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Characters: Into the Woods

The Baker

What if I just wasn't meant to have children?

The Baker's Wife

But you have a princess. And I have a... baker.
  • Death by Sex
  • Everyone Calls Her Barkeep
  • Loving a Shadow: Every time she talks to Cinderella, she sighs after the handsome Prince... but this is mostly envy for the glamorous life she associates with Princes; she later realizes her husband has many princely qualities of his own.
  • Only Sane Woman
  • Your Cheating Heart: Shows minor signs of this throughout the show, longing for every prince she sees though already married. After she does commit adultery with Cinderella's prince, she spends her last song basically trying to justify her actions to herself.
  • Parenting the Husband


But Mother, no! Not Milky White - he's the best cow!
  • Berserk Button: Depending on the production, don't you ever DARE call him a liar.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Idiot Hero: The idiotest.
    • Simple Jack!
    • "Sometimes, I fear you're touched!"
  • Karma Houdini: In a way, much of the second act is Jack's fault. Even though just about everyone is guilty in some way, he repeatedly stole from the house of the Giantess and her husband who gave him shelter and food. The last time he went back was simply because someone he had probably never met before didn't believe that he had done it. The only real punishment for him was the fact his mother died during the events of the second act.
  • Tenor Boy
  • Took a Level in Badass

Jack's Mother

Jack, Jack, Jack, head in a sack!

Little Red Riding Hood

And though scary is exciting, Nice is different than Good.

The Wolf

Hello, little girl...

The Witch

I'm not Good, I'm not Nice, I'm just Right. I'm the Witch.

The Narrator

Once upon a time . . . later.
  • Anyone Can Die: Even the narrator.
    • "You're going to be on the INSIDE, now!"
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: When the characters try to offer the Narrator to the Giantess as a sacrifice, the Narrator reminds them that the story would be lost if he was obliterated. Regardless of this, however, the Witch gives the Narrator to the Giantess anyway, and as soon as the Giantess sees that the Narrator isn't Jack, the Narrator is dropped spoiler:from the Giantess' hand and killed. Possibly concerned of the subsequent events of the story without the Narrator, the Baker's Wife points out: "We might have thought of something else."
  • First-Person Smartass
  • Interactive Narrator
  • Infant Immortality: In the new productions where The Narrator is a child This is completely averted and he's still killed by the Giantess in the story
  • Lemony Narrator: Ends up biting him in the ass. See below.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Rage Against the Author: The rest of the characters essentially feed him to the giant.
    • Actually, it's the Witch that does it right after the other characters realize how lost they would be without him. See above for details.
  • The Runaway: Several new productions turn the narrator into a young boy instead of a grown man with the addition of a new Book Ends story where he runs away to live in the woods after a fight with his father. Said father is revealed to be played by the same actor as The Baker and is the one who told the boy the story in the first place.


What's the good in being kind if everyone is blind, and you're always left behind?


I was lonely atop that tower!

Cinderella's Prince

I was raised to be charming, not sincere.
  • Afraid of Blood
    But even one prick - it's my thing about blood!
  • The Casanova: Associated by his character quote.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Off to bring down the Giant...and who's this lovely thing?
  • Large Ham
  • Prince Charmless: After he engaged himself with the Baker's Wife, he immediately told her that it was just a moment in the woods, meaning it's something that was never to happen again. His womanizing ways result in the Baker's Wife staying in the area where she dies and Cinderella leaving him because of his brief affair.
  • Royals Who Actually Try To Do Something: He never actually finds the Giant, but besides Cinderella herself, he's the only member of the royal family to actually get off his ass and go looking for her.

Rapunzel's Prince

Aaaaaagonyyyyy! Far more painful than yours!

The Giantess

"That boy stole our gold, our hen, and our harp. Then he killed my husband! I must avenge the wrongdoing."

Cinderella's Father

The closer to the family, the closer to the wine.

The Steward

"The greater the good, the harder the blow"
  • Hypocrite: He defends his killing of Jack's mother as being necessary for the greater good, but when witch suggests that it's in his line of duty to sacrifice his life, he immediately declares that he's not dying for anyone.
  • Karma Houdini
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat

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