A Portrait Ghost is a ghost that was once a portrait in the game Luigi's Mansion.


According to Professor E. Gadd, the first twenty one portrait ghosts and Boolossus (No. 22)[1] were released from their paintings by Boos under the command of King Boo. Luigi had to vacuum up all of the portrait ghosts (except for a few "optional ghosts" like Mr. Luggs) using the Poltergust 3000. Captured portrait ghosts would be returned to their paintings via the Ghost Portrificationizer. The frame and the style of the portraits would change depending on how many pearls Luigi acquired during the battle with the ghosts.

Black and white pictures can be found in many rooms of the mansion. These pictures look similar to each ghost that inhabits the room they are in, suggesting these pictures may be depicting these ghosts when they were alive. Pictures resembling Neville, Lydia, Nana, Vincent Van Gore, Spooky, Chauncey, The Floating Whirlindas, Slim Bankshot, Henry and Orville, and Sue Pea can be seen in the Parlor, Study, Nursery, Ball Room, Billiards Room, Twins' Room, and Guest Room, respectively.

All of the portraits were given new designs in the Nintendo 3DS remake.

List of Ghosts

Area 1

  • Neville
  • Lydia
  • Chauncey (area boss)

Area 2

Area 3

Area 4

Official profiles

Luigi's Mansion

  • Instruction Booklet Description: "I collected famous ghosts from all over the world and turned them into paintings, but those darn Boos went and turned them all back into ghosts again! You've got to catch those ghosts so I can turn them back into paintings."


  • Black and white photos indicate that most if not all of the portrait ghosts where once living, the exception being bogmire as he is only a shadow.
  • It is never said how the ghosts died, but it is often thought that they where all killed in a fire due to the charred appearance of the mansion and the fact the butler is terrified of fire, and the Twins are terrified of elements fire included.
  • Some of these Portrait Ghosts appear in the GCN and DS version of Luigi's Mansion in the Mario Kart series.