!Main Characters

!! '''[=NiGHTS=]'''
!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/IkueOtani (Japanese, Sonic Shuffle), Elara Distler (English, Sonic Shuffle), Yukari Tamura (Japanese, Journey of Dreams), Julissa Aguirre (English)

The eponymous character of the series, [=NiGHTS=] is a carefree, mysterious being that flies around the world of dreams. They're interested in anything new and unusual, including Visitors, and tends to do their own thing, for the most part. [=NiGHTS=] has a tendency to be unthinkingly rude, especially towards Owl, but they generally act in fun, and means no harm.

* TheAce: By the end of both games, they've managed to defeat all of Wizeman's forces and is capable of fighting Wizeman on equal terms.
* AscendedDemon
* AllLovingHero: They'd have to be to be a [[spoiler:Nightmaren]] and still be heroic.
* AmbiguousGender
** NoBiologicalSex
* [[spoiler:AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Averted.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiAntiChrist: [=NiGHTS=] is a Nightmaren created by the BigBad Wizeman for the sake of stealing a human's ideya. They choose to be TheHero instead.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Look! It's Octopaw!
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Possibly. They're never seen to lose their temper, but they also have no problem with killing their enemies if they're pushed too far.
** Starkly evident in the Reala fight in ''Journey of Dreams'' -- [=NiGHTS=] basically snaps at Reala, picks a fight, and then proceeds to beat Reala up so badly that the other Nightmaren is forced to retreat.
* BigBrotherMentor: A bit more like this to Will and Helen than Elliot and Claris. Understandable, as Will and Helen are 12 while Claris and Elliot are about 15.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* DeadpanSnarker: In the storybook titled "[=NiGHTS=]: Flying through the sky without wings".
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
** [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]
** [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* FakeBrit: [[invoked]] In the sequel.
* TheFool
* FriendlyEnemy: Usually acts like this toward Reala.
* HeelFaceTurn: Before the series started.
* HellishPupils: Both [=NiGHTS=] and Reala are subtly cat-eyed.
* [[spoiler:HesBack: At the end of ''Journey of Dreams'', possibly.]]
* IdiotBall: Mostly in the sequel, where they are constantly being captured.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: In ''[=JoD=]''. Friendly, playful and flamboyant to Reala's rough stoicism, [[AmbiguousGender though]] this is probably doable for [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy every]] [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl variation]].
** This could possibly [[JustifiedTrope be due]] to ValuesDissonance between Nightmare and Nightopia.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Besides transforming into a dolphin, a dragon, and a rocket by means of Persona Masks, [=NiGHTS=] takes on the shape of a boat and a roller coaster car.
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:[=NiGHTS=] embodies this. However, unlike many other shadow archetypes, they are not focused on the negative. Instead, they bring out the positive traits of the Vistors, that are hidden deep down, and makes it part of its own personality. Will's determination and Helen's bravery, for one.]]
* SharingABody: Helen and Will can dualize with [=NiGHTS=], which allows them to fly in their form.
* TricksterArchetype
* VillainousHarlequin: Pre-series, possibly.

!!'''Claris Sinclair'''

!!!!!!Voiced by Jasmine Allen

An aspiring singer with a serious case of stage fright, Claris finds her way into Nightopia after a disastrous audition.

* ContinuityNod: Her voice actress sings the "Sweet Snow" version of "Dreams Dreams" in ''Journey of Dreams'', and [[SheIsAllGrownUp quite well, in fact]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DaddysGirl: One of her levels signifies her love for her father.
* HappyHolidaysDress: In ''[=Christmas NiGHTS=]'', although it's cut in a way that could also be a SexySantaDress.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Implied to be this with Elliot at the end of the game. Even more so in the ending for the Christmas game.
* InformedAbility: She supposedly has a beautiful voice, but this doesn't shine through thanks to her voice actress. It gets better, if the ContinuityNod mentioned above is any indication.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Claris comes from a family of artists.
* LonelyRichKid
* OlderThanTheyLook
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her hair is pink and her clothes are designed to complement her hair.
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Pink Haired Girl]]
* TheCutie
* WhoWearsShortShorts: In the original game.

!!'''Elliot Edwards'''

!!!!!!Voiced by Cameron Earl Strother

A friendly, popular boy who loses confidence in himself after the local JerkJock and his friends push him around. He then finds his way into Nightopia...

* AlliterativeName
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DavidVersusGoliath: He plays against older, more experienced kids.
* NiceGuy
* HeroicResolve: As with the other main characters, but Elliot's is especially focused on in the storybook.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Implied to be this with Claris at the end of the game. Even more so in the ending for the Christmas game.
* OlderThanTheyLook
* TheHero: In the comics and the storybook.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!'''Helen Cartwright'''

!!!!!!Voiced by Victoria Ashby

A child prodigy who is gifted at playing the violin. She's very close to her mother, and finds herself in the Night Dimension when she begins to have nightmares out of guilt for sacrificing her time with her mother for her social life.

* ActionGirl: She spends a lot of time running around Nightopia by herself, fighting nightmarens.
* BigFancyHouse
* TheChick: When Helen's not busy being an ActionGirl, she's this.
* DamselInDistress: Gets this a few times, especially when [[spoiler:Wizeman kidnaps her in Will's route]].
* DesignatedVictim: Gets kidnapped more than any other Visitor.
* DuetBonding: With her mother.
* {{Kawaiiko}}
* NaiveEverygirl
* NiceGirl
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her pink jacket.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Helen is terrified of the dark.

!!'''William Taylor'''

!!!!!!Voiced by Riley O'Flynn

A lonely boy whose favorite hobby is soccer. He's very close to his father, so when the man leaves for a business trip, Will's loneliness leads to nightmares. It's after this he finds his way to the Night Dimension.

* {{Adorkable}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He may be young, and full of angst. But the kid shouldn't be underestimated.
* ButtMonkey: The poor kid has a ''really'' hard time with some situations in the Night Dimension.
* ChildProdigy: At least at the game of Soccer.
* {{Determinator}}: Will shows signs of this in his route.
* DotingParent: His dad is hinted at being this.
* HumbleHero
* KidHero: More so than Elliot, because he's a little younger.


!!!!!!Voiced by Jeff Kramer

An elderly, owl-like Nightopian, he serves as a guide to both Helen and Will throughout ''Journey of Dreams''. He panics easily in bad situations and is irritated by [=NiGHTS=]' childish antics.

* BigOlEyebrows
* CoolOldGuy: While his exact age is never specified, he's a very affable grandfatherly figure.
* GrumpyOldMan: He doesn't always like [=NiGHTS=]' childishness.
* MentorMascot
* MeaningfulName: He's a large owl, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment named Owl.]]
* MisterExposition
* OlderAndWiser: At least he says so.
* TalkingAnimal: A talking Owl to be precise.
* TeamDad



!!!!!!Voiced by Roger L. Jackson

The ruler and creator of Nightmare. Wizeman created the Nightmaren as well. He seeks to rule over the Night Dimension (and the waking world in the US version of ''[=NiGHTS=] into Dreams'') and is especially interested in corrupting Nightopia.

* AGodAmI: Granted, he is implied to ''be'' a god, but that doesn't stop him from acting out this trope.
* ArchnemesisDad: Created [=NiGHTS=], but is perfectly willing to destroy them for defying him.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: Ties directly into his Type I {{Immortality}}, being the seeming source of it.
* BigBad
* TheBlank: His [[TheFaceless face]] seems to be totally blank, save for something that could be a mouth.
* CardCarryingVillain
* EvilSoundsDeep: In ''Journey of Dreams''.
** EvilBrit: Due to his distorted VoiceOfTheLegion, it's hard to even tell, but you can find small bits of a British accent.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: In each palm of his hand, there is a red eye. They're most prominently seen in the cutscene following Donbalon's defeat.
* FloatingLimbs: Six disembodied hands.
* GodOfEvil: He's really the only character implied to be a god, and being able to create Nightmare and the Nightmarens certainly attests to that. The evil part comes with his being the BigBad.
* {{Immortality}}: Type I. It doesn't stop him from [[spoiler:being destroyed in the good ending of ''Journey of Dreams'']], however. Or does it?
* WasOnceAMan: His backstory states that he was a Visitor who was deprived of his Ideya.
* YouHaveFailedMe: He tends to pull this a lot on second-level Nightmaren, and even threatens to do this to Reala.


-->''"Beadichinoa [=NiGHTS=]"''

!!!!!!Voiced by Casey Robertson

[=NiGHTS=]'s rival. Unlike [=NiGHTS=], he's cruel and insidious, willing to do just about anything to get what he wants. He is completely loyal to Wizeman and is constantly out on missions from him.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: In his relationship towards [=NiGHTS=] and his desire to fight him in order to please Wizeman.
* CardCarryingVillain
* CirclingMonologue: Gives one to Helen while revealing that [=NiGHTS=] is a Nightmaren to destroy her trust in [=NiGHTS=].
* CoolMask: Given one called a persona in the sequel.
* TheDragon
** DragonAscendant: Briefly in the comic book adaption.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Though for all we know, it's his actual skin.
* EvilCounterpart: To [=NiGHTS=].
* EvilTwin
* GigglingVillain: In ''Journey of Dreams''.
* HellishPupils: In ''[=NiGHTS=] into Dreams'', Reala's pupils are round and huge with points at the bottom (and assumedly, also at the top, though the top part isn't visible). In ''Journey of Dreams'', he has vertical slit pupils like [=NiGHTS=] does.
* KickTheDog: He's practically ''made'' of this in ''Journey of Dreams''.
* LargeHam
* MirrorBoss: In the first game.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The above quote as stated by WordOfGod is slang for "Let's go, [=NiGHTS=]". However, it has been confused for the even darker (and yet more in-character) line of "There is no [=NiGHTS=]".
* NoBiologicalSex: Though he appears masculine, it's likely he shares this with his mirror image, [=NiGHTS=], and also has no gender.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Maintains this attitude towards [=NiGHTS=] in both games.
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: In the second game.
* PerpetualFrowner: His default expression. When he does smile, it's always just to be condescending.
* StealthPun: Wears black-and-white makeup that makes him look like he's in Music/{{KISS}}, and could be called a crazy, crazy [=NiGHTS=]...
* TheRival: Due to equal skills and opposing personalities, Reala is constantly led into rivalry with [=NiGHTS=].


A second-level Nightmaren created by Wizeman. He appears as a body-less hood with gloves and boots. Only appears in the first game.

* BossBanter: Speaks in gibberish during his boss fight.
* CheshireCatGrin
* DealWithTheDevil: He does this in the Archie comics version of the story, promising the two main characters' desires in exchange for their Ideya.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Razor-sharp tarot/playing cards.
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* MadOracle: Implied, what with his TarotMotifs in the Japanese version.
* SlasherSmile
* WeaksauceWeakness: He can't do anything without his cape.


A rather harmless fish Nightmaren that swims around in a giant glass tank. The first boss of the first game.


A fat, round, bouncing, pink rabbit-like Nightmaren that apparently can sing opera.


An odd Nightmaren that looks like a cross between a frog, bat, and dragon. One of the few re-occurring bosses, appearing in Christmas Nights.


An ever-grinning cat Nightmaren that jumps around a horizontal, ferris wheel-like contraption on exploding mice.


A clown Nightmaren that bounces around like a large balloon, hence the name. First boss of the second game.


A Giant fish Nightmaren, clad in knight-like armor. Has a thin mustache, and a penchant for eating its enemies. Sinks into the ground to avoid them as well.


A witch Nightmaren who fights on top of a tiltable table. Fights by firing blasts, and using her cat familiars as rocket projectiles.


A vicious dog Nightmaren that appears to be three orbs with dog-like auras, bound to each other by chains.

* ChainedByFashion: All three are bound together by two chains. [=NiGHTS=] has to use this fact to defeat Cerberus.
* TheDreaded: Both Reala and [=NiGHTS=] are ''terrified'' of this thing.
* EnergyBeing: The third Cerberus is revealed to be this in the second fight.
* {{Hellhound}}: That mad old dog. Even the other Nightmarens fear this creature.


An odd chameleon magician Nightmaren that wears a stage magician's tuxedo, top hat, and cape. Seems to drag opponents into its own realm, and uses playing cards to fight for him.

!!'''Queen Bella'''

A giant spider Nightmaren, dressed like a British queen. Fought above a lava-filled hole on grate platforms. Seemingly likes to spin silk balls for no reason.