Aside from the Loads and Loads of Characters from many different series provided by the players, Mayfield has a small cast of named characters of its own. Here's the lineup and the tropes they embody.
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- Mayor John Doe"Play your cards right, and you just might end up living here forever. Don't, and... well... I wouldn't bother unpacking your things, if you know what I mean."
Tropes associated with Mayor John Doe:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. Like the others controlling Mayfield, he has phenomenal powers, but he's not the most dangerous of them all. He's also not the actual leader.
- Decoy Leader
- The Dragon: To Lucy Smith.
- Expy: Looks an awful lot like Dr. Phil...
- Faux Affably Evil: In Mayfield's earliest days, the Mayor put on a warm, folksy personality when dealing with the captives. As time went on, though, he dropped the facade, revealing his more Jerkass mindset.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is William MacReady.
- Killed Off for Real: By Zemekis when he awoke during the final event of the game.
- Kick the Dog: Several cases of it—
- In a private conversation during September 2010, he wanted Grady to record the deaths of everyone he killed in Maipole, and to make them squirm before they died.
- Later during Thanksgiving 2011, he tried to bargain with John Zemekis not to unleash a recreation of nuclear war on Mayfield's captors by offering to torture all of the children, just so that people would admit that they enjoy living in Mayfield.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Permanent Elected Official: Except for the November 2009 event "Democracy," when the Milkman got voted in.
- Punch Clock Villain: It was hinted at throughout Mayfield's run, but toward the end of it, it was confirmed that the Mayor and all the others with power in Mayfield were just other captives.
- Smug Snake: He had his oily moments, especially whenever he was confident that the captives had been "trained" to be obedient.
- Thicker Than Water: He's revealed himself to be Jack Smith's real father in conversations with him.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: He does have a lot of hands-on control of Mayfield, but so do many of his colleagues.
- Police Chief Grady"Ta all ye new folks, I extend me personal welcome. The name's Grady, and I be the law hereabouts—hoho, listen ta me, big ol' important boyo! When all's said and done, I shouldn't hafta see ya outside o' the occasional smile an' wave. You don't cause trouble fer me an' I don't cause trouble for you. Ye understand."
Tropes associated with Police Chief Grady:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Proved to be much more violent and eager to resort to violence than the Mayor.
- Bad Boss: For captives made police officers, Grady wasn't kind to his own men.
- The Brute
- Cruel to Be Kind: This was an early philosophy he espoused to the Mayor, but judging from his treatment of others, it may have just been an excuse to be cruel.Grady: "We need to break them. Now. If they won't take paradise, we'll give them hell instead and see how they like it."
- Confirmed by Zemekis in the final days, who said that Grady openly welcomed acting like a villain out of self-loathing.
- The Dragon: To the Mayor, initially.
- Dragon with an Agenda: According to Zemekis near the end of the game, many of the crueler events inflicted upon the populace were not ordered by him, but on the initiatives of others—particularly Grady.
- Face-Heel Turn: In Westport during May 2010, it was revealed that Evan was originally part of Richard Grey's resistance and was actively fighting Mayfield's Mayor and Zemekis, though they were losing. He eventually betrayed Richard, joined Zemekis, and became Grady.
- Faux Affably Evil: Grady's role is supposed to be that of a friendly Irish-American police officer, as time went on, he didn't bother with either the accent or the friendliness.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is Evan Olney.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Except for a few certain individuals.
- Kill 'em All: In private conversations with the Mayor during October 2010, it's revealed that he personally slaughtered everyone in Maipole for their attempt at "rescuing" Mayfield's captives back during the 2010 Fourth of July event.
- Killed Off for Real: In the wake of the Summer 2011 event "Speak Up," in retaliation for Mercy Killing Jane Smith, using the powers he was given by the Mayor to exterminate Maipole.
- Killer Cop: As time went on, he began to freely abuse his powers to force compliance or to kill disobedient captives slowly and painfully.
- Police Brutality: Oh so very much. In fact, the Mayor once told Jack Smith that Grady liked abusing the captives as stress relief.
- Punch Clock Villain: As much as he despised everyone who was brought to Mayfield, he didn't seem to think all torture was worth it.
- Villain Teleportation: He could appear out of nowhere to deal with troublemakers, and also teleport people with him.
- The Milkman"I'm going to curdle your flesh right on your bones, you lactose intolerant!"
Tropes associated with the Milkman:
- Ax-Crazy: As is anyone who is droned by him, such as when he had a brief stint as the chief of police during the "Cream of the Cop" event in August 2011.
- Black Bead Eyes: Described as having such.
- Faux Affably Evil: In his very first appearance, he's described almost as a Posessive-type Yandere with a Cargo Ship for the whole of Mayfield and everyone in it.
- Fighting a Shadow: The Postman calls him by the same name as the real identity of Lucy Smith: John Zemekis. Before Evan Olney died, he mentioned that the Milkman is a "creation" of the Big Bad.
- Kick the Dog: We'll just start with "he delivers poisoned milk to everyone's doorstep each morning" and go from there.
- Kill 'em All: It's been implied that the Milkman had been active in the past before he was summoned, and that he did something ... awful ... to everyone who came before the current batch of captives. He's also the one responsible for killing all the drones, then cutting them up and sending them to households as "gifts" during the "Celebrate Freedom" event of July 2009.
- Evidence was later found during the "Westport" event in May 2010 mentioning the Milkman. And then the Milkman came to repeat what he'd done in the past.
- Humanoid Abomination: He took on a milk-themed flavor of this in Mayfield's final event, as Zemekis pulled out all the stops.
- Pungeon Master: He rarely talks, but in his fight with the Postman during the "Exit" event of early 2011, he wouldn't stop making dairy puns.
- The Voiceless
- The Postman"Good to see you, good to see you! How's the family? Great, great! Here's your package, and—oh, gosh, I nearly forgot, there's a tiiiiny little processing fee—if you'd be so good as to sign on this dotted line..."
Tropes associated with the Postman
- Ambiguously Evil: He helps the captives as much as he hurts them, and for years his real motivations were unknown.
- Cruel to Be Kind: As was revealed in the game's final events, the Post Office's Equivalent Exchange system for regains wasn't his choice. In order to give captives their regains on demand, he had to take something significant from them as a workaround for Mayfield's rules.
- Enigmatic Minion: He wasn't loyal to the Mayor or the other town officials and was regarded by them as a threat, but he played along in their theatrics.
- Faux Affably Evil: He sure was chipper about all the suffering his post office system caused the captives in his initial appearance.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is Andrew Blake.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: During the "Exit" event of early 2011, he parried the Milkman's wordplay with his own postal puns.
- Infodump: In the final event, he explained the real story of Mayfield and John Zemekis.
- Jerkass: He's disdainful of the captives, but not on Grady's actively homicidal level..
- Killed Off for Real: By Mrs. Johnson, after Zemekis was finally overthrown.
- Neutral No Longer: In the final event, he finally started actively helping the captives, at the behest of his recently-freed sister.
- The Sixth Ranger
- Thicker Than Water: He's actually the brother of the Librarian.
- Wild Card: Acknowledged as such by both the captives and the captors.
- The Librarian
Tropes associated with the Librarian:
- Killed Off for Real: One of the last named NPCs to die, she remained in Mayfield with Mrs. Johnson as it collapsed.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Mayfield transformed her into a 56-year old woman, but she's actually much younger than this.
- Given Name Reveal: Her real name is Annie Blake.
- MacGuffin Girl: According to Richard Grey, she "possessed the key" to something concerning Mayfield. It turned out that she was an assistant programmer for Zemekis, helping to patch Mayfield's systems to a workable state when she first arrived. Later, after Zemekis went crazy, she joined Richard Grey in resisting him. She tried to figure out how to usurp control over the system from Zemekis back then, but failed.
- Manchurian Agent: The droning performed on her is stranger than most. She was, for example, unable to say her real age. At times, she would suddenly act like a typical Mayfield drone] but hand over important or relevant information to those talking to her.
- Scary Librarian: Don't ruin the books.
- Shrinking Violet
- Thicker Than Water: The Postman is actually her brother.
- Younger Than They Look: Hinted at in the April Fool's event during a conversation with Billy Smith, confirmed in the "Don't You Forget About Me" event of late 2012.
The Smith Household
- John Smith
Tropes associated with John Smith:
- Killed or Put on a Bus to Uphold the Masquerade: The last interaction John Smith had with the captives was with Australia and Canada, in which he freely used the real names of Jane Smith and Officer Grady. Considering Jack took his place only a week or two later, this may be why he was replaced, as was hinted at by the Mayor when he called it "damage control."
- Mr. Smith
- Standard '50s Father: Complete with Values Dissonance and implications of Domestic Abuse.
- Un-Person: The rest of the Smith family didn't bat an eye when Jack took his place. And wouldn't know who he was when asked.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not quite clear what his fate was, once he'd been replaced.
- Jack Smith
Tropes associated with Jack Smith:
- The Alcoholic: Sometimes he'd be drunk when on "official business" with the town's captives. He spent most of the party that the Smith household held during September 2010 drinking booze.
- Closest Thing We Got: After the "Cream of the Cop" event in August 2011, he was given the job of Chief of Police. At his behest—one, to stop "Officer" Milkman's Deadly Game and to take a more active role in running the town. And two, to get some time away from Lucy Smith.
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Espoused this as friendly advice to other husbands in town, but never actually did it to his "children."
- Faux Affably Evil: As cheerful and personable as the guy seems, he's certainly not above twisting reality to make people die awful deaths for acting out of turn.
- Killed Off for Real: Died a very painful death in Mayfield's final event, when Zemekis awoke and flayed the skin from his body alive.
- Mr. Smith
- People Puppets: Demonstrated the power to compel captives to do things against their will.
- Thicker Than Water: He's revealed himself to be the Mayor's real son in private conversations with him.
- Reality Warper: Was that punch you were drinking? Sorry, it's bleach now! Eavesdropping on his phone call? Now you're in a gas chamber!
- Replacement Goldfish: Took over as father of the Smith household in October 2010.
- Standard '50s Father: He'd also flaunt misogynistic Values Dissonance of his own at times.
- Villain Teleportation: He's used it a few times.
- Jane Smith
Tropes associated with Jane Smith:
- And I Must Scream: Unlike the Mayor, Grady, and Jack Smith, Samantha wasn't willingly choosing to play the role of Jane Smith. It's because she was droned into it. Imperfectly so, and every now and then the programming would crack or she would resist it.
- Armor-Piercing Question: After the events in Westport during May 2012, The Netherlands and America used the evidence they found to deliver a volley of these to Jane, to try and break her droning. Grady put a stop to it by locking down their workplace and setting it on fire.
- Despair Event Horizon: After the "Proud to be a Mayfieldian" event for 2011's Fourth of July, Samantha's droning broke and she fell into this.
- Face-Heel Turn: Unwillingly. Writings by Richard Grey Westport in May 2010 revealed that she was originally part of his resistance, and that she was the first known victim of Zemekis' ability to drone people, changing her identity and personality. Captives found evidence that she tried to resist it by writing down what she knew about her real self, only to fail.
- Given Name Reveal: Her real name is Samantha Achewood.
- Jerkass: Her programming sometimes made her slip in a jab or two when conversing with others.
- Killed Off for Real: As a Mercy Kill by Evan Olney when Mayfield's attempt to drone everyone for 2011's Fourth of July wound up breaking her own droning.
- Reality Warper: Whether she was a conduit for it or causing it intentionally while droned, she could hurt and maim people with powers similar to the rest of the Smith household.
- Stepford Smiler
- Younger Than They Look: Samantha is 24 years old, but "Jane Smith" is in her 30's.
- Jill Smith
Tropes associated with Jill Smith:
- And I Must Scream: Like Jane Smith before her, she was droned into her new role. And like Jane Smith, Jill tried to resist the droning, to the point her behavior started to glitch.
- Replacement Goldfish: Replaced Jane Smith after the "Speak Up" event in July 2011.
- Stepford Smiler: Even more so than Jane Smith was.
- Billy Smith
Tropes associated with Billy Smith:
- Batter Up: Remember how we said he liked playing baseball? Yeah. He doesn't care who plays the "ball."
- Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin': Captives trying to tell Billy's parents what the "rascal's" been up to would fail. He knew it, and abused it.
- Enfant Terrible: Eagerly put captives into situations where they could kill or mutilate themselves in horrible ways.
- Face-Heel Turn: Implied by evidence found in Westport. A letter by Billy, addressed to Richard Grey, revealed he was part of Richard's resistance, but later turned traitor and allowed himself to be turned into the brat that he was.
- If I Can't Have You: Letters from Westport, and the Librarian's testimony in February 2011, revealed that Jacques was kicked out of Richard Grey's resistance when he tried to hurt Annie. This trope was implied as the reason.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is Jacques, as the Librarian revealed when talking to Australia in February 2011.
- Groin Attack: He thinks this makes for a good knock-knock joke.
- Kids Are Cruel: Oh boy was he ever. He freely bullied and taunted anyone and everyone.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Older Than They Look: Implied in the letter he wrote to Richard Grey in Westport, and again in a conversation he had with the Librarian.
- People Puppets: Demonstrated the power to control the bodies of captives and make them do things against their will.
- Pyromaniac: Loves carnage, explosions, fires, and seeing people and animals burn to death.
- Stepford Smiler
- Reality Warper: Like the rest of the Smith household. Though direct control was his favorite power, he wasn't above turning drinks into drain cleaner or filling shoes with broken glass.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Billy's fate during Mayfield's final event isn't made explicit, but it's implied that Zemekis killed him as horribly as he did Jack Smith.
- Lucy Smith"Of course they wouldn't want to leave! Why would they? ... ... Everyone has to stay. They have to. Don't you understand? Because— ... ... it's perfect here. It doesn't matter what they want. They're going to be here forever."
Tropes associated with Lucy Smith:
- Blondes Are Evil: Why Lucy, what pretty blonde hair you ha—oh. Oh.
- Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin'
- Creepy Child: And how. For a while it was heavily implied that she's the Man Behind the Man and the real Big Bad.
- Deliberately Cute Child
- Dissonant Serenity
- Faking the Dead
- Given Name Reveal: Her real identity is John Zemekis. Tropes relevant to him specifically are in his own section.
- The Girl Behind The Man
- Kids Are Cruel
- People Puppets: Like the rest of the Smith household, had the power to take control of the bodies of captives and do things against their will. During the party the Smith household held during September 2010, this took the form of stick figure crayon drawings.
- Reality Warper: Tended to use this power in subtle ways, such as with the crayon drawings at the Smith party in September 2010. Sometimes, however, she was not so subtle—like in her treatment of Schuldig.
- Really 700 Years Old
- The Quiet One: At first, such as at the Smith household's party in September 2010. Not so much in the following year.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Tried to put on this appearance for the early 2011 event "Exit." It was an elaborate April Fools' ploy.
- Sergei Smirnov"Mother Russia is gone, and we can only pretend to her glory."
Tropes associated with Sergei Smirnov:
- An Arm and a Leg: Narrowly escaped Grady during the slaughter at Maipole, but it cost him a hand.
- Brainwashed: During "Milk Drinks You," like other Maipole comrades. When he reappeared in "Better Dead" later that year, it was broken and fragmented.
- Came Back Wrong: According to him, Maipole's own respawn system started falling apart long ago. It left them too weak to continue their bloody rivalry with Mayfield. It also made it hard for him to convey information to the captives due to imperfect restoration of his memories.
- Cycle of Revenge: He revealed that Mayfield and Maipole actually had a long-standing and bloody feud with each other.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: He likened the destruction of Maipole to that of Westport, "the first American attempt."
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is Boris Khoklov.
- Glorious Mother Russia: This is what he thought of the real Soviet Union, and that Maipole was a horrible perversion of it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: According to him, this was the reason Maipole's Party Leader tried to "liberate" Mayfield's captives. "We couldn't let the Americans win."
- Identity Amnesia: He had some trouble remembering who he was when he initially appeared in Mayfield. A few days later, he was more lucid.
- I Know What You Fear: When Grady attacked Maipole, Sergei tried to use an illusiory trap, using Grady's memories against him to make him afraid and regretful. It only made him angrier. And more sadistic.
- Infodump: He tried to pass along some vital information on true nature of towns like Mayfield and Maipole to the captives—reports◊, documents◊, letters◊, handbooks, or newspaper clippings◊.
- Invisibility Flicker: During his first days in Mayfield, he would flicker in and out of existence randomly, but when the Mayor alerted Grady to his presence, he said Sergei was cloaked.
- Killed Off for Real: Once he was caught by Grady, Sergei was tortured, set on fire, and ultimately lynched from a tree outside City Hall. Just in time for Halloween.
- Loss of Identity: As he explained to China and America (and later Yuki Nagato), he was formerly a hero and a Colonel in the Soviet Army, but he's been changed many times since then.
- Out of the Frying Pan: He wasn't necessarily trying to reach Mayfield when he escaped Maipole, but did when exploiting the method Grady used, as he revealed to captives.
- Power Incontinence: Early in his escape, he wasn't able to control his teleportation, and begged for people to stop him from teleporting away.
- Red Scare: Mayfield's leadership treated his presence in town this way.
- Renegade Russian
- Reverse Mole: As it turned out by the 2012 event "Don't You Forget About Me," Sergei was actually an agent of Mr. Grey's.
- Sole Survivor: After Grady personally slaughtered everyone in Maipole for trying to steal Mayfield's captives, he was the last one left.
Tropes associated with Phil:
Tropes associated with Barbie:
- Bears Are Bad News
- Hello, Nurse!
- Human Resources
- Lethal Chef
- Older Than They Look
- The Tease
- To Serve Man
- Richard Grey"We were so desperate for escape, so desperate for a life without fear and pain, that we handed the power of God over to a madman and then acted surprised when he turned on us. I always knew we were cowards, but I never realized we were fools until it was far too late."
Tropes associated with Richard Grey:
- Apocalyptic Log: He left pieces of these in Westport.
- Big Good: For what little assistance he could provide, he was genuinely trying to save the people of Mayfield from Zemekis.
- Fling a Light into the Future: After Evan betrayed his resistance, Richard decided to face death with dignity and make a doomed last stand against Zemekis. Before he did so, he left a final message for anyone who would find it, begging them to find and save Annie Blake—such as the captives who wound up in Westport in May 2010.
- La Résistance: He was running his own war against John Zemekis for years, separate from that of the captives. The evidence found in Westport during May 2010 revealed that he, Evan Olney, Annie Blake, Samantha Achewood and others tried to escape Zemekis' grip by creating an identical town to live in. Even after his death, he tried multiple times to covertly aid Mayfield's new captors, but there was little he could do directly to stop the torture.
- Killed Off for Real: Zemekis deleted whatever was left of him from Mayfield's system at the conclusion of "Don't You Forget About Me."
- Posthumous Character: Grey was killed by Zemekis after an argument between the two, many years ago. His corpse was found in Westport's pool. The "Grey" that the captives wound up working with was something of a case of Haunted Technology.
- Mrs. Johnson"Top brass is getting impatient, handsome. He's decided that this whole project needs a more ... feminine touch."
Tropes associated with Mrs. Johnson:
- A God Am I: Once Zemekis was finally dealt with, she took over control of Mayfield. The power quickly went to her head.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily the most sadistic of all of Mayfield's captors.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First showed up in the mod account's userpics in September 2009.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Jack Smith and the Mayor think she went too far, and Jack was eager to try and put an end to her cruel experiments during the events of early 2012.
- Killed Off for Real: One of the last named NPCs to die, trapped in Mayfield as it finally collapsed on itself.
- Medical Horror: During the events of early 2012, her plan for fixing the broken resurrection machine involved a lot of pointless mutilation and medical experiments on captives, often while they were fully awake, conscious, and without any anesthetic.
- People Puppets: During the game's final event, Mrs. Johnson usurped control over Mayfield and used her new powers to directly take control of captives' bodies, using them to hunt down and kill people while fully conscious and incapable of stopping themselves.
- Johnathan Zemekis"There was a time when ... I genuinely wished to save them ... and they wished to be sAvEd ... There was a day when I was a fully a man, and there was a time when I was a fully a machine. Between them ... many confusing days."
Tropes associated with John Zemekis:
- A God Am I: Being in direct control of Mayfield's systems made him a quite a megalomaniac, to put it mildly.
- Big Bad
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: According to him, being integrated directly into Mayfield's systems overwhelms a person with so much data and information that they stop thinking as a rational human would—and more in "absolutes and abstracts," as he put it.
- Expy: Of Stanislaus Braun from Fallout3, at least on the surface. The motivations for the cruelty he inflicted are way different than Braun's, who mostly did it to alleviate his boredom.
- Killed Off for Real: After Mrs. Johnson overthrew him with the help of The Postman and The Librarian, he was left to die in the Church, surrounded by glitch holes that would have eventually consumed him if a certain space marine hadn't helped his death along.
- Last Words: "Lucille."
- Mr. Exposition: The one time characters could speak with him directly, in his true form, was after he had been defeated in the final event of the game. He freely and honestly answered questions they had about Mayfield and why he did what he did ...
- Start of Darkness: Long before the game began, his argument with (and murder of) Richard Grey sparked the idea to start kidnapping (or rather, copying) people from other universes in search of people who would accept what Mayfield's original residents wouldn't.
- The Unfettered: There was very little he wasn't willing to do to try and achieve his goal—and by the final events, did even those few things taboo to him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once he "awoke," he began killing off the Mayor and the Smiths.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted people to agree with him that Mayfield was a perfect place to live, and would never want to leave no matter what happened to them.
- Your Family
Tropes associated with family drones:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother and/or Father: Since drones think themselves biological relatives of the rest of the family, permanently droned captives remain in the house in which they were droned until a new captive is brought in to replace them, and most captives are considered adults when they turn 18 (and not a year before!) ... this created situations where teenagers had "parents" that were only a few years older than them.
- Creepy Child: The drone children always act like Cheerful Children, but once a person finds out what's really going on with the drones ...
- Designated Parents
- Happily Married: Or so the drone spouse/drone parents would have you believe.
- Housewife: Most, if not all, of the drone wives.
- No Blood Ties: None of the drones will be related to a captive, unless they are a drone of a former relation.
- Nuclear Family: As per the 1950's America setting.
- Standard '50s Father: Most, if not all, of the drone husbands.
- Stepford Smiler: Especially if the drones are actually captives who were temporarily or permanently droned.
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