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Characters: Don't Starve

Wilson Percival Higgsbury

"I will conquer it all with the power of my MIND!"

Also known as "the Gentleman Scientist", he is the first playable character available and the main character of the game. He'll slowly accumulate a lot of facial hair after a few days, which he can shave off and use as a component to construct a Meat Effigy, a meat-filled wooden sculpture of himself that resurrects him into a new body when he dies.
  • Adorkable: He may be a scientist, but he doesn't really use scientific terms to describe things. For example, he will say, "It's all piney." when he examines a tree. Another is when he is examining a hammer, and states, "Stop! It's time. To hammer things!" Dorky, but cute.
  • Anime Hair: His hair (along with his clothing) makes him look like he came from a Tim Burton movie. When a small explosion blows it back, it soon puffs into his earlier hairstyle.
  • Badass Beard: He'll eventually grow one after a few days and will continue to grow until it becomes so thick that it covers his entire body when he is facing the screen. This Beard provides a LOT of insulation against cold and, if you want to cut it, it provides beard hair, the rare ingredient for Meat Effigies.
  • Berserk Button: For some reason, Wilson really hates Maxwell, outright stating "I hate that guy." if you examine him. His origin trailer reveals why...
  • Black Bead Eyes
  • Deal with the Devil: His character intro reveals that he agreed to build a machine for Maxwell in exchange for ultimate scientific knowledge. The machine is what ended up stranding him in the Don't Starve world.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • For Science!: His primary motivation for some of the things he does.
  • Genius Ditz: Some of his examination quotes lapse into Buffy Speak or are just plain weird.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar
  • Go for the Eye: His battle cry.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Actually justified. His Deal with the Devil gave him ultimate knowledge of everything scientific. In spite of this, it's averted in other ways - for instance, he still doesn't know anything about geology.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When examining a rabbit hole, he'll remark that it must lead to "the secret kingdom of the bunnymen". With the addition of underground caves to the game, it turns out he's right.
  • The Protagonist: Being the first playable character and the only one with an official backstory, he's generally considered this.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Vague Age: Though he is at least old enough to grow facial hair.
  • Waistcoat of Style
  • Why Did It Have to Be Spiders?: He's quite the arachnophobe.
    ''"I hate spiders."
    "I'm going to stomp you dead!"
    "Gah! More spiders!"
    "Shoo, you nasty thing!"
    "AHHHHHHHH! That spider is huge!"
  • Lethal Joke Character: He borders on this. His only special attribute, aside from a higher starting sanity, is to grow a magnificent beard. This initially seems completely useless, making traits like Wolfgang's mighty strength or Willow's pyromaniac tendencies seem superior - but when winter comes, his beard provides much-needed insulation, making Wilson one of the only characters - with the appropriate clothing - capable of going over TWO DAYS without going to a fire. You can also shave his hair to get Beard Hair - which let you make Meat Effigies.


"Things are so much prettier when they burn."

Also known as "the Firestarter", she is the first character to unlock. Willow is a pyromaniac; she regenerates Sanity from standing near fires and has a lighter that functions as a torch that never runs out, but she has lower maximum Sanity and will automatically and randomly start fires if her Sanity gets low.

  • Creepy Child: Assuming that she is a child.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Girlish Pig Tails
  • Kill It with Fire: She will suggest utilizing this method to the spiders in the game.
    "Maybe I could kill it... with FIRE."
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Stupid X!"
    "Stupid thing needs poop."
    "Eat poop, stupid plant!"
    "Hurry up, you stupid plant!"
    "Stupid flowers. They're almost useless."
    "Stupid bird. Wake up!"
    "Stupid rabbits. Come out so I can eat you."
    "Stupid pig!"
    "Stupid boomerang!"
  • Monochromatic Eyes
  • Pyromaniac: She likes fire and anything that involves fire. The bigger the flames, the better. Everything else is either uninteresting, worthless, or stupid.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Her dialogues are quite juvenile, she carries a teddy bear around (though we don't see it on her in-game), and has no qualms on burning down an entire village. Assuming that she is a grown woman (or a teenager), that is.
  • Vague Age: Official art makes her look like a child, but some of her lines don't look like they could come from a little girl ("These pigs have questionable taste in architecture", etc). Word of God is that she's the same age as Wilson, who's at least old enough to have facial hair.


"I am mighty! No one is mightier!"

Also known as "the Strongman", he is the third character to unlock. He is the most physically powerful of the player characters, as he deals more damage to enemies and has a higher maximum Health and Hunger. He grows more powerful if his Hunger meter is high, and grows weaker if his Hunger meter is low. He also loses Sanity faster in the dark and when near monsters.

  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by a tuba, he has the deepest voice of all the characters.
  • Badass Mustache: He sports a magnificent mustache but for some reason (besides game balance) it never gets overgrown like Wilson's. If you attempt to shave it using a razor, he'll refuse and tell the player that it's too tough to shave it off.
  • Black Bead Eyes
  • The Big Guy
  • Dumb Muscle: His text dialogues implies this.
    • Genius Bruiser: Though it would start to invoke this when you start doing research with him in-game.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Funny Foreigner: English doesn't appear to be his first language.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: His name is German, but his quotes are all over the place, sometimes suggesting France, sometimes Russia, sometimes some other place entirely.
  • Simpleton Voice: His unique text dialogues mainly consists of simplistic sentences.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: His body gets more buff if his Hunger meter is above 230, and it gets scrawnier (and his mustache thinner) if his Hunger meter dips below 100.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Especially when he's well fed. When he's starving, he becomes a skinny weakling.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Wolfgang is afraid of the dark.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's the strongest character in game and dresses like a typical strongman.


"Abigail! Come back! I'm not done playing with you."

Also known as "the Bereaved", she is the second character to unlock. She is quite gloomy despite her brightly colored appearance compared to the rest of the cast. Her special ability lets her make a blood sacrifice to summon the ghost of her dead sister Abigail, who will help her in combat. She also loses less sanity from darkness and monsters.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Abigail's death has left Wendy morbid and somber. She'll sometimes compare her heart to cold objects.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: She says things in a deep and cryptic way.
  • Creepy Child: Child or not, she's still creepy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily one of the snarkiest available characters.
    Wendy: (about Pig King) Live it up while you can, Your Majesty.
  • Girlish Pig Tails: Though it looks like she doesn't have them when viewed from the front.
  • Flower in Her Hair: It matches her sister's.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a red a flower on the side of her head along with another pair to hold her pig tails on the back of her head. Her dead sister also sports a red flower albeit on the opposite side of the head.
  • Monochromatic Eyes
  • Nerf: The Character Rebalance update did this to Abigail. Rather than automatically being summoned every night, Wendy must now summon her manually, and every summon hits her with a hefty sanity penalty. However, after the update, Abigail stays with Wendy until she is damaged enough, rather than disappearing each morning.
  • Straw Nihilist: Has very negative views on life, presumably because of the loss of her sister.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even in death, her sister still lingers as a ghost and protects her from harm.
  • Vague Age: She is visually the most child-like character in the game, though her unique text dialogues are sometimes too deep and cryptic for a child to say.



Also known as "the Soulless Automaton", he is the fourth character to unlock. Despite being a robot, he still needs to eat food, but unlike the other characters, he can eat spoiled food without negative effects. He also takes damage from standing in the rain, but being struck by lighting has a chance to "supercharge" him, regenerating his health and giving him a temporary speed boost and light source at the cost of some Sanity. His base stats are lower than normal, but he can upgrade himself by "eating" Gears, increasing his maximum Health, Hunger, and Sanity.

  • Clockwork Creature: His inner workings mainly consist of turning cogs and gears based on his character profile.
  • Eating Machine: For some reason, he needs to eat food to survive and heal his wounds just like his human counterparts instead of just recharging his batteries, refueling his engines, and/or repairing his chasis like a typical robot would.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: He is described in the update post as having a hatred toward living things.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can eat stale and spoiled food with no negative effects
  • Killer Robot: Being a robot in a game where survival depends on killing a lot of creatures invokes this.
  • Morality Chip: As stated in his profile quote, his isn't working properly for some reason, making him what he is now. A heart crossed with a giant X in his character profile makes it more obvious.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: WX-78 takes damage over time from being caught in the rain.
  • Revenge: He talks about this whenever he kills a creature.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: He's even human enough to enjoy picking flowers, be afraid of monsters, go insane, etc.
  • Robot Names: What his name means is anyone's guess.
  • Robotic Psychopath: He is very fond of exterminating the life out of organics. Whatever they may be.
  • Robo Speak: His unique text dialogue mainly consists of these.


"Shhhh! No talking!"

Also known as "the Librarian", she is the fifth character to unlock. She can craft 1st-tier prototypes without the need for a Science Machine, has a higher maximum Sanity, and can craft books that give herself buffs at the cost of Sanity. However, she can't restore Sanity using sleeping items and takes a bigger penalty from spoiled food.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: Of the intellectual kind.
  • Black Bead Eyes: When she does open her eyes in-game. She's the only female to have them.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Her no-nonsense attitude slips when confronted with baby beefalo ("It has a widdle face!").
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Eyes Always Shut: Though her character profile shows her with her eyes open. The only times she will open them in-game are when she exits a wormhole and when she's going insane.
  • The Insomniac: As of the Strange New Powers update, Wickerbottom can't sleep to restore Sanity.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Goes with her no-nonsense attitude.
  • Scary Librarian: She can make books that can cause crazy things to happen.
  • The Smart Girl: She is very well versed. Most of her quotes consist of descriptions, definitions and such that could've been read from a book.


"That's a nice tree, eh?"

Also known as "The Lumberjack", he is the sixth character to unlock. He starts with a talking axe named Lucy that is more effective than normal axes and has unlimited durability. However, during a full moon or if he gets carried away cutting down trees, he becomes a Werebeaver that can't carry items, but can cut down trees, kill mobs, and mine rocks at super-speed.

  • Apologises a Lot
  • Badass Beard: Has a beard, but unlike Wilson, he can't shave his off. If you try, he claims "A true lumberjack never shaves!"
  • Badass Mustache: The big mustache comes with the beard. He keeps it in his Werebeaver form.
  • Canada, Eh?
  • I Call It Vera: His talking axe, Lucy.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: He can chop trees in no time flat.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: A werebeaver to be specific. As a Werebeaver, Woodie is more powerful and has night vision. If he doesn't constantly eat wood in Werebeaver form, he'll turn back to normal.
  • Talking Weapon Lucy, his signature axe, speaks to him when equipped and encourages him to chop down trees. However, she will urge him to stop when he's on the verge of becoming a werebeaver.
  • Unbreakable Weapons: Lucy will never break, but is weaker than a regular axe in combat.
  • Guilt-Based Gaming: Leaving Lucy behind will result in some sad dialogue from her part from apologizing for whatever she could have said to Please Don't Leave Me.
  • Super Mode: Cursed with Awesome with a side of Blessed with Suck. His Werebeaver form deals extra damage, does not need any tool to cut down trees or mine rocks, has night vision, and cannot actually be 'killed' (any damage simply depletes your Log meter, which can be refilled quite easily). On the other hand, he won't be able to hold any items (no Glommer Flower for you), eats almost anything (including saplings, grass and berry bushes), and he will be quite defenseless when it is over.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates birds, for some reason.
    (examining a red bird) What a snotty little jerk.



Also known as "the Silent", he can be unlocked if he is rescued during Adventure Mode. He has significantly lower stats compared to the other playable characters, which makes him a good character for players who are looking for a bit more challenge in the game.

  • Black Bead Eyes
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Underneath an even whiter face paint (on his character profile at least).
  • Heroic Mime: Bonus points for being an actual mime.
  • Joke Character: He has lower health, sanity, and hunger than the other characters, and isn't able to properly examine things (he will just remain silent when you try). Word of God says he was introduced as a way for players who thought the game was too easy to make things more challenging.
    • Joke Item: He has the ability to craft balloons infinitely at the cost of Sanity, which distract monsters.
  • Visible Silence: His character profile's quote in the character select menu.
  • The Voiceless: He never says a wordnote . He just pantomimes.


"Say, pal, you don't look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes."

A mysterious man who 'welcomes' players into the world of Don't Starve and seems to be in control of it. The last level of adventure world strongly implies that he's an Unwitting Pawn of the shadows; freeing him forces the current character being played to take his place, after which he becomes playable. He has lower health and strength compared to the rest of the cast but regenerates sanity constantly and starts out with some formidable equipment. His original name is William Carter who used to be a rather average guy until he found the Codex Umbra

  • And I Must Scream: He's been trapped on the Nightmare Throne (which looks pretty uncomfortable, as Wilson points out) in a pitch-black, hellish realm for "an eternity". Also, he's been forced to listen to the same ragtime song on his phonograph the entire time.
  • Black Bead Eyes
  • Chess Motifs: The pieces of the Wooden Thing are usually found in areas known as the chess or Maxwell biome, guarded by Clockwork Knights, Rooks, and Bishops. His prison in the last world also keeps this theme, and he at one point remarks that "even a king is bound to the board".
  • Deal with the Devil: He gave Wilson forbidden knowledge in exchange for building a machine that pulled him into the world of Don't Starve. It's unknown if he did the same thing with the rest of the cast. It might also be how he ended up there.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy / Power at a Price: The downside of his demonic powers is that the shadow creatures keep him trapped on the Nightmare Throne.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is clearly very fond of his assistant, Charlie, even though she's now the Grue and attacks him on sight (the same as any other player character). If he takes damage, he'll protest that she's hurting him and try to jog her memory.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: He has posted on the Don't Starve site, on a hidden page.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • In-Series Nickname: "Maxy" by Charlie, before the events of Don't Starve.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He wears a very sharp pinstriped suit, or, in adventure mode, a fur coat. Presumably he regenerates Sanity because of his dapper clothes.
  • Me's a Crowd: With the Umbra Codex, he can create shadow clones to do his bidding. Each one he makes takes a chunk off his maximum sanity.
  • Pet the Dog: He has his moments. See Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Satan: Or at least very close to it. A hidden image even has him offering an apple to a starving Wilson.
  • Slashed Throat: When examining a razor:
    If only the world had a single neck.
  • That Man Is Dead: Not stated directly but the eyes and name of William Carter slowly being removed from all shown pictures/letters implies that either his Maxwell persona or the shadows don't like his past self very much
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts out smug but begins losing his composure as the player progresses through adventure mode.
    • Game Face: He also becomes much more monstrous in appearance.

Charlie the Night Monster

She used to look like this.

"Those shadow things are so convincing - they almost scare me, and I'm part of the act!"
Charlie, an excerpt from her letter to Maxwell from from this page.

The Night Monster. If the player is in total darkness for more than a few seconds, she'll attack, taking 100 hp. She used to be Maxwell's assistant, before both were taken to the Don't Starve world.

  • Darkness Equals Death: When it's pitch black, she will come out to prey.
  • Don't Look at Me!: She doesn't attack Woodie in Werebeaver form, which has limited night vision. This suggests that she's not scared of lights, but of being seen.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: It's suggested by supplemental material that Maxwell's use of dark magic turned Charlie into a monster.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Characters can never see Charlie. Even when the player finds a light while getting hurt, Charlie will never be visible (since she's a game mechanic and not meant to have sprites). Woodie as a Werebeaver has night vision and is immune to the Night Monster's attacks, suggesting that she only approaches characters who can't see her, rather than fearing light.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Maxwell. Now she attacks him when it's dark, just like anyone else.


"A test öf my incredible acting!"

A "Performance Artist" playing the role of a Valkyrie. She's considerably combat-oriented, having higher strength and defense as well as regenerating Health and Sanity with each kill. However, she refuses to eat anything other than meat, and she has slightly lower Sanity and Hunger.

  • Blood Knight: To the point that she gets healthier the more she kills.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Her voice can best be described as an erratic horn.
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Upön every öccasiön where Wigfrid vöices wörds which cöntain the letter Ö in them, every single Ö will find itself the pröud pössessör öf twö döts flöating aböve it.
    • This can be annöying för peöple whö have döuble-dötted letter Ö's used in their language, because her speech söunds like gibberish in their heads.
    • But för thöse peöple whöm this is nöt the case, thöse döts can be easily ignöred.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Wolfgang is stronger on a full stomach, Woodie is more resistant when transformed, and Maxwell constantly regenerates sanity. However, Wigfrid is the only character with bonuses to all three characteristics.
  • Lost in Character: This 'performance artist' will steadfastly remain 'performing' as a battle-hungry Viking shieldmaiden, every moment of every day for as long as you're able to keep her alive. Wigfrid could give Kirk Lazarus a run for his money.
  • Real Valkyries Eat Meat: The only plant she'll eat is 'Leafy Meat.'
  • Red-Headed Hero: The only red headed character so far.


"We can overcome anything!"

A kid also known as "The Undigestible", since he has been eaten by a spider, and now uses it as a Living Body Suit. He has characteristics of both human and monster, being able to eat monster food, befriend spiders, and has slightly higher physical attributes, but not only he has the mind of a kid (and thus can't take many hits to his Sanity), everything except spiders will attack him on sight.

  • Animals Hate Him: Except for spiders.
  • Back from the Dead: He is unlocked by finding his skull and burying it in an open grave. Lighting will strike the grave and revive him.
  • Badass Beard: He can "grow" a beard made out of his own silk. It won't keep him as warm as Wilson's beard, but it is a good source of silk if shaven.
  • The Beast Master: Can become this for spiders. He even starts with spider eggs to create a spider den.
    Webber: Spiders understand us.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Apart from his appearance and understandable hatred of everything not spiders (everything else tries to kill him), he's actually a pretty sweet kid.
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    • Prior to an update, he was the only character who can eat Pig Skin and Bunny Puffs and other items deemed "horrible" by the game.
    • He is even able to eat poisonous items without damage, although he'll complain about it.
  • Giant Spider: He is treated as a kid-sized spider by other mobs and has some spidery traits.
  • Living Body Suit: He looks like a human-shaped spider. Unlike the usual use of this trope, Webber seems to be in full control, as his behavior and speech suggest.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Webber's the only male so far to have solid white eyes instead Black Bead Eyes.
  • Pungeon Master: This guy has puns galore.
    "Marbelous protection!"
    "Wood you like to fight?"
  • Royal "We": He alternates between using "I" and "We", depending on whether he's referring to just himself or his spider as well.
  • Stock Yuck: When examining carrots, he'll say that he sort of misses being forced to eat them. It doesn't stop him from eating them though.
  • Swallowed Whole: It didn't work.
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