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Special Agent Dale Bartholomew "Coop" Cooper
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Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

Cooper is an FBI agent who arrives in Twin Peaks to help the local sheriff's department investigate the murder of Laura Palmer, as some details of the killing implies the work of a serial killer. A somewhat eccentric and quirky person, Cooper has a distinctive sense of humor, likes sprouting sage-like sayings, and believes that interpreting his dreams and investigating the subconscious of himself and others can give him a edge in finding the killer. He also appreciates a good cherry pie and a "damn fine cup of coffee" (which he takes black). During his time in Twin Peaks, he falls in love with the town and gains a great deal of acceptance within the tightly knit community.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Mostly true, Cooper's chipper personality and competency usually warms everyone up to him. If someone doesn't like Cooper then they're almost certain to be involved in something illegal or shady.
  • The Ace: Agent Cooper is the best anyone will ever be at anything he ever does. He always takes home a ten to fifteen percent return when gambling with bureau funds. When at the firing range, he puts four rounds through the eyes and two through the nostrils. He can identify people's relationships at a glance. He's wary of being present for a witness's sketch artist session because he's "a strong sender" and might influence the results, and then corrects the sketch anyways. And to top it all off, he whittles up a flute from scratch in just a few hours.
  • Agent Cooper: Co-Trope Namer
  • And I Must Scream: As of 2016, Cooper is still trapped in the Black Lodge. While appearing stoic like he usually does when in the Lodge, the time spent in the hellish dimension seems to be turning him into an Empty Shell. News from TMFANP that his doppelganger is using his body for evil only makes Cooper feel all the more trapped and powerless.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cooper is a man who will do his research - even if it's through unorthodox methods - before ever needing to do anything badass.
  • Badass Long Coat: Rocks his signature trench coat when he's doing field work for a case. Cooper could give the Tenth Doctor and John Constantine a run for their money in how to make trench coats look good.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: ...and he'll wear it over a reasonably stylish, reasonably priced suit. Subverted in The Return as Cooper is still wearing his impeccable suit when he returns to reality only to be later dressed up in Dougie's oversized, clownish, lime green sports coat while in his Empty Shell state.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A few times, like when he, Truman, and Hawk infiltrate One Eyed Jack's to rescue Audrey.
  • Big Eater: Sheriff Truman remarks that he must have the metabolism of a bumblebee.
  • Big Good: He was always this to some degree. In The Return Cooper seems to slooooowly be shaping up to be the Big Good to counter out his Evil Counterpart's Big Bad.
  • Born Lucky: While he isn't immune to suffering, things tend to naturally go right for the man. As mentioned above, he tends to take home ten to fifteen percent returns when he gambles with bureau funds. In a casino, he manages to win every slot machines he uses. He even points to machines (or at least a machine with an image of the Red Room above it) that lets an old lady win as well.
  • Break the Cutie: After 25 years trapped in the Black Lodge he is barely able to function as a human being after being released, only capable of imitating the actions and statements of others.
  • Bulletproof Fashion Plate: He may have aged 25 years in the Lodge, but his suit is immaculate. (Give or take a hole in his sock.)
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While he may be on the eccentric side, he really is a good detective.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Somewhat. He generally follows police protocol unless lives are on the line, like when he goes out of his jurisdiction to investigate One Eyed Jack's.
  • Captain's Log: His tape recordings to Diane.
  • Cassette Craze: Carries around a tape recorder, into which he dictates memos and daily commentary addressing an unseen Diane.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: To the point where, in the first scene of the regular episode of the series, he records his report hanging upside down from a coat rack.
  • The Chosen One: After over two decades in the Black Lodge, it seems as if the spirits of the Lodge have designated Cooper as the envoy to fill out their mysterious plans. First they release him back into reality (albeit as an Empty Shell) then they display avatars of the Black Lodge above jackpot winning slot machines to ensure that he wins an absurd amount of money and attracts attention to himself. They also seem to be rebuilding Cooper's Hyper Awareness as seen when they help braindead Cooper instantly identify a liar. Why the Lodge is suddenly assisting Cooper and whatever they have planned for Cooper is still very much a mystery...
  • Cultured Badass: Knows a few things about a few things, hand in hand with his The Ace status.
  • Disability Superpower: Despite being nearly braindead when he returns to the mortal realm, he can somehow sense which slot machines at a casino are going to be jackpots, as well as intuitively knowing to hide from a sniper he couldn't possibly know was there. It may be the beings in the Black Lodge sending him signs so he can fulfill their plans for him.
  • 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.
  • Empty Shell: Two decades in the Black Lodge have made him apathetic and powerless. When he finally escapes into the normal world, he can barely remember basic functions like walking and talking, to the point where other people think he's had a stroke.
  • Evil Laugh: Post-BOB-possession.
  • 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.
  • Fair Cop: Probably the handsomest man in the FBI. Even with twenty five years in the Black Lodge under his belt, he's still shown to have aged fairly well.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: As of the revival, there is no denying that the 25 years spent in the hellish Black Lodge have messed up Cooper well past any foreseeable recovery (at the moment)
  • Good Feels Good: Upon Cooper's return to reality, it seems that aside from coffee, the moments when Cooper, in his addled Dougie-state, starts to seem most like his old self and act independently are when he's able to help other people or make some kind of empathetic connection with them, like guiding the old woman in the casino to a winning slot machine, offering Sonny-Jim a potato chip, or protecting Janey-E from Ike.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Well if there's any consolation to make up for the twenty five years stolen from him at least Cooper got to have a roll in the hay with Janey-E that was clearly enjoyable for both parties.
  • Grand Theft Me: Was strongly implied to have happened to him at the end of Season 2. And BOB was apparently in control of his body for twenty-five years.
  • The Hero: Clean-cut, capable, highly ethical, and dedicated to unraveling the secrets of Twin Peaks.
  • He's Back: Subverted. After two and a half decades in the Black Lodge, Cooper is finally returned to reality. However his time in a dimension with no sense of space and time has left his mind fried so that he can only mimic and parrot what other people do. His first independent action was in response to seeing a cup of coffee, picking it up and, after scalding his tongue, loudly saying 'hi!' to the person scolding him.
  • Hyper Awareness: Very little escapes Cooper's attention. Sometimes his eccentricity can overshadow the fact that he is a remarkably good detective. In The Return even in his brain dead state (and with a little help from the Black Lodge) Cooper is instantly able to point out that Dougie's co-worker is lying.
  • Iconic Item: His tape recorder and trench coat.
  • Ideal Hero: Cooper is unfailingly moral, extremely good at his job, and liked by just about everyone.
  • 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.
  • Living Lie Detector: His finely honed intuition returns as Dougie during the most inappropriate moment possible, as he calls a senior co-worker on bluffing, potentially fraudulent behavior. It doesn't go over too well in context.
  • Madness Mantra: "How's Annie? HOW'S ANNIE???"
  • 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. A piping hot cup of black coffee is one of the few things that noticeably cracks Cooper's Empty Shell state in The Return
  • 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.
  • Occult Detective: Comes as close to this trope as an active FBI agent could. His methods are a little odd, but they work more often than they should.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Fire Walk With Me after telling Cole that he had a troubling dream, Cooper certainly has this reaction when he see's long-lost FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries stroll into FBI headquarters on security footage and realizes the events of his dream are replaying in reality.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He gets visibly angry for the first time in the show while hearing a description of the last night of Laura Palmer's life, and you just know things aren't going to end well for the guy provoking him.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Agent Cooper is probably the second best in the series after Hawk. He's incredibly good at finding where people are, no matter how hard they try to hide from him. Justified as this is his job as an FBI agent. It's also less "woods" and finding out where criminals are hiding out.
  • Seen It All: The Return shows that his lengthy stay in the Black Lodge has made him indifferent to all the surreal horror that surrounds him going hand in hand with the Empty Shell state he's turned into. Eyeless ladies, talking trees, floating heads? Just another day in the Lodge for Ol' Coop.
  • Sense Freak: Particularly, taste.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Aside from the impeccable suit, his hair is so perfectly oiled in place that it defies the laws of physics - gravity seems to have no effect on it when Coop is hanging upside down in his hotel room.
  • Sherlock Scan: Can deduce people's relationships—and honesty level—within the spans of a few minutes. At most.
  • Signature Move: A thumbs up. Even bleeding on the floor from a gunshot wound and on the verge of death, Cooper manages to flash the kooky Waiter a thumbs up instead of calling for help. After all his time in the lodge, Cooper's able to return one to Sonny Jim. Whereas when the Doppleganger tries it, it just comes off as creepy and forced.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Though oddly not Dreaming of Things to Come.
  • To Hell and Back: Finally escapes the Black Lodge after twenty-five years, but with a massive toll on his psyche.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Keeps a rather chilling one while stuck in the Black Lodge and finally breaking out after 25 years.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Black coffee, cherry pie,'s a miracle his heart never exploded.
  • Trapped in Another World: Spends two decades trapped in the hellish Black Lodge.
  • Turn in Your Badge: After solving the Laura Palmer case, he is put on trial for crossing national borders as part of his investigation. He's acquitted when it is shown that his accuser is impersonating a Mountie and is part of an international drug smuggling ring.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Windom Earle. Windom Earle went evil and Cooper fell in love with his wife. That will break any friendship.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Which he does in the process of saving Audrey.

Regional Bureau Chief later Assistant Director Gordon Cole
Played by: David Lynch

A high ranking member of the FBI with a special interest in Blue Rose (or paranormal) cases.
  • Ascended Extra: He only appeared in four episodes in the original run and his voice was also heard in two others but he appear in almost all episodes of the revival.
  • 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.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He sometimes suggests that people do some suggested thing or other rather than whatever he misheard them as saying.
  • 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: Gordon Cole despite being an Assistant Director of the FBI and later the Director, does not really have an eloquent vocabulary. He often describes things in the most bluntest or bizarre manner possible, whether commenting a person is dead after their head explodes or calling Cooper a small Mexican Chihuahua.
  • Nice Guy: Once you look past his bombastic nature, Gordon is a good man to his very core. The Return reveals that Cole had been a big driving force in helping Denise's transition by putting the less open-minded Agents in their place.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In The Return, when he speaks privately to Albert and turns up his hearing aid so he can whisper, you know something's very, VERY wrong.
    Chief Cole: I hate admit this, but I don't understand this situation at all.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As with Sheriff Truman, he is more than willing to allow some latitude in attitudes if it ends well.
  • Spot the Imposter: One of his most important deductive skills, which helps him spot The Doppelganger almost immediately.

Diane Evans

Played by: Laura Dern

Dale's Secretary. She is never seen in the original series but has a substantial role in tie-in media. As well as The Return.

  • The Alcoholic: Albert was able to locate her in a bar and mentions he knows where she drinks. Later seen drinking on the way to meet Coopelganger. Probably used a coping mechanism for the possible rape by Coopelganger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: An angry example.
  • The Ghost: We never see her. 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. She does finally appear on screen in The Return.
  • Jerkass Façade: Though you can hardly blame her once you find out why.
  • Rape as Drama: Heavily implied to have been raped by Coopelganger, and as such, walks around with a chip on her shoulder towards everyone connected to the real Cooper.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Rarely lets a sentence pass without a "fuck you" in it.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Stares right into the Doppelganger's eyes when they meet in prison, and determines from this that she is not talking to the real Dale Cooper.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Horribly averted. Considering the aforementioned implications of rape, she's likely doing it to cope with the trauma.

Former Special Agent Windom Earle
Played by: Kenneth Welsh

Agent Cooper's chess-obsessed former partner and mentor who went insane. He is tied to Project: Blue Book and the Black Lodge.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cooper, who used to be his partner until Earle killed the woman he loved.
  • Ax-Crazy: Despite how competent and calculating he is, he is violently insane and kills without reason.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Downplayed. He's still a very dangerous villain, but he's small fry compared to BOB.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Has a speech where he discusses the heavenly White Lodge and the hellish Black Lodge before saying he'd love to unleash the latter on Earth to give himself ultimate power.
  • 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.
  • Crazy People Play Chess: He is a deranged murderous Serial Killer and Diabolical Mastermind who goes on lengthy rants about other dimensions. He's also obsessed with chess.
  • Cultured Badass: Is a grandmaster of chess, a philosopher, and an FBI agent. He's also a psychotic killer and Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Believes himself to be one but he's out of his depth dealing with the Black Lodge.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Windome Earle believes he can make a deal with the evil forces of the Black Lodge to gain great power. The problem is he seems to miss they're not Lawful Evil Deal with the Devil types but Always Chaotic Evil Eldritch Abomination ones.
  • Evil Counterpart: A fallen version of Coop himself. Coop even blames himself for it, poor guy. Cooper is wrong as Earle's evil is a result of his study of the Black Lodge.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He became obsessed with the occult power of the Black Lodge during his time with Project: Blue Book.
  • Fallen Hero: One of the worst in the FBI's history.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Death: BOB takes Earle's soul because he broke the rules. This is the fate Earle intended for Cooper.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Is he ever! An example includes murdering a man so he can put him inside a giant chess piece. Also, a lengthy speech where talks about harnessing the power of the Black Lodge to bring about hell on Earth.
  • 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.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: A Crazy Jealous Guy who became obsessed with revenge on Cooper because of his wife falling in love with him. Cooper reciprocating didn't help.
  • Master of Disguise: A bit of an Informed Ability as his disguises, while good, are easily seen through by the viewer.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is very good at setting people against one another and playing on their psychological weaknesses.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Cooper. Partners in fact.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: In the Season 2 finale. And it's Double Subverted. He tries to steal Cooper's soul — then BOB steals Earle's for breaking the rules of the Black Lodge. Then Cooper's soul is trapped in the Lodge anyway.

Agent Albert Rosenfield
Played by: Miguel Ferrer

An abrasive Medical Examiner who works for the FBI.

  • 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 as he nonchalantly expresses his love for him.
  • All-Loving Hero: What he professes to be as seen above. Yeah, like everything in Twin's weird.
  • Agent Scully: A really abrasive one.
  • Birds of a Feather: In The Return it seems as though Albert has really hit it off with Deadpan Snarker Coroner Constance Talbot. Cole and Tammy even catch a glimpse of what looks like a date between the two.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's got a bitingly dry sense of humor.
    Cooper: (after Albert tried to cheer him up) You're making a joke.
    Albert: I like to think of myself as one of the happy generation.
  • Dr. Jerk: He's an abrasive, stubborn medical examiner.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's naturally rude, dismissive, and angry towards everyone. But he would never actually hurt anyone because of his strong dedication to pacifism. Best demonstrated when he returns to help with the Windom Earle case, where in quick succession he insults Bobby with a quick "Get a life, punk", happily greets Harry with a hug, and then makes fun of Gordon's No Indoor Voice. From there, its strictly business.
  • 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. This hasn't changed in The Return, where Gordon feels the need to apologize for him to local detectives.
    Cooper: Albert's lacking in some of the social niceties.
  • Only Sane Man: Doesn't work too well in Twin Peaks though.
  • Pet the Dog: In the second episode of season 2 Albert (genuinely) asks how Coop is doing after being shot. Coop's surprised by the concern, though Albert tells him not to get sentimental.
  • Sixth Ranger: During the Laura Palmer case. His intermittent appearances start off in more of an antagonistic role against the Twin Peaks inhabitants, but in Season 2, once he reveals he isn't that bad a guy, he starts to fit in more, as if he's another member of the squad. Highlighted after Maddy Ferguson dies, where he comes back to help Cooper stop BOB before he can kill again. He's notably present in the room for both BOB's confession to the murders and Leland's death upon Bob's departure from his body.
  • The Snark Knight: By the time of The Return Albert's deadpan delivery has gotten to the point where it would make Jerry Seinfeld blush.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Diane in The Return.
  • The Smart Guy: One of the most intelligent and rationale people in the series. Which sucks for him because so much of what happens is completely irrational.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his pacifism was revealed.
  • Undying Loyalty: For all his prickly behavior, Albert has the utmost faith in Cooper and his abilities. He gave confidential information to Phillip at the mere mention of Cooper being in danger. Even years after his disappearance, he can immediately tell that something is wrong with BOB!Cooper.

Agent Roger Hardy

Played by: Clarence Williams III

An FBI agent brought in to investigate Agent Cooper over the fact he went into Canada twice as part of his investigation into Laura Palmer's death.

  • The Comically Serious: He's really been looking forward to try some Twin Peaks cherry pie.
    • Roger also is a lot more business-like and professional than the other FBI agents, which is an amazingly low bar to cross, so he's often a source of comedy at everyone's Bunny-Ears Lawyer behavior.
  • Inspector Javert: He doesn't consider the motivations of Agent Cooper, the man may have illegally crossed national borders as part of his investigation he must be brought to justice!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Cooper has a lot of charges thrown at him and some are ridiculous like drugs going missing (with the implication Cooper sold them). However, Cooper's assault on One-Eyed Jacks to rescue Audrey resulted in a man being killed and didn't involve the Canadian authorities.
  • Meaningful Name: Agent Hardy as in he's a hardened FBI Agent like Albert who isn't afraid to come off looking like a dick if it means he's doing his job.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Dumps this on Cooper, in addition to possibly crossing national borders illegally, Hardy claims that Cooper's actions may have compromised a sting on Jean Renault's drug operation.
  • Not So Different: Agents Hardy and Cooper could probably bond over how much they enjoy Twin Peaks cherry pie.
  • The Skeptic: Not a believer in Cooper's unorthodox and spiritual methods of detective work and recommends a full psych evaluation for Cooper.
    Hardy: Dale, there's a right way and a wrong way to do this.
  • The Straight Man: Roger Hardy is, unfortunately, the only man in the Twin Peaks universe FBI who acts like a real FBI agent so he's in a constant state of frustration and confusion.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Inflicts this on Cooper for the above mentioned charges and has nothing to do with keeping Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks after he solved the Laura Palmer case and should have moved on by now.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Last seen in the Double R Diner ordering pie. Cooper's charges were eventually dismissed so aside from apologizing its not like Hardy would have had much to offer to the plot.

Agent Denise Bryson (neé Dennis Bryson)

Played by: David Duchovny

A cross-dressing DEA agent who is later the transsexual Chief of Staff at the FBI.

  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: A DEA agent who might be a male transvestite or transgender female, since the series doesn't care to explain it.
    • As of The Return, Denise's identity as a transgender female is confirmed.
  • Becoming the Mask: Back in 1988 when she was still Dennis, she worked an undercover operation at the DEA to bust a drug dealer who only sold to transvestites. The relaxation she felt from wearing women's clothes led to renaming herself Denise and her eventual realization regarding her gender identity.
  • Camp Straight: Subverted. Bryson is attracted to women and thus is a transgender lesbian. The camp part is still accurate. In The Return as she (or rather David Duchovny) adopts exaggerated stereotypical feminine behaviors even during a professional meeting with Gordon Cole. This includes giggling at being called beautiful, being catty about an attractive FBI agent working with the somewhat chauvinist Gordon Cole, and any objections being shot down after flattery.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Bryson's gender identity became a source of this while she was transferred to work for the DEA and before eventually returning to the FBI. Gordon Cole recounts that he instructed them to "fix their hearts or die".
  • Rank Up: Twenty five years later, Bryson has become the FBI Chief of Staff.
  • Society Marches On: Both in-universe, and in how the character is portrayed. The Return takes greater care to emphasize Denise's strengths as both a public administrator and a field investigator early on. While the newer season still alludes to Bryson's ambiguous gender identity, it does not play it for comedy as in the original two seasons (in which characters are often visibly and uncomfortably confounded by Denise Bryson's appearance).
  • Transsexual: Bryson is confirmed to have transitioned and Cole was supportive of her.

    Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department 

Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Played by: Michael Ontkean

The upstanding Sheriff of Twin Peaks at the time of the original series.

  • 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.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He does this after Josie "dies". Although he gets better in the next episode.
  • Fair Cop: Michael Ontkean was a very handsome man during the original series' run.
  • Fatal Flaw: His usual reasonableness tends to go out the window when Josie's involved and his devotion to her frequently sends him in the wrong direction.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: As mentioned under Drowning My Sorrows, he has one after Josie supposedly "dies".
  • Generation Xerox: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that Harry's father, Frederick, also served as Twin Peak's sheriff and was a member of the Bookhouse Boys. It is actually slightly played with, as originally, Harry's older brother, Frank, took over as sheriff after their father, while Harry took up a job as deputy under him. After getting married, Frank would eventually transfer to law enforcement job in western Washington to where his wife's family resided, while Harry took up the mantle of sheriff to continue the family tradition.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: None, with Sheriff Truman going so far as to describe Agent Cooper as "The finest lawman I've ever known". There is a little formal stiffness initially, but that's settled by the second day and has more to do with meeting someone new.
  • The Lancer: Gets put into this role in place of Jurisdiction Friction.
  • Mr. Fanservice: One of the most handsome men in the cast along with Agent Cooper and Hawk.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His name being Harry S. Truman is the result of his father being a very patriotic World War II veteran. Harry's older brother, Frank, is similarly named after Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Name's the Same: Invoked:
    Cooper: "I'm supposed to meet with a Sheriff Harry S. Truman. Shouldn't be too hard to remember that."
  • Nice Hat: Par for the course, this sheriff has a cowboy hat. (It's a little out of place for the region - Eastern Washington State has the sort of climate and culture that would justify owning one, but on the west side of the Cascades the only reasons to wear one are style and as part of a uniform.)
  • Put on a Bus: In Season 3, due to illness (really Michael Ontkean declining to return). A conversation Frank has with him on the phone implies that he has terminal cancer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Makes it a point to help out Cooper wherever he can. Makes sure to give everyone a fair hearing.
  • The Sheriff: As per his rank.
  • The Watson: Lampshaded by Harry himself. He's as competent as any other lawman, but is out of his depth with the Palmer case (and subsequent happenings) and knows it.

Deputy Andy Brennan
Played by: Harry Goaz

The naive and pleasant deputy of Twin Peaks Sheriff's Office. He is romantically involved with Lucy.

  • 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.
  • Doting Parent: He and Lucy are this to Wally.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He's the one that figures out the map to the Black Lodge, though it takes him a while to figure out how to explain it to the others.
  • Good Is Dumb: Andy's a good-hearted person, even if he isn't the brightest bulb on the tree.
  • The Heart: For the Twin Peaks Police Department.
  • Happily Married: Twenty five years after the original series, Andy is married to Lucy having raised their son Wally.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: In a variation on the Vomiting Cop trope, Andy starts weeping inconsolably whenever he is confronted by gruesome sights.
  • Lovable Coward: Fortunately, he shakes off the cowardice when saving Harry from getting shot.
  • Older and Wiser: By The Return he seems to handle himself as a police officer much better, displaying confidence and asserting his control in certain situations.
  • Simpleton Voice: He talks a bit like a toddler as an adult with very slow pronunciation and simple concepts. Despite this, he's fully capable of doing his job.
  • 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 original series. They Do by The Return.

Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill
Played by: Michael Horse

The Native American Deputy for the Twin Peak's Sheriff's office and right hand man of Sheriff Truman.

  • Badass Native: The only native American on the force and also one of the best fighters.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In The Orchid's Curse Hawk follows Cooper and Truman when they raid One Eyed Jacks. The two almost escape until a thug holds them up at gunpoint, whereupon Hawk reveals himself and lands a knife in the man's back.
  • The Big Guy: Shared with Andy.
  • Fair Cop: He's an attractive man and ages gracefully over the course of the Time Skip.
  • The Ghost: His veterinarian girlfriend.
  • Magical Native American: Of course, in Twin Peaks, his beliefs are downright mundane. The Secret History of Twin Peaks has him expressing his annoyance with being associated with this trope on more than one occasion.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hawk is considered by many female fans to be the most attractive man in the series after Agent Cooper. The camera also loves him.
  • Number Two: Most of the series has him as back up to Sheriff Truman.
  • Odd Friendship: Twenty five years after the original series, Hawk seems to have established a pleasant friendship with the Log Lady.
  • Rank Up: Twenty five years later, Hawk is Deputy Chief to the Twin Peaks Police Department.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Both Truman and Cooper often ask him to track down suspects and other people of interest, and he usually delivers pretty quickly. It says something about a person if he is unable to find them.

Lucy Moran

Played by: Kimmy Robertson

The secretary for the Twin Peak's Sheriff Office. She is romantically involved with Andy and Dick Tremayne.

  • 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.
  • Doting Parent: She and Andy are this to her son Wally Brando in The Return. The two of them practically squee in delight when they learn that Wally has stopped by to visit the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department.
  • The Ditz: She's a bit flighty, but her squeaky voice really magnifies it.
  • Happily Married: Season 3 opens twenty five years later with Lucy married to Andy as Lucy Brennan.
  • Innocent Bigot: (*dramatically stated to Hawk*) "You're an INDIAN."
  • No Object Permanence: Demonstrates this in The Return. She struggles with the concept of mobile phones and Sheriff Truman making it to the office while supposedly being in the mountains. In another scene, she obsesses over what happens to the thermostat when she's not around.
  • Sassy Secretary: Usually not very sassy (except when she has to deal with Andy's cluelessness or Dick's antics; then she really turns up the sass), but all the other stereotypical secretary traits (nasal, watches soap operas).
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Andy for most of the series. They Do by The Return.
  • Woman Child: That voice. That pout.

    The Palmers 

Laura Palmer
Played by: Sheryl Lee

The most popular female student of the Twin Peaks High School, Laura was seen as an exemplary and beloved member of the local community. But her sudden murder and the subsequent investigation brings many of the dark secrets surrounding her to light, revealing that behind her pretty, wholesome and seemingly perfect surface she was in reality a severely troubled and lonely young woman deeply embroiled both in Twin Peaks' seedy underbelly and as well the town's more strange and unearthly happenings.
  • 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 three of her numerous lovers were female: Ronette Pulaski, Blackie, and Josie Packard.
  • The Chosen One: The Return strongly hints that The Giant created her through some sort of indirect immaculate conception to suffer at the hands of BOB and die a martyr, or something similar anyway.
  • Cosmic Plaything: If the theory that Laura was designed by The Giant/????? to combat BOB by becoming a martyr and setting off a chain of events that lead to BOB's downfall is correct, then the poor girl literally had cosmic beings ensure that she was destined to be molested and killed.
  • 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.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Wow does it make sense why she went as wrong as she did.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Even the timid, mentally fragile shut in Harold Smith managed to get a piece of Laura when they made out and almost had sex in Fire Walk With Me.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Laura subverts this as we get a glimpse of the darkness behind her seemingly perfect facade.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Laura Palmer was one of the prostitutes at One Eyed Jacks.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: A backstory-heavy but highly cryptic sequence from The Return implies that this is her role.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Ending each episode with a still picture of her dressed as a prom queen was surely meant to evoke this.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Laura Palmer turns out to have been involved in cocaine, prostitution, and demonic possession.
  • Parental Incest: BOB's main pleasure in possessing Leland seems to have been having him molest Laura.
  • Posthumous Character: We see her alive in Fire Walk With Me, but in the series proper she only shows up in recordings and flashbacks.
  • 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.
  • Seemingly Wholesome '50s Girl: Played with — the impression is not a sexually liberated young woman expressing herself under the safe cover of being a "good girl" as much as someone isolated and hurting in ways few people ever knew while she was alive.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A. She kept up a very good and wholesome image while her life was falling apart at the seems.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Sheryl Lee played both Laura and her cousin Madeline.

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.

  • And I Must Scream: In The Return, an aged Leland appears to Cooper in the Black Lodge begging him to find Laura. This seems to imply that Leland's soul is trapped in the Black Lodge even after death.
  • Amoral Attorney: When he goes back to working for Ben Horne, it is quickly revealed that his speciality is advising Ben on how to Loophole Abuse his way out of paying taxes and how to whitewash his money.
  • 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. Fire Walk With Me does however imply that there was an abusive aspect to Leland's personality all along, that BOB was able to latch on to and intensify.
  • Demonic Possession: By BOB.
  • Dying as Yourself: BOB leaves his body moments before his death and Leland has a My God, What Have I Done? reaction.
  • Enemy Within: BOB, though Fire Walk With Me implies that he is more of a devil on Leland's shoulder.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:Not only was possesed by Bob, but after his death his soul appears to be trapped eternally within the Black Lodge in a similar manner to Cooper.
  • Happy Ending Override: In Season 2 as Leland is about to die and overcome with horror over his actions, Cooper tries to comfort him and tells him to Go Into the Light towards what is implied to be the White Lodge. It seems to work on Leland as he apparently see's a vision of Laura and dies happy. Unfortunately in The Return Cooper see's an older Leland in the Black Lodge pathetically oblivious to Laura's fate.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Frequently when he grieves over Laura.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair turns white after he murders Jacques Renault.
  • Parental Incest: Has been molesting Laura under BOB's influence since her early adolescence.
  • 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.
  • More Than Mind Control: There some hints, especially in Fire Walk With Me, that Leland's sexual abuse of Laura wasn't only down to BOB forcing Leland into doing it, but also that BOB was able to play on some repressed, dark urges already present in Leland.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After BOB makes him bash his head and hangs him out to dry, Leland has this moment where he reveals to Cooper all of the horrible things BOB has made him do and his horror upon remembering that he killed and molested his own daughter.
  • Sanity Slippage: He starts off pretty reserved and somber after Laura's death, only to become increasingly over-the-top in his mourning process. And then we find out about the influence BOB's had on him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Hoo boy! He is after all the rapist and murderer of his own daughter.
  • Wangst: Done intentionally in Season 1. While Leland's grief over his daughter's death is understandable, it frequently goes so over-top that it crosses into the realm of the ridiculous, and some of the scenes he causes with his occasional breakdowns means that several townspeople can't help but make fun of him behind his back.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Leland's hair turning white is a sign that BOB has completely taken over.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once he's arrested, making him useless to BOB, BOB forces him to kill himself by smashing his head against a wall.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In Fire Walk With Me it's shown that Leland, either by himself or under the influence of BOB, frequented the prostitutes of Deer Meadows like Teresa Banks while still married to Sarah.

Sarah Palmer

Played by: Grace Zabriskie

The wife of Leland Palmer and the mother of Laura Palmer.

  • Adult Fear: Has a fear her daughter is dead before its confirmed and later that her husband is going insane. She's correct both times.
  • Big "NO!": Has a number of these reactions, not just with no over events in the series.
  • Closer to Earth: While still very shattered by her grief over Laura's death, she is not nearly the complete wreck that Leland is. Subverted by the fact she missed her daughter was being sexually abused since puberty and had become a drug addicted prostitute.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Her ignorance to what was going on in her own household was tremendous.
  • Hysterical Woman: As BOB taunts her.
  • Parents as People: She seems to have been grossly ignorant of Laura's issues but was never malicious.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: She is frequently haunted by visions of BOB and the Pale Horse.
  • The Scream: Completely breaks down when she discovers her daughter is dead.

    The Briggses 

Major Garland Briggs
Played by: Don S. Davis

A high ranking member of the Air Force involved in UFO investigations, spiritualism, and the White Lodge. He is also Bobby Briggs' father.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: His lack of expression, odd Spock Speak, and obsessive traits may not be only the result of a lifelong military career or working largely in secret, but possibly signs of some form of mental disorder.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Secret History of Twin Peaks turns into this for him in its last chapter. The second to last entry has him describing his relief that Cooper has returned from the woods seemingly unscathed and he has asked sheriff Truman to tell Cooper to visit him once he recovers, before the entry cuts off with Briggs going down to greet Cooper who is ringing on his doorbell. The last entry has Briggs extremely worried, as Cooper was behaving very strangely during his visit. Briggs then writes that he needs to return to the listening post as quickly as possible, before the entry ends with "*M*A*Y*D*A*Y*"
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In The Return if William Hastings questionable testimony is anything to go by then Hastings entered the Black Lodge and witnessed the spirit of Briggs ascend into what is implied to be the White Lodge while mentioning the name Cooper several times.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Neither Garland or Briggs is especially uncommon but together sounds like a comic book character.
  • The Apprentice: To Douglas Milford, who handpicked him to be his successor as "the Watcher in the Woods".
  • Bald of Awesome: This is Don S. Davis, after all.
  • Big Good: A mortal version of the trope like Cooper.
  • Broken Pedestal: While he admits that any government body, especially a secretive one, could become corrupt, the Major asserts that the classified information he deals with is for a noble cause. He quickly becomes disillusioned after realizing the Air Force has malicious plans for the White Lodge.
  • Bus Crash: Dies in a mysterious fire after meeting with BOB!Cooper
    • An giant apparition of his head latter appears to Cooper in the Lodge saying "Blue Rose"
  • The Character Died with Him: Died in a fire some years prior to the Time Skip, as Don S. Davis sadly passed away in 2008.
  • Cool Old Guy: More like "Cool Middle-aged Guy", but close enough.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Actually more so than Cooper. Though it might be a result of him being in on the (seemingly) Benevolent Conspiracy.
  • Eagleland: Flavor 1. Down to his uniform being his attire of choice for seemingly everything.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: What more can you say about a man whose greatest fear is the "possibility that love is not enough"?
  • Narrator All Along: At the end of The Secret History of Twin Peaks he is revealed to be the mysterious "Archivist", the in-universe collector of the dossier the book is based on. It actually also brings the Literary Agent Hypothesis into play, as it becomes gradually obvious that Briggs might have had a better understanding of the mysterious things going in Twin Peaks than most people, but even his perspective is shown to be flawed, limited and riddled with blind spots, and it is apparent he is ultimately missing several pierces of the different puzzles and have misunderstood certain events, as some of his conclusions contradicts events seen in the series and at several points he starts blatantly speculating and guessing about several things.
  • Not So Stoic: His various kidnappings take a serious toll on his psyche, to the point of stammering and shaking.
  • Off with His Head!: In The Return the headless, vivisected corpse of a man identified as Major Briggs has apparently been popping up several times over the years with the Military covering it up. Tellingly it's Briggs' head that floats by Cooper in the Black Lodge.
  • Posthumous Character: Before he was killed by the Doppelganger, Briggs left instructions on how to enter the Black Lodge and coordinates that reveal the existence of two Coopers with his wife who passed it on to Sheriff Truman, Hawk and their son Bobby 25 years after Season 2. His legacy seems to be a key factor in the events of The Return.
  • Raised Catholic: Briefly alluded to in the series (he and his wife wear a lot of cross iconography and keep an altar to Jesus in their house), but addressed further in The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which discusses his interest in religious mysticism as a product of having been brought up in a version of this trope that plays against type.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Emotional distance and weird formality aside, he makes every effort to respect that his son chooses a very different life from him.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Can't go wrong in a military uniform.
  • Spock Speak: One of the causes of the distance between himself and his son is just how bizarrely-eloquent he is.
  • Unstuck in Time: After BOB!Cooper apparently murdered Briggs in a fire, a mutilated corpse with his fingerprints has popped up several times over the past two decades. The most recent corpse had the coroner declare that the body had only been dead for a few days despite Briggs having died almost thirty years ago.

Robert "Bobby" Briggs
Click here  Twenty-five years later...
Played by: Dana Ashbrook

The captain of the Twin Peaks football team and a small time drug dealer. He's the son of Major Briggs and the boyfriend of Laura Palmer.

  • 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.
  • Being Good Sucks: Has cleaned up his act by The Return but that has actually alienated him from his ex-wife and daughter.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: In Fire Walk With Me, he wastes no time bragging about his "pocket rocket" to Laura.
  • Fair Cop: Twenty five years after Season 2, Bobby has joined the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department and his good looks have managed to stay intact in his older state.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Spends most of his time coming up with these, and he's terrible at it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Between Season 2 and The Return, he goes from a drug dealing punk to a cop who specifically catches the kind of criminal he once was.
  • I Am Not My Father: By a long shot. Ironically, he enters government work after his father's death.
  • Jerk Jock: An enormous ass in high school as well as the town's top football player.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He mellows out over the course of the show and the Time Skip.
  • Hypocrite: Cheats on Laura with Shelly, only to become enraged with James for having a relationship with her.
  • 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).
    • And let's not forget the scene where he dances backwards into the school hallway when talking to Laura in The Movie.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Ends up growing up into a Reasonable Authority Figure trying to look out for his wayward offspring, much like his own father.
  • The Lost Lenore: While he loves Shelly, he is utterly devastated by Laura's death and still cries thinking about her twenty-five years later.
  • Manly Tears: The sight of Laura Palmer's Homecoming Queen portrait in 2016 almost immediately brings him to tears.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's very, very pretty.
  • Older and Wiser: By The Return, he's become a deputy helping protect Twin Peaks.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Very different from his wholesome parents. Until The Return.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: An odd example as Bobby's wife is implied to have left him because she found his new good guy attitude to be boring.
  • Smoking Is Cool: And as expected, his far more clean-cut father doesn't approve of it.
  • Straight Man: His Large Ham traits get downplayed when he starts working for Horne, most likely because Ben's Sanity Slippage is enough to give him pause.
  • Wild Card: Screws up a number of really important criminal schemes by dangerous criminals as a teenager just by being that stupid.
  • Villain Protagonist: We follow a number of his petty crimes across the series which include drug dealing and welfare fraud. This stops with The Return where he's become a Sheriff's deputy.

    The Haywards 

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

Laura Palmer's best friend and the daughter of the town doctor. He is romantically involved with James Hurley after Laura's death.

  • The Chick: One of the most emotional, heartfelt, and decent characters on the show. Sometimes.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: For James. She starts to change with Character Development and James status as an Out of Focus character.
  • Driven by Envy: While Laura's best friend, it's clear she also wanted many things Laura had like James as well as a confident sexual persona.
  • Femme Fatale: Becomes one of these to get the missing pages of Laura's diary.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the season 2 finale, we find out that her biological father is actually Benjamin Horne.
  • Morality Pet: For Laura Palmer in the prequel movie and The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.
  • Not Herself: At the beginning of season 2. It is implied that she (either subconsciously or because of the Twin Peaks' general weirdness) is somehow absorbing some of Laura's personality traits from wearing her sunglasses. An alternate interpretation is she's simply enjoying taking a walk on the (slightly) wilder side.
  • Only Sane Man: One of the most normal people in Twin Peaks, which makes her frequently confused and bewildered by events around her.
  • The Other Darrin: Moira Kelly in Fire Walk With Me was Lara Flynn Boyle's unpopular replacement.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Fire Walk With Me makes it clear that she and Laura were involved in one.
  • The Scully: Donna has as many Lodge encounters as Agent Cooper but misreads them as mundane events.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Starting with season 2.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Donna imagines herself and James to be this but it's Subverted in the fact no one really seems to care at worst (except her boyfriend at the time) and many others actively support them.

Eileen Hayward

Played by: Mary Jo Deschanel

Donna's mother and the wife of Doc Hayward.

Gersten Hayward

Played by: Alicia Witt

The Hayward's youngest daughter and a musical prodigy.

  • Bifauxnen: Had a short haircut but was very pretty.
  • Closing Credits: She gets to interrupt Falling to play a boogie-woogie number on piano.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was only in two episodes of the show despite Donna's prominence. Played straight in The Return as well where she doesn't get a speaking role but only shows up in a background shot.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Time has not served her well if she's hanging around with Steven in The Return.

William "Doc" Hayward
Played by: Warren Frost

Twin Peak's seeming only doctor who also serves as a makeshift coroner.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Struggles to cover his laughter when Mayor Dwayne threatens to sue Lana for "death by sex".
  • Cool Old Guy: One of the nicest and most decent people in Twin Peaks. He is as vital to solving Laura's murder as Sheriff Truman.
  • Closest Thing We Got: He has to step up as The Coroner, despite not being a forensic medical examiner — Twin Peaks isn't the kind of place that needs one — but he does alright.
  • Nice Guy: The most decent person on the show after Cooper and Pete.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: He completely blows up at Ben Horne when he drives Donna to tears.

    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

The millionaire hotel owner of the Great Northern and a land developer who hopes to turn the town into a tourist resort. He is the father of Audrey Horne as well as owner of the One Eyed Jacks brothel and casino.

  • Becoming the Mask: Starts off using a conservation scheme to derail Catherine's real estate plans, but eventually takes it seriously and starts reflecting on the decisions of his past.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Besides his legitimate company, which alone makes him the biggest business owner in Twin Peaks, he also got his finger in several more shady businesses, such as One-Eyed Jacks, and he is always plotting new ways to expand his business empire, usually through means that are extremely underhanded at best and outright illegal at worst.
  • Death Glare: A pretty hilarious version. One episode has a scene of Ben's 27 year old son Johnny running around outside in his Native American headdress playing Cowboys & Indians and emitting a childish war cry. Cue a shot of Ben looking out the window staring daggers into his only male heir.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Revealed in the season 2 finale to be Donna's father.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He kisses his mother's image while watching the old film.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his manipulations, he genuinely cares for Audrey and is clearly proud of her when she asks to work in his department store.
  • Good Feels Good: Deconstructed: when he starts to improve himself, Ben is clearly ecstatic to be doing the right thing for once. However, he doesn't take into the account the feelings of the people around him. For example, revealing to Donna that he's her father may have been "right" but it completely tears apart her family in the season two finale.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He usually smokes cigars, signifying his role as a Corrupt Corporate Executive. After his Heel–Face Turn in the second season, he seems to switch to celery stalks and carrots.
  • Handsome Lech: Has relationships with a large number of women in addition to the many prostitutes in his employ he sleeps with. Would be The Casanova if not for the fact Ben is prone to corny oddball behavior (much like other Twin Peaks residents) and barely disguises his sleazier elements.
  • Kick the Dog: Refusing to send money to his mother after her grandson robbed her came off as rather cruel for a man who's mostly changed his ways.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: Especially prevalent in season 1 where Ben is a more serious and sinister character than most other Twin Peaks residents. He's not above his own bit of odd behaviors such as when his brother introduces him to baguettes or when Leland comes in singing and he and Jerry break out the celebratory dance moves.
  • Pet the Dog: When his daughter is taken hostage, Ben sends Cooper to make the drop, fully intending for him to die per the hostage negotiator's orders. He does also send Hank to follow them and while he wants Hank to bring back his money as well, Ben places the greater importance on his daughter's safety.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: In contrast to the retro-'50s style that most of the town dresses in, Ben favors '80s patterned ties and double-breasted suits.
  • Smug Snake: Ben Horne is more intelligent than most of Twin Peaks criminals but he's brought low by Cooper and Truman.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He starts the show as a manipulative businessman and cheating husband who exploited the girls at One-Eyed Jack's for his personal enjoyment. Twenty-five years later, he openly criticizes Jerry for lusting after his married secretary and is clearly uncomfortable when Jerry points out that "never used to stop you".
    • In The Secret History of Twin Peaks the Archivist notices that the shock of Audrey getting seriously injured in the bank explosion, caused a subtle, but profound change in Ben's behavior and outlook, leading him to gradually become a better and more caring person.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until he inherited his family's company.
  • Villain Decay: You don't get much lower than an extended plotline where you think you're General Lee.
  • 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. It seems to finally have stuck after Audrey got seriously injured in the bank explosion.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Possibly the biggest offender in the series. He's married to Sylvia but he has an affair with Catherine Martell, sees the prostitutes in One Eyed Jack, was one of Laura's lovers and is revealed to be Donna's real father at the end.

Jerry Horne
Played by: David Patrick Kelly

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.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Has become this to Ben by The Return, which is hilarious as they're both over sixty.
  • 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.
    • With the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, Jerry's taken to producing and selling his own edibles. His first scene in the third season introduces him chowing down on his own recipe for cannabis banana bread.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Jerry, like his brother, is obsessed with women but unlike Ben doesn't seem able to get any love that isn't paid for.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Already showed shades of this in the original series, but as of the return has seemingly become one of the loopier residents of Twin Peaks, doubtless due to his implied heavy use of weed.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Downplayed. When Ben starts losing his mind, Jerry considers using the situation to his advantage by going ahead with his own ventures until Audrey puts a stop to it. In spite of this Jerry is still concerned about his brother's mental health and is quite happy when he recovers.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Jerry isn't a very good lawyer, Coop notes he failed the Bar exam twice and graduated last in his class, but the advice he gives Ben when he's arrested for Laura's murder is pretty sound (and his big plan is to get his brother a better lawyer). Mainly he keeps trying to stop Ben from yammering on and insulting everyone because he's just making himself look guilty, and everything he's saying can and will be used against him in court. Even when he gives the ultimatum: charge Ben or let him go... which results in them charging him; Jerry isn't in the wrong because that's just what the police have to do anyway.
    • In The Return Jerry also notes that he's making three times what his brother does with the Great Northern hotel as a legal marijuana grower. It should be noted Ben is a millionaire.
  • Erudite Stoner: Twenty five years after Season 2 he seems to have become one. By 2016, Jerry not only appears to be taking advantage of Ben's investment in the medical marijuana industry but his new favorite food is marijuana infused banana bread.
  • Marijuana Is LSD: In The Return, either he actually took some acid or he found himself a strain of marijuana that's powerful enough to hallucinate his foot talking to him. Either that or his leg has been possessed by one of the demons living in the woods. The latter is entirely possible and probably the likeliest explanation.
  • Number Two: Of all Ben's associates, Jerry's the one who Ben confides in. Jerry acts as Ben's co-conspirator, and he's the one taking international trips to secure investors.
  • Keet: Jerry tends to get very enthusiastic when he discovers something he finds new and exciting, usually some kind of food, dresses in colorful clothes, and is notably more animated and active in how he moves than his more subdued brother.
  • Shadow Archetype: To his brother. He publicly displays all the traits Ben attempts to hide behind his everyday mask of sophistication, from flamboyance and quirkiness, up to womanizing and underhanded and aggressive business manners. This also shown in more obvious ways; where Ben is a Sharp Dressed Man who favors muted colors in his wardrobe, Jerry seems to attempt to always be dressed as bombastically as possible.
  • Smug Snake: Is a villain in the fact he's a less effective and dumber version of his brother.
  • The Stoner: In The Return, where he now runs a legal marijuana dispensary and seems to be almost constantly high. By 2016, he greatly resembles the type of bearded, spaced out older guy you'd find at a Phish concert.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Wears these in The Return as part of his new stoner persona.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: As detailed under Shadow Archetype, Jerry embodies and brings out Ben's worst traits. During the Time Skip, Ben seems to have cut Jerry out of both the hotel business and most of his personal life, in his efforts at self-improvement. ** By The Return their relationship has settled into a stable but strained relationship where Jerry regularly shows up to bother a visibly annoyed Ben.

Johnny Horne

Played by: Robert Davenport and Robert Bauer

Audrey's mentally handicapped brother.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It is unclear exactly what Johnny suffers from, but it causes him to be a silent, childish shut-in that sometimes makes weird outbursts. A Deleted Scene reveals that Johnny actually has a perfectly normal brain and intelligence, and his behavior stems from a serious trauma he experienced early in life, and Dr. Jacoby is optimistic about the prospects of unearthing this trauma.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: It is clear that Ben expected his sole son to take over the family business, and it disappoints him to no end that Johnny really is in no condition to do so.
  • Man Child: As brought on by his condition. At the start of the series Johnny is "27 going on 6."
  • Security Blanket: His Native American chief's headdress. Dr. Jacoby is able to convince him to take it off for Laura's funeral, but it takes much coaxing.
  • There Was a Door: Dammit Johnny you're not the Kool-Aid man...
  • Wallbonking: By the time of "The Return" this is what you risk whenever you let Johnny out.

    The Hurleys 

"Big" Ed Hurley Jr.

Played by: Everett McGill

A local mechanic and junk dealer trapped in an unhappy marriage. He is James Hurley's uncle and Nadine's husband. He's in an adulterous relationship with Norma Jennings.

  • Awful Wedded Life: Ed loves Nadine but in a manner which makes it clear his marriage is miserable.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fixit: Ed is noted to be quite the talented mechanic. In The Secret History of Twin Peaks, it is noted that his main childhood hobby was taking apart toasters and vacuum cleaners and then putting them back together again; in perfect working condition no less. Deputy Hawk writes that already in his teenage years, Ed could put a Volkswagen together blindfolded.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Either married Nadine because Norma Jennings had married Hank Jennings while he was in Vietnam or because he put out Nadine's eye accidentally during a hunting expedition.
  • Nice Guy: A Bookhouse Boy and doting uncle to James Hurley.
  • The Quiet One: So quiet and slow to move on his feelings that Hawk believes it'll take him decades to get back with Norma in "The Secret History of Twin Peaks".
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Is cheating on his wife with Norma Jennings, though it's never clear how physical their relationship is.

James Hurley

Played by: James Marshall

Big Ed's nephew. A Biker teen who lives with Ed and Nadine instead of his parents, who, he tells people, died in a car accident.

  • Cool Bike: Somewhat deconstructed: his bike makes him easily identifiable by both the police and people hoping to frame him for their own crimes. It also, eventually, get him in a motorcycle accident.
  • Good Is Dumb: In The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Deputy Hawk notes that James is a nice kid, but notes that that he is often Late to the Punchline and has a serious problem with reading anything more complicated than children's books.
  • The Ditz: Almost astonishingly stupid. As Laura Palmer says in one of her tapes, "James is sweet, but he's so dumb."
  • The Drifter: Becomes one of these at the end of the series when he is Put on a Bus.
  • Dull Surprise: James never seems to have much of a reaction to anything even when he is stunned or heartbroken.
  • Likes Older Women: If his affair with the 30-something Evelyn March is any indication...
  • Morality Pet: For Laura Palmer in the prequel movie.
  • Never Learned to Read: Downplayed. The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that while he can read, his skills lacks way behind his age. Deputy Hawk describes how Big Ed had to struggle pretty hard even get him to that point, and latter sarcastically adds that even into his late teens, James' favorite book is still Charlotte's Web.
  • Nice Guy: Is one of the most decent people in Twin Peaks.
  • Put on a Bus: Though, he seemed to came back to Twin Peaks during the Time Skip between Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Aside from the fact he drives a motorcycle and works instead of getting a high school education, he is far nicer a boy than Bobby (a man sleeping with a married woman while dealing drugs) yet is considered the outlaw of the two.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Has this sort of relationship with Laura Palmer. Averted with Donna as she has no opposition from her parents who can tell James is a Nice Guy. Ironically, this seems to actually hurt his relationship with Donna.
  • The Quiet One: Much like his uncle. Shelly notes he's gotten even more quiet after his accident during the Time Skip.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Seems to be a high school drop out and from the wrong side of the tracks but is, otherwise, supportive and kind.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Is the other man in Laura's life than her boyfriend. Also, develops feelings for Maddie that end up ruining his relationship with Donna.

Nadine Hurley

Played by: Wendy Robie

The one-eyed, drape-obsessed housewife of Big Ed Hurley.

  • Badass Normal: She may not be connected to the supernatural ongoings in Twin Peaks, but her Super Strength and overall athleticism come in handy from time to time.
  • 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: When she awakens from her coma, she sees herself as a dainty teenager, but still has all her previous strength and athleticism from her adult life.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: During the decades long interval between Season 2 and The Return it seems that Nadine has accomplished her dream of opening a successful silent drape business, Run Silent, Run Drapes.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Her most prominent physical feature, which goes great with her extreme physical strength
  • Fiery Redhead: Was subject to wild mood swings and had super-strength.
  • Genki Girl: Post-coma in season 2, when she thinks that she's a teenager.
  • Large Ham: Overreacts to the smallest things and is dramatic about everything from cheerleading to silent drapes.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A variant after her coma. She admits that she knows about Ed and Norma's interest in each other and doesn't mind... as Ed and Norma are naked, in bed with each other. Right in front of her.
  • Super Strength: She can effortlessly hurl a full-grown man over a whole sports field.
  • 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.
  • Waif-Fu: She's certainly not built like someone of her strength at all. As Dr. Jacoby points out, "that tissue's packed in there pretty hard".

    The Jenningses 

Hank Jennings

Played by: Chris Mulkey

A ex-Bookhouse Boy and Twin Peaks most dangerous criminal. He is the recently paroled husband of Norma Jennings.

  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: His domino key-chain.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hank Jennings, unlike Leo, was actually quite good at keeping up an Affably Evil front and pretending at a Heel–Face Turn. This did not last.
  • Bus Crash: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals he was fatally wounded in prison by a Renault relative.
  • The Dragon: To several villains throughout the series.
  • Fallen Hero: Used to be a Bookhouse Boy. Truman grew up with him and thought he was one of their best, until he ended up in prison.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's friendly enough in casual conversation when he's working at the diner... but as soon as people turn their backs, he lets his distaste for his customers slip. He also can't hide his dark side from his wife for long.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: The Secret History of Twin Peaks states that the town of Twin Peaks had viewed the Jenningses as losers and troublemakers for a long time. Notably, Hank's grandfather, Einer, was "amongst the leading candidates for town drunk" and his father, Emil, had already in his youth complied quite a rap sheet of various petty crimes and would eventually end up dying from passing out drunk in his bathtub and drowning.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Had a very large number of contacts within the criminal underworld so that his prison stays were very comfortable. Subverted on his return when, according to The Secret History of Twin Peaks, he was killed by the Renault family.
  • Poisonous Friend: He brings his former cellmate back into the criminal life within hours of meeting him, despite the man having found himself in a very cushy position as well as possessing no desire to return to crime.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He attempted this, according to The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Knowing that he's pretty much doomed in prison, he wrote a full confession of his crimes and completely apologizes for betraying the trust of his friends and family. Its never made clear if anyone bought it.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Hank had desired Norma throughout high school, despite her and Big Ed being very much in love with each other. When Big Ed went overseas for military service during the Vietnam War, Hank saw an opportunity to throw a kink in his and Norma's relationship, and took up a job at the Twin Peaks post office, and made sure that neither party saw any of the mail they attempt to send each other. With Norma thoroughly saddened that Ed never seemed to respond to any of her letters, Hank could then make his move and play the role as the nice, understanding friend with the shoulder to cry on.
  • Smug Snake: While introduced as a much more dangerous criminal than Leo, he quickly found himself outsmarted at every turn.

Norma Jennings
Played by: Peggy Lipton

The long-suffering owner of the Double R Diner and lover of Big Ed Hurley. The wife of Hank Jennings.

  • 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.
  • Insecure Love Interest: According to The Secret History of Twin Peaks, this was part of the reason she and Ed never got together in their teens.
  • The Mistress: Is unhappily one of these to Big Ed due to his unwillingness to leave Nadine.
  • Parental Neglect: She's estranged from her mother due to Mrs. Jennings' commitment to her job over Norma. When she makes it clear that she considers Norma "overly emotional" about the matter, Norma cut ties with her completely.
  • 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 abusive husband of Shelly Johnson and the local drug dealer.

  • 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 fulfill their end of the deal.
  • The Atoner: Sort of; despite his horrible treatment of Shelly, Leo shows obvious concern when Windom Earle states that he might kill her, and later tries multiple times to stop Earle's plans. His poor mental state doesn't allow him to do much, but he does manage to free Major Briggs so that the latter could help Shelly.
  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: His Flesh World ad mentions being open to encounters with men.
  • The Brute: A violent thuggish man who abuses his wife and intimidates everyone around him. Except Hank Jennings.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Leo is a drug dealer, domestic abuser, and all around jerkass. Viewers will loathe him.
  • Jerkass: You will want to punch his punchable face.
  • 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Hank Jennings easily beats him up and intimidates him into submission. Windom Earle does the same.

Shelly Johnson /Briggs
Played by: Mädchen Amick

A waitress at the Double R diner and wife to Leo. Later, she married Bobby Briggs.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Though she seems to be getting better with each try, from the downright abusive Leo, to the unstable and short-tempered Bobby, to... Gordon Cole.
  • Amicable Exes: As revealed in The Return, she and Bobby got married... and it didn't last, though she still carries his last name and they still seem to get along, at least where their daughter is concerned.
  • Author Appeal : She kisses Gordon Cole, played by David Lynch himself. Cue Crowning Moment of Funny when her boyfriend, Bobby, comes in.
    Bobby: What the hell is going on?!
    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...
  • 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.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Though in her case, with her stress load, it makes sense.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Considering that Leo is an abusive husband and not faithful himself.

    The Martells 

Catherine Martell
Played by: Piper Laurie

The wife of Pete Martell and accountant at the Packard Lumber Mill.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Is having an affair with Ben Horne.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite often holding Pete in contempt and regarding him as a "soft, old fool", her planting a big, wet kiss on him when she reveals herself to him in her Mr. Tojamura disguise, shows that she does have some genuine affection for him.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Catherine isn't nearly as on the ball as she thinks since Ben Horne and Josie Packard both run rings around her.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She gives Ben Horne a serious run for his money.
  • Evil Redhead: Catherine Martell was told to basically vamp it up like a soap opera villainess.
  • Faking the Dead: She seemingly is killed when Leo burns down the mill, but her body is never found. She later returns in disguise as a Japanese businessman named Mr. Tojamura as ploy to trick Ben.
  • Fiery Redhead: Is an attempted murderer, schemer, and extremely fierce.
  • Latex Perfection: Her Mr. Tojamura disguise.
  • Mean Boss: Fires a guy in the pilot because he happened to be standing there when she was really pissed off.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: When she poses as Mr. Tojamura.
  • Yellow Face: Posing as Mr. Tojamura. Not the series' finest hour.

Pete Martell
Played by: Jack Nance

The Packard Lumber Mill manager and a fishing enthusiast. He is also a chess grandmaster.

  • Adorkable: His love of fishing, affable demeanor, and lack of ambition put him at odds with everyone else's scheming. Especially his wife's.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Downplayed. He describes Catherine as "plain hell to live with", and finds it hard to cope with her ruthless, stubborn, and generally unpleasant nature, which runs counter to his own docile and kind demeanor. Despite this, he is shown to hold some kind of genuine (though mostly nostalgic) affection for her though, most notably he is quite torn up about her apparent death.
  • Butt-Monkey: A Downplayed Trope example as Pete is liked by everyone in town but his wife. However, he gets almost no respect despite being a hardworking plant manager, talented fisherman, and amateur chess master.
  • The Character Died with Him: ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that he died in the bank explosion at the end of the season 2 finale, as Jack Nance died in 1996, 5 years after the season 2 finale aired.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice : The Secret History of Twin Peaks also reveals he shielded Audrey from the blast with his body.
  • Hidden Depths: Pete actually proves to be an avid and very talented chess player. He uses these skills to help Cooper against Windom Earle.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the series.
  • Noodle Incident: How did the fish get in the coffee pot?
  • 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

The liberal Mayor of Twin Peaks. He has a long-standing feud with his brother.

  • Dirty Old Man: Has a love of much-much younger beautiful women. Much like his brother.
  • The Dutiful Son: The Secret History of Twin Peaks describes him as such, following in his father's footsteps and taking over the family pharmacy business, in contrast to his brother, Douglas, who was seen as a rebellious troublemaker.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Dwayne is a Democrat and at least something of a liberal by the standards of a town full of rural whites. He and his more conservative brother hold an exactly opposite set of political views.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Douglas. Made especially clear in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Dawyne is described as always calm and reliable, even under pressure, and is seen as a pillar of the community, while Douglas is Hot-Blooded and impulsive, and is seen as a troublemaker. It even extends to their political views.
  • Straw Political: His outrage at his brother's defense of Nixon in The Secret History Of Twin Peaks.

Douglas "Dougie" Milford

Played by: Tony Jay

A former political ally of Richard Nixon and The Men in Black. He is mostly known in the series as the head of the local paper and for his feud with Mayor Milford.

  • All There in the Manual: The Secret History of Twin Peaks spells out the details of his bizarre and adventurous backstory. Specifically, among other things, that he founded The Men in Black and was aware of the supernatural. Oh and he was a friend with Nixon.
  • Black Sheep: The Secret History of Twin Peaks describes him as this to the Milford family, being a rebellious troublemaker where his brother, Dawyne was The Dutiful Son.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: His own experiences certainly factor into this, but his defense of Nixon in Twin Peaks' local paper swerves into the downright paranoid.
  • Out with a Bang: He has a fatal heart attack upon consummating his marriage to Lana.
  • The Men in Black: The Secret History of Twin Peaks implies that he was the cause of the creation of this trope in-universe during his time as a government spook.
  • No Such Agency: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals his direct involvement in a project involving UFOs and alien encounters, as a direct confidante of President Richard Nixon.
  • Sibling Rivalry: He and Dwayne are 100% opposed on politics: Dwayne is a Democrat and a liberal and Doug is a Republican and a conservative.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Dawyne. Made especially clear in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Douglas had a knack for getting into trouble in his youth, is prone to act on his impulses, and has quite the temper, where Dwayne is described by his peers as always calm and reliable, even in stressful situations. It even extends to their political views.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Though it is downplayed in The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Douglas has a notable tendency to casually drop profanity in his speech. When he appears on list of witness statements on UFO sightings, the other people on the list describe their encounters with UFOs in technical therms, using measurements to describe the size and speed of the objects when asked for details, Douglas describes the object he saw as "big as a f*** house" and "fast as s***".
  • Straw Political: Is such a hardline Republican that he devotes an entire front page op-ed to insisting Nixon's impeachment was a conspiracy rather than a genuine resolution to corruption charges.

Lana Budding Milford

Played by: Robyn Lively

The lovely widow of Douglas Milford and a woman who briefly menaces Twin Peaks' male population.
  • Cartwright Curse: Claims to be this rather than a Black Widow. Its never made clear if she's telling the truth in spite of Briggs' suspicions.
  • Hello, Nurse!: An extremely beautiful nurse.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Considering how Coop, Truman, Andy, and Hawk react when around her...
  • Honey Trap: Briggs, the in-universe writer of The Secret History of Twin Peaks, suspects her of being a assassin who actually didn't marry Douglas for his money, but to get close to and kill him, speculating that she was hired by someone from Douglas' political past who thought He Knew Too Much. Briggs, however, also notes that he has absolutely no way of proving this.
  • 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 gets engaged to Dwayne, his brother. That's kinda gross. The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that it ultimately didn't last and she left Twin Peaks for good about six months later.

    The Packards 

Andrew Packard

Played by: Dan O'Herlihy

The former owner of the Packard Lumber Mill. He is the late husband of Josie Packard and brother of Catherine Martell.

  • Faking the Dead: Though the series starts with him having been dead in a boating accident (set up by Hank), the series drops a number of hints that he may still be alive. Ultimately he reveals that this was the case as he and his sister faked his death.
  • Posthumous Character: Is originally believed to have died at some point before the start of the series. Not really.

Jocelyn Packard
Played by: Joan Chen

The beautiful Chinese American widow of Andrew Packard and current owner of the Packard Lumber Mill. She is currently lovers with Sheriff Harry S. Truman.
  • Bi the Way: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer reveals that she was one of Laura's lovers while Laura was her English tutor.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that her father was a high ranking "Red Pole" in the Sui-wong triad, and she clearly took after dear old dad, even in her youth. Already by the age of sixteen, she was running a prostitution and drug ring out of the prestigious boarding school she studied at, while blackmailing several members of said school's staff, both in the administration and the faculty.
  • 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).
    • Played straight as an arrow in The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which reveals her real identity as Li Chun Fung, daughter of a Chinese gangster and a ferocious criminal in her own right, building up a multimillion-dollar fortune through drug and prostitution rings by the age of 21 and fleeing to America after her plan to assassinate her own father and take over his position went awry.
  • Femme Fatale: Zig-zagged as she seems to be one then turns kind and shy then is back to being a Femme Fatale.
  • Lovable Traitor: Does a lot of shady stuff and even tries to kill Catherine Martell but no one seems to treat any of this as a big deal.
  • Missing Mom: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals that her mother was a prostitute who died from a drug overdose shortly after her birth.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Later in the second season, BOB apparently steals and traps her soul in a dresser doorknob at the Great Northern or something like that.

     Other Twin Peaks residents 

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.
  • Adorkable: Donna quickly takes a liking to him after meeting him, as he might be quite awkward and shy, but he is also very polite, friendly, and has a poetic mind.
  • The Confidant: To Laura.
  • Driven to Suicide: Donna's betrayal leads him to hang himself.
  • Dying Alone: ""J'ai une âme solitaire."
  • 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. The guy cannot physically leave his house with suffering a crippling panic attack.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his inherent uneasiness around people, he is quite friendly and polite. At least until he completely snaps when he finds out about Donna's betrayal.
  • Pretty Boy: A feminine and gentle but still handsome young man.

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.
  • British Stuffiness: A goofier example.
  • Camp Straight
  • The Dandy
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Any time he fails to be useful or responsible, Lucy will put extra emphasis on calling him "Dick".
  • Odd Friendship: Of all people, he and Andy bond over trying to learn about Little Nicky's past, despite their rivalry for Lucy's affections.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Well, he does run a men's clothing department.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Upper-Class Twit

Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

Played by: Russ Tamblyn

The eccentric psychologist who treated Laura Palmer for her many issues before falling in love with her.

  • Beyond the Impossible: By 2016, Jacoby has a genuine chance of surpassing the Log Lady as the biggest Cloud Cuckoo Lander in all of Twin Peaks.
  • 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. Taken Up to Eleven in The Return, where he's a Conspiracy Theorist with his own podcast/pirate radio show who sells spray painted "shit digging shovels" for 29.99 a pop.
  • Cool Shades: He almost always wears a pair of 3D glasses. Twenty five years later in Season 3 he's shown to wear them even under larger sunglasses!
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Uses his oddball conspiracy podcast to pitch the independent shovel business he runs after retirement.
  • Jerkass Ball: He frequently switches between trying to be genuinely helpful and acting extremely insensitive and dismissive. One particular example is after Laura's funeral, where he guiltily confesses to Cooper that he doesn't care about his patients, but wants to help find Laura's killer. He then proceeds to completely fail to offer anything of value and secretly keeps Laura's necklace for himself, rather than hand it over as evidence. In The Return, he is an exploitative con man using a conspiracy podcast to get gullible townspeople to buy his overpriced painted shovels.
  • Higher Understanding Through Drugs: The Secret History of Twin Peaks discusses the fact that he has always had an interest in tribal views on mental illnesses, and he would spend a good part of his youth seeking out various isolated tribes in South America and attempting to gain insight in how they understood the human mind by partaking in their rituals. Naturally, quite a few of these rituals involved the use of strong psychoactive drugs, and Jacoby insists in his journals that he is much the wiser for having gone through these experiences.
  • Large Ham: Gets really worked up while doing his radio show, often letting loose a Cluster F-Bomb for good measure.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: he always wears a pair of 3D glasses.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Dr. Jacoby isn't so much "ugly" as he is quirky and unattractive. However, he's married to a pretty Hawaiian woman who seems to be a couple years younger than him.

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.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Hoo boy... She sticks out in Twin Peaks for this.
  • Companion Cube: Her log.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: She frequently defers to her log when questioned.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She was noted to be quite tall for her age in Elementary School, and was a bit awkward as a result.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She was noted to be very pretty in her youth. Her old friend, Robert Jacoby, described her as a borderline Statuesque Stunner back in the day.
  • Odd Friendship: By 2016, she seems to have formed one with Hawk.
  • Mad Oracle: She's a more benign form of this, but is definitely strange and tends to speak in omens.
  • Non Sequitur: "Wait for the tea. The fish aren't running."note 
  • Touched by Vorlons: The Secret History of Twin Peaks reveals her weirdness might have been a result having been the victim of what appears to be an alien abduction in her childhood. It is implied that, other than her strange quirks, the incident left her with some strange kind of pre-cognition.
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Her husband, Sam, was a volunteer firefighter, and unluckily enough, a forest fire started during the newly wed couple's wedding reception. Sam quickly left the reception along with the rest of the brigade to fight it; he didn't make it back.

The Waiter

Played by Hank Worden

A mysterious figure who works at the Great Northern Hotel.

  • Captain Oblivious: Ignores Agent Cooper having been shot when he tries to clean his room.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Has extremely odd behavior possibly related to his old age. Is actually the Giant in disguise.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: Compliments a mortally wounded Cooper, winks and gives him a thumbs up three times.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is he another spirit of the Black Lodge or is he really just some senile elderly waiter? He appears to Cooper in the Red Room during the last episode before being replaced by the Giant who say's "One and the same," so make of that what you will.
    • The two are not necessarily mutually contradictory as the spirits of the Lodges need bodies to possess.
  • Wham Line: "That gum you like is going to come back in style."

Mike Nelson

Played by: Gary Hershberger

A football player for Twin Peaks high school and Donna Hayward's boyfriend (before she dumps him for James).

  • Jerkass: He has almost no personality traits except being unpleasant to people as well as being Bobby's sidekick.
  • Jerk Jock: Incredibly jerkish to almost everyone he meets. Also, a football player.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even when he starts becoming interested in Nadine he's still a ass. Notable when he calls in Steven in The Return 25 years later just to chew him out.
  • Likes Older Women: Eventually falls for Nadine in the second season.
  • Name's the Same: Not that other Mike Nelson.
  • Older and Wiser: In The Return much like his friend Bobby, twenty five years after Season 2 Mike seems to have matured into a respectable member of society. A Downplayed Trope example as he's still an incredible Jerkass.
  • Only Sane Man: While not exactly a rational kid, his problems revolve more around getting laid and his reputation at school than the murder mysteries and get rich schemes of his friends.
  • Those Two Guys: Forms this with Bobby, with whom he is usually seen together.


Annie Blackburn

Played by: Heather Graham

A beautiful refugee from a convent who takes up residence in Twin Peaks.

Blackie O'Reilly

Played by: Victoria Catlin

The madame for One Eyed Jacks and the mastermind behind Audrey Horne's kidnapping.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: She is way out of her depth when she graduates from prostitution to kidnapping.
  • Character Death: 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.
  • 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.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Is a beautiful pale skinned and dark haired woman.
  • Functional Addict: Blackie has a heroine addiction, and while she is stable most of the time, she quickly becomes a wreck if she not given the drug regularly. The Horne brother uses this fact to control her and keep her docile.

Carl Rodd

A local trailer park owner living outside Twin Peaks. He is involved in two murders in the original series and The Return but only as a bystander.

  • Bystander Syndrome: Averted when he is the only one to go and console the mother whose son got mowed down by Richard Horne.
  • Cool Old Guy: If not originally then definitely by the time of The Return. Seeing as he is played by Harry Dean Stanton, this is a given. Word of God has it that Carl was one of the original bookhouse boys back in the 1940s.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was traumatized by an abduction involving either aliens, woodsmen, or the Black Lodge. In any case, it wasn't pleasant, and Briggs outright speculates in The Secret History of Twin Peaks that Carl Rodd may have been a traumatized victim of child molestation.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Especially in his first appearance in Fire Walk With Me where he hangs a sign on his trailer's door specifically saying not to be bothered before 9 a.m.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out that Harry Dean Stanton and Carl by extension, are quite good at singing and playing the guitar.
  • Lazy Bum: Then again, trauma and depression can have that effect.
  • Psychic Powers: Implied to have some kind of connection to the Black Lodge. In The Return after a coked out Richard Horne kills a little kid with his truck, Carl is able to see some sort of yellow energy float away from the boy's body only to unfortunatley become caught in electrical cables.
  • Smoking Is Cool: In The Return he happily comments on having smoked everyday for 75 years without any negative effects.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: The Secret History of Twin Peaks explains that he is a traumatized victim of an "alien" abduction as a child, in addition to some of the other trailer park residents he lived with, resulting in the Lodge creatures and Woodsmen haunting the area now and again as seen in Fire Walk With Me.
  • Trauma Button: At least twice, he has been visibly haunted and shell-shocked by seeing evidence of the Black Lodge in the "normal" world. His childhood experiences with the Lodge were definitely on the traumatic side.

Thomas Eckhardt

Played by: David Warner

A powerful criminal mastermind who briefly menaces the town of Twin Peaks.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: He's a fairly powerful and cruel gangster from South Africa.
  • Arc Villain: For Josie's and Catherine's arcs he's the one behind the scenes causing them grief. Fittingly he's introduced in person after Jean Renault is defeated and Eckhardt takes over as the villain for the next arc.
  • Cool Shades: He possesses a very nice pair of them.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He's very possessive of Josie which leads him to coming to Twin Peaks himself and bringing all kinds of trouble with him.

Madeline "Maddy" Ferguson
Played by: Sheryl Lee

Laura Palmer's identical cousin. She comes to Twin Peaks to help find justice for her dead relative.

  • Alone with the Psycho: In her final scene, with BOB. She doesn't survive.
  • Author Appeal: Maddy's hometown is Missoula, Montana, which is also the birthplace of David Lynch.
  • Backup Twin: Backup Cousin, actually.
  • Butt-Monkey: Maddy tries to help get justice for her cousin but nothing goes right and she almost breaks up her only friends in Twin Peaks.
  • Break the Cutie: The drama in Twin Peaks starts taking its toll on the poor girl, to the point where she starts crying because people keep seeing Laura in her. She does try and pull herself together and then this trope slips into Kill the Cutie as BOB/Leland chases her down and kills her.
  • Character Death: An especially infamous and shockingly brutal one (at least for the time of the original broadcast). She ends up getting beaten to death by Leland possessed by BOB.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Her death at BOB's hands is one of the most brutal scenes in the show.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Maddy has a shockingly small amount of information about her outside of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.
  • 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: She has visions of BOB, possible foreshadowing of her fate.
  • Replacement Gold Fish: Unfortunately for her she ends up being a dark deconstruction of the trope.
  • 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

A woman who causes no end of trouble for James Hurley.

  • 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.
  • The Vamp: A classic example of one who causes even Cooper to misses a few steps.
  • 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

A pimp who works as the bartender at the Roadhouse. He was sexually involved with Laura Palmer and Leo's partner in drug dealing.

  • Fat Bastard: The camera frequently zooms in on the details on Jacques' fat face, to underline what a gross and unpleasant person he is.
  • 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.
  • Run for the Border: Type A. Upon finding out that his brother left a message that the police were onto him, Jacques calls Leo telling him they have to make a border run. He ends up working at One Eyed Jack's.

Jean Renault

Played by: Michael Parks

A criminal who comes to Twin Peaks to avenge his dead brother.

  • Arc Villain: After the Laura Palmer murder is solved and closed, Jean Renault takes over as main villain for the middle half of Season 2.
  • 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.
  • Evil Redhead: Is both evil and a ginger.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: He gives a passionate speech about how Cooper's arrival in town led to the destruction of Twin Peaks quiet simplicity, conveniently ignoring that maybe his drug dealing ring was bad for the town.
  • Revenge: He blames Cooper for the death of his brothers.
  • Suicide by Cop: Even when Cooper was warning him, Jean Renault wasn't going to go down without trying to kill Coop.

John Justice Wheeler

Played by: Billy Zane

A love interest brought in for Audrey Horne when Cooper and her romance was shot down by Executive Meddling.

     Supernatural Entities (SPOILERS) 

The Black Lodge and The White Lodge

Enigmatic supernatural entities who live in the woods around Twin Peaks.

  • Black Speech: Their distorted, reversed voices can be considered a variant of this trope.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: They have their own strange code of ethics that make no sense on a human level.
  • Creation Story: In The Return, they get one to rival most classic myths.
  • Cryptic Conversation: They speak mainly in vague hints and omens.
  • Demonic Possession: At least two of the Lodge creatures assume human form in the personality of an existing person, manipulating their actions.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Everyone and everything in the White Lodge shows up in black and white. Of course, so do the woodsmen whenever they show up.
  • Dream Weaver: Seemigly their main way of communicating with mortals.
  • Eldritch Abomination: They're spiritual beings from another plane of reality who frequently possess and manipulate human beings.
  • Emotion Eater: They feed on "garmonbozia", the pain and suffering of mortal beings.
  • Energy Beings: They can apparently travel through electricity.
  • The Fair Folk: They're not fairies per se, but they certainly fit the spirit of the trope. In The Secret History of Twin Peaks, the Archivist speculates that their interactions with humanity throughout history might be the reason why the trope came into existence in-universe.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Most of them appear this way, though it may be a case of A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: An effect of their Reality Warper traits — they once lived above a convenience store on a floor that no longer exists and are implied to have abducted an entire trailer park (assuming it wasn't aliens).
  • Reality Warper: They have the power to possess human hosts, create doppelgangers of people who enter the Black Lodge and unleash them on the world (sometimes making it appear as if they were there all along), and make entire houses and floors of buildings disappear and/or reappear. Electricity also starts acting in strange ways whenever they're present.
  • Raygun Gothic: The apparent wardrobe and aesthetic choices of the White Lodge.
  • Ultraterrestrials: Heavily implied in In The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Both Douglas Milford and the Archivist comes to believe that whatever they are, they have been around on Earth long before the early mankind walked out of woods (and maybe mankind even left the woods in the first place out of fear for them), and have been behind a lot — if not all — of recorded paranormal activity through human history.
  • Xanatos Gambit: They seem to have implemented two.
    • Episode 8 of The Return seems to imply that before the main events of the series The Giant/????? and Senorita Dido, upon learning about the forces of evil like BOB who were born from the Trinity nuclear tests, created Laura Palmer through divine immaculate conception to combat BOB's evil so that she would die a martyr and create a legacy that would lead to BOB's defeat.
    • The Lodge appears to have implemented a second gambit in The Return with their release of Cooper from his lengthy stay in the Black Lodge and how they have gone out of their way towards guiding Empty Shell Cooper to fulfill their as of yet unrevealed plans.

Killer BOB
Played by: Frank Silva, Ray Wise, and Kyle MacLachlan

The show's main villain. He is a spirit created by the atomic bomb who is now the ultimate evil.

  • Animal Motifs: He's associated with owls.
  • 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.
    • The Return then loosely extends the metaphor: he also represents the "rape" of the environment by nuclear testing and the defilement of humanity by the H-bomb.
  • Ax-Crazy: Now, when most people say that one character is a trope, they don't mean it this literally...
  • Big Bad: One way or another, Twin Peaks' problems are his doing.
  • Body Snatcher: Of the Demonic Possession variety.
  • Characterization Marches On: Played with, in that he "gets to know" those he possesses and controls their base desires. In the original run this takes the form of Leland's darker and more harmful abusive sexual urges, represented by BOB's chaotic style of raping and murdering his victims to take garmonbozia from them. It therefore makes sense that 25 years later, while possessing Cooper, BOB takes on some of Cooper's highly controlled and logical personality and channels it into more elaborate, long-term strategies to harvest garmonbozia from his victims. Also arguably justifiable as him trying to stay further off of the Black Lodge's radar, although he seems to genuinely enjoy playing with his food.
  • Demonic Possession: When he isn't murdering or terrorizing his future victims, BOB takes special interest in hot wiring the body and mind of whoever is unfortunate enough to be his vessel. Just ask poor Leland and Coop.
  • Depraved Bisexual: It's implied that he molested Leland when he was younger.
  • The Dreaded: No one that knows BOB wants anything to do with him, even his Black Lodge friends.
  • Emotion Eater: He feeds on the pain and suffering of humans.
  • Evil Laugh: Tends to laugh maniacally during his crimes.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: A deleted scene from Fire Walk With Me, which was released in The Missing Pieces, sees BOB in control of Cooper's body and trying to emulate Cooper's sense of humor, and... not really doing a good job of it.
    Possessed-Cooper: I slipped and hit my head on the mirror. The glass broke when my head struck it... (with an ominous smile) It struck me as funny, Harry. (with a sudden vague hint of threat in his voice) Do you understand me? It struck me as funny.
  • Evil Smells Bad: A sign of BOB's presence is an inexplicable smell of oil or gasoline.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He manages to violate even the morals of the Black Lodge, a realm of pure evil, to the point where the other Lodge spirits try to capture him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His behavior while possessing Leland exemplifies this.
  • For the Evulz: The only reason he does anything. He feeds on pain and suffering, after all.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It seems that the other residents of the Black Lodge, including his former partner in evil MIKE are pretty fed up with BOB's antics either because he's somehow violating the Lodge's Orange And Blue Morality or because he is hogging all of the garmonbozia for himself.
  • Fusion Dance: A chilling image of BOB's face mixed with Evil Cooper's face in episode 5 of The Return seems to imply that BOB has merged with the Evil Doppelganger of Cooper that he created but leaves the Coopelganger in control while residing dormant within him.
  • Grand Theft Me: To Leland and later Cooper.
  • Green Aesop: In The Return, he is implied to be a product of environmental ruin caused by the H-bomb.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a low, raspy voice.
  • 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. In The Return it appears that BOB is laying low in the body of Doppel Coop.
  • Humanoid Abomination: BOB is obviously a kind of demon or something, but he looks like a perfectly average human.
  • 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 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: Always seen in the same denim vest and jeans.
  • Made of Evil: His origin story in The Return makes it clear that he was fully developed bad news from the very get-go.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Not even technically an actor as Frank Silva was just a film crew member who was added to the cast after a Throw It In. But behind the scenes interviews shows the late Frank Silva in full BOB garb (messy hair and denim vest) as soft spoken and thoughtful in all his responses.
  • Mind Rape: To his direct victims, actual rape for the others.
  • Mirror Monster: One of the most iconic in television history.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Whenever he's possessing someone, his reflection shows up in mirrors in place of the victim's.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How he kills Maddy.
  • Ominous Owl: A dream sequence pretty overtly aligns him with the owls not being what they seem.
  • 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.
  • Reality Warper: The Black Lodge seems to automatically create doppelgangers on it's own but The Return heavily implies that BOB was able to conjure up his own doppelganger of Cooper; Dougie Jones to trick the Black Lodge and avoid being sucked back in.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Kind of. Frank Silva was barely but clearly visible in a certain shot in the pilot note . 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the middle of Season 2 after Cooper and Co. have cracked the Laura Palmer case and have Leland dead to rights, BOB taunts everyone and hightails it out of Leland's body but not before making Leland bash his head in as a parting gift.
  • Serial Killer: Or rather, turns people into one.
  • Shout-Out: A messy haired, Humanoid Abomination that rocks a denim vest and jeans with a hobby for appearing in your nightmares? Are we sure BOB's initials aren't R.F?
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at his picture!
  • Symbiotic Possession: Unlike with Leland who he controlled mercilessly, BOB seems to have this kind of relationship with the Evil Dale Cooper doppelganger he created. They both share the same goal of collecting garmonbozia and work together to avoid being sucked back into the Black Lodge. BOB!Cooper does all of the physical work while BOB remains mostly dormant but influences Doppel Coop's physical appearance and helps maintain the Doppelganger's status as The Dreaded.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: He is a demonic entity who feeds on fear and pleasure and comes from an alternate plane of reality that consists of pure evil. He goes by the name BOB.
  • The Unfettered: "You may think I've gone insane, but I promise, 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And he'll do it with someone else's hands too.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With MIKE; before the events of the series the two seemed to have a Villainous Friendship.
  • Wild Hair: Long, grey, and messy. Given enough time, the hair of the Cooper doppelganger he creates becomes extremely similar.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Extracts Window Earle's soul from his body in the last episode of Season 2 after Earle breaks the rules of the Lodge. BOB also leaves Cooper and apparently Leland's souls in the Lodge to rot for all eternity.

MIKE/Phillip Michael Gerard
Played by: Al Strobel

Bob's former partner in murder and chaos who has since repented.

  • 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 who can possess a human host to interact with the world beyond the Black Lodge. But unlike BOB, who frequently Body Surfs, MIKE seems to prefer staying in the same body, that of shoe salesman Phillip Gerard, so much so the audience never gets to see MIKE's true form.
  • 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 and appears once again to help Cooper in The Return.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Long before the series, he saw the face of God. Although, considering where MIKE is from, "God" may be another Black Lodge entity.
  • Horrifying the Horror: He is the only thing that BOB fears.
  • Red Right Hand: He's missing his left arm, which he cut off to rid himself of his "Fire Walk With Me" tattoo.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With BOB; the two were evil spirits and partners in serial murder. After committing several rape/murders with BOB, MIKE claims to have had a religious epiphany and repented.

The Man From Another Place/The Arm
Played by: Michael J. Anderson

A being created from MIKE severing his arm to remove his Fire Walk With Me tattoo. Despite this, the Arm seems to be on the side of Cooper.

  • Ambiguously Evil: He never overtly opposes Cooper and seems to want to stop BOB, but he's also a resident of the Black Lodge and there's a very sinister air to all of his scenes.
  • Arc Words: He's the source of many of them.
  • Body Horror: His new form in The Return; pretty freaky looking.
  • The Chessmaster: May or may not be controlling everything, even BOB.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Oh my yes... The fact that Cooper keeps seeing him in his dreams, where nothing has to really make sense, just makes things more sinister.
  • Leitmotif: ''Dance of the Dream Man'', which plays whenever something mysterious is happening.
  • Little People Are Surreal: One of the more memorable instances. In Twin Peaks: The Return, he's ditched his dwarf form and evolved into something even more surreal.
  • Meaningful Name: He is "The Arm" in one somewhat more literal sense, given he is implied to be MIKE's arm, but is also the arm in the sense of a weapon (his advanced form has weaponized traits) and in the sense of The Black Lodge's "long arm of the law" and the main enforcer of its rules.
  • 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.
  • Wise Tree: In The Return, he's metamorphosed into something resembling a skeletal tree with a weird, fleshy growth acting as its face.

The Giant/???????
Played by: Carel Struycken

A mysterious godlike being who is instrumental in solving the Laura Palmer case.
  • Arc Words: "The Owls are not what they seem."
  • Bald of Awesome: A bald giant.
  • Big Good: Unlike the MFANP who displays Ambiguously Evil and Chess Master traits when speaking to Cooper, the Giant seems to want to sincerely help Cooper with the Laura Palmer case by giving him honest and slightly less cryptic clues.
  • 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."
  • The Chooser of The One: The Return implies this is his role to Laura, assuming he's not her "father" in some spiritual sense such as immaculate conception, using humans as a vessel, or similar.
  • Cool House: Lives in a Retraux Raygun Gothic mansion that looks straight out of the imagination of Georges Melies or William Wallace Denslow.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Less so than The Man From Another Place, giving one straightforward clue - "Without chemicals, he points." Some of his dialogue indicates that he genuinely wants to make more sense, but his ability to do so is somehow limited by forces out of his control.
  • 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... but is also clearly a major figure in the White Lodge whenever he appears in black and white, so his true colors are unknown.
  • Good Counterpart: To the Man From Another Place. He seems to be much more benevolent in his aims, and speaks normally and pleasantly in contrast to the Man's Black Speech. His gigantism also contrasts the Man's dwarfism.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Is apparently something like the Aslan of the Twin Peaks universe.
  • The Maker: The Return strongly implies that he, or a spirit who created him in his image, had a role in the creation of the Black Lodge and its denizens, if not the entire world itself.
  • The Nameless: Officially credited as "???????" in The Return.

The Return

     Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department ( 25 years later) 

Sheriff Franklin "Frank" Truman

Played by: Robert Forster

Sheriff Harry S. Truman's brother and ex-ex-Sheriff of Twin Peaks. Reinstated as co-Sheriff with Harry during the Time Skip.

  • Canon Immigrant: Frank was first mentioned and given a backstory in The Secret History of Twin Peaks.
  • Henpecked Husband: A very patient and understanding version. His wife Doris lays into him every time she shows up at his office, but it's heavily implied to be the result of emotional stress from their son's suicide. Frank reacts calmly to her outbursts because he knows what she's going through.
    • In Episode 6, a couple of his subordinates are even seen giving each other "sucks to be him" looks.
  • Innocent Bigot: According to The Secret History of Twin Peaks, he gave Hawk his nickname, which Hawk admits to finding condescending. While the nickname stuck, Hawk largely considers the incident a case of Values Dissonance that Franklin grew out of.
  • Mandatory Unretirement: For whatever the reason, he chose to return to the Twin Peaks Police Department.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Apparently his son committed suicide as a result of PTSD.
  • Remember the New Guy: Never mentioned in the original series, but he appears as the new Sheriff while Harry is sick.
    • Secret History of Twin Peaks mentions that Frank was Sheriff of Twin Peaks before marrying his wife and becoming law enforcement in Western Washington until Harry became sick.
  • Unfazed Everyman

Chad Broxford

Played by: John Pirruccello

A noticeably impolite and also somewhat morally crooked employee of the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department. Something of a jerkwad to, well, everyone.

  • Deadpan Snarker: At first, but crosses the line into more severe territory down the road.
  • Dirty Cop: Is hopelessly corrupt and willing to accept bribes.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Well, coworker. But really, there are some good reasons no one likes him unless he accepts a bribe from them.
  • Hate Sink: His comments about the death of a disabled veteran are less than endearing.
  • Jerkass: Makes fun of a suicidal PTSD victim.
  • Man Child: Has apparently been working at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department for a while, but with his whiny attitude that resembles a Mouthy Kid it's real a wonder he hasn't been canned yet.
  • Meaningful Name: In internet slang, "Chad" has become a synonym for a guy who acts like a jerk. He sure is that.
  • Never My Fault: Whines repeatedly when reminded of his rudeness by his senior colleagues.
  • Weasel Coworker: Always shown mouthing off instead of doing actual work, except when he goes into Dirty Cop mode off the record.

     FBI ( 25 Years Later) 

Agent Tammy Preston

Played by: Chrysta Bell

The beautiful archivist of The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

  • Badass Bookworm: Her annotations in The Secret History of Twin Peaks are chock full of references.
  • Characterization Marches On: Her personality from The Secret History of Twin Peaks to The Return.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's the agent that The Secret History of Twin Peaks was given to.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: While she was given the numerous classified files to read in "The Secret History of Twin Peaks", Gordon and Albert specifically keep her information limited when sharing their suspicions on BOB!Cooper.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Denise accuses Gordon of bringing her on the Cooper case because of her attractiveness and the camera hovers on her hips a few times.
  • Occult Detective: As Gordon's chief occult detective in 2016, she's sort of Cooper's replacement in this role, although she and Albert both maintain a role as The Skeptic when presented with anything supernatural (at least initially).
  • She Knows Too Much: While annotating The Secret History of Twin Peaks, she notes that she is concerned some of the information she stumbles on in the documents she annotates could cause her to lose her job or worse.
  • Tranquil Fury: The Return shows her as mellow, cheerful, and spiritually attuned. Her annotations in The Secret History of Twin Peaks, however, make it very clear that her actual thoughts reflect an impatient, passive aggressive, and frustratedly skeptical side that she consciously hides in her day to day interactions.
  • The Skeptic: While annotating the documents in The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Tammy notes that she does not believe in religion or the supernatural and that some of her notes may be colored by her views.
  • Unexpected Character: After David Lynch publicly said that he had never read The Secret History of Twin Peaks it was certainly a surprise to learn that Lynch would incorporate one of the main characters from the book into the main series.

     New Twin Peaks Residents 


Played by: Balthazar Getty

A neurotic gangster with a penchant for odd magic tricks.

  • Affably Evil: Will calmly threaten to saw open your skull and eat your brains right before he shows off his nifty coin trick.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Moves his muscles in odd ways, claiming a problem with his liver.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his eccentricities, he's a competent and intimidating criminal.
  • Expy: Like Mr. Eddy in Lost Highway, he definitely has a Frank Booth lite thing going on.
  • Impossibly Awesome Magic Trick: Uses an odd coin trick to bewilder and intimidate rivals and potential recruits.
  • Wicked Cultured: Really, what other gangbanger besides Red would talk about a Rogers and Hammerstein play while making convincingly sharp threats on your life?

Wally Brando

Played by: Michael Cera

The son of Andy and Lucy Brennan, born during the Time Skip.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: "My shadow is always with me...."
  • Cool Bike: Much like James, he's a biker.
  • In the Blood: If Dick is his biological father, he's certainly inherited his quirk of always affecting an unusual accent.
  • Loony Fan: He seems to be completely obsessed with Marlon Brando. He speaks almost exclusively in a Marlon Brando Godfather voice and even renamed himself "Brando".
  • Who's Your Daddy?: He looks like Andy and Lucy's kid, but in his first and only appearance so far he definitely gives off a Dick Tremayne vibe with the interesting fashion sense and weird self imposed accent.

Rebecca "Becky" Burnett

Played by: Amanda Seyfried

Shelly's and Bobby's daughter. A young woman in Twin Peaks who ends up marrying a really sketchy and flaky guy named Steven.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "She's with the wrong guy!"
  • The Dog Bites Back: Finally snaps and goes after her husband with a gun.
  • Drugs Are Bad: While The Return is not quite as moralizing as the original run, we're still treated to seeing Becky getting high and acting loopy.
  • Generation Xerox: She inherited her mother's taste for marrying lazy sleazeballs.

Steven Burnett

Played by: Caleb Landry Jones

Becky's husband. Established to be an unemployable drug addict who can somehow afford designer drugs and a car.
  • Addled Addict: He and Becky's main date activity seems to be getting high out of their gourd on designer drugs. His lack of day-to-day functionality is shown during his disaster of a job interview.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Becky falls for Steven, a flaky drug addict who drives around Twin Peaks in his Cool Car and can't find a job.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Where do we start? First, his insistence on getting his wife high and addicted and his stubborn refusal to contribute to society definitely mark him as this. And then his insistence on screaming out and threatening to beat Becky for not being enough of a breadwinner to support him while he's unemployed. Yeah, this guy is kinda no good.
  • Meaningful Name: "Burnett" doesn't sound that much different from "Burn Out."
  • The Slacker: His laziness, only exacerbated by substance abuse, shows up all too clearly in his job interview with Mike Nelson's company.
  • Your Cheating Heart: His affair with Gersten Hayward drives Becky crazy in episode 11.

Richard Horne

Played by: Eamon Farren

A sleazy relative of Ben, Jerry, and Audrey Horne ( Audrey's son, to be precise).

  • Accidental Murder: A bad day interacting with Red leads to one. Whoops.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Much like Leo Johnson in the first season.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: At least until they make the switch from "rebellious smoker" to "groping rapist."
  • Ax-Crazy: He's violently unstable and prone to fits of explosive rage, and is in all likelihood a sociopath.
  • Berserk Button: Resents being called "kid" and generally not being taken seriously.
  • Black Sheep: Seems to be hated by the rest of his family, judging by the fact that his grandmother immediately demands that he leave after he pulls into her driveway. Given his behavior immediately after that, it's more than justified.
  • Country Matters: Calls his grandmother this after breaking into her house, choking her out, and robbing her. Are you starting to get the idea of this guy yet?
  • Destroy the Evidence: Bribes Chad to withhold the letter sent by Miriam to the Twin Peaks' Sheriff's Department telling them she witnessed his Accidental Murder of a child. Chad withholds the evidence, but doesn't destroy it, possibly so that he has blackmail material on Richard for later if Richard double crosses him.
  • Dirty Coward: Is easily intimidated by anyone who isn't a child, old woman, smaller young woman, or obviously not-dangerous.
  • Generation Xerox: The Hornes are established as one of Twin Peaks' most entitled families, and he is no exception.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He reacts poorly when things don't go his way, and generally displays a very impulsive, violent personality.
  • Hate Sink: At the rate he's going he's going to have his own page soon. He's an all-around Jerkass. How else is the audience supposed to react to him during his Establishing Character Moment? And THEN in his third scene he remorselessly mows down a kid while high on cocaine! As if none of that's bad enough, he murders a schoolteacher, then beats up and robs his grandmother all while threatening to bring harm to the mentally disabled Johnny. Jesus, Lynch, we get it: the guy's a dick.
  • It's All About Me: When he runs down a child with his car, his only thought is how to evade capture by the cops.
  • Jerkass: To put it very mildly.
  • Meaningful Name: Much like the other "Richard" in the series, this guy is a dick.
  • Never My Fault: He blamed the child for running out into the street when he hit him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: We know this guy is scum when he starts groping a woman at the bar and demands to have sex with her whether she wants it or not.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Much like Ben Horne, but taken Up to Eleven. Pays a hefty bribe to continue smoking in a non-smoking area.
  • Shout-Out: After he dishes out the swearing and misogyny you begin to wonder if he enjoys Pabst Blue Ribbon too.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Tends to let loose whenever he gets angry, which is often.
  • Smoking Is Cool: His rebellious nature attracts a nearby young woman over to his table. He then proceeds to act disturbingly rapey.
  • Smug Snake: He acts tough, but when he's up against real serious criminals like Red, he's easily cowed and intimidated.
  • The Sociopath: No empathy for anyone, is Ax-Crazy, and will happily brutalise his own family as well as run down a kid whilst high on cocaine.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Beats a local school teacher to death after she threatens to go to the police to report him for manslaughter, and then shows up at his grandmother's house to hit her and then rob her! Not a nice guy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doesn't really try to stop or even slow down when a child is crossing the street, and when he hits and kills him his main concern is for the police attention it'll bring him.

Beverly Paige

Played by Ashley Judd
An employee at the Great Northern Hotel who helps Ben Horne investigate strange occurrences.

  • Awful Wedded Life: Her husband is dying of cancer as well as being a Crazy Jealous Guy.
  • May–December Romance: Ben is extremely attracted to her and she's atrracted to him despite a thirty year age difference between the actors. Averted when Ben Horne turns her down when she makes a romantic move.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Beverly has no idea what an incredibly weird town she's come to live in.
  • Nice Girl: Everything shows her to be a pleasant and personable individual.

     Mr. C and his Gang (SPOILERS) 

Mr. C/Cooper/ The Doppelganger

Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

An evil doppelganger of Dale Cooper created when Agent Cooper entered the Black Lodge in the Season 2 finale. The Doppelganger chased after Cooper in the Lodge and returned to reality in Cooper's place while also serving as a vessel for BOB to possess. Sociopathic, perverted and garishly dressed, he's an Evil Counterpart to the morally pure Cooper in just about every sense. Spends the quarter century between Season 2 and 3 spreading violence and murder wherever he goes, collecting garmonbozia for BOB and himself.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Given the very last scene of Season 2 seemed to heavily imply that Cooper was now possessed by BOB in the same manner as Leland, many believed that the Doppelganger was BOB himself in Cooper's original body. Episode 5 of The Return features a scene with the Doppelganger flashing back to the scenes of BOB and the Doppelganger cackling in the Black Lodge and smashing Cooper's head on the mirror before telling his reflection that he knows that he (BOB) is still there with him, seeming to set the record straight for the audience that BOB and the Doppelganger are two separate entities sharing the same body.
  • Back from the Dead: After his plan to eliminate his crony Ray backfires and Ray instead shoots and kills him, the Woodsmen appear and swarm over his body where they start rubbing Mr.C's blood on his face. Whether this was a blessing from the Woodsmen or an attempt at extracting BOB, the result was Coopelganger healing from his bullet wound and coming back to life.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": In Episode 4 of The Return he and BOB put on an unsettling, Uncanny Valley imitation of Cooper's personality and body language during his meeting with Gordon and Albert in jail. It's enough to tip Gordon off that something is very wrong.
  • Bad Boss: Abusive and threatening to his cronies and wont waste a thought on killing them once they are of no further use to him. This is mostly why Daria and Ray took on the contract from Jeffires to kill Mr.C.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Twenty five years after Season 2 he's shown to have grown out Cooper's hair to greatly resemble BOB's own unkempt hair.
  • Big Bad: For The Return. With BOB remaining unseen due to Real Life Writes the Plot, Evil Coop seems to now share the mantle with him for evilest villain in the series.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Has very dark irises that give off this impression most of the time.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Literally. Shortly before he murders her, Doppel Dale shows Daria a playing card he carries around with him. It's an Ace of Spades card only in the center instead of an ace it's a bizarre, black circle with antenna like appenditures so the closest thing it resembles is a bug like a tick.
  • Chick Magnet: He seems to have no problem in picking up morally questionable women before murdering them.
  • Cosmic Deadline: Seems to be well aware that he's due to be returned to the Black Lodge twenty five years after being released.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks in an unnatural, almost robotic cadence, especially after his capture when he seems to lose a bit of his power.
  • Dark Is Evil: Whereas BOB wore a denim jacket, Coopelganger seems to favor a black leather jacket to highlight his evil nature.
  • Dark Reprise: Many of his characteristics and dialogue are sinister reimaginings of Cooper's mannerisms. He even gets a gunshot to the gut like Cooper.
    Special Agent Dale Cooper: What I want and what I need are two different things, Audrey.
    Mr. C: I don't need anything. I want.
  • Dirty Old Man: Special Agent Dale Cooper turned down the amorous advances of Audrey Horne due to moral reservations. BOB!Cooper delights in feeling up women much younger than he is (at least physically).
  • The Dreaded: Just like BOB. While most of Cooper's friends believe he just vanished, those familiar with the "new" Cooper dread his presence.
  • Emotion Eater: Presumably feeds off of the pain and suffering of others like BOB. There was certainly a large amount of garmonbozia in his stomach.
  • Evil Counterpart: Helloooo-ooooo!
  • Evil Laugh: His first action upon being created by BOB is to cackle like a psychopath alongside his creator in the Black Lodge. It's also one of the first things he does upon waking up in reality.
  • Evil Plan: It's heavily implied that in an effort to escape his Cosmic Deadline, the Doppelganger with the help of BOB, created Dougie, another doppelganger of Cooper to act as a decoy and throw off the trail of the Black Lodge. It works.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is noticeably deeper than that of the real Coop.
  • Fatal Flaw: For how easily he manages to operate on a day-to-day, he's too evil to know how to imitate Cooper and proves to be utterly incapable of tricking Gordon and Albert.
  • Fusion Dance: Despite the reveal that Coopelganger and BOB are two separate individuals, episode 5 of The Return see's the Doppelganger's reflection briefly morph into BOB's face as some kind of unholy BOB!Cooper chimera. The Doppelganger's comments seem to imply that BOB resides within the Doppelganger's body but allows Mr.C to be the one behind the wheel.
  • The Heartless: How Diane is able to him apart from the good Coop.
  • Horrifying the Horror: His underlings include Hill Billy Horrors and Professional Killers who are easily cowered by him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: An entity created by an Eldritch Abomination like BOB in an Eldritch Location like the Black Lodge.
  • Large Ham: Subverted in that when BOB first created him he was certainly this. Fast forward twenty five years and the years with Cooper's body has given the Doppelganger time to reel in his personality so that he now appears as The Stoic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His first appearances after the twenty-five year Time Skip heavily imply that he's tricked various Unwitting Pawns and arranged numerous tragedies and frame jobs over the years without getting caught, all to continue to instill as much suffering as possible.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Like Frank Silva before him, Kyle Machlachlin's personality is light years away from such an evil character.
  • Obviously Evil: Dark clothing and Creepy Monotone aside, everyone who's known Cooper can't help noticing that there's something inherently wrong with his character that tips them off that he's not the real one.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's strongly implied to have raped Diane, and as such, she finds him — who she initially mistakes for the real Cooper — to be revolting and refuses to have anything more to do with him. Of course, he is possessed by BOB, so this is a given.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Whether or not the Doppelganger being separate from BOB was the plan all along, Frank Silva passing away in 1995 certainly made it impossible to show scenes of an older BOB. So far Mr.C has certainly filled the void left by him.
  • Serial Killer: Kills at least two people in the first episode of The Return and there's no telling how high he's ranked his body count over the years.
  • The Sociopath: Yessir
  • The Stoic: Twenty five years of becoming accustomed to his body has led Coopelganger to never raises his tone or lets a slip of emotion show.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Another similarity to BOB. When you hear the name "Cooper" you could see why it would go hand in hand with a heroic idealist like Dale Cooper but not a wanted criminal and Humanoid Abomination like Coopelganger.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Even if he isn't actually BOB himself he might as well be. As mentioned above, he emulates BOB's physical appearance and style whilst operating as the Big Bad evil force of the Black Lodge. The abundance of similarities is why many fans originally believed that the Doppelganger was still BOB himself.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Seems to have this going on with BOB.
  • Uncanny Valley: An In-Universe example. Everyone who's met the guy and known the real Cooper is quick to realize that there's something horribly off about him.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In Episode 3 of The Return, BOB!Cooper pulls over to the side of the road and pukes out an enormous amount of garmonbozia (cream corn) after narrowly avoiding the Black Lodge's attempt to pull him back in and replace him with Cooper.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the infamous cliffhanger of Season 2 and original series finale.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Oh yes.
  • Wild Hair: Grows his hair out to resemble BOB's.
  • Younger Than They Look: Like Dougie he's only 25, but being originally created as a doppelganger to the then 30-something year old Cooper has led him to resemble a man pushing 60 twenty five years after Season 2.

     The Jones Family 

Dougie Jones

Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

A sleazy insurance salesman with a strange similarity to Dale Cooper.

  • Body Back Up Drive: Cooper replaces him upon escaping the Black Lodge, although the process isn't perfect.
  • Cloning Gambit: Heavily implied to have been created by BOB to con the Black Lodge and avoid returning.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Aside from his sleazy and hedonistic traits, Dougie originally seems like he's more or less a normal person. However, comments made by Dougie's wife and co-workers to Empty Shell Cooper after he takes Dougie's place seem to reveal that people aren't immediately tipped off by Cooper's bizarre behavior because Dougie had a habit of having "episodes" and spacing out.
    Phil Bisby: Off in dreamland again eh Dougie?
  • Dull Surprise: Like a true copy of Cooper, he takes his abduction into the Black Lodge, hand deflating, his body disintegrating into black smoke and transforming into a tiny golden orb remarkably well.
    Dougie: That's.....weird.
  • Fat Bastard: Many character note that Cooper weighs much less than Dougie, a man who 1) got his family into serious debt with dangerous people, 2) frequently drinks, gambles, and cheats in his free time, and 3) is utterly incompetent at his insurance job.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Seeing as Dougie is just a schlubby, less fashionable version of Cooper. When Cooper takes his place, everyone familiar with Dougie thinks he went on a diet, got a haircut and bought new clothes while remarking on how sharp he looks.
  • Henpecked Husband: Implied, given Janey's initial nonchalance to "Dougie's" odd silence when she confronts him for missing Sonny Jim's birthday. However, Dougie's sleazy, cheating behavior makes it clear that her nagging is completely justified.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's more of a sleazy, modern day businessman instead of a psychopath like Doppel Coop but seeing as Dougie is another doppelganger he was still created out of thin air/black smoke.
  • Our Clones Are Identical: Played with. While extremely similar to Cooper, its noted that Cooper is much thinner and barely fits into Dougie's clothes.
  • Posthumous Character: Functions as such. Most of his life is uncovered during Cooper's impersonation
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: He's presumably 25, but looks pretty much the same age as Coop. Episode 9 implies he's even younger than that, as there was no record of him prior to 1997.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: To contrast Doppel Coop puking up garmonbozia during the Black Lodge's attempt to pull him in. We don't see him do it but right before his abduction, Dougie pukes out something solid that looks more like he hacked up a lung instead of cream corn.
  • Vanity License Plate: DUGE LV
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Returned to the Black Lodge and turned into a gold orb minutes after his first appearance, presumably for good.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has a wife and son but his very first appearance shows Dougie having just finished shacking up with a prostitute in an empty suburban home for sale.

Janey-E Jones

Played by: Naomi Watts

Dougie's wife, a surburban mom increasingly concerned about Dougie's strange behavior.

  • Awful Wedded Life: Her husband is a dirtbag who was apparently gone for two days before Cooper accidentally took his place, as well as landed them $50k in debt. The married life is not treating her well. Even then, she protects Dougie by going to meet two gangsters and giving them the money. She also tries to choke out Ike while Cooper is holding him down.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: When Cooper's being examined at a doctor's office and she notices how much more well built he is than Dougie. It almost immediately reignites her sexual interest in her husband.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: After what is implied to have been a Sexless Marriage with Dougie, her first night with Cooper is a nearly ecstatic experience for her.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Enough to wake Sonny Jim up.
  • Mundane Solution: Her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the two gangsters, which consists entirely of complaining about being part of a disadvantaged middle class.... and then walking away.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets two gangster bookies her husband owes money to leave her family alone... with a political rant about economic inequality.

Sonny Jim Jones

Played by: Pierce Gagnon

The son of Dougie and Janey-E Jones.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Despite his young age, he quickly figures out that "Dougie" is struggling with day-to-day tasks and gives him some helpful demonstrations.
  • Children Are Innocent: Considering what his parents are like, he's amazingly well adjusted.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Assuming he's Dougie's biological son and not stepson then Sonny Jim may certainly have some of the Black Lodge in his genes.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Let's hope "Sonny" is just his nickname.
    • Let's hope NOT because that means his name is Jim Jones.


Colonel Davis

Played by: Ernie Hudson

An Air Force Colonel at The Pentagon, tasked with covering up the whereabouts of Major Briggs, who seems to be found... well, everywhere.... after his death

  • The Conspiracy: When and where Briggs' corpse reappears (it's happened several times in-universe), it's Davis' job to cover it up.
  • I Was Never Here: Briggs' mysterious resurgence in quite a few places is some super secret stuff, as Colonel Davis attests to in giving orders to his subordinate.
  • Ret Gone: In universe, his job is to make sure Briggs is recorded as having had one and only one death.

Lieutenant Knox

Played by: Adele René

An underling of Colonel Davis, also tasked with keeping Briggs' many deaths a secret.

  • The Conspiracy: With Davis as her immediate superior, her job is to assist in covering up the whereabouts of a certain plot-relevant corpse.
  • She Knows Too Much: At least hinted at as of her most recent appearance.

     The Glass Box 

Sam Colby

Played by: Ben Rosenfield

A young man assigned to watch a box in a secret compound in New York city.

  • Death by Sex: He and Tracy hook up and get mutilated by something that looks like a stereotypical alien.
  • The Stoic: While not emotionless, he's a very reserved man who calmly watches a glass box for hours on end without a trace of boredom.

Tracey Barberato

Played by: Madeline Zima

A young woman with an ambiguous relationship with Sam Colby who often shows up with coffee at his place of work.

     Buckhorn Residents 

William Hastings

Played by: Matthew Lillard

A high school principal in Buckhorn, South Dakota who was recently arrested on suspicion of murder and runs quite the interesting blog....

  • Black Comedy: His breakdown to Agent Preston in Episode 9 starts off sympathetic but then takes a turn for the hilarious when he goes on to moan about how he wont be going scuba diving with his mistress.
  • Blog: Moderates his blog The Search for the Zone in his spare time.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: It turns out that William is an avid reader and supporter in the belief of Multiverse Theory and other dimensions, even claiming to have entered one.
  • Expy: In his few scenes he's certainly given off elements as being the second coming of Leland.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: During most of his chat with Agent Preston.
  • Large Ham: Played by Matthew Lillard. 'Nuff said.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Arrested because his fingerprints were found at the crime scene of the murdered Ruth Davenport. William claims to his wife that he didn't kill Ruth or go to her the night before but he had dreams of being there.
  • You Have to Believe Me: Says this word for word to Agent Preston when he tells her about his experience in the Black Lodge, meeting 'The Major' and not murdering Ruth Davenport.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheating on his wife Phyllis with his school's librarian Ruth.
  • Your Head Asplode: A Woodsman creeps into the back of the police car and somehow makes this happen.
     Las Vegas 

Ike 'The Spike' Stadtler

Played by: Christophe Zajac-Denek

There's a new little person in the world of Twin Peaks, only instead of being an Ambiguously Evil resident of the Black Lodge, Ike is an ice pick wielding hitman who receives his next targets from Duncan Todd in Las Vegas. His latest target: one Dougie Jones.

  • The Alcoholic: Keeps a bottle of Jack Daniels on a desk in his motel room and downs two tall glasses of whiskey before he is arrested.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's on the job he's a snarling little person chasing after you with an ice pick and will gladly stab you a hundred times until he knows you're dead.
  • Bald of Evil: Possibly a skinhead, otherwise he just shaves his head. Either way he's not a nice fellow.
  • The Berserker: He's not the sort of hitman to Make It Look Like an Accident. He runs full boar into an office building in broad daylight and brutally stabs everyone he sees while snarling like an animal. Presumably he gets hired whenever his employers want to send a message. This comes back to bite him in the ass when he tries to kill Cooper by charging at him in broad day light with a pistol. Unfortunately for Ike, even in his Empty Shell state, the old Cooper resurfaces and effortlessly thwarts the assassination attempt, disarms Ike and karate chops the little creep until he runs off.
  • Black Comedy: His second scene features him viciously stabbing a woman he had been hired to kill and her co-workers to death. After finishing off his most recent kill he looks down to see that in the process of stabbing a woman's rib cage, he had bent the blade of his ice pick. His response is to squeak out a cute little "Oh no!"
  • British Teeth: As he snarls and stabs Lorraine to death he reveals that he has a pair of brown, distorted looking teeth.
  • Informed Ability: He is hyped up as a skilled and efficient assassin who the police can't pin for any of the killings he's committed. However, the only hits we see him commit are far from inconspicuous (his modus operandi appears to consist solely of running up to people and screaming while trying to stab/shoot them), and when he tries to kill Cooper by charging at him with a pistol drawn in broad daylight, he's dispatched almost immediately and arrested soon afterwards.
  • Little People Are Surreal: Even though his scenes take place in reality they're still bizarre and even dream like. This being a series by David Lynch a.k.a. one of the few people who can pull this trope off without looking hacky, its not surprising that this trope came into play again.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The weird smell a witness to his assassination attempt on Cooper describes him as having. Is it the gasoline-style odour associated with BOB and the Black Lodge, or just bad personal hygiene?
  • Potty Failure: Shits himself when he's arrested.
  • Serious Business: Visibly upset to learn that he bent the blade of his beloved ice pick after stabbing two women to death.
  • Weapon of Choice: Again the ice pick.
  • Would Hit a Girl: More like stab, stab, stab and stab a girl.

The Mitchum Brothers (Rodney and Bradley)

Played by: Robert Knepper and Jim Belushi

A pair of mobsters who own the casino in which Cooper manages to win 30 million dollars.

  • Affably Evil: They are mobsters introduced by beating up the manager of the casino for letting Cooper win 30 million dollars. However, they clearly love each other and are not merciless psychopaths as seen when Rodney consoles Candie when she unintentionally hits him while trying to swat a fly. They also treat Cooper to a nice meal when he gets them 30 million dollars.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While beating the Pit Boss of their casino and forcing him out of town might seem like a Kick the Dog moment, the fact the Pit Boss didn't intervene when Cooper won jackpot after jackpot despite the astronomical odds means he really was woefully incompetent. At the very least, the Pit Boss could have shown Cooper the door after the first couple of jackpots. That's entirely legal for the casino to do, too.
  • Laughably Evil: While not completely harmless, they are portrayed for laughs.
  • Pet the Dog: They let Cooper go after he gives them their 30 million dollars and even treat him to a nice dinner which seems to help him come out of his Empty Shell state a bit.
    • Word of God says Candy and the other pink-dressed girls are former sex trafficking victims the brothers took under their protection rather than women they own.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Once the financial situation is resolved between them and Cooper, they have no further reason to bother him and consider the matter settled.

     Supernatural Entities (SPOILERS) 

Señorita Dido

Played by: Joy Nash

A close compatriot of ???????, exact relation unknown although she appears to be family either by marriage or blood. So far, has appeared to express shock and terror at the fate of a New Mexico town at the hands of an atomic bomb, and eventually The Woodsmen.

  • Big Good: Is clearly indicated as a (silent but expressive) voice of morality among the story's supernatural beings.
  • Heroic Mime: Imagine an immensely supernaturally powerful silent movie starlet, and you've got Dido.
  • Hot Witch: A Retraux example, she recalls L. Frank Baum's Good Witch of the South in the original Oz novels.
  • Light Is Good: Her shining wardrobe is clearly meant to evoke this.
  • Raygun Gothic: Her expressionist makeup and extravagant costume recall the surreal and flamboyant aesthetics of silent science fiction cinema such as Metropolis and A Trip to the Moon. She and the Giant's mansion is also built in a Deco-esque science fiction style.

Jimmy Scott

Played by: Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott playing a Black Lodge spirit who has assumed the form of Jimmy Scott.

Pierre Tremond/Chalfont

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

A Black Lodge spirit who dresses in a mask and tuxedo.
  • The Blank: His mask's only feature is a long, needle-like nose.
  • Creepy Child: He's scary even in comparison to the other Black Lodge creatures, which is saying a lot.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: A fairly baffling scene in the movie has his face briefly turning into a monkey's face, in what is probably an homage to The Prisoner.
  • Left Hanging: Us, on who exactly this kid is. The movie strongly implies he's one of the Lodge spirits, but his significance is never really explained, and was presumably going to be explored a bit further had the show continued.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: His cool tuxedo.
  • White Mask of Doom: Wears a spooky blank mask.

The Woodsmen

Played by: Robert Broski (The Return: Part 8), and Jurgen Prochnow & David Brisbin (Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces). Others portrayed by Stewart Strauss (The Return: Parts 2 & 8), Gabriel Lane, Christian Calloway, and three unidentified performers (all in The Return: Parts 7, & 8)

A group of Obviously Evil aliens, demonic sprites, or something, who take the form of homeless vagrants and lumberjacks. Known to participate in carjackings, murders, parasitic invasions, and other general mischief. They nearly always appear in pure black and white and may have a connection to the Black Lodge and/or BOB. One in particular credited as "The Woodsman" appeared in New Mexico during the 1950's to dish out some good old fashioned unspeakable terror.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: As with the appearance of any supernatural character, their exaggerated appearance as lumberjacks and vagrants is strongly implied to be because that's the closest thing our minds can make sense of how they actually look.
  • Arc Words: For The Woodsman:
    • "Gotta light?"
    • "This is the water, and this is the well
      Drink full, and descend
      The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within."
  • Beard of Evil: The woodsmen have straggly matted facial hair. Some of them even appear to wear large, obviously fake beards.
  • Black Speech: Their voices are weirdly distorted.
  • Brown Note: Their above mentioned Black Speech seems to have this effect at least for that unfortunate middle-aged couple they accosted.
  • Dark Is Evil: With the exception of their milky white eyes they are covered head to toe in oil or ash or...something and unlike most supernatural beings (save BOB) who operate on Orange And Blue Morality, the Woodsmen seem set on committing evil deeds.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: With the exception of the woodsmen who appear in Fire Walk With Me, in The Return the woodsmen always appear in pure black and white, whether they are in the past or the present.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Fire Walk With Me, during the Phillip Jeffries scene where reality breaks down and flashes to BOB, The Arm and other Black Lodge spirits converging in the convenience store, beings who resemble the Woodsmen can be seen sitting in the background. A terrified old lady who may or may not be a woodsman also briefly appears at the Fat Trout Trailer Park, complete with jarring Brown Note and general sense of unease, while Chet and Stanley stop by to ask about Teresa Banks.
  • Eldritch Abomination: They are quite unnerving and clearly otherworldly powerful.
  • Emotion Eater: Swarm around the convenience store built on the ground originally used for nuclear bomb testing like locusts, presumably to feast on all the suffering that resulted from this location.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: All the ones who speak have inhumanly deep, gravelly voices.
  • Facial Horror: What's Black and White and eerily expressionless all over?
  • Green Aesop: It's very strongly implied their existence is somehow connected to nuclear tests that knocked out part of America's desert wilderness, making various strange and usually bad things happen.
  • Guttural Growler: They sound (and look) like Tom Waits impersonators.
  • Hobos: They look like these, but they're really much worse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: They look like homeless vagrants or lumberjacks covered in grime but they are far, far from human.
  • The Legions of Hell: May or may not be the equivalent of cockroaches from the Black Lodge. They certainly give Ray this impression when they creepily appear out of thin air and stampede towards the recently killed Doppel Dale.
  • Living Shadow: They can materialize or float away in a cloud of vapor/smoke.
  • Madness Mantra: The weird incantation they repeat over the radio, which causes all who hear it to lose consciousness.
  • Mythology Gag: Anyone familiar with Lynch's other work will certainly have unpleasant memories of whatever the hell that thing outside Winkie's was resurface.
  • Obviously Evil: Their entire appearance is hinted at with a brown note, and they help out the Big Bad of the series while giving anyone else who sees them the heebie jeebies at best and a caved in skull at worst.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Appears to be their main weapon, in addition to their skills in hypnotism and reviving the dead.
  • Reality Warper: As with the Lodge creatures. They are hinted to be connected to an invasion of parasitic aliens in 1940s/50s New Mexico. They also appeared to revive Mr. C from the dead.
  • Serial Killer: A deserted New Mexico town becomes their bloody playground. Oh, does it ever.
  • Smoking Is Cool: A-fucking-verted.
  • Super Strength: They can crush people's skulls with their bare hands.
  • Word-Salad Horror: They can use hypnotism through nonsense-sounding phrases to both knock out anyone who hears them and command a parasite to infest a human host.
  • Zombie Gait: They walk around like stereotypical movie zombies.