The Characters which are recurring or have only made minor appearances in Ghost Whisperer
Portrayed by John Walcott
Romano, also known as the Man in the Hat (due to his outfit: black suit and black hat) was an evil cult leader in Spain, who committed suicide along with 115 followers. The energy of the mass suicide made him powerful and strong, and he went to the Dark Side and is Melinda's archenemy. He started to trick souls to go with him, by making them refuse to "cross over" into The Light. The character is portrayed by John Walcott.
When Romano first appeared on the show his appearances were quick and mysterious, and he was usually attached to a laughing man who never speaks. He always seemed to be observing Melinda. When there was a plane crash on Grandview by the end of season one, he tried to gather all of the lost souls from the accident. That was the first time he declared his hatred and rivalry to Melinda, and threatened her to release all "his earthbound souls" in exchange for hers.
Romano and Melinda confronted each other verbally, both using persuasive speeches directed to the souls from the plane crash. Finally, Romano managed to get at least seven of the souls, including a stewardess who later does go into the light in season two.
In "Love Never Dies" episode, the first of season two, Romano tried to prevent Melinda's friend Andrea from crossing over into The Light. Melinda gathered all her strength to make Andrea cross over, and she learns with the help of Professor Rick Payne the identity of Romano. Payne also warns Melinda about Romano's real purpose: to destroy good spirits (the ones in charge of helping souls to "cross over" into The Light, such as Melinda) in order to make the dead stronger than the living, and to be endlessly powerful. According to Professor Rick Payne, Dark Spirit Romano, would literally take over a weak soul in a weak body to make too much harm to humanity, until the last trace of joy and happiness vanish from earth. It is impossible for Romano to get closer when Melinda helps spirits to "cross over" into The Light, because there is too much Love, and Love is what Romano hates.
Romano last appeared in episode one of season two, when he was unsuccessful in trying to possess Andrea's soul. However, in the middle of season two, Melinda seems to foreshadow the come-back of Romano, when Delia Banks tries on a black hat which resembled Romano's.
Portrayed By Ignacio Serricchio
Gabriel Lawrence is Melinda's half-brother and also a "ghost whisperer". The character is portrayed by Ignacio Ariel Serricchio. He may or may not be Melinda's half-brother after learning Tom isn't Melinda's father and might not be Gabriel's father either.
When he was a child, Gabriel knew he could interact with the dead, but nobody believed him, and he received psychiatrist treatment in a mental health institution. Gabriel never had a living friend. In fact, all of his friends were dead, and he always hated watching them "cross over" into The Light. He managed to get out of the mental health institution by lying. He was in the same mental health institution that his mother resided in.
In The Collector episode, Gabriel is now in his late twenties, and he had recently moved to Grandview. He mentions that Grandview always brings him memories. Melinda Gordon has the opportunity to meet him, and she is amazed by the gift they have in common. Melinda warns Gabriel about a shift in the "other world": ghosts are becoming stronger. She tells him how she struggled against a very dark spirit called Romano the year before, when a plane crash occurred in Grandview. However, Melinda discovers that she was so naive to believe in Gabriel, who had invited her to work with him in the difficult task of dealing with ghosts. Gabriel turns out to be a Ghost Whisperer from the Dark Side, and he had been gathering souls to get prepare for what "was coming", a complex prophecy of the death of a "loved one".
Gabriel, along with the dark spirits, was blocking The Light, because he was trying to make the dead stronger than the living. When Melinda, Jim Clancy, and Rick Payne break into Gabriel's house, they find out Gabriel's obsession with Melinda. He had been observing her moves for quite a long time. At the end of season two, both Gabriel and Melinda struggle against each other for the fate of living and dead.
Gabriel returns to Grandview in the third season episode "Weight of What Was" informing Melinda that he is her half-brother. He hands her a package containing images of her father's family. An image in the package, that is in fact from Melinda's mother's past, leads Melinda to an underground church and her great-great-great grandmother, Tessa. A ghost that haunts the archives of Grandview tells Gabriel that Melinda had entered the tunnel, and Gabriel blocks the exit, preventing Melinda from escaping the way she entered. The episode ended with Gabriel speaking to Tom Gordon about what seems like a plan to get Melinda to help ghosts in a dark way. While in Grandview he resided in a hotel under the name Gabriel Gordon. Gabriel also appears in "All Ghosts Lead to Grandview" where he has a brief conversation with Melinda at the end of the episode.
Portrayed By Tyler Patrick Jones & Christoph Sanders
Ned Banks is portrayed by Tyler Patrick Jones, but starting with season 3 episode, "Slambook" Christoph Sanders took over the role. He is the son of Delia and Charlie Banks. He makes a lot of mistakes that have been part of the plot of some episodes.
He was caught shoplifting at Melinda's antique shop. He was stealing Grateful Dead tickets because a spirit was forcing him to. Melinda as a person who sees and hears ghosts, understood this. He also tends to be a trouble maker, and tends to wear "bad boy" type clothes. He found out Melinda's secret before his mother did, when he overheard Melinda in the episode Curse of The Ninth. He is always eager to help Melinda with her ghosts, but almost never gets what he wants. A few episodes later, his deceased father Charlie visits him and his mother, Melinda helps his father go into the Light. In the season three episode "No Safe Place" Ned gets into a private school. In "Slambook", Ned is on the basketball team when a ghost begins tampering with the scoreboard. In the episode Home but Not Alone Ned(Christoph Sanders) has his first girlfriend and (probably) his first kiss.
Melinda's grandmother, Mary Ann, as well Melinda and Melinda's mother, was a person who spoke to ghosts. She was the one who gave lost spirits the title "earthbound". She helped them cross over in the Light (Heaven). She is deceased. Her gift was passed down to Melinda who is the current "ghost whisperer". Sometimes Melinda's Grandmother crossed over into the Light so she is currently a "Light" Spirit. She helps Melinda bring ghosts to peace through dreams in two episodes: "Voices" and "The Gathering". It is later revealed in Season 3 that Melinda's great great great grandmother, Tessa (through her mother's side), can also communicate with ghosts and whom Melinda helps to crossover
Delia was married to Charlie Banks until he died three years prior to Delia's first appearance on the show. They had a loving relationship. After a fire at the place that Charlie worked, Charlie was said to be different and more of a family man. We also learn that it was Tim who saved Charlie's life. Together with Charlie, Delia had her twelve-year-old son, Ned.
Not much is known about who the Laughing Man is. It is known, that he usually appears with Romano and that he is a ghostly agent for the dark side. He is usually seen laughing.
Like the Laughing Man, not much is known about the Bleeding Man. He is a dark spirit whose right hand is bleeding, hence his name. He first appeared at the end of Love Still Won't Die. So far, he has not appeared in any episodes with either Romano or the Laughing Man.
In the episode "The Walk-In", Tim Flaherty, a friend and co-worker of Jim's, is trying to get Delia to go out on a date with him, something Delia refuses to do. In "Delia's First Ghost" Tim tries to get Jim to tell him what Delia likes so he can impress her. Charlie, Delia's dead husband, helps him by knocking over a pot of purple flowers that Delia likes. Tim also buys a motorcycle exactly like the one Charlie used to have. At the end of the episode, they are seen walking away hand in hand.
Tom Gordon first appears in the plot in season two's finale, however he had previously appeared in some flashbacks. When Melinda "dies" in season two's finale, she confronts an already dead Tom, who tells her she is ready to find the darkness within herself, and also tells her she has a brother, who is later revealed to be Gabriel. In season three, Tom has contact with both Melinda and Gabriel, manifesting himself in Melinda's dreams, and speaking as a ghost with Gabriel. It has been suggested that Tom is part of the Dark Side, and that he is developing a plan to get Melinda into the Dark Side.
Paul Eastman first appears in Melinda's dreams as someone who haunted her and/or wanted to haunt her. But, in the season 3 finale, it's revealed that he is Melinda's biological father, not Tom Gordon. Paul set a series of 'clues' to help Melinda see the truth. To quicken the process and save Melinda, he convinced he's mother to tell Melinda the truth. Melinda was initially in disbelief and was consoled by Tom, who convinced her to follow him to a safe place. The 'safe' place was Melinda's childhood home and Paul Eastman's burial site. Once, they arrived Tom probed Melinda about her memory of Paul's death, she eventually had a flashback revealing that Tom deliberately killed Paul. Tom decided that he must kill Melinda to protect himself from the truth. Melinda cried out to her Dad. Tom said 'I'm not your Dad.' to which Melinda replied 'I wasn't talking to you.' At which point, Paul entered Tom's body and forced him to fall to his death. Paul talked to Melinda and her mother, then went into the Light.
Portrayed By Mackenzie Vega
Becca first appears in Season 3 Episode 9 "All Ghosts Lead To Grandview". Melinda and Jim were camping in the woods when they saw Becca in their tent. Melinda discovered that Becca also had to ability to see Ghosts. Becca was struggling with her gift and told Melinda that her parents thought that she was sick and that they made her take medication. Melinda taught Becca everything she knew, such as how to cross over a ghost. Melinda and Becca explained everything to Becca's parents and they came to terms with it. It is unknown whether Becca will return or not.