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"His tongue and his liver. Yours. Mine."
―The Twins
 

The Twins are mysterious and psychopathic twin Variants who serve as minor antagonists in Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower.

Characteristics

The Twins both appear to be very calm and intelligent compared to other inmates within the asylum and have some semblance of humanity left in them. For instance, they can open and close doors rather than mindlessly bash them down like other Variants. Neither of them wear any clothing whatsoever. They seem to prefer ambushing targets in long corridors, using their numbers to flank Miles. They are silent killers, and therefore do not run or talk when chasing him. They walk calmly rather than sprinting and prefer to kill their victims in silence. Their weapons of choice seem to be only iron machete-like blades. Unlike the other Variants that roam the asylum, getting too close to either of them will result in instantaneous death rather than getting hit and taking damage. In addition to staying quiet, the absence of noisy accessories and appendages makes it incredibly difficult to locate their exact location without running into them, requiring the player to stay more vigilant and observant.

Story

Outlast

Miles' first encounter with them is at the beginning of the Prison Block, where they discuss killing Miles and taking his tongue and liver, but decide not to do so yet, for it would be impolite towards Father Martin, who told them not to touch Miles. They become hostile later on when they've decided they had enough patience with Miles, despite Father Martin's wishes. They are encountered once more near the prison showers, where they manage to trap Miles in a narrow corridor and he is forced to use the smashed window to evade them. Further encounters include the Female Ward where they lie in wait behind a large door near two hallways and when Miles returns to the Administration Block in the theater room. They cease being hostile once Miles reaches the Chapel during Father Martin's crucifixion.

Outlast: Whistleblower

The Twins make a brief cameo in the Recreation Area. They are seen walking to either side of Waylon at one point, mentioning that he looks nervous and they would like to kill him. Once Waylon loops around to the basketball court, they cease hostility and wait in front of the designated door. They will not attack unless Waylon gets too close. They return to antagonizing Waylon as he hurries to escape the basketball court. After he climbs up the ladder, they are not seen again.

Aftermath

Following the incident at Mount Massive, Murkoff's Tactical Division were tasked with re-securing the asylum and were given permission to shoot on sight. Paul Marion referred to the incident as being "100% fatal", leaving it possible that the Twins might have met their end at the hands of Murkoff's PMCs or their fellow inmates.[1]

Personalities

The Twins speak in incredibly calm tones, never raising their voices, and speak casually about everything. However, they are murderous cannibals, as they usually talk about indulging to their desire of murdering Miles and eating parts of his body, such as his liver and tongue. They have what is almost a hive mind, sharing the same thoughts and same psychopathic personalities, talking in choppy sentences and sometimes finishing each other's statements. They are devoted to Father Martin, making it likely that their insanity bleeds into believing the Walrider religion, and simply walk when chasing Miles instead of running. This, combined with their lack of clothing and never speaking while chasing Miles, makes them almost completely undetectable and silent. They are also cynical, as evidenced by their deadpan use of sarcasm, stating "My god, he vanished" and "Vanished without a trace" when they see Miles climb out of a window to escape them.

Physical descriptions

Both twins are pale, muscular, and hairy middle-aged men who completely lack any clothing, are slightly drenched in blood and dirt, and have scars on the sides of their stomachs, making it likely they were conjoined before splitting up. The taller twin has a hump-shaped head with a neutral face and missing teeth, having dark brown hair everywhere but the top of his head. The shorter twin looks very much the same, but has a sterner face and messy black hair covering his entire head. Despite being Variants, they lack any deformities caused by the Morphogenic Engine whatsoever, though their features could suggest they are inbred.

Trivia

  • When the shorter twin breaks into the theater, he is seen holding a cleaver instead of his usual weapon, the machete.
  • The lines spoken by the Twins in Outlast: Whistleblower are reused voice clips from Outlast.
  • In Outlast's game files, they are both referred to as "Duponts." This is likely a reference to The Adventures of Tintin, as two characters in the stories are named "Dupont" and "Dupond," who behave similarly, and look identical.
  • The Twins are never mentioned in the first game despite their numerous encounters and are two of the four Outlast characters who were never addressed with a proper name—The other two being Stephenson and the Pyromaniac. The only nickname given to them, "The Twins," comes from the artwork featured on their Steam trading card.

Dresie and Casie

  • The Twins' character models are based on Roger Ballen's portrait photo of (possibly inbred or victims of the fragile X syndrome) twins Dresie and Casie, photographed in West Transvaal, South Africa in 1993.[2]
  • When asked about the reason for the Twins' nudity, Philippe Morin, one of Outlast's designers, stated "We [the studio] just like to do stuff that other people don't do."[3]
  • The original version of Outlast had the taller twin guarding a door on the upper floor next to the elevator in Return to the Administration Block chapter. Approaching the Variant would have resulted in an instant death. After a series of quality of life updates, his encounter in the level was removed for unspecified reasons.
  • In the second Outlast demo, their in-game models were swapped out with those of regular Variants, making them appear fully clothed. This was likely done due to E3's code of conduct prohibiting nudity and sexually-explicit content. In both the demo and the retail version, they use machetes as weapons and can kill Miles.

References

  1. The Murkoff Account Issue #3, Page 5
  2. Do you think there's a resemblance?
  3. "Ask Red Barrels #1 - Fanfiction, Pokemon GO and Tiddies". Red Barrels. YouTube (October 7, 2016).

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