- For the SyFy remake's version of Ghosts, see Ghost (Syfy)
Ghosts (classified Type 1) are post-Human supernatural beings, who are the disembodied souls of once-living Humans; having remained on the physical plane after they died due to failure to resolve certain circumstances when they were alive.
Once the issue keeping a Ghost from crossing over has been resolved, a Door to Purgatory will appear for the Ghost to pass through. If a Ghost refuses to pass on, The Men with Sticks and Rope will attempt to bring the Ghost to the Other Side by force.
Ghosts are created when a person dies before they can resolve certain issues in their lives. It seems that Ghosts appear immediately upon the death of the person. (All God's Children) The Ghost will wear the same clothes and the same body in which they died. Ghosts are also in possession of a secret, known only to the dead and the immortal, which would send a living Human insane if they heard it.
A Ghost will only be allowed pass on if and when they overcome the issue that is keeping them on earth. This issue can be anything, and it would appear that the issue that a Ghost must resolve can be changed over time; as Annie Sawyer's unfinished business was initially taking revenge on Owen Norayan, (Where The Wild Things Are) but it later changed to fulfilling The War Child after she returned to the physical plane. (The War Child)
Passing on is kept unspecific, but when the Ghost is ready, a Door to Purgatory will appear to them for them to step through to the Other Side. The appearance of what is behind the door seems to differ depending on the person.
Ghosts can teleport over long distances at will. They usually seem to do this only in extreme circumstances; for instance, the Ghost of Annie Sawyer teleported when she was frightened of George Sands' transformation. (Series 1, Becoming Human) If and when a Ghost solves their unfinished business and then refuses to cross over, they can teleport at will, (Series 2 onwards) but cannot take living beings with them (although Vampires can travel this way with them as they are undead). (The War Child)
It is possible for Ghosts to pass through solid objects, although this is rarely seen. It is believed to be unpleasant and/or uncomfortable for a Ghost to phase through solid matter, (Becoming Human) and it apparently requires concentration. (The Last Broadcast)
Ghosts are unable to physicaly harmed and cannot age beyond their death. However, it is possible for ghosts to interact with objects within the physical world, and they can still be destroyed by some means.
Ghosts are capable of telekinetically moving people and objects, though they usually seem to only learn this through experience and/or tutoring from another Ghost.
Also, when a Ghost becomes emotionally angry, vulnerable or unstable, it can cause objects around them to move on their own, and electronic devices to activate, overload, and/or go haywire.
Ghosts can always be seen by other supernatural beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, Succubi and the Devil, but are usually invisible to Humans. However, if and after a Ghost turns down their Door, they can become visible to Humans (but will become invisible again depending on their emotional state). The Ghost of Annie Sawyer also became visible to Owen Norayan after discovering that he was the one who killed her, (Where The Wild Things Are) and even when invisible to Humans, Ghosts can still sometimes be glimpsed and give an area a bad vibe. Ghosts can also 'swaddle' objects and living beings; when a Ghost wraps their clothing around a living creature, it will shield that being from view. (Being Human 1955 onwards)
Highly experienced Ghosts such as Lady Mary have been shown to be able to read other Humans' thoughts and experience pleasures and sensations these Humans are feeling, through touching said Humans on the head. (Pie and Prejudice)
Ghosts seem to be able to change their eye colour, and do not need energy to function, so cannot eat or drink. Ghosts may also be able to feel the emotions and senses of others by feeling or touching their bodies. Some Ghosts, such as Sykes and Annie Sawyer, may be trained to read the aura of others, whether alive or dead, allowing them to feel what the living feel - essentially allowing them to taste food even if they cannot eat themselves - or determine the health of others. A Ghost's abilities will fluctuate to match their mood and mental state; when Annie learned Owen Norayan's hand in her murder, her powers became stronger and more violent. John Mitchell warned her that unless she calmed down she would turn into a Poltergeist.
To those who can see them, ghosts always appear wearing the clothes they were wearing when they died, which they cannot change. However, the clothes can subtly alter according to requirements or the mood of the Ghost - Annie's basic outfit was seen to grow larger to accommodate 'swaddling' or if she felt in need of comfort, or occasionally shrink if she wanted to appear more attractive. In addition to the clothes he died in, Gilbert also had a cigarette behind his ear, which he could actually smoke.
Emotions and mental stateEdit
A Ghost's abilities fluctuate with their emotions. When a Ghost is feeling vulnerable or scared, they become invisible to Humans. However, at times when they are completely accepting of their condition as a Ghost, they can be seen. Annie Sawyer was visible to non-supernaturals after turning down her Door, until she learned of Hugh's romantic feelings for her. (Serve God, Love Me and Mend) Annie was also initially invisible to Owen Norayan due to her longing for him, but she became visible to him after she severed all emotional ties with Owen. (Where The Wild Things Are)
Ghosts can also become dark and vengeful towards people who were involved in their deaths or unfinished business. (Where The Wild Things Are, The Trinity) It is also known that if and when a Ghost spends a great enough length of time on the physical plane and becomes bored and begins engaging in dark behaviour and activities, that Ghost will develop a more vulgar and perverted personality. (Pie and Prejudice)
Although it is difficult, there are some methods of destroying Ghosts. For example, more powerful Ghosts can destroy weaker ones, (A Spectre Calls) and the Men with Sticks and Rope seem to be able to suck Ghosts of their energy. (Sticks and Rope) The Supernatural Trinity blood ritual which can destroy the Devil also causes the Ghost participant to disperse and destroys them, unless the Devil is destroyed first after the ritual is completed. (The Trinity, The Last Broadcast)
It is believed that as Ghosts' condition originates from the Devil, destroying him will cause Ghosts to become living Humans again; however, the only example of this was a virtual dream reality. (The Last Broadcast)
Little is known about Ghosts' general attitude towards Vampires, but it is known that Vampires themselves have some awe and fascination towards Ghosts.
Ghosts are known to fear the forces of the Other Side such as the Men with Sticks and Rope.
- Annie Sawyer (died in 2007; crossed over)
- Sykes (died in WWII)
- Gilbert (died in 1985; crossed over)
- Kathleen (died circa 2008)
- Rufus (died circa 2008)
- Amy McBride
- Matt Bolton (died in 2011)
- Cathy Duffin (died in March, 2005)
- Alternate Eve Sands (died in 2037; erased from time)
- George Sands (died in 2012; crossed over)
- Alfie Kirby (died in 1975; destroyed)
- Pearl (died in 1950s; crossed over)
- Leo (died in 2012; crossed over)
- Alex Millar (died in 2012)
- Eve Sands (died in 2012; crossed over)
- Oliver Fitzwilliam Pryor (died in 1800s; crossed over)
- Albert Fitzwilliam Pryor (died in 1800s; crossed over)
- Lady Mary (died circa 1760s)
- Emil Parsons (destroyed)
- Emrys (died in 2012; crossed over)
- Lia Shaman (died in 2010 - 2011; crossed over)
- Saul (crossed over)
- Natasha (died in 2012 - 2013; crossed over)