Characters: And Then There Were None
These are the main characters of And Then There Were None
Dr. ArmstrongDr. Edward George Armstrong
is a successful Harley Street surgeon and also a recovering alcoholic at the beginning of the novel. He is accused of killing a patient, Louisa Mary Clees, while operating on her drunk. As the novel goes on, the remaining characters begin to suspect he is the killer after his mysterious disappereance, only for it to turn out that he became an unwitting accomplice in the judge's plan and ended up getting murdered by the judge himself.
William BloreWilliam Henry Blore
is a former policeman who tends to be a bit too bold for his own good. He is accused of causing the death of an innocent man named James Landor by planting false evidence and landing him in prison, which caused him to die of untreated tuberculosis in jail. In the game, this is anted up to give him a more personal connection to the character the player controls when it's revealed that he also framed the character's brother to take the heat off himself.
- Catch Phrase: "I get it!" in the 1945 film version. And when it seems as though he really does get it, he gets it— on the head from a marble clock.
- Dirty Cop
- Flanderization: The Hollywood adaptations tend to take his basic characteristic of being too bold for his own good and make him too dumb to live .
- The 1989 adaptation takes this to a whole new level— not only is he Too Dumb to Live, he is also paranoid bordering on Ax-Crazy. After discovering the body of the General, he actually tries to shoot Lombard.
- Old-Fashioned Copper: He predates the milieu associated with the trope (Britain in the 1970s), but he could be considered a precursor of it.
Emily BrentEmily Caroline Brent
is a staunchly religious spinster who takes a cold, unforgiving attitude towards anyone who, in her eyes, is a sinner. She is accused of driving her pregnant servant girl, Beatrice Taylor, to suicide after throwing her out of her household. In the game, she is the murderer— Gabrielle Steele, who killed the real Emily Brent —her motive being to torture Wargrave by making him watch others die and being powerless to stop it because he sentenced her lover to death.
- Dead Person Impersonation: In the game, Gabrielle Steele killed the real Emily Brent and impersonates her on the island.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In one instance, she voices a sentiment of racial equality, taking issue with downplaying Lombard's evil deed because his victims were "natives".
- Gambit Roulette: She attempts this in the game and fails, thanks to one, tiny event she did not foresee: Patrick Narracott being stranded on the island.
- Holier Than Thou
- Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of the game. To explain it would be a bit...complex...
- Love Makes You Evil: Game only.
- Psycho Lesbian: In most of the Harry Alan Towers adaptations, at least.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She hates, hates bees and wasps (in adaptations— in the novel she mentions quite enjoying honey and never brings up bees). And of course, U.N. Owen uses it to his advantage.
- In the game, she states she's allergic to bees.
Vera ClaythorneVera Elizabeth Claythorne
is a young former governess, now gym teacher and secretary. She is accused of causing the death of her young charge, Cyril Hamilton, by allowing him to swim out to sea and drown, which she vehemently denies. It turns out that she did do it so the charge's uncle Hugo, who was her lover, could inherit the child's estate. Said lover was the only one who found out, but by then Vera was cleared of all charges, so he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and turned into The Alcoholic. Vera is constantly tormented by memories of the ordeal, until it reaches the breaking point at the end, where she is faced with the choice to hang herself...and does so. However, this is averted in the play and game, where it was the uncle who killed the boy.
- Anti-Hero: In all fairness, she is the closest thing to a main character we have as she outlives all the other guests.
- Ax-Crazy: What she eventually becomes by the end.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Vera is perceived by the other guests to be very sweet, but she ends up snapping in one of the worst ways possible at the end.
- Break the Cutie: So very much. This becomes even worse in the Russian film adaptation as in addition to the mental rape she undergoes, she is also actually raped by Lombard.
- Driven to Suicide
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Emily Brent gloats about how she drove her "sinful" maid to kill herself, Vera is very unnerved.
- Fanservice: Because Vera is the youngest (hence most attractive) guest, she gets subjected to this quite a lot in the Harry Alan Towers adaptations. And then this is deconstructed in the Russian film version...
- Final Girl: Subverted. She's the last victim left standing, but is Driven to Suicide anyway. In the play, however, she's rescued just in time.
- Arguably, she's the Trope Maker. Lampshaded by the murderer in the play. "It's always more fun if the last victim is a girl!"
- Love Hurts
- Love Makes You Evil
- Na´ve Everygirl: Very much so in the play.
- The Ophelia: As time passes.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Play and Hollywood adaptations. Depending on what you do in the last chapter of the game, you can either play this straight, or subvert it.
- Unwitting Pawn
- Proper Lady: Mercilessly deconstructed and she becomes a...
- Yandere: Less in the Hollywood adaptations, but very much in the book. Not quite as much in the Russian film adaptation, but a single flashback showing her coldly watching Cyril die after Hugo explains why he can't marry her is all it takes to seal it.
Philip LombardPhilip Lombard
is a cool-headed and intelligent man, once a mercenary having seen various parts of the world. He is accused of leaving twenty-one men from an African tribe to starve and freely admits to it.
General MacarthurGeneral John Macarthur
is a retired World War I general. He is accused of causing the death of Arthur Richmond, his wife Leslie's lover by sending him on a mission that guarantees him dead.
- Adaptation Name Change: His surname is sometimes changed in post-WWII versions, to avoid Name's the Same confusion with the real General Douglas MacArthur.
- Cassandra Truth: He predicts none of the guests will be leaving the island alive, but his ranting is first dismissed to him just being older and thus, more likely to be off his rocker.
- Death Seeker: Because of his deep guilt over his actions, he takes on a fatalistic attitude toward the certainty of the guests being killed and seems to welcome death.
- In a later Canadian novel adaptation, nothing happened to him because of this property. He then admits to the police that he killed the other nine people so they can hang him, but he can't explain the story.
- May-December Romance: Implied among him and Leslie, which explains why she ultimately turned to a much younger man.
- Uriah Gambit: His method of doing away with his wife's lover, in a neat inversion. He stays away from church whenever the passage about David and Uriah is to be read.
Anthony MarstonAnthony James Marston
is a spoiled, vain youth with little concern for others. He is accused of causing the death of two young children, John and Lucy Combes, by accidentally running them over.
- The Cast Showoff: The 1965 film rewrites the character as a pop singer named Mike Raven, and he's played by real-life pop singer Fabian.
- It's All About Me/Lack of Empathy: He regards running over two kids as unlucky for him, because his license was suspended, and feels no guilt about it. U.N. Owen characterizes him as essentially an animal and kills him first- since he has no morals or empathy to speak of, he's the most "innocent". Owen can't terrorize him or make him face his guilt; he opts to put him down quickly instead.
- Large Ham: Every actor who has portrayed his equivalent in the Hollywood adaptations. They all make sure his death scene is the most exciting thing to watch in the whole film.
- Spoiled Brat
Mr. and Mrs. RogersThomas and Ethel Rogers
are the butler and maid who accomodate the other guests. They are accused of causing the death of their former employer, a rich spinster named Jennifer Brady, by withholding a vital drug so she'd die and they could inherit her money.
- The Butler Did It: Lampshaded in the game: "Will it ring true this time? Did the butler do it?" In both game and book, he didn't. Unless you count the backstory, where he did do it.
- Domestic Abuser: Rogers mentally dominated his wife Ethel and essentially forced her into causing the death of Ms. Brady.
- Shrinking Violet: Mrs. Rogers, sorta. Especially after their crime is revealed; ever since then, she seems to be always at the verge of a breakdown. Which is mentioned as one of the reasons why she was killed first and given a more or less peaceful death: being poisoned while in her sleep.
- Stiff Upper Lip: He continues to do his job even as the corpses start piling up.
- Villainous Breakdown: Mrs. Rogers's reaction when "The Voice" reveals all of the crimes.
Judge WargraveLawrence Wargrave
is a retired hanging judge with a no-nonsense attitude. He is accused of deliberately sentencing an innocent man, Edward Seton, to hang. It turns out that not only was Mr. Seton truly guilty, the judge is also the murderer. He could hold a possible record for sweeping nearly every single category under the Gambit Index.
- Acquitted Too Late: Trope Namer Deliberately invoked by him as part of his plan. He keeps saying, "Acquitted too late!" every time someone dies, reinforcing in the others' minds the obvious idea that once someone dies, they're no longer a suspect. So when he later fakes his own death, the remaining survivors no longer suspect him.
- Ax-Crazy: Lampshaded by himself in the final note.
- Creepy Child: He refers to himself as such in the final note, as he was fascinated with death and murder ever since he was a kid.
- Chess Master
- Gambit Roulette: Works ridiculously well in the book, but fails in the Hollywood adaptations.
- Hanging Judge: Obviously although in a way subverted, since despite his relish in punishing the guilty (and, you know, becoming a Serial Killer), he would extensively research the cases before him and advise the jury appropriately to make sure innocent defendants weren't punished.
- Knight Templar
- Obfuscating Disability: not in canon, but a popular trope for productions of the play is to have him introduced either using a wheelchair or walking with a cane.
- Poetic Serial Killer
- Serial-Killer Killer: he's essentially a proto-Dexter- a guy who realizes he's a psycho and chooses to restrict his victims to those who truly deserve it
- Thanatos Gambit: The very last victim... himself, since he's fatally ill and wants to leave the world of living right after the last victim dies.
The man who brings the victims to the island. Has a much larger role in the game.
- Captain Obvious: If you click on certain items, Patrick will comment on them by stating the obvious: "It's a painting of an albatross" says he of...a painting of an albatross.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the epilogue, it's mentioned he came back to the island when he realized something's wrong. In the game he gets stranded on the island as well.
- Clear Their Name: Patrick is attempting to clear his brother's name by exposing Blore's lies and landing him in prison. Of course, he never gets the chance to do so because Blore gets killed anyway.
- Rivals Team Up: But this doesn't stop them from occasionally teaming up or confiding clues to one another.
- Unwitting Pawn: He isn't on Wargrave's plan.