Characters / Laura Bow

Characters from the Laura Bow Adventure Game series. Beware of spoilers. Needs More Love.

Cast of The Colonel's Bequest:

Laura Bow

  • Amateur Sleuth: In the first game, in which she takes it upon herself to investigate the party guests (even before the murders start).
  • Intrepid Reporter: In the second game, in which she takes advantage of her press pass to investigate the strange events happening at the museum.
  • Plucky Girl: Certainly the growing pile of bodies in both games doesn't seem to faze her much. In the first game, she does eventually start talking about how scared for her life she is, though this is only after discovering about six dead bodies.

Lillian Prune

  • Cute and Psycho: She has a cute little bob and is described as attractive by Laura, but she also murders seven people over the course of one night.
  • If I Can't Have You...: After realizing that her beloved Uncle Henri plans to share his wealth with all his family members, Lillian starts murdering everyone she believes came between her and her surrogate father-figure.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: On at least two occasions Laura finds Lillian in a playhouse, playing with (and talking to) a collection of dolls.
  • The Ophelia: As Laura soon discovers, Lillian had a mental breakdown after the suicide of her father.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father committed suicide and she isn't on very good terms with her mother.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's the killer in the first game, only to be killed herself after Rudy shots her in self-defence.

Ethel Prune

  • The Alcoholic: Is mentioned to have problems with alcohol.
  • Lady Drunk: By Act II she's tipsy at the bar; by Acts III and IV she's staggering around the grounds in a stupor.

Colonel Henri Dijon
  • Bad Ass Grandpa:
  • Broken Pedestal: Lillian considered him her second father, only for him to rather cruelly tell her otherwise.
  • Colonel Bad Ass: He's a decorated hero of the Spanish-American war
  • Dirty Old Man: He's carrying on an affair with Fifi, who is in his employ and at least half his age.
  • Disabled Snarker: He's definitely very snarky, but as it turns out — not quite as disabled as he's led everyone to believe.
  • Kick the Dog: Tells an obviously upset Lillian that even though she thought of him as a father figure, he just sees her as an "insecure kid" and she is no more important to him than anyone else in the family.
  • Pet the Dog: In the best of the two alternate endings, he'll let you keep the buried treasure as a thank-you for saving his life.
    • In a sequence that literally shows him patting his real dog.
  • Handicapped Bad Ass:
  • Retired Bad Ass: see Colonel Bad Ass
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Telling Lillian that she isn't nearly as special to him as she'd assumed is what gets Lillian started on her murder spree.

Clarence Sparrow

  • Amoral Attorney: As Laura discovers, he's been embezzling the Colonel's money to stake on race-horses.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite his age, he maintains an affair with Gloria.

Gertrude Dijon

Gloria Swansong

Rudy Dijon
  • Pet the Dog: Literally, in Act VI Rudy can be seen on the back porch petting Beauregard.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He does nothing other than flirt with women and rack up gambling debts. (Though Laura does admit he's handsome.)

Dr. Wilbur B. Feels


  • French Maid: Is French, is a maid, and wears a classic French Maid's outfit. There couldn't be a more quintessential example of this trope.
  • Gold Digger: Heavily implied to be this. The rest of the cast remarks (accurately) that for being a maid, Fifi doesn't do a lot of cleaning.
    • Though she can be seen dusting in the study and parlor so it might be just them thinking she is.


  • The Quiet One: Rarely speaks, and if Laura tries to speak with him in private, he just asks her to leave him alone. Though he is having an affair with Fifi.
  • Shirtless Scene: In Act V he's in his room shirtless.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He cleans up (destroys) the evidence at the scene of at least two murders without a thought.


  • Black Guy Dies First: Totally averted: she's the only character to survive the ordeal in both alternative endings.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Celie is a practitioner (though she insists for good intentions). She also is found praying in a Christian church.

The Dagger of Amon Ra

Dr. Archibald Carrington

Yvette Delacroix

Dr. Pippin Carter

Rameses Najeer

Wolf Heimlich

Dr. Olympia Myklos

Detective Ryan O'Riley

Steve Dorian

Lawrence "Ziggy" Ziegfield

Lavinia Waldorf-Carlton

Dr. Ptasheptut Smith

Earnie Leach

Watney Little