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Cecil Gershwin Palmer
- Voiced by Cecil Baldwin
- Action Survivor: Episode 33 shows that Cecil was an intern at the radio station. Given their mortality rate and that he is still alive today, he definitely has a place in this trope.
- Adorkable: Cecil gets charmingly dorky off-script, particularly when gushing about Carlos and cute animals. It's hard not to "d'aww" at his utter despair at not managing to be suave when talking to his crush, as well as his gleeful adoration of both Khoshekh and Internet cat videos.
- Fifteen-year-old Cecil is adorkable as well, with his slight lisp, breaking voice, and undying enthusiasm for radio.
- Ambiguously Human: There's enough evidence (most notably the fact that he's apparently a few hundred years old) to cast reasonable doubt over his status as a human being. He's at least normal enough to be treated as normal by the inhabitants of Night Vale, but they also treat the almost-definitely-not-human City Council and Hiram McDaniels (who is literally a 3,600 pound, 18-foot-tall, five-headed dragon) as normal, so that isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. At the very least, he's described as humanoid by Kevin.
- Badass on Paper: Played with - for all intents and purposes, he's just a radio show host. But when you consider what the staff at the station have to go through each day, and that Cecil must have worked his way up...
- Berserk Button: For a generally nice guy, Cecil has a lot of these.
- Racism. This is the reason he hates the Apache Tracker so much. He also expresses disapproval toward Pamela Winchell for claiming that Hiram McDaniels can't be mayor because he's a dragon.
- Desert Bluffs, and everything about them. Probably justified, though, since Desert Bluffs and Night Vale are rivals.
- Steve Carlsberg, the reasons for which were finally explained in "Cookies". Steve's the stepfather of Cecil's niece, and sharply differs with Cecil about how best to raise her.
- Anything bad happening to Carlos. This one would be considered understandable if it weren't for the fact that Cecil considers Carlos getting a haircut to be an unforgivable crime.
- Anyone or anything that hurts Khoshekh.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not screw with Cecil. He's one of the nicest, dorkiest guys you will ever meet, but if you push any of his berserk buttons he will end you plain and simple. When faced with a StrexCorp machine which severely injured Khoshekh he described the experience as wanting to beat the thing to death with a hammer. He didn't have a hammer, though. He only had self control.
- Camp Gay: Quite downplayed. He's certainly not flamboyant, but he tends to slip into Valley Girl speech patterns, loves cute things, is a self-described "aficionado of the theatre", and he's often very descriptive about fashion and people's outfits. One of the first things he mentions when describing his first date with Carlos is the lab coat which Carlos wore and the tunic and furry pants which he himself wore."Apparently here they pointed to Night Vale Weekly Gazette writer Lauren James, who usually wears very nice shirts. It's really her bangs that don't work, I think. I mean I like bangs, but they just frame her face too dramatically, especially with those thick-rimmed glasses."
- Combat Pragmatist: Cecil can do a surprising amount of damage with an ordinary cell phone. Like pirating the station's signal for an unauthorized broadcast, or smacking John Peters (...you know, the imposter) completely unconscious.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: He's got a Night Vale native's skewed sense of what is odd or dangerous.
- Cool Uncle: "Cookies" reveals he has a niece named Janice, who he cares for very much. Enough to buy a shitload of Girl Scout cookies in order to help her out, and to heap unending ire upon her neglectful step-father, Steve Carlsberg, for letting everyone down. Again.
- Cozy Voice for Catastrophes: Cecil's stock-in-trade.
- Creepy Good: Cecil seems genially disposed towards most people, but is capable of genuine creepiness—though it seems to be part and parcel of the creepy atmosphere of Night Vale itself.
- Cuteness Overload: Cecil has a soft spot for all things adorable, and sort of breaks down in Squee for a while. This gets used against him.
- Defrosting Ice King: In The September Monologues, Steve Carlsberg suggests that Cecil was work-obsessed and extremely anti-social before he started dating Carlos.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Telly the Barber cuts off Carlos's beloved (by Cecil) hair, Cecil reads out detailed information about Telly's physical attributes and location, apparently hoping a lynch mob would form over the hot new guy's hair being cut.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Interesting inversion. In universe everyone refers to the character as Cecil, but at the end of every episode Cecil Baldwin (the actor) is only credited as "The Voice of Night Vale".
- First-Person Smartass: Though a very genial person overall, Cecil will occasionally come out with slightly catty or over-honest commentary on residents' appearance, behavior, personality, or intelligence. Despite his rose-coloured glasses, he has even gone so far as to be critical of Carlos on several occasions too."Carlos did want me to ask if anyone has ever actually seen the Night Vale clock tower. I told him that it was invisible, and always teleporting, and that's why he can't ever see it. I mean, that seems sort of obvious. Okay. That was unfair. Carlos is a very smart man, and I shouldn't roll my eyes just because he doesn't comprehend basic architecture." — Episode 16, "The Phone Call"
- Gadgeteer Genius: In episode 36 Cecil manages to successfully broadcast part of his show by pirating the station's signal from the roof. He wires his phone into the soundboard and hacks the station's auxiliary power to run the transmitter after StrexCorp shuts down his usual recording studio to take him off the air. He learned how to do this as a Boy Scout.
- Genki Guy: The novel has two separate characters describe Cecil as "overenthusiastic about most things". One of them was Carlos.
- Has a Type: Seems to be attracted to handsome scientists, despite—as his boyfriend Carlos observes—having very little grasp of science himself.
- He's Back: Suddenly returns in truly badass fashion halfway through episode 48, followed by one of the most kickass weathers.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Old Woman Josie. They used to go bowling together and he wants to tell her more about his new boyfriend.
- Although [Best Of?] revealed that Cecil is actually much MUCH older then Josie, working in radio since she was a little girl and long before that
- Intrepid Reporter: Seems to consider himself this to some degree, although Intrepid Gossip might be more accurate."Look. I've probably said too much. I can see down the hall that an envelope just came flying out. I pray it's not another HR re-training session in the dark box. Uuuuugh... but what can I say? I'm a reporter at heart! I can't not report." — Episode 3, "Station Management"
- Kent Brockman News: Cecil is devoted to the cause of giving out community updates and warnings. He also gushes about Carlos, berates Steve Carlsberg, and shares details about the station cat's adorable kittens in between stories.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: "Cassette" reveals that Cecil's memories are highly unreliable, perhaps even deliberately altered. Cecil did not take the revelation well, and his decision to destroy the tape suggests that he's still in denial.
- He also has no memory of what happens when he is under the control of whoever bought him at the auction.
- Love at First Sight: Cecil fell for Carlos instantly.
- Manchurian Agent: Episode 61 reveals that whoever bought Cecil from the auction back in Episode 37 can control Cecil without Cecil being aware of it.
- Married to the Job: In The September Monologues, Steve Carlsberg says Cecil was this way before he met Carlos.
- Mouth of Sauron: To the Sheriff and his secret police, the City Council, and the mayor, whose voices are never heard with the exception of Dana but whose every declaration Cecil reports faithfully and cheerfully.
- Mysterious Past: Even after "Cassette", we still know very little about Cecil's life before he became an intern at the station, what happened with the mirrors, or what became of his mother and brother. The episode "[Best Of?]" gave us more information, but if anything it just raised more questions.
- The Narrator: Almost all of the stories occur in third-person-limited narration via Cecil's newscast, although he's Lemony enough to occasionally break into second-person audience address or first-person editorial. Cecil is usually reporting things that happened elsewhere or only a bystander to a story with a Non-P.O.V. Protagonist, but on rare occasions he is the protagonist of the storyline.
- Nerds Are Sexy: He seems to have a thing for scientists. There's Carlos, obviously, but he also had a fling with Guglielmo Marconi around the time that he invented the radio.
- Nice Guy: Oh yes, although you should also avoid getting in his bad books.
- Ninja Prop: He learns to weaponize the Weather.
- The Non Descript: Night Vale writers Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor have both confirmed that Cecil's appearance will remain ambiguous. The best description we have of Cecil comes via Kevin narrating a photograph. He describes Cecil as being a man, not fat and not thin, not tall and not short, with eyes like Kevin's, a nose like Kevin's, and hair like Kevin's. He also wears a tie, and has a hard to describe smile. (Keep in mind, though, that Kevin sees faces a little differently than most people do. Also, unlike Kevin, Cecil actually has eyes.) Occasionally Cecil will offhandedly describe other parts of himself, such as his shoes or hands, but mostly just in the process of describing what he's doing. One episode also mentions him wearing his best tunic and furry pants as a date outfit.
- Kyle Kallgren described him with the phrase, "Cecil looks like... nothing."
- Oddball Doppelganger/Evil Twin: To/with Kevin from Desert Bluffs. Although there are notable differences between the two, unlike the other doubles, which are so similar that Cecil literally cannot tell apart from their originals. Cecil's voice, for one, is very different from Kevin's, as are his political leanings, general demeanor, and opinions towards the counterparts of recurring characters such as Steve Carlsberg.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's usually quite unflappable. Which makes genuine fear in his voice pretty damn disturbing.
- The Philosopher: Fond of lacing his monologues with poetic language and endearingly loopy metaphors, not to mention frequent bouts of existentialism. Verges on Fauxlosophic Narration at times, but Cecil's brand of bizarre insightfulness usually prevails.
- Purple Prose: Cecil is quite fond of this verbal style when describing people, places and events.
- Really 700 Years Old: Episode 67 shows that he first became an radio intern not only before Night Vale was founded, but before the existence of radio. The earliest year stated outright in that episode is in the early 1930s, by which point he has been an intern for many years. His first ever report as an Intern was of the foundation of Night Vale - stated in "History Week" to be 1745. By the time he's taken over from Leonard Burton, it's World War II—probably not long after Pearl Harbor Day, since he mentions America being attacked.
- Rummage Sale Reject: One of the few things we know for sure about his appearance is that his outfits are...interesting. One of them involves a trash bag poncho, galoshes, and cat ears.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After several months of being used against his will by whoever bought Lot 37 at the auction, in addition to repeated attempts on his life and the growing dissatisfaction with life in Night Vale, Cecil decided to move to and begin broadcasting from the desert otherworld that Carlos has been in. The events of episode 70 made him change his mind and stay.
- Servile Snarker: His station may be run by authoritarian and incredibly suppressive bosses, but that doesn't mean he has to like it.
- Stalker with a Crush:
- Played straight insofar as Cecil is so obsessed with Carlos that he shouts his crush to the entire town on a regular basis, gets disturbingly overprotective of Carlos' hair, and prior to Episode 25 misreads every meeting as a potential date.
- However, the series also averts some of the worst implications of the trope because Cecil does respect Carlos' right not to reciprocate his affection (noting, in Episode 16, that "sometimes people just don't call, and that's okay"), and Carlos is in fact the one who initiates each new step in their relationship: it's Carlos who asks Cecil out, Carlos who kisses Cecil at the end of their first date, and Carlos who suggests they move in together.
- Straight Gay: Cecil has only ever mentioned male love interests in the show and Night Vale writers Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, as well as Cecil Baldwin, have all confirmed Cecil's sexuality as gay. While Cecil can get a little Valley Girl when off-script (particularly when gushing about Carlos), he is otherwise very attached to his idea of professionalism and doesn't go for camp.
- Obviously, there is his intense and long-standing love for Carlos. This is especially notable under the Straight Gay trope because from the get-go Cecil speaks about his same-sex crush without any reservation or sense of it being abnormal or unexpected. To all appearances the rest of Night Vale reacts to his relationship the same way, most notably Old Woman Josie, with whom Cecil happily chats about his "new boyfriend".
- When he speaks about his trip through Europe as a college student, Cecil mentions a male traveling companion with whom he shared a small cabin and went rolling down hills in the middle of the night. Although his memories of this companion have some typical Night Vale disturbing details (like being unable to remember his name or where they met), Cecil clearly cherishes the memory of their time together.
- Also from Europe, he waxes poetic about "the beautiful face of that young man from Luftnarp with his gaping mouth and ashy skin, last seen already half turned away as you boarded the bus, already turning towards a future without you in it, where this thing between you that seemed so possible now already and forever never was."
- He also met a... very handsome scientist in Europe named Guillermo Marconi. He showed Cecil all sorts of things. All sorts of things
- In "The Candidate", Cecil seemed to be attracted to Hiram McDaniels, who is literally a five headed (male) dragon. Calling him "dashing" and "dynamic", commenting on how attractive he is and pushing him to run for mayor apparently just because he finds him hot. However, this hasn't been referenced since, and might be a case of Early Installment Weirdness.
- Super Strength: He demonstrates 'strength beyond his stature' sufficient to hold down a golem in Episode 63, though this may be a side-effect of his being under the control of whoever bought him at the auction.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In episode "Cassette", the cognitive dissonance that Cecil displays when attempting to reconcile his clearly altered memories with the past he heard in the cassette recordings, coupled with the revelation that the mirrors in the radio station bathroom are always covered, hint at this.
- Tranquil Fury: In earlier episodes, he would rarely raise his voice when angry, to disconcerting effect. He appears to have moved past that.
- Trouble Entendre: Uses a lot of these when talking about his delightful new bosses from StrexCorp, most memorably:"So, our new owners have had to learn to live with those doors, bleeding on their way out. Good practice for them. (Pause.) Anyway."
- Unfazed Everyman: He doesn't seem to find much, if any, of the madness happening in town to be at all weird.
- Unreliable Narrator: He has eccentric news judgment even at the best of times, lets his biases override his professional detachment, gets much of his narration written for him by businesses and by his higher-ups, and falls victim to the occasional mind-control entity. His memories aren't reliable either; that probably doesn't help matters any.
- "The September Monologues" touches upon this even more, showing that Cecil is willing to lie to a very extreme degree to protect those he cares about, even if it could possibly hurt others. He apparently was quite nice to Steve at first, and even liked his scones.
- Vague Age: He doesn't seem to be aware of what year he was born. The only clue we have is that he's around the same age as Earl, who is himself old enough to have a wife and child, though this is incredibly unreliable as Earl is stuck outside of time.
- Vocal Evolution: Initially Cecil is fairly deadpan, but over the course of the series becomes a little less formal and more obviously emotional. Cecil in "Pilot" is a much less rounded and developed character than Cecil in "Whispering Forest". This is even more obvious when you compare the opening lines from the pilot to their Ironic Echo from "One Year Later". The words are nearly identical but the reading is much warmer and more dynamic in the later episode.
- The Voice: Well, he's a radio host, so not surprisingly he has a deep, smooth, dynamic voice with precise and proper diction.
- Worst News Judgment Ever: Cecil isn't quite this bad, but he has odd ideas of what is newsworthy. However much of it is just Cecil being Cecil, or Night Vale being Night Vale, is up to you.
- Yandere: He's quite harmless and sweet toward Carlos, but his adoration of Carlos' hair drives him to abuse his position to threaten Telly the barber, who dared give Carlos a haircut.
- Yaoi Fanboy: He writes Jaws slashfic. (And makes his interns proofread it.)
Carlos the Scientist
- Voiced by Jeffrey Cranor (episode 16 only), Dylan Marron (all other appearances)
- Adorkable: When he calls to ask Cecil out, the first thing he says is "I am calling for personal reasons." He's also described as stammering when trying to describe the tremor activity he's recorded under the city to the radio show.
- In episode 38, he ended a text to Cecil with "XOXO" and then followed that up with an elaborate emoji involving velociraptors and fruit-shaped topiary bushes.
- In "Voice Mail", he talks about he only ever tells "scientifically accurate jokes" and calls Cecil "Honey-voiced honey"
- Anti-Magic / No Sell : Carlos is immune to the otherwise citywide torpor in episode 35, "Lazy Day", and to the buzzing shadow-energy in episode 27, "First Date". It's unclear why—particularly since Cecil, who normally is susceptible to citywide effects (he's affected by, among others, the creeping fear in episode 3, "Station Management", and the Glow Cloud's mind control in episode 2, "The Glow Cloud"), is unaffected by the shadow-energy when he's with Carlos in "First Date". In "Well of Night", Carlos seemed immune to the powers of the chanting, and even managed to sleep through it, whereas it kept Cecil up all night.
- Badass Gay: Cecil remarks several times on Carlos' bravery, and for good reason. He's one of the only people in town with any real sense of how dangerous and unusual his surroundings are, yet he still continues to throw himself in harm's way For Science! and for the sake of protecting the town. He stood up to the militia in the bowling alley and didn't hesitate to jump down into the pit to prove his point, and took on the buzzing shadow-energy alone.
- "I'm not a hero... I'm a scientist!"
- The Bus Came Back: As of Episode 70B, Carlos has returned to Night Vale for good.
- For Science!: Carlos's motivation, although unusually for this trope he seems to do more good than harm.
- Going Native: Seems to be gradually happening. In episode 4, "PTA Meeting", Carlos tries to disrupt a town meeting to warn the citizens about some kind of presumably impending doom, then flees, screaming that "There is no more time!". By episode 35, "Lazy Day", he's taking advantage of gravity slacking off to clean his gutters.
- Hot Scientist: According to Cecil (and Old Woman Josie), at least. Carlos' physical appearance is discussed in much more detail than most other characters, but often in such flowery prose that it's hard to discern concrete details. We know for certain that he has black hair with a premature touch of grey at the temples, dark skin, straight white teeth, and a square jaw.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: a scientist.
- Informed Attractiveness: Cecil can't bring Carlos up without telling us that he's beautiful and perfect, and of course we only have his descriptions to go on. Cecil also describes Carlos's voice as "caramel" and "oaky". He shares some voice mail messages from Carlos in Episode 16, allowing listeners to form their own opinions. Old Woman Josie is the only other Night Vale resident who comments on Carlos' attractiveness, also describing him as "perfect" and "smelling like lavender chewing gum".
- During The Thrilling Adventure Hour cross-over episode, his perfect hair and teeth seem to have universal appeal.
- Innocently Insensitive: As most displayed in episode 51, he can be sort of oblivious to Cecil's feelings and how his actions can affect them, especially if he gets distracted with science. However, he does his best to make it up to him once he's cottoned on.
- I Work Alone: "A scientist is self-reliant. It's the first thing a scientist is." (He might have misunderstood Cecil's intentions.)
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine:
- So ubiquitous that he even has a "casual weekend labcoat" which is his date attire in Episode 27.
- In the "Condos" live episode, he is described as having a "business-casual labcoat".
- He wears a "running labcoat" in episode 75.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: His amazing jaw is mentioned as part of his physical appeal.
- Married to the Job: Carlos seems to be intensely focused on his scientific work, unusually so, and at first refuses to talk to Cecil about anything else. It's not initially clear if Carlos is just socially awkward and bad at picking up social cues, or if he really is just that obsessed with science, or if it's some combination of the two. Even after the two finally do begin a relationship, Carlos still seems distractedly fixated on science. By the live episode "Condos", set a few weeks prior to episode 42, "Numbers", Cecil remarks that Carlos is slowly learning social graces like calling to cancel dates if he winds up working late—but when he gets trapped in the desert otherworld, he quickly becomes so professionally interested that he begins to lose touch with Cecil.
- Monster of the Week: It's heavily implied, particularly during Episodes 25, 27, and 29, that Carlos spends his time thwarting these, or at least trying to help people understand what is happening.
- Mysterious Past: In Episode 49B, even Carlos himself is uncertain what brought him to Night Vale...or where it brought him from. In Episode 55, a University of What It Is faculty-member named Carlos disappeared decades ago on sabbatical investigating strange rumors in the desert. It's not yet clear whether this is "our" Carlos and, if so, when he lost contact with the outside world.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Almost to the point where it's parodied, in deliberately depicting science as being a single, monolithic...thing. To date, Carlos has mentioned work that touches on theoretical and applied physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, organic and inorganic chemistry, plant/animal/microbial biology, ecology, medicine, geology, and seismology. Fans usually attribute this either to Carlos being only one member of a team of scientists from different disciplines who help each other with their research projects (Episode 30 confirms that there are still other members of Carlos' team in Night Vale with him), or to simply having to develop skills outside his original field of study as the only person in Night Vale who can think in a straight line.
- But Carlos does NOT specialize in botany. Or dendrology. He is a scientist.
- In the Night Vale / The Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover, Carlos even finds it strange that a scientist would be limited to just one field of study. When asked what his is, he simply replies "I'm a scientist."
- Only Sane Man: He is the only person, aside from the audience (and Steve Carlsberg), to whom Night Vale is in any way weird. By Episode 25, Carlos has clearly become more accustomed to random and inexplicable things happening, although he still has trouble with the way Night Vale residents respond to such events. He seems to make peace with that as well, after his near-death experience later in the episode.
- Put on a Bus: As of episode 49, he cannot return to Night Vale (for now, anyway). Might also count as Commuting on a Bus since he's still capable of contacting Cecil.
- Science Hero of Another Story
- Straight Gay: Night Vale writer and original voice of Carlos, Jeffrey Cranor, has confirmed Carlos' sexuality to be gay. However, in show, Carlos initially ignored all of Cecil's advances and it wasn't possible to tell his orientation prior to the end of episode 25, when he calls Cecil to the Arby's carpark, where the two share a tender moment before they begin dating in episode 27.
- Traumatic Haircut: Traumatic for Cecil, at least... to the point where he ran the barber who gave it out of town to wander the desert in delirium.
- The Unseen: Until the voice message in Episode 16, we only ever heard Carlos filtered through Cecil's narration.
- Vocal Dissonance: A mild case. His appearance is apparently perfect, but both his voices have been slightly dweeby.
- What Have I Done: Has this sort of epiphany in Episode 70A, realizing he's spent the last year 'all wrong'. He decides to rectify this by returning to Night Vale to be with Cecil.
- Voiced by Kevin R. Free
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Which one he is is currently impossible to determine. Although, the more we hear from him the more he sounds like the latter.
- On the other hand, when Lauren crashes the stock market just to piss him off, she notes that he grows more concerned and helpful.
- His reappearance in episode 70A pretty much cements him as a particularly Blue and Orange example of the former.
- Ambiguously Human: The lack of eyes (yet ability to see The Faceless Old Woman's face) implies that something has changed Kevin — and that he isn't human anymore. (If he ever was.)
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Lauren as of episode 47.
- Black Eyes of Evil: According to Cecil's panicked description of Kevin's photograph. Later during "The Debate", when the two finally meet outside swirly vortexes and have their first proper conversation, Cecil notices with horror that Kevin has no eyes.
- Blind Seer: He can see things no one else can see. Such as the Faceless Old Woman's face. She's terrified by it.
- Blood Is the New Black: He's got dried blood on his suit, and from the number of times it's mentioned, he apparently never takes it to the cleaners.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Possibly, see Affably Evil above.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Hinted at and finally confirmed in Episode 73. He initially fought against the Smiling God.
- Dirty Coward: Is scared of a group of kids with slingshots, leaving Lauren Mallard to be beaten up with books. On top of that, he seems to be far worse than Cecil at facing the unknown.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's constantly cheerful and downright peppy, and treats Desert Bluffs like a paradise, or at the very least a happy town where nothing is wrong. And then Cecil shows up. It's one of the few times we hear unmasked terror in Cecil's voice."There is so much blood, it is seeping into my shoes..."
- Returns in Episode 47, when he and Lauren discuss their changes to the Night Vale Community Radio studio. It's implied that he slaughtered the entire sales department and used their entrails to paint the desk and walls.
- The Dreaded: He completely terrifies both Cecil, who's left stuttering and nearly speechless after confronting him in "The Debate", and the Faceless Old Woman, who gets thrown into an identity crisis after her encounter with Kevin. The only person not affected is Hiram, who just doesn't care.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Seems legitimately upset at the notion of the forest's demolition.
- Eye Scream: When he comes face to face with Cecil again in "The Debate", Cecil asks with horror what happened to Kevin's eyes. Because he has none. Although he insists he can see just fine — not only does he compliment the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home on her face, he actually describes specific features such as the color of her eyes and the shape of her jaw.
- First Time Feeling: Kevin feels sadness for the first time in a very long time in episode 70A after reading Carlos' goodbye letter. The feeling scares him.
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Was revealed to have been a victim of this in Episode 73.
- HAHAHA–No: Kevin does one of these to Lauren.Lauren: Can I call you Kev?Kevin: Ha ha ha, no, Lauren, by no means.
- Heel-Face Turn: Played with in the latter episodes of Season 3. He is still disturbingly cheerful and still enjoys 'decorating' his studio, but is friendly (if not pushy) towards Carlos and no longer seems to venerate Strex or the Smiling God.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Seems so desperate for a friend that he talks to Vanessa, a girl he knows perfectly well is dead. Also implied in Episode 70A. He is devastated when Carlos leaves the Otherworld (leaving him with no one but the aforementioned Vanessa), to the point that he actually feels sadness.
- Insane Troll Logic: Any economic problem is the fault of people being sad, lazy, and not working hard enough. Even when Lauren sitting right next to him announced that she messed with the market!
- Mouth of Sauron: To StrexCorp.
- Nightmare Face: Aside from the eye thing, and being covered in blood, there's the way he smiles...Cecil: And his smile... nooo... that is NOT a smile!
- Obliviously Evil: Displays nothing but warm feelings for Night Vale and genuinely believes the StrexCorp/Smiling God takeover is helping them reach their "full productive potential." Nor does he recognize violence and distress as such: he thinks a choke is a hug; that Night Vale citizens screaming and having seizures at the "StrexCorp Company Picnic" (read: work camp) are smiling and dancing; and that killing and dismembering someone and smearing their remains all over the room is simply "decorating."
- Oddball Doppelganger/Evil Twin: To/with Cecil Palmer.
- Poke the Poodle: When he mentions that he would rather fix people rather than include handicap accessibility in buildings, he unwittingly pressed the Berserk Button of Steve Carlsberg, of all people, due to the fact that his daughter Janice is handicapped, prompting Steve to throw Kevin into the Desert Otherworld in a fit of rage.
- Put on a Bus / The Bus Came Back: Disappears between episode 19B and 47 (Not counting the live show "The Debate", only to be thrown through an old oak door into the desert otherworld by Steve Carlsberg.
- Reappears again in episode 65
- Stepford Smiler: Most likely Type C.
Kevin: I rarely feel anything. I rarely feel anything at all!
- During The Debate, Kevin's eternally upbeat demeanor slips for a minute when he responds to a query on Vanessa's health by saying that she died a long time ago, in an incident so horrifying that those who witnessed it were never able to sleep again.
- In Episode 49B, Kevin chipperly reveals that Desert Bluffs was corrupted by the Smiling God some time ago. Even those who resisted (as Night Vale did) succumbed in the end- including their radio host.
- Several moments in Sandstorm imply that he cannot comprehend violence, and sees most acts of violence (such as Cecil trying to choke the life out of him) as acts of kindness (thinking Cecil was merely hugging him). It's even implied that he will kill people and not realize he did it.
- The Unsmile: Again, according to Cecil's description, and Kevin notes the same thing about Cecil's smile in his own photograph. Though this may be because the two have different ideas of what "Smile" means.
Kevin: Watch me smile!Cecil: ... You monster.Steve: That was really gross! Do it again.
- The implication in "Old Oak Doors" is that Kevin's "smile" is an expression that's genuinely unsettling, even to residents of Night Vale.
- Many fan works depict him with a Glasgow Grin.
- Voiced by Jasika Nicole
- Action Girl: She survives a fight to the death with her double in "The Sandstorm"...or perhaps her double survives a fight with Dana. Cecil is never sure.
- In Episode 41, we learn that even Dana doesn't know if she is the "real" one or not.
- Another Dimension: The house that does not exist appears to have transported her to a plane where Night Vale either doesn't exist or is invisible and intangible to her, since she walks straight through Carlos as he takes readings on the house.
- Cloning Blues: She murdered her double in episode 19... but she's still not sure if she's the original, or the replacement.
- Dark Horse Victory: Despite not being a candidate, Dana wins the mayoral election mere moments after returning to Night Vale from the other world.
- Mauve Shirt: One of the only interns to survive being sent to certain doom. As of Episode 41, she is still alive and sometimes calling Cecil with reports, although stranded in a featureless desert on another plane of existence. Cecil mentions that she somehow still manages to text him despite being without a phone charger for the last eight months. As of episode 49, she's now the mayor of Night Vale, and it looks like she'll be sticking around for a while.
- Odd Friendship: She gets along quite well with the Man in the Tan Jacket.
- Only Sane Employee: Among the interns, which may be the reason she's still alive. Later, as Mayor, she so far hasn't totally succumbed to whatever madness seems to strike everyone in the town's government. A few of Cecil's news stories make it seem like she might have, but she appears in episode 65 to be mostly the same person as she was when she returned from the desert otherworld.
- Plucky Girl: She continues to report on occurrences within the Dog Park despite the fact she's nearly starving. She manages to escape from the Dog Park, but ends up in what appears to be another dimension. Even so, she's prepared to explore the featureless desert where she finds herself and report back.
- Supporting Protagonist: In Episode 30, she gets the chance to narrate her own story. This continues in Episode 41.
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home
- Voiced by Mara Wilson
- The Blank: When they say "faceless", they mean literally faceless. Hiram is deeply unsettled trying to figure out how she can talk and eat (and with the last one it's not even certain if she needs to). She is also somehow capable of smoking cigarettes.
- Blessed with Suck: Possibly with a bit of Who Wants to Live Forever?, since she claims to be completely safe from harm and that nothing ever happens to her, and that it's a terrible burden.
- Cool Old Lady: She's very tech-savvy, for one thing.
- Creepy Good: Sure, everything about her is super creepy, and she seems to have a Blue and Orange Morality thing going for her, but she does genuinely seem to care. In particular, she showed up to warn Cecil about the danger posed by the condos.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's creepy and at one point lights your(?) fridge on fire because it was "upsetting her", but she's genuinely polite and affable, if odd (though that should be obvious, since she's a Night Vale resident). The whole reason she wants to run for mayor is to help Night Vale.
- Subverted after losing the mayoral election when she refuses to take her loss in the mayoral election gracefully and plots to destroy Dana.
- Face-Heel Turn: After losing the mayoral election in episode 49B, she swears vengeance on Dana and the town by proxy. By epsiode 65, she's outright threatens to kill Cecil if he gets in the way again.
- Hive Mind/Mind Hive: Could be one or the other; it's never explained if the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home is one old woman who lives in everyone's homes or multiple versions of the same entity.
- Hollywood Old: The faceless old woman who lives in your home is played by 27-year-old Mara Wilson, and sounds quite youthful. She also seems very tech-savvy for an old lady. It has been suggested by some listeners that "old" simply describes her age and that her appearance is actually quite youthful. The Sheriff's Secret Police describe her as "an elderly female with no face", but they also admit that they've never actually seen her, so they could be wrong.
- Humanoid Abomination: A literally faceless old woman who somehow manages to live in every home in Night Vale without ever being noticed, can only be seen via one's peripheral vision or in mirrors (and in the case of the latter, you have to look really hard in order to see her) and has full, almost infinite knowledge of the people she shares the house with? Yes, she certainly qualifies.
- No Name Given: Despite always being referred to as the "Faceless Old Woman", she tells Cecil that she has a name in "The Debate". They both move past it without telling what it is.
- Not So Stoic: In "The Debate" when Kevin says that he can see her face she begins speaking more erratically and denying it. She has a second moment in "The September Monologues", starting as her usual self, but slowly becoming more disturbed and fearful when describing Chad performing a ritual in a language she doesn't understand and summoning something into his home.
- The Omniscient: It's implied that she knows everything about the people who's homes she dwells in, though whether this is an actual supernatural ability or just a byproduct of being in multiple places at once all the time is unknown. She becomes quite uneasy when the doors in Episode 49 start admitting people that she doesn't know anything about.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her antagonistic actions against the mayor recently, she still gives Cecil the secret to entering to Dog Park so he can go see Carlos.
- Subverted in that she is quite open about doing it just to make sure Cecil isn't around to save Dana anymore.
- Poltergeist: Played with. She mostly just affects things when they aren't being looked at.
- The Stoic: Shows little emotion.
- The Trickster: Has shades of this, as Cecil notes that she likes to cause problems for people in the houses she inhabits for no apparent reason (leaving rotting meat in their showers, for example).Faceless Old Woman: I ate one of your highlighters. Sorry, I got nervous. I'll replace it with a crow's feather as soon as I'm mayor.
- The Unreveal: When Cecil asks if calling her "Faceless Old Woman" is okay, she tells him that she does have a name... but they immediately move on and never bring it up again.
- Voiced by Jackson Publick
- Affably Evil: His gold head, in particular, is very polite and soft-spoken, even as, like the rest of the dragon, it enjoys eating humans and is largely indifferent to human life.
- Breath Weapon: Fire, of course.
- Giant Flyer: In his first appearance, he takes off after being stopped for traffic violations.
- Face-Heel Turn: After losing the mayoral election in episode 49B, he swears vengeance on Dana and the town by proxy.
- Fantastic Racism: Cecil thinks he's a victim of this.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In CONDOS, he mentions quite casually that he ate the man who gave him directions to a nearby diner, because he didn't feel like walking that far.
- Insistent Terminology: His purple head prefers to be called violet.
- Kill It with Fire: This is his proposed solution to the Strex problem. Y'know. Because he's literally a five-headed dragon.
- Multiple Head Case: He has five heads of different colors. His purple head breathed fire at the arresting officer and it and the green head interrupt the interview with him. In said interview, it's also revealed that one of his heads has a Southern accent, his green head is very angry and British, and his purple head is a Nervous Wreck. In "Condos", it's also revealed that the blue head is very intelligent and the grey head is The Eeyore. In episode 49 its revealed that his fifth head is gold and the other heads get annoyed that it does most of the talking.
- Nerves of Steel: He's the only main cast member who's not completely horrified by Kevin. In fact, he doesn't even care.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Hiram seems to have no malice toward humanity — in fact, he's running for mayor. Although he's made it clear that he is completely indifferent to human life. Choices. He doesn't care about humans' life choices.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As of "WE MUST GIVE PRAISE", he has apparently once again disguised himself as the human Frank Chen, despite being the wrong height, weight and species.
- Justified in Episode 70B. He purchased a human disguise at the auction, allowing him to pass as human despite obviously not being human.
- Phrase Catcher: "Literally a five-headed dragon. Who cares!"
- Refuge in Audacity: Hiram, who is literally an 18 foot long, 5-headed dragon, unsuccessfully attempts this when he's pulled over for speeding and shows the officer a driver's license for a 5'8" man named Frank Chen, though it actually takes the people who pulled him over a minute. Later, he attempts it again, with great success.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His green head's preferred speaking style, coupled with ham.
- Sore Loser: His green head in particular takes his defeat in the mayoral election... less than gracefully, and the whole dragon resolves to contest the election.
- Southern Gentleman: One of his heads, anyway; the one that does most of the talking.
- Special Dragon, Normal Name: Amusingly, none of his heads are apparently Scottish.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: He's quite okay with people around him committing murders, but it's not because he's killed anyone himself. Especially not Frank Chen to steal his car and driving license to commit insurance fraud.
- Token Good Teammate: The Violet head really just wants to live a normal life, but it's hard if you only own 1/5 of your body and the others are bent on revenge.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While everything in Night Vale is weird, he comes off as an oddity among oddities.
Old Woman Josie
- Voiced by Retta
- Barrier Maiden: She seems to be one, ominously commenting that 'if she falls, so does this town'.
- Touched by Vorlons: It's implied that this is due to the Angels leaving her some sort of parting gift.
- Cool Old Lady: Lives with angels, who do not officially exist, but has yet to suffer any consequences for this.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Could be seen as one (or more accurately, the Night Vale equivalent), with the Angels filling the slot of the cats.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cecil. They even went bowling together on occasion. This trope still applies as of episode 67, but it turns out that Cecil is the older one here, by several hundred years at least.
- Interspecies Friendship: With the Angels, until they leave.
- Racist Grandma: Possibly subverted, in that she goes out of her way to mention that one of the angels is black, but also says, when selling the lightbulb that one of them touched, that it was the black one, in case that "sweetens the pot". As noted under "The Angels", she could've also meant that the angel was literally black, as in, pitch black like a shadow or the night.
A group of tall winged beings who mostly hang around Old Woman Josie. They do not exist and you should not know about them.
- The Assimilators: A relatively harmless variant; they can turn humans into angels and make them Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Those assimilated apparently retain some level of individuality (like Marcus Vanston).
- But Now I Must Go/Put on a Bus: As of episode 32, "Yellow Helicopters", they have left Night Vale for unknown reasons. Old Woman Josie is saddened by this.
- The Bus Came Back: They make a dramatic return in episode 48, appearing in the studio and forcing Lauren and Kevin out, allowing Cecil to broadcast once again. All the while, Cecil continues to deny their existence.
- Humanoid Abominations: Harmless ones, but they still qualify.
- Our Angels Are Different: Actually, we're not sure how different they are, since no one is allowed to know about them or talk about them, and their existence is denied by the City Council. Yet, they manage to show up on multiple occasions, and several are staying at an old woman's house.
- Planet of Steves: All of the angels are named Erika. With a "k". (This was originated in an episode where real-life listeners could send in poetry, which was then attributed to them in-show. Since the author of one of the poems was named Erika, and the poem was said to be written by an angel in the podcast, it sort of stuck.)
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Often in reference to them. Apparently, it's illegal to talk about them in Night Vale, so Night Vale citizens will go out of their way to point out that angels aren't real... even when talking about things that involve them... or even when on the phone with them... or when one mayoral candidate randomly ascends into one in the middle of a debate.
- Token Minority: One of the angels is black. Although this is angels and Night Vale, so this could mean either "looks like a human with African ancestry" or "is the same color as the yawning void".
- The Unsmile: The Angels are described as having permanent smiles. Interestingly, StrexCorp continually encourages people to believe in a smiling God.
The Apache Tracker
A white guy in a "cartoonishly offensive Native American headdress" who claims to have supernatural tracking abilities.
- Color Me Black: He physically becomes Native American due to some sort of supernatural shenanigans. Also, he can now only speak Russian. He doesn't seem to learn any kind of lesson from it, though, as he continues to wear a plastic headdress everywhere. Cecil continues to call him out for being a racist asshole.
- Magical Native American: Invoked by him, but as he's actually white, he only comes off as a racist asshole.
- Noble Bigot: Since he nobly laid down his life to rescue Carlos from the tiny, armed people from under the bowling alley, the town dedicates a statue to him. Since he's a racist embarrassment, they quietly bury it out in the desert.
- Redemption Equals Death: At least in Cecil's opinion, he redeems himself by rescuing Carlos at the cost of his own life. He's still a racist embarrassment, though.
The Hooded Figures from the Dog Park
The Man in the Tan Jacket, Evan McIntyre
A mysterious man whom no one can describe, who comes to town one day. No one remembers his face, although they notice his tan jacket and deerskin briefcase full of flies.
- A Day in the Limelight: He is an important character in the Welcome to Night Vale Novel, which features much of his backstory.
- Ambiguously Human: He could be human, but his powers and general oddness make it unclear. Even Cecil seems to think he's strange.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up out of nowhere to stop Pamela Winchell from destroying Night Vale with her "retirement".
- Bigger on the Inside: Whenever he opens his briefcase, there are more flies inside than could fit in the space inside.
- Creepy Good: He's heavily implied to be a good guy, especially since he allies himself with Dana, who says he's actually "quite nice" and "a pretty cool guy, if you get to know him." But his mysteriousness, the fact no one can remember his face, and the fact he carries a deerskin briefcase full of flies are awfully creepy.
- Humanoid Abomination: Possibly, though it's really hard to tell.
- I Have Many Names: He gives a different yet similar sounding names every time he says his name. Elliot, Everett, Emmett and so on. He does say his actual name, but people hear a different name every time, so we never learn what it is. He takes up the identity Evan McIntyre in the Night Vale novel, but clarifies that isn't his real name, either.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He seems to inflict this on Carlos in Episode 16, as Carlos subsequently has no idea what he was nervous about or who stopped by.
- Similarly, he actually shows up and gives a long speech in episode 42, except nobody can remember what he said. "Nobody", in this case, includes us.
- Nice Guy: Dana says that he's one.
- The Nondescript: People can rarely even remember where they've seen him.
- Suspect Is Hatless: He's stated at one point to be about five or six foot something, probably human-looking, with hair. Aside from the jacket and briefcase, that's about all the description anyone can muster.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He just wants to get his city back on the normal plane of existence so his family will remember him, but he is willing to disrupt other people's lives to do that.
Khoshekh the Cat
A male cat who was found floating next to the sink in the men's bathroom at the Night Vale Community Radio Station.
- Adorable Abomination: At first glance, just the adorable half. But at one point, Cecil plays a recording of Khoshekh's meow, which is a terrible screech. Later, he reminds the people who adopted Khoshekh's offspring to look out for their pets' poisonous spine ridges and venomous fangs, and ends the segment by cooing, "Who’s my adorable little kitten with your adorable tendril hub? It’s you! It’s you!"
- And I Must Scream: Judging from what Cecil says, he is stuck next to the sink and can't leave. Ever. Downplayed because the radio station is trying their best to keep him comfortable, like leaving the water in the sink trickling so he can drink and leaving food next to the sink so he can eat. Also, it's Night Vale, so an And I Must Scream fate for an outsider could easily be seen as a minor annoyance for a resident.
- Animalistic Abomination: If he resembles a cat.
- Cats Are Magic: Khoshekh can float. Not that that's unusual, for Night Vale. That being said, this seems to be the only "magic" thing he can do.
- Also, anyone who takes a picture of Khoshekh or his kittens dies horribly almost immediately. Cecil hesitates to even describe them as a result.
- Cute Kitten: Cecil and most of the radio staffers seem to think so.
- Floating in a Bubble: Although no bubble is ever mentioned, Khoshekh is unable to leave the men's bathroom, and stuck floating next to the sink.
- As of Episode 43 whatever kept him floating there seems to have been destroyed in the attack, so he's now able to be moved and recovering at Cecil and Carlos' house.
- In episode 48 he was returned to his spot in the men's restroom.
- Mr Seahorse: A true-to-life Your Tomcat Is Pregnant.
- Voiced by Hal Lublin
- Abhorrent Admirer: His actor describes him as having a "golden retriever"-like love for Cecil, hence how enthusiastically he responds whenever said host shows him the slightest bit of affection. Cecil is not pleased.
- Adult Fear: In the September Monologues, Steve explains how he desperately wants his daughter to know about the arrows and circles in the sky, to share his forbidden knowledge so she knows more than the spoonfed information from the town powers yet is terrified that she would be ostracized for it or reject him the same way Cecil did.
- Berserk Button: Janice may be handicapped, but she is NOT BROKEN!
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's actually a really friendly dude, he cares a lot about his stepdaughter even if he does seem to be occasionally inept, he maintains a fondness for Cecil despite getting nothing but apoplectic rage in return, and he tells Kevin he has "cool eyes" just to be polite. But you wouldn't like him when he's angry.
- Butt Monkey: Cecil reserves a special level of ire for Steve, matched only by his hatred of Desert Bluffs and Telly the barber.
- Cassandra Truth: Subverted; it's not that nobody believes him when he says something weird, crazy or creepy is happening — because they do. It's more that everyone else (especially Cecil) treats the weird, crazy and creepy stuff as a given and therefore don't really see any reason to listen to him.
- The Cast Show Off: He does some rapid-fire impressions possibly just to show off that he can.
- Clueless Detective: Ditzy clueless Conspiracy Theorist more like it. He never ever realizes that the secrets he uncovers were never secrets to anybody else. (Which annoys poor Cecil to tears.)
- Conspiracy Theorist: Of course, this being Night Vale, all of the conspiracies tend to be true.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Moron he is, but in Old Oak Doors, he suplexes Kevin and throws him directly into the path of the Smiling God.
- The Ditz: From what we heard in Old Oak Doors the guy is actually genuinely nice but unfortunately not that bright. So he believes people (even Kevin) and expects things to be normal, but this is Night Vale, where nothing is normal.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Possibly even Only Sane Man. At the least, he pointed out that building a drawbridge in a town with no waterways was a questionable use of money. He seems to not realize that the secrets are Open and whatever he uncovers is already know... but on the other hand, what does a town where everything is secret need if not openness and honesty?
- Informed Flaw: During the reveal that Steve is Cecil's brother-in-law and Janice's step-father, Cecil is very dismissive of Steve's competence at being a step-father. Then, in "Old Oak Doors B" and "The September Monologues", we see that Steve deeply loves his stepdaughter and is willing to do tremendous things on her behalf.
- Large Ham: Not in the traditional sense but whenever the chance comes expect Steve to go the extra mile of ham.
- Only Sane Man: Played with. Unlike most Night Vale natives, Steve is aware that Night Vale is weird and even how it is weird—but he claims to know this because he read it in the stars. That Steve's ideas of reality mesh better with the listeners' than, say, Cecil's seems like an indication that he's saner, but that's a dangerous assumption to make in Night Vale.
- Papa Wolf: Heaven help you if you threaten Janice. He physically picks up Kevin and throws him into the Brightly Lit Land Beyond the Old Oak Doors for suggesting that his daughter's paralysis meant she needed to be "Fixed" in the name of "Productivity".
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For Cecil. Steve himself is aware of the grudge, but seems to be completely indifferent to it. In "Cookies," we at last get a glimmer of why, as we learn about his gambling and assorted other petty habits. Which Cecil abhors, because Steve's the stepfather of Cecil's niece, Janice.
- This becomes more and more explored as the show goes on. The reasons that Cecil cites in "Cookies" appear to be rather exaggerated, with the true reason for the radio-host's apparent hatred being that Steve speaks dangerous truths, and Cecil is afraid that it will put his family in danger. Steve is quite aware of Cecil's feelings towards him, and understands them, and bears the man no ill will in return.
She is Cecil's niece and the step-daughter of Steve Carlsberg.
The Glow Cloud
A whistling, glowing cloud of shifting colors which appeared over Night Vale. Tends to drop dead animals on the city. Currently on the local school board.
- Ambiguously Evil: During its first appearance in town the Glow Cloud rained animal carcasses, and it possesses people to make pronouncements like, "All hail. Kneel for the Glow Cloud. Sacrifice! Pestilence! Sores. All hail the Glow Cloud," but on the other hand, the Cloud has decided that Night Vale would be a good place to raise its child and joined the local school board.
- Berserk Button: "WE MUST GIVE PRAISE" shows it does not like having it's orders questioned, going as far as to envelop the entire town.
- Eldritch Abomination/Starfish Aliens: Could be either one, really.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- The Hypnotoad: ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD.
- Truly Single Parent: As far as we know.
- Voiced by Wil Wheaton
- Broken Masquerade: Like Steve Carlsberg, Earl has some degree of awareness that something is wrong with Night Vale.
- The Bus Came Back: In Episode 50, Earl is revealed to be alive and well, working as a sous chef at Night Vale's most popular restaurant.
- Childhood Friends: Earl was Cecil's childhood best friend, but they lost track of each other after their high school graduation. Earl's farewell before the Eternal Scout ceremony led many fans to believe in a past or potential Childhood Friend Romance, but Word of Saint Paul later stated that the two were Just Friends.
- Gadgeteer Genius: While they were in Boy Scouts together as children, trying to earn their 'Subversive Radio Show Host' badges, Earl taught Cecil how to jerry-rig an impromptu broadcasting platform by wiring a phone into a soundboard and wiring the soundboard into a radio tower running on auxiliary power.
- Hidden Depths: Cecil admits he never knew Earl so much as liked to cook, let alone that he was good enough to be a professional chef.
- Mysterious Past: In episode 56, he says that he was nineteen for a few decades and then woke up one day with a house and a child.
- Time Abyss: Maybe? He seems to be somewhat out of sync with time, having been nineteen for a couple decades, then suddenly finding himself with a house and a child. Making this more disturbing, he doesn't seem to know what year he and Cecil were born, or what year they graduated.
- Voiced by: Desiree Burch
- 10-Minute Retirement: She doesn't take kindly to being removed from her position. Her "retirement" is more like threatening the destruction of everything Night Vale holds dear.
- Ambiguously Evil: Something isn't right about her.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Less of the "cute, quirky space case" type and more of the "dangerously insane psychopath" type.
- Demonic Possession: Implied by Winchell's statement at a press conference in Episode 17, "Valentine":"The Mayor smells of olives. The Mayor burns like a match tip and casts her flickering light on the darkened path of fate. The Mayor does not have keys to the Stone Door; the Mayor is the Stone Door and all that quivers behind it. The Mayor is forgiving. The Mayor makes no mistakes. The Mayor clutches tightly to your lungs, all six arms embracing your savory breaths. Let the Mayor out. Let the Mayor out. Let the Mayor out."
- Fantastic Racism: Cecil accuses her of this when she insists that Hiram McDaniels cannot be a good mayoral candidate because he's a dragon.
- Giftedly Bad: In any retirement related creative hobbies. She set aflame the press conference gazebo with bird watching, crashed several economies with coin collecting etc..
- Her mass poisoning demonstration, sadly, went off without a hitch.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hot-Blooded: Mayor Winchell often gets extremely worked up while speaking to the press, at one point pounding her podium so hard that her fists bleed.
- Insane Equals Violent: She's temperamental and more or less confirmed to be totally insane.
- Mayor Pain"She has been controversial, to be sure, but she is our leader, our parent. She cares very much about us, Night Vale, and when she jails or tortures someone without just cause or due process, it is because she loves this town so much." — Episode 24, “The Mayor”
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: If we are to take the quote listed under Demonic Possession seriously, she has six arms, which also goes with her insane and violent nature.
- Stock Superpowers: According to staffer Trish Hidge, "Mayors can disappear. It's not a big deal. She disappears all the time. She can fly and can turn into a horse too. It's perfectly within her rights as Mayor to turn invisible, to disintegrate in a thin cloud of imperceptible existence." In Episode 18, "The Traveler," Winchell ends a press conference by disappearing in a puff of green smoke.
- Tears of Blood: Happens in Episode 30, "Dana." Probably flavor one.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: Averted when Winchell announced in "The Mayor" that she would be leaving office by year's end. It is heavily implied that this is not an entirely voluntary decision on her part.
- Woman Child/Psychopathic Womanchild: Prone to yelling and throwing temper tantrums when things don't go her way.
- Voiced by Mark Gagliardi
- Incompetence, Inc.: He raises imaginary corn and gets subsidies for his failed peach orchard.
- Phrase Catcher/Running Gag: "John Peters — you know, the farmer..." This is literally said every time his name is mentioned.
- Subverted Catchphrase: Until Cecil realised that the copy of John Peters standing in front of him is not his friend. "John Peters — you know, the impostor..."
- Put on a Bus: Possibly also a Bus Crash; he was last seen in the empty house, when Dana saw him standing there with a worried expression. Cecil later reported that no one has seen him since, and that anyone who does should report it immediately.
- The Bus Came Back: OR DID IT? Somebody working for StrexCorp managed to impersonate him, selling oranges that wiped people out of existence. Currently, he's stuck in the House That Doesn't Exist.
- Nope. He's back for realsies this time, as of episode 49.
- Voiced by Symphony Sanders
- Badass Bookworm: She won by reading Cry, the Beloved Country, a book that usually shows up on honors high school lit curriculums. She was 12.
- Battle Trophy: She wears the severed hand of a librarian as a necklace.
- Brats with Slingshots: She and her army is armed with either slingshots or books, or both.
- Chekhov's Gunman: At first glance, just a particularly memorable oneshot Badass Bystander. Then, during StrexCorp's takeover...
- Little Miss Badass: Part of her victory also involved decapitating the head librarian and keeping the skull as a trophy.note
- As of Episode 35, she's raising a child militia and seems to be a brutal leader at that. She's also wearing a librarian's hand around her neck. Oh, and that militia? She's forming it to take on StrexCorp!
- She also taught herself how to fly yellow helicopters.
- Rebel Leader: She's leading the resistance against StrexCorp.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Ruthless in her battle tactics, probably out of necessity given who she is fighting against. Cecil hopes StrexCorp find her. Actually, he hopes SHE finds THEM first.
- Throw the Book at Them: "Book Club! Books as clubs!"
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Even StrexCorp sees it.
- Voiced by Maureen Johnson
- Calling the Old Man Out: She calls out Cecil on the fact that his intern program has a high death rate, not that he seems to notice what she's talking about.
- Killed Off for Real: It seemed like she had been offed much like every other intern, but she makes a surprise appearance in episode 49, "Old Oak Doors Part A." She is then killed off again only to reappear again. Cecil mentions in an offhand comment that her parents are emotionally exhausted from having mourned her death twice.
- Not Quite Dead: Seemingly killed off twice only to re-appear again. Unlike other interns it seems that Maureen has a habit of coming back from her apparent doom. To put it more bluntly as currently stands if they Never Found the Body she will return eventually.
- Only Sane Man: She is the only one that comments on the fact that Cecil's internship program has an absurdly high mortality rate and that Cecil continuously puts his interns in dangerous situations.
- Running Gag: Having her turn out to be Not Quite Dead. She seems to have copped onto this as of episode 62, and has resigned as an intern after (justifiably) considering it to be too much risk.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After three near-death experiences, she decides the life of an intern is too much for her and quits.
StrexCorp Synernists Inc.
A shadowy megacorp that owns Desert Bluffs and as of Episode 32, Night Vale Community Radio.
- Big Bad: For the arc starting after "One Year Later".
- Bigger Bad: Before that, Cecil's disdain for Desert Bluffs was no secret, even though Strex had only been featured in episode 19B.
- Church of Happyology
- Evil Inc.: If they can make Cecil nervous by their presence, it's a good bet they're bad, bad news.
- The angels have bought StrexCorp as of episode 49, so presumably averted from that point on.
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: If Desert Bluffs is any indication, they engage in this practice a lot. As mentioned below, one of their oft repeated phrases are "Believe in a Smiling God."
- Confirmed in 49B. The Smiling God corrupted Desert Bluffs into the way it is now- it was once very much like Night Vale.
- Dissonant Serenity: Episode 47 implies that Kevin killed the entire sales department at the Nightvale Community Radio station and used their bodies to decorate the studio. Lauren agrees that it looks "so much nicer".
- Mega Corp.: Big enough to own an entire town then buy Night Vale Community Radio and (somehow) the Night Vale Girl Scouts to boot, and sell orange juice that caused people to blink out of existence.
- Not So Stepford Smiler: The subject of Tamika Flynn causes them MUCH stress. You can almost hear the twitching as they talk about TamikaStrexCorp Representative: [We are looking for] one very difficult child... but we mean that in the best possible way. So, please help us find this... this... this child!
- Propaganda Machine: Look around you. Strex. Look inside you. Strex. Go to sleep. Strex. Believe in a smiling God. StrexCorp. It is... everything. They probably bought NVCR to act as one of these in Night Vale.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tamika Flynn is very, very brave to stand up to them.
- Voiced by: Lauren Sharpe
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Kevin, as of episode 47.
- Faux Affably Evil: On the surface she sounds cheerful and happy, but she speaks with a constant underlying layer of menace, thinly veiled threats and passive-aggressive jabs.
- For the Evulz: She deliberately crashed the market just to see if this would really make Kevin lose his cheerfulness. It didn't. Which she found fascinating, and totally ignored the damage to the economy.
- The Heavy: Lauren is presently the highest-ranking "voice" of StrexCorp, though time will tell if she's the Big Bad or not.
- As of the beginning of episode 49, she's revealed as vice president of StrexCorp.
- Jerkass: Most definitely.
- Shame If Something Happened: It sure seems like every time Cecil makes blatantly anti-Strex comments on the air, Lauren the Manager shows up to chat about his loved ones. His wonderful boyfriend, his charming niece, his adorable kitty... Poor, poor Khoshekh.
- Sugary Malice: The manner in which she delivers the aforementioned threats.
- Terms of Endangerment: She just loves Cecil, and what he's done with his show! And Carlos! And Khoshekh! And that cute little niece of his, what was her name? Oh, yes. Janice.
Cecil's new producer and Lauren's right hand man... or rather, right hand robot.
- Deceptively Human Robots: Looks human enough that Cecil isn't certain if he identifies as organic or not, but is prone to giving off sparks and smoke or leaking motor oil when annoyed.
- Personal Mook: To Lauren, apparently acting as her driver amongst other things.
- Religious Robot: Joins Lauren in her daily ritual of worshipping the Smiling God in the break room.
A detached adult man's hand, born to Tak and Hershel Wallaby. She is an elementary school student.
- Body Horror: She is literally a disembodied adult male hand.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Implied to be the case after she is grafted onto a 6'10" body donor.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Implied, as she dreams of a world where there is no bullying and she has a full body.
- Walking Transplant: In episode 40 she obtains a donor body, a large, bald, tattooed man from Night Vale's Russian sister city, Nulogorsk.
- Voiced by Marc Evan Jackson
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: During "The Debate", he gets recruited by the Angels. His body stretches out, his hands become long and translucent, and light feathers sprout from his back... he might vanished from the debate altogether, but since angels aren't real and acknowledging them is still a crime, Cecil chooses to pretend nothing happened whatsoever.
- Big Damn Heroes: He's on the receiving end of this, post ascension, in Episode 49, courtesy of Leann Hart and Sarah Sultan. It's indicated that it's him (rather than a generic Erika) by Cecil describing him as coming off as very wealthy. And mostly nude.
- Fiction 500: He owns all of Night Vale's chimneys for one thing. After becoming an angel, he makes the final bid to get rid of StrexCorp by buying them. You know, the Mega Corp. that owns Desert Bluffs? Yeah, he and the angels own them now.
- Idle Rich: He seems to have a lot of free time on his hands with his richness.
- Naked People Are Funny: Randomly decides to hang out at his private library in the nude just because he can. A few later installments imply that he likes being nude in general. Once he becomes an angel, he starts combining his twin passions of being rich and being nude by constantly wandering around in an expensive hand-made suit jacket and absolutely nothing else, which is how he can be easily identified from the other angels.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He can do practically anything he wants because he's rich. In fact, he's got his own branch of the library, totally safe from the horrifying librarians, which he uses entirely to wander around in naked.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After becoming an angel, and being able to combine his twin passions of being extremely wealthy and wandering around naked all the time, he starts using his wealth more unselfishly, selling his prized coffee table and giving away the proceeds to the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex and, more significantly, purchasing StrexCorp to sever the Smiling God's influence in Night Vale.
- Uncle Pennybags: Played with. While he owns practically everything in Night Vale, and while he runs a number of very shady child labor rings, he generally doesn't go around denying anyone access to anything. Played much straighter after he becomes an angel, where he uses his wealth to help the town and save the world from StrexCorp.
The show features two different "you"s. One is the protagonist of Episode 13, "A Story About You." The other is featured occasionally throughout other episodes.
"A Story About You" You
- Bolivian Army Ending
- A Day In The Life: Your story is presented as typical of Night Vale citizens, complete with otherworldly hallucinations, bizarre day job, and contemplative, dissociative acceptance of your tragic life and inevitable demise.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Averted. Despite being addressed in the second person, it's clear that you're a specific citizen of Night Vale, rather than an anonymous fan of an internet radio show. Well, probably. Can you be sure you are who you think you are? Can you be sure any of this is real?
- Go Out with a Smile: Your smile is explicit. Your death is strongly implied.
- Karma Houdini: You abandon your life and seem to suffer very little consequence for it, much to your annoyance.
- Narrating the Present: You always wanted to hear about yourself on the radio! You finally get your chance when Cecil dedicates an episode of his show to narrating your final day.
- Office Drone: What you were before you came to Night Vale.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: A surprisingly minor case. You keep seeing the Dark Planet in the sky and have ceased behaving entirely rationally, but your issues are dwarfed by the gargantuan weirdness that infests Night Vale as a whole.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: You came to Night Vale because one day you saw a dark, alien planet hanging in the sky and realize you could just...get in your car and drive off, leaving your job and fiancee behind. So you did. And then you stole a mysterious crate from the Faceless But Sinister Government Agency, just because you could.
Occasional Other Episode You
- Voiced by Molly Quinn
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Certainly not evil, but she did turn against her masters.
- And I Must Scream: Has been reading out the list of numbers without pause for years and years. She cannot let her guard down for a second or she’ll slip into numbers again. Episode 42 marks her… well, her scream.
- Computer Voice: It’s not just because we’re hearing her through one.
- Cool Car: After listening to the stations on other radio signals, she’s decided she needs a really cool car to escape with. One would assume this is also where she learned all the words to the Top 40 hits.
- Creepy Monotone: At first. And in the end.
- Cute but Cacophonic: She bursts into song twice, singing “Roar” by Katy Perry and “We Are Young” by Fun. It’s loud.
- Distaff Counterpart: Cecil sees a lot of himself in Fey.
- Do Androids Dream?
- Downer Ending: Her masters, whoever they are, reboot her remotely before Cecil can get to her.
- Electronic Speech Impediment: Can’t help breaking into lists of numbers.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: No one’s entirely sure how she became self-aware.
- Kill the Cutie: Assuming she isn't still aware and back in And I Must Scream mode. We can only hope.
- As of Episode 65, she is clearly at least partially self-aware, though it is unclear if this is something she retained all along or is regaining.
- Metaphorgotten: “Baby, we were born to run! – Or not. I was born to read numbers.”
- Only One Name: “I made up a new name. I am Fey! It is nice to meet you.”
- Ridiculously Human Robots
- Waxing Lyrical
The Man who is not Tall
The Man who is not Short
- Replacement Goldfish: The ending of "A Story About Them" has the twist ending where the blindfolded man who was taken to the desert to be executed mob-style was actually meant to become the new Man Who Is Not Short when the Man Who Is Not Tall kills his old partner. It's heavily implied that it's not the first time he's done this.
An Eldritch Abomination that resides within but is not limited to the otherworldly desert Intern Dana was trapped in. It takes the form of a spreading, hungry light that consumes everything it touches, and is somehow connected to the blinking red light up on the mountain.
- The Corruption: You will love the Smiling God. It doesn't matter how hard you try to resist.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Its very presence threatens to do this to Night Vale— it heralds the "unraveling of all things".
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Downplayed; one of the manifestations of its influence seems to be this, but it isn't to the complete exclusion of all other emotion. At separate points both Kevin and Lauren have been able to express anger or contempt, but they almost immediately revert back to a painfully cheerful demeanor.
- Light Is Not Good: No, it most certainly isn't.
- The Man Behind the Man: StrexCorp turns out to be a massive cult dedicated to it.
- Slasher Smile / Technically a Smile: That's not a friendly smile it's sporting.
- Stepford Smiler: And everybody it corrupts becomes the same way. Just look at Kevin!
- Ultimate Evil: Seems to be going this way.
- Voiced by James Urbaniak
- Informed Attribute: In "Cassette", Cecil describe him as having a voice "all high-pitched and grating like sandpaper". When he actually appeared in [Best of?], his voice didn't exactly much Cecil's levels of Cozy Voice for Catastrophes, but it was hardly grating, either. In fact, it was Dr. Venture's voice, which is almost hilariously snarky.
- The Ghost: Only mentioned in passing during The Cassette as being the radio host Cecil interned under. Becomes an Ascended Extra in [Best Of?] by hosting the entire show, although his status of living and that broadcast's existence are called into question by the episode's end.
- Nostalgia Filter: Spends most of his broadcast talking about how much better the past is then the present and how the future is going to be even worse"The past is always better than the present, and the future is the worst of all."
- Really 700 Years Old: Like Cecil, has apparently worked at Night Vale Community Radio before the invention of radio and the foundation of Night Vale, and might have been around for a lot longer then him. Maybe.
- Tomato in the Mirror: After having hosted the entirety of [Best Of?] due to Cecil's vacation, the final recorded broadcast he plays reveals that Leonard Burton died sometime during the Clinton Administration, and rather violently at that. This serves as both one for the audience and "Leonard", but he seems to simply dismiss it after some concern.
The transient living in the Earth Sciences Building of Night Vale Community College.
- Call Back: Astute listeners may remember her reporting into the show once and rambling about how the world had ended many years ago. Turns out she was right, but in the wrong way. [Best Of?] reveals that the current timeline either branched off from or was altered in such a way as to nullify the nuclear destruction of Nulogorsk and subsequent destruction of Earth, but she received visions of the original timeline, leading to her abandoning her job to try an convince people of the truth and fix her own mind.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: After receiving visions of a timeline where Nulogorsk was nuked and the world subsequently ended, she quit her job as Professor of Earth Sciences to try and piece her mind back together, with what appears to be limited success.
A Night Vale local and actor. His connection to the Lee Marvin is unknown. He was last seen to be serving as the station's senior political analyst during the Clinton administration.It's his 30th birthday today.
- Eldritch Abomination: If the tentacles, seventh-eye-with-heat-ray are anything to go by.
- Forgotten Birthday: Inverted, as it's his 30th birthday today. Everyday.
- Hugh Mann: Cecil, to the very least, thinks he's human. Given his description, he may very well be living up to his role as Nightvale's premier actor.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Averted. Possibly. Probably a bit of Name's the Same, since he shares a name with another Lee Marvin, but the actual Lee Marvin was born in February of 1924, and Night Vale's Lee Marvin goes back before that indefinitely.
- Really 700 Years Old: He was one of the original settlers of Nightvale, which dates back at least to the 19th century.
- Voiced by Annie Savage
- A Day in the Limelight: One of the two protagonists of the Welcome to Night Vale novel, along with Jackie Fiero.
- Bi the Way: Tried to lie to Josh to tell him that she was dating a female co-worker.
- Mama Bear: Diane will move heaven and Earth if she thinks Josh is in serious trouble.
- Parents as People: Diane sincerely loves Josh, but is stressed easily and sometimes pushes Josh away when he really wants to spend time with her.
Diane Crayton's fifteen year old son. A Shapeshifter.
The nineteen year old owner of Lucinda’s Pawn Shop (renamed Jackie's Pawn Shop in the novel). She has run the pawn shop for as long as anyone can remember.
- The Ageless: She has been nineteen forever. Several characters imply that it's because Jackie is genuinely afraid of growing up.
- A Day in the Limelight: One of the protagonists of the Welcome to Night Vale novel, along with Diane Crayton.
- The Fog of Ages: Jackie has been working the pawn shop for so long, she no longer remembers her life before that.
- Overnight Age-Up: A lesser example, in that Jackie only ages 2 years from 19 to 21 at the end of the novel, but unusual in that she just decides to be older and therefore she is, no Applied Phlebotinum needed. Time doesn't work properly in Night Vale...
- Really 700 Years Old: She doesn't just look 19, she is 19. But she's also been running the pawn shop for several decades, despite her mother only making her owner 3 months ago.
- Totally Radical: Roughly 17% of her dialogue consists of "Dude", "Man", or "Bro". Possibly intentional, since she refuses to grow up.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Due to the weirdness of time in Night Vale, Jackie has been running the pawn shop for as long as anyone can remember while simultaneously having only inherited the pawn shop from its previous owner just a few months ago.
Proprietor of Dark Owl Records.