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Citizens of Halloween Town

     Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King 
Voiced by: Chris Sarandon
Singing Voice: Danny Elfmannote 

Jack Skellington, also known as the "Pumpkin King", is the main protagonist. Jack is a tall skeleton who wears a black pin-striped suit, complete with a bat bowtie. He has earned the title of Pumpkin King by being so terrifying to humans (but never harming them), a clearly well-earned title as it appears he is even able to scare the monsters that occupy the town. He lives in Halloween Town, a world based solely on the holiday of Halloween.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Jack could possibly be the Personification of Halloween.
  • The Atoner: Downplayed both in his feelings and the level of mayhem. He does go about trying to fix his mistakes, but only angsts about it very briefly; overall, he is satisfied that he tried his best with Christmas and had fun doing so.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "What's this?!" He exclaims as he discovers Christmas Town.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Jack is the de-facto leader of Halloween Town and is therefore the most badass.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Jack is the Pumpkin King because he's the scariest and the toughest.
  • 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.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The Badass Jack sports a nifty suit.
  • Bad Santa: His attempt to take Santa's place does not go over well. However, in his case, it's less due to maliciousness and more that he's just not 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.
    • Plus, he's pretty tall.
  • 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.
  • A Boy and His X: A Skeleton Man and His Ghost Dog. Zero is his constant companion.
  • Broken Ace: The opening shows Jack's boredom over things never changing in Halloween Town turning into despair.
  • Camp Straight: He's quite effeminate and becomes an Official Couple with Sally.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: He has this realization at the start of the film and wishes he wasn't the King of Halloween.
  • Creepy Good: He's a skeleton, the King of Halloween, and The Hero.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: His fingers are rather thin and long.
  • Cultured Badass: Has read Shakespeare's works.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He may be the Pumpkin King and love scaring, but he's a pretty nice guy. But don't forget... he is still the Pumpkin King.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most notably when he gets mad at Lock, Shock, and Barrel for kidnapping the Easter Bunny by mistake and exasperatedly points out that there was more than one Holiday Door when the trio insisted that they followed his instructions exactly.
  • Dem Bones: Jack is a skeleton humanoid.
  • The Dreaded: Given who he is, it's pretty reasonable that he'd have a reputation for being scary.
  • Evil Laugh: It's his regular laugh.
  • Forgets to Eat: Implied by the scene where Sally sends a basket of food up to him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine — The most sociable and warm-hearted of Halloween Town.
  • Friend to All Children: Well, the children of Halloween Town. The Corpse Kid hugs onto his leg when he finds out he's alive and Jack doesn't object to this.
  • The Hero: He is the film's main character and he has good intentions, even trying to make things right when his plan to do Santa's job goes wrong.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Sally, a redheaded zombie.
  • He's Back: "That's right! I AM the Pumpkin King!"
  • 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.
  • Horrifying Hero: He's not the King of Halloween for nothing.
  • Hot-Blooded: A given since he immediately decides to become Santa Claus by kidnapping the real Santa.
  • Iconic Outfit: Jack's pin-striped tuxedo and bat bow-tie.
  • 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.
  • I Have Many Names: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, the King of Halloween, Bone Daddy, Skeleton Jack, Mr. Unlucky...
  • Incendiary Exponent: He sets himself on fire, therefore having one of the most awesome entrances in Disney history.
  • 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.
    Santa: Wh-what?
    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)
    Santa: B-But...
    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.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He is the scariest ghoul in Halloween Town, but also one of the friendliest.
  • Meaningful Name: Jack takes over Christmas for a year. One meaning of Jack is "supplanter", or replacement. In addition, his title as The Pumpkin King is a reference to jack-o-lanterns.
  • 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).
  • Nice Guy: Jack was never malicious about kidnapping Santa Claus, and is a good-hearted being.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: As he's from Halloweentown, it's a given that he'd have a passion for what most people would find frightening. He especially takes great relish in planning for Halloween. When he isn't tired of it, that is.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: While he is a good guy, the fact that he saw no wrong in kidnapping Santa and delivering the citizens of Halloweentown's ideas of great gifts to the children of the world make him unintentionally unsettling.
  • Noodle People: Justified since he's a skeleton and thus has a skinny body.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Sally. They share a kiss by the end of the movie.
  • Perky Goth: He's quite excitable for someone called the "King of Halloween".
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Hello, Oogie." (Said when he makes his presence known to Oogie Boogie and prepares to confront him for endangering Sally and Santa Claus.)
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "How dare you treat my friends so SHAMEFULLY!" (Said as he unravels Oogie's thread, effectively killing him as his bugs fall into the boiling stew below him.)
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: His title is the Pumpkin King and he is definitely no slouch given that he actively leads the citizens of Halloweentown into doing their own version of Christmas and later tries to set things right by rescuing Santa Claus from Oogie Boogie.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a tux 85% of the time, and when he's not wearing it, he still dresses pretty good.
  • Slasher Smile: He gives a sinister smile during the end of the song where he introduces the citizens of Halloweentown to the concept of Christmas.
  • Species Surname: Sort of, as "skeleton" is sometimes pronounced as "Skellington" with an accent. See Hot Fuzz and Stardust.
  • Stingy Jack: His name and title as the Pumpkin King are likely an allusion to the old Halloween legend.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He only wanted a break from the tired routine of Halloween and had absolutely no intention of things going downhill when Santa was tortured by Oogie and the people in the real world where terrified by the presents he delivered.
  • 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 (movie), Kath Soucie (video games)

Sally is the deuteragonist. She is a humanoid ragdoll created by Dr. Finkelstein. She is made of various pieces stitched together, with dead leaves used as stuffing. It is unlikely that she feels any physical pain. This is demonstrated in the movie when she leaps from her upstairs bed chamber in Finklestein's Lab. After some of her limbs become detached upon impact, she sews them back. Head creation of the doctor, she is always under lock and key. Thus, when she wants to go out, she poisons the doctor with deadly nightshade (covered up with worm's wart and frog's breath) and sneaks out. Sally has a crush on Jack Skellington, but is unsuccessful in showing her affections to Jack.
  • Born as an Adult: Being a creation of Dr. Finklestein already implies that she was born as an adult, but it is explicitly confirmed in the prequel game The Nightmare Before Christmas The Pumpkin King, where Finklestein has just recently created her and she looks no different from how she appears in the film.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to warn Jack beforehand that his plan for Christmas will fail, but to no avail.
  • Creepy Doll: Objectively supposed to be, as a life-sized rag doll, but to audiences she's rather attractive.
  • Cute Monster Girl: As much of a monster as she is, she's adorable.
  • Damsel in Distress: Unfortunately becomes her main function in the video games.
    • Is also captured and almost killed by Oogie in the film.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Serves Finkelstein his meals. Unfortunately for him, they're usually drugged.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. She has red hair, but isn't fiery at all and more of a Shrinking Violet.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic. — She cares about Jack and worries about him and is often kept busy because she has to cook meals for Dr. Finklestein.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: She's made of pieces of flesh sewn together. One of the cuter versions, though.
  • Glasgow Grin: Though not a creepy example, and justified because she's stitched up from top to bottom.
  • Guile Hero: Her awesome moments come from being crafty and even cunning.
  • The Heart: Sally is the most down-to-earth citizen in Halloween Town.
  • Hero Antagonist: Mildly so. She tries to sabotage Jack's plans, but only because she fears for his safety and recognizes that he may be in over his head.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her dress stands out because of all the diverse patterns on the patches it is made of.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: If one were to interpret her as Finklestein's daughter, she's quite pretty for a patched up living ragdoll.
  • Not So Different: With Jack, in regards to his boredom with Halloween and routine.
    "Jack... I know how you feel."
  • Official Couple: With Jack. They kiss by the end of the movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Of all the inhabitants of Halloweentown, she's the most rational. Lampshaded by Santa:
    "Next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to her! She's the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!"
  • Only One Name: Unless you consider "Finklestein" to be her last name, after her creator.
  • Opposites Attract: Her feelings toward the charismatic and boisterous Jack are a textbook example.
  • Redheaded Hero: She has red hair and is the deuteragonist.
  • Shrinking Violet: One of the reasons Sally didn't tell Jack her feelings is because she's shy around him.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Portrayed sympathetically because she is friends with Jack already, and simply too shy to confess her romantic feelings.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her skin is blue.
  • 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.

     Dr. Finkelstein 
Voiced by: William Hickey (movie), Jess Harnell (video games)

Dr. Finkelstein is a resident of Halloween Town, the wheelchair-bound mad scientist and the "father" of Sally.

     Lock, Shock & Barrel 
Voiced by: Paul Reubens (Lock, movie and The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge), Catherine O'Hara (Shock, movie), Danny Elfman (Barrel, movie), Jess Harnell (Lock, Kingdom Hearts), Kath Soucie (Shock, video games), Jeff Bennett (Barrel, Kingdom Hearts), Dee Bradley Baker (Barrel, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge)

Lock, Shock, and Barrel are a trio of trick-or-treaters from Halloween Town. They served as Oogie Boogie's henchmen and the secondary antagonists.
  • 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'
  • 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 they have a mutual crush on each other, but express it by teasing and yelling at each other.
  • The Brute: Barrel is the muscle of the group. Switches to Lock in Oogie's Revenge.
  • 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 Ditz: Barrel, though he denies this.
  • The Dragon: Lock, to Shock. All three of them could be seen as Co-Dragons 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 goodwill to all men, they flat out tell him "No!"
  • Evil Genius: Shock is the brains of the operation.
  • Evil Laugh: Just to underline the Enfant Terrible trope.
  • Power Trio: There's three of them and they do the legwork for Oogie Boogie.
  • 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!
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: They reappear throughout Oogie's Revenge as boss encounters.
  • Sibling Rivalry: An alternate interpretation of the kids' relationship (see Belligerent Sexual Tension above) claims that all three of them are siblings.
  • Slasher Smile: Barrel. His grin extends from ear-to-ear and it's even reflected in his mask.
  • Terrible Trio: Three troublesome brats who serve Oogie Boogie.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Lock and Barrel are boys, Shock is a girl.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shock has bluish hair. Lock and Barrel fit this trope too (seeing that Lock has Red hair and Barrel has Green hair)

     Oogie Boogie 
Voiced by: Ken Page

Oogie Boogie is the main antagonist. He was a burlap sack filled with insects, two spiders and a snake for a tongue.
  • Antagonist Title: Oogie's Revenge, where he is the main villain.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Jack.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The final boss battle in Oogie's Revenge has him become gigantic. Overlaps with One-Winged Angel.
  • Ax-Crazy: Implied to be the only resident of Halloween Town to have actually killed people in cold blood. He also states that his gambling games are much more fun "when lives are on the line".
  • Bad Moon Rising: The song This is Halloween has a shadow resembling Oogie appear over the moon, and the video game Oogie's Revenge establishes that it is indeed Oogie's shadow.
  • 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. He also serves as this in Oogie's Revenge, where he tries to kidnap all the Holiday Leaders to become the Seven Holidays King.
  • Berserk Button: He gets rather angry when he realizes that Sally tried to distract him with her detached leg to free Santa. "YOU TRY AND MAKE A DUPE OUT OF ME !!!"
  • 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 will 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. This is subverted in Oogie's Revenge, where he shows just how dangerous he can be when he actually gets up and applies himself.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As he says in his Villain Song, "[he's] a gamblin' boogie man although [he doesn't] play fair!"
  • Canon Foreigner: In-universe. Oogie is not a native of Halloween Town, instead hailing from the long-forgotten holiday of Bug Day.
  • The Chessmaster: Masterminded the plot of Oogie's Revenge.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Oogie's Revenge. Upon being revived by Lock, Shock, and Barrel, Oogie first puts Dr. Finkelstein under his control by switching his brain with another and has him booby trap the town for Jack's return. He then kidnaps the seven holiday leaders and scatters the holiday doors across Halloween Town. When Jack retrieves the doors and confronts Oogie at his lair, it's revealed that it was Oogie's shadow, which served to distract Jack while he was at Christmas Town to kill Santa Claus.
  • 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 more so), but unlike Jack, he's more of a sociopathic monster than a prankster.
  • Evil Laugh: Once more!
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Voiced by Ken Page.
  • Expy: According to Word Of God, he's an expy of Audrey II.
  • 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 and then having the bugs, which serve as his organs, melted 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. He notably takes great pleasure in torturing and attempting to kill Santa Claus.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric. — He's hot-tempered and rude, plus he is no slouch when it comes to torturing people.
  • The Gambler: Although he doesn't play fair.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The movie is already pretty dark itself. However, not one of the Halloween Town residents is a deranged mass murderer with a taste for torture and gore.
  • Lack of Empathy: He thoroughly enjoys torturing and killing people and shows absolutely no remorse for his actions. The words of his Villain Song say all.
  • Large Ham: "Large" in every sense of the word.
  • Leitmotif: He has a deranged jazz tune play during his scenes in the movie, plus an instrumental version of "The Oogie Boogie Song" in The Nightmare Before Christmas The Pumpkin King.
  • Living Shadow: His shadow appears on the moon in This Is Halloween, and is fought by Jack in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In Oogie's Revenge, he forces Dr. Finklestein to work for him by switching his brain with another that puts him under Oogie's control.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: It comes with the territory when you're a remorseless sadist who loves torturing and killing people for no good reason.
  • Obviously Evil: No eyes, big toothless mouth, stitched-up head, a great fondness for causing pain, a snake for a tongue...
  • Plot Irrelevant Villain: In the movie. He has nothing to do with the plot and only comes into conflict with Jack when the kids take Santa Claus to him against Jack's wishes.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": His modus operandi is making a fun joke of his cold-blooded and heinous actions of torturing his victims to death.
  • Scary Black Man: In spirit and voice, if not in body (being a lime-green, vaguely humanoid burlap sack guy and all).
  • Serial Killer: Given all those skeletons we see in his lair we can deduce he killed other people before trying to do it with Santa and Sally.
  • Sickly Green Glow: While his body is a plain burlap sack, he glows a vivid green under his casino black lights.
  • Torture Technician: He has a lot of machines he uses to torture and kill his victims.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Glutton: If his huge girth and fondness for snake and spider stew is any indication.
  • Voice of the Legion: Sort of. He starts off with a deep jazzy voice, but as he loses the bugs which make up his body, his voice becomes higher pitched and squeakier and sounds like multiple voices speaking at once until he only has one bug left.
  • We Will Meet Again: The prequel game The Pumpkin King ends with him promising to get even with Jack.
  • The Worm That Walks: He's really just a giant burlap sack filled with sentient bugs, the leader of which controls his voice (and a few snakes, for some reason).

     The Mayor 
Voiced by: Glenn Shadix (movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, Kingdom Hearts II), Jeff Bennett (Kingdom Hearts I)

The Mayor of Halloween Town is, well the Mayor of Halloween Town. His body (head included) is shaped like a cone. He wears a tall top-hat and suit with a spider bow-tie. He also wears a ribbon that says "Mayor" on it. Being a politician, he is naturally "two-faced" and can rotate his head to appear as either happy or sad, depending on his mood of course.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: His two-faced head allows his body to spin while his head stays in place, demonstrated in "This is Halloween".
  • Adipose Rex: He's conical, though he's a mayor rather than a king.
  • Authority in Name Only: "I'm only an elected official! I can't make decisions!"
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: On his "happy" face, he has a large toothy smile. The other face has a Cheshire Cat frown.
  • The Ditherer: See Authority in Name Only. He needs Jack's help in planning every Halloween.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic. — He's affable and indecisive.
  • Large Ham: Very loud and dramatic.
  • Mad Eye: Has one spiral eye and one dark eye with a white pupil on his "happy" face.
  • Nice Hat: Has a really tall top hat.
  • No Name Given: Though some of the merch gives him the name Hizzonor.
  • Stealth Pun: He's a two-faced politician.
  • 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.

     Mr. Hyde 
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.
  • Took a Shortcut: In the video game, he gets everywhere before Jack, no matter how hard it was for him to get there.

Voiced by: N/A

Zero is Jack's ghost-dog and the tritagonist.

Voiced by: Randy Crenshaw
  • All There in the Manual: The name of the woodcutter zombie with an axe in his head is revealed through merchandise.
  • Dumb Muscle: He shows very little intelligence and is often seen doing physical work. His dumbness might be because of the axe embedded in his head.
  • Gentle Giant: He's big and brutish, but not malevolent nor mean.

     Clown With The Tearaway Face 
Voiced by: Danny Elfman (movie), Dee Bradley Baker (The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge)
  • Body Horror: He can tear away his face and apparently the front part of his entire skull. What's especially unsettling is that the inside of his head is shown to be hollow.
  • The Blank: He becomes this without his face on.
  • Jump Scare: Implied to be his modus operandi by his third and fourth lines in "This Is Halloween": "Here in a flash / And gone without a trace!"
  • Monster Clown: He's a scary-looking clown. Subverted though as he's just as nice as the other residents.

     Melting Man 
Voiced by: Unknown

     Harlequin Demon 
Voiced by: Greg Proops

     Tall Witch and Short Witch 
Voiced by: Susan McBride (Tall Witch, movie), Susan Blakeslee (Tall Witch, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge), Debi Durst (Small Witch)

     Most of the residents 


     Santa Claus 
Voiced by: Ed Ivory (movie), Corey Burton (video games)
  • Badass Boast: When Jack states that he hopes there is still time to fix Christmas, Santa replies with "Of course there is! I'm Santa Claus!"
  • Badass Santa: Openly and fearlessly defies Oogie Boogie while being held captive and threatened with murder. He also successfully undoes the damage Jack caused in practically no time at all.
  • Big Good: Once freed he is able to solve all the problems caused by Jack literally overnight.
  • Distressed Dude: Gets held hostage by Oogie Boogie for most of the movie.
  • Living MacGuffin: Rescuing him is a major plot point.
  • Nice Hat: The classic Santa Claus hat.
  • Santa Claus: Duh. Who else would he be?

     The Elves 

  • Christmas Elves: Obviously, and they fit the classic image of them.
  • Suddenly Voiced: While silent for the most part in the movie, two of them have dialogue in the video game Oogie's Revenge.
  • The Voiceless: Though a few can be heard caroling during "What's This?", none of them say a word.

     The Easter Bunny 

     The Children 

  • No Name Given: 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.

     Shrunken Head Kid 

  • Nightmare Fetishist: A very likely reason for why he didn't react to his present from Jack being a shrunken head.
  • No Name Given: Subverted. If you look at the stockings on the fireplace behind him, his name is Timmy. It probably falls under Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Shrunken Head: He gets one as a gift from Jack as Santa.
  • 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 too shocked to properly express himself.