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Tony Twist

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

Linda Twist

Twin sister to Pete. A hard-nosed idealist.

Pete Twist

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

Bronson Twist

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

     The Gribble Family 

As A Whole

Harold Gribble

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

  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Big Bad
  • Fat Bastard
  • 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.
  • Schemer

Matron Gribble

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

James "Gribs" Gribble

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

  • Bratty Teenage Son
  • 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

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

Rabbit and Tiger

Gribs' gang. Neither pleasant nor smart.

Faye James

Bronson's teacher and Tony's love interest.


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

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

     Minor Characters 

Hugh Townsend

Linda's crush in Series 1.

The Rickards Family

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

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.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Two Guys and a Girl: They've both been in love with the same woman long before they died.


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

The Hooded Figure Ariel

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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