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The main villains of The Conspiracy (Season 5) of Criminal Case. Stemming from a study group started by Rozetta Pierre in college, Ad Astra's main focus is setting up an illusory superiority-like system where only the most intelligent people rule society, while everyone else, the "Sheeple", are controlled by them. After years of going inactive, the group start to show their presence again in Grimsborough after the crash a year prior to the plot.
- Asshole Victim: Denise is the mastermind for the events that occur near the end of season 5, but she's then ultimately beheaded by her own creation.
- The Chessmaster: DreamLife's involvement with the meteorite, Rozetta's obsession with illusory superiority, Misty Grove's dome, the sheeple plot, and Berzelium, all link to Denise's desire to create a new Grimsborough controlled by invincible neo-humans under her command.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of S.A.R.A., the in-game Expy of NASA.
- Creating Life Is Bad: Her desire to make a super-resilient human, coupled with the meteorite containing Berzelium, allowed her to grow super-resilient and invincible green-haired human beings in just the span of one year.
- Evil All Along: Initially appears as a morally ambiguous character who takes over the dome when Rozetta is arrested, only for the true extent of her actions being revealed in Case 56. And by then, you already discover she's created an army of superhumans and intends to destroy Grimsborough in its entirety.
- Evil Matriarch: Turns out to be Rozetta's "mother". However, Rozetta was actually a test-tube baby created from Denise's mitochondrial DNA, rather than being conceived by her.
- Fat Bitch: Heavy enough to qualify.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Her glasses are actually a clue during her murder investigation.
- Gone Horribly Right: Created the Neohumans to replace humanity. Unfortunately for Denise, the Neohumans consider her part of that "inferior" humanity.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of The Conspiracy.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Denise ends up being beheaded by Otto Kessel, one of her own neohumans, and her personal assistant.
- I Have No Daughter!: She disowned Rozetta for not being as special as Denise expected her to be.
- The Man Behind the Man: Revealed to have been the real mastermind behind Ad Astra in Case 54, before their identity is revealed two cases later.
- Off with His Head!: How she faced her demise.
- Offing the Offspring: Case 56 reveals that Denise actually created Rozetta with her mitochondrial DNA, hoping to create a superhuman. When Rozetta turns out to merely be like any other child, she ends up disowning her, but it's not until Ad Astra's failure when Denise really wants her dead.
- She manages to succeed in the penultimate case of the season, ending her with a simple blow to the head.
- Power Hair: A noticeable aversion, as her hair reaches up to her shoulders.
- Take Over the City: Essentially, her Evil Plan boils down to creating an army of ultra-resilient human beings with Berzelium, creating a nuclear disaster by combining the meteorite with nuclear power to destroy Grimsborough, and then forming a new world order from the remains of the city, where her super-humans obey her.
- Villainous Breakdown: While its never actually seen, when her plans have been obliterated and when the police discover she's been unethically creating a new species of human beings, she attempts to create another earthquake by destroying the meteorite's core, hoping to destroy everyone but her creations.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- What she intended to do after the Ad Astrans had failed their plans. However, she only manages to have Louis killed, with the other four escaping shortly after. However, she ends up killing her own daughter, Rozetta, in the penultimate case.
- She ends up frying the brains of her accomplice, SARA's lawyer Martin Davenport, when he attempts to give away her location.
In GeneralThe original Ad Astra crew, led by Rozetta Pierre (later revealed to be a Decoy Leader) and the main villains for most of the second half of Season Five.
- Dwindling Party: Louis is first killed in his own cell, then Christian ends up having to be mercy killed by Joe once his powers go haywire, then Rozetta is shot in the head, Julia is killed by an explosion, and finally Joe succumbs to the effects of the serum.
- Enemy Mine: eventually (per Warren's suggestion) they had to join forces with the GPD to help take down Denise and the Neohumans.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of their heinous nature, the Ad Astrans genuinely care for and are fiercely loyal to one another, even if they have occasional disagreements.
- Five-Man Band:
- Kill Em All: By the season finale, all of the Ad Astrans are dead.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Four of them gain superpowers during the Airport district, thanks to the use of Berzelium. It actually turns out to be lethal for them, since the serum was never intended for them.
- HeelFace Turn: By the season's finale to fight back against Denise.
- Theme Naming: Its core members named themselves after constellations.
- Troperiffic: Compare the amount of tropes listed for each member to the villains before them.
- Useless Superpowers: Even with superpowers, the members are still terrified of their real leader. And as Bateman's death reveals, their powers have lethal side effects to them.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Denise attempts to kill them when their plans failed. However, she only exceeds in killing Louis and Rozetta.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother, Denise Daniels is the mastermind behind Ad Astra and the one who ordered that her daughter and the remaining members be killed. Actually shown when Denise calls her the biggest mistake she ever made before killing her with a headshot.
- Ambiguously Evil: She and her company starts off as this. Starts to wear off during the Misty Grove and University arcs.
- Bad Liar: According to an interview she gave a student, she supposedly won a science fair at the age of 5, graduated high school 7 years later, finished her entrance exam in less than 4 minutes, and simultaneously interned at iPear and graduated in two years.
- Benevolent Boss: Despite DreamLife's amoral activities, Rozetta appears to genuinely care about those under her wing. She is shocked by her manager and security head's deaths, chews the player and Gloria out for arresting her employees, and is distraught when one of them ends up killing Louis.
- Big Bad: Of The Conspiracy. Until Denise Daniels is discovered to be The Chessmaster and Greater-Scope Villain.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The owner of a company who's modus operandi involves manipulating the population to submit to geniuses like herself.
- Decoy Leader: Initially shown as the leader of Ad Astra before the real mastermind is hinted at.
- Death Equals Redemption: Rozetta and the surviving Ad Astrans agree to help defeat Denise in the penultimate case of the game. Unfortunately, it doesn't work and she's swiftly killed with a head-shot by Denise.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- She cares enough about her employees to get angry at the player for arresting them during the final case of the dome. In addition, she also gets upset when Shweta Noorani turns out to be a turncoat for Denise.
- Downplayed during the plot twist of Case 54; while Rozetta had no qualms in kidnapping Jake and Carter, she wanted to remind the player that the real Ad Astra leader was an enemy they have in common.
- Family of Choice: Admits that the Ad Astrans were the only real family she ever had in her final appearance. What makes this tragic is the fact that two of them had died just cases prior, and she ends up being shot dead by her own mother just shortly after.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was merely a lonely philosophy student who was encouraged to make friends by her teacher. This led to her developing illusory superiority beliefs with fellow classmates, developing a study group based on their views, and then she managed to become the founder of Dreamlife.
- He Knows Too Much: Has Kevin Charles, her old philosophy teacher, killed for being the only person who knew the identities of those behind the original Ad Astra.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Joins the heroes in the fight against her mother, moments before she was shot by her.
- Hypocrite: The To the Stars AI pic shows her using an iPear laptop despite presenting herself as their competitor and stating that the company's products were inferior to Dreamlife's.
- Improbable Age: She allegedly started university as a young teenager, and founded Dreamlife right after she graduated. In the events of The Conspiracy, she's only 26 years old, which is still fairly young, especially when the rest of Ad Astra are at least 10 years older than her. Justified in the sense that she's a designer baby with an abnormally high IQ and was disowned by her mother fairly young.
- Insufferable Genius: Although she is brilliant and founded Dreamlife straight out of college, she comes off as sharp-tongued and egotistical. Her intelligence is actually the result of being an experiment by Denise Daniels when she was trying to create a neohuman.
- Knight of Cerebus: While The Conspiracy is already much darker than the previous seasons on its own, Rozetta's appearance, as well as Ad Astra as a whole, sparks the season taking an even darker tone.
- Kick the Dog: She does this halfway through the Misty Grove arc, where she attempts to have Jones arrested for supposedly murdering Barb Bellamy. Before that, the worst thing about her was her smugness. She then does it again by ordering Kevin Charles' murder.
- The Man in Front of the Man: After her breakout, it's discovered that Rosetta was really just a pawn.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- Her entire modus operandi involves illusory superiority; by having intellectuals such as herself be in power while manipulating "sheeple" through means such as VR and emotional suppression drugs.
- Even after her arrest, she manages to get the current Ad Astra members to kill Kevin Charles and get her surviving Protozane to Fornax.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Arresting her only takes down Dreamlife's role in the Ad Astra conspiracy. And by then, she's provided everything to the other Ad Astra members to carry out their plot. And manages to break out, anyway, once she gains superpowers.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Compare and contrast her appearance to that of the model Nyane Lebajoa.
- Pretty Little Headshots: What Denise Daniels does to her when Ad Astra attempts to defeat her once and for all.
- Scary Black Woman: While she's not threatening at first, the revelations of DreamLife's plans and Ad Astra's plotting make her fall into this category. And to make it worse, she was only the mastermind behind all of it.
- Shock and Awe: She generates a ball of lightning to shock Rita and the player once she breaks out of prison.
- Smug Snake: She never expected the player to find out about DreamLife's actual plans, believing that she was unbeatable because of her role in the company. When she's jailed, she rubs it in further by attempting to remove all evidence of her company's misdeeds.
- Villain with Good Publicity: She's well-known in Grimsborough for being a fairly young CEO of a tech firm and for being quite talented, until the truth about Dreamlife is revealed.
- Walking Spoiler: Almost everything Rozetta is involved with, including DreamLife, the satellite crash, The Higher Truth, and Misty Grove's dome, are linked to the Ad Astra plotline that comes into play later.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Double-subverted. When Rozetta didn't turn out to be the perfect baby, Denise ended up disowning her. When the meteorite ended up hitting Grimsborough, Denise willingly co-operated with her and Ad Astra to try impress her...only for them to realize that Denise was only using them for her own gain once she attempts to have them eliminated.
- Wham Line: "You won the battle, but you won't win the war!", said right after she's sent to jail and her company is dismantled. She turns out to be correct, because Dreamlife was only one part of her plans.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The most notable thing about her appearance.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Christian Bateman of all people, who was less than pleased by her advances.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted when her corpse is found in the final case. Nearly the whole left side of her hair has been ripped off and she has horrific burn marks on her body.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Minor example. She doesn't appear at first, but their name is mentioned as the recipient of the Protozane shipment. It's after the University arc where they became prominent.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Julia has absolutely no qualms in drugging Grimsborough's corn supply with Protozane and then destroying the original supplies just to sell hers.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Set up as the Arc Villain of Spring Fields, but arrested only halfway through.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her death doesn't have as much gravitas as the other Ad Astrans. Leroux and Bateman are featured as case victims, Pierre's death shows just how heartless Denise is, and Warren spends a few more hours in life support before finally succumbing to his injuries. Julia just...dies.
- Despite being the CEO of a food company, she's a severe mysophobe. She also reacts in disgust when a leaf touches her food, despite wearing a shirt with leaf patterns.
- Later on, when she breaks out of prison, she gains poisonous powers. Germs are one of the main reasons for food poisoning, and Julia's the head of a food company.
- Meaningful Name: While named after the constellation, Fornax is also Latin for "furnace". The first case in Spring Fields involves her bribing someone into burning down the entire corn supply of the district.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her appearance seems to have been designed with Melissa George in mind.
- Off-Model: A very small example in the chapter art of the To The Stars saga; Her hair is twirled to her left, rather than to her right, and she's also missing her company badge.
- Out of Focus: after the breakout, she is the Ad Astran with the least screentime.
- Playing with Fire: Hired the first killer of Spring Fields to destroy the town's entire corn produce, just so she could sell pre-produced corn seedlings filled with Protozane off to farmers afterwards.
- Poisonous Person: Uses this to subdue Carter and Jake Hayes so the police leave her and the other members alone.
- Redemption Equals Death: After the remaining Ad Astrans agree to help stop Denise Daniels in Case 59, Julia is instantly killed by an explosion during the battle against the neohumans.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Downplayed. She still wears her AgriMeadows badge in her third case appearance, despite the company being shut down. Justified in the sense that said badge is a visual clue in the case.
- Super Loser: Prior to gaining superpowers, she was the weakest link in the group, being arrested almost immediately after she comes up in the story, while her fellows manage to evade capture for quite some time. After? She is still the most easily found member of the group and is arrested very quickly after her breakout, complaining about how her gas-based superpowers are so easily foiled with basic gas masks.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Julia had received Rozetta's Protozane shipment and grew corn seedlings tampered with the drug. When the seedlings were ready for planting, she has a corn farmer destroy Springs Fields' corn supply so she could sell them off at a festival, disguising it as a monopoly.
- Terrified of Germs: To the point she's terrified of leaves, of all things.
- Would Hurt a Child: She subdues and kidnaps Jake with her powers as a way to force the police to stand down.
- Arc Villain
- Cast from Hit Points: His overuse of his powers from the Super Serum affects his blood cells, causes him to have convulsions, and drive him to insanity. Joe Warren must Mercy Kill him when the excruciating pain Bateman suffers calls for it once Joe finds him. Martine later tells Jones the Ad Astrans using the powers more will lead to them dying as well.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly a one-note Arc Villain arrested early on in Season 5, long before the GPD discovers the existence of Ad Astra.
- Expy: Of Alden Greene from the first season. Both are greedy, smug businessmen who show little regards for anyone besides them and operate in the Financial Center, but are well known to the public. They both end up being the Arc Villain of the same district (both of which involve a woman and are fairly gruesome), but are later released from jail inexplicably. They're also both in cahoots with the main antagonist of their season; Alden was a Crimson Order member, while Christian was part of Ad Astra. They also end up dying later on, but Bateman's murder was a Mercy Kill rather than self-defense.
- Fan Disservice: One case has you finding a boudoir picture of him. While he's not exactly bad-looking, he's the same guy who murdered a woman who rejected his advances. And it was taken by his mother to hook him up with an actress.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: He's inexplicably released near the end of the Spring Fields arc.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He was funding Julia's company back when it first started, getting it to where it was before her arrest.
- An Ice Person: His ability. He uses it to freeze an innocent prisoner for getting in his way, to boot. Overusing it though causes him to get sick, insane and incoherent, and finally in such excruciating pain Joe Warren is forced to Mercy Kill him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His reasons for killing Meera Kat were petty, but she was disliked by people even more than Bateman was.
- Momma's Boy: He claims that his mother is "the only one who understands him." He even calls her "Mommy" in spite of being a grown adult.
- Mercy Kill: After injecting himself with the Super Serum, he ends up both going completely crazy AND in such excruciating pain that Warren has no choice but to tranquilize him.
- Lack of Empathy: Both Jones and Gloria are quick to remark how little he cares about human life.
- Only Sane Man: Claims to be this. Murdering a girl just because he got friendzoned? Totally sane, people!
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The rich man that he is, he always dresses to the nines.
- Shout-Out: Towards Patrick Bateman, both of them being psychotic killers with disturbing fantasies. The only difference is Christian only murdered one person. The fake passport he'd gotten from his lawyer had him as "Rhett Ellis," a shout-out to the book's author, Bret Easton Ellis. To further reference the film, the fake passport lists him as a British national, referencing the home country of Christian Bale, Bateman's actor.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: After being released from jail, he ditches his suit for a more casual polo and sweater combination.
- Villainous Breakdown: when Gloria arrests him for the murder of Meera Kat, he breaks down, and gets his hair royally messed up.Christian (ruffling his hair): Of course I had a reason! I'm not crazy! I'm a perfectly rational man! I just couldn't take it anymore!
- He has another one after the prison breakout, with his powers taking a serious toll on his mental state.
- Accidental Murder: Case 49 reveals that he encouraged Martha Price, the mayor, to check on the Demon Fish alone, unknowingly allowing her to die 19 cases earlier.
- Affably Evil: He's fairly nice to the player during their encounters and even helps set up Sherrif Loukas' funeral, in spite of the fact he uses his status as the mayor to allow Ad Astra to carry out their plans. The one murder he does directly commit is a Mercy Kill of his friend, and he is genuinely remorseful. In his final appearance, he allows the player character to take him into custody and asks for forgiveness as he dies.
- Alas, Poor Villain: When Warren dies in Case 60, it's difficult to watch as his friends had all been brutally killed, he's slowly dying from his injuries and the serum, and he feels genuine remorse for Ad Astra's actions. He begs the player to forgive him as his last words, and even Gloria is saddened by it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At the end of Case 48, it is revealed that he is part of Ad Astra, and that he ordered a hit on the Player Character which resulted in the death of Mia Loukas.
- HeelFace Turn: The one Ad Astran who genuinely seems remorseful for his actions, although this may have to do with Warren being at death's door.
- Mercy Kill: Once Christian Bateman's overuse of his ice powers drives him crazy AND puts him in excruciating pain, Joe's forced to do this as he couldn't let his friend suffer any more.
- Mind over Matter: Uses it to remove the modified riot shield the player had to defend themselves against Bateman's ice.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is a dead ringer for Adrien Brody.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayor Warren seems to be competent and truly caring towards his community. That is, until he's revealed to be part of Ad Astra.
- Redemption Equals Death: It was his idea for Ad Astra to team up with the police to stop Denise Daniels. In the final case, he shows remorse for the crimes Ad Astra has committed and wants to make amends by taking the advanced version of the superhuman serum to stop the Neohumans. Unfortunately, he dies from prolonged exposure to the original serum, which causes Rita to take it. His final words are him begging the player character for forgiveness.
- Sleazy Politician: As a mayor, he's a decent person who helps the player in his first few apperances, but he also gave Rozetta planning permission to build the dome, is part of Ad Astra, and allowed Julia to function within the city. And then it's revealed he unintentionally baited his predecessor, Mayor Price, into her murder.
- Ambiguously Gay: If Willie Redfern's testimony in Case 48 is to go by.
- Arc Villain: For the Airport district.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Played with. He displays deep disdain for interviewing "dumb actors", yet seems deadset on making the scoop of his career after the satellite falling.
- Deadpan Snarker: And how. The victim in Case 9 got the full brunt of his savage tongue.
- The Determinator: Stubborn to a fault, he will not stop until he gets his story, particularly telling in Case 34 and 52:Louis: "I don't take no for an answer...Vega would have talked eventually."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Once he takes the serum from the secret lab, he's still concerned about it to ask the others they research it to make sure it's safe. Once he's killed in his own cell on Denise's orders, though, the surviving Ad Astrans are forced to take it to survive.
- Evil All Along: Revealed to be part of Ad Astra in Case 53.
- Evil Counterpart/Spear Counterpart: To Rachel Priest from the first season. They're both somewhat amoral news reporters who are more interested in Going for the Big Scoop and digging up dirt on victims than their welfare, both have a somewhat mutual relationship with Jones (Jones obviously had the hots for Rachel and was saddened by her death, while Louis is friends with Zoe, Jones' girlfriend), come off as harsh and demeaning but are usually professional when helping the player, and they both share similar physical traits (Caucasian, brown hair, and a blazer) and work for the same company. However, while Rachel ends up being murdered by the Arc Villain of her district and isn't evil, Louis ends up being Zoe's killer and discovered to be part of Ad Astra. In addition, they also meet fairly gruesome deaths.
- False Friend: His relationship with Zoe was merely an attempt to spy on her after Dreamlife's experiments on her. He even went as far as attempting to kill her twice, succeeding the second time.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Louis is morbidly enthusiastic about the victim's death in Case 9, dubbing it "quite the scoop". This is what results in him murdering Zoe after she refuses him trying to make a story on her.
- Intrepid Reporter: Claims to be just this. In reality, it's a guise for him to get as much information for Ad Astra and try to give them a positive reception.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his jerkish demeanor, he seems to greatly care for his friend Zoe never once giving up on the search for her during her six month disappearance. He particularly shows his soft side during her fainting spell in case 34. That is, until it's revealed he was really a False Friend.
- Kick the Dog: While he comes off as a jerk initially, he doesn't mean any harm. However, he ends up doing this when he ends up bludgeoning Zoe to death just for not giving him his scoop.
- Killed Off for Real: in Case 54.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He ends up killing Zoe in Case 52, simply because she didn't want him trying to get an interview on how she gained telekinetic abilities. And unlike Zoe, whose actions made her a Sympathetic Murderer, Louis murdered a woman who had suffered enough psychological pain just for a news story. Later subverted when its revealed he was only her friend to spy on her.
- Lucky Bastard: Stories seem in fall into his lap whether it's murders, satellites or an evil conglomerate. Also narrowly avoids getting fired after Ronald Rooney dies. Averted when he ends up murdering Zoe after she refuses him trying to make a story out of her abilities, and that he covered up what the meteorite was to save Rozetta's name.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name and occupation are likely parodying Louis Theroux.
- Pet the Dog: Even after being exposed as the last member of Ad Astra, he warns the player to stay out of their plans for their own safety. He also refuses to let Polly O'Brien escape jail with him, as he knew the Puppeteer was after the Ad Astrans and he thought she would be safer in jail.
- Prison Rape: While never outright shown or stated, it's implied that he was possibly going to do this to his cellmate Willie in Case 48.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Zigzagged. He pettily murdered Zoe simply because she refused his attempts to get a scoop on her story. While he ends up feeling remorse for his actions, he ended up killing a woman who had gone through enough pain on her own, which ends up getting him a life sentence.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Although not particularly tall, he has dark hair and scores high on the
- Insufferable Genius: Philip takes this to almost the ridiculous heights of Rozetta's insufferable attitude.
- Mr. Exposition: Reappears in jail during Case 51 to tell the player about Rozetta's Super Serum.
- Older Than They Look: He's 40 years old, but could easily pass for someone nearly half his age.
- Kick the Dog: While Philip has always had an off-putting and arrogant personality, he takes it further in Case 36 by drugging Amir with Protozane, then joking about it when interrogated later on.
- Smug Snake: Philip's every appearance has him rubbing his science expertise in the player's face.
- Adorkable: At first, Emilio seems sweetly overzealous about working in the dome and geeks out over superheroes, as evidenced by his Miracle Girl tee. This facade lifts horribly when he kills his own father in cold blood.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: He tested Berzelium extracted from the meteorite on a rabbit, harming its immune system.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: As his father was still in the mob, publicly acknowledging their familial ties would have endangered Emilio, so he sent financial aid and left Emilio to be raised by his mother.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His comically-oversized teal glasses don't deter him from being one of the more wicked killers in the game.
- Gonk: A very mild example
- Having a Blast: Oh, too literally.
- Hypocrite: Emilio distanced himself from Tony because of his career as a mafioso and how he was nothing but a criminal, even after reforming. This is said by a person willing to fulfill a mad woman's dream of controlling the population by creating a mind-altering serum.
- Kill It with Fire: Literally when murdering Tony Marconi with a Molotov Cocktail.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: As the secret son of Tony Marconi, he couldn't have ended up more different if he tried. Though he is aware of his father's past as a mafioso, he is deeply ashamed of his heritage and resents him. However, Emilio turns out to be far more of a monster than even Tony!
- Only Sane Man: Emilio seems more down to earth than his other colleagues, simply wanting to be a part of groundbreaking research. That is until his true colors are exposed.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A very serious example of this.
- Badass in Charge: There's a reason Rozetta put her as the dome's head of security.
- Death by Irony: Though she claims to deny it, she attempted to cut off Ruperts (disguised as Mortimer during that time) limbs with a blade. In the next case, she dies by getting her head cut off with a blade.
- Ice Queen: Apt for her profession, Barb is stoic and harshly stern towards her colleagues and the GBPD to keep order inside and out the dome. Implied to be Defrosting Ice Queen by her girlfriend.
- Off with His Head!: How she's killed. With a rock saw, no less.
- Adorkable: Her appearance and dialogue suggest this.
- Kill It with Ice: She ends up being frozen to death by liquid nitrogen for attempting to leave her job. To make it worse, her killer was her own intern, Rosie Summers, who loved her and whose only resent towards the victim was the fact she would become jobless had Wendy left. She was tricked into taking a new job, drugged with Protozane, and forced to murder Wendy without realizing it until the drug's effect faded. Rosie's arrest is what ultimately leads to Dreamlife's fall.
- Meganekko: A minor example of this.
- Nice Guy: She's one of the few people in the dome not brainwashed by Dreamlife and who isn't a Jerkass. Unfortunately, her girlfriend ends up being murdered, and she ends up dying very soon after she attempts to leave.
- Only Sane Man: Again, one of the only characters under the dome.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Although she doesn't exactly play a big role in her first appearance and is killed off shortly after her appearance, her murder details is what leads to Dreamlife's fall and the revelations of Protozane and Dreamlife's plans for Grimsborough.
Dr. Catherine Kelly
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite being a therapist as well as giving the team some info on Kai Gruber, she ends up killing Rupert and has no remorse after doing so.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Murdering a high profile member of the police for disguising as your ex is just another day for Catherine.
- Cop Killer: Murders Rupert during the second case of Misty Grove.
- Dr. Jerk: She comes off as rude and smug towards the PD in her two appearances, shooing them off because of the fact she's only licensed to talk to actual dome employees. Becomes one completely upon murdering Rupert.
- I Know You Know I Know: She's the only person under the dome who becomes aware that Rupert is disguising as Mortimer, having dated the latter in college. She manages to catch him the moment he blows his cover, and ends up killing him.
- Kick the Dog: Crosses it big time when she poisons Rupert to death, for no reason other than the fact he wasn't actually Mortimer. To make it worse, she even claims she'd do it again if she was given the choice.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows none at all towards Rupert, stating she'd kill him again if she was given the choice.
- Perfect Poison: One has to wonder how she got her hands on the hemlock spray she uses to kill Rupert.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Much like Wendy Stokes, Kelly only plays a role in two cases of the district, the second of which she's sent to jail after. However, she manages to cause much damage to the GPD during so; By murdering Rupert, she leaves them without the chief lab expert, completely ruins the police's plans to infiltrate the dome, and causes Amir and Jones' breakdowns.
Dr. Ernesto Vega
- Asshole Victim: No one was willing to defend him after it was revealed that he had tested on several people including Zoe Kusama, the only survivor of his experiments. He even laughs when she confronts him, calling her a crazy, amnesiac woman whom no one would believe.
- Dirty Old Man: If his creepy advances towards dome canteen worker Doris Black are anything to go by.Doris: "The guy wouldn't leave me alone! He'd lurk around, waiting for my shift to end. Then follow me to my quarters saying my skin smelt nice!"
- Dr. Jerk: Aside from using Zoe and several others as test subjects, he was also rude to his coworkers under the dome and swindled about $5,000 from Louis Leroux.
- Karmic Death: He ends up killed by theonly person who survived his experiments after pushing her to her Rage Breaking Point.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Just like most other Dreamlife scientists.
- Tested on Humans: He did experiments on many kidnapped human subjects, all of whom died except Zoe Kusama.
- Affably Evil: Strangely pleasant to the player in all of her appearances, two of which involve her being responsible for creating something dangerous, and her last one has her arrested as the killer.
- Bollywood Nerd: She's a scientist, after all.
- Facial Markings: Wears a red bindi on her forehead.
- Flower Motifs: One of her noticeable appearance traits is that she's covered in floral designs.
- For Science!: Doesn't see the problems in what she's doing and is willing to go ahead with them for this reason.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Befitting her role as a Mad Scientist.
- Karma Houdini: Shweta manages to get away with creating the virus the first time, likely because she was merely bribed into doing so. However, it runs out when she's arrested for being behind the Protozane trials. However, its implied that she lost her job in Bengaluru after the incident.
- It runs out yet again when she's discovered to be Louis Leroux's killer.
- Light Is Not Good: Doubles as an Ironic Name. Shweta can translate from Hindi as "pure" or "lovely", while Noorani translates as "bright". Needless to say, Shweta is not a lovely person.
- Mad Scientist: Very much so. Likely the reason she's hired by DreamLife.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Manages to create an extremely deadly virus that kills many in her first appearance. Two years later, she's one of the backbones behind Rozetta's plans, and later ends up killing one of Ad Astra's members near the end of the plotline.
- Tested on Humans: She was behind the Protozane trials.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She was ordered by Ad Astra's actual leader to kill all five of their members. Shweta only manages to kill Louis, however, and she ends up being caught in the process.
- Body Horror: Not only is his skin a disturbing greyish-purple, but his pupils aren't even the same size.
- Companion Cube: The only thing that keeps him calm is a lava lamp.
- Noodle Incident: Why he ended up going crazy is never explained besides the fact Rozetta had something to do with it. However, it may be linked to Dreamlife's inhumane experiments that are revealed later on.
- The Paranoiac: He's too scared to even talk to the police because he's afraid Rozetta is after him.
- Artificial Human: One of the first superhumans created by Denise.
- Evil Costume Switch: During his "arrest", he takes off his tie, unbuttons his shirt's collar, and takes off his wig when he reveals he's one of the neohumans.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Denise didn't realize that Otto and the rest of her neohumans were capable of individual thoughts, which led to him usurping her.
- Hidden Evil: Aside from a subtle piece of Foreshadowing in Case 58, there's no indication that Otto was actually a neohuman at all.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Otto bears quite a large resemblance towards Chris Pine.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Case 60 reveals that Denise had coerced him into this multiple times. Becomes a lot more disturbing when he's revealed as one of her neohumans, since it's very likely that the neohumans were biologically related to Denise.
- The Starscream: After suffering abuse from Denise, realizing he was a test subject and seeing the rest of the neohumans contained, Otto decided to usurp and kill her.
- Terse Talker: How he speaks in his initial appearances. It's not as prominent in his last two appearances. Considering him being a neohuman, his English may have been improving over time.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Given his rather convincing disguise, position and demeanor, this makes The Reveal of him being a neohuman and Denise's killer very shocking.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Grew sentience and saw Denise as weak for trying to control them all, so he killed her and took over her army.
- Walking Spoiler: He's not only the killer of Denise Daniels, but he is also one of her neohumans and the final antagonist of The Conspiracy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In Case 60, Otto takes off his brunette wig and green tie to reveal he's one of the neohumans.
- Amoral Attorney: Well, more of an Obliviously Evil attorney - He blew up the meteorite and attempted to overload the nuclear power plant with its Berzelium to destroy Grimsborough, killing a security guard while doing so, as Denise promised him a place in her new world order. Predictably, Denise, having become completely apathetic at this point, kills him anyway.
- Catchphrase: "Murder? It's extremely illegal. I do not approve of it, nor do I recommend that anyone attempt it!". Serves as minor Foreshadowing — the one time he doesn't say it, he ends up being the killer.
- Identical Stranger: Despite not being linked or related to her at all, he shares a lot of similarities with Rozetta, and even looks old enough to be her father.
- Improperly Paranoid: In Doris Black's murder, he attempted to get her fired for for considerably petty reasons as working for DreamLife, avoiding eye contact and for missing a meeting.
- Obliviously Evil: Denise manages to fool him into destroying Grimsborough so he can fully gain her trust and become a leader of her new world order. When he ends up failing, she kills him anyway.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Denise kills him in jail after unsuccessfully using him for her dirty work.