A little girl who knows a little magic — enough to, say, restore a statue's lost eye to it, and to recognize a fairy no matter what it looks like. Ofelia adores fairy tales and making up stories, even though her mother tells her she's too old for them. But when the Call to Adventure comes — in the form of a mysterious Faun who tells Ofelia that she is the reborn Princess Moanna, of the underworld — Ofelia will dare anything to fulfill her Quest.
Clock King: Dowplayed, Vidal (who does have a clock motif) makes many plans, manipulating the rebels to come to him while reinforcing the countries power as well as estimating where the rebels will go and whether or not his house staff are trustworthy.
Faux Affably Evil: Best seen with the hunters and the Stuttering rebel, Vidal retains his polite and calm demeanor, even as he's breaking bones, noses or murdering people. With the Captive, he gives him a Hope Spot and even states he'll let him go, knowing full well that the man will fail his test. His voice barely rises as he's describing some torture techniques.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Knows he's beaten at the end, and calmly hands over his son to the rebels before allowing them to shoot him.
Offing the Offspring: After Ofelia takes her brother away from him, Vidal eventually tracks down Ofelia, takes the brother back and kills Ofelia.
Pragmatic Villainy: He was annoyed that killed two innocent hunters he's mistaken for rebels. Only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: When discovering the enchanted mandrake Ofelia put under her bed to aid her pregnancy, Carmen throws it into the fireplace to show that magic isn't real. Unfortunately, burning the mandrake results in Carmen receiving its pain and going into early labor, which she dies of.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Garcés is shot repeatedly by the rebels. Justified in that he was advancing on Mercedes, likely to kill her, prompting the rebels to fire repeatedly and that multiple gunshots to people isn't that uncommon in the film, the rebels even shoot the fallen soldiers to make sure they're dead.
Our Fairies Are Different: They first appear as stick insects, but transform after Ofelia shows them what they're "supposed" to look like.
The Unintelligible: The fairies speak through insect like chattering, but the Faun knows what they're saying. Especially when the surviving fairy told him how Ofelia disobeyed him.
The Pale Man
Played By: Doug Jones
A child eating monster.
All There in the Manual: The Bonus Comics on the DVD reveal he was once a being of excess banished to that room, and unable to eat the food before him, turning into the emaciated being he appeared. He believed that the dagger was the only thing that could harm him but in reality it was all that was keeping him alive, and when Ofelia left, he collapsed in on himself and disappeared.
Child Eater: Although he doesn't mind the taste of fairies.
Synchronization: After being placed in a bowl of milk by Ofelia, it begins to simulate Carmen's movements (i.e. tossing and turning when she does the same in bed). This is probably why Carmen begins to go into pained labor when the Mandrake is burned.