A list of the various characters in the Rockstar game ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and some of them are ugly]] - but they're certainly interesting.

'''Due to [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers Wiki Policy]], this page contains numerous unmarked spoilers for the game's ending and epilogue. YouHaveBeenWarned.'''


[[folder: John Marston]]
[[caption-width-right:302:''"People don't forget. Nothing gets forgiven."'']]

The main protagonist and playable character. A former outlaw who ran with Dutch Van Der Linde's gang, a huge falling-out with the gang led to John deciding to go straight and try to raise a family. However, the Bureau of Investigations wants to eliminate the gang, and they force John - by holding his family hostage - to take up his guns once again and hunt down and capture or kill the men he once called friends.

* ActionDad: John's defining trait is his devotion to his family. The very reason he's going on a long, violent quest across New Austin, Nuevo Paraiso, and West Elizabeth to hunt down his former gang? The BOI has them trapped in a GildedCage and he wants to set them free.
* AmazonChaser: [[spoiler:Abigail used to ride with their gang and is even more of a verbal badass than John is. ]]
* AngerBornOfWorry: Has some harsh words for Jack after saving him in "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child". Considering that the kid tried to hunt and take down a [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]] ''by himself'', it's quite justified.
* AntiHero: John is an AntiHero no matter how you play him, but the KarmaMeter makes it somewhat difficult to ascertain exactly ''what'' AntiHero he is. A player who does consistently good deeds, along with Marston's willingness to help people in need and motivation for the main story for make him more of a [[KnightInSourArmor Type II]] or a light [[GoodIsNotNice Type III]]. A particularly nasty player can make him a [[PayEvilUntoEvil Type IV]] or even a [[VillainProtagonist Type V]].
* TheAtoner: It's right there in the title.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:In Undead Nightmare, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie John returns to the world as a zombie]].]]
* BadassBaritone: His voice is somewhat deep.
* BadassBeard: He has a noticeable neckbeard, in the best way possible.
* BadassBoast: "You'll be the first to know when I kill you, I promise."
* BadassCape: The poncho outfit.
* BadassLongcoat: Quite a few of his outfits.
* BadassBandolier: Not at first, but you can get one.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Should the player feel so thus inclined in the Stranger missions.
* {{Cowboy}}
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}: [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=red+dead+redemption++motivational#/art/Red-Dead-Redemption-Motivational-350017186?_sid=10a00f1e This]] picture pretty much sums it up.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Dies in a shootout with an Army contingent manned by Ross all by himself, to give his family time to escape.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: When ordered to burn down a village by De Santa, Marston is clearly against the idea but is forced to go along with it to maintain the support of the Mexican army. Afterwards, he's pretty disgusted at himself while everyone else is happily pillaging. On top of that, and his disgust with all the other colorful characters he meets, no matter how much of a murderous douche you play him as, [[http://www.dorkly.com/post/2480/red-dead-moral-code as this comic lampshades]], he'll never cheat on his wife.
* {{Expy}}: Played with, as he resembles Red Harlow physically but not in personality
* FastestGunInTheWest
* GeniusBruiser: Due to his lack of education, he does not qualify for a BadassBookworm, but it becomes clear very quickly that John is extremely intelligent and, had he received an education, could have likely pursued any path he wanted.
* [[GoodParents Good Parent]]: To Jack. He's caring, stern, and tries to set him on the right path.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: While he can be good or evil depending on how you play, he sure didn't get them "falling over in church", as he puts it.
* TheGunslinger
* HandicappedBadass: There are several hints that point to John being nearly blind in his left eye. He's still quite a sharpshooter however. He even quips, "Looks like I got my eye back" once you killed a few people in Dead Eye mode.
* HappilyMarried: He absolutely adores his wife. In contrast to every other Rockstar protagonist out there, he turns down every other woman's advances without hesitation, always remaining faithful to her.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He'll assist any side that helps him get the men he wants, especially in Mexico.
* TheHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: A fully filled karma meter on the good side will give you the title of “hero", while a fully filled karma meter on the bad side will give you the title “desperado".
* TheHeroDies
* HeroicNeutral: Just wants to be left alone with his family.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He allows the government to kill him, so his wife and son can live the rest of their lives in peace. But he doesn't go down [[DyingMomentOfAwesome without taking a few with him]].]]
** FaceDeathWithDignity
** TakingYouWithMe[=/=]DoNotGoGentle: [[spoiler:Knowing that he is going to die and has to die for his family, Marston is damn well not going down alone.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Ross considers him to be one of these, [[spoiler: to the point that he kills him.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Reyes even calls him a romantic trying to be a cynic.
* LastStand: Mows down a full army of bad guys before finally meeting his end, all to save his family.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy[=/=]AffablyEvil: Generally tries to be cooperative with those he's working with and displays a large amount of restraint and patience, not to mention being a very loving father and husband.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: Despite this, he does have his limits and will not hesitate to threaten those he feels aren't holding up their side of the bargain.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:You feel doing all of those good deeds and side stories don't you? Ross says Hello. John Marston is quite possibly the TropeCodifier. All the good deeds he does throughout the game... is undone when Ross and his men come to kill him.]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He only starts to openly work for the rebels after [[spoiler:Allende and de Santa tried to screw him over and Reyes saved him.]] Otherwise he treats them as a means to an end, though [[MoralityPet he's somewhat sympathetic towards Luisa]].
* OneManArmy: He, by himself, fought off bandits, rebels, wolves, cougars, and the Mexican and US Armies [[spoiler:(if only)]].
* [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids Outlaw Parents Want Good Kids]]: He and Abigail made Jack unaware of their profession, especially in regard to the days of Dutch's gang.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Lampshaded by Bill Williamson - John was always one for "fancy words."
* PapaWolf: Very protective of his son; when he finds out that Jack went hunting a Grizzly by himself in "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child", he wastes no time setting off to find him. [[spoiler: In the final shootout, he flips out at the attacking US soldiers as they try to harm his family. And he ultimately allows himself to be killed to give them a chance at a life without Ross and his cronies coming for them.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died in childbirth, and his father died when he was 8, leaving him to grow up in an orphanage until he met Dutch.
* RetiredOutlaw: He simply wants to live his days out in peace with his family.
* RuggedScar: Covered in em'. As he says, he certainly didn't get them "falling over in church".
* WarriorPoet: He's a surprisingly eloquent speaker, something that [[DiscOneFinalBoss Bill Williamson]] points out.
* WildCard: In Mexico, he's willing to work with whomever he thinks can get him to Williamson and Escuella. [[/folder]]

[[folder:New Austin Arc]]
!!Bonnie [=MacFarlane=]
[[caption-width-right:311:''"Change is only good when it makes things better."'']]
A ranch owner that helps out John early in the game.

* ActionGirl
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: It's implied that by the last time she meets John she's developed a crush on him. However it seemed that she moved on by the epilogue, where it's stated that she's married.
* ChristmasCake: She's 29, which counts for that era.
* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGirl: One of the friendliest characters that John meets in the game.
* SpiritedYoungLady

!!Marshal Leigh Johnson
[[caption-width-right:300:''"My cause is to keep this town from turning into a living Hell for the folks who live here."'']]
The no-nonsense District Marshal of Armadillo.

* BadassGrandpa
* CoolOldGuy
* GunsAkimbo: In cutscenes only, unfortunately.
* KnightInSourArmor
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To an extent.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:According to the epilogue, he eventually retired as Marshal and moved as far away from Armadillo as he could.]]
* TheSheriff: Despite being a Marshal.

!!Nigel West Dickens
[[caption-width-right:300:''"This is America, where a lying, cheating deginerate like myself can prosper."'']]
A traveling salesman and a self-proclaimed man of science.

* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Say what you will about Mr. West Dickens. He may be a DirtyCoward, but he also [[spoiler: helps John with an assault on Fort Mercer, complete with shooting some of the enemies]].
* ForScience: He often claims to be a man of science, though it's clear that it's just a sales pitch.
* LargeHam: When trying to advertise his wares.
* LovableCoward: Of a sort - he may be a swindler who often cowers behind schoozing and stronger friends when his lies come back to bite him, but he also volunteers a plan to help John face Williamson without being prompted or asked by John at all and is right there with him when the assault happens.
* NiceHat: His top hat.
* NotSoDifferent: He ''never'' lets John mock his line of work without pointing out John's own dubious past in return.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: His elixir may not heal any of the afflictions he claims, but it has a much-appreciated effect on Marston's Dead Eye abilities, permanently upgrading it to the second tier of use.
* TheSmartGuy: For the plan to take Fort Mercer.
* SmugSnake: Arrogant and boastful, but is also obviously a con-man selling questionably-valuable wares.
* SnakeOilSalesman: Formerly the page image.
** Could also fall under WorstAid. It's ambiguous whether Mr. Dickens knowingly sells junk or actually believes in the stuff he's peddling, as he never gives up the act even when it's just him and the highly skeptical Marston. If we grant that the in-game cartoon about the dangers of medical science that '''WILL KILL YOU AND LEAVE YOU DEAD''' is about Dickens, it seems that the medicine technically could have useful ingredients, though apparently at the wrong dosages and with the wrong mixtures.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TheStrategist: Despite seemingly being a hack, he ''does'' devise a plan to assault Fort Mercer that works like a charm, in addition to putting John in touch with the other characters who supply the equipment (namely, a [[MoreDakka gatling gun]]) to make it happen.
* VitriolicBestBuds: His relationship with John to an extent, particularly in Undead Nightmare, when they bid each other a relatively fond farewell. When John later sees West Dickens getting arrested in Blackwater, he gets Ross to pardon him.

[[caption-width-right:300:''"They say God invented whiskey to stop the Irish from rulin' the world."'']]
An arms dealer that John has to deal with as part of the assault on Bill Williamson.

* TheAlcoholic: John seems to never meet him while he's sober.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
--> '''Marston:''' I'm the guy who saved you from gettin' killed back there and who you owe your life to, remember?
--> '''Irish:''' Not really, happens to me all the time.
* ButtMonkey
* DirtyCoward: Notably, he happens to be "late" during the assault of Fort Mercer, where even West Dickens and Seth fight for a bit. However he'll fight back if he has absolutely no choice.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: He's one of West Dickens' shadier contacts.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[spoiler:The epilogue states that he managed to get himself killed while [[TooDumbToLive drunkenly fiddling around with a gun]] in an outhouse.]]
* {{Oireland}}
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: He's simply referred to as "Irish" by all other characters. [[spoiler:The newspaper in the epilogue simply refers to him as an unnamed Irishman.]]
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler:Shot himself while drunkenly fiddling with a gun while in an outhouse.]]
* UngratefulBastard: His response to John saving his life is to send him off, unwittingly, to an almost certain death to avoid repaying his debt.

!!Seth Briars
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I don't eat, I don't sleep, I don't wash, and I don't care."'']]
A maniacal treasure hunter that West Dickens sends John towards.

* ButtMonkey
* CaptainErsatz: Basically they took [[LordOfTheRings Gollum]] and put him in the Wild West.
* DepravedBisexual: States that he's had a wife and child once while implying that his relationship with Moses Forth was more than just partners.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted; while robbing a grave he expresses disgust at one of the corpses he exhumes [[BrotherSisterIncest laying with his sister]]... but that's just because he doesn't like women, full stop.
* ThePigPen: He's absolutely filthy due to his maniacal, narrow-minded obsession with finding the treasure.
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:"A glass eye?!? IT'S A GLASS EYE!"]]
* ShoutOut: West Dickens nicknames him [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Seth of the Dead]].
** In Undead Nightmare he also plays cards with his now undead friend Moses, in similar fashion [[spoiler: the ending of Film/ShaunOfTheDead shows Shaun playing video games with zombie-Ed]]
* ReverseMole: His role as part of the assault on Williamson is getting inside Fort Mercer and opening the gates for John and the others.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:In the epilogue it is mentioned that he actually found real treasure and became rich]].
** He also has a prominent role in the Undead Nightmare DLC and generally fares very well within the Zombie Apocalypse.

!!Eli and Jonah
[[caption-width-right:300: Eli on the left, Jonah on the right.]]
Marshal Leigh Johnson's two deputies in Armadillo. They accompany John and Marshal Johnson on a few early New Austin missions.

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Which Herbert Moon [[SarcasmMode helpfully]] points out.
* CluelessDeputy: Jonah in particular is as dumb as a post. Eli is at least a little more competent.
* FatAndSkinny: In a bit of an inversion, the heavyset Eli seems to be smarter and more competent than the rail-thin Jonah.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Their brief screentime is largely comic relief.

!!Bill Williamson
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Things are different now, John. Now I'm in charge! No more Dutch, and no more you!"'']]
The first of John's former gang members that he has to bring to justice.

* ArcVillain: Of the ''New Austin'' arc.
* AxCrazy
* AssholeVictim: Of a sorts. He gets relentlessly hunted down by a criminal that, from his point of view is no better than himself, has several members of his gang shot, captured, and killed, is pursued to '''''fucking Mexico''''' and then thrown under the bus (and to the ground) in an utterly humilating attempt by Col. Allende to save himself. It doesn't work, and he is graphically shot dead without any meaningful last words whatsoever. Might be a bad way to die, but nobody seems to care.
** This is more than likely due to his numerous crimes of crime and intimidiation, such as arson, murder, kidnapping, and likely rape. Also, when being chased down by John right before his final moments, he taunts him by stating he "fucked with Abigail" (his wife), along with the rest of the gang.
* BeardOfEvil
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Javier.
* TheBrute
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Think your job's done after killing him? Ross has other plans.
* DirtyCoward: Whenever he encounters John, a man he truly loathes, he '''''never''''' faces him. Bill prefers to send his men after him, and in the mission in which h
e is killed, he doesn't bother to stay behind and gun down his friend, opting to flee with Col. Allende instead.
* DumbMuscle: John states that Bill was never the smartest one of the gang.
* EvilFormerFriend
* {{Jerkass}}
* {{Outlaw}}
* RepetitiveName
* TheSociopath

[[folder: Nuevo Paraiso Arc]]
!!Agustin Allende
[[caption-width-right:300:''"We'll make a patriot out of you yet!"'']]
The provincial governor of Nuevo Paradiso. A brutal tyrant with a love of sexual violence.

* ArcVillain: Of the ''Nuevo Paraíso'' arc.
* TheCaligula: Known for kidnapping young women to serve in his personal harem.
* CoolSword: Never uses it though.
* ColonelKilgore : His general policy towards rebels is to kill everyone.
* DirtyCoward: Offers Williamson in return for his own life.
* EvilCounterpart: Is this to Reyes. Allende used to be a poor peasant once, eventually becoming a powerful figure in the Mexican army and living in a luxurious villa. This is a reflection of Reyes, who was born wealthy and is now leading the peasants in the revolution.
* EvilOverlord: For the part of Mexico that John is in, at least.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* TheHeavy: To Ignacio Sanchez. Sanchez is the actual leader of the Mexican Army, [[GreaterScopeVillain but he never gets directly involved in the story]] and [[TheGhost is never seen in the game]], while Allende personally leads the army and handles Sanchez's operations. He's also Reyes's main target instead of Sanchez.
* KillEmAll: His MO.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: His hobby is kidnapping and raping young women, and he's one of the most evil characters in the game.
%%* TheSocialDarwinist
* TheSociopath: He's an utter sociopath: remorseless, brutal, sadistic and self-centered.
* WideEyedIdealist: So long ago, but he decided he preferred the easy life. In this way, he and Reyes are NotSoDifferent.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Tries to get John executed, but Reyes pulls a BigDamnHeroes.]]

!!Vincente de Santa
[[caption-width-right:300:''"You come to my country - my poor, little country - and you think you can be friends with the president?"'']]
The second-in-command (maybe) of Allende, who openly supports his methods.

* AffablyEvil: Despite strongly supporting Allende's brutal, harsh methods, he appears to be a somewhat jovial, friendly guy.
* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted; while his enemies claims that he is this trope, his [[TheDragon style of villainy]] and [[StraightGay general behaviour]] state otherwise.
** DepravedBisexual: What he does to women, on the other hand...
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: [[spoiler:A possible fate for him. If John decides not to personally kill him, he'll walk away and tell the rebels that he's all theirs, after which they'll proceed to perforate him with bullets.]]
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: When de Santa first meets John, he acts extremely hostile, to the point of having his soldiers aim their weapons at him. A few seconds later he bursts out laughing and explains that he was joking. John is less than amused.
* TheDragon: To Allende. Well, not if you ask Espinoza....
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: He hates Captain Espinoza, and attempts to get him killed along with John by sending them against a large group of rebels equipped only with unskilled new recruits.
* StraightGay: While his homosexuality is strongly hinted at in his interactions with the drink pourer and openly mocked by his enemies, he fits this trope.'
* SycophanticServant

!!Landon Ricketts
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I was the fastest in my time. I must've been - I'm the only one left."'']]
A retired American gunslinger, now residing in Mexico protecting the local townsfolk.

* BadassGrandpa: Despite his age, he is one of the best allies and one of the best fighters John has while in Mexico.
* BadassMoustache: OH HELL YES.
* BerserkButton: He despises seeing innocent people such as Luisa come to harm.
* {{Expy}}: His resemblance to Sam Elliot has been noted.
* FastestGunInTheWest
* LivingLegend
* TheMentor: Helps John further improve his Dead Eye skills. [[spoiler: He later does the same for Jack.]]
* OneManArmy: In Undead Nightmare, he single handedly keeps Casa Madrugada safe from the Undead.
* PapaWolf: To the citizens of Chuparosa.
* RetiredGunslinger: While his days as a legend of the west are over, he'll pick up that revolver to protect Chuparosa.

!!Luisa Fortuna
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Don't worry about me, Mr. Marston. I am living in history. I am not afraid to die."'']]
A young schoolteacher and a member of Reyes' rebels, who she sees as a great hero.

* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Despite being an otherwise bright person, Luisa actually believes Reyes' lies and thinks that he honestly loves her when in actuality he can't even remember her name.
* LoveMartyr
* MoralityPet: For John. He helps her out not just to forward his own goals but because she's one of the few characters to not earn his contempt. He's also somewhat offended by the fact that Reyes can't even remember her name despite telling her that she will be his wife.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Whereas most of the RDR cast look realistic, Luisa looks like she came off a Mexican wall mural - her eyes in particular.
* StupidGood
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Attacking a group of government soldiers with just a knife was a stupid move]].
* WideEyedIdealist: To the point of being blind to any of Reyes' faults. She also has trouble understanding that John doesn't care about the revolution as much as she does.

!!Abraham Reyes
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I owe it to the future of Mexico to breed, my brother. If I can get noble blood flowing through the veins of peasants, can you imagine how great this country can be? An army of Reyes! Of Kings!"'']]
The leader of the rebels. A charismatic son of nobles who proves to be not nearly as great as he says.

* AffablyEvil: He may be a power hungry wannabe-hero who manipulates civilians into helping him just so that he can take over Mexico, but he's very charismatic and polite. He even treats John as if he was his best friend.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Technically this for Undead Nightmare. He's the one who starts the ZombieApocalypse after taking an Aztec mask he thought would make him invincible.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Saves John from being executed by de Santa, returning the favor from earlier.]]
* GloryHound
* FullCircleRevolution: [[spoiler:It's revealed in the epilogue that after leading the rebellion to victory and becoming Presidente, Reyes becomes just another tyrannical dictator.]]
* IGaveMyWord: At the least, he doesn't try to screw John over and does end up helping him take down Escuella and Williamson.
* {{Jerkass}}: It's pretty clear to John that Reyes is a man obsessed with power more than he is with actually doing any good. He also regularly cheats on Luisa, won't marry her because she's a peasant, and keeps forgetting her name [[spoiler: even after she dies trying to save his life]].
** Undead Nightmare reveals that he abandons all of the girls that he has sex with once they get pregnant. [[spoiler: And his selfish, greedy personality ends up causing the {{Zombie Apocalypse}} [[KarmicDeath as well as his own demise]] when he steals an Aztec mask because he thought it would make him invincible]].
* LargeHam: An absolutely DELICIOUS one.
* ReallyGetsAround: Claims that it's his duty to spread his seed amongst his citizens as future Presidente. In Undead Nighmares it's mentioned that pregnant girls tend to be tossed to the nuns however.

!!Captain Espinoza
[[caption-width-right:300:''"We have men's work to do."'']]

Colonel Allende's other, more competent right-hand man in the war against the rebels.

* BadassInCharge: He is an incredibly efficient military commander and he always leads the charge on any battle he's fighting in.
* TheCaptain
* EyepatchOfPower
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the rebels take Chuparosa, he refuses to flee and continues fighting from the town hall until Marston finally kills him.
* OnlyOneName
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: He severely dislikes De Santa and constantly competes with him for Allende's favor.
* {{Sadist}}: After defeating a rebel platoon in Tesoro Azul, he orders the village burnt and the deceased rebels' wives kidnapped and (most likely) raped to send a message to surviving rebels.
* WeaponOfChoice: He asks John what his favorite weapon is as they ride towards Chuparosa. From his recurrent use of it, the Schoffield revolver appears to be his favorite weapon.
* WorthyOpponent: He appears to hold some degree of respect for Marston, most likely due to his prowess in combat.

!!Javier Escuella
[[caption-width-right:300:''"You were always the weakest, John! Always a puto!"'']]

One of John's former gang members and evidently the brains of the group. He aided Bill in going to Nuevo Paraiso to escape from John.

* BrokenPedestal: According to John, he was hit the hardest by Dutch going insane.
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Bill.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* DirtyCoward: Once John starts gunning for him, he's running the entire time. It makes him calling John a puto (bitch) rather hypocritical.
* EvilFormerFriend
* NiceHat: Just look at that sombrero.

[[folder: West Elizabeth Arc (Warning: Major Spoilers)]]

!!Agent Edgar Ross
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Everyone will eventually pay for what they have done."'']]
A federal agent forcing Marston to go after his former gang members. He's holding Marston's wife and son hostage, until he finishes the job... [[spoiler: and even then, Ross still has something up his sleeve...]]

* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: While Jack hunting down and killing Ross made him the polar opposite of what his parents wanted him to be, Ross ''really'' had it coming.]]
* BigBad: Of the whole game.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: Cold, calculating Blue to Fordham's hot-headed, aggressive Red.
* [[FBIAgent BOI Agent]]
* [[CreateYourOwnVillain Create Your Own Outlaw]]: [[spoiler:Him killing John makes Jack a revenge-driven outlaw.]]
* DirtyCop: He's not above kidnapping someone's family to make them hunt down outlaws that ''he'' should be hunting down.
* DirtyCoward: He ''does'' participate in a few firefights, including [[spoiler: the assault on Beecher's Hope]], but that doesn't quite make up for the fact that he spends the whole game forcing John, by kidnapping his innocent family, to risk life and limb hunting down Dutch's gang instead of doing it himself.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The very first thing we see Ross do is rudely shove a paper boy out of his way as he's escorting John to the train. And if that wasn't enough to let us know that he's hardly a pleasant guy, the next time we see him, he tells John that Abigail "sends her regards" and gives a snide little chuckle.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: During [[spoiler: the epilogue when Jack hunts him down]] we meet his wife and brother who demonstrate that, at least off the job, Ross has a soft side.
* {{Expy}}: A [[DirtyCop corrupt law enforcement official]] with an [[SmugSnake irritatingly smug personality]] who forces the protagonist to do his dirty work by [[IHaveYourWife holding family hostage]], claims to be doing what he does for the greater good, and [[spoiler: decides to kill the protagonist after they've done everything he asked?]] Are we talking about Agent Edgar Ross or [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Officer Frank Tenpenny?]]
* FakeUltimateHero: At the game's end, [[WrittenByTheWinners the "official" story]] is that [[spoiler:Ross was a great hero who brought down Dutch's gang, bringing these murderers and thieves to justice. Almost no one knows that the ''true'' story had Ross force one of the gang's former members - who was desperately trying to go straight and live a normal life - to do his dirty work for him, only to stab him in the back after promising to leave him and his family alone.]]
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:The main storyline concludes with a duel between him and Jack Marston, at the bank of the San Luis river.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Lights up a cigar as he [[spoiler: watches John take his last breaths, satisfied that Dutch's Gang has been completely wiped out]].
* GloryHound: As much as Ross harps on about morality and how everyone must pay for their misdeeds, when it comes to wiping out Dutch's gang, it's heavily implied at one point that he's also in it for the medals. [[spoiler: And according to his brother, he was awarded a "chestful" of them after taking care of John, fully eliminating the gang.]] He'd be a mere GlorySeeker if his methods weren't so underhanded.
* HeroAntagonist: At his core, he wants to bring about law, order and civilization, and eliminate all those who seek to destroy it. He's an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] for sure, and his means of accomplishing this end are often underhanded to say the least, but it's hard to fault his basic goals. [[spoiler:One can argue he stopped being this when he backstabs John, who's trying to go straight, after he did exactly what he wanted him to do.]]
* HolierThanThou: Though centered on morality rather than religion.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He claims that what he does is morally right by bringing peace and order to the frontier, but nothing changes the fact that kidnapping a man's [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure (innocent)]] family is pretty barbaric way to go about doing so. The best part is that he's also absolutely aware of this, and seems to believe the ends justify the means.
-->'''Marston''': [[NotInThisForYourRevolution My side ain't chosen! My side was given.]] I'd kill you a hundred times before I killed Dutch, if it was an option.
-->'''Ross''': Hallelujah! I think we're finally reaching an understanding Mr. Marston!
** He also talks about the need for the rule of law, yet brings in the Army to serve as a police force against Dutch's gang, something that was and is illegal to do. Of course, considering how powerful Dutch's gang had become, he's arguably [[JerkassHasAPoint has a point]].
* InspectorJavert: To John Marston's Valjean; he continues to rage against Marston's supposed monstrousness and in the process [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes quite monstrous himself]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Wife and Son]]: This is how he gets John under his thumb.
* {{Jerkass}}: While Fordham at least shows gratitude and even respect occasionally towards John and others, Ross is disdainful towards ''everyone'' he runs into - not just John - and considers himself nobler and morally above pretty much the entire West by default. He constantly refers to the people he protects as savages, fools and scum that should be lucky to have his assistance, and is just in general very unlikeable. He is even disrespectful to those working for him, like Fordham (who he is constantly putting down) and Nastas (who he refers to as a savage).
* KickTheDog: He seems to ''love'' making snide, insensitive remarks about John's family. And one of the first things we see him do is rudely shove a little boy selling newspapers out of his way.
* KnightTemplar: He's aiming to bring law and order to the West and wipe out the gangs, by any means necessary.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:He commands a platoon to kill John, the last member of Dutch's gang, and comes out of it unscathed and smoking a cigar. [[WrittenByTheWinners He's seen far and wide as a hero, and the man who took out Javier Escuella, Bill Williamson and Dutch as well, stealing all of John's merits]]. Jack makes sure to [[SubvertedTrope subvert the trope]] by finding Edgar and killing him in a duel [[BestServedCold three years later]]. The jury's still out on whether John gets VindicatedByHistory by the "Red Dead" book you can find in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', which was likely written by Jack.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: He forces John to hunt down and kill his old gang members against his will and constantly mocks John for thinking he could just walk away from his past without some sort of punishment [[spoiler: to the point where he later feels justified in killing John despite him having walked away from a life of crime. Later Ross tries to walk away from his own career of underhanded actions but is constantly pulled back into work by his own government and eventually killed by one of the people he crossed who wanted to make sure Ross wasn't a KarmaHoudini himself. Essentially Ross never realized that his speeches to John about the past catching up with you could apply to himself as well.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Goes on a long, increasingly bizarre monologue about Dutch's anarchy at the beginning of the mission "And You Shall Know The Truth...".
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Between John, and himself, they really aren't. Neither of them can escape their past. John can't escape his past life of crime, while Ross can't his life as a government employee, constantly being pulled back in to work.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: When you're hunting him down as Jack, you talk to his wife and brother... and what they say hints that he has sympathetic traits despite being a menace to the Marston family.]]
** Also, he has Nigel West Dickens pardoned after John tells him that West Dickens helped him capture Bill Williamson.
** He shows genuine concern for the safety of the innocent bank workers during Dutch's raid on Blackwater.
* PunchClockVillain: Played with and ultimately subverted. He forces John to hunt down his old comrades and is a JerkAss when working alongside John, but he claims it's because someone needs to civilize the West. Once Dutch is dealt with, Ross then honors their agreement and returns John's family to their farm. [[spoiler: He then has the Army and Bureau hunt John down at the end to finish the job.]] Off the job, Ross has a wife who clearly loves him and a brother who he appears close with. [[spoiler: However, even retired, Ross is an ass to Jack without even knowing who he is and taunts him about killing John.]]
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fond of giving long, flowing speeches about how he and the law are right and just, and how everything Dutch stood for and every fiber of John's being is morally bankrupt - usually in response to John calling him out on using extortion and kidnapping to further his own ends. Ross - who cannot accept that John could possibly be a changed man - never lets an opportunity pass to pontificate, often hypocritically, on how lacking in character John is.
* RecklessGunUsage: He gives John the high-powered pistol by shoving it barrel-first into John's stomach. But then again, he's not too concerned about John's well-being.
** After taking John's gun to [[spoiler: put a bullet in Dutch's corpse so it'll "look better on the report"]], he gives it back by ''tossing it to him''.
** FridgeBrilliance [[spoiler: and FridgeHorror]] kicks in when you realize that Ross was deliberately doing this. [[spoiler: If Marston had died from his own gun it would have saved Ross a lot of trouble hunting him down later.]]
* ResignationsNotAccepted: [[spoiler:His wife tells Jack that while he tried to retire, the government keeps pulling him back in. Becomes ironic as that's exactly what he did to John.]]
* RetiredMonster: At the end of the game, [[spoiler: Jack finds out that Ross has retired to spend his twilight years with his family. Well, he's ''tried'' to retire, but the Bureau keeps dragging him back to work ([[NotSoDifferent Sound familiar?]]).]] Whether Ross is truly ''evil'' or not is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]], but there's no denying that Ross did some truly underhanded things during his career, [[spoiler: and when Jack catches up with him, it's clear that he has zero regrets for what he did to John]].
* SmugSnake: Both he and Fordham are irritatingly condescending to Marston whenever they meet.
* TreacherousQuestGiver: [[spoiler:Considering he both controls the main plot and kills John at the end anyway.]]
* {{Troll}}: After John has fulfilled his end of the deal and asks about his family, Ross falsely tells him that Abigail was killed in a prison riot the previous week, just to mess around with him. He's lucky that John didn't shoot him right then and there, which he was ready to do before Ross revealed that he was "just joking".

!! Agent Archer Fordham
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Marston, you're a public menace; we should have had you killed."'']]
Ross' ambitious, eager and aggressive apprentice, who follows his orders no matter what.

* [[FBIAgent BOI Agent]]
* TheDragon: To Ross.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's quite the JerkAss, but he's also dedicated to taking down Dutch's gang and bringing order and peace to the West.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: Hot-headed and aggressive Red to Ross' cold, calculating Blue.
* SmugSnake: Though not quite as much as Ross is.
* JerkAss: He's not much nicer to John than Ross is, saying they should have had him killed and calling his wife a whore.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: That said, he does thank John if he gets Javier alive. And he even congratulates John after Dutch is taken care of. [[spoiler: He also doesn't seem to show up when Ross kills John, possibly due to the respect he gained for him.]]
** He also appears to actually show some respect and concern for Nastas; this is in contrast to Ross who calls him a savage and asks if he can even speak English.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: It is debatable whether he appears in the final attack. If not, he is never seen or mentioned again after John kills Dutch.]]

!! Professor Harold [=MacDougal=]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"The savage heart cannot be conventionally civilized! I was right all along!"'']]
A "researcher" of Native Americans, [=MacDougal=] is a perfect representation of science of his time.

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Gets kicked out of Yale after [[AxCrazy beating a colleague over the head with a croquet mallet]] and climbing up to the roof completely naked, in what is described as a "savage" attack, likely after a bad trip.]]
* ForScience
* GenreBlind: In Undead Nightmare, he gets about two lines. The first is him stating that he doesn't have a clue of what's going on, and the second is one of the most GenreBlind lines ever said: "I'm just gonna wander down that lonely, deserted street, and get my bag." He even sounds unsure of himself saying it.
* InnocentBigot: Unlike Herbert Moon, who hates practically everybody, [=MacDougal=] is for the most part an UpperClassTwit who believes in [[CriticalResearchFailure crackpot theories and idiotic science]] and doesn't seem to really bear the natives any ill will.
** When the player first meets him, he is apparently comparing blood samples under a microscope. He tells John that those of a Native American seems to be exactly alike in composition to that of a white man, but he seems to be rather pleasantly surprised by the revelation rather than insulted as would be expectable by other racists.
** He also seems genuinely saddened by [[spoiler: Nastas' death, and even posts a paragraph in the Blackwater Ledger paying his respects]].
* TheLoad: Does nothing but make more trouble for you.
* ManHug: Gives one to John as he goes back to Yale.
* TheStoner: Almost always tweaked out on cocaine.

!! Nastas
[[caption-width-right:300:''"There is no respect for the land anymore."'']]
A local indian who was hired by Edgar Ross to help John hunt Dutch down.

* NatureLover: In his words, "There is no respect for the land anymore." He's very concerned about the future of the forests, what with the West becoming more "civilized", and laments the overhunting of the buffalo. He'll even [[YouBastard call you a bastard]] if he sees you kill an animal during the mission "At Home With Dutch".
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: His reaction to Prof. [=MacDougal=]'s [[YouNoTakeCandle attempt to communicate with him]] has a hint of this.
* NiceGuy: Easily one of the most decent and pleasant people John meets in the game.
* OnlySaneMan: Along with John. In fact, he's one of the most decent people he works with.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Sadly, he only appears in three missions, the last of which has him taking a bullet to the face.]] Then, in Undead Nightmare, [[spoiler:he was zombified before you even have a chance to meet him.]]

!!Dutch van der Linde
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Our time has passed, John."'']]
John's former mentor, and Ross's main target.

* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: His death is one of the saddest moments in the game.]]
* AntiVillain
* ArchnemesisDad: Sort of. He adopted John, Bill, and Javier when they were children, and raised them as a part of his gang. [=MacDougal=] even states that the current relationship between John and Dutch is Oedipal in nature.
* ArcVillain: Of the ''West Elizabeth'' arc.
* AxCrazy: It's pretty clear when you meet him that all is not well upstairs.
* BigBadEnsemble: With Edgar Ross. While Ross is the active threat to the Marstons, is Dutch the main target and the one who raised John as a part of his gang.
* BloodKnight: By his own admission. He barely believes in the causes he fights for anymore, but keeps killing because it's all he knows how to do.
* BombThrowingAnarchist
* DespairEventHorizon: Went past this a long time ago.
* DespairSpeech: Gives one [[spoiler:right before throwing himself off of a cliff.]]
-->'''Dutch:''' When I'm gone, they'll just find another monster. They have to, because they have to justify their wages. Our time has passed, John.
* DiscOneFinalBoss
* DrivenToSuicide
* EvilFormerFriend
* EvilGenius: According to John, he always has a plan.
* {{Expy}}: Bears more than a passing resemblance to the late Creator/LeeVanCleef. Their names are even quite similar.
** ShoutOut
* FallenHero: John believes that he was a good man - "was" being the key word.
* TheFatalist: [[spoiler:He becomes one right before his death.]]
* {{Foil}}: [[spoiler: To Edgar Ross. Both are fighting for what they believe to be best for society, Ross for civilization and Dutch for anarchy, and both display a complete willingness to ShootTheDog if that's what it takes to get there. But the game shows that both of them are hypocrites and neither of their plans are without flaws anyway. The only real difference is that in the end, Ross is remembered as the hero and Dutch as the vicious outlaw, but then the game points out that had more to do with civilization ultimately triumphing and history being WrittenByTheWinners then any real moral superiority of one over the other.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: See WickedCultured below. Despite fighting civilization in favor of the old, more simple and egalitarian way of life that the Old West allowed men to live, you can tell from looking through caves in Cochinay that he's very well read and likely extremely intelligent. Ultimately, he's probably not that different from the people he's trying to fight: bankers, industrialists and government agents that civilization put in power, and under different circumstances probably would've had the smarts to be one himself. There's other evidence of this as well, he uses a Semi-Automatic pistol in cutscenes and escapes from the bank robbery in an automobile. [[spoiler:It goes to show how not even he could resist the influence of encroaching civilization, and it seems likely that this fact might have been what ultimately drove him over the DespairEventHorizon.]]
* JustLikeRobinHood: A long time ago.
* KickTheDog: The second time we see him, he holds a bank hostage and shoots some poor innocent woman in the head in front of John just to spite him.
* MightyWhitey: A villainous version. He leads the local Native Americans in a pointless guerilla war against civilization.
* ParentalSubstitute: Was this to the rest of the original gang.
* SocialDarwinist: One who is willing to die to make sure that his ideals become reality.
* SociopathicHero: In his own mind he is.
* SoftspokenSadist: His voice is actually pretty innocuous, but he certainly isn't.
* TragicVillain[=/=]WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:In the end, it's revealed that he's just a sad man with not much else to live for.]]
* TriggerHappy
* WickedCultured: Considering that he taught John how to read, Dutch is probably rather well educated for his time. Also, when exploring his lair you can find a well-stocked bookshelf and a typewriter.
* WideEyedIdealist: Formerly. John believed that when Dutch realized that no matter how hard he fought, he could never make a real difference in the world, he snapped.

!!Abigail Marston
[[caption-width-right:300:''"The life we led, that doesn't go away. It's never over."'']]
John's wife. A former prostitute who used to "work" with John's old gang before they got married.
* ActionGirl
* ClingyJealousGirl: Shows hints of this whenever Bonnie is mentioned, though it's mostly sarcastic.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeterminedHomesteadersWife: Literally. [[spoiler:Implied to have become a DeterminedWidow after John died, as she kept their ranch running and raised Jack, even with her illness.]]
* HappilyMarried: With John.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: What she was before marrying John.
* IllGirl: She can be heard coughing heavily in gameplay. [[spoiler:She also dies not long after John.]]
* LethalChef: At least in John's opinion.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The only illiterate member of the Marston family.
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Married Couple]]: She and John are quite sarcastic around each other, but are still very much in love.

!!Jack Marston
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I guess there's only room for one hero in this family."'' [[labelnote:spoilers]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/981dfaed959129ac577195c810770475.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
The son of John and Abigail Marston. He becomes the player character after "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed".''

* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: You play as him after the "final" mission.
* BadassBookworm: He's a literary scholar who wanted to be a writer. He's also an outlaw because he wanted vengeance for John's death.
* BestServedCold: It takes three years, but he does avenge John's death by filling Ross with lead.
* BrokenBird: A lot of Jack's dialogue in combat remarks on how little he has left to live for. The three years since John's death have done much to [[TookALevelInCynic erode his idealism]].
* TheDrifter: After the events of the game, he abandoned the ranch.
* DrowningMySorrows: It's implied in one side quest that he's become a very heavy drinker.
* TheEeyore: Granted, losing your father to an unscrupulous government agent and having his mother die three years later when you're a teenager will do that to you.
* {{Expy}}: He looks a lot like [[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]]. Now, [[YouKilledMyFather what are both characters' motivations?]]
* FastestGunInTheWest: Just like pa. It's implied that Landon Ricketts taught Jack everything he knows before his death.
* GenerationXerox: He not only has his father's sharpshooting skills, but has his equipment as well.
* GeniusBruiser: As mentioned above, he's a literary scholar who happens to be a vengeance-driven outlaw.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He got these from a bear he tried to hunt on his own.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Had dreams of being a writer, but his family's death seems to have ended any hopes and dreams he had for the future. Apparently {{zig zagged}}, if the book titled "Red Dead" by J. Marston that you can find in ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV'' counts as canon and not just an EasterEgg.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His name is John Marston, Jr, but everyone calls him Jack.
* LastOfHisKind: Last living Marston, and fitting in the game's theme of the end of the Western era, one of the few Western gunslingers left by the game's end, if not the very last one.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: He couldn't be any more similar to John if he tried.
* MeaningfulName: Because Jack is usually a nickname for John, he's likely named after his father, symbolizing his eventual fate of [[LikeFatherLikeSon becoming an outlaw like John.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: '''''Massively''''' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. Before John's death, Jack was a kindly, idealistic young man with dreams of being a writer. In the epilogue where you play as Jack, it's revealed that he's become a jaded outlaw who [[WanderingTheEarth drifts from place to place]], haunted by his past, and ultimately has very little reason to live. In short, Jack ended up becoming everything his father ''didn't'' want him to be. And just to drive it further, even if Jack does manage to get his revenge, [[WrittenByTheWinners Ross is remembered by the masses as a hero who brought some dangerous criminals to justice, John is remembered as a brutal outlaw who learned the hard way that justice is inescapable]], and Jack spends the rest of his days as a depressed, wandering loner with his life completely ruined. [[DownerEnding There is no happy ending]] for ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. However, considering that you can find a book titled Red Dead by J. Marston in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', it's possible that Jack managed to find some peace and become a writer after the events of the game.
* SonOfAWhore: Just like his father.
* SupportingProtagonist: Once Marston dies, he's the playable character.
* TookALevelInBadass: Before John's death? A bookish, somewhat awkward teenager, always getting himself into trouble. After John's death? He's become a badass, [[TurnOutLikeHisFather just like his father]], who hunts down and slays Edgar Ross in a duel as an act of vengeance. Unfortunately, this is the polar opposite of what John wanted his son to be.
* TookALevelInCynic: [[CynicismCatalyst John's death]] and the three hard years that followed turned him from an aspiring writer into a remorseless killer. However, he can remain [[KnightInSourArmor a good man]] at heart if the player [[VideoGameCaringPotential so desires]].
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: By killing Ross, Jack becomes an outlaw like his father, [[FridgeHorror who didn't wish for him to become one.]]
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: In contrast to John, there isn't much that motivates Jack, outside of exacting vengeance on Ross. When he accomplishes exactly that, he goes back to his aimless career as an outlaw.
* YouKilledMyFather: So he kills Ross back. And if the player wants, his wife and brother as well.
* YoungGun: When he fights with his father against the US Army, and later presumably trained by Landon Ricketts.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: After the TimeSkip, no one can tell he's nineteen. Gameplay wise this is due to the devs reusing John's character model and modifying his face to look somewhat different.

[[caption-width-right:300:''"Why don't I gets a warm and tender embrace?"'']]
An aging alcoholic and reformed thief who resides with and is provided food and shelter by the Marston family in exchange for work he rarely performs.
* ButtMonkey: Uncle is the target of a lot of John's abuse (which can be justified, since Uncle can be pretty lazy at keeping up with his responsibilities within the Marston family ranch).
* GrumpyOldMan: Comes off as this in most of his appearances. Justified since John isn't very nice to him either.
* HiddenDepths: Despite his supposed laziness and being a very frequent target of John for it, [[spoiler:he ultimately gives his life to help protect the Marstons.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He dies defending the Marston family from the US Army (led by [[BigBad Edgar Ross]]) who storm in the ranch to kill John.]]
* OlderSidekick: To John during the latter half of the West Elizabeth Arc.
* RetiredOutlaw: Was a thief in his younger years.


[[folder: Minor characters and strangers]]

!!Randall Forrester
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Fella's gotta eat now... fella's gotta eat!"'']]
A SerialKiller who lives in the wilderness by himself and who serves as the culprit behind a string of serial murders and disappearances.

* AxCrazy: And '''how'''. His maniacal personality is downright frightening.
* ForTheEvulz: His main reason. He's by far the most depraved character in the game.
* IAmAHumanitarian: He's a cannibalistic SerialKiller.
* FauxAffablyEvil: To John. [[spoiler: Or Jack, in case you've finished the game.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: If you let him live.]]
** LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: If you kill him.]]
* LaughingMad
* PsychopathicManChild
* SerialKiller: He is responsible for a lot of disappearances.
* TheSociopath: In the highest order possible.
* WouldHurtAChild

!![=D.S. MacKenna=]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"We make dreams! Are you not a devotee of the cinematic arts?"'']]
An eccentric early filmmaker who has John help him bring the budding motion picture industry to New Austin. He also appears in ''Undead Nightmare'', where he sees the undead apocalypse as an opportunity to make a blockbuster movie and has John help him get undead to "act" in his film. What could possibly go wrong?

* EarlyFilms: He embodies this era.
* LargeHam: And he knows it.
* PunnyName: His initials and last name are a play on the term DeusExMachina.
* TooDumbToLive: In Undead Nightmare, he uses the undead apocalypse as an opportunity to make a film and is using undead as his "actors". He already has one tied up, but has John find him another one, and once he has both zombies, he releases them and starts filming them. It doesn't take a genius to guess what's happens next.

!!Herbert Moon
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I'm Herbert Mooooon!"'']]
The anti-Semitic and racist Armadillo shopkeeper.

* AscendedExtra: In the main game, he's simply a shopkeeper with a penchant for blaming everything on Jews and screaming his name. In Undead Nightmare, he gets a cutscene where he expresses [[HatesEveryoneEqually hatred for nearly everyone]] that isn't a white American male, even though he's never actually ''met'' most other ethnicities.
* AssholeVictim: Nothing stopping you from tying him up and leaving him on the rail tracks if you ever get tired of his racism. And you will.
** [[spoiler: In ''Undead Nightmare'', he is killed by zombies after going into a xenophobic rant.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: He sometimes states that the Jews killed UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, stating that it's why [[InsaneTrollLogic there's a triangle on the dollar bill]].
** In ''Undead Nightmare'' he blames the Zombies on the "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Jewish British Catholic Homosexual elites]]", an accusation that leaves John somewhat baffled.
* DumbassHasAPoint: His views on Abraham Reyes are perhaps the only insightful comments he makes.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: In Undead Nightmare, he seems to hate pretty much everyone that isn't Herbert Moon, even though he's never met them.
* SayMyName: He really likes hearing his own name.
* SarcasmBlind: He seems to not pick up that John's just being sarcastic with him.
* ShopKeeper: Of Armadillo

!!Strange Man
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Why would you remember me, friend? You've forgotten far more important people than me."'']]
A mysterious stranger that seems to follow John throughout the latter's journey. He sends John on a series of bizarre quests, seemingly to test John's character.

* AngelUnaware: The strange man doesn't seem to be entirely human. He knows a startling amount of John's personal history despite John having no recollection of ever meeting him in the past, [[TheOmniscient knows of]] events occurring miles away from his location[[spoiler:, and in their final encounter, proves [[ImmuneToBullets impervious to gunfire]] and [[StealthHiBye vanishes without a trace]]]]. Whether he is an example of GodWasMyCopilot or LouisCypher is never made clear.
* CrypticConversation: When the topic of his identity or how he came to know so much about John is brought up, he always skirts around the question with vague, mildly threatening {{Non Answer}}s.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: In his last encounter with John, he is seen standing by a tree overlooking John's ranch at Beecher's Hope. He cryptically tells John that it's "a beautiful spot". [[spoiler:In the PlayableEpilogue, it's the plot in which John, Abigail, and Uncle are buried after the US Army's attack on the ranch.]]
* SharpDressedMan: He wears an immaculate three-piece suit with top hat and sports a neatly-trimmed mustache [[DirtForcefield despite the fact]] that he is always encountered somewhere in the wilderness.
* TroubleEntendre: Some of his responses to John's questions and demands sound like thinly-veiled threats to John's wellbeing. [[spoiler:In light of John's death occurring shortly after their final encounter, they seem [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom eerily prescient]].]] Some examples follow:
-->'''John''': I'll let the appropriate authorities judge my morality, friend.\\
'''Strange Man''': Yes you will, and they shall.

-->'''John''': Tell me your name, or I won't be responsible for my actions.\\
'''Strange Man''': Oh, but you will. You will be responsible. This is a fine spot. See you around, cowboy.

* WhatYouAreInTheDark: The main idea behind his instructions for John. First, he makes John choose between dissuading a bar patron from cheating on their wife with a prostitute, or encouraging them to do it. Next, he lets John pick between donating to the Mother Superior's cause, or stealing her collection box. It is up to the player to decide which choice is more appropriate in both situations, with John's [[KarmaMeter honor]] [[VideoGameCaringPotential increasing]] or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential decreasing]] accordingly.

!!Mother Superior
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Well, I'm alive, senor. Although, come to think of it, I've committed a mortal sin."'']]
The most senior nun at Las Hermanas. While she's a very minor character in the main game, ''Undead Nightmare'' sees her playing a very central role.

* AscendedExtra: Has a VERY minor role in the main game. Is one of the main characters in Undead Nightmare.
* BadassPreacher: Very much so.
* NunTooHoly: Defied. Mother Superior is concerned about even killing a zombie.