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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.
Clingy Jealous Girl: She shows shades of this upon first seeing Victoria, grabbing onto Victor's arm and pulling him close while putting on a smug smile, and even declaring that she's Victor's wife while showing off her wedding ring.
Cute Monster Girl: She's a corpse and visibly decomposing, but she's still a beauty and looks adorable.
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.
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.
Feel No Pain: She's completely unfazed when she protects Victor from Barkis by taking a sword to her gut. Justified, as she's obviously already dead and is no longer able to feel any physical pain.
Friend to Bugs: She seems rather close to the maggot living in her head, despite his occasional snarking getting on her nerves. Also the Black Widow spider, who comforts her along with the maggot after Victor lies to her.
Genki Girl: In contrast to quiet, mild-mannered Victoria, Emily is rather energetic and lively.
Hartman Hips: One of her womanly features that hasn't been affected by decomposition.
Stepford Smiler: Type A. Behind her happy, joyful facade she's deep down sad and lonely (best shown in the song "Tears to Shed).
Unrequited Tragic Maiden: A beautiful young woman murdered on the night of her elopement by who she THOUGHT was her true love, she who spent her afterlife heartbroken and longing to experience real true love. When she found it in Victor, he was already betrothed to a woman named Victoria, with whom he sincerely was in love.
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.
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.
Death by Mocking: After heartlessly mocking Emily about her death, he drinks poison when toasting her and dies moments afterword
Do with Him as You Will: Kind of; while he hadn't directly wronged them the undead are all disgusted at what he had done to Emily, but they can't do anything to him while he's alive. The minute he croaks, they have at him and prepare to make him suffer, big time.
Fate Worse Than Death: Ironically, this is brought up AFTER his official death. He gets tortured by the dead.
Faux Affably Evil: Barkis attempts to make himself presentable and tries to put on a charmingly polite demeanor in order to wed Victoria. Even though it's clear to viewers that his intentions are no good.
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.
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.
Nice Guy: When compared to both his wife and the Everglots, William is certainly the most friendly of the four parents.
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.
Self-Made Man: William is a very successful owner of a fish cannery.
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.
No Accounting for Taste: Victoria's parents have openly admitted that they don't like each other, let alone love each other. Their marriage was likely arranged too, and they seem to go about it more like a business transaction.
Maudeline: "Marriage is a partnership, a little tit for tat. You'd think a lifetime watching us might have taught her that."
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.
The Maggot and the Black Widow spider (Enn Reitel and Jane Horrocks)
The Conscience: The Maggot, appropriately, as he lives inside Emily's head.
Deadpan Snarker: The Maggot, mostly, though Black Widow gets in a few as well.
Maggot: If I hadn't just been sitting in it, I would say that you've lost your mind.
Expy: As noted on the main page, Enn Reitel's performance as the Maggot is one big shout-out to Peter Lorre.
Eye Pop: Occasionally, the Maggot will pop out Emily's right eye so he can look out her socket.
He Went That Way: A variation. After Victor, who is fleeing from Emily and looking for a way back to the Land of the Living, smacks her away, she reveals where he's going to Emily, citing the trope word for word.
Inappropriate Hunger: The Maggot's first appearance in the movie has him popping out Emily's eye out right in front of a confused and disturbed Victor, in response to the suggestion of a wedding feast.
Spiders Are Scary: Averted, as the Black Widow is more cute than scary. Doesn't stop Victor from being startled.