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* BigDamnHeroes: Arrives just in time to stop the Old Bear from killing Jeremiah. Of course, [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns He breaks the rifle in the process.]]

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* BigDamnHeroes: Arrives just in time to stop the Old Bear from killing Jeremiah. Of course, [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns He he breaks the rifle in the process.]]



* ScatterbrainedSenior: Senility is the presented reason as to why Gray Mother tells Will more of what he needs to know as he completes the main objectives rather than just all at once.



* BadassGrandpa: We don't actually see him do anything particularly badass, but he's an old man who seems to have no trouble surviving a harsh winter in the Canadian wilderness all by himself.

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* BadassGrandpa: We don't actually see him do anything particularly badass, but he's an old man who seems to have no trouble or fear of surviving a harsh winter in the Canadian wilderness all by himself.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: His knowledge of past and future events as well as his knowledge of things Mackenzie did that he wasn't there for hint at something supernatural, but as of yet nothing about him comes off as explicitly paranormal.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: His knowledge of past and future events as well as his knowledge of things Mackenzie did that he wasn't there for hint at something supernatural, but as of yet nothing about him comes off as explicitly paranormal. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, his fire never dies out no matter what while you see him]].


--> '''Female Sandbox character / Astrid''' : "It's not gonna be that easy for you!"
--> '''Male / Will''' : "I'm gonna kill and eat you!"

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--> '''Female Sandbox character / Astrid''' : "It's not gonna be that easy for you!"
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'''Male / Will''' : "I'm gonna kill and eat you!"



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: If the item descriptions are an indicator, nothing is better in the world than flame-broiled salmon or flame-broiled bass.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: If the item descriptions are an FlavorText is indicator, nothing is better in the world than flame-broiled salmon or flame-broiled bass.bass:
--> Salmon: Salmon, cooked on a fire. One of life's better things.
--> Bass: A feast as good for the soul as for the stomach.


One of two protagonists of the Story mode of Wintermute and the ex-husband of Astrid. Will worked as a pilot for his personal company, the Jackrabbit Remote Air Transport prior to the lights. Prior to the game's start, he hesitantly flies Astrid to an isolated town to treat a patient despite the bad weather. But this leads to both of them being caught in the aurora and leading to a crash landing

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One of two protagonists of the Story mode of Wintermute and the ex-husband of Astrid. Will worked as a pilot for his personal company, the Jackrabbit Remote Air Transport prior to the lights. Prior to the game's start, he hesitantly flies Astrid to an isolated town to treat a patient despite the bad weather. But this leads to both of them being caught in the aurora and leading to a crash landing
landing.

* ApologeticAttacker: Despite the Old Bear [[spoiler:tracking and surprising him at times [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane that are weirdly too convenient for any normal bear to do]] and not to mention nearly killing him after dragging him to its den, Will tells the Old Bear he's sorry he had to kill it and didn't want to after putting the big thing down.]]



* InformedFlaw: Despite being implied to have a bit of an alcohol problem at the start of the game, Will faces no withdrawal issues whatsoever throughout. Perhaps it truly wasn't a genuine problem of his.
* MeaningfulName: To survive out in the harsh conditions of Great Bear Island, you'll require a...will.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:An option to deal with the town-killing convict Hobbs is to kill him by pushing the knife that's stabbed into him even deeper.]]



* BackAlleyDoctor: Subverted, as Astrid is, in fact, a professional doctor with a true degree. However, for unknown reasons, she abandoned her job at a true hospital and now operates freelance, apparently going from one place to another to treat her paitents. Will lampshades this, and it is ironically the very reason why the both of them ended up off the mainland in the first place, as she and Will were headed to a remote town in the area for a patient who was apparently sick enough to warrant flying in the middle of a blizzard.

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* BackAlleyDoctor: Subverted, as Astrid is, in fact, a professional doctor with a true degree. However, for unknown reasons, she abandoned her job at a true hospital and now operates freelance, apparently going from one place to another to treat her paitents. patients. Will lampshades this, and it is ironically the very reason why the both of them ended up off the mainland in the first place, as she and Will were headed to a remote town in the area for a patient who was apparently sick enough to warrant flying in the middle of a blizzard.blizzard.
* BoyishShortHair: Astrid's short brown hair is entirely fitting for a professional doctor that apparently also has what it takes to survive hurriedly traveling through Great Bear Island alone.
* TheDeterminator: Astrid has gone far ahead of Will despite them both crashing in the same plane [[spoiler:and she's apparently been injured in some way in a scuffle with convicts]], not to mention she was willing to go out into the blizzard still. Granted, the collapsing mountain slows Will down considerably, but Astrid clearly is a woman with a will ([[IncrediblyLamePun despite having divorced Will]]), and Will seems to know this due to remaining certain throughout the game that Astrid will have made it out.



* HandicappedBadass: Despite being blind, she has fine-tuned hearing that permits hear to hear much of the activity throughout the town, and she is just as capable of using a rifle as someone who still had their eyesight.

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* HandicappedBadass: Despite being blind, she has fine-tuned hearing that permits hear to hear much of the activity throughout the town, and she is just as capable of using a rifle as someone who still had their eyesight. The dead convict's blood trail and corpse leading away from her house attests to this.


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* NeverMessWithGranny: You'll first go up to Gray Mother's house noticing the bloody remains of an orange-suited convict with a blood trail leading up to her front door. She's blind, never seen leaving her rocking chair, and also never without a rifle nearby.


The Trapper who lives in Mystery Lake who appears to live alone. He appears to have lived much of his life alone hunting and living off the land, only mingling with society to trade some of his game for equipment and time with a nearby Maintenance Yard's gear to help maintain his own tools. He is encountered by Will in the [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time as the Old Bear has him pinned down.]]

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The Trapper who lives in Mystery Lake who appears to live alone. He appears to have lived much of his life alone hunting and living off the land, only mingling with society to trade some of his game for equipment and time with a nearby Maintenance Yard's gear to help maintain his own tools. He is [[BigDamnHeroes encountered by Will in the [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time as the Old Bear has him pinned down.]]

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** This is mitigated somewhat by the Beachcombing mechanic, which enables the player to find non-renewable items washed up on the beach.




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The second protagonist of Wintermute and the ex-wife of Will. Astrid was a professional and now freelance doctor before the lights. She shows up unexpectedly in Will's office to ask him to take her to a patient of her's no question's asked. Despite qualms, Will does so, but this leads to her both being separated from the pack she was carrying (And thus what she needed in the first place for the patient) and Will.

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The second protagonist of Wintermute and the ex-wife of Will. Astrid was a professional and now freelance doctor before the lights. She shows up unexpectedly in Will's office to ask him to take her to a patient of her's hers no question's questions asked. Despite qualms, Will does so, but this leads to her both being separated from the pack she was carrying (And thus what she needed in the first place for the patient) and Will.




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* BadassBeard: Borders on BeardOfBarbarism.
* MountainMan: Lives alone in the Canadian wilderness, dresses in furs and sports an impressive beard.
* MysteriousPast: Has an old military-issue radio and asks Mackenzie to relay a cryptic message to an unknown party.
* ShoutOut: His name could be a reference to Jeremiah Johnson, a famous MountainMan and folk hero.






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\n\n[[folder: Methuselah]]
A mysterious old man that Mackenzie encounters several times over the course of his journey. He offers Mackenzie cryptic advice and seems to know more about the Quiet Apocalypse than anyone else, even hinting that it's happened before...

->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Newman

* BadassGrandpa: We don't actually see him do anything particularly badass, but he's an old man who seems to have no trouble surviving a harsh winter in the Canadian wilderness all by himself.
* FireOfComfort: He's always sitting by a fire when he appears, and said fire never goes out. It's a good opportunity to get warm and cook or make potable water.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: His knowledge of past and future events as well as his knowledge of things Mackenzie did that he wasn't there for hint at something supernatural, but as of yet nothing about him comes off as explicitly paranormal.
* MeaningfulName: Methuselah was a character from the Bible, the longest-lived man in existence.
* MrExposition: When he shows up near the end of Episode 2 he lets you know if there's any side stuff you still haven't done before proceeding.
* MysteriousBenefactor: He's friendly enough and even offers Mackenzie some cryptic advice, but is more interested in talking about Mackenzie and the new world than himself. If Mackenzie asks Grey Mother about him, she says she doesn't know him.
* VaguenessIsComing: Offers Mackenzie a warning that there will soon be a reckoning.
* WizardBeard: His long grey beard gives him the look of a prophet or soothsayer.




* LazyHusband: Sure, her husband has a farmstead, but Will also finds a notice in his house saying that service for power is being terminated due to never bothering to pay his electric bill and leading to an absurdly large bill. The very unclean state of the Farmstead also speaks for itself, especially considering it is likely that Will was the only other person to visit recently due to the locked door. And he also has the nerve to just lock his daughter's pearl bracelet up in a bank rather than clear out a place in his home where he could truly remember her by.

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* LazyHusband: Sure, her husband has a farmstead, but Will also finds a notice in his house saying that service for power is being terminated due to never bothering to pay his electric bill and leading to an absurdly large bill. [[note]]However, an additional note at the Milton Post Office implies that ''no one'' is paying their bills, due to the remote location (and drunkenness of the local delivery truck driver) making sending outgoing mail downright impossible.[[/note]] The very unclean state of the Farmstead also speaks for itself, especially considering it is likely that Will was the only other person to visit recently due to the locked door. And he also has the nerve to just lock his daughter's pearl bracelet up in a bank rather than clear out a place in his home where he could truly remember her by.


* TheAce: Has the ability to become this, should they get all skills to level 5, enabling them to be expert marksmen with both the rifle and bow, a masterful chef and tailor, a skilled fisherman, and adept with starting fires and harvesting their game. This also extends to repair and sharpening tools, but both skills still use a 0-100 based skill system from the Beta, rather than the lv 1-5 skills with perks in the current game. The reason they are able to be this unlike Will and Astrid is due to most survival play sessions lasting far longer than a story game, and there is no objective to distract them.

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* TheAce: Has the ability to become this, should they get all skills to level 5, enabling them to be expert marksmen with both the rifle and bow, a masterful chef and tailor, a skilled fisherman, and adept with starting fires and harvesting their game. This also extends to repair and sharpening tools, but both skills still use a 0-100 based skill system from the Beta, rather than the lv 1-5 skills with perks in the current game. The reason they are able to be this This is unlike Will or Astrid, who while they do start with skills apparently above level 1, cannot gain experience in those skills.
** In addition, the Sandbox protagonist already knows how to craft various items such as the animal skin clothes and the improvised tools (Except in the Hunted game modes, where for the proposes of the challenge, they cannot craft a bow or arrows), while
Will and Astrid is due MUST learn how to most survival play sessions lasting far longer than a story game, and there is no objective to distract craft them from someone who can teach them.



* BigDamnHeroes: Arrives just in time to stop the Old Bear from killing Jeremiah. Of course, [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns He breaks the rifle in the process.]]
* DisposablePilot: Averted entirely, as while Will's plane does crash and leave him a bloody mess, he recovers and gets out a few days later, with Astrid's hard case to show for it.



* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Will somehow manages to completely destroy the interior of a rifle the first time he pulls the trigger, rendering it useless and forcing him to repair it for Jeremiah in order to deal with the Old Bear. The only good thing he accomplishes with this destructive trigger pull is spooking the Old Bear and making him run off, sparing Jeremiah's life.




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* WeaponOfChoice: The Survival Bow, as while she has yet to be played as, in most of the promotional art she appears in as well as in several parts of the intro cinematic in Episode 2, Astrid is seen wielding a bow. Considering the nature of the Survival bow, it is likely she made it herself. Fitting considering how composed she has been in all of her scenes so far.



'''Voiced by: '''Gwynyth Walsh

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The Trapper who lives in Mystery Lake who appears to live alone. He appears to have lived much of his life alone hunting and living off the land, only mingling with society to trade some of his game for equipment and time with a nearby Maintenance Yard's gear to help maintain his own tools. He is encountered by Will in the [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time as the Old Bear has him pinned down.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' David Hayter


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* DestructiveRomance: She and her husband seemed to never get along. In fact, while they remained married as the Bakers, Gray Mother never even considers talking to him anymore, largely thanks to disagreements between the two leading to them living apart, their daughter's death thanks to her husband forsaking AdultFear, and a feud over whether the Pearls will be buried with her or not. This clearly takes it's toll on her, as for what seemed to be ever since then, she has become very bitter and hostile, with little faith in anyone or humanity in general.

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* DestructiveRomance: She and her husband seemed to never get along. In fact, while they remained married as the Bakers, Barkers, Gray Mother never even considers talking to him anymore, largely thanks to disagreements between the two leading to them living apart, their daughter's death thanks to her husband forsaking AdultFear, and a feud over whether the Pearls will be buried with her or not. This clearly takes it's toll on her, as for what seemed to be ever since then, she has become very bitter and hostile, with little faith in anyone or humanity in general.



* PosthumousCharacter: Her Husband and Daughter. Her Daughter... you only need to look above to find out. Her Husband, however, Will finds him dead near his farmstead and serving as lunch for a wolf who will happily turn around and dive at Will for seconds. It didn't help that [[SuicidalPacifism Mr. Baker refused to kill anything even if his life depended on it, which likely is what let the wolf get at him in the first place.]]

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* PosthumousCharacter: Her Husband and Daughter. Her Daughter... you only need to look above to find out. Her Husband, however, Will finds him dead near his farmstead and serving as lunch for a wolf who will happily turn around and dive at Will for seconds. It didn't help that [[SuicidalPacifism Mr. Baker Barker refused to kill anything even if his life depended on it, which likely is what let the wolf get at him in the first place.]]


* PosthumousCharacter: Her Husband and Daughter. Her Daughter... you only need to look above to find out. Her Husband, however, Will finds him dead near his farmstead and serving as lunch for a wolf who will happily turn around and dive at Will for seconds.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Her Husband and Daughter. Her Daughter... you only need to look above to find out. Her Husband, however, Will finds him dead near his farmstead and serving as lunch for a wolf who will happily turn around and dive at Will for seconds. It didn't help that [[SuicidalPacifism Mr. Baker refused to kill anything even if his life depended on it, which likely is what let the wolf get at him in the first place.]]


Beware of heavy story spoilers for all but the General playable characters and the Sandbox protagonist.




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!!Player characters



* ActionSurvivor: Other than knowing how to use a rifle, they don't seem to have any special skills. With the exception of Astrid, they can fly a plane, and to make up for it Astrid is a professional doctor, but those useless skills as far as the game is concerned.

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* ActionSurvivor: Other than knowing how to use a rifle, they don't seem to have any special skills. With the exception of Astrid, they can fly a plane, and to make up for it Astrid is a professional doctor, but those are useless skills as far as the game is concerned.



* OutlivingOnesOffspring: It is implied early in the game that he and Astrid had a child. But they died early on, leading to a divorce and the complications between the two player characters. And he's still distraught over it at the game's start, even picking up a drinking habit in response to it.



The second protagonist of Wintermute and the ex-wife of Will. Astrid was a professional and now freelance doctor before the lights. She shows up unexpectedly in Will's office to ask him to take her to a patient of her's no question's asked. Despite qualms, Will does so, but this leads to her both being separated from the pack she was carrying (And thus what she needed in the first place for the paitent) and Will.

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The second protagonist of Wintermute and the ex-wife of Will. Astrid was a professional and now freelance doctor before the lights. She shows up unexpectedly in Will's office to ask him to take her to a patient of her's no question's asked. Despite qualms, Will does so, but this leads to her both being separated from the pack she was carrying (And thus what she needed in the first place for the paitent) patient) and Will.Will.

* BackAlleyDoctor: Subverted, as Astrid is, in fact, a professional doctor with a true degree. However, for unknown reasons, she abandoned her job at a true hospital and now operates freelance, apparently going from one place to another to treat her paitents. Will lampshades this, and it is ironically the very reason why the both of them ended up off the mainland in the first place, as she and Will were headed to a remote town in the area for a patient who was apparently sick enough to warrant flying in the middle of a blizzard.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Again, it's implied that she had a son with Will, but they died before the game began. Unlike Will, she makes an effort to move on, but it's up in the air how well she has taken it.


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!!Nonplayable story characters

[[folder: Gray Mother]]
The blind, elderly, and last remaining resident of Milton. She is encountered by Will as he enters town and gains interest in her home due to the smoke from her fireplace. She proves vital to both finding Astrid and leaving the abandoned town.

'''Voiced by: '''Gwynyth Walsh

* DespairEventHorizon: After sending Will to fetch her firewood and food, she sends him to see if the highway is passable with the impression that it will help find Astrid. Will does find Astrid's trail... but the tunnel is collapsed, effectively trapping Gray Mother in Milton. Her attitude quickly changes and she seems to become almost hopeless once she finds out, thanks to the only other way out being impassable to her. This also serves to delay the game's progression, as the shock of this fact leads to needing to wait a day before she can be talked to again.
* DestructiveRomance: She and her husband seemed to never get along. In fact, while they remained married as the Bakers, Gray Mother never even considers talking to him anymore, largely thanks to disagreements between the two leading to them living apart, their daughter's death thanks to her husband forsaking AdultFear, and a feud over whether the Pearls will be buried with her or not. This clearly takes it's toll on her, as for what seemed to be ever since then, she has become very bitter and hostile, with little faith in anyone or humanity in general.
* HandicappedBadass: Despite being blind, she has fine-tuned hearing that permits hear to hear much of the activity throughout the town, and she is just as capable of using a rifle as someone who still had their eyesight.
* HiddenDepths: She comes off at first as extremely bitter and untrusting of Will, and uses Will's urge to find Astrid as leverage to get him to supply her with food and fuel while also looking for a way out. Once she realizes she's doomed to stay in Milton forever, however, she uses Astrid's whereabouts again as leverage to get Will to take back her daughter's pearls, and leave them at her grave, with Gray Mother becoming progressively kinder and soft in her tone. Once Will has paid respects to her daughter, she comes off as very tragic and heartbroken about her daughter's death.
* LazyHusband: Sure, her husband has a farmstead, but Will also finds a notice in his house saying that service for power is being terminated due to never bothering to pay his electric bill and leading to an absurdly large bill. The very unclean state of the Farmstead also speaks for itself, especially considering it is likely that Will was the only other person to visit recently due to the locked door. And he also has the nerve to just lock his daughter's pearl bracelet up in a bank rather than clear out a place in his home where he could truly remember her by.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: No thanks to her husband letting her daughter go off on her own mountain climbing, leading to her falling to her death.
* PosthumousCharacter: Her Husband and Daughter. Her Daughter... you only need to look above to find out. Her Husband, however, Will finds him dead near his farmstead and serving as lunch for a wolf who will happily turn around and dive at Will for seconds.
* TakeUpMySword: A variation. Once Will has paid respect to her daughter, Gray Mother gives him her daughter's climbing gear and map while urging him to move on since she is now at ease. With enough trust, she will also give him the Mountaineering Boots, which is among the best footwear in the game and very likely also belonged to her daughter.
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!!Hostile wildlife


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* AmusingInjuries: let's be real, managing to stick a flare gun shot onto the butt or face of the Old Bear can be hilarious, as he seemingly forgets about you and spends several minutes running around in desperation trying to get the flare off while looking like a very rampant fireball in the distance. Of course, once he manages to get the flare off...


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* NighInvulnerability: In the challenges at least. While it isn't helpful that you lack a bow and only get the rifle in part 2, no matter what you do to it, the Old Bear will shrug it off and keep coming, with the only thing able to kill him being the Old Trapper's Bear Rifle. And of course, he manages to withstand the shots enough to maul you anyway once again at the end of The Hunted Part 2. HOWEVER, as a Subversion, he is scared of the flare gun [[OhCrap and will start to make a run for it once he realizes you have the bear hunter rifle with you.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Switched areas in the Hunted Challenge Part 1? Well, surprise! With a few exceptions, the Old Bear will seemingly come out of nowhere and continue the pursuit. Even if you cut through the shortcut to get to Mystery Lake through the Hydro-Electric Dam where the bear can't follow you.


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* VillainTeleportation: See OffscreenTeleportation.


!! The Sandbox Survivor

The unnamed playable character in the Sandbox mode, and the only playable character in the Early Access version of the game. They were piloting an airplane across Northern Canada when the Aurora suddenly fried all of the electronics. They bailed out of the plane, and now find themselves alive, but alone, in the snowy Canadian wilderness.

-> '''Voiced by: '''Creator/MarkMeer (male) / Creator/JenniferHale (female)
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* ActionSurvivor: Other than knowing how to use a rifle, the player doesn't seem to have any special skills. They can fly a plane, but that's a useless skill as far as the game is concerned.
* {{Angrish}}: The character will scream and say barely intelligible things if attacked.
* BadassBeard: Version .377 shows the male character has brown hair and a full, thick beard.

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!! The [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: General tropes for
Sandbox Survivor

The unnamed playable character in the Sandbox mode,
character, Will, and the only playable character in the Early Access version of the game. They were piloting an airplane across Northern Canada when the Aurora suddenly fried all of the electronics. They bailed out of the plane, and now find themselves alive, but alone, in the snowy Canadian wilderness.

-> '''Voiced by: '''Creator/MarkMeer (male) / Creator/JenniferHale (female)
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Astrid]]


* ActionSurvivor: Other than knowing how to use a rifle, the player doesn't they don't seem to have any special skills. They With the exception of Astrid, they can fly a plane, and to make up for it Astrid is a professional doctor, but that's a those useless skill skills as far as the game is concerned.
* {{Angrish}}: The character will scream and say barely intelligible things if attacked. \n* BadassBeard: Version .377 shows the male character has brown hair and a full, thick beard.



--> "It's not gonna be that easy!"
--> "I'm gonna kill and eat you!"

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--> '''Female Sandbox character / Astrid''' : "It's not gonna be that easy!"
easy for you!"
--> '''Male / Will''' : "I'm gonna kill and eat you!"



* BoyishShortHair: The female character has a very short hair, even shorter than the male's.



* TheDreaded: The Old Bear is this in that challenge.
* KleptomaniacHero: Well, it's not like there's anyone else out in the game to care.
* MagicPants: No matter how many wolves or bears maul the character, there will be no damage to their underwear.

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* TheDreaded: The Old Bear is this in that challenge.
* KleptomaniacHero: Well, it's not like there's anyone else out in the game to care.
care. [[DefiedTrope Unless the owner is around, thanks to the game stopping you from doing so.]]
* MagicPants: No matter how many wolves or bears maul the character, there will be no damage to their underwear.non-thermal underwear. If they are wearing thermal underwear, however, it can sustain damage.



* PurelyAestheticGender: The voice of the character is the only real difference between male and female.

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* PurelyAestheticGender: The voice of the character is the only real difference between male and female.female, mechanic wise at least.




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[[folder: Sandbox Survivor]]
The unnamed playable character in the Sandbox mode. They were piloting an airplane across Northern Canada when the Aurora suddenly fried all of the electronics. They bailed out of the plane, and now find themselves alive, but alone, in the snowy Canadian wilderness.

* TheAce: Has the ability to become this, should they get all skills to level 5, enabling them to be expert marksmen with both the rifle and bow, a masterful chef and tailor, a skilled fisherman, and adept with starting fires and harvesting their game. This also extends to repair and sharpening tools, but both skills still use a 0-100 based skill system from the Beta, rather than the lv 1-5 skills with perks in the current game. The reason they are able to be this unlike Will and Astrid is due to most survival play sessions lasting far longer than a story game, and there is no objective to distract them.
* DoomedProtagonist: Due to the game having worsening conditions over time, depleting limited resources, and some vital items like clothes and food decaying passively over time, odds are that especially on higher difficulties, you will start to be starved for resources once about a year has passed. Perhaps the most guilty issue here is the limited supply of matches, which as of right now are the only way to start fires barring limited supply and super rare fire strikers, and magnifying glasses that can only be used in direct sunlight, which will be more and more rare as the game goes on. Even if you run out of bullets and start to get low on cloth, you can work out ways around it. No fire? Good luck cooking and staying warm and getting clean water...
* DyingAlone: Pretty much doomed to, considering there are no other characters in the sandbox but themself, and nothing to save them.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: It could be interpreted that the sandbox characters are either surviving at the same time as the story characters are or sometime afterward. It is never made clear, however, since you never find another soul in the Sandbox. You still cannot deny however that you are yet another survivor.
* IdenticalStranger: The sandbox survivors look and sound exactly like Will and Astrid in game. However, when selecting character gender, the photos show different silhouettes to suggest someone else.
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[[folder: Will Mackenzie]]
-> '''Voiced by: '''Creator/MarkMeer (male)

One of two protagonists of the Story mode of Wintermute and the ex-husband of Astrid. Will worked as a pilot for his personal company, the Jackrabbit Remote Air Transport prior to the lights. Prior to the game's start, he hesitantly flies Astrid to an isolated town to treat a patient despite the bad weather. But this leads to both of them being caught in the aurora and leading to a crash landing

* BadassBeard: Has a full grown and very prominent one.
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[[folder: Astrid Greenwood]]
-> '''Voiced by: '''Creator/JenniferHale (female)

The second protagonist of Wintermute and the ex-wife of Will. Astrid was a professional and now freelance doctor before the lights. She shows up unexpectedly in Will's office to ask him to take her to a patient of her's no question's asked. Despite qualms, Will does so, but this leads to her both being separated from the pack she was carrying (And thus what she needed in the first place for the paitent) and Will.
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[[folder: The Old Bear]]



* SuperPersistentPredator: No matter where you go, he'll track you there eventually.

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* SuperPersistentPredator: No matter where you go, he'll track you there eventually.eventually.
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