Characters: The Inkworld Trilogy

The characters of The Inkworld Trilogy. Additions welcomed.

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart

Meggie Folchart




Teresa "Resa" Folchart




  • Animal Motifs: Foxes.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Dustfinger.
  • Came Back Wrong: Deliberately, thanks to Orpheus.
  • 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.

The Magpie


The Black Prince