Characters: The Pagemaster

Richard Tyler

Played by: Macaulay Culkin

A young boy who has a severe phobia of everything and lives a life based on the statistics of accident occurrences. Sent out to the hardware store by his concerned father, Richard gets caught in a storm and takes shelter in a library. Knocking himself out by slipping on a wet floor, he becomes an animated character and ventures on a journey through the library's fiction section to find the exit.
  • Adorkable: A very nervous but charming nerdy kid through and through.
  • Badass Bookworm: Becomes this over the course of the film.
  • Bookworm: But only of fact-based books, at first.
  • Calling Card: His library card.
  • Cowardly Lion: Easily frightened and cautious about everything, who overcomes his fears to become a better person.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: He believes everything is trying to hurt him in some shape or form. This becomes quite real in the animated world.
  • False Crucible: It turns out everything that Richard went through was just a test by the Pagemaster. Needless to say, Richard does not take it very well.
  • Genre Blindness: He apparently has read little-to-no literature in his life.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When his father falls from the treehouse after Richard drops a bucket of nails on his head, Richard tells his father he cannot argue with statistics. Now who was it who dropped the bucket in the first place?
  • Kid Hero: A contemporary take on the standard fantasy hero.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: To battle the dragon.
  • Logical Fallacies: Richard follows his life based on the statistics of how many accidents can occur in just about every scenario. As the main page points out, "8% of all household accidents involve ladders. Another 3% involve trees. We're looking at 11% probability here." First, Richard is ignoring some overlap between the 8% and the 3%. Secondly, he's assuming that an accident will happen, in which case the probability that it involves ladders is 8%, but that doesn't tell us anything about the chances that this specific ladder-climbing event will lead to an accident. What he needs is a statistic in the form of "X% of the time somebody climbs a ladder, they have an accident" rather than "X% of all accidents involve ladders."
  • Ludicrous Precision: See Logical Fallacies above. In this case, of course, his precision is far more ludicrous than is average for this trope.
  • Nerd Glasses: Round, brown spectacles.
  • Trapped in Another World: After he slips, falls and gets knocked out.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Enough to go up against a dragon to protect his new friends.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His flaw is that he's afraid of pretty much everything.

The Pagemaster

The titular character and guardian of literature and reading. He sends Richard on his journey to find the exit, hoping he will overcome his fears. Possibly related to, or is, Mr. Dewey.
  • Badass Bookworm: His clothes, his staff and even his beard all seem to be made out of pages.
  • Badass Beard: A long white one that resembles book pages.
  • Guile Hero: It's revealed that he deliberately sent Richard on his dangerous journey so he could conquer his phobias.
  • Magic Staff: Shaped in the form of a scroll.
  • Pet the Dog: Sends Richard back to his own world after Richard successfully overcomes his fears.
  • Physical God: He's implied to be something like this in his world, judging by how the three books react to him.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Stylised to resemble wrapped up paper.
  • Secret Test of Character: His method to help Richard overcome his fears.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Richard gives him a grand chewing-out after realizing his entire ordeal was just the Pagemaster's test.

Mr. Dewey

A friendly but mysterious librarian who gives Richard his library card. It appears he does not get many visitors to the library and is quite enthusiastic at getting people to check out the books.
  • Badass Beard: Has a very distinctive pointed beard.
  • Bookworm: This is clear based on his enthusiasm to give Richard a book.
  • Informed Ability: "I have a talent at guessing what people need."
  • Magical Library: In his eyes, the library is a magical place. It may or may not actually be magical, even though it seems Richard's adventures were All Just a Dream.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named after the Dewey Decimal System which is used to organize books in libraries.
  • Scary Librarian: Subverted, since he only wants people to check out books.
  • Secret Keeper: Seems to know what happened to Richard, but might actually be the Pagemaster. It's possible that he knows of the events that happen, thus why he allows Richard to take Horror, Adventure and Fantasy.
  • Spooky Silent Library: No one seems to come to the library anymore.

Adventure

Played by: Patrick Stewart

A talking book who is an adventurous, daring pirate. He meets Richard after he crashes a book cart into his shelf, Adventure spotting his library card and accompanies Richard to find the exit so he can be checked out.

Fantasy

Played by: Whoopi Goldberg

A sassy book from the fantasy section. Mis-shelved, Fantasy meets Richard by chance and agrees to guide him through the library in exchange for checking her out.

Horror

Played by: Frank Welker

The third of Richard's book companions. Horror is a misshaped book who Richard meets in the horror section, and they quickly bond due to their timid nature, but both learn to become braver over time.
  • All There in the Manual: Word of God states that Horror was created with a misshapen spine, and his parents were an encyclopedia and a paperback book. As a result, Horror feels he has been mis-shelved in life and wants to gain a happy ending.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: A talking book.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Horror discovers he can float after the group is separated by Moby Dick.
  • Cowardly Lion / Lovable Coward: Similar to Richard, he is easily frightened despite coming from the horror section of the library, but becomes braver over time.
  • Cute Monster: In the eyes of Fantasy.
  • Dynamic Entry: Swings into battle like Tarzan and knocks out several pirates upon landing.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: All he wants is to be checked out and be happy.
  • Falling into His Arms: A subverted version. Horror is knocked out of a bell tower and lands in Richard's arms.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Horror is the most gentle of characters compared to the hot-headed Adventure and Fantasy, and wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • The Grotesque: Horror is described as a "hunchbook" and is based on Quasimodo. He has a misshapen spine and torn features. Also has elements of Igor, referring to Richard as his "master".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Too friendly and kind for the horror section, Horror just wants to have friends and a better existence.
  • The Klutz: A bit clumsy and accident prone at times. He accidentally knocks Fantasy's wand out of her hand and it is eaten by the dragon, causing it to gain extra firepower and fry the flying carpet they are on.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The relationship between Horror and Adventure. Adventure is mostly mean and insulting towards Horror, and angrily chews out Horror when he comments that he could be like him (but mostly because his pride was damaged because Fantasy and Horror rescued Richard from the pirates). The two get along better after Adventure mistakes Horror for being dead.
  • Technically a Smile: Gives a lopsided smile upon meeting Richard.
    Fantasy: Look, he's smiling.
    (Horror gives a weird smile)
    Richard: That's a smile?

Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde

Played by: Leonard Nimoy

The first literary character met in the film. A gentlemanly Mad Scientist, Dr. Jekyll creates a potion to split apart his dark side, only to transform into the Ax-Crazy Mr. Hyde.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Wants to help mankind, but ends up becoming a full-on psychopath.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mr. Hyde immediately starts laughing like a lunatic and attacks Richrd and his friends with a cane.
  • Big Bad: While not in the film, Hyde becomes the Big Bad in the PC game.
  • Body Horror: Like in the book he was from, Jekyll completely changes when he becomes Hyde. We get a brief glimpse of this when he grabs Richard and his hand begins to get hairier.
  • Cane Fu: After transforming, Mr. Hyde uses Dr. Jekyll's cane to attack Richard and the others.
  • Disney Villain Death: Overlaps with He's Just Hiding. We never find out Hyde's ultimate fate after falling through the hole in his floor, but he appears at the film's end, revealed to be part of the Pagemaster's Secret Test of Character.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Horror drops a chandelier on Mr. Hyde. It misses but causes Hyde to fall through a hole in the floor and dangle from a chain. Fantasy breaks the chain like a blowtorch, and we hear Mr. Hyde fall to his apparent doom. He survives and transforms back into Dr. Jekyll at the end of the film.
  • Gargle Blaster: The Hyde potion, once spilt, eats through the wooden floor in a second.
  • Mad Scientist: As in the novel, Dr. Jekyll is an ambitious scientist hoping to help mankind and rid himself of his own darkness. However, he makes a formula which instead backfires and turns him into Mr. Hyde.
  • Messenger of Doom: Dr. Jekyll informs Richard that he is in grave danger for entering his house.
    Dr. Jekyll: My boy, I derive no pleasure in telling you, that you are in extreme danger.
    Richard: Danger!
    Dr. Jekyll: Even as we speak. In this very room waiting to strike are the forces of evil. Every man is possessed of both good and evil. But enough of that, anyone care for a drink?
  • Nightmare Face: Mr. Hyde's is one to remember.
  • Painful Transformation: The transformation is brief but pretty terrifying. Dr. Jekyll screams in agony as his body reacts to his potion, then he undergoes some body horror before becoming Mr. Hyde.
  • Slasher Smile: Again, Hyde.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: He just needs to drink the potion in order to become this.
  • They Call Me Mr Tibbs: For Jekyll's introduction.
    Fantasy: Excuse me, Mr., uh...
    Jekyll: Doctor. Dr. Jekyll.

Captain Ahab

Played by: George Hearn

The second literary character in the film. Ahab, like in the book he was from, is dead-set on killing Moby Dick.

Long John Silver

Played by: Jim Cummings

The third literary character met in the film. Like in the book, Long John has rallied a band of pirates to find Flint's trove on Treasure Island.
  • Affably Evil: Quite polite towards Richard, wishing to employ him as a cabin boy, and departs from the island when Richard threatens him with a sword.
  • Cool Sword: Has one as a pirate should.
  • The Dreaded: Adventure describes him as this.
  • Handicapped Badass: Needs to use a crutch in order to walk, but is very ruthless and determined.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like in the book, while he is a villain nonetheless, he is actually quite nice to Richard, reflecting how he treated Jim Hawkins in the original story. In the climax, he congratulates Richard on facing his fears.
  • Large Ham: "There she be, mateys! Treasure Island!"
  • The Mutiny: His crew try to pull this on him when they cannot find any treasure, only for Fantasy and Horror to arrive to rescue their friends.
  • Pirate Parrot: Accompanied by a scrawny parrot.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: But of course.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gives Richard his congratulations.
    Long John: You've pirate stuff in ya, lad.

The Dragon

The final obstacle between Richard and the exit. An enormous fire breathing dragon who attacks Richard and his friends after they wake him up.
  • Breath Weapon: Can breathe fire. Gets a little power boost after eating Fantasy's wand.
  • Giant Flyer: Flies on giant bat wings.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Your standard fire-breathing dragon...that also materialises in a melted rotunda artwork to chase Richard.
  • Ribcage Stomach: And contains a number of children's books and molten lava!
  • That's No Moon!: Mistaken for a cave until Adventure chops one of its fangs off, awakening the dragon.
  • When Trees Attack: Gets paralyzed when a beanstalk grows out of its mouth.