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    Teresa "Tree" Gelbman 

Teresa Gelbman
Portrayed by: Jessica Rothe
The protagonist of both films.
  • Action Girl: Tree slowly evolves into this after the constant loops.
  • Alpha Bitch: Starts the movie with shades of this. It's really a front to mask the bitterness and gloom she normally feels after her mother passed away.
  • Broken Bird: Has become bitter and gloomy since her mother passed away.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses whatever she can to fight back against the killer from even her first death.
  • Damsel in Distress: But with no one to rescue her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts the movie like the typical bitch that gets killed in Slasher Movies.
  • Dented Iron: However the time loop works, it doesn't erase everything - the massive amount of injuries Tree built up still linger on her.
  • Genius Bruiser: Over the course of the series, Tree learns to fight with weapons and guns, becoming slightly harder to kill with each cycle. In the sequel, she managed to learned advanced physics from having to watch her new friends come up with scientific theories on a whiteboard over the course of multiple time loops.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: Averted. She's a health nut because of her sorority's hostility towards fattening foods. She refuses a cupcake on her own birthday because "too many carbs".
  • Heel Realization: The repeated deaths make Tree notice she has become a bad person, the Kappa House's culture is near-toxic, and the professor she's sleeping with is a real jerk-off.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has an understandable one that causes her to go back to her Broken Bird bitchiness when she realizes she's stuck in another time loop, though she recovers pretty quickly.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • To Tim, on the first day. Going on one date does not mean you are obligated to have continued contact with someone. And Subway IS a terrible place for a first date.
    • Also to Ryan: Someone who refers to a woman as "a fine vagina" is unlikely to be getting a date (or getting laid) anytime soon.
  • The Lad-ette: Shows some signs of this. In addition to drinking a lot, Tree also takes the opportunity while eating with Carter to burp and fart loudly.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: As Tree becomes a better person she begins wearing noticeably less makeup.
  • Meaningful Name: Or nickname, in this case. As explained by the director, reducing Teresa to "Tree" reflects how "Trees need to grow and you see this character go from one person to another, so there's some symbolism and parallels there."
  • Ms. Fanservice: She changes clothes without caring if Carter sees her in a bra. In one loop Tree goes streaking in public to test the hypothesis that if she exposes her body naked then it could make her murderer reconsider killing her. In the sequel, she skydives in her underwear.
  • Nerves of Steel: After a couple loops, Tree becomes utterly unafraid of death even when faced with having to kill herself to save Carter or faced with no way to escape from the unmasked killer.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In great cases of irony, Tree's never heard of Groundhog Day even if she got trapped in a similar loop, or Back to the Future in spite of facing an alternate timeline like the one from Part II.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Over the course of the film she starts developing feelings for Carter after he sacrifices himself to save her in one of her many time loops. It may have started when he revealed that he didn't actually have sex with her while she was drunk, he brought her to his dorm so she doesn't put herself in danger or let the other guys take advantage of her.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Director\writer Chris Landon says her given name is Theresa. But most promotional material, including the novelizations, go with the simpler Teresa instead.
  • Taught by Experience: Each failed death/time loop forces Tree to learn how to defend herself, overcome her fear of death, and sharpen her deductive skills to find her killer over the course of the first movie. In the sequel, she learned advanced physics by observing her friends come up with scientific equations over the course of multiple failed time loops.
  • Technically a Smile: She is quite fond of giving these.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She is killed rather easily at first, but holds herself in a fight by the end.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Getting repeatedly killed makes her go from the bitch that gets killed first to the Final Girl. In the sequel, she temporarily reverts back to her selfish, sullen self out of despair over being supposedly being thrown back into the loop, but she recovers after seeing that this is a different loop in which her mother is alive.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In the climax of the second film, she has nothing to gain personally from confronting the killer, but does so anyway to save Lori.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Is sleeping with a married teacher, and apparently has no problems with doing so with Danielle's crush.

    Lori Spengler 

Lori Spengler

Portrayed by: Ruby Modine
A nursing student who is Tree's roommate.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Tree is abrasive, but recognizes Lori's kindness, and even keeps her out of the suspects list.
  • Distressed Damsel: In the second movie, she turns out to be the killer's true target, and Tree's objective is to save her.
  • Good Counterpart: Is not the killer in the other dimension as seen in the sequel. The version of her in that dimension ultimately turns out to be a friend to Tree and the two end up saving each other in a few loops.
  • Red Herring: In the second movie, Lori is the first major suspect due to her counterpart being the killer in Tree's universe, but she is eliminated after Tree encounters her and Babyface at the same time.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only one in the sorority with a featured role who isn't a total bitch, at least before Tree's Character Development.
  • Troll: Puts an Embarrassing Ringtone for Tree's birthday.

     Carter Davis 
Portrayed by: Israel Broussard
A university student who brought Tree to his room after she blacked out from partying hard. Not the type of guy whose bedroom Tree would normally wake up in.

  • Geek: Judging by the decor in his and Ryan's room, he's a big fan of classic sci-fi/horror movies, and he compares Tree's situation to Groundhog Day (first movie) and Back to the Future (second movie). He's also mildly indignant over Tree never having watched Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In one loop, he saves Tree from getting shot by Tombs, at the cost of his own life. It makes her fall for him.
    • In the second movie, he does it again for Lori, who has become the killer's target. In the final loop, he comes to the hospital to back up Tree even when she pleaded with him not to leave the physics lab. Given her words on waking up in that loop were "That is the last time I'm dying for you", Carter's smart enough to realize why. He does survive, although he gets shot at providing a distraction at a vital moment.
  • The Klutz: Got chocolate milkshake all over Tree's hair. Tree only gets angrier at him.
  • Nice Guy: To the point he didn't take advantage of a drunk Tree. There's also the part where he brought Tree back to his room in the first place simply because he was worried about her choking on her own vomit, and knew she'd only be safe if someone kept an eye on her overnight. Not to mention his recurring character trait of putting his life on the line (and dying) to save the life of someone he's known (by his memory) for less than a day.
  • Relationship Upgrade: By the time the second movie opens, Tree's gone from saying 'No!' when someone asks if she knows Carter, to saying 'Yes!... well, kind of?' when Ryan asks if she's Carter's girlfriend. From the look on Carter's face, he's definitely in favor of that.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Accepts Tree's story and tries to help. And even gets a Relationship Upgrade later.
  • When He Smiles: Carter's rather good-looking, but he's not the Pretty Boy type that's usually the lead in this type of movie. He's got a fantastic smile, though, and it comes out a lot around Tree.

     Ryan Phan 
Portrayed by: Phi Vu
Carter's Vietnamese-American roommate.
  • Ascended Extra: Is just an obnoxious asshole who pops up here and there in the first movie, but plays a significantly larger role in the second movie.
  • Asian Airhead: A rare male example. He could be Asian and Nerdy, given he's a computer wiz studying difficult physics subjects, but by God does he screw up often.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first few minutes of 2U focus on him. Then he accidentally throws Tree into a new loop, and the focus shifts to her for the rest of the movie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Almost everything he does is a mistake.
  • Evil Twin: In one time loop, he's getting stalked and killed by... himself!
  • Genius Ditz: Ironically, he's very gifted in computer science (in either C++ or Node.js) and physics, even inadvertently inventing an operational time machine.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The sequel explains Ryan's the reason Tree got thrown into a time loop in both movies.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Tree is quite annoyed that Ryan addresses her as a "fine vagine".
  • The Smart Guy: In the second movie, Tree relies on him and his friends to fix their time machine so she can go home.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's significantly a nicer person in the sequel, especially because he drops the inappropriate "fine vagine" line.


Lori Spengler

Portrayed by: Ruby Modine
The first film's main antagonist, Lori turns out to be plotting Tree's murder out of jealousy of her affair with Dr. Butler and spite towards her Alpha Bitch tendencies.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: A literal case, although Tree gets better.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She seems like the only good person, and is the killer.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Evil Is Petty: Why is Tree being killed? Because she's dating a guy Lori is into, and also for being "a dumb bitch".
  • Hate Sink: She is Tree Gelbman's roommate and is the one wearing the Bayview Baby mask killing her in every loop of Tree's regular timeline. Lori constantly kills anyone in the loops too who happens to be in her way and gets others killed by releasing serial killer John Toombs as a cover as well. Her motivation is nothing but petty and harsh as she is jealous of Tree's affair with Dr. Gregory Butler (who at one point is another of Lori's victims too).
  • Knife Nut: The preferred murder weapon.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a baby mask (it's the school mascot).
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In an early loop, Tree decides to try barricading herself in her room and waiting it out. It's the first time she decides to eat the cupcake, but Lori gets impatient and stabs her anyway. If Tree had eaten the cupcake, she might have figured out that Lori was the killer earlier, but this is also the first loop where the news report about serial killer John Tombs appears. If Tree had figured out so early that Lori was the killer, not only would Tree not have fallen in love with Carter, but she would have solved the crime without realizing Tombs was loose, and how many people would have died in his escape?
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Calls Tree a "dumb bitch" and "cheap slut" during her Motive Rant.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The masked villain turns out to be the female Lori.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The first intended murder weapon was a cupcake.
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: Inverted in the second-to-last timeline. Her plot to have John Tombs murder Tree fails, only for the poisoned cupcake Lori originally planned to use to finally do her in.
  • Woman Scorned: Seeing Tree dating her boss is enough to make Lori want to kill her roommate.
  • Yandere: Is willing to kill Tree and anyone who gets in their way just because the teacher she's crushing on is having an affair with Tree.


Dr. Gregory Butler

Portrayed by: Charles Aitken
The second film's main antagonist, Dr. Butler turns out to be plotting to kill Lori and his wife after his affair with Lori comes out.
  • Big Bad: Is revealed to be the killer in the sequel's alternate dimension. Downplayed as his plans and killings are not what drives the plot so much as Tree trying to get back home.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Motive wise. In the first movie Lori was after Tree because she was jealous of an affair Tree was having with him. In the second he's out to kill Lori to cover up an affair he's having with her.
  • Evil Brit: If his accent is anything to judge by.
  • Evil Counterpart: The first dimension version of him was just a prick having affairs with his students and cheating on his wife. Here, he has no problem killing people.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In comparison to Lori, he is not motivated by a crush or yandere affection, but instead spite. He also murders his own wife for no discernible reason.
  • Hate Sink: While Danielle is portrayed as a Laughably Evil Alpha Bitch, Dean Bronson is an equally Laughably Evil Dean Bitterman and Lori is at least shown to be an actual good person in the alternate universe, Gregory is shown to be an all around unlovable prick who at best is a cheating asshole who seduces his students and then threatens to fail Tree when she breaks off their affair and at worst, a smug sociopath who is willing to kill his mistress to cover up his affair and shoot his own wife to get out of an unhappy marriage. Even then, he makes the previous version of himself look harmless by comparison.
  • In Spite of a Nail: He has the same game plan as the first movie's killer: release John Tombs from captivity in order to use him as a fall guy so they can murder their real target.
  • Knife Nut: Generally uses a knife to murder people, but he does use a gun when he can get his hands on one.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Like the first film's killer, he commits his murders while wearing a Babyface mask.
  • The Sociopath: He has no compunctions about murder in order to cover up his affair.

    John Tombs 

John Tombs

A serial killer who escaped from the hospital the same night Tree was killed.
Portrayed by: Rob Mello

     Dr. Gregory Butler 
Portrayed by: Charles Aitken
A medical doctor and university professor who cheats on his wife.

  • Jerkass: Cheats on his wife, and threatens Tree's grade for refusing to continue their affair.
  • Renaissance Man: Along with being a doctor in the university hospital Lori is working in, he also teaches a more applied subject (Advanced Biochemistry) in the class Tree goes to.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He's cheating on his wife with Tree (in the first movie) or Lori (in the second).
  • What Does She See in Him?: He's conventionally handsome, but it's hard to understand why so many women seem to think he's worth committing murder for.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He thinks his wife Stephanie is too old, and got bored with her. That's why he decided to cheat on her with Tree/Lori. It eventually turns out that his philandering causes the plot of both movies; in the first, Lori wants to kill Tree so she can have him, while in the second, he wants to kill Lori to cover up his affair with her.

     Danielle Bouseman 
Portrayed by: Rachel Matthews

The leader of Kappa Pi Alpha.

  • Alpha Bitch: While all the Kappas are this, being the sorority leader makes her the meanest.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: When pretending to be a blind French student to distract Dean Bronson, she says "gracias".
  • Brainless Beauty: Hinted at in the first movie (when Tree asks about deja vu, Danielle replies "Oh yeah, it means someone's thinking about you while they're masturbating. I get it five times a day.") and downright proven in the sequel, where she manages to confuse Helen Keller with Anne Frank, believes 'gracias' is French and is implied to only be passing her courses at all because her boyfriend is doing her coursework for her.
  • Good Counterpart: In the second film, her counterpart is a kind woman who donates to charity and is best friends with Tree. It's zigzagged when she turns out to be cheating on Carter (and is dating him so he'll do her schoolwork for her), but she still agrees to distract the dean for Tree without a moment's hesitation.
  • Irony: In the first movie, she is angry at Tree for wanting to hook up with Nick despite her feelings for them. In the alternate universe in the sequel, she's cheating on Carter for Nick.
  • Jerkass: She's incredibly catty and mean.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For all of her bitchy nature, she was actually right about Lori trying to poison Tree with a cupcake being a stupid idea. The Kappas are apparently all about eating right. It's literally how Tree averted death in the first loop.
    Tree: [in a condescending singsongy voice] Sorry, too many carbs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to her actress, Danielle is mean because she wants the best for her sorority sisters.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her introduction in both movies show off her physique, wearing a sports bra in the first, and in the sequel, with a tailored shirt whose Impossibly-Low Neckline impresses Samar very much ("Hey, Samosa! My head's the middle one!"
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Well, not really a villain so much as just a Jerkass bitch but she does help Tree kill off Lori by distracting the latter.
  • Valley Girl: Best demonstrated when she's interviewed following Lori's death.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She's cheating on Carter in the second movie.

     Officer Santora 
Portrayed by: Dane Rhodes
A freeway/highway cop who pulls over then arrests Tree for speeding plus other charges Tree lied to him about such as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Car Fu: How he dies.
  • Fat Idiot: He's rather overweight and rather useless.
  • Police are Useless: The killer runs him over before he can cart Tree off to jail where she'd be safe from the killer.

     Becky Shepard 
"I missed breakfast."
Portrayed by: Cariella Smith
A black member of Tree's sorority who dumps chocolate milk on Tree.
  • Big Eater: A little overweight and eats fairly unhealthy.
  • Black Sheep: She's African-American and gets dissed by her fellow sisters, including Tree, for eating junk. Tree calls her preferred foods a "cat lady buffet".
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only is she singled out by Danielle for eating junk food, but one loop has Tree accidentally knocking her out with a bat when she mistakes her for Babyface Killer.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: She likes chocolate milk.
  • Nice Girl: She's seen in the background comforting Emily while Danielle is giving her interview after Lori is killed.

Portrayed by: Tran Tran
An Asian member of Tree's sorority. She wants Tree to acknowledge her.
  • Ignored Enamoured Underling: Not as popular or outgoing as Tree, she always gives a shy, slightly flirtatious wave whenever Tree passes her, only to be completely ignored.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She wants to be friends with Tree, but Tree doesn't like her, possibly even hates her. In the sequel, Tree still doesn't want anything to do with Emily.
  • No Name Given: Her name isn't spoken of, and only her first name was revealed in the credits.
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't talk other than her scream at the end. All she does is smile and wave to Tree but get the cold shoulder.

     Stephanie Butler 
Portrayed by: Laura Clifton
Gregory's wife, who is oblivious to the fact that her husband is cheating on her.
  • Ascended Extra: She has a slightly bigger role in the sequel and turns out to be working with the killer, though said killer shoots her after she has outlived her usefulness.
  • Asshole Victim: Is shot by her own husband in the second movie, but she had masterminded Lori's murder along with him and egged him on to kill Tree, so she won't be missed.
  • Demoted to Extra: She was originally written as the true Babyface Killer (or one of two along with the one in the folder above), but test audiences scorned the ending as uninspired and lacking irony (not to mention cruel after Tree's development). Therefore, her role in the final version of the first film is very minor.
  • The Dragon: To Gregory in 2U.
  • Evil Counterpart: Stephanie in the first film was a pretty normal person who loved her husband. Her counterpart in the second film is an accomplice to her husband's own counterpart in the second film, who's the killer of that dimension.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gregory shoots her in the chest as he doesn't want to stay trapped in the marriage to her any longer and she completed her part in the plot to kill Lori.

Alternative Title(s): Happy Death Day 2 U


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