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    Tom 

Tom

Played By: Adam Scott

  • Action Survivor: He might be a suburban dad, but when Krampus comes-a-knockin' he steps up in an impressive way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As befitting a character played by Adam Scott.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Tom gets the significant amount of focus, however, the real main character is his son Max. Played with even further with Tom when he was the grabbed by the underground snow beast near the end of the movie before his wife, sister-in-law and niece were taken too.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He lets himself get grabbed by the underground snow beast so that his surviving family members can reach the snowplow.
  • Papa Wolf: He will do literally anything to protect his children.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: His sacrifice ends up being pointless as not only are the surviving family members grabbed by the underground snow beast, but the snowplow didn't work because of a dead battery.
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    Sarah 

Sarah

Played By: Toni Collette

  • Action Mom: Though not to the same degree as Linda, she does what she can when all hell breaks loose. And is the first one to try and pull Howie Jr. out of the fireplace, holding on the longest and only letting go when the gingerbread man scares her.
  • Control Freak: She's seen to be very stressed out at the beginning of the film, and the other characters make comments about her need to have everything be perfect.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is an uptight and insecure Control Freak with traces of being Stepford Smiler at the beginning of the movie when Howard's and Linda's family arrived, but is indeed a loving mom.
  • Mama Bear: Even with all of the dangerous creatures running loose, she vows to find Beth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers a small one to Dorothy in the beginning of the film, interrupting Dorothy's complaints and telling her if she's gonna bitch about all the work Sarah's done, next year everyone can show up unannounced to Dorothy's trailer for Christmas and then spend every second criticizing Dorothy. Dorothy seems genuinely hurt by this.

    Howard 

Howard

Played By: David Koechner

  • Action Survivor: He holds his own against the monsters.
  • Bald of Awesome: He earns the description as the film progresses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He tends to be pretty blunt.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He ends up falling asleep when he's on watch. This leads to his son, Howie Jr., being taken.
  • Gun Nut: Enjoys shooting, and brought along some guns for the trip just in case.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his own life in an attempt to rescue his baby daughter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Howard is crass, overbearing, rude and obnoxious. Despite this, he's a loving father who's willing to admit when he's wrong.
  • Papa Bear: He tackles Der Klown when it kidnaps his baby daughter.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Wields a shotgun throughout the movie.

    Linda 

Linda

Played By: Allison Tolman

  • Action Mom: Turns out the Hand Cannon revolver Howard had in his truck along with his trusty shotgun belongs to her.
  • An Axe to Grind: Takes up an axe against the creatures.
  • Foreshadowing: Sarah jokingly remarks that Linda fights dirty, and that she herself still has the scars from their childhood fights. Then comes the scene in the attic, where Linda takes an icicle to the evil teddy bear who's mauling her, putting its eye out.
  • Mama Bear: Seeing one of her daughters in danger is what triggers her moment of heroism in the attic: after stabbing the teddy bear that's been mauling her, she picks up an axe, cuts the strand of lights being used to strangle Sarah, knocks away the toy robot stabbing Tom, and sends Der Klown running before it can consume Stevie.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: She yanks off her hairband before going to town on Krampus's helpers.

    Omi 

Omi

Played By: Krista Stadler
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had an encounter with Krampus once before, which still haunts her to this day.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After acknowledging that she may well have brought the family to Krampus's attention in the first place, and feeling guilt over what happened to her birth family, she decides to face him down. As it turns out, stopping to kill her doesn't even break his stride.

    Dorothy 

Aunt Dorothy

Played By: Conchata Ferrell

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    Max 

Max

Played By: Emjay Anthony

  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Is very astute and observant for someone his age, and his letter to Santa demonstrates he's got a better understanding of how unhappy his parents and relatives really are. He's even aware that Howard treats Stevie and Jordan like boys because he most likely wishes they were.

    Beth 

Beth

Played By: Stefania LaVie Owen
  • Final Girl: Subverted. She's clearly set up to be this - she's the pretty, confident teenage daughter, slightly bratty when forced to interact with her extended family but generally loving to her parents and brother. Though she's been more distant to them lately it's natural as she's trying to forge her own identity, and to that end has a nice, steady boyfriend... sound familiar from every horror film ever? Then you'll be surprised to learn that she's the first to get killed off.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Gets taken out pretty early in the film.

    Howie Jr. 

Howie Jr.

Played By: Maverick Flack
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Never says a word even when he's being spoken to directly; seems completely unaware of the tensions in the family, even when they blow up in an outright argument over the dinner table; and only seems interested in eating, to the point where the sight of a gingerbread man hanging from a hook in the chimney doesn't ring any alarm bells even though his cousin has just been abducted. Coupled with more subtle signals, like the fact that he never makes eye contact with other characters, it seems likely he actually has quite a severe developmental disorder, though his father is too focused on finally having his longed-for "perfect son" to accept it.
  • Big Eater: A bit heavyset, and is willing to eat an ominous cookie.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: His only expression is a perpetual stare.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Taking a bite out of gingerbread cookie, that's attached to a hook, that's hanging from the fireplace might not be a good idea.

    Jordan 

Jordan

Played By: Queenie Samuel
  • Eaten Alive: By the Jack-in-the-Box.
  • Fat and Skinny: With her sister Stevie. She is the muscle of the group at first holding back her cousin when they get into a fight
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She and Stevie picks on Max for believing in Santa Claus at the beginning of the film, but then bonds with him later on when they are terrorized by Krampus.
  • Tomboy: It is implied that Howard wished for her and her sister to be boys, so he raised them like such.

    Stevie 

Stevie

Played By: Lolo Owen
  • Fat and Skinny: With her sister Jordan. She is the brains of the duo instigating the tormenting at the dinner table.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She and Jordan picks on Max for believing in Santa Claus at the beginning of the film, but then bonds with him later on when they are terrorized by Krampus.
  • Paper Tiger: Despite being a tomboy, knowing how to use a gun, and being enrolled in military camps, Stevie is scared to go upstairs in the dark by herself.
  • Tomboy: It is implied that Howard wished for her and her sister to be boys, so he raised them like such.
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    Chrissy 

Chrissy

Played By: Sage Hunefeld
  • Companion Cube: As a baby too young to even speak, she spends most of the movie being carried by her mother or Dorothy. When it comes down to it, even the family dog is better able to fight back against Krampus than Chrissy is, sadly.
  • Death of a Child: Possibly one of the youngest visible characters ever to get killed off in cinematic history. Though to be fair her "death" scene shows her being carried off by Krampus and is not in any way violent or gory, just... really distressing in context.

Monsters

    Krampus 

Krampus

Played By: Luke Hawker & Gideon Emery

  • Acrofatic: Krampus is an enormous, hunchbacked mass of robes, horns, hooves and chains. Nevertheless, he can leap buildings with ease and cannot be outrun.
  • Adaptational Badass: The original legends of Krampus portray him as a demon who works for St. Nicholas, but here he's even older than Santa Claus who operates on his own.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original legends tend to portray Krampus as doing his duty, punishing children for the greater good. Here, he's a malicious sadist. He accomplishes the same goal in the end, punishing a group of seriously unlikable people for the greater good, but this version appears a lot more brutal then the original which given his fable origins is really saying something.
  • Anti-Villain: Deconstructed, though he and his henchmen only target the naughty, it is a severe case of Disproportionate Retribution, not to mention how they get perverse joy out of it or how they have no problem attacking innocents who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time like the postman, or how he reacts to Max's attempt at a Take Me Instead.
  • Badass Beard: As befitting of a creature tied to Santa Clause.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Regardless of how you interpret the ending, Krampus remains victorious.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: Like in the original legend, Krampus carries a sack to kidnap people.
  • Beast with a Human Face: Subverted. He appears to have a horrifying mockery of Santa Claus' face — it looks like someone slathered melted human skin over an inhuman skull — but upon closer inspection of the official Weta statuette, it's a mask of some kind that he wears to hide his true monstrous form. Concept art confirms that it's also definitely Genuine Human Hide. At the very best he looks like the modern Coca-Cola Santa after rigor mortis set in.
  • Big Bad: Well, obviously.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: He has very thin, clawed fingers.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's very clearly the bad guy due to his colour motifs.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His pupils are shaped like a goat's, although more jagged.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While the film wasn't that bright to begin with it still had plenty of comedic moments and even the toys and elves are rather comedic. But the MOMENT Krampus himself enters the scene the laughter and comedy just stops and is treated as seriously as anything like him should be treated. As a dangerous and terrifying entity that you cannot stop.
  • Shown Their Work: Surprisingly Krampus does have some ties to his cultural roots. Just like the originals he's some kind of demon and noticeably covered in fur, plays opposite role of Saint Claus punishing the naughty, and does have some rules he has to play by though the specifics are never made clear. If nothing else should his charge learn the lesson he is obliged to release them and revert the damage his reign of terror causes.
  • The Krampus: Clearly.
  • The Voiceless: Krampus never says a single word in the film. Though he does laugh maliciously when rejecting Max's attempted sacrifice.

    Der Klown 

Der Klown

Played By: Brett Beattie

    Perchta the Cherub 

Perchta the Cherub

Played By: Ivy George

    Teddy 

Teddy

    Clumpy, Lumpy, and Dumpy 

Clumpy, Lumpy, and Dumpy

Played By: Justin Roiland, Seth Green and Breehn Burns

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