Throughout the Halloween Horror Nights event at Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore, numerous event icon characters have been featured. They range from previously known icons, to original ones created by Universal's design team. Some of the Event Icons have also been given backstories to go along with the theming.
What qualifies as an Icon Edit
The rules for being an Icon is extremely convoluted. An icon can be an IP or an original, and must have an appearance in the park. Note that while Universal may deny it themselves, their judgement can sometimes be naught as to qualify for being an icon, it can be any (but not all) of these qualifications:
- They have a presence in the marketing and merchandise.
- Most necessary of all, they appear somewhere in the event itself.
- They have a house or scarezone.
- Least necessary of all, they have a backstory
- There is a story of the overall park
- They must have SOME presence beyond one haunted house/scarezone/show.
What makes this confusingEdit
The entire existence of the characters Bloody Mary and the Usher. Bloody Mary is not counted as an Icon in the event’s history officially by Universal, and the Usher didn’t have any appearances in the marketing for the event, not one single piece. The former is because of licensing issues with Bobbie Wiener, and the latter is presumably they wanted to focus on the movies. Universal’s statement should be taken for naught; Bloody Mary definitely is one of the Event Icons because of her heavy presence in marketing, her haunted house, her appearances elsewhere outside of her house, and the story for the entire event being that guests visited Mary’s mirror. likewise, the Usher IS an Icon despite appearing in zero marketing, for he had a house, had appearances elsewhere, and the story was that he transported guests into the Universal Palace Theater.
And given that 2010 retcons Horror Night’s entire canon to that of being influenced by Adaru, by technicality there stories for the pre-2000 years as well as 2012-2014 and 2018-2019 in that Adaru brought darkness to Universal Florida and in some years chose characters from horror media to serve as Icons.
Likewise 2008 and 2009 featured Icons in the form of Freddy and Jigsaw/Billy at Hollywood as they were heavily present in marketing, merchandise, and had appearances in the park.
Applying “Death of the Author” Edit
Universal themselves cannot be counted as a proper source believe it or not as they themselves made some errors in the past (example: misspelling Terra Cruentus as “Cruentas”, labeling Screamhouse: The Resurrection as simply Screamhouse: Resurrection) and sometimes have their hands full due to licensing problems.
Fright Nights (1991)Edit
- Frankenstein's Monster
- Count Dracula
- The Bride of Frankenstein
- Kharis/ The Mummy
- Imhotep/ The Mummy
- Jack Schmidt/Jack the Clown
- Paulo Ranvinski/The Director
- The Asylum Patient (Debatable)
Halloween Horror Nights 24 (2014) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 25 (2015) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 26 (2016) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 27 (2017) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 28 (2018) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 29 (2019) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 1986 (1986) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 1992 (1992) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 1997 (1997) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 1998 (1998) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 1999 (1999) Edit
- Pavel Pranevsky/The Director
Halloween Horror Nights 2009 (2009) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2010 (2010) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (2012) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2013 (2013) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2014 (2014) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2015 (2015) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2016 (2016) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2017 (2017) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2018 (2018) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 (2019) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 4 (2014) Edit
- Jonah Goodwill/The Minister of Evil
Halloween Horror Nights 5 (2015) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 6 (2016) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 7 (2017) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018) Edit
Halloween Horror Nights 9 (2019) Edit
- Halloween Horror Nights Japan is the only event to have never had an event icon.
- Jack, the Caretaker, Bloody Mary, and Lady Luck have inspirations or coincidences from the characters in respective order: The Joker, Josef Mengele/Ansem Seeker of Darkness (as well as many others such as The Tall Man), Sadako from the Ring, and Poison Ivy from DC respectively.