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Introduced in Season One

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    Sean Prescott 

Sean Prescott

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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.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares his birth name with Sean Diaz, the protagonist of the second game.
  • 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: Is willing to ruin anyone's life in his bid to take over Arcadia Bay. Even his own son's mental issues mean nothing to him.
  • 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 

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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.
  • No Name Given: Solely known as the "homeless lady".
  • 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

    Rodney "Thunder" Sears 

Rodney "Thunder" Sears

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Voiced by: Michael Vasque

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


  • The Mole: He's been spying on his boss Damon for the DA's office in return for immunity from prosecution for a past offense.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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Sheldon.
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Peter.

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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.
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    Damon Merrick 
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"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 
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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 kidnap his ex-wife with the promise of removing evidence linking Merrick to a murder investigation, identify 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 kidnap and drug his former-addict ex-wife while promising to remove any evidence incriminating him.
  • 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.
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