The ''Franchise/{{Dishonored}}'' series (''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'', ''VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider'') are very story-heavy games, and with that comes a large cast of characters, [[CastOfSnowflakes each interesting in both personality and visual design]].

Per the [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers wiki's spoiler policies]] all trope names will be visible and there will be plenty of unmarked spoilers. '''Read at your own risk.'''

Main Recurring Characters are given in '''bold''':

* ''Dishonored'' -- '''Corvo Attano, Emily Kaldwin, Daud, Billie Lurk, The Outsider, Anton Sokolov, Delilah Copperspoon''', '''The Heart''', Jessamine Kaldwin, Samuel Beechworth, Farley Havelock, Hiram Burrows, Lady Boyle, High Overseer Campbell, The Pendleton Brothers, Granny Rags, Slackjaw, Arnold Timsh, Thalia Timsh, Lizzie Stride, The Geezer, William Trimble.
* ''Characters/TheTalesFromDunwall'' -- Esmond Roseburrow, The Boy Who Knew Only Fear and Loneliness
* ''Characters/Dishonored2'' -- Duke Luca Abele, Aramis Stilton, Kirin Jindosh, Hypatia Alexandria, Mindy Blanchard, Paolo.
* ''Characters/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider'' -- Jeanette Lee, Ivan Jacobi, Shan Yun, Eleutherio Cienfuegos, Dolores Michaels, Lena Rosewyn, Alvaro Cardoza


[[folder:Corvo Attano]]
!Lord Protector Corvo Attano
[[caption-width-right:370:[[labelnote:Click here to see Corvo as he appears in the sequel.]]]][[/labelnote]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[TheVoiceless N/A]] (''Dishonored''), Creator/StephenRussell (''Dishonored 2'')

->'''The Outsider:''' My dear Corvo. What a sad hand fate has dealt you. The beloved Empress dead and everyone thinks you're the killer.

The game's protagonist, Corvo Attano was the hand-chosen [[PraetorianGuard bodyguard]] of the beloved Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, given the position both for his skill and as a gesture of diplomacy - no foreigner had ever held the position before Corvo, who is from Serkonos, not Gristol. He is framed for her murder and is in prison awaiting execution when the [[LaResistance Loyalists]] break him out. Soon after getting to their base, [[HumanoidAbomination the Outsider]] appears in a dream and grants Corvo a mark that imbues him with supernatural abilities. Corvo sets out to find the Empress' young daughter and heir to the throne, as well as discover the answers behind Jessamine's murder and his own betrayal.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Played with if Corvo makes a pass at Callista. She mentions she would be happy to let him into her bed, it's just being surrounded by plague, murder, and so on isn't exactly something which puts her in the mood. If you try anyway, you get a NonstandardGameOver.
* AntiHero: Even in the pacifist run, he sells people into slavery, kidnaps them and gives them to stalkers, and flat out resorts to torture and mutilation. Granted, [[AssholeVictim a lot of them have it coming]]. He's a straight-up VillainProtagonist if the player really pushes for High Chaos - fulfilling those conditions requires, among other things, killing ''upwards of fifty percent of all [=NPCs=] that exist in the game''.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The guy was once the Lord Protector, and even before he started getting all his weaponry and supernatural powers, his combat abilities were apparently something to be feared.
* BadassAndChildDuo: With Emily.
* BadassBaritone: In the second game, courtesy of Creator/StephenRussell. In the first game, he's TheVoiceless.
* BadassBeard: He grows one by the time of the second game.
* BadassBack: Can appear to do this with clever uses of stopping time.
* BadassFamily: Him and Emily, his daughter, now also a trained assassin empowered by the Outsider in the sequel.
* BadassGrandpa: He's 54 years old in the sequel, and age hasn't slowed him down one bit.
* BadassInDistress: If Emily is chosen as the protagonist in the second game, he spends the entire game as a statue.
* BadassLongcoat: Badass enough that for some reason, he got to keep it ''while imprisoned''. And he doesn't swap it out when he breaks out.
* BadassNormal: He ''started'' as a unstoppable force of protection for the Empress, thanks to his human combat skills alone. He becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal when he meets the Outsider, who gives him superpowers. Potentially played straight in ''2'', where he can choose to stay depowered and be played without the Outsider's gifts.
* BadassPacifist: He can be this, if the player chooses the more merciful options for dealing with targets, in which case Corvo will be committed to doing his duty but doing so without lethally neutralizing his targets. However, the second game shows that Corvo canonically killed a few guards here and there and has no problems killing the guards who sided with Delilah's coup.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Corvo can get through the entire game without killing a single person - even his intended targets. That does not mean that what happens to them is by any means pleasant.
* BodyguardBetrayal: What everyone ''assumes'' he did, but he was framed.
* BodyguardCrush:
** Corvo had a romance going with the Empress Jessamine. The hints run rampant and [=NPCs=] constantly speculate. Emily will ponder the ramifications of Corvo marrying the Empress and will make a point to note how sad and lonely her mother seemed with Corvo away. Sokolov will taunt Corvo in a way hinting that the Empress and Corvo were lovers. Certain insults take on entirely more disturbing connotations if viewed through the lens of a Corvo who was sexually involved with Jessamine. [[spoiler:The Heart, implied to be that of Jessamine and containing her soul, is given to Corvo by the Outsider - ensuring that Corvo will keep her heart close and protected ''literally'', a gruesome twist on the poetic symbolism of the heart in romantic love and his role as her protector.]] The whole opening narration by the Empress itself reads like Corvo is more than just her bodyguard. Lydia will consider asking Corvo outright if that was the case, but decides not to as it would be improper. At some point in the game, Emily will draw Corvo with the caption "Daddy". In the final level with High Chaos, Treavor Pendleton will outright say that "everyone knows [Corvo was] screwing the Empress". Whether this is actually true or just a desperate attempt at an insult is not clear. Havelock's journal in the final mission will speculate as well.
** ''Dishonored 2'' drops all pretenses and just outright says that Corvo is Emily's father, thus making all of the rumors and hints correct. It also adds many, many lines (if Corvo is the protagonist) about his and Jessamine's relationship and how in love they were before she was killed, in addition to lines about how painful her death was and still is for him fifteen years later. The ramifications of Empress Emily [[BastardAngst technically being an illegitimate ruler]] are brought up too.
* BodyguardingABadass: Potentially in ''Dishonored 2''. If Emily was chosen as the PlayerCharacter, then the game can end with BadassNormal Corvo serving as the Royal Protector for an empress that now wields the power of the Void.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Certain enemies [[spoiler:or instruments]] have the ability to negate Corvo's 'gifts' from the Outsider. The problem is that he still was an in-universe MemeticBadass before he even got them. In ''Dishonored 2'', he has his powers removed in the beginning and can choose to not have them restored by the Outsider, thus relying solely on his natural skills and equipment.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: Corvo is from the island Serkonos, not Gristol. A book on the history of the position of Royal Protector notes that he is the ''first'' Lord Protector not to be from Gristol, and speculates that this might be related to his [[FrameUp murder of the Empress]]. He's also of common birth, which didn't prevent him proving his merit in Serkonos but upset certain members of the aristocracy in Gristol.
* TheChampion: Was one to the Empress, and then becomes one to Emily.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: A book on the history of the office mentions that Jessamine would have chosen her Lord Protector when she was twelve. Corvo was 18 when they first met, mitigating this on his end. He became her Royal Protector at her father's behest a year later. Either way, [[JailbaitWait five years later]], Corvo and Jessamine become lovers in secret.
* ChickMagnet: He was romantically involved with Empress Jessamine and fathered Emily, and then there's Callista and Lydia who aren't opposed to the idea of hooking up with Corvo and get ShipTease moments. Delilah Kaldwin also notes that he's quite good looking even in his fifties.
* CoolMask: His mask [[SkullForAHead looks like a skull]], and functions as a resistance against the MysticalPlague.
* CoolOldGuy: Corvo's 54 years old in ''Dishonored 2'', yet can still kick ass with the best of them.
* CoolSword: Collapsible, custom-made, feather-light and razor-sharp. Upgrading will replace its somewhat nicked steel blade with glistening black. A ''lot'' of attention was obviously paid to the animation of Corvo snapping it fully open, which is almost hypnotizing.
* CruelMercy: The [[Pantheon/{{Mentalities}} god]] of this trope. If Corvo doesn't kill you, ''he will make you [[FateWorseThanDeath wish he had]]''. Averted in the case of [[spoiler:Daud]], when sparing him is an act of either genuine mercy or intimidation. Similarly, [[spoiler:'eliminating' the Crown Killer, Alexandria Hypatia, simply means destroying her psychopathic alter-ego and restoring her original kindly personality]].
* DarkHorseVictory: Part of his backstory. Corvo came from humble origin, his father dying while he was young and with no military background in his family. As a teenager he won the Blade Verbena dueling tournament in Karnaca with his swordplay, despite his unlikely and humble origins, earning himself a junior officer posting in the Serkonan Grand Guard and earned the attention of the previous Duke.
* TheDreaded: Notably, even before the game started, Corvo was known to be a OneManArmy capable of taking on multiple enemies at once and generally being infallible as the Lord Protector. And then the game starts, and you have the masked felon stalking through the night.
* FailureKnight: While he is a fantastic assassin, The Outsider is not shy about pointing out his failures as a bodyguard. In ''Dishonored 1'', he remarks that if Jessamine were as well protected as the current Lord Regent, then she might still be alive. At the start of ''Dishonored 2'', if the player decides to play as Corvo, the Outsider notes that he has "lost another empress!".
* FrameUp: The tutorial is his arriving home just in time to witness the Empress's murder. The game proper starts with him in prison and about to be executed for it. In the sequel, he's framed by Delilah's conspirators as "the Crown Killer", painting him as the loyal hatchet-man of the Empress to crush her critics.
* FisherKing
** His actions will directly affect the world around him. Some consequences of a violent playthrough are more or less understandable, like tighter security and proliferating plague hatched from numerous dead bodies, but a freaking ''storm'' raging around the final level that wouldn't be there for the Low Chaos Corvo is pretty hard to explain otherwise, although it is said by Harvey Smith that "[[]]".
** His attitude also influences that of the Loyalist Conspirators, with violence making them more cynical and violent themselves, such as Martin losing his desire to see the Overseers reformed or [[spoiler:Havelock using a more violent method when he kills Wallace]].
** Random citizens who've had no contact with Corvo are affected too. In the first mission, you'll find an infected Overseer who begs for death rather than infect others if chaos is low, but attempts to hide his condition if it's high.
* FoeTossingCharge: ''Blink Assault'' in the second game allows Corvo to blink towards a foe and end the blink with a powerful kick, which combined with the momentum of the blink, sends the enemy flying.
* TheGrimReaper: His skull-like mask combined with black coat and hood go a very long way to making Corvo look like a steampunk rendition of everyone's favorite Death Incarnate.
* TheHeart: Surprisingly. In Low Chaos, where Corvo does not disrupt the city more than absolutely necessary and shows mercy at every turn, the Loyalists are much more cordial with each other and generally more upbeat, talking about working toward a better future. In High Chaos, where Corvo is generally a murdering psychopath, they're far darker, snapping at each other and showing no sympathy for the plights of others, even approving of harsh methods and blackmail. [[spoiler:Not that being TheHeart stops Corvo from being betrayed even in Low Chaos, but it's the thought that counts. That said, after they poison him in a Low Chaos ending, the Loyalists fall apart not because of infighting, but because they were consumed by their own shame and guilt]].
* HeroicMime: The game designers chose not to have Corvo speak so that the player can project themselves onto the character. However, it's something of a DoubleSubversion in practice. The options given in the game indicate that he is speaking when he communicates with someone else, and he doesn't nod or shake his head when in communication with others. However, the lines given have no voice actor associated with them. He does ''apparently'' talk at a few points, such as one encounter in which Corvo holds a conversation with a blindfolded man who assumes throughout the talk that Corvo is a woman. We still don't hear him, though. In the second game, he is fully voiced, and you can hear him even if you play as Emily.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Can be played as one by only killing his targets or in self-defense. Or better yet, not killing anybody at all.
* InTheHood: As an assassin.
* LivingLegend: Guards will comment on Corvo's combat skills being legendary (even before he gets his super powers). As Lord Protector, Corvo was often seen sparring against entire squads alone and ''winning'' and apparently, his military record is amazing. Older guards will warn their younger comrades that trying to take on Corvo one-on-one is tantamount to suicide. One guard advises another that if he should encounter Corvo alone to make sure to "make a lot of noise as you die" to warn the rest of them.
** In the sequel it's mentioned that Corvo won the Blade Verbena, an annual sword duel festival in Karnaca, which earned him an early officer ranking in the Grand Guard despite being the common-born son of a deceased tradesman at the age of 16, and that his military career started from there. Three years later he had impressed the Emperor enough that he was made the Royal Protector of Jessamine. Also in the sequel, Corvo's actions in the first game are now infamous.
* LongHairedPrettyboy: A bit more rugged than most , but Corvo had long hair in the first game. Notable in comparison to the other male characters (and some female), who are all either short-haired or completely bald.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Though it's largely up to the player just how malevolent he is.
* MarkOfTheBeast: The Abby of the Everyman considers his PowerTattoo to be exactly this, and will react to it as one might expect from a ChurchMilitant. Even Teague Martin can comment on this but given their mutual situation, [[NecessarilyEvil chooses not to press the issue]].
* MasterSwordsman: Bordering on ImplausibleFencingPowers in some of his special kill animations.
* MeaningfulName: Corvo is the Italian, Portuguese, and Galician name meaning [[CleverCrows cr]][[CreepyCrows ow]]. A corvo is also a specific type of knife native to Chile, and well-known for being used by the Chilean Special Forces. Oh, and crows are really well known for a) being smart, and b)keeping grudges.
* TheMentor: To Emily Kaldwin, he taught her everything he knows and she became as adept at combat and stealth as her old man. In the first game, his actions and brutality also directly influence her view on the world and its people.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: He can take this view of things if the player so chooses.
* OneManArmy: Capable of cutting down swathes of watchmen armed with swords and guns, leaving piles of bodies in his wake.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: He was born poor in Karnaca's streets, learned street dueling, became a dark horse victor in the Blade Verbena grand tourney, rose up the ranks in the Grand Guard, came to the capital, fell in love with the previous Empress and fathered the next Empress, serving as her second-in-command. It's possible in both the Low and High Chaos endings of ''Dishonored 2'' to end up [[spoiler:as the new Duke of Karnaca]]. Indeed his mother Paloma Attano, as she notes in her diary, was heartbroken at Corvo leaving to Dunwall for better opportunities since she regretted the separation.
* OpenSecret:
** His affair with the Empress is supposedly a secret, but almost everyone seems either know or suspect something was going on. The secrecy is additionally questionable once one considers the rumors that were sure to have erupted over Emily's parentage. In the sequel, the swiss-cheese secret is dispensed, and it's open knowledge that Corvo fathered Emily.
** In the sequel, it's apparently known that he was the man with the infamous mask.
* PapaWolf: His relationship with Emily is made very clear by his actions towards her, and hers towards him. In short: do not, under any circumstances, screw with that kid.
* ParentalSubstitute: Since the relationship wasn't made public in her youth, Corvo appeared as this to Emily, but their close relationship led to much speculation, among characters in-universe and by other fans. The sequel confirms openly that Emily is Corvo's daughter with Jessamine.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: An alternate interpretation of his CruelMercy may be that he hates his targets ''so much'' that personally killing them isn't enough.
* PermaStubble: Implied as despite never getting a chance to shave it seems like his facial hair doesn't grow fast enough to give him anything more than a slight shadow. It grows out into a BadassBeard by the second game.
* PowerTattoo: [[TouchedByVorlons Courtesy]] of [[HumanoidAbomination The Outsider]].
* PraetorianGuard: His former occupation. His official title is Lord Protector. [[spoiler:If Emily survives, he gets his old job back.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: Most likely, unless the player [[TechnicalPacifist decides otherwise]]. Regardless, he becomes, or is regarded as, an assassin upon joining the Loyalists.
* TheProtagonist: Of the first game, which is why so many of his actions here are up to player choice. He's also one of two choices in the second.
* RagsToRoyalty: [[spoiler:A potential wrinkle in ''Dishonored 2'', both Low/High Chaos, has him end the game as the new Duke of Karnaca if Luca Abele was killed, while extremely High Chaos opens the door for him becoming Emperor Corvo the Black]]. Even beforehand, he was a presence in the Imperial Court directly associated with both Empresses Kaldwin, being the bodyguard and paramour to the former, and father and spymaster for the latter.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: It's the entire premise of the game. He turns the government upside down in his vengeance and makes whoever wronged him pay ''and then some.''
** Corvo himself emphasizes it in the sequel:
-->''Everyone you love, everything you hold dear, I will destroy.''
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In [[ this]] promotional image.
* SilverFox: He's in his early 50s in the second game and still quite good looking as even Delilah Kaldwin admits.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The conspirators had planned to assassinate the Empress while Corvo was out of town, but he returned home two days earlier than expected. At first the Lord Regent figures it for a bonus, since it gave them a patsy, but ultimately this leads to Corvo becoming his most terrible enemy. Daud, meanwhile, was pissed that Corvo injured several of his men and doubled his fee to the Lord Regent.
* TheSpymaster: By the time of the second game, he is both the Royal Protector and the Spymaster.
* SubmissiveBadass: To the crown. He is absolutely loyal to the Empress, meaning this gets subverted once she's dead, and played straight once more if Emily becomes empress. Since Emily is his daughter, this also plays into PapaWolf.
** The High Chaos ending of ''Dishonored 2'' has him potentially avert this. [[spoiler:He has the option to leave a frozen Emily hidden for all eternity and become Emperor Corvo the Black]].
** A possible outcome in both Low/High Chaos is for [[spoiler:Karnaca to be governed by Duke Corvo Attano, First of his Name, loyal vassal to his own daughter]].
* SuddenlyVoiced: In the second game, Corvo is no longer a HeroicMime and has actual voiced dialog.
* SuperpowerLottery: Thanks to the Outsider, he won big time.
** AuraVision: The "Dark Vision" power grants Corvo this.
** BlowYouAway: The "Windblast" power lets Corvo blast people and objects back with a gust of wind.
** DemonicPossession: Is capable of possessing animals and people with the "Possession" power.
** FlashStep: Corvo can do this via the "Blink" power.
** HealingFactor: Due to the "Vitality" power, Corvo possess this.
** SummonMagic: Corvo is able to summon plague rats with the "Devouring Swarm" power.
** TimeStandsStill: The "Bend Time" power gives Corvo the ability to do this. In the second game, he can upgrade his Blink to stop time when he's standing still, similar to Daud.
* SwordAndGun: Although he always uses a sword in his right hand, his left hand can use a pistol, handheld crossbow, or one of his supernatural abilities.
* TakenForGranite: If the player chooses to play as Emily in ''2'', Corvo gets turned to stone by Delilah.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Corvo stands at [[ 6'4"]]
* TechnicalPacifist: He can be played this way - never spilling a drop of blood by his own hand, but inflicting a diverse variety of awful fates on his enemies by other means. The only exception is when defending the Empress against assassins in the opening; while you can theoretically keep them alive, they don't count towards the kill count, and ''the Knife of Dunwall'' confirms that he injured at least one. The intro of the second game has him actively killing Delilah's henchmen.
* TranquilFury: Most of his behavior, whether going for low or high chaos, point to this. If you happen to be an enemy of his, ''especially'' one who has crossed the MoralEventHorizon or involved with The Empress' assassination, then when he catches you and kills you or sentences you to a FateWorseThanDeath, he will do it without a single word and with calm, ruthless precision. Even when he's TheVoiceless you can tell that he is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge very, very angry.]]
* ThouShallNotKill: Another interpretation of Corvo if he [[TechnicalPacifist doesn't kill anyone throughout the entire game.]]
* TouchedByVorlons: The Outsider's abilities granted to him are a major game mechanic as it is difficult (but certainly not impossible) to get through the game without them.
* UptownGirl: He's the Downtown Boy in this case. Jessamine is Empress and Corvo is the son of a tradesman, yet they fell in love and enjoyed a secret romance (albeit an OpenSecret), and eventually she and Corvo had a child.
* VillainProtagonist: If you choose the most merciless route. You can also make a case that Corvo is this in the ''non''-lethal route. Almost none of the people he "spares" meet pleasant fates. Perhaps Corvo simply thinks that death is too good for them.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Outsider points out in the sequel that, as bad as [[TheCaligula Duke Abele]] is, a big reason he was able to act as he did is that he had Dunwall's, and by extension Emily's and Corvo's, backing. Indeed, it seems that Dunwall didn't much care about the Karnakan peoples' plight as long as the silver kept flowing. He also points out that had Corvo bothered to talk to Daud, Daud would've told Corvo all about Delilah, and Corvo might've been able to avert her coup, since by Corvo's own words, he only ever focused on physical threats to Emily, not magical ones.
* WouldHitAGirl: There are no issues with you attacking or killing random females in game and female targets are no exception. This is also what the populous thinks of him, as he has been framed for his Empress's murder.
* WorkingClassHero: Corvo was born the son of a Serkonos tradesman and rose UpThroughTheRanks to become Emily Kaldwin's bodyguard. His class is still an issue in ''Dishonored 2'' where Mortimer Ramsey, the snobbish Guardsman, laments taking orders from someone so lowborn as he drags Corvo to captivity. [[spoiler:Delilah also taunts Emily in a NotSoDifferent moment by reminding her that the latter is also a bastard child of a commoner and royalty, just like she is]]. It's possible in ''Dishonored 2'' to visit his childhood home in the Dust District, a small apartment that is obviously far more modest than his present dwelling.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Depending on the decisions of the player, he can kill characters that are no longer useful to him.
** [[spoiler:Is on the receiving end of this, when ordered to be poisoned by Havelock and Pendleton after he kills the Lord Regent. Thankfully, Samuel only gave him half.]]


!!The Royal Family

[[folder:Lady Emily Kaldwin]]
!Lady/Empress Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin
[[caption-width-right:370:[[labelnote:Click here to see Emily as she appears in the sequel.]]]][[/labelnote]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChloeMoretz (''Dishonored''), Erica Luttrell (''Dishonored 2'')

The daughter of the now-deceased Empress, and the heir to the throne. She is currently missing, and Corvo breaks out of prison to find her. She becomes one of the leads of the second game alongside Corvo.
%%* ActionGirl: In ''2''.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Emily's lover, Wyman, was intentionally made gender-neutral, and referred in genderless pronouns, by Arkane, to allow the player to choose what gender they are, leading to this trope.
* BadassNormal: Not only is she already highly trained by her father by the second game, but she can actively reject the Outsider's mark and be played without any powers whatsoever.
* BreakTheCutie: Where do we begin? Over the course of the game, she;
** Sees her mother get murdered in front of her, and is then kidnapped;
** Is held against her will at a brothel by two noblemen for ''six months;''
** Has nightmares the whole time [[spoiler:and might have been visited by the Outsider;]]
** [[spoiler: Witnesses the murders of the people who protected her, while the only person she ever trusted is taken away from her;]]
** [[spoiler: Is once again held in captivity, until rescued one last time.]]
** [[spoiler: It's even worse if you took the High Chaos approach, where her life is directly endangered ([[KillTheCutie and she may indeed be killed]]). Everything then influences her to be evil on the throne, and chaos looms over Dunwall as a result.]] So yeah, she has a great time.
** In the second game, she's ousted from her throne and either spends the entire game as a statue or forced to reclaim her throne from the shadows.
* BodyguardCrush: One of the first things she does is ask if Corvo will marry her if he doesn't marry her mother. This is presumably before she learns that he's her dad.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Wanted to escape her duties and be freed from being an Empress during the opening of Dishonored 2.
* ButNotTooForeign: Fictional example. She's the rightful empress of Gristol, but her father is from Serkonos. For a real life comparison, it's like the ruler of England being half-Italian, mind you many amongst real-life nobility have a parent from a royal family from other countries.
* TheChosenOne: Downplayed, but she is the only one the Outsider is willing to interfere in order to protect. Normally, he just appears to those he has Marked to comment on what they're doing, but when Delilah hatches a plan to [[spoiler:pull a GrandTheftMe]] on Emily, the Outsider sets Daud, [[EnemyMine who he openly dislikes]], on the path to stopping her.
* ComboPlatterPowers: In Dishonored 2, she gains her own set of powers.
** CastingAShadow: Shadow Walk, which lets her turn into a shadowy creature to slip into small spaces as well as for combat.
** JediMindTrick: Mesmerize, which creates a strange object that fascinates her enemies so much that they don't even notice her.
** MesACrowd: Doppelganger, which lets her create a duplicate to either act as a distraction or to fight for her. An upgrade lets her use it as a NinjaLog.
** {{Synchronization}}: Domino, which lets her link living people together so that whatever happens to one happens to the others.
** TentacleRope: Far Reach, which lets her toss out a shadowy tendril to grapple to points and grab items and objects.
** TimeStandsStill: The first trailer shows her using Bend Time, though she doesn't have that power in-game.
*** Thanks to New Game +, Emily can now use Bend Time, provided the save file you base the New Game + on was with Corvo and had unlocked at least one level of Bend Time.
* CharacterDevelopment: Has this in spades in ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'', Although a nice ruler, Emily has yet to grow into her role as empress. Prior to the coup, she spent half her time ignoring the Duke's corruption in Karnaca, neglected most of her courtly duties and wished that she was far away, doing fun things instead. Once overthrown, she underwent a massive character arc, where she learned how her neglect affected her subjects. Depending on the player's play style, [[spoiler:she could end up taking her job more seriously and become Emily the Just and Wise or reign as a bloody and iron-fisted tyrant.]]
* CoolMask: Her scarf covers her mouth and is made from the cloth used in Outsider shrines.
* CoolSword: If the PlayerCharacter in the second game, Emily gets ahold of her father's folding gadget sword, the same one that Piero made in the first game, while fleeing Dunwall Tower.
* CreepyChild: Says some seriously disturbing things if you have high Chaos.
* CruelMercy: Though the nonlethal options remain the same regardless of player character chosen in ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'', Low Chaos Emily is the canon story for the sequel, ''VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider''. With the exception of one enemy target, all the major enemies have a creatively "merciful" Low Chaos options to dispose of them.
* DecoyProtagonist: She is canonically the protagonist of the second game. That said, she's TakenForGranite if you choose to play Corvo. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] obviously if you decide to play as her. That said, the prologue and tutorials are only seen through her point of view.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She's one of the few beings that the Outsider will go out of his way to protect, she's just as essential to the plot as Corvo (being the heir to the throne, influenced by Corvo's actions, and ruling as TheHighQueen in Low Chaos endings), she has a strong emotional connection with him (being both his charge and his child), and she's the protagonist of the second game.
* EnfantTerrible: She learns from Corvo's example (rather like [[VideoGame/BioShock2 Eleanor Lamb]]). On a high Chaos run, that sees her end up as one seriously scary kid. After you [[spoiler:do away with the Lord Regent]] on high Chaos, she makes some disturbing remarks about what she'll do as Empress.
* GoingCommando: If "pants" is used in the meaning of undergarments instead of outer-garments in her letter in the sequel, where she says:
--> Remember the time I kept a straight face during the Watch Officer's report, all the while sitting at my desk without pants?
* GuileHero: Low Chaos!Emily is extremely intelligent, smart, astute and gifted at TakeAThirdOption and [[spoiler:the Outsider ends up noting that she will be remembered as Emily the Just and Emily the Clever]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: High Chaos!Emily should she [[spoiler:choose to kill Sokolov and Meaghan invokes this, noting she can't leave them alive to tell people about what she did]].
* HeroicBastard: Although Jessamine and Corvo were married in all but name... they were not married in name, and thus Emily is technically an illegitimate child of their romance. [[spoiler: Not so much the heroic part in a High Chaos ending though. Delilah points out to Emily in both instances that this means that both of them are equally illegitimate in terms of blood]].
* TheHighQueen: In a Low Chaos ending, [[spoiler: Emily's rule ushers a new golden age for the Empire and Dunwall, thanks to Corvo's guidance and protection. She becomes known as Empress Emily the Wise]]. In a High Chaos ending, she becomes a borderline case of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. In the Low Chaos ending of the second game, [[spoiler:Emily becomes known as Emily the Just, ruling benevolently]].
** Note that at the beginning of the sequel, the game subverts this - Emily's rule has been a contested affair and her approval isn't high. Unemployment is high in the crown isle of Gristol and Dunwall's flooded district, though now drained, has yet to be repaired. An oil shortage is hitting the Empire. Emily has also not been paying attention to the other isles, allowing Serkonos' Luca Abele to rule over his island like a tyrant and run it into the ground. There are also rumors that she's had her dad murder anyone who questions her rule. [[spoiler:They are being framed of course]].
* HereditaryHairstyle: She wears her hair similar to Corvo, her father. Long and framing her face with a division to one side over the eye. Of course being a girl she has it in a more feminine manner with a ribbon in-game. However, her portrait's and Corvo's make them look startlingly similar. Dishonored 2 makes the resemblance to both her parents very apparent -- she looks a great deal like her mother, but a few of her features are unmistakably Corvo's.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness[=/=]ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted, Emily is smarter than she appears. She heard a lot of horrible "grown-up" things at the Golden Cat but remains polite enough to pretend to still be an innocent. On a High Chaos run, she's a straight-out EnfanteTerrible.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted if you screw up the hostage situation in a High Chaos run. The last thing you hear is her scream as Havelock drags her to her death]]. Played straight in that she's the only character in the game you can't harm in any way during normal gameplay.
* MissingMom: As the game begins, her mother is murdered by unknown assailants in front of her eyes.
* MoralityPet: For Corvo, especially in a High Chaos run. It's even blatantly enforced in gameplay: it's possible to kill every other character in the story -- even if killing some of them results in a game over -- but it's impossible for Corvo to harm Emily.
* NecessarilyEvil: In a High Chaos ending of the first game, [[spoiler:Emily will be considered to have done what she had to in an awful situation]].
* OneWomanArmy: She is trained by Corvo, after all.
* OverlyLongName: Well, she's a noble, and long names are historically a noble thing. As revealed in ''The Dunwall Archives'' [[AllThereInTheManual artbook]], her full name is Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: In the second game, Emily is rather slight in build, but still has the strength to heft limp bodies around even without any Outsider assistance, and to grapple with swords against burly guardsmen or wrench Clockwork Soldiers apart.
* PowerTattoo: If chosen as the Player Character and accepting of the Outsider's empowerment, her left hand is marked with the Outsider's symbol.
* PrincessInRags: Or Empress In Rags. She gets a taste of her father's hardknock life before he became Royal Protector when she travels to his home city to investigate how and why she had her throne yanked out from under her. She mingled amongst the seedier parts of Dunwall as part of her training by father dearest so she could fend for herself (and so she could blow off courtly duties), but could always return to the cushy bed and silver tea sets of Dunwall Tower. After being usurped, she doesn't have that option and her place of solace is a leaky old boat owned by one of her few allies. Having her common-born father around and the aforementioned mingling helps make her take it more in stride than most cases of this trope that were more coddled.
* PromotedToPlayable: In the second game, she becomes a playable character alongside Corvo.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: High Chaos!Emily [[spoiler:is essentially the story of a sheltered and apathetic but well-meaning young Empress becoming a ruthless cold and violent tyrant, becoming just as bad as Delilah. She ends up known as either Emily the Vengeful or Emily the Butcher.]]
* PuppetKing: What the Conspirators [[spoiler:(both sets)]] want to make her into.
* RoyalBrat: She's quite likeable overall, but makes things difficult for Callista when she's bored.
* SpoiledSweet: In the first game. Despite being the daughter and heir of the Empress, she's not horrifically stuck-up at all. She only really qualifies for RoyalBrat by being typically bratty for her age, and a royal. {{Subverted|Trope}} if she reflects Corvo's High-Chaos actions, as she gets noticeably darker in demeanor.
* StatuesqueStunner: She stands 5'10" in ''2''.
* TheStoner: Not explicitly shown, but her lover Wyman says (s)he'll bring back some white leaf tobacco, an illegal substance in Gristol, from his/her trip and implies it was Emily's request. Other than that, she doesn't act this way at all.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: In the main menu screen no less, looking back and forth between Corvo and Emily shows she's definitely Corvo's. Kirin Jindosh identifies her by the fact that she has her father's eyes, despite the bandanna mask she was wearing to hide her identity.
* SuperiorSuccessor: Potentially. In Dishonored, Corvo had to take the Outsider's mark and Blink, and while a run without using the power is possible, it's heavily implied that Corvo made use of the Outsider's gifts in canon (most notably when he uses them in cutting a few traitorous guards to pieces when Delilah's coup is sprung). Which means that an Emily who rejects the Outsider can match Corvo's feats without the powers or several years of experience that Corvo had.
* TakenForGranite: If Corvo is the chosen player character in ''2'', she gets turned into a statue by Delilah.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the second game, she becomes as deadly as Corvo.
* TouchedByVorlons: The Outsider [[PowerTattoo marks]] her in the sequel, empowering her with abilities distinct from Corvo's, such as tentacles used as a grappling hook as well as transforming into a creature made of shadows.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: If Emily is the Player Character in the second game, many of the conspirators gravely underestimate her, believing she's been coddled and spoiled by her father, advisors, and palace staff, not realizing that daddy dearest trained her in his ways quite well (to say nothing of potential Outsider aid).
* WhatTheHellHero: In The sequel, multiple characters point out that, as bad as [[TheCaligula Duke Abele]] is, a big reason he was able to act as he did is that he had Dunwall's, and by extension Emily's, backing. Indeed, it seems that Dunwall didn't much care about the Karnakan peoples' plight as long as the silver kept flowing.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:When Billie Lurk confesses to Emily that she was part of the group of assassins who killed her mother, Emily's reaction is one of icy hostility. Even if you don't kill her and pick the more forgiving dialogue option, Emily makes it clear that she never wants to see her again.]]

[[folder:Empress Jessamine Kaldwin]]
!Empress Jessamine Kaldwin
->''"When you are near, my heart is at peace."''
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AprilStewart

The Empress of the Isles, who is murdered at the very beginning of the game by the supernatural assassin Daud.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Despite being brutally stabbed through the chest and then slammed to the ground, she manages to stay alive long enough to implore Corvo to protect Emily.
* BigGood: In a country of absolute filth and dreck, she seems to be the only person with a heart. She doesn't even need to do ''much'' to distinguish herself. She just doesn't want the poor to be penned up and slaughtered.
* BodyguardCrush: She had a [[OpenSecret well-known but not publicly acknowledged]] affair with her bodyguard that resulted in a daughter.
* GoodParents: As evidenced in her letters/audio recordings meant for Emily, and in the Lord Regent's personal musings. While she did make sure that Emily was receiving the necessary lessons in order to become a proper Empress, Jessamine also let her child ''be'' a child and to be her own person, and encouraged Emily to keep drawing and telling stories.
* FloralThemeNaming: Her name Jessamine is an old English variant of Jasmine.
* TheHighQueen: She was apparently much beloved by her people.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Right in front of her daughter, no less.
* MamaBear: She was untrained in combat and had no chance at all of success, but when the assassin moves to grab Emily, Jessamine bodily shoves him away to protect her daughter and earns a vicious backhand in retaliation.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Hers kicks off the game's plot.
* RoyalBrat: If Delilah is to be believed -- which is admittedly a big ask -- Jessamine blamed a servant for breaking an expensive object and cheated at parlour games as a child.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler:The Heart is heavily implied to be one to her involuntarily and post-mortem, based on what it says and what Piero says. The sequel outright confirms it, and her exposition has her being more personal toward Corvo.]].
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: As said one of the least ambiguously good characters in this game, adored by almost everyone as a result, so of ''course'' her death would be what set off the game's events.
* UptownGirl: Can't get more uptown than an Empress.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Gets about five minutes of screentime before she kicks it. She welcomes Corvo, mentions that things are bad, and dies. [[spoiler: Of course, in another sense, she's right there with you for the whole game.]]


!!Loyalist Conspirators

[[folder:Admiral Farley Havelock]]
!Admiral Farley Havelock
[[caption-width-right:221:''Admiral Havelock has seen more corpses than all the rest put together.'']]

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JohnSlattery

Leader and founder of the Loyalists and ally to Corvo, he picks up the role of BigGood that was left vacant when the Empress died.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler: He's actually an extremely skilled swordfighter, the most skilled enemy in the game other than Daud in terms of straightforward swordsmanship, and he also has one unique combat skill in that his blade lock ability is insanely high (even tougher than Daud's). However, unlike Daud or the Torturer he only has slightly more health than normal and is not immune to powers or fatality attacks, so he can be very quickly killed with a single block-counterattack combo. He's still the best fighter amongst the assassination targets, not counting Daud or the Torturer.]]
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Seeing how he's been using you for his bid for power but has been affable enough to try and keep Corvo in the dark he certainly is.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:His desire to be Lord Regent in place of the current one is the motive for his betrayal.]]
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:At the end of a Low Chaos playthrough, Havelock poisons Treavor and Martin before Corvo arrives at the top of the lighthouse.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:He becomes the main antagonist in ''Dishonored'' after the Lord Regent is neutralized.]]
* BigGood: Takes over this role from the Empress. [[spoiler: Later turns out not to be this at all.]]
* BloodKnight: Has qualities of this, as revealed if you use the Heart on him.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:If fought up front in close combat, it's how he dies.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: If Corvo allows it, he'll use plague rats on [[spoiler:Sokolov]] to get the man to talk. Havelock also alludes to having tortured people in the past, as he mentions that [[WaterTorture a board and a bucket of seawater]] are all he needs to break a man.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Late in the game, he turns against Corvo after he kills the Lord Regent, trying to have him killed along with the other Loyalists so that they can install Emily as a [[PuppetKing Puppet Empress]].]]
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:In every ending, he's Corvo's final target.]]
* FourStarBadass: Though he's not really in Corvo's league in single melee combat, what we read of him implies he's an excellent Admiral.
* FreudianExcuse: According to the Heart, his beloved younger brother died from fever at age nine.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:In Havelock's execution scene, Corvo uses Havelock's own gun to blow his head off.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler:If confronted in a Low Chaos play through in the finale, he pretends to give up, saying that Corvo chooses if he dies or goes to jail. If Corvo picks up the key to Emily's room after Havelock offers it to Corvo, he attacks; this is likely a bug, as if you snatch it up quickly, he'll go through the whole speech, and ultimately surrender.]]
* MeetTheNewBoss: [[spoiler:His reaction to removing the Lord Regent from power? Becoming the Lord Regent, and making the City Watch more brutal.]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:After using Corvo to remove his enemies he starts to take this view, eventually killing all the other Loyalist Conspiracy members to prevent the truth from getting out. He may be taking cues from Corvo as in a high Chaos run he'll opt to stab Wallace in the eye rather than the low Chaos shot to the back.]]
* NeverMyFault:
** [[spoiler:In his monologue in the Low Chaos ending, he says it's all Martin's fault, because Martin was the one who suggested and planned Corvo's breakout; then, he says it's ''Corvo's'' fault for being "so damn good at his job"; and, finally, he says it's ''all of their'' faults for being greedy -- while he technically includes himself, he never outright takes responsibility and declares that he will go down in history as a righteous hero]].
** [[spoiler: Though he does wonder for a moment whether his imminent defeat is due to Corvo being quicker with a sword, or because he was slower to use it.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:The last look on his face before Corvo blows his head off.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Havelock spares Callista due to a debt to her uncle, but only in the low-Chaos outcome]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: [[spoiler:After Hiram Burrows is taken out of the picture, since victory causes the Conspirators to turn on one another in paranoia.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: He's the leader of the Loyalists.
* {{Sadist}}: The Heart says that he has killed both whales and people for pleasure as well as profit.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:If you read his diary entries you can see his ideas forming, as he notes how dangerous Corvo could be, ponders what should happen after the Regent is deposed and whether he could, like Pendleton, have disposed of his beloved brother if it became necessary (he decides he could).]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the Low-Chaos ending, he poisons Treavor Pendleton and Martin before submitting to either death or imprisonment. He basically monologues you're unstoppable. In High-Chaos, he threatens to jump from the top of the Lighthouse, taking Emily with him.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Let's be honest: even if you ''don't'' have spoilers set to automatically be shown, this page makes it fairly easy to guess that Havelock is ''not'' the BigGood he first appears to be]].

[[folder:Lord Treavor Pendleton]]
!Lord Treavor Pendleton
[[caption-width-right:221:''The younger Pendleton. Jealous little Treavor. Always in the shadow.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Derek Phillips

A nobleman who has chosen to throw his lot in with the conspirators. He stands out tremendously amongst them, unlike Admiral Havelock.
* TheAlcoholic: Becomes this after assisting in the murder/slavery of his brothers.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:In a High Chaos playthrough, he is hit by a stray bullet and is [[WallSlump slumped against a wall]] with blood smeared everywhere. Nonetheless, he manages to cough out a few final words to Corvo before expiring]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: A subversion. He's snooty and arrogant but sides with the good guys. [[spoiler:Double subverted when Hiram Burrows is dealt with.]]
* CainAndAbel: Played with. Pendleton obviously doesn't ''want'' to kill his brothers and is sick with guilt afterward. He just sees no other choice. If they're left for Slackjaw to deal with, he's surprised and relieved that they're still alive.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
-->'''Havelock:''' "Have you ever killed a man?"\\
'''Pendleton:''' "Only with my wit."
* DirtyCoward: Many characters comment on his cowardice. He ducks out of a duel with pistols, sending Corvo in his place [[spoiler:and is implied to have gone along with the betrayal of Corvo out of fear of the other loyalists.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Turns against Corvo after he kills the Lord Regent, trying to have him killed along with the other Loyalists so that they can install Emily as a [[PuppetKing Puppet Empress]].]]
* GreenEyedMonster: So sayeth the Heart.
* LeanAndMean: The skinniest of the Loyalists, and described as a coward and a slimeball by his allies. [[spoiler:Also, he betrays Corvo and cements himself as a villain by the third act.]]
* MeanBoss: Listening to his memoirs implies that he's typically abrasive and verbally abusive to his servant, Wallace. [[spoiler:He later graduates into a BadBoss when he has Wallace and the rest of the servants killed.]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:After having his brothers killed he manipulates Corvo into killing another of his enemies in a duel, and though he shows some reluctance he goes along with Havelock's betrayal, including the murder of his loyal servant Wallace.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: As well as having quite a few "bastards" left unacknowledged, his audio memoirs brag that he once had sex with two of the Boyle sisters and only missed the third "by virtue of some inclement weather."
* RoyallyScrewedUp: It is subtly hinted on several occasions that Pendletons brothers display a large spectrum of unwholesome minor defects, from the blatant sadism and alcoholism of Custis and Morgan to Treavor's anger bouts and hypersensitivity to sun and skin infections.
* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler:Due to the paranoid infighting among the Loyalists in the final level of a High Chaos playthrough, Treavor is shot by Martin and already dying by the time you reach him.]]
* SmugSnake: Has these qualities despite being on the heroes' side.
* UpperClassTwit: Downplayed, but he has some shades of this.
* TheUnfavourite: Implied to be when compared to his older brothers, Custis and Morgan.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: An interesting case - whereas almost every other character witnessing Corvo's use of magic either immediately forgets the experience or sputters in disbelief, Pendleton merely expresses mild approval. One of the optional mission rewards he gives you seems to suggest he's familiar with Outsider powers, even if he doesn't use them himself.
* WallSlump: [[spoiler:After being shot by Martin in a High Chaos playthrough]].
* WeakenedByTheLight: According to the Heart, Pendleton's eyes are sensitive to light.
* WouldNotHitAGirl: After Corvo neutralizes Lady Boyle, he expresses a bit of discomfort about it because she is a woman, though he quickly glosses over it by saying that she's ''also'' a "viper".

[[folder:Overseer Teague Martin]]
!Overseer Teague Martin
[[caption-width-right:237:''There are few brave enough to [[DoNotTauntCthulhu laugh in the Outsider's face]]. But Teague Martin is one.'']]

->'''Voiced by:''' Joel Johnstone

An overseer informant to the Loyalists. It was he who came up with the idea to recruit Corvo. He was captured shortly after, and Corvo needs to rescue him.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:Fatally wounds Treavor Pendleton with a long-distance pistol shot, though he never knows it.]]
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:He alludes to this being part of the reason he chooses to kill himself. He knows the chances of Corvo letting him live are pretty much ''zero'', so if Corvo lets him finish talking, Martin chooses his own way to die]].
* {{Blackmail}}: Wants Campbell's book on blackmail to turn the Overseers against the Lord Regent. In Low Chaos, he expresses a desire to reform the Overseers so this won't be necessary after the fact. In High Chaos, he decides to keep it this way so the Abbey will be easier for him to control.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How he kills himself]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The Heart will tell you that he walked a ''very'' troubled path before becoming an Overseer. He was once a highway robber, and the guilt of his crimes weighs heavily on him. [[spoiler:Not that this stops him from turning on Corvo]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Says some very un-clergy like comments to his captor. If you walk away from him without releasing him from the stocks first, the snark continues.
-->'''Martin:''' ''(to Corvo)'' I have poor circulation and seem to have forgotten my mittens, so I'd appreciate it [[WhatTheHellPlayer if you could release me]], or at least go gather some firewood."
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:After being impaled, he tries to attack with his sword, only to be decapitated]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:If confronted peacefully in a High Chaos play through in the final mission, he kills himself.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He'll point out how corrupt Campbell was, and how he only became High Overseer thanks to the huge amount of blackmail material he had. [[spoiler:Yet Martin attains the same position the ''exact'' same way, using the same blackmail material. Only when he does it, it's an "unfortunate necessity" to fight the Lord Regent]]. He does acknowledge the hypocrisy of it, and expresses a desire to [[spoiler:work toward a more legitimate authority. Unfortunately, that goes out the window when the Loyalist Conspiracy dissolves]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice[=/=]OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:His death scene in a High Chaos play through if confronted hostilely and in close combat]].
* NecessarilyEvil: He comments disapprovingly on Corvo's hand tattoo, correctly intuiting that it means Corvo is associating with the Outsider and dabbling in forbidden magics. However, Martin then adds that such skills are a necessary evil for the tasks that Corvo and the Loyalists aim to accomplish, and thus he'll tolerate Corvo's heresy for the sake of the mission. [[spoiler:This mode of thinking paves the way for the poisoning of Corvo and the purging of the low-ranking Loyalists]]. This is also his attitude about blackmail.
* NobodyPoops: Subtly averted. When you rescue him, his pants are darkly stained between the legs. Well, he ''was'' in those stocks for over a day.
* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler:Commits suicide by pistol if confronted peacefully during the final level of a High Chaos playthrough.]]
* SexyPriest: Is noticeably better looking than the rest of the male Conspirators.
* TheSmartGuy: Responsible for most of the planning within the conspiracy (including breaking Corvo out of prison).
* TheStrategist: He has to be rescued by Corvo, but he's described by Havelock as perhaps the finest strategist in the Empire. Which is pretty impressive, considering that even with the plague running rampant, the Empire still has a ''very'' large population.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler:He didn't think twice about betraying Corvo, even after the latter got him out of the stocks.]]


[[folder:Piero Joplin]]
!Piero Joplin
[[caption-width-right:307:''He is Piero Joplin. Even now he visualizes the next invention – astonishing. I wish you could see it too.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Brad Dourif

Sokolov's rival and fellow natural philosopher. Piero's genius and inspiration is a gift of the Outsider, who sends him inspiring dreams.
* ATeamFiring: According to a note found in his workshop, he once got into a {{Duel To The Death}} with a rival in the University of Natural philosophy. The thing is, both of them were [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy such horrible shots]] they eventually ran out of ammo, and [[MundaneSolution the duel ended with a coin toss in Piero's favor.]]
* AbhorrentAdmirer: To [[MsFanservice Callista]]. Played with by the fact that the {{Bifauxnen}} waitress at the bar is attracted to him. Piero ''is'' a world-famous scientist.
* BusCrash: [[ Died]] between the first and second games.
* DespairEventHorizon: He'd hit the border of this in the [[ third]] ''Tales of Dunwall'' short. He was starting to toe the line, but then he has a dream that inspires him to build a mysterious mask...
* GadgeteerGenius: He invented Corvo's mask (which protects against the Plague and has a spyglass in-built), among other things such as sleep darts or the rewire tool.
* InsufferableGenius: He's a very talented inventor, but it's clear that he believes himself to be a genius who deserves more respect that he receives.
* LackOfEmpathy: Less imminently obvious than Sokolov, and treated more sympathetically, but still there. This is why nothing comes of his attraction to Callista, since she feels he sees her as just another machine.
* MadScientist: His focus is on his inventions and studies. If his improved Arc Pylon is used to turn a whole squadron of watchmen to ashes, he is awed and excited by the power of the device, rather than thinking about the deaths it caused. In one of his recordings he expresses his wishes to conduct an experiment aimed at replicating a whale oil's properties in human body and notes that this would require a proper facilities, decent funding and 'certain legal immunities'.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Leans more towards the first type. At one point he tries to strike up a conversation with Callista about the devices he made for the Golden Cat, but ends up offending her. Immediately afterwards he realizes ThatCameOutWrong (he merely wanted to talk about the machines, and it came off as a very poor attempt at a come-on) and tries to apologize.
* ObliviousToLove: Cecelia carries a torch for him, while he is lonely beyond imagination.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: He shows high aptitude for engineering, as demonstrated by his gadgetry he outfits Corvo with, and also in biology, as he formulated his namesake Remedy, and also is part of the duo of minds that finally cures the Rat Plague.
* ThePeepingTom: Watches Callista bathing herself through the door keyhole and first flails around making excuses, but then hangs his head and admits he was being "ungentlemanly". The Heart says he has done this more than once.
* TheRival: So to Sokolov. Piero spends a huge amount of time hating Sokolov and exclaiming that he's a ''fraud'' who copied his inventions and parleyed his way into the Academy's good graces. He doesn't even want to help Corvo bribe him, despite the alternative being letting Sokolov get chewed on by rats. [[spoiler:Turns out he never even met the man. And when they do meet, they find out they have a great deal in common and make excellent partners, capable of expanding on the other's ideas and reaching greater results than either of them alone. The Low Chaos Ending shows it's only when they combine their efforts that they can truly cure the plague.]]
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Shades of this. While there's nothing specifically ''wrong'' with his diction, Piero tends to elongate his words and put strange emphases on them. While it's hard to pinpoint exactly, his speech does not sound entirely right.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The third ''Tales of Dunwall'' short shows up things from his point of view. He's... not quite all there any more.
* TouchedByVorlons: Not as spectacular as, say, Corvo, but it's implied that a lot of his inventions are inspired by dreams the Outsider has given him. This leads to the creation of Corvo's iconic mask.


[[folder:Callista Curnow]]
!Callista Curnow
[[caption-width-right:350:''She and her uncle – the last of the Curnow family.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/LenaHeadey

The caretaker of Young Lady Emily, the heir to the throne.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:Between the two games, she finally gets to live her dream of freedom on the high seas. After departing on a boat, she is never seen again.]]
* BigSisterMentor: Something of this to Emily.
* BrokenBird: So says the heart.
--> '''The Heart:''' Such sadness.
* BusCrash: What has become of her by the second game? [[ "Lost at sea."]]
* HiddenDepths: The Heart says this of her.
-->'''The Heart:''' She dreams of freedom, and the decks of whaling ships fast after the beasts of sea. But alas, she is a woman.
* HotTeacher: Emily's tutor.
* LastOfHerKind: If Corvo fails to save Captain Curnow. [[spoiler:In a High Chaos playthrough, the family line is wiped out completely]].
* MamaBear: Toward Emily. [[spoiler:When Havelock, Martin, and Pendleton took Emily to the Lighthouse, she tried to stop them despite the fact that she had no hope against them]].
-->'''The Heart:''' [[spoiler:Callista tried to protect her, but they pulled the child from her arms. Oh, the curses she spat at them!]]
* MoodKiller: While she's not opposed to potential advances from Corvo, she says the Plague and state of affairs aren't exactly the best backdrop for them.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:In Low Chaos, she is the only loyalist that Havelock, Pendleton, and Martin intentionally spare.]]
* MsFanservice: You can spy on her in the bath. Attempting to ''join her'' will result in a special game over.


[[folder:Wallace Higgins]]
!Wallace Higgins

Treavor Pendleton's servant. He is deeply proud of his family's history of service and lords it over the other commoners.
* BattleButler: In his capacity as Pendleton's erstwhile bodyguard; he claims he can handle a sword and hopes with all his heart that he dies protecting his master. [[spoiler:In a rather [[ShootTheDog twisted]] way, [[TreacheryCoverUp he does]]]].
* BoomerangBigot: Has a heavy disdain for other commoners despite being one himself.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:In a high chaos playthrough, Havelock stabs him through the eye with a sword.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Wallace is killed by the Conspirators to prevent anyone from knowing the truth about their counter-coup, but only after Pendleton has him pack his bags to his exacting specifications.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: His classism is so extreme that it falls into this. He expresses great disdain for the fact that Havelock is a commoner who became an admiral by way of earning it through great skill and ability, rather than being a noble who was just handed the title. [[SarcasmMode Because a man who bought his position is exactly the kind of person a country needs to lead its naval forces]]. Doubly funny considering that the official game guide states Havelock is an old-money aristocrat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Wallace is probably the meanest character in the game who isn't technically a bad guy. He's unpleasant, insulting, and condescending toward everyone not of "noble" birth.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:After The Lord Regent is eliminated, he tells Cecelia not to report to Havelock for her payment as she won't get anything. As a result, he gets killed by his own master, and she lives to tell the tale. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Though some seem to believe]] that he actually did this to prevent her from getting killed.]]
* PetTheDog[=/=]KickTheDog:
** In Low Chaos. Despite his rampant classism, he tells Corvo that he is going to ask Pendleton to fund a memorial to all of those taken by the plague, because "everyone deserves to be remembered." In High Chaos, however, his attitude is rather different.
--->'''Wallace:''' ''(in High Chaos)'' So many dead. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance At least they were mostly commoners]].
** Another example of PetTheDog: In Low Chaos, he [[spoiler:tells Cecelia not to come back to the pub for her bonus, preventing her from being killed by the Watch.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: He believes he's dignified and aristocratic when he's nothing more than a servant and lapdog.
* SmugSnake: Lords over the other servants. His abilities don't entirely match up to his bluster, however. Lydia privately calls him out for the math errors she finds when she reviews the books.


[[folder:Lydia Brooklaine]]
!Lydia Brooklaine

The bartender of the Hound's Pit Pub.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:According to Cecelia, her last act before being killed by Havelock was to tell him to "screw himself".]]
* GoodWithNumbers: Finds errors in Wallace's bookkeeping.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:She's killed by the Conspirators to prevent anyone from knowing.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Averted; there is also Lady Lydia Boyle.
* TheTease: Lydia repeatedly makes gentle innuendo toward Corvo, implying that they should hook up once everything is over.



The lowest-ranking hand at the Hound's Pit Pub.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: She fancies Piero, but he's more interested in Callista.
* BetaCouple: Implied between herself and Piero, if he ever realized that there was someone equally (or almost at least) as attractive as Callista at the bar interested in him.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: She wears boy's clothes (including a rather dashing cap), and has her hair up in a bun.
* CannotTellAJoke: Once pulled a prank that was consisted of knocking on the pub's front door. Nobody laughed.
* CrazyPrepared: She has a hideout ready if the pub ever were to be attacked by anyone and was careful to not tell any of the conspirators. She'll only tell Corvo.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: She's ignored and neglected by everybody else in the conspriacy, the man she pines for [[AllMenArePerverts spies on another woman bathing]], and in High Chaos, it's implied she catches the plague. [[spoiler: She's the only Loyalist to canonically survive.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Apparently, Lydia is the only person in the conspiracy who is even remotely kind to her, even when she frequently criticizes her. Most of the other conspirators don't even remember she exists. [[spoiler: Luckily for her, it saves her life.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: So invisible to the higher ups among the Loyalists, she [[spoiler:is completely overlooked in the massacre at the Hound Pits Pub]]. Although this was also in part because [[spoiler:Wallace told her not to come when Havelock called all the servants to collect their "bonus."]]
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The last time you see her in a High Chaos run, she'll mention that she "wasn't feeling well" as the excuse for [[spoiler:not being present when Wallace, Callista, and Lydia were killed by Havelock.]] Stick around in the apartment, and she'll start to cough, implying she's in the first stage of having the plague.
* OnlyOneName: The only Loyalist whose surname is not revealed.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler:She mentions more than once that she'd probably be the first to go in the event that the Loyalists ever turned on each other, and makes some comments that heavily imply that she's just waiting for it to happen. She even has a ''safe house'' ready, just in case. On a first playthrough, the player might raise an eyebrow at this extreme paranoia. Then the Loyalists poison Corvo, kill Wallace, Lydia, and possibly Callista, and suddenly Cecelia seems almost prophetic. In fact, she survives no matter what ending, unless ''you'' kill her, YouBastard]].
* SoleSurvivor: With all of the other surviving Loyalist Conspriators getting bumped off [[DroppedABridgeOnHim by way of developer tweet]], she's the only one left.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Callista as the GirlyGirl.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Nowhere to be seen in the sequel, although WordOfGod confirms she survived.


[[folder:Samuel Beechworth]]
!Samuel Beechworth
[[caption-width-right:261:''Samuel is a simple man, but he knows the River Wrenhaven and all its tributaries, down to the smallest inlet.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Ryan Cutrona

Corvo's boatman to his various assassination missions.
* BrokenPedestal: The Heart implies that Admiral Havelock is this to him. [[spoiler:If not before, then Havelock certainly is after the Lord Regent is eliminated. In a High Chaos run, Corvo ends up being this as well]].
* BusCrash: Already in his sixties when you meet him, Samuel dies of old age between the first and second games.
* CoolOldGuy: A kindly old sailor who sticks with you for the whole game[[spoiler:, unless you prove to be such a bastard that he betrays you. To your face.]] In the second game Emily speaks fondly of him.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:If Corvo kills Samuel during the last level, he's shown in the ending beside Samuel's grave with his head bowed in respect.]]
* HeroWorshipper: To a Low Chaos Corvo. He even calls him Master Corvo. The heart outright says he respects you. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted. He gives you the poison that allows Havelock, Pendelton and Martin to get rid of you... but only gave you half the dose. He completely believes in you.]]
* HiddenDepths: If the Heart is used on him, it will say that he became a sailor to "escape a lost love. He succeeded".
* ImNotAHeroIm: In Low Chaos, Samuel's audio log shows he doesn't consider himself one of the "real heroes" but he's proud to have been involved [[spoiler: until the betrayal at least]]. He's just a humble sailor trying to do the right thing.
* MrExposition: Gives information on targets as he drives to them. As he takes you back to the Hound Pits, he'll tell you who wants to see you about what.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In High Chaos, Samuel's audio log will lament the part he played in Corvo's mass-killing.
-->'''Samuel:''' Screams carry very well over the river. Can be heard for half a league out sometimes. Seems like every shore I pilot away from, them screams come out on the water behind me. I carry death wherever I go, it seems.
* NiceGuy: One of the few genuinely decent characters in the game. Even the Heart has nothing bad to say about him or his past.
* OnlySaneMan: Noticeably, when you take everyone else to account.
* ShoutOut: Possibly to Mark Twain. Sam acts as your chauffeur and guide on the Wrenhaven River; Twain was born Samuel Clemens, and was a riverboat captain in his youth.
* TheBartender: [[spoiler:In the low chaos ending, he becomes this to the Hound Pits Pub.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:He was supposed to give a full dose of poison to Corvo, but only gave half, and told him as much before letting him free. His actions allow Corvo to take down Havelock.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In a very High Chaos run, he's quite bitter with Corvo [[spoiler:when he talks to him after saving his life by only giving him a partial dose of poison. Samuel makes it clear just how disgusted he is with Corvo, and flat-out says that he's not sure why he keeps risking himself for Corvo's sake]]. Later, [[spoiler:when dropping Corvo off at Kingsparrow Island, Samuel will light a flare to alert the guards, punishing Corvo for his murderous actions against so many]]. In a slightly less chaotic run, [[spoiler:he'll just bitterly snap at Corvo for his brutality and say he never wants to see him again]].


!!Corvo's Targets

[[folder:Lord Regent Hiram Burrows]]
!Hiram Burrows, the Lord Regent
[[caption-width-right:221:''He is driven by obsession, like a madness. Order, he must have all things in order.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Kristoffer Tabori

The man who facilitated the murder of the Empress and framed Corvo. Formerly the Royal Spymaster for the Empress, he is currently in control of Dunwall.
* AmbiguousDisorder: His obsession with order borders on madness. If he doesn't write his thoughts down, even the incriminating ones, he apparently can't keep them in order.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Obviously, going with the trend of power corrupts, and his evil is what triggered all of this.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's not in Corvo or Daud's league, but despite being a skinny older man he's at least as good as an {{Elite Mook|s}} if you challenge him to a fair fight. He's notably a better fighter than High Overseer Campbell, his own [[TheDragon Dragon]]. The Outsider even claims that he would have fought harder had he not become a DeathSeeker by the very end.
* BaldOfEvil: For whatever reason, be it age, health, or OCD, his head is as bald as he is corrupt.
* BigBad: He is this in ''Dishonored'', being one who arranged Jessamine's murder and framed Corvo, and the one the Loyalists need Corvo's help to kill and restore Emily to the throne. [[spoiler: He's killed at the end of the second act, out of five.]]
* ControlFreak: He genuinely believes Dunwall would be safe if every single aspect of its rule was his, and everyone simply did as they were told.
* CrazyPrepared: If you confront him in his panic room on the top floor, he mentions that he and his guards have held many drills to prepare for an assassination attempt.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:There are still three chapters left after Corvo deals with him. [[FaceHeelTurn Havelock]] takes his position as BigBad from that point on.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler:Neutralizing him non-lethally involves publicly broadcasting a confession of his artificial instigation of the Rat Plague to KillThePoor that he keeps in his safe. Naturally, in a plague where pretty much everyone lost someone to it, the guards move in to arrest him.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He seems genuinely fond of Lady Boyle, spending his limited off-time in her company, and becomes highly distressed learning her eventual fate.
* EvilChancellor: Before the assassination of the Empress, when he worked under her and plotted her demise so that he could take the throne.
* EvilOverlord: After the assassination of the Empress, where he begins his rule by abusing his powers and falsely naming Corvo as the Empress' killer.
* FailedASpotCheck: It takes him a ''long'' time to notice [[spoiler:if his safe is left open after Corvo robs it]]. Once he does, [[OhCrap he panics]].
* KillThePoor: [[spoiler:His motivation for releasing the Rat Plague was to "thin out the undesirables." Too bad for Burrows that he totally underestimated the breeding capacity of the plague-carrying rats, and that people would still try to see their loved ones in quarantine.]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: More so than most evil nobles as you make your way through his home when he's your target.
* ManipulativeBastard: Pendleton uses the phrase word-for-word to describe him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:One of The Outsider conversations, if you visit his Shrine after killing him, has the Outsider note that Hiram Burrows secretly regreted how things got so far out of control, and is burdened with the knowledge that he is ultimately to blame for Dunwall's descent, and there's no way he can make amends. The tape on which his EngineeredPublicConfession is recorded has him come close to admitting this out loud... but not quite.]]
* NeckSnap: A part of his close combat death animation. Corvo stabs him in the left shoulder blade, then turns him around so that he is facing away from Corvo. He finishes it with a brutal neck snap and removes the blade.
* ObviouslyEvil: The guy is a thin, bald figure that looks like the bastard offspring of [[StarWars Palpatine]] and [[LooksLikeOrlok Count Orlok]]. Even during the first 5 minutes when nothing has happened yet, he seems like a slimy EvilChancellor and the comments from Emily also give away quite early that he might become trouble.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:If you break into his supposedly impenetrable safe room while he's in it, he has this reaction. Doubly so if Corvo decides to reveal his identity to him. This is also his reaction to finding his safe being left open if Corvo chooses to rob it]].
* SanitySlippage: It's specifically noted that he's becoming more and more unhinged as time goes on and things spiral out of control. [[spoiler: If you break into his panic room and confront him in person, you'll find that he's gone full on Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, and even tries to convince himself that you're a hallucination brought on by stress.]]
* TheSpymaster: Formerly to the Empress.
* TheStarscream: A rare successful case towards the Empress as her death proves.
* StartOfDarkness[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist:
** One of the pre-order DLC packs unlock an [[ excerpt]] from his journal dated several years prior to the events of the game. It paints him as a ''very'' paranoid man, but one primarily obsessed with protecting the city and the Empress herself from potential "traitors"; he was frustrated that his calls for vigilance and heightened security were constantly being rejected. Apparently much of it was reinforced by a recurring dream that he had:
--->'''Lord Regent:''' Why do I worry so, when no one else seems to care? If I ever fall asleep, will it all sink into the ocean? Will the rough things clamber over the walls and fill themselves on our flesh? This is what I see in the same dream several times each month. If only I had more say in things, more authority, I could protect us all.
** His recurring dream also [[DreamingofThingstoCome sounds like a premonition of the Flooded District and Rat Plague]], and becomes a SelfFulfillingProphecy when he decides to unleash the rat plague himself - and then discovered he didn't quite have the means to control it.
* SuperOCD: The Heart indicates that Burrows actually suffers from something akin to Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder, though it isn't named as such; as well as noting his desire to keep everything in order and his inability to stop thinking about it, the Heart also mentions that he counts the flagstones as he walks, stepping on each stone only once. Finally, if you choose to confront him at his safe-house, he actually goes so far as to ask if he's being punished for imperfection.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:For some reason he's recorded a confession to his crimes. Even though he keeps it locked up in a safe in his private chambers, one has to wonder why a Spymaster would create such a thing that can be used against him. He was [[SanitySlippage losing his grip]] and needed to keep ''everything in order''. Including his thoughts. Probably related to his OCD]].
* TheUsurper: He supplants the Empress by having her assassinated and framing Corvo for it.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:His recorded confession has shades of this. Burrows, by the time he made the recording, had seen how far things had gone out of his control, and was desperately trying to justify it.]]
-->'''Lord Regent''': [[spoiler:You can see how my plan should have worked? ''Would'' have worked! If everyone had just ''followed orders''.]]
* YouExclamation: Does this if [[spoiler: you reveal your face to him through the video screen in the tower's main lobby.]] This also causes him to remain in his panic room instead of coming down to his bedroom.


[[folder:High Overseer Thaddeus Campbell]]

!High Overseer Thaddeus Campbell
[[caption-width-right:222:''Don't let the talk of faith fool you. Campbell is vain, lustful, decadent – and completely corrupt.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Daniel Hagen

The very, ''very'' corrupt High Overseer of the Abbey of the Everyman, and one of the Lord Regent's closest allies.
* AnArmAndALeg: Type 3 if assassinated in close combat. Corvo cuts off his right (sword-holding) arm, then stabs him in the left side of his neck.
* BaldOfEvil: As seen on his portrait.
* {{Blackmail}}: Stated to be how he got his job, and a pivotal function of his actual role. He carries around a book containing all of the personal information and dirty secrets necessary to turn the [[ChurchMilitant Abbey of the Everyman]] into a totalitarian police force with control over every important official. [[spoiler: In a High Chaos run, Martin ends up using this book for himself.]]
* ChurchMilitant: Heads one of these. How bad it was before he took control is debatable, but there is no doubt its far worse now.
* CorruptChurch: Certainly helped make the Overseers this way.
* TheDragon: Is implied to be this for the Lord Regent, given his powerful position and presence at Corvo's torture. [[spoiler:Being the first target, his tenure as this position doesn't last long after Corvo's escape.]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda: He planned to use the Heratic's Brand against Burrows if the need arised.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Has one of these if you switch his poisoned wine glass. Also a Karmic FateWorseThanDeath if you decide to brand him. The once rich and corrupt leader of the Overseers reduced to less than nothing by his own brand.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:It is possible to brand his face with the mark of a heretic, turning his own organization against him, and subjecting him to the cruel anti-heresy laws he enforced. Alternatively, you can kill him with the poisoned wine he intended for Captain Curnow.]]
* HookersAndBlow: Along with the sleep darts and lingerie scattered around his hidden lair, Campbell's audiolog notes his interest in "sampling the merchandise" at the Golden Cat, apparently while making sure that Emily remains a captive there - also perhaps hinting at [[PedophilePriest something much worse]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite being the head of an organization dedicated to destroying the works of the Outsider and maintaining temperance within its ranks, he has a secret room filled with books of black magic, a Outsider Rune, discarded lady's undergarments, notes from a nearby brothel, and numerous other luxuries. The Heart refers to it as his own private joke.
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: An optional conversation with him at the Prologue has Campbell remark, with breathtaking cynicism, that the rat plague has its plus sides since so many people are driven to religion in the wake of tragedy and this has made the Abbey stronger than ever.
* MarkOfShame: [[spoiler: One can be placed on his face with a special chemical brand if the player opts to remove him from power by non-lethal means.]]
* MercyKill: If Corvo didn't kill him during the mission where he's a target, [[spoiler:he can find him later in the game as a Weeper. If you kill him then, the after mission report lists it as this]].
* MonsterSobStory: He has a moment of this late in the game, if the player decides to remove him from power by non-lethal means. [[spoiler:He finds himself eking out subsistence in the abandoned Flooded District, and soon infected by the Rat Plague. He leaves a written note in his hideaway, lamenting his fall from power and cursing Corvo's name. The player finds him there as a Weeper.]]
* SinisterMinister: One of the most explicitly evil members of the Overseers regardless of your chaos level.
* SmugSnake: It's hard to take him seriously as a villain since he's the first of the bad guys you take out.
* StrawmanPolitical: Implied to be one in-universe, with even the City Watch disgusted by the lengths he'll go to protect his image. One of the Overseers under his control believes [[WrenchWench a girl showing interest in being a mechanic]] is a sign of possession. On the other hand, Anton Sokolov and Piero Joplin (often unknowingly) receive their ideas from The Outsider directly. And the Overseer duly points that the asking man should not interfere but rather look for the 'typical' signs of dark arts - runes, charms etc.
* {{Unperson}}: [[spoiler:Part and parcel to receiving the Heretic's Brand is that it's forbidden to even say his name, which has been stricken from the records. Dialogue from the Overseers in the sequel confirm that this happened to him and that he's now nothing more than a cautionary tale the Abbey preaches to the masses.]]

[[folder:Custis and Morgan Pendleton]]
!The Pendleton Twins
[[caption-width-right:350:''Born joined at the hand to his twin during the Month of Darkness. A knife severed their physical bond, but not the bond that runs deeper.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Zach Hanks

Twin brothers and Lords Custis and Morgan Pendleton, older brothers of Lord Treavor Pendleton. They are corrupt members of Parliament, and can be found at the Golden Cat.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Both nobility using their power to encourage corruption in the Parliament. They are renowned even among other nobles for their cruelty.
* BigBrotherBully: They tied Treavor to his crib as a kid and let loose a bunch of vipers in with him, among other hinted cruelties. He also apparently barely survived a hunting trip with the twins just before the events of the game.
* CainAndAbel: See above. Treavor himself also ends up plotting to kill them, although he's less pleased about it.
* ConjoinedTwins: They were born connected at the hand.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Implied to have contributed to making Parliament one of these.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Unlike Morgan, Custis tries his hardest to fight Corvo off before he is stabbed through the neck.
* DepravedBisexual: If a guard is possessed, Morgan will say the following:
-->'''Morgan''': Well, hello. Another pretty face for the party?
* EnfantTerrible: They were ''nine'' when the above viper incident happened.
* NeckLift: Part of Custis' death animation.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[CaptainObvious If you choose not to kill them]].
* HiddenDepths: Custis, at least, is not simply a brute. The Heart says that he has "one of the keenest minds for business in all of Gristol". It also asserts that he is considered [[TheSmartGuy the smartest]] of the Pendleton brothers... but also the cruelest.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: [[spoiler:One of the possible resolutions to their quest is to have them kidnapped, disfigured, and sent to be worked to death in their own mines]].
* {{Jerkass}}: It's said by many different people, including the Heart, that they're incredibly cruel.
* KickTheDog: It's stated they confiscated the property of numerous people who didn't have the plague, then tossed them in plague-ridden areas.
* MadeASlave: [[spoiler: If you deal with them in a non-lethal manner both of them are reduced to slaves working in their own mines.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Another way of eliminating one of them, by filling up the steam room beyond its normal limits.
* OhCrap: Morgan's last words in close combat are "Help me!"
* SlashedThroat: If Morgan is faced in close combat, he goes out this way.
* {{Twincest}}: Implied by the Heart when used on Custis; it says that his attachment to his brother is "not wholesome".
* TwinSwitch: The Madame assumes the brother taking the soundproof ivory room is the depraved one, and the one taking the smoking room is looking more for actual companionship than simple sex. She has it reversed: one is taking the ivory room so he can talk freely about politics with his companion, and the other took the smoking room so he could smoke during the act.


[[folder:Anton Sokolov]]
!Anton Sokolov
[[caption-width-right:210:''The city owes much to this great mind. Let him drink and find company where he can.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Roger L. Jackson

Roseburrow's former partner and one of the main people responsible for the industrial revolution that swept over Dunwall. Currently the head of the Academy of Natural Philosophy and Piero's rival. Also an artist, drunkard, whoremonger and [[IJustWantToBeSpecial wannabe mystic]]. Like Corvo, he is a foreigner; in this case, from the remote and frozen Tyvia.
* AffablyEvil: He's more ''amoral'' than evil, but he still does some horrific things in the course of his experiments. All the same, he's pretty friendly and talkative with Corvo once he's been bribed with wine [[spoiler:and when Corvo shows up to save him and Piero from Havelock's guards]].
* TheAtoner: In Dishonored 2, he is haunted by how his inventions were used and the human experimentation he did during the rat plague and seeks to atone. Regrets over their pasts is mentioned by the Heart as what unites him and Meagan.
* BeardOfEvil: Though not ''nearly'' as evil as the other targets.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Inverted in the sequel. If anything, being tortured by Jindosh made him more ''good'', as it reminded him of the many people he experimented on in the past and further compounded his regret.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: [[spoiler: He's the only target that Corvo must capture rather than kill, since he's the only guy capable of finding a cure to the plague. ]]
* CoolOldGuy: Emily seems to regard him as this in the sequel, seeing Sokolov as a CoolTeacher who taught her many interesting things, invented many great machines, and had a lot of funny (and crass) stories to tell.
* DeadpanSnarker: If you take the bottle of Brandy by Campbell while Sokolov is painting his portrait, he will complain that he needs it to "draw the eye away from Campbell". He'll also snark about being asked to paint the fairly ugly Campbell.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He's rather cordial to Corvo after being captured, and by ''Dishonored 2'', Corvo regards Sokolov with some measure of fondness. Sokolov returns the feelings.
* DefiantCaptive: By the time he's found in the second game, he's been captured by the Crown Killer and tortured by Kirin Jindosh, to no avail. The torture has taken its toll on the old man, but he remains flippiant in Jindosh's face, taunting that if Jindosh's electro-torture lobotomy device reduces him to a drooling idiot, he'd welcome being freed from having to endure Jindosh's rantings.
* DirtyOldMan: He makes a few comments that hint at this, and the Heart mentions that he often beds maidservants. Its precise words are that he has "the manners of a Tyvian swineherd." You can also overhear a maid saying she's heard that he "spends more time with prostitutes than he does in the laboratory".
* ExactWords: He makes use of this with one of his test subjects. She asks when she'll be allowed to leave. He promises her that the guards will take her out of her cell in the morning; around noon at the latest. What he fails to tell her is that she won't be ''alive'' by the time they remove her from the cell.
* EvilGenius: To the Lord Regent. Somewhat averted as while he created many of the tools used to enslave the populace, he's also devoting the majority of his efforts to curing the Rat Plague.
* FoodAsBribe: An alternative to feeding him to the rats, he has a favorite alcoholic drink [[spoiler: that can be bought to convince him to do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: He's eventually captured by Corvo and "convinced" to side with the Loyalists, though it helps that he has no real fondness for the Lord Regent.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: He's obsessed with contacting the Outsider through finding the right sequence of symbols and stars. The Outsider is well aware of his efforts, and doesn't bother to reward them because he believes Sokolov isn't interesting enough. He seems to find Sokolov's conviction that he can be summoned that way both a little amusing and slightly insulting.
** Inverted in the sequel, the heart points out that Sokolov, now haunted by regrets on some of the experiments he did, and the way some of his inventions have been used, is content to fade from the limelight and be forgotten.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Has one with Meagan Foster.
* LackOfEmpathy: It seems to be a learned trait, rather than a fundamental part of his personality. He is completely dispassionate about the below-mentioned test subject, and actually ''hopes'' that her skin will slough off so that the experiment's results match up with his expectations. When the plague has subsided and Sokolov has some time to look back on what he did, he is utterly horrified at the extremes he went to.
* MadScientist: He doesn't have much use for ethics and even keeps a woman imprisoned in his laboratory to use as a test subject to observe the progression of the plague. She's number "312" even to her face, she was originally healthy, and she is evidently not the first.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In the second game, using the Heart on him reveals that he is haunted by the horrific experiments he performed to end the rat plague.
* NecessarilyEvil[=/=]IDidWhatIHadToDo: Despite his experiments on live humans mentioned above, it's important to remember that he didn't do that to be cruel (some notes and logs by him indicate that he really isn't a fan of unnecessary cruelty, actually), but because observing the progression of the plague and how the various versions of his serum affect it is the most direct route to developing a cure for the rat plague. It's not that he isn't cognizant of the suffering he's causing, it's that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to cure this plague...[[spoiler:which he eventually does by joining forces with Piero.]]
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: A skilled painter of portraits who is also an inventor of deadly weapons and respected scientist, Sokolov is {{Steampunk}} Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, albeit without Leonardo's famous good looks.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: As well as being an inventor who helped jump-started the industrial revolution, Sokolov is also the Royal Physician attempting to cure the plague.
* ReallyGetsAround: In the second game we learn he became well known in high society for having trysts with promising artists or scientists.
* RenaissanceMan: As well as being a scientist, inventor and doctor working on creating a cure for the plague (which is used in-game as a health potion), Sokolov is also a renowned painter and sculptor.
* TheRival: To Piero. [[spoiler:When they actually meet, however, they become quick friends and work together to fight the plague]].
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Not he himself, but the titles of his many paintings exhibit names such as ''"The Torturer's Quaternionic Groan"''.
* ShoutOut: To Nikolai Sokolov, the scientist who goes missing in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''.
* TokenEvilTeammate: He's forcefully recruited to the heroes' side, but remains as amoral as ever. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he doesn't betray Corvo like Havelock, Martin, and Pendelton do, providing support instead and remains loyal to the empire.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: He's considerably nicer and more retrospective in ''Dishonored 2''.
* VetinariJobSecurity[=/=]SparingTheAces: Part of why people keep him around despite his flaws is that he ''is'' a genius and one of the few people making any headway on a cure for the plague. [[spoiler: Which is also why ''you'' need him around. You can't really afford to lose a mind like this.]]


[[folder:Lady Boyle]]
[[caption-width-right:192:''The other families dare not make a move without first approval from the three Ladies Boyle.'']]
!Lady Boyle
->'''Voiced by:''' Anna Graves

A corrupt aristocrat who is also the Lord Regent's lover. She is funding the military. One of three sisters -- either Waverly, Esma, or Lydia Boyle.

!!!In General
* AndThatWouldBeWrong: "Things have become so much ''better'' for us since the rats came. [[BlatantLies ...Not that I'm in favour of it, morally]]."
* AristocratsAreEvil: All of them are, to various extents. The only real difference between them is if they are a shade of [[BlackAndGreyMorality grey or black]].
* TheAtoner: One of the possible conversations with The Outsider (i.e. if you visit his Shrine [[spoiler:after neutralizing Lady Boyle non-lethally]]) has him note that perhaps Lady Boyle [[spoiler:if spared would spend her remaining days regretting living it large while people were dying of diseases]].
* DarkMistress: To Hiram Burrows, though they aren't seen together.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Should Corvo desire to spare her, he [[spoiler:gives her to her stalker for the rest of her life.]].
** Becomes a KarmaHoudini due to ''Literature/DishonoredTheCorrodedMan'' stating [[spoiler: she seduced her captor, married him, and then killed him. She's now rich again and living on an island away from Emily and Corvo.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Her close combat death animation.
* LastNameBasis: Corvo is told that Lady Boyle is one of three sisters in a party, but not which one is his target. He'll have to figure that out himself. Since she's the main financier of the Regent's high-tech new army, her identity is a closely-guarded secret. Even Sokolov had to paint her [[ from behind]].
* RichBitch: Is apparently rich enough to pay for ''the Lord Regent's entire PoliceState apparatus'' once Parliament stops passing the budgets he wants.
* SchrodingersGun: Burrows is always having an affair with a Boyle sister and she is always funding the military, but ''which'' Boyle sister changes every runthrough. See LastNameBasis.
* SexSlave: [[spoiler:Possibly, but unconfirmed. And even then, ''The Corroded Man'' reveals her stalker didn't last long.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: She has one of these. [[spoiler:If you're going for a PacifistRun, or just don't want to kill her, you can hand her over to him and he promises you that [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty she'll never be seen or heard from again]]]].
* WidowWoman: One of the sisters was married to the late Lord Boyle. Why the other two sisters are also Boyles is a mystery but it sugests he took her name.


One of the three Boyle sisters who rules the Dunwall nobility with their financial and social power. She is driven mad by her sister's kidnapping and spends the rest of her life at an asylum [[spoiler: except for her last night, which is spent being used as a human sacrifice for Zhukov's black magic.]]

* BadBoss: Combined with SerialKiller below.
* HiddenDepths: She's one of the finest musicians in Dunwall. She plays the harpsichord. In addition... [[SerialKiller well...]]
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Is used as one by Zhukov after he breaks her out of the asylum she's held at.]]
* HopeSpot: Zhukov cures her madness with his Outsider powers [[spoiler: so he can steal from her then kill her.]]
* InformedFlaw: The Heart says that Lydia is not a great beauty, and has had to cultivate other skills to survive in the world of a {{Deadly Decadent Court}}. However, when she is the target, her image is the same as the one used for her sisters -- which is quite lovely.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: After Waverly's kidnapping, Lydia goes insane and is imprisoned in an entire wing of the Boyle mansion by Sokolov and Esma.
* SerialKiller: Heavily implied to be one, as the Heart says her servants have a HighTurnoverRate and a tendency to never be seen again.


The eldest of the Boyle sisters. She is canonically "the" Lady Boyle targeted by Corvo.

* AlphaBitch: The Heart notes that one of her favorite "games" is to befriend a young socialite, then see the girl ruined within a year.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: All of them, but especially Waverly, because she hides behind a [[JustForPun mask]] of affability.
* CanonEnding: Since she's treated like the "leader" of the family and has more in common with Burrows than either of the other sisters, she's been confirmed as the canon mistress by supplemental material.
* ChekhovsGunman: Her first name is dropped before the other sisters' and long before the mission involving her, as part of Treavor Pendleton's autobiography.
* DamselOutOfDistress: So she's canonically the one kidnapped by Brisby, and unable to return to Dunwall due to her crimes against Empress Jessamine. She proceeds to do away with Brisby and take his fortune for herself.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Given that Brisby is a stalker who kidnapped Waverly, it's hard to blame her for killing him.
* TheMentallyIll: Waverly is implied to have bipolar disorder by the Heart, as it mentions that she has both manic and depressive periods.
-->'''The Heart:''' She suffers from reckless frivolity, followed by long bouts of melancholy.
* ProperlyParanoid: Played with. Waverly is terrified that someone is after her. It's played straight if she happens to be Corvo's target but subverted if she's not; someone ''is'' after a Lady Boyle, but it's not her.
* ReallyGetsAround: Though less obviously than her sister, Esma. The Heart says that while Waverly acts like she's too good for her suitors, the servant boys are ''very'' familiar with her.
* {{Yandere}}: She was once "stirred so deeply" by a servant from Morley that she had him killed the next day.


She eventually inherits the family fortune and position after her sisters' fall from grace.
* AntiVillain: She's a bit RichBitch but is only the mistress of the Lord Regent to keep her family name safe and doesn't seem interested in scheming, and unlike her sisters is not implied to murder and destroy people for the fun of it. This may be why most of the fan base seems to prefer going after one of the [[BlackAndGreyMorality more clearly evil sisters]] instead.
* DarkMistress: Subverted, at least in her case. Esma admits to Corvo on the way to the bedroom that she's only sleeping with the Lord Regent to keep her family name safe, and she'd free herself from him if she could. [[spoiler: [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor And Corvo will grant her wish]], [[StalkerWithACrush one way]] or [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice another]].]]
* DrowningMySorrows: It's mentioned that Esma drinks to forget herself.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: If she's the mistress, in contrast to [[{{Yandere}} her sisters]]. She's a bit inconsiderate towards the poor and she's helping the Lord Regent but mainly because she just seems to want to save her family name, and she dislikes the situation.
* LadyDrunk: Her sister Waverly even notes that if Esma didn't have a drink in her hand, she'd probably fall over.
* MissingMom: According to the Heart, though there is no mention of it otherwise and nothing in the level will give you any indication that [[spoiler: Esma is a mother]]. [[spoiler:Her daughter will end up being a victim of this trope if Esma is Corvo's target, if this hasn't already happened through abandonment.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Esma's diary states that, at the party, she will bed the first man who asks for her, as well as the one after that. Yes, her diary says this even if she's the one who is the Lord Regent's mistress.
* TokenGoodTeammate: More like "token neutral teammate", but she's this in comparison to her more outright psychotic sisters.


[[folder:Royal Interrogator Morris Sullivan]]
!Morris Sullivan, the Royal Interrogator
->'''Voiced by:''' None

A mute torturer for the Lord Regent who worships the Outsider and has some supernatural abilities, he is a secondary target for Corvo when entering Dunwall Tower.
* AllThereInTheManual: His name and background can only be discovered if the players uses the Heart on him.
* AxCrazy: Well, he ''is'' a torturer. On top of that, when you find him, he's brutally beating a horrifically-mutilated and rotting corpse that's hanging from the ceiling. The man is seriously unhinged, and perhaps doesn't even know he is doing anything wrong due to his underdeveloped brain.
* BadassNormal: It's strongly hinted that his resistance to Corvo's powers comes from the use of Void relics rather than being directly empowered by the Outsider like Corvo or Daud.
* BaldOfEvil: One of his most obvious features aside from his cruelty is his baldness.
* BossInMooksClothing: He has a huge amount of health, deals enormous damage and resists Bend Time and sleep darts. Otherwise, he's presented an optional secondary target.
* TheBrute: He may be dumb and mute but he is certainly brutal, even when he has no reason to be as that corpse mentioned above can attest.
* ContractualBossImmunity: He's resistant to Bend Time and Windblast, and his sizable health pool also means he can take a few hits from other attacks (like rat swarm, springrazor mines, or incendiary bolts) that pretty much one-hit-kill anything else in the game.
* DumbMuscle: His brain is underdeveloped due to being inbred. The Heart actually says that as he grew bigger, his brain got smaller.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied. A Bottle Street Gang account lists "Nelly & Morris Sullivan" among the people buying elixir from them.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Is hinted to have one with Granny Rags, who is the person who taught him how to harness the powers of the Void.
* KissingCousins: His noble family married cousins for generations, which is likely why he's mute and insane.
* MoralityPet: A literal example in his wolfhound.
* OptionalBoss: Confronting him is entirely optional, and doesn't really benefit you in any way other than ticking off a mark on your optional mission checklist.
* TheSpeechless: He is genuinely mute, which is why you can't find anything about him ''from'' him directly.
* TortureTechnician: He's in charge of torturing prisoners, and is the man who tortured Corvo during the six months that Corvo was in prison.
* {{Troll}}: He's apparently made a habit of sneaking into the Dunwall Tower barracks at night in order to stare at some of the guards as they sleep. It's also mentioned that he's been stealing thing from the guards so that he can replace what he's stolen with things like handkerchiefs full of teeth or painted rat heads.


!!The Whalers

[[caption-width-right:350:''In the schoolyard, the other children would marvel at his quick hands. One day, a man came for young Daud, and led him away.'']]
->''"I'd killed nobles before. Why should an Empress be different? For six months, the city writhed and changed. For six months - I tried to forget what I'd done to the Empress and her little girl. Whatever doom was coming; ''I'' deserved it. [[LastDance But not yet]]."''
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelMadsen

A fearsome underground figure in Dunwall, Daud is the leader of an assassin group called the Whalers (because of their use of discarded gear from a whaler factory) based in the Flooded District. These are the people who killed the Empress. He is the main character of the two story {{DLC}}s for the game, ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' as well as the ''Death of the Outsider'' expansion for 2. Like Corvo, he is from Serkonos.
* AntiHero: In Knife Of Dunwall. He's a villain in the main campaign, but no ''more'' villainous than Dunwall's many despicable citizens (and certainly no more villainous than Corvo can potentially be when they finally cross paths). When he's the central character, the player can decide his actions, which range from ruthless and unpleasant, but purely mercenary, to outright vicious sadism. [[spoiler:Ultimately however, his actions end up saving Emily from possession]].
* AntiVillain: What he is in the vanilla game. [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I,]] as he's not necessarily a great guy, but of all the villains [[spoiler: and some of the heroes, as it turns out, especially if Corvo has been [[SociopathicHero running around murdering everyone,]]]] he is one of the more sympathetic.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Of a sort. While he's not strictly ''immune'' to poisons, one of the benefits of his powers is a very strong ''resistance'' to toxins of all kinds. Accordingly, if Corvo shoots him with a sleep dart [[OnceIsNotEnough or ten]] -- even if it's with the upgraded combat sleep dart, which [[InstantSedation drops almost every other living thing in the game instantly no matter what]] -- Daud won't even be slowed down by the toxin, much less be dropped by it.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Corvo is this to Daud. No matter how great an Assassin Daud is, he's fated to lose his duel with Corvo should it happen, and the only way said duel can be averted is if Corvo is the one who decides to avoid it by sending Daud a more personal message (pickpocketing him). This goes double in a low chaos playthrough: Corvo does great things to make the world better with his powers, while the best Daud can hope to do is mitigate some of the evil he's brought about and earn a measure of redemption by saving someone he wronged.
* ArmCannon: In the DLC, Daud carries a wrist-mounted variation of the crossbow. It can also function as a BladeBelowTheShoulder similar to the Hidden Blade of the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series by extending the bolt to pierce through necks.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion[=/=]BreakingLecture: Daud gets in a mix of these two tropes during his fight with Corvo.
-->'''Daud:''' Why are you fighting? [[spoiler:[[TreacheryCoverUp For the men who poisoned you]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and left you to die]]]]? For your dead Empress? [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred Go on, strike as if you mean it]]! You know I killed her! [[YouFool Fool]]! [[NotSoDifferent We're of the same breed, you and I]]. [[ProfessionalKiller We both kill for others]]. You think I'm your enemy? [[VillainsNeverLie I've never lied to you]].
* {{Asexual}}: According to his biographical book, named after his title, found in ''2'', sex has never interested him.
* BadassBoast: When alerted to Corvo's presence.
-->'''Daud:''' I know your footsteps, Corvo. Do you really think you can hide from a hunter of men?
* BadassGrandpa: By the time of "Death of the Outsider", his hair has gone completely white and he's clearly past his prime. He's still dangerous enough that the Eyeless need to imprison him in a power-dampening chamber and he quickly massacres them once he gets out. [[spoiler:His age and injuries eventually catch up to him and he quietly passes away.]]
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: The main reason he became an assassin after getting his powers was because he had little else to do with them.
* TheBusCameBack: He returns in the "Death of the Outsider" expansion of 2.
* ClimaxBoss: It is very difficult to avert a battle with him, and in Low Chaos he actually stops time so he and Corvo can fight one-on-one, without interruptions.
* CradlingYourKill: If Daud decides to kill [[spoiler: Billie Lurk]] in Low Chaos, he holds her hand and her body gently.
* CruelMercy: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] His non-lethal takedown is the only one in the game that doesn't put him in a FateWorseThanDeath.
* CombatPragmatist: If Corvo chooses to fight him in High Chaos, Daud will call on his assassins to help him, and dispenses with any notion of honour; after all, Corvo clearly has none.
* ContractualBossImmunity: Is resistant to many of Corvo's gadgets and powers. He'll outright mock you if you try to possess him or timestop him, and Windblast only staggers him slightly instead of blowing him across the room. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the case of his immunity to sleep darts; in a memo to one of his assassins, Daud explicitly states that one of his abilities is a resistance to toxins of all kinds.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Daud expresses regret about killing the Empress, and after witnessing Corvo in action he begins to question the way in which he's chosen to use the Outsider's powers and whether his life has really made a difference to the fate of the world in any meaningful way. After you defeat him in a duel, he expresses no real objection to Corvo simply striking him down, although he's also willing to retire and go into self-exile instead]]. After The Brightmore Witches, it becomes even more so: While the Outsider occassionally talks with him in his dreams, now all he gets are [[spoiler: nightmares of Corvo coming to kill him, followed with the Outsider constantly mocking Daud, especially in Low Chaos where he constantly questions if Daud believes that avoiding death would save him]]. Actually finally being confronted with the actual thing must be a great relief, one way or another.
* DespairSpeech: [[spoiler:When Corvo defeats him in Low Chaos, he gives one of these, saying that "something broke" inside of him when he killed the Empress and kidnapped her daughter, and he began to question what he's truly accomplished with his life and whether anything he's done has truly been worth anything -- and finally realized that he's had enough killing. The High Chaos speech is somewhat similar, but he tires of fighting and accepts death with dignity, should you give it]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: Corvo throws him off a ledge after slashing his throat.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Implied in the Death of the Outsider trailer, where Daud set out with Billie Lurks to kill the Outsider, in spite of him being firmly on the side of Emily and Corvo]]
** HeelFaceTurn: After being empowered by the Outsider, Daud spent his entire life killing on contract for money. After killing the Empress he realizes that all he's even done with his gifts is make the world a worse place. [[spoiler: He finds a small measure of redemption by defeating Delilah, and ultimately decides to seek redemption for his life by using his last days on earth to find a way to kill the Outsider, holding him responsible for all the evil committed by those who have received his Mark. It's ambiguous how correct Daud's reasoning is; while the Outsider had absolutely nothing to do with Lord Burrows' coup, it ''is'' fairly reasonable to hold him responsible for Delilah and others like her over the centuries.]]
* TheDreaded: When eavesdropping on conversations about Daud, he is referred to with both fear and reverence. According to one such conversation, some people are too afraid to so much as [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed say his name]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Daud is dreaming of his upcoming confrontation with Corvo. It is possible in the dream for Daud to defeat Corvo - something even Daud knows is unlikely to happen in reality.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:He dies offscreen in ''Death of the Outsider'', succumbing to old age and injuries.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Is very fond of his mother, citing her advise against the witches. When he died and lingered in the Void, he could be seen calling out for her, lamenting that he could not remember her face, only bits and pieces of her memories.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: His personal audio log has him talking about how much he hates Burrows despite the fact that he is also a regular client of his and would love nothing more than to slit his throat himself. [[spoiler:He also expresses deep regret for killing the Empress for all the damage that it has wrought on Dunwall]].
* EvilCounterpart: To Corvo. Both are supernatural-empowered assassins gifted by the Outsider, but Daud has been doing it a lot longer, but with no real focus or purpose other than assassination for its own sake, and both are the only playable characters of the first game. Also, both of them are Serkonan. Daud even notes in his journal the similarities between him and Corvo. Their Outsider-bestowed powers are also extremely similar; the Outsider's Mark grants powers which usually vary quite noticeably from one individual to another.
* EvilVersusEvil: Potentially against Delilah.
* {{Expy}}[=/=]ActorAllusion: He's an incredibly skilled sword-wielding ProfessionalKiller who [[spoiler:has begun to experience regret over what he's done]] and is a DeathSeeker, but [[spoiler:isn't willing to go down without a fight]]. He's also voiced by Creator/MichaelMadsen. [[Film/KillBill Sound familiar]]?
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He accepts either death or being spared once he is bested in combat. If Corvo grabs him to deliver the killing blow, he won't even try to fight back.
* AFatherToHisMen: He is shown to greatly care for his Assassins. He believes that whatever doom is coming for ''him'' should not be suffered by them as well.
* TheGhost: In Dishonored 2, he's confirmed to still be alive and is mentioned by several characters, but he never exerts influence on the story and is never seen. [[spoiler:Except in the credits sequence of a Low Chaos ending.]]
* GoodCounterpart: In a High Chaos run he is this instead, being strictly professional [[spoiler:and starting to experience remorse and second-guesses over his chosen path]] when you meet him, in contrast to how the player would've already choked the streets in innocent victims by this stage.
* GracefulLoser: In both High Chaos and Low Chaos, Daud is quite composed after being defeated.
* GutturalGrowler: Regardless of your chaos level his voice will always be deep and raspy which does help his intimidating presence.
* TheHeavy: While Hiram Burrows may have mastermind the assassination of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, but his plan, and his oppressive rule that plagued game would have never come to fruition without Daud,[[spoiler: a fact Daud knows very well and has given him so much angst.]]
* HeelRealization: In a Low Chaos run [[spoiler:he regrets having killed the Empress for all it caused. And watching Corvo's actions makes him question the path he took and how he's wasted the Outsider's gift]]. He questions the need to kill the Empress in a High Chaos run, but it's not as obvious. Given that you've most likely slaughtered all of his guards, he has more things to worry about than a job.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' chronicle his actions between his assassination of the Empress and Corvo's arrival in the Flooded District.
* HiddenDepths: So sayeth the Heart.
-->'''The Heart:''' His hands do violence. But there is a different dream in his heart.
* HitmanWithAHeart: He murders people for money, but it's nothing personal and all about the money for him, which makes him a much more sympathetic villain than all the power hungry, amoral, over-privileged psychos Corvo normally has to deal with. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that Daud actually comes to deeply regret murdering the empress for all the pain and suffering it has caused to the city of Dunwall and all the people in it [[NiceJobBreakingItHero (Nice Job Breaking It Anti-Villain,)]] at which point you realize he has become a more sympathetic character than [[SociopathicHero Corvo on a high chaos run.]] The Brigmore Witches also reveals that Daud saved the empire by preventing Delilah from possessing Emily.]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: [[spoiler:Dealing with Daud without actually fighting him involves pickpocketing him to prove to him that you can kill him anytime you want.]]
* ItsPersonal: Because he killed the Empress himself.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: In "Death of the Outsider", age has caught up to him to the point that he's coughing and can barely stand. [[spoiler:He ends up dying offscreen while Billie is off stealing the Twin-bladed Knife]].
* InkSuitActor: Looks very much like a younger Michael Madsen.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Daud has been wearing them for a long, long time, so even when a thought crosses his mind that his crimes might be catching up with him, he quickly dismisses it.
-->''"I'd say I'm being punished, but I know that the world doesn't punish wicked people. We make our choices, and take what comes.... and the rest is Void."''
* LeaveHimToMe: While Daud invokes this trope word-for-word in Low Chaos, it's actually a subversion, as Daud is acting out of respect for Corvo as a WorthyOpponent rather than personal antipathy.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: If Corvo has a low Chaos rating, Daud will order his men to leave so he and Corvo can fight one-on-one. He's even good enough to dismiss the assassins that show up to avenge him after Corvo severely wounds him. All bets are off on a High Chaos run, though, as Daud knows Corvo is a complete psycho and isn't taking any chances with him.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: No matter how villainous you play him in the [=DLCs=], [[spoiler:Delilah]] is much worse.
* MemeticBadass: Like Corvo, he is this in-universe among the general populace. He is spoken of in hushed tone as a mystical dealer of death. Which, to be absolutely fair, is exactly what he is.
* MirrorBoss: He shares several of Corvo's powers.
* MoralityPet: A whole gang of them. He regularly takes in street urchins, refugees, and people with otherwise no place to go, and trains them in his craft. As a result, they are all fiercely loyal and devoted to him. In one note he even explains that he doesn't abandon anyone that wants to stay, even if they can't handle his gift, as long as they train in something else then. During the DLC, Daud is also very quick to explain that he is aware that doom is coming his way, but he doesn't accept his people getting hurt because of it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Even for a seasoned killer like Daud, regicide seems to be taking things too far. The DLC in particular expose his gradual realization that the death of Empress Jessamine at his hands was what ultimately pushed Dunwall and the Empire over the edge, but even in the main game, he obviously regrets taking on that one job, such as in his last message to Hiram Burrows (recorded just as Corvo approaches his office):
-->''"Good riddance to you, sir. So many schemes you had and so many contracts. How many people did I kill for you? None like the last. None like her. I'd give back all the coin if I could. No one should have to kill an Empress."''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Canonically, he had Delilah imprisoned in a painting. If he just killed her instead, then she wouldn't have escaped, and the events of ''Dishonored 2'' would never have happened.]]
* NoSell: [[SchmuckBait Go ahead. Try to Possess him]]. Bend/Stop Time doesn't work on him, either. Sleep darts won't drop him, and even Windblast II only staggers him.
* NothingPersonal: For Corvo, it's personal. Subverted for Daud, it was just a job [[spoiler:until he begins to feel guilt and regret for killing the Empress and the effects her death had on the city]]. Even so, he had no reason for killing her beyond the fact that [[ProfessionalKiller he was hired to do so]], so projects an attitude like this to Corvo. However in the DLC, it is shown he's having dreams of his confrontation with Corvo, and The Outsider himself warns him that a reckoning he can't escape for his actions is coming (in the form of Corvo).
* OvertOperative: For a covert assassin, Daud certainly has an amazing amount of public exposure. Even before the assassination of Jessamine Kaldwin, he was known by name as the leader of the Whalers and his face was known well enough for Sokolov to paint an accurate likeness in his portrait of the man (though that’s barring the unlikely possibility that Daud actually modeled for it). By Dishonored 2 a biography has been written about him with enough detail to get into his sexuality and that the world gives no reason to believe is speculative.
* PowerTattoo: He has the Outsider's mark.
* ProfessionalKiller: Since his Outsider given talents were well suited to it and his being an assassin is why he killed the Empress in the first place.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: In DLC notes, Daud has been known to ''curse'' the Outsider both privately and ''to his face''. The Outsider doesn't seem to take him seriously, in as much as the Outsider takes anything seriously. The "Death of the Outsider" DLC has him and Billie teaming up to finally take the Outsider down for good.
* RedBaron: The Knife of Dunwall.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:If Corvo spares him. Daud is the only target whose non-lethal fate is actually merciful. The Low Chaos ending of The Brigmore Witches also has Corvo sparing Daud]]
* SlashedThroat: His close combat death animation.
* SpannerInTheWorks: To Delilah. The only reason he got involved, and ultimately foiled her plans, is because the Outsider gave him her name. So he spent months having his Whalers look for this "Delilah", which led to her noticing and making contact with [[spoiler:Billie]] and ultimately leading to Daud foiling Delilah's plans. Even better, when Daud kidnapped Emilie, Delilah thought he was on to her. He didn't even know she existed then though.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: During their fight, he challenges Corvo to kill him.
* SummonBiggerFish: As a playable character, he can summon one of his Assassins to his side to deal with enemies.
* SuperpowerLottery: Thanks to being empowered by the Outsider, Daud has a variety of powers at his disposal.
** AuraVision: Daud's "Void Gaze" power works like this.
** FlashStep: Due to possessing the "Blink" power, Daud can do this.
** HealingFactor: Daud has this due to his "Vitality" power.
** MindOverMatter: Daud's "Pull" power grants him telekinesis.
** SummonMagic: Can summon Assassins with the "Summon Assassin" power.
** SuperEmpowering: One of the powers he's granted by the Outsider is the ability to give lesser versions of his powers to those loyal to him. In ''Knife of Dunwall'' Daud muses that his "Arcane Bond" seems to make the reliability and strength of their powers ''directly proportional'' to their loyalty to him.
** TimeStandsStill: The "Bend Time" power gives Daud the ability to do this. His variation of Blink also stops time around him as long as he's standing still, unlike Corvo's.
** YouWillNotEvadeMe: "Pull", which when upgraded allows him to levitate opponents toward him.
* TheTeetotaler: According to his biographical book mentioned above, he does not drink as a general rule.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: A rare villainous example, assuming Corvo has Low Chaos. He refuses help from his assassins (who are more than willing to give it) and orders them away when they try to come to his aid.
* TouchedByVorlons: Like Corvo, Daud was empowered by the Outsider and has a number of the same powers.
* VikingFuneral:
** In the High Chaos ending of ''The Brigmore Witches'', [[spoiler:Daud's body is given a pyre, with Billie watching if she's alive.]]
** In the ''Death of the Outsider'' DLC, [[spoiler:Billie has him go down with the Dreadful Wale once he finally passes away.]]
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:He's started to slip into one by the time Corvo comes across him, expressing regret for the murder of the Empress and wondering if he chose the right path in his life]]. His card in the ''Dishonored'' tarot deck is titled "Regret".
* VillainEpisode: He's the protagonist of ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' DLC.
* VillainsWantMercy: A mild case. [[spoiler:If Corvo confronts him after defeating him, Daud will calmly tell Corvo that he would like to be spared. That being said, Daud clearly has no real objection to Corvo killing him, and sounds almost awed if Corvo grants his request]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Daud opposed Delilah's plot and [[spoiler:saved Emily]] with no expectation of being celebrated for his achievements or being spared by Corvo. He could have very well ignored Delilah since her plot didn't even directly affect him.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** The first time you see him, he's [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbing the Empress through the chest]] with zero hesitation whatsoever. [[spoiler:While he expresses regret later, it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman]].
** In ''The Knife of Dunwall'', he has no problems with torturing Abigail Ames for information.
** And in ''The Brigmore Witches'', he's a-okay with stabbing female gang members, the witches, and Delilah herself should the player will it. In short, he takes all his opponents seriously, whatever their gender.
* YouFightLikeACow: If you let the fight drag on, he begins taunting Corvo.
-->'''Daud:''' Fight harder! You're not fighting [[RichBitch Lady Boyle]] now!
* YouCantFightFate: Knew that he would eventually face judgment for his crimes at the hands of Corvo due to prophetic dreams.


[[folder:Billie Lurk]]
!Billie Lurk
[[caption-width-right:350:''Things would have been different for her, if her young friend had survived the attack all those years ago.'']]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Kristy Wu (''Dishonored''), [[spoiler: Creator/RosarioDawson]] (''Dishonored 2'')

Daud's number two, the most skilled of his Assassins. He holds her in regard that few of his other agents have earned, having her scout locations, gather information on targets, and offer advice.

She is the protagonist of "Death of the Outsider".
* AbusiveParents: Her mother only ever considered her "another mouth to feed" and often beat her; after her mother went blind from alcohol abuse, Lurk left home (but not without a bit of taunting).
* ActionGirl: She starts off as a DarkActionGirl give her history as a Whaler but she becomes more [[GreyAndGreyMorality morally gray]] over time until she's more of an AntiHero. Nevertheless, she's always been good with a blade.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:At the end of the second game, its mentioned she will go and search for Daud. The heart mentions that she has a great destiny waiting for her outside of Dunwall and Karnaca]]. This is explored in the sequel, ''VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider''.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:In Dishonored 2, as "Meagan" Her right arm has been cut off at the elbow and her eye was scarred when she broke into Aramis Stilton's home looking for him after he vanished. The home was heavily guarded at the time and she suffered those wounds escaping them. If the protagonist of ''Dishonored 2'' alters history and saves Stilton during "A Crack In the Slab" when they return to the present both her injuries are gone, as she never needed to break into Stilton's home that fateful night.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: In the "Death of the Outsider" expansion, she now has an arm made of the void.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: In ''Dishonored 2'', while she still operates somewhat outside the law, she's distanced herself from her past as a paid assassin, and under the guise of Meagan Foster spends the game helping Emily or Corvo, the daughter or lover of the woman she helped murder.]]
* BadassGay: She's Daud's best assassin and right-hand woman. She's also bisexual, as mentioned below.
* BiTheWay: In ''Dishonored 2'' her audio diary mentions that she's been with her fair share of women, and even a few men.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Since parting ways with Daud, Billie lost her Outsider powers. And by the time the sequel begins, she's no longer in any shape to fight due to losing her arm.]]
* TheBusCameBack: In ''Dishonored 2'', [[spoiler:she turns out to be still working undercover, as "Meagan Foster", helping Anton Sokolov]].
* CradlingYourKill: [[spoiler:She does this to the Outsider, should she decide to kill him.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: She's very fond of sarcasm.
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:She doesn't change any part of her appearance, but her boss battle in High Chaos uses Delilah's powers rather than Daud's, right down to the flower petal effects when she uses Blink. Though presumably, if she had won, Delilah would've modified her uniform into a GardenGarment like the rest of her witches.]]
* EyeScream: Not on herself, but when she was young her friend/lover Deidre was offhandedly killed by a nobleman who struck her. Lurk's response was to break off part of a wooden ornament and jam it in the nobleman's eye, killing him. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a Duke's son.
** [[spoiler:She lost her right eye before meeting the protagonist in ''Dishonored 2''. Like her arm, the player can ensure she never lost it during "A Crack in the Slab".]]
* TheFaceless: Like the rest of Daud's minions, she always wears a mask. [[spoiler:She takes it off during the ending of ''The Knife of Dunwall''.]]
* FinalBoss: In High Chaos, [[spoiler:she is the final opponent Daud faces in ''The Knife of Dunwall''.]]
* GhostMemory: In "Death of the Outsider", [[spoiler:while she now has her eye and arm intact thanks to Emily tampering with the past, this leaves her with nightmares where she lost them.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:If Daud chooses to kill her in Low Chaos, she'll smile a little ruefully and guide his hand in making the strike.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: [[spoiler:With Sokolov in the second game. Her greatest concern in the early parts is his safety, and the Heart mentions that she sees him as her closest companion, and possibly a father figure.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[spoiler:She was reasonably attractive in ''The Knife of Dunwall'', but the years between the first and second game have given her some very disfiguring scars. If you change the past though, you can undo them.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler:In Low Chaos, she admits her treachery after her attempt on Daud's life goes horribly wrong and accepts her execution or exile. Averted in High Chaos, where Delilah exposes her and Lurk chooses to fight Daud one-on-one.]]
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: She is the last person whom the Outsider chooses and grants powers to, but unlike all who have come before her, he doesn't do it imprinting her with his mark, instead giving her Void artifacts that replace her arm and eye.
* TheLancer: To Daud.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: She wears a red cloak to distinguish her from the rest of the Whalers.
* LiminalBeing: In ''Death of the Outsider'', her new powers don't come from a Mark from the Outsider like Corvo, Daud or Emily. Instead, they are due to the effects of [[spoiler:Emily/Corvo altering Aramis Stilton's past, which also potentially affects her missing arm and eye]].
* MeaningfulName: Assassins do tend to lurk around a lot. It also isn't her birth name.
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler: If you end up fighting her, she fights similar to Daud. Though her Void powers are based on Delilah's abilities rather than Daud's, unlike the Brigmore Witches she generally doesn't use abilities that don't copy the fighting style she learned from Daud.]]
* MrExposition: She provides Daud with the background of his targets and devises strategies to deal with them.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:In Low Chaos she realizes that she was wrong about Daud and becomes greatly distraught that she worked with Delilah.]]
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: For someone who grew up on the street, Billie is amazingly well connected and has ties to several major character across both games. Besides being Daud's best pupil and taking part in the assassination of Jessamine. [[spoiler:Her part in Delilah's plot meaning she's familiar with both Delilah and Brianna Ashworth. It's also revealed in ''Dishonored 2'' she's also friend with Aramis Stilton before he disappeared, and in the intervening time between both games became Sokolov's closest friend. On top of that Luca Abele's brother killed her lover and she killed him in return, and she also almost murdered Slackjaw once, according to the Heart. And of course in the sequel is an ally of Corvo and Emily.]]
* PromotedToPlayable: She is the playable protagonist of the ''Death of the Outsider'' DLC for 2.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Similar to Daud's own fate in the main game, it's possible to spare Billie, allowing her to leave Dunwall and makes a new life for herself.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: She was introduced in the DLC and is never mentioned in the main game due to the fact that [[spoiler:she's either dead or exiled by the end of The Knife of Dunwall and Daud regrets her loss enough that he doesn't want to be reminded of it]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Part of her motivation for going after the duke in the second game is to avenge the death of her lover, Deidre, whom he goaded his brother into killing.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Only female assassin shown in game. WordOfGod confirms that Billie was "probably not" the only woman, and a note found in ''Dishonored 2'' suggests at least a few other women were working for "the Big Knife". On the other hand, the Outsider's ending narration for a High Chaos run in Knife of Dunwall says Billie was the only woman Daud ever trained (though we do see that some apprentice Whalers are trained by more senior Whalers rather than Daud himself).
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:It's revealed at the end of ''The Knife of Dunwall'' that she was secretly working with Delilah to take down Daud. In the Low Chaos path, she ends up going back at the last moment and surrenders while in the High Chaos path, she takes Daud's murderous tendencies as him slipping and goes through with it.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler:As Meagan Foster, she basically serves the same role that Samuel does in the first game, being the one who transports you in and out of places via a boat.]]
* TokenMinority: She's the only dark-skinned person present in Dunwall. [[spoiler:Averted in ''Dishonored 2'', where dark skin is pretty common in Serkonos]]. It's also retroactivly averted in ''The Corroded Man'', as it turns out TheGhost Rinaldo is black too.
* TwoferTokenMinority: She's the only major character in the the first game who is either a) not white, or b) not straight.
* TomboyishName: Which makes her being the only known female assassin in Daud's ranks more surprising.
* WeaponOfXSlaying: She eventually gains the Twin-bladed Knife, the blade used to [[spoiler:sacrifice the person who would become the Outsider]]. It lets her charge up a SwordBeam to knock enemies around.
* WorthyOpponent: Even in high chaos where she completely turns on Daud, she considers him such and insists on fighting him one on one - in her own words, she wants to do this "properly and with respect". In the following mission, if she was killed and an assassin refers to her as a "witch", Daud himself coldly replies that the "witch" was twice the fighter the assassin would ever be.


[[folder: Thomas]]

Thomas is Daud's loyal lieutenant, who becomes his second-in-command following [[spoiler: Billie's betrayal.]]
* MauveShirt: Essentially just a generic Whaler with a name.
* PetTheDog: He lies to Daud regarding Billie's location, fearing that he's out to kill her.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Suddenly introduced in the second DLC.
* TheFaceless: Never removes his gas mask.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Becomes leader of the Whalers after Daud vanishes.

->'''The Heart:''' Such power. If only it could be harnessed for something other than death.
->'''Voiced by:''' Jon Curry and Peter Jessop

Daud's loyal followers.
* EliteMooks: They're quite a lot more powerful than most other enemies in the game.
* FacelessGoons[=/=]GasMaskMooks: They wear the protective masks that were traditionally worn by workers in whale-oil processing plants, giving them the nickname "Whalers".
* MeatPuppet: One of the few things the Heart can discern about them is they don't act out of their own free will. It's unclear whether this is forced upon them or if they are {{Willing Channeler}}s.
* PsychicBlockDefense: Notably the only characters whose secrets the Heart cannot get to.
-->'''The Heart:''' It is as if there is a cloak around him, and I cannot see through it.
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Whereas the City Watch and Overseers mostly use pistols, the Assassins stick to wrist-mounted crossbows.
* SuperPoweredMooks: Daud [[SuperEmpowering grants them the ability]] to perform [[{{Teleportation}} Transversals]] and [[{{Telekinesis}} Tetherings]].
* TeleportSpam: They tend to Blink around a lot in combat. They also do it when on patrol, making sneaking up on them more of a challenge.
* TouchedByVorlons: Through Daud, they receive Outsider powers.
* UndyingLoyalty:
** They are extremely devoted to Daud, which is what allows him to transfer his abilities to them. Their loyalty to him is proven in gameplay, as well: [[spoiler:After Corvo severely wounds Daud to the point that the man can no longer fight, the Whalers appear to defend Daud against a man with powers greater than their own, who has enough skill to defeat their leader, and who has likely either killed or choked unconscious a large number of their fellows already. Daud has to order them to leave a ''second'' time to get them to back off]].
** [[spoiler:If Corvo spares Daud in Low Chaos, the Whalers will no longer be hostile; Corvo is free to wander around the hideout in plain view until Judgement Day and [[KleptomaniacHero steal everything that isn't nailed down]] without hearing so much as an untoward comment (though if you get too close, they'll shove you away). If Corvo kills Daud, the Whalers won't directly come after him out of respect for Daud's last order, but they ''will'' attack Corvo on sight]].


!!Daud's Targets

[[folder:Bundry Rothwild]]
!Bundry Rothwild
->'''Voiced by:''' Chris Fields

The owner of the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, one of the largest sources of whale oil in Dunwall.
* BadBoss: Most of his workers endure horrible conditions. When they attempted to form a union, Rothwild called in a favor from the Lord Regent, who made unionizing a capital offense for people involved in the whaling industry. Rothwild also uses the number of accidents that happen in his slaughterhouse as his safe code.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Builds a makeshift electric chair to fry complaining workers, and brags about how his days working on a whaling ship have taught him to be an expert torturer. In addition, he likes to keep the whales he catches alive as long as possible, even while they're being eviscerated, since he apparently can extract more oil from them that way.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Of the "Robber Baron" variety.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His father died when he was little, forcing his family into (further) destitution. His mother was then killed at the bottling factory she worked at, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. His brother (who he had gone to great lengths to care for) was then taken by the overseers for the "[[ Trial of Aptitude]]", and "mysteriously" vanished. With no family or money, Bundry had to claw his way up from rock bottom.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Daud can interrogate Rothwild with the device he was using to torture his workers into not striking.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: According to his audio logs, he enjoys the moans of the whales as they die in his slaughterhouse.
* RagsToRiches: From an orphan left from parents of modest means, to the owner of a slaughterhouse in the most profitable industry in Dunwall who has the ear of the Lord Regent.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: [[spoiler:The nonlethal option for eliminating him involves locking him in a crate bound for the most remote corner of the Empire, where it is described as very icy and cold.]]
* SelfMadeMan: He grew up on the streets. Sadly, he's one of those NouveauRiche who wants to pull the ladder up behind them so no one else can climb it.


[[folder:Arnold Timsh]]
!Arnold Timsh
->'''Voiced by:''' John Mariano

The City Barrister. Timsh has been abusing his position to kick other nobles out of their homes with false accusations of plague so he can seize their assets for himself.
* AmoralAttorney: The most powerful lawyer in the city and also the most morally bankrupt.
* BadassGrandpa: The Assassins' file on Timsh notes that he's in surprisingly good shape for a man his age, carrying both sword and pistol and being a decent shot. If Daud tries taking him head on, Timsh will fight back, though even without Daud's supernatural powers it's a CurbstompBattle as Timsh's actual combat skill is only on par with a weak Lower Guard.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''The Brigmore Witches'' DLC, if you let him live -- see HoistByHisOwnPetard.
* DirtyOldMan: Daud can stumble upon him trying to pressure one of his maids into sleeping with him.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** [[spoiler:Daud can trick a general into believing that Timsh's house is plague-ridden, which gets Timsh evicted and all his property seized.]]
** [[spoiler: He gets thrown into Coldridge later, [[ContinuityNod where Daud finds him while springing Lizzie.]]]]
* LoveMartyr: [[spoiler:Although Timsh is obsessed with Delilah, she considers him useless to her and tells Daud she doesn't care what he does to Timsh.]]


[[folder:Overseer Leonard Hume]]
!Overseer Leonard Hume

A high ranking Overseer and the final assassination target of ''The Knife of Dunwall'', part 1 of the 2-part Daud [=DLC=]s.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[spoiler: He takes over the Assassin's headquarters and even sets himself up right in Daud's office.]]
* FinalBoss: On a Low Chaos run he ends up being this for ''The Knife of Dunwall'', since you only fight the final duel against [[spoiler: Billie Lurk]] on High Chaos.
* LeeroyJenkins: [[spoiler: He launched the attack on Daud's base prematurely while Daud himself wasn't present and carelessly left the original plan around for Daud to find (which is most likely why Corvo found a squad of dead Overseers at the entrance to the district when he was there). Several characters comment on this rush to action and how he failed as well as doomed the entire plan because of it]].
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:His death scene reuses Martin's close combat death animation, which means this]].
* SmugSnake: He's very impressed with himself for his take-over of the district and boasts about it at length - unless the player feels like cutting him short.
* WolfpackBoss: In a fight, Hume's just a regular Overseer with marginally more health, but he has an abnormally large number of guards who will immediately join in if he's attacked (including ''two'' Music Box Overseers). If the player rescues all 4 captured assassins before facing Hume, they can use Summon Assassin to call in multiple assassins ''plus'' Billie Lurk to help fight Hume, turning the fight into a massive battle royale.


[[folder:Edgar Wakefield]]
!Edgar Wakefield

The former second-in-command of the Dead Eels. He managed to get his boss, Lizzie Stride, sent to Coldridge Prion and took over the gang.
* DragonAscendant: He was trying to pass himself off as one. Not only was he more incompetent, he'd actually been the one responsible for her getting thrown in prison. Then Lizzie is broken out and comes back...
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: If confronted directly, Daud kills Edgar Wakefield by plunging a sword through his right eye.]]
* SanitySlippage: He loses it when he learns that Lizzie has escaped from Coldridge and plans on coming for him.
* TheStarscream: He was one to Lizzie, up until he actually ''succeeded''. Then it occurred to him it may not have been the best idea.
* ThrowEmToTheWolves: Disposing of him non-lethally just means knocking him out and letting Lizzie deal with him.


[[folder:Delilah Copperspoon]]
!Delilah Copperspoon
[[caption-width-right:202:''She dreams of all the world bowing, but more than that. Loving her. Breathing her name.'']]

[[caption-width-right:370:[[labelnote:Click here to see Deililah's portrait.]]]][[/labelnote]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Erin Cottrell

A mysterious witch who has history with the Kaldwin family, she first appeared as the antagonist of Daud's DLC. She returns in the second game to once again take over the Empire from Emily.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Delilah's ambitions are quite grand, far greater than a throne and claiming her birthright; [[spoiler:it extends to becoming a God Empress of the Void, reordering reality and supplanting the Outsider himself]].
* ArchEnemy:
** Initially, Daud is just an annoying threat to get rid of. But as he progresses, Delilah realizes he has a very real chance of stopping her, and decides to consider him as such.
** In the second game, she refocuses her efforts on Emily and Corvo. Her rivalry with Emily is especially personal since Emily Kaldwin is also an illegitimate offspring of royal and common blood, and Delilah wanted everything she had.
** The Outsider for his part considers Delilah the most dangerous person he has ever given his Mark, and he goes out of his way to foil her plans, directly intervening and empowering agents to get in her way.
* ArtAttacker: She can use her statues to detect intruders. In an emergency, she [[MesACrowd can turn them into copies of herself]]. [[spoiler:She also has the ability to use paintings to control people. It's implied that this is how she managed to completely enthrall Timsh. She planned on using a more powerful version of this ability to possess Emily.]]
** In the second game, the statues return as a long-distance communication system she uses to keep tabs on her lieutenants, and her power over paintings has grown to the point where [[spoiler:she can use them to alter reality, with her ultimate plan being [[InTheirOwnImage to completely rewrite the universe into a paradise for herself]].]]
* AndIMustScream:
** Her fate if Daud chooses a non-lethal means of dealing with her. [[spoiler:He replaces the painting of Emily she needs for her ritual with one that depicts a tree in The Void. Once she finishes, instead of possessing Emily, she ends up trapped, unable to die or to affect anything]].
** [[spoiler:Presumably also Emily's fate if she were to succeed with her plan, making the above an IronicHell.]]
* BadBoss: One of her witches realizes that all of the strongest members of the coven are being sent right into Daud's path. This ''is'' savvy of Delilah, but not because she expects them to succeed. Rather, it's to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness get rid of anyone who could overpower her]] [[spoiler:once she's in Emily's ten-year-old body]].
* BastardBastard: If her story is to be believed, then aside from being a self-centered usurper, [[spoiler:she's also the illegitimate daughter of Emperor Euhorn Kaldwin and a kitchen maid.]]
* BerserkButton: Do not compare her unfavourably to Jessamine (and by extension Emily). Don't even ''hint'' that she might not be as classy or graceful or even remotely less admirable than they are. Her temper is mercurial and she hands out death on a whim -- especially to aristocracy, whom she despises for their absence of true loyalty.
* BigBad: For Daud's story arc in ''Dishonored'''s [=DLCs=] and ''Dishonored 2''.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Sokolov, who knew her when they were both younger, points out that she's basically an idealist that wants to make the world better than it is. However, her idea of said better world is one in which everyone and everything bows down to her unquestioningly, and she doesn't care who she has to crush to achieve her goal.
* CallBack: In the second game, [[spoiler:once again the non-lethal way of dealing with her is to trap her in a painting.]]
* ContractualBossImmunity: Actually an ''aversion''; unlike Daud, she's not fully resistant to Bend Time, because her Void power set is different enough from Corvo and Daud's that she doesn't have that ability (like the Royal Interrogator, she won't be completely frozen, but is still noticeably slowed).
* CreateYourOwnVillain: A lot of people over the years made Delilah go down a bad path:
** Her father Emperor Euhorn refused to acknowledge Delilah as his offspring, and forced her to play and befriend Jessamine, his "true" heir. Jessamine herself unthinkingly pinned the blame for her own misdeeds on her, leading to Delilah and her housemaid mother to be removed from Dunwall Tower.
** Delilah then got the worst of Dunwall, seeing how class inequality led her mother to an early grave, a life of hardship and prostitution for her, and where her only real advancement, as student to Anton Sokolov, still involved sexual extortion.
** Finally, the Outsider decided to give an obviously damaged and vengeful individual with righteous grievances his Mark (WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong), and that made Delilah into a threat to the whole of Dunwall society. After realizing his mistake, the Outsider then got Daud to take care of her, and even that backfired when she crawled out of the Void stronger than ever, coming closer than anyone to toppling the Outsider as the God of the Void.
* DepravedBisexual: Confirmed by Harvey Smith to be "openly bisexual", being in a romantic relationship with her second, Breanna, a woman, and the Duke of Serkonos, a man.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Despite her being ItsAllAboutMe, a part of Delilah's bitterness came from the way her mother suffered and died due to [[spoiler: Jessamine's lie]]. She mentioned how her mother died after suffering weeks from a broken jaw and was buried unceremoniously in a coffin too small for her. This was after being forced into extreme poverty and sentenced to Debtor's Prison, even though Euhorn could have at least provided for them when her mother lost her job.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: As manipulative and self-centred as she is, Delilah is shown to care about a few people:
** Her feelings about [[spoiler: her sister Jessamine]] are... complicated... But at the very least when [[spoiler: Jessamine is released from the heart]], Delilah states without a trace of sarcasm that she's glad that the latter is finally at peace and can truly die. Might be because she can sympathise with what it's like to be [[AndIMustScream half alive in an inanimate object]].
** While one might expect that Delilah views the boorish Duke Luka Abele simply as a means to an end, information gleaned from the Heart and her diary shows that she does care about him on some level. Less as a lover and more as a "pet" or a little brother, but she nevertheless does. In particular, Delilah seems to appreciate that the Duke is [[TheUnfettered completely unfettered]] with morality and is pleased to see that he [[TheCaligula turned Karnaca into his personal playground]].
** Similarly, she seemed to have genuine feelings for Breanna Ashworth. The two have, after all, found the coven in Dunwall together and are implied to have been lovers at one point. Delilah [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness does cast Breanna aside]] [[spoiler: if she loses her powers in the non-lethal playthrough]] but Delilah claims it is because seeing Breanna in that state is too painful.
* EvilCounterpart: Especially in the 2nd game, she's this to Emily, much like Daud was to Corvo. Their Outsider-given power sets are also quite similar, much like Corvo's and Daud's are.
* EvilIsPetty: At the last mission, you can find that she had tossed Emily's doll, Miss Pilsen into a toilet. Delilah is also bitter that Jessamine 'cheated' at parlour games when they were kids.
* FisherKing: Delilah manages to run the city of Dunwall into the ground in the few months she sits on the throne in ''2'', and when Emily or Corvo return to the city in the final mission, it certainly looks the part. The buildings have fallen into disrepair, dead bodies can be found all over the place, and the sky seems to be permanently overcast, giving everything a sickly, decrepit look.
* FreudianExcuse: Delilah Kaldwin had a terrible, unhappy childhood and a traumatic adolescence as an orphan on the run, forced into prostitution and other means limited by class and gender discrimination from harnessing her true potential. As much as it fails to justify her actions, one cannot blame anyone with her upbringing for finding some way to create 'The World As It Should Be', as even Anton Sokolov admits. She has never been happy.
* FinalBoss: Of ''The Brigmore Witches'', as well as ''Dishonored 2''.
* FlowerMotifs: Roses.
* FromNobodyToNightmare:
** In a MotiveRant in the second game, she states that she basically had to claw her way up from the bottom after her and her mother were booted from Dunwall Tower. After her mother's death, she worked in a brothel as a maid before eventually becoming Sokolov's "apprentice".
** More literally, after Daud trapped her in the Void in the DLC, she was essentially nothing, without a body and no real chance to escape. With sheer will and cunning she clawed her way out, becoming one with the Void, communicating to her followers in dreams and starting a conspiracy that results not only in her return but opens the possibility that she could topple the Outsider and remake the world to worship her.
* GardenGarment: A snappy pair of leggings, heeled boots and a coat with a flared waist and a high collar. All of them are covered in thorny vines, leaves and roses true to her motif and powers.
* GodEmperor: What Delilah hopes to become, and what she comes very close to achieving in ''VideoGame/Dishonored2''. It was perhaps her overall goal all along, even in the DLC. This makes her such a threat that the Outsider actively opposes her, [[EnemyMine first tasking Daud with the job in the DLC (despite disliking and disapproving of how the latter used his mark)]] and then turning to Corvo and Emily, [[spoiler:even explaining his personal origins to them, to make them understand how serious a threat she is to ''existence''. Her grand plan involves reordering reality to "The World as it Should Be", an eternally static world where everyone adores her and follows her rule without question]].
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Her opening play in the actual coup in the beginning of the second game is to start massacring Emily loyalists present in the throne room. It goes downhill from there in Dunwall.
* GreenThumb: She appears to have plant-based powers, most notably with the Blood Briar, a vine that is used to hold enemies in place.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Her poem (found by her statue) reveals a plan to possess Emily and rule in her stead.]]
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: [[spoiler:In both ''The Brigmore Witches'' and the second game, neutralizing her non-lethally involves tampering with a ritual she's setting up so that it somehow traps her in another world.]]
* HotWitch: [[spoiler: Timsh certainly thought so, and if her GrandTheftMe plans succeeded considering what Emily looks like now and her parent(s)' appearances as adults she still would have been one.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: As of the second game. [[spoiler:Coming back from the void made her a part of it, and she is starting to merge with the Outsider, to the latter's absolute dismay.]]
* ICouldaBeenAContender:
** Delilah was one of the most intelligent persons of her age, and any age, and Sokolov laments the waste of her potential in her march towards tyranny and revenge. Delilah for her part feels she could have been better and achieved more had her childhood and her life been different and she is obsessed with rewriting the past to achieving her perfect world rather than making best of what she had.
** The mere fact that Delilah had the Outsider's mark proves that she had all the chances to do good, as the Outsider only gives the mark to people who interest him, and whose use of his powers he can't fully predict. Delilah could have used her abilities to create less chaos, and done good, but instead she chose to take her resentment and bitterness out on the world.
* InTheirOwnImage: [[spoiler:Her ultimate plan in ''Dishonored 2'' is to use an amplified version of her painting-based witchcraft to re-write reality into an egocentric paradise, where she's adored by everyone and rules the world without question. The huge painting she crafts for this purpose is even titled "[[ItsAllAboutMe The World As It Should Be]]"]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Delilah's opinion of a world where her name and face are shown everywhere?
-->'''Delilah:''' This is the world as it ''should'' be.
** Also, as opposed to Sokolov's convoluted mathematical references, all her paintings' names relate to her.
** When Breanna gets DePowered? She can't bring herself to see Breanna in such a state, nevermind how crushed Breanna must be.
* LeanAndMean: She's also unusually tall.
* LivingStatue: She uses these to spy on people in the City and taunt Daud, as well as act as sentries for her base in Brigmore Manor. They return in ''Dishonored II'' as a magical communication system that Emily[=/=]Corvo can use to trade banter with her on two occasions.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: Her fate in ''Dishonored 2'' if she's dealt with non-lethally. Because of Corvo[=/=]Emily messing with her magic, she gets trapped inside her painting of her perfect world, believing it to be the real world, allowing her to harmlessly live out her fantasy (starting at her childhood) of being the world's beloved savior and eternal god-empress (even of Pandyssia) while the real world takes its true course]].
* MadArtist: Her artistic talents are present in everything she does; her paintings even often look mad and unsettling to others, and if she wasn't like this before the Outsider gave her his mark she has certainly gone mad with the powers she now has access to.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:She's Jessamine's bastard sister, without any of the privilege of the Kaldwin name. In other words, instead of being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she was born with a copper one]].
* MesACrowd: She turns her statues into perfect copies of herself if you try to take her on directly and retains the move in the sequel.
* NoSell: At the beginning of ''Dishonored 2'', Corvo immediately stabs her through the chest once she starts trying to cause trouble. She shrugs it off completely and takes away his Mark of the Outsider, de-powering him. [[spoiler: It turns out she's immortal due to having transferred her spirit into a SoulJar. In the final battle, you can impale her with finishing moves all day and it'll just annoy her, unless you return her spirit to her body first.]]
* NotQuiteDead: She returns in ''Dishonored 2'', having somehow escaped her fate at the hands of Daud. [[spoiler: It's strongly suggested that Daud sealed her in the Void instead of killing her outright; this turns out to be a case of NiceJobBreakingItHero, as it allowed Delilah to locate the place where the Outsider was created and assimilate a portion of his power.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:If Daud sabotages her ritual, by the time she finds out it's too late for her to fix it.]]
* OverarchingVillain: She is one of the few characters to appear in both ''1'' and ''2'' and the only one that every PlayerCharacter (Corvo, Daud, Emily, Billie) have opposed and who even the Outsider turns against, making her the most recurrent and dangerous threat, second only to The Outsider.
* PowerEchoes: She speaks with a bit of an echo to her voice.
* RealityWarper: Her highest form of magic is capable of achieving this with her paintings. She can impose the painted world on to the real world.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Delilah sees her life's ambition as getting revenge on Dunwall, the Empire, the World and even The Outsider, all of whom at various movements have made her life a living hell, and she pushed back against them all intending to "take back what's hers".
* ShroudedInMyth: Up until ''Dishonored 2'' no one knew anything about her. She tells you a little; she was friends with the Empress Jessamine when they were girls, for instance. Aside from that, almost nothing. There are hints that she's Jessamine's illegitimate half-sister [[spoiler: which is more or less confirmed in the sequel. We also learn about most of her life before she was marked, and it's not a happy story.]]
* SpookyPainting: She's a gifted painter who seems to have a preference for portraits from life - like Sokolov, to whom she was actually an apprentice - but unlike his meticulous and realistic style, her paintings are garishly colorful, borderline-abstract, and unsettling to look at. [[spoiler:It turns out this is how she uses her powers; whoever or whatever she paints, she can control to some extent. In the second game, she discovers she even warp reality using her paintings.]]
* SuperEmpowering: Like Daud, she can grant her followers lesser versions of her own powers.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Delilah implies that she and Sokolov had one when she was under his "tutelage", though the way she says it suggests that Sokolov extorted sexual favors from her.
** She herself has one with one of her apprentices, [[spoiler: Breanna Ashworth, the director of the conservatory]].
* TragicVillain: Delilah's life is one of pain, misery and sadness, and she pushed back with her fierce intelligence and ambition. Born a bastard princess, Delilah could have inherited the throne the same way Emily did. Unfortunately, the legitimate daughter of the Emperor framed her for destroying a valuable object and her father cared nothing for her, causing Delilah to be thrown into the streets, which caused her StartOfDarkness. Sokolov laments the great waste of her incredible potential in the sequel, noting that she could truly have made the world better had she not been so fixated on revenge.
* TouchedByVorlons: She has the Outsider's mark, as well as the ability to spread her powers to her minions like Daud.
* TheUnfavorite: According to her, her childhood was spent being disregarded by her father the Emperor in favor of Jessamine due to the latter's legitimacy.
** Also to the Outsider, which is quite the feat considering his ChaoticNeutral nature. Among those marked by the Outsider, her mark is the only one he regrets enough to ''directly empower people to try to stop her.''
* TheUsurper: In the second game, she takes a much more direct approach to taking the throne by instigating a coup against Emily backed by the Duke of Karnaca.
* TheVamp: Uses her feminine charms on Timsh to get him to work for her, and according to WordOfGod, she did the same with Billie.
* VillainousCheekbones: To go with the general angular and slim theme of her appearance.
* VillainousValor: Unlike Hiram Burrows and Farley Havelock, Delilah Copperspoon is a woman of conviction and fierce courage. She is intelligent, charismatic and determined. She crawled out of an extra-dimensional prison more powerful than ever. The Outsider admits that anyone else in her situation would have floated endlessly in the Void, but not Delilah, and even he was surprised at what she achieved.

[[folder:Brigmore Witches]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Abby Craden and Colleen O'Shaughnessey

The members of Delilah's coven.
* AmazonBrigade: Delilah isn't the type to recruit men.
* CloudCuckoolander: Some of the witches are rather... spacey. Rather than be amusing, it serves to highlight their BlueAndOrangeMorality, making them creepier.
* DePower: Their power comes from Delilah, which means that her defeat causes the group to dissolve. Her return in ''Dishonored 2'' coincides with various witches throughout the Isles suddenly regaining their powers.
** The witches at the Royal Conservatory in ''2'' [[spoiler:draw their powers from Breanna Ashworth, who seems to function as a sort of locus for Delilah's presence (due to the coven leader herself being in Dunwall). If you tamper with Breanna's rituals and cause her to lose her powers, all the witches under her command simultaneously lose their powers as well and fall unconscious]].
** In ''Death of the Outsider'', the witches have lost their powers once again in the wake of Delilah's second defeat. They aren't idle this time, however, siding with the Eyeless cult in Karnaca and giving them instructions on how to properly create potions and bone charms. They fight alongside the other Eyeless mooks, but without Delilah's void magic they're no stronger than the street thugs.
* EliteMooks: They're dangerous enough to rival the Whalers, and the most difficult enemies Daud faces.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Some of them are said to admire Daud "like stupid schoolgirls" and others will flirt while also threatening to eat him.
* GardenGarment: An easy way to tell if someone's a witch is to notice the vines and flowers covering her outfit.
* GreenAndMean: Once alert, their skin will turn green, and won't change back until they're idle, unconscious, or dead.
* GreenThumb: They share Delilah's plant-based powers.
* HomoeroticSubtext: They address each other as "dear" or "my love", and occasionally ask if another wants to join them for a swim later.
* HotWitch: They're the most attractive enemies in the game, and also on the more dangerous side.
* ImAHumanitarian: Not only do they threaten to eat Daud's heart and drink his blood, you can find an Overseer who's been forced to do this as a form of torture.
* MakeMeWannaShout: They have a scream attack that works similar to Windblast.
* MookCarryover: In ''Death of the Outsider'', the remaining Brigmore Witches have integrated themselves into the Eyeless cult in Karnaca as advisors and instructors. However, without their powers, they're little more than common {{Mooks}}.
* {{Necromancer}}: They keep undead wolfhounds as pets and guards. Those will keep reanimating until you smash their disembodied skulls.
* PretenderDiss: In ''Death of the Outsider'', most of the witches display barely-concealed contempt for the rank-and-file members of the Eyeless. The witches once wielded genuine void magic, while most Eyeless mooks are superstitious street thugs who rely on crude potions and bone charms to get stronger.
* SuperPoweredMooks: Delilah's Arcane Bond gives them Blood Briar, as well as the ability to shoot thorns, a sonic scream, and make clothing out of plants.
* TeleportSpam: They Blink around the areas they patrol, and while in combat with Daud.
* ThemeNaming: Many of them have names ending in the sound 'ah'- e.g. Parmelia, Tamina, Carina, Orlanda, Breanna.
* TouchedByVorlons: Through Delilah, they receive Outsider powers.
* UndyingLoyalty: While some have this towards Delilah, others are more devoted to each other. The turncoat witch in particular wants Delilah gone, but warns you against hurting any of her "sisters".


[[caption-width-right:251:''He deals in flesh, weapons, strong drinks. They've always called him Slackjaw.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Al Rodrigo

The leader of the Bottle Street Gang.
* AffablyEvil: His gang rules its turf with an iron fist, but on a one-to-one basis, he's pretty polite and always honors his agreements.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: His wanted poster lists his crime as "Larceny, Assault, Mendacity, Disobedience of Public Ordinance, Unlawful Management of Prostitution, and Public Urination."
* BadassMustache: A rugged and impressive case, even going into his sideburns.
* CombatPragmatist: Defeated a rival once by using a chain covered in fishhooks. Large ones.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He is clearly disgusted by the Pendleton Twins for their lifestyle. Also, Slackjaw himself is corrupt and in it for the money, but he always keeps his word and never tries to screw Corvo out of anything he'd promised. It's one of the reasons why he calls you out, if you bring him the safe combination once you emptied out the safe yourself.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: It's implied in [[{{DLC}} Crowley's note]] that the reason he's called Slackjaw is because of the fact that his jaw was badly broken before he rose to his current status, while he was still warring over territory. He got his revenge for it.
* {{Expy}}: Of Bill "The Butcher" Cutting from ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''.
* GeniusBruiser: Slackjaw is hardly a common thug. He clawed his way to the top using a considerable amount of brains, and proves more than once that he's not an idiot, showing considerable business savvy. Not to mention the fact that no one holds onto a veritable criminal empire with an influence felt all across the Isles of Gristol without ''some'' brains.
* IGaveMyWord: Slackjaw prides himself on always keeping his end of the bargain.
-->'''Slackjaw:''' So now you see, Slackjaw's word is just as good as the men who run this city. Maybe even a little bit better, yeah? Think about that.
* LeeroyJenkins: [[spoiler:After all of his men are either killed or badly wounded by Granny Rags, he ''runs after her on his own'' rather than retreat and regroup. It gets him caught, and potentially (depending on Corvo's actions) killed and eaten]].
* LostOrphanedRoyalty: The Heart says that his father was actually a prince. The Tarot Deck that came with pre-orders or the Collector's edition lists his card as "The Prince Urchin".
* LoveableRogue: In contrast to several characters, especially the Corvo's corrupt noble targets, he comes across as reasonable and at least vaguely trustworthy. That's definitely more than can be said for maybe half the named [=NPCs=] encountered in Dunwall.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:If you choose to have Corvo take the option, Slackjaw abducts, mutilates, and sends the Pendleton brothers to be slaves in their own mines]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The man is a bootlegger, thug, thief, gang leader, petty extortionist, and the son of a whore. Yet he ''still'' comes off as a better person than Corvo's targets [[spoiler:and the backstabbing Loyalists]]. Since he's actively concerned about the plague, distributing a (watered-down) cure elixir, and is willing to help Corvo restore the city... mostly so he can keep extorting money from it.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Occasionally slips into talking like this.


[[folder:Lizzie Stride]]
!Lizzie Stride
->'''Voiced by:''' Rochelle Greenwood

The leader of the Dead Eels. She is currently rotting in Coldridge Prison after being betrayed by her second-in-command, Edgar Wakefield.
* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler:It has been confirmed that the Geezer is Lizzie's father. They've been in rival gangs for years, though the Geezer no longer has control over his, and doesn't have the power to stop them from antagonizing hers. Regardless, the Geezer is quite fond of her, while Lizzie's tough exterior briefly cracks if she learns of his death.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: In contrast to the elaborate, heeled boots on both men and women that are fashionable in Dunwall, Lizzie is always barefoot.
* TheDreaded: In her cell is Coldridge, she's chained to the wall so heavily she can barely move because the guards were terrified of what she'd do if they got within her reach. Once she was in chains, they took the opportunity to beat her so badly she's only semi-conscious when Daud finds her (which didn't stop her biting a chunk out of one anyway).
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Her gang is the only one that has both men and women in the ranks.
* {{Expy}}: She has a lot in common with Ma-Ma from the film ''Film/{{Dredd}}''. They both run gangs, have {{Hair Trigger Temper}}s, bear similar facial scars, are heavily tattooed and both are known [[ManBitesMan for biting pieces off people]].
* {{Fingore}}: When she reclaims her power, she announces to her gang that she forgives them all, because she's "filled with love" - before listing about a dozen individuals who owe her a finger. And one who owes her two for protesting about the first.
* HairTriggerTemper: Has a reputation for mutilating people at the drop of a hat.
* ImAHumanitarian: She bites chunks off her opponents. She doesn't always spit them out.
* InformedDeformity: One story mentions her webbed feet, but her feet look quite ordinary. Said story gets a number of other details wrong apparently to spice up the narrative and make Lizzie seem outright supernatural.
* ManBitesMan: See ImAHumanitarian above.
* {{Pirate}}: By trade, but her ship is currently inoperable.
* ScaryTeeth: She filed them into sharp points.
* SweetPollyOliver: Disguised herself as a boy and got a job as a powdermonkey on a naval vessel as a child. She ended up starting a mutiny by killing the ship's doctor when he found out while treated her injuries.
* TattooedCrook: In green ink, on her arms, neck, face and chest. It's one of the trademarks of her gang.
* TongueTrauma: There is at least one story of her tearing a man's tongue out with her teeth. [[DisproportionateRetribution Because he called her "Elizabeth".]]


[[folder:The Geezer]]
!Mr. Mortimer Hat aka "The Geezer"
->'''Voiced by:''' Paul Napier

The nominal leader of the Hatters. He is over 100 years old, and wishes for death.
* AndIMustScream: He's strapped to a chair, too weak to even raise his voice, and has a myriad of side effects from the whale oil keeping him alive. Despite the horrible agony he's in, a Clean Hands run will still be ruined if he's {{Mercy Kill}}ed.
* BodyHorror: Quite apart from the horribly emaciated state of his body and the two hoses implanted in his torso, Trimble mentions a whole host of other disgusting symptoms inherent in the Geezer's life-support systems.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He ran a textile mill - which went under after the public became aware of both his criminal background and his using the Hatters as private security to force his workers to comply with sweatshop conditions.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: Not by choice.
* DeadManSwitch: He has one that floods his base with deadly nerve gas should he die. Keep in mind that the Geezer is a very, very old man who is already on life support.
* DeadlyDeferredConversation: Subverted, The Geezer promises to exchange information about the combination to the Engine Room in exchange for Daud pulling the plug on him. However, right before he croaks he makes a digression about giving the combination to Lizzy Stride, making you believe that you are about to be sent on a FetchQuest from the place you set out. But right before he croaks, the Geezer gives you the first two numbers, which means that you can simply try the remaining 9 combinations on the third dial, which is simple TrialAndErrorGameplay.
* DeathSeeker: He's tired of being Trimble's puppet, so he hires Daud to kill him. Pity that there's [[BadBoss not enough antitoxin to save the Mooks from his Dead Man Switch]]... He justifies his indifference to their fates by saying none of them were the people he chose himself, the "real" Hatters, who are all now long gone.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: According to a transcribed interview with an ex-member of the gang, the Geezer is not a topic of conversation among the Hatters - even to ''former'' Hatters.
* EvilCripple: Though in a helpless and thoroughly pitiable condition, he's clearly not a nice person.
* EvilOldFolks: His nickname says it all.
* GutturalGrowler: Even once he's recovered enough to speak, Hat can't raise his voice any louder than a snarling whisper.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Try as he might, the Geezer doesn't have the strength to kill himself; even ripping one of the hoses out of his chest is beyond him, hence his appeal to Daud for help.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Lizzie Stride's father was rumored to be a traveling cloth merchant. Guess who fits the bill.]]
* MercyKill: Regardless of his Chaos level, Daud will consider pulling the plug on the Geezer's life support to be this.
* PuppetKing: Nurse Trimble keeps him in a drug-induced stupor so he can rule instead.
* TheUnintelligible: As long as his Nurse is in the room, the Geezer's never able to speak in anything other than incomprehensible whispers. Trimble exploits this by pretending to know what he is saying and pretends the orders he is giving the Hatters are from the Geezer.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Technically not walking per se, and most ''definitely'' not played for sex appeal.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: According to his research notes, Trimble seems to have gotten it into his head that he might be able to keep Mortimer Hat alive ''indefinitely.'' Needless to say, the Geezer does not fancy spending the rest of eternity confined to a chair and subjected to even further physical decay, and requests to be put out of his misery by Daud.
* WorthyOpponent: Expresses this sentiment for Lizzy Stride right before he dies, telling Daud that he had actually given her the code to the engine room ages ago and that she UsedToBeASweetKid. [[spoiler:He's actually her father, and is doubtlessly proud of her.]]


!Nurse William Trimble
->'''Voiced by:''' Enn Reitel

The Geezer's nurse and the actual leader of the Hatters.
* AllThereInTheManual: His first name, William, is only revealed in the game's code.
* DragonInChief: To Mr. Hat. An example in which TheDragon has taken charge by force.
* MadScientist: From reading his journal, it's clear that he's fascinated by the life-supporting properties of Whale Oil.
* TheRival: To Piero back when they were at the Academy.
* SmugSnake: He's an extraordinarily arrogant douchebag.


!!The City Watch

[[folder:Captain Geoff Curnow]]
!Guard Captain Geoff Curnow
[[caption-width-right:106:''Curnow's loyalty to the Lord Regent is feigned. It is a dangerous game he plays.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChristopherCoreySmith

The Guard Captain of the City Watch, and the uncle of Callista. They are the last members of what was once a large family. After Callista learns that High Overseer Campbell is planning to kill him, she asks Corvo to save her uncle.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's no match for Corvo, but he is more than capable of fighting his way out of the Office of the High Overseer if he has to.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: According to the Heart, Curnow's first lover was a soldier from Tyvia -- a secret he killed to keep.
* DeceptiveDisciple: To the Lord Regent. Curnow pretends to be loyal, but privately disagrees with the Lord Regent's methods and the way he's taken control of the city.
* FantasticRacism: A victim of it, due to his grandfather being from Serkonos.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice InTheBack: What Campbell does to him if Corvo thwarts his poison attempt but does not stop Campbell from physically attacking Curnow.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Zigzagged. On one hand, Campbell plans to kill because Curnow refuses to become corrupt and bow to the Lord Regent's tyranny. On the other, the Heart reveals that [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has some darkness his past]].
* IOweYouMyLife: If Corvo kills/knocks out Campbell just as Campbell is preparing to strike Curnow down, Curnow will acknowledge that Corvo has saved his life and does not alert the Overseers to Corvo's presence, electing to repay his debt by allowing Corvo to walk away unhindered.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Curnow will escape unharmed if a body is found before he and Campbell reach the wine glasses (or the wine glasses are smashed), or the alarm is set off, or a SwarmOfRats is summoned near him.
* BiTheWay: Implied by the Heart, which states that his first lover was a soldier (WordOfGod confirms that, yes, the solider was a man). He's also HappilyMarried to a woman by the time of ''Literature/DishonoredTheCorrodedMan''.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Campbell attempts to kill him by putting poison in his wine. Corvo can either [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo switch the glasses]] or smash them to save Curnow from death by poison.[[labelnote:*]]Another option is to mix the wine, killing both Campbell ''and'' Curnow.[[/labelnote]]


->'''The Heart:''' They walk above the Plague, above the rats, above the flooded streets.

The most powerful brand of watchmen. A man in body armor on whale-oil powered stilts, with some wooden shields for protection and a bow and Molotov Cocktail arrows for weaponry, the Tallboy is a SteamPunk mech for the budget-conscious.
* ArrowsOnFire: Their weapon of choice.
* ArtificialLimbs: Their stilts. At first glance it's difficult to tell where the man ends and the metal legs begin.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: They have vulnerable tanks of Whale-Oil on their backs. Blowing up several of these will kill them outright.
* EliteMooks: As said they are the most powerful watchmen and their height and shields make them difficult to take down.
* {{Expy}}: Of the Striders from VideoGame/HalfLife2. Considering that the art director was the same, it's no surprise.
* FeelNoPain: They are drugged with a substance that makes them resistant to pain.
* HeavilyArmoredMook
* LackOfEmpathy: The drugs given to them also dull their sense of empathy.
* MiniMecha: The Tallboy is a essentially stripped-down version of this.
* ShieldBearingMook: Despite the "feel no pain" drugs mentioned above that they take, they do still have these to better protect themselves from snipers, which is one of the few forms of attack they would be very open to otherwise.
* SuperSoldier: An old-fashioned equivalent.

!City Watch Officers
->'''The Heart:''' Arrogant. Corrupt. And fiercely loyal to the Lord Regent.

Elite watchmen, tasked in supervisory roles and protecting important individuals. They carry pistols and are skilled swordsmen.
* CityGuards: A promoted form of the more usual variety, which is why they do still engage in normal small-talk.
* EliteMook: Which is why they are given more specific assignments.
* KnightTemplar: They have some shades.
* MookLieutenant: While their titles may be more elite, they aren't that hard to take out and still get treated as mostly common mooks.


!City Watch Guards
->'''The Heart:''' Only fools and [[NotUsingTheZWord weepers]] openly confront the Watch.

The rank and file of the City Watch. Better trained and more respectable than the Lower Guard, although not by much.
* CityGuards: The basic, easily-dispatched idiots of the game.
* DirtyCop: Many of them are read as such by the Heart, you can catch them harassing or killing the people they are meant to be protecting, and they're a lot more common in High Chaos.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: They loyally serve Hiram Burrows in his corrupt dictatorship, but the second Corvo broadcasts that [[spoiler: Burrows unleashed the rat plague,]] they're disgusted and [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules refuse his bribery attempts.]]
* {{Mooks}}: Most common variety in the game by far.
* PoliceBrutality: As mentioned under DirtyCop they are very quick to turn to violence.

[[folder:Lower Guard]]
!Watch Lower Guard
->'''The Heart:''' Filthy, cowardly. You smell the Lower Guard before you see them.

The bottom rung on the City Watch's ladder. The Lower Guard are little more than glorified thugs in uniform.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The two varieties of the Lower Guard [=NPCs=] in a nutshell.
* CityGuards: Like the rest of the City Watch, though these can barely be called "guards".
* LeanAndMean: Most you see have lean builds and worse tempers.
* ThePigPen: Most of them never wash, except by accident.
* PoliceBrutality: Are even worse in this regard than the normal city watch.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Many of the Lower Guard are recruited from prisons.

!Warfare Overseers
->'''The Heart:''' Wherever the Overseers go, common folk tremble, and brother accuses brother.

The warrior-priests of the Abbey of the Everyman. They wear masks that protect them from headshots and carry pistols and grenades. In later missions, some of them carry "music boxes" that can neutralize Corvo's powers.
* AntiMagic: The Music Boxes are able to render bearers of the Outsider's mark powerless, apparently by making use of "fundamental mathematical principles".
* BurnTheWitch: While they're never shown actually burning anyone at the stake, its heavily implied and they love to reference the trope by name.
* ChurchMilitant: As their name implies, they're as combat focused as they are religious.
* ChurchPolice: Which is why they can be treated as interchangeable with the city watch at times.
* CorruptChurch: The worst of them are solidly this.
* EliteMook: The ones that carry music boxes certainly are, as they can easily cripple your options in combat, but the masks even the lower ranks wear do make them more of a threat than the average guard.
* {{Expy}}: Of the Hammerites from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}.''
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Their war with the Howlers in Karnaca. The Overseers are a bunch of ruthless witchhunters, while the Howlers are a murderous street gang, but they're both trying to make the city a better place in the face of Duke Abel's debased tyranny. Most of the conflict simply stems from the leader of the Howlers using an arcane artifact.
* HazyFeelTurn: In ''VideoGame/Dishonored2''. They're still {{Knight Templar}}s who are hostile to the protagonist for most of the game, but they've stamped out most of their CorruptChurch tendencies from the first game, are viciously opposed to the BigBad, and can even outright ally with the player under the right circumstances.
* KnightTemplar: They react violently to any trace of void worship or witchcraft. In ''Dishonored 2'', one of the Serkonan Overseers can be heard sharing a story about how he killed a little girl for having simply ''found'' a shrine to the Outsider somewhere.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: More so in High Chaos and when directly trying to kill you, of course.
* {{Naytheist}}: The Abbey does not recognize any benevolent deities. They exist purely to oppose the influence of the Outsider.
* PaletteSwap: It seems that the Overseers of each nation in the Empire wear different uniforms, with distinct masks:
** The Overseers of Gristol in ''Dishonored'' wear grey jackets with fluted sleeves, and wear gilded masks in the shape of a snarling human face.
** The Overseers of Serkonos in ''Dishonored II'' wear relatively light white and black clothing to compensate for the region's heat, with thick workman's gloves and utilitarian black masks that lack armor around the mouth.
** While not seen, Emily indicates that the Overseers of Morley wear masks similar to the [[EyelessFace dentistry mannequin heads]] occasionally found in ''Dishonored II''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At their best since the Outsider's "chosen" do tend to be dangerous at even the best of times and his artifacts do have a tendency to drive people insane.
* TheWitchHunter: Their order's primary purpose is to hunt down and eliminate heretics who worship the Outsider and practice magic.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Towards the end of ''Dishonored 2'', you learn that a fairly large army of Gristol Overseers, supported by music boxes and wolfhounds, attempted to storm Dunwall Tower to depose Delilah and her coven. By the time you get there, they've been slaughtered to a man, because they hadn't anticipated the presence of Jindosh's MechaMooks, who function without the aid of void magic.]]


[[folder:The Outsider]]
!The Outsider
[[caption-width-right:350:''The one who walks [[AlternateDimension here]] is all things. [[{{God}} Cradle songs of comfort]] and [[{{Satan}} bones gnawed by teeth]].'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Billy Lush (''Dishonored'', Daud DLC, ''Dishonored 2'' reveal trailer), Robin Lord Taylor (''Dishonored 2'', ''Death of the Outsider'')

Described as being a combination of God and the Devil, The Outsider is a sometimes-worshiped and sometimes-reviled (currently reviled) figure in the Isles and considered to be the source of all magic. He imbues Corvo with magic via a PowerTattoo near the beginning of the game, after Corvo escapes from prison.
* AffablyEvil: Whatever else he is, the Outsider certainly doesn't come off as a {{jerkass}} in his manner of speaking. He is neither a benevolent or malevolent god, and he actively opposes [[spoiler:Delilah's threat to reorder reality]].
* AllPowerfulBystander:
** In the first-game. Besides handing out his Mark, the Outsider doesn't directly interfere on the plot. He gives people powers, but makes no attempt to control or make them use said powers in any specific ways. He is far more active in the Daud DLC and the sequel.
** In the DLC he extends his involvement by giving Daud Delilah's name as a starting point. Otherwise he's content to let Daud figure it out and criticize how Daud used his gift, and taunt him with the retribution both of them know is coming in the form of Corvo.
** In the second-game. The Outsider seems to be incapable of directly dealing with and attacking Delilah ([[spoiler:who has become part of him]]), and thus immortal and someone he cannot directly affect. He nonetheless opposes her and repeatedly tells Emily and Corvo how serious a threat she is. At the same time he sticks to his "minimal involvement" rules and avoids giving information to Emily or Corvo about the conspiracy. It's once they figure out the practical parts that he fills in the more esoteric and supernatural details. The only time that he directly aids the protagonists, besides when he offers his Mark [[spoiler:and the Heart necessary to extract Delilah's spirit]], is in Aramis Stilton's mansion, when he gives them the timepiece, because otherwise it'd be literally impossible for them to proceed further. Even when he's directly concerned, he favors having mortals act freely of their own will and work things out on their own.
* AmbiguouslyEvil:
** Given that runes and charms with his markings on them give people nightmares and [[BrownNote headaches]], seem to attract the plague rats, and in several cases cause the possessor to outright spiral into self-destructive or murderous insanity, one can see where the Abbey is coming from when they say he's evil. He's rather giddy when he [[spoiler:points out that the collapsing, corrupted empire simply needed Corvo's help to finally tear itself to pieces]] in the worst ending. In the best ending, he's more aloof - [[spoiler:though he does make a point of saying a sincere farewell when Corvo reaches the end of his life]]. He seems to find the non-lethal fates (where Corvo inflicts poetic vengeance on his targets rather than simply killing them) more amusing than the alternatives, but it's unclear whether their suffering or the "poetic" aspect appeals to him more. What ''is'' clear is that he's genuinely shocked if Corvo doesn't abuse his powers; he believes firmly that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and that he's SeenItAll. What entertains him most of all is Corvo acting contrary to his expectations.
---> '''The Outsider''': I've lived a long, ''long'' time, and ''these'' are the moments that I wait for.
** The 'evil' part is downplayed in ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches''. The Outsider's tone and words to Daud are more hostile than to Corvo, critical of his choice to kill the Empress and his newfound troubled conscience. Also worth noting that he sets the entire plot into motion so [[spoiler:Daud can save Emily from Delilah]]. In fact, he's pretty benevolent, all things considered: his admittedly minimal involvement is the sole and only reason Daud gets involved with the Witches' plans. Had the Outsider not told Daud anything, no one would've been there to stop Delilah. On top of that, in setting Daud on this path, he offers Daud a chance to earn himself a bit of redemption for his earlier deeds.
** In ''Dishonored 2'', it's almost absent. While we still see bad stuff happen to people who use bone charms, and bloodflies and rats clearly are attracted to the charms, the Outsider himself is far more critical of the way things are in Karnaca, and how Corvo and Emily have not been paying attention to Serkonos while they were in power, allowing this to unfold. He still firmly points out that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and seems more contemplative on if Corvo and Emily will learn from this, and pull Karnaca from the brink.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: His true form is that of a partially petrified version of himself screaming from being sacrificed. Judging by his relieved reaction if Billie restores his humanity, being an avatar of the Void was a very unpleasant experience.]]
* AnimalMotifs: He's associated with both whales and rats. Many writings tell of his true form as a Leviathan, and the bone charms and runes you use to upgrade your powers and speak to him are carved from whale bone. On the other hand, rats swarm towards runes and bone charms, and you can summon rats using his powers.
** Hell, in the second game during his first appearance, a large whale appears right behind him and 'swims' on by as he speaks.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: [[spoiler: A "representational" entity born of the Void's desire to perceive things, per WordOfGod. At 15 a poor human boy was merged with the Void, "spawning" what he is now.]]
* ArchEnemy: Delilah is this to him. He goes out of his way, and directly appoints people to put a stop to her. Be they Daud, Corvo or Emily. The reason for this is that Delilah wants to become a god and usurp him and he believes she would actively harm and damage existence itself.
* BigBad: He's the primary villain of the ''Dishonored: Death of the Outsider'' standalone expansion for ''Dishonored 2''.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: His solid black eyes are one of his most obviously inhuman aspects and while "evil" may be up for debate, his morality is unlike that of humans, and things with his mark, be they people or objects, tend to be unnerving and strange. [[spoiler:He loses them at the end of "Death of the Outsider", regardless of whether you choose to kill him or free him.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality:
** The Outsider has been described as "amoral", having elements of both {{God}} and the [[{{Satan}} Devil]]. He's more of an agent of fate than either good or evil. For instance, he gives a small boy the power to summon demonic rats, which the boy uses to slay some bullies. However, the boy is bitten by one of the rats and becomes infected with the plague, which he eventually died from. On the other hand, if Corvo does not use his powers to kill, the Outsider compliments him for being intriguing. His sole motivation seems to be relieving his own boredom. The well-being of those he grants his Mark really doesn't factor in at all.
** Note that he does have an understanding of morality (he will regularly comment on the various crimes and atrocities done by Corvo or Daud's victim, often in a judgemental tone), but he is ultimately unconcerned about handing out punishment or rewards himself, more interested on the stance his chosen ones take on the issue. As per Harvey Smith, developer of ''Dishonored'', The Outsider is motivated by plain curiosity and fascination; his chief interest is finding out what people who are given his powers do with them, what their choices and actions are.
** In the sequel, the Outsider is firmly against the arrival of any malevolent deity and [[spoiler:the aspirations to godhood by someone as unfit as Delilah Copperspoon, and he actively tells Corvo/Emily that they must oppose her before she becomes all-powerful]]. The one reason is that for all of his amorality and aloofness, the Outsider does value free will, the power of choice, and the ability to enact change, and Delilah's vision of the world would rob everyone of that.
* TheChessmaster:
** Comes off as this when [[spoiler:you realize the only reason the Empress was assassinated is due to the Outsider empowering her assassin. Then he empowers ''Corvo'' to assassinate the people who hired the assassin]]. In all fairness, he is stated to be simply an agent who empowers people to drive forward the fate of the world, for better or for worse.
** Even more so in ''The Knife of Dunwall''[=/=]''The Brigmore Witches'', where he's the one that sets Daud upon the path that leads him to [[spoiler:save Emily from Delilah]]. Had he never clued in Daud by giving him Delilah's name, Daud would never have began searching for her and Delilah's plan would've succeeded without ''any'' opposition. The only reason Daud involves himself at all is because the Outsider makes him.
** Of course, he has a major blindspot. The Outsider can see everything anyone ''might'' do, but he can never be certain what they ''will'' do. Presumably when he gave the mark to Delilah Copperspoon, he didn't think she would eventually use the power to crawl out of the Void stronger than ever, let alone [[spoiler:attempt to become a GodEmperor]].
* CreateYourOwnVillain: He gave the Outsider's Mark to Delilah, enabling her to start a murderous cannibalistic coven, become an aspiring tyrant, and then a usurping GodEmperor who apparently had a chance of toppling him. The Outsider goes out of his way to fix his mistake.
* CreepyMonotone: Not robotic or unnatural, just disinterested. You can tell he's intrigued by something when his tone of voice actually ''varies''. It doesn't happen often. This changes in the sequel with his new voice actor which gives him a more youthful and slightly more energetic voice, although he still maintains an even tone.
* TheCorrupter: He gives people down on their luck the power to take revenge. Although he seems to prefer when people are more original than just feeding their enemies to the rats and finds the concept of mercy fascinating, but that's because he expected a bloodbath.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shades of this.
-->'''The Outsider:''' [Sokolov] believes that there are [[SummoningRitual specific words and acts that can compel me to appear before him]]. He searches old temples in Pandyssia and ruined subbasements in the Flooded district. He performs [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusting rituals]] beneath the Old Abbey. But if he ''really'' wants to see me, he could start by being a bit more interesting.
-->'''The Outsider:''' ''(to Daud)'' I see everything. I see forever, and right now I see a man walking a tightrope over a sea of blood and filth. The Empress is dead, and the water's rising. You'd better hurry. You're running out of rope.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: His OriginStory. [[spoiler:He was a young human outcast who was, at the age of 15, subjected to a magic ritual in which he was merged in part with the Void to become a "being of insatiable curiosity about what people do when given power over others."]]
* DidntSeeThatComing: The Outsider can see everything, all possible futures and possibilities but he can never entirely predict human nature:
** In the first game, he's quite surprised at some of your choices, especially if you take a pacifist route. He is absolutely taken aback if you spare Daud despite having every reason to kill him.
** In the second game, he admits that [[spoiler:he didn't expect Delilah Copperspoon to have escaped the Void after Daud trapped her. He notes that anyone else would have remained floating for all eternity, but someone of Delilah's will, determination, cunning and courage rejected that fate and emerged more powerful than ever with an eye to usurping the Outsider's own place in the Void -- becoming the only known person to present genuine threat to him]].
** In ''Death of the Outsider,'' he admits that while he can see almost all possible outcomes of all possible actions, he's completely blind to what happens in a future where he, for any reason, doesn't exist.
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:He goes out this way, should Billie decide to kill him.]]
* DisappointedInYou: The Outsider has low expectations to begin with, but even then he's considerably disappointed when people show no imagination in using his powers, as he expresses to Daud at the start of the DLC. In the sequel he expresses this to both Corvo and Emily, shrugging off their ruthless and cold actions as typical and unsurprising for humans.
* EldritchLocation: The Void, where he lives.
** It appears to be endless sky-blue nothingness with twisted and frozen pieces of normal reality floating within it. Gravity there is ''odd'' and water doesn't flow the way you'd expect it to, nor do lights cast normal colours. The Heart describes it as untouched by time so neither seconds nor centuries pass. It may be where souls go after death or where people go when they dream. Or both.
** In the sequel, the Outsider describes the Void's nature himself. He explains that it is not exactly a place; it exists in every person. It's not so much another dimension as the space between dimensions. The way it seems to appear when characters dream and the description by Corvo of it being a place of endless cold makes it reminiscent of Creator/HPLovecraft's plateau of Leng, which at various times is likened to a planet on the borderlands between dreams and dimensions.
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: He "gifts" select mortals with his powers for fairly vague purposes, mostly to see what potential chaos they can create.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The only time in the game the Outsider is ever at a loss for words is [[spoiler:if you spare Daud on a low chaos playthrough. Corvo's subversion of the basic human desire for revenge leaves him utterly stunned]]. He regains his composure pretty quickly and commends you for getting more and more interesting, but other comments indicate he believes that corruption is "the nature of man", not kindness.
* {{Expy}}: Visually he looks a fair bit like one of the Endless from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', especially Morpheus/Dream. He shares the somber, sardonic and slightly EmoTeen characteristic of Morpheus and likewise has the same sense of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and HumansAreMorons sentiment.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Theorized. In the Abbey's description he is not a physical being, but a tempting, corrupting immaterial spirit. [[spoiler:However, WordOfGod says that he in fact does not change appearance, and looks almost the way he did when his life as a human was "interrupted"]].
* FigureItOutYourself: His default MO. Especially in ''Dishonored 2'', where despite being more closely involved with the events and invested in them, he doesn't give Corvo/Emily any info on the conspiracy or on how to beat Delilah, until absolutely necessary, or until the protagonist has themselves discovered the information, at which point he will elaborate on it.
* ForTheLulz: He does some appallingly bad things, as well as some good things, seemingly just because he's bored out of his skull being God.
* GodIsEvil: The Abbey of the Everyman thinks so, at least - they despise the Outsider, but don't appear to recognize any other deity as being on his level. In reality, he's more... [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]] than evil. [[spoiler:The Outsider also tasks the player to help out the Overseers in ''Dishonored 2'', noting about Liam Byrne that he's a honest preacher who is sincerely opposing Delilah, and that the player must protect the Abbey, as he sardonically notes, from "people like us"]].
* GrayEyes: In ''[[VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider Death of the Outsider]]'' [[spoiler: after he returns to his original mortal form in the Low Chaos ending, he has very striking grey eyes which highlight his mystical connection to the Void and reflects his former status as something akin to an oracle.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: Well, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he's not really evil]] in the traditional sense of the word, but still, he's indirectly responsible for a lot of the bad things that happened to Corvo and Emily,[[spoiler: because he gave his mark to Daud and Delilah, wich makes him indirectly responsible for all the death and destruction that they've caused in the first and second games. He's also responsible for the existence of a few minor antagonists, like Granny Rags. Plus, a lot of people died or were driven insane [[GoMadFromTheRevelation simply by worshipping him, so]]...]]
* HumanoidAbomination: He looks like a pretty regular young man, complete with dirty clothes. If it weren't for the pitch-black eyes and the shadows and stars swirling around him, you might be tempted to think him just another ordinary human. It's not clear what he is, but it ''is'' clear that whatever he is, it's ''not quite right''.
* HumanityEnsues: [[spoiler:At the end of "Death of the Outsider", Billie can choose to turn the Outsider back into a mortal by convincing Daud's spirit that he deserves a chance at life.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters:
** He makes more than one comment that strongly implies that he believes the "nature of man" to be cruel and corrupt. A nonlethal Corvo seems to incite his curiosity precisely ''because'' of this: Corvo is choosing, of his own free will, to act in complete opposition to everything the Outsider believes humans to be. The only time the Outsider is ''ever'' shown to be genuinely taken aback is if [[spoiler:Corvo chooses to spare Daud]]. Regardless, it doesn't seem to change his opinion or even make him reconsider; rather, he indicates that he sees Corvo as the exception that proves the rule.
** He doesn't have the attitude in the second game so much. He's even regretful mostly because he empowered Delilah, who ended up becoming a threat not only to the Empire but ''existence'' itself since she was on her way to godhood. In the second game he seems to lament the wasted potential and talent of the many targets you have to meet on your way, and how they use it for evil (Jindosh), waste their good fortune (Abele), use compelling FreudianExcuse to excuse and abet tyranny (Breanna Ashworth), and likewise feels the same about Delilah, who could have been a force of great brilliance and change but was driven to create what she imagined as a perfect and static world to worship her instead.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:Ultimately, the Outsider wants his ordeal as the Void's executor to end, be it through being returned to mortality as a human or death, so in a sense, it can be interpreted that his aiding of Billie despite knowing her intentions is to facilitate this goal.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:The Outsider is merely the dream-like apparition of a human boy trapped and frozen in the Void. What the Outsider truly wants is to be released from his prison and regain his humanity and complete his mortal life, since spending 4000 years watching generations of humanity come and go is apparently an experience that bothers him as time goes on. In ''Death of the Outsider'', Billie remarks that despite knowing her and Daud's intentions to kill him, he openly comes in and helps them along the way, proving that he wants some kind of end, either death or loss of power]].
* IKnowYourTrueName: [[spoiler:He can be freed from the Void by whispering his true name to his body.]]
* ItAmusedMe: Seems to be his primary motivation for gifting Daud, Granny Rags, the Royal Interrogator, the Boy and Corvo with supernatural powers. He seems to enjoy seeing how people will use his 'gift' and watching the choices they make.
* MeaningfulName: He is '''The Outsider'''. He never directly influences anyone. He may give you powers, but he only watches from the outside.
* NeutralNoLonger: In ''Dishonored 2'', the Outsider is far more pro-active and clearly on the side of the protagonist (not that it stops him from criticizing them and wondering if Corvo/Emily will learn from this experience and make the world better). He just firmly dislikes what Delilah is doing. His involvement is best seen by him [[spoiler:giving the protagonist the time piece to time travel in the Stilton Manor - the only time in the game he manifests ''outside'' the Void]]. Without this particular involvement, the protagonist would've been unable to find how to break Delilah's immortality. [[spoiler:He also notes that Delilah's tampering with the Void has made her part of him, and he doesn't like that.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: He shows up in dreams, visions, and at shrines that people clandestinely erect in his name.
* TheOmniscient: The Outsider seems aware of everything going on, and at one point will mention he can see every path a person's future can possibly take and demonstrate it by commenting [[spoiler: on both fates you can inflict on Lady Boyle]]. However, this is played with a little. Even though he can see every choice you ''can'' make he doesn't seem to know for sure which one you ''will'' make. As already mentioned, Low Chaos Corvo surprises him constantly and can stun him speechless with the right actions.
-->'''The Outsider:''' No one's watching Delilah now, except you. And me, of course. I see everything. I see ''forever''.
* OverarchingVillain: Though not necessarily villainous, the marks that he gives to various people, more specifically Daud and Delilah, is what allowed them to commit their deeds in the first two games, and expansion packs. He also appeared in those first two games, and expansions before becoming the BigBad of ''[[VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider Death of the Outsider]]'', being the only character to appear in all of them. According to the WordOfGod, The MythArc [[spoiler: ends once The Outsider is no more.]]
* PetTheDog:
** He's normally perfectly content to allow those he's Marked to do whatever they like, including fight each other. There is one exception: he gives Daud the clue to find Delilah, in order to [[spoiler:prevent her from possessing Emily. No explanation for this is given other than him just wanting her to stay safe]].
** Word of God states that [[spoiler:he generally has a problem with powerful people that abuse the powerless, because he was powerless himself as a human. Many of his comments to Corvo, after his betrayal by the Loyalists and his assessment of his targets, have him speak in a disappointed tone about how people do bad things and never seem to learn from their mistakes]].
* PrescienceIsPredictable: He says he sees all paths a person's future can take, but he seems more interested in finding out ''which'' of them is chosen. Could explain his disinterest in appearing to Sokolov. He knows ''exactly'' how Sokolov would use his powers -- studying them and trying to replicate them. The lack of uncertainty makes him uninteresting. It may also explain why he sends Piero dreams despite him also being a scientist: Piero is more a tester that makes a loose speculation and hopes it works out instead of properly studying it and making theories like Sokolov, thus keeping Piero at least interesting enough to have The Outsider interfere occassionally.
* PowerTattoo: He appears fond of handing these out, though it's not clear why other than that the people he picks are "pivotal" to the fate of the world. A dark charity? Cruel amusement? To sow chaos? Who knows? The Outsider does not usually influence the people he grants the mark in any way; the choice of how to use the powers he gives them is up to the recipient, but he does only choose "special", ''interesting'' people for it.
* PowersThatBe: Rather than purely good or evil, The Outsider is merely seen as an agent of fate, interfering in lives that are pivotal to the world's destiny, for better or for worse.
* Really700YearsOld: He was [[spoiler:a young outcast human boy born three thousand years before even the Empire's ''calendar'' was established]].
* RedRightHand: His black eyes and his shadowy/starry aura.
* TheScapegoat: The Abbey blames all human failings on corruption from him and the Void. In truth, he has almost nothing to do with any of it; even if he's behind the witches and bone-charms (which is ambiguous), he never ''makes'' anyone do anything. He is in fact disappointed when people give in to revenge and other baser instincts. In ''Death of the Outsider'', [[spoiler:it is revealed that the Abbey is descended from the cult that turned him into the Outsider four thousand years ago. The highest-ranking members of the Abbey know that he is not the source of all evil, and are worried that they will lose all their power if he dies and they can no longer blame him for everything]].
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's never referred to as 'Outsider'. It's always '''The'' Outsider'.
* SuperEmpowering:
** Rather than directly manipulate the world, he prefers giving people he finds interesting powers and seeing what they'll do. Notably, while Bone Charms do seem to work for everyone, the Runes are only really useful to those touched by the Outsider. Everyone else sort of goes insane.
** [[spoiler:It's also ''sort of'' his OriginStory as well. The creature we know as the Outsider is ultimately an "avatar" or "figure" of the Void. Born three thousand years before "the Great Burning" (the first year of the Empire's calendar), as a young outcast boy of fifteen he somehow merged with part of the Void]].
* SupportingProtagonist: The Outsider is the only character to appear in all three released games and expansion packs. In ''Dishonored 1'' he has the most lines of dialogue and narrates the closing scenes of the game. Most of the lore, mystery, and gameplay depends on his powers and abilities and those he chooses to empower [[spoiler:and his death or depowerment in ''Death of the Outsider'' marks the EndOfAnAge for the series]].
* TermsOfEndangerment: "My dear Corvo", in the trailer; Daud he refers to with some amusement as "my old friend". He's not exactly malicious, but he's ''definitely'' not benign.
* TimeAbyss: He looks young, but he's very, very old, having existed for millennia and seen the rise and fall of civilizations. He remarks upon the one before the Empire of the Isles, which has been gone for long enough that most aren't aware it ever existed; he's unmoved or even mildly bored during most of the plot, giving the impression that he's already SeenItAll; and the one time he seems surprised, he outright says that he's "lived a long, ''long'' time". The Heart describes his dwelling-place as "the end of all things, and the beginning". It's unlikely that time as humans perceive it has any meaning to the Outsider.
* TheTrickster: Has elements of this, even though WordOfGod prefers to think of him more along the lines of a Chthonic spirit than an actual trickster god. Still, a powerful, otherworldly, possibly-deific being who seems to intervene in the affairs of mortals for his own amusement, and whose actions only ever seem to complicate matters? He might [[CreepyMonotone not be a cackling lunatic]], but he fits the bill otherwise.
* {{Troll}}: There's no other description for his reaction after reuniting with Corvo in the second game:
--> '''The Outsider''': ''(appears out of thin air)'' Corvo, old friend! Do I even need to say it? You've lost another Empress!
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Death of the Outsider'', his petrified echo is encountered by Billie and she's simply given a choice to release or kill him. Billie even lampshades this, as she was clearly expecting to have to fight an omnipotent god at the end of her quest.]]
* WasOnceAMan: See DeityOfHumanOrigin.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:Since he was himself powerless as a human and subjected to a lot of abuse]], he is very curious about how people who are suddenly given power over others behave themselves and what choices they make.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: The Outsider was really an unwilling sacrificial lamb to the void by a Cult whose only form of contact to the Outside world was to give people's his mark, the powers that come with it, and let them carry out their chaotic and destructive desires. When Billie Lurk finally sees The Outsider's true form, a petrified boy in constant agony, her view of him can go from an uncaring monster to an unfortunate victim who never wanted to become this.]]

[[folder:The Heart]]
!The Heart
[[caption-width-right:200:''"Why am I so cold?"'']]

->''"What have they done to me?"''
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AprilStewart

The heart of a living thing, molded by the Outsider's power. Given to Corvo as a gift by the Outsider just after he receives the Mark. In addition to assisting you in finding various mystical items strewn throughout Dunwall, it whispers a great many secrets regarding the city and its inhabitants.
* DissonantSerenity: Save for a few instances, its tone is calm and serene, even when talking about horrific things.
-->'''The Heart:''' ''(about a maid)'' If she lives until tomorrow, her day off, she will be mauled by weepers and left for dead.
* DowsingDevice: Assists Corvo in finding runes and bone charms scattered around the city.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: The Heart knows a great deal about the history of places and people.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: It also occasionally makes predictions about things that haven't happened yet.
* ExpositionFairy: Knows an unnervingly large amount about just about everyone and everything you point it at, if you ask. Notably, she herself finds her extensive knowledge fearful and sorrowful.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Is most likely the SoulJar of a dead woman locked in a state of helpless observation only. This woman is almost certainly [[spoiler:Empress Jessamine]], given her comments and attitudes. [[spoiler:She also shares Jessamine's voice actress]].
* LiteralMetaphor: It's fair to say that Corvo was indeed [[spoiler:given Jessamine's heart, since they loved each other]]. When occupied by another soul, [[spoiler:Delilah's]], it turns dark and twisted. [[spoiler:Thus, as we already knew, Delilah is black-hearted.]]
* {{Magitek}}: The heart of a living thing, kept alive by clockwork and the Outsider's magic.
* NotSoStoic: While it's usually pretty unflappable, capable of talking about murder and death without a hitch, its DissonantSerenity vanishes whenever it talks about anything to do with [[spoiler:Empress Jessamine]]. It ''really'' loses its stoicism when asked about [[spoiler:Daud, the man who assassinated the Empress]]. On a lighter note, it expresses clear joy when talking about how people used to sing old songs in happier times in the Hound Pits.
* TheOmniscient: It will tell you things about people that no one but the individual themselves could possibly know. It does the same for places, too. It also occasionally makes predictions about the future. The one thing it cannot tell Corvo much about are the Whalers. It notes that there is a "haze" that surrounds them, and that because of it, even the Heart cannot discern the truth. It is also notable that The Heart is shown to be ''wrong'' on a few occasions. [[spoiler:It says that there is no turning back from the path Daud has chosen, but Daud is willing to do exactly that should Corvo spare him. It also says that Sokolov will never forgive Piero for being the youngest man ever accepted into the Academy, but by the time of the siege on Piero's workshop, they have both put past grievances behind them]]. However, it is possible that the Heart is working on what the individual it is observing believes is true at the time the Heart "reads" them. [[spoiler:Or, in Daud's case, that it is biased]]. Alternatively, it is an object made by The Outsider and The Outsider himself believes that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, it might also be that the heart simply sees a variety of possibilities and picks what seems most likely by exactly that train of thought.
* PerceptionFilter: Its dialogue in ''Dishonored 2'' mentions that only the one who holds it can see it. Hence why other people don't freak out at Corvo/Emily wandering around holding a talking, beating human heart.
* SoulJar: For Jessamine. [[spoiler:And then, for Delilah.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: [[spoiler:It is absolutely ''livid'' if Corvo points it at Daud]].
-->'''The Heart:''' Why have you brought me here? Am I to forgive this man for what he did?
* WhatTheHellHero: In the second game, the Heart doesn't hold back on criticising your High Chaos playthrough.
-->'''The Heart:''' I have seen many horrors. A child beaten by thieves. A nest of bloodflies. Your blood-soaked hands.

[[folder:Granny Rags]]
!Granny Rags[=/=]Vera Moray
[[caption-width-right:350:''Careful! She treads with purpose. And is not as frail as she seems.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Susan Sarandon

A former aristocrat who now lives on the streets; she is blind and deranged.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: There aren't many things the Outsider will find abhorrent. Him pausing when mentioning how Granny flirts with him suggests that her unrequited crush on him makes him uncomfortable.
* AxCrazy: She's clearly not all there in the head, and the jobs she sends Corvo on tend to involve inflicting harm on the local populace (specifically, the local gang who keeps harassing her for cash, though you also kill the families relying on their cure). Late in the game, [[spoiler:not only will you find her notes next to her murder victims talking about how bland and dreary Dunwall is, you'll find her threatening to cook Slackjaw and Corvo. If you choose to fight her, you'll find that she can control swarms of plague-ridden rats]].
* BlindSeer: Though apparently physically blind, she can see more than she lets on. She possesses AuraVision like Corvo and Daud.
* TheCameo: Not that you'd realize it without knowing, but she does appear in Dishonored 2. [[spoiler:Part of her anyway. Her severed, dead hand is used by Paolo as a magical trinket to keep from dying. If the player kills him, they destroy it, but not before it [[AnimateBodyParts puts up a bit of a fight.]]]]
* DemotedToExtra[=/=]TheGhost: In the Daud DLC. You find messages from her giving people recipes to summon Runes, but is never seen.
* IAmAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:She intends to cook and eat Slackjaw]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: According to the Outsider. You can find a painting of her in her youth, which indeed shows her as striking when sans the wrinkles, blindness, filth, and with better make-up and less ragged clothing.
-->'''The Heart:''' Princes ''begged'' for her hand.
* LifeDrinker: Daud suspects that she sustains herself by stealing the life force of those who carry the runes she crafts.
* ObfuscatingInsanity:
** She's clearly crazy, but not confuse-Corvo-with-her-dead-husband crazy. Rather, she's [[spoiler: hire-Corvo-to-poison-and-weaken-Slackjaw's-thugs-so-she-can-attack-him-later-and-cook-and-eat-him crazy]]. It's hinted several times that her initial brand of crazy is an act, as she hints all the things she "imagines" are just for show.
** [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] if you [[spoiler: spy on her going to her Outsider shrine. The "birdies" she kept mentioning before do come -- ''in a form of a SwarmOfRats'']].
* NeverMessWithGranny: She may be crazy but she has gotten to be very skilled with the powers the Outsider gave her and even terrified local children into rightly thinking she was a witch.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Everyone calls her Granny Rags. Her name is only found in her diary, which only comes in the Arcane Assassin DLC (though references to her last name abound, and another book mentions her first name, allowing one to piece the pieces). The Outsider even lampshades the fact her name is mostly forgotten by telling Corvo it would mean nothing to him.
* PetTheDog: When Corvo [[spoiler:rescues Emily]] from the Golden Cat, it's strongly implied that Granny Rags ensured that [[spoiler:Emily]] made it safely to the river and Samuel.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Control over rats seems to be her primary Outsider-induced power. If you try to use Rat Swarm on her, the summon rats will ignore her and she'll laugh at you for trying to harm her with the one thing she's got the most power over.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: You can try to kill her or knock her unconscious, but she merely collapses into a swarm of rats that start biting you. She will turn up later as if nothing had happened. [[spoiler:Eventually you find out that she cannot be killed without destroying her magic cameo, which is the source of her power. Slackjaw apparently slit her throat five times already.]]
** It seems that this power is so strong that it's actually transitive. [[spoiler:In the second game, Paolo possesses her preserved hand, which allows him to cheat death by turning into a swarm of rats once per day.]]
* RichesToRags: Seems to have fallen in with the Outsider (and subsequently caught the crazy) shortly after taking part in her husband's expedition to Pandyssia.
* ShoutOut: Different in personality, but her reputation in Dunwall and name is a reference to Granny Weatherwax from Literature/{{Discworld}}.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Her cameo, which must be destroyed in a furnace before Corvo can deal with her.]]
* TouchedByVorlons: She is [[PowerTattoo Marked]] by the Outsider. Her marked hand becomes an occult artifact in the sequel
* UnholyMatrimony: She considers herself married to the Outsider. Being the incomprehensible creature he is, he doesn't feel the same way. In ''The Brigmore Witches'', one of the recipes Daud can find is a ritual that's supposed to marry them by proxy.
* WickedWitch: Long suspected to be one by local kids like Slackjaw when he was younger. Turns out they were far more correct than they thought.

[[folder:Madame Prudence]]
!Madame Prudence
[[caption-width-right:161:''She learned long ago not to grow fond of any of the girls.'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jodi Corlisle

The proprietor of the Golden Cat.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She sends sweet letters to her most important clients, imploring them to come back after the mess with the plague. [[BondageIsBad Bunting]] himself receives a letter telling him that [[BlatantLies many of the girls consider him a friend and they miss him]]. In truth... well, see the EvilOldFolks entry.
* EvilOldFolks: As the Heart will tell you, not only does she import her girls from the countryside under the false pretense of giving them jobs in factories if they die at the Golden Cat she just dumps their dead bodies into the river.
* EvilRedhead: Her amoral behaviors and bright red hair certainly qualify her.
%%* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The latter.
* LoveHurts: Implied by the Heart saying that "she learned long ago not to grow fond of any of the girls."
* MissKitty: A subversion. While she ''did'' used to be a prostitute herself, and now runs the Golden Cat, she has none of the usual MamaBear traits and treats her girls as disposable. Her predecessor was closer, according to the Heart.


! Art Dealer Bunting

An Art dealer living on Bottle Street and regular client at the Golden Cat and guest of the Lady Boyles.
* AssholeVictim: He cheats people by undervaluing their art when he buys it then selling it at market price. He's done so to other {{Asshole Victim}}s (The Pendletons) but also to a family who is later seen in the Flooded District.
* BondageIsBad: He's into S&M, which some of the girls at the Golden Cat find repulsive despite the fact that they don't even need to touch him. Although that may have more to do with that fact that he's also kind of a dick, threatening the girls with having them tortured if they step out of line.
* ButtMonkey: He can suffer multiple misfortunes at Corvo's hands:
** Be repeatedly electrocuted for the combination of his safe and into unconsciousness.
** Have his safe broken into and its contents stolen.
** Be prevented from entering Lady Boyle's party because Corvo stole his invitation. Guards assume Corvo really is Bunting and that Bunting is some guy trying to usurp "his" identity.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Even after he gives you the code to his safe, you can continue to zap him into unconsciousness.
* SafeWord: "[[{{Irony}} Retribution]]". Corvo can choose to ignore it.
* UpperClassTwit: He doesn't even notice that the one giving him shocks is Corvo, instead thinking the girl who normally does it gained some weight based on the sound of the footsteps due to his blindfold. Also later thinking he could try to get into the Boyle's Masquerade party despite knowing his invite was likely stolen.


! Griff
[[caption-width-right:181:''An honest man – no. But his heart is not as black as some.'']]

A merchant living in the Distillery District. If Corvo saves his life, Griff sells items to him. If not, he becomes a Weeper.
* ALighterShadeOfGrey: As in the quote above, he's not a good person, but you could do worse. ''Much'' worse.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He's an escaped convict.
* NoHeroDiscount: Even though Corvo saves his life, Griff insists on charging far more than Piero does, since Piero can make his own wares, but Griff has to scrounge for what he sells.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Griff isn't his real name. After escaping from prison, he took the name to hide his identity. No one suspects.
* SecretKeeper: According to the Heart, he knows Corvo's identity, but he won't tell anyone.


[[folder:Abigail Ames]]
!Abigail Ames

A professional rabble-rouser hired by one of Rothwild's competitors to shut down the Rothwild slaughterhouse.
* TheDogBitesBack: If you torture her for information but then spare her, the favor she sells will change to a letter from her explaining it was a trap, followed by a bomb.
* ManipulativeBastard: When the strike started, Rothwild hired a private investigator to find dirt on her. The PI became convinced that Abigail was a genuine WideEyedIdealist and actually tried to convince Rothwild to give into some of her demands.
* TheMole: She manipulated Rothwild so well that she actually managed to work her way up to Foreman before she started the strike.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: She justifies her plan to blow up the slaughterhouse to Daud by saying that Rothwild and his butchers will be the only ones harmed and that they deserve to die.
* WideEyedIdealist: The persona she puts on to rally the workers into striking. She claims to adamantly believe that no one deserves to work in the slaughterhouse's inhumane conditions. In reality, she's not just far more cynical, she's actually a professional rabble-rouser hired by Rothwild's enemies to sabotage him. The idealism is part of her act to gain sympathy, and she never actually cares about who she's supporting.


[[folder:Thalia Timsh]]
!Thalia Timsh

Barrister Arnold Timsh's niece. The two of them had a rather nasty falling out over the Barrister's mother's inheritance, and so Thalia hires Daud to remove her uncle from the picture.
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Her primary role in the story is to give Daud Delilah's backstory.
* TheStoic: Nothing seems to phase her. Daud first meets her being threatened by some Hatters who have already killed her bodyguards. She remains completely calm. Her cool demeanor doesn't even flap when she realizes that she has become an accessory to murder.
* WideEyedIdealist: The Barrister accuses her of being this, although nothing in her conversations with Daud supports his accusations.

[[folder: Weepers]]

People in the final stages of the Plague, forsaken by all to live out their last days in Dunwall's most wretched squalor. Their symptoms have progressed to the point of dry and flaking skin, continuous coughing and wheezing, throwing up black vomit, almost complete deterioration of mental faculties and motor skills and the distinctive bloody tears that fall from their eyes. The scent of death surrounding them attracts flies and maggots, which infest them, and they wander around in a haze of despair, desperately seeking help, but unable to express it beyond pawing at others (and spreading the plague still further). Some believe that Weepers are no longer human.
* BodyHorror: Dear ''[[ lord.]]''
* EarlyBirdCameo: Search or listen hard and they'll turn up surprisingly early even in a Low Chaos game.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: If Corvo has Low Chaos [[spoiler:and spares Sokolov, then a cure for the plague is found, capable of recovering even those who've progressed this far.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Campbell becomes a Weeper if you "spare" him. Killing him in that state is listed as a MercyKill in the end-mission statistics.]]
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: They may shamble, moan, claw at healthy people, and look/smell like they're rotting, but they're still just this side of alive. They can be occasionally be heard sobbing in misery and their attacks can be interpreted as the only way they have left of begging for aid. The Heart even sometimes remarks that they seem to be able to think or desire something, though they are obviously no longer able to talk. If not drawing their attention, they can even be seen walking to a fire to warm themselves like non-weeper {{Non Player Character}}s occasionally do.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: One of their "attacks" and one of their idling actions. They also release insects from their bodies.

[[folder:Doctor Luigi Galvani]]
A prominent doctor and natural philosopher in Dunwall.

* EverybodyHasStandards: He's totally against Delilah's coup.
* TheGhost: He's mentioned several times in both games, the player is given two chances to break into his home in the first game (and another two in the sequel), but he's never seen. He's also invited to the Boyles' party, but his journal mentions he has no intention of going because he dislikes hanging out with aristocrats.
* ImYourBiggestFan: He's a huge fan of Sokolov, so much so he celebrates the day he first met him.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: He studies the rat plague, but is also the inventor of two upgrades: "Bonded Galvani Weave" and "Folded Galvani Resin".
* RunningGag: Getting robbed by the player character. It can happen a total of five times over three games.
* TemptingFate: After getting robbed four times in Dunwall, Galvani moves to Karnaca and puts all of his fortune in a safebox in the Michalls' Bank, certain that it will be safe in such a legendarily secure bank. Billie can still rob him.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: During the first mission of ''Dishonored 2'', you have the chance to rob Galvani and find his notebook, wherein he expresses his hope that moving to a new neighborhood would prevent future burglaries. [[spoiler:In the final mission you can return to Galvani's house, but all you'll find in his safe is a few coins and a cranky note informing his burglar that he's so sick of being robbed he's decided to leave Dunwall for good.]]