House of Anubis is a mystery series series airing on Nickelodeon, based on the Flemish-Dutch series Het Huis Anubis. The series tells the story of Nina, an American student who earns a scholarship to a fancy English Boarding School and becomes a member of the House of Anubis, believed to be the nicest house on campus. On the day of Nina's arrival, another student named Joy is pulled out of the school under mysterious circumstances, prompting her roommate, Patricia, to suspect that the school faculty are enacting some kind of conspiracy.
All-Loving Hero: She's kind, generous, and forgiving towards everyone, whether it's the Jerkass who toremented her for no reason, the otherJerkass who wrote an attack article about her, or even the house master who nearly got her killed. Even Rufus seems to merit a certain amount of concern from her. (Notice how worried for him she sounds when trying to talk him out of using the mask.)
Butt Monkey: Despite being The Hero and The Chosen One, she falls into this too. Poor girl has had to deal with her new friend Sarah dying in Season 1, all of her friends being threatened by a vengeful ghost in Season 2, and said ghost nearly killing her grandmother just to pressure her into cooperating.
Catch Phrase: "I'm Nina, from America." Lampshaded by Patricia:
Patricia: She's American and she's totally obsessed with it. She said it like a hundred times.
It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: She and her friends were cursed, her grandmother was nearly killed off, she started hearing voices, saw ghosts, and was almost taken to the afterlife with an evil spirit, all because of her identity as the Chosen One.
Messianic Archetype: Nina being concerned about Victor's health when Senkhara threatens him pushes her into this territory. She takes it Up to Eleven in the finale, when she pleads with Rufus not to put on the Mask of Anubis and fights to prevent him from doing so. The whole time, she gives off the impression that she's worried about what will happen to him if he puts on the Mask. You can't get much more Messiah-like than being concerned about the well-being of a sociopath who would just as soon kill you as look at you.
Nice Girl: She's one of the nicest people in the House.
New Transfer Student: At the beginning of the series, she's the new student, just transferred from America.
The Paragon: Nina is explicitly referred to as this during Season 2.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In the second season, she went from being a mostly friendly, brave friend to constantly snapping at her friends, even though they were trying to help her. She does have slight justification, though—she was under a ton of stress at the time, and was noticeably nicer when the life of she, her friends, and her Grandmother, weren't on the line.
Town Girls: The Neither to Amber's Femme and Patricia's Butch.
Weirdness Magnet: Arguably, all of the weird things started happening when she showed up. She lampshades this in an episode.
Nina: I've brought nothing but trouble since I've come here!
A student in the House of Anubis who is nice to Nina right from the beginning.
Adorkable: He is nerdy, shy and loved by plenty of girls both in and out of universe. Nina even calls him cute and "geek chic" in her diary.
Berserk Button: Just try and harm any of his friends and Fabian will not be happy. Angry!Fabian is something else especially in the S3 premiere.
Hurting or insulting Nina in front of Fabian is one of the very few ways to get him in a- sometimes violent- rage. It even worked when he was a soulless sinner.
Beware the Nice Ones: Fabian is often believed to be one of the nicest people in the house, as well as an AdorkableExtreme Doormat. But if you threaten or insult Nina in his presence, he will do everything from simply shout at you, to honestly trying to attack you physically.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: Fabian. Despite the fact that he does much of the research and saved most of this friends from danger on numerous occasions, he has been continuously pushed around by everyone, most notably his own crush and (ex) girlfriend, Nina Martin. It gets to the point where he struggles to be more assertive and demand his respect for the things he does for the others, resulting in this one line:
Nina:(looking at the formerly lost artifact/cube Fabian brought back) Where did you find it?
Fabian: Jasper said he found it at the school. Good thing as well, other wise we might have lost it for good.
Nina: But how did it get from here to there?
Fabian: I... I don't know. (pauses) Why don't you ask the cube? Maybe it speaks and answers questions since you have so many!
Nina:(glares at Fabian)
Fabian: I...I'm sorry. It's back now... that's the important thing. You could have said thank you, at least.
The Smart Guy: He's the smartest of everyone officially in Sibuna. He also counts as The Lancer, a role that he shares with Patricia.
Took a Level in Badass: Fabian was the nice guy who was also an extreme doormat. He eventually started becoming much more assertive, virtually attacking anyone who wrongs him or Nina and proving himself much tougher than he seemed at first. He even won the school dodgeball tournament against the rival team, who had obliterated the rest of his team before.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third season, having gotten over his Extreme Doormat phase, he got rather aggressive, to the point where he gave Joy an overly harsh rejection and caused her to quit Sibuna. He became MUCH worse as a sinner.
Portrayed by: Jade Ramsey
Joy's friend and former roommate. Patricia is suspicious of the circumstances under which Joy disappeared, especially since Joy left behind her cell phone and her favorite stuffed animal.
Affectionate Nickname: Eddie calls Patricia "Yacker." This started as an insult, but took on a different meaning when they started dating.
Alpha Bitch: Patricia fell into this at the beginning of season one; she bullied and played nasty tricks on Nina, assuming she had something to do with the disappearance of her best friend. However, it was a different variation, as the only two people who supported her were Jerome and Alfie, and they only joined her because of the humor value, and not out of actual malice, and they were horrified with everyone else when Patricia locked Nina in the attic. She got better quickly, and soon she and Nina became incredibly close friends and she joined Sibuna.
Anti-Hero: Patricia has always meant well, but has a bunch of morally gray traits—extreme jealousy,Brutal Honesty, a bit of a Hair-Trigger Temper...she has also done a bunch of morally gray actions as well, mostly in the first season, where she had gone as far as locking Nina in the attic in order to try and get information about her best friend, who had gone missing. She's by no means a perfect person, but she does mean well.
Badass in Distress: When Patricia gets kidnapped by the villain, she still manages to keep being the strong person she is and does everything she can to escape, from leaving a clue behind when she was taken to trying to knock out the villain. Despite this, it is her friends who end up rescuing her. (After two of them have to be saved themselves after a first failed rescue attempt, anyway.) Immediately following her rescue Patricia goes on to furiously blackmail one of the teachers into telling the secret about her missing friend.
Berserk Button: Go ahead. Flirt with Eddie when Patricia's around. It won't end well.
In season 1, not caring about Joy being in trouble or—heaven forbid—possibly having anything to do with Joy's disappearance will send Patricia on the warpath.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Oh, Patricia. While other characters have gotten away with a couple of things (like Jerome getting away with blackmailing Mara), she gets in trouble for every bad action she does. The only times that she didn't get in trouble for something was when she dumps milk on Eddie, but that was only because everyone (even him) had already decided he deserved it, or the times when she was a sinner, due to the fact that she had no soul at the time. She even gets called out for things other characters do without repercussions, like yelling at people, or even gets people mad at her when she wasn't even causing trouble at all.
Conspiracy Theorist: She's the only one in the House to suspect that something wasn't right about Joy's disappearance, and that the teachers and the police were in on it. Unusually for this trope, she was right.
Fiery Redhead: She has reddish hair and she's very short-tempered.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played With. Patricia seems like she'd be the more down to Earth one, being the Deadpan Snarker and a bit more responsible than her rather emotional friends, while Piper seems like she'd be the naive and foolish one. However, when they actually interact, Patricia's impulsive and mischievous nature becomes much more obvious in comparison to her much calmer, nicer sister, making Piper the responsible one and Patricia the foolish one.
Heel-Face Turn: She's initially very hostile toward Nina, as she suspects Nina of being involved in Joy's disappearance, but she later realizes that she's wrong and apologizes for her behavior. However, it takes her several episodes to completely trust Nina.
Jerk Ass: She's not particularly nice, especially in the first few episodes, when she suspects Nina of being involved in Joy's disappearance.
Tomboy: She's stubborn and Goth, never backs down from her problems, has a Hair-Trigger Temper, is brash and rude, and is often called a 'witch' by the other members in her House. Also, everyone else is afraid of her, she used to play sports, namely soccer, and in the movie, the only reason she wore a frilly pink dress was because Sophia thought Eddie would like it.
In "House of Fronts/House of Keepers," she takes offense when Eddie implies that she might be too "ladylike" for American football.
Eddie:(before showing her how to play American football) You ready? This game is not for ladies.
Patricia: Uh, hey, I am not a lady.
Eddie: Yeah, you're right. (runs at her to tackle her, football-style)
Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Tomboy to all the other girls' Girly Girl. It's most obvious when she's compared with Amber and Joy, but one can still see it even when she's with Mara and Nina, who have their own tomboy qualities but remain much girlier than Patricia.
One bit where the tomboyishness of Patricia as compared to the girliness of the other girls in the House of Anubis is really highlighted is after Amber leaves in Season 3 and KT suggests that they use Amber's clothes to give themselves makeovers. Joy and Mara are thrilled by this idea, but Patricia is annoyed by it.
Mara:(to Joy) What's the matter? Is it Fabian?
Joy: No, no. It's nothing. Just life stressing me out, I guess.
KT: I know how you feel. (to Mara) And you were having a tough time with Jerome, right?
Mara: Maybe a bit.
KT: You know what we need?
Patricia: A road trip to Mexico with the wind in our hair and the law on our tails!
KT: Since Amber left us all of her stuff, I figured...it's makeover o' clock! (Patricia groans) Come on! What have we got to lose? Might be fun.
Town Girls: The Butch to Nina's Neither and Amber's Femme.
Tsundere: Type A toward Eddie. She admitted to liking Eddie to Joy, but whenever she tries to tell Eddie this, it comes out as an insult.
Joy: Just tell him you like him!
Patricia: I can't! I mean, I want to say, 'Eddie, I like you, I think you're cute' and all that stuff, but by the time it gets to here (points to her mouth) it comes out as, 'Get out of my face, Eddie, you freak!'
Joy: Yeah, you say that a lot...
Portrayed by: Ana Mulvoy Ten
"I'm a genius"
Another female student. Mick's girlfriend at the start of the series.
Alpha Bitch: Amber also had shades of this while running against Mara in the school election, this time over the affection of Mick. They made up quickly enough when Amber managed to get over Mick and supported Mara in getting with him.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Mick at first. She's not thrilled that Mara likes Mick and this causes a rift in their friendship. But she later helps Mick win Mara back when Mara breaks up with him because he bribed the vote counter to ensure that Mara won.
She's also come up with some pretty good ideas during the search for the treasure in season 1.
Kid Detective: Arguably, even though Nina and Fabian generally take over solving clues, she has her moments.
Put on a Bus: Goes to a prestigious fashion school halfway into Season 3.
Town Girls: The Femme to Nina's Neither and Patricia's Butch.
Alfred "Alfie" Lewis
Portrayed by: Alex Sawyer
"Why would anyone want to be subtle?"
Another student in the House of Anubis. He has a crush on Amber.
Beware the Silly Ones: Alfie may be the Class Clown, but he's no pushover, as he has proven to be a useful presence in Sibuna- and if he is serious about something, you better not stand in his way. He yelled at Fabian and Patricia when they wanted to have breakfast instead of rescuing the currently-trapped Amber, and then later was the one standing up against Sinner!Fabian — to the point of pressing Fabian's Berserk Button and getting away with it.
Butt Monkey: He's sometimes the butt of his friends jokes, has been pranked numerous times by his best friend, was locked in the cellar, nearly died from poisoning, de-aged/shrunk, was pushed around by his girlfriend, would have died at the end of season 1 if Fabian didn't switch the elixir, and the list goes on.
Class Clown: He goofs off and gets in trouble all the time.
No Respect Guy: While bumbling he does help out the team in the search for insert-macguffin-here but either doesn't get much credit or isn't brought up again. Heck even when it's just being a good gesture regardless it's forgotten about quick.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Starts off seeming like he's on the low end of the IQ scale, but then later reveals himself to speak fluent French, implying a certain level of intelligence. Most likely, the reason he doesn't post the same kind of grades as Mara is because he slacks off.
Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in Season 2 as a new student from America and a Love Interest for Patricia, but in the season finale, he turns out to be the Osirian, counterpart and guardian to The Chosen One.
The Chosen One: At the end of Season 2, he turns out to be The Osirian, the one destined to protect the descendant of Amneris.
Dark Is Not Evil: Eddie is the symbolic darkness to Nina's light, but is still one of the good guys.
Tsundere: Pretty heavy on the Tsun toward Patricia. Eddie refers to being deredere towards Patricia as "lowering his force field" when he's trying to get Patricia to admit her feelings towards him. When she stays tsuntsun, he vwooshes it back up.
Portrayed by: Alexandra Shipp
A new student in Season 3. She takes Nina's old room when Nina doesn't return.
Sassy Black Girl: She comes off as being a bit on the snarky side. Then again, so was Nina.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Nina. Both are Americans who lived with elderly relatives before coming to Anubis House, both are set to solve a mystery having to do with the house, both get on Patricia's bad side during their first day.
Portrayed by: Bobby Lockwood
Student in the House of Anubis and Amber's boyfriend. Likes sports.
Mara: Amber, you're supposed to be helping me do the dishes. Amber: But I hate doing the dishes, the water makes my hands all wrinkly. Mara: I know. If only there were some sort of glove, made of rubber, that could protect your hands from water.
Heel-Face Turn: Well, not in the traditional sense. She over hears Mick saying semi-hurtful things about her and goes all Hot-but-Bitchy Mean Girl for a couple episodes. She even tries to get a teacher fired when said teacher was helping Mick get an athletic scholarship.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Her first time was in the middle of the first season, when she was angry at Mick calling her boring and re-invented herself for a few days, becoming much ruder and more careless. She also tried to expel him. In the third season, though, it was Jerome cheating on her that made her grow into a jerkass, doing whatever she can to get revenge on him. It was fine at first, but then she decided to have Joy pretend to fall in love with him, then break his heart in front of the school. After finding out Joy really did fall for Jerome, she flipped, and turned on her. Only in the end did she calm down and become a better friend. However, this was somewhat justified, as she still had feelings for Jerome and was really heartbroken, and felt betrayed by Joy.
Portrayed by: Eugene Simon
"Team Clarke: 1. Rest of the world: 0!"
Male student in the House of Anubis. Seems to enjoy causing chaos.
Anti-Hero: In season 1, he was a manipulative, uncaring Slime Ball who enjoyed messing with anyone and everyone, including his own best friend Alfie. When Alfie joined Sibuna, Jerome became jealous and forced Alfie to give him information, which eventually culminated in Jerome joining Rufus Zeno. Eventually he realized that Rufus was the bad guy and, once he started getting threatened by his new boss, joined Sibuna temporarily. In Season 2, he started to fix some of his worst traits, but remained as the anti-hero of the show, especially when the gem he spent all season trying to find was stolen. He automatically went on an investigation, which ended up having him once again helping Rufus to get the gem back, as well as the recently kidnapped Trudy. Once again, he helped Sibuna stop Rufus, but only after getting busted for stealing an important object of Sibuna's. In the third season, while no longer part of the mystery, he remains in this roll, as early on in the season he ended up cheating on Mara, his girlfriend, with a girl named Willow. After that, Jerome was an object of Mara's revenge, which became harsh enough to place him squarely back on the hero side of the situation. This also made Mara an anti-hero as well, because her goal was sympathetic, but her actions were not.
Big Brother Instinct: Despite getting into fights with Poppy and picking on her, he loves her deep down. At one point, he tried to hide letters from their father in prison, trying to protect her from the truth.
A student who is called away from the school under odd circumstances. Her disappearance is a major part of the plot in Season 1.
Alpha Bitch: Joy had shades of this in season two when she rivaled Nina for Fabian's attentions. However, nobody supported her in her worst actions, not even Patricia. She also managed to be sympathetic, having deep insecurities and honestly feeling replaced by Nina since she had been gone the year before. In the end, she joined Sibuna to help Nina, and got over her meaner traits.
Anti-Hero: In the second season, she was relentless in trying to win Fabian's affections, which meant hurting Nina. She did this by trying to win his sympathies, trick him into kissing her, and then trying to get Nina to leave the school. All of these merely ended up making her hated by Fabian. Then she went on to hurt her other friends as well, despite those friends trying to help her with her problems. By the end, however, she ended up helping Sibuna and saving the lives of both Nina and Fabian, implying that she would have been a fine person if she hadn't felt rejected. In the third season, she was the one of the first to learn about Jerome cheating on Mara with Willow, and at first rightfully attempted to make him tell the truth. Once the truth was out, she tried to help Mara get her revenge- which meant pretending to have feelings for Jerome, getting him to like her back, and then dumping him in front of the entire school. It worked, but she eventually fell for him too, and he found out and dumped her instead. During all of this, she remained a hero for her sympathetic storyline, but her actions- which were being done for a good reason, but just weren't very nice, as well as the fact that she went along with Mara's plan to the end despite knowing it was a cruel trick- puts her into the anti-hero zone.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Joy went through a phase of this during the beginning of season 3, when she was trying to get over Fabian and re-invent herself, and found Mara and Willow's sympathy to be annoying.
Freudian Excuse: Joy manipulating Fabian, posting horrible slander about Nina on the school website to ruin her image and try to make her leave the school, and committing plagiarism are all due to her excuse of thinking Nina has stolen everything from her. Subverted from an In-Universe perspective though: She tries to invoke it to justify her behavior, but none of her friends are buying it.
Insane Troll Logic: Claims that Nina "stole" Fabian from her, even though she and Fabian were never dating.
Though she has gotten called out on it, by Amber, Jerome and Eddie in front of their entire class, and even Patricia thinks Joy can't continue to re-use her excuse of having been kidnapped last term as to why everyone's so out of sync with her.
Portrayed by: Louisa Connolly-Burnham
A new to season 3 character from Isis House who soon transfers to Anubis.
Ascended Fangirl: Kind of. At the beginning of the third season, she's not even a part of Anubis House but hangs out with them anyway because she thinks the people there are so cool. Later in the season, she got to transfer into Anubis House.
Mara: She's just so peppy and upbeat! I should ask her what her secret is.
New-Age Retro Hippie: She claims to be able to sense "vibes" (and, according to her, bad vibes can be removed by sprinkling citrus oil everywhere), and she meditates frequently and loudly, much to her roommate Mara's chagrin.
Big Bad: He seemed like this at first, but this was subverted at the end of the season finale, where it was implied that he was more ignorant than evil. He just wanted to be immortal and was unaware of the price of that immortality. (He believed that the tipping of the scales of life was symbolic and was genuinely shocked to learn otherwise.)
Break the Cutie: This happened to Victor when he was little. After his father gave him a verbal lashing, he broke his friendship with Sarah because he thought she wouldn't tell him any information, such as where the Ankh pieces were.
Catch Phrase: "You have five minutes precisely and then I want to hear a pin drop."
Companion Cube: Corbierre, Victor's stuffed raven. Played with too, as it belonged to his father and probably was alive at some point.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Victor Rodenmaar, despite having had antagonized and pushed Sarah Frobisher-Smythe towards revealing a secret she didn't know, the two were very close childhood friends and he reacted with genuine grief when she died. He also reacts very strongly when anyone mention his deceased father in a negative light.
Even Evil Has Standards: Victor Rodenmaar. No matter how badly he himself may act towards the students, when they are in danger, he responds protectively over them. For instance, when Alfie is captured in the Senet game, Victor is deeply disturbed by this and says to Vera that harming the students wasn't part of the plan. Another time, he chose to save Joy's life rather than use his last tear of gold for himself.
Evil Former Friend: To Sarah. He actually did consider her a friend before, but his father rid him of that notion.
Freudian Excuse: Victor actually did see Sarah as a friend at one point, but his father changed all that.
Immortality Seeker: Victor and his society. Victor's father had been after it as well, which meant Victor's basic goal was to finish his father's dream.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being the villain, he is proven to really care about the students deep down, when he kicked Vera out for hurting the students and sacrificing his last tear of gold to save a dying Joy Mercer. See Even Evil Has Standards above.
The new, handsome teacher at the school who catches the eye of the every female in-universe and out. He's suspicious of Joy's disappearance and also seeks to find out the truth. He joins up with Patricia but parts to join in Victor's Society.
Ill Boy: He has a rare degenerative disease which his reason for siding with Victor.
Sixth Ranger Traitor: While he doesn't trick Patricia into giving info he does part ways with her to join Victor's side. Doesn't make him evil all of a sudden though.
An old woman who claims to have lived in the House of Anubis. She gives Nina a locket which seems to have some power over the house.
Mysterious Waif: A rare elderly example; she has a connection with the villain, gives the protagonist vague, cryptic advice and a mysterious trinket to assist her in her journey and captivates said protagonist with her odd and puzzling ways.
WARNING: The villains for HOA are almost always a surprise in the series and reading this can lead to the season being spoiled.
The new history teacher who may know more than she leads on. She's actually "The Keeper". The one who holds "The Sleeper" awaiting the day of the eclipse to perform the ritual to revive Robert Frobisher-Smythe.
Robert Frobisher-Smythe (portrayed by John Sackville)
Sarah's thought-to-be dead father. He was stricken with an egyptian sleep-ness curse and put into a capsule waiting to be awakened. He returns an evil man trying to bring in a Dark God into the world by way of ritual.
Big Good: Seems to have once been trying to hide the artifacts from people like Victor and Rufus.
Big Bad: But when he wakes up, he takes over as the main threat to the kids, though he is just playing The Dragon to Ammit.
Came Back Wrong: Since Caroline, an evil woman, resurrected Robert, he returned even more villainous than she.