Kate Drew (Mother; deceased)
Eloise Drew (Aunt)
Hannah Gruen (Housekeeper)
The Hardy Boys
Claire Boynton (Young Nancy)
She also has a bulldog named Togo and a teddy bear named Mr. Woogle Wogle. Nancy's best friends are Bess Marvin and George Fayne, who are cousins, and her boyfriend is Ned Nickerson. She is also well acquainted with the Hardy Boys, who are teen detectives just like her. Her main rivals are Deirdre Shannon and Brenda Carlton (before the latter's arrest).
Helena Berg's impression of her is: Teenager from States. Staying at Nascosta at insistence of Prudence Rutherford (former owner). Cheerful, upbeat, energetic, wears locket from boyfriend. Should consider doing soft drink commercials. Something odd about her nonetheless. Too wholesome? Too perfect? Not for Mr. Boring -- locket man has rival.
Nancy has her very own honorary gravestone in the Thornton Hall cemetery. She has also been cursed a lot, particularly at Blackmoor Manor, Castle Finster, and in Nefertari's Tomb. She's been hit on the head so often that Deirdre recommended that she should get her brain checked. Nancy also has a very long (and quite impressive) resume that could presumably get her any job.
Soap opera star Mattie Jensen is staying in Eloise Drew's New York apartment, and when she heard about Nancy's detective skills, she asked her to investigate who is sending her coworker, Rick Arlen, death threats.
Hannah Gruen's friend, Rose Green, is in the process of renovating an old Victorian mansion into a Bed and Breakfast in San Francisco and has invited Nancy to help her. However, she and her crew have experienced a lot of suspicious accidents and Nancy is determined to find out why.
Nancy is on a ski vacation at her father's friend Christi Lane's resort at Wickford Castle in Wisconsin, but a sudden snowstorm blocks her and a few other guests inside and shuts down the roads. Nancy entertains herself by exploring the strange old castle and soon stumbles on another mystery, trying to find out who ransacked the castle library and robbed one of the guests, Professor Hotchkiss.
Nancy's old friend from high school, Maya Nguyen, is a student at Washington University and is a reporter for the school newspaper. She invites Nancy to go with her to the Royal Palladium theater in St. Louis to interview television star Brady Armstrong, who is giving the last premiere the theater will ever see because it is scheduled to be demolished in just three days. A few moments after Maya enters Brady's dressing room, Nancy hears her scream and call out Nancy's name. When Nancy bursts in, Maya is gone without a trace. Soon after, Nancy receives a threatening phone call saying that if the theater goes down, the girl goes with it. Nancy spends the game trying to stall the demolition and frantically searching for her friend.
Nancy has accepted an internship to be Deputy Curator at the Beech Hill Museum in Washington D.C.. When a priceless artifact is stolen with an eerie red handprint left in its place, Nancy finds herself saddled with yet another mystery to solve.
Sally McDonald, the woman who has taken the pictures in Carson Drew's office, just bought a new house in Moon Lake, Pennsylvania. She calls Nancy one day saying she desperately needs her detective skills. When Nancy arrives at the lakeside cabin, Sally has already fled. She tells Nancy on the phone that she has been attacked by the ghosts of the dogs who belonged to 1920's gangster, Mickey Malone, who had previously owned the house. Nancy is not one to frighten easily and is determined to figure out who scared her friend away.
Paula Santos, Carson Drew's friend and owner of Captain's Cove Amusement Park, has asked Nancy to investigate the theft of one of the carousel's horses and to find out why one of the roller coaster suddenly stopped in mid-ride for no apparent reason. The carousel is very old and was created by Rolfe Kessler, who made only five carousels in his life, making the unnervingly-realistic horses he carved extremely rare and valuable. What's more, he believed that the horses he carved were alive in another dimension and the carousel starts up all by itself in the dead of the night, as if it was haunted. It's up to Nancy to find out what's really going on.
George's friend, Katie Firestone, invites Nancy to Deception Island for a whale-watching excursion. However, the sleuth arrives to find Katie's tour boat heavily vandalized. A threatening note warns Katie to "stop meddling." Apparently, Snake Horse Harbor is divided over what should be done about an orphaned Orca whale that recently appeared in the channel. What was a simple vandalism case begins to unfold into something more mysterious and sinister. Can Nancy find the culprit, or will she be too late to "Save the Whales?"
Nancy Drew is invited to visit Shadow Ranch by Bess and George, whose Aunt Bet and Uncle Ed Rawley own the ranch. A day before Nancy's arrival, a glowing, ghostly white horse galloped past the ranch, supposedly causing the bad luck that got Ed Rawley to get bitten by a rattlesnake. He and Bet are at the hospital when Nancy arrives, and Bess and George's flight has been delayed, meaning Nancy is left alone at the ranch with the three ranch hands: Shorty the cook, Tex the head wrangler, and Dave, the one left in charge.
Nancy soon learns about the story of Dirk Valentine, an outlaw who fell in love with Frances Humber, the sheriff's daughter. Dirk was eventually caught by Frances's father and hanged, leaving the girl heartbroken. She never forgave her father and fled to Ohio for the rest of her life. Before Dirk's death, he hid a treasure for his beloved Frances, but she never found it. Nancy embarks on a hunt across Arizona to find the treasure and figure out why all of the strange things have been happening at the ranch.
Nancy's neighbor, Mrs. Petrov, asks Nancy to investigate why her daughter, Linda, is behaving so strangely. Linda recently married British diplomat Hugh Penvellyn. Ever since she moved to his home, Blackmoor Manor, in England, her health as gone downhill. She's practically bedridden and no one seems to know why. When Nancy arrives to the Manor, Linda has shut herself in her room and hides behind her bed curtains, refusing to be seen. As her investigation progresses, it appears that Linda has been cursed to turn into the legendary Beast of Blackmoor. Could Linda really be turning into beast? Or is there more to this creepy mansion than meets the eye? Nancy must discover the truth in jolly old England.
In the year 1930, at the very beginning of the Great Depression, Emily Crandall, owner of the Lilac Inn, has asked Nancy to see her even though she only knows her through a mutual friend. Emily's mother recently died, leaving Emily in charge of the Inn and its pie business with no one but her clueless guardian, Jane Willoughby, to help her. She asks Nancy to take the jewelry she inherited from her mother and lock it up in her father's safe. She believes it will be safer there "under the circumstances." Before Nancy can ask why, they hear an explosion and Jane screams that the kitchen's on fire. The resulting smoke damage combined with the lack of stove means that the Inn will have to shut down for months, maybe even for good. As if that wasn't bad enough, they soon discover that someone has taken advantage of the distraction the fire provided as an opportunity to steal Emily's jewelry. Nancy refuses to go home and instead decides to embark on her very first mystery.
Frank and Joe Hardy have invited Nancy to join them on heiress Lori Girard's train trip. Lori has invited celebrities John Grey, Charleena Purcell, and Tino Balducci, as well as the Hardy Boys (whose dad is friends with her dad), to solve the age old mystery of Jake Hurley, who was the original owner of the train she now owns and has gotten back on the rails. Jake Hurley was said to have discovered a gold mine, but its location was kept so secret no one knows where it is. He had sent a letter to his niece, supposedly revealing clues to its location, but the clues were so cryptic she gave up. One day Jake disappeared without a trace and his train was found with no one on board except the engineer, who was dead. The train is also said to be haunted by Jake's beloved wife Camille, who died on the train. Nancy teams up with the Hardy Boys to uncover the secrets within the depths of the train.
Nancy Drew is sent undercover to supposedly work as an assistant to famous French fashion designer Minette, but her real mission is finding out why Minette has been acting so odd recently. Minette has fallen very behind on her fall fashion line and has a history of being difficult to work with, throwing violent temper tantrums and firing every assistant who has dared work for her. But the pièce de résistance is the mask that Minette suddenly began wearing one day and has yet to remove. Once Nancy arrives at her new job, she learns that Minette has also been receiving threatening letters. Nancy must travel all over France to unlock the mystery behind the mask.
Nancy travels to Hawaii to serve as a research assistant to Dr. Quigley Kim, an entomologist. But all is not well: a devastating scourge is destroying the local pineapple crop and residents are whispering that the secretive research compound known as the Hilihili has awoken the legendary Kāne 'Ōkala, a man who was killed in a volcano centuries ago and now supposedly prowls the Big Island wreaking havoc. Upon arriving, Nancy discovers Dr. Kim's camp has been torn apart, and Dr. Kim is missing. Coincidentally, the Hardy Boys are also on the island to complete a top-secret mission researching Big Island Mike and his surfing champion of a daughter Pua. The three teenage detectives must team up to solve the mystery shrouding the Land of Aloha.
Chantal Moique asks Nancy to come up to her Canadian hotel, Icicle Creek Lodge, to investigate a recent string of suspicious, potentially deadly accidents that have been happening there recently. What's more, a mysterious white wolf has been seen near the lodge, ominously howling before each accident. It's up to Nancy to solve this mystery before things get any worse.
Carson Drew and Mr. Marvin get their daughters tickets to New Orleans. As a favor to Ned, Nancy agrees to check up on his classmate Henry Bolet. Henry's last living family member, his great-uncle Bruno, recently died and left him responsible for settling the estate. As soon as Nancy steps through the door, she is knocked out by someone wearing a skeleton costume. In addition to this mystery, she soon learns that Bruno Bolet was the proud owner of the "Whisperer," an ancient crystal skull rumored to protect its holder from almost any cause of death except murder. When Bruno died, the skull was not found among the clutter of the Bolet manor. Nancy teams up with Bess to find the mystical artifact before it can fall into the wrong hands.
The Italian GDiF (equivalent to a branch of the FBI) have called Nancy in to investigate a series of art thefts happening in Venice. The thief dresses in a mask and cape, and the news media have begun to call him "Il Fantasma," the Phantom, not only because of the way he dresses, but because he leaves behind so few clues. Nancy eventually discovers that the thefts are orchestrated by a crime syndicate and is driven to discover who the ringleader is, someone who must be at the Ca' Nascosta, the very place Nancy is also staying.
Ned has also given her a locket, something she hasn't taken off ever since he put it around her neck at the airport. When the Phantom breaks into the Ca' in the middle of the night and tears the locket right off Nancy's throat, she has twice as much determination to put him behind bars.
Kyler Mallory, a young woman who once stayed with Nancy's family as an exchange student a few years ago, is holding her wedding in Bailor, Ireland at the ruins of Castle Malloy. Nancy is her maid-of-honor and travels to the castle early to help out. As Nancy drives towards the castle, a ghostly figure darts out in front of her car causing Nancy to crash into a ditch, leaving Nancy stranded at the site of a new mystery. Kyler's wedding was going to be the biggest event in Bailor since half the castle blew up sixty years ago, but Nancy soon learns that the groom, Matt Simmons, has gone missing. Was he snatched by the banshee rumored to haunt the castle, or is this a case of cold feet? It's up to Nancy to find the groom and save the wedding.
Bess has won a five-day vacation in the Bahamas and invited Nancy and George to go with her. Nancy has to arrive a day late due to a father-daughter banquet she had to attend, but when she finally arrives to the remote Dread Isle a frantic George informs her that Bess has been kidnapped. A ransom note explains that the only way to save her is to solve a 300-year-old mystery. Dangerous waters have kept treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro's lost fleet of seven ships. Nancy must track down the treasure before time runs out.
Nancy Drew goes undercover as a transfer student named Becca Sawyer at the Waverly Academy for Girls, an exclusive boarding school in upstate New York. The valedictorian candidates have been receiving threatening notes signed by someone called the "Black Cat." As soon as a girl receives two threats, something bad happens to her. One girl had a severe allergic reaction and had to be rushed to the hospital. Another student who had severe claustrophobia was locked inside a pitch-black closet all night. The parents of the victims are threatening to sue the school if the perpetrator isn't identified quickly. Are the girls playing games to scare away the competition or is there something more sinister involved? The headmistress is counting on Nancy to solve the mystery before the threats turn deadly.
A series of equipment meltdowns have been plaguing a prominent Oklahoma storm research team. They are in the running to win a $100 million grant in the upcoming Green Skies storm competition when disaster strikes and an intern becomes stranded directly in the path of a storm, leaving him with a broken leg. P.G. Krolmeister, the funder of the team, has Nancy join the team undercover as an intern to find out who has been sabotaging the team. Not only must Nancy deal with a saboteur, but she must also evade the twisters of Tornado Alley.
Nancy travels as an English teacher to Kyoto, Japan with Bess and George as a reward from P.G. Krolmeister for her help in Trail of the Twister. Once she arrives at the Ryokan Hiei, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. Strange events, supposedly caused by the ghost of a woman who died there not too long ago, are scaring away guests. One by one, the guests leave the Ryokan Hiei, until Nancy is left only with the secretive family that own the inn. Unable to resist a mystery, Nancy works to discover who, or what, is haunting the inn.
For centuries, a legendary monster has terrorized residents of Castle Finster in Germany. According to the legend, the monster will vanish for years at a time until, without warning, it reappears to claim its next victim. So far every victim it has claimed has been a young woman, reputed to be wearing a peculiar jeweled necklace at the time of her disappearance. In the present day, Nancy has been called in by the castle's owner to discover the truth behind recent monster sightings before the monster can strike again. As Nancy delves deeper into the case, she begins to fear that someone in the castle plans for her to be the monster's next victim.
Nancy Drew returns to her hometown of River Heights to compete in the town's annual Clues Challenge as the leader of "Team Danger," a group which includes Ned, Bess, and George. However, when River Heights's old town hall burns to the ground, an event Nancy narrowly escapes from, Nancy finds herself in jail as the prime suspect in the arson case. Nancy must work with her friends to clear her name and catch the culprit who framed her.
Sixty years ago, a violent sandstorm uncovered an ancient tomb in the desert outside Cairo. A British expedition set off in hope of finally finding Egypt's legendary Lost Queen. The expedition never returned. The explorers were lost and presumed dead.
In the present day, Nancy joins leading archaeologists as they unearth what they presume to be the tomb where the British explorers were lost. The site is rumored to be cursed, due to an increase in suspicious accidents. The site's lead archaeologist, Professor Jon Boyle, whom Nancy is job-shadowing, was attacked during a vicious sandstorm and is sent to the hospital to recover. Nancy attempts to discover who attacked Professor Boyle as well as what happened to the previous expedition.
Theoretical physicist Niko Jovic is found fatally electrocuted in a remote Colorado laboratory, Technology of Tomorrow Today, under suspicious circumstances. Relating to wireless transmission of electricity, Niko Jovic's work could sell for millions on the market. With the case stuck at a dead end, the lab owner and Niko's coworker, Victor Lossett, has asked Nancy to go undercover to investigate his murder. Tensions rise as attempts on Nancy's life start, Nancy must get to the bottom of this case before the murderer catches up with her.
Jessalyn Thornton and her best friend, Addison Hammond, visit the uninhabited Thornton Hall on an island off the coast of Georgia for a pre-wedding celebration and sleepover, but the fun ends when Jessalyn disappears. Now Jess's friends, family, and coworkers search the undergrowth and abandoned spaces throughout Blackrock Island, seeking anything that might lead to her whereabouts. Ex-paranormal investigator Savannah Woodham calls Nancy Drew in the middle of the night and begs her to investigate potential leads. This case requires a skeptic, she says, someone who isn't afraid of a place where stories of the supernatural hang as thick as Spanish moss from cypress trees. Is the heiress to the Thornton business empire being held by the family ghost, Charlotte Thornton? Or is someone holding something besides family secrets? Nancy must find out before it's too late.
Nearly a decade ago, Cathedral agent Kate Drew left her home, her husband, and her young daughter to neutralize a biochemical weapon in Scotland. While her assignment was a success, Kate herself died in a car accident. Or so her family was told. In the night, Nancy's phone is hacked and a disguised voice lures her to Scotland with recordings of her mother's last moments and the statement that everything she knows about her mother's death is a lie. In a case that is deeply personal to Nancy, the echoes of a plot similar to the one her mother thwarted reverberate and it's up to her to vanquish the sleeper cell and expose the truth about her mother's tragic demise.
Bess successfully gets Nancy and George spots on George's favorite reality television show currently taking place in New Zealand called Pacific Run, in which the contestants complete physical challenges to get five pieces of a medallion. The eccentric Sonny Joon has hijacked production of the show, which is spiraling out of control as certain contestants are being favored and dangerous missions are being assigned. While competing in a challenge, George is seriously injured and Bess reluctantly steps in to take her place. Nancy, George, and Bess must investigate the incident that caused George's injury as well as why Sonny took charge of the show and what he really plans to do with it.
Melina Rosi, the curator of the Phidias Cultural Center in Greece, hires Nancy Drew to assist with the museum's most anticipated event of the year. Persephone in Winter, a play about the myth of Persephone, is being performed in the amphitheater to drum up publicity for the new Life in Ancient Greece exhibit. However, artifacts from the exhibit are alarmingly disappearing. Are these mishaps connected to the amphitheater's upcoming performance, or is an unseen villain pulling strings behind the scenes? With Melina away tracking down the paper trail, Nancy is left to keep an eye on the troupe and help protect these priceless pieces of history.
The celebrated ship Heerlijkheid is usually the centerpiece of Skipbrot, Iceland's local festival. But this year, the ship has crashed into the harbor, its captain missing. Did Captain Magnus flee with the Heerlijkheid's legendary treasure, or was he carried off into the night? Moira Chisholm's friend Dagny Silva, a professional treasure hunter working with Magnus to restore the old ship, has hired Nancy to find out.
Age and Birthday Edit
The Secret of the Old Clock trailer says Nancy is 16 (her age in the original editions of the books), but her file in Alibi in Ashes has 18 (her age in the revised books) as her age at the time of her arrest. If she stopped aging around the time she started solving cases, she should have been born around 1981; however, The Silent Spy's revelation that her mother died in 2005 suggests that maybe Nancy was born around 1995, grew up and went back in time to begin her detective career.
The Secret of the Old Clock trailer also says that the year is 1930 and she is 16. If Nancy followed a real age pattern, Nancy would be over 100 years old according to The Secret of the Old Clock. Due to this, The Secret of the Old Clock and The Silent Spy's discrepancies can be explained by assuming that The Secret of the Old Clock has no correlation to Nancy's age in any of the other games.
Nancy has used a number of aliases in her career, including:
- Brenda Carlton (Stay Tuned for Danger)
- Punchy LaRue (The Phantom of Venice)
- Becca Sawyer (Warnings at Waverly Academy)
Clues to Nancy's Appearance Edit
Nancy's appearance is left a mystery so that the players can imagine her how they like, but there are clues to her appearance throughout the games.
- In Message in a Haunted Mansion, The Secret of the Scarlet Hand, Secret at Shadow Ranch, Danger by Design, Legend of the Crystal Skull, Haunting of Castle Malloy, and Ransom of the Seven Ships, Nancy's figure can be seen in the third person.
- Nancy's hands and legs can be seen in Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake and her feet in The Haunted Carousel.
- Nancy can be seen riding the glowing horse in The Secret of Shadow Ranch, although her face is covered.
- In the teaser trailer to Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy's outfit and face can be seen.
- A blurred picture of Nancy and a picture of her with her face covered in purikura stickers can be seen during Shadow at the Water's Edge.
- Else, the Freiherr's daughter, is said to resemble Nancy in The Captive Curse.
- Nancy's hair and top can be seen on the cover of Alibi in Ashes, while a picture is on the evidence board in the police station, but her face is covered up by a sticky note.
- Nancy's mother is seen in The Silent Spy, whom Nancy resembles.
- In The Shattered Medallion, Nancy's back is seen in the opening.
- In Labyrinth of Lies, Nancy's legs and back are seen.
- In Sea of Darkness, Gunnar has a picture in his private box that Nancy says resembles her.
- An 8-year-old Nancy stars in the game Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues.
Nancy's CarEditNancy always drives her classic blue Roadster convertible. It has been seen in Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, Secret of the Old Clock, and Alibi in Ashes.
- "It's locked."
- "That doesn't go there."
- "Can't check that off yet."
- "Still have to do that."
- "Haven't done that."
- "It would be rude to use my phone now."
- "This goes here."
- "I better take this with me."
- "Ever yours, Nancy."
Secrets Can Kill Remastered Edit
- "I'm not talking about air conditioning, I'm talking about you threatening me."
Stay Tuned for Danger Edit
- "Lillian, I think you should leave your act to the professionals. I can see right through you."
Treasure in the Royal Tower Edit
- "Hello, dead-end, my name is Nancy Drew."
The Final Scene Edit
- "You'll never get away with this, do you hear me?"
Secret of the Scarlet Hand Edit
- "In the words of Nicholas Falcone, 'Come on, spill it!'"
- "Do diamonds count?"
Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake Edit
- "One of your trees seems to have other plans for me."
- "Somebody clobbers me over the head and then tries to barbeque me, and all you're worried about is your camera?!"
The Haunted Carousel Edit
- "Substitute the word amateur for famous, and yes, that's me."
Danger on Deception Island Edit
- "Another cairn."
Danger by Design Edit
- "I've fought imaginary elves that were stronger than you!"
Alibi in Ashes Edit
- "I'm not the jealous type. Also, I'm in jail and would like to get out."
Tomb of the Lost Queen Edit
- "I don't leave the house for anything less than amazing."
Ghost of Thornton Hall Edit
- "That's pretty philosophical for a guy wearing boots."
Sea of Darkness Edit
- "That'll show them! I'm a political force to be reckoned with!"
- "Wow... an antique desk, and it's in pristine condition! Time to break it open."
- "It's beautiful here. Beautiful, but dark and slightly menacing."