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Introduced in Season One

    Joyce Price-Madsen
Voiced by: Cissy Jones (Season One), Bootsie Park (Before the Storm)

Chloe's mother, David's wife, and a waitress at the Two Whales Diner.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Principal Welles tries to punish Chloe for all of Rachel's actions, Joyce justifiably calls out the man for branding Chloe as a troublemaker and placing all blame on her daughter just because Chloe comes from a less influential family as Rachel's. Welles' reaction pretty much confirms that Joyce is not entirely wrong on her argument.
  • Cool Old Lady: Joyce is a friendly woman who's not afraid to stand up for herself or others and most of the residents of Arcadia Bay seem to show respect for her despite Chloe's negative reputation around town.
  • Good Parents: Despite her complex relationship with her daughter, she does do all she can to raise Chloe well.
  • Iron Lady: She doesn't take any crap at her job.
  • Killed Offscreen: The comic set after the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending confirms that she was killed in the Storm.
  • Mama Bear: In Episode 2 of the prequel, if the player makes the right choice, Joyce will protects her daughter from Principal Wells' prejudice towards Chloe.
  • Nice Girl: Quick to feed everyone, including the homeless woman camped outside the diner.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Joyce doesn't like smoking, especially in her diner. In the alternate timeline though, she smokes a lot due to the debts they are getting in by keeping Alt!Chloe alive. Max even mentions this as something her original self does not do. It shows how much Chloe's paralysis and failing respiratory system has affected her.
    • Joyce did used to smoke as Max can find her nicotine gum and comment that it looks like she's quitting in the Farewell episode. Her distaste for smoking in the diner may be related to that, or just not liking people smoking around food. The fact that she still smokes in 2013 in the alternate timeline is still an example, as she'd been quitting five years earlier in the original timeline.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • If Max takes the blame for Chloe's joint in the first episode, she'll say she doesn't believe it in the second (compared to David who flips out, threatens to have her expelled from Blackwell, and apparently tells everyone he caught a drug dealer in Chloe's room).
    • She doesn't get on Max's case for calling David out on his spying, even though it could ruin her marriage.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: If you choose the 'Sacrifice Chloe' ending. Joyce understandably does not take it well.
  • Supreme Chef: According to Max and Chloe. Joyce's cooking is also cited as the key to the Two Whales Diner's popularity.
  • Team Chef: She cooks Max and Chloe breakfast in Episode 2 before they head out for the day.

    Francis "Frank" Bowers
Click here for his appearance in Before the Storm 

Voiced by: Daniel Bonjour (English, Season One), Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese), Nick Apostolides (English, Before the Storm)

An aggressive drug dealer Chloe owes money to.

During the events of Before the Storm, Frank is still on good terms with Chloe and is a far more pleasant person.

  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Frank may have threatened Chloe and Max for owing him money, but he is a complete angel compared to his friend Damon. At the very least, Frank let Chloe owe him up to three grands before forcibly demanding payment from her, while Damon has beaten a teenager to a bloody pulp and ruined his potential career for owing him three times less.
  • Anti-Hero: Episode 4 potentially shows him as this, depending on Max's actions. Despite his violent behavior and rude attitude, all he wants to do is find Rachel and be with her again, and he can even do a Heel–Face Turn and become a friendly ally of Max and Chloe.
  • The Atoner: If Max tells him that his drugs killed Rachel, Frank resolves to turn his life around.
  • Badass Beard: He has a shaggy beard.
  • Badass Boast: If Chloe non-lethally shoots or stabs him, he tells them not to call an ambulance and that he'll be fine.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the climax of Before the Storm, he saves Chloe and Sera before they can be killed by Damon Merrick.
  • David vs. Goliath: Frank, who is suffering from a stab wound, versus Damon, who is healthy, muscular and armed with a knife. Frank kills Damon offscreen without suffering any major injury.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the time when it comes to Chloe and Max.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He has not taken Rachel vanishing well.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If Max deliberately spills his beer in his lap, dumps his food on the the floor, or steals his keys, Frank flips out and attempts to attack her, forcing her to rewind. Max is being intentionally confrontational, but that doesn't make it any less of an overreaction.
  • The Dragon: In the prequel, he serves as this to Damon until he decides he's gone too far.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • One way of interpreting his partnership with Max and Chloe is that he's only helping them out since they're close to finding out what happened to his lost girlfriend Rachel.
    • Before the Storm shows that he was willing to work with Chloe to steal money from Drew's room so his more unstable partner Damon wouldn't do anything harsher to the kid.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even a drug dealer like him is thoroughly disgusted with the abduction of weak girls.
    • He also defends Chloe and Rachel from being attacked by the two lowlifes at the Firewalk concert in Before the Storm.
    • He's also wary of his partner Damon's methods of handling clients.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Should Max tell Frank about Nathan's Accidental Murder of Rachel Amber, in Polarized, he recalls that Pompidou hated Nathan and berates himself for not trusting his dog's instinct.
  • Evil Former Friend: Before the Storm shows that Frank used to be on good terms with Chloe before their tolerance for each went severely downhill.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was once a bright student at Blackwell, but was expelled; and eventually turned to dealing for survival. However, Heel may be a stretch, as Frank is still a Noble Demon with a lot of standards who would gladly kill his more violent colleague to protect the innocent. He is surprisingly lenient toward Chloe given her history of never paying her loans back and being prying on his business.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Named the dog, which he took out of a dog-fighting ring and trained to keep trespassers away, "Pompidou".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Episode 5 reveals that he is envious of Rachel's relationship with Chloe.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's very easy to anger and will get violent at the slightest provocation, and Chloe implies that he has anger management issues. In episode 4, Max telling him to calm down after he was getting aggressive is enough for him to fly off the handle and try to strangle her. There's also how quickly he attacks Max if she disrupts his meal in the diner.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Has a spot for dogs, especially his own. He and Rachel also seen to love each other, and he apparently treated her very well. Episode 4 shows more of this side if Max picks the right choices to have him become their ally. In general, Frank seems to be a decent human being that's just fallen on very hard times and become withdrawn and aggressive as a means of coping.
    • Before the Storm shows that he is a fairly reasonable fellow. Instead of beating the living craps out of a disobedient dealer like his colleague would, Frank chooses to deal with the matter stealthily. When the lives of two innocent women are threatened, Frank wastes no time coming to their aid's and killing their would-be murderer despite being badly wounded.
  • Knife Nut: He repeatedly faces gun-toting adverseries without a real means to defend himself because despite his profession, the only weapon he packs is his switchblade. Even if he takes Chloe's gun away from her in Episode 2, all he does is stash it in his RV. It's possible he's relying on his dog to be his muscle, although that doesn't really work either. Though in Episode 4, if he has Chloe's gun and she stole Nathan's gun and she shoots Pompidou, Frank aims the revolver at her. However, he doesn't get a chance to use it before he gets shot by Chloe.
    • In Before the Storm, Frank wins a knife fight while badly wounded. His confidence in his knife abilities might not be misplaced.
  • Loan Shark: Chloe owes him money, and he's more than happy to threaten her (and possibly Max) if she doesn't pay up. He never actually adds interest to the amount of money Chloe owes him, but he still fits the spirit of the trope.
    • Takes a darker turn after Before the Storm reveals that he has done Chloe a lot of favors. His aggressiveness towards her might be due to him viewing her as an Ungrateful Bastard.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Can get shot/stabbed in the leg by Chloe in Episode 4, but treats both injuries as a minor annoyance and specifically tells Max not to call for an ambulance.
    • In Before the Storm, Frank is injured during a tussle with Damon, and while still clutching his first wound comes back to fight with Damon again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Said by him at the end, if you tell him that Nathan OD'ed his girl friend Rachel on drugs that Frank provided for him.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Brandishes a knife against the not-particularly-violent Max, who is holding a gun. The gun doesn't have any bullets the first time, but is very much lethal in Episode 4.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Repeatedly. He even quotes the trope if the final confrontation is resolved peacefully.
    • At the scrap yard, Frank says he heard the shots but still pulls his knife out and attacks Chloe only to get faced with a gun by Max.
    • If Chloe keeps her revolver and Max picks the wrong dialogue options, he tries to strangle Max and is threatened by Chloe. If Pompidou is alive and not locked in the RV, he will charge out and get shot by Chloe. This causes Frank to charge Chloe in anger, but she panics and shoots him in the head. If Pompidou doesn't attack, he just gets shot in the leg.
  • Parental Abandonment: Frank only met his father once.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • One of the few things he is said to care about is his dog. A cop relates a tale about how he freed a bunch of dogs that were part of a dog-fighting ring, one of them being the one he owns now. Later mentions he rescued Pompidou from a highly abusive owner.
    • In Episode 4, if Frank stole Chloe's gun and Max convinces him to help her find Rachel, Frank will return the gun to Chloe.
    • Judging by letters and photographs, he was extremely sweet and romantic to Rachel.
    • Goes to church, and proud of it.
    • During Before the Storm he stops two punks from hurting Chloe and Rachel even though Chloe owes him money.
    • In "Brave New World" he sends Chloe to steal the money Drew owes him and Damon, even going as far to offer to pay her $100 (and possibly erase a few hundred more in debt), for the simple reason he knows Damon will be far more brutal about retrieving it.
    • Also in "Brave New World", if Chloe tells him that she gave the money she owes him to Joyce, instead of chewing her out, he'll actually praise her for looking out for her own.
    • When Damon is violently reacting to Rachel and Chloe, Frank steps in to defuse the situation. It ends with him getting a nasty stab wound. When Damon is attempting to kill two defenseless women, Frank kills Damon to protect them.
  • Secret Relationship: With Rachel Amber. Not even Chloe knew they were romantically involved. As harsh as he seems to Max and Chloe, it's shown that he truly cares about Rachel and is distraught over her disappearance.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He's not really that bad a guy (well apart from the drug dealing), but not knowing where Rachel is did a number on him emotionally. Once Chloe and Max make it clear to him they're serious about tracking down Rachel, he shows a much friendlier side.
  • Tattooed Crook: One of his defining features.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Episode 4, he will attack Chloe if provoked, even if she has a gun. This will always end up with him getting shot, potentially fatally if she had to shoot his dog first.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Before the Storm reveals that Frank used to be much friendlier. In fact, he personally hires Chloe to resolve an issue peacefully before his violent associate can step in. The loss of Rachel must have done a number on him.
    • At the end of Before the Storm, it's revealed that he had to murder his best friend to save Chloe's life. That might be why he's a lot more hostile in the first game, he became aggressive and untrusting as a means of coping with the grief and remorse.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: One possible outcome of his confrontation with Max and Chloe in episode 4. If Max appeals to his better side and convinces him to help them find Rachel, he's much friendlier to them afterward, even wishing them luck via text message and offering to hang out with them sometime. Before the Storm shows his more caring side and gives him a much less pleasant foil in the form of Damon.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: He's absolutely furious if Max ruins his dinner of beans in "Chaos Theory". Before the Storm rolls with this and in "Brave New World" his trailer has a cupboard full of them (along with an upturned plate of them on the floor); Chloe is able to bribe him for information by offering to have her mum cook him some, and his icon in the backtalk challenge is even an open tin of beans.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The drugs he sold to Nathan were used by Mr. Jefferson to sexually abuse multiple teenage girls, including his beloved Rachel.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In Before the Storm:
    • We see that Frank was able to get along with Chloe a lot better before their friendship was soured to the point he protects her from his colleagues, and eventually turns on his best friend because of it.
    • Also applies to Damon, who it seems has been becoming more and more unstable (and got into criminal enterprises that Frank thinks are going too far). Frank is seen quietly mourning his former friend after burying him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Well he would have if Max hadn't rewound.

    William Price
Voiced by: Joe Ochman (Season One, "Farewell"), Peter D. Michael (Before the Storm)

Chloe's late father. He died in a car accident shortly before Max moved to Seattle.

  • Ascended Extra: He becomes a recurring character on Before the Storm through Chloe's dreams/hallucinations.
  • Disappeared Dad: After losing him, Chloe's life went pretty sharply downhill.
  • Foreshadowing: He says in Episode 4 that he's scared that he might lose Chloe. You can let Chloe die by helping her in suicide. Chloe also gets shot by Mr. Jefferson and you can't rewind to save her
  • Good Parents: He had a really sweet father-and-daughter dynamic with Chloe before he died. In the alternate timeline, he does his best to take care of her, even if it practically bankrupts him.
  • Morality Chain: Implied to be one for Chloe. After his passing, her life took a darker turn.
  • Nice Guy: A kind, affable jokester of a father whom Max loved as though he were her own family.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • He died five years before the start of the game, but we learn a lot about him through Max, Chloe, and Joyce. Subverted in Episode 3, when Max alters history and saves his life. Then subverted again when Max returns to the original timeline.
    • Before the Storm takes place three years after he died, but Chloe's inability to cope with his death creates much of the game's conflict and he appears in Chloe's recurring nightmares.
  • Spirit Advisor: Might be this to Chloe through her dreams/nightmares in the prequel. He noticeably appears to her when she's awake near the end of the game but it's unclear if it's related to this or Chloe's bad mental health.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He's the kindest person in the entire game and tragically perished in a fatal car accident.

    Sean Prescott
Click here for his appearance in Before the Storm 

Voiced by: Robert (Sean) Omeara

Nathan's abusive father. A businessman who owns most of Arcadia Bay.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely nobody in the game considers Prescott a good person or is on board with his plans to take over Arcadia Bay.
  • Abusive Parents: To Nathan. He's emotionally abusive towards him and willfully ignores just how badly his son needs therapy. He might not have treated his daughter well either.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's never made precisely clear if he was actively complicit in Jefferson's depravities or not, though at the end of the game he is investigated due to owning the property the Dark Room was on.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He appears to be deliberately destroying Arcadia Bay's economy to advance his own interests.
  • Crazy Survivalist: He has an apocalypse bunker built beneath a farmstead he owns. It's filled with many of the same supplies and brands that David has. His family is said to have inspired a bomb shelter craze in the town. It is also the same place where Nathan and Jefferson take their victims and take pictures of them in their grotesque state, and seems to be the primary purpose for the bunker nowadays.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears nice glasses, but is an incredibly horrible person.
  • The Ghost: He doesn't appear in the original game, but is mentioned frequently and his influence hangs over Blackwell. The closest we get to see him is an old picture on Nathan's desk. He finally appears in person in Episode 2 of Before the Storm, yelling at Nathan for being worried about being laughed at before the play.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's treated as the biggest threat to the entire town, as he hired Mark Jefferson, though it's implied even he didn't know about the teacher's Mad Artist agenda. He also threatens Max via text if she reports Nathan's behaviour.
  • Hate Sink: He's considered to be the most horrible person in the entire story, with absolutely no sympathetic qualities whatsoever. Even his own deranged son despises his very presence.
  • The Heavy: Almost every negative thing happening to Arcadia Bay, from the environmental damage to Nathan and Jefferson's kidnapping escapades, is linked back to Sean Prescott, his family, and their funding.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It's implied that he has some end goal in mind for both the town and Nathan, but exactly what it is is never made clear.
  • I Own This Town: He's the most powerful man in Arcadia Bay. Blackwell Academy and the Arcadia Bay Police Department bow to his whims.
  • It's All About Me: In Before the Storm, he pressures his son to give a good performance in the school play because of how it'll make himself look good as a parent.
  • Kick the Dog: The biggest examples of this being his abuse towards Nathan.
  • Lack of Empathy: He only seems to care about his family's "legacy"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, his son's arrest and his heavy role in unknowingly assisting a serial killer for months causes the great Prescott to be called in for questioning by the authorities, tarnishing his family's legacy for good. His exact fate in the other ending is unclear.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He only pays for the best quality of anything he desires.
  • Never My Fault: In Before the Storm, should Chloe call him out on abusing Nathan he just brushes her aside and tells her to mind her own business, believing that Nathan deserved his harsh treatment. He's also dismissive of his son's blatant insanity and has the guts to say that Nathan is at fault for all his mental problems when he himself is causing them to grow worse, whether direct or indirect.
  • Pet the Dog: In episode 3 of Before the Storm, you can find a letter at the hospital from him offering to anonymously pay all of whichever of the North brothers was injured's medical bill, as the incident took place on school grounds. It's possible that he's trying to save face and look good in the public eye; nevertheless, it was one of his rare decisions that benefited others in the long run.
  • Red Herring: Despite being built up as the ultimate evil in Arcadia Bay, he has nothing to do with the strange weather and his level of involvement with Jefferson's crimes is unclear.
  • Rich Jerk: He's the richest man in the state and a sociopathic monster.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He uses his extensive donations to Blackwell Academy and the local police department to stop any attempt to make Nathan answer for his crimes. However, when the police learn of what Nathan and Jefferson are doing in the Dark Room, they do arrest Nathan. In one of the alternate timelines, they begin an investigation into Mr. Prescott's involvement with the crimes as well, with the implication that his control of Arcadia Bay has come to an end.
  • Sinister Shades: Not exactly shades, but he's a villain who wears dark-tinted glasses.
  • The Sociopath: After every thing he's done, YES.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's been sending money to his son and unknowingly assisted a serial killer in their criminal actions. He eventually gets called in by the police for this.

    Homeless Woman

Voiced by: Cissy Jones (uncredited)

A homeless woman living behind the Two Whales diner. She knows a lot about the town.

  • Hobo: She lives behind the Two Whales diner. Joyce gives her meals free of charge.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Max can warn her of the impending tornado in Episode 3, believing she'll be receptive to the news. Doing so saves the woman's life when the tornado hits.


Introduced in Before The Storm

    Damon Merrick
"No one steals from me! No one!"
Voiced by: Kyle Williams

Owner of the old mill and a friend of Frank Bowers.

  • Asshole Victim: Absolutely nobody but Frank gave a crap about his death. Heck, nobody around the whole town even bats an eye over his disappearance.
  • Ax-Crazy: If him severely injuring either Drew or Mikey wasn’t evidence enough that he’s this, he later stabs Rachel, nearly killing her, after she attacks him, even though this would jeopardize Damon's deal with James. When Frank intervenes and allows Chloe and Rachel to get away, he lashes out and stabs him.
  • Bad Boss: When Frank tries to prevent him from murdering Rachel, Damon responds by slashing his cohort and abandons him to die.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He's pretty much a thug hired by James Amber to commit evil deeds for him.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a thuggish beard and is a total monster.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In "Awake", his name gets dropped several times, but we apparently never see him in person. The Episode 2 trailer reveals that he was one of the two nondescript men having an argument outside the concert at the beginning of episode 1.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Mark Jefferson. While Jefferson at first seems to be a trustworthy and friendly guy, Damon doesn't bother hiding his true nature. While Jefferson has an unhealthy obsession with Max and wants her as one of his subjects, Damon has no interest in Chloe, and only tries to kill her once she gets into his business. Finally, while Jefferson kills his Dragon(Nathan Prescott), Damon is killed by his Dragon(Frank Bowers).
  • Create Your Own Villain: Sort of. While he was obviously a brutal thug long before, the fire Rachel starts burns down his mill and ruins his business, making him more unhinged and desperate for money.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: His name is just one letter away from "Daemon". Chloe even draw horns on him in some of her journal entries.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To James Amber. While Damon functions as the de-facto main antagonist, James is the main source of drama in the game and the one who hired him out for a job in kidnapping and trying to drug Sera. That said, even when they do work together, it's pretty clear that Damon is more in control of the situation than James, and blatantly obvious that Damon is using James for his own means.
  • The Dreaded: Most characters react in fear or unsettlement whenever his name is dropped.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Had is more accurate. He was close friends with Frank, and gave him Pompidou as a gift. After Rachel's fire burns the mill down, he becomes more unstable, and even stabs Frank in a blind rage when he tries to protect Chloe and Rachel from him; Frank ends up being forced to kill him to save Chloe and Sera.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can act quite cordial when he wants to, but it's a blatant facade that barely conceals the psychopath he really is.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has little to no patience whatsoever and is very easily pissed off. When Rachel starts asking him some questions he reacts pretty violently, which leads to him stabbing her in blind rage.
  • Hate Sink: There's not an ounce of sympathy for this guy and his sole role is to act as antagonistic as possible. Even his lone redeeming quality - his friendship with Frank - is rendered null and void when he tries to kill him for protecting Chloe and Rachel.
  • The Heavy: Despite not being the true Big Bad, Damon serves as the overarching antagonist of the second game and does a lot more villainous actions than the real villain, carrying out Mr. Amber's dirty work for him.
  • Jerkass: We never see a moment where Damon is not acting like a massive jerk.
  • Kick the Dog: In episode 2, he'll either hurt Mikey so bad that it breaks his arm or cripple Drew in a violent effort to get his money.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: He stabs Frank for trying to protect Chloe and Rachel.
  • Killed Offscreen: The last we see of him is Frank attacking him before Chloe passes out. The ending montage shows Frank sitting near a freshly dug dirt mound. Frank remorsefully looks at a photo of him and Damon and before the scene ends Frank pours his drink on the ground, the implication being that Frank killed and buried Damon.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While the prequel is fairly light-hearted for the most part, every major scene featuring Damon is played completely dark and seriously.
  • Knife Nut: He seems to take more joy in using a knife as his primary weapon, as he uses it to stab both Frank and Rachel.
  • Meaningful Name: His name sounds an awful lot like demon.
  • Obviously Evil: Beard of Evil, tattoos... yeah, he's a bad guy.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Displays a tad bit of sexism. When Frank attempts to prevent a fight between him and Rachel, Damon whines about how woman hide behind their gender to avoid getting hit by men.
  • Psycho for Hire: Turns out that he's been working for the true Big Bad the entire time, but he definitely gets too much amusement out of tormenting others while on the job.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's pretty much a darker version of Frank, but with all sympathy removed.
  • The Sociopath: He has no problem hurting others to get what he wants.
  • The Starscream: He took Sera to use as leverage against James Amber in an effort to gain power in Arcadia Bay, despite being hired by James in the first place to do his dirty work.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Frank goes downhill when he becomes progressively more violent. Eventually, Frank is forced to kill him.
  • Worthy Opponent: He has a certain appreciation for Chloe's tough attitude, as he seems to approve if she fights back against Sheldon in Episode 1 and tries to recruit her into his gang.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And how. Not only does he stab Rachel during a confrontation with her and Chloe at the junkyard, he also kidnaps Sera Gearhardt by the orders of James Amber and prepares to drug her to make her relapse. When Chloe arrives to save her, he proceeds to viciously beat her, additionally hits Sera when she begs him to leave her alone, and most likely would've killed them both if Frank hadn't intervened. Earlier on he had given Rachel a Death Glare when she shoved him after he grabs Chloe's wrist. Then complained about the Double Standard about men and women hitting one another.
    Damon: Why is it that chicks think it's okay to hit me, but if I lay a SINGLE FINGER on them, suddenly it's a whole other thing?
  • Would Hurt a Child: Is introduced in "Brave New World" when he starts beating up Drew, and will also break his kid brother Mikey's arm depending on the outcome of the confrontation (as well as threatening to harm Mikey if Drew doesn't pay up in future).

    James Amber

Voiced by: Patrick Finerty

Rachel Amber's father and the district attorney for the area.

  • All for Nothing: If you go with the Knight Templar Parent interpretation then all his actions are for naught. With this interpretation, he has Sera kidnapped and drugged to force her and her bad decision making away from Rachel. However, regardless of what ending you get, by the time of the season 1, Rachel will have become a drug addict who associates herself with very shady people and ends up being murdered during one of her attempts to become a model. So Sera's influence in her life would have had no significant negative or positive impact in the long run, as Rachel is Doomed by Canon.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Doubling as an ambiguous motive, it's unclear if he had Sera kidnapped because of Knight Templar Parent tendencies or if he did so to prevent the people of Arcadia Bay from finding out that his baby-momma is a drug addict and thus ruining his reputation. Damon seems to think it's the latter, but Sera herself thinks it's the former.
  • Amoral Attorney: In Episode 3, Chloe discovers that James hired Damon Merrick to keep Sera Gearhardt away from Rachel in exchange for disposing of key evidence and naming their mole in his group. Though admittedly, it's Chloe who ends up actually carrying out those actions pretending to be James to get Damon to talk, so it's possible however slightly that James didn't intend to actually go that far.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: His main goal is to prevent Sera from seeing Rachel. Unless Chloe can convince her, he succeeds at exactly just that.
  • Big Bad: Ultimately, he is this for ‘’Before the Storm’’ when it’s revealed that he's been keeping Rachel's birth mother away from her and even hired the violent and unstable Damon to try and get rid of her.
  • Broken Pedestal: Rachel does not take finding out her father is cheating on her mother well. At the end of Episode 3, Chloe has to choose between breaking the pedestal irrevocably by telling Rachel that he had Sera kidnapped and drugged, or conceal that from her and give them a chance to rebuild their relationship.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He hired Damon Merrick to kill his ex-wife with the promise of removing evidence linking Merrick to a murder investigation, identiy a snitch and bring him his ransom money.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The nicest thing that can be said about him is that he at the very least does seem to genuinely care about his wife and daughter.
  • Expy: Physically speaking, he looks quite a bit like Leland Palmer but with smaller eyes and a slightly better hairline. Given that his daughter wasn't much more than an expy of Laura Palmer in Season 1 this was most likely intentional on the developers' part.
  • Foil: To David Madsen. Both are morally ambiguous father figures who have a strained relationship with their daughter and step-daughter respectively, but there are a few key differences between them:
    • Chloe hated David since day one. Rachel loved James until the events of Before the Storm.
    • Chloe resents David for entering in a relationship with her mother. Rachel resents James for seemingly entering in a relationship with another woman which is not her mother.
    • David is revealed to be Good All Along by saving Max from Jefferson. James is revealed to be Evil All Along by hiring Damon to drug Sera.
  • Hate Sink: As Rachel and Chloe (and to an extension the player) learn more about him, James' everyday persona is nothing more than an act and he is actually a selfish man who will do anything to protect his reputation including hiring a ruthless gangster to kill his drug addict ex-wife while promising to remove any evidence incriminating him.
  • It's All About Me: He tells Chloe and Rachel that the latter's birth mother is a drug addict who wants nothing to do with her. In reality, James keeps Sera's existence from the public as having an addict as his wife will ruin his reputation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After being presented as a Jerkass for the majority of the first two episodes, the third episode paints him in a more sympathetic light in that he’s trying to protect Rachel from getting hurt by her mother. He loses all sympathy when it’s revealed that he not only lied (for the most part) about Sera’s backstory, but he basically got Damon to get her re-addicted to heroin.
  • Karma Houdini: If Chloe decides to protect Rachel from the knowledge that James tried to get rid of Sera, he basically gets away with everything.
    • Even if Chloe tells Rachel the truth all that happens to James is that his family gets broken apart. Y'know, despite the fact that he tampered with crime evidence, worked with a known criminal, and hired said criminal to not only kidnap Sera but also set her back on an addiction that will likely lead to her death.
  • Knight Templar Parent: If you go with the interpretation that he had Sera kidnapped and forced into a relapse so that he could keep her and her poor decision-making away from Rachel, rather than doing it so that no one would take Sera seriously when she came out as Rachel's mother.
  • Kick the Dog: When he gets into an argument with Chloe, he calls her a delinquent from a broken home that doesn't deserve to be anywhere near his daughter because of her horrible influence despite the fact that Rachel can argue that she got them both into trouble in the first place.
  • No Sense of Humor: When talking to him, Chloe keeps trying to crack jokes to break the tension. Unfortunately, James seems to be puzzled at the very concept of jokes. Albeit more because he's trying to show a poker face.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Displays a tad bit of classism against Chloe when he calls her a delinquent from a broken home.
  • Punny Name: For Jamie Bamber.
  • Unreliable Narrator: While his statements on Sera's drug addiction are true it's hard to say if anything else he tells Rachel and Chloe is true.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If Chloe tells Rachel that James had Sera kidnapped and drugged into a relapse of her heroin addiction he's last seen angrily destroying a family photo.
  • Your Cheating Heart: James is cheating on his wife. He reveals in episode 2 that Sera isn't his mistress, but Rachel's birth mother.

    Rodney "Thunder" Sears

Voiced by: Michael Vasque

The bouncer outside the club at the old mill. Very proud of his Samoan decent.

  • Pet the Dog: He tries to stop Chloe from getting into the party because he's worried about her safety. If she suitably impresses him in the backtalk challenge, he laughs and lets her through, saying she's alright.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He works for the town's biggest criminal drug dealer Damon, but he gets no amusement out of any of it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: If Chloe tries to make fun of the floral design on his motorbike, he'll give her a brief lecture on his heritage.
  • Reverse Mole: He's been spying on his boss Damon for the DA's office in return for immunity from prosecution for a past offense.
  • Token Good Teammate: It's shown that he's only with Damon to earn some cash, not because he wants to enforce his drug cartel. In fact, it's later revealed that he's a mole hired by the police to rat out his boss.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: The most "evil" thing he does is prevent Chloe from entering a club, but he's shown to be a decent guy underneath his tough exterior.
  • Warmup Boss: Chloe's attempt to get past him is effectively a tutorial on how the backtalk mechanic works. You can still fail it, but since the correct answers are marked, you'd have to do it deliberately (and it has a minimal impact on the story).

    Peter Gillespie & Sheldon Pike

Voiced by: ???

A pair of "skeevy guys" who accost Chloe at the concert at the old mill. Both work for Damon.

  • Asshole Victim: Chloe can frame one of them as a mole in Damon's inner circle which gets one of the two killed by him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sheldon. He tries to murder Chloe, a teenage girl, for the horrible crime of accidentaly spilling his beer in a MOSHPIT.
  • Dirty Coward: Both of them act tough and intimidating when dealing with Chloe and Rachel but when Frank steps in, they immediately back down.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: They attack Chloe after she accidentally spills Peter's drink, even if the player apologizes.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Sheldon eventually tries to stab Chloe with a broken beer bottle, and more than likely would have gone through with it if Rachel hadn't intervened.
  • Jerkass: They're both extremely rude, aggressive and make a big deal about nothing. But Sheldon is far worse than Peter (who looks more like an insecure follower than anything else.).
  • Smug Snake: Again, both of them, but Sheldon is far worse. He acts like he's untouchable because he works for Damon. Turns out that it's all talk, if Chloe hits Sheldon in Episode 1, Damon doesn't really seem to care. In Episode 3, if Chloe (who is pretending to be James Amber over the phone) tells Damon that Sheldon is the snitch, Damon replies that he barely knows him, so Sheldon isn't even that important.
  • Tattooed Crook: Sheldon's arms and his neck are covered in tattoos.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They appear to menace Chloe in Episode 1 of Before the Storm and are completely interchangeable (just being known as "Skeevy Guy" and "Other Skeevy Guy" in the overlay and when Chloe writes about them in graffiti). Their names only appear in James Amber's list of Damon's associates.
  • Would Hit a Girl: They have no qualms about hurting Chloe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Likewise, they don't let the fact that Chloe is only 16 stop them from attacking her.

    Rose Amber

Voiced by: Kelly Handcock

James Amber's wife and Rachel Amber's mother

  • Extreme Doormat: Chloe can point this out to Sera when she tells how Rose just sits back and allows her husband to speak for her, doing whatever he wants without her questioning his actions.
    • Averted in one instance, however, when Rose confronts James on treating Chloe condescendingly during their dinner together, saying he should apologize to her and outright lambasting him when he furiously snapped at her, saying she wouldn't tolerate him treating her that way.
  • Good Parents: Is noticeably nicer that her husband, as well as accepting of Rachel's friendship with Chloe and making an effort to get along with her (apparently being the one who convinced James to invite her to dinner).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: It can be argued that she's this towards her own family.
    • For Rachel: In Episode 2 of Before the Storm there's a heavy indication that she falls for Rachel's "perfect" persona just about as much as any other character does; The prime example is during the scene where Rachel is trying to keep Chloe from being punished and embellishes a story about Chloe ditching with her to protect her from doing anything harmful. Rose (and James) are astounded to hear that Rachel would ever consider stealing alcohol or do drugs, clearly viewing it as out of character. Which is quite ironic given Rachel and Chloe did the former in the previous episode and season 1's heavy implications that Rachel developed some form of drug addiction sometime between the two games.
    • For James: She has nothing but trust for her husband and believes him to be a good man. However, he hired a very violent criminal to kidnap and drug Sera with the promise of getting rid of incriminating evidence. She's implied to have not taken this revelation well in the Truth ending, what with her crying and refusal to look at him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A lot of her dialogue to and in defense of Chloe is rather patronizing at best, and mildly condescending at worst. Although she obviously has good intentions, she pretty clearly has similar biases to her husband and, intentionally or not, treats Chloe as something of a charity case. She doesn't get called out on it, as Chloe seems to appreciate the effort on Rose's part, even if it makes her mildly uncomfortable. Essentially, she's a woman of (at least some) privilege who genuinely wants to help others but comes off as rude by mistake due to not fully understanding the situation of those around her herself.
  • Nice Girl: She's pretty nice and seems willing to allow Chloe to befriend her daughter despite a rocky first meeting. She also gives Chloe some pity laughs at her bad jokes.
  • No Sense of Humor: In the opposite way to her husband; she instead responds to Chloe's snark and Incredibly Lame Pun jokes with fairly forced laughs.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Episode 3 of Before the Storm, she remarks that Rachel and Chloe are lucky to have found each other.

    Sera Gearhardt

Voiced by: Andrea Fletcher

A young blond woman James Amber is seemingly having an affair with.

  • The Atoner: Episode 3 reveals her arrival in Arcadia Bay is to make amends to Rachel for driving her and her father away with her drug addiction.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Episode 3, it's revealed that Sera was being held hostage by Damon by orders of James Amber, who wanted to prevent her from contacting Rachel. This is officially confirmed when Damon sends a photo to James' phone (which Chloe is now in possession of) showing Sera at the abandoned mill, restrained to a chair.
  • Determinator: Subverted; her letters to Rachel and James make it clear that she'll do anything for a chance to meet Rachel and become a part of her life, even going through rehab for her addiction and becoming sober... until Damon shoots her up with heroin against her will. By the time Chloe talks to her afterwards, she's thrown all of that conviction away and is resolved to returning to being an addict. Chloe can easily fail to convince her to go meet her daughter.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: If Chloe makes all the right choices, she can be seen finally meeting Rachel in the ending montage.
  • Fanatical Fire: At the end of episode 1, when everyone is watching the giant fire Chloe and Rachel set in horror, Sera is nearby, smoking a cigarette, and smiling.
  • Foreshadowing: Her first name foreshadows that she's Rachel's birth mother via the reference to Sarah Palmer, mother of Laura Palmer (the girl Rachel is considered an expy of.)
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In most scenarios, Sera will decide to leave Arcadia and not meet Rachel out of a desire to prevent her from learning that her father had hired Damon to kidnap her and thus destroy the only family she's ever known, as well as because she feels that she could never be a mother to her.
  • Leitmotif: The track, "Witches" plays during a handful of her scenes.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She is revealed to be Rachel's biological mother.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name is Sera, which may have been intended as foreshadowing to her role as Rachel's biological mother. In the first game Rachel wasn't much more than a Laura Palmer expy, meanwhile James Amber looks a lot like Leland Palmer. Laura's mother and wife of Leland was named Sarah.
  • Missing Mom: She is this to Rachel.
  • Recovered Addict: Mr. Amber reveals that at some point in her life Sera became addicted to some unnamed drug (revealed to be heroin by the stated effects and preparation method). This resulted in James leaving her and taking Rachel with him, refusing to let Sera see Rachel. In hopes of being allowed into Rachel's life she kicked her habit and stayed clean for an entire year. This ended up not persuading the man, who proceeded to hire Damon Marrick to kidnap and drug her to force a relapse.
  • Reality Ensues: Her Determinator status gets thrown out the window when Damon forcibly drugs her; Showing how easy it is to fall off the wagon and fall back into an addiction. After this point, the only way to convince her to see Rachel is by picking a very specific set of responses. If you have Rachel's bracelet it makes it easier, but you still have to get at least a few of the responses correct if you want the two to meet.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: She can be seen watching Rachel's play from afar, but the revelation that she's her real biological mother implies that she came to see her daughter.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like an older version of Rachel with a lighter shade of blonde hair. Even more so during the flashback to when she was a teen.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: She has a large tattoo covering most of her left arm, as well as the same star tattoo Rachel later has, albeit in a different place.
  • The Reveal: She's the biological mother of Rachel Amber.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about her character in terms other than "the mysterious woman in white" without revealing that she's Rachel's biological mother.
  • Woman in White: She's usually seen in a white dress.

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