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

A brave, clever, curious 11-year-old girl with dark blue hair.
  • Accidental Misnaming: When she first meets Wybie he calls her "Caroline" even after she corrects him. This is a Running Gag with the other neighbors as well.
  • Action Girl: She's forced into this when her Other Mother begins to reveal her true nature.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the book, Coraline was stoic, polite, and well-mannered, if exasperated by her parents' absences. In the movie, Coraline is a lot more snarky, abrasive, and rude to her parents, neighbors, and Wybie. This is implied to be because her parents aren't paying attention to her.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually dyed in-universe, as we see her with brown hair in an old photograph. In the novel, she didn't dye her hair at all, and just like the movie, it was brown.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "My twitchy-witchy girl" by her father. He even made a song about it:
    "Oh, my twitchy-witchy girl, I think you are so nice. I give you bowls of porridge and I give you bowls of ice cream.
    I give you lots of kisses and I give you lots of hugs, but I never give you sandwiches with bugs in."
  • Badass Adorable: Taking on the Other Mother, being only 11, and so cute? Definitely this.
  • Badass Normal: She is a little girl with no magical powers or special training. And she's facing off against someone like the Other Mother. And Coraline wins.
  • Big Eater: Coraline eats a lot of food in the Other World made by her Other Mother. Justified as the food there is delicious, and her father's cooking looks (and probably tastes) like slime.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Ms. Forcible's Blonde and Ms. Spink's Redhead, whenever she hangs out with them.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her trademark blue hair (which she dyed) and she's The Heroine.
  • Brainy Brunette: Coraline is technically this because she only dyes her hair blue and also see the Combat Pragmatist section.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She can be snarky and rude to her parents, Wybie, and her adult neighbors, since her parents aren't paying attention to her ever since they moved to the apartments.. But, she isn't the worst. And it seems that by the end, Coraline has matured. Dealing with someone like The Other Mother can do that.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to tell Wybie about the Other Mother, but he doesn't believe her. Which is understandable, because no one would that wasn't Ms. Spink, Ms. Forcible, or Mr. Bobinski. But he does believe her after seeing a picture from his grandma.
  • Character Development: Gains a better appreciation towards her parents, neighbors, and Wybie. Ultimately learning that "a perfect world" doesn't exist and that being with the real people who care for her is the only thing that matters.
  • Color Motifs: Blue. She dyes her hair blue and the outfit she's mostly seen with in marketing is a long-sleeved, blue shirt with silver stars and blue boots.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As seen in her final battle with the Other Mother.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Coraline has brown eyes and her hair (without the dye) is naturally brown.
  • Daddy's Girl: She gets along better with her dad.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at everyone from the ironic job of her parents to Wybie's stalking.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: "Ice" is probably not the right word, but she was rather dismissive and hostile towards Wybie in the beginning. She eventually begins to warm up him and befriends him.
  • Delinquent Hair: Coraline has blue hair in a setting where everyone else has normally-colored hair, speculated to be an attempt to get her parents' attention.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe. She dyed her hair blue.
  • Easily Forgiven: Twice by The Cat. And the second time, he would have far less reason to be so lenient, considering she threw him at the Other Mother as a last-resort-distraction.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Wybie.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl and Her Cat. Coraline forms a bond with the Cat during her adventures.
  • Guile Heroine: Uses her smarts to find the ghost children's souls and find her parents in the climax.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a dragonfly hairpin in her hair.
  • The Heroine: The story revolves around Coraline discovering and visiting a seemingly perfect world.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong about feeling neglected by her workaholic parents.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts rude to her parents, her older neighbors and Wybie. Then, she comes to her parents' rescue and thanks Wybie for saving her from the Other Mother's hand.
  • Kid Hero: Only 11 and the protagonist.
  • Little Miss Snarker: See the Deadpan Snarker section.
  • Malicious Misnaming: When she meets Wybie she deliberately calls him "Wyborne," and then "Why-Were-You-Born."
  • Mama Bear: Inverted. Coraline, the daughter, goes to save her parents from the The Beldam.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Wybie's Feminine Boy.
  • Morality Pet: To the Other Father. He pulls a Heroic Sacrifice in order to give Coraline one of the eyes of the Ghost children.
  • Nice Hat: Coraline's Japanese Academy Cap.
  • Noodle People: She's quite slim.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being initially grumpy, she played along when Wybie asked her to take pictures of him playing around with a slug and actually laughed at some of his antics.
  • Only Child Syndrome: An only child in a fictional world.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gave up on finding her parents when the Other Mother kidnapped them.
  • Protagonist Title: The title of the book and film is her first name.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to the Other Mother's red.
  • Ship Tease: With Wybie. Especially since the little punch she gives him in the end is similar to her mother's punch to her father.
  • The South Paw: Coraline is left-handed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like her mother, though she has her father's hair and eye color.
  • Tomboy: Boyish Short Hair, Little Miss Snarker, and Badass Adorable.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Became more grateful for her parents and neighbors after the whole ordeal. And actually becomes more affectionate and best pals with Wybie.
  • Trapped in Another World: Eventually and temporarily.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: When Other Wybie rescues her from the mirror, Coraline instinctively Judo throws him over her shoulder. Granted he was wearing a mask, so she didn't recognize him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted. A picture of her with her parents on holiday shows that she dyes it blue from its natural brown.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a couple of freckles on her both of her cheeks.

    The Cat
I'm not the other anything. I'm me.
Voiced By: Keith David

A sarcastic, mysterious, nameless black cat from Coraline's world who appears and disappears at will and has the ability to speak in the Other World.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the book, the cat is extremely egotistical and aloof, only helping Coraline if he happened to be in the area anyway and if helping her didn't hinder him any. In the film, he's her Mysterious Protector and Servile Snarker, often going out of his way to watch over her, warn her against and save her from the Other Mother even when she's very rude to him.
  • Badass Baritone: Comes with the territory for anyone voiced by Keith David.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to warn Coraline about the danger of the Other World. She doesn't listen.
  • Cats Are Magic: One reason he keeps getting into the Other Realm, despite the Beldam's attempts to keep him out.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Clearly enjoys sarcasm.
  • Cats Are Superior: He certainly thinks so.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: What he says to Coraline turns out to be completely true.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His ability to effortlessly track and kill rats sent by the Other Mother to spy on and make life hard for Coraline comes in handy after one of them nearly makes off with the last ghost eye, almost costing her the game.
    • The first time he talks to Coraline, he brags about cats having far superior senses to humans, able to see and smell things they can't. This turns out not to be empty bragging near the end when he's able to pinpoint the sound of fingers rubbing against glass, helping her find her parents just in time to rescue them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a black cat, but he comes to the aid of Coraline when she's in trouble. The Cat is also good friends with Wybie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See his Cats Are Snarkers section.
  • Disapproving Look: Will stare like this at those who disappoint him.
  • Furry Reminder: Though he's voiced by Keith David, after mentioning that he heard something "right... over..." he meows like a regular cat and rushes off to find prey.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: The Cat is never given an origin story, a name, or even a passing reason for his ability to speak in the Other World and his mysterious ability to travel between both worlds by walking out of sight.
  • Mentor Mascot: A cat and acts as a mentor to the young Coraline.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: There are clearly moments heavily implied in the film where he's demonstrating how enigmatic, and even supernatural he is.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Not only can he see and hear much better as a regular cat, but apparently he can easily find little portals between worlds.
  • Mysterious Protector: To Coraline, especially in the film.
  • No Need for Names: He believes that cats don't need any.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To both Coraline and Wybie.
  • Not So Above It All: Acts aloof and feral, but loves getting affection from humans.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Coraline launches him at the Other Mother's face at the end, he lets out one last angry yowl before ditching them both.
  • Servile Snarker: In the film. No matter how rude Coraline (initially) is to him, or how much danger helping her puts him in, he'll still loyally follow her and help her when she's in danger, even though he sasses her the whole way.
  • So Proud of You: Gives an adoring look at Coraline and Wybie, who have triumphed over the Other Mother, put their differences aside and become friends.
  • Talking Animal: Only in the Other World.
  • Undying Loyalty: Toward Coraline.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Has big, dazzling, blue eyes.

    Mel Jones
Voiced By: Teri Hatcher

Coraline's busy mother.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Mel was considerably less sympathetic in the novels.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adults Are Useless: Justified and later subverted. Having an imaginative child like Coraline can make a parent not really believe the stories he/she tells. She later becomes concerned about her daughter's stories, so locks the little door and keeps the key out of reach.
  • Beauty Mark: On the lower right side of her cheek.
  • 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.
    Mel: But then we had the accident. (points to neckbrace)
    Coraline: It wasn't my fault you hit that truck!
    Mel: I never said it was.
  • 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.
  • Parents in Distress: She and Charlie are kidnapped by the Other Mother and their daughter has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.
  • 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: She somewhat resembles her daughter, Coraline.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Zigzagged. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where she 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.
  • Workaholic: Part of the reason she doesn't pay much attention to Coraline.

    Charlie Jones
Voiced By: John Hodgman

Coraline's busy father.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adults Are Useless: He is a parent in a Kid Hero story.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the film. In Gaiman's own words, he's one of those dads who thinks that by embarrassing his kid in public, he's somehow being cool.
  • Big "NO!": All he can do when his computer unexpectedly shuts down due to the Pink Palace's faulty wiring.
  • Born Unlucky: His voice actor describes him as someone who "would walk around a banana peel only to fall into a manhole."
  • Bumbling Dad: While friendlier than Coraline's mother, he's not quite as competent.
  • 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: Like Coraline's mother, he's busy typing articles for the gardening catalog.
  • 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: Not that he wants to neglect Coraline
  • 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.
  • Parents in Distress: He and Mel are kidnapped by the Other Mother and their daughter has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears brown-rimmed glasses and writes for garden catalogs.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Zigzagged. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where she 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.
  • Workaholic: Part of the reason he doesn't pay much attention to Coraline.

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

The geeky, nervous 11-year-old grandson of Coraline's landlady.

    Miss April Spink
Never wear green in your dressing room.
Voiced By: Jennifer Saunders

A retired burlesque actress and lives with Miss Forcible.

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

A retired burlesque actress and lives with Miss Spink.

    Mr. Bobo/Sergei Alexander Bobinsky
I am the Amazing Bobinsky! But you—call me Mr. B. Because, amazing, I already know that I am.
Voiced By: Ian McShane

A retired circus performer living in the flat above Coraline's; he is commonly referred to as the Crazy Old Man Upstairs.
  • Acrofatic: An experienced acrobat and chubby too.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the books, his name was Mr. Bobo.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Probably from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
    • According to Selick, it's because he eats lots of beets, which apparently turn your skin blue if you eat enough of them the same way eating tons of carrots eventually turns your skin orange.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's never confirmed if his mice circus is real and he can communicate with them, real but they're regular mice and he only thinks they talk, or they aren't real and he just made them up and/or imagines them.
  • 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 Cat Lady: A mouse variant. Is the owner of who knows how many mice in his part of the apartment.
  • Funny Foreigner: He is the most eccentric character in the film. And he is Russian.
  • Gentle Giant: He is big and tall, but has a good heart, and is a good guy.
  • 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.
  • Poirot Speak: He throws in a few Russian words now and then, much to the confusion of Coraline.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It is hinted he actually can communicate with his mice, if they exist at all. As at one point he comments on how the mice 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, and at the end is seen tearing up some of the newly planted tulips and replacing them with beets.

    Mrs. Lovat
Wyborn! I know where I'm going. I grew up here!
Voiced By: Carolyn Crawford

Wybie's grandmother and landlady of the Pink Palace apartments.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Wybie, she was created for the film adaptation, although the book briefly mentions a "Mr. Lovat", which is probably where their last name comes from.
  • Cool Old Lady: Well, she is the sister of the sweet ghost girl after all.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Wybie never believed her sister was "stolen" by an evil force, yet when Coraline describes her appearance and imprisonment precisely, does he realize both of them weren't crazy.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She's a nemesis of the Other Mother, but alas, an old nemesis, and she forgot to check if the Jones Family had any children or not, leading up to the events of the film.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's spent most of her life searching for her missing twin sister, and fighting to keep children away from the Pink Palace.
  • Last-Name Basis: We don't ever learn her first name.
  • My Beloved Smother: Never lets her grandson out of her sight for long, and absolutely forbids him to enter the Pink Palace, for fear the Other Mother would take him too.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Distraught after her sister was spirited away, she divided up the Pink Palace into apartments and bricked up the little door to disrupt the Other Mother as much as possible.

The Other World

    The Other Mother/The Beldam
They say even the proudest spirit can be broken... with love.
Click here to see her true form. 
Voiced By: Teri Hatcher

The extradimensional lifeform that created much of the Other World and the main villain.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A rather ambiguous example, but in the book, the Other Mother lures children into her twisted copy of the Pink Palace so she can care for them just like any parent would, only sewing buttons in their eyes to ensure they stay with her forever and only eating their bodies when she grows bored and frustrated with them. In the film, the Other Mother is implied to sew buttons in children's eyes and eat them afterwards in order to keep existing.
    Other Mother: (In the film) Don't leave me, don't leave me! I'll DIE without you!!!
  • Alien Blood: In the book, her blood is black in color and tar-like, as described when the cat scratches her across the face.
  • All Take and No Give: The Other Mother is the giver, and the previous ghost children (and Coraline, for a bit) are the takers. But then again, the relationship could switch around with the Other Mother as the taker, needing love and the souls from the children, who would give it to her unwillingly or unknowingly.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders.
  • Bad Liar: Tries to tell Coraline her real mother and father are absent because they probably grew bored of her, and ran off to France. This makes her a horribly bad liar, considering she has been watching the families movements for days and would know full well a more convincing story is something to do with their garden catalog.
  • 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 manipulates children so she can make them her toy.
  • Black 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.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to The Other Miss Forcible's Blonde and The Other Miss Spink's Redhead.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She agrees to Coraline's terms of finding the ghost eyes instead of keeping her by force, and spends time gloating at Coraline's bluff, giving her enough time to escape through her trick.
  • Character Tic: When the prospect of a game comes up, the Other Mother's eyes flash and she drums her fingers in anticipation.
  • 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. In the film, this is used to a disturbing Cinderella-like effect where all of her creations devolve into that from which they were made.
  • Cycle of Revenge: A very subtle one is pulled off by her. Coraline burns the doll, which acts as her spy in the real world. So she returns the favor by burning the looking glass, which aids Coraline in the other world.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her method for taking children plays out very much like this, with the sacrifice being eyes for buttons and a promised happy life, which is, of course, all a lie. The movie plays this up by making the act of losing your eyes very much like selling your soul, as Coraline is not collecting the victim's souls like in the book, but their eyes.
  • Determinator: She absolutely will NOT stop in her goal to sew buttons into Coraline's eyes. She would give the Terminator a run for its money. Even when her vile presence in Coraline's world is nothing more than a severed hand — she will NEVER EVER STOP. She'll drag the girl — screaming, kicking, and choking all the way back to the other world.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her true form has cracked, porcelain skin which stands out even more against her black hair.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A creature of vaguely defined origins, whose true nature is not entirely clear, which has its own Pocket Dimension wherein it has Reality Warper powers. Goes full circle once her true form is revealed which is a skeletal spider-like monstrosity with cracked porcelain bones and limbs made of sewing needles.
  • 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.
  • Evil Genius: She's pretty intelligent.
  • Evil Matriarch: She takes the form of the mother of the children she lures in to earn their trust and then sew buttons into their eyes and make them stay with her until she throws them away.
  • Expy: Her spider-like true form, her shapeshifting powers, and her modus operandi of luring children in with their hearts' desire only to devour them are reminiscent of Pennywise from Stephen King's It.
  • The Fair Folk: In the book, the Other Mother is implied to be some sort of fairy. Her other name "Beldam" is also used to refer to creatures of fairy. Horrifyingly, the book implies that even other fairies aren't immune to her charms, as one of her past victims was a fairy.
  • Fairweather Friend: She only loves the children she lures into her world for so long, devouring them and imprisoning their souls when she grows bored of them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her like of games. She actually lets Coraline collect the ghost eyes just to have some fun.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She seems like the perfect, loving mother, until 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.
  • Helping Hands: Her severed hand spider-crawls its way to get the key to the Other World and nearly takes it from Coraline if not for Wybie showing up to save her.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Claims she loves children and wants them to be happy, but it's clear that she just throws them away when she's bored of them.
    • Calls Coraline "selfish" even though she isn't that much better.
  • I Lied: Coraline eventually realizes (and the children warn her) that even if she wins the game, the Beldam would never let her go. Thankfully, Coraline figures out a way to use the game to escape before the Other Mother can say this.
  • Karmic Death: She seems like a Karma Houdini first, since we never see her again after Coraline escapes the Other World. But considering that she literally feeds off the souls of children, it's safe to say that she starved to death, all alone.
  • Lean and Mean: The thinner she gets, the more you see her true, evil self. By the end she's reduced to a skeletal wire frame.
  • Living Doll Collector: She keeps children she's lured into her Other World as living dolls, sewing buttons onto their eyes and eating them up inside, leaving them as nothing but ghosts. Creepy.
  • Looks Like Cesare: She starts off looking like Coraline's real mother (except for the lack of a neck brace and having black buttons for eyes). Over the course of the film however, her features become more and more exaggerated. She switches from her real world counterpart's sweater and pants to a black and white-dotted dress, red collar, and red shoes. When Coraline starts to defy her, the Other Mother shifts to a less human form, becoming taller and more skeletal and exaggerated. In the film's climax, her true form is shown with a mechanical/spider-like appearance with white, cracked-porcelain skin and hands made of sewing needles.
  • Loophole Abuse: Done very subtly, but she leaves Coraline before the two can shake on the bargain to release her parents. Given her implied fae nature, this might imply that had she sealed the deal with a handshake, she would have been bound to follow it, and left to allow herself to break the promise.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She uses children's deepest wishes and desires to get them to do what she wants.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Becoming increasingly overbearing towards Coraline, she starts to address herself as the girl's "mother" and the Other Father as "your better father". When Coraline comes to her senses, denouncing her as her real mother, does she flip out.
  • My Beloved Smother: She lures children into her world by pretending to be the perfect mother, to then trick them into letting her sew buttons onto their eyes so they can essentially become her toys until she grows bored of them and throws them away.
  • 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.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: While her final form is implied to be her truest, it's still not clear if she's still reflecting Mel to some degree, making her true, unaffected appearance vague.
  • One Bad Mother: Known as the Other Mother, and made creepier when the Other Father refers to her as "Mother", too.
  • 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 giant, spindly spider-human hybrid with cracked porcelain skin, metal legs and hands with claws made of sewing needles.
  • Parental Substitute: Subverted. 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.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: While she's crafty and cunning, ultimately she's just a Spoiled Brat who can't accept it when she doesn't get what she wants.
  • Reality Warper: Seems to be capable of this to some significant though not unlimited degree, if only in the Other World.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Coraline's blue.
  • 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. In the movie, she pulls every trick in the book to prevent Coraline from acquiring the ghost eyes, and has a meltdown when she's losing.She also has no intention of letting Coraline go, whether she wins or not.
  • Stepford Smiler: One evil, twisted mind hides behind that motherly smile.
  • Supreme Chef: The foods she creates are stated to be much better than Coraline's father's cooking.
  • Villainous Breakdown: From about the time Coraline angers her and incurs her Glamour Failure, she begins to slip into this. By the finale, she's gone from an idealized version of Coraline's real mother (albeit with a paper-thin mask) to a monster that resembles a spider made of porcelain and sewing needles, barely able to conceal her anger.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Wicked Other Mother.
  • Wicked Witch: "Beldam" is an archaic word for "witch," and she certainly has the witch-like powers to back it up. She's also incredibly evil. Coraline even calls her "evil witch" at one point.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She eats the souls of children.
  • Yandere: She's not above kidnapping a child's parents if it means the child will come back to her. And there's also what she screams when Coraline leaves...
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Heavily implied through the button-eyes.

    The Other Father
All will be swell, soon as Mother's refreshed. Her strength is our strength...
Voiced By: John Hodgman

A creation of the Other Mother, the Other Father is used to help trick Coraline into staying in the Other Mother's world.
  • Apologetic Attacker: "Sssssorry. Ssssso sssssorry. Mmmmmother mmmmmaking me."
  • Anti-Villain: In truth, he is actually a slave of the Other Mother.
  • Body Horror: He turns out to be made from a pumpkin in the Garden and as the Other Mother's powers begin to wane, he begins changing back.
  • The Dragon: To the Other Mother, as he is her largest and strongest henchman. He is later revealed to be a Dragon with an Agenda; he was created by the Other Mother/The Beldam as part of her plan to lure Coraline into becoming another doll in her collection, but this backfires once it becomes clear that the Other Father had been a double agent all along, trying to hint at the true nature of the Other World right from the get go.
  • Double Agent: While the Other Father is a creation of the Other Mother, he is on Coraline's side throughout most of her time in the Other World, as he implied in his song to Coraline: She's a pal of mine... This is because his sole purpose was to love Coraline. Other Father even tried to warn Coraline to leave the Other World and never return through his song, lest she winds up like the three Ghost Children before her.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His Heroic Sacrifice. Particularly since of all of the Other World residents, he seems to be the most visibly terrified of the Beldam.
  • Extreme Doormat: As much as he would like to help Coraline, he can't stand up against the Other Mother.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A heroic example, he was made to love Coraline. It's what caused him to blurt out secrets he shouldn't have said.
  • The Grotesque: His face and voice become horribly distorted as the Other Mother's power fades. "He pulled a looong face, and Mother didn't like it." This is before he starts turning back into a pumpkin.
  • Henpecked Husband: He's really nothing but a literal slave to his "wife". In the film, at least, he even rides around on a giant mechanical praying mantis to ramp up the symbolismnote .
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: A Ghost Eye powers the Garden and him, killing both without its power. He gives it to Coraline anyway.
  • 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.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: For the Other Mother.
  • Piano Key Wave: "The Piano plays me."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He does care about Coraline, he only acts as an antagonist when the Other Mother forces him to.
  • Saying Too Much: He drops increasingly obvious hints that something is wrong with the Other World throughout the movie while everything in it tries to shut him up. In the end, he's reduced to barely intelligible moaning as punishment for his efforts.
  • Slaying Mantis: Double subverted. In the film, he rides a tractor made to look like a giant clockwork mantis around the garden, which is played up as something super whimsical. Later, the Other Mother straps him to the thing and forces him to attack Coraline with it.
  • Stepford Smiler: A scene in the film implies that he's one of these, as Coraline discovers him in a forlorn and distraught state while trying to escape.
  • Tragic Monster: He doesn't want to hurt Coraline, but the Other Mother is more powerful than him. As her power fades, he slowly melts into more of a giant worm thing (book) or pumpkin thing (film), and is forced to attack Coraline against his will.

    The Other Wybie
Voiced By: Robert Bailey Jr

In the Other World, the Other Wybie is more silent than the original, but is loyal to Coraline.
  • 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like the real Wybie, Other Wybie only exists in the film version.
  • Creepy Child: The fact that he can't speak makes him rather creepy.
  • Cute Mute: The Other Mother took away his ability to speak.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Or rather, Dead Guy's Clothes On Display, since the Other Mother (presumably) destroyed his body. As Coraline is looking for the other childrens' souls, she finds that the Other Mother hung his clothes up like a flag in order to demoralize her.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Reveals his final Glasgow Grin.
  • 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: He rescues Coraline from behind the mirror despite knowing that the Other Mother would kill him for it.
  • Killed Offscreen: He rescues Coraline and helps her escape from the Other Mother. When Coraline returns, he is already dead.
  • 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.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He acts as a sidekick and playmate to Coraline when she comes to play in the Other World. Since he's a creation of the Other Mother, he qualifies as this.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like most other characters in the Other World, he is a slave to the Other Mother, but otherwise he tries to help Coraline as much as he can.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Monster: Like the Other Father, he doesn't want to see harm come to Coraline, but he can't openly defy the Other Mother; she's his creator. He helps Coraline escape anyway, and the Other Mother kills him for his trouble.

    The Other Miss Spink
Voiced By: Jennifer Saunders

The Other World version of Miss Spink. In the Other World (along with Miss Forcible), she is young, pretty, and performs continuously in front of many different dogs, who, in the Other World, are anthropomorphic.
  • Bawdy Song: Sirens of the Sea, which she sings with the Other Miss Forcible when Coraline first meets her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to The Other Miss Forcible's Blonde and The Other Mother's Brunette.
  • Body Horror: Once Coraline goes to get the ghost children's eyes, she and the Other Miss Forcible appear as a conjoined taffy monstrosity. This is an elaboration on the book, where they melt together inside a cocoon; here, they become fused candy hanging in a giant sweet wrapper.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She shares the green color association with the real April Spink's outfits, which eventually plays this trope as straight as possible when she and the Other Forcible become identical taffy monsters twisted together.
  • Fan Disservice: An overweight old lady does not make for a very alluring mermaid -- I mean siren.
  • Hartman Hips: The young Other Miss Spink has bigger hips to breasts, while the Young Miss Forcible has slightly larger breasts than hips.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: As a young trapeze artist, though not to the extent as Miss Forcible.
  • Redhead In Green: Just like her real-world counterpart, she has red hair and always dresses in green.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: During the show she and the Other Miss Forcible puts on for Coraline, the Other Miss Spink dresses as a mermaid during on stage, but calls herself "the siren of all seven seas."

    The Other Miss Forcible
Voiced By: Dawn French

The Other World version of Miss Forcible. In the Other World (along with Miss Spink), she is young, pretty, and performs continuously in front of many different dogs, who, in the Other World, are anthropomorphic.
  • Art Imitates Art: She dresses as the Birth of Venus for the show she and the Other Miss Spink put on for Coraline.
  • Bawdy Song: Sirens of the Sea, which she sings with the Other Miss Spink when Coraline first meets her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to The Other Mother's Brunette and The Other Miss Spink's Redhead.
  • Body Horror: Once they begin turning back into taffy, she and the Other Miss Spink degenerate into a conjoined, twisted-together monstrosity.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Pink, per the real Forcible's apparel, and like her partner, this makes her identifiable in her final form.

    The Other Mr. Bobo/Bobinsky
Voiced By: Ian McShane

The Other World version of Mr. Bobo; in the Other World trains rats, and is in fact made of rats.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sort of. In the end he still tries to convince Coraline to stay, even though there's pretty much no chance of her accepting, and outright says he can't understand why she would want to go.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Much like the other creations of the Bedlam. He exists only to entertain Coraline and knows of no other purpose beyond that.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not maliciously trying to lure Coraline to her doom, he's just doing what he was created to do: put on a show to entertain her.
  • Tragic Monster:
    Coraline: You're just a copy she made of the real Mr. B.
    Other Bobinsky: Not even that any more.
  • 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: At the end of his performance, all of the mice (rats in disguise) hop into his costume. The second time around, Bobinsky is only the rats. It's unclear whether he was all rats the whole time, or whether they devoured him and turned into his body.

    The Ghost Children
Voiced By: Aankha Neal (Sweet Ghost Girl), George Selick (Ghost Boy), Hannah Kaiser (Tall Ghost Girl)

A trio of children who were previous victims of the Other Mother: two girls and one boy.