Characters: Twin Peaks

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Special Agent Dale Bartholomew "Coop" Cooper

Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

  • Big Eater: Sheriff Truman remarks that he must have the metabolism of a bumblebee.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While he may be on the eccentric side, he really is a good detective.
  • Dreaming the Truth: A trait he has possessed since childhood and inherited from his late mother (similar to Sarah and Laura), according to The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper.
  • Expy: Partly a more morally upright version of Kyle MacLachlan's role as Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet.
    • Also comes across as an exaggerated Sherlock Holmes, with his bordering-on-the-absurd eccentricities and powers of deduction.
  • Hyper Awareness: Very little escapes Cooper's attention. Sometimes his eccentricity can overshadow the fact that he is a remarkably good detective.
  • Idiot Ball: Holds onto it pretty tightly during the last three or four episodes. May be a case of Love Makes You Stupid, as most of his sudden incompetence is centered around Annie.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Arguably, given how Season 2 ends. But who can forget his response to Audrey Horne's question "Don't you have any secrets?"
    Agent Cooper: No.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Especially in the beginning, is completely amazed and enthralled by the country, bursting into spouts of excited admiration for trees and rabbits and other wilderness-y things.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Though he doesn't seem to be addicted to it, rather he really loves coffee.
  • My Greatest Failure: Long before he came to Twin Peaks, there was a mission where he was unable to prevent a woman that he was supposed to protect from getting killed because they fell in love with each other, and because of these feelings, he was unprepared for said attack. This also drove his former partner Windom Earle insane, although we later found out that he's the one that did it. Because of this incident, Agent Cooper is hesitant to get romantically involved with anyone else to avoid the risk of putting them in danger.
  • Nice Guy: The guy is incredibly friendly and polite, which makes BOB's possession of him at the end of the show all the more tragic.

Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole

Played by: David Lynch

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even when compared with Agent Cooper himself.
  • Creator Cameo: Played by David Lynch himself. He shouts a lot and babbles almost incoherently.
  • Da Chief: Completely averted.
  • The Faceless: Watching his early "appearances" over the phone, and knowing Lynch doesn't plan things out, it's clear that the casting was originally something of a joke.
  • Large Ham: And not just because he always speaks loudly. A lot of the things he says come off as quirky, if not outright eccentric at times, and it's this combined with his lack of an indoor voice that tends to make him come off as very bombastic. In a good way of course.

Diane (Cooper's secretary?)

  • Companion Cube: A popular theory is that Diane is not a person, but the name of Cooper's recording device.
    • As of the Missing Pieces, there is one scene in Fire Walk With Me where Cooper is talking to Diane in her office, although we don't see her or hear her responses.

Former Special Agent Windom Earle

Played by: Kenneth Welsh

  • Chess with Death: He plays a Chess game with Cooper. Every piece Earle takes, he kills someone.
  • The Chessmaster: Literally and figuratively.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In addition to his never ending supply of disguises, Earle travels with elaborate bugging equipment, all the tools and supplies needed to construct a giant chess piece, and enough strobe lights and pyrotechnics to completely sabotage a beauty pageant which he somehow does without anyone noticing. Not to mention a cage full of poisonous spiders.
  • Evil Counterpart: A fallen version of Coop himself. Coop even blames himself for it, poor guy.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: His research into the Black Lodge while working on Project Blue Book developed into a dangerous obsession.
  • Instrument of Murder: While he doesn't kill anyone with it, in one of his first appearances he uses his flute to lay a serious beatdown on Leo Johnson.
  • Kick the Dog: The way he treats the mentally impaired Leo Johnson is needlessly cruel.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Still satisfying to watch, though. Leo is an awful, awful man.
  • Laughably Evil: He may be someone you don't want to screw with, but some of the weird things he does (like walking through the woods in a horse costume) are so ridiculous you can't help but laugh.

Agent Albert Rosenfield

Played by: Miguel Ferrer

  • Actual Pacifist: He became an FBI Medical Examiner to fight against violence in a way that would never make him have to use violence. His deep commitment to pacifism results in a warming in his relationship with Sheriff Truman.
  • The Coroner: A medical examiner, actually. He clashes with actual Coroner "Doc" Hayward the instant he sets foot in Twin Peaks. He's a perfect example of the character type, though.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: He objects emphatically when Cooper allows the body of Laura Palmer to be buried without a complete autopsy.
  • City Mouse: To the extreme displeasure of the natives of Twin Peaks and Special Agent Cooper.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Has absolutely no patience for anyone he considers an idiot (which is everyone until proven otherwise), so he's pretty much in a constant state of rage and likely to blow up at anyone at any second.
  • No Social Skills: His first instinct upon walking into the local police station is to scathingly express exactly what he thinks of Truman's operation and insulting everyone and everything within eyesight.
    Cooper: "Albert's lacking in some of the social niceties."
  • Obnoxious Snarker: There is little deadpan about his snarking, it's just out and out acridity about everything.
  • Only Sane Man: Doesn't work too well in Twin Peaks though.

Agent Dennis "Denise" Bryson

Played by: David Duchovny

  • Camp Straight: Don't let the cross-dressing fool you. He likes the ladies. If Bryson is Transsexual, then she is gay.
  • Transsexual or Transvestite: It isn't made clear which, though the first is suggested. The idea that transvestites are always gay is averted, though.


Sheriff Harry S. Truman

Played by: Michael Ontkean

  • Agent Scully: Though at first he seems to be set up for this, Sheriff Truman deeply respects Agent Cooper. However, when evidence seems to point at Ben Horne Truman expresses exasperation with Cooper's eccentricity, in this case Cooper was right.
  • Badass: Good with his guns, and doesn't back down from a fight, if need be.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He does this after Josie "dies". Although he gets better in the next episode.

Deputy Andy Brennan

Played by: Harry Goaz

  • The Big Guy: Shared with Hawk.
  • Butt Monkey: When he steps on a plank and it bonks him on the head, you begin to wonder if the universe really has it in for him....
  • Clueless Deputy: Bless his heart. He really tries. But he's still The Ditz.
  • The Ditz: Most of his time is spent doing pratfalls.
  • Good Is Dumb: Andy's a good-hearted person, even if he isn't the brightest bulb on the tree.
  • Lovable Coward: Fortunately, he shakes off the cowardice when saving Harry from getting shot.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Is he the father of Lucy Moran's child? We don't find out, but Lucy decides that, since Brennan would make a better father than Dick Tremayne, she will marry him.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Lucy for most of the series.

Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill

Played by: Michael Horse

  • Badass: One of the biggest in the show.
  • Number Two: Most of the series has him as back up to Sheriff Truman.

Lucy Moran

Played by: Kimmy Robertson

  • The Chick: The girl on the force, and is generally quite a sweetheart.
  • The Cutie: Nearly everything about her. Particularly her mousy voice, her pout, and general air of vulnerability.
  • The Ditz: She's a bit flighty, but her squeaky voice really magnifies it.
  • Sassy Secretary: Usually not very sassy, but all the other stereotypical secretary traits (nasal, watches soap operas).
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Andy for most of the series.
  • Woman Child: That voice. That pout.

    Twin Peaks Townsfolk 

The Briggses

Major Garland Briggs

Played by: Don S. Davis

Robert "Bobby" Briggs

Played by: Dana Ashbrook

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Laura Palmer's last relationship is with him. Subverted in that she humiliated him by destroying his "bad boy" posturing, as next to her he was both weak and innocent.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Spends most of his time coming up with these, and he's terrible at it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He mellows out over the course of the show.
  • Large Ham: Bobby can be quite hammy when he gets emotional. Some of the best examples can be seen in the pilot episode when he's both accused and later questioned about possibly murdering Laura Palmer as well as in the fourth episode with his big AAAAAAMEEEEN!!! at Laura's funeral, and earlier in the same episode when his father implies that he's afraid of said funeral (specifically the last part of his response to that).
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's very, very pretty.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Very different from his wholesome parents.
  • Smoking Is Cool: And as expected, his far more clean-cut father doesn't approve of it.
  • Tweener

The Haywards

Donna Hayward

Played by: Lara Flynn Boyle (TV show), Moira Kelly (Fire Walk With Me)

Eileen Hayward

Played by: Mary Jo Deschanel

Gersten Hayward

Played by: Alicia Witt

William "Doc" Hayward

Played by: Warren Frost

  • Not So Stoic: While he's generally a calm and reasonable man, he still has his limits, as demonstrated by his altercation with Albert early on, where he gets infuriated that Albert insists on keeping Laura's body for the upcoming funeral to perform an autopsy.

The Hornes

Audrey Horne

Played by: Sherilyn Fenn

Daughter of Ben Horne, and seems to have made it her life's mission to act up and play the Femme Fatale. Has a crush on Cooper from the moment she sees him.

Benjamin "Ben" Horne

Played by: Richard Beymer

  • Large Ham: Especially in the middle-to-later episodes when things start to fall apart for him, which causes him to get much more dramatic and uncomposed, but especially so in the episodes after he has a complete breakdown and starts acting and dressing like General Robert E. Lee. Even before that though, he fits the subtler variety of ham pretty well. His speech patterns can best be compared to that of Lionel Luthor from Smallville, in that both of them put emphasis on any words and parts of their lines that they feel are important.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In contrast to the retro-'50s style that most of the town dresses in, Ben favours '80s patterned ties and double-breasted suits.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Several episodes in the making, but he finally goes well and truly off the rails when he loses One-Eyed Jack's.
  • What Have I Become?: He asks himself this a few times, only to shrug it off again.

Jerry Horne

Ben Horne's sleazy brother. He actually doesn't have too big of a role in the show, but he occasionally helps Ben with his schemes.
  • Big Eater: He fell in love Brie-on-baguette sandwiches when he went to Paris on a business trip for Ben. He brings home no less than four of them and insists that Ben try one. As a rule, he winds up developing a taste for at least one exotic or unusual dish from every foreign country he's been to, and likes to tell people about them in great detail.

The Hurleys

"Big" Ed Hurley

Played by: Everett McGill

  • Will They or Won't They?: Throughout many episodes, it's very clear that he and Norma still have strong feelings for one another, but due to ending up with different people, they are constantly conflicted about whether acting on their feelings is the right thing to do. Later in the second season, they start getting much closer again when they drift further apart from Hank and Nadine respectively because of newer developments such as Hank going back to jail and Nadine falling in love with Mike Nelson.

James Hurley

Played by: James Marshall

Biker teen who lives with Ed and Nadine instead of his parents, who, he tells people, died in a car accident.
  • The Ditz: Almost astonishingly stupid. As Laura Palmer says in one of her tapes, "James is sweet, but he's so dumb."

Nadine Hurley

Played by: Wendy Robie

  • Big Damn Heroes: She saves Ed when Hank tries to kill him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Doesn't even begin to describe her!
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of season 1, she tries to overdose on pills out of depression when she can't sell any of of her cotton balls since not many people are interested in silent drape-runners, which she had just created with them, hoping they would make her and Ed rich. Thankfully though, it only sends her into a coma, which she awakens from a few episodes later.
  • Genki Girl: Post-coma in season 2, when she thinks that she's a teenager.
  • Woman Child A justified example. For some strange reason, she awakens from her coma near the beginning of season 2 thinking she's still a teenager in high school, and therefore, has the mindset of and acts like one.

Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

Played by: Russ Tamblyn

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dr. Jacoby was born in Hawaii and has had an obsession with the place all his life, dressing in tropical shirts and decorating his entire home with Polynesian kitsch.
  • Cool Shades: He almost always wears a pair of 3D glasses.

The Jenningses

Hank Jennings

Played by: Chris Mulkey

Norma Jennings

Played by: Peggy Lipton

  • Childhood Sweetheart: To Ed.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as one towards Shelly Johnson, and is a literal one to Annie Blackburn.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: She is played by Peggy Lipton after all.
  • Greasy Spoon: Runs her own diner.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Throughout many episodes, it's very clear that she and Ed still have strong feelings for one another, but due to ending up with different people, they are constantly conflicted about whether acting on their feelings is the right thing to do. Later in the second season, they start getting much closer again when they drift further apart from Hank and Nadine respectively because of newer developments such as Hank going back to jail and Nadine falling in love with Mike Nelson.

The Johnsons

Leo Johnson

Played by: Eric Da Re

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Well ... sort of. He is aggressive and does sell drugs to high school kids, but they seek him out to buy them.
    • Although, at the point of the sales, he doesn't do things by halves, and will straight-up threaten to kill his customers unless they fulfil their end of the deal.
  • Ax-Crazy: He takes this trope to a literal degree when he awakens from his coma in the middle of season 2 and the first thing he tries to do is murder Shelly with an ax.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When he finds out that Shelly has been having an affair with Bobby, he tries to murder both of them even though he generally treats Shelly horribly and doesn't really give her a reason to love him to begin with.
  • Butt Monkey: In the second season.
  • Convenient Coma: Well, he does clearly have some brain damage, but it's only convenient for some, who would have preferred him dead.
  • Red Herring: Despite his sadism, violence, frequent cold-blooded killing and being present at the scene of her murder, Leo did not kill Laura Palmer.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Releases Major Briggs from captivity so he can warn Shelly. Windom Earle leaves him in a situation he's highly unlikely to have survived.
  • Villain Decay: Leo has the bad luck of being the absolute middle man. Terrifying to the teenagers who are dabbling, easily manipulated by the real powers in Twin Peaks.

Shelly Johnson

Played by: Mädchen Amick

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Though she seems to be getting better, each time—from the downright abusive Leo, to the unstable and short-tempered Bobby, to...Gordon Cole.
  • Author Appeal : She kisses Gordon Cole, played by David Lynch himself. Cue Crowning Momentof Funny when her boyfriend, Bobby, comes in.
    Gordon Cole : You are witnessing a front three-quarter view of two adults sharing a tender moment. [to Shelly] Acts like he's never seen a kiss before.
    Dale Cooper : Uh, Gordon…
    Gordon Cole : [to Bobby] Take another look, sonny! It's gonna happen again.
  • Domestic Abuse : Her husband forces her to do all the chores, beats her with a soap in a sock at one point, and is deeply jealous.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Works as a waitress in Norma's diner.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Audrey, but she has her moments. And being played by Mädchen Amick doesn't hurt.

Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman

Played by: Catherine E. Coulson
Probably the most unusual of the Twin Peaks townsfolk, (which is saying a lot). Margaret Lanterman, a/k/a "The Log Lady", is an eccentric recluse who lives in a cabin in the forest. She is always seen carrying a log (hence her nickname), which is implied to either contain the spirit of her dead lumberjack husband or, as of Fire Walk With Me, to serve as a link to him in the Black Lodge — though she never voices either theory outright and is implied to be forbidden from doing so. Because of this, the other townsfolk think she's crazy.

She was with Laura five days before her murder. Also, her husband is Jurgen Prochnow.

The Martells

Catherine Martell

Played by: Piper Laurie

  • Bad Boss: Fires a guy in the pilot because he happened to be standing there when she was really pissed off.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She gives Ben Horne a serious run for his money.
  • Latex Perfection: After faking her death, she disguises herself as a Japanese businessman named Mr. Tojamura in order to trick Ben.

Pete Martell

Played by: Jack Nance

  • Cool Old Guy: In a friendly, kinda-dorky way.
  • Hen Pecked Husband: Catherine just won't cut the guy a break.
    She was plain hell to live with.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest.
  • Smart People Play Chess: A remarkable chess player, he aids Agent Cooper in the game against Windom Earle. At one point he plays three simultaneous games of chess and wins all of them.

The Milfords

Mayor Dwayne Milford

Played by: John Boylan

Dougie Milford

Played by: Tony Jay

Lana Budding Milford

Played by: Robyn Lively

  • Heroes Want Redheads: Considering how Coop, Truman, Andy, and Hawk react when around her...
  • Gold Digger: Pretty clearly.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Whether you find her attractive or not, it's very difficult to say in all honesty that she's as attractive as every male in Twin Peaks finds her.
  • Settle for Sibling: After her husband Dougie dies, she remarries to Dwayne, his brother. That's kinda gross.

Mike Nelson

Played by: Gary Hershberger

The Packards

Andrew Packard

Played by: Dan O'Herlihy

Jocelyn Packard

Played by: Joan Chen

  • Bi the Way: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer reveals that she was one of Laura's lovers while Laura was her English tutor.
  • Dragon Lady: Possibly subverted in that she doesn't have nearly the self-assuredness one would expect from the trope. Her chief motivation is simply survival as she is manipulated and bullied by almost everyone in her life (except Pete and Sheriff Truman).

The Palmers

Laura Palmer

Played by: Sheryl Lee

  • Berserk Button: Fire Walk With Me shows that even in her darkest moments of apathy and hedonism, the prospect of Donna being corrupted or coming to any sort of harm would bring her back around screaming and fighting.
  • Bi the Way: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer reveals that at least two of her numerous lovers were female: Blackie and Josie Packard.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For several years before murdering her, at least since her mid-adolescence, Laura's father Leland had been molesting her while possessed by BOB.
  • Darker and Edgier: In the prequel movie, Fire Walk With Me, we see fairly little of her happy, well-adjusted public face.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Laura subverts this as we get a glimpse of the darkness behind her seemingly perfect facade.
  • Heroic BSOD: She suffers a major one in the prequel film when she finds out (or at least strongly suspects at the time) that BOB is possessing her dad, Leland.
  • Parental Incest: BOB's main pleasure in possessing Leland seems to have been having him molest Laura.
  • Really Gets Around: It's probably quicker to count up the characters in Twin Peaks at the time of Laura's murder who weren't in love with and/or sleeping with her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Very much the case with Donna in Fire Walk With Me.

Leland Palmer

Played by: Ray Wise

The father of Laura Palmer, Leland is a well-respected lawyer in Twin Peaks. When he was a child, he met the evil spirit BOB and was possessed by him. After hearing the news of his daughter's murder, Leland suffers a nervous breakdown, which results in him killing murder suspect Jacques Renault at the end of season one.

At the beginning of season two, Leland awakens to find his hair has turned white. He becomes very upbeat, joyfully dancing and singing show tunes. However, it isn't long until he is arrested by Cooper and Truman for Jacques Renault's murder, but is soon released due to being well-respected by the townsfolk.

Not long after the trial, he brutally murders his niece Maddie Ferguson (who bears a strong resemblance to Laura) the day before she is supposed return to her hometown, Missoula. The police find out about the murder and, with help from the Giant, Cooper reveals that Leland is Laura's killer. When Leland is taken in for interrogation, BOB assumes full control over his body and forces him to commit suicide just before leaving. Leland tells of his tragic childhood and the murders he committed and, with Cooper's help, dies peacefully while seeing a vision of his daughter.
  • Abusive Parents: He definitely isn't one himself, but he becomes one whenever BOB is in control of him, including forcing him to commit Parental Incest.
  • The Pollyanna: He becomes a weird, grown-up male version of this trope at the beginning of the second season after he's killed Jacques Renault and BOB has taken more complete control of him, which literally prevents him from staying upset about anything, including tragic events, for too long and to frequently break into singing and dancing.

Sarah Palmer

Played by: Grace Zabriskie

Harold Smith

Played by: Lenny Von Dohlen
Harold Smith is an orchid grower a close friend of Laura Palmer, who she met through working for the Meals-on-Wheels program. Harold never leaves his home as a result of having agoraphobia (a fear of open spaces). Near the start of the second season, Donna Hayward befriends him in an attempt to get answers and discovers that Laura gave him her diary before her murder. When Harold finds out that Donna is trying to steal the diary, he goes insane and soon hangs himself, leaving a suicide note which reads ""J'ai une âme solitaire." (French for "I am a lonely soul."). Cooper and the Twin Peaks police use the diary to help find the identity of Laura's killer.
  • Freak Out: Gets hit HARD with this when he finds out Donna's been tricking him to get Laura's diary.
  • Hikikomori: Due to having agoraphobia.
  • Nice Guy: At least until he completely snaps when he finds out about Donna's betrayal.

Dick Tremayne

Played by: Ian Buchanan

Dick Tremayne runs the clothing department at Horne's Department Store and was in an on-and-off relationship with Lucy Moran.
  • Fake Brit: In-universe, it's heavily implied that he adopts the British accent purely to make himself appear cultured and interesting compared to the other townsfolk. Most damning of all is Dr Hayward's throwaway comment that he was the physician in attendance at Dick's birth - meaning that Dick is almost certainly, in fact, a native of Twin Peaks.
    • Averted in that Ian Buchanan is actually British, though since he's specifically Scottish he's most likely not using his natural accent for the Upper-Class Twit Dick, who's clearly going for Southern-RP English.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his shortcomings, he's not a bad guy.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, he does run a men's clothing department.


Annie Blackburn

Played by: Heather Graham

Blackie O'Reilly

Played by: Victoria Catlin

  • Depraved Bisexual: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer reveals that she availed herself of the services of the girls at One Eyed Jack's, in addition to having a long-standing affair with its male owner and certain regular clients.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's fatally stabbed by Jean Renault early in Season 2, during the police raid on One Eyed Jack's, when it seems that she might be willing to sell him out to protect herself.
  • Woman in Black: Is always shown wearing a black cocktail dress, in contrast to the revealing black, white, and red outfits worn by the waitresses and prostitutes under her charge.

Thomas Eckhardt

Played by: David Warner

Madeline "Maddy" Ferguson

Played by: Sheryl Lee

  • Meganekko: Although she ditches the glasses later on.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike her much edgier cousin, whose personal life was steeped in sex, drugs and deception, Maddy is straight out sweet and innocent. Even when she goes along with James and Donna's risky plans to find out who killed Laura, she's usually hesitant to go through with it or is regretful afterwards, probably only going along with them in the first place out of a desire to make some sorts of friends in Twin Peaks.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: To her cousin Laura Palmer. It starts to really get to her in Season 2 that people see so much of Laura in her.
    Maddy: (in tears) I'm nothing like Laura!

Evelyn Marsh

Played by: Annette McCarthy

  • Femme Fatale: Is a walking stereotype, down to the allegedly abusive husband and the seeming intent to seduce James into a criminal situation.
  • She's Got Legs: And loves showing them off.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Acts this way, anyway, goading James into reflecting on his "free" lifestyle of living on the road.

The Renault Brothers

Jacques Renault

Played by: Walter Olkewicz

  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Walter Olkewicz's French-Canadian accent noticeably slips on at least a couple of occasions such as when he briefly speaks at the end of episode 7 and the latter part of the Pink Room scene in the prequel film.
  • Red Herring: At the end of season 1, he becomes a huge suspect for the murder of Laura Palmer, but he's quickly revealed to be innocent despite his sleazy personality and activities, as well as his involvement with her the night she was killed.

Jean Renault

Played by: Michael Parks

  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He uses it to kill a random strawberry and Blackie, the madam of One Eyed Jacks.
  • Canada, Eh?: His brothers Jacques and Bernard could have moved from Quebec to British-Columbia, but it definitely turns to a case of Artistic License – Geography when he’s identified as a major criminal in the Northwest. No matter if it’s the precisely Northwest Territories or the whole Northwest of Canada, it’s loosely a strategic area for mobsters and it’s pretty far from Washington State.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unlike his less intelligent younger brothers Jacques and Bernard, Jean is very good at putting on a suave personality when dealing with others to disguise his ruthlessness, which is partly what makes him the most dangerous of the three.
  • Revenge: He blames Cooper for the death of his brothers.

John Justice Wheeler

Played by: Billy Zane

    The Black Lodge 

Killer BOB

Played by: Frank Silva

The show's main villain.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Given his possession of Leland and his role in Leland's backstory, it's not hard to read BOB as the personification of child abuse.
  • Ax-Crazy: Now, when most people say that one character is a trope, they don't really mean it...
  • The Heartless: Albert speculates that BOB is "the evil that men do" and can't really be destroyed As Long as There Is Evil.
  • Hidden Villain: He's seen from time to time during the first season, but it's not until the second that we learn unambiguously that his name is BOB, and much later till we learn his role in the story.
  • Humanoid Abomination: BOB is some kind of a demon or something.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he gets involved at any point in the show, things are guaranteed to get pretty bad. Not to mention frightening. In fact, BOB is arguably single-handedly responsible for most of the darkest elements in the show and most definitely in the the prequel film. Plus, if you look at the Nightmare Fuel page for the show, he's responsible for at least 80% of the entries, being the main reason most of those scenes are considered scary.
  • Large Ham: Justified (sort of) in that he is not played by a professional actor but by a set dresser who happened to find himself accidentally foreshadowed in certain scenes.
  • The Unfettered: "You may think I've gone insane, but I swear I Will KILL AGAIN!"
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Implied to be the case with the owls, and certainly the case with his human hosts, who can appear as themselves or as BOB depending on what he feels like doing.
  • Wild Hair: Long, grey, and messy.

The Giant

Played by: Carel Struycken

  • Arc Words: "The Owls are not what they seem."
  • Body Snatcher: However, it's clear he has stayed in the same body for a long, long time.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: "The things I tell you will not be wrong."
  • Cryptic Conversation: Less so than The Man From Another Place, giving one straightforward clue - "Without chemicals, he points."
  • Gentle Giant: His speaking voice is pleasant, and he's dressed smartly. It's difficult to imagine him hurting a fly. That said, he is a creature of the Black Lodge, a world of pure evil, so his true colors are unknown.

Jimmy Scott

Played by: Jimmy Scott

  • Disability Superpower: Jimmy Scott was born with Kallmann syndrome, which stunted his growth and he never went through puberty. This left his beautiful voice unbroken.

The Man From Another Place

Played by: Michael J. Anderson

  • Ambiguously Evil
  • Arc Words: He's the source of many of them.
  • The Cast Showoff: Since Michael J. Anderson can talk backwards, he did so and his voice was reversed. Technically, the idea came first and was expanded when David Lynch discovered this proficiency.
  • The Chessmaster: May or may not be controlling everything, even BOB.

MIKE/Phillip Michael Gerard

Played by: Al Strobel

  • The Atoner: He claims to be this, although the final scenes of the movie throw a bit of doubt on this claim.
  • Body Snatcher: MIKE is a being like BOB.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After the Laura Palmer mystery is resolved, he never appears in the show again. He had a fairly prominent part in Fire Walk With Me, however.
  • Heel-Faith Turn: Long before the series, he saw the face of God.
  • Red Right Hand: He's missing his left arm, which he cut off to rid himself of his "Fire Walk With Me" tattoo.

Pierre Tremond/Chalfont

Played by: Austin Jack Lynch (TV show), Jonathan J. Lepell (Fire Walk With Me)

  • The Blank: His mask's only feature is a long, needle-like nose.