The main character of both the Nightmare Ned video game and TV show. He is a bald-headed, glasses-wearing, 10-year-old boy who has a hyperactive imagination, using it to deal with his fears, troubles, and anxieties through dark and quirky nightmares. He lives with his mother, his father, and baby sister. He also has a grandfather named Ted Needlemeyer, but he has only appeared in the video game.
Gender Bender: The episode "Girl Trouble" revolves around this, after Ned goes into the girl's bathroom at school by mistake (because of a prank by Conrad and Vernon) He dreams about being a girl, whom Both Conrad and Vernon fall for in the episode.
Although he tries to comprehend Ned's nightmare dilemmas, it does not occurs often, as he is constantly confused by them. In the video game, he is only a supporting character and does not speak a single line during the game's course, but plays a bigger role in the TV series.
Determinator: As his dream-world counterpart—Captain Dad—in the Willie Trout episode.
The Other Darrin: Ned's mom in the show versus his Mom in the video game. This is very noticeable because, in the show, she was voiced by the very distinct-sounding Victoria Jackson.
Conrad and Vernon
Voiced by Kevin West (Conrad), Dan Castellaneta (Vernon)
Video Game characters
Eldritch Abominations: The "Shadow creatures" that serve as bosses in the video game take their forms from Ned's fears, but the good ending indicates that they exist outside of and apart from him, and upon defeat are removed from his head rather than outright destroyed. Interestingly, they don't need his fear to survive, and seem to be tormenting him for no reason other than boredom.
The Rival: Between the School Shadow and the Bathroom Shadow.
Graveyard Shadow/Ted Needlemeyer
"Time to bury all your [twirls scythe] troubles, Ned!"
Voiced by Harry Anderson
Big Bad: Being the oldest and with an appearance reminiscent of Death itself, The Graveyard Shadow is widely considered as the main villain of the game.
Foreshadowing: At the start of the game, the Graveyard Shadow tells Ned "I'm just dying for you to visit!" When the Shadow's true identity is revealed, he is shown to be Ned's grandfather, Ted, who tells him that he's been wanting to spend some time with him.
Split Personality/ Mood-Swinger: At first, she is seen as jittery, anxious, and nervous, but next moment, after she gets her salt, she turns wild; grunting and hollering, gleefully tossing the salt around, and coveting it with a madman's grin.