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Series: House of Anubis

House of Anubis is a mystery series series airing on Nickelodeon, based on the Flemish-Dutch series Het Huis Anubis. The series tells the story of Nina, an American student who earns a scholarship to a fancy English Boarding School and becomes a member of the House of Anubis, believed to be the nicest house on campus. On the day of Nina's arrival, another student named Joy is pulled out of the school under mysterious circumstances, prompting her roommate, Patricia, to suspect that the school faculty are enacting some kind of conspiracy. First aired on January 1, 2011, as part of a two-night series premiere.

The second season began on Monday, January 9, 2012. The third season began January 3, 2013.

Now has a character sheet in progress.

Here are some of the principal characters
  • Nina Martin - The New Transfer Student at the Boarding School. She tries to solve the mystery of the House of Anubis and find the treasure hidden within.
  • Fabian Rutter - A student in the House of Anubis who is nice to Nina right from the beginning.
  • Patricia Williamson - Joy's roommate and friend. Patricia is suspicious of the circumstances under which Joy disappeared, especially since Joy left behind her cell phone and her favorite stuffed animal.
  • Amber Millington - Another female student. Mick's girlfriend at the start of the series and a archetypical Shipper on Deck.
  • Mick Campbell - Student in the House of Anubis and Amber's boyfriend. Likes sports.
  • Mara Jaffray - Amber's best friend, but there's some romantic tension between Mara and Mick.
  • Jerome Clarke - Male student in the House of Anubis. Seems to enjoy causing chaos.
  • Alfie Lewis - Another student in the House of Anubis. He has a crush on Amber.
  • Joy Mercer - A student who is called away from the school under odd circumstances. May or may not actually be hiding in the building somewhere.
  • Sarah Frobisher-Smythe - An old woman who claims to have lived in the House of Anubis. She gives Nina a locket which seems to have some power over the house.
  • Victor Rodenmaar - The guy in charge of the House of Anubis. Definitely creepy and definitely up to something.
  • Rufus Zeno - A man posing as a private investigator.
  • Eddie Miller - A new American student in Season 2. Seems to be a bit of a troublemaker, not to mention being ridiculously flirtatious. In the season 2 finale, it turns out that he is destined to be Nina's protector.

NOTE: The House of Anubis fanbase is infamous for its speculation of future events of the show and future seasons as well and is very, very, very rumor-based and disinformation/speculation driven, with many rumors about the show an who will leave/return emerge on fake twitter accounts and vandalism of the series' entry on The Other Wiki. Thus, for those who would like to contribute something to this trope page should be wary of where they get their information from.


Tropes in this series include:

  • Academy of Adventure: The un-named boarding school, at least if you live in Anubis House.
  • Adorkable:
    • Fabian who is nerdy, shy and loved by plenty of girls both in and out of universe. Nina even calls him cute and "geek chic" in her diary.
    • There's Mara, the smartest person in the House... who is rather pretty, and gets pretty adorable when she's happy about something.
  • Advice Backfire: When Patricia tells Joy that Fabian likes Nina because they have a lot in common, Joy takes that as advice to pretend to have more in common with Fabian to win him over from Nina.
    • Later, when Mara asks Patricia for advice about what to do about Mick possibly moving to Australia, Patricia tries to reassure her by saying that Mara and Mick work as a couple so well despite their differences. Mara takes this as advice to make their differences more evident to Mick so that he'll break up with her before moving to Australia.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Eddie calls Patricia "Yacker." In a strange twist, this actually started as an insult, then took on a new meaning when they started dating.
  • Alliterative Family: The Clarke family—John, Joan, Jerome...and Poppy.
  • All Take and No Give: Many fans have accused Nina and Fabian's relationship to be like this, with Fabian putting in much more of the effort AND doing many dangerous things for Nina and sometimes not even getting so much of a thank you in return. Eventually averted, however, with Nina putting on the mask of Anubis, willing to go to the Egyptian afterlife to spare her friends and her Grandmother from being cursed any longer.
    • Amber and Alfie's relationship in the beginning of season 2 was also like this.
  • Almost Kiss: Happens to all the pairings at some point in the show.
    • Patricia and Eddie. She pulls away.
    • Also Mara and Jerome. She pulls away.
  • Alone Among the Couples: At the end of season 3, KT is the only person not paired off with anyone. She doesn't mind, though.
  • Alpha Bitch: No real straight examples, because each of the characters are given sympathetic sides and never stay bitchy for too long; however, some characters did gain some shades of this trope.
    • Patricia fell into this at the beginning of season one; she bullied and played nasty tricks on Nina, assuming she had something to do with the disappearance of her best friend. However, it was a different variation, as the only two people who supported her were Jerome and Alfie, and they only joined her because of the humor value, and not out of actual malice, and they were horrified with everyone else when Patricia locked Nina in the attic. She got better quickly, and soon she and Nina became incredibly close friends and she joined Sibuna.
    • Amber also had shades of this while running against Mara in the school election, this time over the affection of Mick. They made up quickly enough when Amber managed to get over Mick and supported Mara in getting with him.
    • Joy also had shades of this in season two when she rivaled Nina for Fabian's attentions. However, nobody supported her in her worst actions, not even Patricia. She also managed to be sympathetic, having deep insecurities and honestly feeling replaced by Nina since she had been gone the year before. In the end, she joined Sibuna to help Nina, and got over her meaner traits.
  • Ambiguous Allegiance: Jason Winkler was a good guy at first, and then he started to unravel the mystery of Joy Mercer's disappearance. Ultimately, this led him to Victor and the next thing the viewers knew, he had joined Victor's society. This spawned some debate among fans of the series as to whether Jason was being forced to cooperate with the society or whether he had joined of his own free will. (A third theory is that he is the Reverse Mole, pretending to be loyal to the society in order to gather information on them.) Turned out, he was slowly dying and needed The Cup of Ankh to save himself.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Joy, due to the fact that her actress is half Filipina.
    • Mara, as well.
  • Amnesia Missed A Spot: Played with when Fabian gets his amnesia curse. At first, he is still able to remember enough, like who Nina is, even though it does take a little work to trigger these memories. Though, eventually he does lose his entire memory, including his name.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Nina gets like this a lot in season 2. She has a tendency to get mad at her friends for trying to help save her life, because it was putting themselves in danger, too.
  • Anti-Hero: Several, including:
    • Patricia, who has always meant well, but has a bunch of morally gray traits- extreme jealousy, Brutal Honesty, a bit of a Hair-Trigger Temper...she has also done a bunch of morally gray actions as well, mostly in the first season, where she had gone as far as locking Nina in the attic in order to try and get information about her best friend, who had gone missing. She's by no means a perfect person, but she does mean well.
    • Jerome was a more blatant example. In season 1, he was a manipulative, uncaring Slime Ball who enjoyed messing with anyone and everyone, including his own best friend Alfie. When Alfie joined Sibuna, Jerome became jealous and forced Alfie to give him information, which eventually culminated in Jerome joining Rufus Zeno. Eventually he realized that Rufus was the bad guy and, once he started getting threatened by his new boss, joined Sibuna temporarily. In Season 2, he started to fix some of his worst traits, but remained as the anti-hero of the show, especially when the gem he spent all season trying to find was stolen. He automatically went on an investigation, which ended up having him once again helping Rufus to get the gem back, as well as the recently kidnapped Trudy. Once again, he helped Sibuna stop Rufus, but only after getting busted for stealing an important object of Sibuna's. In the third season, while no longer part of the mystery, he remains in this roll, as early on in the season he ended up cheating on Mara, his girlfriend, with a girl named Willow. After that, Jerome was an object of Mara's revenge, which became harsh enough to place him squarely back on the hero side of the situation. This also made Mara an anti-hero as well, because her goal was sympathetic, but her actions were not.
    • Finally, there's Joy. In the second season, she was relentless in trying to win Fabian's affections, which meant hurting Nina. She did this by trying to win his sympathies, trick him into kissing her, and then trying to get Nina to leave the school. All of these merely ended up making her hated by Fabian. Then she went on to hurt her other friends as well, despite those friends trying to help her with her problems. By the end, however, she ended up helping Sibuna and saving the lives of both Nina and Fabian, implying that she would have been a fine person if she hadn't felt rejected. In the third season, she was the one of the first to learn about Jerome cheating on Mara with Willow, and at first rightfully attempted to make him tell the truth. Once the truth was out, she tried to help Mara get her revenge- which meant pretending to have feelings for Jerome, getting him to like her back, and then dumping him in front of the entire school. It worked, but she eventually fell for him too, and he found out and dumped her instead. During all of this, she remained a hero for her sympathetic storyline, but her actions- which were being done for a good reason, but just weren't very nice, as well as the fact that she went along with Mara's plan to the end despite knowing it was a cruel trick- puts her into the anti-hero zone.
  • Anti-Villain: Jason Winkler from the first season. He was only really a villain by way of being a member of the Secret Society and betraying Patricia. He was always more interested in his teaching job and the students, and even after betraying Patricia, still clearly cared about her. In the finale, he attempted to get Victor and the other teachers to help Sibuna, who were trapped with Rufus Zeno. It was then revealed that the only reason he joined the Society at all was because the elixir of life, which makes one immortal, would have saved him from dying of his degenerative illness. In a deleted scene, he even got to talk to Patricia one last time before disappearing from the show. He was never at all a bad guy, he had just made the wrong choices.
  • Arc Number: Seven. Anubis split the Cup of Ankh into seven pieces and The Chosen One was born on the seventh hour of the seventh day in the seventh month. Seven acolytes are necessary in order to tip the scales of life. Also, the Cup of Ankh can only be put back together once every 25 years. (2+5=7) Doubles as a Numerological Motif for the Cup.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Mara: (to Patricia) You went too far. Plus, I was on cleanup duty.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When Victor is padlocking the attic door, Trudy comes up and asks,
    Trudy: What are you doing?
    Victor: Baking a cake. What does it look like I'm doing?
  • Awkward Kiss: The kiss between Eddie and Piper sure is awkward, as Eddie thought Piper was her twin sister and his girlfriend, Patricia, and Piper had no clue who Eddie was. The kiss appeared to be rather strange for both of them, as Eddie expected Piper to insult him like Patricia does, and Piper didn't even know what was going on.
  • Back for the Season Finale: Mick.
  • Badass in Distress: When Patricia gets kidnapped by the villain, she still manages to keep being the strong character she is and does everything she can to escape, from leaving a clue behind when she was taken to trying to knock out the villain. Despite this, it is her friends who end up rescuing her. (After two of them have to be saved themselves after a first failed rescue attempt, anyway.) Immediately following her rescue Patricia goes on to furiously blackmail one of the teachers into telling the secret about her missing friend.
  • Bad Liar: Many people in the show are horrible liars, most notably the main character herself, as well as Mara Jaffray (most notably with her cover story about "endangered hedgehogs" during the first episode.)
  • Band of Brothers: Sibuna. Despite any fights the group may have they are shown to be incredibly loyal to each other, risking lives on almost a daily basis for another member who needs it. Not exactly a band of brothers though, as it's, as Amber puts it, "Three girls and two men. Well, boys." However, now it's three boys and two girls, but the point still stands.
    • To a lesser extent the whole of Anubis House could be seen as this. Loyalties are definitely less obvious and many times the students to turn on one another, but when things get serious you can expect everyone to work together, especially if one of their own is being threatened.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Amber steps out of a bathroom stall just after hearing Mara tell Patricia that she's attracted to Mick. It goes over about as well as you'd expect.
    • In House of Victory, this is how Jerome learns that Mick cheated so Mara would win the election.
  • Beard of Evil: Victor.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Mara does a kid-friendly version of this to attract Mick in the first season. It's subverted however, because Mick likes her just the way she is.
    • In the second season, Mara does the inversion of this by acting ridiculously geeky and awkward to get Mick to break up with him. Mara is baffled when it doesn't work.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Patricia and Eddie in Season 2 are the most famous example, as their feelings are obvious to everyone despite their bantering. Eddie eventually heard her tell Joy that she did like him, but she denied it. Their BST even continued after their kiss.
    • Patricia has admitted to liking Eddie, although whenever she tries to tell him, it comes out as an insult. She even mentions that she prefers that he be mean to her because she can't handle him being nice.
    Joy: Just tell him you like him!
    Patricia: I can't! I mean, I want to say, 'Eddie, I like you, I think you're cute' and all that stuff, but by the time it gets to here (points to her mouth) it comes out as, 'Get out of my face, Eddie, you freak!'
    Joy: Yeah, you say that a lot...
    Patricia: I know. (sighs) I like him, like, I really do, but I can't handle it when he's nice to me! It just makes me feel like such a horrible person.
    • Joy and Jerome had some of this as well, though it started as actual hatred. She actually tried and failed to invoke this, when she was pretending to have feelings for him, giving us this little gem when she tries to discuss the trope with him.
      Joy: —Like we are just pretending, and using hate to cover up our real feelings for each other?
  • Berserk Button: Many characters in the series have these.
    • Go ahead. Flirt with Eddie when Patricia's around. It won't end well.
      • In season 1, not caring about Joy being in trouble or -heaven forbid- possibly having anything to do with Joy's disappearance will send Patricia on the warpath.
    • Do not steal Jerome's gem.
    • Hurting or insulting Nina in front of Fabian is one of the very few ways to get him in a—sometimes violent—rage. It even worked when he was a soulless sinner.
    • Mara is generally one of the nicest people in the House...but get her jealous, or cheat on her, and she will stop at nothing to destroy you.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fabian is often believed to be one of the nicest people in the house, as well as an Adorkable Extreme Doormat. But if you threaten or insult Nina in his presence, he will do everything from simply shout at you, to honestly trying to attack you physically.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Alfie may be the Class Clown, but he's no pushover, as he has proven to be a useful presence in Sibuna- and if he is serious about something, you better not stand in his way. He yelled at Fabian and Patricia when they wanted to have breakfast instead of rescuing the currently-trapped Amber, and then later was the one standing up against Sinner!Fabian — to the point of pressing Fabian's Berserk Button and getting away with it.
  • Big Bad: Victor seemed like this at first, but this was subverted at the end of the season finale, where it was implied that he was more ignorant than evil. He just wanted to be immortal and was unaware of the price of that immortality. (He believed that the tipping of the scales of life was symbolic and was genuinely shocked to learn otherwise.) Rufus Zeno on the other hand, knew that it wasn't symbolic and intended to become immortal anyway. That and the fact that he's generally a sadistic bastard make him a much better candidate for the Big Bad.
  • Big Eater: What boy on this show doesn't fall under this trope? It's most notable with Mick, Alfie and Eddie.
    • Even the actors acknowledged Mick's tendency to eat- his eating scenes are written in the script. Apparently the actor isn't much better, either.
    • With Alfie, not only does he always eat—he eats a lot. And it's rather messy, too. He's the one who once almost ditched Sibuna to eat Trudy's cookies instead while the students were under lock down and not allowed to eat anything Victor didn't allow them to.
    • Eddie is nearly as bad as Alfie is, though at least he can separate his duties from lunch time.
  • Boarding School: Nina even comments that going to the boarding school makes her feel like Harry Potter.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: The un-named boarding school could be considered this. While it is a rather clean and rich school, and students are (usually) well taken care of, it is also a school where the teachers tend to be evil, ancient secrets haunt Anubis House, and it seems to be a hotspot for ancient evil activities, as well as endless dangers the students face daily just to sometimes simply survive. The school WAS only started for the teachers to succeed in their plots of achieving immortality...
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: It's surprising how long it took for two people to bond over their parental issues, as everyone seems to have them. In this case, it was Jerome and Joy.
  • Book Dumb: Played with by Eddie. He speaks French well enough to see through Patricia's prank note  and he even jokingly calls Ms. Andrews a "menteuse" note , but he doesn't know the meaning of the word "meritocracy". note 
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: The show had many characters borrow Victor's famous pin-drop speech. Fabian did it once in the school play (where he was playing Victor, of course) and he did it again with Patricia and Alfie when they became sinners. The result was a Funny Moment:
    Fabian: It is ten o'clock!
    Patricia: You have five minutes...
    Alfie: And then I want to hear you all drop.
  • Brainy Brunette: Mara.
    • Fabian is a male example.
  • Break the Cutie: This happened to Victor when he was little. After his father gave him a verbal lashing, he broke his friendship with Sarah because he thought she wouldn't tell him any information, such as where the Ankh pieces were.
  • Brick Joke: Early in Season 1, the possibility of Anubis House being haunted is brought up, but then dismissed. Fast forward to Season 2, where the house turns out to actually be haunted.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    Patricia: Sorry, I bet I've been driving you all crazy.
    Everyone: No.
    Jerome: Yes.
  • Buffy Speak: Nina refers to the ghost that is haunting her as a "Curse-y spirit".
  • Butt Monkey: Alfie. He's sometimes the butt of his friends jokes, has been pranked numerous times by his best friend, was locked in the cellar, nearly died from poisoning, de-aged/shrunk, was pushed around by his girlfriend, would have died at the end of season 1 if Fabian didn't switch the elixir, and the list goes on.
    • Nina, too. Despite being The Hero and The Chosen One, she falls into this too. Poor girl has had to deal with her new friend Sarah dying in Season 1, all of her friends being threatened by a vengeful ghost in Season 2, and said ghost nearly killing her grandmother just to pressure her into cooperating.
  • Call Back: In House Of Yesterday, Nina says "Crisis averted, for now" which are the same words Victor said after destroying Joy's file in House Of Eyes.
    • The roommate swapping between Amber and Patricia could be considered a Call Back to the original Het Huis Anubis, in which Amber was roommates with Nienke and Patricia was roommates with Mara.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Oh, Patricia. While other characters have gotten away with a couple of things (like Jerome getting away with blackmailing Mara), she gets in trouble for every bad action she does. The only times that she didn't get in trouble for something was when she dumps milk on Eddie, but that was only because everyone (even him) had already decided he deserved it, or the times when she was a sinner, due to the fact that she had no soul at the time. She even gets called out for things other characters do without repercussions, like yelling at people, or even gets people mad at her when she wasn't even causing trouble at all.
  • Catch Phrase: Victor: "You have five minutes precisely and then I want to hear a pin drop." Can also be taken as a sign of his real age, since the expression "Hear a pin drop" is no longer in style.
    • Nina: "I'm Nina, from America." Lampshaded by Patricia:
    Patricia: She's American and she's totally obsessed with it. She said it like a hundred times.
  • Character Magnetic Team: Sibuna seems to grow larger each season, either by gaining new allies or actual members. What started out as a Power Trio became a Five-Man Band, and eventually, by The Touchstone of Ra, everyone in the house had been involved at some point in Sibuna. Except Mick.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The blank phonographic cylinder that made the horrible screeching noise when Fabian and Nina attempted to play it. It was fake. It has a clue hidden inside it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Eddie. He appears in Season 2 as a new student from America and a Love Interest for Patricia, but in the season finale, he turns out to be the Osirian, counterpart and guardian to The Chosen One.
  • Cliffhanger: The season 2 finale ends with Victor putting on the ring his father gave him, at which point it glows and opens to reveal a Tear of Gold.
  • The Chosen One: Joy seems like this, but in the season finale it turns out to be Nina. Lampshaded by Jerome:
    Jerome: It would be the American, wouldn't it?
    • Fabian even suspects it before the season finale, when Nina tells him that she was able to find the next clue because she heard voices coming from the chandelier saying where in the chandelier it was.
    Nina: (after explaining how she was able to find the next clue) You're wondering if I'm insane.
    Fabian: No. I'm wondering if they've gotten it wrong about Joy being the Chosen One.
    • Sarah Frobisher-Smythe, too, as she was the chosen one before Nina was born.
    • Eddie turns out to be this as well, if only as the Osirian, the yang to Nina's yin, and the Chosen One's destined protector. Somehow, he knew how to banish Senkhara from Nina's body, when she was about to sacrifice herself for her friends and family. Rufus Zeno is one as well, despite being a villain. Actually, this power is what caused it.
    • Then in Season 3, the Chosen One being American is subverted: It appears by all rights to be KT at first, but it turns out to be Jerome, Alfie, Patricia and Joy.
  • Cliffhanger: All episodes end in a cliffhanger to be resolved in the next episode.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Amber towards Mara, since they both love Mick.
    • Nina acts like this toward Joy in Season 2, regarding the fact that they both love Fabian. She takes no pleasure in feeling this way.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Amber. She has her head in the clouds often, and is very silly. However her random comments help Sibuna with their quests throughout the seasons.
    • Willow counts, too. She's very eccentric.
    • Alfie also counts. He's the Class Clown and believes in things like aliens and zombies, but on occasion his silliness comes in handy. For instance, one of his planned zombie hideout places was perfect for moving an unconscious Robert Frobischer-Smythe into to perform the ceremony. Also, his magic skills have come in handy a few times.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Used twice by Rufus Zeno. Once was to Patricia in the Season One episode House of Hazards. The second time was to Jerome in Season Two.
  • Companion Cube: Corbierre, Victor's stuffed raven. Played with too, as it belonged to his father and probably was alive at some point.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Nina did this to Fabian. The rescue? Saving her from falling into a bottomless chasm. The 'crime'? Accidentally kissing a girl he thought was her. Granted, it wasn't the smallest accident in the world, but he still didn't deserve to be yelled at for saving her life.
    Fabian: I...I saved you...
    Nina: Yeah? Well, why don't you save the other girl in this dress?
  • Compressed Vice: In season 2, the Sibunas all admit that they have phobias that make it hard to get through one of the tasks. These phobias came out of nowhere, and were fixed pretty quickly. Alfie's phobia, claustrophobia, at least, was mentioned again in season 3, and Amber's bug phobia was mentioned in passing earlier on. But the rest of them? Never mentioned again.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Patricia. A rare instance where the Conspiracy Theorist is actually right.
  • Continuity Nod: Happens every so often, usually when referring to a past mystery. Some gems are-
    • In Season 2, when Mrs. Andrews tells Joy that, because Joy missed so much school the year before, she'll need a tutor to help her catch up. Joy replied, "That's sort of your fault for that, isn't it, Mrs. Andrews?"
    • Also in Season 2, when Nina and Fabian are trying to stay awake all night and telling stories, Nina references one episode in the first season.
    • In Season 3, when Fabian is getting paranoid because of Nina's disappearance, he goes to Patricia for help, reasoning that, when she was the same way over Joy, she herself was desperate for help. This caused Patricia to give in and help him.
    • Probably used best one episode towards the end of the third season, when Eddie is trying to convince Sinner!Patricia to remember her feelings for him, which she claims she cannot, and does not want to. He then says this-
    Eddie: I mean...how it felt, the first time we saw each other? Or the first time we went on a date? Kissed...your first ever kiss... Or the time you poured a jug of milk over my head...
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After tricking the younger students into paying to audition for a school play and insulting and rejecting them all, Jerome and Alfie's punishment is putting on a performance for them dressed as sumo wrestlers in tutus, and paying them back with 50% interest going to charity.
  • Cool House: The House of Anubis.
  • Creepy Attic and Cellar: The students are not allowed in those two places, and rightfully so.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In a way, Sarah. While she isn't really a cuckoolander, many people do believe she is crazy including the main characters themselves, but everything she says is usually a clue to the mystery in some way. This is because she grew up with the mystery herself, as her parents were the ones who hid the treasure and the two main villains turned on her for the truth. She also happened to be the original Chosen One.
  • Cultural Translation: The entire point of this shows existence is to be this to the show Het Huis Anubis. Can be noted by the American names of the characters (Nienke's name on the original show for instance, was replaced with the name Nina on the translation).
  • Cutting the Knot: In one episode, Sibuna is trying to figure out how to get the crocodile bridge over the chasm in the tunnels. Fabian suggested a complex counterweight lever system. Immediately after, Amber suggested they merely picked the bridge up on it's side and drop it over the hole.
    • In another episode they are trying to get past a dead-end, and Alfie suggests to just smash the wall down with their shoulders. He doesn't smash the wall, but he does disarm the pendulums swinging over the chasm bridge and finds the way across.
  • Darker and Edgier: In season 1, the mystery was finding clues, building a cup, and learning secrets about the house. Season 2 got darker, with curses and much more on the line, not to mention some more intense scenes (including the main villain being sucked into the Egyptian underworld). Season 3, and characters are losing their souls, someone impersonated their mentally ill adoptive sister, and even the romance is becoming more intense. No wonder it's been moved to TeenNick....
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Eddie is the symbolic darkness to Nina's light, but is still one of the good guys.
  • The Dark Side: The Secret Society soon bring in the newest teacher into their ranks leading to his face heel turn.
    • Season 3 has, what the heroes call, Team Evil. They eventually also start corrupting people into their team, by locking them into a sarcophagus and stealing their soul for the god Ammit to devour. They are even worse when you discover they took the soul of one of the Sibuna Members themselves. While this could be considered mind control, the members who had their soul lost openly admit that power feels good and are all glad that they lost their conscience, while the rest of them feel that way anyways.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Jerome and Alfie throw darts at a picture of Mr. Winkler, after he punishes them for their most recent scam attempt.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Patricia is probably the biggest example, but everyone has gotten sarcastic at least once. For the boys, it's probably Jerome.
    • Nina has some moments of this:
    Victor: What were you doing in the cellar?
    Nina: Just remembering all the fun times we had down there.
    • Mara can do this too:
    Mara: Amber, you're supposed to be helping me do the dishes.
    Amber: But I hate doing the dishes, the water makes my hands all wrinkly.
    Mara: I know. If only there were some sort of glove, made of rubber, that could protect your hands from water.
    • Eddie as well:
    Mara: I don't believe in ghosts.
    Eddie: Yeah, you made that perfectly clear by the way you screamed and hid.
    • Amber got in on it when they were taking the reflector out of the mosaic:
    Nina: Careful. Easy does it.
    Amber: Yes, we wouldn't want to break it because it's just so pretty.
    • KT is also pretty snarky at times:
    Fabian: Do you know Nina Martin? She's from America, too.
    KT: You realize America is huge, right?
  • Deal with the Devil: Rufus isn't exactly The Devil, but he's evil enough. Way to get in over your head there, Jerome
  • Death Glare:
    • Nina has this down pretty well.
    • Victor is the grand champion of this trope.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Patricia. She's the cool goth who says what she thinks, does what she wants and scares the rest of the students in all three seasons, but come season 2 her personality started to soften up overall. What happened? Well, she met Eddie and started to turn a bit nicer.
    • Not to mention the whole near death mystery stuff and the power of friendship. If those things can't begin to chip away at someone's icy shell, nothing can.
  • Demonic Possession: Robert Frobisher-Smythe is heavily implied to be possessed by Ammit, the Egyptian Devourer of the Dead, who plans to come into the mortal world. And not only is Victor possessed, his soul sealed in a sarcophagi, but they plan for four others to suffer the same fate. And now three more are filled, consisting of Patrica, Mr. Sweet and Fabian.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mick and Mara. Their relationship subplot towards the end of the series only served as fluff padding and had very little significance to the Sibuna plot aside from setting up the date of the prom dance.
    • Mick wasn't even in a good portion of the second season, being Put on a Bus.
    • Joy. Apparently, being "The Chosen One" will rob you of all the limelight of the show or even won't have you in group photos (see the page photo). But is she really the Chosen One?
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Patricia, at least when she becomes a sinner. She tricked the others into believing the sinner was KT, while her out of character attitude should have suggested otherwise.
    • A lot of the other villains seem to fall under this as well, such as Rufus- who wore all black, and was basically stalking Patricia for a few episodes before they met.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Cup of Ankh. According to Fabian's book on Egyptian mythology, Amneris took the Cup and hid it inside the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Anubis was angered by this and split the Cup into seven pieces, preventing it's use. Rufus later explains that Anubis and Amneris reached an agreement whereby the Cup could be put together once every twenty five years at a certain hour, but only by a member of Amneris's bloodline.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mr. Sweet was this to Eddie but he's at least attempting to rectify this.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Joy went through a phase of this during the beginning of season 3, when she was trying to get over Fabian and re-invent herself, and found Mara and Willow's sympathy to be annoying.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Fabian. Despite the fact that he does much of the research and saved most of this friends from danger on numerous occasions, he has been continuously pushed around by everyone, most notably his own crush and (ex) girlfriend, Nina Martin. It gets to the point where he struggles to be more assertive and demand his respect for the things he does for the others, resulting in this one line:
    Nina: (looking at the formally lost artifact/cube Fabian brought back) Where did you find it?
    Fabian: Jasper said he found it at the school. Good thing as well, other wise we might have lost it for good.
    Nina: But how did it get from here to there?
    Fabian: I... I don't know. (pauses) Why don't you ask the cube? Maybe it speaks and answers questions since you have so many!
    Nina: (glares at Fabian)
    Fabian: I...I'm sorry. It's back now... that's the important thing. You could have said thank you, at least.
  • Dumb Blonde: Amber tends to lean towards this trope, though it's shown that she IS pretty smart when it counts, and has come up with many ideas including the formation of Sibuna itself. She might be a case of Brilliant, but Lazy or more likely the Genius Ditz as she is shown to be very skilled in fashion and often mystery related topics as well.
    • Mick also counts as this, but it's shown that he does have the ability to be smart and he does try, he just struggles academically. When he does get help, his grades go up by a lot.
    • Eddie though seems to be more of a smart yet lazy type, so averted with him.
    • Nina is also an aversion. She has (dirty) blonde hair, but she's very smart.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Nina's parents died in a car crash when she was young and her Gran was nearly killed by an evil ghost. Amber's father is cold and strict, Alfie's parents are overbearing, Jerome's mother doesn't care for him and his sister and his dad was in jail for theft, Eddie's father is one of the villains, Joy's father kidnapped her for reasons related to the mystery, Patricia's parents seem to favor her twin, Mick and Mara's parents are both rather pushy, KT is an orphan and her great-grand father is the big bad of season 3. And that's just the families.
  • Equivalent Exchange: The Cup of Ankh will grant immortality to the person who drinks the Elixir of Life out of it, but someone else will die to replace the life that would otherwise have ended eventually.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Nina is shown getting off the train,
    • Fabian is reading a book about brain science
    • Patricia and Joy are goofing around and being best friends. Joy is affectionate towards Fabian.
    • Jerome is scamming a student out of his money for a cheat sheet.
    • Alfie shows Jerome his newest plan to get Amber to notice him, which involves a fake hand.
    • Amber is talking on her phone, during class, asking her father to give her an extension on her credit card.
    • Victor appears out of nowhere, startling Nina and reprimands her for entering without knocking.
  • Eureka Moment: Happens often usually thanks to Amber.
    Amber: Don't try and confuse me with your fancy words.
    Patricia: It's in the dictionary, Amber, it isn't fancy.
    Nina: (suddenly jumps up) Dictionary... of course! (The riddle was "where yesterday always follows tomorrow.")
Or,
Fabian: (reading riddle) 'Inside the core of my enemies' pride is where the final relic hides...'
Amber: Core... core...
Patricia: You sound just like Corbierre [Victor's stuffed raven], Amber. Coo... coo...
Nina: Patricia, Amber! Geniuses...
Amber: Thank you! Wait, why are we geniuses?explanation 
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Victor Rodenmaar, despite having had antagonized and pushed Sarah Frobisher-Smythe towards revealing a secret she didn't know, the two were very close childhood friends and he reacted with genuine grief when she died. He also reacts very strongly when anyone mention his deceased father in a negative light.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Victor Rodenmaar. No matter how badly he himself may act towards the students, when they are in danger, he responds protectively over them. For instance, when Alfie is captured in the Senet game, Victor is deeply disturbed by this and says to Vera that harming the students wasn't part of the plan. Another time, he chose to save Joy's life rather than use his last tear of gold for himself.
  • Everyone Can See It: Fabian and Nina embody this trope so much, it's almost painful to watch. It gets to the point where other students in the house (not to mention the entire fandom) are asking Fabian to please just ask her out already.
    • This conversation alone proves it:
    Mick: So, Fabian, who are you planning on asking to the prom?
    Amber: A certain play writing scholarship student with a thing for antiques and apple pie?
    Mara: Of course he'll be taking Nina...if he ever gets around to asking her.
    Fabian: I don't know what you're talking about. Me and Nina...we're not an item.
    Mick: Come on. Everyone knows you two secretly like each other...well, not so secretly.
    Mara: Yeah, so when are you going to put Nina and the rest of us out of our misery?
  • Evil Former Friend: For Sarah Frobisher-Smythe, both Victor Rodenmaar and Rufus Zeno fit this trope. Victor and Rufus, being the two major villains of season 1 and both major again in season 2, as well as both antagonizing Sarah for a secret she doesn't have, were both once Sarah's childhood friends and eventually business partners, until they both became corrupted with power and greed and turned on her, and each other as well.
  • Evil Teacher: All teachers tend to fall into this trope, most notably Victor, Vera and Miss Denby.
    • Also tends to be subverted, as this is mostly just a title, and many of the teachers still do genuinely care for the students despite being part of the 'evil' group, most notably Jason, who had actually tried to HELP Patricia in the beginning and still cared about her well-being even after his FaceHeelTurn. Later it was revealed that he had only joined Victor and the others because he was suffering a degenerative illness and immortality was the only way to save his life. Other examples of this are Mrs. Andrews, who quits the society and leaves the school as she feels the students should come first and Mr. Sweet, who despite almost always taking Victor's side, is Eddie's father and whenever the students are in trouble, chooses them over Victor. He also left the society in the second season to focus on being a good principal.
  • Evil Wears Black: Big Bad Rufus wears the same black coat, black turtle neck and black pants in virtually all his appearances.
  • Fallen Hero: Rufus was Sarah's Osirian, but the power went to his head.
  • False Start: This happens a lot on this show where everything from important information to kisses are interrupted on almost a daily basis, and the characters are forced to try again later, often to the same result.
    • Most notably when Fabian kept trying to ask Nina to the prom. He got interrupted about four times before finally managing to ask at breakfast (once Nina told him to hurry and ask before something else stopped it from happening).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Vera plays up the act of being the perfect Housemother...but is ruthless and Dangerously Genre Savvy in her efforts to get the Mask of Anubis for Rufus.
    • Miss Denby takes it to a higher level. She seems like the perfect teacher, but is a skilled Manipulative Bastard who keeps her stepsister locked up, makes subtle threats towards Sibuna, and will hurt anyone to get what she wants—and was a whole lot more successful than Vera, and even more Dangerously Genre Savvy to boot.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Jerome has demonstrated this a few times.
  • Fiery Redhead: Patricia. She even scares the boys when she gets mad...which happens quite often. Her hair gets darker as the show goes on, though.
  • First Boy Wins: Fabian was the first of the guys to meet Nina. Guess who Nina ends up dating?
  • First Kiss: It is revealed that Patricia kissing Eddie was actually Patricia's first time kissing anybody, leading for her to avoid Eddie after it happened. Her own best friend was shocked to discover this.
  • Five-Man Band: Characters for both genders apply.
  • Food Fight: Patricia starts one when Eddie accidentally gets some creamed carrot on her shirt. Amber notices Patricia throwing food at Eddie and makes them stop until she safely gets out of firing range.
  • Food Slap: Pouring a drink on someone Patricia's favorite ways of getting revenge—she does it at least once every season, and it's been lampshaded on a few occasions. To elaborate, she did it in the premiere to Nina, when she was trying to get information out of her, and in another episode to Amber when she told on her for trying to take Nina's locket. She poured milk on Eddie in season two for only dancing with her on a bet, and then in Season 3 she threw juice at KT and finally, poured juice over Willow. ( She was a sinner in the latter case, however.) In the finale movie, she TRIED to do it twice, but was stopped on both occasions.
    Nina: (to Eddie, after Patricia poured milk on him)'' Yeah...she does that.
    • She also attacks Eddie with creamed carrot when he accidentally got some on her shirt. This started a Food Fight.
    • KT once threw her cereal at Patricia, in response to Patricia throwing juice at her.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played With. Patricia seems like she'd be the more down to Earth one, being the Deadpan Snarker and a bit more responsible than her rather emotional friends, while Piper seems like she'd be the naive and foolish one; However, when they actually interact, Patricia's impulsive and mischievous nature becomes much more obvious in comparison to her much calmer, nicer sister, making Piper the responsible on and Patricia the foolish one.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Nina, Eddie, and KT all come to the school from America.
  • Forged Message: Eddie, with KT's help, forged a break-up letter for Fabian claiming it was written by Nina. Fabian didn't fall for it, however, because he knew that the letter was written in a way Nina didn't write. Eddie didn't do it to be malicious; He DID have a letter from Nina for Fabian, but lost it, so tried to make his own instead.
  • Fountain of Youth: Alfie suffers from this as a result of Senkhara's curse.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Happens to Eddie after Patricia accidentally sat on the school speaker button, while the two of them were in the principals office, and they accidentally revealed that Eddie was the principal's son to the entire school. When they got out of the office everyone had gathered to mock Eddie.
  • Freudian Excuse: Jerome's mischievious behavior is partially explained by the fact that his parents left him at House Of Anubis to get rid of him.
    • Victor actually did see Sarah as a friend at one point, but his father changed all that.
    • Joy manipulating Fabian, posting horrible slander about Nina on the school website to ruin her image and try to make her leave the school, and committing plagiarism are all due to her excuse of thinking Nina has stolen everything from her. Subverted from an In-Universe perspective though: She tries to invoke it to justify her behavior, but none of her friends are buying it.
  • Friendship Moment: There are a bunch on this show.
    • When Victor is questioning the students about who stole the key to his office, Nina truthfully says she had taken it. Cue Fabian, Mick, Amber, Mara, and even Patricia—who had been bullying Nina since Nina arrived—and Jerome—who has a tendency to put himself first—jumping in and claiming it was them who'd taken the key.
    • When Fabian had accidentally called Joy by the wrong name (due to an amnesia curse, but Joy didn't know that), Joy ran out crying, and Patricia followed her outside to make sure she was okay.
    • After Nina came in c
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