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The protagonist, narrator, and player character. He wakes up dead and wants to figure out who he is, but all he has is his corpse (which he cannot interact with), a mentor named Ray, and the time until sunrise, when his soul will cease to exist.
- Always Save the Girl: The overworked guardian angel of an accident-prone Detective."I'll save you again and again, as many times as it takes..."
- Amnesiac Hero: Sissel. Of course, all ghosts in the game suffer from amnesia until they remember who they are; it just takes Sissel much longer than everyone else. It doesn't help that he's trying to recall the memories of the wrong person the entire game.
- Animate Inanimate Object: This is the first Ghost Trick to manifest itself.
- Anime Hair: His head bears a resemblance to the blue souls of the game's departed.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Being dead is an ignominious way to start an adventure.
- Badass: Fate be damned when he wants to save someone.
- Badass Adorable: While he may not seem such at first, he definitely counts after he's revealed to be a cat.
- Catch Phrase: When he manages to save somebody, he says "Your fate has changed!"
- Cats Are Mean: He starts out only interested in figuring out his identity, and originally refused to help Missile-Prime save Lynne and Kamila. The second time around, Missile-Prime manipulated this self-interest by giving him an artificial deadline which led to the game's Sissel developing a genuine interest in saving the people he meets — and in doing so, he has fun tormenting a few mice using his ghost tricks!
- Cats Are Snarkers: He's a cat, and a Deadpan Snarker.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Even if it delays him from learning more about his past, if someone is in trouble, he feels compelled to help them.
- Cool Cat: He's the hero of the story, and actually a cat.
- Cool Shades: He even keeps them when rejecting his self-concept and reverting to a Ghost Light appearance in Chapter 17.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Unbeknownst to him. Sissel does this by accident, assuming that the blond man in the opening was him. It turns out that man is Yomiel, the game's Big Bad, and Sissel's actual body was hidden in a case behind Yomiel's the whole time.
- Deadpan Snarker: He takes nothing seriously, including some aspects of his own death, from the very first scene.
- Dead to Begin With: Duh. He's a frickin' ghost. Doubles as a you should know this already moment.
- The Determinator: He shows increasing shades of this as the game goes on and his goals become more complex.
- Expressive Mask: Sissel wears a pair of sunglasses, which most of the time bend ever so subtly to match his expression.
- Expy: Has an uncanny resemblance to Rocketbilly Redcadillac of Gungrave (well, his owner does at least).
- Friend to All Living Things: He even feels like he owes a rat an apology after letting it get hit by a wine bottle and electrocuted. Especially given that he's a cat.
- Gender-Blender Name: Sissel is always a female name in real life — although it's uncommon enough that some people might not realize it is a real name, let alone a gendered one. This is actually a hint as to the true origins of Sissel - the name originally came from Yomiel, who named his pet cat after his dead fiancée.
- Ghost Amnesia: He can't even remember simple concepts like 'science' or 'kidnapping'. Also, he can't read. Because he is a cat.
- Ghostly Goals: Type A, and only because it's foisted upon him.
- Guile Hero: When you can't move more than a few pounds, you kind of have to be one.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with his owner, Yomiel
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His personality is similar to a stereotype of a cat: aloof and uncaring/unconcerned but also affectionate and friendly once a bond is made.
- The Killer in Me: Sissel breaks into the Special Prison to thwart Jowd's execution, but in doing so, he discovers that Jowd's portrait of his wife's killer is his own face. This gets subverted in the later chapters, once Sissel realizes he's not wearing his true face, but Yomiel's.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: A snappy red suit, white tie and shoes, and goldenrod hair.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His opening moves, guided by Ray, are done to teach the player how to use the Powers of the Dead. Sissel begins slinging lampshades and noting the implausibilities, until told by the desklamp that We're talking about the Powers of the Dead! It doesn't have to make sense!
- Living Forever Is Awesome: His eventual fate.
- Meaningful Name: "Shiseru" means "dead" in Japanese. "Sissel" is a variation of the name "Cecil", which means "without sight". Now take a look at those shades... It may also reference his desire to be "looked at" and noticed in his backstory, where effectively everyone is "without sight" regarding him. On top of that, "Sissel" is similar to "Sisal", which is a type of rope commonly used in cat scratchers. It's also a version of "Cecil"... or "Cecille", as Sissel is also the name of Yomiel's fiancée.
- Morality Pet: He is one to Yomiel. Even better since, being a cat, he was LITERALLY a pet.
- Never Learned to Read: Sissel, which almost leads to some complications early on in the plot. Apparently, it's because of his Ghost Amnesia. Except it's not. He really Never Learned to Read, because he was a cat when he was still alive.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: At the end of the game, now that he has the meteorite shard lodged in his body, he is locked in at "kitten" stage, as Kamila points out to Lynne.
- Occult Detective: Of a sort.
- One Head Taller: Sissel is one of the tallest characters, standing in proportion to Cabanela even without the giant stalk of hair.
- Platonic Life Partners: with Lynne, partially because he's dead (and a cat)
- Refusal of the Call: Unbeknownst to Sissel, he ignored Missile-Prime's plea to save Lynne the first time around. This occurred in an alternate timeline.
- Replacement Goldfish: A mild case. Yomiel adopted him as a cat and named him after his dead fiancée.
- Right-Hand Cat: He is one, to Yomiel for ten long years, as well as being his only friend since the Temsik incident. Although Yomiel isn't really evil, just driven crazy from solitude.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: One of the mechanics of the Powers of the Dead causes this in him, and anyone who becomes conscious in ghost form. It also happens after he changes Yomiel's fate.
- Samaritan Syndrome: Even though Sissel repeatedly claims that he's only helping to find out who he is, he's usually all too willing to jump in and save people regardless.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: After he discovers who the man whose image he has taken is, he sheds it, as he can no longer continue to believe that form is him. He then persists in his ghost flame form (though he keeps the sunglasses anyway) until the end of the game where he finds out his true identity.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a suit in perfect condition at all times.
- Spanner in the Works: His very existence, in the game timeline.
- Sunglasses at Night: his sunglasses are an iconic part of his style (to the point where even his spirit form wears sunglasses), and most of the game takes place at night.
- Superpower Lottery: He's revealed to be the most versatile of the three ghosts. Although he can't possess living beings or swap objects, and has the smallest jump distance, he is able to both use the telephone lines and go back in time, which both Yomiel and Missile-Prime say are incredibly valuable skills. Missile has the ability to go back in time, while Yomiel can move through the phone lines, but neither have both abilities like Sissel does. Not only that, but in the changed future, Sissel now has the Temsik meteor shard stuck in his body, giving him the same functional immortality that Yomiel used to have.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He's not the blond-haired man in the red suit. In fact he's not human at all. Sissel only assumed he was due to Yomiel's body blocking his view of his real corpse inside a box. In reality he was a black cat adopted by the Big Bad and brought along to be used as 'transport' for Yomiel's soul after Lynne shot his body. The only true thing Sissel really knew was his name, and only because Yomiel was using it as an alias.
- Weak, but Skilled: Sissel is much weaker than a living person and can only move by jumping between objects no more than two or three feet away, but he uses what he can do to great effect.
- Walking Spoiler: The point of the game is to find out who he was before he was killed.
- The Watson: Due to his erased memory, he is naive as to how the mortal world works. Having the mind of a cat doesn't help matters; he simply can't get his head around human behavior.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sissel's reaction to his own actions in Missile-Prime's timeline, where he refused to help Lynne and everyone died. Likely also the player's reaction.
- Whodunnit to Me: Ironically, his killer is revealed to be Lynne herself, though we find out she was manipulated by Yomiel. Later revelations prove that the shot in the chest didn't kill him, but rather it was the wayward shot fired while trying to resist Yomiel's power: This bullet struck Yomiel's cat carrying case.
A detective, and the first person you save. Apparently she's the key to figuring out who you really are... but if she told you straight off, what fun would that be?
- Agent Mulder: Whenever confronted by a seemingly hopeless dilemma, Lynne's steely confidence doesn't wave, even in the face of skepticism (usually Sissel's).
- Animal Motif: Her fiery-red and feather-like hair allude to The Phoenix, very appropriately.
- Big Eater: Lynne manages to eat a whole chicken by herself. Then again, judging by the birthday dinner in the epilogue, it appears everyone in this universe qualifies as a champion eater.Sissel: Look at her just... attacking that thing...
- Born Unlucky: Geez, how many times does this kid die? (Five.)
- Clear My Name: Framed for shooting Sissel, of all people.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: What she gets for snooping around junkyard Superintendents' offices. She should count herself lucky that this isn't Ace Attorney.
- Determinator: The Manipulator notes that she is the first and only person who actually managed to resist his possession. Her resistance led to him missing his first shot, and killing Sissel by accident.
- Distress Ball: She fails to escape the near-sighted assassin 3 times in the Tutorial chapter alone. The game constantly makes fun of this.
- Dude Magnet: Lynne seems to have quite the number of fans. In-universe, as well - there's a nameless cop who falls in love with her at first sight.
- Fair Cop: In the eyes of some of her colleagues.
- Fiery Redhead: An excellent example in the determined, passionate and energetic Lynne. She usually isn't so quick to anger, but when it comes to clearing detective Jowd's name there is no stopping her.
- Freeze Sneeze: Lynne does this in the rain, and it's pretty cute. She gets another one during the submarine chapter if the water starts to catch up with them.
- Hartman Hips: Not so much in official art, very much so ingame.
- He Knows Too Much: She is single-handledly (or so it appears..) chasing a cold case, trying to prevent her friend Detective Jowd from being executed unfairly. As the case also involves the Temsik meteorite, she's become a target of Commander Sith due to her meddling.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice, in fact.
- Improbable Age: In the flashback to ten years ago she's young enough to call someone 'mister'. Now she's a detective. She states Cabanela fudged her exam results, which probably sped things up. In the ending timeline, it's taken her ten years, but she's just made detective on her own merits, which is a little bit more believable.
- Meaningful Name: Lynne's name is spelled in katakana as Rinne, a word that can refer to the Buddhist cycle of death and rebirth—fairly appropriate for a girl who keeps dying and coming back to life.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Judging by the difference in skin color between her face and her legs, it appears she wears leggings as well.
- Number One Dime: Even after passing the Academy, she continues to wear a phony, plastic toy badge from her childhood. "To me, this is the symbol of the real detective!"
- Plucky Girl: Lynne takes this trope to unseen levels. Laughing off five deaths (all of which she remembers) in one night and all... "Haha! I died again!"
- Primary-Color Champion: Lynne is easily spotted via her flaming red hair (shaped to resemble a rooster's comb). She wears an equally brilliant yellow jacket with a navy blue dress underneath.
- They Killed Kenny Again: "It's Lynne! And she's not dead, for once."
- Trademark Favorite Food: Roast chicken, apparently.
A possessed desk lamp who teaches Sissel the ropes of the spirit world. He seems to know more than he's letting on, though. He's Missile from an alternate timeline where Sissel didn't stick around to help Lynne and none of Yomiel's plans were stopped. Missile went back to the day of Yomiel's death (as Sissel would later do) and then waited ten years for the day of Sissel's death to come around again so he could manipulate him into helping Lynne.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: A literal example, though a "good guy" version.
- Exposition Fairy: On how ghost tricks work.
- Future Badass: Essentially this to Missile.
- I Lied: About ghosts disappearing in the morning.
- Spirit Advisor: A spirit advisor to another spirit. He helps Sissel figure out how to use ghost tricks.
- Two Aliases, One Character: At the very end, it is revealed that Ray is an aged Missile from another timeline where everything went wrong.
- Walking Spoiler: His true identity is only revealed at the end of the game.
Lynne's loyal but excitable Pomeranian. Becomes a valuable assistant after he dies (again) and acquires the power to swap similarly-shaped objects.
- Canine Companion: Missile. Possibly the greatest example ever.
- Cute but Cacophonic: He's prone to speaking in VERY LARGE TEXT!!! and drives the woman next door nuts with his barking.
- The Determinator: Seriously, you will never cross a small dog again. In fact, you will befriend and attempt to win the undying loyalty of every single one you meet. You want them on your side.
- Dogs Are Dumb:
- Missile comes off as The Ditz, albeit a very cheerful Ditz. Perhaps less "stupid" and more "incredibly naive and optimistic" (but note the subversion below).
- The subversion in the end is Ray's true identity-a past-timeline Missile who manipulated Sissel into saving Lynne and Kamila while on his Quest for Identity, having went ten years into the past and taking The Slow Path back to the present. The Dog LITERALLY Was The Mastermind.
- Good Is Dumb: Missile declares he will "make [his] own path". Cue Missile attempting to escape the apartment he's in by repeatedly smashing into the door. As incredibly dumb as it seems, his actual goal was to jump to the doorknob, an endeavor in which he eventually succeeds.
- Heroic Dog: Follows his mistress into danger and dies, but when he's offered a chance to come back to life he refuses, because he's inherited ghost powers that allow him to protect his mistress better.
- Hidden Depths: He may act profoundly dumb at times, but you have to admire the fact that unlike Sissel who needed Ray to explain it all to him, Missile was able to somehow figure out his ability to go back in time and his ghost swap ability, to the point where he was able to save Kamila all by himself. Not only that, but in the original timeline, he managed to get all the way to Yomiel's body in the detached control room in the ocean. By himself. Without the ability to travel through phone lines! Considering everything you have to do to get that far, that's pretty impressive.
- Mister Muffykins: The most badass one you will ever meet.
- No Indoor Voice: He often gets A LITTLE OVEREXCITED!!! and starts speaking in giant text.My name is Missile! Justified, of course — what else would you expect from a "talking" Pomeranian?WELCOME!
- Perspective Magic: His ghost trick is to swap similarly shaped objects. If you rotate an object to change its silhouette, you can then swap it with other objects that have that new silhouette.
- The Pollyanna: To an absurdly humorous degree.
- Serious Business: What being a dog is, according to Missile. He then proceeds to save people's lives.The only thing I'm good at is BARKING! There really isn't much more in life!
- Talking Animal: Though other people can only understand him in spirit form.
- Timmy in a Well: Played with. Missile is fiercely loyal to and protective of his owner, but doesn't come off as terribly bright: he's easily distracted by flashing lights, loud noises, and spinning doodads, all of which will incite him to bark incessantly. On the other hand, in a previous timeline, he tracked down the people responsible for his owner's death without any outside help, and after time traveling into the past and taking The Slow Path to the present day, he skillfully manipulated Sissel into setting things right.
- Took a Level in Badass: When you first meet Missile he's full of enthusiasm and vigor but essentially useless. After his second death next to the Temsik meteorite he gains ghost tricks too and becomes in some ways more powerful than Sissel himself. His reach is much longer, and while he can't manipulate inanimate objects he can swap them with similarly shaped objects.
- Tribute to Fido: The game's creator also has a Pomeranian named Missile.
- Undying Loyalty: Okay, so he does die. He just doesn't let it stop him. He declares his intention to save Lynne and Kamila even beyond the grave. Even doomed timelines aren't enough to stop him.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Missile's ghost trick doesn't allow him to manipulate objects like Sissel can, but he has a much longer range when jumping between objects, and can move incredibly heavy things as long as he swaps them with something with the same shape.
A young girl who lives with Lynne. Also Jowd's daughter. She accidentally killed her mother with a Rube Goldburg birthday contraption that Yomiel manipulated to fire a gun.
- Break the Cutie: Life was very harsh to her. And it is your job to completely un-break this cutie!
- Cheerful Child: Is somehow able to remain positive and smile despite all the things she has to go through.
- Creepy Child: Possessed Kamila. Even though the sprites are so small, it's hard not to imagine her as a character right out of Higurashi: When They Cry.
- Hair Decorations: A bright yellow bow.
- Hidden Eyes: Kamila gets these at one point when she is possessed by Yomiel.
- Meaningful Name: Kamila's Japanese name, Kanon, is another name for Guanyin, the bodhisattva associated with compassion.
- Punny Name / Theme Naming: Kanon and Missile, eh?
- Self-Made Orphan: Between the birthday contraption and her father's impending execution for the murder of his wife, Yomiel set her up to accidentally become one.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Yomiel!Kamila is packing heat: a Thompson machine gun. And one-handed no less!
- The Woobie: On her mother's birthday, she decides to surprise her by making an elaborate Rube Goldberg contraption that would end up popping partypoppers. But it is instead rigged by a ghost wanting revenge on her father so that it would instead pull the trigger of a decorative gun, killing her mother. On her own birthday. As if the irony wasn't enough, her father decides to take the blame and is sentenced to death. So now she carries the guilt of being responsible for not only for her mother's death, but also her father's. Bad enough? It gets worse. She's also kidnapped as a bargaining chip to assure that her dad is executed. When her father comes to rescue her, the same ghost who killed her mother decides to possess her and have the girl shoot her own dad. Luckily that doesn't happen... because her dad was already killed elsewhere. Instead, she gets to see the woman who's been raising her as an adoptive little sister die hit by falling ruble and float face down. Oh, and she also witnesses her little dog being shot dead. Ouch. Thankfully, everything gets reverted in the end.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bright purple, in her case.
A flamboyant detective who dances wherever he goes. He's an ambitious ladder-climber and wears a white coat to illustrate his spotless record. Secretly working to find evidence of a 'manipulator' possessing other people, and to clear Detective Jowd's name.
- The Ace: The swag! The stride! The moves! Watch out, crime.
- Agent Mulder: See "Determinator."
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. He initially appears to be a greasy pole climber, willing to sacrifice his friends for the sake of his reputation - at one point it even briefly looks as though he's actually turned evil - but this is all part of a plan to get access to the information required to clear Jowd's name.
- Broken Ace: Under all of his swag is an unhealthy determination to climb the political ladder of the force. Which is subverted when it's revealed that he did all that in order to solve the manipulator case and atone for his mistakes.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even though Inspector Cabanela speaks strangely, picks favorites, and dances constantly to the point where he tap dances through crime scenes, he's kept his job because he has a "natural genius for investigating." His colleagues are spotted practicing his Fred Astaire dance on a staircase, hoping to somehow absorb his power.
- Create Your Own Villain: Yomiel.
- The Determinator: He is stated in-game to be this. He spends five years doing whatever it took to gain power as the head of the Special Investigation Unit, and therefore to be able to direct all aspects of investigations as he sees fit. His record means more to him than his own life, and he's worked hard to keep it absolutely spotless. He's hell-bent on keeping his position and his spotless reputation no matter what. Why? Because he absolutely refused to believe that Jowd killed his own wife, even though it was proven that there was no possible way (so far as a realist would be concerned) that anyone else could have done it. Most people would probably have reluctantly resigned themselves to the belief that maybe they hadn't known their friend as well as they thought they had. Cabanela accepted it as fact that there was no possible way that anyone else could have done it by conventional means... so he started looking for supernatural sources instead. Most people would think that was insane. Cabanela, on the other hand, hunted relentlessly until he found out about The Manipulator and the meteor, had a Eureka Moment, and kept on trucking.Sissel: What incredible determination...!
[New dialogue option: "[Cabanela's determination"]
- Fat and Skinny: Detective Jowd and himself.
- Friendly Enemy: To Detective Jowd.
- Genre Savvy: After losing Yomiel twice (first, by letting him escape from the interrogation room, and then, when his body disappeared from the morgue,) what is the first thing Cabanela does when he meets him the third time? He shoots a tracing device into him to avoid losing him again. And Cabanela knew he'd meet Yomiel again, because he'd already seen him in the junkyard's security tape.
- It also explains why he's so nonchalant about the security tape showing Lynne shooting Yomiel. He already knows 1) that Yomiel is the Manipulator and Lynne probably didn't shoot him of her own volition. And 2) that Yomiel already came back from the dead once, so Lynne's bullet likely wasn't enough to kill him for good.
- The Gunslinger: Characteristically, he puts a lot more showmanship into drawing his weapon than other people.
- Hammerspace: His appearance in the ending cutscene. Where did that bouquet come from?
- Earlier, he also pulls a folding chair from nowhere just so he could sit down dramatically.
- Jerkass Façade: Inspector Cabanela seems like a smarmy Jive Turkey who's obsessed with promotion and maintaining a "spotless record". Turns out his obsession with getting promoted was so he could get in a position to oversee the cases handled by the Special Investigation Unit and thus help his friend and partner, Inspector Jowd.
- Knight Templar: Subverted, but chances are if you played Ace Attorney before this, you'll think he's the Big Bad thanks to the fact that his two most notable traits (the obsession over his perfect, spotless record and the carefree head of department) were used as the defining traits for two of Ace Attorney's Big Bads.
- Lean and Mean: In his prosecutory zeal, he sometimes comes across at this.
- Made of Iron: An explosion breaks enough bones to keep him from standing, leaving him in intense pain even before Yomiel forces his body to walk back up a flight of stairs and use the phone. And he still has enough presence of mind to pull his gun and expertly shoot Yomiel with the radio tracer bullet—even spinning the gun before firing it, for added flair.
- Man in White: Inspector Cabanela wears a clean white coat to represent his spotless record. The only part of his garb that isn't white is his red scarf, which may actually come with bonus symbolism. Supposedly represents his flawless record and his determination to keep it flawless. He does have a bloody spot on his record, letting Yomiel escape.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: he dresses immaculately and keeps up the appearances of having a spotless record, compared to Jowd, who has dirty, messy clothes, and we know Jowd's innocent but the public believes otherwise... What does that say about Cabanela? He intentionally invokes this trope and is really incorruptible, as well as working to protect Jowd behind the scenes.
- My Greatest Failure: Letting Yomiel escape with his gun.
- Scarf of Asskicking: And a rather long one.
- Shout-Out: Some of his dances are based on Michael Jackson's.
- Silly Walk: Half-walks, half-dances to places.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Subverted; He later turns out to have been shielding Jowd the entire time.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to draw out his voooowels, baby. He very noticeably stops doing this when he gets flustered. This acts as Five-Second Foreshadowing that his Face–Heel Turn was under duress.
- We Used to Be Friends: Jowd laments that Cabanela has chosen "the path of the white coat," and now cares about his career above all else. Cabanela is aware of this and accepts Jowd and Lynne's disappointment in him, knowing that they'll forgive him in the end.
- White Shirt of Death: Partially subverted. Cabanela does die (though you fix it), but his coat remains unstained. He just falls over.
Pigeon-Headed ManThe junkyard superintendent. Has a pigeon which sits constantly on his head. He was the medical examiner who discovered that Yomiel's body remained suspended at the moment of his death. After Yomiel possessed his own body and walked off with it the coroner quit his job to discover the truth about the mysterious corpse.
- Almighty Janitor: Formerly a police coroner and now studies radiation from space rocks in his spare time. That's pretty smart.
- Head Pet: He has a pigeon perching on his head.
- No Name Given: no one addresses him by his given name at any point.
- The Professor
JowdA bearded prisoner at the Special Prison who paints faces to remember them. Despite his circumstances he's relatively jovial and accommodating. Formerly a detective. He hunted down and nearly shot Yomiel after his escape. Five years ago he took the fall for his wife's murder to protect Kamila, though by now he almost believes he did it himself.
- Acrofatic: Can navigate an air duct better than Harry Houdini.
- Badass Beard: Doubling as a Beard of Sorrow
- Badass Longcoat: After regaining it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially as Sissel attempts to reverse his death. Being a Death Seeker, he freely offers any snide comment and sarcastic quip he can.
- Death Seeker: When you first meet him. He's more than willing to be executed, feeling guilty over the deaths of Alma and Yomiel, and not wanting Kamila to suffer from the guilt of killing Alma with her birthday contraption. But then Sissel saves him from execution, and he suddenly has a newfound reason to live.
- Distressed Dude: Sissel has to save him from being executed.
- He's Back: When he dons his detective coat again.
- Institutional Apparel: Under a pink artist's smock.
- Last Minute Reprieve: Jowd gets at least three of these. Sissel rescues him from being killed by the electric chair (not in the chair, it explodes and kills him before he can sit on it) by helping him escape from prison. He's immediately recaptured by Cabanela. Lynne then goes to convince the Justice Minister to give him a reprieve. Unfortunately when she gets there he's died of a heart attack...but that's nothing Sissel can't handle. However, the minister won't give a reprieve until he's sure that his daughter hasn't been kidnapped, since he's being blackmailed into upholding the execution order. After all these hoops are jumped through, he's finally allowed to live another day as well as be out of prison for the rest of the night.
- My Greatest Failure: Even though he never shot Yomiel, he would have if the meteorite hadn't hit, and he still blames himself for that death.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: His trusty "Detective sense."
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink artist's smock over his prison uniform. Though, arguably, when you're in jail for murdering your wife, your manly reputation is probably not such a big deal.
- Taking the Heat: For the death of his wife, which he originally believed to be accidentally caused by Kamila, later revealed to be the work of Yomiel.
Justice MinisterAn old, neurotic wreck of a man. His wife took his daughter Amelie, and left him after he signed an order to execute Detective Jowd. He only signed it due to Yomiel's manipulation, but is too scared to tell anyone about it.
- British Royal Guards: Has these as his assistants and secretaries, further muddling exactly what country this is all occurring in.
- Evil Hand: Has this experience when The Manipulator forces him to sign Jowd's death order.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: The justice minister loudly denies the existence of ghosts, even after Sissel goes back and saves him from dying of a heart attack. Then it turns out he was mostly trying to convince himself, after being manipulated by Yomiel into signing Jowd's execution order and spending the last few weeks covering it up.
- Hanging Judge: Averted. The death penalty hasn't been carried out in decades, and he's crushed by the guilt of having signed the death order for Jowd under Yomiel's control.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Though not by choice.
Near-Sighted Jeego and One-Step-Ahead Tengo
A pair of blue-skinned assassins sent to kill Lynne. Jeego's perfect shot range grows shorter every year, while Tengo is always one step ahead of both his target and his boss.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tengo originally had sideburns to help differentiate him from Jeego, but this was lost somewhere down the line in the DS version, both in his sprite and profile art. They make their return in the iOS version.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: they are blue.
- Assassin Outclassin': Sissel has little problem handling them.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: "Nearsighted" Jeego and "One Step Ahead" Tengo.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Jeego's got a golden shotgun.
- Cold Sniper: Tengo parks himself in Lynne's apartment and sets up a nest. He also uses the gun barrel to chuck a donut to his mouth.
- Cool Gun: The Blue Assassin's (Jeego's) shotgun is golden, and a different blue assassin (Tengo) has a silver rifle.
- Leave No Witnesses: Tengo accidentally seals his own fate (and that of Beauty, Dandy, Yomiel, and the rest) when he storms Lynne's apartment, killing Kamila and Missile— presumably to finish off Jowd's family after Lynne was successfully killed in the alternate timeline. Thanks to Yomiel's presence, Missile became a ghost and flew back in time to thwart them.
- Meaningful Name: Jeego's name comes from 'jigoku', and Tengo's name from 'tengoku', Japanese words meaning 'hell' and 'heaven', respectively.
- Minion Shipping: They never meet in the game (Jeego's dead before we even see Tengo), but they seem to get a lot of slash.
- Noisy Guns: Whenever they move their weapon into position, an audible "clack" is heard.
- No Range Like Point-Blank Range: "Nearsighted" Jeego is a hitman who can always hits his target... as long as they are at point blank range.
- Opaque Lenses: Tengo.
- Short-Range Shotgun: Which suits Jeego's nearsightedness anyways.
A short but apparently wealthy blue gentleman. His motivations are unknown but he seems to have ill intent towards Lynne and a deep interest in Sissel. It's revealed later on that he is actually interested in Yomiel, who takes the name Sissel and who looks like Sissel's perception of himself, and he wants to take the Temsik fragment for the government that he works for.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Blue-skinned.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His title in Sissel's info screen is "Eyebrowed Villain".
- Catchphrase: "Are you trying to give me a case of the vapors?"
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Makes a good attempt at being one. He acknowledges the "slight possibility" of a ghost taking advantage of Yomiel's properly dead state when he removes the Temsik Fragment, and works disposing the body and the ghost separately into his plan.
- Grapes of Luxury: With a robot arm peeling them. How...practical?
- Karma Houdini: Sith's victory is undone, but he's never punished for his actions. On the other hand, it's not clear whether or not Sith knew about the Temsik meteorite after the changes in the timeline in the Final Chapter. It's reasonable to infer that Sith still has at least two hitmen working for him in the ending. It appears that he is still trying to pull some kind of "deal."
- Manipulative Bastard: He can't kill a ghost, but he figures out the most thorough way to get rid of one.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It ends in "th"! And he shares it with a certain evil faction from a certain science-fiction series!
- The Napoleon: When sitting, his feet don't even reach the ground.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: It's never really explained who (if anyone) Sith works for, beyond the ambiguous 'overseas foreign government'. But they're jerks.
- Robotic Reveal: His manservant.
- Schizo Tech: While everyone else is stuck in the pre-cell-phone era, he has giant robotic arms to feed him grapes. And remote-controlled robots to run his machines. His country's use of technology is just plain off.
- Verbal Tic: "Hmm, yes..."
Beauty and Dandy
A black-hearted blue-skinned pair, most likely from the same county as Commander Sith and the assassins. Beauty is a standoffish Ice Queen who can sense the presence of ghosts, while Dandy is a gentleman and only slightly kinder than his cohort. Dandy has a major crush on Beauty, despite her constant verbal abuse. They kidnap Kamila, assuming she's Amelie, in order to force the justice minister to carry through with the execution order.
- Affably Evil: Dandy sure is a chivalrous guy, even when kidnapping someone.Beauty: What's with the fun book and juice?
Dandy: Like I said, "Always keep a smile on a lady's face."
- All There in the Script: Dandy's name is never actually said in-game.
- Anime Hair: Beauty has a pretty impressive case of it.
- The Baroness: Beauty. She even carries a red riding crop wherever she goes.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Dandy may have kidnapped a little girl and stuffed her into a large suitcase, but he's not going to be cruel to her. He acts the perfect gentleman to Kamilla after he and Beauty kidnap her, even scolding Beauty (who he adores) for taking her to the house where she accidentally murdered her own mother.. If he'd wanted to be really nice, he probably shouldn't have kidnapped her in the first place.
- Once Dandy realizes that Beauty's plan was to hide out in Kamila's old house, where the girl accidentally killed her own mother, he calls Beauty out on it. It's the only time he acts remotely assertive.
- Oh, and in the alternate past where Kamila was accidentally killed by Dandy, (he fell on a lever that released a concrete statue that landed on her), he has a Villainous Breakdown at that.
- Explosive Stupidity: Last seen breaking into a safe above Chicken Kitchen with gunpowder. Dandy reads the instructions for twenty kilograms of gunpowder instead of twenty grams.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: During Sissel's attempts to reach Dandy's hostage, he sets off multiple fires and party poppers. Each time, Dandy wakes up for a moment, then falls asleep again muttering "Just my imagination". Even Sissel is amazed by his lack of attention. It reaches a peak at the end, when Beauty walks in the door right in front of him and wakes him up. He mutters the same thing and starts to drift off again.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnapping the Justice Minister's daughter to blackmail him into signing the death notice for Jowd. In a cruel twist of irony, they accidentally kidnap Jowd's own daughter instead, but it's still effective.
- Ice Queen: Beauty, again.
- Love Martyr: Dandy is a minor example. Beauty constantly insults him, and yet he keeps talking about who to invite to their hypothetical wedding. Given some of his dialogue, he may actually enjoy it when she insults him.
- Minion Shipping: Beauty and Dandy, although it's debatable whether Beauty is outright rejecting Dandy's affections or they just have some weird D/S thing going on.
- Noble Demon: Sure, Dandy may be a kidnapper and a henchman for the mysterious blue antagonist, but he treats his victim with an admirable amount of kindness; even chastising the woman he worships upon realizing they've brought their victim to the site of her mother's death.
- Nominal Importance: The blond blue man is named only in the soundtrack.
- Psychic Powers: Beauty can apparently sense Sissel's presence. This is never explained in canon.
- Sherlock Scan: Another interpretation is she's perceptive enough to notice when enough impossible things are happening and, because she knows what Yomiel can do, doesn't just write them off. The first time, she only suspects she's being watched - it's one can see the bottom floor of the Chicken Kitchen from the top and she might have noticed the bell ringing. The second, Sissel was tricking object right across the way from her. The third, some large changes occur in a room while Dandy was sound asleep, a glaring tell.
- Sissy Villain: Dandy.
- Something About a Rose: Dandy's pocket flower.
- Statuesque Stunner: Beauty has considerably long legs, and utterly towers over her shrimp cohort.
- Whip It Good: Beauty carries a riding crop, though she never uses it.
EmmaA large, passionate woman who lives next door to Lynne and Kamila. She writes torrid romance novels. The separated wife of the justice minister, who left him after he issued Jowd's death order.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, DO NOT insult her romance novels!
- Catchphrase: Here's to my darling angel! [tink!]
- Expressive Hair: It blooms when she gets angry.
- Hidden Depths: Amelie thinks her parents' fight is about her mother's romance novels, but Emma's anger at her husband was actually because he refused to stop Jowd's execution.
- Lady Drunk: She is never seen without a wine glass.
- Wingding Eyes: When she's upset.
AmelieEmma's daughter, who is bedridden with a fever. She hates her mother because Emma refuses to let her talk to her father.
- Daddy's Girl: Despite being ill, she still sneaks out of her room to buy a lighter as a birthday present for her father.
- Ill Girl: This little Tsundere spends the entire game in bed with a high fever.
- Mega Twintails: Especially big in her cut-in portraits.
- Mouthy Kid: Not an easy literary critic to have so closely at hand.
Blue-Suited Prison GuardsA pair of bored prison guards at the Special Prison. One is named Bailey and is mildly neurotic. When trouble hits he does 'The Panic Dance', which was apparently handed down in his family for generations. The other is never given a name and generally plays the straight man to his partner's shenanigans. He likes to build card towers.
- Meaningful Name: Bailey means 'bailiff'.
- No Name Given: Bailey's partner.
- Silly Walk: The other prison guards at the Special Prison march in a very exaggerated manner.
- Those Two Guys: Always seen together in the guard room.
Rockin' JailbirdA rock star inmate at the special prison, who sung national secrets during a worldwide broadcast. Yomiel controlled him into doing so, to show off his powers to the foreign government.
Sausage HeadAn oval-headed inmate at the special prison who took the police commissioner hostage, with his only request being for curry. Yomiel again. Does not seem very bright.
- No Name Given: Though Jowd refers to him as the above.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Curry.
- Tunnel King: He's dug a rather extensive tunnel with just his spoon.
Guardian of the ParkA round-haired man who has made it his mission to defend Temsik Park and the 'rock of the gods' ( the Temsik meteorite) from housing developers. This involves mostly dancing around barefoot and distributing leaflets. Not an undercover agent.
- Anime Hair: It's larger than his head.Sissel: Hmm, there are a lot of round objects here.
Guardian of the Park: My hair is also round!
- Chekhov's Gunman: Subverted. Yomiel assures Sissel that he's not one of the undercover agents patrolling Temsik Park; he really is just a loony protester.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Though he seems to straighten up a bit once he finds out that it was a little dog that killed him, and not the gods, but not by much. At the very least, he tries to be helpful when Sissel has to avert his fate once Missile shows up. It's good advice too (stop him from running, at least for a little bit, and knock the rugby ball out of the tree).
- No Name Given: He may have even forgotten his own name. It's never made clear whether this was a side effect of dying or if he really doesn't remember.
AlmaJowd's wife and Kamila's mother. Yomiel murdered her using Kamila's birthday contraption. The removal of Yomiel's death from the timeline also removes her death, and she is seen at the end of the game serving dinner to her friends and family.
Chicken Kitchen ChefA orange-nosed chef who works at (and possibly manages) the Chicken Kitchen. He enjoys singing.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He stops at the park to play on the swings when he's supposed to be delivering food.
MemryAn "odd girl" who works at the Chicken Kitchen. She's not very attentive to her job. Probably because she's an undercover cop.
- Nice Hat: It's a roast chicken.
- Phrase Catcher:Someone: Odd girl.Lynne/Sissel: I agree.Sissel/Lynne: Me too.
- Retirony: It's her last day as a waitress and she's nearly killed by a van.
MASSIVE unmarked Spoilers for the end of the game
Yomiel, AKA "The Manipulator"
The mysterious Big Bad of the game. Became immortal after being struck by a shard of the Temsik meteorite. He was the one who took Lynne hostage in the park, and who orchestrated the events leading to Kamila's mother's death, Jowd's imprisonment, Lynne's murder accusation, and (accidentally) Sissel's death. Years of being separated from the rest of humanity, as well as his own undead status and his fiancée's suicide, drove him to seek revenge on the people who put him in that position. He has the power to control other living things, as well as manipulate inanimate objects like Sissel. At the end of the game Sissel turns back time to save him from the meteorite, and ghost!Yomiel controls the body of past!Yomiel to save Lynne from being crushed, redeeming himself just as he's given a second chance at life.
- Acquitted Too Late: Yomiel in the original timeline died six months before he was proven innocent.
- The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Sort of. When he is without a body in the submarine, he uses his power of manipulation to make a body out of various junk and scrap so he can converse with the cast.
- Best Served Cold: His basic motivation is vengeance on all those connected to the Temsik Meteor.
- Big Bad: he's the main antagonist of the game.
- Big Bad Friend: to Sissel (or, Big Bad Pet Owner more like)
- Big Damn Villains: He saves Lynne from drowning in the submarine, though only because it wasn't the kind of death he'd planned for her to have... at least at first.
- Blessed with Suck: Can possess objects just as easily as Sissel can, and even manipulate living people... but he can't rewind time, the only ability which matters.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: As you will learn when you see he looks like Sissel.
- The Chessmaster: He's not called the Manipulator for nothing. Gently manipulated a birthday contraption built by Kamila to murder her mother, had Jowd take the fall to protect his daughter, let him spend five years in jail before controlling the justice minister to make him sign Jowd's execution order, and manipulated Lynne into appearing to murder Yomiel's shell, then made a deal with a foreign government just to make sure he had help for anything he'd missed. Unfortunately for him, said foreign government had a plan of their own.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: In Chapter 15, manipulating something in his line of sight will have him, much to everyone's shock, avert Unusually Uninteresting Sight, call the ghosts out and immediately showcase his Mind over Matter abilities to kill his current victim on the spot.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets hammered with some pretty severe Laser-Guided Karma, but after coming to terms with himself and serving his time (literally and metaphorically) he gets the only thing he every truly wanted: a normal life with his beloved fiancée.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He joins Sissel, Missle and Lynne near the end of the game. He only gets to use one Trick.
- Empty Shell: After he's struck by the meteorite fragment, Yomiel's body becomes trapped in stasis at the moment right before his death. Wounds heal instantly, hair doesn't grow, and he's neither truly alive or truly dead. Even after he's reunited with his body he feels a crushing sense of isolation from the rest of humanity that eventually drives him to seek mindless revenge on everyone involved with his death.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He went off the deep end when his fiancée died. He named his cat, Sissel, after her, and the cat served as his only companion for years.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sissel.
- Evil Twin: Inverted. As a ghost, Sissel took the form of his beloved master. Since he couldn't see his own corpse, he assumed he looked like Yomiel's shell.
- Expy: Of Yanni Yogi, in a way. Both had their lives ruined by being wrongly arrested by the police (including having a loved one Driven to Suicide because of it), and later dedicated themselves to Revenge against the officers involved.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even if, in the end, everybody lives.
- Feel No Pain: Makes a point to Cabanela by slamming his fist on a sizzling hot stove. This is due to the fact that the Temsik frgament lodged in Yomiel's body is constantly rejuvinating his body to the state it was in (i.e. perfectly healthy) the moment before he died. And thanks to the ending, it's a possiblity that Sissel might now have this trait too.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Not quite a nobody, but he was just a guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yomiel goes from being a computer programmer (albeit one of the best) to being a disembodied spirit with the ability to possess other people and move his own time-frozen corpse like a puppet.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: He spent years separated from humanity, with his fiancée having committed suicide because he was presumed dead, unable to die, and this is what fueled his need for revenge. Though he wasn't technically alone...
- Heel–Face Turn: He becomes an ally in the final mission.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Appears in the very first chapter, under the guise of a black cat.
- Hidden Villain: However, he doesn't show up in his true form until Chapter 15. Unless you count his shell when he's not in it, in which case he's been there since the start.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: A villainous example.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Subverted - he survives it.
- Insane Troll Logic / Never My Fault: At first, he just cannot accept that his death was a Diabolus ex Machina, or that he shouldn't have run away from Cabanela's interrogation in the first place. Instead, he puts the blame for his death on everyone else involved: Cabanela, for leaving his gun behind during the investigation (definitely a mistake, but it was still Yomiel's choice to use the gun). Jowd, for doing his job and cornering him in just the right spot for the meteor to hit him. And Lynne for simply being there, allowing Yomiel to take her as a hostage. Cabanela even lampshades how insane Yomiel's logic is when confronted by him.Cabanela: That's the most self-centered garbage I've ever heard.
- Kick the Morality Pet: He was horrified to discover that he had accidentally killed Sissel while possessing Lynne, and later comes to regret it after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: The man's not above murder or kidnapping, but clearly loved his pet cat and only friend for ten years, Sissel.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Getting beaned with a meteor while holding a little girl at gunpoint? Perhaps the universe was trying to tell him something.
- His ultimate fate: serving out a ten-year stretch in Jowd's old jail cell. He's even wearing the same pink smock.
- Made of Iron: Even without his Temsik-induced immortality, he survives having a giant concrete rock fall on his legs without losing them, or even consciousness. After being stabbed in the back with a large stone spike, no less.
- Meaningful Name: "Yomiel" comes from the Japanese word "yomigaeru", which means "to be revived". It's also the name of a minor Fallen Angel.
- Meat Puppet: Yomiel can possess and manipulate living creatures the way Sissel manipulates inanimate objects. Aside from his cat the hosts are either unknowing or unwilling, but he can also possess the Empty Shell of his own corpse.
- Mind over Matter: Evidently has a much stronger version of Sissel's Animate Inanimate Object powers; at one point he forms an entire body out of spare machine parts lying on the floor. At other various points in the game, he manipulates living beings.
- Never My Fault: Yomiel blames everyone but himself for having a hand in his death. Yes, his vendetta against Detectives Jowd and Cabanela are kind of understandable, seeing as they arrested him, subjected him to merciless interrogation, and were going to shoot him when he tried to escape, all while he was innocent. But then, he also blames Lynne, who was just a little kid playing in the park when he was being chased by the police, and who only was involved in the situation because he chose to take her hostage. Which he blamed her for, by simple fact that he wouldn't have thought to take a hostage if she hadn't been there! It is played with later, as Yomiel admits that he knows Lynn was innocent, and knows that he screwed up his life.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
- Lynne is able to resist his control to a degree, and fires a wayward shot at Sissel — setting the game's events in motion.
- Being killed in proximity to the meteor fragment in Yomiel's body is what caused Sissel (and in the first timeline, Ray/Missile-Prime) to gain ghost tricks.
- Hitting the Superintendent's stove with his fist also counts. It scared the bejeezus out of Cabanela, true, but it also knocked the kettle to the floor, allowing Sissel to blaze upward from the basement.
- Out-Gambitted: Making a deal with a foreign government turns out to be his undoing. Once Commander Sith learns of Temsik from Yomiel, he makes it his goal to eliminate all traces of it from Yomiel's country. Including Yomiel himself.
- People Puppets: His ability.
- Phlebotinum Battery: The meteor fragment.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He doesn't just want revenge, he wants to live a normal life and die a natural death... even if that life is artificial.
- Redemption Equals Death / Redemption Earns Life: Zig-zagged. For starters, Yomiel was already dead when his "redemption" took place, but talking with Lynne prompted him to follow Sissel and Missile as they went back ten years ago to stop him from being killed by the Temsik meteorite. Then when it looks like child!Lynne will be killed by Mino in the process, Yomiel possesses his past self to get her to safety, fully expecting it to be the former trope (especially since dying this way wouldn't let him become a ghost again). Against the odds, however, he survives and becomes a changed man in the new timeline, making it more the latter.
- Slasher Smile: Which can be a little disturbing since at the time, he looks just like Sissel. Or rather, Sissel looks like him.
- Start of Darkness: Was driven to escape custody and hold Lynne hostage following a harsh interrogation from Inspector Cabanela. While facing down Detective Jowd in Temsik Park, he was struck and killed by a meteor shard that put his body in a Schrodinger's life/death state. Upon finding that his fiancée had committed suicide to join him in the afterlife shortly after getting his body back, with no way to rewind time and prevent it, he was left with a burning desire to make everyone involved suffer precisely as he did.
- Thanatos Gambit: Possessing Lynne in the junkyard and making her shoot him in plain view of cameras.
- Walking Spoiler: The main reason why he's in a separate folder and not in the villains one.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The entire sequence leading up to him killing Inspector Cabanela is this. He's aware of it, however, and has no problem "just shooting him" if he catches Sissel manipulating the environment.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was falsely accused of giving secrets to the enemy and scared into thinking that he had no hope of acquittal, so he stole a police officer's gun and broke out of the police station, taking a little girl hostage out of panic. A shard of the just-crashed Temsik meteorite penetrated his back, freezing his body at the moment of death and severing it from his soul. By the time he finally pulls himself together and returns home, his fiancée has killed herself because he's been officially reported as dead. Yomiel is forced to wander the world alone, unable to die but not truly alive, separated from the rest of humanity. After all of that, he snapped and decided to make everyone he saw as responsible to suffer just as much. The isolation nurtures a darkness in his heart, making him want revenge on those who put him in that position, but he still desires most to have some way to lead a human life. His only friend and companion over those ten long years was a cat... and while trying to manipulate Lynne into shooting his shell, Yomiel accidentally kills him. Even his victims feel sorry for him when they find out his story.
Sissel (Yomiel's Fiancée)Sissel's namesake. Yomiel gave him the name after finding that she'd committed suicide, assuming him to be dead. This was part of what drove him first to despair and then to revenge. She's the only character in the game who we never directly see, but she apparently waited ten years in the new timeline for Yomiel to get out of jail.
- Driven to Suicide: In order to join Yomiel in the afterlife. Unfortunately, Yomiel didn't get the chance to tell her he still existed as a ghost until it was too late.
- I Will Wait for You: Ten years of her fiancé in jail for taking a child hostage and she's still there when he gets out. Not surprising, given that last time around she committed suicide just to be with him.
- The Ghost: The trope, not an actual ghost. It's not her fault, she just happened to appear in very stylistic flashbacks in the second timeline, and the game ended just before her appearance in the third.
- The Lost Lenore: Her death is probably the biggest reason for Yomiel's Start of Darkness.