Characters: Stardust

Tristan Thorne

Played by: Charlie Cox

The protagonist.

  • Action Hero: In the climax.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Originally Tristran in the novel, but changed to the more conventional sounding Tristan for the film.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Shakespeare gives his hair extensions when he starts his training with the pirates and he takes a level in badass.
  • Nice Guy: Despite the incredible Belligerent Sexual Tension between Yvaine and his rude behaviour toward her (of course, she doesn't make things any easier), Tristan is a very sweet and romantic guy.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Yvaine.
  • The Reveal: He's the son of Princess Una, and therefore an heir to the throne of Stormhold. Everyone (barring Una) was completely unaware of this fact until the end of the movie... after all of Tristan's uncles have been killed, making him the only remaining heir and therefore the new king of Stormhold.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Halfway through the movie when he gets training from Captain Shakespeare and his crew.


Played by: Claire Danes

  • Break the Haughty: A large majority of the movie is this for Yvaine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For a star who spent most of her life by herself in the sky, she sure can be quite snarky.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially is very cold and rude to Tristan, but eventually warms up to him and even falls in love with him.
  • Fish out of Water: She is quite naive and not exactly well-versed in human behaviour; for example she has no idea what a massage is.
  • Power Glows: Her ability to shine when she's happy. However, it's more for than just aesthetic purposes, as Yvaine completely vaporises Lamia when she really shines.
  • The Power of Love: What allows her to defeat Lamia.
  • Snarkto Snark Combat: With Tristan.
  • Stars Are Souls: And in this case people, when they fall to Earth.


Played by: Michelle Pfeiffer

The main antagonist

  • Big Bad
  • Evil Brit
  • The Hecate Sisters: Takes the role of the Maiden, as she is the most active and outwardly youthful of her sisters.
  • Hot Witch: When she regains some of her youth at the beginning of the film.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: When she becomes young, she drops her robe and looks at herself in the mirror. But not without giving the audience a sexy look as she does so.
  • Technicolor Fire: Her magic manifests as green flame.
  • Vain Sorceress: Her main goal in the film is to eat Yvaine's heart to completely restore her youth and beauty.
  • Wicked Witch: Duh.


Played by: Mark Strong

Captain Shakespeare

Played by: Robert De Niro


Played by: Sienna Miller


Played by: Jason Flemyng


Played by: Rupert Everett


Played by: Mark Heap

  • Death by Sex: In the book, he dies having sex with a prostitute.


Played by: Ricky Gervais


Played by: Henry Cavill

Empusa and Mormo

Played by: Sarah Alexander and Joanna Scanlan

  • The Beastmaster: Mormo's main power. Though unfortunately, the animals eventually turn against her and maul her to death.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Mormo takes the role of the Matron as she is rather plump and motherly-looking while Empusa takes the role of the Crone, as she is more spindly in appearance and seems the most bitter and sarcastic of the three.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Empusa gets stabbed through the chest by Septimus.
  • Playing with Fire: Empusa's specialty.