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
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 it's 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:
Acting for Two: Averted. As Patricia has a twin sister, introduced in "House Of Snoops", she's played by Jade Ramsey'sreal life sister Nikita. Astute viewers will be able to tell them apart because the cast of their faces is ever so slightly different.
Affectionate Nickname: Eddie calls Patricia "Yacker." This started as an insult, but took on a different meaning when they started dating.
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.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Eddie and Patricia. They have yet to say anything nice to each other, even though Eddie is just a gender-flipped, Casanova version of Patricia.
Patricia has admitted to liking Eddie, although whenever she tries to tell him, it comes out as an insult.
Berserk Button: Fabian flips out when Rufus Zeno tries to leave with Nina while holding the group hostage in the season finale.
Big Bad: Victor seemed like this at first, but at the end of the season finale, 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.
Book Dumb: Played with by Eddie. He speaks French well enough to see through Patricia's prank note She gave him a box of chocolate covered worms from a French company, thinking that the stupid American wouldn't be able to tell what they were and he even jokingly calls Ms. Andrews a "menteuse" note French for "liar", complete with the correct gender variation, but he doesn't know the meaning of the word "meritocracy". note A form of government where a person's role is decided by their level of skill or merit
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.
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.
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.
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:
She's American and she's totally obsessed with it. She said it like a hundred times.
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.
Companion Cube: Corbierre, Victor's stuffed raven. Played with too, as it belonged to his father and probably was alive at some point.
Conspiracy Theorist: Patricia. A rare instance where the Conspiracy Theorist is actually right.
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.
Cultural Translation: The entire point of this shows existence is to be this on 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).
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:
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?
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.
Genre Savvy: Nina. When one of the clues is solved too easily (mostly because Victor has already solved it), she immediately suspects something. And is usually right.
Genius Ditz: Amber isn't very book smart, but she does come up with some pretty good ideas during the search for the treasure.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In House of Pests, the students from Anubis House are forced to stay in the school when Victor fakes an infestation of mice. Mara suggests that she and Mick "set up camp" in one part of the school building. Trudy quickly stops them and says "boys in the classroom, girls over here." The fact that Mara wanted to sleep in the same area as Mick makes her intentions pretty clear.
In House of Cheats, the drama teacher tells them to group up in pairs, and Mick and Fabian are grouped together. Then the teacher tells them to say "Three simple words; I love you." The guys look at each other, smile awkwardly, and step back from each other. This is also a bit of a Funny Background Event.
Head Desk: Jerome makes this a trademark in season 2 as his efforts to help his father keep hitting walls.
Heel-Face Turn: Patricia. She's initially very hostile toward Nina, as she suspects Nina of being involved in Joy's disapppearance, but she later realizes that she's wrong and apologizes for her behavior. However, it takes her several episodes to completely trust Nina.
Aside from Victor, the rest of the Society seems to have pulled one as well, at least in the sense of no longer showing any interest in becoming immortal. In particular, Mr. Sweet seems to find Victor's obsession a little frightening.
Heroic Sacrifice: Joy takes a bolt of lighting from a possessed Nina in order to protect Fabian. Victor gives up the last tear of gold to save her.
Moments earlier, Nina tried to make one by allowing Senkhara to take her to the afterlife in exchange for removing the curses from her friends and her grandmother, but Eddie, the Osirian was having none of it.
Hidden Depths: Amber of all people is a ping-pong champion (3 years). She's so good she can knock a ping-pong ball away with a hairbrush, without even looking or trying.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Robert Frobisher-Smythe hid the Mask Of Anubis this way. It was actually quite brilliant: He placed the Mask in the tunnels and protected it with a series of tasks designed to keep people away from it. Anyone would assume that the Mask he'd gone to so much trouble to protect must be the real one, but when they reached the end of the tasks, they would discover that the Mask in the tunnels was a replica and that the real one had been donated to a museum disguised as a replica.
Idiot Ball: The main characters have an annoying habit of letting Victor in on their suspicions of him. Up until Rufus comes along, Sibuna believes he's responsible for Joy's disappearance and is up to something sinister. Instead of keeping secret about it like someone normally would do, they talk about it openly in front of each other and their classmates. Amber is the worst offender as her Dumb Blonde status makes her ask about it in class. Her defense? She was trying to get information.
In one episode the group finds a picture of Victor Sr. and a Victor Jr. They instantly assume that the Jr. is the Victor they know and throw out the potion of immortality theory. They never assume that the one they know might have a son, nor do they stop and think that even Victor Jr. would be around 80 without the potion.
Hey, so we know all this information on the secrets of the house that would probably get us killed or seriously injured if they knew that we knew. Clearly, the best idea here is to put on a play about it that everyone will see.
I Am Spartacus: Invoked in the tenth episode after Alfie's head is stuck in a stag's head. Everyone tries to take the fall for Nina after she returns the spare attic key.
Played Straight in season 2, where a dark spirit is making the Chosen One's life a living hell.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Joy in the Season 2 Finale, when she encourages Fabian to go be with Nina. Friendship version in Season 3 where Mara tells Joy to be with Jerome, though she hates Jerome.
Jerk Ass: Patricia all the way. Right from the beginning she's rude, hostile and downright vicious to poor Nina, who doesn't have a clue as to what she's done to earn her wrath. She goes back and forth between being decent to a downright little witch throughout the series. The way she just splashed water all over her friend Amber after she told Nina something she wasn't supposed to was crossing a line. Her attitude is alienating the rest of her friends and Fabian even calls her out on it.
Patricia: Since when did you become her friend instead of mine, Fabian? Fabian: Since you became such a witch, Patricia.
Jerome is one as well, considering all the stuff he's done. At least Patricia got better.
Eddie. Even Patricia thinks he's a royal jackass and coming from her that says a lot.
Arguably Fabian for a few episodes in the final arc of Season 2 seemingly justified however considering his along with all of his friend's lives were on the line
The Messiah: Nina being concerned about Victor's health when Senkhara threatens him pushes her into this territory. She takes it Up to Eleven in the finale, when she pleads with Rufus not to put on the Mask of Anubis and fights to prevent him from doing so. The whole time, she gives off the impression that she's worried about what will happen to him if he puts on the Mask. You can't get much more Messiah-like than being concerned about the well-being of a sociopath who would just as soon kill you as look at you.
The Mole: Trudy's replacement, introduced in House Of Protection, is revealed to be The Mole for someone outside of the house.
Noble Demon: Although Jason Winkler joins the Society and thus becomes one of the bad guys, he is still shown to be a generally nice guy. Of course, he only joins the Society because he has a degenerative disease and will die unless he gains immortality by drinking out of the Cup. Mr. Sweet and Ms. Andrews also show themselves to be concerned for the students as well. (Such as when Rufus kidnaps Patricia.)
Victor as well, demonstrated on multiple occasions.
No MacGuffin, No Winner: Sort of. The McGuffin is used once, but the accompanying elixir necessary to use it turns out to be fake, so it doesn't work. The end of the series has the McGuffin buried under the house, with only the heroes, (and possibly only one of them), knowing where it is.
Again at the end of Season 2: Presumably, the Mask of Anubis will now leave the house with the rest of the Egyptian exhibition, putting it out of reach of both sides. Even if it doesn't, the only person in the house who can use it has no intention of doing so.
Only the Worthy May Pass: Anyone who wears the real Mask of Anubis will go to the afterlife, but they must be pure of heart to enter. When Rufus wore it, he was immediately deemed unworthy, then he and Senkhara were dragged downward through a hellish portal.
Jerome: Wow, our school really does suck at sports.
Reality Warper: Senkhara's powers have shades of this. She's marked most of the cast with the Mark of Anubis in their dreams; caused Fabian's memory to fail, Alfie to age backwards and Amber forward, and Patrica to lose her voice; and forced a non-stone Taken for Granite state on Vera.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Nathalia Ramos decided to take a break from acting to go to college, so Nina won't be returning for Season 3.
Recut: Sort of. Nick is running all of the episodes again, but with some new lines of dialogue added in.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Those possessed by Ammit sport them during important moments, or in surges of extreme emotion.
Ship Tease: Quite a bit, Nina/Fabian, Mick/Mara, Mara/Jerome, Alfie/Patricia.
Shippers On Deck: When Nina and Fabian reunite, all of Anubis house surround them, clapping and hugging.
Shout-Out: In the first scene, Nina says she "feels like Harry Potter." Later she also mutters "Welcome to Hogwarts."
Villain/s search for the relic/s that will provide immortality. Also, they mistook "The Chosen One" when there are two girls born in July on the same date. Significant differences aside, Joy and Nina are like the Distaff Counterparts of Neville and Harry.
One scene has Alfie get a deer head stuck on his head. He says that the half animal thing might be a hit with the ladies, then comments that "It seems to work for that Jacob Black dude and Amber loves him."
The thick-as-thieves pranksters, Alfie and Jerome, have the last names of Lewis and Clark, respectively. Victor sequentially makes mention of their last names twice, so it's more than likely not a coincidence. note Note that Jerome's is spelled Clarke.
Teacher/Student Romance: Mara takes pictures of Mick innocently laughing with a teacher and then sends them in to the school anonymously, making it seem like this in House of Emergency.
10-Minute Retirement: Nina quits the Sibuna club for all of one episode. Not even one episode, more like half of one. Even while she's trying to remain uninvolved, she can't help but solve the latest clue.
The Stinger: In "House of Eclipse", Eddie, Fabian and KT stop the ceremony just in the nick of time, stopping Robert Frobisher-Smythe from waking up evil. However, at the very end of the episode, hours after this happened... his eyes snap open, and his pupils shrink inward.
Those Two Guys: Jerome and Alfie start as this, but become more involved in the main plot later on. Mara and Mick fit this mold, although Mara is vaguely aware of Patricia's activities for a while.
Thrash Metal: In Season 2, Patricia is supposed to book a classical quintet to play at the Egyptian exhibition, but Eddie messes it up and gets a thrash metal band instead. Victor doesn't take it well, but luckily for Patricia, the band knows how to play classical music too.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Joy has been acting like a colossal Jerkass in Season 2, capped off with writing a vicious attack article about Nina all because of jealousy over the fact that Fabian loves Nina and not her. ((In her words, Nina has "stolen her boyfriend" even though she and Fabian were never dating.) If we're to believe Patricia and Fabian, this isn't the way that the Joy they know and love typically acts.
Though she has gotten called out on it, by Amber, Jerome and Eddie in front of their entire class, and even Patricia thinks Joy can't continue to re-use her excuse of having been kidnapped last term as to why everyone's so out of sync with her.
Trans Atlantic Equivalent: For the above mentioned Het Huis Anubis. There is also a German version of the series called Das Haus Anubis. Both series are very sucessful, and the German version is still running today, while the Dutch version got a spin off called The House of Anubis and the Five of the Magical Sword that surrounds around a new set of students who have really active senses. The new landlords of the house are after their senses for their own use.
Tsundere: Patricia and Eddie, Type A, to each other. Eddie refers to being deredere/honest as "lowering his force field". When Patricia stays tsuntsun, he vwooshes it back up.
Turn Coat: Jason Winkler starts out helping Patricia in Season 1, but betrays her to join the Secret Society. He had a good reason though; he was dying from a degenerative disease and the Cup of Ankh was his only way out.
You Are The Translated Foreign Word: Justified. The science teacher does follow up his Latin statements with their English translations, but only because he is speaking to students who don't know Latin and therefore wouldn't be reasonably expected to understand the untranslated statements.
You Were Trying Too Hard: The Sibuna gang agonize over how to open the puzzle box early in the series, only to have it open by itself when Fabian drops it and it turns to the correct combination.