Voiced by: Dickie JonesThe young puppet protagonist, given life by the Blue Fairy. If he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish, then he will one day become a real boy.
- Adaptational Heroism: His literary counterpart was much more of a Jerkass.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's a puppet that can move on his own.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Oooh, a candle...
- Badass Adorable: He is implied to be the only child to have ever escaped the Coachman's clutches.
- Constantly Curious: Try to explain a simple concept like sleeping to Pinocchio, and he will ask "why" until there are no explanations left.
- Determinator: Towards the film's climax, he faced off against a whale as big as a castle to protect his father.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Due to being a puppet.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to help his father Geppetto.
- Horrible Judge of Character: What typically gets him into trouble.
- Kid Hero: He's the main protagonist.
- Nice Hat: Never seen without his hat.
- Outside-the-Box Tactic: He employs a plan crazy enough to work towards the end.
- Pinocchio Nose: Trope Namer, Pinocchio's nose increasing in size whenever he lies.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Trope Namer and Trope Codifier. He's a puppet who wants to be a real boy.
- Pursued Protagonist: Everyone's out to get him.
- Pyro Maniac: Granted it was a necessity to escape Monstro's clutches, but crazily surreal considering he's made of wood.
Voiced by: Cliff Edwards
A homeless cricket who takes the job of being Pinocchio's conscience, giving him moral advice... which is usually ignored.
- Breakout Character: In the original story, he was a nameless cricket who was squashed by the title character early on and appeared later as a ghost. In the Disney version, he was given the name Jiminy Cricket and promoted to narrator.
- Bullying a Dragon: Starts namecalling Monstro "blubbermouth" and "big moose". Monstro doesn't even notice him.
- The Conscience: Trope Codifier. The conscience to the title character.
- Covert Pervert: He goes from angrily not watching Pinocchio's show to excitedly watching it with eyeglasses on when he sees the French girl puppets doing the kick dance.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: First in ragged street clothes, then in a dapper black tux for the remainder of the film.
- Honest Advisor: Acts like this to Pinocchio.
- Mars Needs Women: Jiminy seems to have a preference for human(ish) women.
- Morality Chain: As Pinocchio's conscience, it's his job to guide him along the straight and narrow.
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
- Not So Above It All: For all his attempts to keep Pinnochio on the straight and narrow, he's shown to have some problems with keeping his Pride and Lust under control. His first question when being assigned to be Pinnochio's conscience is if he gets a badge.
- It's worth noting, though, that Jiminy's character changes over the course of the film—he gradually becomes more interested in Pinocchio's well-being, to the point where he's willing to risk his life to travel with him when the puppet goes looking for Monstro. Tellingly, at the end of the movie, he steps outside to speak with the Blue Fairy—not to demand a reward, but sincerely thank her for her kindness.
- Punny Name: The name is a play on the exclamation "Jiminy Cricket!", a minced oath for "Jesus Christ" .
- Significant Monogram: No coincidence, since his name comes from a Bowdlerisation of Jesus Christ.
Voiced by: Christian Rub
A kindly old woodcutter and toymaker who was never able to have a son of his own. One night, he wishes upon a star, and Pinocchio comes to life.
- Badass Grandpa: The scene where Monstro eats the tuna is a fishing opportunity. This is born out of desperation, but it's still a pretty cool moment.
- Bumbling Dad: He's a bit absent-minded.
- Cool Old Guy: See Badass Grandpa.
- Doting Parent: He doesn't care Pinocchio has gone and slightly-transformed himself into a donkey, so long as they're still together, is all that really matters.
- Doomed Defeatist: He's tried and failed to escape Monstro so many times, he's convinced himself its impossible, even in the face of his son's determination and optimism.
- For Happiness: All his life Geppetto has brought so much happiness to others, the Blue Fairy herself admitted he deserved to have his wish granted.
- The Hermit: He lives alone with his kitten Figaro and goldfish Cleo.
- Gadgeteer Genius: If even half of the objects in his workshop are his creations, then he is truly a master of miniature mechanics and clockwork.
- Nice Guy: His kindness and generosity get him noticed by the Blue Fairy. See For Happiness.
- Overprotective Dad: He searches everywhere for his missing son, though ironically, manages to put himself in greater harm's way and now needs rescuing himself.
Voiced by: Evelyn Venable
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original novel, the Blue Fairy had turquoise/blue hair. In the Disney version, her hair is blonde while her dress is blue.
- Demoted to Extra: Her role in the film is significantly downplayed in favor of Jiminy Cricket's.
- Fairy Godmother: She is a magical being who, fulfilling Geppetto's wish, transforms Pinocchio into a living creature and later into a real boy.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, beautiful, angelic.
- Statuesque Stunner: Jiminy Cricket is not very good at disguising his attraction towards her.
- Supernatural Aid: Note, in the original story, the puppet came to life of his own accord.
- True Blue Femininity: Her dress. In the novel she is portrayed as having blue hair.
Voiced by: Walter Catlett
- All There in the Manual: See Meaningful Name below.
- Amusing Injuries: Getting his head jammed within his own squashed hat.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He wears spats, but no shoes.
- Book Dumb: Not very educated but certainly Street Smart. For someone who is not even able to spell "Pinocchio", he's fairly smart and clever.
- Cunning Like a Fox: As to be expected from a cartoon one.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's perfectly fine with conning small children out of their money and freedom, and if one scene is to be believed, with doing hits as well. However, when the Coachman mentions taking young boys to Pleasure Island, he's absolutely horrified. And when the Coachman assures them that the boys won't return as themselves and makes a Nightmare Face for emphasis, the fox cowers in fear.
- Faux Affably Evil: As to be expected from a conman.
- Honest John's Dealership: Trope Namer. A fox that cheated Pinocchio on several occasions.
- Ironic Nickname: He is called "Honest" John in the actual film.
- Karma Houdini: He doesn't receive much punishment for conning children for personal gain.
- Large Ham: Honest John's flamboyant gesturing.
- Loveable Rogue: Downplayed. He is cool and charming enough to be likable, but he's clearly not supposed to be a sympathetic character.
- Meaningful Name: J. Worthington Foulfellow.
- Nice Hat: An old top hat.
- Professional Killer: "Honest" John is implied to be this as he says to the Coachman "Who do I have to (makes throat slashing motion)"; his book counterpart was one too.
- Sissy Villain: Probably due to his Large Ham persona and the fact that he just can't stop waving his hands around.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Gideon.
- Villainous Friendship: With his Bumbling Sidekick Gideon, obviously. Also, both of them appear to be on friendly terms with the Coachman, and probably with Stromboli as well.
- Villain Song: "An Actor's Life For Me". It's cheerful, but it's sung by Honest John to convince Pinocchio to become an actor.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like his boss.
- Bare Your Midriff: Rare male example.
- Bumbling Sidekick: To Honest John.
- Cats Are Mean: Gideon is a cat and like his boss is a bad guy.
- Nice Hat: Like John he wears an old top hat.
- Smash Mook: He wields an enormous mallet.
- The Silent Bob: Apart from his three hiccups, Gideon is mute.
- The Speechless: He was originally meant to be voiced by Mel Blanc, but in the end all of his dialogue was cut, and Blanc's only contribution to a Disney movie was a hiccup.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Honest John.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: He's mute, so he prefers to let his huge wooden mallet do the talking when Honest John's diplomacy looks like its about to fail.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Either he clobbers someone, or John clobbers him for trying to.
Voiced by: Charles Judels
"And when you are growing too old, you will make good...FIREWOOD!"
- Adaptational Villainy: To an extent. The puppeteer in the original story, although still intimidating, was talked out of burning Pinocchio and gave him some coins to help Geppetto out.
- Angrish: Stromboli unleashes quite a bit of this.
- Bald of Evil: Half bald, in this case.
- Beard of Evil: A long black beard.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Monstro and the Coachman.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's a villain in a Disney movie, after all. See Large Ham.
- Fat Bastard: Very fat and definitely a bastard.
- Faux Affably Evil: He first appears to be a short-tempered but pleasant funny guy, but as Pinocchio discovers after the show finishes, he's actually a cruel Fat Bastard.
- Face Palm: "Going-a home-a to your father! Be back in the morning!", No you're not.
- Foreign Language Tirade: He goes into a basically unintelligible rant in Italian after bending a metal puppet part he found with his teeth.
- Greed: His motivation for threatening Pinocchio.
- Greedy Jew: Despite being Italian, seems to be the model of this.Actually...
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He curses in Italian when he gets upset.
- Karma Houdini: Stromboli doesn't get any punishment other than not being able to use Pinocchio for his show - he even gets to keep all the money from the first night.
- Large Ham: Stromboli's voice actor. "Going-a home-a to your father!"
- The Show Must Go On: Even he appreciates in the midst of Pinocchio's bumbling, this is live entertainment - the show must go on at all costs.
Voiced by: Charles Judels
"Give a bad boy enough rope, and he'll soon make a jackass of himself."
- Ambiguously Human: He at one point gives a Nightmare Face to Honest John and Gideon that makes him resemble the devil.
- Ax-Crazy: Shown when he's tells Honest John and Gideon about his business.
- Bad Boss: He's pretty cruel to his henchmen. See Whip It Good.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Monstro and Stromboli
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Only known as "The Coachman".
- Evil Brit: A pure evil brit.
- Evil Laugh: During his meeting with Honest John and Gideon.
- Evil Old Folks: In this case, pure evil.
- Fat Bastard: Up to Eleven. He's not fat and mean, he's actually obese and evil.
- Faux Affably Evil: Far more so than Honest John and Gideon.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Overlapping with Ambiguously Human, his four fingers distinguishes him from the other human characters.
- Karma Houdini: Though you do get to fight him and give him a Disney Villain Death in the SNES game.
- Knight of Cerebus: He turns children into donkeys for his own benefit. Granted, Stromboli is pretty mean too, and Monstro is scary, but they can't match the Coachman for pure evil.
- Nice Hat: The only thing nice about him, apparently.
- Nightmare Face: Red with a Slasher Smile and large eyes
- Satanic Archetype: Taken to the extreme, as it's implied that he is literally the Devil.
- Slasher Smile: They never come back... as BOYS!!!
- Sudden Name Change: Was actually referred as "Barker" in the film's subtitles when he finally brings several boys which he kidnapped (including Pinocchio himself) to Pleasure Island. However, the subtitles start to refer him as "Coachman" again when he and some gorilla-demon-looking-things start to round the now-transformed boys into crates headed for either the salt mines or the circus.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: Part of what makes this character so terrifying by Disney villain standards is that he basically looks like a normal, grandfatherly old man. There's no clear visual indication of his evil until he makes his Nightmare Face.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While the other villains only want wealth at the end of the day, the Coachman is a devilish slavedriver who runs an amusement park that magically turns young boys who use the attractions into donkeys. The ones that lose their voices are then sold to salt mine and circuses. As the ones who can still talk... well, they're put in cages, and we don't know what happens to them after that. It seems that none of them are ever human or see their homes again, though. And he gets away with it, too! Which is unique, considering every other villain falls to the hero. It is also implied that from his Nightmare Face that he isn't completely human. This may be because of his choice of targets: Bad boys who should be at school, making him some karmic bogeyman.
- Whip It Good: He whips his own minions.
- Would Hurt a Child: He transforms children into donkeys.
Voiced by: Frankie Darro
- Baleful Polymorph: Turned into a donkey and sent off to the salt mines.
- The Corrupter: To Pinocchio.
- Evil Redhead: Although he isn't evil, just a Jerkass and all-around mischief-maker.
- Jerkass: and he becomes a literal jackass because of it.
- Nice Hat: A bowler hat with a single feather in it.
- Spared by the Adaptation: in the books Lampwick dies from hunger and exhaustion after being overworked. We do not see his fate in the film.
- Tempting Fate: What do I look like, a jackass?
- Toxic Friend Influence: He encourages Pinocchio to behave much like the other children on Pleasure Island.
Voiced by: Dickie Jones
- Baleful Polymorph: The Coachman won't allow him to leave Pleasure Island, obviously as he can still talk. His fate to work there for the rest of his life, paying for the fun he had.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a troublemaker and that's exactly what got him into this mess. But deep down he loves his mother, so his transformation into a donkey isn't complete, and unlike Lampwick and the majority of the bad boys on Pleasure Island, can still talk.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Was intended as this, but his other scene was cut out. Originally there was going to be a song on the ride to Pleasure Island where the bad boys would sing about how much fun they're going to have, and then at the dock when it's revealed that even this kid was turned into a donkey, the realization that Pinocchio's next would hit much harder.
Monstro the Whale
Voiced by: Thurl Ravenscroft
- Always a Bigger Fish: One of the songs lyrics dropped from the final theatrical production states he's the whale that swallowed the whale that swallowed whale that swallowed Jonah.
- Belly of the Whale: Pinocchio literally heads into his belly, in order to rescue his father Geppetto.
- Berserk Button: His prey escaping him.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Stromboli and the Coachman
- Captain Ersatz: Of Moby-Dick.
- The Dreaded: All the undersea creatures are terrified of him. Just the mere mention of his name sends them into a panic.
- Extreme Omnivore: He eats anything, even ships.
- Giant Equals Invincible: He just smashes through anything in his path, like a living force of nature.
- Informed Species: Monstro doesn't look like any real species of whale. The closest possible match, Livyatan Melvillei is nowhere near the same category of scale. He has the underbelly of a blue whale. From the side he looks a bit like a sperm whale, but a sperm whale's jaw is narrow, unlike Monstro's shovel-jaw.
- It Can Think: Pretending to be asleep in order to catch the school of tuna, while grinning evilly to himself. Trying to intercept Pinocchio and Geppetto's escape course during the chase and smashing up their raft to slow them down.
- Non-Malicious Monster: He's not evil or sadistic unlike Stromboli or the Coachman. He's just an hungry whale who's following his instincts.
- Punny Name: Monstro the (horrifying) Whale.
- Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: Monstro's insides look nothing like a sea mammals.
- Tragic Monster: A possible interpretation
- Uncertain Doom: He fails to recapture Pinocchio and Geppetto, smashing headlong into the cliff-shore, but given his extreme size and returning back to his normal shape in the last few frames, whether he perished or not is hotly debated and open to contention.
- Villainous Breakdown: Monstro during the climax in a rather terrifying way. Though seeing as two people just lit a huge fire inside him, you'd think its understandable that he'd be pissed, but no, all this act does is merely make him sneeze. When he realizes two people just escaped from his belly, he truly flips out. He gets more terrible and wrathful the more they dodge him and get closer to shore, so much so, he doesn't even care he's about to crash into a landmass.