|“||You stay there! Don't you dare fucking move, or I'll bust you worse than last time.||”|
— Todd orders Kara not to move.[src]
Todd Williams was born on September 21, 1995.
Todd was a former taxi driver who lost his job when self-driving cars became popular in 2021. He then became a laborer, then a bouncer and security guard, only for androids to replace human labor in each of these fields too. For several years he had been working odd jobs, including dealing Red Ice, a powerful stimulant, as part of a small drug trade around the neighborhood to pay for his own addiction. He was arrested several times for drug trafficking and also for violent misdemeanors.
Todd had a wife and a daughter. Unhappy with his behavior and addictions, his wife left and took their daughter with her. Todd claims she entered into a relationship with an accountant.
After his wife left with their daughter, Todd acquired a YK500 android that he called Alice to replace her. He also at some point purchased an AX400 domestic android "Kara" to look after the house and Alice. They live in a modest suburban home on 4203 Harrison Street Corktown, Detroit.
Dwelling on his memories and his hatred for androids, who he blames for his sad predicament, Todd is abusive towards both Alice and Kara. He destroyed Kara multiple times before the start of the game, who was repaired and sent back reset with a memory wipe.
The Opening/A New Home
He is first seen in the chapter, A New Home, where he collects Kara after having her repaired at the Android Zone store. He then takes her home and orders her to clean the house. He then watches ice hockey and takes some red ice. If Kara chooses to do the laundry and finds a bag of Red Ice on the shelf, Todd catches her and warns her not to touch his drugs.
At dinner, he throws a fit and accuses Alice of blaming him for his wife leaving. Todd orders Kara to stay still after Alice flees upstairs. The story that can go multiple ways with different endings for Todd:
- If Kara obeys - Todd will kill Alice in a fit of rage and then turn his anger onto Kara for letting it happen.
- If Kara disobeys - She can either try to calm him down or run upstairs to protect Alice. A few endings with this scenario may result in Alice or Kara killing Todd (if Kara takes the gun from Todd's room) while most of the other endings may result in them running away.
- If Kara disobeys - She will be killed by Todd if she was not able to find and grab the gun, fails to escape, or loses the fight. Then Todd looms over Alice with his belt, likely killing her off-screen.
Waiting for Hank...
If spared, he will head to DPD Central Station to file a police report about Kara attacking him. If Kara fought and stunned him, he will be seen with a bandage over his forehead. He will be seen leaving the station or at a desk talking to Officer Person. Connor can not interact with him, due to not being relevant to Connor's story.
On the Run
If alive, he will be seen on television in the Eastern Motel being interviewed by Joss Douglas, who is reporting for Channel 16 news about what happened that night. He claims that Kara assaulted him for no reason. He mentions nothing about Alice missing.
If he was killed Joss Douglas will report that Todd was murdered by a AX400 and police are conducting a search for the android. Watching the news report will lead to a small decrease in public opinion on androids.
Battle for Detroit
If he is not killed in Stormy Night, Todd can be seen in Battle for Detroit if Kara, Alice, and optionally Luther make it to the bus depot. He grabs Kara and calls for security, claiming that she stole his little girl. However, if you saw his family photo from Alice's box and understood the chain of events (his wife took their daughter away when she left and he bought an android to replace her), the additional option is unlocked in the second dialogue choice; he can be reasoned with and call off the guard. He breaks down, admits his faults and wishes Kara and Alice good luck. If not stopped by Kara, Alice hugs Todd and forgives him before they leave.
If you act hostile, fail to convince or don't use the unlocked dialogue he will tell the U.S. Army soldiers that they are androids, but Luther will save you if he is with you. If Luther is not there, Kara and Alice will be executed by the soldiers.
- The Opening
- A New Home
- Stormy Night
- Waiting for Hank... (Determinant)
- On the Run (TV, Determinant)
- Battle for Detroit (Determinant)
If Kara decides to take the handgun out of Todd's room, he will be shot in the chest by Kara during the conflict. If the player fails the QTE to grab the gun, Alice will instead grab the gun and shoot Todd in the back.
Todd is a white middle-aged man who has brown hair that reaches to his neck with blue eyes, a stocky build, and tall at 6 ft.
In The Opening, Todd is seen to be wearing a dark olive jacket. The regular out is a maroon top with a dark green cardigan over it, dark denim jeans with black shoes.
As seen in "Stormy Night", Todd is shown to be extremely hot-headed and short-tempered and would resort to violence whenever it is "needed" (due to his wife leaving him with his daughter and his addiction to Red Ice), as shown when he threatens Kara that he will "bust her worse than last time" if she moves, and intends to inflict physical harm towards Alice with his belt. As a Red Ice addict, he is prone to frequently inhale Red Ice for comfort. He also shows obsessiveness and hostility on whoever gets in his way.
Todd is highly emotionally unstable and tends to have extreme flashes of rage over the smallest perceived slights. He loses control frequently, contributing to multiple destructions of Kara before the story begins and possible destruction of Alice and Kara for the last time. Todd tends to believe that he can tell what other people are thinking just by looking at them. He shows signs of having a persecution complex and believes that his misfortunes in life are caused by people intentionally screwing him over. For example, he believes that his wife left him for an accountant without a word, when in fact she had told Todd at least once before their divorce that his anger was scary and that he needs to stop abusing drugs. Todd constantly deflects blame to others for his own mistakes and shameful feelings. However, he appears to be able to regain some composure if Kara reasons with him while he is not under effects of Red Ice.
Todd's extreme mood swings can result in him going from mercilessly beating his daughter in a blind-rage, to then sobbing on her shoulder and repeating to himself that loves her just seconds later. During these episodes, Todd will end up confessing about his faults multiple times, however, these episodes appear to be transitory and do not appear to affect his likelihood of entering another blind rage later on.
Todd had also developed a habit of lying to protect his citizenship and mental health, as shown in lying to a salesperson about Kara's apparent destruction and treating Alice as his real daughter. Todd is possibly combating depression and has been taking an antidepressant called Zolpidem Tartrate (seen on the bottle label), the warnings on this medicine read "Contains Tianeptine" and "Risk of behavioral disorders."
In spite of this, Todd is a weak-willed, miserable, self-loathing and insecure man who lost most, if not all of his self-esteem and confidence from his poor upbringing and has devolved into a spiteful misanthrope selfishly willing to harm others and his own health for no apparent reason beyond a lack of self-control. He also fails to make attempts to improve himself or doesn’t bother to do it at all, ironically making himself sink much lower than what he used to be. If reasoned with by Kara if she meets him again, Todd seemingly had a change of heart, showing regret over driving his family away and acting unpleasant to Alice while he wanted to have his family back to prove that he could be a good father. Although Todd knows his family won't come back to him, he wishes Kara, Alice, and Luther good luck on their journey to Canada.
This list shows the victims Todd has killed:
- Todd is one of the single parents in the game, the others being Rose Chapman, Carl Manfred and Caroline Phillips (determinant).
- Todd is one of four confirmed Red Ice users in the game, the others being Carlos Ortiz, Leo Manfred, and Zlatko Andronikov.
- Todd's phone call in A New Home suggests that he acquires things for people and meets them at cryptic locations. The details of this phone call, as well as the fact that Todd is "unemployed," suggest that he runs an illicit business, likely as a drug dealer.
- Todd also takes antidepressants, which, when examined by Kara, state behavioral issues as one of the side effects, possibly the reason or one of the reasons for Todd’s frequent mood swings.
- Todd is a fan of the Detroit Crimson Sharks hockey team.
- A large majority of the players choose to kill Todd.
- Considering his backstory, this seems more of a mercy-killing to put the man out of his misery.
- Todd is going through financial troubles based on bills lying in his room. He has failed to pay utilities and owing money to Harman Bank.
- Todd continues David Cage's trend of having neglectful and abusive fathers in his games, the others being the Origami Killer's father in Heavy Rain and Jodie's adoptive father, Philip Holmes, in Beyond: Two Souls.
- Todd has the same weight, height, hair color, hair model, and birthday (September 21) as Zlatko Andronikov.
- Todd also has the same personality and appearance as Earl from Beyond: Two Souls in the chapter Like Other Girls.
- Moreover, both can be killed by getting shot.
- They also both share the same actor, Dominic Gould.
"Life's funny... I lost my job cause of androids... then when I need somebody to take care of this goddamn house, what do I do? I go out and hire a fucking android...What a joke! Course, androids are so fucking wonderful... They never fail, they're never tired, never sad... They're so fucking perfect, they ruined my fucking life..." Todd thinking out loud while Kara serves dinner (only if Kara doesn't move too much).
"What are you looking at...? (.) What's your fuckin' problem? (..) Not the life you dreamed of eh? (..) Maybe you think this is easy? (..) Maybe you think, It's my fault we live in this fuckin' shithole! My fault you fuckin' mother took off! (.) You should stop takin' drugs, Todd. Sometimes you really scare me, Todd. Fuckin' bitch took off without a word. Fuckin' whore walked out on me for a fuckin' accountant! It's all your fault! (..) It's all your fucking fault!" Todd ranting about his ex-wife to Alice.
"You want? What do you mean you want? What are ya gonna do? You gonna shoot me, is that it? You gonna shoot a human? You seem to have a problem, I think we need to fix that." Todd threatening Kara if she threatens him with the gun before attacking her.
"Alice, Honey... Alice... Look... Look, Daddy's wounded. Be a good little girl... Come... Come... Come help, Daddy..." Todd to Alice after being wounded while fighting Kara.
"Say goodbye tin can... And this time you won't be coming back!" Todd about to kill Kara, before shot by Alice, also his last words.
"It's all over now... Daddy isn't angry anymore... Daddy loves you. You know daddy loves you... This is your fault. This is all your fault. None of this woulda happened if it weren't for you. THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!" Todd to Kara if the player failed save Alice before getting beaten by Todd in Stormy Night.
"-I just wanted to prove to myself that I was a good father... She was wrong... But I fucked it all up all over again. She was right in the end... I didn't deserve them... I miss my little girl... You don't know how much I miss my little girl." Todd confessing his faults and feelings about his family in Battle for Detroit