|location||TRAIN, BLACK SPACE|
|relations||BASIL (Original Self; Basil Version)|
STRANGERS can differ in appearance, but the most prominent sprite-set associated with the name STRANGER is one that looks like a silhouette of BASIL. This STRANGER has eerie white pupils and nothing else. A STRANGER with a different sprite can be found on the train, bearing similarities to the BASIL sprite with its white pupils and silhouette body but having different hair than BASIL. When in battle with STRANGER, the same teeth and tendrils from BASIL's battle appear.
Personality-wise, STRANGERS tend to be perceptive and cryptic - they point out to SUNNY about the consequences of his actions alongside passing abstract messages. However, the STRANGER with BASIL's silhouette shows a bitterness and aggression toward SUNNY during their battle, citing SUNNY's refusal to face reality as reasonable grounds for trapping SUNNY inside the dream. STRANGER also starts talking from BASIL's point of view during the battle, which implies similarities between STRANGER and BASIL's mindsets.
Comparing to real life BASIL, the BASIL STRANGER displays less anxiety and talks in a manner that is often measured. The BASIL STRANGER is also less prone to be as expressive as BASIL, but still shows concern about how the future will play out from SUNNY's actions. There is an implied concern for those living in the dream worlds since STRANGER asks for mercy on the dream residents.
Despite both being somewhat based on real life BASIL, the BASIL STRANGER considers both dream and real BASIL to be separate entities from itself, referring to BASIL as SUNNY's friend or flower boy instead.
STRANGERS appear in SUNNY's memories presumably as placeholders for SUNNY's thought processes. One of the first STRANGER appearances is right after losing BASIL in HEADSPACE, and a STRANGER is usually used as a marker for where to go next in the story.
Many STRANGERS appear and walk around in BLACK SPACE; interacting with them will give you one of many cryptic lines of text, some shown as quotes below. By the time OMORI arrives in CHURCH OF SOMETHING, STRANGER will then tell him that its time that SUNNY finally faces the truth behind MARI's death before fading into the shadows
During the good ending, STRANGER can be found one last time alongside the HEADSPACE versions of AUBREY, KEL, and HERO in the hospital. From there, STRANGER will lead SUNNY to where BASIL is recovering and disappears from there.
When OMORI reaches the CHURCH OF SOMETHING, he finds BASIL being held captive by shadows. He slices them away to retrieve dream BASIL, only for the STRANGER to appear behind him and chide him for trying to evade the truth yet again. Eventually, SUNNY is thrust into a fight against STRANGER as it demands that SUNNY face it if he refuses to face the facts.
The fight with STRANGER is unwinnable as SUNNY'S skills are all interrupted from the sheer stress of it all, and his regular attacks will do nothing. The STRANGER drowns SUNNY in despair, thrusting him into RED SPACE. With nowhere to go but forward, SUNNY collapses at the foot of the staircase to OMORI'S throne. As OMORI steps forward to help SUNNY up, he sees the STRANGER in the black void one last time, who has given up hope in trying to convince SUNNY to change his ways. Dream BASIL appears with the help of a RED HAND to get OMORI to escape from BLACK SPACE.
STRANGER takes on the appearance of various characters that SUNNY knows from his childhood. The most prominent form it takes on is in the form of his best friend BASIL. Some of them appear to be of unknown identity or simply brief visions of past mirages.
For an in-battle description, see STRANGER/ENEMY.
- The STRANGER that resembles BASIL is referred as SHADOW BASIL in the game's files.
- In one of the neutral endings, if the WTF value is set to 13, the STRANGER movers will instead be replaced with the actual shadowy variants seen in HEADSPACE.
- When brightening the portrait and boss sprites, STRANGER is shown crying.
- During the NORTH LAKE segment for the SUNNY ROUTE, one can encounter STRANGER, who resembles the scrapped dream version of BASIL'S GRANDMA, only if the WTF value is set to 8 or more.