Characters / ObsCure

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Shannon Matthews

A student at Leafmore High, Shannon Matthews stays after school after her brother Kenny goes missing, as it is the first place to look for clues and she suspects (correctly) that that is where he went missing. Canonically, she survives the experience.

In the second game, Shannon has become a student at Fallcreek University, and has taken on a much darker personality. Of the first game's survivors, she is the only one who's been able to adapt to the mortifilia infection, which has driven a wedge between her and Kenny, who needs pills to suppress the infection. She survives the game, helping her boyfriend Stan kill her brother Kenny at the end.
  • Action Girl: In ObsCure II.
  • Broken Bird: In the second game.
  • The Chick: In the first game. By the second, she's taken several levels of badass.
  • Final Girl: In the first game, her personality and appearance are heavily inspired by the "final girl classic" model of Laurie Strode or Sidney Prescott, being the more modest and less abrasive of the two female characters. (Not so much in the second game, though.) She's the only female character to survive the events of both games.
  • Girl Next Door: In the first game.
  • Goth: Becomes one after the traumatic events of the first game.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Shannon gains both gothness and magic powers in the interval between the first and second games.
  • Hotter and Sexier: In the second game. To a lesser extent, this is also true of her New Game+ outfit in the first game, which is a much biggest change from her normal outfit than the other four characters get.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Kills her brother, Kenny, at the end of the second game.
  • Magic Skirt: Averted, players can see up her skirt in a few angles.
  • The Medic: One of her skills in the first game is using first aid kits more effectively.
  • The Smart Girl: She was an ace student in high school, and her skills in the first game were offering puzzle tips and knowing first aid.
  • Team Mom
  • Took a Level in Badass: Is the only one to successfully adapt to the Mortifilia, and is actually capable of inhaling the spores without harm.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Shannon in the first game: a kind, sweet, caring Girl Next Door. Shannon in the sequel: a goth chick who berates her brother's "weakness" in being unable to suppress his infection.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In the first game, her first aid skills and puzzle hints can both be used at the gathering site, making her a character who's only to be sent out fighting as a last resort. In the sequel, she doesn't have any physical advantages, but her symbiosis with the mortifilia allows her to clear doors and passages that are blocked by spores.

Stan Jones

A student at Leafmore High, Stan Jones is a layabout slacker who is failing his classes. While he puts on a Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) attitude, he's otherwise fairly mellow, and is friends with Kenny. He gets dragged into the events of the game when the main gang stumble upon him hacking into his school records and offering to do the same for them. Canonically, he survives the experience.

After the first game, Stan dropped out of school and spent some time in jail, and by the second game he's a pizza delivery boy. He needs to take medication to suppress the mortifilia infection. He survives the game, helping his girlfriend Shannon kill Kenny at the end.

Kenny Matthews

A student at Leafmore High, Kenny Matthews is a player on the school's basketball team. One day after practice, he is kidnapped by Principal Herbert Friedman to use as a test subject for experiments with the mortifilia plant, later to be rescued by his sister Shannon, his girlfriend Ashley, and his friends Stan and Josh. Canonically, he survives the experience.

In the second game, Kenny has become a student at Fallcreek University. He needs medication to suppress the mortifilia infection, which drives a wedge between him and his sister Shannon, who has learned to suppress the infection without medication and frequently urges him to do the same. After running out of medicine, Kenny mutates into a giant monster, and proceeds to kill Mei and Corey, as well as kidnap, rape, and impregnate Amy. He is put down by Shannon and Stan in the finale.

Josh Carter

A student at Leafmore High, Josh Carter is a school newspaper reporter who offers to help Shannon and Ashley search the school for evidence of Kenny's location after hours. Canonically, he survives the experience. Afterwards, he and Ashley returned to the ruins of Leafmore High, where they were attacked and presumably killed by Jedidiah.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The bonus video you find of him and Ashley in the sequel.
  • Bus Crash: Is presumably killed by Jedidiah when he and Ashley return to investigate the Leafmore ruins.
  • Camera Fiend
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Part of the reason he helps Shannon and Ashley on their investigation. The sequel reveals that he tried to do it again by going back to the ruins of Leafmore, a move that got him and Ashley killed.
  • Hollywood Nerd: As seen in the picture above, he's a remarkably handsome dweeb.
  • Notice This: His special ability in the first game is being able to detect whether a particular room has any useful items or puzzles that need to be solved.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: What got him into this mess in the first place.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's the guy you bring to comb an area for items.

Ashley Thompson

A student at Leafmore High, Ashley Thompson is a cheerleader who is dating Kenny Matthews. After Kenny goes missing, Ashley is initially annoyed, but begins to worry for his safety after Shannon tells her that she hasn't seen him either, and so she helps to search for him at school after hours. Canonically, she survives the experience. Afterwards, she and Josh returned to the ruins of Leafmore High, where they were attacked and presumably killed by Jedediah.


A student at Leafmore High, Dan was kidnapped by Principal Friedman before the events of the game. He offers to help Kenny escape from Friedman's clutches, but is killed in the process.

Herbert Friedman

The principal of Leafmore High, Herbert Friedman is also kidnapping and carrying out grotesque experiments on his students. He and his brother Leonard went on an expedition to Africa to discover the secret to immortality, and discovered the mortifilia plant, which seemed to have such properties. While the plant worked on Herbert and his wife, Elisabeth Lucy Wickson, it had disastrous effects on Leonard, turning him into a monster. Distraught, Herbert founded Leafmore High as a cover for his experiments and to have a steady stream of test subjects, hoping to find a way to save Leonard. At the end of the game, he is killed by Mr. Walden, who had gone crazy due to his mortifilia infection.
  • Big Bad
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's doing it all to save his brother from his mutation.
  • Evil Teacher: Or principal, in his case.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His quest to cure Leonard pushed him over the edge.
  • Mad Scientist: He's been kidnapping and experimenting on students in his lab beneath the school.
  • Obviously Evil: No bones are made about the fact that he's up to his nose in what's going on at the school, even if the game takes some time to spell out exactly what that is.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's well over a hundred years old, but due to his experiments, he hasn't aged since the early 1900s.

Leonard Friedman

Herbert Friedman's brother. He and Herbert discovered the mortifilia plant while on an expedition to Africa to find the secret to immortality, and while it worked on Herbert and his wife, it turned Leonard into a monster. He now lives in the school's basement, having grown into a giant Plant Person whose roots stretch across the campus. He is killed at the end of the game by the protagonists, serving as the Final Boss. The second game reveals that he was Not Quite Dead, using his son Jedidiah to take care of him and spread the mortifilia plant around Fallcreek University. Both of them are killed at the end.

Denny Walden

A biology teacher at Leafmore High, Denny Walden learned about Friedman's experiments, and attempted to investigate for himself. He escaped, but got himself infected and accidentally released the mutated test subjects onto the campus. He tries to help the main characters, but slowly goes insane from the infection, eventually killing Friedman in an attempt to get the cure. He is then killed by Leonard.
  • Badass Teacher
  • Sacrificial Lion: He gets killed by Leonard just after shooting Herbert Friedman.
  • The Smart Guy: In between teaching biology classes, he also figures out how the Mortifilia plant works.
  • Zombie Infectee: He was infected early on, causing him to behave more erratically as the game progresses. By the end, he is too far gone to safely use the antidote — not like it would've saved him from getting killed by Leonard anyway.

Elisabeth Wickson

The nurse at Leafmore High, Elisabeth Lucy Wickson is also Herbert Friedman's wife. Like Herbert, she was granted immortality by the mortifilia plant. She is killed by monsters offscreen.

     ObsCure II 

Corey Wilde

A student at Fallcreek University, Corey Wilde is a daredevil skater whose first and second love are his girlfriend Mei Wang and his muscle car. Corey and Mei try to sneak into a Delta Theta Gamma party just as it was being overrun by mortifilia monsters, and they must fight their way out and try to survive and stop the outbreak. At the end of the game, with his car trashed, Mei dead, and infection coursing through him, Corey is Driven to Suicide by Kenny.
And he took a pipe to the stomach, yet he still was capable of fighting.
  • The Precarious Ledge: He can climb along narrow ledges without falling.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: He loves his vintage muscle car. He calls it the "quintessential automobile"
  • Trauma Conga Line: He is infected by the Mortifilia, his car is destroyed, and his girlfriend is murdered right in front of him. He ends up shooting himself in the head at the end.
  • Zombie Infectee: He is infected at the climax of the story by Kenny, but he didn't infect him to become another senseless monster, Kenny was going to make him a sentient monster, just like him. To avoid this he decides to end his life, so he won't hurt his remaining friends.

Mei Wang

A student at Fallcreek University, Mei Wang is a computer whiz and gamer who is dating Corey Wilde and whose roommate is her beloved sister Jun. While Mei and Corey are sneaking into a Delta Theta Gamma party, it is overrun by mortifilia monsters, and they must fight their way out and try to survive and stop the outbreak. She is killed by Kenny, who crushes her head beneath his foot in front of Corey.

Sven Hansen

A student at Fallcreek University, Sven Hansen is a Norwegian exchange student who plays on the school hockey team and dates Amy Brookes. He and Amy were at the Delta Theta Gamma party when people started mutating, and had to fight their way out. He is killed by Jedidiah and hanged on a meat hook.

Amy Brookes

A student at Fallcreek University, Amy Brookes is a bubbly, yet intelligent, girl who is dating Sven Hansen. The two of them were at the Delta Theta Gamma party when people started mutating, and had to fight their way out. She is kidnapped, raped, and impregnated by Kenny, and is later captured by Delta Theta Gamma, who seek to study her mutant offspring. She gives birth to a monster, which destroys the helicopter she was in and presumably kills everyone on board.

Jun Wang

A student at Fallcreek University, Jun Wang is Mei's sister and roommate. She helps get Sven and Amy into the Delta Theta Gamma party, and is later trapped in her dorm when monsters attack. Despite Sven and Mei's best efforts, the monsters succeed in getting to Jun.

Professor Richard James

A professor of biology at Fallcreek University, Richard James assists the students in their quest to end the outbreak, supplying them with upgrades to their batteries and healing items. He also works for Delta Theta Gamma, and helps them kidnap the survivors after Leonard and Jedidiah are defeated. He is presumably killed when Amy gives birth, her mutant offspring destroying the helicopter they were in.

Jedidiah Friedman

Jedidiah is a mad, mentally damaged man who lives in an empty, decaying mansion in the woods, occasionally venturing out to kidnap and murder people. He is Leonard Friedman's son, and serves to care for his father and spread the mortifilia plant around the Fallcreek campus. The two of them are killed at the end of the game.

Delta Theta Gamma

Delta Theta Gamma is a fraternity operating on the campus of Fallcreek University. The mortifilia outbreak started at a party they were holding. They're basically your typical hard-partying Delta House wannabes. At least, on the surface. Beneath their frat-boy exterior is actually a powerful secret society hundreds of years old, with members highly placed in the US government.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: They're basically a fictional version of Skull & Bones.
  • Ballroom Blitz: Everything started at a particularly out-of-control fraternity party.
  • Fratbro: What we see of their members until the secret comes out.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Herbert and Leonard Friedman were both members of the organization, which sponsored their African expedition and later supported and covered up Herbert's experiments at Leafmore High School, as it views the mortifilia plant as the key to immortality. They also have a behind-the-scenes hand in the events of the second game, with Professor James being The Mole for them.
  • Playing with Syringes: It's implied that they were going to do this to Amy after Kenny impregnated her. Her Express Delivery, however, killed the agents who had been sent to capture her (along with Amy herself).
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: Hints of this are dropped when the characters explore their frat house early in the game, but it's only at the end when we see how far it goes.
  • Short-Lived Aerial Escape: The agents transporting Amy didn't realize just how dangerous their "cargo" really was.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Their stock in trade seems to be this. The key phrase being "seems to be".