Characters: The Inkworld Trilogy

The characters of The Inkworld Trilogy. Additions welcomed.

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Mortimer "Mo" Folchart

A bookbinder with the ability to "read" characters from books to life. Meggie's father.
  • Becoming the Mask: Mo becomes the Bluejay, much to the distress of his wife and daughter.
  • Blessed with Suck: How he views his powers, which robbed him of his wife years ago. He gets over it eventually, but he never reads out loud to Meggie.
  • Casting Gag: Brenden Fraser is stated to be the vocal inspiration for him. Not only does he take up that role in the movie but also did the audio book for Inkspell.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to some of the other heroes - who can at times be petty and selfish - Mo is the straightest example of this.


Meggie Folchart

Daughter of Mo and Resa, and the hero of the story.



A man with the ability to control fire from one of Mo's books. He is drawn to the real world, where he makes his living by busking.
  • Disappeared Dad: He left two daughters (and his wife, Roxane) behind in the 'Inkworld' when Mo read him out. One has since died of illness.
  • Not So Stoic: when Farid is killed, he canīt bear it and exchanges his life for Farids.


Teresa "Resa" Folchart

Mo's wife and Meggie's mother.
  • Shapeshifting: Inkdeath. Transformation type, she turns into a swift.
  • Trapped in Another World: Though as it turns out, she was read out by Capricorn's 'reader', Darius, years before the main story began.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Her first time in the Inkworld had her in men's clothing, which is fairly unusual there.



The author of the in-universe book Inkheart, which he named after the black heart of Capricorn.
  • Heroic BSOD: He descends further into one the more out of control his own story's plot goes.
  • Jerkass: At times, and always appropriately called out on it.



The Big Bad of Inkheart in a very literal sense.
  • Bald of Evil: In the film, due to having shaved it off. It also shows there that he used to have a Beard of Evil. It's unclear how much of this holds true in the novel itself.
  • Expy: Of Adolf Hitler himself, according to Word of God. Holds true in-story, though it's not stated outright.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's not used to excuse his actions though, just to explain them. Fenoglio even points out that while it always existed, he deliberately left it out of the story.
  • Meaningful Rename: After the constellation he was born under. His birth name is never revealed.



One of Capricorn's fire-raisers, often forced to do his dirty work.
  • The Dragon: To Capricorn in Book 1, to Mortola onwards.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Subverted, he doesn't actually lead Capricorn's fireraisers after his demise, due to the fact that most of them perished in Inkheart. He instead acts as The Heavy, in terms of having a more active role on the frontline (compared to Mortola and the Silver Prince.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike the other Fireraisers, Basta - despite his capacity for evil and cruelty - isn't really a sadist, nor does he Kick the Dog (certainly not For the Evulz). Even Dustfinger acknowledges this. It may explain why he wasn't erased/killed in the first book's climax, as well.
  • Hero Killer: In Inkspell, he kills off Cloud-Dancer, and later Farid. The latter is revived only by Dustfinger's Heroic Sacrifice, and he in turn is only revived by Mo Balancing Death's Books and ensuring the Silver Prince dies as part of a bargain.
  • Killed Off for Real: For emphasis, he Came Back Wrong in Inkdeath and was then defeated in a way that, at the very least, ensures he's dead for good.
  • Knife Nut: He really, really likes his knife.
  • Knight of Cerebus: With the exception of sequences when he's incapacitated, he raised the threat level considerably. Though he doesn't actually harm anyone in the first book, in the second he kills Cloud-Dancer mid-way through the book, before pulverising Plot Armour by knifing Farid. In the third book, he is brought back by Orpheus as a Night-Mare, and is more dangerous than ever until Dustfinger realises who he really is and uses it to put him down for good.
  • Start of Darkness: According to Fenoglio, he has one of these, which is actually surprisingly sympathetic.

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Mortola The Magpie

Keeper of the keys for Capricorn. Oh, and also his mother.