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The Daddies

     Player Character/Dadsona 

The Player Character and father to Amanda. He has recently moved across town with his daughter, conveniently moving into a neighborhood of attractive dads.

  • Adorkable: Socially awkward, but prone to bad dad jokes and dotes on his daughter. It's also noteworthy that he really wants to be cool in front of the other dads.
  • Character Customization: The player can select from a variety of body types, hair, facial features, etc. to customize their dad.
  • Chubby Chaser: He spends a considerable amount of time admiring a shirtless Brian.
  • Competition Freak: In Brian's route, he becomes obsessed to take Brian down because he believes he is trying to one up him. It turns out to be just poor communication, since Brian isn't really trying to one-up the player.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": He will mention that his knees aren't what they used to be.
  • Culture Clash: He has a hard time understanding the current generation.
  • Daddy Issues: Downplayed, he's implied to have unresolved issues with his own father in a couple of the routes. This doesn't affect his parenting towards Amanda, however.
    • He'll expand on this in his second date with Robert, mentioning his father was rather not present in his life and focused so much in work he never had time for either him or his mom. He mentions to resent him for it, but ultimately, feels sorry for him, after he experienced the joys of being there for his own daughter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some of the dialogue options are quite snarky.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Brian's second date, when he takes off his shirt, the player character becomes flushed, embarrassed and is often ogling Brian's body, he's actually thankful when Amanda asks them to put their shirts back.
    Player: At least finally I won't be distracted by Brian's pecs.
  • Doting Parent: Clearly adores Amanda and has a close relationship with her.
  • Foreshadowing: Many of your player character's traits can be customized, but one thing that's set in stone is that your player character always used to be in a ska band called the Skammunist Manifesto. This may seem like an unusual past event to set in stone, but in Mat's route, the player character's prior musical experience comes in very handy to revitalize Mat's own interest in music.
  • Good Parents: While they do argue sometimes and Amanda hides some things from him, he does his best to raise Amanda well and loves her to no end.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The PC's full name (and by extension Amanda's last name) are decided by the player. If the last name is left blank, their last name is McDad.
  • Informed Flaw: He's out of shape and feels insecure around Craig's Heroic Build, even though in customization you can choose to give him quite the stacked bod.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: His exact job is never made clear, but a few small comments about the nature of his work, coupled with the objects that clutter his at-home work-space and his seeming freedom to set his own hours, seem to suggest that he writes for a living.
  • No Social Skills: Regardless of the player's choices, he comes off as painfully awkward. He comments multiple times that he dislikes interacting with people.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Whatever his job is, it has really flexible work hours. He mentions one day early in the game that he has already done all his work.
  • One Hour Workweek: Seriously, he's always free to hang out with Amanda or one of his dates, no matter the time of day or day of the week.
  • My Beloved Smother: There are other options, but the player can play as a male example of this in dialogue options with Amanda. However, doing so repeatedly is an easy path to Amanda's Bad Ending, where the player's overbearing, smothering choices ultimately push Amanda away.
  • Second Love: His previous partner died, making any of the dads that he gets together with this. He's also this if he pursues the widower dads.
  • Shout-Out: If you choose the "space warrior" hairstyle and "space warrior" eyes, you can make your character look similar to Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: When you are inviting Damien to the second date, you can use big, fancy words and short, cheesy slang words at the same time.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Invoked and said nearly word by word after the player starts Eating the Eye Candy when Brian takes off his shirt in the second date, and the player will start ogling him and his muscular back, but it's subverted as the player is indeed gay/bi.
    Player: Another thing you bested me on, Stupid Sexy Brian.
  • Transgender: You have the option to make your character or his deceased partner (or both) transgender. One of the options at the creation screen is a binder and the game is very flexible, yet ambiguous on the subject of whether Amanda was conceived by her parents or adopted — and in the case of the former, who carried her.

     Damien Bloodmarch
Goth Dad
Voiced by: Jason Larock

Damien is a Goth with a deep love for the Victorian times. He's also an avid gardener, and knows a lot about flowers. Is the father to Lucien, and has quite the loving relationship with him.

  • Actually Not a Vampire: He gives off major vampire vibes. In the comics, Robert is convinced he's a vampire when Damien first moves in and is surprised to find out what the main character does in the game — that underneath all the Victorian trappings, Damien is really a human guy with normal interests.
    Damian: I must admit, I'm flattered. For my aesthetic sense to convince you of the supernatural can only be described as a testament to the years of hard work I've spent refining my personal style and sense of self.
  • Adorkable: He's a man who acts like a vampire and dotes over his kid, keeps a magnificent garden, and volunteers at the animal shelter. He's afraid of horror movies and apparently wanted to be a bat when he grew up. After a good date he may confidently give you a piece of Victorian slang and then stop and very awkwardly explain it to you.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Mary calls him "Dames."
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Will often talk in an old-fashioned manner.
  • Big Fancy House: He owns a large Gothic home which the player character sees in detail on his first date.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He dresses and talks like he belongs in the Victorian era. Later played with, as he's perfectly aware of the time period's faults and has more to him than his Victorian Gothic schtick.
  • Caring Gardener: Has a large, sprawling garden filled with all sorts of flowers. He knows all their names and meanings and is thoroughly a nice man.
  • "Darkness von Gothick" Name: Damien Bloodmarch, fitting with his vampire dad image.
  • Doting Parent: Is very close to his son, Lucien.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The palest of the available dads, with long dark hair to match the "vampire dad" image. Subverted, he's quite nice.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Subverted. He's introduced picking a fight at Death, Goth, and Beyond regarding the Victorian-ness of an article of clothing, but later apologizes for it and proves more personable in future interactions.
  • Flowers of Romance: Promises to make the player character a bouquet made of these, as Damien knows the Victorian 'meanings' of each flower.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Not only volunteers at the animal shelter, but has a lovingly tended to garden.
  • Good Parents: Lucien might be a handful, but Damien loves and supports him regardless. For example, he accepts that Lucien doesn't want to return to therapy, and suggests alternative outlets for his son.
  • Hammerspace: Apparently can pull a great deal of things out of his cloak. Lampshaded by the player character.
  • Hidden Depths: On Damien's third date, you learn that he actually works as a systems administrator at the IT department of a company, and he volunteers at an animal shelter in his spare time.
  • Irony: His dating profile comments that he's not sure how "this Information Superhighway" works but is eager to try it. He later turns out to be an IT employee.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Mentions that he loves black cats in his Dadbook profile.
  • Lightbulb Joke: During his third date, you can tell Damien "How many Goths does it take to screw in a light bulb?", which can cheer him up.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Downplayed, but he's got a completely different look at his day job and he fears the player character won't be as interested once he sees the 'real' Damien.
  • Perky Goth: Incredibly friendly and kind-hearted underneath all the gothicness.
  • Serious Business: If your player character chooses to get food at the mall instead of making it at home, your character witnesses Damien explain in frustration to the cashier of Dead, Goth, and Beyond that he wanted Victorian clothing, not Edwardian. Damien will later express regret at the cookout that the player saw him when he wasn't at his best.
  • Transgender: A rare (and realistic!) example of a feminine trans man who enjoys make-up, earrings and yaoi.
    • An offhand comment by him mentions that he has a hard time choosing what binder fits in with the time period. Also one of the creators confirmed him to be trans.
    • Issue #2 of the game's official tie-in comic has Damien hinting that he menstruates, though Robert misconstrues it as an indication that Damian drinks human blood.
      Robert: Yeah. We all bleed.
      Damian: Though, some more than others.
    • Issue #5 of the tie-in comic has Damien telling Hugo that he was never allowed to be himself growing up, and how much role-playing and fantasy have come to mean to him as a result.
  • Yaoi Fanboy: On Damien's first date, while exploring his house, your player character comes across some fan fiction Damien owns of Naruto and Sasuke engaging in adult activities.

     Craig Cahn
Fitness Dad
Voiced by: Nathan Sharp

Craig is a fitness fanatic who just so happens to be the old college room-mate of the player character. He's recently divorced, and has shared custody of his three daughters, twins Briar and Hazel, and a baby called River.

  • The Ace: At all things athletic. Even if you give your Dadsona a Heroic Build, Craig will still run circles around you.
  • Alliterative Name: Craig Cahn.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The scar on his eyebrow is always on the side facing the player.
  • Amicable Exes: Split up with his wife on good terms, and they have shared custody of their three children.
  • Chick Magnet: Craig is extremely popular with women. Several baseball moms express an interest in him, as does a waitress at a diner during his second date. Unfortunately for them, Craig is reluctant to start dating again.
  • Children Raise You: Craig used to be known as "Keg-Stand Craig" in college, but he was inspired to change himself and become the responsible father he is today because when his daughters were born, they gave him a sense of purpose.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Meets the player character as they're walking outside and has a brief catch-up conversation with the player, establishing that he's an old friend who's changed a lot since college.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Pulls this routine when interrogating people for information on Arnold's whereabouts during his second date. He's not very good at being the bad cop though.
  • Good Parents: Craig runs himself ragged raising Briar, Hazel, and River, being the coach of a softball team, and maintaining his fitness regimen, but he proudly explains that his girls are his top priority. His Good Ending — where he's making more time for himself but just as comfortable with his kids as before — suggests that the only one who thought he needed to work that hard was, in fact, himself.
  • Gym Bunny: Subverted. He's into men and is almost always working out, but it's not out of vanity — instead, it's out of a genuine concern for his family's lifestyle. He always makes sure to spend time with his children too. He even takes River in his jogs, both to spend time with her and build resistance.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Implied, since the player character states that Craig has changed a lot since college, and envies his toned and muscular build.
  • Heroic Build: While most of the dads are built, Craig has definitely got the more traditional heroic build.
  • In-Series Nickname: Was known as "Keg-Stand Craig" in college.
  • Lovable Jock: Craig is a fitness nut, but has a kind and friendly personality.
  • Made of Iron: Just look at some of the things he did when he and the main character were in college! And this was before he became a health and fitness nut. It's frankly a miracle he's still alive.
  • Nice Guy: Dotes on his daughters and is nothing but welcoming and friendly towards the MC.
  • Older Than They Look: Craig was the MC's roommate in college, so they are probably the same age or close to it. Amanda is 18 years old. Craig has to be at least 39 or 40. Slightly downplayed, as Craig makes reference to how neither are as young as they used to be, and justified, due to his healthy lifestyle.
  • Shirtless Scene: He spends a good portion of the last date shirtless.
  • Supreme Chef: To the player character's surprise, Craig is a very good cook. He manages to perfectly prepare steaks, roasted potatoes and a salad while out camping. Even his fitness smoothies are delicious.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: While it's never stated whether or not Craig and the player character were part of a fraternity, they certainly got up to a lot of mischief in their college days. Incidents include:
    • Craig smuggling a puppy into their shared dorm room despite pets not being allowed. The PC and Craig spend an entire semester making up stories about a mysterious third roommate that has a cough that somehow sounds exactly like a dog.
    • Craig's fish dying, resulting in the PC stealing a new fish for Craig from a fish tank at a party with his bare hands while drunk. The fish somehow survives the trip home.
    • Craig backflipping off a roof into a pool while shotgunning a beer.
    • The player and Craig escaping a party where someone called the cops...straight into the parking lot where the policemen were waiting. Craig pretended to be interested in joining the police academy for half an hour.
  • Workaholic: Between running his own business, parenting 3 young children and coaching a children's softball team, Craig rarely has time for himself.

     Joseph Christiansen
Cool Youth Minister Dad
Voiced by: Arin Hanson

Joseph is the player's next door neighbor and the youth minister for the local church. He's married to Mary and has four kids.

  • Ambiguous Situation: His affair with Robert definitely happened, but it remains unclear what exactly happened between the two of them to cause the very obvious animosity Robert holds towards Joseph. Joseph himself never speaks badly about Robert except to say that Robert was the one who offered to sleep with Joseph and has "been weird about it" ever since.
  • Alliterative Family: All of his kids have names starting in "C". More specifically, their names all start with "Chris-". Except for his youngest child, who is called Crish.
  • Awful Wedded Life: His marriage to Mary is miserable, the only time the two interact is when they argue. She's also an alcoholic and in some routes comes onto you before you even meet Joseph though unlike him, she's never actually cheated. Joseph admits he has faults in his marriage and only stays with her for the children and to look good to the community in his Bad Ending (he admits to still being in love with Mary and wanting to stay with her to work it out if you get his better ending though).
  • Establishing Character Moment: He comes over with cookies to welcome the player to the neighborhood, establishing him as a personable character.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Exiled to the yacht, in his case. Or at least, that's how it'll seem to Dadsona at first...
  • Family Man: According to his dadbook profile, he spends a lot of his time thinking of how he can be a better husband and father. Exemplified in his good ending when despite the problems in his marriage he sticks with his family.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Joseph sometimes swears in his voiced grunts, but they're very tame swears. Justified, as Joseph is a youth minister.
  • Hot for Preacher: He's a youth minister and possible love interest, although this isn't the main conflict in his route.
  • Love Epiphany: If you get his good ending, he still stays with Mary, saying that the affair with you made him realize he still loves his wife.
  • Meaningful Name: The religious Joseph just happens to be married to someone called Mary with multiple children named Chris(t). And their surname is Christiansen.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In Craig's route, the player and Craig find Joseph in the playground reading a book on knot tying. After a beat, he insists it's for boats. The player and Craig aren't too convinced.
  • Offscreen Breakup: On your third date, he claims that he and Mary are through. However, after you've slept with him, he then says they've decided to stay together, regardless which of his endings you get.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Literally, as he's often seen in a pink polo neck.
  • Stepford Smiler: Underneath the smiling, personable youth pastor image, he deals with a terrible family life. Mary even lampshades it, saying that Joseph is good at pretending to be happy.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: He and Mary have an awful life together- they dislike each other and want to be with other people, but decide to stick together for the sake of the kids. At the end of his route, he won't leave her for you, even if you decide to continue the relationship, due to the kids.
  • Supreme Chef: Joseph turns out to be excellent at grilling.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: He has a tattoo of an anchor on his bicep, indicating that he used to have something of a wild streak before becoming a youth pastor. He sort of confirms that on his third date.
  • Token Religious Teammate: He's the local youth minister, and invites the player to church functions. Just look at the names of his wife and kids.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: He has a yacht inherited from his father. His third date takes place on it, and the player learns that it's where he's been living since he and Mary resolved to separate.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The goal of his route, as he's the only dad who's still married. You achieve it by your third date, not that this is the first time. He's had a one night stand with Robert in the past.

     Brian Harding
Rival Dad
Voiced by: Barry Kramer

Brian is a very outgoing and competitive man who enjoys fishing and grilling. He adores his daughter, Daisy, and will brag about her accomplishments to anyone who is willing to listen. While he competes with the player character, he's very friendly about it.

  • The Ace: Brian has raised a genius daughter, is an excellent fisher, is great at mini-golf, etc. It causes the player character to resent him until they're able to talk things out on the Ferris Wheel on the third date.
  • Badass Beard: Brian has a full beard, and he's very talented at mini-golf, fishing, and skeeball.
  • The Bear: Tall and hairy Big Beautiful Man whom you can romance.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Brian has a stouter build than the other dads and is rather chubby. During his second date, Brian and the player fall in the water, which leads to Brian taking off his shirt. The player character dad openly admires his body.
  • Big Fun: More thickly-built than the other dads, but one of the friendliest and most jovial.
  • But Thou Must!: One that works in the player character's favor on the third date: regardless of whether you win or lose the skeeball mini-game, Amanda will always ultimately end up with the goldfish prize. If Brian beats you, he gives the goldfish to Daisy, but Daisy gives the goldfish to Amanda as a peace offering. If you beat Brian, you give the goldfish to Amanda, who keeps it but names it "Brian" as a pot-shot at your character's over-competitiveness.
  • Competition Freak: A good-natured variant. Brian is fiercely competitive and loves bragging about his kid's accomplishments. This causes a misunderstanding in Brian's route, because your player character assumes that Brian was deliberately trying to one-up him, and it spirals into a rivalry even though as Brian explains on the third date, he was only bragging about himself and his daughter out of genuine pride, and not to purposely make the player character feel bad.
  • Doting Parent: Brian constantly brags about how great his daughter is.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Brian takes off his shirt in the second date, and the player character will start staring at his body and describe how being a contractor helped build his body and talk about his muscular back.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His corgi knocks over the player, and he engages the player in a brag-off about their daughters, establishing him as a proud and nice, if competitive father.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He wants to compete, but also wants to be your friend, if you answer in a friendly manner to his invitations for a competition, he will react better than if you take it as a threat.
  • Good Parents: Brian's daughter Daisy is very smart, and Brian brags about and nurtures her intellect, even talking with Daisy's school about the possibility of Daisy skipping a grade.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Always wears an open Hawaiian shirt, suggesting that he fits the 'constantly carefree' aspect of this trope, despite not being a tourist.
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses: Played with. He's prone to making well-meaning comments about the state of his household (such as his lawn and his new TV), which triggers the MC's competitive streak. It's not to show excess, however, he's really just a nice guy.
  • Locked in a Room: On his third date, Amanda and Daisy get him and the player together on a Ferris wheel so they can talk about their issues.
  • Nature Lover: On his second date, he takes you fishing, and freely states his love for the outside, and even likes the smell of bug spray because it reminds him of being in the woods.
  • Nice Guy: Loves his daughter and his dog, and shows no signs of any Dark and Troubled Past. Treats the competitions between him and the MC as friendly fun. Given your Dad's obsession with beating Brian, he genuinely wonders if you hate him.
  • One of the Kids: Will happily invite anyone along fishing or golfing with him, if just so he can compete with them.
  • Papa Wolf: Very much this towards Daisy.
  • Redhead In Green: Red-haired, green-eyed, and clad in a green Hawaiian shirt.
  • Shirtless Scene: During date 2, in which he will take off his shirt during the date. By finishing his route, you will also get a image on the gallery of him fishing shirtless.
  • Shout-Out: Shortly after Brian introduces himself to you, you face off against him in a Pokemon-esque brag-off about your respective child's accomplishments, sprites and all.
  • Stout Strength: More heavyset than the other fathers but has is still strong enough to pull giant fish out of a river (while standing in said river, as shown in his route completion photograph.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Because your player character misunderstood Brian's intentions and thought Brian was deliberately trying to one-up him, it spirals into a huge rivalry, until finally Brian outright asks the player character on the third date: "Why do you hate me so much?" The ensuing conversation very much feels like this trope.

     Mat Sella
Cool Dad
Voiced by: Chris P. Bacon

The owner of a local coffee shop called the "Coffee Spoon", and apparently the player's other next-door neighbor. Mat is the single father of Carmensita, and is a generally calm guy who likes alternative music and coffee.

  • Adorkable: Mostly related to his awkwardness and love for music.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Particularly noticeable with Mat, his tattoo switching arms in different scenes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to travel the States with his band, but they didn't make much money, so they had a hard time keeping it up. When his wife got pregnant, they settled down in their favorite town to play music and open a coffee shop. However, she died right before the opening, leading to Mat refusing to play his music in front of people anymore.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He welcomes you to the coffee shop, rambles about the name, takes your drink orders then offers you a slice of banana bread on the house (as long as you name it), establishing him as a socially-awkward Nice Guy Pungeon Master who knows a lot about music.
  • Good Parents: Extremely supportive of Carmensita, whom he intends to support through her nearing rebellious phase, even though he recognizes it might defeat the purpose of a rebellious phase.
  • Hidden Depths: He is very shy and worries he is bad with people and not really interesting, despite being seen as a really cool guy in the eyes of the MC.
  • Hipster: Mat is a standard one; he has plenty of tattoos, works in a coffee shop and likes a large amount of alternative bands. During the BBQ, he wears a flower crown his daughter made him and has a conversation with Hugo about art history.
  • Mellow Fellow: Played with. He's easygoing and relaxed most of the time, but he also reveals himself to be rather socially-awkward and has a crippling case of Stage Fright that has prevented him from taking up his former life as a musician again.
  • Motor Mouth: Mat has a habit of rambling about trivia, much to his embarrassment.
  • Nice Guy: He is very sweet and friendly to the player, his daughter, and to the other dads in the game.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed, but much like the MC, he is quite awkward in social interactions, particularly due to his habit of going into motor-mouth mode and rambling about things he likes. He usually realizes he's rambling mid-way through the rant but can't seem to stop himself.
  • Pungeon Master: All of the drinks and pastries served at his shop are puns based on bands. He approves if the player makes puns as well.
  • Romancing the Widow: His wife died before they could open the coffee shop together.
  • Shirtless Scene: By finishing his route, an image of him playing guitar in the Open Mic night while shirtless will be added to the gallery.
  • Shout-Out:
    • All the menu options in his coffee shop are references to alternative music groups. You can actually score points with him by helping him name a banana bread if you make a shout out to a band he likes. They include Chai Antwoord, Godspeed You! Black Coffee and Iced Tegan And Sara. It's actually immensely hard to keep up with all the band references in his route if you don't know about Alternative rock, because he will refer to several groups throughout it.
    • The shop where he takes you to buy records is called Vinyl Fantasy VII.
  • Stage Fright: He fears making presentations in public due to his already awkward personality. His former wife's death made it more intense and he's been unable to play as a musician again as a result. In the good ending, he will get over it by presenting a song dedicated to you and going back to presenting himself in Open Mic nights.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: An elaborate tattoo on his arm, which adds to the Hipster musician image.
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" Episode: His second date is this, but played for laughs, in order to reminisce their rebellion days, they try to buy pot to smoke, but besides being unable to define how pot is sold nowadays, the dealer (who turns out to be Damien's son Lucien) cheats them and sells them oregano.

     Robert Small
Bad Dad
Voiced by: Dan Avidan

Robert is a somewhat mysterious and rugged man who keeps to himself. He is often found at the bar in the early hours of the morning. He's estranged from his daughter, who at twenty-five, is the oldest out of all the children.

  • Ambiguous Situation: The nature of his affair with Joseph. The event definitely transpired but the specifics of what happened are left unclear. According to Joseph, Robert initiated it, but if you've gone on two dates with Robert and then choose Joseph he will confront you at the pier before the yacht date and tell you that Joseph is untrustworthy. On the yacht, there is a photo of all the cul-de-sac dads including Robert who is wearing what is implied to be Joseph's sweater and looking very happy...
    Robert: (to MC) I don't like Joseph. I don't trust Joseph. Joseph is a bad guy and I don't want him around you.
  • The Alcoholic: Often drinks, especially whiskies. He briefly mentions in his third date that he never managed to quit, including after trying even with his wife still alive.
  • All Guys Want Bad Boys: His route is based around the pursuit of the 'bad boy' (even lampshaded by the marketing, which calls him the 'Bad Dad'), as he's the hard-drinking, leather-jacket-wearing rugged loner among the options. Deconstructed, however, because at the end, despite his mutual attraction with the player character, he admits that he's not in a good enough place to be in a relationship, although it's possible that they can try again in the future.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Both he and his daughter have a dark tan skintone, dark hair, dark eyes, and an English surname.
  • Beard of Sorrow: The true nature of his Perma-Stubble. As he starts reconnecting with his daughter and starts to ponder on a serious relationship with the player, he is mentioned to start shaving.
  • The Casanova: Robert is the only dad you can sleep with minutes after meeting him. However it appears to be an act, since you can't properly romance him if you do this; he'll only treat you as a piece on the side.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His dad's an alcoholic, his wife died in a car crash, his daughter left him after college, and he's watching himself turn out to be a failure of a man.
  • Dog Stereotype: Invoked; he pretends Betsy is a vicious pitbull at first (in line with his intimidating appearance), but the player later learns that she's a sweet Boston terrier.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: While in bars, Robert exclusively drinks whiskey, showing that he's rugged and rough around the edges. However while out on a date, he buys white wine, admitting that he likes the sweet taste, showing that deep down he has a softer side.
  • Establishing Character Moment: First seen brooding at the Coffee Spoon, then later buys the player drinks at the bar after watching The Game with him in silence. Both moments establish him as a mysterious guy who doesn't talk much.
  • Family Man: Very downplayed. He's estranged from his daughter and with your encouragement, he'll reconnect with her in hopes of making up for years of neglect. It's clear he cares for her, and is proud of who she is, he just doesn't know how to bridge the gap he created. Can be averted completely in either of his bad routes if the MC sleeps with him or tells him what he 'wants' to hear. He also has a sweet moment with River Cahn in Craig's route, and remarks that it's good for Brian to take Daisy out to the woods at the cookout.
  • Friend to All Children: 'Friend' is pushing it but he has a steadfast policy of never hitting children, even if they threaten him like Ernest did he'll just pretend he's going to fight them and bluffs them into backing down. He gets more in line with this trope when the MC and Craig confront him in the park on Craig's second date, asking if they've seen baby River's lost stuffed animal Arnold the Capybara.
    Robert: I don't trust [Joseph's Creepy Twins]. Then again, I don't trust anyone. Not even you guys. Not even that baby.
    River: Brep.
    Robert: (smiling) I take that back. You're an old soul, kiddo.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In his third date, it's briefly mentioned he looks less rugged and more fixed up than usual, although the same sprite used so far is used for the date.
  • Hammerspace: It's not quite as obvious an example as Damien's cloak, but Robert's jacket still holds a lot.
  • Hates Small Talk: He'll mention it in his very first date, stating that when the other option is unnecessary awkward small talk, it's always better to just enjoy the silence. After that, most of the time, he'll enjoy if you just stay quiet during dates.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Robert loves movies, he'll stay through the credits. His Dadbook profile states his favorite movie genre to be "Italian neo-realism". The comics emphasize this aspect of him; he imagines himself in a "German expressionist" film in the second issue, and in the third, he attempts to direct a commercial.
    • Robert secretly fears he has messed up everything he has ever done, especially his relationship with his daughter.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Will call you out if you go on a third date with Joseph, but only if you've gone on two dates with him beforehand. He'll put emphasis on Mary and how you're an awful person, but Joseph reveals that the two of them slept together shortly after Joseph and his family moved to the cul-de-sac. So Robert isn't any better than the Dadsona, although his friendship with Mary may imply that there's more to this story than meets the eye.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He has a dog named Betsy to establish that he's not as "bad" as his appearance suggests.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather jacket as a visual cue to his ruggedness.
  • I Was Just Joking: Most of the time. He tends to go on long stories, either scary or sad that evoke feelings on the MC, but most of the time they turn out to be just jokes.
  • Knife Nut: Always has a knife on him, even if it's just for whittling. His profile claims he never leaves home without at least four knives.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Sleeping with Robert when he first makes the offer will actually lock the player character into getting C ranks on all three of his dates; to be able to get S ranks on his dates and get a good ending with Robert, it's necessary for the player character not to sleep with Robert when he first makes the offer.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his appearance, 'Bad Dad' Robert is still happy to throw out the odd pun.
  • Older Than They Look: Given that his daughter is twenty-five, then Robert is likely at least in his late forties. He's the only dad who's graying, though, probably in an an attempt to downplay this trope.
  • Parental Neglect: It's not expanded on, but both he and his daughter allude that he wasn't the best dad growing up. He greatly regrets it.
  • Parents as People: He wasn't the best father, which he shamefully admits to- it played a part in his current estranged relationship with his daughter. He loves her very much and never meant to hurt her, but he also never knew how to be an attentive father and this only worsened when his wife died. He deeply regrets a lot of the things he has done, which is a recurring theme in his route.
  • Perma-Stubble: As a part of his rugged look. Could also double as Beard of Sorrow, after the death of his wife.
  • Romancing the Widow: For both the MC and Robert, as both of their spouses/partners are dead before they meet.
  • Secretly Wealthy: It's heavily implied Robert has a lot of money. Not only does his house have state-of-art appliances and expensive furnishings, it's also briefly implied in his third date that he used to live a much more luxurious life and came to the cul-de-sac in an attempt to start a simpler life with his wife.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: No, that's not his dog, he just found her. And put a leash on her. And now they're wandering around a graveyard together.
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" Episode: His first date. Includes drinking wine in the streets, throwing rocks at things, visiting bars and invading a cinema at night through an alley.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: On his first date, he threatens to box Ernest and his friends, fight them to the death in the alleyway, but once they're spooked off, he drops it, citing this trope.

     Hugo Vega
Teacher Dad
Voiced by: Ray Narvaez Jr.

Hugo is the English teacher at Amanda's school. He's an avid history lover and bookworm. Has a son called Ernest Hemingway.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Is apparently prone to forgetting his glasses at home.
  • Badass Mustache: Hugo has a distinguished-looking mustache befitting his love of art and literature although the "Badass" part of this trope comes more into play when you find out Hugo is also a big wrestling fan.
  • Bookworm: Has a clear love of reading, to the point where his 'ideal date' is quietly reading with his date on opposite sides of the couch.
  • Cool Teacher: On Hugo's third date, if you make the right choices, Hugo becomes this to his students, as despite your best efforts, troublesome student Colin and his friends will eventually discover Hugo at a wrestling event—but while Colin is nonplussed, his friends are thrilled that their teacher is cool enough to enjoy wrestling in addition to art and literature, so Hugo becomes popular among his students (except Colin).
  • Embarrassing Relative Teacher: Hugo is the English teacher at the local school and doesn't go out of his way to embarrass his son Ernest, but Ernest resents him anyway because being both a single father and teacher means Hugo has to be the ultimate authority figure in his life.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduced as a put-upon teacher who bothers to ask after Amanda's home life, because he's still concerned for his students.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • On Hugo's second date, you learn that in addition to his love of art and literature, Hugo is also a huge wrestling fan, and has a collection of wrestling memorabilia. You even invite him to a wrestling match on his third date.
    • In the same date, he admits that bad horror movies are a Guilty Pleasure of his.
  • Hipster: Both looks like one, with his old fashioned style and manbun, and has interests similar to one, namely reading and history.
  • Hot Teacher: Is both incredibly attractive and a teacher who is passionate about his subject.
  • Precision F-Strike: "See you in class... bitch."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He tries his best to be this for his students, although it frustrates him when he gets treated with little respect.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's an intelligent teacher, so of course he wears glasses.
  • Teacher/Parent Romance: Hugo is Amanda's English teacher, and a possible love interest. Amanda is supportive of this, however.
  • Teachers out of School: Inverted. On his third date, he spots his students at a wrestling match, and worries about how they'll treat him should they see him. Depending on the player's choices, this can turn him into a Cool Teacher in the eyes of the students.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Is apparently fond of asiago cheese.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: His son Ernest almost never shows him respect, much to Hugo's chagrin.

The Children

Your Daughter
Voiced by: Erika Ishii

The player character's teenage daughter. She is smart and quick thinking, has had a knack for photography ever since she was small, and intends to go to art school.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Manda", "Panda" and "Manda Panda" by her father when he wants to help her out or is trying to reason with her.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Apparently had a "horse phase" as a child.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Not in the cul-de-sac, where all the neighbors and their kids seem to like her, but at school. It wasn't always like this, but following a falling-out with her best friends, she's been effectively kicked out of her social circle, and left with no other friends. The ending implies it's getting better.
  • Alliterative Name: Ann is her middle name, and since your last name is customizable, it can be Amanda Ann A_____
  • Ambiguously Brown: Justified as a sort of Developers' Foresight - it's possible for her to be your biological daughter no matter which skin color you choose because your first partner is shown to be dark skinned.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She quickly develops this to the younger kids on the neighborhood, as she is the oldest one. She will be particularly this to the kid of the character the player romances, to whom she will indeed become a big sister.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Thoroughly subverted, she is quite the nice girl and loves to help her father out, though she has her low moments, particularly, not caring to send a text to her father to tell she is okay and getting home late when she goes out one night, which leads to an argument between them.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Emma R. go way back, which is why it's particularly hurtful when Emma ends up dating the boy she likes and was involved in cutting Amanda out of their friend group. It's implied that it gets better by the epilogue, though, as she says she's going out for ice cream with them.
  • Cool Big Sis: As stated above, she acts like sort of a cool big sister to many kids in the neighborhood, playing with them and generally getting along with them very well.
  • Culture Clash: Her main issue with her father is his hard time understanding some of the youth's culture.
  • Cuteness Proximity: A dog-exclusive variety: Amanda loves dogs, and is often distracted or motivated by seeing them. When the MC says he'll cope with her going to photography school by getting a dog, she jokingly says she'll stick around for the dog.
    Amanda: Medium-sized dog, hankerchief around the neck, I get to name it. That's what it'll take to get me to give up on my hopes and dreams.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of her dialogue consists of cheerful sarcasm: it must run in the family.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her father mentions that Amanda used to have a panda stuffed animal to calm her down as a kid.
  • Friend to All Children: She is very good with kids, causing the other dads to say that she should get into babysitting. She is seen to be the only one to befriend Daisy.
  • Happily Adopted: One of the dialogue options is for her to have been adopted by you and your deceased spouse, but this doesn't change her good relationship with you.
  • Has Two Mommies: Gender-inverted. If your first partner was a man, she used to have two dads. In most of the good endings, she'll have both you and her future (presumed) stepfather.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She adores dogs, and turns into a squeeing pile of goo around them.
  • Hipster: She outright describes herself as a "twee hipster with normcore leanings."
  • Meaningful Name: Amanda is a Latin name meaning "worthy of love" or "loved very much by everyone". Considering how much her father loves her unconditionally, and how popular she's become among the fanbase, it's very appropriate.
  • Nice Girl: Moments of thoughtlessness and/or lashing out at her father aside, Amanda is a very kindhearted, cheerful, likable young lady who can make friends with just about anyone.
  • Parent with New Paramour: This is the point of the game and she actually supports her father's new relationships.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's generally behind the idea of her dad getting back into the dating game, and she helps you get set up on Dadbook. On a couple of the routes she plays a more direct role (helping you write the letter to Damien, for example). On Brian's route, she does this unintentionally: she and Daisy are both so sick of the competition between you and Brian that they trap the two of you on a Ferris wheel to talk out your differences — leading to you and Brian getting together.
  • Stepford Smiler: She is heavily implied to be going through something really hard to her, but she always brush things off as being okay or that she just has a stupid reason to be sad, but the player knows better. Near the end of the game, Amanda finally tells your player character what she's been going through: she had a crush on a boy named Noah, but her childhood friend Emma R. ended up dating Noah, though this isn't primarily what upsets Amanda. What upsets Amanda is that Amanda's friends kept this a secret behind her back and have effectively cut her out of their friend circle entirely, and for no real reason.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Downplayed, in that she lets out some sounds and says some words through the entire game, but there's only one line that's fully voiced:
    "I love you too, dad."
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Zigzagged, when it comes to something serious, Amanda can act like a kid and the MC as a father, but most of the time, he is the awkward and socially inept dad for her more grounded and down to earth daughter.


Damien's son, a Goth like his father, albeit without the interest in Victorian culture.

  • Hidden Depths: As pointed out, he's actually quite good at brick-laying.
  • Number of the Beast: He has a stick and poke tattoo of the number 666 on his arm. Ironically, Joseph is among the first to see it.
  • Pet the Dog: At the end of Damien's route, Lucien gives you his blessing to be involved with Damien, because you make Damien happy.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Lucien dresses in a rebellious fashion, he misleads your player character as to where Hugo's class is, he sells you and Mat weed in Mat's route, and later in Damien's route he attempts to pull the Cask of Amontillado trick on Ernest, though he hastily reassures Hugo that he wasn't actually going to leave Ernest there. However, unlike Ernest, Lucien does at least attempt to be polite at the barbecue after Damien asks him to, and he mellows out near the end of Damien's route to give you his blessing.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He livestreamed attempting to Cask of Amontillado Ernest, cackling maniacally the entire time. He was 20 minutes into the brick-laying process before Ernest caught on.

     Briar, Hazel, and River
Hazel (left) and Briar (right).

Craig's three children, born from his previous marriage to Ashley (nicknamed "Smashley"). Briar and Hazel are Craig's twin daughters, and River is his baby daughter that he periodically carries strapped to his chest.

  • Always Identical Twins: Briar and Hazel are identical.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: On Craig's route, River plays a minor role in the player character and Craig getting together, since on Craig's second date, River's favorite stuffed toy disappears, but the player character can become a hero to Craig by tracking down the toy and making River happy.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Whenever Briar and Hazel appear, they are always wearing identical baseball outfits, since Craig is not only their father but also the coach of their team. To tell them apart: Hazel stands on the player's left, has a "part" in her hair, and is wearing her baseball cap backwards, while Briar stands on the player's right, has an even hairstyle, and is wearing her baseball cap forwards.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: River thinks so; her favorite toy is a stuffed capybara named Arnold. Unfortunately it disappears on Craig's route, prompting a search for it.
  • Evil Twin: Right on the very first date in Craig's route, the twins admit that Hazel is the "evil twin" and Briar is the good twin.
    Hazel (to Briar, regarding eating too much ice cream cake): I have your face. No one will ever believe you.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: River's favorite toy is a stuffed capybara named Arnold, but unfortunately, on Craig's route, Arnold disappears after River dropped it and you and Craig need to investigate where it went.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Briar and Hazel look identical, but Hazel has a "part" in her hair, while Briar's hairstyle is more even. Also, Hazel wears her baseball cap backwards, while Briar wears her baseball cap forwards.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Inverted, when the player character first reunites with Craig, he asks Craig if he's babysitting River. Craig proudly explains that River is in fact his kid.
  • Nice Girl: Briar, unlike her twin sister Hazel.
  • Nice Hat: River's always seen with a little yellow beanie on, and the twins with baseball caps.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Both twins have non-indicative names: a briar is a thorny shrub, while a hazel is a more harmless plant shrub, but Briar's the nicer twin while Hazel is the more prickly twin.
  • Theme Naming: All of Craig's children are named after natural phenomena: Briar and Hazel are named after plants, while River is named after water.
  • Twin Switch: The second thing Amanda asks them (after which one is the Evil Twin; see above) is whether or not they've ever done this. Briar admits that she has pretended to be Hazel for some school tests, while Hazel reveals that she likes to break things and cause mischief, then claim to be Briar when she's caught (again, see above).


Mat's daughter, whom he raises by himself. She's in middle school.

  • Be Yourself: At the end of Mat's route, during Amanda's graduation party, Amanda advises Carmensita that if she wants to survive high school, she just needs to join a group of friends she likes and be herself.
  • Nice Girl: She's friendly to the player and Amanda, and she makes her father a flower crown during the cookout. She also tries to be helpful in Craig's route when you and Craig are looking for the culprit behind Arnold the stuffed toy's theft.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Carmensita is wearing dark pink overalls and a light pink hat, and she makes a flower crown for her father during the cookout and invites Amanda to paint nails during a sleepover. However, in a subversion, Carmensita wants to be a drummer (though she decides on the flute during Amanda's graduation party) and has a slight rebellious spirit.
  • Pungeon Master: In Hugo's route, you learn that the punny name of Brian and Mat's quiz team was Carmensita's idea, as Carmensita is good with puns.
  • Rebellious Spirit: A slight example; in Mat's route, he mentions on the first date that Carmensita would like to become a drummer and even asks you for a topic he should support her rebellion against, and on the third date, when Carmensita invites Amanda to a sleepover, she mentions that she and Amanda are going to be painting their nails and singing punk songs.

     Chris, Christian, Christie, and Crish
From left to right; Chris, Christian, and Christie

Joseph's four children, whom he raises together with his wife Mary. Chris is their eldest son, Christian and Christie are their male and female twins respectively, and Crish is their toddler.

  • All Girls Like Ponies: Christie, who enthuses about her "sparkle pony."
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The makers of the game have confirmed that they intended Chris to be read as autistic.
  • Creepy Twins: Christian and Christie have been invoking it ever since Mary accidentally gave them a copy of The Shining instead of VeggieTales. At the barbecue, Joseph even tells them to knock off the "creepy twins schtick". They speak lines reminiscent of creepy children from horror movies like "come play with us", have dull facial expressions, and say creepy things. In Craig's route, they even try to cut open River's stuffed toy Arnold. When not purposefully invoking the trope, they're actually fairly normal kids; in Joseph's route, you can actually get them to giggle along with their father if you egg them on and then toss them an obscure reference about Children of the Corn. Christie is actually a very nice girl when she's not with her twin brother Christian, as you find out when she watches you and Joseph bake.
  • The Dutiful Son: Chris, as the eldest son, has been given a lot of responsibility from a young age, so Joseph tries to cut him some slack when he's periodically rude and sullen.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Christie wears a blue flower in her hair.
  • The Ghost: Crish, the family's toddler, never appears; he doesn't even have his own sprite.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Christian and Christie are frequently together, are more or less identical save for their clothing and Christie's longer hair, and purposefully invoke the Creepy Twins trope.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Subverted, Christie wears pink, but so does her twin brother Christian.
  • Nice Girl: Surprisingly, on Joseph's first date, Christie turns out to be this when she's not with her twin brother Christian. She becomes more friendly, and if you choose to "slay" her father during a mock duel, she even thanks your player character by giving your player character a hug around the leg.
  • Repetitive Name: Their surname is Christiansen, making all of their names this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The player character notes that Chris, Christie, and Christian all look a lot like Joseph. They all have his coloring, and dress in pink and blue like him.
  • Theme Naming: Joseph's children's names almost all begin with "Chris"; the lone exception is Crish.
  • The Unseen: Crish, the family's toddler, never appears; the most you learn about Crish is when Mary loses track of him at the barbecue.


Brian's daughter, whom he is very proud of and frequently brags about.

  • The Ace: Daisy is extremely smart, and in fact, her intellectual accomplishments are what Brian brags about during the Pokémon-esque "bragging about your children" session at the beginning of the game.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Daisy is extremely smart for her age, as Brian will happily brag about.
  • Adorkable: She is very intelligent, polite, but socially awkward little girl who happens to be quite adorable.
  • Child Prodigy: As Brian mentions during the brag-off, he's been in discussions with Daisy's school about the possibility of Daisy skipping a grade.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She receives little focus in the game itself, but she's basically the point-of-view character in Issue #4 of the comics, in which her dad's rivalry with Joseph drives her to distraction.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She refuses to fish with her father because she thinks fishing is inhumane, though she doesn't bother her father for enjoying it. She lets him fish while she and Amanda go to the woods to explore during the second date.
  • Generation Xerox: She looks very similar to her father Brian.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in this way to emphasize her young age.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Daisy is very smart, but she never boasts about it (though her dad brags on her behalf), and she's very nice. Her intellect comes in handy on your third date with Brian, as Daisy does some counting in her head and is able to calculate the moment when your character needs to grab a goldfish off the ride.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: She's mentioned to be smart for her grade, and doesn't have a lot of friends as a result.
  • Nice Girl: While Daisy doesn't easily relate to children her own age, she is cheerful and friendly to Amanda and your player character, and in Brian's route, she just wants to be friends with Amanda and doesn't care about yours and Brian's competition—so she and Amanda both conspire to trap you and Brian on a ferris wheel so you can talk out your differences.
  • Shipper on Deck: An unintentional example: on Brian's third date, Daisy isn't really thinking of setting up a relationship between your player character and her father; she and Amanda are just sick of the two of you competing with each other, so Daisy helps Amanda trap you and Brian on a Ferris wheel so you can talk out your differences—but this ultimately results in you and Brian getting together.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Normally Daisy is relatively soft-spoken, but when she and Amanda trap you and Brian on a Ferris wheel on Brian's route, Daisy suddenly shouts "GET ALONG!" at you both before she and Amanda leave.


Hugo's son, who resents his father for being simultaneously a teacher and a father, and thus the ultimate authority figure.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Male example. Most of Ernest's dialogue is very rude in comparison to the other children in the game; while Lucien is also initially rude at the barbecue, Lucien at least makes an effort to be polite when Damien asks him to, but Ernest keeps being rude throughout the barbecue even after Hugo's admonishments. He's also very rude on your second date with Hugo in Hugo's route, as he refers to Hugo's wrestling memorabilia as "crap" and calls your player character Hugo's "stupid friend", but he finally mellows out at the end of Hugo's route to give you his blessing since you make Hugo happy.
  • Has Two Mommies: Or Has Two Daddies, in his case. On Hugo's second date he'll mention that Ernest resents him because he has to be the authoritarian dad while his ex gets to be the "Fun Weekend Dad". There's also a picture of him with all of the date-able dads on Joseph's yacht, implying that he would hang out regularly with the dads before he and Hugo split and he left the cul-de-sac.
  • Hey, You!: He's very rude to Hugo and apparently never calls him "dad." Ernest calling him "dad" when asking to adopt the Duchess Cordelia is a sign that their relationship is going to improve.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a soft spot for dogs and likes watching rom-coms, though not very good ones according to Robert.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ernest foisted his school reading assignment on The Cask of Amontillado on Lucien without even paying him to do it. As revenge, Lucien recreated the events of the story as a prank, with Ernest in the role of Fortunato.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His full name is Ernest Hemingway Vega. No, he doesn't like it, and bringing it up is a Berserk Button for him.
  • Pet the Dog: In Damien's route, there's a literal example, as the dog you and Damien are looking for bursts into Hugo's house, and Ernest takes a liking to the dog and even promises to be more responsible so that Hugo will agree to adopt the dog. For a more metaphorical example, at the end of Hugo's route, Ernest decides that you're "cool" because you make Hugo happy, even though some people are mean to Hugo, including Ernest himself. But Ernest threatens to set your trash can on fire if you tell anyone he said something nice to you.
  • Rebellious Spirit: He has a "Teacher Dad", and he hates this, since it makes his father the ultimate authority figure. As a result, he's rude, he "vapes", and Hugo's profile preemptively apologizes for Ernest possibly putting a bomb in someone's trash can.
    Joseph: In cool youth minister terms, Ernest is "hard to reach." In dad terms? He's kind of a turd.

Voiced by: Suzy Berhow

Robert's daughter. She became estranged from her father, although she wants to try reconnecting with him.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Both she and her father have a dark tan skintone, dark hair, and dark eyes, as well as an English surname.
  • Beauty Mark: She has one on her left cheek.
  • Cool Big Sis: During her brief appearance at Amanda's party, she acts as one towards Amanda regarding Amanda's future art career. This is notable because Amanda, being older than the other kids and teens on the cul-de-sac, is usually the one acting as the cool big sis.
  • Forgiveness: Sort of. Val technically hasn't forgiven Robert's neglect, but she wants to try reconnecting with him for her own sake, as she doesn't want to keep holding a grudge because a grudge would be bad for her own emotional well-being.
  • Hereditary Homosexuality: Val's exact orientation is not stated, but she is romantically involved with a woman and her father is bisexual.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Appears at Amanda's party at the end of the game if you complete Robert's path.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Her exact orientation is unknown, but she references a girlfriend, dresses fashionably, and has long hair.
  • Parental Neglect: Cites Robert's neglect as the reason for her estrangement.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Definitely has her father's sense of humor.
    Val: I don't know why I'm like this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Val looks similar to her father, Robert Small.

Other Characters

     Mary Christiansen
Voiced by: Erin Schmalfeld

Joseph's wife. A seemingly bitter woman who dislikes her husband and suburban life.

  • The Alcoholic: Mary is rarely seen without a glass of wine in her hands. Slightly downplayed, as it doesn’t appear to affect either her parenting or her heavy load of charity work.
  • Awful Wedded Life: She and Joseph argue often, and one of her favorite pastimes is going out to bars to flirt with strange men. However, she's never actually cheated- despite the fact that Joseph has.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her sense of humor is extremely sarcastic, and sometimes freaks the player character out.
    Robert: She grows on you.
    [Player Character]: Does she, though? I feel like she kinda delights in making men suffer.
    Robert: Well, she does.
  • Death Glare: While she often sports an unimpressed grimace, she gives a very noticeable one of these to the player character at Amanda's graduation party if you complete Joseph's route. Justified, since you did sleep with her husband.
  • Friend Versus Lover: She's very protective of Robert and Damien and is suspicious of your intentions when you start dating them. But if you seem to be good for them, she'll back off (you even get a mild If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him speech once you're far enough along in Damien's arc).
  • Hidden Depths: You first meet Mary at the bar where she tries to get you to buy her a drink. Turns out this happens a lot. She has never once actually brought a man home, and has never cheated on her husband. She also volunteers at the local shelter, organizes church fundraisers, and is the PTA president. On top of that, she's good friends with Damien and Robert.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She argues with Joseph often and is generally bitter and snarky, but she is a pretty good person once you get to know her.
  • Lady Drunk: A embittered and angry woman who's often carrying a glass of wine, drinking due to her Awful Wedded Life.
  • Odd Friendship: With Damien.
  • Pet the Dog: Is very protective of Damien, and warns the player character not to hurt him. Is similarly protective of Robert, asking the player character to take good care of him.
  • Sweater Girl: Of a sort. Attention isn't drawn to her looks, especially since she isn't a date-able character, but she's a good-looking woman who's always wearing a fashionable, dark sweater.

The player character's deceased wife or husband depending on the player's choice.
  • The Faceless: Only ever seen in a picture of them holding baby Amanda. Their eyes are cropped out, but they were dark skinned, dark haired, and had a rather nice smile.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Alex can be either a man or a woman without their name having to change accordingly.
  • Posthumous Character: Alex died when Amanda was young. All we know about them comes from things the player character says.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Their jacket, which Amanda now wears.

Voiced by: Brian Wecht

A DJ, Quizmaster, Haunted Tour Guide, and an Aspiring Actor, who acts as an NPC in several routes. He is mentioned to have several more jobs, has a business card and, as we learn in some routes, a rocky relationship with his wife.

  • Alliterative Name: During trivia night, he goes by Quizmaster Quinn. He also admits that his real name is Richard, but he goes by Quinn for the alliteration.
  • Cool Shades: He can always be seen wearing a pair of sunglasses.
  • Dumbass DJ: What he would be if not for his emotional baggage.
  • The Host: Whenever Quinn appears in one of the dads' routes, he is usually serving the role of the "host" of the event.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Depending on the route, Quinn appears as either a DJ, a Quizmaster, a haunted tour guide, or as an aspiring actor, and is mentioned to have several more jobs on top of that.
  • Self-Deprecation: Tries to workshop his comedy routine during his turn as host on trivia night, but because of his personal issues all his "jokes" nosedive into this, to the discomfort of his audience.
  • Stepford Smiler: Quinn usually appears friendly and jovial, but as the events he presides over continue, he gradually starts to "slip" and reveal that he is experiencing marital problems with his wife, though he usually passes this off as a joke and just part of his character.


A teen Mat is friends with; he is being raised by a single mother. Since Mat personally understands how difficult single parenthood can be, he tries to help Pablo whenever he can. The player character first meets him as he's selling T-shirts and records.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Pablo's ripped t-shirt looks about a size or two too small for him, but he makes it work for him.
  • Face of the Band: Pablo is part of a music band called Vacant Veil, and he's the only member of that band the player character meets.
  • In-Series Nickname: On Mat's third date, Pablo earns a lot of fans when Vacant Veil plays their music, and Pablo calls his fans "Veil Wearers".
  • Lucky Charms Title: The official spelling for his band name is ✝ ✝ VΔCΔNT VEIL ✝ ✝.
  • Momma's Boy: A positive example of this trope; Pablo loves his mother very much, and when his music is successful on Mat's third date, Pablo publicly thanks his mother, who is in the audience, and tells her that she's his "rock". Also, in the epilogue of Mat's route at Amanda's graduation party, Pablo starts selling not only his band's shirts, but also his mom's famous homemade apple butter.
  • Nice Guy: Pablo is very friendly to the player character and to Mat; he also helps out Mat in the coffee shop.
  • No Indoor Voice: When the player character first meets Pablo selling T-shirts and records, Pablo is speaking in a very loud voice as he tries to sell his products.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pablo's hair is colored green.

Craig's ex-wife, and the mother of Briar, Hazel, and River.
  • The Ghost: She never appears onscreen.
  • In-Series Nickname: She goes by "Smashley."
  • Missing Mom: Subverted. Even though she doesn't appear in game, Craig explicitly states that the two of them have joint custody of their three daughters. On the MC's third date with Craig, he leaves the girls with their mother for the weekend.

     The Duchess Cordelia 
A very smart and mischievous mastiff dog.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Duchess is more intelligent than your average dog. She's capable of opening doors, for one.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Duchess is very large, but while she's more than a little mischievous (regularly escaping from the animal shelter), the roughest she'll get is tackling you to the ground and licking your face.
  • Morality Pet: A literal example, in this case. Adopting her causes Ernest's attitude and relationship with Hugo to improve drastically.


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