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The New Founding Fathers (N.F.F.A.)

    In General 
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Blessed be our New Founding Fathers for letting us Purge and cleanse our souls. Blessed be America, a nation reborn.

The New Founding Fathers

Played By: Raymond J. Barry, David Aaron Baker, Dale Dye, Michael Steven Swanson, Gary Roscoe

  • Ax-Crazy: All of them except Roseland and Danzinger are psychotic snobs with an overwhelming desire to kill poor people out of nothing but irrational hatred and sadism, and even the more straight-faced of the band, like Big Daddy, are disturbingly cavalier when it comes to ripping apart any civilians they catch in their crosshairs.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Their methods, like sending out death squads to kill for them, their authoritarian methods and their habit of orchestrating purges to act as pogroms against poor people definitely makes one think that they’re a bunch of violent fascists at heart.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: Hinted throughout the first movie that they operate on this.
  • Corrupt Politician: Dear God, yes, although it seems most citizens are blind to this.
  • Evil Old Folks: All of them seem to be at least fifty (aside from James); Roan seems to be the youngest visible member of the Senate.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They're the entire reason these events are happening and why there are people going out on crime sprees. With each film, it becomes clearer that they have a more selfish, ruthlessly pragmatic motive. It's also revealed they send out Death Squads to round up the numbers.
  • Karma Houdini: Invoked by themselves. When setting up the rules of the Purge, they explicitly stated that they are exempt from being attacked by purgers so as to ensure they don't wind up undoing themselves.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: A foolish mistake they make in the final film - revoking that part of the law to assassinate Roan - ends up causing the warranty to run out.
  • Kill the Poor: The true motive of the Purge was to essentially purge the poor people for fun while keeping the rich in power. However some members still believe it to be Necessarily Evil due to it lowering the poverty levels, and thus supposedly saving the country from bankruptcy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: They claim that the Purge is to relieve people of their violent urges, but it's nothing more to satisfy their sadism and elitism. They even lie about the Purge working just to encourage more people to commit murder.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Played straight in the first two films, but averted in the third, where Caleb decides to execute Roan personally. Not the wisest choice, as he forgets that the rules protecting him have been revoked.
  • President Evil: Elections are still held in the United States, so they qualify; whether their elections were rigged or not isn't known.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: They set up The Purge to massacre poor people both For the Evulz and in a severely warped display of elitism. Their death squads are also explicitly shown to primarily target minority communities.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Played straight in the first movie, but in the second and third it seems their approval ratings are starting to wane, seeing as a member of La Résistance has gotten as far as Presidential candidate.
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    Caleb Warrens 

Caleb Warrens

Played By: Raymond J. Barry

  • Asshole Victim: He's a racist, sexist elitist. His eventual death is well deserved.
  • Big Bad: Of the third film, as the leader of the New Founding Fathers.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Minister Edwidge Owens.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Dies to one of these courtesy of Marcos and a sniper rifle.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After watching one of Roan's anti-Purge speeches on television, he turns it off, stares silently at his colleagues for a few seconds, then goes on a profanity-filled, racist, misogynistic tirade about how "there isn't enough to go around" and that poor people should be gotten rid of for the "crime" of simply not being rich. With less than a minute of screen-time, Warrens shows himself to be an elitist asshole whose Karmic Death can't come fast enough.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's responsible for the series' events, and the leader of the NFFA.
  • The Sociopath: He has absolutely no empathy for his victims, is extraordinarily manipulative and is sadistic and vicious to the point of being outright Ax-Crazy, as his attempt at killing Roan with a gleeful Slasher Smile shows disturbingly well.

    Thomas Roseland 

Tommy Roseland

Played By: David Aaron Baker

  • Blatant Lies: Claims the NFFA's amendment scrapping protection for politicians is in response to the public's view the Purge only targets the poor, when in truth, it's a cover to allow the NFFA to discreetly assassinate Senator Charlie Roan rather than risk her ousting them from power.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Dies to one of these courtesy of Marcos, while trying to finish off a helpless Charlie.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the NFFA's Press Secretary.

NFFA Loyalists & Allies

    Minister Edwidge Owens 

Minister Edwidge Owens

Played By: Kyle Secor

  • Affably Evil: Owens is a homicidal maniac, but is a genuine believer in the Purge as he sees it as a chance to commit holy sacrifice. In addition, he is charismatic and charming during his television appearances and when he presides over his congregation.
  • Ax-Crazy: Owens is batshit insane. He starts literally frothing at the mouth and speaking in tongues in a religious/psychotic fervor. He is dedicated to the Purge as a means of purification, slaughtering multitudes of victims in his church during a 'Purge Mass' every Purge. When everything is going to hell, Owens is noticeably praying and babbling psychotically while bullets fly around him.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With the NFFA.
  • Cruel Mercy: He's spared from being assassinated so Roan can beat him in the election fair and square.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Say one thing for Minister Owens, he isn't a hypocrite. Unlike the more opportunistic and self-serving New Founding Fathers, Owens is a fervent believer in the Purge who doesn't shrink away when the shoe is on the other foot.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is very willing to be killed so Bishop can participate in the Purge.
  • Groin Attack: Since they can't kill him, Leo settles for giving him one of these after seeing the captives for Owens's Purge Mass.
  • Large Ham: He's smart enough to stay fairly restrained in his television appearances, but he devours the scenery when presiding over his congregation.
  • Sinister Minister: He presides over midnight mass on Purge night, during which he encourages his congregation to purge.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: When Bishop has him at his mercy, Owens encourages him emphatically to purge. He seems downright gleeful at the prospect of being killed on Purge night. It makes sense, considering he believes that being killed during the Purge is tantamount to a holy sacrifice.

    Harmon James 

Harmon James

Played By: Christopher James Baker

  • Badass Long Robe: Escapes a slew of gunfire unharmed, & guns down two people, all while wearing a decorative baptismal robe.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Joe blows his brains out.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Completely calm, stoic, and seemingly void of emotion, until he commits the first Purging of the Mass.
  • Giggling Villain: The laugh that he emits when he Purges.
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    Big Daddy 

Big Daddy

Played By: Jack Conley

  • BFG: He uses a mini-gun to mow innocent people and Purgers alike.
  • Big Bad: Of The Purge: Anarchy. He leads a NFFA-commissioned death squad.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He's shot through the head by Warren Grass.
  • Cool Shades: Even though it's night for most of the movie.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's perfectly polite to Leo as he prepares to kill him.

    Earl Danzinger 

Earl Danzinger

Played By: Terry Serpico

    Dr. May Updale 

Dr. May Updale

Played By: Marisa Tomei

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Sandin Family

    James 

James Sandin

Played By: Ethan Hawke

  • An Axe to Grind: At one point he uses an axe.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't have any combat training and the Purgers aren't going to play fair, so he pretty much fights off his enemies with whatever is to hand.
  • Decoy Protagonist: James seems like the main protagonist of the first film, only to be killed by the Polite Leader near the end of the film.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's stabbed to death by the Polite Leader.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He has long been getting away with selling faulty security systems before the start of the first film. It's only after he steps up and tries to defend his family that the Polite Leader runs him through with his machete.
  • Papa Wolf: He's fiercely protective of his family and doesn't hesitate to kill to keep them safe.
  • Properly Paranoid: He doesn't want to let Dwayne in the house out of the fear that people are after him. He turns out to be exactly right.
  • Rich Bitch: A male version. Not to the extent of Mary, but he's very pleased with himself for getting rich off selling security systems that don't hold up to strong attacks.
  • Took a Level in Badass: James was a fairly average, well-to-do guy but over the course of the home invasion he's forced to take numerous levels in badass to protect his family.

    Mary 

Mary Sandin

Played By: Lena Headey

  • Break the Haughty: The events of the home invasion certainly bring her down a peg or two.
  • Cruel Mercy: Allowing her neighbors to live after they tried to kill her family, fully knowing that they want her family dead just because it flaunts its riches a bit more blatantly than them, that they may try this again come next Purge night if she stays, and letting them assume that she will be prepared for them.
  • Mama Bear: She proves no less protective of her family than her husband does.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She unleashes one on her neighbour Grace.
  • Rich Bitch: Pre-Character Development, Mary is a passive-aggressive snob who gossips with neighbors while making subtle boasts about how well-off her family is.

    Zoey 

Zoey Sandin

Played By: Adelaide Kane

    Charlie 

Charlie Sandin

Played By: Max Burkholder

  • Creepy Child: A lot of his actions (keeping track of his heart rate, the bolt-hole on his room being full of gory, Purge-related drawings and him constantly using his camera drone (which is already creepy as it is) to constantly peek around the house) scream this.
  • The Heart: Was the one who opened the house to save a stranger from being lynched.
  • The Millstone: He not only let in a homeless man wanted by the purgers, he also helps hide him away from his own parents while he's inside the house.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: All of the horrors that the Sandins go through the night are brought upon because he decided to open the house and allow a hobo to run inside to try to prevent him being killed by Purgers.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Absolutely no one would have known or even faulted him for letting the homeless man die, but he lets him in anyway. This turns out to save them in the end, when their neighbors invade the house to kill them.

Sanchez Family

    Eva 

Eva Sanchez

Played By: Carmen Ejogo

  • Mama Bear: Tries to protect her daughter at all costs.

    Cali 

Cali Sanchez

Played By: Zoë Soul

  • Brutal Honesty: Definitely when talking to Leo. Has no problem flat-out telling him when he's being a jerk. Regardless of him being the only hope they have
  • Morality Pet: She repeatedly tells Leo that purging is wrong.

    Papa Rico 

Papa Rico

Played By: John Beasley

  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sells himself to be killed by a wealthy family so his daughter and grandchild can live better lives.

Joe's Deli

    Joe Dixon 

Joe Dixon

    Laney Rucker 

Laney Rucker

Played By: Betty Gabriel

    Marcos 

Marcos

Played By: Joseph Julian Soria

  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Charlie Roan from having her throat slit by Caleb Warrens by blowing Caleb's brains out.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lived in Mexico before emigrating to the USA seven years before the events of the film and indicates he had to do a lot of shady things to survive.
    Marcos: Every day in Juárez was like the Purge.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Joe, who gave him a job and a chance at a new life when he moved to the States, to the point Marcos is willing to stay and help him protect the store from looting Purgers.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Gives Kimmy a flesh wound with a sniper rifle and implies he's more than prepared to put the next bullet between her eyes.

    Dawn 

Dawn

Played By: Liza Colón-Zayas

    Ike Jenkins 

Ike Jenkins

Played By: George Lee Miles

Other Citizens

    Charlie 

Senator Charlene "Charlie" Roan

  • Action Politician: In the third film she's a Senator running for President, something the villains are trying to prevent. While she doesn't like violence, she's still willing to pick up a gun to defend herself.
  • Badass Boast: To Owens. "I am gonna beat the shit out of you on Election Day."
  • Big Good: Charlie is a legitimate public face of the anti-Purge movement.
  • Forced to Watch: The Purger who killed her family forced her to watch as he did so.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde and is a strong force for moral good.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bears basic simularities to Hillary Clinton, including her gender and popularity in the race, but her focus on wealth disparity and the way the Purge affects the economically weak and her status as a senator makes her more closely resemble Bernie Sanders. (Possibly making her a Composite Character of both.)
  • Save This Person, Save the World: She intends to do away with the Purge once she's in office, and that's why the NFFA want her dead.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her family, who were all killed during a Purge night.

    Shane 

Shane

Played By: Zach Gilford

  • Brutal Honesty: Specifically in regards to Leo and regarding his trustworthiness. Pointing out how he's not only purging tonight but he's armed to the teeth.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: While the females in the group acquiescently follow Leo for safety, Shane remains hesitant and somewhat fearful of Leo. Despite being thankful for Leo saving their lives, he never forgets to mention Leo is a willing and dangerous Purger.
  • Nice Guy: Easily the nicest and most polite of the second film's main characters.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Pulls one when it's apparent that the group may all die.

    Tanya 

Tanya

Played By: Justina Machado

  • The Mistress: For her sister's husband.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She's been having an affair with her sister's husband, and she isn't being subtle about it either.

    Warren 

Warren Grass

Played By: Brandon Keener

  • Big Damn Heroes: He kills Big Daddy, saving Leo's life at the last minute.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Leo forgives and spares him, he rescues Leo from certain death.
    • It should also be noted that he legitimately seems sorry for what he'd done, and it's shown that he doesn't participate in the Purge.
  • Mexican Standoff: He briefly ends up in one with two government goons during the finale.
  • Off on a Technicality: How he escaped punishment for running over Leo's child, although the specifics aren't known.

First Purge Civilians

    Dmitri 

Dmitri

Played By: Y'lan Noel

    Nya 

Nya

Played By: Lex Scott Davis

  • Action Girl: Formerly ran with Dmitri, now an activist. Always a badass.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: At least they did. It's obvious that she still cares about Dmitri, but can't live his life.
  • Soapbox Sadie: To an extent. She's the leader of protests against "The Experiment". It's implied that she's one of the founders of the Resistance.

    Isaiah 

Isaiah

Played By: Joivan Wade

    Luisa 

Luisa

Played By: Luna Lauren Velez

    Selina 

Selina

Played By: Kristen Solis

Purgers

    Henry 

Henry

Played By: Tony Oller

  • Love Makes You Crazy: Henry was pretty willing and able (and tried, and failed miserably) to kill James Sandin because James disapproved of his relationship with Zoey. He doesn't seem to consider that Zoey might not want to be in a relationship with the man who murdered her father.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He was going to kill Mr. Sandin because he was going to apply the Parental Marriage Veto on his relationship with his daughter.

    Polite Leader 

Polite Leader

Played By: Rhys Wakefield

  • Bad Boss: He kills one of his henchmen for being rude.
  • Big Bad: While Henry and Grace constitute separate threats, the Polite Leader is the main villain of The Purge since he gets the most screen time and his desire to kill the sheltered homeless man drives the bulk of the plot.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys a good fight even though he likes murder more. When he kills James, he thanks him.
  • Cradling Your Kill: After stabbing James, he tenderly holds him and kisses his forehead while thanking him for being apart of his purge.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Even after he's killed by Zoey, there's still the matter of having to face Grace before the Sandins can make it through the purge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He isn't credited as "Polite Leader" for nothing. He smiles when he talks and never curses but rants about his need to purge and enjoys causing pain and death.
  • Giggling Villain: He can't go five minutes without giggling.
  • No Name Given: Only referred to as the "Polite Leader".
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He prefers to target non-rich people since he considers them to be worthless.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • The Sociopath: He wants to kill an innocent man for fun.

    Leo 

Sergeant Leo Barnes

Played By: Frank Grillo

  • Anti-Hero: While he repeatedly demonstrates that he's a good man, he's still a willing participant in the Purge.
  • The Atoner: In Election Year, he is deeply ashamed of attempting to participate in the Purge in the previous movie, and now works for the political candidate attempting to end it.
    Leo: I nearly did something that would have destroyed a lot of lives...this night has to end.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Election Year, he wears a nice suite and tie. Justified because he's now a bodyguard for a candidate in the presidential election.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To the Sandins. They're a rich couple with little combat experience who are trying to stay out of the purge. He's a gun toting, Crazy-Prepared, badass reluctant Purger.
  • Expy: Somewhat of Max Rockatansky, the protagonist of the Mad Max films. Like Max, Leo is a police officer, is a highly-skilled combatant, drives a car he customized himself, reluctantly partners with people he comes to care for, and seeks revenge on those that killed his family (or in Leo's case, just his son). The key difference between the two is that Max actually kills the men who murdered his family while Leo is able to forgive the man who killed his son.
  • One-Man Army: Between Anarchy and Election Year he racks up a substantial body count. He's easily the best fighter in the second film, and maybe the entire franchise.
  • Pet the Dog: Aside from saving Eva and Cali, and letting Shane and Liz stay in his car, he also gives Cali his Kevlar vest.
  • Redemption Earns Life: The man he decides to spare for recklessly killing his son ends up saving his life when Big Daddy has him at gunpoint.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's using the purge to hunt for his son's killer.

    Kimmy 

Kimmy

Played By: Brittany Mirabile

    The Ferrins 

Grace & Mr. Ferrin

Played By: Arija Bareikis & Dana Bunch

  • Big Damn Villains: They kill the preppy Purgers before they can take out the Sandins; as it turns out, it's a case of The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Grace in particular acts friendly toward the Sandins; there's some passive-aggressive oneupmanship between the two, but nothing beyond Stepford Smiler. Then on the night of the Purge, Grace and her husband join up with the other neighbors to apply the Tall Poppy Syndrome on the Sandins with extreme prejudice (even going The Only One Allowed to Defeat You on the younger Purgers).
  • Cruel Mercy: Grace and her husband were allowed to live by Mary against their will so they could live with their guilt.
  • Evil Is Petty: Their reasons for wanting to kill the Sandins are incredibly petty; they were sick of the Sandins 'flaunting' their superior wealth, and the modifications the Sandins made to their house clashed with the neighborhood's style.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Their whole motivation for killing the Sandins was that they were arrogant elitists who acted like they were better than everyone else in the neighbourhood. As stated above, that is not only a pathetic excuse for their actions, but when the situation is reversed and the Ferrins find themselves at the Sandin's mercy, Mary lets them live, proving that they her family is better.
    • As a bonus, when Grace makes a last ditch attempt to kill Mary, she simply breaks her nose and shames her with her cowardice.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: They arrive to kill the preppy Purgers and save the Sandins, but only so they could kill the family themselves.

    The Halversons 

Mr. & Mrs. Halverson

Played By: Chris Mulkey & Tisha French

    Skeletor 

Skeletor

Played By: Rotimi Paul

  • Ax-Crazy: A razorblade wielding dopefiend who made the first kill of the Purge series chronologically.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he obviously is a threat to Isaiah and anyone else he comes across, the movie makes clear he's an exception to the response of the Purge (ie minor crimes and hedonism), and the true villain is the NFFA.
  • Plot Armor: Despite how Obviously Evil he is, Skeletor makes it a decent way through the night before being killed.
  • Slasher Smile: A gruesome one, magnified by his facial scarring.

Anti-Purge Resistance

    Carmelo 

Carmelo Johns

Played By: Michael K. Williams

  • Big Good: The leader of the Anti-Purge movement.
  • Large Ham: He gets pretty hammy with speeches.
  • Rebel Leader: He's the leader of the anti-Purge movement. He doesn't just talk the talk, he picks up a gun and walks the walk

    Dwayne 

Dante Bishop (Dwayne A.K.A. The Stranger)

Played By: Edwin Hodge

  • Big Good: Takes over from Carmelo as the leader of the Anti-Purge movement.
  • Butt-Monkey: There's never a moment when Dwayne isn't in some kind of danger; throughout the first film, he gets horribly injured on a frequent basis while being the target of a group of psychotic preppy Purgers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being a scared victim of the Purge in the original film into an Anti-Purge resistance member in the sequels.

    Liz 

Liz

Played By: Kiele Sanchez
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Alternative Title(s): The Purge Anarchy, The Purge Election Year

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