Characters: Beyond: Two Souls

Characters who appear in Beyond: Two Souls.

Warning, spoilers below.

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     Jodie Holmes 
"I was born with a gift, or what they called a gift. It was really a curse. It's ruined my life. It made me the person that I am today, a freak, a mistake, someone to hate."

The protagonist, a young woman who is bound to a spectral entity named Aiden and has endured much pain and suffering because of it. Voiced by Ellen Page.
  • Abusive Parents: When she was young, Jodie was verbally abused by her adoptive father to the extent that he flat-out calls her a monster to her face, with one scene depicting him actually about to physically hit her, and later explicitly telling her mother that he views her as an "it" and a demon.
  • Action Girl: A reluctant one, but it still counts.
  • All-Loving Hero: What you can play Jodie as—a compassionate girl with enough Heroic Willpower to rise above what was done to her and save the whole of mankind. At one point, helping people (who don't know about her psychic powers) will result in them calling you a miracle worker.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Taken Up to Eleven and Zigzagged. Technically, Jodie didn't even know her twin before he died. But hoo boy, did his death bring her lots and lots of angst. Not through the death itself, but through everything that happened afterwards as a result of it.
  • Badass
    • Badass Biker: Commandeers a cop bike to escape the police. Also receives an old motorbike as a gift later in the story.
    • Badass Boast: Gives one to a SWAT commander after she and Aiden decimate his unit:
    Jodie: "Tell them to leave me the fuck alone, because next time... I'll kill everyone."
  • Bald Women: Present in various stages throughout the game, like when under CIA training. She also has this look in the endings that she lives at first.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Jodie always wanted to live a normal life and be free of Aiden. If one chooses the "Life" ending at the end of the game, she gets her wish, only to discover that she is lonely and completely miserable without Aiden. Ultimately subverted in three versions of the ending: for the "Ryan" choice, while Jodie is relaxing on the beach Aiden rolls a coconut over to her and scribbles the message "Still Here" in the sand; for the "Jay" choice, while Jodie is checking the mirror after making love to Jay, Aiden fogs the mirror and writes "Still Here"; and for the "Alone" choice, while Jodie sits in a hotel room watching T.V., Aiden turns off the lights, statics the T.V., fogs it and writes "Still Here".
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, as Jodie is frequently seen with visible cuts and wounds, including on her face. She had multiple scars on her face as a result.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: See Driven to Suicide below.
  • Blessed with Suck: What she views her connection to Aiden as.
  • Break the Cutie: Constantly suffers from this throughout her life. See Trauma Conga Line below.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Stopping the Black Sun causes Jodie severe brain damage, causing her memories to become scattered over time.
  • Broken Bird: Her childhood sucked, and the amount of people who genuinely care about her as a person can be counted on one hand.
  • Butt Monkey: Besides Aiden's presence, Jodie seem to be cursed with perpetual bad luck and often ends up in dangerous or uncomfortable situations by pure accident. In fact, quite a few of Aiden's poltergeist sprees ends up happening because people are being dicks to Jodie for little to no reason.
  • Convenient Coma: Ends up in a three-month one after getting beaten up by a thug.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A number of her dialogue options make her look like one, but she also has shades of this in the mandatory lines as well.
  • Defector from Decadence: The instant she discovers that the "warlord" she just killed was in fact a benign, democratically-elected president and that Ryan and the CIA tricked her, Jodie kisses the CIA goodbye and goes on the run.
  • Driven to Suicide: After discovering that she just murdered Salim's father, Jodie, while cornered by an angry mob, attempts to shoot herself, but Aiden doesn't let her do it.
  • Expy: Her qualities are from Carrie.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Via Aiden.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What she suffers if she fails to close the Black Sun rift, her regretful soul being doomed to wander for eternity in the hellish limbo that's become reality.
  • Goth: Used to be one as a teenager.
  • Healing Hands: To other people, it appears that Jodie has this power, but it's really Aiden doing the work.
  • The Hero Dies: If she chooses to go to the Infraworld after destroying Black Sun.
  • Homeless Hero: During the mission "Homeless".
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She just wants to be like other girls her age, but it's just not possible.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Is the spitting image of her actress, Ellen Page.
  • Kid with the Leash/Power Incontinence: Since Aiden has a mind of his own, Jodie is not always capable of controlling him or his actions.
  • Lady in Red: While on dates with Ryan.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Drops F-bombs like nobody's business.
  • Mercy Kill: Can do this to her biological mother, Norah Gray, who has been drugged and kept in a high-security mental hospital by the CIA after Jodie's birth.
  • Mama Bear: To Salim. In some of the endings, she's implied to be one for Zoey.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her mission in Africa. She befriends a local kid named Salim, who leads her to her destination. She manages to kill her target, but ends up taking the life of Salim's father as well. Then she finds out that her target is not a warlord as she was told, but a democratically elected president, and his assassination has sparked outrage throughout the world.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She's tiny, and yet perfectly capable of laying the smackdown on people twice her size.
  • One-Woman Army: With her powers and military training, Jodie is truly a force to be reckoned with, to the extent that they send out every single cop in the entire state to try and apprehend her.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being fairly small in stature, Jodie's CIA training means that she's quite proficient in combat.
  • Prophet Eyes: Whenever she uses her powers.
  • Psychic Children: Much to the dismay of her parents. Good thing they're not really her parents.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Whenever she overexerts herself in controlling Aiden.
  • Psychic Powers: Via Aiden, she can exert limited telekinesis and possess people. Similar to Cole MacGrath, she can also examine the deceased to receive Ghost Memories of their final moments, as well as glean information on her objectives by examining objects. She can also apparently see through Aiden's eyes, given many warnings she gives him from rooms away.
  • Security Blanket: Her toy rabbit. She has it for her entire time while living at the DPA, and if the player chooses to take it with them to the CIA training camp, it can be seen in the ending.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Should she choose to go to the Infraworld and only Shimasani (along with her mother if you choose to Mercy Kill her) is there, as all of her loved ones are still alive.
  • Shrinking Violet: Less extreme than most examples, but Jodie does seem very uneasy interacting with people.
  • Synchronization: Her injuries seem to carry over to Aiden, and it's possible to cripple him by knocking her unconscious.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Her life in general: being called a witch by her peers and tormented by the "monsters" since childhood, any attempt to socialize with those of her age ended in disaster, sent to a paranormal research facility by her family, leave that facility in tears after being forced to join the CIA, killing a democratically elected African president after being told that he was a warlord, taking the life of the father of a local boy she befriended during the process, hunted by the CIA after being accused of treason, finding out that her real mother has been silenced in a horrible way by the Agency, her father figure's sanity slipping away over time, and in the epilogue, if she lives, she has to fight against another Black Sun.
  • Two Siblings In One: The final mission of the game reveals that Aiden is actually the spirit of Jodie's twin brother, who was stillborn.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Jodie wears a different set of clothes in nearly every scene.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Her mission in Africa turns out to serve the American politicians' interests more than anything else, which she only finds out after all is said and done.
  • Waif-Fu: Jodie keeps dishing out the pain to guys two heads taller than her throughout the game.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The CIA decides to get rid of her after she refuses to cooperate with them any further.

The spiritual entity that has been connected to Jodie since birth.
  • Berserk Button: Do not willingly harm or attempt to harm Jodie in any way if you value your life at all.
  • Body Surf: Can possess people in rapid succession.
  • Combat Medic: Is capable of healing Jodie's wounds and can even cure drug addiction, alongside many other abilities that help Jodie in combat.
  • Deflector Shields: Can create them to cushion Jodie's fall as well as protect her from bullets and fire, but they don't help her in close-combat situations.
  • Demonic Possession: One of his powers.
  • Freudian Excuse: Overlapping with Properly Paranoid. He's overprotective, yes, but half the people he and Jodie meet really are out to hurt and/or manipulate her. Things get better in Jodie's adolescence, but that doesn't stop Aiden considering anyone other than her a threat.
  • The Ghost: The closest we've gotten to see what he looks like is this picture, which depicts him as a black shapeless mass tethered to Jodie. Bonus points for literally being a ghost.
    • He appears in human form (what he would have looked like had he survived) during the final level. The camera deliberately obscures him for all of his appearance, but right before he disappears there is a Freeze-Frame Bonus of him. His facial features are vague, but he's about average build, around six feet tall, and has extremely short brown hair.
  • Guardian Entity: For Jodie; he does go overboard sometimes.
  • Imaginary Friend: He's initially mistaken for one.
  • Intangibility: Can freely phase through objects.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Jodie pronounces his name "eye-den" rather than the usual "ay-den," like in another 2013 game with a character of the same name. There are times, however, where Jodie pronounces it as "ay-den", usually during idle dialogue when Aiden has to help Jodie within a certain amount of time.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sort of. In the "Zoey" ending Aiden remains in the spirit world at peace, where as in all other endings he either comes back to Jodie or helps her in the Infraworld.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He is essentially this, being the spirit of Jodie's deceased twin brother and showing no mercy to anyone who harms her. He also vehemently objects to Jodie having a relationship with Ryan.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Aiden is not just a random entity attached to Jodie for no reason. He is revealed to be her stillborn twin brother near the end of the game.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Can do things living humans only dream of. And loves showing it off.
  • Necessary Evil: Is Jodie's life more isolated and scary because of him? Yes. But without his protection, her life would be much worse.
  • Pet the Dog: While Aiden tends to be jealous, mean-spirited (no pun intended), and overprotective to the point of using violence, he is capable of showing compassion. Such examples are helping young Jodie sleep by making her shadow puppets, fetching her a cookie when her parents aren't looking, helping a group of homeless people, and putting his own (justified) animosity towards Ryan aside to have Jodie experience her first perfect date.
  • Poltergeist: Is a spectral entity that can move objects.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Can use his possession to induce this. He can either strangle people to death or possess them and make them shoot themselves if they're carrying guns.
  • Prophet Eyes: Victims of Aiden's possession display this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Should Jodie decide to sic him on the teens at the birthday party for bullying her. You can choose how far to take this, but at its most extreme Aiden goes absolutely mental with it, to the point where Jodie can be heard trying to get him to stop. Still, damn if it doesn't feel good.
  • Synchronization: When Jodie's weak, tired, or injured, the same seems to be true for him.
  • Two Siblings In One: The game's final mission reveals him to be the spirit of Jodie's stillborn twin brother.
  • Tragic Monster: One possible interpretation. He's not, and has never been, alive, but he has to stay in the world of the living anyway and protect Jodie. Even then, his presence brings her a lot of pain and loneliness, and makes her quite justifiably resentful of him.
  • Troll: He can come off as this at times, especially in "The Dinner". Of course, Aiden can be nice during "The Dinner" and become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold for the level by not messing with Jodie during the date after trying to sabotage it.

     Nathan Dawkins 
A government researcher who becomes a surrogate father figure to Jodie. Voiced by Willem Dafoe.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows a stubble shortly after hearing the news of his wife and daughter's death.
  • Big Bad Slippage: He becomes so delusional that he's effectively the Big Bad by the end of the story since he's causing trouble in the human world.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Possibly a Karma Houdini, but after he commits suicide, he is IMMEDIATELY reunited with his family.
  • Fatherly Scientist: One of the very few people who are unconditionally kind to Jodie. This makes The Reveal of how far he has fallen shocking and depressing.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Much like Jodie, he looks just like his portrayer.
  • Ignored Epiphany: During the finale, he traps his family's spirits between two dimensions in order to see them again. They tell Nathan (through Jodie) that they are suffering because of this, and beg him to free them. His response is to shout at Jodie not to lie to him.
    • Shortly after Jodie is injected with the neuro-acid, he enters the room and admits that she "opened his eyes" when he "didn't want to see", only to reveal that he's gone off the deep end completely and gotten it into his head that deactivating the containment field and merging the Infraworld with the mortal one is the solution.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Does not take his wife and daughter's death well.
  • Parental Substitute: To Jodie.
  • Sanity Slippage: Years of grieving his wife and daughter has made him delusional and desperate to bring them back to life by any means, wreaking havoc in the human world during the process.
    • It gets worse, as his wife and daughter die in-game, and we see his first reaction, then we see the moment his sanity starts slipping away.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When Jodie channels his family during the ending, he utterly rejects the thought that they are suffering because of his insanity, and says that Jodie is lying to him. The implication is that on some level he knows that Jodie is telling the truth, but can't stand to let his semblance of a family go.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to bring his wife and daughter back to life by using the Condenser. Of course, this would result in the evil poltergeists wrecking havoc in the human world.

     Cole Freeman 
A scientist who assists Nathan, and is loyal to Jodie no matter what.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Jodie "Princess" every so often.
  • Black Best Friend: Despite being twenty years older, he fulfills this role. He is nice, trustworthy, and this pretty much sums him up.
  • Black Dude Dies First: When he alongside Jodie and Ryan try to engage Black Sun directly, he gets gravely injured very early on. Jodie can have Aiden heal him to avoid this.
  • Easily Forgiven: He seems to have no hard feelings about Jodie having Aiden possess him and ditching him in the middle of a forest so that she could go to a party.
  • Fatherly Scientist: Treats Jodie with utmost kindness.
  • Nice Guy
  • Satellite Character: He is kind, gentle, and will help Jodie no matter what. Those are his only character traits.

     Ryan Clayton 
Jodie's CIA superior and a possible Love Interest.
  • Alcoholic Parent: His father, as mentioned by him during his date with Jodie.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Most of the endings.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. He comes across as one whenever he and Jodie come across anything dangerous, but he is just worried about Jodie since he is in love with her.
  • Eyepatch of Power: During the scene where Jodie and Ryan are captured and tortured, Ryan can potentially have his left eye cut out unless Jodie talks.
  • Eye Scream: His left eye can be cleaved out.
  • I Will Wait for You/The One That Got Away: In most of the endings where he does not get to be with Jodie.
  • Jerkass: Doesn't come across as friendly during Jodie's first meeting when she is forced to join the CIA, and he lies to Jodie about an African president being a warlord, and manipulates her into assassinating him.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows remorse for his actions and helps Jodie stop Black Sun from destroying the world. He also resigns from the CIA by punching his general in the face.
  • Just Following Orders: May as well be his Catch Phrase.
  • Last Kiss: It depends on what Jodie does, but if she declares her love to him when they are freezing to death after escaping the Chinese underwater base, they share a kiss in their final moments. Subverted as their comrades arrive and rescue them almost immediately after.
  • Only Sane Man: When the CIA headquarters is assaulted by entities when Nathan shuts down the condenser, he suggests that they should all get out of there and "Let the military clean up thier own fucking mess."
  • Punch Clock Villain: Being a CIA operative who has to do the government's dirty work qualifies him as this, especially in the assassination in Africa.
  • Timmy in a Well: When Aiden is messing with objects in Cole's lab to tell them Jodie is in danger, he understands that it is Aiden doing it pretty quickly, and knows that Jodie is in danger because of it.

     The Hobos 
Four homeless people who take Jodie in during "Homeless". Walter is a drunk, Jimmy is a drug addict and Tuesday is pregnant. Stan, the man who saved Jodie, lost everything after his wife's death.

  • Big Damn Heroes: If the player fails the wrong QTE, Stan serves as this, preventing a game over.
  • Domestic Abuser: Tuesday ends up in the camp while running away from her abusive boyfriend.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Jimmy's addiction reduces him to a pain-wracked wreck of a man when he can't "get a fix". With Aiden's help, Jodie can cleanse Jimmy's body of the drugs, putting an end to the pain and possibly curing his addiction entirely.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being homeless, Stan unhesitatingly takes Jodie in and nurses her back to health after he finds her unconscious and freezing to death on the sidewalk.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They have different ages and backgrounds, but now have little except each other.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: Walter is a mild example, being a comic relief character.

     Paul's Family 
A Navajo family, living on a ranch in the American desert. They are patriarch Paul, his young adult sons Cory and Jay, and his ancient mother Shimasani.

  • Censor Shadow: If Jodie ends the game with Jay, a shadow hides his nether region when Jodie gets out of bed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shimasani, who perishes after banishing Yť'iitsoh alongside her family, Jodie and Aiden.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Jodie asks if they're Navajo, they point out they prefer to call themselves Dineh.
  • Love Interest: It's possible for Jodie to start a romance with Jay, despite just knowing him for about two days.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jay, who, after his introduction, spends a significant amount of screentime in only his boxers. Cory isn't too far behind, and shows some skin as well (only from the waist-up when he dons his vest).
  • Magical Native American: As it turns out, their ranch is home to a ravenous ghost summoned by their ancestors to kill off white settlers, which Jodie must help them take care of.

Tuesday's daughter, whom Jodie can help bring into the world.
  • Future Badass: In two of the endings, she faces the threat of a future out-of-control condenser. The "Beyond" ending has her face it alone but implied to have Jodie's spirit protecting her like how Aiden protected Jodie. The "Life - Zoey" ending has her to be some chosen one and was trained by Jodie and faces it with her.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: Zig-Zagged. When Jodie helps Tuesday give birth, Zoey has an umbilical cord, and part of the mission requires Jodie to cut it, though the baby is otherwise completely clean, and she has a completely normal head shape (newborns have a slightly curved or sunken scalp before it reshapes into the normal shape).

A kid whom Jodie finds injured during her assassination mission in Africa, and later befriends and protects along the course of her objective. To Jodie's horrified realization, she unknowningly murders Salim's father after Aiden possesses his body in order to complete her mission.
  • Badass Adorable: Was armed with a rifle when Jodie found him, and assists her in fighting the soldiers as well as avoiding capture in order to complete her mission.
  • Berserker Tears: Salim tried to pump Jodie full with lead in a tearful rage when he discovered she murdered his father.
  • Children Forced To Kill: He does help Jodie in taking out the soldiers, but attempts to kill Jodie himself at his own volition.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. He is seen cheering with the mob that chases Jodie during her extraction, showing that he now possesses a newfound but justified hatred for Jodie for killing his father. Considering that his father was the only relative he has (to the knowledge of the player/audience), this is very understandable.
  • Funny Foreigner: He's more adorable than humorous, but though he doesn't understand English, he's able to pronounce Jodie's name at least.
  • Infant Immortality: He was shot in the leg when Jodie found him, but is immediately healed and survived during his course of the game. However, in the final chapter of the game when Jodie goes to stop the Black Sun, Salim is seen with the many souls that roamed the dimension, but in reality he's just one of her memories, so Salim is still alive.
  • Protectorate: Jodie goes full Mama Bear towards Salim during her mission.
  • Walking Spoiler: Not to the extent of Nathan Dawkins, but he does appear during a rather crucial part of the storyline, and adding to that, Jodie's guilt over murdering his father played a factor in her abandonment of the CIA.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is last seen cheering with the angry mob that pursued Jodie after she assassinated the president (unknowingly) and left a grieving Salim behind to escape.
  • You Killed My Father: Understandably raised hell when Jodie has his father killed through Demonic Possession in order to complete her objective, and even attempted to gun her down with his father's gun in a fit of rage (of course Aiden shielded her from the bullets).