Played by: Macaulay Culkin
A young boy who has a severe phobia of everything and lives a life based on the statistics of accident occurences. 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, Richard becomes an animated character and ventures on a journey through the library's fiction section to find the exit.
- Bookworm: But only of fact-based books at first.
- Calling Card: His library card.
- Cowardly Lion
- Cute Bookworm
- 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: Turns out everything 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. And who was it that dropped the bucket in the first place?
- Kid 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, he's 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."
- Nerd Glasses
- Trapped in Another World
- Took a Level in Badass: Enough to go up against a dragon to protect his new friends.
- Why Did It Have To Be Everything?: His Fatal Flaw.
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.
Played by: Christopher Lloyd
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
The first literary character met in the film. According to the source material, Jekyll has created a potion (which here looks like a cocktail martini) to separate one's darkside from their body. Things didn't go as planned and his darkside took over as Mr. Hyde.
Played by: George Hearn
The second literary character in the film. Ahab, like in the book he was from, is deadset on killing Moby Dick.
Long John Silver
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