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    Frank Darbo / The Crimson Bolt 

Frank Darbo / The Crimson Bolt

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"Shut up, crime!"
Played By: Rainn Wilson

"You don't butt in line! You don't sell drugs! You don't molest little children! You don't profit off the misery of others! The rules were set a long time ago! They don't change!"

  • All Crimes Are Equal: He holds a firm belief in this.
  • Amicable Exes: Frank ends up being this with Sarah.
  • Berserk Button: Cutting in line. It's wrong, and by the might of Frank's wrench you will pay for it.
  • Character Development: Frank's 'heroics' are initially born out of a desire for revenge, religious hallucinations and an obsession with Sarah. Had he stopped for one second in his relationship with her, he would've realized that their relationship was built on her own fragile state of mind in the wake of her sobriety. He seems to think she'll end up back with him once he 'saves' her, and she does but only out of a sense of obligation. It's Frank's understanding that they can be friends and she must be free to live her own life that heralds his Character Development. And adopting the rabbit.
  • Celibate Hero: Frank, being religious, does not believe in premarital sex.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Sarah's kids, eventually. It's clear he adores them and the feeling is mutual.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Frank has few to zero social skills and can be charitably described as 'intense' but at heart he's a good man struggling with some serious issues.
  • Mission from God: Hallucinations make him think this.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Frank is not good at disguising himself. Pretty much everyone who knows him can tell it's him right away (even by looking at a sketch of him in disguise) when he's dressed as the Crimson Bolt.
  • Religious Bruiser: He's very religious, with much of his motivation coming from hallucinations of God.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Somewhat averted: it's made clear that the gorgeous Sarah is emotionally fragile when she marries Frank so quickly, using him as a source of stability. Libby, the smokin' Sensual Spandex kid sidekick, is just downright crazy.
  • Would Hit a Girl: With a wrench!
  • Wrench Whack: His Weapon of Choice.

    Libby / Boltie 

Libby / Boltie

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"Wanna go fight some crime?"
Played By: Ellen Page

  • Berserk Button: Everything. Frank did a bad-thing when he allowed her to be a superhero and do something about the things that enrage her.
  • Book Dumb: Does not know what a robin is.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How she meets her end.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She's a bit weird even in her normal life, but when she puts on a superhero costume, she goes completely off the deep end.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Her maniacal tendencies are played for dark comedy.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a cute young woman who acts almost like a child, but is eager to kill villains.
  • Laughing Mad: Libby is usually having a giggle fit whenever she's doing something horrific.
  • Moral Sociopathy: She hates crime as much as Frank, but doesn't seem to have any mental filter that allows her to respond to it proportionately. She nearly killed a guy in his home for allegedly keying her friend's car, and almost stabbed a man to death for bumping into her. She also was as happy as a kid in a candy store stabbing one of Jacques' men to death with her Wolverine Claws.
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    Sarah Helgeland 

Sarah Helgeland

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Played By: Liv Tyler

  • Broken Bird: Due to her drug addiction and the abuse she endures at Jacques' hands.
  • Off the Wagon: She is a recovering drug addict, and relapses again when drug dealer Jacques enters her life. The entire film is about Frank trying to rescue her from Jacques.

    Jacques 

Jacques

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Played By: Kevin Bacon

  • Affably Evil: He's quite friendly and laid back, especially for a drug lord with a bunch of mooks on his payroll. Even when Frank is trying to pick a fight with him, he gives him multiple chances to back off.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: To Sarah, who he gets back on drugs. And ultimately gives her up for Mr. Range to rape.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist.
  • Dirty Coward: At the end of the day, he's a big fish in a small pond. When he tries to move up to the big leagues and makes an arrangement with Mr. Range the drug kingpin, Jacques is clearly nervous and overly accommodating.
  • Groin Attack: Frank shoots his blade weapon into Jacques' crotch.
  • Lean and Mean: His suit hangs off him.
  • Unknown Rival: Jacques is aware of Frank and his burning hatred for him, but he doesn't consider him a threat at all. He's just a minor annoyance... until he stops being minor.

    The Holy Avenger 

The Holy Avenger

Played By: Nathan Fillion
  • Expy: Of religious "superhero" edutainment characters like Bibleman.
  • Looks Like Jesus: With long and well-kept tresses (which are pretty clearly a wig) and Fillion's "ruggedly handsome" Lantern Jaw of Justice.

    Abe 

Abe

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Played By: Michael Rooker

  • Affably Evil: In a more genuine way than Jacques. When Jacques steals Sarah from Frank, Abe offers him some of his candy. He's also blatantly uncomfortable with Jacques' treatment of Sarah.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's pretty disturbed when Jacques sets Sarah up to be raped by Mr. Range.
  • The Dragon: To Jacques.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Always seen in his leather jacket.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He seems to be the only professional in Jacques' entire gang.
  • Sweet Tooth: Is frequently seen eating candy.

    Det. John Felkner 

Det. John Felkner

Played By: Gregg Henry
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    Hamilton 

Hamilton

Played By: Andre Royo

    Mr. Range 

Mr. Range

Played By: Don Mac
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