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.
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.
Also, in the chiming chambers, where most people had gone crazy from hanging around.
Took a Level in Badass: When Nick realizes that Mary has been lying to the Afterlights about their coins in order to keep them in Everlost instead of moving on, he betrays Mary and frees all the Afterlights so they can reach the light.
"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.
Guile Heroine: She spends the whole first book tricking the Mc Gill by telling him she would teach him how to skinjack. She ends with one giant trick when she puts a fake fortune in one of his cookies.
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.
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.
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.
Affably Evil: Mary is very polite and proper, and just a relatively nice person, if only she wasn't set on destroying the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Body Horror: When he turns into the McGill once again. He gets better.
Butt Monkey: For some time in the story since he's not as threatening in his fifteen-year-old body than he was as the monsterous McGill, and well, because Loners Are Freaks.
Cassandra Truth: When he tells the Afterlights at the diner that he was the McGill, and when Mikey tells Milos, Squirrel, and Moose that Mary Hightower is his sister.
Crazy Jealous Guy: He does not take too kindly to Milos, a rival for Allie's affections and a fellow skinjacker. What sends him on the tip of the iceberg and makes him become the McGill once more is seeing Milos and Allie kiss.
Date Peepers: Mikey spies on Milos's and Allie's "lesson," and everything went downhill after that...
Green-Eyed Monster: Sees Milos as a threat and is jealous of the growing closeness between Allie and Milos and how much time they've been spending together.
Mikey had no idea whether or not Milos was a good spirit, or bad, all he knew was that he hated Milos for simply existing.
If I Can't Have You: Mikey (reprising his role as the McGill) literally says this to Allie in Everwild, convinced that he can never have Allie because she had chosen Milos over him, and he would rather have Allie take a coin and be returned to the tunnel to the light than to not be able to have her at all.
I Will Find You: Twice towards Allie—Once as the McGill (again) to return Allie to the tunnel to the light than to be unable to have her, having been convinced that Allie had chosen Milos over him, and then as Mikey when Allie is captured and taken to the west, leaving Nick and him to find her.
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."
Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this after he gets captured by the Haunter and gets stuck in a pickle barrel.
Distressed Dude: Gets captured twice—first by the Haunter and then by the McGill.
Please Don't Leave Me: Does this to Nick and Allie when they decide to leave the forest to find their homes. He secretly follows them to make sure they don't get hurt and rescues them when they are ambushed by Johnnie-O and his gang.
The Reveal: The reason why the McGill never goes to Atlantic City is because that is where he suffered his first defeat at the hands of the Twin Pier Maradaurs, who captured him. One of the members of the Maradaurs later turned traitor and set the McGill free. He knows of this crucial information because he was the traitorous Maradaur who set the McGill free.
A nine-year-old Afterlight and the conductor of a ghost train.
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.
Team Pet: Her dog, Kudzu. Nick later orders her to cram Kudzu back into the living world and she reluctantly complies.
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.
Birds of a Feather: Played with. Jackin' Jill and he are both skinjackers and were once in a relationship, but Jackin' Jill betrayed the Deadlies and disappeared. As fellow skinjackers, Allie and he also gradually grow closer, much to Mikey's jealousy, but Allie ultimately rejects him for Mikey.
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.
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.
My God, What Have I Done?: Jix is devastated when his actions of releasing a panther he had furjacked led it to killing a little girl standing nearby and letting it run loose in the city. See The Atoner.
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.