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    The Odd Sisters 

The Odd Sisters (Lucinda, Ruby, and Martha White)

A trio of sisters who are related to Snow White.


  • Creepy Twins: They're an odd trio of triplets, who only become odder the more you spend with them.
  • Clashing Cousins: They're distant cousins of Snow who attempt to kill her several times. Snow is initially friendly towards them but soon learns to fear them.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: They're gastly pale and have glossy black hair.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In their youth, they're described quite attractively. Their resemblance to their cousin Snow White is strong.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They speak this way.
  • Royal Blood: They're related to Snow White and her father.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: They're a trio of sisters. In A Tale of the Old Witch, it's specifically mentioned that identical triplets are considered lucky for witches.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They're pretty much one person divided into three. They're indistinguishable from each other.
  • Telepathy: They can both read each other's minds and the minds of others.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They casually discuss chopping up and eating Snow White in front of her. The Queen initially thinks they're just teasing Snow, however it soon becomes apparent that they seriously want to harm her.
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    Circe 

Circe

The fourth, non-triplet sister of the Odd Sisters. She was the Enchantress that cursed the Beast.


  • Has Two Mommies: Her mothers are her three "sisters", who created her via magic.
  • White Sheep: She's the token good one out of her family.

    Nanny 

Nanny

Maleficent's adopted mother.


    Tulip Morningstar 

Princess Tulip Moringstar

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Characters From Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

    Queen Grimhilde 

The Queen/Grimhilde

  • Abusive Parents: She ends up becoming one to Snow after her husband dies. It starts out with neglecting her due to grief, however eventually it turns into emotional abuse and overprotectiveness. She even slapped Snow once.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs she's just plain evil and it's assumed that she was always a bitter step-mother. The Perspective Flip in the book shows that she used to be a nice woman and a good step-mother, but she was corrupted over time. Even then, she comes off as overprotective of Snow instead of purely resentful and she only grows to truly hate her due to a potion's influence.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She refers to Snow White as "little bird".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has terrible self-esteem issues and doesn't believe herself to be attractive, even when others repeatedly tell her so. It's mentioned that she's had this complex since childhood due to her father's abuse. The Queen is also depicted as constantly doubting herself and other's opinions on her.
  • Beauty to Beast: She goes from a beautiful young queen to an evil old crone.
  • Breaking The Cycle Of Bad Parenting: She attempted to be a great mother to her step-daughter, unlike how her father treated her, however this only lasted a few years before her Sanity Slippage began. After the King died, Grimhilde became grief-stricken and slowly became abusive towards Snow.
  • Death Equals Redemption: She lets herself be killed under this belief. As the Slave in the Mirror, she's much more caring than she was prior to her death.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: It's implied that her behavior is in-part due to mental illness.
  • Disney Villain Death: As in the original film, she falls to her death. This time, however, she chooses to do so.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Odd Sisters give her a choice: run into the woods and be safe or go up the cliff and die. The queen chooses death.
  • Dying as Yourself: The Queen grows increasingly evil and more cruel as the book goes on. In her final moments she's given a choice on how to die and ultimately chooses to sacrifice herself. She ends up dying with a clear mind.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Over the course of the book she becomes a cold and cruel queen.
  • Good Stepmother: She intentionally strived to be a loving step-mother to Snow White, unlike fairy-tale mothers she knows of, precisely because she herself had an abusive parent growing up. Even after she spiraled into villainy, she had a warped overprotective mother instinct towards Snow more than anything. It only became pure hatred when she was given a Psycho Serum.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Her defining trait after she goes off the deep end. She tries to resist but she becomes jealous of the beauty of her friend Verona and later her daughter Snow. She's also shown to be jealous of how the love of her life died, yet Verona and Snow White are able to find love.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Queen hated her father and refused to become like him when she became a mother. She put the extra effort to be the opposite of him. Unfortunately, she ends up eventually becoming just like him.
  • I Am Not Pretty: A major component to her character is her inability to recognize her own beauty. She loathes being seen without her make-up on or her hair done. This is due to her father's abuse towards her.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: She grew up in an abusive household and didn't know love until she met the King.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Due to her father's abuse, she has a complex about her appearance.
  • My Beloved Smother: Her abusive treatment of Snow is due to her overprotectiveness. She believes that keeping her inside the castle as little more than a servant will build character and keep her away from the evil's of the world (especially love). Even when Snow White is an adult, as the Slave in the Mirror she is still overprotective and isn't fond of Snow being with people she doesn't know.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Inverted. Contemporary supplementary material for the film referred to her as "Grimhilde", however Disney has since stopped using that name. Like in all modern depictions, she's just "the Queen". Unusually, in Maleficent's book she is repeatedly called "Grimhilde".
  • No Name Given: In her book she's referred to by everything but her actual name. It gets a bit odd when she's referred to as "the Queen" even before she became queen.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempted. She thought about killing Snow, but refused to actually do it. A potion made of the Odd Sister's spit gave her the ability to overcome her caution.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: After her husband dies, she starts getting greys.
  • Psycho Serum: Near the end, she is given a potion which drives her to kill Snow White. Prior to that, though jealous, she wasn't cruel enough to outright murder her daughter.
  • Rags to Royalty: She started out as the simple daughter of a mirror maker before she was courted by the king and made into his wife.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Verona. She views her as a sister.
  • Soul Jar: The epilogue reveals that she's the new person in the mirror.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks near-identical to her mother, however she doesn't see the resemblance until she's an adult due to her father's emotional abuse.
  • The Stoic: She was always a bit aloof but became cold and stoic after her husband died.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries and cream, due to fond childhood memories involving it.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Downplayed. She's the most beautiful woman in "all the land", meaning her kingdom alone. Eventually, she stops being the most beautiful as her grief takes a toll on her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is described as having beautiful woman with pale skin and dark black hair.

    Snow White 

Snow White

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • A justified example in that the book shows Snow's reaction towards her father's death.
    • Future books mention that Snow is plagued with nightmares due to her childhood experiences.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Implied. By age fourteen, both the king and queen were dead. Snow was the only royal left in the kingdom. Snow is shown as a queen into adulthood, showing that sometime or another she became queen.
  • Cheerful Child: She was an adorably cheerful child, even after her father's death.
  • Creepy Child: The Queen has nightmares of Snow White where she's a dead child with no eyes who is coated in blood.
  • Death Is a Sad Thing: She doesn't initially understand what the Queen means when she says that her father can't ever come home again.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Deconstructed. The Queen, at least, believes that Snow has gone mad in her grief to the point where she talks to woodland creatures for comfort.
  • Full-Name Basis: "White" is her surname, yet she's rarely just called "Snow".
  • The Ingenue: She's pure and innocent.
  • Parental Title Characterization:
    • As a toddler she referred to her step-mother and father as "Momma" and "Daddy" respectively, showing that she loved them both dearly. As a teenager she switches to calling the Queen "Mother" to signify their distancing relationship. As an adult she uses "Momma" in private when talking to the mirror, showing she's come to terms with her past.
    • Her biological mother is always referred to as "Mother", showing that Snow doesn't know her.
  • Official Couple: With the Prince.
  • Picky Eater: As a child she was a finicky eater, especially when it came to meat due to feeling bad for the animals.
  • The Pollyanna: This is a thorn in the side of her step-mother. She's unable to figure out how Snow can be so happy even after losing her father, and she considers her loving the prince to be betrayal towards her father's memory.
  • The Quiet One: She's soft-spoken and quiet in part because of the Queen's overprotective nature. Her mother doesn't like her being around people she doesn't know or trust.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has dark black hair, red rosy lips, and pale skin.
  • Rescue Romance: She meets the Prince when he rescues her from a well.
  • Riches to Rags: The Queen forces her to act as a Scullery Maid in order to keep her away from the Prince.
  • True Blue Femininity: She mentions that her favorite colour is blue. Snow White is a very feminine and regal girl.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: She surpasses her step-mother as the most beautiful in all the land.

    The King 

The King

  • Doomed by Canon: He never appears in the original film. He's killed in battle halfway through the book.
  • The Good King: He's a good and just king. He's also a Good Parent to Snow White.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Queen Grimhilde. His death leads to her spiraling into a depression and leaves her open to emotional manipulation.
  • Messy Hair: After coming back from the war, his wife notes that his appearance has changed, including his hair now being unkempt.
  • No Name Given: He is just "the King".
  • Official Couple: He marries Grimhilde early on in the story.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He decided to join the war effort instead of staying put in his castle.

    Queen Rose 

Queen Rose

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    The Maker of Mirrors 

The Maker of Mirrors

  • Abusive Parents: He physically and verbally abused his daughter, blaming her for his problems and making her believe she was ugly.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with the Odd Sisters. His wife was barren and he bartered his soul in exchange for a child. It's unknown if that led to his wife's death or not, but he blamed his daughter for his wife's death.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: He cursed his daughter with his dying breath.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: He blames the Queen for her mother's death. It's also implied that he regrets having done his Deal with the Devil in order to conceive the Queen.
  • Posthumous Character: He died prior to the start of the book.
  • Unnamed Parent: He's the Queen's father, but is unnamed.

    Queen Grimhilde's Mother 

The Queen's Mother

    Verona 

Verona

  • Doomed by Canon: She's the Queen's best friend but never appears in the film. The Queen banished her to another kingdom after she became jealous of her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Verona is the Queen's sweet and friendly lady-in-waiting. She has hair the colour of "milk-and-honey".
  • Rags to Riches: After being sent away to a far-off kingdom, she ends up marrying a lord.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She's the Queen's closest commodore and they talk to each other almost as if they're equals. Their friendship comes to an abrupt end when the Queen starts growing jealous of Verona.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: She surpasses the Queen as the most beautiful woman in the kingdom after the King's death takes a toll on the Queen. The Queen ends up shipping Verona to another kingdom in order to get around this issue.

    The Man in the Mirror 

The Man in the Mirror

  • Adaptation Name Change: He's more-often referred to as "the Slave" than "the Man in the Mirror".
  • Adaptational Villainy: Due to being the soul of the Queen's abusive father.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He claims that he is unable to lie, but it's hard to tell if he is telling the Queen the truth or whether or not he's manipulating her. It's less ambiguous in Mistress of Evil when Maleficent sees the Slave yelling and berating at the queen, though the flashback may not be accurate since it wasn't real.
  • Magic Mirror: He's a man in a mirror who can see all in the land and tell others secrets. He, however, cannot see into the afterlife.
  • Related in the Adaptation: With the Queen. He is her father.
  • Soul Jar: He was once a man but made a deal with the Odd Sisters in exchange for his soul.

    The Prince 

The Prince

    The Huntsman 

The Huntsman

  • Death by Adaptation: Possibly. The Queen stabs him when she realizes that he gave her a pig's heart, however it's never clarified if he survived or not.
  • No Name Given: He is only referred to as "(the) Huntsman".
  • Sadistic Choice: He's given a choice: he either kills his friend Snow White or he (or worse, his family) gets killed.

    Tilley 

Tilley

  • Shrinking Violet: She's extremely nervous and shy. The Queen considers her weak due to her shyness.

    Marcus 

Marcus

    Vivian 

Vivian

Characters From The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince

    The Beast 

Characters From Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

    Ursula 

Characters From Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy

    Maleficent 

Maleficent

  • All of the Other Reindeer: From birth, all of the other fairies feared her because of her abnormally angular appearance, horns, and green skin.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: Maleficent's skin changes colors depending on her mood. It's a light purple when she's either happy or nervous, but turns green when she's bitter.
  • Death by Adaptation: Her death is clearly stated here, unlike in Sleeping Beauty where it's still implied but is more vague.
  • Fictional Disability: She's a fairy who was born with no wings. This, along with her unusual appearance, causes other fairies to wonder if she's even a fairy.
  • Happily Adopted: She was taken in by Nanny at age four and grew up content with her adopted mother.
  • Homeschooled Kids: She ended up homeschooled in order to avoid bullying and because the school was below her skill level.
  • Meaningful Name: The fairies named her after Mars because he's a chaotic god of destruction and Saturn because of its "unfavorable influence". Early on it was an Ironic Name, but Maleficent grew into her name.
  • Painful Transformation: Transforming into her dragon form is very painful for Maleficent.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her biological parents abandoned her at birth.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Subverted. She referred to "Nanny" as such, and only calls her "Mother" once, but that didn't mean they had a bad relationship. Nanny is just, well, "Nanny" to everyone.
  • Raised by Wolves: She was born in the hollow of a tree full of crows and didn't have any contact with other fairies until she was four. She couldn't even talk.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She is the adopted niece of Cinderella's fairy godmother and is Aurora's mother.
  • She's All Grown Up: Nanny mentions she grew into herself as a teenager.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her mother bakes often (especially when she's nervous), so Maleficent is accustomed to sweets. Her favorite food is maple butter.
  • That Man Is Dead: After being reunited, she tells Nanny that the old Maleficent is gone due to her.
  • Truly Single Parent: Aurora was born of a spell that took all the good from Maleficent.

    Fairy Godmother 

Fairy Godmother

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Fairy Godmother was judgemental towards Maleficent in her youth and believed she was destined for evil.
  • Fairy Godmother: In particular, she's Cinderella's godmother.

    Fauna, Flora, and Merryweather 

Fauna, Flora, and Merryweather

  • Adaptational Jerkass: They heckle and bully Maleficent to the point where they try to sabotage her exam. However they're not outright villains.
  • The Bully: They mock and put down Maleficent for her looks.
  • Girl Posse: Merryweather bosses Fauna and Flora around. She's the leader of their group.

    Aurora 

Aurora

Characters From Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch

    Gothel 

Gothel


  • Abusive Parents: Downplayed. Gothel is an awful, emotionally abusive mother to Rapunzel, but this is because she didn't raise her as a mother. For the first eight years, Mrs. Tiddlebottom had raised Rapunzel, while Gothel only interacted with the child in the bare minimum. For the next decade, Rapunzel was in a magical coma where she simply dreamed Gothel was mothering her. In reality, Gothel doesn't even know how to be a mother.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Gothel isn't obsessed with beauty like she is in Tangled. Her reasons for wanting to stay young and youthful forever stem from wanting to be together with her two sisters Hazel and Primrose, not from simple vanity. There's also a tinge of death anxiety to Gothel's character; she doesn't want to "suffer the indignity of death" and turn to dust like her mother did.
  • Angst Coma: After her sisters die, Gothel is put into a magical coma to save her the grief. She could only awaken once her heart recovered. However, several centuries past and she didn't awake. She likely would have never if not forcibly awoken.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Her two sisters die at the same time. For the rest of her life, Gothel tries in vain to revive them.
  • Black Sheep: Manea describes her as her "black-hearted daughter". Gothel has a coldness that her sisters don't, because she's the only one born of Manea.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Gothel is the black-haired one out of her sisters.
  • Bookworm: As a child, she always had her head in books. Her large amount of knowledge serves vital to her as an adult.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She didn't become evil until she woke up from her coma, thanks to the Odd Sisters, but even then, she still deeply loves Hazel and Primrose.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite being several centuries old, she's not particularly mature. She hasn't had much life experience as she's either been in a coma or she's dedicated her time trying to revive her family.
  • Large Ham: She's very theatric and hammy. This is lampshaded several times.
  • Lima Syndrome: Defied. Gothel put Rapunzel in a coma precisely so that she didn't have to deal with the girl.
  • Odd Name Out: As Gothel notes herself, she's the only one out of her sisters who doew have a floral name. This made her feel like The Unfavorite growing up. It's actually due to Gothel being the only one who is Manea's biological daughter.
  • Messy Hair: As a child, her hair was wild and unruly. Twigs and leaves would often get stuck in it due to her adventurous, curious nature leading her into odd places.
  • My Beloved Smother: Rapunzel believes that Gothel is this, but in reality Gothel doesn't care about Rapunzel and has barely been there in her life.
  • Parental Neglect: She interacts with Rapunzel the most after Rapunzel is awoken from her comatose state at eighteen. Prior to that, they only interacted so that Gothel could use her powers.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: She and her sisters are an all-female set of triplets. Or actually, they're not. None of them are biologically related.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She killed her mother to protect her sisters.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: To go with her malicious character shift, Gothel begins dressing up like the Odd Sisters. She even curls her naturally straight hair like them. It's enough to creep even them out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Gothel resembles her mother Manea closely. This is due to her essentially being a clone of her mother.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Gothel calls Rapunzel "my little flower" but it's not affectionate. She means it literally. She sees Rapunzel as just the flower.
  • Tragic Dream: Gothel wanted nothing more than to bring her sisters back to life and live forever with them. This is heavily implied to be impossible. Even if it did work, Primrose and Hazel didn't want to be brought back to life in the first place.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unlike Primrose and Hazel, Gothel isn't that unnerved by having to use Undead Children.

    Manea 

Manea

  • Abusive Parents: She's emotionally abusive towards all three of her daughters, but especially so to Primrose and Hazel for being "weak hearted". This is due to them being adopted.
  • Doomed by Canon: Gothel never mentions her mother. This is because she's killed a few chapters in.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has long, black hair and pale skin, but she's described as looking like a skull come to life.
  • Lean and Mean: She's described as having a thin, skull-like face, which only adds to her intimidating looks.
  • My Beloved Smother: She's rarely present in her kids lives, but her presence is smothering and ominous to them nevertheless.
  • Parental Neglect: Manea doesn't spend much time with her triplets, leaving them to play on their own.
  • Telepathy: She could hear her daughters thoughts.
  • Truly Single Parent: Manea created her children, or more specifically Gothel, using magic.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She doesn't have any issue killing kids and turning them into zombies. She also doesn't have any issue with trying to hurt her own kids.

    Hazel 

Hazel

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Hazel is the blonde-haired (actually, silver-haired) one out of her sisters.
  • Implausible Hair Color: She was born with silver hair.
  • Oblivious Adoption: She was adopted but never knew. Manea stole her from a village and raised her as her own to act as entertainment for Gothel.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: She and her sisters are an all-female set of triplets. Or actually, they're not. None of them are biologically related.
  • The Quiet One: Hazel is even quieter than Gothel. When she speaks, it's important. Hazel prefers to listen then talk.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: There's a shift in the story after Manea kills a village and makes everyone into zombies. Hazel can't stand her mother's cruelty.

    Primrose 

Primrose

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Primrose is the redheaded one out of her sisters.
  • Fiery Redhead: Primrose is very emotionally driven and lighthearted, which leads to clashes with her more quiet sisters.
  • The Heart: She's very emotional and sensitive. Hazel is outright describes as Gothel's heart.
  • Oblivious Adoption: She was adopted but never knew. Manea stole her from a village and raised her as her own to act as Gothel's heart.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: She and her sisters are an all-female set of triplets. Or actually, they're not. None of them are biologically related.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's noted for her striking green eyes and red hair. It stands out especially so from the rest of her family.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: There's a shift in the story after Manea kills a village and makes everyone into zombies. Like Hazel, Primrose is horrified by the zombified children.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has a light amount of freckles on her face, fitting her plucky and adventurous attitude.

    Rapunzel 

Rapunzel

  • Floral Theme Naming: Rapunzel is named after the rapunzel flower that her mother ate prior to her birth. However, she's named this because Gothel sees Rapunzel as simply the flower. She doesn't care about Rapunzel as a person.
  • Love at First Sight: Deconstructed, at least in the Odd Sisters' minds. Rapunzel's poor upbringing led to her latching onto the first man she sees.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Rapunzel has no clue that Mother Gothel stole her. She only learns about this after turning eighteen and venturing on her own.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: While in her coma, Rapunzel had a spell put on her that allowed everything she dreamed to appear as paintings in her room. This explains why the tower is painted, despite Rapunzel being asleep for ten years.

    Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider 

Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider

  • Demoted to Extra: Due to the novel's focus on Gothel, Eugene only appears in a few scant scenes late in the book.
  • Disney Death: Rapunzel, with the help of Circe, bring Eugene back to life shortly after he is killed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies so that Rapunzel won't be imprisoned by Gothel. However, he is quickly brought back to life.

    Sir Jacob 

Sir Jacob

One of Manea's skeleton soldiers.


    Mrs. Tiddlebottom 

Mrs. Tiddlebottom

  • Doomed by Canon: Subverted. Mrs. Tiddlebottom survivee the book unscathed, aside from losing eight years of memory.

    Mrs. Pickle 

Mrs. Pickle

  • Doomed by Canon: She was Rapunzel's milk nurse and later her governess until she was eight. Mrs. Pickle is then killed by the Odd Sisters.
  • Food Theme Naming: Pickles.

Characters from The Odd Sisters

    Nestis 

Nestis

Manea's mother.

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