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

  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Look on the bright side."
  • Creepy Child: In a sense, she's a 6 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.
  • The Noseless: Played with. It's not noticeable outright, but she is able to sneeze, and have something to put a clothespin on to block bad smells.
  • 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
  • Youthful Freckles

    Doom Kitty
* violin chord*

  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: And the fact that her name is "Doom" should clue you in.
  • Cute Kitten: A black and absolutely adorable cat.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: She uses her extremely thin, flexible and strong tail to make shapes ? not strictly shapeshifting, but it does alter her appearance after a fashion. Of course, only Ruby can understand her.
  • No Mouth: Her mouth is absent most of the time, only appearing when she needs to make certain expressions. This is less the case in Season 2.
  • The Speechless: Every sound she makes is a violin chord.
  • Silent Snarker/Cats Are Snarkers: The faces she makes suggests snarky thoughts.

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

  • 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!"
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Gets injured a lot while adventuring.
  • Cute Monster Girl: A cyclops who is energetic and good-looking.
  • 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.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While she isn't mean, her hyperactivity and playful nature can sometimes annoy the other house mates.
  • 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.


"My cousin was struck by lightning. Twice."
"Well, it couldn't possibly happen to you, too. What are the chances?"
"Fairly good! 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."

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She was a lot uglier in the original merchandise.
  • Ambiguously 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Ow."
  • The Chew Toy: All the stuff that happens to her is played for comedy.
  • 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.
  • The Eeyore: Though she does cheer up as the show goes on.
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: In her shadow puppet shows where she makes herself a queen.
  • 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.
  • Scary Teeth: Her teeth are crooked with a yellowish tint.
  • Sneeze of Doom: She is prone to these. She can sneeze hard enough to de-rail a train.
  • Stock Underwear: Whenever Misery is hanging upside down in a human chain, her dress falls over her head revealing that she wears bloomers.
  • 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!"

    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?!"

    Mr. Buns

  • 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.


    Scaredy Bat

    Boo Boo

Minor Characters

    Edgar and Allan 

  • The Big Guy: They both share this.
  • Dumb Muscle: They both seem to be this since they took Skull Boy seriously when he told them to lock him up. They also didn't slow down when flying towards the glass house.
  • Fat and Skinny: And this dynamic with each other

    Mr. White and Mr. White 



    Mr. Mummbles 

  • Circus of Fear: He has a G-rated one which he builds and designs rides for which, of course, Ruby and friends love.

    Misery's Family 

    Skele-T and the Skele-Tunes