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Introduced in Heaven's Gate
Charles Eyler (Heaven's Gate)
The protagonist of Heaven's Gate.
- The Ace: Wants to be this, but thanks to not having Scarlett Eyler around, he's a lot for stable.
- Apologises a Lot: He has a tendency to do this. Anri lampshades this.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Revealed by Charles in a conversation with Vincent.
Charles: When I drink, I just become sleepy.
- Friendless Background: Up until middle school, Charles had never had many, if any close friends.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Charles doesnt think very highly of himself at all.
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: For Vincent towards the end of the game.
- Neat Freak: Very much so.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A downplayed example with Anri, with Anri as the more vitriolic one. They sometimes get on each other's nerves, but they do really care about each other.
Vincent Fennell (Heaven's Gate)
A boy who Charles meets in Kindergarten. He initially dislikes him. Reunited in middle school, they become close friends.
- Abusive Parents: Implied. He frequently appears with bandages and bruises, admits to seeking silence from the shouting he faces at home, and is noted to be forgotten about by his parents during his kindergarten years. Charles suggests this towards the end of the game, and Vincent doesnt deny it.
- Broken Ace: He's very intelligent, highly popular and a talented writer, but is empty inside.
- Bungled Suicide: At graduation, he tells Charles he tried to kill himself. While Vincent doesnt want to dissociate for the rest of his life, he also doesnt to live as a hypocrite. In his mind, death seems to be the only answer. Its heavily implied that he is still suicidal. The ending leaves his ultimate fate unknown.
- Empty Eyes: He has these. Lampshaded by Charles.
- Scam Religion: Vincent founded one of these: the titular Heavens Gate. While intended as a harmless prank, the text that Vincent wrote was well-written enough to genuinely convince people of its beliefs. The suicidal web cult community eventually leads to the death of several youth.
- Stepford Smiler: A hybrid of the empty and depressed type. Though Vincent acts kind and cheerful towards his peers, he does so only in an attempt to mask his true nature, which is both hollow and depressed.
- Troubled Child: In kindergarten. Charles describes him as emotionally dead kid. And he isnt wrong. Vincent is disturbingly unemotional and deadpan for such a young child.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The first time we meet Vincent, he is joyfully mutilating bugs, imagining him and Charles as Gods. Later in the game, he discloses that it made him feel in control in a life where he had none.
Henrietta "Anri" Warhol (Heaven's Gate)
A girl Charles meets in middle school during after-school cleaning duty. They quickly become good friends.
- Big Damn Kiss: Averted. At one point Anri wonders if she and Charles are dating, so kisses him, only for Charles not to realy feel anything. He evem lampshades itCharles: It was supposed to be this amazingly good thing that every story leads up to... But it didn't feel like anything out of the ordinary.
- Grew a Spine: Upon their initial first meeting, Anri is an extreme doormat when it comes to her female peers. By high school, she has gone through this character development trope.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A downplayed example with Charles, with Anri as the more vitriolic one. They sometimes get on each other's nerves, but they do really care about each other.
- When She Smiles: See here. ◊