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    Rachel Dawn Amber 
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Don't be surprised, Chloe, if one day, I'm just out of here.
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Voiced by: Kylie Brown

A girl who went missing about six months ago without a trace. Rachel and Chloe were very close, and she was well-known (and well-liked) by most of the people in Arcadia Bay.

She is the deuteragonist of Before the Storm, which chronicles her friendship with Chloe.


  • The Ace: By all accounts, she was practically perfect. Almost every person you'll talk to her about will not only remember her fondly, but comment about her being somehow better than them at what they consider their own best trait (she was a better skater than Justin, cooler than the Vortex club, wilder than Chloe, etc...). Her personal file, which you can read in Episode 3, confirms this, mentioning that she had a perfect 4.0 GPA, "excelled at all of her extracurricular activities, which [were] numerous", and would no doubt achieve all her goals, "including becoming a successful lawyer and an international model". Throughout the series, it would eventually turn out that she wasn't quite so perfect as she's been made to look.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Since romancing her in Before the Storm is entirely optional it's still uncertain just what exactly her relationship with Chloe could be defined as by the time of her disappearance. It's clear that there's romantic feelings on Chloe's part, enough so that she considers Rachel's secret relationship with Frank to be cheating. However it's unclear if Rachel reciprocated, if she even knew about Chloe's feelings, if they mutually pined for each other but never acted on it, whether or not they actually did date in the main timeline, and if they did had they ever needed to take a "break" from their relationship over something. Truly the only thing that's clear is that they, at the very least, had a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship and that Chloe had genuine romantic feelings for her.
    • Likewise, her relationships with both Frank and Jefferson are highly questionable. While she did write a love letter to the former, Max can find another letter implying that she was close to breaking up with him. We also know that Rachel suffered from drug addiction so it's entirely possible that she was just using Frank as easy access to her drugs of choice, which is what Nathan, who was her friend, appears to think was going on. With the latter there's also some ambiguity. Word of God states she fell in love with him but given who he is it's questionable if he didn't manipulate her into having feelings for him; Which is entirely possible when one considers her drug addiction and her dream of becoming a model (something he could have easily helped fulfill if he wasn't so disturbed). Not helping the situation is the fact that Jefferson is an Unreliable Narrator.
    • Before The Storm adds another possibility to why she was with Frank. If Chloe fails to reunited Rachel with her mother then it wouldn't be out of the question that she started seeing Frank in hopes of finding Sera, whom he was seen with. Of course, this purely depends on the ending you got.
    • We never learn for sure if she had powers or not, although the implication is certainly there.
  • Animal Motifs: Deer, just like Max. The ethereal doe that appears to Max in the junkyard and guides her in her visions is implied to be her ghost; it stands over the spot later revealed to be Rachels grave, and when Max and Chloe discover her body, it vanishes into thin air.
  • Ascended Extra: In Life is Strange she only shows up in photograph and gets mentioned here and there, in Before the Storm she is the Deuteragonist.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She sees through Chloe's lies with brilliant deduction.
  • Badass Adorable: Hinted. She is downright beautiful, but after burning her childhood photo of herself and her cheating father, she screams in anger and it's shown that she controlled wind while screaming, so it can be hinted that she has a supernatural power.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to be a model. Mark Jefferson granted her wish in the most horrific way possible.
  • The Beautiful Elite: No matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agrees that she's drop-dead gorgeous.
  • Berserk Button: She hates lying; ironic, considering she is an excellent actress who is unashamed of using those skills to get what she wants. She seems to be aware of the hypocrisy, as she is worried she'll end up like her father, lying so much and wearing so many faces that she doesn't know which the real one is any more.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Downplayed example. During the Fire Walk concert she shows up in time to distract the skeevy guys who are threatening Chloe, which give the other girl a chance to either run away or fight back.
  • Big Man on Campus: She was loved, or at least respected, by almost everyone. She also had pretty good grades and had a good future for herself.
  • Bi the Way: Before the Storm confirms that she reciprocated Chloe's attraction, in addition to her previously established relationships with men.
  • Break the Cutie: In Before The Storm, she notices her father was cheating with an another woman and in the end, she burns her childhood photo, snaps tearfully, and starts screaming in anger.
  • Broken Ace: Before the Storm shows that a) she really was every bit as impressive as she's said to be in the first game, and b) beneath the surface she was every bit as unhappy and messed up as everyone else in Arcadia Bay.
  • Broken Pedestal: Revelations of Rachel and Frank's relationship in Episode 3 cause Rachel to fall significantly in the eyes of Chloe, who feels betrayed and lied to.
  • The Cutie: She is a gorgeous and endearing sweetie who is loved by nearly everyone.
  • Cry Cute: In the final episode of Before the Storm if you fail to convince Sera to meet Rachel there will be a scene during the ending montage where she does a downplayed version of this as Chloe hugs her.
  • Dead All Along: The entire search for her is revealed to have been in vain; she died long before Max and Chloe found her.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Inverted. The sequel comic reveals two alternate universes where she survived. The first is set in a world where Jefferson was apparently fired for stealing supplies and then arrested at another school for sleeping with a student, sparing Rachel her life. In this universe, Rachel is apparently dating Frank while Max and Chloe are dating each other, with some implication of a canon One True Threesome between the girls. In the second universe, she and Chloe successfully made it to Los Angelos, and it's set to be the main setting post-Issue 4.
  • Death Glare: In Before The Storm she gives one to Damon when he refuses to tell her anything about Sera, which eventually leads to her attacking him and getting stabbed for her trouble. She can also give one to her father during the Truth Ending. In the main game we see a photo of her giving one to Jefferson (and possibly Nathan). Implying that she came to from the drugs enough to realize what was being done to her, which may be why she was killed when Kate wasn't.
  • Dramatic Irony: Before The Storm reveals how much she hated Arcadia Bay and how she wanted to leave it all behind. She ends up being killed and buried there, and given where her body was found, in the worst possible way.
  • Deuteragonist: Serves as one in the prequel Before the Storm where her and Chloe's relationship takes central focus.
  • Expy: Rachel's role in the game make her one to Laura Palmer of Twin Peaks. Both kick off the main plot with their disappearances, both slept around with a number of people in their hometowns, and both left a lasting influence in the lives of several people.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Throughout Before the Storm she only wears one her iconic blue feather earings, which is strange considering the photobooth pictures of her and Chloe feature her wearing two despite her character model showing otherwise.note 
  • Foil: To Max. Whereas Max had to learn to become more assertive and confident, Rachel had her act together from the start (even though she had her own issues). Max can use her powers to become The Ace, but Rachel was the trope without needing any powers.
  • Freudian Excuse: The first game goes out of its way to indicate that Rachel developed a drug addiction to something much stronger than weed at some point, which would go a long way to explain some of her less than moral actions we learn about throughout the season. Add her rather intense desire to leave Arcadia Bay and one can't help but understand how she came to making those decisions in the first place.
    • Her secret relationship with Frank makes a lot of sense when one considers that he can very easily supply her with drugs, that he has a well paying (if illegal) job, and his mode of transportation can double as a house. He was more or less her best option to get "the hell of Arcadia Bay" at the time of their relationship. Furthering this interpretation is Nathan, who was in fact friends with her, saying that Rachel only used him for drugs. It should be noted however that Nathan's word is questionable given his mental issues and the fact that he was one of her kidnappers and may have very well have been the one to overdose her. Frank himself can even say that he thinks she would have ditched him at some point or another.
    • Her implied pursuit of Jefferson likewise would be more understandable when considering the above. By the time she meets him she was likely a burnt out, teen drug addict who wanted nothing more than to escape Arcadia Bay and be a model. Meanwhile, he was a world-renowned photographer who could very easily make her dreams come true. Rachel was likewise someone he could very easily manipulate. Unfortunately for Rachel, Jefferson turned out to be a very, very bad man who wanted nothing more than to hurt her.
    • Before the Storm adds to this by revealing that her biological mother was a drug addict, meaning Rachel herself may very well be genetically predisposed to developing addictions. This would go a long way to explain how her implied downward spiral happened.
  • Freudian Slip: In episode 2 of Before the Storm while talking to Chloe she wonders if it's possible to act so much that you lose yourself. Chloe initially thinks Rachel is talking about herself but she corrects the other girl and explains that she meant her father. Her tone of voice and facial expression during this, however, implies she was thinking of herself. Furthered when she immediately after worries that she might become like him.
  • Generation Xerox: Not only does she look almost just like her biological mother but she dances like her and seemingly develops a drug addiction just like Sera did. Like both of her mothers, she's shown to have bad judgemental instinct towards men. (Her mothers believed James to be a good man until he had Sera kidnapped. Rachel meanwhile believed Jefferson to be a good man who'd change her life for the better, but he ultimately ended up being one of her killers.) Meanwhile, like her father, Rachel is a good actor and is prone to being socially manipulative.
  • The Ghost: As in the first game, she never appears in person and is only seen in some photographs and mentioned by other characters, though this changes in the prequel.
  • The Glomp: In the final ending of Before the Storm she'll do this to Chloe when the other girl unveils her new, completely blue hair. She'll also do this to Sera if you manage to convince her to meet Rachel.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Her friendship with Chloe is hinted to have possibly been more than platonic, which has been confirmed by the writers to be deliberate. On Chloe's part, at least. Before the Storm does away with the subtext.
  • Hypocrite: Before The Storm reveals that she hates liars... which is ironic considering Rachel herself is prone to lying and manipulating others. Likewise, she spends up until the end of episode 2 agonizing over her father apparently cheating on her (step) mother, Rose. Meanwhile, in the main game, it's revealed that she was seeing Frank and later Jefferson behind Chloe's back. It's unclear if she had broken up with Frank before beginning to see Jefferson meaning she may have been cheating on him as well. She at least seems to acknowledge the former and is hinted to be regretful of the latter in the unfinished/unsent letter from her to Chloe (about Jefferson) that Max can find.
  • Iconic Item: Her bracelet and blue feather earing(s) are this. She's never seen without them unless she's personally gifted the former to someone else.
  • Iconic Outfit: For the first game, the outfit of her's that Max borrowed became this.
  • Living MacGuffin: Averted. Originally, she appears to only be used to spur Chloe and Max into action. Along the way, it's revealed that her influence has greatly impacted the cast.
  • Kill the Cutie: Courtesy of Mark Jefferson.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: One of her bigger flaws is her inability to think ahead in the long-term, and then charging into situations at a moments notice. This includes convincing Chloe to ditch with her without considering the fact that Chloe's already on thin ice with Blackwell, trying to convince the other girl to run away with her mere days after meeting (despite the fact that they have limited funds, likely zero job experience, and a truck that they don't even know if they can get running), and getting into a fight with a drug dealer whom she knows is armed. By the end of Before the Storm she's implied to have moved away from this trope after being stabbed through a possible dialogue option.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Chloe - although for a lot of the game Chloe really believes Rachel is still alive.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Played this role for Chloe, same way Chloe does for Max, only Rachel was a lot more competent and confident.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She often uses her acting skills to get what she wants; in the prequel, there are a few points where Chloe will stop and ask her if she's being genuine, because she just can't tell. It's never explicitly confirmed one way or another, but Rachel does quite a few things (especially in the more romantic routes) that seem to put Chloe's needs over her own, implying her feelings are real.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never confirmed in Before The Storm if she has any Playing with Fire or Blow You Away abilities or if the gust of wind that started the forest fire was just pure coincidence. Notably the fire goes out after she gets stabbed and in season 1 Chloe will attribute the storm that'll wipe out Arcadia Bay as "Rachel's revenge." However, the former could also be entirely coincidental and the latter is narratively pushed as being a side effect of Max's powers over anything else.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is absolutely beautiful and gets a lot of Male Gaze in the prequel.
  • Playing with Fire: Before the Storm hints that she's got some sort of fire-related abilities, at least to the point that fires around her flare up when she's very angry. The forest fire she creates is noted to be extremely unusual, almost supernatural, and when she almost dies from being stabbed by Damon Merrick it spontaneously extinguishes itself.
  • Posthumous Character: She's revealed to have been murdered by Mr. Jefferson and Nathan long before Max came along to help Chloe look for her.
  • Present Absence: Pretty much everyone in the town except Max has or had some important connection to Rachel Amber, but she's been missing for months by the time the story starts.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: If you pick the friendship options in Before The Storm her relationship with Chloe is still this at the very least. While Chloe was still holding feelings for her
  • Secret Relationship: Her and Frank, as revealed in Episode 3. She even lied to Chloe about it.
  • Spirit Advisor: It's implied that the ethereal doe that appears before Max on occasion is actually Rachel's ghost trying to guide Max to the truth. When Max and Chloe find Rachel's body, the doe vanishes.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Played With. Before the Storm shows that she has a very sweet and kind personality at her best... but at her worst she can get very snippy with people, and can go so far as to drug Victoria to regain her spot as Prospera. note  As Chloe puts it, "That is the face of someone who is used to getting what she wants."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Whether she and Chloe are friends or something more depends on the playthrough, but several dialogue options can reveal that she's been... watching Chloe from afar for quite some time before they actually began hanging out. It's presented in a much more innocent fashion than Elliot's stalking of Chloe as Rachel seems to be genuinely interested in Chloe as person whereas Elliot views Chloe more or less as an object to be owned. Chloe can openly point this out to her, which manages to get her a little sheepish.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her biological mother, Sera. She's basically a younger looking Sera with a darker shade of blonde hair. This is in direct contrast to her father and (understandably) Rose. It acts as foreshadowing to their connection to one another.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Not Rachel herself, but she got an unseen one named Megan Weaver. Specifically, though Rachel exists in the original game's alternate timeline, Chloe never met her and instead befriended Megan, who disappeared sometime after Chloe's accident and never attended school anymore. Then in Episode 4 in the main timeline, a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the Dark Room shows a file labeled "Megan", which is implied to be the same girl that Chloe befriended in the alternate timeline.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She's rumored to have slept with Jefferson. The player can find a letter in the Junkyard from her to Chloe stating she met a wonderful man and they hooked up, Dontnod confirmed in their Charity Live Stream that that person was Jefferson; this did not end well for her.
  • The Tease: Towards Chloe, should you romance her. After the first episode, almost every other piece of dialogue she has will be flirty towards Chloe if you really went for it in episode one.
    Rachel: (after seeing Chloe's streak of blue hair) Holy shit, your hair! It's so...
    Chloe: (stroking the side of Rachel's head lovingly) Badass?
    Rachel: (If romanced) I was going to say hot. But yeah, badass too.
  • Unrequited Love: Funny enough, despite what Word of St. Paul indicated back during season 1, it's possible to have Rachel develop this for Chloe in Before the Storm by flirting with her throughout episode 1, then picking the "friendship" option over "something more," and then not flirting with her again for the rest of the game.
  • Verbal Tic: Chloe's "Hella" came from her.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: In Episode 3 of Before the Storm, when Damon Merrick grabs Chloe by the arm and tries to intimidate her into working for his gang, Rachel shoves him to the ground and shouts at him to leave Chloe alone.
  • Your Cheating Heart: If Rachel starts a relationship with Chloe in Before the Storm, she will end up cheating on her twice, with both Frank and Jefferson.
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    Mark Jefferson 

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    Kate Beverly Marsh 
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I'm kinda over humanity today. Sorry to be a drama queen.
Voiced by: Dayeanne Hutton (English), Hana Takeda (Japanese)

One of Max's classmates — a quiet religious girl that has few friends, Max being one of them.


  • Abusive Parents: Though her father and sisters are highly supportive when the humiliating video of her is made public, her mother and aunt are not, which doesn't help Kate's self-esteem. Depending on whether or not Max saves Kate, her mother does a 180 on this. If Kate lives, she becomes extremely supportive and believes that protecting Kate is "her only duty" now. If Kate dies, her mother is devastated and laments ever judging Kate for what she did.
  • Adorkable: If you visit her at the hospital after saving her life, Kate is overjoyed when Max talks to her and calls her an angel. She even texts Max that it's fun to be a rebel when helping her provide information against Nathan.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Kate Marsh. In the opening classroom scene, Taylor throws a paper ball at her face, which according to Max, is a regular occurrence. The ball, once uncrumpled, is a note that reads "Dear Kate, we love your porn video - XOXO Blackwell Academy". In the bathroom, on one of the abstinence posters, someone has written 'Kate twerks for God!' on it.
  • Back from the Dead: In Episode 5, whenever Max rewrites time to get Jefferson arrested before Tuesday, Kate never attempts suicide and thus survives even if she jumped back in Episode 2. The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending brings Kate back for good.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even sweet-natured Kate has her limits with how others treat her. At the beginning of Episode 2, she tells Victoria that "someday, she'll be sorry" for her ruthless bullying, foreshadowing Kate's suicide attempt later in the episode, which will cause Victoria to break down in tears by the finale over the stress of the incident, in an almost identical match of how Kate herself was in the Episode 1 finale. Provided that she survives her suicide attempt, Kate also makes an exception of not showing forgiveness towards Nathan, and expresses her desire to see him pay for his crimes, even going as far as to text Max his room number so she can break in, steal from him, and expose him as the scum that he is to the world.
  • Break the Cutie: Kate has it almost as bad as Chloe. She's constantly bullied by Victoria and Taylor, has a drunken video of herself posted online which goes viral, the teachers won't help her and she's drugged by Nathan and subjected to Mr Jefferson's sick, twisted photoshoots. All this leads to her attempting suicide.
  • Butt-Monkey: She has it rough, that's for sure. She's constantly made fun of, apparently for her religious views.†  In the first episode alone, she gets horrible notes thrown at her in class and is harassed by the head of security. In the second episode, it's revealed that the reason she's been so bullied is because a viral video of her kissing people while under the influence has been spread around, which eventually drives her to attempt suicide. And that's without diving into what Episode 4 implies have happened to her at the hands of Jefferson.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: She's never explicitly said to be Catholic; however, if she survives, she has a picture depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus next to her bed.
  • The Cutie: There is no doubt that this crushingly cute girl is one of the sweetest, kindest, and most innocent characters of the game.
  • Crisis of Faith: It is rather subtle, to the point that those who aren't thorough in searching her room will miss it, but it is evident that the ordeal she has been and is still going through has left her struggling with her beliefs. There are notes in her room from her mother and aunt expressing their displeasure with her, calling her a Jezebel, insisting they will pray her demons away, and demanding she pray for forgiveness. Telling Kate her mother would miss her during Episode 2's climax pretty much guarantees Kate will jump. She's also marked her Bible with post-it notes containing two verses. One, Proverbs 21:15note , has been crossed out. Invoking that one during her suicide attempt goes badly. The other is Matthew 11:28note , which she takes better.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her relationship with her father is shown much better than the one with her mother. Telling her that her father will miss her will make talking Kate down from the ledge during her suicide attempt a little easier.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She wears just as much black as Alyssa, but she's one of the kindest characters you can befriend.
  • Date Rape: Played with; the video of her is a soft version of this where she kisses (and possibly more) a bunch of boys while heavily drugged from a spiked drink. She also fears that this happened to her while Nathan was taking her to the "hospital" during the party. You can even accuse Nathan of doing this later in the game. Unused dialog has Nathan vehemently deny hurting Kate in any way, and you later learn that Jefferson's victims weren't sexually assaulted. However, what was actually done to her—taking pictures of her bound and vulnerable while she was too drugged to even know what was happening—had about the same effect for poor Kate.
  • Defiled Forever: Because of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, she has begun to think this about herself after being drugged and probably raped at a Vortex Club party. The reactions of her mother and aunt certainly don't help.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Max has to bend reality backwards in order to have a chance pull her out of it.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Episode 2, she finally snaps from all the abuse and tries to kill herself by jumping off the roof of the girls dorm. Whether she succeeds or not depends on you.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Plays the violin, but ceases playing it when her life is upended by the viral video.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It does take a little time and effort for Max to gain Kate's friendship, as she's suffering from severe depression. However, taking the time to interact with her pays off if you want to prevent her suicide.
  • Friendless Background: Max informs that Kate doesn't seem to have any friends. Of course, she can build a friendship over her due to their similarities.
  • Genre Blind: She actually asks Max how to take down a viral video and if she should go to the police for being drugged and possibly raped at a party.
  • Give Me a Sign: If Max prevents her suicide, she will call her an angel sent to help her overcome her inner demons.
  • Good Parents: Kate's father is this. In her room can be found a postcard from him, telling Kate that he loves her unconditionally. If you tell Kate that her father would miss her, Kate says outright that he is the only member of her family who believes in her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's one of the most sweet and genuine people in the game. Despite her family relentlessly victim blaming her, she forgives them and says that she knows they didn't do anything. (Which they did; they were a part of what influenced her suicide attempt.) She even gave most of the flowers that she received to other patients in the hospital.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Almost as much as Max. She's a very kind, religious girl who dislikes swearing and treats others with nothing but respect.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Just check the profile image for her.
  • Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: A video of Kate making out (and possibly more) with most of the Vortex Club at a party made its way onto Youtube and the URL was distributed among the student body. A few people have taken it upon themselves to make Kate's life a living hell over it, leading to her depressed state at the beginning of the game.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In Episode 2, Kate attempts to end her life. Max presses her time powers to their full extent to get up to the roof and try in an attempt at Talking Down the Suicidal. Whether or not you can save her depends on choices you made previously, as well as saying just the right words.
  • Irony: She tells Max how she wishes she could turn back time to prevent her life from getting ruined.
  • Kill the Cutie: If you/Max are unable to prevent her suicide in Episode 2.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: She is at one point about to call Victoria a bitch, but catches herself and settles for just saying that she is "not very nice" instead.
  • Mess of Woe: Downplayed. Kate's room isn't much messier than any normal teenager's room when you first enter it, but Max notes that Kate is usually very neat and organized and not the type to let clothes pile up on the floor. It's yet another sign of just how badly she's affected by the video.
  • Nice Girl: She's a kind and sweet young girl. Made all the more tragic when she's bullied by several people to the point where she attempts suicide over a viral video being posted online.
  • No Social Skills: Max talks about how Kate doesn't seem to have any friends. This can lead to the two of them forging a friendship due to their similarities.
  • Not So Different: Max realizes that she and Kate are very similar due to their friendless backgrounds. This can lead to the two forming a friendship.
  • Out of Focus: Yes and no. Should she survive her suicide attempt, she appears only by text message in Episode 3, and Episode 4 has only one scene with her, plus a few texts. However, her effect on the world at large is hard to miss, as she comes up frequently in conversations and messages of remembrance/well-wishes can be seen all over. We lose focus on her as a character, but her presence is felt often throughout the later episodes.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In addition to her withdrawn nature, Max also mentions how Kate has recently given up activities she enjoyed, like playing the violin.
  • Saintly Church: According to Max, Kate takes her religion seriously, and is the head of the school abstinence club. However, she never preaches about it, which is one of the reasons Max likes her.
  • Security Blanket: When Max visits her in hospital (assuming she survived the suicide attempt), Kate appears to have been sleeping with a small icon of Jesus next to her bed, possibly for this purpose. Max seems to think this is a little weird, but muses that anything that brings Kate comfort is alright by her.
  • Shrinking Violet: The Kate we see in game is very quiet and reserved. According to Max, that isn't how she usually acts. Any questions made to her about her change in attitude are gently brushed off.
  • Shipper on Deck: If she is still alive in Episode 4, she can mention that she thinks Warren and Max would make a cute couple.
  • Shout-Out: Her middle and last name are Beverly Marsh, the name of a main character from Stephen King's novel It who also happens to face Slut-Shaming.
  • Slut-Shaming: One of the reasons why everyone torments her for the video. She becomes known as the "viral slut". The notes she receives from her aunt and mother reek of this.
  • Token Religious Teammate: She's the only openly religious character both in Max' social circle and the game at large.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: If Max fails to save her from committing suicide, she will die for good.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: If Max talks Kate down from her suicide attempt she will visit her in the hospital in Episode 4, where Kate is shown to be much happier then before. Kate even gives the other patients her spare flowers.
  • True Companions: If Max takes the time to learn more about her and comfort her, then Kate will call Max the greatest friend she's ever had.
  • When She Smiles: Max notes that it's been a while since she's seen Kate happy; if you manage to save her from suicide and see her in a later episode, she's noticeably happier looking and better for it.

    Victoria Maribeth Chase 
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Now you're totally stuck in the retro zone. Sad face!
Click here for her appearance in Before the Storm 

Voiced by: Dani Knights (English, Season One), Akari Higuchi (Japanese), Theresa Croft (English, Before the Storm)

One of Max's classmates and a member of the elite Vortex Club. "A total bitch," as Max puts it in her journal, but she's attractive, got great grades and has a loyal group of friends.

During the events of Before the Storm, Victoria seeks to usurp Rachel Amber's place as the "queen bee" of Blackwell, which brings her into conflict with Chloe.


  • Academic Alpha Bitch: A fairly straight example. She makes fun of Max in class for not being able to answer a question, but gets pissed when Max answers the question correctly (using her rewind power, but Victoria obviously doesn't know that). Even being nice to her after a water and paint spill, which Max engineered, only briefly causes her to let her guard down, and she still notes that they aren't friends when texting her gratitude.
    • Episode 4 has her explain why she's this way - her parents own an art gallery, so she's "seen how the game's played", and believes that you have to be that callous in order to advance in the art world.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Victoria isn't exactly a villain, but she did bully Max, and was one of the main factors of Kate's (attempted) suicide. That said, if she ends up in the Dark Room in Episode 5, it's hard not to feel bad for her, as she's absolutely terrified and filled with remorse for what she did to Kate.
  • Alpha Bitch: This, too. She "sexts" with Juliet's boyfriend and then pins it on Juliet's friend Dana because Juliet wrote an article that spoke negatively of the Vortex Club. Although it isn't made exactly clear how much of this behavior is just a front to achieve whatever ulterior motive she might have.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Her attention-seeking tendencies, inappropriately seductive behavior and exaggerated emotions imply that she may suffer from some form of Histrionic Personality Disorder.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She clearly has a crush on Mr. Jefferson in the original game, but in Before the Storm she leaves a comment online calling Rachel hot.
  • Back from the Dead: Her potential death at the hands of Jefferson is undone once Max goes back in time to prevent Chloe from going to the Vortex Club party.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts somewhat pleasant towards Chloe and Rachel in Before the Storm, but beneath that faux sweetness, she's the same unpleasant Alpha Bitch she is at the start of the first game.
  • Break the Cutie: She is seen crying at the end of Episode 2, in stark contrast to the apparent glee she expressed as she bullied Kate and when filming her suicide attempt. Also for Episode 5, if she gets kidnapped by Jefferson with Max in the dark room.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Sure, Victoria. Of all the girls you can be bitchy toward, it has to be the school's resident delinquent that does drugs and gives zero fucks to the world. You're pretty damn lucky the worse she could do is sabotaging your homework.
  • Closet Geek: Peeking around in her room in Episode 3 reveals that she secretly collects anime figurines.
  • Foil: To Warren. While he is a honest, sensitive and genuinely friendly student, Victoria is a rich, egotistical Jerkass with a social circle of friends who enjoy antagonizing other lonely students for a cheap laugh.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Upon witnessing Kate's suicide/ suicide attempt, she breaks down crying to herself due to her heavy role in the tragedy.
  • Girl Posse: Courtney and Taylor are this to Victoria.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is implied to have been jealous of Rachel Amber's popularity, though at least one of her fellow Vortex members contests this, claiming Victoria begrudgingly respected Rachel. There's also hints of it towards Max, as Jefferson shows Max obvious favoritism.
  • Hidden Depths: Something that even Max can't deny in the long run.
    • Victoria's not a great photographer, but she's skilled enough and very knowledgeable beneath the Rich Bitch façade she shows to everyone. In Episode 4, she reveals that her parents own a successful gallery so she's grown up viewing the art world from its seedy cutthroat underbelly. It's made her believe that only those ruthless and hyper-aggressive towards their competition have a chance at success.
    • While she speaks with a certain Valley Girl affectation normally, it's gone when she talks more candidly with Max. In Episode 4, she can admit that she thinks of Max as the coolest person at Blackwell, precisely because Max doesn't feel the need to act the part as she does, and the two will bury the hatchet if Max reached out to Victoria in Episode 1 following the paint incident.
  • Hypocrite: Constantly mocks Max over her selfie photography projects, yet inside the girls lockers in Episode 3 she has a few pictures of herself posing for selfies of her own which Max gloats over.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: There are quite a bit of hints that this is the real reason she acts so bitchy around Max. Max is said to be very talented, but hesitates to hand in her photos for fear that she will be rejected. Victoria for all of her fancy equipment is simply not that great and she gets rejected when she hands in her photo to the Kroft Gallery. Come episode 4, she basically admits this is the case; she admires the fact that Max doesn't seem to really care what others think (in Episode 5, Max can even take a look at Victoria's journal, where she writes of Max, "I want to hate her, but she wouldn't care"), whereas Victoria is constantly feeling peer pressure. She overcompensates to come across as impressive in other people's eyes and she doesn't have a ton of confidence in her own talents. She's not evil, she's just very insecure.
  • Jerkass: She comes across as a generally unpleasant and arrogant person, as she constantly bullies both Max and Kate ( especially the latter ) and sometimes even her friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said, she does show a nicer side from time to time. She shows gratitute to Max if you don't make fun of her after humilitating her, starts to feel guilty after Kate's suicide attempt, then dedicates her prize for 'Everyday Heroes' contest to her and will admit to Max that she thinks she is cool if you didn't make fun of her and then warn her about Nathan.
  • Hot for Teacher: She outright admits that she's infatuated with Mr. Jefferson and bluntly makes a move on him the minute they're alone together. He naturally reacts with great disgust and tells her no.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • She bullies Kate over her humiliating 'sex video' in Episode 1. Takes a step further in Episode 2, especially to the point where in the background she can be seen eagerly recording Kate's attempt to commit suicide by throwing herself off the dormitory roof.
    • Assuming you chose to make fun of Victoria in Episode 1, she'll vandalize your room in retaliation and steal your birthday cookies.
  • Killed Offscreen: Her death in episode 5 if you warned her.
  • Kill the Cutie: If Max tells her about being the next victim, Jefferson will kill her this way in the next episode.
  • Like Brother and Sister: According to Taylor, Victoria and Nathan's relationship is like this.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In Before the Storm, she keeps calling Chloe "Keri Price" because she doesn't feel that Chloe is important enough for her name to be worth remembering.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Kate's suicide attempt (successful or not) at the end of Episode 2, she can be seen crying in her room, finally realizing the effects of her petty bullying. Episode 3 gives us some more insight, and she seems to genuinely feel remorse over what she's done and said.
  • Never My Fault: Doesn't consider Kate's suicide to be her fault at all. At least, publicly.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • If Max chooses to comfort her after engineering the paint spill, Victoria will seem genuinely grateful, delete the unflattering picture she took of her earlier, and apologize for the "Go fuck your selfie" comment.
    • Taylor notes that Victoria is the only other person to care about her hospitalized mother, a fact Max only learns when Taylor lets it slip.
    • Victoria, depending on Max's actions towards her, can become significantly friendlier to her in Episode 4, remarking that she truly believes Max is "the coolest person at Blackwell", but her insecurities and fear of the photography world, which she sees as brutal and unforgiving, force her to push away even those she admires. Being nice to Victoria means she'll believe Max about Victoria being the next Dark Room victim, and the two resolve to be better friends after the conversation. Unfortunately, as of Episode 5, she'll be in the Dark Room with Max when the game begins if she does believe you.
    • In the alternate timeline where Max is a member of the Vortex Club, Victoria is extremely kind to her, bordering on clingy if her texts are anything to go on.
    • If Kate survives her suicide attempt, Victoria will write a sweet note to her in Episode 4. Kate herself believes that Victoria is being genuine.
  • Rich Bitch: If the cashmere sweater didn't tip you off, take a look at the incredibly expensive equipment she has in her dorm room. She has three DSLRs.
  • Sextra Credit: Less "extra credit" (as she's doing quite well, GPA-wise) and more "pick me for the contest", but her offer to Mr. Jefferson in Episode 3 is certainly a derivative of this. His reaction is firm "no", and he chastises her for saying she could threaten him with the accusation. She gets chosen anyway.
  • She Knows Too Much: If you convince her to be wary of Nathan, she will run to Jefferson for help, who comes to this conclusion, kidnaps her and murders her during Episode 5, presumably not having the time to deal with her in any other way.
  • Shout-Out: To Cordelia Chase.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In Before the Storm, Victoria is not the Alpha Bitch in terms of social hierarchy, but she still acts as arrogantly as she will three years later.
  • The Stoner: Seems to be in the alternate timeline.
  • Teacher's Pet: To Mr. Jefferson, whom she has a painfully obvious crush on or just wants to use to get ahead. Her advances on Mr. Jefferson are rebuffed in Episode 3.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of Episode 3 in the Alternate Timeline. She seems to be good friends with Max in this timeline, calling her Maxine and Mad Max. She also seems to be a bit of a stoner, which might have something to do with it. Also applies to Episode 4, if Max made a genuine effort to be friendly in previous encounters. And, when she wins the contest. She dedicates the prize she wins to Kate Marsh and says she can't wait for her to return if she survives Episode 2, and to her memory if she doesn't.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She's acts like a true Alpha Bitch to Max and bullied the hell out of Kate, but she's a overall good person who is totally insecure.
  • Tsundere: Her text to Max, if Max chose to comfort her, gives off this vibe.
    Victoria: BTW THANX BUT WERE NOT FRIENDS.
  • Villainous Friendship: A curiously heart-warming one with Nathan, of all people. Victoria is pretty much the only student of Blackwell to not treat Nathan as a 'freak' due to his mental illness, and treats him kindly. Though in Episode 4, she may admit to Max that Nathan's decline in his mental health has been scaring her as of late, should Victoria and Max decide to burying the hatchet and treat each other as real friends.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: If Max chooses to warn Victoria about the Dark Room in Episode 4, whether or not she believes her depends on how much hostility Max has shown her over the course of the game. That being said, failing to warn her turns out to be the better option.

    Nathan Joshua Prescott 
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Do not psychoanalyze me!
Voiced by: Nik Shriner (English, Season One), Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Caleb Thomas (English, Before the Storm)

An honor student and rich kid whose family wields incredible influence within Arcadia Bay, including Blackwell Academy. Though popular with the cliques of Blackwell Academy and possessing a talent for photography, he is incredibly unstable and displays numerous symptoms of mental illness including anxiety, agitation and a Hair-Trigger Temper.

During the events of Before the Storm, Nathan is dealing with bullying from his football teammates over allegations that he only got on the team because of his family connections.


  • Abusive Dad: Hinted at. He dislikes his father and calls him an asshole. As the story goes on, his father's abuse becomes more and more apparent, with letters, texts, and e-mails showing an outright hostile, bully-like attitude towards his son. On full display in Before the Storm Episode 2. His Parental Substitute, Mark Jefferson, isn't any better, going as far to kill him when he's outlived his usefulness.
  • Accidental Murder: Despite his unstable personality, he mostly seems to use guns for intimidation. His shooting of Chloe in the bathroom is portrayed as a reflex action, caused by her pushing him away. Likewise, his killing of Rachel Amber with an overdose was likely accidental.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: [One can feel sympathetic or even downright sorry for him when he hearing his desperately sobbing voice mail shortly before he gets killed about how he sorry he is, especially when being aware that he had untreated mental issues AND can be beaten to a pulp by Warren.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's almost always on edge, has an extremely volatile temper, is confirmed to have had a therapist, appears to have restless legs syndrome, and if Max looks into his swimming pool locker, she finds a lot of prescription drugs, including one prescription for Diazepam (the generic name for Valium) which means he might have anxiety, epilepsy, or agitation, among other mental illnesses. His Hair-Trigger Temper and his disturbing drawings in Episode 3 hint towards schizo-bipolarity. His risperidone (generic for Risperdal) prescription supports a case of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. One side effect of anti-psychotics like this is akathisia, or motor restlessness, evidenced by his frequent pacing and RLS.
  • Arch-Enemy: Serves as this to Chloe. He drugged her, (almost) shot her, and killed her friend Rachel Amber.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's... got issues. The scene he's introduced has him walking into the bathroom talking to himself about blowing up the school if he wanted to. Then he pulls the gun out on Chloe. His unedited student file mentions that he has a long history of violent outbursts at school. When you talk to him at the Two Whales Diner, he is hostile regardless of your past interactions with him.
  • Back from the Dead: If Max chooses to sacrifice Chloe to save Arcadia Bay, his death at the hands of Jefferson will be undone.
  • Bastard Understudy: Nathan's father wants to make sure Nathan continues the Prescott legacy when he's older, and has been trying to bully him into staying on that path. We eventually learn that Mr Jefferson has a very similar but even more awful relationship with Nathan.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell him what to do.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In Episode 4 he's shown to be little more than a petty drug addict and dealer. Mr. Jefferson is the one really behind most of the game's events.
  • Broken Ace: He's seen as the big man at Blackwell. Although he is very popular and belongs to pretty much the richest family in Arcadia Bay, Nathan suffers from numerous unknown mental disorders and has Abusive Parents which is evident throughout the story and also in Episode Four: The Dark Room where you can find letters and messages from his father scolding him for his behavior.
  • Creepy Souvenir: If Kate dies, Nathan steals the cross from her memorial.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Shortly before Jefferson killed him, Nathan called Max to warn her and to apologize for everything he did. Unfortunately, Jefferson kidnapped Max before she received the call.
  • Dirty Coward: He talks and acts tough when he has an overwhelming advantage, like a gun. In a real fight, though, he's not much, and if slightly threatened, he usually flees.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the main antagonist of the first four episodes until his mentor - Mark Jefferson - kills him and takes center stage as the game's true Big Bad.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone at school who isn't a part of the Vortex Club tries their best to avoid making contact with him.
  • The Dragon: To Jefferson.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In unused dialogue for Episode 3, Max asks him if he raped Kate. Nathan vehemently denies it, and calls Max evil for even suggesting that he'd do such a thing.
  • Foil: To Chloe. While both are juvenile delinquents with emotional problems and association with drugs, Chloe is described as being poor and protective to her friends, the rich Nathan on the other hand is violently unstable and desperately trying to prop up his shattered self-esteem by crushing and bullying other people. Not only that, but they have polar opposite paternal figures: William being a kind-hearted man who loved his daughter and David is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who just wants the best for Chloe and her mother. In contrast, Sean is an abusive father who is fine in leaving his son to deal with his problems alone and Jefferson is a psychopathic Wolf in Sheep's Clothing who merely uses Nathan in order to advance his own goals all while hiding behind a façade of being a polite and gentle teacher.
    • Both are also represented by opposite colors, blue and red.
    • Lampshaded by Samantha in Before the Storm.
    Chloe: That was joke.
    Samantha: I know. Your dark sense of humor reminds me a lot of Nathan's. Actually, the two of you are really similar.
    Chloe: Uh... what the hell does that mean?
    Samantha: I'm serious. You're both artistic and surprisingly sensitive. You've been through a lot, and a lot of people unfairly judge you for it. I think you stood up for Nathan yesterday because you know what he's going through.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a number of scenes in Before the Storm that hint at Nathan's (growing) mental issues and the fact that he is not receiving the treatment/help required to solve them, ultimately leading to his involvement with Jefferson and crimes committed for him.
    • In episode 1 Nathan is bullied by Drew, who notes that the photos in Nathan's photo album are rather weird. The first game reveals that Nathan's photography style is indeed rather grim.
    • In episode 2 you can observe Nathan's father, Sean Prescott, give his son a stern lecture on not sullying the family name and not showing weakness.
    • In episode 3 you can walk down the hospital hallway, past Drew/Mickey's and Rachel's room, to find a door being ajar. Going near it allows you to eavesdrop on a conversation between Sean Prescott and a psychiatrist, who urgently suggests Sean gets his son the (psychological) help required to deal with his worsening mental issues. Sean flat out refuses, once again prioritising the family.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He appears to be a perfect student and seemingly very successful, wealthy, intelligent and well-mannered... in public. In private, he shows signs of psychosis and schizophrenia, and either legally or murderously threatens anyone who dares to cross him. Any reports or documents involving his violent and nigh-insane behavior are covered up by his parents.
  • Freudian Excuse: He hasn't had the easiest upbringing, and both his family and Mr. Jefferson do their damnedest to make his issues worse.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone at the party in episode 4, including other Vortex Club members, admits to being creeped out by him. The only people who have anything remotely positive to say are Hayden, who's totally blazed and just wants Nathan's drugs, and Victoria, who says herself that she's "the only person who cares what Nathan is going through."
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Will turn on you at slight provocation.
  • The Heavy: Nathan is the most obvious and threatening villain for the first four episodes. He kicks off the plot by murdering Chloe, he threatens Max repeatedly throughout the story, he's revealed to have done awful things to Chloe and Kate - being one of the parties responsible for the latter's suicide attempt - and possibly others, he physically assaults Warren and even tries to shoot him when he later steps in to protect Max on a different occasion, and he's eventually revealed to have killed Rachel Amber. Compared to him, Frank and David are just minor side-villains and Victoria is little but a minor nuisance. From the very end of Episode 4 onwards, however, Nathan gets thoroughly kicked out of the Heavy role by Mark Jefferson.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Nathan's MP3 player in his room is full of calming whale songs, possibly to help with his mental illness symptoms.
    • As Max notes herself, he is very skilled at taking photos which utilize shadow and the macabre.
    • In the timelines where he dies, Nathan's last act turns out to have been phoning Max to apologize for his crimes.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He ends up killing Chloe due to his frantic gun waving; his apparent horror after the fact in the Sacrifice Chloe ending makes it clear that he wasn't intending to pull the trigger.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Nathan is portrayed as physically dangerous largely as a result of his mental instability. Indeed, the first we see of him - babbling nervously to himself in a mirror while holding a gun - he feels like a school-shooting waiting to happen. To be fair, though, it does eventually turn out that what really makes him dangerous is his manipulation by the totally in-control but utterly ruthless Mark Jefferson, as well as the fact that his parents ignored every opportunity to give him the help he needs.
  • Jerk Jock: A bit of a different example. He has the look and behavior of one, but he actually isn't very physically strong and takes more to art than sports.
  • Killed Offscreen: If "his" last text message to Chloe is any indication, he may have been killed by Jefferson before the "End of the World" party started. Furthermore, the way the message was texted suggests that it was sent by his killer.
    • If Max asks where Nathan is to Mr. Jefferson, he will reply with just "dead and buried", confirming that Nathan was killed offscreen.
  • Lack of Empathy: Zigzagged. He actually laughs at Kate's suicide/ suicide attempt, but later seems to be torn up over what he did to Rachel and shooting Chloe, if you pick the Sacrifice Chloe ending.
  • Like Brother and Sister: According to Taylor, Nathan and Victoria view each other as siblings.
  • Minion Manipulated into Villainy: While he's a deeply unpleasant person, his worst crimes were committed for Jefferson.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In Episode 5, when he realizes Jefferson plans to kill him and Max to cover his tracks, Nathan manages to call Max to warn her and apologize for everything he did.
    • In the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, he's horrified after he kills Chloe and it is implied that he confesses everything about Jefferson to the police.
  • Obviously Evil: Reconstructed. Nathan is aggressive, permanently angry, misogynistic, and the series opens with him shooting Chloe. It's not a big surprise when he turns out to be involved in the snuff pictures taken in his basement. However, the surprise is that he's been manipulated into it by Mark Jefferson, who is the bigger bad.
  • Parental Neglect: Hand-in-hand with Abusive Parents, as his father is perfectly willing to cover up Nathan's problems, but completely unwilling to actually help alleviate them - something Nathan's psychiatrist actively called him out for when declining to see Nathan anymore.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Has a tendency to call multiple female characters sluts/whores/etc. In episode 3, when choosing a certain dialogue option, he calls Max a dyke. Also puts a poster on Warren's door calling him a "beta phag" (faggot).
  • Red Herring: He is not the ultimate villain. His red jacket may be a deliberate clue by the creators.
  • Rich Bastard: He likes to brag about his family's wealth.
  • Room Full of Crazy: His dorm room contains a lot of items that make him look suspiciously like a serial killer.
  • Royal Brat: He isn't royalty, to be sure, but his family has comparable status as far as Arcadia Bay is concerned, and he has the personality to match. Although in his case, his flaws stem at least partly from genuine mental problems and an abusive upbringing rather than an inherently evil personality.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He claims that his family owns half the town, so he can do whatever he wants. Given that the principal brushes off Max's claim that he had a gun with nothing more than a "I'll talk to him in my office", this seems true. While you can get him suspended in Episode 2, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. As you find out in Episode 3, his father is putting pressure on Principal Wells to have him reinstated, and Nathan's spotless record is actually a fake made up for the same reason. The real records, which depict him as the delinquent he is, were buried.
  • Smug Snake: Carries a smug sense of superiority around other students, as though he's better than then. It's quickly shattered as the story goes on, though (especially if he gets pummeled by the likes of Warren).
  • The Stoner: Frank's logbook shows that he's a regular customer for some pretty heavy drugs, which no doubt contribute to his worsening mental health. He also does his own drug dealing at school.
  • The Stool Pigeon: In the ending, if the player chooses to sacrifice Chloe to save the town, Nathan appears to have sold out Jefferson to the police. It's unclear if this was out of remorse, or because they offered him a Plea Bargain.
  • Stupid Evil: Despite hiding his phone in a hidden area of his room, Nathan does not delete his text messages despite them clearly having incriminating evidence that could be used against him.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • Episode 4 shows that Nathan's outbursts and psychopathy are getting worse due to his father withholding treatment and privately encouraging his activities. Evidence suggests his father abused him much of his life, and the drugs he does take leave him in a very unstable state of mind. It's quite possible that what he does is more of his father's fault than his own.
    • If Max lets Warren continue beating Nathan into the ground, the latter will crumple up and begin whimpering and crying. Kind of hard not to feel a bit sorry for him when one thinks of what he's gone through with his father and his disorders.
    • Even after Max learns that Nathan was the one who killed Rachel, she still views Nathan as another one of Jefferson's victims, as Jefferson exploited Nathan's mental illness and abusive father to twist him into his accomplice.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Snarkily calls Max "Mysterious Max" during desk confrontation in Episode 2 if Max didn't report him in Episode 1. Notably, this is one of the only times where he doesn't directly insult Max or call her names.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Throughout the game, he's a psychotic Jerkass who has anger issues, but in Episode 5, it's revealed that he's nothing but a frustrated man who apologizes to Max for antagonizing her and everyone he bullied.
  • True Art Is Angsty: In-Universe. It is commented by Max in Episode 3 that if things had been different, even with his clear mental illness and numerous personal difficulties Nathan could've become a successful, if dark, photographer. While his (true) GPA is terrible, even the somewhat elitist Max can't deny that he has real talent when it comes to taking shots of the macabre.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: If Chloe protects him from Drew in Before the Storm's first episode, Nathan yells at her for interfering.
  • Villainous BSoD: He initially freaks out in the Diner when he thinks Max is Rachel Amber. Understandable considering he killed her, and buried her body.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Nathan's father definitely has this attitude - seemingly the only reason he tolerates Nathan is because he's the heir to the family name. And judging by some of the texts and emails Nathan received, this is a hereditary practice.
  • We Used to Be Friends: It's implied in the first game and confirmed in Before the Storm that he and Rachel were close. Whatever friendship they had likely fizzled out when he drugged her for Jefferson.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Jefferson kills Nathan to frame him for his crimes.

    Warren Daniel Graham 
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Max! Let's go ape!
Voiced by: Carlos Luna (English), Makoto Naruse (Japanese)

A fellow student at Blackwell and friend of Max.


  • Adorkable: He's sweet, friendly, and a shameless nerd, along with his enthusiasm for science and movies.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He has a massive crush on Max, which Max initially seems somewhat oblivious of. She is seen to react awkwardly whenever others bring up the subject of his attentions towards her, and she often second-guesses whether her actions will lead him on in any way. In turn, Brooke has a massive crush on him, which he doesn't reciprocate. In Episode 5, Max can give him a kiss before she uses his photo to save Chloe yet she seems more concerned about her feelings about Chloe afterwards.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Warren is a Nice Guy who has Max's back, but he does have some very questionable characteristics. For example, Warren can be spotted watching Max outside her bedroom trying to look at her, he knows exactly how to make a pipe-cleaner bomb in order to assist Max breaking into the principal's office, gets drunk at a party despite being a minor, and he beats the crap out of Nathan with a little too much desire to do it (granted, only after Nathan seriously escalates the situation by pulling a gun while loudly declaring his intent to kill). In his locker there's a picture of Max he photoshopped himself into and the nightmare sequence in Episode 5 suggests that Max subconsciously views his behavior as somewhat creepy and possessive.
  • Badass Adorable: Becomes this in Episode 4, when he intervenes when Nathan harasses Max again. And it's a badass moment for him even if you choose to stop him.
  • Badass Bookworm: Mostly Warren comes across as a nerdy intellectual, but when he gets a reason to fight by god does he know how to fight. He survives a punch-out with Ax-Crazy Nathan Prescott in Episode 1, and when put in a similar situation in Episode 4 he headbutts Nathan to the ground, kicks a gun from his hand and goes ape for as long as Max is willing to allow.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's an Adorkable guy, but he will not hesitate to assault anyone who tries to harm Max. Nathan learns this the hard way.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He does this twice. The first time is when Nathan confronts Max in the parking lot in the first episode. Warren gets a black eye in the ensuing fight. The second time is in the fourth episode when Nathan catches Chloe and Max in the boys' dorm. Depending on your choice, Nathan either gets a light beating or a vicious one.
  • The Big Guy: There are two separate occasions when the game finds an excuse to get Warren into a fight with Nathan in defence of Max and Chloe. He seems to come off worst in the first one, but he dominates in the second one.
  • Butt-Monkey: To a lesser extent. He's always getting bruised up in some way or another, and you can even rewind and tell him to pour even more chemicals during his science experiment, causing an even worse explosion. While Brooke will comment on you not helping, Warren will simply take it with humor or even amazement.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Before the End of The World Party, he claims he's only had half a beer but is clearly crocked.
  • Catchphrase: "Go Ape!" (Gets a bit excessive in Episode 5)
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets his revenge on Nathan in Episode 4 when he intervenes to protect Max and Chloe. If Max doesn't hold him back, he'll lose control and beat Nathan even worse than Nathan did him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He really wants to get with Max. Max's attitude depends on the player. His Establishing Character Moment has him going in for a hug as Max approaches him, only for her to hand him the flash drive she borrowed and leave him awkwardly standing there mid-hug for a second. His doggedness really shows up in Episode 3 — if you decided not to go to the drive thru with him in Episode 2, he lets you know it's still an offer no less than three times across two episodes.
  • Geek: A big fan of sci-fi and horror films, both popular and obscure. He also enjoys Doctor Who.
  • Genre Savvy: Warren discovers what caused the tornado through his knowledge of time travel stories.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Gives Nathan a solid headbutt when he attacks Max in Episode 4, then proceeds to give him a serious beatdown after Nathan tries to shoot him.
  • Hand Behind Head: He pulls off this gesture a few times, befitting his awkward personality.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal version. He takes a beating from Nathan Prescott to protect Max in Episode 1.
  • Hidden Depths: Warren comes across as all (admittedly very dorky) sweetness and light most of the time, but he will beat Nathan to a bloody pulp in Episode 4 if Max doesn't stop him. He's got excellent reasons to fly off the handle, note  but all the same, he does have a dark side.
  • Just Friends: With Max unless the player chooses to have Max actively pursue his actions. She becomes uncomfortable when Warren tries to woo her and regularly has to remind people that he is not her boyfriend, but she values him as a close friend. If Max hugs Warren in Episode 5, she will reassure him when he calls himself “pathetic”, calling Warren one of her heroes.
  • Lovable Nerd: Max writes that she thinks of him as sort of a geeky little brother.
  • Motivational Kiss: Max can choose to kiss him before Max uses his photo to travel back to save Chloe.
  • Nerd: He's also a science nerd. He even has a Schrödinger's cat shirt.
  • Nice Guy: Despite some of his questionable acts, Warren mostly comes across as a supportive friend to Max, as well as generally sweet and friendly guy.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Nathan is nothing less than satisfying to see.
  • Secret Keeper: Max considers telling him about her power, but Nathan interrupts before she can get to it. She does text back later indicating she plans to, but decides against it in Episode 2, believing it isn't the right time and citing that it would probably make him even more clingy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ironically, if Max denied his invitation to the drive-in, he texts her in Episode 4 that after meeting Chloe he understands why she turned him down, and even encourages Max to get together with her.
  • The Smart Guy: Has a very high GPA, knows a lot about sci-fi, time travel, and quantum physics, and is the person Max goes to when she needs to know how to build a small pipe bomb. He may not be the most subtle guy, but his intelligence is undeniable.
  • Stalker with a Crush: If you look outside of Max's dorm window at the start of Episode 2, you can see Warren trying to peek into her room from a nearby building.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Episode 4. He fights Nathan when Nathan tries to attack Max and Chloe in the boys dorm. If Max/the player doesn't stop him, he'll outright beat Nathan to a bloody pulp and have Nathan begging for mercy. He regrets doing so, however.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he gets his hands on Nathan in their second bout he proceeds to beat the ever loving shit out of him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: All his none-too-subtle attempts to woo Max seem like something a romantic comedy protagonist would do. Unfortunately for him, he's in an Urban Fantasy mystery series.
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    Alternate timeline Chloe Price 
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"Hella"? I hate that word, no offense.
Voiced by: Ashly Burch

Max's decision to use her powers to prevent William's death had an unexpected side effect. William gave Chloe a car for her 16th birthday, and not long after Chloe got into a car accident and became paralyzed from the neck down.


  • And I Must Scream: Downplayed. The wonders of modern technology mean that Chloe's condition isn't quite as hopeless as it could be, but she's still completely paralyzed from the neck down, can't perform even basic daily routines by herself that most people take for granted, and is trapped in a body that is slowly and painfully breaking down.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Is a victim of this big time in episode 3. Max saving the life of Chloe's father has created a new future where Chloe ends up wheelchair bound, paralysed, and fixed with a tracheotomy.
  • The Cutie: Just like the mainline version of her, she is quite beautiful, but this Chloe is significantly sweeter and kinder.
  • Daddy's Girl: Joyce mentions that Chloe listens to William more than she does Joyce, even saying that Chloe seems to outright ignore her.
  • Disabled Snarker: While less sarcastic than her mainline version, she still gets a snarky line there and there, usually about hers and her parent's situation.
  • Foreshadowing: The choice that involves on whether or not if Max can Mercy Kill Chloe is a subtle sign of what the final decision will be in the last episode of the game.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Should Max agree to euthanize her.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Begs Max to help her die since her paralysis prevents her from doing it herself.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Contrasting her mainline equivalent's Icy Blue Eyes. Since this version of Chloe was never broken by William's death and the fallout therefrom, her eyes never lost that youthful sparkle.
  • Irony: Quite a few things about the alternate Chloe Price's life and personality are ironic inversions or distortions of her mainline counterpart's:
    • In Episode 1, Chloe parks her truck across two disability parking spaces. In Episode 3, she wants to steal money from the school's disability fund. In the alternate timeline Max creates at the end of the episode, she's a quadriplegic, and suffering the repercussions of the school's undersized disability fund (a letter from the principal recommends she transfer schools because Blackwell can't afford to make all its buildings wheelchair-accessible).
    • In the main timeline, Chloe is a disruptive high school dropout and a street punk. In the alternate timeline, she's a well-behaved straight-A student and a science geek.
    • Mainline Chloe often calls Max "Super Max" because of her time travel powers, which adds a little bit of extra sting when alternate Chloe tries to placate Max for being unable to do more by telling her she can't always be Super Max.
    • Alternate timeline Chloe never met Rachel Amber, and therefore seems relatively unconcerned about her disappearance beyond reflecting on how sad it must be for her parents.
    • The main timeline's Chloe is a casual drug user who sometimes uses "medicating" as an euphemism for getting high, and her stepfather disapproves of her habit. Alternate timeline Chloe is dependent on medically-prescribed regular doses of morphine to fight off the pain of her injuries, and her father has gone deeply into debt to provide this along with her other medical expenses.
    • Max has been spending so much time and effort to save Chloe from both death and her feelings of abandonment. Alternate Chloe's final request is to have Max euthanize her, and she'll call Max out for abandoning her if she can't go through with it.
  • Mercy Kill: She asks Max to give her one because she's already dying a slow, painful death and wants this wonderful day with her best friend to be her last memory. If Max fulfills her wish via morphine overdose, Chloe passes away peacefully, on her own terms, free of pain, and with a happy smile on her lips.
  • Nice Girl: This Chloe is incredibly nice to Max and is not that bitter about Max's refusal to contact her after the accident. She's also incredibly kind and understanding to her parents.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Deconstructed. As William was alive in this timeline, Chloe still remains happy and kind but on her 16th birthday, William was willing to give a brand new car to her as a gift which later ended up landing Chloe in a car accident, paralysed from her neck down and in the wheelchair permanently.
  • The Smart Guy: Chloe's much more astute in this timeline. She even got straight A's.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: This Chloe will ultimately die despite being such a kind person who doesn't deserve to pass away.
  • Up to Eleven: She uses these exact word to describe to Max what she wants her to do to her morphine drip.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her very existence spoils a rather large mid-game plot twist.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She will call out Max on this if she refuses to euthanize her, accusing her of wanting her and her family to suffer.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her respiratory system is slowly failing, so she doesn't have that much longer to live.

Season 2

    Esteban Diaz 
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Don't you think your papito deserves a hug?
Voiced by: Amador Plascencia

Sean and Daniel's caring, single father. He is shown to be a responsible, if not fairly relaxed father figure until his shooting death by a jumpy police officer.


  • Good Parents: In an almost exact fashion as William from the first game, he cares deeply about his two sons and will do just about anything to make sure they grow up to be responsible adults. Just like William, he dies, albeit not before the game's events.
  • Nice Guy: Kind, responsible and strict but fair. Nothing indicates that he isn't a loving and great father for the two boys.
  • Open-Minded Parent: He will give Sean money to buy alcohol with as long as his son is being honest about it. A conversation Sean can have in his garage implies he has seen his fair share of partying in his day and thus understands it's of no use to forbid your children from experimenting whatsoever. He does, however, ground Sean for finding his weed, implying he is keen on warning his oldest son about the risks of substance usage.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His untimely demise at the hands of a hasty cop causes Daniel's power to surge, killing the cop in the process and forcing the two boys on the run.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like William before him, he's a loving father who dies in a tragic accident.
  • Workaholic: Esteban works as a car mechanic and loves his job. Sean can find a large stack of outgoing invoices, noting that his dad must be working non-stop.

    Lyla Park 
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Shit changes so fast... I get so emo sometimes, wondering what'll happen to us once we graduate.
Voiced by: Mei Pak

Sean's best friend of several years, with whom he shares a very close relationship. After Sean and Daniel are forced to go on the run, Lyla is shown to be very concerned, with no doubt of her friend's innocence.


  • Like Brother and Sister: Both Lyla and Sean make it pretty clear that they mean a lot to each other. So much that if chosen to say goodbye, Lyla is the first and only person that Sean will risk calling while on the run.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Seems to be this with Sean, with the two of them maintaining a deep and strong relationship that seemingly has no romantic undertones. Lyla will tell Sean that she loves him several times throughout the first episode. Whether their relationship stays platonic, however, remains to be seen.
  • Romantic Wingman: Gladly and eagerly this for Sean towards Jenn.
  • Secret Keeper: If Sean decides to call her before he throws away his phone, she’s the only one who he received any updates to.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lyla approves Sean’s crush on Jenn and has helped him with getting Jenn to notice him.
  • The Stoner: Conversations with Sean has shown that she’s pretty heavy with weed.
  • Undying Loyalty: Never once doubts Sean after he and Daniel are on the run for a crime they didn't commit. Deconstructed when it's shown the toll and stress she endures defending them against the angry masses has her seeking therapy, especially if Sean never contacts her.

    Karen Reynolds 
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I know you don't owe me anything. But I beg you, please, help my sons if you can.

Sean and Daniel's mother. She abandoned her family shortly after Daniel was born.


  • Missing Mom: She's been missing for eight years. At the end of Episode 2, Sean and Daniel find a letter from her to her parents asking them to protect her children.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Subverted. She seemed to have a happy relationship with Esteban for years, up to about a year after the birth of Daniel. It's currently unknown exactly why she left her family behind, with Sean insistent in believing it was entirely for selfish reasons, and several clues (such as her having a CD of the Magic! song "Rude") implying that it might be slightly motivated by a disconnect between the Diaz and Reynolds families.
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