Introduced in Season One
Another student of Mr. Jefferson's class. Keeps to herself.
- Alliterative Name: Alyssa Anderson
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's chubby and a cute purple-haired girl.
- Born Unlucky: She can't seem to help wandering into misfortune.
- Butt-Monkey: Each episode has her suffer some kind of misfortune. In Episode 1, it's Zach's football. In Episode 2, it's a roll of toilet paper some random girl throws from the bathroom. In Episode 3, it's a car driving by that splashes her with water. In Episode 4, she gets knocked into the Blackwell pool by a thrown pool noodle. Max can intervene each time to help her, though. In Episode 5, she finds herself stranded on top of a crumbling building during the storm. You can let her probably die (which will happen no matter what you do when you skip out on helping her all four times you can), or be nice once more and save her. If Max saves her one last time, Alyssa helps her dodge a flying signpost.
- Deadpan Snarker: As seen in ''Before The Storm" when she offers her opinion on a social media conversation about a photo of Chloe and Rachel Amber:
- Goth: Wears lots of grey and black. Her voice actress Dayeanne Hutton even describes her as such.
- Guilty Pleasure: Is seen reading Chick Lit outside the girls dorm in Episode 1.
- Makes Us Even: If you save her in Episode 5, she returns the favor by saving Max from a falling sign and says "Now we're even."
- Not So Stoic: She can be seen clutching Warren in horror while watching Kate attempting to commit suicide.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In the alternate timeline, there's a text on Max's phone where Max accuses her of throwing things, though Alyssa denies Max being the target.
- Shipper on Deck: Not to the same extent with Dana, but she does mention that she understands why Warren is attracted to Max.
- The Stoic: She almost always looks and sounds bored.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair that gets darker at the roots.
A nerdy student who has a camera drone.
- The Cameo: Her sole appearance on Before the Storm is through a text sent to Chloe and a photo of herself linked to the text.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: More passive aggressive than clingy but she's like this to a certain extent toward Warren.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In Episode 4, Brooke gets very snippy towards Max if Max agreed to go to the movies with Warren back in Episode 2. She later apologises to Max at the party.
- Hollywood Atheist: Possibly, in an unused sound during Kate's suicide attempt, Kate mentions that Brooke made fun of her for not being an atheist.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Warren, due to Warren's own crush on Max. If Max turns down Warren's offer to go to the drive-in, Warren will go with Brooke instead but insists that he got Max an extra ticket if Max wants to change her mind. Even in the alternate timeline, Warren is not interested in her; he's dating Stella.
- Nerd Glasses: She's a nerd and wears glasses.
- Ship Tease: Max is impressed to see Daniel flirting with Brooke if she convinced him to attend the party.
A Vortex Club member, and a member of Victoria's Girl Posse.
- Beta Bitch: Victoria's personal pocket dog who follows her in all her catty schemes. Though considering she gets most of Victoria's insults compared to Taylor, she's more of an "Omega Bitch".
- Extreme Doormat:
- At the beginning of Episode 2, Victoria rudely orders her to do her homework for her, with Courtney happily agreeing before having the door slammed in her face.
- In Episode 5, Victoria made her "gatekeeper" for VIP section, something that she's seemingly unhappily with as she has another girl do the work for her while she's drinking alone.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In the alternate timeline, she insults Max and Taylor and is implied to be jealous at Victoria's clingy friendship with Max. Notably, Max never had text conversation with her in this timeline while she had them with Victoria and Taylor.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She shows nicer side to Max in Episode 2 if Max compliments her about dress code and fashion sense in Vortex Club. Befriending her can allow Max to enter VIP section during End of the World party in Episode 5.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied to be the reason why she's willing to be "slave" in Victoria's Girl Posse. Though she made fun of Max for not being in the same fashion with Vortex Club, once Max rewinds and compliments her about dress code and fashion sense, she's quickly pleased with the compliment and decides to personally write Max's name on the party's guest list without Victoria's consent.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: She's shown drinking alone during End of the World party, likely because she's unhappy of being "gatekeeper" for the VIP section instead of being allowed to stay in the VIP section.
- Kick the Dog: If Max couldn't save Kate in Episode 2, Courtney will leave a mean comment on Max's webpage at the beginning of Episode 3.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: She uses "like" in every line other of dialogue she speaks.
- OOC Is Serious Business: At the end of Episode 3 in the alternate timeline. She warns Victoria that they shouldn't have let Max in the Vortex Club, then calls Taylor a bitch when she defends her. This is despite the fact that Max can optionally befriend her in Episode 2, which shows her nicer side in the main timeline.
- Pet the Dog: Is the only member of Victoria's Girl Posse to not record Kate's attempted/successful suicide.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Towards Victoria. Even if the latter constantly insults her and treats her with little to no respect, Courtney is still always happy to do whatever she wants.
- Yes-Man: She always nods and agrees to everything Victoria says and does.
A member of the Vortex Club and cheerleader at Blackwell. Max notes that she's very nice.
During the events of Before the Storm, Dana took part in a production of The Tempest.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her main outfit is a low-cut black T-Shirt that shows half of her bra and emphasizes her breasts.
- Ambiguously Bi:Dana writes in a girls-night-out flyer that it's "bi-monthly & bi-friendly ;)".
- The Cheerleader: Averted. Dana is very friendly and Max considers her a friend, despite claiming she is 'the perfect cheerleader archetype'.
- The Cutie: She is beautiful as she is sweet.
- Dude Magnet: Attracts many members of the male cast.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Max mentally notes her to be a "gorgeous cheerleader".
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion:
- Subverted. However, there is a book on her shelves titled "How to Be A Good Baby Mama", so it seems like she was considering keeping it.
- Played straight in the comic, where Max briefly glimpses an alternate timeline where Dana had the baby and brings it to Two Whales Diner.
- HeelFace Turn: She goes from rooting for the Vortex Club to writing a report on how they have only made their school worse in the fifth episode.
- Ms. Fanservice: Heck, even Max says that she is a "gorgeous cheerleader."
- Nice Girl: The nicest member of the Vortex Club that Max knows. In Episode 3, she leaves encouraging messages on Max's webpage whether you kept Kate from killing herself or not.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Episode 2 shows that she is really psyched about Halloween. She's sent out a mass e-mail to everyone inviting them to the Halloween dance, personally invites Max to come, and has a whole box of decorations in her room.
- Odd Friendship: She and Max genuinely like each other despite both being in two different social circles.
- Shipper on Deck: Obviously knows about Warren's crush on Max, so she keeps trying to nudge Max toward him.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for sweet skater boy Trevor who treats her right and would do anything for her.
- Teen Pregnancy: She became pregnant by Logan, but had an abortion.
- Token Good Teammate: She's the only one of the Vortex Club members to openly treat others with respect.
A talented sketch artist who is frequently bullied by his peers.
- Alliterative Name: Daniel DaCosta.
- All of the Other Reindeer: In the beginning of Episode 1, he can be seen being tackled on a locker by Logan. Due to his weight and shyness, he's the frequent target of most popular kids.
- Foil: To Mark Jefferson. Both are bespectacled artists who had Rachel - and depending on your choices, Max - as their muses. However, while Jefferson is a photographer who is highly respected by his peers, is superficially charming, and takes photos of his subjects without their consent, Daniel is a sketch artist who is frequently bullied, is genuinely friendly, and asks for his models' permission before he sketches them.
- Graceful in Their Element: He's not a good photographer, but talented illustrator, something that Max can point out to him.
- Nice Guy: One of the kinder students around.
- Planet of Steves: He shares his name with Daniel Diaz, the deuteragonist of Life Is Strange 2, and his name is also Warren's middle name.
- Ship Tease: He is seen apparently flirting with Brooke if Max convinced him to go to the party in Episode 4.
- Shrinking Violet: He's rather shy and has low self-esteem.
A photography student that Max respects.
- The Ace: He's one of the more talented photographers at Blackwell and he knows it.
- Ascended Extra: In Before the Storm, Evan gains a lot more screen time and interaction than he did in the original game. He even has moments where he tries to bond with Chloe.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his aloof behaviour, Episode 2 of Before the Storm highlights some of these. He can be seen looking quite goofy as he obsessively tries to set up a shot with a bird, and in his conversation with Chloe he tells Chloe that he admires her approach to life (especially if she seriously signed his petition), and compliments her intelligence (albeit backhandedly by accusing her of wasting it).
- Hipster: A bigger, more obnoxious one than Max, evidenced by both his wardrobe and his trivia questions about obscure photography facts.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass: If you want to look in Evan's photo album, you have to pass a photography trivia question. He'll ask you who photographed the "Falling Soldier". The correct answer is Robert Capa.
- Too Dumb to Live: He figures that a vicious tornado is an excellent photo-op. He gets a fridge door upside the head if Max doesn't warn him.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's very self-important about his photography for a high schooler.
- Soap Box Sadie: In Before The Storm, according to Chloe. She even wonders what soapbox he's on this time (it's wildfires).
- Vocal Dissonance: In Season One, due to being voiced by Carlos Luna, otherwise known as Warrens voice actor. He gets a much more mature, fitting voice in Before the Storm.
A member of the Vortex Club who has a fondness for marijuana.
During the events of Before the Storm, Hayden took part in a production of The Tempest.
- Ascended Extra: Was more or less a background character in the original game, but in Before the Storm he gains a subplot where he's in a play with Rachel.
- Flat Character: Not much in the personality department other than his archetype as The Stoner, at least not until Before the Storm, where it's revealed that he takes a liking to acting, being quite good at it.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out that Hayden enjoys acting in the Drama Club, including in Shakespeare plays, despite his position as cool jock.
- He Really Can Act: In-Universe, everyone at the Drama Club is genuinely surprised that Hayden can go from a ditzy jock into a Shakespearean actor.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Due to being a stoner, Hayden is really not a good judge of character.
- Hayden believes that Nathan is just a harmless prankster who likes drugs. Hayden continues to defend Nathan, even after the rest of the Vortex Club starts to realize that Nathan is creepy.
- He also believes Victoria respects Rachel, even if she kept a vandalized Rachel's missing person poster and is shown tearing down some missing person posters from message board.
- The worst of all, he defends Sean Prescott if Max blames the Prescott patriarch for Nathan's mental instability.
- Nice Guy: Max admits in her inner monologue that despite being a member of the Vortex Club, he's actually not an ass. Indeed, he's very approachable in optional dialogue, and even has nice things to say about Nathan of all people.
- The Stoner: He is almost never sober.
- Token Minority: One of the few non-white students at Blackwell.
Another member of the Vortex Club who writes for the school gazette.
During the events of Before The Storm, Juliet takes part in the Blackwell drama department's production of The Tempest.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She admits to Dana that she's "stupid jealous" after Max proves Dana's innocence.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Believed Victoria over Dana, her best friend, when the former said she saw a sext from the latter on Zach's phone.
- Innocently Insensitive: In Episode 3, she emails both Max and Dana if she can question them over Kate's attempted/successful suicide for an article. Dana gently reminds her that now is not the right time for that.
- Intrepid Reporter: She's a reporter at the school journal, and she's ready at everything to have the latest gossips for her articles.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The recurring theme with Juliet is that every time Max speaks with her, she seems to learn from her mistakes.
- In the first episode, she apologizes after Max proves Dana didn't sext Zachary. She regrets being gullible to Victoria's lies, and her jealous behaviour, and offers to buy Dana dinner as reconciliation.
- In the second episode, after being chided by Max for participating in the gossip and watching Kate's video, she promises not to watch it again or spread it around.
- Unlike Victoria, she's also shown to be visibly distraught along with Dana upon watching Kate's attempted suicide near the end of the second episode.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She acts quite rude and is clearly a popular girl, but mostly she is just reckless and has a tendency to jump to conclusions. When reasoned with she proves to be a decent girl willing to change her behavior for the better, which sets her apart from Victoria and her Girl Posse.
- Operation: Jealousy: She's seen flirting with Logan in Episode 2, clearly to spite on Zach. Since she reconciles with Zach in Episode 5, she's clearly not serious when she flirted with Logan.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Her haircut.
- School Newspaper Newshound: She takes a stand against the Vortex Club by writing an article about them, denouncing the loss of their original counterculture values and transformation into a snobby elite.
A skater boy who is constantly stoned.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is a stoner, but hates Victoria and Vortex Club.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He has a falling out with his best friend Trevor after Trevor hooks up with Justin's crush Dana.
- Nice Hat: Constantly wears a baseball cap.
- Ship Tease: He is once seen flirting with Chloe.
- The Slacker: Is almost always seen chillaxing somewhere.
- The Stoner: He is almost always baked.
- Vocal Dissonance: Much like Evan, in Season One, he had a very high-pitched voice provided by Carlos Luna. Also like Evan, he gets a more age-appropriate voice actor in Before the Storm.
A Vortex Club member and football player who likes to bully people.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He hits on Max in Episode 4. She's understandably not impressed.
- Aesop Amnesia: He clearly regrets abandoning Dana after he got her pregnant, but this doesn't stop him from propositioning Max at the End of the World Party.
- The Bully: He's first seen shoving Daniel into a locker. It's implied that this is a fairly regular occurrence.
- Hate Sink: While not as repulsive as Sean Prescott or Mark Jefferson, he's still a nasty piece of work. His first appearance shows him bullying Daniel DaCosta and he gets his girlfriend Dana pregnant. While he does write her an apologetic letter, he later demonstrates that he's learned nothing when he hits on Max at the Vortex Club party, to which she can respond by calling him out on all his dreadful behavior.
- Jerkass: He's a huge bully and a sexist creep. You can tell him this to his face in Episode 4.
- Jerk Jock: Is a football player that wears a varsity jacket, is in the cool kids group and bullies kids and creeps every girl he can find.
A student who hates the Vortex Club.
- The Aloner: He's always seen alone. Even in the End of the World party, he says he actively avoids seeing people, though he's glad to see Max.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: According to Max, he uses his phone as a shield to avoid talking to people.
- Pet the Dog: In episode 1, if you report Nathan to the Principal for having a gun, you can later tell Luke that you "busted" Nathan, will will cheer Luke up considerably.
A Blackwell student who studies frequently.
- Ambiguous Situation: Frank's logbook shows that she purchased ADHD medication from him at least once. She may actually have the condition and has problems getting the medication legally, she may be using it recreationally, or she may be using as a stimulant to help study and improve concentration, the latter making sense in light of the fact that she's under pressure to escape an impoverished life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She says she escaped poverty and an abusive home, however the truth of this becomes ambiguous when one remembers that it was said while in Max's nightmare.
- Go-Getter Girl: In Max's own words, she didn't come to Blackwell to mess around. Her possible past of poverty and abuse reinforces her as an archetypal self-made woman.
- Hot for Teacher: She tells Max that she'd totally try to get a fling with Mr. Jefferson, like Victoria and many other female students.
- Meganekko: Her beauty is emphasized by her glasses.
- Nerd Glasses: She wears glasses and is one of the smartest students at Blackwell.
- Nice Girl: A kind and sweet bookworm.
- Not a Morning Person: She's still sleeping in the morning in Episode 2 and yells at Dana for playing music loudly and Max for knocking her door. Max even quotes the trope verbatim.
A Vortex Club member, a member of Victoria's Girl Posse, and arguably her second in command.
- Beta Bitch: Seen with Victoria the most and is given a bit more respect than Courtney.
- Dummied Out: Unused audio and text files in Before the Storm shows that Taylor was going to appear in Episode 1 and have a Backtalk challenge with Chloe, but the scene was cut for unknown reasons.
- The Fashionista: Part of being in the Vortex Club and in Victoria's Girl Posse.
- Hypocrite: In Episode 2, she claims she is 'not about bringing people down', right after hassling Kate with Victoria in the bathroom.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Victoria.
- Innocent Beta Bitch: Despite being Victoria's closest lackey, she's a bit more decent person when Victoria's absent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While around Victoria, she is just as eager to make fun of people. Alone, she is a bit easier to talk to.
- Kick the Dog: Is seen video taping Kate about to jump with Victoria in Episode 2, though she later regrets her bullying on Kate in Episode 3.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: She frequently adds "like" to her sentences.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: She has long waist-lenght hair and is a popular girl.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Kate's attempted/successful suicide in Episode 2, she can apologize to Max for what happened in the last episode.
- Odd Friendship: Despite being one of the rudest students to Max early on, she can become very friendly to her in Episode 4 when spoken to at the party, depending on Max's past actions, and regards Max as her friend.
- Took a Level in Kindness: If Max sympathizes with Taylor about her mother, she will be way easier to talk to and will even consider Max a friend and be nice to her in Episode 4.
A skater boy.
- Epic Fail: In Episode 1, Max can talk to the skaters, and potentially ask them to show her a tre flip. Trevor will attempt the move...only for him to slip, and cause his skateboard to hit him in the gnads. Max then has the option of taking a picture of him in pain for a trophy. His friends don't care about his plight but laugh their asses off if Max takes his photo.
- I Can't Dance: Just look at him dancing with Dana in the "End of The World" party in episode 4. Dana finds it funny though.
- Nice Guy: Part of his flat characterization. It's one of the main reasons Dana fell for him.
- Nice Hat: Always wearing a red beanie on his head.
- Relationship Upgrade: He and Dana become a couple in Episode 2.
A Vortex Club member, quarterback for the Blackwell Bigfoots, and Juliet's boyfriend at least until Episode 2, although come the Vortex party in Episode 4 they've made up. And how..
- Characterization Marches On: He seems to be a stereotypical Jerk Jock in Episode 1, as Max mentions he bullied Luke at one point and supposedly cheating on Juliet with Victoria, as well as dismissing Max and calling her hipster. As of Episode 2, however, he's shown to be nicer and pretty friendly to Max.
- Genius Bruiser: Considering that he is a talented football player at an elite Art School, this is probably the case.
- Jerk Jock: Seems to be this in the first episode, what with the whole cheating on Juliet by sexting Victoria, but as we see in Episode 2, he's actually a decent guy.
- Kick the Dog: If you fail to save Kate, he sends Max a message with an insensitive remark about how when their team loses a game, no one dies.
- Lovable Jock: He's very friendly with Max if you talk to him and seems genuinely worried about Kate's attempting suicide. He's also implied to be the jock whose room slate has supportive message for Kate (the other jock's room slate only mentions football, clearly implying Logan's).
Introduced in Before the Storm
A student at Blackwell who seems to have a crush on Chloe.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He appears to have a crush on Chloe. Her diary entries reveal they've hooked up a few times in the past; while she didn't see it as anything more, he is clearly smitten by her.
- Amazon Chaser: A very borderline example, but he seems to have a crush on Chloe, who is the toughest girl at Blackwell. In episode 3 it's revealed to be more of an obsession.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the surface he appears to be a trustworthy, dorky guy who cares for Chloe, but his nice guy act is just a cover to hide his demented lust for her. When Chloe is forced to confront him on this he drops all kindness he had and starts threatening her.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's jealous of Rachel for taking Chloe's time, and gets aggressive towards Chloe about it, telling her to focus on him instead.
- Entitled to Have You: How he feels about Chloe.
- Evil All Along: After a few hints were dropped on Eliot not being as kindhearted as he appears on the surface, the finale of Before the Storm outright confirms that he's an insane stalker.
- Evil Counterpart: To Warren. They're both shy, nerdy boys with romantic interest in both games' protagonists. But while Warren takes Max's potential romance with Chloe quite well, Eliot snaps when Chloe takes interest in Rachel. He uses his concern for Chloe's safety to mask his jealousy and even goes as far as to shove Chloe if she tries to walk past him, throw objects in frustration and/or hug Chloe against her will.
- False Friend: He tried to win Chloe's heart by acting like a caring friend, but after she chooses Rachel and brushes him off, he drops the act.
- Hate Sink: By the final episode, once his true colors are revealed he becomes an unsympathetic jerk.
- Irony: Being caught in the DA's office by the police gets him expelled from Blackwell, something that he grilled Chloe, and by extension, Rachel for.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's right that Rachel has had some negative effects on Chloe's life (getting at least suspended from Blackwell and confronting dangerous criminals for Rachel's sake) and has made her do questionable or outright illegal things (like breaking into the DA's office, stealing his money and tampering with evidence). However, he fails to realize the good things Rachel has done for Chloe (such as protecting her from the "skeevy guys", trying to cover for her in Wells' office and basically being her only real friend, a position Eliot himself claims but doesn't exactly live up to).
- Laser-Guided Karma: After stalking, interrogating, and potentially shoving Chloe, he ends up tripping an alarm of the DA's office if Chloe wins the backtalk and is left alone while she escapes. This leads to his expulsion.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's the artistic, awkward loner trying to impress Chloe, the toughest girl in school.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after Elliot Rodger, who committed a mass shooting over ostensibly being unable to get a girlfriend.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: His antagonistic role in Episode 3 has virtually no impact on the overall narrative.
- The Sociopath: He completely disregards Rachel's injuries to see if Chloe is ok. He justifies his obsession by saying that he's earned Chloe's love and starts acting hostile when she rejects him.
- Stalker with a Crush: The finale reveals that he's been following Chloe for a long time.
- Teens Are Monsters: He's a sociopathic jerk who feels like he deserves Chloe's love, but when she avoids him for too long he starts threatening her.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: At first glance he seems to be a shy nerd who's close friends with Chloe, but in reality he's a self-entitled creep who obsesses over her.
- Walking Spoiler: He's not important to the main plot, but it's hard to talk about him without spoiling his obsessive nature over Chloe.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: In episode 3, he behaves like he's entitled to Chloe's affection because he was there for her after Max left and William died. Mixed with a little Gaslighting, because he claims that 'no one else gave a shit' about Chloe except for him.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: In episode 3, has him ask Chloe why she "made" him shove her into a desk, if she tries to walk past him during their confrontation
- Would Hit a Girl: In Episode 3, trying to walk past Eliot when he begins to confront Chloe will result in him shoving her back.
- Yandere: His poetry journal is all about his crush on Chloe. The last poem is his fantasy of murdering her for rejecting him. In episode 3 he lashes out at her for spurning him in favor of Rachel, though she can talk him down.
Stephanie "Steph" Gingrich
An openly lesbian student at Blackwell who likes to play tabletop roleplaying games. She is also the Blackwell student body's prime source of bootleg DVDs.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Mikey are best friends and share common interests such as their love of filmography and tabletop games.
- Butch Lesbian: Downplayed. She's more of a tomboy than anything.
- Cold Ham: When playing tabletop games, Steph is really into it, but keeps her voice tone down to fit with the mysterious vibe of the game.
- Commonality Connection: She appears to start reaching out to Chloe when she (correctly) suspects she might be attracted to girls. If Chloe admits she's "it's complicated" with Rachel in episode 2, she'll offer her advice.
- Death Glare: Gives a hilarious one to Mikey when he teases her about her crush on Rachel in front of Chloe.
- Dungeon Master: Is a pretty good one, mainly as one for Mikey and Drew at the end of the game. She also puts her skills to use as stage manager for the play.
- A Friend in Need: If Mikey's injured by Damon, she doesn't hesitate to miss the play she's stage managing to go to the hospital with him and Drew.
- Hopeless Suitor: She has a crush on Rachel, who is unfortunately Chloe's love interest. Even in the event where Chloe chooses to tell Steph she doesn't know where her relationship with Rachel stands, Rachel still goes missing and gets killed in the end before Steph has the time to confess.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Has a crush on Rachel, but treads carefully when she notices that she and Chloe might already be dating. If the player has Chloe say she's not sure (which is as close as she'll get to saying "yes") after being asked if they're together, Steph will back off and offer Chloe her advice.
- Nice Girl: She's friendly and fun to be around, and puts friendship above everything else, as seen with Mikey when he gets sent to the hospital and she gives up on managing the play to be by her friend's side.
- Nice Hat: Wears a white beanie with a tiny flame logo in the corner in Episode 1.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Mikey.
Michael "Mikey" North
A nerdy Blackwell student who often plays tabletop roleplaying games with Steph.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: On the receiving hand of this by his older brother.
- Alter Ego: His Dungeons & Dragons character, Elamon.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Steph are best friends and share common interests such as their love of filmography and tabletop games.
- Black and Nerdy: He's black and your typical D&D nerd.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His Dungeons & Dragons character has a vast array of fire spells and one acid spell which is unsuitable for close quarters, which proves troublesome when Steph's boss monster has an armband protecting it from fire.
- Ill Boy: Episode 2 heavily implies that he has some sort of disease, hence Drew selling prescription drugs to the rest of the football team for money and hoarding the cash he's supposed to send up the ladder; one of Drew's e-mails mentions him having to be taken to the hospital, his bed is in Drew's dorm in case of emergencies, and a light smack from Damon is enough to break his arm and send him to the emergency room.
- Large Ham: Whenever he plays roleplaying tabletop games.
- Made of Plasticine: As stated above, a single slap in the wrist by Damon is enough to sent him to the hospital. It's later stated that he may have a brittle bone condition.
- Meganekko: A male example. His glasses makes him look even cuter.
- Morality Pet: His Jerk Jock older brother Drew is very protective of him.
- Nerd: Scrawny physique? Check. Nerd Glasses? Check. Fan of D&D and old movies? Check.
- Nice Guy: Chloe says in her diary than Mikey is one of the few genuinely nice people around Blackwell.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Michael, but he usually goes by Mikey.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Steph.
- Precision F-Strike: He's not above using curse words, but he's nowhere near most foul-mouthed characters such as Chloe.
- Protectorate: To his older brother Drew. Chloe also notes that despite barely knowing him, she feels a strong need to protect him.
- Stepford Smiler: He's normally in good spirits, but Chloe mentions in her description of him that he can sometimes be a little morbid. Episode 2 implies that he has some sort of serious illness that his family can barely afford to treat, so it's no wonder.
A Blackwell football player who is upset at how the Prescott family bought Nathan a seat on the team (especially since his father's fallen on very hard times thanks to the Prescotts' dealings). He is protective of his little brother Mikey.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't appear to like Nathan insulting his lower-class background. The fact that his dad's been left homeless by Nathan's dad's business decisions probably doesn't help.
- Big Brother Instinct: Chloe's notes mention that while Mikey looks like the sort of uber-nerd who would be mercilessly bullied, no one at Blackwell is dumb enough to mess with Drew North's baby brother. Also, the code to open the box with the money in his room is Mikey's birthdate.
- The Bully: His Establishing Character Moment has him messing with Nathan Prescott and threaten to throw his photography book in the fountain (and can do so if Chloe doesn't intervene).
- Career-Ending Injury: Implied if Damon breaks his knee, since at the end of Episode 3, he'll no longer be wearing his letterman jacket.
- Cool Big Bro: As big of a jerk he appears to be in his first scene, he's actually revealed to be a protective and supportive big brother to Mikey.
- Dumb Jock: Subverted. Chloe thinks of him as one at first, but according to Frank, he's actually pretty sharp. Searching his room not only confirms this, but drives home how much he cares about his family.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Staying inside with Mikey when Damon confronts Drew, results in Damon busting Drew's leg, which puts his football scholarship and possible future professional football career at risk.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite his meatheaded attitude, he's a lot smarter than he looks, according to Frank. His response to a scholarship offer on his computer is quite eloquent.
- Good Counterpart: To Nathan. Both boys are very popular jocks in high school with violent tempers and a very troubled home life, but Nathan's habits lead him down a much darker path where he ends up being manipulated into doing terrible things while Drew is trying to be a genuinely good student at Blackwell and his motives are to help his caring family instead of himself.
- HeelFace Turn: By the finale he mends his ways and finally treats Chloe with respect.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He definitely goes too far in bullying Nathan, but he has a legitimate reason for holding a grudge against the Prescott family, seeing as Sean Prescott ruined his father and put him out of a job. He's also correct that Nathan didn't earn his spot on the team, since Sean bought the position for him.
- Jerk Jock: Comes off as a huge asshole, although Chloe's diary and Mikey claim that he's actually a decent person. He shows a softer side in Episode 2.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a rude bully who deals drug and steals from his supplier, but he cares very deeply about his family. He would rather get beaten to a bloody pulp than endanger Mikey and give away the money their father desperately needs.
- Lovable Jock: What he becomes after Character Development.
- Promotion to Parent: His and Mikey's father seems to be living in a homeless shelter, so Mikey appears to be currently living in his dorm room.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the finale he's mellowed out and more approachable. He even starts playing Dungeons & Dragons with Mikey and his friends.
- If Chloe stays in the room with Mikey and keeps Mikey from running out to confront Damon, he genuinely thanks her for protecting his brother even if she ripped him a new one over bullying Nathan.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Naturally, due to being a retconned prequel character, we don't get to see what became of him three years later. It can be assumed that he went pro and started gaining legitimate money for his family if Chloe saved him, or gave his father the money he hid from Damon and got him out of the homeless shelter if he took the beating.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He'll call Chloe out for interfering if she gives Damon the money he owes him to stop him getting beaten up (especially if she called him out for bullying Nathan), though he does later admit she was only trying to help.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted. His reaction to Chloe giving Damon the money she was sent to retrieve in order to save him from his beating (and, as we see if you stay out of it, getting his knee broken) is to bark at her for intervening. Then again, getting involved got Mikey's arm broken, and it's heavily implied that he has a brittle bone condition, so Mikey getting hurt in any way is significantly worse than Drew suffering a beating. Drew was also deliberately hiding that money to give to his father, so it's perfectly understandable for him to get peeved. He does lighten up and apologize to Chloe later on, though.
A shy, bookish student of Blackwell. She has a crush on Nathan.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She appears to have a crush on the emotionally damaged Nathan and seemingly wants to help him out of his shell.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: If Chloe succeeds in defending Nathan from Drew, her snickering from Chloe owning Drew will provoke the latter into telling her to shut the fuck up. Samantha will immediately retort with telling him (literally) to do the same.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Nathan's Brooding Boy.
- The Cutie: Much like Max, she's a nice girl trying to do what's right and has absolutely no problem befriending the likes of Chloe or Nathan of all people.
- Cute Bookworm: She loves to read and is very cute.
- Demoted to Extra: In the finale to Before the Storm, she goes from a side character to a background character with less than two scenes with Nathan before the storyline concludes.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: A cute, gentle and reserved girl with blue eyes.
- Morality Pet: Played with. If Chloe's choices has impacts on Nathan accepting Samantha's friendship, she will become this to him, as her support helps Nathan give an amazing performance as Caliban during the play of The Tempest (instead of messing his lines and running off) and he will even give her ice cream at the hospital if Samantha got injured by a cyclist. Unfortunately, if Chloe fails to make them friends, Nathan's emotional state will deteriorate and he can even go as far as breaking two of her ribs.
- Nice Girl: Appears to be generally sweet and mild-mannered.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Potentially; if Chloe encourages her to befriend Nathan, but the player doesn't make enough choices that benefit him, then in Episode 3, she will be hospitalized courtesy of Nathan breaking two of her ribs due to "unwanted advances". Even if Nathan ends up on good terms with her, she's still injured by a cyclist while hanging out with him.
- No, You: If Chloe successfully Backtalks Drew, he'll tell Samantha to "shut the fuck up" after she laughs about how Chloe owned him. Samantha throws it back in his face, telling him to "shut the fuck up".
- Out of Focus: She gets the least amount of screentime among the new student characters and by the finale she's been Demoted to Extra.
- Precision F-Strike: If you choose to defend Nathan during his fight with Drew North, Samantha will step in and throw the F-bomb at him as well.
- Put on a Bus: Sometime after the prequel, since she does not appear or is mentioned in the main game at all.
- Shrinking Violet: Chloe even compares her to Max.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Seems to be one for Max (Who Chloe internally compares her to), being a shy, soft spoken brown haired girl who sides with Chloe.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: This is pretty much entirely owed to her being a retconned prequel character, but it's never revealed what came of her by the events of the original game. Seeing as Nathan later hangs out with the Vortex Club, it can be assumed that her friendship with him may have failed at some point.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She becomes disappointed in Chloe if she doesn't help Nathan when he's being harassed by Drew North.
- Uncertain Doom: Assuming you got her and Nathan to become friends, what became of her as of 2013? Considering Nathan's.. interests later in life.. Though, in that case, the Dark Room has no binders labeled "Samantha", so she thankfully wasn't a victim. At best, they just drifted apart due to Nathan's increasingly toxic influences or she just moved away.