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D'eath is a 2010-introduced and fiction-only character. He is a skeleton and the guidance counselor at Monster High. He is not the most suitable person for his job, though, as he's sloppy, easily distracted, and not guaranteed to keep his cool better than the students invited to talk with him. He is perfectly capable of mixing up students even when they're different monster types and he gets nervous around humans. He is aware of his own shortcomings, but his habit is to indulge in self-pity rather than improve.

Character

Personality

Though Mr. D'eath hasn't had much screen time in the Monster High webisodes, he plays quite an important role in the book Ghoulfriends Forever. Two of his most notable personality traits are his habit of constantly sighing and keeping a 'regret list,' which he describes as a comprehensive record of all the things he plans on regretting before the death of his soul.

Classic Monster

The Dance of Death

D'eath is a skeletal creature whose outfit and contradictory happy persona play into the character of the Grim Reaper.

Skeletons are, of all types of undead, the ones most used to represent death. In European tradition, this association particularly took off in the late 14th century, when war, disease and famine were the more likely alternative to living another day safe and sound. Around this time, the Dance of Death genre was introduced, which used skeletons in its imageries as transitional characters between the joys of life and the inevitability of death. From this are the representation of death as a skeletal entity, the Grim Reaper in English, who in the 15th century received his scythe and black hooded cloak attributes.

Timeline

Notes

  • D'eath is remarkably similar to G. Reaper, who's been featured exclusively in the cartoon. In fact, issue #10 of the UK magazine conflates the two by mixing D'eath's artwork and write-up with G. Reaper's name. It's possible Mattel intends them to be the same character, though the exact situation is currently unclear.
  • D'eath's credentials and favorite quote are as follows:
    • North Styx State B.A., Modern Dance/Journalism
    • Tombstone Tech M.A., Peace Studies
    • "What's the worst thing that could happen?"
  • "North Styx State" is a reference to the river Styx, which in Greek mythology was the body that separated the realm of the living from the realm of the dead.

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