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Characters / The Demon Headmaster

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Dinah Glass (later Hunter)

Lloyd Hunter

  • Bee Afraid: He falls into a coma in the fourth book after being attacked by a killer wasp.
  • Convenient Coma: In the fourth book, taking him off the board and providing the catalyst that forces the rest of SPLAT to take action.
  • Cool Big Bro
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice King: Initially rather harsh towards Dinah before he grows to accept her.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can have control issues, but he is generally a good person determined to stop the Headmaster once he learns ie's involved in events.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lloyd comes off as a bit unfair on Dinah after the snowball incident considering that Dinah had responded to it by threatening the Headmaster. He realizes his mistake after learning that Dinah had been hypnotized by The Headmaster.

Harvey Hunter




Mrs. Hunter

Rose Carter


Simon James

Michael Dexter

Doctor Claudia Rowe

The Headmaster

  • Ambiguously Human: He has strange hypnotic abilities and a fixation with enforcing order on the world, but he is never explicitly implied to be anything other than human.
  • Antagonist Title
  • Arch-Enemy: He regards Dinah as this.
  • Big Bad: Throughout the series.
  • The Comically Serious
  • Catchphrase: "Funny you should be so tired, so early in the morning."
  • Child Hater: Has a very low opinion of children, considering activities like playing to be a waste of time.
  • Control Freak: His primary goal is to enforce his view of order ont he world, to the point where SPLAT have described him as wanting to make the work a machine.
  • Creepy Monotone
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Didn't Think This Through: Occasionally, such as in "The Prime Minister's Brain" where he programmed the Super Salamada to keep out anyone with the surname "Glass" but didn't anticipate that Dinah had been renamed Dinah Hunter after the Hunters adopted her so ended up getting in anyway.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Hypnotic Eyes: The Headmaster can essentially control anyone so long as he can look them in the eyes, barring the few exceptions such as the original five members of SPLAT.
  • Knight Templar
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets struck with this at the end of every story.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Mass Hypnosis: Attempts this at the end of the first book, and uses technology to put it into practice in the third and fifth books.
  • No Name Given: The Headmaster is only ever referred to by his title (although he has been referred to as 'the Director' in the fourth book), but the second and fifth books in particular make it clear that he does have a name and that SPLAT know what it is.
  • Role Reprisal: Terence Hardiman, the actor that played The Headmaster in the 90s show, played him again in a [[stage musical]] based on the books.
  • The Spook: It is never revealed where the Headmaster acquired his powers or his fixation with order.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: From his own perspective, at least.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has often shown a willingness to hurt the members of SPLAT, ranging from ordering his other 'servants' to tear them apart as old dolls to having them wrapped up and shipped away as carpets.

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