Antonio "Tony" Montana
A former Cuban soldier and convict who makes his way to Miami and eventually becomes ingrained in the criminal underworld.
- Adaptational Heroism: His Wouldn't Hurt a Child philosophy separates him from Paul Muni's Tony Camonte who is otherwise free of any noble virtues.
- Affably Evil: At first he generally has a chill and mostly friendly demeanor and almost comes off as likeable, despite being a murderous henchman. He loses most of this in the 2nd half of the film once he gets addicted to his own drugs and goes mad with power.
- Alas, Poor Villain: At the end of the film, where he has gone completely off the deep end and lost everything partly due to his own mistakes. You still can't help but feel a little bit of pity for him.
- Anti-Hero: A Nominal Hero, since the real villain is Sosa, who is much worse than he is. In the videogame, he's an Unscrupulous Hero.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. While he is a murderous drug kingpin, he has several moral boundaries his fellow criminals don't. And had several Pet the Dog moments.
- At Least I Admit It: His entire "say goodnight to the bad guy" speech boils down to Tony telling everyone giving him funny looks at the restaurant that at least he acknowledges his own faults and slip-ups instead of pinning blames.
- Ax-Crazy: More and more so after he's addicted to his own supply.
- Bad Boss: One of the better examples of this trope as most of the time, he is a reasonable one. However, his Hair-Trigger Temper gets in the way.
- Big Bad: After Frank's murder, he's the biggest villain of his own story until Sosa comes along.
- Blood Knight: Many shootouts and fights Tony gets into he enjoys every minute of it. Special mention goes to Freedomtown.Tony: I kill a communist for fun, but for a green card, I gonna carve him up real nice.
- But Not Too Foreign: He claims his father was American.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "So say goodnight to the bad guy!"
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Cares for his mother very much, even if she despises his trade.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Tony won't kill children. He also has a hands-off policy on women.
- Friend to All Children: Has shades of this. Tony is fairly pleasant to two kids he talks to while Manny tries to pick up a chick at the pool. He says that he'd really like to have kids with Elvira (which never happens, which is partly what starts the very public fight that finally drives Elvira away), and of course he will not kill children.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: He formerly served in the Cuban Army before ending up in prison. Explains how he's able to fight so well at the end of the film.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Is almost always on the brink of a cocaine-fueled rage. Nearly everything sets him off, especially people who go near his sister.
- Implacable Man: His bravery and loyalty is what makes him a vital asset to his boss or his partner at the moment. Though his cocaine addiction has made him more of a liability.
- Incest Subtext: Tony's violent protectiveness regarding his sister has more than a few shades of this, which is a callback to the original film this is a remake of.
- It's All About Me: Starts to have this attitude after he finished with his criminal empire.
- Jerkass: More so than his original counterpart. Towards everyone except his family, but still...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He won't kill kids and the first thing he does when he makes it out on top is buy Gina her own beauty parlor for her to work in, in hopes that she doesn't end up like him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Admittedly, most of his victims were bad people, like Hector, Bernstein, and Alberto.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Oh boy. Touch his sister and you die. Isn't that right, Manny?
- Large Ham: Every line that comes out of his mouth is hammy.
- Made of Iron: It takes a whole army and a shotgun blast to the back to kill him. This is literal in the game where he is invincible when he is angry enough.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Manny, he feels nothing but sorrow and regret about it.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Hoo boy, he does not like anyone getting around his sister. Not even his best friend is safe.
- The Napoleon: His height is confirmed to be around 5'6".
- Never Hurt an Innocent: While this is shown to be true in the movie, it's made especially clear in the video game, where you simply can't shoot civillians, because that's not in-character for Tony.
- Noble Demon: Has standards compared to most of the other villains of the film. The noble aspects of him start to diminish over the course of the story, as he becomes a drug addict and his Hair-Trigger Temper worsens though he still keeps his Never Hurt an Innocent attitude.
- One-Man Army: Tony uses an assault rifle and grenade launcher to kill about a few dozen or so henchmen in the climax. However, he didn't avoid getting fatally shot in the back.
- However, this is played completely straight in the videogame.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He doesn't like working alongside Colombians. What's hilariously hypocritical is Montana, portrayed by Sicilian-born Al Pacino (most famous for portraying Corleone crime family head Michael in The Godfather), rejecting a suggestion by Manny to work with the American Mafia, on the entirely racist basis that he doesn't trust Italians.
- Properly Paranoid: Much of Tony's aggressive accusations are passed off as Paranoid, but there have been times where he's on the right. For example when Mel shakes him down for protection money, using his killing of Rebenga as leverage. Tony immediately figures that Frank Lopez is setting him up as he is the only one outside of Freedomtown to know about that hit.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Manny and Sosa's Blue. Manny is generally more level-headed and easy going than the Hot-Blooded Tony, who's always looking for a fight. And Sosa is coldly pragmatic and ruthless.Tony: There were fucking children in the car!
Sosa: When you move 400 kilos a month, it is imperative that you do kill children.
- Redemption Earns Life: In the game, he survives the climactic shootout in the film with plenty of bitter lessons learned, and he uses them as his motivation to take down Sosa once and for all.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the film's climax, after Gina's death, leading to the film's most iconic moment.
- In the game where he survives said shootout, he's on one for the rest of the story against Sosa.
- Sanity Slippage: He gets more crazier and unhinged after his coke addiction settles in.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lampshaded by Elvira.Elvira: "Can't you stop saying fuck all the time?!"
- Slouch of Villainy: Tony has atrocious body posture whenever he's sitting in his office chair.
- Smug Snake: By the second half of the film, he does nothing but brag about how he's the "bad guy" of the town while he's really losing control of both himself and his empire due to his Cocaine addiction and anger issues.
- The Starscream: To Frank, and later on, Sosa.
- Villainous Incest: Tony can't have his sister and consequently doesn't want anyone else to have her. This is lampshaded by her right before she's gunned down.
- Villain Protagonist: May be a Noble Demon but is still The Don of Miami and eventually becomes more violent and dangerous.
- Villainous Breakdown: Very often due to his Hair-Trigger Temper, but the most prominent one would have to be in the finale.
- Weapon of Choice: Typically uses a Beretta 81 handgun as his main weapon.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He would only go after men who challenge him. Bar the one time he slaps Gina for sneaking into the men's bathroom at the Babylon to make out with a guy she just met.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The reason why Sosa puts a hit on him.
- Yandere: Acts as one towards his sister.
Manolo "Manny Ray" Ribera
Tony's best friend.
- Affably Evil: In the same way that Tony starts out as. He gets bonus points for not becoming more of an asshole as the film goes on, unlike Tony.
- The Casanova / Handsome Lech: Though not as abhorrent or obnoxious as most examples.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his interactions with Tony.
- Deuteragonist: To Tony's Villain Protagonist.
- The Dragon: Acts as this for Tony.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Was in prison with Tony.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Shoots Lopez.
- Ladykiller in Love: Ends up falling in love with Tony's sister, Gina.
- The Millstone: He becomes this in the second half of the film. Even given Tony's erratic behavior, the events of his downfall are mostly due to Manny's fuck ups. First he puts Tony in contact with a money launderer who turns out to be an undercover cop. Then while Tony is busy dealing with Sosa's business he puts Manny in charge of the operation, but instead of doing that Manny runs off to elope with Gina. As noted below, his way of breaking the news to Tony was extremely unwise, and leads to his death.
- Only Sane Man: Is noticeably more level headed than Tony.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first Manny serves as a brash, cock-sure Red Oni to a cynical and resourceful Tony's Blue, but in the second part of the movie, with Tony going crazy over money, their roles change, with Manny being more thoughtful in contrast to Tony's obsessive behavior.
- Too Dumb to Live: Greeting Tony at the door in a robe was a really bad way to tell Tony that he and Gina were seeing each other, especially given Tony's temper and his earlier warning to stay away from her.
- Would Hit a Girl: Guns down Hector's female henchman Marta when he and Chi-chi rescue Tony.
Frank Lopez's, and later, Tony's wife.
- Dark Mistress: To Frank at first, and later to Tony.
- Genre Savvy: She's the only one (other than maybe Sosa) who understands how stories like Tony's always end, and she gets out while she can.
- Gold Digger: Her motive for marrying a multi-millionaire drug kingpin.
- Jerkass: More so than Gina and Tony.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong when she points out what an asshole Tony has become.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Tony blames her drug use for the fact that he hasn't had any kids with her. He's been berating her non-stop throughout the dinner but mentioning this finally makes her lash out.
- Rich Bitch: She's married to bigwig Frank Lopez, and later, Tony, and treats everyone coldly.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In her last appearance, she decides that she's had enough and tells Tony, "I'm leaving you. I don't need this shit anymore."
Tony's younger sister, who looks up to him.
- '80s Hair: Her hair's really big.
- Break the Cutie: Getting dragged into Tony's criminal life does a number on her personality.
- Broken Bird: After Tony kills Manny, she completely loses it.
- BrotherSister Incest: She spitefully tries to seduce Tony at the end and implies that Tony's incestuous love for her is the reason he tries to 'protect' her from other men.
- Corrupt the Cutie: She and Tony's mother accuse Tony of "destroying" Gina.
- In the Back: Shot repeatedly in the back by one of Sosa's men.
- Morality Pet: Manny urges her to be one for Tony, but she doesn't like the role.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes completely insane after Manny's death.
A car dealer and drug kingpin, and Tony's initial employer.
- Affably Evil: Even at the end of the film, it's hard not to like him at the very least a little, as he is one of the nicer gangsters in the film.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He desperately pleads for Tony to spare his life. It almost works....until Tony makes Manny do the job as he wanted Frank to die in a sense of irony.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Wears a Chai necklace and uses the Yiddish word "chazzer" at one point. Miami does have a sizeable population of Cuban Jews, but it's never explicitly stated if he is one.
Frank Lopez's right-hand man, who gives Tony his first assignment.
- Ambiguous Situation: Twice over. Tony has some suspicions that Omar was responsible in some manner for the deal with the Colombian dealers going sour. However, he never acts on this and Omar is killed for an unrelated accusation: being a police informant. This too is never given any proof beyond Sosa's word, and Frank at least is not convinced.
- Asshole Victim: Turns on Tony for his dealings with Sosa, then gets exposed as a cop informant and killed by Sosa's men. Not a smart move there. Bear in mind it's implied he tried to have Tony killed by Hector, so Tony doesn't care when he's killed.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Tries to pull a gun on Tony after their first altercation.
- Jerkass: Although to his credit, he acts cordial enough until Tony steps on his toes.
- The Rival: to Tony, for a little while.
- Smug Snake: His wiry appearance combined with a slimy, arrogant personality and unsophisticated attitude certainly give off this vibe.
- The Stool Pigeon: According to Sosa, he was a police informant.
Another one of Tony's henchmen.
A thug who works for Frank Lopez, and later, Tony.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After Frank and Mel are killed, Tony turns his attention to Ernie, who is sweating, awaiting his impending death. Tony instead offers him a job, which he accepts. Ernie then takes a swig from a bottle of Jack Daniels.
- Killed Offscreen: You see him being garroted by the assassins, but it cuts away before he dies.
Nick the Pig
One of Tony's bodyguards.
Another one of Tony's friends.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Angel is perhaps the only character to be sympathetic towards given his limited role in the film. His Cruel and Unusual Death compared to everyone else only adds to the sympathy.
- An Arm and a Leg: A literal example.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dismembered by Hector the Toad with a chainsaw.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed early on by Hector the Toad in a drug deal gone wrong.
A corrupt police detective.
- Asshole Victim: Since he was willfully in Lopez's plan to have Tony killed, no one's going to miss him when Tony pops a couple of bullets in him in revenge.
- Dirty Cop: He's a narcotics officer who's in bed with a narcotic trafficker. He's so dirty that even Tony questions why he calls himself a cop.
- Dirty Coward: Played with. He asks for mercy from Tony, but when the latter makes clear he's getting none in the most mocking manner possible, he furiously snarls abuse back at Tony up to his dying breath.
- Defiant to the End: Insults Tony before getting killed by him.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he's untouchable due to being a cop. Tony shows him how wrong he is.
Alejandro "Alex" Sosa
A Bolivian drug kingpin, and Tony's main cocaine supplier.
- Arch-Enemy: To Montana, in the game.
- Big Bad: The most powerful gangster we see in the film.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is far deeper than Tony's, and he's far more evil as well.
- Eviler Than Thou: He doesn't have any standards, unlike Tony.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite being a well-mannered and well-spoken man, it's not for nothing he gained his status as a "drug-overlord," as the TV spokesperson describes him as.
- Idiot Ball: At first assassinating the reporter who's exposing your entire operation seems like the smart thing for a drug kingpin to do. But then Fridge Logic kicks in and you realize that killing him via carbomb right in front of the UN wouldn't just attract more attention, it would also be considered an act of terrorism that would bring the entire U.S. Army knocking on your door.
- Karma Houdini: Ambiguous case. He succeeds with destroying Tony's entire gang, but for exposing him to the authorities, meaning he's still in deep water. However...
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In the video game, Tony's survival is the beginning of the end for him, and Tony proceeds to destroy his entire enterprise and biggest allies before cornering him in his own mansion in a reflection of the film's climax. That said, there's no mention of U.S. or Bolivian authorities so much as investigating him, suggesting that the reporter's risk-taking would have been All for Nothing had Tony not taken matters into his own hands.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cold-hearted Blue to Tony's Hot-Blooded Red.
- The Sociopath: A cartel boss who thinks nothing of having a man hanged from a helicopter, ordering a lawyer's wife and child killed to make sure he's eliminated, or sending an army of goons to kill the man who stops it.
- Uncertain Doom: Tony sabotaging his assassination attempt on a reporter leaves his criminal acts exposed. Whether or not he escapes persecution is not confirmed before the film ends, just that whatever happens, he makes damn well sure Tony goes down with him.
Hector the Toad
A Colombian drug dealer from whom Tony is ordered to buy cocaine.
- Asshole Victim: Serves him right given the way he slaughtered poor Angel.
- Ax-Crazy: Hector loves to play with his chainsaw to kill his victims. One of Tony's henchmen ends up learning this the hard way.
- Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by Tony.
- Chainsaw Good: Dismembers Angel with one.Hector: Now the leg, huh?
- Made of Iron: Absorbs half a magazine from Manny and falls three stories out a window. He still has enough left in him to walk a short distance before Tony finds him and kills him in the street.
Sosa's main henchman.
- Boom, Headshot!: Gives one to Nick during the final shootout.
- Cool Shades: He's always seen wearing a pair of sunglasses, even at night. Makes him look very similar to a Terminator.
- The Dragon: To Sosa. He does whatever dirty work Sosa doesn't want to do.
- Hero Killer: Kills Nick offscreen (The Skull has his shotgun pointed point-blank at Nick's head and we see the Skull firing) and personally kills Tony with a shotgun blast to the back.
- Karma Houdini: Like his boss, gets away with his crimes in the film. The game is another matter...
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hangs Omar out of a helicopter.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the game, he's taken out by Tony in the first mission, setting the stage for Tony's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Sosa.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much, if at all.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Wields a shotgun during the assault on Tony's mansion.
Alberto "The Shadow"
An assassin sent by Sosa to assist Tony and his men in killing a journalist.
- Asshole Victim: Anyone who is willing to blow up two children and their mother won't have much sympathy.
- Bald of Evil: He's balding and is one of Sosa's more ruthless thugs.
- Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by Tony and his brains splatter on the passenger side window.
- Mad Bomber: Attempts to blow up Gutierrez and his family up with a car bomb.
- Oh, Crap!: Before Tony shoots his brains all over the passenger side window.Tony: You die, motherfucker!
- Talking to the Dead: Tony rants angrily at his corpse after killing him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tries to go ahead with blowing up Gutierrez and his family, when it's clear Tony won't do it. Next moment, his brains are all over the passenger side window.
- Would Hit a Girl / Would Hurt a Child: Tries to do away with Gutierrez's wife and children when they accompany him in the car.