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Joseph Joe Lamb
Played By: Joel Courtney
- Adorkable: Whenever Alice is around he can barely think.
- Badass Pacifist: Joe gets the alien to leave Earth just by using empathy.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Calls out his dad for making him stay away from Alice without getting to know her
- Character Development: Becomes more assertive and finally accepts his mother's death.
- Determinator: Nothing stopped Joe from going to rescue Alice from the alien.
- Hurting Hero: His mother's death and father's Parental Neglect didn't do him good for his emotional health.
- Nice Guy: The most mature and well-mannered of his friends.
- Parental Neglect: Joe's father can't wait to shovel him off to a camp for the summer. He's terrified of being left alone with Joe.
- Took a Level in Badass: Part of his character development has him letting people walk all over to standing up for himself and others. Also, he entered a flesh-eating alien's lair, something that Joe probably wouldn't do in the beginning.
- Tragic Keepsake: His Mom's locket.
- Would Hit a Girl: But hesitantly and only because it was the only way to wake her up so that they could run for their lives.
Played By: Elle Fanning
- Abusive Parents: Of the neglectful, alcoholic kind.
- Distressed Damsel: Gets kidnapped by the alien near the end.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the main cast.
Played By: Riley Griffiths
- Hot-Blooded: He's somewhat abrasive and short-tempered.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone, but especially Cary.
Played By: Ryan Lee
Played By: Gabriel Basso
Residents of Lillian, Ohio
Jackson Jack Lamb
Played By: Kyle Chandler
- Her Heart Will Go On: Heavily implied after he, in his own way, forgives Louis.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part comes from planning to send his son away because he didn't know how to talk to him and forbidding Joe from spending time with Alice because of her being the daughter of Louis. The "heart of gold" comes from him forgiving Louis and saving his son.
- Morality Chain: A non-villainous example. It seems Jack's wife was this for him to prevent him from being vindictive towards Louis even before the accident due to his bad reputation as the town drunk, however, after his wife died, Jack blames Louis for her death and becomes hostile towards him as a result, which even exceeds to Louis's family as well, such as his daughter Alice.
Played By: Ron Eldard
- Abusive Parents: Of the neglectful kind.
- The Alcoholic
- Alcoholic Parent
- The Atoner
- Despair Event Horizon
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Acts like an asshole mostly due to his wife abandoning him and Alice, as well his guilt over making Mrs. Lamb cover for him at work, which lead to her death.
- Overprotective Dad
- Survivor Guilt: All Louis wanted to do was apologize to Jack for indirectly causing his wife's death.
Dr. Thomas Woodward
Played By: Glynn Thurman
- The Atoner: For his part in experimenting on the alien.
- Badass Teacher
- Bald of Awesome
- Butt-Monkey: He's never seen in a single normal situation. He's always being grabbed, or hurt, or tortured...
- Except when he frees the alien from the train.
- Defiant to the End: Tells Nelec exactly what he thinks of him.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He maintained a cover as a Stern Teacher at the town's middle school, while he works out a plan to free the alien.
- Not Quite Dead
- Psychic Link
- Reassigned to Antarctica
- Stern Teacher: Gained an infamous reputation as this to a point students thought he was a Sadist Teacher.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
Played By: Brett Rice
Played By: Kyle Gallagher
Mr & Mrs Kaznyk
Played By: Joel McKinnon Miller & Jessica Tuck
Played By: Amanda Michalka
The Air Force
Played By: Noah Emmerich
- Asshole Victim
- Bad Boss: He murders his former employee Dr Woodward in cold blood, and sends his Dragon into a practically suicidal situation.
- Big Bad: Nelec is the true villain of the story; all the horrible events that plague Lillian can be traced back to his initial actions.
- Dirty Coward: He sends his own men up against the Alien basically to serve as canaries down the mine, and when he's confronted he tries to escape by opening the cage he kept the kids in. Subverted in a personal Know Where To Fold Em, but Defiant to the End moment when he chooses to Face Death with Dignity when he runs out of ammo.
- Exact Words: He gently promises he will 'take care' of Woodward...but Woodward knows what that means.
- Karmic Death: Ripped apart by the Alien he brutally tortured.
- Just Desserts: He's killed and eaten by the Alien.
- Sociopathic Soldier
- The Stoic
- Torture Technician: He was responsible for torturing the alien, and also tortured Woodward for info.
Master Sergeant Overmeyer
Played By: Richard T. Jones
- The Dragon: To Colonel Nelec.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He's ripped out of the bus by the Alien as he's trying to clarify an order from Nelec.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's following orders, and otherwise doesn't seem like all that bad a guy with the exception of his Kick the Dog moment when he confiscates Joe's Tragic Keepsake and places in his uniform's breast pocket as though he now makes it his property after catching him and his friends at their middle school outside of the town's quarantine zone.
- Oh, Crap!: He understandably looks terrified when Nelec orders him to tag the creature.
Played By: Bruce Greenwood
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: When he first crashed, all he wanted was to go back to his planet. Nelec and the military subjected him to cruel experiments and inhumane conditions amounting to torture. Angry and in agony, he kills humans freely after escaping.
- Big Eater: Of humans.
- Bizarre Alien Biology
- Captured Super-Entity
- Genius Bruiser
- I'm a Humanitarian: Humans become his source of food.
- Immune to Bullets: The combined might of the Air Force doesn't impact him much. Nelec unloads an entire magazine into his face and it doesn't slow him down.
- It Can Think
- No Name Given: We never learn his true name, or the name of his race.
- Not So Different: From Joe; both have been through a trauma and feel alone in the world.
- Psychic Link: With whoever he touches, seemingly by choice.
- Tunnel King: He gets about by tunneling underneath the town, able to come and go as he wishes.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds