The Faster is a monster which emits piercing screams and attacks by stabbing and slashing the player with two blade-like appendages, similar to jousting spears. This monster makes a distinct metallic sound when walking due to these same appendages replacing its legs. When killed, it stabs its own neck and falls to the ground.
The Fasters could possibly represent the murdered parents of children of the apartments.
There are two variants of the Faster, the first being a mutilated woman which constantly emits screams when pursuing Simon. This is the variant always encountered throughout the singleplayer mode of Cry of Fear. The second variant appears in the Doctor mode and Cooperative mode, being encountered in the apartments in place of the first variant in Doctor mode and an optional house in the forest during Cooperative mode.The second variant is a male and has distinctly cleaner blades. Its head is obscured by bars that appear to be growing from its shoulders to form a protective cage, these bars making it impossible to perform a headshot on the creature. This variant appears to have been the original Faster developed for the game, but was eventually replaced by the first variant. The second appears to have only been put in as a reference, or a means of providing variety.
It is worth noting that there is an unused animation in the model files where the second Faster variant kills an older version of Simon's model, piercing Simon's throat with one blade before impaling him with the other and throwing him to the ground. This is likely during a time in development when an animation was meant to be played when a monster killed the player.
- "Faster" is the Swedish word for "aunt"