Many quirky and colorful characters populate the sleepy town of Thimbleweed Park
The senior of the two agents investigating the body by the bridge. Angela is a straight laced investigator determined to finish the case and get the hell out of the crazy town.
- Beneath the Mask: If she uses the eyedrops, she reveals that she wishes she wasn't such a hardass.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has very dry humor.
- Dirty Cop: Is not above threatening Ransome to fudge a fingerprint record to get him arrested instead of Willie.
- Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: She's the Firm Hand. And she gets a lot more irritable than her partner.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She's the only character who will smoke. And she's a lot more amoral than Reyes or Delores.
- Jerkass: She's pretty bitchy to people.
- Misanthropy: She doesn't really like anyone.Ray: How cute. If you like kids and animals. Which I don't.
- Only in It for the Money: She wants the Pillow Factory's AI to sell to a Japanese company for a huge payoff.
- Pet the Dog: She's a lot nicer to Reyes when she learns why he's really in town.
- Pragmatic Hero: Since she's Only in It for the Money, her first response to the Twist Ending is to try and leave the game as quickly as possible, albeit at the expense of the other characters.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Her intention at the end of the game, so that she won't be deleted when the game reboots. Judging from the ending though, it doesn't work.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With almost everyone she speaks too. Particularly if she speaks to Lenore or Madame Morena.
- The Stoic: She's quite emotionless. In fact, about the only thing that gets a reaction from her is eating the possibly botulism-infused hot dog. She lampshades this if Franklin has to scare her at the water fountain.
The junior of the two agents investigating the body by the bridge. Antonio is very interested in the old pillow factory fire about twenty years prior.
- Clear Their Name: Wants to clear the supposed culprit of the Pillow Factory fire, his beloved papa.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Ray considered him this before she found out about his late father because he always asked about the Pillow factory fire.
- Dashing Hispanic: Lenore and Ricki certainly thinks so.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much less than Ray. But one can imagine his eye roll when giving him an item, when he remarks how much he "LOVES carrying stuff".
- Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: He's the Gentle Touch.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Ray and Reyes do this on Willie, the murderer. Reyes, however, blurts this out before the interrogation starts. And then Willie confesses.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: If he catches Agent Ray lying, he'll call her on her "Bullpuckey."
- Memento Macguffin: The pocketwatch, which also serves to get into the pillow factory.
- Mr. Fanservice: Reyes is considered very attractive among the women of Thimbleweed Park. Sandy is much friendlier to him than to Ray or Ransome, and on par with Delores, whom she already knows. Also, when Delores mentions she was speaking to the feds, her sister Lenore angrily declares "The cute one is mine!" Keep in mind that Lenore is married with a kid.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Downplayed. Reyes's watch is a memento of his late father, but as his mother is still alive, he's not exactly an orphan. However, its importance to the plot is very real, as well as the death of his father.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Subverted. He's dressed well, but everyone mentions his suits are "dime-store" quality.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is terrified of clowns.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite the Vague Age of the cast, this trope is in effect. Reyes and Delores are actually the same age, but he looks a few years older than she does.
The younger of Franklin's two daughters, Delores was the apple of her Uncle Chuck's eye until she decided she didn't want to run his pillow factory, but become an adventure game designer. She followed her dreams at the cost of being disowned by her family.
- Adorkable: Sweet, nerdy, and does a goofy dance after getting accepted at MMucasFlem.
- Broken Pedestal: She used to idolize her uncle, albeit find herself frustrated with his insults towards her father. In the present, she admits that she's still "working through her feelings" about him and can be played as forgiving or disgusted. Even her final scene in the game has her admit she's still not sure if he's crazy or not.
- Collection Sidequest: She'll acknowledge the specks of dust if another character gives them to her.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: If she chugs the hot sauce, she'll spit a ball of fire.
- Gamer Chick: Delores mentions playing games in addition to creating them.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Squees over her stuffed chinchilla, Lurleen.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is never mentioned. Chuck uses it as evidence that something's wrong in the world.
- Nice Gal: Delores is very sweet and nice, even to Ransome.
- Wrench Wench: Delores can repair and replace the vacuum tubes, as she was raised to take over the Pillow Factory.
- You Look Familiar: In-Universe. Dolores and Reyes were schoolmates in kindergarten. Because Reyes's dad died, he left town.
The brother of Chuck, Franklin is a weak, unassuming and non confrontational man who wants to turn the now-fallow pillow factory into a profitable toy company.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: When playing Franklin, he first plays like any other character. However, after you regain control of him, he's a ghost, and has a much different menu command than the other playable characters.
- Ghost Amnesia: He doesn't realize he is dead until it's pointed out to him.
- An Ice Person: One of his ghost powers
- Making a Splash: He has this as a ghost power. It only works on existing sources of water.
- Non-Action Guy: He's very weak and spineless.
- The Plan: His idea was to turn the pillow factory into making plush toys. His prototype could even turn from a pillow to a teddy bear and back again.
- Shock and Awe: He can conduct electricity as a ghost.
- Spanner in the Works: Hinted at. Given that Franklin wanted to use the factory, it would ruin the Chuck AI's plans. This could be why Franklin was killed.
- Totally Radical: He invokes this with a bratty kid, talking like he's down with 1980's slang.
- Unfinished Business: His final quest. To say goodbye to Delores.
- Walking Spoiler: In a fashion. The fact that he's a ghost spoils that he gets killed.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wishes he could've told Delores how proud he was of her for following her dreams. He dies first.
Once the premier insult comic of his time, Ransome's world has come crashing down after his wife learned of his mistress, his house burned down, and he was cursed to never remove his makeup. Now, he ekes out an existence at the old circus.
- Beneath the Mask: His insults hide the fact that his father was cruel to him. Not that it's much of a Freudian Excuse, but it's there.
- Cruella to Animals: His wallets were made from an endangered species. Not that Ransome cares.
- Determinator: He tried for YEARS to get that curse broken.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In all his jerkiness, he mentions he wouldn't microwave a hamster.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He has a mistress and his wife finds out. His toy product won't sell because it's dangerous, and Bailiwick leaves him as a lawyer because he's rude. Madame Morena curses him because he insults her.
- My Little Panzer: His candy dispenser emits sparks of light.
- Jerkass: His entire persona revolves around him being a giant jerkass to everyone. He even has "Get everyone in town to hate me" checked off on his checklist (though Dave and Ricki Lee don't hate him).
- Only in It for the Money: He just wants his prototypes back to make some money. He also tries to bilk his lawyer to pay for an autograph.
- Redemption Equals Death: A variation. His final act in the game is using a Flashback to do his final show again... only to make his insults more good-natured and less personal. He disappears immediately afterward. Given that they are actually in a computer game, death isn't exactly like it would be normally.
- Shout-Out: Judging by his appearance, his origin story, and the locals' implications that he may be a serial killer, he is definitely a nod to Pennywise from It, and to the stock Monster Clown characters from horrors in general. Subverted: he's a jerkass, but he's not really evil.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He swears so often that it's weird to see a sentence of him not containing swearing. Expect to see lots of censoring beeps.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: If Ray speaks to him, they'll snipe at each other constantly.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Used in 95% of Ransome's dialogue. He rarely speaks without swearing like a sailor.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Will not allow Ray or Reyes into his home without a warrant. He's okay with Delores, however.
The tutorial character, Boris is a snide German investor who ran afoul of a mysterious shadowy figure by the river, and now is the corpse Angela and Antonio are investigating.
- Intro-Only Point of View: Boris is the tutorial character until he dies after the first puzzle.
- Jerkass: He's prickly, and condemns the American welfare system in comparison to the "superior" European one.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He doesn't get any development as he's murdered minutes into the story. Given that he has the PillowBear prototype, he could be the European investor Franklin was going to meet. But it's not confirmed in-game, and we don't know anything else about him.
The late owner of the Pillow Factory who once put Thimbleweed Park on the map, Chuck died a few days before the story begins from a heart attack.
- Big Bad: Along with personally and financially dominates Franklin's and Delores's lives, he practically owned the town and is explicitly the source of most of the obstacles in the investigation. Even the evil AIs are ultimately his fault.
- Big Good: The town saw him as this, since he put Thimbleweed Park on the map.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After being uploaded to the PillowTron, Chuck rambles nonstop about taking over the world and his amazing intellect. It's unclear how much the AI was affecting him when he uploaded himself to the PillowTron, and its implied there's a More Than Mind Control element to their relationship in life. He cools down after Delores unplugs most of the PillowTron's tubes and apologizes for most of his behavior.
- Hypocrite: He removes Delores from his will for wanting to be a game programmer... and his journal reveals that he had been making a text adventure game in his free time.
- Jerkass: Disowning his niece is a pretty dick move. Disinheriting your brother even more so. Definitely when you plan on destroying the entire town.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed. After disowning Delores, he starts to seriously consider if he overreacted. He ultimately never fixes the mistake while he's alive — though that may be because he considered the fixing that mistake trivial compared to helping Delores learn the truth about Thimbleweed Park.
- No Hero to His Valet: Subverted. Chuck has the air of "being good to the whole town" and being beloved by them, but the people close to him have a mixed opinion. However, his actual servant, Doug, is the only one who inherits anything worthwhile from Chuck.
- Really Gets Around: According to Willie, Chuck always seemed to have a new girlfriend on his arm.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He doesn't leave anything in his will to Franklin or Lenore, and only leaves Delores a T-shirt. This may be a subversion, though, as his final journal indicates that he left clues over town knowing that Delores would use them to learn the truth that he had discovered, and the T-shirt is in fact a vital clue for completing the game.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Almost the whole town all but worshipped Chuck.
Delores's obnoxious older sister who dresses like a streetwalker.
- Good Parents: She says she's one, raising her son to be like Uncle Chuck. Whether that's true or not is unknown, as her son never speaks, but it is implied he is a brat.
- The Dutiful Son: Or daughter. She claims she was always there for Uncle Chuck. Of course, the player never learns if that's actually true, but clearly Chuck didn't think much of her.
- Jerkass: Beats out Ransome as the most unpleasant person on the game. And that's saying something.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: If you speak to her with Ray.
- Ungrateful Bastard: She is really nasty to her sister, and won't allow Delores to even talk to her brother-in-law or nephew.
- Unreliable Narrator: She narrates Delores' flashback like Delores is a selfish sociopath who makes "murder simulators".
- You Look Familiar: Chuckie, her little boy, looks almost the exact same as the bratty kid during Franklin's flashback. However, it would be unlikely Franklin wouldn't know his own grandson.
Suspiciously Similar Looking People
Thimbleweed Park's sheriff who constantly flips a coin and seems very determined to hinder the investigation.
- The Dragon: Seems to be operating on Chuck's orders as well as the machines.
- Dirty Cop: He's clearly interfering with Ray and Reyes progress and is most likely responsible for most of the puzzles in the first half of the game. His relief when the ArrestTron prints out a warrant for Willie's arrest implies that he might have been the true killer, but its never clarified.
- Police are Useless: To the point of claiming that a murder case doesn't list very high on small-town priorities and spending his time (allegedly) watching wrestling instead. Given that he's interfering with the whole thing, not a surprise.
- Verbal Tic: "A-reno".
Thimbleweed Park's coroner, who looks like the sheriff in a white lab coat.
The eccentric hotel manager who looks just like the sheriff and the coroner.
- The Dragon: Franklin says he is this for Chuck. Never confirmed, but given that he's also the sheriff, probably true.
- The Peeping Tom: He watches people in their hotel rooms. It doesn't appear to be sexual in nature: the guest is fully dressed and just watching TV. But it definitely comes off as creepy and inappropriate.
- Too Dumb to Live: He falls for the Groucho Marx disguise three times. Or maybe not, if he was the one who actually killed Franklin.
- Verbal Tic: "A-Boo".
A guy wearing a pizza costume, Chet believes strange forces are at work in the town. He's the younger brother of the military leader of the conspiracy nuts.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He believes that Chuck and the government are behind a conspiracy to control the minds of Thimbleweed Park's people with rays.
- Lampshade Hanging: Delores and Ransome can point out that the town doesn't have a pizza parlor, so there's no reason to wear that suit.
- Overt Operative: Discussed with Ransome. Chet claims that disguising himself as a guy who works at a pizza parlor is how he can work undercover. Ransome points out that the pizza costume makes him more obvious since the town is small enough for everyone to know it doesn't have a pizza parlor.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Gives bricks of C-4 out in a take-home gift bag. Given that his brother is in the military, he can get a hold of the stuff.
- Tinfoil Hat: He doesn't wear a hat. But he lined his entire pizza costume with tinfoil.
- You Shall Not Pass!: He will not allow Angela, Antonio, or Delores into the secret lair. The first two are feds, the latter is "part of Chuck's conspiracy."
The leader of the conspiracy nuts, Brett is a military man who thinks the government is planning a takeover of the town.
Thimbleweed Park's loud and brassy DJ, Cassie runs the same song over and over again, only interrupting for her latest conspiracy announcement. And for radio prizes.
- Conspiracy Theorist: She will periodically interrupt her broadcast to exclaim one of her theories, and thinks that the theremin music record you need for Willie to repair Reyes's watch is a mind control device. Is also part of Chet's conspiracy group.
- Mythology Gag: She's playing a song by Razor and the Scummettes, the lead singer of which was a choice for playable character in Maniac Mansion
- Delinquent Hair: Bright purple. Could possibly be a wig.
Two female plumber sisters who dress as pigeons. They investigate paranormal activity as well as plumbing, and are often talking about the strong the "signals" are this night.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Why is it whenever a body is found, suspicion first falls on the person dressed as a pigeon."
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Subverted. On their first introduction, they claim (repeatedly) that "the signals are very strong tonight." When confronted about it, they admit they're just doing this to screw with the player.
- Non-Indicative Name: They should properly be the Pigeon Sisters, but their father thought he was having boys, and after the girls were born, was too cheap to repaint the van he had bought for them.
- Who You Gonna Call?: They advertise as investigators into paranormal activities.
- Wrench Wench: They are women capable of plumbing.
A dedicated public servant, George is proud to serve Uncle Sam as a post office worker. He'll later be seen in the conspiracy nuts secret hideout.
- Hypocrite: Is extremely loyal to the US government yet is a conspiracy theorist.
- Serious Business: He claims he'd take a bullet for his deliveries.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's convinced that the postal service is the most important government job in the world and doesn't let anybody forget it. He never uses it to dismiss other jobs, however.
A co-worker of Ransome's, Carney Joe loaned him money and wants it back. After the circus goes under, Carney Joe has joined the conspiracy nuts.
Former stars of Maniac Mansion, Sandy runs a greasy diner at the corner of Main and B Streets. Dave is her line cook and husband.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In Maniac Mansion, Sandy was a stereotypical Dumb Blonde cheerleader and Damsel in Distress. In Thimbleweed Park, she is much smarter, snarkier, and more assertive.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sandy is very cynical and isn't afraid to show it.
- Lethal Chef: Apparently, people who ate at the diner got botulism, according to the news. While that's never confirmed, all of the playable characters think their food is terrible, and it makes them puke.
- Nice Guy: Dave is really friendly, even to Ransome.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Sandy won't allow Ransome into her diner.
A former repairman of violins, watches, and other intricate work, Willie is now a bum after the town's prime faded, and now sleeps by a trashcan fire begging for change and booze.
- Anachronism Stew: Downplayed. While begging on the street, he asks for things that are common in 2017, such as kombucha and gluten-free donuts. While they were available in 1987, they weren't nearly as popular as they were today.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Acknowledges to be the reason behind a number of them, including the kidnapping of the Lindburgh baby.
- Frame-Up: He claims he was framed for Boris's murder, although it's never clear who actually did it, or whether or not he's telling the truth.
- Most Wonderful Sound: In-Universe. He love the sound of theremin music.
- Mr Fix It: Before he became a wino, he was a top notch repairman for intricate items like watches or violins. Reyes needs him to fix his father's broken pocket watch.
Former baker of Ricki's Cakes, her business went under when the town became a ghost town. Instead, she bought up the stock of a vacuum tube company that went out of business, learned about the Tron machines, and makes a reasonable business repairing and replacing the tubes.
- Giver of Lame Names: She thinks every name she comes up with for her vacuum tube company is bad, so she hasn't changed it. Reyes can suggest one for her.
- Nice Gal: In stark contrast with the rest of the townspeople, she's very helpful and nice to the player. Even Ransome likes her, although she does get frustrated with him.
- The Pollyanna: She has a very positive and upbeat attitude and thinks the best about everyone. She even denies that the town is dying, but claims that it's going to bounce back any time now.
- Supreme Chef: Her thimbleberry pie is to die for.
- Wrench Wench: She can make a vacuum tube perfectly, provided she has a schematic or blueprint. And knows all of the tubes by heart.
The man in charge of the Safely First Savings and Loan bank.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He constantly gets calls of people making obscene noises to him. Tricking him as Franklin is how you can steal the key.
- Only Sane Man: Observant enough to notice that Willie isn't the murderer. Also keeps the key to the factory because it's a fire-damaged and unsafe building, and that someone will probably engage in a frivolous law suit if they got hurt there.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears an expensive blue suit, and is quick to notice the cheap suits of the feds.
The owner of the Occult shop and Bookstore, Madame Morena is the woman who cursed Ransome to never be able to remove his makeup.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's pretty friendly to her customers; she's sarcastic, but polite, to the agents; and is extremely pleasant to Delores. But Ransome learned the hard way that she shouldn't be messed with.
- Brutal Honesty: She admits she's not really into the occult. She just had a lot of stuff about it, and figured people would pay her for it. Also, with the things used for rituals, she can high all the time.
- Deadpan Snarker: She loves it, particularly when talking to Ray.Morena: Judging by your suits, you're probably interested in my tax records.
- Erudite Stoner: Subverted. She states she can go into a trance and look for Boris's killer if you bring her some magic mushrooms. But she just trips out. If you say you'll arrest her for those drugs, she remarks that the agent, who gave them to her willingly, would go down too.Ray/Reyes: You win this round, witchy woman.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She's definitely got some magical powers, given that she cursed Ransome. But everything else about her, who can say if it's magic or drugs.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: If you speak to her as Ray.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: One of the things she sells. You need one from her magic shop, and it has actual power, too.
Cousin of Bernard from Maniac Mansion, Leonard is the perpetually stoned clerk of the Quickie Pal.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Mentions porno magazines frequently. Ray tells him she isn't surprised that the only women he sees naked are in magazines.
- Dummied Out: There was going to be a quest involving getting the Quickie Pal's security tape from Leonard. It would involve showing him the whiskey bottle found at the crime scene, and using the BetaMax tape from the MovieTron outside. But it was cut, so Leonard is mostly a superfluous character.
- Eaten Alive: Pour radioactive slime on Leonard's man-eating plant and see what happens after a while.
- The Stoner: He's Madame Morena's drug buddy.
The writer for the Nickel News, Natalie is obsessed with finding the material for a Pulitzer Prize.
- Glory Hound: She's just looking to get her Pulitzer Prize. Reyes can give her Chuck's confession to clear his father's name.
- Jerkass: Downplayed. She won't help the agents or agree to the press blackout. She also won't allow them to take her map, even to make copies of it. You've got to trick her into leaving her office to do so. However, she'll help Reyes if there's something in it for her. Like a Pulitzer for exposing Reyes's dad was framed for the Pillow Factory arson.
Chuck's able attorney, and former attorney to Ransome, Brant offers legal advice to cosplayers in his free time.
- Ghostly Goals: Presumably all ghosts have them. Franklin's is on his "To do list", and the only one you can achieve in game.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: All the hotel ghosts wear dresses from the time period they died.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: They can create freezing winds, create surges of electricity, can float through walls, cause surges of water, and can be heard over telephones, in a fashion.