A page for all the characters who appear in Atlus' Catherine
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The protagonist of our story; a fairly unambitious man whose life gets turned around very quickly after his girlfriend Katherine McBride states she wants to get married and
he is seduced by the mysterious Catherine. Before long, he's having nightmares where he has to climb towards a cathedral alongside countless other people turned into sheep in order to escape.
- Afro Asskicker
- Badass Normal
- Bad Liar: To an almost absurd degree.
- Not that it would've worked, since both girls knew what was going on from the beginning.
- Butt Monkey
- The Cameo: Appears in Persona 3 Portable as "Man Drinking Alone", where he talks about getting weird nightmares and how a strange girl who suddenly appeared has suddenly thrown his life for a loop.
- Cassandra Truth: None of Vincent's friends believe him when he tells them that he talks to Catherine at the bar. Turns out that Catherine is only visible to Vincent because she is a succubus, making it look like in front of others that Vincent was talking to himself. Erica also doesn't believe Vincent until she sees with Vincent that Boss was behind the nightmares.
- Chick Magnet: According to Orlando, he used to be very popular with girls when he was younger. Not so much the case now, though he did catch the attention of Catherine. Though there are bigger reasons for that.
- Commitment Versus Freedom: Making the choice or not forms the crux of his Character Development.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When he confronts Boss about the nightmares, he's so pissed off that this is the result.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In real life, he's pretty meek and spineless all around. In the dream world, he's a lot more determined, and openly defiant to his tormentors. His ability to quickly devise climbing techniques shows he can be especially clever too.
- Despair Event Horizon: Comes close to crossing it when he loses Katherine. Depending on how you play, he can either get back with her, get over it, or make the last leap over it.
- Determinator: Just try and tell this guy that he's not going to get through the night's 'mare.
- Upon getting a Game Over, using one of your retries prompts him to say "Now's not the time to be dead!"
- Drink Order: He starts every night in the Stray Sheep with a rum & coke, and you can also have him order whiskey, beer, or sake.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Evil Overlord: Sort of becomes one in the True Cheater ending, if rulers of demon realms count.
- The Everyman
- Goofy Print Underwear: A lovely pair of boxers with pink spots that Vincent brings with him to every Nightmare. Apparently, Vincent's closet is full of them. Also, if you bought the "Love is Over" edition, you score a real-life pair of your very own.
- Hope Bringer: To the other sheep. They start looking up to him and are inspired by his determination and his success at climbing the tower.
- Jaw Drop: At least twice per day.
- Happily Married: To his girl of choice in the True Lovers and True Cheater endings.
- Hellish Pupils: He becomes an incubus in the True Cheater ending and gains these.
- Irony: If this game is canon to the Persona series, the fact that he's a main character who actually speaks.
- Knife Nut: He confronts Boss while holding a knife.
- Large Ham: Especially in the English version, where it's clear that Troy Baker had a lot of fun going overboard with his yells.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: In the True Cheater ending, he marries Catherine and chooses to stay with her in the netherworld, eventually becoming a demon himself. Not just any old demon, mind... The most powerful one in existence.
- Memetic Sex God: Can become an In-Universe one, at least for the demons, if the True Cheater route is taken.
- Maybe not "memetic" — he did wrest control of the underworld from the Babylonian god of death.
- Nice Guy
- The Paragon: He can encourage the rest of the sheep to endure through the climbing, to press on despite the difficulty.
- Perpetual Poverty: He just started a new job and checking the ATM says he doesn't have a whole lot of money especially if it involves supporting Katherine, and a potential baby, as well, he seems to run his drinks on a tab at the Stray Sheep, and Katherine mentions his drinking not being a very cheap past-time, either. Erica even uses "paying [his] tab" as a threat at one point. And yet he still had money to waste on a new laptop and the new model of his phone that came out last week.
- Power Is Sexy: It's implied that this is the reasons why so many Horny Devils end up fawning all over him in the True Cheater ending, as he becomes the netherworld's most powerful demon.
- Say My Name: "C/KATHERRIINNNNEEE!!!" (even at the Title Screen!)
- Shadow Archetype: Shadow of Vincent of course, hinting towards a Continuity towards the Persona series.
- Slouch of Villainy: True Cheater ending, oh yes. And it is awesome.
- Take a Third Option: The Neutral Endings, in which he rejects both girls.
- Took a Level in Badass: Towards the end.
- Team Dad & Warrior Therapist: Towards the other sheep. As the nights go on, they all really start looking up to him. Often he'll teach them any techniques he's learned thus far.
- This Loser Is You
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The hijinks involving Katherine and Catherine are utterly hilarious ... until things start really going bad for him.
- Voice of the Legion: True Cheater ending, natch.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In the Nightmare Stages, where all he's wearing is his boxers.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's what kicks off the plot.
The titular seductress; Catherine seduces Vincent at the Stray Sheep bar and it's after meeting her that his nightmares begin. She is quite
the Clingy Jealous Girl
and is implied to be more than a little crazy. She is eventually revealed to be a succubus sent to seduce men who won't get married in order to "weed out" the unfruitful couples as part of a scheme by Mutton
- Blondes Are Morally Ambiguous
- Character Title: The only one in the localized version. In the Japanese version, she shares this trope with Katherine.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Daddy's Little Villain
- The Dragon & The Dark Chick: To Mutton.
- Dominatrix: In most of the pictures in the Good Cheater Ending, it seems Vincent has a BDSM kick.
- Femme Fatale
- Giant Waist Ribbon
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A lighthearted version in the True Cheater ending, where she becomes queen of the netherworld, ruling alongside Vincent.
- Happily Married: To Vincent in the True Cheater ending.
- Horned Humanoid
- Horny Devils: Her true nature is that of a succubus.
- In Love with the Mark: In the Good and True Cheater Endings, she admits that she'd been ignoring the other men she was sent to seduce because she wanted to spend more time with Vincent.
- It's heavily implied that the reason Steve found out about Vincent is because Catherine's mind wasn't on the job.
- Invisible to Normals: She can only be seen by the men she seduces.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like Katherine. Only here, she can be physically abusive and pushy, but she still genuinely loves Vincent. (Well, they are both in the gray zone)
- Karma Houdini: Despite causing more than a few deaths and ruining multiple relationships, she never is called out for this and can even be married in two endings.
- Knife Nut: Her Weapon of Choice when she tries to kill Katherine in a dream sequence is one of these, but she ends up being stabbed herself.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A particularly dark version.
- Ms. Fanservice: Invoked, seeing as how she's a succubus, she takes on the appearance of Vincent's ideal Ms. Fanservice.
- Naked Apron: In one of the pictures in the Good Cheater ending.
- One-Winged Angel: She turns into an enormous, monstrous version of herself in a nightmare Vincent has, so she can chase down and murder Katherine, and, supposedly, Vincent.
- Only One Name
- Red Oni: Even has a bit of red on her outfit while Katherine has a bit of blue.
- Ret Gone: She could only interact with Vincent in the first place, but when she was defeated in the Nightmare, all of her calls, texts, and pictures vanished from his phone.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at her trope list! You can say that she kicks off a large portion of the events, but going beyond that gets to the point that you are close to revealing something.
- Woman in White: To Katherine's Woman in Black. Enforced by the game logo.
Vincent's girlfriend. They met at a high school reunion and struck up a relationship. She's described as being a career woman, but she also wants to get married. The pressure over whether or not to do so is partially what sets Vincent's story into motion. As it turns out, she was aware of his affair the whole time and eventually breaks up with him over it. Depending on the player's choices, they may or may not get back together.
- Action Girl: Only in the dream world, where she actually does a good job at climbing. However, the AI can make the experience rather frustrating.
- Broken Smile: Develops one during the breakup scene, although it's small.
- Blue Oni: Even has a bit of blue on her outfit while Catherine has a bit of red.
- Character Title: With Catherine in the Japanese version, where their names are spelled the same way.
- Christmas Cake
- Death Glare: Gives Vincent one hell of a look in the dream world before discovering his affair.
- Financial Abuse: Says she'll be taking control of Vincent's finances after discovering her pregnancy, claiming that it's because he needs to be more responsible. She keeps up with this even after discovering she's not pregnant.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Is that... blonde? Light brown? Vaguely pinkish?
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Rukia and Yukari, anyone?
- Happily Married: To Vincent in the True Lovers ending.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out she knew that Vincent was cheating all along.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a cold, domineering person, she legitimately loves Vincent and has his best interests at heart, despite knowing that he may not want to follow through with them.
- Ice Queen: Her coldness is rather blatant. The first boss in the nightmare world, she returns in the fifth stage, "Quadrangle", where the tower practically takes place in a blizzard.
- Manipulative Bitch: Due to her Financial Abuse of Vincent and attempting to use a variant of The Baby Trap.
- Meaningful Name
- Rapunzel Hair: Rapunzel's tale is mentioned in the game, although it may be unintentional.
- Secret Test of Character: Shortly after breaking the news to Vincent, she discovered she wasn't pregnant after all, but wanted to see if Vincent would come clean about his affair if she had been.
- The Stoic / Not So Stoic: Majority of the time, she's pretty calm, but flips her shit in the dream world where she finds out Vincent is cheating and gets into a heated argument with Catherine. It's even more evident about the fact that she's not pregnant when Catherine questions her and Katherine gives her a slightly stuttered retort. In the real world, she takes it rather gracefully.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: May become one depending on the ending.
- Woman in Black: To Catherine's Woman in White. Enforced by the game logo.
- Becomes a Woman in White, and gets married to Vincent, in the best lawful ending.
Orlando is one of Vincent's oldest friends and another frequenter of the Stray Sheep bar. He tends to lean towards freedom in everything he does and isn't particularly keen on the idea of marriage.
Jonathan "Jonny" Ariga
Jonny is another bachelor friend of Vincent's who frequents the bar. A used car salesman who works for his father's company and plans to continue the family business. He tends to lean towards the "order" side of things and has a yearning to find his own soulmate some day.
- All Love Is Unrequited: If you break up with Katherine, he reveals that he's had feelings for her for years.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Toby.
- Blue Oni: Mostly towards Toby. He tends to be calm, level-headed, and clad in duller clothing to represent his leaning towards stability as opposed to Toby's bright young enthusiasm.
- The Bro Code: He'll break it if Vincent breaks up with Katherine for good, but is turned down by her.
- Drink Order: Sake.
- Foil: Given his similar appearance, his leaning towards order, and eventual asking of Katherine out, he's basically what Vincent could become if he actually made up his mind for once.
- In-Series Nickname: Toby frequently calls him "Chief".
- Smoking Is Cool
- The Stoic: The least talkative of Vincent's friends.
- Token Minority: With a last name like Ariga, this makes him the only Asian in Vincent's group, let alone the entire game.
Tobias "Toby" Nebbins
Voice Actors: Kisho Taniyama (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
One of Jonny's workmates, Toby is the youngest member of the group and another regular at the bar. He looks up to his coworker and has a similar desire to find "the one" and get married. He's also quite the cake eater
and has a huge crush on Erica.
Erica Anderson / Eric
A waitress at the Stray Sheep bar and a childhood friend of Vincent's. She is bright, cheerful, and a little bit of a gossiper. She seems well aware of Tobias' crush on her and it's hinted that she reciprocates it on some level, as he eventually loses his virginity to her
. In the True Lovers ending, it's revealed that she is Transsexual.
Stray Sheep Characters
Boss / Thomas Mutton / Dumuzid
The Boss is the barkeeper of the Stray Sheep bar, who always wears sunglasses indoors. Very little is known about him, although there are plenty of weird rumours surrounding him. He turns out to be the mastermind behind the nightmares and is trying to use them to weed out men who won't marry their partners for the sake of allowing the human race to keep populating the world, as per the will of Astaroth/Ishtar.
- Batman Gambit: Vincent basically undermines his illusion of control when he takes the whole plan apart by saying men and women don't need guidance and there's no way their lives can be so easily controlled.
- Big Bad
- Calling Your Attacks: DUMUZID BEAM! Head goes BOOM!!
- The Chessmaster
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades: Turns out they're to hide his Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Dirty Old Man: Erica complains that he's not going to stop hitting on her.
- Dub Name Change: From "Master" in the Japanese version to "Boss".
- Done as you traditionally call the Barkeep in Japan "Master" out of respect, and calling him "Boss" is just a translation of how respectfully you're supposed to address them in Japan.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Japanese language track calls him Master, the traditional way of addressing the barkeep in Japan as he's the master of the bar you're in. The English dub changed it to Boss, but the meaning behind it is the same. So at the end of the day he's still being called Barkeep. Confusing, ain't it?
- Final Boss
- Friendly Enemy: He's only antagonistic when directly challenged. Even after being defeated, he doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Vincent.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom / Red Eyes, Take Warning: Turns out that these are what his sunglasses are hiding.
- Humanoid Abomination: In the true ending, he transforms into a deity / monster
- Large Ham: Doesn't sweat the details when he's the Final Boss.
- Man in White
- Meaningful Name: The "Mutton" connects him with the dream-sheep. The "Thomas" is probably on account of an old rendering of Dumuzid's name in Mesopotamian archaeology — Tammuz.
- Monster Roommate: In the True Cheater ending, he rooms with Vincent and Catherine until Vincent goes on his conquest of the netherworld.
- Mr. Exposition
- Not So Omniscient After All: Vincent calls him out on this after the final battle.
- Physical God: ...albeit one who can't even scrape together 50 grand.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: His weapon of choice when you face him in the penultimate level.
- Shrouded in Myth: Mostly played for laughs. There are quite a few wacky rumours about the Boss.
- Service Sector Stereotypes: A plot-significant barkeeper? Myep.
- Smug Snake: After Vincent beats him, he can do little more than sulk at his defeat.
- Walking Spoiler
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Turns out all he really wanted was for men and women to "continue populating the planet" and he intended to weed out cheaters in order to assist with that.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: When Vincent comes to with questions about Catherine, he makes the mistake of assuming he's figured out the he was behind the nightmares and blurts out too much before answering his question. This leads to Vincent finding that out as well.
One of the regulars at the Stray Sheep. He's a reporter, and is studying the mysterious deaths of young men in their sleep. During the Nightmare stages, he appears as the Sheep with Glasses, teaching climbing techniques that Vincent may find useful.
- But You Were There, and You, and You: Eventually, he recognizes Vincent from the bar during the Nightmare.
- Catch Phrase: "It's the truth."
- Felony Misdemeanor: He's baffled as to why he's having nightmares, given that rumor has it they're caused by cheating, since he's never cheated on anyone in his life. It turns out he qualifies for them simply because his guilt complex has him stalling on getting engaged to his girlfriend.
- My Greatest Failure: Justin once wrote an article about an impoverished ballerina who was looking for her big break. After the story was published, she became famous, but was tormented by rivals and ended up committing suicide. He thinks the nightmares are punishing him for this, and plans on wishing the ballerina back to life if he reaches the Cathedral.
- Nice Guy: Helpful, personable, and down-to-earth as likely the most level-headed and well-adjusted of the Stray Sheep guys.
- Shout-Out: To the Classic Cheat Code of Metroid.
- The Smart Guy: The main Climbing Techniques Guy of the nightmare group, and enjoys sprinkling conversations with trivia and food for thought.
A businessman that frequents the Stray Sheep. He appears in the Nightmare as the Sheep with Regent Hair.
- Abusive Parents: His father constantly insulted, belittled, or neglected him, and even attacked him with an axe at one point, leaving scars on Todd's body.
- All Men Are Perverts: Todd takes this attitude in stride, thinking it makes him a successful man, like his father.
- Big Brother Mentor: Seems to think of himself as this toward Archie, most overt if he survives to Day 7. This flusters Archie, who isn't sure he even likes Todd.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Surviving the Nightmare helps him get better, though.
- Eyes Always Shut: Unless he's a sheep.
- Foil: Todd is basically a more successful, less committed Vincent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's chauvanistic and a bit of an ass, but at least one of the other characters admits he's "good at looking out for people". Despite not getting along with Morgan, he stopped the latter's suicide attempt.
- Those Two Guys: Normally appears with Archie, both in the bar and on the Nightmare landings. If one dies in the Nightmares, the other will also be unsaveable.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's desperate to become successful like his father. Unfortunately, that means being a womanizing, manipulative jerk.
- Woman Scorned: He thinks the "witch" is one of his ex-girlfriends, who he dumped to avoid getting caught in a baby trap.
- Your Cheating Heart: His wife is having an affair with Archie.
Todd's employee, often seen with him at the Stray Sheep. In the Nightmare stages, he's the Long-Haired Sheep.
- Abusive Parents: Archie was locked in a cellar and raped by his mother as a child. Although he eventually escaped, it left him with serious Mommy Issues.
- Death Seeker
- The Eeyore: He's on the pessimistic, down-on-himself side, though he starts getting over it if he makes it past Night 6.
- Gold Digger: A male version. Archie seduces rich women, then makes off with as much money as he can.
- I Wished You Were Dead: His reaction if Todd dies in the Nightmare.
- Nervous Wreck: Understated. He's pretty level, if dry, in his appearances with Todd early in the game, but talk to him alone during the second half and it's obvious that the week's getting to him.
- Straight Man: Plays off of Todd this way when they're together in Stray Sheep sections.
- Those Two Guys: He usually appears with Todd, both in and out of the Nightmare sequences. If Todd doesn't last to the final day, neither will he.
- Your Cheating Heart: He's sleeping with Todd's wife out of spite.
One of Vincent's old classmates, and the heir to a huge corporation. He's seen as the Sheep with Sunglasses in Nightmares.
A widowed police officer who can be found at the Stray Sheep. Also known as the Sheep with Police Hat.
- The Alcoholic: Implied. He feels the need to give up drinking if he survives the game.
- But You Were There, and You, and You: Eventually, he recognizes Vincent from the bar during the Nightmare.
- Driven to Suicide: Shortly after his wife was murdered.
- I Wished You Were Dead: The last time he saw his wife, they were having an argument, which culminated in Morgan telling her to get out.
- Libation for the Dead: If he survives the Nightmare, Morgan swears off alcohol, instead promising to pour his last drink on Sophie's grave once he's caught her murderer.
- Sweet Tooth: According to Lindsey and Martha, he likes vanilla ice cream with maple syrup.
- That One Case: His wife's murder.
Daniel's girlfriend, who occasionally accompanies him to the Stray Sheep.
- Samaritan Relationship Starter: Anna was devastated by the suicide of her friend the ballerina, but Daniel comforted her and got her life back on track. Shortly afterwards, they started dating.
- Starcrossed Lovers: Daniel's family doesn't approve of her economic status.
- Tsundere: Type B.
Lindsay and Martha Uspenski
A pair of old women who seem to know about the Nightmare world.
Trisha, the Midnight Venus /Astaroth/Ishtar
The hostess of the Golden Playhouse, the Framing Device
for our story. She provides opening and ending narration to the events of the story.
A former classmate of Vincent's, and one of the first men claimed by the curse.
A man who accuses Vincent of stealing Catherine from him. Also known as the Sheep with a Tie. Eaten by Vincent's Shadow before he can escape the Nightmare.
- But You Were There, and You, and You: He and Vincent both recognize each other (by voice) towards the end of the Nightmare.
- Chekhov's Gun: After sleeping with Vincent, Catherine runs off to see the dentist. Steve's profession? Dentist.
- Evil Phone: Only at first, as he threatened to kill Vincent. Never follows through with it, however.
- Killed Off for Real: Steve is the only sheep that can't be saved.
- Mauve Shirt: despite being quite kind to you in the dreams, he ends up dead.
- Sanity Slippage: First, Catherine leaves him, and Steve becomes desperate to win her back through the Nightmares. Then he finds out that she didn't really exist.
- Your Cheating Heart: He had an affair with, and later left his wife for, Catherine.
Mysterious Voice / Astaroth
A strange voice that frequently tests Vincent's beliefs in the nightmares and asks him questions from the window of a confession booth before each level.
Catherine's father, the plenipotentiary of the netherworld. Despite what that may imply, he's actually more of a bumbling dad than anything else.
- Badass Beard
- Big "NO!": In Catherine's True Ending, when she tells him to give up and stop opposing her relationship with Vincent.
- Bumbling Dad
- The Chew Toy: He really only exists to be laughed at.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Big time. His attempts to talk Catherine out of seeing Vincent end with him getting a Groin Attack from her, and in the True Cheater ending, after getting overthrown he's used as a throne. He's easily the least dangerous supernatural entity in the game.
- Fantastic Racism: Implied towards humans in general from his treatment of Vincent and his constant (attempted) dismissal of him as a "mere human".
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: A non-boss example. He appears very late into the story and is only really used for a couple of cheap laughs.
- Though, his appearance is actually foreshadowed earlier in an optional phone conversation where Catherine yells at her father for interrupting her phone call; his reason for the interruption being he wanted to play video games with Catherine.
- Groin Attack: Is the victim of one courtesy of Catherine, who does it to stop his whining.
- Humiliation Conga: The True Cheater Ending. He gets groin-attacked, has his Parental Marriage Veto overridden, gets dethroned as lord of Hell, and is used as the new lord's throne. Whoof.
- Large and In Charge: He's physically the largest character in the game unless you count others going One-Winged Angel.
- Large Ham: It's Jamieson Price. What did you expect?
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: It's probably unintentional, but his broad face and gigantic beard are somewhat reminiscent of BRIAN BLESSED.
- Parental Marriage Veto: He's not too fond of the idea of Catherine marrying Vincent. Not that any attention is paid to his opinion...
- Relationship Voice Actor: This is not the first time that Troy Baker and Jamieson Price have come to blows over a woman and a world. Nor the first that the latter has ended up subservient to the former.
- Satan Is Inept: For the lord of the underworld, Nergal sure doesn't seem very dangerous.
- Voice of the Legion: Which becomes hilarious when mixed with standard Bumbling Dad lines.