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[[folder: The Locke Children]]

!!'''Tyler Locke'''
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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 is pretty fast at thinking on his feet, and [[spoiler: manages to piece together that Dodge and the Dark Lady are one and the same]].
* 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.
* 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'''
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The second youngest of the Locke children. 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''.

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

* CheerfulChild
* CloudCuckooLander
* CuriousAsAMonkey
* DeliberatelyCuteChild
* [[spoiler: GrandTheftMe: 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: He's a CalvinAndHobbes fan.
* PuppyDogEyes
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[[folder: The Rest of the Locke Family]]

!!'''Rendell Locke'''
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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.]]
* 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.
* PosthumousCharacter
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Opening the Black Door was ''his'' idea.]]

!!'''Nina Locke'''
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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 high school 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
* 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]].

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

* 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 dress as 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.]]
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[[folder: Friends of the Locke Children]]

!!'''Rufus Whedon'''
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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]].
* KickTheSonofaBitch: [[spoiler: He is the one to permanently kill Dodge by throwing him through the Wellhouse door.]]
* 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''...
* [[spoiler: DemonicPossession: Has been possessed by one of the parasites]]
* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight: With Scot]]
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Dies after the Alpha Key is used to remove the demon]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kinsey.
* [[spoiler: 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
* 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.

* BritishAccents: Or at least, British slang. Jury's out on whether he's actually British or just uses their slang because he thinks it's cool.
** He uses the accent too: he was teaching Bode to speak with one as of "Keys to the Kingdom." Jury's still out on whether it's real or an affectation.
* CoolLoser
* CoolShades
* [[spoiler: DemonicPossession: Has been possessed by one of the parasites]]
* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight: With Jackie]]
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Dies after the Alpha Key is used to remove the demon]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jamal.
* HopelessSuitor
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* TheQuincyPunk
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[[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.
* 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.

* BadAss: [[spoiler:A couple of wounds from a rapier (including a swipe that just missed the eyes and then getting ''impaled'')]] would slow down most people, but Mutuku barely pauses before going into ass kicking mode.
* 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}}
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: Uncermoniously impaled by a shadow.]]
* DualWielding: Kitchen knife AND rolling pin.
* GreatDetective: Or at least a competent and damned dogged one.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* ImprovisedWeapon
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
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[[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.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* LovableJock: As a student.
* [[spoiler: SelfMadeOrphan: Attempted. In a flashback she comes very close to pushing [[EvilOldFolks her mother]] off a cliff after she [[MoralEventHorizon put a cigarette out on Rufus' neck,]] but can't go through with it. [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Dodge had no such hesitation, however]].]]
* HotGuyUglyWife: Her relationship with Dodge was commented on a few times as this.

!!'''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.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He smokes a pipe, of course he's a good guy.
* [[spoiler: KilledMidSentence]]
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[[folder: Antagonists]]

!!'''Dodge, aka Zack Wells'''
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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
* [[spoiler: DemonicPossession: 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 JossWhedon vampire.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* 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
* JabbaTableManners: Displays some shortly after [[spoiler: getting possessed.]]
* 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]].
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Has this reaction when Tyler frees his soul from the parasite.]]
* NeckSnap: Fond of it.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* PrettyBoy
* [[spoiler:PuppeteerParasite: The thing controlling Dodge's body.]]
* SealedEvilInACan
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler:StringyHairedGhostGirl? [[SealedEvilInACan Trapped in a well?]] Actually male? [[TheRing Sounds familiar]]...]]
* 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'''
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A mentally unbalanced classmate of Tyler's, Sam was used by Dodge to kill Rendell Locke.

* AbusiveParents
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner: 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.]]
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: 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
* TeensAreMonsters

!!'''Al Grubb'''

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

* AnAxeToGrind
* BaldOfEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: "Now where'd I leave my hatchet?"
* 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.]]

!!'''Parsons'''

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

* [[spoiler: 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
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]
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