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The Baines Family

    Lorraine Baines 
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    Sam and Stella Baines 
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"He's a very strange young man." "He's an idiot."
Played by: George DiCenzo (Sam) and Frances Lee McCain (Stella)
Dubbed in French by: Jean Pierre Moulin (Sam) and Arlette Thomas (Stella)

Lorraine's parents and Marty's maternal grandparents. They are seen only in 1955, leaving it unclear whether they are still alive in 1985.


  • Happily Married: They argue a bit but in an affectionate way. We certainly get no sense that they're dissatisfied with their lives, as we do with George and Lorraine in the original 1985.
  • Housewife: Stella seems to be a pretty typical 1950s housewife. As of 1955, she has cranked out five kids and appears to be pregnant with a sixth.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Like George 30 years later, Sam seems more interested in the TV than his family, even watching the exact same show.
  • Shout-Out: Stella is named after Stella Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire, just so that Sam can yell "STELLA!" as a Marlon Brando reference.
  • Standard '50s Father: Sam is clearly based on this trope, albeit he's a bit more grumpy than when it's played totally straight.

    Joey Baines 
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Son of Sam and Stella Baines.
  • Ascended Extra: Heck, he's an ascended offscreen character. He was briefly mentioned in the first movie when Lorraine's celebration of his return from prison was cancelled because he was denied parole. In the comics, an entire arc centers around the question of what put him in prison to begin with, and its effects on the family are explored in more detail.
  • Cool Uncle: Before he was arrested, he and Marty were very close.
  • Honor Before Reason: Refused to give away Biff Tannen and his friends to get himself out of trouble, although it means he has to serve a 15-year sentence.

The Brown Family

    Doc Brown 

Dr. Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown

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"GREAT SCOTT!"
Played by: Christopher Lloyd, Roger Bart (musical), Mark Oxtoby (original understudy, London musical)
Dubbed in French by: Pierre Hatet
Dubbed in Japanese by: Takeshi Aono (home video dub), Takanobu Hozumi (TV Asahi dub), Miyake Yuji (Fuji TV dub)
Younger Version Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: James Arnold Taylor
Hill Valley's eccentric scientist, inventor of the DeLorean time machine and Marty's best friend. He goes along with Marty in all of their adventures through time, fixing any changes to the timeline caused by time travel.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: He forgets to shut off the machines in his lab, resulting in a coffee maker with no carafe that squirts water onto an empty hot plate, a toaster that burns the bread to charcoal, and a can opener that dumps can after can of food into Einstein's overflowing dish. When the Libyans show up, he discovers too late that he has forgotten to load the revolver he brought for self-defense. He also forgot to keep a backup stash of plutonium in the DeLorean, which keeps Marty stranded in the past until the storm of '55 takes place.
  • Adaptational Badass: The video game has him punch out Beauregard Tannen in a One-Hit KO.
  • Ambiguously Christian: One of the days he sets an example of a historic day to visit is the birth of Christ, note  though whether he sees it as much as a historian or believer is unknown.
  • Animal Lover: In both 1955 and 1985 he has pet Dogs — Copernicus and Einstein respectively - that seem to be as fond of him as he is of them. It says something, after all, that he tests a Time Machine (that he knows will work) on Einstein, leaves him safe in a kennel in Part II, and returns from 1885 to retrieve Einstein once Time Travel becomes possible again. Copernicus, in 1955, sees his master's name on the grave and sits there whining sadly.
  • Anti-Hero: Doc is a force for good throughout the trilogy: he created the DeLorean time machine for altruistic reasons, and is very committed to protecting the safety and sanctity of the natural timeline. With that much having been said, Doc makes several decisions to achieve his goals that are very ethically questionable. In the first film, Doc gets the plutonium he requires for his time machine by double-crossing terrorists and puts Marty's life in danger, both intentionally (by making him stand in front of a speeding car to get a good shot of the DeLorean) and unintentionally (when the Libyans come after him for revenge). In the second film, when Doc decides that perhaps bringing Jennifer to the future wasn't a good idea after all, he has very little problem with knocking out a teenage girl and leaving her unconscious body hidden in an alleyway for quite some time. In the third film, when Marty and Doc run out of other feasible ideas they can think of to get home, they eventually decide to steal themselves a whole locomotive so they can get back to the 1980s.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long coat in Part III and also does some rather impressive things.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Doc Brown is an intelligent, altruistic scientist who spends the entire series trying to do what's right, help his friends better their lives, and who wouldn't hurt a fly. However, the moment he sees Mad Dog and his friends trying to lynch Marty, he promptly shoots the rope and they takes aim right at Tannen's head. He's fully prepared to drop the hammer on him if that's what it takes to save Marty, and Tannen doesn't try to push it. Also a definite case of Let's Get Dangerous!.
  • Big Good: He has only good intentions with time-traveling, wants to set the timeline's right so no one suffers, and is genuinely helpful to Marty in all three movies and sees him as a close friend.
  • Bungling Inventor: Strictly speaking, the time machines are the only inventions of his that worknote . The time machine is his only invention seen in 1985, and he seems to be a lot more bungling in 1955, but in that 30-year time period, it's possible he was a lot more accomplished. He is apparently a gifted scientist otherwise, enough that he works as a freelance science troubleshooter.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be eccentric but he's also on par with his scientific heroes in terms of intelligence.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: All it takes is a single shot of whiskey, and he's out like a light.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Great SCOTT!!" Similar to "This is heavy!" from Marty, it's a sign that things have gone pear-shaped.
    • "If My Calculations Are Correct..." Too bad for Doc that they usually aren't.
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: He finds the idea of Love at First Sight ridiculous... until he meets Clara in the third film.
  • Character Development: Goes from believing at the start of the trilogy that "no man should know too much about his destiny" to saying that "the future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it!" at the end.
  • Character Tics: He often makes grandiose hand gestures while talking. Christopher Lloyd said he based his portrayal of Doc, in part, on conductor Leopold Stokowski, i.e. Doc is conducting the world.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is famous for his quirky and eccentric personality.
  • Cool Old Guy: The guy's built a Time Machine out of a rather poor car, for starters.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He travels with a briefcase full of money from different time periods, just in case. "Have to be prepared for all monetary possibilities."
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's rare, but he has his moments.
    [Marty points out his father, who has a "kick me" sign on his back]
    Doc: Maybe you were adopted?
  • Deuteragonist: For the entire series, Doc is the second-most important character. However, he gets far more focus in Part III, to the point that he's the main character of the third movie.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the original trilogy, Doc is shot by the terrorists he conned to get plutonium to power the time machine. For whatever reason, they're absent in the musical and the risk to Doc that accidentally sends Marty back in time is radiation poisoning.
  • Dies Wide Open: Subverted towards the end of Part I. His eyes are wide open but it turns out to be a Disney Death.
  • Einstein Hair: How did he get his hair to stick out like that? The game expands on this. During the 1931 Hill Valley Science Expo. Young Emmett is driving his flying rocket-powered car, which explodes violently. When Emmett exits the expo, his hair became like his movie counterpart, as a result of the explosion (which he didn't have before). He comments that after that incident, he got banned from the expo for at least 50 years.
    • Lampshaded during Doc's cameo in the queue for The Simpsons Ride; Krusty has bought the Institute of Future Technology (after Professor Frink accidentally ran over the investor who would've kept the IFT running), and tells Doc he can tear tickets if he gets a haircut. "Fine by me! It takes me three hours every morning just to get it like this!"
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Doc is himself an eccentric and something of a social outcast in town, but even he is appalled at just how pathetically socially inept George McFly is.
  • Fan of the Past: Doc is a fan of the Old West, and gets to live in it by the time Part III rolls around.
  • For Science!: His interest in time travel is completely selfless: he speaks in the first movie of its use for historians and scientists. However, he soon recognizes the problems time travel will cause in unscrupulous hands, and has no problem ordering Marty to destroy the time machine.
  • Friendless Background:
    • At the time of the films, he has only Marty and his pet dogs, because no one in Hill Valley wants to come near "crazy old man Brown."
    • Subverted in 1885, where as the town blacksmith he's well-liked by the town he's on a first-name basis with the saloonkeeper and the mayor.
  • Friendly Sniper: In the third film, he constructed a sniper rifle while in 1885 which he uses to shoot a rope hanging Marty.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's quite adept at adapting technology to the limitations of the time period he's in.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Has shades of this. (Though he had the foresight to try not to alter historical events.)
  • Going Native: Fits right in with 1885 California.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Played with. Doc is rarely seen without a tacky luau shirt, and he is a tourist. Makes sense since he's allergic to synthetic fabrics and real Hawaiian shirts are made out of cotton.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He has dogs named after famous scientists, Einstein in 1985 and Copernicus in 1955.
  • Hero of Another Story: He leaves to discover the future at the end of the first film, and after he was accidentally sent back to 1885 at the end of the second movie, he's been living as Hill Valley's local blacksmith for almost 9 months.
  • Herr Doktor: Played with. Doc has no Germanic accent or notable behaviors, but he mentions that his parents were the 'von Brauns' until WWI.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marty. In the first film, Doc sacrifices himself to save Marty from the Libyans, and Marty returns the favor by ensuring that he gets the news of his impending death. Throughout the entire trilogy, they're by each others' sides, protecting each other and providing the fandom with many crowning moments of heartwarming.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even more so when he's 17. The present Doc admits that he's nowhere near the bravery his past self was.
  • Iconic Attribute Adoption Moment: In the Alternate Continuity videogame Back to the Future: The Game, his younger self has an experiment explode and it transforms his hair into the Eisteinian wig that we all know and love. This also marks the point that he fully dedicates his life to science instead of the life of law that his father wants for him.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: When Doc's baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit.
  • Indy Ploy: More subtly than Marty, but Doc can be surprisingly pragmatic when he needs to be.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: It's a credit to the actors that we, as viewers, don't question why a skater punk and some old guy would hang out together. But just in case you insist in explanations:
    • The original script had a line by Marty explaining that Doc hired him to clean his garage. Marty, being a music aficionado, was impressed with Doc's vintage record collection. The rest is history.
    • The screenwriter decided it wasn't necessary to explain how they first met. Doc is a local pariah and a weirdo, and Marty is clearly a rebel. It's inevitable that Marty would snoop around Doc's garage at some point.
    • Bob Gale himself finally gave a rather heartwarming explanation over on Mental Floss. invoked
      • The IDW comic book expanded on this in the first issue, showing that in 1982, Needles bullied Marty into trying to steal from Doc's lab. Marty was able to get inside using his wits rather than brute force, which impressed Doc enough to offer him a part-time job as his assistant. He didn't actually need help, but Marty's enthusiasm convinced him to hire the young man on the spot.
    • Another explanation could be drawn from the movie — that their friendship is a Stable Time Loop. Marty and Doc are friends because Marty helped him in the fifties (and in the game, saved him in the thirties), so Doc knew who he was in the eighties and became friends with him, thus leading to him once again do all of those things.
    • The two friends over at Blank Check subscribe to the theory that Marty felt the absence of a male role model and proper father figure growing up, and naturally gravitated to Doc, who is in many ways the opposite of George McFly.
  • Large Ham: What would you expect from Christopher Lloyd?
  • Literal-Minded: This comes up a couple of times in the first movie, where he takes Marty's use of slangnote  at face value in 1955. (In context, this takes place in an era when nuclear war between superpowers was starting to look more likely. It's not the stretch it would be now to have worried that we'd be slingin' around bombs to the point of affecting Earth's gravity.)
  • Love at First Sight: Though skeptical of it, it comes true when he meets Clara, which is reciprocated. Becomes a bit of a problem when he and Marty need to get back to the future.
  • Mad Scientist: He is a bit eccentric and goofy, but Doc has kindly intentions.
  • May–December Romance: Played with. Historically speaking, Clara was around 60 years older than him, but biologically speaking, Doc was about 30 years older than her when they first meet.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name is "Time", pronounced backwards. His ambition is to travel in time.
  • The Mentor: To Marty, especially in Part III, when he helps him learn that there's no point in losing his temper whenever somebody calls him "chicken" (or "yellow" in 1885).
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He has the rumors of being a "crazy old man", and Marty was even warned not to go near him, but did so anyway and befriended him, according to Word of God. His main purpose with time-traveling is to help mankind with their problems; he refuses to alter it for personal gain, which he calls out on Marty for trying to do in the sequel.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: What exactly the L stands for isn't stated until the animated series, when an Evil Former Friend of his refers to him as "Emmett Lathrop Brown."
  • Nice Guy: Doc is an eccentric, mad scientist who was willing to steal plutonium from terrorists to fuel his time traveling car. However, he genuinely cares about Marty and is a relatively decent guy in general.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Doc's second time machine was built in the Old West and runs on steam, which is a massive upgrade from relying on plutonium, lightning and futuristic technology to power the original time machine.
  • Older Than They Look: He's nearly one hundred years old in the game, yet still looks like a man in his sixties. Justified by the fact that he took advantage of future medicine to rejuvenate himself and increase his lifespan. They also replaced his spleen and colon.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Aside from inventing a time machine with an onboard nuclear reactor, he's also managed to build a working refrigerator (well, it can produce ice, anyway) using 1885 componentsnote , and a second time machine that runs solely on steam power (again, using components available around 1885). Also, when he meets Clara and lets slip that he's a scientist, he mentions that he's a student of all sciences.
  • Only Friend: Marty is all Doc has except for his dogs. Doc is a decent and loyal man who happens to have the reputation of being a Mad Scientist. Marty feels out of place himself but nonetheless knows enough about making friends to have the fellow members of his garage band.
  • Papa Wolf: To Marty, he draws away the Libyan terrorists' gunfire to him so Marty can get away in Part I and in Part III, he saves Marty from being hanged and threatens to shoot Mad Dog Tannen in retaliation. To Jules and Verne, Doc goes through a variety of feats in Back To The Future: The Animated Series to protect them such saving Verne from falling to his death from the top of Independence Hall in the episode "Go Fly a Kite" and rescuing both boys from a gang in the episode "Dickens of a Christmas."
  • The Professor: In the original draft, he'd been called "Professor Brown" before it was recommended that he'd be called "Dr. Brown" or "Doc". This new nickname became so iconic that during the filming of The Frighteners years after BTTF, Michael J. Fox kept calling the Judge character "Doc".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Marty's red.
  • Riches to Rags: As Marty finds out when he's in the 1950's, Doc used to be loaded, but he spent it all on his time travel experiment, reducing him to work as a repairman. Doc, however, doesn't mind as the money isn't something he cares about.
  • Science Hero: One of the rare cinematic heroes who is known for his intellect and courage, but not for being a man of action. That said, he will not hesitate to put his body on the line to protect his friends, and he gradually develops into quite a badass gunslinger in the old west.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His first two names. His first name Emmett is "time" pronounced backwards, and his middle name Lathrop is "porhtal", as in "time portal".
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Especially in the animated series. In the DVD commentary, it's lampshaded that Doc will use a bigger word when he could easily use a smaller word, such as calling a dance "A rhythmic ceremonial ritual" even though the word "dance" was clearly written.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "If My Calculations Are Correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit."
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: He's wearing a shirt decorated with locomotive trains in Part II. The same shirt becomes his bandanna in Part III.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In Part I. He serves as Marty's best friend but is merely a scientist who in the past will help him get back to the future at the end. The movie is really about Marty fixing his teenage parents' relationship.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His first appearance in Part III involves him rescuing Marty from being hanged by shooting the rope holding him up, then proceeds to get Buford and his goons to run off. He also figures out how to build a new time machine from scratch while living in the Old West.
  • True Companions: Marty and Doc have a very strange but very strong bond. They are separated by interests and age, but they would sacrifice themselves for each other without a second thought. That's during the films. It gets more flagrant after the video game.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Doc and his dogs all have Einstein Hair.
  • The Von Trope Family: In Part III Doc explains that his family use to be the "Von Brauns". He goes on to explain his father changed it to Brown because of World War I.
  • Word of Dante:invoked Bob Gale guesses that Doc was involved with the Manhattan Project, but became an outcast and spent the remainder of his life trying to invent something beneficial for humanity. Hence the portable nuclear reactor which he sank his entire fortune into. This would also explain his cynical predictions for the future in 1955 ("Of course! Because of all the fallout from the atomic wars!") Became (semi-) canon on the IDW Publishing BTTF comics (written by Gale).

Emmett Lathrop "First Citizen" Brown

An alternate Emmett Brown created by Marty's errors in the game. As different from the original Doc as you can get. Considering who First Citizen Brown is, he embodies similar tropes, but to avoid redundancy, the following are either exclusive to First Citizen Brown or ones significantly changed from Doc.

    Clara Clayton 

Clara Clayton

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Played by: Mary Steenburgen
Dubbed in French by: Frederique Tirmont
A schoolteacher who originally perished in 1885 in a ravine. Doc Brown rescues her during his time in 1885 and remains with her to start a family in that time.
  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the musical, which ends the story after the first movie.
  • Alliterative Name: CLAra CLAyton.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: In the "Clara's Story" section of the comic book, Clara muses about how she and Emmett are like this, with Emmett fitting in better in the past, and her own desire to leave the past and visit (or live in) the future.
  • Catchphrase Insult: In the animated series, her preferred word for someone she dislikes is "buzzard".
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The fact that her parents are dead and she's seemingly alone in the world frees her up to leave her era and traverse the timeline with Doc.
  • Damsel in Distress: Doc saves her from falling in the ravine and later from falling off the train.
  • Driven to Suicide: Word of God suggests she might have deliberately jumped into the ravine after Doc was shot by Mad Dog Tannen.
  • Geeky Turn-On: "You've read Jules Verne?", "I adore Jules Verne!" Doc's science background also intrigued her.
  • In Spite of a Nail: She died falling into a ravine in the original timeline but Doc saved her in the second. Word of God says she might have jumped in on purpose after Doc died.
  • Love at First Sight: Becomes rather flustered when she first lays eyes on Doc after he saves her life.
  • Love Interest: She becomes Doc Brown's love interest after they fall in love at first sight.
  • May–December Romance: Clara's in her thirties while Doc is in his sixties. Played with considering she was born nearly a century before he was.
  • Plucky Girl: She's crazily determined enough to climb all the way to the train's engine room, despite all the explosions.
  • Schoolmarm: She is Hill Valley's new schoolteacher in 1885. She still dresses like this even in the present.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Predictably, she did not buy Doc's initial claim that he was from the future and assumed his love for her was all a lie, until she overhears how truly devastated he was to have lost her heart. She ditches the train and rushes all the way back to his shop to make things right, only to find Doc's time machine model sitting on the railroad set. Realizing the truth, she makes a mad dash to catch him aboard the train.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the animated series, she joins Doc on his adventures and engages in more action.
  • Uncertain Doom: Word of God suggested she might have killed herself in the timeline where Doc was shot but says he'd leave it up to the viewers to decide if that was true
  • Woman Scorned: When she believes Doc is toying with her, she calls him out, slaps him, and slams the door in his face.
  • Wrench Wench: At the end of one comics story, Clara is seen adjusting the armature of the Jules Verne train with a wrench, and other stories imply that she had some hand in assisting Doc with the train's construction.
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    Jules Brown 

Jules Eratosthenes Brown

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Played by: Todd Cameron Brown

The elder son of Doc Brown and Clara Clayton. A major character in the animated series, he takes after his father by using big words and having high intellect for a child.


  • Adapted Out: Doc never meets Clara in the musical, so he and his brother don't exist there.
  • Ascended Extra: His only appearance in the original films is a brief, non-speaking appearance at the end of the third film. However, he becomes a main character in the animated series.
  • Big Brother Bully: His relationship with Verne is fraught with fights, some of them caused by Jules being an Insufferable Genius. "Go Fly a Kite" saw him tell his brother that his non-geeky personality proves he's not a Brown.
  • Free-Range Children: He (and his brother) frequently take the DeLorean and gallivant around the time stream. Sometimes it's zigzagged when Marty is along on a particular adventure.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: "The Money Tree" has Jules growing tired of being an outcast due to his high IQ and inventing the tree of the title to get attention.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jules' personality in the animated series. His sibling rivalry with Verne sometimes goes to cruel lengths, but he honestly does care about his little brother and is a decent person in general.
  • Kid from the Future: He and Verne meet past versions of their parents in multiple episodes.
  • Nerdy Bully: In the cartoon, he often picks on Verne, while also showcasing his superior intelligence.
  • Named After Someone Famous: His first name is, of course, a reference to Jules Verne.
  • Not So Above It All: Jules may be a Child Prodigy and act rather grown-up, he still has a number of more youthful (and goofy) qualities. In "Roman Holiday" and "Retired", he demonstrates a love of pranks that matches his brother's, and in "St. Louis Blues", he shows that he's fond of roller coasters (even if that's sometimes crossed over with a desire to do science on them).
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In one episode, he creates a machine that prints newspapers from the future. In another episode, he creates a money tree.
  • Prefers Proper Names: Jules always calls Marty "Martin", notably being the only person to do so, as his parents and younger brother all use the nickname. This fits with Jules' tendency towards Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
  • Running Gag: Shared with his brother, a conversational gag that originated in the cartoon and carried over into the IDW comics:
    Jules: <says something in an overly complex or erudite way, for example: "I am formulating a brilliant concept!">
    Verne: <says the exact same thing, but simpler, having failed to understand, for example: "Who cares, what we need is a good idea!">
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In the animated series, he's even more prone to using long words than his father.
  • Sibling Rivalry: His and Verne's fights kick off a lot of the episodes.
  • Skeptic No Longer: In the comics, when he first sees his father disappear in a time machine. He took it for granted that Doc had been making the whole thing up.

    Verne Brown 

Verne Newton Brown

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Played by: Dannel Evans

The youngest son of Doc Brown and Clara Clayton, a major character in the animated series. He's much more of a troublemaker than his brother, and acts his own age.


  • Adapted Out: Doc never meets Clara in the musical, so he and his brother are non-existent.
  • Ascended Extra: His only appearance in the original films is a brief, non-speaking appearance at the end of the third film. However, he becomes a main character in the animated series.
  • Black Sheep: Verne does not have the same scientific interests or intelligence as his father, though he does have the blond hair Doc had as a younger man (and a bit more common sense). His brother Jules likes to tell him he was adopted. However, it's mostly Verne that feels this way (encouraged by his brother); Doc and Clara love him every bit as much as Jules.
  • Catchphrase Insult: The cartoon version likes insulting people (especially Jules) with "skunkhead."
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: In the cartoon. He's a cute little tyke, but he doesn't have an indoor voice.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In "A Verne By Any Other Name", after being bullied about his name, Verne went back in time to convince the real Jules Verne to change his name; failing at that, he travelled back to his own birth to convince his parents to name him something else.
  • Expy: He wears a coonskin cap like Lorraine's younger brother Milton from the first movie.
  • Free-Range Children: He (and his brother) frequently take the DeLorean and gallivant around the time stream. Sometimes it's zigzagged when Marty is along on a particular adventure.
  • Funny Background Event: Infamously in III, when the actor playing him had to go to the bathroom, and pointed at his crotch to indicate so — not realizing the camera was rolling.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Despite the decade or so gap between their ages, Verne gets along quite well with Marty, possibly due to being the odd people out amongst the Browns, most of whom are science nerds.
  • Kid from the Future: He and Jules meet past versions of their parents in multiple episodes.
  • Little Stowaway: His first experience with time-travel in Issue 18 of the IDW comic.
  • Named After Someone Famous: His first name is, of course, a reference to Jules Verne. It becomes a plot point in one episode, in which teasing makes him perceive it as an Embarrassing First Name.
  • Running Gag: Shared with his brother, a conversational gag that originated in the cartoon and carried over into the IDW comics:
    Jules: <says something in an overly complex or erudite way, for example: "Just catenate expeditiously!">
    Verne: <says the exact same thing, but simpler, having failed to understand, for example: "How about I follow you, instead?">
  • Sibling Rivalry: His and Jules's fights kick off a lot of the episodes.

    Judge Erhardt Brown 

Judge Erhardt Brown

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Roger L. Jackson
The father of Emmett Brown and grandfather of Jules and Verne. He immigrated from Germany to America sometime before WWI possessing just two dollars. Since then, he increased his wealth and became a judge for the Hill Valley Court House.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He wanted Emmett to go into law and forbade him from inventing. He nearly shut down Emmett's demonstration at the Hill Valley Science Expo until Marty convinced him not to. Since then, he has become much more supportive of Emmett's dreams.
  • Rags to Riches: He came to America before WWI with only two dollars to his name, and by the 1930s, he is wealthy and living in a mansion.
  • The Von Trope Family: His original surname was 'Von Braun' but changed it to 'Brown' because of World War I.

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The Parker Family

    Jennifer Parker 

Jennifer Jane Parker

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"Marty, you're acting like you haven't seen me in a week!"
Played by: Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), Elisabeth Shue (Back to the Future Part II and III), Courtney-Mae Briggs (original, London musical), Sophie Naglik (new casting, London musical)
Dubbed in French By: Martine Reigner (Back to the Future), Brigitte Berges (Back to the Future Part II and III)
Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Claudia Wells
Marty's girlfriend and future wife.
  • Adaptational Badass: The video game has her as a teen rebel who likes to disrupt a brutal regime oppressing Hill Valley.
  • Agent Mulder: At the start of the second movie, when she learns that the DeLorean is a time machine, she doesn't question it once (although she does sound pretty freaked out when she asks if they're in 2015).
  • All a Dream: What Doc expects/hopes she will conclude about her trip to 2015 after waking up from her faint. As expected, this is exactly what she thinks, as, even though she has no recollection of going to sleep on the porch swing, coming face-to-face with her 2015 self is the last thing she remembers before waking up, meaning that from her perspective it took place only a second ago. Marty eventually fills her in on the fact that it was all real.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the alternate!1986 in the Telltale game, she's dating an ugly, stupid tool rather than Marty — just because he plays electric guitar in a band (the Marty in the alternate timeline is apparently a grade-A nerd who plays the ukulele rather than guitar). This trope is how the real Marty wins her back, along with showing off his guitar talents.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: According to the comic book, she and Marty knew each other in fourth grade, fell out of contact for a few years, then reconnected and fell in Love at First Sight in 1984.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the game. Well, the punk-rock delinquent version of herself, anyway.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A deleted scene from Part II has 2015 Marty Sr. discovering 2015 Jennifer lying unconscious in their house's doorway (having fainted from the shock of encountering her younger self from 1985), and his reaction is a resigned sigh followed by "She's tranked again", implying that 2015 Jennifer (trapped in an unhappy marriage with Marty) regularly intoxicates herself with chemicals to the point that she would arrive home so drunk that she'll pass out cold as soon as she steps through the door, and Marty is used to this.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Well, heavy fainter. More than fourteen hours (and a major timeline shift) go by while she's lying limp on a porch swing utterly out like a light from the shock of encountering her older future self. The sudden and deafening roar of a jumbo jet flying right over her does nothing to even make her stir.
  • '80s Hair: Especially with her first actress. In alternate 1986, this becomes Delinquent Hair.
  • Faint in Shock: As a result of the Bobs not having planned any sort of Character Development for her and not knowing what to do with her in the sequels, this ends up being pretty much her default status in Parts II and III. After encountering her older 2015 self in the middle of Part II, she faints and stays out cold until the end of Part III, which means that despite her unconscious body having physically visited the alternate 1985 created in Part II, her consciousness never even got to exist at any point during this time to experience it before the timeline was rectified!
  • Flashback with the Other Darrin: It's even the page image!
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: In the game, she's a bitchy, sarcastic, delinquent rocker in the alternate-1986; this is implied to be a form of rebellion against Citizen Brown's rule.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Her most significant role was in the second film. Which involved her running around her future home in a controlled panic. The Bobs have noted that if they'd intended on making a sequel, they would not have had Jennifer go to the future with Marty and Doc as they had no idea what to do with her.
  • Hidden Depths: The "Continuum Conundrum" arc in the comic shows Jennifer taking a more active role in the plot than she did in the movies, and consequently displays sides of her that we didn't previously see.
    • For instance, she shows some remarkable sci-fi savvy, mentioning how she wishes that Doc had a "time phone" or similar, and she even theorizes that the version of Doc that they've encountered might somehow be from the original (Twin Pines) timeline, or even an Alternate Universe. She says this comes from reading George's sci-fi novels.
    • The comics show that she's also quite organized and clever in her thinking, such as when she gains the trust of Goldie Wilson, Jr. in order to get the location of Doc's secret lab. She also chastises Marty for relying too heavily on Indy Ploys rather than coming up with an organized game plan, and is able to get him to focus on the task at hand.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Is this with Marty, and we see that they're married with kids in 2015. But the original timeline isn't very happy, though maybe not to the extent of George and Lorraine in their original timeline - they appear to actually be Happily Married. Lorraine even says that she thinks that she married her son out of pity (and this is to her own granddaughter)! Fortunately, it's heavily implied that her and Marty's future becomes much better/happier after Marty prevents the incident that ruined his life from happening thanks to his Character Development.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is called "Jen" a couple of times by Marty in Part III and in the game.
    • In the comic, Needles attempts to flirt with her and calls her "Jenny". She isn't impressed.
  • The Load: Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale never had any sort of Character Development in mind for her, stating that had they planned to make a sequel to the original film, they would not have put her in the car at the end. Sure enough, less than five minutes into Part II, she's rendered unconscious and pretty much spends the rest of the series that way. Her actress isn't even given top billing in the film credits, even though those who play even smaller roles are.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: It's quite clear that she has absolutely no idea what's going on when she climbs into the DeLorean with Marty. Catches up fast, though.
  • Love at First Sight: With Marty, according to him when explaining that the trope is possible to Doc.
  • The Other Darrin: When Elizabeth Shue took over the role from Claudia Wells, she is introduced after the new timeline has taken hold (Marty has the truck, George is a successful writer, etc.). Marty makes no sign of the change (natch), but it makes sense in-universe that she might have different circumstances as well, but the changes were ret-conned into Marty's memory as well.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She appeared very little in the first movie and apparently existed only so that Marty would have someone to spill exposition on in the opening scenes. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale tried to write her out of the sequels, but the way they ended the first movie made that difficult; she did get some development in the second and third movies.
  • Secret-Keeper: She becomes this once Marty tells her about (and shows her what's left of) Doc's time machine.
  • Uncertain Doom: When last she appeared in Part II, Marty left her sleeping on the front porch in "Hell Valley", where armed criminals and other dangers were allowed to run rampant. She wakes up alive and unharmed in Part III, but there's no telling what may have happened to her offscreen.

Alternate Jennifer Parker

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Claudia Wells
An alternate version of Jennifer Parker who lives in a Hill Valley turned into a dystopia-disguised-as-an-utopia by First Citizen Emmett Brown and his wife Edna Strickland. This version is no longer the Girl Next Door type like her main timeline version but a teen rebel who dresses like a punk rocker, dyes her hair, and spray paints buildings to stick it to the Brown Administration.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She breaks up with Marty because he was a goody-two-shoes and hooks back up with him when he proves himself a rebel.
  • Rebellious Spirit: From her looks, her interests, to even her love interests are all in the name of sticking it to the Brown Administration.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Became a rebellious punk goth that had broken up with Marty when he became a "square" and rebelled against the Browns and their Citizen Plus program, constantly vandalizing buildings. This could also be a case of becoming a Broken Bird because of the terrifying dystopia she's grown up in, and perhaps that her own father supports the regime as a law officer. Of course, she is pretty nasty to Marty before hooking back up with him, and she also quickly ditches her other boyfriend in the process.
  • Xenafication: The video game has Jennifer as a more awesome character than she was in the films by making her a street punk disrupting the Citizen Brown regime.

    Officer Danny J. Parker, Jr. 

Officer Danny J. Parker, Jr.

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Mark Barbolak
The son of Detective Danny Parker and Jennifer Parker's father. In the main timeline, he is a shoe salesman. After Marty accidentally creates an alternate timeline in which Emmett Brown and Edna Strickland marry and turn Hill Valley into a utopia, this version of Danny follows in his father's footsteps to become a police officer.

    Detective Danny J. Parker 

Detective Danny J. Parker

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Mark Barbolak
Jennifer's paternal grandfather. He is a police officer in 1930s Hill Valley.

The Tannen Family

    Biff Tannen 

Biff Howard Tannen

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"What are you looking at, butthead?!"note 
Played by: Thomas F. Wilson, Aidan Cutler (original, London musical), Harry Jobson (new casting, London musical), Tyler Davis (understudy, London musical)
Dubbed in French by: Richard Darbois
Dubbed in Japanese by: Genda Akira (TV Asahi dub)
Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Kid Beyond (original release), Thomas F. Wilson (2015 rerelease)
George McFly's boss in the original 1985 who constantly picked on George in high school in 1955. Thanks to Marty's intervention in his high school years, he becomes a humble auto servicer who would later use the Delorean to alter the timeline to his favour until Marty and Doc revert that timeline.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely no one at school likes Biff due to his bullying and generally awful personality. Upon everyone finding out that he knocked Biff out cold, George instantly becomes popular among his classmates.
  • Abusive Parents: He has become Lorraine's children's stepdad in 1985-A. A line from Lorraine implies he lets his goons hit her kids, he punches Marty in the stomach when he tries to stand up for his mother, and he threatens with cutting Lorraine's kids off when she threatens to leave him.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In the second movie, when his 2015 self goes to 1955 and overhears his younger self arguing with a mechanic over the cost of his car's repairs from the manure truck accident, he chuckles, remembering the incident with nostalgia rather than bitterness.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked. Biff insists on this while flirting with Lorraine on some occasions. Thankfully, she's not one of them.
  • AM/FM Characterization: In 1955, he listens to Perry Como on his way to the dance.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the McFly Family in general, but mostly Marty in the first and second movies.
  • Attempted Rape: In Part I, he tries to have his way with Lorraine. Luckily, George showed up before Biff did anything to her.
  • Ax-Crazy: When Biff goes on a tear, he takes abject glee in hurting people, be it running someone down with his car, Attempted Rape, or trying to break George's arm.
  • Bad Boss: He's George's supervisor in the original timeline, and practically the same bully he was to him in high school.
  • Barbaric Bully: Big (lampshaded), dumb (says certain things grammatically incorrect, although he's smarter than his grandson), and Obviously Evil (attempts to rape Lorraine in their high school years, as well as his old self going back in time to turn the present-85 into a hellhole), three out of three.
  • Being Good Sucks: Biff's redemption didn't last, as dealing with a psychotic grandson left him bitter and pining for a better life he felt entitled to.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He really hates manure. When Marty told him in 1985-A he heard about the manure incident in 1955 he seemed more angry about being reminded of it than confused of how Marty found out.
    • He also doesn't like being compared to George McFly. As shown in 1985-A, when he slapped Lorraine for saying he's not even "half the man" George was.
  • Big Bad: In Part II. His alteration of the timeline turns Hill Valley into a dystopia — with him at the top — that should be set right. He's also a major antagonist in Part I, but in this film, his bullying and jerkassery is only half the challenge Marty is faced with.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: His favorite insult is the supremely juvenile "butthead" well into his old age.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • The new "nicer" Biff that appears at the end of the first Back to the Future is pretty much an act given that he returns to being a massive Jerkass when he's an old man (in context, he seems really bitter about how Marty Sr. turned out). It's unknown if he's still this way in Part III after the timeline's fixed.
    • The Biff of 1985-A cultivates a philanthropist image in his rise to power.
  • Book Dumb: He's not good at school, but as shown in Part II, he's very good with cars, and in Part I, he has a reasonably successful auto-repair business.
  • The Bully: Pretty much the go-to example in film. Biff is this to George, Marty, and Lorraine. In fact, he likes to push around everyone. As the sequels and expanded media demonstrate, it runs in the family.
  • Bully Brutality: Engages in this when he tries to run Marty into the back of a manure truck. He also tries to grope and rape Lorraine, and when George intervenes, Biff tries to break George's arm.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Played With, as it's only in the "good" version of 1985 that he became friends with George, after George stood up to him. Reformed 1985 Biff seems to be on (somewhat) friendly terms with Marty: in the beginning of Part II he's eager to show Marty his new custom-made matchbooks, but knowing the old Biff all too well, Marty seems to take this with cautious acceptance.
    • Even in the original 1985 Timeline, it seems that Biff and George are probably the closest thing to best friends that they have along with workmates. Unfortunately they are just continually playing out their toxic dynamic of bully and victim from High School as middle aged men. George KNOWS Biff is an asshole and his life would be much better off without him but doesn't have the guts to stand up to him.
    • This is further played with in the video game, implying that while his bullying nature is actually genetic in some ways, it's also partly due to his circumstances. After Marty and Doc's adventures in 1931, Biff is no longer an unwanted child raised by his grandmother. His estranged, criminal father Irving "Kid" Tannen cleans up his act after falling in love with Edna Strickland in jail and manages to become a grounding and positive influence in Biff's life along with his new wife. The resulting version of Biff is a lot more cheerful and is on much better terms with George and his family than his previous iterations.
  • The Caligula: In 1985-A, his building is labeled with a gigantic likeness of him with giant neon letters that say "BIFF'S." He also spends most of his time yelling at people, and literally getting away with murder by buying out the corrupt police force. And the only reason he's as powerful as he is was because his future self literally handed him an almanac that allowed him to win at gambling at any sporting event he wants.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Biff is constantly, err, biffing his attempts at wordplay with lines like "Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here"note  and "That's as funny as a screen door on a battleship!"note  Presumably everyone is too afraid of him to correct him. He is berated for this by his older self in the second movie.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': In the altered 1985, where he's rather submissive to George, he can't get away with putting on only one coat of wax on any cars.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hello! Hello! Anybody home?! Hey, think, McFly, think!"
    • "What are you looking at, Butthead!"
    • "Hey McFly!"
    • "Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?"
  • Cessation of Existence: Old Biff fades into nothingness the moment he travels back to 2015, due to altering his own past in such a way that he wouldn't live as long. This should have caused a temporal paradox, but the consequences of his actions are thwarted before any possible cosmic anomalies could occur.
  • Character Check: Biff seemed to have genuinely reformed in the improved timeline, but when he sees Marty and Jennifer get into a flying Delorean, something in him clicks and he shows up in the future having undone all of his character development.
  • Child Hater: As a teenager he stole a ball from some children and threw it onto a roof. Marty is a downplayed example, as despite being old enough to drive he's still 17 and thus a minor.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In 1985-A, as the founder of Biffco. He apparently has a head for business, as he's basically a small business owner in the 'fixed' 1985 timeline and is George's supervisor at some sort of office business in the 'starting' 1985 timeline, meaning he's this trope in both of the 'bad' 1985 timelines seen in the films (though he's a mere grown up bully in the 'starting' timeline instead of a crime boss).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very rarely, if ever. Especially Old Biff who does not really like his past self.
    [After 1955 Biff verbally and physically harasses Lorraine and yells how he'll marry her one day]
    Old Biff: You always did have a way with women.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the central antagonist of the first two films, he only appears briefly near the end of the third film in a fairly inconsequential role. Justified in that the majority of the film took place decades before he was even born.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He steals the DeLorean in the ride version to travel through time and profit. Even though he knows cars, he doesn't know how to fly them. Cue Biff nearly getting killed in the prehistoric era.
  • Dirty Coward: Biff's bullying is largely borne from thinking he has the upper hand on those he picks on. Standing up to him or proving you're able to fight back tends to make him back off. After George knocks him out, Biff is implied to have left him alone afterwards.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Biff really takes retaliation too far.
    • His response to Marty standing up to him in 1955 was to run him down with his car.
    • George punched him out in high school for threatening Lorraine. In the bad timeline 1985-A, Biff used his connections with the police to kill George personally, cover up the crime, marry Lorraine, and make her life hell.
  • Domestic Abuse: In the alternate timeline in Part II, he is horrifically abusive towards Lorraine. He's physically aggressive with her, he harms her children in front of her, and it's implied he made her do things like make her get breast implants. He also uses threats to keep her under his control like threatening her children if she ever tries to walk out on him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Biff forces himself in Lorraine and attacks George. Yet in the altered 1985, both of them allow him into their lives as a sort of family friend.
  • Entitled to Have You: In 1955 he believes wholeheartedly that Lorraine is "his girl", regardless of how she feels about him. This culminates in his attempt to rape her at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. In the altered version, he murders George and threatens to ruin her children to keep Lorraine under his thumb.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Exhibit A — Stealing a ball from some neighborhood kids and hurling it onto a nearby roof. And then he strolls away cackling to himself.
    • It's obvious that he doesn't like Lorraine for her personality; at best he'll cop a feel to her dismay. Yet in 1985-A he forced her to marry him and get plastic surgery, and threatens her kids to make her comply.
    • In the alternate present, we see a headline describing George's murder; Biff, the actual gunman, crows that the police would never arrest him. The article explains that George was headed for a meeting to protest the environmental policies of Biffco.
  • Evil Laugh: Icing on the cake.
  • Fatal Flaw: His wrath and need to bully others gets him because it inevitably makes people hate him.
    • His abuse of Lorraine is what causes George to finally snap and knock him out.
    • Per Word of God, Biff's abuse of Lorraine finally causes her to finally kill him in revenge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a guy good-naturedly ribbing his buddy when bullying George, but is in fact a sadistic asshole who has no problem forcing himself on women.
  • Flanderization: The Biff to the Future comic drastically ramps up his Malaproper traits, to the point where he mangles at least one phrase or adage on every single page.
  • Freudian Excuse: His grandmother sounds like a case. In the Telltale game, his father is revealed to be a notorious bootlegger.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Once he gets his hands on the Grey's Sports Almanac from the future in the second film, Biff goes from a bully to a murderer, a Domestic Abuser (toward's Marty's mother, no less), and Corrupt Corporate Executive. Thanks to him, Hill Valley is overrun with crime. His influence extends far beyond the town, as he is implied to be responsible for the legalization of gambling as well as allowing Nixon to stay in office for four terms.
  • Future Loser: The altered timeline had him waxing cars, most often for the McFly family, in contrast to his supervisor job in the original timeline. Seems to be aware that he's this by 2015.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His 2015 self, which proved he never stopped being a jackass.
  • The Heavy: In Part I, half the conflict is getting Marty back to 1985. The other half is the 1955 Biff bullying Marty's father George, which is a more personal conflict that threatens Marty's existence since George might not get the guts to court Lorraine, marry her and sire Marty and his siblings, causing them to be erased from existence.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Played With. Biff does become nicer in the altered timeline, but it is questionable whether he has genuinely turned over a new leaf or is simply behaving in a sycophantic manner to a wealthier and more confident George. His 2015-self bullies (who he believes to be) Marty's son with his cane, but he also doesn't like his bullying grandson Griff, is more chill about the manure incident than annoyed, and is ashamed with how stupid his younger self was, proving he's gained some wisdom, if not morals.
  • He Knows Too Much: The elderly Biff left some other instructions for his 1985-A self: If anyone (specifically Marty or Doc) comes to him asking about the almanac, kill them.
  • Held Back in School: Despite being a year older than George and Lorraine, Biff was in the same classes as them. The 1985-A explains this by saying that he took a year helping the high school football team.
  • Hidden Depths: Old Biff is a grouch, but he remembers the manure incident with amusement rather than shame. This implies he did mature a little bit.
    • His teenage self was also smart enough to switch the dust jacket on his Almanac with a girly magazine to keep it from being stolen, which is a far cry from the dumb muscle he appeared to be back then.
  • High-School Rejects: In the altered timeline, his life after high school went nowhere and he is stuck in a humiliating position, washing the McFly family's cars.
  • I Hate Past Me: The elderly Biff is quite embarrassed about how dimwitted the younger Biff is.
    Old Biff: It's LEAVE, you idiot! "Make like a tree and leave". You sound like a damned FOOL when you say it wrong!
  • I Have Your Wife: The gist of his blackmail on Lorraine in 1985-A. If she tries to leave, he'll cancel Linda's credit cards and stop covering her debts, have Dave's probation revoked, and get Marty (plus Linda and Dave, if he feels like it) jailed.
  • Jerkass: He's has a callous personality up until George stands up for himself, anyway. And he seems more bitter than jerkass in 2015 - given the opportunity to go back in time, he opts to make himself rich rather than do anything to the McFly family. While he does make himself rich, he turns the town into a hellhole and evidently gets himself killed years before 2015.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Part II, the scene where he punches Marty in the stomach after he tried to stand up for his mother is obviously meant to be a Kick the Dog moment, but he does call out Marty's Fatal Flaw.
    Biff: Always a little hot-headed, huh?
  • Jerkass to One: He's especially nasty to George, with his bullying dating back to 1955.
  • Jerk Jock: 1955 Biff is a textbook example.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In the original timeline, he got away with bullying George well into adulthood.
    • In the first movie, George gives Biff the punch he so richly deserves. In the revised 1985, he is reduced to a pathetic mechanic who cowers before George.
    • In 1985-A, he would get away with murder and years of domestic violence toward Lorraine. However, Lorraine would eventually snap and kill him in the 1990s.
  • Karmic Death: Thanks to a deleted scene, he gets two for the price of one. In Part II, Old Biff gives the almanac to his 1955 self to create a future where he's top dog, but upon his return, he doesn't live to enjoy the fruits of his efforts; in the newly-created timeline, Biff dies at Lorraine's hands in the 1990s after abusing her for years, which means 2015 Biff disappears into thin air.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Single-handedly responsible for bringing about the Bad Future of 1985-A in Part II.
  • Large and in Charge: Biff is 6'3" and the leader of his Gang of Bullies.
  • Large Ham: For a bully and a general pain in the rear, he's rather (melo)dramatic in talk and/or action. Even his 1985-A self is just as over-the-top as the original.
  • Malaproper:
    • In Part II:
      Young Biff: [to old Biff] Now why don't you make like a tree and get outta here?!
      Old Biff: ([slaps young Biff]) It's "LEAVE", you idiot! "Make like a tree and leave". You sound like a damned FOOL when you say it wrong!
    • Also in Part II:
      Biff: That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.
      Marty: [hiding in Biff's car] Screen door on a submarine, you dork...
    • And in Part III, we find out that it runs in the family:
      Buford: I'll hunt you and shoot you down like a duck!
      (Beat)
      Buford's Henchman: It's "dog", Buford, "shoot him down like a dog".
  • Manchild: As an adult in the original timeline, he acts exactly like his teenage bully self from 1955, having no reason to ever mature; he forces George to do his work and takes advantage of him. In Part II, this crosses over to Psychopathic Manchild in 1985-A when he's still just as bratty and immature, but now has the wealth and power to get everything he wants. The original Biff never actually killed anyone (though he did try to run Marty down with his car, twice); 1985-A Biff has no misgivings and demonstrates it.
  • Miles Gloriosus: For a sadist whom everyone was afraid of, he had a really bad glass jaw.
  • Money Is Not Power: According to Word of God, Lorraine would've finally snapped and killed him in the 1990s, showing that wealth would not have made him invincible.
  • Moral Pragmatist: The "reformed" Biff might have given up being a bully because he can't threaten people anymore rather than any shame or maturity. The Old Biff seems more exasperated with his younger self than ashamed of his cruelty.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In 1985-A, he kills George McFly in 1973.
  • Never My Fault: He totals the McFly car while illegally drinking behind the wheel, and blames George for it because the latter never told him it had a blind spot.note  In Part 1, he blames Marty for wrecking his car and getting it covered in manure, and in Part 2 he insists the mechanic pay for the damages.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In the first movie, Marty's plan to pretend to be sexually assaulting Lorraine so George can save her, doesn't go well because Lorraine actually wanted to jump Marty, and Marty got disgusted by it. It's only when Biff shows up and actually tries to rape Lorraine that George gets a real chance at saving the day and finally standing up to him.
  • Not a Morning Person: Biff is implied to be this. Whenever George offers to go to Biff's home with the reports for Biff to copy and pass them as his own, Biff tells George not to show up too soon for this very reason.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He and his gang have a collective "shit!" when they realize his car is headed straight towards the manure truck.
    • He has this expression on his for a split second when he sees George's expression before being knocked out in one punch.
  • Older and Wiser: 2015 Biff. He formulates a surprisingly effective plan to make his past self rich, after listening to Doc talking about the risks of meeting an alternate self, and even figures out how to make the time machine work. The plan, however, firmly wipes out his Older and Wiser trait by having his 1985-A self retain a childish temper and ultimately die well before 2015, thereby erasing old Biff from existence until Marty sets things right. He's also become more amused than annoyed over the "manure" incident and is clearly ashamed of how much of a blockhead his 1955 self is.
  • Our Founder: Has a wax statue of himself standing in 1985-A's museum.
  • Outdated Outfit: In 1985-A, he and his gang seem to fit in more with the The '70s than The '80s.
  • Pet the Dog: Biff seems genuinely happy that George got a novel published. Judging by the way he excitedly runs in with the first editions, it's clear that he had been eagerly anticipating the books for awhile along with the family.
    • Though he does so in his usual surly way, he's quick to confront what he believes to be a stranger (actually Marty in a cowboy outfit) messing with Marty's truck.
  • Pink Is Erotic: In 1985-A, Biff seduces women in a pink, purple, and red home, owns pink towels, and other pink decorations. Marty confronts him while he's in a jacuzzi with 2 other women.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: 1985-A Biff does share his wealth with Lorraine-A and her children when he marries her...purely so he can use the threat of cutting them off to keep Lorraine in line.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Teenage Biff lives with his grandma with no sign of parents, and she doesn't seem to be a particularly nice person, either.
  • Reformed Bully: In the altered timeline, Biff being under George's thumb has made him give up his meanest habits. However, him calling Marty "butthead" before he recognized him in the third film — though admittedly in response to what appeared to be someone stealing his cleaning supplies, and while dressed in a ridiculous outfit to boot — and the behavior of his older self in the second might cast doubt on whether he's reformed or just scared of George.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: In the first film, it's implied Biff is willing to stiff George on a waxing job (until George pushes the issue), and in the third film, he gets aggressive and yells "Butthead" at Marty when he thinks he's some stranger stealing his cleaning supplies. If Biff has genuinely reformed then it shows he still hasn't fully lost his edge.
  • Retgone: A deleted scene from Part II shows Old Biff fading away when he returns to 2015. 1985-A Lorraine apparently shot him some time in the mid-90s.
  • Retired Monster: It's heavily implied his altered version isn't a much better person, and that his kindness is just obsequiousness to his wealthier and more successful former punching bag. His 2015 version is a bitter grouch, albeit one who more or less keeps to himself. Even then, when Old Biff gets the opportunity to restore his younger self to power, he doesn't hesitate to take it.
  • The Sociopath: He's pretty much the most monstrous character in the series; he has little to no inhibitions and he would do terrible things if he thought he could get away with them. In the first film, he harasses his classmates, tries to straight up murder 'Calvin Klein' with his car (in public no less) and later tries to rape Lorraine. In the second film, in the alternate timeline he murders George, abuses George's family for twelve years, and once again tries to murder 'Calvin Klein' with his car (and enjoys it even more this time).
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: In the original timeline, he's still at it, holding power over George. In 1985-A, he has power over Hill Valley, as well as California itself. The fixed timeline subverts this, to the point that George apparently trusts him to do a good job... eventually.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In 1985-A.
    Biff: Kid, I own the police.
  • Smug Snake: In 1985-A, he may have money, but that hasn't improved his intelligence and cunning one bit. Despite being armed, he very easily loses the Alamanac to Marty.
  • Thin-Skinned Bully: In the original timeline at the start of the first movie, Biff is a bully of Marty McFly's father from his college years, that continues to demean him in the present. When George stands up for himself and punches Biff out for trying to date rape Lorraine, he never bullies him again and ultimately becomes submissive to George in the present day.
  • Time-Traveling Jerkass: Once he gets his hands on Grey's Sports Almanac in 2015.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: One would think the loutish bully who forced himself on Lorraine couldn't get any worse. But with money and power his other versions didn't have, 1985-A Biff goes from hoodlum to psychotic tyrant and wife-beater.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It is possible that the altered Biff is a much nicer man, but it could be just an act. Regardless he sees to have given up his bullying ways.
  • Trumplica: Word of God says the 1985-A version of Biff was inspired by Donald Trump. That version of Biff is a billionaire celebrity with strong political connections and media presence, wears his blonde hair in a conspicuous combover, has loud taste in fashion and home decor, lives in a Vegas-style skyscraper, has a massive ego, casually objectifies women, and sustains his wealth and power through unethical business practices. The portrait in Biff's office was even based on one of Trump.
  • Tyrannical Town Tycoon: Becomes a tyrannical billionaire in 1985-A, making Hill Valley akin to Potterville.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In the ride, after riders bump his car in the prehistoric era and send him back to the present, his response is "You saved my life...Buttheads!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: After the second time, he crashes into a manure truck. He screams about how he hates manure and looks like he's about to cry.
  • Villainous Crush: For Lorraine. Taken to disturbing levels in the second film, and this is after the Attempted Rape which is still in play in 1955-A. Even the 2015 version has lingering "feelings" for her, as he told Marty (masquerading as his son Marty Jr.) "Say hello to your grandma for me."
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In 1985-A, he's even got his own museum dedicated to his life story.
  • Villainous Lineage: Descended from an outlaw, he's pretty much more of the same. No word about how his son turned out, but his grandson Griff's at least as bad as he ever was if not more. And in the game, it's revealed that his father was a notorious bootlegger.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Downplayed in Part I, in which his only two not Played for Laughs Kick the Dog acts were trying to run over Marty with his car and attempting to rape Lorraine, nearly breaking George's arm when he stands up to him. Played straight in Part II in 1985-A, when he becomes a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is an Domestic Abuser, turned Hill Valley into Hell Valley and murdered George McFly in cold blood. Even for a science fiction adventure comedy trilogy it is, Biff in this alternate timeline had become the darkest antagonist of the series.
  • Wicked Stepmother: He becomes a gender-flipped version of this in 1985-A. Wicked doesn't even begin to describe how cruel he is to Marty.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the first film, he pushes Lorraine to the ground, and in the alternate 1985 of Part II, he abuses her along with Marty, among other things making her get breast implants.
  • Yandere: He's an incredibly unpleasant version of this trope to Lorraine: In 1955, he sexually harassed Lorraine in broad daylight and nearly rapes her at the prom, and in 1985-A he murders George and threatens to ruin the rest of Lorraine's children if she leaves him.
  • You Killed My Father: He killed George, Marty's father, in 1985-A. Lorraine avenges George by shooting him in turn.

    Griff Tannen 

Griff Tannen

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"Hey, Gramps, I told you two coats of wax on my car, not just one! GRAMPS! What the hell am I paying you for?!"
Played by: Thomas F. Wilson
Dubbed in French by: Richard Darbois
Grandson of Biff Tannen who leads a Gang of Bullies in 2015.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's far more unhinged than Biff was and even quicker prone to violence. To quote Emmet, "He's got a few short circuits in his bionic implants." Best exemplified by his version of the "your shoe's untied" gag: while Biff would merely lightly smack the person in the face, Griff outright punches Marty Jr.
  • Batter Up!: He attacks Marty with a metallic bat. He even says the Trope Namer Batter Up! when he attacks.
  • The Bully: Like grandfather, like grandson. He notably spends his brief amount of time pushing Marty's future son around and even bullies his grandfather.
  • Cessation of Existence: Implied to have happened when old Biff went back in time. Old Biff's biography lists a series of celebrity women among his conquests, implying he never settle down with whomever Griff's grandmother was. Given their mutual hatred of each other, Old Biff likely wasn't too bothered by this casualty.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Doc warns Marty that Griff's "bionic implants" make him unstable. We're never given much of an idea as to what these implants are, but sure enough, Griff is unnaturally twitchy, constantly visibly stressed, and even more aggressive than Biff.
  • Cyborg: He has several illegal "bionic implants" installed in his body, giving him the ability to make himself even taller over Marty and even No-Sell his "what's that!" punch by automatically blocking it. It makes him an even more violent and imposing bully than Biff was, leaving poor Marty Jr. helpless. It doesn't help him win against the Guile Hero Marty Sr., though.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Unlike his ancestors, whose Gang of Bullies only comprised of white guys, his has an asian guy and a girl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Played with. In the comic, he appears to have eventually traded in his criminal career for law enforcement, but it turns out he was brainwashed into it. That said, he does attempt to follow the rules — if only because he's broken so many of them that he's already on thin ice — and initially only opposes Marty and Doc because they were suspected criminals. But eventually his vices are too much to keep restrained, and he devolves back into the violent thug he was first seen as anyway.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks exactly like Biff in his younger days.
  • Never My Fault: Despite being obviously guilty of causing mayhem, when he gets arrested he indignantly declares "I was framed."
  • No Indoor Voice: While Biff can at least tone his voice down sometimes, Griff just shouts pretty much every word he says.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: Griff and his Gang of Bullies are last seen being arrested after their chase against Marty ends with them crashing their hoverboards into the courthouse. The newspaper confirms their arrest.
  • Rabid Cop: In the further future seen in the comics. As a cop, he's under strict cybernetic control, but his Ax-Crazy tendencies, love of More Dakka and frothing hatred of McFlys eventually lead to him demolishing half the city just to take down a couple of perps, and ending up in cuffs (again) himself.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears and is dealt with in the first act, but it's his actions that kick off Marty and Doc's trip to 2015, which in turn kicks off the rest of the film after Marty discovers the almanac.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Griff's shoes have massive silver spikes that make his feet resemble a rhino.
  • Starter Villain: He's the main villain of the first act of Part II, but is arrested at the end of that and his grandfather takes over as the true villain in the film.

    General Beauregard Tannen 

General Beauregard B. Tannen

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Owen Thomas
The father of Buford and great-great grandfather of Biff. During the Civil War, he was a general for the Confederate Army. At some point after the war, he moved to Hill Valley to build a saloon. In an alternate timeline, his saloon was burned down by a time traveling Edna Strickland along with the rest of Hill Valley.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: By the law of the time, Beauregard's business is completely legal and has every right to shoot Edna for breaking and attempting to burn his property.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A Tannen is a Tannen and Beauregard is just as much a jerkass like the rest of his family though he has his morals. Other than making truce with a Union General during the Civil War, his reason for opening a saloon other for money is also to provide the towns people a place they can enjoy after a day of hard work.
  • Mythology Gag: Beauregard previously appears in the animation series.
  • White Sheep: Downplayed. He is a murdering asshole like the rest of his family, but he at least doesn't like shooting women. Of course that doesn't matter if they're trying to destroy his livelihood.

    Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen 

Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen

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"Mad Dog? I hate that name. I hate it, you hear? Nobody calls me "Mad Dog"! Especially not some duded-up, egg-suckin' gutter trash!"
Played by: Thomas F. Wilson
Dubbed in French by: Richard Darbois
An outlaw who terrorized Hill Valley in 1885 and Biff's great-grandfather.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him by his nickname "Mad Dog" has apparently been Buford's for a long time as the moment Marty says it in the Palace Saloon, every single person in the saloon either silently runs away or makes themselves scarce.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the third film. He killed Doc in one timeline and preventing Doc's death at Buford's hands is the reason why Marty travels to 1885.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's first mentioned in the video playing in Biff's Museum in 1985-A.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Originally, he shoots Doc in the back over a matter of 80 dollars, involving a horse that threw a shoe (which Buford shot) and the bottle of whiskey that broke as a result. He also shot a newspaper editor who printed an unfavorable story about him in 1884, which made everyone stop keeping track of his kills.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. He absolutely hates being called by his nickname "Mad Dog Tannen".
  • The Dreaded: He terrifies the people of 1885 Hill Valley. So much so that the newspapers stopped keeping track of all his kills after he'd shot an editor who printed an unfavorable story about him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Is briefly shown in the second movie by way of a history lesson on the Tannen family.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He thinks hanging Marty and later shooting him are funny.
  • Evil Wears Black: In keeping with old-time Western films, Buford wears an all-black suit in contrast to the heoric characters who all wear lighter shades.
  • Expy: Of Liberty Valance. This was deliberate on Wilson's part, right down to calling Marty "dude".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: One of the reasons he's nicknamed "Mad Dog", and a major reason why everyone is scared of him.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-Universe. In the 1985-A of the second movie, where his great-grandson Biff Tannen made himself a billionaire, the museum in his casino portrays him as a much more heroic figure than he actually was.
  • Identical Grandson: A bit tricky to pin down the usual features of a Tannen through that mustache, but he has 'em.
  • In the Back: How Buford kills Doc in the original timeline. In a deleted scene, Buford does the same thing to Marshal Strickland when the marshal tries to stop him as he heads into town to duel with Marty.
  • Jerkass: Well, he's a Tannen. What else would you expect at this point?
  • Kick the Dog: Shooting a man dead in a fair duel is one thing. Shooting him dead after he's taken off his gun and wants to resolve the situation otherwise and gloating about it after? That's just low. Even his gang looks shocked.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Naturally, being an actual gun-toting outlaw rather than just a school bully, he's much more dangerous than the average Tannen and rivals 1985-A Biff as a threat. He almost successfully hangs Marty after their version of the "bar chase" scene and much of the third movie is spent trying to alter several futures in which he shoots either Doc or Marty to death.
  • Malaproper: "I'll hunt you and shoot you down like a duck." "It's dog, Buford."
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Mad Dog" Tannen...you think this is a bad guy?
  • Never My Fault: Just like his descendant. Buford shot his $75 horse dead, but blamed Doc for it because the latter fitted the animal with a shoe that was thrown off. And which Buford didn't pay him for.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: "He once bragged that he'd killed 12 men, not including Indians or Chinamen."
    • He also doesn't seem to like Irishmen, if telling Seamus never to come to the saloon is anything to go by. This marks the beginning the McFly-Tannen feud.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: He and his henchmen are all arrested after Marty beats up Buford at the end.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While Biff is a confirmed murderer and cheat, most of the damage of his antics in Part II is just a side effect of his ignorant, narrow-minded selfishness. Buford, however, is a career criminal who revels in violence and actively enjoys killing, to the point where he revels in hanging Marty and slowly suffocating him for accidentally using his hated nickname and muses about how a bullet from his Derringer could take days to agonizingly kill Doc.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Retroactively in the alternate 1985. The Biff Tannen Museum paints him as an outlaw of intrigue and derring-do in the vein of Jesse James rather than the ruthless bully and murderer he'll show himself to be in the next film.
  • Would Harm a Senior: Before Marty got involved, he shot Doc (who's currently in his mid-sixties) with a derringer, causing him a slow and painful death. The reason for it? Doc refused to pay him $80 after a horse he had shod threw a shoe and broke a bottle of whiskey, because Buford had never paid him for the job in the first place. In the new timeline, he attempts to kill him multiple times.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After Clara kicks him for making lewd comments about her, he shoves her, knocking her down. This rouses Doc's ire considerably.

    Kid Tannen 

Irving "Kid" Tannen

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Owen Thomas
Biff Tannen's father and a famous mob boss in 1931's Hill Valley. The owner of the Speakeasy that was razed the same year.
  • Affably Evil: Unlike Biff, Kid seems to have a more reasonable side to him, such as when he turns down Marty's request if he could deliver soup from him so to not give Edna competition. Another example has him giving some of his peanuts to Marty after the latter asks for some.note  He also is a man of his word, as he keeps his promise to not kill Artie after Trixie begged him not to, and even must have allowed them to get together eventually, seeing as Marty's family line still exists in the altered timeline from Episode 2 of the Game.
  • Break the Haughty: His time in prison reduced him to a kind old man married to Edna.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's kinda like the Big Bad in episode 1 and 2, but his role is limited to cameos in the other episodes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Puts on a charming social front, but cracks jokes about the people he's killed.
  • Jerkass: He's a Tannen, what would you expect?
  • Like Father, Like Son: He's pretty much Biff as a gangster.
  • Love Redeems: He reforms from his evil ways in the end of Episode 5. See Edna's entry for more.
  • Malaproper: "Make like a tree and die, rat!"
  • Opposites Attract: With Edna Strickland. He's a womanizing trouble-maker while she's a Heroic Wannabe trying to bring order. They end up happily married and even manage to reconnect with Kid's estranged son, Biff.
  • Parental Abandonment: Has Biff out of wedlock with a woman named Myra Benson. They get married strictly for appearances sake, dump Biff on his grandmother, and then part ways as soon as they can. After Kid's reform, he comes back for Biff (most likely due to Edna's insistance or out of regret when he actually learns what love feels like.) and manages to reconnect with him, forming a newer, happier Tannen family with Edna.

The Strickland Family

    Vice Principal Strickland 

Vice Principal Gerald Strickland

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"Slacker!"
Played by: James Tolkan, Mark Oxtoby (original, London musical), Matthew Barrow (understudy, London musical), Gary Trainor (new casting, London musical)
Dubbed in French by: Jean-Paul Tribout (Back to the Future), Jean-Claude Montalban (Back to the Future Part II and III)
The Vice Principal of Hill Valley High School.
  • Bald of Evil: Granted he's not so much evil as much as he's a strict jerk, but he's completely bald in 1985, and when Marty is in 1955, he lampshades Strickland's male-pattern baldness.
    Marty: Jesus, didn't that guy ever have hair?
  • Catchphrase Insult: "Slacker!"
  • Dean Bitterman: Even in the 50s he was against his students' wild side.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: In the game, Marty finds an old photo of him as a child — dressed like a girl — in his sister Edna's apartment.
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: His name is probably an inside joke on the word 'strict'.
  • Future Badass: In the crime-ridden dystopian future of the second movie, he has become an embattled survivalist who semi-successfully defends his home against the heavily armed gangs who plague that version of Hill Valley.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Averted. He's down to the last few dregs of his hair in 1955 and completely bald in 1985. Played for laughs with his great-grandfather who had extremely long hair. He's shown to have a full mane of blonde hair in 1946 in "Biff to the Future".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In 1955 at least, he kept a bottle of liquor concealed in his office.
  • Jerkass: He is hardly a pleasant fellow.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He tells George McFly to shape up.
  • Meaningful Name: Strickland. He's really strict.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: If nothing else he is willing to intervene when he sees Biff about to beat up Marty, showing that if nothing else Mr. Strickland doesn't tolerate bullying.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In 1985-A. He became a shotgun-wielding survivalist because of the collapse of civilization in Hill Valley. This is presumed to be stemmed from his military combat training during World War II, as shown in an episode of the animated series when a young Strickland is shown as a MP back in the 1940s.
    Strickland: (aims shotgun at hooligans) EAT LEAD, SLACKERS!!!

    Edna Strickland 

Edna Strickland

Voiced in the Telltale Games series by: Rebecca Sweitzer (present time) and Shannon Nicholson (younger version)
Sister of Gerald Strickland. A Crazy Cat Lady Marty meets in 1986. Because Marty interacts with her and young Emmett in 1931 they both fall in love, this little mistake throws the timeline into jeopardy and prevents the events of the movie from ever happening.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She is much more ruthless in the comic book adaption of the game. Not only she considers her action an act of God, she also has no qualm in killing people. On the flipside, in the end she feels remorse and willingly turns herself in to the police in the comic, whereas she has to be dragged kicking and screaming in the game.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the game finale, with Kid Tannen, of all people.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the game.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "It's a fact, look it up."
    • "Hooligans!"
    • She borrows the “slacker” catchphrase her brother uses at least once or twice.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: By 1986C she won't let Doc so much as interact with another woman.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: By the time Episode 5 rolls around, Marty exclaims, "Jeez, that lady was always a loon!"
  • Crazy Cat Lady: The original 1986!Edna and Crazy, Old 1931!Edna.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Just because she has a fear of dogs, Edna calls dogs a pest and has all dogs in Hill Valley impounded in 1986C.
  • Dry Crusader: She sets Hill Valley accidentally ablaze while trying to burn down a saloon.
  • Epic Fail: While in 1876, Edna tried to burn down Hill Valley's saloon since her grandfather wouldn't do anything about it. This ended up burning down all of Hill Valley.
  • Evil Old Folks: Exaggerated in Ep. 3 when she becomes a dictator.
  • Foil: In Episode 3, she ends up becoming one to Part II's Biff, in which both of them end up controlling all of Hill Valley due to the consequences of time travel, including owning the police, but whereas Biff turned Hill Valley into a chaotic, lawless, biker-filled wasteland, Enda turns Hill Valley into a pristine police state where mundane liberties are punishable by brainwashing.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Whenever Edna gets a drop of power, there are always serious consequences.
  • Grumpy Old Man: She's never happy in her old age. At least until her defeat and reformation.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: However, her song is actually quite effective when sung by Trixie.
  • Hypocrite: When encountered in 1986 at the beginning of the first episode, she chides Marty not to romanticize the past. She actually does just that relative to her own past, loving 1876 for how "pure" it is before Beauregard Tannen shows up. Also, see "Straw Hypocrite" below.
  • Insane Troll Logic: As Mary Pickford, she claims that Doc/Citizen Brown and Marty tricked her into using the DeLorean and sending her back to 1876, leading her to destroy Hill Valley and puts full blame on them when she regains her memories.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Edna manages to get away with burning down the Hill Valley speakeasy in 1931 in many timelines but by the end of the game and after altering history several times, she is finally arrested.
  • Knight Templar: Her views of justice are... petty, to say the least.
  • Lethally Stupid: She once burned down the entire town of Hill Valley in her protests.
  • Love Redeems: Hooking up with Kid Tannen results in both of them mellowing out a lot.
  • Loving a Shadow: After Marty talks with young Edna about the nature of her relationship with Emmett, it becomes apparent that she loves what his scientific genius can do for her causes more so than Emmett as a person.
  • Moral Guardians: In-Universe. She forces her views on what's right and wrong on everybody.
  • Never My Fault: In 1931A, after remembering that she burnt Hill Valley, she puts full blame on Doc and Marty.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As the second half of the game reveals, she's capable of pretty nasty stuff.
  • Obliviously Evil: She fails to see that she is no different to the "hooligans" that she hates so much. When she confessed to burning down the speakeasy, she admits that she enjoyed watching the building burn but took no consideration that there may be people in there. Her comic book counterpart is even worse.
  • Promoted to Parent: Becomes Biff's stepmother.
  • Pyromaniac: Burning down buildings is her go-to method of fighting against vice and corruption, and her Crazy!1931 incarnation shows that she absolutely revels in it.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Young Edna lays this trope on Young Emmett, provoking a hilarious attempt at a smile.
  • Red Herring Shirt: She initially seems to be a side character, but eventually becomes the main antagonist.
  • Shadow Dictator: Citizen Edna, who rules Hill Valley with an iron fist.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: She may have had good intentions in fending off "hooligans", at least at first, but as the Straw Hypocrite entry indicates, she's a violent Pyromaniac who's just as evil as the "hooligans" she's fighting against. Though she starts to see the error of her ways when she discovers that she was breaking the law herself.
  • Silver Vixen: She aged considerably better in the timeline where she married Emmett.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Yells at other people for breaking the law, but broke the law herself by lighting buildings on fire.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Played with. It's a plot point that multiple characters, particularly Citizen Brown, presume that she was kinder and less crazy in her youth than she becomes in her old age, to the point where even though Marty is told that Edna was the arsonist in Ep. 2, nobody really believes it. This becomes Citizen Brown's brief re-Face–Heel Turn, as he comes to believe stopping his younger self from becoming a scientist will prevent her from becoming a monster. However, while she is somewhat more compassionate and sane in the past - helped by the fact that her crusade is against a legitimately evil criminal - she turns out to be no less fanatically closed-minded, and her Start of Darkness was well before the plot even happened. It takes going to jail and ironically getting together with Kid Tannen for her better traits to stick around in her future.
  • Villainous BSoD: In the timeline where she inadvertently destroys Hill Valley and becomes a hermit known as "Scary Mary".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Heavily Downplayed. Her intentions of keeping "hooligans" is good and all, but she goes about burning their places down just to ensure they don't come back again, which basically makes her no better than those villains she's fighting against, especially since she's pretty unhinged even way before the game happened. Trying to have Beauregard Tannen's saloon destroyed might be a good effort to fight crime in Hill Valley in 1876, but her crazy arsonist methods of doing so ended up having the entire town razed to the ground.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Terrified of dogs, at least until the ending.

Other Characters

    Goldie Wilson 

Goldie Wilson

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Played by: Donald Fullilove, Cedric Neal (original, London musical), Jordan Benjamin (new casting, London musical)
Dubbed in French by: Gilles Laurent
The mayor of Hill Valley in 1985, having worked his way up from being a cleaner in a malt shop.
  • Gold Tooth: Had a single gold incisor in 1955.
  • Nice Guy: As a teenager, he's sympathetic to George and tries to raise his spirits.
    1955 Goldie Wilson: Stand tall, boy! Have some respect for yourself!
  • Only Friend: He's the only friend a teenaged George had.
  • Rags to Riches: In 1955, he was a poor black youth whose boss didn't believe he could rise to anything. By 1985, he's the mayor of Hill Valley.
    1955 Goldie Wilson: Mayor Goldie Wilson... I like the sound of that!
  • Young Future Famous People: An In-Universe example in 1955. As a young man, he showed all the traits of a politician: ambition, drive, and the ability to inspire others to better themselves.

    Needles 

Douglas J. Needles

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Played by: Michael "Flea" Balzary
Dubbed in French by: Marc Francois
An acquaintance of Marty and Jennifer who leads his own gang and often goads Marty into taking reckless actions by insulting him (usually using the "chicken" trick).
  • Adaptational Villainy: Needles, whose deeds in the movies included the card scam in 2015 and the car race in 1985, is much more antagonistic in the comic book, threatening to beat up Marty on multiple occasions and attempting to steal equipment from Doc's lab. In effect, he becomes Marty's own personal Tannen.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue #12 of the IDW comic, "How Needles Got Here", is a Whole Episode Flashback showing how he became the bully he is in the films.
  • The Bully: Despite not being related to Biff or any of the Tannens, he fulfills the role of bullying a McFly, Marty in his case.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Needles tries "flirting" with Jennifer (in front of his own girlfriend, no less) in the comics. It fails, naturally.
  • Celebrity Paradox: According to the comics, he's a big fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Needles' actor in the movies is Michael "Flea" Balzary, who is RHCP's bassist.
  • Create Your Own Hero: When Needles tried to bully Marty into trying to steal from Doc's lab, it never occurred to him that Marty would befriend Doc by using his wits to infiltrate the lab and eventually become the hero he is in Back to the Future.
  • Freudian Excuse: In his backstory comic he's the product of Teen Pregnancy, his parents are recently divorced, and they seemingly use expensive presents as an alternative to actually parenting him. As a result, he became the kind of kid who acts out just to get attention.
  • Gang of Bullies: He has three buddies who laugh when he harasses Marty and Jennifer.
  • Generation Xerox: His relationship with Marty mirrors that of Biff and George. Both Biff and Needles bullied George and Marty in high school and ended up working at the same place together where they continued the bullying. While Biff was more of a physical bully and ended up as George's boss, Needles is a Manipulative Bastard who knows what buttons to push to goad Marty into doing what he wants and inadvertently gets Marty fired in the future.
  • Karma Houdini: He ruins Marty's life on at least two occasions and doesn't suffer any consequence. Even when Marty doesn't take his bait, Needles is shown to avoid the collision with the Rolls Royce that would have injured Marty.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is only referred to as "Needles"; according to the comic he insisted on it as an attempt to change his image.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: According to the comic, his father is rich and a young Doug would frequently buy whatever tickled his fancy as soon as he could. However, his poor attitude meant that Marty was the only person who tolerated him for any length of time.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't have a lot of screen time, but his goading Marty into a drag race was responsible for wrecking his life in one of the timelines.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: According to the comic, Marty tried to be his friend, but this just resulted in Doug making him the butt of his jokes and pranks. The fact that Marty showed incredible patience and didn't just tell him off only inspired Needles to keep doing it, and to go even further (going from childish pranks to strong-arming him into trying to steal from Doc) as time progressed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After finishing his phone call with Marty in 2015, Needles is never seen or mentioned again in Part II.

    Professor Marcus Irving 
A temporal researcher in the 20th century.
  • Easily Forgiven: For trying to steal the flux capacitor and attempting to kill Doc and Marty twice, to say nothing of lying to Marty and menacing him with evil animatronic doubles of himself. In fairness, that was the older version of himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Doc Brown, with whom he shares many attributes, such as scientific knowledge and a convoluted way of speaking—though his taste in time-travel vehicles is comparatively underwhelming. His bitterness against Doc stems from the fact that he was on the path to discovering time travel himself, and his arc even goes in a similar direction when he falls in love with a woman and changes his priorities as a result.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the arc in which he first appears, "Who is Marty McFly?"
  • Love Redeems: Much of his behavior springs from loneliness, and it's implied that he's starting on the right path when he begins a relationship with a woman, Gabriella Sanchez.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To an even worse degree than Doc.
  • Terrified of Germs: Justified in that he's attempting to avert the Butterfly of Doom.

    Libyan Terrorists 
Played by: Richard L. Duran (Terrorist Gunner), Jeff O'Haco (Terrorist Van Driver)
A group of terrorists from Libya who come to the Twin Pines Mall after being cheated by Doc in their attempts to build a nuclear bomb.
  • Adapted Out: They're not present in the musical. As such, the main plot kicks off when Marty ignores Doc's warning to not drive the DeLorean at 88 miles per hour, desperate to get medical help to save Doc from dying from radiation poisoning.
  • All There in the Manual: George Gipe's novalization says that they're a part of a six-person cell, their leader is nicknamed "Sam", and one of their ranks is an ex-fashion model named Uranda.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: They're murderous terrorists intent on building nuclear bombs, an agenda that could have far surpassed any of the Tannens in threat level. However their attempts to murder one single teen are completely haphazardous, with their vehicle and artilery blatantly unreliable, and after crashing they are never even heard from again. Had they not cold bloodedly shot down a surrendering Doc just moments prior they could have passed as Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains.
  • Blinded by the Light: When Marty travels back in time, the flash from the time travel causes the Driver to lose control of his van and crash.
  • Child Soldier: Sam from the novelization. He's mentioned as being in his forties and having been a terrorist for thirty years.
  • Dark Action Girl: Uranda from the novelization, described as "a twenty-five-year-old ex-fashion model from Damascus who got her kicks by pumping bullets into other people's bodies."
  • Evil Duo: The ones that appear in the film: a driver and a gunner armed with an AK-style assault rifle and RPG-7. The gunner appears to be the leader as he gives commands to the driver.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The shooter uses an automatic weapon while being positioned right behind Marty's car. Still he doesn't manage a single hit.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Presumably why they target Marty because he saw them shoot Doc.
  • Middle Eastern Terrorists: They're from an Arab country and intend on using a nuclear device on US soil.
  • Revenge: Learning Doc gave them a bomb casing full of pinball machine parts, they come to the Twin Pines Mall to kill him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: These guys are personally responsible for Marty going back to 1955 since Marty tries to use the DeLorean to escape; when he hits 88 mph, the flux capacitor is automatically activated, sending the car back in time. Despite this, they're not around for any of the sequels or spin-off material.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The franchise is for the most part lighthearted and the Tannens have humorous moments with their stupidity, but the terrorists are played completely seriously, with no comical moments whatsoever; if gunning down Doc isn't bad enough we don't know what else is.
  • Uncertain Doom: There's conflicting information about whether or not they survived their van crashing. The novelization says that the police show up shortly after they crash and take them into custody, but there's no confirmation of this in any other media.

Alternative Title(s): Back To The Future Part II, Back To The Future Part III, Back To The Future The Game

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