Dead by Daylight characters from movies and other games, updated 2021

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If you played Dead by Daylight before, you may have noticed that some characters look kinda... similar. Which characters are from known movies or games?

Dead by Daylight is a game with several references, having licensed characters from popular movies, shows, and other horror games.

Many games don't have the luxury of getting licensed content to be used, or somehow, don't bother to try and get this licensed content abroad.

Dead by Daylight, fortunately, is a game with great characters that are loved by many fans of the horror genre.

Let's take a look at some of the characters, and where they come from, and let me know if I missed something!

Laurie Strode

You may know Laurie from the Halloween Series. She is the protagonist of the Halloween franchise, since the original Halloween.

The original Halloween was made in 1978, a movie directed by John Carpenter, which got worldwide popularity.

Laurie is a character starred by Jamie Lee Curtis, an American actress who appeared in many horror movies, and who also works in different genres.

Quentin Smith

Quentin Smith is the protagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, the one that was released in 2010.

On A Nightmare on Elm Street, some are targeted by Freddy Krueger, and these are murdered in their dreams.

Don't worry, there is no spoiler in this description!

Jane Romero

Jane Romero has a small reference to Oprah Winfrey.

Although the character isn't fully based on her like some of the other references here.

But it is a great mention, and in some aspects, it does make sense.

Ash Williams

Ash Williams is from Ash vs Evil Dead, a comedy-horror TV series.

The show has 3 seasons with 10 episodes each, going from 2015 to 2018.

There is a brief trailer about the character:

Steve Harrington

Steve Harrington is from Stranger Things, he is a major character, which starts being known as a popular boy with a bad personality until the story progresses.

Stranger Things characters and the monster

Cheryl Mason

Yes, it's Cheryl Mason from Silent Hill.

Cheryl and Pyramid Head

She is on different titles from the Silent Hill franchise, being an authentic(and mysterious) character, and even appearing on the film adaptation.

Jill Valentine

Yes, it's Jill Valentine from Resident Evil.

Jill Valentine artwork

She originates from the remake of Resident Evil 3 made in 2020.

On Resident Evil, Jill is an American Special Operations Agent, being a high-respected character.


Leon Kenneddy is from the Resident Evil franchise, he is an American Federal Agent for a counterterrorist division.

Leon artwork

He was recruited from being a new police officer due to his actions on Raccoon City.

He comes from the same DLC as Jill Valentine, so that DLC has two survivors.

Michael Myers

This notorious killer in the game is also from The Halloween series.

Michael Myers has a thrilling Terror Radius theme song that tells all survivors who they are dealing with.

Freddy Krueger

He is from A Nightmare on Elm Street, the same as Quentin.

Freddy got certain critiques when he was introduced into the game, but these days he's another great character to play, being a great addition to the game.

In the movie, he murders children in their dreams(more like nightmares), and in the game, he puts survivors in a "dream world" where the only ways to escape is to find an alarm clock, fail a skill check, or have another survivor wake you up.

Bubba Sawyer

Bubba Sawyer is from the famous The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror movie from 1974.

His DLC is great for killers, and he is without doubt another great addition to the game.

Amanda Young

Artwork of The Pig

The Pig is a killer from the 2004 SAW movie, pig masks were used through the SAW franchise by Jigsaw and his apprentices.

Amanda is around the Saw, Saw II, and Saw III movies.

The Demogorgon

The Demogorgon is from Stranger Things, he is the first non-human killer in the game, and that provides enjoyable gameplay, both for survivors and the killer.

The monster from Stranger Things artwork

The Demogorgon is also known as the Monster in the series, being an antagonist.

Pyramid Head

Pyramid Head is from Silent Hill 2, he is a killer who manipulates the map, and can sacrifice a survivor without a hook.

He is the embodiment of James Sunderland's guilt and desire for punishment, James Sunderland is the protagonist of Silent Hill 2, so this killer has lore around punishment.

Pyramid Head art

He is changed on Silent Hill: Betrayal, but the lore is often about the first one.


Nemesis is from Resident Evil 3, he is a powerful bioweapon produced by Umbrella Corporation, he is very brutal, and tracks and eliminate targets.

Nemesis artwork

Being a tall killer, he carries survivors under his arms and has the help of zombies on the map.


A new addition to the game, Pinhead is from the movie franchise called Hellraiser.

The character is originally designed in a punk fashion, being the main antagonist of the series.

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