A powerful psychic and paranormal investigator. Eds wife.
- Astral Projection: Lorraine is revealed to possess this, thanks to her psychic powers. It allows her to access recollections of memories.
- Battle Couple: She fights against the forces of darkness alongside her husband, Ed.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Lorraine's visions of the future are what allow her to fight Valak, by revealing to her its True Name, which she then uses to banish it to Hell.
- Happily Married: She has a loving relationship with her husband Ed.
- Historical Beauty Update: The real Lorraine Warren wasn't nearly as attractive as Vera Farmiga.
- Mama Bear: The Warrens are protective to their clients, especially the children.
- Occult Detective: For all intends and purposes she acts as this, despite really being a paranormal researcher.
- That One Case: The Amityville Haunting still, uh, "haunts" her.
- Weirdness Magnet: No matter the case, her clairvoyance means she winds up much more deeply involved with whatever antagonistic entity she's up against than Ed.
Edward "Ed" Warren
A paranormal investigator. Lorraines husband.
- Adorkable: He can be terribly sweet and awkward at times.
- Historical Beauty Update: The real Ed Warren wasn't nearly as attractive as Patrick Wilson.
- Occult Detective: For all intends and purposes he acts as this, despite really being a paranormal researcher.
- Papa Wolf: The Warrens are protective to their clients, especially the children. Ed even risks his own life to save Janet in The Conjuring II.
The daughter of Ed and Lorraine.
A powerful demon with a grudge against the Warrens.
- The Antichrist: It appears to be an aspiring Anti-Christ, playing "Hark the Herald Angel Sings" (a song about Jesus Christ's birth) to signal its presence in a room, and later turning all crucifixes in a room upside-down.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Warrens, Lorraine in particular. It proves to be one of the most powerful supernatural entities the couple had faced in their years of paranormal investigation.
- Big Bad: Of The Conjuring II and The Nun.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: It is the President of Hell according to Ars Goetia, making him one of Satans top lieutenants.
- Demonic Possession: It is one of its powers.
- Dragged Off to Hell: By using its true name, Lorraine is able to banish Valak to Hell.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Played straight and Inverted.
- In The Nun, Valak assumes the shape of a nun so as to go unnoticed while haunting a Romanian convent, the Abbey of St. Cârța.
- In The Conjuring II, Valak assumes the form of a nun specifically as a mockery of the Warrens' Catholic faith because it knows it will make them uncomfortable.
- Gender Flip: Valak is usually depicted as a male in demonology. However, it is known as the "Demon Nun" in the credits, and is played by Bonnie Aarons, who is a woman. Although, see A Form You Are Comfortable With.
- Humanoid Abomination: Usually manifests in the form of a Nun with chalk-white skin and Black Eyes of Evil.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: An inhuman example. Despite appearing in the form of a nun, Valak is never referred to by female pronouns. This is to emphasize how inhuman his nature really is.
- No-Sell: Valak is resistant against Holy Burns Evil. It's also able to block Lorraine's ability to psychically detect its presence (at first).
- Nuns Are Spooky: One of the most frightening elements of an already quite scary franchise.
- Revenge: The Nun implies that part of Valak's vendetta with the Warrens was a desire for revenge after being exorcised out of Maurice by the couple.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Valak spent centuries imprisoned in the St. Cârța Abbey in Romania, after the Church interrupted the Summoning Ritual bringing it into the world and sealed the portal with Christ's own blood. On top of this, an entire order of nuns prayed 24/7 to reinforce the seal.
A powerful demon who possesses a creepy doll.
- Breakout Villain: It had only a small role in The Conjuring, but became so popular that it earned multiple spinoff movies.
- Clingy Mc Guffin: When it latches unto somebody, the doll always comes back no matter how much effort you put into getting rid of it.
- Creepy Doll: Annabelle is creepy enough even without the demonic backstory behind her.
- Deal with the Devil: The demon was first able to possess the doll because of a deal the Mullins made to see their daughter again.
- Haunted Fetter: The Annabelle doll serves as one to the demon.
- Historical Beauty Update: Inverted. The real Annabelle doll is a Raggedy Ann doll, not the more human-looking and terrifying thing that appears in the franchise.
- No Name Given: The demon's true name is unknown. The demon assumed the name of Annabelle Mullins as an alias in the 1940s and stuck with it ever after.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The doll has a habit of appearing and reappearing whenever you take your eyes of it.
- Perverse Puppet: This doll is absolute evil, and by the time the Warrens get it under control, it has a body count second only to Valak.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After the Warrens get involved they successfully contain the doll in their museum, effectively imprisoning the demon.
- Self-Made Orphan: While possessing Janice/Annabelle Higgins, she murders both her adoptive parents.
The ghost of a witch who died centuries ago.
- Ax-Crazy: In life she was a fanatical sadist who tried to have her own child killed before being thwarted. In death shes gone completely stark raving mad, and spends her time possessing mothers, killing their children, then themselves afterwards.
- Big Bad: She is the main antagonist of The Conjuring.
- Demonic Possession: She has the power to take possession of the living.
- Ghostly Goals: She possesses mothers and forces them to kill her children, as well as killing the dog For the Evulz. Most definitely Type B.
- Offing the Offspring: She attempted to sacrifice her child to Satan.
- The Sociopath: Horrendously and animalistically violent, has not a drop of empathy for those she victimizes, and seems more to relish in their suffering.
The Enfield Poltergeist a.k.a. Bill Wilkins
The ghost of the old man who used to live in the Hodgsons' house.
- Demonic Possession: He has the power to take possession of the living. It is unknown if Valak was responsible for this ability or not.
- Evil Old Folks: Averted. As it turns out, he is merely commanded by Valak to haunt Janet. Bill himself just wants to pass on to the afterlife after seeing that all of his family had gone away.
- Fate Worse than Death: His spirit can't move on to the Afterlife and is Forced into Evil by Valak.
- Forced into Evil: Bill Wilkins bears no ill will against the Hodgsons, but is forced to torment them, and Janet in particular, by the powerful demon Valak.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to his spirit. Presumably after Valak was defeated, he may have been free to move on to the afterlife, but there is no confirmation either way.
A ghostly spirit who was believed to have drowned her children and was forever unable to pass on until she found them.
- Ax-Crazy: Her predilection for killing children that arent hers speaks a lot for her terrible mental state.
- Barred from the Afterlife: As part of her punishment, La Llorona could not pass on.
- Big Bad: Of The Curse of La Llorona.
- Fate Worse than Death: Because of killing her children, La Llorona had to walk the Earth until she found them.
- Ghostly Goals: Find her deceased children and move on into the afterlife with them.
- Offing the Offspring: Killed her own children in a spur of rage when she saw her ex-husband remarried to another young woman.
- Walking the Earth: Her punishment until she reunited with her deceased children.
- Was Once a Man: She started off as a regular human being, but Rafael argues that any humanity she may have had left is long since gone.
A supernatural entity who claims the lives and souls of those who do not pay its toll.
- Artifact of Death: The entity is linked to a set of silver coins that are kept in the Warrens' museum.
- The Ferryman: A twisted version of this trope, as the entity doesn't wait until the person is dead to try and take them to the afterlife.
- Has a Type: When claiming women, the entity seems to prefer young beautiful blondes.
- Noodle Incident: The case where the Warrens first encountered and defeated it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The entity and its coins are contained within the Warrens' museum.
The Perron Family
A Rhode Island family who moves into a house haunted by a terrible evil.
The Hodgson Family
A family from Enfield, England, whose family becomes haunted by a violent poltergeist.
- British Teeth: Averted, surprisingly. While the real Janet did have considerably large teeth at the time and Madison Wolffe wore fake teeth to depict a more convincing portrayal, her teeth in the film still looks fairly realistic instead of looking exaggeratedly big.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Played with. In real life, Janet just got her first period around the time of the hauntings and many theorists believe it has something to do with the hauntings. While the film doesn't reference any of this, it does feature scenes that indicate Janet's maturing, such as when she's talking about a boy with her friend and her slight interest in smoking.
- Cool Big Sis: Margaret is shown to be nurturing to all of her younger siblings. Janet is also seen particularly close with Billy, such as when she carries him on her back when they came home from school, when she teaches him to sing the nursery "The Crooked Man", and when she hugs him after Janet is reunited with the rest of her siblings.
- Creepy Child: Janet becomes this whenever she is possessed by ghosts.
- Demonic Possession: Janet becomes regularly possessed during her familys ordeal.
- Disappeared Dad: Peggy's husband abandoned the family to start another life with a woman from around the corner, with whom he already has twins. On top of that, he is a deadbeat who is not providing child support and never shows up even as his children are being put through hell.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Janet becomes more pale when she got sick and becomes even more inhumanely pale whenever she's possessed.
- Ill Girl: Janet becomes sickly once the haunting starts taking a toll on her body.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Peggy swears pretty often throughout the film. "Bloody" appears to be her favourite curse word.
The Form Family
The next door neighbors to the Higgins family, they become Annabelle's targets.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: Almost nine months into her pregnancy, Mia has to endure: being stabbed in the stomach with a knife, then having to helplessly see her kitchen caught on flame, choked with smoke, violently thrown into the floor, and then pulled by an unseen force when she crawls away for dear life. Thankfully, she manages to give birth to her baby relatively unharmed.
- Supernatural-Proof Father: John is hesitant to believe that the events have supernatural origins, but he's still more than willing to believe his wife.
The Mullins Family
A kindly dollmaker and his wife, the loss of their daughter sends them down a dark path.
- Deal with the Devil: They unwittingly make a deal with a demon to see their daughter again.
- Eye Scream: The demon tore Esther's left eye out, hence the need to wear a porcelain mask.
- Fingore: Samuel faces the 'Annabelle' demon with a crucifix. How does the demon respond? By telekinetically snapping his fingers one by one until he's forced to drop the icon, upon which it pounces on and kills him.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Esther, courtesy of the demon.
- In-Series Nickname: The Mullins virtually always refer to their daughter as Bee. Her real name, Annabelle, is only uttered once, when they encountered her for the first time after their (apparently) successful ritual to court her into the doll.
- Outliving One's Offspring: The prologue details how the Mullins lost their only daughter, Bee.
- Too Dumb to Live: Samuel Mullins thought it was a good idea to invite an entire orphanage's worth of girls to live in his house even though he had an actual demon sealed in a room of the house. This eventually gets him and his wife killed.
The Garcia Family
A Los Angeles family that was victimized by La Llorona in 1973.
- Department of Child Disservices: Anna is a social worker, and by all appearances, she is very good at her job. However, since her latest case is a supernatural Outside-Context Problem, her intervention ends up getting the children killed by La Llorona.
- The Load: Sam is obnoxiously useless compared to her brother. Twice she managed to put them in greater danger against La Llorona, first by breaking a warding circle to retrieve a doll, and then by knocking over the cover to a mirror to interrupt La Llorona actually being reached for a moment.
- Widow Woman: Annas husband was a police officer who recently died in the line of duty. The family is still coping with the new situation.
St. Eustace Orphanage
A group of orphan girls who are taken in after their orphanage closes down.
- Alpha Bitch: Carol and Nancy, but especially the former, who dismisses Janice's fears as a way to get extra attention (which she notably said after Janice gets possessed).
- Decoy Protagonist: It at first appears that Janice will be the main protagonist, however she is the first to be attacked by the demon inhabiting the doll and ultimately becomes possessed halfway through the film, leading her to be the Big Bad. Linda and Sister Charlotte then become the protagonists for the last half of the film.
- Enfante Terrible: Janice after the demon possesses her.
- The Promise: Janice and Linda promise to become adopted by the same family so they could become real sisters. Sadly, it never comes true.
- Token Minority: Kate is not only the sole black orphan of St. Eustace, but also the sole black character in the film.
The Catholic Church
A Catholic priest who acts as the Warrens' main contact with the Church.
- The Handler: He is usually the one to contact the Warrens on behalf of Rome when the Church wants them involved in a particularly difficult case.
An experienced exorcist in The '50s.
- Badass Preacher: Burke will not turn away from anything and will fight the forces of Hell no matter the cost.
- Buried Alive: Valak almost does him in this way. What's worse, when he tries to alert Irene by ringing a bell, the other graves also ring their bells, forcing her to use her sensing power to locate him.
- My Greatest Failure: Burke considered himself personally responsible for the death of Daniel, a boy he tried to exorcise during World War II.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he realizes that going through the Church hierarchy will take too long to save Anna's children, she prioritizes their safety and put her in touch with a curandero.
- Skeptic No Longer: He used to dismiss tales of ghosts and hauntings until his run-in with the Annabelle doll made a believer out of him.
A nun who takes care of the girls of the St. Eustace Orphanage.
- Gratuitous Latin: She uses one to repel the demon-possessed Janice. It doesn't work.
- The Hero: While much of the film focuses on Janice and Linda, it's ultimately Sister Charlotte who fills this role, as she's the one to uncover the mystery surrounding the Annabelle doll and defeat the demon that had possessed it and Janice.
- Hero of Another Story: Sister Charlotte used to be stationed in a Romanian monastery where the demon Valak was imprisoned. This means that at one point, she was one of the nuns helping to keep it imprisoned through perpetual adoration.
A young novice with psychic powers who assists Father Burke with his investigation of St. Cârța Abbey.
- Chekhov's Hobby: Irene's clairvoyance is technically this. She does confess to Burke about being spiritually aware, but until the burial scene, this is never demonstrated.
- Demonic Possession: Irene briefly becomes Valak's human vessel in the climax. Frenchie manages to snap her out of it.
- Psychic Radar: Irene has the ability to identify and see-through unseen people.
Maurice "Frenchie" Theriault
A young French-Canadian living in a village near St. Cârța Abbey during The '50s.
- Canon Character All Along: Frenchie is Maurice Theriault, the French-Canadian farmer whose failed exorcism was shown during one of the Warrens' lectures in The Conjuring.
- Catapult Nightmare: He begins to experience this after discovering Sister Victoria's body.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is a shameless womanizer, but he genuinely cares for the women he flirts with.
- Claimed by the Supernatural: Valak brands Frenchie with an inverted cross mark on his neck after it choked him, allowing it to continue to exist in the mortal world.
- Demonic Possession: Years after the events at St. Cârța, he becomes possessed by Valak.
- Doomed by Canon: Frenchie introducing himself as a French-Canadian is already a worrying sign, but any hope that he is going to survive unharmed disappears when he reveals his first name: Maurice. For those wondering, Maurice is the victim of a failed exorcism attempt the Warrens mentioned (and shown) in The Conjuring. No, he doesn't get better.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The few times Frenchie actually does speak French, his accent is much closer to his actor's native Belgian accent than French-Canadian.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He tends to crack jokes occasionally or just makes funny commentary in general to relieve some tension.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him spoils one of the twists of The Nun.
A "curandero" and former Catholic priest who helps people deal with supernatural threats.