A scarred, shotgun-carrying “veteran” in a ski parka, the man who finds the boy soon after his father’s death. The man says he is one of the “good guys,” and he offers to let the boy join his group/family, which consists of him, a woman, a boy, and a girl. It is not definitive that the man is in fact good, though the boy chooses to trust him.
The “Good Guy” Man Character Timeline in The Road
The timeline below shows where the character The “Good Guy” Man appears in The Road. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the road. Immediately he sees someone following him and he waits with the pistol. A man carrying a shotgun appears, a scarred “veteran of old skirmishes.” The scarred man smiles and tells the boy... (full context)