[[folder: The Locke Children]]

!!'''Tyler Locke'''

The oldest of the Locke children, Tyler does his best to be the man of the house, but is still haunted by Sam Lesser's words.

* TheAtoner: The quote at the top of the main page torments him constantly.
* BookDumb: Though he struggles at schoolwork, Tyler is by far the most cunning of his siblings. He is pretty fast at thinking on his feet, [[spoiler: manages to piece together that Zack, Dodge and the Dark Lady are one and the same, and creates a very safe hiding place for the Omega Key: inside his own head]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* GentleGiant: The Giant-ness seems to be something he inherited from his father, who is also built like a truck. [[ItRunsInTheFamily Runs in the Family]], perhaps. Eventually [[spoiler: the giant part became literal, but he wasn't too gentle.]]
* GenreSavvy: Especially obvious when he gives an irrefutable and logical explanation as to why Kinsey can't be trusted with secrets.
%%* HeroesWantRedheads
* {{Hypocrite}}: In a minor way. He constantly gets on the others to be more careful about using the keys and keeping secrets, but he's barely any better about it for most of the first 4 volumes.
* IdiotBall: Sure, go ahead and tell everyone about the magical key that can unlock people's minds... I'm sure nothing bad's going to come out of ''that'' one. Lampshaded by Kinsey.
* InstantExpert: Subverted. Turns out simply absorbing the contents of a textbook doesn't help much in actually understanding it enough to write a paper on the subject.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Subverted. He bears a great resemblance to young Rendell, and has a similar taste in women based on his relationship with Jordan. But the final arc of the series is centred around how Tyler has been taught by his father's mistakes and matured into a better man.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Gets a pair of glasses that, according to Kinsey, make him look smart. He comments they do serve a purpose, as they help with his reading.

!!'''Kinsey Locke'''
The middle Locke child. Tired of being sad and afraid, Kinsey used the Head Key to totally remove her sense of fear and sadness, making her brave to the point of recklessness.

%%* AnimeHair
* BadassBoast: Her various "I'm not afraid to ___" statements, but ''especially'' [[spoiler:"I'm not afraid to kill you"]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Completely removing your fears and sadness turns out to have some negative effects on your social life.
* BrokenBird: Averted, but she strayed very close to it early on.
* FireForgedFriends: With Scot, Jackie and Jamal after they all almost drown together.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jackie.
* ImportantHaircut: Changing her haircut from a conventional style to a short cut with a braid and green stripe marks when she starts bouncing back from her father's death.
* TookALevelInBadass: After removing her fears, although it led to some unforeseen consequences.
* PluckyGirl: Actually ''enforced.'' She doesn't get scared or sad because she literally ''can't''. Deconstructed in that this also means that she lacks the benefits of fears and sadness, such as truly empathizing with others' negative emotions, and avoiding dangers.

!!'''Bode Locke'''
The youngest of the Locke family. Has a knack for finding keys. Or maybe they're finding him?

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: A mild version, as he is a very active child with two teenage siblings going through emotional turmoil.
%%* CheerfulChild
* ChildrenAreInnocent: As the youngest and purest of the Locke children, the keys' magic means that they are revealed to him first. [[spoiler: As soon as Dodge possesses him, the keys start revealing themselves to the next candidates of Tyler and Kinsey.]]
%%* CloudCuckooLander
%%* CuriousAsAMonkey
%%* DeliberatelyCuteChild
* GenerationXerox: His relationship with Tyler is extremely similar to Duncan's with Rendell.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Has been kicked out of his body, which has been inhabited by Dodge, and turned into a ghost no one can see.]]
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: What his teacher thinks of his art. Of course, she didn't know everything there was true.
* OneOfUs: In-universe. He's a ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes fan.
%%* PuppyDogEyes

[[folder: The Rest of the Locke Family]]

!!'''Rendell Locke'''
The father of the Locke family, Rendell is killed by Sam Lesser (under the orders of Dodge) at the very beginning of the series.

* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Defied. After the Mending Key fixes her broken dishes, Nina tries to use it on his ashes. It doesn't work, although his soul does become linked to the cabinet. Later Tyler brings Rendell back as an echo in the wellhouse to say goodbye.]]
* BrokenAce: [[spoiler: He was a cool kid at high school, but his arrogance ended up leaving his friends dead or worse.]]
%%* CoolTeacher
%%* DeathByOriginStory
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Father]]: As an adult he just has Tyler's chin, but when we see his teen self he's pretty much just Tyler with a different haircut. Arguably this is a smart choice, as much of Tyler's arc is filling in his father's shoes.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Like all adults Rendell forgot the magic of the keys soon after graduating. He can only half-remember when drunk.
* PosthumousCharacter: It becomes increasingly clear that Rendell is just as important a character in the series as his children.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Opening the Black Door was ''his'' idea.]]

!!'''Nina Locke'''
The mother of the Locke family. Has been hitting the bottle ever since her husband died and she was raped on the same day. She knew Rendell since they went to college together.

%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* BrokenBird
* DrowningMySorrows: '''Constantly.''' As of the end of ''Keys to the Kingdom,'' she's trying to quit, though.
** Horribly, forcibly invoked during ''Omega'', where she's [[spoiler:pretty horrifically force-fed several bottles of wine and worse by something that, to her, appears to be her own son. Comes with an extra, horrid sting when Kinsey discovers her and the state she's in and doesn't care, simply thinking her mother's fallen off the wagon big-style]].
%%* {{Muggle}}
* RapeAsDrama: It's only mentioned explicitly once, by Kinsey. Other than that it is just horribly suggested.
* WeirdnessCensor: Like nearly all adults, she has one that keeps her from recognizing the effects of the keys. [[spoiler:However, when she has too much to drink, she recognizes and tries experimenting with one key. When she becomes drunk again later she remembers her experiments]].

!!'''Duncan Locke'''
Rendell's brother, Duncan helps take care of the Lockes with their father gone.

* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Duncan forgot the magic of the keys as he grew up like all adults. However he can temporarily remember parts of it when exposed to obvious magic, such as [[spoiler: Dodge or the living shadows]].
* StraightGay: Though it's implied he might not always be; he suggests they go to a club (as opposed to a bar) that is known to play Cher (though this may be because he [[spoiler: correctly]] thought the club might be safer).
** However as a kid, he liked to become a girl [[spoiler: by using the gender key]].
* TapOnTheHead: Gets knocked out pretty easily. A beer bottle is one thing, but a plastic gas can?
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: It was actually his fault that Dodge got possessed.]]

[[folder: Friends of the Locke Children]]

!!'''Rufus Whedon'''
Ellie Whedon's son and Bode's friend. Has some sort of mental disability[[note]]Seems too articulate to be retarded, but too imaginative to be autistic.[[/note]], which makes him immune to some of the key's effects.

%%* AmbiguousDisorder
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Grabs Bode!Dodge, takes the Wellhouse Key and throws Dodge through the door, effectively killing him]]
%%* CloudCuckooLander
* DisabilityImmunity: His condition makes him immune to the Head Key.
* DisabilitySuperpower: It also makes him able to talk to ghosts. Of course, writing about mentally handicapped people with extrasensory power might run in [[Creator/StephenKing Joe Hill's family]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Most of the time he expresses himself through his action figures, referring to himself as "the kid.'' He does seem to know that it's pretend, though.
* UnstoppableRage: His reaction to learning that [[spoiler:his mother's killer Dodge is alive and inhabiting Bode's body?]] Immediately try to strangle him.
* UrineTrouble: Still wets the bed.

!!'''Jackie Veda'''

Kinsey's best friend, although Kinsey's social problems due to her head tampering may have driven her off.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Could possibly be Indian, given that Veda is an Indian name, and the mural in her home (we see it when Kinsey picks her up to go running with her new hairdo) depicts a woman in traditional Indian garb (presumably her mother) sitting with a man and a young child (her father and her).
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: She loves Scot who loves Kinsey and ''oh''...
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Has been possessed by one of the parasites]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: With Scot]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Dies after the Alpha Key is used to remove the demon]]
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kinsey.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* OnlySaneMan: Generally comes off as the most level headed of the group.

!!'''Jamal Saturday'''

One of Kinsey's friends.

%%* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BlackBestFriend: Subverted, this is one of his major complaints with Scot, who is otherwise his best friend.
* CoolLoser: Hanging out with him and Scot is "social suicide", but it's never made clear why.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: His dad died in Afghanistan.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Scot.

!!'''Scot Kavanaugh'''

One of Kinsey's friends. Has a British punk jokester thing going on.

* CoolLoser: Hanging out with him and Jamal is "social suicide", but it's never made clear why.
%%* CoolShades
* CrazyAwesome: When he removes his sanity using the Head Key, he strips naked in his school's quad and recites Byron.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Has been possessed by one of the parasites]]
%%* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: With Jackie]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Dies after the Alpha Key is used to remove the demon]]
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jamal.
%%* HopelessSuitor
%%* KilledOffForReal
%%* TheQuincyPunk

[[folder: Friends and Associates of the Entire Locke Family]]

!!'''Brian Rogan'''

Duncan's boyfriend.

* BuryYourGays: Toyed with. [[spoiler:At the end of Head Games when he's run over, but is later revealed to be in a coma, which he eventually wakes up from to deliver important plot-relevant information.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* HotBloodedSideburns
* ManlyGay: Though he's a bit on the portly side.
* NiceGuy: He treats Tyler basically like his own nephew.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted. We don't know his exact age but he's no spring chicken.
* StraightGay: He doesn't want to go to a club with Duncan, but to a local bar so he can watch the game.

!!'''Detective Mutuku'''

A local police detective who helps out the Lockes. Seems to have a bit of a thing for Nina.

* ChekhovsGun:
** Played with. He mentions to Nina at one point that his mother enrolled him in fencing classes because she had a dream that one day he would need to defend himself with a sword. [[spoiler:However, when Dodge attacks him with a rapier, Mutuku just starts knocking him around with a rolling pin while lecturing him about how this isn't a fencing match.]]
** And of course, knowing ''how to defend against'' someone who is using a sword certainly came in handy.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Unceremoniously impaled by a shadow.]]
* DualWielding: Kitchen knife AND rolling pin.
* GreatDetective: Or at least a competent and damned dogged one.
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
%%* ImprovisedWeapon
%%* KilledOffForReal

[[folder: Rendell and Nina's Old Circle of Friends]]

!!'''Ellie Whedon'''

The track coach at the Locke's high school. Was one of Rendell's original circle back in 1988, [[spoiler: and the one who started the whole mess over again.]]

* AbusiveParents: Her mother is a major one.
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Accidentally destroys the echo of Rendell's mother when she pushes her out of the wellhouse trying to defend Dodge.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Her experiences as a teen, and the breaking just continued due to her mother as an adult.
* HotGuyUglyWife: Her relationship with Dodge was commented on a few times as this.
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
%%* LovableJock: As a student.
* {{Matricide}}: Attempted. In a flashback she comes very close to pushing [[EvilOldFolks her mother]] off a cliff after she put a cigarette out on Rufus' neck, but can't go through with it. [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Dodge had no such hesitation, however]].

!!'''Erin Voss'''

Formerly one of Rendell's circle, she is now a mental patient after [[spoiler: Dodge completely emptied out her mind with the Head Key while searching for the whereabouts of the Omega Key. Used to be in love with Rendell.]]

%%* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Not her exactly, but her still alive memories distract Dodge long enough to knock the Crown of Shadows off him.]]
%%* EmptyShell
%%* FateWorseThanDeath
* LockedIntoStrangeness:[[spoiler:The trauma of having her head emptied out turned her hair white.]]

!!'''Joe Ridgeway'''

Drama teacher at the high school, Joe was the director for the school's legendary production of ''Theatre/TheTempest'' starring Dodge's circle in 1988. He recognizes Dodge when he sees him again, which doesn't work out too well for him.

%%* CoolOldGuy
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler: He dies leaping out of the bathtub hitting Dodge with a rocks glass while quoting Shakespeare. Not a bad way to go.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: He dreams that he's reunited with his wife, both young and beautiful, at the bottom of the river on the glorious summer day she almost drowned.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He smokes a pipe, of course he's a good guy.
%%* KilledMidSentence
* {{Irony}}: He is teaching Kinsey's class Hamlet, while at the same time he is paralyzed with inaction when he sees the ghost of Dodge. He later comments upon the irony.

[[folder: Antagonists]]

!!'''Dodge, aka Zack Wells'''
The main villain of the story, Dodge seeks to [[spoiler: open the Black Door]]. He almost did it in 1988, and doesn't intend to fail this time.

%%* AttractiveBentGender
* BackFromTheDead: Sort of. [[spoiler: He is actually a living echo of his former self. As one point his corpse can be seen at the bottom of the Drowning Cave.]]
%%* BigBad
%%* BigBadFriend
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Has a ...[[EldritchAbomination *thing*]] lodged in his soul (if some lines in Clockworks #1 are to be taken seriously, it may be one of the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Thousand Young]]) that guides his actions. Comments by Sam Lesser indicate that the parasite has completely taken over and simply retains Dodge's memories and personality, ala a Creator/JossWhedon vampire.]]
%%* DevilInPlainSight
* FauxAffablyEvil: Knows how to say all the right things, but there is an absolutely vicious, ruthless bastard hiding underneath it.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Continually wowed and confused by modern technology, since the last computer he owned was a Commodore 64. [[VillainsBlendInBetter All things considered he adapts fairly well]], and thinks that modern technology kicks the crap out of what he was used to in the 80s. Justified - possessed or not, he's only 18, an age where learning and picking up new ideas and concepts is very easy to do.
%%* GenderBender: Oh, Gender Key.
* HellishPupils: Sometimes [[spoiler: when the parasite is pissed]]. Notice that when Dodge sports them, he tend to be a lot more vicious and violent than usual.
%%* HumanoidAbomination
* HybridMonster: [[spoiler: Dodge is both a living echo and possessed by a demon.]]
* InstantExpert: He is so good at fencing because he used the Head Key to absorb a VHS tape of the fencing masters.
* JabbaTableManners: Displays some shortly after [[spoiler: getting possessed, when the parasite is still getting used to new human sensations.]]
* TheLancer: Was this to Rendell before [[spoiler:the demon possessed him]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Even when he ''isn't'' using the Head Key!
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Knowing that they can't do anything about the demon and not wanting to kill their friend, Rendell's circle instead use the Head Key to rob him of all his memories of the last three years; the demon is still there but doesn't know about the keys or the Black Door.]] Ellie [[InvokedTrope explicitly compares this to rape]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Has this reaction when Tyler frees his soul from the parasite.]]
%%* NeckSnap: Fond of it.
%%* OurMonstersAreDifferent
%%* PrettyBoy
* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:The thing controlling Dodge's body.]]
%%* SealedEvilInACan
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler:StringyHairedGhostGirl? [[SealedEvilInACan Trapped in a well?]] Actually male? [[TheRing Sounds familiar]]...]]
* SmugSnake: He underestimates Tyler's intelligence repeatedly.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Without the [[spoiler:PuppeteerParasite]], Dodge was actually a pretty cool guy.
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler:If he passes through the door to the wellhouse...Poof.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Fond of stabby things, and uses both knives and a sharpened rapier to deadly effect.
%%* WouldHurtAChild: Enthusiastically.

!!'''Sam Lesser'''
A mentally unbalanced classmate of Tyler's, Sam was used by Dodge to kill Rendell Locke.

%%* AbusiveParents
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: As a ghost, he realizes his manipulations by Dodge and attempts to kill him. He fails and is tricked by Dodge into being killed by Kinsey in Zack's body, but the information that he passes onto Rufus leads to Dodge's ultimate undoing.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: For about a minute before Kinsey re-kills him.]]
%%* BrokenBad
* ChainsawGood: Forms an astral chainsaw at one point.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Attempted and failed.]]
* TheDragon: To Dodge in ''Welcome to Lovecraft.''
* EmptyShell: According to Dodge, this is what allowed him to contact Sam; an echo's voice can reach anywhere hollow, like caves, wells and Sam's soul.
%%* FreudianExcuse
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Gets one when Tyler bashes his face in with a brick (he gets better) and one [[spoiler: in Dodge's body when Kinsey beats him to death with an ice skate (he doesn't).]]
%%* {{Gonk}}
* TheSociopath: Dodge heavily implies he is such. Some of his behaviour implies that he is just severely mentally disturbed instead.
%%* TeensAreMonsters

!!'''Al Grubb'''

A friend of Sam's, Al helps him murder Rendell.

%%* AnAxeToGrind
%%* BaldOfEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: "Now where'd I leave my hatchet?"
* TheSociopath: Probably the only wholly evil human character who appears in the whole series. He's just a depraved rapist.
* TeensAreMonsters: Unlike Sam, he's neither crazy or being strung along by an evil spirit. He probably just tagged along for the chance to [[spoiler: rape Nina.]]


An obnoxious orderly at the local booby-hatch, Dodge uses him to find Erin Voss.

%%* DeathByRacism
%%* FatBastard
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Of the ironic variety. In one scene, he and a co-worker discuss who would win; [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] or [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface.]] Parsons insists that strength and weight are the only things that matter in a fight, and he'd make quick work of any skinny guy with knives. [[spoiler: [[{{Bishounen}} Dodge]] later shows up with knives and dispatches him effortlessly.]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* OrderliesAreCreeps
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness