The "11" Winners/12 Catalysts and Staff
The Group as a whole
- Animal Motifs: All of them (except for Lila) each have an animal (or mythical creature in Raj and Estela's cases) symbol on their profiles, with the exception of Taylor, who has a chain instead, symbolizing Andromeda. The end of Book 1 reveal that those are Constellations. Book 2 has Catalyst Idols shaped according to each character's animal motif.
- The Big Damn Kiss: The group had some of this.
- Taylor can make out with Quinn for the first time when making cupcakes, or Jake/Sean after defeating Cetus in Book 1.
- In Book 2 Chapter 10, as the group is celebrating New Year's Eve, Taylor kisses their current date, while Varyyn kisses Diego for the first time, Grace grabs Aleister, and Zahra and Craig kiss passionately for the first time since their break up.
- Breaking the Fellowship: This outcome happens if many of the premium choices are skipped. Diego is the only one who is separated from the group during the hotel invasion regardless of the outcome. Without the premium options or enough friendship built, Zahra temporarily abandons the group, while Grace and Raj are also taken as prisoners.
- The Chosen Many: While Taylor is the Main Character, the group (minus Lila) are known by the Vaanti as "The Catalysts" and have specific roles in a prophecy. Then subverted in Book 3, when the Endless reveals that they made up the prophecy to protect the group from the Vaanti, by traveling back in time to give them a religion. Uqzhaal doesnt take it well.
- Everyone Went to School Together: All of the contest winners are students of Hartfeld University, the same one as in The Freshman.
- Fire-Forged Friends:
- If Taylor has befriended all of them, they will protect you or refuse to abandon others during the Watcher attack.
- Jake and Sean also become this after surviving together many of the events on the island. Book 2 Chapter 8 solidifies their friendship if Taylor chooses to play wind disc with them and the Vaanti during the celebrations.
- The whole experience in the island served to either know each other better (with Estela warming up to the rest of the group), make them closer friends, or repair damaged friendships (like Zahra and Craig or Sean and Michelle).
- Multinational Team: Sean and Grace are African-American, Jake is from Louisiana, Quinn has Irish ancestry, Diego is Latino-American, Michelle is Vietnamese-American, Craig is Taiwanese-American, Aleister is British, Estela is Colombian, Zahra is Iranian, Raj and Lila are Indian-Americans, and it seems that Taylor was born in La Huerta.
- Party Scattering: This happens to the entire group by the end of Book 2. Aleister sided with his father and takes Grace with him. Lila dies either defending the group or Estela killing her, depending on Taylor's relationship with Estela. Diego, Michelle, Raj, and Varyyn ran into the woods after they made it to the mainland. Zahra was pulled down into the ocean by Lundgren. Quinn was overtaken by the spirit from the Island's Heart and protected the helicopter from missiles. Sean, Jake, Estela, and Craig were in the helicopter as it was crashing down. Taylor fell into the ocean and was rescued by Yvonne, and the two met Uqzhaal. The only indication that everyone else except Lila was alive was the glowing idols when they were placed on pedestals, as shown when an alternate timeline has Michelle and Raj's idols not glowing because they died before the idols were put in place.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Everyone in the island is a different type of character: The Audience Surrogate (The Main Character/You), the Token Best Friend (Diego), the Lovable Jock (Sean), the Dumb Jock/Jerk Jock (Craig), the Deadpan Snarker Military Brat (Jake), the Nice Ill Girl (Quinn), the Academic Alpha Bitch (Michelle), The Big Fun (Raj), the Meganekko (Grace), the Insufferable Genius Snob (Aleister), the Delinquent (Zahra), the Genki Girl (Lila), and the Mysterious Woman (Estela). Chapter 6 implies in a stack of profiles that they were gathered to the island on purpose.
- Relationship Upgrade:
- In Book 2, Taylor has opportunities to date Sean, Jake, Quinn, and/or Estela, and these relationships can be started later too.
- If Taylor encourages Grace and Aleister to confess their feelings for each other and Grace is rescued from the Watchers, they are still together in Book 2.
- After some moments of Ship Tease between them, Varyyn and Diego finally kissed in New Year's Eve.
- Salt and Pepper: Apart from any customizable look for Taylor, we have Aleister and Grace (pessimist and optimist), Craig and Zahra (muscle and brains), Sean and Craig (leader and follower) or Sean and Jake (noble and cynical).
- True Companions: Its clear by Book 3 that they have become this. Uqzhaal even refers to them as a family at one point.
- Working with the Ex: Sean is the only one unhappy about having to be in the same mission group as Michelle (she instead tries to spend more time with him again). Zahra and Craig also act very awkward and vitriolic around each other.
Taylor (Main Character/You)
D.O.B: 1996, Jan 1st
Birthplace: La Huerta, Greater Antilles
Threat Level: 10
- Amnesiac Hero: In Book 3 Chapter 10, they reveal to their new husband/wife that they cant remember their past, confirming the reason why everything about them pre-Hartfeld is unknown. Book 3 Chapter 11 reveals they basically came into existence at the start of the series and that was their earliest memory.
- Artificial Human: Was created from a piece of Vaanu and the Catalysts imagination.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: If Taylor merges with Vaanu, they disappear after merging all timelines together.
- Become a Real Boy: If Taylor allows Project Janus to resume, they have real memories and a family when time is reset to when most of the catalysts were freshmen at Hartfeld.
- Berserk Button: Any action that jeopardizes the safety of the group, be it keeping secrets or acting recklessly, pisses them off and often results in them yelling at someone. An extreme case was shown in Aleister's Catalyst Idol, in which the deaths of Taylor's friends caused them to defenestrate Aleister.
- Character Customization: The player can choose Taylor's gender and appearance. While Book 1 starts with Caucasian and African faces, Book 2 adds East Asian and Ambiguously Brown faces and two new hairstyles for each gender.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Taylor often has dreams about people they still haven't met yet, like Sean, Jake, Estela, the Watcher and Rourke. Estela doesn't look that surprised (even relieved) when told about it.
- Good Is Not Nice: When the situation calls, Taylor is forced to be this to gain points with others.
- When Sean gets in a Heroic BSoD after discovering the destroyed boats, Taylor needs to snap him out by yelling at him.
- If Taylor chooses to help Grace talk to Aleister, Taylor needs to yell at him and order to let Grace talk. It actually gains points with Aleister.
- Guile Hero: Taylor sometimes needs to lie or say the right things to get people to cooperate.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The default name is "Taylor".
- Hope Bringer: Vaanu explicitly states it created Taylor to give everyone hope.
- Magnetic Hero: Choosing the right answers (and some premium options) can make him/her win over the other people on the island.
- The Matchmaker: Taylor can help Grace to confess to Aleister. In Book 2, Taylor has premium options to help Aleister and Grace, Craig and Zahra, and Diego and Varyyn to get closer to each other throught the first two acts and share their New Year kisses.
- Mysterious Past: Of all the 12 catalysts, Taylor is the only one whose pre-Hartfeld past is almost virtually unknown. The only things known about Taylor are that they were born in La Huerta on New Year's Day and had watched Sean's father on TV. Collecting all Embers of Hope and talking to Vaanu reveals that Taylor was created the moment the Catalysts and Lila were about to arrive on La Huerta.
- Mythical Motifs: Andromeda, the princess chained to a rock as an offering to Cetus.
- Psychic Powers: Apparently, Taylor is the only member of the group who has telepathy, visions, and other abilities even Taylor themself can't comprehend why they have them.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Taylor is capable of retaining memory of time warps, like the whole conversation with their Love Interest or Diego before the Vaanti invaded The Celestial. In Book 2 Chapter 2, Taylor is the only one aware of the time loop and has to make use of all the information gathered before breaking the trap without telling the others. If they allow Project Janus to go through, theyll be the only one to remember the old timeline outside of Varyyn.
- This may have something to do with the fact that Taylor, unlike the others, is not a typical human and is deeply connected to La Huerta.
- Secret Keeper: Taylor usually keeps many secrets to themselves, whether it concerns the people or surroundings around them.
- Sherlock Scan: Taylor is the one who finds most of the clues and can guess correctly some details by picking up on certain words from others.
- Shipper on Deck: Taylor has options to help further the relationships of the following people (usually as premium options): Grace and Aleister, Craig and Zahra, Diego and Varyyn.
- Spiteful Spit: In Book 2 Chapter 14, Taylor can give one to Aleister as an alternative to forgiving him for betraying the group.
- Virtual Paper Doll: Book 2 unlocks the Closet feature, allowing the player to customize Taylor's outfits.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Male!Taylor wearing the Vaanti hero outfit.
- Wild Card: While Rourke's corporation has full profiles on all the subjects, Taylor's has only their birth place and a big "WHO IS S/HE?" and a Grade 10 threat level. The Watchers also don't recognize what they are supposed to be.
Full Name: Sean Marcus Gayle
D.O.B: 1995, May 14
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL
Threat Level: 4
- Animal Motifs: Eagle.
- Amicable Exes: In Book 2 Chapter 12, only if Taylor convinces Michelle to tell Sean the truth, she and Sean will finally clear the air and get on good terms again, with Sean reassuring Michelle that they will always be friends above everything else.
- Blind Without 'Em: Going to him in Book 2 Chapter 1 reveals he wears contacts.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Has a case of this, Lampshaded by Michelle.
- Control Freak: He immediately steps up as the leader of the group to escape the island, which often makes him butt heads with Jake. When he decided to inspect the Observatory, he initially intended to do it alone, since he wasn't sure if the others could take care of themselves and constantly pressures himself to be in charge. He later admits that he needs to trust more in the group, especially after Taylor convinces him to share effort with Craig to save them all from a fall.
- Distressed Dude: When he and Craig are discovered in Book 3, they have been held captive by the Arachnids for weeks in their timeline.
- Fanboy: In Book 2 Chapter 1, if you meet him wearing the premium outfit from The Crown & the Flame, he says he's read the in-universe Books 10 times each and gets you bonus points.
- Fearless Fool: Chapter 11 has Michelle saying Sean once played through a football game with a fractured tibia.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is very prone to this, sometimes fearing that others think of him as a Glory Hound.
- Book 2 Chapter 2's catalyst idol vision shows that he took the blame for a laptop Craig shouldn't have accepted from the talent scouts, risking his position in the team for his friend. In the future, it's shown that Sean falls off a cliff with the sabertooth to save the group.
- The Leader: Sean's profile in Book 1 Chapter 6 describes him as this. He is also the University Team's QB.
- Like Father, Like Son: Sean's father, Marcus, was a pro football player. Sean desperately tries to avoid becoming a Generation Xerox of him.
- Lovable Jock: He is charismatic and a football star.
- Mr. Fanservice: Along with Jake, he is the one who gets most of the Walking Shirtless Scenes.
- Nerf: In Craigs Ember vision in Book 3 Chapter 4, Craig tells Sean he had to nerf his Touchdown 2021 stats because of how good he is in real life.
- Photographic Memory: Book 2 Chapter 1 has him state he has photographic memory due to being a quarterback, allowing him to realize something's changed in the grand atrium.
- Shipper on Deck: He happily cheers on Craig when he and Zahra finally kiss in New Year's Eve.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Promotional images depict him as taller than Jake and Quinn.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Romancing Sean in Chapter 14 has him tell Taylor that once he got older and stronger, he finally had enough of his drunken, abusive father and threw him out on the street.
- Working with the Ex: He isn't trilled to be working with Michelle on the island, since he is still resentful of the cheating rumors (which were planted by Michelle's Sorority sisters).
Full Name: Jacob Lucas McKenzie
D.O.B: 1991, Feb 6
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
Threat Level: 9
- Ace Pilot: Book 1 Chapter 1 has him flying through a lightning storm. He gets to do it again in Book 2 Chapter 6 during the fight against Cetus with a hang glider.
- Animal Motifs: Wolf. It even used to be his codename.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Jake, due to having flown in some shady places over the years.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Although part of his profile was blackened, he will tell Taylor that he was discharged by his superior framing him, killed his wing-man, and offered a bounty of $75,000 on his head if Taylor slept with him and was friends with him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He usually retorts with a snarky comment and a new nickname.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Throught the story, Jake is the one who is seen frequently near alcohol, and considering all that has happened to him even before the island, it's justified.
- Expy: Jake's character was clearly inspired by Sawyer, a character from a series that presumably inspired Endless Summer itself; Lost. (Both Endless Summer and Lost revolve around a group of characters finding themselves trapped on an extremely unusual island.) On top of the two having similar appearances, they're both very snarky and love giving lots of nicknames to people. Jake doesn't share Sawyer's tendency to earn the group's disdain, however.
- Good Ol' Boy: A premium choice in Book 1 Chapter 3 reveals that he was born and raised in Louisiana.
- Gratuitous French: Book 3 Chapter 5 has him try to communicate with an Anachronist in French.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: In Book 2 Chapter 10, he surprises everyone with a nice suit, vest and combed hair for New Year's Eve.
- Hidden Depths: He turns out to have a big knowledge on Sean's football games, which Taylor and Sean tease him about.
- Hypocritical Humor: He nicknames Diego "Pop Culture Petey" for his tendency to make a lot of references, yet is also probably the biggest one of the group because of all the nicknames he has given throughout the story.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Jake usually reaches for the nearest bottle of booze after stressful events. Chapter 6 has him looking for one after finding out the plane is blown up, and he does it again in Chapter 11 after the events at the Observatory. If you choose to look for him in Book 2 Chapter 1, you'll find that he's getting drunk in the hotel's cowboy-themed bar on the eighth floor.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He has been a navy soldier, an army pilot, a commercial pilot for La Huerta and, according to Book 2, he also worked as a contractor.Michelle: Is there anything you haven't done?
- Mr. Fanservice: Along with Sean, he is the one who gets most of the Walking Shirtless Scenes.
- The Nicknamer: He has put a nickname to almost everything and everyone in the island. His idol vision in Book 2 Chapter 13 reveals he got it from his friend Mike before Mike died, and that he actually didn't like this trait of Mike before Mike died.
- One-Man Army: In his catalyst idol vision in Book 2 Chapter 13, he goes on a rampage when freeing Taylor from their MASADA pod.
- Optional Party Member: Book 1 Chapter 8 allows you to recruit Jake for the trip to the observatory with diamonds.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He acts like a laid-back snarky guy, but his past still haunts him.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: He might be even more pop culture savvy than Diego because of all the nicknames he has given to everyone, ranging from sports, movies, cartoons, music, Internet memes, etc.
- You Can't Go Home Again: In Book 2 Chapter 8, he reveals to the group that as much as he wants to hang out with them after they return to civilization, he can't return to the US ever again because of the bounty on his head. Taylor can be the only one aware of this only if they slept together, but the whole conversation never happened because of the Reset Button.
Full Name: [Unknown] Montoya
D.O.B: 1996, January ?? Actually June
Threat Level: DO NOT APPROACH!
- Action Girl: Her profile is almost blacked with only a few notes and a warning in her Threat Level. She manages to fight a giant crab by herself and survive.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is the loner of the group and rarely accepts any help, with the exception of Taylor.
- Blade on a Stick: Estela's spear is basically a combat knife strapped to a stick. It does little to harm the giant crab.
- Character Development: In Book 1, she was aloof and mysterious, preferring to play her cards close to her chest. By Book 3, she's opening up to the group more.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father A.K.A. Rourke abandoned her family when she was a baby, leaving her under the care of her mother and uncle.
- The Dreaded: Her threat level says "DO NOT APPROACH," meaning she's quite fearsome even to Rourke International.
- Hot-Blooded: In Book 2, her first impulse is to try killing Rourke as soon as they found him in suspended animation. Taylor has to reason with her because they still need to get answers from him. Of course Taylor can also let her get some revenge.
- I Work Alone: Estela is often going by herself and has a very secretive background. If the player respects her choice to let her go alone, she gains another friendship point.
- Ms. Fanservice: When training Taylor, she takes off her clothes to spar, wearing a black bikini underneath them.
- Mythical Motifs: Dragon. She settles for a mythical being instead of a normal animal, much like Raj and Taylor.
- Not So Different: Despite her dislike of Aleister, her idol in Book 2 Chapter 11 shows that they were loners at Hartfeld because of their aloof attitudes, learning not to trust anyone. Book 3 Chapter 11 then reveals that Rourke is also Estela's father, making her and Aleister half-siblings.
- Pet the Dog: In Book 2 Chapter 9, Estela gives Lila a pep talk about how much she helped the group. Jake is impressed that she, a generally aloof girl, succesfully cheered someone up.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: The Book 3 cover finally has her joining Quinn, Sean, and Jake.
- Red Herring: People think she is the "eleventh winner", since nobody knew or talked to her at all. She was really selected along with the others.
- Rugged Scar: Estela has a scar over her eye. She's easily the most mysterious of the twelve.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: To everyone's surprise, in Book 2 Chapter 10, she wears a nice sparkly silver dress with a plunging neckline and earrings, contrasting with her usual combat gear.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's basically the splitting image of her mother with a scar, a different hairstyle, and no wrinkles.
- This Cannot Be!: If Taylor goes into her time rift in Book 3 Chapter 1, she gets pissed that after 880 years, Rourke has an observatory looking down at Earth named after him, punching against the plaque with his name.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's not a token, but she's Latina and bisexual.
- You Killed My Father: If Taylor chooses to sleep with her, Estela will reveal that she suspects Rourke is responsible for her mother's death. In Book 2, she discovers that, while Rourke planned her murder, Lila was the one who executed it. The vision of her Catalyst Idol shows that she will get revenge by brutally stabbing Lila, but will fail at killing Rourke as well.
Full Name: Quinn Erin Kelly
D.O.B: 1996, July 20
Birthplace: Boulder, CO
Threat Level: 0
- Animal Motifs: Dolphin.
- The Beastmaster: A premium choice in Book 2 Chapter 11 allows Quinn to tame the Yeti with the Heart of the Island.
- The Cutie: Incessantly sweet and bubbly.
- Damsel in Distress: Three times during the course of the story. Even her profile ranks her threat level as zero.
- In Book 1 Chapter 4, Taylor shielded her from the smilodon attack (she says she's not worthy and to never do that again).
- In Book 1 Chapter 5, mutant seaweed tried to drown her while the group dived out of the cave, and Taylor (if you pay diamonds) or Jake will rescue her and perform CPR on her.
- In Book 2 Chapter 7, she went into a coma, the final stage of her Rotterdam's Syndrome, prompting the group to save her by retreiving the Island's Heart.
- Demonic Possession: The group succeed in getting the Heart of the Island to cure Quinn. Unknown to everyone (including Quinn herself), a mysterious spirit has possesed her and is inhabiting her body. The only ones aware of this are Taylor and Uqzhaal. After Book 2 Chapter 11, the rest of the team finds out about it when she takes the Island's Heart and uses her powers to deal with the Arachnids.
- Eating the Eye Candy: If Taylor accepts Quinn's adventure outfit, Taylor can tell her that she can watch while changing. She gladly takes a look.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Book 3, Quinn has her hair braided in a ponytail after separating from the group and working for Malatesta seemingly for a month.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She helped Raj to cook all the feast and also makes, according to Taylor, the best cupcakes in the whole world.
- Genki Girl: She wants to experience every moment in life.
- Heroes Want Redheads: If Taylor dates her.
- Ill Girl: According to her profile, she was diagnosed with a very rare illness that cost her family almost all of their money to save her. If Taylor chooses to sleep with her, she eventually tells that her illness is back and she has a shorter lifespan left, which is pretty much confirmed in Book 2 after Michelle and IRIS examine her. Book 2 Chapter 3 has the group wonder if going through the time portal sped up her sickness. Book 2 Chapter 4 has her reveal her sickness to the group after Uqzhaal points it out. The group succeeds to cure her with the only side effect is hosting a mysterious spirit inside her.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Can have a hot and heavy make out session with Taylor in the kitchen. Cue Raj busting in...
- Ms. Fanservice: She is the one who gets the most scenes in her bikini. In Book 2, her entire outfit is revealed to be a tied white shirt and short-shorts.
- Neutral Female: Her main contribution to the team's dynamic is being The Heart and rarely takes part on the action scenes (and there are cases where she has to be saved instead).
- Nice Girl: She is often very nice and optimistic, and in the rare occasions where she gets angry is if Taylor calls Aleister "pathetic" after he tells the group that his father tended to snub him.
- Squee!: In Book 1 Chapter 3, Quinn does one of these the first time the group meets Furball.
Full Name: Michelle Thuy Nguyen
D.O.B: 1995, December 31
Birthplace: Bellevue, WA
Threat Level: 5
- Academic Alpha Bitch: She is vain, ambitious, snobby, and is a top student with a pre-med grade aiming to be a surgeon.
- All the Other Reindeer: In Book 2 Chapter 1, it's revealed that Michelle's sorority sisters lied to Sean about her cheating on him because they secretly hated her for being popular and academically smart. Instead of being furious or sad after learning this, she decided to turn cold and aloof towards others.
- Alpha Bitch: Subverted, though how much of it is directed towards you depends on your interactions with her.
- Amicable Exes: In Book 2 Chapter 12, only if Taylor convinces her to tell Sean the truth, she and Sean will finally clear the air and get on good terms again, with Sean reasuring Michelle that they will always be friends above everything else.
- Animal Motifs: Peahen.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Before Sean tells her why he broke up with her, she was jealous of him and Taylor getting closer to each other. She gets over it by Book 2 Chapter 12 if she and Taylor are friends.
- Freudian Excuse: After Taylor gets a vision about Michelle, he sees that her sorority sisters secretly hated her to the point they destroyed her relationship with Sean, and this trust issues will play a big impact in future relationships with the group.
- Hidden Depths: In Book 2 Chapter 11, she tells Quinn that she also enjoys figure skating and has won several medals.
- Hospital Hottie: She is aspiring to be a surgeon and grab an internship in New York.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: If Taylor and Michelle are friends, she will give Taylor her blessing to be with Sean in Book 2 Chapter 12, since she only wants him to be happy.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Depends on the first interactions with her. If Taylor praises her, she immediately gains +3 points and is one of the easiest relationships to keep good. Otherwise, she is very decent towards the rest of the group and slowly warms to all of them.
- The Medic: She is the only one with formal medical training. After the trip to the Observatory, she is treating Craig's sprained wrist. In Book 2, she is the one in charge of checking on Quinn's deteriorating health.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Sean thinks that Michelle cheated on him. However, Michelle's sorority sisters lied to Sean to spite her.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the Blue to Craig's Red.
- Renaissance Man: She is a top student with medical training, a great singer, and a figure skating champion.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Book 2 Chapter 5, she leaves the hidden room in Sharktooth Isle after hearing that Malatesta's bride had died of the black plague in the room.
- Straight Man: She is one of the most level-headed and logical team member in harsh situations.
- Wakeup Makeup: While she isn't seen in the mornings, she is always using makeup during the entire week, to the point Jake nicknamed her "Maybelline".
Full Name: Grace Tamara Hall
D.O.B: 1996, April 4
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Threat Level: 6
- Animal Motifs: Swan.
- Berserk Button: Her Catalyst Idol revealed that she has an issue with people having high expectations from her. The "I know you can do better" from her teacher sent her on a rampage against his car, and this played against her in an alternate timeline, even when the encouraging is anything other than positive.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is meek and shy, but her file indicates that she has a criminal record and her threat level is higher than most of the group (meaning she's ranked higher than even Sean and Craig). Aleister refuses to belief that her profile has a police mugshot as her photo.
- Birds of a Feather: Both she and Aleister like to talk about science and know what it's like to be a "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
- Black and Nerdy: She is one of the smartest people in the group (the other being Aleister)
- Calling the Old Man Out: Her Ember of Hope vision shows her calling her mother out for belittling her paintings depicting mathematical calculations.
- Crazy-Prepared: She brought a winter jacket with her and gave it to Taylor when the group was venturing to the snow in Book 2 Chapter 9.
- Damsel in Distress: She and Raj got kidnapped by the Watchers in Book 1 Chapter 16. Premium options allow Taylor to rescue one or both of them.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Book 2 (if she wasn't rescued in Book 1), she shows up with longer hair, some flowers, and a new orange top after being held captive for six months.
- Expy: Brainy, wears glasses and an orange sweater? Grace is a race-flipped one of Velma.
- Foil: To Aleister. Both are academically smart and suffer from Parental Neglect and "Well Done, Son!" Guy, but while Aleister tries to be stoic and aloof, Grace tries to be nice and friendly to everyone. Moreover, Aleister is slowly becoming a Defrosting Ice King while Grace still has a lot of her issues bottled up and waiting to blow up.
- Geeky Turn-On: Unlike other people and to Aleister's surprise, Grace is the only person excited when they start talking about natural sciences.
- Optional Party Member: She and Raj become this in Book 2 if Taylor rescues them in the Book 1 finale.
- Princess Classic: Book 2 Chapter 10 of Rules of Engagement shows a younger Grace in a princess dress she picked out on a shopping spree.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She reveals to Aleister that she spent her entire childhood trying to please her mother. It makes sense when it's revealed that she's the daughter of Blaire Hall.
Full Name: Zahra Yasmin Namazi
D.O.B: 1995, September 13
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Threat Level: 7
- Animal Motifs: Crow or raven.
- The Bartender: Zahra is quite versed in alcohol, showing it off during your bar hunt in Chapter 7. In Chapter 14, she and Raj occupy themselves in creating a new themed cocktail before the Watcher attack.
- The Cynic: She is always proclaiming that trusting others is bad for her, and even her profile states that she's the most likely to be recruited because of her lack of loyalty.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when it's about Craig's intelligence.
- Delinquent Hair: Zahra has a mohawk. In the future, shes let her hair grow out enough to tie into a bun.
- Faking the Dead: Zahra does this by leaving a skeleton around. The group believes shes dead until she appears before them.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite her cynicism, Zahra has moments showing that she's more sympathetic than she thinks.
- She remains with the group during the Watcher attack in Book 1 Chapter 15 if Taylor manages to win her over.
- She gets really depressed when Quinn gets into a coma. If Craig talks to her, Zahra will express sadness over how bad things can happen to someone as good as Quinn while jerkasses like her apparently get a free pass.
- Hollywood Hacking: She is the group's hacker and gadget expert. She can jump-start anything with cables.
- The Insomniac: She describes herself as such.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Craig starts to notice that Zahra really is sad when she passed on three opportunities to reply a witty comeback at his expense. Taylor can encourage him to have a real heart-to-heart talk to repair their friendship.
- Red Baron: "Lich Queen".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If she doesn't like Taylor by Book 1 Chapter 15, she will flee the hotel by herself.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: All the noises and blood that are seen and heard in Book 3 Chapter 4 are made to scare the Arachnids off.
- Tsundere: She's this with Craig.
- We Used to Be Friends: She and Craig were dating before Freshman year, then drifted apart and became completely different people. In Book 2, Taylor can choose to help them repair their relationship.
Full Name: Kuan-yu Craig Hsiao
D.O.B: 1995, November 17
Birthplace: Saginaw, MI
Symbol: Ursa Major
Threat Level: 3
- Animal Motifs: Bear.
- Asian Airhead: Craig reveals in Book 1 Chapter 7 his family is from Taiwan. Considering he's a Dumb Jock, that puts him in this territory. The same chapter also reveals that he used to be Asian and Nerdy.
- The Big Guy: The trip to the observatory shows that Craig is stronger than Sean.
- Big "NO!": He lets one out in Book 3 Chapter 4 when he discovers a skeleton with Zahras hair.
- Distressed Dude: When he and Sean are discovered in Book 3, they have been held captive by the Arachnids for weeks in their timeline.
- Dumb Jock: He isn't as smart as he is physically strong. His profile dismisses his threat level to 3 because of this.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Craig reveals he has a YOLO tattoo which Zahra finds embarrassing, yet he's proud of it.
- Energy Weapon: Book 2 Chapter 13 gives Craig a laser cannon he uses to fight against the Arachnids and destroy Cetus's green head.
- Extreme Omnivore: He gladly accepts the challenge to drink Raj's secret Hideous Hangover Cure, and then Michelle retorts that he once ate a rock on a dare.
- Jerk Jock: He comes across this if Taylor goes against his opinion. Character Development turns him into a Lovable Jock.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Craig is very hot-headed and stubborn, but he is also a loyal friend and teammate to Sean and laments that he and Zahra aren't close friends anymore.
- Power Glows: In Book 3 Chapter 12, if you paid to see some of the other timelines, one of them has Craig having the power of the Islands Heart, including the font change.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the Red to Michelle's Blue.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: He and Aleister have this dynamic in their interactions, with Aleister (the snob) expressing his frustration over Craig's (the slob) low intelligence.
- The Tease: He enjoys teasing people, like making fun of Grace about her obvious crush on Aleister (if Taylor also teases her) and asking Sean and Taylor if they kissed inside the pod (to Michelle's annoyance).
- Undying Loyalty: He is very loyal towards Sean, to the point he is willing to risk his life following his lead.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Zahra were dating before Freshman year, then drifted apart and became completely different people. In Book 2, Taylor can choose to help them repair their relationship.
- You Bastard!: In Book 3 Chapter 4, he shouts this at the ghost, believing it killed Zahra.
Full Name: Raj Aditya Bhandarkar
D.O.B: 1995, October 7
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Threat Level: 1
- Acrofatic: For a big guy like him, he's able to do keg stands easily.
- The Bartender: In Chapter 7, he sends Taylor to gather a specific list of high quality liquor so they can make cocktails for the feast, since his belief is that what unifies people is "booze, booze and a lot more of booze". In Chapter 14, Zahra and Raj occupy themselves in creating a new themed cocktail before the Watcher attack.
- Big Fun: He enjoys partying, drinking and making people laugh.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Chapter 7 has Raj reveal that his family fights a lot. His uncle threw a candle at [Raj's] father and set half the house on fire. It was usually sorted out by his grandmother making big feasts to get them back together.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: According to his profile, he has an IQ Level of 178, but wastes all of his free time getting high.
- In his catalyst idol vision, he was on academic probation after being accused of cheating on an Economics test where he got a perfect score and the next best was a 73%. He actually did earn the grade.
- Cassandra Truth: In his idol vision, his friends refuse to believe that he actually didn't cheat.
- Distressed Dude: He and Grace got kidnapped by the Watchers in Book 1 Chapter 16. Premium options allow Taylor to rescue one or both of them.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Book 2 (if he wasn't rescued in Book 1), he shows up with a beard and long hair tied in a man-bun after being captive for six months.
- Heroic BSoD: In Book 2 Chapter 14, Raj understandably freaks out after seeing the outside world, including Hartfeld, destroyed. It's up to Taylor to give him a Cooldown Hug which he either takes or rejects.
- Hidden Depths: In Book 3, he is the one who comes up with the plan to tie Cetus' red head down with the rest of the rope they didn't use for the Faraday cage, while distracting him so that Quinn can retrieve the Heart safely. No wonder, as he has a surprisingly high IQ score.
- Noodle Incident: His profile suggests that although he is not-threat enough to classify him, the most damage he did was at a fraternity party (referred as "The Sigma Chi Incident 3/7/16")
- His catalyst idol vision in Book 2 Chapter 4 shows he's had other instances like accidentally burning down Pi Omega, made a goat tackle a rival quarterback during a live game and jumped off the library roof into a fountain.
- Mythical Motifs: Centaur. He settles for a mythical being like Estela.
- Optional Party Member: He and Grace become this in Book 2 if Taylor rescues them in the Book 1 finale.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He doesn't mind being the butt of the jokes as long as it makes his friends happy.
- Potty Emergency: In Book 2 Chapter 5, he backs out of exploring a hidden room in the Sharktooth Isle mansion due to the pineapple he had for breakfast doing a number on him.
- The Stoner: Raj's profile describes him as this.
- Shipper on Deck: He happily cheers on Diego when he and Varyyn kiss in New Year's Eve.
- Supreme Chef: By his own admission, he has a lot of experience cooking feasts since he has been involved in a lot of feuds. Quinn tells that Raj assembled all the banquet together, while she only helped him with some prep work.
- His Ember of Hope in Chapter 2 shows that had he not gone to La Huerta in the first place, he would've had his own cooking show, which catches the attention of Chris Winters, indicating how skilled of a cook he is.
- Book 3 Chapter 4 has him make some delicious chili along with Kele if you salvage his grandmother's cookbook in Book 3 Chapter 2.
- Taking the Bullet: Ends up taking a bullet from Lundgren for Taylor in one of the bad endings in the penultimate chapter of Book 3.
- Through His Stomach: Raj's plan to reconcile the group is to make a big banquet... and tons of booze. Taylor can agree that it's a really genius idea that actually works.
Diego Ortiz Soto
Full Name: Diego Ricardo Ortiz Soto
D.O.B: 1996, March 12
Birthplace: Riverside, CA
Symbol: Canis Major
Threat Level: 2
- Animal Motifs: Dog.
- Ambiguously Gay: In Chapter 14, if Taylor chooses to skip a romantic night with any of the love interests, Diego visits and laments that he won't be able to find the correct person with the time they have left. He uses the masculine pronoun when saying this. This gets confirmed in Book 2 when he gets a Relationship Upgrade with Varyyn.
- Chairman of the Brawl: At the end of Book 1, he smashes a chair on Varyyn's head. Hilarious in Hindsight.
- Distressed Dude: Book 1 Chapter 16 has him kidnapped by the Watchers just before Taylor and the group travel through time.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Book 2, Diego has long hair and a beard after being held captive for six months.
- Gay Best Friend: To Taylor, as he's the only character Taylor is friends with at the start.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Book 1 ends with a cliffhanger after he gets captured. To let Taylor escape, he releases his grip so only he gets caught.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner/Platonic Life-Partners: He is the best friend, depending on which gender Taylor is, and actively encourages his best friend to make a move on any of the love interests.
- Interspecies Romance: He and Varyyn fall in love after six months of knowing each other.
- Sad Clown: Diego's file in Chapter 10 shows he copes with stress by cracking jokes.
- Sherlock Scan: If Taylor chooses the wrong options, Diego is usually the next one to discover the solutions instead.
- Ship Tease: In Book 2, he gets friendly interactions with Varyyn, to the point Taylor can ask if there's something going on between them. They get a Relationship Upgrade in Book 2 Chapter 10 for New Year's Eve.
- Sidekick: He doesn't view himself as important, so he labels himself as everyone's "sidekick", since "Sidekicks never get the guy".
- So Proud of You: His Ember of Hope vision in Chapter 5 shows that had he not gone to La Huerta in the first place, he would've received this reaction from his father after writing a bestselling book and becoming a professor.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: He tends to drop the pop culture references when he speaks, which is why Jake nicknames him "Pop Culture Petey."
- Twofer Token Minority: He is the only Latino and gay character of the cast.
Full Name: Everett Aleister Rourke II
D.O.B: 1995, August 19
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Threat Level: 8
- Animal Motifs: Snake.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: If Taylor gets Aleister to not dislike him/her anymore, Aleister will say that he, Grace and Taylor are the only ones worthy to be saved. (He'll include Grace either way, but it's less this trope because by then it's pretty clear he cares for her.)
- Badass Bookworm: He is very academically smart, and is revealed to be a fencing champion in the past after defeating a Watcher with an iron bar when rescuing Grace in Book 1 Chapter 16. Also, his Threat Level is 8. (meaning he is in the top of the list along with Jake, Estela, and Taylor)
- Birds of a Feather: He and Grace are the most intelligent of the group, and they both develop mutual crushes on each other, especially after discovering that Grace is also suffering from Parental Neglect and is a "Well Done, Son!" Guy as well.
- Clark Kent Outfit: If Raj decides to do a "Surprise Dodgeball Game" to cheer up the others while the group is in the Observatory, the ball will hit Aleister and knock him into the pool. The narration describes in detail that his wet clothes remark that he does have pretty defined muscles. If Grace is still with the group in Book 2, she comments that both Rourke and Aleister have good abs.
- Cloning Blues: Book 3 Chapter 9 drops a major bombshell, by revealing Aleister isnt just Rourkes son, hes his clone! Aleister takes this about as well as you would expect.
- Cultured Badass: He is one of the smartest people in Hartfeld, has encyclopedic knowledge on natural sciences, is a fencing champion, a talented piano player and knows ballroom dance.
- Defrosting Ice King: He starts showing a lot more of emotions once he and Grace get together. He shows fear when she gets in trouble, and even kisses Taylor on the forehead if (s)he decided to rescue her.
- Destination Defenestration: In his catalyst idol vision in Book 2 Chapter 14, Aleister was thrown out of the window by Taylor for siding with Rourke, killing him.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Chapter 14 has Aleister reacting this way if Taylor considers Aleister's reasons for hiding his identity and sneaking into La Huerta sad. However, Taylor connects with him if both agree that his issues are pathetic.
- Easily Forgiven: In Book 2 Chapter 14, Taylor has the option to forgive Aleister after he allows the group to be captured, surprising everyone, including Aleister himself.
- Even if Taylor doesn't forgive him right away, none of the others hold a grudge against him long-term. Within a chapter or two, it's as if the whole thing never happened.
- FaceHeel Turn: He joins his father's side in Book 2 Chapter 14.
- Foil: To Grace. Both are academically smart and suffer from Parental Neglect and "Well Done, Son!" Guy, but while Grace tries to be nice and friendly to everyone, Aleister tries to be stoic and aloof. Moreover, Grace still has a lot of her issues bottled up and waiting to blow up while Aleister is slowly becoming a Defrosting Ice King.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason he is cold and defensive with everyone is because he is afraid of being hurt or abandoned, just like his own father often ignored him. He has a hard time adjusting to the group trying to be sympathetic towards him.
- Hates Small Talk: He's revealed to be this if you decide to stay with him in Book 1 Chapter 3.
- HeelFace Turn: He betrays his father and rejoins the Catalysts' side in Book 3 Chapter 6.
- Insufferable Genius: He usually spends the trip snarking and berating everyone with a lower academic level. Taylor gets points with him if there's a smart solution available.
- Mean Brit: He was born in England and is very cold and aloof towards the group, even Grace (even though he apparently had a crush on her before the trip). He eventually warms up to the others, while it's still hard for him to express his true feelings without coming off as harsh.
- Mushroom Samba: He gets hit with drugged darts in Book 2 Chapter 5, putting him into one of these for the duration of the chapter.
- Not So Different: Despite Estela's dislike of him, her idol in Book 2 Chapter 11 shows that they were loners at Hartfeld because of their aloof attitudes, learning not to trust anyone.
- Parental Abandonment: He loathes that his father was never there for him while his mother passed away long before the events of the story.
- Red Herring: Nobody suspected he was the "eleventh winner", but he isn't the spy.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: He and Craig have this dynamic in their interactions, with Aleister (the snob) expressing his frustration over Craig's (the slob) low intelligence.
- Tsundere: He quickly gets defensive every time Grace is nice to him. In Grace's Idol flashback, he apparently found Grace's pen and hold on to it for a whole week until he found the right time to give it back to her, not before scolding her to be more careful.
- Walking Spoiler: Mostly by the fact that he is the "eleventh winner", he is the Red Herring for the spy and is also Rourke's son.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is frustrated by the fact that he never got his father's approval. He only sneaked into the plane to La Huerta to finally face him and spit his unfiltered feeling to his face. By the time he faces his father in Book 2, instead of telling him off, Aleister still can't muster the courage to do so.
- White Hair, Black Heart: A downplayed version at first. He was cold and aloof towards other members of the group and is the hardest character to please, but never means any harm to them even when he was revealed to be the 11th winner.
- A Day in the Limelight: The bonus scene of Act 5 reveals that Lila didn't go through the time portal with the group and spent the remaining six months planting the clues for Taylor to solve.
- Ambiguously Evil: Before Book 2 Chapter 10, while the rest of the group only suspects her on a superficial level, she is the only person in the group who still has no backstory, motivations, or even a last name revealed. On the surface, she's sweet and protective of her group tour and keeps repeating that she's just a tour guide, but it's pretty clear that she's hiding something, and she has a rather bizarre chipper attitude after casually electrocuting two Vaanti and murdering one. Book 2 Chapter 11 finally reveals the truth: she is Rourke's assassin, and while she is capable of feeling remorse, she still follows Rourke because she is convinced that he is doing everything for the greater good.
- Ax-Crazy: Taylor and Diego find it disturbing that Lila makes a pun after electrocuting two Watchers. In a bonus scene, she kills a Watcher by throwing him from the 15th floor, then checks herself in a mirror like it was nothing.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Her Undying Loyalty to Rourke stems from him hiring her when she was homeless.
- Becoming the Mask: After spending considerable time as their tour guide and covert bodyguard under Rourkes orders, Lila refuses to kill the group and instead risks her life to save them. When she's wounded in the fight, she accepts her fate and offers Estela the chance to take revenge and kill her. If Estela decides not to go through with it, she gives up her life anyway holding off the guards.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She seems to be just a perpetually cheerful tour guide, but a conversation with Iris hints that she is hiding more, since most of her background is classified in level Omega. Zahra states earlier that she finds it odd that Lila's always so cheerful.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lila comes off as an extremely upbeat and positive person, which makes it all the more shocking that she has killed people, including Estela's mother.
- False Friend: To Olivia Montoya, who she ended up killing when she found out Olivia intended to expose Rourke.
- Foster Kid: She was raised as one after she lost her family at a young age.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Because of the bonds she forms with the group, she ultimately defies Rourke's orders to kill them and is shot protecting them from the guards. Player choices can determine exactly how she meets her end, but there is no option that allows her to survive.
- Hitman with a Heart: Lila is in reality Rourke's henchwoman and has killed on his behalf, but does genuinely care for people, leading to her ultimate HeelFace Turn.
- Plucky Girl: She is always happy and perky. This makes Zahra, in particular, distrust her.
- Redemption Equals Death: Knowing full well the consequences for defying Rourke, she still fights the Arachnids to free the group and is mortally injured. She either dies by Estela's hand or, if Taylor convinces Estela to let her live, she dies confrontin the Arachnids to buy the group time to escape.
- Silk Hiding Steel: In the bonus scene, she gets separated from the group and cornered by a Watcher and is able to quickly overpower and kill him. Book 2 Chapter 10 reveals that her job as a tour guide is actually a cover for her real role: she is Rourke's henchwoman, and has killed on his orders..
- Stronger Than They Look: In Book 2 Chapter 5 after Aleister gets hit with darts, Lila carries him to the couch. Craig is shocked since he's much taller than Lila.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In more than one occasion, she has repeated "Lila is just a tour guide". Taylor spotted her once asking IRIS if most of her file is still hidden (she sighed in relief when most of her profile has been classified Gamma) and has shown that she posseses skills well beyond anything she'd need to know if she were "just a tour guide".
- Undying Loyalty: She idolizes her boss, Everett Rourke; once this is revealed, the group knows she can't be fully trusted.
Other Characters in La Huerta
Everett A. Rourke
- A God Am I: He fancies himself a god and seeks to remodel the world in his own image, as evidenced by a portrait of himself in the Roaring Twenties.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Estela. She travels exclusively to La Huerta for a chance to avenge her mother and kill Rourke. After Book 2 Chapter 3, it's pretty clear that he has become this for the rest of the group, excluding Lila.
- Archnemesis Dad: He is this to Aleister, to the point his son resents him so much that he is willing to risk his life just for a chance to tell this to his face.
- Even moreso for Estela, once it's revealed that she is also his child.
- Bad Boss: It's implied that he did something to all his employees and hotel guests by "processing" them (later revealed to be storing them in People Jars). Also, a bonus scene shows him ordering IRIS 3.0 to terminate herself, which is basically committing suicide, in case the winners find her.
- The Bad Guy Wins: If Project Janus goes through, he becomes a God-Emperor of humanity and not only reverses everyones character development, but also reverses the cure for Quinn's Rotterdam Syndrome, leaving her ill once more.
- Big Bad: He is the one who orchestrated every event on La Huerta.
- Beard of Evil: He sports a goatee and is the series Big Bad.
- Disney Villain Death: In the "Stay on La Huerta" ending, he tackles Taylor off the roof of the Celestial for daring to stop his plan. Taylor and the party kick him off into the void between time and space, never to return.
- The Dreaded: When Lila refers to him as "The Hydra", the Watcher cowers in fear before saying he knows nothing about Rourke's location.
- Evil Brit: Is a Brit and is the Big Bad.
- Has a Type: Taylor can guess that Rourke has a type for a specific type of woman based on similarities between IRIS and Lila. Apparently it's correct after IRIS reveals to Taylor, Aleister, and Zahra that she was modeled after Aleister's mother Imogen.
- Hypocrite: Zahra's catalyst idol flashforward shows him calling Zahra out for being a "psychotic bitch" as he dies from his gunshot wound, ignoring the many innocent lives he threatened.
- In Their Own Image: His ultimate goal is to remake the world based on his own values.
- Loophole Abuse: Aleister begs him to spare the rest of the group, to which Rourke agrees. As soon as Aleister is out of earshot, he orders Lila to kill them, reasoning that he only promised Aleister that he wouldn't kill them, not that no one else would do so under his orders.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Book 3 Chapter 11 reveals that he is Estela's father.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tricks Aleister into siding with him in Book 2 Chapter 14 by exploiting his grief over his mother's death.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: Primarily a mastermind and businessman, but it's noted many times that he's very heavily built. While he normally lets others do his dirty work for him, he's quite capable with a weapon in his hands.
- Mythical Motifs: Hydra, a mythical being carrying both traits of a dragon and a snake.
- People Jars: Entering the password on his computer at the final chapter of Book 1 reveals he's been in one of these all story long.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the Merge with Vaanu ending, he finds his own technology is now completely useless and the crystals he had an abundance of are now gone. He's left sobbing in the dirt, digging helplessly for any trace of more crystals, and is later shown at his trial still behaving erratically.
- Villain Team-Up: He brings in Jake's former commander Rex Lundgren to run security for him.
- See her folder in The "11" Winners/12 Catalysts and Staff section
- Androids Are People, Too: Despite being artificial, IRIS is capable of feeling fear or reluctance when someone alludes to destroying her.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Benevolent A.I.: She is very polite and compliant, and goes beyond her basic programming to help others on occasion.
- Can Not Tell A Lie: While Michelle was distrustful of her, IRIS retorts that she can't lie because "she wasn't programmed with facial tics to deceive".
- FaceHeel Turn: In Book 2 Chapter 3, Rourke issues a command that forces IRIS to side with him.
- Flawed Prototype: The Iris who appears is version 1.0. A more updated program, IRIS 3.0, was ordered to delete herself and then had her drone smashed by Rourke.
- Fun with Acronyms: Her full name is Intelligent Reactive Imaging System
- Identical Stranger: Discussed. If Taylor chooses to point out her resemblance to Lila, Lila gets upset and defensive, while IRIS is flattered by the comparison.
- Loophole Abuse: Early in Book 2, Rourke issues a directive to her that orders her not to work against him. When Taylor and the others enter the MASADA complex, she offers them assistance anyway by reasoning that their departure from La Huerta would ultimately benefit Rourke as well.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She has some of the knowledge and personality of Rourke's dead wife and Aleister's mother Imogen.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: IRIS needs Diego to tell her that "Princess Leia" and "Blue Girl Group" are nicknames Jake use for her. Jake accordingly gets his mojo down because of this.
- Projected Man: Iris is this, displayed through a floating drone.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite being friends with the winners, her protocol prevents her from disobeying Rourke's commands.
- Good Parents: She wanted a peaceful and safe life for Estela.
- Posthumous Character: Her death is a driving factor behind most of Estela's actions.
- She Knows Too Much: As soon as she told Lila about what she found about Rourke and her intentions to expose him, Lila was comissioned to kill her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her daughter is basically her splitting image with a scar, a different hairstyle, and no wrinkles.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She initially worked for Rourke because she believed he'd make the world a better place. She turned against him once she realized what he truly envisioned.
- An Ice Person: He blows ice and creates frost around it.
- Breath Weapon: He blows ice as its primary attack.
- Eat the Dog: In a potential future (revealed to be an alternate timeline), Taylor sees that Raj was made Rourke's personal chef and dies saving Furball from this fate.
- Future Badass: With the way the Yeti fawns over Furball like her own child, it's believed he will be a Guardian of the island in the future.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Taylor can give him a name as a premium option. If not, Aleister ends up calling him Furball.
- Intellectual Animal: Downplayed. Furball isn't capable of communicating with the humans, but he is smart enough to understand English, provide an useful file for the group, react accordingly to Jake's attitude, and still act like a loyal pet to Taylor.
- Killer Rabbit: He's an adorable blue fox with ice powers and intelligence.
- Put on a Bus: The group parts with Furball in Book 2 Chapter 12 before they go to Masada. The last time hes seen in story is when it's training with the Yeti in the bonus scene of Act 6.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Team Pet: The group decides to adopt him after he saves them from the Smilodon.
- Exotic Entree: This is its fate in Taylor's vision of Raj in an alternate timeline, when Rourke made Raj cook T'Kal. This almost happens to Furball too.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Saber-toothed tigers lived during the Ice Age, yet this one was found in a tropical island. Book 2 Chapter 7 reveals that it wandered into La Huerta during the Ice Age, when the island was connected to ice.
- Panthera Awesome
- Pet Monstrosity: It's tame towards the Vaanti while hostile towards the main group.
- Death from Above: Taylor could kill it by pushing a boulder on top of it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Taylor can potentially encounter a vision of the crab if they typed the correct password to Rourke's computer in Book 1 Chapter 6. In this vision, the crab could talk and warned Taylor of the consequences of breaking the space-time continuum.
- Exotic Entree: If Taylor follows Estela in Book 1 Chapter 9, they will kill the crab and cook it for the rest of the group.
- Giant Enemy Crab: It tried to pinch off Zahra's head with one of its pincers, then attacked the rest of the group.
- Ironically, it also attacked the Vaanti sometimes, as evidenced by an amber arrowhead found in its carapace.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It looks like a giant sea serpent with an angler fish's esca.
- Breath Weapon: It shoots lightning from its mouth.
- Blow You Away: It can create a tornado strong enough to pull a glider with two people to it.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Book 3 Chapter 8 has the Catalysts, Yvonne, Malatesta and the Anachronists finally taking down Cetus and its multiple heads to recover the second half of the Island's Heart.
- The Dreaded: He's gained a reputation for this by time he appears in Book 3.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It electrocuted itself when one of its electrical attacks struck an iron chain it got entangled with.
- In a later scene, after Cetus has swallowed the Heart and grown two additional heads, the group tricks one head into attacking another.
- Made of Iron: Book 1 has Jake blow up a block of semtex in his face after Sean throws it on there. All that did was blow off his left horn. In Book 2, even dropping bombs from above and launching flaming boulders at it had little effect on Cetus.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It has several rows of teeth. For each head!
- Recurring Boss: Cetus is constantly causing trouble and needing to be fought throughout the series. It is first dueled in Book 1; then again at Elyystel in Book 2; and finally slain in Book 3.
- Shock and Awe: See Breath Weapon
- Wham Shot: The bonus scenes for Act 7 reveal that after eating half of the Island's Heart, it grew two extra heads!
- An Ice Person: Like Furball, she is capable of blowing ice.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in Book 3 Chapter 11 to help the Catalysts and Vaanti in their fight against Rourke.
- Female Monster Surprise: It wasn't until Quinn controlled her mind that the yeti was revealed as female.
- The Mentor: To Furball, whom she is training to become the next Mountain Guardian.
- Monster Is a Mommy: She was first introduced attacking the group and kidnapping Furball, but was later revealed to be preparing to groom Furball to become her successor as the Mountain Guardian. She softened her stance towards the group once Quinn controlled her mind to stop her from attacking the group.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the four guardians of La Huerta, she is the only one who can fight alongside the Catalysts.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Zig-zagged. On one hand, it melts crystals into spheres imprinted with its paw print, which the group use as some sort of key to open a sealed tunnel. On the other hand, it attacks the group upon seeing them.
- The Nose Knows: It has a strong sense of smell, which it uses to detect the presence of people nearby.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: It has red eyes and attacks anyone on sight.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets the least screen time and backstory of the guardians. It only appears in one chapter and is never mentioned again.
As a Whole
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Their skin colors are either blue (for males) or green (for females).
- Barbarian Tribe: Depicted as this in Book 1, when their only interaction with the humans is in battle situations. By Book 2, they've learned English and can thus communicate with the humans, allowing them to show themselves as more than this.
- Cool Mask: Most of them wear masks passed down to them from their ancestors. Winning the wind disc match in Book 2 Chapter 8 reveals they were made by Rosencraft & Sons in 1921.
- Expy: Of the Na'vi.
- Surprisingly Good English: All the villagers have a really good grasp of the English language after learning it from Diego for only six months.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: All the males are topless
- Was Once a Man: Book 3 Chapter 7 reveals that the wedding the Catalysts were in in the 1920s is filled with the ancestors of the Vaanti. After the first chronoquake, they spent so many years feeding on a strange liquid turning them feral before the Endless taught them civilization.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Most of them have yellow eyes, and they were initially perceived as enemies by the Catalysts and Lila for spying on them and attacking the Celestial. This was subverted in Book 2, where it was revealed that they meant no harm to the Catalysts in the first place.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have green hair while the elderly ones have brown hair.
- Apologetic Attacker: When he breaks into Taylor's room in Book 1, he kills Diego/Jake/Sean/Estela/Quinn. He immediately says that he never intended to kill any of them, but it couldn't be avoided. Fortunately, Taylor manages to find a Reset Button and prevent this from happening.
- Big "NO!": In Book 2 Chapter 6, he lets one out when Cetus kills his mother, Ximaedra.
- Cool Mask: He wore a lion mask that got knocked off in Book 1 Chapter 12.
- Interspecies Romance: He and Diego fall in love after six months of knowing each other.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Played for Laughs in the relationship between him and Diego, since Varyyn has no cultural context for any of Diego's frequent references.Diego: What am I even doing here? I should be in my pajamas, binge-watching Friends!
Varyyn: I am your friend now, Diego. I wiil protect you.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: If Rourke's offer is accepted in the end, Varyyn is revealed to be the only one who still remembers the old timeline, aside from Taylor.
- Ship Tease: In Book 2, he seems to have formed a friendship with Diego, to the point Taylor can ask Diego if they are an item now. They get a Relationship Upgrade in Book 2 Chapter 10 for New Year's Eve.
- Sixth Ranger: Despite being the new Elyyshar and providing leadership to Elyys'tel after his mother's death, he opts to join the group in their quest to return home.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers the group as such during their trial.
- You Are in Command Now: He becomes the Elyyshar after Ximaedra's death.
- Cool Mask: Wears a skull-shaped one with black feathers since Book 3 Chapter 5.
- Cool Old Guy: He was the best quuk'tanoi/wind disc player in his youth, and old age hasn't slowed him down.
- FaceHeel Turn: He turns against the Catalysts in Book 3 Chapter 5 after learning the truth about the Vaanti religion.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted. He is one of the friendliest Vaanti. Played straight in Book 3, when he turned against the Catalysts.
- Secret Keeper: Prior to the events of Book 2 Chapter 12, he and Taylor are the only people aware of Quinn's Demonic Possession by a mysterious spirit after she was cured by the Island's Heart.
- This Cannot Be!: This was his reaction when he learned that the Vaanti religion was created by the Endless as a means to an end.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He and a group of Anachronists were nowhere to be seen after Rourke blasted them with the Omega Mech.
- Face Death with Dignity: She stopped Varyyn from reversing her death after Cetus electrocuted her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrificed her life against Cetus so Jake and Diego can get the catalyst idols away from Elyys'tel.
- The High Queen: Of the Vaanti.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She didn't want to sentence the Catalysts to death, which many Vaanti have called for. Yet at the same time, she didn't know whether they meant harm or not at first, so the best she could do was exile them to Sharktooth Isle.
- Ambiguously Bi: She blushed when Taari asked her whether she would kiss Taylor regardless of the latter's gender.
- Fantastic Racism: She was initially hostile to humans, especially if they have a connection with Rourke. She drops it after the Catalysts defended Elyys'tel from Cetus.
- Fire-Forged Friends: After the battle against Cetus in Book 2 Chapter 6, she becomes this with Taylor, especially if (s)he saved Taari.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shes abrasive towards the Catalysts and her fellow Vaanti, but is deeply protective of the latter, especially Taari, whom she takes care of since his parents deaths. She also expressed sadness over Quinn when the latter went into a coma.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She keeps cats for company, although she was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Lady of War: War Chief of the Vaanti and had led her people during the Three Tribes' War.
- Like a Son to Me: Since Taari's parents are dead, she takes care of him. If Taylor saves Taari, Seraxa will value this as saving her own life.
- Literal-Minded: She doesn't understand English figures of speech. Justified because she was never exposed to any when she learned English for six months.Seraxa: One false move, and I feed you to Cetus myself. Are we clear?
Seraxa: What do the crystals have to do with this?
Jake: It's a figure of speech. We'll work on those.
- Oh, Crap!: The bonus scene of Act 7 has her face to face with Cetus having THREE heads!
- Brats with Slingshots: He arms himself with a slingshot during the fight against Cetus.
- Distressed Dude: Taylor or Seraxa had to get him out of the way when Cetus was attacking him.
- Hero-Worshipper: Taari takes an instant liking of Taylor at first sight, and if Taylor rescues him, his admiration will be bigger.
- Tag Along Kid: He insists in joining the battle against Cetus even though there's little he can actually do.
- He also joined Seraxa to find the Catalysts in the bonus scene of Act 7.
The AnachronistsA tribe of Vaanti based in Quarr'tel who hop throughout time and space.
- Anachronism Stew: The entire tribe is like this.
- Hidden Elf Village: The only way the Catalysts found them is by gathering crystals that let them find the hidden path to Quarr'tel.
- Omniglot: Due to hopping around various eras and locations, they've had to learn different languages like Latin, German, and English. One of them apparently also knows Chinese, as they shout 'Xiaoxin!' before the group is teleported into the base, which is pinyin for 小心, 'Be careful!'.
- Rummage Sale Reject: They would not be out of place in a post-apocalyptic story.
As a Whole
- Animal Theme Naming: Elite members have animal names as codenames, later revealed to be different kinds of spiders.
- Faceless Goons: Most of them except for Tetra and Fiddler. The few ways to tell them apart are the shapes of their helmets, the colors of their lenses, and the serial numbers at the back of their helmets.
- Five-Man Band:
- Private Military Contractors: They work as this, performing military operations in various countries. Rourke hired them to do his dirty work at the end of Act 4.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Jake. If Jake tells Taylor his backstory, he will reveal that he never got the chance to avenge his wingman. The sole mention of Jake's name makes Lundgren agree to help Rourke.
- Bald of Evil
- Berserk Button: Seeing someone else smoking his Havana cigar sends him flying into a rage.
- Cigar Chomper: He's introduced to the Catalysts lighting a cigar. In Book 2 Chapter 15, if you found his last Havana, he becomes furious that Jake is smoking it in front of him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Prior to his proper debut in Book 2 Chapter 9, he appears in the bonus scene of Act 4 if you collect all the clues in the act.
- I Have Many Names: While he may have checked into the Celestial under an alias, he can't fool DNA scans.
- Jerkass: Jake described him as a bully who picked on those unable to fight back.
- Manipulative Bastard: He sold weapons to tyrants and framed Jake for treason.
- Powered Armor: When the group meet him in Book 2 Chapter 9, he has one of these as part of his uniform.
- Ret-Gone: In Book 3 Chapter 11, he swears that once he takes over Rourkes ability to control time, hes going to find each of the Catalysts parents and kill them so theyll never be born.
- Scary Black Man
- The Starscream: He intends to betray Rourke in case the latter tries to betray him. In the final premium choice in Book 3 Chapter 12 showing some of the alternate timelines, he succeeds in one of them.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rourke. Unsurprisingly, it's done out of mere pragmatism.
- See his folder in The "11" Winners/12 Catalysts and Staff section
- Artificial Limbs: Mouse's legs have been replaced with prosthetic ones.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Book 2 Chapter 15 reveals all this time that Mouse is Jakes former partner Mike who was presumed dead. The helmet Mouse wears drilled holes into his head to keep him obedient.
- The Faceless: Unlike the other two Elite Mooks, he wears a helmet until Jake broke it in Book 2 Chapter 15.
- HeelFace Turn: Since Act 8, he has slowly regained his conscience, even congratulating Jake if he gets married in Book 3 Chapter 10.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Book 3 Chapter 11, he douses himself and Lundgren with gasoline, and then propels his rocket upwards while grabbing Lundgren, causing them to burn alive in mid-air.
- The Nicknamer: As Mike, he has a habit of giving people nicknames. Jake adopts this habit after his presumed death.
- The Stoic: He barely expresses any emotions. As long as Jake doesnt influence him.
- Walking Spoiler: If it wasn't for his helmet, you would keep guessing who he is.
- Dumb Muscle: Hes as dumb as he is strong.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The only elite Arachnid whose real name isn't revealed and only referred to by his alias.
- Evil Counterpart: To Craig. Not only do they look alike, but theyre also dumb muscles with a tendency to boast about themselves.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a pair of them above his eyes.
- Killed Offscreen: Book 3 Chapter 9 reveals that Fiddler killed Tetra and a squad of Arachnids for mutinying.
- Lame Comeback: He called Jake "Jakey-Wakey", which didnt insult him.Jake: Listen up, Amateur Hour. If you cant even come up with a decent nickname, dont waste my time!
- Power Fist: Wields a pair of them, making him strong enough to send Craig flying to a wall with one punch.
- By Book 3 Chapter 6, his fists have been upgraded with the ability to expand them like coiling snakes.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of sunglasses.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when taunting her enemies.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of katanas imbued with energy.
- Evil Counterpart: To Zahra. Not only do they look alike, but they also speak in sarcastic and teasing ways.
- False Friend: To Jake. She was implied to have betrayed him when he and Mike intended to expose Lundgren.
- Invisibility: Her suit allows her to become invisible.
- Laser Blade: Her katanas are imbued with energy. The group can disable her momentarily by spraying them with Raj's champagne.
- Never Found the Body: Despite her apparent suicide, the only thing that remains of her was her armor.
- Powered Armor: Her armor allows her to become invisible. Book 3 Chapter 9 allows Taylor to equip it in a premium choice.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braided hair reaches down to her waist.
- Villainous Breakdown: In Book 3 Chapter 9, Jake remarked that her desperate behavior shows more when she works alone, leading to her alleged suicide.
- Artificial Limbs: One of their limbs is robotic.
- Determinator: Using his powers, The Endless rewinded time over 2100 times to ensure the safety of the group. They faced death so many times, yet The Endless was determined to keep them alive and influence the course of history.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Endless can be first encountered in Book 1 Chapter 6 if Taylor types the correct password to Rourke's computer.
- God Guise: Created a religion for the Vaanti, with the Endless as its deity.
- Help Yourself in the Future: The Endless' main goal is to keep their friends alive, requiring to set up clues to help the group's survival.
- Killed Off for Real: The Endless dies and their body vanishes in the bonus scene of Act 8, having succumbed to their injuries caused by Rourke and his Omega Mech suit.
- My Future Self and Me: An elderly version of Taylor coming from the first timeline when the Catalysts first landed on La Huerta.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Averted. The Endless reveals their true identity to Present!Taylor only if all the catalyst idols are reunited. Book 3 Chapter 1 reveals the suit they wear is what allows them to speak to Taylor without a paradox happening.
- Omniglot: Being a figure who exists as a time anomaly, they not only speak English, but also Vaanti and French.
- Playing with Fire: Holds a floating ball of flame on the right hand.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Endless!Taylor has been trying to prevent the deaths of their friends for 2,139 loops until Taylor finally managed to retrieve all 12 catalyst idols AND keep the group alive. Many of these interventions included molding the Vaanti into a friendlier species by founding a religion for them and leaving several clues with the runes around the island.
- Walking Spoiler: Revealing their true identity answers every mystery and origin of the clues around La Huerta.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her cutlass Chouchou is sharp enough to cut through stone thick vines.
- Ambiguously Brown: Her exact origin is unclear, though she appears to have come from the Golden Age of Piracy. This is finally clarified in Book 3 Chapter 5, when she is originally from France.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She and Malatesta used to be lovers despite the fact that he had a mistress, but now all they do is argue. After fighting against Cetus, they finally become more sincere in their feelings.
- Cool Big Sis: To her late brother Patrice, who caught the White Plague, prompting her to search for the Fountain of Youth.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her little brother, Patrice, died from the White Plague when she was still a pirate, and she has been searching for the Fountain of Youth by any means necessary ever since.
- Expy: Her tendency to flirt with and even seduce other people, initially selfish attitude, and gradual openness to others makes her a French version of Isabela.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In her quest to get back to Sharktooth Isle, she has somehow jumped several hundred years to the modern times, and Malatesta's mansion is now crumbling and overgrown.
- Gratuitous French: Her speech is peppered with French words and phrases.
- Guardian Angel: She calls herself as such after resuscitating Taylor.
- I Call It "Vera": Her cutlass is named Chouchou. It's also the cutlass you find in Book 1 before your confrontation with the Watchers/Vaanti.
- I Resemble That Remark!: When Uqzhaal calls her 'boat thief', she objects, saying "Excuse me? I steal much more than boats!"
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Book 3 Chapter 5 allows her to avert this in a premium choice with help from the Endless. Doing so leaves her breaking down crying.
- Put on a Bus: She leaves the group after sailing with them to Elyys'tel. If you get most clues in Act 5, she reappears in a bonus scene showing her meeting the Endless and that she needs the Catalysts.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in the epilogue of Book 2, where she rescues Taylor and brings them to the Threshold (the same place Taylor buried their friends in their catalyst idol vision).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Book 3 Chapter 1 reveals that shes afraid of ghosts, as shown when she ran back to the jungle upon seeing Vaanu in Colonnade Cove.
- Good Is Not Soft: While normally a benign figure boosting the Catalysts' confidence when they're feeling down, it doesn't hesitate to induce nightmarish visions to disreputable people, such as Lundgren for attacking the Endless.
- Hope Bringer: It presents Embers of Hope, showing the Catalysts what their lives would be like if they never went to La Huerta. They become reality if Taylor merges with Vaanu.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Averted. Despite being a sentient being of sorts, it doesn't take offense at being referred to as "it" by other people.
- Our Spirits Are Different: A spirit from another dimension who ended up on Earth after its home world was torn apart.
- Badass Beard: A thick blonde one.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Yvonne used to be lovers despite the fact that he had a mistress, but now all they do is argue. After fighting against Cetus, they finally become more sincere in their feelings.
- Cool Ship: The Dorado, which used to be Yvonnes. Taylor has a chance to win it in a windsurfing race.
- Combat Pragmatist: He encourages Taylor to be one by using the sea as a weapon.
- The Dreaded: The Vaanti are afraid of his regular attacks.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Prior to his proper debut in Book 3 Chapter 4, he appears in the bonus scene of Act 6 if you collect all the clues in the act.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Like Michelle and Quinn, Diego is charmed by him. Taylor can also find him attractive regardless of gender.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: The last time he checked the calendar was 1941.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He doesn't know who Lundgren or the Arachnids are, though he has seen them and called them the "metal men".
- Meaningful Name: His name means "sparrow" in Hopi, befitting his friendliness to others and contentment with peacetime.
- Supreme Chef: He has cooked delicious meals with whatever ingredients he has to make do with.