Characters: Nightmare Ned

Characters of the TV show and Videogame Nightmare Ned.

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Main Characters

    Needlemeyer Family 

Ned Needlemeyer

Voiced by Courtland Mead

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.

Ed Needlemeyer

Voiced by Brad Garrett in the TV series

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.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: In the final episode, Ned's dad says this when he comes home from work. This is immediately subverted in that nothing sinister is going on at all.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Ned freaks out over losing his tooth, despite the fact he's lost every other one of his baby teeth.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In the opening to the very last episode, Ned's dad seems to think he's in some kind of mystery or suspense show. This is quickly dropped when the focus shifts to Ned.

Mrs. Needlemeyer

Voiced by Victoria Jackson in the TV series
Voiced by Lani Minella in the video game

Sensitive and caring, she seems to understand Ned more than his father.

Amy Needlemeyer


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, it seems they don't need his fear specifically to survive, so it's unclear what their reasons are for tormenting him.
  • Fan Nickname: "Reaper," "Doctor," "Flush," "Gemini" and "Bully" for the Graveyard, Medical, Bathroom, Attic/Basement and School Shadows respectively.
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Heel-Face Turn: Each of the Shadows by the end of the game.
    • Even more so when, if the game ends well: The Shadows' true forms help Ned defeat his final fear and the true Big Bad: a giant, morbid version of himself.
    • Possibly subverted however by the fact in both endings they are heard from Ned's closet, still as their Shadow selves and not their "true forms," implying they do and still exist outside of Ned's mind as actual monsters.
  • Living Shadows
  • 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.
  • The Grim Reaper: His appearance befits this trope very well.
  • Implied Death Threat: The Graveyard Shadow's opening line.
  • Nice Hat
  • The Idealist: As Ted Needlemeyer.

Medical Shadow/Dr. Klutzchnik

School Shadow/Billy Blatfield

"Hey, Ned! I'm gonna teach you a lesson."

Voiced by Jeff Cesario

  • The Bully: Subverted when it turns out he only wanted to be Ned's friend, but was too ashamed of telling him.
  • Trash Talk: "Hey, everyone! It's 'Make Fun of Ned Day', also known as 'Melonhead Day'! HAHAHAHAHA!"
    • In addition, almost everything said from the School Shadow to Ned is either a taunt or a threat.
      • It should also be noted that the true identity of the Shadow takes a large effect on the reason for its excessive taunting.
  • Jerkass

Bathroom Shadow/Bathroom toilet

"I have a hankering... for a Ned sandwich."

Attic, Basement, and Beyond Shadow/Sally

"[first head] Terrible... [second head] Hideous... [both] Surprises!"

Voiced by Jill Fischer

    Nightmare Dwellers 

Grave Digger


Clogging Trio


Voiced by Edie McClurg

Mannequin Fortune Teller
"A rolling stone gathers no moss...Sorry, wrong dream!"

Human Pack-Mule

Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

Snake Dogs
  • Rule of Three
  • The Reveal: First appear to be incredibly long snakes, but later turn out to be three, orange and black, hungry, Mexican-style dogs.

Doctor Shots
  • Depraved Dentist: He'll try and give Ned a shot of Novocaine if the mouth closes on him, but Ned can use toxic breath on him after meeting with Gingivitis, the fairy godmother.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When he tries to jump over the pile of syringe needles, he ends up landing on them.

Art Projects
  • Clucking Funny: The Killer Rooster.
  • Dracula: The Vampire Milk Carton.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Clayman.
  • Noodlepeople: The Pipe-cleaner Skeleton.
  • Stop Motion: The art projects and their dioramas appear to be animated in this particular style. This is proven to be the case in the credits.

    Attic, Basement and Beyond clan 

  • Dysfunctional Family
    • It is hinted that Petey and Repetey may possible relatives to Mrs. Salt and Glution due to the fact they have portraits around each other in the main hall.
      • Something else very interesting to note is that Ned's mother has a portrait next to theirs, as well, hinting furthermore that she may have been Sally the little girl. Although the portrait is there mostly for the "Don't step on a crack" moment in the same area.

The "Amazing Twins!" (aka Petey and Repetey)

Mrs. Salt