- Played By: Benicio del Toro
The main and title character. A stage actor, he returns to his home in England after his brother's murder. He wishes to look into it and, of course, is bitten by a werewolf. He finds out his father was the werewolf who bit him, killed his brother, and his mother.
- Adaptational Badass: His Wolfman is far more formidable than in The Wolfman 1941, killing about ten times the number of people the original Wolfman did. Even in human form, he's not bad with a rifle.
- The Alcoholic: He comes off as this in the movie. Played pretty straight in the book adaptation of the movie.
- All Just a Dream: He has quite a few hallucinations while recovering from his nasty little bite, as well as hallucinations in the asylum.
- The Charmer: Implied to be this in the beginning, though we're not sure whether it's his actual character or the werewolf influence.
- Dark and Troubled Past: You've had quite a nice little messed-up childhood, haven't you? What with witnessing your mother's death and all, and being sent to a mad-house where you underwent all sorts of nasty treatments and then shipped off to live with a distant relative in America.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Gwen's Shoot the Dog moment, he returns to human form and spends his last moments of life in Gwen's arms before he appropriately dies at the end.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the original 1941 film, he was beaten to death with a silver cane. Here, he gets shot with a Silver Bullet.
- Diving Save: He saves a Romani child by doing this right before the first werewolf attacks her.
- Doomed Protagonist: Just like the original movie, he's not long for this world.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After learning of Ben's death and then seeing what's left of him.
- Fake Memories: As a child, his memories of his mother's death were re-formed during his time in the asylum so he would believe that his mother killed herself and concealed his real memories of his werewolf father tearing her throat out.
- Famous Last Words: "Thank you."
- Go Among Mad People: He gets locked in an asylum for ranting that he's a werewolf. He'd previously been committed as a boy, to help him suppress the trauma of his mother's death, because he'd been ranting (quite truthfully) that his father was a werewolf and had killed her.
- I Am a Monster: "I am what they say I am... I'm a monster."
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: When the full moon rises, Lawrence, strapped to a chair, implores the doctors in the room to kill him because he knows he will go on another murderous rampage when he transforms.
- I'll Kill You!: Played straight to his father when he learns he was the werewolf who bit him AND killed his mother and brother. Him saying this to the assembled doctors is almost a subversion. Despite the delivery, he is trying to warn them that he's a dire threat, rather than making a promise of revenge.
- In a Single Bound: He quite impressively clears a police blockade in a single leap, much to Aberline's dismay.
- Instant Sedation: Subverted. He gets a number of injections while in the asylum, presumably to sedate him, but none take effect immediately. When a doctor tries to inject him with a sedative as he turns into a werewolf, he isn't affected at all.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Much as he would like to, Lawrence is unable to stop himself from transforming and is completely subject to the phases of the moon.
- It's Personal: In relation to his own father, who is revealed to have killed his wife and oldest son, as well as bit Lawrence, thus spreading the curse to him.
- I Want My Mommy!: In the novelization, he begs his dead mother to help him during his first transformation, in pain and scared out of his mind. Eventually, he just takes to screaming her name, but all that comes out is an animal roar.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He kills his father and almost kills Gwen, too.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: It's not so much that he forgot, but rather Lawrence's memories were re-written so that the real memories of his werewolf father killing his mother were made to appear that she had killed herself with a razor.
- Let Them Die Happy: He dies in the end, but he stays alive for a few moments to reassure and thank Gwen for "setting him free." However, he dies before learning that he has bitten Aberline and cursed him as well. He could also be happy from realizing that since he was still alive to that point meant he had succeeded in defeating his father, meaning neither of them will hurt anyone again. However, this only makes the ending more tragic when we find out what becomes of Aberline.
- Madness Mantra: "Where is my father? Where is my father? WHERE IS MY FATHER?"
- "If you don't kill my father he will kill again and again and again and again..."
- Madness Montage: All the hallucinations he has.
- Mind Rape: What essentially happens to him after his time in the asylum, poor man.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Played With. Unlike Sir John Talbot, Lawrence seems to have at least some measure of control over his murderous instincts even when fully transformed. When he transforms in the asylum, for instance, he makes a beeline right for Honneger, who had been torturing him extensively: the other doctors who get in his way are unceremoniously, but harmlessly shoved aside. He attacks the orderly only after said orderly stabs him in the back with a syringe. In two later occasions he manages to calm down enough to stand quietly with humans right in front of him: once with Gwen, and once in a deleted scene where he is lured by the sound of a blind woman singing and seems content to simply listen. In total, his mindset as a wolfman seems to be one part scared wild animal, one part hungry wild animal, and one part terrified human fighting desperately from within, as opposed to a mindless engine of slaughter.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Justified, since in this version, he spent most of his life in America where his accent probably dissipated. Since Benicio is a native Spanish speaker, his accent does seem to slip in a few scenes with varying degrees, which in turn might be justifiable as well, since his mother in this version was visibly of some Spanish decent. He still gets Brownie Points for a good effort.
- Parental Abandonment: He witnessed his mother's "suicide" as a child, and if that's not traumatic enough, his father throws him into an asylum and then ships him off to live with his aunt in America afterwards.
- The Power of Love: His feelings for Gwen bring out what's left of his humanity, but only right before Gwen "sets him free."
- Shapeshifter Baggage: The novelization of the movie makes note of the extra mass he gains when transforming into a werewolf, and suggests its source is Hell itself.
- These Hands Have Killed: He stares at his bloodied hands in horror when he wakes up after his first transformation.
- Trauma Conga Line: Things just keep getting worse for him...
- White Shirt of Death: Played for full horrific effect when he wakes up after his first transformation. The white shirt he was wearing is quite messy.
Sir John Talbot
- Played By: Anthony Hopkins
Lawrence's father, who had a strained relationship with his son. Lawrence returns home after his brother's death. It turns out Sir John is the werewolf that bit Lawrence, but also killed Lawrence's brother and mother.
- Action Dad: He shoots on those who want to catch his son, and later tries to kill Lawrence. And he already killed Ben. And he himself is a werewolf.
- Adaptational Villainy: He is much less sympathetic than his 1941 counterpart who was not a werewolf and killed the wolfed-out Lawrence to protect Gwen, and was extremely upset on learning that the werewolf was his son.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of the movie, so that pretty much explains it.
- Composite Character: He replaces the Gypsy's son, Bela, as the werewolf who gives Lawrence his curse.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He didn't want Lawrence to out him as a werewolf and for inadvertently killing his mommy.
- Famous Last Words: "You're heir to my kingdom, Lawrence. You've always been heir to my kingdom."
- Faux Affably Evil: He turns out to be quite evil indeed, but damn, is he suave! He is played by Hannibal Lecter, after all, the King of Affably Evil.
- Hannibal Lecture: He gives one to Lawrence. Rather fitting, considering he's played by Anthony Hopkins.
- Notable Non Sequitur: He warns his son not to go out on the full moon, which sets up the inevitable werewolf attack. The "Notable" part of this is where he tells Lawrence this because Sir John is the werewolf and (at least, initially) doesn't want to be responsible for his remaining son's death.
- Off with His Head!: How his son ends up killing him.
- Papa Wolf: An instance of this occurs when he tries to protect Lawrence from the angry mob trying to capture him by shooting at them, and possibly even blinding someone in the process, showing that he may truly care for his son. Highly subverted when he ends up trying to kill Lawrence later on after revealing he already killed his brother and mother...and that he's a werewolf himself... Trauma Conga Line much? Also subverted when he lets the angry mob drag Lawrence off to an insane asylum right after the poor guy wakes up after the full moon and is scared and confused.
- Pater Familicide: Given that he is the one who killed his wife and Ben and probably would have succeeded in killing Lawrence if the hunters hadn't come along...
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His lycanthropy has most certainly gone to his head.
- Played By: Emily Blunt
Lawrence's love interest. Ben's former fiancee, who wants to know the truth about Ben's death. Over time, they get romantically attached. After finding out Lawrence is a werewolf, she sets out to help him and ends up killing him.
- Action Girl: She eventually becomes the Victorian equivalent of this when she becomes so motivated by trying to save Lawrence that she totes a gun around while running around in a dark forest in the middle of the night, certainly breaking the Damsel in Distress version of her character from 1941.
- Adrenaline Makeover: She gradually gets this over the course of the movie. Initially, she comes off as a very proper and somewhat quiet woman. However, as she becomes determined to find a cure for Lawrence towards the end of the movie, she starts to wear less fancy attire and her hair is noticeably a little unkempt from her nights of searching for answers. By the finale, her hair is down, she is wearing a slightly lower-cut and dirtier-looking dress than her earlier attire, and carries around a silver bullet loaded pistol.
- Always Save the Girl: Her actions in protecting Lawrence from Aberline are understandable, but she is also putting the chance that he can be cured above the likelihood that he will kill again (and in fact, Lawrence does end up infecting someone directly because of her).
- Beast and Beauty: Her and Lawrence.
- Hands-On Approach: The stone-skipping scene. Oops, is that a little blush we see on your face, Gwen?
- Interrupted Cool Down Hug: She gives Lawrence a Cooldown Hug in the end, but that angry mob just had to come by and ruin everything.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She stops Aberline from shooting Lawrence which, in turn, causes him to get bitten. However, this really doesn't do much good since she ends up shooting Lawrence herself in the end. Although, she's somewhat justified since she was still convinced she could reach Lawrence, and well...she was right. Plus, she probably figured that Lawrence would have finished off Aberline instead of chasing after her instead.
- Only I Can Kill Him: After many days of sleepless research, she discovers only how to kill Lawrence, not how to cure him. In desperation, she searches for the Gypsy fortune teller, but she only confirms it: a werewolf can only be slain with silver, and only by someone who loves him.
Inspector Francis Aberline
- Played By: Hugo Weaving
Based on the real life Inspector Fredrick Aberline of the Jack the Ripper murders, Francis is in charge of the investigation of the werewolf murders. He (correctly) suspects Lawrence of being the killer. He soon learns the truth and becomes bitten himself.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: The film ends with Lawrence dead, but only after having bitten Aberline, whose Horror Struck Oh, Crap! look suggests he's just realized the implications.
- Anti-Villain: He antagonizes Lawrence, but is technically one of the good guys.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Years after failing to catch Jack the Ripper in London, Inspector Abberline was sent to the Moors to investigate a werewolf's killings and became a werewolf himself.
- Foreshadowing: He shoots a standing mirror which he thinks Lawrence is hiding behind. "Now there's some bad luck for ya," an officer says regarding the broken mirror. Near the end of the movie, Aberline is bitten by Lawrence, thus doomed to become a werewolf himself.
- God Help Us All: Upon the seeing the Wolfman escape a barrage of gunfire during the London rampage.
- Hero Antagonist: He's just a cop doing his job and trying to stop Lawrence from killing again.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He spends most of the movie bent on killing Lawrence, but in the end, he's bitten by Lawrence and the curse is passed onto him.
- Historical Domain Character: He is a fictionalized version of the real life Inspector Frederick Abberline.
- Horror Struck: Upon realizing he's been bitten.
- Inspector Javert: Appropriately enough.
- Played By: Geraldine Chaplin
A gypsy who warns Lawrence that he is in great danger. After he is bitten, she meets with Gwen who tells her that Lawrence can be killed/saved by someone who loves them.
- Demoted to Extra: She had a much larger role in the original film. Although, Gwen sort of fills her shoes as the figure trying to help Lawrence with his curse this time around.
- Played By: Antony Sher
The sadistic doctor at the asylum that Lawrence is sent to. He publicly tries to prove that Lawrence isn't a werewolf, but it only results in Lawrence transforming in front of everyone.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel bad for him when Talbot throws him out of the window to his death.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: He is lecturing about the strapped-down Lawrence and he remarks that his patient can no more transform into a monster than he, the doctor, can sprout wings and fly out of the window. Sure enough, when Lawrence transforms and breaks loose, he executes Destination Defenestration on the shrink.
- Death by Irony: He claims that Lawrence will no more likely change into a werewolf than he is likely to sprout wings and fly out the window! He doesn't sprout wings, at any rate...
- Expy: Possibly one of Dr. Frank Mannering from the original film's sequel, a similar, but far less sadistic, character.
- Failed a Spot Check: He gets so wrapped up in discussing Lawrence's delusions and the treatment he's devised, that he's the last person in the room to notice that Lawrence is transforming right behind him.
- Famous Last Words: "Help me! Help!"
- Herr Doctor: He's a creepy doctor with a German surname and accent.
- Karmic Death: He spends most of his scenes torturing Talbot, exacerbating his horrific trauma, and eventually has him strapped to a table and mocked as a deluded loon. Talbot specifically goes for him as a werewolf, shoving two more innocent doctors out of the way, before grabbing Hoenneger and chucking him out of a two-story window to his death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Lawrence throws him out of the asylum window and he is impaled on the fence posts.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon discovering that Lawrence's lycanthropy is not a delusion.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His idea about making Lawrence experience a full moon while surrounded by witnesses might have been effective and helpful to Lawrence in a psychological thriller about a man who only had mental delusions about lycanthropy. Too bad for Hoenneger that Lawrence is a real werewolf.
- Played By: Simon Merrells
- Composite Character: He replaces Frank Andrews as Gwen's fiancé.
- Famous Last Words: "Help! Help me! Somebody help me! Help!"
- Sacrificial Lamb: Ben's screen time consists of running from the werewolf and being caught by it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed only a few minutes into the film.
- Played By: Art Malik
Sir John's manservant.
- Battle Butler: He is armed to the teeth with silver bullets and other monster-killing devices. It didn't do him much good in the end, though, and he loses points for not realizing the silver bullets are sabotaged.
- Secret Keeper: He knows Sir John is the Wolfman and kept him restrained during nights.
- Played By: Clive Russell
A local man with a better idea than most of what is happening.
- Almighty Janitor: A simple gamekeeper, ignored by the town fathers at first, who then takes the lead in preparing for the werewolf's next emergence.
- Cassandra Truth: He is the first to claim that there is a werewolf (or something of the nature) nearby and is ignored, at first. Once stye begin to take his warnings seriously, he's in charge of the efforts to capture the beast in a pit trap.McQueen: Got nothing to do with the gypsies. Twenty-five years ago now, me Pa found. Quinn Noddy and all his flock. Brains and guts and God-knows-what lying all over the moor for a quarter mile. And, Quinn, the look on his face. Like he'd been eaten alive. Whatever did it was big, had claws, and didn't mind a load of buckshot. After that me Pa went home and melted down me Ma's wedding spoons and cast silver bullets on 'em. Wouldn't leave the house on a full moon from then on.
- Only Sane Man: He is the first person to realize that the villages plague is not of human origins, and is the only prominent villager not to come after Lawrence while he's recovering from the bite, focusing instead on preparing traps. He's also the most alert and capable during the bungled attempt to kill the werewolf.
Colonel MontfordPlayed by: Nicholas Day
One of the local leaders.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He tries to shot himself when cornered by the werewolf, but has ran out of bullets.
- Dirty Coward: He's quick trying to lynch Lawrence before he transforms, but when facing the actual werewolf runs in terror.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He laughs at the idea that that the gypsies dancing bear is behind things.
- Off with His Head!: He gets beheaded by the Wolfman.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: His initial theory about the deaths is that their the work of a human murderer trying to hide his tracks.
- Upper-Class Twit: The man seems wealthier than the average villager, and is a posturing, incapable man.
Reverend FiskPlayed by: Roger Frost
The local minister.
- The Fundamentalist: He gets a good speech to this effect, rallying awareness of the werewolf, and urging people to stay together while also claiming that its presence can be attributed to God's wrath.Fisk: There are those who doubt the power of Satan. The power of Satan to change men into beasts. But the ancient Pagans did not doubt, nor did the prophets. Did not Daniel warn Nebakanezer? But the proud king did not heed Daniel. And so, as the bible says, he was made as unto a wolf and cast down from man. A beast has come among us! But God will defend his faithful. With his right hand, he will smite the foul demon. I say to you, the enemy's ploy is a devious one, twisting the occursed into beasts he seeks to bring us low, and make us as animals. Teach us self-loathing so that we forget that we are made in the image of almighty God himself. Why does our Lord tolerate this mockery? Pride goeth before destruction? A faulty spirit before the fall? I say it is because we have sinned against him. Because our crimes reek to Heaven, and they demand vengeance!
- Hidden Depths: For unclear reasons, he does not take part in the bungled attempt to trap the werewolf. He is also the first one to show McQueen's claims any consideration.