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.
  • Action Survivor: Makes her way through an enchanted house full of death traps and puzzles, with zero means to defend herself or fight back against anything. When she finally comes face-to-face with the Witch, her only way to survive is to flee the house entirely. Subverted in that the Action Survivor you're playing as is actually the Witch herself in a non-witch's body.
  • 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: Not knowing it's her, Viola's father shoots the real Viola 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...
  • Despair Event Horizon: She hits it after her father shouts that she's a monster and shoots her in the head when she can't get him to recognize her, and whisks Ellen away in her body after Ellen pauses to rub salt in the wound by giggling at Viola. Viola's despair actually kills her, as a witch can only lose her immortality through despair and Viola was a witch at that point; when she hit the Despair Event Horizon, she lost the immortality that'd been keeping her going up until that point, and died. Just as Ellen planned.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Subverted.
  • 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Ellen, though subverted in that Ellen is a False Friend. Viola is technically the younger one in this friendship despite being a young woman and Ellen looking like a little girl.
  • Missing Mom: Viola's mother died when she was a child.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her befriending the sickly little girl who was all alone, for one. Her agreeing to that sickly little girl's request, for another.
  • 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.
  • Parents in Distress: "The Diary of Ellen" reveals that Viola had resigned herself to the fate Ellen had in store for her up until she realized that her father would be at risk from Ellen's evil next. Viola is motivated to act against Ellen solely in attempt to protect her father from that.
  • Shoot the Dog: Or in this case, Feed the Frog to the Snake. Unfortunately, there comes a time where Viola must send her poor, cute little ally who loves her so much to its death in order to keep advancing through the witch's house. Only it's not actually Viola doing this, but Ellen.

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 her diary, 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.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: To the point she'd happily kill for it.
  • Enfant Terrible: Ellen is said by the novel to have become a witch as a seven-year-old little girl, which, thanks to immortality, is the way she stays. A seven-year-old who sets people up to die in horrible ways to give their souls to a demon to eat, calling her victims her "friends."
  • Evil Gloating: Once the final chase takes Viola and Ellen outside her house, Ellen does this 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, and to add insult to injury, gave Viola a throat-burning "medicine" so that she would no longer be able to scream with Ellen's own voice. This was to ensure that Viola died, because a witch's immortality and glamour fails if she suffers great despair, according to the novel.
  • 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 only 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.
  • Ill Girl: Has an unnamed disease with pretty horrific descriptions of what it does to her her entire life. 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Viola, though subverted in that Ellen is a False Friend. Ellen is technically the older one in this friendship despite looking like a little girl.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist: Has whiffs of this in her backstory. Despite killing her mother after finding out that she never loved her, she feels no sense of remorse at all and ends up using her dead mother to get her father's attention, only to kill him as well when he doesn't even notice her. After making a contract with the demon , she only grew worse. Despite being able to feel empathy for animals, though, she possesses none for humans whatsoever. From her countless victims to eventually Viola , Ellen wants to make anyone love her and if they refuse regardless of reasons she'll kill them off and revel in their suffering.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Has one in the true ending at Viola's expense.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In her backstory, she goes outside and buries a dead cat she admired, not wanting it eaten by crows. This sparks her mother to abandon her, which in turn sparks Ellen's Start of Darkness.
  • Older Than They Look: Ellen is stated by the novelization to have been around seven years old when she gained immortality by becoming a witch. It's unclear how long she's lived since then — either decades or centuries — but it was long enough for guns to be invented.
  • 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Retains the outward appearance of a seven year old girl, despite actually being centuries old, thanks to the house's magic.
  • 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The first victims of this once innocent girl were her parents. The written novel states she suffered a My God, What Have I Done? moment after murdering the people who actually cared for her.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Had catlike golden eyes, but subverted since they have nothing to do with her being a witch; she simply happened to be born with them.
  • Sweet Tooth: One of the childlike traits she never lost; she has no interest in proper meals, and consumes nothing but tea and sweets. She notes that the house's chef can prepare a variety of excellent meals, but she only ever has him make her pastries and cakes.
  • Tragic Villain: Subverted. At first, her backstory seems to paint her as a neglected child who just needs love, but her remorseless sacrifice of other children takes away most of her sympathy. Worse yet, she betrayed Viola, who showed her genuine love and trust, meaning she's too far gone for her Freudian Excuse to work.
  • 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.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ellen had this trope in spades with regards to her father, who rarely even looked at her. It was bad enough that she was actually excited at the prospect of how furious he would be with her for killing his beloved wife, because that meant that he would finally be paying her attention; when he didn't even then, she lost it (again) and killed him. Ellen also had this trope with her mother to a lesser extent, feeling that she had her mother's love but being so insecure and so desperate not to lose her mother's love that she would do anything she thought would please her mother and make her decide to stay and keep loving her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair, which she inherited from her father.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's actually a demon that gave Ellen her powers in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Every time you progress through the house, there is the cat. It never seems to move from its spot, but it changes location to wherever you might need to save. Played for laughs when he poses as a cat statue.
    • The Cat Came Back: Naturally, this means that you can't get rid of him at all. Comically, you go beyond the cat's reach, and... "Yo."
  • 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.

Ah. You're giving me this? Thank you!

An invisible entity that helps you by giving her the Book of Death in exchange for the rope to 'tie' the books, which you later find out that he commits suicide by hanging himself. The prequel reveals that he is Ellen's first friend and victim, a young illiterate boy.

  • Cute Bookworm: He sure loves reading books, but apparently he cannot read well.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the game he was dead to begin with, but he is the invisible person in the library. He is seen sorting books and needs something to tie them together. After "Viola" gives him a rope to solve a puzzle, he thanks her. If she backtracks to the room after that, she'll find that he tied the rope into a noose and killed himself.
  • Implied 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.
  • Keet: He's very smiley and friendly
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He dragged Ellen outside to play, but after getting out of the house, Ellen returns to her original sick body, disgusting him. He came back later to make amends, but Ellen simply kills him because she doesn't believe she can have real friends, making him the first in a long line of victims she gives the house.
  • No Name Given: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel.
  • Only Friend: To Ellen, until he commits the mistake of panicking after seeing her true sick body, and she kills him.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. He is introduced in the game simply as the invisible person in the library that is Driven to Suicide, but the novel reveals who he is.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with Ellen, with the boy as the Energetic Guy to her Savvy Girl.
  • Sweet Tooth: Like Ellen.
  • 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.

    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 killed his daughter and took the witch home in her place.
  • Don't 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: The game never gives him a name other than "Viola's father". The picture gallery states that his name is Travis.

    Characters from The Diary of Ellen 

Ellen's mother

My dear Ellen...

  • Broken Pedestal: Ellen's realization that her mother was going to start a new life with a new man, her opinion of her shatters and never recovers. She kills her immediately after coming to the conclusion of what her mother's been up to.
  • Came Back Wrong: Lives on as a spirit within the witch's house, and is much more spiteful and malevolent than she ever was in life.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Worked as a baker in life.
  • Killed Off for Real: Was stabbed to death by Ellen.
  • Missing Mom: Disappeared suddenly when Ellen was 7. Ellen didn't understand why and tried to take care of herself the way her mother used to, thinking that her mother would come back after she saw that she didn't have to do as much work. Her mother did eventually sneak back into the house, but she didn't intend to meet her daughter or husband, and meant to leave for good.
  • My Beloved Smother: Was this towards Ellen... until she decided to ditch her and her husband for another man.
  • Parental Abandonment: She 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. This proves to be her downfall.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. She appears in the game simply as a spectral resident of the cell next to her husband's, but the novel reveals who she is.
  • Unnamed Parent: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel, though since she died hundreds of years earlier, it's possible Ellen simply doesn't remember her name.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Her husband loved her immensely, but she still cheated on him with a richer man, and was planning to leave him and their daughter for said man.

Ellen's father

...Dammit! You gotta be shittin’ me!

A drug addict that neglects his ill daughter, but genuinely loves his wife.
  • Body Horror: Mutated into a massive bony monster.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Ellen kills his wife.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In addition to being an opium addict, he is also an alcoholic.
  • Functional Addict: The drug in question is never explicitly named, but it's most likely opium.
  • Iconic Item: His jade smoking pipe.
  • Jerkass: Towards Ellen. He did love his wife, but given her reactions toward his angry outbursts even she feared him.
  • Karmic Transformation: As shown in the game, he became the savage beast he was to his daughter.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Was stabbed to death by Ellen.
  • Parental Neglect: He simply pretended that Ellen didn't exist.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. He is introduced in the game simply as the smoking monster in the cell, but the novel reveals who he is.
  • Unnamed Parent: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel, though since he died hundreds of years earlier, it's possible Ellen simply doesn't remember his name.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He had light purple hair, which his daughter inherited from him.