Michael Audrey Myers / The Shape
A mute lunatic who killed his sister at the age of six and broke out fifteen years later to go on a killing spree. Defeated and captured, he has broken out forty years later to resume his rampage, leading to a final confrontation with Laurie.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A bit downplayed given this version's age, but this Michael lacks the burn scars received from the hospital explosion at the end of Halloween II (1981) (which every continuity minus the Rob Zombie remakes branch from) and looks like a relatively normal, late middle-aged man.
- Adaptational Villainy: For the first time in the series, Michael actually kills a child onscreen. In the previous continuities, with the exception of his niece Jamie, the minimum age for Michael was roughly 17. Here he straight up Neck Snaps a pre-teen no older than at least 12. Of course, this is only the first time he succeeded - he's attempted to kill children multiple times in previous movies, a child even being his primary target in Halloween 4 and 5.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, but still there considering the other Michaels. This version of Michael lacks the Healing Factor of the original and is blinded in his left eye from the clothes hanger Laurie used against him. He also is much older, with his age slowing him down. However, despite his aging body, Michael makes up with ferocity and malice. Not that it stops him from shrugging off stab wounds, blunt force trauma, and being hit by a car.note
- Ambiguous Situation: Several characters throughout the movie speculate as to why Michael does anything he does, with no answer to be found. Only Michael truly knows, and he certainly isn't talking.
- Ambiguously Human: As per usual, Michael is highly resilient and strong, and survives bodily mutilation that would kill a normal human, but doesn't appear to heal from it. His mask alone seems to carry a dark aura.
- Ax-Crazy: In the original, Michael "only" killed five people over the course of 15 years, a rather small sum for a slasher film. Here he kills quadruple that within 24 hours note , with his killings much more random, senseless, and brutal. He kills or attempts to kill nearly every human being he comes across, murdering a total of eighteen people, most of them stalked and killed at random. Some of these victims are also savagely mutilated, usually to help in frightening future victims.
- Bald of Evil: It's not easy to notice, but scenes where Michael is unmasked show that his hairline is receding.
- Beard of Evil: While his face is never properly seen before he dons his mask, from what can be glimpsed he clearly has stubble.
- Berserk Button: Implied; Michael isn't the nicest of individuals at the best of times, but one of the rare times he shows something like genuine anger is when Sartain tries to manipulate and understand him. Michael ignores the closer and defenseless Allyson (the only time in the film he ignores an easy victim without a pragmatic purpose) in favor of attacking Sartain, and when the mad doctor feebly asks him to say something, Michael non-verbally, but eloquently replies with one of the most brutal killings in the film.
- Big Bad: As always. It's ambiguous whether or not Sartain orchestrated his escape but Michael remains the focal point of the film's conflict.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Many characters in the films speculate on the motives behind Michael's rampages, but his actions sometimes corroborate them, sometimes contradict them. Ultimately his actions make sense to him and him alone.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Michael's relation to Laurie is retconned in this continuity, meaning Michael's stalking of Laurie that fateful Halloween night was purely random. Though the event traumatized and haunted Laurie for decades, Michael barely recognizes her when they meet again. In fact, he only bothers going after Laurie because he was taken to her residence while unconscious in Hawkins's car.
- Boom, Headshot!: Karen shoots at his right cheek, leaving a bloody wound, which is enough to stun him and allow Laurie to attack him from behind.
- Clothes Make the Legend: The first thing he does after escaping the bus crash is tracking Aaron and Dana to a gas station, where he murders a mechanic for his coveralls and boots, then murders Aaron and Dana to steal back his mask from their car.
- Combat Pragmatism: Perhaps the only concession given to Michael's age is that he rarely attacks his victims head-on anymore, using terrain, subterfuge, and the shadows to give him the upper hand in almost every situation. Interestingly, it's also a trait he shares with Laurie.
- Cool Mask: Michael remains very attached to his mask, tracking down and murdering Aaron and Dana to retrieve it from them. Notably, the mask's deterioration over the years makes it look as though it physically aged along with its owner, resembling an aged human face. It also has damage from some injuries Michael took in the first film, such as a hole in the left side of the neck where Laurie stabbed him with a knitting needle and slight tearing around the eye from Laurie stabbing him in the eye with a hanger.
- Cop Killer: Michael ends up killing two deputies, and turns one of their heads into a makeshift jack-o-lantern as nothing but a sick joke.
- Death Glare: Gives an especially bone-chilling glare to Laurie, Karen, and Allyson as they leave him to burn.
- Dented Iron: Played with. While Michael retains the scars he gained from his first rampage forty years ago, including being left blind in one eye, they don't slow him down in the slightest. In fact, he accumulates numerous new injuries over the course of the films (from getting his fingers blown off to getting hit by a car) and while it takes him a moment to recover, he's back on his feet and stronger than ever before too long.
- Desecrating the Dead: After killing a sheriff's deputy, Michael beheads the corpse, then hollows it out to make a crude jack-o-lantern, his twisted idea of a joke.
- Determinator: Michael shows both incredible patience (waiting 40 years for an opportunity to escape captivity) and an almost admirable tolerance for pain in pursuit of his goals, shrugging off or all but ignoring injuries that would disable or kill a younger man.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Defied. It's heavily implied Dr. Sartain, in his madness, sabotaged Michael's escape, and facilitated the ensuing slaughter but Michael largely acts on his own accord without regard for Sartain's agenda. When Sartain brings an unconscious Michael to the Strode residence, he appears to be emerging as the film's villain... until Michael brutally offs him well before the climax, reaffirming his status as the true Big Bad.
- The Dreaded: Michael's rampage in Haddonfield made him an infamous and feared figure; at the mental hospital, even other patients give him a wide berth, and, as much as she's prepared for it, Laurie has dreaded his return for decades.
- Elective Mute: Dr. Sartain says Michael, indeed, has the ability to speak, he just simply chooses not to for some reason, though it's implied that he does it because of his contempt for other people and his own sense of superiority against them.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: When the bus list Hawkins reads over is show to the audience and Michael's name is pointed out, there is an "A" between his first and last name; Halloween fans will know that there is an additional scene made for the television showing of the first film that reveals Michael's middle name to be "Audrey".
- Establishing Character Moment: While his malevolence was well on display in the original film, the audience is acquainted with Michael's new depths of savagery shortly after he escapes from the prison bus: when a father and son leave their car to investigate the crashed bus, Michael kills the father offscreen, then, rather than simply steal the car, waits for the son to return, then breaks the boy's neck out of nothing but sheer cruelty.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. The only reason Michael didn't kill the trick o' treaters and the baby was out of inconvenience (too many witnesses in the trick o' treaters' case) and the inability to gain any sadistic pleasure from killing a baby, who has no idea what's going on.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: In one of the few signs of actual personality we see from Michael, he decapitates a sheriff's deputy, then uses a flashlight to turn his head into a makeshift jack-o-lantern in what seems to be his idea of a joke about the occasion.
- Evil Old Folks: Advancing age has done nothing to dull Michael's evil.
- Eviler Than Thou: Michael quickly demonstrates to Dr. Sartain that he cannot be understood or controlled; seconds after regaining consciousness, he attacks the doctor, and replies to his final, feeble plea for Michael to say something with a boot to the skull.
- Eye Scream: His left eye was blinded after Laurie poked him there with a clothes hanger. What little we see of his face shows that the eye is clouded and surrounded by scarring.
- The Faceless:
- Played With. Michael's genuine, flesh and blood face is visible for several scenes in the first act, but he is always in motion and the camera never depicts him clearly. The implication being that, yes, he does have a face under the mask, but that detail is unimportant. Other characters see his face clearly and apparently don't find anything unusual or frightening about it, but the audience never gets a clear shot of his face because it's scarier that way.
- If you see him without his mask, aside from the scarred eye and the murderous intent, he looks like somebody's granddad.
- The Farmer and the Viper: On two occasions, people who have come to his aid were killed for their trouble. The unnamed dad who arrived to administer first aid had his neck crushed, and Dr. Sartain got his head stomped in, after saving Michael from Sheriff Hawkins.
- Fingore: Laurie blows off two of his fingers with a shotgun when he finally comes for her.
- For the Evulz: With the familicidal motive removed by retconning the second film away, Michael Myers in this continuity kills simply because he can. Looking on the first movie from this angle portrays Michael's original actions as a child psychopath returning to his hometown fifteen years later to kill random people simply because he wants to, choosing Laurie and her friends as targets to stalk and murder more or less on a whim. In this movie, Michael returns to Haddonfield a second time forty years later just so he can engage in another senseless killing spree.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His entire face is clearly visible for a second or two after Aaron hits him with a crowbar.
- Handicapped Badass: He's half-blind from the injuries he sustained in the original film, but still incredibly deadly.
- Hidden Depths: Of all characters, Michael gets some hints at this - after brutally murdering a woman in her own kitchen, he stalks through the house following the sounds of a baby's cries, walks up to the baby's crib...and then saunters out of the house and into the street below. There's no explanation given for why he didn't hurt the baby, but it's fascinating and has inspired all kinds of fan theorising.
- Implacable Man: As always, few of the injuries Michael sustains do much to slow him down, and when he is stunned, wounded, or knocked out, he quickly recovers and keeps on coming.
- Improbable Weapon User: Par the course, but Michael uses a bathroom stall doorway, a hammer, and bell chimes, among other ways to kill people.
- Jerkass: As usual Michael is still the sadistic Troll he was before just even more so.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Largely averted, as most of the people Michael kills are complete innocents, being a bit sketchy at worst (which helps drive home how loathsome Michael himself is), but definitely played straight when he brutally murders Dr. Sartain.
- Knife Nut: He's explicitly shown discarding a claw hammer in favor of a kitchen knife, which becomes his main weapon. He also steals Sartain's switchblade and impales a cop through the head with it.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After killing Vicky, he quickly exits the house once Laurie gives his position away to the armed Hawkins, and then immediately flees the area when Laurie takes a shot at him.
- Lack of Empathy: Unsurprisingly, old "good" Mickey still feels no remorse or shame for all the horrible murders he commits.
- Mad Artist: While he has had this trait applied to him to his orginal, 4-6, and "H20" incarnations, it's implied more explicitly in this film, as his kills become more increasing graphic and sadistic in contrast to his earlier kills; he starts off beating people to death, breaking necks, and strangulation, but then, he moves on to ripping a man's teeth out, gruesomely beating a woman to death with a hammer and keep beating her after she died from the first 3-5 hits, slamming a woman's face into a window before killing her, stabbing Vicky several times, sadisticaly stalking Oscar, killing him, and impaling him on a spiked fence to scare Allison, crushing his psychologist's head in, to turning a police officer's head into a frickin' jack-o-lantern. When he returns to Haddonfield after getting his mask back, he seems bored as he kills the old lady and the younger woman, but acts satisfied after viciously stabbing a frantic and scared Vicky to death.
- Made of Iron: Not only did he survive all the injuries he took in the original film and live well into middle age despite them, Michael endures a number of injuries throughout this film (notably a crowbar to the face, several gunshots, being struck with a police car, and losing several fingers to a shotgun blast), almost none of them so much as slowing him down. He barely even reacts to most of them, showing an inhuman tolerance for pain.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There is no explanation for precisely why a man well into middle age is so resilient and strong, but both Laurie and Hawkins treat Michael less as a human being and more of a force of nature.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His attack on Laurie's home and family does much more to help her reconnect with her daughter, and granddaughter, than 40 years of therapy did.
- Not So Invincible After All: The original film depicted Michael as an unstoppable and immortal boogeyman, capable of surviving even half-a-dozen revolver rounds to the chest. Here, it's shown that injuries can have long-term effects on him, and, while still inhumanly strong and durable, Michael takes more visible and obviously painful damage than he had in the original film or any other continuity, enduring several bloody gunshot wounds, needing several minutes to fully recover from being hit by a car, and losing two of the fingers from his left hand to Laurie's shotgun, one of the few times he's ever been so drastically injured in any continuity. Also, despite the Uncertain Doom mentioned below (and his virtually guaranteed survival), the film ends with one of Michael's most unambiguous defeats in the franchise.
- Not So Stoic: Downplayed, but Michael does have a few moments in the film where he shows glimpses of emotion. For example, he actually reacts when Aaron takes out his mask, slightly turning his head after having been completely unresponsive up to then. Later, after Laurie confronts him for the first time in forty years, Michael turns tail and runs, and after he wakes up in Sartain's custody, he immediately attacks the doctor and violently crushes his skull upon being asked to say something, his body language betraying a hint of rage. When Allyson is stabbing Michael, he is clearly groaning in pain with every stab.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Noted in-universe; quite a few people are disturbed by Michael's total silence and the inexplicable nature of his crimes.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Played with: while this continues to be a Michael hallmark (most notably during the leadup to his killing of Ray) it's averted at other points, most notably during the aftermath of his murder of Vicky, where he takes the direct way out of the house down a lit stairwell, despite the presence of Laurie outside and an armed police officer in the next room, getting spotted (and shot at) by both.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When he's been brought to Laurie's home and hears her calling Ray's name, he seems to realise who he's dealing with, as he immediately foregoes his stealth terror tactic habits in favour of smashing through her door and rhythmically beating her head off it. On anyone less badass than Laurie, it might have worked.
- Hell, it almost did. She was just lucky enough to have a gun on her.
- Phrase Catcher: Just about everyone tells him "say something!" The closest he ever comes to actually responding to any of these demands is to wordlessly reply to Sartain's last words by way of a boot to the skull, turning Sartain's head into a gory mess.
- Power Born of Madness: Michael explicitly demonstrates superhuman strength on several occasions, breaking necks, impaling victims using little more than a kitchen knife, and tearing open the entrance of a secured "safe room" with his bare hands (after losing fingers, no less), showing little expression beyond icy rage. While he never speaks or expresses any normal human emotion, guard dogs go nuts when he's agitated as do the other inmates at the asylum.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Michael may be a remorseless mass murderer, but he's not stupid.
- He doesn't attack the trick-or-treaters because he'd get mobbed and run down in a heartbeat, and one explanation for his not killing a small baby is because it isn't capable of comprehending the situation and feeling fear, meaning there's no point.
- Despite his reputation for Determination, once Allyson makes it to safety and the people who help her call the cops, he abandons his pursuit; he's later found walking around for someone else to kill.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Michael's childish cruelty apparently has not changed. He as usual loves to play pranks on his victims just to scare them a bit before killing them like dropping the teeth of someone he just killed in front of his target. While we never see what he feels like at the moment it's clear he's quite excited like a naughty kid.
- The Quiet One: It's made clear that Michael is physically (and probably mentally) capable of speech, but he chooses to remain silent. Trying to comprehend why he won't say anything frustrates a few characters throughout the film.
- Red Baron: The novelization refers to him as "The Shape" almost as often as it uses his actual name. In the movie, he's only called this once, by Laurie.
- Revenge: Since he had no reason for his original attempt on Laurie's life in this version and she just happened to catch his interest, it is likely that the reason why he is targeting her again when he could go after anyone else is to take revenge for his blinded eye and the other wounds that Laurie inflicted on him forty years ago. Never mind the fact that it was self defense and he tried to kill her first. Either that, or he's just mildly annoyed that someone managed to escape him and wishes to correct that.
- However, its also hinted in the movie that this is merely a motivation everyone projects on Michael to make him more human and/or to understand his mind. For the most part Michael appears unconcerned about Laurie, randomly killing his way around Haddonfield in a bloody repetition of his original spree, and re-enacting a babysitter killing with the luckless Vicky (who actually somewhat resembles a Generation Xerox of Laurie at the time of the original killings), implying it's the thrill of acting out his kills that drives him. It takes time for him to seemingly recognize her when they meet again for the first time, and only goes after Laurie when, for the most part, outside forces he has no control over bring him near her household.
- Riddle for the Ages: He's the subject of a number of these:
- Sadist: As ever - he takes the time to really ratchet up his victim's fear before he kills them, like dropping a handful of someone's teeth in front of Dana or hiding in the closet to get the drop on Vicky. Fittingly then, it's used against him in the finale: Karen seems to have a total breakdown, screaming and crying for Laurie to come help them. Confident they pose no threat, Michael steps into view - only for Karen to have been pulling a psychological Wounded Gazelle Gambit, putting a bullet in him the moment he becomes visible, allowing Laurie to get the drop on him and leading to his ultimate defeat.
- Scars Are Forever: Unlike other versions of Michael, this rendition has no great Healing Factor, and keeps his injuries. While other versions could get shot in the eyes with a gun and their eyes would heal so he could see again, this version is still blind in his left eye from being poked there by Laurie with a clothes hanger.
- Silent Antagonist: A plot point. He apparently is capable of speaking but chooses not to. A major part of certain characters motivations is to get Michael to say something.
- The Sociopath: One thing that hasnt changed about him in this is the fact that hes a violent, vicious murderer with an absolute lack of empathy, remorse, and even humanity who kills out of nothing more than whim and a lust for senseless violence.
- Spree Killer: As always, but taken to new heights in this film. Unlike most prior Halloween movies, Michael's rampage is completely random, with no specific targets - he simply roams from place to place, killing just about everyone he finds seemingly just for the sake of it.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Michael spends the first part of the film without his mask, and while his face is never completely in focus we see enough of it to see that for all intents and purposes without the mask he looks pretty much like a regular, albeit somewhat more physically-fit-than-usual, 60 year old man.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The injuries he received from Laurie and Loomis, combined with spending another 40 years in prison, seem to have made Michael even worse than he was before. Here, he kills much more frequently and brutally, and he is far less likely to spare someone. See the other tropes here for details.
- Tranquil Fury: For the entire film, thanks to the perpetual darkness, his eyes just look like black holes. But when Laurie goes the Kill It with Fire route, the very last shot we ever see of Michael is his one eye absolutely fuming with rage as he's engulfed by flames, silently staring Laurie down, at last at her mercy and defeated.
- Uncertain Doom: Michael is Left for Dead in the burning Strode household, but he's nowhere to be seen in the last shot of the burning house, and the credits close on his breathing, leaving unclear whether or not he truly died.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Sartain saves an unconscious Michael from being executed by Deputy Hawkins. As soon as he wakes up, Michael violently attacks Sartain and brutally crushes his skull upon being asked to speak.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He and Laurie are not siblings in this continuity.
- Would Hurt a Child: He senselessly kills a teenaged boy and is poised to kill Julian before his running to get help, although notably, he leaves the other children he runs across alone, despite having ample opportunity to kill a baby, once again showcasing his unpredictability.
- White Mask of Doom: He steals back his signature white Captain Kirk mask, although forty years of poor preservation have turned it gray.
The original survivor of Michael Myers' 1978 massacre. She has been preparing for his return for the past 40 years.
- Abusive Parents: She never intended it, but all the training and doomsday prepping she pushed on Karen was enough to leave her traumatized and convinced the CPS to take her away from Laurie's custody for the rest of her childhood.
- Action Girl: Laurie has spent the last 40 years preparing for Michael's return by becoming a sharpshooter, boobytrapping her property, and creating secret passageways in her home.
- Adaptation Name Change: Of a sort, as since she and Michael are not related in this timeline, Laurie Strode is her actual name and she does not have the name of Cynthia or Angel Myers.
- The Alcoholic: The stress of seeing Michael move prisons clearly brings this on - she's got a whisky flask with her she's swigging from when she sees Michael's bus leave. A few minutes later, when she visits the family gathering to celebrate Allyson's academic achievement, one of the first things she does is to drink half of Ray's wine before Karen asks her to stop.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Seemingly seen as this by her daughter, Karen, as the latter refuses to talk to her because of the way Laurie treated her as a child. It's reinforced early on, as Laurie (who is dealing with emotion after seeing the prisoner bus containing Michael leaving Smith's Grove) shows up unannounced at Allyson's honor roll celebration, shotguns half of Ray's wine and starts freaking over Michael before Karen asks her to go outside.
- Arch-Enemy: Laurie takes the late Sam Loomis' place as Michael's nemesis, determined to see him dead.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She'd apparently prayed Michael would escape so she could finally have a chance to kill him for good. Well, she got it alright.
- Big Good: Her experience with Michael back in 1978 and the fact she has been prepared for another confrontation makes her this of this movie.
- Broken Bird: It is clear that Laurie has, understandably, been left with deep psychological trauma since her friends were butchered and she was nearly killed herself on Halloween in 1978. She has essentially dedicated her life to protecting herself and others from Michael Myers.
- Combat Pragmatist: Downs Michael with a frying pan in the film's finale; before that, she bites him several times to get him to let go of her. And that's not getting into her wiring her house into one gigantic bomb...
- Crazy-Prepared: The front door of her house is double padlocked and the windows covered with metal mesh, the perimeter of her property is boobytrapped and has several security cameras set up, the inside of her house has secret passages, and she's got enough guns to start a small war.
- Didn't Think This Through: As the first trailer for Halloween Kills shows, neither Laurie nor her daughter and granddaughter considered that setting their house on fire to kill Michael might provoke a response from the fire department.
- Distaff Counterpart: By the time of this movie, Laurie has followed in the footsteps of her rescuer, Dr. Samuel Loomis. Both characters at their senior ages prepped to take on Michael to stop him from killing anyone else. However, Dr. Loomis had seven years while Laurie had forty years to plan for Michael's return.
- Dysfunctional Family: Laurie and her daughter are strained at best and being targeted and attacked by Michael Myers is what it takes to bring them back together again. Additionally, Laurie seems to favor her granddaughter than she does with her own daughter.
- The Extremist Was Right: Her trauma led her to put her daughter Karen through Training from Hell that cost her both her custody of her and her relationship with her. Then Michael comes back for another swing at her, and her paranoia is swiftly vindicated.
- Good Counterpart: She has become this to Michael of all people. See Not So Different below for more information.
- Good Parents: More like grandparent, but she has a far better relationship with Allyson than her own daughter.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Her hairstyle is little different than it was in the original film, a visual sign of how she's been mentally trapped in that fateful Halloween night for the past forty years.
- Implacable Woman: During the climax, no matter what Michael tries, Laurie keeps on coming after him, essentially pitting one Implacable Man against another, with Laurie as the eventual victor.
- Mama Bear: Is very protective of both her daughter, Karen, and her granddaughter, Allyson.
- Never Mess with Granny: Laurie's daughter has a daughter of her own, making her a grandmother. And she is at her most badass in this movie.
- Not So Different: To Michael. She watches her granddaughter at high school from across the street in a manner incidental to how she was stalked by Michael, is a Combat Pragmatist who uses stealth and her surroundings to her advantage in her fight against Michael, and pulls off his iconic Enemy Rising Behind and Stealth Hi/Bye moments.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Is one for Ray, whom Laurie disliked for the age difference between him and Karen and the fact he is an idiot.
- Only in It for the Money: When Aaron and Dana drive to her house to interview her about what happened 40 years earlier, she only lets them in after they offer her $3,000. She kicks them out soon after, notably asking for her "payment" before they leave. Subverted soon after, as she brings the money to Allyson and tells her to use it on a nice trip, or for college.
- Older and Wiser: Or more like "Older and Badass-er," in contrast to the fleeing and scared teenager she was back in 1978, Laurie has become more experienced and ready for any danger coming her way in the form of Michael.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Happy Halloween, Michael!"
- Properly Paranoid: She has been anticipating Michael's return to Haddonfield since his 1978 massacre. When he escapes after his transport bus crashes, her fears are swiftly vindicated.
- Scars Are Forever: A close up of her left shoulder shows a prominent scar which Michael caused when he sliced her with his knife 40 years earlier.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It is clear that Michael killing Laurie's friends and nearly killing her as well has understandably left her with some long lasting trauma, leading her to become a gun-toting survivalist. Jamie Lee Curtis even stated Laurie's life was rough after that Halloween.Jamie Lee Curtis: Very clearly, Laurie Strode had no help. She had no mental health services, a group of psychologists didn't descend on Haddonfield. I believe Laurie Strode went back to high school two days later with a bandage on her arm, and that's about it. I don't think people talked about it, and so for me the exploration of trauma was integral to, not only the writing, but for then, the performance.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Laurie in this continuity gets to live to see her daughter all grown up and has a 17 year-old granddaughter.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: After she's tossed out of the second-story window of her house by Michael, she seemingly disappears when the latter's attention is diverted (in a Continuity Nod to the original, where Michael did the exact same thing in the ending). She's gone for several minutes, only reappearing from the shadows behind Michael when Karen pulls her Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Subverted. She has a crossbow in her weapon stash, but never bothers to use it against Michael.
- Taught by Experience: Her house/compound has hidden switches for every room, allowing her to lock it down once she's checked it over (which would either trap a hidden Michael or limit his ability to stalk). She also has a means to cage Michael and self-destruct her property, just in case.
- Took a Level in Badass: Laurie has spent the past 40 years grinding levels in badass, just in case Michael ever returns. In the finale, she even turns one of Michael's favorite tricks against him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Unlike the Nice Girl she was as a teenager, the older Laurie is cynical, bitter, cold, angry, and paranoid, the result of living with her trauma for decades. Her heart of gold still exists, though, shining through in her interactions with Karen and especially Allyson.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: It's been made clear that she and Michael are not siblings in this continuity (although it's apparently a common misconception that they are).
Karen Nelson née Strode
The daughter of Laurie Strode, wife of Ray Nelson and mother of Allyson.
- Action Mom: As Allyson's mother, she manages to handle on her own at the climax when she relies on her shooting skills to take down Michael from causing any more harm.
- Broken Bird: Is deeply traumatized by Laurie giving her The Spartan Way childhood, with her having nightmares of Laurie's weapons bunker.
- Chekhov's Skill: Laurie trained her in handling rifles from childhood, allowing her to Boom, Headshot! Michael with any hesitation or emotional distress just being a feint.
- Composite Character: Being the daughter of Laurie, Karen is this film's take of Jamie Lloyd and John Tate. Like Jamie, she was put into foster care at an early age, though for different reasons for each (Laurie suffered a Bus Crash in the original timeline between the second film and the fourth, while Karen was removed from Lauries care here) and like John Tate from the H20 timeline, is skeptical of Lauries overprotective behavior.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first, she appeared as a typical Adults Are Useless parent character in horror films who is Genre Blind to Michael being on the loose. But at the climax, she proves herself anything but helpless when she manages to shoot Michael advancing towards her.
- Disappeared Dad: Though Laurie is mentioned to have been married twice, Karen's father does not appear to have any role in her life. Word of God states that Karen's father was "some guy Laurie met in a bar", whose name she doesn't even remember.
- Dysfunctional Family: Karen and her mother are strained at best and being targeted and attacked by Michael Myers is what it takes to bring them back together again. Additionally, her mother seems to favor her granddaughter over Karen.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: The hunting rifle featuring the initials "KS" and a heart carved into is seen less than a minute before Karen pulls her Wounded Gazelle Gambit, proving that she's much more proficient than she initially let on.
- Flaw Exploitation: Karen exploits Michael's sadism by pretending to have a breakdown, lulling him into a false sense of confidence as he approaches expecting an easy victim. Instead, he finds himself an easy target and just narrowly avoids getting his head blown off.
- Foster Kid: Was removed from her mother's custody at age twelve and put into foster care.
- Genre Blindness: Still believes her mother needs professional help, forgetting the fact that Michael just got loose surviving the bus crash.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: It's clear having been raised by a PTSD-afflicted Crazy Survivalist has taken a serious psychological toll on Karen, and she desperately just wants to forget all about it and have a perfect suburban nuclear family. Needless to say, a visit from Michael Myers destroys all that.
- Training from Hell: Laurie trained her in both armed and unarmed combat from a young age, predicting that Michael would return. Despite how borderline-abusive being raised by a paranoid Crazy Survivalist was, her firearm training proves to be Chekhov's Skill.
- Widow Woman: She survives the events of this film, but unfortunately her husband does not.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: When Michael rips away the counter concealing Laurie's bunker, Karen begins sobbing and crying for her mom. She was just acting so he'd step into range.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In the real world or a more idealistic film, Karen would be right to suggest that Laurie undergo therapy for her trauma and to insist that the world isn't as awful as Laurie thinks. Unfortunately, she lives in a horror movie, which she is forced to come to terms with when Michael comes calling.
The husband of Karen, father of Allyson and Laurie's son-in-law.
- Adults Are Useless: Unlike his wife and mother-in-law, he couldn't hold on his own when Michael ambushed him and killed him.
- Age-Gap Romance: He is considerably older than Karen, as shown by the fact that he is a contemporary of Lonnie Elam, and thus would have been a child during the events of the first movie, before Karen was even born. Downplayed somewhat in that in real life Toby Huss is only 9 years older than Judy Greer, so whilst there is a gap it is not that big. It is left ambiguous whether the gap is the same in-universe.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Takes any chance to tell stories about his "former teen rebel" days, even in front of his daughter and her boyfriend. Going so far as to admit he bought and did drugs with the latter's father.
- Bumbling Dad: Downplayed, but he is kind of quirky and goofy as Allyson's dad.
- Choke Holds: Michael uses a chain from some bell chimes to choke him from behind, eventually killing him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ray may be a doofus, but he has the logical sense to bring one of Laurie's revolvers with him when he sees a lone police car outside. Though sadly, he wasn't formidable enough to use the pistol to defend himself from Michael when he attacks him from the back.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Seems to be a typical overprotective dad when he's warning Allyson about Cameron, but it later turns out he was right on the money about Cameron being an asshole, especially since Ray knew his father Lonnie and the assumption about if Cameron inherited his dad's negative qualities were eventually proven to be founded.
- Neck Snap: Michael strangles him with a set of bell chimes, then finishes him off by breaking his neck.
- Nice Guy: Ray's a sweetheart, though his patience wears thin when it comes to Laurie.
- No Body Left Behind: His body was likely incinerated when Laurie set fire to the house.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He is a laid back father who can be goofy and quirky.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He is a Plucky Comic Relief character who is killed by Michael.
- Sound-Only Death: Technically speaking, his gunshot brings alerts Laurie that Michael is around.
- Too Dumb to Live: Played With. When everyone is sheltered in Laurie's house with Michael nearby, he goes outside to ask the cops who've just pulled up if they have any word on Allyson (though to his credit, he did bring a gun). Unfortunately for him, it's one of Michael's sadistic traps, Ray wasn't quick-witted enough to use his gun to defend himself and The Shape kills him not long after.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's Out of Focus compared to the female Strodes, and is killed by Michael before the climax of the film.
The granddaughter of Laurie Strode and daughter of Karen and Ray Nelson, and Michael Myers' new target.
- Action Survivor: Allyson has had seemingly no training in preparing for Michael's return, while Laurie survived her first encounter with Michael decades ago, and has prepared for this confrontation since, and has also trained Karen to survive his rampage as well. However, Allyson manages to trick Sartain, survive Michael's massacre of her friends, and rescue her mother from Michael.
- Alone with the Psycho: More like psychos, as she gets stuck with both an unconscious Michael and Doctor Sartain after the latter kills Hawkins. Luckily for her, Michael opted to attack Sartain first when he woke up.
- Batman Gambit: How she escapes Doctor Sartain and Michael Myers when she is in the police car with them. She tells Sartain that Michael spoke to her, and Sartain immediately demands to know what he said. Michael promptly wakes up and attacks Sartain first, which gives her enough time to flee the car and get away.
- Break the Cutie: Initially a nice, if naïve youth like her grandmother who doesn't understand her grandmother's paranoia and wants Karen and Laurie to get along again. But seeing Oscar and Hawkins be brutally murdered, losing her father, and getting attacked and attacking Michael deeply traumatize her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Like father, like daughter. For much of the movie, she is clearly psychologically overwhelmed due to Oscar's death and the realization her grandmother's warnings about Michael were justified. But she manages to escape the killer multiple times and in the finale stabs him to prevent him from escaping.
- Final Girl: Seems to take on the role from Laurie, as she outlives all of her friends.
- Gender Flip: In-Universe. She and her boyfriend went as Bonnie and Clyde, with Allyson going as Clyde while her boyfriend went as Bonnie.
- Generation Xerox: Allyson is one for Laurie, being the studious and kindhearted Girl Next Door of her group of friends, who are all picked off by Michael Myers on Halloween. Allyson is also the same age as Laurie (seventeen) when Michael murdered her friends.
- Guile Hero: She immediately picks up on Sartain's obsession with understanding Michael and uses it to her advantage by claiming that Michael spoke to her and promising to reveal the word he said if Sartain lets her go.
- Irony: She commands her grandmother to get over Michael early in the film. After what her own encounter with him, she begins to realize why Laurie was so paranoid.
- Nice Girl: Is a nice, friendly person.
Residents of Haddonfield
The Sheriff's Deputy of Haddonfield Police Department who prevented Dr. Loomis from executing Michael years ago. Now that the killer has returned for another rampage, he regrets that decision.
- The Atoner: Was the first deputy on the scene after Loomis shot Michael off the balcony in the original, and stopped the doctor finishing Michael off. Now that Michael's come home and the bodycount is rising, he's come to view this as a mistake and is willing to finish Michael off by any means necessary.
- Combat Pragmatist: His response on seeing Michael is to immediately run him down with his police car. He would have followed that up by shooting him point-blank, too.
- When he first sees Michael in Julian's house, he doesn't immediately sprint after him as he walks down the stairs, but carefully checks every corner knowing Michael could be lying in ambush and jump him.
- Composite Character: He is combination of Reasonable Authority Figure policeman allies Leigh Brackett from the first and second films, Deputy Gary Hunt from the second film and Ben Meeker in the fourth and fifth films, especially sharing traits with the latter, right down to being a badass Combat Pragmatist determined to kill Michael Myers once and for all and getting killed by a Psycho Psychologist accomplice of Michael's with Wynn for Meeker, while Sartain is one for Hawkins.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a law enforcement equivalent of an Old Soldier since he's been on active duty for at least 40 years at this point, and a Reasonable Authority Figure who comes closest to taking out Michael than anyone else beside the Strodes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Is surprised by Sartain, who repeatedly stabs him after he attempts to kill Michael. Even worse, Sartain drives over his body (with an unconscious Michael and Allyson in the backseat) as he flees the scene.
- Death by Genre Savviness: When faced with an unstoppable killing machine of pure evil, Hawkins rams Michael with his car the second he sees him. Then he doesn't take Sartain's word that he's dead and plainly states he's going to put a bullet in his brain to be sure. Unfortunately, his insistence to Make Sure He's Dead causes Sartain to murder him, because Sartain has become obsessed with seeing his patient in action to finally understand him.
- Friend on the Force: Hawkins serves as being Laurie's help, once it becomes clear that Michael Myers has returned back to Haddonfield.
- The Lancer: For Laurie, to assist her in tracking Michael down to stop him from killing.
- My Greatest Failure: Saving Michael in the past has ended up becoming this for him. He prevented Loomis from killing Michael on the spot during his previous rampage, and in time has come to regret this decision, feeling that Loomis was right and it would be preferable to put a monster like Michael down rather than arrest him. He nearly gets the chance to make up for his mistake, only for Dr. Sartain to quickly put an end to that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike most cops in horror movies, he works his damnedest to stop Michael's rampage, and was smart enough to post guards around the Strode's house. He even manages to run over Michael and nearly shoot him at point blank range until Dr. Sartain stabs him in the throat so he can use Michael as his personal attack dog.
- Remember the New Guy?: He was one of the cops patrolling for Michael in the original movie, though he's only properly introduced here. Granted, we didn't see any other cops in the original other than Brackett.
- Weapon of Choice: A Sig-Sauer P226 pistol.
Allyson's boyfriend and a son of Lonnie Elam, Tommy's bully from the original Halloween.
- Bastard Boyfriend: For Allyson, as it's later shown he's an awful boyfriend towards her, cheating on her at a school dance and destroying her phone when she refuses to buy into his gas-lighting. Subverted in a beginning of a deleted scene when Cameron does apologizes for trashing her phone and attempts to make up for it by either advising Allyson to put in a bag of rice to repair it or buy her a new one.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the outside, he's likable when he has to be. Then he kisses another girl and trashes Allyson's phone. Subverted in a beginning of a deleted scene when Cameron does really care for Allyson, apologizes for trashing her phone and attempts to make up for it by either advising Allyson to put in a bag of rice to repair it or buy her a new one.
- Broken Pedestal: After his tiff with Allyson including wrecking her phone, he becomes this to the latter that leads to their break-up. In a deleted scene, Cameron tries to become a Rebuilt Pedestal to her by apologizing for breaking her phone and offering to purchase a new one.
- The Charmer: He's quite charismatic and charming, and quickly wins over Allyson's parents.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He becomes this after drinking at the dance, getting angry and jealous that Allyson left for a few minutes to take a personal phone call, yet accepts a kiss from another girl while she's gone before trashing her phone when it rings again as she's confronting him.
- Gender Flip: In-Universe. He and his girlfriend went as Bonnie and Clyde, with Allyson going as Clyde while Cameron went as Bonnie.
- Hate Sink: Despite acting otherwise, he's quite a jerk and a terrible boyfriend who doesn't respect Allyson. Contrary to slasher movie tradition, he's not seen to be killed by Michael. Subverted in a beginning of a deleted scene when a guilt-ridden Cameron does apologizes for trashing her phone and attempts to make up for it by either advising Allyson to put in a bag of rice to repair it or buy her a new one.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: A non-fatal example as in a deleted scene, Cameron does apologizes for trashing her phone and his behavior and attempts to make up for it by either advising Allyson to put in a bag of rice to repair it or buy her a new one. Then after sassy-mouthing a couple of cops, he gets arrested.
- In the Blood: He is much of a bully as his father Lonnie was towards Tommy back in 1978.
- Jerkass: An apparent Elam hereditary trait it seems that make his family notorious for in Haddonfield, he's kind of a bully to his tag-along friend Oscar. He kisses another girl at the Halloween dance and tries to gaslight his way out of it. He then throws a tantrum when that fails.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a deleted scene, despite appearing to be a Bastard Boyfriend who broke Allyson's cell phone at the dance, he does felt bad for his action after having a Jerkass Realization and tries to apologize to her and even make up for it by offering to buy her another one. Then when he is arrested, it is revealed he is the one who asked his friend Oscar to escort Allyson back home rather than Oscar escorting her at his own accord that the theatrical cut's impression it gave out.
- Karma Houdini: For all his jerkiness and poor treatment of Allyson, especially when he unwittingly puts her in danger later on with Michael, he does not end up as one of Michael's victims. Subverted in a deleted scene, where he does felt bad for breaking her phone and tries to apologize before he's arrested by the cops for foolishly mouthing off to them (a scene which did make it into the novelisation), which also doubles as Put on a Bus.
- Like Father, Like Son: He takes his bullying tendencies after his father Lonnie.
- Lower-Class Lout: He and his family led by his father Lonnie gained notoriety in Haddonfield due to being this because of their bad manners and run-ins with the law.
- Manipulative Bastard: He pretends to be likable to get the approval of Allyson and her parents, then he shows his true colors at the school dance. Subverted in a deleted scene when it shows he does actually care for Allyson when she attempts to apologize to her for his bad behavior.
- The Millstone: His trashing of Allyson's phone while Laurie tried to warned her is what puts her in danger later in the movie.
- Put on a Prison Bus: In a deleted scene, he is arrested which makes his exit from the movie.
- Schrödinger's Cast: Had the aforementioned deleted scene been kept in the film, it would give out a different depiction outcome then the Hate Sink the theatrical cut make him out as.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Cameron's drunken fit when Allyson catches him kissing another girl has repercussions for the rest of the film he trashes her phone, which leads her to abandon him at the dance (which is evacuated shortly after she leaves), walk home, and eventually encounter Michael with no way to summon help or get in touch with her family. Getting picked up by Deputy Hawkins and Dr. Sartain results in the final sequence of events falling into place. This sequence of events also inadvertently gets Oscar killed, as he wouldn't have crossed paths with Michael otherwise.
Allyson's best friend who is babysitting on Halloween night.
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Julian, the kid she's babysitting on Halloween. She clearly cares about him, and before Michael kills her, she tells him to run and save himself.
- Death by Sex: Was about to have sex with Dave but Michael killed them both.
- Defiant to the End: Throws a chair at Michael after he stabs her but he murders her after she slips.
- Dramatic Slip: Her socks cause her to slip on the floor when she's escaping from Michael which leads to her death.
- Expy: Subverted. At first she shares similarities with Annie, being a babysitter uninterested in her charge who wants to use the empty house to host her boyfriend and friends. However, unlike Annie, Vicky genuinely cares about Julian and screams for him to run when Michael attacks her.
- Nice Girl: She jokingly teases Julian and tells him he's the worst kid she babysits, but later tells him he's actually her favorite kid and immediately checks on him after hearing a noise. When she's being attacked and he comes back to help her, she screams for him to run.
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: Much like Lynda in the original movie, Vicky is murdered by Michael.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with Julian, the little kid she babysits. They trade barbs and insult each other, but it's obviously all in fun, and she tells him he's her favorite kid she babysits when putting him to bed.
Vicky's boyfriend and Allyson's friend.
- Audience Surrogate: For viewers unimpressed by the original Halloween as one of the first slasher movies. His first scene has him saying that Michael killing five people in 1978 isn't a big deal anymore given the horrors people have seen as of 2018. Ironically, his death ends up being a replica of Bob's from the original.
- Death by Sex: He was planning on having sex with Vicky before Michael showed up to kill them.
- Expy: From what little we see of him, he bears a few of Bob's personality quirks. He's killed the same way, too.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Michael doesn't just stab him, he impales him so badly that he leaves his body pinned to the wall.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Michael stabs him through the throat and pins him to the wall.
- Innocently Insensitive: While stoned, he comments that Michael killing five people no longer seems "impressive" in light of all the other horrific things that have happened in the world since then. Then he apologizes when his girlfriend reminds him that he just said that to their friend, whose grandmother was one of the few survivors of Michael's rampage.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a spacy idiot and a bit insensitive about the horrors Laurie experienced, but he's a decent enough kid who dies fighting Michael in a failed attempt to save his girlfriend.
- Killed Offscreen: He's seen grabbing a kitchen knife to confront Michael. He's next seen pinned to a nearby wall with the same kitchen knife.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Grabs a kitchen knife to try to save Vicky from Michael. Unfortunately, not only is she already dead, but Michael kills him offscreen.
- The Stoner: He smokes a lot and plans on getting high with his girlfriend while she's babysitting.
- Stoners Are Funny: Has some comedic moments while high.
- Tattoo Sharpie: Dave says he got a tattoo of the date because he expects it to be a night they'll remember the rest of their lives. He dies trying to help Vicky and ends up pinned to the wall with the tattoo showing.
Cameron's best friend who has a secret crush on Allyson.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He's a hapless loser who keeps making the wrong moves in the film. The novelization, on the other hand, has Allyson creeped out by his lack of personal space and uncomfortable with him from the off, casting his later behavior in a different light, thus making him more of an Asshole Victim when Michael kills him.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: He's more than a little drunk when he makes a move on Allyson - he's carrying a six-pack of beer during their entire walk home. Even worse, it leads him to not only still be in Mr. Elrod's yard when Michael arrives, but mistake Michael for Elrod and actually try to have a conversation about girls with the masked killer.
- Cape Snag: His cape gets caught on the fence, preventing him from running away before Michael gets close enough to finish him off.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He has a crush on Allyson, his best friend's girlfriend. Unfortunately, he thinks drunkenly trying to kiss her after her fight with Cameron is a good idea. Afterwards, he asks Michael, whom he mistakes for his neighbor, if he's really wanted a girl he couldn't have.
- Horny Devil: Somewhat, but he is dressed as a devil for Halloween and he is horny for most of the night.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Michael impales his body on a fence, with the fencing going through his chin into his mouth.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Everything out of his mouth after he tries to kiss Allyson is quite humorous, though he gets killed shortly after that.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He is a Plucky Comic Relief character who is killed by Michael.
The child Vicky was babysitting on the night she died.
- Action Survivor: He manages to escape Michael Myers by taking Vicky's demand to run away seriously.
- Cassandra Truth: He pleads with Vicky that there's "a boogeyman" in his room, begging Vicky to send Dave up first. She doesn't believe it, until she tries to close his closet door...
- Dirty Kid: Implied. There are things on his browser history he doesn't want his parents to know.
- Kid Hero: He runs to get help... but they arrive too late.
- Reality Ensues: There's no way a child, who is maybe 10-years-old, can handle a full-grown, armed and dangerous man, determined and eager to kill somebody, even if it wasn't Michael.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While his fate is never revealed after fleeing his home into the night, somebody clearly notified the police about the murders of Vicky and Dave...
The sheriff of Haddonfield.
- Cool Hat: A cowboy hat.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He doesn't take the threat of an escaped mental patient, who had murdered five people several years ago, just recently escaped from a prison bus, killing four more people including a child in the process, serious enough to cancel Halloween, which probably would have lowered the death toll Michael caused.
- He also makes Hawkins take Dr. Sartain with him while looking for Michael. To be fair, he couldn't possibly have known that Sartain was a budding psychopath obsessed with Michael, but Hawkins points out that he's an unarmed civilian, who Barker wants Hawkins to take along with him. Sartain also has no idea how Michael operates, outside of unproven theories, despite being his pyschologist for forty years.
- Police Are Useless: He doesn't do any sort of law enforcement, leaving the job to Deputy Hawkins.
Officer Francis and Richards
Two police officers who were assigned to protect The Strode-Nelson family as they waited for Allyson to be brought to Laurie's house in order to wait out Michael's rampage. Thanks to Dr. Sartain killing Hawkins, then kidnapping Allyson and Michael, with the intent to drive Michael to Laurie's house as part of a sick experiment to view pure evil in a "controlled environment", Michael escaped, killed him, and ended up following the road Sartain was driving down to Laurie's house, but not before brutally killing the two policemen as part of a distraction to lure Ray out of the house, so he could kill him and gain entry to home in order to murder the one person who got away from him so long ago...
- Cast the Expert: Officer Richards is portrayed by Charlie Benton, a real life detective who specializes in homicide and human trafficking investigation, along with being a part time actor.
- Creator Cameo: Officer Francis is played by the guy who created all the awesome special effects for the movie, including the prop head for his death scene.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Michael slits open Richards' throat, kills Francis, then proceeds cut off his freaking head using only the little knife he got off the good doctor, cuts out his eyes and bits of his face so it would resemble a jack-o-lantern, hollows out the head taking out neck bones, brains, and other viscera, shoves a lit flashlight through the throat to make the head glow, then finally places Richards' corpse in their patrol car, with Francis' head in his lap and the pen-knife through his temple, and drives towards Laurie's house.
- Decapitation Presentation: Michael really wanted Ray to see his jack-o-lantern.
- Enemy Rising Behind: The last scene of them alive shows the two cops with guns drawn, next to Hawkins' car and Sartain's body— with Michael's right behind them...
- Facial Horror: Michael uses Sartain's pen-knife to carve out Francis' eyes, a chunk of his nose, his lips, and parts of his cheeks in order to create a jack-o-lantern; here's the final result◊ (NSFW WARNING: contains an image depicting graphic mutilation).
- Human Jack-O-Lantern: Francis is currently the trope image.
- Human Resources: Seriously, what sick fuck makes a jack-o-lantern out of somebody's head?!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After cutting Richards' throat, Michael stabs the knife into his head.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Richards is in his 30s while Francis is in his late 50s or 60s.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed; Richards insults Hawkins by calling him a "burnout", but for the most part he's a Nice Guy who tries to give his partner an exotic sandwich, protects the Strode-Nelson family, and he goes with Francis to check on Hawkins after seeing his abandoned patrol car with no response coming from it.
- Killed Offscreen: It's probably for the best that we didn't see how Michael used Francis' head to try out his pumpkin carving skills.
- Off with His Head!: Michael decapitates Francis and does bad things with the head...
- Police Are Useless: They tried, they really did. But to be fair, they were just two cops with guns versus Michael fucking Myers, so yeah.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Their back-and-forth about their eating habits, with Richards knocking Francis for bringing a brownie as his dinner, would make them qualify. The exchange is totally inconsistent with a slasher film and is more reminiscent of something from the 2018 film's writers' usual comedies.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: They are killed after their humorous conversation over their meals.
- Slashed Throat: How Michael kills Richards.
- Sweet Tooth: Both had sweets as snacks, but at least Richards tried to be healthy with his PB and J version of a Vietnamese sandwich, while Francis had a brownie and pudding.
- Those Two Guys: Are never seen apart...
- Together in Death: ...even to the end.
Dr. Ranbir Sartain
Michael's psychiatrist, who has taken over the role of Samuel Loomis.
- Abhorrent Admirer:A non-romantic example. Sartain admires Michael for his pure ruthlessness and wants to watch him in the field. Michael is not amused.
- Admiring the Abomination: In his own madness, Sartain is entranced by Michael, desperate for any understanding he can glean from the killer.
- Ambiguous Situation: Did he orchestrate Michael's escape or merely take advantage of it?
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: He was mentored by Loomis to watch Michael, but sadly unbeknownst to Loomis, Sartain had his own nefarious plans.
- Asshole Victim: Given his corruption, no one would mourn his death.
- Ax-Crazy: Its clear from his actions in the film that Sartain may have more than a few screws loose in his head.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Despite the implications that he sabotaged Michael's transfer, Sartain is ultimately way in over his head in thinking he can control him. Michael himself makes it very clear that he doesn't play The Dragon to anyone by offing him before the climax.
- Cop Killer: He kills Hawkins with his pen knife.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Different continiuity but in comparison to Terrence Wynn, Sartain comes off as much a Foil as an Expy. Wynn was also an Evil Former Friend of Loomis but while Wynn was in charge of the Sanitarium and Loomis' superior, Sartain was simply Loomis' pupil. Wynn had a degree of power over Michael (depending on the cut) and was his mentor; it is made abundantly clear that Sartain is in way over his head with Michael. Wynn was a fairly effective Big Bad who aided Michael for years before Michael turns against him, Sartain had little to no direct involvement in Michael's rampage, and doesn't even last the night.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets his head smashed into the windshield multiple times, dragged out of Hawkins' police car, and finally, Michael stomps his head in, graphically.
- Decomposite Character: Although Dr. Wynn still exists in this timeline, Sartain takes his role as a psychiatric worker who tries to control Michael.
- Didn't Think This Through: Sticks Michael's body in the back of a police car with Allyson, hedging his bets that if Michael woke up before he could bring him to the Strode Compound, Michael would kill the helpless teenager before attacking him. He was wrong.
- Evil Counterpart: To Samuel Loomis, who is the Big Good, while Sartain is a Big Bad Wannabe.
- Evil Feels Good: Remarks "So that's how it feels" after frenziedly knifing Hawkins to death. Actually steals and briefly wears Michael's mask to boot.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's already quite quite eccentric sounding, but it kicks into overdrive after he reveals just how crazy he really is.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: What he should have done is kept Michael locked away until the day he died, like his mentor. What he did was instead think that it was a good idea to try and conduct an experiment by turning him loose again, eventually ending up as another notch on his kill tally.
- Evil Is Petty: He runs over Hawkins' corpse after killing the man.
- Expy: He has more in common with Dr. Terrance Wynn, another acquaintance of Loomis who is a Psycho Psychologist wanting to control Michael to do his evil bidding.
- Famous Last Words: "Say something!"
- For Science!: He's become obsessed with understanding his patient, to the point that he murders a man so he can observe Michael "in the field." He then takes him to see Laurie largely to see what effect it'll have on him.
- Infectious Insanity: Its implied that studying Michael over the years has contributed greatly to his own mental decline.
- Karmic Death: After assisting Michael in his rampage to try and see if his actions can be understood, the thing that gets him killed at Michaels hands in the end is this obsession to understand him along with his refusal to believe that Michael is both completely incomprehensible, and absolutely uncontrollable.
- Lack of Empathy: He's much more interested in understanding Michael than in the human cost of the Shape's rampages. He even kills Hawkins and leaves Allyson with Michael with the hope that watching him kill her will help him understand why Michael does what he does.
- Meaningful Name: Just two letters away from Satan.
- Not So Different: He's just as bloodthirsty as his patient, albeit not as powerful. Case in point, he even dons Michael's mask to get a sense of what it's like to be the Shape.
- Psycho Psychologist: He murders Hawkins and kidnaps Allyson hostage as he loads Michael onto his vehicle, all so he can finally understand his patient, whom he's become obsessed with. He even has a moment of awe after he kills Hawkins where he thinks he finally understands what Michael feels when he kills. Played for Laughs however, in a deleted scene when Sartain bizarrely asked Hawkins about wearing ladies' underwear then picks his nose while sitting next to him, though it was likely to foreshadow how seriously unhinged he could be.
- Sanity Slippage: It's implied that trying to understand Michael has driven Sartain insane; by the time of the film, he may have released Michael, murders Hawkins to save him, and is prepared to have Michael slaughter Allyson, all for the sake of understanding Michael's evil.
- Sinister Switchblade: He's revealed to have a retractable knife blade inside his pen.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sartain is noted to have been a former protege of Sam Loomis, to the point that you'd swear Bilginer is giving an impression of Donald Pleasance (and the character is even called out on this In-Universe, when Laurie refers to him as "the new Loomis"). Once it becomes clear that Sartain is manipulating Michael (and possibly instigated his escape) in order to see what he'll do, he becomes a far different person.
- In that sense he becomes one to Dr. Terrence Wynn.
- Too Dumb to Live: Whether he intentionally sabotaged Michael's transfer or not, he apparently forgot (or disregarded) the memo that Michael cannot be controlled, reasoned with, or understood on the same level as normal human beings. Loomis came to understand that Michael was a being of pure evil and had to be put down. Any attempts to control Michael were usually a one way street.
- Villainous Breakdown: Loses his cool and self-preservation instincts on some level when Allyson tells him Michael spoke to her, something he had been wanting to hear or know about for quite some time. Being distracted in this manner leads directly to his death. His final words are pleading with Michael to say something to him, which Michael responds to by stomping his head into gooey chunks.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at this entry!
- What Were You Thinking?: Dressing up as a police officer, then placing an unconscious Michael in the back-seat of a police cruiser with absolutely no restraints? After seeing Micheal overpower and kill the prison guards transporting him, causing a bus crash, and leaving his fellow passengers alone?
- Your Head A-Splode: In a spectacular fashion, similar to Howard's death only done as a One-Hit Kill.
Dr. Samuel Loomis
Michael Myers' old psychiatrist.
- Foreshadowing: His last words are a repeated screaming that Michael Myers needs to be cremated. Which Laurie Strode does her best to fulfill.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: He was the original Big Good in the original film, but his role has been taken over by Laurie in her senior age.
- The Other Darrin: Colin Mahan voices Dr. Loomis, since Donald Pleasance was unavailable to reprise his role. To his credit, Mahan's voice sounds like a dead ringer for Pleasance's.
- Posthumous Character: Dr. Loomis appears in this movie as a voice on an old recording.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Downplayed; he really wanted to kill Michael right then and there, but Hawkins stopped him.
A true-crime British podcaster and Dana's partner.
- Agent Scully: Asked by Laurie, Aaron says that he doesn't believe in the Boogeyman, seeing Michael as nothing but a crazed killer. Michael is happy to show him how wrong he is.
- Decoy Protagonist: Somewhat. The first act of the film focuses largely on the podcasters (who are also both of British nationality much like the franchise's original protagonist Dr. Loomis and his actor Donald Pleasance which further gives off this vibe) before they're brutally killed off and the Strode women become front and centre.
- The Door Slams You: The inverse happens, Michael kills him by smashing his head repeatedly into the door of the gas station.
- Gone Horribly Right: He shows Michael his old mask in order to get some sort of reaction out of him, speculating aloud that the mask is part of him. It takes a while, but it gets a reaction all right: after escaping, Michael comes after him and Dana to get the mask back, killing them both.
- Honor Before Reason: He's put off by Dana's suggestion to bribe Laurie to talk, as real journalists don't pay for interviews. Her tactic works anyways.
- Killed Offscreen: Is thrown into a corner all bloodied before Michael kills Dana. Michael finishes him off offscreen.
- Paparazzi: Fancies himself an Intrepid Reporter, but his overly-detailed description of Michael's murders combined with an obvious desire for sensationalism when he shows Michael his old mask betrays his true nature as this.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Much like Dana, he serves this role to show just how evil and brutal Michael Myers is.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Tries to save Dana and at least buy time for her to escape from Michael Myers in the gas station bathroom, but is killed and Dana is murdered not too long after.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His own. While it's up for debate whether Michael had always planned to escape during the prison transfer or was broken out by Sartain, Aaron's attempts to get Michael to say something during the opening scene only succeed in showing Michael who has his old mask, leading Michael to track down him and Dana after he gets loose and brutally murder them both.
A true-crime British podcaster and Aaron's partner.
- Choke Holds: Strangled by Michael after he's finished killing Aaron. Ultimately, her neck is broken.
- Decoy Protagonist: Somewhat. The first act focuses largely on the podcasters (who are also both of British nationality much like the franchise's original protagonist Dr. Loomis and his actor Donald Pleasance which further gives off this vibe) before they're brutally killed off and the Strode women become front and centre for the rest of the film.
- Neck Lift: Michael raises her off the ground with ease...
- Neck Snap: ...then her neck is snapped
- Nice Girl: She makes an effort to be kind and approachable to their contacts, though Laurie remains unmoved.
- Paparazzi: Is more subtle about it than her partner, but still shows shades of this, such as when she deliberately digs up painful memories of Laurie's daughter to provoke a reaction.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The podcasters in general, but Dana in particular as she's written to be a bit more likeable than Aaron.
A young boy coming back from a hunting trip with his father who happens on the crash of the prison bus transporting Michael Myers.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: Attacked from behind the drivers seat of his car by Michael.
- Death of a Child: Of the films that trace their continuity back to the original film, he is the first child killed by Michael.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He accidentally shoots Dr. Sartain when the latter surprises him.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: His dad likes to hunt, he prefers to dance.
- Neck Snap: How Michael kills him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death serves as a sign of Michaels increased malevolence in the 40 years since the original film.