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As long as BERLY is happy, I'm happy.
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— VAN

VAN is a character and NPC in OMORI. He is one of the many residents of the FOREST PLAYGROUND, often looking after those younger than him and hanging around BERLY.

PROFILE

APPEARANCE

VAN is a huge light-green monster with purple spiky hair curved into a style resembling devil horns. He notably towers over all of the playground residents, including SHARLEEN and BOSS. He has a pair of thick eyebrows, rosy cheeks, and two upward-pointing fangs.

VAN's most notable feature is the multiple pieces of candy stuck to his back, which represents his huge love for candy. His appearance stems from VANCE, his REAL WORLD counterpart from FARAWAY TOWN.

PERSONALITY

VAN is shown to be a soft-hearted, warm individual who is always seen looking after the younger residents of the playground. He is usually friendly around others, and willingly does whatever BERLY tells him to do, ensuring her happiness in the process. As long as BERLY is happy, VAN himself is happy regardless of the many antics she puts him through.

He also appears to have a strong friendship with BERLY, often spending time together to the point of being inseparable. A scrapped line reveals that this extends to admitting he misses BERLY's presence during his time at the LAST RESORT as a construction worker.

Another unused line of dialogue reveals that VAN understands that spending more time with BERLY is what made him understand her better beneath that rough attitude she possesses.

STORY

PROLOGUE - THREE DAYS LEFT

OMORI and his friends first encounter VAN playing tetherball with BERLY in VAST FOREST's playground. After meeting up with MARI and BASIL, the group decides to visit BASIL'S HOUSE to see BASIL's new seedlings. However, they end up getting roped into BERLY's game of hide-and-seek alongside most of the playground residents.

During that segment, VAN hides behind a tree right next to HAPPY, who hides herself inside JOKER JASH's jack-in-the-box. When caught, VAN mentions that despite not having that many spots to hide in, he still had fun as long as BERLY is happy. He then joins the other participants that were caught before.

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VAN also witnesses the group's brief scuffle with BOSS, who attempted to take over the playground for himself while using BASIL as a hostage. After BOSS's defeat, VAN resumes playing tetherball with BERLY.

Later on, he accidentally sends the tetherball flying far away from the playground by using his arms too hard. When starting the LOST BALL sidequest, VAN tells the group to let BERLY join them temporarily until the tetherball is found. He also checks on a commotion which was caused by BROWS running over BANGS, and tries calming HAPPY down.

After the group completes the sidequest, BERLY will teach AUBREY the HEADBUTT skill using VAN as a target, and gives her a BUTT CERTIFICATE as a token of gratitude. AUBREY can also gain an additional 50 JUICE by talking to BERLY and using her bat to smash VAN after learning the tag mechanic at the JUNKYARD.

TWO DAYS LEFT

Upon returning to HEADSPACE, OMORI discovers that all of his friends from the playground have gone missing, apparently being tricked into signing CONTRACTS given by MR. JAWSUM to work at the LAST RESORT.

VAN appears on the fourth floor's construction site alongside NEB, CRUSHER BLAST, and several GATOR GUYS. He can be seen working on a project regarding a two-hundred-story skyscraper. When spoken to, VAN mentions that since he was too soft-hearted to do the job of a bouncer, BERLY was given the position instead since she has a stubborn attitude and a hard head.

ONE DAY LEFT

After saving BASIL within BLACK SPACE and resetting HEADSPACE back to its original state on the OMORI ROUTE, the group can return to the LAST RESORT once again.

VAN is still located at the casino's construction site when returning to the area. After speaking to MR. JAWSUM for the last time, HERO becomes the new owner of the casino as the former retires. This will lead to many of the casino's workers and visitors leaving the place.

VAN and the other playground residents soon return to their place at the VAST FOREST. He can be seen playing tetherball with BERLY like he usually does. Interacting with either him or BERLY will prompt the same dialogue mentioned in the previous segments.

QUOTES

Van Quotes: Normal
  • First Interaction:
VAN

BERLY talks so fast when she's excited.
It gets really hard to keep up...

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VAN

Stay and play with us! The more the merrier!
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  • Hide and Seek:
VAN

Hmm... Can I even hide anywhere around here?
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VAN

Turns out... There's not many places to hide here for a guy my size... but this was still fun! As long as BERLY is happy, I'm happy.
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VAN

As long as BERLY is happy, I'm happy.
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VAN

Here as always, buddy.
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  • Post Hide and Seek (Unused):
VAN

BERLY might seem kind of insensitive, but it's really just a hard front. Sometimes... You gotta spend time with people to see the real stuff.
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VAN

You can probably relate to that, can't you?
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  • Last Resort (4F):
VAN

The boss used to have me work in the security department, but they
said I was too soft.

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VAN

I heard they made BERLY head of security!
They say she's got a stiff upper lip!

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  • Unused (Last Resort):
VAN

I miss BERLY...
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  • One Day Left (Unused):
VAN

It's nice to know BERLY didn't forget about me when she became head of security.
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BERLY

Like I'd ever forget you, you big lug!
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VAN

Awww, it's just like old times...
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Van Quotes: Sidequest
  • Initiating Sidequest:
VAN

Oh... About that... Well, you see...
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VAN

Sorry, BERLY...
Using my head all the time gives me a headache.

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VAN

Oh! Something just hit me!
I'm sure I saw the ball flying off somewhere in that direction!

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VAN

Say OMORI, why don't you and your friends go with BERLY and keep her out of trouble. I'd go myself, but...
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VAN

Oh geez, there's my cue...
I'm coming, HAPPY!

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VAN

Be safe out there, you guys. I'll see you when you get back!
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  • After Lost Ball:
VAN

There there, BROWS... It's not your fault...
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  • After Headbutt:
VAN

BERLY and I are playing tetherball again!
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VAN

Yup, she sure is.
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GALLERY

TRIVIA

  • In the game's data, VAN is sometimes referred to as VANCE, the name used for his REAL WORLD counterpart.
  • VAN's appearance somewhat resembles Snorlax from the Pokémon series.
  • VAN is presumably based on VANCE due to both characters having a huge love for candy and their good-hearted demeanors despite their rough appearances.
    • In fact, VAN plays a similar role to VANCE, spending a lot of his time with BERLY, whose REAL WORLD counterpart is KIM. Their bonds are also quite similar when considering their overall dynamics.
  • VAN has a few unused lines of dialogue revolving around his friendship with BERLY:
    • One of these lines would show VAN telling the group some life advice about getting to know people better the more they spend time with them.
    • Within the LAST RESORT, VAN would admit that he misses BERLY.
    • On ONE DAY LEFT of the OMORI ROUTE, VAN would feel happiness that BERLY didn't forget about him during their time at the casino, to which the latter playfully headbutts him in response.

SITE NAVIGATION

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OMORI WIKI NAVIGATION
GAME: OMORI  •  MUSIC  •  EMOTIONS  •  HANGMAN  •  PET ROCKS
TEAM: OMOCAT  •  SLIME GIRLS  •  CLOVER & SEALIFE  •  ARCHEIA  •  YAMI  •  KITSUNORA  •  VANCE  •  EMS
CHARACTERS
MAIN: OMORI  •  SUNNY  •  AUBREY  •  KEL  •  HERO  •  BASIL  •  MARI
NPCs: BERLY  •  VAN  •  PLUTO  •  SPACE BOYFRIEND  •  SWEETHEART  •  MORE NPCs
ENEMIES: LOST SPROUT MOLE  •  FOREST BUNNY  •  WORMHOLE  •  SPACE BUNNY  •  MORE ENEMIES
GAME CONTENT
LOCATIONS: WHITE SPACE  •  NEIGHBOR'S ROOM  •  PLAYGROUND  •  VAST FOREST  •  MORE LOCATIONS
ITEMS: WEAPONS  •  CHARMS  •  SNACKS  •  TOYS  •  IMPORTANT
QUESTS
MAIN STORY: STUFFED TOY  •  BASIL  •  CAPTAIN OF THE SPACE PIRATES  •  FRONT-ROW TICKETS  •  MISSING FRIENDS  •  EMPTY HOUSE
SIDE QUESTS: A GOOD LISTENER  •  B.E.D.  •  BERLY'S LOST BALL  •  CALL OF INSPIRATION  •  CARE PACKAGE  •  DAISY'S DILEMMA  •  FASCINATING LITERATURE  •  GHOST PARTY  •  HECTOR  •  ITCHY  •  PESSI'S THING  •  PRESENT FOR PALMIE  •  RABBIT KILLER  •  RAIN TOWN  •  SQUIZZARDS  •  STICK IN THE MUD  •  STRANGE REQUEST  •  SWEATY THING  •  THE CONVICTION OF ORANGE JOE  •  WEEPING WILLOW  •  WHEREABOUTS OF DUCKIE JR
HIKIKOMORI: FEED HUMPHREY  •  MARINA'S OPERATION  •  MEDUSA'S EXPERIMENT  •  MOLLY'S ANALYSIS  •  SON OF A SPACE PIRATE
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