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Characters of the TV show and Video game Nightmare Ned.

Main Characters

Needlemeyer Family

Ned Needlemeyer

 Voiced by Courtland Mead

The main character of both the Nightmare Ned video game and TV show. He is a bald-headed, glasses-wearing, 10-year-old boy who has a hyperactive imagination, using it to deal with his fears, troubles, and anxieties through dark and quirky nightmares. He lives with his mother, his father, and baby sister. He also has a grandfather named Ted Needlemeyer, but he has only appeared in the video game.

Ed Needlemeyer

 Voiced by Brad Garrett in the TV series

Although he tries to comprehend Ned's nightmare dilemmas, it does not occurs often, as he is constantly confused by them. In the video game, he is only a supporting character and does not speak a single line during the game's course, but plays a bigger role in the TV series.

  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: In the final episode, Ned's dad says this when he comes home from work. This is immediately subverted in that nothing sinister is going on at all.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Ned freaks out over losing his tooth, despite the fact he's lost every other one of his baby teeth.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In the opening to the very last episode, Ned's dad seems to think he's in some kind of mystery or suspense show. This is quickly dropped when the focus shifts to Ned.
  • Determinator: As his dream-world counterpart--Captain Dad--in the Willie Trout episode.

Mrs. Needlemeyer

 Voiced by Victoria Jackson in the TV series

Voiced by Lani Minella in the video game

Sensitive and caring, she seems to understand Ned more than his father.

Amy Needlemeyer


Conrad and Vernon

 Voiced by Kevin West (Conrad), Dan Castellaneta (Vernon)

Video Game characters


Graveyard Shadow/Ted Needlemeyer

 "Time to bury all your [twirls scythe] troubles, Ned!"

 Voiced by Harry Anderson

  • Big Bad: Being the oldest and with an appearance reminiscent of Death itself, The Graveyard Shadow is widely considered as the main villain of the game.
  • Chekhov's Pun/ Foreshadowing (Literally!): At the start of the game, the Graveyard Shadow tells Ned "I'm just dying for you to visit!" When the Shadow's true identity is revealed, he is shown to be Ned's grandfather, Ted, who tells him that he's been wanting to spend some time with him.
  • The Grim Reaper
  • Implied Death Threat: The Graveyard Shadow's opening line.
  • Nice Hat
  • The Idealist: As Ted Needlemeyer.

Medical Shadow/Dr. Klutzchnik

 Voiced by Alexandra Wentworth

School Shadow/Billy Blatfield

 "Hey, Ned! I'm gonna teach you a lesson."

 Voiced by Jeff Cesario

  • Bully
    • Subverted when it turns out he only wanted to be Ned's friend, but was too ashamed of telling him.
  • I Shall Taunt You/ Trash Talk: "Hey, everyone! It's 'Make Fun of Ned Day', also known as 'Melonhead Day'! HAHAHAHAHA!"
    • In addition, almost everything said from the School Shadow to Ned is either a taunt or a threat.
      • It should also be noted that the true identity of the Shadow takes a large effect on the reason for its excessive taunting.
  • Jerkass

Bathroom Shadow

 "I have a hakerin'... for a Ned sandwich."

Attic, Basement, and Beyond Shadow/Sally

 "[first head] Terrible... [second head] Hideous... [both] Surprises!"

 Voiced by Jill Fischer

Nightmare dwellers

Grave digger

Clogging Trio


 Voiced by Edie McClurg

Madame Leota

 "A rolling stone gathers no moss...Sorry, wrong dream!"

  • Fan Nickname
  • Fortune Teller: The accented, mechanical gypsy-esque woman with who tries to tell Ned how to get out from the room.
    • Subverted by the fact most of her hints are either terrible or just lame puns.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: At one point, after getting frustrated with him and tells him she's "got a break coming up!"

Human Pack-Mule

Attic, Basement and Beyond clan

  • Dysfunctional Family
    • It is hinted that Strange and True may possible relatives to Mrs. Salt and Glution due to the fact they have portraits around each other in the main hall.
      • Something else very interesting to note is that Ned's mother has a portrait next to theirs, as well, hinting furthermore that she may have been Sally the little girl.

The "Amazing Twins!" aka, Strange and True

Mrs. Salt

  • Berserk Button: SALT.
  • Laughing Mad
  • Split Personality/ Mood Swinger: At first, she is seen as jittery, anxious, and nervous, but next moment, after she gets her salt, she turns wild; grunting and hollering, gleefully tossing the salt around, and coveting it with a madman's grin.


Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

Snake Dogs

  • Rule of Three
  • The Reveal: First appear to be incredibly long snakes, but later turn out to be three, orange and black, hungry, mexican-style dogs.
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