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Jack the Clown
Jack was the first original icon of the event; and arguably the event's most popular and recognized icon. His first appearance was in in the event's 10th year in 2000. The artwork for the event's advertising had his face based on the likeness of former Art & Design member J. Michael Roddy; who served a prime role in the creation of the character.Born as Jack Schmidt in the Shady Brook Asylum in the late 1800's, Jack as an adult became a clown working for Dr. Oddfellow's Carnival of Thrills. Jack was a serial killer who had murdered 13 children, and as the police began to close in on Halloween night in 1920, he attempted to enlist Oddfellow's help in hiding the evidence before showing him where he hid the dead children. Rather than bring down the police on the carnival (as Oddfellow himself was wanted for the deaths of several in a freak circus accident), he killed Jack and hid his body along with those of the children inside the carnival's "House of Horrors" exhibit. Several years later, Oddfellow had the carnival sold off and its assets split between numerous people. 60 years later, sometime around the 1980's, a BBC crew doing a documentary on the great dark rides of America in uncovered the "House of Horrors" and accidentally discovered the corpses inside a giant jack-in-the-box. Around the time of Halloween, the crew was found dead, and the van carrying the corpses disappeared into a swamp.Following that event, numerous urban legend retellings of the tale arised, the legends also stating stories of this clown corpse killing again, in thirst of vengeance against Dr. Oddfellow for his betrayal. The urban legends concluded with the statement that anyone that releases Jack from his oversized jack-in-the-box by turning the crank will receive a "special reward" from the clown himself.In the year 2000, the "House of Horrors" exhibit was recovered and bought by Universal Studios for their annual Halloween event. Knowing of the urban legend, one employee attempted to put the claim of a "special reward" to the test and turned the crank for the infamous box. Jack, now fully unleashed and back from the dead, proceeded to kill the employee; and in celebration of his return, lead a take over of the entire Florida park in order to create a Halloween event that no one would soon forget.It would not be long before Jack made his reappearance at the event, as due to 9/11, the 2001 event was toned down and Jack was made the icon once more, as the originally intended icon was seen as too violent (Eddie Schmidt, originally intended as Edgar Sawyer before being retconned as Jack's brother).Jack returned in the 2004 house Horror Night Nightmares, where for the first time he teamed up with not only with the event's newer icons, but also his brother Eddie (in what was his first actual appearance). He yet again made another appearance in 2005, serving as the barker for a "Rat Run" maze that was used during the event's peak nights. He was back once more for the event's "Sweet 16", having been resurrected a second time along with the other icons by The Lord of Darkness. He was captured and sent to the Shady Brook Asylum, incidentally reuniting him with his birthplace. Over time, his mere presence began to have a noticeable influence on the inmates; to the point that he was able to rally them to riot and break free along with making him their leader.Jack made a comeback once again for 2007 event. Having discovered that Dr. Oddfellow is still alive after all these years and running a new travelling carnival, Jack tracked him down and murdered him, finally achieving his revenge. With Oddfellow dead, Jack took over his carnival, turning it into his own twisted utopia. For his new "Carnival of Carnage", he traveled the world to find the most demented freaks imaginable. He eventually managed to recruit Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface to serve as his main sideshows. Along with that, to assist him personally, he recruited his own personal henchmen; Tiny and Chance, the latter of whom would go on to become his girlfriend.For the event's 20th anniversary in 2010, Jack was made into one of the heralds for the return of the entity known as "Fear", who secretly was behind the happenings of the event all the way from the beginning. As his herald, Jack was the representation of "Chaos". Following the end of Fear's reign, Jack, along with the other heralds were sucked into the entity's lantern, thought to be gone forever.This would turn out not to be the case, however, as he and the other icons were released from the lantern by an unknown source. Following his escape, he started his "Carnival of Carnage" again for the event's 25th year, gathering together his own massive legion of "Maniacs" that included Freddy, Jason, the Walkers, the inhabitants of "The Further", all of his fellow icon "friends", and numerous other characters from the event's past.With official (non-Easter Egg) appearances in houses and scarezones in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2015, Jack has the most appearances of any icon with 8. He's also made hidden appearances in houses in 2003, 2012, 2013 and 2014, giving him a total of 12 appearances over the years of Orlando's event.Jack also appeared at Universal Studios Hollywood's Horror Nights event, but with a completely different backstory (simplified to be a horror movie crazed Shadybook inmate who escaped and was causing trouble on the Universal Studios backlot), but has yet to make another appearance since. He also made his debut at Universal Studios Singapore's HHN in 2014, holding his own house titled Jack's 3-D Dementia, and a live show known as Jack's Nightmare Circus.
- Attention Whore: He loves to soak up the spotlight more than any other character the event has created.
- Bad Boss: Will kill his own minions if they step out of line, even threatening to do such to Chance at one time.
- Badass Longcoat: He's had one since 2007.
- Back from the Dead: Twice. First in 2000, then again in 2006.
- Big Bad: Of the event's 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2015 years.
- Bowdlerise: His violent nature was toned down for 2001's event in reaction to 9/11.
- Breakout Villain: No one in the creative department could have ever predicted that he would become as popular as he did.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's a twisted, blood-thirsty clown, and he won't ever make anyone forget that.
- Catch Phrase: "You don't know Jack!"
- "Jack is back!"
- "No more clowning around!"
- "It's time to think outside of the box!"
- "I always get the last laugh!"
- Circus of Fear: His "Carnival of Carnage".
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Naturally inflicts this on many of his victims, both physical and psychological.
- Comedic Sociopathy: He managed to make several of his kills in the Carnival of Carnage shows quite amusing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of his jokes are delivered this way.
- Death Is Cheap: As mentioned earlier, he's been killed and brought back more than once.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Especially with how he's able to keep a carnival filled with the worst of the worst running without any real interference from the authorities.
- Dissonant Laughter: There are times when he laughs without really anything having happened.
- Domestic Abuse: Implied at times with Chance.
- Drop the Hammer: In 2007's Carnage of Carnage show, he smashes a girl's head to pieces with a giant mallet.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite the occasional abuse he puts Chance through, he does seem to legitimately care about her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In certain showings of 2015's The Carnage Returns show, he would pick on a child in the audience, and when he learns the age of the child, he would turn to the parent and simply remark, "What the SHIT?!?!" (regarding why they would bring someone that young to the event)
- Eviler Than Thou: He considers himself the king of Horror Nights, basically.
- Evil Feels Good: He loves being him.
- Evil Is Hammy: He knows how to take a bite out of the scenery while doing his thing.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Redhead
- Flanderization: He started off as being a mostly dark and scary villain with a bit of a comedic side, though over the years that comedic side has been emphasized greatly.
- For the Evulz: The basic motivation for everything he does.
- Genre Savvy: There's very little that his victims can do that'll surprise him.
- He's Back: His returns to the event are usually treated as a big deal; after all, "Jack is back" is one of his catchphrases.
- The Hyena: Just like any old evil clown, he loves to laugh.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Comes naturally with his jack-in-the-box, which plays a creepier version of "Pop Goes the Weasel".
- Jerkass: Along with being a murderer, he also loves making up the most creative insults to hurl at people around him.
- Large Ham: More or less on the same Joker's levels.
- Laughably Evil: His character has become more and more humorous in his recent appearances.
- Leitmotif: If you hear a creepy instrumental version of "Pop Goes the Weasel", you can usually expect him to be around the corner.
- Light Is Not Good
- Monster Clown: But of course.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: In the finale of the Carnival of Carnage show, he kills Dr. Penetti for attempting to seduce Chance.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Shot Character: After appearing at Hollywood's event in 2007, he never made another appearance.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: During his opening speech in The Carnage Returns:Jack: You've forgotten that I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I AM THE BOOGEYMAN! I. AM. HORROR NIGHTS!!!!
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": As implied earlier, murder is something he finds to really be a laugh riot.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: After he kills Oddfellow and takes his place.
- Sadist: You should've figured that one out already.
- Scary Teeth: Please don't make him smile.
- Serial Killer
- Sidekick: Chance and Tiny.
- Slasher Smile: Just look at any image of him.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His yellow eyes only help to drive home the point that he's undead.
- The Unapologetic: He is who he is.
- Wolverine Publicity: Over all of the other icons for the event.
- Would Hurt a Child: 13, in fact.
Dr. Albert Caine was once a respected surgeon who worked as the caretaker of the Shady Oaks Cemetery in Willamette Valley, Ohio. Converting his Victorian-style mansion into a funeral parlor and mortuary, Caine became obsessed with the concept of the soul, digging up bodies to experiment on. He began tricking homeless people into staying at his mansion so that he could perform live autopsies. He grew more and more insane, performing experiments on fear, pain, and the limits of the human mind. His family held grisly dinner parties with the corpses and his psychotic assistants stole body parts to make into dinner ingredients. One night, some teenagers walking through the graveyard saw the Caines dancing with bodies in their parlor, and they were placed under house arrest. An angry mob of local families burned down the house with the family in it, but the bodies were not recovered.Initially the icon for 2002 was Cindy Bearer, daughter of the mortician Paul Bearer (who made extra money selling human flesh from butcher shops), and the event was based around her demented mind and playthings. A rash of child kidnappings in the area led to Cindy being scrapped (though she would reappear in 2006 as a corpse and later as a full character in 2010), and her father was given the reins to become Dr. Caine. He would appear again in 2003 with a sequel to his famous house, Screamhouse, and again in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2015.A little-known fact is that The Caretaker was also the icon of PortAventura's Halloween event in 2003, before Universal sold their stake in the park. This made him the first icon to be used outside Orlando's event.
- And Show It to You: He performed this during the opening show at Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Buried Alive: Implied with some of his vitcims.
- Catch Phrase: "Your time has come."
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Through his "live autopsies."
- Cool Old Guy
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Creepy Mortician: Could possibly be considered a defining example.
- Crusty Caretaker: Subverted. Despite his appearance, he's very well-spoken and calm.
- Death Seeker: He represents Death at Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Overlooker: An image of the Caretaker menacingly overlooking the Islands of Adventure park was used in both marketing and merchandising in 2002.
- Evil Weapon: The gigantic surgical clamp/claw he uses.
- Evil Wears Black
- Grave Robbing: He and his family would steal the buried corpses from a nearby cemetery for a variety of uses.
- Iconic Item: The aforementioned surgical clamp/claw.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He utilized certain body parts of his victims as dinner ingredients.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: The Caretaker really loves this trope.
- In the commercial for 2002's event, he quietly does the "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe..." tune while picking out which tool he'll use to cut his victim open.
- An unaired commercial for the event in 2002 has him doing the "This little piggy..." tune while looking over his covered up victims.
- Before killing another one of his victims, he does a dark variant of the "Hush, little baby, don't you say a word..." tune.
- Large Ham
- Mad Doctor
- Mad Scientist
- Nightmare Face: Just check out the image on the event's Nightmare Fuel page if you don't believe us.
- Obviously Evil
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: At the end of his Nursery tune: "Daddy says...IT'S. TIME. TO. DIE!!!"
- Sadist: Like with Jack, this one shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
- Serial Killer: A given with all of the lives he's claimed.
- Slasher Smile
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Most of the time, except for sometimes when he's just about to go in for the kill.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: His victims just before he tortures and kills them.
Paulo Ravinski was born in Eastern Europe, occupying his time shooting birds with a BB gun and recording their deaths on film. Inevitably, he became a snuff film director well known throughout the underground circles of Europe, but his first project, The Widow's Eye, was controversial enough to result in him being forced out of his country to flee to America. Paulo was hired in 2003 to direct Halloween Horror Nights, but he turned it into his dream project and began populating the park with real horrors.The Director was the icon for 2003 and would later appear in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2015. He was also chosen by Universal Studios Hollywood (under the name Pavel Pranevsky) in 2006 as the icon for their new Halloween Horror Nights event, which had gone through two short runs in the 90s beforehand. Hollywood slightly changed the character: he was banned from ever setting foot in Universal Studios after executives saw his graphic films, but he took up residence on an abandoned backlot set and took over the park during October. His voice was also changed from a light American accent to a gravelly, indeterminately Eastern European one. The Director (with a different actor) appeared as the Icon for Singapore's inaugural Horror Nights event. He along with Jack are the only two icons to have appeared at all three events.
- Camera Fiend: His camera will come along with him no matter where he goes.
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Crossover: Both of his houses in Halloween Horror Nights XIII and XVI consist of his "cuts" of famous horror films such as The Silence of the Lambs.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Electrified Bathtub: He has done this kill multiple times: first for the HHN 13 commercial, then for "The Arrival" show at Sweet 16, and finally at HHN 25 in the "Icons" scare zone.
- Enforced Method Acting/Fatal Method Acting: This is how he believes real, genuine film is made.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Wears Black
- Large Ham
- Leitmotif: "You Oughta Be in Pictures" (usually the Boswell Sisters version) is the song you'll always hear when he's filming.
- Nightmare Face: His Slasher Smile on the picture above.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Shot Character: At both Hollywood and Singapore's events.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: At Hollywood's event, there was a bit of an inconsistency over how The Director sounded. The Terror Tram along with some of the ads for that year depicted him with an Eastern European accent, while other ads had him with his normal accent.
- Primal Fear: He tapped into this with his Infestation show from 2003, where he would place a glass box over a participant's head and drop in spiders, scorpions, and the like.
- Serial Killer
- Slasher Smile: Just look at the picture!
- The Sociopath: He views the murdering of innocents as a means to an end when it comes to making his films.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: "You Oughta Be in Pictures", as said above.
- Snuff Film: He is an auteur of the genre, as seen in his promotional adverts for Halloween Horror Nights XIII.
- Trouble Entendre: If he should ever ask you to be a part of a "final cut"
- The Un-Smile
Elsa Strict has the least backstory out of all of the icons, to the point where the actresses playing her in 2010 would threaten anyone who asked of her past. What is known is that she was the icon for 2005, with the park transformed into the world of Terra Cruentes from one of her storybooks; in the Lord of the Rings-meets-steampunk world, she appeared only in a house completely unrelated to the world.The Storyteller would reappear in 2006, 2010, and 2015.
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: The Storyteller has no backstory as of this time. She only exists.
- Evil Laugh: She did one in full-force at the end of her mini-show in 2015's Icons - HHN zone.
- Evil Old Lady
- Evil Wears Black
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Greater Scope Villain: She was the one behind everything in 2005's event, being the "storyteller" of it all.
- Leitmotif: "Haunted Nursery", by Midnight Syndicate.
- Obviously Evil
- Starter Villain: In a way. Despite being featured in the promotions for Halloween Horror Nights XV, The Storyteller was only the one through whom the events of HHN XV happened. Although, she did appear in a house of her own.
- Tongue Trauma: If asked of her backstory during Halloween Horror Nights XX, she would threaten to tear the inquirer's tongue out. Also, during The Arrival, a show during Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16, the Storyteller pulled a guy's tongue off, and reprises the act for 2015's "Icons - HHN" scare zone.
Originally Dr. Mary Agana, Mary was a phobia therapist denied funding for her extreme method of immersive therapy: exposing patients to the extreme of their fear to cure them of it. She continued on with her own money in a small office in or near New York City in 1958, but only succeeded in sending two patients to the hospital and causing one to commit suicide. As her own fear of death was subdued by seeing death, she began purposely killing her patients while becoming obsessed with her reflection and mirrors. A private investigator, Boris Shuster, began investigating the disappearing patients and made an appointment with her. On the night of the appointment, Mary was murdered by a patient and ex-con who escaped the electric chair he had been placed in; no body was recovered. Schuster founded the Legendary Truth paranormal research team to investigate various paranormal activity, especially the legend of Bloody Mary, and during an investigation into the destroyed office in 2008 the team disappeared.Bloody Mary was the icon of 2008 and the first icon since the Crypt Keeper in 1995 to be based on an existing character. Her backstory was elaborately told through her journal entries, increasingly deranged sketches, and medical files on the patients, chronicling her descent into murder and madness. Due to legal issues regarding the usage of Bloody Mary in entertainment, she has not been seen since (except for a nurse costume in 2010's Psychoscarepy house based on her doctor appearance).In the 2015 Legendary Truth investigation (which was held during the event's last three nights), it was implied that she may have played a role in freeing the other icons from Fear's lantern.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Jump Scare: Really liked pulling these in the adverts.
- Knight of Cerebus: Perhaps even more then the later icon Fear itself.
- Mirror Monster
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Obviously Evil
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Prophet Eyes
- Psycho Psychologist: She started out as a legitimate phobia therapist until she became obsessed with making her patients face their fears.
- Tempting Fate: People really shouldn't say her name before a mirror...
Julian Browning was an usher at the Universal Palace Theater who was obsessed with film, becoming something of an expert; he was also very strict on following the rules of the theater. During a 1940 re-release of his favorite movie, The Phantom of the Opera, he engaged in a scuffle with a rude patron and his flashlight was thrown through the screen. Going backstage to retrieve it, he became tangled in ropes left over from the theater's stage days and was strangled to death. During the rest of the theater's run, Julian's spirit became the physical image of the theater and its methods of killing patrons who violated various rules.The Usher was the icon in 2009, though he was overshadowed in advertising by The Wolfman (2010), Chucky, and Billy. He is the only HHN icon to not appear in a television advertisement. He reappeared with several other icons in 2010, and again in 2015.
- Anti-Villain: He is one of the few Horror Nights characters that does not kill innocents, rather instead he kills anyone that violates the rules of the theater, such as talking during the movie, using cell phones, being obnoxious in general, and so on.
- Berserk Button: The Usher really hates it when theater rules aren't followed.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Laugh
- Large Ham: He basically makes an entire buffet out of the scenery.
- Leitmotif: The theater intermission song, "Let's All Go to the Lobby".
- Revenge: Represents Vengeance for Halloween Horror Nights XX.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Soundtrack Dissonance: "Let's All Go to the Lobby" certainly does not give off that same cheerful feeling when played in his presence.
- Tongue Trauma: He once ripped out the tongue of one of his victims and stuffed it into his popcorn.
- Tragic Villain
The very embodiment of Fear itself, Fear is Adaru, the Sumerian God of Fear. All prior icons were his puppets: Chaos (Jack), Death (The Caretaker), Sacrifice (The Director), Legend (The Storyteller), and Vengeance (The Usher). Fear was unleashed in 2010 when 20 photographs detailing previous event years were found to have strange burn marks, and when combined accidentally (maybe) unleashed the demon into the world.Fear was the icon for 2010, which was the twentieth anniversary of the event. He was one of the few characters that did not return for the event's 25th year, though one of his lantern-minions did in the Icons - HHN zone, suggesting his influence is still very-much present.
- Big Bad
- Greater Scope Villain: He's responsible for the previous icons in the past events.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Eldritch Abomination
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Well, his name IS "Fear"... note
- Monster Progenitor
- Obviously Evil
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was within the lamp until Legendary Truth released him.
- Ultimate Evil
In a twist on the usual version of the character, Lady Luck is merely the personification of bad luck. She appears whenever a choice is to be made and pushes the victims into making a poor choice, often resulting in their death or ruination. The backstory of every house is tied into luck or the victims making the wrong choice, and the website games to reveal the backstory were activated by picking the same choice that the victims made. Lady Luck returned for the event's 25th year, where she and her minions served as some of many of Jack's "Maniacs" in his new Carnival of Carnage.Lady Luck was the icon for 2011, played by Sallie Glaner in the promotional material.
- Alliterative Name
- Big Bad: She caused all the backstories of the houses within Halloween Horror Nights XXI to occur.
- Big Eater
- Chainsaw Good: She wielded a chainsaw for a very brief time in the 2015 Icons - HHN zone.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Shown torturing a man on a roulette wheel in the adverts.
- Dark Action Girl
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Redhead
- The Gambler
- Green Eyes
- Femme Fatale
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Was disguised as, if not actually being, Queen Isabella of Spain who caused the pain of "The Forsaken" house to occur when she flips a coin for Columbus and a rival captain, leading to the latter and his men to become cursed.
- Jump Scare: Like Bloody Mary, her adverts have featured a lot of these.
- Leitmotif: "Luck be a Lady", by Frank Sinatra.
- Sadist Teacher: In a sense as one of her forms was the college professor of "The In-Between" backstory that offered her student the choice of messing with a relic/dimensional portal, knowing he would do it.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The aforementioned "Luck be a Lady" song.
- Shapeshifting Seducer
- Slasher Smile
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Appears as many forms such as a World War I recruitment poster, a college professor, and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Jack's personal harlequin henchwoman and girlfriend who tends to be almost as psychotic and blood-thirsty as him.She first appeared in the 2007 Carnival of Carnage show, where she, along with Dr. Pennetti and "Tiny" was one Jack's close minions that assisted him in his murders of various patrons. After this, she appeared again with Jack in 2010, having now truly become his girlfriend.Her next appearance would be in 2015 at Jack's new "Carnival of Carnage", where, along with getting a design change, she ascended to full-on The Dragon status over Jack's many "Maniacs". In The Carnage Returns show from that same year, she again helped Jack with his murders, this time having much more involvement in things.It has now been announced that she will be the icon for 2016's event.In all of her media appearances as well as in the two aforementioned shows, she has been portrayed by Erin Nicole Cline.
- Anti-Humor: 2015's show has this little moment when she's talking to one of her victims.Chance: Do you like jokes, Amanda? You're going to love this one! What's funny about knife? NOTHING!
- Subverted in the show's very last performance. (see below)
- Ascended Extra: She started off as being Jack's sidekick in 2007's Carnival of Carnage show, but since then she appeared more frequently throughout the event before becoming 2016's icon.
- Ax-Crazy: As mentioned earlier, she shares Jack's desire for maximum bloodshed.
- Batter Up: She kills a victim in the 2015 show by hitting them in the face with a baseball bat (with nails in it).
- Chainsaw Good: She wielded one towards the climax of the original 2007 show.
- Cute and Psycho: Do not let her high-pitched voice fool you.
- Decapitation Presentation: She finishes one of her victims off by ripping their already-dislodged head right out, which Jack then presents before the audience.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: She has no backstory.
- The Ditz: She has traces of this, especially when in The Carnage Returns she fails to realize that one of her victims won't talk to her because they're already dead.
- Double Subversion: In the final showing of The Carnage Returns (that had an audience composed almost entirely of people that had seen it before), Chance takes her usual "What's funny about a knife?" line into a completely different direction; instead of ending it on an Anti-Humor note, she instead goes off into a tangent where she lists the several things funny about a knife.Chance: Do you like jokes, Amanda? You're going to love this one! What's funny about a knife?Audience: NOTHING!!!Chance: Actually...um, there's a few things funny about a knife. The blood, the screams, that funny little sound that the flesh makes when you tear it...but you wanna know my favorite part!? "Just the tip."
- The Dragon: For Jack.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Though for a while her hair color varied wildy between brown, black, and blonde.
- Expy: She is blatantly the Harley Quinn to Jack's Joker, right down to the Queens accent and the high-pitched voice. In 2015's The Carnage Returns show, she even at one point refers to Jack as "puddin", as Harley would to the Joker.
- Facial Horror: The diamond-shaped makeup around her eyes becomes two big scars in her new appearance, as pictured.
- The Ghost: At Singapore's event. She does not make an appearance in Jack's Nightmare Circus show, but is briefly mentioned at one point by Jack.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: The entire theme of 2016's event has guests wandering into Chance's own demented mind, which is set up as a theatre where she's the main star.
- Karma Houdini: Averted, as 2016's backstory reveals that she was eventually captured and incarcerated for her involvement in the Carnival of Carnage.
- Knife Nut: She is frequently seen with knives, including having her own personal switchblade.
- Ms. Fanservice: To the point that the first thing that's shown on the video screen in The Carnage Returns is a close-up of her cleavage.
- Multicolored Hair: The 2015 re-design gives her a yellow and orange streak in her brown hair.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her latest 2015 outfit plays this trope very straightly.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Twice in The Carnage Returns show, first when she's about to kill an internet troll with a baseball bat.Chance: Who's on first, what's on second...Jack: What about the shortstop?Chance: I. DON'T. GIVE. A. DAMN!!!!
Chance: Poor troll...he seems to have LOST. HIS. HEAD!!!!
- Then a second time when she proceeds to rip the troll's head off.
- Sexy Jester: A very straightforward example.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her redesigned look in 2015 gives her yellow eyes, though it's not yet known whether she has any supernatural connections besides being involved with Jack.
- Villainous Breakdown: In The Carnage Returns, she reacts with extreme rage when she converses with one of her victims and doesn't get a response, which leads to her screaming at the top of her lungs.
- Villainous Harlequin: Comes naturally with her similarities to Harley Quinn, though she is not to be underestimated.
The younger and just as demented brother of Jack, noted for his Hannibal Lector mask, chainsaw, and subtle clown paint on his face.Eddie was originally Edgar Sawyer, a psychotic and obsessive horror movie fan who was scarred and driven to vengeance and murder when bullying teens from his trailer park burned down his home with him inside it. His backstory and name was then altered due to several corporate-based conflicts, as he was deemed too similar to the murderous family from the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because of him also having "Sawyer" as his last name, and one of the Vivendi executives at the time, Edgar Bronfman Jr., was less-than-amused at having one of the event's killer icons share the same name as him. For these reasons, he was turned into Eddie Schmidt, Jack's younger yet more vicious brother.Originally intended to be the Icon for Halloween Horror Nights XI, Eddie would've performed a hostile takeover of the event from Jack, hanging him and slicing his head off shortly after; and then finally proclaim the event his, promising it to be "more gorier than ever before." However, everything then changed, as due to the devastating occurrence of 9/11, the event in general that year was toned down to avoid offending anyone, with almost all traces of blood, gore, and death being removed; replaced with a more traditional fantasy-kind of horror. This lead to Eddie himself being scrapped as the icon, with executives feeling that he looked too much like a terrorist. He was replaced with the return of Jack the Clown that year, who fits in with the more "fantasy-horror" theme they were going for.These sudden changes resulted in much marketing confusion, as advertisements and merchandise with Eddie's likeness had already been produced and it was too late and costly to pull all of them. In a move many found baffling, marketing simply stated that this masked man was Jack, and it was just an alternate look for him. Fans obviously did not buy this, knowing about the Eddie character and the fact that he did not look even remotely like Jack, which lead to a bit of backlash; criticizing what they viewed as a knee-jerk reaction.Eddie being Jack himself was ultimately retconned after this event and the two were made separate characters again in 2004, where Eddie was one of the main characters in the Horror Night Nightmares house, which had a whole room dedicated to him. Despite being counted as an icon in 2004, he wounded up being demoted to simply a major character in 2006, in which he received his own house titled RUN: Hostile Territory, which was about running his own torture-house business following the bankruptcy of his and Jack's original "RUN" game show. He would reappear again with other icons again in 2010, celebrating the return of Fear. He once more appeared in 2015, serving as one of Jack's "Maniacs". The Body Collectors: Recollections house from that same year reveals that he was born along with Jack inside the Shadybrook Asylum in the late 1800's.
- Catchphrase: I.C.U. note
- Chainsaw Good
- Creepy Souvenir: His room in 2004's Horror Night Nightmares shows that he collects the ripped-off faces of his victims.
- Facial Horror: Along with his serious burn scars, his mask has been permanently fused to his face.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The premise of his show RUN wherein contestants flee for their lives while attempting to avoid murder by Eddie and his associates.
- Obviously Evil
- Red Right Hand: His two different eye colors.
- Sibling Rivalry: The original treatment for 2001 had him having one with Jack, though it appears the current version of the character is on good terms with him.
The daughter of The Caretaker. Cindy was originally Cindy Bearer, the mad daughter of Paul Bearer, a mortician who sold human meat from his butchery business on the side. She was going to be the Icon for Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear but was pulled back after a string of child abductions in the area, and Paul Bearer was morphed into Albert Caine, the Caretaker.She was officially canonized in 2006's Screamhouse: Resurrection, albeit with a backstory change, where in the house she was depicted as being The Caretaker's dead daughter (also having blonde hair instead black/dark brown) who he was attempting to revive in various gruesome ways.This was later retconned entirely when she would go on to make her first ever physical appearance in 2009's Shadows of the Past scare zone with her original dark-haired design, and resurfaced a year later in Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear wherein she received her own house, The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes.The house completely altered her backstory for the second time, where now she was a disturbed child whose parents passed away from unknown causes, resulting in her being sent away into an orphanage. Throughout her stay at the orphanage, she would never get along with her peers. Eventually, this resulted in her snapping and burning the entire orphanage down, killing everyone but herself inside. Not too long after this incident, she was found and adopted by Dr. Albert Caine, a man as equally psychotic and murderous as her.After this, she would again appear for the event's 25th year, having now joined Jack's massive band of carnival "Maniacs" along with her new father.
- Alliterative Name
- Chainsaw Good: She occasionally wielded a chainsaw in 2015's "Icons - HHN" scare zone.
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Creepy Child
- Cute and Psycho: Despite acting a lot like the typical sweet little girl, she is just as depraved as her father.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Even moreso in the original plans for Halloween Horror Nights XII when she would have manipulated various monsters as her playthings.
- Driven to Villainy: While she was always a bit on the unstable side, it was her abuse by other children in the orphanage that drove her over the edge into complete insanity.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Orphan: If her current backstory is anything to go by.
- Facial Horror: Her original scrapped backstory had her face getting horribly disfigured when her house is set on fire.
- In Universe Nickname: SINdy.
- Pyro Maniac: She wound up burning down the orphanage she lived in for a time, and takes enjoyment in fire altogether.
The ruler of the Terra Cruentas, the Terra Queen was the Big Bad of the events of Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror, commencing the sacrifices of victims to further her rule over the land. At the end of the event, she sacrificed herself, ending the "Season of the Queen", which is said to occur only every 15 years.Originally meant to be the icon of 2005's event, she was replaced in marketing with The Storyteller, who served as the narrator for the happenings of Terra Cruentas.Since her initial appearance, she has not appeared at the event since. This has lead to much speculation among the HHN fanbase on whether she'll return to the event in 2020, which would fulfill the "every 15 years" prophecy.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Some of her minions are demonic versions of this trope.
- Big Bad: Of HHN XV.
- Evil Weapon: She wielded the "Terra Throne Blade" for her sacrifices.
- Evil Overlord: Of Terra Cruentas.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Hornsof Villainy: She has numerous horns to the point that it makes the upper part of her head look like a headdress.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The blood of her sacrificed victims was sometimes used to help make "Bloodberry Wine", which was served to her and her minions.
- Karmic Death: The blood of sacrificed victims is used to power the Queen's rule and control. On the final night of the event, she herself is sacrificed to complete the cycle.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Shot Character: 2005 was the only event she appeared at.
H. R. Bloodengutz
A one-time character during Halloween Horror Nights 21 that nevertheless became an Ensemble Darkhorse, a struggling actor Larry Kurtzberg was given the role of creature feature host H. R. Bloodengutz by Lady Luck in the disguise of a talent agent. When the block was cancelled by his producer Reynolds, Kurtzberg abducted him and his crew, forcing them to film his final broadcast as he tortured Reynolds to death live on the air.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicted this upon Reynolds as seen throughout the house using methods such as:
- Eye Scream: Stabbed Reynolds in the eye with a quill pen in the intro to his President's Day horror feature.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The gist of his films are horror stories set around famous holidays such as "The Feaster Bunny" and "Ho-Ho-Homicide".
- Karma Houdini: Averted. Unlike most HHN characters, Bloodengutz is arrested and thrown in prison for his actions. This, of course, happens after he's mortally wounded Reynolds and hurt the crew.
- Large Ham: Larry really got into the role. He really got TOO into the role.
- One-Shot Character: He has yet to make another appearance after the Holidays of Horror house.
- Punny Name: "Bloodengutz" note
- Snuff Film: In a sense as his final broadcast featured him torturing Reynolds, finally slitting his throat at the end.
Legendary TruthFounded by Boris Shuster to investigate supernatural cases in the wake of Bloody Mary, Legendary Truth has functioned as a kind of background to recent Halloween Horror Nights events.
- Captain Ersatz: Its branch-off group "Spirit Seekers" from the HHN XX house "Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate" is very much a Ghost Hunters stand-in.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: These guys are the reason Fear was released from his lantern.
- Tempting Fate: The Spirit Seekers used an electromagnetic device to draw out the ghosts of the Wyandot Estate so as to gain more ratings and credit as paranormal investigators. This resulted in all of them dying by night's end. Also may count as Too Dumb to Live.
Inmates of Shady BrookShady Brook Asylum is a recurring element of the Halloween Horror Nights PsychoScareapy series wherein the Bedlam House and its various inmates play roles as monsters throughout, so far, four different houses.
- Darker and Edgier: The PsychoScarepy houses were traditionally a comedic house, allowing the actors great leeway in making humorous statements and harassing guests. However, in 2010's Echoes of Shadybrook, the Shadybrook asylum is abandoned and the ghosts of the inmates entirely lose their humorous aspect and become 100% deadly and angry.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: As proven when the inmates run amok in a neighborhood at Christmastime after a van carrying them crashed.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the "PsychoScareapy: Home for the Holidays" house, one of the inmates is shown partaking in baking cookies out of an unfortunate woman's back.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: During Halloween Horror Nights XX's "PsychoScareapy: Echoes of Shadybrook", the inmates are malevolent spirits haunting the abandoned Shady Brooks facility after having been disturbed by teens acting on a dare.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Implied with some inmates, such as in the "Home for the Holidays" house when one inmate is seen wrapping a decapitated head like a present and another uses one to finish a snowman.
Body CollectorsA group of unknown size that takes part in killing humans for the sake of collecting the various parts of their bodies. They first appeared in 2005, where they were shown as living on Terra Cruentas in the Gorewood Forest. There, they would reap the benefits of the dead bodies of the sacrificed victims that were sent to them by the Terra Queen. In 2008, it was revealed that they exist in the real world as well, appearing in the Collections of the Past house, which was set in 19th century London, where the "Jack the Ripper" killings were shown to be cover-ups for their own collecting deeds. They showed up once again at 2015's event in the Recollections house. Still set in the 19th century, they were shown as descending upon the Shady Brook Asylum to further their collection, with the only humans they spared being two newborn infants that would later become Jack and Eddie Schmidt.
- Creepy Souvenir: What their entire purpose is centered around.
- Expy: Of the "Gentlemen" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Eel MouthThe Terra Queen's personal servant, who assisted her in making sacrifices and giving announcements out to Terra Cruentas. After his initial appearance in 2005, he returned in 2006's Horror Comes Home scare zone, where the Storyteller presumably brought him into the real world. He made another brief comeback in 2009's "Shadows of the Past" zone, but after that has yet to make another reappearance.
- The Dragon: To the Terra Queen.
- Glasgow Grin: An entire chunk of his cheek is missing on one side of his face.
TinyJack's muscle-bound henchman, who helped carry out some of his murders in the Carnival of Carnage show in 2007. He had a minor role in The Carnage Returns show, as the person controlling "The Big-Ass Saw".
- Dumb Muscle: He possesses great strength, but is quite dim-witted at the same time.
- The Ghost: Jack only mentions him as the person controlling "The Big-Ass Saw" in The Carnage Returns, but he was not shown.
- Ironic Name: His name is "Tiny", and yet he's a huge muscle-bound maniac.
Dr. PennettiAnother one of Jack's henchmen, he appeared in the Carnival of Carnage show as yet another helper in the murders of the show's unwilling participants. At the same time, he also took an interest in Chance and attempted to seduce several times, to varying degrees of success. Jack, noticing this, tricked him into being the show's final victim. He was set on fire and then impaled by falling ceiling spikes, killing him instantly.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Set aflame, then pierced with spikes. Not exactly the best way to go.
- One-Shot Character: He was killed in the show, so it's rather unlikely that he'll show up again.
- Noodle Incident: It's implied that the reason why he had scars on his face was because of a previous incident where he upset Jack, though the specifics of it were never said.
- Scars Are Forever: When he tried to pick at his scar, Jack reminded him of this fact.Jack: Stop picking at it, it's never going to heal!