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The Variants

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First appearance:

Administration Block

Last appearance:

Vocational Block

Cause of Death:

Killed by numerous individuals and groups




Ranging between 20 and 40


Martin Archimbaud
Miles Upshur (Subsequently)


Murkoff Corporation
Jeremy Blaire
Security Forces
Chris Walker
Richard Trager
The Walrider
William Hope
Eddie Gluskin




6'1" - 6'2" (186 cm - 188 cm)


Baseball Bats
Butcher knife
Handheld electric saw


None, Black, Grey


Brown, Blue, White

Notable facts:

Common enemies featured in Outlast

Voice actor(s):

Alain Goulem
Brett Schaenfield
Carlo Mestroni
Harry Standjofski
Kyle Gatehouse
Neil Napier


The Variants are some of the main antagonists of Outlast and the DLC, Outlast: Whistleblower. They are inmates and patients that roam the halls of Mount Massive Asylum.


Variants are the results of the exposure of patients from the Mount Massive Asylum to the Morphogenic Engine created by former Nazi scientist Dr. Rudolf Wernicke. The after-effects of the therapy altered their mind and provoked physical deformities. The outcomes of those after-effects can't be determined, thus giving to those afflicted the name of Variants.

Most of the Variants have pale skin and mutilations, likely having to do with the experiments they were once exposed to. They differ in ways that some are thin and weak, while others are massive and brutally strong, such as Chris Walker, who is a commonly seen Variant in the first game. Their clothing ranges from standard psychiatric attire to ripped and torn shorts. The Twins, however, are naked. There are some Variants that are quite sane, an example being the Variant in the Sewer who questions whether Wernicke is deceased, and the Pyromaniac Variant in the Cafeteria in the Male Ward who explains that he would rather die than stay in the asylum, and points Miles towards the exit. There are also other Variants who are not permanently hostile and attack only if the player moves into close proximity, others who assist, or hinder the player with cryptic hints or stories, and Variants who ignore the player completely.


For the most part, the humanity of some of the Variants seems to have left them at some stage during their torture, turning into sadistic, cruel and ruthless pursuers. Others tend to become terrified (e.g. hiding under beds; One that crawls away after attacking you when he jumps from the wheelchair he is sitting on near the beginning), others seem masochistic (e.g. one banging his head into a wall in different places), and a few keep their level of sanity and are slightly helpful. Some Variants seem to be followers of Father Martin.

Among their abilities is their physical strength and stamina; being able to smash doors, pull out organs, destroy reinforced glass and chase after victims. Even though most of them are insane, they still retain some intelligence, proven when they track down Miles' hiding spots, listen for sound and even set up ambushes, such Variants include Richard Trager and The Twins, who are also capable of opening and closing doors rather than mindlessly bashing them down like other variants such as Chris Walker .


Main article: The Variants/Dialogues


Main article: The Variants/Gallery


  • Although most variants are somewhat mutated or altered, there are some that have no physical changes at all, such as the The Twins.
  • Many Variants are barely conscious, while some, on the other hand, have some knowledge of what's happening. Many Variants that are conscious of their actions, however, make the choice to cause harm to Miles and others.
  • Some Variants around the asylum seem to fear Chris Walker. This is hinted at the beginning of the game when Miles approaches the security room a Variant can be heard mumbling about how Walker is just going to find and kill them all.
  • In the Prison Block, a Variant can be seen engaging in Necrophilia.
  • In the Underground Lab, a Variant can be seen standing in a bloody hallway staring at Billy's pod.
  • Judging by their actions and the events of Outlast, it seems that most (if not all) variants are part of an asylum riot where it is every man for himself with very little to no groups helping each other survive. Father Martin organized a cult, using the church as a safe house to protect the other variants from others that are too insane and dangerous.

Notable Variants

Character list

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Variants

  • Recurring Variant

    2 messages
    • Has anyone else noticed that one particular mildy disfigured variant is constantly watching you and sometimes helps you throughout both storie....
    • Sorry but no, it's just a reused character model for them. You might call it cheap, but Red Barrels studios isn't that big of a company.

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