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|“||Naughty children are bad eggs. They need to be taught a lesson!||„|
|~ Jimmy as Hugo.|
|“||It's me doing it actually, comedy. I do this comedy character called Hugo Punch, he's sort of this comedic sociopath, says things that you're not supposed to say and that sort of thing.||„|
|~ Jimmy describing Hugo.|
James Alexander "Jimmy" Hall, also known by his alter-ego Hugo Punch, is the main antagonist of the game At Dead Of Night. He is the psychotic owner of the Sea View Hotel who kidnaps and murders his guests.
As revealed bit by bit by all of the notable ghosts that reside in the hotel, Jimmy is shown to have been direct cause of many deaths at his hotel (Notably Harvey's), as well as indirectly causing some other deaths (notably Amy's and Dr. Bose's) in different yet horridly cruel ways.
Amy, a young child, reveals Jimmy tormented her and would set her toys on fire, steal her purse, and made her drink whiskey. Amy died when she got drunk on the whiskey Jimmy gave her and fell down the flight of stairs, killing her. During a scene where she drinks the whiskey Jimmy gave her, it is presumed he had cut off her hand, noted her saying he had grabbed the sword and said he'd make her hand stop hurting.
Dr. Bose, Jimmy's doctor, tried helping Jimmy with his mental illness. However, it proved to be fruitless and further revealed how twisted Jimmy truly is, such as when Jimmy made Dr. Bose a sandwich with glass shards in it as a "prank", lied to Rose that Dr. Bose assaulted him, and accusing Dr. Bose of molesting him, thus causing him to lose his medical license (causing his reputation to be destroyed), committed suicide as his life was ruined by Jimmy.
Harvey, a previous proprietor of the hotel, got into a violent "prank" war with Jimmy; Jimmy would set off a crossbow trap on him, use a broken heater to electrocute, and other various pranks. However, Harvey would in turn destroy his TV and game consoles and lock him in the basement. After he had enough, Harvey went to confront him with a gun with the intent to threaten him into leaving the hotel. However, he didn't know Jimmy was also armed. Jimmy then kills him, but according to Rose, it was in self defense.
Rosemary (shortened to Rose), Jimmy's mother, was the only person who'd take Jimmy's side; she knows the cause of Jimmy becoming the way he is, is because of his father Hugo Hall. Rose slowly revealed how Hugo used to beat Jimmy as a baby, tormenting him for two years before Rose ran in with a bat and killed Hugo, burying him under a layer of concrete in the basement. However, she never told Jimmy this nor that he was his father. After Jimmy's suicide attempt, Rose decides to tell him the truth, which made things worse. While Jimmy was in the basement looking for his father's body, Rose commits suicide by setting herself on fire, not being able to live with herself knowing she had made her son change for the worse.
After learning of Hugo, Maya talks to Jimmy as he's calling out to him from a distance behind her. The crazed Jimmy tells her she can come meet Hugo, which leads her to coming down to the basement, finding a room with a concrete floor. In the corner is a mound, which is where Hugo's body is. Jimmy begins talking about how Hugo has cursed the Halls for centuries; even while he's dead, he still torments the Halls. Jimmy then tells her that he thinks they were meant for each other, which Maya declines, locking him in the room (which he begins to picklock and is soon freed) and makes a run for it to search for her friends. After rescuing her friends and leaving, it is left unknown what happens to Jimmy. It can be presumed Maya called the police.
Jimmy has unkempt, balding brown hair, pale skin, and brown eyes.
He wears a patterned red vest, a white dress shirt, a black bowler hat, black dress pants, and a black bow tie.
At first glance, Jimmy seems to simply be a chirpy, talkative man who loves doing a comedy routine as his alter ego Hugo Punch and is insistent people come to watch his act.
However, it's shown that his alter ego, Hugo Punch (later revealed to be unknowingly based on his father also named Hugo), takes over Jimmy. As Hugo, Jimmy is a very mentally-unstable psychopath who lacks morals. He is shown to get very violent, as he is seen chasing Maya with a bat the entire game and is seen holding a chloroform rag to someone's nose in the beginning cutscene of the game. According to Rose, Jimmy has a bad temper, specifically if someone insults his comedy act. Assuming Rose is telling the truth, Jimmy has no control over what Hugo does.
Despite his "Hugo side", Jimmy appears very remorseful for what he does, as he becomes depressed and even attempted to commit suicide after he had gotten angry at a guest complaining to him of his offensive comedy routine and tied them up, putting them in a room. In the prologue cutscene, he attempts to resist Hugo's control.
- Hugo Punch, rather than Jimmy himself, is the main antagonist of the game.
- When Jimmy was complaining to himself about not having anyone be interested in his show, he referenced two extremely popular social media platforms but mispronounced their names. The first was "You Tune" (YouTube) and the second was "My Face" (My Space).