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    Principal Ray Wells 
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Voiced by: Eric Morgan Stuart (Season One), Marcus Oliver (Before the Storm)

Blackwell's principal. Wells has good intentions, but his ineptitude leads him to be unpopular with the student body.


  • Adults Are Useless:
    • In Episode 1, both conversation options with him accomplish nothing. Either you tell him about Nathan and Nathan is let off the hook after a simple office visit, after which he contacts your parents because you supposedly lied about Nathan possessing a gun, or you say nothing and your parents get contacted because you're supposedly being a troublemaker. Chloe claims he's more concerned about keeping the school funded than doing the right thing. He gets better in Episode 2, being willing to suspend Nathan or David depending on how much proof or suspicion you can bring upon either party.
    • Within his office in Episode 3, you'll find Kate's student record, along with an attached nurse's report, urging him to make sure she's not under duress from other classmates, which he obviously ignored. He's just as guilty for Kate's attempted/successful suicide as the three people that Max can hold responsible for it (Nathan, Jefferson and David).
    • Episode 4 shows more of his uselessness when he suggested Chloe's family to take her to another school in the alternate timeline because Blackwell can't afford the necessary accommodations and has absolutely no clue about Nathan and Jefferson's hidden agenda.
    • In Episode 5, the first time Max rewrites time to get Jefferson arrested, he realizes that his ineptitude made it easier for Jefferson to get away with his crimes and resolves to do better.
  • The Alcoholic: Max mentions smelling alcohol on him. Early in Episode 3, Max finds him drunkenly failing to unlock a door. He also hides whiskey in his office.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Though not a particularly useful one.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He does seem to have the best interests of the school and student at heart, but he's clearly got dozens of other problems to deal with. His drunken ramblings indicate that he's trying to do the best he can, but Nathan Prescott makes his life a living hell more than most students.
  • Contemplative Boss: He does it in his office in Episode 2 after Kate's (attempted) suicide.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After Kate's attempted (potentially successful) suicide, he correctly calls out Nathan, David, and Mr. Jefferson on how they all played a part in her down-spiral. He tells off Nathan for not keeping control over the Vortex Club parties, which allowed the creation of Kate's embarrassing video, leading to her public humiliation. He tells off David for his lack of security since she was able to go up on the roof of the girl's dormitory since he had no secure locks to prevent her from jumping. And he calls out Jefferson for failing to notice her obvious suicidal tendencies and Victim Blaming her.
  • Heroic Wannabe: He truly believes that he's the noble leader of his school and keeps his students safe, when you quickly find out that he's anything but.
  • Hidden Depths: Without the Prescotts interfering with Blackwell, he has been shown to have a sense of humor and is a lot more easy going. Max's diary even states that he's a lot cooler without the Prescotts bullying him.
    • Badmouth him to Ms. Grant and she'll tell you how he saved the school from financial ruin, and advise Max to not make judgements on people she doesn't really know.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Max's assumption for why he's The Alcoholic, as the Prescotts all-but own the school, meaning he has to walk a tightrope every time Nathan acts out.
  • Kick the Dog: In Before the Storm, the opening scene of the second episode makes it clear why Chloe dislikes him in the original game. He'll basically shift the blame for bullying Nathan onto Chloe (whether she tried to help or just stood by and watched), punishes Rachel disproportionately (for a first offence) when she tries to take the blame for skipping school and will expel Chloe regardless of dialogue options. All with the implication that he's been looking for an excuse to do so.
  • Pet the Dog: In the nightmare sequence at the diner, Wells acknowledges that Max is a noble hero if encountered.
  • Punny Name: He's a black man named Wells, who runs Blackwell Academy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: If Max makes the wrong set of decisions in his office at the end of Episode 2, Wells will suspend her, even if she saved Kate's life.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He gets threatened by the Prescott family for complaining to them about Nathan's issues. He is also completely unaware of the assault of the young female students done by Nathan and Mr. Jefferson.
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    Mark Jefferson 
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Always take the shot.
Voiced by: Derek Phillips (English), Masahiro Yamanaka (Japanese)

A highly reputable and somewhat famous photography teacher at Blackwell, admired by many of his students.


  • Abusive Parents: As a Parental Substitute to Nathan, he is verbally and emotionally abusive, and even kills him once he has no further use for him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Not only does he shows some OCD traits during his "photoshoot sessions", it is also very likely that he has some form of personality disorder thanks to his Lack of Empathy.
  • Arch-Enemy: He cements himself as Max's after kidnapping her and killing Chloe in front of her. On the flipside, Max is responsible for his downfall in every timeline where they meet.
  • Asshole Victim: Jefferson is a remorseless murderer. If David kills him, Max is only upset because of David's mental state rather than the fact that Jefferson is dead.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's surprisingly skilled at fighting for a photographer. David will require a lot of help from Max to defeat him.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a nice suit while fighting David.
  • Back from the Dead: His potential death at the hands of David is undone once Max goes back in time to prevent Chloe from going to the Vortex Club party.
  • Bad Boss: He killed Nathan shortly before Episode 5 because the boy was an "amateur", as Jefferson himself put it, and that's not counting how coldly he treats Nathan as seen in his texts and notes to him.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a goatee and is the one behind a good deal of Blackwell's troubles.
    David's Laptop Note: Never trust a grown man with a goatee.
  • Berserk Button: He positively explodes when Max ruins his shots while he's trying to take photos of her.
  • Big Bad: Episode 5 reveals that he kidnapped and drugged Kate, and at least planned to do the same to Rachel. He murders Chloe and drugs Max at the end of Episode 4, possibly murders Victoria in the beginning of Episode 5 (if she was successfully warned by Max) and murders Nathan before the Vortex Party.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first glance, he's a pretty cool guy, often being friendly and kind to his students and generally being a swell guy to be around. Then he resorts to victim blaming on the whole Kate situation in Episode 2. He's also going around drugging girls and taking disturbing photographs of them, and he has been doing so for God knows how long. He also drugs Max, shoots Chloe in the head at the end of Episode 4, murders Nathan and possibly Victoria.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: If Max says he used Nathan, he says he prefers the term "manipulated".
  • Boom, Headshot!:
    • He kills Chloe by shooting her in the head at the end of Episode 4.
    • If Max tells David the truth that Jefferson murdered Chloe, David will snap and execute Jefferson with a headshot.
  • Bound and Gagged: How he likes his "subjects." Once he's caught, he finds himself on the receiving end of this.
  • Break the Cutie: Jefferson's motive. He enjoys kidnapping naive, innocent, idealistic girls and taking photos of them while they're in shock, fear, and misery losing their innocence. By the end of Episode 4, it's revealed he's taken it up a notch to Kill the Cutie and kidnap The Cutie later.
  • Broken Pedestal: Jefferson was the "biggest reason" Max came to Blackwell, and she viewed him with the utmost admiration and respect. That is, until the end of episode 4 came.
  • Control Freak: Why he forces his victims to pose for him. If they move even slightly, he flips out and swears.
  • Cool Teacher: Friendly, good sense of humor, and genuinely wants to help his students. Max thinks he can be a bit pretentious, but still thinks he means well. This suffers a bit in Episode 2, as he engages in a bit of Victim Blaming with Kate, even though it does sound like he's trying to help. Certainly, his tact in that situation could have been better, and Max can actually call him on it during the meeting with the principal later, though his punishment is light compared to what can befall Nathan and David. Then comes Episode 4, which turns it on its head.
  • Country Matters: Jefferson says a C-word when he's dealing with Max's defiance.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Keeps Chloe's necklace and Victoria's bracelet after he kills them in Episode 5.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He makes snide comments regarding students that annoy him.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Max's seemingly Cool Teacher is the real villain.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He's genuinely shocked that Max knew David was coming to rescue her, which of course she did because of her rewind powers.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: There's no real reason to think he's anything but a kindly hipster photography teacher until shortly before The Reveal.
  • Evil All Along: He first came off as a Cool Teacher, though he later turned out to be an utterly unhinged Mad Artist, kidnapper, and murderer.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Jefferson mentions that he knows Max will be missed once he kills her... because she's such a talented photographer. He doubts anyone would mourn Chloe, on the other hand, because she's one of the "faux punk sluts" he despises.
    • Max can call him out for not actually caring about Nathan. Jefferson argues against this, as he thought he was genuinely talented. He fails to realize that Max was referring to caring about Nathan as a person, not an artist.
  • Evil Gloating: Once he holds Max hostage, he begins bragging about his evil plan. As Max observes, given how easy it is to goad him into this and how much said gloating resembles his classroom technique, it's not hard to see why he became a teacher.
  • Evil Mentor: Jefferson encourages Max's confidence and tries to nurture her photography. And then he kidnaps and assaults her and comes close to murdering her.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: After Jefferson reveals his true colors in the Dark Room, he starts speaking in a low, menacing voice.
  • Evil Teacher: Photography lecturer by day, creepy Mad Artist and eventual murderer by night.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's considered the most attractive guy at school. He's also a kidnapper, a sadist, and a mass murderer.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite the charming, 'hip' persona he puts on, Episode 4 shows his true personality and intentions are much, much darker and psychotic than was ever thought.
  • For the Evulz: His only true motive is pure sadism.
  • Foil: To his Dragon, Nathan. While Nathan is an angry Jerkass who Max and Chloe almost immediately suspect, Jefferson is a seemingly Nice Guy who almost no one suspects. Nathan kills Chloe by accident, while Jefferson kills her quite deliberately. Finally, while Nathan eventually regrets his actions and apologizes to Max, Jefferson never once feels any remorse for his crimes.
  • Foreshadowing: Has this in spades throughout the game. In Episode 1, where you control Max for the first time in his classroom, he already gives out a notable one. He lampshades it in Episode 5, when he jokes that Max would have figured out his true nature if she had just paid attention in class.
    Mr. Jefferson: Seriously, though, I could frame any one of you in a dark corner and capture you in a moment of desperation. And any one of you could do that to me. Isn't that too easy? Too obvious? What if Arbus chose to capture people at the height of their beauty or innocence?
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and is a sadistic murderer.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Interestingly enough, even though we see multiple different possible timelines in Episode 5, with multiple different possible fates shown for most of the characters, Mark Jefferson's story always ends with him either in prison or dead on the floor of the Dark Room. It seems that from the moment he came in conflict with Max, there was actually never any way for him to win.
  • Has a Type: "Open and honest" young girls, in contrast to the "cynical" models he remembers working with.
  • Hate Sink: He turns out to be the most despicable character in the game by a wide margin, responsible for drugging and kidnapping countless innocent teenage girls, manipulates the mentally ill Nathan to do his dirty work, and murders Chloe right in front of Max. Needless to say, it's an incredibly satisfying moment if David kills him.
  • The Heavy: He and Nathan kidnapped and murdered Rachel, whose disappearance is the focal point of the first season. Many other girls suffered similar fates to Kate.
  • Hero Killer: He shoots Chloe in the head with a handgun at the very end of Episode 4.
  • Hipster: He calls himself this in Episode 4. He definitely has the look down.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Max defeats him by using photographs in his Dark Room to travel back in time.
  • Hope Crusher: His hobby involves breaking innocent girls, photographing the exact moment when they lose hope.
  • Hot Teacher: Is considered this by many female students.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In his first appearance, he calls the Diane Arbus method of photography "bullshit", stating that he could easily capture any member of his class in a moment of desperation. If you choose to look at his pictures set up outside in the school courtyard, his black-and-white pictures are (mostly) of women in dark, dirty environments, looking miserable.Explanation 
    • He lectures the class about the moral implications of them spreading around and laughing at Kate's video, even though minutes earlier, he's seen lecturing Kate for that same video and blatantly tells Max that he thinks the video is Kate's fault. While Max's conversation with him might have convinced him to be a little more sensitive, it's a rather charitable interpretation. In hindsight, he may having been trying to drive her to suicide before she could remember that he took bondage photos of her.
  • Jerkass: His true nature - he's genial at first, but once his role as the kidnapper is revealed, he drops the act and reveals himself to be an incredibly narcissistic sociopath.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He belittles and victim blames Kate, but later expresses remorse and admits that he didn't fully understand her situation. Then it's revealed he kidnapped and drugged Kate, along with a handful of other innocent teenage girls.
  • Karmic Death: If Max tells David the truth about Jefferson killing Chloe in Episode 5, David will shoot Jefferson in the head, just like Jefferson shot Chloe in the head at the end of Episode 4.
  • Kick the Dog: He insinuates that Kate willingly participated in the viral video which is ruining her life because she wanted attention. However, he only says this just to make sure Kate commits suicide and won't remember him and the Dark Room later on.
    Mr. Jefferson: But maybe she doth protest too much.
  • Lack of Empathy: He sees his victims as "works of art" more than people.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He mocks Max's selfies before tossing them in front of her in the Dark Room. She immediately uses them to go back in time and arrange his arrest.
    • After he's finally caught, he's left taped up and unconscious, just like his victims.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wears a white shirt in the Dark Room, in contrast to his black heart.
  • Lust: Appears to have this for young girls. At the very least, he gets off on seeing them in a state of helplessness and fear.
  • Mad Artist: He keeps a large collection of photographs of the girls he's kidnapped, all of them taken with an artsy style and deliberate intent at aesthetics. Since his award-winning photos have consisted of women in grimy, miserable settings appearing in pain, it's possible he had been doing this long before he arrived at Blackwell.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: His obsession over "innocence" and "purity" is a deciding factor in his targets. This may also be why he actively avoids Victoria's advances so much, Victoria's Alpha Bitch personality lessening his interest in her.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Nathan Prescott, who was placed as a more apparent villain since Nathan was so openly rude and malicious.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not only did he exploit Nathan's daddy issues to effectively turn him into a puppet, he uses his charisma to prevent Blackwell staff and students from even suspecting his ulterior motives. Later, in episode 5, he intends to put the entire blame for drugging Kate and the death of Rachel and Max on Nathan. Searching through the Dark Room after reveals how meticulous his plans were. One could also interpret his victim blaming towards Kate earlier as a subtle means of eliminating a loose thread where none would ever suspect him.
  • Mood-Swinger: During one of his photoshoots with Max, he goes from lustfully admiring her beauty to angrily admonishing her for ruining his shots.
  • Motive Rant: Jefferson's disturbing dialogue with Max in the dark room. He grew tired of the "faux punk sluts" of LA and wanted to capture youth and the corruption thereof instead. This artistic obsession with purity leads him to kidnap and photograph girls he sees as suitable subjects.
  • Narcissist: Jefferson thinks so highly of his art that he's convinced that his victims want to be kidnapped and made into his models. To say nothing of the fact that he thinks so highly of what are, essentially, bland black and white bondage photos.
  • Nice Guy: At first. Despite sometimes being stern towards Max, or victim blaming Kate when her video is spread around, Mr. Jefferson seems to be a genuinely nice guy at heart. Well, until Episode Four comes around and it's revealed he's actually the Big Bad.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While bragging about how he'll get away with murdering Max, he throws her photo journal at her, which allows Max to use her powers to alter the timeline to prevent him from winning—she'd been previously unable to do this thanks to being tied to the chair.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He loves drugging young girls, taping them up, and photographing their vacant faces as they lie sprawled out on the floor.
  • Not So Different: He tries to tell Max that they're one and the same, but she disagrees.
  • Oh, Crap!: He didn't see David coming in to stop him and his criminal misdeeds.
  • Pet the Dog: A very minor case, but he'll grant Max's request for some water before he tries to kill her. Unfortunately for Jefferson, this was a ploy so Max could help David stop him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes a few misogynistic remarks in episode 5, referring to Max as a "stupid bitch" and/or a "dumb cunt", and Chloe a "faux punk slut".
  • Sadist: Jefferson's sole motivation for all his crimes in the story is, in his own words, his obsession "with the idea of capturing that moment innocence evolves into corruption". By that, he means he's obsessed with watching innocent girls suffering. Models are too "cynical" for him, he wants to hurt pure, optimistic girls.
  • Sadist Teacher: His Victim Blaming conversation with Kate becomes horrifyingly despicable once you know what he did to her. He's essentially goading her into suicide.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Makes a really frightening one when Max points her cellphone's flashlight at him, the man who just drugged her and gunned down Chloe.
  • Shadow Archetype: This guy here is what Max and Victoria will turn into if they take their obsession with photographic greatness too far; it's particularly disturbing considering that the player may have done similar to him already—making people like Victoria or Trevor suffer to take optional photographs, and rewinding so that the unfortunate subject doesn't remember it
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always dressed in a nice suit.
  • The Sociopath: He hides in plain sight under the guise of being a famous photographer while subtly influencing or manipulating those around him. By episode 5, he's nearly driven Kate to suicide (and will have succeeded if the player couldn't talk her down), has full access over the Prescott fortune by exploiting Nathan and puts together a ruse to pin everything he has done up until that point on him. This, despite no one at Blackwell suspecting a thing. It's further implied he may have done similar things for years considering he went on a "teaching tour" through several States prior to arriving at Arcadia Bay and has a cupboard full of binders of other women.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks in a low, whispering voice while talking down to his victims.
  • Straw Misogynist: His sadistic tendencies are targeted exclusively towards women, drugging and capturing innocent ("innocence" being a big deciding factor in his targets) high school girls where he photographs them in such states of vulnerability without their consent. When Max stirs from her drugged-out state using her time-travel abilities, he throws massive tantrums and yells at her to stay still. He also manipulated Kate - who was clearly in an emotionally fragile state - into her suicide/attempt by implying that her unfortunate circumstances were 100% a result of her own actions while he himself was complicit in what happened to her.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Victoria is heavily implied to want one, though he shoots her down immediately when she makes that desire apparent in Episode 3. Several other female students indicate they would sleep with him given the chance. He's rumored to have actually slept with Rachel.
    • In Episode 2, the player can find a note in the Junkyard from Rachel to Chloe that states she met a wonderful person and they hooked up. During their 2015 Charity Live Stream, Dontnod confirmed the person in the letter was him.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He's really a sadist who's been abducting young girls from his class and photographing them in states of distress, but odds are you'd never guess that just by looking at him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's a famous and renowned photographer. No one expected him to be the mastermind of the Dark Room.
  • Walking Spoiler: The last ten seconds of Episode 4, which shows not Nathan, but him shooting Chloe and drugging Max to take her to the Dark Room, throw his whole characterization for a loop.
  • Weak, but Skilled: For some reason, despite having no actual combat training, he's more than capable of overpowering and killing an armed ex-military veteran. In fairness, Jefferson does have the upper hand— first catching David completely by surprise — and striking him with a metal tripod or later running to grab his own gun after knocking away David's. Not even rewinding and changing things can effectively stop this outcome without multiple interventions, as Max learned the hard way.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His hobby involves a lot of young girls being violated for his own amusement.

    Ms. Grant 
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Voiced by: PaSean Wilson (Season One), Gina Dobson (Before the Storm)

A science teacher at Blackwell.


  • Black and Nerdy: In addition to being the science teacher, she's also something of a history buff when it comes to the school.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In Episode 3, she voices disagreement at hateful messages on the social media page celebrating David's suspension and potential firing if David is suspended at the end of Episode 2, despite she had her own disagreement towards David regarding surveillance.
    • She calls out on Max in Episode 4 when the latter basically told her Principal Wells is useless.
  • Cool Teacher: Is actually pretty chill and genuinely fond of Max. Even Chloe, who hates everything about Blackwell, finds her somewhat cool.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She challenges David's attempt to put up security cameras. If you sign her petition, she'll be successful. Before The Storm also shows that she treated Chloe with genuine kindness and seemed to tolerate her sarcastic wit.
  • The Smart Guy: As the resident science teacher, this is a given. Max can talk to her about the various weird environmental phenomena.
  • Sassy Black Woman: More evident in Episode 4 in her letter to David and his suspension, and jokingly retorting to Max's swearing that she's an adult now (after the former apologizes if she responds with "Hell no" to her and Nathan being friends).
    "I didn't need a surveillance camera to see this suspension coming."

    David Madsen 
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Voiced by: Don McManus (English, Season One), Naoya Nosaka (Japanese), D.W. McCann (English, Before the Storm)

The chief of security at Blackwell, obsessed with keeping order. He is Chloe's step-father. He used to be a soldier; Max mentions a rumor that he was dishonorably discharged.

During the events of Before the Storm, David is unemployed and only recently started dating Joyce.


  • Abusive Parents: His attitude at home and work have almost no difference, and it isn't particularly pleasant. Chloe has a somewhat strained relationship with him, who can't seem to leave the military life behind. He will slap Chloe for having drugs in her room if Max doesn't take credit for Chloe's blunt. He does seem to want to be a good father, but it's obvious his issues conflict with that. In fairness, he does admit that even though she antagonized him he was still wrong to hit her, apologizes, and says he will make it up to her somehow. He does that by going to family therapy to help out with his PTSD.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In the finale of Before the Storm he and Chloe can potentially mend their ways and learn to respect the other for who they are. Yet, given the events in the original game the player knows that their mutual respect didn't last very long.
  • Badass Moustache: He has a moustache and is a former veteran.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He breaks into the Dark Room to save Max from Jefferson. Max has to give him some tips so Jefferson doesn't kill him, but points for trying.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Part of his attitude seems to stem from the fact that David genuinely wants to help and protect people, just to an obsessive extreme. He quietly takes issue with Max being called a hero for talking down Kate, and only took the job as head of security because the actual police think he's a loose cannon.
  • Child Hater: One of his biggest shortcomings is that he's incapable of interacting with the Blackwell students without hanging his seniority and authority over their head. Trying to parent anyone, especially a rebellious young woman like Chloe, is his worst nightmare.
  • Control Freak: Variations of the words "I order you" seem to creep up in his dialogue a lot.
  • Crazy Survivalist: David is stocking up on canned food and water, has a full gun rack available at his beck and call, has a book on surviving the apocalypse on his bedside table, and has a general attitude of paranoia and suspicion. He's not full-on tinfoil hat crazy, but he's getting there, as his investigative files of the students show.
  • Entitled Bastard: Before the Storm makes it more than clear that part of the reason he and Chloe never got along is because he acted like he had a right to her respect while doing nothing to earn it, with his sexist comments and outright saying the time since William's death has been 'a vacation from a father figure'.
  • The Extremist Was Right: David knew there was something sinister going on, and was the only one who was actually investigating the disappearance of Rachel Amber and the Dark Room, while everyone else just though he was paranoid.
  • Former Teen Rebel: He mentions in passing he used to do wilder things than Chloe when he was her age.
  • Good vs. Good: He's always against Max and Chloe in their investigation, but they both seek the same goal.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: For all his paranoia and claims that he sees everything going on at Blackwell, he's actually pretty bad at his job. Case in point: In just the first episode, a student brings a gun to school, his own stepdaughter (who has been expelled and has no reason to be on campus) is able to walk through a crowded hallway and into the girls bathroom, and a sketchy drug dealer has his RV parked in the parking lot (and Frank is obviously not a student, which means he can only be there to deal). All of this happens on David's watch, yet completely escapes his notice.
  • Heel Realization: In episode 5, he realizes what a Jerkass he was all along and makes amends with Max.
  • Hero with an F in Good: He seems to genuinely be trying to protect Chloe and the Blackwell students, but his paranoia makes him go too far. This is also why the police rejected him.
  • Heroic BSoD: He does not take it well upon hearing of Chloe's demise.
  • Heroic Wannabe: He thinks that he's the hero of the story, but he's not as good as his stepdaughter and Max.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In Episode 2, he mentions to Max that he used to do worse things than Chloe when he was her age. He also apologizes for his outbursts in the previous episode and says that he doesn't find marijuana itself to be a big deal -– he's only angered by Chloe in particular being around drugs. Though if Max argues that David was partly to blame for Kate's situation and she'd taken credit for the joint in Episode 1, he will call her a liar and say she's a drug dealer, so how honest he was actually being is rather up in the air.
    • Episode 3 gives us a bit more insight into David. His files you can find in Episode 1 are shown to be detailed, but harmless — nothing a good private investigator wouldn't have — and Max can choose to defend him when arguing with Chloe. In addition, after going back in time and saving William Price's life, you can see a montage of photographs where David and Joyce are genuinely happy together. Maybe he is an overzealous and vengefully paranoid man, but it's only here that we see the man Joyce sees in her husband.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Episode 3 shows he thinks Kate is doing/selling drugs, yet he trusts Nathan, a delinquent who actually is doing and selling drugs. Episode 5 shows that he admits that he was wrong with that theory.
  • Hypocrite: If Max takes the blame for Chloe's weed, David will later on tell Max that he won't bust her for it, as even he's not that much of an asshole. However, depending on who Max blames for Kate's (attempted) suicide in Principal Wells' office, he will proceed to do exactly that, potentially getting her suspended in the process.
  • Improperly Paranoid: While he's Properly Paranoid in some respects ( he even pulls a Big Damn Heroes in the timelines where Max and Chloe confide in him or he finds their notes), he goes about it in a very heavy handed manner, suspecting and accusing completely innocent parties which is one of the factors that leads to Kate's — potentially successful — suicide attempt at the end of episode 2.
  • Jerkass: He believes Max is up to no good when she comes out of the bathroom after the fire alarm is hit (she did hit it, but he can't prove that), and he harasses Kate because he believes she's using or selling drugs.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • On the other hand, Chloe did steal his gun and was doing drugs in his wifes house.
    • The reason he cornered Kate in episode 1? He was gathering evidence against the Vortex club. He believed they were involved with drugs. And since Kate was seen partying with them in that video he was trying to pump her for information. If he wasn't so abrasive he might've got some, too.
    • He constantly obstructs Max and Chloe's investigation, ordering them to stay out of danger and let him gather evidence instead. Their refusal to tread carefully directly leads to Chloe's murder and Max's kidnapping.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to ease up in Episode 2, to an extent, and Joyce insists there's a good side to him.
    • There's a message on the answering machine in his house warning Chloe against hanging out with some unsavory characters. He even makes an effort to step out of the overbearing military persona he usually puts forth in an attempt to sound more reasonable about it. It's a rare moment of actual concern from someone who spends the rest of his time (including face to face with Chloe) being a jerk.
    • During Kate's suicide attempt, he can be seen sprinting toward the dorms in an attempt to stop her, and seems genuinely distraught later that he couldn't personally resolve the situation.
    • In Episode 3, when you search his garage, you can find a birthday card wishing Chloe a happy birthday and saying that he is glad he can be a part of her life, showing that he was at least trying to be a father to Chloe. Episode 5 shows that he's well aware of his flaws and actually doesn't like using his status as a war veteran to justify his behavior.
    • In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.
  • Knight Templar Parent: He wants to protect Chloe and Joyce, but his paranoia makes him an overbearing and authoritarian parent.
  • Never My Fault: In Episode 4, he sarcastically thanks Max for Joyce kicking him out because Max told about all the things he did if you sided with Chloe instead of him in Episode 3.
  • No Social Skills: Even aside from his anger issues and other hangups, he seems to genuinely not know how to interact with people without coming across as obnoxious.
  • The Paranoiac: The dude actively wants to install security cameras in his school and home for god's sake! He's called out for being overly paranoid on quite a few occasions, including by Max. Turns out to be Properly Paranoid when you consider that the school had a murderer for a teacher, one kid sold drugs and brought a gun inside, and in one ending there is even a murder with gun in a bathroom! For all his abrasive approach, he's in the right about how messed up the school is, especially when you consider how spineless the principal happens to be.
  • Parents as People: David by isn't the best step-parent in the world by any measure, but it's not for a lack of trying. He tries to love Chloe and wants to protect her like his own daughter, but his smothering paranoia and his inability to express his more sensitive side honestly make him come off as an authoritarian Knight Templar Parent. Neither these nor Chloe's deliberate efforts to press his buttons excuse his own abusive behavior, of course.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • If you didn't delete the message in Episode 3, he will actually cover up Chloe for sneaking into Blackwell at night by claiming that she was with him. It is also implied from his conversations with him in Episode 4 if you defended him in Episode 3 that he uses his connections from the police regularly to prevent Chloe from going to jail for her mischief.
    • In all of the alternate timelines in Episode 5, he will always believe in Max's testimony of Nathan and Jefferson, leading to their arrest.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of David's problems stem from the fact that it's very difficult to get a straight conversation out of him. He plays the authority figure far too much for his own good, and keeps secrets even when doing so is of no benefit. If you confront him about his files in Episode 3, David will try to deflect rather than admit his reasons — which are well-intentioned, if a bit misguided — further alienating Joyce. He acknowledges this in a crumpled up letter you can find in Episode 4, saying he wanted to gather more proof, yet this further factors into it because he never gives the letter to Joyce.
  • Properly Paranoid: As it turns out, his excessive surveillance of Blackwell's students and campus might well have led him to uncover Mr. Jefferson's secret identity, if the rest of the school hadn't simply dismissed him as an unhinged war vet. He's also ultimately correct to suspect that everyone he's keeping tabs on is somehow linked to Rachel Amber's disappearance, even if his own preconceived notions kept him from seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together at first.
  • Red Herring: Looked highly suspicious of Rachel's disappearance during the earlier episodes. He was harassing students, mainly Kate. He was stalking and following some of the other students while taking pictures, including Max. And Max discovered that he had surveillance equipment all over Chloe's house in the garage. However, Episodes 3, 4 and 5 reveal that he was actually a Well-Intentioned Extremist who was trying to protect the children at Blackwell, especially the girls. But his extreme way of going about it made the girls fearful and eventually ruined his relationship with Joyce. He does make up for this by saving Max from Jefferson, and helping her arrest Jefferson.
  • Relative Button: His relationship with Chloe is... rocky to say the least, but his overprotective streak extends to him going nuts if Chloe gets killed. If Max tells him about Chloe's murder by Jefferson then his immediate response is to murder Jefferson. If Max sacrifices Chloe to save the town by letting Nathan Prescott kill her back in the past, the player briefly sees a photograph of David tackling Nathan to the ground, maybe a little more harshly than was strictly needed.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Inverted. If Chloe thanks him for dropping her off to Blackwell, he mistakes it for sarcasm and scolds her.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's clear that he's traumatized by his experiences as a combat veteran and struggles to assimilate back to normal life. In Before the Storm, he confides to Chloe that he witnessed his best friend get killed by an IED and is still trying to cope with his death.
  • Tough Love: David deep down cares about Chloe and wanted her to see him as family, he just doesn't know how to show fraternal love without being rude.
  • Troubled Abuser: His behavior towards Chloe is largely due to his own paranoia and experiences as a soldier.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His actions may be objectionable, but he actually does care about the children of Blackwell (and his own stepdaughter). The more the story progresses towards the ending, the more obvious it becomes. By Episode 5, it also becomes clear that his paranoia was not without ground.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: To Chloe if he hits her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Gives Chloe a quick but vicious bitch slap in her room if Max doesn't jump out of Chloe's closet to intervene on her behalf. He deeply regrets it and admits as much in a later episode, but it remains a painful scene to watch regardless.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He actually thinks that Kate is the Big Bad.

    Samuel Taylor 
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Voiced by: Derek Phillips (uncredited, Season One), Kelly McCraken (Before the Storm)

Blackwell's groundskeeper. He is a little... out there.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Is definitely strange enough, and has abnormal enough manners of speech and behavior, to consider he might have some. Autism has been suggested, as have various degrees of schizophrenia (or schizotypal personality disorder), although it's hard to imagine a schizophrenic in a bad enough situation to be regularly talking to animals and believing that they receive visions from the dead would be let to work around children. Seems to be implied by the game, as Episode 1 shows someone wrote "'tard!" (slang for "retard") on his parking space, hinting at whatever disorder he might have being known about (or at least rumored) by the students.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone thinks he is weird, and some are even a bit creeped out by his strange mannerisms. Max, however, likes him and thinks he is just weird in a "X-Files" kind of way. She also doesn't doubt for a second that he would actually believe her if she ever told him about her powers.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He actually acknowledges that the odd phenomena going on around the city will bring the end of the world.
  • Creepy Good: He displays a very ominous vibe, but deep down he is a good guy who provides some life advice for the people who talk to him.
  • Crusty Caretaker: His mannerisms are off-putting to most people, but he is good at his job and a really friendly guy one you get to know him.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His morning ritual consists of feeding the birds and squirrels about the dormitories. He mentions he has a special affinity for squirrels, as he sees them as his spirit animal. Episode 4 has him in a especially melancholic mood as the mysterious animal deaths happening around town really gets to him.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He actually enjoys art just as much as the students do.
    • He also sees right through Chloe in Before the Storm, when she returns to school after being expelled.
    • In Before the Storm he's reading a couple of books on Chaos Theory, which is a theme of the original game.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Samuel is often seen as a creepy loner by everyone, but he does show a kindhearted and optimistic side when people actually talk to him.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Most of the characters brand him as a weirdo for being alone all the time.
  • Nice Guy: He treats the other students with nothing but respect.
  • The Obi-Wan: Seems to act like a bizarre version of a wise sage underneath his weird demeanor.
  • Odd Friendship: He begins to view Max as a friend if the player chooses to interact with him. He also appears to be chummy with Ms. Grant, Blackwell's sassy science teacher.
    • In Before the Storm, it's possible for him to befriend Chloe if the player is up to it.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Most of the students at Blackwell see Samuel as a creeper who they should stay away from, but if the player actually talks with him, the guy reveals that he's a pretty cool person with some deep (if weird) life advice.
  • Talks Like a Simile: Some rather strange similes at that.
  • Third-Person Person: At times.

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    Skip Matthews 
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Voiced by: Tanner Gould

Blackwell's head of security during the events of Before the Storm. Skip is considerably more lenient towards the student body than his successor David.

  • Doomed by Canon: Considering the events of the story, Skip will ultimately leave his job one way or another since David is chief of security during the first game. In Episode 2, he can up and quit if Chloe fails a Backtalk challenge with him, causing him to be annoyed by people abusing his charity. Alternatively, his band PissHead will pick up and he'll be able to quit his day job, which it at least did in the alternate timeline, as a PissHead poster appears there.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the finale, there are radio interviews revealing that Skip's band took off and he started achieving his well-deserved fame.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His band, PissHead, appears in a poster and a rock concerts website in the alternate timeline of the first game.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Chloe breaks up a fight going on in the middle of school campus while Skip arrives right after she resolves the problem herself.
  • Nice Guy: He's noticeably more easy-going and laid-back than David.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In episode 2, should either Chloe cause him to go away by either causing Skip to quit his job or appealing to his nice side to allow her on campus, then Damon will easily break into the Boys Dorm and either hurt Mikey or Drew.
  • No Respect Guy: Episode 2 reveals that he thinks nobody at the school respects him at all. Which can lead to him quitting his job.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He comes off as much more lenient and reasonable than his successor.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In episode 2, should Chloe fail a backtalk challenge with him, then Skip will call out how she and nobody at the school takes him seriously, so he quits his job in rage.

    Travis Keaton 
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Voiced by: Steve Phelan

The drama teacher at Blackwell. Slightly abrasive and very melodramatic, but is supportive of his students.

  • Cool Teacher: He allows Chloe on campus and into the school play despite her being a well-known troublemaker.
  • Large Ham: He says and does everything in the most melodramatic way possible.
  • Nice Guy: So far he seems to be the only faculty member who doesn't treat Chloe with disdain.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He has no problem with Chloe being on Blackwell property after she was expelled and even lets her stand in for Juliet during the play.
  • The Show Must Go On: When he comments on Steph, who was supposed to manage the light board, is missing, he says "The show must sojourn forth".
  • Tempting Fate: He asks what could possibly go wrong in his play. Cue something bad happening to Victoria, preventing her from playing the main lead on opening night.


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