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General Tropes for the group
- Childhood Friends: Devon, Jane, Lily, Ava, Andy, Stacy, Lucas, Dan, and Noah used to play with Redfield frequently in the woods until Jane died.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The group is composed of Audience Surrogate (Devon), the Student Council President (Lucas), the fat girl (Lily), the Goth (Ava), the loner (Noah), the cheerleader (Stacy), the transsexual jock (Andy), and the Troubled, but Cute football star with PTSD (Dan). The only thing they all have in common is their knowledge of Redfield's existence.
- We Used to Be Friends: Whatever happened between the group and Mr. Red when they were kids forced them all apart until the story starts, and by that point is established that Devon is still in friendly terms with all of them, but there's still friction between most of the group.
Main Character/DevonThe protagonist of It Lives in the Woods, who encountered a supernatural entity with a few friends ten years ago
- Audience Surrogate: The reader gets all the background information from Devon's perspective.
- Bi the Way: Like other Choices visual novels, Devon can romance characters of either gender.
- Cool Loser: Devon is shown to be on good terms with the group, is an average student at school, and still a frequent target of the three main bullies for no particular reason.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Name, race, and gender can be chosen by the player. The default name is “Devon”.
- Horrible Judge of Character: One of the flashbacks has the option for Child!Devon to either be careful about Redfield or to straight up declare the unconditional trust in him.
- I Call It "Vera": Buying the barb wire baseball bat allows you to name it, although its default name is "Candy".
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Feels very guilty about Jane’s death over their unfulfilled promise to protect her no matter what.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Devon's confrontation with Redfield results in next day's basketball match disrupted by a Spider Swarm and Ava losing her telekinesis.
- Perky Goth: Devon can choose the gothic look as premium choices and still be friendly and supportive of their friends.
- Virtual Paper Doll: The player can customize Devon in any style available, with the goth looks as the only premium choice.
- Would Hit a Girl: Devon has the option to punch Jocelyn in Chapter 8 regardless of gender.
One of Devon's childhood friends and the Class President of Westchester High
- Bi the Way: He's available to Devon as a love interest regardless of gender. In Chapter 7, Devon has the option to play “spotting cute people” to cheer him up, pointing at a girl (she had a boyfriend already), a guy (Lucas says that he’s “super straight”), and finally at Devon, which gains a Romance Point.
- Descent into Addiction: Downplayed. Lucas developed addiction to focus medication for his studies and forged a medical prescription from his mother's desk to obtain them. Mr. Cooper found out by noticing his symptoms and was attacked by Redfield before he could report it. Devon makes Lucas throw away the medications before he could get worse.
- Education Mama: He has a controlling mother that made him enroll in different extracurricular activities to apply for a good college.
- Hidden Depths: He enjoys beatboxing as a hobby.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: To reinforce his role as the Straight Man in the group and overachiever.
- Student Council President: Lucas is one of these and the stress of balancing so much work is getting to him. Among many other things he is obligated to do as extra curriculars, he is the most charismatic and caring person in the school.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's described as such from Devon's point of view.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In Chapter 6, the reason he tries to cram so much into his high school life is because he believes his parents are disappointed in him for not being up to their level compared to when they were his age.
One of Devon's childhood friends and the daughter of the local sheriff
- Bi the Way: She's available to Devon as a love interest regardless of gender.
- Curse Cut Short: She said, "Oh f—" during the blackout at pep rally.
- Cuteness Proximity: Big tough goth girl Ava goes into this when she, Lucas and Devon find a black kitten in an alley in Chapter 6.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's very sarcastic, especially to the bullies.
- Demonic Possession: In Chapter 8, Redfield possessed her into choking Jocelyn with her telekinesis for attacking her.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Her middle name is Dolores, which she isn't proud of.
- Goth: She is a big supernatural fan and keeps the bullies away with both her looks and her knowledge of hexes.
- Knife Nut: If you bring Ava with you to the woods in Chapter 3, she fights against the creatures with one. Noah is quite concerned how she hid one in her boot to school.
- Mind over Matter: Ava develops telekinesis in Chapter 4. By Chapter 7, she has some measure of control and finesse over it. She loses it in Chapter 9.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She’s quite eager to go in the scary woods at night in Chapter 2. In a flashback, she is shown to be the only one eager to meet Redfield, despite being obviously dangerous.
- Optional Party Member: A premium option in Chapter 2 allows Devon to recruit her for the next chapter.
- Sassy Black Woman: She's definitely this, especially as a goth.
An overweight girl who is one of Devon's childhood friends
- Love Martyr: Despite Britney being obviously mean even to her face, she still tries to be friendly, and defends her despite her friends are worried that Britney is going to hurt her eventually. When they theorize that Redfield might be controlling Britney to be nicer to Lily, she refuses to believe this, claiming Britney only became bad because of Jocelyn and Cody.
- Nice Girl: She tries to greet Britney despite being bullied by her gang constantly.
- The Smart Girl: According to Devon, she has a GPA of 4.5 and her only issue with Art as a subject is that the evaluation is not objective.
- Moreover, she also speculates the connection between Dan's discovery in the woods and Ava using her telekinesis to slam Jocelyn's head with a locker door.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 2, she refuses to join Devon and Noah to find Dan in the woods, believing that it's too dangerous.
- Straight Gay: She has a crush on Britney.
- We Used to Be Friends: According to Lily's letter to Britney, they used to be close until Britney changed. Britney uses the letter to humilliate Lily by claiming she's a Stalker With a Crush.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She scolds Ava for choking and nearly killing Jocelyn with her telekinesis.
One of Devon's childhood friends whose sister Jane died several years prior to the events of the story
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Chapter 8 reveals that he and Jane are twins.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He feels a lot of guilt and resentment over his sister Jane's death and blames the group for not caring enough for what happened to her.
- As is mentioned above he is civil towards Devon, but even they didn’t want to sit next to Noah due to what happened.
- Properly Paranoid: He is the most nervous and paranoid from the group, which is justified, given that his sister died because of Redfield.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 7, he walks away after Britney decides to play "Are you scared?" because Jane was killed while playing it.
- The Unfavorite: Ever since Jane’s death, his mother has said to his face she hates him and wants him dead instead of Jane.
- Working-Class Hero: Unlike the others who are implied to be upper middle class, he comes from a household with a lower tax bracket.
One of Devon's childhood friends, a cheerleader of Westchester High, and the daughter of Westchester's mayor
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her parents fight all the time and are having affairs on each other.
- Bi the Way: She’s available to Devon as a love interest regardless of gender.
- Blackmail: She was a victim of this because Britney tricked her into revealing all of her family's secrets. In exchange of never releasing that video, Stacy had to be part of Britney's posse and buy her everything she wants. In Chapter 5, she gets to turn the tables on Britney when a vine monster brings Stacy Britney's bag, allowing her to delete the video and also have proof of Britney insulting the rest of the team.
- Crazy-Prepared: Related to the above trope, she also deletes the video from Britney's cloud server and makes a copy of all the conversations where Britney trashed most of her "friends".
- The Dog Bites Back: After Redfield helps her get Britney's phone, instead of returning it to her, Stacy decides to let Britney have a taste of her own medicine and blackmail her back.
- Forced into Evil: She tells Devon that Britney is blackmailing her into being part of her posse and bully her targets. Stacy has to pretend to drag Devon to a dumpster so they can properly talk.
- The Klutz: Subverted. Stacy is shown to be very skilled at flips, but she gets intimidated by Britney, which makes her trip in the middle of a routine, and prompts the bullies to call her this. She later explains to Devon that one of Britney's rules is to never outshine her.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- In Chapter 2, she refuses to join Devon and Noah to find Dan in the woods, saying that this matter is best handled by professional adults.
- In Chapter 7, she walks away after Britney decides to play "Are you scared?" because Jane was killed while playing it.
One of Devon's childhood friends and a member of the school basketball team the Westchester Wolves
- Bi the Way: He’s available to Devon as a love interest regardless of gender.
- The Big Guy: If he’s brought to the woods in Chapter 3, he first shows off his strength by powerlifting a bag of cement (or Devon) in the hardware store, then fights the vine monsters barehanded.
- Girlish Pigtails: Andy had these during his childhood.
- Height Angst: The third part of the “triple threat” crack: he’s short.
- In-Series Nickname: After he contributes to the team's victory, the school started calling him "King Kang".
- Jerk Jock: During the basketball game in Chapter 9, he can act like one of these saying he’s carrying the team.
- Lovable Jock: Andy is a decent guy and wants to demonstrate that he got into the basketball team by his hard work alone, despite people at school dismissing his presence as the token. He finally gets his well-deserved recognition in the first basketball game of the school, when he contributes to his team's victory.
- Optional Party Member: A premium option in Chapter 2 allows Devon to recruit him for the next chapter.
- Pint Sized Power House: Short but really strong.
- Transsexual: Lucas mistakenly used the pronoun "her" when telling Noah to leave him alone. A bit later, Ava implies that Andy got into the basketball team as the "token", which he is desperate to prove the opposite.
- Twofer Token Minority: He is Asian and Transsexual. Cody invoked this by calling him a "triple threat".
- The basketball team captain explicitly tells him he was put on the team as an “affirmative action hire” and it would be good for team pictures.
One of Devon's old friends and a football star at Westchester High
- Ambiguous Disorder: In a premium option, Devon and Stacy can pick Dan's phone and go through his conversations. Apparently, Dan developed some form of PTSD that made him paranoid and have anxiety near the woods, and has been getting treatment from a therapist over text messages.
- Demonic Possession: The gang discovers that Redfield possessed Dan at the hospital while he’s still in a coma.
- Distressed Dude: The plot gets into motion when he sends messages to the group to rescue him from the woods.
- Lovable Jock: He is one of the most popular guys at school for being in the football team.
- Stepford Smiler: According to Stacy, he hides all of his stresses from the rest of the school because when you’re a football star, “you’re not allowed to have feelings.”
- Troubled, but Cute: He appeared to be the typical popular jock and still close friends with Stacy, but his chat history reveals that he suffered from PTSD from his previous encounter with Redfield and was getting help from a therapist.
The captain of Westchester High's cheerleading squad, she and her friends use her position to bully other students in the school
- Alpha Bitch: Head of the cheerleader squad and main bully who targets Devon, Lily, and Stacy.
- Ambiguously Bi/Ambiguously Gay: While she has been mentioned to have gone out with guys before, she also kissed Lily in middle school and asks her to be her date to Homecoming.
- Beauty Is Bad: She is the meanest and cruelest person in the school, in contrast with her good looks and status as cheer captain.
- Blackmail: She has been keeping Stacy under her foot by keeping a recording of her spilling all her family secrets.
- Blackmail Backfire: Everything was going smoothly for her until Redfield sent monsters to give her cellphone to Stacy, turning the tables. Not only Stacy got to delete her video, but also found all the conversations where she and Jocelyn trashed the whole school.
- False Friend: To Stacy. During Britney's birthday party, she recorded her conversation with Stacy, who revealed how dysfunctional her family was to Britney, and used it as blackmail material to one-up on Stacy.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: In the same scene she can go from insulting Devon and the gang, to be sweet and nice towards Lily, which everyone but Lily finds suspicious.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Lily's letter to Britney, the latter was nicer during middle school and braided Lily's hair for the middle school dance. Instead of acknowledging Britney’s abuse, she instead blames Jocelyn and Cody as her Toxic Friend Influence.
- Villain with Good Publicity: She is highly popular in Westchester High, even though calling her a villain is a bit of a stretch.
One of Britney's friends who bully other students of Westchester High
- Annoying Laugh: Chapter 7 shows that she has one of these.
- Beta Bitch: She just follows Britney along but lacks both personality and intelligence.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She may be a dimwit, but her physical prowess shows what she would do if she is triggered enough.
- Brainless Beauty: Unlike Britney, she doesn’t have sass to back up her popular status, she’s Literal-Minded and her insults are pretty obvious.
- The Brute: Among Britney's posse, she is the most enthusiastic to inflict physical abuse, and often joins Cody in physically hurting others, even doing it herself to Ava. Chapter 8 shows that she is stronger than Andy.
- Dumb Muscle: Dimwitted yet strong enough to grab Ava with one hand and easily push aside two people restraining her (including a fellow athlete, no less).
- Huge School Girl: She is taller than Ava and very physically strong.
- Lame Comeback: All her attempts to make fun of others fall flat whenever she tries to give a lame nickname (like trying to call Ava “Ava the Witch”, to Cody’s annoyance). She is the only one who laughs at her own insults.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She beats up Ava in Chapter 8, blaming her for Cody's death.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She first threatens Ava to stay away from Dan. In Chapter 7, she is only groveling to Andy after he won the game.
One of Britney's friends who bully other students of Westchester High
- Asshole Victim: Outside of the horrible nature of his death, it’s still hard to feel sorry for him after all the abuse he inflicted on others.
- The Brute: Slightly less enthusiastic to inflict physical abuse than Jocelyn, but still does it enough to lower Devon and Lily's nerves.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He’s found impaled on the tree outside of Devon’s house at the end of Chapter 7.
- The One Guy: The only male member of Britney's posse.
- Would Hit a Girl: He has no qualms stuffing Female!Devon in a locker and physically threatening Lily.
Redfield (AKA "Mr. Red")
A supernatural being Devon and his/her old friends encountered ten years ago whose return prompts them to investigate him
- The Beastmaster: He can control animals to do his bidding, such as sending a murder of crows to attack Cody and Jocelyn, a bear to attack Ben, a snake to bite Mr. Cooper, a skeletal dog to snatch Britney's bag and give it to Stacy, and a Spider Swarm to disrupt a basketball match.
- Big Bad: He is the one who haunts the main characters, and responsible of the mysterious dissapearances and murders in town.
- Faux Affably Evil: The group conclude that Redfield tried to get in their good graces by dealing with their troubles, like sending the crows to save Lily and Devon from the bullies, sending a bear to maul Ben for mistreating Andy, putting a snake in Mr. Cooper's desk when he was about to report Lucas for consuming study drugs, and getting Britney's phone for Stacy. They also speculate about Redfield mind controlling Britney to be nicer to Lily.
- In-Series Nickname: The gang used to call him “Mr. Red”. They still use the nickname occasionally.
- Nightmare Face: When his true form is finally revealed in Chapter 8, he is shown with a skeletal face, sharp teeth, and flames billowing from his eyes, mouth, and spots on his skin when angry.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Redfield is a mysterious entity that can go from playful and shy to psychopathic murderer in a heartbeat.
- Happens again in Chapter 8 when Devon says to stop doing what he's doing, forcing him to reveal his true demonic form!
- Villainous Breakdown: He has this reaction from Devon telling him to go away.
Redfield: YOU! WILL! PLAY!
- Would Hurt a Child: It's implied that he killed Jane in the past, and quite violently. He does it again by impaling Cody.
- Yandere: Flashbacks reveal that Redfield did consider the group his friends, and despite the fact that they are now terrified of him, Redfield has gone as far as to send people into comas and even commit murder to protect them.
- It’s implied Jane died when they were playing a game called “Are you scared?”
JaneNoah's late sister who encountered Redfield with Devon ten years ago
- The Lost Lenore: Her death still haunts Devon and Noah after many years.
- Posthumous Character: She is dead before the story begins and Noah is convinced that she got killed by Redfield.
Cid and HildaDevon's friendly next door neighbors
- Canine Companion: A premium option allows Hilda to serve as this to Devon while Cid goes out of town.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: If you have Hilda when you meet Mr. Red in Chapter 8, she snarls at his presence.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Cid is Devon’s neighbor and friend of the family, checking up on Devon while their parents are overseas.
- Put on a Bus: Cid goes out of town in Chapter 4, leaving Hilda in a local kennel or under Devon's care.
Connor GreenStacy Green's brother who works at a local hardware store
- Bi the Way: He’s available to Devon as a love interest regardless of gender.
- Big Brother Instinct: He regularly stops his mother from lashing out at Stacy.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair and is friendly towards his sister's old friends.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He is the only Love Interest who’s unaware of Redfield's existence until Chapter 9.
BenThe captain of the basketball team
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His first appearance showcases him as a charismatic leader. He keeps pretending to be nice until Andy asks him to talk to the coach on his behalf, to which he responds with a condescending "maybe" about it, flat out admits to his face that he's just in the team for public relations, and can't wait for him to quit.
- Game-Breaking Injury: In Chapter 4, a bear broke his arm, preventing him from playing in the first basketball game.
- Jerk Jock: He feels that Stacy is too boring for him. He also tells Andy the only reason he's on the team is as an “affirmative action hire”.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Right after he belittles Andy, he gets mauled by a bear.
- Manipulative Bastard: He allowed Andy to join the basketball team as a publicity stunt to make the team look good on pictures, then excluded him and Tom from practicing other basketball moves besides passing.
TomAndy's close friend who's part of the basketball team
- Knight in Sour Armor: Having played in the basketball team since junior high has made him more cynical than Andy on their prospects in the team, but that doesn't stop him from supporting Andy.
- Lovable Jock: Like Andy, he is one of the few decent guys in the basketball team.
- Sempai/Kohai: He once had a girlfriend that used to call him sempai because he's Asian. He didn't like it.
- Token Minority: He and Andy get discriminated in the basketball team because they are Asians.
Mr. Charles CooperA teacher at Westchester High
- Convenient Coma: He miraculously survived a snake attack, but remains in a coma with low chances of recovering anytime soon. Since the Principal doesn't know why Mr. Cooper wanted to meet with Lucas' parents before he got attacked, he can either lie or play dumb.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He was only doing his job when he had to report Lucas for using study drugs, which results in Redfield placing a snake in his desk.
- Irony: His sweater has a snake, and he got bitten by a snake.
- Stern Teacher: Despite applauding Lucas for his impeccable record, he immediately notices that he is using study drugs and he has to report him to his parents and the Principal. This alone prompts Redfield to attack him.