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The Girls

"I lost everyone I loved. And then they locked me away... With nowhere to hide from the pain."
Played By: Emily Browning
Voiced By: Karla Falcón (Latin-American Spanish), Minako Kotobuki (Japanese)

  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally shot her sister when she tried to shoot their abusive stepfather.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In relation to her relationship with Sweet Pea.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Generally shy and reserved but can be very dangerous when pushed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She pulls a gun on her step father in the opening scenes.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She was perfectly willing to kill her stepfather to protect her sister from him.
  • Break the Cutie: The poor girl goes through some pretty bad shit, to put it simply. In short order, her mother dies, her stepfather attacks her and moves on to her younger sister when she fights him off, and said sister is killed by a ricocheting bullet when Babydoll tries to defend her. From there, she's set up as having gone insane with grief and taken to the asylum, where she overhears her stepfather bribing the corrupt administrator to lobotomize her within days of her arrival.
  • The Chosen One: "Only you can find it".
  • Cool Big Sis : She pulled a gun on her abusive stepfather to keep him away from her younger sister. Doesn't get much cooler than that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her evil step father wants to hurt her and steal her inheritance, she loses both her sister and a mother all within weeks of one another, and that's only the bits we see.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Sweet Pea ends up as the lead at the end.
  • The Determinator: Just doesn't take no for an answer.
  • Dull Surprise: Considering she lost her family, her life and her sanity, this is a rare Justified Trope.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shows shades of this early on, as she's likely gone numb with grief, but takes it to a whole new level after the Lobotomy.
  • Messianic Archetype: She is portrayed as a savior, she then endures a massive personal sacrifice as the means of bringing that salvation about for others; this sacrifice is a fate she does not deserve up to and including death. She finds a group of devoted followers, then is being betrayed by one of these followers, and heavily persecuted by nonbelievers. She ticks most if not all of the boxes.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her midriff baring outfits certainly play into this trope. She's also this in-universe, as her dancing leaves anyone who witnesses it absolutely floored.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Not that much of a baby or a doll. The same is true of all the girls.
  • Older Than They Look: With her name, pigtails, headbands and Sailor Fuku, she looks like she could be about 16. In fact, she is 20.
  • One-Man Army: She's able to take down many mooks all on her own.
  • Plucky Girl: Definitely. Nothing will keep her down.
  • Sword and Gun: She wields a beautifully crafted katana in tandem with an equally pimped-out Colt M1911 as her weapons of choice. The castle assault fantasy is the only instance that shows her using another gun (an HK MP7).
  • Wrongfully Committed: She was institutionalized by her abusive stepfather; he intends to have her lobotomized so she cannot tell the authorities about his involvement in her sister's death and gain the girls' inheritance.

    Sweet Pea
"All that gyrating and moaning... a dance should be about more than titillation. Mine is personal, it says who I am. What the heck does yours say?"
Played By: Abbie Cornish
Voiced By: Carla Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish), Yuko Kaida (Japanese)

  • Action Girl: One of a cast of them.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Compared to the other girls, she is notably taller and more ripped. She's also the "star" of the brothel, implying that she was the most sought-after by clients until Babydoll's arrival.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In regards to Babydoll and the Real Narrator.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Would die for Rocket, and followed after her after she ran away, despite Sweet Pea not having the same issues at home.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her fantasy mission outfit.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rocket.
  • The Cynic: She has a pretty dim view of their chances of escaping, flatly reminding the group of the likeliness that they'd just be killed in the attempt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We know a little bit about what went on: both she and Rocket had troubles (though Rocket indicates her sister had it a bit easier) which led to Rocket running away from home, and Sweet Pea followed after her to protect her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's quite sarcastic. It's basically the only way she can cope with her situation.
  • Death Wail: When Rocket dies in her arms, she lets out a long scream of anguish.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Intially towards Baby Doll.

"Don't worry, I don't bite very hard."
Played By: Jena Malone
Voiced By: Christine Byrd (Latin-American Spanish), Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese)

  • Attempted Rape: The cook was trying to rape her when Babydoll intervened.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Averted. She has the shortest hair of the group but she's still overtly feminine.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: We know a little bit what went on: she and her sister had troubles at home, which led to her running away. She implies that she feels guilty for Sweet Pea following her and also being imprisoned despite not being as troubled.
  • Taking the Bullet: Takes a kitchen knife to the gut for Sweet Pea in the cabaret world.

"Take that, you ugly motherf..."
Played By: Vanessa Hudgens
Voiced By: Adeline Chetail (European French), Leyla Rangel (Latin-American Spanish), Aki Toyosaki (Japanese)

  • Action Girl: Even in a cast of them, she still stands out due to being the most aggressive.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her background is never stated. Her actress Vanessa Hudgens has mixed Irish, Native American and Filipino ancestry. Fittingly in the "Love is a Drug" sequence, she performs in a Bedlah Babe outfit (associated with the Middle East), suggesting she's viewed this way in-universe too.
  • BFG: She always lugs the largest, heaviest guns onto the battlefield, starting with a squad support weapon and escalating from there. Her actress' size only makes them look even bigger in her hands.
  • The Big Girl: She's the most aggressive and efficient in combat. Ironically she's the shortest of the girls.
  • Blood Knight: The most battle-hungry of all the girls.
  • Curse Cut Short: When shooting the dragon, "take that you ugly mother—"
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We never find out why she got put in the asylum in the first place, but from her presence there and her being so easily broken by Blue's threats clearly indicate she has one.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Was able to apologize before dying.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Albeit a reluctant one.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: In the extended version of the World War I sequence, she singlehandedly wipes out all the mooks in No Man's Land with a huge machine gun.
  • Too Many Belts: In her fantasy mission outfit.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's cynical and won't trust anyone at the start, but she quickly warms to Baby Doll and wants to help her once she hears of the plan. She offers vital information about Blue's key, confirming it'll help them escape.

"Here we go, ladies."
Played By: Jamie Chung
Voiced By: Mireya Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish), Ayahi Takagaki (Japanese)

  • Ace Pilot: She gets to drive several cool planes in the fantasy sequences.
  • Action Girl: To a lesser extent, since she's usually a pilot. But in the extended cut, she does get to shoot a couple of soldiers in the WWI world.
  • Aerith and Bob: Amber is a pretty average name alongside the likes of Sweet Pea and Baby Doll.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the WWI fantasy sequence, she drops her mecha on top of a bunch of soldiers to rescue Baby Doll.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Blue killed her.
  • French Maid Outfit: She wears one as her costume during the "Love Is A Drug" sequence.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In addition to wearing the same style of outfits as the rest of the girls, she also wears a revealing french maid outfit at one point.
  • Nice Girl: Along with Rocket, she's the nicest of the girls. She wants to be friendly with Baby Doll when she arrives, is among the first to agree to the plan and can be seen sympathising with Rocket when she talks about getting assaulted by the cook.
  • Not Quite Dead: According to Word of God, she, Rocket and Blondie didn't die in reality.
  • Oral Fixation: In the fantasy scenes, she can be seen sucking on a lollipop.
  • Plucky Girl: Is one of the first to accept the plan.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Her death at Blue's hands is used to deliver a Gut Punch.
  • Satellite Character: Among the girls, she's the least developed.
  • The Smart Girl: She's the non-action girl of the group and flies the plane. Her shy, timid demeanor is also typical for this role.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's practically the weakest combatant outside her machines.
  • Token Minority: As an Asian woman, she's the only fully non-white member of the team (Vanessa Hudgens is mixed race).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Outside the fantasy sequences, Amber takes initiative to save the girls twice - successfully robbing the Mayor's lighter and keeping her head when Rocket is stabbed, stealing the knife that they need.

Lennox House Staff

    Madame Vera Gorski / Dr Vera Gorski
"You control this world. Let the pain go, let the hurt go, let the guilt go."
Played By: Carla Gugino

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: She is apparently Polish, yet speaks in a very heavy Russian accent.
  • Dare to Be Badass: She delivers one to an insecure Babydoll right before her first dance/fight sequence, encouraging her to use it to empower herself.
    Gorski: You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Blue implies that Madam Gorski herself used to be one of the "performers" in the brothel.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All her clothes, both in the real and cabaret worlds, are violet.
  • Herr Doktor: She's Polish but still fits the stereotype of this trope.
  • Hospital Hottie: It’s Carla Gugino.
  • Mama Bear: She's absolutely furious when she finds out Blue had Babydoll lobotomized in the asylum, as well as when he shoots Amber and Blondie in the brothel.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Baby Doll initially views her as an aloof advisor who is powerless to help them against Blue. It turns out that she's a kind, caring psychiatrist who wants to help the girls recover.
  • Team Mom: She's warm and encouraging to the girls both as their doctor and madam. In the asylum, she's genuinely trying to help the girls open up about their troubles and help them heal, while in the brothel she encourages them to use their dance as a way to make themselves feel more powerful, and in her own words "teaches them to survive [Blue]".

    Blue Jones
"It's too late to play the good guy!"
Played By: Oscar Isaac

  • Attempted Rape: On both layers. In the brothel world, he decided to make Baby Doll his instead of giving her away. In the real world, he tries to have his way with her after she's lobotomized.
  • Big Bad: He's the main threat of the film.
  • Control Freak: He's obsessed with feeling powerful and in charge.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments such as his negotiation with Baby Doll's step father.
  • Dirty Coward: He's pretty full of himself when harassing girls under his control. It disappears the instant he's faced with an actual threat.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Then again, he only claims this after shooting somebody in the face, so who knows.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the brothel world, it's almost like he wants to get caught.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Check the creepy-ass pencil mustache. He's a bonafide creeper.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Amber and Blondie in the cabaret world.
  • Orderlies are Creeps: More evident when he attempts to rape Baby Doll after she was lobotomized. He even claimed that he looked after the girls as he was being dragged away by the police.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's more unstable and insane than most of the inmates!
  • Refuge in Audacity: Towards the end of the brothel part, yes.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: On the brothel layer.
  • Slimeball: Both in fantasy and the real world. The pencil thin mustache really sells it.
  • Smug Snake: Imagines himself to be a powerful and charming man rather than the oily, smarmy coward he truly is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has a truly epic one after Babydoll is lobotomized, leaving him unable to exert power over her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: More evident in the cabaret world.

    The Doctor / The High Roller
"I've seen some tortured souls..."
Played By: Jon Hamm

  • A Lady on Each Arm: He arrives to the cabaret flanked by two attractive women.
  • Anti-Villain: All in all, he's not an evil person. On the "real" layer, he admits distaste for taking brains out of young ladies, and then in the directors cut wants to know a person for themselves and give them total freedom for once in their lives. In the dream world, he's a gentleman who wants to give Baby Doll a mutually pleasurable experience.
  • The Charmer: In the brothel world. Comes with being played by Jon Hamm.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: On the brothel layer. He wanted Baby Doll for himself, but he wasn't going to force himself onto her if she wasn't willing. This is a parallel with the real doctor; he wants to do his job, but he doesn't want to force the lobotomy on her.
  • Deadly Doctor: A non-malicious version as he is there to perform lobotomies.
  • The Dreaded: Given what he does, the girls are naturally frightened of him even if he is personally not malicious.

Other Characters

    The Wise Man / The General / The Bus Driver
"Oh, and one more thing..."
Played By: Scott Glenn

  • A Father to His Men: He's a kind and friendly presence to the girls, giving them encouragement on every level. He also defends the fugitive Sweet Pea at the end, telling the State Troopers hounding her she's not only one of his passengers, but "an absolute delight" before sending her to rest in the back of the bus.
  • Almighty Janitor: As the Bus Driver, he lets Sweet Pea board his bus despite her not having a ticket, helping her evade a pair of State Troopers trying to question her by claiming she'd been on his bus for the whole trip, then shoos them away so he can get back to his route.
  • Cool Old Guy: Of the mentor variety. He fights alongside the girls despite his age.
  • Cool Shades: Dons a pair at the end of his briefing in the fourth fantasy world.
  • The Mentor: To the girls, especially Babydoll.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Doesn't even give them much time to think about their missions before sending them out on them.

    The Stepfather / The Priest
"I don't want her to remember a thing."
Played By: Gerard Plunkett

  • Abusive Parent: It's strongly implied he was sexually abusing Babydoll's sister, and maybe Babydoll as well.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and an absolute bastard.
  • Gold Digger: He was only married to Babydoll's mother for her money. He flies into a rage when he learns she left everything to her daughters and not him.
  • Hate Sink: While Blue is the main villain, he's too entertaining to truly hate. But this guy is just an utter scumbag through and through.
  • Karma Houdini: He's never seen being brought to justice on screen, but as the police are dragging Blue off at the end it's implied Blue will name him as an accomplice.
  • No Name Given: Only ever known as the Stepfather or the Priest.
  • Offscreen Karma: He's never brought to justice on screen but the ending all but states he will be soon.
  • Sinister Minister: In his dream form.
  • Wicked Stepmother: He's a Wicked Stepfather to Babydoll and her sister, abusing them both and using underhanded methods to steal their inheritance.