Characters: The Witch's House

These are the characters from The Witch's House. Due to the limited number of characters who appear, all of them will be grouped here.

This page is heavy in spoilers; you have been warned.

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Ellen: (about Viola) Then a girl came to play. A cute girl with golden braids...

Viola is the protagonist of the game; a 13 year old girl and the only daughter of a huntsman. Viola befriends Ellen, the witch who lives in a large house on the edge of the forest. Her adventure throughout the game takes her through Ellen's house as she tries to make an escape from it; avoiding every trap and solving every puzzle to make it out of the house safely, along with her faithful black cat.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Viola, while seeing Ellen getting worse with sickness, had muttered "If only I could take your place...". Cue the entire game.
  • Daddy's Girl: Viola is her father's only daughter (and as it seems, only living family member), and he seems very concerned for her safety given his letters, and actions in the end of the game.
  • Death Tropes: In a game like this, any bad decision means Viola can fulfill several:
    • And I Must Scream: One of the possible deaths involve being trapped in a painting by the Mona-Lisa.
    • Boom, Headshot: How the real Viola dies; her father shoots her twice in the head.
    • Eaten Alive: By a giant skull.
    • Eye Scream: The Book of Death (which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin), makes Viola gouge her eyes out, which kills her.
    • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In multiple ways; knives and vines are the most prominent.
    • Off with Her Head!: One of several ways Viola can die in this game; putting on a pair of blood-filled shoes causes her head to pop off (bleeding, of course), while her body prances away. By this point, it should actually have been expected.
    • Rasputinian Death: Averted in-game with 'Viola', i.e. Ellen, who only has 10 HP and dies if you look at her funny; the real Viola, in Ellen's body, is this. With gouged out eyes, a burned throat, chopped off legs, and a knife in her body, it's only two bullets to the brain that stop her. The prequel novel even gives the implication that it's as much the despair she feels in that moment as it is the damage that finally puts her down.
    • Super Drowning Skills: Another possible method of death is via drowning; its also a very well deserved death, as the tadpoles (who were the children of the frog Viola fed to the snake to save your own skin) do it as revenge against Viola.
    • The Many Deaths of You: Viola can die in so many ways, Krillin is starting to get jealous.
    • The Walls Are Closing In: The first death encountered; stepping on a pool of blood in the center of the first room crushes Viola between two walls.
  • Declaration of Protection: In the novelization, Viola vows to always be there for Ellen. Holy shit did that backfire...
  • Determinator: Despite the entire house being alive and actively trying to kill her with damn near everything it has, Viola never stops trying to get out of it — all because she needed a way to remove a rose bush blocking her path. The true Viola, however, is the mutilated "witch" we see, and she's even more remarkable; despite being in a body that should be long dead, she never stops pursuing Ellen, who has her body, just so she can take her body back and return home to her father. This is all done while having no eyes, no legs, and no voice, in a sick body that is actively bleeding out.
  • Dumb Blonde: Quite a lot of the choices you make in the game that can get you killed are obviously stupid; drinking poison from a table is one example. However, as this is Ellen in Viola's body, it cannot be chalked up to Viola's own stupidity. Offering to swap bodies with a desperate witch, however, can.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Despite all of her efforts, every bit of perseverance, Viola would have never been able to get her old body back from Ellen. The spell to transfer bodies requires a bond of trust, as well as consent, from the target of the spell; obviously, Ellen, who is only too happy to be in a body that no longer hurts, would not provide this. Additionally, Ellen's contract with the black cat is infallible; had Viola managed to kill Ellen, or somehow get her body back, the cat would restart time until the contract had ended: said contract involving Ellen gaining a healthy body. In short, Viola was doomed the moment that Ellen first laid eyes upon her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Double subverted. Viola is a sweet girl, or at least, she was until Ellen stole her body.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Ellen's body, all that's left of Viola is her upper torso; Ellen, in Viola's body, cut off the girl's legs.
  • Instant Expert: Viola, in Ellen's body, despite being in IMMENSE PAIN from no eyes, a burning throat, and chopped off legs, learns to use Ellen's own magic against her very quickly to trap her inside her own house. It doesn't stick.
  • Missing Mom: Viola's mother died when she was a child.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Viola has 10 HP...this has absolutely no effect on gameplay whatsoever; one hit from ANYTHING will kill this girl.
    • The only exception is the poisoned soup, which will take away 1 HP for every step she takes. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the poison within 10 steps (or anywhere in the game, for that matter), so it might as well be.

If you won’t love me, I don’t need you. If you’re loved, but you won’t accept it, I’ll never forgive you.

The titular witch, and the antagonist of the game. Ellen lives in a house on the edge of the forest, surrounding by dark legends of kidnapping the children who go into the forest. Having lived alone for centuries, due to being very ill and having killed her own parents in retribution for neglecting her, Ellen befriended Viola, a young girl who came to play with her; effectively getting her first friend.

Ellen appears as the antagonist in the game, trapping Viola in her house and using her powerful magic to warp the house in a way that it becomes a dangerous threat. Throughout the game, she appears in cryptic moments, and never says a word before Viola encounters her in the last stretch of the game; ultimately, she is killed by Viola's father, in the man's attempt to protect his daughter.
  • Above Good and Evil: How she tries to justify her vile actions and behavior.
  • All There in the Manual: Besides the small portions in the Witch's Diary, the majority of her backstory is revealed through The Witch’s House: The Diary of Ellen, and it is depressing.
  • Big Bad: Quite obviously, as the titular witch of the game. Ellen is the witch you see throughout the entirety of the game, and the final enemy you have to flee from the in the end. Only it's really Viola...
  • Blatant Lies: Some things she claims are just completely contradicted by her behavior.
  • Consummate Liar: How she was able to befriend Viola and get her to agree with switching bodies with her.
  • The Dragon: She essentially fulfills this role to the Demon; everything she does and can do is because of him, and he calls her "My faithful witch" in the Secret Ending.
  • Death Tropes: All the ones listed for Viola? With a few exceptions, these are actually ones that apply to Ellen.
    • Death by Irony: The Book of Death can kill Ellen while in Viola's body. How? By making her gouge out her own eyes, exactly what Ellen did to her own body prior to switching with Viola.
  • Evil Gloating: Once she escapes her house, she does this in the end to Viola, revealing the plot twist about "Viola" actually being Ellen.
  • Eye Scream: Her eyes are missing and streaked with blood.
  • False Friend: The only reason that Ellen "befriended" Viola was because she needed a sincere bond of trust and consent in order for the Black Cat's body-swapping spell to work.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: She has these right before the final chase.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: When Viola finally comes face-to-face with the witch, all that's left of her is her mangled upper body. In the third pseudo-ending, it's revealed that Ellen cut her legs off and gouged her eyes out just so that Viola would despair as she died. To add insult to injury, Ellen gave Viola a throat-burning "medicine" so that she would no longer be able to speak. This was to ensure Viola died, because a witch's immortality and glamour fails if she suffers great despair, according to the novel.
  • Ill Girl: Prior to the events of the game, she was so ill that it got to the point she couldn't get out of her own bed. This was what drove her to trick Viola into swapping bodies with her, just so she could have a body that wouldn't hurt.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Desperately. All Ellen wanted, as a child, was the love of her parents, and the love of friends. Having received neither, she killed her parents and turned to magic.
    • This all comes to a head in the actual game; the reason Ellen went so far out of her way to steal Viola's body isn't simply because she needed a body that didn't hurt: she wanted Viola's life. Knowing Viola had a loving father (precisely what she never had), she wanted to take Viola's place. And she succeeded.
  • Karma Houdini: Ellen gets away with sacrificing an untold number of lost children to a demon and stealing Viola's body. Unless, of course, you count getting painfully killed every time you screw up.
  • Laughing Mad: After she switched bodies with Viola, Ellen was positively ecstatic to be in a body that no longer hurt at all. And made worse by her gloating to Viola that she had stolen the girl's body.
  • Parental Neglect: A downright depressing example. Ellen's father ignored Ellen's very existence; downright disregarding her and only paying attention to her mother. Ellen's mother struggled to give her attention but couldn't cope entirely with having a terminally ill daughter, and tried to leave her family for a rich man. Ellen, in a furious rage, killed them both. It's hard not to see it as a good thing.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes, or lack thereof, are red.
  • Sadist: She clearly shows sadism when she taunts the dying, blind, mute, and crippled Viola about her situation. She also snickers after Viola is killed by her own father.
  • The Sociopath: She was like this from the beginning, from using her mother's death as a way to get her father's attention without so much as mourning over her, and her contract with the demon only made her worst; to actively deceiving many innocent people, getting thrills out of their sufferingnote , claiming that morals are irrelevant to her end goal, and ultimately what she does to poor Viola at the end.
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Villain Protagonist: In the end, she turns out to have been in Viola's body all along, with the real Viola actually being trapped in the witch's body.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.

    Black Cat 
"You know this is a witch's house, right?"

A supporting character in the game, the Black Cat is a sarcastic talking cat that accompanies Viola throughout the duration of the game, functioning as her save point.
  • All Witches Have Cats: He serves as something of a guide and a helper (and a save point) to the protagonist. The cat is in fact possessed by the demon who gave the witch her powers, so the "cat" is actually the master in the relationship.
  • Bigger Bad: He's actually a demon that gave Ellen her powers in the first place.
  • Captain Obvious: At one point, the cat says, "By the way, this is a witch's house. You know that, right?"
  • Catch Phrase: "Yo".
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. He follows Viola into the witch's house and provides friendly chatter (in addition to allowing her to save). While he comes off as aloof at times, he seems genuinely concerned about her. In both endings, he approaches and disappears with her body. And then double-subverted when he's revealed to be possessed by the demon that gave Ellen her powers, and was most likely claiming poor Viola's soul as another victim.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: At the half-way point in the game: "By the way, you know that this is a witch's house, right? Right." The line is even more snarky given that the girl we are playing as is the witch, in Viola's body.
  • Deal with the Devil: More or less the black cat's M.O. He struck up one with Ellen; magical powers, and a home, in exchange for souls. Thankfully, the cat seems to be loyal enough; so long as Ellen holds up her end of the bargain, he upholds his. This even includes bringing her back to life countless times during the course of the game.
  • The Dog Was The Master Mind: The "pseudo-third" ending reveals that the savepoint cat is the demon which gave Ellen her powers.
  • The Heavy: The cat is responsible for damn near everything. He made Ellen a witch. He made her kill and devour souls in exchange for a cure to her illness. But, to cap it all off, he created the spell to swap bodies and initiated the switch.
    • Subverted, in that he technically didn't make Ellen do anything; he laid out the clear terms of his offer, and she willingly accepted it, and despite him withholding some bits of information, he still ultimately kept his end of the bargain.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Possibly; his behavior in game and in the side-story shows that he does seem to hold some genuine affection for Ellen; exactly how much though, is unknown.
  • It Amused Me: At the beginning, he says that he's following you around for laughs.
  • Justified Save Point: Not stated outright, but since the cat is actually a powerful demon, it makes sense he could return the Witch from the grave.
  • Karma Houdini: Just like Ellen, the Black Cat gets off scot-free in the end, receiving no punishment for the many souls he devoured, including Viola's own in the end.
  • Parental Substitute: After Ellen killed her parents, the Black Cat took her in, gave her powers, and also taught her things like how to read and write.

A hand is exactly what I needed

An invisible character, who may help you if you "lend a hand".
  • Affably Evil: despite being the servant of a Wicked Witch, he seems like a nice guy if you give him severed teddy bear limbs, he will thank you and give you a key.
  • All There in the Manual: The Diary Of Ellen reveals that he is the ghost of one of the victims of Ellen's predecessor, and that he needs severed hands to help make medicine for Ellen's illness.
  • Literal-Minded: If you agree to "lend a hand" he will cut your right hand off and kill you. You have to give him dismembered teddy bear limbs.

    Viola's father 
"Viola?! Are you safe?! Are you hurt anywhere?"

A hunter, who is Viola's only surviving family left after the death of her mother. He writes a letter to her just before the beginning of the game, which can be found in two parts at the start and at the end.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the normal ending, Viola's father arrives and blasts the witch to bits with his shotgun when it follows Viola out of the house. Subverted by the true ending; he unknowingly murdered his daughter and took the witch home in her place.
  • Dont Go Into The Woods: His letter says not to go into the forest, though it's actually the way out.
  • Good Parents: From what's seen of him, he genuinely cares about Viola and the two are close.
  • Papa Wolf: Given a cruel twist. He kills the witch to protect his daughter, completely unaware that the witch is his daughter.
  • Unnamed Parent: He's never given an actual name other than "Viola's father".

    Characters from The Diary of Ellen 

Ellen's mother

My dear Ellen...

Ellen's father

...Dammit! You gotta be shittin’ me!

A drug addict that neglects his ill daughter, but genuinely loves his wife.

Unnamed Boy

Hey, Ellen. You wanna play outside?

A young boy that enters the witch house and becomes Ellen's first friend

  • Cute Bookworm: He sure loves reading books, but apparently he cannot read well.
  • Informed Attribute: His chesnut colored hair.
  • Keet: He's very smiley and friendly
  • Killed Off for Real: Ellen kills him once he commits the mistake of panicking after seeing her true sick body.
    • The Walls Are Closing In: The poor kid dies crushed between two walls.. Which means that in the game, the pool of blood in the dark room is his blood.
  • Only Friend: To Ellen, until that was not required anymore...
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He dragged Ellen outside to play, but after getting out of the house, Ellen retuns to her original sick body, disgusting him. He came back later to make amends, but Ellen simply kills him.
  • No Name Given
  • The Not-Love Interest: Despite Ellen's claims that she doesn't know what is love and how it feels to be loved, some of her lines in the novel imply that she might had feelings for him.
  • Posthumous Character: In the game. He is now a resident of the house and is the invisible person in the library.
  • Savvy Girl Energetic Guy: With Ellen.
  • Sweet Tooth