Characters: Fable

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     Theresa 
Voiced By: Zoe Wanamaker (Fable II, Fable III, Fable: The Journey)

And so it begins...

Theresa is the older sister of the Hero of Oakvale who, at the start of Fable I, is kidnapped by Jack of Blades and left to die in the woods after having her eyes slashed. For years, the Hero thinks she is dead, but eventually finds out she has been living with Bandits while developing her powerful psychic abilities. She is kidnapped again by Jack of Blades, and at the end, the Hero can either kill her and gain great power or let her live.

Her next chronological appearance is in Fable II, which takes place 500 years later. She is the one who directs Sparrow and his/her sister to the music box that eventually gets Sparrow's sister killed by Lord Lucien. She then spends the rest of the game (and most of Sparrow's life) guiding or outright manipulating Sparrow's life to the point where Sparrow can kill Lord Lucien but Theresa can keep the magical Spire that Lucien has been building.

She appears again in Fable III, acting as an adviser for the son/daughter of Sparrow as they try to overthrow their tyrannical brother King Logan and repel the invasion of the Crawler, a role she also played for Logan.

She makes her fourth and seemingly final appearance in Fable: The Journey, recruiting Gabriel to escort her across Albion to the Spire in order to stop the Corruption from consuming the land.
  • The Atoner: Since the events of Fable II, everything she has done is an attempt to undo the mistake of building the Spire and the evils it unleashed. This culminates in her ultimate plan to sacrifice herself by destroying the world's Bigger Bad using the very device that's bringing him into the world.
  • Being Good Sucks: A belief she imparts to many Heroes in the series but above all Gabriel. She mentions a Hero will often have to sacrifice everything for the greater good. That's why their stories endure the ages; they make the hard choices other people won't. True to her word, she sacrifices her own life to stop the Corrupter.
  • Big Good: In Fable II (as well as the series as a whole from Fable II to Fable: The Journey). Though unlike most versions of this trope, she has done some very questionable things for the greater good, though her motivation to save Albion from destruction never wavers.
  • Black Cloak: While not evil per se, Theresa in Fable II is a Mysterious Protector and wears a heavy cloak. This is also because she is specifically pointed out as a Blind Seeress.
  • Blind Seer: Her eyes were gouged out by Jack of Blades in the first game, but she retained her ability to see visions of the future.
  • The Chessmaster: There's an argument that she's been manipulating Albion for the last five hundred and fifty years. No one is sure as to the purpose yet. In Fable: The Journey, this is confirmed, and it's revealed it was all to create a means to fight the Corrupter.
  • Expy: In Fable II, Theresa looks and sounds a lot like Kreia. She is actually voiced by Madam Hooch.
  • Eye Scream: Had her eyes sliced out during the Bandit raid in the prologue of Fable I when she refused to tell them anything about her brother.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind and small in stature in the first game, she's a very capable warrior, having gradually risen to the position of Twinblade's second-in-command by killing every Bandit who tried for a piece of her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Fable: The Journey, Theresa admits she's responsible for Lucien's reign of mass murder by murdering his wife and daughter, but states that sacrifices had to be made for the greater good (namely creating the Spire to eventually fight the Corruption). However, she does admit to feeling guilty about the lengths she had to go to in order to achieve this.
  • Killed Off for Real: Possibly in Fable: The Journey.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Initially, it was unclear just how "evil" she really was, given that she had directly caused Rose's death, and the death of the Hero of Bowerstone's family if they have one later on. The Journey further reveals that even the death of Lucien's family was her doing. She knew Logan would be unable to handle the Crawler without failing, so she paved the way for his more accomplished younger sibling to rebel. All of her schemes were to fight a greater evil, the Corruption.
  • Meaningful Name: Theresa is very similar to the mythological Tiresias. Outside of having similar names, both are blind seers, they appear only to heroes, and both seem to be immortal.
  • The Mentor: To the Hero of Bowerstone, the Hero of Brightwall, and the young Dweller Gabriel.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Strongly implied she's been mortally wounded from the outset at the hands of the Devourer. Only sheer strength of will and the Corrupter needing to be defeated are keeping her going. Her speech about seeing everything she cares for wither and die, not to mention confessing her regrets to Gabriel, also allude to the fact she's more than ready to finally join her brother.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She reveals to Gabriel that she cried for the first time since her village was destroyed when she learned the truth of the Spire and that the price she paid was not worth it. Theresa had only succeeded in allowing a greater evil the means to threaten the world.
  • My Greatest Failure: The creation of the Spire. Theresa intended to use it to end all evil. However, it only served in aiding the Corrupter by creating a bridge between the Void and Albion. Lucien's family, Lucien, Rose, and the slaves who died building it were sacrifices that had been rendered meaningless. And she'd spent the last century carrying the guilt.
  • Mysterious Backer: A textbook example.
  • Narrator: In Fable II.
  • Necessary Fail: She appears to be a big believer in this being essential to a Hero's personal growth. The extent to which she could prevent such tragedy simply allows events to take their natural course or actively manipulates the desired outcome is still up for debate. The Journey confirms she has deliberately ruined lives and even killed to ensure things happened according to her plan.
  • Older Than She Looks: She first appeared in the first Fable as a young girl, which means Theresa is over five centuries old. She'd look fantastic for someone a fraction of that. She doesn't actually discuss her long lifespan in detail until The Journey, noting it hasn't been all that great. Interestingly, in The Journey, she looks even younger.
  • Omniscient Hero: Theresa is basically the reason Fable II and Fable III even start; her ability to see possible futures allowed her to pave the foundation of the main plots.
  • Progressively Prettier: Take a look at her image above, which is how she looks in Fable II and Fable III. It's still impressive for a 500-year-old woman. Now compare that to her appearance in Fable: The Journey (where she spends most of it minus a hood); she's actually younger-looking and quite attractive.
  • Raised by Orcs: After being blinded and left to die by Jack of Blades, she was found by Bandits. Initially, they were planning to raise her as a slave, but after she killed enough of them, she started to fit right in as one of them.
  • Resigned to the Call: She saw protecting Albion as not a choice, but a duty. If not her, then who?
  • The Reveal: Theresa's motives for wanting the Spire to herself? She wanted to end all evil so that others would not suffer the things she did. Her actions since then have been to undo the damage she inadvertently caused when she rebuilt the Spire.
  • The Stoic: She shows very little emotion.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Theresa has long been suspected of actively shaping the lives of Heroes and villains to her own ends. Only the extent and motivation of that manipulation was really in question. The Journey reveals she's been more involved than most expected. She even murdered Lucien's family to provoke his desire to create the Spire and has actively shaped every event in the Fable story since. The lives she's used have all been to stop the Corrupter. She does express remorse for having done this and is willing to sacrifice even herself to defeat it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: In The Journey, she tells Gabriel it has not been easy witnessing everyone she cared for die, only to continue living on. It's easy to forget that she loved her brother and family a great deal, but they've been gone for centuries.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She has knowingly sacrificed the lives of children, directly or indirectly, to achieve her goals. Though it was not without regret.

     Reaver 
Voiced By: Stephen Fry

Admiring my weapon, are you? The Dragon Stomper .48... only six were ever made for a lucky few...well, not that lucky; I've killed four of them.

Reaver is the Hero of Skill with amazing gun abilities. He has eternal youth, which he gets from annually sacrificing the youth of others to the Shadow Court in Wraithmarsh. He is excessively vain and very trigger happy, as well as being Faux Affably Evil.

While part of the Hero party in Fable II, he plays a more directly villainous role in Fable III.
  • Anything That Moves: Assuming the main player is hot enough, he'll hit on her/him the instant he sees them. He continuously hits on Page after meeting her, even while threatening (and trying) to get her killed. Fable III disturbingly implies that his sexual deviance at least occasionally includes Balverines and chickens.
  • Badass: He does alright in the Battle of Bloodstone in Fable II. Though players may feel this trope is invoked too much, given his Kick the Dog moments.
  • Badass Cape: He wears one in Fable II.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Fable III.
  • Bad Boss: We can assume his employment doesn't come with a feasible retirement package. Your introduction to him in Fable III shows him shooting a protesting worker. Four times.
    • Artists are well advised to stay away from him. His nitpicking can have fatal results, with a For the Evulz bent.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a small goatee in Fable II, but gets rid of it in III.
  • Catch Phrase: He's fond of the phrase "tatty-bye" in Fable III.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The description of the Red Dragon really says it all. The best shot in Albion heard of Reaver's skill and so challenged him to an "honorable shooting challenge." Reaver's reply was to shoot him in the head then and there.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Most of the time, though his cruelty isn't always played for laughs.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In Fable III, as head of Reaver Industries.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Hits on the player character no matter what gender the player chooses.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seems to be the cause of Reaver's cruelty, according to the fifth and final page of his journal. He reacted as many of us would to what he went through as a youth in Oakvale—he broke down and decided that he was a monster for what he'd done. Where he differed was that, when he regained his composure, he started acting like one as well.
  • Enemy Mine: In the second game, you need his help to defeat Lucien and tolerate him solely for this reason; good or evil, there are plenty of reasons to hate him. In the third game, a war is approaching and Reaver is the major force in industry, thus once again, you're forced to tolerate him despite his past actions for the greater good.
    • He also wisely skips town once his usefulness ends, ostensibly to keep his date with the Shadow Court, but also likely to keep the player from offing him.
  • Evil Chancellor: Becomes this in Fable III once you become King/Queen. Of course, he's not really your adviser, so much as the pragmatic devil on your shoulder in debates.
  • The Gunslinger: Comes with being the Hero of Skill. He'll demonstrate for you because he's also an insufferable show-off.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In the second game.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "How dare he betray me! Just when I was in the middle of betraying you!"
  • Immortality Immorality: Big time. Depending on your choice, you will either be aged dramatically or a random girl will due to his actions.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As the Hero of Skill (and given the time he's had to practice), he's insanely gifted in the use of firearms. He takes down ships by shooting the captain dead in one shot from another ship, terrifying the rival crew into submission. With a pistol. There's a reason he did so well as a pirate. His skills rival those of Revolver Ocelot.
  • It's All About Me: He's frightfully vain and obsessed with his own pleasure. There's almost no indication at all that Reaver's capable of caring about anything aside from himself.
  • Jerkass: He's utterly selfish, and takes pleasure in the pain of others, from murdering peasants because he feels like it all the way down to annoying people for fun.
  • Karma Houdini: Reaver never suffers any consequences for his actions in any of the games. In fact, in the third game, he'll end up profiting no matter what you do. However, see Living on Borrowed Time below.
  • The Lancer: Either him or Hammer in the second game, depending on whether you play your character as evil or good.
  • Large Ham: Jolly ol' Reaver.
  • Life Drinker: Reaver keeps his youth through the centuries by sacrificing the youth of innocents to the Shadow Court.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: Oh, he's having a hell of a time right now, but according to the Shadow Court, no matter how many people he sacrifices, he won't evade them forever.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He acquired immortality through the destruction of his hometown of Oakvale, which ended up killing his childhood sweetheart. The difference is that, after thinking he had become a monster, he started acting like one.
    • His note to the player after the end of the game hints that he's starting to undergo another one, mentioning that he had to skip town to carry out an important but "wearying" errand which, according to Fable II, is heavily hinted to be him going to sacrifice a youth to the Shadow Court. Considering that we're talking about a man who would gleefully shoot someone just For the Evulz, the fact that he's becoming weary of sacrificing others' youth for own is saying a lot.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Reave, verb, 1) (archaic) To plunder, pillage, rob., or 2) (archaic) To split, tear, break apart.
  • Nice Hat: His massive top hat in the third game.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He only helps you if staying on your good side furthers his own interests, and he will turn on you the very second this is no longer the case.
  • Older Than He Looks: He is over 200 years old, which makes him the third oldest being in Albion behind Scythe and Theresa.
  • Smug Snake: While he's skilled and crafty, he's also deeply arrogant and can be fairly easily outplayed.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the second game.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: In Fable III, a couple of portraits in Reaver's mansion imply this.
  • Vocal Dissonance: It's rather jarring to hear Stephen Fry's voice coming from this guy's mouth.

    Other Characters 

Lady Elvira Grey

The Mayor of Bowerstone. In Fable I, the player can choose either to marry her or expose her for murdering her sister Amanda so she could become Mayor in the first place.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her purple dress shows a lot of her goods.
  • Back from the Dead: In Fable II.
  • Blondes Are Evil: She sports blond hair, and is a very wicked woman.
  • Cain and Abel: With her sister Amanda. She locked Amanda in their cellar to die so she could become Mayor of Bowerstone, making her the Cain to Amanda's Abel.
  • The Corruptible: Her hidden diary reveals that she was simply a somewhat mean-spirited noble until Jack of Blades convinced her to murder her elder sister Amanda and become something of a tyrant.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She's noticeably less evil after being brought back from the dead in Fable II.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As the leader of Albion's greatest city, she's arguably the most powerful political figure in the land and almost completely above the law. In one quest, she openly recruits Bandits to steal magic artifacts from townspeople. It takes a written confession revealing that she murdered her sister Amanda in order to finally bring her down.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Lady Grey doesn't care about your appearance in the first game.
  • The Vamp: Though she does fall genuinely in love with the Hero of Oakvale.

Max and Sam Spade

  • Drunk with Power: Both in the literal and metaphorical sense in the third game.
  • Expy: Their appearances are based on members of the team at Lionhead Studios.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: In Fable III, even as ghosts, the two are forever forced to live with their mother.
  • Rule of Funny: No sane person would ever give these two morons that book once they got it away from them. Except if you want to see how, they'll screw it up yet again.
  • Shout-Out: The names of the two brothers could be a reference to another duo.

Chesty

  • Chest Monster: He is a unique example who greets the Hero of Bowerstone in his own nightmare and asking if he wants to "play a game" with him (his favorite game involves tearing off a person's legs and throwing them into a pool with flesh-eating piranhas).
  • Pet the Dog: If Sparrow sacrifices his youth to Reaver, Chesty makes him young again.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Despite the fact that everyone calls Chesty a "he" (even Chesty), Chesty is, in fact, a girl.