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!!Ofelia / [[spoiler: Princess Moanna]]
->'''Played By''': Ivana Baquero.

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 CallToAdventure 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.
* ActionSurvivor: In the process of the movie she survives getting eaten by a child-eating monster and escape with her baby brother from a household full of fascist soldiers with orders to kill her. [[spoiler:Subverted, as she dies anyway.]]
* BigSisterInstinct: Once her baby brother is born, she'd die for him. [[spoiler:Literally]].
* BreakTheCutie: The whole movie is this. Her mother marries a sociopathic asshole, she's sent on a couple life-threatening quests by a scary faun, her mother ''dies''... [[spoiler:and then she does, too! How fun!]]
* ColorMotif: Is constantly wearing green, to symbolize her connection with nature and life.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Setting up her ordeal with the Pale Man.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:After her mother's death.]]
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:She gets to rejoin her father and mother at the fairy underworld.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:After getting shot by Vidal she dies in Mercedes' arms.]]
* DoomedNewClothes: Her new dress of course.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Ends up getting shot by Vidal.]]
* MeaningfulName: With a name like hers, it is obviously she's not getting a happy ending.
* PimpedOutDress: Receives two- a beautiful dark green velvet her mother makes her, and [[spoiler: a red and gold one when she dies and returns to the Underworld.]]
%%* PluckyGirl
* TheSouthPaw: She's left-handed, a common occurrence in ChangelingFantasy tales.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:The underworld, on the other hand...]]
* WhatTheHellHero: From the Faun after causing the death of two of the fairies in the box.

[[folder:The Human World]]
!!Captain Vidal
->'''Played By''': Sergi López.

Ofelia's new stepfather and a Falange officer.
* AbusiveParents: Big time. He's nothing but cruel to Ofelia, and, while he is extremely attentive towards his son, it's only because he's projecting his own daddy issues onto his child [[spoiler:He also kills Ofelia.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:His death left few, if any of the audiences to tears.]]
* BadBoss: Downplayed. Vidal regards his underlings with professionalism even if he's frequently annoyed at their failure. However he has a few notable moments.
** When interrogating the hunters, he has his men restrain them. When his patience tires and he shoots the elder, he doesn't even bother telling the soldier holding him to move, and if he hadn't stumbled out of the way he would have been killed with the hunter.
** When returning to find the compound under attack, Garcés hurries to inform him of the situation, and Vidal just shoves him out of the way mid-sentence.
* BigBad: He is the leader of the Francoist army in the area, an abusive parent to Ofelia and a cold sadist with no remorse.
* BloodKnight: Exemplified when he states to his underlings that the best way to die is in battle.
* ClassicVillain: Pride and rage.
* ClockKing: Downplayed, 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.
* ClocksOfControl: A fascist villain who is obsessed with his watch. According the director's commentary, his room is supposed to look like the inside of a watch.
* TheDeterminator: Exemplified when he chases down Ofelia [[spoiler:despite the pain of his facial wound and being drugged.]]
* DisappearedDad: His father was killed in UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}} when Vidal was only a boy, and made him obsessed of having a son of his own. [[spoiler:He would also become one to his newborn son as Mercedes promises the baby will never know anything about him.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He is left utterly bewildered when Dr. Ferreiro chooses to MercyKill a captured rebel to spare him more ColdBloodedTorture at Vidal's hands, despite knowing that Vidal would undoubtedly kill him for doing so.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He tries, but [[SubvertedTrope Mercedes doesn't let him.]]]]
* FantasyForbiddingParent: More so than Carmen, he violently dismisses Ofelia's fairy tales as "mierda" (lit. shit.)
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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 HopeSpot 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 [[ToThePain some torture techniques]].
* FreudianExcuse: See DisappearedDad above, since his own father's death shook him up badly. But it doesn't excuse his depravity at all.
* HeManWomanHater: Vidal is a chauvinist that underestimates women at best - Mercedes - or views them as little more than means to have an heir at worst.
* HeroKiller: He slaughters a bunch of rebel soldiers, tortures [[spoiler:the stuttering kid]] horribly and murders [[spoiler:Dr. Ferreiro]]. [[spoiler:Oh, and he kills Ofelia at the end]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Vidal is more concerned about preserving his legacy than actually caring for a child.
* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed. He is in no way a nice person, but he tends to fall under FauxAffablyEvil and acts more dissonantly cruel rather than openly obnoxious. However there are times where he's just rude such as when he dismisses Carmen's story about how they met as a fairy tale, or when he shoves a bleeding Garcés out of the way when the man was only trying to do his job.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: If it looked like there's any shred of decency in him, it's really more about fulfilling his selfish desires.
* KickTheDog: Vidal treats this as his daily routine.
* KnightTemplar: While his mindless cruelty with the hunters can make him seem more like a PsychoForHire, underneath that beats the heart of a proud fascist. As he states at the dinner with his superiors; he's happy to be stationed at the mill, and he wants facism to win and destroy the "evils" of freedom and equality. He wants his son to grow up in a "new clean Spain" and he'll kill and torture all who defy the new regime to see that happen.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler:Knows he's beaten at the end, and calmly hands over his son to the rebels before allowing them to shoot him.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:After Ofelia takes her brother away from him, Vidal eventually tracks down Ofelia, takes the brother back and kills Ofelia.]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He sees Carmen as little more than means to getting his child. After [[spoiler:killing the doctor and Carmen's health deteriorating, he orders TheMedic to make sure the child is born over the life of his wife]].
* PragmaticVillainy: 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.
* SupernaturalProofFather: [[spoiler:Is unable to see the Faun.]]
* TortureTechnician: Does it in the town's barn.
* TroubledAbuser: Haunted by his father's death and his obsession with having a child of his own.
* {{Unperson}}: [[spoiler:Mercedes won't tell Vidal's son of his true origins or his father's name.]]
* VillainousValor: One of the other redeeming factors about him is that he's undeniably brave, as he leads his troops from the front against the rebels and [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces the music]] with almost inhuman detachment.
* WickedStepfather: To put it very, very mildly. He's cruel, uncaring, and violent. [[spoiler:Taken to the extreme when he actually ''kills'' Ofelia]].
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Would kill one, actually.]]

->'''Played By''': Ariadna Gil.

Ofelia's mother and Vidal's new wife.
* BrokenBird: The poor woman is quite depressed with her circumstances what with a dead husband, a Jerkass new husband, and a difficult pregnancy. Any time she tries to find joy it gets ruined or shot down.
* DeathByChildbirth: Because she burns down the mandrake root that was healing her and TheMedic that attends her having orders to save the baby over Carmen.
* ExtremeDoormat: Her pregnancy and her need to support Ofelia makes her quite submissive to Vidal.
* FantasyForbiddingParent: Though she's ''way'' more nice about it than Vidal. [[spoiler:At least, until right before her death.]]
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: [[spoiler: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.]]

->'''Played By''': Maribel Verdú.

Vidal's housekeeper.
* ActionGirl: Unlike Carmen.
* BadassBoast:
** She gives two to [[spoiler:Vidal]] when she has the upper hand on him.
-->'''Mercedes''': I'm not some old man! Or a wounded prisoner! [[PrecisionFStrike Motherfucker]]... Don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted!
** And then when [[spoiler:he]] meets his end.
-->'''Mercedes''': No. He will not even know your name.
* BigSisterInstinct: Towards Ofelia.
* BrokenBird: Implied. Take notice of the look in her eyes.
* ChastityDagger: Mercedes carries such a knife. It's the same knife she uses in the kitchen, and she's [[{{Foreshadowing}} shown multiple times folding it back into her dress after she's done chopping vegetables.]] Her knife is not only used against Vidal, as is traditional, but also to cut through ropes binding her wrists.
* MamaBear: Since Carmen cannot do a lot for Ofelia, she [[ParentalSubstitute takes up the role]].
* TheMole: For the rebels.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:In the end she takes Vidal's baby.]]

!!Dr. Ferreiro
->'''Played By''': Álex Angulo.

A doctor in the service of Vidal who is also a closeted member of the Republican faction (of the Spanish Civil War) and aids the rebels.
%%* DefiantToTheEnd:
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:His death at Vidal's hands is extremely dignified.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Faced with certain death, Ferreiro just calmly walks away. After being shot, he takes his glasses off rather calmly before slumping over.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Vidal shoots him from behind as he walks away.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:He euthanizes a captured rebel to spare him more of Vidal's brutal torture.]]
* TheMole: Along with Mercedes, he's one for the rebels.
* NiceGuy: The only one in Vidal's household.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives a small but effective one to Captain Vidal.
-->''"To obey -- just like that -- for obedience's sake... Without questioning... That is something only men like you can do, Captain."''

->'''Played By:''' Roger Casamajor.

Mercedes' brother, and leader of the Republican cell in the area.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: While the movie focuses on Ofelia, there's fighting going around and he's in the middle of it.
* LaResistance: Their leader.
%%* RebelLeader
* ScarfOfAsskicking: He wears a blue scarf in the film.

!!Garcés & Serrano
->'''Played By''': Manolo Solo (Garcés) & César Vea (Serrano).

* DoubleTap: Garcés can be seen performing it on the rebels they've shot in the battle, much like the rest of the soldiers in the movie.
* CoDragons: To Vidal.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Downplayed, they have stone faces in war and executing prisoners, but look shocked by Vidal's brutality against the hunters.
* FatAndSkinny: Downplayed, Garcés is slimmer and while Serrano isn't fat, he's certainly more broad than Garcés.
* LeanAndMean: Garcés, thinner, shorter and meaner than Serrano.
* PerpetualFrowner: Serrano.
* SmugSnake: Garcés especially in his final scene.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Garcés]] is shot repeatedly by the rebels. Though multiple gunshots aren't uncommon in the film as most combatants make sure to shoot their victims more than once to ensure death.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Up until the end they don't get much differentiation in terms of personality, until they chase down Mercedes.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Serrano makes it back to the base before the rebels attack, presumably he was killed in the firefight, but we don't know.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: When Garcés sees Mercedes making her escape, his first idea is to pull a pistol and try to shoot her but he's interrupted by Vidal who demands she be taken alive.

[[folder:The Underworld]]
!!The Faun
->'''Played By''': Creator/DougJones.
->'''Voiced By''': Pablo Adán.

An ancient creature, he has been waiting in the Labyrinth for the reincarnated princess to return.
* BerserkButton: He ''really'' doesn't like it when rules are broken, [[spoiler:especially when it results in the loss of his fairies]].
* EvilRedhead: [[spoiler: Subverted in the end when he looks young again with red hair, revealed to be a good guy after all.]]
%%* TheFairFolk
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be downright ''scary'', but he really does want the princess to return.
* RapidAging: Inverted; he becomes visibly younger as the film progresses. When we first meet him, he moves as if his joints are stiff; by the film's end, his movement is quite normal.
* TimeAbyss: He's so old, his true names can only be pronounced by "the wind and the trees."

!!The Fairies

Three fairies that are friends with the Faun.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The two that were eaten by the Pale Man show up in the end.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Green, blue, and red.
* FacePalm: [[spoiler:When Ofelia eats from the Pale Man's banquet.]]
* FairyCompanion: To the Faun, and later Ofelia.
%%* TheFairFolk
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They first appear as stick insects, but transform after Ofelia shows them what they're "supposed" to look like.
* TheUnintelligible: The fairies speak through insect like chattering, but the Faun knows what they're saying. [[spoiler:Especially when the surviving fairy told him how Ofelia disobeyed him]].

!!The Pale Man
->'''Played By''': Creator/DougJones.

A child eating monster.
* AllegoricalCharacter: According to WordOfGod, [[https://twitter.com/realgdt/status/827065272028766208?lang=en The Pale Man represents Institutional Evil that feeds on the helpless.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: 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 [[spoiler:but in reality it was all that was keeping him alive, and when Ofelia left, he collapsed in on himself and disappeared]].
* ChildEater: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't mind the taste of fairies.]]
* EatsBabies: The murals detailed him eating toddlers.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: His eyes are ''on his palms''.
* EyelessFace: His eyes are on his palms, and his face is eyeless with only two holes for nostrils and no lips.
* TheFairFolk: A villainous example.
* LeanAndMean: Is emaciated and eats children (when he can get any, that is).
* ImAHumanitarian: He likes to eat children.

!!King & Queen of the Underworld
->'''Played By:''' Federico Luppi & Ariadna Gil.

* BadassBeard: The king sports one of these.
* BigGood: Of the Underworld.
* DimensionLord: Ruling the Underworld.
* LightIsGood: Their throne room is brightly lit.
* HairOfGold: The Queen.

[[folder: Other Characters]]
!!The Mandrake

A plant "that dreamed of being human." The Faun gives it to Ofelia in order to help cure her mom.
* BloodMagic: Requires two drops of blood from Ofelia everyday.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Carmen throws it into the fireplace when Vidal discovers it under her bed. [[DeathByChildbirth It doesn't end well for her.]]]]
%%* NatureSpirit
* PlantPerson: It resembles a root shaped like a human baby.
* {{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.) [[spoiler:This is probably why Carmen begins to go into pained labor when the Mandrake is burned.]]