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Voice Actors: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Troy Baker (EN)
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: His fellow nightmare sheep seem to see him as such, anyway—apparently, his hair resembles a 'fro on his sheep self.
- Badass Baritone: Freak-outs aside, his voice is pretty deep. While he looks and acts like a schmuck most of the time, he can stand up and push mountains when properly motivated.
- Badass Normal: Especially in the true cheater ending, when he takes over Hell as its new lord with nothing but a shortsword while in his undies. Best part, he doesn't even think it's a big deal.
- Bad Liar: To an almost absurd degree. Not that being a good liar would've helped, since both girls knew what was going on from the beginning.
- Butt-Monkey: His romantic mishaps are played for laughs... at first.
- The Cameo: Well, in a sense. A look-alike 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. While fans initially believed him to be the real Vincent, Word of God later clarified the matter.
- 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. Heck, even in the modern day, he's engaged to Katherine, Catherine has eyes on him, and Erica's response to him successfully intimidating Boss, otherwise known as Dumizid, a freaking god, by threatening to stab him to death was to blush from how manly he was. He even ends up attracting a whole lot of succubi in the "True Cheater" ending because he was so handsome.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When he confronts Boss about the nightmares, he's so pissed off that this is the result.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: As opposed to most Shin Megami Tensei protagonists, who are high school students with supernatural powers, he's an average guy with a Canon Name, voice, and personality.
- 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. Even in reality, if you push him to his breaking point, he is not afraid of getting physical with people and outright threatens to shank Boss if he doesn't spill the beans about what's going on.
- Demon of Human Origin: In the True Cheater ending, he becomes a demon lord with Catherine as his bride.
- 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.
- 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 and coke, and you can also have him order whiskey, beer, or sake.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: If you choose C/Katherine and get the True endings.
- Evil Overlord: Sort of becomes one in the True Cheater ending, if rulers of demon realms count.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the "True Cheater" ending, after he becomes a demon lord.
- The Everyman: He starts out as an ordinary guy with fairly mundane problems. Then he starts having deadly nightmares.
- 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.
- Grew a Spine: After letting himself get pushed around all week, Vincent finally gains some assertion when he confronts the Boss over the Nightmare, and wrings every answer he can get out of the old man.
- Happily Married: To his girl of choice in the "True Lovers" and "True Cheater" endings. In the former, he marries Katherine in a traditional white wedding. The latter has him passionately making out with Catherine after he turns into a demon, along with a bunch of succubi, right on top of poor Nergal.
- Hell Has New Management: 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.
- Hellish Pupils: He becomes an incubus in the True Cheater ending and gains slitted pupils.
- 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.
- 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.
- Loser Protagonist: He's in his thirties, doesn't even have a kitchen in the hole he calls an apartment, goes out drinking every night, and has a job that he's never shown at. Many reviewers have wondered what Katherine sees in him as he's definitely not husband material.
- Manchild: Starts out as a less lighthearted/comical version - Vincent is constantly late for work, slacks off, does not exercise basic hygiene or cleaning habits, wets his bed, forgets important dates, stammers like an idiot (not in a charming way), shows no interest in personal growth or developing relationships (having settled into an apathetic rut with Katharine and only ever talking about himself with his friends), and fawning helplessly over the first pretty face he sees. Without question, Atlus' most immature protagonist to date (he can get better in a few endings, and in a few he can get worse, eventually devolving into a Psychopathic Manchild).
- Order Versus Chaos: Represented in the game as Commitment vs. Freedom. Making the choice or not forms the crux of his Character Development.
- 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 reason 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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He ends up gaining red eyes after transforming into a demon in the "True Cheater" ending. Unlike the pathetic Nergal, he's a more effective demon lord with a massive (female) following.
- Say My Name: "C/KATHERRIINNNNEEE!!!" (even at the Title Screen!)
- Sex God: Can become an In-Universe one, at least for the demons, if the True Cheater route is taken. He's so attractive that all the succubi start procrastinating from their duties so they could be around him.
- 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.
- Spotting the Thread: Downplayed. He realizes that Boss was the only one who ever saw Catherine, but he doesn't deduce the implications until said other character accidentally blunders away the true extent of their involvement with his nightmares.
- Take a Third Option: The True Freedom Endings, in which he rejects both girls.
- Took a Level in Badass: Towards the end. Even moreso if you choose Catherine and get the "True Cheater" ending, where Vincent apparently fought and dethroned a powerful demon off-screen, and took the power for himself.
- Team Dad: 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.
Voice Actors: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)
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.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her boss forms.
- The Immoral Beast, whose face is a walking mish-mash of a butt and a vagina with eyes, represents the sin and lust that will warp Vincent and (potentially) kill him if he stays for too long.
- Her second boss form, found in the Cathedral, is a desiccated corpse with a mouth full of sharp teeth; she's a monster who lures unsuspecting men with an attractive veneer.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Katherine's Betty.
- Character Title: The only one in the localized version. In the Japanese version, she shares this trope with Katherine.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not take no for an answer, and if anyone tries to say otherwise she tends to get...violent.
- The Dragon and The Dark Chick: To Mutton.
- Dominatrix: In most of the pictures in the Good Cheater Ending, it seems Vincent has a BDSM kick.
- 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: Her true form is a pale-skinned, horned succubus.
- Horny Devils: Her true nature is that of a succubus.
- Idiot Hair: Possesses a single, tiny ahoge.
- 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 being an accessory to 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, Invoked version.
- Ms. Fanservice: Invoked, seeing as how she's a succubus, she takes on the appearance of Vincent's ideal Ms. Fanservice.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes on the ideal appearance of whatever the target's desire is. The true cheater ending shows what is potentially part of her true form, a body with demonic wings, ram horns and black and white geometric patterns all over her skin. But even then, her face and hair still remain as Vincent's ideal woman.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Katherine's Blue. 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.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's the pretty succubus daughter of the fat, ugly, bearded Nergal.
- The Unreveal:
- We never find out exactly what she looked like to Steve (the game pans away during Steve's description of her and we don't get to hear it), only that she wasn't blonde-haired, nor white.
- Finally averted when the novelization was released which provides artwork of what Catherine looks like to other people, namely Orlando◊ (who sees her as a dark-skinned Hispanic woman), Jonny◊ (who sees her as a near exact copy of Katherine) and Steve◊ (who sees her as a freckled Asian girl).
- 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Goes into an utter panic mode during the swarm of ants one morning in Vincent's room. Rather appropriate, since she's a succubus demon, and demons represent chaos, something that the human Katherine isn't.
Voice Actors: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
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.
- Accidental Murder: Ends up doing this to Catherine before The Cathedral, though it turns out to have been All Just a Dream.
- 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.
- Animal Motifs: Ants, which symbolize a need to conform to an orderly way of life. Ants show up in most of the cutscenes where Katherine and Vincent are together, and usually appear in some sort of way related to her. Her rival for Vincent's affections is also freaked out by ants.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Catherine's Veronica.
- Broken Smile: Develops one during the breakup scene, although it's small.
- Character Title: With Catherine in the Japanese version, where their names are spelled the same way.
- Death Glare: Gives Vincent one hell of a look in the dream world before discovering his affair.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In her Good Endings.
- 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?
- 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.
- Inopportune Voice Cracking: Non-comedic (and possibly unintentional on Kotono Mitsuishi's part, but still) example: If you listen closely to the Japanese dub, when Katherine screams loudly on Day 8 after accidentally killing Catherine, her voice starts out really high pitched, and then almost immediately breaks and becomes very scratchy.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Catherine's Red. Even has a bit of blue on her outfit while Catherine has a bit of red.
- 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.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: She yells a nice one at Catherine during 8th Day.Katherine: You should be getting out of here, bitch!
- Victorious Childhood Friend: May become one depending on the ending.
A new character introduced in the Full Body Updated Re-release. She is a pianist hired by Boss to play at the Stray Sheep Bar, where Vincent first runs into her. She serves as a third "Catherine" for Vincent to romance, offering a third option in the Order Versus Chaos exploration of relationships in the game.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The skirt on her short one-piece dress barely covers her legs. And, much like with Catherine, the game purposefully plays this up in various ways for the sake of Fanservice.
- Diegetic Switch: She's the one playing the piano piece that serves as the theme of the Stray Sheep bar, "Also Sprach Brooks", in the updated re-release.
- Lonely Piano Piece: The default song she plays is the quiet, slightly sorrowful solo piano piece "Also Sprach Brooks" that you can hear when you're hanging out at the bar.
- Love Interests: She's one of the possible three girls Vincent can end up in a relationship with in Full Body.
- No Social Skills: She's described as "lacking proper social etiquette". For instance, when she lets Vincent crash at her place in one scene, she sleeps completely naked and eventually walks straight up to a sitting down Vincent to talk, leaving him confusedly staring directly at her crotch.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being around the same age as the rest of the cast (to the point she was hired to work at a bar), she has a small build, dyes her hair pink, and purposefully wears clothes that resemble a Japanese high school Sailor Fuku.
- Planet of Steves: "Rin" is short for some form of Catherine, making all three of Vincent's love interests have some form of the name Catherine.
- The Piano Player: She was hired by Boss to play the piano at the Stray Sheep Bar.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's a potential Love Interest who has dyed pink hair.
- Sailor Fuku: Her one piece dress evokes this, with a short cut and a sailor sash top
- Take a Third Option: She's meant to be an alternate relationship choice between Catherine and Katherine's Red Oni, Blue Oni.
- Transgender: Played up in promotional materials, which associate Rin with male and female symbols in parallel, suggesting she may be a female who was assigned a male gender at birth.
- Third-Option Love Interest: She is newly introduced in the PS4 and Vita Updated Re-release as a third option between Catherine and Katherine.
- Version Exclusive Content: She only appears in the PS4 and Vita Catherine: Full Body Updated Re-release, not the original PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Played up in promotional materials, which associate Rin with male and female symbols in parallel, suggesting she may be a man who dresses as a Girly Girl.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dyed pink hair, unlike most of the other cast, who generally have natural hair colors.
Voice Actors: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)
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.
- All Men Are Perverts:
- His immediate reaction to Vincent's ramblings about whether or not he should call the affair with Catherine off and apologize to Katherine can basically be summed up as, "Great - Hook me up with her instead."
- When Vincent starts telling him about the pics that Catherine is sending him, he demands that he save those pics so he can see them later.
- Deadpan Snarker: Notably while talking to Vincent in the cubicles:Vincent: Does all this feel like a dream to you?
Orlando: Who dreams of taking a shit with another guy?
- Drink Order: Beer.
- Nice Hat: Wears a trilby.
- Stepford Smiler: It's implied that his laid-back attitude and preference for the bachelor lifestyle is a front for how bitter he's been since his wife left him.
Jonathan "Jonny" Ariga
Voice Actors: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
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.
- 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".
- The Quiet One: The least talkative of Vincent's friends.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The 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.
- 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: Kissho 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He's always picked on by his buddies, usually for being the youngest, for being a virgin, or for his shyness towards Erica.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's quite clearly a good guy at heart, although he's definitely one of the more perverted of them, proudly announcing his preference for older women and asking "What's so wrong with having some adult fun with someone older?"
- Drink Order: Beer.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He has quite the crush on Erica.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He's the youngest of the group by almost a decade.
- Likes Older Women: Rather unashamedly, too.
Voice Actors: Junko Minagawa (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN)
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 trans.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: A mild example, but her eyebrows are slightly thicker compared to other characters.
- The Chick: A moral centre for The Team who tries to stop them getting depressed? Check. Mediates arguments and ensures that nobody falls out? Check. Encourages everyone to keep moving forward? Cheque, please!
- Fanservice with a Smile: Her waitress outfit shows off quite a bit of leg and the camera occasionally angles itself so you can see down her top.
- Fish out of Water: A small example: out of Vincent's friends she is the only one to at least get a feel of what's going on concerning the murders and Vincent's nightmare - which happened to be Boss's about Catherine and why no one else but Vincent couldn't see her.
- Foreshadowing: The gang drops quite a few hints that she's Transgender that Toby and many first-time players probably won't notice.
- Red Herring: She fits a lot of the same criteria the mastermind behind the nightmares does (knows Vincent and has been close to him for a while), and see Significant Double Casting below. There are also hints that she's the "witch" that's been cursing people. It turns out she is the witch, but that has nothing to do with the nightmares: it was just an old childhood prank.
- Significant Double Casting: Averted in both the Japanese and English dub in regards to Trisha. The only thing they share is a rather similar appearance.
- Sobriquet Sex Switch: She used to be called "Eric".
- The Tease: Especially so far as Toby is concerned.
- Transgender: A "male-to-female" trans woman.
Stray Sheep Characters
Boss / Thomas Mutton / Dumuzid
Voice Actors: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
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 rumors 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: The one responsible for creating the Nightmares, for the purpose of weeding out men who either cheat on their partners or won't commit themselves to marriage.
- Calling Your Attacks: DUMUZID BEAM! Head goes BOOM!!
- Cool Shades: Turns out they're to hide his Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Sunglasses at Night: He wears them while sleeping, even after his secret is revealed.
- 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?
- 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
- Hypocrite: He claims to do what he does to weed out cheaters, but Ishtar is doing these trials to find a replacement consort, as he's been cheating incessantly on her.
- Irony: He uses the Nightmares to weed out cheaters and unwilling men, even though he's a cheater himself.
- Large Ham: Doesn't sweat the details when he's the Final Boss.
- 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.
- Boss is a boss, the Final Boss.
- Monster Roommate: In the True Cheater ending, he rooms with Vincent and Catherine until Vincent goes on his conquest of the netherworld.
- Not So Omniscient After All: Vincent calls him out on this after the final battle.
- One-Winged Angel: You have to face him twice to finish the game. His final form claims that he was only going easy on you in the beginning, and going by the difficulty of the final stage, he has a point.
- 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.
- Saying Too Much: When Vincent confronts him about Catherine, he wastes no time in blurting out that he's the mastermind behind the whole nightmare tower situation, a conclusion Vincent had never even considered. Uh... whoops?
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Much like Catherine, there's very few tropes in his folder without a spoiler tag.
- Was Once a Man: Was once a normal man who managed to complete all of the trials, and in return Ishtar elevated him to godhood and a place as her consort. However, he fell out of favor with her once she discovers his womanizing.
- 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.
Justin BaileyOne 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.
Todd BozemanA 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.
- Animal Stereotypes: He works for a company called "Bantam Suits", and his pompadour gets compared to a rooster comb by Archie.
- 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, yet 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.
Archie WallaceTodd'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: Due to a combination of guilt and burnout over his lifestyle. He sees himself as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and he feels like he's constantly on the run thanks to his background.
- 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.
Daniel KirschOne of Vincent's old classmates, and the heir to a huge corporation. He's seen as the Sheep with Sunglasses in Nightmares.
- Arranged Marriage: His parents force one onto him, to get him to break up with his poor girlfriend.
- Creepy Doll: Daniel's Nightmare monster is one of these, modeled after himself. It doesn't even chase after him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Averted.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Daniel envies Vincent's carefree life. It's a small case; bonus for actually having Green Eyes, too.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Tired of doing everything he does for the sake of meeting a standard.Daniel: I don't want "true freedom". I want normal freedom that everyone else has!
- Starcrossed Lovers: He's been dating Anna, but his parents won't accept someone of her financial status for a daughter-in-law. If he survives the Nightmare, they end up eloping.
- Unknown Rival: He claims to have spent life since graduating from high school trying to be more successful than Vincent. Vincent, for his part, barely even remembers him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His adoptive parents have very high standards which Daniel feels he can never live up to.
Morgan CortezA 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. Todd stopped him.
- 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. He Never Got to Say Goodbye.
- 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. Doubles as My Greatest Failure.
Anna RosmontDaniel's girlfriend, who occasionally accompanies him to the Stray Sheep.
Lindsay and Martha
Lindsay and Martha UspenskiA pair of old women who seem to know about the Nightmare world.
- Creepy Twins: They speak their more ominous lines in unison, and it's implied that they're not entirely human.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: They don't mind sharing beer and pizza with Vincent while sorting out your Karma Meter.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Morgan. In fact, they both have a crush on him, too.
- Mythology Gag: Silver hair, blue/purple outfits, helps the protagonist through his mysticly-charged, self-reflective adventure. Does this sound vaguely familiar to anyone else?
- Really 700 Years Old: Maybe. They talk as if they've been around for several of the previous nightmare cycles, which happen in intervals of 100 years.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never really find out what their deal is.
- "The (boss name) has appeared. It's the killer. Do not die."
- Always Chaotic Evil: Each boss (except for the last one) are nightmare creatures created from Vincent's fears and insecurities. They can't be reasoned with, never slow down in their pursuit, and don't stop until either they die or manage to kill Vincent. They exist only to punish him for his actions.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: They're all gigantic compared to the player.
- Boss Warning Siren: After an introduction cutscene, the title of the boss is announced.
- Mirror Scare: Washing your face in the bathroom of the Stray Sheep will show a brief flash of that night's boss in the mirror.
- Super-Persistent Predator: As previously stated, a boss will only end it's relentless pursuit if it either dies or accomplishes it's goal.
- Voice of the Legion: Every boss monster has a demonic, destorted voice, although some are more noticable than others. It's more prominent in the Japanese version.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Most of them say some variation of this to Vincent mid-chase.
Fist of Grudge
- "Take responsibility!"
- Creepily Long Arms: Although it's hard to gauge how long they are compared to the rest of her body since we don't see it. It's likely that there is no body at all and the arms are the entity itself.
- Creepy Long Fingers
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in the ending cutscene of the Underground Cemetary before being properly introduced in the next level.
- Improbable Weapon User: A dessert fork is a pretty strange, yet effective, stabbing tool.
- Wild Hair: Whatever glimpse of her body we do get is just a shadowy mess of hair.
- "Please... give me more!"
- Body Horror
- Death from Above: It's only attack aside from lashing it's tongue is spraying hearts out it's mouth that rain down on Vincent soon after. They don't hurt him, but they do invert the controls for a while.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Or maybe they do. This thing doesn't exactly have a proper face.
- Fan Disservice: A nude female torso would normally be pleasant to look at. Not this thing...
- Heart Beat-Down: The aforementioned rain of hearts.
- The Immodest Orgasm: A lot of the beast's vocalizations are unprompted sexual moans, and they only serve to make the creature even more unsettling.
- Interface Screw: The reverse controls it can cause.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a sharp set of chompers.
- Vagina Dentata: Evokes this imagery.
- "Don't leave me! Da-daddy!"
- "Apologize to me!"
- An Ice Person: She can shoot it out of her mouth and rain it down from the sky, causing Vincent to slip off the tower.
- Big "NO!": Screams this upon being defeated.
- Blow You Away: Summons up a giant whirlwind that surrounds the tower towards the end of the fight.
- Breath Weapon: Her ice attack.
- Bridezilla: A very literal example. She's a giant, scornful nightmare projection of Katherine on her coming wedding day, out to kill Vincent for his infidelity.
- Evil Laugh: She lets out quite a few of these, especially in her introduction and ending.
- Knife Nut: Attacks Vincent with a large knife adorned with a rose and ribbon.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Woman Scorned: Doom's Bride attacks Vincent for a multitude of reasons, his cheating being a major one.
Child With a Chainsaw
- "Plaaaaay wiiith meeeeee!!!"
- Artificial Limbs: A chainsaw for one arm, and a robotic claw for another.
- Came Back Strong: When The Child is defeated for the first time, it can be seen falling down the tower rather than getting vaporized. It returns later in this form, and it is out for blood.
- Chainsaw Good: It's right arm and main weapon of choice. There are more blades in it's left eye, and can summon automated saws to roll around the tower and attack Vincent.
- Creepy Child: Taken Up to Eleven compared to the regular version.
- Enfant Terrible: Just like before, except much worse this time around.
- Evil Laugh: Occasionally cackles at the havoc it's causing..
- Facial Horror: The normal baby face is just an outer shell that can open up. What lies underneath is not pretty...
- Gatling Good: A minigun is stored inside of it's mouth.
- Power Pincers: It's left arm.
- Tears of Blood: Appears to have a tear blood stain going down the left side of it's face.
- Too Many Mouths: Under the metal plating on the right side of it's face, it's revealed to have a gnashing mouth in it's eye socket.
Shadow of Vincent
- "There's no point in repenting now!"
- Casting a Shadow: A being made of shadow that shrouds the Spiral Corridor in darkness towards the end of his boss encounter.
- Enemy Within
- Evil Laugh: Does this during his introduction as well as a few times in the ensuing battle.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is much, much deeper than regular Vincent's.
- Faux Affably Evil: Politely greets Vincent when they first meet, although it's clearly not genuine considering he immediately starts trying to kill the guy afterward.Shadow of Vincent: Vincent Brooks... How are you feeling?Vincent: Who's there?Shadow of Vincent: Who, you ask...? Someone you know all too well. Hahahaha!
- I Am A Humanitarian: Poor, poor Steve...
- Mask of Sanity: Unlike the other monsters, this one starts off eerily calm. However, over the course of the chase, he continues to fail at killing Vincent, and the mask literally breaks apart as he's reduced to roaring and grunting at the end of the night.
- Power Floats: One of two bosses that flies around the tower instead of climbing it.
- Precision F-Strike: Notably the only boss to drop an F-Bomb on you."Fucking liar."
- Shadow Archetype
- Slasher Smile: After eating Steve, Vincent's Shadow rises up to meet Vincent himself. After a brief pause, he flashes one of these. It's enough to make Vincent rush through the exit door in terror.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Only one is visible while he's wearing the mask, though.
- Use Your Head: The first attack he ever does? Headbutting a bunch of blocks off the tower!
- White Mask of Doom: He wears a whie mask with a creepy grin that breaks away later on. It's supernatural glow also becomes the only source of light when he turns out the lights.
- "I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL YOU!"
Boss / Thomas Mutton / Dumuzid
- "I swear on the name of Dumuzid, the Shepherd, consort of Ishtar! Your ass is mine, punk! Prepare yourself!"
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.
- Absolute Cleavage: The collar of her jacket goes way down past her breasts.
- A God is You: Invokes this by replacing Dumuzid with the Player if you beat the Babel stages.
- The Bad Guy Wins: If you beat the Babel stages, she ultimately gets what she wants, a new lover to replace Boss.
- Dub Name Change: Originally Ruu Ishida in the Japanese version.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her afro is always glittering with golden sparkles.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: She knows she's in a video game and outright talks to the player.
- Funny Afro: A gigantic red one that is almost bigger than her body. She lets it down if you complete the Axis Mundi Babel stage.
- It's All About Me: The reason why the Nightmares were created? She wanted to replace Boss, who had been cheating on her (as implied by the Rapunzel mini-game), not caring if this kills a lot of innocent men along the way.
- Luminescent Blush
- The Man Behind the Man: Was behind the entire scheme, not to weed out unworthy men as Thomas Mutton said, but to find a replacement for her current lover, Thomas Mutton/Boss/Dumuzid himself.
- Ms Exposition: She tells you who Vincent is and gives you hints through text messages about what to do throughout the game.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not in the main game (Absolute Cleavage aside), but after you complete Axis Mundi there's a scene where she basically seduces you through the fourth wall. Makes sense, given how she's a Love Goddess.
- Mythology Gag: Astaroth is the demonized version of Ishtar in the Shin Megami Tensei series, which was also made by Atlus.
- Physical God: The Mesopotamian goddess of love and war.
- Punny Name: In the normal Japanese reading order, her name becomes "Ishida Ruu", which sounds incredibly similar to "Ishutaru/Ishtar".
- Secret Test of Character: The Nightmares. It wasn't to weed out unworthy men; the real intent was to test a man's character and see if he could prove herself worthy of her affections.
- Significant Anagram: Rearrange "Trisha" and you get "Ishtar"; her true identity.
- Significant Double Casting: Same averted deal as Toby in regards to Erica in both dubs. Not so much with Astaroth in the Japanese dub.
- Your Cheating Heart: Was on the receiving end of this by Boss, leading to the creation of the Nightmares.
PaulA former classmate of Vincent's, and one of the first men claimed by the curse.
- The Casanova: Remembered by his acquaintances and former classmates as a ladies' man. It's implied that his behavior led him to Catherine and the Nightmare.
- Death by Sex: Paul's acquaintances knew him as a real ladies' man, which is more than likely how he got tangled up with Catherine.
- Nightmare Face: He was found as a desiccated corpse, his face permanently stuck in agony.
- Posthumous Character: Dead by the time the game starts, killed by the Nightmare.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His background as a ladies' man and his grisly fate sets off the events of the game, and almost leads Vincent to receiving his fate.
Steve DelhommeA man who accuses Vincent of stealing Catherine from him. Also known as the Sheep with a Tie. He gives you the tutorial and is seen several times throughout the Nightmares. He is eaten by Vincent's Shadow during that boss level.
- 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.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's the sheep who gave you tutorials on the first Nightmare.
- Evil Phone: Only at first, as he threatened to kill Vincent. Never follows through with it, however.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Ends up consumed with jealousy against Vincent after Catherine confesses that she's been seeing him, and is desperate to win her back.
- Killed Off for Real: Steve is the only sheep that can't be saved. No matter what you do, he will encounter you near the end of the Vincent's Shadow boss level, and get eaten in a cutscene.
- Mauve Shirt: He plays a fairly significant role as the guy who teaches you the ropes of the nightmares, but sadly he doesn't make it to the end of them.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He starts off showing Vincent the ropes of the nightmare and generally being helpful, if blunt. Past the tutorial though, he becomes increasingly more moody and self-centered as his jealousy starts getting the better of him and his sanity slips away.
- Your Cheating Heart: He had an affair with Catherine. He later divorced his wife for her, which ended up backfiring as it turned out that Catherine was also sleeping with Vincent. The thought that he might lose Catherine caused some severe Sanity Slippage, and likely lead to his death in the nightmare facing off against Vincent's Shadow.
The Mysterious Voice
Mysterious Voice / AstarothA 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.
- Creepy Child: It is implied that he is young. Though how young is unknown.
- Genderbender: He is a male avatar of the Goddess Ishar.
- Significant Double Casting:
- Averted. He (quite obviously) shares a voice actor with Toby in the English version, but they're not connected.
- It is used straight in the Japanese dub, as both Trisha/Ishtar and Astaroth were voiced by Junko Minagawa.
Catherine's Father *SPOILERS*
Catherine's father, the plenipotentiary of the netherworld. Despite what that may imply, he's actually more of a bumbling dad than anything else.
- Big "NO!": In Catherine's True Ending, when she tells him to give up and stop opposing her relationship with Vincent, he shouts, "NEVER!"
- Bumbling Dad: He comes off as fairly ridiculous, allowing a human wearing nothing but underwear and a random sword topple his control of the netherworld, pathetically asking his daughter to play video games with him instead of dating Vincent, and other silly things.
- 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". Thus, Vincent's dethroning of him was a great shock (and humilation) to him.
- Foreshadowing: His existence is barely hinted at 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.
- 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. At best, his name explains how Catherine got involved in the plot in the first place, as in mythology, Nergal is the husband of Ereshkigal, who is the sister of Ishtar / Astaroth, who is the one backing Thomas Mutton in the game.
- 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 by a boxer-clad human (Vincent), and is used as a throne AND forced to watch that same human woo his precious daughter. 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?
- Overprotective Dad: Is very opposed to Catherine dating Vincent, a mere human. Even after Vincent proves himself worthy (by dethroning him!), he's still opposed to the relationship.
- Parental Marriage Veto: He's not too fond of the idea of Catherine marrying Vincent. Not that any attention is paid to his opinion...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. He has red eyes, and the leader of the netherworld, but he's really pathetic.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: He's a fat, bearded devil. Catherine is his attractive succubus daughter
- Voice of the Legion: Which becomes hilarious when mixed with standard Bumbling Dad lines.