The community of tunnel dwellers is fascinating: we all fantasize about
it, don't we? We are very familiar with those we were introduced to in
the episodes, but what about the others? Those we've just seen in the
background, or the ones we haven't seen at all, but we
know are there, living in a chamber maybe close to
Now we are asking you to invent new characters living Below, to
populate the Tunnels and to interact with Mouse and William, Pascal and
Jamie, Father, Vincent, Mary....
You can either just describe a character you create from scratch,
or give a name and a life to a face you have seen in the episodes,
Or you could draw a new character
and put some words of description with it.
Below are some screencaps to show how many people are waiting for us to
highlight them, but many more can be seen in the scenes of
and the Beast, in the background.
Send your character to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, text
and image too if you have one. If sending a screencap, let us
what episode it comes from, if possible. We will add your new
characters to this page.
- Toby is 16 years old and has lived in the Tunnels for two
- Toby is an orphan, the lone survivor of a car accident that
killed both his parents and his younger sister when he was 10. He also
lost his left arm. With no other family to care for him, he was placed
in a group home, but his anger and grief over the accident caused him
to act out a lot, and he eventually ran away from the home when he was
14 to live on the streets.
- A few months after leaving the group home, he was found by
Wong rummaging through the trash cans behind his store one evening. Mr.
Wong calmed the frightened boy and gave him a hot meal. Mr. Wong could
tell he was a good boy, but with a sad heart and lost spirit. He
offered the boy hot meals and a place to sleep at night in exchange for
some help at his store and with patience and kindness, he slowly
learned the boy's tragic story and they became good friends. Mr. Wong
told Vincent about Toby and soon he was introduced to the Tunnel World
and welcomed Below.
- Toby made a very special friend in William. The portly
friendly nature and loud, booming laugh reminded him of his father so
he felt right at home helping William with the cooking duties. It made
Toby feel good to help feed and care for his new extended "family".
- Toby keeps in touch with Mr. Wong as a go-between, bringing
supplies from the store to William. For the past two years, he has
personally delivered Mr. Wong's Winterfest candle.
Submitted by Kindra King
- Nazerene is one of the lovely women of the tunnels who fits
and makes clothing for everyone.
- In the world above she was a substitute English teacher and
did work as a seamstress.
- After her husband was killed by a mugger, she and her
3-year-old son were taken to the tunnels by a helper.
- Nazerene had been living in the tunnels for five years when
she met Catherine.
- Not only does Nazerene make clothes for the tunnel dwellers
but she also gives schooling to the children every other day.
- She found it a miracle to be part of a safe community and
continue to do what she loves.
- Though she has never gone back Above since her coming down,
son always tells her of the great adventures he and the other children
have when they play in the sunshine. Often times Vincent will listen to
his stories as well with a bittersweet smile.
- Although it is not known yet, Nazerene’s son will
be one of
the elders that will keep the tunnels alive and stand by
Vincent’s side in the years to come.
Submitted by Catherine
Jack McKenzie stood at about 5’10”, had brown eyes
twinkled merrily out of a round face creased with laugh lines, topped
by a thatch of snow white hair that was cut close to his
was the youngest of ten children born to poor, hard working Irish
farmers in the county of Cork. In his youth he had dabbled in
many different professions before receiving “the
enter the seminary in his early twenties. His mother was
proud to have a priest in the family. His father, however,
him down to point out the life he would be setting aside.
assured him that he had given it a great deal of consideration, he had
tried his hand at a few profession, had loved and been loved by several
women and had come to the realization that God was calling
Shortly after becoming a priest World War II broke out and he was
assigned to an American army unit as a chaplain. They say war
changes you and that was true for Jack as well. He met many
people, served many different faiths beside his own and came to the
conclusion that it didn’t really matter how you worshipped
so he became everything to everybody, studying many different faiths
and could minister to a wounded or dying solider in his own religious
The Ten Commandments were what he steered his life by and if the ever
changing church rules suited him he followed them, if not he ignored
them. After the war his maverick attitude landed him in
This suited him perfectly; his willingness to get his hands dirty and
knowledge of farming matched the people’s needs admirably and
Father Jack became somewhat of a legend among the flock he tended, his
charismatic personality coupled with his willingness to listen, to
offer advice and be non-judgmental made him a favorite with his
congregation and glowing reports were sent to Rome.
His next assignment was ministering to the people of a parish in the
back hills Kentucky. He was priest, construction worker,
smith, confessor and friend. After Kentucky he was sent to
Mexico to take over a parish there. In time he was sent to
poverty stricken and repressed areas until the numerous glowing reports
reached the ears of the mighty in the Catholic hierarchy and he was
sent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where
had been declining due to lack luster leadership and
mismanagement. He rallied against this assignment, not
have to deal with the rich and pampered congregation of a wealthy
parish. His superiors would hear none of it St.
needed a charismatic priest that was a good orator and God knew Jack
could preach and tell stories better than most.
At first Jack didn’t take well to his new surroundings, the
outward richness of his new assignment rankled him, that is until he
came to know the less fortunate that attended St. Pat’s, the
homeless that came in to get warm, the children that had nothing and
nowhere to go, he threw himself into making their lives better and if
he took from the rich to give to the poor so be it. There
many times when he bumped heads with his superiors, but he stayed at
St. Pat’s and was eventually elevated to Monsignor and then
Ultimately he was forced to retire and he railed against it, he felt he
still had something to offer and sitting around in a rocking chair just
wasn’t his style. He was very fit for his age
several miles everyday accompanied by his ever present walking
stick. As a youth he had taken up Irish stick fighting and
gotten into the habit of always having it with him. Many an
altercation had been ended by the practiced application of that
Just before he had been about to leave St. Pat’s he met Jacob
Wells and a whole new world was open to him. He grabbed at
chance to be useful among the people who lived below the city becoming
a part of them. He and Jacob became great friends sharing a
passion for chess, and to Jacob’s utter delight Jack was only
mediocre player. He set up a non-denominational chapel in one
the good sized chambers below the central hub of the community where
people could come and sit in quiet meditation. If people
someone to listen to their woes, he was there for them. If
needed help, he offered advice. His experiences were vast and
when he and Jacob got together to tell stories everyone gathered
eagerly to hear them. His friendship filled the void that was
left in Jacob’s life as Vincent spent more and more of his
Submitted by OOWhiz, who says "This character showed up in the first
story I ever wrote."
Submitted by Poetrymischief
- Blond, petite Clara is a writer. No one ever reads anything
writes because she always keeps it under lock and key when she isn't
working on it, and to protect it further she writes it in a secret
code. Other times she writes short stories for the children and
presents them at morning story time. She's always fresh and bubbly
without seemingly a care in the world.
- She's nineteen years old and although she has been in the
tunnels for less than a year, everyone likes her.
- Her best friend Amy visits her on occasion, another
Clara met at a writer's seminar. They shared a love for writing mystery
novels and collaborated on several "secret projects" together.
- She came to the tunnels by way of Father. The exact
are unknown, but shortly before her arrival, Father had met with a
"helper" that is known to work in an attorney's office.
- There were unsubstantiated rumors that Clara had been a
anything, perhaps she was in novitiate school during her last years in
high school. But she ended up, for some reason, in the tunnels.
- Regrettably, Clara was murdered in her chamber. An
investigation is still underway.
Daniel, age 8
& David, age 12
Submitted by Angela/Dilliedallie
- Both Caucasian boys have
brown hair and eyes. Daniel is
friendly, energetic, and loves meeting new people. David
however is more timid, shy, and takes time to warm up to
strangers. While David would rather sit quietly reading a
favorite book, Daniel would rather be running and jumping.
David is a well behaved child who's afraid of breaking rules. Daniel
lives up to the saying "boys will be boys."
- David is a good student, and makes great grades. His
brother, however, struggles with school, and doesn't like homework.
- These brothers were removed from their home and moved into
the tunnels approximately a year ago. Their mother was concerned about
the boys growing up in an abusive household. She was at one
time a helper, and called upon her old friends to help her sons. Their
mother visits rarely, always afraid of the boy's whereabouts being
discovered by their alcoholic father.
- David is extremely protective of his younger brother, and
rarely lets him out of his sight. Daniel, adores his older
brother, and listens to him before listening to anyone else.
- Both boys were frightened, and didn't trust anyone at
first, but they're improving everyday. David is still
standoffish, and is jumpy when someone walks up behind him. Daniel,
however, has a warm smile that can melt ice. He's always
willing to hug anyone who needs one. However, both boys are
very frightened by shouting, which will cause them to run and
hide. That too is improving.
Submitted by Poetrymischief
- No one knows how Sam (doubtful that's his real name) came
tunnels, or how long he has been there. Always in the background,
listening and observing.
- Although he stays by himself in one of the very lowest
he amuses himself by playing a harmonica quite well. Often the music
drifts up to the other bedroom chambers and brings with it a comforting
- He has had to go Up Top occasionally, his health has always
questionable. Many people think he came below to get away from an
addiction of sorts; alcohol or gambling perhaps. But those that know
him best disagree. In his seldom but brief conversations with selected
individuals, he speaks of the past with fondness, not remorse.
- He is never seen without his hood covering his head.
chilly damp tunnels are hard on him. He is very thin and suspicions are
that he may be dying. They have had those suspicions for
4 years now.
- His contributions to the community, other than his lullaby
is his knack for making everyone else feel more important than himself.
He's one of those rare individuals who places other people's feelings
above his own. This is especially useful whenever anyone new comes
below. If they have the slightest feeling of "not belonging" they only
have to look at Sam and know that if he can fit in, then they can fit
Submitted by Rosemarie S.
- Evangeline is a woman in her mid to late thirties with
brown hair and
- She was studying to be a nun when she was assaulted and
raped by a priest that she considered to be a mentor and
was wandering the streets of the city dazed and confused, uncertain of
what her future held when she was drawn to a bench in a Central Park
playground area. She sat there for a long time watching the kids, but
not really seeing anything – just lost in her own thoughts.
- It so
happened that Catherine had agreed to take some Tunnel children to the
playground that day. From personal and professional experience she
noticed right away the signs of someone who has been a victim of a
crime and went over and casually sat on the bench with her. Catherine
gently got Evangeline talking and Evangeline confessed the basics of
what happened, leaving out some of the more shocking parts.
found Samantha and asked her to see to it that the younger children got
back to the Tunnels safely. She took Evangeline to a hospital to get
her checked out and then to a temporary women’s shelter that
well from her work. Catherine then returned to the tunnels where
Vincent had left his work crew early to meet her because he sensed her
inner turmoil. She told Vincent what happened and they discussed the
possibility of Evangeline being permitted to come Below.
Submitted by Poetrymischief
- Lu Anna was a victim of an apartment fire that took the
lives of her
family. She was on her way home from a school event when she arrived at
the scene while the fire department was putting out the blaze. Too
terrified to say anything and horrified by the sight of her home in
flames, she ran blindly and a week later was found wandering the city
streets alone by a tunnel helper who was delivering supplies and
thought that she belonged below. Having no other family, she was
welcomed into the underworld.
- Lu Anna was 5 years old at the time and has been in the
tunnels for 14
months. Her favorite thing is to visit the painted tunnels but she is
also very mechanically inclined and sometimes helps Mouse with his
construction projects by runnning to get things he's forgotton to bring
- She also especially likes to watch when Vincent and Father
have a game
of chess. She doesn't talk much because she doesn't quite yet know how
to deal with the loss of her real family. Father makes every attempt to
reach her inner thoughts by spending some time with her as often as he
- She has formed a close relationship with Mouse's racoon,
for whom she
steals scraps of food for whenever she gets the chance. It seems that
the racoon has as much success in reaching her buried emotions as
- Her schoolwork has been troubled, as she has a hard time
Only in math does she seem to forget as she immerses herself
math homework. This is perhaps because of her talent for mechanical
things, whereas liturature, including poetry and music seem to make her
- Everyone has taken special care to make sure that Lu Anna
with love and concern to help her overcome her shyness and fear. She
has now started to come out of her shell and on occassion, (and with
continued encouragement from Vincent) will read aloud a short story to
the other children.
Vincent e i suoi amici
guardavano estasiati le lame dei loro pattini da ghiaccio,
perfette e scintillanti. Non vedevano l’ora di andare a
laghetto ghiacciato che si trova poco lontano dall’entrata
nel parco. Ma dovevano aspettare la sera, solo con il buio Vincent
poteva uscire allo scoperto e godersi così qualche attimo di
nel Mondo di Sopra. Padre naturalmente era contrario ma non poteva
sempre negare a Vincent di vivere questa gioia così si
Devin e con gli altri bambini di prestare la massima attenzione
affinché non succedesse nulla di male.
Ma chi aveva rimesso a nuovo i loro vecchi pattini mezzi arrugginiti?
Si chiamava Fortunato, un italiano o meglio un abitante di Erto o
meglio ancora un Ertano. Ma cosa ci faceva un Ertano a New York nel
Mondo di Sotto? E poi era davvero fortunato? Questa è la sua
Fortunato era un abile fabbro che abitava a Erto nella
chiamata Spesse, il regno degli artigiani. Esperto nel confezionare
asce e coltelli, se la cavava bene anche come artista e le sue statue
in ferro battuto erano dei piccoli capolavori. Con il suo duro lavoro
però riusciva a malapena a mantenere la sua numerosa
ben cinque figli a cui pensare! La costruzione della diga sul Vajont fu
una vera manna per il nostro artigiano che essendo un omone grande,
grosso e pieno di energie decise di andare a lavorare come operaio
specializzato. Lavorava dieci ore al giorno e a volte anche di
Pagavano bene soprattutto gli straordinari. La domenica invece, per non
perdere la mano, riprendeva il suo vecchio lavoro. La sua amata moglie
invece riuscì a farsi assumere come cuoca alla mensa degli
tenore di vita della famiglia di Fortunato era decisamente migliorato.
Una volta finiti i lavori alla diga si dedicò anima e corpo
vecchio lavoro. Realizzava soprattutto piccoli lavori in ferro battuto
da vendere ai turisti. Fortunato aveva sempre sognato una vita migliore
per la sua famiglia e quel lago e quella diga erano la loro fortuna.
Aveva in mente di aprire un piccolo ristorante, la moglie era una brava
cuoca e i figli erano pronti ad aiutarlo. Voleva fare un regalo tutto
speciale a quei bravi figlioli. Decise di comprare un televisore, un
lusso per quei tempi. La sera del nove ottobre 1963 andò a
paese vicino a Erto. L’aspettava un amico che si era recato
mattinata a Pordenone da un suo conoscente rivenditore a comprare il
televisore. Andarono a festeggiare in un’osteria. Si era
Fortunato doveva rientrare a casa. L’amico caricò
il televisore in
macchina e accompagnò Fortunato a casa. Nessuno dei due
quello che era successo una ventina di minuti prima.
Lungo la strada nei pressi di Erto incontrarono persone disperate che
correvano all’impazzata. Scesero dalla macchina e
nell’aria c’era uno
strano odore di terra bagnata e piante sradicate. Corsero in direzione
di Spesse ma alcuni amici li fermarono. Spesse non esisteva
L’acqua aveva portato via quella fetta di paese che si
trovava in una
posizione più bassa rispetto al centro storico. Fortunato
volle raggiungere la sua casa a tutti i costi ma finì nel
c’era che fango. In pochi secondi Fortunato perse moglie,
genitori, la famiglia di sua sorella, la sua casa... e il suo bel sogno.
Rimase completamente solo e il suo amico di Cimolais lo
alcuni giorni. Fortunato però voleva andarsene, dimenticare,
unì a un suo compaesano che aveva anche lui perso tutto e
raggiungere dei cugini negli Stati Uniti. Si imbarcarono su un aereo.
Ma Giangi durante il tragitto morì d’infarto.
Fortunato arrivò negli
Stati Uniti ancora più disperato di prima, non sapeva una
d‘inglese. Giangi riusciva a masticare qualcosa ed aveva
suo amico di aiutarlo a trovare un lavoro. All’aeroporto, i
Giangi, già seccati di dovere occuparsi della salma del loro
non s’interessarono minimamente di lui. Fortunato
usò quei pochi
risparmi che gli erano rimasti per raggiungere New York e pagarsi una
piccola pensione di quarta categoria. Non trovò un lavoro e
fu cacciato da quella pensione ed iniziò a vagabondare per
Park. Faceva molto freddo quella sera e quel laghetto era molto
invitante. Pensò di buttarsi così avrebbe
raggiunto la sua famiglia.
Fortunato si buttò ma poi si pentì e
tentò di raggiungere la riva.
Riuscì ad afferrare un ramo ma l’acqua ghiacciata
lo aveva in parte
paralizzato e non riuscì più a muoversi.
Vincent e i suoi amici stavano per raggiungere il laghetto. Volevano
pattinare sul ghiaccio con i loro vecchi pattini arrugginiti. La
temperatura era scesa sotto lo zero ma il laghetto non era ancora
completamente ghiacciato per accogliere dei pattinatori,
decise di tornare a casa. La vista acuta di Vincent si
sagoma di un uomo a metà immersa nell’acqua che
sull’altra sponda del lago. I bambini si precipitarono ad
poveretto. Lo portarono all’interno del tunnel e Devin accese
con della spazzatura e dei vecchi giornali. Lo coprirono con i loro
giacconi mentre Vincent batteva un messaggio di aiuto a Padre. Il
vecchio, che quella volta era un po’ più giovane,
arrivò in fretta e
furia e constatò che il caso era grave così
decise di portarlo nel
Mondo di Sotto.
Fortunato rischiò di perdere le gambe ma Padre fece
evitare che questo accadesse. Quando Fortunato riprese i sensi si
ritrovò circondato da quelli che sarebbero diventati i suoi
amici. Grazie ad un aiutante di origine italiana, Fortunato si
e parlò un po’ di sé. La sua storia
colpì i cuori di tutti quanti.
Avevano letto qualcosa sulla tragedia del Vajont pochi mesi prima e mai
e poi mai avrebbero immaginato di ospitare un giorno nel loro Mondo un
abitante di quella zona.
Il passato non si poteva cancellare ma Fortunato ebbe modo di
costruirsi un futuro nella sua nuova casa insieme ai nuovi amici. Il
clima che regnava in quella casa sotterranea gli ricordava molto la sua
Erto prima della costruzione della diga. Un paesino quasi dimenticato
dal resto del mondo dove gli abitanti trascorrevano
semplice e le famiglie si aiutavano fra di loro. Nel Mondo di Sotto
c’era bisogno di un buon fabbro che potesse anche insegnare
dei successori. La prima cosa che realizzò fu quella di
lame dei pattini da ghiaccio dei suoi amici bambini che un freddo
giorno di dicembre lo salvarono. Ogni volta che il suo sguardo
incrociava quello di Vincent, non poteva fare a meno di commuoversi.
Quegli occhi speciali gli avevano salvato la vita.
Fortunato non ritornò mai più nel suo sperduto
paese di montagna.
Submitted by Dany
Submitted by Eva
- Falk was born in the Tunnels 20 years ago.
- His mother, who had emigrated from Europe, was among the
Father in the world Below after her husband left her and she was unable
to get along without the help and security of a community.
- Falk is open and friendly and likes contact with people.
big crowds he likes above all. Therefore he enjoys strolling through
town whenever he has time. He is said to be charming and is quite
popular with the girls
- even with the elder ones.
- Friendship is one of the most important things to Falk and
nearly anything to help a friend in need.
- During his childhood he often
was responsible for many kinds of mischief that put him onto Father's
“you are always guilty” list.
- He likes joking around and nearly always has a witty
everything happening around him. Unfortunately he often forgets about
his “household duties” and appointments, which
quite often lead to some
serious squabbles with his mother.
- He is a talented mechanic and is
thinking about leaving the tunnels to broaden his knowledge and perhaps
find a job in the world Above to help lighten the financial burden on
the Tunnel dwellers.
Submitted by 222333
- 37 years old
- Born blind
- A fantastic sense of direction
- Long black hair in a pony tail, dark complexion, jeans,
boots, and he wears as a poncho any soft fabric that feels nice next to
- He plays classic guitar like the devil, having learned on
his own, and he plays by ear. He also composes fantastic pieces. He
plays almost constantly, often accompanying what he is saying with a
- His sense of hearing is almost as good as Vincent's, and of
course he has perfect pitch.
- Vincent and Devin met him as a teenager while scouting the
tunnels. They came upon him unexpectedly, and he did not appear
surprised at Vincent's appearance. It took a while for them to realize
he was blind. He had been living alone, homeless, and came to the
tunnels to sleep. Bit by bit, they befriended him, especially Vincent,
who, for the first time in his vulnerable teenage years, finally felt
"normal" in front of a new person. In the long run, they managed to
bring him to the Tunnel Community.
- He is the official Spanish teacher Below, and his lessons,
crowded with both children and adults, are funny and interesting. His
guitar is with him always.
- A little older than Vincent, "different", and stubbornly
determined to feel almost proud of his limits, for Vincent, he was and
remains a role model. "What difference does it make to me how you
look?" he asked Vincent when Vincent had at last explained his
- Sarcastic and introverted, he is also possessed of a quick
wit. He lives a little apart, as he still feels a little uncomfortable
among too many people, and he is still unable to fully rely on the
others. He would like to really, but can't, and in the end, he likes
himself as he is.
- He never wants to talk about himself, but his childhood was
- He likes to wander Central Park during the night, sometimes
with Vincent, and they have tremendous fun together.
- He lives in a completely dark chamber, and those who want
to visit him there must bring their own light. Except Vincent, of
- Rebecca is hopelessly in love with him.
- He has been hopelessly in unrequited love with Catherine
from the day Vincent introduced her to him. Vincent had secretly hoped
to be able to discuss Catherine with him and seek his advice. Vincent
doesn't understand - or doesn't want to - why he utterly refuses.
Submitted by Tunnelmom
- Screen capture
from God Bless the Child
- 28 years old
- Brown wavy hair, sparkling brown eyes, neatly trimmed
beard, a ready smile and a nice physique.
- Very easy going and can speak with a "to die for" old
- Mary found him as a five year old wandering Central park in
hours of the morning clutching a book entitled, The Adventures of Robin
Hood. It was never confirmed but it is believed that his
the couple mugged and killed that night in Central Park.
- Idolized Vincent and Devin when they were children and
loved to hear about their planned adventures.
- Avid historian of the Middle Ages and an expert in ancient
weaponry. Also skilled in the art of self-defense.
- Teaches general history classes and advanced classes on
England's Medieval Ages.
- He crafts his own bows, arrows, crossbows and spears and
pride in his work. Practices in a long dead-end tunnel off the home
tunnels whenever time allows.
- Teaches a small class in the making and use of ancient
weapons and Jamie is his star pupil.
- Also teaches self-defense to anyone in the tunnels who
shows an interest.
- Whenever possible, he attends Medieval and Renaissance
Faires in the
summer as an archer. Sweet-talked Mary, who was more than happy to
help, into making him a wonderful costume.
- Very popular with all the members of the community,
children and teens. Finds himself the object of many a young girl's
crush, especially since Vincent found Catherine, and admired by the
boys for his skills.
- Great friends with Kanin and Olivia.
- Father and Reggie, and often times Vincent, have long talks
about merry ol' England.
- No steady girlfriend yet but would love to find his "Maid
Do you know
So many tunnel dwellers! So few of them who were
introduced to us.
These and many others like them hide in the corners of the episodes.
Maybe you could pick one of these or others from the episodes and tell
us all about him or her?
(Well, yes, we know that's Pascal in the center of
that last picture. Don't be a smart-aleck.)
And let's not forget the ladies from the Pilot...