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    Sammy Stevens 

Sammy Stevens came to King Falls from "The Big City" to work on King Falls' late night radio show. His old job seemed to be a goofy morning radio show with Jack and Lily Wright and then later worked as a radio shock jock in California.

    Ben Arnold 

The slightly neurotic producer and co-host of King Falls AM. A life-long town native, he's more accustomed to the strangeness in town than Sammy is, but more recently, things have been throwing him for bigger and bigger loops.

  • Absurd Phobia: Garbage bears a.k.a. raccoons
  • Ambiguously Bi: After Sammy sarcastically remarks that he will flirt with the good doctor just like he did with Emily (in the episode when they first meet), Ben simply asks "is he lovely too?"
    • Additionally, Ben seems to have a crush on local recluse/town celebrity Rich McGuff.
  • Berserk Button: After Emily is returned, merely mentioning Greg Frickard's name gets Ben sullen.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: With Emily.
  • Catchphrase: "Cronkite. Brokaw. Ben Arnold."
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Also with Emily. She eventually calls him out on it.
  • Evil Is Petty: "Evil" to Greg Frickard, at least, as Ben orders all of the "romantic" frog flambes during Greg's date with Emily. And then eats Chipotle anyway.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Insistent Terminology: They're not ghosts, they're apparitions.
    • They're not raccoons, they're trash bears.
    • He has quite a few terms for various animals, including "danger noodles" for snakes, and "wall crabs" for spiders.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ben concedes to Greg's ploy in episode 49 in order to keep Emily from getting hurt further.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Precision F-Strike : "We're gonna get those fucking U.F.O.s back."
  • Schedule Fanatic: Regarding the radio show.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: To Deputy Troy. Troy caused the death of his pet by reporting it to the authorities, who threw the sugar glider in the river.
  • True Companions: Despite their argumentative relationship, Ben views Sammy as his best friend and brother and is not shy about saying so.


    Emily Potter 

Town Librarian and historian. Often called on the show to discuss King Falls history.

  • Alien Abduction
  • Designated Love Interest: Established as love interest for Ben on her first appearance.
  • Hero of Another Story: Much of her investigation of the Heminists happens off-screen.
  • Hot Librarian: Evidently.
  • Just Friends: While they seem to hang out a lot, Ben and Emily both insist that they are just "good friends". However, in Episode 20, she says that she would have liked Ben to be her boyfriend, before an incident during her date with Ben's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Greg Frickard.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Remembers almost everything before she met Ben and Sammy.
  • Missing Time: Does not remember anything about her alien abduction.
  • Plucky Girl: After regaining her senses, Emily decides to take it upon herself to look into the conspiracies involving the rich and powerful men of King Falls. She even leads the charge on a three-woman raid of the Himinist cult meeting in Perdition Woods.

     Chet Sebastian 
The host of King Falls AM before Sammy got the job. Despite his incredibly oversexed, sleazy nature, it's made clear time and time again that he's an excellent friend to Ben, Sammy, and Emily.

  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear if he was able to get out of the radio station before it was destroyed in episode 75.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: For Chet's many faults and sexual misadventures, he displays no interest in Emily (for Ben's sake) and makes sure to support her, Ben, and Sammy whenever he can.
  • Really Gets Around: His sexual exploits are mentioned near-constantly.

    Tim Jensen 

  • Alien Abduction
  • Body Double: as it turns out, the Tim that was returned the first time was actually a double of the real Tim. Whether or not the imposter Tim is a robot, a clone, or something else is still unknown.
    • Episode 73 confirms that the imposter Tim is a robot double of the original Tim, seemingly controlled by the Science Institute.
  • Confronting Your Imposter: In Episode 48, both Tims have an all-out fist fight at the radio station.
  • Missing Time: Does not remember what happened during his abduction.
  • The Bus Came Back: Twice no less. Once, "Tim" is returned, but it becomes quickly apparent that he is not the same as he was before his abduction. Then the real Tim is brought back when Ben brings the UFO down to rescue Emily.
  • Walking Spoiler: If that wasn't clear already.

    Deputy Troy Krieghauser 

Deputy of the King Falls Sheriff's Department under Sheriff Gunderson. Seems to spend a lot of his time dealing with the delinquent Williams Boys, but often calls in to report major events at the scene, despite Mayor Grisham's hold over the Sheriff's Department.

  • Nice Guy
  • Police are Useless: Subverted. Troy is a hard-working police officer and while some crimes get away from him, he has always been a big help to Sammy and Ben. He has even helped scare off and then later, take down a UFO.
  • Token Good Teammate: The majority of the people in charge of King Falls are Corrupt Hicks. Despite working for Judd Gunderson, he's genuinely good friends with Sammy and Ben. Shortly after the 2016 election, he's no longer a part of the King Falls Police Department
  • We Used to Be Friends: Troy goes to great lengths to earn Ben's forgiveness for inadvertently causing the death of his childhood pet.

     Howard Ford Beauregard III 

The self-proclaimed "King of King Falls", an odd, reclusive man who claims to be a direct descendant of the town's founding family. Constantly insists that the show is spreading slander about him, and is an abrasive individual in general. Sammy and Ben aren't too fond of him, and he may be behind a good part of the more sinister events in the town.

  • Ambiguously Human: Rumored to be a vampire due to no one knowing his age and the fact that he is never seen in daylight.
    • At one point, he is in a hurry to get off the phone with Sammy and Ben because the sun will be rising in minutes.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Beauregard is a millionaire businessman who has, so far, shut down the power to town, bought all the Christmas trees in the county for his own personal enjoyment, may or may not be a vampire, and has a "transmorgrafier" that is at least powerful enough to take down a UFO.
  • Evil Is Petty: Buying all the Christmas trees in the tri-state area to make his own personal "holiday garden" probably counts.


     Cecil Sheffield 

  • Odd Friendship: With Herschel, bordering on Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: in episode 71 Cecil drops his signature slurred stupor after being possessed by The Void.
  • The Alcoholic: Cecil has almost never made an appearance on the show where he hasn't been at a slurred-speech level of drunk. At one point you can hear him open at least four beers during a call to the show.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sort of. Cecil is mostly on the receiving end of Herschel's tirades, but at the end of the day takes them in stride. Whether or not this is simply because Cecil is perpetually toasted is unknown.

     Herschel Baumgardner 

  • Grumpy Old Man: Herschel's sole purpose in life is to call in to Ben and Sammy with profanity-laden rants about whatever is bothering him that particular moment.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cecil, bordering on Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: the only time Herschel has dropped his grumpy old man façade is when Cecil is left unconscious after being possessed by the Void.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sort of. Herschel constantly berates Cecil, while Cecil lets most of it wash over him and rarely returns any insults back Herschel's way. This could just be because Cecil is thoroughly pickled though.

     Greg Frickard 
  • Animal Motifs: Connected to frogs through his restaurant; a few episodes imply he looks like one.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Greg is NOT fond of Emily contacting anyone other than himself. He has convinced her that everyone from Ben and Sammy to her own mother is lying about her abduction and telling her that her slowly-returning memories are not true.
  • Hate Sink: None of the podcast's fans like him. Considering how creepy he is, this is probably intentional.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In Episode 63, after spending half of the night fuming and threatening Sammy and Ben, Greg gets knocked to the ground by a solid punch from a thoroughly pissed-off Emily.
    Emily: Hi, Greg."
    Emily: Bye, Greg."
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: Greg and his grandmother own a local restaurant that specializes entirely in frog legs. Ben and Sammy both find it disgusting.
  • Missing Mom: Nobody has actually seen his grandmother in quite some time, apparently; Ben jokes that they 'share a dress size', implying that there's a Norman Bates-like situation.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first Greg was simply somewhat creepy and was not-so-subtly trying to woo Emily before Ben could. Now he is potentially gaslighting Emily and has been connected to a group of powerful men who run the government and business of and around King Falls.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Greg starts off as this to Ben, using his ads with King Falls AM in order to elbow his way into a date with Emily. He starts growing more obsessive and unhinged as the show goes along. In Episode 49 he may have jumped right into the villain category after lying to Emily about rescuing her from the UFO crash instead of Ben.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At first Greg seemed like a normal, if somewhat excitable guy when his ads first began. However, after his failed date with Emily and her subsequent abduction, he has grown more unhinged and underhanded as the show has gone on.

     Lily Wright 
The protagonist of the King Falls Chronicles spin off. A podcaster who has begrudgingly traveled to King Falls with her crew to do an exposé on the town and its weirdness.

  • Agent Scully: Lily is even more skeptical than Sammy used to be to the weirdness in King Falls, almost hostilely so. She insists that there is either a shared mania or a scheme by the townsfolk being perpetrated. She might not be so skeptical after being tailed to her hotel room.
  • Berserk Button: Lily doesn't take to kindly to people bringing up her brother's disappearance.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her brother is missing, and she does not appear to hold hope of him turning up. She uses this to try and relate to Tim and Mary's plight.
  • He Knows Too Much: Lily's aggressive snooping leads to her being tailed and attacked by an unknown assailant at her hotel room in the end of her first episode.
  • Informed Ability: Her reputation as a reporter falls into this somewhat. Supposedly she's an experienced and hard-hitting journalist, but we see very little of this in the actual King Falls Chronicles. She conducts herself rather unprofessionally by talking down to her crew, belittling or outright attacking the King Falls residents she interviews, and mouthing off to powerful, dangerous men like Grisham and Gunderson with little regard for possible backlash she and her crew might suffer.
  • Intrepid Reporter: According to her credentials, she is a investigative journalist with a popular podcast.
  • Jerkass: She's insulting toward the residents of King Falls, with or without provocation. After Troy helps her the first night when General Abeline gets her lost, she describes him on her podcast as "a sucker", and she barely gets through an interview with Olivia DuPont without giving up and insulting her for wasting their time, even though Olivia was the one who was invited for the interview in the first place. She's also dismissive and condescending to her intern, treats him with contempt when he shows fear, and when he gets taken by the Void, she refuses to acknowledge that anything bad happened to him, instead calling him a coward for running away. And this isn't even getting into how she talks to Sammy, though to be fair the hostility is mutual.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: However, in Episode 74 she does point out to Sammy that his career as a shock jock was demeaning for him, and he's built up a solid support system in King Falls, so there's no point in him leaving, and running away from his problems again won't solve anything or make him any less miserable.
    • Jerkass Woobie: It's also pretty clear that her caustic personality is a result of the loss of her brother, and the fact that she's in the town that she holds responsible for his disappearance.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her verbal attack on Sammy in Episode 66 gives Greg Frickard the clues he needs to out Sammy on air.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils: A brother example. Her brother Jack was invested in researching and reporting on the paranormal, and Lily blames it for his disappearance. Despite this however, she decides to stay in King Falls to pursue its paranormal claims, even if its to debunk them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Lily and Sammy used to be friends before her brother disappeared, and he subsequently left to go find him.

     Mayor Steven Grisham 
The mayor of King Falls for what is now three terms.

  • Big Brother Is Watching: Grisham ordered his assistant to listen to hours of the Sammy & Ben Show and make note of every single word they say.
  • Corrupt Hick: He has run completely unopposed in the last two mayoral elections. When he is opposed, the votes are mysteriously rendered null and void. And he wins the election, nearly killing Troy in the process just so the ballots from the election station won't be counted.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For attempting to silence the radio multiple times, and for almost certainly rigging the election so that Ron Begley would lose and he would stay in office.


     Sheriff Judd Gunderson 
The quiet and menacing sheriff of King Falls.

  • Chronic Pet Killer: Not of his own pets, but he throws Ben's childhood pet sugar glider into the river, and years later kills Peas the "cat" as well.
  • Corrupt Hick
  • Faux Affably Evil: His voice never goes above a quiet, folksy twang and his words are never anything but threatening.
  • Hate Sink: There is absolutely nothing redeemable about him, and every time he appears, he usually ends up making the situation worse.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's hard to tell whether he crossed it when he had Troy run off the road to sabotage the election or when he killed Peas to goad Ben into attacking him so that Gunderson could arrest him, but it's safe to say he's not coming back anytime soon.
  • Mundanger: So far he doesn't seem to be involved with the rainbow lights or the Void, but almost every appearance of his has been a Wham Episode for the worst reasons.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: After Sammy is outed as gay, Gunderson has no problem making snide remarks about his romantic life.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He rarely breaks out of his "six-inch voice", which only makes him more unsettling.


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