The Torrance Family
Daniel Anthony "Danny" Torrance
Played by: Danny Lloyd (The Shining), Roger Dale Floyd (child) & Ewan McGregor (adult) (Doctor Sleep)
- "Do you really want to go and live in that hotel for the winter?"
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A relatively minor case. As an adult, Dan is described in Doctor Sleep as being attractive, but rough and hard-worn. In the film adaptation, he's played by the supremely gentlemanly Ewan McGregor.
- Affectionate Nickname: Danny's parents call him "Doc" sometimes.
- The Alcoholic: Like father, like son. Dan spirals headlong into alcoholism in the years following his time at the Overlook, with Doctor Sleep following his efforts to stay sober.
- Almighty Janitor: Dan becomes an Almighty Orderly, specifically, in his older years, using his telepathic powers to soothe dying hospice patients in their final moments and help them die peacefully.
- And Your Reward Is Infancy: He turns back into a child when he dies in the second movie and has a Ghost Reunion Ending with his mother. He's later seen as an adult talking to Abra.
- The Atoner: Dan spends Doctor Sleep trying to atone for his "bottom" as an alcoholic: stealing all of a single mother's money and knowingly leaving her and her toddler to fend for themselves in an abusive household.
- Beard of Sorrow: Wears one of these in the sequel before the eight-year Time Skip in which he regains his sobriety.
- Blessed With Suck: Is gifted with the Shining but while he can do neat tricks with it in the sequel, the experience at the Overlook and the fact that he could perceive his mother's impending death as a swarm of flies covering her face means that he's mostly has had bad experiences because of it. Abra later falls into this when she experiences the Baseball Boy's Cruel and Unusual Death at the hands of the True Knot and is nearly rendered temporarily insane.
- Children Are Innocent: Despite his great powers, Danny is too young to make sense of most of what he sees, such as adults lusting after each other.
- Compelling Voice: The title Doctor Sleep shows Dan being called "Doc", and working in hospice care. He helps patients pass on, by telling them to go to sleep. "Doctor Sleep."
- Cool Uncle: To Abra, when it is revealed Jack is her real grandfather. He's not in the movie, but Abra calls him 'Uncle Dan' so they can keep meeting each other in order to protect each other and fight the True Knot.
- Death by Adaptation: Is killed in a boiler explosion in the second movie when he survives the book.
- The Empath: He can read people's minds at will, and even when not trying can pick up the emotions or strong thoughts going on through their minds.
- Fainting Seer: His visions occasionally overwhelm him, much to the concern of his parents.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In his later years, Dan's temper is just as bad as his father's, if not worse. Unlike Jack, he's actually been in trouble with the law for it.
- The Hero Dies: In the Doctor Sleep movie, the main protagonist of the Shining duology bites it at the end of the film.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Doctor Sleep movie, he blows up the Overlook with him inside it to destroy the spirits inhabiting it.
- I Am Not My Father: Dan takes pains in his later years to differentiate himself from Jack. This is perhaps best encapsulated by what he screams into Rose's head when she tries to telepathically force him to strangle Abra.Rose: Your father knew how to deal with stupid, disobedient women, and his father before him. Sometimes a woman just needs to take her medicine. She needs—
Dan: MY FATHER KNEW NOTHING!
- I See Dead People: He has the power to see ghosts—both the incredibly malicious, lingering spirits kind and the kind that are echoes of past events.
- It's All My Fault: In stark contrast with his father, as an adult and sober Dan is far more willing to accept personal responsibility for his actions and their consequences.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an adult, Dan is rough around the edges, possessed of a vile temper, and haunted by some fairly foul things he did as an alcoholic, but is nevertheless just as empathetic and compassionate as he was in his childhood.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: He eventually lost contact with Halloran as he grew up and succumbed to alcoholism. By the time he looks him up in Doctor Sleep, hoping that Halloran might still be alive, he finds out that the old man died in 1999, invoking this trope.
- Only Friend: Becomes this for Abra in the film version of the sequel since kids her own age shun her because they think she's weird (shes shown to have friends she spends time with in the book). Plus, he's the only other person she's met who has the same psychic abilities she does.
- Psychic Powers: Danny has an Imaginary Friend named Tony (in the novel its eventually revealed that Tony is just a secondary personality Danny subconsciously created to help deal with his powers) who shows him visions of the future. He's also telepathic and can read minds, though mostly feelings and loud thoughts.
- Spirit Advisor: At the end of the second movie, he advises Abra to use her abilities rather than hiding them.
- Split-Personality Takeover: One choice point in the movie where it seems like Tony has overtaken Danny, with him saying that Danny's gone away to Wendy, as well as Tony/Danny's chanting of "redrum" as he draws the word on the door.
- Still Sucks Thumb: We see him doing this in the sequel after getting scared by ghosts.
- Student and Master Team: With Abra.
- Talking to Themself: "Tony" is an aspect of Danny's personality with whom he converses.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Is far more mature and solemn than you'd expect a 5-year old to be.
John Daniel "Jack" Torrance
Played by: Jack Nicholson (The Shining) & Henry Thomas (Doctor Sleep)
- "Here's Johnny!"
- Abusive Parents:
- Jack broke Danny's arm in a drunken rage before the action of the story starts. Though the narrative makes it clear that Jack feels tremendous remorse for injuring Danny, it's also slowly and subtly implied over the course of The Shining that breaking his son's arm was exactly what Jack intended to do.
- Jack's own father was a drunken, abusive monster who beat his family mercilessly, often for no reason.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- The movie, compared to the book. While he loses himself and goes after his family in both, the movie downplays his sympathetic qualities (such as his intense guilt over hurting his family and struggle to do right by them) to the point they are almost non existent, while playing out some things he does unintentionally in the book as malicious (e.g. in the book Jack destroys the radio in a blind panic when hearing it tell him to kill Wendy and Danny, whereas in the movie he does it deliberately to keep them stranded). He also outright kills Dick in the movie whereas he only injured him in the book. Furthermore, unlike in the book where he redeems himself, the film has him remain murderous and insane to the end.
- This extends to his appearance in the movie version of Doctor Sleep, where Jacks ghost more or less admits that he always hated his family and the alcohol was his way of escaping from them. Then, when Dan refuses to fall off the wagon like he did, Jack responds in anger to his son being a better man than he ever was.
- The Alcoholic: Very pronounced in the book, where his addiction, recovery, and struggle to stay sober are detailed in great length. Hinted at more obliquely in the movie, although he at one point says out loud that "I'd give my goddamned soul for just a glass of beer." And so appears Lloyd...
- Alcoholic Parent: He is an alcoholic and once broke his son's arm in a drunken rage.
- Anti-Villain: Played with, depending on how much the audience sees him as a bad person to begin with or a good man who was broken by the hotel's influence. The movie and the book come down pretty hard on exact opposite ends of this.
- Author Avatar: A darker version than many of Stephen King's other writer protagonists like Bill Denbrough - while writers like Bill mirror a lot of King's career and seemingly even write similar novels, the novel version of Jack embodies all of King's worst impulses and vices, such as drug addiction and - at least once - a surge of resentment while King was holding his own child, which horrified him. King didn't realize until years afterward that he was writing about himself in Jack.
- Ax-Crazy: At the climax of his mental breakdown, he goes on a murderous rampage. In the Kubrick film, he does so with an actual axe, no less.
- Backup from Otherworld: In the climax of the Doctor Sleep book, he appears to help Danny and co. finish off Rose.
- The Bartender: In the Doctor Sleep movie, he's replaced Lloyd as the Overlook's bartender.
- Beard of Evil: In the film, he goes from clean shaven to sporting a five o clock shadow as he becomes more insane.
- Character Tics: Wiping his mouth when he wants a drink.
- The Corruptible: Particularly in the original novel. He starts off as a well-meaning yet flawed figure, but is ultimately corrupted by the Overlook's malevolent influence and has to be put down.
- Death Equals Redemption: An unusually literal version, as a ghostly, supernatural Jack atones for his rampage in The Shining by helping Dan and Abra when he throws Rose to her death in the following book, saving their lives.
- Evil Eyebrows: Jack Nicholson's portrayal. One of the reasons why King objected to him being cast in the role is those distinctive eyebrows.
- FaceHeel Turn: Both book and movie have Jack going from swearing he would never hurt Danny to out-and-out attempting to murder him. The Overlook is the cause, but only really takes Jack's underlying resentment and magnifies it a hundredfold while suppressing his love for his family.
- Fatal Flaw: His alcoholism and his violent temper.
- Faux Affably Evil: After he finally snaps.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In spite of all of his virtues, Jack is a violent man who angers easily. Booze makes it worse, of course, but Jack has hurt people — once brutally, in the case of George Hatfield — even while stone-cold sober.
- Hate Sink: Unlike his literary counterpart, the film reimagines him as a self-centered, abusive father and husband. He views his wife as only being good enough to have his child, and he was also dismissive towards his son Danny. When the hotel starts to corrupt him, Jack destroys the radio to strand his family in the hotel before trying to kill them.
- In the Blood: Heavily implied, both Jack's temper and alcoholism comes from his father, and is inherited by Danny.
- It's All About Me: While not as bad as most examples, especially before the Overlook began working on him, Jack had an inclination for self-pity and thinking that the world was out to get him. The Overlook uses his inner resentment and feelings of entitlement to slowly unravel his mind and make him believe that if he killed his family he would become important in the hotels hierarchy.
- Kubrick Stare: Jack Nicholson's portrayal is a classic example, as he's quite prone to making these. He gives an especially unsettling one as he stares out the window.
- Legacy Character: In the second movie, his ghost appears to have become the new Lloyd, though it's left ambiguous if it is him or if the hotel has taken his form to taunt Danny.
- Large Ham: In the movie. Jack Nicholson's eyebrows deserve an Oscar category all their own.
- Loss of Identity: One interpretation of his ghosts appearance in the second movie is that the Overlook has stripped him of everything except his violence and alcoholism.
- Meaningful Name: His first and middle name is Jack Daniel and he's an alcoholic. The first drink he has in both the movie and miniseries is Jack Daniels.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Jack ostensibly takes the job because it will give him time to work on his writing; although the real reason is that his alcoholism and violent temper have cost him his previous job as a teacher.
- Never My Fault: Constantly refuses to take responsibility for his bad decisions, which is an absolute must for a recovering alcoholic.
- Parental Favoritism: Jack was his father's favorite, though he still beat him regularly. Jack still loved him as best he could, even when the rest of the family began to hate him.
- Parents as People: In the novel and miniseries. Jack is a violent alcoholic, but he does love his son and feels intense regret for his behaviour.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: In the film only, it's implied that Jack is a racist; he doesn't hesitate in parroting Grady's use of the n-word and is possibly even convinced to attack his family specifically because Danny called upon the black Halloran for aid. There's also his unprompted use of the phrase "White Man's Burden."
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Moreso in the book—he's not the sole viewpoint character but he is the main one, starting out a guilt-ridden man trying to straighten up his life and ending it a psychopath hell-bent on hurting the people he loves.
- Psychic Powers: Has a bit of "shining", albeit much weaker than Danny's, which the Overlook is able to use against him.
- The Resenter: What the hotel preys on to corrupt Jack, his resentment streak against what he perceives to be slights made against him (mostly imaginary or exaggerated). For example, in the novel, he resents his friend Al Shockley for what he feels is Al lording his wealth over him, despite the fact that all he's ever done is help Jack. This is likely delusions from his damaged mind struggling with alcoholism.
- Sanity Slippage: In the movie, he starts going from throwing a tennis ball around the hotel in boredom to just staring creepily out the window and losing his temper over the smallest things. In the book, it's represented by his drinking symptoms starting to resurface without the alcohol. In both cases, he begins to see more and more of the supernatural elements of the hotel as he falls under its thrall.
- Slasher Smile: Pick one.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Again, depending on interpretation of whether the hotel infects Jack with his madness or just amplifies what's already there.
- Tragic Villain: More so in the book, but still the case in both.
- Troubled Abuser: Jack's father was a violent Domestic Abuser, who also beat up his kids regularly. Jack himself also accidentally broke Danny's arm — while trying to spank him for misbehaving. Unlike his father, Jack loathes himself for what he did.
- Unreliable Narrator: See Never My Fault above. Jack sometimes straight-up lies, as when he spends about a page and a half insisting he did not set George Hatfield's timer incorrectly in order to create a reason to cut the kid from the debate team, and then later admits that he actually did. It is fairly clear from this, from the way he mocks George's stutter, and the later change in plot of his play (from "cruel headmaster persecutes bright student" to "unfairly maligned headmaster persecuted by monstrous teen"), that despite his insistence to the contrary, he did have a personal vendetta towards George.
- Weapon of Choice: A roque mallet (an axe in the movie).
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's portrayed sympathetically. His turn to crazed homicide is tragic AND terrifying.
- Your Cheating Heart: It was revealed in Doctor Sleep that Jack cheated on Wendy, presumably several times. Lucy is the result of this affair. In the film, he eagerly comes onto Lorraine Massey when she's in her attractive form, before she transforms into her "rotten ghoul" form, much to Jack's horror and disgust.
Winifred "Wendy" Torrance
Played by: Shelley Duvall (The Shining) & Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep)
- '"Well, let's just wait and see. We're all going to have a real good time."
- Abusive Parents: Not Wendy herself, but her own verbally- and emotionally-abusive mother. The thought of being forced to stay with her is what kept Wendy from divorcing Jack on the grounds of his alcoholism, as well as what eventually convinces her to stay at the Overlook in spite of her reservations.
- Action Survivor: She manages to survive everything the Overlook throws at her, including escaping with Danny in tow, though in the novel she's badly injured by Jack attacking her with a roque mallet.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Wendy is described as being conventionally attractive in the book, whereas in the film she's portrayed by Shelley Duvall, who is more waif-like and fragile-looking than her novel counterpart. This was a deliberate choice on Stanley Kubrick's part, as Wendy was supposed to be progressively beaten down over the course of the story, and he felt that casting a more plain-looking actress in the role made it easier to sell that part of the character as the story went on.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Wendy is blonde in the novel, but has black hair in the movie.
- Broken Bird: Wendy shows the beginnings of this early on in the film, likely due to Jack's alcoholism. By the end, she's been to hell and back, appearing on the verge of a mental breakdown.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: She has trouble lighting her cigarette while talking to the doctor after Danny's first vision.
- Daddy's Girl: In the book. She had a very close relationship with her father—her mother told her that this drove a wedge into their marriage as part of her emotional abuse.
- The Resenter: Downplayed, but there (novel only). She resents Jack and Danny's close relationship, often feeling left out, and feels enormously guilty over it because that's what her own mother felt about her and her father.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Wendy dies in the 35-year gap between The Shining and Doctor Sleep, contracting and subsequently succumbing to lung cancer at some point in the Nineties. Without her, Dan ends up spiraling into alcoholism just like Jack.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the film, she covers for Jack's abuse of Danny to the doctor and meekly accepts his tirades. After finally uncovering definitive proof of Jack's madness, she in short succession knocks him unconscious, locks him in the pantry, resists his guilt trips to let him out, and slashes his hand with a knife when he tries to break into to her hiding place.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Her reaction to the wave of blood and the man in a bear suit performing oral sex on another man.
- "Danny isn't here, Mrs. Torrance."
- Ambiguously Evil: At first it seems like half the time Tony is trying to get Danny is trouble by making him pass out and freak out Danny's parents, and doesn't explain Danny's visions properly. In the end, he helps Danny out, showing him to be good.
- The Faceless: Tony always appears shadowed, and Danny can never get close enough to see his face.
- For Your Own Good: In the movie Tony is reluctant to tell Danny just why he doesn't want to move into the Overlook. When Danny badgers him into telling, he ends up blacking out from terror.
- Future Badass: Tony turns out to be Danny when he's fifteen years old, or at least looks like him.
- Imaginary Friend: Danny's imaginary friend, who only shows up during his precognitive visions. 35 years later, he serves this very same role to Dan's niece, Abra.
The Overlook Hotel
Played by: The Timberline Lodge (films) and The Stanley Hotel (miniseries)
- "Good. I want you to like it here. I wish we could stay here forever... and ever... and ever."—Jack Torrance
- Animal Motif: In the novel only, wasps.
- Big Bad: It's the one causing all the problems, using Jack as The Heavy.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: When it fully possesses Jack, Danny recognizes it's no longer his father and stops being afraid of it. It also gets a lot more theatrical in its dialogue.
- Eldritch Location: The Overlook isn't merely a vessel for evil, but a sinister, sentient, borderline-Lovecraftian entity all to its own. In Doctor Sleep, it's revealed that the location is saturated with supernatural energy, which makes it a prime location for ghosts to manifest, but the cause is never revealed.
- For the Evulz: There doesn't seem to be any reason why it drives people insane and murders them, it just does.
- Genius Loci: The hotel isn't haunted by evil ghosts, the hotel is evil and creates the ghosts. Or it might be both. It's pretty vague, especially in the movie.
- Hate Sink: The hotel drives its inhabitants to murderous insanity ending with the deaths of the caretakers and their families. In the first film, it compels Jack Torrance into attempting to kill Danny and Wendy and in the sequel, possesses a grownup Danny to force him into going after Abra. When Danny regains control of his body, the Overlook feebly attempts to save itself from destruction by getting Danny to turn off the boiler.
- Hell Hotel: Played with. The Overlook seems to only show its true horrific nature when only a small group of people inhabit the place and especially if, at least, one of them has the "the shine". When the hotel is regularly populated by guests during its on-season, it seems to function normally with virtually no supernatural activity ever occurring with almost no one the wiser.
- Humanoid Abomination: Once it fully takes over Jack's body. It still looks like Jack's body, but can walk around with a knife in its back and its face doesn't clearly resemble anyone. That's when the story stops referring to Jack as Jack and starts referring to him as It.
- Indian Burial Ground: What the Overlook Hotel is built on top of. It's implied that this is most likely how the hotel became supernaturally active in-universe as a form of vengeance for the white man's intrusion. Some also view this as a layer of the film's allegory to Native American genocide.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After escaping its fate in Kubrick's take on the novel, the Overlook meets its demise in Doctor Sleep when Danny overloads the boiler causing it to explode.
- Logical Weakness: As a building, it can't affect people beyond its grounds. Unless it consumes Danny and gains his power...
- Mouth of Sauron: What the job of "caretaker" seems to entail, in the end.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Not only is it a malevolent murderous building, but also uses a lot of racist and sexist insults in its psychic assaults.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The hotel is still up by the end of Stanley Kubrick's movie and the film version of Doctor Sleep. Until Dan burns it down.
- Villainous Breakdown: It repossesses Danny as a feeble attempt of saving itself from destruction towards the end of Doctor Sleep.
Richard "Dick" Hallorann
Played by: Scatman Crothers (The Shining) & Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep)
- "Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."
- Abusive Parents: Was molested and abused by his monstrous grandfather Andy. His parents knew about it, but were too afraid to stop it, not to mention they hoped to inherit the old man's money.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the book. In the movie, this is subverted, as he gets killed by Jack almost the minute he arrives, but in either scenario his arrival is what allows Wendy and Danny to escape.
- Black Dude Dies First: Dies the first death of the film with an axe to the chest courtesy of Jack.
- Canon Immigrant: While most of Stephen King's novels are connected in some way, he shows up in a flashback of It, as a soldier that serves as a cook in a black nightclub. His shining, though not specifically mentioned, saves several people when the Legion of White Decency burns the place down.
- Cool Car: His prized Mercedes, a classic muscle car from the 1950s. He still has it in the prologue of Doctor Sleep, at which point it's nearly an antique.
- Cool Old Guy: Is already well into his 60's by the time the story starts.
- Death by Adaptation: Is killed by Jack in the film. In the book, he survives and lives to a ripe old age.
- Dirty Old Man: In the movie, he's about seventy, and has a couple of naked lady posters in his room.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Takes an ax in the chest in the movie.
- Magical Negro: Subverted. Danny's powers are his own, but befriending Dick helps him feel a little more confident about it.
- The Mentor: To Danny, first explaining the Shining to him and later helping him seal away the remaining malevolent spirits of the Overlook. Hallorann himself acknowledges this during the prologue of Doctor Sleep:"When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear."
- Nice Guy: He's very friendly towards the Overlook's employees and the Torrance family. He even comes all the way back to the Overlook in order to make sure they're alright.
- Passed in Their Sleep: Doctor Sleep reveals that Halloran died in his sleep from a heart attack in 1999.
- Posthumous Character: Manages to help out even after his death, briefly commandeering the body of one of Dan's patients to advise him on dealing with the True Knot.
- Psychic Powers: Same as Danny. They can communicate even without talking simply by thoughts.
- The Resenter: Like Wendy and Jack, Hallorann has a subtle resentful streak that the Overlook tries to exploit in a last-ditch effort to kill Wendy and Danny; in Halloran's case, it's his lingering resentment toward having spent his whole life being bossed around by white people.
- Spirit Advisor: Since Hallorann is already dead in this version, he teaches Danny how to seal the ghosts of the Overlook inside his mind this way.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies of old age in the three-and-a-half-decade gap between novels. But unlike Wendy, he gets to make a brief return as a spirit.
- Supreme Chef: Implied, despite his humble beginnings as an army cook, Dick has his pick of jobs at upscale resorts and restaurants in his old age, and switches between working in Florida and New England depending on the season.
Played by: Barry Nelson
- " I don't suppose they told you anything in Denver about the tragedy we had in the Winter of 1970."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the novel, Ullman is described as being short and pudgy. In both adaptations, he is portrayed by actors who are tall and trim.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Ullman in the film was more polite and less dickish than Ullman in the book. In the film, he states he wholeheartedly agrees with his bosses' recommendation to hire Jack, while in the book he makes it clear he wouldn't have hired Jack if the decision was left to him owing to Jack's past alcoholism.
- Adaptational Villainy: However, in the deleted ending, Ullman handing Jack's tennis ball to Danny implied that he was somehow involved with the supernatural forces in the hotel.
- Bad Boss: Played with, working under him sure as hell isn't fun, but it's not out of ego or sadism like this trope usually is, but because Watson is dedicated to running the Overlook smoothly at the cost of everything else.
- Invisible to Normals: Like Watson, Ullman either has no Shining at all, or it's so minuscule the Hotel can't affect him. It's ambiguous wether or not his attachment to the hotel is influenced by it's supernatural nature, but it's entirerly possible it's just a psychological attachment considering how much work he's put into running it, rather than the hotel itself making him obsessed like it does with Jack. At any rate, he can leave at the end of the season, even if he's not really happy to do so, as he hates the hotel he manages during the winter.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Mr. Ullman, the hotel manager, may be an "officious little prick," but he is quite right that hiring Jack Torrance, an abusive alcoholic, as the winter caretaker is a bad idea.
- For all Jack's loathing of him, Ullman is very good at his job, including cleaning up the messes and keeping the hotel in the black.
- The Napoleon: Very much subverted. Ullman is a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist. He is actually a decent enough man who deeply loves the hotel and wants to do what is best for it. He knows that his employees don't like him, and doesn't care, because he feels that "one has to be a bit of a bastard" in order to effectively manage a world-class resort hotel. Considering that he is the only manager in the 70-year history of the hotel to run the hotel profitably, he's probably right.
- Pet the Dog: He treats Jack like crap, and isn't any nicer to his other employees, but he's perfectly cordial to Wendy, and even nicer to Danny.
Played by: Phillip Stone
- "Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don't mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches and tried to burn it down. But I "corrected" them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I "corrected" her."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Philip Stone is considerably neater and more pleasant-looking than the thuggish, almost troll-like Grady described in the novel.
- The Alcoholic: Like Jack, Grady was a heavy drinker. Ullman reveals that he'd brought a large supply of cheap whiskey with him to the hotel, and was apparently drunk off his ass when he killed his family
- Creepy Monotone: "My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches and tried to burn it down. But I corrected them, sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I corrected her."
- Driven to Suicide: After killing his family he put a shotgun in his mouth.
- Evil Brit: Yup!
- Family Annihilator: He killed his wife and children. Not content just with that, Grady follows up by attempting, from beyond the grave, to talk Jack into murdering his own family.
- Faux Affably Evil: Incredibly polite, charming, and personable. All in spite of brutally murdering his entire family and then killing himself. He drops the act when he convinces Jack to kill his family.
- The Jeeves: Starts off as this. Then his identity is revealed.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He is a vile racist and misogynist because being a murderer apparently wasn't evil enough.
Played by: Brian V. Towns (The Shining), Hugh Maguire (Doctor Sleep)
- Always a Bigger Fish: The True Knot might be powerful psychics, but they are still of this world. Derwent... is not.
- Demoted to Extra: He and Roger appear for one scene in the movie with no explanation of who they are.
- Depraved Bisexual: Shown in his relationship with the besotted, dog-costumed Roger, to whom he's verbally and emotionally abusive.
- Enemy Mine: Just as evil and cruel as he's always been, but Danny has nothing against using him against a much worse foe.
- The Ghost: While the Overlook has many ghosts, Jack is obsessed with Derwent and considering writing a book. Part of his way of taunting Ullmann is to ask if Derwent is somehow still involved with the Overlook.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Thanks to his almost ubiquitous involvement with, and influence in, the Overlook's history - as well as the fact that he's the only spirit still alive in Dan's memory by the end of Doctor Sleep - Derwent is the closest thing the Overlook has to a central, antagonistic form.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:/Expy: Of reclusive multi-millionaire Howard Hughes.
- Posthumous Character: Is dead by the time the story takes place, leaving his ghost an inhabitant of the Hotel, despite having died nowhere near it. Strangely, the exact circumstances of his death are never mentioned and no one seems to know exactly what happened to him. Jack even viciously asks Ullman if Derwent is still somehow involved in the hotel.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Reportedly had ties to the mob, and one of the Overlook's iterations included his ex-wife (possibly) running a brothel out of the place.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: "Survived" the destruction of the Overlook, only to be imprisoned in the mind of a now 12-year-old Danny. He remains there for decades, only to be released by Danny during the final battle against the True Knot.
- Shout-Out: His Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Sarey:Derwent: Great party, isn't it?
Lorraine Massey, the Woman in 217
Played by: Lia Beldam (young) & Billie Gibson (old) (The Shining), Sallye Hooks (Doctor Sleep)
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the novel, she's old and described as both fat and ugly even before she killed herself. In the movie and miniseries, she's quite attractive before switching to her "rotten ghoul" form. Although given that her "rotten ghoul" form also looks considerably older than the attractive appearance she initially appears in, it is possible the attractive form was just a disguise to lure Jack closer.
- Adaptation Name Change: Not to her, but rather her room number, in the novel it's 217 while in the film makes it 237. Supposedly, this was because the Timberline Lodge which provided the Overlook's exterior, didn't want to frighten guests away from room 217 or the hotel at all and instead set it with a non-existent room 237. Funny enough though, because of the movie's popularity, "room 237" actually became the most requested room at the Lodge.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The second movie ends with her appearing in Abra's bath and Abra confidently walking in and closing the door. Implying she's going to trap her in a mental box like Danny did.
- Dirty Old Woman: In the novel, she was roughly 60 years old, yet had an affair with a 17-year old boy.
- Driven to Suicide: Killed herself after her underage lover finally gets sick of her and abandons her.
- Dual Age Modes: Lures Jack by appearing as a young, attractive woman before turning into an old, laughing crone.
- Ms. Fanservice: Subverted in an infamous scene of the film (pictured). When Jack investigates room 237 after hearing Danny was attacked by the occupant, he finds a beautiful, nude woman in the bathroom. After making out with her, he's shown her true form as an old, decrepit, cackling, corpse.
- No Name Given: In the film, her name is never revealed and she's only ever referred to as "The Woman in room 237". In the book and miniseries, her name is given as Lorraine Massey.
- Really Gets Around. Implied.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Like Derwent, she reappears in Doctor Sleep. Unlike Derwent, Danny permanently seals her away, effectively killing her.
- Would Hurt a Child: She attacks Danny and tries to strangle him.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's revealed in the novel that prior to her death, she was married. Though that didn't stop her from seducing other men.
Lloyd, the Bartender
Played by: Joe Turkel (The Shining) & Henry Thomas (Doctor Sleep)
- "I like you, Lloyd. I always liked you. You were always the best of them. Best goddamned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine. Or Portland, Oregon, for that matter."—Jack Torrance
- Affably Evil: Courteous to Jack upon meeting him though he's still part of the hotel's malevolent, supernatural force.
- The Bartender: Self-explanatory. This role is his entire existence.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Somewhat soft-spoken, but is likely someone mortals shouldn't mess with.
- Legacy Character: Jack takes his job in the second movie.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Is a rather eerie figure.
- The Voiceless: Early in the novel. It's of the most unsettling things about him - Lloyd has no dialogue in response to Jack in an early appearance, only sentences that imply Lloyd is responding somehow.
Watson, The Caretaker
Played By: Barry Dennen
- "Keep an eye on the pressure, or mark my words, you and your family will wake up on the fucking moon..."
- Almighty Janitor: Downplayed, he knows just about everything about the workings of the hotel, including how to handle the aging equipment, but since he doesn't have any Shine, he doesn't even believe in the supernatural nature of the building, much less know anything useful about it.
- Demoted to Extra: His role is a bit smaller in the Kubrick version, he still gives Jack the rundown of the hotel, but most of the exposition is cut.
- Invisible to Normals: Like Ullman, Watson doesn't have any Shine potential, and thus, the hotel has no power over him. As a result, he considers the ghostly stories about the Overlook to be nonsense since he's worked there most of his life without so much as a cold breeze.
- Mr. Exposition: As the regular caretaker, he's the one who explains to Jack about the history of the hotel and its inner workings.
- Noble Bigot: He's hard-working and nice enough for the most part, but doesn't think much of homosexuals, not exactly a rare opinion in 1979.
- Riches to Rags: Not him personally, but his grandfather was the original builder of the hotel, and sunk the entire family fortune into the project, ruining him. The family was kept on as caretakers after the hotel was sold, and both they and Watson himself has worked at the hotel through dozens of owners.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He has quite a filthy mouth. When Al Shockley can't remember Watson's name, he refers to Watson as "that guy who swears all the time".
The Stone Family
Abra Rafaella Stone
Played By: Kyleigh Curran
- Astral Projection: Is capable of this near the end.
- Child Prodigy: Can be described as when it comes to the "Shine." She's far more powerful than Dan or any other psychic seen, her powers thus making her a prime target for the True Knot especially since they've not encountered someone like her in a very long time.note
- Deuteragonist: For Doctor Sleep.
- Fangirl: In the movie, she has several RWBY posters on the walls of her room and an Emerald Sustrai figurine by her bed. And when Rose tries to invade her mind, she projects herself with Emerald's hair.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: A trait she shares with Jack and Dan, her grandfather and uncle respectively. It comes out during the main stretch of the novel, as Abra deals more and more with the murderous True Knot, and keeps getting worse as she gets older.
- Little Miss Badass: Abra is host to perhaps the most powerful Shining in history, dwarfing Dick Hallorann's powers and even making Dan look pretty unimpressive. The epilogue of Doctor Sleep - which takes place three years after the events of the story proper - discloses that, even at fifteen years old, Abra still hasn't reached her full power as a Shiner.
- Macguffin Super Person: The True Knot need her to keep from dying out.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: She takes great pleasure in hurting and killing the True Knot. Given that they're a bunch of child-killing vampires, they really have it coming.
- Psychic Powers: Has the most powerful shining ever seen.
- Race Lift: Abra is a white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes in the book, but she's black (albeit mixed-race) in the movie. Consequently, her father Dave is also black in the film while he was white in the book.
- Psychometry: Touching the baseball glove helps her shine the location of the True Knot.
- Student and Master Team: With Dan.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: No longer the niece of Dan and granddaughter of Jack in the film, she still calls Dan "Uncle Dan" out of affection and as a Mythology Gag.
Lucia "Lucy" Stone
Played by: Jocelin Donahue
- Mama Bear: Ferociously protective of Abra, as one would expect from any great mother, and brooks no nonsense at all when it comes to her daughter's safety.
Played by: Zachary Mohmoh
- Death by Adaptation: Crow Daddy stabs him in the heart in the movie.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When he learns about the cult of child-murdering vampires that have targeted his daughter, he responds by pouring himself a couple of glasses of scotch.
- Papa Wolf: Will do anything to protect his daughter, including gunning down monstrous cannibals like the True Knot.
- Race Lift: White in the book, black in the movie, just like his daughter.
- Supernatural-Proof Father: Zig-zagged. He is willing to admit his daughter's Psychic Powers when confronted to the evidence. Yet he'd rather consider the possibility of an earthshake in New Hampshire than a telekinetic manifestation of Abra's power.
- Cool Old Lady: A poet, philosopher, and razor-sharp wit right up into her late nineties.
- Deadpan Snarker: Concetta is a great sharp-tongued granny for the ages, as her grandson-in-law repeatedly experiences.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Like Jack, the recently-passed ghost of Concetta plays a vital role in destroying the True Knot.
- Never Mess with Granny: Through Dan, Concetta passes her cancerous, terminal steam on to the True Knot, killing nearly all of them in one fell swoop and permanently preventing them from ever harming Abra.
The True Knot
- Big Bad Wannabe: What the True Knot ultimately are, especially in the film version: a bunch of thoroughly depraved assholes that have a hard time doing anything beyond preying on defenseless children. And they never, ever stop boasting how great they are, even while being handled. Becomes especially so when Danny lures Rose to the Overlook Hotel and unlocks the hotel spirits he kept locked in his mind, and she is hopelessly outclassed and dead in seconds.
- Devoured by the Horde: They befall their prey like zombies. A prime example is them jumping Grampa Flick after he dies.
- Emotion Eater: They devour feelings along with steam, with fear and pain particularly flavouring the steam.
- Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: They call themselves the True Knot because they're "knotted together" like a family, and indeed, they show a great deal of kindness and compassion towards each other (just not anyone else). But they also see nothing wrong with devouring whatever steam is left once one of them dies.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: While they may be a nasty bunch of semi-immortal child murderers, they're mostly thoroughly outmatched by Abra and her adult protectors when push comes to shove. Partially lampshaded and partially justified by more than one character noting that their usual targets are unsuspecting children.
- Hate Sink: They are a clan of sadistic quasi-immortal beings responsible for several homicides. However, of them all, two stand out as especially deplorable:
- Barry the Chunk lures a young boy named Bradley by offering him a ride only to sadistically mock him when he and the other True Knot torture him to death for his Steam.
- Snakebite Andi, a "pusher," joins the True Knot of her own volition after making a habit out of leaving markings on those she compels with her voice. Despite despising people who harm children, she joins understanding it entails torturing children to consume their Steam. Before succumbing to her wounds, she forces Billy into killing himself out of spite. This act nearly drives Danny into drinking again.
- Humanoid Abomination: Their true forms having jaws with a single tusk inside. Walnut also hypothesizes about their condition, believing them to still have DNA but to have a changed nervous system, the latter of which causes the True to react badly to flying.
- Immortality Hurts: Steam may make them live forever, but if they get killed, they "cycle" which is basically fading in and out of existence several times before disappearing, and feeling it all.
- Informed Attribute: Dan counters the suggestion of calling the authorities to deal with the True Knot by saying that they are rich and connected, while not caring much about authorities. Crow Daddy makes a reference to an asset in the NSA getting him the knockout drug, but otherwise they display none of their alleged resources over the course of the movie.
- Karmic Death: They survived for so long by consuming children who could not fight back. So its only appropriate when they contract the measles from one of their meals and are then picked off by a child and her family who they severely underestimated.
- Life Drinker: But only of people with the shining. They hunt down children with it as adults lose power and flavour, but they also spectate disasters such as 9/11 to drink in the essence of any shiners that may have lost their lives (and the pain of others).
- Meaningful Rename: Each member of the True Knot takes on a new name typically based on some part of either their personality or physical appearance after joining (i.e., "Rose the Hat" and "Snakebite Andi").
- No Body Left Behind: Their bodies dissolve into steam and only leave behind Empty Piles of Clothing, which is very convenient when you've got to kill them.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The True Knot are basically psychic vampires, being former humans that feed off of the Shine of psychic humans so as to stay eternally young along with enhancing their own Psychic Powers. Abra even calls Rose a vampire at one point.
- Proportional Aging: So long as they feed regularly, the members of the True Knot live for an extraordinarily long time. However, they do still age, if at a far slower pace than normal people. From Rose's pitch to Andi before turning her, it can be inferred that they roughly age 1 year for every 50 chronological ones, as she tells the 15-year-old Andi that in a century she will "maybe" be 17.
- Really 700 Years Old: Excluding Snakebite Andi (who only joined in 2011), all of the True Knot are several hundred years old. Special mention must be given to Grampa Flick, who's old enough to remember Europeans first discovering the New World and is even implied to have fed on Roman emperors.
- Revenant Zombie: Outwardly appear to be regular Humans, but joining the True Knott turns them into undead who retain all of their personality and who need "Steam" for their long life.
- Smug Snake: They treat everyone other than them with contempt, refusing to refer to normal people as anything other than "rubes". But as Abra points out, they're nothing more than arrogant vultures who hunt down children. As such they massively underestimate Abra's intelligence, resourcefulness and potential allies.
- Vampires Are Rich: The True Knot are quasi-vampires who feed on a person's magic and are said to be vastly rich.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Most look like late middle-aged to elderly tourists.
- Vampiric Draining: They extend their lives by sucking the life force out of innocent people.
- Was Once a Man: They used to be normal people once, and although they can look normal, their distorted forms when feeding show that their humanity is long gone.
- Would Hurt a Child: They specifically hunt down children with psychic powers (which they call "Steam") because their power is much tastier to them. Moreover, fear and pain purify the taste so they take joy in torturing them and sucking their soul dry before leaving their corpses in shallow graves.
Rose the Hat (Rose O'Hara)
Played By: Rebecca Ferguson
- Arch-Enemy: Of Danny Torrance and Abra.
- Asshole Victim: Her death in both the novel and the film is extremely satisfying.
- Berserk Button: Don't damage her hat. Just don't. And don't ever call her a coward.
- Big Bad: Of Doctor Sleep, both book and movie.
- Compelling Voice: She can use her voice to force people to obey her, shown by Snakebite Andi and Bradley.
- Creepy Souvenir: Many of Rose's accessories are trinkets from various children she has killed, including bracelets, hairbands, toys, and even a bicycle chain (woven into her hair).
- Depraved Bisexual: Played with. She's evil and she's bisexual while engaging in a twin-gendered polyamorous romance, but her genuine care for her romantic partners is her largest redeeming quality.
- The Determinator: Once she has her mindset on getting her hands on Abra, nobody can talk her out of it, and anything Abra and Dan do to stop her only makes her more determined.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Rose is the main villain of the movie until the last 15 minutes when she is killed by the Overlook Hotel, which becomes the final antagonist in the film.
- Disney Villain Death: In the book, Dan, Abra, and the ghost of Jack combine their powers to push her off an observation tower, snapping her neck when she hits the ground.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Tends to go around barefoot for a duration of her screen time. The only moments where she doesn't are when she goes shopping at a grocery store and is lured to the Overlook Hotel.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only good thing you can say about her is that she truly cares about the True Knot. When Dan and Billy kill them, she doesn't take it well.
- Fighting Irish: It's mentioned she was an Irish immigrant around the time of the Wild West.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the movie, her storing up on the Shining she had taken from children ends up being her undoing in the movie, as Dan manages to lure her to the Overlook Hotel and then unleashes all the ghosts he'd trapped in his mind on her.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Is implied to be Romani, given that Dick says that her kind is "always on the lam," used to ride camels in the desert (referencing their descent from India), and later rode caravans in Eastern Europe. Rose wears a top hat and a lot of jewelry, which is true to typical representations of Romani in Western media. And of course, being played by Rebecca Ferguson, she's beautiful, as she herself brags about.
- Karmic Death: Rose has spent hundreds of years feeding on children who couldnt fight back just to live longer and feeling like she is above regular humans. In the movie, she ends up being eaten by the ghosts of the Overlook that make her and the True Knot seem like children. In an extra bit of irony, they consume her the same way she and the True Knot did with the baseball boy.
- More Than Mind Control: She can do the straight version, but has an insidious way of sniffing out and targeting multiple characters' weaknesses and fears.
- A Mother to Her Men: Her only redeeming feature is her loyalty to her minions.
- Ms. Fanservice: Explicitly described as the most beautiful woman most people have ever met, and she knows it. Of course, Beauty Is Bad; she likely got that way because of how much steam she's eaten.
- Nice Hat: Wears a nice pork pie hat that she almost never takes off. It's even the last part of her to remain after the ghosts of the Overlook devour her.
- One-Winged Angel: After the rest of the True Knot have been killed, Rose consumes all of their remaining supply of Shining, giving her more than enough power to take on both Danny and Abra. Of course, this also ends up backfiring BIG TIME, as all that Shining just makes Rose all the more appetizing to the residents of the Overlook.
- Vain Sorceress: Her personality, especially as far as Abra is concerned, has shades of this.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has several over the course of the book, the biggest being when Crow is killed.
Crow Daddy (Henry Rothman)
Played By: Zahn McClarnon
- Amoral Attorney: He was a lawyer prior to becoming a member of the True Knot.
- Asshole Victim
- Ate His Gun: But not by choice.
- The Dragon: For Rose.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the movie. Crow Daddys arrogance in his own immortality causes him to pick up the habit of not buckling himself in while driving. Dan, while possessing Abra, takes full advantage of this by crashing the car and sending him through the window.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Rose, who trusts him completely and relies on him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Abra manages to trick him into crashing the van into a tree and impale himself to death, as revenge for his murder of her father.
- Ivy League for Everyone: He's a Harvard-educated lawyer, class of '38.
- Number Two: Explicitly described as this.
- Mouth of Sauron: One of his most important jobs is negotiating for the True Knot, representing them in deals with 'rubes'.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In the movie, Dan possesses Abra and forces him to crash his car, killing him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When negotiating for the True Knot.
Snakebite Andi (Andrea Steiner)
Played By: Emily Alyn Lind
- Adaptational Villainy: In the movie, Andy is not shown to have been sexually abused by her pedophile father. This makes her far less sympathetic than her book counterpart, and makes her acts against men who try to date her seem like the cruel vendetta of a teenage runaway without a cause. Then again, her dates are still pedophiles who wanted to sleep with a girl whos fifteen.
- Abusive Parents: Andi's father was a repulsive pedophile who began raping her when she was only eight. The abuse continued until she put a knitting needle through his eye-socket, after using it on his testicles.
- Asshole Victim
- Compelling Voice: Her power in a nutshell. She can influence anyone with her voice, for instance, tell them they feel sleepy to put them to sleep, give them orders while asleep, or even order Billy to kill himself. The ability is common enough for the True Knot to have a term for it: "pusher".
- Decoy Protagonist: The first few scenes make it looks like the story is gonna revolve around her but becomes a side character after being turned.
- Does Not Like Men: She's generally distrustful of all men, assuming them to be rapist monsters due to how horribly she was abused by her own father.
- Dying Smirk: She cackles psychotically after forcing Billy to kill himself while she disintegrates to death.
- Eye Scream: How she killed her father.
- Forced Sleep: Her special power.
- Freudian Excuse: After being raped by her father multiple times from the age of eight, she has a hatred for men.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Andi" is typically a male name.
- Groin Attack: She used a knitting needle on her rapist father's balls, before putting the same needle through his left eye.
- Hate Sink: She joins the True Knot of her own volition after making a habit out of leaving markings on those she compels with her voice. Despite despising people who harm children, she joins understanding it entails torturing children to consume their steam. Before succumbing to her wounds, she forces Billy into killing himself out of spite. This act nearly drives Danny into drinking again.
- Was raped and abused by her father as a child, something that traumatized her to the point where during her death she called Dan "Daddy". Yet as soon as she joined the True Knot, she has no qualms against torturing and eating children.
- She claims that the True Knot have no choice over what they do, and are only following their nature. This ignores that all members of the True Knot do actually have to choose to join.
- Psycho Lesbian:
- Subverted. She is a vicious, paranoid misandrist who likes the ladies, but before she was a True Knot, she wasn't actually a killer, just a thief who had a tendency to humiliate the men she conned. Discovering her sexuality with Rose, of all people, actually caused her to become a little less ruthless and distrusting (though of course, she's now a willing accomplice to child murder for the sake of her eternal life-so take with a grain of salt).
- Similarly to Rose, her genuine love for Silent Sarey is arguably her most redeeming quality.
- Rape as Backstory: By her father, as a child.
- Taking You with Me: In the movie, as one last act of spite, she forces Billy to kill himself.
- Villainous Breakdown: Her last moments involve her laughing like a lunatic after forcing Billy to kill himself.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the book, she was sexually abused by her pedophile father, feeding into her current psychosis.
- The Smart Guy: He's the True Knot's accountant.
Barry the Chink (Barry Smith)
Played by: Robert Longstreet
- Adaptation Name Change: His name is changed to "Barry the Chunk" in the film adaptation perhaps regarding how he is out of shape.
- Hate Sink: He lures a young boy named Bradley by offering him a ride only to sadistically mock him when he and the other True Knot torture him to death for his steam.
- Non-Indicative Name: He's not actually Chinese, as the (rather offensive) title implies; he's a Caucasian with slightly slanted eyes.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Gives every indication he thought of his nickname himself.
Walnut (Peter Wallis)
- The Medic: He serves as the True Knot's resident doctor.
Grampa Flick (Jonas Flick)
Played By: Carel Struycken
- Alas, Poor Villain: Just before dying, he freely admits to Rose that he's scared to go.
- Elderly Immortal: Looks very old physically. Even after taking steam, his hair is iron grey.
- The Older Immortal: Oldest of the True Knot. It's mentioned that he remembers when Europeans worshiped trees.
- Old Soldier: His cover when among rubes is an old veteran, and he keeps updating which war he fought in as time goes by. He's a military history buff, so he can play the part fairly convincingly.
- Killed Off for Real: The first of the True Knot to die.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
Dr John Dalton
Played by: Bruce Greenwood
The Stones' family doctor and Dan's closest friend.
- Recovered Addict: He is member of the AA.
Played by: Cliff Curtis
The aging town maintenance man in Frazier, who works in Teeny Town running the train.
- Ate His Gun: In the movie, Andi forces him to commit suicide this way.
- Badass Normal: Billy's marksmanship proves more than adequate to take on the advanced psychics in the True Knot in a gunfight.
- Big Damn Heroes: He shoots Andi just before she tries to kill Danny.
- Death by Adaptation: Andi forces him to kill himself with her powers in the movie.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In the movie, Andi uses her shine to compel him to kill himself when he gets too close to her as she's dying.
- Stress Vomit: When he and Dan discover Bradley's corpse, he pukes his guts out.
Frazier's municipal works supervisor.