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The Real World
Played By: Dakota Fanning "I'm Coraline Jones. I've got so much to tell you."
- 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually dyed in-universe, as we see her with brown hair in an old photograph.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. In the book, Coraline was 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.
- Badass Adorable: Taking on the Other Mother, being only 11, and so cute? Definitely this.
- Big Eater: Coraline eats a lot of food in the Other World made by her Other Mother.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Ms. Forcible's Blonde and Ms. Spink's Redhead.
- 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. But, she isn't the worse. And it seems that by the end, Coraline has matured. Dealing with someone like The Other Mother can do that.
- Brown Eyes: Shown to love nature in her first appearance.
- Cassandra Truth: Tries to tell Wybie about the Other Mother, but he doesn't believe her. Which is understandable, because no one would. But he does believe her after seeing a picture from his grandma.
- Character Development: Gains a better appreciation towards her parents, neighbors, and Wybie.
- 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.
- The Cutie: A cutie with blue-dye hair.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Wybie.
- 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.
- Hates Being Touched: Shown most effectively and violently when the Other Wybie comes to her rescue.
- The Heroine: The stroy revolves around Coraline discovering and visiting a seemingly perfect world.
- 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 Heroine: 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."
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Wybie's Feminine Boy.
- Morality Pet: To the Other Father. He pulled 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.
- Only Child Syndrome: An only child in a fictional world.
- Parents in Distress: Her parents are kidnapped by the Other Mother and she has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.
- 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 give to him in the end is similar to her mother's punch to her father.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted. Yes, she has blue hair. But, Coraline is by no means shy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like her mother.
- 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: 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.
Played By: Keith David "I'm not the other anything. I'm me."
Mel Jones (Coraline's Mother)
Charlie Jones (Coraline's Father)
Played By: John Hodgman
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."
- Cool Mask: It's a skull.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He wears a black coat and a sinister-looking mask, but he's a sweet guy.
- Embarrassing First Name: "Short for Wyborne. Not my idea, of course..."
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Coraline.
- Friend to All Living Things: Implied. Wybie gets along well with the Cat.
- Friendless Background: He doesn't seem to have any other friends. Until Coraline.
- Goth: Implied. Wybie does wear a lot of black and has skull-like gloves and mask.
- Green Eyes: Which show he might be of mixed ancestry and possibly foreshadow Wybie coming to the rescue in the climax.
- In-Series Nickname: Justified since his full name, "Wyborne" can be translated to "why born?".
- Kid Hero: Wybie is 12 and he officially cements this after coming to Coraline's rescue.
- Loners Are Freaks: This is what Coraline thinks he is.
- Lovable Nerd: Coraline starts to warm up to him during the slug scene.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Coraline's Masculine Girl.
- Messy Hair: There are some twigs mixed in with his hair.
- Mixed Ancestry: Implied given his green eyes and pale skin. See the Ambiguously Brown section.
- Motor Mouth: Which Coraline finds annoying.
- Nice Guy: He never gets mad or insults Coraline for deliberately miswording his name, tells her about the poison oak she's holding, gives her the "mini" doll of herself, and valiantly comes to her rescue.
- Punny Name: Mixed in with Unfortunate Name.
- Quirky Curls: Is an upbeat teen with brown curls.
- Red Is Heroic: Wybie owns a red bike, a genuinely Nice Guy, and saved Coraline from the Other Mother's hand.
- Ship Tease: With Coraline. Especially since the little punch she give to him in the end is similar to Coraline's mother's punch to her father.
- Spanner in the Works: If Wybie hadn't had showed up like he did, the Other Mother probably would've won.
- Unfortunate Name: His full name is Wybourne Lovat, his first name can translate to "why born". Coraline picked up on that fact.
- The Watson: Wybie was added to the film so that Coraline could express her thoughts, as they were not as obvious in the film as in the book.
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."
- Adaptation Name Change: In the books, his name was Mr. Bobo.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Probably from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
- 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 snowglobe 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 (dependant 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 to grave, "And when she tries to get out, I put her back in". So her mother 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