Athough Charles claims he just wants to relax and clip coupons (which he obviously does) he can't resist his old habit of continuing his real estate career ... the one he had before his "nervous breakdown", and begins plans to sell the entire town of Winter River. Though Charles acts too busy for his own family, he truly cares about them. He loves his wife Delia (despite hating the way she "trashes the place" with her redecorating obsession) and is attentive to Lydia (even asking her opinion of the new house, promising her a darkroom for her photography, and even calling her "pumpkin"). While initially upset at the idea when Adam and Barbara summoned the snake (Beetlejuice in disguise) to attack him, Charles shows great concern when the seance turned exorcism causes the couple to decompose in front of him and tries to make Otho stop. In the end Charles seems to accept the idea of living with ghosts, even reading a book (called "The Living and the Dead") on how to deal with it and sharing Adam's frustration that the book reads like stereo instructions. While Beetlejuice has been banished, Charles still has a lingering fear of him which is triggered when Delia shows him a sculpture of Beetlejuice in Snake form.
Used to work in real estate in New York City before his nervous break down, which is why he and his family moved to "the sticks" in the first place. According to Lydia, Charles was married to Lydia's mother before he met Delia, though what happened to his first wife remains a mystery.
Charles Deetz from the Animated Series
- In the animated series it's revealed that Charles is allergic to dogs.
- Charles loves ornithology and baseball.
- It's unknown what happened to Charles's first wife.