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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.
  • 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

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.


  • 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 elder Nancy.

     Stay Tuned to Danger 

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.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Just the thought that Rick and Mattie might get back together drives him into a homicidal rage.
  • 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.

     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.

     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

  • 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.
  • 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.

     Shadow at the Water’s Edge 

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

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Incredibly awkward and socially inept, and would rather spend his time with machines than people.
  • 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.

     The Ghost of Thornton Hall 

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.