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This is a character sheet for the 2008 film Wanted. Examples come mostly from the film.

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     Wesley Allan Gibson 

Wesley Allan Gibson
"What the fuck have you done lately?"
"I'm finding it hard to care about anything these days. In fact, the only thing I do care about is the fact that I can't care about anything. Seriously, it worries me. My name is Wesley Gibson."

Played by: James McAvoy

The main character. Wesley starts out as an account manager whose life sucks: his boss bullies him, his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend and he takes medications to control his anxiety attacks. But everything changes when he is approached by a woman in a market...

  • Abnormal Ammo: How he kills The Butcher: by shooting a butcher's steel that got jammed into his gun into him.
  • Action Survivor: He is this before he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Depending on your taste. Comic!Wesley resembles a street punk modeled after Eminem while movie!Wesley is played by the more effeminate James Mc Avoy.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comic books, Wesley is a supervillain who happily rapes and slaughters because he believes he has the authority to do as he pleases as a supervillain. This extends even to his pre-assassin day. Comic!Wesley is already a self-centered asshole before he joins the fraternity. In the movie he is more of an Anti-Hero, see below.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Comic!Wesley is capable of killing an entire army of supervillains with superpowers. Movie!Wesley gets held up by guys with guns. Somewhat justified, because the Fraternity is made up of people with a similar time-slowing ability to Wesley in the movie.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: A rare male, delayed action case. He meets Fox, then goes back to his own mundane life. But one snarky remark too many from his boss sets the makeover in motion.
  • Ancestral Weapon: He is given Mr. X's sidearm when he is first introduced into the Fraternity, a Imanishi 17 (a Beretta 92S with engraved wooden grips and a compensator). At the end of the film, he uses Cross' (his real father) rifle to kill Sloan. In the video game sequel, he uses his dad's Nightshade pistol and Fire Eaters.
  • Anti-Hero: Mostly a Villain Protagonist who doesn't benefit from Sympathetic P.O.V.. He does qualify for Nominal Hero, though.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Lampshaded, and later Subverted.
    Fox: You apologize too much.
    Wesley: I'm sorry about that too.
  • Badass Boast: "I am the perfect weapon."
  • Better Living Through Evil: Wesley eventually believes that being an assassin is a much better life choice than his previous occupation. He is unaware that he is working for an evil man, though.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": After Janice pesters him too much, he responds with this:
    Wesley: SHUT THE FUCK UP!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The quote in the caption is delivered as he looks straight to the camera.
  • Butt-Monkey: At first. His life sucks and he gets punished and beaten around several times during his training with the Fraternity
  • Character Development: Becomes more assertive and willing to stand up to other people. It's related to the Took a Level in Badass examples above.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Swears a lot throughout the movie. More than any other character.
  • Cuckold: His girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend and he is powerless to do anything about it at first.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wesley makes some witty comments from time to time, such as this:
    Wesley: Do you make sweaters, or do you kill people?
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted. Wesley states his father abandoned him when was seven days old, but Fox tells him that Mr. X was his father. His true father is actually Cross.
  • Flipping the Bird: When he snatches the shuttle out of the loom, he does this as a sign of celebration.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He has doubts if what he does is right. He doesn't know for sure that the people he's tasked to kill are really evil. Fox talks him out of it, however.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The bullet curving, of course! Also, the crazy sniping he does in the end to kill Sloan.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Of the "inexperienced"" variety. Kind of subverted since, while he does look like an inexperienced young man, his inner monologues show he is well aware of how much his life sucks and is very angry about it.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • "I'm sorry!"
    • "I'm the man!"/ "He's the man!"
  • It's a Small Net After All: Apparently no pages on the in-film Internet contain either the words "Wesley" or "Gibson". It's possible this is one of Wesley's self-deprecating daydreams, like when he imagines the ATM is telling him he's a loser.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for The Exterminator's death.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: One can see his bashing of a keyboard on Barry's face as this.
  • Made of Iron: He's stabbed, cut, beaten and shot, yet he comes back. However, he has the pools of wax to help him.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: At first, he's the Feminine Boy to Fox's Masculine Girl.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets some Shirtless Scenes here and there.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: He is provoked into attacking The Butcher when he calls Wesley "pussy".
  • Oh, Crap!: An offscreen reaction, as he gets Pekwarsky pointing a gun against his head.
  • One-Man Army: Wesley becomes this after taking a level in badass. His one-man assault on the Fraternity headquarters is a sight to behold.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He goes through a pretty big one. After his live-in girlfriend cheats on him with his office friend, Barry, and getting pushed too far by his boss, Wesley (understandably) loses his shit, giving a big "The Reason You Suck" Speech and hitting Barry in the face with his keyboard.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an epic one to Janice after he is fed up with her.
    Wesley: She has one single iota of tenuous power. She thinks she can push everyone around. (After throwing her mini-stapler she used to bother him at a picture) I understand. Junior high must've been kind of tough, but it doesn't give you the right to treat your workers like horseshit, Janice. I know we laugh at you, Janice. We all know you keep a stash of jelly donuts in the top drawer of your desk. But I want you to know, if you weren't such a bitch, we'd feel sorry for you. I do feel sorry for you. But as it stands, the way you behave - I feel I can speak for the entire office when I tell you... go fuck yourself.
    • He delivers a short, yet good one to Sloan:
    Wesley: You're not an assassin of fate, Sloan. You're just a thug who can bend bullets.
  • Refusal of the Call: He does not join the Fraternity instantly, as he leaves to go back to his job. However, he quits and join the Fraternity for good.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His final assault on the texture mill.
  • Say My Name: Calls out Sloan's name three times during the climax.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he gets fed up with Janice and his job, he quits for good.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Unwillingly. He shoots Cross, who reveals that he is Wesley's father in his dying breath.
  • Single Tear: After Cross reveals the he is Wesley's father.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: As stated before, he swears more than everyone else on the cast!
  • Storming the Castle: See Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: See "The Reason You Suck" Speech above.
  • This Loser Is You: Fulfills this role at first. He even lampshades it:
    Wesley: Six weeks ago I was ordinary and pathetic. Just like you.
  • Throw-Away Guns: Wesley, during his major assault on the bad guy headquarters. Why waste time reloading your gun when you can take the guns from your dead enemies?
  • Took a Level in Badass: It takes awhile (the entire movie), but he firmly becomes just as deadly as the other assassins.
  • Training from Hell: Has to endure long, grueling tests of endurance and learn how shoot precisely and snatch the shuttle out of a loom.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was manipulated by Sloan and Fox through most of the movie.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: One of his training tasks is to snatch the shuttle out of a loom.
    • This reappears in Wanted: Weapons of Fate as a tutorial.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Before he storms into the texture mill, he has this speech:
    Wesley: My father was wrong about one thing. Everything they told me wasn't a lie. They taught me how to kill, how to feel no pain, and most importantly, that every job has a perfect weapon. Well, I'm the perfect weapon. And I'm supposed to run? No, I've been doing that my entire life. So I say no. I say kill them all and let fate sort out the mess.
  • You Killed My Father: Wesley want to confront Cross, who killed his father. Then it's subverted: not only Cross reveals the he is Wesley's father, he does so as Wesley has just shot him. So, Wesley was the one who killed his father.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: After Wesley learns that Sloan's name came up, he manages to hold on to the code as a mean of fulfilling his personal revenge and rebelling against him.


"You apologize too much."
"We don't know how far the ripples of our decisions go. We kill one, and maybe save a thousand. That's the code of the Fraternity. That's what we believe in, and that's why we do it."

Played by: Angelina Jolie

Top ranking member of the Fraternity who gets Wesley to join them. She assists Wesley in most of his missions. When she was a child, her father was burned to death right in front of her eyes. This gave her a lot of insight in her job and why she is an assassin.

  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Her backstory, which she explains to Wesley.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Why did you come here?". A quite literal example, as she asks this to Wesley while she beats him up, forcing him to reconsider his behavior.
  • Badass Driver: She can pull some insane tricks when behind the wheel.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The worst injury she gets is some bleeding on her right eye's side. She still looks good with it.
  • Big Damn Kiss: She gives one to Wesley, so they could piss off his ex-girlfriend.
  • Car Fu: How she boards a moving train. Also, she filps a car to somersault over an open-topped limousine so Wesley can kill his target.
  • *Click* Hello: How she saves Wesley from Pekwarsky pointing a gun at him.
  • Dark Action Girl: The sole action-oriented female of the movie, and she has an air of moral ambiguity around her.
  • Death by Adaptation: This didn't happen in the comics.
  • Death by Irony: She holds on to the code, but it ends up going against her creed of "kill one, save a thousand". She killed multiple people at once so she could protect one person.
  • The Dragon: She is this to Sloan, but it doesn't seem to last long.
  • Forced to Watch: When she was a child, she was tied to a chair and forced to watch as a hired killer burned her father to death.
  • Freudian Excuse: Again, her father's death might possibly be the reason she became an assassin.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She gives a smile shortly before the bullet kills her.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At first she assists Wesley in killing his targets. Then, after Cross' revelation, she says Wesley's name came up and tried to kill him. And finally, she sacrifices herself to let him live.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: One possible interpretation of her death. Rather than killing Wesley and helping the Fraternity grow stronger, she chooses to kill herself and the other members to save him.
  • Mark of Shame: The letters "M.P" carved on her neck by Max Petridge.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Wesley's Feminine Boy. At first.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Being played by Angelina Jolie, that is a given. One notable scene has her waking up, rising out of the bath and let a Modesty Towel drop to the ground, allowing for a view of her Toplessness from the Back and her ass.
  • One-Hit Polykill: How she dies. With one bullet flying in a circular manner, she kills herself and the other members of the Fraternity in the room.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her true name is never revealed. Not even when she is given a kill order containing her own name.
  • Race Lift: She was modeled after Halle Berry in the comics. In the movie, she's played by Angelina Jolie.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female among the assassins of the Fraternity, and their top member.
  • Shoot the Dog: She invokes this, as she was going get a dog to be a target since Wesley wouldn't shoot the corpse of an old woman.
  • Tattooed Crook: She's got some tattoos in her arm, and works for the Fraternity.
  • Toplessness from the Back: When she wakes up when The Exterminator blows an exploding rat in the healing room.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She would have become a judge like her father...if he wasn't captured and burned to death in front of her.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Possibly the best interpretation of her death. Since Fox had explained that she serves the loom, her choice was to kill everyone Sloan just said the loom named as a target, including herself. If you never went evil, you can't be redeemed, and she had the chance. She just didn't take it.


"For the first time in your life, you're in control."
"It's a choice, Wesley, that each of us must face: to remain ordinary, pathetic, beat-down, coasting through a miserable existence, like sheep herded by fate - or you can take control of your own destiny and join us, releasing the caged wolf you have inside. Our purpose is to maintain stability in an unstable world - kill one, save a thousand. Within the fabric of this world, every life hangs by a thread. We are that thread - a fraternity of assassins with the weapons of fate. This is the decision that lies before you now: the sheep, or the wolf. The choice is yours."

Played by: Morgan Freeman

Leader of the Fraternity of assassins. His job is to interpret the codes provided by the threads of the Loom of Fate and assign the discovered names to the assassins to carry on the missions. He was an acquaintance of Wesley's father and trains him to become powerful enough to defeat the rogue agent Cross.

  • Affably Evil: He's a rather polite assassin.
  • Batman Gambit: His whole plan to get Cross killed relied on him knowing that Cross wouldn't kill his own son.
  • Because Destiny Says So: He believes that the Loom chooses their targets and it's an assassin's duty to kill those chosen enemies and fulfill the orders of destiny. Actually a lie. He has been manufacturing his own targets for his own profit.
  • Big Bad: He essentially played Wesley all along and drove most of his story from behind the scenes.
  • Contract on the Hitman: He first hands an order for Fox to kill Wesley. Then, he reveals there is an order against everyone in the Fraternity, as well as one order against himself.
  • Don't Think, Feel:
    Sloan: If no one told you that bullets flew straight, and I gave you a gun and told you to hit the target, what would you do? Let your instincts guide you.
  • Evil Old Folks: It's Morgan Freeman playing an organization leader who uses the main character as a pawn in his schemes.
  • Evil Mentor: Specially to Wesley. He teaches him skills and provides him with information, yet he secretly is plotting against him.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: To Wesley, when they first meet.
  • Expy: Possibly of Professor Seltzer of the original comics.
  • Failed a Spot Check: How he is killed. He tries to sneak up on Wesley in his office and kill him, only to be greeted with a decoy, and get his brains blown out.
  • Famous Last Words: "Oh, fuck."
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. He walks away just fine from Wesley's rampage, but is killed by him in the end.
  • Motive Rant: His speech to the remaining Fraternity members, in which he says that holding on to the code would mean that they would have to kill themselves, and that they can take the Fraternity to a new level of power if they kill Wesley.
    "Here is what the truth is: Your name came up. Your name came up. Your name came up. Your name. Your name. Yours. everyone in this room. If I had not done what I did, you would all be dead. I saved your lives. Now look where we are. We are stronger than ever, changing the course of history as we see it. Choosing the targets that we select. We can redistribute power where we see fit. The wolves rule, not the sheep. Now, if any of you feel the need to follow the code of the Fraternity to the letter, I invite you to take your gun, put it in your mouth, and pull the trigger. That is what Wesley demands. Otherwise, shoot this motherfucker, and let us take our Fraternity of Assassins to heights reserved only for the Gods of men. You choose."
  • Oh, Crap!: When he Fails a Spot Check and gets killed by Wesley in the end.
  • Precision F-Strike: He gets two:
    • When he tells the Fraternity members to "shoot THIS[Wesley] motherfucker."
    • And his Oh, Crap! moment above.
  • The Social Darwinist: He has shades of it, with his comparisons of wolves and sheep. Moreso in his Motive Rant at the climax.
  • Villains Never Lie: When he tells the Fraternity that the Loom of Fate chose each of them to die, they believe him even though Wesley just told them that Sloan has been manipulating the Loom for his own purposes. Justified; the villain is legitimately in the more trustworthy position. Who would you be more likely to believe, the boss who you've got no actual reason to distrust, or the guy who just shot up half your fortress and killed dozens of your friends, after blowing up the other half? It's also totally Justified in that all of the members in the room had been doing Sloan's bidding unwittingly...meaning they had been killing innocent people that the loom hadn't chosen. Of course the loom would pick them out then.
  • We Can Rule Together: In his Motive Rant, he says that they can all become more powerful and change History at their own will if they abandon the code and kill Wesley.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He tells Wesley that he has a "caged wolf" inside of him, and needs to free it.



One of the best members of the Fraternity who betrayed them and started killing other Fraternity members, including Wesley's father, Mr. X. When he is finally confronted, there's more to the story. He is Wesley's real father and was branded a traitor by Sloan when he discovered that Sloan was making fake kill orders. He reappears in Wanted: Weapons of Fate as a playable character.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Some sections of the video game has you play as him in flashbacks.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening his son and wife.
  • Cold Sniper: He does this several miles away with a 6-foot musket-style rifle that uses bullets which split into 3-parts to make their way to their target.
  • Contract on the Hitman: He discovers Sloan faking kill orders and is framed for denying Fate.
  • Guns Akimbo: In the video game sequel.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Just like his son, Wesley.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Spits this out after Wesley fatally shoots him. It's turns out to be part of a Batman Gambit by Sloan.
  • More Dakka: He uses a Heckler & Koch MP7A1 in the movie and uses two custom CZ 75 Automatic Pistols in the game.
  • Papa Wolf: He has been protecting Wesley throughout his life and has an apartment near his.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If you look back at the film, he never really fires directly at Wesley. In the train fight, he only tries to talk to him and only shoots the bullets being fired at him.



Played by: Lorna Scott

  • Big Eater: A lot of scenes with her involve her stuffing her face.
  • Evil Redhead: A Mean Boss with red hair.
  • Fat Bastard: She's plump and she's a Mean Boss
  • Informed Flaw: Wesley calls her "anorexic" in the film's opening, but there isn't any evidence that she is
    • Wesley could've just said that as an insult to her.
  • Jerkass: Treats everyone around her with a lot of disrespect.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While she may be a terrible boss, she does have a point about Wesley focusing on his job rather then surfing the internet.
  • Mean Boss: She treats her employees like crap.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Janice abuses, intimidates, and belittles her staff so she feels better about herself.


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