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Characters from the 2016 indie horror game Oxenfree. Beware of spoilers.

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    Alex 

Alex

Voiced by: Erin Yvette

The game's protagonist. Alex is a rebellious teenager who came with her friends to Edwards Island.

  • And I Must Scream: The ending implies that she's sealed away in the ghost dimension and is being forced to relive the game's events for all eternity.
    • New Game+: However, another playthrough impllies that there's an infinite amount of Alexes and that every Alex eventually gets off the island and lives their life only for a new Alex to start their journey.
      • Seemingly, you can also avert this fate in this mode. If Alex warns herself not to go to the island, Alex, Ren, and Jonas go to Alfredo's for pizza, meaning she never tears open the rift, never has to go through the horrifying night, and never escapes the island while making a new Alex's story begin. It also means Michael is dead and puts it in question if Alex ever made up with Clarissa, bonded with Jonas and if Nona ended up with one of the boys.
  • Childhood Friends: Ren has said he and Alex have known each other since grade school.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can be played this way.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: One of the achievements for the game is to end the night with everyone else hating you by being a miserable destructive monster to everyone as often as possible.
  • Genki Girl: No matter how you play her, she comes off as being very excitable and outgoing.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Implied to have a stuffed animal collection, which Clarissa makes fun of.
  • Heroic Mime: It is possible to play Alex as a nearly mute character throughout the game. It even earns the player an achievement.
  • Jerkass: Alex can be played as extremely sarcastic, selfish and outright malicious even. The player even gets an award for it.
  • Like Brother and Sister: If you prevent Michael's death and Alex and Jonas bonded, then Alex and Jonas remain close friends despite never having been stepsiblings. Eventually, Alex comes to view Jonas as a second brother.
  • Never My Fault: One way to play her is to have her constantly deny her role in releasing the ghosts as well as Michael's death.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Alex is the only one who can clearly remember the time loops. According to the ghosts, this is because she's the one causing them.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her red jacket belonged to her brother Michael once.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The ghosts tell Alex that she is this, and they are right - Alex tuning into the frequency in the cave unleashed the ghosts and allowed them to begin messing with her friends.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light-blue/teal hair. Her hair is brown in flashbacks, so it is likely that she dyes it, making this a Justified Trope.
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    Jonas 

Jonas

Voiced by: Gavin Hammon

Alex's new stepbrother. He's rumored to be a criminal, but he's friendly enough.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up in a crime-ridden town and may or may not be a criminal himself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some of his dialogue, especially if Alex is played as a Heroic Mime.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: He'll have this reaction if players choose to have Alex sit in the chair and scream.
  • The Lancer: He's Alex's companion for most of the game.
  • Like Brother and Sister: If you prevent Michael's death and Alex and Jonas bonded, then Alex and Jonas remain close friends despite never having been step-siblings. Eventually, Alex comes to view Jonas as a second brother.
  • Master of Unlocking: Implied to have learned from his past hometown.
  • Missing Mom: His mom died of disease when he was younger.
  • Momma's Boy: Jonas expresses some very deep affection for his mother.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged. Halfway through the game, he becomes angry at Ren for getting high and causing all the trouble in the first place, despite the fact that Jonas was the one who went exploring the caves and leading Alex to the ghost rift and encouraging her to use the radio on it in the first place. He'll also try to act as if the ghosts escaping is nobody's fault, however, if you accuse him of being at fault, or blame yourself, he'll acknowledge his culpability.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a red beanie in the game's entirety.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the group's rationalist throughout, though he can still get a little irritated.

    Ren 

Ren

Voiced by: Aaron Kuban

Alex's best friend. He's the one who organized the Edwards Island trip. He has a crush on Nona.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's extremely insecure about his friendship with Alex, despite that they've been best friends for years, gets high as a way of coping with anxiety, and he also mentions having a therapist at one point.
  • Childhood Friends: Ren has said he and Alex have known each other since grade school.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Not the strongest example, but he definitely has his moments.
  • Disney Death: At one point, Alex finds that he's drowned. It turns out to just be the ghosts trying to intimidate Alex.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's infatuated with Nona. They can get together in the end, depending on the player's choices.
  • Functional Addict: He spends most of the game high, but it doesn't seem to even slightly impede him.
  • Keet: He talks a lot, is more effeminate than some of the girls and is very outgoing and loud.
  • Motor Mouth: The most talkative of the group.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ren is actually short for "Reginald" but nobody calls him this.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • The Stoner: He has a fondness for pot brownies, which he cheerfully consumes early in the game. He also mentions a story that involved him being high on cough medicine.
  • The Smart Guy: He's a walking encyclopedia of trivial knowledge relating to the island's history, market, and so on.

    Nona 

Nona

Voiced by: Brittani Johnson

A quiet girl who is close friends with Clarissa.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Should she find out that Alex offered Clarissa's body to the ghosts as a new vessel, she will loudly chew her out, barely giving her room to talk back.
  • Camera Fiend: Regularly takes photos, sometimes without the participant's permission.
  • Dude Magnet: A small case. Ren outright admits to being smitten with her and, if certain dialogue choices are made, Jonas will admit to having a bit of a crush on her as well.
  • The Generic Girl: Of all the characters, she's the one you learn the least about and interact with the least, her being The Quiet One doesn't help much either.
  • Hidden Depths: She practices ballet privately whenever she skips class.
  • Only Friend: Among the group, she is the closest to and most protective of Clarissa.
  • Out of Focus: Most of the game is spent in the company of either Jonas, Ren, or Clarissa (in an antagonistic capacity). Opportunities to interact with Nona on her own are rare and easily missable.
  • The Quiet One: Is the least talkative of the cast, though she converses more when the conflict arises.

    Clarissa 

Clarissa

Voiced by: Avital Ash

A popular girl who hates Alex. She used to date Michael.

  • Alpha Bitch: Subverted. She's popular and she treats Alex like crap, but it turns out that this is more of a personal grudge and Clarissa is generally a fairly decent person.
  • Fiery Redhead: Clarissa definitely has an attitude.
  • Jerkass: Clarissa, who seems to find it funny to point out the likelihood of divorce in the new step-family, and probing Alex as to why her parents got divorced. It's because her boyfriend - Alex's brother Michael - is dead.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: You find out eventually that Clarissa is much nicer than she initially seems when Nona tells her how Clarissa went out of her way to celebrate Nona's birthday despite a recent tragedy. Her dislike of Alex comes from a personal and complicated place.
  • Mouth of Sauron: The ghosts prefer to use her to converse with Alex. While the ghosts can and do possess all of the teens, they have a preference for Clarissa, most likely due to her intense anger at Alex.
  • Retgone: If Alex lets the ghosts take her, then Clarissa is erased from time and Alex is the only one who remembers her.

    Michael 

Michael

Voiced by: Anthony Lam

Alex's late brother. He was very popular.

  • The Ace: Judging from how people talk about him, he was damn near perfect.
  • Back from the Dead: If Alex convinces him not to leave town in the flashbacks, he never drowns.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His official bio states that he is willing to protect Alex, without smothering her.
  • The Lost Lenore: Clarissa never really got over his death and it shows in the way she interacts with the others.
  • Nice Guy
  • Post Humous Character: He died sometime before the game began, but his life clearly had a great impact on both Alex and Clarissa.
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    Maggie Adler 

Maggie Adler

An old woman who lived in a large manor on Edwards Island for decades. She died three days prior to the start of the game.

  • Ambiguously Gay: It's unclear as to exactly how close her relationship with Anna was.
  • The Atoner: She dedicated her life to containing the ghosts to make up for her role in sinking the Kanaloa and getting Anna killed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her and Anna's attempt to free the ghosts resulted in Anna vanishing instead.
  • Posthumous Character: She died shortly before the game began, but she's actually one of the most important characters.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Both for indirectly causing the deaths of the crew members of the Kanaloa and for trying to appease them.

    Anna Shea 

Anna Shea

A close friend of Maggie's who died in a tragic accident decades ago.

  • Ambiguously Gay: It's unclear as to exactly how close her relationship with Maggie was.
  • And I Must Scream: Translating the Morse code messages the radio picks up in parts of the island reveals that Anna survived the accident, but she was trapped in the ghost dimension instead.

    The Ghosts 

The Ghosts

Ghosts that Alex and Jonas unwittingly let loose on Edwards Island. They are actually the crew of USS Kanaloa, a nuclear submarine that sank near Edwards Island in 1943. Instead of dying, they were trapped in another dimension. Now they seek to possess Alex and her friends' bodies to escape their predicament.

  • And I Must Scream: The dimension they exist is outside of our universe's time. As such, they've lived the entire life span of the universe several times over.
  • Friendly Enemy: They are a lot kinder to Alex in a New Game+. They eventually confess that most of their malice on that kind of playthrough comes because they need to stick to the script. It's because they are trying to gently persuade Alex to accept that she is trapped with them for all eternity.
  • Loss of Identity: After spending eons in the alternate dimension, they've forgotten virtually everything about themselves prior to their deaths. If Alex uses what she's learned from Maggie's letters to help the ghosts remember one of their number's names, the ghosts start to regain themselves.
  • Sanity Slippage: Eons of imprisonment have caused their personalities to regress to those of children.
  • Tragic Monster: They were ordinary soldiers before they were trapped in another dimension and twisted into monsters.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: New Game+ reveals that the ghosts are aware that no matter what they do, Alex will either seal the ghosts away again or Maggie's safeguards will prevent the ghosts from leaving the island, but they continue to try because the rules of time require them to "stick to the script."
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