Characters: Luigi's Mansion

The character page for Luigi's Mansion. Main characters Mario, Luigi, E. Gadd, Toad and King Boo can be found here, here, and here.
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     Portrait Ghosts 

Neville

The Bookish Father. The first Portrait Ghost fight.

Ho ho ho ho... Go ahead, try to find me. I can see you, but you cannot see me, ho ho ho ho...

  • Bookworm: Found in the library. According to his bio he’s reading all the books he missed while alive.
  • Irony: His comments on how Luigi can’t see him are exposed to the reader while examining his heart—as in, while Luigi can see him.
  • Throw the Book at Them: His only mode of attack when caught, unless you sucked it up already.

Lydia

The Mirror Gazing Mother. The second Portrait Ghost fight.

Isn't my hair just gorgeous? Of course, I do spend a lot of time on it. I was so bored cooped up in that painting... Now I spend all my time in front of the mirror. It seems to scare people, though, so everything is coming up roses!

  • Monster Is a Mommy: A variant—after defeating Lydia the player is treated to a cutscene with Chauncey crying from the next room.
  • Narcissist: Aside from the usual ghostly lack of empathy towards the living she’s so wrapped up in herself that she traded an eternity of sitting in a portrait for an eternity of sitting in front of a mirror brushing her hair.

Chauncey

The Spoiled Baby. The first boss ghost fight.

Horsey... rocky... horsey...

  • Enfant Terrible: A baby ghost who asks Luigi to play. This involves throwing things at him.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: This baby ghost is the first boss fight.
  • Reality Warper: Shrinks Luigi down to an incredibly tiny size and transports him to a bizarre plane of reality located on his crib for the boss fight.
  • Spoiled Brat: As implied by his naming. He throws reality warping temper tantrums if his demands aren’t met.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: One of his attacks involve tossing a giant ball at Luigi in an attempt to crush him. Luigi can then use this ball to hit him. This does not discourage Chauncey from using the attack.
  • Undead Child: According to his bio he was never alive to begin with.

The Floating Whirlindas

The Dancing Couple. The fourth Portrait Ghost fight.

So, you can see me? Well, that may be, but you will never find my weakness!

Shivers

The Wandering Butler. The fifth Portrait Ghost fight.

Ah, the beautiful Melody will not even give me the time of day... What must I do to win her? Passion! Yes! That's it! I will show her I burn for her! My unbridled passion will scorch her soul!

  • Dirty Old Man: He’s 72 and has a crush on the 26 year old Melody.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's terrified of fire so much that he runs at the mere sight of it. Lighting the candlestick in his hand terrifies him.

Melody Pianissima

The Beautiful Pianist. The sixth Portrait Ghost fight.

Hmph! This ragamuffin looks as if he couldn't play a note!

  • The Beautiful Elite: Played with. A master pianist renowned for her beauty and skill in elegant clothes, but harboring both an obsession with video games and a foul temper.
  • Berserk Button: She’s a massive fan of games, and if you can’t recognize which game tunes she’s playing on her piano she throws a tantrum, banging on the keys with her fists.
  • Meaningful Name: Melody refers to the main line of music in a composition, and Pianissima is a reference to pianissimo (to play softly).
  • Paper Master: Attacks with music sheets.

Mr. Luggs

The Glutton. The seventh Portrait Ghost fight (and an optional one).

No one can see me in this darkness! No one no one no one noooooooooo-one!

  • Berserk Button: Taking his food away is cause for spitting fireballs at Luigi, apparently.
  • Big Eater: So much so that he died from overeating and still wasn’t satisfied.
  • Death by Gluttony: The bio doesn’t specify whether it was his girth that killed him or the copious amounts of food he ate, but “ate himself to death” likely qualifies.
  • Skippable Boss: You can just walk right past him, unless you want the best rank.
  • Villainous Glutton: Repulsively fat, unkempt, and absolutely horrible table manners. Tries to kill Luigi if his meal is taken away.

Spooky

The Hungry Guard Dog. The eighth Portrait Ghost fight.

Woof woof woof!

  • Angry Guard Dog: Bites Luigi’s rump if he gets too close, and barks loudly and constantly within a certain range.
  • Meaningful Name: Being, of course, a ghost dog, that makes his name quite appropriate.

Bogmire

The Cemetery Shadow. The second boss ghost fight.

  • Blob Monster: Its form gives the appearance of perpetually dripping.
  • Flunky Boss: An interesting variant as the flunkies are all replications of itself.
  • Living Shadow: Appears out of the shadow cast by a lightning strike. Its duplications in the boss fight are also these.
  • Made of Evil: The product of the mansion’s fear and despair.

Biff Atlas

The Body Builder. The tenth Portrait Ghost fight (and optional).

  • Meaningful Name: “Biff” is either a pun on “buff” or the slang term “to hit”, and Atlas is the name of the Titan from Greek Mythology who holds the world/sky on his shoulders. It also means 'beef' in Norwegian and Swedish.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Likes lilies because they represent purity.
  • Skippable Boss: He's not an obstacle for progressing in the game.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His pectorals are so enormous it can be assumed that even if he did have legs they wouldn’t offset how huge his chest is.

Miss Petunia

The Bathing Beauty. The eleventh Portrait Ghost fight.

  • Bathing Beauty: Her bio states that she used to be one of these. Nowadays not so much, although she retains her love of bathing.
  • Fan Disservice: Before you pull away the curtain you see a beautiful and thin woman bathing. Open the curtain and you get an incredibly fat woman in a bikini with a pig face.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: Wearing a bathing suit.
  • Sexy Silhouette: When the curtain is pulled this is what she has.

Nana

The Scarf Knitting Granny. The twelfth Portrait Ghost fight.

  • Eye Beams: One of her methods of attack.
  • Granny Classic: Played with. A largely demure lady who knits constantly, but also likes to play pranks in her spare time.
  • When Elders Attack: Being a ghost, she attacks Luigi. The effectiveness depends on the player.

Slim Bankshot

The Lonely Poolshark. The thirteenth Portrait Ghost fight (and an optional one).

  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Found in the billiard room getting ready to make a shot.
  • Lean and Mean: One of the thinnest ghosts in the mansion.
  • Meaningful Name: He is indeed quite slim. A bankshot is also a pool term for hitting the cue ball against the railing before knocking a ball into a pocket.
  • Skippable Boss: Beating him isn't necessary to win the game.

Henry and Orville

The Twin Brothers. The fourteenth Portrait Ghost fight.

  • Coordinated Clothes: The same outfit with some minor coloration changes.
  • Creepy Twins: The pair go from inviting you to playing hide and seek to trying to kill you with their toys.
  • Dual Boss: Luigi has to fight them together.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Referencing Henry Ford and Orville Wright—Henry attacks you with a car, and Orville a plane.
  • Sore Loser: They attack Luigi if he beats them at hide-and-seek.
  • Undead Child: Both of them are dead.

Madame Clairvoya

The Freaky Fortune Teller. The fifteenth Portrait Ghost fight.

  • Fortune Teller: She gives Luigi information on Mario’s whereabouts if you bring her objects that he owns.
  • Large Ham: Tends to get incredibly dramatic and loud at times.
  • Punny Name: A pun on clairvoyant. She’s a fortune teller who uses objects to sense where the owners of them are.
  • Spooky Seance: Played with. In this case the medium is the first spirit contacted.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only ghost that isn’t evil or self-absorbed, willing to help Luigi get his brother back.

Boolossus

The Jumbo Ghost. The third boss ghost fight.

  • Asteroids Monster: It's a massive Boo made up of 15 smaller Boos.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: The unicorn statues, which are used to split him
  • The Dragon: To King Boo. Its capture is what leads him to release the Portrait Ghosts.
  • King Mook: Basically just a really, really big Boo.
  • Punny Name: Like just about every Boo in the mansion, this one being a portmanteau of "Boo" and "colossus."

Uncle Grimmly

Hermit of the Darkness. The seventeenth Portrait Ghost fight.

Clockwork Soldiers

The Toy Platoon. The eighteenth Portrait Ghost fight.

Sue Pea

The Dozing Girl. The nineteenth Portrait Ghost fight (also optional).

  • And I Must Scream: Spends her afterlife in an eternal slumber. Her bio states she died this way.
  • Bonus Boss: She is easily the most out-of-the-way Portrait Ghost in the game. Encountering her requires you to access a hidden room late in the game, which contains the key to another optional room, which contains the key to the Guest Room, where she sleeps.
  • Creepy Child: Being a ghost has this effect on small girls.
  • Passed In Their Sleep: According to her bio, she died from sleeping.
  • Potty Failure: The way to exposing her heart is to convince her she’s done this while sleeping.
  • Punny Name: The Japanese onomatopoeia for sleeping is suu-pii.

Jarvis

The Jar Collector. The twentieth Portrait Ghost fight (also optional).

Sir Weston

The Chilly Climber. The twenty-first Portrait Ghost fight.

  • Human Popsicle: He gets very angry if Luigi melts the ice block he keeps himself in.
  • An Ice Person: Hates warmth so much he resides in the cold storage room.
  • Stalactite Spite: Drops icicles during his fight to try and kill Luigi.

Vincent Van Gore

The Starving Artist. The fourth boss ghost fight.

  • Art Initiates Life: All the mook ghosts stem from his paintings.
  • Flunky Boss: Would rather send his minions at you than fight, himself. Might be because he’s a pushover.
  • Mook Maker: All of the non-portrait, non-Boo ghosts in the game are the products of his paintings.
  • Punny Name: Specifically a pun on “Vincent Van Gogh”.

     Boo Minions 

  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Luigi has to collect most, if not all, of the Boos in order to decrease King Boo's power enough to stand a chance against him.
  • Punny Name: Roughly every Boo has a word or name with “Boo” in it. One’s even named after Luigi (Booigi).

     Other Ghosts 

  • Dem Bones: There are skeleton ghosts in the yard.
  • Metal Slime: The Speedy Blue Spirits and Golden Mice. They're incredibly fast, rare, and the former are difficult to actually capture, but they drop very large amounts of money.
  • Money Spider: The portrait ghosts above qualify as they drop pearls, but there are other types of ghosts that drop large amounts of cash as well (the Speedy Blue Spirits and Golden Mice).
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Some behave exactly like ghost versions of animals (bats, mice), whereas others are monsters of various shapes that came from Van Gore’s paintings.
  • Peek-a-Bogeyman: The Ceiling Surprise ghosts—or at least the white one, as the purple ones have actual bombs.
  • Personal Space Invader: The aptly named Grabbing Ghosts, who need to be shaken off while they drain hitpoints.
  • Troll: The white Ceiling Surprise ghosts, who do nothing but scare Luigi and laugh about it.