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    Maxine "Max" Caulfield 
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I take photos. Of me, the world, everything. It may sound sad, but I have a blast.
Voiced by: Hannah Telle (English), Kumi Tanaka (Japanese)

The protagonist of Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm’s "Farewell" episode.

An 18-year-old girl that recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Max is a shy student with a passion for photography. However, her introverted nature and interests make her somewhat of an outcast at Blackwell Academy. Max's mundane life is turned around one day when she somehow gains the ability to rewind time, and begins seeing visions of the town's destruction.


  • Action Girl: Somewhat becomes one in the previous episodes but ultimately in Episode 5.
  • Adorkable: She's quiet at first, sweet, endearing, and dorky in a sheepish way.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She pleads with Mr. Jefferson in Episode 5 when he prepares a lethal injection, not because she's afraid of him killing her specifically, but because the town is about to be wiped out and she's the only one who can stop it.
  • All-Loving Hero: It's possible to play her this way: You can have her express sympathy for Victoria after humiliating her, break up a fight between Dana and Juliet, comfort Kate (and ultimately save her from committing suicide), and generally try to help other people, regardless of how unpleasant they are. The only person she can't show the slightest bit of sympathy for is Mark Jefferson, who is unquestionably undeserving.
  • Alpha Bitch: Interestingly enough, the alternate version of her created when Mainstream Max saves William in Episode 3 seems to be a downplayed version before Mainstream Max gets catapulted forward in time and takes over. This Max's circle of friends now almost exclusively includes Vortex Club members such as Nathan and Victoria (who are themselves much more friendly), and her texts imply that she looks on less popular girls like Alyssa with disdain and treats her parents rather disrespectfully. Her journal entries are very sparse compared to those of Mainstream Max, and she seems much more interested in partying than school.
  • Alternate Self: In Episode 5, Max sees a vision of one of her own alternate selves during her Nightmare Sequence, who has a nasty disposition and brutally berates her for messing with time and being "Chloe's puppet" until the "real" Chloe shows up and tells her to shut up. Since this is a nightmare, whether or not this other Max is in fact an alternate self is up for debate.
    • At the end of episode 3, after going back in time to save Chloe's father, Max finds herself in an alternate timeline, in control of a version of herself that's popular, ambitious, a member of the Vortex Club, and even friends with Victoria and Nathan. Some of her texts, however, imply that she's still as insecure as ever on the inside.
  • Always Save the Girl: The final decision to be made in the series is to play this trope straight or to avert it. If she chooses to save Chloe, Arcadia Bay and its residents (including friends and family of the two) will presumably perish in the storm, which was caused by Max using her powers in the first place. On the other hand she could choose to sacrifice Chloe by using a photo to go back in time to before she knew she had powers, and allow Nathan to murder her.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She is shown as extremely introverted, preferring to stay in her room, has to isolate herself with music and excuse herself to the loo to to have a "meltdown" after being called on in class, is reluctant to submit her photo (despite strong encouragement from her favourite teacher), and has trouble getting to know people (even her dorm-mates), until her powers allow her to "cheat". She also comes across as aloof to her peers (a common experience for people on the autistic spectrum or with anxiety disorders) and apparently fluctuates between being too quiet or too chatty. She is in an IEP (Individualized Education Program, a program usually reserved for students with some form of disorder which means they need help) according to her student file, but otherwise nothing is confirmed.
  • Animal Motif: A doe for her. In Episode 1, she wears a shirt under her hoodie that says 'Jane' followed by a picture of a deer (Jane Doe), she has sketches of a doe in her journal, and there is a ghostly doe that leads her to the lighthouse in her second vision. In Episode 2, she wears another shirt with a picture of a deer, there's a drawing of a deer in the bathroom at the Two Whales diner, and the ghost deer (which also happens to be unaffected by Max's power) shows up when she goes to the junkyard with Chloe. If you take a picture of it, it isn't visible in the photo. In Episode 3, there's a doe in a snow globe in the past at Chloe's house. Episode 4 strongly implies that the doe is Rachel's spirit, as it was standing over her grave in the junkyard in Episode 2 and is seen watching Max and Chloe when they discover her corpse in Episode 4. If Max chooses to sacrifice Chloe to save the town in Episode 5, she can be seen wearing a deer-shaped necklace at the funeral. Alternatively, the phantom doe that Max encounters appears to be Rachel's spirit, which might make the doe Rachel's spirit animal and Max's association with it Foreshadowing of her being Rachel's Expy.
  • Badass Adorable: She's an undeniably cute girl, along with being quite Adorkable and a Cute Clumsy Girl, who has the power to rewind time. 'Nuff said.
  • Badass Armfold: She frequently has this in the cutscenes.
  • Badass Pacifist: For the majority of the game, Max doesn't exactly get physically involved in combating her enemies. Instead, she make noble threats to her enemies, by player choice, and mostly relies on her brains over brawn while resolving conflicts.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Chose to go to Blackwell Academy because of Jefferson's photography class and being a fan of his work. She wanted Jefferson to notice her talents. She got her wish, but Jefferson is also a sociopath who drugs and almost kills her while lamenting how good a photographer she is.
  • Berserk Button: Even in the early episode's where she's naturally passive and non-confrontational, she gets angry every time someone bullies Kate.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's one of the kindest characters in the game and a Time Master who can manipulate the actions of others in her favor. Jefferson learned it the hard way.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Potential one in Episode 5:
    • If Max sacrifices Chloe to save Arcadia Bay, the two of them share a passionate kiss if Max/the player chooses to kiss her in Episode 3 and supported her throughout the playthrough (see Relationship Values).At the end of journal she may bring up her romantic feelings for Chloe.
  • Bi the Way: Internal monologue in Episode 1 tells us she's attracted to "skater boys", though she notes the reverse isn't true. Conversation and action options (including potentially kissing Chloe on a dare) in Episode 3 indicates with latest journal entry that she is attracted to Chloe. Chloe can mention that Max would've had a crush on Rachel as well, something Max doesn't deny. Throughout her journal entries, and after she returns to her timeline in Episode 4, she also frequently mentions wanting to kiss Chloe. Even before Chloe is introduced proper into the story, Max mentions her frequently. In diner, she can kiss Warren before she focuses on a photo, provided the player has made at least one choice in Warren's favor. Yet, in either way she seems more concerned about her feelings about Chloe afterwards; Episode 5 does away with the ambiguous part. Eventually Max falls in love with Chloe; though if you have enough "pro-Chloe" choices, Max will share a passionate kiss with her if you decide to sacrifice Chloe to save Arcadia Bay.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her time travel powers seem to cause more problems than it solves. Initially, she manages to avoid lots of trouble, even save people's lives. The first downside is her having Psychic Nosebleed when she rewinds too much. Later, at the end of Episode 3, she uses a photograph to go back 5 years and change the past, saving William, but screwing up completely because now Chloe got into an accident and is dying in a wheelchair. She has to use time travel again to undo this. Also, weirder and weirder natural phenomena start to appear, apparently caused by her using her time powers. This ends in a huge tornado in Episode 5. In the Sacrifice Chloe ending, she chooses to undo everything she had ever changed, including saving Chloe, in order to save Arcadia Bay from the tornado.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As seen in her alternate 13-year-old version in Episode 3, she had black-dyed hair with a Tomboyish Ponytail. In the present, she sports a messy brown bob cut.
  • Breaking Speech: Gets to give a great one to Victoria thanks to hopping around the timeline and finding out loads about her. Significantly it isn't a cruel speech, it just takes down Victoria's jerkass demeanour in a few sentences, leaving her mildly stunned.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Chloe's brawn. The beauty part can quality for both herself and Chloe, since both of them are very good-looking.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: During the final code puzzle in the Two Whales Diner bathroom during the Nightmare, if you enter an incorrect code 50 times, Max will say that she is going to make the designers pay for making all of these code puzzles (and the door unlocks).
  • Break the Cutie: Courtesy of Jefferson in the beginning of Episode 5 and her Nightmare Sequence also got her this nearly throughout the episode.
  • Camera Fiend: She studies photography at Blackwell Academy. Therefore, she carries her camera around all the time. In sticking with her Hipster persona, it is a vintage 600 Series Polaroid.
  • Catchphrase: "Wowser!" is Max's go-to exclamation, possibly to provide a dorky, childish contrast to Chloe's "hella".
  • Catapult Nightmare: Max does this at the beginning of Episode 3, having nodded off at her desk in her room.
  • Childhood Friends: Max and Chloe were BFFs before Max moved. Their reunion is a trying time for both of them, as they both adjust to who the other has become in the mutual absence.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: What her relationship with Chloe can eventually become, depending on player choices.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Following her Character Development, she starts off walking past a student being picked on without even giving the player the option to make her intervene in Episode 1. Then she pushes herself to rescue Chloe after she's shot shortly after despite not having a clue what's going on. Through character development, this escalates to possibly risking her neck to save a handful of individuals in the middle of a hurricane in a reality she intends to erase via Cosmic Retcon in a few minutes anyway in Episode 5 - depending, of course, on whether the player goes along with it.
  • Companion Cube: Max owns a plant named "Lisa" which she sometimes talks to and can even call her "baby" at one point. It is almost comically easy to kill the plant. She also enjoys talking to inanimate objects and animals in general (for example, the bottles should you look at them before picking them up in the infamous bottle hunt of episode 2, and Kate's rabbit).
  • Cool Loser: Max sees herself as something like this. Subverted in the fact that, despite being more awkward and less extroverted than many of her peers, almost all of them hold a deep admiration for her because she doesn't seem to care what other people think of her. Chloe crushes on her throughout the game, other characters compare her to a superhero or a guardian angel if she makes the right choices, many consider her a great friend, and even Victoria says she's the coolest person she knows at Blackwell. Despite this, Max remains extremely humble and several Vortex Club members still treat her with outward disdain.
  • Cosmic Retcon: This is literally her superpower via being able to rewind time. She can do this in a very straight sense by going back in time via photographs and changing things in the bubble of time she travels back to.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She has a habit of making messes and breaking things — dropping David's files in oil, breaking Chloe's snow globe, etc. — but can use her rewind to undo them. That's up to the player, though. This is referenced in Episode 3, when she calls herself clumsy and decides to just get a chair to reach a high object as opposed to trying to reach for it and inevitably breaking it. This reaches its peak in Episode 4 if you have to sneak into the VIP area of the End of the World Party. Max ends up going around the back and accidentally pushes a speaker into the pool, stopping the whole party.
  • The Cutie: She's a beautiful sweetheart and is both very lovable and pretty Adorkable in quirky ways.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She's extremely taken with Kate's rabbit (there's even and option to photograph it as soon as you enter Kate's room), and will look after it in episode 3 onwards after Kate either kills herself, or goes to hospital to recover in the aftermath of her attempt. She also shows a similar reaction to Lisa the plant, of all things (to the point of being pretty broken up if the player has her accidentally kill her through over-watering).
  • Damsel in Distress: She is rendered helpless in the Dark Room but will make David save her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Zig-Zagged. She initially escapes the Dark Room by going back in time to warn David about Jefferson and submit her photo for the Everyday Heroes contest. However, after being called by Chloe about the Storm, she travels even further in time to destroy her photo so she won't be in San Francisco. This leads to Max ending up back in the Dark Room due to Jefferson burning her diary. David arrives to save her, but if it wasn't for Max's guidance, both she and David would be dead.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She wears a lot of black in the final two episodes, but remains a heroic protagonist.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's mostly her internal thoughts that verge into this territory. The following is said upon observing a "gun-free zone" poster at school:
    Max: Good thing I left my AK at home.
  • Death Glare: Delivers a frightening glare at Mr. Jefferson in Episode 5, after he mocks Chloe's death.
  • Determinator: Much like Chloe, nothing will stand in her way to find Rachel and her abductors.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Prefers to go exclusively by Max, or one of her many nicknames relating to that (Mad Max, etc).
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Depending on your choices, Max can mention several times how guns freak her out. Given how many times characters shoot others and themselves by accident, she has a point.
  • Fanservice: Of sorts in Episode 3, during the scene at the pool. Granted, it's a great character scene, but her and Chloe strip down to their bras and panties to go swimming with a Fanservice Faux Fight.
  • Flipping the Bird: Not physically, but if you choose to rearrange Victoria's meticulous photo wall into a crude middle finger and take a picture, you get a trophy.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Her last choice in Episode 5: Go back in time and sacrifice Chloe to save the town, or save Chloe and let the storm destroy the town, killing untold hundreds and rendering all of Max's hard work to make them happy all for nothing?
  • Gender-Blender Name: It's short for Maxine.
  • Girly Run: Her running animation is quite awkward-looking.
  • Good Feels Good: She admits that she loves being a hero.
  • Heartbroken Badass: If she chooses to sacrifice Chloe instead of Arcadia Bay, she can do nothing but sob in the corner of the bathroom.
  • The Hero: Played With. She's the main character of the story, and the most level-headed among the game's cast. If she saves Kate, people will be extremely friendly to her, calling her a "superhero" or a "guardian angel". Even if she can't save Kate, many still commend her for trying.
  • Heroic BSoD: Starting in the end of Episode 3, Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Max often comically digs at herself for being too pretentious or hipster. In Episode 5, everything comical about it goes away as you step into Max's nightmare. Max sees everyone as hating her — including herself.
  • Hipster: Falls squarely into this trope, and is frequently called out on it by Victoria and her posse. She even calls herself out on it a couple of times. Doesn't help that she much prefers the old analog cameras over digital ones, has a rug on her floor with "Keep Calm And Carry On", says things like "Are you cereal?", and believes that Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. To her credit, she is aware that she certainly comes off as one, but it doesn't bother her.
  • Humble Hero: If you succeed in saving Kate's life, everyone will call Max a hero. Max won't think of herself as one, however and will feel barely less guilty than if she didn't succeed (there are even dialogue options where she'll beat herself up for not seeing it coming).
  • Hypocrite: As a result of the developers encouraging exploration, Max objects to Chloe breaking into the school gym but is fine with sneaking into other students' dorms.
    • She can also show this trait depending on what choices the player makes. She'll often tell Chloe that she can't waste her powers over minor inconveniences or for selfish reasons... only for the player to (potentially) do just that. Especially noticeable with choices that have no gravity whatsoever on her and Chloe's investigation, such as becoming more popular with the other students at Blackwell.
  • I Hate Past Me: She encounters a time duplicate of herself in another nightmare sequence who calls her out on her mistakes.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This: Said almost word-for-word by Max if she agreed with Chloe stealing the money from Principal Wells' office in Episode 3, when she sees a posted notice that modifications for disabled people are being postponed.
    Max: Oh, great. Chloe stole money from the handicap access fund. *sigh* We're going to hell.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Very downplayed, but still present. Max is shown to be nothing but a Nice Girl who's shy, does the right thing (most of the time), treats others with the utmost respect, and truly desires to save her town from the impending disaster about to strike.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Due to her kind nature.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • "Mad Max". First called that by Warren in the texts in the first episode and next by Victoria in the ending of episode 3.
    • If Max manages to save Kate in Episode 2, several characters around town will refer to Max as 'Super Max'.
    • Other nicknames she received from fellow students are: Maximum Overdrive, Spidermax, Maxwell Silver Hammer, Max Gyver.
    • She's also compared to a Ninja several times in the first couple of episodes, which eventually morphs into "The Blackwell Ninja(s)" being both her nickname and a collective nickname for her and Chloe by the third episode.
  • It's All My Fault: Says this verbatim if Victoria ended up in the Dark Room because she warned her about Nathan.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Max remarks this about her post-powers life. While happy she can help those in need, she points out that her ability to manipulate time has made her life much, much more complicated, confusing, and dangerous than she ever imagined it'd be.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At the end of the "Dust" arc of the comic series, she chooses to enter a reality where Rachel survived and made it to Los Angeles with Chloe.
  • Kill the Cutie: If David didn't make it on time to save her from Jefferson putting that last injection on her neck in Episode 5, she would have been this.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Downplayed compared to other adventure games. However, when collecting the clues for the investigation in episodes 3 and 4, Max and Chloe need to steal several pieces of evidence from the Principal's office, Frank, David, and Nathan. This is lampshaded in Max's journal:
    "It's not a good thing that I've internalized spying and stealing so casually over the past week... Everyday Hero, amirite?"
  • Last Kiss: In one of the endings, Max goes back in time in order to let Nathan shoot Chloe, which leads to the tornado never happening. Depending on the player's choices, Chloe and Max will have a last passionate kiss before that.
  • Last Request: At the Dark Room, Max requests to have another look at her photograph before being killed by Jefferson.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Not normally, but her alternate timeline self in Episode 4 is implied to be relatively vapid and aloof, judging by her diary entries and texts. Still, she's close with Alt!Nathan and Alt!Victoria, regularly accompanies Alt!Taylor to visit her sick mother, and, strangely enough compared to her usual self, actually made some effort to keep in touch with Alt!Chloe by sending her some postcards and letters.
  • MacGyvering: In the barn, she opens a lock by tying one end of a rope to the lock, the other end to a heavy machine up a platform, then pushing the machine to the ground. She even lampshades it:
    Max: Max-gyver strikes again.
  • Mama Bear: Though she never gets to physical violence over it, Max is fiercely protective of Kate, and the player can choose to unleash a considerable tongue lashing on anyone Max thinks is deserving of one for exacerbating Kate's depression or spreading/talking about the video.
  • Male Gaze: She and Chloe go for a night swim and the audience is treated to a shot of her backside while she slowly walks into the pool. See Fanservice.
  • Meaningful Name: Max Caulfield, as in Holden Caulfield. She even gets to say "phony" once in a while. More significantly, she spends most of the game trying to save Chloe's life by staying close to her and rewinding time in order to avert her deaths, similar to the way Holden wants to protect kids from falling off a cliff. Some of the most important scenes in the game even take place on the cliff next to the lighthouse.
  • Mental Time Travel: In Episode 3, Max discovers she can travel much further back in time by focusing on an old photograph of herself and Chloe, arriving on the day Chloe's father died. Unlike her normal use of her powers, this places her in the body of her younger self. Though she's limited by the locale of the photograph — the first floor of the house, in this case — she's nevertheless able to rewrite history by changing what happened.
  • Messy Hair: Her brown bob cut is portrayed as this, yet she is still a very cute girl.
  • Morality Pet: If the player chooses, she can be one to Chloe, and prevent her from doing questionable things such as stealing from the handicapped fund or violently resolving the conflict with Frank. While Chloe will then often grump about Max not doing what she wants, there are some instances, such as taking Kate's call, where she'll eventually come around to her point of view and admit that she herself was wrong.
  • Mundane Utility: She considers using her power to sleep in for a few minutes in Episode 2, though she decides against it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Her unspoken (yet perfectly clear) reaction to the state of her world at the end of Episode 3 after rewinding five years to save Chloe's father from being killed in a car accident. Among the major changes are Max being member of the Vortex Club in seemingly good standing and Warren dating Stella, but the change that really hits home is when she finds that Chloe is now a quadriplegic.
    • Her reaction in Episode 5 when Warren more or less tells her that her saving Chloe probably caused the storm to happen. The whole thing sends her into a nightmarish guilt trip.
  • Nice Girl: While the player has the option to make some pretty mean decisions, personality-wise she's generally a kind and patient person. The fact that she's one of Kate's few friends says enough.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: One of the game's main themes is that Max's time travel powers can sometimes make things worse:
    • If you water Max's houseplant Lisa in both Episodes 1 and 2, it drowns. Due to a scripting error which prevented a text from Max's mother warning about this, most players didn't know any better until Episode 3, where it was patched.
    • At the end of Episode 3, Max manages to prevent William's death, but For Want of a Nail results in Chloe requiring a wheelchair and breathing device, Max is now a member of the Vortex Club she despises, Victoria is apparently one of her best friends, and Warren is dating Stella.
    • In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.
    • In Episode 5, if Max warned Victoria about Nathan and she believed her, Victoria will go running to Jefferson for help. Jefferson decides that Victoria has learned too much and kidnaps and murders her.
    • In Episode 5, Max finds out that saving Chloe in the beginning from being killed is what causes the storm.
  • Not So Above It All: She's easily drawn into Chloe's mischievous ideas.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Victoria. They're both interested in photography and art. In the alternate timeline, Alt!Max is implied to be pretty much just like the Victoria from Max's original timeline. Ironically enough, Alt!Victoria looks up to and is great friends with Alt!Max, not unlike Taylor and Courtney do to Victoria in the original timeline. Max can bring this up herself when speaking to Victoria in Episode 4 after Victoria tells her they don't have to be friends, with both agreeing that they have a lot more in common than they think. The similarities continue in Episode 5, as they're both kidnapped and have their best friends killed by Mark Jefferson.
    • With Chloe. While at first, she comes across as the sensible friend (to the point where Joyce hopes that having Max back in her life might reign Chloe in a bit), she's quite annoyed and cynical towards authority figures (but doesn't really try to oppose them), finds Chloe's punk look cool and likes Rachel's outfit when she wears it (with the implication in the second chapter that she just doesn't like taking risks with her wardrobe) and happily goes along with various risky or outright illegal activities when she's given the chance (most notably in episode 3 not only does she break into school, but she abuses her powers so she can blow up a door with a pipe bomb, joins Chloe in sneaking into the pool and potentially goes along with stealing a large amount of moneynote ). In short, she has exactly the same Rebel Without a Cause streak, just with less motivation to act on it.
  • No, You: If Kate's suicide attempt is unsuccessful, she may come across graffiti saying that she should have jumped. Max's response is that the person who wrote the graffiti should have jumped instead.
  • Oblivious to Love: When Dana teases her about always hanging out with Warren, Max doesn't seem to understand what she means. Later episodes show she's aware of the crush Warren has on her, but she firmly maintains that they're just friends, both in her journal and to other people. It is possible to kiss Warren in episode 5 though, and once he wants to confess after that, Max will simply note that she knows about his feelings.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite being of two different cliques, she and Dana genuinely like each other.
  • Online Alias: She apparently likes to go by Noir Angel online, according to her file (in keeping with the theme of "Max" related nicknames).
  • Other Me Annoys Me: The Nightmare Sequence has a guilt trip part where an Alternate Self of Max delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to herself. It isn't made clear if this is an actual alternate self, or just Max's own subconscious guilt, however.
  • Personality Powers: We see throughout the game that Max has a lot of trouble with seizing the day, constantly dragging her feet with doing things she knows she should do but which are scary or difficult (e.g., handing in her photo, getting back in touch with Chloe) and then being ashamed and trying to make amends when she gets called on it - in other words, she keeps making mistakes and then trying to fix them retroactively. Guess what her powers enable her to do once she gets them? Of course, Be Careful What You Wish For...
  • Precision F-Strike: Max does swear at some occasions - at least compared to the likes of Chloe - and usually in dialogue the player will get at least one polite option they can choose. When taunted by Mark Jefferson in the Dark Room, however, Max's two possible responses are "Fuck you" and "Eat shit and die".
  • Phrase Catcher: She's frequently called 'nosey' by various characters throughout the game, including herself.
  • The Protagonist: This to Chloe's Deuteragonist.
  • Psychic Nosebleed:
    • Max gets this several times in Episode 2 after using her powers in rapid succession.
    • In Episode 5, overuse of her Mental Time Travel power causes several nosebleeds.
  • Pungeon Master: Her inner dialog is peppered with lame puns.
    Max: Max-gyver strikes again.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Shared with Chloe when they asked Frank to help investigate Rachel's disappearance in Episode 4.
  • The Quiet One: She starts off as this, but gets more assertive with each episode. Her friends in danger seems to bring out the assertiveness in her, given her fierce defending of Kate should the player choose those dialogue options.
  • Race Against the Clock: At the end of Episode 1, on Monday evening, Max discovers that a tornado will happen on Friday, meaning she has about four days to get the bottom of whatever it is that is happening.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Quiet and reserved blue to Chloe's red.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Max's memory isn't affected by her power, which is necessary to certain dialog-related choices. When she changes history in Episode 3, she winds up in an Arcadia Bay which is much different than she remembers it, since her memories don't update with the timeline. Inverted in episode 5, when she goes back in time via Warren's selfie to warn Chloe, she has to tell Chloe the plan and how to implement it (as well as reassure her that she'll believe her), as as soon as she jumps back, the past version of herself will go back to no longer having any of the timeline she jumped back from's memories.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • In Episode 4, she has two: helping euthanize Alt!Chloe or letting her friend suffer, then staying in the new timeline with William alive or returning to the original timeline where Chloe lives but William is dead. The first choice is up to the player, but the second Max makes on her own.
    • In Episode 5, she's given the choice to save Chloe by sacrificing Arcadia Bay to the tornado or go back to the beginning and let Chloe die as she was supposed to, sparing the town.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She sports a messy, brown one ever since the game begins.
  • Screw Destiny: In Episode 5, at the final decision Max can decide to sacrifice Arcadia Bay and tear off the photo taken when Chloe was almost shot by Nathan Prescott, even if Chloe insists it's her fate to die at that point; she had pieced together by then that avoiding it culminated in the prophetic storm.
  • Secretly Selfish: The "other" Max (most likely a reflection of her own conscience) briefly seen in her nightmare in Episode 5 accuses her of using her rewind powers for self-centered ends, such as getting the chance to say the right thing in conversation and come across as more socially skilled than she actually is, thereby making herself more popular, or saving Kate from suicide to cultivate a reputation as a hero. Max tearfully argues against this, but she's clearly stung by the possibility of it being true. Whether it is or not is left up to the player's interpretation.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Max was already attractive and cute, but she looks pretty nice in Rachel's outfit in Episode 3, her outfit for the "Everyday Heroes" contest and her black dress in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending in Episode 5.
  • Shipper on Deck: She thinks that Warren and Brooke would be perfect for each other, and not going to the drive-in with Warren seems to push the two together.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her introduction has her completely drained by social interaction, and seeking to isolate herself. Juliet notes that she never talks, instead staying behind her camera all the time. Max seems aware of this, as she describes herself as living behind the safety of a camera lens, but also notes that it doesn't mean she doesn't care. She just doesn't often have a lot to say.
  • Slasher Smile: Her alternate version in Episode 5 sported heck of a one when Chloe mocked the aforementioned Max.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: She moved with her parents to Seattle five years before the story begins, and only returned within the previous couple months in order to attend Arcadia Bay's finishing school. Due to the length of this period, most people don't know Max upon her return. The trope is in full effect when it comes to Chloe, however, as she is a far cry from her thirteen-year-old self. This is also why Max initially doesn't recognize Chloe when the latter gets shot in the women's bathroom.
  • Time Master: Max has the power to rewind time, keeping herself static while time moves around her. This allows her to effectively teleport, learn things then rewind and pretend to have known them already, and take objects then bring them back with her. However, the total time she can rewind is limited to a few minutes (by her own perception, anyway), with attempts to push that limit causing headaches and nosebleeds if she pushes too hard. After overtaxing her abilities during Episode 2, she briefly stops time in an effort to get to Kate. In Episode 3, Max fears getting stuck in that state if she isn't careful.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Both, with different people. She's the girly-girl (sort of) to Chloe's tomboy, and the tomboy to Kate's girly-girl.
  • Tomboyish Name: Maxine Caulfield.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The entire game follows Max's growth from a Shrinking Violet into an Badass Adorable hero.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She makes several comments about her love of bacon, including that it's the main reason she doesn't become a vegetarian.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • In Episode 5, Max can take and wear Chloe's necklace when she finally escapes the Dark Room. Of course it is on its rightful owner when Max manages to rewrite time again.
    • In the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, Max wears Chloe's spiked wristband.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the first episode she watches Nathan kill her childhood friend, and in the next she potentially can see her other best friend commit suicide. In the next episode she sees an alternate reality where Chloe's dad is alive... but Chloe herself was paralyzed in an accident, and is very sickly. In the next episode she is faced with the decision of putting that alternate Chloe out of her misery, or watching her spend the rest of her days in pain and stressing out her family. In the same episode she sees Chloe shot to death by Mr. Jefferson, and is kidnapped, drugged, tied up, and nearly killed by him. She later comes across multiple dead bodies and dying people when driving through a storm-ravaged Arcadia Bay. When she finally gets to Chloe, she passes out and has multiple nightmares that all the people she is or was close to hate her, everybody assumes that she'll kill them, and her own alternate self tells her she'd done nothing good for those around her. At the finale, she either has to go back in time and let Chloe die to save Arcadia bay, or allow the oncoming storm to destroy Arcadia Bay and everyone she knew and loved to spare Chloe's life.
  • Troll: She can be this in Episode 3 when you choose to start messing with Frank at the diner.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Chloe.
  • The Un-Reveal: We never find out where Max's power came from.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: Though much of it is up to the player, one of the ways Max uses her new power is to better connect with those around her. As Brooke lampshades in Episode 4, Max seems "invincible" compared to just last week.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In Episode 3, Max uses a photo to go back in time and change circumstances so that Chloe's father doesn't die in a car crash. She succeeds, only to discover Chloe in the new timeline was the one involved in the car crash and is paralyzed in a wheel chair. Furthermore, in Episode 4, the alternate timeline makes it clear that Chloe is going to die soon anyway due to the severity of her injuries. Max uses the same photo to go back to her timeline, learning her lesson. Chloe is then killed by Mr. Jefferson at the end of the episode, and Max can't rewind it because she's been drugged. Ultimately, Max can fight fate, but fate makes her pay a heavy price by wiping out Arcadia Bay, instead.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Max can openly pursue Chloe or Warren... at the same time if the player so chooses. Granted, it's light flirting on either end but it still makes her look questionable if the player decides to actively flirt with both. If you do this then she'll get called out on it during her Nightmare Sequence in Episode 5, implying she feels guilty and/or grossed out over her own behavior.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: In Episode 5, Max travels back to the beginning of the game, texts David with everything she knows about Jefferson's crimes, and submits her photo into the Everyday Heroes Contest. This results in Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate never attempting suicide, Chloe surviving, and Max winning the Contest. The game starts what appears to be a playable epilogue with Max examining her work in an art gallery in San Francisco, but then she gets a call from Chloe and learns that the tornado she saw in her visions is real and it's about to destroy Arcadia Bay. Max manages to travel back in time and destroy her photo so she doesn't win the contest, but as a consequence it undoes her sending the tip to David, since Max doesn't act with knowledge of the future while on "autopilot." Jefferson also burns all her photos when she's taken to the Dark Room, which means she can't try to send the tip again.
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    Chloe Elizabeth Price 
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Boo-yah! Get it? Like a scary punk ghost?
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Voiced by: Ashly Burch (Season One, "Farewell"), Rhianna DeVries (Before the Storm) (English), Lynn (Japanese)

Max's 19-year-old childhood friend. Max witnessing her being shot by Nathan Prescott starts the plot and leads into their eventual reunion. Chloe has been searching for her missing friend Rachel Amber ever since Rachel's disappearance a few months ago, and she ropes Max into helping her look.

Chloe is also the protagonist of the prequel, Before the Storm.


  • Adorkable: Not an extent like Max's adorable dorkiness, but her incredibly lame puns she makes does cause her this. Even in Before The Storm, her interactions with Rachel are endearing and adorably dorky.
  • Alternate Self: In Episode 4, Max majorly messing around with time creates an alternate universe. There, William Price is still alive, but Chloe was crippled in a car accident and is slowly dying. Alt. Chloe ultimately asks Max to put her out of her misery.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Chloe likes women, the game confirms that several times, but whether she also likes men or not is ultimately left unknown, to say the least.
    • She admits she went through a "boy toy" phase and you can find condoms in her wallet along with few outdated tickets. She later admits that it was not serious, stupid, and that she was so glad that Rachel came along to rescue her from it, whom she admits that she loved.
    • During Episodes 2 and 3, she flirts with Max and even dares her to kiss her, which Max can reciprocate, depending on player choice. Earlier at the pool, she'll even say "Ooh la la!" if Max chooses to use the girls locker room; but gets disappointed if Max chooses boys locker room. She also reveals that she's not interested any guy around there and called them gross.
    • Other things that make her sexuality ambiguous include the posters in her room, one of which is of nothing but a woman's breasts. In Episode 4, she says Max is her date to the Vortex Club Party to Mr. Jefferson and asks if he would like to dance with them. She later jokes to Max that Jefferson is "hot for a teacher".
    • Chloe and her alternate self both ask Max if she's dating or dated anyone. Real Chloe will tell Max that "no one is good enough for you, except me", and alternate Chloe will urge her to have fun while she can, with boys as well as girls after a nervous addition.
    • Her flirting continues into Episode 4, where if she was kissed in Episode 3 her texts will be slightly flirtier in tone. She also texts Warren telling him that he's "out of the loop", which Warren explains means more-or-less "back off, bro".
    • In Episode 5, if Max agrees to sacrifice her to save Arcadia Bay, the two of them can share a Big Damn Kiss.
    • And although one writer invoking the figurative Word of God (in this case, the lead writer) always saw her as gay, there is no moment in-story that confirms that she has no interest in men, and the way the lead writer claims what he saw Chloe as comes across as the sexual orientation equivalent of Alternative Character Interpretation especially since no other writer or any other member of the development team has been confirmed to interpret Chloe as how the lead writer does.
    • Also, Word of Saint Paul contradicts this interpretation, as Chloe's voice actress Ashly Burch interprets Chloe Price as fluid in terms of sexual orientation, which also comes across as the sexual orientation equivalent of Alternative Character Interpretation especially since no other voice actor/voice actress has been confirmed to interpret Chloe as how Ashly Burch does either.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Chloe shows symptoms typically associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, as characterized by her trust and abandonment issues. In one audio track, Chloe is shown having a meltdown and expressing typical fears of someone who has BPD. Max can find Fluoxetine medication - used to treat several mental symptoms including depression and anxiety - in Chloe's house. She also self-medicates with weed, which isn't wholly uncommon among anxiety sufferers.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In Before The Storm, are her dreams of William an example of Spirit Advisor or is it a coping mechanism and a sign of her bad mental health?
  • Animal Motif: A blue butterfly for her. The butterfly in the bathroom has the same shade of blue on its wings as Chloe's hair, and it's after spotting it that Max discovers her powers. In Episode 4's alternate timeline, there's also a butterfly painting in what used to be Chloe's room. Alternatively, Chloe's spirit animal could be a bird, specifically a scrub jay - they constantly show up in her house, and Max constantly has to save them or help them find their way. Under this interpretation, the butterfly would be Max's spirit animal, because of the sheer impact her actions end up having on others. In the Sacrifice Chloe ending, a blue butterfly briefly lands on Chloe's coffin during her funeral, giving Max a reason to slightly smile.
  • Anti-Hero: Chloe is the hero of Before the Storm, but the story will feature how she fell into her bad habits and she associates herself with some gang thugs. One of her special abilities is also "Backtalk", enabling her to use her sharp tongue to get her way in arguments.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: By virtue of not dying on Monday afternoon, has become this. It is implied that her and Max both figured this out separately, and Chloe requests that Max undoes the timeline to prevent the tornado.
  • Asshole Victim: In her first scene, Chloe seems to be this, ending up getting shot by Nathan as she tries to extort money from him. It goes even further when Max asks about her relationship with Nathan — it turns out Chloe went to a party thinking she could get some money out of him while he was wasted, but he drugged her and tried to take photos of her in imitation of Mr. Jefferson.
  • The Atoner: In Episode 5, she states that she doesn't deserve to live as much as her mom and step-father do, so she asks Max to go back in time and let Nathan kill her.
  • Badass Adorable: More like Took a Level in Badass or if not an extent like Max, but there is no doubt that she is absolutely beautiful and Adorkable at certain moments.
  • Badass Normal: Chloe has to rely on her smart mouth to overcome her obstacles since she doesn't have a Time Master buddy yet. Sometimes it backfires and makes things worse.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Chloe's acting during The Tempest in the prequel is somehow both wooden and overly hammy, since she has no real acting experience and is only doing it for Rachel. However, if you get all the lines and directions correct, Rachel will be able to carry the scene, and Mr. Keaton will be awed (even if you spent several minutes walking around the stage before moving to your cue). She does slightly better when Rachel veers off-script, since there's obvious subtext that Chloe picks up on.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't talk shit about Rachel in her presence. Or imply that she wasn't Rachel's sole romantic interest.
    • A far more minor and humorous one: emojis. Every time Max uses one in an SMS during the first half of the game, Chloe will call her on it. Later episodes see her refrain from nagging increasingly often until she eventually starts using them herself.
  • Big Damn Kiss: If Max sacrifices Chloe to save Arcadia Bay, the two of them share a passionate kiss if Max/the player chooses to kiss her in Episode 3 and supported her throughout the playthrough. If not, they just give each other a heartfelt, emotional hug.
    • Chloe and Rachel can end up having one towards the end of Episode 2 in the prequel.
  • The Big Girl: She gets more physically involved in fights than Max.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Receives one from Mr. Jefferson, of all people, in the end of Episode 4.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Max's brain, though reading the student files in Episodes 3 and 4 reveals that she at least has the potential to be a vastly better student, if not explicitly smarter. But, the "beauty" part can be qualified for herself and Max, since both of them are very good-looking.
    • Before the Storm shows that without Max, Chloe can competently act as both the brain and the brawn.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Chloe is shown to be considerably nicer than her current self back when she was 14, as we learn during Max's multi-year jump backwards near the end of Episode 3. Preventing the death of her father appears to have solved every problem in Chloe's life, making her a happier and kinder person... then Max learns that Chloe has been paralyzed and left wheelchair bound in an off-screen accident in this alternate timeline.
    • Though some of Chloe's current situation is self inflicted (she's not exactly the nicest person to get along with), she's had a pretty bad time of it. Her father dies in a car accident (which she takes personally in her worst times), her best friend leaves and never bothers to contact her (and doesn't even try when she gets back into town), her mother remarries to someone she absolutely detests (and who may even physically abuse her), and she finally fills that void Max left in her life with Rachel... only to have Rachel vanish without a trace. In Episode 3, we find out that Rachel was lying (to Chloe's face!) about her lack of a relationship with Frank, with the implication from letters that she explicitly planned on leaving Arcadia Bay with Frank rather than Chloe. In Episode 4, Frank can even mention that Rachel outright blamed Chloe for her and Frank's occasional relationship troubles. She's been abandoned and/or betrayed by nearly every significant person in her life, maliciously or not. Despite knowing of Rachel's relationship with Frank, Chloe is still devastated when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse.
    • As the original game showed us, in Before the Storm, Chloe's innocence went downhill after her loving father passed away.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After her father died, she became a Tomboy, cut her hair short, and dyed it blue.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • Throughout Episodes 1-3 in the original and in Before the Storm, it is mentioned several times that Chloe's rage against everything in general and Rebel Without a Cause attitude is causing her to squander her talents. Even her student file, which shows an abysmal performance, comments that she could do better if only she cared more about schoolwork and less about raving and getting high. Seems to be confirmed by Episode 4, as the Chloe of the alternate timeline has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is considered a "student leader despite her significant difficulties". Of course, when you're paralyzed from the neck down, there might not be much more to do than study...
    • In Before the Storm, she has trophies and ribbons for various science fairs and a poster by her bed with the periodic table of elements, implying a previous passion for chemistry. Of course, examining the awards causes her to wonder if she peaked in middle school. She also appears to be knowledgeable in car repair.
    • In BTS' "Farewell" bonus episode, it's revealed she got into Blackwell as a scholarship student by securing one of 200 places against 2500 other applicants and she practically squees as she describes the facilities (but isn't enjoying the company).
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: With Max, who is small and slight while Chloe is tall and lanky.
  • Butterfly of Doom:
    • Is a victim of this big time in Episode 3. Max saving the life of Chloe's father had created a new future where Chloe ends up wheelchair bound, paralyzed, and fixed with a tracheotomy in her neck.
    • In Episode 5, Chloe realizes that the ultimate cause of the tornado was Max traveling back in time to save her from Nathan.
  • Catchphrase: "Hella", to the point of becoming a Memetic Mutation in no time. "Chillax" (chill + relax) ranks a close second. Turns out she got it from Rachel.
  • Childhood Friends: Max and Chloe were BFFs before Max moved. Their reunion is a trying time for both of them, as they both adjust to who the other has become in the mutual absence.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: What they can end up being, depending on the choices made.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She shames Max for even daring to take a phone call from Kate. Whether her jealousy is platonic or romantic is unclear, although her (potential) kiss with Max implies the latter. She develops out of this as the game progresses, apologizing to Max if she ignored Chloe and answered the call.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She is mostly associated with blue. Specifically her blue-dyed hair, her light-blue eyes, the butterfly, and the breathing device that is attached to her neck in the alternate timeline.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Absolutely nothing goes right for poor Chloe. Her father died, her mother remarried to a paranoid, emotionally abusive stepdad, her best friend moved away, her next best friend disappeared and got killed. She's in debt to a scary drug dealer and over the course of the game, she is nearly killed by Nathan, is rendered a quadriplegic in an alternate timeline created by Max which is then undone, and shot in the head, which Max can't rewind because she's been drugged. Oh, and the universe is actively trying to kill her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her blue-dyed hair and blue eyes, but this is averted in Max's alternate timeline in Episodes 3 and 4. Especially in Before The Storm.
  • The Cutie: She was already very beautiful and at times has cute quirky moments, but as shown in Max's alternate timeline in the original episodes 3 and 4, she was ridiculously joyful and upbeat in her pre-teen years.
  • Cute Bruiser: For a young and very cute woman like Chloe, she can defend herself real good. As shown in Before The Storm, she has the choice to punch Sheldon in the mosh pit and cut Damon Merrick in the face.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's shown to have been very close with her biological father; her life took a severe turn for the worse after he died, and as far as she's concerned, David will never measure up to him, no matter what.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: In the alternate timeline she gets a car for her 16th birthday. She ends up being paralyzed due to a car crash in that timeline.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One of Chloe's journal entries mentions doing this to Deckard from Blade Runner, only for her to start thinking of Pris at the end.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her father died in a car crash when she was only 14. Additionally, the comic confirms that her mother died in the Storm of the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay timeline.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is definitely this whenever she's on her mean phase.
    • Her snark is a game mechanic in Before the Storm, dubbed as "Backtalk."
  • Death by Genre Savviness: She eventually realizes in the final episode that she was linked to the tornado and asks Max to allow her to die in order to prevent the town's destruction from ever happening. Of course, you choose as to whether she dies or not.
  • Death Glare: Depending on the circumstances, she may give one to Frank while protecting Max from him.
  • Declaration of Protection: In Before the Storm, she can promise to look after and protect Rachel Amber. Seeing how Rachel still wound up being killed by Jefferson, she failed miserably.
  • Delinquent Hair: She's had a couple of run-ins with the law, gotten expelled from Blackwell, smokes pot, and has desecrated a flag to match. The blue hair suits her.
  • Determinator: Nothing is going to stand in her path while finding Rachel and her abductors.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Episodes 3-5 just pile on the hurt for Chloe. She ends up as a suicidal quadriplegic in an alternate timeline created by Max saving the life of her father, discovers Rachel's body and gets killed trying to avenge her murder, and then after being resurrected through some timey-wimey shenanigans, realizes that the cause of the approaching storm is the simple fact that she's alive when she was fated to be killed in the bathroom in the very first episode, meaning that if Max wants to save Arcadia Bay, she has no choice but to go back and let Chloe die a lonely, senseless death.
  • Deuteragonist: To Max's Protagonist in the original. While Max is the viewpoint character and her powers are instrumental to the plot, Chloe is intimately connected to the central mystery, and many of Max's actions are driven by her desire to protect Chloe and make her happy.
  • Distressed Damsel: She gets in trouble and has to be saved by Max on several occasions:
    • In Episode 1, Chloe is accidentally shot by Nathan. Max saves her by rewinding and setting off the fire alarm.
    • In Episode 2, Chloe get her foot stuck in train tracks. Max comes to her rescue, freeing her before a train runs her over. During their shooting practice in the junkyard, Chloe can also get hit by a bullet that ricochets, which Max undoes by rewinding.
    • In Episode 4, Chloe is shot by Mr. Jefferson. Max spends most of Episode 5 trying to correct it.
    • Before the Storm continues the trend:
      • At the beginning of Episode 1, she ends up being threatened by two guys for accidentally spilling their beer. Luckily, Rachel arrives to distract them and give Chloe enough time to escape.
      • In the climax of Episode 3, she finds herself at the mercy of Damon Merrick after failing to save Sera Gearheardt from him. If it wasn't for Frank's arrival, she and Sera would be dead.
  • Does Not Like Men:
    • Or at least she very clearly prefers the company of girls. If she reveals to Max that she has David's missing gun, she will say that it's men who need to be controlled, and that women should have the guns.
    • When playing Dungeons & Dragons in Before the Storm, she takes a savage glee in punching NPCs "right in the dick."
  • Don't Explain the Joke: She'll frequently ask Max if she understood her incredibly lame puns.
  • Doom Magnet: Max's powers kick in when Chloe is shot. The world seems pretty set on finishing the job. The universe is actually trying to kill her in retaination for Max using time travel to save her from Nathan.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Has this reaction when she finds out that Rachel was seeing Frank behind her back.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Chloe's opinion of the fight between Drew and Nathan in the prequel. She can still intercede on Nathan's side if the player chooses, since Jerkass though he is, he's the one being bullied right now.
  • Expy: She has an uncanny resemblance to Emma from Blue Is the Warmest Color.
  • Fatal Flaw: In Before the Storm Chloe's grief towards her father's death can make her her own worst enemy. While the two aren't on the best of terms David appears to try bonding with her, but Chloe can respond with aggression. Chloe does see that David and Joyce have a healthy relationship but Chloe's grief and pain can complicate things between her and her stepfather.
  • Flipping the Bird: If the player chose to reveal Max herself and takes the blame for Chloe's weed, Chloe will give David, her stepfather, a double bird-flip once he leaves her room. She also does it several times to various persons (and one "Keep Out" sign) in the prequel.
  • Foil: Max acknowledges that Chloe is everything she is not.
  • Genki Girl: Her happy and energetic side is what makes her at her best.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Chloe is a decent but selfish person with an ultimately kind heart, and she's not above morally questionable actions if it suits her — stealing guns from her step-father, attempted blackmail, taking money she finds in a desk drawer, etc.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She was this both before William died and in Max's alternate timeline.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Doesn't take Rachel's death well at all.
  • The Hedonist: She's very pleasure-driven and prefers to goof off whenever possible.
  • Heroic BSoD: Herself and Max both suffer from this in Episode 4. When it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been Dead All Along. She breaks down crying.
    • She can also suffer this earlier, if she kills Frank. She is unable to do anything until Max encourages her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After Max explains that her time manipulation caused the tornado, Chloe asks Max to use the butterfly photo to travel back in time to the first episode and allow Nathan to kill her, preventing Max's time powers from manifesting. Max can choose to go along with this.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Enjoys reading "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", enough that it is one of the few times she does homework.
    • There's evidence in Before the Storm that she had a passion for chemistry before her father died. Admitting her love of science to Rachel is one of the truthful options in their game of "Two Truths and a Lie".
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Two of Chloe's associates are Frank and Nathan, who are an Ax-Crazy drug dealer and an Ax-Crazy drug addict, respectively. She's aware they're terrible people, she just isn't able to exploit them quite as well as she thought.
    • She also hits it off with Mr. Jefferson, after Jefferson says Be seeing you to both girls. Guess who was behind the drugging and kidnapping of Rachel and Kate, and many other young women?
  • Hot for Teacher: Said by Chloe in Episode 4 while she was joking to Max about Mr. Jefferson to fluster her.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Twice, if you can believe it. Once in an alternative timeline where she's slowly dying and bankrupting her parents, and she asks Max to give her a morphine overdose. Once at the end of the game where she realizes that her not having died when she was supposed to is breaking reality enough to cause the tornado, and she asks Max to go back in time and prevent her from surviving. Max can refuse both times.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Due to her rebellious nature, although this averted in the alternate timeline in Episodes 3 and 4.
  • Idiot Hero: Zig-zagged—she's intelligent, but tends to behave in stupid, impulsive ways due to her own emotional problems, and thus mainly ends up serving as Max's muscle.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: After you find out that she stole her step-father's gun, you can ask Chloe if she knows how to use it. She will respond that she knows how after watching gun videos.
  • Irony: 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 the principal is encouraging her parents to send her to another school because Blackwell doesn't have the money to accommodate her disability.
  • It's All About Me: If Max doesn't hide in time when David comes into her room, Chloe will pin the blame of the joint on Max, apparently under the impression that Max just won't face repercussions for this. In Episode 2, she will act resentful if Max takes Kate's call instead of focusing her attention solely on Chloe. She's called out on this trope in Episode 3 and fully admits to it, and Episode 4 shows her slowly moving away from this, including apologizing for giving Max shit about Kate's call. In Episode 5, she admits to being a selfish person, and completely averts this as she asks Max to save Arcadia Bay from the oncoming storm by travelling back in time to before her powers manifested and letting Nathan kill her.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • She seems to at least partially blame herself for Max ending up in the Dark Room.
    • In Before the Storm, she blames herself for Rachel getting stabbed by Damon Merrick, as she did nothing while the two fought.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Outside she's selfish and constantly blames everyone for no reason whatsoever. But in the inside, she's a real sweetie with a ultimately kind heart.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Chloe blaming Max for her joint, despite the fact that this might get Max kicked out of Blackwell if she is caught. She'll only do it if Max/the player fails to hide.
    • Trying to steal money from the Blackwell Handicap Fund. Max gives her a What the Hell, Hero? moment for it. Turns out it actually is a handicap access fund, which Max discovers in Episode 4.
  • Kill the Cutie: Three times. Averted when Max saved her from getting shot by Nathan in the beginning of episode 1, by Jefferson at the end of Episode 4, and if you choose to sacrifice her at the end of Episode 5, it's inverted.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: The most foul-mouthed person in the game. Her alternate self also swears but not to the extent of this trope.
  • The Lancer: To Max's more grounded personality. She's also the Deuteragonist by extension. Max notes in her journal that being around Chloe makes her feel giddy and rebellious.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She parks in the handicapped driving space in Episode One and attempts to steal from Blackwell's handicap fund in Episode 3. After Max creates a new timeline by saving William's life, Chloe becomes handicapped herself.
  • Little Miss Badass: Somewhat shared with Max and due to her Tomboy phase.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She plays this role a little bit for Max, who is shy and introverted by default. Max often notes that being around Chloe makes her want to do daring things she wouldn't normally see herself doing.
    • Strangely enough, she seems to think of Max as having done something similar for her; she starts the game in a depressed and angry state before their rekindled friendship brings out her playful, happy side. With Max's help, she's finally able to confront the people who have wronged her (such as David and Frank), and find out the truth about Rachel. In the end, she readily admits that being with Max has made her happier than she has been in years.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Her dreams/nightmares of her father in the prequel come off as a case of Spirit Advisor, but they could also just be a coping mechanism. William appearing to her while awake puts even more question on this, as it could enforce the former interpretation or it may be a sign of just how bad her mental health is.
  • Meaningful Name: She is ultimately the price Max has to pay to save Arcadia Bay.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is young and quite beautiful, but she receives a lot of Male Gaze scenes in the original.
    • Her crowning moment appears in Episode 3 during the scene at the pool. Granted, it's a great character scene, but her and Max strip down to their bras and panties to go swimming with a Fanservice Faux Fight.
    • Episode 5 has her stripping down to her underwear in front of Max, but this is an aversion - it's while Max is trapped in the Dark Room in the middle of her nightmare.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction if she kills Frank. She's devastated, openly questioning if she did the right thing, and Max's reassurances that it was self-defense.
  • Never My Fault: Chloe blames her problems on anyone she can except herself. She acknowledges as much in Episode 3, even though she's not willing to accept it. This is evident in the relationship between Chloe and Max. Chloe calls out Max for "abandoning" her and not making any effort to contact her, though Chloe herself tried to; while a justifiable complaint, Chloe remains bitter about this even after Max begins doing all she can to help her and doesn't begin to show real gratitude until Episode 2. In Episode 4, the alternate version of Max is shown to have made some effort to stay in contact, sending letters, postcards and photographs to Chloe, but Max is still convicted for not visiting more often or making sure that Chloe didn't feel isolated or lonely. Even when the real Max assumes control of the alternate Max, Chloe still calls her out on avoiding her. It seems to be part of Chloe's identity to be the 'forgotten', and regardless of the choices the player makes, they will find themselves scolded for their lack of involvement in her life.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Several in the prequel.
    • When David is giving her a ride to school in Episode 1, the still-exhausted Chloe falls asleep and has a dream about William driving around. Several things indicate this isn't a memory, though: Joyce's purse is sitting on the backseat next to Chloe (and it's full of condoms), and David's socket wrench is in the passenger seat pouch. Turns out it's Chloe's imagining of William's death, and she wakes up just as his car is hit by the semi-truck.
    • A second, much more nightmarish sequence happens later, when Chloe falls asleep in the junkyard. This time the journal shows drawing of Max hanged from a tree, creepy texts from Max in Chloe's phone, and it ends with an image of Rachel bursting in flames.
    • Episode 2 continues the trend, only this time William is roasting marshmallows in the inferno of his car. While he remains silent at first, he eventually delivers words to wisdom to Chloe. He turns his face towards Chloe to reveal that one side has been completely burned off.
    • Has another one in Episode 3 where she and William are on stage and are acting out the moments before his death to a crowd of people while he tries to give her advice. It ends with him being run over and leaving a trail of blood in place much to Chloe's distress. William would appear again later in the episode while Chloe is awake. Whether this hints to him being a Spirit Advisor or if it's there to show how bad her mental health has become is up in the air.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Definitely not stupid, but her default "fuck the world" attitude and preoccupation with hedonistic activities like smoking weed make it a bit of a surprise when she shows her more knowledgeable side. She knows about several ideas and concepts such as Chaos Theory that Max doesn't know, and in Episode 3 Max finds a book about time travel on her desk, realizing that she was also throwing her back into getting to the bottom of her power. Alternate Chloe was a straight A student before her accident, so she can excel when she puts her mind to it.
  • Odd Friendship: Her friendship with Max in a nutshell.
  • Promoted to Playable: In the first game, Chloe was only Max's ally, but in the prequel, she's the character you get to play as.
  • Protagonist: Of the prequel, Before the Storm.
  • Pungeon Master: Makes incredibly lame word play with increasing frequency as she hangs out more with Max.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Shared with Max when they asked Frank to help them in their investigation of Rachel's disappearance.
  • Reality Ensues: Her fight with Damon in the prequel doesn't end well for her. It makes sense when one considers that she a lithe, lightweight (if tall) teenaged girl who at that point hadn't been in fights that were much more than you're standard high school brawl while he's a tall, muscular grown man who's assaulted and has probably killed people before. Even arming her with a knife won't do much good as she clearly doesn't know how to use it in a fight and has it easily knocked away.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Often talks about how she wants to trash Arcadia Bay and everyone in it. Eventually, though, she tells Max she only says that stuff because she's angry.
  • Redemption Equals Death: At the lighthouse she tells Max that she has been selfish, but now she would sacrifice herself to save the town. Max can go along with it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot-headed and antagonistic red to Max's blue.
  • The Resenter:
    • Towards the rest of her family, especially David, although she has a better relationship with Joyce. In Episode 3, she admits that she partially feels Joyce abandoned her for David and that she even blames William for his own death, even though she rationally knows it isn't his fault.
    • Has varying degrees of this with pretty much everyone in Arcadia Bay. She's peeved at Max initially for not making effort to contact her, and later is furious that Rachel had been with Frank and explicitly lied to her about it. She pretty much sees everyone in her life as wanting to hurt or abandon her.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She goes on one against Nathan once she finds Rachel's body. Unfortunately, Jefferson kills her before she can avenge Rachel.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Implied to have been essentially this to Rachel Amber. Before the Storm drops indications that Rachel was manipulating Chloe, but gives the player the opportunity to develop their relationship into a genuine — or at least genuine-seeming — romance.
  • Running Gag: Her overuse of the word "hella"note . It quickly picked up as a meme among fans, so it soon became lampshaded and established as a sort of Catchphrase for her in later episodes. When Max finds herself saying it in Episode 3, Chloe remarks that she's rubbed off on her. Then when Max says it in the alternate timeline in episode 4, alternate Chloe will remark that she hates the word.
  • Secret Keeper: Max reveals her rewind power to Chloe at the end of Episode 1.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Rarely on the original and she is a very good-looking girl, but in Before The Storm, at the Tempest play, she looks adorable in her crow costume.
  • She Is All Grown Up: While she was cute as a child, she is absolutely beautiful as a teenager. Max noticed...
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: How her story ends in the timeline created in the "Save Arcadia Bay" ending. After a life full of pain, Nathan fatally shoots her by accident and she dies for nothing, completely unaware that her former best friend is sobbing a few feet away.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Before the Storm reveals that she and Rachel Amber were more than just friends. Sadly, their romance ends tragically with Rachel not only cheating on Chloe with Frank and Jefferson, but being killed by the latter.
    • Her and Max can be these, depending on the player's actions and the ending chosen. Despite all the times Max saves Chloe's life and everything she goes through to make her happy, Chloe will be forced to either sacrifice herself to save Arcadia Bay from the storm or stand by and watch the whole town be wiped off the map. If Max chooses the former option, she and Chloe can share a passionate last kiss depending on their relationship, but the Chloe who gets shot dead by Nathan when Max goes back in time never even sees her face.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's One Head Taller than Max, who frequently notes how well she's turned out.
  • The Stoner: She really loves her weed, although she's not a total pothead like her friend Justin.
  • Tattooed Crook: A heroic (sort of) example. Her right arm is filled with tattoos, and she's a familiar face at the local police station for all the wrong reasons (though mostly only petty vandalism and drug possession).
  • The Tease: She likes to playfully flirt with Max and purposely make her feel uncomfortable by propositioning her. This comes back against her if the player takes her up on her request to kiss her.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: She dies on very frequent basis, but thanks to Max's time travel abilities she keeps coming back.
  • Together in Death: In the timeline where she's murdered by Mark Jefferson, she dies right next to the spot where Rachel is buried.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Max's girly-girl.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tends to show this a lot throughout the game (at least once per episode) and if it were not for Max and her powers, she would have stayed dead in the first timeline. For example: What the the hell were Max and Chloe thinking when they decided to have a lie down on train tracks?!
  • Took a Level in Badass: With her being a Rebel Without a Cause, she acts tough around everyone she's connected into.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Episode 2, when she tries to guilt-trip Max into going along with her ideas. Max ends up getting a Psychic Nosebleed a couple times from overtaxing her powers, and she actively disparages Max for considering taking a call from the depressed Kate.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts showing signs of maturing and accepting responsibilities for her actions in Episode 4, depending on the choices the player makes, such as apologizing to Max for being selfish when Kate called her in the diner in Episode 2 should she survive the suicide attempt.
    • In Episode 5, this increases ten fold, when you first rewind back she still gives Max a ton of attitude for trying to stop her going to the party and taking revenge on Nathan or Jefferson despite Max being visibly upset/shaken, and even seems to accuse Max, implying that whatever happened was her fault, at first, but when she realizes just what happened to Max as a result of her actions and what she had to go through to get back to warn her she back-pedals hard and seems to feel both concerned for Max and guilty. It's to the extent she does not even blow up at Max if you tell her about the alternate timeline, and even gently coaxes Max into telling her in one dialogue option. Chloe becomes a lot more caring and sympathetic towards Max in general after that.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Most of her interactions with Max ends up with Chloe getting Max into trouble, both intentionally and unintentionally. Joyce hopes that Max will be a good influence on her, but the player can certainly make it go the other way around with their decisions.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • After her and Max discover Rachel's buried body, her personality goes from "sarcastic and Adorkable" to a "really freaking angry person about to avenge her friend's murder." Sadly, it didn't go so well for both herself and Max.
    • If Max tells her about Jefferson drugging and kidnapping her, she will express sympathy and guilt for what happened to Max, before coldly stating her desire to kill Jefferson for what he did to her.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Complete with leather jacket and extreme moodiness, Chloe is a textbook example, gender notwithstanding. She was kicked out of school, spends most of her time drinking and smoking in a junkyard, and makes terrible life choices every single day. She'll still win you over with her beautiful looks, sharp grin, Hidden Heart of Gold, and truly awful past.
  • True Companions: She views Max as her only best friend left.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: One good reason why we see Chloe now as a selfish-hotheaded rebel is because of her father, William who suddenly died in the car accident when Max and Chloe were in their childhood five years ago which somehow severely traumatized Chloe, transforming her from a naive kind girl to an irrational bitter teenager. Max on the other hand decided to avert William's death giving Chloe her opportunity to be happy but at a cost of being bound to the wheelchair permanently in the new timeline that Max sadly has to undo it to return to the original timeline but not before reassuring Chloe she will be there for her no matter what circumstances happen to them.
  • Verbal Tic: "Hella". Lampshaded when Max offhandedly uses the word and Chloe jokes that she's rubbing off on her. Ironically, Alternate Chloe hates the word and complains about Max using it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After she saves Max from Nathan and shared some witty banter, she will call Max out on never contacting her after she moved away, and still not contacting her after she moved back.
    • In Episode 2, she will harass Max about letting her step-father's gun be taken right from her hands, should you not choose to shoot. She lets it go pretty fast, though, and comments immediately after the fact she's kind of glad it happened.
  • Wrench Wench: Before the Storm shows that she is quite competent at fixing cars. She makes a truck from the junkyard up and running. It's the same truck she is driving 2.5 years later, in Life is Strange.

Season 2

    Sean Eduardo Diaz 
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It'll be fine, Daniel. There's nothing we can't do... as long as we're together.
Click here for his appearance in Rules and Captain Spirit 
Click here for his appearance in Wastelands 
Click here for his appearance in Faith 

Voiced by: Gonzalo Martin (English)

One of the protagonists of Life Is Strange 2 and the older brother of Daniel Diaz.


  • Animal Motifs: Wolves; there are lots of wolfs imagery surrounding Sean and all of his known family members (including his maternal grandparents) are portrayed as wolves.
  • Badass Adorable: Not as much as Chloe, but close.
  • Badass Normal: Is still a badass in his own right even though he has no powers of his own.
  • Bald of Awesome: After being in a coma following the events of Episode 3, Sean gets his hair completely shaved. In Episode 4, he has a buzzcut while trying to reunite with Daniel with utmost tenacity.
  • Berserk Button: He really dislikes hearing about his mother who abandoned him and Daniel long ago.
  • Bi the Way: He had a crush on one of his female classmates in the beginning of the story and can show an attraction to Finn in Episode 3. Even if you decided not to have a romance with Cassidy or Finn, his journal entries describes hanging out with both of them at the beginning of the episode with romantic undertones.
  • Big Brother Bully: While they clearly have a strong and affectionate bond from the start, Sean gets annoyed and fed up by Daniel's childish antics easily, and had unknowingly turned him away when Daniel attempted to come to him for help in the past. Lyla calls out Sean for putting Daniel out of his room when he comes in trying to impress her with his zombie costume.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Daniel. He normally finds him kind of annoying but he’ll be damned if he lets Brett put his hands on him.
  • Book Dumb: He’s a B student at best but it’s very clear throughout the first episode that he can be very smart when the situation calls for it.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: He refers to his estranged mother by her name Karen because he resents her for leaving her familly. He at least tries to make an effort to call her "mom" in front of Daniel.
    That's where... Karen's parents... our grandparents live...
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Is this to both Max and Chloe.
    • Compared to Max...
      • Max is shy and a bit of an introvert, only talking to her classmates by the player's actions. Sean is a bit more outgoing, as the gameplay trailer has him asking a girl he likes if she's going to the party he's attending.
      • Max is an only child, while Sean has a younger brother.
      • Max possesses a supernatural power, while Sean doesn’t.
      • Max is a photographer who is very passionate about her hobby. Sean is a sketch artist who’s unsure if he should dedicate his life to drawing.
    • Compared to Chloe...
      • Chloe has a highly antagonistic relationship with her family. Sean, however, is very close to both his father and his younger brother.
      • Chloe is Brilliant, but Lazy with school while Sean struggles with classes but is trying his best to get better grades.
      • Chloe wants nothing more than to leave Arcadia Bay but circumstances kept preventing that from happening. Sean is forced to leave everything behind despite being more or less content with where he lived.
    • Compared to both...
      • Sean is a bit younger, Hispanic, and male.
      • Max and Chloe's story takes only a few days while Sean's story is long to the point where one episode takes place around Halloween while the next is near Christmas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Somewhere between Max and Chloe in snarkiness, whereas he wouldn’t really backtalk in front of a stranger but he won’t hold back if he’s comfortable around someone he knows.
  • Delinquent Hair: Sean can potentially get a haircut by Finn in Episode 3, sporting a Mohawk with shaved sides.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He and his brother's first appearance in the series is at the end of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, where they save Chris.
  • Eyepatch of Power Gains a black eyepatch from Karen in Episode 4, replacing his medical gauze.
  • Eye Scream: Episode 3 ends with Sean badly wounded, with one of his eyes gouged by a glass shard thanks to Daniel's telekinetic outburst. In Episode 4, it's been completely removed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets somewhat jealous of Daniel and Finn's new brotherly bond, with Finn being more "fun" and lenient while Sean tries to be more stern with him.
  • Hidden Depths: A high-schooler who enjoys skateboarding, drawing, and simply wanting to party happens to be knowledgeable about nature and trail blazing, thanks to Esteban.
    • Sean knows how to hotwire a car because Esteban taught him "just in case."
  • In the Hood: Sean wears his Wolf Squad hoodie in every episode so far. Justified, since he and Daniel left home with the clothes on their backs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sean is a Nice Guy at heart but there are times he can be very stubborn and quite rude towards people but he has very good intentions such as helping the people around him that are in need.
  • It's All My Fault: It's possible for him to blame himself for Esteban's death.
  • 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.
  • Messy Hair: Sean's hair gets longer and shaggier (his bangs, especially) in each episode, since he and Daniel have no access to any haircuts on the road. In Episode 3, Finn can potentially offer to give him one.
  • Missing Mom: His mom is nowhere to be seen. He refers to her by her first name, Karen, and has made it very clear in multiple conversations that she left her entire family and did not have a good relationship with Sean.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Forcing Daniel out of his room causes him to play in the yard, getting fake blood on Brett’s shirt and making the latter put his hands on Daniel, which makes the situation spiral out of control.
  • Parental Substitute: Following Esteban's death, Sean is forced into being Daniel's primary caregiver and mentor. Much of the stress he endures is trying to know how to raise Daniel, since he's a minor himself. And the addition of Daniel's powers adds even more weight on Sean's shoulders.
  • Stereotype Flip: He’s into a lot of geeky stuff such as fantasy novels and comic drawing but in defiance of many geeks in media, is actually not an honor student and struggles with school work.
  • The Stoner: Has made various comments about wanting to get high and owns a weed pipe.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: In episode 3, he can get a tattoo of a wolf or a forest. The wolf tattoo is akin to character theme and the forest was just a surprise from Cassidy. It's really up to the player's opinion if they like it or not.

    Daniel Felipe Diaz 
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Sean? Am I... a monster?
Click here for his appearance in Rules and Captain Spirit 
Click here for his appearance in Wastelands 

Voiced by: Roman George (English)

One of the protagonists of Life Is Strange 2 and the younger brother of Sean Diaz.


  • Accidental Murder: When his father is accidentally killed by a police officer, Daniel uses his power for the first time in a state of panic, which causes the death of the officer.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: When he first finds out about his powers, he thinks that he's a monster. By the time Episode 2 starts up, he seems to have mostly gotten over it, although if you let him kill the cougar, he seems to be traumatized by his own actions.
  • Animal Motifs: While he's associated with wolves, as shown with the loading screen, he has a lesser association with bears. There's a bear drawing on his bedroom door, he's drawn to the bear key rings and one of his favorite franchises is called "Power Bear" which is shown in Roads and Rules.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sean sees him this way. This doesn’t make him any less protective of his little brother, however.
  • The Atoner: Deconstructed. He was upset that he thought he killed Sean and joined a church which turned out to be a cult to make up for what he did and how he acted like a jerk to Sean.
  • Badass Adorable: Not to the same extent as Max, but close.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Daniel can be a sweet and polite child, but since he doesn't have full grasp on his telekinetic powers, he's dangerous whenever angry.
  • Break the Cutie: Does not take the news of his father's death well, as he breaks down in tears and the stuff in the motel spins round and round and asks why Sean didn't tell him sooner.
    • Is on the verge of killing a cougar for the death of Mushroom and can go through with it if you allow him to.
  • Children Are Innocent: Daniel simply wanted to impress his crush Lyla with his homemade zombie costume, only to be put out by his brother Sean. He then accidentally gets fake blood on Brett’s shirt, which instigates a confrontation between the latter and Sean.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Because of his telekinesis and the damage it brought onto their neighborhood, Sean teaches Daniel whenever it is or isn't necessary to use his power. Daniel, more than once, has trouble grasping this throughout the game.
  • Constantly Curious: Daniel is a naturally curious child, which can be both a benefit (finding tools and lost forest paths) and a burden (not regarding rules and poking around not where he's supposed to).
  • Deuteragonist: To Sean's Protagonist.
  • Drunk with Power: Occasionally, he is aware that out of everyone around him and Sean, Daniel is the one having great power. Because of this, he can show blatant disregard to Sean's rules and sometimes uses his powers recklessly.
    Daniel: I am the one with power.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He and his brother show up at the end of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, greeting Chris.
  • Friend to All Living Things: "Kidnaps" a puppy from the convenience store owners and calls her Mushroom.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In Episode 3, he may start resenting Sean for spending more time with his friends than him. If his relationship with Sean is really poor, he'll even go as far as to use his powers to attack Cassidy.
  • Messy Hair: Like Sean, Daniel's hair gets messier and longer in each episode while on the road.
  • Mind over Matter: His power, first used when a police officer murders his father. One example of him using his powers was to save Chris from falling off of his treehouse.
  • Mouthy Kid: Daniel may be a good kid, but because of his mischievousness, he has trouble knowing when to keep his mouth shut, especially towards Sean.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Believing that he killed Sean in Faith, he joined a community to make up for what he did. Unfortunately, the community turned out to be a cult that nearly brainwashed him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The first time Daniel's powers go off, it results in the entire street being left in ruins. Merrill's house doesn't fare much better.
  • Precocious Crush: Has a crush on Sean’s friend Lyla.
  • Psychoactive Powers: His powers seem to get stronger when he's upset or suffers extreme trauma such as getting shot, as he can note in Episode 3.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: If Sean lets Daniel swear at the start of Episode 2, he will do it quite often during the episode.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In each episode, Daniel becomes more irritable and arrogant, whether mad at following Sean's rules or feeling too sheltered. He gets worse in Episode 3 as the sheer stopping force of his own powers go to his head, culminating in potentially attacking Cassidy and even his own brother Sean out of anger when he doesn't get his way.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps Mushroom’s bandana after her untimely death in Rules and decides to wear it during Wastelands.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His telekinetic abilities are unparalleled in strength but he is yet to master his control of it. His emotions also tend to get the better of him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He's basically a walking disaster and making him angry is a very bad idea.

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    Christopher Eriksen 
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Voiced by: Chandler Mantione (English)

The protagonist of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit and a supporting character in Life Is Strange 2.


  • Ambiguous Situation: His fate if he gets hit by a cop car at the end of "Rules" is left unclear until "Faith". The police officer presses his brakes when he notices Chris, but the car still strikes the kid and the deceleration might not have made a difference given how small Chris is. Since Sean and Daniel don't have a phone or internet access, they can't look up what happened to him, leaving his fate a mystery to the player until Sean gets a letter from him in "Faith", which reveals that he broke some bones but has since made a full recovery.
  • Animal Motif: Sean portrays him as a raccoon, given that he wears a domino mask in his superhero identity and he sometimes scavenge things for his imagination.
  • Badass Adorable: As Captain Spirit.
  • Cheerful Child: Manages to be quite happy and enthusiastic while playing on his own. Despite being raised by an increasingly abusive (of both him and alcohol) father, and the recent death of his mom.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A blonde-haired child with an innocent, kind heart.
  • Leitmotif: Death With Dignity by Sufjan Stevens.
  • Mr. Imagination: The entirety of Captain Spirit imposes his fantasies of being the eponymous character over his actual Saturday morning.

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