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Characters from the ''Laura Bow'' AdventureGame series. Beware of spoilers.

!!'''Cast of ''The Colonel's Bequest''''':

'''Laura Bow'''

* AmateurSleuth: In the first game, in which she takes it upon herself to investigate the party guests (even ''before'' the murders start).
* IntrepidReporter: In the second game, in which she takes advantage of her press pass to investigate the strange events happening at the museum.
* PluckyGirl: 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.
%%* SouthernBelle

'''Lillian Prune'''

* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler: 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]].
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: 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]].
* LonelyDollGirl: On at least two occasions Laura finds Lillian in a playhouse, playing with (and talking to) a collection of dolls.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler: As Laura soon discovers, Lillian had a mental breakdown after the suicide of her father]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father committed suicide and she isn't on very good terms with her mother.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: She's the killer in the first game, only to be killed herself after Rudy shots her in self-defence]].

'''Ethel Prune'''

* TheAlcoholic: Is mentioned to have problems with alcohol. By Act III, we can see it is absolutely true.
* LadyDrunk: 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'''
* BadAssGrandpa: He is an old soldier, after all.
* BrokenPedestal: Lillian considered him her second father, only for him to rather cruelly tell her otherwise.
* ColonelBadAss: He's a decorated hero of the Spanish-American war
* DirtyOldMan: He's carrying on an affair with Fifi, who is in his employ and at least half his age.
* DisabledSnarker: He's definitely very snarky, but as it turns out -- [[spoiler:not quite as disabled as he's led everyone to believe.]]
* KickTheDog: 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.
* PetTheDog: 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.
* HandicappedBadAss: [[spoiler: Well, faking the handicap, at least]].
* RetiredBadAss: see ColonelBadAss
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Telling Lillian that she isn't nearly as special to him as she'd assumed [[spoiler: is what gets Lillian started on her murder spree.]]

'''Clarence Sparrow'''

* AmoralAttorney: As Laura discovers, he's been embezzling the Colonel's money to stake on race-horses.
* KavorkaMan: Despite his age, he maintains an affair with Gloria.

'''Gertrude Dijon'''

* GrandeDame: Has the attitude, outfit, and snobbery one would expect.
* OutdatedOutfit: Laura notes that Gertrude's outfit is straight from TheGayNineties.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:She's the first murder victim.]]

'''Gloria Swansong'''

* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: It's never stated what sickness Gloria is suffering from.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Gloria wears a pink feather boa. [[spoiler:And ends up dying by being strangled with it.]]
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Her stage name is Swansong, which means last performance. She dies in Act III.]]]
* PetTheDog: If questioned, she'll admit she's too hard on Lillian and wants to do better by her. [[spoiler:Not that it stops Lillian from killing her.]]

'''Rudy Dijon'''

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: If you tell him about [[spoiler:Gertie's death (or Gloria's, for that matter)]], he will get very upset and go to check. [[spoiler:Of course, as Lillian cleans up the bodies, he'll never find them.]] For the other characters, he won't care.
* KillingInSelfDefense: [[spoiler:He only kills Lillian because she tried to kill him.]]
* PetTheDog: Literally, in ActVI Rudy can be seen on the back porch petting Beauregard.
* UpperClassTwit: He does nothing other than flirt with women and rack up gambling debts. (Though Laura does admit he's handsome.)

'''Dr. Wilbur B. Feels'''

* DirtyOldMan: Referred to as one verbatim by Laura.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: It's rumored he 'samples' his own medicine.
%%* PunnyName


* FrenchMaid: Is French, is a maid, and wears a classic French Maid's outfit. There couldn't be a more quintessential example of this trope.
* GoldDigger: 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.


%%* TheJeeves
* TheQuietOne: Rarely speaks, and if Laura tries to speak with him in private, he just asks her to leave him alone. [[spoiler:Though he is having an affair with Fifi.]]
* ShirtlessScene: In Act V he's in his room shirtless, getting ready for his date with [[spoiler:Fifi]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: He cleans up (destroys) the evidence at the scene of at least two murders without a thought.


* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Totally {{averted}}: she's the only character to survive the ordeal in ''both'' alternative endings.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Celie is a practitioner (though she insists for good intentions). Unlike the hoodoo description, Celie is shown to be a devout Catholic and prays in a church.
%%* {{Mammy}}
%%* SassyBlackWoman

!!'''''The Dagger of Amon Ra'''''

'''Dr. Archibald Carrington III'''

* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Watney murdered Dr. Carrington during his steamship journey to New York, the one in the prologue. Watney then [[HideTheEvidence dumped Carrington's body into a trunk]] and [[DeadPersonImpersonation disguised himself as Carrington]].]]
* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler:His murder begins the plot of the game's story.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:He is strangled to death by Watney during the game's story introduction.]]

'''Yvette Delacroix'''

* GreenEyedMonster: She invokes this in both Lavinia and Laura. Justified in the former's case, Yvette was with her husband.
* GoodBadGirl: Despite her lustful behavior, Yvette cares for those she is close to. Examples of this include her concern about Lavinia's [[GoldDigger legal battle for Sterling's wealth]] and her warning to Ernie about the dangers of gambling.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Her French accent is intriguing to many.
* HighClassCallGirl: Before working as a secretary for the Leyendecker Museum, Yvette worked as a call girl. However, she is privately ashamed of this and quietly tries to distance herself from her past. Ziggy apparently knew her as a call girl but she distances herself from him at the museum party.
* ReallyGetsAround: Years ago, she had a [[IntroductionByHookup one-night stand]] with Crodfoller before his marriage. Yvette currently maintains relationships with several men at the same time, most notably Ernie and Detective O'Riley. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is the reason why [[GreenEyedMonster the culprit]] eventually kills her.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:When her body is discovered, Yvette is found clutching [[DyingClue a pair of bifocal glasses and a few strands of red human hair]].]]
* TheTease: She enjoys flirting with strong, handsome men.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: [[spoiler:After the culprit strangled Yvette to death with her own stockings, he covered her body with plaster and posed the body as an upright statue as the plaster hardened. He then placed the plastered body [[HiddenInPlainSight in the museum's Old Masters Gallery]].]]

'''Dr. Pippin Carter'''

* CondescendingCompassion: When asked by Laura about whether the Tutankhamun exhibit will appear at the Leyendecker Museum in the future, Dr. Carter stated that he would rather not embarrass his cousin by letting his Dagger exhibit outshine the latter's accomplishment.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:O'Reilly kills him because Pippin has meeting scheduled with Carrington, AKA Watney Little, and is determined to find the dagger.]]
* InsufferableGenius: He is particularly enthusiastic when talking about himself or his archeological accomplishments, especially his discovery of the Dagger of Amon Ra. He also likes to emphasize how lucky the Leyendecker Museum is to have a curator of his caliber and he has eyes set on the museum presidency.
* {{Jerkass}}: He is rude and dismissive to those he doesn't like or who offend him.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: He is named for Howard Carter, the discoverer of Tutankhamen's tomb. In-universe, Pippin remarks that Dr. Carter's is some kind of relative.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler:The discovery of Dr. Carter's dead body, stabbed in the chest with a fake Dagger, inside a sarcophagus truly begins the story's mystery.]]

'''Wolf Heimlich'''

* AffectionateNickname: Myklos likes to call Heimlich "Wolfie".
* AllGermansAreNazis: Heimlich's appearance is that of a stereotypical German Nazi soldier and he habitually walks in a goose step.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Heimlich and Myklos get married two months after the story ends. Two years later, they have a baby daughter whom they name Morgana Wolf Heimlich.]]
* GoodCopBadCop: He plays the role of bad cop when Laura [[spoiler:finds Ziggy's head.]]
* IdiotHoudini: [[spoiler:Thanks to Laura's success in solving the mystery, Heimlich remains as the museum's Chief of Security despite his incompetence.]]
* InspectorLestrade: [[spoiler:He accused Laura of being the murderer simply because she was always the first to discover the victims.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: [[spoiler:Despite being the Chief of Security at the Leyendecker Museum, six murders occured at the museum during his watch. This could also have something to do with O'Reilly keeping him off the scent.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope Averted]]. He keeps [[WallOfWeapons a collection of various medieval weapons]] in his office. An improperly tied claymore [[HaveANiceDeath could kill Laura if she fiddled with it]]. The culprit takes a spiked mace from the office when he finally decides to kill Laura.]]

'''Dr. Olympia Myklos'''

* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Heimlich and Myklos get married two months after the story ends. Two years later, they have a baby daughter whom they name Morgana Wolf Heimlich.]]
* GeniusDitz: She knows a lot about paleontology. But her strange and detached nature causes her to be very oblivious when the Countess [[spoiler:spills the beans on who tried to kill her.]]
* NightmareFetishist: She has a morbid fascination with death and the dead. In fact, one reason why Myklos is a paleontologist is that she enjoys being surrounded by dead things. For example, She has looked over both Heimlich and Steve for their scars and considers the Amon Ra artifacts brought by Dr. Carter to be a tribute to the wonders of death. [[spoiler:When Myklos discovered the dying Lavinia in her museum office, her first comment was on the attractiveness of Lavinia's now-pale face.]]
* SkewedPriorities: Several weeks before the story began, Myklos carelessly lost several Egyptian cobras in the museum basement. She seemed more concerned about the cobras' welfare rather than about the potential danger they could pose to human life.
* TheStoic: She remains rather calm and unperturbed as the story's mystery unfolds. [[spoiler:This was taken to an almost ridiculous level when Myklos remained disturbingly calm and fascinated when she discovered Lavinia dying in her office from a cobra bite. It is likely that her personal fascination with death has helped Myklos remain calm despite the increasing number of violent murders around her.]]
* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: Myklos has a pet ferret named Daisy and a pet Egyptian cobra named Barney, the latter of whom she keeps in her museum office.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While being chased the culprit, Laura and Steve encounter Myklos' lost cobras in an underground tunnel. The cobras [[HaveANiceDeath would have killed them]] had Laura not been carrying some [[EncounterRepellant snake oil]].]]

'''Ernie Leach'''

* HandyMan: He is the caretaker and handyman of the Leyendecker Museum. [[spoiler:Ernie also moonlights as a fence installer, which he describes during the story as a [[ThatCameOutWrong fencing job]].]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Ernie is in charge of the alcohol vats in the preservation lab. Because that was where the Dagger of Amon Ra was stashed after Laura found it in the gift shoppe, O'Reilly overheard a message from Olympia telling Ernie to check the vat it was stashed in. As such, O'Reilly murdered him by drowning him there, leaving [[DyingClue warthog hairs]] on his shirt.]]
* TokenMinority: He is the only African-American in the game's story.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: According to Yvette, Ernie has a gambling habit and is now in debt to a loan shark called Icepick.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: He is one of many men in a relationship with Yvette.

'''Detective Ryan Hanrahan O'Riley'''

* BigBad: [[spoiler:He is the one who planned the Dagger's theft and he is personally responsible for all of the museum murders.]]
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:In his attempt to steal the Dagger of Amon Ra, O'Riley has cruelly murdered at least six people with the goal of [[LeaveNoWitnesses eliminating anyone who can trace the Dagger's theft to him]] and he wouldn't have stopped there.]]
* [EvilRedhead: [[spoiler:He has red hair and is the most evil person in this story.]]
* [EvilWearsBlack:[[spoiler: When he finally goes after Laura, O'Riley is dressed in a black hooded robe that completely conceals his features except for his hands.]]
* {{Greed}}: [[spoiler: You can claim O'Reilly committed the murders except for Yvette as financial gain, and it's considered correct.]]
* InspectorLestrade: When investigating the Dagger's theft [[spoiler:and the museum murders]], O'Riley always goes for the most obvious suspects. For example, he considers Dr. Tut Smith to be the prime suspect for stealing the Dagger of Amon Ra because the latter's arguments with Dr. Carter are well-known. [[spoiler:When trying to deduce Dr. Carter's murderer, O'Riley's first idea is someone who didn't like him, which could be a lot of people considering that Dr. Carter is an InsufferableGenius.]]
* KillerCop: [[spoiler:He is a police detective and a ruthless murderer who won't hesitate to kill those who stand in his way.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: [[spoiler:This is his motive for most of the museum murders. Pippin was determined to find the dagger and had meetings with co-conspirator Watney Little lined up, Watney himself actually committed the theft, while Ziggy and the Countess were Watney's partners in crime. Averted with Yvette, Ryan's motivation there was because she was with other men.]]
* LoveHurts: He is a divorced man and he [[NeverBeHurtAgain hates the idea of being heartbroken again]]. O'Riley once told his current lover, Yvette, that he would kill her if he found her to be [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]]. [[spoiler: [[GreenEyedMonster He]] eventually carried out his threat in a violent struggle.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:After learning about Watney's true identity, O'Riley made a deal with the English con man. In exchange for Scotland Yard's police file on himself, Watney would help O'Riley steal the Dagger of Amon Ra. After Watney is successful in doing so, O'Riley [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness murders him]] to cover up the crime.]]
* OfficerOHara: He is a police detective and he has an Irish name and accent.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Table grapes are O'Riley's favorite food.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:He is the main culprit of the Leyendecker Museum mystery.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler:After he is sentenced to 60 years in a state penitentiary for his crimes, he is seen swearing revenge against Laura in a prison yard.]]

'''Steve Dorian'''
* DentedIron: Apparently, his job left his body covered in scars. To Olympia's delight.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Is badly injured by Ryan when Ryan killed Yvette. He was dumped in a coal chute and left for dead. Laura must save him.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: He falls for Laura immediately.
* HiddenDepths: He's an art student in addition to being a stevedore.
* PunnyName: His name is a pun for stevedore, which is his job.

'''Dr. Ptahsheptut "Tut" Smith'''

* RedHerring: [[spoiler:He's set up as Pippin's murderer. He then vanishes from the story before Ziggy's murderer, and he's not seen again unless you get the good ending]] or randomly see him around the museum.

'''Lawrence "Ziggy" Ziegfield'''

* FriendInTheBlackMarket: [[spoiler:For his part in an art burglary scheme with Lavinia and Watney, Ziggy acted as the middleman and provided forged paintings to switch with the real ones at the museum. He then sold the real paintings to private collectors and split the profits with Lavinia and Watney.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The culprit killed Ziggy because the latter's underworld connections would allow him to eventually deduce the culprit's identity. And that assumes he didn't already know since the actual thief Watney Little was the conspirator.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:He is killed when he is pierced by the beak of a life-sized pterodactyl model. The culprit cut the wires suspending the pterodactyl model from the ceiling just as Ziggy passed underneath. The culprit then [[ForTheEvulz cruelly]] [[OffWithHisHead cut off Ziggy's head]]and placed the head in the museum's Life Mask Exhibit.]]
* TheInformant: He has many underworld connections and resources. In addition to being Crodfoller's contact in New York's criminal underworld, Ziggy also acts as a [[TheStoolPigeon snitch]] to the New York police in exchange for leniency.
* TheParanoiac: Because he is a [[TheStoolPigeon stool pigeon]], Ziggy is distrusted by criminals and police officers alike. He is extremely paranoid as a result.
* TwitchyEye: Ziggy's trademark [[CharacterTics facial tic]] due to constant paranoia.

'''Rameses Najeer'''

'''Countess Lavinia Waldorf-Carlton'''

* AlmostDeadGuy: She [[spoiler:lives long enough to tell Dr. Myklos that O'Reily was the one who attacked her.]]
* GoldDigger: Sterling, her late husband believes this of her. She denies it [[spoiler: but it is clear money is her prime motivator considering her art burglary scheme.]]
%%* GrandeDame
* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The Countess was partners with Watney Little, in fact she brought him over from England to run her art burglary scheme. Because of this, O'Reilly kills her so she doesn't blab about the dagger.]]

'''Watney Little'''

* ConMan: [[spoiler:He is a notorious career criminal and most of his crimes involve fraud and larceny.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:After murdering Dr. Carrington, Watney disguised himself as Carrington with no one being the wiser. It's not even clear if the Countess, his partner in crime on the art burglary, knew about it.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:He is known to Ziggy as an dangerous, internationally wanted criminal.]]
* HumanPincushion: [[spoiler:The culprit [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills Watney]] by pushing him onto the quills of a preserved porcupine on an office desk.]]
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler:By posing as the museum president Dr. Carrington, Watney was in a unique position for committing crimes at the Leyendecker Museum. For his part in an art burglary scheme with Lavinia and Ziggy, Watney ensured that forged paintings were switched for the museum's real ones and stopped anyone from investigating the thefts if they were discovered. He also had no problem with stealing the Dagger of Amon Ra during a routine walk through the museum.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:As he dies, Watney manages to [[DyingClue write the letters "CP" in his own blood]] on an office desk. "CP" refers to the novel "Crime and Punishment" in the office bookcase, where Watney's police file is hidden. This file provides an important clue to solving the mystery.]] He's also the victim of one if his schemes gets exposed: [[spoiler:Steve points out that he and the Countess are in cahoots, while Olympia will notice he walks through the museum at night.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Knowledge of his existence alone is considered a spoiler.]]