Played by: Johnny Depp
- Berserk Button: You don't want to hurt Kim in front of Edward. Really, you don't.
- Beware the Quiet Ones/Beware the Nice Ones: At the climax of the film, he murders Jim after he continually abuses Kim in front of him.
- Devoted to You: As Jim himself points out, Edward would do anything for Kim. Including murder.
- Driven to Murder: He gives Jim a Disney Villain Death after impaling him with his scissors.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As the film goes on, Edward eventually drifts into this as the townspeople reject him due to him taking the blame for several incidents.
- The Quiet One: Despite being the main character of the film, he has a grand total of 169 words of dialogue throughout it.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kim, who is a human while he's an immortal golem.
Played by: Winona Ryder
- Beware the Nice Ones: She threatens to kill Jim herself if he doesn't stop harassing Edward, even holding a blade to his throat. Jim does not heed her warning.
- Hair Of Gold Heartof Gold: One of the only people who doesn't turn against Edward in the movie's climax.
- Narrator All Along: She is the elderly lady in the story's Framing Device.
- Only Sane Man: Throughout both acts of the film, for different reasons in each.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Edward.
- Big Bad: While not at first, as the story progresses, it becomes clearer that Jim is the main antagonist of the film.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's so possessive over Kim he's willing to get into a fight with a guy with scissors for hands over her.
- Disney Villain Death: He is pushed out of the window at the top of the castle by Edward.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Kim eventually turns on him too, threatening him while he gives Edward a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Famous Last Words: "Hey! I said, stay away from her!"
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is stabbed with Edward's scissors before being pushed out of the window in the climax.
Played by: Dianne Wiest
- Parental Substitute: She's basically a mother to Edward for most of the story and she never once doubts his innocence, though she eventually concedes that bringing him to her home was a mistake, even if she had the best of intentions.
- Shrinking Violet: She tends to get steamrolled by her noisier, pushier neighbours.
- Women Are Wiser: Compared to her absurdly oblivious husband, Pegg is far more aware of the situation when things go sour for Edward.