Characters: Coraline

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    The Real World 

Coraline Jones

Played By: Dakota Fanning
"I'm Coraline Jones. I've got so much to tell you."

The Cat

Played By: Keith David
"I'm not the other anything. I'm me."

Mel Jones (Coraline's Mother)

Played By: Teri Hatcher

  • Adults Are Useless: Justified. Having an imaginative child like Coraline can make a parent not really believe the stories he/she tells.
  • Beauty Mark: On the lower right side of her cheek.
  • Brown Eyes: Showing her Only Sane Man tendencies
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like mother, like daughter it seems.
  • Hartman Hips: Has rather curvy hips.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although very busy with her work as a gardening catalogue editor, Mel loves Coraline very much despite the lack of time and attention she gives her daughter as depicted when Coraline shared to her that she almost fell in a well. As a mother she cares deeply for her daughter and even tried to make it up to her by telling Coraline that she could pick something she liked in the grocery, but was very dismayed when Coraline was still upset with her that she denied.
  • Noodle Incident: The exact circumstances of how she got the neckbrace. Her dialogue with Coraline implies it was the result of a car accident.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Her (initial) relationship with Coraline when they first move.
  • Parental Neglect: Not on purpose, but she does need work.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Justified given that Coraline is a child and from Mel's POV is just imagining things.
  • Parents as People: Mel only works a lot because she wants to support her family.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She only smiles once or twice. Not counting the sarcastic ones.
  • Pet the Dog: Buys Coraline the gloves she wanted.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has black hair and pale skin.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The only differences between Mel and Coraline are hairstyle and hair color.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Charlie's Ugly Guy.
  • When You Coming Home, Mom?: Played with. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where Coraline gets everything she wants and her parents exist only to please her. It's later revealed to be a honey trap, as the Other Mother is actually a creature that feeds on children's souls. It is implied that her parents at the start of the movie are close to an important deadline and are not workaholics. They also just moved into a new house, which partly explains Coraline's resentment — she was also upset that her parents had her leave behind her old friends and home.

Charlie Jones (Coraline's Father)

Played By: John Hodgman

  • Adults Are Useless
  • Brown Eyes
  • Bumbling Dad
  • Cleopatra Nose: Has a big nose.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Has both brown eyes and brown hair.
  • Lethal Chef: His food literally looks like slime. According to Coraline.
  • Not Now, Kiddo
  • Papa Wolf: In the book version, Coraline tells the Cat a story of how she and her father stumbled into some bees, her father told Coraline to run, while he stayed behind to be the one getting the majority of the bee stings.
  • Parental Neglect
  • Parental Obliviousness: Part of what makes Coraline want to go to the Other World.
  • Parents as People: Charlie is just trying to do his job so his family can be supported.
  • Perma Stubble: Has a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Charlie cooks for the family and writes garden catalogs, along with his wife.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears brown-rimmed glasses and writes for garden catalogs.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ugly Guy to Mel's Hot Wife.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Played with. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where Coraline gets everything she wants and her parents exist only to please her. It's later revealed to be a honey trap, as the Other Mother is actually a creature that feeds on children's souls. It is implied that her parents at the start of the movie are close to an important deadline and are not workaholics. They also just moved into a new house, which partly explains Coraline's resentment — she was also upset that her parents had her leave behind her old friends and home.

Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat

Played By: Robert Bailey Jr.
"Hm. It's not real scientific, but I heard an ordinary name like Caroline can lead people to have ordinary expectations about a person."

Miss April Spink

Played By: Jennifer Saunders
"Never wear green in your dressing room."

  • I Was Quite a Looker: Posters in their flat reveal that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible were burlesque actresses.
  • Redhead In Green: Her hair is turning pinkish and she wears a green robe.

Miss Miriam Forcible

Played By: Dawn French
"Well, not to worry, child: It's good news. There's a tall, handsome beast in your future."

Mr. Bobo/Alexander Sergei Bobinsky

Played By: Ian McShane
"I am the Amazing Bobinsky! But you—call me Mr. B. Because, amazing, I already know that I am."

  • Acrofatic
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the books, his name was Mr. Bobo.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Probably from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man and His Mice. He has his own mice circus.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the book, Mr. Bobo simply happens to be Slavic (Russia isn't even mentioned, actually); it's not even implied that he has an accent until Misses Spink and Forcible happen to talk about him near the end of the book. However, the movie makes Bobinsky extremely weird and extremely Russian.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Just see below and you'll know why.
  • Crazy Mouse Man: Is the owner of who knows how many mice in his part of the apartment.
  • Hidden Depths: That medal that he is always seen wearing. That is the medal that was awarded to the first responders of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster...
  • Husky Russkie: Is a rather fat man with a very thick Russian accent.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It is hinted he actually can communicate with his rats. As at one point he comments on how the rats keep calling Coraline by its actual pronunciation where Bobinsky fully believes her name is actually Caroline and knows about the other world.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mr. Bobo seems to really like beets. He even tried to offer Coraline one.

    The Other World 

The Other Mother/Beldam

Played By: Teri Hatcher
"They say even the proudest spirit can be broken...with love."

  • Alien Blood: In the book, her blood is black in color and tar-like, as described when the cat scratches her across the face.
  • Animal Motifs: Spider.
  • Big Bad: The Other Mother is a major obstacle for Coraline because the woman wants to keep Coraline away from the real world. Even if it means playing dirty.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She looks like the perfect mom. She's also a Yandere psychopath, who uses children's deepest wishes desires to get them to do what she wants.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to The Other Miss Forcible's Blonde and The Other Miss Spink's Redhead.
  • Button Eyes of Evil: The trait shared by all Other World inhabitants. The Uncanny Valley aside, it's the first indicator that the Other Mother, and her world for that matter, aren't all they seem.
  • Creative Sterility: She can only copy and transform what already exists, hence why there's nothing beyond the garden in her world. It becomes a plot point in the novel when Coraline notices a snow globe on the mantle, which isn't there in the real world. It's where her parents are being held.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her true form has cracked, porcelain skin which stands out even more against her black, bunned hair.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Coraline's Mother. Or any child's mother (dependent on who lives in the house). Let the Adult Fear sink in for a moment.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She tricks children into sewing buttons into their eyes, and then drains the life from them.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her gradual Glamour Failure during the second half of the film includes long, sharp, blood-red nails. They eventually turn into sewing needles when she hits One-Winged Angel.
  • Game Face: She starts off greatly resembling Coraline's mother (albeit with button eyes), but as she shows her true colors she starts to look quite terrifying.
  • Giant Spider: The Other Mother's "true" form ends up seeming to be this.
  • Hartman Hips: She is a near-identical copy of Coraline's mother (albeit an idealized version), so it's a given.
  • Hot Witch: Her human form resembles an idealized version of Coraline's mother who is already quite pretty.
  • Humanoid Abomination: And she gets progressively less humanoid later in the story.
  • Lean and Mean: The thinner she gets, the more you see her true, evil self.
  • My Beloved Smother: Known as The Other Mother and see the Yandere section.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: She makes The Other Father, and The Other Wybie too well. They love Coraline and don't want to see any harm come to her, regardless if she instructs them to. They actively resist their creator even at the cost of their own existences.
    • Her need to gloat over her victory when Coraline says her parents are behind the door between worlds at The Climax is what leads to her opening the door for Coraline, in essence engineering her escape.
  • One-Winged Angel: Over the course of the movie the Other Mother progressively gets more monstrous. She starts as a copy of Coraline's real mother, then gets thinner, spindlier and overall wicked-looking. By the end of the movie she reveals her true form - a spindly spider-human hybrid with cracked porcelain skin, metal legs and hands with claws made of sewing needles.
  • Parental Substitute: She acts like this to the children... until she feasts on their souls and then disposes of them.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She screams this - alternated with "I'LL DIE WITHOUT YOU!" - at Coraline when she leaves the Other World for the last time.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Semi-subverted. She has put her Mother to the grave, "And when I caught her trying to crawl out, I put her back in". So her mother perhaps isn't exactly dead, but for all intents and purposes, she is.
  • The Sociopath: Pretends to be a loving mother when she in fact wishes to suck the life out of children and sew buttons in their eyes, which she plans to do to Coraline.
  • Sore Loser: In the book, after Coraline finds the first soul, she sends a strong wind - indoors - to slow her down. She also has no intention of letting Coraline go, whether she wins or not.
  • Yandere: She's not above kidnapping a child's parents if it means the child will come back to her.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Heavily implied through the button-eyes.

The Other Father

Played By: John Hodgman
"All will be swell, soon as Mother's refreshed. Her strength is our strength..."

The Other Wybie

Played By: Robert Bailey Jr

  • Badass Adorable: During her second trip to the Other Realm, he rescues Coraline from the Ghost Children's Dungeon the Other Mother locked her in. On Coraline's third trip, he is already dead.
  • Glasgow Grin: Played with. The Other Mother freezes his face into a perpetual smile when she takes away his voice, and later sews it into an even more hideous smile.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: See "Badass Adorable." Even more given that the Beldam is his creator and if she dies, he'll eventually die too.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: What happens when you create someone solely to love someone else: they love that person too much to let something horrible happen to them, even at their own expense..
  • The Speechless: The Other Mother took away his voice so that Coraline would like him better.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type 1, played almost as straight as possible. He eventually gets a smile sewed on to his face.
  • Token Good Teammate: Whereas the Other Father is somewhat conflicted, Other Wybie has always been on Coraline's side.

The Other Miss Spink

Played By: Jennifer Saunders

The Other Miss Forcible

Played By: Dawn French

The Other Mr. Bobo/Bobinsky

Played By: Ian McShane

  • Voice of the Legion: Implied to be the rats. It's the first clue that there is something very wrong with Other Bobinsky.
  • The Worm That Walks: The second time around, Bobinsky is the rats. It's unclear whether he was the rats the whole time, or whether they devoured him.

The Ghost Children