|“||I’ve been pinged by Lee’s team no fewer than four times today. Mr. Salt can shit a golden goose egg for all I care – when he leapfrogs the line it throws my whole team’s workflow off.||”|
–Elsie Hughes, in an email to Bernard Lowe
Elsie Hughes is a main character in the sci-fi western TV series, Westworld. She is a rising star in the Programming division. She diagnoses the odd quirks of behaviour in Westworld’s hosts. Hughes is played by Shannon Woodward.
At some point Elsie was employed as a programmer for Delos' fictional theme park Westworld. She became an assistant to Bernard Lowe and worked alongside him in many of the upgrades and diagnostics for the robotic improvements. Due to her constant presence around the hosts, she has grown affectionate to them, especially the female hosts in the Mariposa Saloon.
Elsie and Bernard discover reveries in some of the hosts, following the upgrade of some ten percent of the population of Westworld, including Clementine Pennyfeather. Bernard associates this to Dr. Robert Ford who usually likes to make them look more real. Elsie later helps diagnose the cause of Walter's violence in the saloon, which almost put visitors in danger. As a consequence, manager Theresa Cullen has them recall the upgraded hosts for checking. Following a staged bloodbath in the town of Sweetwater, Elsie accounts for Dolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood, the latter who was shot in the massacre.
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Elsie's closest relationship in the park appears to be with her boss, Bernard. She is often seen working with him diagnosing the hosts of the park. She seems to soften her sardonic attitude towards him, though it is not completely gone.
Ashley Stubbs and Elsie have a somewhat contentious time as coworkers. As Stubbs and Elsie pursue a stray host, they often trade insults at each other that neither takes seriously. However, when the two of them appeared to be in danger from a malfunctioning host, they did show real concern for each other's safety.
Elsie appears to have an attraction to the host Clementine Pennyfeather. During The Original, Elsie is shown Clementine's reverie, an unconscious brushing of her lip, by Bernard. After Bernard leaves, Elsie strokes Clementine's hair, and after a look to ensure no one is watching through the room's glass walls, Elsie gives the offline Clementine a deep kiss. As Elsie pulls away, she appears to gently stroke her own lip, much like Clementine had.
- This character's name was originally given as "Elsie King".