Characters: Stardust

Tristan Thorne

Played by: Charlie Cox

The protagonist.


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.
  • Solitary Sorceress: Lives in a crumbling manor/castle in the middle of a wasteland with her two sisters.
  • 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

  • Anti-Villain: He's utterly ruthless and was planning to eat Yvaine's heart for the immortality, but he's also pragmatic, able to be reasonable, and also doesn't seem to kill without cause (though he does consider mocking him to be cause).
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Lamia. At least, until Lamia kills him off and takes her status as the sole Big Bad. However, his goals initially do not clash with Tristans, and they team up to take on the witches.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ultimately proves no match for Lamia and her sisters, as they easily finish him off and turn him into an undead puppet.
  • Determinator
  • Pet the Dog: A minor one, but he does offer to let Primus live if he does not pursue the stone, something unheard of in Stormhold history. Later on, he also lets Bernard live after the rest of his men get killed fighting Shakespeare's crew.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Evil Brit

Captain Shakespeare

Played by: Robert De Niro


Played by: Sienna Miller


Played by: Jason Flemyng

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book he's just as bad as his brothers. In the movie, the Bishop mentions that he would be the first benevolent king of Stormhold, seems genuinely distressed when the Bishop accidentally takes the poisoned goblet meant for him, and is reasonably friendly and helpful to Tristan once he determines he's not an assassin sent by Septimus. He is a bit of a jerk to Yvaine when he sees she has the ruby, but given the stakes involved his reaction is understandable.
  • Badass Beard
  • Blue Blood: The first born son of Stormhold's king. Also turns out to be a literal example of the trope when he gets his throat cut by Lamia.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Nice Guy: While still a bit snooty, he is friendly and welcoming to Tristan.
  • Too Dumb to Live


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.
  • Karmic Death: Mormo gets torn to pieces by the animals the sisters keep around as divination sacrifices.
  • Playing with Fire: Empusa's specialty.