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The eight-women crew Debbie Ocean gathered to pull off a heist at the Met Gala.
- Anti-Hero Team: To an even greater degree than previous movies in the Ocean's franchise, since the Eight are all anti-heroes, being thieves and con-artists that the audience are expected to root for; unlike Danny and company, the target of their theft is not a millionaire jerkass or competing thief, but a museum and a jewellery company.
- Caper Crew: Of course. See the individual character folders below for each team member's role in the central heist.
- Gender Flip: The basic premise of the film, an all-women team of robbers led by an Ocean family member rather than men as was previously the case.
- Improbably Female Cast: This is likely the first live action film ever centered around a highly skilled gang of career criminals and hackers pulling off a massive heist that are all female. Except when Yen helps Lou pull off the theft of the crown jewels in the exhibit that is. Slightly lampshaded by Debbie herself when she comments that she specifically wants a female team because women go Beneath Notice more than men do.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Debbie, Lou and Amita are the only ones to know that the heist is also about stealing the other jewels at the gala, with some help from a veteran of the Eleven, Yen. Amita is seen helping to create fake jewels in the Once More, with Clarity! sequence so she knew from the start.
- Lovable Rogue: Each member of the team is a lovable rogue to varying degrees. They are all portrayed as likable and sometimes funny characters that the audience can root for, despite the fact that each one of them is willingly taking part in multiple serious crimes.
Deborah "Debbie" Ocean
Played by: Sandra Bullock
The leader and the mastermind of the Met Gala heist, as well as the younger sister of Danny Ocean. Debbie has been planning the heist for five years during her imprisonment caused by the treacherous Claude Becker.
- Ambiguously Bi: She was definitely into Claude, but her relationship with Lou raises more than a few eyebrows. They apparently went through a 'rough patch', according to Debbie, which is the reason why she became romantically involved with Claude in the first place. Not to mention that Debbie is much more touchy-feely with Lou than she is with anybody else, calls her 'babe', jokes about proposing to her and often engages in a lot of lingering, subtext-heavy looks with her. Much of their interactions imply that they're majorly into each other.
- Best Served Cold: She used her five years sentence in prison to both plan the heist and plan to frame Claude Becker for it, as it was because of him that she ended up jailed.
- Complexity Addiction: Just like her brother. She's back at it after being in prison for five years and, from the sound of it, spending most of her time behind bars plotting this movie's heist. She says herself that after three years, she wasn't getting caught when she ran the plan in her head. After five years, she's got it down to a science. Lampshaded by Frazier's question about if the whole Ocean clan is genetically predisposed towards thievery and revenge schemes.Lou: Why do you need to do this?Debbie: Because it's what I'm good at.
- Con Man: She is a consummate con woman who learned from the best, being the younger sister of none other than Danny Ocean, the ultimate con man.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: An Ocean and a Caper Crew leader, like Danny, but she's a woman, and primarily targets highly priced jewelry instead of Las Vegas casinos. Danny's and Rusty's bromance becomes Ambiguously Bi between her and Lou, and she has Sticky Fingers unlike Danny.
- In the Blood: She's a con artist like her father and brother before her.
- Just Got Out of Jail: The film opens with Debbie being released on parole after a 5 plus year prison sentence for fraud.
- The Leader: The leader of the Met Gala heist crew.
- Legacy Character: Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new bold heist mastermind named "Ocean".
- Phantom Thief: She also has shades of the Classy Cat-Burglar being an ultra slick, stylish, attractive and competent professional thief, but her crimes are much larger, more complex and more elaborate than your average cat burglar. She plans the central heist to the letter to ensure that there's absolutely no way that she or the rest of her team can possibly be incriminated.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Lou. She's the red oni being the more impulsive and fearless of the two, though her calm manner might suggest otherwise.
- Refuge in Audacity: How does she ensure that she can't possibly be the prime suspect for the theft of the Toussaint necklace? Not by hiding in the shadows but making sure that she gets noticed at the gala as much as possible and is in plain sight of the security camera the whole time that the theft is taking place to give herself the perfect alibi.
- Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: The first things she does after being released from prison? Shoplifting and preparing a big heist that would make her late brother proud, of course.
- Sticky Fingers: She prefers shoplifting goods than paying for them. Then again, she comes out of prison with only about $40 in her pocket.
- The Strategist: She spent her whole prison sentence planning the Met Gala heist.
- Surprisingly Good German: She speaks German very well, and it comes in handy to infiltrate the Met Gala as she passes as a German socialite. Sandra Bullock herself speaks the language fluently, her mother is German and she grew up in Germany and Austria before building her career in the USA.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Again with Lou, Debbie being the more traditionally girly girl and Lou being the more tomboyish of the two.
- Talking to the Dead: Twice, when at Danny's grave. The first time, she says it'd better be him in there, and the second time, she tells him that he would have loved the con.
- Younger than She Looks: She doesn't really look like she's played by a 52 year old Sandra Bullock.
Played by: Cate Blanchett
Debbie's long term best friend and partner in crime. Lou runs a trendy New York nightclub and has the kind of underground contacts needed to pull off the heist.
- Ambiguously Gay: She's heavily implied to be Debbie's ex, even kissing her at one point, and she never displays any kind of romantic interest in men. The way that she dresses and her general demeanor seem to support the fact that she is a lesbian.
- Badass Biker: She's a leather and velvet clad, super slick, super confident criminal who owns a nightclub and rides a motorcycle.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She's very much like a gender-flipped Rusty Ryan, being an Ocean's Number Two, owning a legal business (a nightclub instead of a hotel) and perfectly knowing who to recruit for the heist. Danny's and Rusty's bromance becomes Ambiguously Bi between her and Debbie.
- Coolest Club Ever: Lou owns an ultra trendy New York nightclub which is huge, vintage in style and projects French new wave art films onto the walls.
- The Fixer: She has shades of this for the team, along with Tammy. She seems to have a great deal of shady contacts in the criminal world, as she finds and (with Debbie) recruits both Nine Ball as the team's hacker and Constance as their pickpocket. Her massive New York loft space home also serves as the gang's Home Base when planning the heist.
- Hates Wearing Dresses: Certainly implied as the rest of the gang wear pimped out dresses to the gala at the end whereas Lou is the only one to subvert the trend, wearing a glamorous sparkly jumpsuit instead.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: She rides a motorcycle and her dress sense is akin to a modern day Debbie Harry, Joan Jett or Suzi Quatro. She is near enough constantly wearing black or red leather of some description, whether it be leather pants or leather jackets.
- Hidden Depths: She dresses like a hot blooded glam rock chick, but her personality is surprisingly more reasonable, cautious and restrained than Debbie's. At first she is constantly trying to get Debbie to reconsider pulling off the heist, afraid that they'll slip up and Debbie will end up back inside.
- The Lancer: To Debbie, as her foil personality wise and her partner in crime.
- Number Two: She's Debbie's long term best friend and partner in crime. The two used to run jobs together before Debbie was sent to prison, and even though Lou has apparently since 'gone straight' (while watering down vodka at her club to make profit), she still maintains all manners of valuable contacts for shady figures in the criminal underworld that she and Debbie use to pull off their heist.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Between her and Debbie she's the blue oni as the one pulling back and trying to get Debbie to see reason.
- Reformed Criminal: It's implied that she's mostly gone straight since Debbie went to prison, although she has no problem watering down the vodka being served at her club for profit and she sure seems to maintain many shady contacts.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Part of her role at the heist includes posing as a caterer in order to tamper with Daphne's food.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the tomboy to Debbie's more traditionally girly girl. However, she is a pretty feminine tomboy in that she does wear makeup and lots of jewelery.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: As mentioned above, Lou is definitely a tomboy in that she prefers traditionally masculine clothing and rides a motorcycle, but she also has a noticeably girly streak. She wears her platinum blonde hair longer and more styled than a traditional tomboy, and she also always wears makeup and a lot of jewelry.
- Waistcoat of Style: As well as her tendency to wear leather, Lou also wears a lot of ultra-stylish pantsuits and waistcoats.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Lou has what can only be described as some sort of an Australian/American hybrid accent, and the film has Tammy introduce Lou as a caterer who's recently returned from Australia. Cate Blanchett herself is a dual citizen of both Australia and the US, having an Australian mother and American (Texan) father.
Played by: Anne Hathaway
A spoiled and vain actress with Hidden Depths who becomes the unwitting mule of the Toussaint necklace and the mark of the heist.
- Alpha Bitch: She's very mean and bitchy to her poor, beleaguered PA who she openly mocks at one point, and in general she is quite dismissive of others unless they're constantly showering her with compliments.
- Brainless Beauty: What she comes across as for much of the movie. Amusingly while Daphne is revealed to be very sharp her actress also cameoes as the 'real' Anne Hathaway who is apparently this trope in the filmverse.
- Drama Queen: When Rose is fitting her for her Met Gala gown, she has a hilariously over the top panic attack, exclaiming dramatically about how 'huge' she is until Rose manages to calm her down, by lavishing her with praise and compliments of course.
- Femme Fatale: Seduces Becker so she can incriminate him with the piece of the Toussaint he unwittingly smuggled out.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The crew convince her to ask Rose to dress her for the gala by planting stories in the news that Rose will be dressing an upcoming, much younger starlet.
- Hidden Depths: She's a lot smarter than she seems, able to piece together that something weird was going on with the gala. She actually dreams of becoming a filmmaker, and fulfills that wish with her share of the money the crew got from the stolen jewels.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Badly enough to join the heist.
- Lonely at the Top: She admits that she has no real friends.
- The Mark: The one from whom Debbie Ocean's crew is directly stealing the Toussaint.
- The Prima Donna: Wealthy, famous, spoiled, and demanding. However, she's not stupid (though this is not evident at first glance).
- Sixth Ranger: She becomes part of the con after realizing what went on at the Met Gala.
- Smarter Than You Look: Oh, definitely. She realizes Rose is up to something due to the latter's bad acting during the con and tracks the crew up to their hideout, then blackmails her way in.
- Token Evil Teammate: In a downplayed way. She is definitely the main character portrayed with the most negative personality traits and while her motive for joining the gang is quite sympathetic - boredom and loneliness - she basically blackmails her way in at the 11th hour, taking a full cut.
Played by: Mindy Kaling
A friend of Debbie's and a jewelery maker who is desperate to get out from under her mother's hypercritical thumb.
- Adorkable: Even though she's not a White Sheep (like Rose) and certainly isn't an innocent, having clearly assisted Debbie with her criminal schemes in the past, she's easily the sweetest, most traditionally girly and socially awkward of the gang. She swipes right on the very first guy she sees on Tinder because, in her words, 'he looks kind'.
- Fangirl: Of Taylor Swift, to the point that she asks if they can just abandon the con and go to the Gala instead after learning that Swift will be there.
- My Beloved Smother: At the start of the film, she's stuck living with her overbearing mother, who constantly belittles her and asks why she can't be like her sister.
- Nice Girl: She only wants enough money to move out from her mother's place.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Amita is friendly and earnest, but somewhat awkward around others. Constance has to help her use Tinder, and she's still living with and under the thumb of her domineering mother at the start of the movie. The end of the movie shows she's improving.
Played by: Sarah Paulson
A friend and former fence of Debbie and Lou's. On the surface she is the perfect housewife, whilst behind the scenes she is a consummate thief and con woman.
- The Fixer: She seems to fulfill this role in the team, along with Lou. She is responsible for obtaining the 3D printing machine that they use to produce fake replicas of the Toussaint as well as the other jewelry in the exhibit and she also infiltrates Vogue magazine as an employee and obtains designer gowns for the gang to wear to the Met Gala, among other things.
- Happily Married: She's married with children and insists that she 'doesn't do that anymore'.
- Housewife: Her outward appearance is a perfect housewife with a large suburban home and two darling children. She's clearly bored and unfulfilled with this lifestyle as it certainly hasn't stopped her criminal ways.
- Implausible Deniability: Tammy justifies the massive amounts of stolen consumer goods in her garage (e.g. a ceiling-high stack of Keurig machines) to her unknowing husband with "Ebay."
- Inside Job: Tammy infiltrates the gala by gaining employment at Vogue magazine as an events co-ordinator using a false identity and resumé. Through this she manages to gather useful info such as the gala seating chart, as well as also get Lou inside the event as a 'nutritional expert' and generally be the ground support during the actual heist, making sure everything runs smoothly.
- Mission Control: Fulfills this role during the actual heist. She is on the ground at the Gala (as a Vogue employee) ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
- Reformed Criminal: She has left the criminal life behind according to her, even though her garage is stacked floor to ceiling with stolen goods.
- Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: She used to be a fence, but left the business, got married and had children. But despite her insistence to the contrary, she became bored, using her skills to steal goods she didn't even have a use for. She jumps right in with Debbie once she's told about the job's payoff.
Played by: Awkwafina
A savvy street hustler, recruited by Debbie and Lou due to her extreme pickpocketing skills.
- Affectionate Pickpocket: In her first scene she swipes a man's watch while hugging him.
- Card Sharp: She is introduced hustling poor unsuspecting tourists out of their cash using the old Three-card Monte con.
- Five-Finger Discount: She's an expert pickpocket, pretty much the Distaff Counterpart of Linus Caldwell.
- Give Me Back My Wallet: Debbie asks for both her and Lou's watches back when recruiting Constance. Lou hadn't even noticed.
- Percussive Pickpocket: Constance can easily swipe things from people by bumping into them.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She sticks to street outfits for the majority of the movie but as part of the heist, dons a stunningly gorgeous blue dress. She also looks equally good in a wait staff tux before the dress comes out.
- Sticky Fingers: She loves stealing, and she's good at it.
Nine Ball (Leslie)
Played by: Rihanna
An incredibly talented young hacker who is brought on board to hack the MET's security systems.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jokey, stoner demeanor aside, she is a very competent hacker.
- The Cracker: She's happy to hack her enemies' computers, for fun and profit.
- Embarrassing First Name: Leslie.
- Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: She poses as a janitor (using a pass stolen by Constance) at the Met's security firm headquarters, successfully managing to sneak in a listening device.
- Mission Control: Her job in the actual heist is hijacking the museum's security cameras and guide the team from a van.
- Playful Hacker: She's very laid-back and fun-loving, and takes great pride in her work.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Like Constance, she spends the whole movie wearing casual street clothes until the Gala where she stuns in an ultra-glamorous red dress.
- The Stoner: Happily lights up during jobs and while she's being interviewed.
Played by: Helena Bonham-Carter
A fading fashion designer, recruited to be The Face by Debbie and Lou. She joins the gang willingly due to her crippling debts and near bankruptcy.
- Bad "Bad Acting": She can't act at all. But it's justified, since she's not a con woman or an actress, she's a fashion designer.
- Comfort Food: After her fashion show flops, Debbie and Lou find her eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon.
- Fashion Designer: Her job. She was once very popular, but has since become a bit of a joke. It's implied that the only reason she hasn't disappeared from the scene completely is the fact that she's friends with Anna Wintour.
- Glory Days: She was big in the 90's, but since then has been coasting on her name and goodwill from celebrities, with her newer creations finding few, if any fans.
- Hidden Depths: She's bad at following scripts, but managed to convince Cartier to let the Toussaint out of the vault for the gala with a spontaneous speech in French, and also managed to record the clasp of the Toussaint being removed, so the team could find a way around it.
- Riches to Rags: She managed to blow over fifteen million dollars in a couple of years. By the start of the film her passport has confiscated, and she's facing bankruptcy and possibly imprisonment for tax evasion.
- The Roper: Lures Daphne into using the Toussaint as part of her outfit for the gala.
- White Sheep: Of the main characters (minus Daphne), she's the only one with no known history as a criminal.
Played by: Richard Armitage
Debbie's ex, a treacherous art dealer who had a direct hand in her imprisonment.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's quite charming, and is polite enough at first, but he's an utter slimebag.
- Fall Guy: Deliberately chosen, being the man who put Debbie in prison.
- Jerkass: Once you scratch the surface. He and Debbie had a thing for several years, but he turned on her without a thought as soon as he was at risk of being sent to prison.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's a wealthy, well-dressed urban sophisticate who owns an art gallery.
Played by: James Corden
An insurance agent brought in by Cartier to investigate the theft of the Toussaint necklace.
- Friendly Enemy: He has pursued members of the Ocean family several times, and offers to keep Debbie's name out of the matter if she just returns the Toussaint.
- Nice Guy: He tells Debbie that he just wants the necklace back, and if she gives it to him, he'll pretend he found it somewhere and leave her and her friends out of it.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Neither Debbie nor the audience can really dislike him for investigating the team, since he's so darn nice about it.
- Vague Age: No onscreen age is given, but since he busted Debbie's father (twice!) and Danny and he and Debbie banter like old friends John is probably meant to be considerably older than James Corden (who is over a decade younger than either Sandra Bullock or George Clooney.)