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Characters: Nancy Drew
A character page for the Nancy Drew video games.

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    Main and Recurring Characters 

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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