Characters: The Skinjacker Trilogy
The characters of The Skinjacker Trilogy
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Nick/The Chocolate Ogre
"What if we're lost here forever?"
The fourteen-year-old hero. He arrives into Everlost with Allie following a car accident. While initially passive and at times insecure, Nick develops into a more determined and strong-willed person. He quickly develops a crush on Mary Hightower.
- Betty and Veronica: He is the Veronica to Vari's Betty in Everlost, and the Betty to Milos's Veronica in Everwild and Everfound.
- But Not Too Foreign: Nick is half-Japanese.
- Character Development: Nick starts out a bit high-strung and not very courageous, but by the end he's brave and self-confident, even going as far as to lead the rebellion against Mary Hightower. Much of this character development happened while he was being pickled in a barrel by the Haunter and had lots of time to reflect.
- Character Focus: He spends much of the time separated from the three other main characters, having his own adventures, such as leading the ghost train.
- Love at First Sight: Nick and Mary felt quite a connection right away, partly love, and partly because Nick was destined to take over Mary's role, only to do it the right way, with unselfish intentions. Mary was basically Nick's evil counterpart.
- Red-Headed Hero: Nick is described as having reddish-brown hair.
- Empty Shell: Nick is this for a short while at the beginning of the book. His personality slowly grows back with the help of Mikey.
- Fake Memories: Milos manipulates Nick into believing that Jill is who he loves and not Mary. This doesn't last for long.
- I Choose to Stay: In the end, he decides that his fate is to stay in Everlost, to help all newcomers.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to his near dissolving into nothingness and returning as a literal "Chocolate Ogre," Nick can barely recall who he was.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Mary.
Alexandra "Allie" Johnson
"What if I don't want to forget the living world?"
The-fourteen-year-old heroine. Arrives into Everlost with Nick following a car accident. She is practical and sarcastic. Allie desperately desires to return home and displays hostility towards Mary. Her choices in the story cause a chain of events that lead her to untimely consequences.
- Batman Gambit/Scheherezade Gambit: Allie convines the McGill that she can teach him the twelve steps on how to skinjack so she won't get thrown overboard. They're all Blatant Lies.
- Becoming the Mask: Nick calls out Allie on this when it appears the McGill's influence is rubbing off on her.
- Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: When Allie body surfs into a nineteen-year-old jogger and they fight for control of the girl's body while Allie is driving, they crash into a guard rail along the road. The jogger ends up mostly unharmed, but Allie literally falls out of the body and almost sinks into the water below before Mikey rescues her.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Between her loyalty in rescuing Nick and Lief versus her sympathy to the McGill.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu??: Tricking McGill into beliving that she was teaching him how to Body Surf.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu??: Whenever the McGill begins showing genuine kindness towards Allie.
- Easily Forgiven: The McGill easily forgives Allie twice—after he catches her opening his fortune cookies, and then within a couple of hours of chasing Allie for betraying him, the McGill/Mikey has a change of heart from vengence to admiration towards Allie and rescues her.
- Interrupted Suicide: Subverted. When the McGill sees Allie staring off at the horizon from the deck and approaches her, she accuses him of trying to pull a Beast and Beauty. The McGill actually thought Allie was going to jump and wanted to make sure she wasn't going to.
- It's All My Fault: After Nick and Lief get captured by the Haunter.
- The Lancer
- Most Writers Are Writers: Allie writes a book that is mentioned throughout the series, named Everything Mary Says is Wrong.
- Rescue Romance: Mikey's Heel-Face Turn and rescuing of Allie.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Allie's slightly gradual sympathy towards the McGill.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Between Nick and Allie.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Allie attempts this on the McGill to defend herself from the Haunter. The Haunter gets thrown overboard, but the gambit fails for Allie because the McGill already knew she had fooled him.
- Humanity Ensues: Allie ultimately choose to return to her own body and reunites with her mother.
Mary Hightower/Megan Mary McGill
"You see emptiness. I see possibility."
Mary is a fifteen-year-old girl who takes in Afterlights and gives them a home in her utopia. She is exceptionally knowledgable when it comes to Everlost and has written many books on it. Mary is slowly drawn to newcomer Nick.
- Defrosting Ice Queen/Kuudere
- Meet Cute
- The Reveal: The McGill is Mary's younger brother Mikey, and she has known about it the entire time. She also lied about the coins that Afterlights brought with them to Everlost being useless—she knew it was the key to Afterlights going into the light and wanted them to stay with her in Everlost instead.
- Dating Catwoman: Despite Nick betraying her in Everlost, Mary still holds strong feelings for Nick. It is hinted in various occasions, such as when she is captured by Pugsy Capone in Chicago and fantasizes about Nick finding and rescuing her.
- Humanity Ensues: Nick's plan succeeds and Zin crams Mary out of Everlost and into the human world, but Mary convinces Milos to kill her and watch over her body in Everlost during the nine-month hibernation period until she awakens.
- Not So Different: With Nick and Mikey.
The McGill/Michael "Mikey" Edward McGill
"I am the McGill. Hear my name and tremble."
A monster feared by all of Everlost. It is said that he leaves no survivors.
- Alliterative Name: Mikey McGill.
- Beast and Beauty: The McGill and Allie.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Allie.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Milos's Veronica.
- Big Bad -> Defeat Means Friendship -> Rival Turned Evil -> Love Redeems
- Bishounen: As Mikey.
- Blackmail: Believes in the power of this.
- Brought Down to Normal
- The Captain
- Cannot Spit It Out: Feeling left out when he is around the Skinjackers, his ability to change, and his feelings for Allie.
- Cool Boat: Has a ship named the Sulphur Queen, but leaves it behind for a Cool Horse when he chases after Allie (and gets chased after, himself, by an angry mob. Vari takes the Sulphur Queen and becomes the new McGill.
- Cool Horse: Has a horse that can dive from frightening high places until he loses it in the sequel.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Eldritch Abomination: As the McGill.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: After the McGill catches Allie opening his fortune cookies, she hesitates in answering him, and he assumes that she will lie. In spite of this, he decides to believe what she says.
- Humanity Is Infectious
- I Choose to Stay
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: The McGill takes a growing interest in Allie not only because of her skinjacking ability but also because she doesn't fear him (she secretly does).
- Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Lancer
- Living Lie Detector: The McGill believes he is this, but his arrogance blinds him from seeing Allie's Blatant Lies.
- Luminescent Blush: Or glowing lavender.
- Meaningful Name: He remembered his last name.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Played straight with the McGill. Averted with Mikey.
- Not Good with People
- Not So Different: With Allie.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Milos's Blue Oni.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- In Everlost, the McGill chases after Allie for foiling his plans, but as time passes he grows to admire her as a worthy opponent and rescues her.
- In Everwild, under the belief that he can never have Allie and that Allie had chosen Milos over him, he becomes the McGill once again and pulls an If I Can't Have You moment by attempting to force Allie to move on into the light rather than not being able to have her at all.
- Ship Tease: With Allie.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mary.
- Sixth Ranger
- Tsundere: Type A as Mikey. Tsun-tsun towards people he doesn't know or when socializing with others in general. Dere-dere towards Allie.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Initially doesn't understand and denies his feelings for Allie.
- Will They Or Won't They?: With Allie. They will.
- Love Redeems: He acknowledges that his love for Allie had "saved" him and restored him to his true self, but at the time, cooled off his furious McGill nature, which serves to be a bit of a problem when the "Ogre" version of Nick and him are attempting to follow Mary's train by going through the earth (as doing so needs willpower and fury).
Introduced in Everlost
"It would have been a fun forever. But that's okay. I don't mind. I'm ready."
An initially nameless boy who finds Nick and Allie and introduces them to the world of Everlost. Allie names him "Lief."
A finder working under Mary. Owns the Hindenburg
- Motor Mouth: Because he's in the engine room with no one to talk to, once someone comes, he or she will be a "captive audience" until the train stops.
"Welcome to Everlost. This here's my territory, and you gots to pay me for passage."
A gang leader that Nick and Allie encounter during their first few days in Everlost.
"She'll grow tired of you. She likes you because you're new, but you won't be new forever. Soon you'll be just another Afterlight, and she won't even remember your name. But I'll still be here."
Mary's right hand man and favorite, Vari is greatly loyal to Mary and grows jealous of Nick, who Mary takes an interest in.
"The price of faliure is an eternity to think about it."''
An expert in the Criminal Arts of haunting the living world. He captures Nick and Lief.
"He's my captain, not my master."
The McGill's chief associate, Pinhead is a boy with an unusually small head.
A nine-year-old Afterlight and the conductor of a ghost train.
- Cool Train: Owns a ghost train and the only source of transportation for Nick's team.
Introduced In Everwild
"Zach the Ripper"/Zinnia "Zin" Kitner
Known as "Zach the Ripper" in rumors of an Afterlight with the Criminal Arts skill of ecto-ripping. Nick hopes to find the Ripper to add to his forces to defeat Mary. It is soon revealed that "Zach" is actually a girl
named Zin. She reluctantly joins Nick's cause when she hears about a war.
Vitaly Milos Vayevsky
"I can forgive you for everything...except for taking her away from me. I will never forgive you for that."
A skinjacker who befriends Allie and Mikey and travels with them. Milos and Allie can understand each other because they are both skinjackers. He is the leader of the group, the Deadlies, and his companions are Squirrel and Moose. Milos is looking for their former companion, Jackin' Jill, who he was once fond of.
Jackin' Jill was the former member of the Deadlies, a group consisting of Milos, Squirrel, and Moose. Among the jobs they did, she was the one who passed on messages of Afterlights to the living. Milos and Jackin' Jill were close. But one day, Jackin' Jill left, taking with her all of their belongings, as well as the belongings of the Afterlights they were staying with. Milos, Squirrel, and Moose are currently trying to find Jackin' Jill.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted. Jix is the one who's attracted to her. She later reciprocates his feelings.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jix.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Jill: Very touching. I may have to skinjack someone just so I can hurl.
- Defrosting Ice Queen/Pet the Dog: She sacrifices her coin in an attempt to free Jix when they are ambushed by the Neon Nightmares.
- High Heel-Face Turn: She leaves Mary's group after Jix and over fifty souls sink to the center of the earth through drowning.
- Reverse Mole: But she rejoins Mary at Jix's suggestion to remain in her good graces and to keep an eye on her.
- Kiss-Kiss-Slap: When having to choose between Jix and returning to Milos and the gang, Jackin' Jill kisses Jix and then slaps him before deciding to stay.
- Love Redeems: Jix's presence makes her second-guess her choices and lifestyle.
Squirrel and Mitchell "Moose" Terrence Moessner
Skinjackers who follow Allie, mistaking her for their former companion Jackin' Jill. Squirrel and Moose are companions of Milos, the leader of their group, the Deadlies.
Introduced in Everfound
The loyal subject of the Mayan King of Everlost, perpetually fifteen-year-old Jix is a "furjacker"—a skinjacker except that Jix prefers to possess animals (specifically jaguars) rather than humans. After spying on Milos and his group on a reaping
excursion, he decides to join them their cause with a hidden agenda—to learn more about the "Eastern Witch" Mary Hightower.
A former firefighter hero turned public nuisance following a fire rescue that burnt the left side of his face and left his eye dead, his ear deaf, and stole his left fingers, Clarence can see Everlost through his left eye and is determined to uncover the "spirits" he sees to prove to everyone that he's not going mad. He turns out to be a "scar wraith," a being that is half in Everlost and half in the human world and has the ability to extinguish an Afterlight by touching one.