Characters: The Pagemaster
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 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.
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.
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. A gentlemanly Mad Scientist
, Dr. Jekyll creates a potion to split apart his dark side
, only to transform into the Ax-Crazy
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.