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Original Midnight Society
Takes place during Seasons 1-5
Gary (Seasons 1-5)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sam.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The soft-spoken, restrained leader of the group told "Super Specs" and "Pinball Wizard" (which had some of Season 1's darkest endings, if not the darkest). He also explicitly told "Super Specs" and set up a little prank at the end because Kristen told him some of the group were criticizing his stories behind his back.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible to Tucker's foolish.
- The Hero
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to both Tucker and Frank.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Frank's manly man.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his younger brother Tucker.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
Betty Ann (Seasons 1-5)
- Ambiguously Brown: Her ethnicity is never specified.
- Brainy Brunette
- Ironic Name: "Betty Ann" is a surprisingly cute name for a girl that's got such a flair for the macabre.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Her calmer demeanor makes her the blue oni to Kiki's boldness.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Her stories tended to have the darkest endings. She also owns a pet tarantula.
- The Smart Guy
Kiki (Seasons 1-5)
- The Big Guy
- Lad Ette
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Her outspokenness makes her the red oni to Betty Ann's more cheerful and mellow nature.
- Sassy Black Woman
Frank (Seasons 1-4)
- Ambiguously Brown: Ethnicity not specified either.
- The Lancer
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Gary.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Gary and David being Sensitive Guys.
David (Seasons 1-2)
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Another sensitive guy to be compared to the very manly man Frank was.
- The Smart Guy
Kristen (Seasons 1-2)
Eric (Season 1)
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared after Season 1. He's only character whose departure was never addressed.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Though he usually sparred with Frank, he had a habit of antagonizing the others.
- Sixth Ranger
Tucker (Seasons 3-7)
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Gary's responsible.
- The Friend Nobody Likes
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his older brother Gary.
- Tagalong Kid
Samantha (Seasons 3-5)
- The Chick
- Love Interest: To Gary. And possibly Frank, but he leaves before loose ends are tied.
- Samus Is a Girl: Has her head covered and is just called "Sam" on her first time telling a story.
Stig (Season 5)
New Midnight Society
Takes place during Seasons 6-7
Monsters and Ghosts
- Big Bad: Of the Tale of the Silver Sight story arc.
- The Chessmaster: Helps the current midnight society to find the Silver Sight device, so it can wrap them up in the same Deal with the Devil it did with the original Midnight society.
- Creepy Child: It's mostly seen in the form of a young child.
- Deal with the Devil: It is a demon who uses the Silver Sight device to grant wishes and collect souls.
- Hoist by His Own Petard/Karmic Death: It's MO was to use the Silver Sight decive to collect souls, try to guess what's used to destroy it.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not that the show was already dark, but it's a big threat because it's real and actually interacts with the Midnight Society.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In-Universe, it's after the Midnight Society, however since the Midnight Society takes place in the "Real World." It might come after you.
- This Can Not Be: When it realizes that Gary is using the power of the Silver Sight against it.
- This Was His True Form: When it's being defeated it briefly transforms into something resembling a pale old man.
- Ascended Extra: According to Word of God, Sardo was only supposed to be in one episode, but they liked the actor, so they kept bringing him back. He even continued to appear after Gary left.
- Catchphrase: "Sar-DO! No 'Mister', accent on the 'do'."
- Accidental Misnaming: Most of the time he has to correct people that it's Vink, not Fink.
- Ascended Extra: Like Sardo, Vink was only supposed to be in one episode, but they kept bringing him back due to the actor's performance.
- Bullying a Dragon: He makes a deal with the theater manager in "The Tale of the Midnight Madness" for showing his silent vampire movie. If it revitalizes the theater's business, he gets to showcase his other films once a week. The first part happens, but the manager reneges on their deal, so Vink sees to it that his vampire comes to life and stalks the theater. During all the confusion, he also buys the theater.
- Catchphrase: "It's Vink, with a vah-vah-vah" and "I am not a nutbag."
- HeelFace Turn: In his last appearance, he's genuinely helpful to the protagonists.
- Karma Houdini: He's never punished for the evil things he's done.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He's been a Mad Artist filmmaker ("The Tale of the Midnight Madness"), a Supreme Chef in a high-class restaurant ("The Tale of the Dangerous Soup"), and a barber ("The Tale of Cutter's Treasure" two-parter). He was also a crazy guy living in the woods in his first appearance, but that's not really a paying job.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup" is a literal example, as he exposes people to their worst fears to get the secret ingredient for his soup."It knows what scares you!"
- Noodle Incident: He has led a very fantastical life and often hints at his various travels.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I am not a nutbag." He even says this when nobody asks.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Talks with a bizarre foreign accent that's difficult to pin down. When he laughs, his actor's real voice slips through.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: After the story, some of the Society members speculate that a carnival barker disguised himself as Zeebo or he actually IS the ghost of Zeebo.
- Monster Clown: He was only harassing the kid to get back his stolen clown nose, but he was still pretty scary. And he used to be a criminal.
- Butt-Dialing Mordor
- The Scourge of God: Punishing people who make prank phone calls. With eternal imprisonment in a dungeon.
- Faux Affably Evil: "How can I ever repay you for bringing me through? I know. I'll leave you with a smile."
- It Amused Me: At least Zeebo had a reason to pursue his target. This guy went after anyone he could for the fun of it.
- Laughing Mad: Constantly. And he causes it in others, too.
- Monster Clown: Of the jester variety.
- Portal Book: The teacher dunking the comic in a fish tank and the kid trying to dry it out in the mircowave enable the Ghastly Grinner to cross over into the real world. Defeating him requires drawing a new comic.
- Slasher Smile: Oh, yeah.