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.
Genre Savvy: Shows shades of this in Season 1, becomes this fully by Season 2. She knows that when a clue is too easy it means Victor already solved it before they did.
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.
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.
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.
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.
K.T. Rush (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.
Mick Campbell (portrayed by Bobby Lockwood)
Student in the House of Anubis and Amber's boyfriend. Likes sports.
Mara Jaffray (portrayed by Tasie Dhranj)
"You're not rotten"
Amber's best friend, but there's some romantic tension between Mara and Mick.
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.
Jerome Clark (portrayed by Eugene Simon)
"Team Clarke: 1. Rest of the world: 0!"
Male student in the House of Anubis. Seems to enjoy causing chaos.
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.
Willow Jenks (portrayed by Louisa Connolly-Burnham)
A new to season 3 character from Isis House who soon transfers to Anubis.
Victor Rodenmar Jr. (portrayed by Francis Magee)
The guy in charge of the House of Anubis. Definitely creepy and definitely up to something.
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 Standards: Refuses to harm the students in order to gain immortality. Later goes on to save Joy's life at the end of Season 2, sacrificing his one shot at making the elixir to do so.
Freudian Excuse: Victor actually did see Sarah as a friend at one point, but his father changed all that.
Jason Winkler (portrayed by Jack Donolly)
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.
A God Am I: At the end of Season 2, but he doesn't get a lot of time to rant about his godliness.
Harriet/Caroline Denby (portrayed by Susey Kane)
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.