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    Alan Wake

Voiced by: Matthew Porretta
Live-Action Model: Ilkka Villi

The primary character, a best-selling novelist who is vacationing with his wife in Bright Falls while wrestling with his writer's block. She disappears abruptly, and Alan comes to in a wrecked car in the wilderness, missing a week's time, and searching for clues as to what happened to his wife.

  • Action Survivor: He's literally just a novelist who spent a bit of time on the gun range and wears a quite dapper tweed jacket. This is generally shown in his performance in-game; Wake can't run very far without getting tired, he can't take very many hits, and he's not an exceptionally good shot. If the enemy is more than twenty or thirty paces away, he's not likely to hit them, even with the hunting rifle.
  • The Alcoholic: Mainly due to the many parties thrown in the wake of his most recent novel. The Anderson brothers' moonshine had that extra special kick to it.
  • Author Avatar: He has quite a few things in common with the game's writer Sam Lake.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a novelist that's a surprisingly good shot.
  • Berserk Button: It's Alice and Dr. Hartman who have provoked it with his writer's block.
  • Captain Obvious: Has a couple of these moments.
  • Determinator: He is going to find his wife. Get out of his way.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: His rewriting of the Darkness to give it a weak spot. He broke his arm in the process, but was aware that it was going to happen because that's how horror stories work.
  • Expy: In-Universe, he's one of Thomas Zane. The Anderson brothers even confuse Alan for Zane when they meet. It's not a coincidence they're virtually the same person. It's implied Alan is a creation of Zane's, being the linchpin of Zane's backup plan to defeat the Dark Presence.
  • Genre Savvy: He is aware that horror stories may not end well for the protagonist, and that there can be a lot of casualties along the way. Justified, since he wrote some of them in-universe.
  • Happily Married: He and Alice do fight occasionally, but Alan wouldn't keep looking for her with such determination if they didn't have a good marriage.
  • Help Yourself in the Future: Just about every useful item in the game was written into the plot by Alan himself. Lampshaded in his internal monologues when noting that flash grenades aren't exactly standard electrician equipment.
  • The Hero: The protagonist and the only one with the power to stop the Darkness. This is actually his own design.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Maybe. As of the end of "The Writer" he's on his way back to the real world.
  • Jerkass: He has quite the short temper.
  • Large Ham: The insane part of his mind that antagonizes the rational part (the player character) throughout the two DLCs could possibly make even Mr. Scratch look like a salad in comparison.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: He's a best-selling novelist.
  • Nerves of Steel: Earned them after the events at Bright Falls. In American Nightmare he notes multiple times that he has a hard time getting stressed out anymore.
  • Perma-Stubble: Becomes more noticeable as the game progresses, especially when compared to his flashbacks.
  • Private Eye Monologue: His in-game narrations to various events (including meeting characters for the first time) has some shades of this, and he sometimes speak in metaphors. Played straight if you read his manuscript pages the moment you pick them, as Alan monologues about events that happened shortly after.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He has a brief one after he leaves Hartman at the mercy of the Dark Presence.
  • Reality Warper: His manuscript pages foreshadow various events throughout the game.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: As of the end Alan is trapped in the cabin under Cauldron Lake.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twofold in American Nightmare. He's much better at working with the plans he's written into being as well as his own instincts. However, he's also altered the genre of the story from Surreal Horror to a surreal form of Action, allowing himself access to bigger guns.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In American Nightmare, Alan is far more patient with the other survivors than he was during his time in Bright Falls. He notes that, given the sheer insanity of the challenges he faced in the original game and beyond, there's next to nothing that could really get his blood pressure up anymore.
  • Tsundere: Amusingly, Wake is this toward Barry, in a not-romantic way of course. He'll will always throw a jab or two when he talks about him, but if Barry happens to be in danger, he'll drop everything to go after him.
  • The Un-Smile: Alan mentions that he has never been capable of smiling in a convincing way.
  • Weapon of Choice: Light and noise to combat the darkness, in the form of a flashlight and guns.
    • To the point that he remarks in a page that he "feels naked without them."

    Alice Wake

Voiced by: Brett Madden
Live-Action Model: Jonna Järvenpää

Alan's wife, who helps him write and manage his novels, and is vacationing with him at Bright Falls.

  • And I Must Scream: While trapped under Cauldron Lake.
  • Dead All Along: As revealed to Alan by Dr. Hartman. DON'T BELIEVE HIS LIES
  • Distressed Damsel: Her kidnapping is what sets Alan on his journey through Bright Falls.
  • Morality Pet: For Alan. Without her, he may well have turned out like Mr. Scratch.
  • The Muse: Apparently Discussed after Alan rescues her and Deconstructed—It eventually relegated her to a backseat position in their relationship, with his writing taking priority, which is part of why their relationship decayed. Funnily enough, he ends up being her muse of sorts when she makes a movie about him.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: In-Universe, no less, as she's kidnapped by the Dark presence to provide Alan with the motivation to write again to save her. Then she's stuffed into it again by Dr. Hartman, who claims she died and Alan had a psychotic break... in order to provide Alan with the motivation to write again.

    Barry Wheeler

Voiced by: Fred Berman

Alan's agent and best friend, who rushes to Bright Falls when things go down. Initially skeptical of what's happening, he rapidly catches on and begins to help Alan. By the end of the game, he's loaded with flares, Christmas light body armor, and a headlamp to fight the Taken.

  • Acrofatic: His girth doesn't seem to slow him down even when a school bus is flung at him. He's not exactly obese, though. Just a bit on the heavy side, and his jacket makes him look bigger than he really is.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: What he ends up being once he finds his armory.
  • Companion Cube: A running gag has him carrying around the cardboard cut-out of Alan and snarking about Alan to it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Continues making wisecracks even when their lives are in danger. This is sometimes to help comfort Alan in such situations.
  • Imaginary Friend: In the DLCs anyway.
  • Large Ham: As per being an excitable Plucky Comic Relief. He doesn't have much of an indoor voice.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: It's implied he does this partially to compensate for Alan's generally grim demeanor.
  • Ship Tease: With Sheriff Breaker. By the time of American Nightmare, they're still in contact with each other.
  • Shout-Out: Delivers many references including Zork and The Lord of the Rings, to name a few.
  • Tender Tears: When saying goodbye to Alan as he leaves the Well-Lit Room.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After arming himself in the general store and taking out a huge Taken with a flare gun.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never revealed what happened to him and the others in the Well-Lit Room.
    • The Alan Wake Files reveals that he's out and about, and was suing the writer of said file for a while until he was persuaded to stop.
    • American Nightmare reveals that he's now a manager in the music industry, and the Old Gods of Asgard are one of his clients. He also keeps in touch with Sheriff Breaker, and co-handles Alan's estate with Alice.

    Ben Mott

Voiced by: Jason Muzzo

The "Kidnapper" who contacts Alan in Episode 2 and is the antagonist throughout Episode 3, claiming to have his wife and offering her in exchange for the manuscript pages of Departure. Is quite dimwitted and has aggression issues.

  • Badass Normal: Does remarkably well fending off the Taken. Indeed, he's well-versed with their weaknesses, and is entirely unphased with fighting them (so much so that he has absolutely no problems setting up his meetings with Alan to take place in the middle of the night deep in the Taken-infested woods).
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First seen on the ferry at the beginning, leering at Alan.
  • I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Alice near the beginning of the game. Except not really. It was a ruse to get Alan to finish the manuscript for Dr. Hartman.
  • Jerkass: Being a supposed kidnapper will do that. Especially when he gives a writer only 2 days to finish an entire manuscript.
  • Villainous Rescue: Rescued Alan in Chapter 2 after he lost his gun.
  • You Have Failed Me: One manuscript page reveals that Hartman was incredibly frustrated that Mott gave Alan only 2 days to finish his manuscript instead of the full week Alan wanted. Unlike most examples of this trope, Mott doesn't get killed until the Dark Presence comes along.


Voiced by: Jeff Gurner

A park ranger who rents out cabins outside Bright Falls.

    Rose Marigold

Voiced by: Benita Robledo

The waitress at the diner in Bright Falls, and one of Alan's biggest fans.

  • And I Must Scream: When she is possessed by The Dark Presence and unable to control her actions.
  • Break the Cutie: Being possessed by the Dark Presence sours her cheerful demeanor very quickly.
  • Creepy Monotone: While under the influence of The Dark Presence.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: One passage of the manuscript implies that life's been pretty rough on her in general, and another passage implies that she was in an abusive relationship at one point. Things go From Bad to Worse for her, unfortunately.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Is a die-hard fangirl for Alan.
  • Passing the Torch: Implied to be the new Lady of the Light after Cynthia.

    Agent Robert Nightingale

Voiced by: Timothy McCracken

An FBI agent investigating and pursuing Alan Wake.

  • Asshole Victim: He is taken by the darkness.
  • The Alcoholic: Brought on by his partner's death. Before that he never even touched the stuff.
  • And I Must Scream: The ending suggests that he has become the new avatar for The Dark Presence.
  • Ax-Crazy: Even Wake declares at one point that he sounded unhinged.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Dark Presence and Dr. Hartman, but doesn't acknowledge either of them and only aims to capture Alan Wake.
  • Cowboy Cop: A deconstruction, as he is portrayed as reckless and dangerous in his pursuit of Alan and the townsfolk don't particularly like him.
  • Hollywood Law: Apparently thinks the world runs on this, as he boasts that a manuscript of a famous crime-novelist is evidence that he is attempting to murder a federal agent. Granted, he is more or less insane, not to mention driven to anger by the death of his partner.
  • Inspector Javert: He pursues Wake because he believes him to be a dangerous murderer, blaming him for his partner's disappearance and having seen the manuscript page Alan wrote that dictated his capture by the Dark Presence.
  • Jerkass: It's no wonder nobody in Bright Falls likes him.
  • Knight Templar: He thinks he's pursuing a monster and finding answers to what happened to his partner. He's really just making the situation worse.
  • Pet the Dog: Comforted a broken Rose during his interview with her.
  • Rabid Cop: Considering he has almost no evidence but manuscript pages to go on, he spends an awful lot of time attempting to use deadly force on a suspect who never draws a gun on him, endangering civilians in the process.
  • Running Gag: Calls Alan by different author names.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Makes up his relatively few Pet the Dog moments.

    Sheriff Sarah Breaker

Voiced by: Jessica Alexandra

Head of the local Bright Falls sheriff's office, who is investigating Alice's disappearance and eventually joins Alan in fighting the Dark Presence.

  • Action Girl: Accompanies Alan and Barry while armed with a shotgun.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In contrast to Agent Nightingale, is ready and willing to listen to Alan.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The fact that it has unlimited shells probably helps.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never revealed what happened to her and the others in the Well-Lit Room.
    • In the Alan Wake Files, set after the game, she's talked to the author on a few things, but doesn't talk about what happened during the game or why there's a lot of damage and missing people in Bright Falls.
    • American Nightmare implies she's still sheriff, and states that she and Barry still keep in touch.

    Cynthia Weaver

Voiced by: Linda Cook

One of Bright falls' residents, who is obsessed with making sure all the lights in the town are working properly.

  • The Atoner: She protects Bright Falls in remembrance of Tom.
  • Expy: She has quite a lot in common with the Log Lady from Twin Peaks.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Guess who left all of those safe havens and supply caches for Alan to conveniently find.
    • Not to mention the Well-Lit Room (which is the absolute end all of crazy, but is completely necessary and useful) and her underground tunnel (lit the whole way) that goes right to it.
  • Mysterious Protector: She is the Lady of the Light mentioned in the song written by the Anderson Brothers.
  • Noodle Incident: How exactly she was 'touched' by the Dark Presence.
  • Properly Paranoid: A timid-looking old woman who carries a lantern and is afraid of the dark? Well, there's a good reason...
  • Triang Relations: It seems that she suffers from a type 4 with Thomas Zane... And she doesn't seem to be really over it.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: She still remembers Thomas Zane and his works, despite Zane writing both them and himself out of existence. It's implied he deliberately left her memory intact so she could help the next person to fight the Dark Presence.
  • Room Full of Crazy: During Chapter 3, Alan can find a few ruins in the woods, with a basement room containing most of her writing, showing both nostalgia and angst towards Thomas Zane.

    Odin and Tor Anderson

Voiced by: Cliff Carpenter (Odin), Lloyd Floyd (Tor)
Performed by: Poets of the Fall

Two brothers who formed the heavy metal band "Old Gods of Asgard" in the '70's on their farm near Cauldron Lake, and renamed themselves as Norse gods to further their image of reborn deities. Now mentally-unstable old men who live in Dr. Hartman's clinic, but occasionally sneak off to raise hell in town or get some moonshine.

    The Dark Presence

Voiced by: Kate Weiman (Barbara Jagger)

The central antagonist of the game, a hostile, aggressive supernatural entity that exists within (or under, or is trapped by?) Cauldron Lake, which creates the Taken. In Alan Wake, its main "face" is that of its avatar, the "Scratching Hag" Barbara Jagger.

  • Animalistic Abomination: The swarms of Taken Ravens which it will sometimes unleash on you, and in the American Nightmare DLC you will also be attacked by swarms of Taken Spiders, which are specifically noted to be one of the creatures native to the Dark Place.
    • In the Bright Falls prequel miniseries, it possesses a "14-point stag" to harass the protagonist with.
  • Author Avatar: It makes stories come to life, it directs the flow of the plot, and it ultimately is the reason anything in the game happened. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Big Bad: Of the first game, and the series in general.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The developer commentary track remarks that the Dark Presence is an utterly alien being that simply doesn't understand human morality, or even human behavior, which is why it lets Wake get away with a lot of the stuff he does. However, it does understand humans well enough to manipulate Wake by holding Alice hostage, as well as to lure him into a trap using Rose.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Those Taken by the Dark Presence reveal themselves to have these when their shroud is burned off.
  • Body Horror: Those Taken by the Darkness suffer varying degrees of this. The basic Taken only have Black Eyes of Evil and have blotchy dead-looking skin. The more powerful Taken have their bodies swollen to such a size any normal person would collapse under their own weight, and that’s not taking into account the concept art, which shows that others of their kind have it a whole lot worse.
  • Creepy Crows: The Dark Presence will sometimes sic flocks of Taken Ravens upon Wake.
  • Came Back Wrong: What happened to Barbara Jagger. Anybody who it plans to turn into one of its Taken thralls usually goes missing before coming back as a demented slave.
  • Cutscene Boss: After Alan fights the Tornado, and dives into Cauldron Lake, it's finished off by Alan using the clicker inside where Barbara's heart once was.
  • Eldritch Abomination: According to Alan's reading of Zane's poetry, the Presence is an avatar of a vast, horrible monstrosity that is explicitly compared to a Lovecraftian being.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The poltergeist objects in particular. Including the parade float.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: The above Cutscene Boss is inside the Dark Place, under Cauldron Lake.
  • The Heartless: Literally, in Jagger's case: Zane cut her heart out after she Came Back Wrong.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Taken forms as well as the avatar of Barbara Jagger.
  • Living Shadow: The Dark Presence is naturally this but on a massive scale. Credit also goes to the Taken, as they materialise out of (and disappear into) thin air like ghosts and are covered with a shroud of pure darkness that turns them into blurred outlines amongst the fog they emerge from.
  • Monster from Beyond the Veil: Thomas Zane unwittingly ushers a Humanoid Abomination into being when he attempts to resurrect his lover, Barbara Jagger, by Rewriting Reality. The catch is, this ability comes from being near the "magic lake" she drowned in, because it hosts a Reality Warper Eldritch Abomination. Since he does it via Deus ex Machina, she Came Back Wrong, as a soulless physical avatar of the Dark Presence. Whoops.
  • Reality Warper: It's limited by the current written work though.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Over the course of the last two chapters, it/she becomes more and more desperate to stop, and then outright kill Wake, frustrated by the many narrow misses the storyline is forcing it into. It builds up to increasing amounts of enemies and poltergeists, disruption and destruction of the environment, scouring the bottom of Cauldron Lake for wreckage to rain upon Wake, and finally a huge tornado with Jagger at its center. All throughout this, she spouts weak, ineffectual threats and insults that only serve to indicate that, at least to the extent that the concept applies to it, the Dark Presence is scared.
  • The Virus: It corrupts some of the Bright Falls locals, turning them into the "Taken" who you fight most of the time.

    Thomas Zane

Voiced by: James McCaffrey

A poet and apparently bestselling author who lived in and around Cauldron Lake in the 1960's, and was in love with a woman named Barbara Jagger.

  • The Atoner: The Dark Presence obtaining a vessel is entirely his fault, and he does everything he can to make up for it.
  • Big Good: He's the mentor for Alan, Cynthia is the Lady of Light because of him, and he's the one who provides Alan with the Clicker, the item that finally finishes things off in the Dark Place.
  • Deus ex Machina: Writing this allowed the Presence to take over Barbara Jagger's body.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Provides Alan with the power to defeat the Dark Presence for good, although he was written into this by Alan himself which may subvert it somewhat.
  • Genre Blind: His undoing. He tried to take shortcuts in defeating the Dark Presence, but it didn't work, leaving him trapped in Cauldron Lake.
  • Light Is Good: He's a diving suit filled with light.
  • The Mentor: He acts as Alan's guide and aids him, though indirectly. He is also considered as the Obi-Wan to Alan's Anakin. Becomes much more direct in "The Signal" and "The Writer" DLC, which are almost completely Zane trying to guide Alan through the Dark Place and teach him to fight its influence.
  • My Greatest Failure: Attempting to revive Barbara, and thereby giving the Dark Presence a host.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before the game begins. Whether what you meet is him or an illusion created by Alan isn't made clear.
  • Reality Warper: As a poet on Cauldron Lake, his words could bring things to life.
  • Ret-Gone: Did this to himself.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His Deus ex Machina that he used to revive Barbara is what gave the Dark Presence its avatar.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For Emil Hartman. He apparently caught on, but by then it was too late.

    Pat Maine

Voiced by: R.J. Allison

A retired cop who is now the host of a late night radio program. Alan first meets him on the boat into town where he asks him to stop by later for an interview.

  • Cool Old Guy: It may not be obvious the first time you meet him, but he is definitely more awesome then he first appears.
  • Nice Guy: He is very pleasant to everyone he meets. The exception is Agent Nightingale, whose violent and reckless attitude outright offends him.
  • Retired Badass: He's a former police officer, and is on the list of people Sheriff Breaker gives to Barry to call with the message "Night Springs", which tells us he knows something about the town's Dark Secret and is prepared to fight it. This might even be the reason he runs an all night radio program.

    Carl Stucky

Voiced by: Gary Swanson

Owns a gas station and the cabin that Alan and Alice rented for their vacation.

    Dr. Emil Hartman

Voiced by: Mark Blum

A doctor who owns a clinic reserved for artists near Cauldron Lake. He's also the one who convinced Alice to bring Alan to Bright Falls.

  • Asshole Victim: Alan locks him inside his own office when the Dark Presence starts invading Cauldron Lake Lodge. Given all the things he's done to his patients, Wake and Thomas Zane, the proud grin on Alan's face as he walks away is warranted.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Aims to control the Dark Presence. By the end of Chapter 4, he's taken and possibly killed by it.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Dark Presence and Agent Nightingale, but his interaction with the latter is barely even a plot point. Instead, it's recorded in one of his tapes.
  • Blatant Lies: Although it's slightly subverted because everything he says does make some logical sense, so it rings as truthful as possible to both Alan and the player as he tries to manipulate them. Of course, remembering that this is a horror game with supernatural elements quickly brings his cascade of self-aggrandizing BS back to this trope.
  • Dr. Jerk: Not at first, but eventually Alan soon realizes he's one with a smug smile and worse of all, he was the one who treated his patients like test subjects to turn arts into reality and caused the Dark Presence to go free turning many residents of Bright Falls into Takens.
  • Genre Savvy: He's smart enough to know that, had he messed with the Dark Presence himself, he'd either end up missing like Zane, or insane like the Anderson brothers and the patients in his clinic.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Writing Barbara Jagger back to life was an idea he proposed to his then-boss Thomas Zane, which makes him indirectly responsible for giving the Dark Presence an avatar and enough power to break free, and he was also the one who asked Alice to take Alan to Bright Falls, which sets off the events of the main game.
  • Hate Sink: He was the one who caused the Dark Presence to be released back in 1970 by manipulating his "friend" Thomas Zane into writing a manuscript where his wife is resurrected, with horrific consequences, out of petty ambition. Even discounting the fact that he's arguably responsible for several of Bright Falls' residents dying by being Taken, the man is simply rotten and unlikable to the point many players will rejoice when he finally does get a taste of his own medicine.
  • Just Think of the Potential: He urges Alan to do this in regards to the reality warping powers of Cauldron Lake.
  • Smug Snake: His default expression is a smug, condescending smile plastered on his face, which is also on the cover for his own book. Alan even notes at one point that just seeing his face on the cover is enough for him to want to punch Hartman, which speaks levels on how unbearable this guy is. He's so self-centered and focused in his own objectives that it doesn't seem to occur to him that maybe the Dark Presence is more powerful than he's giving it credit for.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was Mott's boss ordering him to stage the "kidnapping" plot with Wake, and was also the one who suggested the idea of writing Barbara back to life to Thomas Zane.
  • Unexplained Recovery: An official post-game comic shows that he's alive and well after his encounter with the Dark Presence. It's never explained why he was spared, or if he's truly still himself at all.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's indirectly responsible for everything that happens in the game. After Barbara Jagger's death, he was the one who encouraged Thomas Zane to use the powers of Cauldron Lake to resurrect her, which woke the Dark Presence from its slumber.

American Nightmare

    Mr. Scratch

Voiced by: Matthew Porretta
Live-Action Model/Portrayal: Ilkka Villi

The antagonist of Alan Wake's American Nightmare. Originating from the Dark Place, he is a new avatar for the Dark Presence and the embodiment of all negative stories and loose rumours ever told about Alan, making him a maniacal, flamboyant, sadistic serial killer. Capable of travelling freely between the Dark Place and the real world, he finds delight in threatening Alan with taking over his life and killing Alice and constantly sharing his monstrous deeds with him.

  • Attention Whore: Is pretty clear about this right from the start. In his own words:
    "But the difference between you and me...? I'm not afraid to be the center of attention."
  • Ax-Crazy: Unlike the calm, collected Barbara Jagger, this guy's a loudmouth psychopath in love with himself.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: he may be crazy and evil, but he rocks that suit.
  • Big Bad: Of Alan Wake's American Nightmare.
  • Bragging Theme Tune/Villain Song: "The Happy Song," In it, the singer rants about his psychopathy with a kind of twisted pride, engaging in Evil Gloating about the listener's impending death. In-universe, Mr. Scratch is shown happily dancing to it as Source Music after murdering the people who were partying and playing the song too loudly in the room next to his.
    I told you I'm a psycho, psycho, PSYCHO, yeah!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He is fully aware that he is one, and it appears that he is embracing it on some levels, while resenting it on others.
  • Cutscene Boss: Once Alan loaded Alice's film into the projector, he really didn't have a chance...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While speaking to Alan via TV in the observatory, the guy in the next room begins getting on his nerves. It's heavily implied he strangled the poor bastard.
    "... Nevermind..."
  • Does Not Like Guns: Because killing someone slowly and painfully with a knife is much more enjoyable for him than just shooting them.
  • The Dragon: Alan makes an informed guess that Mr. Scratch probably doesn't have his own agenda, but rather works as an agent for one of the many Eldritch Abominations that lurks in the Dark Place.
  • Evil Gloating: Frequently, particularly in his video messages to Alan, whether thrilled over a recent kill, showing off his weapons or contemplating how easily he'll manage a Kill and Replace due to his superiority.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the Super Effective Sales Trailer, he goes to Remedy's offices, kills people with a sledgehammer, stuffs their bodies in a freezer, and enslaves Sam Lake to write for him. He also steals candy, rides a scooter around in the halls, flips off a picture of Alan, and enslaves a potted plant to write for him.
  • Evil Tastes Good: He describes the most terrible, evil things he can think of as "Sweet", accompanied by rolling-eyes and a face slack with pleasure from just contemplating it.
  • Evil Twin: He's exactly what Alan would be if he was evil. Though he's a Humanoid Abomination variation on an Enemy Without, wearing the protagonist's shape to manipulate events in service of a larger Eldritch Abomination, his roots in Alan's psyche mean he's hopeful of attempting a Kill and Replace.
  • Expy: Of Dale Cooper's Doppelganger.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He feigns pleasantness when he wants his victims to be off guard.
  • The Heartless: He's a living embodiment of all the nasty rumors that have circulated about Alan given his celebrity.
  • The Hedonist: Everything he does in his existence is for his own enjoyment.
  • Hidden Depths: One video has him oddly subdued but clearly agitated. He opens up to Alan, since they're so much alike being dopplegangers, and mentions that the fact of his existence is extremely disturbing to himself. He tries several times to ask Alan for help and to work together, but he literally can't get the words out. For whatever reason, Mr. Scratch was trying to reach out to Alan, possibly because as a doppleganger, he still has Alan's inherent goodness, and can't quite reconcile it with his evil nature. Of course, he then goes off to kill the guy in the next room for being too loud, so...he's not that good.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He might be a new avatar for the Dark Presence. When Barbara Jagger drowned, it took on her appearance and was able to move about the world much like Mr. Scratch. She was also known as "The Scratching Hag" around Bright Falls.
  • Just Between You and Me: He really loves doing this.
  • Kick the Dog: Good lord, he's basically a dog-kicking machine. Just when you think he's finally topped himself, Alan turns on another TV and Mr. Scratch finds some new way to get under Alan's (as well as the player's) skin.
  • Knife Nut: He doesn't believe that he can truly "connect" with people by using bullets.
  • Large Ham: You wouldn't think it, given he shares a voice/mo-cap actor with the rather down-to-earth Alan Wake. However, it's clear Ilkka Villi enjoyed himself as Mr. Scratch. A lot.
  • Laughably Evil: Despite all his nastiness his commentary is actually pretty entertaining.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: For all his boasts and taunts, all he ever bothers to do is send random Taken after Alan rather than try to deal with him directly. Even his victims are all either tied up and helpless or taken by surprise.
  • Rage Against the Author: Promotional material depicts him killing Sam Lake in one video, and enslaving him in another after going on a killing spree throughout Remedy's offices.
  • Slasher Smile: One of his most noted features whenever he's in a good mood.
  • Weakened by the Light: As it turns out, he can't withstand the light much better than the mooks he sends after you. Small motel lights and things like that are apparently fine, but anything close to a floodlight and he's toast.
  • Weapon of Choice: Small knives, or razors.
  • The Unpronounceable: Any attempt Alan makes to say his name out loud results in a static noise.

    Emma Sloan

Voiced by: Christina Evangelista

A female mechanic you meet in American Nightmare. She's also into new age stuff.

  • Back from the Dead: At least twice. She's killed by the Darkness at the end of Act 1 and 2, although she starts remembering her deaths in Act 2, and in 3 she and Alan figure out how to finally prevent it by stopping the Taken from knocking out her garage's fuse box.
  • Dirty Coward: She thinks of herself as one, as she ran away when Mr. Scratch began killing Michael to gain access to the Mount Redtooth Observatory and didn't even call the police. Alan assures her that this isn't the case.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: A believer in many things, most of them false.
  • Wrench Wench: A female mechanic, and one used to getting shit for it too.

    Dr. Rachel Meadows

Voiced by: Yadwa

A female scientist you meet in American Nightmare who works for Redtooth Observatory.

  • Hot Scientist: Big time...
  • Little Black Dress: Wears one under her white lab coat. Alan asks her if she always wears it to work, and she explains it as the result of being called away from a party she was attending.
  • Mega Nekko: Goes great with her lab coat and Little Black Dress.
  • Mission Control: Well, in and around the Observatory anyway. She frequently talks to you over a loudspeaker system.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A hot scientist wearing a little black dress underneath a labcoat. It's possibly the result of the world Alan's in being inspired by pulp fiction; though she mentions coming from a party.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: And she's got the glasses and a sexy British accent to go with it.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Her response to a mass of Taken swarming throughout the observatory on the last visit? "I really wish they would stop flagrantly breaking the laws of physics in my observatory. It's rather rude."
  • Unfazed Everyman: She takes time looping best out of all three women (possibly because she doesn't have anything bad happen to her) and actually expresses some minor interest in letting it continue so she can study it.

    Serena Valdivia

Voiced by: Desi Sanchez

Serena is a film maker and a supposed friend of Alice Wake, encountered in American Nightmare. Since Alice thought Alan was dead, with the help of Serena, they made a film based on Alan for the annual Night Springs Visual Art Show Film Festival.

  • And I Must Scream: She has no control over her actions, but is left fully aware of her behavior. On the second time Alan passes through the drive-in, he doesn't have to help and can leave her like this.
  • Brain Washed: Touched by the Darkness via Mr. Scratch, and becomes a total slut. You can snap her out of it by turning on the lights to her building, which cures her instantly. As she retains full memory of her actions, she feels disgusted afterwards and thanks Alan for not taking advantage of her.
    • Although helping her is optional in Acts 2 and 3 for some reason.
  • Meganekko: Just like the the doctor Alan visited before her... maybe one of the developers has a thing for this trope.
  • Mind Rape: Being touched by the Darkness leaves her very disturbed and worried about going crazy.
  • Not So Different: Like Alan Wake (and Weaver, and Rose) she was "touched" by the Dark Presence and then cured by light. As with Wake, her perception of reality is subtly altered afterwards.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Curing her of the Dark Presence is completely optional the second and third time around, but is still a nice thing to do.
    • The narration even point out that you don't really have any reason to go back to her office the third time, since you entered the area from the opposite side. If you do it anyway, she'll ask why you bothered, and Alan will say that he couldn't leave her like that.

    Eddie Rodman 

Voiced by: Larry Kenney

Radio host based in Night Springs. He's pretty much AN's version of Pat Maine.

Bright Falls Mini-series

     Jake Fischer 
Played By: Christopher Forsyth
A writer and journalist who arrives in Bright Falls to interview Dr. Hamiliton about his new book only to begin encountering strange events.

     Ellen Adams 
Played By: Allison Lange
An old colleage of Jake's that now lives in Bright Falls and works as a reporter at The Bright Falls Record.

     Sam Smith 
Played By: Cooper Huckabee
The owner of the Mountain Air Motel in Bright Falls.

     Daniel Smith 
Played By:
The son of Sam Smith


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