Welcome to the page dedicated to the series of medical sci-fi games Trauma Center. List is still incomplete. Feel free to add, and beware of spoilers!Note: Japanese version's name, if the character has, is written in italics.
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Characters from Trauma Center: Under the Knife and Trauma Center: Second Opinion
The main character of Under the Knife and Under the Knife 2. Decided to become a surgeon after his father died of an illness. Gifted with the Healing Touch, he was recruited by Caduceus after successfully operating on a patient with GUILT.
One of Our Own: He gets infected with GUILT in Second Opinion and has to be operated on by Dr. Kimishima.
Previous Player-Character Cameo: Appears in an episode of New Blood and a postgame challenge, and can be heard in some of Naomi's flashbacks in Trauma Team and he and CR-S01 discuss Rosalia taking on the disease she had.
What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers two of these in the first Trauma Center: Under the Knife. The first one to Derek, when Derek's carelessness in refusing to analyze a patient in detail (so that Derek could attend a symposium) caused complications later on, and the second one to Linda Reid, because Angie believes that with so many people in the hospital struggling to live, if Linda wants to die then she should die, and make room for the others.
A foreign doctor working at St. Francis Hospital. Appears as a new main character in the Z chapter and Chapter 6 of Trauma Center: Second Opinion. Her Healing Touch manipulates the patient's energies and raises vitals when performing actions.She also appears in Trauma Team, as the protagonist of the Forensics mode. Now infected with an incurable disease, she works at the Cumberland Institute of Forensic Medicine to solve crimes.
Catchphrase: She tends to begin The Summation by stating, "The dead shall speak. Let's put together the truth of what happened here." note "...Shisha wa Kataridasu. Saa, Jiken no Shinsou wo Matomemashou"
In Second Opinion, she tends to say "Here Goes" before starting an operation.
Your Days Are Numbered / Soap Opera Disease: After Second Opinion, she's diagnosed with an incurable disease that leaves her with only about a year of life left, only for it to later combine with the Rosalia Virus. When she's cured of the mutated (aka "Twisted") Rosalia in the last operation, the disease dies along with it, leaving her to take care of her new adopted daughter, Alyssa.
Mary Fulton (Momoe Furumura)
Voiced by: Chisato Sugawara (Under the Knife) and Mai (Second Opinion onwards) (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
A veteran nurse at Hope Hospital. She serves as Dr. Stiles's assistant in the first few episodes of Under the Knife. Because her husband was relocated to a different office, she had to leave to work at a different hospital. She is replaced by Angie Thompson. She later makes a surprise appearance in Under the Knife 2 to aid Derek recover from his depression.
Catchphrase: She doesn't really have one, but fans have noted how often she berates Derek with the "You're such a handful!" line in Under the Knife 2, even if the in-game text says otherwise.
Memetic Mutation: When her spoken line reaches unbelievable levels. "YER SOSCH EH HENDFOOL!"
The Comically Serious: When Cybil and Greg Kasal take off to handle the incoming patients(all being sent to Caduceus) due to a big accident on the freeway in UTK 2's 3-5, they leave him to take care of their baby in the meantime. Hilarity Ensues.
Let's Get Dangerous: In Under the Knife, he wears a somewhat vacant expression on his face until this moment, when he becomes much more serious-looking. This effect is also present in Second Opinion, but it is much more subtle.
"Mankind strives toward death...only a fool would deny that."
A God Am I: "I, who have become the Great Destroyer Apollyon!"
Hypocrite: Sure, Adam, it is wrong for doctors to allow people to live longer, but when YOU make yourself immortal, it's alright...
Like every good hypocrite, Adam even has a rationalization ready - he claims that, in his "undead" state, he has placed himself outside the cycle of nature, so even if he doesn't actively better the world, he doesn't take anything from it either.
A, uh, Delphi assistant in Trauma Center: Second Opinion. He acts as Dr. Kimishima's assistant in the Z chapter. By the time of Trauma Team, he's taken on a job at the FBI under an assumed name; when Naomi gets partnered with him once again, she quickly gives him the nickname "Little Guy".
Dogged (Semi)Nice Guy: He has a plain crush on Dr. Kimishima, who constantly either shoots him down or mocks him.
Drives Like Crazy: Averted, when speeding along a mountain road in Second Opinion, he explicitly mentions he's had training in aggressive driving. The journalist he's trying to ditch hasn't, though, and suffers the consequences.
A teenage girl who wishes to die. Suffering from the GUILT Kyriaki.
Driven to Suicide: Not that she actually did anything about it. GUILT would have done it for her.
Emo Teen: In her defense, depression is a symptom of GUILT infection.
Amy Chase (Rin Sakura)
Tyler Chase's younger sister. Was suffering from the Deftera strain of GUILT.
Heartwarming Orphan: Her purpose in the story is to drive home to the player how arbitrary GUILT is and how much it makes innocent people, such as sweet little girls like Amy, suffer. So the player will be more motivated to take down Adam, the guy who created the disease, rather than get emotionally invested in destroying something that essentially has no ill motives.
Hidden Depths: She's the one who snaps her big brother out of his "death is better" mindset. How? By consenting to a difficult operation performed by Derek which doesn't have great odds of succeeding, just because she wants to live and work hard together with her big brother.
Ill Girl: But Derek does manage to cure her eventually.
Richard Anderson (Katsuhisa Hibiya)
The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Executive Director of Caduceus.
Hope Spot: Despite all of Caduceus' - and the player's - efforts, Anderson's body gives out shortly after he is freed of Pempti. However, Anderson anticipated this might happen and donated, in advance, all the results of the treatment on his body to help fight GUILT in the future.
And I Must Scream: These kids are purposedly left in a coma, on the brink of death, in order to cultivate GUILT strains.
Face-Heel Turn: Because of brainwashing, but counts more as this trope because he himself admits later that the brainwashing would not have worked if it hadn't exploited dark feelings he already had.
Freudian Excuse: For his above Face Heel Turn. It turns out he always felt it unfair that he was unable to completely help his people, while Derek and others were so successful because of access to such good resources and tools. That's why he took a fake Healing Touch and joined the dark side, so to speak, to improve his own skills.
Good Powers, Bad People: ''Dr. Stiiiiles... Do you know what else the "Healing" Touch is good for...? It's also good for... KILLING!
One of Trauma Center: New Blood's two protagonists. Followed Markus Vaughn to Alaska to learn the Healing Touch. She eventually masters a Healing Touch that prevents the patient's vitals from changing for a period of time.
Red Herring: He acts like such a jerk the player will probably assume he's up to no good and is going to screw someone over. Then it turns out later on that he's the one who gets victimized, and he has to be treated for skin burns after being attacked.
Fake Ultimate Hero: He unveils his Healing Touch (slow-time flavor) to much fanfare, but it appears to be rather weak - he can't sustain it for long, and it's implied Markus's is much more effective.
Insufferable Genius: A deliberate example; he's convinced himself that if his criticism forces Valerie and Markus to improve, then it will have served its purpose. Since his criticism is completely off-base, however, this is delusional on his part.
An intimidating man working for Kidman. He oversees Markus and Valerie's operations and gives them the serum to treat Onyx.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP)
A shady man who snuck into Concordia Medical Institute. He was later hired to kidnap Markus, Valerie, and Elena for Kidman. He tried to run away afterwards, but was shot down and had to be operated on.
What an Idiot: In-universe. Markus and Valerie call her out on skipping her immunizations for very flimsy reasons when she really should have known better.
President Moreno (Javier Chaves)
President of the South American country of Culuruma.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the Japanese version, this controversial South American president is named Javier Chaves. He's the only character from New Blood whose name was changed in the English version.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He genuinely appreciates Caduceus's help and supplies everything they need. While he does twist their arm to force them to treat his soldiers, he willingly negotiates terms with Markus over it.
A former Major General who leads the Culuruma Liberation Front.
Death Equals Redemption: Defied by Markus, who pretty much throws his speech of penance back in his face and tells him to die already.
Freudian Excuse: He went crazy because, after realizing his dream of becoming a doctor and coming back home to treat refugees, the army tried to have him assassinated. He then mistakenly assumed everyone in the world was like the people who betrayed him, and he decided that humanity's only true purpose was chaos.
The protagonist of the Surgery mode in Trauma Team. A skilled surgeon sentenced to 250 years in cryogenic prison for his involvement in a biological terror attack at Cumberland College. He's lost his memory of who he is and has been allowed to redeem himself by performing operations for Resurgam First Care.A select few people have given him the Fan Nickname 'Numbers' as well.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Played with—he's aware of his previous crimes, but without any knowledge of why he committed them, this only drives him to become The Atoner. Later outright subverted when it turns out "his" previous crimes weren't even his in the first place.
Deceased Parents Are the Best: Subverted. His biological parents despised him for his "lack of emotion" and thought that he'd "kill them one day". His adoptive father, Albert Sartre, treated him better than his real parents.
Determinator: If you're a patient of his, he will cure you. No exceptions.
Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath: It happened twice. The first time it happened, CR did not think to escape, although Ian thought he would. The second time, the trope is invoked word for word. CR sees Ian on the surgery side and the exit on the other. In both cases he chooses to help the patient.
Instant Expert: Goes from 8 years in cryogenic prison to the operating room perfectly able to save lives, despite the fact that he was imprisoned at the age of 16 and would not have been allowed to practice surgery since then.
Not So Stoic: It's revealed in a bonus clip that the reason he doesn't smile is because he's spent so much time in a cold atmosphere that he actually has difficulty smiling. Said bonus clip features him practicing trying to smile and act friendly, with hilarious results.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Defied. She rebelled against her Japanese heritage by studying abroad in America. Ironically, however, she has the personality down pat; she defies the trope only because she's not committed to her family above all else.
The protagonist of the Orthopedics mode in Trauma Team. A former soldier in the US Special Forces with a strong sense of justice. He grew tired of taking lives and decided to start saving them as an orthopedic surgeon.
Love Freak: I am the ambassador of love and justice!
Made of Iron: Over the course of the game, Hank uppercuts a man through a ceiling, gets shot, and uses himself as a conduit to bridge two electrical cables. The only real casualty of all that is his clothing.
Save the Villain: A gunman shoots several people in a shopping mall—one of them a friend of Hank's—and then leaps off a balcony and breaks his back after revealing that he was driven to his crime by despair over his apparently inoperable cancer. Hank not only protects the fallen man from the angry crowd, he personally operates on the man's damaged spine and extracts the cancerous tumors from his spinal cord.
The protagonist of the Diagnosis mode in Trauma Team. An intelligent diagnostician with great powers of deduction. After years of work, he became desensitized to human life. His bitter attitude has caused him to be separated from his family.
Berserk Button: In the episode 'The Simplest Truth', RONI finally pushes his.
Chewing the Scenery: Gabe tends to be over the top normally, but pronounced during "Proud One", when Gabe is unable to run a diagnosis on Samuel, since the military is covering up what happened to him. Spyware within RONI prevents him from making any diagnosis, but he is able to have "friendly chats" and make "meaningless friendly observations." Taken to epic levels when Gabe gets Samuel to take his shirt off.
The Chew Toy: Let's see here: He was almost hit by an arrow in Tomoe's storyline, got hit by a bus at a mall, his 'safe' landing got him in the trash at the last chapter, etc. The developers surely love messing with him, and for our amusement.
Dr. Jerk: A mild case compared to Victor of Second Opinion, but still.
Expy: Admit it, you thought he was Spike when Atlus first announced the game.
Finger Gun: In case the Spike Spiegel shout-out wasn't obvious enough, he strikes this pose when he's escaping on the helicopter.
Lethal Diagnosis: Patents start out only suffering from one or two mild symptoms — such as a cough, fatigue, moments of disorientation, etc. — after being diagnosed are told they have some kind of tragic disease. Thankfully CR-S01 is more then a match for any disease.
The FBI agent who captured CR-S01 years ago. Keeps an eye on him at all times.
It's Personal: Subverted. His wife and daughter were killed in the Cumberland College attacks, but he watches over CR-S01 simply because it's his job, and has long since decided CR-S01 isn't the real culprit.
A private school student and a member of her school choir. She was admitted for diagnosis because of breathing problems.
Fanservice: Minor example, but at one point in order to examine her, Dr. Gabriel Cunningham has to ask her to lift up her shirt so she can examine her breathing. The player gets to see her bra while she's doing this, and RONI has to scold Cunningham by pointing out that this is embarrassing the patient and Dr. Cunningham needs to be more tactful.
Growling Gut: On the second examination her gut growls. Gabe notes that it is perfectly normal to be hungry.
A stock broker who previously had chronic renal failure and received a kidney transplant two months ago. She came in for a quick diagnosis and prescription thinking she just had a cold, but turned out to have much greater complications.
Gabriel's son. He hasn't seen his father since he was very young, so he doesn't even recognize him. He suffered from gastric ulcers and underwent endoscopic surgery. He later had a relapse and tried to hide his symptoms because he didn't want anyone else to worry.
Broken Bird: It's revealed this is why she wants to commit suicide. Her mother's relationships went lousy, and ever since, Claire's never been able to trust men, and Claire's had a lot of relationships go sour so her distrust is magnified.
A drug-smuggling kingpin also known as "Steady Hand Teddy". He came to America to make sales, but was apprehended by Captain Eagle. He swallowed his entire stash of narcotics in police transport and had to undergo endoscopic surgery.
A man who had a lung cancer operation four years ago. The cancer metastisized to his spine, and he was told it was inoperable. He lost hope and shot several people at a mall in his despair.
Creator Cameo: His appearance and name are based on Hirotaka Mizuno, one of the game's programmers.
Despair Event Horizon: His "horizon" was when he found out his cancer would kill him, and he felt that nobody else around him appreciate the lives they took for granted, which he considered an injustice since his own life would soon be cut short.
Chekhov's Gunman: Alyssa's introduced as comic relief in Naomi's third in-game murder case, but she shows up again later and helps solve the mystery by discovering that a clock was broken...because there was something inside. The real murder weapon, to be precise.
A young girl seen "sleeping in bloom" in Trauma Team's opening, who soon begins appearing to Maria as a ghost. In reality, she is Albert Sartre's adopted daughter, CR-S01's adopted sister, and the young girl from the orphanage Maria saved when she was a kid. She harbors the "Rosalia Virus" and its corresponding antibodies, making her immune to virtually any disease. Was killed before the game began.
Nice Girl: From what we learn about her from the audio recordings we see of her, she seems to have been this. Her only wish was that her father, Albert Sartre, would succeed and cure everyone of disease. That she's a nice girl is also in stark ironic contrast to the fact that her deceased body almost caused an epidemic disaster.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Admittedly, it's more Albert Sartre's fault for shooting her, but Rosalia's body ends up being the originating point for a disease that then gets spread by monarch butterflies and almost wipes out Portland.