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Cecil Gershwin Palmer
Voiced by Cecil Baldwin
Our smooth-talking, (usually) unflappable radio announcer. A Night Vale local, Cecil has a voice like butter and remains calm in the face of many of the town's dangerous peculiarities—but is reduced to fanboyish glee over boyfriend Carlos' perfect hair and internet cat videos.
- 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 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.
- The Danza
- Defrosting Ice King: The September Monologues, Steve Carlsberg suggests that Cecil was 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Love at First Sight: Cecil fell for Carlos instantly.
- 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's usually quite unflappable. Which makes genuine fear in his voice pretty damn disturbing.
- 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.
- Mouth of Sauron: To the Sheriff and his secret police, the council of elders and Mayor Winchell whose voices are never heard but every declarations Cecil reports faithfully and cheerfully.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- The Voice: Well, he's a radio host, so not surprisingly he has a deep, smooth, dynamic voice with precise and proper diction.
- 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.
- 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)
Carlos is the newest addition to Night Vale's populace. He came to town to study its particular brand of weird science, and spends much of his time being baffled by little things like how time doesn't run right here. Or how all the clocks contain only grey matter. Or how the local radio host waxes lyrical about his hair...
Has been recently revealed to be part of the University of What It Is faculty, and apparently, missing for decades.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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!"
- 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 Work Alone: "A scientist is self-reliant. It's the first thing a scientist is." (He might have misunderstood Cecil's intentions.)
- 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.
- 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 lab coat".
- 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: 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 / 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.
Voiced by Kevin R. Free
Cecil's counterpart in Desert Bluffs. Like Cecil, he is a radio host — but he is somewhat more upbeat than Cecil and unnervingly cheerful. As well as terrifying
- 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.
- Ambiguously Human: The lack of eyes (yet ability to see The Woman Without A Face'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.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Possibly, see Affably Evil above.
- 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.
- Disney Villain Death: Possibly, in Episode 49. Steve Carlsberg throws him through one of the doors into the light of the Smiling God.
- 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 Nightvale 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.
- Ha Ha Ha No: Kevin does one of these to Lauren.
Lauren: Can I call you Kev?
Kevin: Ha ha ha, no, Lauren, by no means.
- 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!
- Oddball Doppelganger/Evil Twin: To/with Cecil Palmer.
- Stepford Smiler: Most likely Type C.
- 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.
Kevin: I rarely feel anything. I rarely feel anything at all!
- 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.
- The implication in "Old Oak Doors" is that Kevin's "smile" is an expression that's genuinely unsettling, even to residents of Night Vale.
Kevin: Watch me smile!
Cecil: ... You monster.
Steve: That was really gross! Do it again.
Voiced by Jasika Nicole
One of the radio station's longest-lived interns, who survives a fight to the death with her doppelganger or Dana's double did
as well as becoming stranded in the forbidden dog park. On her return, along with the removal of Strex Corp from Nightvale, the gorge declared she was the winner of the Mayoral election. Despite not having been a candidate.
- 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: The only intern 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.
- 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.
- 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 Jackson Publick
The five-headed dragon who was wanted for insurance fraud, escaped from an arrest attempt by breathing fire, and was a fugitive from justice until caught and jailed. He was eventually acquitted. He has a blog (which Cecil is a fan of) and is running for mayor of Night Vale.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 "Condoes", 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.
- 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.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His green head's preferred speaking style, coupled with ham.
- Sore Loser: He takes his defeat of the mayoral election... less than gracefully.
- Southern Gentleman: One of his heads, anyway; the one that does most of the talking.
- Special Dragon, Normal Name
- 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.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While everything in Night Vale is weird, he comes off as an oddity among oddities.
Old Woman Josie
Lives out by the car lot with several angels (who do not exist, according to the City Council), one of whom is black.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been mentioned since Episode 32, "Yellow Helicopters", and Episode 45, "A Story About Them", reveals that her house has been empty for months...
- Revealed in Episode 48, "Renovations", that she escaped into the house that doesn't exist with the help of her Angels and has been staying there ever since.
- 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 Vansten).
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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.
- Mr Seahorse: A true-to-life Your Tomcat Is Pregnant.
A Night Vale denizen whose various attempts at community activism are summarily dismissed by Cecil, his brother-in-law.
- 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 terrorized 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-fater, 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.
- Ill Girl: She apparently hasn't been able to walk since birth.
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.
Former (?) Scoutmaster of the Night Vale chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, and a close childhood friend of Cecil's.
- Broken Masquerade: Like Steve Carlsberg, Earl has some degree of awareness that something is wrong with Night Vale.
- 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 married with a wife and child. Making this more disturbing, he doesn't seem to know what year he and Cecil were born, or what year they graduated.
- 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.
The mayor of Night Vale at the start of the series. Fed up with just about everything, has a habit of calling press conferences several times a day for things that do not necessarily warrant press conferences, and is eventually forced to resign.
- 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..
- 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
You know, the farmer.
- 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
The winner of the Night Vale Library summer reading program. Emerged from the summer reading carnage stronger, more determined, and not willing to bow down to a smiling God.
Voiced by Maureen Johnson
She is the second intern after Dana to be voiced on the show and Cecil's current intern.
- 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.
Strexcorp Synernists Inc.
A shadowy megacorp that owns Desert Bluffs and as of Episode 32, Night Vale Community Radio.
Voiced by: Lauren Sharpe
Cecil's new station manager. A Strexcorp shill, with rather more ties to Desert Bluffs than is proper for a Night Vale citizen.
- 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.
Richest man in Night Vale, who earns special privileges thanks to his wealth. He is another candidate for mayor, but he's mostly just in the race out of boredom.
- 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 Sara 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 the library 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.
- 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.
- 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 Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex and, more significantly, purchasing Strex Corp to sever the Smiling God's influence in Night Vale.
- Uncle Pennybags: Owns practically everything in Night Vale, but given the fact that he's not going around telling people that everything belongs to him or denying anyone access to anything, it's likely that he's this.
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
- A Day In The Life: Your story is presented as typical of Night Vale citizen, complete with otherworldly hallucinations, bizarre day job, and contemplative, dissociative acceptance of your tragic life and inevitable demise.
- 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.
- Bolivian Army Ending
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
Occasional Other Episode You
- Back from the Dead: If the two of you are believed to be the same person.
- Spider Swarm: Constantly resides on your body. They are also the cause of your second death.
Voiced by Molly Quinn
The girl reading the constant stream of numbers in a monotone voice who broadcasts from the WZZZ radio tower. More than anything, she dreams of freedom, and is frustrated by the lack of images that adequately describe the feeling. She's actually not a girl - she's self-aware software with a female voice.
The Man who is not Tall
- Beware the Nice Ones: He seems quite friendly toward The Man who is not Short, but he kills the poor bastard anyway.
- The Smart Guy: He's the brains of the pair, where the Man Who Is Not Short is shown to be less intelligent than an average person.
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.