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* InsaneTrollLogic: When the kids finally confront Vanessa she expects them to '''thank her''' for "Teaching them a lesson" by ''horribly torturing them mentally and physically'' [[FlatWhat What?]]

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* PunnyName: Colonel Sanders anyone?


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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Despite being a normal (if spellcasting) human she is justifiably considered one of the most vile and destestable villains in the series.


* EyeScream: Gleeb's right eye is missing, leaving an empty socket, which [[{{Squick}} he has a habit of picking at several times through the story.]] Ginger remarks it's probably from an earlier fight, and that she'd hate to see the loser.

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* EyeScream: Gleeb's right eye is missing, leaving an empty socket, which [[{{Squick}} he has a habit of picking at several times through the story.]] story. Ginger remarks it's probably from an earlier fight, and that she'd hate to see the loser.


* KnightOfCerebus: He's one of the only villains in the series to have actually killed people (by eating them). [[FridgeHorror God only knows]] how many campers he ate before his eventual defeat.

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* KnightOfCerebus: He's one of the only villains in the series to have actually killed people (by eating them). [[FridgeHorror God only knows]] knows how many campers he ate before his eventual defeat.



* ChildEater: Losers of the game get eaten, and they will ''not'' make exceptions for children. [[FridgeHorror One shouldn't think too much of who else stumbled upon this game...]]

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* ChildEater: Losers of the game get eaten, and they will ''not'' make exceptions for children. [[FridgeHorror One shouldn't think too much of who else stumbled upon this game...]]

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: Her surname isn't revealed in the book, but is stated in the TV version.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: There's a part where the gnomes wreck the neighbor's melons and Mindy accuses Joe of doing so, getting him in trouble. We are supposed to think she's a bitch for getting him in trouble for something he didn't do even though (as she ''herself'' even points out) all the evidence points to him, there's no evidence of his claim that the gnomes are alive and evil, and he has a habit of telling tall tales and pulling pranks, meaning she's quite justified in thinking he did it.



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* TheFairFolk: Possibly. The book calls them "mischief elves", and while it doesn't explicitly say they are fairies or the like, they fit the "malevolent prankster" archetype often assigned to fair folk.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: There's a part where the gnomes wreck the neighbor's melons and Mindy accuses Joe of doing so, getting him in trouble. We are supposed to think she's a bitch for getting him in trouble for something he didn't do even though (as she ''herself'' even points out) all the evidence points to him, there's no evidence of his claim that the gnomes are alive and evil, and he has a habit of telling tall tales and pulling pranks, meaning she's quite justified in thinking he did it.


* FreudianExcuse: It's possible the reason she's such an unbearably cruel kid is because her parents ''never'' bothered to teach her right from wrong or how to respect her brother. [[spoiler:As such, it does raise the question of whether erasing her from time was the only way to improve Michael's life.]]



* LackOfEmpathy: She never once shows any compassion or empathy towards her brother, or remorse for everything she does for him.

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* LackOfEmpathy: She never once shows any compassion or empathy towards her brother, or remorse for everything she does for to him.


* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Downplayed. While Wendy sometimes takes the role as the responsible, Elliot is more adamantly competitive rather than flat-out foolish, as he doesn't acts as an annoying pest to Wendy.

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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Downplayed. While Wendy sometimes takes the role as the responsible, Elliot is more adamantly competitive rather than flat-out foolish, as he doesn't acts act as an annoying pest to Wendy.


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!!'''Samantha Byrd'''

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--> ''"If I had three wishes, I told myself, I know what they would be: Destroy Judith! Destroy Judith! Destroy Judith! Little did I know that I would soon get my wish. All three of them."''

The protagonist of ''Be Careful What You Wish For''. Samantha is a hopelessly clumsy, socially awkward girl who is constantly bullied by her classmates. After an especially bad day at school, she meets Clarissa, a witch who offers her three wishes in exchange for Samantha helping her find her way.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: She's a social outcast in addition to being clumsy. The closest she has to a friend is Cory, who isn't above taking advantage of her and doesn't stick up for her that much.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: She becomes a bird at the end]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[CaptainObvious Well, it is the title of the book.]] All of her wishes [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]], either due to poor wording or Clarissa's incompetent magic.
* ButtMonkey: She's mercilessly bullied both on and off the court, is constantly embarrassing herself due to her clumsiness, and is pressured to play basketball when it's clear she's no good at it. Her home life is pretty depressing too: her older brother makes fun of her and her parents seem distant and don't relate to her that well.
* HeroicBSOD: After her second wish erases everyone from existence. She starts to panic about how she's going to take care of herself, and nearly breaks down crying before she manages to find Clarissa.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Her life is pretty depressing, to the point where she fantasizes early on about jumping on her bike and riding until she leaves everything behind. [[spoiler: When she becomes a bird at the end, she's happy, because she's now free from all her problems.]]
* TheKlutz: Because of her tallness. She was pressured to join the basketball team despite being horrible at it due to her clumsiness. This is one of the things Judith picks on her for.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: When she turns into an actual bird]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Judith and Anna get severely ill as a result of her first wish, she's horrified and even worries that they'll die and she'll become a murderer.
* NiceGirl: She has moments of temper, but is one of the nicer protagonists, even showing concern for her bullies when her first wish causes them to become ill.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: When she helps Clarissa find her way to the location she was seeking, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she offers Samantha]] [[ThreeWishes three wishes]] that all backfire horribly and make Sam's life even more miserable than it was before.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Briefly, when her second wish results in all other life being erased from existence.
* SkewedPriorities: When trying to cope with being the only person in the world, she wonders if it's still a crime to steal food from the store in order to survive.
* ThrowTheDogABone: She actually makes a basket after her first wish, even though she's no better at playing than she was before.
* TraumaCongaLine: Anything that can go wrong for her, will. Her life was horrible even ''before'' she met Clarissa.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Her clumsiness is always causing problems for her, and Judith never misses a chance to make it even worse.

!!Clarissa

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A witch who was helped by Samantha Byrd one day, and as gratitude, offer to grant Samantha three wishes. Unfortunately, because Samantha didn't think them out clearly, and Clarissa's not as skilled at magic as she seems, these wishes tend to backfire badly. She is also the basis of the "Madame Doom" fortunetelling dummy in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Her level of beauty varies across the multiple formats she's appeared in. In the trading card art, she appears as heavyset. In the TV show, she seems to be in her late 40s and has a feathered black dress. In the early 2000s re-release, her appearance on the new cover for ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' seems to be a cross between the trading card art and the TV show. Finally, the artwork for the ''Classic Goosebumps'' covers and the art for the movie make Clarissa appear to be in her late 20s/early 30s, but she's also much more malevolent.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Appears to be portrayed as a straightforward villain in the 2015 movie.
* AdaptationalWimp / DemotedToExtra: Sadly, she's little more than another mook for Slappy to boss around in the movie.
* AffablyEvil: She does genuinely seem to want to help Sam, even offering her an extra wish. It's just that she's horribly incompetent at granting them.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason she is so insistent on granting Samantha's wishes is because Samantha helped her when Clarissa got lost, and also found a crystal that belonged to her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's honestly one of the nicest and most reasonable figures in the Goosebumps universe. She also has powers that will royally fuck up your life and everyone around you, whether she means to or not.
* BewareTheSuperman: Causing a temporary apocalypse is one of the outcomes if ''she's on your side.''
* DarkIsEvil / DarkIsNotEvil: She zigzags these tropes. Clarissa dresses in black and while she isn't actively malevolent, her powers can make everyone on the planet disappear if someone made a careless wish.
* ExactWords: She lives for this trope.
* TheHeavy: Samantha is the one making wishes, but Clarissa carries them out, and thus ends up driving the entire plot of the book.
* JackassGenie: To Judith in the TV show, but this comes across as a KickTheSonOfABitch moment. When Judith wishes that people from all over would come to admire her, Clarissa turns her into a beautiful statue.
* KarmaHoudini: Remains at large by the end of the story, just as capable of making people's wishes backfire.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: What she does to Judith in the TV show. In the book, she ends up turning Samantha into a bird when Judith says "Fly away, Byrd." But in the TV show she interprets Judith's wish to be admired by turning her into a statue. She also winks at Samantha just before this happens, implying she deliberately turned Judith's wish against her for the sake of helping Samantha.
* LiteralGenie: She'd be a JackassGenie, but the thing is Clarissa is actively trying to repay Samantha's kindness and warns her both that her powers aren't as refined as she'd like to admit ''and'' that Samantha has to think out her wishes clearly before she makes them.
* PetTheDog: To Samantha in the TV show, since she genuinely does appear to feel sympathy for her.
* RealityWarper: Quite possibly the most powerful entity in the series, pulling stuff like Turning back time, changing kids into animals, making seemingly everyone on the planet disappear...
* UnwantedAssistance: Samantha doesn't actually want her help, but Clarissa is insistent on repaying her debt, and it's easier to understand that Samantha only makes her other wishes they way she does A: Because she wants Clarissa to leave her alone, and B: She's scared and not thinking straight.

!! Judith Bellwood

Samantha Byrd's main tormentor.

* AdaptationalKarma: [[spoiler:In the TV show, she wishes that wherever she'll go people will stop and admire her when Samantha wishes that Judith met Clarissa instead. She gets turned into a statue that people stop and admire.]]
* AlphaBitch: She's the best player on the basketball team, and never wastes an opportunity to make fun of Samantha's clumsiness.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She's way better at basketball than Samantha, and constantly rubs it in. It's worth noting that Samantha doesn't actually care about basketball that much, only playing because her parents and coach pressured her.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Samantha's third wish does this to her, causing her to become completely obsessed with her. It gets to the point where Samantha actually prefers the old Judith.
* TheBully: She spends every moment making Samantha's life miserable, both on and off the court.
* CatchPhrase: "Why don't you fly away, Byrd?"
* DubNameChange: The French version of the book changes her last name to Woodstock.
* EvilRedhead: While not evil, she is basically the secondary antagonist of the book and a malicious bully.
* GreenEyedMonster: Subverted. Samantha's friend Cory claims that Judith is jealous of her, but Samantha finds this absurd because she doesn't see herself as having anything to be jealous of. She concludes that Cory's just doing a bad job of cheering her up.
* HateSink: What makes her even more detestable is that [[spoiler:She even gets rewarded for her bullying at the end of the book]].
* TheHeavy: She's the one really responsible for the conflict, since Samantha wouldn't have been so keen to make wishes if it hadn't been for her bullying.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Clarissa is mostly just an incompetent spell caster, while Judith is basically everything wrong with Sam's life and the reason she makes most of her wishes.
* HumiliationConga: Judith has an interesting few days, thanks to Samantha's wishes. The first wish makes her screw up at basketball, then become deathly ill. The second wish erases her from existence (along with everyone else in the world). The third wish brainwashes her into thinking Samantha's her best friend. None of it ends up sticking, though.
* InsultBackfire: The last time she uses her "Fly away" CatchPhrase, [[spoiler: it's taken literally, and Samantha is delighted to do just that]].
* {{Jerkass}}: She's determined to make Samantha's life a misery in every way possible.
* KarmaHoudini: Aside from briefly getting sick, she never receives consequences for her cruel treatment of Samantha, and [[spoiler:at the end of the book, she gets her way while Sam suffers. This is subverted in the TV show.]]
* KickTheDog: Everything she does, but ruining Samantha's new shoes really stands out.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the book, her becoming sick as a result of Samantha's first wish could be seen as this.
* ProperlyParanoid: She's quick to notice that Samantha's the only member of the basketball team not to get sick, and accuses her of casting a spell on them.
* TheSociopath: She delights in making Samantha miserable with no remorse and for no apparent reason.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Samantha, thanks to her third wish. It's ambiguous whether it's platonic.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler,In the TV episode, she gets turned into a statue as a result of her first wish.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: When Samantha accidentally confesses what she did, Judith starts screaming that she's a witch. Given how sick she is, her mother assumes she doesn't know what she's saying.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' A supporting character from this book recurs in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Samantha Byrd'''

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--> ''"If I had three wishes, I told myself, I know what they would be: Destroy Judith! Destroy Judith! Destroy Judith! Little did I know that I would soon get my wish. All three of them."''

The protagonist of ''Be Careful What You Wish For''. Samantha is a hopelessly clumsy, socially awkward girl who is constantly bullied by her classmates. After an especially bad day at school, she meets Clarissa, a witch who offers her three wishes in exchange for Samantha helping her find her way.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: She's a social outcast in addition to being clumsy. The closest she has to a friend is Cory, who isn't above taking advantage of her and doesn't stick up for her that much.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: She becomes a bird at the end]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[CaptainObvious Well, it is the title of the book.]] All of her wishes [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]], either due to poor wording or Clarissa's incompetent magic.
* ButtMonkey: She's mercilessly bullied both on and off the court, is constantly embarrassing herself due to her clumsiness, and is pressured to play basketball when it's clear she's no good at it. Her home life is pretty depressing too: her older brother makes fun of her and her parents seem distant and don't relate to her that well.
* HeroicBSOD: After her second wish erases everyone from existence. She starts to panic about how she's going to take care of herself, and nearly breaks down crying before she manages to find Clarissa.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* IJustWantToBeFree: Her life is pretty depressing, to the point where she fantasizes early on about jumping on her bike and riding until she leaves everything behind. [[spoiler: When she becomes a bird at the end, she's happy, because she's now free from all her problems.]]
* TheKlutz: Because of her tallness. She was pressured to join the basketball team despite being horrible at it due to her clumsiness. This is one of the things Judith picks on her for.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: When she turns into an actual bird]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Judith and Anna get severely ill as a result of her first wish, she's horrified and even worries that they'll die and she'll become a murderer.
* NiceGirl: She has moments of temper, but is one of the nicer protagonists, even showing concern for her bullies when her first wish causes them to become ill.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: When she helps Clarissa find her way to the location she was seeking, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she offers Samantha]] [[ThreeWishes three wishes]] that all backfire horribly and make Sam's life even more miserable than it was before.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Briefly, when her second wish results in all other life being erased from existence.
* SkewedPriorities: When trying to cope with being the only person in the world, she wonders if it's still a crime to steal food from the store in order to survive.
* ThrowTheDogABone: She actually makes a basket after her first wish, even though she's no better at playing than she was before.
* TraumaCongaLine: Anything that can go wrong for her, will. Her life was horrible even ''before'' she met Clarissa.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Her clumsiness is always causing problems for her, and Judith never misses a chance to make it even worse.

!!Clarissa

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/clarissawish.jpg]]

A witch who was helped by Samantha Byrd one day, and as gratitude, offer to grant Samantha three wishes. Unfortunately, because Samantha didn't think them out clearly, and Clarissa's not as skilled at magic as she seems, these wishes tend to backfire badly. She is also the basis of the "Madame Doom" fortunetelling dummy in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Her level of beauty varies across the multiple formats she's appeared in. In the trading card art, she appears as heavyset. In the TV show, she seems to be in her late 40s and has a feathered black dress. In the early 2000s re-release, her appearance on the new cover for ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' seems to be a cross between the trading card art and the TV show. Finally, the artwork for the ''Classic Goosebumps'' covers and the art for the movie make Clarissa appear to be in her late 20s/early 30s, but she's also much more malevolent.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Appears to be portrayed as a straightforward villain in the 2015 movie.
* AdaptationalWimp / DemotedToExtra: Sadly, she's little more than another mook for Slappy to boss around in the movie.
* AffablyEvil: She does genuinely seem to want to help Sam, even offering her an extra wish. It's just that she's horribly incompetent at granting them.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason she is so insistent on granting Samantha's wishes is because Samantha helped her when Clarissa got lost, and also found a crystal that belonged to her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's honestly one of the nicest and most reasonable figures in the Goosebumps universe. She also has powers that will royally fuck up your life and everyone around you, whether she means to or not.
* BewareTheSuperman: Causing a temporary apocalypse is one of the outcomes if ''she's on your side.''
* DarkIsEvil / DarkIsNotEvil: She zigzags these tropes. Clarissa dresses in black and while she isn't actively malevolent, her powers can make everyone on the planet disappear if someone made a careless wish.
* ExactWords: She lives for this trope.
* TheHeavy: Samantha is the one making wishes, but Clarissa carries them out, and thus ends up driving the entire plot of the book.
* JackassGenie: To Judith in the TV show, but this comes across as a KickTheSonOfABitch moment. When Judith wishes that people from all over would come to admire her, Clarissa turns her into a beautiful statue.
* KarmaHoudini: Remains at large by the end of the story, just as capable of making people's wishes backfire.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: What she does to Judith in the TV show. In the book, she ends up turning Samantha into a bird when Judith says "Fly away, Byrd." But in the TV show she interprets Judith's wish to be admired by turning her into a statue. She also winks at Samantha just before this happens, implying she deliberately turned Judith's wish against her for the sake of helping Samantha.
* LiteralGenie: She'd be a JackassGenie, but the thing is Clarissa is actively trying to repay Samantha's kindness and warns her both that her powers aren't as refined as she'd like to admit ''and'' that Samantha has to think out her wishes clearly before she makes them.
* PetTheDog: To Samantha in the TV show, since she genuinely does appear to feel sympathy for her.
* RealityWarper: Quite possibly the most powerful entity in the series, pulling stuff like Turning back time, changing kids into animals, making seemingly everyone on the planet disappear...
* UnwantedAssistance: Samantha doesn't actually want her help, but Clarissa is insistent on repaying her debt, and it's easier to understand that Samantha only makes her other wishes they way she does A: Because she wants Clarissa to leave her alone, and B: She's scared and not thinking straight.

!! Judith Bellwood

Samantha Byrd's main tormentor.

* AdaptationalKarma: [[spoiler:In the TV show, she wishes that wherever she'll go people will stop and admire her when Samantha wishes that Judith met Clarissa instead. She gets turned into a statue that people stop and admire.]]
* AlphaBitch: She's the best player on the basketball team, and never wastes an opportunity to make fun of Samantha's clumsiness.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She's way better at basketball than Samantha, and constantly rubs it in. It's worth noting that Samantha doesn't actually care about basketball that much, only playing because her parents and coach pressured her.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Samantha's third wish does this to her, causing her to become completely obsessed with her. It gets to the point where Samantha actually prefers the old Judith.
* TheBully: She spends every moment making Samantha's life miserable, both on and off the court.
* CatchPhrase: "Why don't you fly away, Byrd?"
* DubNameChange: The French version of the book changes her last name to Woodstock.
* EvilRedhead: While not evil, she is basically the secondary antagonist of the book and a malicious bully.
* GreenEyedMonster: Subverted. Samantha's friend Cory claims that Judith is jealous of her, but Samantha finds this absurd because she doesn't see herself as having anything to be jealous of. She concludes that Cory's just doing a bad job of cheering her up.
* HateSink: What makes her even more detestable is that [[spoiler:She even gets rewarded for her bullying at the end of the book]].
* TheHeavy: She's the one really responsible for the conflict, since Samantha wouldn't have been so keen to make wishes if it hadn't been for her bullying.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Clarissa is mostly just an incompetent spell caster, while Judith is basically everything wrong with Sam's life and the reason she makes most of her wishes.
* HumiliationConga: Judith has an interesting few days, thanks to Samantha's wishes. The first wish makes her screw up at basketball, then become deathly ill. The second wish erases her from existence (along with everyone else in the world). The third wish brainwashes her into thinking Samantha's her best friend. None of it ends up sticking, though.
* InsultBackfire: The last time she uses her "Fly away" CatchPhrase, [[spoiler: it's taken literally, and Samantha is delighted to do just that]].
* {{Jerkass}}: She's determined to make Samantha's life a misery in every way possible.
* KarmaHoudini: Aside from briefly getting sick, she never receives consequences for her cruel treatment of Samantha, and [[spoiler:at the end of the book, she gets her way while Sam suffers. This is subverted in the TV show.]]
* KickTheDog: Everything she does, but ruining Samantha's new shoes really stands out.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the book, her becoming sick as a result of Samantha's first wish could be seen as this.
* ProperlyParanoid: She's quick to notice that Samantha's the only member of the basketball team not to get sick, and accuses her of casting a spell on them.
* TheSociopath: She delights in making Samantha miserable with no remorse and for no apparent reason.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Samantha, thanks to her third wish. It's ambiguous whether it's platonic.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler,In the TV episode, she gets turned into a statue as a result of her first wish.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: When Samantha accidentally confesses what she did, Judith starts screaming that she's a witch. Given how sick she is, her mother assumes she doesn't know what she's saying.


[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in ''Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Edition #2: Return to Terror Tower''.]]

!!Lord High Executioner

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lordhighexecutioner.jpg]]

A nightmare from the Middle ages, this man is a court executioner who will let nothing stand in the way of his victims... not even time and space.

* AffablyEvil: He isn't above throwing money to peasants for helping him.
* AnAxeToGrind: Though he doesn't carry it unless he's preparing for an execution.
* BadassNormal: Doesn't have any supernatural powers, but is vicious enough to intimidate the local wizard.
* BadassCape: He sports a billowing black cape when first seen in the tower.
* BeardOfEvil: Sports one in the TV adaptation, to make him look more intimidating.
* BloodKnight: The lengths he's willing to go to carry out his job are truly frightening.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The hooded executioner on the book cover looks nothing like the version in the story. A justified example, since he's tracking his targets in a modern time period, and thus being decked out in full executioner garb would just draw attention.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Look at his [[AnAxeToGrind cover image]] and compare it to the rest.
* {{Determinator}}: He traveled through time itself just to capture and kill two kids.
* TheDragon: To the unseen evil king.
* TheDreaded: Even the local wizard fears him.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a deep, menacing voice.
* EvilWearsBlack: Dresses all in black, even ''before'' putting on the hood.
* KnightOfCerebus: Ruthless, competent, lacking in any humorous or campy quirks and [[spoiler:implied to have ''murdered Eddie and Sue's parents'']].
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Somewhat unusual for these books, he prefers to skip the EvilGloating and finish the job as quick as possible.
* ObviouslyEvil: Particularly in the TV adaptation, with the creepy beard and all-black clothes.
* PunchClockVillain: The king he serves is implied to be an even ''bigger'' monster than he is. Because of this, the people of the kingdom are willing to do anything to save their own skin, so he sees his duty as a necessary evil to get by in his time period. [[spoiler:The GoldenEnding of ''Return to Terror Tower'' reveals that he's BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: On the cover, anyway.
* TheSociopath: Thinks absolutely nothing of his horrific occupation.
* TokenHuman: Apparently in the 2015 movie. Every other villain has supernatural powers or origins.
* WouldHurtAChild: He's assigned to execute the young protagonists, and doesn't care that they're just kids.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in ''Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Edition #2: Return to Terror Tower''.]]

!!Lord High Executioner

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lordhighexecutioner.jpg]]

A nightmare from the Middle ages, this man is a court executioner who will let nothing stand in the way of his victims... not even time and space.

* AffablyEvil: He isn't above throwing money to peasants for helping him.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* AnAxeToGrind: Though he doesn't carry it unless he's preparing for an execution.
* BadassNormal: Doesn't have any supernatural powers, but is vicious enough to intimidate the local wizard.
* BadassCape: He sports a billowing black cape when first seen in the tower.
* BeardOfEvil: Sports one in the TV adaptation, to make him look more intimidating.
* BloodKnight: The lengths he's willing to go to carry out his job are truly frightening.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The hooded executioner on the book cover looks nothing like the version in the story. A justified example, since he's tracking his targets in a modern time period, and thus being decked out in full executioner garb would just draw attention.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Look at his [[AnAxeToGrind cover image]] and compare it to the rest.
* {{Determinator}}: He traveled through time itself just to capture and kill two kids.
* TheDragon: To the unseen evil king.
* TheDreaded: Even the local wizard fears him.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a deep, menacing voice.
* EvilWearsBlack: Dresses all in black, even ''before'' putting on the hood.
* KnightOfCerebus: Ruthless, competent, lacking in any humorous or campy quirks and [[spoiler:implied to have ''murdered Eddie and Sue's parents'']].
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Somewhat unusual for these books, he prefers to skip the EvilGloating and finish the job as quick as possible.
* ObviouslyEvil: Particularly in the TV adaptation, with the creepy beard and all-black clothes.
* PunchClockVillain: The king he serves is implied to be an even ''bigger'' monster than he is. Because of this, the people of the kingdom are willing to do anything to save their own skin, so he sees his duty as a necessary evil to get by in his time period. [[spoiler:The GoldenEnding of ''Return to Terror Tower'' reveals that he's BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: On the cover, anyway.
* TheSociopath: Thinks absolutely nothing of his horrific occupation.
* TokenHuman: Apparently in the 2015 movie. Every other villain has supernatural powers or origins.
* WouldHurtAChild: He's assigned to execute the young protagonists, and doesn't care that they're just kids.

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* FlatCharacter: Despite being the book's featured monsters, they don't actually show up until the climax at the swamp and are pretty much shambling brutes with no apparent sentience. Of course, a centuries old mass of earth wouldn't exactly have a vibrant personality.


[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Evan Ross, Andy, and Trigger'''

The main characters of the first four ''Monster Blood'' books.

* AesopAmnesia: Andy never learns that getting involved with Monster Blood will not lead to anything good. Evan learns but is weak willed enough to find himself falling into this in the third book.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Evan gets off to a bad start by telling everyone about his Monster Blood misadventure upon starting at his new school, resulting in all the kids thinking he's weird.
* AsleepInClass: Evan falls asleep in class at the start of the first book and is woken by his teacher.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Evan and Andy seem to have a preteen version of this.
* BerserkButton / DoNotCallMePaul: Andy ''hates'' to be called by her real name, Andrea.
* BigDamnHeroes: Evan in the second book, when he eats Monster Blood and grows enough to be able to burst into the classroom, save Conan from Cuddles and fight off the giant hamster. He almost gets his head bitten off but the magic in the Monster Blood runs out right on time.
* BigFriendlyDog: Trigger the cocker spaniel, who's friendly to pretty much everyone.
* BullyHunter: Andy has shades of this in the first book. She despises the Beymer twins for their bullying and stands up for Evan when they pick on him.
* ButtMonkey: Evan. Nothing ever works out for him, his parents are always leaving him with other relatives he doesn't like and who don't like him either, he's picked on and beaten up, and he finds himself stuck in situations involving a horrible living blob creature.
* TheCameo: Evan has one in ''Return to Horrorland'', where he appears on TV and shows off the Monster Blood, causing the kids to mock him.
* CassandraTruth: When Evan tells Andy that no one believed his Monster Blood stories, her response is along the lines of "no shit, Sherlock".
* TheChewToy: Evan. When he's not being beaten up, he's being used by his obnoxious cousin Kermit for experiments or enduring something horrible thanks to Monster Blood, or just plain treated like crap by his parents, aunt or teacher.
* DeadpanSnarker: Andy.
--> '''Evan:''' It's so dark.
-->'''Andy:''' It usually gets dark at night.
* IronButtmonkey: Seriously, from all the beatings Evan received from Conan, it's a ''wonder'' how none of them put him in the hospital.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Andy teases Evan constantly and does some other questionable things, it's pretty obvious she does care about him. Her reason for bringing more monster blood in the third book is even so he can fight off Conan.
* KiddieKid: The first MB book starts off with 12-year-old Evan throwing a tantrum like a child half his age. His mother even lampshades this at some point, scolding him for acting like an infant.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Evan isn't necessarily "feminine" but he's very weak-willed and pessimistic compared to Andy, who is a lot more brash, daring, and idealistic. Andy even protects him from bullies.
* NightmareSequence: Evan has one at the start of both the second and third book.
* OnlyFriend: Andy is definitely this to Evan, and Evan seems to be this for Andy as well.
* OnlySaneMan: Evan plays this role in the last two books, with Andy's eagerness to use the Monster Blood and Kermit's brattiness and crazy inventions.
* ParentalNeglect: Both Evan and Andy's parents constantly abandon them with relatives, with Evan's parents doing so in every book except the second and Andy's parents making her stay with her aunt and uncle in Atlanta near Evan's place.
* PetTheDog: There's a scene in the first book where she finds some bullies [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tied a cat to a tree]] and helps untie it.
%%* PluckyGirl: Andy.
* PoisonousFriend: Andy, to Evan. While her heart is in the right place she almost always ends up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero making things worse for him]]. In the second book, when no one believes him about his monster blood story,she tries to prove it by feeding the hamster Cuddles monster blood to see if he grows. He does indeed grow, which proves it, but now they have the obvious problem of a giant monster hamster on the loose (fortunately, said hamster goes back to normal at the end. Also, in book 3, she suggest that Evan ''himself'' eat monster blood so he can get big enough to beat up [[TheBully Conan]]. He does eat and it does grow, unfortuantely, [[GoneHorriblyRight he keeps growing till he's 20 feet tall or so]]. Fortunately, he also returns to normal at the end.
* PuppyLove: Andy and Evan are the closest thing in the series to an OfficialCouple, though its likely neither of them would admit it.
* RedheadsAreUncool: Evan has red hair and is a colossal loser.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Andy is much more daring, bold and impulsive than Evan, who is more cautious about using the Monster Blood and breaking into Conan's house.
* ShesAManInJapan: Evan and Andy's genders are switched in the Dutch version of the books.
* SkewedPriorities: When Trigger eats the Monster Blood in the first book, Andy worries that there isn't enough to share.
* StrawLoser: Evan is one of, if not ''the'', biggest one in the whole series. He can ''not'' catch a break. ''Monster Blood II'' ends with Evan now permanently taking care of Cuddles even though he hates him (with the implication that Cuddles ate more Monster Blood), ''III'' ends with Evan shrunken down to a few inches, and ''IV'' ends with him facing a horde of angry Conan clones.
* TheyDo: Averted. Even though there certainly seems to be something between them, they never so much as hold hands.
* ThrowTheDogABone: When Evan gets turned into a giant in the third book, he actually has a rather good time after his initial despair, saving kids from getting picked on by Conan, retrieving kites stuck in trees and even getting revenge on Conan by hanging him to a tree [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine the same way he did to Andy]] and crushing his skateboard.
* TooDumbToLive: Andy always tries to goad Evan into using Monster Blood to avenge himself on his tormentors, such as Conan, Kermit, and one of his teachers, even though she has firsthand knowledge that these attempts will not work and just make things worse. One time (in the second book) she even goes behind Evan's back and uses the Monster Blood after promising him not to do so. Evan falls into this category in the third book when he decides to go along with Andy's plan to get payback on Kermit, which of course fails.
* TookALevelInBadass: After being a loser for most of the second book, Evan eats the Monster Blood to save the school, becoming a hero and redeeming himself to his teacher and most of his classmates.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Andy was a much better friend to Evan in the first book. Despite teasing him a lot, she stood up for him against the Beymer twins and angrily said they'd get back at them when they beat Evan up. In the sequels, she frequently brings back the Monster Blood and suggests Evan use it, even though it nearly killed her and Evan in the previous books, and even feeds the Monster Blood to Cuddles the hamster in the second book after promising Evan not to.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Evan and Andy regularly banter and tease each other.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Despite being Evan's best friend, Andy keeps bringing back the Monster Blood and insisting Evan use it while knowing the trouble it caused both of them, and even goes behind Evan's back and feeds it to Cuddles in the second book after assuring him he wouldn't.

!!Monster Blood

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A mass of growing goo and monster of the ''Monster Blood'' series.

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: What results from its consumption.
* BlobMonster: One that resembles Gack.
* ExtremeOmnivore: It will devour everything that comes in contact with it, and doesn't discriminate between kids, animals, or even [[spoiler: its master Sarabeth]].
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: This is to be expected, since it's a mindless life form, but it's creator, [[spoiler: Sarabeth]], is a more straightforward example. [[spoiler: Other than wanting to keep Evan's aunt as a slave, she has no personality or motivation whatsoever, and is simply in the story to provide an explanation for the ever growing slime.]]
* HungryMenace: It exists only to devour.
* MutagenicGoo: If Monster Blood is eaten, it will make the consumer grow to horrible proportions, but the effects vary. When eaten by Cuddles and Evan, it makes them grow big, but when eaten by Matt in ''Monster Blood For Breakfast!'' it causes him to undergo severe BodyHorror as his muscles swell and he becomes an inhuman lump.
* SealedEvilInACan: And some sap always winds up opening it...
* SeriesMascot: It forms the title of the series.

!!Sarabeth

An incredibly nasty and vicious cat owned by Evan Ross's aunt Kathryn. When Evan has to stay with Kathryn for a few weeks, Sarabeth frequently attacks him. [[spoiler: She's actually an evil witch, and she's kept Kathryn has her slave for twenty years. When she couldn't get rid of Evan herself, she made Kathryn enchant the Monster Blood so it would kill him, but she gets killed by her own creation]].

* AdaptationPersonalityChange: [[spoiler: The TV show tries to give her more motivation and an actual background beyond being Kathryn's FalseFriend. Kathryn explains Sarabeth was originally renting a room from her when she walked in on Sarabeth performing some spell with the Monster Blood. In the process of being discovered, Sarabeth panicked and was about to attack Kathryn when she stepped into the Monster Blood and it... did something to her. The implication is the Monster Blood somehow drained Sarabeth of her magic and she turned into a cat, while Kathryn bottled it up and hid it somewhere. By freeing the Monster Blood, her powers got restored and she was able to turn human again]].
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: The TV show implies she stayed as a cat for so long because she ''couldn't'' change back to human]].
* CatsAreMean: Kathryn herself tells Evan that Sarabeth is an evil cat.
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler: She made Kathryn deaf by magic, and has specifically kept her from learning sign language in order to keep her weak. She's also more than happy to let her Monster Blood kill everyone as long as her secrets remain safe]].
* EvilRedhead: [[spoiler: Her human form. Though in the TV show her hair's a shade of dark brown]].
* FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Kathryn claims that when they first met, she thought Sarabeth was her friend. That was before Sarabeth revealed she was EvilAllAlong]].
* FlatCharacter: While most antagonists have some backstory or flimsy motivation to justify ''why'' they do what they do, Sarabeth has no character beyond being evil and wanting to enslave Aunt Kathryn. She's only in the first book as a last minute villain, and is never seen or mentioned again.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Of the ''Monster Blood'' books in the sense that it's due to her magic that the toy goo came to life. Though this only extends to the actual Monster Blood and not the fake blue variant from the last book]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: She's the one who brought the first Monster Blood can to life, but it's left ambiguous if her magic enchanted ''every'' Monster Blood can or if Monster Blood was already magic]].
* VillainBall: [[spoiler: Her death is entirely her own fault. She was afraid Evan would find out her secret and wanted him dead, but if she just left him alone she wouldn't have died]].
* WickedWitch: [[spoiler: A shapeshifter]].

!!'''Blue Monster Blood'''

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A weird, blue variant of Monster Blood found by Andy in ''Monster Blood IV''. This version of the slime turns into small creatures that consume large amounts of water, and they aren't exactly picky about where they have to get it. After doing so, the creatures drink until they burst and multiple, and as they do so, they become increasingly aggressive. [[spoiler: They aren't actually Monster Blood. They were an underwater biological weapon developed by a group of scientists that went bad, and their creator disposed of the experiment's remains in an empty Monster Blood can.]]

* BlobMonster: Ones shaped like weird blue slugs with razor teeth.
* IAmNotWeasel: [[spoiler: The only reason Evan and Andy think these creatures are a form of Monster Blood is because they were found inside an old Monster Blood can]].
* MixAndMatchCritters: They're like a cross between slugs, leeches, and bottom feeders made out of blue slime.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: They have razor sharp teeth which allows them to bite through anything, and they can also use them to latch on to people and animals so they can suck them dry.
* SelfDisposingVillain: When there are finally enough of them, the creatures will turn on each other and start to kill themselves in a manic frenzy before nothing is left.
* TookALevelInJerkass: The creatures are fairly tame and benevolent at first, but they more they multiply the angrier they get. [[spoiler: The same thing happens to Conan Barber after he eats some of the creature's residue, leading to Evan facing an army of angry Conans]].

!!Conan Barber

The resident bully and secondary antagonist for most of the ''Monster Blood'' series.

* AdaptationalHeroism: In the TV episode ''More Monster Blood'', he helps save the day and becomes much nicer at the end.
* BigManOnCampus: Evan remarks that he looks 32, even though he's only 12.
* TheBully: He loves tormenting Evan and getting him in trouble with their teacher.
* CrushingHandshake: He gives three of these to Evan in ''Monster Blood II'', and each is more painful than the last.
* DirtyCoward: He's not so tough and badass when it comes to heights and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant hamsters]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: On his first encounter with Evan, he once told Evan, "We don't like wise guys here in Atlanta" and beat him up afterwards, right after Evan told him about Monster Blood.
* HateSink: He's a stereotypical [[TheBully bully]] who takes every opportunity to make Evan miserable and never gives him a break, [[UngratefulBastard even after he saves his life]].
* HiddenDepths: WordOfGod says that he sleeps with a teddy bear named Fluffster and gets a bedtime story every night.
* InSeriesNickname: "Conan the Barbarian", unsurprisingly.
* {{Jerkass}}: He'll beat up on Evan even if he never even did anything to him.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He was right that Evan telling everyone about the Monster Blood was something that no one would legitimately believe, though that doesn't justify his bullying.
* JerkJock: He actually ''slam dunks Evan through a basketball hoop'' in one part of ''Monster Blood II''.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's very good at convincing Mr. Murphy that he's entirely innocent and Evan was the one picking on him.
* MisplacedRetribution: Every time Kermit's experiments backfire on Conan or he does something else unpleasant to him, Conan takes it all out on Evan. In the fourth MB book, after Kermit sprayed Conan's new sneakers with water from a Super Soaker, Conan took his anger out on Evan as the latter protests he didn't do anything to him. Conan's response? [[InsaneTrollLogic "It came out of YOUR squirt gun!"]]
* ShoutOut: If his name is too subtle for you, he's even nicknamed Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: He hangs Andy to a tree after beating up Evan, and gets hung to that same tree by Evan when the latter turns into a giant.
* TookALevelInKindness: In the TV adaptation, anyway. He not only helps defeat the Monster Blood, but becomes friends with Kurtis, one of the kids he used to bully.
* UngratefulBastard: Even after Evan saves him from getting eaten by Cuddles, he still bullies him at every opportunity.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of heights.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Since [[EvenEvilHasStandards he doesn't hit girls]], he sticks Andy on a high tree branch instead after he beats up Evan.

!!Cuddles the Hamster

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[[SadistTeacher Mr. Murphy's]] pet hamster, who grows to enormous size and goes on a destructive rampage after eating Monster Blood.

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The climax of the book.
* BreakoutCharacter: Despite only appearing in one book, Cuddles became one of the most prominent of the monster characters featured in the 1990s merchandise. However, he was DemotedToExtra when the franchise was revitalized with the ''Horrorland'' series, to the point that ''Monster Blood II'' has yet to be reprinted.
* ChildEater: It's implied that he was going to eat Conan before Evan stepped in.
* FatBastard: According to Evan - and that's ''before'' he grows to the size of a gorilla.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:Monster Blood II ends with him eating Monster Blood brought by Andy yet again.]]
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: After he eats Monster Blood.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Hamster?]]: He supposedly eats more Monster Blood at the end of the second book, but although he's mentioned in subsequent books, we never find out what happened to him or if he became a giant again.

!!'''Kermit Majors'''

Evan Ross's bratty cousin, a self-described child genius and inventor who uses Evan to test his experiments on when he's not deliberately getting Evan in trouble. First appears in ''Monster Blood III''.

* BrattyHalfPint: [[UpToEleven To an extreme degree.]]
* ChildProdigy: More of an InformedAttribute since his inventions rarely work, though the fact that he can create any at all despite being only eight is rather impressive.
* ConsummateLiar: His mother believes everything he says whenever he talks about Evan provoking people.
* CreepyChild: The way he delights in torturing Evan and manipulating his mother makes him come off as this.
* HateSink: Has no personality traits beyond being a lying, obnoxious brat and only exists to make Evan's life even worse. What makes him even less likable is that he usurps the supporting protagonist role from fan favorite Andy in the ''Monster Blood'' books.
* InsufferableGenius: Creates weird concoctions and experiments with Monster Blood. Both often end in failure.
* {{Jerkass}}: His only purpose in the story is to make Evan suffer and get him in trouble with no remorse or hesitation.
* KarmaHoudini: Almost never gets punished for his experiments backfiring or getting Evan in trouble.
* LackOfEmpathy: He actually ''laughs'' when Conan starts beating up Evan.
* MadScientist: A [[ChildProdigy kid]] one.
* ManipulativeBastard: He'll goad Conan Barber into beating Evan up by antagonizing Conan and hiding behind Evan. He'll tell his mother Evan was picking fights to get out of any blame.
* PetTheDog: Helping Evan shrink back to his normal size in the third book. He also attempts to help Evan get back at Conan in the fourth book.
* TheSociopath: He takes delight in making Evan miserable and tormenting him and shows no remorse for the horrible things he does or for lying to his mother.
* SpoiledBrat: His mother practically lets him do whatever he wants while always blaming Evan and Andy for his actions.

!!Mr. Murphy
Evan's science teacher.

* DeadpanSnarker: "Maybe a science fiction teacher would believe it. Not a science teacher." Afterwards, he sarcastically asks Evan if the teachers at his old school liked it when he called them dumb.
* FatBastard: Much like Cuddles. He's a SadistTeacher and obese to boot.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He was right that Evan shouldn't have fallen asleep in class, told everyone about Monster Blood or called him dumb.
* SadistTeacher: Apart from making fun of Evan for falling asleep in class, he does nothing to stop Conan's bullying of him, even when he does things like throw a basketball at Evan's face and slam dunk him through the hoop.
* SoProudOfYou: He says this to Evan when the latter saves the school from Cuddles.

!! Rick and Tony Beymer
Twin bullies in the first book.
* AssholeVictim: They get eaten by the monster blood when it's in it's BlobMonster form. [[SarcasmMode Fortunately]], they come out alive when it's defeated.
* TheBully: Even worse than usual for these books. They even give Evan a surprisingly graphic NoHoldsBarredBeatDown.
* {{Jerkass}}: They bully younger kids and tie defenceless animals to trees.
* KickTheDog: They tie a cat to a tree, apparently [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]]. Thankfully, Andy frees it.
* LaserGuidedKarma: When the Monster Blood encompasses them.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: They are described as having very light, almost white/blond hair.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Evan Ross, Andy, and Trigger'''

The main characters of the first four ''Monster Blood'' books.

* AesopAmnesia: Andy never learns that getting involved with Monster Blood will not lead to anything good. Evan learns but is weak willed enough to find himself falling into this in the third book.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Evan gets off to a bad start by telling everyone about his Monster Blood misadventure upon starting at his new school, resulting in all the kids thinking he's weird.
* AsleepInClass: Evan falls asleep in class at the start of the first book and is woken by his teacher.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Evan and Andy seem to have a preteen version of this.
* BerserkButton / DoNotCallMePaul: Andy ''hates'' to be called by her real name, Andrea.
* BigDamnHeroes: Evan in the second book, when he eats Monster Blood and grows enough to be able to burst into the classroom, save Conan from Cuddles and fight off the giant hamster. He almost gets his head bitten off but the magic in the Monster Blood runs out right on time.
* BigFriendlyDog: Trigger the cocker spaniel, who's friendly to pretty much everyone.
* BullyHunter: Andy has shades of this in the first book. She despises the Beymer twins for their bullying and stands up for Evan when they pick on him.
* ButtMonkey: Evan. Nothing ever works out for him, his parents are always leaving him with other relatives he doesn't like and who don't like him either, he's picked on and beaten up, and he finds himself stuck in situations involving a horrible living blob creature.
* TheCameo: Evan has one in ''Return to Horrorland'', where he appears on TV and shows off the Monster Blood, causing the kids to mock him.
* CassandraTruth: When Evan tells Andy that no one believed his Monster Blood stories, her response is along the lines of "no shit, Sherlock".
* TheChewToy: Evan. When he's not being beaten up, he's being used by his obnoxious cousin Kermit for experiments or enduring something horrible thanks to Monster Blood, or just plain treated like crap by his parents, aunt or teacher.
* DeadpanSnarker: Andy.
--> '''Evan:''' It's so dark.
-->'''Andy:''' It usually gets dark at night.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* IronButtmonkey: Seriously, from all the beatings Evan received from Conan, it's a ''wonder'' how none of them put him in the hospital.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Andy teases Evan constantly and does some other questionable things, it's pretty obvious she does care about him. Her reason for bringing more monster blood in the third book is even so he can fight off Conan.
* KiddieKid: The first MB book starts off with 12-year-old Evan throwing a tantrum like a child half his age. His mother even lampshades this at some point, scolding him for acting like an infant.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Evan isn't necessarily "feminine" but he's very weak-willed and pessimistic compared to Andy, who is a lot more brash, daring, and idealistic. Andy even protects him from bullies.
* NightmareSequence: Evan has one at the start of both the second and third book.
* OnlyFriend: Andy is definitely this to Evan, and Evan seems to be this for Andy as well.
* OnlySaneMan: Evan plays this role in the last two books, with Andy's eagerness to use the Monster Blood and Kermit's brattiness and crazy inventions.
* ParentalNeglect: Both Evan and Andy's parents constantly abandon them with relatives, with Evan's parents doing so in every book except the second and Andy's parents making her stay with her aunt and uncle in Atlanta near Evan's place.
* PetTheDog: There's a scene in the first book where she finds some bullies [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tied a cat to a tree]] and helps untie it.
%%* PluckyGirl: Andy.
* PoisonousFriend: Andy, to Evan. While her heart is in the right place she almost always ends up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero making things worse for him]]. In the second book, when no one believes him about his monster blood story,she tries to prove it by feeding the hamster Cuddles monster blood to see if he grows. He does indeed grow, which proves it, but now they have the obvious problem of a giant monster hamster on the loose (fortunately, said hamster goes back to normal at the end. Also, in book 3, she suggest that Evan ''himself'' eat monster blood so he can get big enough to beat up [[TheBully Conan]]. He does eat and it does grow, unfortuantely, [[GoneHorriblyRight he keeps growing till he's 20 feet tall or so]]. Fortunately, he also returns to normal at the end.
* PuppyLove: Andy and Evan are the closest thing in the series to an OfficialCouple, though its likely neither of them would admit it.
* RedheadsAreUncool: Evan has red hair and is a colossal loser.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Andy is much more daring, bold and impulsive than Evan, who is more cautious about using the Monster Blood and breaking into Conan's house.
* ShesAManInJapan: Evan and Andy's genders are switched in the Dutch version of the books.
* SkewedPriorities: When Trigger eats the Monster Blood in the first book, Andy worries that there isn't enough to share.
* StrawLoser: Evan is one of, if not ''the'', biggest one in the whole series. He can ''not'' catch a break. ''Monster Blood II'' ends with Evan now permanently taking care of Cuddles even though he hates him (with the implication that Cuddles ate more Monster Blood), ''III'' ends with Evan shrunken down to a few inches, and ''IV'' ends with him facing a horde of angry Conan clones.
* TheyDo: Averted. Even though there certainly seems to be something between them, they never so much as hold hands.
* ThrowTheDogABone: When Evan gets turned into a giant in the third book, he actually has a rather good time after his initial despair, saving kids from getting picked on by Conan, retrieving kites stuck in trees and even getting revenge on Conan by hanging him to a tree [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine the same way he did to Andy]] and crushing his skateboard.
* TooDumbToLive: Andy always tries to goad Evan into using Monster Blood to avenge himself on his tormentors, such as Conan, Kermit, and one of his teachers, even though she has firsthand knowledge that these attempts will not work and just make things worse. One time (in the second book) she even goes behind Evan's back and uses the Monster Blood after promising him not to do so. Evan falls into this category in the third book when he decides to go along with Andy's plan to get payback on Kermit, which of course fails.
* TookALevelInBadass: After being a loser for most of the second book, Evan eats the Monster Blood to save the school, becoming a hero and redeeming himself to his teacher and most of his classmates.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Andy was a much better friend to Evan in the first book. Despite teasing him a lot, she stood up for him against the Beymer twins and angrily said they'd get back at them when they beat Evan up. In the sequels, she frequently brings back the Monster Blood and suggests Evan use it, even though it nearly killed her and Evan in the previous books, and even feeds the Monster Blood to Cuddles the hamster in the second book after promising Evan not to.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Evan and Andy regularly banter and tease each other.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Despite being Evan's best friend, Andy keeps bringing back the Monster Blood and insisting Evan use it while knowing the trouble it caused both of them, and even goes behind Evan's back and feeds it to Cuddles in the second book after assuring him he wouldn't.

!!Monster Blood

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A mass of growing goo and monster of the ''Monster Blood'' series.

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: What results from its consumption.
* BlobMonster: One that resembles Gack.
* ExtremeOmnivore: It will devour everything that comes in contact with it, and doesn't discriminate between kids, animals, or even [[spoiler: its master Sarabeth]].
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: This is to be expected, since it's a mindless life form, but it's creator, [[spoiler: Sarabeth]], is a more straightforward example. [[spoiler: Other than wanting to keep Evan's aunt as a slave, she has no personality or motivation whatsoever, and is simply in the story to provide an explanation for the ever growing slime.]]
* HungryMenace: It exists only to devour.
* MutagenicGoo: If Monster Blood is eaten, it will make the consumer grow to horrible proportions, but the effects vary. When eaten by Cuddles and Evan, it makes them grow big, but when eaten by Matt in ''Monster Blood For Breakfast!'' it causes him to undergo severe BodyHorror as his muscles swell and he becomes an inhuman lump.
* SealedEvilInACan: And some sap always winds up opening it...
* SeriesMascot: It forms the title of the series.

!!Sarabeth

An incredibly nasty and vicious cat owned by Evan Ross's aunt Kathryn. When Evan has to stay with Kathryn for a few weeks, Sarabeth frequently attacks him. [[spoiler: She's actually an evil witch, and she's kept Kathryn has her slave for twenty years. When she couldn't get rid of Evan herself, she made Kathryn enchant the Monster Blood so it would kill him, but she gets killed by her own creation]].

* AdaptationPersonalityChange: [[spoiler: The TV show tries to give her more motivation and an actual background beyond being Kathryn's FalseFriend. Kathryn explains Sarabeth was originally renting a room from her when she walked in on Sarabeth performing some spell with the Monster Blood. In the process of being discovered, Sarabeth panicked and was about to attack Kathryn when she stepped into the Monster Blood and it... did something to her. The implication is the Monster Blood somehow drained Sarabeth of her magic and she turned into a cat, while Kathryn bottled it up and hid it somewhere. By freeing the Monster Blood, her powers got restored and she was able to turn human again]].
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: The TV show implies she stayed as a cat for so long because she ''couldn't'' change back to human]].
* CatsAreMean: Kathryn herself tells Evan that Sarabeth is an evil cat.
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler: She made Kathryn deaf by magic, and has specifically kept her from learning sign language in order to keep her weak. She's also more than happy to let her Monster Blood kill everyone as long as her secrets remain safe]].
* EvilRedhead: [[spoiler: Her human form. Though in the TV show her hair's a shade of dark brown]].
* FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Kathryn claims that when they first met, she thought Sarabeth was her friend. That was before Sarabeth revealed she was EvilAllAlong]].
* FlatCharacter: While most antagonists have some backstory or flimsy motivation to justify ''why'' they do what they do, Sarabeth has no character beyond being evil and wanting to enslave Aunt Kathryn. She's only in the first book as a last minute villain, and is never seen or mentioned again.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Of the ''Monster Blood'' books in the sense that it's due to her magic that the toy goo came to life. Though this only extends to the actual Monster Blood and not the fake blue variant from the last book]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: She's the one who brought the first Monster Blood can to life, but it's left ambiguous if her magic enchanted ''every'' Monster Blood can or if Monster Blood was already magic]].
* VillainBall: [[spoiler: Her death is entirely her own fault. She was afraid Evan would find out her secret and wanted him dead, but if she just left him alone she wouldn't have died]].
* WickedWitch: [[spoiler: A shapeshifter]].

!!'''Blue Monster Blood'''

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A weird, blue variant of Monster Blood found by Andy in ''Monster Blood IV''. This version of the slime turns into small creatures that consume large amounts of water, and they aren't exactly picky about where they have to get it. After doing so, the creatures drink until they burst and multiple, and as they do so, they become increasingly aggressive. [[spoiler: They aren't actually Monster Blood. They were an underwater biological weapon developed by a group of scientists that went bad, and their creator disposed of the experiment's remains in an empty Monster Blood can.]]

* BlobMonster: Ones shaped like weird blue slugs with razor teeth.
* IAmNotWeasel: [[spoiler: The only reason Evan and Andy think these creatures are a form of Monster Blood is because they were found inside an old Monster Blood can]].
* MixAndMatchCritters: They're like a cross between slugs, leeches, and bottom feeders made out of blue slime.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: They have razor sharp teeth which allows them to bite through anything, and they can also use them to latch on to people and animals so they can suck them dry.
* SelfDisposingVillain: When there are finally enough of them, the creatures will turn on each other and start to kill themselves in a manic frenzy before nothing is left.
* TookALevelInJerkass: The creatures are fairly tame and benevolent at first, but they more they multiply the angrier they get. [[spoiler: The same thing happens to Conan Barber after he eats some of the creature's residue, leading to Evan facing an army of angry Conans]].

!!Conan Barber

The resident bully and secondary antagonist for most of the ''Monster Blood'' series.

* AdaptationalHeroism: In the TV episode ''More Monster Blood'', he helps save the day and becomes much nicer at the end.
* BigManOnCampus: Evan remarks that he looks 32, even though he's only 12.
* TheBully: He loves tormenting Evan and getting him in trouble with their teacher.
* CrushingHandshake: He gives three of these to Evan in ''Monster Blood II'', and each is more painful than the last.
* DirtyCoward: He's not so tough and badass when it comes to heights and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant hamsters]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: On his first encounter with Evan, he once told Evan, "We don't like wise guys here in Atlanta" and beat him up afterwards, right after Evan told him about Monster Blood.
* HateSink: He's a stereotypical [[TheBully bully]] who takes every opportunity to make Evan miserable and never gives him a break, [[UngratefulBastard even after he saves his life]].
* HiddenDepths: WordOfGod says that he sleeps with a teddy bear named Fluffster and gets a bedtime story every night.
* InSeriesNickname: "Conan the Barbarian", unsurprisingly.
* {{Jerkass}}: He'll beat up on Evan even if he never even did anything to him.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He was right that Evan telling everyone about the Monster Blood was something that no one would legitimately believe, though that doesn't justify his bullying.
* JerkJock: He actually ''slam dunks Evan through a basketball hoop'' in one part of ''Monster Blood II''.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's very good at convincing Mr. Murphy that he's entirely innocent and Evan was the one picking on him.
* MisplacedRetribution: Every time Kermit's experiments backfire on Conan or he does something else unpleasant to him, Conan takes it all out on Evan. In the fourth MB book, after Kermit sprayed Conan's new sneakers with water from a Super Soaker, Conan took his anger out on Evan as the latter protests he didn't do anything to him. Conan's response? [[InsaneTrollLogic "It came out of YOUR squirt gun!"]]
* ShoutOut: If his name is too subtle for you, he's even nicknamed Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: He hangs Andy to a tree after beating up Evan, and gets hung to that same tree by Evan when the latter turns into a giant.
* TookALevelInKindness: In the TV adaptation, anyway. He not only helps defeat the Monster Blood, but becomes friends with Kurtis, one of the kids he used to bully.
* UngratefulBastard: Even after Evan saves him from getting eaten by Cuddles, he still bullies him at every opportunity.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of heights.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Since [[EvenEvilHasStandards he doesn't hit girls]], he sticks Andy on a high tree branch instead after he beats up Evan.

!!Cuddles the Hamster

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[[SadistTeacher Mr. Murphy's]] pet hamster, who grows to enormous size and goes on a destructive rampage after eating Monster Blood.

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The climax of the book.
* BreakoutCharacter: Despite only appearing in one book, Cuddles became one of the most prominent of the monster characters featured in the 1990s merchandise. However, he was DemotedToExtra when the franchise was revitalized with the ''Horrorland'' series, to the point that ''Monster Blood II'' has yet to be reprinted.
* ChildEater: It's implied that he was going to eat Conan before Evan stepped in.
* FatBastard: According to Evan - and that's ''before'' he grows to the size of a gorilla.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:Monster Blood II ends with him eating Monster Blood brought by Andy yet again.]]
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: After he eats Monster Blood.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Hamster?]]: He supposedly eats more Monster Blood at the end of the second book, but although he's mentioned in subsequent books, we never find out what happened to him or if he became a giant again.

!!'''Kermit Majors'''

Evan Ross's bratty cousin, a self-described child genius and inventor who uses Evan to test his experiments on when he's not deliberately getting Evan in trouble. First appears in ''Monster Blood III''.

* BrattyHalfPint: [[UpToEleven To an extreme degree.]]
* ChildProdigy: More of an InformedAttribute since his inventions rarely work, though the fact that he can create any at all despite being only eight is rather impressive.
* ConsummateLiar: His mother believes everything he says whenever he talks about Evan provoking people.
* CreepyChild: The way he delights in torturing Evan and manipulating his mother makes him come off as this.
* HateSink: Has no personality traits beyond being a lying, obnoxious brat and only exists to make Evan's life even worse. What makes him even less likable is that he usurps the supporting protagonist role from fan favorite Andy in the ''Monster Blood'' books.
* InsufferableGenius: Creates weird concoctions and experiments with Monster Blood. Both often end in failure.
* {{Jerkass}}: His only purpose in the story is to make Evan suffer and get him in trouble with no remorse or hesitation.
* KarmaHoudini: Almost never gets punished for his experiments backfiring or getting Evan in trouble.
* LackOfEmpathy: He actually ''laughs'' when Conan starts beating up Evan.
* MadScientist: A [[ChildProdigy kid]] one.
* ManipulativeBastard: He'll goad Conan Barber into beating Evan up by antagonizing Conan and hiding behind Evan. He'll tell his mother Evan was picking fights to get out of any blame.
* PetTheDog: Helping Evan shrink back to his normal size in the third book. He also attempts to help Evan get back at Conan in the fourth book.
* TheSociopath: He takes delight in making Evan miserable and tormenting him and shows no remorse for the horrible things he does or for lying to his mother.
* SpoiledBrat: His mother practically lets him do whatever he wants while always blaming Evan and Andy for his actions.

!!Mr. Murphy
Evan's science teacher.

* DeadpanSnarker: "Maybe a science fiction teacher would believe it. Not a science teacher." Afterwards, he sarcastically asks Evan if the teachers at his old school liked it when he called them dumb.
* FatBastard: Much like Cuddles. He's a SadistTeacher and obese to boot.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He was right that Evan shouldn't have fallen asleep in class, told everyone about Monster Blood or called him dumb.
* SadistTeacher: Apart from making fun of Evan for falling asleep in class, he does nothing to stop Conan's bullying of him, even when he does things like throw a basketball at Evan's face and slam dunk him through the hoop.
* SoProudOfYou: He says this to Evan when the latter saves the school from Cuddles.

!! Rick and Tony Beymer
Twin bullies in the first book.
* AssholeVictim: They get eaten by the monster blood when it's in it's BlobMonster form. [[SarcasmMode Fortunately]], they come out alive when it's defeated.
* TheBully: Even worse than usual for these books. They even give Evan a surprisingly graphic NoHoldsBarredBeatDown.
* {{Jerkass}}: They bully younger kids and tie defenceless animals to trees.
* KickTheDog: They tie a cat to a tree, apparently [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]]. Thankfully, Andy frees it.
* LaserGuidedKarma: When the Monster Blood encompasses them.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: They are described as having very light, almost white/blond hair.



[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Greg Banks'''

The main protagonist of ''Say Cheese and Die!'' and its sequel. Greg has the unfortunate luck of finding a camera that causes bad things to happen whenever it takes a picture of someone, such as two of his friends being injured, his father almost dying in a car accident, and one friend disappearing completely.

* AdaptationalNiceGuy: In the TV series, Greg is much more likable. For example, while in the book he tried to take a picture of Mr. Saur ([[AssholeVictim not that he didn't deserve it]]), in the TV series, he outright refuses to take a picture with the camera when Mr. Saur wants proof [[spoiler: It's still very satisfying when [[LaserGuidedKarma Mr. Saur accidentally takes a picture of himself and goes bald]]]].
* AesopAmnesia: He seems to forget all the horrible things the camera caused in the first book and decides to retrieve it to show to Mr. Saur just to get a good grade in English.
* BodyHorror: Besides the camera making him obese, it also causes him to develop a horrible skin rash that makes him look like a lizard.
* ButtMonkey: More so in ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' due to Mr. Saur and his classmates' treatment of him and what the camera does to him.
* CassandraTruth: His friends don't think there's anything evil about the camera despite mounting evidence that it is taking pictures of things that haven't happened yet. Greg only keeps using it in the first book because they keep pressuring him to do it. In the second book, his report on what happened with the camera is given an "F" and because that jeopardizes Greg's plans on visiting his cousins for the summer, he thought finding the camera was the only way to have his grade fixed.
* LethallyStupid: Upon discovering the camera is potentially dangerous to anything in takes a picture of, you'd ''think'' Greg would test it by taking a picture of some expendable object he doesn't care about incase it gets destroyed by the camera. Instead he takes a picture of his brother Terry. No, Terry isn't a BigBrotherBully, nor does Greg even dislike him. He's just '''''that''''' dumb.
* OnlySaneMan: Greg is considered the sensible one in his group of friends, and he doesn't like it because they tease him for it.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He becomes insistent on snapping a picture of Mr. Saur to get back at him for his bad grade and for the way he's treated him. [[spoiler: And then the book ends with Mr. Saur taking a picture of ''the whole class'', but it's left ambiguous as to what happened.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler: The ending of the TV adaption of ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' has Mr. Saur lose all his hair after his picture is taken, which can be considered LaserGuidedKarma for his treatment of Greg]].
* TooDumbToLive: If writing a report about his encounter with the camera for English class wasn't dumb enough, he even decides to retrieve it just to prove its existence to his teacher and attempts to bring it to class even after all the trouble I think caused to snap a picture of Mr. Saur to get revenge on him for his cruelty. Predictably, this doesn't end well.
* TookALevelInDumbass: By ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' Greg has become ''much'' less sensible. He made the mistake of writing an essay about what happened with the evil camera, and when he got a bad grade for it, decided the only course of action was to find the camera again as proof. In the first book, he had to be pressured by his friends to continue using the camera while being reluctant to do so, while in the sequel his friends pressure him ''not'' to use the camera when he knows full well how dangerous it is.
* WeightWoe: In ''Say Cheese and Die - Again!'' the camera causes Greg to rapidly gain weight. At first, he's mercilessly teased by the other kids for being fat, but when he shows up for school the next day twice as big as before, his classmates no longer think it's funny and feel bad for him. [[SadistTeacher Mr. Saur]], on the other hand, does nothing but mock him.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He doesn't return for ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!'' Mostly because the evil camera somehow ended up in the possession of another family before it ends up with Julie. But we're never told what happened to Greg or how the camera wound up with someone else. [[spoiler: The implications behind this are not helped by the AmbiguousEnding to ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'']]

!!Evil Camera

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A camera capable of changing the future whenever it takes a picture, but the future it creates is always horrible. The main driving force behind the ''Say Cheese and Die!'' books, the camera ends up in the ownership of Greg Banks and later Julie Martin.

* BadFuture: Its specialty.
* BodyHorror: Some of the worst in the series. Besides the WeightWoe inflicted on Greg and Shari, which makes Greg so fat he can barely move and Shari [[WeightLossHorror so skinny she's practically just a skeleton]], it made Julie's best friend Reena ''blind'' by doing something to her eyes akin to having chlorine or bleach thrown in your face, gave Becka and Greta horrific skin rashes, and mutated Julie's brother into growing fuzz and antennae on his head like a bee.
* FateWorseThanDeath: It makes Greg morbidly obese and Shari emaciated in ''Say Cheese and Die Again!'' in what is implied to be revenge for trying to destroy it.
* HappyFunBall: It simply looks like an ordinary camera, but it's pure evil. At least in the book. In the TV episodes, it looks more like Darth Vader's toaster than a camera.
* ItCanThink: It's implied the camera specifically chooses what horrible thing will happen to its victims, which explains why Greg and Shari's transformations in ''Say Cheese and Die Again!'' were so drawn out and horrible.
* {{Retcon}}: The camera was originally created by two evil scientists who planned to use it to make themselves rich but they backstabbed each other which is what led to the camera only taking evil photos. Then in ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!'' the camera's backstory was altered so it was now a camera created for a horror film that never got finished because of unexplained accidents on the set. The film shared the title of the book, ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!''
* SpookyPhotographs: The camera will cause bad things to happen to those who are photographed by it, ranging from simple accidents to car crashes.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Despite being more of a prop than a character, the camera somehow managed to become an even worse villain in its next two appearances by getting more creative with the BadFuture photos. BodyHorror and mutilation are a big factor in this.

!!Fritz "Spidey" Fredericks

A creepy hermit who lives in the Coffman house and the partner of the inventor of the Evil Camera.

* AndIMustScream: In the TV episode, he is imprisoned in the camera when he gets his picture taken... until the two bullies unwittingly release him.
* AntiVillain: He's not really evil, since he created the camera by accident, but he does try to imprison Greg and Shari when they return the camera.
* GreaterScopeVillain: He stole the camera from his partner, causing the latter to put a curse on it to cause bad things to happen, while originally it just predicted the future.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: His reason for refusing to let Greg and Shari leave after telling them the backstory of the camera.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the book, he dies of a heart attack caused by the camera. In the TV episode, he is merely imprisoned in it.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Played with - he's an antisocial outcast whom most of the locals are creeped out by, but he's just paranoid and mentally ill. On the other hand, he's not exactly a saint, either.
* TragicVillain: He had his life ruined by the camera, losing his job and family.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: He co-designed the camera with another scientist, who placed a BadFuture curse on it after Spidey took all the credit for the invention.

!!'''Mr. Saur'''

Greg Banks' complete asshole of a teacher in ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' He gives Greg an "F" on his report about the Evil Camera, which is understandable, but doesn't justify his cruel and malicious treatment of Greg afterwards.

* AdaptationalKarma: [[spoiler: In the TV show, which tones down Greg's less appealing personality traits, Saur has his picture taken by the camera and loses his hair. Specifically, it immediately begins falling out while the students laugh at him as he screams "IT'S NOT FUNNY!"]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Sourball."
* HateSink: His attitude towards Greg and belittling nature after Greg is cursed with obesity is utterly cringe worthy enough to wish Greg ''would'' take his picture.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's much worse to Greg when he starts mocking his weight.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Greg should've known better than to write a report about the Evil Camera and automatically expect his teacher to believe it, but that still doesn't excuse Saur's abusive attitude.
* MeaningfulName: As sour as his last name sounds.
* SadistTeacher: When Greg comes to class morbidly obese, Saur is the only person in the room who continues to mock Greg for his weight, when even the class bullies realize something is really wrong with the kid. When your students are more mature than you, that's saying something.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Greg Banks'''

The main protagonist of ''Say Cheese and Die!'' and its sequel. Greg has the unfortunate luck of finding a camera that causes bad things to happen whenever it takes a picture of someone, such as two of his friends being injured, his father almost dying in a car accident, and one friend disappearing completely.

* AdaptationalNiceGuy: In the TV series, Greg is much more likable. For example, while in the book he tried to take a picture of Mr. Saur ([[AssholeVictim not that he didn't deserve it]]), in the TV series, he outright refuses to take a picture with the camera when Mr. Saur wants proof [[spoiler: It's still very satisfying when [[LaserGuidedKarma Mr. Saur accidentally takes a picture of himself and goes bald]]]].
* AesopAmnesia: He seems to forget all the horrible things the camera caused in the first book and decides to retrieve it to show to Mr. Saur just to get a good grade in English.
* BodyHorror: Besides the camera making him obese, it also causes him to develop a horrible skin rash that makes him look like a lizard.
* ButtMonkey: More so in ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' due to Mr. Saur and his classmates' treatment of him and what the camera does to him.
* CassandraTruth: His friends don't think there's anything evil about the camera despite mounting evidence that it is taking pictures of things that haven't happened yet. Greg only keeps using it in the first book because they keep pressuring him to do it. In the second book, his report on what happened with the camera is given an "F" and because that jeopardizes Greg's plans on visiting his cousins for the summer, he thought finding the camera was the only way to have his grade fixed.
* LethallyStupid: Upon discovering the camera is potentially dangerous to anything in takes a picture of, you'd ''think'' Greg would test it by taking a picture of some expendable object he doesn't care about incase it gets destroyed by the camera. Instead he takes a picture of his brother Terry. No, Terry isn't a BigBrotherBully, nor does Greg even dislike him. He's just '''''that''''' dumb.
* OnlySaneMan: Greg is considered the sensible one in his group of friends, and he doesn't like it because they tease him for it.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He becomes insistent on snapping a picture of Mr. Saur to get back at him for his bad grade and for the way he's treated him. [[spoiler: And then the book ends with Mr. Saur taking a picture of ''the whole class'', but it's left ambiguous as to what happened.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler: The ending of the TV adaption of ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' has Mr. Saur lose all his hair after his picture is taken, which can be considered LaserGuidedKarma for his treatment of Greg]].
* TooDumbToLive: If writing a report about his encounter with the camera for English class wasn't dumb enough, he even decides to retrieve it just to prove its existence to his teacher and attempts to bring it to class even after all the trouble I think caused to snap a picture of Mr. Saur to get revenge on him for his cruelty. Predictably, this doesn't end well.
* TookALevelInDumbass: By ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' Greg has become ''much'' less sensible. He made the mistake of writing an essay about what happened with the evil camera, and when he got a bad grade for it, decided the only course of action was to find the camera again as proof. In the first book, he had to be pressured by his friends to continue using the camera while being reluctant to do so, while in the sequel his friends pressure him ''not'' to use the camera when he knows full well how dangerous it is.
* WeightWoe: In ''Say Cheese and Die - Again!'' the camera causes Greg to rapidly gain weight. At first, he's mercilessly teased by the other kids for being fat, but when he shows up for school the next day twice as big as before, his classmates no longer think it's funny and feel bad for him. [[SadistTeacher Mr. Saur]], on the other hand, does nothing but mock him.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He doesn't return for ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!'' Mostly because the evil camera somehow ended up in the possession of another family before it ends up with Julie. But we're never told what happened to Greg or how the camera wound up with someone else. [[spoiler: The implications behind this are not helped by the AmbiguousEnding to ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'']]

!!Evil Camera

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A camera capable of changing the future whenever it takes a picture, but the future it creates is always horrible. The main driving force behind the ''Say Cheese and Die!'' books, the camera ends up in the ownership of Greg Banks and later Julie Martin.

* BadFuture: Its specialty.
* BodyHorror: Some of the worst in the series. Besides the WeightWoe inflicted on Greg and Shari, which makes Greg so fat he can barely move and Shari [[WeightLossHorror so skinny she's practically just a skeleton]], it made Julie's best friend Reena ''blind'' by doing something to her eyes akin to having chlorine or bleach thrown in your face, gave Becka and Greta horrific skin rashes, and mutated Julie's brother into growing fuzz and antennae on his head like a bee.
* FateWorseThanDeath: It makes Greg morbidly obese and Shari emaciated in ''Say Cheese and Die Again!'' in what is implied to be revenge for trying to destroy it.
* HappyFunBall: It simply looks like an ordinary camera, but it's pure evil. At least in the book. In the TV episodes, it looks more like Darth Vader's toaster than a camera.
* ItCanThink: It's implied the camera specifically chooses what horrible thing will happen to its victims, which explains why Greg and Shari's transformations in ''Say Cheese and Die Again!'' were so drawn out and horrible.
* {{Retcon}}: The camera was originally created by two evil scientists who planned to use it to make themselves rich but they backstabbed each other which is what led to the camera only taking evil photos. Then in ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!'' the camera's backstory was altered so it was now a camera created for a horror film that never got finished because of unexplained accidents on the set. The film shared the title of the book, ''Say Cheese and Die Screaming!''
* SpookyPhotographs: The camera will cause bad things to happen to those who are photographed by it, ranging from simple accidents to car crashes.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Despite being more of a prop than a character, the camera somehow managed to become an even worse villain in its next two appearances by getting more creative with the BadFuture photos. BodyHorror and mutilation are a big factor in this.

!!Fritz "Spidey" Fredericks

A creepy hermit who lives in the Coffman house and the partner of the inventor of the Evil Camera.

* AndIMustScream: In the TV episode, he is imprisoned in the camera when he gets his picture taken... until the two bullies unwittingly release him.
* AntiVillain: He's not really evil, since he created the camera by accident, but he does try to imprison Greg and Shari when they return the camera.
* GreaterScopeVillain: He stole the camera from his partner, causing the latter to put a curse on it to cause bad things to happen, while originally it just predicted the future.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: His reason for refusing to let Greg and Shari leave after telling them the backstory of the camera.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the book, he dies of a heart attack caused by the camera. In the TV episode, he is merely imprisoned in it.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Played with - he's an antisocial outcast whom most of the locals are creeped out by, but he's just paranoid and mentally ill. On the other hand, he's not exactly a saint, either.
* TragicVillain: He had his life ruined by the camera, losing his job and family.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: He co-designed the camera with another scientist, who placed a BadFuture curse on it after Spidey took all the credit for the invention.

!!'''Mr. Saur'''

Greg Banks' complete asshole of a teacher in ''Say Cheese And Die - Again!'' He gives Greg an "F" on his report about the Evil Camera, which is understandable, but doesn't justify his cruel and malicious treatment of Greg afterwards.

* AdaptationalKarma: [[spoiler: In the TV show, which tones down Greg's less appealing personality traits, Saur has his picture taken by the camera and loses his hair. Specifically, it immediately begins falling out while the students laugh at him as he screams "IT'S NOT FUNNY!"]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Sourball."
* HateSink: His attitude towards Greg and belittling nature after Greg is cursed with obesity is utterly cringe worthy enough to wish Greg ''would'' take his picture.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's much worse to Greg when he starts mocking his weight.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Greg should've known better than to write a report about the Evil Camera and automatically expect his teacher to believe it, but that still doesn't excuse Saur's abusive attitude.
* MeaningfulName: As sour as his last name sounds.
* SadistTeacher: When Greg comes to class morbidly obese, Saur is the only person in the room who continues to mock Greg for his weight, when even the class bullies realize something is really wrong with the kid. When your students are more mature than you, that's saying something.



!!'''Gabe Sabry and Sari Hassad'''

Two Egyptian-American cousins who repeatedly find themselves getting lost in pyramids and mixed up with ancient curses and mummies being brought back to life.

* TheAce: Sari, big time. She's a straight-A student, is always finding ways to one-up Gabe, and is so competitive that she can literally turn eating breakfast into a contest.
* ButtMonkey: Gabe constantly finds himself being the butt of his uncle and cousin's practical jokes.
* ChekhovsGun: The Summoner, a mummy hand that Gabe keeps as a good luck charm. It seems like a cheap trinket, but ends up being a major plot device in both books.
* ClashingCousins: Sari likes pranking Gabe and Gabe is frustrated by that and by how competitive she is.
* CompetitionFreak: Sari. Gabe says she can even turn breakfast eating into a competition.
* DaddysGirl: Sari. Justified because her mom died when she was young and she only sees her dad during the holidays.
* HiddenDepths: Sari talks a big game, but is actually rather squeamish when it comes to the gory details of mummification.
* InsufferableGenius: Sari loves flaunting her intelligence to Gabe as well as her pranking him.
* MissingMom: Sari's mother died when she was little.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Gabe's surname comes from the TV version of ''Return of the Mummy''.
* ThePrankster: Sari likes to prank Gabe whenever he visits her.

!!'''Uncle Ben Hassad'''

Gabe's uncle, an Egyptian archaeologist who spends his days exploring pyramids. He does serious work, but that doesn't stop him from being a world-class practical joker.

* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may have a major knack for jokes, but he knows when to be serious. Particularly when his daughter and nephew get lost in a pyramid.
* CoolUncle: To Gabe, who doesn't hesitate to stay with him when his parents offer - of course, that changes when he hears that Sari is also with him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Even after being told that Ahmed wants to ''kill and mummify'' Gabe and Sari, he still thinks he can rationally talk things over "as scientist to scientist". Needless to say, the Brotherhood of Man approach doesn't work too well. In the sequel, he's the same way with Nila, partly because he has a crush on her.
* ThePrankster: A trait he shares with his daughter.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Like Dr. Deep, he does his best to protect the children, even if he's useless against the villains.

!!Ahmed

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A superstitious scientist who takes ancient curses a little too seriously.

* AxCrazy: Anyone who violates the tomb is either ''mummified alive'', or thrown into a flaming tar pit. Not to mention, he seems to REALLY love this job.
* BigBad: Of ''The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: His methods are unforgivably horrific, but Ahmed ''does'' try to warn explorers away when he can, and only resorts to murder if they breach the tomb.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The mummies are actually the victims and Ahmed is the one murdering anyone who invades the tomb.
* KarmaHoudini: Other than being scared off by the mummies at the end he basically gets off scot free. Even more weirdly, he is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never heard from or even brought up again]], even in the sequel. You would think one of the characters would say "hey, remember that guy Ahmed who tried to murder us last year"? Or something like that, but no.
* KnightOfCerebus: He's right up there with Mr. Toggle and the Lord High Executioner as one of the darkest villains in the series.
* KnightTemplar: Claims to turn temple intruders into mummies to appease his ancestor's curse. It's not clear if the curse is actually real, but considering this is the ''Goosebumps'' universe...
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Gabe inadvertently brings all the mummies to life, they threaten to throw him into the tar pit, but he ends up booking it out of the pyramid instead.
* SoftSpokenSadist: He speaks very calmly and quietly, even when informing Gabe and Sari of their imminent deaths.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: He seems pretty normal and nondescript when we first meet him. It becomes clear soon enough that his intentions aren't good, but there's no clue to just ''how'' deranged he is until the end.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even if you're a kid and stumble into the tomb by accident. He even shrugs this off by telling Gabe that plenty of pharaohs died at his age.

!!Princess Nila

A reporter from the Egyptian newspaper, "The Cairo Sun", Nila befriends Gabe and his family in "Return of The Mummy." In reality, she's actually a thousands year old Egyptian princess who hopes to use the Hassad family as a means to resurrect her brother. A character resembling her appears in a promotional shot for the Goosebumps movie. She's not particularly strong, but the lengths and steps she takes to find her brother are impressive.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Wants to resurrect her brother, Khor-ru, so they can make a comeback and take over Egypt together.
* {{Animorphism}}: Can transform into a scarab, which is somehow connected to her amber pendant.
* BigBad: Of ''Return Of The Mummy''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: To Gabe and Sari's horror.
* CainAndAbel: Her brother tries to ''strangle'' her after waking up. [[spoiler:Admittedly, it's less out of hatred and jealousy and more because he didn't want to be reanimated by ''anyone''.]]
* FemmeFatale: She uses Uncle Ben's crush on her to gain his trust before knocking him out and stuffing him in a sarcophagus.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She may be a sociopath, but Nila was willing to go to extremes to bring her brother back so they could rule together. She also mentions her mother as the one who named her.
* IncestSubtext: She's driven to resurrect her brother above anything else in order that they can "rule together". It's not elaborated upon since it's a children's book, but considering that Egyptian royalty practiced dynastic incest... and to make matters worse, [[BoyMeetsGhoul Prince Khor-ru is a desiccated corpse by that point]].
* Really700YearsOld: Pretty awkward, considering Gabe's uncle had a crush on her...
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Her ultimate fate, after Gabe smashes her pendant.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Waits for thousands of years to begin her plan, creates a new identity, manipulates an archaeological dig, harnesses Gabe's power, brings back Khor-ru... only for her brother to want ''nothing'' to do with her, and then gets trapped in scarab form thanks to Gabe's interference. [[spoiler:Though it seems thanks to the movie, she'll get another chance.]]
* SoulJar: Her scarab pendant. It's apparently what allows her to maintain human form.

to:

!!'''Gabe Sabry and Sari Hassad'''

Two Egyptian-American cousins who repeatedly find themselves getting lost in pyramids and mixed up with ancient curses and mummies being brought back to life.

* TheAce: Sari, big time. She's a straight-A student, is always finding ways to one-up Gabe, and is so competitive that she can literally turn eating breakfast into a contest.
* ButtMonkey: Gabe constantly finds himself being the butt of his uncle and cousin's practical jokes.
* ChekhovsGun: The Summoner, a mummy hand that Gabe keeps as a good luck charm. It seems like a cheap trinket, but ends up being a major plot device in both books.
* ClashingCousins: Sari likes pranking Gabe and Gabe is frustrated by that and by how competitive she is.
* CompetitionFreak: Sari. Gabe says she can even turn breakfast eating into a competition.
* DaddysGirl: Sari. Justified because her mom died when she was young and she only sees her dad during the holidays.
* HiddenDepths: Sari talks a big game, but is actually rather squeamish when it comes to the gory details of mummification.
* InsufferableGenius: Sari loves flaunting her intelligence to Gabe as well as her pranking him.
* MissingMom: Sari's mother died when she was little.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Gabe's surname comes from the TV version of ''Return of the Mummy''.
See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.
* ThePrankster: Sari likes to prank Gabe whenever he visits her.

!!'''Uncle Ben Hassad'''

Gabe's uncle, an Egyptian archaeologist who spends his days exploring pyramids. He does serious work, but that doesn't stop him from being a world-class practical joker.

* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may have a major knack for jokes, but he knows when to be serious. Particularly when his daughter and nephew get lost in a pyramid.
* CoolUncle: To Gabe, who doesn't hesitate to stay with him when his parents offer - of course, that changes when he hears that Sari is also with him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Even after being told that Ahmed wants to ''kill and mummify'' Gabe and Sari, he still thinks he can rationally talk things over "as scientist to scientist". Needless to say, the Brotherhood of Man approach doesn't work too well. In the sequel, he's the same way with Nila, partly because he has a crush on her.
* ThePrankster: A trait he shares with his daughter.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Like Dr. Deep, he does his best to protect the children, even if he's useless against the villains.

!!Ahmed

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A superstitious scientist who takes ancient curses a little too seriously.

* AxCrazy: Anyone who violates the tomb is either ''mummified alive'', or thrown into a flaming tar pit. Not to mention, he seems to REALLY love this job.
* BigBad: Of ''The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: His methods are unforgivably horrific, but Ahmed ''does'' try to warn explorers away when he can, and only resorts to murder if they breach the tomb.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The mummies are actually the victims and Ahmed is the one murdering anyone who invades the tomb.
* KarmaHoudini: Other than being scared off by the mummies at the end he basically gets off scot free. Even more weirdly, he is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never heard from or even brought up again]], even in the sequel. You would think one of the characters would say "hey, remember that guy Ahmed who tried to murder us last year"? Or something like that, but no.
* KnightOfCerebus: He's right up there with Mr. Toggle and the Lord High Executioner as one of the darkest villains in the series.
* KnightTemplar: Claims to turn temple intruders into mummies to appease his ancestor's curse. It's not clear if the curse is actually real, but considering this is the ''Goosebumps'' universe...
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Gabe inadvertently brings all the mummies to life, they threaten to throw him into the tar pit, but he ends up booking it out of the pyramid instead.
* SoftSpokenSadist: He speaks very calmly and quietly, even when informing Gabe and Sari of their imminent deaths.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: He seems pretty normal and nondescript when we first meet him. It becomes clear soon enough that his intentions aren't good, but there's no clue to just ''how'' deranged he is until the end.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even if you're a kid and stumble into the tomb by accident. He even shrugs this off by telling Gabe that plenty of pharaohs died at his age.

!!Princess Nila

A reporter from the Egyptian newspaper, "The Cairo Sun", Nila befriends Gabe and his family in "Return of The Mummy." In reality, she's actually a thousands year old Egyptian princess who hopes to use the Hassad family as a means to resurrect her brother. A character resembling her appears in a promotional shot for the Goosebumps movie. She's not particularly strong, but the lengths and steps she takes to find her brother are impressive.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Wants to resurrect her brother, Khor-ru, so they can make a comeback and take over Egypt together.
* {{Animorphism}}: Can transform into a scarab, which is somehow connected to her amber pendant.
* BigBad: Of ''Return Of The Mummy''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: To Gabe and Sari's horror.
* CainAndAbel: Her brother tries to ''strangle'' her after waking up. [[spoiler:Admittedly, it's less out of hatred and jealousy and more because he didn't want to be reanimated by ''anyone''.]]
* FemmeFatale: She uses Uncle Ben's crush on her to gain his trust before knocking him out and stuffing him in a sarcophagus.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She may be a sociopath, but Nila was willing to go to extremes to bring her brother back so they could rule together. She also mentions her mother as the one who named her.
* IncestSubtext: She's driven to resurrect her brother above anything else in order that they can "rule together". It's not elaborated upon since it's a children's book, but considering that Egyptian royalty practiced dynastic incest... and to make matters worse, [[BoyMeetsGhoul Prince Khor-ru is a desiccated corpse by that point]].
* Really700YearsOld: Pretty awkward, considering Gabe's uncle had a crush on her...
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Her ultimate fate, after Gabe smashes her pendant.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Waits for thousands of years to begin her plan, creates a new identity, manipulates an archaeological dig, harnesses Gabe's power, brings back Khor-ru... only for her brother to want ''nothing'' to do with her, and then gets trapped in scarab form thanks to Gabe's interference. [[spoiler:Though it seems thanks to the movie, she'll get another chance.]]
* SoulJar: Her scarab pendant. It's apparently what allows her to maintain human form.



[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Series 2000'', ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', ''Goosebumps Most Wanted'' and ''Goosebumps Slappyworld'' series. Related characters are kept here.]]

!!'''Kris and Lindy Powell'''

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The original protagonists of the ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series, two twin sisters who share a rather intense sibling rivalry that gets enflamed when Lindy finds Slappy abandoned in a nearby dumpster and gains newfound popularity with her ventriloquist act.

* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter: Pretty much their rivalry in a nutshell. Seemingly the main reason Kris wants a dummy of her own is to show up Lindy.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Are borderline antagonistic to each other for much of the novel but show genuine concern for each other's well being and team up when [[spoiler: Mr. Wood is shown to be very much alive and terrorizes them both]].
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler: At first seems like the BigReveal is Lindy was the "villain" all along after it's revealed she was behind all of Mr. Wood's strange behavior... until Kris reads aloud an odd phrase tucked into Mr. Wood's pocket that actually brings him to life and leads to the dummy's genuine reign of terror.]]
* BigSisterBully: It's never stated who's the older twin but Lindy seems to take on this role to a milder degree, mostly just coming across as a bit overly smug, patronizing and bossy... until it's revealed she [[spoiler: was {{Gaslighting}} Kris into thinking Mr. Wood was actually alive and creating escalating levels of mischief simply out of spite that Kris was sharing her newfound passion]].
* BreakTheCutie: It's pretty much one continuous TraumaCongaLine for Kris, a mold-setter for much of the series later protagonists.
* CannotTellAJoke: Kris struggles to find a funny routine to use with Mr. Wood.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Probably the most intense in the entire series, which makes sense as they're sisters who share nearly everything (including their room), which only gets exacerbated when they both get dummies and sinister trouble starts to brew.
* GreenEyedMonster: Kris's jealousy starts growing after seeing how much attention and praise Lindy gets with her and Slappy's ventriloquism act.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: After finally getting rid of Mr. Wood for good they return to their room only to find a relieved Slappy is also very much alive (as well as also seeing them as his "slaves").]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: One could say to Lindy when [[spoiler: Mr. Wood actually does come to life and torments the family]], though Kris gets all the blame.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Subverted, as the short-haired Kris is the much more feminine of the two.
* SanitySlippage: What Kris's parents begin to expect of her after Mr. Wood's nasty stunt at the auditorium.
%%* TomboyishPonytail: Lindy.
* TraumaCongaLine: Kris. Not only does she [[spoiler: get tricked into thinking Slappy is alive in a cruel "prank" by Lindy (which reduces her to tears by the end and makes her question her sanity), she later has to deal with Mr.Wood coming alive and tormenting her and Lindy. And at even at the end when they kill Mr.Wood, Slappy then comes alive for real to try to enslave them]] [[TheWoobie poor girl..]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: [[spoiler: Lindy shows some potentially alarming signs of this when it's found out she was {{Gaslighting}} Kris into thinking Mr. Wood was actually alive, much of of which included outright verbal and physical abuse through the conduit of the dummy itself as well as destroying all the family groceries and other property as part of the extended "prank", and shows little remorse or regret when Kris reveals how much it genuinely scared and upset her).]]
* TheUnfavorite: Not as blatant as most examples, but it's more than hinted at Kris lives a bit in Lindy's shadow.

!!'''Amy Kramer'''

--> ''"Anyway, I'm the one with the most problems on Family Sharing Night. Because I'm not really talented the way Sara is. And I'm not a total goof like Jed. So I never really know what to share."''

The protagonist of ''Night of the Living Dummy II''. Amy is the middle child of the Kramer family and never seems sure on what exactly she wants to share on Family Sharing Night. She is also an avid ventriloquist who often uses her old dummy, Dennis, for her act, only for the latter's head to pop off every time she performs with him. So she ends up with Slappy instead, who caused mischief for Amy and gets her in trouble with her family, who believes that their middle child has totally lost it.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: She's jealous and bitter towards her sister for most of the book, but they hug when Sara admits she was also jealous of her.
* BreakTheCutie: This happens to her when her family begins to blame her for Slappy's mischief.
* BrilliantButLazy: Her teacher writes on her report card that she's smart but doesn't work to the best of her ability, and she talks to her friend on the phone when she's supposed to be doing homework. She also helps formulate a plan to defeat Slappy and convince her parents of his existence.
* CannotTellAJoke: Downplayed. As shown in the beginning of the book, Amy is not very good at telling more creative jokes. She does, however, at least come up with more simplistic "knock knock" jokes to entertain the younger children.
* CassandraTruth: Right when Amy tells her family that Slappy is responsible for the vandalism in Sara's room, no one believes her, and her parents admonish her for blaming the dummy for the mischief they blindly think she's committed. As a result, they punish her and even consider getting her help, as they instantly believe she's gone nuts. [[spoiler:It isn't until Sara tells Amy that she knew this whole time Slappy was alive and was able to convince Mr. and Mrs. Kramer this fact when they finally witnessed Slappy walking on his own in the end.]]
* ClearMyName: Amy constantly gets blamed for vandalizing her sister's bedroom and tries to convince her family that Slappy did it. They don't believe her [[spoiler: until the end of the story.]]
* CryCute: She does this twice, once when her mother accused her of vandalizing Sara's room and the second time when Slappy squeezed and injured a three-year-old's hand.
* DismissingACompliment: When her dad praises her stories on Family Sharing Night and says she's going to grow up to be a famous writer, she assumes he's just saying it to be a good parent, as Sara is the really talented one in the family.
* DontYouDarePityMe: She has this reaction towards Sara when the latter tries to comfort her after Amy started crying over the butchered party thanks to Slappy.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Downplayed. Amy doesn't really have much of a rivalry with Sara as much as she's just simply envious of her. Mutually, Sara shares Amy's envy towards her as well for different reasons. Amy is the more popular sister while Sara is the more studious, smart one.
* GreenEyedMonster: Amy is very jealous of Sara's talent at art, as well as her perfect report card. It later becomes inverted when she learns that Sara was also jealous of Amy due to Amy having a sense of humor, something Sara makes up for lacking with her artistic talent.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Being TheUnfavorite of the family, Amy wishes she had something special to show for Family Sharing Night.
* MadeASlave: Or at least that's what Slappy tried to do to her.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Amy feels this way. She isn't as talented as her older sister or even funny like her younger brother.
* MsViceGirl: Again, she's a nice girl who just happens to have a jealousy problem.
* MutualEnvy: Amy is shocked to discover that Sara was also jealous of her as well.
* NiceGirl: Envy aside, she's still a kind, well-mannered girl.
* TheStoryteller: She shares her stories on Family Sharing Night. Her parents assume she's just creating new ones when she keeps swearing Slappy's alive.
* TheUnfavorite: She hardly receives any support for anything she shares at Family Sharing Night, such as her music collection since no one in her family shares her taste in music.
* {{Ventriloquism}}: Well, this is the case with all the NOTLD books, really, but Amy has taken this even before Slappy came around, with her original dummy, Dennis.

!!'''Sara and Jed Kramer'''

Amy's older sister and younger brother in ''Night of the Living Dummy II''. The former is a talented painter while the latter is an obnoxious prankster.

* TheAce: Sara is an amazing painter as well as doing good in her studies and getting perfect report cards.
* AloofBigSister: Sara mostly just focuses on her paintings and is rather distant towards Amy and Jed.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Jed due to his love of pranks, though more towards Amy. Sara doesn't seem to mind him too much, that is unless he tampers with her paintings.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Sara is rather distant towards her sister for most of the book and lets the family think she's crazy when Sara knows Slappy is alive, but also is the first to hug her when she tells her about Slappy.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Jed thinks he's cute and can get away with being annoying because he's the youngest.
* BrainyBrunette: In the TV adaptation, Sara has brown hair and is a straight-A student.
* BrattyHalfPint: Jed enjoys taunting his sisters and pulling obnoxious pranks on them.
* BrokenAce: Sara becomes this when she tells Amy that she relies on her talent to hide her own jealousy towards her.
* CoolBigSis: Sara becomes this towards Amy after admitting she knows that Slappy is alive and helping Amy get rid of the dummy.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Jed's reason for pranking Amy by putting her dummy's head on her window was that she didn't stick up for him after ruining Sara's painting.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Jed is the foolish, less serious one who enjoys playing practical jokes to Sara's more responsible, diligent attitude who often takes her work of art very seriously.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Downplayed. Aside from the fact that Sara herself isn't aware of Amy's jealousy towards her, she's never really saw her relationship with Amy as a rivalry as much as she was just simply jealous of Amy's sense of humor. Sara is the more smart and serious sister while Amy is more popular due to her natural sense of humor.
* GreenEyedMonster: Part of the reason Sara didn't speak up when she knew Amy was being tormented by Slappy was because she was jealous of her due to her natural sense of humor and because she was better at making friends than her, while Sara had to focus on painting to get attention.
* InsufferableGenius: Sara shows off her perfect report card to the family and is very serious about her paintings, even causing Amy to lose sympathy for her when she calls one of them a "work of art" after Jed ruins it.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jed, who is an obnoxious prankster who proceeds to share gross things such as loud belches during Family Sharing Night and would even go as far to butcher Sara's painting she worked real hard on out of spite while casually shrugging it off like it was no big deal.
* MutualEnvy: Sara towards Amy, as the latter was jealous of the former's talent of art and perfect GPA while the former was jealous of the latter's sense of humor.
* NotMeThisTime: After Sara's room is vandalized, the family shifts the blame towards Jed, who protests he didn't do the damage and points fingers at Amy, who is instantly given the blame instead.
* ThePrankster: Jed often shares his pranks in Family Sharing Night.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite being the family goof-off, Jed apparently does well in school, even managing to get a much better report card than Amy.
* StepfordSmiler: Sara, who needs to paint to impress everyone since she's jealous that Amy has it much easier than her.

!!Jackson Stander
!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Most Wanted #2: Son of Slappy''

--> ''"It's a lot easier to be good than bad."''

The protagonist of ''Son of Slappy''. Jackson finds Slappy in his possession, only for Slappy to then start possessing him.

* TheAce: Much to his sister's annoyance. He's generally nice and friendly, does well in his studies and volunteers at the local Youth Center.
* DemonicPossession: Slappy starts controlling his actions and making him act out.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: He's much more mature and well-behaved than his sister Rachel, who his parents call a problem child.
* NiceGuy: He tries his hardest to be this.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His parents and teachers are shocked when Slappy makes him start committing bad deeds and insulting them, since he's such a good kid.
* ParentalFavoritism: His parents clearly prefer his studious, mature nature over his more disobedient and aggressive sister.

!!'''Slappy'''
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-> ''Voiced by: Cathal J. Dodd (Television Series); Creator/JackBlack (TheMovie)''
--> ''"Amy, I can hurt you and your family in a hundred ways."''

The BigBad of the "Night Of The Living Dummy" series of books and currently the one reoccurring character to appear in the most books.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Is a redhead in the TV series, unlike the books where his hair was dark brown.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Especially in the second movie. He was genuinely helpful to Sonny and Sam and did seem to really want to be a part of the family. He only hurt bad people who hurt them (Tommy) or made Sarah upset (Tyler). He was completely nice to them until Sarah tried to get them to turn him off. Even when he's bringing Halloween to life he's still way more sympathetic and even still seems to consider them his family.
* AdaptationalBadass: Is far more competent and powerful in TheMovie than he ever was in the books.
* AdvertisedExtra: Features prominently on the cover for ''Night of the Living Dummy'', despite his appearances being cameos until the very end and Mr. Wood being the main antagonist.
* AscendedExtra: Didn't come to life until the very end of ''Night of the Living Dummy'', after the heroes destroyed the main antagonist, Mr. Wood. The sequels obviously focus on Slappy, though he occasionally shares the spotlight with other dummies.
* BigBad: Of his mini-series and both of TheMovies.
* BigBadWannabe: He may be the face of the franchise, but Slappy is actually a small fry compared to other, more powerful antagonists. His plans are usually thwarted by other dummies, and in the "Horrorland" series, he's just another minion of the Menace. Averted in TheMovie; the other monsters obey him without question because he released them from their books.
* BadBoss: The way he treats his intended "slaves" should say enough, but he also acts this way to Rocky.
* BerserkButton: From TheMovie: don't call him a dummy.
* BreakoutVillain: Arguably the most well known villain of the series. He is also the main BigBad in TheMovie.
* DemonicDummy: Well, obviously
* DemonicPossession: Happens at the end of ''Bride Of The Living Dummy'', and possibly at the end of the TV adaptation of ''Night Of The Living Dummy III''.
* {{Determinator}}: His owners are always in for a surprise when they try to get rid of him.
* TheDreaded: In the movie, it quickly becomes clear that Stine -- who comes across as a pretty scary person himself -- is ''scared'' of him in a way that he doesn't see his other creations.
* EvilRedhead: Only in the TV show. He's a brunette in the books and TheMovie.
* EvilerThanThou: Meets one in ''Slappy's Nightmare'', [[spoiler: another ventriloquist dummy trying to take his place]]. Likely will be the case in "The Dummy Meets The Mummy."
* {{Expy}}: Of Chucky from ''Film/ChildsPlay''.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: His goal is to find human slaves, which he has made no progress with since his first appearance. ''Finally'' averted in [[spoiler: ''Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy.'' After Jackson spends the entire book trying to fight off Slappy's hypnotic control, he defeats Slappy and hides him... [[DownerEnding only for his bratty sister, Rachel, to find Slappy, team up with him, and they ''both'' end up controlling him and making him do terrible things]]. The reason? Because Rachel was tired of her "perfect brother" [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter making her look bad]]]].
* FlashStep: Gains this in the movie, able to move incredibly fast between flashes.
* ForTheEvulz: Besides getting "slaves", this is pretty much his only motivation. He even says "Evil is its own reward" in ''Son of Slappy''.
** Somewhat averted in TheMovie, as while a lot of his mayhem is still ForTheEvulz, his biggest motivation is to kill Stine for keeping him trapped in his book and trying to put him back. The rest is just icing on the evil cake.
** Once again subverted in the second movie, where he only wants to have a family of his own and a "mother".
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Slappy was a minor character in his debut book, but went on to become the franchise's most prominent villain.
* HateSink: Despite Slappy's BreakoutVillain status, he really doesn't have many charming, funny, or impressive qualities, coming more as a smug, callous bully who [[SmugSnake thinks he's way cooler than he actually is.]] His sense of humour is tasteless, he makes life miserable for everyone around him (sometimes to the point where his few allies turn on him), and [[DirtyCoward pathetically begs when his enemies gain the upper hand.]] What's more, he doesn't even have BlueAndOrangeMorality as an excuse, since ''Slappy's Nightmare'' reveals he apparently has a human soul.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: His interactions with his female owners are pretty disturbing to read as an adult.
* IconicSequelCharacter: While he did appear in the first ''Night of the Living Dummy'' book, Mr. Wood was the main antagonist--the fact that Slappy is ''also'' alive was just the TwistEnding. He would go on to be the BigBad of the whole series, though, while Mr. Wood only merited a mention in Slappy's origin story.
* JerkAss: He mocks people incessantly, smacks them around and threatens to kill them when they defy him, commits petty acts of vandalism and mischief, and enjoys turning friends and relatives against each other.
* JerkassBall: He usually just insults or beats up the kid he meets but never attempts to murder them. But in "Slappy New Year!" he tries to murder a kid with garden clippers.
* JokerImmunity: Gets destroyed (or at least disposed of) at the end of most books, yet always returns for another sequel. Lampshaded in the 2nd movie.
* KickTheDog: Constantly. One notable example is in ''Night Of The Living Dummy 2'' where he [[WouldHurtAChild crushes a little girl's hand until its all red and swollen]].
* LaughablyEvil: He's still a prick, but he's much more playful and mischievous than outright sadistic.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Despite being a small wooden dummy, he's considerably strong and can hold his own against people twice his size.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides being a raging misogynist, he also mocks people's weight and age. At least he avoids racism.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: No matter how many times Slappy gets destroyed, he always comes back in the next story inexplicably repaired.
* VillainProtagonist: Zigs the line between this and a NominalHero in ''Slappy's Nightmare'' which is told from his perspective. Stine makes him slightly more sympathetic by pairing him with an even worse antagonist. He also plays this role in ''The Dummy Meets The Mummy''.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With R. L. Stine in TheMovie.
* WeakButSkilled: Being a ventriloquist's doll, he's not much of a physical threat, but Slappy knows how to take advantage of his seemingly innocent state to cause chaos and turn people at each other's throats. This, coupled with his [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty mean fighting style]], durability, and ability to somehow rebuild his body when broken makes him more of a force than he has any right to be.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even someone like a preschooler.

!!Mr. Wood

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The original living dummy from early in the series. Mr. Wood was given to Kris after her sister Lindy found Slappy, and he was the one who initially came to life and tormented the girls. He was killed off in the book's ending and hasn't appeared since in any of the other books.

* AdaptedOut: Was never featured in the TV adaptation.
* AxCrazy: The trading card depicts a scene of him lunging at Kris, tackling her down a flight of stairs while also trying to strangle her.
* DemotedToExtra: His only other appearances in the franchise beyond ''Night of the Living Dummy'' were in the trading card series and as the player character for the ''Horrorland'' website's games, as well as a [[spoiler: cameo in ''I Am Slappy's Evil Twin'']]
* EvilRedhead: Has a mop of red hair.
* FlatCharacter: He's a more vicious version of Slappy who loves tormenting his owners. That's pretty much all we know about him, and given his demise, it's likely all we ever will.
* {{Jerkass}}: He makes ''Slappy'' look pleasant by comparison. Let that sink in.
* KnightOfCerebus: An unusual example in that he came ''before'' his more comical brother. While Slappy is more of a trickster, Wood is outright homicidal and revels in how much intimidation and suffering he can inflict on his owners. At one point, he even tries to murder the family dog, and threatens to go after Kris and Lindy's parents next.
* KilledOffForReal: And unlike Slappy he really has stayed true to this trope when he died at the end.
* PosthumousCharacter: ''Slappy's Nightmare'' has him haunt Slappy's dreams and try to sabotage his brother's attempts to be good. He's not really back, of course, but this implies his influence still looms over his brother.
* PredecessorVillain: Not only did he come before Slappy, but it's implied that his malice and evil energy is what made the creep what he is today.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Judging by all his spiel about ''powers'' and other threats, Wood seems to think he's bigger than he appears. Fittingly, he's crushed like a peanut by a steamroller and the world doesn't give a shit.
* StupidEvil: Before he came to life proper, Lindy adored him and might have been easier to manipulate if he acted nicer. Instead he bullies, blackmails, and wrecks havoc, which only draws attention to himself, to the point where her parents decide to take him back to the store next Monday. He then ''continues'' to be a controlling little bastard, and it leads to his deservingly pathetic demise.
* StarterVillain: Of the ''Night of the Living Dummy'' books.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Cracked like an egg in his first appearance.

!!Mary-Ellen

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!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Series 2000 #2: Bride of the Living Dummy''

A doll owned by Jillian's little sisters, who take her everywhere they go but seem to be afraid of her and are always claiming that she does bad things. It turns out she's really alive and forces the girls to do things for her. And now she wants Slappy for a husband.

* CreepyDoll: She plays it straighter than Slappy in that she's an actual doll, not a dummy.
* EvilerThanThou: She's somehow even worse than Slappy in that she's been more successful in controlling young kids to do her bidding. Katie and Amanda are terrified of her, and in the TV show Katie explicitly tells Jillian that Mary-Ellen has threatened to kill her family if she didn't do what she wants.
* {{Expy}}: Of Tiffany from ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Bride of Chucky]]''. She even sounds like her.
* UnholyMatrimony: What she wants with Slappy, but he's not interested.
* WomanScorned: When she finds out Slappy wants Jillian for his bride, she flips out and tries to kill him. What makes her especially mad, in the book at least, is that ''she'' was the one who revived him in the first place.

!!Snappy

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!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Slappyworld #3: I Am Slappy's Evil Twin''

Slappy's twin brother, created by the same puppet maker. He's considerably nicer and wishes Slappy were as nice as him. [[spoiler: Until it turns out that he was evil as well and was only pretending to be nice as a joke.]]

* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Turns out to be this. Well, eviler twin in this case.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins: The nice to Slappy's mean. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out he's even worse.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Slappy and Snappy.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Series 2000'', ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', ''Goosebumps Most Wanted'' and ''Goosebumps Slappyworld'' series. Related characters are kept here.]]

!!'''Kris and Lindy Powell'''

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The original protagonists of the ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series, two twin sisters who share a rather intense sibling rivalry that gets enflamed when Lindy finds Slappy abandoned in a nearby dumpster and gains newfound popularity with her ventriloquist act.

* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter: Pretty much their rivalry in a nutshell. Seemingly the main reason Kris wants a dummy of her own is to show up Lindy.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Are borderline antagonistic to each other for much of the novel but show genuine concern for each other's well being and team up when [[spoiler: Mr. Wood is shown to be very much alive and terrorizes them both]].

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler: At first seems like the BigReveal is Lindy was the "villain" all along after it's revealed she was behind all of Mr. Wood's strange behavior... until Kris reads aloud an odd phrase tucked into Mr. Wood's pocket that actually brings him to life and leads to the dummy's genuine reign of terror.]]
* BigSisterBully: It's never stated who's the older twin but Lindy seems to take on this role to a milder degree, mostly just coming across as a bit overly smug, patronizing and bossy... until it's revealed she [[spoiler: was {{Gaslighting}} Kris into thinking Mr. Wood was actually alive and creating escalating levels of mischief simply out of spite that Kris was sharing her newfound passion]].
* BreakTheCutie: It's pretty much one continuous TraumaCongaLine for Kris, a mold-setter for much of the series later protagonists.
* CannotTellAJoke: Kris struggles to find a funny routine to use with Mr. Wood.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Probably the most intense in the entire series, which makes sense as they're sisters who share nearly everything (including their room), which only gets exacerbated when they both get dummies and sinister trouble starts to brew.
* GreenEyedMonster: Kris's jealousy starts growing after seeing how much attention and praise Lindy gets with her and Slappy's ventriloquism act.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: After finally getting rid of Mr. Wood for good they return to their room only to find a relieved Slappy is also very much alive (as well as also seeing them as his "slaves").]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: One could say to Lindy when [[spoiler: Mr. Wood actually does come to life and torments the family]], though Kris gets all the blame.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Subverted, as the short-haired Kris is the much more feminine of the two.
* SanitySlippage: What Kris's parents begin to expect of her after Mr. Wood's nasty stunt at the auditorium.
%%* TomboyishPonytail: Lindy.
* TraumaCongaLine: Kris. Not only does she [[spoiler: get tricked into thinking Slappy is alive in a cruel "prank" by Lindy (which reduces her to tears by the end and makes her question her sanity), she later has to deal with Mr.Wood coming alive and tormenting her and Lindy. And at even at the end when they kill Mr.Wood, Slappy then comes alive for real to try to enslave them]] [[TheWoobie poor girl..]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: [[spoiler: Lindy shows some potentially alarming signs of this when it's found out she was {{Gaslighting}} Kris into thinking Mr. Wood was actually alive, much of of which included outright verbal and physical abuse through the conduit of the dummy itself as well as destroying all the family groceries and other property as part of the extended "prank", and shows little remorse or regret when Kris reveals how much it genuinely scared and upset her).]]
* TheUnfavorite: Not as blatant as most examples, but it's more than hinted at Kris lives a bit in Lindy's shadow.

!!'''Amy Kramer'''

--> ''"Anyway, I'm the one with the most problems on Family Sharing Night. Because I'm not really talented the way Sara is. And I'm not a total goof like Jed. So I never really know what to share."''

The protagonist of ''Night of the Living Dummy II''. Amy is the middle child of the Kramer family and never seems sure on what exactly she wants to share on Family Sharing Night. She is also an avid ventriloquist who often uses her old dummy, Dennis, for her act, only for the latter's head to pop off every time she performs with him. So she ends up with Slappy instead, who caused mischief for Amy and gets her in trouble with her family, who believes that their middle child has totally lost it.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: She's jealous and bitter towards her sister for most of the book, but they hug when Sara admits she was also jealous of her.
* BreakTheCutie: This happens to her when her family begins to blame her for Slappy's mischief.
* BrilliantButLazy: Her teacher writes on her report card that she's smart but doesn't work to the best of her ability, and she talks to her friend on the phone when she's supposed to be doing homework. She also helps formulate a plan to defeat Slappy and convince her parents of his existence.
* CannotTellAJoke: Downplayed. As shown in the beginning of the book, Amy is not very good at telling more creative jokes. She does, however, at least come up with more simplistic "knock knock" jokes to entertain the younger children.
* CassandraTruth: Right when Amy tells her family that Slappy is responsible for the vandalism in Sara's room, no one believes her, and her parents admonish her for blaming the dummy for the mischief they blindly think she's committed. As a result, they punish her and even consider getting her help, as they instantly believe she's gone nuts. [[spoiler:It isn't until Sara tells Amy that she knew this whole time Slappy was alive and was able to convince Mr. and Mrs. Kramer this fact when they finally witnessed Slappy walking on his own in the end.]]
* ClearMyName: Amy constantly gets blamed for vandalizing her sister's bedroom and tries to convince her family that Slappy did it. They don't believe her [[spoiler: until the end of the story.]]
* CryCute: She does this twice, once when her mother accused her of vandalizing Sara's room and the second time when Slappy squeezed and injured a three-year-old's hand.
* DismissingACompliment: When her dad praises her stories on Family Sharing Night and says she's going to grow up to be a famous writer, she assumes he's just saying it to be a good parent, as Sara is the really talented one in the family.
* DontYouDarePityMe: She has this reaction towards Sara when the latter tries to comfort her after Amy started crying over the butchered party thanks to Slappy.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Downplayed. Amy doesn't really have much of a rivalry with Sara as much as she's just simply envious of her. Mutually, Sara shares Amy's envy towards her as well for different reasons. Amy is the more popular sister while Sara is the more studious, smart one.
* GreenEyedMonster: Amy is very jealous of Sara's talent at art, as well as her perfect report card. It later becomes inverted when she learns that Sara was also jealous of Amy due to Amy having a sense of humor, something Sara makes up for lacking with her artistic talent.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Being TheUnfavorite of the family, Amy wishes she had something special to show for Family Sharing Night.
* MadeASlave: Or at least that's what Slappy tried to do to her.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Amy feels this way. She isn't as talented as her older sister or even funny like her younger brother.
* MsViceGirl: Again, she's a nice girl who just happens to have a jealousy problem.
* MutualEnvy: Amy is shocked to discover that Sara was also jealous of her as well.
* NiceGirl: Envy aside, she's still a kind, well-mannered girl.
* TheStoryteller: She shares her stories on Family Sharing Night. Her parents assume she's just creating new ones when she keeps swearing Slappy's alive.
* TheUnfavorite: She hardly receives any support for anything she shares at Family Sharing Night, such as her music collection since no one in her family shares her taste in music.
* {{Ventriloquism}}: Well, this is the case with all the NOTLD books, really, but Amy has taken this even before Slappy came around, with her original dummy, Dennis.

!!'''Sara and Jed Kramer'''

Amy's older sister and younger brother in ''Night of the Living Dummy II''. The former is a talented painter while the latter is an obnoxious prankster.

* TheAce: Sara is an amazing painter as well as doing good in her studies and getting perfect report cards.
* AloofBigSister: Sara mostly just focuses on her paintings and is rather distant towards Amy and Jed.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Jed due to his love of pranks, though more towards Amy. Sara doesn't seem to mind him too much, that is unless he tampers with her paintings.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Sara is rather distant towards her sister for most of the book and lets the family think she's crazy when Sara knows Slappy is alive, but also is the first to hug her when she tells her about Slappy.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Jed thinks he's cute and can get away with being annoying because he's the youngest.
* BrainyBrunette: In the TV adaptation, Sara has brown hair and is a straight-A student.
* BrattyHalfPint: Jed enjoys taunting his sisters and pulling obnoxious pranks on them.
* BrokenAce: Sara becomes this when she tells Amy that she relies on her talent to hide her own jealousy towards her.
* CoolBigSis: Sara becomes this towards Amy after admitting she knows that Slappy is alive and helping Amy get rid of the dummy.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Jed's reason for pranking Amy by putting her dummy's head on her window was that she didn't stick up for him after ruining Sara's painting.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Jed is the foolish, less serious one who enjoys playing practical jokes to Sara's more responsible, diligent attitude who often takes her work of art very seriously.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Downplayed. Aside from the fact that Sara herself isn't aware of Amy's jealousy towards her, she's never really saw her relationship with Amy as a rivalry as much as she was just simply jealous of Amy's sense of humor. Sara is the more smart and serious sister while Amy is more popular due to her natural sense of humor.
* GreenEyedMonster: Part of the reason Sara didn't speak up when she knew Amy was being tormented by Slappy was because she was jealous of her due to her natural sense of humor and because she was better at making friends than her, while Sara had to focus on painting to get attention.
* InsufferableGenius: Sara shows off her perfect report card to the family and is very serious about her paintings, even causing Amy to lose sympathy for her when she calls one of them a "work of art" after Jed ruins it.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jed, who is an obnoxious prankster who proceeds to share gross things such as loud belches during Family Sharing Night and would even go as far to butcher Sara's painting she worked real hard on out of spite while casually shrugging it off like it was no big deal.
* MutualEnvy: Sara towards Amy, as the latter was jealous of the former's talent of art and perfect GPA while the former was jealous of the latter's sense of humor.
* NotMeThisTime: After Sara's room is vandalized, the family shifts the blame towards Jed, who protests he didn't do the damage and points fingers at Amy, who is instantly given the blame instead.
* ThePrankster: Jed often shares his pranks in Family Sharing Night.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite being the family goof-off, Jed apparently does well in school, even managing to get a much better report card than Amy.
* StepfordSmiler: Sara, who needs to paint to impress everyone since she's jealous that Amy has it much easier than her.

!!Jackson Stander
!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Most Wanted #2: Son of Slappy''

--> ''"It's a lot easier to be good than bad."''

The protagonist of ''Son of Slappy''. Jackson finds Slappy in his possession, only for Slappy to then start possessing him.

* TheAce: Much to his sister's annoyance. He's generally nice and friendly, does well in his studies and volunteers at the local Youth Center.
* DemonicPossession: Slappy starts controlling his actions and making him act out.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: He's much more mature and well-behaved than his sister Rachel, who his parents call a problem child.
* NiceGuy: He tries his hardest to be this.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His parents and teachers are shocked when Slappy makes him start committing bad deeds and insulting them, since he's such a good kid.
* ParentalFavoritism: His parents clearly prefer his studious, mature nature over his more disobedient and aggressive sister.

!!'''Slappy'''
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-> ''Voiced by: Cathal J. Dodd (Television Series); Creator/JackBlack (TheMovie)''
--> ''"Amy, I can hurt you and your family in a hundred ways."''

The BigBad of the "Night Of The Living Dummy" series of books and currently the one reoccurring character to appear in the most books.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Is a redhead in the TV series, unlike the books where his hair was dark brown.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Especially in the second movie. He was genuinely helpful to Sonny and Sam and did seem to really want to be a part of the family. He only hurt bad people who hurt them (Tommy) or made Sarah upset (Tyler). He was completely nice to them until Sarah tried to get them to turn him off. Even when he's bringing Halloween to life he's still way more sympathetic and even still seems to consider them his family.
* AdaptationalBadass: Is far more competent and powerful in TheMovie than he ever was in the books.
* AdvertisedExtra: Features prominently on the cover for ''Night of the Living Dummy'', despite his appearances being cameos until the very end and Mr. Wood being the main antagonist.
* AscendedExtra: Didn't come to life until the very end of ''Night of the Living Dummy'', after the heroes destroyed the main antagonist, Mr. Wood. The sequels obviously focus on Slappy, though he occasionally shares the spotlight with other dummies.
* BigBad: Of his mini-series and both of TheMovies.
* BigBadWannabe: He may be the face of the franchise, but Slappy is actually a small fry compared to other, more powerful antagonists. His plans are usually thwarted by other dummies, and in the "Horrorland" series, he's just another minion of the Menace. Averted in TheMovie; the other monsters obey him without question because he released them from their books.
* BadBoss: The way he treats his intended "slaves" should say enough, but he also acts this way to Rocky.
* BerserkButton: From TheMovie: don't call him a dummy.
* BreakoutVillain: Arguably the most well known villain of the series. He is also the main BigBad in TheMovie.
* DemonicDummy: Well, obviously
* DemonicPossession: Happens at the end of ''Bride Of The Living Dummy'', and possibly at the end of the TV adaptation of ''Night Of The Living Dummy III''.
* {{Determinator}}: His owners are always in for a surprise when they try to get rid of him.
* TheDreaded: In the movie, it quickly becomes clear that Stine -- who comes across as a pretty scary person himself -- is ''scared'' of him in a way that he doesn't see his other creations.
* EvilRedhead: Only in the TV show. He's a brunette in the books and TheMovie.
* EvilerThanThou: Meets one in ''Slappy's Nightmare'', [[spoiler: another ventriloquist dummy trying to take his place]]. Likely will be the case in "The Dummy Meets The Mummy."
* {{Expy}}: Of Chucky from ''Film/ChildsPlay''.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: His goal is to find human slaves, which he has made no progress with since his first appearance. ''Finally'' averted in [[spoiler: ''Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy.'' After Jackson spends the entire book trying to fight off Slappy's hypnotic control, he defeats Slappy and hides him... [[DownerEnding only for his bratty sister, Rachel, to find Slappy, team up with him, and they ''both'' end up controlling him and making him do terrible things]]. The reason? Because Rachel was tired of her "perfect brother" [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter making her look bad]]]].
* FlashStep: Gains this in the movie, able to move incredibly fast between flashes.
* ForTheEvulz: Besides getting "slaves", this is pretty much his only motivation. He even says "Evil is its own reward" in ''Son of Slappy''.
** Somewhat averted in TheMovie, as while a lot of his mayhem is still ForTheEvulz, his biggest motivation is to kill Stine for keeping him trapped in his book and trying to put him back. The rest is just icing on the evil cake.
** Once again subverted in the second movie, where he only wants to have a family of his own and a "mother".
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Slappy was a minor character in his debut book, but went on to become the franchise's most prominent villain.
* HateSink: Despite Slappy's BreakoutVillain status, he really doesn't have many charming, funny, or impressive qualities, coming more as a smug, callous bully who [[SmugSnake thinks he's way cooler than he actually is.]] His sense of humour is tasteless, he makes life miserable for everyone around him (sometimes to the point where his few allies turn on him), and [[DirtyCoward pathetically begs when his enemies gain the upper hand.]] What's more, he doesn't even have BlueAndOrangeMorality as an excuse, since ''Slappy's Nightmare'' reveals he apparently has a human soul.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: His interactions with his female owners are pretty disturbing to read as an adult.
* IconicSequelCharacter: While he did appear in the first ''Night of the Living Dummy'' book, Mr. Wood was the main antagonist--the fact that Slappy is ''also'' alive was just the TwistEnding. He would go on to be the BigBad of the whole series, though, while Mr. Wood only merited a mention in Slappy's origin story.
* JerkAss: He mocks people incessantly, smacks them around and threatens to kill them when they defy him, commits petty acts of vandalism and mischief, and enjoys turning friends and relatives against each other.
* JerkassBall: He usually just insults or beats up the kid he meets but never attempts to murder them. But in "Slappy New Year!" he tries to murder a kid with garden clippers.
* JokerImmunity: Gets destroyed (or at least disposed of) at the end of most books, yet always returns for another sequel. Lampshaded in the 2nd movie.
* KickTheDog: Constantly. One notable example is in ''Night Of The Living Dummy 2'' where he [[WouldHurtAChild crushes a little girl's hand until its all red and swollen]].
* LaughablyEvil: He's still a prick, but he's much more playful and mischievous than outright sadistic.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Despite being a small wooden dummy, he's considerably strong and can hold his own against people twice his size.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides being a raging misogynist, he also mocks people's weight and age. At least he avoids racism.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: No matter how many times Slappy gets destroyed, he always comes back in the next story inexplicably repaired.
* VillainProtagonist: Zigs the line between this and a NominalHero in ''Slappy's Nightmare'' which is told from his perspective. Stine makes him slightly more sympathetic by pairing him with an even worse antagonist. He also plays this role in ''The Dummy Meets The Mummy''.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With R. L. Stine in TheMovie.
* WeakButSkilled: Being a ventriloquist's doll, he's not much of a physical threat, but Slappy knows how to take advantage of his seemingly innocent state to cause chaos and turn people at each other's throats. This, coupled with his [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty mean fighting style]], durability, and ability to somehow rebuild his body when broken makes him more of a force than he has any right to be.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even someone like a preschooler.

!!Mr. Wood

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The original living dummy from early in the series. Mr. Wood was given to Kris after her sister Lindy found Slappy, and he was the one who initially came to life and tormented the girls. He was killed off in the book's ending and hasn't appeared since in any of the other books.

* AdaptedOut: Was never featured in the TV adaptation.
* AxCrazy: The trading card depicts a scene of him lunging at Kris, tackling her down a flight of stairs while also trying to strangle her.
* DemotedToExtra: His only other appearances in the franchise beyond ''Night of the Living Dummy'' were in the trading card series and as the player character for the ''Horrorland'' website's games, as well as a [[spoiler: cameo in ''I Am Slappy's Evil Twin'']]
* EvilRedhead: Has a mop of red hair.
* FlatCharacter: He's a more vicious version of Slappy who loves tormenting his owners. That's pretty much all we know about him, and given his demise, it's likely all we ever will.
* {{Jerkass}}: He makes ''Slappy'' look pleasant by comparison. Let that sink in.
* KnightOfCerebus: An unusual example in that he came ''before'' his more comical brother. While Slappy is more of a trickster, Wood is outright homicidal and revels in how much intimidation and suffering he can inflict on his owners. At one point, he even tries to murder the family dog, and threatens to go after Kris and Lindy's parents next.
* KilledOffForReal: And unlike Slappy he really has stayed true to this trope when he died at the end.
* PosthumousCharacter: ''Slappy's Nightmare'' has him haunt Slappy's dreams and try to sabotage his brother's attempts to be good. He's not really back, of course, but this implies his influence still looms over his brother.
* PredecessorVillain: Not only did he come before Slappy, but it's implied that his malice and evil energy is what made the creep what he is today.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Judging by all his spiel about ''powers'' and other threats, Wood seems to think he's bigger than he appears. Fittingly, he's crushed like a peanut by a steamroller and the world doesn't give a shit.
* StupidEvil: Before he came to life proper, Lindy adored him and might have been easier to manipulate if he acted nicer. Instead he bullies, blackmails, and wrecks havoc, which only draws attention to himself, to the point where her parents decide to take him back to the store next Monday. He then ''continues'' to be a controlling little bastard, and it leads to his deservingly pathetic demise.
* StarterVillain: Of the ''Night of the Living Dummy'' books.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Cracked like an egg in his first appearance.

!!Mary-Ellen

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!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Series 2000 #2: Bride of the Living Dummy''

A doll owned by Jillian's little sisters, who take her everywhere they go but seem to be afraid of her and are always claiming that she does bad things. It turns out she's really alive and forces the girls to do things for her. And now she wants Slappy for a husband.

* CreepyDoll: She plays it straighter than Slappy in that she's an actual doll, not a dummy.
* EvilerThanThou: She's somehow even worse than Slappy in that she's been more successful in controlling young kids to do her bidding. Katie and Amanda are terrified of her, and in the TV show Katie explicitly tells Jillian that Mary-Ellen has threatened to kill her family if she didn't do what she wants.
* {{Expy}}: Of Tiffany from ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Bride of Chucky]]''. She even sounds like her.
* UnholyMatrimony: What she wants with Slappy, but he's not interested.
* WomanScorned: When she finds out Slappy wants Jillian for his bride, she flips out and tries to kill him. What makes her especially mad, in the book at least, is that ''she'' was the one who revived him in the first place.

!!Snappy

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!!!Debuts in: ''Goosebumps Slappyworld #3: I Am Slappy's Evil Twin''

Slappy's twin brother, created by the same puppet maker. He's considerably nicer and wishes Slappy were as nice as him. [[spoiler: Until it turns out that he was evil as well and was only pretending to be nice as a joke.]]

* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Turns out to be this. Well, eviler twin in this case.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins: The nice to Slappy's mean. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out he's even worse.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Slappy and Snappy.



[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series. The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Most Wanted'' series.]]

!!'''Carly-Beth Caldwell'''

The main character of ''The Haunted Mask'', a tormented and meek young girl who acquires a cursed Halloween mask which attempts to take over and turn her into a destructive monster. She has a lesser role in ''The Haunted Mask II'', but returns to prominence in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' book ''The Scream of the Haunted Mask''.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Her tendency to be easily scared makes her an easy target for pranks, even by her friends. She even thinks at one point that she's become the laughingstock of her school.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She almost lost her humanity for the sake of getting her revenge.
* ButtMonkey: She grows out of it.
* TheBusCameBack: She's the only protagonist confirmed to appear in the upcoming movie. Unfortunately, it's as the mask's host.
* DemonicPossession: The mask not only becomes her face, but compels her to do horrible things.
* TheDogBitesBack: Tired of being pranked and tormented for being a scaredy-cat, she decides she's going to scare people instead.
* EvilFeelsGood: After putting on the mask and preparing for sweet revenge.
* EvilIsNotAToy: She steals the mask because she believes it will help her avenge herself on her tormentors, unaware of how dangerous the mask really is until it becomes her face.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Chuck and Steve enjoy scaring and embarrassing her and even her best friend Sabrina occasionally makes fun of her.
* GrewASpine: She's a lot less scared in the sequel and even managed to scare Chuck and Steve a second time.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: She just barely avoided becoming a literal monster forever when she got back at Steve and Chuck.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: In the Horrorland series, she soon becomes the most levelheaded member of the group.
* ShrinkingViolet: She was a very timid girl easily frightened by just about everything and lacking the resolve to stand up for herself against her tormentors. After her first encounter with the Haunted Mask, she grew out of this trope and became much more willing to assert herself against the likes of Steve and Chuck.
* ThresholdGuardian: In ''Scream Of The Haunted Mask'', she hides the mask in her basement to keep it from menacing anyone else.
* TookALevelInBadass: Grows much more brave and tough from the Halloween she spent with the mask.

!!'''Steve Boswell'''

The primary bully figure in ''The Haunted Mask''. He loves tormenting Carly-Beth Caldwell, but gets a taste of his own medicine when she acquires her evil mask. He's the protagonist of ''The Haunted Mask II'' when he finds a mask of his own. In the TV show adaption of the second book, Steve's mask makes him the puppet of Carly-Beth's mask and he has to serve him if he wants his face back.

* ADayInTheLimelight: As a result of ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* AscendedExtra: He became the main character of ''The Haunted Mask II'', which stands out a bit more than you'd think as Steve was also the narrator, unlike Carly-Beth in the first book.
* TheBully: Similar to Conan Barber in the ''Monster Blood'' books, he's a bully in every ''Haunted Mask'' book he's appeared in, though significantly less harmful of one since his bullying is limited to mean pranks while Conan's crosses into physical abuse. However, [[spoiler: he's also a bully whose victim has begun asserting herself and he becomes rather pathetic as a result]].
* ButtMonkey: In ''The Haunted Mask II'' to different degrees in the book and television show. In the book he's tortured by a bunch of bratty first graders while his mask slowly turns him into an old man. In the TV show, the mask still turns him into an old man, but he's now being controlled by the Haunted Mask.
* BreakTheHaughty: ''The Haunted Mask'' and ''The Haunted Mask II'' show him getting what he deserves. Unfortunately, due to the latter being retconned thanks to ''The Scream of the Haunted Mask'', Steve remains a jerkass.
* ChildHater: As punishment for a prank he pulled Steve was forced to coach a first grade soccer team, but he grows to absolutely loath the kids because they make things difficult for them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the TV show, he throws himself in front of the haunted mask when it targets Carly Beth to protect her. This turns out to be the symbol of love that frees his own mask from his head.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: He savors every moment of scaring Carly-Beth and pulling cruel pranks on her in the first book. Even in the sequel, he still has shades of this after setting loose a squirrel in the girls' locker room.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the TV show. He delights in scaring and pranking Carly Beth, but also reveals he just does it because he likes her, [[spoiler:and in ''The Haunted Mask II'', puts himself in front of the haunted mask even while he's suffering in his own mask to protect her.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Is scared shitless by Carly-Beth in the first book and then treated like crap by the first graders in the second book.
* LovingBully: In the TV show, he claims the reason why he picks on her so much is because he actually likes her. [[spoiler:This turns out to be true when he saves her from having the evil mask from the last movie bond with her again.]]
* ThePrankster: His pranks are primarily directed at Carly Beth.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: For Carly Beth in the television series, where he admits he always teased her because he liked her and makes a HeroicSacrifice to save her, which is called another "symbol of love" in-universe.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: In ''The Haunted Mask II'', he's tormented by the first graders the same way he tormented Carly Beth.
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler: The ending of ''The Haunted Mask II'' in the TV show proves he actually does care for Carly-Beth when he stops the Haunted Mask from taking control of her, acting as the symbol of love needed to remove his mask]].

!!'''The Shopkeeper'''

The owner of a mask shop in ''The Haunted Mask''. Also appears briefly in ''The Haunted Mask II''. He creates masks of living flesh to conceal his own deformities (see AllThereInTheManual below) but they always become corrupted and ugly, forcing him to keep making new ones. In the ''Goosebumps'' TV series, he's played by Canadian actor Colin Fox.

* AdaptationExpansion: In the TV episode of ''The Haunted Mask II'' he has a greatly expanded role, wherein he gets [[GrandTheftMe taken over]] by the original Haunted Mask.
* AllThereInTheManual: His backstory is provided in the ''Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book'', wherein it's revealed he was injured in a high school chemistry accident, leading him to begin creating the masks.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite his all-black attire and generally slightly threatening manner, he isn't that bad of a guy, just sort of moody and depressed.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Shopkeeper's real name is never revealed (not even in the backstory described above).
* GoneHorriblyWrong: His experiments to regain his looks could not have gone worse.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the TV episode. Although grumpy and moody, he still tells Carly Beth how to remove the mask, out of sympathy for her plight.
* MadScientist: Quite possible with this guy. If not mad, then at the ''very'' least eccentric.
* MultipleChoicePast: Although, as noted above, he is given an official backstory in the "Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book", his origins and exact motivations for creating the masks are never explicitly stated in either the books or the episodes. Furthermore, the Goosebumps Wiki states that he was ''born'' ugly/deformed (as opposed to becoming so via an injury). It's really rather unclear what his actual past is.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The pioneering this guy did in growing artificial, lifelike faces would have ended disfigurement, had he taken the time to publish his discoveries.

!!Haunted Mask

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hauntedmask.jpg]]

A living Halloween mask, one of several created by a scientist.

* AntagonisticOffspring: For the unnamed Shopkeeper, and given the circumstances it's not hard to see why.
* AscendedExtra: In the book ''The Haunted Mask II'', the Mask wasn't featured at all. In the television adaption, the Mask is added to the plot as the main villain, possessing the shopkeeper and turning Steve into his minion for the sake of getting to Carly Beth and possessing her again.
* BackFromTheDead: In the television adaption of ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* ClingyCostume: If the mask is put on three times, it becomes permanently bonded to the wearer's face after the third time. The only thing that will get it off after that is a symbol of love, but even that's no guarantee it'll come off for good if it's worn again.
* CreepyChild: Its hosts are almost always children, and it seems to possess a rather immature mentality. The version in TheMovie will be portrayed by an up and coming child actress.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Could be seen as this if you think of it as female. A lot of recent fanart just runs with this.
* DemonicPossession: Happens gradually to its unlucky host.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:In ''Scream of the Haunted Mask'', when the ghost of its former owner reawakens to wreck havoc, the mask willingly merges with Carly-Beth to take her down]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The only way to remove it is with a "symbol of love."
* EvilIsHammy: Has plenty of moments of this in the second half of the episode ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* EvilIsPetty: Aside from gaining a proper host, it's only other goal seems to be terrifying others for respect.
* EvilMask: [[SarcasmMode No, really?]]
* FreudianExcuse: It was kept in a basement for years by its creator as a failed experiment, which probably led to it developing evil tendencies.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Its origin story is that it was supposed to be a good-looking face to cover up the creator's own ugly one, but it turned even uglier than him as soon as its creator put it on.
* GrandTheftMe: It does this slowly to Carly-Beth, and surprisingly quickly to the Shopkeeper. Judging by Carly's appearance in the movie, it seems it succeeded.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Constantly looking for a host that will accept it.
* LatexPerfection: It's actually synthetic flesh.
* NoBiologicalSex: It's had both male and female hosts throughout the franchise, but given how Carly-Beth is its favorite, one could assume it identifies as female.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The TV series has it sadistically manipulating Steve into capturing Carly-Beth so it can re-merge with her. "Scream of the Haunted Mask" reveals it [[spoiler:actually caused the ''death'' of its former host by getting her trampled by spooked horses. And then that girl rose from the grave as a vengeful, sadistic wraith addicted to its power]]. There's a pretty good reason this thing is among the more infamous Goosebumps creatures.
* PuppeteerParasite: Unlike a lot of "evil masks" in horror fiction before it, this one is a living organism all on its own.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Downplayed. While the mask doesn't seem to give its wearer supernatural powers, it does make them more aggressive, daring, and hot-blooded, which actually saves the day on at least two occasions.
* SealedEvilInACan: First locked up in the back of its creator's shop, then kept in the basement of Carly-Beth's house.
* TorturedMonster: It's mainly motivated by anger and self-loathing from being "unloved."
* WorthyOpponent: As of "Scream of the Haunted Mask", it seems to regard Carly-Beth as its favorite host.

!!The Unloved

The formal name for the masks created by the Shopkeeper. Much like the Haunted Mask, these were created as synthetic faces that sadly became warped and deformed shortly after they were finished. The masks are alive and yearn for someone to wear and want them. Other than the Haunted Mask, the only other masks to be featured were an old man mask worn by Steve Boswell and a purple ghoul mask worn by [[spoiler: Steve's friend Chuck]].

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The grotesqueness of the masks varies from format to format. In the books many of them are described as having certain animalistic features, while in the TV show they appear as warped and malevolent exaggerations of human faces and in the trading card series they appear very cartoonish.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: The old man mask actually gets the chance to live without hurting anyone when the kids discover that there's a body it can be attached to. The mask becomes the body's head, awakens, and happily leaves to live a life on its own. This is only in the book version of ''The Haunted Mask II'', as in the TV show it gets destroyed]].
* IJustWantToBeLoved: They even briefly come alive at one point and chase after Carly-Beth, begging her to love and want them.
* KilledOffForReal: The TV adaption of ''The Haunted Mask II'' opens with the Shopkeeper destroying the rest of the masks, but the old man mask is spared from destruction due to the arrival of the Haunted Mask.
* TragicMonster: Even more than the Haunted Mask, as these masks plea for someone to just want them and aren't as destructive as the Haunted Mask.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: They disappear save for two in ''The Haunted Mask II'' and in the other sequels they're just not mentioned at all.

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series. The main antagonist of these books recurs in the ''Goosebumps Most Wanted'' series.]]

!!'''Carly-Beth Caldwell'''

The main character of ''The Haunted Mask'', a tormented and meek young girl who acquires a cursed Halloween mask which attempts to take over and turn her into a destructive monster. She has a lesser role in ''The Haunted Mask II'', but returns to prominence in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' book ''The Scream of the Haunted Mask''.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Her tendency to be easily scared makes her an easy target for pranks, even by her friends. She even thinks at one point that she's become the laughingstock of her school.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She almost lost her humanity for the sake of getting her revenge.
* ButtMonkey: She grows out of it.
* TheBusCameBack: She's the only protagonist confirmed to appear in the upcoming movie. Unfortunately, it's as the mask's host.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* DemonicPossession: The mask not only becomes her face, but compels her to do horrible things.
* TheDogBitesBack: Tired of being pranked and tormented for being a scaredy-cat, she decides she's going to scare people instead.
* EvilFeelsGood: After putting on the mask and preparing for sweet revenge.
* EvilIsNotAToy: She steals the mask because she believes it will help her avenge herself on her tormentors, unaware of how dangerous the mask really is until it becomes her face.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Chuck and Steve enjoy scaring and embarrassing her and even her best friend Sabrina occasionally makes fun of her.
* GrewASpine: She's a lot less scared in the sequel and even managed to scare Chuck and Steve a second time.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: She just barely avoided becoming a literal monster forever when she got back at Steve and Chuck.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: In the Horrorland series, she soon becomes the most levelheaded member of the group.
* ShrinkingViolet: She was a very timid girl easily frightened by just about everything and lacking the resolve to stand up for herself against her tormentors. After her first encounter with the Haunted Mask, she grew out of this trope and became much more willing to assert herself against the likes of Steve and Chuck.
* ThresholdGuardian: In ''Scream Of The Haunted Mask'', she hides the mask in her basement to keep it from menacing anyone else.
* TookALevelInBadass: Grows much more brave and tough from the Halloween she spent with the mask.

!!'''Steve Boswell'''

The primary bully figure in ''The Haunted Mask''. He loves tormenting Carly-Beth Caldwell, but gets a taste of his own medicine when she acquires her evil mask. He's the protagonist of ''The Haunted Mask II'' when he finds a mask of his own. In the TV show adaption of the second book, Steve's mask makes him the puppet of Carly-Beth's mask and he has to serve him if he wants his face back.

* ADayInTheLimelight: As a result of ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* AscendedExtra: He became the main character of ''The Haunted Mask II'', which stands out a bit more than you'd think as Steve was also the narrator, unlike Carly-Beth in the first book.
* TheBully: Similar to Conan Barber in the ''Monster Blood'' books, he's a bully in every ''Haunted Mask'' book he's appeared in, though significantly less harmful of one since his bullying is limited to mean pranks while Conan's crosses into physical abuse. However, [[spoiler: he's also a bully whose victim has begun asserting herself and he becomes rather pathetic as a result]].
* ButtMonkey: In ''The Haunted Mask II'' to different degrees in the book and television show. In the book he's tortured by a bunch of bratty first graders while his mask slowly turns him into an old man. In the TV show, the mask still turns him into an old man, but he's now being controlled by the Haunted Mask.
* BreakTheHaughty: ''The Haunted Mask'' and ''The Haunted Mask II'' show him getting what he deserves. Unfortunately, due to the latter being retconned thanks to ''The Scream of the Haunted Mask'', Steve remains a jerkass.
* ChildHater: As punishment for a prank he pulled Steve was forced to coach a first grade soccer team, but he grows to absolutely loath the kids because they make things difficult for them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the TV show, he throws himself in front of the haunted mask when it targets Carly Beth to protect her. This turns out to be the symbol of love that frees his own mask from his head.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: He savors every moment of scaring Carly-Beth and pulling cruel pranks on her in the first book. Even in the sequel, he still has shades of this after setting loose a squirrel in the girls' locker room.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the TV show. He delights in scaring and pranking Carly Beth, but also reveals he just does it because he likes her, [[spoiler:and in ''The Haunted Mask II'', puts himself in front of the haunted mask even while he's suffering in his own mask to protect her.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Is scared shitless by Carly-Beth in the first book and then treated like crap by the first graders in the second book.
* LovingBully: In the TV show, he claims the reason why he picks on her so much is because he actually likes her. [[spoiler:This turns out to be true when he saves her from having the evil mask from the last movie bond with her again.]]
* ThePrankster: His pranks are primarily directed at Carly Beth.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: For Carly Beth in the television series, where he admits he always teased her because he liked her and makes a HeroicSacrifice to save her, which is called another "symbol of love" in-universe.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: In ''The Haunted Mask II'', he's tormented by the first graders the same way he tormented Carly Beth.
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler: The ending of ''The Haunted Mask II'' in the TV show proves he actually does care for Carly-Beth when he stops the Haunted Mask from taking control of her, acting as the symbol of love needed to remove his mask]].

!!'''The Shopkeeper'''

The owner of a mask shop in ''The Haunted Mask''. Also appears briefly in ''The Haunted Mask II''. He creates masks of living flesh to conceal his own deformities (see AllThereInTheManual below) but they always become corrupted and ugly, forcing him to keep making new ones. In the ''Goosebumps'' TV series, he's played by Canadian actor Colin Fox.

* AdaptationExpansion: In the TV episode of ''The Haunted Mask II'' he has a greatly expanded role, wherein he gets [[GrandTheftMe taken over]] by the original Haunted Mask.
* AllThereInTheManual: His backstory is provided in the ''Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book'', wherein it's revealed he was injured in a high school chemistry accident, leading him to begin creating the masks.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite his all-black attire and generally slightly threatening manner, he isn't that bad of a guy, just sort of moody and depressed.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Shopkeeper's real name is never revealed (not even in the backstory described above).
* GoneHorriblyWrong: His experiments to regain his looks could not have gone worse.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the TV episode. Although grumpy and moody, he still tells Carly Beth how to remove the mask, out of sympathy for her plight.
* MadScientist: Quite possible with this guy. If not mad, then at the ''very'' least eccentric.
* MultipleChoicePast: Although, as noted above, he is given an official backstory in the "Goosebumps Collector's Caps Book", his origins and exact motivations for creating the masks are never explicitly stated in either the books or the episodes. Furthermore, the Goosebumps Wiki states that he was ''born'' ugly/deformed (as opposed to becoming so via an injury). It's really rather unclear what his actual past is.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The pioneering this guy did in growing artificial, lifelike faces would have ended disfigurement, had he taken the time to publish his discoveries.

!!Haunted Mask

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hauntedmask.jpg]]

A living Halloween mask, one of several created by a scientist.

* AntagonisticOffspring: For the unnamed Shopkeeper, and given the circumstances it's not hard to see why.
* AscendedExtra: In the book ''The Haunted Mask II'', the Mask wasn't featured at all. In the television adaption, the Mask is added to the plot as the main villain, possessing the shopkeeper and turning Steve into his minion for the sake of getting to Carly Beth and possessing her again.
* BackFromTheDead: In the television adaption of ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* ClingyCostume: If the mask is put on three times, it becomes permanently bonded to the wearer's face after the third time. The only thing that will get it off after that is a symbol of love, but even that's no guarantee it'll come off for good if it's worn again.
* CreepyChild: Its hosts are almost always children, and it seems to possess a rather immature mentality. The version in TheMovie will be portrayed by an up and coming child actress.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Could be seen as this if you think of it as female. A lot of recent fanart just runs with this.
* DemonicPossession: Happens gradually to its unlucky host.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:In ''Scream of the Haunted Mask'', when the ghost of its former owner reawakens to wreck havoc, the mask willingly merges with Carly-Beth to take her down]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The only way to remove it is with a "symbol of love."
* EvilIsHammy: Has plenty of moments of this in the second half of the episode ''The Haunted Mask II''.
* EvilIsPetty: Aside from gaining a proper host, it's only other goal seems to be terrifying others for respect.
* EvilMask: [[SarcasmMode No, really?]]
* FreudianExcuse: It was kept in a basement for years by its creator as a failed experiment, which probably led to it developing evil tendencies.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Its origin story is that it was supposed to be a good-looking face to cover up the creator's own ugly one, but it turned even uglier than him as soon as its creator put it on.
* GrandTheftMe: It does this slowly to Carly-Beth, and surprisingly quickly to the Shopkeeper. Judging by Carly's appearance in the movie, it seems it succeeded.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Constantly looking for a host that will accept it.
* LatexPerfection: It's actually synthetic flesh.
* NoBiologicalSex: It's had both male and female hosts throughout the franchise, but given how Carly-Beth is its favorite, one could assume it identifies as female.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The TV series has it sadistically manipulating Steve into capturing Carly-Beth so it can re-merge with her. "Scream of the Haunted Mask" reveals it [[spoiler:actually caused the ''death'' of its former host by getting her trampled by spooked horses. And then that girl rose from the grave as a vengeful, sadistic wraith addicted to its power]]. There's a pretty good reason this thing is among the more infamous Goosebumps creatures.
* PuppeteerParasite: Unlike a lot of "evil masks" in horror fiction before it, this one is a living organism all on its own.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Downplayed. While the mask doesn't seem to give its wearer supernatural powers, it does make them more aggressive, daring, and hot-blooded, which actually saves the day on at least two occasions.
* SealedEvilInACan: First locked up in the back of its creator's shop, then kept in the basement of Carly-Beth's house.
* TorturedMonster: It's mainly motivated by anger and self-loathing from being "unloved."
* WorthyOpponent: As of "Scream of the Haunted Mask", it seems to regard Carly-Beth as its favorite host.

!!The Unloved

The formal name for the masks created by the Shopkeeper. Much like the Haunted Mask, these were created as synthetic faces that sadly became warped and deformed shortly after they were finished. The masks are alive and yearn for someone to wear and want them. Other than the Haunted Mask, the only other masks to be featured were an old man mask worn by Steve Boswell and a purple ghoul mask worn by [[spoiler: Steve's friend Chuck]].

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The grotesqueness of the masks varies from format to format. In the books many of them are described as having certain animalistic features, while in the TV show they appear as warped and malevolent exaggerations of human faces and in the trading card series they appear very cartoonish.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: The old man mask actually gets the chance to live without hurting anyone when the kids discover that there's a body it can be attached to. The mask becomes the body's head, awakens, and happily leaves to live a life on its own. This is only in the book version of ''The Haunted Mask II'', as in the TV show it gets destroyed]].
* IJustWantToBeLoved: They even briefly come alive at one point and chase after Carly-Beth, begging her to love and want them.
* KilledOffForReal: The TV adaption of ''The Haunted Mask II'' opens with the Shopkeeper destroying the rest of the masks, but the old man mask is spared from destruction due to the arrival of the Haunted Mask.
* TragicMonster: Even more than the Haunted Mask, as these masks plea for someone to just want them and aren't as destructive as the Haunted Mask.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: They disappear save for two in ''The Haunted Mask II'' and in the other sequels they're just not mentioned at all.



[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Series 2000'' and ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Lizzy and Luke Morris'''

--> ''"I'm the calm one in the Morris family. Everyone says, "Lizzy, you're the calm one."''

The main characters of ''One Day In Horrorland'' and ''Return to Horrorland'', and the narrators of the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' books ''Escape From Horrorland'' and ''The Streets of Panic Park''. Lizzy's family got lost on their trip to Zoo Gardens Amusement Park and discovered Horrorland, where they were almost killed by the Horrors. Ever since, Lizzy and her brother keep getting involved with the Horrors for the sake of stopping their twisted plans.

* AmbiguousDisorder: Since Luke can't sit still for a short moment and is rather hyperactive, one can infer he has ADHD.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Luke, as he is full of energy and enjoys pinching people, particularly Lizzy.
* BalefulPolymorph: Lizzy is briefly transformed into a pumpkin in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromHorrorland''.
* TheBusCameBack: They return for the Horrorland series, with Lizzy being the POV character in ''The Streets of Panic Park''.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Most of the Very Special Guests are not entirely trustworthy of the Morris siblings because they think they might be spies for the Horrors. It turns out however that of course Lizzy and Luke are the trustworthy ones. The twins Jillian and Jackson were unwittingly acting as TheMole for the Menace and attempted to make the Morrises TheScapegoat. Lizzy realizes they've been trying to fool everyone when she catches Jillian lying]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Luke's the foolish one, Lizzy's the responsible one.
* {{The Leader}}s: Of the Very Special Guests in the last two books in the Horrorland series, due to their prior knowledge of the theme park.
* OlderAndWiser: Although they're only a year older in the [=HorrorLand=] series, they return to Horrorland to help out the rest of the kids escape.
* OnlySaneMan: Lizzy is considered the "calm one" in her family.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Luke likes to pinch Lizzy and their friend Clay, calling himself "The Mad Pincher." [[spoiler: It comes in handy when they realize the "No Pinching" signs in Horrorland were there for a reason...]]
* TooDumbToLive: Luke has shades of this in ''Return to Horrorland'' since he seems too eager to try out the rides at Horrorland despite the fact that he knows they are potentially lethal and that the Horrors tried to kill him and his family the last time they were there.

!!Horrorland Horrors

The Horrors are a race of horned monsters who run the deadly theme park Horrorland. They make a sport out of tormenting humans with their dangerous rides, hidden behind jokes and puns to lull their victims into a false sense of security.

* AmusementParkOfDoom: Horrorland, which is actually the image for that page.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: In the TV show. It's implied they actually kill the Morris Family by driving their car off a cliff]].
* TheDragon: In the video game ''Escape From Horrorland'', the Horrors as a whole are this to Madison Storm who, in the game's continuity, is the actual creator of the park. In ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', [[spoiler: Byron is this to the Menace]].
* EvilIsHammy: Oh so very much, especially in the TV show when the Morris Family is put through "Raw Deal" and the Horrors ''really'' get to show off how hammy they actually are.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Between the original books and ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', the Horrors seemed to have stopped actually killing humans and now just operate an actual theme park. But there are still some Horrors who ally themselves with bigger threats, and it hasn't stopped park management from hiring dangerous people like Jonathan Chiller]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the TV series, the one good Horror who tried to save the Morrises from being eaten by Ripper dies so they can get away. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much good when it turns out their car is now being controlled by the other Horrors, making this a SenselessSacrifice]].
* TheLeader: In ''One Day at Horrorland'' they were led by a female called the Horrorland MC, while in the video game they were led by Madison Storm. Another video game designated a Horror closely resembling a carnival barker and calling himself Horiffico as their leader.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: They are a race onto themselves. The Horrors vary in terms of skin color and horn size, and some have human like features such as hair and breasts while others don't.
* TokenGoodTeammate: There was a random Horror who tried to warn the Morris Family to get out of the park while they could in ''One Day at Horrorland''. In the TV show, he actually saves them from being eaten alive by Ripper.
* TookALevelInKindness: During the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series, it would at first appear that the Horrors are the ones who've orchestrated the many villains to get their revenge on their child adversaries. [[spoiler: It's actually the Menace of Panic Park, alongside a small handful of Horrors, who're responsible for this, and in fact the Horrors themselves are actually ''trying'' to protect the kids. The Horrorland rides might still be terrifying and they ''are'' monsters, but it seems even the Menace was too much for them.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Being pinched. [[spoiler: Pinching a Horror makes them deflate like a balloon. Subverted in ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', where they're noted as having taken steps to become pinch-proof since the Morris family escaped.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: In the first two Horrorland books, the TV show, and the video game. [[spoiler: The TV show especially points out among the belongings left by the families eaten by Ripper that there are children's toys and baby products. They also seem to actually kill Lizzy and Luke Morris along with their parents. Although in the ''Horrorland'' series, they no longer seem to operate like this.]]

to:

[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Series 2000'' and ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Lizzy and Luke Morris'''

--> ''"I'm the calm one in the Morris family. Everyone says, "Lizzy, you're the calm one."''

The main characters of ''One Day In Horrorland'' and ''Return to Horrorland'', and the narrators of the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' books ''Escape From Horrorland'' and ''The Streets of Panic Park''. Lizzy's family got lost on their trip to Zoo Gardens Amusement Park and discovered Horrorland, where they were almost killed by the Horrors. Ever since, Lizzy and her brother keep getting involved with the Horrors for the sake of stopping their twisted plans.

* AmbiguousDisorder: Since Luke can't sit still for a short moment and is rather hyperactive, one can infer he has ADHD.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Luke, as he is full of energy and enjoys pinching people, particularly Lizzy.
* BalefulPolymorph: Lizzy is briefly transformed into a pumpkin in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromHorrorland''.
* TheBusCameBack: They return for the Horrorland series, with Lizzy being the POV character in ''The Streets of Panic Park''.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Most of the Very Special Guests are not entirely trustworthy of the Morris siblings because they think they might be spies for the Horrors. It turns out however that of course Lizzy and Luke are the trustworthy ones. The twins Jillian and Jackson were unwittingly acting as TheMole for the Menace and attempted to make the Morrises TheScapegoat. Lizzy realizes they've been trying to fool everyone when she catches Jillian lying]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Luke's the foolish one, Lizzy's the responsible one.
* {{The Leader}}s: Of the Very Special Guests in the last two books in the Horrorland series, due to their prior knowledge of the theme park.
* OlderAndWiser: Although they're only a year older in the [=HorrorLand=] series, they return to Horrorland to help out the rest of the kids escape.
* OnlySaneMan: Lizzy is considered the "calm one" in her family.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Luke likes to pinch Lizzy and their friend Clay, calling himself "The Mad Pincher." [[spoiler: It comes in handy when they realize the "No Pinching" signs in Horrorland were there for a reason...]]
* TooDumbToLive: Luke has shades of this in ''Return to Horrorland'' since he seems too eager to try out the rides at Horrorland despite the fact that he knows they are potentially lethal and that the Horrors tried to kill him and his family the last time they were there.

!!Horrorland Horrors

The Horrors are a race of horned monsters who run the deadly theme park Horrorland. They make a sport out of tormenting humans with their dangerous rides, hidden behind jokes and puns to lull their victims into a false sense of security.

* AmusementParkOfDoom: Horrorland, which is actually the image for that page.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: In the TV show. It's implied they actually kill the Morris Family by driving their car off a cliff]].
* TheDragon: In the video game ''Escape From Horrorland'', the Horrors as a whole are this to Madison Storm who, in the game's continuity, is the actual creator of the park. In ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', [[spoiler: Byron is this to the Menace]].
* EvilIsHammy: Oh so very much, especially in the TV show when the Morris Family is put through "Raw Deal" and the Horrors ''really'' get to show off how hammy they actually are.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Between the original books and ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', the Horrors seemed to have stopped actually killing humans and now just operate an actual theme park. But there are still some Horrors who ally themselves with bigger threats, and it hasn't stopped park management from hiring dangerous people like Jonathan Chiller]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the TV series, the one good Horror who tried to save the Morrises from being eaten by Ripper dies so they can get away. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much good when it turns out their car is now being controlled by the other Horrors, making this a SenselessSacrifice]].
* TheLeader: In ''One Day at Horrorland'' they were led by a female called the Horrorland MC, while in the video game they were led by Madison Storm. Another video game designated a Horror closely resembling a carnival barker and calling himself Horiffico as their leader.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: They are a race onto themselves. The Horrors vary in terms of skin color and horn size, and some have human like features such as hair and breasts while others don't.
* TokenGoodTeammate: There was a random Horror who tried to warn the Morris Family to get out of the park while they could in ''One Day at Horrorland''. In the TV show, he actually saves them from being eaten alive by Ripper.
* TookALevelInKindness: During the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series, it would at first appear that the Horrors are the ones who've orchestrated the many villains to get their revenge on their child adversaries. [[spoiler: It's actually the Menace of Panic Park, alongside a small handful of Horrors, who're responsible for this, and in fact the Horrors themselves are actually ''trying'' to protect the kids. The Horrorland rides might still be terrifying and they ''are'' monsters, but it seems even the Menace was too much for them.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Being pinched. [[spoiler: Pinching a Horror makes them deflate like a balloon. Subverted in ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', where they're noted as having taken steps to become pinch-proof since the Morris family escaped.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: In the first two Horrorland books, the TV show, and the video game. [[spoiler: The TV show especially points out among the belongings left by the families eaten by Ripper that there are children's toys and baby products. They also seem to actually kill Lizzy and Luke Morris along with their parents. Although in the ''Horrorland'' series, they no longer seem to operate like this.]]

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.



[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Billy Deep'''

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--> ''"I'd seen sharks at the aquarium, of course. But they were trapped in a glass tank, where they just swam around restlessly, perfectly harmless. Not very exciting. I wanted to spot a shark's fin on the horizon, floating over the water, closer, closer, heading right for us... In other words, I wanted adventure."''

The protagonist of ''Deep Trouble'', ''Deep Trouble II'' and the ''Goosebumps [=HorrorLand=] book ''Creep From the Deep''. Billy is a budding undersea explorer on vacation with his uncle, Dr. Deep, and his sister, Sheena. On the trip, he encounters a mermaid who he saves from kidnappers, and later goes on to have many more undersea adventures.

* {{Adorkable}}: His constant optimism and awkward attempts at befriending the mermaid definitely fall under this.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He's very hyperactive and tends to rush into things without thinking them through, has a very vivid imagination, and doesn't seem content unless he's doing something exciting, which might point to mild ADHD/Autism.
* AsianAndNerdy: According to the Horrorland spin-offs, he's Asian American.
* TheAtoner: He spends the second half of ''Deep Trouble'' trying to make up for getting the Mermaid captured.
* BadassAdorable: Well, "Badass" would be a stretch, but he can still be pretty brave when push comes to shove.
* BadassFamily: He, his sister, and uncle deal with sea based threats on a regular basis.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He goes into the jellyfish to save Sheena in the second book.
* BreakTheCutie: Doesn't last long, though.
* CharacterDevelopment: He's introduced as an arrogant, hot-headed glory hound, but by the end of the book, he's a much more selfless individual, willing to risk his life to save his new friend.
* CheerfulChild: Oh, yes. This is what sets him apart from [[StrawLoser his successors.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: By ''Creep from the Deep'', he's definitely earned this title.
* CloudCuckooLander: In the book's first few paragraphs, he criticizes Sheena for not opening her mind to concepts like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
* FearlessFool: Not entirely fearless, but when his uncle warns him about sharks in the reef, he replies, "Sharks! Wow!" Later on, he rushes headfirst into a gang of thugs trying to kidnap the mermaid.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to his sister Sheena's responsible. He's more adventurous and reckless, while Sheena is more grounded and close-minded.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He makes fast friends with the mermaid, and claims that when he's a famous undersea explorer, he's going to give the creatures he encounters pet names. H also shows remorse about feeding a school of guppies to Dr. D's pet eel.
* HotBlooded: See above.
* MrImagination: He frequently has fantasies about being a famous undersea explorer.
* NiceGuy: He's certainly one of the more likable protagonists.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Thanks to him: the benevolent Mermaid was captured.
* SiblingRivalry: Him and Sheena engage in a prank war in the second book.
* StrawLoser: Averted. Billy avoids most of the characteristics that the other protagonists have. He also [[TheHero plays a lot more of a role in stopping the villain]] than most Goosebumps protagonists, who's role is usually "be the kid who experiences the weird/paranormal stuff of the month".

!!Sheena Deep

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--> ''"You're snorkelling at six-thirty in the morning, you're exactly where you're not supposed to be!"''

The sister to Billy Deep in the ''Deep Trouble'' series. She shares Billy's undersea adventures when they visit their uncle.

* ActingYourIntellectualAge: Billy says she never believed in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy or monsters in her closet when she was younger, and often acts more like an old lady than a kid.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Due to her know-it-all attitude and tendency to condescend Billy, [[SiblingRivalry though Billy often pranks her as well]].
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:Implied at the end of ''Deep Trouble II'', where she drinks a bottle of what she thought was iced tea to prank Billy with, and then questions if it was the right one, implying it could've been the plankton mixture Dr. Ritter created that turns humans into fish. However, this isn't addressed in the threequel, ''Creep from the Deep''.]]
* CatchPhrase: According to Billy, "No such thing".
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: A rare case where the AnnoyingYoungerSibling is the responsible one. She finds Billy's daydreams childish and refuses to believe in the existence of mythical creatures as easily as him.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Downplayed. She is rather serious and disapproves of Billy's daydreams and pranks, but also isn't above pranking him a few times.
* OnlySaneMan: With Billy being more reckless and imaginative and Dr. Deep apparently spending his time at their house playing with boats in the bathtub.
* SiblingRivalry: Her and Billy engage in a prank war in the second book, with her being amused when she discovers that he played the exact same prank she was going to play on him.

!!'''Dr. Deep'''

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--> ''"Billy, I'm a scientist. This mermaid is an extremely important discovery. If I let her go, I'd be letting down the entire scientific community. I'd be letting down the entire world!"''

Billy and Sheena's uncle, he's a marine biologist who discovers all sorts of strange phenomena that endanger him, his niece, and nephew.

* AdultsAreUseless: He does try to avoid it, though.
%%* CloudCuckooLandersMinder: Around [[{{Keet}} Billy]].
* DistressedDude: Billy and Sheena always have to save him from whatever menace he's disturbed. One wonders how he's able to survive without them.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Being [[FishOutOfWater stuck on land]] messes with his mind so much that it makes him shout things like "Billy, stand up straight! Sheena, swab the deck!"
* HeelRealization: After the fight to save the Mermaid from the crooks, he still seems to be thinking of capturing her. When the zoo workers arrive, though, he tears up their reward money.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Attempts to reason with his treacherous assistant Alexander, even after he ''tried to kill'' him and the kids earlier that night.
* MeaningfulName: A marine biologist regularly exploring the ocean whose last name is Deep.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's useless in dangerous situations, but he ''does'' try his best to keep the children from danger.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: No, Dr. Deep, selling a freaking ''Mermaid'' to a children's zoo isn't a good idea.

!!'''Alexander [=DuBrow=]'''

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/alexandercomic.jpg]]

--> ''"Your uncle's worked his whole life for a discovery like this. [[{{Irony}} It'd break his heart if you let her go.]]"''

Dr. Deep's assistant. A nice guy, but a terrible cook. After his boss captures the mermaid, Alexander decides to steal it for himself and make a fortune. He's last seen under attack by the creature's vengeful family.

* AssholeVictim: He was willing ''to murder children just to strike it rich.'' Needless to say, no one's complaining when the mermaids drag him to his doom.
* BigBad: Of ''Deep Trouble''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He first appears to be a cheerful, hard-working scientist like Dr.Deep, and acts like a BigBrotherMentor to the siblings. Then he steals their new friend so he [[EvilPoacher can sell her for a fortune,]] casually [[WouldHurtAChild tries to dispose of them when they get in his way,]] and throws everything good they saw in him out the window.
* {{Greed}}: He screws over the rest of the crew just so he can sell the mermaid for ''triple'' the price of what the Zoo was already paying. Even worse, it's implied he expected Billy to do the same thing in that situation.
* HateSink: His actions are meant to show Billy and Dr. Deep the dangers of discovery and ambition.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: He is the first antagonist to have no supernatural qualities or goals.
* KarmicDeath: Possible, since he never appears in the rest of the book or its two sequels.
* LackOfEmpathy: Has no qualms about betraying his boss and allowing him to be murdered as long as he gets paid.
* LethalChef: The mermaid is the only one who can stand his cooking.
* TheMole: We never find out who he was working for, though.
* NiceGuy / ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. It's all an act]].
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Just as Billy (originally) wanted to use the mermaid for fame, Alexander wants to use her for fortune]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: "The Zoo was going to pay 1 million dollars for this mermaid. But my ''new'' boss will pay me 50 million!''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happens to him and his cohorts after the Mermaid attack. [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Maybe it's better that way.]]

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[[AC:'''Note:''' The main characters of these books recur in the ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' series.]]

!!'''Billy Deep'''

[[quoteright:202:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deeptrouble_final_007_1.jpg]]

--> ''"I'd seen sharks at the aquarium, of course. But they were trapped in a glass tank, where they just swam around restlessly, perfectly harmless. Not very exciting. I wanted to spot a shark's fin on the horizon, floating over the water, closer, closer, heading right for us... In other words, I wanted adventure."''

The protagonist of ''Deep Trouble'', ''Deep Trouble II'' and the ''Goosebumps [=HorrorLand=] book ''Creep From the Deep''. Billy is a budding undersea explorer on vacation with his uncle, Dr. Deep, and his sister, Sheena. On the trip, he encounters a mermaid who he saves from kidnappers, and later goes on to have many more undersea adventures.

* {{Adorkable}}: His constant optimism and awkward attempts at befriending the mermaid definitely fall under this.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He's very hyperactive and tends to rush into things without thinking them through, has a very vivid imagination, and doesn't seem content unless he's doing something exciting, which might point to mild ADHD/Autism.

See [[Characters/GoosebumpsRecurringSettings Recurring Settings]] page.

* AsianAndNerdy: According to the Horrorland spin-offs, he's Asian American.
* TheAtoner: He spends the second half of ''Deep Trouble'' trying to make up for getting the Mermaid captured.
* BadassAdorable: Well, "Badass" would be a stretch, but he can still be pretty brave when push comes to shove.
* BadassFamily: He, his sister, and uncle deal with sea based threats on a regular basis.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He goes into the jellyfish to save Sheena in the second book.
* BreakTheCutie: Doesn't last long, though.
* CharacterDevelopment: He's introduced as an arrogant, hot-headed glory hound, but by the end of the book, he's a much more selfless individual, willing to risk his life to save his new friend.
* CheerfulChild: Oh, yes. This is what sets him apart from [[StrawLoser his successors.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: By ''Creep from the Deep'', he's definitely earned this title.
* CloudCuckooLander: In the book's first few paragraphs, he criticizes Sheena for not opening her mind to concepts like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
* FearlessFool: Not entirely fearless, but when his uncle warns him about sharks in the reef, he replies, "Sharks! Wow!" Later on, he rushes headfirst into a gang of thugs trying to kidnap the mermaid.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to his sister Sheena's responsible. He's more adventurous and reckless, while Sheena is more grounded and close-minded.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He makes fast friends with the mermaid, and claims that when he's a famous undersea explorer, he's going to give the creatures he encounters pet names. H also shows remorse about feeding a school of guppies to Dr. D's pet eel.
* HotBlooded: See above.
* MrImagination: He frequently has fantasies about being a famous undersea explorer.
* NiceGuy: He's certainly one of the more likable protagonists.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Thanks to him: the benevolent Mermaid was captured.
* SiblingRivalry: Him and Sheena engage in a prank war in the second book.
* StrawLoser: Averted. Billy avoids most of the characteristics that the other protagonists have. He also [[TheHero plays a lot more of a role in stopping the villain]] than most Goosebumps protagonists, who's role is usually "be the kid who experiences the weird/paranormal stuff of the month".

!!Sheena Deep

[[quoteright:149:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/graphix_billy_and_sheena.jpg]]

--> ''"You're snorkelling at six-thirty in the morning, you're exactly where you're not supposed to be!"''

The sister to Billy Deep in the ''Deep Trouble'' series. She shares Billy's undersea adventures when they visit their uncle.

* ActingYourIntellectualAge: Billy says she never believed in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy or monsters in her closet when she was younger, and often acts more like an old lady than a kid.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Due to her know-it-all attitude and tendency to condescend Billy, [[SiblingRivalry though Billy often pranks her as well]].
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:Implied at the end of ''Deep Trouble II'', where she drinks a bottle of what she thought was iced tea to prank Billy with, and then questions if it was the right one, implying it could've been the plankton mixture Dr. Ritter created that turns humans into fish. However, this isn't addressed in the threequel, ''Creep from the Deep''.]]
* CatchPhrase: According to Billy, "No such thing".
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: A rare case where the AnnoyingYoungerSibling is the responsible one. She finds Billy's daydreams childish and refuses to believe in the existence of mythical creatures as easily as him.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Downplayed. She is rather serious and disapproves of Billy's daydreams and pranks, but also isn't above pranking him a few times.
* OnlySaneMan: With Billy being more reckless and imaginative and Dr. Deep apparently spending his time at their house playing with boats in the bathtub.
* SiblingRivalry: Her and Billy engage in a prank war in the second book, with her being amused when she discovers that he played the exact same prank she was going to play on him.

!!'''Dr. Deep'''

[[quoteright:124:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deeptrouble_final_006.jpg]]

--> ''"Billy, I'm a scientist. This mermaid is an extremely important discovery. If I let her go, I'd be letting down the entire scientific community. I'd be letting down the entire world!"''

Billy and Sheena's uncle, he's a marine biologist who discovers all sorts of strange phenomena that endanger him, his niece, and nephew.

* AdultsAreUseless: He does try to avoid it, though.
%%* CloudCuckooLandersMinder: Around [[{{Keet}} Billy]].
* DistressedDude: Billy and Sheena always have to save him from whatever menace he's disturbed. One wonders how he's able to survive without them.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Being [[FishOutOfWater stuck on land]] messes with his mind so much that it makes him shout things like "Billy, stand up straight! Sheena, swab the deck!"
* HeelRealization: After the fight to save the Mermaid from the crooks, he still seems to be thinking of capturing her. When the zoo workers arrive, though, he tears up their reward money.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Attempts to reason with his treacherous assistant Alexander, even after he ''tried to kill'' him and the kids earlier that night.
* MeaningfulName: A marine biologist regularly exploring the ocean whose last name is Deep.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's useless in dangerous situations, but he ''does'' try his best to keep the children from danger.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: No, Dr. Deep, selling a freaking ''Mermaid'' to a children's zoo isn't a good idea.

!!'''Alexander [=DuBrow=]'''

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/alexandercomic.jpg]]

--> ''"Your uncle's worked his whole life for a discovery like this. [[{{Irony}} It'd break his heart if you let her go.]]"''

Dr. Deep's assistant. A nice guy, but a terrible cook. After his boss captures the mermaid, Alexander decides to steal it for himself and make a fortune. He's last seen under attack by the creature's vengeful family.

* AssholeVictim: He was willing ''to murder children just to strike it rich.'' Needless to say, no one's complaining when the mermaids drag him to his doom.
* BigBad: Of ''Deep Trouble''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He first appears to be a cheerful, hard-working scientist like Dr.Deep, and acts like a BigBrotherMentor to the siblings. Then he steals their new friend so he [[EvilPoacher can sell her for a fortune,]] casually [[WouldHurtAChild tries to dispose of them when they get in his way,]] and throws everything good they saw in him out the window.
* {{Greed}}: He screws over the rest of the crew just so he can sell the mermaid for ''triple'' the price of what the Zoo was already paying. Even worse, it's implied he expected Billy to do the same thing in that situation.
* HateSink: His actions are meant to show Billy and Dr. Deep the dangers of discovery and ambition.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: He is the first antagonist to have no supernatural qualities or goals.
* KarmicDeath: Possible, since he never appears in the rest of the book or its two sequels.
* LackOfEmpathy: Has no qualms about betraying his boss and allowing him to be murdered as long as he gets paid.
* LethalChef: The mermaid is the only one who can stand his cooking.
* TheMole: We never find out who he was working for, though.
* NiceGuy / ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. It's all an act]].
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Just as Billy (originally) wanted to use the mermaid for fame, Alexander wants to use her for fortune]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: "The Zoo was going to pay 1 million dollars for this mermaid. But my ''new'' boss will pay me 50 million!''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happens to him and his cohorts after the Mermaid attack. [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Maybe it's better that way.]]



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* BerserkButton: Interfere with his constant bathing, and you're ''lunch.''

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* BerserkButton: Interfere with his constant bathing, and you're ''lunch.''''lunch''.



* FreudianExcuse: He was born into his repulsive condition by careless humans,and is motivated by desperation to survive. It doesn't make him any less horrible, but it ''does'' explain why he's like that.

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* FreudianExcuse: He was born into his repulsive condition by careless humans,and humans, and is motivated by desperation to survive. It doesn't make him any less horrible, but it ''does'' explain why he's like that.






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* SignificantBirthDate: Her birthday is on Valentine's Day, which definitely explains her love for hearts.

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