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    Becka Norwood

A young woman whose life is destroyed by the appearance of Honey Perkins, a girl who claims to be Becka's "Best best friend" when they were younger. No matter what Becka does, Honey clings to her side and goes to extreme methods to keep Becka all to herself.

  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her parents hate her boyfriend Bill because of his bad reputation and forced Becka to dump him. Ironically, while they went about this in the wrong way, the Norwoods are right that Bill's bad news because he's an asshole who tries to guilt Becka into going out with him.
  • Gaslighting: Has been suffering from this thanks to nearly everyone in her life.
    • Her parents forced her to break up with Bill because of his supposed bad behavior. Trish and Lilah remember breaking up with him caused Becka a lot of distress and messed her up. When brought up around her parents, Mrs. Norwood says it was Bill's fault Becka was distressed and doesn't acknowledge how forcing the break-up is what caused Becka's unhappiness.
    • Lilah, Trish, and Bill repeatedly downplay Becka's concerns about Honey Perkins and are treating her like she's either imagining things or making a big deal out of nothing. Bill even admits Honey came on to him and acts like it was nothing, despite how it proves Becka's point that Honey is bad news.
    • Ultimately, there's the rampant emotional and mental abuse Honey puts Becka through. She lies about things they did as kids that never happened, steals Becka's clothes and tells Becka she was allowed to keep them, and keeps Becka unable to focus by spinning sob stories and having mood swings that scare Becka.
  • It's All My Fault: By The Best Friend 2, Becka blames herself for what Honey did to Trish and Bill to the point she couldn't bring herself to visit them at the hospital. Because Trish and Bill are both assholes, they agree with Becka instead of acknowledging how their disregard of what Honey was capable of led to their near-death experiences and accuse Becka of being a bad friend.
  • No Sympathy:
    • None of her friends and her parents are particularly bothered by what Honey is doing to Becka. Mr. and Mrs. Norwood love the girl because Honey is so sweet to them, while Lilah and Trish think Honey's behavior is funny and Bill thinks Becka is overreacting.
    • Come The Best Friend 2, Trish and Bill have been terrorizing Becka as punishment for not visiting Trish in the hospital and not getting back together with Bill after Honey stabbed him and left him with one lung. This is despite that Becka suffered an emotional breakdown after the torment Honey put her through, which the two repeatedly ignored as it was going on. Had Trish and Bill listened to Becka about what Honey was really like and done something to help keep Honey out of Becka's life sooner, Honey wouldn't have attempted to kill them.
  • Sanity Slippage: By The Best Friend 2, the memory of what Honey put her through and Bill's death have taken their toll on Becka to the point she's slowly starting to act like Honey. After transferring to Waynesbridge, Becka befriends a girl named Glynnis and starts copying Glynnis the way Honey copied her. Subverted when it turns out "Becka" was Honey the entire time (and Bill's not dead), after trying to steal Becka's identity following an escape from a mental hospital.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She wasn't all that nice when she was a kid, as it turned out she and her group of friends tricked Honey (then Hannah) into humiliating herself to make Honey leave them alone. However, Becka wasn't doing this out of cruelty alone, but because Honey had already been badgering Becka's friends for a long time. That said, as a teenager Becka's genuinely disgusted by what she did and tries to apologize to Honey for what happened.

    Cally and Kody Fraiser

Fraternal twin sisters who lived in 99 Fear Street. Kody had an interest in the occult and the supernatural, while Cally had typical teenager girl interests like finding a job and a boyfriend. Their lives get destroyed by their new house's malignant power. Cally doesn't survive.

  • Action Survivor: Kody. Out of everyone in her family Kody is the only one who escapes from being physically maimed, psychologically broken, or killed by the house.
  • Agent Mulder: Kody. In fact she was partly responsible for some of the weird things going on in The First Horror in an attempt to get her sister to take her seriously. She's right.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Kody.
  • Broken Bird: Both sisters to different degrees. Cally becomes a bitter, murderous ghost, while Kody is left alive after losing her sister and her little brother.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Well, more like Earn Your Bittersweet Ending, but after having died and become a malevolent ghost haunting the house for years Cally eventually has a change of heart and helps Kody (who has come back to look for her spirit) burn down the house and free her soul, along with countless other ghosts trapped within
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cally was legitimately saddened and relieved when her brother's corpse was found in The Second Horror, grateful that at least he hadn't become an angry spirit like she did. The Third Horror showed that Cally still loved her sister and helped her escape.
  • Evil Twin: Cally after she dies.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kody is the foolish to Cally's responsible.
  • Fraternal Twins: The original cover artwork demonstrates that the sisters don't look alike except for both having blonde hair. However, this gets played with in The Third Horror when Kody gets a role in a movie being produced about 99 Fear Street. Who's she playing? Her sister. Cally's ghost was shocked by how similar looking Kody had become.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: They both have blond hair and are quite Nice Girls at least until Cally becomes a Vengeful Ghost.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After she died, Cally became a bitter spirit haunting 99 Fear Street and waiting for the day she could get revenge on her sister for having the nerve to survive. When Kody returns and makes Cally finally understand how the house has been manipulating her, Cally saves her sister and helps destroy the house for good.
  • Nice Girl: Cally before being turned into an evil ghost
    • Kody as well, she is willing to risking going back to the house in the third book in order to put an end to the whole haunting.
  • Properly Paranoid: Kody had every reason to believe something was wrong about 99 Fear Street, but her views are validated after her entire family is ripped apart.
  • The Scully: Cally. She's proved wrong in the worst way possible.
  • Yandere: Cally to Brandt in The Second Horror.

    Corky Corcoran

The main character of the majority of the Fear Street Cheerleaders series. Corky and her twin sister Bobbi were hoping to join the Shadyside High Cheerleading Squad after moving to Shadyside, but they were met with some animosity from the veteran members of the team. Things got worse when their bus crashed in the Fear Street Cemetery, and awakened an evil spirit in Sarah Fear's grave.

  • Alliterative Name: Corky Corcoran
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Her sister Bobbi is killed off in The First Evil, and she sometimes visits Corky as a ghost to warn her when the Evil Spirit returns.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of the Evil.
  • Cartwright Curse: Awful things tend to happen to her boyfriends because of the Evil Spirit.
  • Demonic Possession: Is controlled by the Evil Spirit in The Third Evil.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the more likable of the protagonists.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts to drown herself in The Third Evil when she becomes the newest host for the Evil Spirit, but thankfully it doesn't come to that.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears after The New Evil, and the only mention of her in The Evil Lives! has a coach saying "Poor Corky," either referring to all the awful shit Corky went through or implying she's dead.

    Felicia Fletcher

A girl with extraordinary psychic abilities which she fears, Felicia fled to Shadyside believing she accidentally killed two people with her powers, making her a Runaway.

  • Alliterative Name: Both her first and last name starts with an "F".
  • Blessed with Suck: Her telekinetic abilities which she has little control over. As Runaway progresses she gets better at controlling them.
  • Doom Magnet: She leaves one friend who turns out to be a psychotic Yandere who wanted her dead, only to befriend another one who also wanted her dead.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Her powers have done nothing to improve her life, instead they've made her a guinea pig for experimentation and have made her believe she's a murderous freak. It later turns out half the things she thinks are her fault were really because of Debbie.
  • Mind over Matter: She's a telekinetic.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She used her powers to level an abandoned house, unaware there were two kids inside when it came down. Her friend Debbie actually caused the house to collapse, and made Felicia think she did it and that the police were after Felicia to get rid of her.

    Holly Flynn

From Lights Out. Holly is spending the summer as a counselor at the camp owned by her uncle, and the only one who realizes the disturbing number of accidents happening around the camp are in fact deliberate. Which makes her the target of a killer bent on revenge for something that happened in the camp's past.

  • Butt-Monkey: It's an understatement. Holly is treated like absolute shit by nearly everyone at the camp, which is worsened by her ex-best friend Geri Marcus working as a counselor alongside her.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one else is willing to believe the accidents are really planned and think Holly's just exaggerating, even as she keeps finding red feathers conspicuously placed at the scene of each "accident."
  • He Knows Too Much: When the "accidents" start getting aimed at her. Sadly for Holly, there's an abundance of suspects for her to choose from.
  • Only Sane Man: The only character in Lights Out who isn't stupid, cruel, or homicidal.

    Hope Mathis

A neurotic college student attending Ivy State in Fear Hall. Hope's life is pulled inside out when her boyfriend goes on a killing spree, and despite her best efforts she is unable to stop him.

  • Beautiful All Along: Hope's implied to be much more attractive than she gives herself credit for, with the subtle implication her mother imagined her supposed "Weight problems" and she was never chubby to begin with.
  • Berserk Button: Being called fat.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Hope doesn't have a very positive body image, but it's implied she's rather beautiful even with her plus size. Since the Angel personality has so many different admirers, this means those boys have been attracted to Hope.
  • Broken Bird: Her mother was an unrepentant, abusive monster, and she broke Hope so badly she's unable to function without her three best friends and beloved boyfriend. Who are all her imaginary friends.
  • Death by Falling Over: After Darryl tries and fails to kill Chris and Melanie and it's revealed he never existed and was just Hope's split personality, she, Angel, Darryl and Jasmine are chased by the police to a balcony. Hope tearfully hugs them, thanking them for being them for her. Then the railing behind her breaks and she plummets to her death, all the while believing her imaginary friends are falling with her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Her first attempt at getting back at her mother was by sending her an insulting birthday card.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Buttertubs."
  • Insane Equals Violent: She has multiple personalities, one of which is responsible for violently murdering five people and attempting to kill two more.
  • I Reject Your Reality / Go Mad from the Revelation: Happens to her in Fear Hall: The Conclusion after being told that her roommates and boyfriend are split personalities and refuses to believe it. She even dies denying it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The only reason she refuses to get rid of Darryl despite his anger and borderline psychotic personality is because he was the only person who ever actually "loved" her.
    • Fear Hall: The Conclusion reveals that all Hope ever wanted was for someone to treat her like a human being. Sadly, by the time she actually is around people capable of treating her with love and kindness (Chris expresses interest in her and Melanie is worried about her) her psychosis ruins it for her. Especially once the Darryl personality becomes more dominant and tries to kill Chris and Melanie.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Hope just wanted to have a normal life where she could wear what she wanted, have friends, and someone who loved her. Her mother Helayne made that impossible by humiliating her every chance she got and alienating anyone who ever got close to Hope.
  • Weight Woe: She's always been a little on the chubby side, but growing up with a woman like her mother made this torture. When she wasn't being starved, Hope was forced to wear clothes that were never big enough for her and it made her feel like a freak. To this day, her weight is still something she's bitter about. Her mother was so high strung and neurotic about Hope's weight, it's implied Hope was never chubby to begin with and Helayne only imagined it.

    Lisa Blume 
A character who appears in multiple books, most prominently The New Girl.

    Nicole Darwin

A depressed young woman from Switched, whose best friend offers her a bizarre solution to her troubles: they switch bodies.

  • Butt-Monkey: Subverted. Nicole doesn't come across as a whiny protagonist, but more as a girl suffering from legitimate depression.
  • Clear My Name: She tries to find Lucy, in her body, to prove that she didn't kill the Kramers.
  • Driven to Madness: The ending of Switched reveals she's still in a mental hospital and she still believes Lucy is alive.
  • The Eeyore: She's very gloomy and depressed over how things are going in her life.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Subverted. Her hallucinations are graphically violent, but Nicole herself is harmless.
  • Sanity Slippage: Hallucinates her dead best friend is still alive and has suddenly become a vicious murderer.
  • The Scapegoat: Lucy tricked Nicole into switching bodies with her because Lucy murdered her parents. Except Lucy's parents aren't the ones who're dead. Lucy is.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The real Lucy Kramer died three years ago in a car accident, and because Nicole was so close to Lucy her mind has not been able to accept that she's dead. She regularly hallucinates that Lucy is still alive, or that she is Lucy, but these hallucinations always turn extremely violent and bloody. The main clue to this is that, even though Nicole thinks she's in Lucy's body, everyone still addresses her as Nicole.
  • Tragic Hero: She thinks she must stop her best friend from killing people, but Nicole is just a sad, disturbed young woman who can't accept that her best friend is dead.

    Niki Meyer

A deaf teenager with an uncanny ability to lip read, Niki is one of several teens invited to Justine Cameron's Halloween Party.

  • Amateur Sleuth: Her suspicions about Justine nag her to the degree that she uses the scavenger hunt as a cover to do some snooping and figure out what her actual motives are.
  • Amicable Exes: With Alex.
  • Badass Normal: Manages to keep her wits together during the finale of Halloween Party and helps everyone escape the fire in the Cameron Mansion.
  • Disability Immunity: When Justine traps everyone in the dining room and forces them to listen to recordings of car crashes to drive them insane, Niki's the only one not affected because she can't hear anything.
  • The Fashionista: She's an accomplished seamstress. That dress she has on the cover of Halloween Party? She made it herself.
  • Insistent Terminology: She's repeatedly referred to as being "Special" because of her impaired hearing.
  • Nice Girl: One of the more likable protagonists and one smart enough not to get involved in stupid pranks.
  • Only Sane Man: Absolutely refuses to partake in the "Jocks Vs. Wimps" prank war and is the only one willing to investigate Justine's shady backstory. If it hadn't been for Niki everyone would've most likely died.
  • Properly Paranoid: Out of all the guests at Justine Cameron's party, Niki's the only one who doesn't stop wondering why Justine specifically invited each of them. Niki also wonders about the inconsistencies in Justine's stories about her life like how she could've become so world weary at a young age, is suspicious of Justine's behavior during the party, and notices nothing about her bedroom looks as though it belongs to a teenager. This is because Justine's really a grown woman and is manipulating the guests in order to kill them all as revenge for the deaths of her parents.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Well she doesn't think Terry and the others are idiots, but she gradually loses her patience with everyone at the party because they're too hung up on that stupid prank war to listen to her and Terry when they learn the truth about Justine.

    Reva Dalby

The main character of the three Silent Night books. Reva's father is the owner of Dalby's Department Store, a staple in Shadyside's economy. Reva herself is a haughty spoiled brat who somehow manages to always piss someone off to the degree that, every Christmas, she's been stalked, terrorized, and almost murdered.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Oh so very much. Every book she's in ends with her promising to be a better person after going through something horrible... only she's still the same spoiled brat she was the year before. Unlike most examples of this trope, it actually becomes a plot point in the second book, when her friend is revealed to have helped the villains kidnap her because she didn't keep her promise to change.
  • Alpha Bitch: Although people are dying to be invited at her parties, she's not very well liked by the kids at Shadyside High.
  • Cool Big Sis: As mentioned below, her little brother is one of maybe two or three people on the planet who she's actually nice to.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Her ex-boyfriend tells Reva that, despite how much of a giant bitch she is, he doesn't hate her. Worse, he feels sorry for her, because she's incapable of ever getting close to anyone and because she's just a miserable person. Reva... doesn't take this admission well.
  • Freudian Excuse: The first book states her mother dying when she was young is what led her to be so mean, as she keeps her other emtoions bottled up. Which could also explain why her father and little brother are the only people she's actually nice to: they are the only immediate family she has left.
  • Jerkass: She does show some signs of a Hidden Heart of Gold, but it's very well hidden.
  • Pet the Dog: Very, VERY rarely she will do something praiseworthy. In the second book she seems genuinely concerned about her cousin Pam when the two of them are kidnapped. She also genuinely cares about her father and brother, who are pretty much the only people she is actually nice to.
  • Pretty Freeloader: When she's at work in Dalby's she barely lifts a finger. Reva spends most of her time either insulting the customers, lying about being on break, or getting someone else to do her work for her.
  • Rich Bitch: Her family owns Dalby's, an upscale department store in Shadyside Mall. Consequently, she's a very spoiled girl—and a very nasty one as well.
  • Sadist: She seems to really like hurting people through pranks/cruel words etc. The beginning of the first book has her cruelly dumping her current boyfriend, who seems to be on the verge of tears.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her father makes her work at Dalby's to teach her some responsibility, but it's not working.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Devra Dalby (the implied niece of an unseen and now adult Reva) from Give Me a K-I-L-L.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was apparently much nicer when she was younger, but that was before her mother died and she had a fight with her best friend.