- Badass Grandpa: Denzel Washington was in his sixties when he played Chisolm.
- Badass Mustache: It reaches his sideburns.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted; he's one of the three left standing at the end.
- Blatant Lies: Saying that Billy, a man with two guns and several knives, is harmless.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His main weapon is a nickel-plated Colt Single Action Army revolver.
- Bounty Hunter: He's technically a duly sworn warrant officer, but in practice he's one of these.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Chisolm wears all black and leads the Seven.
- The Dreaded: He's feared by the people of Amador City and Rose Creek, since whenever he shows up, violence ensues.
- Expy: Of Kambei from Seven Samurai and Chris Adams from The Magnificent Seven (1960). All three are aging veterans who are the first approached to help the villagers and take up the leadership position. Like Kambei, Chisolm has a Badass Mustache and like Chris, he wears all black.
- Good Is Not Soft: One of the targets he's been sent after tries to appeal to Chisolm's mercy by claiming I Have a Family; Chisolm coldly responds they're better off without him. Also, when he finally corners Bogue, his retribution is brutal.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Chisolm has a scar on his neck from when Bogue's men hung him years ago.
- It's Personal: It's revealed he wants revenge on Bogue for murdering Chisolm's mother and sisters.
- Leitmotif: A three-note trumpet melody.
- Magnetic Hero: The movie's first act follows Chisolm as he recruits Faraday, Vasquez, Horne and Red Harvest for the daunting task of saving the town. He's already made an ally and longtime friend of Goodnight before the movie begins.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Chisolm has scars on his neck from the time Bogues men tried to lynch him.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: In addition to the counterpart characters from previous movies, Chisolm is also partially based on real-life U.S. marshal Bass Reeves.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Throughout most of the movie, Chisolm is a pragmatic hero who assesses both people and tactics with a clear head. During the final battle, it is a sign of how deep his own rage and pain goes that Revenge Before Reason gets the better of him when confronting Bogue. His need to make Bogue suffer nearly gives Bogue the opportunity to shoot him.
- Revenge Before Reason: Averted. ...for most of the movie. But when Chisolm finally has Bogue in his grip, he drags out Bogue's torment and forces him to pray for mercy, nearly giving Bogue the opportunity to kill him. Only Emma's intervention prevents this.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always dresses immaculately. There's a good reason for this, he's a black man with a gun in the American southwest in 1879.
- Tranquil Fury: When revealing exactly why It's Personal for him to oppose Bogue.
- The Alcoholic: Faraday's quick to reach for a bottle. Not that it hampers him in any way.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Briefly with Vasquez in the first shootout.
- Card Sharp: Very good playing cards and doing card tricks.
- Deadpan Snarker: Faraday's quick with a witty remark.
- Expy: Of Vin Tanner from The Magnificent Seven (1960), a gambler with an eye for pretty ladies. He shares the story of the man shouting "So far, so good".
- Go Out with a Smile: The last thing Faraday does is crack a smile.
- Guns Akimbo: Carries two Colt Single Action Army revolvers (though not simultaneously) as well as a Webley Bulldog he keeps in the back of his pants.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Blows himself up to destroy the Gatling gun.
- I Call It "Vera": Names his two revolvers Ethel (the pistol at his right hip) and Maria (pistol in a cross draw holster).
- Mad Bomber: He's excited at the prospect of blowing something up.
- Rasputinian Death: Shot at least five times over the course of the Final Battle, falls off a horse, and blows himself up to destroy the Gatling gun. The last one did the trick.
- Trickster Mentor: His gunfighting lessons to Teddy Q. He also goads Robicheaux out of his unwillingness to fire his gun, at least temporarily.
- Urban Legend Love Life: Describes himself as "the world's greatest lover" but is shown repeatedly striking out with women (other than Ethel and Maria of course).
- Your Cheating Heart: Has a wife named Ethel and a mistress named Maria. Faraday also flirts with Emma and is shown making eyes at a young woman in Rose Creek, who subsequently puts up the blinds.
- Affectionate Nickname: Billy is the only one who calls him "Goody".
- Badass Beard: A goatee.
- Bash Brothers: With Billy Rocks, bordering on Ho Yay.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: He leaves the night before the Final Battle, only to return warning them of the Gatling gun.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right:
- Despite his own shaky mental state, Goodnight accurately assesses Chisolm's true motivations for going after Bogue and warns him of the pitfalls of Revenge Before Reason (and turns out to be completely correct, given that trying to make Bogue suffer before the end nearly gets Chisolm killed).
- He also predicts that if he fires again in combat, he'll die. While it sounds like his demons talking, this is in fact exactly what happens to him at the end of the film.
- Composite Character: Of two characters from The Magnificent Seven (1960): Lee, a gunfighter haunted by his past, and Harry Luck, Chris' avaricious treasure-seeking best friend.
- Cowardly Lion: Not so much cowardly as traumatized by war, but he has a severe meltdown when first called upon to shoot one of Bogue's men in combat. When he is able to shoot, however, he demonstrates that his reputation as The Dreaded is well-justified.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting riddled with bullets and having enough left to scream as you fall 30 feet has to suck.
- The Dreaded: A gambler refuses to pay up after Billy kills Arcade. When Goodnight's name is dropped, the gambler pays up immediately, after profusely apologizing.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He has a touch of this when training the townspeople on marksmanship.
- Dynamic Entry: His entry into the Final Battle involves his horse leaping over a burning wagon, as Goodnight shoots every Mook in sight.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Subverted. He starts with "My daddy always used to say..." and then fails to think of an actual quote, leading him and Billy to burst into hysterical laughter.
- Friendly Sniper: Legendary sharpshooter. Once he gets his nerve back, he doesn't miss a shot.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Riddled with bullets from the Gatling gun while giving Faraday cover fire to reach the Gatling gun.
- I Owe You My Life: Implied with the backstory of how he and Chisolm met; Chisolm apparently rescued him from a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by a group of Union soldiers.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The deadliest Confederate sharpshooter in the Civil War.
- No Hero to His Valet: Both Billy and Chisolm, while they clearly respect him and his skills, are completely un-intimidated by the "Angel of Death" reputation.
- Odd Friendship: With Chisolm, who is African-American, and Billy Rocks, who is Asian. And Goodnight is from the South.
- Ominous Owl: One manifestation of his PTSD is that he claims to see/hear one as a harbinger of doom.
- Railing Kill: Riddled with bullets by the Gatling gun, causing Goodnight to slam into the belfry wall and fall to his death.
- Ragin' Cajun: Identified as Cajun by Chisolm early on, and his dialogue is peppered with French.
- Red Baron: "The Angel of Death."
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He has a very hard time dealing with ghosts from the Civil War.
- The Southpaw: Goodnight is cross-dominant, that is, right-handed, but left-eyed. As a result, he shoot his rifle left-handed.
- Undying Loyalty: To Billy Rocks, flat-out refusing to join the group if Billy is not also recruited.
- Warrior Poet: He's given to philosophical observations on the nature of war and his own personal reputation, all of the War Is Hell flavor.
- Weapon of Choice: A Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries a tomahawk and is very good at throwing it.
- As the Good Book Says...: Horne is a BIG fan of punctuating his combat actions with Bible verses.
- Badass Beard: A very impressive one.
- The Big Guy: Horne's the biggest and strongest of the Seven.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: The first of the Seven to die.
- Celibate Hero: One of the townswomen seems interested in him, and in fact Horne is the only one of the seven shown getting any such attention in Rose Creek, but he shrugs it off (possibly due to the implied fate of his wife).
- The Dreaded: Horne has killed 300 Crow Native Americans.
- Impaled Palm: Gets one when Denali riddles him with arrows.
- Implacable Man: When we meet him, he got thrown off a cliff and got a rock broken on his head. He still had plenty in him to track his assailants for two days before catching up to them and killing them.
- Incoming Ham: His entrance prompts Faraday to remark "I believe that bear was wearing people clothes."
- Kavorka Man: A mild example as sex and romance are downplayed generally in the movie, but the "bear wearing people clothes" Horne attracts more female attention than the younger, more conventionally handsome members of the Seven.
- Knife Nut: He's also lethal with a knife.
- Mad Bomber: Begins the Final Battle by blowing up a dozen Mooks as they approach the town.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Does not engage in this himself, but lampshades this when Faraday starts waving "Ethel" and "Maria" around in the bar.
- Religious Bruiser: Quotes scripture while wading through enemies.Horne: (while hacking his way through Mooks) Though I may walk through the valley of the shadow of Death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.
- The Southpaw: Horne is left-handed, prominently shown whenever he wields his tomahawk.
- Vocal Dissonance: With a big guy like him, you would expected a deep, gravelly voice. Instead, Hornes quite soft-spoken and his voice is relatively high.
- Walking Armory: Carries a long-barreled Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle (with his initials carved into the stock), a revolver, tomahawk and knife.
- Ambiguous Criminal History: He met Goodnight when the latter was serving a warrant on him, but it's never stated exactly what the warrant was for.
- Faraday: For what? Killin' a man with a hairpin?Billy: [after a long Death Glare] ... That is funny.
- Badass Mustache: A smaller one than Chisolm's.
- Bar Brawl: Goodnight mentions that Billy took on half a dozen men bare-knuckled in a bar that didn't serve Asians and came out on top.
- Bash Brothers: With Goodnight.
- Blatant Lies: His claim that Goodnight's weapon jammed (rather than the truth, which is that Goody froze up), is heartwarming, but not remotely believed by anyone.
- Cherry Tapping: He uses a mere hairpin, rather than the guns or knives he's seen using throughout the rest of the movie, to dispatch his racist duel opponent.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Goodnight's tale of how they met establishes that Billy was on the wrong side of the law thanks to parting on "bad terms" with the railroad company, and that he's no stranger to bar brawls or racism.
- Dies Wide Open: In the shot of the belfry after the Final Battle.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Goodnight leaves.
- Establishing Character Moment: Brings a hairpin to a gunfight. Wins.
- Ethnic Menial Labor: Defied. Given that he has a bounty on his head from the railroad, and that Goodnight recounts a story of him beating the crap out of a bar full of racists who refused to serve him, it's strongly implied Billy violently rejected servitude. Moreover, during their introductory conversation, one of Billy's very few lines of dialogue is him sharply stating that he and Goodnight go equal shares on their profits, while Goodnight likewise all but spells out that their relationship is one of equals, each providing something the other needs.
- Expy: Of Britt from The Magnificent Seven (1960), who was an Expy of Kyuzo, the Master Swordsman from Seven Samurai.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair.
- Guns Akimbo: Carries two guns, though like Faraday he doesn't use them simultaneously.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Riddled with bullets alongside Goodnight while shooting down the Mooks chasing Faraday.
- I Owe You My Life: When the Seven arrive at the town, Chisolm tells Bogue's men that Billy is his manservant with a life debt.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: Billy doesn't bat an eye when Chisolm calls him his manservant but looks decidedly unamused when called "harmless."
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He's adept with nearly every form of combat the team uses, and in fact is the only member of the team to end up covering nearly every position in the final confrontation: close quarters skirmishing, long and short range shooting, and explosives.
- Jump Physics: Takes out one of Bogue's men by spinning and leaping into the air, taking the Mook down with two shots.
- Knife Nut: Carries numerous knives on him and kills quite a few Mooks with them.
- Mad Bomber: Alongside Horne, he starts off the Final Battle with a round of land mines.
- Mysterious Past: It's mostly left to the viewer's imagination why he immigrated, why the railroad company had a warrant out on him or where the name Billy Rocks came from. Given his incredible gifts for violence, it's also implied to be a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Not So Stoic: Billy is a Perpetual Frowner and The Quiet One for most of the movie; that his few visible bursts of emotion revolve around Goodnight demonstrates how close they are.
- After Goodnight leaves, Billy engages in the above mentioned Drowning My Sorrows, violently pounding drink after drink. The other members of the group give him a wide berth.
- The few times Billy is shown smiling (let alone laughing out loud) are in response to Goodnight, particularly after Goodnight returns, and he's downright boisterous as they get into position in the belfry.
- One-Hit Kill: His extremely short duel with Arcade is a pretty spectacular example.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The shortest of the Seven. Doesn't make him less effective.
- Quick Draw: Takes it Up to Eleven when he kills his opponent by throwing a sharp hairpin into the man's chest before the gun is halfway out of the holster.
- The Quiet One: Rarely speaks and often speaks softly when he does.
- Recruited from the Gutter: Implied with his and Goodnight's backstory, in which Billy was a railroad fugitive whom Goodnight had been sent to arrest. Instead, Goodnight decided to befriend him and they began traveling together.
- Samurai Cowboy: In a sense, considering he's an Asian in a Wild West setting.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Introduced as a near-silent badass who appears to be partnered with Goodnight for practical reasons, he is later revealed to be extremely sympathetic and protective where Goodnight's mental state is concerned. He also willingly stays behind to defend Rose Creek even when Goodnight abandons the town.
- Tragic Keepsake: Albeit not for very long, but he keeps Goodnight's flask, and dies with his gaze fixed on it.
- Undying Loyalty: To Goodnight, subtly established when he lies to the rest of the group about Goodnight being unable to fire on one of Bogue's men, claiming the weapon jammed in order to cover for Goodnight's mental state being the real culprit.
- Badass Beard: Of thick Perma-Stubble.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: He initially appears to be offended when Faraday says it's okay to disrespect Maria... before boasting that he has three Marias and bursting into hysterical laughter.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Carries two Colt Single Action Army revolvers with nickel plating and pearl grips.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Roughly 90% of the Spanish that comes out of his mouth is some form of swearing or another.
- Guns Akimbo: Likes to wield his guns simultaneously.
- Gun Twirling: Briefly in the first shootout.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Although he's the outlaw of the group and has a bounty on his head for murder, once the main group forms, Vasquez turns out to be one of the friendlier, congenial members of the bunch.
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Faraday over the course of the movie, despite the latter needling him with Mexican jokes. When Faraday is shot, it's Vasquez who angrily avenges him by putting five bullets in the guy responsible.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Chisolm decides to recruit him to defend Rose Creek rather than arrest him, with the promise that Chisolm won't be hunting him anymore.
- Shipper on Deck: A very enthuisiastic (if lewd) one for Horne and the townswoman who patched up his clothing, much to Horne's embarrassment.
- The Southpaw: Whenever he uses a two-handed weapon, like a rifle.
- The Archer: Uses a bow and arrows as his main weapon.
- Badass Native: Even more so than Denali, the Native American in Bogue's army.
- Bald of Awesome: Has a Mohawk.
- Cold Sniper: A stoic individual who shoots at long range with his bow.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a knife in one hand and a tomahawk in the other in his fight with Denali.
- Good Counterpart: To Bogue's Comanche enforcer Denali. And much more skilled.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Denali: [In Comanche] "You're a disgrace." Kicks him off the second floor landing.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't say much in English.
- This Means Warpaint: Puts on red and black war paint for the Final Battle.
- Troll: Pretends not to speak English, and is visibly amused when Horne calls him a little shit for it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears from the Final Battle after killing Denali. The next time he's seen, he's hauling Jack's corpse on a horse.
A young woman whose husband was killed by Bogue, Emma is responsible for recruiting the Seven.
- Action Girl: The best shot in Rose Creek, unlike the men who have to put in a lot of practice.
- Best Served Cold: She's the one who gets to kill Bogue.
- Big "NO!": When Bogue shoots her husband Matthew.
- Fiery Redhead: Red-haired and her anger at the death of her husband is evident in almost every scene.
- It's Personal: "I seek righteousness as all people should, but I'll take revenge."
- More Deadly Than the Male: Far more deadly than any of the male townsfolk. When asked who ordered her to act on their behalf, Emma replies "Seems I was the only one who had balls enough to do so."
- Spear Counterpart: To Rikichi from Seven Samurai. Both led the effort to recruit the Seven and Took a Level in Badass after losing their spouses to the villains.
- Vengeful Widow: Emma will stop at nothing to take down the man who killed her husband.
- Weapon of Choice: A Winchester 1866 lever-action rifle.
Emma's friend, who assists in recruiting the Seven.
Emma's husband, who is gunned down by Bogue in the opening.
- Decoy Protagonist: You'd be forgiven for thinking he would have a bigger part than he did, as he's the best looking of the men, and the others agree with him on what course of action to take. His wife becomes the leading townsperson when Bogue kills him.
- The Lost Lenore: Male example.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Bogue when he burns the church. Vogue responds by putting a bullet in his chest."What kind of a man are you? What did these people ever do to you, huh? For what, Bogue? For land? For land?!"
A corrupt mining baron terrorizing the town of Rose Creek, as he wants to drive everyone from their lands so he can have the whole valley for his gold mine.
- Alliterative Name: Bartholomew Bogue.
- Ax-Crazy: Of the cold, calculating, dispassionate type. Especially in the climax when he attacks the town with a Gatling gun.
- Bad Boss: Quite a few examples.
- Shoots Sheriff Harp for delivering a message he doesn't like, then pulls his gun on McCann.
- Treats his miners so bad, they join the townspeople.
- Orders a Gatling gun used on the village, despite knowing that his men will likely be killed in the crossfire.
- Beard of Evil: A goatee.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film and Kicks the Dog at every opportunity.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't seem to remember his men raping and murdering Chisolm's mother and sisters. It's unlikely he'd remember killing people in Rose Creek either. And then he conveniently remembers them right when Chisolm's about to kill him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Oh so very much. He's a psychotic robber baron that casually kills and terrorizes strictly out of Greed, another reason he is a bigger Hate Sink than the other versions of the leader.
- Dirty Coward: Doesn't bat an eye at murdering civilians in cold blood, but grovels when at someone else's mercy.
- Greed: The entire essence of his being.Bogue: I want land, you know what I do. I take it.
- Hate Sink: Unlike the Flat Character Bandit Chief in Seven Samurai (who leads his bandits because they are also starving) and the Affably Evil Calvera from The Magnificent Seven (1960) who has an Alas, Poor Villain moment, Bogue gives the audience every opportunity to hate him. For example: he slaughters several townsfolk when they speak up against him, acts like his horror is religiously righteous (and really doesn't believes it himself), murders one of his own men for bringing him a message he doesn't like, has several of his own men mowed down when he has the town shot up with a Gatling gun, and participated in the rape and murder of Chisolm's mother and sisters several years before.
- Make an Example of Them: As shown in his introductory scene. He also tells the corrupt Sheriff to leave the bodies for a few days.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: If there's a problem, he'll shoot it dead, as shown when he massacres half a dozen civilians in the opening, personally shooting Matthew Cullen dead. Bigger problem? Use a really big gun.
- Never My Fault: "If God didn't want them sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep." Lifted right from the original film.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of the reasons as to why Chisolm has a personal vendetta against Bogue and his men raped and murdered Chisolm's mother and sisters years before the events of the film.
- Robber Baron: Explicitly referred as such.
- Self-Made Man: Says that he worked for everything he had. He also scorns the prominent robber barons of the time, such as Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt, for not getting their hands dirty and sticking to bribing politicians.
- The Social Darwinist: Says that what he is doing is God's will and that trying to stop him is standing in God's way.
- The Sociopath: Thinks nothing of shooting innocent civilians or losing Mooks.
- Taking You with Me: Tries to shoot Chisolm as the latter strangles him, only for Emma to shoot Bogue dead.
Bogue's second-in-command. Leads the men Bogue has stationed in Rose Creek.
- Beard of Evil: Bearded and Bogue's second-in-command. McCann's beard, unlike his boss's, covers his jaw.
- Dirty Coward: Runs and hides as the Seven start slaughtering his men.
- The Dragon: To Bogue.
- Flaying Alive: Says to Horne that he'll make one hell of a rug.
- Karmic Death: Shooting Faraday winds up being a death sentence when Vasquez immediately shoots him off his horse and subsequently empties his guns into him.
- Mouth of Sauron: In the first encounter with the Seven, he does the talking for the Mooks.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Vasquez shoots him five times in the chest, causing McCann to fall into a coffin.
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: "You do know who we work for right? The force he can bring to bear."
A Comanche enforcer of Bogue.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries a tomahawk.
- Beard of Evil: Averted; he's the only bad guy who doesn't have a beard.
- The Brute: The most physically capable of the main villains.
- Dual Wielding: For close quarters, he carries a tomahawk and a knife.
- Hero Killer: During the final battle he kills Horne.
- Screaming Warrior: Lets out a war cry when he leads the attack on Rose Creek and another when he fights Red Harvest.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: After the opening scene, Denali doesnt have sleeves.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Wears a blue US cavalry uniform.
- Token Minority: The only non-white bad guy.
- The Voiceless: Doesn't speak, only shouts and grunts.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the opening, he kills a woman in Rose Creek by throwing a tomahawk into her back. He also tries to murder Emma during the Final Battle.
Rose Creek's corrupt sheriff, who is on Bogue's payroll.
- Dirty Cop: Completely in Bogue's pocket.
- Dirty Coward: Runs and hides as the Seven slaughter Bogue's Mooks stationed in Rose Creek.
- The Quisling: The only person in Rose Creek who works for Bogue.
- The Sheriff: Albeit a highly corrupt one.
- You Have Failed Me: Shot dead by Bogue for: a) failing to keep out the Seven and b) for giving him a message he didn't like.
Earl and Dicky
A pair of brothers who have a grudge against Faraday.
- Boom, Headshot!: Faraday kills Dicky this way.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Earl doesn't like his name, hence why he uses at least two aliases.
- Ear Ache: Faraday blows off Earl's ear.
- Guns Akimbo: Earl wields two revolvers.
- The Trope Kid: Earl takes to calling himself the "Two Gun Kid". Neither Faraday nor Dicky like it.
Ken and Len Pigeon
A pair of brothers who claim to have killed Jack Horne.
- Asshole Victim: None of the Seven protest about Horne killing them both for robbing him.
- Beard of Evil: Both of them have long beards and tried to kill Horne for no reason at all.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Horne's Establishing Character Moment is to kill them both in short order.
- Oh, Crap!: Ken's reaction to an approaching Horne is to fumble the rifle and fall over.
- Too Dumb to Live: Attacking a man known for killing over 300 people is bad enough, but neither bothers to check if he's dead and assume that the rifle is proof. Cue Horne showing up by killing Len and then bashing Ken's head in with the rifle he stole.