Characters that make up the story of Manhunt, consist of the playable character, antagonists, supporting characters, hunters, as well as mentioned characters.


The protagonist is the main playable character.

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James Earl Cash

Cash was a former inmate at Darkwoods Penitentiary, where he had been on death row for the past three years. On the night of the execution, James wakes up to discover he was only sedated, as the staff had been bribed by someone known only as the "Director". The Director promises Cash his freedom, as long as he participates in a snuff film, so James must now kill his way past gang members across the city, while the world thinks he's dead.

Major CharactersEdit

Major characters play an important role in the story and appear many times.

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Lionel Starkweather

The guy who controls Carcer City. Having paid off all the cops, Starkweather uses the city as the primary location for his snuff film ring and uses the city's dangerous gangs to star in it. Starkweather talks to Cash through an earpiece throughout most of the game, giving him intructions on where to go and who to kill. Starkweather remains in his mansion the whole time, watching through servailence cameras.

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A tough war veteran and leader of a gang called the Wardogs. He is a former star of Starkweather's film industy and now the head guys who organizes each pack of hunters. He is seen around many gangs as he gives them orders, telling them where to position whilst waiting for Cash to show up.

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Cerberus leader

The unnamed head of Starkweather's private army, the Cerberus. He and his team are the armed protectors of Starkweather and his mansion, who are also seen transporting Cash from location to loaction by force.

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The unnamed reporter at Cash's execution, who finds out about the hoax. She had been gathering evidence for the past few months to bring down Starkweather, but now she suspects he is onto her. Now the only thing left to bring down Starkweather is to find James Earl Cash and show the world he's alive.

Supporting CharactersEdit

Supporting characters have a smaller role in the story or do not appear very often.

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An insane killer wearing a severed pig head as a mask. He was a former star in Starweather's films before Starkweather got bored with him and locked him away in the attic.

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White Rabbit

Another former star of Starkweather's film industry. The White Rabbit returns to participate in the hunt for James Earl Cash, by luring him into multiple traps, where he gets ambushed by psychos.

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A homeless person, thrown in the film to make things more interesting. James must make sure the tramp survives and makes it to the graveyard safely.

Cash Family

James's kidnapped family members are thrown into the film by Starkweather. They are used as bait and James is instructed to save them.

Gary Schaffer

The corrupt police chief, who takes orders from Starkweather. Once the hunt gets out of hand, he sends his men to recapture Cash and the Journalist.


Hunters are the many groups of enemies encountered that must be killed to pass each level.

Beta Hunters:

Mentioned CharactersEdit

  • Mr Nasty: An employee for Starkweather and the man in charge of Valiant Video Enterprises. Mr. Nasty is the guy who distributes the snuff films as well as many weapons used in the hunts.
  • Kenneth Jesperson: The former leader of the Smileys, nicknamed 'Scarecrow'. Scarecrow had an unknown conflict with Piggsy and has ever since became a tramp, seeking revenge.
  • James W. Gacy: Leader of the Clowns as well as head of the cities art galleries and museums.
  • Binbag: Leader of the Lost.

Characters in Manhunt
James Earl Cash
Major Characters
Lionel StarkweatherRamirezCerberus leaderJournalist
Supporting Characters
PiggsyWhite RabbitTrampCash familyGary Schaffer