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Quotes left I am not a stranger to law enforcement professionals. I have learned to…spot them. To recognize their posture and sway. Now, one seems to inhabit this, my new home. He looks worn down, but just like me, he refuses to simply lay down and await the coming pain and death. The struggle is the only thing that keeps him sane – something to focus on. Just as you can recognize the hardship of a law enforcer, many times you can also spot a man that has experienced what others never come near. Beatings and violence, determination. Maybe this new man seeks justice? Maybe he still carries a badge? Whatever might he be looking for here, at this place that lacks justice or an end?

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~ Unknown (Potentially Benedict Baker)
David Tapp
S12 DavidTapp Portrait
Gender Man
Role Obsessed Detective
Origin African American
DLC CHAPTER 7: The SAW™ Chapter
Voice Actor Dave Blake (BHVR)
Cost 500 Auric CellsIconCurrency auricCellsIconCurrency auricCellsIconCurrency auricCells

Detective David Tapp is one of 43 SurvivorsIconHelpLoading survivorIconHelpLoading survivorIconHelpLoading survivor currently featured in Dead by DaylightIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogo.

He was introduced as the Survivor of CHAPTER 7: The SAW™ Chapter, a Chapter DLC released on 23 January 2018.

He originates from the 2004 Horror Movie franchise of the same name, SAW.


Overview

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Quotes left Haunted by the failures of his past, Detective David Tapp has resolved to make a difference this time around. With years of experience at his disposal and a penchant for astute hunches, not even the most concealed clue will slip under his radar. Quotes right

David Tapp is an obsessed Detective, able to locate and complete Objectives faster.

His personal Perks, TenacityIconPerks tenacityIconPerks tenacityIconPerks tenacity, Detective's HunchIconPerks detectivesHunchIconPerks detectivesHunchIconPerks detectivesHunch, and Stake OutIconPerks stakeOutIconPerks stakeOutIconPerks stakeOut, make him objective-focused and able to rapidly recover.

His Perks are all about determination and not giving up. You are dead set on reaching your goal and survive no matter what. 


Lore

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Additional Lore can be found in Tome 10 - SAW: Desecration of the Heart.

Detective David Tapp was one of the good guys. His determination to see Killers brought to justice and their victims avenged had led him through a long and respected career.

When he first saw the details of the Jigsaw case, it seemed like many others. More grisly and macabre, sure, but just another lunatic with a penchant for the over-dramatic, who would soon be behind bars.

A stroke of insight brought Tapp, and his partner Detective Stephen Sing, to an abandoned mannequin factory, where they discovered Jigsaw’s lair. They apprehended the man but he managed to escape before being unmasked, slashing Tapp's throat as he did so. Leaving his partner, Sing went in pursuit but fell victim to a booby trap. Tapp had failed to go by the book on this one occasion, entering the lair without a warrant, and it had resulted in a Detective's death. He was discharged from the force and left with a ruined throat and crippling guilt.

He channelled that guilt into an obsession: he would find the killer, stop the murders, vindicate himself, and avenge his friend and colleague. Following the evidence trail brought him to Dr Lawrence Gordon and he staked out the doctor’s apartment, sure that he would find some evidence of guilt.

Then he saw a stranger at Gordon's window and heard gunshots. Tapp confronted him and the man fled, with the pursuit leading to an industrial building.

Tapp's age caught up with him, a fight that he would easily have won in his younger days ended with Tapp taking a bullet to the chest. Slumping to the floor, he saw only failure. He had failed his partner and the other victims. Whoever the killer was, Tapp had been unable to stop him. More would die and it would be his fault.

He let the rage and guilt consume him and closed his eyes for the final time. Beneath him, the concrete floor softened. He dug his fingers into the ground, feeling dirt and leaves. Where his chest had been wet with blood, the shirt was now dry and the pain had gone. His eyes opened onto a darkened sky and the jagged, searching fingers of branches.

Screams echoed through the forest and a new determination filled him. His mind was clear for the first time in months. Victims needed to be avenged, killers thwarted. He didn’t know what this place was, but he was still a cop, and he always would be. He had a job to do.


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Unique Perks

Tapp comes with 3 PerksIconHelp perksIconHelp perksIconHelp perks that are unique to him:

IconPerks detectivesHunch
Detective's Hunch Unlocks potential in your Aura-reading ability.

Each time a Generator is completed, the AurasIconHelp aurasIconHelp aurasIconHelp auras of any GeneratorsIconHelpLoading generatorsIconHelpLoading generatorsIconHelpLoading generators, ChestsIconHelp chestsIconHelp chestsIconHelp chests, and TotemsIconHelpLoading totemIconHelpLoading totemIconHelpLoading totemwithin 32/48/64 metres are revealed to you for 10 seconds.

  • If you are holding a MapIconItems mapIconItems mapIconItems map, any objects revealed by Detective's Hunch will automatically be tracked by it.

"Are you able to tell us where you were last night?" — Detective David Tapp

IconPerks stakeOut
Stake Out Getting close to the Killer fills you with determination.

Every 15 seconds you are within the Killer's Terror RadiusIconHelp terrorRadiusIconHelp terrorRadiusIconHelp terrorRadius, while not being chased, Stake Out gains 1 Token, up to a maximum of 2/3/4 Tokens.

  • When Stake Out has at least 1 Token, Good Skill ChecksIconHelp skillChecksIconHelp skillChecksIconHelp skillChecks consume 1 Token and are considered Great Skill Checks, granting an additional Progression bonus of +1 %.
  • Great Skill Checks do not consume any Tokens.

"I had you, I had you on your knees. You're runnin' scared because we had you. We're gonna close this case!" — Detective David Tapp

IconPerks tenacity
Tenacity There is nothing stopping you.

Your ferocious tenacity in dire situations allow you to benefit from the following effects:

  • Increases your Crawling speed by 30/40/50 %.
  • Grants the ability to crawl and recover at the same time.
  • Reduces the volume of Grunts of Pain while in the Dying StateIconHelp dyingIconHelp dyingIconHelp dying by -75 %.

"What the hell is this? I'm taking this bastard down!" — Detective David Tapp

Prestige

Prestiging Tapp will automatically add Tier I of his Unique Perks to the inventories of all other Survivors and unlock the ability for their higher-tiered versions to spawn in their BloodwebIconHelp bloodwebIconHelp bloodwebIconHelp bloodweb.

Prestige Tapp twice more to automatically add Tier II and Tier III respectively into the other Survivors' inventories.


Achievements

Main article: Achievements

There is 1 Achievement related to Tapp:

Icon Name Description
Ach adeptTapp Adept Tapp Playing as David Tapp, escape a Trial using only his 3 Unique Perks: Tenacity, Detective's Hunch, and Stake Out


Cosmetic Options

Players can choose from a variety of Cosmetic options to customise Tapp:

Base Cosmetics

Default

Icon Name Body Rarity Description
FS Head01 Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head Common A brilliant homicide detective, obsessed with the Jigsaw case.
FS Torso01 Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso Common A vest resistant to gunshots, engineered for comfort and maneuverability.
FS Legs01 Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs Common Field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points.

Prestige

Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
FS Head01 P01 Bloody Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head Rare A battle-hardened homicide detective, obsessed by the Jigsaw cases. Prestige Level 6 Reward
FS Torso01 P01 Bloody Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso Rare A vest resistant to gunshots but clearly not impervious to all threats. Prestige Level 4 Reward
FS Legs01 P01 Bloody Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs Rare Blood-drenched field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points. Prestige Level 5 Reward
Perk Charms
Prestige Level 7 Reward Prestige Level 8 Reward Prestige Level 9 Reward
S12 PCharm001 S12 PCharm002 S12 PCharm003
A keepsake gained upon mastery of a particular skill.

Alternatives

Event

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Icon Name Body Rarity Description Event Exclusive to Event Participation
FS Head011 Detective David Tapp's Mask CategoryIcon head Event A mask he found himself wearing at the masquerade ball. Through the spectacle of his own torment, he has always been hiding from the truth. Twisted Masquerade 2024 Yes

DLC

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Icon Name Body Rarity Description DLC
FS Head02 Investigation Tapp CategoryIcon head Common It's only a matter of time before he gets you. CHAPTER 7: The SAW™ Chapter
FS Torso02 Investigation Suit CategoryIcon torso Common One of many sober outfits in Tapp's wardrobe. CHAPTER 7: The SAW™ Chapter
FS Legs02 Duty Jeans CategoryIcon legs Common Comfortable blue jeans decorated with the City Homicide badge. CHAPTER 7: The SAW™ Chapter

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Grill Champ
13 December 2022 (Tuesday)
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What could be if David Tapp gave up his obsession of Jigsaw? Perhaps he could finally relax and enjoy the summer days.
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FS Head010
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Under the Sun
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Kick back and take the sun on with a relaxed hat and shades.
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FS Torso010
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CategoryIcon torso
Tenderloin Top
1
BBQ attire that celebrates the animal on the grill.
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Butcher’s Cut
59
If it’s gonna be medium-rare, it’s gotta be a little bloody.
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FS outfit 010
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Grill Champ
13 December 2022 (Tuesday)
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What could be if David Tapp gave up his obsession of Jigsaw? Perhaps he could finally relax and enjoy the summer days.
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Under the Sun
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Kick back and take the sun on with a relaxed hat and shades.
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FS Torso010
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Rift Tier
CategoryIcon torso
Tenderloin Top
1
BBQ attire that celebrates the animal on the grill.
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FS Legs010
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Rift Tier
CategoryIcon legs
Butcher’s Cut
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If it’s gonna be medium-rare, it’s gotta be a little bloody.
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FS outfit 008
CategoryIcon head
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Crisis Ready
20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
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Learning advanced tactics and improving crisis management skills at a police retreat. Being prepared requires hours of training and practice.
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Freshly Cut
Nothing to grab in combat scenarios. One thing less to worry about!
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Academy Dress
A comfortable jacket to spend free time in or chase down pigs in the slaughterhouse.
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Cargo Style
Non-regulation cargo pants once worn by police officers protesting against unfair working conditions and wage cuts.
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FS outfit 007
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Undercover Cop
17 July 2019 (Wednesday)
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Detective Tapp has had a long and varied career, including time undercover.
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Blending In
A more casual cut, to help Tapp fit in with the low-lifes he's investigating.
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"This is a Raid!"
Tapp's scuffed jacket is paired with a bulletproof vest: essential for the raid that cracks the case.
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Dirty Slacks
Clean pants are a dead giveaway when undercover. The artful application of grime goes a long way in selling the role.
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Beat Cop
17 July 2019 (Wednesday)
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Before he was a Detective, Tapp walked the beat, like most other cops.
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Peaked Police Cap
A traditional five-pointed cap, paired with dark glasses. If the suspect can't see Tapp's eyes, they can't see him observing them.
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Hardwearing Police Jacket
A jacket designed to keep the wearer comfortable in all weathers. The radio is mysteriously inoperable.
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FS Legs006
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Walking the Beat
Comfortable boots are the main wish of most cops. They keep feet warm, dry and protected over many miles a day.
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FS Torso009
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Wary Greetings
There was something suspicious nagging him. He couldn't focus on anything else, not even taking a well-deserved break during holidays; he had to investigate the matter further.
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DLC

Main article: Downloadable Content


Tapp is part of 1 DLC:


Change Log

Patch 5.1.0


Trivia

  • Tapp is the eighth licensed Character and the fourth licensed Survivor to be introduced.
  • Tapp shares his first name with David King, which is why in-game and on this Wiki, he is uniquely referred to by his last name.
  • It was originally planned to add Eric Matthews from the "Saw" series to Dead By Daylight instead of Tapp.
    As a consequence of this decision, Tapp continues to use the codename "Eric" in the game code.


Gallery

For more go to Tapp's Gallery

In-game assets

Official art

Models

Old assets

Screenshots


THE KILLERS IconHelpLoading killer
BASE GAME /
CHAPTERS 1 — 3
K01 TheTrapper Portrait
TrapperIconHelpLoading trapperIconHelpLoading trapperIconHelpLoading trapper
K02 TheWraith Portrait
WraithIconHelpLoading wraithIconHelpLoading wraithIconHelpLoading wraith
K03 TheHillbilly Portrait
HillbillyIconHelpLoading hillbillyIconHelpLoading hillbillyIconHelpLoading hillbilly
K04 TheNurse Portrait
NurseIconHelpLoading nurseIconHelpLoading nurseIconHelpLoading nurse
K05 TheShape Portrait
ShapeIconHelpLoading shapeIconHelpLoading shapeIconHelpLoading shape
K06 TheHag Portrait
HagIconHelpLoading hagIconHelpLoading hagIconHelpLoading hag
CHAPTERS 4 — 8
K07 TheDoctor Portrait
DoctorIconHelpLoading doctorIconHelpLoading doctorIconHelpLoading doctor
K08 TheHuntress Portrait
HuntressIconHelpLoading huntressIconHelpLoading huntressIconHelpLoading huntress
K09 TheCannibal Portrait
CannibalIconHelpLoading cannibalIconHelpLoading cannibalIconHelpLoading cannibal
K10 TheNightmare Portrait
NightmareIconHelpLoading nightmareIconHelpLoading nightmareIconHelpLoading nightmare
K11 ThePig Portrait
PigIconHelpLoading pigIconHelpLoading pigIconHelpLoading pig
K12 TheClown Portrait
ClownIconHelpLoading clownIconHelpLoading clownIconHelpLoading clown
CHAPTERS 9 — 14
K13 TheSpirit Portrait
SpiritIconHelpLoading spiritIconHelpLoading spiritIconHelpLoading spirit
K14 TheLegion Portrait
LegionIconHelpLoading legionIconHelpLoading legionIconHelpLoading legion
K15 ThePlague Portrait
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K16 TheGhostFace Portrait
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K17 TheDemogorgon Portrait
DemogorgonIconHelpLoading demogorgonIconHelpLoading demogorgonIconHelpLoading demogorgon
K18 TheOni Portrait
OniIconHelpLoading oniIconHelpLoading oniIconHelpLoading oni
CHAPTERS 15 — 20
K19 TheDeathslinger Portrait
DeathslingerIconHelpLoading deathslingerIconHelpLoading deathslingerIconHelpLoading deathslinger
K20 TheExecutioner Portrait
ExecutionerIconHelpLoading walesIconHelpLoading walesIconHelpLoading wales
K21 TheBlight Portrait
BlightIconHelpLoading blightIconHelpLoading blightIconHelpLoading blight
K22 TheTwins Portrait
TwinsIconHelpLoading twinsIconHelpLoading twinsIconHelpLoading twins
K23 TheTrickster Portrait
TricksterIconHelpLoading tricksterIconHelpLoading tricksterIconHelpLoading trickster
K24 TheNemesis Portrait
NemesisIconHelpLoading nemesisIconHelpLoading nemesisIconHelpLoading nemesis
CHAPTERS 21 — 26
K25 TheCenobite Portrait
CenobiteIconHelpLoading cenobiteIconHelpLoading cenobiteIconHelpLoading cenobite
K26 TheArtist Portrait
ArtistIconHelpLoading artistIconHelpLoading artistIconHelpLoading artist
K27 TheOnryo Portrait
OnryōIconHelpLoading onryoIconHelpLoading onryoIconHelpLoading onryo
K28 TheDredge Portrait
DredgeIconHelpLoading dredgeIconHelpLoading dredgeIconHelpLoading dredge
K29 TheMastermind Portrait
MastermindIconHelpLoading mastermindIconHelpLoading mastermindIconHelpLoading mastermind
K30 TheKnight Portrait
KnightIconHelpLoading knightIconHelpLoading knightIconHelpLoading knight
CHAPTERS 27 — 32
K31 TheSkullMerchant Portrait
Skull MerchantIconHelpLoading skullMerchantIconHelpLoading skullMerchantIconHelpLoading skullMerchant
K32 TheSingularity Portrait
SingularityIconHelpLoading singularityIconHelpLoading singularityIconHelpLoading singularity
K33 TheXenomorph Portrait
XenomorphIconHelpLoading xenomorphIconHelpLoading xenomorphIconHelpLoading xenomorph
K34 TheGoodGuy Portrait
Good GuyIconHelpLoading goodGuyIconHelpLoading goodGuyIconHelpLoading goodGuy
K35 TheUnknown Portrait
UnknownIconHelpLoading unknownIconHelpLoading unknownIconHelpLoading unknown
K36 TheLich Portrait
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THE SURVIVORS IconHelpLoading survivor
BASE GAME /
CHAPTERS 1 — 2
S01 DwightFairfield Portrait
Dwight FairfieldSurvivorDwightSurvivorDwightSurvivorDwight
S02 MegThomas Portrait
Meg ThomasSurvivorMegSurvivorMegSurvivorMeg
S03 ClaudetteMorel Portrait
Claudette MorelSurvivorClaudetteSurvivorClaudetteSurvivorClaudette
S04 JakePark Portrait
Jake ParkSurvivorJakeSurvivorJakeSurvivorJake
S05 NeaKarlsson Portrait
Nea KarlssonSurvivorNeaSurvivorNeaSurvivorNea
S06 LaurieStrode Portrait
Laurie StrodeSurvivorLaurieSurvivorLaurieSurvivorLaurie
CHAPTERS 3 — 7
S07 AceVisconti Portrait
Ace ViscontiSurvivorAceSurvivorAceSurvivorAce
S08 BillOverbeck Portrait
Bill OverbeckSurvivorBillSurvivorBillSurvivorBill
S09 FengMin Portrait
Feng MinSurvivorFengSurvivorFengSurvivorFeng
S10 DavidKing Portrait
David KingSurvivorDavidSurvivorDavidSurvivorDavid
S11 QuentinSmith Portrait
Quentin SmithSurvivorQuentinSurvivorQuentinSurvivorQuentin
S12 DavidTapp Portrait
David TappSurvivorTappSurvivorTappSurvivorTapp
CHAPTERS 8 — 13
S13 KateDenson Portrait
Kate DensonSurvivorKateSurvivorKateSurvivorKate
S14 AdamFrancis Portrait
Adam FrancisSurvivorAdamSurvivorAdamSurvivorAdam
S15 JeffJohansen Portrait
Jeff JohansenSurvivorJeffSurvivorJeffSurvivorJeff
S16 JaneRomero Portrait
Jane RomeroSurvivorJaneSurvivorJaneSurvivorJane
S17 AshWilliams Portrait
Ash WilliamsSurvivorAshSurvivorAshSurvivorAsh
S18 NancyWheeler Portrait
Nancy WheelerSurvivorNancySurvivorNancySurvivorNancy
CHAPTERS 13 — 18
S19 SteveHarrington Portrait
Steve HarringtonSurvivorSteveSurvivorSteveSurvivorSteve
S20 YuiKimura Portrait
Yui KimuraSurvivorYuiSurvivorYuiSurvivorYui
S21 ZarinaKassir Portrait
Zarina KassirSurvivorZarinaSurvivorZarinaSurvivorZarina
S22 CherylMason Portrait
Cheryl MasonSurvivorCherylSurvivorCherylSurvivorCheryl
S23 FelixRichter Portrait
Felix RichterSurvivorFelixSurvivorFelixSurvivorFelix
S24 ElodieRakoto Portrait
Élodie RakotoSurvivorElodieSurvivorElodieSurvivorElodie
CHAPTERS 19 — 23
S25 Yun-JinLee Portrait
Yun-Jin LeeSurvivorYun-JinSurvivorYun-JinSurvivorYun-Jin
S26 JillValentine Portrait
Jill ValentineSurvivorJillSurvivorJillSurvivorJill
S27 LeonScottKennedy Portrait
Leon Scott KennedySurvivorLeonSurvivorLeonSurvivorLeon
S28 MikaelaReid Portrait
Mikaela ReidSurvivorMikaelaSurvivorMikaelaSurvivorMikaela
S29 JonahVasquez Portrait
Jonah VasquezSurvivorJonahSurvivorJonahSurvivorJonah
S30 YoichiAsakawa Portrait
Yoichi AsakawaSurvivorYoichiSurvivorYoichiSurvivorYoichi
CHAPTERS 24 — 27
S31 HaddieKaur Portrait
Haddie KaurSurvivorHaddieSurvivorHaddieSurvivorHaddie
S32 AdaWong Portrait
Ada WongSurvivorAdaSurvivorAdaSurvivorAda
S33 RebeccaChambers Portrait
Rebecca ChambersSurvivorRebeccaSurvivorRebeccaSurvivorRebecca
S34 VittorioToscano Portrait
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S35 ThalitaLyra Portrait
Thalita LyraSurvivorThalitaSurvivorThalitaSurvivorThalita
S36 RenatoLyra Portrait
Renato LyraSurvivorRenatoSurvivorRenatoSurvivorRenato
CHAPTERS 28 — 32
S37 GabrielSoma Portrait
Gabriel SomaSurvivorGabrielSurvivorGabrielSurvivorGabriel
S38 NicolasCage Portrait
Nicolas CageSurvivorNicolasSurvivorNicolasSurvivorNicolas
S39 EllenRipley Portrait
Ellen RipleySurvivorEllenSurvivorEllenSurvivorEllen
S40 AlanWake Portrait
Alan WakeSurvivorAlanSurvivorAlanSurvivorAlan
S41 SableWard Portrait
Sable WardSurvivorSableSurvivorSableSurvivorSable
S42 TheTroupe Portrait
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CHAPTER 32.5
S43 LaraCroft Portrait
Lara CroftSurvivorLaraSurvivorLaraSurvivorLara
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