"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.
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 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.
Broken Bird: Her childhood sucked, and the amount of people who genuinely care about her as a person can be counted on one hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 feelgood.
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.
A government researcher who becomes a surrogate father figure to Jodie. Voiced by Willem Dafoe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).