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These are the characters from The Witch's House. Due to the limited number of characters who appear, all of them will be grouped here.

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If only I could take your place...

I felt so sorry for her, I lent her my body. ...And yet. Ellen ran, leaving me behind. She had me drink a medicine that burned my throat, and said she'd borrow my body forever. Her betrayal echoed in my ears.

The Decoy Protagonist/Hero Antagonist of the game. She is a 13 year old girl and the only daughter of a huntsman. Viola befriends Ellen, the witch who lives in a large house on the edge of the forest. Unfortunately, Ellen tricks her into switching bodies, then mutilates her own body, trapping Viola inside the house while she escapes. Viola traps Ellen in her house and uses her powerful magic to warp the house in a way that it becomes a dangerous threat. Throughout the game, she appears in cryptic moments, and never says a word before Ellen encounters her in the last stretch of the game; ultimately, she is tragically killed by her own father, in the man's misguided attempt to protect his daughter.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Viola, while seeing Ellen getting worse with sickness, had muttered "If only I could take your place...". Cue Ellen switching bodies with her and dooming her to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Not knowing it's her, Viola's father shoots the real Viola twice in the head.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: By the time she's finally dead, her legs have been cut off, her eyes have been gouged out, her throat has been disfigured, she had to drag herself all over the house in that state, a knife's been driven into her empty eye socket, and she's been shot two times in the head. And that's before her soul gets devoured. Ellen actually made sure her death was agonizing on purpose, as the only thing that can fully kill a witch is despair.
  • Daddy's Girl: Viola is her father's only daughter (and as it seems, only living family member), and he seems very concerned for her safety given his letters, and actions in the end of the game. This is mutual, as later it's discussed how one of the only things Viola is thinking of is getting back to her father.
  • Death by Despair: After getting Ellen's body, she also recieves her powers as a Witch and the Immortality that comes with it, which has only one clause that can kill her: Despair. If a Witch despairs, they immediately die. Sadly enough, in the True Ending as she pitifully tries to call out to her father, she gets called a monster by him, shot, and takes Ellen who taunted her to hell and back beforehand. All of this culminated into despair, which is what truly killed her.
  • Declaration of Protection: In the novelization, Viola vows to always be there for Ellen. Sadly, it backfired when Ellen manipulates Viola to her doom.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Supposedly, she is the Player Character, but in truth you are playing as Ellen in her body.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She hits it after her father shouts that she's a monster and shoots her in the head when she can't get him to recognize her, and whisks Ellen away in her body after Ellen pauses to rub salt in the wound by giggling at Viola. Viola's despair actually kills her, as a witch can only lose her immortality through despair and Viola was a witch at that point; when she hit the Despair Event Horizon, she lost the immortality that'd been keeping her going up until that point, and died. Just as Ellen planned.
  • Determinator: Despite being in a body that should be long dead, she never stops pursuing Ellen, who has her body, just so she can take her body back and return home to her father. This is all done while having no eyes, no legs, and no voice, in a sick body that is actively bleeding out.
  • Famous Last Words: The last thing she says (or attempts to say) is "Daddy", trying to get her father to recognize her. Unfortunately, Ellen's "medicine" has ruined her throat to the point where she can't even say a word as simple as that.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Despite all of her efforts, every bit of perseverance, Viola would have never been able to get her old body back from Ellen. The spell to transfer bodies requires a bond of trust, as well as consent, from the target of the spell; obviously, Ellen, who is only too happy to be in a body that no longer hurts, would not provide this. Additionally, Ellen's contract with the black cat is infallible; had Viola managed to kill Ellen, or somehow get her body back, the cat would restart time until the contract had ended: said contract involving Ellen gaining a healthy body. In short, Viola was doomed the moment that Ellen first laid eyes upon her.
  • Final Boss: As the Legless Girl, she is the last pursuer, and escaping her leads to the Normal and True endings.
  • Good Is Dumb: The prequel novel shows that Viola, out of the goodness of her heart, makes stupid choices too though—especially offering to swap bodies with Ellen for a day to give her some relief from her pain. Even if Ellen weren't already a very suspicious character and insisting on the trade under sketchy circumstances (hiding her gouged out eyes and chopped off legs) she could, for all Viola knew, have left Viola in that mansion in her weak body forever after the swap.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: She has these right before the final chase.
  • Grand Theft Me: The victim of this by Ellen, though she was tricked into willingly switching bodies.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Golden-haired Viola appears to be a sweet girl, though it's subverted thanks to the cruel things you have to do to progress the game. Double subverted in that Viola is a sweet girl; Ellen stole her body.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Ellen's body, all that's left of Viola is her upper torso; Ellen, in Viola's body, cut off the girl's legs.
  • Hero Antagonist: It turns out that the true Viola is in Ellen's body and Ellen has been in Viola's, and thus the person we've been playing as the entire time. All the deaths Viola tries to do on Ellen is trying to force her to give up and give her body back to her.
  • Instant Expert: Viola, in Ellen's body, despite being in immense pain from no eyes, a burning throat, and chopped off legs, learns to use Ellen's own magic against her very quickly to trap her inside her own house. It doesn't stick.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Ellen, though subverted in that Ellen is a False Friend. Viola is technically the younger one in this friendship despite being a young woman and Ellen looking like a little girl.
  • Missing Mom: Viola's mother died when she was a child.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her befriending the sickly little girl who was all alone, and agreeing to that sickly little girl's request to trade bodies "for a day", resulted in her losing everything she had, including her life.
  • Parents in Distress: "The Diary of Ellen" reveals that Viola had resigned herself to the fate Ellen had in store for her up until she realized that her father would be at risk from Ellen's evil next. Viola is motivated to act against Ellen solely in attempt to protect her father from that.
  • The Power of Blood: It's implied that the bloody messages left in the Garden is Viola taunting Ellen, compared to the helpful notes the House leaves. As well, when chasing Ellen in the Extra Mode of the MV remake, she will spawn pools of blood that will forcibly slow Ellen down and will more than likely let her get caught.
  • The Powerof Love: It was her love for her father, and her fear of Ellen harming him, that kept her alive in the witch's mutilated body. It is only when her father doesn't recognize her and shoots her in the head that she finally gives in to despair and dies.
  • Rasputinian Death: With gouged out eyes, a burned throat, chopped off legs, and a knife in her body, it's only two bullets to the brain that stop her. The prequel novel even gives the implication that it's as much the despair she feels in that moment as it is the damage that finally puts her down.
  • Walking Spoiler: Being that she is actually the Hero Antagonist, rather than the protagonist.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Possibly. The inner monologues she gets in "The Diary of Ellen" sound surprisingly eloquent and sophisticated for a 13 year-old girl.

If you won’t love me, I don’t need you. If you’re loved, but you won’t accept it, I’ll never forgive you.

My sickness was going to kill me. So… I took her body from her. I lived on in her body. That's fine, right? Because we're "friends".

The titular witch, and the true protagonist of the game. Ellen lives in a house on the edge of the forest, surrounding by dark legends of kidnapping the children who go into the forest. Having lived alone for centuries, due to being very ill and having killed her own parents in retribution for neglecting her, Ellen made a pact with a demon to become his witch and help him consume souls. After killing hundreds of people for centuries, she befriended Viola, a young girl who came to play with her; effectively getting her first real friend. Her adventure throughout the game takes her through her house as she tries to make an escape from it; avoiding every trap and solving every puzzle to make it out of the house safely, along with her faithful black cat, the aforementioned demon.

  • Above Good and Evil: How she tries to justify her vile actions and behavior- she claims that good and evil are concepts made up by humans, and considers the humans evil for getting in the way of her happiness.
  • Action Survivor: Makes her way through an enchanted house full of death traps and puzzles, with zero means to defend herself or fight back against anything.
  • All There in the Manual: Besides the small portions in the Witch's Diary, the majority of her backstory is revealed in the prequel.
  • All Witches Have Cats: The Black Cat serves as something of a guide and a helper (and a save point) to Ellen. The cat is in fact possessed by the demon who gave the witch her powers, so the "cat" is actually the master in the relationship.
  • And I Must Scream: One of the possible deaths involves her being trapped in a painting by the Mona-Lisa.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: She succeeds in killing Viola and escaping with her body, stealing her father all the while.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: During the game, she hacks off the limbs of a living teddy bear with scissors, befriends a frog only to feed it to a snake, drowns the frog's tadpole children in blood, and even extends it to non-animals by plucking/poisoning a friendly, sapient flower. As well, she likes to use the Black Cat Demon as her guinea pig for testing out her death traps whenever he does something to annoy her, such as dunking him in the acid pool north of the garden roof.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her entire MO is to pretend to be a tiny, sweet, helpless Ill Girl, only to her victims in to their violent deaths. Notably, Ellen befriended and used Viola to get her body, tortured her by cutting her legs and gouging her eyes out before the switch, then burned her throat.
  • Big Bad Triumvirate: As the titular witch, she works with the House and the Black Cat Demon, her surrogate parents, to escape to the outside world by killing Viola, and they are also responsible for killing tons of innocent people and turning them into the spirts of the house.
  • Blatant Lies: She claims that she takes no pleasure in her evil deeds, while going out of her way to make her kills as gruesome and horrifying as possible. Made more obvious in the manga, where she sports a Slasher Smile as she claims this.
  • Body Horror: Ellen's body is ravaged by an illness that causes rashes on her, up to the point when it's left unchecked long enough, it rots away her flesh. It continually progresses even as being in the house keeps her healthy while inside it. In the manga, when Ellen lets herself be thrown outside by a man trying to kill her, it's enough that her nose has rotted away and her face is a thin veil of rotted, bloody flesh with her limbs being practically only bones.
  • Cute Is Evil: She is a seven-year-old (in appearance) Cute Witch with flowing purple hair and big eyes, and an adorable Ill Girl. She is also a sadistic Wicked Witch who kills many innocent people and betrays those she befriends.
  • Cute Witch: In appearance, anyway. She is a small child with purple hair and big eyes in a red dress. Personality-wise, though, she is a grade-A Wicked Witch.
  • Consummate Liar: How she was able to befriend Viola and get her to agree with switching bodies with her.
  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with the Black Cat Demon to become a witch- with the catch that she cannot leave the house until she gives him enough souls. Oddly, this is one instance in which the one being screwed over does not seem to mind the deal, as it gives her the chance to kill people in sadistic ways.
  • Death by Irony: The Book of Death can kill Ellen while in Viola's body by making her gouge out her own eyes, exactly what Ellen did to her own body prior to switching with Viola. Basically, all the Deaths that Viola inflicted on Ellen were ways that Ellen had killed people within the house.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: To the point she'd happily kill for it.
  • Determinator: Despite the entire house being alive and actively trying to kill her with damn near everything it has, Ellen never stops trying to get out of it — all because she needed a way to remove a rose bush blocking her path.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Ellen is capable of using magic, and has used it for centuries to kill people. When she uses the Body Swapping spell on Viola, she never imagined that Viola would suddenly be capable of using magic due to how magic is tied to one's body instead of soul. Granted, she isn't as surprised as most sufferers of the trope are, and believes that the House will remain loyal to her and show her the way.
  • Eaten Alive: She can be eaten by a giant spider, snake and even a moving skull.
  • Enfant Terrible: Ellen is said by the novel to have become a witch as a seven-year-old little girl, which, thanks to immortality, is the way she stays. A seven-year-old who sets people up to die in horrible ways to give their souls to a demon to eat, calling her victims her "friends."
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. Though she seems to care about her demon master, her narration in the prequel makes it clear that she sees him mainly as a useful tool, and will not hesitate to physically abuse him for annoying her.
  • Evil Cripple: Her illness weakens her to the point of being barely able to walk and spending most of the time confined to her bed. Her handicap is actually the cause of her evil, as it's her desperation to find an escape from being extremely weak and in constant pain that drove her to do so many terrible things.
  • Evil Gloating: Once the final chase takes Viola and Ellen outside her house, Ellen does this to Viola, revealing the plot twist about "Viola" actually being herself.
  • Eye Scream: The Book of Death makes her gouge her eyes out upon reading it, which kills her. She also gouged out her eyes in the backstory, leaving her sockets hollow and blood-streaked.
  • False Friend: The only reason that Ellen "befriended" Viola was because she needed a sincere bond of trust and consent in order for the Black Cat's body-swapping spell to work.
  • Freudian Excuse: Became an evil witch because her father never acknowledged her and her mother was leaving her with her father to go with a rich man. It does not even come close to excusing her actions.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a mere 7 year old child who was abandoned by her parents to a mass murdering witch of the forest. This trope also gets Inverted, with her going back to "nobody" when she takes over Viola's body.
  • Grand Theft Me: Performs this on Viola, tricking her into consenting so she can condemn Viola to a Fate Worse than Death whole escaping the house.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In the third pseudo-ending, it's revealed that Ellen cut her legs off and gouged her eyes out, and to add insult to injury, gave Viola a throat-burning "medicine" so that she would no longer be able to scream with Ellen's own voice. This was to ensure that Viola died, because a witch's immortality and glamour fails if she suffers great despair. She can also suffer this fate in some of the Game Overs, notably the very first one in the MV remake, which has her crushed by two walls and split in half when they retract. Her organs can even be seen stretching.
  • Hate Sink: Though she is initially sympathetic as an Ill Girl neglected by her parents, and is somewhat reluctant to become a witch, that goes out the window when she kills both her parents and the boy later on, and from there she begins Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. By the end, she is an unrepentant mass murderer who has gruesomely killed hundreds of innocents, and has betrayed the Nice Girl Viola, the only true friend she ever had, while manipulating her own father into killing her. And she gets away with it.
  • The Heavy: As the Villain Protagonist, she is naturally the most active of the Big Bad Triumvirate.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Essentially all the potential deaths she can suffer are deaths that she subjected her victims to, utilizing the traps in her house.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: All she wanted, as a child, was the love of her parents, and the love of friends. Having received neither, she killed her parents and turned to magic. This all comes to a head in the actual game; the reason Ellen went so far out of her way to steal Viola's body isn't only because she needed a body that didn't hurt: she wanted Viola's life. Knowing Viola had a loving father (precisely what she never had), she wanted to take Viola's place.
  • Ill Girl: Rare villainous example. She has an unnamed disease with pretty horrific descriptions of what it does to her her entire life. Prior to the events of the game, she was so ill that it got to the point she couldn't get out of her own bed. This was what drove her to trick Viola into swapping bodies with her, just so she could have a body that wouldn't hurt.
  • Invincible Villain: So long as she has the cat demon on her side to revive her whenever she dies, there is no way for her to lose.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In multiple ways through the game. Knives and vines are the most prominent; she can even be stabbed through by a flower if she tries to attack it the wrong way.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Viola, though subverted in that Ellen is a False Friend. Ellen is technically the older one in this friendship despite looking like a little girl.
  • Jumped at the Call: Though initially a little reluctant, she gets on board with the offer the demon gives her to become an evil witch relatively quickly, since she hates people anyway.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: At first, she is a neglected Ill Girl, and even after killing her parents, she tries to befriend the boy who visits her. One misunderstanding and a Breaking Lecture by her demon master later, she kills him and fully embraces being a Wicked Witch, luring and massacring innocents without remorse.
  • Just Following Orders: She attempts to justify her killing in the prequel by claiming that she is just doing what the demon says so he can give her a cure for her illness. Subverted as she is clearly taking pleasure in her job.
  • Karma Houdini: Ellen gets away with sacrificing an untold number of lost children to a demon and stealing Viola's body. Unless, of course, you count getting painfully killed every time you screw up.
  • The Killer in Me: In the end, it's revealed that "Viola" is actually her in Viola's body, and the real Viola is in Ellen's.
  • Laughing Mad: After she switched bodies with Viola, Ellen was positively ecstatic to be in a body that no longer hurt at all. And made worse by her gloating to Viola that she had stolen the girl's body.
  • The Many Deathsof You: She can suffer many deaths at the hands of the traps in the house.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Hated other people ever since she was young, including and especially her own neglectful parents, because she believe that no one loves her and therefore everyone is worthless. Naturally, she practically jumps at the chance to become a witch and kill hundreds of people with her magic.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. After killing her parents, she seems to regret it as she thinks about the happy family they could have been... and then blames her parents for neglecting her, completely sidestepping her responsibility for killing them.
  • Narcissist: Textbook example. She cares only for herself, acts as a False Friend to the kind Viola, betrays her "friend" when she's no longer useful to her, is an Ungrateful Bitch (feeding a frog to a giant snake after it had done nothing but help her, and betraying Viola despite all she had done for her), has no empathy, blames everyone else for her actions, and is a total sadist (taunting Viola about her fate and snickering after she is killed by her own father). Everything she does is motivated by her desire to be loved by both parents and friends. When she could receive neither, she turned to magic and began killing, and it's shown in her backstory that many of her first kills (her parents and a boy who ran away after seeing her true form) were only made after she thought they showed no love for her. The reason she was so dead-set on stealing Viola's body in the first place, aside from getting one that didn't hurt, was because she knew Viola had a kind and loving father, something she never had, and she wanted him for herself. Essentially, what she views as love is more akin to narcissistic supply.
  • Never My Fault: Whenever things go south and she betrays and murders someone, she victim-blames them. She justifies killing her parents because they neglected her, justifies betraying the boy and Viola by claiming that they never loved her because they ran away when they saw her true diseased body, excuses her sadistic mass murder by saying that she only does it because the demon makes her do it, and does not even bother trying to justify her animal cruelty beyond it being what she had to do to escape the house.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Has one in the true ending at Viola's expense.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In her backstory, she goes outside and buries a dead cat she admired, not wanting it eaten by crows. This sparks her mother to abandon her, which in turn sparks Ellen's Start of Darkness.
  • Off with Her Head!: One of several ways she can die in this game. Ignoring the crying statue gets her head ripped off, prying at vines in the Extra Mode of MV makes them rip it off, and putting on a pair of blood-filled shoes causes her head to pop off, bleeding, while her borrowed body prances away.
  • Older Than They Look: Ellen seems to have been born back in the Middle Ages, and is stated by the novelization to have been around seven years old when she gained immortality by becoming a witch. It's unclear how long she's lived since then — either decades or centuries — but it was long enough for guns to be invented.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: She has 10 HP, but this has absolutely no effect on gameplay whatsoever; one hit from anything will kill her. The only exception is the poisoned soup, which will take away 1 HP for every step she takes. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the poison within 10 steps (or anywhere in the game, for that matter), so it might as well be.
  • Parental Neglect: Ellen's father ignored her very existence, downright disregarding her and only paying attention to her mother, who herself struggled to give Ellen attention but couldn't cope entirely with having a terminally ill daughter, and tried to leave her family for a rich man. Ellen, in a furious rage, killed them both.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She kills people in service to her demon master, who eats their souls. However, she clearly loves her job, despite her attempts to pass herself off as Just Following Orders.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has purple hair, inherited from her father, and is the master of the titular Haunted House, which she rules with an iron fist.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes all the way down her back.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Retains the outward appearance of a seven year old girl, despite actually being centuries old, thanks to the house's magic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes, or lack thereof, are red.
  • Sadist: She goes out of her way to make her Death Traps as horrifying as possible, taunts the dying, blind, mute, and crippled Viola about the situation that Ellen herself engineered, mocks Viola for trusting her, and snickers after Viola is killed by her own father.
  • Self-Harm: An extreme example with Ellen cutting off her own legs and gouging her eyes out before swapping bodies with Viola, just to make her suffer.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Her first victims were her parents. The written novel states she suffered a My God, What Have I Done? moment after murdering the people who actually cared for her. Except she then blames her parents for it. She then became a witch and never looked back.
  • Shoot the Dog: Or in this case, Feed the Frog to the Snake. Unfortunately, there comes a time where she must send her poor, cute little ally who loves her so much to his death in order to keep advancing through the witch's house. She also has to curb off the limbs of a living teddy bear, leaving it bleeding, drown the tadpole children of the frog in blood, and pluck/poison a friendly flower in order to make it through the house. Knowing Ellen, she likely did not have a problem with it.
  • Silent Protagonist: For most of the actual game, she never says a word out loud, only speaking in the True Ending during The Reveal, in order to hide the twist. Averted in The Diary of Ellen, where she is more chatty (as the prequel is a novel/manga).
  • The Sociopath: Has traits of this mixed in with her general narcissist personality. Despite killing her mother after finding out that she never loved her, she feels no sense of remorse at all and ends up using her dead mother to get her father's attention, only to kill him as well when he doesn't even notice her. After making a contract with the demon, she only grew worse. Despite being able to feel empathy for animals (and even then that does not stop her from feeding a frog to a giant snake and killing his tadpoles), she possesses none for humans whatsoever. From her countless victims to eventually Viola, Ellen wants to make anyone love her and if they refuse regardless of reasons she'll kill them off and revel in their suffering.
  • Solitary Sorceress: Her house is isolated from civilization, in the middle of the woods. This makes it easier to manipulate the forest to cause victims to lose their way and reach her house. The house will kill any who wander in, if the witch wishes it. This would not be possible if the house is in the middle of a village.
  • Squashed Flat: A giant teddy bear, the small chasing skull, getting distracted while going through the hall she's not supposed to be distracted in, and some busts in the game can lead to her getting crushed and killed.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Another possible method of death is via drowning; its also a very well deserved death, as the tadpoles (who were the children of the frog she fed to the snake to save her own skin) do it as revenge against her.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Had catlike golden eyes, but subverted since they have nothing to do with her being a witch; she simply happened to be born with them.
  • Sweet Tooth: One of the childlike traits she never lost; she has no interest in proper meals, and consumes nothing but tea and sweets. She notes that the house's chef can prepare a variety of excellent meals, but she only ever has him make her pastries and cakes.
  • Tragic Villain: Subverted. At first, her backstory seems to paint her as a neglected child who just wants love and only kills people to cure her illness, but her remorseless sacrifice of other children and taking sadistic pleasure removes most of her sympathy. She then betrayed Viola, who showed her genuine love and trust; though that was the only way to escape the house, she still takes far too much joy in making Viola suffer.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: One of the major reveals of the game is that Ellen is the Witch responsible for trapping Viola in the house.
  • Tyke-Bomb: She was essentially raised by the House and the Black Cat Demon into becoming a mass-murdering witch to supply them with souls. Uniquely, she was already violent and murderous even before they can along.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: As befitting a narcissist, she is incapable of genuine gratitude. The frog, the boy, and Viola all show her nothing but love, genuinely try to get along with her, help her however they can, and in the latter two cases only run away temporarily due to a misunderstanding. Nevertheless, she brutally kills them- she lures the boy into a Death Trap, feeds the frog to a giant snake, and switches bodies with Viola before burning out her throat and tricking her father into shooting her dead. She also lacks gratitude for the demon who rescued her from her neglectful life and made her his witch, as she uses him to test out her traps whenever he annoys her and generally sees him as a pawn.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the end, she turns out to have been in Viola's body all along, with the real Viola actually being trapped in the witch's body.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to talk about her without revealing that she is both the Witch and the actual protagonist of the game.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: The first death encountered; stepping on a pool of blood in the center of the first room crushes her between two walls. She also inflicted it on a boy she befriended in the past.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ellen had this trope in spades with regards to her father, who rarely even looked at her. It was bad enough that she was actually excited at the prospect of how furious he would be with her for killing his beloved wife, because that meant that he would finally be paying her attention; when he didn't even then, she lost it (again) and killed him. Ellen also had this trope with her mother to a lesser extent, feeling that she had her mother's love but being so insecure and so desperate not to lose her mother's love that she would do anything she thought would please her mother and make her decide to stay and keep loving her.
  • Wicked Witch: As the master of the house, she uses it to murder innocent people she lured in with whatever gruesome Death Trap she feels like using at the time. She is also a Manipulative Bitch with no problem backstabbing anyone she befriends.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair, which she inherited from her father.

    Black Cat 

The Demon
Good luck with the rest, Ellen... my faithful witch.

By the way, this is a witch's house, but you already knew that, right?

A supporting character in the game, the Black Cat is a sarcastic talking cat that accompanies Ellen throughout the duration of the game, functioning as her save point. He is also the demon who contracted Ellen, making her into his witch, and he uses her to kill people so he may collect their souls.

  • Abusive Parents: Of the emotionally abusive variety. He takes every opportunity to break down Ellen's sense of self, convincing her that only he loves her, so she will be more receptive to his demands that she kill people for him. In this case, however, the abuse is mutual, as Ellen herself beast and kills his body if he annoys her.
  • Affably Evil: To Ellen, and only Ellen. He's rather cordial with her and is extremely polite when speaking with her, appearing genuinely nice. In any situation where he's not speaking with her, he's Faux Affably Evil at best, and even then he indicates that his kindness towards Ellen is grooming his Tyke-Bomb and nothing more.
  • All Witches Have Cats: He serves as something of a guide and a helper (and a save point) to Ellen. The cat is in fact possessed by the demon who gave the witch her powers, so the "cat" is actually the master in the relationship.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He success in getting Ellen out of the house and claims the soul of Viola.
  • Big Bad Triumvirate: He works alongside Ellen and the House to devour innocent souls, and aids the former in her mission to kill Viola. He is also the most dominant of the trio, as the one who brought them together in the first place.
  • Breaking Lecture: Gives one to Ellen in the prequel, telling her that no one truly loves her, and one later to Viola, mocking her for her naivety in trusting Ellen and detailing how the two of them have screwed Viola over.
  • Captain Obvious: At one point, he says, "By the way, this is a witch's house. You know that, right?" To Ellen, the witch who owns the house.
  • Catchphrase: "Yo."
  • Cats Are Mean: Seemingly averted, as he follows the protagonist into the witch's house and provides friendly chatter (in addition to allowing her to save). While he comes off as aloof at times, he seems genuinely concerned about her. In both endings, he appears before Viola and disappears with her. And then played straight when he's revealed to be possessed by the demon that gave Ellen her powers, and was most likely claiming poor Viola's soul as another victim.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: At the half-way point in the game: "By the way, you know that this is a witch's house, right? Right." The line is even more snarky given that the girl we are playing as is the witch, in Viola's body.
  • Cute Is Evil: He is a tiny cat who can be adorable at times. He is also the demon who gave Ellen her powers and eats the souls of children.
  • The Corrupter: Downplayed. He took Ellen in to mold her into a killing machine and slowly breaks down her reservations with it. Not that she had many reservations to begin with, being that she was a violent misanthrope who killed her parents even before he came along- all he did was give her a little push.
  • Deal with the Devil: He struck up one with Ellen; magical powers, and a home, in exchange for souls. Thankfully for Ellen, the cat seems to be loyal enough; so long as Ellen holds up her end of the bargain, he upholds his. This even includes bringing her back to life countless times during the course of the game.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: He seems to be just the savepoint character, but is in fact the demon who gave Ellen her powers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted; his behavior in game and in the side-story shows that he does seem to hold some genuine affection for Ellen, but other scenes, such as when he gives her a Breaking Lecture, make it clear he sees her as disposable, and he outright admits at one point that he does not care whether she lives or dies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He mentions that it was mean of Ellen to cut up the white flower on the roof. Yes, the demon who eats the souls of children thought the callousness of that act was worth pointing out. However, he indicates that he was just being a smartass.
  • Familiar: Inverted, as he is the master of the witch Ellen. He specifically seeks out witches and makes contracts with them, making him the boss of the relationship.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Whenever he's not interacting with Ellen, he's this at best. He may be rather goofy, casual, and laidback for a demon, but he's still known to have devoured countless souls, including those of children. Usually he's not even this, being an open Jerkass, dismissive and unappreciative of the cook.
  • Hate Sink: Despite his friendly demeanor, he is a cruel sociopath who turns Ellen into a witch and mentors her in cruelty, having done so to the prior witch, is a Jerkass to the cook, devours the souls of innocent people including children, comes up with the plan to betray Viola, and claims her soul at the end, getting away with everything.
  • It Amused Me: At the beginning, he says that he's following Ellen around for laughs.
  • Justified Save Point: Not stated outright, but since the cat is actually a powerful demon, it makes sense he could return the Witch from the grave.
  • Karma Houdini: Just like Ellen, the Black Cat gets off scot-free in the end, receiving no punishment for the many souls he devoured, including Viola's own in the end.
  • Laughably Evil: He's pretty goofy, casual, snarky, and entertaining for a demon who's devoured countless souls.
  • The Man Behind the Woman: He is the one who took Ellen in and made her who she is, and came up with the body-switching plan. The Diary of Ellen goes into more detail on this.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: He goes in a room full of cat statues on pedestals, stands on top of an empty pedestal, and tries to convince Ellen he is a statue for laughs.
  • No Name Given: He is only ever called 'Black Cat' and 'Demon'. He tells Ellen in the prequel that, as a demon, he does not really have or need a name.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Every time Ellen progresses through the house, she finds the cat. He never seems to move from his spot, but he changes location to wherever she might need to save. Played for laughs when he poses as a cat statue.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The demon seems to be the possessing kind, prefers the body of a cat, eats the souls of children, and mentions that even though it doesn't have a physical form, that doesn't make it immortal.
  • Parental Substitute: After Ellen killed her parents, the Black Cat took her in, gave her powers, and also taught her things like how to read and write.
  • Soul Eating: His purpose in having his witches kill people is to consume their souls.
  • Walking Spoiler: Though seemingly an innocuous save character, he is actually the demon who gave Ellen her powers and one of the main villains.

    The Witch 

The House


The titular Witch's House that belongs to Ellen. Though Viola uses the House to try to kill Ellen, the House sometimes spawns notes on the walls giving you hints on how to proceed through it. In the Diary of Ellen, we learn that the House was created by a spell the Black Cat knows, and his previous Witch loved it so much that her wish was to become the spell that summoned it, turning her into the house itself.

  • Abusive Parents: To a lesser extent than the Demon, as unlike him she genuinely seems to care for Ellen, but she still helps the Demon in molding Ellen into a mass murderer.
  • Affably Evil: She acts as a caring mother to Ellen, never once directly harming her like the Demon does.
  • Alien Geometries: The House is capable of having much more space within it than it looks outside. It's even big enough to house an indoor garden on it's own, and can change pathways however it's owner likes. When Ellen is escaping the house, it becomes a whole lot shorter and easier to navigate, implying it's going back to it's original form.
  • Big Bad Triumvirate: She works alongside Ellen and the Black Cat Demon to devour innocent souls, and aids the former in her mission to kill Viola.
  • Cool House: It's a Witch's House with an in-house museum, library that picks out the right books for the owner, an indoor garden that appears to be a courtyard, and very lovely furnishings all around.
  • Eldritch Location: It's a house with impossible geometries inside and that can kill you in many ways.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: One would be amazed at the number of ways a house and the things inside of it can kill you.
  • Genius Loci: As the Previous Witch inhabits the house and is the core of it, she often does things for Ellen like picking out books in the Library that are the right difficulty for her to read, changing the passage ways so she can go through the house easier, and finding numerous ways to kill people inside it.
  • Hive Queen: She essentially controls the spirits inside her.
  • Mission Control: She provides the help and hints Ellen gets throughout the place.
  • Parental Substitute: She is one of them to Ellen, alongside the Cat, serving as the surrogate mother to his surrogate father.
  • Pet the Dog: She has some moments that show she cares for Ellen. In the Diary of Ellen, when Ellen learns that witches can suffer Death by Despair, and the Cat shows her one object that immediately gives Ellen despair (the scent of her mother's perfume the night that she was leaving her), Ellen throws the bottle at the wall and proceeds to bawl her eyes out. The House cradles her in her bed. She also protects Ellen from Viola at one point when Viola breaks through the window.
  • Place of Power: A literal example. While within the House, Ellen is completely healthy and immune to the effects of her sickness (though they keep progressing without her knowledge), and she is capable of using magic, even from a distance outside of the house. Once she physically steps outside of it, she immediately loses all her powers beyond her immortality as a witch and regains all the symptoms of her sickness.
  • Predecessor Villain: To Ellen. The house was once the Witch for the Black Cat before she became the spell that summoned the house and Ellen became the new witch, and she killed several people herself. She is still around, however, unlike most examples.
  • Solve the Soup Cans: Justified. Since the House is an Eldritch Location, one of the rules is that the house doesn't use normal keys, so other things must serve in it's place to unlock doors there. Such "keys" include putting a torso of a bear into a basket, drinking/putting a key into poisoned soup, releasing a golden butterfly, hitting a pumpkin multiple times, and also ordering dolls by their colors on colored pedestals to get to the indoor garden and to the Witch's Room when you have the lost doll.
  • Spirit Advisor: The notes found all over the house is the House itself communicating to Ellen and helping her get through it.
  • Token Good Teammate: She is the only member of the Big Bad Triumvirate who actually seems to have some good inside her. Unlike Ellen, who abandoned her sympathetic qualities long ago, and the Black Cat Demon, who never had any to begin with, the house is genuinely Affably Evil and not sadistic.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ellen. Even a body swap will not stop her from recognizing her true master, and she helps Ellen get through the place.
  • Walking Spoiler: The House is not only alive, but also the Predecessor Villain to Ellen.


Minor Characters

"A hand is exactly what I needed"

An invisible character, who may help you if you "lend a hand".

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the Extra mode of the MV remake, instead of thanking you for the severed teddy bear limbs and giving you a key, he tells you they are filthy and would prefer your hands before chasing you and trying to kill you. Also, when you return to the kitchen and visit the bone room, he has kidnapped one of the other invisible residents of the house and will come into the room and kill them (and you if he sees you).
  • Affably Evil: Despite being the servant of a Wicked Witch, he seems like a nice guy. If you give him severed teddy bear limbs, he will thank you and give you a key.
  • All There in the Manual: The Diary Of Ellen reveals that he is the ghost of one of the victims of Ellen's predecessor, and that he needs severed hands to help make medicine for Ellen's illness.
  • The Ditz: In the Diary of Ellen, he's noted to be rather simpleminded and clumsy, though he is still a good chef.
  • Evil Chef: Zigzagged. He will cut off your hand and kill you if you agree to lend a hand, but this is likely just because he is Literal-Minded. If you give him the teddy bear limbs, he will thank you and give you a key. While he does work for Ellen, the prequel depicts him as a Punch-Clock Villain who never directly aided her in her evil deeds, having done nothing but make her meals and bring her medicine. The one time he does something truly evil of his own volition in the original game is when he tries to kill her after she discovers the skeletons in the cellar. The Extra Mode of the MV remake plays this straight due to Adaptational Villainy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the Extra mode of the MV remake due to Adaptational Villainy.
  • Literal-Minded: If you agree to "lend a hand", he will cut your right hand off and kill you. You have to give him dismembered teddy bear limbs.
  • Locked Outof The Loop: He apparently did not get the memo that Ellen had switched bodies with Viola.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The original game and the prequel novel show that he just cooked meals for Ellen and brought her medicine made from the hands of her victims. He wouldn't harm someone himself unless he thought they were okay with it or they discovered that he had skeletons in the cellar. The Extra Mode averts this by having him actively hunt down others without their consent, and use other invisible residents of the house for their hands.
  • Walking Spoiler: Not from a story standpoint, but from a gameplay standpoint, as there are many surprises he can kill you with.

Ah. You're giving me this? Thank you!

An invisible entity that helps you by giving her the Book of Death in exchange for the rope to 'tie' the books, which you later find out that he commits suicide by hanging himself. The prequel reveals that he is Ellen's first friend and victim, a young illiterate boy.

  • Cute Bookworm: He sure loves reading books, but apparently he cannot read well.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the game he was dead to begin with, but he is the invisible person in the library. He is seen sorting books and needs something to tie them together. After "Viola" gives him a rope to solve a puzzle, he thanks her. If she backtracks to the room after that, she'll find that he tied the rope into a noose and killed himself.
  • Implied Love Interest: Despite Ellen's claims that she doesn't know what is love and how it feels to be loved, some of her lines in the novel imply that she might had feelings for him. By the time of the game, however, she has clearly abandoned such feelings.
  • Keet: He's very smiley and friendly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He dragged Ellen outside to play, but after getting out of the house, Ellen returns to her original sick body, disgusting him. He came back later to make amends, but Ellen simply kills him because she doesn't believe she can have real friends, making him the first in a long line of victims she gives the house.
  • No Name Given: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel.
  • Only Friend: To Ellen, until he commits the mistake of panicking after seeing her true sick body, and she kills him.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. He is introduced in the game simply as the invisible person in the library that is Driven to Suicide, but the novel reveals who he is.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with Ellen, with the boy as the Energetic Guy to her Savvy Girl.
  • Sweet Tooth: Like Ellen.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing who he really is spoils a portion of Ellen's backstory, and that she is actually the Witch.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: The poor kid dies crushed between two walls. Which means that in the game, the pool of blood in the dark room is his blood.

    Viola's Father 
"Viola?! Are you safe?! Are you hurt anywhere?"

A hunter, who is Viola's only surviving family left after the death of her mother. He writes a letter to her just before the beginning of the game, which can be found in two parts at the start and at the end.

  • Big Damn Heroes: In the normal ending, Viola's father arrives and blasts the witch to bits with his shotgun when it follows Viola out of the house. Subverted by the true ending; he unknowingly killed his daughter and took the witch home in her place.
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: His letter says not to go into the forest, though it's actually the way out.
  • Good Parents: From what's seen of him, he genuinely cares about Viola and the two are close.
  • Papa Wolf: Given a cruel twist. He kills the witch to protect his daughter, completely unaware that the witch is his daughter.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Averted. In the remake, it's made clearer that her father failing to recognize her is what finally pushed Viola into fatal despair.
  • Unnamed Parent: The game never gives him a name other than "Viola's father". The picture gallery states that his name is Travis.
  • Walking Spoiler: He only appears in the endings, and his role is to unknowingly kill his daughter.

    Ellen's mother 
My dear Ellen...

A woman who seems to actually love Ellen, unlike her father, but neglects her as much as he does. She tries to leave the family for a rich man, driving Ellen to kill her.

  • Asshole Victim: Was stabbed to death by Ellen after trying to abandon her and the family for a rich man.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ellen's realization that her mother was going to start a new life with a new man, her opinion of her shatters and never recovers. She kills her immediately after coming to the conclusion of what her mother's been up to.
  • Came Back Wrong: Lives on as a spirit within the witch's house, and is much more spiteful and malevolent than she ever was in life.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She initially appears to just be another spirit, but turns out to be the mother of the witch herself, and partly responsible for her turn to evil.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: A negative example when Ellen’s mother loses her Motherly Side Plait and changes it into a Prim and Proper Bun by the time Ellen sees her again, showing she was intending to leave her daughter and her husband for a much richer man.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Worked as a baker in life.
  • Missing Mom: Disappeared suddenly when Ellen was 7. Ellen didn't understand why and tried to take care of herself the way her mother used to, thinking that her mother would come back after she saw that she didn't have to do as much work. Her mother did eventually sneak back into the house, but she didn't intend to meet her daughter or husband, and meant to leave for good.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Subverted. She was shown to have worn her hair over her left shoulder just to emphasize her motherly side to Ellen, but it’s clear Ellen’s mother was fed up with her life tending to her terminally ill daughter and dealing with an abusive spouse she decided to leave. It didn’t end well for her.
  • My Beloved Smother: Was this towards Ellen... until she decided to ditch her and her husband for another man.
  • Parental Abandonment: She struggled to give her attention but couldn't cope entirely with having a terminally ill daughter, and tried to leave her family for a rich man. This proves to be her downfall.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. She appears in the game simply as a spectral resident of the cell next to her husband's, but the novel reveals who she is.
  • Unnamed Parent: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel, though since she died hundreds of years earlier, it's possible Ellen simply doesn't remember her name.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her presence spoils Ellen's Freudian Excuse.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Her husband loved her immensely, but she still cheated on him with a richer man, and was planning to leave him and their daughter for said man.

    Ellen's father 
...Dammit! You gotta be shittin’ me!

A drug and alcohol addict that neglects his ill daughter, but genuinely loves his wife. Is killed by Ellen after he discovers her murder of his wife.

  • Asshole Victim: Was stabbed to death by Ellen for neglecting her all these years.
  • Body Horror: Mutated into a massive bony monster.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He initially appears to be just another spirit, but turns out to be the father of the witch herself, and partly responsible for her turn to evil.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Ellen kills his wife.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In addition to being an opium addict, he is also an alcoholic.
  • Functional Addict: The drug in question is never explicitly named, but it's most likely opium.
  • Iconic Item: His jade smoking pipe.
  • Jerkass: Towards Ellen. He did love his wife, but given her reactions toward his angry outbursts even she feared him.
  • Karmic Transformation: As shown in the game, he became the savage beast he was to his daughter.
  • Parental Neglect: He simply pretended that Ellen didn't exist.
  • Posthumous Character: Retroactively revealed to be such. He is introduced in the game simply as the smoking monster in the cell, but the novel reveals who he is.
  • Unnamed Parent: Is never named in the game or the prequel novel, though since he died hundreds of years earlier, it's possible Ellen simply doesn't remember his name.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence spoils Ellen's Freudian Excuse.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He had light purple hair, which his daughter inherited from him.

    Giant Teddy Bear 

The first and only pursuer of the first floor in Normal Mode.

    Giant Spider 

One of the two pursuers of the second floor.

  • Drop-In Nemesis: How it appears if you don't replace the Butterfly. Also how it appears EVEN replacing the butterfly in Extra Mode.
  • Off with His Head!: What happens if it catches you.
  • Schmuck Bait: Go ahead, take the butterfly without replacing it. Go ahead, backtrack to its room after triggering it in extra mode.
    Bloody Skull 

One of the two pursueers of the second floor.

    Giant Snake 

A Giant snake living in one of the rooms in the third floor.

  • Ascended Extra: Becomes the a pursuer in the third floor after getting the music sheets in Extra Mode.
  • Neck Snap: How it kills you.
    Woman Portrait 

A portrait of Mona Lisa that pursues the player after taking the Music Sheets.

    Toy Soldier 

A seemingly ordinary toy soldier carrying a fake gun. Becomes and replaces the Woman Portrait as the pursuer in the fourth floor.

    Giant Skull 

One of the pursuers of the fifth floor. It is unique from the other pursuers that you encounter it twice.

    Red Eyes 

One of the (many) pursuers of the fifth floor.

  • Foreshadowing: They likely represent how Ellen's eyes were gouged out.
  • I'm Melting!: How it kills you, if caught.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: When you escape it, RUN. Subverted that you can actually exit before they swarm you.

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