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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.

Bigby Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf)

"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.
  • Anti-Hero: A Retired Monster, and Unscrupulous Hero at best, a Noble Demon with strong tribal values at worst.
  • 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, the Witches not included.
  • 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 cub - with a belly full of stones.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Bigby was raised and lived as a wolf for many centuries before becoming a werewolf, and his mindset sometimes reflects that. For one thing he doesn't care much about morality besides keeping one's "pack" and "territory" safe, and judges incompetence, irresponsibility and disloyalty more harshly than malevolence. This includes ripping the head off of somebody for not being able to keep their followers in line. Keeping that in mind, he is utterly devoted to his family and Fabletown by extension, and even snuck off to fight in the World Wars because he has to some extent come to consider the entire mundy world, or at least the American continent, to be his territory and therefore under his protection.
  • Canis Major: His wolf form is about the size of an elephant.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He states himself to be a firm believer that the only reliable way to end a cycle of violence is to make the enemy so afraid of your counterattacks that they stop attacking altogether, and that everything goes as an alternative to rolling over and dying. This explicitly includes Israel's bombings of civilians.
  • Dysfunction Junction: His family: the father left them, the mother died of heartbreak, and the less is said of the brothers the better. For all that, though, he is a good and devoted father and husband and his children all reflect that.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In his backstory.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: A gender flipped version. He apparently left his centuries long life of being a stonecold man-eating wolf because he fell in love with Snow White.
  • Hopeless With Tech: A self-confessed Luddite.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Formerly, as a wolf.
  • Karma Houdini: He hunted and ate thousands of people alive for sport, regardless whether they were innocent or decent, 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 complicates matters on a regular basis. He goes to a heaven-ish place after dying, rather than face full karmic punishment for his tremendous crimes though, so within the series' cosmology he seems to have redeemed himself.
  • Noble Wolf: His sense of morality revolves around protecting his pack and territory, and being a good and responsible leader.
  • 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: Literally, and taken to the logical extreme. His entire "morality" is centered around pack and territory, and protecting his "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.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He has outstanding family values. Besides that, though...
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: YMMV. While nothing really can redeem you for untold thousands of murders, 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 simply the biggest Karma Houdini imaginable is up for debate. Besides keeping the people he wants to be with happy with him, though, Bigby himself doesn't care about any of it. Karma doesn't even make it into the equation.
  • Punny Name: Bigby Wolf. Big Bad Wolf.
  • 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. 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 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, or her mood. 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.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While no fable aside from Flycatcher has a clear conscience by the time they sign the Fabletown Amnesty, Bigby has personally and unrepentantly killed several times more people than any of 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 penitence.
  • 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.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Badass
  • 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.


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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare
  • 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."
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • 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

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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's on the good guys' side because Snow White and Red Rose saved her life.
  • Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Her name is German for "Child Killer". Guess where her powers come from.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Left the Thirteenth Floor to join Briar Rose in the Imperial City.
    • 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.


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.

The Snow Queen/Lumi

One of the Adversary's supporters.

"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.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • 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.

Baba Yaga

One of the Great Powers captured by the Empire. She decided that service was better than eternal imprisonment.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Frau Totenkinder.
  • Evil Old Folks: in her natural form she looks about sixty.
  • Evil Sorceress
  • 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 


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: Yep, he's not a nice guy.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • Obviously Evil
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Released by two thieves.
  • Humanoid Abomination: 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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