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 Kahn or takes vengeance on the seven dwarves.
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.
"And I was still just a growing pup back then. I doubt even a brick house could survive now."
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 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 othervise, and has stated in an interview that as a Republican, he identifies with Snow and Bigby.
Big, Badass Wolf: Used to be the archetype, is now one only 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 best serve his finely tuned senses, and confuse those of others.
Blue and Orange Morality: Somewhat realistically, Bigby's mindset is different from that of ordinary humans, and even human fables, and manifests as a sort of extreme tribalism. 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 ripping the head off somebody for being an undecisive leader. Keeping that in mind, he is utterly devoted to his family and their well-being, and that of his community.
Canis Major: His wolf form is about the size of an elephant.
Disproportionate Retribution: He states himself to be a firm believer that you should return all attacks at least ten times as hard, and is very callous about collateral damage outside his own sphere of protectiveness. This explicitly includes Israel's bombings of civilians. Whether or not he actually practices this is up for debate.
Dysfunction Junction: His family: the father left them, the mother died of heartbreak, and the less is said of the brothers...
Karma Houdini: He hunted and ate thousands of decent or innocent people alive, but the Fabletown amnesty absolved him of all past crimes. He has fought hard to become a lot more civilized though. That said, he is far from Easily Forgiven, and the animal fables not wanting anything to do with him separates him from Snow and his children for several years after their birth. However, when he was killed, he went to a personal heaven, rather than face full karmic punishments and damnation for his long list of tremendous crimes, so that's the writer's own view on the topic.
Not Quite Dead:It is revealed after he is turned into glass and shattered into pieces by Brandish 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.
Papa Wolf: Taken to the logical extreme due to his origin as an actual wolf. His entire "morality" is centered around pack and territory, and protecting his "cubs". He defends Fabletown out of territorial protectiveness, and fought in both World Wars for the same reason.
Smoking Is Cool: Justified Trope, though - his powerful senses get overwhelmed by how many emotions there are to sense in the city, so he smokes to block them out.
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 and with respect for their prey. 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.: bio weapons, also involves Bigby assisting mundy soldiers conquer and subjugate 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, or her mood. However he doesn't act as a stalker, and he's not particularly happy about the whole thing.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change between human and wolf form at will. It's stated that he was born with the ability change into any shape imaginable, but refused to be anything but a wolf out of spite for his father. 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.
Frau Totenkinder/ Bellflower
Fabletown resident who is the leader of the magic practitioners in the community.
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.
I Was Quite a Looker: Odd thing is, she willingly gave up her looks because she didn't much care for the physical desires it gave her, 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.
Officially a simple shoe store owner, she's actually one of the top secret agents of Fabletown.
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. Rose has yet to decided what hope she will represent though.
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 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.
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.
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 his wife and children were raped and killed right in front of him.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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. While he must be obeyed at all times, he's still polite and doesn't randomly act cruel towards his followers (unless you're already dead). According to the Fables/Unwritten crossover he's even a decent enough husband and father. Again, stern, but much better than what one might expect.
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.
A normal reporter who has realized that the Fabletown residents never age.
Black Mail: The Fables manufacture some photos to keep him from revealing their secret.