George Cubbins is a ghost-hunter and the deputy of Lockwood & Co., one of London's smallest psychical detection agencies. He is the brains of the agency and likes to have preparation time and sufficient research before a case.
George does not tolerate hypocrites and has a somewhat acerbic sense of humour. He has an unhealthy interest in the origins of the Problem and the nature of ghosts and the afterlife, which has sometimes led him into serious trouble. Having said that, he is a diligent, passionate and skilled researcher and is at home amongst dusty archives or surrounded by piles of reference books at the library.
George is very much a "by the book" agent - the polar opposite of Lockwood's devil-may-care approach to ghost hunting.
Portly, with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes, George wears glasses which he constantly removes to polish the lenses on his shirt or jumper. George is of slovenly appearance - even dressed in "smart" clothes, he looks an untidy mess.
George has the Talent of Touch, although perhaps not as good as Lucy Carlyle. He also has Sight (inferior to Anthony Lockwood's ability), but has little talent for Listening. He is considered to be a general all-rounder, not greatly skilled in any particular area, but of some talent in all. His strength is being a skilled researcher, able to spend hours scouring obscure archives and articles to discover crucial pieces of historical information.
Prior to joining Lockwood & Co., George worked for the Fittes Agency. He was under a supervisor named Sweeney, a woman. His curiosity about the hidden activities within the Fittes House, where he was working, prompted him to ask so much that he was fired for insubordination. Before leaving the Fittes House, he took one of the agency's subject of experiments - the Skull.
George having a mother was mentioned (book 2). She knitted a cosy as a gift for Anthony Lockwood.