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Special Agent Francis York Morgan Real name: Francis Zach Morgan
Voiced by: Jeff KramerThe Player Character. A FBI agent with a lot of weird mannerisms, but a big talent in the field of profiling. He is very passionate about the cases he investigates, as well as getting his daily cup of coffee. Just call him York. That's what everyone calls him.
"Did you see that, Zach?! Clear as a crisp spring morning! F.K... In the coffee!"
- Badass Normal: By the end of the game, he's killed a super-empowered mutant human and a trans-dimensional cosmic horror, both on his own in one-on-one fights.
- Big Brother Instinct: Could be seen in relation to Zach.
- Brutal Honesty: He tends to be rather forgoing about what he thinks, whether it be on the situation or on food (when asked what Emily's cooking was like, he starts to relate an anecdote on a sewer mission).
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has No Social Skills, but he is still a good profiler and his sense of premonition often helps him in his investigation.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Dale Cooper.
- City Slicker: Played straight and lampshaded by one of the minor characters.Jim Green: I want to keep them away from the filth of the material world as long as I can. So that's why I'm asking you to solve this crime quickly then go home.
York: I guess I do reek of the material world, don't I.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: What he comes off as due to his conversations with Zach. And, let's be honest, due to his conversations with everyone about everything else.
- Cool Car: It is unfortunately totalled at the beginning of the game, though it can get repaired after a chain of sidequests. Once it is repaired, it is one of the fastest cars in the game which cannot break down no matter what.
- Decoy Protagonist: In a manner of speaking. You've been playing the entire game as the "York" personality, the final moments of the game have you playing as Zach, who could be called the actual protagonist due to having a bigger connection to Forrest Kaysen than initially thought.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the fight against George.
- Drives Like Crazy: See below. The man is the poster child for distracted driving.
- Duality Motif: While it is not a case with York's light green eyes, Zach's right eye is blue, while his left is a reddish hazel due to the wound Kaysen inflicted upon him in his childhood. It also fits with his split personality.
- Establishing Character Moment: Driving down a road in a heavy storm, smoking, typing on a laptop with one hand, and on the phone to his superiors discussing his theory about Tom and Jerry living in a co-dependent, sadomasochistic relationship. He then starts chatting with his imaginary friend when he loses reception. It's a establishing moment for the entire game, too.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Zach has them, which, along with his white hair, make him look older than he really is. Hence many character's comments on how he must be younger than he looks...
- Fascinating Eyebrow: At the very beginning of the game when he finds himself in a disturbing dream, complete with a red room filled with doors, deer heads, random furniture and twin angels whispering and laughing amongst themselves. How odd.
- Former Teen Rebel: Was a teenaged punk rocker, but always kept good grades.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: York has two pretty much healed scars on the left side of his face. Zach's scars, however, are worse, one of them even screws up his eye.
- Good Is Not Nice: York may be an FBI agent who seeks out criminals to bring them to justice and risks his life for other people on multiple occasions, as well as being a guardian for a traumatized child, but he also rubs a lot of people the wrong way with his blunt tongue, arrogant attitude, tendency to throw his weight around, disregard advice, and complete disinterest in explaining many of the odd things he does.
- Guardian Entity: York is this to Zach.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Bizarrely subverted in a serious case of Fridge Logic. His child self doesn't look a thing like he does as an adult... but does look like his original character design◊, which was changed after it was deemed too blatantly similar to Twin Peaks' Dale Cooper. Guess the developers didn't have time to change the younger self's appearance as well.
- Hypocrite: When he learns Anna was secretly shaming away a smoking addiction, he muses to himself that there are no good small-town morals anymore. Says the man who can't get out of bed without lighting up.
- Imaginary Friend: Zach. Or more accurately, York.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: The young York/Zach is portrayed with light blue eyes. It is worth noting that Zach's right eye still is blue, highlighting that he in a way still is inexperienced, seeing how he was the dormant personality.
- Insistent Terminology: Please, call him York. That's what everyone calls him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his rudeness, arrogance, and general inability to read the atmosphere, he can be surprisingly kind at times — such as the end of Quint and Becky's sidequest, offering to help Thomas get out of town when it's clear that he's going insane, and his Big Brother Instincts towards Zach.
- Locked into Strangeness: While the York personality retained his brown hair, the traumatic childhood event turned Zach's hair white.
- The Movie Buff: York loves to talk about old 80's movies with Zach while driving.
- Must Have Caffeine: He's very particular about his coffee.
- Only Friend: Explicitly describes Zach as such. Noticeably so: He takes a very different tone of voice and uses different mannerisms during his extended "car chats" with Zach, which... most people don't get the benefit of.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Specializing in B movies, but if his conversation at the start of the game is anything to go by, York's also given a lot of thought to the relational dynamics of various cartoon characters.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You know Kaysen, I've always wanted to tell you...you're one crazy guy."
- The Profiler: It's what York does.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Literally, with one of the suits he can get from a sidequest.
- Shrug Take: Has a few of these.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: "You just don't understand us humans."
- Delivers plenty to George during his reveal.
- Smoking Is Cool: Has an incredibly distinctive way of lighting his cigarette.
- The Stoic: York spends the vast majority of the game as a man who absolutely cannot be flapped by anything, be them grisly murders or supernatural horrors. At the story's climax, however, it starts to crumble. Zach also turns out to not be as stoic as York was at the game's beginning.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Just before the first phase of the final showdown (and all but confirmed if you talk to Olivia in the epilogue), it's revealed that most (if not all) utterances of York and Zach in the story were actually reversed in the actual game, with Zach actually calling himself Zach, but thinking York was addressing everyone.
- Together in Death: York and Emily. Zach outright tells Emily that she should propose to York, since he's too shy to do it himself.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Zach is the real personality. York was developed in order to protect Zach.
- The Un-Smile: York simply cannot smile like a natural human being.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The Director's Cut edition reveals that Zach went on to get married, have a family, and is very close to his granddaughter. He had to go through hell to get it, but he still had a happy ending.
- Younger Than They Look: Several characters comment that York must be younger than he looks, due to the way he behaves. It's not that they think he behaves in a particularly childish manner, it's that he's got shocking white hair and baggy eyes.
Deputy Sheriff Emily Wyatt
Voiced by: Rebecca WinkOne of Sheriff Woodman's two deputies, who moved to Greenvale during High School. She assists George and York investigation of Anna's murder.
- Action Girl: Is just as capable as York in combat, as shown during her fight against Thomas.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Is playable for a short segment near the end.
- Fair Cop: Not too hard on the eyes, and that's before she puts on a dress.
- Heroic BSOD: Emily does not take it well after the death of Diane, especially considering that Diane's corpse is holding Emily's arm so tight that she has to pry Diane's dead fingers off. She soon gets better.
- Kill the Cutie: * sniff*
- Lethal Chef: A walking culinary disaster area. The giant scorch mark above her stove at home says a lot — and it's apparently from a time when she (inadvertently) cooked a towel.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks exactly like Naomi Watts.
- Only Sane Man: She thinks she's the most sane out of the people in the town. She's probably not wrong. Helps that she's not a native of Greenvale.
- Signature Laugh: Emily throws her head back and slaps her knees in a very characteristic fashion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's dutiful, dependable and honest, as well as the first to console someone in a time of need, such as when Olivia thinks her husband might have been near the crime scene when Becky was murdered.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When she's wearing a dress.
- Together in Death: She and York Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, and definitely seem to be looking forward to spending their afterlife together.
Sheriff George Woodman
Voiced by: Casey RobertsonThe sheriff and "king" of Greenvale, George Woodman is dedicated to keeping peace and order in Greenvale. He is currently trying to track down Anna's murderer.
- Abusive Parents: George reveals that his mother was psychotically abusive. This turns out to have played a key (possibly the key) role in his descent to evil.
- A God Am I: He committed the murders under the belief that they would make him divine.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Particularly with his final words.
- An Axe to Grind: This is pretty much the only thing he has in common with the original Raincoat Killer other than a shared last name.
- Badass Biker: The outfit he changes into for his boss fight.
- Breaking Speech: "You couldn't save Becky, and you couldn't save Diane! You're the only fool here, York!"
- Captain Ersatz: Of Harry S. Truman.
- Depraved Bisexual: Sort of. Though he is passionate about women, and has feelings for Emily, there is the fact that he uses Thomas as a replacement for Emily.
- Disappeared Dad: Throughout the game, we hear all about George's maternal issues, but almost nothing about his father. Turns out Harry "Stewart" was George's father, who isolated himself after being unable to save his wife from the same predicament which befell Zach's mother and Emily.
- Ephebophile: Fell in love with Emily when she was 16, despite being older than her by about ten years. He was also sleeping with Anna and Becky who are high school students, and his relationships with Carol and Thomas may have also begun when they were of a similar age.
- Freudian Excuse: An absolutely massive one.
- Genius Bruiser: He's strong, and he's very cunning.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on his cheek gets bigger with every murder.
- Kavorka Man: One has to wonder what exactly managed to win so many over to his cult.
- Large Ham: After he's found out."WELLLLCOME TO GREEEENVALE!!! AGENT FRANCIS! YORRKK! MORRGANN!"
- Love Makes You Evil: Was driven to commit the murders partly out of Emily not reciprocating his feelings.
- Might Makes Right: His mother's abuse drove him to believe "the strong, who can overpower others, is always correct and right."
- Nice Hat: No sheriff would be complete without it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: During the deaths of Becky and Diane, it looks like they were killed due to George's clumsiness. However, George knew what he was doing and was not only able to finish the job in front of York, but also to make it look like an accident. Clever moves, Woodman.
- Power Is Sexy: His cult seems to run on this.
- Villainous Breakdown: "M-Mommy? Please, no mommy, don't hurt me! It wasn't my fault!"
Deputy Sheriff Thomas MacLaine
Voiced by: Christopher SullivanAnother deputy sheriff with dual occupations: by day, he work's for the sheriff's department. By night, he mixes drinks at his sister's bar, the Galaxy of Terror. His biscuits are to die for.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Andy Brennan.
- Death Equals Redemption: If his appearances in the epilogue are anything to go by.
- Depraved Homosexual: Possibly subverted, because he didn't actually murder anybody, though he does try to kill Emily. And York views his more effeminate traits in a rather positive light.
- Driven to Madness: After witnessing Becky and Diane's deaths.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Thomas is constantly spinning around and jumping from gear to gear in his battle, making it hard for Emily to aim.
- Girly Run: Even girlier than Emily's!
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: At the start of the game, he's a meek Nice Guy who will happily cook you lunch every day. A combination of his love for George and the purple fog drive him insane, and he ends up trying to murder Emily. After his death, however, he becomes a Goddess of the Forest and is redeemed.
- Ignored Epiphany: He kidnaps York, only to have York attempt to calmly talk him out of what he's doing and give him a chance to escape. Thomas is momentarily touched, only to fall back into his psychosis and follow through with George's plan anyway.Thomas: You're so...kind. Unlike him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By a clock tower hook. In the face.
- Incompatible Orientation: Falls for York, who, as far as we know, only dates women.
- Leit Motif: "Pillow Stains", which is only found in-game playing in Thomas' apartment. The connection is clearer with the lyrics, which could qualify as foreshadowing.
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: To his sister Carol.
- Replacement Goldfish: To George, for Emily.
- Shrinking Violet: A male example.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's pretty much the polar opposite of Carol. She is aggressive, assertive, confident, and dominate. Thomas is submissive, meek, and nervous. Carol's also got a bit of a Hidden Heartof Gold beneath her bitchy exterior, while Thomas hides a surprising dark side beneath his sweet demeanor.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Male example. York notes that he has a lot of inner strength underneath his shy and feminine personality. Too bad it manifests as him trying to kill Emily.
- Supreme Chef: Is an amazing chef, with especially amazing biscuits which function as one of the best healing items of the game.
- The Cutie: His sheer niceness is his most notable attribute, and his Adorkable aspects provide a lot of the game's early comic relief. Subverted after his Face–Heel Turn when it appears he was just a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Double Subverted by the end, where it's made clear that he's as much a victim of George's manipulation as the other four Goddesses, and he really was a Nice Guy after all.
- spoiler:Transsexual: Seems to highly be implied, what with his feminine nature and being counted as a "Goddess" in the end.
- Villainous Crush: Towards York.
Voiced by: Melissa HutchinsonThe victim of the crime that brings York to Greenvale. Her death kicks off the main plot to the game.
- Brainless Beauty: Carol calls her an airhead.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Laura Palmer.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sliced open from from the chest to the crotch and left to bleed out. And yet hers still manages to be the tamest of the murders...
- Godiva Hair: Covers her breasts when she's pinned to the tree.
- Informed Attractiveness: Anna is fairly pretty but not exceptionally so, especially not when compared to some of the other women in the game. But whenever Anna is discussed, she is described as being the most beautiful creature imaginable.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: She's dead, but it's implied her spirit is this: York sees her in the Red World often, Isaach and Isaiah can see her, and believe her to be a fairy. Becky also writes that she believes the twins when they tell her about it. Anna's spirit is also seen by York offering a hand to Becky just before the latter's death.
- Posthumous Character
- Punny Name: Though it's debatable if this is intentional, as anagrams don't appear to play any role in the game.
- Also possibly another reference to Twin Peaks, in which the character Annie was played by Heather Graham.
- Rebellious Teen: Downplayed, but she sneaks a cigarette and is part of the sex club.
Voiced by: Amy ProvenzanoAnna's best friend. Her death causes her to bury herself in her own home.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Flayed alive, then strangled to death with her own bloodstained bed sheets.
- Hikikomori: Becky doesn't leave her house after Anna's death. It's actually an aversion: She doesn't leave the house because if she does, George will kill her.
- She Knows Too Much: Obviously, since she was part of the sex club with Anna.
- Your Cheating Heart: You find out that she was cheating on her boyfriend Quint with George.
- Voiced by: Amy Rubinate
- Love Makes You Crazy: Tries to kill Emily. Isn't even under the influence of the red seeds.
- Replacement Goldfish: Along with Thomas, she was a romantic substitute for Emily.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shows elements of this if you talk to her between singing breaks.York: The name of this place, Galaxy of Terror, did you get it from the movie of the same name?
Carol: And what if I did?
York: Then you must remember the scene where the giant worm attack the woman. You know, and then…
Carol: Don’t tell me you came here to talk about giant space worms?
York: I guess I did. Unless you want to talk about something else? But I think that’s a great topic to break the ice, you know.
Carol: …You were dropped as a baby, right?
- Jerkass: It's even in her character description!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all her rudeness she does seem to have considered Anna as a true friend, and is more upset by her death than she's willing to admit. She also says flat-out that Nick did not murder Diane. Although it's probably because she knows who it really is, she defends Nick immediately.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: To her brother Thomas.
- Self-Made Woman: York expresses admiration that she owns the bar she sings at in spite of her young age.
- Yandere: For George, like Thomas
Voiced by: Christiane CrawfordBecky's sister who owns the Muses' Art Gallery. Infamous amongst the women of the town for being a seductress.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Beaten, had her tongue bitten off, her throat stuffed with red seeds, then graphically crushed to death by an absurdly pointy sculpture. If you look, you're actually able to make out pieces of her brain.
- Daddy's Girl: She remembers her father very fondly, and was involved in art like him.
- Driven to Madness: Tries to kill Emily under the influence of the red seeds.
- To say nothing of her deranged ramblings about the sculpture that ultimately kills her.
- Platonic Life Partners: To Nick. Despite her Really Gets Around tendencies, she and Nick never sleep with each other.
- Really Gets Around: Very, very up-front about it. She even offers to sleep with York shortly after meeting him.
- Slasher Smile: Right before her death by falling sculpture.
- Spanner in the Works: Diane's killed because Diane is this: She knows the involvement of both George and Carol in the murders.
Voiced by: Doug BoydA travelling sapling salesman who frequently stops in Greenvale. Forrest is almost always seen with a tree sapling in one hand and his Canine Companion Willie by his side. He also appeared as a minor villain in Spy Fiction (which otherwise has nothing to do with Deadly Premonition's continuity).
- Acrofatic: He can run pretty fast and has some great stamina for a fat guy. His first form during his boss fight can really move as well.
- Ascended Extra: In a sense, the Forrest Kaysen character in Spy Fiction was done in by the purple gas that he himself wanted to turn into a weapon about three levels later. In this game, he's the one behind everything.
- Big Bad: He was the one who started it all.
- Big Fun: He calls himself a "jolly old bumble bee, spreading pollen wherever I go" and is quite well liked by the Greenvale inhabitants. It's an act... however, the description he gave is quite accurate.
- Bishonen Line: Sort of. His final form is easily the largest, but compared to his grotesque transformations beforehand it's much easier on the eyes.
- For the Evulz: He claims that he's acting as an emissary for the "Red World", but it's pretty clear that he's tormenting Greenvale simply because he's bored.
- Hellhound: Willie is Kaysen's keeper and the relayer of messages from the Red World.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If you complete Sidequest 11, you get the infinite magnum, which happens to be in Willie's doghouse.
- Humanoid Abomination: He looks like a fat jolly man. He is actually a fat, sadistic, and vaguely humanoid shape-shifter.
- Animalistic Abomination: Willie.
- Large Ham: Though he's isn't very loud when he pretends to be a nice guy, when he drops the act, he goes all out."And NOOOW, LADIES and GENTLEMEN! The GRAAAAAND FINALEEEE! REEEEEED TREEEEEEE!!"
- Leitmotif: The theme that accompanies him most is "Comic Relief", due to his bumbling, ridiculous nature. He has his own, self-titled Leitmotif that plays when it's revealed he's the Big Bad.
- Mythology Gag: In Spy Fiction Forrest Kaysen is a corrupt scientist who creates a highly lethal virus that resembles purple gas. In Deadly Premonition he is a Humanoid Abomination who uses a purple gas to spread death and horror.
- Nightmare Face: I SAW YOU, ZACH!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Various gamers see him as John Goodman, Gabe Newell or Michael Moore.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While he doesn't act particularly dumb prior to The Reveal, he shows that he's far more intelligent and cunning than one might initially suspect.
- One-Winged Angel: Several times. Ironically, his final form looks the most human.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In fact, the background music that often plays during his scenes is titled "Comic Relief." Subverted with his true personality.
- He actually lampshades this in one of the chapters, saying that he thought he was gonna be one of the heroes, and not some "nameless side-character" like in films.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Interesting how an extra-dimensional alien fits human definitions of immaturity.
- Rape as Drama: Heavily, heavily implied to be the way he grows his Red Trees.
- Really 700 Years Old: Looks exactly the same fifty years ago, which no one else seems to notice.
- Reused Character Design: Kaysen is a recurring character in SWERY's works as a villain.
- Rubber Man: His second form.
- Sadistic Choice: Seems to be his favorite trick; kill your loved one yourself, or let the sapling do it. He gives the choice to both Zach and his father, and also Harry Woodman.
- Villainous Breakdown: "What...? Pain? How can I... feel pain?!"
- Walking Spoiler: Let's just say that you learn a lot about his character in the ending.
- Your Head Asplode: Or something that emerged from it, anyway.
Harry Stewart Real name: Harry Woodman
Voiced by: Gary MartinezA mysterious capitalist who owns most of Greenvale. He is bound to a wheelchair and has to wear a gas mask at all times.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Like everyone else back in the 50s when Kaysen released the gas. Harry just didn't die from it.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Andrew Packard.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to prevent his wife from beating and traumatizing their son George, setting him on the path to darkness.
- Properly Paranoid: The reason he wears a gas mask is to prevent the purple fog from getting to him.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He's the son of the original Raincoat Killer and the father of the new one.
- The Voiceless: Initially, he gets Michael Tillotson to relay his messages to York. Later on however he decides to talk to him directly.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is this to his adopted son, Michael after you finish an end-game sidequest.
Isaach and Isaiah Ingram
Voiced by: Cameron Caldwell Thrope (Isaach) and Simon Lunch (Isaiah)The twin sons of Keith and Lilly Ingram who were the first to witness Anna's dead body. For some reason, York sees angel versions of them in his dreams.
- Children Are Innocent: Enforced by the townsfolk, actually; nobody's willing to explain the concept of death to them.
- Creepy Twins: Especially when the purple gas drives them along with the rest of the town insane.
- Subverted at the very end, in a touching scene where, at the forest leading out of town, they point out to Zach that York and Emily are nearby. Doubly so when Isaac takes a gift from Emily to give to Zach, claiming she's too embarrassed to do it herself. Aww.
- I See Dead People: This fact about them is revealed during the epilogue. They even bring Zach a gift from Emily's spirit.
Brian the Insomniac
Voiced by: Andrew CeglioA pale, tired-eyed man who is the caretaker at the local graveyard.
- Dead All Along: During the game, a distraught Brian gives you a sidequest to recover pieces of a human skeleton from a disturbed grave. In the epilogue, the player can return to the graveyard to find the grave refilled with a fresh marker - with Brian's name on it. Zach thinks this is all just a joke in poor taste, though...
- Expy: Of Cesare from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Voiced by: Amy ProvenzanoThe freckled receptionist at the Greenvale General Hospital. She has a crush on Dr. Ushah.
- Youthful Freckles: She looks like she's in her early twenties.
"Rosy Lips" Gina
Voiced by: Erin BeersJack's wife who helps run the "Heaven and Hell Gas station".
- Double Entendre: Just about everything she says.
- Hell, her own name is a double entendre. There's a reason she brings all the boys to the yard. It's because she's the town bicycle.
- Ms. Fanservice: Two words: "Special Service".
Jack "The Raging Bull"
Voiced by: Roger L. JacksonGina's husband who doesn't like the cops. He loves their money, though...
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Carol.
- Every Man Has His Price: He might not want to share his secrets with York, but he is more than happy to share them with Benjamin Franklin◊...
- Jerkass: He is overall pretty rude, and he regularly goes out of his way to be especially rude to York.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jack is best described as a burly, hairy, surly-looking ogre who is default expression is a threatening scowl. His wife is a slim, beautiful blonde.
Voiced by: Gary MartinezPark Ranger of the Greenvale Forest Park and Grandfather of Isaach and Isaiah. They both adore him.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Pete Martell.
- Green Thumb: Used to work as a tree surgeon.
- In Harmony with Nature: Doesn't care much for City Slickers like York.
Voiced by: Brian SommerOwner of the Milk Barn and father of Isaach and Isaiah. Likes to rock out.
- I Call It "Vera": Grecotch, his guitar. It's also the strongest melee weapon of the game.
- Happily Married: He frequently brings up the fact that his wife and children are the most important things in his life, and other characters even comment on how they almost seem to be the perfect family.
- May-December Romance: A decade the junior to his wife. Not surprising, given how he acts.
- Mythology Gag: His jacket says "Back in the Hole" on the back, presumably a band in this continuity but referring to a line repeatedly said in Spy Fiction.
- The Storyteller: Has a spooky story for every one of the Psychic Spots sidequests.
- Surfer Dude: Despite being a rocker, his speech pattern is littered with this. Duuuuuude!
Voiced by: Amy RubinateWife of Keith and the mother of Isaach and Isaiah. Is more organized than her husband.
- Happily Married: According to her, Keith is the perfect husband.
- May-December Romance: Older than her husband by ten years.
- Women Are Wiser: She's a little bit closer to earth than her husband, who's about a decade younger than she. That is to say, she's more attentive and less forgetful.
Voiced by: Andrew CeglioMr. John Q Troper.(Alternately, use Mrs., Ms. Miss., and Jane - the method of address remains still the same.)He is my, that is to say, Mr. Stewart's, mysterious aide. When it comes to his work, he certainly makes the grade. So says Mr. Stewart. For some reason he always speaks in rhyme, even though the results rarely are sublime.
- Bishōnen: Michael Tillotson is quite pretty, but if you ask him, he'd say he's witty.
- Catch Phrase/Verbal Tic: Is it a Catch Phrase or a Verbal Tic? It could be either, so please, take your pick. So says Mr. Stewart.
- Full-Name Basis: He addresses any and all by first and last name and even by their title, even though no one knows why it is to him oh so very vital.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields one towards the end of the game when everyone in Greenvale is driven insane by the purple fog.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Michael Tillotson sure likes to rhyme. Though it's uncertain why he does all the time. Although it might just be the name, of his, or perhaps, Mr. Stewart's, game. So says Mr. Stewart. Although he is shocked enough to stop doing it if Zach breaks into his room and reads his diary.
- Painful Rhyme: "Premonition" with "investigation," for example.
Voiced by: Daron JenningsThe chef and owner of the A & G Diner. Husband of Olivia Cormack.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Most of the town is at the end, but even before that, Nick's going nuts in the jail when Thomas disappears.
- Clear My Name: He is arrested as the first suspect of the murders, but York have doubts already from the beginning about him being the perpetrator, and indeed it quickly turns out that it isn't him.
- Hidden Depths: Despite the common first impression people get from him, he's quite the art buff. Something that takes York by surprise.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rather rude and brusque when you try to talk with him. But he does genuinely love his wife Olivia even if he's bad at expressing himself and attempts to reconcile with her after he's arrested for Diane's murder in a Heartwarming Moment.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Diane. Their relationship is not even slightly sexual.
- Supreme Chef: Even compared to Thomas.
- This Is My Chair: The only one allowed into his kitchen is himself, and he really does not like it when people try to be contrary on this.
Voiced by: Michele JohnstonNick's wife who works at the A & G Diner.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Norma Jennings.
- In Harmony with Nature: Claims to really like trees, and goes to the art gallery since the painting are all of trees. She's lying about the art.
- Mysterious Past: According to her trading card.
- Prim and Proper Bun: It would be useful to keep her hair out of her face while working in the diner.
Voiced by: Christiane CrawfordThe owner of the hotel that York is staying at. A widow that's a bit hard of hearing.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- I Can't Hear You: Rather hard of hearing—York even noticeably talks louder when he's around her. She still manages to mishear him frequently—sometimes she goes off on random tangents about pepper or mustard, but other times...York: Memories, Polly?
Polly: Mr. Morgan! That's not the kind of question you should ask a lady!
- I Was Quite a Looker: Won second place in the Miss Greenvale pageant way back when.
- Shipper on Deck: She constantly tells you to ask Emily out.
Voiced by: Nick TagasA motorcycle enthusiast that works at his father's bar, the SWERY 65. Is Becky's boyfriend.
- Captain Ersatz: Of James Hurley with a dash of Bobby Briggs.
- Missing Mom: Richard's wife left the family when he was young.
- Satellite Love Interest: His characterization can pretty much be summed up as "Likes motorcycles, loves Becky".
- Or that he's a dirtbag who refuses to let York go into his house.
Voiced by: Danny ShoragoFather of Quint and the owner of the SWERY 65. Is a master at darts.
- Graceful Loser: Doesn't seem too disappointed when York beats his darts record.
- Nice Guy: He cares very much for Sallie, and checks up on her all the time.
Voiced by: Melissa HutchisonAnna's mother, who spends her days either crying at home or drinking at the SWERY 65. Is not taking her daughter's death well.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Leland Palmer.
- Drowning My Sorrows
- Lady Drunk
- The Ophelia: Older than most examples, but she still qualifies.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Richard, in the past.
Voiced by: Michele Johnston
My pot is getting cold!A crazy old lady known for being in random places around town and carrying around a pot.
- Captain Ersatz: Of The Log Lady.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Even by the standards of this game.
- Crazy Pot Lady
- Ice-Cream Koan: Mostly these involve stew.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Won first place in the Miss Greenvale pageant way back when.
- Talkative Loon
- She does give York some pretty nifty items for putting up with her babbling though. The catch is that you have to drive her all over town. For no reason.
- The Unreveal: The contents of her pot is never revealed.
"The General" Lysander
Voiced by: Roger L. JacksonA Vietnam veteran who owns a junkyard. He sells York cars.
- Greater Need Than Mine: He was on the receiving end of it from Sergeant Timothy, who trekked back and forth from the river, while he suffered from horrible wounds, just to ensure that Lysander got water. Lysander lived; Timothy did not.
- Phony Veteran: Played with, as while York notes that he wears a sergeant's uniform, he is actually a general. Finishing his junkyard sidequests causes him to reveal that he retains his sergeant's uniform out of guilt.
- Retired Badass: He served in Vietnam after all.
- Reused Character Design: A character with a similar last name and appearance also appeared in Spy Fiction, though as an antagonist.
- Survivor Guilt: Timothy sacrificing his life to save Lysander's, was what led to the latter keeping his sergeant's uniform as a reminder.
Voiced by: David RosenthalRuns the local hospital. He's a big fan of chess.
- Hospital Hottie: Fiona certainly seems to think so.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name might be a thinly veiled reference to Usher.
- Non-Idle Rich: Revealed by Fiona to have made big bucks in Los Angeles as a doctor before he moved to the small, quiet and much less expensive town of Greenvale to do forensic on top of medical work.
- No Social Skills: According to his sidequest, he's never actually had a girlfriend. Despite being a rich, handsome doctor.
- Smart People Play Chess
Wesley the Gunsmith
Voiced by: Roger L. JacksonThe local gunsmith and owner of the gun store "Panda Bear". Has an interest in collecting cards and rewards York for showing him any cards he collects.
The ShadowsThe inhabitants of the "Other World" that are a constant source of trouble for York during his investigation. They kind of look like Heath Ledger's rendition of the Joker.
- Creepy Monotone: Their voices are probably supposed to be this, but in practice it feels more like this trope mixed heavily with Simpleton Voice.
- Flash Step: They occasionally turn into a tan mist and become incredibly fast for a second. Sometimes it's used to close gaps, sometimes to dodge your shots.
- Glasgow Grin: The regular Shadows sport them.
- Kill It with Fire: Actually not the best idea, as it causes them to go nuts and charge towards you, causing damage on impact. However, it does make fighting the Crawling Shadows easier.
- Made of Iron: It takes many bullets to bring them down. Especially in later levels and especially the Goddamned Crawling Shadows.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Throughout most of the game, and even into the ending, it is unclear if the Shadows were real or all just in York's head. Since nobody else ever mentions them.
- Word of God says that the Shadows were indeed real. They are the results of the purple gas, the red trees, and the Otherworld on the victims of the Greenvale massacre.
- Orifice Invasion: They seem to love sticking their arms down York's throat, and given the chance, their entire bodies. The latter of which kills York. Word of God says that this is their gambit to return to life.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: The Crawling Shadows.
- Useless Useful Stealth: Sort of. York can hold his breath, which makes it so that the shadows can't see him. However, it raises his heart rate quickly and makes him move really slowly, so it's not very useful in sneaking around them.
- They do, however, forget he's there if he holds his breath during combat, making it incredibly useful for getting out of a tight spot or getting behind them.
- Zombie Gait: How they move around, but they'll also Flash Step to close the distance between their target or to throw off York's aim. Also, for some reason, they'll sometimes move backwards or limbo towards their target.
The Raincoat Killer
Voiced by: Casey Robertson
I see you...A mysterious character from Greenvale folklore said to come out whenever it is raining. Is believed to be behind the current murder situation.
- Amazing Freaking Grace: During the section where you play as him.
- An Axe to Grind: The RK's weapon of choice.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Is also playable for a short segment near the end.
- Antihero/Antivillain: Back in the fifties, if you believe the killings were merely Mercy Kills, and that the reason why he rushed to his destination was to try and stop the Hate Plague.
- Badass: He takes on an entire town crazed by a Hate Plague with only an axe.
- Breakout Character: Swery has thought about making a video game where you play as the Raincoat Killer.
- Expy: The Raincoat Killer bears a superficial resemblance to Pyramid Head, appearing in a Dark World, dragging his weapon, being unkillable by the protagonist, and wearing bloody clothes with a hidden face. That said, the Raincoat Killer's motives and origin are completely different from Pyramid Head's.
- In the Blood: The original Raincoat Killer was Harry Stewart's father, AKA George's grandfather.
- Like Father, Like Son: In the post game, you learn that the second Raincoat Killer was the grandson of the first one.
The Little Girl and the Old Man Louise Morgan and Grandpa ZachTwo new characters introduced in the Updated Re-release, who appear in the new Framing Device. The little girl and the old man are a grandfather and granddaughter (presumably) who have a close relationship. One quiet night, the grandfather decides to tell his granddaughter the story of the Raincoat Killer. They also appear in between episodes. Despite her young age, the little girl seems to be especially brave.
- Babies Ever After: "Zach, with all my profiling skills, I never thought you'd get married and have a family. Never saw it coming."
- Creepy Child: The first we see of the little girl is of her walking down a near-empty hallway, humming Amazing Freaking Grace to herself. And of course, the Raincoat Killer story doesn't seem to bother her.
- Dead Guy Junior: Subverted. Grandpa calls the little girl Emily, but that isn't her name. Her name is actually Louise - or in full, Michelle Louise Morgan. Much like her grandfather, she goes by her middle name.
- Her mother calls her Emily. It could be a Series Continuity Error, or it could just be Zach's name for her, and the mother uses it when around him.
- Died Happily Ever After: The final new scene in the Director's Cut shows old Zach arriving in the spiritual diner where York, Emily, and the Goddesses wait, ready to rejoin all of his old friends... or does it?
- Foreshadowing: Notably, grandpa foreshadows the game's Arc Words much more early on—before the actual prologue in this version, whereas in the original, they don't pop up until halfway through. Any veteran player will also take immediate notice of this line:"Your grandma and I used to watch a lot of movies on that thing together..."
- Little Miss Snarker: Louise has her moments: "I know my own name, Mom!"
- He's Back: "Zach, there have been reports of something strange going on in Louisiana, near New Orleans..."
- Nightmare Fetishist: Despite her age, the little girl doesn't seem to be too bothered by the horrifying tale her grandpa is telling.
- Security Blanket: Her teddy bear wears a familiar tie...
- The Storyteller: It's implied that grandpa tells a lot of stories, and this is just the latest in a long line he's told his granddaughter.