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Mortimer "Mo" FolchartA bookbinder with the ability to "read" characters from books to life. Meggie's father.
- Bad Dreams: In Inkdeath, Mo is said to have recurring nightmares. This isn't surprising, considering that he has been shot, imprisoned, threatened, and basically has had his whole life change in the space of a few months. Both he and Resa cannot stand closed spaces after being imprisoned in the Castle of Night.
- 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.
- Character Development
- Driven to Suicide: Almost happens to him in the dungeons of the Castle in the Lake.
- Dynamic Character: Mo goes from a peace-loving book binder and protective-but-fun single father to an almost unrecognizable Robin Hood-esque warrior/folk hero.
- Fame In Story: In Inkspell and Inkdeath, he becomes known as the Bluejay and chooses to literally take up the mantle and Become The Mask.
- Happily Married: To Resa.
- 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 FolchartDaughter of Mo and Resa, and the hero of the story.
DustfingerA 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Was made a blond in the film.
- Back from the Dead: Is brought back from the realm of death by Mo in Inkdeath, after a bargain is reached with Death to let him go. However, there is a catch: if Mo does not kill the Adderhead by writing the special three words into the white book before spring comes, Dustfinger will die at the same time as Mo and Meggie.
- The Big Guy: Somewhat, during the first two books before he ascends to The Lancer.
- Came Back Strong: Dustfinger acquires new abilities to play with fire after returning from death. One, the ability to leave his body at will, comes in handy during the Inkdeath climax.
- Character Development
- 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.
- Famed In-Story
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Dustfinger has three scars stretching across his face in books one and two, a result of Basta's deadly jealousy and rage. After he comes back from death, however, his scars have been washed away. Dustfinger comments to Farid that surprisingly enough, Roxane actually seems to miss them.
- Intrepid Fictioneer
- I Will Wait for You
- Playing with Fire: Dustfinger is a fire-eater, and as such can play around with fire without getting burnt. He's called the 'Fire-Dancer' in the Inkworld and is held in high regard. After his return from death he gains otherworldly gifts which he uses when he is handling fire.
- Scars Are Forever: Until Inkdeath, where they're erased.
ElinorMeggie's great-aunt, and Resa's aunt. She lives in a grand house in Italy which is filled with priceless and old books.
- The Hermit: Lives by herself with her books.
FaridA boy Mo read out of The Arabian Nights' in Inkheart''. Dustfinger took him under his wing and taught him to play with fire.
Teresa "Resa" FolchartMo's wife and Meggie's mother.
- Babies Ever After: After the events of Inkdeath, she and Mo have a son who remains nameless in the epilogue.
- Happily Married: To Mo.
- Intrepid Fictioneer
- I Will Wait for You
- Missing Mom: In Book 1, due to having been sucked into "Inkheart" years ago.
- 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.
FenoglioThe author of the in-universe book Inkheart, which he named after the black heart of Capricorn.
CapricornThe 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 while living in the novel but is clean-shaven in the film itself. 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.
BastaOne 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.
Mortola The MagpieKeeper of the keys for Capricorn. Oh, and also his mother.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Silver Prince in the second and third books, although she verges more on Big Bad Wannabe.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She wounds Mortimer for killing her son, Capricorn.
RoxaneDustfinger's beautiful wife. Once a minstrel woman, she is now a healer and lives on a farm not far away from Ombra.
The Black Prince