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    Coraline Jones 
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I'm Coraline Jones. I've got so much to tell you.
Voiced By: Dakota Fanning

A brave, clever, curious 11-year-old girl with dark blue hair.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Everyone in the real world initially calls her by the more-common "Caroline". The fact that the Other World residents get it right is part of the World's insidious appeal.
  • Action Girl: She has a little bit of this as things take a turn, as she survives a few dangerous scenarios with quick reactions and her wits.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: It's very minor, but the moments where Coraline uses her wits to figure out where her parents are hidden, and to set a trap for the hand are both changed in the film. In the former case, the Cat figures it out and tells her, and in the latter, it's a more dramatic confrontation where she and non-book character Wybie take out the hand in a fight, and Coraline isn't aware of the hand following her to begin with.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the book, Coraline was stoic, polite, and well-mannered, if exasperated by her parents' absences. In the movie, Coraline is a lot more snarky, abrasive, and rude to her parents, neighbors, and Wybie. This is implied to be because her parents aren't paying attention to her.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually dyed in-universe, as we see her with brown hair in an old photograph. In the novel, she didn't dye her hair at all, and just like the movie, it was brown.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "My twitchy-witchy girl" by her father. He even made a song about it. Coraline singing it to herself on her way to the well with the key shows that she does appreciate it.
    "Oh, my twitchy-witchy girl, I think you are so nice. I give you bowls of porridge and I give you bowls of ice cream.
    I give you lots of kisses and I give you lots of hugs, but I never give you sandwiches with bugs in."
  • Badass Adorable: Taking on the Other Mother, being only 11, and so cute? Definitely this.
  • Badass Normal: She is a little girl with no magical powers or special training. And she's facing off against someone like the Other Mother, and wins.
  • Big Eater: Coraline eats a lot of food in the Other World made by her Other Mother. Justified as the food there is delicious, and her father's cooking looks (and probably tastes) like slime, so she went to bed on an empty stomach.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Ms. Forcible's Blonde and Ms. Spink's Redhead, whenever she hangs out with them.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her trademark blue hair (which she dyed) and she's The Heroine.
  • Brainy Brunette: Coraline falls into this a bit more in the book. In the film, her hair is dyed blue and she loses a couple of her cleverer moments.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She can be snarky and rude to her parents, Wybie, and her adult neighbors, since her parents aren't paying attention to her ever since they moved to the apartments, though she isn't malicious, just frustrated. By the end, it seems that Coraline has matured. Dealing with someone like The Other Mother can do that.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to tell Wybie about the Other Mother, but he doesn't believe her, which is understandable, because it's not the most plausible story. But he does believe her after seeing a picture of his grandmother's long-lost sister, which corroborates Coraline's description of her.
  • Character Development: Gains a better appreciation towards her parents, neighbors, and Wybie, ultimately learning that "a perfect world" doesn't exist and that being with the real people who care for her is the only thing that matters.
  • Character Tics: She tends to cock her hip and slouch when annoyed.
  • Color Motifs: Blue. She dyes her hair blue and the outfit the Other Mother makes for her is a blue starry sweater.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As seen in her final confrontation with the Other Mother (when she throws the Cat at her), she doesn't hesitate to use whatever weapons are available to fight an enemy — including her allies.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Coraline has brown eyes and her hair (without the dye) is naturally brown.
  • Daddy's Girl: She gets along better with her dad.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In frustration, she lets out comments about the irony of her parents' work and makes snide remarks about Wybie's creepy behavior.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: "Ice" is probably not the right word, but she is rather dismissive and hostile towards Wybie in the beginning, not helped by his alarmed refusal to believe her apparent ravings about the Other World. They do become closer after Wybie learns the truth and comes to her rescue when the hand attacks.
  • Delinquent Hair: Coraline has blue hair in a setting where everyone else has normally-colored hair, perhaps in an attempt to get her parents' attention.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe. She dyed her hair blue.
  • Easily Forgiven: Twice by the Cat. And the second time, he would have far less reason to be so lenient, considering she threw him at the Other Mother as a last-resort-distraction, though given the Other Mother was about to forcefully sew buttons over her eyes you can understand why she panicked.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Wybie.
  • Guile Heroine: Uses her smarts to find the ghost children's souls and find her parents in the climax.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a dragonfly hairpin in her hair.
  • The Heroine: The story revolves around Coraline discovering and visiting a seemingly perfect world.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong about feeling neglected by her workaholic parents.
    • When Wybie calls her crazy and runs away, she angrily retorts he's the one who gave her the doll (thus ensuring the Other Mother could spy on her) in the first place. Unfortunately, her rapid-fire approach comes across as mad ravings and he runs away frightened when she gets angry at him for not listening.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts rude to her parents, her older neighbors and Wybie. Then, she comes to her parents' rescue and thanks Wybie for saving her from the Other Mother's hand.
  • Kid Hero: Only 11 years old, and she is the protagonist.
  • Little Miss Snarker: See the Deadpan Snarker section.
  • Malicious Misnaming: When she meets Wybie she deliberately calls him his full name, Wyborne, and then calls him "Why-Were-You-Born."
  • Mama Bear: Inverted. Coraline, the daughter, goes to save her parents from the The Beldam.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Wybie's Feminine Boy.
  • Morality Pet: To the Other Father. He pulls a Heroic Sacrifice in order to give Coraline one of the eyes of the Ghost children.
  • My Nayme Is: Coraline instead of Caroline. All the adults in her building think her name is "Caroline", which frustrates her to no end.
  • Nice Hat: Coraline's Japanese Academy Cap.
  • Noodle People: She's quite slim.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being initially grumpy, she played along when Wybie asked her to take pictures of him playing around with a slug and actually laughed at some of his antics.
  • Only Child Syndrome: An only child in a fictional world.
  • Plucky Girl: She does not hesitate or give up when it turns out her parents are in danger and she has to save them.
  • Protagonist Title: The title of the book and film is her first name.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to the Other Mother's red.
  • Ship Tease: With Wybie. Especially since the little punch she gives him in the end is similar to her mother's punch to her father.
  • The South Paw: Coraline is left-handed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like her mother, though she has her father's hair and eye color.
  • Tomboy: Boyish Short Hair, Little Miss Snarker, and Badass Adorable.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes more grateful for her parents and neighbors after the whole ordeal. She even seems to become friends with Wybie in the end.
  • Trapped in Another World: Eventually and temporarily. The problem is that once she escapes, she needs to return to save her parents, who have been taken there, too.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: When Other Wybie rescues her from the mirror, Coraline instinctively Judo throws him over her shoulder. Granted, he was wearing a mask, so she didn't recognize him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted. A picture of her with her parents on holiday shows that she dyes it blue from its natural brown.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a couple of freckles on both of her cheeks.
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    The Cat 
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I'm not the other anything. I'm me.
Voiced By: Keith David

A sarcastic, mysterious, nameless black cat from Coraline's world who appears and disappears at will and has the ability to speak in the Other World.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the book, the cat is extremely egotistical and aloof, only helping Coraline if he happened to be in the area anyway and if helping her didn't hinder him any. In the film, he's her Mysterious Protector and Servile Snarker, often going out of his way to watch over her, warn her against and save her from the Other Mother even when she's very rude to him. He even sends for Wybie at the end so Coraline can be saved from the Other Mother's hand.
  • Badass Baritone: Comes with the territory for anyone voiced by Keith David.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to warn Coraline about the danger of the Other World. She doesn't listen.
  • Cats Are Magic: One reason he keeps getting into the Other Realm, despite the Beldam's attempts to keep him out.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Clearly enjoys sarcasm.
  • Cats Are Superior: He certainly thinks so.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: What he says to Coraline turns out to be completely true.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His ability to effortlessly track and kill rats sent by the Other Mother to spy on and make life hard for Coraline comes in handy after one of them nearly makes off with the last ghost eye, almost costing her the game.
    • The first time he talks to Coraline, he brags about cats having far superior senses to humans, able to see and smell things they can't. This turns out not to be empty bragging near the end when he's able to pinpoint the sound of fingers rubbing against glass, helping her find her parents just in time to rescue them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a black cat, but he comes to the aid of Coraline when she's in trouble. The Cat is also good friends with Wybie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See his Cats Are Snarkers section.
  • Disapproving Look: Will stare like this at those who disappoint him.
  • Furry Reminder: Though he's voiced by Keith David, after mentioning that he heard something "right... over..." he meows like a regular cat and rushes off to find prey.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: The Cat is never given an origin story, a name, or even a passing reason for his ability to speak in the Other World and his mysterious ability to travel between both worlds by walking out of sight.
  • Mentor Mascot: A cat and acts as a mentor to the young Coraline.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: There are clearly moments heavily implied in the film where he's demonstrating how enigmatic, and even supernatural he is.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Not only can he see and hear much better as a regular cat, but apparently he can easily find little portals between worlds.
  • Mysterious Protector: To Coraline, especially in the film.
  • No Need for Names: He believes that cats don't need any.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To both Coraline and Wybie.
  • Not So Above It All: Acts aloof and feral, but loves getting affection from humans.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Coraline launches him at the Other Mother's face at the end, he lets out one last angry yowl before ditching them both.
  • Servile Snarker: In the film. No matter how rude Coraline (initially) is to him, or how much danger helping her puts him in, he'll still loyally follow her and help her when she's in danger, even though he sasses her the whole way.
  • So Proud of You: Gives an adoring look at Coraline and Wybie, who have triumphed over the Other Mother, put their differences aside and become friends.
  • Talking Animal: Only in the Other World.
  • Undying Loyalty: Toward Coraline.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Has big, dazzling, blue eyes.

    Mel Jones 
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Voiced By: Teri Hatcher

Coraline's busy mother.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Mel was considerably less sympathetic in the novels.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adults Are Useless: Justified and later subverted. Having an imaginative child like Coraline can make a parent not really believe the stories he/she tells. She later becomes concerned about her daughter's stories, so locks the little door and keeps the key out of reach just in case there's anything to them.
  • Beauty Mark: On the lower right side of her cheek.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like mother, like daughter it seems.
  • Hartman Hips: Has rather curvy hips.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although very busy with her work as a gardening catalogue editor, Mel loves Coraline very much despite the lack of time and attention she gives her daughter. As a mother, however, she cares deeply for her daughter, and even tries to make it up to her by telling Coraline that she could pick something she liked in the grocery, but she is denied and clearly saddened by the failure to reach out. She even buys Coraline the gloves she liked as a gift, after denying them earlier.
  • Noodle Incident: The exact circumstances of how she got the neck brace. Her dialogue with Coraline implies it was the result of a car accident.
    Mel: But then we had the accident. (points to neck brace)
    Coraline: It wasn't my fault you hit that truck!
    Mel: I never said it was.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Her (initial) relationship with Coraline when they first move.
  • Parental Neglect: Not on purpose, but she does need to work.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Justified given that Coraline is a child and from Mel's POV is just imagining things.
  • Parents as People: Mel only works a lot because she wants to support her family.
  • Parents in Distress: She and Charlie are kidnapped by the Other Mother and their daughter has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She only gives one or two genuine smiles in the film.
  • Pet the Dog: Buys Coraline the gloves she wanted after she refuses to earlier.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has black hair and pale skin.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She somewhat resembles her daughter.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Zigzagged. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where she gets everything she wants and her parents exist only to please her. It's later revealed to be a honey trap, as the Other Mother is actually a creature that feeds on children's souls. It is implied that her parents at the start of the movie are close to an important deadline and are not workaholics. They also just moved into a new house, which partly explains Coraline's resentment — she was also upset that her parents had her leave behind her old friends and home.
  • Workaholic: Part of the reason she doesn't pay much attention to Coraline.

    Charlie Jones 
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Voiced By: John Hodgman

Coraline's equally busy father.


  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the novel. American in the animated film.
  • Adults Are Useless: He is a parent in a Kid Hero story.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the film. In Gaiman's own words, he's one of those dads who thinks that by embarrassing his kid in public, he's somehow being cool.
  • Big "NO!": All he can do when his computer unexpectedly shuts down due to the Pink Palace's faulty wiring.
  • Born Unlucky: His voice actor describes him as someone who "would walk around a banana peel only to fall into a manhole."
  • Bumbling Dad: While friendlier than Coraline's mother, he's not quite as competent.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Has both brown eyes and brown hair.
  • Lethal Chef: His food looks like slime, according to Coraline, and in the book, "recipe" refers exclusively to his cooking and is like a curse word to her.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Like Coraline's mother, he's busy typing articles for the gardening catalog.
  • Papa Wolf: In the book, Coraline tells the Cat a story of how she and her father stumbled into some bees, her father told Coraline to run, while he stayed behind to be the one getting the majority of the bee stings.
  • Parental Neglect: Not that he wants to neglect Coraline, but he's too busy to spend time with her.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Part of what makes Coraline want to leave the real world behind.
  • Parents as People: Charlie is just trying to do his job so his family can be supported.
  • Parents in Distress: He and Mel are kidnapped by the Other Mother and their daughter has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears brown-rimmed glasses and writes for garden catalogs.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Zigzagged. Upset with lack of attention from her workaholic parents, Coraline is ensnared into the seductive world of the Other Mother where she gets everything she wants and her parents exist only to please her. It's later revealed to be a honey trap, as the Other Mother is actually a creature that feeds on children's souls. It is implied that her parents at the start of the movie are close to an important deadline and are not workaholics. They also just moved into a new house, which partly explains Coraline's resentment — she was also upset that her parents had her leave behind her old friends and home.
  • Workaholic: Part of the reason he doesn't pay much attention to Coraline.

    Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat 
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Hm. It's not real scientific, but I heard an ordinary name like Caroline can lead people to have ordinary expectations about a person.
Voiced By: Robert Bailey Jr.

The geeky, nervous 11-year-old grandson of Coraline's landlady.


  • Adorkable: Wybie stutters a lot, is friends with a cat, and is a general Nice Guy.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Wybie is a very pale African-American with brown curly hair. It's possible he's actually mixed-race; his grandmother is more obviously black. In a deleted scene Coraline asks Wybie if his grandmother was black, Wybie said she was.
  • Badass Adorable: In the climax, he saves Coraline from being killed by the Other Mother's hand.
  • Badass Biker: Going with the above trope, Wybie has a motorcycle, though he doesn't quite fit the demeanor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: See Badass Adorable and how he shows up to rescue Coraline right when the Other Mother's hand is nearly choking her.
  • Black and Nerdy: See the Brainy Brunette section and note on how Adorkable he can be.
  • Black Best Friend: To Coraline after the climax.
  • Brainy Brunette: Implied. If you look closely at Wybie's bike you can see that it seems to be engineered uniquely by him. Plus, he has proven in the movie to be quite intelligent for his age.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the novel. Wybie was created in the film adaptation so that Coraline wouldn't have to talk to herself.
  • Character Tics: Tilting his head to one side.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He has a strange liking to odd things, such as the cat bringing him "little dead things" and making fun of a slug whilst taking a picture.
  • Cool Mask: It's a skull mask with three magnification lenses like those on a microscope.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears a black coat and a sinister-looking mask, but he's a sweet guy.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Short for Wyborne. Not my idea, of course..."
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Coraline.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Implied. Wybie gets along well with the Cat.
  • Friendless Background: He doesn't seem to have any other friends until Coraline.
  • Goth: Implied. Wybie does wear a lot of black and has skull-like gloves and mask.
  • Green Eyes: Which show he might be of mixed ancestry. They may also possibly foreshadow Wybie coming to the rescue in the climax.
  • In-Series Nickname: Justified since his full name, "Wyborne" is pronounced so it sounds like "why born".
  • Kid Hero: Wybie is 12 and he officially cements this trope after coming to Coraline's rescue in the climatic scene.
  • Loners Are Freaks: This is what Coraline thinks he is.
  • Lovable Nerd: Coraline starts to warm up to him during the slug scene.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Coraline's Masculine Girl.
  • Messy Hair: There are some twigs mixed in with his hair.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Implied given his green eyes and pale skin. See the Ambiguously Brown section.
  • Motor Mouth: Which Coraline finds annoying.
  • Nice Guy: He never gets mad or insults Coraline for deliberately misnaming him, tells her about the poison oak she's holding, gives her the "mini" doll of herself, and valiantly comes to her rescue.
  • Only Friend: The only one around Coraline's age who she befriends, if slowly.
  • Punny Name: Mixed in with Unfortunate Name.
  • Quirky Curls: Is an upbeat preteen with brown curls.
  • Red Is Heroic: Wybie owns a red bike, and he is a genuinely Nice Guy who saves Coraline from the Other Mother's hand.
  • Ship Tease: With Coraline. Especially since the little punch she gives him in the end is similar to Coraline's mother's punch to her father.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Heavily implied. He is rather bold with his words, and only reacts to what he says after he says them, as shown when he rudely judges Coraline's name based on some study he read, and when he calls her crazy when she tells him about his grandmother's missing twin sister, something she shouldn't know about and which may be worth listening to.
  • Spanner in the Works: If Wybie hadn't had showed up like he did, the Other Mother probably would've won.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: To Coraline. He claims it was the cat's idea. But it could be Stalker with a Crush, depending on your interpretation. After he saves Coraline she tells him "I'm glad you decided to stalk me."
  • Unfortunate Name:
    • His full name is Wybourne Lovat, his first name is pronounced so it sounds like "why born". Coraline picked up on that fact.
    • Even his nickname is cruel, since "Wybie" sounds like "why be?", as in "why exist?". Poor kid can't catch a break.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By giving Coraline the doll, he essentially made it possible for the Other Mother to spy on her and lure her into the other world. He makes up for it later by rescuing her.
  • The Watson: Wybie was added to the film so that Coraline could express her thoughts, as they were not as obvious in the film as in the book.

    Miss April Spink 
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Never wear green in your dressing room.
Voiced By: Jennifer Saunders

A retired burlesque actress who lives with Miss Forcible.


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    Miss Miriam Forcible 
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Well, not to worry, child: It's good news. There's a tall, handsome beast in your future.
Voiced By: Dawn French

A retired burlesque actress who lives with Miss Spink.


    Mr. Bobo/Sergei Alexander Bobinsky 
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I am the Amazing Bobinsky! But you—call me Mr. B. Because, amazing, I already know that I am.
Voiced By: Ian McShane

A retired circus performer living in the flat above Coraline's; he is commonly referred to as the Crazy Old Man Upstairs.


  • Acrofatic: An experienced acrobat and chubby too.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the books, his name is Mr. Bobo, a fact which is only revealed in the last pages of the book.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Probably from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
    • According to Selick, it's because he eats lots of beets, which apparently turn your skin blue if you eat enough of them the same way eating tons of carrots eventually turns your skin orange.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's never confirmed if his mouse circus is real and he can communicate with them, real but they're regular mice and he only thinks they talk, or they aren't real and he just made them up and/or imagines them. In the film, the promise of a real mouse circus is delivered in the Other World, but in the book, they're not an organized production, fitting the "creepy guy with rodents" vibe implied in the real world.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the book, Mr. Bobo simply happens to be Slavic (Russia isn't even mentioned, actually); it's not even implied that he has an accent until Misses Spink and Forcible happen to talk about him near the end of the book. However, the movie makes Bobinsky extremely weird and extremely Russian.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Just see below and you'll know why.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: A mouse variant. Is supposedly the owner of who knows how many mice in his part of the apartment.
  • Funny Foreigner: He is the most eccentric character in the film. And he is Russian.
  • Gentle Giant: He is big and tall, but has a good heart, and is a good guy.
  • Hidden Depths: The medal that he is always seen wearing. That is the medal that was awarded to the first responders of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster...
  • Husky Russkie: Is a rather fat man with a very thick Russian accent.
  • Poirot Speak: He throws in a few Russian words now and then, much to the confusion of Coraline.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It is hinted he actually can communicate with his mice, if they exist at all. As at one point he comments on how the mice keep calling Coraline by its actual pronunciation where Bobinsky fully believes her name is actually Caroline and knows about the other world.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mr. Bobo seems to really like beets. He even tried to offer Coraline one, and at the end is seen tearing up some of the newly planted tulips and replacing them with beets.

    Mrs. Lovat 
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Wyborn! I know where I'm going. I grew up here!
Voiced By: Carolyn Crawford

Wybie's grandmother and landlady of the Pink Palace apartments.


  • Canon Foreigner: Like Wybie, she was created for the film adaptation, although the book briefly mentions a "Mr. Lovat", which is probably where their last name comes from.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's singledhandedly tried to keep children out of the Pink Palace for their own safety, and judging by the implied history of the house and the past victims, she's kept them away long enough for the Other Mother to begin starving and weakening.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Wybie never believed her sister was "stolen" by an evil force, yet when Coraline describes her appearance and imprisonment precisely, he realizes that both Gramma and Coraline were right.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She's a nemesis of the Other Mother, but alas, an old nemesis, and she forgot to check if the Jones family had any children or not, leading up to the events of the film.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's spent most of her life searching for her missing twin sister, and fighting to keep children away from the Pink Palace.
  • Last-Name Basis: We don't ever learn her first name.
  • My Beloved Smother: Never lets her grandson out of her sight for long, and absolutely forbids him to enter the Pink Palace, for fear the Other Mother would take him too.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Distraught after her sister was spirited away, she divided up the Pink Palace into apartments
and bricked up the little door to disrupt the Other Mother as much as possible.
  • The Ghost: She's always being referenced by Wybie, and we get to hear her voice call out to him, but we never see her in the flesh until the very end of the film.

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The Other World

    The Other Mother/The Beldam 
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They say even the proudest spirit can be broken... with love.
Click here to see her true form. 
Voiced By: Teri Hatcher

The main antagonist of both the novel and film; a mysterious and highly manipulative being who created much of the Other World.


  • Abusive Parents: She's not a parent to anyone, and her end goal is to eat souls, but she poses as a parent, and through her M.O. of operating with complete control, her behavior ends up evoking parental abuse.
    • She showers children with toys, games, gifts, and fun activities, but never offers substantial attention and emotional connection, trying to win their trust and obedience through the shallowest means with no real love to give them.
    • She provides an idealized, carefree world with no consequences or problems, but when she is resisted, she goes harshly in the other direction, and everything becomes hostile.
    • She disrespects the personal space of the children, offering unwanted "motherly" contact even when the child is clearly uncomfortable.
    • When challenged, she shifts the blame onto the child for her anger, trying to guilt Coraline for failing to meet ridiculous expectations("You may come out when you've learned to be a loving daughter"). She also physically manhandles Coraline, taking her roughly down the hall by the nose and tossing her into the mirror.
    • At the end, she uses abusive language ("You horrible, cheating girl!"), outright insulting and belittling Coraline when she has lost all control.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A rather ambiguous example, but in the book, the Other Mother collects children and lures them into her twisted copy of the Pink Palace so she can care for them just like any parent would, only sewing buttons in their eyes to ensure they stay with her forever and only eating their bodies when she grows bored and frustrated with them, seeing them as nothing more than collectibles or possessions. In the film, the Other Mother is implied to lure children, sew buttons in children's eyes, and eat them afterwards, all for her own survival.
    Other Mother: (In the film) Don't leave me, don't leave me! I'll DIE without you!!!
  • Alien Blood: In the book, her blood is black in color and tar-like, as described when the cat scratches her across the face. Vaguely alluded to by her design at that point in the film, where her cracked porcelain skin resembles black scarring.
  • All Take and No Give: The Other Mother is the giver, and the previous ghost children (and Coraline, for a bit) are the takers. But then again, the relationship could switch around with the Other Mother as the taker, needing love and the souls from the children, who would give it to her unknowingly or against their will.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders. She creates a trap for children, she eats bugs, she has black and red clothing, and her final spectacle of wonder is to fill the Other living room with insectoid furniture. The room then collapses into a web at the very end, making the broken pieces of furniture the insects caught up in it.
  • Bad Liar: Tries to tell Coraline her real mother and father are absent because they probably grew bored of her, and ran off to France. This makes her a horribly bad liar, considering she has been watching the families' movements for days and would know full well a more convincing story is something to do with their garden catalog. Of course, she could've been sarcastic about it.
  • Big Bad: The Other Mother plays this role to Coraline because she wants to keep Coraline in the Other World no matter what, even if it means playing dirty.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She looks like the perfect mom. She's also a Yandere psychopath who collects and manipulates children, acting like the perfect mom until she gets them to have buttons sewn into their eyes, eventually gets bored or frustrated with them, and eats their bodies just to relieve her annoyance.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The trait shared by all Other World inhabitants. The Uncanny Valley aside, it's the first indicator that the Other Mother, and her world for that matter, aren't all they seem.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to The Other Miss Forcible's Blonde and The Other Miss Spink's Redhead.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She agrees to Coraline's terms of finding the ghost eyes instead of keeping her by force, and spends time gloating at Coraline's bluff, giving Coraline enough time to escape through her trick.
  • Character Tic: When the prospect of a game comes up, the Other Mother's eyes flash and she drums her fingers in anticipation.
  • Creative Sterility: She can't actually create anything, but can only copy, twist, and change what already exists, hence why there's nothing beyond the garden in her world. It becomes a plot point in the novel when Coraline notices a snow globe on the mantle, which isn't there in the real world. It's where her parents are being held. In the film, this is used to a disturbing Cinderella-like effect where all of her creations devolve into that from which they were made.
  • Cycle of Revenge: A very subtle one is pulled off by her. In the film, Coraline burns the doll, which acts as her spy in the real world. So she returns the favor by burning the magic stone, which aids Coraline in the Other World.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her method for taking children plays out very much like this, with the sacrifice being eyes for buttons and a promised happy life, which is, of course, all a lie. The movie plays this up by making the act of losing your eyes very much like selling your soul, as Coraline is not collecting the victim's souls like in the book, but their eyes.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Her final form is almost entirely colorless, with her dress only having slight brown tones as if aged.
  • Determinator: She absolutely will NOT stop in her goal to sew buttons into Coraline's eyes and keep her in the Other World. She would give the Terminator a run for its money. Even when her vile presence in Coraline's world is nothing more than a severed hand — she will NEVER EVER STOP. She'll drag the girl — screaming, kicking, and choking all the way back to the other world.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her behavior has all the hallmarks of a Psychopathic Manchild.
    • She creates fantastical worlds filled with living beings, talking animals, and magical toys. Young children often have wild imaginations and create elaborate fantasies to escape from the real world.
    • She invites children into her dimension with games and treats, then discards them and locks their spirits in a closet after sucking out their souls, similar to a child who carelessly throws away their toys when they get bored of playing with them.
    • She likes to play games and strikes a deal with Coraline where the Other Mother will let her sew buttons into her eyes if she loses, but has a complete Villainous Breakdown when Coraline is able to trick her and escape the Other World, like a child who throws a tantrum when they don't get what they want.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her true form has cracked, porcelain skin which stands out even more against her black hair.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A creature of vaguely defined origins, whose true nature is not entirely clear, which has its own Pocket Dimension wherein it has Reality Warper powers. Goes full circle once her true form is revealed which is a skeletal spider-like monstrosity with cracked porcelain bones and hands made of sewing needles.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Coraline's mother. Or any child's mother (depending on who lives in the house). Let the Adult Fear sink in for a moment.
  • Evil Genius: She's very intelligent, using children's innocence to lure them into her world, while she creates for them things she knows will impress them so much, they'll want to stay with her... Forever.
  • Evil Matriarch: She takes the form of the mother of the children she lures in to earn their trust and then sew buttons into their eyes and make them stay with her until she throws them away.
  • Expy: Her spider-like true form, her shapeshifting powers, and her modus operandi of luring children in with their hearts' desire only to devour them are reminiscent of Pennywise from Stephen King's It.
  • Facial Horror: In the movie, her final form has a porcelain face covered with cracks. And that's before the cat claws her eyes off.
  • The Fair Folk: In the book, the Other Mother is implied to be some sort of fairy. Her other name, "Beldam", is also used to refer to creatures of fairy. Horrifyingly, the book implies that even other fairies aren't immune to her charms, as one of her past victims was a fairy.
  • Fairweather Friend: She only loves the children she lures into her world for so long, seeing them as nothing more than collectibles or possessions, devouring them and imprisoning their souls when she grows bored of them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her love for games. She actually lets Coraline collect the ghost eyes just to have some fun.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She seems like the perfect loving mother, until she tricks children into letting her sew buttons into their eyes, and then proceeds to eat their lives.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her gradual Glamour Failure during the second half of the film includes long, sharp, blood-red nails. They eventually turn into sewing needles when she hits One-Winged Angel.
  • Game Face: She starts off greatly resembling Coraline's mother (albeit with button eyes), but as she shows her true colors she starts to look quite terrifying.
  • Giant Spider: The Other Mother's "true" form ends up evoking this.
  • Hartman Hips: She is a near-identical copy of Coraline's mother (albeit an idealized version), so it's a given.
  • Helping Hands: Her severed hand spider-crawls its way to get the key to the Other World and would have taken it from Coraline if not for Wybie showing up to save her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Several of her own efforts to trap Coraline end up allowing her to escape. She created the Other Father and Other Wybie too well, their love for Coraline making them turn traitor, and the Other Father handed one of the ghost eyes over to Coraline. Coraline also wouldn't have known the usefulness of the stone she was given had the Other Mother's minions not attempted to steal it. Other Mother's intense love for games also allowed Coraline a fighting chance when she very likely could have kept her by force at that point.
  • Hot Witch: Her human form resembles an idealized version of Coraline's mother, who is already quite pretty, and the Other Mother wears more glamorous outfits. This is later averted once she stops trying to hold up the enticing facade and she transforms.
  • Humanoid Abomination: And she gets progressively less humanoid later in the story.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Claims she loves children and wants them to be happy, but it's clear that she just throws them away when she's bored of them.
    • Calls Coraline "selfish" even though she isn't that much better.
  • I Lied: Coraline eventually realizes (and the children warn her) that even if she wins the game, the Beldam would never let her go. Thankfully, Coraline figures out a way to use the game to escape before the Other Mother can say this.
  • Karmic Death: She seems like a Karma Houdini first, since we never see her again after Coraline escapes the Other World. But considering that she literally feeds off the souls of children, it's safe to say that she starved to death, all alone.
  • Lean and Mean: In the film, once her enticing behavior toward Coraline has to switch to forceful antagonism, she lets her disguise slip and becomes a grotesquely spindly caricature of a woman. Later still, she becomes mostly skeletal, but then, she's hunched over and less vertically imposing.
  • Living Doll Collector: She keeps children she's lured into her Other World as living dolls, sewing buttons onto their eyes and eating them up inside, leaving them as nothing but ghosts. Creepy.
  • Looks Like Cesare: She starts off looking like Coraline's real mother (except for the lack of a neck brace and having black buttons for eyes). Over the course of the film however, she switches from her real world counterpart's sweater and pants to darker colors. When Coraline starts to defy her, the Other Mother shifts to a less human form, becoming taller and more skeletal and exaggerated with sunken eyes, and in the film's climax, her true form is shown with a mechanical/spider-like appearance with white, cracked-porcelain skin and hands made of sewing needles.
  • Loophole Abuse: Done very subtly, but she leaves Coraline before the two can shake on the bargain to release her parents. Given her implied fae nature, this might imply that had she sealed the deal with a handshake, she would have been bound to follow it, and left to allow herself to break the promise.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She uses children's deepest wishes and desires to get them to do what she wants.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Becoming increasingly overbearing towards Coraline, she starts to address herself as the girl's "mother" and the Other Father as "your better father". When Coraline comes to her senses, denouncing her as her real mother, boy does she flip out.
  • My Beloved Smother: She lures children into her world by pretending to be the perfect mother, to then trick them into letting her sew buttons onto their eyes so they can essentially become her toys until she grows bored of them and throws them away.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • She makes The Other Father and The Other Wybie too well. They love Coraline and don't want to see any harm come to her, regardless if she instructs them to. They actively resist their creator even at the cost of their own existences.
    • Her need to gloat over her victory when Coraline bluffs that her parents are behind the door between worlds at The Climax is what leads to her opening the door for Coraline, in essence engineering her escape.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: While her final form in the film is implied to be her truest, it's not completely clear if she's still reflecting Mel to some degree, making her true, unaffected appearance vague. The only thing we know is really part of her natural appearance are her hands.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Does this a few times, most noticeably when she vanishes after she and Coraline establish conditions of the game.
  • One Bad Mother: Known as the Other Mother, and made creepier when the Other Father refers to her as "Mother", too.
  • One-Winged Angel: Over the course of the movie the Other Mother progressively gets more monstrous. She starts as a copy of Coraline's real mother, then gets thinner, spindlier and overall wicked-looking. By the end of the movie she reveals her true form — a giant, spindly spider-human hybrid with cracked porcelain skin and hands with claws made of sewing needles.
  • Parental Substitute: Subverted. She acts like this to the children... until she feasts on their souls and then disposes of them.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She screams this — capped off with "I'LL DIE WITHOUT YOU!" — at Coraline when she leaves the Other World for the last time.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: While she's crafty and cunning, ultimately she's just a Spoiled Brat who can't accept it when she doesn't get what she wants.
  • Reality Warper: Seems to be capable of this to some significant though not unlimited degree, if only in the Other World.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: From Coraline's second visit through the agreement on the game, the Other Mother wears black outfits with red accents, like a black widow spider.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Coraline's blue.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Semi-subverted in the book, where she claims to have sent her own mother to the grave, "And when I caught her trying to crawl out, I put her back in". So her mother perhaps isn't exactly dead, but for all intents and purposes, she is.
  • The Sociopath: Pretends to be a loving mother when she actually wishes to suck the life out of children and sew buttons in their eyes so she can devour their lives.
  • Sore Loser: In the book, after Coraline finds the first soul, she sends a strong wind — indoors — to slow her down. In the movie, she pulls every trick in the book to prevent Coraline from acquiring the ghost eyes, and has a meltdown when she's losing.She also has no intention of letting Coraline go, whether she wins or not.
  • Stepford Smiler: One evil, twisted mind hides behind that motherly smile.
  • Supreme Chef: The foods she creates are stated to be much better than Coraline's father's cooking.
  • Villainous Breakdown: From about the time Coraline angers her and incurs her Glamour Failure, she begins to slip into this. By the finale, she's gone from an idealized version of Coraline's real mother (albeit with a paper-thin mask) to a monster that resembles a spider made of porcelain and sewing needles, barely able to conceal her anger.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Wicked Other Mother.
  • Wicked Witch: "Beldam" is an archaic word for "witch," and she certainly has the witch-like powers to back it up. She's also incredibly evil. Coraline even calls her "evil witch" at one point.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She eats the souls of children.
  • Yandere: She's not above kidnapping a child's parents if it means the child will come back to her. And there's also what she screams when Coraline leaves...
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Heavily implied through the button-eyes.

    The Other Father 
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All will be swell, soon as Mother's refreshed. Her strength is our strength...
Voiced By: John Hodgman

A creation of the Other Mother, the Other Father is used to help trick Coraline into staying in the Other Mother's world.


  • Apologetic Attacker: "Sssssorry. Ssssso sssssorry. Mmmmmother mmmmmaking me."
  • Anti-Villain: In truth, he is actually a slave of the Other Mother.
  • Body Horror: He turns out to be made from a pumpkin in the Garden and as the Other Mother's powers begin to wane, he begins changing back.
  • The Dragon: To the Other Mother, as he is her largest and strongest henchman. He is later revealed to be a Dragon with an Agenda; he was created by the Other Mother/The Beldam as part of her plan to lure Coraline into becoming another doll in her collection, but this backfires once it becomes clear that the Other Father had been a double agent all along, trying to hint at the true nature of the Other World right from the get go.
  • Double Agent: While the Other Father is a creation of the Other Mother, he is on Coraline's side throughout most of her time in the Other World, as he implied in his song to Coraline: She's a pal of mine... This is because his sole purpose was to love Coraline. Other Father even tried to warn Coraline to leave the Other World and never return through his song, lest she winds up like the three Ghost Children before her.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His Heroic Sacrifice. Particularly since of all of the Other World residents, he seems to be the most visibly terrified of the Beldam.
  • Extreme Doormat: As much as he would like to help Coraline, he can't stand up against the Other Mother.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A heroic example, he was made to love Coraline. It's what caused him to blurt out secrets he shouldn't have said.
  • The Grotesque: His face and voice become horribly distorted as the Other Mother's power fades. "He pulled a looong face, and Mother didn't like it." This is before he starts turning back into a pumpkin.
  • Henpecked Husband: He's really nothing but a literal slave to his "wife". In the film, at least, he even rides around on a giant mechanical praying mantis to ramp up the symbolismnote .
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: A Ghost Eye powers the Garden and him, killing both without its power. He gives it to Coraline anyway.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: What happens when you create someone solely to love someone else: they love that person too much to let something horrible happen to them, even at their own expense.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: For the Other Mother.
  • Piano Key Wave: "This piano plays me."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He does care about Coraline, he only acts as an antagonist when the Other Mother forces him to.
  • Saying Too Much: He drops increasingly obvious hints that something is wrong with the Other World throughout the movie while everything in it tries to shut him up. In the end, he's reduced to barely intelligible moaning as punishment for his efforts.
  • Slaying Mantis: Double subverted. In the film, he rides a tractor made to look like a giant clockwork mantis around the garden, which is played up as something super whimsical. Later, the Other Mother straps him to the thing and forces him to attack Coraline with it.
  • Stepford Smiler: A scene in the film implies that he's one of these, as Coraline discovers him in a forlorn and distraught state when he's not "on duty" as her father.
  • Tragic Monster: He doesn't want to hurt Coraline, but the Other Mother is more powerful than him. As her power fades, he slowly melts into more of a giant worm thing (book) or pumpkin thing (film), and is forced to attack Coraline against his will.

    The Other Wybie 
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Voiced By: Robert Bailey Jr

In the Other World, the Other Wybie is more silent than the original, but is loyal to Coraline.


  • Badass Adorable: During Coraline's second trip to the Other World, the Other Wybie rescues her from the mirror room she was thrown into and helps her get through the passage to the real world. On Coraline's third trip, he is already dead.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like the real Wybie, Other Wybie only exists in the film version.
  • Creepy Child: The fact that he can't speak makes him rather creepy.
  • Cute Mute: The Other Mother took away his ability to speak.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Or rather, Dead Guy's Clothes On Display, since the Other Mother (presumably) destroyed his body. As Coraline is looking for the other childrens' souls, she finds that the Other Mother hung his clothes up like a flag in order to demoralize her.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Reveals his final Glasgow Grin.
  • Glasgow Grin: Played with. The Other Mother forces him to smile all the time to keep up the facade, and when she sees him sullen about his role, she forcibly stitches his mouth into a grin with some crude lacing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He rescues Coraline from behind the mirror despite knowing that the Other Mother would kill him for it.
  • Killed Offscreen: He rescues Coraline and helps her escape from the Other Mother. When Coraline returns, he is already dead.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: What happens when you create someone solely to love someone else: they love that person too much to let something horrible happen to them, even at their own expense.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He acts as a sidekick and playmate to Coraline when she comes to play in the Other World. Since he's a creation of the Other Mother, he qualifies as this.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like most other characters in the Other World, he is a slave to the Other Mother, but otherwise he tries to help Coraline as much as he can.
  • The Speechless: The Other Mother took away his voice so that Coraline would like him better.
  • Token Good Teammate: Whereas the Other Father is somewhat conflicted, Other Wybie has always been on Coraline's side.
  • Tragic Monster: Like the Other Father, he doesn't want to see harm come to Coraline, but he can't openly defy the Other Mother; she's his creator. He helps Coraline escape anyway, and the Other Mother kills him for his trouble.

    The Other Miss Spink 
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Voiced By: Jennifer Saunders

The Other World version of Miss Spink. In the Other World (along with Miss Forcible), she is young, pretty, and performs continuously in front of many different dogs, who, in the Other World, are anthropomorphic.


  • Bawdy Song: "Sirens of the Sea", which she sings with the Other Miss Forcible when Coraline first meets her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to The Other Miss Forcible's Blonde and The Other Mother's Brunette.
  • Body Horror: Once Coraline goes to get the ghost children's eyes, she and the Other Miss Forcible appear as a conjoined taffy monstrosity. This is an elaboration on the book, where they melt together inside a cocoon; here, they become braided candy hanging in a giant sweet wrapper.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She shares the green color association with the real April Spink's outfits, which eventually plays this trope as straight as possible when she and the Other Forcible become identical taffy monsters twisted together.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: As the young Other Miss Spink, she has very tanned skin but red hair.
  • Evil Redhead: Retains her real-world counterpart's red hair, but is working for the Other Mother.
  • Fan Disservice: An overweight old lady does not make for a very alluring mermaid -- I mean siren.
  • Hartman Hips: The young Other Miss Spink has bigger hips to breasts, while the Young Miss Forcible has slightly larger breasts than hips.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: As a young trapeze artist, though not to the extent as Miss Forcible.
  • Madness Mantra: "THIEF! GIVE IT BACK! THIEF! GIVE IT BACK!"
  • Redhead In Green: Just like her real-world counterpart, she has red hair and always dresses in green.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: During the show she and the Other Miss Forcible puts on for Coraline, the Other Miss Spink dresses as a mermaid during on stage, but calls herself "the siren of all seven seas."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Other Miss Forcible.

    The Other Miss Forcible 
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Voiced By: Dawn French

The Other World version of Miss Forcible. In the Other World (along with Miss Spink), she is young, pretty, and performs continuously in front of many different dogs, who, in the Other World, are anthropomorphic.


  • Art Imitates Art: She dresses as the Birth of Venus for the show she and the Other Miss Spink put on for Coraline.
  • Bawdy Song: Sirens of the Sea, which she sings with the Other Miss Spink when Coraline first meets her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to The Other Mother's Brunette and The Other Miss Spink's Redhead.
  • Body Horror: Once they begin turning back into taffy, she and the Other Miss Spink degenerate into a conjoined, twisted-together monstrosity.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: Her half of "Sirens of the Sea" sees her posed as Venus. Being old and out of shape lands it firmly in Fan Disservice.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Pink, per the real Forcible's apparel, and like her partner, this makes her identifiable in her final form.

    The Other Mr. Bobo/Bobinsky 
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Voiced By: Ian McShane

The Other World version of Mr. Bobo; in the Other World trains rats, and is in fact made of rats.


  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sort of. In the end he still tries to convince Coraline to stay, even though there's pretty much no chance of her accepting, and outright says he can't understand why she would want to go.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Much like the other creations of the Bedlam. He exists only to entertain Coraline and knows of no other purpose beyond that.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not maliciously trying to lure Coraline to her doom, he's just doing what he was created to do: put on a show to entertain her.
  • Tragic Monster:
    Coraline: You're just a copy she made of the real Mr. B.
    Other Bobinsky: Not even that any more.
  • Voice of the Legion: Implied to be the rats. It's the first clue that there is something very wrong with Other Bobinsky.
  • The Worm That Walks: At the end of his performance, all of the mice (rats in disguise) hop into his costume. The second time around, Bobinsky is only the rats. It's unclear whether he was all rats the whole time, or whether they devoured him and turned into his body.

    The Ghost Children 
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Voiced By: Aankha Neal (Sweet Ghost Girl), George Selick (Ghost Boy), Hannah Kaiser (Tall Ghost Girl)

A trio of children who were previous victims of the Other Mother: two girls and one boy.


  • Adaptation Species Change: In the book, one of the girls is a fairy. In the movie, they are all normal children that the Other Mother stole away.
  • Ambiguous Gender: In the book, one of the ghosts has been dead so long they can't remember their gender, complicated by the fact they were born back when little boys wore dresses and had long hair until a certain age.
  • Creepy Child: Mostly due to dying in torment and having buttons for eyes.
  • Creepy Good: They just want to move on, not hurt anyone, despite their somewhat freaky appearances.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Specifically after dying happily ever after.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Thanks to Coraline retrieving their eyes.
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: After the three pass on, they warn Coraline she's still in danger. The Beldam lives and means to take her life, so long as the key to the door between worlds can be found, the Beldam will find it. Thanks to them, Coraline realizes she must get rid of it somewhere the Other Mother can never recover it from. The Cat gives a meaningful look over to the disused well.
  • Flower Motif: In the book, the ghost boy's clearest memory is of the red, orange, and yellow tulips in the garden that he used to play in when he was alive. His soul marble is a bright, fiery reddish-orange, like the tulips or perhaps an ember in a nursery fireplace.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Accepting the Beldam's offer to stay. They aren't even able to die properly.
  • Ghost Amnesia: They don't remember their names.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: They exist to warn Coraline of the fate she will suffer if she lets the Other Mother sew buttons into her eyes just like they did.
  • Monochrome Apparition: In the film, they appear as pale blue-green ghosts, and later as bronze-colored angels.
  • Mysterious Past: They don't remember their names or the names of their loved ones, and have difficulty recalling memories from their past lives. The ghost boy may have come from a well-to-do family, since he had a governess.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The picnic scene of the book reveals that one of the girls was a fairy in her past life.
  • Soul Power: After buttons were sown into their eyes, the Other Mother eat up their lives and bound their spirits to her domain. Their eyes are now hidden in plain sight and serve as power sources to amplify her realm and make it even more enticing. When Coraline recovers these, the Other World starts to crumble.
    Her web is unwinding!
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: In the film, all three have this to a degree, and it's clearest with the Tall Ghost Girl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the book, each of them enjoys different food at the picnic in Coraline's dream. The boy tucks into boiled potatoes and cooked trout, the girl eats slices of bread spread with jam, and the fairy girl enjoys a plate piled high with flowers.
  • Trapped in Another World: Since they let the Other Mother sew buttons onto their eyes, they can't leave the Other World even after death.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: They are portrayed as this, though they do not remember anything about their identities.
  • Verbal Tic: The tall ghost girl to the left often calls Coraline "girl." The little boy ghost calls her "miss".
    Hurry on, girl!
    You're in terrible danger, girl!
  • Winged Humanoid: The fairy ghost girl has wings in the book.

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