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Snow White

The former Deputy Mayor of Fabletown for 115 years and during that time the one really running the place. She had to leave her job in order to raise her seven newly born children. Constant problems, and her extensive experience however would require her to take charge during various emergencies. She is married to Bigby.
  • Action Girl: On occasion, like when she kills Shere Khan or takes vengeance on the seven dwarves.
    • 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.
  • Badass Family: Her mother was a witch, 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, and her seven children are prophesied to all do great (but not necessarily good) things.
  • Berserk Button: Don't. Mention. The Dwarves. EVER.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Rose Red, in the past, though to less extent than her sister. Invoked with the appearence of the gold and the black armors.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: She survives a bullet in the brain because her story is very famous.
  • Happily Married: to Bigby.
  • Mama Bear
  • Number Two: As Deputy Mayor.
  • 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.

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 and he spends his time raising his kids (or cubs) when there aren't any dire emergencies affecting Fabletown.
  • 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".
  • Came Back Wrong
  • Canis Major: His wolf form is about the size of an elephant.
  • 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 Douglas due to the fact she stole a part of the glass statue he was turned into.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: to Snow White.
  • 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 punisment 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 and present, give him a certain leniency when it comes to death. It is also foretold that he will outlive his children, but only after he has died seven times, so it is a safe bet that he will be back eventually. How, and how soon, is yet to be seen.
  • 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.
  • 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. It 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.


Officially a simple shoe store owner, she's actually one of the top secret agents of Fabletown.

Rose Red

Snow White's wilder younger sister who has a troubled relationship with her older sibling. She's the leader of Fabletown's farm.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Especially Jack.
  • Collateral Angst: After Boy Blue dies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Snow White, in the past. Invoked with the appearence of the gold and the black armors.
  • Really Gets Around: Jack, Bluebeard, Sinbad, Lancelot - are just her most recent partners.
  • 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 the two began to heal.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: With Boy Blue.

Prince Charming

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.

Boy Blue

A clerk of Fabletown.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After what happened with Red Riding Hood.
  • 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.

King Cole

Fabletown's long serving mayor.


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.


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.


Although human, Goldilocks lived on the Farm, where she conspired with the Three Little Pigs and numerous other residents to overthrow the Fabletown government.

Mrs. Spratt/Leigh Duglas

The wife of one Jack Sprat, the obese and unpleasant Mrs. Spratt 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 #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 #100.
  • Fat Girl: Not anymore.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Rename: Her maiden name, Leigh Duglas, translates to "stranger from the dark meadow" or "dark stranger from the meadow."
  • That Man Is Dead: She states that "Spratt" 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 no remorse for the many, many evil things she has done. 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, etcetera.
  • 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 he had her banished because he got the young Frau pregnant. She then killed her baby so she could enact her revenge on her former tribe and has been killing children to use magic ever since.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She 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.
  • 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.

Mr. Grandours

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.

Mrs. Someone

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.
  • Bus Crash: The Imperial City burned down with the sleeping curse still active, and it's very likely that Mrs. Someone died in the fire.
  • Put on a Bus: Left the Thirteenth Floor to join Briar Rose in the Imperial City.


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.


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.

     The Empire 

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.

The Snow Queen/Lumi

One of the Adversary's supporters.
  • 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.

"The Emperor"

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.
  • The Witch Hunter: Naturally.
  • Would Hit a Girl: On top of all the witches he's killed, he also murdered his sister Gretel by hitting her with a chair when he learned she was studying under Frau Totenkinder.

Baba Yaga

One of the Great Powers captured by the Empire. She decided that service was better than eternal imprisonment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Other Fables 

Jack Horner

The Jack of all tales.

Mr. Dark

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.
  • 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.


Tommy Sharp

A normal reporter who has realized that the Fabletown residents never age.
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