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Character sheet for The Revenant.

Hugh Glass
"As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight."
Portrayed by: Leonardo DiCaprio

A frontiersman who guides Andrew Henry’s party of trappers along with his Pawnee son.

  • Action Dad: To his son, Hawk. After his murder, Glass becomes hellbent on revenge.
  • Action Survivor: Big Time. He survives being mauled by a bear, freezing cold temperatures, Native American attacks, and falling off a cliff into a pine tree.
  • Badass Boast:
    Glass: "I ain't afraid to die anymore. I've done that already."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Glass can speak Pawnee, which helps him communicate with the natives he encounters on his long trek home.
  • Cruel Mercy: Instead of killing Fitzgerald then and there after their brutal fight, Glass hands Fitzgerald over to the Ree tribe and watches as they mercilessly scalp what's left of his head.
  • Determinator: Oh boy… Surviving injuries caused by a bear is no small feat, but making his way back to the fort with all these obstacles is downright impressive.
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  • Ear Ache: During his fight with Fitzgerald, Glass gets his ear (or part of it) bitten and torn off.
  • Going Native: He knows Natives well enough to respect them. He speaks Pawnee, lived within a tribe, married a Pawnee woman and had a son with her. He also saves a Ree chief’s daughter from being raped.
  • Guttural Growler: Glass speaks with a deeply raspy voice after his bear attack. Justified, as his injuries after the bear attack extend to his throat, and he's no doubt suffering from dehydration.
  • It's Personal: He becomes hellbent on getting back to the fort after Fitzgerald kills his son, Hawk.
  • Made of Iron: Aside from getting mauled by a bear, there's also the fact he doesn't die of sepsis or hypothermia. And the injuries he sustains during his fight with Fitzgerald are hard to swallow.
  • Mountain Man: He is a frontiersman who knows the area better than everyone else and has all the experience it takes to survive in the wild.
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  • Papa Wolf: Following the bear attack, everything he has to go through is to avenge his son's murder.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It says a lot that the bear mauling him within an inch of his life is the least terrible thing to happen to Glass.

John Fitzgerald
"God giveth, God taketh away."
Portrayed by: Tom Hardy

A trapper of Andrew Henry's party and the primary antagonist of the film. He's ready to do anything to ensure himself a profit despite the odds, even if it means getting rid of some of the expedition's members.

  • Adaptational Villainy: While Book!Fitzgerald simply abandoned Glass, here, he tries to perform a "Mercy Kill" on him and murders Glass's son before leaving him for dead. He also steals money from the fort and kills Captain Henry.
  • Big Bad: He's quick to become Glass's Arch-Enemy.
  • Commander Contrarian: Plays this role in the first act when he argues that the party's survivors should have stayed on the boat. And again when he suggests to Mercy Kill Glass.
  • Flaying Alive: He has been partially scalped in the past and confirms it in a discussion with Jim Bridger. The Ree Natives finish the job in the climax.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a pretty prominent one on his head, which he got from being partially scalped by a Native American. That's enough to show that he's bad news.
  • Hunter Trapper: What he does for a living.
  • Jerkass: Fitzgerald really isn't a very pleasant person. He's rude, insubordinate, racist and selfish.
  • Made of Iron: During the final confrontation with Glass, he gets two of his fingers chopped off, stabbed in the chest, and axed in the gut before he's finally too injured to fight.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: During the climax fight between him and Glass, Fitzgerald get two of his fingers chopped off with a hatchet and his only response is a disgruntled, "Goddammit..."
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims he wants to grant Glass a Mercy Kill to end his suffering after being mauled half-to-death by a bear, but really it was because he was sick of having him around and felt like Glass was slowing him down.
  • Only in It for the Money: Money is all he cares about aside from saving his own hide.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Fitzgerald really doesn't like Native Americans, calling Glass' son a "half breed" and the tribes "tree niggers". Probably justified, seeing how he had been partially scalped in the past.

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