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Tony Twist

Played by Richard Moir (Series 1-2), Andrew S. Gilbert (Series 3-4)

The patriarch of the Twist family. Has a lot of weird hobbies and carries a torch for Faye.

Linda Twist

Played by Tamsin West (Series 1), Joelene Crnogorac (series 2), Ebonnie Masini (series 3-4)

Twin sister to Pete. A hard-nosed idealist.

Pete Twist

Played by Sam Vandeberg (Series 1), Ben Thomas (Series 2), Rian McLean (Series 3-4)

Twin brother to Linda. Is obsessed with girls, with Fiona being at the top of his list.

Bronson Twist

Played by Rodney McLennan (Series 1), Jeffrey Walker (Series 2), Mathew Waters (Series 3-4)

The youngest of the Twist family. Is obsessed with food and gross things.

  • Big Eater: He loves his snacks.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Dislikes redheads, even though he's a redhead (depending on the actor). He insists that he's strawberry blond.
  • Fiery Redhead: Though he insists that it's actually strawberry blonde.
  • Gasshole: In season 4 he starts collecting all sorts of nasty odours.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: No matter how often the Gribbles double-cross the Twists, Bronson trusts them unconditionally.
  • Keet: Very chipper
  • Narcissist: Once read himself an enchanted love poem, causing this trope.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Is obsessed with odors and Toilet Humour.
  • The Pig-Pen: Once kept his shoes on for 6 months straight so he could weaponise the stench.
  • Verbal Tic: Often confuses one word with another.

     The Gribble Family 

As A Whole

  • Competition Freak: Harold and Matron seethe visibly if Gribs doesn't win. Hell, just winning by a whisker isn't good enough for them.
  • Determinator: Would have faded into the background a long time ago if they could each have learned to cut their losses.
  • Entitled Bastard: After all the crap they try to inflict on the Twists, they still go to them for help.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The series 1 finale reveals that for all their crookedness, they draw the line at killing people.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: For all their bluster, they're often shown to be incompetent at whatever they set their minds to.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: They've got high aspirations despite living in a small town and not being very competent.
  • Smug Snake: They all have over-inflated opinions of themselves.

Harold Gribble

Played by Frankie J. Holden (Series 1), Mark Mitchell (Series 2-4)

A greedy real estate agent who wants to buy the lighthouse so he can tear it down and sell the land.

  • Ambition Is Evil: He's a Schemer through and through.
  • Big Bad: Gribs, the Matron, Rabbit and Tiger are all jerkasses, but it's Harold who gives them the momentum.
  • Fat Bastard: One of the portliest characters in every series.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts friendly, but is extremely pushy and is prone to throwing tantrums when he's beat.
  • Foil: To Tony. While Tony lives modestly as a single parent who does what he can to support his three kids and earn Faye's affection; Harold is well-off, has a wife and son that he takes for granted and assumes that everyone is on his side. Tony takes his failures graciously, while Harold is a Sore Loser. Tony loves the lighthouse the way it is, while Harold only wants the land for his own personal gain.
  • The Rival: To Nell for senatorship in Series 2.
  • Trumplica: He's a real-estate mogul that wants to turn the sleepy Port Miranda into an extravagant tourist trap. This trope gets stronger in retrospect due to Harold starting a political campaign in Series 2.
    • It gets oddly prescient in the finale "Seeing the Light" when Nell is reported to have gotten 95% of the vote, yet he demands a recount "for the sake of democracy", though unlike Trump he stops short (at least as far as we see) of trying to sabotage the election in advance or spewing baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Matron Gribble

Played by Judith McGrath (Series 1), Jan Friedl (Series 2), Christine Keogh (Series 3-4)

Harold's wife. A nasty woman who treats everyone as inferior.

  • Card-Carrying Villain: Unlike Harold, she makes no effort to hide her nastiness.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": A hospital matron and called "Matron Gribble" by everyone (except, obviously, for the rest of the Gribble family). Her actual first name, Cecilia, is only spoken once in the very first episode.
  • Hidden Depths: There are hints that her marriage is on the rocks in Series 3.

James "Gribs" Gribble

Played by Lachlan Jeffrey (Series 1), Richard Young (Series 2), Brook Sykes (Series 3-4)

The son of Harold and the Matron. He and his cronies Rabbit and Tiger antagonise the Twist kids in every episode.

  • The Bully: The leader of a Gang of Bullies.
  • The Dragon: To his parents.
  • Foil: To Pete. While Pete mostly hangs out with his siblings who have their own separate personalities, Gribs is an only child who hangs with a pair of yes-men. Pete's obsession with girls will usually bring out his better side, while Gribs doesn't care what girls think as long as they're into him. Pete usually finds himself on the side of nature and the paranormal, while Gribs is on the side of industry.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's called "Gribbs"
  • What You Are in the Dark: When the chips are down, he'll team up with the Twists to stop a looming disaster.

     Supporting Characters 

Nell Rickards

Played by Bunney Brook (Series 1-2), Marion Heathfield (Series 3-4)

The lighthouse keeper. The ghosts of her family still lingered in Series 1.

Rabbit and Tiger

Tiger Gleeson: Played by Cameron Nugent (series 1), Nick Mitchell (Series 2), Tom Budge (Series 3-4)
Rabbit: Played by Stuart Atkin (Series 1), Drew Campbell (Series 2), Samuel Marsland (Series 3-4)

Gribs' gang. Neither pleasant nor smart.

Faye James

Played by Robyn Gibbs (Series 1-2), Trudy Hellier (Series 3), Susanne Chapman (Series 4)

Bronson's teacher and Tony's love interest.


Played by Daisy Cameron (Series 1), Zeta Briggs (Series 2), Katie Barnes (Series 3-4)

Love interest to both Pete and Gribs as well as Linda's best friend.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Just like Faye, she goes from brunette to blonde in the third series
  • First Kiss: Her mother gave Pete his, but that was under the influence of magic lipstick. Sometime later Fiona gives Pete his first real kiss.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The only recurring adolescent character who isn't a bully or an oddball.
  • Satellite Character: Her characterisation revolves entirely around Pete and Linda.
  • The Tease: After spending most of season 4 keeping Pete at arm's length, she offers to get back with him in the finale.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Pete and Gribs.

Ralph Snapper

Played by Esben Storm (Series 1-3), Ernie Gray (Series 4)

Pete and Linda's teacher and a rival to Tony for Faye's affections.

     Minor Characters 

Hugh Townsend

Linda's crush in Series 1.

Played by Justin Connor (Series 1), Tristin Tatt (Series 4)

The Rickards Family

Played by Timothy Cousins (Stanley), Valentina Levkowicz (Louise), Lou Toth (Tom) and Kymara Stowers (Sarah)

Nell's deceased relatives. Their spirits haunt the lighthouse in Series 1. They include her mother, father, brother Tom and little sister Sarah.

Matthew and Jeremiah

Played by Andrew Daddo (Matthew) and Neill Gladwin (Jeremiah)

Two ghosts who appear in Series 2. They replaced the Rickards family from Series 1.

  • The Big Damn Kiss: The Season 2 finale ends with them and their loved ones all possessing the Twists, Gribbles, Fiona and Faye and making out after years of being apart.
  • Love Triangle: Matthew was bethrothed to a woman that Jeremiah was in love with.
  • Oireland: Both have very thick Irish accents.
  • Put on a Bus: Reunite with the rest of their deceased loved ones and leave the lighthouse.


Played by Rueben Liversidge

A nerd who has the hots for Linda. It's not mutual.

  • Child Prodigy: Despite being only 14, he's able to come up with a machine that can surgically remove brains without killing the host and was able to perform a DNA test linking Linda up with a distant ancestor.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Never gives up on Linda.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bronson
  • Horny Scientist: Picked Linda as a test subject so he could spend more time with her.

The Hooded Figure Ariel

Played by Michala Banas

A mysterious teenager who occasionally appears through a doorway in reality throughout Series 4. She is the princess of Atlantis and she's looking for a future husband, with Pete being on top of her list.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She asks Pete to come away with her, but he declines her offer. Subverted in that he actually was developing feelings for Ariel, it's just that he knew that his place was at home.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Is not bitter about the fact that she can't be with Pete.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: She needs a husband so that she can replenish her kingdom's dwindling race, so her failure to win Pete over has some serious consequences.


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