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The former Deputy Mayor of Fabletown (a position she held for 115 years) and the one really running the place during that time. She eventually had to leave her job after giving birth in order to raise her seven children. Constant problems, and her extensive experience, however, would require her to take charge during various emergencies. Snow is married to Bigby (or, rather, was until his death at the hands of Prince Brandish in the Snow White arc) and they have seven children.
- Action Girl: On occasion, like when she kills Shere Khan or takes vengeance on the Seven Dwarfs.
- Action Mom: Perhaps most visible when she recently brought back her old fencing skills in order to defeat Prince Brandish, whom even Bigby fell to.
- Adult Fear: Two of her children went missing without a trace, and later she learned that Darien had died.
- And as of the end of the Happily Ever After arc, she realizes that the mind-controlled Bigby is heading for Wolf Manor intending to kill their children. Issue #149 has her finding the manor destroyed and no sign of the children...
- Badass Family: Her mother was a powerful witch (originating from an old and highly magical bloodline, in fact), her aunt was a witch queen (albeit the one that tried to kill her with a poison apple), her husband is the son of the primal northern wind and a wolf Fable, and her seven children are all prophesied to do great (but not necessarily good) things.
- Berserk Button: Don't. Mention. The Dwarfs. EVER.
- Cool Sword: She gets one during the Happily Ever After Arc, which she names Ice.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible sibling to Rose Red's Foolish sibling.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Rose Red, in the past, though to a lesser extent than her sister. The rivalry has since heated again since their reconciliation earlier in the series due to Rose's decision to give Brandish a second chance. Invoked again after that with the appearance of the gold and the black armors as of the Camelot arc.
- Cain and Abel: Issues #148 and #149 reveal their rivalry goes further than simple sibling rivalry; it is part of a generations-long battle where sisters must kill one another to gain the full family magic and they are destined to follow the same path.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: She survives a bullet in the brain because her story is very famous.
- Happily Married: To Bigby.
- In the Blood: It's revealed that the reason Prince Brandish wanted to marry her in the first place was to have heirs who inherited her strong wild magic, which was apparently passed down from her mother (and which her children and Rose have also inherited).
- Mama Bear: Oh, dear God, yes. If you try to hurt Snow's kids, you will pay for it. Her recent falling out with her sister due to her sparing Brandish as mentioned above is very much related to the fact that not only did he kill her husband, he also implied that her children "needed" to eventually die as well.to Gepetto: You were preparing to attack us. You threatened my children. Do you think I'd hesitate to throw a thousand worlds into chaos to protect my cubs?
- Number Two: As Deputy Mayor.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her son Darien died in issue #120 (thus fulfilling his part of the prophecy).
- Polar Opposite Twins: She and Rose fit this trope quite well.
- Pregnant Badass: While not involved in the actual fighting, she did plan and lead the defense of Fabletown in "March of the Wooden Soldiers" while heavily pregnant.
- Proper Lady: While she occasionally indulges in swearing, Snow is very prim, polite, and follows the rules of Fabletown strictly as well as she enforces them.
- Rape and Revenge: The Seven Dwarfs did horrible, horrible things to her during her time with them, ending when she murdered them all in succession.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Well, she is Snow White.
- Screaming Birth: Fully justified. Times six."Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Put a gun to my head and shoot me now! I'll die this time, I promise....Please, please, please just make them stop coming out of me! I'll do anything! I'll give you the key to any one of Bluebeard's treasure rooms! Your choice!"
- Surprise Pregnancy: Especially because, due to an enchantment, she didn't even remember having the sex that caused it.
- This Is Gonna Suck: While giving birth. She was in labor for forty-two hours before giving birth. To the first of six babies."A litter? I'm having a litter?"
- Too Many Babies: As mentioned above.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Snow White dresses much more femininely than Rose in dresses, skirts, and modest attire. She's almost more tactful and romantic in comparison to her wilder, outspoken sister.
Bigby Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf)
The former Sheriff of Fabletown since its inception, he eventually left his job when he couldn't cope with being separated from Snow White. Eventually a loophole in the Fabletown rules reunites him with his love, the two then getting married and settling down to raise their seven kids (or cubs). Well, when there aren't any dire emergencies affecting Fabletown, that is. He was killed by Prince Brandish during the Snow White arc, and brought back to life under the control of Leigh Duglas in the Camelot arc. Rose Red gained control of him after she killed Leigh Duglas during the Happily Ever After arc.
- The Atoner: He has worked for centuries to make up for all those thousands of people that he ate alive for sport. Subverted in that he feels no actual guilt for his actions, and is mostly just adapting to his new situation as a father and a leader in a civilized community. He initially decided to change his ways just to be close to Snow White, upon whom he had "imprinted".
- Author Avatar: Willingham has a tendency to let Bigby expound on his own personal views, whether they are about the awfulness of France or otherwise, and has stated in an interview that as a Republican, he identifies with Snow and Bigby.
- Badass: Combining the already fantastic endurance of all Fables with the enhanced regeneration of a werewolf, and the ability to turn into an elephant-sized wolf at will - including intermediary forms, and limited weather control inherited from his father. And all that on top of centuries of sheer hunting and combat experience, sometimes against whole armies at a time. Bigby is easily considered the most dangerous Fable in Fabletown, Frau Totenkinder not included.
- Badass Boast: "And I was still just a growing pup back then. I doubt even a brick house could survive now."
- Badass in Distress: In Storybook Love, he's temporarily weakened by Goldilocks filling him with bullets and preparing to burn him, but is saved by Snow White axing Goldilock's head.
- The Big Bad Wolf: The very same, except that now he's only one part-time due to becoming a werewolf.
- Blow You Away: He is the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs", meaning he can blow gale-force winds. He inherited this ability from his father, the North Wind. In addition, he can command "local winds" to always stay downwind of his enemies, letting him track them easily and confusing them if they rely on scent themselves. He could also hold his breath for at least three days when he was a pup - with a belly full of stones.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Bigby was raised and lived as a pure wolf for centuries before conforming to civilization, and has a rather interesting sense of right and wrong. He cares nothing for morality outside of keeping one's "pack" and "territory" safe, and judges weakness, incompetence, irresponsibility and disloyalty far more harshly than malevolence. This includes, either killing someone for not being able to keep their followers in check, or as he said "unforgivable weakness".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After being brought back from the dead under the control of Leigh Duglas (and later Rose Red). He has since killed several of his once-friends and allies, including Beast, and Rose intends to have him kill Snow, and apparently also their children.
- Came Back Wrong: As of the Camelot arc, seeming to have lost most of his memories of his former life, but retaining his more destructive powers, and essentially brainwashed for easy control (firstly by Leigh Duglas and more recently by Rose Red).
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the above mentioned arc, this is pretty much what he delivers to Beast and even Ozma, all while shouting for them to get away from him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: According to him, the most efficient way to end any cycle of violence is to return all attacks ten times as hard, making the enemy so afraid of your counterattacks that they stop bothering you altogether. This explicitly includes Israel's bombings of civilians, on the grounds that between certain death and collateral damage, the natural thing to do is fight with everything you have regardless of the costs.
- The Dragon: Unwillingly, to Leigh Duglas (as mentioned above) due to her stealing a part of the glass statue he was turned into, preventing all attempts for a proper resurrection and causing him to come back quite different from what he was before. After Rose kills Leigh and claims the ring for herself, he becomes her Dragon.
- Dracula: When he first crossed into the Mundie world, Bigby befriended a certain Carpathian count who exploited the wolf's appetite for notoriety.
- Dysfunction Junction: His family: his father left them, his mother died of heartbreak, and his brothers spurned their mother's memory to get at their father's powers, losing themselves in the process. For all that, though, he is a good and devoted father and husband himself.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He was very fond of his mother as a young cub. Her death of a broken heart after having been abandoned by the North Wind was the catalyst for Bigby's centuries-long hatred of his father.
- Happily Married: To Snow White. Until his death at the hands of Brandish during the Snow White arc, that is.
- Heel-Face Turn: In his backstory. Overlaps a little with Hazy Feel Turn, as his motivation for changing sides was not so much a change of heart as a change of priorities.
- Hopeless with Tech: A self-confessed Luddite. He's never even learned how to drive.
- Irony: His severe punishment in Little Red Riding Hood did nothing but convince him that humans would be his only prey from then on.
- Karma Houdini: He hunted and ate thousands of people for sport, but the Fabletown amnesty absolved him of all past crimes. That said, he is far from Easily Forgiven, and the animal fables not wanting anything to do with him complicates matters on a regular basis. He goes to a heaven-ish place after dying, rather than face full karmic punishment for his crimes. On the other hand, Boy Blue said that Bigby received special treatment due to his relationship with the two North Winds. Bigby himself doesn't care much either way, as long as his past doesn't keep him from being with the people he loves, and feels no personal remorse for his actions.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Turned into a glass statue and shattered to pieces by Prince Brandish.
- Not Quite Dead: It is later revealed that his connections to the North Wind, both past (his father) and present (his daughter), give him a certain leniency when it comes to death. It is also foretold that he will outlive all of his children, but only after he has died seven times, so it is a safe bet that he will be back eventually. And, as of the Camelot arc, he has, though not quite as he used to be...
- Love At First Scent: With Snow.
- Noble Wolf: His sense of morality revolves around protecting his pack and territory.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He's a massive wolf transformed into a human, and he can both partially and fully transform back into his true form.
- Papa Wolf: Literally, and taken to the logical extreme. His entire "morality" is centered around pack and territory, and protecting his mate and "cubs" in ways that would cross into Protagonist-Centered Morality and/or Moral Myopia if he cared a bit about the philosophy rather than just following his instincts and protecting his family at all costs.
- Perma Stubble: Because of his wolfish nature. During one story set during WWII, he has to be clean shaven to infiltrate a Nazi outpost, and even though he shaves right before going in, the stubble is back only about 30 minutes later. The trope is also very literal - his facial hair never gets further than stubble, no matter how long he leaves it.
- Politically Incorrect Hero and/or Politically Incorrect Villain: He has outstanding family values. Otherwise, though...
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: While nothing really can redeem you for untold thousands of killings, Bigby has genuinely worked his ass off to protect Fabletown for centuries, earning the forgiveness of most of the loyal fables. Whether this makes him a socially realistic example of a Heel-Face Turn or a Karma Houdini is up for debate. Besides keeping his family happy with him though, Bigby himself doesn't care where he stands on any moral scale.
- Punny Name: Bigby Wolf. Big Bad Wolf.
- Rule of Cool: Apparently, eating tons of food if you're an animal Fable doesn't make you fat, it makes your entire body grow to scale, eventually leaving you a giant.
- Smoking Is Cool: His powerful senses get overwhelmed by everything that goes on in the city, so he smokes to block most of it out. When he's out of the city or specifically needs his nose, though, such as when examining a crime scene, he ditches the cigarettes without a second thought.
- Social Darwinist: In "Werewolves of the Heartland" he states that he is fine with the werewolves attacking, hunting, and eating humans as long as they do so openly. His problem is the cowardly, half-assed way they go about it. Pinocchio's prediction of how the war would unfold should the Emperor attack Earth with magical plagues, i.e.: biological weapons, also involves Bigby leading mundy soldiers in ruthlessly conquering and subjugating the far less advanced Homelands for themselves.
- Stalker with a Crush: Played with: Snow White is his soulmate, meaning he can't elude her scent, no matter what: he always knows where she is and how she's feeling at any given moment. However he doesn't act as a stalker, respects her boundaries and is not particularly happy about the whole thing until she eventually reciprocates. He actually restrains himself for several centuries before acting on the feelings at all, besides leaving his old ways behind to be in her proximity.
- Token Evil Teammate: While no Fable aside from Flycatcher has a clear conscience by the time they sign the Fabletown Amnesty and cynicism is a strong theme throughout the comics, Bigby has personally and unrepentantly murdered many times more people than all the other protagonist fables in the story put together. And his Heel-Face Turn is entirely a matter of new priorities, rather than guilt or remorse.
- Unscrupulous Hero: What Bigby is at best - at worst, he's a Noble Demon with strong tribal values.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change between human and wolf form at will. It's stated that he was born with the ability to change into any shape imaginable but refused to be anything but a wolf out of spite for his father until the ability withered and he was stuck. After leaving the Homelands, he becomes a werewolf - so as to be able to assume a human appearance - in order to be with Snow White. This also gave him an "in-between" form, the traditional Hollywood-style humanoid wolf-man.
- Willfully Weak: He drinks and smokes a lot to dull his senses and keep from going completely insane while living in the city, otherwise he'd be able to smell and hear everything from miles around, and potentially revert to his bloodthirsty nature.
- Wolf Man: He can partially transform into a wolf-man style werewolf.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Played with. He managed to exchange his fate with another one's. Though it's probably played straight with his new fate, as the "come back from the dead seven times total" and "outlive all his children" parts seem well on his way to being played out in full.
Officially a simple shoe store owner, she's actually one of the top secret agents of Fabletown.
- Action Girl: She is an undercover spy whose skills would put James Bond to shame.
- All Women Love Shoes: She running a (naturally) shoe store on the surface.
- Badass Adorable
- Cute Bruiser
- Good Thing You Can Heal: In her missions.
- May-December Romance: Pretended to have one with Ichabod Crane. (At least, appearance-wise. Given that they're both Really 700 Years Old...)
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In Cinderella Libertine, where she plays a Dumb Blonde in order to seduce and lure information out of Ichabod Crane.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: After acquiring the silver slippers from Psycho for Hire Dorothy Gale she can look like anybody she feels like, which should be very useful for her profession.
Snow White's wilder younger sister who has a troubled relationship with her older sibling. She's the leader of Fabletown's farm. As of the Camelot arc, she has become the new version of King Arthur in the second iteration of Camelot. In the Happily Ever After arc, her relationship to her sister devolves to the point of her deciding to use the brainwashed Bigby (under her control after she killed Leigh Duglas) to kill Snow for her.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Especially Jack.
- Cain and Abel: After issues #148 and #149 bring the truth about their bloodline to light, Rose is now fully prepared to have Snow killed in order to inherit the family magical power.
- Character Development: Goes from the original wild child to capable leader of the Farm.
- Collateral Angst: After Boy Blue dies.
- Cool Aunt: To the Cubs. Until the Happily Ever After arc.
- Cool Sword: She gets one during the Happily Ever After Arc, which she names Thorn.
- Fiery Redhead: She's mellowed out quite a bit, but she'll still sass you and threaten to kill your progenitor if you get in her way.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish sibling to Snow White's Responsible. Though she's become an efficient leader of the Farm, and was usually more rebellious than foolish.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: As of the Camelot arc, it's been pretty well established that despite how much of a benevolent leader or loving relative she can be, it doesn't take much convincing to make her turn bad again.
- Heroic BSOD: When Boy Blue dies, Rose is devastated and spends weeks secluded in her house, not even bothering to get out of bed. She finally snaps out of it just in time to prevent being deposed as leader of The Farm.
- Hope Bringer: The personification of Hope eventually chooses her to be one of her paladins. Considering her troubled past, Rose decides to become a person that creates hope by offering second chances.
- Merges into Good Is Dumb when she sacrifices her relationship with Snow to give Brandish a second chance. Unsurprisingly, Brandish betrays them the first chance he gets, killing first Weyland Smith and more recently Lancelot (Rose's current lover) in the process.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Snow White, in the past. And again as of the Camelot arc due to her decision to give Prince Brandish a second chance and a role in her new Camelot. Later invoked in the Happily Ever After arc with the appearance of the gold and black armors.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Snow.
- Really Gets Around: Jack, Bluebeard, Sinbad, Lancelot - are just her most recent partners.
- Spirited Young Lady: "The original wild child", as her sister describes her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rose sports a short hairdo, drinks, cusses like a sailor, wears boots and jeans while Snow prefers skirts and heels.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By Rose and Snow's backstory, Rose began acting like a bitch after she spent years depressed over Snow's supposed death. When their mother revealed Snow was still alive, Rose became bitter and hostile towards her sister for supposedly abandoning her. She also claimed she couldn't stand the fact that she'd been forgotten by so many people, whereas everyone remembered Snow and continued to rewrite and republish her ordeal with her stepmother, the dwarves, and Prince Charming.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starting with Animal Farm the relationship between Rose and Snow began to heal, and the two were more or less back on good terms by the time of Snow's wedding.
- Then she Took a Level in Jerkass AGAIN. When she discovers that Ms. Duglas is using a magic ring to control Bigby she decides to keep the ring for herself. Her current plan is to force Bigby to kill Snow (thus causing the full power of their bloodline to revert to herself), then mind control Bigby into falling in love with her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starting with Animal Farm the relationship between Rose and Snow began to heal, and the two were more or less back on good terms by the time of Snow's wedding.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Snow.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: With Boy Blue.
Ex-husband to (in chronological order) Snow White, Briar Rose, and Cinderella. He successfully managed to grab the position of Mayor from Old King Cole.
- Back from the Dead: In Fairest #15.
- Bi the Way: He mentions in "The Return of the Maharaja" that he has loved men before, and seems to be quite open to the idea of homosexuality.
- The Casanova: The his entire point. The reason he's in so many stories is because he constantly marries and abandons various princesses.
- The Chains of Commanding: After becoming Mayor.
- Characterization Marches On: Begins as a selfish womanizer, ends up making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Fabletown and win the war.
- Character Development: "The Return of the Maharaja". You'd be very surprised to see this is the same person from early on.
- Charm Person: The source of his success with women. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't last all that long.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Didn't Think This Through: Probably Charming's worst trait. Star example? His main platform for his run as Mayor was free Glamours for non-Humanoid Fables, but didn't check with Frau Totenkinder if that was even possible. Turns out it isn't. Oops.
- Disney Death: His body wasn't actually found.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Master Swordsman: Kills Bluebeard in the duel. Also gave fencing lessons to Snow White when they were married.
- Never Found the Body: Which, of course, leads to the mentioned above.
- Prince Charming: (Well, duh.) A notable deconstruction of this trope.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
A clerk of Fabletown.
- Heartbroken Badass: After what happened with Red Riding Hood.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: He played an integral role in keeping Fabletown running smoothly. When he runs off to fight the Empire, Charming's administration quickly realizes just how much he's needed.
- Quit Your Whining: Tells off Charming for the mess he's made since becoming Mayor, since the whole thing was basically an ego trip, and Blue's got real problems to sort out right now.
- Those Three Guys: He started out as this with Pinocchio and Flycatcher.
- Took a Level in Badass/Let's Get Dangerous: He singlehandedly invades the Empire, throws the entire territory into chaos when he kills several high ranking officials including the Emperor himself, rescues Red Riding Hood, meets the Adversary in person, and still manages to return home alive.
- Unwanted False Faith: He just wanted to be a regular guy but ended up getting a religion based around him after his exploits listed above.
Fabletown's long serving mayor.
- Cool Old Guy: This is how you negotiate with Arabian fables, Charming.
- Embarrassing First Name: Not so much 'embarrassing', but hardly anyone knows it. It's Rober.
- The Good King
- King Of Town: Subverted. He and Snow project this image, but it turns out King Cole is a skilled negotiator and diplomat, who is very capable of smoothing out ruffled feathers. In Arabic.
- Modest Royalty
- Nice Guy: Is always polite and kind.
Boy Blue's roommate who looks like a child.
- Can't Grow Up: The Blue Fairy made him a real boy, but didn't give him the ability to become an adult.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: His father Geppetto is the Adversary.
- Loophole Abuse: When he is brought back from the dead Geppetto puts him under a loyalty spell like his other "children". This spell forces him to act in his father's "best interest"—but Pinocchio believes that Geppetto surrendering to Fabletown IS in his father's best interest on the basis of his questionable sanity.
- Those Three Guys: He started out as this with Boy Blue and Flycatcher.
The Frog Prince and Fabletown's janitor.
- Almighty Janitor: He ends up becoming a almost literal example.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In Haven, his relationship with Red Riding Hood goes this way. Everyone in the kingdom can see that they're falling in love, but Ambrose resists his feelings for quite some time due to his continued guilt over the deaths of his wife and children.
- Babies Ever After: In The Last Flycatcher Story included in issue #141, it's revealed he and Red Riding Hood eventually get married and have four children together.
- Badass Pacifist: Defeats many, many of Geppetto's armies without spilling a single drop of blood, all by himself.
- Beard of Sorrow: During his Heroic BSOD.
- Beautiful All Along: After his makeover in The Good Prince.
- Big Good: After creating his own kingdom in Haven.
- Forced to Watch: When the adversary's soldiers barged into his home, he accidentally changed into a frog and could only hide and watch while every single one of his family members were killed (with his wife and eldest daughter being raped beforehand).
- The Chosen One: In The Good Prince.
- Happily Married: To his long-dead first wife. And much later to Red Riding Hood as reveled in The Last Flycatcher Story.
- Heroic BSOD: After remembering what happened to his family.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The ONLY Fable who had no crimes or misdeeds to confess when he signed the Fabletown Compact.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: He transforms into a frog if he's thoroughly startled or scared, and can only be brought back by a True Love's Kiss each time. Following his story arc in The Good Prince however, he starts working on controlling it.
- Nice Guy: Quite possibly the kindest fable seen in the mythos. There's a reason his arc is called "The Good Prince."
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His friends sometimes forget that his real name is Ambrose.
- Those Three Guys: He started out as this with Pinocchio and Boy Blue.
- Took a Level in Badass: He creates an Undefeatable Little Village against The Empire.
A wealthy citizen of Fabletown who escaped the Homelands with all his wealth intact. He is the main contributor to the Fabletown government. He claims to have forsaken his evil ways.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Bigger on the Inside: His apartment is this due to some very expensive spells placed on it.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Prince Charming for attempting to kill Snow and Bigby.
- Killed Off for Real
- Master Swordsman: He is very skilled with a sword, though ultimately not enough to save himself from Prince Charming.
- Smug Snake
- Wicked Cultured
Although human, Goldilocks lived on the Farm, where she conspired with the Three Little Pigs and numerous other residents to overthrow the Fabletown government.
- Badass: She is lethal with a shotgun, and her reaction time is so great that she actually incapacitated a fully-transformed Bigby, who snuck up on her from behind.
- Blondes Are Evil
- But You Screw One Goat!: Is apparently sleeping with Baby Bear as a political statement, and expresses interest in Bluebeard's goblin manservant.
- Cold Sniper: Nearly kills Snow White.
- Dark Mistress: Briefly, to Bluebeard.
- Dirty Communists
- Kick the Dog: Her murder of Colin.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Flat out admits to the Pigs that she doesn't care for the farm, or even believe in her communist spiel or the cause to retake the Old Lands. She just wants to rule Fable Town.
- Made of Iron: Axe to the head, beaten brutally with a cane, falling down a cliff and shattering limbs, getting hit by an 18-wheeler, floating away face-down in a river... And she recovers fully.
- Really Gets Around: Bluebeard, Jack, Baby Bear, among who knows how many other animals...
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
- Straw Character: The author, being extremely rightwing, and favouring militant social-Darwinists such as Bigby, lets her represent a completely over the top satire of what he dislikes about feminists, social liberals, socialists, hippies, and other less right-leaning types of people.
Mrs. Sprat / Leigh Duglas
The wife of one Jack Sprat, the obese and unpleasant Mrs. Sprat was originally head nurse at the Knights of Malta hospital in Fabletown. She has since joined Mr. Dark's side, who has offered to make her beautiful, get revenge on all the other "pretty" Fables, and find her a prince to be her true love.
- Ascended Extra: Before she was just the head nurse at Knights of Malta hospital and regarded as quite unpleasant. As of issue #100, she's joined Mr. Dark's side, and since that time she has slimmed down and has trained to invoke a few nasty surprises on her old "friends".
- Battleaxe Nurse: This was her entire character before issue #100.
- Evil Makeover: Eventually gives herself dark hair and clothes, declaring herself the bride of the late Mr. Dark.
- Fat Girl: Used to be.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She says the only reason she became a nurse was so she could have a chance at getting any of the more beautiful Fables completely at her mercy.
- Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Rose Red in issue #146 to steal the glass ring.
- Meaningful Rename: Her maiden name, Leigh Duglas, translates to "stranger from the dark meadow" or "dark stranger from the meadow."
- Perpetual Frowner: Pre-issue #100, not so much afterwards.
- That Woman Is Dead: She states that "Sprat" is from a dead past, and goes back to using her maiden name.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: When the other Fables return to Fabletown, Leigh and her fencing instructor made it look like Mr. Dark was keeping them prisoner all this time to gain their trust.
The children of Snow White and Bigby (Ambrose, Blossom, Conner, Darien, Therese, Winter and Ghost), conceived under the influence of an enchantment cast by Frau Totenkinder, and born during the The Mean Seasons arc.Tropes applying to all of them:
- Badass Adorable: Comes with being part of a Badass Family.
- Children Are Innocent: Applied to all of them until the events foretold by the prophecy started playing out.
- Cute Bruiser: Any of them in a fight.
- In the Blood: They're all highly magical individuals, something they get from both sides of the family.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Averted - it is specifically stated their magical nature comes from both parents.
- Massive Numbered Siblings / Rule of Seven / Too Many Babies: Seven of them, resulting from one single pregnancy.
- Our Werewolves Are Different / Voluntary Shapeshifting: They're shapeshifters, but usually only seen in human or wolf form (or an in-between form, like the one they had at birth and kept until they could shapeshift properly).
- Shapeshifter Default Form: They look human most of the time.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: There was eventually revealed to be a prophecy concerning their fates:The first child will be a king,
The second child a pauper.
The third will do an evil thing,
The fourth will die to stop her.
The fifth will be a hero bold,
The sixth will judge the rest.
The seventh lives to ages old,
And is by Heaven blessed.
Named after Flycatcher/King Ambrose. He's rather fearful and anxious when compared to most of his siblings, but also quite clever. He was the first one to learn of the prophecy, which was told to him by Ozma. In the Snow White arc. Which is narrated by his future self, he is revealed to be the sixth child mentioned in the prophecy, "judging the rest" by telling their stories.
- Adorkable: Just look at him.
- Apologises a Lot: This happens in almost every scene he's in.
- Bookworm: Said to do best in school among all of the Cubs, and frequently seen with a book nearby.
- Cowardly Lion: He might be afraid of many things, but he's far from being a Dirty Coward.
- Geek Physiques: Quite chubby in comparison to all of his siblings, and noted to love reading and learning new things.
- Happy Flashback: He has a brief one in the Inherit the Wind arc in his late grandfather's library, picturing one of the times his grandfather was reading a story to him and his siblings.
- Happily Married: A flashforward shows that he eventually marries the Green Lady, a.k.a. The Lady of The Lake, a.k.a. the one who changed Bigby's destiny and is therefore indirectly responsible for Ambrose's existence in the first place.
- The Storyteller: Becomes this in the future, as was foretold by the prophecy.
(Sort of) named after her aunt Rose Red due to the red fur she had at birth. She's frequently seen playing with small animals or surrounded by them, and seems to be quite attuned to nature. Her part of the prophecy is unknown and has yet to play out.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters. She's the redhead in this trio.
- Friend to All Living Things: As said above, she's constantly seen surrounded by animals such as butterflies and forest creatures, and even manifested a wish to adopt the witch Maddy (who has the form of a black cat) once.
- Nature Lover: Implied to be this (during the testing to choose the new North Wind, she flew until she found a place "where it was still springtime enough for flowers).
- Princess Classic: Has shades of this.
Conner is similar to Darien in terms of personality, though he was always less dominant. He's revealed to be fairly insecure about his own skills during the Inherit the Wind arc, believing that Darien would always do better no matter what. Like Blossom, his part of the prophecy hasn't come to pass yet.
- Age-Appropriate Angst: When the family gets the news of Darien's sacrifice, he's the one who seems to take it the hardest out of all the siblings, visibly crying while being comforted by Blossom.
- Meaningful Name: Conner is a variant of Conor, which has "wolf lover" as one of its possible meanings. Quite apt for someone who frequently shapeshifts into wolf form.
- Middle Child Syndrome: We don't really know where he stands in birth order, but he does have shades of this, particularly noticeable during and after the Inherit the Wind arc.
- Number Two: He served as this to Darien during most of their childhood.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: His feelings concerning Darien - he states nothing that he does will ever be good enough in comparison.
Usually called "Dare". The most similar to his father in looks and personality, wild and adventurous, he assumed the "leader of the pack" role from early on. In the Cubs in Toyland arc, he goes on a mission to rescue his sister Therese, who is stranded in the land of Discardia in the verge of starving to death. He is then revealed to be the fourth child in the prophecy, sacrificing his life so that Therese can survive and eventually redeem herself.
- Age-Appropriate Angst: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, very justified as he's only a child and is understandably afraid to die.
- Big Brother Bully: Considers himself to be this, telling Conner he failed them as a leader and didn't protect them as he should have.
- Big Brother Instinct: What Bigby was trying to encourage him to have as leader of the pack. However, Dare himself considers himself to have failed in this respect up until his decision to rescue Therese and subsequent heroic death.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Gets very upset when Winter is chosen as the new North Wind instead of him and nearly attacks her for it. He seems to quickly get over it, though.
- Heroic BSOD: Right after learning that his death is the only way to save Therese.Darien: I don't want to die. Please! Not yet. I'm still a little kid.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself so that Therese will not starve to death (and leading to her subsequent quest for redemption).
- Infant Immortality: Averted, he kills himself to save Therese at age nine.
- It's All My Fault: He feels this way towards Therese's disappearance in Cubs in Toyland, thinking that it wouldn't have happened had he been a better leader and protector.
- So Proud of You: How he wanted his father to feel about him. This was likely the ultimate result of their conversation in the afterlife in issue #134.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Bigby, even Lampshaded at one point.
- Team Dad: What Bigby encouraged him to become via his role as "leader of the pack".
- Tears of Fear: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, when realizing the only way out is to sacrifice himself, and wondering if it will hurt.
- Wild Child: Shown to be this since quite early on.
Traditionally feminine and somewhat vain, fond of dressing up and playing with her numerous toys. Receiving a toy boat as a mysterious Christmas gift leads to her becoming Queen of Discardia during the Cubs in Toyland arc. However, she soon realizes she is stranded there with no source of food, causing her to order the death of Lord Mountbatten and eat his raw flesh out of extreme hunger and despair. (This marked her as the third child in the prophecy, who would "do an evil thing".) After Dare sacrifices himself, she is extremely remorseful and falls into a long period of depression. When she recovers, she and her subjects goes on a quest to atone for their crimes. More recently, she returns to her old house to inform her mother and siblings of Darien's fate.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Taken to Discardia to become the new queen of the land at age nine.
- The Atoner: Becomes this after ordering Mountbatten's murder and learning of Darien's sacrifice. She and her subjects (the toys of Discardia who had originally caused the deaths of the children who owned them) then go on a quest for redemption, saving the lives of hundreds of children to make up for the ones they took.Therese: We have to earn our way back. One hundred is the price. One hundred lives for each one that we took. That seems fair.
- Badass Long Robe: Wears this after her Despair Event Horizon and Plot-Relevant Age-Up mentioned below.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Displays these when ordering Mountbatten's death and eating his flesh.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters, being the blonde in the trio.
- Break the Haughty: The ultimate result of her ordeal in Discardia, especially after Darien sacrifices himself.
- Cool Big Sis: Has shades of this after the passage of time in Discardia leads to her becoming an adult, while her siblings left at home are still children (despite all having been born at the same time).
- Cynicism Catalyst: Darien's sacrifice is this to her.Therese: You're all very bad toys. And with me you got the queen you deserved. I was vain and spoiled and basically wicked. And then I became a killer, just like you. Murderers don't get forgiven just because we promise to be good from now on.
- Despair Event Horizon: Darien's sacrifice.
- Hair Decorations / Long Hair Is Feminine: She had long blonde hair and usually wore flowers or bows on it (pre-Cubs in Toyland).
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to Lord Mountbatten's murder and Darien's sacrifice upon learning of the latter.
- Tears of Remorse: Follows the above.
- Pink Means Feminine: Used to dress in pink, flowery, long dresses before the Cubs in Toyland arc.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: As an effect of time passing differently in Discardia. When she returns home to inform her family of Darien's death, years have passed for her, but only weeks or months for them.
- Redemption Quest: At the end of the Cubs in Toyland arc, she and her subjects set out to save one hundred lives for each of the deaths they were responsible for.
- Sanity Slippage: After realizing she is trapped on Discardia with no source of food, her mental state slowly deteriorates, culminating in Mountbatten's murder.
- Spoiled Brat: Before Cubs in Toyland, even Lampshaded by herself.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After the events in Cubs in Toyland as mentioned above.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Following her discovery of Darien's sacrifice.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her murder of Lord Mountbatten, even if she was weakened and driven half-insane by desperation and hunger at the time.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Was said to enjoy frequent compliments, and is implied to have been this even by herself.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After arriving to Discardia, Therese learned there was no way to leave. Eventually subverted in that she ultimately left for the Redemption Quest mentioned above, but has mentioned she belongs there and will have to return eventually.
A shy girl who is frequently seen sucking her thumb and carrying a stuffed animal around. According to her brother Darien, she is the runt of the litter. Following the death of their grandfather, she is eventually chosen as his successor during the Inherit the Wind arc, thus becoming the new North Wind (and fulfilling the first line in the prophecy).
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the new North Wind at age eight or so.
- Alliterative Name: Winter Wolf.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the North Wind.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters, being the brunette of the trio.
- Blow You Away: Displays these powers after becoming the new North Wind.
- Bookworm: Acts excited at the idea of something being "just like school" during the Inherit the Wind arc, mentioning she "loves school" and is the one who does best academically after Ambrose.
- Creepy Child: Shown to have become this as of the Camelot arc, due to the dissonance of being both a ten-year-old child and an elemental power with millenia of wisdom and experience behind her.
- Dead Gal Junior: Named after Bigby's long-dead mother.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, she tells her father about the dreams she's had (that she somehow knows will eventually become true) about her cold, unforgiving future self, that controls others through fear. Sure enough, by the Camelot arc she has become somewhat more ruthless and is seen shapeshifting into this older self.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle of choice.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Frequently seen carrying stuffed animals with her.
- Kneel Before Frodo: Occurs when she is chosen as the new North Wind.
- Meaningful Name: Winter ends up succeeding her grandfather as the North Wind.
- Physical God: Comes with being a powerful Anthropomorphic Personification as mentioned above.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Her Older Alter Ego has impressive long and flowing white hair with two black stripes in it.
- She Is the King: One of the titles of the North Wind is "King of the North", which is said to be gender-neutral (or close enough).
- Shrinking Violet / The Quiet One: She's shown to be a very shy girl.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Applies to her after becoming the new North Wind, with all the powers such entails.
- Took a Level in Badass: After being chosen as the new North Wind.
- Older Alter Ego: The cold, stern, white-haired persona she shapeshifts into to intimidate the other Cardinal Winds into submission in the Camelot arc.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: The consequence of taking over as the new North Wind, which can be quite unsettling to others.The Snow Queen: What an odd thing you are. A little girl in aspect, and sometimes you do talk like a child. Then, at other times you talk like one weighed down by the heavy wisdom of centuries. Which is the true you, I wonder?Winter: Both. All. I contain multitudes.
The seventh of the Cubs. Snow was originally unaware of his existence due to him being a zephyr (an invisible being with no physical body, made of air, which does not need to eat and feeds only on air from people's lungs). She eventually realized that the recent murders at Fabletown and the Farm had been caused by Ghost, who had not been aware that consuming the air from others' lungs would kill them. Ghost was then sent away (to prevent him from being killed by his grandfather, the North Wind, who had once vowed to kill all zephyrs) and lived with his father until his parents' reunion and marriage. He was officially introduced to his siblings on their 5th birthday. The North Wind eventually learned of his existence during the Mr. Dark arc, and eventually chose to kill himself along with Mr. Dark so that he would neither break his oath or irreparably break his bond with his son and grandchildren by killing Ghost. His part of the prophecy has yet to occur as well.
- Accidental Murder: Of several Fables at both Fabletown and the Farm (including Mr. Web, Leigh Duglas/Nurse Sprat's husband Jack Sprat and Mary's Little Lamb), due to his inability to feed on the air from their lungs in a non-lethal way.
- Blow You Away: As a wind, he has this power.
- Enfant Terrible: Might come across at this at first, though his murders were accidental, as he was just a very young child trying to feed himself while searching for his mother.
- Intangibility / Invisibility: Comes with being made of air and having no physical body.
- Youngest Child Wins: He has always been the "odd one out" and referred to as the seventh child. If this matches the prophecy, his eventual fate will be much better than his siblings'.
The Thirteenth Floor Fables
The Great Fairy Witch
The former leader of the Thirteenth Floor Group, prior to Frau Totenkinder's ascension. As of the present, she's disconnected and quite probably permanently insane, due to the years of stress associated with Fabletown's early days. It's implied quite heavily that Totenkinder did this intentionally in order to take over.
Frau Totenkinder / Bellflower
The witch who once tried to eat Hansel and Gretel, as well as being many of the unnamed witches in folklore. As of the start of the series, the leader of the Thirteenth Floor Group, the resident coven of Fabletown mages. Quite possibly the most powerful mage in history by this point, after centuries of slow, careful hoarding of power in preparation for a showdown with the Adversary.
- The Ace: Many of her fellow fables in exile may be great and powerful heroes and villains of legend, but she outshines them all by far.
- Ancestral Weapon: Hey, you know how Frau Totenkinder is always sitting in her rocking chair, knitting something with a bag that has skeins of wool in it? Well, the chair is actually the stone she performed her sacrifices on, the bag is her shamanic talisman, and the needles are her ritual daggers, all shapeshifted to innocuous form.
- Badass Boast: During the March of The Wooden Soldiers arc."I was always stronger than you thought. Killed a dozen times, but it never took. Even burned to ashes in my own oven, I came back, after a good while. How's that for a frail old biddy, eh? Now you hush and let me finish my knitting. Time to stop struggling and let the deep darkness take you. Your stories are all done, Baba Yaga."
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She's on the good guys' side because Snow White and Rose Red saved her life, and she also seems to genuinely like Beauty and Beast, to the point of making Beauty's day by telling her that she will eventually have a baby.
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Her name is German for "Dead Children". It's both a reference to the source of her powers (guess where they come from?) and to the fact that the very first child she sacrificed was her own son.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Sorceress: She was basically every nameless witch in every fairy tale you've read, and quite a few Fabletown fables still bear very powerful curses of her design. The curses on Rapunzel and the Beast are her work, for starters, though it's not clear if the subjects of the curse are aware that Totenkinder is the same woman.
- Hidden Badass: Initially we just know her as the woman who probably tried to kill Hansel and Gretel once upon a time. Eventually we learn that she's a woman who's been alive for thousands of years. During that time, she honed and grew her skills in magic to the point where she can challenge but not win a fight against one of the Great Powers in the Fables universe. She had to spend all of her centuries of accumulated power to do so however, and is left at a more or less "normal" level of magical power afterwards.
- Karma Houdini: She has done so many utterly horrible things to innocent, or not so innocent, people, children, babies, etcetera, and never received anywhere near the same permanent fate in return. In fact, after she defeats Mr. Dark, her next action is to head off to parts unknown with her new lover, so she can have the happy married life she never did.
- Though said new husband eventually dies in Fairest In All the Land with no chance of being brought back.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: A foreign language example as mentioned above.
- Never Mess with Granny See above. Just don't mess with her...
- Offing the Offspring: Part of her backstory, as mentioned above and below.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Odd thing is, she willingly gave up her looks because she didn't much care for the physical desires that came with youth, and was always able to regain them whenever she wanted to.
- Retired Monster: While no longer actively evil and on the side of the protagonists, it is stated that she has little remorse for the many, many evil things she has done. The only thing she seems to regret is the murder of her child. It is also heavily implied that she covertly drove the original, much nicer, leader of the coven insane to become the leader herself after the amnesty.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even nastier than Bigby, and also doesn't feel sorry in the slightest for all the horrible things she has done.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can change from old to young, or twist her appearance into that of a monster, etc.
- Woman Scorned: She was originally the shaman of her tribe and was in a relationship with the chief's son. When he married another woman for the sake of a truce with another tribe, he had her banished because she was pregnant with his son (wanting to get rid of her, he accused her of having had dealings with demons, which had supposedly resulted in the child's conception). She then killed her baby as soon as he was born so she could enact her revenge on her former tribe (completely wiping it out) and has been killing children to use magic ever since.
- Would Hurt a Child: She began her experiments with blood magic by sacrificing her own son, and has at the very least sacrificed thousands (or possibly millions) of children to demons to retain her youth and power.
- According the The Unwritten crossover, she is fully willing to sacrifice every child on the planet.
The former queen of Oz, and the most ambitious member of the Thirteenth Floor Gang. Becomes their leader after Frau Totenkinder retires.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him Ozma is hyped up as Totenkinder's successor and a lot of dialog is dedicated to what her "great work" will be. Then she's casually killed off during the last arc of the series, without really accomplishing anything. Her death doesn't even move the plot forward.
- Killed Off for Real: After underestimating the resurrected and mind-controlled Bigby in issue #144.
- Not So Above It All: Has a cold, calculating personality in some respects, but finds herself drawn, at least temporarily, into going along with Pinocchio's ridiculous "Super Team" plot.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like all of the Fables, but Ozma notably maintains the appearance of a young girl, where most female Fables appear to be in their 20s-30s and most of the women associated with the 13th Floor Gang look old.
A mage with a talent for shapeshifting. In the form of a magic bear, he was tasked to guard a trove of magical items by the Empire, but only stuck with it because he didn't really have anywhere else to go; when offered the chance to emigrate to Fabletown he gladly accepted.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: First met in the form of a bear, and borrows a bird's wings to fly them home to Fabletown.
A nameless witch, who took her own name and "tucked it away" to protect herself from evil powers. She had very little active role in the story, until she went to the Imperial City with Hakim and Briar Rose in order to protect her as part of Fabletown's war plans.
A magic-user in the form of a black cat, with a pointed, triangle-tipped tail. By far the most talented magic user among the Thirteenth Floor when it comes to concealment, she is able to serve as a spy even against Great Powers like Mr. Dark.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Though she seems comfortable in the cat form.
Mr. Kadabra / Karrant
Appearing as a "stage magician," complete with suit and top hat, Mr. Kadabra appears to all involved to be a terminally unimportant background character. This is because before coming to Fabletown, he worked an unbelievably powerful spell directly on The Adversary himself, causing the Adversary to forget about any land in which Kadabra dwells. The backlash of the spell has wiped away a significant portion of Kadabra's memory as well, and has caused anyone he encounters to perceive him as unimportant as well. It is likely that his spell is a major reason why the Adversary ignored the Mundy world for so long.
Mrs. Green / Morgan le Fay
Hailing from the King Arthur saga, she is one of the less vocal members of the Thirteenth Floor, although this changes.
The Emperor / The Adversary / Geppetto
The true leader and founder of the Empire and the one who drove the Fables from the Homelands.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Pinnochio, though Pinnochio is conflicted about directly opposing his father.
- Berserk Button: Do not carve from the enchanted wood.
- Big Bad: Of Issues #1 through #75.
- The Chessmaster
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: It can be argued that making Gepetto be The Adversary was one of Willingham's best ideas in the series.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mostly played straight in regards to his wooden children, particularly Pinnochio. However, it is subverted when he explodes at Pinnochio over Pinnochio giving him a living wooden cricket carved from the enchanted wood as a birthday present.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Sorceror
- Face-Heel Turn: He was every bit the kind and sweet woodcarver from the story, but when he found out he could make as many puppets as he wanted and control them into doing his bidding, there was no way back.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a humble woodcarver.
- Hidden Villain: His identity is not revealed for quite a while.
- Karma Houdini: Possibly the worst case in the series.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Pinnochio.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Emperor is just his wooden puppet.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Due to tons of protective spells placed on him.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Despite his invulnerability, he is still just an old man, and as such does nothing himself to stop Boy Blue or Bigby when they confront him.
- Shadow Dictator
The Snow Queen / Lumi
One of the Adversary's supporters.
- Anti-Villain: She was only serving Geppetto due to being Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Lumi is a Finnish word for snow.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- The Dragon: As commander of the Emperor's personal guard and one of the few people who knows the Adversary's real identity.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Fairest revealed that the reason for her Face-Heel Turn was because Geppetto had secretly been drugging her for thousands of years. After she fell asleep due to Briar Rose's curse, her time under gave her body an appropriate duration to digest the crap out of her system. Following the battle with Hadeon the Destroyer, Lumi's now good again.
Public face of the Empire's might, a humanoid creature of great stature and nigh invincible prowess who rules the Empire with an iron fist. In truth a massive wooden soldier built by Geppetto to be figurehead of his Empire.
- Badass: Can outfight Bigby Wolf in personal combat.
- Large and In Charge: Towers over most of his subjects.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Aside from the durability his origins give him, the Emperor also has the best protection spells hundreds of warlocks and witches can bestow on him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: His reaction to being told that they actually might have what he wants but can't actually find it due to their chaotic filing system is to say "well no use crying over spilt milk". In council with his father, the Emperor often takes moderate and sensible positions. It implies that a lot of the Empire's bloodthirsty policies are due solely to Geppetto.
- Weaksauce Weakness: All wooden soldiers are vulnerable to someone prying out their joints. The Emperor is no exception.
The head of the Imperial Inquisition and one of the most feared men in the Empire.
- Ass in Ambassador: He is appointed as the Empire's ambassador to Fabletown specifically because The Emperor knows how much the other Fables dislike him.
- Burn the Witch!: He is responsible for hundreds of witch burnings, many of whom were innocent girls.
- Dark Is Evil: His standard mode of dress.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted when he murders Gretel for daring to learn some basic spells.
- Fantastic Racism: Against witches.
- The Sociopath
- Start of Darkness: His encounter with Frau Totenkinder was what sparked his hatred of witches. That hatred eventually grew so strong that he murdered his sister when she began to learn some magic.
One of the Great Powers captured by the Empire. She decided that service was better than eternal imprisonment.
- Arch-Enemy: To Frau Totenkinder.
- Eldritch Abomination: Adopts this form when battling Frau Totenkinder during March of The Wooden Soldiers. Not that it helps her.
- Evil Old Folks: In her natural form she looks about sixty.
- Familiar: She is served by the Knights of Dawn, Midday and Night, each of which can beat an entire army.
- Iconic Item: Her mortar, pestle and chicken legged hut all make an appearance.
- Killed Off for Real: By, of all people, Bufkin, with the Vorpal Sword.
- Shapeshifting: Most notably into Red Riding Hood, for the purposes of seducing Boy Blue.
- The Vamp: Is one while in the form of Red Riding Hood.
The Jack of all tales. Is actually half-Literal, but doesn't know this for centuries.
- Anti-Hero: Generally a Type V, sometimes sliding completely into Villain Protagonist territory.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Not really 'evil', but Jack is always looking out for number one above all else.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Sleeps with all three of his half-sisters in turn, although none of them had any idea they were related at the time (having never met and looking nothing alike) and all four are disgusted by it when they learn the truth.
- The Casanova: Can be quite charming and glib.
- Con Man
- Designated Hero: As a Literal he is the anthropomprphic personification of the trope.
- Destructive Romance: With Rose Red.
- The Exile: He was eventually banished from Fabletown.
- Hero of Another Story: The word "Hero" is a stretch, but he is the protagonist of his own spinoff comic.
- It's All About Me: The only thing he cares about is himself.
- Loveable Rogue: On a good day. He does actually try to help Fabletown on a few occasions, but being a slave to his mercurial nature, he always ends up shooting himself in the foot and pissing everyone off.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Given one by a group of wooden soldiers infiltrating Fabletown. It's rather satisfying.
- Nominal Hero: On most days. He has no redeeming traits whatsoever beyond being a go-getter, has no loyalties, and will gladly manipulate anybody, including his ex-girlfriend Rose Red or his own son, as long as it means he gets what he wants.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Reaches epic heights in Jack of Fables.
- Physical God: His ultimate fate. After dying, a group of devils take his ghost to what they think would be his personal hell: being alone on a barren planet with nothing to do but think about what went wrong in his life, given a typewriter and infinite paper to describe all of his failings. Instead, he spends eternity describing his own perfect universe where he reigns as god-king and uses his literal powers to pull Gary the Pathetic Fallacy to the end of time to make it a reality.
Anthropomorphic Personification of shadow, woe, and all other dark things. He was imprisoned by the Empire, but was later accidentally released by two thieves.
- Big Bad: After the Adversary.
- Dark Is Evil: He is an extremely nasty individual.
- Dark World: He creates these if he stays in one place for too long.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He does seem to treat his servants decently enough. According to the Fables/Unwritten crossover he's even a decent husband and father, if you consider joined family torture sessions and brainwashing children into corrupted and twisted versions of themselves as responsible parenting.
- Humble Pie: He gets to eat a slice whether he want to or not, when the self proclaimed greatest Great Power is taken down by Bellflower, a "mere" witch. Sadly, it doesn't last long since he quickly recovers and beats her in the rematch.
- Killed Off for Real: By The North Wind, who seals them both in his Casket of Ancient Winds.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Obviously Evil
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Released by two thieves.
- Made of Evil: He is the living embodiment of darkness, woe and malice as a whole.
Snow and Rose's mother, whose actions and lineage are the driving force behind much of the conflict between her daughters. She never appears in the story proper, only in flashbacks.
- Cain and Abel: While she left home, withdrawing from the generational fratricide, she did kill her last surviving sister, Geirvé, when she found her decades later (granted, Geirvé was trying to kill Lauda in the first place to tie up every loose end).
- Good Parents: She loved her daughters dearly and was willing to pretend one was dead to save her.
- Happily Married: In issue #149, we learn she and her husband were very much in love. Sadly, their marriage did not last long due to his untimely death, likely at the hands of his sister.
- In the Blood: Her magical lineage, which forces the members of each generation to kill each other off until only one remains, then inheriting the bloodline's power. Also, the members of this line can apparently only conceive daughters.
- Love at First Sight: This was the case with her and her unnamed husband.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: She was the youngest of thirteen sisters.
- The Strategist: It's implied that she purposefully bowed out of the family killings so she could claim the power later.
- Tempting Fate / You Can't Fight Fate: After killing her last remaining sister in self-defense as mentioned above, Lauda thought she and her husband could live happily ever after together, and that she could avoid the family "curse" continuing by only having one child. Naturally, in due time she gave birth to twins Snow and Rose.
- This is even Lampshaded by Rose in the story when she learns of it, saying "anyone could have seen that coming".
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Averted at first, as she found a way to circumvent the family curse and even ended up as the sole surviving sister and wielder of the generational power. However, it was later played straight as her plan to avoid the curse in the next generation by having only one child didn't work and her beloved husband died after only a year or so of marriage.
- Walking Spoiler
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In issue #96, Lauda claims that she helped her sister (later revealed to actually be her sister-in-law) marry the King of the Silver Realm, causing her to owe her a favor. Yet, in issue #149, we learn that the sister-in-law was married to the king before Lauda ever met her, or her future husband, so how could she have helped her to become a queen?
- In addition, her ultimate fate has never been explained.
- Widow Woman: First introduced as a poor widow who lived with her daughters in a cottage during the Rose Red arc. We only get some information about her late husband in issue #149.
- Youngest Child Wins: As mentioned above, she was the last of the 13 sisters left alive, then inheriting the family power in full.
Introduced in Fables as a reporter with the strange ability to see the fable community and its residents for who they really are. He is eventually revealed to be the amnesiac personification of storytelling itself, as well as the creator of all fables. As his memories and powers return, the once mild-mannered reporter begins showing a much more sinister side...
- Affably Evil: Kevin Thorn is a meek, polite and friendly individual. When his memories return, however, he simply keeps it up as a facade. Upon regaining his powers, he drops the act altogether.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of storytelling.
- Artifact of Doom: His pen, which allows him to rewrite reality. Touching it causes anyone other than him to die horribly as their minds are subjected to the entirety of human history at once.
- Big Bad: In spite of having created most of the comics villains, he doesn't become one in his own right until ''The Great Fables Crossover'.
- Creator Backlash: In-Universe. Disgusted by how his stories have spun out of control without his direct influence. He cites Bigby winding up the Sheriff of Fabletown and Geppeto becoming a Big Bad as examples.
- God Is Evil: He views fables and mundanes as nothing more than characters in a story to do with as he wishes and barely has more respect for his fellow Literals. When he first gets his powers he turned a park into a nightmare to test them out and casually writers horrible fates for several people who annoyed him. He is not hesitant in the least to destroying everything because he doesn't like how it turned out.
- Jerkass: His true persona. Cruelly toys with the fates of fables and mundanes alike, subjecting Bigby to a series of humiliating transformations and giving a woman who sent him an ugly look cancer.
- Human Popsicle: Jack Frost freezes him in order to prevent his world-destroying sentence from being finished.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has been stripped of his memories by Mr. Revise on several occasions because his stories were wreaking havoc upon the mundane world.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays on Priscilla Page's insecurities in order to escape Mr. Revise and regain his pen.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to uncreate reality in order to start with a fresh slate.
- Physical God: The most powerful of the Literals by a long shot.
- Reality Warper: Virtually omnipotent unless prevented from writing in some fashion.
- Ret Gone: Uncreates Old Sam as punishment for attempting to steal his pen. It is also his ultimate fate- he is exiled to a different reality so that his stories will no longer trouble our world.
- Unfazed Everyman: How he is introduced. Eventually subverted once Jack of Fables comes around.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Depriving him of his pen renders him harmless, as it takes him centuries to "break in" a new one on his own. This is no easy task, however.
Son of Kevin Thorn, and the Anthropomorphic Personification of editing and cencorship. Has dedicated his life to creating a stable world for mundanes to live in. To this end, his organization abducts fables so that he can strip them of their inherent magic by gradually erasing the mundane world's memories of their stories. He is also the father of one third of the Page Sisters.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Appears as an stern, elderly man. Cross him, however, and he will remind you that he is not a human.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Memory Hole, which allows his to use his Laser-Guided Amnesia on a global scale.
- Bad Boss: Only to the Page Sisters, his seconds-in-command. To the rest of his staff he turns out to be a...
- Benevolent Boss: Provides the mundanes working for him with money and new identities after his organization is destroyed.
- Big Bad: Of Jack of Fables issues #1 to #16.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Interrupts Jack's tale of how he met the Snow Queen in issue #6. Why? To remind the readers that the tale of the Snow Queen is nothing but "the feverish imagination of a sickly and troubled Dane", and to question the sanity of comic writers who allow such tomfoolery in their stories.
- Brought Down to Normal: What he does to fables in his custody.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Gets absolutely no credit for the centuries of work he has put into making the world a safer place for mundanes, and is extremely irate about it. Then again, given that the comic mostly sides with the fables, this is understandable.
- Humiliation Conga: After Jack enters his life, a mass jailbreak occurs, his daughters turn on him, his brother razes his compound, he is forced to give back every bit of magic he took from the fables in order to give them a fighting chance, and what remains of his life's work is blown to smithereens by a volcanic eruption. Needless to say, he is left an embittered, cynical shell.
- Gilded Cage: Revise's prison is actually more like a cozy little village where everything is free, and fables are free to do as they please as long as the don't attempt an escape.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Chief of his powers. He does it to mundanes in order to erase their memories of the fables, and to Kevin Thorn, in order to prevent him from creating more.
- Love Triangle: Had one with his brother over Prose Page. He eventually won her, but not before Bookburner had unknowingly fathered two of the Page Sisters.
- Science Versus Magic: Claims that his culling of magic made science at all possible, by allowing natural laws to remain constant.
- Sliding Scaleof Idealism Versus Cynicism: Though cynical in nature, his mission to protect the mundane world from magic is arguably very idealistic in nature. After his life's work is completely destroyed he nosedives into the cynical end.
- The Extremist Was Right: As he points out, his harsh actions were absolutely necessary to bring order to the lives of Fables and Mundanes and allow the advancement of science. He was the making the world (and universe) safer and better for both Mundanes and Fables by protecting them from his father who would change the laws of physics, history, or anything on a whim. This is all later proven true as the moment Kevin Thorn gets his pin back he immediately starts screwing around with reality and plotting the end of the universe.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He kidnaps and imprisons Fables and rewrites their stories to make them more family-friendly. He has scrabbled the mind of his own grandfather and several times wiped the memory of his own father. Yet all was necessary to impose a measure of order upon the laws of magic and stabilized the laws of science allowing advancement to take place especially from his extremely fickle father.
The second son of Kevin Thorn and brother of Mr. Revise, Bookburner embodies the more violent kind of censorship. Bookburner shares his brother's vision of a peaceful, magic-free world, but he prefers erasing fables completely from existence, rather than stripping them of their magic and allowing them to live out their lives peacefully. When he learns of Revise's failing project, he resolves to take out all of fablekind in one fell swoop by storming his brother's facility. He carries a deep grudge toward Revise due to a Love Triangle between them and Prose Page.
- Affably Evil: Outgoing, polite, and in general a much friendlier person than his brother. He seems averse to hurting or killing fellow literals, and his love for Prose Page was seemingle genuine. He does, however, carry a murderous grudge towards fablekind.
- Big Bad: Of Jack Of Fables issues #17-32.
- Blood Knight: It's pretty clear that he takes sadistic pleasure in hurting and killing fables, as opposed to mundanes and literals.
- The Dreaded: All fables and more than a few literals fear the Bookburner, for good reason.
- Face Framed in Shadow: His hat shadows the upper half of his face whenever he indulges in sinister resolve.
- Love Triangle
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is the father of Robin and Priscilla Page. Having lost their mother to Revise shortly after concieving them, he is unaware of this fact.
- Made of Iron: Jack unloads a fully loaded revolver into him during negotiations, but it fails to do more than knock him of his feet. He admits that it hurts, though.
- Night of the Living Mooks: He has a vast collection of eidolons made from forgotten fables at his disposal, not to mention a fair share of actual zombies.
- Put on a Bus: According to the Pathetic Fallacy, his eventual "death" can best be described as this. He will return when he "comes into fashion" again.
- Ret Gone: His modus operandi. If he possesses the original printing of a fairy tale, he can erase the fable it concerns from existence by burning the book.
- Shame If Something Happened: Has coerced living fables to work for him by threatening to burn their books.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Along with the Love Triangle, their conflicting philosophies are what keeps the resentment between him and Revise going.
- Southern Gentleman: Acts and dresses like one, albeit with a brown suit rather than a white one.
- Smug Super: How he views the fables. It is part of his grudge against them.to Revise, after getting shot by Jack multiple times during wartime negotiations: "Do you see it, Revise? Do you see what a pestilence these creatures are? Underneath all their magic and pretty stories is the belief that they're above everyone else. That they are better ".
A normal reporter who has realized that the Fabletown residents never age.
- Entertainingly Wrong: He thinks the Fables are immortal because they're Vampires.
- Exposition of Immortality: He wants to do this in an article about them.
- Killed Off for Real: Bluebeard makes sure of it himself.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade
- Too Dumb to Live: Seriously, who discovers an ancient community of (supposed) vampires, decides to out them against their will, and warns them in advance?