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Quotation1 But I have been waiting my entire death to cover a story like this. So much chaos makes for great headlines! Quotation2
Spectra Vondergeist in "Fright On!"

Template:Infobox MHsiteprofile Spectra Vondergeist is the daughter of the Ghosts. She is from the 19th century[1] and can float through the walls and possesses an “uncanny” ability to overhear school gossip. She is voiced by Erin Fitzgerald.

Personality

Spectra has a very forceful personality and she often makes quick judgments and leaps to conclusions without supporting evidence. When she's confronted with the facts, she tends to dig in her heels. She draws the line at planting a fake story though. This makes for an excellent gossip columnist, but not a friend you would want to share secrets with. In her diary it's hinted that she's constructed a mysterious, fanciful history for herself, and even began to believe it herself, but that the truth about her family is actually quite tragic (though it's never revealed). This may be why she's still a ghost; she hasn't "moved on" from whatever happened to them in life. But despite all this, she is seen as a kind monster and helps those in need of her, she also is known to easily get the truth out of other monsters which also gives her a detective/reporter complex.

Portrayals

Her voice in the webisodes is provided by Erin Fitzgerald.

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Though Spectra herself does not make an appearance in the music video for the Monster High Fright Song, there are several different character ghost analogues who received creative interpretation by the video crew. The "Ghost Girl" is portrayed by Catina Duscio.

Classic Monster

Spectra is the daughter of "the Ghosts", and her chain accessories suggest she may be related to Jacob Marley's ghost from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Jacob Marley was a business partner of Ebeneezer Scrooge, and together they delighted in cruelty and greed. Marley died while Scrooge continued the business, but was too stingy to pay someone to paint out Marley's name on the sign outside of the office.

Eventually, Marley's ghost appears to Scrooge to warn him about his own fate in the afterlife, being covered in chains "long, and wound about him like a tail; it was made... of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel."

While Jacob Marley is the most prominent fictional ghost where the chains are a distinct motif, chains have often been associated with ghosts in legends even before Dickens' time.

Relationships

Family

Spectra writes in her diary that her long-lost love haunts "the family's ancestral castle" but it's strongly implied that all of this was something she'd made up.

Her parents are ghosts, but nothing else is known about them. In her diary it's hinted that the truth about her family is actually quite tragic, though it's never revealed -- the story Spectra writes about (castles, a midnight journey across borders) is something she made up, and even began to believe it until Ghoulia reminded her about the truth.

Pet

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Spectra's pet is a purple ghost ferret is named Rhuen. Rhuen's lower half is fairly translucent, and she wears a dark purple bow over right ear. Rhuen's friends are Sir Hoots A Lot (Ghoulia Yelps's owl) and Shiver (Abbey Bominable's pet wooly mammoth).

Romance

In Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way, Spectra expressed interest in Billy Phaidin, a boy she'd known since eighth grade. As of Back And Deader Than Ever, it is known that the two are dating.

Books

Spectra first appears in Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way at Clawdeen's Sassy Sixteen, flirting with Billy Phaidin. In this version, she is invisible and can only be seen by a special scented spray she carries with her.

They officially date in the Back and Deader Than Ever. In which she and Billy swapped clothes and switch the ballot for Frankie to win.

Meta Timeline

  • November 2, 2010: Mattel requests the trademark for Spectra Vondergeist.
  • November 17, 2010: An Amazon listing appears for a Spectra Von Hauntington plush doll.
  • March 8, 2011: A picture of a prototype Spectra doll is posted on Flickr.com. The name on the box is Spectra von Hauntington.
  • April 13, 2011: A photo of Clawd and Draculaura 2-pack box is found online, giving a first look at Spectra Vondergeist's first doll.
  • May 14, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist's first doll is displayed on the Monster High Facebook account.
  • Early June, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist's plushie is released.
  • June 9, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist's profile is published on the Monster High website.
  • June 9, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist's profile art is revealed.
  • June 16, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist partially makes her webisode debut in "Miss Infearmation".
  • June, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist's first doll is released as part of the 'School's Out' series.
  • June, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist makes her diary debut in her 'School's Out' diary.
  • September 20, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist makes her book debut in Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way.
  • September 22, 2011: Spectra Vondergeist is properly introduced in the webisodes through "Ghostly Gossip".
  • February 12, 2012: Spectra Vondergeist makes her 3D-animated debut in "Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love?".

Dolls

School's Out

  • Line: 'School's Out'
  • Release: July 2011
  • Assortment number: N2851
  • Model number: V7962
Spectra wears a black and purple goth dress with three chains hanging from one side of her torso to the other, imitating a bodice-style look. She also sports a chain belt and a double chain for necklace. Her shoes are translucent purple and have chains wrapped around them, ending in metal balls which serves as the heels. She also has chains with black metal balls for earrings and part of a Victorian shackle for a bracelet.
The doll comes with a purple bag with chain for purse, a Rhuen figurine, a real-life sized purple brush, a purple doll stand and a diary.
There are two versions of 'School's Out' Spectra released. The original release has Spectra wearing earrings with black chains. Later versions sport earrings with silver chains.

Maul Session

  • Line: 'Maul Session'
  • Release: November 2011
  • Assortment number: W9122
  • Model number: W9125
Spectra wears a purple, black and pink dress covered in a chain pattern and with sleeves reaching to her elbows. She wears a sparkly silver headscarf,and sports chain-rimmed sunglasses. Her shoes are translucent white, covered in four windings of chains, which are detachable.
The outfit comes with a pink ball and chain-style purse, a Monster Beat magazine, and a grey iPad-like device in the shape a tombstone.

Dot Dead Gorgeous

  • Line: Dot Dead Gorgeous
  • Release: June 2012
  • Assortment number: X4528
  • Model number: X4531

Spectra wears a one-shouder chiffon sheath dress with a black polkadot pattern underneath and a magenta and purple ball and chain pattern over it.

Her shoes are purple platfrom heels with a chain pattern and silver shackle-like straps on the ankles. Her accessories are layered chains that circle around her beginning at her neck and ending at her waist, black bracelets with pink bows covered with black polkadots on top of them as well as silver chainlike bracelets, a pair of mismatched earrings, one being a silver heart-shaped lock and the other being a white skullette key, a purple iCoffin, a black purse covered with chains and has a chain handle, and a purple wispy makeup pallet. The doll comes with a picture and a silver brush and stand. Her hair is put up in a high ponytail and held up with chains, her lips are bright lavender and her eyeshadow is bright pink.

Notes

  • Spectra's first name comes from the word "specter/spectre", which means "ghostly appearance".
  • Spectra's surname "Vondergeist" is German ("von der Geist") and means "from the ghost/spirit". Interestingly, while Spectra made up being royalty, the "von" part of name does suggest she's nobility.
  • Spectra Vondergeist is the only Monster High character to have been given an analogue in the Fright Song music video prior to her release as a doll or debut as a character.
  • She runs the school's Ghostly Gossip, which is a gossip blog.
  • While in her diary Spectra is outgoing and gossips for the fun of it, regardless of what harm she causes others, in the webisodes she appears shy and withdrawn, posting stories because she idolizes the ghouls. So far there is no proof of her lying, but her voice actor has revealed that Spectra will surprise us in future webisodes.
  • It is possible that she does not enjoy Physical Deaducation, because she signs out the Physical Deaducation survival guide from the library.
  • Her hair in the 3D specials is straighter than it is in her art or the webisodes, imitating the look of her doll more.
  • There was a variant of her original basic doll where she had side-glancing eyes.
  • Spectra's Dot Dead Gorgeous shoes differ than those seen in the artwork, which are silver as opposed to purple.

Gallery

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References

  1. Ghoul Spirit

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