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     Notable Protagonists 

Billy Deep

The protagonist of "Deep Trouble." Billy is a budding undersea explorer on vacation with his uncle, Dr. Deep, and his sister, Sheena. On the trip, he encounters a mermaid who he saves from kidnappers, and later goes on to have many more undersea adventures.

  • Adorkable: His constant optimism and awkward attempts at befriending the mermaid definitely fall under this.
  • Asian and Nerdy: According to the Horrorland spinoffs, he's asian american.
  • Badass Adorable: Well, "Badass" would be a stretch, but he can still be pretty brave when push comes to shove.
  • The Atoner: He spends the second half of "Deep Trouble" trying to make up for getting the Mermaid captured.
  • Badass Family: He, his sister, and uncle deal with sea based threats on a regular basis.
  • Break the Cutie: Doesn't last long, though.
  • Character Development: He's introduced as an arrogant, hot-headed glory hound, but by the end of the book, he's a much more selfless individual, willing to risk his life to save his new friend.
  • Cheerful Child: Oh,yes. This is what sets him apart from his predecessors.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: By "Creep from the Deep", he's definitely earned this title.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In the book's first few paragraphs, he criticizes Sheena for not opening her mind to concepts like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He makes fast friends with the mermaid, and claims that when he's a famous undersea explorer, he's going to give the creatures he encounters pet names. H also shows remorse about feeding a school of guppies to Dr. D's pet eel.
  • Fearless Fool: Not entirely fearless, but when his uncle warns him about sharks in the reef, he replies, "Sharks! Wow!" Later on, he rushes headfirst into a gang of thugs trying to kidnap the mermaid.
  • Hot-Blooded: See above.
  • Straw Loser: Averted. Billy avoids most of the characteristics that the other protagonists have.

Carly-Beth Caldwell

The main character of The Haunted Mask, a tormented and meek young woman who acquires a cursed Halloween mask which attempts to take over and turn her into a destructive monster.

  • Butt Monkey: She grows out of it.
  • The Bus Came Back: She's the only protagonist confirmed to appear in the upcoming movie. Unfortunately, it's as the mask's host.
  • Evil Feels Good: After putting on the mask.
  • Only Sane Girl: In the Horrorland series, she soon becomes the most levelheaded member of the group.
  • Threshold Guardian: In Scream Of The Haunted Mask, she hides the mask in her basement to keep it from menacing anyone else.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Grows much more brave and tough from the Halloween she spent with the mask.

Evan, Andy, and Trigger

The main characters of Monster Blood.

  • Straw Loser: Evan is one of the biggest ones in the whole series. He can not catch a break.

Lizzy and Luke Morris

The main characters of One Day In Horrorland

  • Cassandra Truth: Most of the Very Special Guests are not entirely trustworthy of the Morris siblings because they think they might be spies for the Horrors. It turns out however that of course Lizzy and Luke are the trustworthy ones. The twins Jillian and Jackson were unwittingly acting as The Mole for the Menace and attempted to make the Morrises as The Scapegoat. Lizzie realizes they've been trying to fool everyone when she catches Jillian lying.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Luke's the foolish one, Lizzy's the responsible one.
  • The Leaders: Of the Very Special Guests in the last two books in the Horrorland series, due to their prior knowledge of the theme park.
  • Older and Wiser: Although they're only a year older in the HorrorLand series, they return to Horrorland to help out the rest of the kids escape.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Luke has shades of this in Return to Horrorland since he seems too eager to try out the rides at Horrorland despite the fact that he knows they are potentially lethal and that the Horrors tried to kill him and his family the last time they were there.

     Villains and Monsters 

Dark Falls Residents

The undead inhabitants of a remote town who lure new residents there to eat them.

  • Affably Evil: You wouldn't be able to tell their true nature until it's too late.
  • Anti-Villain: They feast on living beings to sustain their town's existence.
  • Almighty Janitor: Compton Dawes, Dark Falls' mild mannered real estate agent, is not only a bloodsucking mutant, but he's also the most responsible for keeping the town alive.

Della Raver

Once a normal young girl staying at "Camp Cold Lake", Della grew tired of the constant safety rules and became homesick. She attempted to swim across the lake to leave camp, but she drowned. Now her lonely spirit roams the camp, desperate for a buddy to take her to the afterlife. She actually tried to leave by going through the woods, but was bitten by a rattlesnake. She made Sarah Maas think she drowned as part of a ploy to lure her into the woods and kill her there.

  • Anti-Villain: A little girl who is willing to do anything to make a friend, even murder.
  • And I Must Scream: Her ghost spent years wandering the camp, unable to leave the mortal plane.
  • Ax-Crazy: Veers more and more into this after Sarah rejects her, even trying at one point to run her down with a motorboat.
  • Broken Bird: Being trapped for years in a place you hate and getting rejected by those you want as friends will really do that.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: When she's not trying to stalk and kill you, she's actually rather friendly, giving Sarah a coat when she was cold.
  • Cute and Psycho: See above.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Sarah makes her refusal clear, Della wails in misery and sinks into the ground.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Pulls off a vicious gambit where she makes Sarah terrified of the water by pretending to have drowned, so that she can find her when she least suspects it.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: More specifically, she wants a "buddy" to join her in the afterlife.
  • Tragic Villain: Unlike many other antagonists, Della clearly resents being a monster and will do anything to escape it.

Dr. Brewer

A botanist/father who spent hours in his basement trying to create new forms of plant life. These experiments caused him some...unsettling changes.

  • The Atoner: By the end of the book, he gives up his horrible experiments and tries hard to make up to his family. Or so it seems.
  • Body Horror: His mutation into a plant creature. And lets not even talk about the the things he grows in the basement...
  • Creepy Basement: His lab. The book is called "Stay Out Of the Basement" for a reason.
  • Cloning Blues: His clone held him hostage in a basement for weeks and tried to take over his life.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: To his boss for firing him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his kids, Margaret and Casey.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Disposes of his clone by chopping him in half. Even worse, he did it in full view of his children.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Subverted. He's not really evil, just stubborn and willing to ignore certain morals.
  • Genetic Memory: His clone went rogue because of this-since he was a near perfect copy of the original, he had all of that man's memories.
  • Humanity Ensues: What made him think turning plants into humans was a good idea?
  • Kill and Replace: His clone was presumably planning this, both for him and the rest of his family.
  • LEGO Genetics: Apparently,combining plant and human DNA only took him a few weeks.
  • Mad Scientist: His freakish experiments with plant matter are what causes the book's conflict.
  • Nice Hat: An LA Dodgers cap, which covers the leaves on his scalp.
  • Plant Person: He spent hours in his basement trying to create these. Unfortunately for his family, he succeeded.
  • The Workaholic: Spends hours in his basement trying to perfect his experiments and ends up sorely regretting it.

Haunted Mask

A living halloween mask, one of several created by a scientist.

  • Ascended Extra: In the book The Haunted Mask II, the Mask wasn't featured at all. In the television adaption, the Mask is added to the plot as the main villain, possessing the shopkeeper and turning Steve into his minion for the sake of getting to Carly Beth and possessing her again.
  • Back from the Dead: In the television adaption of The Haunted Mask II.
  • Creepy Child: Its hosts are always children, and it seems to possess a rather immature mentality. The version in The Movie will be portrayed by an up and coming child actress.
  • Demonic Possession: Happens gradually to its unlucky host.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The only way to remove it is with a "symbol of love."
  • Evil Is Petty: Aside from gaining a proper host, it's only other goal seems to be terrifying others for respect.
  • Freudian Excuse: It was kept in a basement for years by its creator as a failed experiment, which probably led to it developing evil tendencies.
  • Grand Theft Me: It does this slowly to Carly-Beth, and surprisingly quickly to the Shopkeeper. Judging by Carly's appearance in the movie, it seems it succeeded.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Constantly looking for a host that will accept it.
  • Large Ham: Has plenty of moments of this in the second half of the episode The Haunted Mask II.
  • Latex Perfection: It's actually synthetic flesh.
  • Tortured Monster: It's mainly motivated by anger and self-loathing from being "unloved."
  • Worthy Opponent: As of "Scream of the Haunted Mask", it seems to regard Carly-Beth as its favorite host.

Lord High Executioner

A nightmare from the Middle ages, this man is a court executioner who will let nothing stand in the way of his victims...not even time and space.

  • Affably Evil: He isn't above throwing money to peasants for helping him.
  • An Axe to Grind: Though he doesn't carry it unless he's preparing for an execution.
  • Badass Normal: Doesn't have any supernatural powers, but is vicious enough to intimidate the local wizard.

Masked Mutant

A comic book supervillain with the power to shapeshift, the Masked Mutant travelled to our world where he met his biggest fan...and tried to kill him.

  • Actually a Doombot: The Mutant encountered by Skipper and the Galloping Gazelle is actually a henchman with similar shape-shifting abilities. He's killed by the real deal.
  • Apologetic Attacker: As evil as he is, he does apologize to Skipper before attempting to kill him, as if he feels he has no choice.
  • Bad Ass: The reason he targeted Skipper in the first place was because he got bored with fighting superhumans.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He knows full well he's in a comic book, and therefore doesn't believe his actions are going to have any moral impact.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A very self-aware example. He repeatedly boasts about being a supervillain.
  • Cool Mask: It makes him look like a demonic [[Franchise/Batman.]]
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He has no trouble manipulating Skipper into his clutches. Unfortunately, he isn't savvy enough to avoid the boy's winning move.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Hands up, who guessed Libby was the villain?
  • Evil Redhead: As "Libby", his human guise.
  • For the Evulz: The reason why he kills his henchman.
  • Genius Bruiser: A ruthless combatant and cunning manipulator who employs some pretty complicated gadgetry.
  • Hollywood Acid: Morphs into a large wave of this to kill Skipper. It doesn't work.
  • Humanoid Abomination: We are never told exactly what he is, but he's far from human.
  • Invisibility Cloak: His lair employs this to keep away enemies, as well as to lure a curious Skipper into his trap.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of Molecule Man, who was apparently just as Ax-Crazy and cruel as his boss.
  • Noodle Incident: No explanation is ever given for how he came to the real world.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Toward Skipper. His insane logic is that since this kid knows everything about him while the heroes of his world are complete idiots, he'll make a perfect opponent. Surprisingly enough,he was right.
  • Pop Cultured Badass: In his "Libby" persona, he has his own collection of comics.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The whole point of his existence is to be the perfect villain for his target audience. Then again, he seems to really enjoy his job.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Tries to gain Skipper's trust in the form of an attractive young girl named Libby. Thankfully, this remains strictly platonic.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: A towering figure with a purple mask and cape. However, we never see him unmasked, and it's not even clear if this is his true form.

Mr. Mortman

The librarian of Dark Falls and the main antagonist of The Girl Who Cried Monster. Although he looks like a normal, albeit slightly overweight, human, Mortman is actually a monster who eats insects, reptiles, fish... and sometimes people.

  • Bald of Evil: He's described as having male-pattern baldness, and appears this way in the TV episode as well.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Although the actual book never mentions him wearing glasses, the cover art shows him with a pair, and the TV episode followed its example.
  • Horror Hunger: Eats a whole lot of really nasty things.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Although he seems to prefer eating turtles and flies, Mortman will eat a human (such as snooping kids).
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can turn into a monster seemingly at will.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He can be stopped in his tracks by knocking the card catalog into disarray. This appears to be a nod to the famed obsessive-compulsive behavior of vampires re: seeds.

Monster Blood

A mass of growing goo and monster of the "Monster Blood" series.

  • G-Rated Drug: Although it's not treated like one, a formula that causes massive growth would probably be the ultimate performance enhancer.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: This is to be expected, since it's a mindless lifeform, but it's creator, Sarabeth, is a more straightforward example. Other than wanting to keep Evan's aunt as a slave, she has no personality or motivation whatsoever, and is simply in the story to provide an explanation for the ever growing slime.

Slappy

Voiced by: Annick Obonsawin (Television Series)

The Big Bad of the "Night Of The Living Dummy" series of books and currently the one reoccurring character to appear in the most books.

  • Ascended Extra: Didn't come to life until the very end of Night of the Living Dummy, after the heroes destroyed the main antagonist, Mr. Wood. The sequels obviously focus on Slappy, though he occasionally shares the spotlight with other dummies.
  • Big Bad: Of his mini-series.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Movie will have him somehow unleash an army of villains from the books, including Priestess Nila, Count Nightwing, and Sarabeth.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He may be the face of the franchise, but Slappy is actually a small fry compared to other, more powerful antagonists. His plans are usually thwarted by other dummmies, and in the "Horrorland" series, he's just another minion of the Menace. While he does kickstart the events of the movie, it's unlikely the other villains will take orders from him.
  • Bad Boss: The way he treats his intended "slaves" should say enough, but he also acts this way to Rocky.
  • Breakout Villain: Arguably the most well known villain of the series.
  • Hypocritical Humor: This:
    Slappy: Wrapping a kid in the drapes is something I would do just for fun. But Stella? She's totally unbalanced. She's sick!
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: His interactions with his female owners are pretty disturbing to read as an adult.
  • Laughably Evil: He's still a prick, but he's much more playful and mischievous than outright sadistic.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Besides being a raging misogynist, he also mocks people's weight and age. At least he avoids racism.
  • Villain Protagonist: Slappy's Nightmare is told from his perspective. Stine makes him slightly more sympathetic by pairing him with an even worse antagonist.

Uncle Al

  • A Father to His Men: Zigzagged. He seems pretty warm and friendly before revealing a much more dark and cruel side. In the end, though, he was doing it all for the good of his campers.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He doesn't even hire a nurse at his camp because he doesn't believe in "pampering" his boys.
  • Human Alien: Revealed to be this in the twist(along with everyone else at the camp).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's actually a nice guy who wants to ensure his campers' success, it's just that his methods are extremely dangerous and unethical.

The Beasts

A race of ferocious bear/possum hybrids who play a bizarre game with their victims to choose who gets eaten.

Karl Knave

The sinister mayor of Karlsville from the three-part "Chillogy" episode.
  • Canon Foreigner: His story is completely exclusive to the TV series.
  • Corrupt Politician: Subverted. He's officially the "mayor" of Karlsville and extremely evil, but he never actually does any politicking.
  • Expy: Of The Joker. Monstrous, malicious prankster in a bad purple suit who kills people by playing lethal games with them to amuse himself.
  • For the Evulz: When Todd asks Karl why he's trying to turn him into a lifeless doll, Karl says that he just needed a hobby.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He orders the townspeople to cook Jessica for him after he turns her into a pig girl.
  • Karma Houdini: He escapes the destruction of Karlsville unharmed and can't believe his luck.
  • Laughably Evil: His idea of fun is to torment and kill kids with deadly pranks.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: As Todd screams for help, he tells him "Scream all you want my young boy, it's music to my ears."
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Jessica into pursuing her greed, then blames her for the flaw he himself set her up to pursue, and turns her into a pig.
  • Reality Warper: In Karlsville his powers have almost no limits. He transforms Jessica into a pig girl, materializes minions out of thin air, and controls even the weather in the city. Fitting, since he's basically an evil Looney Tunes character.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He only seems to target children, trying to kill one in every episode.

     Other Characters 

Dr. Deep

Billy and Sheena's uncle, he's a marine biologist who discovers all sorts of strange phenomena that endanger him, his niece, and nephew.

  • Distressed Dude: Billy and Sheena always have to save him from whatever menace he's disturbed. One wonders how he's able to survive without them.
  • Heel Realization: After the fight to save the Mermaid from the crooks, he still seems to be thinking of capturing her. When the zoo workers arrive, though, he tears up their reward money.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Attempts to reason with his treacherous assistant Alexander, even after the latter tried to kill him and the kids earlier that night.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's useless in dangerous situations, but he does try his best to keep the children from danger.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: No, Dr. Deep, selling a freaking Mermaid to a children's zoo isn't a good idea.

The Shopkeeper

The owner of a mask shop in The Haunted Mask. Also appears briefly in The Haunted Mask II. He creates masks of living flesh to conceal his own deformities (see All There in the Manual below) but they always become corrupted and ugly, forcing him to keep making new ones. In the Goosebumps TV series, he's played by Canadian actor Colin Fox.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the TV episode of The Haunted Mask II he has a greatly expanded role, wherein he gets taken over by the original Haunted Mask.
  • All There in the Manual: His backstory is provided in the Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book, wherein it's revealed he was injured in a high school chemistry accident, leading him to begin creating the masks.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Although, as noted above, he is given an official backstory in the "Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book", his origins and exact motivations for creating the masks are never explicitly stated in either the books or the episodes. Furthermore, the Goosebumps Wiki states that he was born ugly/deformed (as opposed to becoming so via an injury). It's really rather unclear what his actual past is.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Shopkeeper's real name is never revealed (not even in the backstory described above).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his all-black attire and generally slightly threatening manner, he isn't that bad of a guy, just sort of moody and depressed.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: His experiments to regain his looks could not have gone worse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the TV episode. Although grumpy and moody, he still tells Carly Beth how to remove the mask, out of sympathy for her plight.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: The pioneering this guy did in growing artificial, lifelike faces would have ended disfigurement, had he taken the time to publish his discoveries.
  • Mad Scientist: Quite possible with this guy. If not mad, then at the very least eccentric.

Alexander DuBrow

Dr. Deep's assistant. A nice guy, but a terrible cook. After his boss captures the mermaid, Alexander decides to steal it for himself and make a fortune. He's last seen under attack by the creature's vengeful family.

  • Asshole Victim: He was willing to murder children just to strike it rich. Needless to say, no one's complaining when the mermaids drag him to his doom.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: He's described with "wavy blond hair" and crinkling blue eyes.

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