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Characters: Corpse Bride

Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp)

  • Accidental Marriage: With Emily. Victor was practising saying his marriage vows, and Emily thought they belonged to her.
  • Adorkable: He's a bit awkward in an endearing way.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Victor meets Emily, the "Corpse Bride", and they have a weird but sweet almost love-affair. Emily thinks it's marriage.
  • Expy: He looks like the grown-up version of Vincent, the child protagonist of one of Burton's earliest stop-motion works. This is even lampshaded in the movie.
    Mr Everglot: We shall continue as planned, with or without Vincent.
    Mrs Everglot: Victor.
    Mr Everglot: Whatever.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: When he and Victoria meet, they hit it off. She admires his playing the piano, and he likes that she believes in marriage for love and Happily Married couples.

Emily (Helena Bonham-Carter)

  • Badass Adorable: She looks cute, but she can take care of herself and her loved ones.
  • Betty and Veronica: Victor is "Archie", and he seems to have feelings for both Emily the "Veronica" to Victoria the "Betty". Both ladies like him as well, which makes for a very complicated Love Triangle.
  • Broken Bird: She's not that cynical, but her experience did make her feel depressed and lonely. Once she meets Victor, her spirits lift up and she's genuinely cheerful and happy.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She's a corpse and visibly decomposing, but she's still a beauty and looks adorable.
  • The Dead Can Dance: She can dance, and she plays the piano and sing.
  • Dead to Begin With: Emily is the Corpse Bride from the title.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her backstory appears in the third of the film — she was killed on her wedding day by her fiancé who was after her money. Her family probably didn't approve of the match because they were eloping together, so there was nobody to help her.
  • Disappears into Light: She transforms into a swarm of butterflies and moves on.
  • Did Not Get the Guy: She fell for Victor and really loved him. But she let him go and live with Victoria, hopefully to have a happy life together.
  • Releasing from the Promise: She releases Victor whom she considers her husband at the end of the film, leaving him free to be with Victoria.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden
  • Woman Scorned: It's not a pretty sight when she finds out that Victor, whom she accompanied back to the Land of the Living on the pretense of wanting her to meet his parents, actually lied to her so he could sneak back to Victoria. Subverted at the end of the film, when Emily graciously allows Victor to return to Victoria.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She's blue-haired, although admittedly it likely wasn't that color in life.

Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson)

  • Badass Adorable: Especially when you consider the time period she's in. She's a lovely young lady, but she shows she can take care of things.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's Betty (the good girl archetype and might come off as slightly boring) to Emily's Veronica (the girl with a more exciting streak in her character).
  • Hidden Depths: Averted. She would very much like to play the piano, but she never learned. "Mother won't let me near the piano...music is improper for a young lady. Too passionate, she says."
  • Impoverished Patrician: Her family is aristocratic, but they have no money.
  • Marry for Love: She believes in it, but she also knows that it rarely happens in reality (in that particular fictional version of Victorian Britain).
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Victor. Her first meeting with Victor is to meet him as a future husband. They like each other almost immediately.
  • Plucky Girl: Especially when standing up to - and walking out on - Lord Barkis.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Her hairstyle — very Victorian.
  • Proper Lady: She's very quiet, lady-like and seems to have domestic habits.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She might look harmless, but she's actually quite strong and can take care of herself.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's very lovely, but her parents look hideous. They also have horrible character traits, and she's perfectly sweet, well-behaved and genuinely good.

Lord Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant)

  • Alliterative Name: Barkis Bittern.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's vile and should rot in hell. He's a murderer. He killed his fiancée which was a premeditated murder, and at the end of the movie he shows he might also kill in an affect.
  • The Bluebeard: He tricked Emily into taking her family's jewels and gold and eloping with him, then stole the treasure and killed her. He also heavily indicates an intention to kill Victoria after their marriage.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: You see him loitering in the streets twice during the opening credits and at least once during the opening song. He doesn't make his official debut in the story for another fifteen minutes or so.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Ironically, this is brought up AFTER his official death. He gets tortured by the dead.
  • Gold Digger: He wants to get married and get the lady's wealth. The emphasis is on the wealth. He killed his fiancée to get her money, gold and jewellery.
  • Jerkass: His behaviour is very unsympathetic right from the start when he insults most people present. He seems to get on with the Everglots, who are jerks as well.

Pastor Galswells (Christopher Lee)

  • Jerkass: He's extremely unpleasant. He's a jerk mainly to Victor during the wedding rehearsal.

The Van Dorts (Paul Whitehouse and Tracey Ullman)

  • Gold Digger: After a fashion; they are marrying Victor into the aristocracy so that they can gain access to high society that would ordinarily shun them for earning, rather than inheriting, their fortune.
  • Nouveau Riche: Born into humble beginnings, but made millions in the fish industry. For better or for worse, they have yet to acquire the upper class manners to match.
  • Social Climber: They go to the trouble of having coach with a fish ornament on top come to pick them up to take them across the street, all while talking to their son about hooking and catching an aristocratic daughter. Fish merchants indeed.
  • What Happened To The Groom's Parents? After Victor goes missing, they ride around town in Mayhew's carriage looking for him. Then Mayhew kicks the bucket, leaving the carriage driverless and out of control. They're never seen or even mentioned after this.

The Everglots (Albert Finney and Joanna Lumley)

  • Gold Digger: Of a different sort to the Van Dorts; they are marrying Victoria into the Van Dort family for their money.
  • Impoverished Patrician: "Land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name," to quote Lord Everglot as he and his wife look into a safe containing nothing but cobwebs.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Neither of them are particularly cheerful. Lampshaded when Lord Everglot tries to force himself into a smile.
  • The Proud Elite: Their lack of money has not blunted their contempt for middle class families like the Van Dorts one bit.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Although they appear to be the same height when we first see them, Lord Everglot is standing on a stool and is only half as tall as his wife.

Elder Gutknecht (Michael Gough)

Bonejangles (Danny Elfman)


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