The 2007 film
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- Portrayed By: Thomas Jane
- The Cassandra: Before the creatures of the mist are revealed to the trapped store customers, very few people believe David's warnings. Naturally, some of them learn the truth the hard way.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Mercy Kill: He does this to all the remaining survivors, including his son, to prevent them from suffering a much worse death from the monsters. To add insult to injury, he soon finds out the military was right behind them.
- Only Sane Man: He is this throughout most of the movie, presumably until the end, after he finds out he killed his own son and three others for nothing.
- Papa Wolf: His highest priority throughout the movie is to keep his son safe.
- Portrayed By: Laurie Holden
- Berserk Button: She is normally a harmless woman, but she can only put up with Mrs. Carmody's ravings for so long before she slaps her.
- Mama Bear: She is just as protective of Billy as David is.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Becomes the receiving end of this, as she originally doesn't believe that people can become so barbaric in such a short amount of time.
- Portrayed By: Toby Jones
- Portrayed By: William Sadler
- FaceHeel Turn: He joins Mrs. Carmody's cult after growing increasingly traumatized from the mist phenomena.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He is reduced to a gibbering mess upon seeing the spiders hatch from the MP's body.
- Hypocrite: He originally mocks David for being a coward when Norm volunteers to investigate the generator outside, yet he does nothing but gape in terror when Norm is slowly attacked by tentacles. This only establishes how weak-minded he is throughout the movie.
- Jerkass: Is originally rude and aggressive toward David, but soon grows much more cooperative toward him and others. However...
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After he joins Mrs. Carmody's cult he grows very hostile toward David and his group, including his best friend Myron, and even turns Private Jessup in to Mrs. Carmody after he mentions the Arrowhead Project.
- Sanity Slippage: He grows more and more shell-shocked from the monsters and the deaths caused by them, before he finally snaps and joins Mrs. Carmody's cult.
- Those Two Guys: With Myron.
- Portrayed By David Jensen
- Adaptational Heroism: Due to switching roles with Jim, Myron winds up on David's side instead of joining Mrs. Carmody's cult as he does in the book.
- Death by Adaptation: As a result of his Adaptational Heroism, Myron is killed by a Gray Widower when David's group tries to escape the grocery store. In the novel his fate is left ambiguous, as is the case with the rest of Mrs. Carmody's cult.
- Jerkass: Starts off very rude and hostile to David, though not quite to the same extent as Jim.
- Those Two Guys: With Jim.
- Portrayed By Andre Braugher
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Norton is described in very unflattering terms in the novella, but in the film he is played by the rather dashing Andre Braugher.
- Adaptational Heroism: Very slightly. Norton is noticeably sleazier in the novella than in the film, but dropping this aspect of his personality isn't quite enough to redeem him.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted. Norton is a successful attorney and an unpleasant person, but he's not evil.
- Asshole Victim: Assuming he didn't survive his journey outside the store
- City Mouse: Norton vacations in Bridgton from New York City, and is clearly not cut out for the country life. He demonstrates a lack of competence with his fancy chainsaw when attempting to chop up a felled tree, and he possesses a haughty disdain for the locals, who think just as little of him in turn.
- Jerkass: Despite a few rare moments of kindness, Norton is generally haughty, confrontational, and rude to David and the other locals.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He does nothing to lighten the stressful situation that everyone trapped in the store is in, and only asks the "rational" people to join him for help.
- The Paranoiac: Norton is convinced that the locals, and especially David, are out to get him over a property dispute in his and David's past. This suspicion is part of what drives his unreasonable refusal to believe David and the others about the circumstances of Norm's death.
- Smug Snake: Norton is always convinced that he's right, and almost always turns out to be wrong.
- Straw Vulcan: Norton rejects out of hand the possibility that there might be monsters in the mist. While most of the survivors in the grocery store have the same reaction at first, Norton's skepticism quickly goes beyond the point of reason, and his subsequent decision to leave the store with a band of like-minded skeptics is blatantly unwise by any standard of risk analysis.
- Uncertain Doom: It's never shown just what happens to Norton after he and his group leave the market, but since one of them is almost immediately killed, the odds for the rest aren't good.
Private Wayne Jessup
- Portrayed By: Sam Witwer
- Portrayed By: Jeffrey DeMunn
The TV SeriesThe survivors (for a time) of Bridgeville. Open the tabs at your own risk as Walking Spoilers lurk in the mist.
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Portrayed By: Morgan Spector
- Bound and Gagged: Happens to him in Episode 6.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kevin tries his best to be the hero. His efforts to not leave anyone behind and save everyone rather than shooting the dog sometimes work out, but just as often leave everyone in a worse shape than they started.
- Him saving the prisoners leads to Connor abandoning them. If they hadn't found the second car, their quest would have been over then and there.
- At the gas station, he lies to the man with the car to spare him the pain rather than tell him they have found the body of his son, resulting in the man not being willing to drive them to the mall because he wants to continue looking for his son.
- In the hospital, he doesn't Mercy Kill his dying brother and instead tries to save him with a plan that is highly unlikely to work, endangering himself in the process and finally failing at the last second.
- Distressed Dude: Gets tied up and gagged in Episode 6.
- Papa Wolf: His motivation throughout the first season is to keep his family safe.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: A source of major character development: At the beginning of the season, he absolutely cannot take a life and Bryan suffers for it when the guy at the gas station shoots him in a struggle after Kevin had a clear shot at him. He then can't bring himself to Mercy Kill his suffering brother, instead enacting a crazy plan to save him that fails at the last minute and forces him to mercy kill him to spare him an even more agonizing death. Afterwards, he becomes more and more comfortable with violence, first killing the serial killer in the psych ward after having beaten him down, then beating Adrian within an inch of his life and finally ramming the car into the mall entrance, dooming everyone within.
Portrayed By: Alyssa Sutherland
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: As Eve puts it, Kevin allowing Alex everything has left her 16 years of playing Bad Cop, massively straining her relationship both to Kevin and to Alex.
- Mama Bear: Her actions in the mall are mainly driven by the desire to keep her daughter safe. Ironically, some of the more extreme ones rather put her in danger.
- Really Gets Around: Before settling down with Kevin, she was known as the town slut. This reputation still haunts her at key points of the story.
Portrayed By: Gus Birney
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She's openly hostile to her mother since she considers her overprotectiveness merely projection from her own wilder days.
Portrayed By: Danica Curcic
- Action Girl: Together with Bryan, she provides the muscle for Kevin's group.
- Casual Kink: When a bruised character mentions he had sex, she advises him to remember his Safe Word the next time. Hers is "dolphin".
- Death Seeker: Despite being quite active when it comes to the survival of the group, she almost succumbs to an apparition of her mother wanting to "help her to die". She only survives because she realizes that now with Bryan, she has something to live for.
- Functional Addict: She abuses painkillers, but is one of the more effective members of the group, only going into severe withdrawal once.
- Recovered Addict: In the hospital, she undergoes a painful rapid detox. Time will tell whether it works.
- The Medic: While she doesn't do too much medicine herself beyond her painkiller abuse and a detox to combat it, she is valuable to the group for her knowledge about medicine and hospital procedures.
- Troll: Kevin asks if she can hotwire cars. She chews him out for assuming she could do it just because she was in jail and wonders if he'd like to ask the black guy next... before revealing that yes, of course she can hotwire cars.
Bryan / Jonah
Portrayed By: Okezie Morro
- Amnesiac Costume Identity: Assumes his name is "Bryan Hunt" when he awakens in the woods in military fatigues, with no memory and a wallet of Hunt's in his pocket. He discovers the truth upon encountering the real Bryan Hunt at the hospital, being treated for injuries suffered when someone beat him up and stole his uniform.
- Identity Amnesia: His main problem.
- You Have to Believe Me!: When he stumbles into the police station, his rather rambling warnings about the mist lead to him being locked up first as a drunk and then as an AWOL soldier rather than listened to. Of course, the fact that he couldn't provide basic details about himself and wore a military uniform without being anywhere near anything military didn't help much.
Portrayed By: Luke Cosgrove
- Clear My Name: He is in fact innocent and tries to prove it. Unfortunately, he can't leave the mall or get at the results of the DNA test, severely limiting his options to do so and leaving him only with trying to befriend and save Alex which further aggravates her mother.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the season finale, he pulls Alex from a mist vortex and gets swept up in the same.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He is the most flawless major character in the season. His worst actions were inviting (and mildly pressuring) Alex to drink with him before putting her to bed without watching over her. Other than that, he was consistently friendly and levelheaded, trying to do good when possible and withdrawing from the main mall group as soon as it hinted at going downhill. Nope, he doesn't make it.
Portrayed By: Darren Pettie
Portrayed By: Russell Posner
- Abusive Parents: His father hates him for being gay, and for how he dresses.
- Big Bad: Him raping Alex and blaming Jay is the catalyst for much of the social tension in the groups.
- Non-Action Big Bad / Non-Action Guy: The revelation that he raped Alex doesn't make him any better of a fighter - except when he has a gun and his opponents don't, he still crumbles like wet tissue paper and wouldn't have survived up to this point if it wasn't for Kevin protecting him.
- Stalker with a Crush: It turns out that he is obsessed with Alex to the point that he raped her, then set up Jay to be blamed, for fear of Jay "taking her away" from him. Despite the rape, it seems he mostly wants a platonical relationship with her to make up for his lack of family.
- Walking Spoiler: With the revelations of episode 8, it becomes rather hard to talk about him without revealing that he raped Alex and left Kevin for dead.
Portrayed By: Frances Conroy
- Big Bad: Graduates into the role somewhen after winning her trial by ordeal - roughly at the point where she douses the church in gasoline and has it set on fire with some of her followers still inside because they wouldn't join her on her way to the mall.
- Decomposite Character: Takes over the cult part of Mrs. Carmody.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Starting with seeing a fellow survivor grow moth wings when exposed to the mist, she starts to revere the mist. When she puts her "death is beautiful" philosophy into practice, the bodycount starts going way up.
- No-Sell: On both sides of it. First, she appears to be immune to the supernatural effect of the mists in her trial by ordeal. When she arrives in the mall, she tries to establish her cult once more. Since she has very little time to do so and can't use the events in the church to her advantage, she fails utterly and is disregarded as a babbling lunatic.
- Non-Action Big Bad / Non-Action Guy: The most physical action she ever gets into is breaking a window and running out of the room to escape (and doom) Link when he tries to convert or kill her.
- Religion of Evil: Her cult begins innocently enough, until her research leads her to conclude the mist is Gaia's Vengeance, which she is happy to help along.
Portrayed By: Dan Butler
- Dirty Coward: By his own admission he was too weak to stand up to Link when he suggests murdering Mrs. Raven to silence her and makes no attempt to stop him carrying it out.
- Face Death with Dignity: Attempts this during his trial by ordeal (although he hoped God would protect him and Mrs. Raven would be taken instead.) It quickly fails when he's impaled in the chest by an arrow and dragged screaming into the mist.
- Sinister Minister: Averted. Although he believes the Mist is the Day of Judgement, he's open to the possibility that it might not be. He is a genuine man of faith who is very concerned for his flock, but doesn't resort to extremism to try and bully them into submission. His main flaw is being too meek to stand up against Mrs. Raven or his own disciple, Link.
Portrayed By: Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
- Dirty Coward: His main character flaw that in the end allows the situation of the mall to go to hell. He tries to do good, but fails to take responsibility for his own misdeeds (that would likely see him cast out of the mall). The first time it is hinted at is when he, one of two people best qualified to go get the radio, insists on a lottery instead. The major two instances occur when he tries to make Shelley confess that she doesn't actually believe Alex is guilty of anything and she shuts him up by revealing she knows about his hidden food stockpile. Rather than letting her blackmail him, he kills her and upon her body being found, claims that Alex did the deed.
- Karma Houdini: He actually seems to survive the season one finale, holing up in his office with his stockpiled food supply.