Name: Noah Whitley
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Stand-up comedy, watching comedy movies and TV shows, drag, makeup and costume design, hip-hop dancing, bar games (darts, billiards, and ping pong), video editing.
Appearance: Noah stands at 5’11” and weighs 138 pounds. He likes to take care of himself, so his body is slim and with a light muscular build. He has white skin that he makes sure doesn't get too tanned, and also regularly grooms his body hair. His face is round and blemish free, with Noah taking good care to ensure he doesn't break out. He has large, blue eyes, a small nose, and a small chin. Noah also wore braces during middle school, so his teeth are white and straight, something he takes pride in taking care of. His hair is a light blonde color. He tends to leave his hair longer on top and shorter on the sides and back. The hair on top of his head is thick enough to run his fingers through, but not long enough to cover his eyes if wet. He also doesn’t tend to brush it a lot, preferring to go with a bedhead look.
Noah tends to dress casually when at school. He likes wearing t-shirts and jeans, particularly bright colored shirts. He likes tight clothing, so his shirts and jeans often make him look slimmer. He does also like to wear wristbands and rings, usually having a few on at all times. Both his ear lobes are pierced, and he wears studs in them. Noah does wear light makeup when he's out and about, preferring to wear light foundation and occasionally eyeliner.
On the day he was abducted, Noah was wearing an open cerulean colored dress shirt over a white t-shirt, skinny black jeans, and black sneakers. He also had both ear studs in and a few wristbands on.
Biography: Noah James Whitley was born in January 4th, 1997 to Kelly and Christian Whitley in Las Vegas, Nevada. His mom was a waitress who met his dad, a professional poker player, while at work at a casino. Kelly and Christian dated for a year and got married after Kelly got pregnant with Noah. Unfortunately, the two separated when Noah was two after a falling out exacerbated by Christian’s drinking problem. Kelly got custody of Noah and took him back to her hometown of Kingman to stay with her parents, Arnold and Edie, in their small home in a lower middle class neighborhood in Kingman. Kelly began working at a local bar as a bartender and waitress, while Arnold worked as a plumber, leaving Noah in the care of his grandmother during the day and his grandparents at night. Christian would pay child support for Noah, but was absent for most of Noah's early childhood since Kelly didn't think he was stable enough to see Noah. Noah did at times wish his dad was more present, but wasn't that upset to not see him since his mom and grandparents were always around. His grandfather was his primary male influence growing up, so Noah never felt he was lacking in a male role model.
Growing up, Noah was always an eccentric child. He loved to shout, run, and be the center of attention. He also found himself liking to perform, often putting on shows for his mom and grandparents. Noah was rarely sad as a kid, always smiling and finding ways to make people laugh. His mom and grandparents made sure to give Noah plenty of attention. His grandparents wanted to ensure Noah and his mother were able to feel secure and happy following the divorce, so they did their best to ensure Noah wanted for nothing. His grandfather would take him fishing and watch movies with him, while his grandmother taught him how to sew and cook. His mom did try to be involved in his life despite her night job, and also tried to be the disciplinarian to show her parents she was serious about raising her son. Although Noah did get scolded and punished a few times, he more often tried to be on his best behavior so as to show his mom he was a good kid. Most of his early life was uneventful, allowing Noah to grow up feeling comfortable and loved by his family.
Noah was well liked in elementary school. Noah liked to be friends with everyone if he could, and was always trying to make people laugh. In his early elementary years, Noah was more concerned with playing with the other kids than focusing on his schoolwork. His grandparents did take interest in his academics, so they made sure to help Noah with his homework and that he would get good grades. Noah eventually started to pay more attention in school and consistently earned good grades through his years. This was also when he started to notice his quick-thinking abilities. Noah found that he could focus on problem solving and come up with an answer if he concentrated on the problem before him.
Noah started to get into comedy the older he got. He started watching a lot of comedy movies, eventually transitioning to stand-up specials. He liked how comedians could make people laugh and bring a happier mood to the situation, and realized it was something he wanted to do. He started writing jokes and tried to practice stand-up routines. He would try to practice jokes with his friends, and tried to work on them if they didn’t work.
Noah’s dad did return to his life before Noah finished elementary school. Christian managed become sober, find a steady job at a bank, and remarried. Things were a bit awkward at first since Noah didn't have the best impression of his dad after hearing from his mom and grandparents about his drinking problem. However, he did see that Christian was making a legitimate effort to be involved in his son's life and be more responsible as a person, so Noah eventually accepted him. Because of this, Noah was allowed to go visit his dad in Las Vegas during holidays. Kelly was more willing to let Christian be around Noah after seeing how reformed he was, although she was a lot more hesitant at first. Christian and his new wife had a daughter when Noah was nine, giving him his younger half-sister, Ella. Noah adores Ella and loves to play with her when he visits. Noah was at first a bit uneasy around his stepmother, Angie, mostly from being unsure how to act around her. He and Angie do get along now, although he tends to see her as more of an older sister than a mother because she doesn't try to mother him and prefers he acts casually around her. He and his dad also get along well, and spend their time together watching movies and enjoying various activities in Las Vegas.
Upon entering middle school, Noah began to notice that he was attracted to men. He was a bit worried at first, knowing that Kingman was a lot more conservative than he was. Noah's family identifies as Catholic, although they aren't particularly devout, so he was worried that they would reject him for wanting to be open about his sexuality. He eventually came out towards the end of eighth grade after finally mustering the courage to talk to his family about it. Fortunately for him, his parents and grandparents were accepting of his sexuality, so he feels accepted at home. He did face some backlash from some of his homophobic peers, but most of his friends were accepting of his orientation, so he was able to handle coming out and finding people who could support him. Noah also learned to not get too worked up if faced with discrimination, preferring to use comedy as a way to respond to the negative reactions of his more conservative peers.
It was also in middle school that he began to study hip-hop dancing. A friend of Noah's introduced him to the dance, and Noah thought it was really cool. He liked how energetic and exciting the dancing was, so he convinced his mom to let him take classes. Noah attends weekly classes and likes to practice at home. Noah has made several friends through the class and likes to hang out with other dancers so he can learn more and have people to practice with.
Noah's social life during his middle school years was fairly similar to his elementary school years. He stayed with some of the same friends he had in elementary school, but also tried to make more friends. He also started to practice his comedy a lot more, trying to always tell jokes or come up with new ones to try on his friends. Noah did start to get into a few conflicts at school from students who were annoyed by his eccentric personality or intolerant of his sexuality. He did try to avoid violence, mostly because he doesn't want to get beat up and knows he probably can't win in a physical confrontation, and fell back on his support system of close friends to help him if he was facing trouble.
Once in high school, Noah began to get into a few new activities and interests. He developed an interest in drag performing after going to a drag club in Las Vegas and decided to try and merge that with his interest in stand-up comedy. He realized that drag carried a lot of the same skills and talents that he was interested in, and he thought it would be a good exercise in performing if he could craft a drag character and perform it well. He began to study makeup tutorial videos on YouTube and looking into creating a character through finding the right clothes and accessories. He has created a character named Pina Bucket, who is molded after young, crazy Hollywood starlets. There aren’t any drag clubs or gay bars in Kingman, so he only goes out in public as Pina when he’s in Las Vegas. His family was a bit skeptical about the interest at first, although they eventually came around when they saw how much effort he was putting into it and after they found Pina to be a funny character. Because of his work as Pina, Noah has also found a hobby in makeup and costume design, mostly self-taught through YouTube tutorials and getting some sewing lessons from his grandmother. He has used these talents to help out with the Cochise theater department, allowing him to get involved in some school productions behind the scenes. Noah doesn't find doing drag to be something to be kept secret, but also tries not to draw too much attention to it. If he is confronted about it, Noah does try to explain why he does it and why it's simply a part of who he is. He has faced some backlash for it, but he tries to not let it affect him and continues to work on the character of Pina when he can.
He also started producing a YouTube Vlog series where he tells jokes as himself and as Pina, often bringing some of his friends on depending on the episode. His series has a few thousand subscribers, but isn’t as popular as he would like it to be. Because of this, Noah is often trying to make the show better, mostly by studying video production and planning his shows a lot more by writing scripts. It's been a gradual process, with his more recent videos being a lot more tightly edited and planned out than his first few episodes. These videos have also gotten more views and subscribers, but Noah's always looking for more ways to improve the show. He's also taken to being more active on social media, making a Facebook page, a Twitter, and a Tumblr for the show. He tries to keep these websites updated regularly and tries to interact with fans so he can build and expand his brand.
Noah also began to participate in stand-up shows a lot more often. Before, Noah’s comedy was mostly relegated to school talent shows and bits he’d do with his friends. He began to go to open mic nights at local restaurants and in Vegas. The reactions and success of each show varies, but it’s allowed Noah to work on his stage presence and how to craft a persona. He has also done some stand-up routines as Pina in order to develop the character further, although most of these shows occur when he’s in Vegas.
During this time, Noah also began to worry a bit about his talents and performing abilities. While he enjoyed what he did, he began to worry that he wasn’t as good as he wanted to be. Being on the internet and performing in local venues made Noah have a greater understanding about the communities he was involved in and the other types of people involved, some of whom he felt were a lot funnier, smarter, and more successful than he was. This made Noah a lot more self-conscious and made him try to hide his insecurities from others, mostly by being a lot louder and cheerier around others. As a result, he became a lot more worried about bad criticism and tried to find ways to avoid showing his weaknesses as a performer.
Most of Noah’s friends in high school are people who are into the same hobbies as him, particularly comedy, performing, and hip-hop dancing. Noah’s often trying to tell jokes and make people feel happy since he feels it allows him to practice his comedy and keep school from getting too dull. He does try to hang out with his friends whenever he can, and likes to go partying at clubs with them. While Noah has made a lot of friends, he has made a few enemies and gotten on some people’s nerves. Some people find him a bit annoying and loud, and his liberal attitudes towards identity and expression can put him on the wrong side of the more conservative classmates, but Noah tries not to let them bother him. He often responds to negativity with a joke or a retort. The level of meanness with these kinds of jokes can vary at times, and most times, the more annoyed he is with a person, the more scathing he'll try to be with his humor. There are times where he does hope to antagonize people, so he will not hold back on trying to fight back. Despite this, there are times where he can get upset and fail to have a retort, so he really only tries to retort if he's sure he can have something to use. If not, he tries to avoid the situation altogether and tries to mask his frustration through humor.
It was also in high school that Noah began to think of what he’d do if the comedy route failed him. He began to spend more time at the bar his mom worked in, and he started to like the atmosphere. Noah’s currently planning to study business in college so that he could open his own bar someday. His mom became the manager of the bar she worked at when Noah entered high school, which helped bring in more money to the family. Noah started to hang around her bar more in high school, liking the atmosphere of the place. He started to get into the bar games there, such as darts, billiards, and ping pong. While he's not fantastic at any of these games, he does try to play them whenever he's at the bar and likes to challenge his friends and other bar patrons to the games.
His current academic goal is to go to University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but he’s also applied to schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco, since both towns have opportunities for stand-up and drag performing. Because of this, he tries to ensure he can get good grades in school so that he can get accepted to a business school. His best subject is math, and he tries to ensure that his grades don’t slip by studying daily and turning in all homework on time. He’s got a sharp mind and can think quickly when he needs to, so he often doesn’t get too stressed when doing schoolwork. This has resulted in an A-B average throughout high school, something he is usually able to maintain. The only times Noah is worried about his grades is when he falls behind on studying or is distracted by his extracurricular activities, so he often has to put more effort in when he starts to get grades of a C or below. Like his performing, Noah can be a bit insecure about his studies from time to time, especially if it's a subject he's not able to easily adjust to or understand. This can cause him to get a bit stressed out, and takes a bit of personal reassurance for him to be able to work on his weaker subjects.
Noah still tries to spend time with his family whenever he can. Now that he's old enough to, Noah will drive to Las Vegas in a used Nissan Stanza he received for his seventeenth birthday to visit his dad's family instead of having his dad pick him up or having his mom drive him to his dad's house. Noah's mostly hoping he gets into UNLV so he can spend more time with them. He wants to see his younger sister more. He's still on good terms with his mom and grandparents, although he is a bit sad to leave them when he goes to college. He's planning on staying in contact with them and trying to visit whenever he can.
Advantages: Noah is a happy and friendly individual, something that could help him make friends and allies. He is also in decent shape from his dance classes. He’s also good at problem solving and thinking on his feet, so he can try to avoid issues if he’s clear minded enough to think about it.
Disadvantages: Noah’s personality can be a bit strong to some people, so it could turn some away from him. Noah also can be quite insecure and worrisome if he begins to doubt his abilities, causing him to become a bit of an emotional mess. If someone annoys or infuriates him, Noah is also prone to antagonizing them back through scathing humor, something which could be fatal if he's not careful.
Designated Number: Male student No. 010
Designated Weapon: Sawblade Slinger
Conclusion: I want one.- Josie Knight
The above biography is as written by Laurels. No edits or alterations to the author's original work have been made.
Handled by: Laurels
Killed By: Isabel Ramirez
Collected Weapons: Sawblade Slinger (assigned weapon, to Scout Pfeiffer)
Mid-game Evaluation: Noah started in the A block of staff dorms and tried to master his weapon, but was frustrated multiple times. He encountered Maria Cucinotta, Blair Moore, and Sandra Dyer in short order, but Maria was disinclined to stay. The remaining three were guided by Sandra to a safer room within the complex. Blair told them about Jennifer Su's death, though shocked and appalled Noah began to think through a plan for protecting the lot of them. He decided they could hide out in the radio tower area, and the three departed.
The radio tower turned out to be largely useless in terms of supplies or safety. Noah briefly had a moment, recalling his family back home, but was distracted by the arrival of a friendly Rene Wolfe, whose jokes proved useful for lightening the mood of the group. They proceeded further up the left arm of the island and camped out, but the declaring of the supply depot as a danger zone forced them to run to the hunting lodge, sans Sandra, who had slipped away during the night. They were found by Alessio Rigano, who ignored them and tried to find a bed within the lodge. Blair investigated, but none of them were able to figure out what he was up to before he bolted off again. This left them to discuss ideas, and they set up camp for the night, hoping Sandra would catch up.
The next day they wandered the shoreline, continuing their search for Sandra and trying to keep spirits up with jokes. Noah was even able to try a one liner in response to the 3rd Day announcement. Blair joins him, and then admits her medical conditions to him, the ones that had always ensured she would die young. Noah tries to react optimistically, pivot. They were joined by Lily Caldwell, who was reasonable and friendly, and Nancy Kyle, who was neither of those things. Nancy fired warning shots with her gun, and before either Rene or Noah could produce their weapons Blair charged Nancy. Nancy retreated to nearby cover, but her next round of shots found Noah's leg, causing him to collapse. He didn't call for help so Lily, Rene, and Blair could escape.
Nancy emerged from her cover and attempted to goad Noah into fighting her, but he responded defiantly in the hopes that she would retreat. Nancy didn't take his warnings to heart, but gave him an opportunity to depart. He noted his belief that she'd regret her stubbornness on the matter, then said his goodbyes, hoping to catch up to Rene and Blair. He stopped further down the shoreline to bandage his wounds as best he could, and after some reflection decided to tell a joke to the cameras, finding the effort lifted his spirits some.
He wandered the night, during the rain, eventually finding the hunting cabin again, barricaded. He asked the occupant, Scout Pfeiffer, for shelter, and after some hesitation she let him in, where he found a fire to dry and warm himself. He stayed friendly and over time she opened up some, and the two were able to have a constructive and almost casual conversation. He tried to remain optimistic throughout all of it, and found it rather easy. The next day, Day 4, Noah tended to his bandages in the room he'd slept in while considering if he was ready to use Sawlaska to fight back against the island's killers. He intended to go out into the rain to collect water, and let Scout know. Scout, in turn, told him she was going to start player hunting. He reflected on it and realized he accepted her decision and that he was also ready to fight back if need be. He wished her luck and left her a joke to remember him by, if she elected to not follow him.
Noah by himself continued to work on his jokes while he trekked, intent on scouting the area by scaling the helipad. He passed several corpses that bothered him, but he tried to ignore them. Atop the helipad he found Hannah Kendrickstone, who quickly asked him if he could identify a burnt corpse for her as their mutual schoolmate Taranis "Tara" Behzad, he found himself suddenly lightheaded by the sight and fainted. Hannah stayed with him until he recovered shortly thereafter. She awkwardly helped him out, giving him advice on how to keep his health stable while he explored and popped pain pills. He proposed they find shelter indoors, she agreed and they set off.
They took shelter in separate rooms of the regular wards. Day 5 announcements shocked Noah by announcing the death of Irene Djezari, a girl from school he'd had a complicated relationship with. Noah almost felt too stunned to go on, but Hannah screaming suddenly drew him to attention. When he ran to her side their back and forth revealed the source of her anguish was also Irene's death. Noah tried to calm her down, tell her Irene's death wasn't her fault. As they continued to ramble on the exhausting agony of trying to cope with island Noah realized that they could both maybe use downtime, Hannah agreed when he voiced that out loud. He offered her another joke in parting, and said he'd come running if she ever needed him, before he went back to his room and barricaded the door so he could start resting up. That time passed without incident, and then he returned to Hannah and proposed they set out again, she agreed. He returned to his room for his supplies and gave a sort of will and testimony to his family via the camera. They set off, but were interrupted by the wandering about of Benjamin Lichter. While he seemed peaceful he was talking to himself and seemed paranoid, and Noah began to quietly indicate to Hannah that they should disengage. Noah offered Ben the rooms they'd departed before quickly exiting, followed by Hannah.
On Day 6, after announcements, Noah explored the depot storehouse, slightly ahead of Hannah. The darkness was difficult to see through and Noah failed to notice Alessio Rigano was hiding atop one of the crates, having prepared a trap. Noah searched for a crate that could possibly be opened for something useful, but instead was nearly crushed by a crate Al sent toppling. Hannah arrived, and a spooked Noah suggested they immediately bounce while continuing to glance around for his would-be attacker. Another crate came down while Noah filled Hannah in, and he immediately made a break for it, shouting. Hannah, unfortunately, wasn't quite as responsive and they lost each other while retreating.
He made it to the doctor's offices alone, and while recovering he heard Lily Caldwell's familiar voice and went to investigate. This led him right into the arms of Isabel Ramirez, who immediately jumped at him and gave him plentiful options of either dying quickly or slowly. He blustered for a bit with his humor, but understood the gravitas of the situation, and quickly made a break for it when Isabel was distracted by Lily's weak attempts to stop the fighting. Isabel pursued down the hall and Noah realized he had little chance of escaping. He steeled himself and turned to fight, landing a blow with Sawlaska to Isabel's abdomen, but that merely infuriated her all the more and she bullrushed him. Now on top of him she landed a series of brutal blows with her knife, and Noah was quick to die. He mulled on his regrets as he was brutalized, but in the end was able to find one last bit of his humor to spit back, when he realized Isabel was now surrounded by others and that things would be alright without him.
Post-Game Evaluation: The best joke in your routine was the one where you stopped breathing. Stick to your day job in your next life. - Jim Greynolds
Memorable Quotes: "... if you're watching this...please don't. Please find something else to watch. Please don't watch me die." -- Noah, entreating his family by speaking at an observing camera.
"You're not leaving this island. Karma's probably set in motion the events that will lead to your demise, and rest assured, it won't be kawaii. (...) My life might end right here on this beach, but your life ended the minute you decided to kill." -- Noah's response to Nancy after she wounds him on the beach.
"Thank you, thank you,...Shout out to my Dad for telling me that joke. I hope that's how you remember me. If not...You'll find something better." -- Noah's conclusion after telling himself (and the viewers) a lewd joke to calm himself down after his encounter with Nancy.
"But yeah, I'm just hoping for a lot. To find my friends, to get rescued, to fall in love, for Katya to win Drag Race in a few weeks, that sort of shit. How about you? What's your story?" -- His sob story for Scout as they get to know one another.
"NOT TODAY SATAN!" - As he is running away from Isabel, who threatened to kill him as soon as she saw him.
"Here's my last joke: you did all this, and now you're gonna die too. Have fun in Hell, bitch." -- His final words to Isabel as he's dying.
- Noah's drag character, Pina Bucket, got her name from a certain incident involving Canadian pop star, Justin Bieber. The character herself was inspired by famous drag queens Bianca Del Rio (for the comedy) and Adore Delano (for the YouTube personality and general look).
- Noah named his sawblade slinger Sawlaska Thunderfuck 5000, another reference to a well-known drag queen (Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, in this case).
- In The List of Adrian Messenger, Noah stated that he wanted drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova to win Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Coincidentally, the day Noah died in-universe was the day Katya was eliminated from the series in real life.
Below is a list of threads containing Noah, in chronological order:
- Subscribe Goddammit
- Extraordinary Machine
- Airline Food
- Prize Fighter
- Screamer, Screamer, He's a Dreamer
- The Noah and Pina Show Episode 41: Baby Names!
Sadie Hawkins Dance:
- Rolodex of Hate
- Why Y'all Gagging?
- Early Morning in the Garden of Good and Evil
- Let's Awaken, By the Day
- I'll Carry On When the Valley's Deep
- The List of Adrian Messenger.
- Act II, Scene I
- If We Could Have Tomorrow in Technicolor
- Forklift Driver Klaus
- Die Anywhere Else
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- Noah was my favorite of Laurels' characters in V6. He was fun, with a lot of wit and an interesting concept that never felt too forced or defining. He was likeable, and his death in particular was an excellent scene. Another I wish had gone farther. - Espional