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Charlie

Charlie, otherwise known as the Darkness or the Night Monster, is a hostile damage source unseen to the player in-game. She only attacks when the character is in complete darkness. She is the secondary antagonist of Don't Starve and its DLCs and the main antagonist of Don't Starve Together.

When being stalked, the player's character will become alarmed, exclaiming things such as "What was that?", followed by a loud "whoosh" to signal her approach. Moments later, a slashing sound is heard and the player will be damaged for 100 Health Meter and suffer a loss of 20 Sanity Meter. The first attack will happen 5 to 10 seconds after the player enters complete darkness, with the player being stalked when 60% to 20% of this time is left until the attack. The attacks will continue every 5 to 11 seconds until the player finds or creates a light source in order to see. Most characters can survive a single attack, even without armor.

Charlie was previously Maxwell's female assistant for his magic shows and became the night monster after entering The Constant with him. She is also the younger sister of Winona. Her night monster form appears for the first time in the A New Reign cinematic. She is shown to have warring personalities consisting of a kinder self that resembles her original human form and a demonic self that is wicked and violent. At the end of the same cinematic, Charlie transforms into her current "Queen Charlie" form in Don't Starve Together in which both of her personalities are combined.

Don't Starve Together icon Don't Starve Together

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New Charlie

Charlie sitting down on her new throne after combining her two personalities.

In Don't Starve Together, Charlie serves as the main antagonist, carrying on after Maxwell's reign while still being the night monster. After the events of Adventure Mode take place in which Maxwell and Wilson swap places, Charlie approaches Wilson as her "human" self and frees him from the Nightmare Throne. But after the demonic night monster version of her personality overpowers her, she attacks Wilson and sends him back to the wilderness with Maxwell.

After removing Wilson from the throne, Charlie changes the throne area to her will. Her human and demonic personalities constantly fight each other over how the throne area should look. Eventually, both personalities morph into one balanced form as she sits down on the new throne.

After Wilson and Maxwell finish building the Jury-Rigged Portal to bring other characters into their part of the realm, Charlie destroys it and replaces it with her own version, the Florid Postern, marking her new reign in the Constant.

Light Sources

The following light sources will prevent Charlie from attacking:

  • Characters and mobs:
    • Abigail's glow
    • Fireflies' illumination (coming close to them will cause them to disperse. If the player walks away, they will come back almost immediately, making it possible to "hop" between two or more patches of fireflies and survive the night. It can even be done with just one patch, walking in and out of repeatedly, although this is more difficult, and the player suffers greater sanity loss)
    • Chester when transforming
    • A Ghost's glow
    • A Slurper (while it's awake and/or on a character's head)
    • WX-78 on OVERLOAD after being struck by Lightning
    • WX-78's sparks (when caught in Rain)
    • Woodie in his Werebeaver state
    • A Depths Worm's displayed lure
    • Any mob or character that has eaten a Glow Berry
    • A Houndius Shootius when charging a shot
    • An enraged Dragonfly Reign of Giants icon
    • Light from Bioluminescence at night Shipwrecked icon
    • Rainbow Jellyfish Shipwrecked icon
    • Any mob or character that has eaten a Dragoon Heart Shipwrecked icon
    • Any characters and certain mobs that have eaten a Dead Rainbow Jellyfish Shipwrecked icon
    • Glowfly Hamlet icon
    • Wilba in her Werepig form Hamlet icon
    • Royal GuardHamlet icon
    • Lavae Don't Starve Together icon
    • A Mothling critter when fed Don't Starve Together icon

Speech File Comments

Comments from Charlie could be found in Maxwell's DST speech file around and after the time of the Cyclum Puzzles and A New Reign. More comments were added to Winona's speech file in her character update in March 2019 and to Wormwood's speech file in his debut update in June 2019. Currently known ones are listed here, underneath the corresponding quote:

Maxwell

  • Maxwell (generic)- "What a dapper fellow!"
  --Pride... Arrogance... Conceit...
  • Maxwell (NPC)- "Looking good!"
  --This was your fault...
  • Maxwell's Head- "Hey, handsome."
  --You did this...
  • Maxwell's Light- "Aw, it remembers me."
  --You...
  • Nightmare Lock- "It keeps the master in the chair."
  --You...
  • Nightmare Throne- "It's less painful than it looks. Barely."
  --You haven't escaped its pull...
  • Maxwell Statue (DST)- "It seems silly now..."
  --Your hubris... Maxy... it was always your weakness...
  • Maxwell's Tooth Trap- "I'm... sure I had my reasons when I placed this."
  --...
  • Maxwell's Mosquito Mine- "Maybe I shouldn't have put that there."
  --...
  • Gramaphone- "That accursed thing!"
  --...
  • Florid Postern- "Always did have a flair for the dramatic..."
  --...Make your jokes...I'll be seeing you soon...

Winona

  • Maxwell Statue (DST)- "So THIS is 'Maxy'."
  --...
  • Charlie announcement- "C-Charlie?"
  --...I'm so sorry, I never meant for you to come here.
  • Charlie attack, missed- "Ha! I know all your moves!"
  --This wasn't a part of my plan, but as you're here now...
  • Charlie attack, hit- "Yeow! Rude!"
  --...I suppose I'll have to make do.
  • Failed to revive Abigail- "No one should ever lose a sister."
  --...
  • Campfire (out)- "My sister was afraid of the dark."
  --You've changed so much.
  • Fire Pit (out)- "My sister was afraid of the dark."
  --How much time has passed for you?
  • Mandrake (mob)- "This is exactly what having a little sister's like."
  --I should like to speak, face to face.

Wormwood

  • Maxwell Statue (DST)- "Alive?"
  --...

Placeholder Trivia

In-Game

  • When killed by Charlie, the cause of death listed in the Morgue is "Darkness"; except for Maxwell, whose cause is listed as "Charlie".
  • When exiting Don't Starve Together, a popup will say "Charlie will miss you!" before quitting.

Lore

  • Her gender and humanity were first revealed by Kevin Forbes (an original Don't Starve's programmer) during a livestream on Caves.
  • The first time her name was made known was in the Underground update, in which Maxwell started referring to the Night Monster as Charlie. Her former human version was later shown in some of the solutions of the William Carter Puzzles.
  • Night vision renders the player immune to Charlie. This suggests that Charlie is not averse to light itself, but rather the ability to perceive her.
  • According to a letter written by Charlie found in the sixth William Carter Puzzle, it is implied that Charlie did not think that the shadows were real until things started going wrong during Maxwell's final performance.[1]
  • As seen in the A New Reign cinematic, Charlie has the power to put out lights when she is fully present in an area (shown when Maxwell's Lights turn off at her approach).
  • According to character quotes in Don't Starve Together, Charlie smells like flowers, namely roses.[2]
  • According to Winona, Charlie used to be afraid of the dark.[3]
  • In the opening of the Next of Kin short, the upper half of a letter from Charlie addressed to Winona can be briefly seen. The whole letter was visible in Rhymes with Play #229:
Dear Winona,
How are you?! Congratulations on the new job! I knew you would find something soon. Have you settled in alright? Are you taking care of yourself?
I'm still here in San Fran and things are going well. My magic act partner has taught me so much about showmanship in such a short time. I think you two would really get along! You're both very stubborn. Haha!
Anyway, please write back soon. I want to hear all the latest news from Ohio. Don't leave anything out!
XOXO,
Charlie
  • Charlie appears in a stinger at the end of the Salty Dog trailer, notably punctuated with voice acted laughter. This is the first time Charlie has been given a voice.

Cultural References

  • Charlie is referenced as Grue in the game files. This is a reference to the iconic monster from the game Zork. In Zork, the Grue only attacks players in pitch darkness after a line of warning, just like in Don't Starve.

Mosquito Bugs

  • If a player enters a Worm Hole just before the night sets, Charlie will not attack when the character comes out of the other side. (This bug is stopped when going into light and then back into darkness again.)
  • If the player pauses the game when the sound of Charlie attacking begins and resumes right before the sound ends, Charlie will attack early.
  • If the player is killed by Charlie while surfing in the Shipwrecked DLC, the Morgue will list "Shenanigans" as the cause of death.

Blueprint Gallery

Gramophone Sounds

The warning cries of Charlie, meant to warn players of an impending attack.
Charlie Warning Sound
The sound of Charlie attacking the player.
Charlie Attack Sound

References

  1. From Charlie's note: We really knocked 'em dead last night, didn't we? I thought that old guy in the front wasn't going to make it. Those shadow things are so convincing - they almost scare me, and I'm part of the act!
  2. Wickerbottom on Charlie's approach in DST: "A noise! And a distinctly floral scent?", Lucy the Axe when dropped on the ground in DST: "Don't leave! I... I think I smell roses!"
  3. Winona's quote for an extinguished Campfire, Fire Pit, or Endothermic Fire Pit: "My sister was afraid of the dark."
Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormEwecusFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (RedBlue) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(Varg Reign of Giants icon) (BirchnutterPoison Birchnut Tree Reign of Giants iconHamlet icon) (Crocodog (BlueYellow) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPirate GhostPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon) (Ancient SpiritGiant GrubGnat SwarmHanging VineIron HulkMantMasked PigPoison DartfrogScorpionSnaptoothSpider MonkeyVampire BatViperWeevole Hamlet icon) (Clay HoundClay VargCookie CutterGem DeerGrumble BeeHorror HoundLavaeMoonrock PengullShadow PiecesShattered Spider Don't Starve Together icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (QuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon) (Palm Treeguard Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Ancient HeraldLarge Iron HulkQueen WomantPugalisk Hamlet icon) (Bee QueenKlausMalbatrossReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don't Starve Together icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon) (GnarwailSaladmanderSkittersquid Don't Starve Together icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(Glommer Reign of Giants icon) (Moleworm Reign of Giants iconHamlet icon) (CormorantCrabbit (Beardling) • DogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenWobster Shipwrecked icon) (ParrotToucan Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Dung BeetleKingfisherPangoldenParrot (Blue)PeagawkPigeonRo BinThunderbird Hamlet icon) (CanaryCarratExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchMoon MothNo-Eyed DeerPuffinWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon)
Traders Pig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon) (BankerBeauticianCollectorEruditeFarmerFloristHatmakerHunterMinerMayor TrufflestonPig QueenProfessorShopkeepUsherWorker Hamlet icon) (Antlion Don't Starve Together icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwell
(BFBMaxameleon Hamlet icon) (BernieCrittersGestalt Don't Starve Together icon)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorInfernal SwineclopsMagma GolemPit PigRhinocebroScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder

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