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Characters: Twin Peaks
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    FBI 

Special Agent Dale Bartholomew "Coop" Cooper

Played by: Kyle MacLachlan


Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole

Played by: David Lynch

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even when compared with Agent Cooper himself.
    COOP, TODAY YOU REMIND ME OF A SMALL MEXICAN CHIHUAHUA.
  • Creator Cameo: Played by David Lynch himself. He shouts a lot and babbles almost incoherently.
  • Da Chief: Completely averted.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: AND SOMETIMES SUGGESTS THAT THEY DO THE ACTUALLY SUGGESTED THING RATHER THAN THE MISHEARD ONE.
  • 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.
  • Malaproper: HE ALSO MISHEARS THINGS!
  • No Indoor Voice: AGENT GORDON COLE IS ALMOST DEAF. THIS CAN LEAD TO FUNNY SITUATIONS WHEN HE NEEDS TO SPEAK PRIVATELY. PERHAPS THAT'S WHY HE'S SO ABSTRUSE.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure

Diane (Cooper's secretary?)

  • Companion Cube: A popular theory is that Diane is not a person, but the name of Cooper's recording device.
  • The Ghost

Former Special Agent Windom Earle

Played by: Kenneth Welsh

Agent Albert Rosenfield

Played by: Miguel Ferrer

Agent Dennis "Denise" Bryson

Played by: David Duchovny

    Police 

Sheriff Harry S. Truman

Played by: Michael Ontkean

Deputy Andy Brennan

Played by: Harry Goaz

Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill

Played by: Michael Horse

Lucy Moran

Played by: Kimmy Robertson

    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.
  • Dawson Casting: Bobby is about 17 or 18 years old. Dana Ashbrook was in his mid-20s when he played the character.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Spends most of his time coming up with these, and he's terrible at it.
  • I Am Not My Father
  • Jerk Jock
  • 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).
    Bobby Briggs: AFRAID?!! I'M GOING TO TURN IT UP!!SIDE!!DOWN!!
  • 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
  • Villain Protagonist

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

  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Coroner
  • Real-Life Relative: Will's actor, Warren Frost, is the father of series co-director Mark Frost.
  • The Stoic
    • 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

Benjamin "Ben" Horne

Played by: Richard Beymer

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/Obsessed with Food: 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.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Smug Snake
  • Sunglasses at Night

The Hurleys

"Big" Ed Hurley

Played by: Everett McGill

  • Childhood Sweetheart: To Norma.
  • Closer to Earth: He's incomparably more sensible and down to earth than his wife Nadine.
  • Henpecked Husband: He may not have it as bad as Pete, but he still gets his share of beleaguerment from Nadine and her antics.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: His voice in the Japanese dub is none other than Norio Wakamoto. DEFINITELY Playing Against Type!
  • Nice Guy
  • The Quiet One
  • 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.

Nadine Hurley

Played by: Wendy Robie


  • Badass Normal
  • 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.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Genki Girl: Post-coma in season 2, when she thinks that she's a teenager.
  • Large Ham
  • Super Strength
  • 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

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.
  • 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.
  • The Brute
  • 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.
  • Jerkass
  • 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: Mšdchen Amick

  • 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, GordonÖ
    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
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Audrey, but she has her moments. And being played by Mšdchen Amick doesn't hurt.
  • Smoking Is Cool

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

Pete Martell

Played by: Jack Nance


The Milfords

Mayor Dwayne Milford

Played by: John Boylan

Dougie Milford

Played by: Tony Jay

Lana Budding Milford

Played by: Robyn Lively

Mike Nelson

Played by: Gary Hershberger

The Packards

Andrew Packard

Played by: Dan O'Herlihy

Jocelyn Packard

Played by: Joan Chen

The Palmers

Laura Palmer

Played by: Sheryl Lee

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.

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 ‚me 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.

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.

    Outsiders 

Annie Blackburn

Played by: Heather Graham

Blackie O'Reilly

Played by: Victoria Catlin

Thomas Eckhardt

Played by: David Warner

Madeline "Maddy" Ferguson

Played by: Sheryl Lee

  • Alone with the Psycho
  • Author Appeal: Maddy's hometown is Missoula, Montana, which is also the birthplace of David Lynch.
  • Backup Twin: Backup Cousin, actually.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • 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.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone
  • 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

The Renault Brothers

Jacques Renault

Played by: Walter Olkewicz

  • Fake Nationality: He's a French-Canadian played by an American.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Killed Off for Real
  • 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 heís identified as a major criminal in the Northwest. No matter if itís the precisely Northwest Territories or the whole Northwest of Canada, itís loosely a strategic area for mobsters and itís pretty far from Washington State.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Fake Nationality: Just like his brother, he's a French-Canadian played by an American.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Some might recognize him as recurring Quentin Tarantino character Sheriff Earl McGraw.
  • 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...
  • Big Bad
  • Blooper: A rare character who is born of a blooper. Lynch had been toying with the idea of giving Silva a role on the show already, but accidentally showing up reflected in Sarah Palmer's mirror is what clinched it.
  • Body Snatcher: Of the Demonic Possession variety.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Grand Theft Me: To Cooper.
  • Guttural Growler
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: While BOB is pure evil and scares the crap out of fans, the late Frank Silva was actually a very nice, funny, pleasant man in real life.
  • Mind Rape:To his direct victims, actual rape for the others.
  • Mirror Monster: One of the most iconic in television history.
  • Ominous Owls: A dream sequence pretty overtly aligns him with the owls not being what they seem.
    • 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.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Implied - the creatures in the Black Lodge feed off pain and suffering, which suggests that BOB's predilection for rape (not to mention incest) is partly motivated by the level of suffering it causes in the victim.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Kind of. See Blooper, above. They easily could have done another take, but David Lynch decided to Throw It In and build an entire terrifying character around a single bad take.
  • Recursive Acronym: Beware Of BOB.
  • Serial Killer
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at his picture!
  • Tom the Dark Lord
  • The Unfettered: "You may think I've gone insane, but I swear I Will KILL AGAIN!"
  • Wild Hair: Long, grey, and messy.

The Giant

Played by: Carel Struycken

Jimmy Scott

Played by: Jimmy Scott

The Man From Another Place

Played by: Michael J. Anderson

  • Ambiguously Evil
  • Arc Words: He's the source of many of them.
    • "That gum you like is going to come back in style."
    • "I am the arm."
    • "Let's rock!"
  • 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.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Oh my yes...
  • Leitmotif: ''Dance of the Dream Man'', which plays whenever something mysterious is happening.
  • Little People Are Surreal: One of the more memorable instances.
  • Louis Cypher: With the red three piece suit, maybe...
  • The Nameless: It's not known if he even has a name. Some contend that he is MIKE.
    • Others suspect that the "I am the arm" statement imply that he's the evil part that MIKE left behind when he decided to atone.

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)


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