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    Ruby Gloom
"Now, what excuse—I mean, legitimate reason is there for a party today?"

Voiced by: Sarah Gadon
The eponymous character and leader of the group. A cheerful young girl with red hair and pale skin who sees the bright side to every situation. She also has a knitting hobby.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She has a crush on Skull Boy, but she also has a good deal of affection towards Iris (which borders on Romantic Two-Girl Friendship at times) and Misery.
  • Ambiguously Human: Never confirmed if she's the Token Human or a living doll.
  • Catchphrase: "Look on the bright side."
  • Creepy Child: In a sense, she's a 10 year old girl who has Gothic and creepy tastes and interests.
    • Cheerful Child: Despite the above, she's rather chipper and optimistic.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsey: Does this when complimented.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Outside of the musical episode, she, in her own words, can't carry a tune in a bucket.
  • The Magic Touch: Not elaborated on, and may be a coincidence, but a number of objects made by Ruby have inexplicably come to life in some way. To name few there's Mr. Buns, a snowman, and we can only assume she was the one who sewed the patchwork heart Venus swallowed.
  • Meaningful Name: Rubies are usually red, so her name is likely a nod to her red hair.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind and willingly helpful to all of her friends.
  • Perky Goth: Has gothic interests but is very cheerful.
  • The Pollyanna: It takes a lot to make her angry. In fact, the only time she was ever angry was in "Bad Hare Day" after she found out Bunny was stealing from them and trying to make Doom look bad.
    • Also, at the end of "Gloomer Rumor" she became extremely annoyed and exasperated when Frank and Len continued to believe she was dead.
  • Ship Tease: With Skullboy. In particular the "Fun with Paper" or "You Are What You Eat" segments.
  • Team Mom: Her positive attitude allows her to act as the voice of reason and keep her friends together when things start getting out of hand around the mansion.
  • Youthful Freckles: She possess a few of these under her eyes, although they can be a bit tricky to see.

    Doom Kitty
*violin chord*

Ruby's black-furred pet cat who communicates solely through the sounds of violin chords. However, she's actually quite canny and is usually the first to know when something's happening around the mansion.

"Hey, Ruby, I'm bummed! I wanted to do some aerial routines with Squig, but it's kind of hard without windshield wipers...!"

Voiced by: Stacey DePass
A cyclops girl who is Ruby's closest friend of the mansion's inhabitants. She's a thrill-seeker who always finds a way to make something fun and exciting.
  • Ambiguously Gay: As said above, she and Ruby's relationship borders on Romantic Two-Girl Friendship at times. Unlike Ruby, however, Iris doesn't have any love interests, male or otherwise, that we know of.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm good!"
  • Challenge Seeker: Always performing stunts.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Gets injured a lot while adventuring.
  • Cute Monster Girl: A cyclops who is quite adorable.
  • Cyclops: Only drawn with one eye.
  • The Flapper: Iris appears as this during Poe's version of the story in "Venus de Gloomsville."
  • Fluffy Tamer: If Squig and Venus are any indication.
  • Genki Girl: She loves adventure and rarely seems to hold still for very long.
  • Human Cannonball: Owns a large cannon she sometimes fires herself or others (usually without their permission) out of.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While she isn't mean, her hyperactivity and playful nature can sometimes annoy the other housemates.
  • Meaningful Name: In the anatomy of eyes, an iris can refer to the colored part surrounding the pupil. Being a cyclops, Iris's most distinctive feature is her solitary eye.
  • Plucky Girl: In Ruby's own words, she has an adventurous spirit.

"It's genetic. The electrical current is drawn to the high lead content in our blood, and then BOOM! ...people use you to charge their batteries."

Voiced by: Emily Hampshire
A banshee-like creature with tears constantly streaming down her face. As her name suggests, Misery is always feeling down and anticipates the worst. Well, you would too if you had her luck.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She was a lot uglier in the original merchandise.
  • Ambiguously Human: What exactly she is is never made clear. She may be a banshee, some form of undead, a personification of misfortune, or simply an incredibly unlucky human. See Our Banshees Are Louder.
  • Amusing Injuries: Misery is regularly hit by lightning, only to say "ow" and come back 10 seconds later in perfect shape (although sometimes she ends up badly singed and almost hairless).
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Has a large family who all have the same knack for bad luck. They usually avoid each other but when they have their family reunion in one episode, Ruby does too good of a job helping them get along that they decide to stay. They only leave again when their combined bad luck almost destroys the town with a volcano.
  • Breakout Character: A popular character among fans of the show.
  • Butt-Monkey: Misery frequently gets struck with various disasters wherever she goes.
  • Canada, Eh?: Speaks with a mild Canadian accent.
  • Cannot Convey Sarcasm: Never comes up on the show, but with her deadpan voice it's sometimes hard to tell whether she's being sarcastic or sincere.
  • Catchphrase: "Ow." and "Oops."
  • The Chew Toy: All the stuff that happens to her is played for comedy, and she rarely seems to mind.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Emily Hampshire occasionally gets really hammy in her role as Misery:
    "I'm also the Queen of Disasters, by the way. And the Princess. And the Baroness! And the Countess! And the Viscountess! THE EMPRESS!!"
  • Composite Character: She appears to be a mix of Jealousy and the original Misery from the books.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her bleak looking appearance, she's actually a decent and sensible person.
  • The Eeyore: Though she does cheer up as the show goes on.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Dresses in this manner.
  • Head Desk: Does this with a wall at least twice. Both involving her relatives visiting and bringing disaster with them. Says this:
    "Family visits are always fun... Familiy visits are always fun... family visits..."
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: In her shadow puppet shows where she makes herself a queen.
  • Ill Girl: Seems to get sick fairly often. In one episode she manages to catch a cold from somebody who was only pretending to be sick.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Lightning hits Misery so often that it's become a defining character trait. Aside from the blackened clothes, it seems to be nothing more than a minor inconvenience to her.
  • Lethal Chef: "It's an old family recipe. I've adjusted it to reduce the damage to the dwelling."
  • Ocular Gushers: Played with. She always has tears running from her eyes whether she's sad or not.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Many fans believe that Misery and her exclusively female relatives are banshees. And her wail sure is terrifying enough.
  • The Pig-Pen: Though she doesn't look it. In "Forget Me Not" she has a bath and apparently her last one was so long ago she forgot what it was like.
  • Plague of Good Fortune: Every Friday the 13th everyone in Misery's family has extraordinarily good luck and their normally extraordinarily bad luck is spread to those around them.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Reaches all the way down to her feet. It tends to get zapped off when she's struck by lightning, but grows back in the very next scene or even sometimes later in the same scene.
  • Scary Teeth: Her teeth are crooked with a yellowish tint.
  • Simple Staff: Sometimes seen carrying a hooked staff wrapped in what appears to be barbed wire and with a tiny skull dangling from the end. No particular attention is ever really drawn to it, it's just something she sometimes has and sometimes doesn't. Fans believe it to be another implication that she's a banshee, as in folklore, banshees are sometimes believed to carry lanterns on the end of staffs to light graves.
  • Sneeze of Doom: She is prone to these. She can sneeze hard enough to de-rail a train.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Interestingly inverted, as she becomes a Plague of Good Fortune on Friday the 13th to the point that lightning avoids her. She's so annoyed by this that, when the day ends, she is relived to get her bad luck again.
  • Vague Age: Looks, sounds, and generally acts like a teenager, and for all we known she might be her species' equivalent to one, but she's occasionally implied to have been around for considerably longer.
  • Walking Wasteland: Mirrors crack when she looks into them, walls crack as she walks by, etc. Almost everywhere she goes ends up damaged.
  • When She Smiles: Although this may be a case of YMMV, you're not likely to find someone whose heart doesn't melt at the sight of Misery happy for a change.

    Skull Boy
"I'm an artist, Ruby! It's in my bones!"

Voiced by: Scott McCord
A skeleton with numerous talents. He is determined to find out what he is best in, usually by tracing his ancestry to find past family members with similar talents to his. Ruby has a crush on him.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the books he was a shy human boy who wore a skull to hide his face.
  • Dem Bones: A skeleton.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: All he wants is to find what he's important for. A musical episode focused on him leaving Gloomsville to find his origin.
  • Emo Teen: Even if he doesn't have the attitude (Debatable) he definitely dresses the part.
  • Friendly Skeleton: Much like the rest of the main cast he is very kind.
  • Gene Hunting: He tries to find out who his family was, and where we came from.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Justified in a way. He is so curious about where he came from, he's devoted himself in trying out different talents and careers whenever the plot of the episode demands it. We could list them all if we wanted to.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Basically his entire philosophy.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "I must be related to a long line of [insert profession here]!"
  • Nice Guy: Second only to Ruby as the show's nicest character.
  • Ship Tease: With Ruby. He is not even remotely subtle about this. Ruby is even less so.

    Frank & Len
"Say your amp's not working. What's the first thing you do?"
"My amp's not busted."
"Exactly. You deny it."
"I'm tellin' you, it's not busted!"
"That's denial."
"Hey, did you bust my amp?!"

Voiced by: David Berni (Frank) and Jeremy Harris (Len)
A two-headed creature resembling Frankenstein's Monster. Neither of them are especially bright but both are fantastic rock musicians. Frank is the blue one on the left, Len is the green one on the right.

    Mr. Buns

A stuffed rabbit Ruby knitted together herself. While he seems to be not much more than a plush toy, most of the other characters treat him as if he were alive, and there are a few hints that they might be right.

  • Big Eater: He's often seen next to empty trays of food or stuffed to bursting.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: A rabbit plush toy.
  • Companion Cube: A rabbit toy and friend of the main characters.
  • Living Toys: Mr. Buns is a strange example. The other characters treat him as if he's alive (except for Misery), and he seems to do things when he's not on-screen... but whenever he's on-screen, he's just a lifeless sock-bunny. In the most extreme case, he's fencing with Poe from just off-screen, only for the sword to drop the moment he's visible in the frame.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: See above.


Voiced by: Adrian Truss
A sophisticated raven who lives in an attached addition to the mansion. As a true gentleman, Poe believes himself to be a model to the rest of the mansion, although he's not quite as cultured as he likes to think he is.

    Scaredy Bat

Voiced by: Peter Keleghan
An Indian-accented bat who is afraid of virtually everything, including flying and the dark. Unfortunately for him, he's also a favourite target for pranks by some of the mansion's inhabitants.

    Boo Boo

Voiced by: Barbara Mamabolo
A young ghost who is trying to prove himself to a ghost gang that he can haunt and scare just as well as they can. He loves to make mischief, with his favourite target being Scaredy Bat.


Minor Characters

    Edgar and Allan 
A pair of large crows who are Poe’s brothers, they hang out with him on occasion.

    Mr. White and Mr. White 
Two large ghosts with who act as Boo Boo's teachers in the art of scaring.
  • Ambiguously Related: They are apparently a part of Boo Boo’s family, but how specifically is never clarified.
  • Evil Mentors: To Boo Boo in regards to scaring.
  • Guttural Growler: One of them has this kind of voice, while the other's is very high-pitched and nasal, to the point where he becomes…
  • The Hyena: …when laughing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They are gruff and quite menacing ghosts who specialize in scaring others, but they aren't actually intentionally mean at all and can be quite friendly.
  • The Mafia: They act like mafiosos.
  • Nice Hat: One of them wears a kick-ass fedora.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted.
  • Pocket Dimension: They seem to reside in one that only Boo Boo can get to. Though they also let Skull Boy in once to give him some encouragement.
  • Sinister Shades: Both of them wear pairs of glasses that give off this vibe.
  • Those Two Guys: Pretty much unheard of to see them not together.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Initially they were dismissive of Boo Boo’s friends, even thinking them a bad influence on Boo Boo. Later on however they seem to have considerably warmed up to everyone, doing things like making Scaredy pasta and giving Skullboy important advice.

A giant bug who Iris made into her pet while on a fishing trip.

A venus flytrap Iris brought to life as her project for the Gloomsville Fair. She later became another pet for Iris, even gaining a voice as time went on.

    Mr. Mummbles 
An old man with a penchant for the dramatic who debuted in the episode "Poe-ranoia".

    Misery's Family 

  • Alliterative Family: All their names start with "M".
  • All Just a Dream: It's speculated that a few of the Misery relatives that appeared in the reunion episode might have been figments of her own imagination.
  • An Ice Person: Two, actually. Malady and Malaise will cause a localized ice age if they stay close for too long.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Mildew.
  • Big "WHY?!": Morose is prone to doing this.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Cheerful Child: The triplets, ironic considering the rest of the family.
  • Crushing Handshake: Mayhem.
  • Doom Magnet: All of them seem to be connected to some sort of disaster throughout history.
    • Malady and Malaise, are, in Misery's words, "cold". She was shocked when she learned that Ruby invited both cousins to visit ("Together. As a Duo"), but the latter learned of the reason the hard way: they can cause an equivalent to an ice age in moments when in close proximity. She and her friends were prepared to keep them separated when they visited a second time.
  • Emo Teen: Morose. "Why? WHY?!"
  • Geisha: Mildew.
  • Hulk Speak: Mayhem.
  • Ill Girl: Malady. Malaise also counts with her narcolepsy.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Nearly all of them. For all of the disasters they've been through, it's a wonder they're even alive at all!
  • Large Ham: Migraine. "I'M QUEEN OF THE WORLD!!!"
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Mildew's "Confucius say..."
    • "...Girl who think she too good for bed of nails, not too good for bed of nails."
    • "...Guests who overstay welcome, cause too much bodily harm. And get lawsuits."
  • Meaningful Name: Malady (she's always sick) and Malaise (she's always sleepy due to her narcolepsy). Mayhem also counts since she causes mayhem wherever she goes, and Migraine due to her frequent shouting.
  • Motor Mouth: Malady will talk for hours if asked about her cast.
  • Older Than They Look: Several members of the family might be this. Mayhem apparently remembers the dinosaurs!
  • Plague of Good Fortune: Every Friday the 13th.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted in that Malaise is the only member of the family with red eyes instead of white, though she's not at all dangerous.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe, Migraine is this to the rest of the family.
  • Shock and Awe: If there is a list of all the mishaps she endured, and how often each one happens to her, lightning strikes are likely on top of that list. She seems to avert this every Friday the 13th.
  • Sleepy Head: Malaise
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Consistently!
  • Vine Swing: Mayhem travels this way, complete with a Tarzan-like call.
  • Walking Disaster Area: When they are all together for a prolonged period of time, they summon a volcano.
    Mildew: Last time we extended the reunion was at Vesuvius. Did not work out so well.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The male members of the family, her father's side, are mentioned at least once, but never shown. Misery attempted to show pictures of her father's side of the family during the sideshow, but the projector short-circuited. Given the circumstances, it can be implied they may not have survived.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Morose, instead of tears running down her face like everyone else, has heavy black streaks of makeup running from her eyes.

    Skele-T and the Skele-Tunes 
A band of skeletons that Skull Boy (and later, the rest of the gang) meets and befriends in the episode "Skull Boys Don't Cry".



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