A list of characters from the Survival Horror
mini-franchise Parasite Eve
, with a primary focus on the games by Square Enix
since not too many people have read the original novel
/seen The Movie
All mentions of voice actors only apply to The 3rd Birthday
, the only game with voice acting.
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Debuted in Parasite Eve (the novel)
A mysterious, ancient evil that wants to reverse humanity's symbiotic relationship between the nucleus (banks of genetic information that dictate what cells grow where and when) and the mitochondria (organic power plants that fuel cellular activity). To this end, she takes over the body Kiyomi Nagashima, wife of mitochondrial expert Toshiaki Nagshima, and forces her to crash her car. Toshiaki cultures some of Kiyomi's liver cells, giving Eve a place to grow a body, and one of Kiyomi's kidneys is transplanted into fourteen year old girl Mariko Anzai, whom Eve mutates the womb of so it can give birth to the Ultimate Being. After obtaining some of Toshiaki's sperm and implanting it into Mariko, Eve dissolves, unable to keep up with the energy output needed to sustain her own body.
A second, unrelated Mitochondrial Eve (possibly, see Continuity Snarl
) takes over the body of New York opera singer Melissa Pearce in the Parasite Eve
game with the same goal as her predecessor of creating the Ultimate Being. Eve-2 dissolves a solo performance crowd at Central Park into raw genetic material and allies with Melissa's former doctor, Hans Klamp
, to procure sperm for her Ultimate Being. Aya Brea fights her several times around New York, but is unable to seriously stop her plans.The original host of the second Eve is actually Maya Brea, sister of Aya Brea, who was in a fatal car crash and had her kidney donated to Melissa and her cornea to Aya.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Several of Eve-2's later forms feature breasts that lack nipples, along with creative obfuscation of the pubic area. Strangely, artwork of Eve-2 in the official Parasite Eve artbook shows her having nipples, although the pubic area is still obscured.
- Big Bad: Of the book and the first game.
- Bishonen Line: Eve-2 hits this plateau in her evolution fairly quickly and to an extent repeatedly, and for a freakish mutation, she looks disturbingly Fetish Fuel-worthy. Her final form is a lot more humanoid and angelic than her previous forms.
- Blob Monster: When Eve-1 grows she is described as giant piles of bloodless flesh.
- Body Horror: Eve-1 is this, while Eve-2 mostly inflicts it on others while riding the Bishonen Line. Some aspects of Eve-2's body are still very horrific, however, such as her first form's 'tail' and freakishly large hands.
- Break Them by Talking: Eve loved to direct this towards Aya, hoping to force Aya to see things her way and join her or simply give up.
- Continuity Snarl: The only way the second Eve could be directly connected to the Eve-1 is if the Mariko in the book is the same Mariko that's Aya and Maya's mother. And that does not work because the events of the book take place in 1985 and Aya and Maya's mother died in the 70s.
- Evil Laugh: Her dialogue suggests this despite the fact that there isn't any voice acting in the first game. In the cutscene where she smashes the piano she was playing, however, she does let out a rather high-pitched laugh after mutating into her first form. It's rather chilling.
- Fan Disservice: See Barbie Doll Anatomy above. Especially Eve-2's gestating form from the museum encounter in Day 5.
- Femme Fatalons: Eve-2's hands.
- Green Eyes: When Eve-2 takes over Melissa's body, her eyes turn from brown to green. They stay this color from then on out.
- Hannibal Lecture:
- Eve-1 gives one of these in a rhetorical question form at a lecture on mitochondria and a more direct one at a different lecture.
- Eve-2 loves giving these during her We Can Rule Together speeches to Aya, rambling about how the nucleus is long overdue for a subversion of its smug superiority over the mitochondria.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard:
- Eve-1: Never thought that male mitchondria could actually be a threat.
- Eve-2: Never expected that the evolution she so fervently sought would produce her own superior on the food chain.
- Horned Hairdo: Eve-2.
- Humanoid Abomination
- Living Bodysuit: Kiyomi Nagashima, Mariko Anzai, and Melissa Pierce.
- Monster Is a Mommy
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: One of the forms she assumes when Aya engages in the last battle with her on the collapsed Statue of Liberty.
- Playing with Fire: Her "aura" immolates people and animals (the ones that don't melt into goo or mutate).
- Power Floats: Both Eve-1 and Eve-2 are capable of levitation.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Hence the "Parasite" Eve.
- Recurring Boss: She's fought many times throughout the game, in various forms.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Eve-2 makes several changes throughout the first game and these changes appear to be permanent, as she is never shown reverting back to previous forms.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eve-2 is way more powerful than Eve-1. She can set people on fire and mutate them, while Eve-1 was only able to set people ablaze.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Eve-1 is capable of this. Her favorite form is Kiyomi. Eve-2 sticks with a mutated Melissa, but does not show any sign of being able to shapeshift.
- The Virus
The Ultimate Being Eve's "child", a human/mitochondria monster hybrid that has all of Eve's powers and complete control of its genetic code, that Eve wants to lead the mitochondria revolution. Eve succeeds in her goal of creating the Ultimate Being, but doesn't count on the male mitochondria from Toshiaki's sperm to rebel against Eve's mitochondria, causing the whole thing to self-destruct.The second Eve also wants to create an Ultimate Being and spends most of the game attempting to create and give birth to one. In the normal game (Day 6), Eve dies but the being is born anyway, since she implanted it into the mito-mass at Liberty Island. Is the final boss of the regular scenario.
Debuted in Parasite Eve (the game)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP) and Yvonne Strahovski (EN)
Her cutscene model in Parasite Eve
Her artwork for Parasite Eve 2
Her artwork for The 3rd Birthday
A 25-year-old police officer whose life changes when a date At the Opera Tonight
(tonight being Christmas Eve 1997) goes horribly wrong. As the only person to not not-so-spontaneously combust upon the awakening of Mitochondria Eve, she struggles to understand and rein in her own bizarre powers while racing to stop Eve from giving birth to the Ultimate Being and destroying and/or forcibly evolving humanity in the process. She's immune to Eve because they share donor organs from her twin, Maya. More on that further down.
Aya returns in Parasite Eve 2
, set three years after the events of Parastie Eve
as an ace operative of the FBI's anti-mitochondrial mutant task force, MIST (Mitochondrion Investigation and Suppression Team)
, formed following reports of Eve's mutated animal minions spreading out from Manhattan. Aya's journey to destroy the newly-monikered "Neo-Mitochondrion Creatures" (NMCs) and put a seal on her own unpredictable powers leads her to Los Angeles. However, an investigation into an NMC outbreak near the ghost town of Dryfield, Nevada hits closer to home.
Aya is the star in The 3rd Birthday
but, apart from her name, she remembers nothing about herself or her past. When the CTI (Counter Twisted Investigation team) found her, she was wearing a bloody wedding gown outside the St. Thomas Cathedral in Manhattan, either just before or just after her own wedding. After taking her into custody, the CTI realized her abilities allowed her to dive into a human's past consciousness. Understanding that this was humanity's only chance against the space and time-defying Twisted, the Overdive Investigation Unit was formed to develop a way to use Aya's powers against them....Except this isn't Aya at all. It's Eve, from Parasite Eve 2, in Aya's body, the result of a failed Emergency Transformation. As a result, she actually regains a mix of both her actual memories and Aya's, resulting in a huge Tomato Surprise.
Daniel "Bo" Dollis
Aya's partner and Black Best Friend
; combined, the manual refers to them as the "Father and Daughter Team" of the NYPD's 17th Precinct. His introduction is a Dynamic Entry
that sets the tone for his take-no-nonsense approach to the Eve case, along with his determination to thwart any mundane threat that sets its eyes on Aya or his son Ben.
Daniel's son, in the custody of his ex-wife Lorraine due to his long hours on the force. Initially planned to reunite the family at Melissa Pearce's Central Park solo concert, but Eve's awakening changed all that. Along with Lorraine, he was meant part of the mito-mass that became the Ultimate Being's uterus, although he survives.
Likes dogs, and is quickly introduced to the K-9 unit's Sheeva, which goes about as well as you'd expect for a game reveling in its high levels of Transformation Trauma
Chief of the NYPD 17th. Joined the force at about the same time as Daniel, and still maintains casual terms with him despite their difference in rank. Takes care of Ben while Daniel and Aya are on the scene in Central Park, only to get himself injured protecting him from the mutated Sheeva.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP) and Joe J. Thomas (EN)
Japanese biologist and walking Infodump
for the events of the novel, who hopped the first plane to New York when he heard of the fire at Carnegie Hall. After rescuing Aya following her clash with Eve at Central Park, he relates the tale of the original Eve's attempt to birth an Ultimate Being and discovers the reason behind Aya's immunity to the current Eve. Afterwards, his main role is dispensor of inventory space-wasting good luck charms
, including one literal Chekhov's Gun
Maeda returns in The 3rd Birthday
, once again assisting Aya with his research into the Twisted.
Torres Owens and Wayne Garcia
Caretakers of the 17th's weapons storage area. Torres is hell-bent on making sure guns are used responsibly, having sworn off using them since his daughter died in a mishap with a loaded one. This tends to make him clash loudly with apprentice Wayne, an adherent to the More Dakka
school of gun control. Both provide Aya with the facilities to modify weapons and armor to increase their bonus slots, and space to store unneeded items.
Wayne, not being allowed to handle the guns without supervision, takes to collecting gun trading cards instead. Feed his hobby following Torres's death during the raid on the precinct
and you'll eventually be rewarded with the Infinity Plus and/or Minus One Toolkits
- Shout-Out: They return (sort of) as proprietors of the Lindblum Synthesis Shop in Final Fantasy IX, and reprise their argument when you first walk in: Wayne believes the key to victory is superior weaponry, where Torres puts his faith in superior armor.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Played rather seriously.
Warner, Nix, and Cathy
They're also on the force.
Anthropologist at the Museum of Natural History, who is mysteriously at work despite both the Christmas holiday and an evacuation of Manhattan following Eve's audience liquification event at Central Park. Oversaw the operations that transplanted Maya Brea's organs into Aya and Melissa, supplied Melissa with enough immunosuppressants to let the mitochondria in Maya's kidney take her over as Eve, and removed the mitochondria from his sperm to make it prime material for fertilizing the Ultimate Being. Apparently has been pulling a Long Con and considered a variety of potential organ recipients for creating the UB, as Lorraine Dollis is listed on the same HLA list that he pilfered from St. Francis Hospital.
Is dead. Aya keeps having visions and flashbacks of her as she pursues Eve, though. Is also the Bonus Boss. Aya's visions are due to having received a transplant from Maya. Aya had a defect in her right eye since birth, and received Maya's cornea as a transplant. Which is how Aya will later in life acquire her mitochondrial powers
Debuted in Parasite Eve II
The new Daniel. Still black
, still badass
, and about the same aptitude at dealing with NMCs and twisted humans alike.
- Badass Normal: He's pretty much a One-Scene Wonder. He saves Aya from an ambush early in the game and unloads a ton of lead into the first Stranger, but sadly, he's wounded and out of commission for most of the rest of the game.
- Bald of Awesome
- Black Best Friend: Unfortunately, despite his Establishing Character Moment being a badass with a huge Hand Cannon, he's out of the picture for most of the game. He's probably the Hero of Another Story.
- Da Chief: In the True Ending, he takes over the MIST Office after Baldwin is arrested for his treachery.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Examining some items in the shooting range at MIST reveals he got 1st place in the most recent shooting competition there.
- It's Personal: He lost his family during the N.Y. Blockade incident. Now he dedicates his life to exterminating neo-mitochondrion creatures.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He wields the Mongoose at the start of the game, which he gives to you only if you're on the Sad Ending route.
Somewhere between "The new Wayne" and "The new Maeda" falls MIST's resident computer whiz. Though he just plain Doesn't Like Guns
, that's about the only hindrance to his assistance to Aya via Hollywood Hacking
or item delivery.
Eric "Hal" Baldwin
Aya's new boss. Far too impersonal to call "The new Baker". More like "The new Klamp".
The MIST team like to call him Hal because his cold demeanor is reminiscent of the HAL-9001 supercomputer.
- Da Chief Lite
- Karma Houdini: If you don't get the True Ending, he apparently skips town and avoids any punishment for his actions. To get the True Ending, though, Aya calls Jodie and tells her about her suspicions, and Rupert confronts him, which leads to his arrest.
- Treacherous Advisor: Is in on the Neo-Ark Project, and may have helped procure Aya's cellular samples to assist them in cloning this newest breed of NMCs.
Runs MIST's BP shop (Bounty Points
, not British Petroleum). Depending on how well you play the game, this may be all you remember her for.
The last living resident of Dryfield (excepting his dog, Flint, and the hordes of NMCs Aya's come to clean out). A Vietnam vet with a gun collection big enough to claim the title of "The new Wayne", he helps Aya resupply during the investigation despite being compensated in some newfangled RPG currency
rather than cold hard cash. After Aya's car is totaled by a herd of NMCs, he also volunteers his truck to get her and Kyle to an old nuclear shelter that may be the source of the infestation.
A so-called private detective Aya encounters in Dryfield, claiming to be looking into strange shipments going into a nearby nuclear shelter once owned by a doomsday cult. Since he's one of the few Escort Mission
escortees in the business who doesn't suck for some reason or another, Aya teams up with him to discover the shelter's connection to the new NMCs. Is a Double Agent for what's left of the Neo-Ark group, hired to bring Aya so that she could open the pathway to a runaway test subject. In turn, he was planted in Neo-Ark by the U.S. government, to pinpoint their Ultimate Being analogue for destruction via orbital railgun.
Kyle returns in The 3rd Birthday
. Aya keeps seeing visions of him while she battles the Twisted, but initially does not remember who he is.
- Double Agent: Kyle Madigan is actually a government agent sent to infiltrate the Ark organization, which in turn sends him to gain Aya's trust and manipulate her.
- The Mole
- A Taste of Power: When teaming up with Aya for combat sequences, usually wields a cool weapon from the next shopping tier or two up.
- Shoot the Dog: Was going to kill Eve but Aya stops him, as she saw that Eve was just a scared little girl who didn't want to be used as a power/control source anymore.
- Shoot Your Mate: Near the end of the second game, No. 9 orders him to kill Aya. He fires, but he adjusts his aim to only hit her arm. This apparently satisfies 9, as he turns back to Eve to laugh... which gives Kyle the chance to shoot him in the head.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: Game Over for Aya if Kyle loses all 100 of his non-healable Hit Points. (Thankfully, he's not as screwed as he looks during the first major battle of Disc 2.)
- Yanks with Tanks: Baldwin's background check of him reveals he served for four years in the U.S. Air Force.
As the main series page calls him, "a Gunblade-slinging rooftop-hopping ape-like zombie cyborg supersoldier
" who masterminds an NMC outbreak at the Akropolis shopping center and is apparently the last sentient resident of the Neo-Ark shelter - his colleagues having either become NMCs themselves in some half-assed transhuman orgy
or been killed by said voluntary converts. Hired Kyle, whether of his own will or at Baldwin's request, to escort Aya to Neo-Ark so she would eventually disable various barriers that his "queen" had erected around herself.
- BFS: Though his use of a Gunblade is more memorable, he DID pack a mean randomly-on-fire machete during his first showdown with Aya.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Number Nine is the closest we have to a main antagonist, but he's not actually in charge of the big plan, just following it out. Whoever orchestrated it is long gone, either killed or turned into an ANMC.
- Elite Mook: Not all that evident, with anything resembling a Big Bad proper already dead.
- Flaming Sword: During the first boss fight with him in LA.
- Laughing Mad: He's really easily amused.
- Never Found the Body: After fighting him in Dryfield, Aya's mitochondrial power goes out of control and she sets him on fire before she passes out. Hours later, when Kyle shows up at the scene, there's no sign of 9. Of course he's not dead and he returns for the finale.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Two and a half out of four ain't bad.
- One-Hit KO: During the first fight with him, his flame sword attack is a guaranteed kill, moreso if he's backed Aya in a corner.
- Recurring Boss: He is fought at both the Akropolis Tower and later in Dryfield.
- Vader Breath: Even when he loses his mask in the endgame, he's still breathing like this.
- You Are Number Six: Though practically revelling in the inhumanity that this trope entails.
Voiced by: Rei Okamoto (JP) and Molly Quinn (EN)
Not the same the Nietzsche Wannabe
of the last game, however - this new Eve is a Mysterious Waif cloned from Aya herself
and raised in isolation with the shittiest children's toys known to man
- all to heighten her sense of fear and self-preservation as the eventual living engine for Neo-Ark's not-quite-an-Ultimate-Being.
At least her teddy bear's halfway normal. She gets absorbed into the final boss, but Aya manages to save her. With Rupert's help, Aya adopts the girl as a sister. Eve also apparently lost most of her power, but overall she's quite well-adjusted and is going to school in the end
Eve returns in the The 3rd Birthday
with an expanded role. Eve disappeared after the incident at Aya's wedding at St. Thomas Cathedral. All information on her is from Aya's personal testimony, as she doesn't appear in any records in government databases. After a particular disturbing flashback concerning her, Aya decides to use her Overdive ability to look in the past for the cause of Eve's disappearance, and hopefully learn how to save her. She is the true Player Character of The 3rd Birthday. When the SWAT team attacked St. Thomas Cathedral, Aya and all of the other attendees to the wedding were gunned down. In a desperate attempt to save her, Eve dived into Aya's dying body, and quickly killed the soldiers. However, in the process, she destroyed Aya's lingering soul. Eve, in the shock and confusion from what she had just unconsciously done (and the identity crises of having bits of Aya's soul mix with her own), failed to return to her own body and fainted. When she awoke, she had completely lost her memories, and found herself in the care of Hyde Bohr, the head researcher for the CTI. Unknown to her, in the intense stress during the incident where she lost her memories, her already advanced cells made a huge evolutionary step, and her abandoned body decayed to create the sentient High Ones — the natural predators to the Twisted.
- Action Survivor: She was a young teenager in a woman's body who had to learn fighting from scratch — you've gotta give her credit for her tenacity.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was raised to be this way, amplified by being forced to wear a slave crown-esque helmet.
- Body Surf
- Cloning Blues
- Cute Mute: She never speaks until late in the second game.
- Damsel in Distress: She gets kidnapped by No. 9 late in the second game, and the finale consists of Aya chasing after her.
- Dead All Along: Well, her body anyway, in 3rd.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her prized possession is a teddy bear.
- Happily Adopted
- Healing Factor: Like her "sister" Aya.
- Mysterious Waif
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: She was created to be used as a living power source for Neo Ark's Ultimate ANMC.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She isn't who she thinks Aya thinks she is. Revealed at the end of The 3rd Birthday.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: There's one sequence where Aya must escort her out of a room that is slowly being filled with poison gas. Eve cannot defend herself at all, and if her HP hits 0, the game is over.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Her "play room" was deliberately designed to frustrate her, and those loudspeakers in the walls that keep Aya from using her powers? They were meant for Eve.
- If she hadn't tried to save Aya, the Twisted wouldn't have been created and Eve's own body wouldn't have decayed and evolved into the High Ones.
- Younger Than They Look: She has the appearance of a 10 year old girl, but was presumably "grown" in a much shorter amount of time.
Debuted in The 3rd Birthday
Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi (JP) and James M. Connor (EN)
Chief researcher for the CTI and head of the Overdive Investigation Unit. A friendly mentor to Aya and the other people in his unit, he is devoted to finding a way to stop the Twisted. Like EVERY character in this game, he's not quite what he seems, though. Hyde is actually one of the most powerful High Ones — a race evolved from Eve's remains that is dedicated to the eradication of the Twisted at all costs. He gathered and sub-consciously controls the other High Ones in the group.
- Adam and Eve Plot: Sort of... he wants to combine with Eve, who he considers to be the Mother of the High Ones race and create an ultimate race.
- Body Snatcher: As a High One, he stole the original Hyde's body in the first place. Also gained the ability to Overdive when Eve dived into him near the end of the game.
- The Chessmaster: In his quest to go back to Time Zero
- Dead All Along: Killed at "Time Zero", at St. Thomas Cathedral, where he was attending Aya's wedding.
- Guns Akimbo: It's hard to notice in the midst of battle, but Hyde dual wields two M4s with ease.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is a High One in disguise
- Man in White
- Manipulative Bastard: Hyde Bohr's using Aya to kill High Ones to allow him to go back to time zero.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Hyde as we know him, and Eve's other CTI teammates controlled by him.
- Team Dad
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hyde takes advantage of the Twisted incidents to travel back to Time Zero, where he would merge with Eve and become the pioneer of a higher lifeform. Nevermind the people who died in said incident.
- A bit of Fridge Brilliance, the Twisted turn out to be this. Being the fragmented pieces of Aya's "soul" that were sent to the future due to Eve's Overdive, they abduct and kill people to make the Babels grow and merge into the Grand Babel, which would enable said pieces to travel back to Time Zero and undo those events by taking control of Aya for a little while.
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (JP) and Patrick Cavanaugh (EN)
The chief engineer of the CTI's Overdive Unit, originally hailing from South Korea. He joined the CTI at Hyde Bohr's request.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the age of 14, he was notorious for unleashing a Trojan horse that stole sensitive information. After being arrested, he ended up with a plea bargain, and began to work for the government in order to take down the communication networks of terrorists. That earned the ire of his fellow hackers, so he survived by wiping out his personal history and starting over from scratch.
- Hollywood Hacking: His specialty.
- Killed Off for Real: By Kyle Madigan.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We never know his real name. He purposely intended it to start over from a blank slate after a life of being a malicious hacker.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP) and Chris Jai Alex (EN)
Formerly a Special Ops combat specialist, he left his squad to join the CTI team. Soon after, his whole squad was annihilated in the ill-fated Operation Red Fog. Was outside of St. Thomas Cathedral at the time of SWAT raid. He's another High One, created when Eve's body deteriorated at Time Zero.
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (JP) and Melinda Hill (EN)
A special agent in the CTI's Overdive Investigation Unit. Her friendship with Aya is a sisterly bond. She's also a High One, created when Eve's body deteriorated at Time Zero.
Hunter "Boss" Owen
Voiced by: Wataru Yokojima (JP) and Joe Smith (EN)
The head of CTI. Owen suspects Aya is a Twisted, so he is constantly hostile towards her.
- Bad Boss: There isn't a good reason for treating the one woman whom your entire operation and plan to save the world on like crap and calling her "thing".
- Jerkass: A bit of an understatement. He kills the whole CTI team and tries to get Aya killed in a battle against Twisted-Gabriel.