!!Ofelia / Princess Moanna
->'''Played By''': Ivana Baquero

A little girl who knows a little magic -- enough to, say, restore a statue's lost eye to it, and to recognize a fairy no matter what it looks like. Ofelia adores fairy tales and making up stories, even though her mother tells her she's too old for them. But when the CallToAdventure comes -- in the form of a mysterious Faun who tells Ofelia that she is the reborn Princess Moanna, of the underworld -- Ofelia will dare anything to fulfill her Quest.

* ActionSurvivor
* BreakTheCutie
** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie]]
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: After her mother's death.]]
* [[spoiler:DiedHappilyEverAfter]]
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight]]
* DoomedNewClothes
* GenreSavvy: Except when she's [[WrongGenreSavvy not]].
* MeaningfulName
* PluckyGirl
* TheSouthPaw
* [[spoiler: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: The underworld, on the other hand...]]
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Ofelia]]

[[folder:The Human World]]
!!Captain Vidal
->'''Played By''': Sergi López

Ofelia's new stepfather and a Falange officer.

* AbusiveParents
* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: His death left few, if any of the audiences to tears.]]
* {{Badass}}
* BigBad
* BloodKnight
* ClassicVillain
* ClockKing: Dowplayed, Vidal (who does have a clock motif) makes many plans, manipulating the rebels to come to him while reinforcing the countries power as well as estimating where the rebels will go and whether or not his house staff are trustworthy.
* {{Determinator}}
* DisappearedDad: His father was killed in Morocco when Vidal was only a boy, and made him obsessed of having a son of his own.
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity: He tries, but [[SubvertedTrope Mercedes doesn't let him.]]]]
* FantasyForbiddingParent
* FauxAffablyEvil: Best seen with the hunters and the Stuttering rebel, Vidal retains his polite and calm demeanor, even as he's breaking bones, noses or murdering people. With the Captive, he gives him a HopeSpot and even states he'll let him go, knowing full well that the man will fail his test. His voice barely rises as he's describing [[ToThePain some torture techniques]].
* FreudianExcuse: See DisappearedDad above, since his own father's death shook him up badly. But it doesn't excuse his depravity at all.
* HeroKiller: He slaughters a bunch of Rebel soldiers and tortures [[spoiler:the stuttering kid]] horribly. [[spoiler:Oh, and he kills Ofelia.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Vidal is more concerned about preserving his legacy than actually caring for a child.
* '''{{Jerkass}}''': This is the ''nicest'' way to describe him.
* KickTheDog: Vidal treats this as his daily routine.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler: Knows he's beaten at the end, and calmly hands over his son to the rebels before allowing them to shoot him.]]
* [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring: After Ofelia takes her brother away from him, Vidal eventually tracks down Ofelia, takes the brother back and kills Ofelia.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: He was annoyed that killed two innocent hunters he's mistaken for rebels. Only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.
* SupernaturalProofFather: [[spoiler: Is unable to see the Faun.]]
* TortureTechnician
* VillainousValor: He's undeniably brave, as he leads his troops from the front against the rebels and [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces the music]] with almost inhuman detachment.
* WouldHurtAChild

->'''Played By''': Ariadna Gil

Ofelia's mother and Vidal's wife.

* [[spoiler:DeathByChildbirth]]
* FantasyForbiddingParent: Though she's ''way'' more nice about it than Vidal. [[spoiler: At least, until right before her death.]]
* [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: When discovering the enchanted mandrake Ofelia put under her bed to aid her pregnancy, Carmen throws it into the fireplace to show that magic isn't real. Unfortunately, burning the mandrake results in Carmen receiving its pain and going into early labor, which she dies of.]]

->'''Played By''': Maribel Verdú

Vidal's housekeeper.

* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: She gives two to [[spoiler:Vidal]] when she has the upper hand on him.
--> '''Mercedes''': You're not the first pig I gutted!
*** And then when [[spoiler:he]] meets his end.
--> '''Mercedes''': No. He will not even know your name.
* BrokenBird: Implied.
* MamaBear: Even more so than Ofelia's actual mother.
* TheMole: For the rebels.

!!Dr Ferreiro
->'''Played By''': Álex Angulo

A doctor in the service of Vidal who is also an anti-Francoist and aids the rebels.

* [[spoiler: DefiantToTheEnd]]
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: His death at Vidal's hands is extremely dignified.]]
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity]]
* [[spoiler: InTheBack]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Does it to one of the captured rebels.]]
* TheMole: For the rebels.
* NiceGuy

->'''Played By''': Roger Casamajor

Mercedes' brother, and leader of the rebels.

* {{Badass}}
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* LaResistance: Their leader.

!!Garcés and Serrano
->'''Played By''': Manolo Solo and César Vea respectively.

* DoubleTap: Garcés can be seen performing it on the rebels they've shot in the battle, much like the rest of the soldiers in the movie.
* CoDragons: To Vidal
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Downplayed, they have stone faces in war and executing prisoners, but look shocked by Vidal's brutality against the hunters.
* FatAndSkinny: Downplayed, Garcés is slimmer and while Serrano isn't fat, he's certainly more broad than Garcés.
* LeanAndMean: Garcés, thinner, shorter and meaner than Serrano.
* PerpetualFrowner: Serrano
* SmugSnake: Garcés especially in his final scene.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Garcés]] is shot repeatedly by the rebels. Justified in that he was [[spoiler: advancing on Mercedes, likely to kill her, prompting the rebels to fire repeatedly]] and that multiple gunshots to people isn't that uncommon in the film, the rebels even shoot the fallen soldiers to make sure they're dead.
* ThoseTwoGuys
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Serrano makes it back to the base before the rebels attack, presumably he was killed in the firefight, but we don't know.]]

[[folder:The Underworld]]
!!The Faun
->'''Played By''': Doug Jones & Pablo Adán

An ancient creature, he has been waiting in the Labyrinth for the reincarnated princess to return.

* BerserkButton: He ''really'' doesn't like it when rules are broken.
* TheFairFolk
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be downright ''scary'', but he really does want the princess to return.
* RapidAging: Inverted; he becomes visibly younger as the film progresses. When we first meet him, he moves as if his joints are stiff; by the film's end, his movement is quite normal.
* TimeAbyss: He's so old, his true names can only be pronounced by "the wind and the trees."

!!The Fairies

Three fairies that are friends with the Faun.

* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]: [[spoiler: The two that were eaten by the Pale Man show up in the end.]]
* FacePalm: [[spoiler: When Ofelia eats from the Pale Man's banquet.]]
* FairyCompanion: To the Faun, and later Ofelia.
* TheFairFolk
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: [[SarcasmMode Congratulations Ofelia.]]]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They first appear as stick insects, but transform after Ofelia shows them what they're "supposed" to look like.
* TheUnintelligible: The fairies speak through insect like chattering, but the Faun knows what they're saying. [[spoiler: Especially when the surviving fairy told him how Ofelia disobeyed him.]]

!!The Pale Man
->'''Played By''': Doug Jones

A child eating monster.

* AllThereInTheManual: The Bonus Comics on the DVD reveal he was once a being of excess banished to that room, and unable to eat the food before him, turning into the emaciated being he appeared. He believed that the dagger was the only thing that could harm him [[spoiler: but in reality it was all that was keeping him alive, and when Ofelia left, he collapsed in on himself and disappeared.]]
* ChildEater: [[spoiler: Although he doesn't mind the taste of fairies.]]
* EatsBabies: The murals detailed him eating toddlers.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: His eyes are ''on his palms''.
* EyelessFace: Because of the above trope.
* [[ImAHumanitarian Eye Am a Humanitarian]]
* TheFairFolk

!!King & Queen of the Underworld
->'''Played By''': Federico Luppi & Ariadna Gil

* BadassBeard: The king sports one of these.
* [[BigGood Big Goods]]: Of the Underworld.
* LightIsGood: Their throne room is brightly lit.

[[folder: Other Characters]]

!!The Mandrake

A plant "that dreamed of being human." The Faun gives it to Ofelia in order to help cure her mom.

* BloodMagic: Requires two drops of blood from Ofelia everyday.
* [[spoiler: KillItWithFire: Carmen throws it into the fireplace when Vidal discovers it under her bed. [[DeathByChildbirth It doesn't end well for her.]] ]]
* NatureSpirit
* PlantPerson
* {{Synchronization}}: After being placed in a bowl of milk by Ofelia, it begins to simulate Carmen's movements (i.e. tossing and turning when she does the same in bed). [[spoiler: This is probably why Carmen begins to go into pained labor when the Mandrake is burned.]]