Characters: Nancy Drew

A character page for the Nancy Drew video games.

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Nancy Drew

The eponymous viewpoint character. Nancy is, of course, a young, self-declared "amateur" detective, who travels the world running headlong into danger and intrigue. At first it seemed she was simply prone to stumble into strange occurrences during her everyday life, but as the games progress, her name starts to get around and she is called upon specially to tackle strange and convoluted cases.

Voiced by: Lani Minella

  • The Ace: Smart, pretty, independent, successful, etc; Nancy has this down pat.
  • Action Girl: Of course. She performs her daring feats in heels and a skirt, no less.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She gets surprisingly little of this, actually, but when it does happen it's awesome.
  • Badass in Distress: Becomes this fairly often. Usually she manages to get herself out of it, though.
    • She's this as a plot point in Alibi in Ashes.
  • Bad Liar: Thank god her suspects seem even worse at spotting lies.
    Lou: What are you doing with my snowshoes?!
    Nancy: (in the middle of stealing them) I'm just... cleaning them.
    Lou: Sweet.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: She's the redhead to George's brunette and Bess' blonde.
  • Born Detective: All of Nancy's abilities seem to be inherent; she's just an amateur sleuth, after all.
  • Brutal Honesty: More like Brutal Straightforwardness, but some of her dialogue is downright painful.
  • Comic-Book Time: Nancy seems incapable of growing past her teenage years, no matter how long the series continues.
  • Constantly Curious: A big part of why she does what she does.
  • Daddy's Girl: She may not always listen to him when he tries to tell her to not run toward something she should run away from, but there's no denying she loves her father. The Silent Spy really analyzes this.
  • The Determinator: Will do anything to solve a case.
  • Doom Magnet: Downplayed. She often gets into dangerous situations, often unwittingly, but is always smart enough to escape them (and solve the problems of various bystanders, to boot).
  • The Faceless: Nancy is only ever seen in silhouette on the game cases, and never anywhere else as a result of the game being from her perspective.
  • Famed In-Story: Increasingly so.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's a lovely person with the personality of sandpaper.
  • Guile Hero: To be expected.
  • It's Personal: Twice; once in Alibi in Ashes, which took place in her hometown and involved clearing her name, and again in The Silent Spy, which was about her mom.
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: One of Nancy's common tactics is to sneak into places as one of the help. In White Wolf of Icicle Creek her disguise is as the cook.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Constantly. If it's possible to pick it up/eat it/hide it, Nancy will do it. And get away with it.
  • Lack of Empathy: She can be incredibly blunt and insensitive in conversation, much to the fandom's amusement.
  • Large Ham: Her voice actress obviously has a lot of fun.
  • Lethal Chef: Nancy becomes this fairly often via Video Game Cruelty Potential.
  • Nerves of Steel: She can keep her head in the most high-pressure situations.
  • No Indoor Voice: Even when she's supposed to be sneaking around, Nancy loves to announce her thoughts loudly and enthusiastically to nobody. Just try checking something off your checklist during a quiet part of the game:
    Nancy: CAN'T CHECK THAT OFF 'TILL IT'S DONE!!
  • Red-Headed Hero: A brief shot of her from behind in Labyrinth of Lies shows her with a deep red ponytail. Of course, her hair's been described as red or reddish-blonde since the very beginning.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: What are these "rules" of which you speak? Nancy has never heard of them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Deirdre in The Deadly Device, Tino Balducci in White Wolf of Icicle Creek, and a few other characters in various games.

Ned Nickerson

Nancy's boyfriend and frequent phone contact. Ned is never present in the games (that is, until Alibi in Ashes, where he became a playable character), but offers the player "hints" on how to clear stages and progress in the game. Later in the series he passes this utility on to Bess and George or Frank and Joe, leaving Ned free for romantic subplots and comic relief more than anything else.

Voiced by: Scott Carty

Bess Marvin

Nancy's friend and George's cousin. Bess rarely (but occasionally) appears in-game, but is nearly always an available phone contact to offer Nancy hints on the game's progression, usually in tandem with George. She's the shallower and less adventurous of Nancy's two best girlfriends, but can be counted upon to dispense unexpected nuggets of humble wisdom when Nancy calls for it.

Voiced by: Alisa Murray, Jennifer Pratt

George Fayne

Nancy's other friend and Bess's cousin. George is bold and capable, and like her cousin, is usually contactable for help even when she doesn't appear in the game. Though she doesn't possess Bess's understanding of personalities and social subtleties, she's a reliable source of advice on taking action, and Nancy's preferred companion when it comes to embarking on an adventure.

Voiced by: Mureen Nelson, Sofia Rybin

Frank and Joe Hardy

Frank (left) and Joe (right)

Two more of Nancy's good friends and fellow "amateur sleuths", the Hardy boys are as quick-witted and curious as Nancy herself; she often asks them to lend new perspectives on her cases, and occasionally teams up with them. They also appear to be close friends of Ned, and are prone to both long-winded bickering and describing bizarre at-home Noodle Incidents during their phone calls with Nancy.

Voiced by: Joshua Silwa (Frank) and Rob Jones (Joe)

Carson Drew

Nancy's father, a lawyer. Carson rarely appears in the game at all, as a phone contact or NPC, but is referenced often as the recipient of Nancy's Info Dump letters. He worries about Nancy's recklessness and frets for her well-being, but ultimately he supports her ambitions and is proud of her independence and success. In The Silent Spy, however, he's revealed to be hiding a few things from his daughter.

Voiced by: Dennis Regan, Ken Boyton

  • Anger Born of Worry: In some of the later games, Carson is clearly frustrated by Nancy's love of life-threatening situations.
  • Authority in Name Only: In most of the games, he has no control over Nancy whatsoever. Considering most recent depictions of the character have her at being eighteen, and therefore legally an adult, he really doesn't, though she's enough of a Daddy's Girl she'll at least try to humor him.
  • The Conscience: For Nancy, not that she needs it.
  • Parents as People: Usually depicted like this, especially in The Silent Spy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time. Nancy seems quite close to him because of it.

Sonny Joon

A series Easter Egg that became an ongoing Mythology Gag, Sonny Joon is a mysterious and eccentric Conspiracy Theorist who's been taking internships at various oddball destinations of Nancy's since The Secret of the Scarlet Hand - and getting fired from all of them just before she arrives, leaving his candy wrappers and journals scattered everywhere in what's usually a Desk Full of Crazy. Sonny made his first in-game appearance in the series' latest installment The Shattered Medallion, revealing very clearly just why he lost all of those jobs.

Voiced by: Jamal Fahim

  • Ascended Extra: As of The Shattered Medallion.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, it's constellations. He has a pamphlet about it.
    "It's one of the angrier pamphlets about constellations..."
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Completely and totally. It's apparent from his journals alone, but when we finally meet him in-person...
    Sonny: "Sleuth". That's a weird word.
    Nancy: What?
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He has his moments. The end of The Shattered Medallion was one of them.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He seems to believe pretty much everything is the result of aliens.
  • Dada Comic: He leaves these scattered through the games, usually crudely drawn and starring himself as an intergalactic Occult Detective.
  • Easter Egg: In many of the games, his journals and comics, or graffiti denoting that "Sonny Joon was here!"
  • The Faceless: Until The Shattered Medallion, that is; our only idea of what he might look like were his doodles of himself.
  • Homemade Inventions: Seems fond of these, if his ridiculous left-behind plans are anything to go by.
    Sonny's Note: Idea: Sheep. (slightly below this) [It has been brought to my attention that this is, in fact, a concept and not an idea.]
  • Insane Troll Logic: His forte, much to Nancy's frustration when she has to work with him.
    Sonny: Are you saying that or are we just competing to see who can say it better?
    Nancy: (angrily) Can you please focus?
    Sonny: No. You're just afraid I'll win.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Once Nancy finally meets him.
    Nancy: You're sending me mixed messages.
    Sonny: No I am.
  • Mythology Gag: He's pretty much the personification of the concept.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Has some shades of this in The Shattered Medallion, where he calls his friend in a panicked frenzy over something he has to do where "people will get hurt" - to protect the Earth from aliens, of course.
  • Talkative Loon: When he finally appears in The Shattered Medallion, he turns out to be this.
  • The Unseen: From Secret of the Scarlet Hand onward, you're always one step behind him, a little too late to meet... that is, until The Shattered Medallion.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, among other colors. His natural hair color appears to be black.

Beatrice Hotchkiss

An eccentric professor that Nancy meets in Treasure in the Royal Tower, a spunky red headed woman who was a fan of Marie Antoinette. While she doesn’t make any more in-person appearances past that point, she returns as both phone contact and author of a key book in Legend of the Crystal Skull and Tomb of the Lost Queen.

Voiced by: Keri Healey

  • Accidental Misnaming: Gets Nancy’s name wrong almost every single time she has a conversation with her. Save for once in Treasure in the Royal Tower. Nancy’s not the only one she misnames, either.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Occasionally when talking to Nancy she mentions some obscure dish that she’s fond of and wanting to eat at the moment.
  • Cool Old Lady: Hasn’t once let her old age stop her from exploring mysteries in far off places or looking into the histories that she loves. She’s almost like an older Nancy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Outspoken, determined, and vibrant. Appropriate for the bright red pile of curls on her head.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She remarks how (from her perspective) Nancy is her favorite recurring character.

     Secrets Can Kill 

Jake Rogers

The murder victim of the game, found dead at the foot of the stairs. His character is expanded on over the course of the game as Nancy digs into why someone would have killed him. He was very unpopular.

Voiced by: Alex Yopp

  • Asshole Victim: He was a bully who blackmailed several of his classmates into doing his bidding. There is absolutely no one in either game who misses him.
  • Caught on Tape: He kept video evidence for all of his blackmail schemes. Watching the tapes is one of the ways Nancy tracks down his killer.
  • Posthumous Character: Everything that expands on who he is during the game occurs after his death in Nancy’s investigation.

     Stay Tuned to Danger 

Rick Arlen

Mattie’s co-star on Light of Our Love, and the target of several threats and so called "accidents" around the set. Something of a skirt-chaser—part of why he has so many people mad at him.

Voiced by: Ryan Drummond

  • The Casanova: His love of sleeping with almost every pretty woman he sees is one of the reasons why he’s so hated. He even flirts with Nancy when she first talks to him.
  • Evil Twin: In-universe, Rick plays a good and evil twin on Light of Our Love. It’s become a running joke around the station.
  • Informed Ability: A good enough actor that he could have a career in film if he could only break his contract. …Or so the game would have you believe from his deadened "I don’t want to see you, Serena."

Dwayne Powers

Mattie’s agent. He becomes Nancy's agent during the game so she can sneak around on the set.

Voiced by: Bob Heath

  • Ax-Crazy: Infamously, he’s one of the few villains who’s so deranged he makes an attempt to kill Nancy with his bare hands.
  • Driven by Envy: His hatred of Rick partially stems from failing as an actor and watching him become a success.
  • Karma Houdini: Not in his first game, where he’s caught and sent to jail, but in Ransom of the Seven Ships he’s never found.
  • Large Ham: Not too much of one during the game, but when he’s outed as a homicidal maniac he really gets into it.
    • Some of the threats written by his alter ego.
  • Multilayer Façade: In ‘’Ransom of the Seven Ships’’. He goes through two disguises before finally revealing himself as Dwayne Powers.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Just the thought that Rick and Mattie might get back together drives him into a homicidal rage.
  • Unknown Rival: To Rick, who was unaware of his jealousy and hatred for him for becoming a successful actor and dating Mattie. In addition to this, while it’s not uncommon for villains to swear revenge on Nancy, he’s the only one who actually succeeded in acting on his revenge in a later game—by that point Nancy had forgotten his name.
  • Walking Spoiler: Much of the most noted aspects of his characterization happen after a reveal during the story.
  • Yandere: One of his reasons for trying to kill Rick is because he thinks Mattie still has feelings for him.

     Treasure in the Royal Tower 

Lisa Ostrum

A photojournalist at the castle writing about old Midwestern mansions, with a penchant for gossiping.

Voiced by: Tara V Smith

  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After she blinds Nancy with pepper spray, she mentions that by the time Nancy gets her sight back, she’ll be long gone. How does Nancy stop her? By getting her to gloat and use up all of her time.
  • Evil Redhead: The culprit, who tries to kill Nancy for the treasure.
  • Intrepid Reporter: A reporter who comes out to old mansions and castles to research her pieces.

     Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake 

Mickey Malone

A deceased gangster who lived in Sally's house during the 1920s.

  • Animal Motifs: The furniture and ornaments in his house (and speakeasy) are heavily dog-themed.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of the government agent Waldo Mathias. Waldo pursued him for about seven years, knowing that Malone was a criminal but unable to prove it.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : His luxurious lifestyle and wild parties are described in great detail.
  • Leitmotif: His titular theme, which is elegant, suspenseful, and distinctly old-fashioned. It plays while Nancy is exploring his speakeasy.
  • Morality Pet: Literal pets in this case; he owned four rottweilers and loved them deeply, going so far as to commission a line of special food for them. Their reaction to his imprisonment is considered tragic even in-universe.
    Sally: (laughs) That Malone! Bad as he was, he sure loved those dogs.

     The Secret of Shadow Ranch 

Shorty Thurmond

The ranch cook. Incredibly talkative and gossipy, he loves cooking even though he’s awful at it. He dislikes people from the city, and is always looking for a way to get rich.

Voiced by: Jonah von Spreecken

  • Bald of Evil: A greedy, murderous, and bald cook.
  • Berserk Button: Really doesn't like unripe vegetables.
  • Stepford Smiler: A type C. He’s friendly to Nancy, cheerful, and pretends to love his job, but he's really a criminal who won’t hesitate to kill if he thinks he can get at some treasure.

     The Curse of Blackmoor Manor 

Linda Penvellyn

The main subject of the game, a resident of the US who recently moved to England after her marriage. She’s convinced that she’s cursed, and refuses to let anyone see her face.

Voiced by: Jenn Ruzumna

  • Damsel in Distress: Nancy is asked to investigate her descent into paranoia, initiating the main plot.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The photo accompanying Nancy's opening letter shows Linda to be one. She's seen in silhouette otherwise, but the trope still fits her character.
  • Horror Hunger: As her paranoia increases, she takes to eating raw meat. What else would a werewolf eat? The idea of this trope is used as Nightmare Fuel.
    Nancy: Can I get you anything?
    Linda: A glass of water would be good. I get so thirsty sometimes. And I get so hungry...
  • Second Love: Hugh married Linda after divorcing another woman. Jane deeply resents her for this.
  • The Voice: She hides herself in a curtained bed, refusing to leave her room at all. Nancy only interacts with her in a handful of conversations.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: She acts feral because she believes she is transforming into a werewolf. Jane's manipulations, combined with the manor's threatening atmosphere, created a very strong placebo effect.

Jane Penvellyn

A young girl who's the daughter of Hugh and his first wife. Is very knowledgeable about the manor's secrets, and loves to play games whenever she gets the chance.

Voiced by: Conni Ellern

  • Creepy Child: The result of her intelligence and eagerness to learn about her family history mixed with the troubling, creepy air of the manor itself and the secrets the Penvellyn line holds. She's also the culprit.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: She tries to remove the treasure from its hiding place, ignoring Nancy's protests. This triggers a weight-activated switch, trapping her.
  • Dramatic Irony: In Blackmoor Manor she remarks that computer games are boring. In Danger By Design, several games later, she has created a website devoted to them.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: She assumes that the Penvellyn treasure must be a literal treasure, and is promptly punished for her greed. Her age justifies this somewhat- not many preteens can understand that It's the Journey That Counts.
  • Ms. Exposition: She has a family tree in her room, and will happily detail specific members of it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She tries to deflect questions about the family by acting childish- for example, changing the subject to Brady Armstrong when Nancy asks about the Mutus Liber. Because she's talking to Nancy, however, her attempts fall flat.
  • Older Than They Look: She is actually 12.
  • Too Clever by Half: Jane's quite bright for a six-year-old, but lacks common sense. This gets her into more trouble than she would have otherwise. For example, she's so cunning that her plot to hurt Linda isn't discovered until it's had serious consequences.
    Nancy: I saw your kitchen. What happened to it?
    Jane: I guess you could say I happened to it. But it was Ethel's fault. She inspired me to study the oxidation rates of different kinds of cookie doughs.

Mrs. Drake (Leticia)

Hugh's elderly aunt. She can be found in the conservatory.

Voiced by: Amy Broomhall

  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: She's not mean, unlike most examples of the trope, but her Establishing Character Moment involves warning Nancy not to cause a ruckus.
    "I know how much you teenagers like your televisions and loud stereos..."
  • Grande Dame: Stern, wealthy, obnoxiously British. She fits the trope.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The conservatory fountain, which reminds Leticia of her brother. She's very happy when it starts flowing again.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Her hairstyle is as straight-laced as she is.
  • Refused by the Call: She has no idea that the Penvellyn treasure is real, much less that Jane is being taught to protect it. This is because Penvellyn superstition forbids telling certain generations about their secret.
  • Talking to Plants: Being an avid gardener, she has Flavor Text along these lines.
    Mrs. Drake: Who's hungry? Who's ready for some nummies?
    Nancy: Did you say something, Mrs. Drake?
    Leticia: Not to you, dear.

Nigel Mookerjee

A scholar who's writing a book about the Penvellyns.

Voiced by: Stephen Hando

  • Captain Obvious: His memoirs begin: "I was very very small when I was born..."
  • Mr. Exposition: Nigel mostly exists to provide information on the Penvellyn family. At times, his place in the narrative is literally replaced by a laptop.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the library statue starts moving, seemingly of its own accord (due to Nancy's tinkering in a passageway) he screams and runs away. It's hard to blame him.

Ethel Bosinny

Jane's tutor, who is only seen in cutscenes. She is well-versed in Penvellyn history and protective of the clan.

Voiced by: Sarah Papineau

  • The Mentor: Teaches Jane various subjects, including the family rituals and history. Its full history, not the watered-down version outsiders are told.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Her response if the player chooses to be honest about their investigation.
    "Well, we wouldn't want you to end up like the proverbial cat, would we- Nancy."
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Both of Ethel's conversations with Nancy start with her appearing out of nowhere. note  Nancy even lampshades this.

Loulou

A chatty parrot who's lived in the manor for decades. She provides hints to the player.

Voiced by: Lani Minella

  • Big Eater: No matter how many seed cakes Nancy feeds her, she always wants more.
  • Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: Used to be one, having picked up "unsuitable words" for sailors. The Penvellyns eventually trained her not to use them.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: She’s able to understand Nancy’s questions and provide obscure hints to whatever she needs to know.
  • Third-Person Person: "Loulou hungry! Loulou want cake first!"
  • Troll: In her first appearance, she deliberately imitates a ghost- and then laughs when Nancy is scared.

Elinor Penvellyn

A deceased Penvellyn who is rumoured to have been a witch.

  • Burn the Witch!: How she died.
  • Doorstop Baby: The manor's doorstep, to be precise. Because of this, many people believed she was of faerie origin.
  • Rags to Riches: A penniless orphan who was adopted by the resident lord.

     Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon 

Lori Girard

The rich, beautiful girl that sets up a party on the haunted train with a set of ghost hunters and detectives. She disappears shortly after the game begins.

Voiced by: Sarah Papineau

  • Birds of a Feather: With her ex-boyfriend, Tino- a man who's as shallow and selfish as she is.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Tries to kill Nancy once she’s done using her to find the treasure.
  • Dumb Blonde: A bubblehead blonde party girl. Subverted. She’s intelligent enough to fake a kidnapping and use Nancy to find the treasure. It’s implied she relies on this image as an act to throw suspicion away from herself.
  • Hero Worship: She gushes over the novelist Charleena Purcell, and her Idle Animation shows her reading one of Purcell's books.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She’s based off of Paris Hilton. Well, everything up to her being a backstabbing thief and murderer.

     Danger by Design 

Minette

An incredibly talented, but temperamental, fashion designer. She’s been acting very strange lately, wearing a mask, firing assistants, and throwing fits almost at random.

Voiced by: Shawnmarie Yates

  • Bad Boss: She’s horrible to predict, fires assistants for the slightest infractions, and is an actual criminal. Very few people want to deal with her.
  • Evil Redhead: Aside from having a nasty personality, she’s the villain of the game, and actually attacks Nancy at the end.
  • The Faceless: She always wears a white mask to so no one can see her face. It’s knocked off at the very end of the game, however.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It’s very, very easy to get her angry. Everyone has to walk on eggshells around her or risk her wrath.
  • White Mask of Doom: She’s always wearing a stark white mask on her face—it’s a recent addition, and no one has any idea why she started wearing it. In the end it’s revealed that it had nothing to do with any of her crimes. She was hiding a lame tattoo.

     The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 

Bill Kessler

A middle-aged fisherman who can be found at the Lodge's Fox-and-Geese table.

Voiced by: Jonah von Spreecken

  • Distinguishing Mark: A tear-shaped birthmark on his cheek. It allows Nancy to identify him in the stolen photos.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Lou, a college student. It involves a lot of bickering and playing Fox-and-Geese.
  • Odd Friendship: In addition to their age gaps, their bonding is odd considering that Bill is a Canadian ice fisher and Lou an art student from California. They even have polar opposite opinions of the wolf.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Believes that the Lodge's accidents are this.
    "The Moiques are just getting what's coming to them."

Guadalupe Comillo

A birdwatcher staying at the Lodge.

Voiced by: Kate Wisniewski

  • I Did What I Had to Do: Does not regret sabotaging Ollie and Bill's hunting tools.
    Guadalupe: I've done worse while working on behalf of Run And Grow Free, believe me.
  • Meaningful Name: Her nickname Lupe means wolf. One early implication that she’s really there to protect the wolf instead of seeing birds.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Remarks that her room will be the easiest to clean, as "the other guests are all men. Single men."
  • Ms. Exposition: Nancy has the option of asking her multiple questions about wolves.
  • Soapbox Sadie: She's quite outspoken about environmentalism, even before her cover is blown. In actuality, she's a left-wing activist who's trying to protect and rehome Isis.
  • Spotting the Thread: An observant player will notice that none of the birds Guadalupe claims to have seen in Icicle Creek fit the season. This is an early hint that she's hiding something.

Isis

The eponymous wolf, who is considered a bad omen. Despite being a wild animal, she is not afraid of humans.


  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Displays a great deal of intelligence, obedience, and perception regarding humans for a wild wolf. Even considering her time living with McQuade, she took to her training remarkably well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She digs Nancy out of an avalanche at Chicken Ridge.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The game ends with Isis being removed from her home. But she's being taken to a wolf sanctuary where she can be with her own kind, and protected from hunters.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Julius trained her to, among other things, identify the scent an object carried. This skill is what reveals the saboteur.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Her parents were killed by hunters, and most of McQuade's journal is about his growing friendship with her.
  • Meaningful Name: One she shares with the Egyptian goddess of wisdom.
  • Noble Wolf: She saves Nancy's life twice over the course of the game. Guadalupe points out how odd this is.
  • Only Friend: She was Julius McQuade's only companion, and shared his shack.

Freddie

Ollie's small daughter. She's built an elaborate snow fort, and demands that all passersby have snowball fights with her.

Voiced by: Lani Minella

  • I Just Want to Have Friends: There aren't any kids at the Lodge, and not much for her to do. So she badgers adults and teenagers into playing with her.
  • Insistent Terminology: Declares that she is "the Snow Princess" when Nancy calls her Freddie.
  • Writing Lines: "I will not throw ice balls at windows, I will not throw ice balls at windows..."

     The Legend of the Crystal Skull 

Henry Bolet Jr.

Bruno’s great-nephew, who was left a sizable portion of his estate after he died and is still sorting through all of it. A rather dour young man who has several secrets under his belt.

Voiced by: Brian Neel

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a fingerless glove on one hand.
  • Goth: Wears black makeup, has black fingernails, and a carries generally apathetic disposition. On the surface, anyway.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Nancy discovers that he’s been stealing from Bruno’s property and selling it to make his girlfriend happy. When pressed about it, he admits that he knows she’s just interested in getting money and presents out of him, but he really wants someone to love him.

     Shadow at the Water’s Edge 

Shimizu Miwako

The receptionist at the Ryokan Hiei. Kasumi’s youngest daughter. Very dedicated to her family and traditional Japanese values.

Voiced by: Mikano Fukaya

  • The Dutiful Daughter: Unlike Yumi, she abides her familial obligations, choosing to stay at the inn despite it losing customers and making her unhappy.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Yumi’s foolish, although her duties leave her high-strung and unwilling to help Nancy solve the ryokan’s problems.
  • Meganekko: Cute, shy, and bespectacled.
  • Shrinking Violet: She’s very shy and polite, rarely standing up for herself (unless you’ve made her angry).

Aihara Rentaro

A friend of the Shimizu family, Miwako’s boyfriend, and the ryokan’s resident handyman. A bit goofy and odd, but friendly. He’s very into robotics and puzzles.

Voiced by: Marc Biagi

  • Adorkable: A mix of his earnest nature and quirky mannerisms. Even being the culprit doesn’t dispel this, as he did so out of a misguided urge to help Miwako.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Incredibly awkward and socially inept, and would rather spend his time with machines than people. But it's never outright said he has any social disorders.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Although all the other characters in the game are Japanese as well, he’s the one who fits the stereotype, fixated on robotics and has awful social skills.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He’s the one behind the hauntings. Not out of any malice, but because he wants Miwako to move away from the ryokan and live in the city with him, and feels she won’t do it because she’s too afraid of disobeying her family.

Shimizu Yumi

Kasumi’s oldest daughter, a bento stand owner who lives in the inner city. As the eldest she is the one to inherit the Ryokan—but she wants no part of it. She’s estranged from her family for her rebellious attitude.

Voiced by: Kira Lauren

  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She’s seen dressed up in this style, although she’s more of a Sweet Lolita from her favoring of the color pink.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Miwako’s responsible—although that’s more from her family’s perspective. Rebellious or not, she owns her own business and pays for her own place out in the city, and is legitimately trying to help Nancy’s investigation.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears pink and decks out her whole room in pink, playing up the cute image she puts on for her design work and bento stand.

Nagai Takae

Yumi and Miwako’s grandmother, who grew up in the ryokan. She’s heavily invested in tradition.

Voiced by: Waylayn Sharples

  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Kasumi’s death. On the night she drowned, Kasumi was supposed to go see her American pen pal. Takae disapproved, so pretended she was too sick to clean the bath so she’d have to stay and work. Kasumi lost her footing and hit her head, something the more experienced Takae would not have done.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: The most set in her ways of the whole cast, and also the only one wearing a kimono.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: She will occasionally fall asleep while Nancy is in the room with her.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Enforced. She’s very set in the importance of tradition, both as a personal preference and to maintain the atmosphere of the ryokan. She’s never seen handling the computer sign in and should Rentaro stay to modernize the ryokan it’ll only be in “small, Takae approved ways”.

Shimizu Kasumi

Allegedly the ghost that haunts the ryokan. She was the daughter of Takae and the mother of sisters Yumi and Miwako.


  • Action Mom: Part of the inheritance she leaves her daughters is a katana.
  • Dying Alone: One of the reasons why the family is so ashamed for her death. They were all at the ryokan but no one was with her when she drowned.
  • Posthumous Character: She’s already dead by the time the game starts. Nancy learns about her from letters she left with her family and whatever they’re willing to tell about her.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: What her ghost manifests as. Or rather, what we’re led to believe is her ghost. Appropriate, considering how she died.

     The Ghost of Thornton Hall 

Clara Thornton

The Thorton Family matriarch, CEO of the family business, and Jessalyn’s mother. Cold, standoffish, and strict. Even distraught about Jessalyn’s disappearance, she remains distant from Nancy and unhelpful.

Voiced by: Sharon Yamada-Heidner

  • Beneath the Mask: A stern and cold, manipulative mother on the outside, but when her crimes are revealed she breaks down and shows that she’s been lonely her entire life and living in guilt ever since she started the fire, putting up a façade to keep people from finding out.
  • Berserk Button: Bringing up her absent father is a good way to tick her off. Also anything to do with the night Charlotte died. The latter is likely a result of her guilt.
  • Driven by Envy: She set the fire because she was jealous of Charlotte’s place in the family, having been ostracized her whole life.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Has a personality as tightly wound as her hairstyle.
  • The Unfavorite: While she was only cousins with Charlotte, due to the closeness of the family the trope still applies. Her feelings of resentment for being in her shadow is part of what caused her to set the fire on Charlotte's birthday.

Harper Thornton

The estranged family blacksheep, said to be crazy and violent. Also Charlotte’s sister. Eccentric behavior aside, she believes Charlotte was murdered, and is clearly hiding a secret or two.

Voiced by: Keri Healey

  • Cassandra Truth: She kept telling people Clara started the fire that killed Charlotte, but no one believed her.
  • Gaslighting: She’s not behind all of the hauntings, but she is at least partially to blame for the aspects of it that affect Clara, wanting to break her into confessing by reminding her of Charlotte’s death. Naturally, she's also the victim of this from Clara, trying to convince her she's crazy.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Fakes her insanity at least in part, if not completely. It’s a cover for her plot to drive Clara insane with guilt so she’ll confess to killing Charlotte, as well as uncover what it was that Charlotte was hiding.
  • Quirky Curls: The wackiest of the cast, with wild, springy hair forming almost an afro on her head.

Charlotte Thornton

The recently deceased, much beloved Charlotte, and the bloodthirsty ghost that haunts the manor. She perished the night of a terrible fire on her birthday, and Nancy must investigate both her death and her haunting.
  • Accidental Murder: The fire was never supposed to kill Charlotte. Just scare her. But it got out of control.
  • Complexity Addiction: While she had reasons to be suspicious, crafting a significant chunk of the puzzles in the game to hide her will might have been a bit extreme.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: When her skin isn’t outright blue, it’s a ghostly white to contrast with her red dress and dark, dark hair.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While Charlotte’s hauntings and visions of her inside the mansion can be somewhat explained by the carbon monoxide poisoning, the visions in the graveyard and the ruins where there is no carbon monoxide are not so easy to wave away.
  • Posthumous Character: Everything you learn about her comes from things she left behind and the things her loved ones say about her.
  • Unfinished Business: At first everyone believes that Charlotte’s haunting the place because Thornton Hall is just evil, and she’s upset about the fire. But the more Nancy looks into her death, the more it becomes apparent that she was upset about something before it happened.