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Cenobites

Pinhead never appears alone. When he is summoned, he is accompanied by a revolving door of likewise mutilated Cenobites. It appears that three usually go with him. Later films portray him as their leader, or at least the head Cenobite in charge.
    Pinhead 
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We have such sights to show you...

Portrayed by: Doug Bradley (Hellraiser to Hellraiser: Hellworld) Stephan Smith Collins (Hellraiser: Revelations) Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgement)
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (Hellraiser: Revelations), Jun Hazumi (First film) (Japanese Dub), Tessho Genda (Hellraiser: Bloodline to Hellraiser: Inferno) (Japanese Dub), Takaya Hashi (Hellraiser: Hellseeker) (Japanese Dub)

Main baddie of the series, a mysterious figure known as a Cenobite. Pinhead is an extremely dry witted bringer of the ultimate pleasure, which just happens to take the form of horrific tortures. Formerly Captain Elliot Spencer of the British Expeditionary Force, his mind was shattered after participating in The Third Battle of Flanders (Battle of Passchendaele). Developing a severe case of PTSD and Survivor Guilt, Spencer buried his grief by seeking out increasingly depraved carnal pleasures. His dark journey would eventually lead him to the Lament Configuration, and his transformation into Pinhead.


  • Affably Evil: He is very polite to those who try to reason with him. In the third and fourth films, however, he is Faux Affably Evil due to the writers changing him into a traditional bad guy.
  • Anti-Villain: His idea of pleasure is just too off the charts to be what humans want. In most cases, he tends to use this as a form of punishment for the film's primary villain(s). Not that they don't deserve it, though...
  • Badass Baritone: Deep voiced and leader of the Cenobites.
  • Badass Boast: Very fond of them.
    • From the first movie:
    Pinhead: We'll tear your soul apart!
    • Hellbound:
    Pinhead: [to Kirsty, who tries to bargain with him] Go on ... but trick us again child, and your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell!
    • And Bloodline:
    Security Guard 1: Don't make us put some pain on you!
    Pinhead: Pain? How dare you use that word?
    Security Guard 2: He's got ... pins in his head!
    Pinhead: What you think of as pain is only a shadow. Pain has a face. Allow me to show it to you. Gentlemen ... I ... am ... pain!
  • Badass Longrobe: His leather getup resembles a priest's robes, befitting his status as the high priest of an S&M religion.
  • Berserk Button: Deceiving him or the Cenobites is a good way to make one’s suffering legendary, even in Hell.
  • Big Good: Interestingly, Pinhead's human form Captain Elliott Spencer is this of Hell on Earth, making it a Doug Bradley vs Doug Bradley fight!
    • In the comics, Pinhead abandons his post in Hell, abdicating it to Kirsty Cotton, and pursues redemption. It's a con, and even without the power of Hell at his fingertips, he's still the Big Bad.
    • He also serves as this in most films. However, he is not exactly the nicest example of this trope.
  • Big Bad: Revered as the main antagonist of the franchise.
  • Blasphemous Boast: He doesn't appreciate God's name being brought up around him.
    Pinhead: Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks!?
    Pinhead: I AM THE WAY!!! (Cue Evil Laugh)
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Like all Cenobites, his motives are very hard for humans to perceive.
  • Breakout Villain: He ended up taking over the Big Bad role from intended main villain Julia Cotton.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Killing the angel Jophiel causes him to be exiled from Hell and be reduced to living as a human.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the third Hellraiser film, he comes back from the dead, but is separated from his human half, making him more dangerous than before. By the end of the third film, this mistake is corrected when his human and Cenobite halves merge back together.
  • Cold Ham: During the first two movies, Pinhead is simultaneous restrained and dramatic.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Surprisingly, even the Hell Priest isn’t immune to the whims of Hellraiser’s deities.
    • In the second film he is killed by Channard (created by the Leviathan) and returned in the third film as a deranged monster after being separated from his human half. Although the mistake is corrected, the effects were devastating.
    • In Judgement, Pinhead kills Jophiel as punishment for letting a serial killer known as the Perceptor roam free without consequence, only to be reduced to living as a human as punishment from God.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks in one when he's not hamming it up.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his menacing appearance and tendency to gruesomely mutilate those stupid enough to solve the Lament Configuration, Pinhead can be reasoned with to help fight against even worse threats or if the box was solved against the person’s will or they were tricked into solving it, Pinhead can be reasoned with to find the person(s) responsible. While he does mutilate those who solve the puzzle box, most of them are power-hungry humans who had it coming big time.
    • This is averted in the third and fourth movies, however, where he becomes a typical power-hungry villain who seeks world domination (although justified in the third as him having been separated from his human half, depriving him of his usual laws and self-imposed restrictions). Though starting from the fifth movie, he goes back to his more anti-villainous ways.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sense of humor is planted very firmly in the deadpan section.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's willing to spare a victim, if they offer something worthwhile (usually a more wicked soul) in return.
    • Faustian Rebellion remains common, particularly with Kirsty. Depending on the Writer, however, Pinhead may actually keep his word, or he may refuse a victim if he feels they'll come to him eventually anyway.
  • Depending on the Writer: His personality can range from supernatural being who punishes the wicked, to a garden-variety slasher villain.
  • The Dragon: Leader of the Cenobites, but answers to Leviathan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Tiffany is tricked into opening the Lament Configuration in Hellraiser II, he stops his fellow Cenobites from claiming her. Hard to pin down as a moral standard or just not being his modus operandi, though.
    Pinhead: It is not hands that call us. It is desire.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pinhead Unbound in Hellraiser IV berates his demonic partner Angelique for trying to win over John Merchant through seduction. Pinhead has a better plan: torture John and his family into obedience.
    • He also does this to other villains who thinks it's a great idea to incur the wrath of a leather-clad Torture Technician.
  • Evil Is Hammy: When he wants to, he can crank up the ham.
  • Famous Last Words: From Hellraiser: Bloodline, "Amen".
  • Flanderization: As the sequels kept coming, Pinhead devolved from complex figure, to stereotypical slasher film baddie. Thankfully, this was fixed in the fifth movie and on-wards.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A rare antihero example for a horror film; he went from a shellshocked World War I veteran to becoming one of the most powerful Cenobites in the Hellraiser series after solving the Lament Configuration.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Pinhead may be the closest thing the series has to an antihero, but when it comes to punishing the guilty, he makes them wish for a quick death and even puts them in a much worse fate.
  • The Heavy: Plays a major role in every Hellraiser installment.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door / Wild Card: He goes from neutral in the first two movies, to evil in the third and fourth movie, to neutral again in the fifth movie and on-wards. This could possibly be blamed on bad writing, since the writers of Hellraiser 3 and 4 didn't properly understand the character (although the third at least justifies it through his separation from his human side), while the writers of sequels starting from 5 tried to get his character back on track.
  • Hellbent For Leather: In the most literal sense.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He has a sense of honor, moral standards, is capable of being reasonable with and cares for his fellow cenobite comrades.
  • Horrifying Hero: For a certain definition of "hero". He's more of an Anti-Villain than anything, but nonetheless, remains a terrifying Humanoid Abomination covered in bodily mutilations and is most certainly not above tormenting the souls unfortunate enough to solve the Lament Configuration.
  • Lean and Mean: Like most Cenobites, Pinhead's rather slender.
  • Legacy Character: Hinted at in the films. While Doug Bradley always portrays Pinhead, Hellbound shows him as the mortal Eliot Spencer, survivor of World War I. For comparison, Pinhead's first chronological film appearance is in Bloodline, nearly 100 years before Spencer's birth.
    • Confirmed in the comics, where the Marvel run ties him to Aztec Mythology, and the ongoing series has him replaced by Kirsty Cotton and Harry Lamour.
  • Motive Decay: Initially his motives are inscrutable. In Hellbound, he's uncertain, but has echoes of human desires. From Hell on Earth on, he's a slasher villain, a generic demon, or a punisher of the wicked, Depending on the Writer.
  • Nightmare Fetishist
  • Noble Demon: Pinhead's adherence to the order's rules lead him to be one of the more nuanced horror movie icons.
  • Overarching Villain: Pinhead is really only the Big Bad in the 3rd and 4th films. However, he appears and influences a great deal of events throughout the entire franchise.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Most of the people he gruesomely kills or tortures often were those who had it coming or in some cases will give the villain a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He can be reasoned with to help against a worse threat or if the summoning was unintended, just don’t ever lie to him.
  • Sense Freak: Except taken to Nightmare Fuel torture levels.
  • Straw Nihilist: After the battle of Flanders, he fell into a Despair Event Horizon, losing all faith in humanity, leading to his discovery of the Lament Configuration and subsequent transformation into the leader of the Cenobites.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first two movies, he was an anti-villain. However in the third and fourth movies, he becomes a full-fledged bad guy willing to hurt innocents and turn Earth into hell, although in the third this is justified as him being separated from his human side. He does revert back to how he was in the fifth film.
  • Tragic Villain: A Shell-Shocked Veteran of the First World War who was forcibly and brutally transformed into a Cenobite.
  • War Is Hell: What began Elliot's downward spiral and eventual transformation into a Cenobite.
    Spencer: God died that day at Flanders.
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    Chatterer 

Chatterer

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Portrayed by: Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Mike Jay Regan (Hellseeker, Deader, Hellworld & Judgement), Jolene Anderson (Revelations)

Pinhead's most constant Cenobite follower, and only one to appear more than twice. He appears as a tan figure, with the skin on his face stretched back by hooks. Obscuring his eyes, and leaving his gums and trademark chattering teeth exposed.


  • Depraved Homosexual: The first Chatterer was once a young orphan named Jim, who's start of darkness began when he framed his mother for murdering his abusive father. After spending several years in an orphanage, he and another boy named Seth became friends and lovers, eventually becoming rent boys at sixteen-years-old. Jim was turned into Chatterer years later after he failed to ensnare Seth's soul for the Cenobites, and spent the night having sex with him, instead.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Female Chatterer from Revelations.
  • The Dragon / The Brute: Though the Female Cenobite seemed to occupy it at first, his constant appearances pretty much grant him the title by default.
  • Dumb Muscle: His primary role is that of an enforcer, usually restraining subjects for Pinhead.
  • Enfant Terrible: At least one incarnation was a child who became a Cenobite.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Inferno, where he appears as a legless variant aptly called Torso.
  • Lean and Mean: Like most Cenobites.
  • Legacy Character: Pinhead seems to like having a variant (be it a Hell Hound or a female) of Chatterer around.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Chatterer has been given at least three different backstories, two of them ("Look, See" and "Prayers for Desire") written by Nicholas Vince. Of course, since there's been multiple Chatterers and Chatterer-like characters, it's possible that all three origins (little boy, hedonist actor, and gigolo servant of the Cenobites) are applicable.
  • The Speechless: He obviously can't talk with his disfigurement.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Jim, the boy who would become Chatterer, murdered his father and framed his mother for it; as a teenage, male prostitute, Jim was chosen by the agents of Hell to serve the Cenobites; delivering Lament Configurations to potential victims. Eventually he became a Cenobite himself, after failing to damn the soul of his former friend and lover.

    Female Cenobite 

Female Cenobite/Deep Throat

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Portrayed by: Grace Kirby (Hellraiser), Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Seiko Tomoe (Japanese Dub)

One of the original four Cenobites. A raspy voiced female, with wires peeling back the skin around her throat.


  • Ambiguously Bi: A subtle example but when Kirsty offers Frank to the cenobites in her place, the Female Cenobite says in a somewhat lascivious manner, "Perhaps we prefer you..." and seems quite interested in Kirsty later in the movie as well as the sequel. Of course, this could just be a means of intimidation.
  • Bald Women: As with most Cenobites, she has no hair.
  • Dark Action Girl: Clearly Pinhead's Number Two.
  • Dark Chick: As the only original female Cenobite.
  • The Dragon: Before Chatterer took the role, she seemed to be Pinhead's second in command, and only one who spoke to him as an equal.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: In contrast to Pinhead, her voice is metallic and raspy.
  • Lean and Mean: Like most Cenobites.
  • Stealth Pun: Deep Throat.
  • Woman Scorned: In the comic, which reveals that she and Pinhead have been lovers, and how deeply she cares about him.

    Butterball 

Butterball Cenobite

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Portrayed by: Simon Bamford

Last of the original four Cenobites. A grotesquely fat and mostly silent Cenobite, with a pair of sunglasses.


    Camerahead 

Camerahead

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Portrayed by: Ken Carpenter

Formerly cameraman Daniel "Doc" Fisher. The first of several Pseudo-Cenobites, Cenobites forcibly morphed by Pinhead who haven't received their punishment in Hell. Has a camera lens where his right eye goes, and can make things he records explode.


  • Badass Mustache: A very unique characteristic, as Cenobites usually appear hairless.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Like CD, his turn is unexplained. Unlike CD, we get enough background to wonder why he's suddenly a Cenobite.
  • Improbable Weapon User: More than the other Cenobites of his generation, as he kills someone by extending his camera lens into their skull.

    CD 

CD

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Portrayed by: Eric Willhelm

Formerly Jimmy Hammerstein, local DJ. Jimmy had the misfortune to be DJ'ing the night Pinhead dropped by the Boiler Room. In the midst of the massacre, he was morphed into CD, the second Pseudo-Cenobite. Can launch CD's like shurkiens from the CD player imbedded in his stomach.


  • Deadly Disc: His whole schtick.
  • Dull Surprise: Jimmy seems remarkably unfazed during the massacre. Until he gets a bunch of CD's embedded in his head.
  • Flat Character: Unlike his brethren, has no real characterization before his conversion.
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    Barbie 

Barbie

Portrayed by: Peter Atkins

Third of the Pseudo-Cenobites. Formerly Rick Bloodstone, Boiler Room bartender. After the massacre, he was morphed into Barbie, a large Cenobite with power over fire.


    Siamese Cenobites 

Siamese Twins

Portrayed by: Jimmy Schuelke and David Schuelke(Pre-Cenobite) Michael Polish and Mark Polish(As Cenobites)

Mark and Michael Norrington were Identical Twins, working together as security guards at a certain building. On their rounds one night, they had the misfortune of stumbling onto Pinhead and his ilk. The two inseparable brother were merged together at the head, becoming a ghastly Cenobite pair.


  • Body Horror: While common to all Cenobites, the Twins can separate, only to reunite, destroying anyone between them in a shower of Gorn.
  • Creepy Twins: Hard to get much creepier than these two.

    Wire Twins 

Wire Twins

Portrayed by: Lynn Speier and Trish Kara

A mysterious pair of Cenobite Females. They function as the Cenobite equivalent of Succubi, luring in victims with their sexual power.


    Surgeon 

Surgeon

Portrayed by: Dale Wilson(Pre-Cenobite) Mike Jay Regan(Cenobite)

Deacon Vrainian was once a skilled and lauded surgeon in his human life. But one slip up cost him the life of his wife during an operation. His mind shattered, Deacon eventually stumbled upon the Lament Configuration. Pinhead offered him a way to forget his pain. And so, he became a sinister Cenobite Surgeon.


  • Dark Is Not Evil: Deacon had more sympathetic reasons for becoming a Cenobite as he simply wanted to escape his grief over his one mistake.
  • Deadly Doctor: Well, he is a Cenobite surgeon.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of his wife is what drove him to become a Cenobite.
  • Satellite Character: His role in the films is exceedingly minor.
  • Tragic Monster: His origins describe him as a surgeon who fell from grace and wanted to forget his pain.

    Bound I and II 

Bound and Bound II

Portrayed by: Nancy Lilley(Female) Gary J. Tunnicliffe(Male)

A pair of similar, but unrelated Cenobites. Appearing with leather straps bound over their eyes and mouths.


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    Stygian Inquisition 
Introduced in Hellraiser: Judgement, The Stygian Inquisition are a group of demons who specialize in weighing the sins of and punishing the guilty. They are a separate branch of the Cenobites, despite having similar levels of Body Horror and Facial Horror to them.

In General

  • Big Good: Of Hellraiser: Judgement.
  • Body Horror: Each one of them has similar levels of this to the Cenobites.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They are a grim looking group of demonic creatures, but they are simply just doing their jobs of punishing the guilty.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While they do punish the wicked, the methods are horrifying to even the most evil of souls.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Most of the people they judge tend to be those who had it coming.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Given that they work with Pinhead and Hell itself, meeting the Stygian Inquisition is never a good sign if you are evil.

The Auditor

A demonic office worker who keeps track of those who enter Hell.

The Assessor

The more human member of the Inquisition who devours the sins of the guilty.

  • Big Eater: Has a tendency to eat the sins of the guilty in the form of pieces of parchment paper.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The sins of the Preceptor were too abominable even for him, causing him to choke on them.

The Jury

A group of women who serve in the Stygian Inquisition. Each one of them has a face stripped of its skin.

  • Badass Crew: Well, they are a subgroup of the Stygian Inquisition after all.
  • Dark Action Girl: More like a group, but still frightening nonetheless.
  • Facial Horror: Each member has faces with exposed muscle and missing noses.

The Butcher

A member of the Stygian Inquisition who sports a dollface mask and carries meat cleavers, which he uses to cut the guilty to pieces.

  • Ax-Crazy: One of the more violent members of the Inquisition, alongside the Surgeon.
  • Expy: Of Leatherface.
  • Fat Bastard: He is remarkably overweight.

The Surgeon (Worker)

A Stygian Inquisition member who wears a gas mask and leather gimp suit.

  • Ax-Crazy: As was the case with the Butcher, he is one of the more violent members, but is the closest thing to being on the side of good.
  • Hellbent For Leather: His ensemble is a leather suit and gas mask.
  • Lean and Mean: He is noticeably thinner than the other Inquisition members.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He's the second character to be known as The Surgeon, the other being a minor Cenobite character.

Cotton Family

    Kirsty Cotton 
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Portrayed by: Ashley Laurence, Rika Fukami (Japanese Dub)

The closet thing the franchise has to a main protagonist, making an appearance in three films. Niece of the despicable Frank Cotton, she winds up entangled in the plans of the Cenobites.

  • Action Survivor: She's not physically strong enough to fight off Frank or the forces of hell. So, she uses her brain, of course!
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Kirsty is described in the book as being somewhat of a plain Jane, while in the movies she is more conventionally attractive.
  • Adaptational Name Change: In the book, her name is Kirsty Singer, since she's not related to Larry in that version.
  • Bittersweet Ending: She successfully bargains her way out of Pinhead's clutches but the methods to do so have most likely damned her to Hell when she dies anyway.
  • Damsel out of Distress: After all the years of fearing Pinhead and his ilk, she escapes from them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the comics, she becomes a Cenobite after Pinhead renounces his status as a Cenobite, but still maintains the same personality she had as a human. She also happens to wear a white kimono as a Cenobite.
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her murder of her husband's mistress is heavily implied to condemn the other woman to Hell, despite no sign that she even knew Kirsty existed.
  • Domestic Abuse: In Hellseeker, her cheating husband was planning on killing her.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Hellseeker she murders her husband's mistress to try to save herself. We have no evidence that the mistress knew of the marriage in the first place, much less wished Kirsty ill.
  • Final Girl
  • Guile Hero: She outwits Frank in each of their encounters and becomes the closest thing Pinhead has to an ally.
  • Latex Perfection: Well, not exactly latex...
  • Morality Pet: Serves as one for Pinhead.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Cenobites and Pinhead on some occasions or to fight against a worse threat.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In The Hellbound Heart, she was just Larry's coworker, with the implication that she had a crush on him. She's his daughter in the movies.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Does this to Julia in Hellraiser II, to Kill and Replace her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With each subsequent movie and in the comics.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Hellseeker, she becomes a borderline villain.

    Larry Cotton 

Portrayed by: Andrew Robinson, Rokuro Naya (Japanese Dub)

The poor bastard who inherits his grandmother's old home, not knowing what his depraved brother Frank had unleashed inside it.

  • Adaptational Name Change: In The Hellbound Heart his first name was Rory.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Is skinned alive so Frank can assume his identity.
  • Good Parents: He clearly loves Kristy and cares a lot for her well-being.
  • Nice Guy: He's shown to be a very friendly and caring man, which only makes his death even more depressing...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While Kristy is tricked into opening the Lament Configuration again because she sees visions of her father trapped in Hell, this turns out to be a ruse by Frank to trick her into freeing him. Larry is never seen or heard from again. In the book, Kristy sees the image of Frank and Julia trapped inside the puzzle box, but no trace of Larry, and wonders if Larry might have departed to a better place that could be glimpsed with some other puzzle.
    • In the original script Pinhead says that he is "he's in his own Hell, child. And quite unreachable." Later it is revealed that Larry is indeed in Hell, permanently stitched into the back of Frank, the brothers are inseparable for eternity. Larry also saves Kristy from a rape attempt by Frank.

    Frank Cotton 

Frank Cotton

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Portrayed by: Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, and Andrew Robinson, Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese Dub)

The decrepit soul who started it all. Frank believed he had felt all the pleasures the world could offer him. Until he found a mysterious puzzle box on a trek through India. Solving it, he was whisked off to the Cenobite realm to experience the so called "Ultimate pleasure". And after years of this "Ultimate pleasure" he wants out.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone in the Cotton family has a strong dislike towards Frank given his immoral behavior, and cares little about him. It's possible even the Cenobites hated him, since he was never converted into their ranks.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, Frank is described as being overweight with a massive mustache. This is not the case with Sean Chapman.
  • Asshole Victim: Dies in the most brutal way possible at the end of the movie and then gets trapped in hell forever. A very brutal, but well deserved fate for such a despicable animal like Frank.
  • Badass Boast: His Famous Last Words before the Cenobites rip him apart. Also a Blasphemous Boast, as he seems to be implying that he's in more pain that Jesus was, but he just laughs through it.
    Frank: Jesus wept.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to experience a sensation he'd never felt before. He got just that when he met the Cenobites.
  • Big Bad: Of the first part. The Cenobites actually help Kirsty to an extent in the movie.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Tries to pull the same stunt in the sequel. Julia is having none of it this time though.
  • Big "NO!": Frank shouts this when Kirsty tosses the Lament Configuration out the window.
    • And again when Kirsty sets fire to his digs in Hell, which causes him to lose his skin again.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Larry's Abel.
  • Die Laughing: Frank cackles maniacally as the chains rip him apart in the climax.
  • Dark Is Evil: He looks like a corpse after escaping the Cenobites and tries to paint himself as a victim, but is a corrupt, sadistic serial killer. Also serves as a counterpart for Pinhead’s Dark Is Not Evil characteristics.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kirsty. While Kirsty solved the configuration by accident and later convinced Pinhead and the Cenobites to stop Frank, Frank solved the box, knowing full well what he was getting into, and tricked the Cenobites. Also serves as one to Pinhead. While Pinhead indulged in pleasure as a way to cope with his PTSD after the war, Frank indulged in hedonistic pleasures out of petty sadism. Also, Pinhead went from a human to a Cenobite who goes after those who solved the box (and was simply doing his job) while Frank tricked the Cenobites and was punished for it.
  • Evil Uncle: To Kirsty.
  • Evil Feels Good: Frank's motivation.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Played straight in the book, but averted on the ugly part in the movie.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: His movie counterpart looks like a romance novel cover model, but make no mistake, he is a cruel sadist who has no qualms using his charm to manipulate and betray other people and even Cenobites.
    • The face of an angel part doesn't apply in the book, however, where he's an ugly fat bastard.
  • Face Stealer: More like "Skin Stealer".
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: See Badass Boast.
  • Fat Bastard: In the book at-least, though Averted on the "fat" part in the movie. However the bastard part is played very straight in both the book and movie.
  • Hate Sink: One of the most rotten characters in the series. Frank has no redeeming or likable qualities, enjoys all the bad things he does and is depraved to the very bone.
  • The Hedonist: Which led him to the Lament Configuration.
  • Incest Is Relative: Repeatedly tries to force himself on Kirsty, his brother's daughter. Word of God says he never consummated his lust for Kirsty, but it's easy for audiences to assume he had.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He pretends to love Julia, but is really just using her, and eventually kills her when she outlives her usefulness to him.
  • Kill and Replace: His brother.
  • The Nth Doctor: Sean Chapman plays Frank before his opening of the puzzle box. Oliver Smith plays him in his desiccated/skinless stages. Portrayed by Andrew Robinson after Frank kills Larry and steals his skin.
  • The Sociopath: Completely lacking in empathy, morally bankrupt, sadistic, utterly selfish and even takes pride in all of this.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the book, even after seeing how heavily scarified the Cenobites are (having previously assumed they'd be beautiful women) and hearing their repeated warnings that their offer of "pleasure" isn't what he's thinking of, Frank goes all in anyway. He soon regrets it.
  • Sense Freak: Like most fictional hedonists.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: You never would have known just how evil Frank is based on first impressions.

    Julia Cotton 

Julia Cotton

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I'm no longer just the Wicked Stepmother. Now I'm the Evil Queen.
Portrayed by: Clare Higgins, Kazuko Yanaga (Japanese Dub)
Kirsty's stepmother, who was having a sexual affair with Frank. When Frank came back from the Cenobite realm, she began to work for him before being taken to Hell herself. In the second film, she escapes Hell under servitude to Leviathan. Forms a Big Bad Duumvirate with Channard.
  • Asshole Victim: She gets betrayed in the first film by Frank, and then gets trapped in hell forever in the second film. But of course, she was such a vile, murderous scumbag that no one will feel sorry for her.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Frank in Hellraiser and Channard in Hellbound.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the first film, she presents herself as a friendly and kind hearted woman, but is revealed to be the complete opposite later on.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In the second film, to the point of referring to herself as an "Evil Queen".
  • Dark Action Girl: In Part II.
  • The Dragon: To Frank, being the one killing men so he can revive. Later fills this role to Leviathan, alongside Pinhead and Channard.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Frank's death, she forms a Big Bad Duumvirate with Channard.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Twice. And the second time, she remains there for good.
  • Evil Brit: She is British and just as vile as Frank.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What end sup happening to her in the second film.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the first film, she's very polite and friendly, though it doesn't change the fact she's a remorseless serial killer. In the second movie, she doesn't even try to hide her monstrous nature and becomes more of a jerkass on top of that.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Between the first movie and second, she evolves from a bored adulterous housewife to the servant of Leviathan. She was originally intended to take over the franchise as the queen of Hell.
  • Hate Sink: Played very straight in the second film, where she becomes even more depraved, sadistic and psychopathic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Her actions end up biting her in the ass twice. In the first film she gets killed by Frank, and in the second film she gets trapped in Hell forever.
  • Kick the Dog: The way she kills her victims is just brutal and horrifying to watch.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She kills Frank in the second film for betraying her in the first film.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Even her actress Lampshaded this in an interview at one point. Julia is in a loveless marriage with Rory/Larry and believes only Frank can give her the passion she craves, which leads her to a very dark place.
  • Light Is Not Good: In the second film, she spends part of her time covered in white bandages which surprisingly don’t end up soiled by blood. She also wears a light blue dress which belies her supernatural monstrosity (though the original ending had her pull an Evil Costume Switch by changing the dress's color to black).
  • Manipulative Bitch: Easily cons Channard into becoming a Cenobite. Not that he minded one bit.
  • Serial Killer: She picks up and beats men with a hammer and feeds them to Frank.
  • The Sociopath: Like Frank, Julia has no morals or empathy for others and kills others in the most brutal and sadistic ways without a shred of guilt.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Hellbound, she went from a victim in the first movie to a Faux Affably Evil Femme Fatale.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was by no means a good person in the first film. However, in the second film, she's even more despicable and sadistic.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Kirsty, whom she has tried to kill multiple times.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She plans on killing Tiffany in the second film, who's only a teen.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Larry with Frank, though she seemed conflicted about it to some degree.

Merchant Family

    Philip Le Marchand 

Philip Lemarchand

The creator of the Lament Configuration.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Clive Barker originally wrote Lemarchand as an occultist who voluntarily created the Lament Configuration to summon demons. Bloodline portrays him as an unwitting pawn who was tricked into creating the box.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. Lemarchand had been obliquely referenced before, but everything implied he was a Cenobite-worshiping cultist. Nobody expected him to be just some guy, much less someone who'd never willingly worked with Leviathan or spent his efforts trying to stop Pinhead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He had no clue the toybox he was commissioned to make would bring about his end, and curse his bloodline for generations.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Starts out a harmless toymaker and winds up creating dimensional doors to perverted hell dimensions.
    • Subverted, however, in that Lemarchand is appalled by this, and attempts to undo it.
Several generations of men tied to the Cenobites and the Lament Configuration. With one exception, All are portrayed by Bruce Ramsey.

    John Merchant 

John Merchant

An architect drawn into his family's feud with Pinhead.
    Doctor Paul Merchant 

Doctor Paul Merchant

A scientist in the far future, and latest of the cursed Merchant bloodline.
  • Badass Bookworm: A brilliant engineer who is the one to defeat and destroy Pinhead, for good.
  • Bald of Awesome: It was meant to show that he's become Pinhead's equal.
  • Magic Versus Science: He's the science fighting Pinhead's magic. His science wins in the end.
    Winter 

Winter

Portrayed by Paul Rhys
A degenerate member of the family who has gathered a nihilistic cult following by means of his power over death.
  • Ax-Crazy: He kills his own followers and brings them back as undead.
  • Big Bad: Of Deader. He is the leader of the Deader cult.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Intends to conquer Hell and overthrow the Cenobites. Pinhead isn't having it. And when Pinhead finally gets his hands on him, it's not even a Curb Stomp Battle!
  • Cain and Abel: John's wife offhandedly mentions that he has an unnamed brother, who we can reasonably assume is Winter.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is a sadistic necromancer who turns people into the undead, in contrast with Pinhead who converts people into Cenobites.
  • Dark Messiah: Gathers suicidal hedonists to his side and transforms them into "Deaders" - undead beings in various states of decay.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Pinhead. While Pinhead grants power to humans by converting them into Cenobites, making them more powerful than before, Winter turns people into the undead, making them his slaves.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dresses in white and is one of the most evil members of the Merchant family.
  • Necromancer: And a vile psychopath too.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villain to Pinhead’s older hero as Pinhead is chronologically an old World War I veteran in contrast with the younger Winter.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Other descendants of Philip Lemarchand are seen trying to reverse engineer the puzzle box into a configuration that can kill Cenobites. Winter intends to use it to conquer them for his own gain.

Other Characters

    Phillip Channard 

Phillip Channard

Portrayed by: Kenneth Cranham
The sadistic and psychotic namesake and head of the Channard Institute in Hellraiser II
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Part II with Julia.
  • Combat Tentacles: Tipped with scalpels.
  • Deadly Doctor: His killings are medically related ("I recommend amputation!")
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Julia.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Pinhead and the other three Cenobites. While Pinhead was mostly an antihero who embraced his role, Channard hesitated before embracing his role as a Cenobite. Also, Channard is shown wearing a white labcoat while Pinhead wears black.
  • Evil Feels Good: His Cenobite conversion comes with wires burrowed into his face, and a massive tendril stuck in his head. His reaction to all this?
    Channard: And to think...I hesitated.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Pinhead and his group of Cenobites.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He mockingly uses his "bedside manner" voice to feel superior to others as a human, let alone after his conversion into a Cenobite. Once he is made into a monster, he drops all pretenses and revels in his sadism.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike the other Cenobites, there is nothing even remotely redeeming about Channard.
  • Hero Killer: He killed Pinhead and the other three Cenobites and to add insult to injury, he was responsible for Pinhead coming back as a deranged monster in the third film.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's more monstrous than any of the other Cenobites, who have at least retained a sliver of their humanity. Channard's human body is drained and withered during his conversion, with tentacles and wires tearing through the remnants of his flesh.
  • Large Ham: As a Cenobite.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wears a white labcoat and is very evil.
  • Loophole Abuse: Thinks getting a crazed patient to open the Lament Configuration will exempt him from the Cenobites' wrath. He's wrong.
  • Off with His Head!: Has the top of his head pulled off by the tendril when his hooks get stuck in the floor.
  • People Puppets: He himself becomes one post-transformation, his feet dangling uselessly in the air as his body is supported by a massive, phallic tentacle that has drilled into his head.
  • Sadist: After becoming a Cenobite, Channard actively enjoys inflicting pain on others.
  • Schmuck Bait: Tries to entice Tiffany by having his Combat Tentacles sprout flowers and beckoning fingers. It doesn't work.
  • The Sociopath: He cares nothing for the suffering of others, so long as it brings him closer to discovering the mysteries of the Lament Configuration.

    The Leviathan 

The Leviathan

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The God of Hell. Master of the Cenobites, who uses them as foot soldiers. Takes the form of a giant golden lozenge with black beams of light.
  • A God Am I: The reverberations it makes spell out "God" in Morse code.
  • Affably Evil: In the comics, it appears in visions as a neighborhood milkman.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's the one Pinhead and all the other Cenobites ultimately answer to.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Takes the form of a rhombus emanating a black light (as in actually black, and not ultraviolet), that forces anyone who it shines down on to face their crimes. His true form — if he has one — is unknown.
  • Hero Killer: Was responsible for Channard becoming a cenobite and was therefore responsible for Pinhead’s death and the deaths of three other cenobites.
  • Satanic Archetype: He's essentially the Satan of Hellraiser.
  • Shout Out: His comics persona takes on the appearance of Milkman Dan.
  • The Voiceless: It does make sounds, but it's not clear if those are indeed its voice.

    Joanne Summerskill 

Joanne Summerskill

Portrayed by: Terry Farrell
A reporter trying to uncover the mystery behind the Lament Configuration
    J.P. Monroe 

J.P Monroe/Piston-Head

Portrayed by: Kevin Bernhardt
Scumbag owner of The Boiler Room, a nightclub in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. After purchasing a certain macabre-looking pillar, he becomes wrapped up in Pinhead's evil plan.
  • Abusive Parents: Never elaborated on, but Pinhead implies he was molested by his parents.
  • Beauty Is Bad: To put it simply, he's a total hunk. And a morally deficient bastard.
  • The Dragon: Briefly to Pinhead, as he was the one bringing him women for him to eat so he could resurrect.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a Casanova scumbag but even he is horrified by Pinhead's cruelty. To an extent.
  • Expy: Of Frank, right down to the "come to daddy" line.
  • The Hedonist: To a lesser extent than Frank.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Right through his noggin, signalling his change into Piston-Head.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed both of his previously mentioned abusive parents.
    Angelique 

Angelique

Portrayed by: Valentina Vargas, Yumi Touma (Japanese Dub)
Demon Princess of Hell. Angelique is a Demon Daughter of Leviathan, eventually turned into a rank and file Cenobite by Pinhead.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all of her manipulative nature, she spends the entire movie as someone's slave. First Delisle, then Jacques and, eventually, Pinhead himself. One really can't help but feel a twinge of sympathy for her state.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In her physical state.
  • Bald Women: You try growing hair when your scalp is split open and tethered by hooks.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pinhead originally addresses her with respect, if disagreeing with her methods, implying that Angelique is his superior. After her conversion, she no longer even receives lines, and is just another Cenobite in his retinue.
  • Ironic Name: Angelique is French for "angelic".
  • Manipulative Bitch: She plays with John Merchant's head to complete the Elysium configuration.
  • Mind over Matter: She demonstrates the ability of telekinesis, such as moving the puzzle box from across the room to her hand.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Cenobite outfit exposes her cleavage and hips.
  • The Vamp: Downplayed. She uses her appearance to win favor with John Merchant, but other than an erotic dream he has of her, nothing comes of it.
  • Voice of the Legion: After becoming a Cenobite, her voice has a darker reverberation to it.
    Detective Joseph Thorne 

Detective Joseph Thorne / The Engineer

Portrayed by: Craig Sheffer, Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese Dub)
A hedonistic, asshole detective with a penchant for solving puzzles who is trying to track down a serial killer called The Engineer. Appeared in Hellraiser: Inferno. Turns out he is The Engineer himself and has condemned himself to eternal suffering courtesy his Jerkass behavior and hedonistic tendencies.
  • The Hedonist: Uses cocaine, cheats on his wife with hookers and steals from crime scenes to fund his depraved lifestyle.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The creature crawling down halls in the first movie is also canonically named the Engineer, but appears to have no direct relationship with the one Thorne hunts. (The novel has a third entity named the Engineer, but it's unclear if it exists in the film canon.)
  • Smart People Play Chess: The movie opens with Joseph playing speed chess against a friend of his to show his intelligence. On top of that he has a phone conversation halfway through without interrupting his game and goes right back to playing a basketball game after he trumps his opponent.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The severed finger found belongs to his innocent childhood self.
    Trevor Gooden 

Trevor Gooden

Kirsty's husband in Hellseeker. After Kirsty's fake death, Trevor suffers amnesia before the Cenobites begin to stalk him. Turns out he was cheating on Kirsty and planing on killing her with the Lament Configuration. Kirsty turns the tables on him and set the Cenobites on him.


  • Big Bad: Technically.
  • Dead All Along: As revealed in the end, was in Limbo from the beginning of the film.

    The Host 

The Host

Portrayed by: Lance Henriksen

The main antagonist of Hellworld, The Host invites the protagonists to a party only to begin picking them off one by one alongside the Cenobites. It turns out that he blamed them for the suicide of his son, and the Cenobites were hallucinations caused by drugs he had slipped to them.


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