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The Hillbillies

    In General 
  • Dumb Is Good: Neither one of them is much in the way of traditional book smarts, but they make up for it in just how kind-hearted and well-meaning they are.
  • Face of a Thug: At a glance, they're rather shifty-looking, but it only takes talking to them for a moment to realize that they're both perfectly nice guys.
  • Fat and Skinny: Dale and Tucker, respectively.
  • Hanlon's Razor: Both of them are decent people just trying to clean up their new home, but the teens believe they are stereotypical homicidal hillbillies from the horror movies. Their "crimes" are really just a result of them being in the wrong place at the wrong time while the teens biasly jump to conclusions about their activities.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them are nice guys, but Dale especially steals the show.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dale plays the role of the sensitive guy— he's timid, unsure of himself, and wouldn't hurt a fly. Tucker plays the role of the manly man, as he urges Dale to talk to the girls he thinks are attractive and to stand up for himself.
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    Dale 
Played by: Tyler Labine

A good-natured but shy West Virginia hillbilly looking to fix up his new vacation home in the woods with his best friend.


  • Adorkable: His interactions with Allison make him come across this way.
  • Book Dumb: Dale says he never made past the third grade but can remember any trivial fact he learns.
  • Gentle Giant: He doesn't even like fishing.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Loves his dog, Jangers, which raises the stakes when Chad holds Jangers at gunpoint.
  • Hidden Depths: Is a boss at trivia due to his ability to remember every trivial detail he learns.
  • Idiot Savant: Remarkable memory, poor education.
  • Photographic Memory: Remembers every trivial fact he learns.
  • Younger Than They Look: His large and hairy physique might make you surprised to learn that he's only 26.

    Tucker 
Played by: Alan Tudyk

A fishing-loving, beer-drinking West Virginia hillbilly looking to fix up his new vacation home in the woods with his best friend.


  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Beer is his solution to everything— he even pours it on his bee stings and finger stubs.
  • Lesser Star: While both of the hillbillies get their names in the title, Tucker is distinctly secondary to Dale in both screentime and story focus.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to Dale. For example, he knows that people won't believe them when they report that college kids are killing themselves on his property. He later chides Dale for telling the one pointing a gun at them that the safety is on.
  • The Peeping Tom: Dale calls him out for watching Allison strip down while preparing to skinny dip.
  • Shipper on Deck: Encourages Dale to be confident in him abilities to talk to women and supports his efforts to make himself look not so scary to Allison.

The College Kids

    In General 
  • A Friend in Need: While their efforts are misguided and cause a lot of harm, they ultimately come from trying to save Allison when they thought she was in danger.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The injuries and subsequent deaths they progressively sustain get pretty gruesome.
  • Dwindling Party: Their group becomes smaller and smaller as they try to get Allison back.
  • The Fettered: Most of them get freaked out by what's happening pretty quickly and find the idea of escalating the situation further crazy. The exception is Chad, who drags the remaining kids into the bloody fiasco anyway.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While it's expected that college students often make poor decisions in horror films, this crew takes ineptness to a whole new level.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jason, Naomi and Chloe get pretty fed up with Chad's Ax-Crazy tendencies and reluctance to get the police involved by the final act of the movie, and also seem horrified by his decision to cut off some of Tucker's fingers.

    Allison 
Played by: Katrina Bowden

A college girl studying psychology who hits her head while skinny dipping and befriends Dale after he rescues her.


  • Bare Your Midriff: Even leaves her fly mostly undone to properly sport it.
  • Dumb Blonde: Unusually averted for a horror film. Allison is the smartest and most level-headed member of her group.
  • Fanservice: A beautiful young blonde who bares her midriff a good portion of the movie and strips down to her underwear to go skinny dipping.
  • Final Girl: Due to the fact that all the college kids who tried to kill Tucker and Dale end up dead, Allison is the only woman to survive.
  • Nice Girl: She's a kind young woman who wants to become a therapist and help people. She also fully admits she was wrong to judge Dale and Tucker by their appearance, and tries to tell her friends that the two of them are actually nice guys and that she's not in any danger by being with them.
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    Chad 
Played by: Jesse Moss

The college kid who designates himself as the leader of the group once they believe they're being hunted by psychopathic hillbillies.


  • A Real Man Is a Killer: He's obviously thrilled at the idea of having a chance to kill (while maintaining a semblance of moral high ground), and tries to bring the others along with his way of thinking. He's rather upset when they try to do the smart thing and call the cops, robbing him of his opportunity.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop him from killing the hillbillies. Not even the deaths of his friends.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He treats Allison's peace mediation as something he has to put up with, and doesn't even bother hiding the fact that he is still dead set on killing Tucker and Dale.
  • Freudian Excuse: His hatred for hillbillies stems from the fact that, as a child, he learned that his father was killed in a massacre orchestrated by two hillbillies when he was camping with his friends and Chad's mom. During the climax his hatred is made ten times worse when he learns that the hillbilly who killed his father also raped his mother, causing his conception.
  • Hate Sink: His every action works to earn the audience's ire. While the movie is a comedy, Chad is a legitimately repulsive human being. and the movie takes this fact seriously.
  • Jerkass: A prejudiced, entitled prick.
  • Made of Iron: He can take an absurd amount of physical harm, as any good slasher villain should.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Takes advantage of Alison's kidnapping and uses his friends' stupidity to advance his goals of murdering Tucker and Dale.
  • Meaningful Name: "Chad" is stereotypically associated with douchey, entitled frat-bro types. Needless to say, he upholds his name's reputation to a T.
  • No Sympathy: Towards his friends when they get freaked out by all the deaths and don't want to keep going at Tucker and Dale by themselves. He flat out tells Chloe that he thinks she deserves to die for being afraid.
  • Red Right Hand: The left side of his face is horrifically burned to Two-Faced quality in the climax.
  • Tragic Bigot: Albeit not a sympathetic one. Chad's murderous hatred of all hillbillies stems from the fact that a group of them killed his father. But it turns out he's "part hillbilly" when Dale discovers an old newspaper clipping and realizes that the hillybilly who killed his father also raped his mother, which resulted in his conception. He doesn't take it well.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Asthmatic and allergic to chamomile.

    Chuck 
Played by: Travis Nelson


  • Character Death: Accidentally shoots himself in the head while trying to undo the safety of his gun.

    Mike 
Played by: Joseph Allan Sutherland


    Jason 
Played by: Brandon Jay McLaren


  • Ambiguously Gay: Asks if having a recurring dream about sucking a dick but not having actually done it in real life is gay. His friends say yes.
  • Character Death: Is accidentally hit by an oil lamp thrown by Chad. Initially, just his leg catches on fire, but then Chloe makes it worse by dousing him with the first liquid she could grab, which happened to be highly flammable paint thinner, sending him into a full-body fire.
  • Lovable Coward: Cowers for a majority of the film until attempting a rescue of his friends at the climax.
  • Token Minority: He's the only black man in the movie.

    Chloe 
Played by: Chelan Simmons


  • Character Death: Overwhelmed by the deaths of Naomi and Jason, she goes into shock and fails to flee from the burning cabin before it explodes.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: She smokes when she's especially nervous. After her actions directly resulted in Jason's death, rather than try to escape the burning cabin, she goes into shock, sits down and lights up one last time.
  • Dumb Blonde: Acts entitled like the rest of her party, but seems to have less common sense.
  • Fanservice: Can be seen distantly as topless during the skinny dipping scene and wears a revealing outfit throughout the movie.
  • High Heel Hurt: For some reason, Chloe felt the best type of shoes to wear into a forest are platform heels. She quickly learns otherwise.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink blouse.
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    Naomi 
Played by: Christie Laing


    Todd 
Played by: Alex Arsenault


  • Character Death: Accidentally impales himself on his homemade spear after he charges at Dale and trips over his own feet.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The second to die.

    Mitch 
Played by: Adam Beauchesne


  • Character Death: Accidentally impales himself on a tree branch while fleeing in panic from a screaming Tucker who is wielding a chain-saw and fleeing from a hornet attack.
  • Oh, Crap!: Once he's stuck on the spear and bleeding out, the look on his face seems to connote that he realizes that Tucker was swinging a chainsaw at the hornets swarming around him and wasn't actually chasing him.
  • Only Sane Man: Suggests that the hillbillies aren't psychopaths and that the whole situation is just a misunderstanding.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The first to die of the group.
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