Amnesia: The Dark Descent/Characters

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Main Amnesia characters


Voiced by: Richard Topping

The Player Character. At the start of the game, he only remembers his name and where he is from (London, Mayfair).

  • And I Must Scream: His worst fear comes true in the bad endings, being trapped in the darkness he fears, forever.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: One of the two right now. He wants to redeem himself at any cost.
  • Doom Magnet: Literally, Daniel. Everywhere he goes, The Shadow of the Orb chases him.
  • Famous Last Words: For the bad ending. Ohhh!! NO!! Arrrgahahghh... AHH!!
  • Heel Realization: He finally acknowledged he was a monster after butchering a young girl (in his words, killing an innocent to save a murderer — himself — when once he would have killed a murderer to save an innocent), and it tore him up from inside. Realizing that Alexander led him down this dark path filled him with murderous rage. Yet just knowing what he had done made him wish he had died or allowed the Shadow to take him, leaving him mentally incapable of carrying out his vengeance. Wanting to stop Alexander regardless, he drinks the amnesia mixture.
  • Heroic Mime: Subverted, Daniel's diary entries are all narrated by himself and the player occasionally hears him mumble and ramble to himself during game play. The subversion comes when the player first encounters Agrippa, who seems to react to what he is saying, but the player hears not a peep from Daniel.
    • Possibly explained by the fact he might posses Psychic Powers, and could read Daniel's mind before he could say anything.
  • Heroic Sacrifice In the good ending, he sends Agrippa through the gates to his and Alexander's world. Leaving himself and Alexander at the shadows mercy. The Shadow has none.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Daniel after being mentored by Baron Alexander in how to deal with the Shadow of the Orb.

Baron Alexander: *While a torture victim pleas for his life* Don't pay attention to his lies! We're dealing with monsters here, after all. He set a man on fire.

Baron Alexander

Voiced by: Sam A. Mowry

The main antagonist. Daniel gave himself the mission of murdering him. For good reason. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as he thought.

Wilhelm of Gerich

Voiced by: Dan Zullo

A member of the Order of the Black Eagle. Became Alexander's servant in exchange for political power.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Accepted to kidnap countless of man, woman and children for political advancement.
  • Heel Realization: He confessed how much of a monster he was after being poisoned.
  • Karmic Transformation: It is heavily implied that Wilhelm and his men became the Gatherers.
  • Noodle Implements: Wilhelm wrote that Alexander hired him because of his "follies of his past" instead of his competence as a soldier.
  • Posthumous Character: His character is only heard through notes and flashbacks.
  • Villainous BSOD: As his men and himself are succumbing to the poisoned wine, he simply states (in an empty, emotionless voice) that they're doomed.

Wilhelm: Accept it. We're not getting out of here alive.

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

Voiced by: Bill Corkery

The famed alchemist himself, friend of Daniel. Found in the castle as some sort of corpse-like body.

The Shadow of the Orb

A Mysterious, eldritch entity that chases Daniel throughout the game, seeking to kill him for defiling an ancient artifact.

  • Bigger Bad
  • Blue and Orange Morality: There are hints that the Shadow is not actively malicious, but is simply following its duty. In the revenge ending, it decides that Alexander's death has "redeemed" Daniel in its eyes, and it no longer chases him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Shapeless and alien, it bends reality around itself and cannot be stopped by any normal means whatsoever. It will tear apart whatever it has to in order to reach its target, and those marked by it tend to go insane before they die.
  • Meat Moss: How it makes its presence known.
  • Stern Chase: Past Daniel was willing to do anything to avert its wrath, but ultimately found no way to truly stop it. And ironically, brought it down upon himself.

Justine characters

The nameless protagonist of Justine

Voiced by: Emily Corkery

The Player Character of Justine. A girl given an amnesia potion like Daniel and forced to escape Justine's trap-ridden dungeon for Justine's entertainment.


Voiced by: Emily Corkery

The main antagonist of the DLC of the same name. Trying to escape from her dungeon slowly reveals the details of Justine's life and how she set up her torture dungeon. Revealed later to be the Player Character at the same time.

Aloïs Racine

Voiced by: Scotty Campbell

The first of the three suitors encountered in Justine. He was one of three men Justine was romantically involved with. Over time she tortured and blinded all the three men, and warped them into insane shells of their former selves. He (if the sounds in his cell are to be believed) was a racquetball player. He is a very soft spoken person, and attacks in the same manner. He is the first man you must escape from/avoid in the trial. He is found in the first area of the cells.

Basile Giroux

Voiced by: Jon St. John

The second of the three suitors. Basile is very different from Alois, and Malo. He is angry, violent, and swears like a sailor. He is actually the Only Sane Man of the three men, having kept one thing in mind after this ordeal: revenge. Possibly was a carpenter before being mutilated by Justine. He is found in the underground storage area beneath the library.

Malo De Vigny

Voiced by: Jeff Buchanan

The third and final of the suitors. Malo is unique among the suitors as he is insane. He was a violinist before the cabinet was created. He is also far stronger than he looks. He is able to tear down doors with ease and One-Hit Kill you. He is located in the flooded basement, which makes evading him difficult. He can hear you even if he can't see you. (Though he claims he can).