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The Woman / Laura Vanderboom

Protagonist of Cube Escape: The Lake and Cube Escape: Seasons.

Vincent van Gogh

The famed painter. Protagonist of Cube Escape: Arles.


A pet parrot. Playable in Cube Escape: Harvey's Box and Rusty Lake Hotel.

  • The Reveal: The fact that he's the viewpoint character of Hotel isn't revealed until that game's end.

Dale Vandermeer

A homicide detective. Protagonist of Cube Escape: Case 23, Cube Escape: Birthday, Cube Escape: Theatre, and Cube Escape: Paradox.

Mr. Crow

The receptionist of the Rusty Lake Hotel. Playable in Cube Escape: The Mill and Cube Escape: The Cave.

Jakob Eilander

The first-born son of Nicholas and Caroline Eilander, sent away from the family island for protection, but asked to return after his mother's passing. Protagonist of Rusty Lake Paradise.

    Rusty Lake Hotel 

Mr. Owl
The owner and proprietor of Rusty Lake Hotel.

  • Animalistic Abomination: Partly this, partly Humanoid.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Not sure just how bad he really is, but since he and Mr. Crow have been sacrificing humans regularly, he's not capitol-G "Good".
  • Came Back Wrong: Sort of. Rather than being offered as a sacrifice to the lake, he got... stronger.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Partly this, partly Animalistic.
  • Immortality Seeker: Whether this is his only goal or not isn't clear yet.
  • Gone Horribly Right/Wrong: Didn't die as a result of being sacrificed. While this seems to have worked out just peachy for him, it's very unlikely his family intended this.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His appearance is never a good omen.
  • Passing the Torch: In Chapter 2 of Cube Escape: Paradox, he states that he wants Dale to gain enlightenment in order to inherit his duties.
  • The Reveal: The ending of Paradise finally establishes his original identity. It's Jakob Eilander, that game's protagonist.

Mr. Bat

The bellboy of Rusty Lake Hotel.

Mr. Toad

The chef of Rusty Lake Hotel.

Mr. Deer

Mr. Boar

  • Big Eater: His segment of Hotel has him constantly dining on sandwiches.

Ms. Pheasant

Mr. Rabbit

Mrs. Pigeon


    The Vanderboom Family 

William Vanderboom

James' father. Dies while trying to ingest an elixir of eternal life, but his Corrupted Soul plots to resurrect himself using his relatives as sacrifices.

  • Immortality Seeker: The cause of his demise was an elixir that could cause it, but could also cause instant death.
  • Posthumous Character: His death is the reason why James returns to the family home, though he is playable at the very end of Roots in a sequence that depicts how it happened.
  • Reincarnation: Following the events of Rusty Lake: Roots, he is reincarnated as Laura Vanderboom.

Aldous Vanderboom

William's brother.

  • The Reveal: The final playable segment of Roots, unlocked after completing the main story and uncovering ten additional secrets, shows that he became Mr. Crow after ingesting the elixir of eternal life made with William's help.

James Vanderboom

The first playable character of Rusty Lake: Roots, who inherits his father's home after the old man passes.

  • History Repeats: Follows his father's formulas and tries creating an elixir of eternal life for himself.
  • Immortality Seeker: Creates and ingests an elixir that could cause either immortality or instant death. He dies, though his dog does become immortal.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Lovers with his wife.

Mary Vanderboom

The wife of James, and mother of Emma, Samuel, and Albert.

Emma Vanderboom

The mother of Frank, creating him through magic.

  • Driven to Suicide: She hangs herself after believing her son is dead.
  • Flower Motifs: All of her scenes involve a flower in one way or another.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Mocked Albert as a young girl, hitting him with a net when catching butterflies, and laughing at his bee sting scars.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Becomes impregnated through magic involving flowers.
  • Tarot Motifs: Queen of Pentacles, The Hanged Man.

Samuel Vanderboom

The father of Leonard.

  • Kids Are Cruel: In youth, he dropped a beehive on his brother Albert's head, forever scarring the boy (both physically and mentally).
  • Tarot Motifs: The Wheel of Fortune.

Ida Vanderboom

A travelling fortuneteller that married Samuel.

  • Tarot Motifs: Scenes focusing on her usually have tarot cards involved. She herself is The High Priestess or The Hierophant based on her ability to predict the future.

Albert Vanderboom

The father of Rose, having created her through alchemy.

  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to both Samuel and Emma, having been bullied by his siblings in childhood, and causing their deaths in adulthood (directly for Samuel, and indirectly for Emma).
  • If I Can't Have You...: Kills Ida, who Albert pined for, alongside her husband/his brother Samuel.
  • Mask of Power: Albert wears three of these for one level. One makes it rain outside, another causes snow and ice, and the third one changes day into night.
  • One Drink Will Kill the Baby: More like 'one drink immediately after being born will turn the baby into a low-functioning sociopath', but the sentiment's the same.
  • Red Right Hand
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a permanently scarred face after his siblings dropped a beehive on his head.
  • Sibling Triangle: Has a romantic obsession with Ida, but she's already married to Samuel when this comes to light.
  • The Sociopath: Willing to murder and torture members of his immediate family. His obsession with masks and black magic is also a warning sign.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Devil.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When his nephew Frank finds himself clinging on over a well after being pushed too hard on a swing, Albert hands him over his teddy bear, then turns the crank to let the poor child fall in.
  • Yandere: A completely unsympathetic example.

Frank Vanderboom

Emma's son, who was trapped in a well for most of his life.

Leonard Vanderboom

Samuel and Ida's son, who participates in World War I.

Rose Vanderboom

Albert's daughter, who completes the ritual to reincarnate her great-grandfather William.

    The Eilander Family 

Caroline Eilander

Jakob's mother. Dead at the start.

Nicholas Eilander

Jakob's father.

Margaret Eilander

Jakob's grandmother.

  • Evil Old Folks: Downplayed. She's never overtly malicious, but she's willing to sacrifice her daughter-in-law and later grandson.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed. She sacrificed her daugter-in-law, but there's no indication it was personal.
  • The Reveal: Is Ms. Pigeon from Rusty Lake: Hotel.

Gerald Eilander

Jakob's uncle, and Nicholas' brother.

  • Body Horror: Boils and pussy eyes and open hear surgery, oh my!
  • Big Eater: To the point that, when all the livestock on Paradise are diseased, he still demands a hamburger.
  • Ear Ache: He loses an ear after a haircut from his blind niece Elizabeth.
  • Literal Change of Heart: Saving Gerard after he eats plagued meat involves replacing his heart with a clock's.
  • The Load: Rarely helps Jakob in any way. Many of the puzzles involve giving him something (like food) or helping him with something decidedly non-essential.
  • The Reveal: Is Mr. Boar from Rusty Lake: Hotel.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Like the rest of his family, he sacrifices his nephew Jakob without a single qualm.

Elizabeth Eilander

Jakob's blind younger sister.

David Eilander

Jakob's brother, and the youngest of Caroline's children.

  • Metamorphosis: Turns into a giant fly for a bit.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Is entirely unfazed by his transformation into a giant fly and getting turned into a Human Popsicle.
  • The Reveal: Is Mr. Rabbit from Rusty Lake: Hotel.
    • Cube Escape: Paradox shows that he's also the rabbit-masked murderer from Cube Escape: Birthday.
  • Smug Smiler: His default expression.

    Other Characters 


The Woman's ex-lover.

  • Drowning My Sorrows: In Theatre, he is the man at the bar that only cares about getting drinks.

Paul Gauguin

A friend of van Gogh.


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