chop down several Michael Myers cardboard cutouts displayed on his lawn.
- Asshole Victim: An utterly repulsive man who receives one of the most brutal deaths in the entire franchise.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to his brother Morgan's Abel.
- Evil Uncle: Played with. He's an Abusive Dad and Shady Real Estate Agent, but there's no indication that he and Laurie interacted.
- Fat Bastard: An overweight man who is unpleasant to be around.
- Hate Sink: One of the most triumphant examples in the franchise as an abusive father who disowned his daughter for getting pregnant at a young age and painted a target on his back for living in the Myers house.
- High-Voltage Death: Michael stabs him and shoves him into the fuse box, electrocuting him.
- Jerkass: Almost all the tropes here point to his unpleasantness.
- Shady Real Estate Agent: Like his brother Morgan, he's a real estate agent. However, he's an Abusive Dad who didn't tell his family that they're living in the Myers house, leading to the deaths of himself, his wife, and his son Tim.
- Shout-Out: He's named for John Carpenter.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Morgan regarding their children. Morgan is shown to be a good father who trusts Laurie and whose only sin is not telling her about her relationship with Michael, while John is abusive towards Kara and her son Danny.
- Your Head Asplode: In the Theatrical Cut of Curse, he's electrocuted so long that his head explodes.
Mrs. BlankenshipAn old neighbor who babysat Michael Myers the night he was cursed and a member of the Cult of Thorn.
Played by: Janice Knickrehm
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is shown to be friendly at first, especially when telling Danny the story about babysitting Michael the night he killed his sister, but when Wynn and the cult arrive at her house to capture Kara, Danny, and Steven and drug Tommy and Loomis, she eventually turns out to be part of them.
- Evil Old Folks: She's an old woman who works for the Cult of Thorn.
- The Quiet One: Appears to be a very quiet old woman.
- Uncertain Doom: In the Theatrical Cut of The Curse of Michael Myers, it can be assumed that she was killed by Michael along with all the other cultists during the operating room massacre. However, in the non canon Chaos Comics Halloween II: The Blackest Eyes, Blankenship is shown to be still alive.
Introduced in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
Will BrennanPlayed by: Adam Arkin
The guidance counselor of Hillcrest Academy who is in a relationship with Principal Keri Tate - better known as Laurie Strode.
- In the Back: Stabbed in the back by Michael.
Molly CartwellPlayed by: Michelle Williams
John Tate's girlfriend.
Charlie DeverauxPlayed by: Adam Lyn-Byrd
John Tate's best friend and Sarah Wainthrope's boyfriend.
- Death by Mocking: Charlie is constantly making (occasionally tasteless) jokes, So it comes as no surprise when he runs into Michael in the kitchen.
- Killed Offscreen: The last time we see him alive is when he bumps into Michael in the kitchen.
- Slashed Throat: Michael slit his throat with a corkscrew.
Jimmy HowellPlayed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A teenage delinquent and a neighbor of Marion Crane.
- Dead Star Walking: Jimmy is played by one of the biggest names in the film, and winds up being Michael's first victim.
- Improvised Weapon: He brags about using his hockey stick as one, and threatens an unseen Michael with it.
- Jerkass: He brags about being a delinquent, and the only reason he goes into Marion's house is to pocket beer.
- Killed Offscreen: Found dead with an ice skate stuck in his head.
Sarah WainthropePlayed by: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
A Goth student who is Charlie Deveraux's girlfriend.
- Dead Guy on Display: Her corpse is strung up in the kitchen under a light.
Ronald "Ronny" JonesPlayed by: LL Cool J
The security guard of Hillcrest Academy, and an aspiring mystery novelist.
Norma WatsonPlayed by: Janet Leigh
Keri Tate's - better known as Laurie Storde - secretary.
Introduced in Halloween: Resurrection
Sara MoyerPlayed by: Bianca Kajlich
A student at Haddonfield University who is selected to be part of Dangertainment.
- Brainy Brunette: She has dark hair and appears to be the most intelligent of the students focused on.
- Final Girl: For Resurrection, as the only student who survives the night at the Myers house. And she fits the usual mold for the final girl more than anyone else in the series minus Laurie herself: dark-haired, modest, doesn't drink or do drugs, the whole nine yards.
Freddie HarrisPlayed by: Busta Rhymes
An entrepreneur who started Dangertainment and endeavors to find out why Michael Myers kills people.
- Failed a Spot Check: Apparently didn't realize that "Charlie" (really Michael) is unnaturally silent when they meet face-to-face.
- Fan Boy: Decidedly one of Bruce Lee, as he's shown practicing kung-fu before the night at the Myers' house.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Tries to bring Michael down with his fists. It works... for a few minutes.
- Large Ham: He loves to hear himself talk, even when pretending to be the perpetually-silent Michael.
- Reality Ensues: Despite the characters reputation, he is unable to beat Michael in a one on one fight using martial arts, which he trains for by merely watching movies. He ends up having to impprovise when Michael quickly gets the upper hand in their fight.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Twice over. First off, his decision to put a reality TV show on in the Myers house spells trouble for everyone involved. Later on when he comes face-to-face with Michael, he tells him (thinking it's Charlie) to go to the garage to leave. Michael follows these "instructions" and kills Nora, preventing the contestants from knowing anything is wrong before they get killed.
Myles Barton/DeckardPlayed by: Ryan Merriman
A high school freshman who is pen pals with Sara.
- Mission Control: For Sara once he realizes Michael is at the Myers house killing the contestants, giving her information on where Michael is in the house.
- Only Sane Man: He seems to be the only person outside the Myers house who realizes that anything's gone wrong.
- Really 17 Years Old: Pretends to be a graduate student working tech support to stay in contact with Sara.
Jennifer "Jen" DanzigPlayed by: Katee Sackhoff
One of Sara's close friends.
- Attention Whore: Loved being the center of things, which led to signing up for Dangertainment.
- Off with His Head!: Michael decapitates her with a single swing from his knife.
- Sexy Coat Flashing: Shows off her bra to Bill so he'll stop being creepy around her.
- Tragic Dream: Wanted to go into broadcasting, so she signed up herself, Sara, and Rudy for Dangertainment's night in the Myers house. Jen and Rudy wind up being two of the casualties that night.