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Badass Bookworm: He attempts to master the magic of Christmas through study and scientific research, and while his methods fail entirely, the logic he employs suggests a strange sort of genius at work.
Bad Santa: Though, in his case, it's less due to maliciousness than just not being very good at Santa's job.
Beneath the Mask: All of the Citizens of Halloween Town (except Sally) believe Jack to be bold, loud, and happy. Too bad they have no idea that underneath that bony exterior was a guy that was practically going through depression before he discovered Christmas Town.
Berserk Button: Do not harm his friends. He will not take kindly to this.
The Big Guy: He's not very big, but he's the Pumpkin King, and thus the most powerful of Halloween Town.
Blessed with Suck: Jack has grown tired of the same old tricks and traditions, even if he's the most popular.
Bowties Are Cool: Jack wears a bowtie when he's wearing his tux, although some people mistake it for a collar. It's still pretty cool, though. Plus, it kind of looks like a bat.
Broken Ace: The opening shows Jack's boredom over things never changing in Halloween Town turning into despair.
Hollywood Mid Life Crisis: Another theory behind Jack's lost love for Halloween and being so enamored by Christmas. After his attempts at running Christmas go bad, he rediscovers his love for Halloween.
Idiot Hero: As detailed on the main page, he's not an Idiot Hero because of an inherent lack of intelligence; he's an Idiot Hero because he's never encountered non-Halloween stuff before and he's too excited to listen to common sense.
The Kindnapper: Jack Skellington has part of his being a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. His way of indulging himself in his new passion for Christmas not only involves planning to run the show himself, but kidnapping the one who already does to enable his doing so. And he sees it as a favor for Santa, too! Despite Jack's unquestionable status as The Hero, though, his kidnapping is clearly shown as not being a good thing, especially because of what it leads to...
Santa: (bursts out of the bag) Let me out! (the Halloween Town citizens gasp in awe)
Jack Skellington: Sandy Claws - in person. What a pleasure to meet you. (prepares to shake but then looks down when their HANDS touch)
Jack Skellington: Wh - ! Why, you have hands! You don't have claws at all!
Santa: (dazed) Where am I?
Jack Skellington: Surprised, are you? I knew you would be. You don't have to worry about another Christmas this year.
Jack Skellington: Consider this a vacation, Sandy. A reward. It's your turn to take it easy.
Santa: B-But there must be some mistake!
Jack Skellington: See that he's comfortable... (the minions start to close up the bag, but then stop) Just a second, fellas! Of course! That's what I'm missing! (takes Santa's hat)
Jack Skellington: (as he's putting on the hat) Thanks.
Santa: Hang on - you just can't - (has the bag thrown over him again) - Hold on! Where are we going now?
Large Ham: More subtle than Oogie, but still. "I AM THE PUMPKIN HAM KING!!!"
The Leader: Type IV. Due to his skill and charisma, all of Halloween Town loves him and would follow any Zany Scheme he's concocted.
Loves the Sound of Screaming: A rare heroic example. He, and most of Halloween Town, enjoy the sound of screaming not out of sadism but because it's their job which they enjoy. Plus the screaming comes from harmless pranks rather than torture.
Made of Iron: In his first appearance he sets himself on fire (briefly), and then later in the movie he falls at least a mile, lands on a stone statue, and doesn't suffer any permanent damage.
Mood-Swinger: Jack frequently and quickly swings between elation, depression, and anger. Many fans speculate that he has a mood disorder (bipolar disorder is the popular choice, but that's not actually how it works, most of the time).
Obliviously Evil: Jack means no harm at all and doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, but it's his actions that are creating nearly every problem in the film. Thankfully, he does eventually come to his senses.
Oblivious to Love: Throughout most of the movie, he only views Sally as a friend, and has no idea that she's in love with him. He catches on eventually though.
Vague Age: In personality and voice, he comes across as being in his late twenties or early thirties, but he's an undead skeleton man, so this has no connection whatsoever to how long he's been around. And aside from being adult-sized it's impossible to gauge his age from his looks. He's probably older than thirtyish, though it wouldn't be impossible for him to be younger.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Not just the fact that he does have very wide eye-sockets, but he fits the idealist trope very closely.
Voiced by: Catherine O'Hara
Cassandra Truth: Tries to warn Jack beforehand that his plan for Christmas will fail, but to no avail.
Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Seems to think she's this, as evidenced by her song, where she openly says she isn't "the one" for Jack. However, it's proven wrong when Jack does reciprocate her feelings after all.
Voiced by: William Hickey
Evil Cripple:...Kind of. He's not necessarily "evil", per se, but he is crazy and a bit of a jerk.
Voiced by: Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, respectively
Affably Evil: They really are terrified of Oogie, but in their minds, helping him is the most fun thing they can think of.
Ambiguously Human: They don't appear to be monsters or capable of any special powers (see Badass Normal, below). That said, there's also definitely something about them that's...off.
Badass Normal: In any video game (sequel, prequel, or spin-off) they do things like control monsters, capture holiday leaders, fight the protagonists, and convince Maleficent herself to resurrect Oogie.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: One interpretation of Lock and Shock's relationship; Fanon says have a mutual crush on each other, but express it by teasing and yelling at each other.
Butt Monkey: Barrel is constantly at the receiving end of pranks and smacks from his cohorts. (Just watch "Kidnap the Sandy Claws".) But usually when he pulls a prank on Lock or Shock he gets away with it.
The Dragon: Lock, to Shock. All three of them could be seen as this to Oogie.
Enfant Terrible: They're spooky little brats, who love messing with people and are absolutely overjoyed at the idea of subjecting Santa Claus to Cold-Blooded Torture. When Santa himself asks them if they've ever heard of human decency, they pretty much flat out tell him "No".
Pragmatic Villainy: After Lock suggests blowing Santa Claus up, Shock objects on the grounds that obliterating him would be inconvenient to them.
Lock: I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door and then Knock three times and when he answers Sandy Claws will be no more! Shock: You're so stupid, think now If we blow him up to smithereens We may lose some pieces and then Jack will beat us black and green!
Big Bad: Though all the citizens of Halloween Town dedicate their lives to scaring people, they do it purely for laughs and are mostly harmless. Oogie is the only really EVIL person there, and is implied to have actually killed people.
Blatant Lies: In an interview in his biography, Tim Burton described Oogie as "A nasty neighbor", said that there weren't any true villains; ohh yeeaaah... Anyone who's been banished, has tried to eat Santa Claus, and tried to forcibly take over all 7 holidays musn't be that evil!
Boisterous Bruiser: A rare evil example. He loves singing and dancing...while he horribly tortures his victims and later cook'em and eat'em.
Brilliant but Lazy: He's big and strong enough to easily overpower his foes, yet spends more time sicking death traps on them.
Dirty Coward: Despite being a hundred times bigger than Jack (at least in terms of sheer bulk), he whimpers and runs away if he even thinks Jack has the upper hand. Considering he's just a big burlap sack full of bugs, this behavior is reasonably justified.
The Dreaded: Even the other residents of Halloween Town are implied to be terrified of him.
Evil Counterpart: He's this to Jack- he's just as terrifying (if not moreso), but unlike Jack, he's more of a sociopathic monster than a prankster.
Family-Unfriendly Death: In a sense; the burlap sack covering his bugs is technically his skin, meaning that his death basically amounts to him being skinned alive.
Fat Bastard: Not only is he a big, nasty bag of bugs with a love of torture and casual cannibalism, he cheats at dice. In fact, Oogie Boogie was the biggest, heaviest puppet in the entire cast, needing the tightest joints in his armature skeleton for proper movement.
Faux Affably Evil: He may look like an overstuffed potato sack living in a cross between a cheesy blacklight funhouse and a casino, but he's actually a sadistic monster who slowly torments people with rigged games of chance before cooking them up and eating them.
For the Evulz: The only Halloween Town resident who is truly evil.
Scary Black Man: In spirit and voice, if not in body (being a lime-green, vaguely humanoid burlap sack guy and all).
Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The movie itself is not exactly bright and fluffy, but it is optimistic and lighthearted. Oogie Boogie, however is a cruel, terrifying creature and he's one of the darkest villains in Disney history.
Villain Song: "The Oogie Boogie Song", which is one of the best.
The Worm That Walks: He's really just a giant burlap sack filled with sentient bugs (and a few snakes, for some reason).
Two-Faced: He has two faces; one colorful and happy, one ashen and distressed. It's more of a facial mood ring than a split personality, though.
Ultimate Authority Mayor: Played with; while he is evidently the only mayor Halloween Town had, he also doesn't have a lot of power. As an elected official, he can't make decisions without Jack (the king)'s help.
Voiced by: Randy Crenshaw
Matryoshka Object: He has several smaller versions of himself all hidden under his hat, and each one has a smaller one hidden under their hat.
For some of them, anyway, at least onscreen. If you pay attention, the kid with the shrunken head is named Timmy (it says so on his stocking behind him), and in the book, The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, The Art, The Vision, on some of the concept art, it shows the kid who gets the big snake is referred to as "The Infant," and the fat kid is Howie. Others, like the Japanese Twins, play it straight, even in the concept art.
Actually, if you look at the stockings on the fireplace behind him, his name is Timmy. It probably falls under Freeze-Frame Bonus.
The Stoic: Not a straight example, but the kid does deserve credit for not screaming when he finds his gift, and not being bothered that his home's been invaded by an undead Santa Claus. He actually was scared, but was to shocked to properly express himself.