Beetlejuice (character) (2024)

Beetlejuice (also known as Betelgeuse in the first film) is a trickster and mischievous ghost. He is the main antagonist of the first Beetlejuice movie and is the main protagonist of the animated TV series. He will then be that of the upcoming sequel.


  • 1 Beetlejuice (movie)
    • 1.1 History (BJ1)
      • 1.1.1 Pre-Beetlejuice
      • 1.1.2 Beetlejuice
      • 1.1.3 Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
    • 1.2 Personality (BJ1)
    • 1.3 Family
    • 1.4 Development (BJ1)
    • 1.5 Powers and Abilities (BJ1)
    • 1.6 Trivia (BJ1)
    • 1.7 Gallery (BJ1)
  • 2 Beetlejuice (musical)
    • 2.1 Personality (BJ:TM)
  • 3 Beetlejuice (animated series)
    • 3.1 Personality (BJ:AS)
    • 3.2 Powers and Abilities (BJ:AS)
      • 3.2.1 Weaknesses
    • 3.3 Family
    • 3.4 Friends
    • 3.5 Enemies
    • 3.6 Forms Assumed
      • 3.6.1 Living World
      • 3.6.2 Neitherworld
      • 3.6.3 Other Personalities
    • 3.7 Trivia (BJ:AS)
    • 3.8 Gallery (BJ:AS)
  • 4 Name
  • 5 Other Notable Forms of Media
  • 6 Comparing Versions in Media
  • 7 Appearances

Beetlejuice (movie)[]

Note, in the first movie his name was spelled Betelgeuse.

History (BJ1)[]


According to Betelgeuse, he attended Julliard, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, traveled quite extensively, lived through theBlack Plague(and had a pretty good time during that), and has seen"The Exorcist"about167 times (and it keeps getting funnier every single time he's seen it, not to mention the fact they're talking to the dead guy). Parts of his qualifications including attending Julliard, graduating from Harvard, and extensive travel are all real life accomplishments. This and other lines were improvised during filming and it is possible that the character of Betelgeuse was lying about certain elements of his past for comedic effect with the Maitlands.

What is known for certain is that Juno warns that he is a troublemaker and does not work well with others. He went out on his own as a freelance bio-exorcist, claiming he could get rid of the living, and got into more trouble.


Betelgeuse used advertisem*nts (such as flyers, business cards and a commercial, where he said some questionable things about chewing and swallowing) to get the Maitlands to hire him as a "bio-exorcist" to rid their house of the Deetzes. They thought it was odd that the business card and flyers contained no address or phone number. The Maitlands summon him when they learn that he can be summoned if his name is said 3 times in a row. When that happened he disappeared into dust.

Things go bad when Betelgeuse starts scaring the Deetzes in ways that seriously harm them, and even worse, plans to marry Lydia as his way of "escaping" the Neitherworld so he can wreak further havoc.Fortunately, saying his name 3 times can also be used to get rid of him.

In the end, Betelgeuse ends up in the waiting room for the deceased, where he is last in a long line. Betelgeuse gets his comeuppance when he steals the Witch Doctor's ticket, then makes a boastful remark. The Witch Doctor sprinkles some powder on Betelgeuse, which causes his head to shrink. However, Betelgeuse, with his higher voice on account of this, remarks this may look good for him in a supposed underwear modeling gig.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice[]


Personality (BJ1)[]

Betelgeuse is a very rude, crude, and womanizing ghost. He also gets a little crazy at times. Though he seems fun on screen, it is clear he is not a pleasant person to have around in real life, as he constantly invades people's personal space, does disgusting things like spitting in his own coat and makes rather rude gestures.

He likes to use unpopular words. Not only that, he seems to love to scare people and pull pranks on them. He also appears to be quite selfish, as his main goal in the movie is to lift his curse and escape no matter who gets hurt in the process. He has the attitude of a sleazy used car salesman.

Ironically, he is a corpse who eats insects, including flies and beetles. Beetlejuice could be 600 years old as derived from his line after scaring the Deetzes as a snake implied “I'm feeling a little anxious, if you know what I mean, It's been about 600 years.” Although his age has never been officially confirmed this line could be the best approximation of his age, which would make his birth at the time of the movie somewhere around mid 1300 A.D if he died in his 30’s.

Though there was no attempt to hide the fact that Betelgeuse was not meant to be a nice character, even the heroes who summoned him knew that he was, pretty much, a demon.

Despite his malicious nature, Betelgeuse also acted as a benefactor of sorts to the heroes. He was still used as a force of (relative) good, as his chaos was directed largely at a group of human antagonists, though he was still rude, obnoxious, and hostile towards the heroes as well.

He shows an interest in Lydia during most of the movie, and at nearly the end of this movie, he tries to force her into marrying him to fulfill a contract. He almost succeeds until he is stopped by Adam and Barbara Maitland, as well as a sandworm.


  • Delores: Beetlejuice's ex-wife, who was mentioned in the first movie and will be the main antagonist in the upcoming sequel.

Development (BJ1)[]

In early drafts of the script, Betelgeuse was supposed to assume a variety of forms, with his true form being that of a winged demon (the filthy pale man wearing black and white stripes was originally going to be one of the many forms he assumed). Instead of being stuck in a waiting room, Betelgeuse was going to be destroyed at first. He was also at one point in the story supposed to be a smaller, possibly middle-eastern businessman, and the script was a much darker, hard-R black comedy film that involved much more death and despair.

Powers and Abilities (BJ1)[]

  • Reality warping
  • Invulnerability
  • Levitation / Flight
  • Regeneration
  • Shapeshifting
  • Teleportation (Himself and others)
  • Can conjure / summon objects
  • Possession
  • Can mimic people's voices
  • Ventriloquism
  • Telekinesis

Trivia (BJ1)[]

  • Originally it was going to be mentioned that Betelgeuse committed suicide when he hung himself over a woman when he was drunk - and that he botched the job and ended up suffocating painfully instead of a quick snapped neck. There's not much time for it.[citationneeded]
  • The scene where Betelgeuse terrorizes the Maitlands as a snake was originally going to have him look more like an actual snake. A stop motion model of the snake head was constructed before the decision to make his head look more Keaton like.

Gallery (BJ1)[]

Beetlejuice (musical)[]

The musical version of Beetlejuice shares many similarities with his film and animated counterparts, such as ghostly powers and a self-serving nature. Unlike previous incarnations of the character, this Beetlejuice is a self-proclaimed demon from Hell and fully aware he is in a Broadway musical, breaking the 4th wall at every opportunity.

Personality (BJ:TM)[]

Similar to his animated incarnation, Beetlejuice in the musical has the modus operandi of anti-hero. As he explains during “The Whole ‘Being Dead’ Thing”, he has a very fatalistic outlook on both life and death bordering on nihilism, believing no one cares when you die, nothing matters after, and everything is better once you do.

Despite (or because of) this, he maintains a strong desire for his own personal freedom at any cost and agrees to help the Maitlands and later Lydia for this reason alone. His relationship with the latter is also somewhat better in the musical. Though Lydia understandably doesn’t trust him at first, they eventually bond over their “outsider” status and even become partners in scaring after he frightens her parents out of the house.

While not easily offended, Beetlejuice in the musical has a burning hatred for modern technology, particularly cellphones. In “The Whole ‘Being Dead’ Thing,” he threatens to personally kill any audience member whose phone goes off during the show. Later, in “The Fright of Their Lives,” he becomes livid and flat out rejects the Maitlands idea of stealing and hiding their victim’s cellphones.

Beetlejuice (animated series)[]

In the animated series, Beetlejuice takes on the roll of the protagonist more readily (athough he is still shown to be dishonest and selfish). He is often referred to as "BJ" for short (“Beej” by Lydia on occasion). The residents of the Netherworld generally consider him to be an unwelcome pest. Unlike his movie counterpart, his powers seem to be limited to wordplay. Needing a timely gag or pun in order to transform or use his power (e.g., he says something “bugs” him, he'll turn into an insect). His relationship with Lydia is more friendly and they consider one another their best friend.

Personality (BJ:AS)[]

Beetlejuice differs from his film counterpart, as he is more of an anti-hero, but still retains much of his dishonest ways. Actually, this is the least of his problems; according to Lydia,he "hasn't changed" since the day he met her, as made obvious by how filthy he tends to get (and prefers to be), and how annoyed he gets with the fact he has the same problem as he did in the film: when he wants to leave the Neitherworld, he can only enter the Outerworld partially, unless someone calls him there by saying his name 3 times. Also, you don't have to say it quickly, or really in a row. Proved by the fact that Adam interrupts Barbara when saying Beetlejuice 3 times.Unfortunately for him, sending him back is done in the same fashion. He really likes to eat bugs (Especially beetles, maybe which it's why his name is Beetlejuice). (It might make more sense if his name is Beetleblood).

His favorite activities include pulling pranks and scamming people, but as the series goes on, we learn that his most frequent prank victims - his neighbors and Lydia's parents - are individuals of whom he's secretly rather fond of. He rarely pranks Lydia herself; he cares for her above any other person, and he will go to extreme and great lengths to ensure her safety, well-being, and happiness often. (This contrasts with Beetlejuice's interactions with Lydia in the movie, in which he forces Lydia to marry him as a condition for agreeing to help the Maitlands regain their non-exorcised, non-decaying forms.)

Powers and Abilities (BJ:AS)[]

Beetlejuice is able to float and walk through walls like most ghosts do, also, but he possesses a variety of magic powers, which he usually uses to transform himself, Lydia, his surroundings, and/or other people. He can change into virtually any shape and size, and he uses this power to make visual puns and jokes often. (A few examples: when he says he'll train someone, he'll turn into a train and run over the person he said he'd train. When he says he's tired, he'll turn into a tire. On one occasion, he says "This literal translation stuff slays me", which causes giant letters reading "Literal Translation Stuff" to fall from the sky and crush him.) Sometimes, he can use these powers to make himself a "Master of Disfiguring Disguises". When he says to Lydia "Okay, you be the judge of that.", he transforms her clothes into a judge's robe and wig for a few seconds.

Despite his bad habit of acting stupid he seems to be, as Miss Shapen said, "A Regular Albert 'Slimestine'!" He's chemically inclined, due to the fact he was champion stinkbomb maker for at least a half-century straight with his childhood chemistry set, and in later years made the "New U" cologne.

His sense of humor also gives BJ an edge with every thing he does, scam or not, plus it helps him "crack himself up" when "frozen stiff" in fear.

Having been around for centuries, Beetlejuice has caught every ailment from Black Plague to Werewolf Disease (claims to still be recovering from that one), giving him a stong immune system (if being dead didn't do that on his own) and aside the extra serious Neitherworld ailments that weaken him, BJ can re-summon some diseases at will...he even makes sure to always carry a case of the common cold with him, resurfaced by blowing his nose harder then usual, which used to create a computer "virus" on Scourge while trapped in cyberspace (Vidiots).


BJ may be the self-proclaimed "ghost with the most" because of his powers, but he isn't completely indestructible; he can only control his powers a little more than he can control himself, and often ends up in trouble because of his own mouth (see "Juice Overuse")! He can be also be severed by uttering the phrase, "I'm coming apart at the seams!"

Also, despite having pride in carrying more germs than a garbage dump, he must at least fit the undead's idea of healthy for his powers to work right. He can't walk through walls as ghosts are meant to when he has "Cabin Fever" and is quarantined in his roadhouse with cement; and when bitten by a gold bug he tries to eat, he comes down with "Gold Rush Fever" that leaves him as weak as a kitten, literally and metaphorically. Additionally, he must be fully intact for his powers to work, as best exemplified by the episode "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted." If any parts of his body are separated from the rest, he loses his "juice," and he must pull himself together (literally) before sundown or he will melt to the point of exorcism.

He can also become incapacitated mentally and/or emotionally in certain circ*mstances. He is terrified of sandworms, often freezing up around them to the point where he can't even fly. Lydia frequently has to say or do the right thing in order to revive him from his assorted afflictions, though he can sometimes break out of them on his own in order to save someone else.

He claims immunity from mind control, though a few episodes prove this is not always the case. He also sometimes has trouble when combating a rival ghost whose powers are considerable. His worst weakness, as stated in both the movie and the show, is his inability to cooperate well with others. His poor social skills often get him into hot water and even Lydia, who arguably has the patience of a saint, sometimes finds him difficult to endure.

Beetlejuice can only use his magical powers with a full body. If a part of his body is missing, which at times becomes autonomous due to the exaggerations of Bettlejuice, he cannot perform any trick or power until he has that part back.

Lydia herself may be regarded as both a weakness and a strength to Beetlejuice; there are many instances of other characters attempting to use her against him, usually by taking her hostage, which never ends well for them. Threatening, endangering, or insulting Lydia is the fastest way to make Beetlejuice angry. He also has an intense jealous streak where she is concerned, and has been shown on several occasions to become disgruntled when anyone else takes up too much of her time. Her brief romance with Prince Vince almost made him literally explode. However, she is also a strength for him, as she has a powerful influence over him and almost certainly makes him a better person than he would be without her; he will generally (however reluctantly) do the right thing in the end if she asks it of him.


  • Nat Juice: Beetlejuice and Donny's workaholic father. He is modeled after the Frankenstein's Monster and even works at a neck bolt factory. He often commands Beetlejuice to get a job.
  • Bea Juice: Beetlejuice and Donny's's overprotective mother. She often wants her son to be tidy and clean.
  • Donny Juice: Beetlejuice's younger brother, who is the exact opposite of him. He is clean and tidy and kind to everyone he meets. He also says that he can sometimes be a little too nice (a la Mr. Rogers, Ned Flanders, etc.) and it tends to drive people crazy.
  • Sid Juice: Beetlejuice and Donny's uncle who loves bad jokes. He lives with his wife Irma in a house boat.
  • Auntie Em: Beetlejuice and Donny's aunt who is literally a cow. Beetlejuice helped her regain the rights to her milk farm.
  • Unnamed Grandmother: In the episode Cabin Fever, when a sick Beetlejuice comes across his old dolly of Salvatore Dali, he and Lydia go through an abstract and surreal world. One of the things they see is Beetlejuice's grandmother, who looks like an elephant. Beetlejuice has mentioned his grandmother in other episodes, but it is unknown if the grandmother he refers to is the same as his elephant-like one.
  • Uncle Victor and Aunt Lucy: They appear as portraits in the episode "Oh Brother". They consider Donny as their favorite nephew due to the fact Donny gives them many gifts. (Possibly named after Victor Frankenstein, the life-creating scientist in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; and Lucy Westenra, a supporting character in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.)
  • Aunt Mildred: She is mentioned in "A Star is Bored" Beetlejuice compares her to a big green monster who was licking his roadhouse.


  • Lydia Deetz: Unlike their relationship in the movie, Beetlejuice and Lydia are best friends. Lydia often helps Beetlejuice out of his problems, and by his own admission he will do literally anything for her. Theirs is the only significant relationship he is shown to have with a female; combined with his jealousy issues where she is concerned, this has led many characters and fans to presume her to be his love interest. (Several writers on the show have confirmed that this was deliberately invoked.)
  • Jacques LaLean: A French skeleton bodybuilder and one of Beetlejuice's neighbors. Beetlejuice often pulls pranks on Jacques that result in him falling into pieces. Despite this, Beetlejuice actually likes Jacques; they have been friends since high school.
  • Ginger: A cute pink mediocre tap dancing spider, and another one of Beetlejuice's neighbors. Like Jacques, Beetlejuice likes to prank her. She is very sensitive to cruel pranks and often cries. She too has been friends with Beetlejuice since high school.
  • The Monster Across The Street: A hairy monster wearing cowboy gear who speaks in a Southern accent. He often says "What in tar-hooties!" when falling victim to Beetlejuice's pranks. He has a dog named Poopsie, another one of Beetlejuice's favorite victims.
  • Doomie: Also known as the Dragster of Doom, Doomie is Lydia and Beetlejuice's sentient car. Because Beetlejuice accidentally gave him an abnormal carburetor, Doomie turns into a werewolf-like car whenever he sees dogs, afterwards he will chase the dog(s) he saw. Doomie often acts much nicer than Beetlejuice and will even try to warn him when he is about to do something risky or unwise. Beetlejuice and Lydia are almost like Doomie's parents, as exemplified in "Doomie's Romance."
  • Sappy Face Ghouls: One girl (Slimy, according to "Smell-A-Thon") and two boy scouts (the three look a little bit like Lock, Shock and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas) in the Neitherworld who see Beetlejuice as a role model. Like most of Beetlejuice's friends, they will often try to help BJ when he gets in trouble.


  • Claire Brewster: Clairemakes life miserable for Lydia on a regular basis, although the misery is certainly tempered by Beetlejuice's influence. He dislikes Claire's general attitude, but despises her for how she treats Lydia, and frequently offers to enact bizarre revenge pranks on her. Lydia is tempted, but insists on keeping her revenge artistic rather than personal; she enjoys letting Claire worry about how she might retaliate. This doesn't always keep Beetlejuice from acting on his own, however.
  • Scuzzo the Clown: A rival of Beetlejuice who often tries to outprank him. He has a brother named Fuzzo the Clown, but is often seen working alone.
  • Jesse Germs: A skeletal outlaw. He always tries to have revenge against Beetlejuice.
  • Germs Pondscum: A secret agent with a license to prank. He has a tendency to prank whatever he sees and uses Beetlejuice as a scapegoat.
  • Lipscum: A talking pair of lips and the only person everyone in the Neitherworld agrees is more annoying than Beetlejuice. He frequently begs to tag along with others, once when BJ held a telethon to save the smells, another time when he wanted to join Beetlejuice's enemies in finding a way to destroy him.
  • Bartholomew Batt: An old black and white cartoon character in the Neitherworld who is now a has-been, as he has never adapted to modern color cartoons(in fact, he completely despises modern cartoon characters). He desperately wants to make a comeback. Is a parody of Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat.
  • Little Miss Warden: Is in charge of Neither-neither-land, a rehabilitation center in the Neitherworld. She hates nasty and gross things like Beetlejuice and prefers everything to be nice, wholesome, and sickingly sweet, to the dismay of everyone else.
  • Goody Two Shoes: An annoying fairy. Like Little Miss Warden, she wants everything to be nice and wholesome. She works for the Neitherworld Bureacracy of Sissiness and Prissiness, shortened as BSnP (BJ humorously asks Lydia if it is allowed to say that on television, which brreaks the fourth wall). She hates it when there is nothing ugly to correct and make sweeter.
  • Armhold Musclehugger: A ghostly bodybuilder who is a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Was originally Mr. Neitherworld for 399 years, until Jacques beat him on what was supposed to be his 400th year of winning the Mr. Neitherworld contest.
  • Mr. Big: A gangster that ironically is very small. In his first appearance, he formed a gang with three Neitherworld criminals named Babyface, Al Dente, and Smelly Shotgun. He later teamed up with Scuzzo the Clown, Little Miss Warden, Jesse Germs, Batholomew Batt, and Lipscum in a plot to destroy Beetlejuice.
  • Chester Slime: A lawyer that bribes the mayor.
  • Mayor Maynot: A mummy/invisible man that is mayor of the Neitherworld. He greatly despises Beetlejuice and wants to feed him to the Sandworms. Is often aided by his assistant I. M. Smallhead and his secretary Mrs. Bugsly.
  • Judge Mental: A skeletal judge that has sentenced Beetlejuice to Sandworm Land countless times.
  • Astaroth: The final boss in the Beetlejuice video game for the Game Boy. He is depicted as a head-like demon with multiple arms. As he takes damage, he loses one of his arms, becoming very close to defeat once all of his arms are lost.

Forms Assumed[]

Beetlejuice has assumed many aliases throughout the series.

Living World[]

These are disguises Beetlejuice uses when hanging out with Lydia in the human world.

  • Betty Juice: A form he uses when at school or when Lydia is with her friends Bertha and Prudence. He simply changes himself into a schoolgirl version of himself.
  • Mr. Beetleman: He uses this form to con people in the living world, usually Lydia's parents. Sometimes he simply refers to himself as Mr. Beetleman while he is in his regular form. Other times, he wears clothes appropriate to whatever profession he uses in his scams.
  • Cousin BJ: A form only used twice. The first time was during a family reunion in order to get closer to Lydia's relatives. The second time was when Lydia wasn't able to spend time with her father Charles.
  • Grandpa Beetleman: When showing Lydia's grandmother around, Beetlejuice passes himself off as the father of Mr. Beetleman.
  • Odious: A form he used when pretending to be a stray dog. For a while, he was stuck in that form due to a collar placed on him when he was in the Neitherworld. Things got worse when he was adopted by Lydia's mother Delia. Fortunately, Lydia was able to free Beetlejuice by having Jacques come over disguised as a Frenchman who was Odious's true owner.
  • Prof. BeetleBurg: Appeared only in one episode, as a guest teacher at Lydia's school. He selected Lydia, her friends Prudence and Bertha, and her nemesis Clare and gave them a history lesson.


These disguises are only used in the Neitherworld.

  • General Splattin: BJ becomes a general whenever he needs to encourage his friends that they must succeed.
  • Cat Beetlejuice: BJ occasionally assumes the form of a cat, usually to prank Poopsie.
  • Ultra Beetle Man: A superhero-like persona used in an effort to become popular. He later uses this disguise again whenever he describes something as "spectacular" or "amazing".
  • Beautyjuice: A form used in an attempt to enter the Neitherworld Beauty Pageant.
  • Grimdiana Bones: He adopted this form, a parody of Indiana Jones, in one episode to rescue Lydia from a giant gorilla named Thing Thong. Everytime he says the name of this form, he gets chased by a boulder as a parody of the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Beatrice: A form used to disguise himself as a witch at the witch's ball to distract the other witches while Lydia rescues her cat, Percy.

Other Personalities[]

Some episodes had BJ have his personality completely changed, or even fragmented into more than one personality.

  • Beetlejuice's Funnybone: Claims to be able to "crack people up". It is shown that his ability to crack people up is in both the figurative and literary senses: People who hear his jokes laugh hysterically and start cracking into pieces.
  • Serious Beetlejuice: After Beetlejuice's funnybone is removed, he acts less funny and no longer tolerates anything filthy or disgusting. He was very reluctant in having his funnybone restored, only doing it for the sake of preventing it to get out of hand.
  • Beetlebones: Beetlejuice's skeleton. Unlike Beetlejuice, Beetlebones is more classy, but often acts very arrogant and rude to Beetlejuice's friends. He eventually went back into Beetlejuice's skin after he was captured by the Skeleton Crew, a team of skeletons in the Neitherworld who capture and torture skeletons when they are not in their proper bodies (the only exceptions being those that are always skeletons).
  • Clean Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice's opposite personality after spraying himself with his New-U cologne. Disgusted by how dirty he is, Clean Beetlejuice attempts to take a bath, only to change back to normal (it was explained that the effects of the cologne can be reversed if the person gets wet).
  • Good Neighbor Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice after falling under the spell of Goody Two Shoes. In this form, he somewhat resembles his brother Donny.
  • Snugglejuice: Beetlejuice after he is rehabilitated at Neither-neither-land. Often acts effeminate and shows great dislike for things Beetlejuice usually likes, including scams and eating beetles.
  • Posijuice and Negajuice: In the series finale, Beetlejuice splits into good and evil halves. Posijuice is more friendly and benevolent than Beetlejuice normally is, but still retains some of his habits and his sense of humor. Negajuice is wicked and diabolical, and acts more the way the character is portrayed in the movie.
  • Prankenstein: A Frankenstein-esque version of Beetlejuice in BJ's head who tells him to pull pranks.
  • Will Power: Beetlejuice's conscience, who seldom succeeds in telling Beetlejuice to do what is right.
  • Clown Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice after he gets Scuzzo's brain.
  • Cerebro: Beetlejuice's brain. Like his funnybone, the brain of Beetlejuice is very mean and mischeivous.
  • Lefty and Righty: Beetlejuice's feet. They once left Beetlejuice when he neglected them.
  • Beetlejuice's body: There were two episodes where Beetlejuice's head separated from his body. In both occasions, BJ's head retained his regular personality, while his body would act independently and talk with a face made by his hand.

Trivia (BJ:AS)[]

  • Beetlejuice's parents refer to their son as Junior, even though he is not named after his father. Possibly he is named after a older male relative.
  • Oddly enough, Beetlejuice's parents and his brother Donny are never seen together in the same episode.
  • Though he is afraid of Sandworms, there have been times where he managed to defeat a Sandworm without panicking.
  • Almost every time Beetlejuice eats a bug, we never actually see him eat it. Instead, we see the reactions of whoever happens to be watching him eat the bug at the time (if not cutting to the next part of the plot).
  • He eats 200 bugs in the whole animation, and according to Lydia on the first episode, he knows 101 ways to eat them; this would suggest that each way must have been shown at least once, though usually he eats them raw while they're still able to crawl. He even saves some for later.
  • Beetlejuice is Ablutophobic (meaning he has the fear/dispute of cleanliness/bathing), which is no surprise since his neat-freak mother gets carried away. Whenever he's forced to take a bath/shower, especially the kind with hot-and-soapy water, he goes berserk. When in buildings that are spotless, he claims it's his idea of disgusting.
  • Due to his father's workaholic behavior, Beetlejuice also has issues with the mere idea of getting (and keeping) a job, as he would rather have fun and spend time with Lydia than be a member of the "bored." However, on many occasions he's seen using his multiple talents and his con-artist charm to set himself up with some part-time freelances.
  • In the episode "The Wizard of Ooze," Beetlejuice actually says his own name for the first time. According to his curse, he is unable to do so. However, the episode is revealed to have been a dream sequence, which likely accounts for the discrepancy.
  • Beetlejuice is shown crying (as an adult) several times during the course of the series - Out of my mind and Poe Pourri are all three instances are related to the prospect of permanent separation from Lydia. But he always does the same thing on a few more episodes.
  • Beetlejuice is actually Born a Ghost since his family originates in the Neitherworld similar to Casper the friendly ghost from cartoons,It the source of all things spooky so not everything that lives there was once a human.
  • According to a 90s Beetlejuice stickerbook (published by "Panini"), the house the Deetzes live in is Beetlejuice's, but was considered abandoned by the outside world. Beetlejuice used to try and scare the family away at first, and eventually found himself liking and befriending Lydia.

Gallery (BJ:AS)[]


Betelgeuse's name is often spelled phonetically as "Beetlejuice", as in the title. However, during the film his name spelled Betelgeuse (like the star of Orion, Betelgeuse) during his ad on TV, and everywhere in the grave scene.

There has been great debate over which spelling of his name is correct. Some say that because his name is the same as the introduction, this is proof that they meant it as Beetlejuice while others claim that was an error as the credits of the film spell his name "Betelgeuse". Nowhere during the film is his name spelled "Beetlejuice", unless watched with subtitles on, in which it is said from Lydia's interpretation from playing charades with him. Yes there is spelling of "Beetlejuice" in the film. The begining credits title the film "Beetlejuice". The Maitlands used the astrological spelling... after several mispronunciations.

Some also argue that he may not have been permitted to write his name the way it should, much like he can't say his own name. However, it is just as likely that he cannot misspell his own name any more than a mispronunciation of it can summon him, a condition which compounds his curse since his name is not spelled phonetically. It is also worth noting that there are hints of a greater meaning in several of the names in the movie, since Betelgeuse means "the hand of Orion" and Betelgeuse's former master was named Juno, a character clearly named after the Queen of the Roman gods, protector and special councilor of the state.

Other Notable Forms of Media[]

  • Betelgeuse had his own attraction at the Universal Studios theme park called Betelgeuse's Rock 'n' Roll Graveyard Revue. The attraction was eventually shut down, but it has been recently revived. It was permanently closed in early 2016. There were also some skits where Betelgeuse met the Ghostbusters, most of which had him possess the boys in gray and humiliate them by singing songs, such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I'm Too Handsome." Some of these skits ended with the Ghostbusters busting Betelgeuse.
  • Betelgeuse made an appearance in LEGO Dimensions.

Comparing Versions in Media[]


  • Beetlejuice (movie):
    • Chapter 05: "Perusing the obits."
    • Chapter 10: "The power of advertising."
    • Chapter 13: "Help me!"
    • Chapter 15: "Beetlejuice."
    • Chapter 18: "Turn on the juice."
      • Deleted Scene: "The Original Snake Scene"
    • Chapter 19: "Make my millennium."
    • Chapter 22: "Lydia meets Beetlejuice."
    • Chapter 24: "It's showtime."
    • Chapter 25: "Marriage of incovenience."
      • Deleted Scene: "Wedding Ceremony"
    • Chapter 27: "Lightheaded."
      • Deleted Scene: "Old Bill in The Afterlife"
  • Beetlejuice (musical)
  • Beetlejuice (animated series)
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