|age||HEADSPACE: 12 (APPROXIMATELY)
REAL WORLD: 16 (APPROXIMATELY)
SUNNY Best Friend
AUBREY Friend/former bully
BASIL is a major supporting character in OMORI. He serves as one of the driving forces behind the story's events as the party spends most of the game looking for him after his sudden disappearance.
- 1 PROFILE
- 2 STORY
- 3 RELATIONSHIPS
- 4 BOSS BATTLE
- 5 GALLERY
- 6 TRIVIA
- 7 REFERENCES
- 8 SITE NAVIGATION
In HEADSPACE, BASIL is a medium-height boy with pale skin, teal eyes, mint green chin-length hair, and wears a purple-blue and pink flower crown. He wears denim overalls with a large pocket on the chest and a white t-shirt under. He doesn't wear any shoes.
In the real world, he has blond hair and has a single pink flower tucked behind his left ear. He wears a green knitted sweater vest over a white t-shirt, beige shorts, and black shoes, resembling the same clothes that SUNNY wears. He also appears shorter than most of his friends, being as tall if not shorter than SUNNY.
BASIL is depicted as a relatively shy and socially anxious boy, well seen right after being introduced to the friend group, being very insecure and fearing of being perceived as a burden. He enjoys taking pictures, as his memories with his friends are his most treasured belonging, perceiving them as a way to permanently capture the moment. He also enjoys taking care of flowers, art, and reading. Basil seems to develop strong emotional attachments to many of his possessions, mentioning "He will never throw away anything, no matter how worthless it is."
BASIL's HEADSPACE counterpart is rather cheery, yet shy and humble. He is quick to forgive, as can be seen by his encounter with BOSS after hide-and-seek, and he is very empathetic. He's quite friendly, and his shyness seems to stem from thinking lowly of himself and putting others' needs above his own.
He's very sentimental, keeping memorabilia of his friends and happy memories through photos, and planting flowers that remind him of his friends, taking great care to plant flowers with flower language corresponding to how he sees his friends. His empathy stretches to his plants as well, showing a lot of worries when they're in danger of being hurt, and talking to them as he would with his friends. It is noted that he avoids conflict. He doesn't learn to battle, even after his friends nag him to.
Compared to HEADSPACE BASIL, the real-world version is more anxious and sensitive. He appears to fear major changes in his life and finds the most comfort in maintaining his reality as "uncompromised" as possible. This can be observed through analyzing his logic, when helping SUNNY with the shielding of MARI's death, often mentioning when referring to SUNNY "he did it, in hopes of things becoming fixable".
This could also explain his sense of comfort behind physical possessions making him recall pleasant memories. He is a target for bullying, typically by AUBREY and her friends, but usually KEL and SUNNY save him from the harassment. In some scenes, such as when he locks himself in his room, he appears to be more closed off than usual. Due to being a witness to MARI's murder, it can be inferred that he suffers from guilt or worse, possibly in the form of SOMETHING.
BASIL was born on February 18th to unnamed parents. He lived with his grandma since he was a toddler because his parents were "too busy." As a child, it seems that he was introduced to KEL, HERO, MARI, and SUNNY through AUBREY and the group all became friends. BASIL enjoyed taking photos, keeping a PHOTO ALBUM with all his pictures, as well as gardening and reading.
On the day of the recital, BASIL came to SUNNY's house, only to witness SUNNY becoming frustrated and throwing his violin, causing it to break. When SUNNY is confronted by MARI, he accidentally shoves her down the stairs and kills her. In complete shock, BASIL helps him carry MARI up the stairs, and they lay her in bed. As SUNNY panics and begins crying, BASIL tries to comfort him and tell him that everything will be okay. After some time, they are forced to realize she is dead, her eyes open but unseeing. BASIL, true composure obscured by SUNNY's dissociating perspective, takes the lead in covering up the crime his best friend committed. They pick up MARI's body and lift it down the staircase, carrying it out to the backyard.
They lay down MARI's body on the ground and the two of them hang her with a skipping rope, as SUNNY fixates blindly on surrounding leaves. Afterwards, he remains staring at her, swaying in the wind, but BASIL clutches his hand and persists in walking them back into the house. SUNNY looks up with cold realization as they go, while BASIL's tired eyes silently shed tears, looking ahead. Suddenly, BASIL jerks to a stop, having looked back to see MARI's bulging eye staring at them through her hair. SUNNY, following BASIL, also looks back, further traumatizing them both.
During the time skip, BASIL is implied to have isolated himself as a shut-in, much like his best friend did, after that day. The earliest interaction he has after the time skip was when AUBREY initially noticed the photo album being covered in black marker and stole it, which is implied to have been days prior. Afterwards, it is presumed that BASIL continued to keep the truth to himself while getting bullied by AUBREY and the HOOLIGANS.
The BASIL in HEADSPACE is introduced as a shy but gentle part of the friend group, and everyone is protective of him and his treasured PHOTO ALBUM. BASIL leads the party to his house where he introduces the many flowers that he's growing, each mirroring a person in their group (including himself). The few SPROUT MOLEs they encounter on the way also serve as a tutorial on the game's EMOTIONS.
When they reach BASIL'S HOUSE, KEL and AUBREY fight over wanting to look at the PHOTO ALBUM, causing the PHOTOS to be scattered. The party helps gather everything to put the album back together. Just when everything looks spick-and-span, BASIL notices a stray photo has fallen out. He picks it up, is stricken with fear, and tries to tell the party something about MARI. His revelation is interrupted by SOMETHING appearing, as OMORI is thrown back into WHITE SPACE.
BASIL'S disappearance becomes a driving force for the party throughout most of the HEADSPACE segments, only for them to be sidetracked by something else along the way. Eventually, as OMORI and his companions journeys back into DEEP WELL, they start to forget who BASIL was, and eventually lose track of their main motivation. It is then revealed that OMORI has been repeating this type of adventure in the dream world, heading into BLACK SPACE to retrieve BASIL before resetting the whole sequence and recreating HEADSPACE to distract himself from the truth.
THREE DAYS LEFT
Three days before SUNNY moves, he and KEL find an older BASIL talking to KIM. BASIL asks her to talk to AUBREY for him, but she refuses. KEL recognizes that it's BASIL and tells KIM not to bully him, causing the rest of THE HOOLIGANS to investigate. When BASIL tries to talk to AUBREY, he is pushed down by KIM and the two boys begin fighting with AUBREY. After SUNNY attacks her with a knife, the group flees. They check on BASIL who quietly greets them. KEL asks if he wants to hang out, but BASIL says that he needs to head home, as his grandmother hasn't been feeling well lately.
The boys walk him home and are about to leave when BASIL nervously asks them to get his PHOTO ALBUM back from AUBREY. KEL agrees and tells BASIL that they're still friends.
The two return in the late afternoon and knock on his door. POLLY, his caretaker, answers, and KEL tells BASIL who follows shortly that they've gotten the PHOTO ALBUM. POLLY invites them to dinner, and the four enter his house. KEL suggests that they look at the photo album together, to which BASIL reluctantly agrees. They look through the photos and find some are missing - notably, those of MARI. KEL tells him not to worry; they'll get them back.
He then goes to help POLLY with dinner after she interrupts them, leaving BASIL and SUNNY alone in the living room. BASIL becomes uncomfortable speaking alone with him, and SUNNY leaves to see BASIL'S GRANDMA. BASIL soon follows and says that she can't hear them. Her health is poor enough it seems to leave him on his last legs, emotionally. He makes small talk, increasingly anxious at SUNNY's silence, before giving him his PHOTO ALBUM. He shares his hope that one day, things can return to how they once were, and KEL calls them from the kitchen. The four eat dinner together and BASIL tells KEL that he gave the photo album to SUNNY. KEL replies that SUNNY will moving away in three days, which leads to BASIL panicking in response. He quickly excuses himself to run to the bathroom.
SUNNY follows him, finding BASIL chanting that everything will be okay with the lights off. SUNNY begins to see an odd shadow start to envelop the boy, mirroring the moments before the dream world's counterpart disappeared when he was last asleep. BASIL asks if he can see it too. SUNNY appears horrified and runs away in his panic, leaving behind a terrified BASIL who collapses into tears after begging him not to leave again.
TWO DAYS LEFT
KEL and SUNNY briefly meet BASIL in the park, and KEL repeats that he hopes BASIL's alright after yesterday. BASIL panics, but calms down when KEL mentions the supposed stomach ache, which BASIL goes along with for an excuse. Once more, he passes on hanging out with them, and the pair leave him.
BASIL later goes to HANGOUT SPOT, but THE HOOLIGANS later arrive, and try to verbally force him to leave, causing him to yell for help. KEL and SUNNY, who are searching for him on POLLY's request, hear him yelling for help. THE HOOLIGANS tell him not to make a scene and that they peacefully want him to leave, but he continues to cry. KEL intervenes and they begin fighting with THE HOOLIGANS.
Regardless of who wins, the rest of THE HOOLIGANS leave AUBREY with the other three when she goes silent. She begins crying and says she just wants to be left alone, that all three of them have been just as bad as her. BASIL approaches her from the end of the lake dock, but she mistakenly shoves him out of frustration and he falls into the lake. SUNNY jumps in after him, attempting to help, but the two are saved by HERO. He then carries BASIL back to his room where they leave him to rest.
That evening, his grandmother is rushed to an intensive care unit.
ONE DAY LEFT
SUNNY, KEL, HERO, and AUBREY go to BASIL's house to asks if he wants to hang out. POLLY tells them that he's in the hospital visiting his grandmother, but he should be back sometime in the afternoon.
When the four return, POLLY tells them that he has returned but will not talk to her. When he came back, he went straight to his room and locked the door. She hadn't been able to get a word out of him since, and asks that they talk to him. HERO knocks on his door and tells him that they're all there: KEL, SUNNY, AUBREY, and himself. AUBREY apologizes for how she'd been treating him, trying to get a response. He doesn't answer. The group decides to spend the night at BASIL's HOUSE in support of him.
SUNNY wakes up in the middle of the night, having re-experienced the truth behind MARI'S death, and, depending on his choices, the story diverges.
SUNNY wakes up and enters BASIL's room. He finds him looking out the window. BASIL awkwardly greets him.
SUNNY turns to find something behind him, and BASIL asks where he's going. He begins to cry, once more begging him not to leave again. He grows increasingly hysterical in trying to dissociate his best friend from the crime, as well as the subsequent abandonment.
He puts the blame on SOMETHING, which wraps around BASIL and he desperately tells it to stay away from SUNNY. In a dissociated tone, he turns to say he'll protect SUNNY.The two boys end up fighting desperately, and both severely injure each other. Matching with BASIL's attempt to get rid of that something, SUNNY's left eye is severely damaged. The two end up becoming too injured to continue fighting, passing out in the process. They both soon taken to the hospital at some point afterward.
SUNNY goes back to sleep and wakes up to find that the others found BASIL had died by suicide. Each is equally devastated, KEL asking why this was happening to them again, AUBREY is completely broken by BASIL's death, while HERO tries to shield SUNNY from looking and tells him to just go for his clean new start. If SUNNY chooses to look into BASIL's room, he'll find BASIL's corpse on the floor, surrounded by his SOMETHING.
After a climactic struggle against OMORI, SUNNY awakens in his hospital bed. He limps out of his room and follows the STRANGER to BASIL'S room, where KEL, AUBREY, and HERO await. SUNNY admits the truth behind MARI'S death, and the friends' reactions are left to the viewer's imagination as the game cuts to the credits.
If the player has made the effort to water BASIL'S flowers during each day in HEADSPACE, an additional cutscene is added after the credits. SUNNY and BASIL gaze at each other and smile as their SOMETHINGs fade away, showing that regardless of how everyone else has reacted, the burden that they have shouldered for four years has lifted and they are both ready to heal.
SUNNY and BASIL were childhood friends. BASIL takes more photos of SUNNY than any of the other members of the group and refers to him as his best friend. They were closer to each other than the other people in their friend group. One of the captions in the PHOTO ALBUM reads "I always end up venting to him when I get upset or stressed." He anxiously wonders if he's burdening him as a result, but little suggests SUNNY believes so.
During and when recalling that day, BASIL's own dissociative measures focus on removing the guilt from SUNNY, as he doesn't want to believe that his best friend was capable of such a thing, or even could be now. To protect him, along with his very understanding of him, he takes the lead in covering up MARI's death. At first he was likely afraid of SUNNY going to jail, but increasingly afraid of what caused the cover-up in the first place and increasingly desperate to separate that from who he knew to be SUNNY.
This later drives him to take the fall for his own photographs being ruined with AUBREY; not to protect SUNNY, but to protect his best friend - the person he thought he knew, and still does, even if it's hard to accept it. Nevertheless, this desire also fuels much of their fight, in which he believes he can prevent SUNNY doing those awful things ever again by destroying the something behind him, unable to realize the eye glaring at him this time is ultimately still SUNNY's.
There's no way to know what would have happened if SUNNY hadn't shut himself in, but it left BASIL to deal with the fall entirely alone as the only one who truly knew what happened, and it left him very fragile. It's heavily implied he shut himself away not long after SUNNY's ruining of the photographs and later perceived abandonment, both of BASIL himself and their chance at healing, and only came out of total isolation days prior to SUNNY's chance to do the same.
While he seems to strongly desire to reconcile with their past, believing that everything can be okay if SUNNY is there, the other teen's repressive instincts often leave him forced to hide behind a fragile illusion he doesn't appear to be able to believe the same way SUNNY believed in his own. This already shattering illusion and the loss of the many other things that tried to anchor him inevitably lead to his breakdown the night of DAY 3.
Should the player choose to save him on that night, BASIL expresses appreciation that SUNNY finally came back, but feels betrayed that SUNNY did so just days before he was set to move away.
AUBREY is implied in SUNNY's flashback to have been the one to introduce BASIL to their friend group, but their previous relationship is obscured by SUNNY's limited point of view.
In the DREAM WORLD, AUBREY and BASIL get along well. When BASIL doubts himself and his photography, AUBREY along with the others encourage him and ensure he is okay. When BASIL disappears, the thought of him being alone and scared was enough to bring her to tears. 
In the real world, after MARI's death, he and AUBREY grew apart. One day, AUBREY begged to study at BASIL's house. When he eventually complied, she finds his photo album. Hoping to see their old happy memories, she opened the photo album, only to find all their faces scribbled out in black marker-- an act later found to have been committed by SUNNY.
Because of this misunderstanding, AUBREY started calling BASIL 'creep', and the rest of her new friends joined in on the bullying not long after. During the final chapter of the game, AUBREY finally apologizes to him.
BASIL was introduced to HERO by AUBREY. Not much is known about their relationship due to their limited interactions, but it is shown that HERO does care about BASIL, similar to the rest of the friends.
After BASIL is hospitalized, HERO is found next to BASIL's bed, along with AUBREY and KEL.
KEL, like with most others, was a positive and supporting force in his and BASIL's friendship. Though they grew estranged after the incident, KEL is quick to assure BASIL that they are still friends after BASIL refers to their friendship in the past tense. He remains somewhat dense, or more likely too unsure to talk about BASIL's problems, but as with SUNNY, he tries to be there for him.
KEL and SUNNY help him find his photo album after Aubrey steals it from him. KEL cries heavily over BASIL's death in the Neutral endings.
BASIL and MARI had a fruitful and caring friendship. It was MARI who gifted the camera to BASIL, aiding him in preserving his memories of the past, and giving him his most precious treasure, the PHOTO ALBUM. They also both seem to share the same appreciation for flowers, and being the peaceful aspect of the group SUNNY was closest to.
While BASIL's actions during the incident could be disassembled as uncaring, especially with SUNNY's limited perspective, he too was panicking at the violent confutation of who he knew SUNNY to be, the idea of his best friend going to jail, and the death of the girl everyone their friend group loved all at once. Not unlike SUNNY, BASIL shakily made his own illusion that something else was responsible for what SUNNY had done wrong, he too unable to accept what had happened. In the present, BASIL is deeply mortified and consumed by guilt from that day, yearning for their past peaceful days and feeling horribly alone in his turmoil that can drive him to suicide.
While his personal guilt still focused on his sudden, violent crisis of faith in his best friend, he does seem to hold some guilt for MARI's death entirely - an unfortunate mirror to HERO's, "if only I'd understood sooner."
It can be assumed that he has visited MARI's grave recently, if not relatively often, as a well-kept white egret orchid can be seen next to it.
POLLY is known as BASIL's caretaker. She cares deeply for BASIL, going to KEL's house to ask them to help look for BASIL once he disappears and thanking the group profusely for caring about BASIL.
As she has been his real parent for nearly his entire life, BASIL has shown to care a lot about his grandmother. During "ONE DAY LEFT," BASIL prioritizes visiting her in the hospital over doing anything else in FARAWAY. Her condition is likely the final straw leading to his breakdown that night.
For an in-battle description, see BASIL/ENEMY.
- BASIL was originally named ROWAN as shown in a teaser from 2012.
- In the 2018 demo, BASIL'S GRANDMA mentions that BASIL's favorite food is TOFU.
- This could explain why HEADSPACE has so many TOFU treats spread throughout its worlds.
- BASIL has the most character portraits used in the game's files, although some of them are unused.
- BASIL's name is likely a reference to a character in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. In the book, Dorian Gray is the subject of a portrait by an artist Basil Hallward, who's infatuation and admiration towards Dorian is sometimes interpreted as romantic.
- Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. Later in the book, he stabs Basil to death blaming him for his fate, but at the end uses the same knife to stab the portrait breaking the curse. The book was also referenced in the 2018 demo in the NOOSE ROOM where you can find “a book shelf filled from books by Dorian Gray.”