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Dixie

  • Alcoholic Parent: A benevolent variant; her father was depressed and drunk, but he did love Dixie and treat her well, telling her stories and praising her.
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  • Blackmail: She is being blackmailed by Otto with a letter written to her by Jocko, stating that he had the intention to kill Ike so that Dixie could only be with him, and implying that Dixie knew of this, while she instead loves Ike and wouldn't think Jocko would do such a thing.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Lottie's redhead and Dagmar's brunette.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: It may or may not be intentional, but it appears in this exchange with Otto:
    Otto: D-Dixie! It's Oscar, he's, he's run away! Have you seen my rat anywhere?!
    Dixie:: I ain't seen no rats, Otto.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Curiously enough, her Texan accent.
    Timmy: Are you from Texas? I always wanted to go to Texas.
    Dixie: I ain't from Texas. I just love country an' western music, that's all!
  • Shout-Out:
    • She references Hank Williams's Hey Good Lookin' if you cross paths with her. In truth, she slips a whole bunch of lyrics from country songs into her dialogue.
    Dixie:: Hey there good lookin'! Whatcha got cookin'?
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    • She manages to slip in a reference to the ideators of the game' earliest album Santa Dog with this:
    Dixie: One Chris'mus, Daddy an' me put a red hat an' a cotton beard on li'l ol' Moochy, an' we called him SANTA DOG!
  • The Ditz
  • Verbal Tic: She tends to call some people "(insert name) honey".

Ike

  • Evil Cripple: He's a maniacal, Nazi-obsessed guy who used a wheelchair even before his accident. It's revealed that he is actually capable of walking, and his use of a wheelchair was simply a ruse.
  • The Klan: In a dream he has while he is in a coma, he manages to create a KKK-themed park. Here is this gem in Dixie's ending:
    Ike: I can see it all now, Dixie. Kiddy Klan Kountry! We'll build it in Idaho! All the kids can put on white hoods and robes as soon as they enter the park, while the first thing they'll see is a huge wheel, with a burning cross in the center! And we'll sell grand dragon dogs and huge imperial wizard burgers at the concession booth, maybe even have cotton glandy stands! It's gonna be great, Dixie!
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  • Those Wacky Nazis: Dixie mentions he is a known fascist and Nazi sympathizer.

Jackie/Jocko

  • Asshole Victim: If you play as him and run into Serial Killer Ted, you will be murdered nine times out of ten.
  • Clark Kenting: As noted below, he wears a cowboy hat as a disguise, so nobody at the midway will recognize him; Dixie does as soon as he takes it off.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though not outright villainous, he is the biggest jerk in the game and alludes to murdering people in the past. Despite all his dark qualities, he feels very sentimental about his son. At one point, Jocko ponders that he has a trunk full of photos of his son, and it's the only thing he has that's really meaningful to him.
  • Jerkass
  • Nice Hat: A cowboy hat. He's only wearing it to disguise himself from the others, as they actually knew him before he left from working on the Midway.

Dagmar, the Dog Woman

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Dixie's blonde and Lottie's redhead.
  • Broken Bird: Her bad history with men turned her into a woman who, according to the game manual's character descriptions, "loves to hate men".
  • Fatal Attractor: Nearly every man she had a relationship with had something wrong with him.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally so. She's loved dogs since childhood when her German shepherd saved her from a potential murderer, she owns two Dobermanns whom she loves to bits, and her body is covered in dog tattoos.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Really Gets Around: One tattoo = one man she got engaged and subsequently broke up with. Now have a look here. And that's just her legs...
  • She's Got Legs: As the above link states.
  • The Vamp

IRS Man

Otto

He is the operator of the booth of Oscar The Racing Rat, where he spins a roulette with various holes and drops Oscar inside it, making people bet on the hole he is going to enter. The catch is, though, that he actively rigs the game so that the better may never win.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He considers Oscar his best friend, but Oscar really doesn't like him - he doesn't like humans much at all, after what he lived through before the Midway.
  • Blackmail: He is blackmailing Dixie with a letter written to her by Jocko, stating that he had the intention to kill Ike so that Dixie could only be with him, and implying that Dixie knew of this, while she instead loves Ike and wouldn't think Jocko would do such a thing.
  • Born Unlucky: He never seemed to have much luck in his life.
  • Jerkass: His Racing Rat booth is tricked so that no one's bet will ever win, and he is generally very rude towards the others.
    • Jerkass Woobie: He was always teased back when he was little, and never seemed to catch a break.

Oscar, the Racing Rat

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Otto considers him his best friend, but Oscar really doesn't like him - he doesn't like humans much at all, after what he lived through before the Midway.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He has a completely red-furred head. Ike mistook him for a red star the first time he saw him.

Lottie, the Human Log

A performer in the Midway's freak show, and Ted's mother. She has a disease that makes her skin look and feel like tree bark, and her amputated legs are replaced by fake stumps.She lost her legs in an car accident when she was 10, and lived with her grandmother in the woods after being left orphan. When her grandmother died, she married a lumberjack called Tommy and together they had Ted. That's when she developed her signature tree bark skin, and later still, Tommy died from a tree that fell on him. Lottie had to leave the woods with Ted and sustain herself and him by working as a freak in the freak show at the Midway.

  • Alcoholic Parent: Her mother. She started drinking due to her husband's disappearance.
  • All the Other Reindeer: A panel in her story's comic shows that people mocked her for her wooden skin as she went for groceries.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Two legs. She was 10 when she was riding a car with her drunken mother, when they hit a sign pole. Her mother died, while she lost her legs.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Dixie's blonde and Dagmar's brunette.
    • Adaptation Dye-Job: ...or at least, that is what the 3d character models show. In the comic sequences that go along with her life story song she is blonde, and even explicitly stated that she dyed herself blonde when she was 14. Some of the sequences even show her with pink hair, though maybe it's meant to be very bright red.
  • Disappeared Dad: This is what caused her mother to become drunk.
  • Friendless Background: She didn't make any friends in her childhood, as she lived alone with her grandma and their dog Scrappy in the middle of the woods after being orphaned.
    Lottie: I was an orphan with no place to stay / 'til my granny came along and took me away / to live with her way back in the woods / where they weren't any kids or neighborhoods!
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The song she sings as she tells you her tragic story involves a fairly upbeat harmonica-assisted tune. It sort of fits her characterization because she's depicted as being cheerful despite her backstory, and seems happy with her current life as a freak show performer.

Ted

Lottie's son. He is a serial killer that can potentially be behind many a character death should you run into him. He takes the dismembered parts of his victims and rearranges them to resemble butterflies.

  • Abusive Parents: The first memory he recalls from his childhood is his really tall father, and being slapped by him on the head. Further allusion to this is how he said he hated him right after. Lottie, though, doesn't seem to mention this anywhere.
  • Beauty = Goodness: A particularly dark deconstruction of someone who believes in this trope. He says himself that he believes things of beauty should never be killed, and that ugly things should be "liberated" by being killed or eliminated. Curiously, Ted also takes inner beauty into account, as evidenced by him finding his mother "truly beautiful" and the things he says to his victims.
    Ted: But I abhorr ugliness, and You. Are. Ugly. Ugly in the feelings found in your soul. Ugly in the thoughts that make up your mind. Ugly in the aches found in your heart.
  • Creepy Child: This guy killed small animals as a child, and as he grew up, he moved on to people.
  • Driven to Suicide: If he and Timmy are the only characters left alive by the end.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • Freudian Excuse
  • Serial Killer
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: If he and Timmy are the only characters left behind by the end of the game, there isn't anyone left for him to kill. He can't bring himself to kill an innocent child like Timmy, and he hangs himself after realizing how ugly and hypocritical he is.
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