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The series protagonist and player character. Rosa discovers she's the 3rd and latest spirit medium in the Blackwell family to be bound to the "Blackwell legacy" and spirit guide, Joey Mallone.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Gavin. She gets better.
- The Cameo: She appears in Paddy O'Hare's Bar in Dave Gilbert's The Shivah: Kosher Edition, having an animated conversation with Joey. Of course, as the game is played from the perspective of rabbi Stone, she just appears to be talking to herself.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: A possible option during the art gallery opening in Convergence. Even in further titles she admits to being a lightweight and avoid drinks any alcohol should the player examine them.
- Character Development: In the first game, Rosa suffers from intense social anxiety to the point where she hasn't spoken to any of her neighbors in five years at the same building, something Joey. teases her about constantly. She also finds it difficult to make small talk or be in front of crowds, and she has a tendency to be defensive or snappish in conversation. It's likely a combination of childhood trauma and her foster home upbringing, plus whatever hereditary components might be involved. Over the course of the series she begins to push past this, not letting it stop her from interrogating dozens of complete strangers on the most bizarre topics, doing a thankless job that no living person is even aware she's doing.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Rosa's black overcoat and pants in Epiphany not only gives her darkest ensemble in the series, but it marks her growth as accepting and confident of her calling as a medium.
- The Heart: While Joey is more prone to strong-arm tactics, she tends to rely on her natural empathy in dealing with ghosts.
- This additionally sets her apart from her predecessors; Patricia outright rejected her powers and Lauren was so embittered to hers she became numb.
- The Hero Dies
- Justice Will Prevail: Rosa always expresses some degree of sympathy for every ghost she and Joey meet, due to the often quite sad circumstances of their deaths, and is driven to right or, seeing as she is dealing with the death after all, at least try to mend the wrongs they have suffered and bring them some sort of justice and comfort. Madeline notices that her attitude makes her quite different from Lauren, who approached the life as a medium as more of a reluctant Punch-Clock Hero.
- Legacy Character: Of a sort. She's the 3rd Blackwell to be a spirit medium.
- Must Have Caffeine: By Epiphany, Rosa is never not seen without a cup of coffee, as a means to keep herself awake during her nightly runs on the job. She even admits drinking four cups a night, at least.
- My Skull Runneth Over: Post-possession, the universe flows into her head and drives her insane.
- Occult Detective: Rosa officially becomes a "spiritual consultant" at the end of Convergence.
- Parental Abandonment: Lost both parents at a young age and was raised by her aunt before she fell victim to mental illness. Before adulthood, she bounced from one foster home to the next.
- Pungeon Master: Sometimes Rosa likes to drop some simple puns. Too bad Joey doesn't enjoy them.
- Socially Awkward Hero: In the beginning of the series, Rosa was the definition of introversion. She gets better through each installment, but it's clear she's still timid and can get mentally exhausted through many social excursions.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Educated and bookish, natch.
- Technically a Smile: Has a habit of flashing a sheepish grin whenever she says something silly. This does nothing to reassure the person she's talking to.
- Voice of the Legion: When she channels the Universe post-possession.
A ghost who serves as the spirit guide to mediums in the Blackwell family, having been bound to both Patricia and Lauren before moving on to Rosa.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He somehow turned his tie into a mental projection of his link to his host without realizing it.
- Almighty Janitor: In life, he was a simple tailor. In death, he ends up saving the world.
- Ambiguously Bi: In Epiphany, it seems that Joey may fit this, as he was intentionally vague as to why he'd saved his assistant, Danny's, life by talking to members of the mob in his place.
- And I Must Scream: Let's just say there's more fun things that could've happened to a ghost than being bound to a sedated host for 25 years.
- Back from the Dead / Become a Real Boy: Rosa's final act in Epiphany gives him a new body and a second chance at life.
- Brought Down to Normal: After being brought back to life, he can no longer see ghosts.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Joey is always willing to put on the charm, flirts with nearly every female ghost, constantly calls Rosangela "sweetheart", and is supremely annoyed that when he goes into a women's locker room it's currently empty. But he's always respectful when it really matters, and the one time he's propositioned he turns her down because she's unsure if she really wants to.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on dead.
- Fish out of Water: He's a '30's New Yorker and spent several decades stuck in a hospital with Patricia and Lauren, so he's obviously a bit out of touch with the modern world.
- Grin of Audacity: Quite fond of them. Just look at his portrait.
- Handsome Lech: He has his moments. Like with Monique, whom he quickly takes a shine to, to the point where he tells Rosa that she is clearly highly suspicious and they should pay more visits to her office so he can have time to study her closely.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died saving Danny Marconi.
- How Do I Shot Web?: It apparently took him a while to figure out the whole ghost business, having nobody to tell him the how's and why's.
- Intangible Man: Duh. This helps out a lot during investigations as he can go anywhere his partner can't.
- Invisible to Normals / Invisible to Adults: Like any ghost, he can only be seen by mediums, animals, and small children. Several times he uses this to his advantage.
- Iron Woobie: Despite having suffered no small amount of hardships, he rarely ever seems bothered by it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may talk big, but he genuinely cares for the people around him.
- Kidnapped by the Call: How did he become a guide? It was a total coincidence. It all started back in 1931, when Joselyn banished her guide into the void, in attempt to abandon her duty as a medium. As someone must continue the ghost sending, it's decided that Joey, the latest spirit they saved, is to be their replacement, and so he was involuntarily brought back to the world and stuck to Blackwell family since. Joey learns this revelation from Madeline, Joselyn's guide, told with a dose of sarcasm, which he doesn't take too well.
- Monochrome Apparition: He shows up in a subdued color scheme.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Joey struggles to put up with Rosangela's lame jokes, alternating between this and Sarcasm Failure.Joey: "Ryan + June". I wonder who June could be.
Rosa: Maybe Ryan really likes summer?
Joey: No. Just... no.
- The Nicknamer:
- "Spooks" for ghosts in general.
- "Red" for Rosa.
- "Pattycake" for Patricia.
- Nice Hat
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Only natural when you're a successful tailor.
- Teeth Clenched Team Work: With Lauren and Rosa, the latter to a gradually less extent.
- Walking Techbane: His presence disrupts wireless signals.
The protagonist of Unbound, she was Rosa's predecessor as spirit medium.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: It's easy to count on one hand for a scene she doesn't smoking for. It's even her idle animation.
- The Cynic: Lauren's time as a medium left her with a bleak, world-weary outlook on life, and rarely showed happiness until she reconnected with her family.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lauren was definitely this, especially if her patience is wearing thin.
- Emotionless Girl: During her times as a medium, she definitely had this demeanor, particularly her monotone voice and deadpan disposition.
- Oblivious to Love: Lauren does not at all recognize that Joey is in love with her (a fact which is confirmed by Word of God):
- Oral Fixation: Lauren is a hardcore chainsmoker to the point where she does not only have an ashtray in every room, but also for all of her everyday activities that require two hands. She's also often in denial about her habit, claiming that the cigarette she's currently on is her "last one of the night". There's an achievement for smoking less than twenty cigarettes in a playthrough, which is much harder than it sounds, and conversely an achievement for smoking 100 cigarettes.
- Posthumous Character: The spreading of her ashes in the very beginning of Legacy kickoffs the series, after all.
- The Stoic: Lauren was an unflappable woman during her youth, with very little events able to truly shock her.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Joey.
Rosa's kind next-door neighbor, an older woman of Indian descent who lives together with her pet Boston Terrier, Moti.
- Nice Guy: Easily one of the kindest and most understanding people in Rosa's life.
An ancient spirit who appears to Rosa in her dreams.