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Theodore Masters Peterson, also better known as Mr. Peterson, or more commonly known as The Neighbor, is the titular main antagonist of the Hello Neighbor franchise.
He is the main antagonist of Hello Neighbor, a minor character in Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, the secondary antagonist of Secret Neighbor, the upcoming Hello Neighbor 2, and the main antagonist of Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces, Hello Neighbor: Walking Nightmare, Hello Bendy (a Halloween DLC to Bendy and the Ink Machine).
He is the cranky and possibly insane neighbor of the main protagonist, Nicky Roth. He was once a very friendly family man; however, due to two incidents, Mr. Peterson became a hostile man who attacks anyone who even just steps on his lawn.
Mr. Peterson was once an amusement park designer and a very friendly family man who lived with his unnamed wife, his daughter, Mya Peterson, and his son, Aaron Peterson. He once let a younger Nicky see and befriend his son; however, due to a horrible car accident, his wife had to be hospitalized. Mr. Peterson became anxious, waiting in the hospital until his wife eventually died in there, and not long after, Aaron accidentally pushed Mya off the roof of his house, leading to her demise too. With the deaths of his beloved wife and daughter in just a short amount of time, these two incidents severely crippled Mr. Peterson's sanity.
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek
Mr. Peterson plays a minor role in this game as the game focuses more on his two children, Mya and Aaron. Mr. Peterson is seen at the dinner table along with his wife and two children. Mr. Peterson is seen again entering the house with his wives purse, he then lets it go before collapsing to his knees. Mya and Aaron hug their father to comfort him; however, this wasn’t enough as Mr. Peterson became more sluggish, watching TV and appearing not to notice his daughter's concerned look for him even though she was right in front of him. He appears again to get the children for dinner, motioning his hand tiredly. At dinner, Aaron takes Mya's spoon before pushing her and causing her plate to fall and break. Seeing this, Mr. Peterson gets up and sends Aaron to his room, but before he leaves he takes Mya's doll. Mya goes to get it back but Mr. Peterson motions his hand to tell her to stay and eat dinner. Mr. Peterson is seen one final time during the credits, digging a grave, probably for Mya.
Nicky watches as Mr. Peterson locks Aaron in his basement, possibly to either punish him for Mya's death or to protect him from meeting his wife and daughter's fate. Mr. Peterson then finds out that Nicky is watching him and throws him onto the other side of the road as he goes to lock the basement door and hide the basement key. Nicky has to outsmart and evade Mr. Peterson and eventually finds the key to the basement, and also a corridor. However, Mr. Peterson is behind him, Nicky tries to escape but the door at the end of the corridor was locked with 3 padlocks, allowing Mr. Peterson to catch Nicky and end the Act.
Hello Neighbor: Secret Neighbor
In Hello Neighbor: Secret Neighbor, Mr. Peterson has successfully captured Nicky and has locked him in his basement, so 6 kids decide to rescue him and Aaron. Like Nicky, the 6 children must outsmart and evade Mr. Peterson to help Nicky escape as Mr. Peterson doesn't intend to let him go and now wishes to imprison the 6 children who dared to invade his property. Mr. Peterson will disguise himself as a child to pick off the children one by one unless the kids manage to find out which one of them is Mr. Peterson. However Mr. Peterson in this game is not the same one from Act 1.
The opening cutscene reveals that Mr. Peterson has kidnapped Nicky and has been possibly torturing him. Once Nicky escapes his prison, he has to once again outsmart and evade Mr. Peterson to escape the horrid basement. Once Nicky finally escapes, Mr. Peterson doesn't chase him but instead closes the wooden gate while threateningly staring at Nicky; the Act ends when Mr. Peterson completely shuts the gate.
Hello Neighbor 2
In this Act, it is revealed that Nicky still has nightmares about Mr. Peterson after that day. Nicky has another nightmare about Mr. Peterson after moving into his old house in the neighborhood, where Mr. Peterson's house is shown to have been burned down years after Act 2. In this nightmare, Mr. Peterson has kidnapped his son Aaron and has locked him in his basement in his amusement park-like house. Nicky once more has to outsmart and evade Mr. Peterson to unlock the basement door, but before he can enter, Nicky must overcome his three fears from his childhood or the door at the end of the corridor will still be locked. Once Nicky has overcome his fears, he is about to enter the same corridor where he was caught by Mr. Peterson. Mr. Peterson catches Nicky, but Nicky uses his new powers from overcoming his fears and pushes off Mr. Peterson, enters the corridor and locks the door. If Nicky has overcome all his fears than the door at the end of the corridor will be unlocked, once Nicky enters he will be in a one-room house with a cardboard cut-out of Aaron, however a giant Mr. Peterson appears out of nowhere and destroys the house, Aaron must then climb and use the umbrellas to get on the house on the giant Mr. Peterson's back, once Nicky enters the house door he must overcome his final fear, once Nicky overcomes his final fear he will be transported into another white void with an Exit Door and a house, if Nicky peers into the house than he can see the real Mr. Peterson locking himself in a room, on the other side of the barricaded door was the Shadow Man, unlike Nicky, Mr. Peterson cannot seem to overcome his guilt or fear and thus cannot overcome and defeat the Shadow Man like Nicky did, unable to help Mr. Peterson, Nicky leaves through the Exit Door, Mr. Peterson's fate is unknown, but he is believed to be alive.
Hello Neighbor: Waking Nightmare
NOTE: This is non-canon to both the Hello Neighbor and Bendy franchises.
On Halloween, the series made a crossover with the Bendy and the Ink Machine franchise. In this Hello Bendy DLC, Peterson replaces Ink Bendy and Sammy Lawrence. The music is also replaced by Peterson's Chase Theme.
Mr. Peterson is shown to be rather cranky and loves his privacy, attacking Nicky if he just steps on his lawn. He is also very protective of his basement, locking it up with a key and doing his best to hide the key from Nicky. Once Nicky goes too far into the basement, Mr. Peterson decides that Nicky knows too much and kidnaps him instead of kicking him out. It seems he is also not above torturing children, as Nicky seems battered and beaten at the beginning of Act 2, and even threateningly stares at Nicky before closing the gate.
- In Alpha 2 of Hello Neighbor, on the bottom of Mr. Peterson's shoe is the number 666, the Number of the Beast, in Alpha 3, this was changed to a W; however, the 666 has led to many theories that Mr. Peterson has done satanic rituals to revive his family.
- Mr. Peterson and his family are Jewish.
- His name and the fact that he is an amusement park designer was revealed from the books.
- In Alpha 1 of Hello Neighbor, Mr. Peterson was a lot more violent, in fact, Alpha 1 is the only time Mr. Peterson kills Nicky.
- It is currently unknown what happened to Mr. Peterson and Aaron after Nicky escaped in Act 2. The book Hello Neighhbor: Buried Secrets ends with Nicky being imprisoned in the basement like he was in Act 1 of the game, and there have been no official statements regarding their fate. It can be assumed that after Nicky escaped, Mr. Peterson was either put in prison for his crimes of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and covering up the death of his daughter, or sent to a mental facility for help. It can be assumed that a similar thing happened with Aaron due to the fact that he was guilty of involuntary manslaughter of his sister, though he could have simply been given to another person to be raised. It's unknown if they are alive by the end of act 3. Since a new series of books is being written, their fate may be clarified in the future.
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