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Skid and Pump
Tropes as a duo
The protagonists of Spooky Month
, these jolly children are the best of friends who share the same obsession with Halloween. They roam their town to make the most out of every Spooky Month, running into all sorts of strange people and creatures on their nights out.
- Born Lucky: Running into dangerous criminals, child-killing monsters and getting into all kinds of danger around town doesn't do anything to get them killed or abducted. In fact, it seems like most career criminals and monsters are outright friendly to these kids alone.
- Cartoon Physics: The two can vanish into thin air, warp to wherever they want and cause all manner of cartoon mayhem. Comparatively, everyone else, including various monsters, suffer actual bodily consequences over the course of the shorts.
- Cheerful Child: The two are incredibly hyperactive and friendly.
- Christmas in July: Spooky Month (AKA Halloween) can be any night of the month the two decide, something Lila supports to keep them happy. This is seemingly averted in the first short when Lila announces it's November and shows she is clearly ready for Christmas, until the boys determine that November is "the spooky before Christmas" and proceed to dance happily.
- Critical Existence Failure: Played for Laughs when they meet the Candy Dealer, who offhandedly mentions the hospital and the duo decide they want to visit it, promptly dying on the spot. A few scenes later, they come back to life on a hospital bed ready to run around again.
- Expressive Mask: Their Halloween masks are just as emotive as the kids wearing them, and since we haven't seen either moving without their costumes, they might as well be their actual faces.
- Fearless Fool: They're outright oblivious to anything that can be dangerous to them, getting right in the faces of dangerous people when trying to befriend them because they don't know any better.
- Leitmotif: From "The Stars" and onward, whenever the boys are up to their antics, "Scary Swings", a manic and jolly piano theme, plays.
- Loafing in Full Costume: Their Halloween costumes are basically their regular attire for the whole year, with only family photos showing them without their masks.
- Only Friend: To each other; not out of loneliness, but because no one else is as crazy as they are.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Whenever they're out together, their minds are practically synchronized to come up with the same ideas on the spot.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Candy Cans, which are bags full of candy that they try to pick up whenever they visit the Candy Club.
- Trapped in TV Land: Dealt this fate, albeit as cheerily as usual, after looking at the latest merch announcement for Spooky Month, pulled inside the television by a haunted commercial and replaced with their plushie counterparts while Lila's left behind to weep over it.
- Wacky Sound Effect: Almost any time they run by each other's side, expect to hear metal crashing against metal while they sprint at comically high speeds.
A young boy in a skeleton costume, Skid lives with his mother Lila in a suburban neighborhood, preparing to celebrate Spooky Month (which can be any month they decide) with his best friend as soon as nightfall comes.
- Ambiguously Human: It's difficult to tell, but his unseen father is implied to be in a cult, and he's completely unaffected by the Eyes of the Stars.
- Fingerless Hands: His costume doesn't have any digits in the gloves, unlike Pump's, so his hands are always portrayed as either balls or mitten hands unless he needs fingers for something.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He and Pump are awful at telling when something means them harm, but he's just as oblivious to danger even without Pump around to help him have fun.
- Two burglars skulking inside his house in the middle of the night? He rationalizes it as them in the house because it's a Spooky Month.
- His reaction to Moloch the demon still inside his attic roaring murder and banging on the floor? Insists he's his friend to his mom, who thinks Moloch is a rat. When the Moloch-possessed Dexter later attacks the duo, he refuses to believe that Moloch is right in his face because he looks like some lame guy in a yellow suit, not red like how he remembers him, not getting the memo that he just possessed someone's body and is about to kill him. When Moloch eventually accidentally snaps his neck attempting to invoke Exorcist Head, Skid's only reply is "See? It's not him!"
- Idiot Hero: Somewhat justified due to his age, but even then, he's a bit dimmer than his friend Pump, believing the possessed Dexter to not be Moloch. This ends up working in his favour when he gets Moloch to kill both Dexter and himself.
- Immune to Mind Control: Everyone, including Pump, can't look upon the Eyes of the Universe without being left catatonic and their minds broken for a while. Skid can stare and befriend it and be no worse for wear afterwards.
- Portmanteau: Skid's name comes from combining 'Skeleton' with 'Kid'.
Skid's best friend in the neighborhood, Pump shares the same love for Halloween and dresses himself up with a suit and a pumpkin mask. Not much is known about him besides his close bond to Skid's family.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": Pump's name is short for "Pumpkin".
- Expressive Mask: His pumpkin mask is neither skin-tight or makeup, so how its mouth moves is anyone's guess.
- Mysterious Past: What we know of Skid is that he lives with his mom, who cut all ties and memories of her husband, possibly because of ties to the occult on top of multiple family photos of the mother and son bonding over getting the same haircuts and trying on new costumes until Skid found his favorite. What we know of Pump is that he's Skid's best friend, he has a sister, he has curly hair under his costume, and of all things, his wallpaper.
- Occult Blue Eyes: After gazing upon the Eyes of the Universe, Pump's eyes turn big and teal for a short period of time. After being threatened by Moloch in "Unwanted Guest", his eyes turn teal again, only returning to normal after Moloch offs himself.
- Pumpkin Person: His mask of choice is a pumpkin, which he wears nearly all year round.
- Running Gag: In all three shorts, he's summoned by Skid and shows up from basically out of nowhere to answer.
- In "It's spooky month", he's already at Skid's house within seconds of being called, standing outside with a blank smile.
- In "The Stars", Skid calls him over the phone and you can spot him hurl himself from beyond the horizon in the sky, soar across the whole neighborhood and land in front of Skid.
- In "Unwanted Guest", he rises from a grave planted in Skid's yard to suggest they go to the mall together.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: After buying a Happy Time Fellow from the mall, his first suggestion to Skid is "burn it to see if it screams". Considering the dolls are haunted, he may have been onto something.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: From "The Stars" onwards, Pump talks in a weird mashup between an American accent and Sr. Pelo's native Mexican accent.
Voiced by: Sr. Pelo
("It's spooky month"), Elsie Lovelock ("The Stars" onwards)
Skid's mother, who always seems to find herself in mortal danger during the nights of Spooky Month. In any case she's nothing but loving and supportive of Skid and his favorite holiday.
- Action Mom: Her first reaction to seeing Moloch is to run for a ruler and swing it over his face, although it only served to piss him off even more. She managed to survive a whole night against the demon anyways.
- Christmas in July: Just as guilty of it as Skid with Halloween, she's already set and dressed up for Christmas on November 1st in "It's spooky month".
- Implausible Deniability: Something huge, angry and violent is in her attic screaming bloody rage and is making the house rattle with each slam, AKA a demon Skid summoned a couple years ago. Shes convinced its just a rat, even when the exterminator goes missing after going up there.
- Meaningful Background Event: Just going by her appearances in the shorts, we only know her as 'Skid's mom'. Paying attention to the background, specifically in "Unwanted Guest", gives her a bit more character.
- Her hair's styled the way it to make Skid happy that they share the same haircut, based on a row of family pictures of Skid frowning until their hair's about the same style.
- She's an architect working from home based on a couple of building schematics seen in the background and an AutoCAD-like program designing another building on her laptop. It also gives a little bit of context to her weapon against Moloch being a construction ruler.
- Her disappeared husband is missing in family photos and must not have been a pleasant parting, with her having taken the effort to tear off his part of the photos.
- Ms. Fanservice: In the first short she wears a Sexy Santa Dress and in "Unwanted Guest" she wears a shirt that draws attention to her breasts.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Parodied by a shirt she wears at the beginning of "Unwanted Guest". Said shirt says "Look at me in the eyes", and has a set of eyes printed where her breasts are.
- Running Gag: Being trapped in her house with a monster or crook every Spooky Month.
- First with a red devil-like murderer ready to slash her throat open, who lets her go to do the Spooky Dance.
- Then left alone with two burglars, which took a whole Noodle Incident to resolve over the short where the duo is finally arrested by the time the kids get back home.
- She's later chased around the house and beaten up by Moloch for presumably a couple hours when he breaks out the attic, only saved when the kids get home.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Each short sees her wearing a different outfit, sometimes more than one.
- Widow Woman: Assuming her husband's dead or vanished. She's a single mother raising Skid with only cryptic hints of a missing husband, not that she cares enough to be affected by it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unlike the rest of the cast, who have normal hair colors, her hair is purple.
Lila's ex-husband. No one really knows or cares about what happened to him.
- Disappeared Dad: Family photos in Skid's house have his father either missing or his picture torn off, and neither Skid nor Lila seems to care or be affected by it despite the troubling implications. If the occult robes and summoning artifacts are any indication, there'd be a chance Skid's family having ties to the occult had something to do with it.
- Meaningful Background Event: Aside from hints of his departure from the family in portraits, there are also a couple items in the background shelves like occult artifacts and cultist robes, donned by the cultists in the Newgrounds ending of "Unwanted Guest", that give the impression that he had some relationship with the cult in the abandoned manor. There's not much evidence in those robes belonging to Lila and not him, given her reaction to the paranormal.
- Spooky Painting: He's actually got a huge portrait of himself in the derelict mansion the cultists are using, though the viewers never get to see his face, only recognizing him because he's wearing the same coat and ring he had when he was with his son.
- Unperson: Those torn pictures on the family photos remove any hint on what he might've looked like.
Hey kids... want some candy?
A shady man always seen in his white van, Frank makes a living out of abducting children off the street, drugging them up to knock them out and putting out a ransom for the parents to cough up if they want their kid back. He's a good friend of Skid and Pump.
The OOGA BOOGA Witch
A loud, invasive and terrifying(?) hag whose appearance is always followed by a horrifying(?) Jump Scare
that is in no way old and overus-OOGA BOOGA!
- Ambiguously Human: Is she an actual monster, or an actress?
- Bandage Mummy: After getting hit by a car in The Stars, she appears briefly in Unwanted Guest in the hospital and covered in bandages, vibrating in place as she mutters out muffled ooga boogas within.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Her Screamer Prank is just as much directed for the viewers as it is for her victims in the shorts.
- Insane Proprietor: She's the one advertising Sr. Pelo's Spooky Month merchandise, which goes as well as you'd expect.
- Limited Animation: Outside of moving her mouth and eyes slightly during her close-ups, she has next to no other animation except for a single frame where she makes a mocking expression over how (supposedly) scared the viewer was by her Jump Scare. And when we see the rest of her, she just wiggles her fingers about.
- Overused Running Gag: She's a parody of the overuse of jumpscares, so she gets a ton of mileage in the first short and gets to show up every now and again to keep it going.
- No Indoor Voice: Kind of hard to be speaking at any other volume when most of what you say is OOGA BOOGA!
- Show Within a Show: The star of 'Really Spooky - The Ooga Booga', which played in theaters and went to cassette soon after. Take a guess what it's about.
- Shout-Out: She looks a lot like Regan MacNeil and her infamous Nightmare Face used in many Screamer Pranks, only warped into a dumb grin modeled after the trollface.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the Newgrounds ending of "The Stars", she thought standing in the middle of a dark road in the dead of night with no lights whatsoever to try performing her Screamer Prank on incoming cars would be a good idea. Sure enough, Jack and John accidentally run her over and she's a Bandage Mummy at the hospital in the next short.
- In the second volley of official merch, she does this again, suddenly appearing in front of Franks moving van to buy some shirts and getting smashed against the windshield for her enthusiasm.
- Troll: She only seems to frighten people because it amuses her. Fitting considering one half of her inspiration.
- Verbal Tic: Just screaming OOGA BOOGA is one for her, it's practically the only thing she says and she can barely get a word in otherwise.
"What do you kids want?"
Voiced by: EllusiveVA
An irritable cashier at the candy store, Skid and Pump visit him often to pick up some candy for their Spooky Months, with all the trouble that entails.
- Butt-Monkey: Twice he's visited in the shorts, and nothing goes right for him in either appearance.
- In "The Stars", the boys visit him for three candy cans for the night. Confused, he asks who the third can is for, to which the Eyes of the Universe enters the store and his mind is presumably broken.
- In "Unwanted Guest", Pump hands him the Candy Dealer's package and walks away before he can do anything about the suspicious contraband. Just his luck for two cops to enter the store, he accidentally aggravates both of them, and he's left a sweating and panicking mess thinking he's about to be busted for having hard drugs. He doesn't catch a break when the package is just sugar, as a car of robbers pull up and he's held up at gunpoint to give the package up.
- A Day in the Limelight: He gets an extended sequence with Skid, Pump and the cops as he's forced to handle the Candy Dealer's package.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As exasperated as he is with dealing with the boys, he feels bad enough about seeing them miserable from being beaten up and not getting their candy that he begrudgingly gives them chocolate bars.
The Hatzgang (Roy, Ross and Robert)
Voiced by: Kellen Goff
(Roy), Coffee (Robert) and ElusiveVA (Ross)
A trio of bullies whose fondness for hats is rivaled by their joy for bullying young kids, Skid and Pump in particular. Roy is the teen with the striped sweater and ballcap, Ross the teen with the dark blue sweater and beanie, and Robert the teen with a green sweater and a backwards ballcap.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Robert's default expression is a giant toothy grin.
- Freudian Excuse: When Roy tricks Skid and Pump into walking inside a dark, abandoned and far away mansion outside of town, he nonchalantly says "That's where my uncle takes me." to his friends. Ross and Robert get concerned looks on their faces and can only shift away from him in discomfort. If it isn't the perverted option, consider what lives under the manor and who regularly visits the place.
- Gang of Bullies: The Hatzgang are a trio of teenagers with a fondness for hats and bullying Skid and Pump, first seen spitting in their faces and hitting them over the head before tricking them into walking inside a haunted and dangerous mansion.
- Karma Houdini: In "Unwanted Guest", they beat up Skid and Pump and stuff Skid inside the Happy Time Fellow box and Pump inside its clothes, and get away with it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In "The Stars", they trick the duo into walking up to a creepy mansion for who-knows-what to happen to them. They get their comeuppance when Skid and Pump introduce their new friend, The Eyes of the Universe, promptly breaking their minds. Roy also mentions he got punished in relation to the whole thing in "Unwanted Guest".
- Nice Hat: So nice they named their group after them; Roy and Robert wear ballcaps and Ross wears a beanie.
- Perpetual Smiler: The three's default expressions are smiles, with Roy and Robert having large grins and Ross having a v-shaped smirk.
- The Quiet One: Roy pretty much speaks for the group, with Ross and Robert only piping up twice in their appearances so far.
- Theme Naming: The Bullies' names all begin with "Ro".
- Toxic Friend Influence: Implied with Ross and Robert when it comes to Roy, where Roy is far more venomous and hateful with his bullying, while the others giddily go along with doing a quick Spooky Dance and happily talk about the Happy Time Fellow.
The Candy Dealer
Would you kids help a poor, lonely, candy dealer?
Voiced by: Coffinjockey
A tall, dark and foreboding man in an all-concealing trench coat, big obscuring hat and an ever-present cigarette inside his shadowy silhouette. He gets the boys to help him deliver some sugar to Kevin.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Due to the way he is drawn and wears his trenchcoat, we never get to see any part of his body save his eyes.
- Dark Is Not Evil: This incredibly suspicious looking guy is just some candy salesman with a mean competitive streak, and his package is a brick of sugar.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Shortly after Skid and Pump seemingly die on the spot in order to go the hospital, someone off-screen sees the bodies and thinks that the Candy Dealer killed them. In response, the Candy Dealer meekly leaves the scene.
- Shadowed Face, Glowing Eyes: His face is obscured by the shadow of his hat, save for his pink eyes.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He warns the boys that they could visit the hospital if they hold onto that sugar for too long. The boys then promptly decide they want to visit the hospital anyways and die on the spot. He only gets a few seconds to be confused over what just happened before someone starts screaming that he just killed the two, causing him to meekly walk out of frame as the scene ends.
Now it's time to get my treats.
A creep who lurks in the house on the hilltop.
- All There in the Script: The character sheets for "The Stars" reveal he's Roy's uncle.
- The Dreaded: He is the one character in the series Skid and Pump actually fear.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Frank, the strangely friendly child kidnapper, and all of the different monsters of the series, this guy is played completely seriously, to the point where even Skid and Pump are terrified of him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Immediately flees from the house after Skid and Pump get snatched by the Eyes of the Universe. You'll notice he's still running away from the house when the Eyes of the Universe bursts through and unknowingly steps on him.
Sheriff John and Deputy Jack
Voiced by: Coffinjockey (John) and ElusiveVA (Jack)
John is the older town sheriff, and Jack is his young deputy. The two patrol around town trying to put a stop to strange occurrences and criminal activity with mixed results.
- Police Brutality: Referenced in a Noodle Incident where Jack accidentally shot a perp he had at gunpoint, and is pretty beaten up over it. Arguably occurs again when the duo encounter Mr. Clown, who Jack is deathly afraid of and unloads his pistol's magazine into in intense fear rather than even bother trying apprehend or question him.
- Police Are Useless: John's competent enough at his job, but Jack is lethally bad at policing and ends up being the sole reason for at least three bad incidents under their names.
- Those Two Guys: A duo of cops who showed up in "The Stars" and stuck around to investigate strange happenings in town.
- Too Dumb to Live: Jack is so excited to hear that it's Spooky Month from the thieves they arrested that he immediately begins to Spooky Dance — letting go of the steering wheel and promptly spiraling the car full of people out of control.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jack ends up emptying his entire collection of bullets into Mr. Clown due to his immense fear of clowns.
Voiced by: Kellen Goff
(Fat Thief), Coffinjockey (Thin Thief)
A duo of ski-masked crooks who were burglarizing Skid's house before being caught red-handed — twice.
- Blatant Burglar: Dark coats, flashlights and ski masks? They couldn't be anymore obvious to anyone who isn't Skid.
- The Comically Serious: The tall man is too bitter to put up with his partner's goofiness, and only does the Spooky Dance as a distraction because Lila caught them trying to rob her. Whilst inside the cop car after being busted, he only gets a very disappointed and tired face when Jack lets go of the steering wheel to Spooky Dance and promptly crashes.
- Fat and Skinny: The short fat man is the jolly and excitable one, while the tall and thin one is the professional and agitated one.
- Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: The shorter thief is more reactive and upbeat, happily dancing the Spooky Dance when Spooky Month is mentioned, while the taller thief is more reserved and one of the few characters to not dance when Spooky Month is mentioned.
- Uncertain Doom: It's pretty obvious Jack wrecked the car by trying to dance in the drivers seat, but John and Jack show up just fine in the next short while the thieves are either incarcerated, hospitalized or outright dead from the crash.
I love cats! I'll hug 'em until their br-r-r-rains are out!
Voiced by: Metamaniac
A pest exterminator who likes killing rats, bats, cats
and everything fast, who Lila brought over to get rid of a rat stuck in the attic. He's very much out of his league with who's he really up against.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: He's pretty giddy over getting to exterminate rats, and he's presumably killed small cats (which aren't pests in most places) before if his sales pitch is anything to go by.
- Demonic Possession: Moloch gets a hold of him and uses him as a vessel to finally escape Skid's attic. He ends up thwarting his own escape when Pump dares him to pull off an Exorcist Head, with realistic results.
- Dissonant Serenity: His distant screams of terror when face-to-face with Moloch is interrupted with him having a hearty laugh, with no hint whatsoever about what's so funny.
- Expressive Mask: His exterminator's gas mask acts as his face and is just as emotive as it would be.
- Un-Evil Laugh: He lets out an arrogant and snorty laugh as he plants his rat trap, excited to see what'll run into it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: About a minute of screen time and a couple of lines, and Dexter as we knew him is gone as Moloch takes over to make his getaway. Not too long after, Moloch and by extension Dexter are dead.
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A demon Skid and Pump summoned on a whim when they went to make a prank call, getting him (or half of him) to appear in the attic for Spooky Month out of an Ouji board. He hasn't been able to do much for the past two years afterwards.
- Black Speech: His speech is dark and brooding by itself, but the short subtitles give it a distorting and demonic effect around the text via the Zalgo text generator).
- Butt-Monkey: Only his upper half was summoned, leaving him stuck in Skid's attack for years. In the Newgrounds ending of "It's spooky month", he gets beaten up a small Santa after realizing it's Novemeber, in "The Stars", Skid gleefully ignores his pleas to be freed, and in "Unwanted Guest", he manages to possess Dexter to enact his revenge... only to be anticlimactically killed off after trying to turn his head 360 degrees in order to prove that he's a demon.
- Continuity Nod: He's summoned as a one-off joke in the first short, and makes a cameo in the next short still stuck in the attic with no way out. By the third short, he's gotten sick and tired and starts causing a ruckus in the attic, starting the sub-plot.
- A Day in the Limelight: After two shorts of being a short joke, he gets his own subplot in "Unwanted Guest" as Lila mistakes his frustration for a rat in the attic, hiring an exterminator and by extension giving him a bodily vessel to escape with.
- Demonic Possession: Possesses Dexter in "Unwanted Guest", turning Dexter's mask into a gaping maw before sprouting his horns out of the poor guy's head.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: Only the top half of his body was summoned from the Ouija board. He's stuck in it and by extension Skid's attic because of it.
- Mad Woman In The Attic: Emphasis on 'mad'. Skid's kept him up there for two years, and he's so pissed off that he starts a Roaring Rampage of Revenge first chance he gets.
- Neck Snap: Gets tricked into turning his head 360 degrees by Pump whilst possessing Dexter, taking him up on his bet that only a demon could do that. It doesn't pay off for him.
The Eyes of the Universe
I AM THE EYES OF THE UNIVERSE, AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE END...
A multi-tentacled and multi-eyed monstrosity that dwells underneath a house on top of a hill, who the kids meet after entering the manor looking for a Spooky party. The three quickly become good friends.
- Aside Glance: When the boys are telling Lila that their new friend 'showed them the stars', you can see two stars shimmering extra bright behind her, which promptly wink at the viewer after she says "The stars? That's new".
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: This eldritch, galaxy-influencing, inconceivably huge and malevolent elder god residing inside the Earth quickly becomes the kids' new friend as they take it out for candy, and it's just as giddy as the boys when it hears about Spooky Month.
- Eldritch Abomination: An inhuman creature with multiple eyes and who can stare anywhere in the universe because the stars are his eyes. Still, it's a pretty friendly abomination...
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's name is it's role: The eyes of the universe. The stars are it's way of seeing all.
- Foreshadowing: Susie's room, which the kids broke into earlier, has a poster of the entity with two kid-sized characters standing before it. By the end of the short, pretty much the exact same scenario is playing out for the boys.
- My Brain Is Big: Most of its body is brain, with extra eyeballs for good measure.
- Mysterious Protector: Seems to have taken something close to this role after the kids befriended it, with "Unwanted Guest" having two larger than average stars that tend to follow the boys around in the sky between scenes. Pump suddenly gaining his Occult Blue Eyes again could be a sign that it influenced Pump's decision making when he was in mortal danger against Moloch.
- Voice of the Legion: Its voice has a reverberating, booming and overlapping effect to it.
A jolly clown who loves laughing, telling jokes and beating kids to death, Mr. Clown may seem fun to be around but there's definitely something off about him.