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Allen Letty/Rick Chelsy Joshua Stella Teacher Angsty Surviving Twin: When he was young, he and his twin sister Fiona were trapped in the other world. Her sister killed herself so he could escape. He still blames himself for this. Big Good: He tríes his best to look out for the children. Even going so far as to make a . Deal with the Devil Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His real name is David, but the kids call him Teacher. Justified Trope as, at one point, he says that he hates his real name. Heroic Sacrifice: Stabs himself with the final key to allow the children to return to the real world. Subverted, as the novel reveals he survived, but he's trapped in the other world. It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Fiona sacrificing herself in the past to save him from the other world. He does it again at the end of the novel when he finds out that Allen sacrificed himself to release him from the dream. Meaningful Name: His real name. It's David, which a cutscene mentions means 'Beloved'. Teacher felt that in spite of giving love to everyone he knew, no-one loved him in return. Tall, Dark, and Handsome The Cheshire Cat Alice Allusion: Obviously, his character is based off the original Cheshire Cat, although hes significantly more malevolent than his inspiration. He also tends to call everyone Alice. Big Bad: Hes the one always getting in Allens way, and hinted to be one of the demons responsible for the Nightmare Syndrome. Body Horror: When we see whats under that hood. Parts of the bodies of children whos souls hes eaten. Cats Are Mean Dark Is Evil: An evil black cat. Deal with the Devil: Made one with Teacher, and Allen can offer his soul to him in exchange for freeing his friends. Unfortunately, the Cat goes back on this. Evil Laugh: Mweeheehee! Malicious Misnaming: Calls almost everyone Alice, regardless of their real name. He later claims this is because , as a demon, he feels that humans are . mere ants to him; and humans dont go naming every ant they meet Obviously Evil: Between his hood, his black fur, and his unsettling Slasher Smile, he does not look like a good guy. Slasher Smile: He has one. Soul Eating Would Hurt a Child: Eats the souls of children, and uses their remains to patch up his body. The White Rabbit Alice Allusion: Like the Cheshire Cat, hes based off a character from the story. This time, its the White Rabbit. Also like the Cat, hes a more evil character here. Big Good: Acts as a guide through the dream world. Subverted because hes another demon. Evil All Along: Hes a demon, too. Greater-Scope Villain: Though he is working with the Cat, he never directly antagonizes Allen. Light Is Not Good: Hes all white, but is a demon like the Cat. Man Behind the Man: Hes working with the Cheshire Cat. Walking Spoiler: His identity as a demon is a major twist, yet most of his tropes revolve around that. White Hair, Black Heart Would Hurt a Child: Presumably, since hes a demon, he also eats the souls of children.