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Characters: Criminal Case
Since Criminal Case is filled with Loads and Loads of Characters, this page will only focus on the Police Department and recurring characters who have major impacts in the storyline.

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    The Grimsborough PD 

David Jones

A detective in the Grimsborough Police Department who is assigned to work with your player character from the start of the game.
  • Anime Hair / Spiky Hair: His hair actually sticks straight up at the front. In his more realistic picture in the game's start-up loading screen, his hair displays little spikes from front to back.
  • Bad Liar: In one side-quest, while retrieving a hooker's lost purse, Jones convinces you to go through it to make sure it's really hers. Later, when the woman asks Jones if her purse was searched, he tries to deny it...but she calls him out on lying, while saying that a woman can know when her stuff's been searched.
  • Beard of Sorrow: After Chief King's suicide, Jones grows some stubble for a few cases.
  • Big Eater: He especially likes hot dogs, but he'll jump for hamburgers and pastries as well, and he's always eager to attend functions with buffet lines. His appetite is lampshaded in Case 31, during a discussion about the annual Dog Pageant:
    Jones: Dog Pageant Day! I've been waiting for this for weeks! They says the buffet is sublime, all the best cooks participate!
    Chief King: ...Jones, do you ever think of anything else besides eating?
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Case 41, he gets briefly hypnotized by the Rorschach Reaper into nearly killing the player character.
  • Butt Monkey: Usually whenever garbage or sewers are involved.
  • Covert Pervert / Handsome Lech: Expect him to suck up any compliment given to him by a beautiful woman, or to make an excuse to go see a pretty female suspect.
  • Cowboy Cop: Usually exhibits shades of this whenever Tony Marconi or other known criminals are involved. In Case 11, it results in Marconi's lawyers filing a restraining order against him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Falls into this from time to time. For example, when confronting food critic Tobias Sharp over a bottle of wine the latter refused to pay for during a side-quest in Case 15:
    Jones: Mr Sharp, we analyzed your wine. And I'm not in fact surprised you drank the entire bottle...this wine was perfectly good!
    Sharp: What are you saying? It's insane! I refuse to pay for a bottle of corked wine!
    Jones: Would you rather come with us to the police office? There are some comfortable cells if you need one, but I'm afraid the food isn't great.
  • Defective Detective: Jones isn't a bad investigator, per se, in spite of your player character's growing skills overshadowing his own at times. However, he reveals at one point that his obsession with his work prompted his ex-wife to suggest he go for therapy, and then she eventually left him because the job was putting incredible strain on their marriage.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: They can be seen after Chief King's suicide.
  • Heroic BSOD: He breaks down in Case 21 after finding and identifying Rachel Priest's remains.
  • Hot-Blooded: At least once a case, Jones is shown with a flushed-red forehead and storm clouds over his head.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone refers to him by his surname. In fact, his full name isn't revealed until Case 26.
  • Loony Fan: Face paints himself when watching football.
  • Manly Tears: Jones is crying with pride when the player character finishes the Grimsborough cases and is going to Pacific Bay.
  • Perp Sweating: Is good at this. It doesn't work all the time, though, at least not against the more hardened crooks you and he interrogate.
  • Precision F-Strike: It's censored, usually, but if someone has to swear, it's Jones.
  • The Resenter: To the player character, as hinted by the Rorschach Reaper.
    Rorschach Reaper: You wouldn't know about being brilliant, would you, Officer Jones? (player's rank and name)'s dog, always following, always praising, always failing...It's unbearable, isn't it? Living in (player's rank and name)'s shadow, being endlessly scolded for failing to meet their standards...So much frustration, Officer Jones...It has to stop, hasn't it? It can't go on forever, it has to stop now. Now and forever. And there's only one thing to do. The right thing.
  • Staircase Tumble: At the end of Case 41, he gets a head injury resulting from this right before the killer's arrest. Or so he thinks; see Ramirez's entry below.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jones is never enthusiastic about hunting for clues in garbage or sewers, always insisting that you be the one to take on such assignments instead. Naturally, in Case 11 King orders Jones to be the one to dive for clues in a sewer...and while Jones finds nothing in the sewer-water, you manage to find clues while staying nice and dry.

Grace Delaney

The head of the Grimsborough PD's forensics laboratory, she analyzes different clues for trace evidence and helps you identify unknown substances that come up during investigation.
  • Berserk Button: Harming dogs is a no-no with her. Witness her response to Case 31's murder, which also included the death of the victim's dog:
    Grace: I can't believe someone did this! Killing a harmless dog, the monsters!
    Jones: They've also killed a human being...
    Grace: Yes, of course, that's tragic too. But the poor dog, what did it have to do with human feuds?!
  • A Day in the Limelight: Case 48 has Grace accompany your player character in solving the case, since Jones is being kept busy with a multitude of complaints against him for rudeness to Maple Heights residents (and being pulled from the case due to it being too serious for him). Grace gets the chance to wear an outfit very similar to Jones' usual getup.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Grace is an animal lover in general, but she especially likes dogs. Consequently, she doesn't react well when she learns that a lost puppy, which you recover during your investigations in a side-quest in Case 6 and which she later adopts, was being trained for dog-fighting.
    Grace: They're monsters! Look at how this puppy has been abused already! No wonder it ran away!
  • Never Heard That One Before: Gets this in Case 7, and not for the first time.
    Jones: You really are amazing, Grace!
    Grace: As if I hadn't heard that joke a thousand times before. (blushes) But thank you, silly.
  • Red-Headed Heroine
  • Science Hero: Comes with the territory of being a forensic analyst.

Nathan Pandit

The Grimsborough PD's medical examiner, his main role is to outline how the victims of each case died.
  • The Coroner: The Chief Medical Examiner of Grimsborough PD, who conducts autopsies on the victims' bodies and analyzes murder weapons.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • One example, during Case 4:
    Nathan: I've got several things for you. Dan was stabbed in the stomach with a sharp object, probably a knife. From the angle of the wounds, I can tell you that your killer is left-handed!
    Jones: You can't seriously see that from a gash, can you?!
    Nathan: (raised eyebrow) I wouldn't work here if I couldn't.
    • Another example from Case 13, after Nathan's just finished his autopsy of a victim of a bomb attack that severed both of the man's legs:
    Nathan: Thanks for the puzzle, guys. It's the first time I get a bomb victim on my table!
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He sees absolutely nothing wrong with keeping a piranha as a pet. Keep in mind, said piranha was one of a batch that had just eaten a person.
  • The Profiler: Plays this role in Case 15, while describing how the victim died and what type of person might do it.
    Nathan: The interesting thing is, your victim was tied up post-mortem. It's as if the killer wanted to subdue her even more. As if killing her hadn't been enough. You're probably looking for someone who felt humiliated by Aileen. Someone who wanted to regain control over her.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a member of local botanic club Orchids Fanatics, as shown here.

Alex Turner

The head of the Grimsborough PD's digital forensics team, he helps you to analyze tapes, camera imagery and footage, and computer hardware.
  • Adorkable: His reaction to Catherine King's request for him to dance with her in Case 41 sells it.
  • Fanboy: He's a big fan of the Ripper Jade doll - er, action figure series. He's also quite hyped about the Beyond the Void radio series, hosted by Alcott Milton.
  • Gadgeteer Genius / Mr. Fixit: A lot of his job involves extracting data from broken electronics.
  • Insufferable Genius: Comes across this way from time to time. For example, when you bring him a clue for examination in Case 15:
    Alex: Don't you have more of a challenge? My brilliant mind is wasted on such trifles as shopping bags and credit card numbers!
  • The Lab Rat: The Head of the Digital Forensics and Tech Analyst of the Grimsborough Police Department who happens to be a gamer and comic Geek.
  • Nice Guy: Catherine King targets him because of this, as she specifically says she just wants to dance with this kind of man at her prom ball.

Chief Samuel King

The police chief of the Grimsborough PD, he usually chides Jones while praising your player character's efforts - though he's not above flipping out on both of you.
  • Badass Grandpa: Starting with the Maple Heights arc, he decides to come out from behind his desk and get back into the field, if only so he can see firsthand what your player character's investigative skills are like. Of course, he couldn't have gotten where he is in the Grimsborough PD by just sitting behind a desk, so...
  • Benevolent Boss: On a good day. On one occasion, when Ramirez is utterly freaked out at the idea of a ghost haunting the area, King takes Jones' suggestion and sends Ramirez on a brief leave of absence.
  • Big Good: He's the chief of the Grimsborough Police Department. Ultimately subverted in Case 51 in which he is found guilty of the murder of Adam Bentley.
  • By-the-Book Cop: On one occasion, when Jones bitterly admits that the evidence is pointing in an unfavorable direction, King advises him that you have to follow what the evidence says, notwithstanding.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's not above giving a good-natured wink to show he's especially pleased with your performance.
  • Da Chief: On a bad day, and usually toward Jones for being "lazy" and for overstepping his bounds as a cop. King's a lot more reasonable to your player character, who he describes as being better able to keep a cool head, though on one occasion he threatens to assign both of you to work under Ramirez if you don't wrap up the case more quickly.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Whenever he perceives Jones to not be working hard enough on a case.
  • Mission Control: He's usually the one to give you and Jones the directives on new cases and advise you where to go when the two of you get stuck.
  • Overprotective Dad: He's very protective for his granddaughter, Cathy, to the point that he chose to commit suicide after being for Adam Bentley's murder to protect her, since the Crimson Order would execute her if he were arrested.

Officer Eduardo Ramirez

A beat cop with a fairly timid disposition and a rather bad reputation for screwing up.
  • Agent Mulder: Believes in the existence of ghosts, zombies and monsters of legend.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He might be polite to a fault, be constantly nervous about handling rough-looking suspects, and overall be a bumbling cop, but get him sufficiently aggravated and...well, just look at his response to a quarrel between barber Joshua Kempe and customer Curtis Newman over lice on the barber's scissors, in a side-quest in Case 10:
    Kempe: I carefully clean my scissors after every client. If Curtis here has got lice, it's definitely not from me and my scissors...
    Newman: Don't try that one on me, old man! Lying comes to you as naturally as breathing! Now you better hope your bones are not as weak as your lies!
    Ramirez: (thoroughly pissed) EVERYBODY CALM DOWN RIGHT ABOUT NOW!
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in Pacific Bay as a private detective.
  • Butt Monkey: Just about everybody takes him as a verbal punching bag or a convenient target for insults.
  • Loser Has Your Back: On the few occasions when Jones is indisposed as your partner.
  • Nervous Wreck: He was visibly intimidated by Marconi, to the point that he repeatedly gets Marconi's name wrong.
  • Police Are Useless: He's the main reason the Grimsborough PD's cops are looked down on by the populace, usually by way of mishandling forms or other important evidence.
  • Secret Secret Keeper: Shared with the player character, for the fact that he had to whack Jones on the head with a frying pan to stop him from shooting the player character while under the Rorschach Reaper's mind control. Jones assumes his injury is from falling down some stairs, and neither you nor Ramirez bothers to correct him.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Rorschach Reaper didn't count on Ramirez whacking a hypnotized Jones with a frying pan to rescue the player character.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He refuses to believe that not everyone can be truly good at heart.

    Recurring Characters in Grimsborough 

Judge Olivia Hall

A very stern member of the local judiciary, who appears at the end of the different cases to pass sentence on the convicted killers.
  • Black Boss Lady: Well, she's black, she's the judge in charge of Grimsborough's courthouse, and she's a woman.
  • The Judge: Obviously.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Judge Hall is not one to smile. Considering the city where she works, it's hard to blame her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She can be very hard on unrepentant or defiant criminals. On the other hand, she's willing to show some leniency if convicts were of previous good character and are truly remorseful about their actions, and if the circumstances of the crime that led them to her courtroom can be reasonably explained in their favor.

Catherine "Cathy" King

Chief Samuel King's grand-daughter, also known as the hacker called "The @rtist". She is also Alex's girlfriend.
  • Expressive Mask: The @rtist mask she wears does emote, though not as expressive as her maskless persona.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood and a mask as The @rtist.
  • Official Couple: She and Alex are officially together by the final chapter of Grimsborough.
  • Playful Hacker: Her hacking isn't malicious, and she's a normal university student outside her hacker persona.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair, although it is dyed.

Mayor Howard Johnson

The mayor of Grimsborough, he shows up at least once per arc. He gets major focus during the Maple Heights arc, where he's running for re-election.
  • Cool Old Guy: Yes, his picture here has him winking at you. In context, the wink is when he thinks you're doing a good job.
  • Fictional Political Party: His is called the Red Party.
  • Permanent Elected Official: One wonders how he's managed to hold on to his job with the number of murders taking place during his tenure...
  • Sleazy Politician: Has shades of this in Case 21, where he allows General James Marsh to sway him into telling you and Jones to back off from considering Marsh as a suspect in the case's murder, on the grounds that Marsh is a very influential man and it wouldn't be wise to have him as an enemy. Then he pulls it on you again in Cases 31 and 41 where he's primarily worried about the impact that (respectively) cancelling the Dog Pageant due to a murder, and the Rorschach Reaper's serial killings, will have on his chances of being re-elected. His status as a sleazeball is cemented in Chapter 56, where he is revealed to be a member of the Crimson Order.

Tony Marconi

A leading figure in the local Italian mafia, and suspected of involvement in several crimes during the Industrial Area arc.
  • Arc Villain: Jones sees him as this throughout the Industrial Area arc. He cements it after killing Salvador Cordero, the other contender for the title.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Being leader of the mob? Sure. Running a sleazy nightclub? No problem. Killing people who've crossed him? Run-of-the-mill. Beating a woman to death, especially if she's an employee of his? NO.
    Marconi: You don't hit women. You just don't...
  • Handicapped Badass: He's asthmatic. Doesn't hamper his mob activity, though.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: A trait of his in Case 8.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's suspected of having hired the killer in Case 2 to murder that case's victim; however, there's no proof forthcoming to support that theory.
  • The Mob Boss Is Scarier: What Ash Bison of the Vipers says about Marconi in Case 11.
    Ash Bison: I know Marconi will always be the true boss of this district. Those who forget that, die.
  • The Syndicate: He runs one.
  • Villain with Good Publicity

Alden Greene

A wealthy business-owner who first appears in the Financial Center arc.

    The Pacific Bay PD 

Andrea Marquez

The Chief of the Pacific Bay Police Department.
  • A Mother To Her Men: Described as nurturing to others, and is shown to be concerned to her team members' well-being.
  • Iron Lady: She's a tough woman who does not tolerate nonsense (especially when it comes to Frank's drunken tendencies), and is not afraid to use her power to intimidate an army general to protect her subordinates.

Frank Knight

A detective in the Pacific Bay Police Department, and is one of the two partners assigned to your player character for the second season.
  • The Alcoholic: He was supposed to attend some anger management course, but went to Beerfest instead, and tries to get the player drink as well.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Chief Marquez said that he is a brilliant detective (or used to be, according to Yann) but he rarely does anything useful and leaves almost everything to the player character that his supposed brilliance seemed more like Informed Ability.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Described as "hot-tempered" in his character profile, and apparently did not show up in your first case because he's on an anger management course.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Frequently chides the player character for taking interest in (seemingly) random objects - which, of course, is later revealed to contain vital clues for the case.

Amy Young

A Junior in the Pacific Bay Police Department, and is one of the two partners assigned to your player character for the second season.
  • Crush Blush: Although it is not confirmed if she actually likes Russell, Amy frequently blushes when speaking to him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Russian nesting dolls. After confiscating a bunch of them from a Russian bar in Case 11, she begs the Player Character to be allowed to keep them.
    "Oh please [Player Character]! Those dolls are too cute! Can I keep them?
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She may be naive and inexperienced, but she is picking up the player character's detective skills quite quickly.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Her assignment with the Player Character was her first on-field work.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She tries to see the best in everything, and reacts with horrified shock and how terrible some people can be.

Roxie Sparks

The medical examiner for the Pacific Bay PD, who performs autopsies on the murder victims.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She introduced herself as "A coroner by day, and a party girl by night" and apparently drinks herself to a stupor almost every night.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is disturbingly excited with the prospect of examining corpses, and finds Voodoo to be interesting.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Frequently makes jokes about the murder victim's deaths, and is called out by Amy for it.

Yann Toussaint

The forensics expert for the Pacific Bay PD. He comes from the district of Jazz Town, but had taken up travelling in his youth to "seek closure" after his parents' death.
  • Good Parents: Yann is shown to be quite close to his children, James and Lily. The "Best Dad Ever" mug he drinks from is a further proof of this.
  • Happily Married: He is very affectionate to his wife, Jessica. In the Additional Investigation of Chapter 6, he is planning to surprise her with her favorite dish for their wedding anniversary.
  • Walking the Earth: He travelled a lot in the past, and frequently alludes to his experience in foreign countries (such as Tibet, Thailand, Aztec, etc.).

Hannah Choi

The tech expert for the Pacific Bay PD. Her family were immigrants from North Korea, and she resided in Inner City after settling down in Pacific Bay, where she briefly joined an anarchist group called Inner Chaos.
  • Anti-Hero: Has criminal background and has broken several laws in the past through her hacking.
  • Asian and Nerdy: She's an immigrant from North Korea who happens to be an extremely skilled tech expert.
  • Berserk Button: Being forced to struggle hard for her U.S. Citizenship in the past makes her extremely irritable when dealing with difficult Immigration Officers like Aicha Ben Malek.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as Fredo Mancini is about to blow the coutroom sky-high, killing Amy, Chief Marquez, Judge Dante, and hundreds of others, Hannah shoots him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much more cynical than Amy, and has, on occasion, snarked on her idealism. Her offical bio actually describes her personality as "snarky".
  • Fangirl: She's a big fan of the vigilante motorcyclist "Justice Rider", and apparently loves watching Roller Derby.

Russell Crane

The profiler for the Pacific Bay PD.
  • The Charmer: Is described to have a charming personality, and had occasionally flirted with Amy.
  • The Profiler: His job description is to analyze psychological clues found by the player.

    Recurring Characters in Pacific Bay 

Honorable Edward Dante

The Judge of court in Pacific Bay, who appears in the end of each case to sentence the killers.
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