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.
- High-School Sweethearts: Met and fell in love with her husband when they were just seventeen.
- Historical Beauty Update: The real Lorraine Warren wasn't nearly as attractive as Vera Farmiga.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Fights demons, Satanists, etc. while dressed in gorgeous vintage outfits, often including very Edwardian-style blouses and long, full skirts. At one point, when she is preparing to go crawling into yet another creepy basement, Ed — who a) does not want her in danger and b) has just had a heart attack — attempts to dissuade her by pointing out that she'll ruin her dress if she goes down there. Lorraine just shares an exasperated glance with Debbie, tells Ed to hold her purse, and goes in anyway.
- Mama Bear: The Warrens are protective to their clients, especially the children, and she is also extremely protective of her daughter Judy.
- Occult Detective: For all intents and purposes she acts as this, despite really being a paranormal researcher.
- One True Love: Ed. She firmly believes that God meant for them to be together.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Lorraine is classically feminine, polite, compassionate, well-mannered, and generally a kind, sweet-natured person — but God help you if you get between her and someone she's protecting.
- That One Case: The Amityville Haunting still, uh, "haunts" her.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Lorraine is quite a gentle person, but you could be the darkest spawn of Satan and she will still not hesitate to kick your ass if you threaten her husband.
- 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.
- Battle Couple: Takes on dangerous forces of evil alongside his wife, Lorraine.
- Happily Married: Very much so with his wife Lorraine.
- Hidden Depths: A strong guitar player with a lovely voice.
- High-School Sweethearts: Met and fell in love with Lorraine when they were just seventeen.
- Historical Beauty Update: The real Ed Warren wasn't nearly as attractive as Patrick Wilson.
- Occult Detective: For all intents and purposes he acts as this, despite really being a paranormal researcher.
- One True Love: Lorraine. He told her on their wedding night that "God brought us together for a reason", and decades later they both still believe it.
- 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. He's also very protective of his own daughter, Judy.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Lorraine is a gifted and powerful psychic, but Ed doesn't even have a shred of psychic ability. Nevertheless, he loves Lorraine deeply and is always there for her no matter what.Lorraine: It took a long time, but I finally found someone who believed me.Janet: What did you do then?Lorraine: [smiles] I married him.
The daughter of Ed and Lorraine.
- All the Other Reindeer: It's shown that she's seen as someone to avoid by many (although not all) of her classmates.
- Little Miss Badass: She's able to stand up to evil demons, and keeps a crucifix in her room to ward them off in an emergency.
- Psychic Powers: The trailer for Annabelle Comes Home reveals that Judy inherited her mother's clairvoyance, and she's also able toes Valak in the second movie.
- Satellite Character: She doesnt get much character development in her first two appearances outside of being Ed and Lorraines kid.
Valak/The Enfield Poltergeist
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.
- Ars Goetia: One of the 72 demons talked about in that grimoire.
- Big Bad: Of The Conjuring II and The Nun.
- Breakout Character: It proved popular enough to get a spin-off movie.
- Complete Immortality: Valak, as a demon, cannot be killed, merely sent back to Hell where it can cause no more harm unless someone summons it again.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to Bathsheba, a human spirit whose presence can immediately be felt by Lorraine and makes no effort to hide from the Warrens, Valak, a demonic entity, goes to great lengths to conceal itself once the Warrens arrive. It masks its involvement by puppeteering the spirit of Bill Wilkins, then tries to convince the Warrens of a hoax by insisting they turn around while Bill speaks through Janet, never attacking the family where it can be clearly seen by the investigators, and finally forcing Janet to fake an incident. Only a coded message from Wilkins stops the Warrens from abandoning the family. Justified, as them learning its true name allows them to banish it back to Hell, something Valak is aware of.
- Death Glare: Pictured above. A very chilling one.
- 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.
- Evil Is Petty: Many of its manifestations — playing "Hark the Herald Angel Sings", turning crucifixes upside-down, appearing as a nun even when it wouldn't help it hide — are intended to mock Lorraine's faith and play mind games on her.
- Evil Wears Black: It takes the form of a nun, complete of the black robes.
- 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, it is never referred to with female pronouns.
- Holy Burns Evil: Played With. He's resistant to holy objects, but not invulnerable to them. Crosses don't work, but high level holy artifacts like the Blood of Christ do.
- Humanoid Abomination: Usually manifests in the form of a Nun with chalk-white skin and Black Eyes of Evil.
- Iconic Sequel Character: It doesn't appear in the first film but it's easily the most iconic villain of the saga, along with Annabelle.
- "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 its nature really is.
- I Know Your True Name: Knowing its name allows it to be banished back to Hell.
- Nightmare Face: One of its most distinguishing features, with chalk-white skin, yellow eyes and shark-like teeth.
- No-Sell: Valak is resistant against Holy Burns Evil, though not entirely immune. It's also able to block Lorraine's ability to psychically detect its presence (at first).
- Nothing Is Scarier: The audience never actually sees its true form, as it prefers the form of a demonic nun. The closest thing we get is a picture of it in a book.
- Nuns Are Spooky: One of the most frightening elements of an already quite scary franchise. Also invoked, as it assumes this form to disturb and mock its victims.
- Nun Too Holy: It takes the form of a nun to go unnoticed and kill the real nuns while in St. Cârța.
- Oh, Crap!: It has this reaction to Lorraine revealing she knows its name and thus can banish it back to hell.
- Overarching Villain: Was the demon to possess Maurice in its origin film which would lead to the Warrens attempting an exorcism on him. He then encounters Lorraine during her vision of the Amityville massacre, and is the mastermind behind the Enfield Poltergeist having forced Bill Wilkins to haunt the family. If the spin-off revolving around the Crooked Man ever comes to fruition, Valak could likely be behind it due to taking the form of the entity.
- Red Baron: The Defiler, the Profane, the Marquis of Snakes.
- 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. Lorraine manages to banish it back to Hell in the end.
- Snakes Are Sinister: One of its titles is the Marquis of Snakes.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Fitting a demon who prefers to work behind the scenes, only appearing when it's strictly necessary.
A powerful demon who possesses a creepy doll.
- Breakout Villain: It had only a small role in The Conjuring, but it became so popular that it earned multiple spinoff movies.
- Clingy McGuffin: 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. Becomes subverted: according to the grimoire The Devil's Welcome, the demon using the doll as a vessel is named Malthus.
- 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.
Bathsheba Sherman, née Thayer
The ghost of a Satanic 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, however, she went stark-raving mad, spending her time possessing mothers and forcing them to killing their children, then themselves afterwards.
- Big Bad: Of The Conjuring.
- Demonic Possession: She has the power to possess the living.
- Dragged Off to Hell: She is condemned to Hell by Ed.
- 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, but was caught by her husband before she could do so.
- The Sociopath: Horrendously and animalistically violent, she has not a drop of empathy for those she victimizes, and absolutely relishes in their suffering.
- Wicked Witch: In life, she was a witch that sacrificed her son to The Devil and cursed anyone who would take her property.
The ghost of Bill Wilkins, an old man who used to live in the Hodgsons' house.
- Demonic Possession: He has the power to possess the living. It is unknown if Valak was responsible for this ability or not.
- The Dragon: Bill is ultimately nothing more than Valak's unwitting pawn.
- 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 a powerful demon known as Valak.
- Good All Along: Wilkins never meant any harm to the family and was just a pawn for the real Big Bad.
- 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 sons and was forever unable to pass on until she found them.
- Ax-Crazy: Her predilection for killing children that arent hers speaks a lot about 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.
- Deader Than Dead: After Anna stabs her in her chest with a cross made from a fire tree, she dissolves into nothing... hopefully for good.
- Driven to Suicide: Consumed by guilt, La Llorona drowned herself in the same river in which she killed her sons.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Patricia may have allowed her into the Garcia residence by breaking the line of fire tree seeds at its front door, but even so, La Llorona simply knocks her out and resumes her pursuit of Anna's children shortly afterwards.
- Fate Worse than Death: La Llorona's double murder-suicide resulted in her being cursed to walk the Earth until she found her sons.
- Ghostly Goals: Find her late sons and move on into the afterlife with them.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Possesses sickly golden eyes that glow.
- Green-Eyed Monster: According to Father Perez, she drowned Bartolo and Diego "in a fit of jealous rage" after learning of her husband's affair.
- It's All About Me: She murdered her own children upon discovering her husband's infidelity, and continues to murder other children that aren't hers.
- No Name Given: La Llorona's real name is never uncovered.
- Offing the Offspring: Killed her own children after she found out that her husband was cheating on her with a younger woman.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Likely inspired by this trope, while not an onryo.
- Undead Abomination: La Llorona borders on this, as she is a monstrous, homicidally insane spirit who is twisted in body and mind. If the legends surrounding her are any indication, she has been active since the 19th century at the bare minimum.
- Walking the Earth: Her punishment until she finds a way to reunite with Bartolo and Diego.
- Was Once a Man: She started off as a beautiful woman residing in a village in New Spain, but Rafael argues that any humanity she may have had left is long since gone. In spite of his claims, Chris is able to reach out to her by holding up the necklace her sons gave her. She gently caresses his face and sheds what seems to be a genuine tear of remorse. However, it only lasts until Samantha unintentionally unveils a mirror.
- Would Hurt a Child: Oh, hell yes. After drowning her own sons, drowning other parents' children two at a time becomes her modus operandi.
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.
Isla the Occultist
A sinister witch who is the mastermind behind the curse placed on the Glatzel family.
- Big Bad: She is the cause behind the demon possessing the young David Glatzel and then Arne.
- Canon Foreigner: Was invented to serve as an antagonistic force in Devil Made Me Do It.
- Chaotic Evil: When the Warrens discuss the culprit's intentions with Kastner, asking why they would target an innocent boy, Kastner clarifies that the very question is irrelevant, that "the "why" is counter to everything the Satanist stands for".
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to the spirit of Bathsheba in the first film and the demonic Valak in the sequel, Isla is a living, fully human antagonist.
- Human Sacrifice: Influences people into murdering others and then themselves so she could avoid her own soul being damned.
- Patricide: She murders her father Kastner.
- Wicked Witch: She's a witch that practices demonic magic.
The secondary antagonist of the eighth film in the Conjurverse. A demon that was summoned by the Occultist who us now trying to provide it with three human sacrifices to complete a curse.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike with Valak, this demon doesn't "possess" its victims more so briefly jumps into them and drives them to kill and then moves on.
- Dragon-in-Chief: While Isla is the one that summoned it and is directing it towards her targets, the demon is much more powerful is only following her instructions to finish her ritual for its own benefit, when her altar is destroyed and the ritual ruined, it immediately kills the now powerless Isla so it has a soul to take to hell.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Has no real personality nor motivation behind its actions.
The Perron Family
A Rhode Island family who moves into a house haunted by a terrible evil.
- Ankle Drag: This happens to Christine Perron curtesy of Bathsheba.
- The Baby of the Bunch: April is the youngest of the five girls.
- Demonic Possession: Possesing Carolyn and making her kill her children is Bathshebas ultimate goal.
- Meganekko: Nancy wears somewhat thick glasses which don't make her look awkward.
The Hodgson Family
A family from Enfield, England, whose family becomes haunted by a violent poltergeist.
- Adult Fear: Peggy has to put up with a lot happening to her kids.
- 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 and 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.
- The Atoner: The parents try to help care for orphans to make up for their mistake in summoning the devil.
- 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.
- Good Parents: Samuel and Esther are very affectionate and attentive with their daughter.
- 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.
- Perpetual Frowner: Samuel is kind enough to the orphans but has a visage of sorrow to him.
- 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 Ultimately results in Janice getting possessed for the rest of her life and the deaths of numerous individuals including the Mullins.
The Alvarez Family
One of two Los Angeles families that fell victim to La Llorona in 1973.
- Abuse Mistake: Carlos and Tomas are taken into the custody of Los Angeles' child services after it's believed that Patricia abused them by burning them, after which she locked them up in a closet. In reality, it was part of their mother's efforts to protect them from La Llorona.
- Disappeared Dad: Carlos and Tomas' father is nowhere to be seen, nor is he even mentioned.
- The Dragon: Her sons' deaths motivates Patricia to try to be this for La Llorona... but obviously, it doesn't work out.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: La Llorona knocks Patricia out after she lets her enter the Garcia residence.
- FaceHeel Turn: Patricia's desire to exact vengeance against Anna slowly escalates to the point that she breaks into the Garcia residence, takes Anna's two children hostage, shoots Rafael in one of his shoulders, and deliberately breaks the line of fire tree seeds in order to let La Llorona inside.
- HeelFace Turn: However, by the same token, she redeems herself after La Llorona knocks her out and she overhears the ensuing commotion. Not wanting Anna to suffer like she did, she frees her from her house's basement.
- Prayer of Malice: After she is arrested under suspicion of killing Carlos and Tomas, Patricia's FaceHeel Turn begins with her fervently praying for La Llorona to "give [her sons] back to [her] and take [Anna's children] instead."
- Recovered Addict: It's briefly mentioned by Anna that Patricia was once an alcoholic.
- Revenge by Proxy: After Carlos and Tomas are drowned, Patricia initially prays for La Llorona to kill Chris and Samantha in exchange for her sons being resurrected. In the film's climax, she shows up to Anna's house armed with a gun in an attempt to make sure it happens.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Carlos and Tomas try to inform Anna that Patricia didn't burn them, but given her initial lack of knowledge about La Llorona, she doesn't believe their account. That night, both boys are lured out into a hallway by La Llorona and then drowned in the Los Angeles River.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Patricia is never seen or talked about again after the film's climax. While logic dictates that she was arrested and imprisoned again, it's equally as likely that Anna and Rafael choose to let her actions slide because of all the hell La Llorona put them through.
- Would Hurt a Child: As part of her crazed plan for revenge, Patricia intends to sacrifice Chris and Samantha to La Llorona. However, her change of heart firmly averts this trope.
The Garcia Family
One of two Los Angeles families that fell victim to 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 involves a supernatural Outside-Context Problem she was initially unaware of, her intervention ultimately ends up ensuring that Patricia's sons are drowned by La Llorona.
- The Load: Sam is obnoxiously useless compared to her brother, as on two occasions, she managed to put them in greater danger against La Llorona. First, she breaks a warding circle of fire seeds to retrieve her doll Misty, and then she unintentionally unveils a mirror, ruining Chris' attempt to reach out to La Llorona.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Taking Carlos and Tomas away from Patricia ensures that La Llorona lures them to their deaths that night.
- Widow Woman: Annas husband was a police officer who died in the line of duty. The family is still coping with their new situation.
St. Eustace Orphanage
A group of orphan girls who are taken in after their orphanage closes down.
- Adaptational Jerkass: An original script/deleted scenes version. Carol and Nancy had some occasional moments of being more supportive to the other girls and playing hide and seek with them that were cut from the final version.
- 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).
- And I Must Scream: Janice ultimately spends the rest of her life possessed by a demon which forces her to change her name, join a cult, murder her adoptive parents and then commit suicide, at least the fact that the demon will only return to hell upon claiming a soul implies that her spirit managed to avoid damnation.
- Big Sister Instinct: Carol and Nancy show a little to Kate and Tierney, hanging out with them more and showing concern for them in the climax.
- Break the Haughty: Carol, when she's trapped alone in a room with a demon near the end she's left sobbing hysterically before managing to escape.
- Cutting the Knot: Linda tries to throw Annabelle down a well to end the haunting, but she doesn't stay there.
- Death of Personality: Janice's ultimate fate as through she physically survives the film she tragically ends up spending the rest of her life possessed by a demon, completely under its control, with no indication that Janice's mind still exists.
- 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 becomes its 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.
- Girlish Pigtails: Tierney wears her hair this way.
- Hair of Gold: Janice and Linda are the nicest of the six and the only blondes.
- Little Miss Badass: Linda, as she begins to realize what's going on and try to take active steps against the Nun.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Janice gets a moment of this trying to tell Sister Charlotte about the doll early on.
- The Promise: Janice and Linda promise to become adopted by the same family so they could become real sisters. Sadly, it never comes true.
- Sweet Tooth: Linda and Janice recall sneaking through their old orphanage and pilfering candy at night to the point that their caretaker thought that the house was full of mice.
- Token Minority: Kate is not only the sole black orphan of St. Eustace but also the sole black character in the film.
- Chaste Hero: She and the boy she likes, Bob, haven't ever dated or kissed yet and there's no mention of any previous boyfriends.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a cheery blonde whose kind and helpful to Judy, seems to respect the Warrens and tries to be there for her friends.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's a fairly girly character who wears a pink sweater.
- It's All My Fault: She (wrongly, according to Mary Ellen) blames herself for her dad dying in a car accident where she was driving and wants to talk to his spirit.
The Catholic Church
A Catholic priest who acts as the Warrens' main contact with the Church.
- By-the-Book Cop: Gordon's hands can be tied by protocol, such as having to seek permission from someone higher to provide spiritual aide to a family that hasn't had any of the children baptized.
- 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 even when outnumbered. It's also mentioned that he was he was a battlefield chaplain in the war and has performed many exorcisms in the past (only one of which appears to have lost the subject).
- 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.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Hes a tough brave man with a fedora hat
- 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.
- Outliving One's Offspring: In the deleted scenes its mentioned Charlotte had a son out of wedlock before becoming a nun and that he drowned at a young age.
A young novice with psychic powers who assists Father Burke with his investigation of St. Cârța Abbey.
- Abusive Parent: Implied as she says her father thought she was possessed or a liar due to her visions.
- 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.
- Cool Teacher: Irene is quite nice to her students, playing games with them and answering questions about how literally to take the Bible in an encouraging, intelligent way.
- Demonic Possession: Irene briefly becomes Valak's human vessel in the climax. Frenchie manages to snap her out of it.
- Naïve Newcomer: Double subverted. She's initially referred to as a young novice who will accompany Burke. Then she nshe first appears, she is talking about many dark and intense past adventures before its shown that she's playing with toy dinosaurs for some students and is just saying that as one of the dinosaur characters she's making up to amuse them. She has never been involved in a demon hunt before and is initially confused about why she was chosen.
- Playing Possum: She fakes being drowned so Valak will take her out of the water and she can spit the holy Blood she has in her mouth in the demons face, exorcising it.
- Psychic Radar: Irene has the ability to identify and see-through unseen people.
- Dead All Along: She's been dead for some time and Irene is merely interacting with her ghost.
- Gate Guardian: She and her fellow sisters pray a constant vigil over a portal which Valak and other forces of Hell threaten to escape from, with a deleted scene mentioning how most of their number left the abbey in the aftermath of the war while only Oana and eleven others stayed.
- Haunted House Historian: Oana is the one to reveal the dark, cursed history of the Abbey to Irene.
- Nice Girl: She's polite and considerate towards Irene.
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.
- Due to the Dead: He moves the dead nuns body into the ice house to help preserve her from the elements.
- Friend to All Children: Frenchie is on good terms with the village children and is shaken to find out one committed suciide due to the demonic influence.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He's caught up in the horrors by virtue of being the man who makes deliveries to the nuns and then reporting a suicide afterwards.
- 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.
- Properly Paranoid: He is understandably afraid of the covenant feeling its worse than the dark roads.
- Sad Clown: He may be the Plucky Comic Relief, but much of that is his way of coping with the horrendous childhood he had, as relayed by Ed Warren in The Conjuring.
- Uncertain Doom: Ed comments that not even the exorcism could bring him back, but it's left ambiguous as to whether that means it killed him -as he's not explicitly shown dying on the video- or just that he was still mentally damaged after being freed.
- 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.
- The Bartender: He works behind a bar and has hand on the pulse on the community.
- Doomsayer: Of the practically concerned variant, rather than the usual wild-eyed rambling man. He talks about the afflictions on the villagers (sudden blindness, dead crops and suicide) are from the evil in the abbey leaking out and predicts that Burke and Irene will be dead in a day when Frenchie goes to pick them up.
- Properly Paranoid: Grigore blames the recent misfortunes of the village on the dark magic at the abbey getting loose and posing a threat to those nearby. He's right to think this way.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only has one scene, but his words convince Frenchie to go back to the abbey early to help Burke and Irene.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's never seen or mentioned after the second film's opening scene. This is possible justified in the second film due to a third plane ticket for film to go to England being too expensive, but he isn't seen or mentioned in Annabelle Comes Home which is set between those two movies.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He bravely runs to try and rescue Christine from the Perron's cellar, but the noise he makes while doing so alerts Bathsheba to go after them.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Despite his clerical celibacy, him adopting Isla and taking note of her increased interest in the occult led to several misfortunes.
- Walking Spoiler: His connection with the Occultist and his unorthodox decisions makes him indirectly responsible for the events of the film.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is first introduced in ''The Devil Made Me Do It" only to then get his throat slit by his adoptive daughter.