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Francis York Morgan
The Player Character. An FBI Special Agent that is sent out to investigate the most bizarre of cases. While he has a lot of strange mannerisms, he is an excellent field profiler. He's passionate about the cases he investigates and a huge fan of drinking his daily cup of coffee.
Just call him 'York'. That's what everyone calls him.
A younger York returns as the protagonist of the sequel, which deals with a case he worked on during 2004 before the events of the first game.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The York personality becomes a god of the forest and joins with Emily.
- Badass Normal: He singlehandedly fights off dozens of Shadows from the Red World. And by the end of the game, he also kills a super-empowered, mutated human and a transdimensional cosmic horror.
- Big Brother Instinct: His relationship with Zach could be seen this way.
- Brutal Honesty: He's quite blunt with his words, whether it deals with a situation or even food. When asked what Emily's cooking is like, he relates it to a sewer mission he was on.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's got terrible social skills and often oversteps some boundaries, but he's still a good profiler and his sense of premonition often helps him in his investigations.
- York is a weirdo, but he may be putting on a little bit of a show on to catch serial killers. As he muses in one car conversation, serial killers never make sense, and can't be caught by logic. Given the sort of place Greenvale is, it's implied he's somewhat correct on this.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Dale Cooper.
- City Slicker: Played straight and subverted when talking with Jim Green.Jim: I want to keep them away from the filth of the material world as long as I can. So that's why I'm asking you to solve this crime quickly then go home.York: I guess I do reek of the material world, don't I.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He can come off as this because of his conversations with Zach. And his conversations with everyone else, too, for that matter.
- Cool Car: He drives one towards Greenvale, but he gets into an accident before arriving and loses it. Though there is a sidequest to repair his car, which then becomes the fastest in the game and is unbreakable.
- Decoy Protagonist: In a manner of speaking. Majority of the game is spent playing as the 'York' personality between York and Zach, with the final moments reverting to 'Zach'. And Zach could be seen as the real protagonist, since he has a bigger connection to Kaysen.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. Especially before fighting George Woodman.George, no olympics for you. You'd fail the doping test.
- Drives Like Crazy: He's immediately established as the ultimate distracted driver, though he seems to drive just fine.
- Duality Motif: Subverted, with York. Played straight with Zach, who has one blue eye and one red-brown eye because of the wound Kaysen inflicted on him years ago.
- Establishing Character Moment: York is first seen driving his car in a heavy storm, with his cellphone clenched between his ear and shoulder, one hand on the driving wheel and the other typing on a laptop that is lying on the passenger's seat. And having a conversation with his superiors about how Tom and Jerry are actually living in a co-dependent, sadomasochistic relationship. Then York talks with Zach. It immediately establishes what a weirdo this guy is.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Zach has them, which helps make him look older than he actually is.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: In the very beginning of the game, York sports it when he finds himself in a disturbing dream of the red room, filled with doors, random furniture and twin angels whispering among themselves.
- Former Teen Rebel: Admits to having been a punk rocker as a teen, but kept good grades.
- Freudian Excuse: His oddities make a lot more sense as coping mechanisms when he eventually reveals horrific things he witnessed as a child. And more so as a Split Personality capable of dealing with Zach's trauma.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: York has two small scars on his left cheekbone, courtesy from a recent case. Zach's scar is much larger and goes from his head diagonally down to his eye. It becomes Foreshadowing once, York is confused when he is told that townspeople refer to him as "Scarface"; a confusion the player is very likely to share, as York's scars shouldn't really that notable to the casual observer. Once The Reveal hits and Zach officially becomes the player character, it is rather easy to see why.
- Good Is Not Nice: He may be an FBI Agent that works to find criminals and bring them to justice, as well as risk his life on multiple occassions, but he also rubs people the wrong way with his arrogant attitude and blunt words.
- Guardian Entity: York is this to Zach.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Bizarrely subverted in a case of Fridge Logic. His child self looks nothing like his adult self... but does look similar to the original character design◊, which was changed because it seemed to be too blatantly ripping off Dale Cooper. Perhaps the developers did not have enough time to alter the child's appearance before release.
- Hypocrite: When he learns that Anna was secretly shaming away a smoking addiction, he muses to himself how there are no good small-town morals anymore. This said by the guy who cannot leave bed without lighting up.
- Imaginary Friend: Zach. Well, actually it's York.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His childhood self had blue eyes, but they turned more green as an adult. Zach's right eye is still its usual blue, while the other is red-brown because of the injury Kaysen inflicted on him.
- Insistent Terminology: Call him 'York'. It's what everyone calls him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude, arrogant and is generally incapable of reading the atmosphere properly, but he is still surprisingly gentle at times. Noticeable when he's talking to Isaach and Isaiah or during the sidequest between Quint and Becky. As well as when he offers to help Thomas escape Greenvale, when it's clear that he's going insane, and his entire relation with Zach.
- Locked into Strangeness: Zach's hair turned white after witnessing his mother's death and being attacked by Kaysen.
- The Movie Buff: York loves to talk about '80s movies with Zach while driving.
- Must Have Caffeine: He is very particular about his coffee.
- Only Friend: Describes Zach as such. He takes on a different tone of voice and has different mannerisms during his chats with Zach.
- Pals with Jesus: It's very probable 'York' is some sort of angel or spirit from the White Room. Kaysen is noted as being completely confused as to how Zach escaped the White Room and is able to harm him.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Specializes in B movies, though if the conversation about Tom and Jerry in the beginning of the game is anything to go by, he spends a lot of time on that, too.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You know, Kaysen, I've always wanted to tell you... you're one crazy guy."
- The Profiler: It's his job.
- Real Men Wear Pink: One of the suits he can obtain from a sidequest is cherry pink.
- Shrug Take: Has a few of these.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Has several ones very late in the game during The Reveal.
- Smoking Is Cool: Has an incredibly distinctive way of lighting a cigarette.
- The Stoic: York spends most of the game as a man who cannot be fazed by anything, be it a murder or supernatural horror. Though during the story's climax, he begins to crumble. And Zach proves to not be as stoic as York was in the beginning of the game.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Just before the first phase of the final showdown, and confirmed by talking to Olivia in the epilogue, it turns out that most, if not all, utterances of York and Zach in the story were actually reversed. With Zach actually calling himself Zach, but thinking York was addressing everyone.
- Together in Death: York and Emily.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Zach is the real personality; York is merely a split personality developed ages ago, to protect Zach from the horror of his past. Or an angel. It's complicated.
- The Unsmile: York cannot smile without it looking weird.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The Director's Cut edition does this to Zach, who went on to get married and have a family. He had to go through hell, but still obtains a happy ending.
- Touched by Vorlons: See Pals with Jesus.
- Younger Than They Look: Several characters mention that they thought York was older. Because Zach has baggy eyes and white hair, making him look much older.
One of Greenvale's deputy sherriffs. She moved to the town during her high school years and eventually joined the police force. She assists George and York in the investigation of Anna's murder. She's a terrible cook.
- Action Girl: She's just as capable as York in combat. Justified, she is a trained cop.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: She becomes a playable character during a late section of the game.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Becomes one of the Forest Goddesses with the other women.
- Break the Cutie: She comes off as decently put together, despite Anna's death. But as the story continues and more people die, Emily definitely begins to crack under the emotional and mental strain it's putting on her.
- Fair Cop: She's mentioned to be quite pretty, even in uniform. And wait until you see her in a dress.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers a bad one when Diane dies. Especially since Diane's corpse was still gripping her arm tightly. She does get better soon.
- Kill the Cutie: She doesn't survive the game.
- Lethal Chef: Her cooking is horrendous. Just look at the giant scorch mark at the stove, which came from a time when she cooked a towel. And the trading card 'Industrial Waste' depicts her cooking.
- During her first sidequest, she attempts to make Italian beef stew with milk, macaroni, flour, butter...and no beef. York comes along and gets her to add cheese, which turns it into surprisingly edible macaroni and cheese, but she gets offended that he can't tell what she was originally trying to make.
- Mercy Kill: She begs Zach to shoot her when the red tree begins to grow out of her stomach. Zach cannot bring himself to do it, so she rips the tree out herself and bleeds out within seconds.
- The Movie Buff: She is a huge fan of movies. Her car's licenseplate says ILUVMOVIES.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She looks exactly like Naomi Watts.
- Only Sane Man: Feels like she's the only normal person in Greenvale. She's probably not wrong, though it helps that she's not native to Greenvale to begin with.
- Rape as Drama: Is raped by Kaysen due to him making her think she was having sex with York.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's dutiful, dependable and honest and she is the first to console someone in a time of need, like when Olivia begins to break down, concerned that her husband may be having an affair and was near the crime scene when Becky was killed.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Just look at her in that pretty, black dress.
- Signature Laugh: Emily throws her head back and slaps her knees.
- Together in Death: With York.
- Unkempt Beauty: At the climax of the game, her hair is noticeably disheveled from having been attacked by Carol and subsequently raped by Kaysen, but she is still very pretty.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her coming to town inspired George's love for her, which ended up being a major contributing factor to all the things he, Thomas, and Carol did.
The Sheriff of Greenvale. George is dedicated to keeping peace and order in Greenvale. Considers himself to be the 'King' of Greenvale. He's currently trying to track down Anna's murderer. He doesn't take to York that well.
- Abusive Parents: George's mother was physically abusive.
- Badass Mustache: His mustache certainly gives him quite the air of authority.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Harry S. Truman. Though it turns out that there is also undeniably quite a bit of Norman Bates thrown into the mix.
- Disappeared Dad: His father left before George could remember him.
- Ephebophile: He fell in love with Emily when she was 16 years old, despite being over a decade older.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got a bad scar on his left cheek and dozens of them on his back. All of them were given to him by his abusive mother.
- I Own This Town: York quickly profiles him with having some sort of ruler complex, identifying him as the "King" of the town, and there are several sign that he and most of the townfolk don't disagree.
- Jurisdiction Friction: To begin with, George doesn't take very kindly to York, as he feels the agent's presence is representative of the FBI muscling in on his territory. Though he does eventually warm a bit up to York as person a bit into the story, his low-intensity resentment towards his employer never quite goes away. Notably, neither Emily or Thomas share his misgivings and are happy to help York.
- Last-Name Basis: Purposefully calls York "Agent Morgan" for most of the game. It isn't until the third victim that George calls him York.
- Might Makes Right: His mother's abuse drove him to the belief that the world is separated into strong and weak people and that the strong are always right.
- Nice Hat: He wouldn't be a sheriff, if he didn't have one.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Implied. During a lunch scene where York asks Emily if she is afraid of dogs, George looks to Thomas sharply tells him not to say anything, suggesting that George himself might actually be scared of dogs.
The other deputy sheriff of Greenvale. Thomas is rather weak-willed and often becomes stressed under pressure, but still does a good job as a deputy sheriff. During the day, he works at the sherriff's department. At night, he tends bar in his sister's club, the Galaxy of Terror.
His cooking is to die for.
- Adorkable: A sweet guy that works in the sherriff's department, but is meek.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Andy Brennan.
- The Cutie: His sheer niceness is his most noticeable attribute.
- Girly Run: He's got a girlier run than Emily!
- Incompatible Orientation: He develops a crush on York, who only dates women. Is in a sexual relationship with George Woodman.
- LeitMotif: Pillow Stains, a song that is only ever played in-game in his apartment. The connection to the song and its actual foreshadowing becomes clearer with the lyrics.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: To his sister, Carol.
- Meganekko: A male example. His glass certainly is used to highlight his rather fragile nature.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks a lot like Adrian Brody.
- Shrinking Violet: A male example.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Thomas is kind, submissive, meek and easily nervous. In turn, Carol is aggressive, assertive, dominant and confident.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A male example. York's observation of Thomas notes that he clearly has a lot of inner strength beneath the shy personality.
- Supreme Chef: An amazing chef. Thomas' Biscuit is the best healing item in the game.
The murder victim that brings York to Greenvale. Anna had big dreams of eventually leaving the town and becoming a model and worked at the A&G Diner part-time to save money for it.
- Brainless Beauty: Carol describes her as an airhead.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Laura Palmer.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her tongue was bitten off and then she was sliced from her chest down to her crotch, left to bleed out at full consciousness.
- Godiva Hair: Her blonde hair covers her breasts when her naked corpse is found.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She seemed to enjoy smoking cigarettes, but still saw it as bad and hid the used stumps.
- Hair Color Dissonance: In the Director's Cut, a new post-credit scene depicts Anna with black hair - which happened at some points in the Red World previously - and then with blonde hair again, after the camera changes position.
- Informed Attractiveness: Anna is repeatedly described as having been one of the prettiest girls in all of Greenvale. When she is seen, she's not ugly, but nowhere near the gorgeous woman everyone says she is.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: She's dead, but her spirit is implied to be this. York sees her in the Red World a lot, Isaach and Isaiah can apparently see and believe her to be a Goddess of the Forest. And Becky's diary notes that she believes the twins' words. Her spirit can also be seen extending its hand towards Becky during her death.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death causes York to come to Greenvale.
- Posthumous Character: She's dead when the game begins, so anything found out about her is this.
- Punny Name: Another possible reference to Twin Peaks, in which the character Annie is played by Heather Graham.
- Subverted with regard to the word 'anagram'; despite the similarities to her name, and several characters saying her name as 'anagram', anagrams play no significant role in the story, or in her characterization.
Anna's best friend. Her death caused Becky to sequester herself in her own home.
She eventually becomes the second victim.
- Black Bra and Panties: The only thing she wears, when her corpse is found.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Flayed alive, her tongue removed, then strung up by wires in her own bathroom, which triggered her neck to be broken by her own, bloodstained bed sheets, if the wires were cut.
- Hikkikomori: She becomes a complete shut-in after Anna's death. It's a safety mechanism. She knows that George will kill her if she leaves her house. Not that it helped, in the end.
- She Knows Too Much: One of the reasons she was killed. She was part of the same sex club as Anna and saw George kill her, making her a witness. She also has the little locket that Anna gripped during her death.
- Your Cheating Heart: She's been cheating on her boyfriend with George in the sex club.
Brian The Insomniac
A pale man with eyebags. He's the caretaker of the local graveyard. He supposedly never sleeps, which is why he is called the Insomniac.
- Dead All Along: Maybe. During the game, Brian has a sidequest to retrieve seven bones from a human skeleton that was dug up and taken away by wild dogs. In the epilogue, the graveyard can be revisited and has a grave refilled with a fresh mark, with Brian's name on it. It's taken as a joke in poor taste, though how true it is...
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Apparently a result from his rumored insomnia.
- Expy: Of Cesare from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Thomas' sister. She owns the Galaxy of Terror bar and sings in it, while her brother bartends for her. Carol becomes another victim.
- Bi the Way: Implied. She repeatedly returned to the scene of Anna's murder to search for a photograph of the two of them together, a photograph that she admits she couldn't bring herself to get rid of. Said photograph was taken in Anna's bedroom and featured both of them dressed up in sexy lingerie. York also implies that Anna's room was a very special place for them.
- The only time she and York manage to have a civil conversation, she does nothing but reminisce about Anna.
- Deadpan Snarker: Show elements of this, especially when talking to her between singing.York: The name of this place, Galaxy of Terror, did you get it from the movie of the same name?
Carol: And what if I did?
York: Then you must remember the scene where the giant worm attack the woman. You know, and then...
Carol: Dont tell me you came here to talk about giant space worms?
York: I guess I did. Unless you want to talk about something else? But I think thats a great topic to break the ice, you know.
Carol: ...You were dropped as a baby, right?
- Jerkass: It's part of her trading card's description.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite talking rudely about Anna at times, she does seem to have considered her a good friend, even going to the tree where Anna's corpse was found. And she even flat-out says that Nick did not kill Diane later in the game.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Compared to her brother, Thomas.
- Self-Made Woman: York is impressed that she owns a bar and sings in it, despite her rather young age.
- Tragic Keepsake: She loses a photograph of her and Anna together and searches for it nearly every day. If you find it and give it back to her, she admits that she couldn't bring herself to throw it away.
Becky's older sister. She's the owner of Muses' Art Gallery and is infamous among the women of the town, because she is known to be rather open with her love and legs.
Diane becomes the third victim.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Beaten, had her tongue bitten off and gets crushed by a giant, pointy sculpture. Which is better than what was planned, which was to let her fall onto said sculpture and get impaled.
- Daddy's Girl: She remembers her father rather fondly.
- Driven to Madness: She gives off some really strange rambling about the sculpture, just before she gets crushed by it.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Nick, since the two have a great appreciation for art. Despite her reputation, the two have never slept with each other.
- Really Gets Around: She's very upfront with her advances when she feels like it. She even offers to sleep with York shortly after meeting him.
- Slasher Smile: A creepy one, just before her death.
- Spanner in the Works: Her killer knows she is one. She had access to the locket that Anna had, which was given to her on Becky's demand, and she learned the connection of George and Carol's to Anna's death.
The freckled, redhaired receptionist of Greenvale General Hospital. She has a crush on Dr. Ushah.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Not without hiding it in a riddle first.
- Glasses Girl: She has large framed glasses.
- Youthful Freckles: So many, she looks to be in her early twenties.
A travelling sapling salesman. He frequently stops in Greenvale and spends some time there, usually with Diane. Forrest is generally seen with a sapling in his hand and followed by his loyal dog, Willie.
- Acrofatic: Despite being fat, he's got some great stamina and speed. He can easily keep up with Emily.
- Big Fun: He calls himself a "jolly old bumble bee, spreading pollen wherever he goes" and is quite well liked by the Greenvale inhabitants.
- Leitmotif: His theme is called Comic Relief because of his bumbling, ridiculous nature.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Various gamers see him as John Goodman, Gabe Newell or Michael Moore.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His theme is called this. And he even lampshades it at one point, saying that he thought he was gonna be a hero, but is nothing but the sidecharacter.
- Reused Character Design: Kaysen is a recurring character in SWERY's works, with versions of him making appearances in both Spy Fiction and D4.
Gina 'Rosy Lips'
Jack's wife, who helps run the Heaven 'n' Hell Gas Station. She flirts with anything in pants.
- Double Entendre: Everything she says. Even her name.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her 'special service' at the gas station.
A mysterious capitalist and the richest man in Greenvale. He owns most of the land. Harry is bound to a wheelchair and wears a gas mask at all times, using his assistant, Michael, to talk for him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Just like everyone else in the '50s when the Purple Gas was released. Harry was simply lucky that he didn't die while under its influence.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Andrew Packard.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to prevent his wife from beating their son, George.
- Properly Paranoid: He's got a good reason for wearing that mask. He wears it to prevent the purple fog, which he knows can still come out from the ground when it rains, from turning him insane again.
- Sins of Our Fathers: His father was the original Raincoat Killer.
- The Voiceless: Initially never talks, making Michael Tillotson relay his messages. Later on, Harry foregoes it and decides to talk himself, using a machine to help him do so.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He says this to Michael in an end-game sidequest.
Isaach & Isaiah Ingram
Twin boys of Keith and Lilly Ingram. They often spend time with their grandfather, Jim, or playing with Kaysen's dog. They were the first to find Anna's body.
For some reason, York sees them as angels in his dreams.
- Always Identical Twins: You can tell them apart on sight by what color they're wearing; Isaach tends to wear blue and Isaiah tends to wear green.
- Children Are Innocent: Enforced by the townsfolk, who refuse to explain the concept of death to them.
- Creepy Twins: They often whisper to each other before answering in a conversation and repeat each other's lines. They get fully creepy when the purple fog causes them to go insane, just like the rest of town. Outside of that, though, it's subverted. They are sweet twins.
- I See Dead People: They claim to see Anna in the forest, despite her being dead. And it's flat-out revealed to be true in the epilogue.
Jack 'The Raging Bull'
Gina's husband and owner of the Heaven 'n' Hell Gas Station. He hates cops, but loves their money.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Carol.
- Every Man Has His Price: He doesn't want to talk to York or share his secrets with him. He has no problem doing it with Benjamin Franklin, though.
- Jerkass: Positively rude and he goes out of his way to be extra rude to York.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jack is a burly, hairy, surly-looking ogre of a man. Gina is a slim, beautiful blonde.
- Your Cheating Heart: While he doesn't cheat on Gina that we see, he regularly goes to the bar to creep on Carol and calls her "the hottest thing he's ever seen", and says that Gina doesn't need to know about it.
The parkranger of Greenvale Forest Park. He's the grandfather of Isaach and Isaiah, who adore him.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Pete Martell.
- Green Thumb: Says that he used to work as a tree surgeon.
- In Harmony with Nature: He doesn't care much for City Slickers like York.
The owner of the Milk Bar and father of Isaach and Isaiah. He's a huge rocker fan and calls his guitar his second most prized possession in the world - next to his family.
- Happily Married: He often brings up his wife and kids being the most important thing to him in the world. And other characters comment that they seem like a practically perfect family.
- I Call It "Vera": His guitar, Grecotch. It's the strongest melee weapon in the game.
- MayDecember Romance: He's a decade younger than his wife.
- Mythology Gag: His jacket reads 'Back in the Hole' on the back, presumably a band in this continuity, but actually referring to a line repeatedly said in Spy Fiction.
- The Storyteller: Takes on this role for each Psychic Spot sidequest.
- Surfer Dude: Despite being a rocker, he talks like a surfer, dude!
Keith's wife and mother of Isaach and Isaiah. She works in the Milk Barn with Keith and is much more organized than him.
- Happily Married: To her husband, whom she calls perfect for the role.
- MayDecember Romance: She is a decade older than Keith.
- Women Are Wiser: She's a little more grounded than her husband, making her more attentive to things and less forgetful.
Lysander 'The General'
A Vietnam veteran that owns the local junkyard. He sells cars to York and can fix his own car up, if he gets paid for it.
- Greater Need Than Mine: He received this from Sergeant 'Cry-Baby' Timothy, who trekked back and forth from the river, to give Lysander water in his cupped hands, despite being heavily wounded. Lysander survived. Timothy didn't.
- Phony Veteran: York wonders why he calls himself a General if he's clearly wearing a Sergeant's uniform. Lysander's sidequests reveal that he opts for the Sergeant uniform out of guilt.
- Red Herring: When he first meets York, he tells him that the Raincoat Killer is not a legend and to come to him later for further information. He's absolutely right about the Raincoat Killer, but when you do go speak to Lysander, the only stories he will ever tell you are about Vietnam. This despite the fact that he was in the military at the time the town was gassed, and thus should know a great deal about the Raincoat Killer.
- Retired Badass: He served in Vietnam.
- Reused Character Design: A character with a similar last name and appearance is first used in Spy Fiction, though as an antagonistic character.
- Survivor's Guilt: After realizing that Timothy sacrificed his life to keep Lysander alive, Lysander honored his memory by wearing the old uniform.
Mr. John Doe Troper. He is my - that is to say, Mr. Stewart's - mysterious aide. When it comes to his work, he certainly makes the grade. So says Mr. Stewart.
- Bishōnen: The closest to being 'pretty' in Greenvale.
- Catchphrase: So says Mr. Stewart.
- Full-Name Basis: He insists on using the full name when addressing someone.
- Happily Adopted: His epilogue sidequest reveals that he's Mr. Stewart's adopted son.
- Katanas Are Just Better: When the purple fog is released and drives the town insane, he picks one up.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Michael is always rhyming, whether he's speaking on his own or relaying Mr Stewart's messages. There's no reason given for why he does so. He does drop it, though, when Zach admits to having read his diary.
The chef and owner of the A & G Diner, married to Olivia. He's blunt and short with words, but is an amazing cook. He often goes drinking in the bar, chatting with Diane.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Most of the town at the end; Nick slowly began to lose it while in jail when Thomas disappears.
- Clear My Name: He's eventually arrested for the suspicion of being the serial killer, when he's found at Diane's murder scene. York believes Nick to be innocent, though, and continues to work on finding out who the real killer is.
- Hidden Depths: Nick is actually quite an art buff; he regularly chats with Diane about art, and has a small art studio in his house. Even York is surprised to learn that.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and brusque when talking to people. But he does genuinely love his wife dearly, despite not being very good at expressing himself. And his main thought, after being arrested, is of Olivia and worrying how she's holding up.
- No Social Skills: He's terrible at talking politely to people and even worse at expressing himself with more honest feelings.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Diane. The two spend hours talking about art, but their relationship never became sexual and neither of them wanted to.
- Supreme Chef: He's an even better cook than Thomas.
- This Is My Chair: The only one allowed into the kitchen is himself, except for Olivia when she's picking up orders. And Nick does not like it when people try to enter his kitchen.
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. Olivia suspects that he is cheating on her with Diane because of their frequent meetings, but it really is just about the art.
Nick's wife. She works at the A & G Diner as a waitress.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Norma Jennings.
- In Harmony with Nature: She claims to like trees and goes to the art gallery to look at paintings of trees. She's lying about the art part of it, though.
- Mistaken for Cheating: She worries that Nick may be having an affair with Diane, because she knows that they go to her art gallery after drinking at the bar. Turns out, though, that he is not cheating on her.
- Mysterious Past: According to her trading card description.
- Prim and Proper Bun: The best hairstyle to keep it under control when working around food.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very meek and quiet around people, even when taking orders.
The owner of the Great Deer Yard Hotel. She's a widow and loves to talk about the town and its people. However, she's a bit hard of hearing at times.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Comes off as this, especially when her hearing impairment gets the better of her.
- I Can't Hear You: York talks noticeably louder around her. She still manages to mishear him at times, resulting in some rather hilarious dialogue.York: Memories, Polly?
Polly: Mr Morgan! That is not a question you should ask a lady!
- I Was Quite a Looker: She won second place of the Miss Greenvale Pageant in her youth.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at sometimes. At one point when York is questioning her, she manages to completely avoid answering him while passing it off as rambling about not being able to remember things very well anymore.
- Shipper on Deck: She often tells York to go hang out with Emily.
Becky's boyfriend. He's a motorcycle enthusiast and works at his father's bar, the SWERY '65.
- Captain Ersatz: Of James Hurley, with a dash of Bobby Briggs.
- Insecure Love Interest: Is self-conscious about the fact that Becky lives in a giant mansion while he lives in a trailer, and worries that he isn't good enough for her. He gets into smuggling in order to raise enough money to move somewhere nice with her.
- Missing Mom: His mother left the family when he was young.
- Satellite Love Interest: His character is basically 'motorcycle' and 'boyfriend of Becky'. There's even a sidequest where it turns out he's smuggling things in town. Using his motorcycle. Hoping to save money to move somewhere nice with Becky.
Quint's father and owner of the SWERY '65 bar. He's a master at darts.
- Graceful Loser: He doesn't mind if York manages to beat his darts record.
- Nice Guy: He's concerned for Sally and checks up on her.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: It's implied that Richard has been in love with Sally since childhood.
Anna's mother. After losing her husband in an accident years ago, Anna was the only thing that still kept her going. With Anna's death, Sally rarely leaves the house.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Sarah and Leland Palmer.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She began to drink heavily after her daughter died.
- Lady Drunk: About never sober in the game.
- The Ophelia: An older example than most, but she's clearly unhinged after her daughter's death.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Richard, in the past.
A crazy old lady that roams the streets of Greenvale, giving her the name 'Roaming' Sigourney. She always carries a pot around and is concerned with it going cold.
- Captain Ersatz: Of the Log Lady.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She's weirder than the rest of the Greenvale inhabitants.
- Crazy Pot Lady: Never seen without her pot.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Mostly involving stew.
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to Polly, Sigourney won first place of the Miss Greenvale Pageant in the past.
- Talkative Loon: She doesn't shut up when York is driving her around town to her home. And even after leaving his car, Sigourney still talks a lot.
- The Un-Reveal: Invoked by York. After completing all of Sigourney's sidequests, she actually offers York the chance to see what's in the pot, but he declines, deciding that the mystery is what makes it fun.
He's the doctor at the General Hospital and a huge chess fan.
- Adorkable: He doesn't quite know how to handle the prospect of Fiona being interested in him, and it's pretty cute to watch him try to figure it out.
- Hidden Depths: He made a lot of money as a doctor in Los Angeles, but moved to Greenvale because he wanted to help people.
- Hospital Hottie: Fiona certainly sees him as one.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name is a reference to Usher.
- Non-Idle Rich: Fiona reveals that Ushah made huge earnings in Los Angeles as a doctor, before moving to Greenvale.
- No Social Skills: A sidequest reveals that he never had a girlfriend, so he doesn't know how to react to Fiona's rather unsubtle hints.
- Smart People Play Chess: And he wants York to figure a puzzle out first, before meeting him.
Wesley the Gunsmith
The local gunsmith and owner of the gun store 'Panda Bear'. He's a card collector.
The inhabitants of the Red World that are a constant source of trouble for York during his investigations. Most of them stumble around and garble in low voices while trying to attack.
A second variation is called Crawling Shadow, which cling to walls and try to grab York.
- Creepy Monotone: Their voices are purposefully designed to be this, though it actually comes off as more of a Simpleton Voice.
- Flash Step: They can turn into mist and take a suddenly leap forward. Usually done to bridge small gaps or to avoid gun shots.
- Glasgow Grin: The regular Shadows sport them.
- Kill It with Fire: Not really a good idea. If they are set on fire, they become faster and charge towards the player, trying to set him on fire, too. However, they tend to die soon after. And fire is great against Crawling Shadows.
- Made of Iron: They can take quite some hits with many bullets before going down. Especially the Crawling Shadows.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never specified if the Shadows are real or just imaginations from York's head. Word of God, though, said that the Shadows are a mixture of the purple fog and red seeds, along with the victims of the first Greenvale massacre, making them real.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: They're the victims of the first Greenvale massacre, having been twisted into grotesque forms by the Red World.
- Orifice Invasion: If they grab York, they try to get into his body by shoving their arms down his throat. Managing their whole body into his, York will die.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: The Crawling Shadows.
- Tragic Monster: It's heavily implied that the reason why they're trying to kill York is so that they can use their body to live again.
- Useless Useful Stealth: York can hold his breath, which makes it so that Shadows do not notice him, even if he's walking right past them. However, holding his breath raises his heart rate very quickly and he moves slowly, making it not that useful.
- Zombie Gait: Usually walk around like this, unless they use their Flash Step.
The Raincoat Killer
A mysterious killer from Greenvale folklore, who is said to appear whenever it rains. He is believed to be behind the current killings and was responsible for a large part of the massacre of Greenvale in the '50s.
- Amazing Freaking Grace: Played during his section.
- An Axe to Grind: The axe is the Raincoat Killer's weapon of choice.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: He's playable for a bit near the end of the game.
- Anti-Villain: In the '50s, if one sees his murdering of majority of the townspeople as mercy killings, knowing that they are all driven insane and bloodthirsty by the purple fog. Including rushing to the Clock Tower, in an attempt to stop the purple fog.
- Breakout Character: Swery has thought of creating a game, where you play as the Raincoat Killer.
- Expy: He has a superficial resemblance to Pyramid Head. He appears in a Dark World, dragging his weapon of choice on the ground, is completely invincible and wears bloody clothes that hide his face. However, his motives and origin are completely different.
- Like Father, Like Grandson: This Raincoat Killer is actually George Woodman's paternal grandfather.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The only thing visible are his glowing, red eyes. You don't want him to come near you.
Thomas disappears late into the game and comes under suspicion of being the actual serial killer. Slowly losing his mind because of the witnessed murders, Thomas knocks York out in his apartment and locks him up in the Clock Tower.
Eventually, Emily confronts Thomas in the Clock Tower and fights him.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Thomas in the middle of a mental breakdown during the boss fight against him, and it's hard to not feel sorry for him.
- Ambiguous Situation: The game remains ambiguous whether Thomas is a transvestite or maybe even transgender.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: After his knife stabs him, Thomas decides to rather commit suicide by jumping face-first into a giant hook than potentially die through the stab wound.
- Death Equals Redemption: If his appearance among the dead in the epilogue is anything to go by.
- Depraved Homosexual: Subverted, since he didn't actually murder anybody. Not that he wasn't trying with Emily. And York sees Thomas' more effeminate traits in a positive light.
- Driven to Madness: He begins to go insane after Becky's and Diane's murders.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Thomas constantly spins and jumps around the gears and on a giant hook during his battle, making it difficult for Emily to properly aim at him.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Thomas is first a meek, Nice Guy that will happily cook lunch every day. But a combination of his insane love for George and the purple fog take his toll on him, ending up with his attempt at murdering Emily. After his death, he becomes a Goddess of the Forest, though, and seems redeemed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The knife he was going to stab Emily with gets flung into the air and stabs Thomas in the chest.
- Ignored Epiphany: When the kidnapped York talks rather calmly to him and gives him a means of escaping the horrors of Greenvale and starting anew. Thomas is clearly touched, but decides to continue to follow George's plan.You're so kind. Unlike... him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With a giant hook. Through the face.
- Kicking Ass In All His Finery: He battles Emily while dressed in an ankle-length, red dress with fitting boa.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He's in love with George, who only really loves Emily and Thomas plans to kill her for that. Certainly doesn't help that York, who he develops a bit of a Villainous Crush on, also has eyes on Emily.
- Replacement Goldfish: He was one to George, for Emily.
- Silk Hiding Steel: That strong will York sensed in him? Manifests itself in his intense desire to kill Emily. Though downplayed, as his entire time as a boss stems from mentally breaking.
- Transgender: Maybe? He has a feminine nature and a painting of the 'Goddesses of the Forest' does have what appears to be a female Thomas depicted. But it could just as likely be that Thomas is simply a homosexual transvestite - maybe even dressing up in an attempt to appeal to George's sick desires. The game is pretty ambiguous about it.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was the one that told George about the Raincoat Killer folklore and the 'red seeds ritual', which led to George forming his plan of committing murders to become divine.
- Villainous Crush: Towards York.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Thomas wore a dress very often for the sex club.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He comes off as pretty tragic and desperate, when it's clear that he's just as much of a victim of George's manipulation as anyone else.
- Yandere: For George, just like his sister, Carol.
The New Raincoat Killer (George Woodman)
The 'New' Raincoat Killer, as Harry dubs him, and the one behind the current murders of women in Greenvale. It turns out that it is actually George Woodman beneath the coat. Following a rumor that having the killer and victim eat red seeds while committing murder would cause the killer to become immortal, George killed Anna and the others.
- A God Am I: He committed the murders under the false belief that performing them like sacrifices would cause him to become immortal.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Particularly with his final words.
- An Axe to Grind: As the New Raincoat Killer, he uses an axe as his weapon of choice.
- Badass Biker: His outfit for the sex club and while performing the murders. Also wears it during his boss battle.
- Breaking Speech: Tries one on York, which doesn't work so well.You're the fool here, York! Becky, Diane and Carol! They all died in front of you! And you couldn't save even one of them. Not even one. You're the worthless fool here. And that's what proves it.
- Bi the Way: He was the main man of the sex club, consisting of three ladies and one man.
- Depraved Bisexual: Kind of. He is a passionate man and loves Emily, but he still used Thomas as one of his replacements for Emily.
- Ephebophile: He fell in love with Emily when she was 16 years old, despite being a decade older. He also had sexual relations with Carol and Thomas, when both were likely the same age, as well as with Anna and Becky in the sex club.
- Freudian Excuse: A massive one, thanks to mommy dearest.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on his cheek darkens and becomes more prominent with each murder.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His axe gets shot back at him, which launches into his chest. And then a lightning bolt hits George, killing him.
- Humanoid Abomination: Turns into one as he keeps ingesting red seeds during his battle, turning him into a huge, hulking beast with blue skin and spikey, glowing Super Saiyan-esque hair.
- In the Blood: His grandfather was the original Raincoat Killer.
- In the Hood: As the New Raincoat Killer, he always wears the red, bloodstained raincoat. He ditches it for the boss battle, though.
- Kavorka Man: It's not clear what caused him to become so desireable to the members of the sex club.
- Large Ham: During his boss battle.WELLLLCOME TO GREEEENVALE!! AGENT FRANCIS! YORRKK! MORRGANN!
- Love Makes You Evil: Part of the reasons he turned to murders was because of his unreciprocated feelings for Emily.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: At the murder scenes of Becky and Diane, George does things that seem to accidentally cause their deaths. However, he knew exactly what he was doing and purposefully played it up like it just happened because of his rash, hot head.
- Power Is Sexy: His sex club runs on this idea.
- Villainous Breakdown: Just before the third part of his boss battle.Mama! I didn't do anything bad! Why? Why are you doing this to me? It wasn't me! I didn't do anything! I knelt and apologized in front of Anna, didn't I? I know I didn't with the others, but still. I didn't do anything wrong! ...you know who it was! He's the one who made me do all this!
Forrest is actually the man behind George's killings. Having started a rumor that killing someone while ingesting red seeds would make the murderer immortal, he drove George down the bloody path of becoming the New Raincoat Killer.
Forrest is actually a resident of the Red World and was not just part of the Greenvale massacre in the '50s, but also played a role in the tragedy of Zach's mother's death and father's suicide. He was also the one to attack Zach, leaving him with a large scar and traumatizing him enough to create the 'York' personality.
- Acrofatic: His first form as a boss is pretty fast, despite his weight.
- Animalistic Abomination: His dog, Willie, is like him in nature and is in fact his superior, but keeps himself in the form of the lovable Dalmatian you see throughout the game.
- Big Bad: He's the reason the murders in Greenvale started.
- Big Fun: His happy-go-lucky nature is just an act.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems to be a pleasant, fun loving man, but in the end reveals himself to be otherworldly in both nature and sadism.
- Body Horror: He twists, contorts and bloats himself up into his One-Winged Angel forms throughout the fight with him. By the time he dies, he's grown to a massive height, his head's split in half in a Glasgow Grin and a red bulb kept aloft by a fleshy stalk protrudes from his mouth.
- Bishōnen Line: His first and second forms are progressively more inhuman until he hits his final form, which is just a giant version of his human form with the addition of Tainted Veins and minus the glasses.
- Captain Ersatz: Of BOB. In addition, his human identity being a travelling salesman also means that there is even a bit of MIKE to his character.
- For the Evulz: He initially claims to have acted as an emissary for the Red Tree, but he's obviously tormenting Greenvale for shits and giggles.
- Fat Bastard: And he only gets fatter when he reveals his true self.
- Hellhound: Willie, who turns out to actually be Kaysen's keeper and relayer of messages from the Red World.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If the player has completed Kaysen's sidequest, they gain an infinite Magnum; a great weapon that can be found in Willie's doghouse.
- Humanoid Abomination: A fat, jolly man who turns out to be a fat, sadistic, humanoid shape-shifter.
- Large Ham: Turns into this when his act is up.And NOOOW, LADIES and GENTLEMEN! The GRAAAND FINALEEEE! REEEED! TREEEE!
- Leitmotif: When his gig is up, he obtains his own name-based theme.
- Mythology Gag: In Spy Fiction, Forrest Kaysen was a corrupt scientist who created a highly lethal virus that took the form of a purple gas. In this game, he's a monster who uses a purple gas to spread death and horror.
- Nightmare Face: I SAW YOU, ZACH!
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He played up the goofy side a lot, but is much more dangerous and cunning beneath.
- One-Winged Angel: Has three forms.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Interesting how an extra-dimensional alien fits the human definition of immaturity.
- Rape as Drama: It's heavily implied that this is how he manages to make the red seeds grow into Red Tree saplings.
- Really 700 Years Old: Unclear how old he is, though he looked identical to how he did in the '50s.
- Rubber Man: His first form bounces around a lot and stretches his arms to clamber about the light fittings.
- Sadistic Choice: He loves putting people through them. Kill your beloved or allow the Red Tree sapling to do it.
- Villainous Breakdown: "What...? Pain!? How can I... feel pain?!"
- Walking Spoiler: Can you see how you can't really talk about him?
- Your Head Asplode: His head explodes, and something seems to emerge from it to explode, too, when he is finally defeated.
Louise Morgan & Grandpa Zach Morgan
- Babies Ever After: "Zach, with all my profiling skills, I never thought you'd get married and have a family. Never saw it coming."
- Creepy Child: Louise is first shown in an empty hallway, humming Amazing Grace to herself. Subverted, since she is a regular child, though she does seem to act tough and rather like brutal stories.
- Dead Guy Junior: Subverted. While the old Zach calls the girl Emily, her name is actually Michelle Louise. Just like her grandfather, she goes by her middle name. It's unclear why he calls her Emily, though it may be an affectionate nickname.
- Died Happily Ever After: If one reads the new epilogue scene as being an afterlife version of the A & G Diner, where the old Zach meets up with York, Emily and the other victims...
- Foreshadowing: Grandpa Zach mentiones the game's Arc Words much earlier than in the original version, which wasn't until past the halfway point. Any veteran player will also take immediate notice of this line.Your grandma and I used to watch a lot of movies on that thing together..
- Little Miss Snarker: Louise has her moments. "I know my own name, Mom."
- Hes Back: "Zach, there have been reports of something strange going on in Louisiana, New Orleans..."
- Nightmare Fetishist: Louise isn't all that bothered by the horrifying tale of brutal murders that her grandfather tells her.
- Security Blanket: Her teddy bear wears a familiar tie...
- The Storyteller: Seems like Zach has become this to his granddaughter, with the Raincoat Killer story being just the latest of a long string.