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    Victor Van Dort 
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"With this hand I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way into darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine."
Voiced by: Johnny Depp (original), Roberto Mendiola (Latin-American Spanish dub), Roger Pera (Spanish dub)

A shy and gawky young man who is engaged to Victoria Everglot for social and financial reasons. He is a very good pianist.


  • Accidental Marriage: With Emily. Victor was practicing saying his marriage vows, and Emily thought they belonged to her.
  • Adorkable: He's a bit awkward in an endearing way.
  • Alliterative Name: Victor Van Dort.
  • Animal Motif: Butterflies — Victor has several paintings he made himself, he is shy and sensitive or fragile (like a butterfly's wing).
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Archie" for Emily's "Veronica" (the girl with a more exciting streak in her character) and Victoria's "Betty" (the good girl archetype and might come off as slightly boring). The Love Triangle is a complicated one — Victor was originally betrothed to Victoria and they hit off nicely but he accidentally proposed to Emily and while it seems at times that he does have feelings for her, he's more interested in Victoria. The only reason he decided to marry Emily and join her as an undead is because he found out that Victoria was now engaged to Barkis. However, Emily stops their wedding because she realizes that Victor and Victoria belong together.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Victoria. Both were raised by Abusive Parents, but grew up to be nice, if shy, individuals. Their names are even similar to each other!
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Victor meets Emily, the "Corpse Bride", and they have a weird but sweet almost love-affair. Emily thinks it's marriage.
  • Butt-Monkey: Suffers a bit of physical abuse during certain parts of the movie, some of which are a result of his own clumsiness (such as running into a tree when being chased by Emily).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He is a Tim Burton character, and even by the land of the living standards, he's exceptionally pale.
  • Expy: He looks like the grown-up version of Vincent, the child protagonist of one of Burton's earliest stop-motion works. This is even lampshaded in the movie.
    Mr. Everglot: We shall continue as planned, with or without Vincent.
    Mrs. Everglot: Victor.
    Mr. Everglot: Whatever.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's pretty nimble but when Emily has him cornerd he doesn't have the stamina to run again (for a while),and during his fight with Barkis Victor gets 3 hits on him before going down.
  • Friend to Bugs: Friend to Pretty Butterflies anyway. He is introduced drawing lepidopterology sketches, and more can be seen pinned on his bedroom walls.
  • Nervous Wreck: His shyness and nervousness lead him to ruin the rehearsal and make both his parents and Victoria's parents very upset with him.
  • Nice Guy: An Adorkable boy who is genuinely kind to everyone.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: When he and Victoria meet, they hit it off. She admires his playing the piano, and he likes that she believes in marriage for love and Happily Married couples.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The shy, quiet Savvy Guy to Emily's vibrant, emotional Energetic Girl.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: At the very least, he's fashionably well-prepared for someone who's about to get married.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Subverted, as he's alive as ever, yet looks like he stepped out of a black and white movie. Ironically, he and Emily are on the trope's page image.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from Emily after he lied to her about meeting his family, and then poorly words his explanation that his marriage to her was an accident. He does make up with Emily later.

    Emily 
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"I was a bride. My dreams were taken from me."
Voiced by: Helena Bonham-Carter (original), Cynthia Alfonzo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mar Roca (Spanish dub)

A beautiful and charismatic young woman with a passion for music and dance. Thing is... she's a zombie, coming from her very troubled death.


  • Attractive Zombie: Downplayed. She shows clear visual signs of undeath, but she's still conventionally attractive by the standards of the movie's art style, has a very vivid personality, and very much romantically interested in Victor.
  • Badass Adorable: She looks cute, but she can take care of herself and her loved ones.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Veronica" (the girl with a more exciting streak in her character) to Victoria's "Betty" (the good girl archetype and might come off as slightly boring) for Victor's "Archie". The Love Triangle is a complicated one — Victor was originally betrothed to Victoria and they hit off nicely but he accidentally proposed to Emily and while it seems at times that he does have feelings for her, he's more interested in Victoria. The only reason he decided to marry Emily and join her as an undead is because he found out that Victoria was now engaged to Barkis. However, Emily stops their wedding because she realizes that Victor and Victoria belong together.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She gets genuinely frightening when she gets mad.
  • Broken Bird: She's not that cynical, but her experience did make her feel depressed and lonely. Once she meets Victor, her spirits lift up and she's genuinely cheerful and happy.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She shows shades of this upon first seeing Victoria, grabbing onto Victor's arm and pulling him close while putting on a smug smile, and even declaring that she's Victor's wife while showing off her wedding ring.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was murdered by her fiance, and that's the reason she cannot pass on. Once said fiancé finally gets his Karmic Death (meaning his sins against her were punished) and she lets go of Victor (meaning she won't hold on anything from the living realm any longer), she finally can rest in peace.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father didn't want her to marry Barkis Bittern. She really should have listened to him.
  • The Dead Can Dance: She can dance, and she plays the piano and sing.
  • Dead to Begin With: Emily is the Corpse Bride from the title.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her backstory appears in the third of the film — she was killed on her wedding day by her fiancé who was after her money. Her family didn't approve of the match because they were eloping together, so there was nobody to help her.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: She fell for Victor and really loved him. But she realized that he loved Victoria and let him go to her, hopefully to have a happy life together, which allows her to finally go to Heaven.
  • Disappears into Light: She transforms into a swarm of butterflies and moves on.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her name is only spoken a grand total of FOUR times in the film proper and it's easy to miss if one does not pay attention. Heck, the credits list her as simply "Corpse Bride". Even in most of the production staff didn't refer to her by proper name in the DVD extras.
  • Feel No Pain: She's completely unfazed when she protects Victor from Barkis by taking a sword to her gut. Justified, as she's obviously already dead and is no longer able to feel any physical pain.
  • Friendly Zombie: Emily is a living corpse, who is also a sweet and kind girl. She's also in love with Victor and takes him to the Afterlife to have a wild honeymoon.
  • Friend to Bugs: She seems rather close to the maggot living in her head, despite his occasional snarking getting on her nerves. Also the Black Widow spider, who comforts her along with the maggot after Victor lies to her.
  • Genki Girl: In contrast to quiet, mild-mannered Victoria, Emily is rather energetic and lively.
  • Hartman Hips: One of her womanly features that hasn't been affected by decomposition.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In her backstory, when she falls for Barkis.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: That's all the poor girl ever wanted in life and the afterlife.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Emily sets Victor free of his vow to marry her, giving the wedding ring back to Victor and her wedding bouquet to Victoria.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Victor. Whereas he's awkward and a bit reserved, Emily is very sweet and almost always chipper. Her taking him to the much more colorful and lively underworld kicks off the main plot.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Rival". She "marries" Victor and gets upset when she finds out that he's already in love with another woman.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being a bit feisty and impulsive, Emily is just as sweet-natured as her rival Victoria.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite her kindness, she's also impulsive and headstrong, not hesitating to go after what and who she wants. The only thing that ever seems to stop her is her own moral compass, since she can't justify asking Victor to commit suicide just to be with her.
  • Only One Name: "Emily" is all we ever hear of her name.
  • Releasing from the Promise: She releases Victor, whom she considers her husband at the end of the film, leaving him free to be with Victoria.
  • Revenant Zombie: This is the closest zombie category she falls into, as Emily stayed under the tree in the forest until her true love comes and asks for her hand in marriage.
  • Romantic False Lead: No, she doesn't end up with Victor, a rare case where the female lead is this trope.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The vibrant, emotional Energetic Girl to Victor's shy, quiet Savvy Guy.
  • Scary Stitches: Her dress has been haphazardly sewn back together, likely due to years of decay.
  • Secondary Character Title: Emily is the "Corpse Bride", but the real hero is Victor.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She's lively, vivacious and enthusiastic, plays the piano and enjoys music. Victoria is her Proper Lady-like counterpart.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is almost as tall as Victor and much taller than Victoria.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A. Behind her happy, joyful facade she's deep down sad and lonely (best shown in the song "Tears to Shed).
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: A beautiful young woman murdered on the night of her elopement by who she THOUGHT was her true love, she who spent her afterlife heartbroken and longing to experience real true love. When she found it in Victor, he was already betrothed to a woman named Victoria, with whom he sincerely was in love, which in the end allowed her to find peace and go to Heaven.
  • Uptown Girl: An unfortunate example. She was a wealthy girl who accepted to marry a guy who was "down on his cash". She didn't know he pretended to marry rich girls just to kill them and steal their money.
  • Wight in a Wedding Dress: She died in a wedding dress and lives on in the afterlife wearing one.
  • Woman Scorned: It's not a pretty sight when she finds out that Victor, whom she accompanied back to the Land of the Living on the pretense of wanting her to meet his parents, actually lied to her so he could sneak back to Victoria. Subverted at the end of the film, when Emily graciously allows Victor to return to Victoria.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She's blue-haired, although admittedly it likely wasn't that color in life.
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    Victoria Everglot 
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"Since I was a child, I've dreamt of my wedding day. I always hoped to find someone I was deeply in love with. Someone to spend the rest of my life with. Silly, isn't it?"
Voiced by: Emily Watson (original), Maggie Vera (Latin-American Spanish dub), Graciela Molina (Spanish dub)

Victor's pretty, sweet-natured, yet timid fiancee. She is kind and shy, yet determined when she puts her mind to it.


  • Badass Adorable: Especially when you consider the time period she's in. She's a lovely young lady, but she shows she can take care of things.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Her parents, other than being hideous, are obnoxious jerks. Victoria is a pretty lady and she's perfectly sweet, well-behaved and genuinely good.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the "Betty" (the good girl archetype and might come off as slightly boring) to Emily's "Veronica" (the girl with a more exciting streak in her character) for Victor's "Archie". The Love Triangle is a complicated one — Victor was originally betrothed to Victoria and they hit off nicely but he accidentally proposed to Emily and while it seems at times that he does have feelings for her, he's more interested in Victoria. The only reason he decided to marry Emily and join her as an undead is because he found out that Victoria was now engaged to Barkis. However, Emily stops their wedding because she realizes that Victor and Victoria belong together.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Victor. Both were raised by Abusive Parents, but grew up to be nice, if shy, individuals. Their names are even similar to each other!
  • First Girl Wins: She's the one Victor is legally betrothed to, and they like each other almost instantly after meeting. While Victor does end up becoming attracted to Emily as well, Emily ultimately gives up marrying Victor to avoid robbing Victoria of her happy ending the way Emily herself was robbed of hers.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Her family is aristocratic, but they have no money.
  • Marry for Love: She believes in it, but she also knows that it rarely happens in reality (in that particular fictional version of Victorian Britain).
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Victorious". She's the one Victor really loves despite their marriage being arranged, and she ends up with him in the end.
  • Nice Girl: A quiet and sweet girl, in stark contrast to her horrible parents.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Victor. Her first meeting with Victor is to meet him as a future husband. They like each other almost immediately.
  • Plucky Girl: After learning of Victor's situation, she tries desperately to convince someone that she's telling the truth so he can get help, not even considering how badly it's torpedoing her family's social standing, and staunchly refusing to accept her parents' accusations of madness. She only stops once her parents finalize her new betrothal to Lord Barkis, since she doesn't have the clout to stand up to her parents and the whole marriage thing in the first place was a last ditch-effort to regain her family's wealth.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Her hairstyle — very Victorian.
  • Proper Lady: She's very quiet, lady-like and seems to have domestic habits.
  • The Quiet One: She's this thanks to her sheltered upbringing.
  • She's All Grown Up: Not the typical application, as Victor didn't know her at all before when he was younger. Amusingly, as a baby, he looks like a typical Creepy Child with a rather large forehead and a small face that looked like it was shifted downward.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She might look harmless, but she's actually quite strong and can take care of herself.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's very lovely, but both her parents look hideous.

    Lord Barkis Bittern 
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"Oh, my dear. Don't look at me that way. You have only to suffer this union untill death do us part. And that will come sooner than you think..."
Voiced by: Richard E. Grant (original), José Luis Orozco (Latin-American Spanish dub), Óscar Barberán (Spanish dub)

A charming yet murderous con-artist.


  • Alliterative Name: Barkis Bittern.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's vile and should rot in hell. He killed his fiancée, which was a premeditated murder, and at the end of the movie he shows he might also kill in an affect.
  • Asshole Victim: Not only he dies but he is about to get tortured by the inhabitants of the undead realm.
  • Big Bad: Of the movie.
  • The Bluebeard: He tricked Emily into taking her family's jewels and gold and eloping with him, then killed her and ran off with the treasure. He also heavily indicates an intention to kill Victoria after their marriage.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: You see him loitering in the streets twice during the opening credits and at least once during the opening song. He doesn't make his official debut in the story for another fifteen minutes or so.
  • Dark Is Evil: Among the living, he is the one whose dress code represents most accurately his black heart.
  • Death by Mocking: After heartlessly mocking Emily for never realizing her dream of becoming a bride, he drinks poison when toasting her and dies moments afterword.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: His mannerisms and facial characteristics are stereotypically villainous. He conveniently shows up during the wedding rehearsal and constantly undermines Victoria's confidence in the marriage with his sarcasm.
  • Do with Him as You Will: Kind of; while he hadn't directly wronged them the undead are all disgusted at what he had done to Emily, but they can't do anything to him while he's alive. The minute he croaks, they have at him and prepare to make him suffer, big time.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Ironically, this is brought up AFTER his official death. He gets tortured by the dead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Barkis attempts to make himself presentable and tries to put on a charmingly polite demeanor in order to wed Victoria. Even though it's clear to viewers that his intentions are no good.
  • Foreshadowing: During Bonejangles' song about Emily's past, a figure suspiciously similar to him was the culprit of murdering Emily. Turns out to be true.
  • Gold Digger: He chooses prospective brides based on the size of their wealth. He killed Emily to get her family's fortune, and he's practically rabid with fury when Victoria reveals she is bankrupt.
  • Graceful Loser: Subverted in a way that directly leads to his demise. When Emily intercepts his attempt to stab Victor with a sword by taking it in her own gut, then turns the weapon on him, he takes the turn of events quite courteously and backs off ("Touché, my dear.") only to spitefully double around and mock Emily on how she was "always the bridesmaid, never the bride!" Doing this means he obliviously drinks the poisoned wine meant for Victor, killing him, meaning he would've gotten out if actually had conceded gracefully and left without trying to salt the wound.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Turns out to be the guy who killed Emily.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The song "Remains Of The Day" describes him as "plenty good looking" and also implies that it's the reason why Emily fell for him.
  • Jerkass: His behaviour is very unsympathetic right from the start when he insults most people present. He seems to get on with the Everglots, who are jerks as well.
  • Karmic Death: Gets caught up in his Evil Gloating and drinks poisoned wine, accidentally killing himself.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: He killed Emily and ends up killed when drinking the poisonous wine.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His chin is big, that's for sure, but he's certainly no hero.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Lord Barkis Bittern.
  • Obviously Evil: From his design and entrance, you can instantly tell he has no good intentions at all and it's true. He murdered Emily, and intends to kill Victoria once he gets her family's fortune. And his chin. His evil, evil chin.
  • Romantic False Lead: He's Emily's former fiance, who murdered her and then tried to do the same thing to Victoria.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Gloats that the undead cannot harm him due to being in the land of the living and having to abide by their rules, only to obliviously drink the cup of poison meant for Victor.
  • Smug Snake: Everything about him screams and oozes smug.
  • Stupid Evil: During The Climax. Even after he learns about Victoria's poverty (which ruins his latest Gold Digger scheme), he still tries to take her away for some reason ("I'll not leave here empty-handed!") — when the pragmatic thing to do would've been just getting out of dodge and trying again with someone else entirely. Likewise, all those undead he previously hid from like a Dirty Coward? Well, now he can't resist cranking his Smug Snake-ness up to the max — and this is before he learns they can't do anything to him while he's still alive. And ultimately, he's literally Too Dumb to Live — by arrogantly toasting everyone with a substance just about anyone else would be more cautious about.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: He talked Emily into eloping with him to get to her family's money, and killed her the second he got it. He clearly planned to give Victoria the same treatment.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Victoria does NOT want to marry Lord Barkis. She's still in love with Victor and sees Barkis for who he really is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Barkis believes he's moments away from achieving his goal of stealing the Everglot's fortune by marrying and murdering Victoria, and impatiently asks for her dowry when the former is seemingly playing dumb, only for his bride to reveal that the Everglot's were bankrupt all along, rendering his efforts meaningless. The Lord then becomes physically abusive as he grabs Victoria and asks her to tell him it's all a lie, to which Victoria squirms out of his grip and walks away, mocking him for having his plans crash and burn. The superficially charming Barkis Bittern is then reduced to a snarling beast that tries to take her out of town with him because it's the only way to make sure he won't leave town empty-handed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He murdered Emily and was planning to do the same to Victoria.

    Pastor Galswells 
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Voiced by: Christopher Lee (original), Rubén Moya (Latin-American Spanish dub), Josep María Ullod (Spanish dub)

"Young man, learn your vows!"

A haughty and bad-tempered priest who is hired to conduct Victor and Victoria's marriage.


  • Break the Haughty: When the undead come marching to his church, he begins shouting at his hammiest and be a Badass Preacher. Then a skeleton (albeit politely and quietly) essentially tells him to shut up because of the wedding, leaving him absolutely dumbfounded as the guests quietly shuffle around him to the entrance.
  • Jerkass: He's extremely unpleasant. He's a jerk mainly to Victor during the wedding rehearsal, and later to Victoria, who comes to him for guidance only to be forcibly dragged back to her judgmental parents.
  • Large Ham: Throughout the film, but especially during the wedding rehearsal and when he brings Victoria back to her parents.
    Galswells: This man doesn't want to get married!
  • Lean and Mean: Very tall and lanky, like his voice actor, but with a short patience for errors and quite a miserable personality.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted, Victoria goes to him for help... and he brings her back to her parents, claiming that she's speaking in tongues.
  • Sinister Minister: Subverted, he's a Jerkass but not evil or sinister but very imposing towards the shattering Victor.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: This and drawn out words add to the hamminess of Lee's voice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Particularly strange because the finale of the movie takes place in his church, but he doesn't appear after his Break the Haughty moment.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Tried to pull one off to the incoming undead, but it turns out the invaders were only there for the wedding and they pass like nothing happen.

    The Van Dorts 
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Voiced by: Paul Whitehouse and Tracey Ullman (original), Ismael Castro and Anabel Méndez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Javier Viñas and Concha Valero (Spanish dub)

Victor's parents, a pair of nouveau riche fish merchants that have become wealthy through their industry, much to the disapproval of the Everglots.


  • Abusive Parents: If some of her comments about Victor are any indication, Nell doesn't think too highly of her son, to say the least.
    Nell: Oh, don't be ridiculous. What corpse would marry our son?
    • As further proof, just before he tricks her, Victor jokingly mentions how it's lucky that Emily will never get to meet Nell.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Nell's mouthy tendencies to chastise and critisise Victor in front of other people cements her as this.
  • Bad Boss: Nell, who constantly bosses around her driver and employee Mayhew, and does not notice his health issues.
  • Beauty Mark: Nell has a mole on her face.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: William is skinny while Nell is wide enough to have trouble fitting into the carriage.
  • Gainaxing: Nell, sometimes, but thankfully it's not too noticeable unless you're really looking.
  • Gold Digger: After a fashion; they are marrying Victor into the aristocracy so that they can gain access to high society that would ordinarily shun them for earning, rather than inheriting, their fortune.
  • Henpecked Husband: William is constantly hit, heckled and bossed around by Nelle.
  • Nice Guy: When compared to both his wife and the Everglots, William is certainly the most friendly of the four parents.
  • Nouveau Riche: Born into humble beginnings, but made millions in the fish industry. For better or for worse, they have yet to acquire the upper class manners to match.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: A nasty habit of William's, for which Nell often reprimands him.
  • Self-Made Man: William is a very successful owner of a fish cannery.
  • Social Climber: They go to the trouble of having coach with a fish ornament on top come to pick them up to take them across the street, all while talking to their son about hooking and catching an aristocratic daughter. Fish merchants indeed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Victor goes missing, they ride around town in Mayhew's carriage looking for him. Then Mayhew kicks the bucket, leaving the carriage driverless and out of control. They're never seen or even mentioned after this.

    The Everglots 
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"Everything must be perfect!"
Voiced by: Albert Finney and Joanna Lumley (original), Armando Réndiz and Rosanelda Aguirre (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jordi Vila and Aurora García (Spanish dub)

Victoria's parents.


  • Abusive Parents: Similar to Victor's parents, the Everglots don't think highly of their daughter or her appearance, describing her as having the face of "a otter in disgrace", and expressing disbelief that she's getting them the money to continue their high-class living. And also caring at all for her sanity or state of mind, and being only concerned about her shaming them.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: While not really actively "evil" per se, they are lacking in any redeeming qualities. And they did not only forcefully marry their daughter to the highest bidder, but also Finis threatened to kill Victor with a musket for disgracing his family.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Maudeline Everglot's hair.
  • Fat Bastard: Lord Everglot is an overweight Jerkass.
  • Gold Digger: Of a different sort to the Van Dorts; they are marrying Victoria into the Van Dort family for their money.
  • Impoverished Patrician: "Land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name," to quote Lord Everglot as he and his wife look into a safe containing nothing but cobwebs.
  • Jerkass: Both of them are extremely unpleasant.
  • Lean and Mean: Mrs. Everglot, a miserable woman in an unwanted marriage and towers her much smaller husband. Luckily her daughter Victoria is not that mean.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Victoria's parents have openly admitted that they don't like each other, let alone love each other. Their marriage was likely arranged too, and they seem to go about it more like a business transaction.
    Maudeline: "Marriage is a partnership, a little tit for tat. You'd think a lifetime watching us might have taught her that."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Neither of them are particularly cheerful. Lampshaded when Lord Everglot tries to force himself into a smile.
  • The Proud Elite: Their lack of money has not blunted their contempt for middle class families like the Van Dorts one bit.
  • Skewed Priorities: Upon their daughter (last seen distraught at the ghastly fate of her husband-to-be) being returned to them by the village priest, in the middle of the night, during a major storm:
    Maudeline: "Victoria? Where are your corsets?!"
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Although they appear to be the same height when we first see them, Lord Everglot is standing on a stool and is only half as tall as his wife.
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    Elder Gutknecht 
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Voiced by: Michael Gough (original), Francisco Colmenero (Latin-American Spanish dub), Santiago Cortés (Spanish dub)

An ancient and rickety skeleton who rules benevolently over the underworld.


  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: His name doesn't really mean anything.
  • Cool Old Guy: Although he tries to uphold the rules, he can't resist Emily's charms, and he gives the dead full permission to exact revenge on Barkis once theyr'e able.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Like the rest of the dead who appear in the Underworld he is an amiable and harmless fellow, who takes his responsibily as an authority figure seriously and sternly.
  • Dem Bones: He's just a skeleton.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to his "upstairs" equivalent, Pastor Galswells? In spades.

    Bonejangles 
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Voiced by: Danny Elfman (original), Gerardo Vásquez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jordi Boixaderas (Spanish dub)

A vivacious, one-eyed, singing skeleton.


  • Chubby Chaser: When the dead first appear in the land of the living during Victoria's wedding, he makes a remark about one of the more portly women running and screaming.
    Bonejangles: I love a woman with meat on her bones!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: And not only not evil, but also very pleasant and groovy.
  • Dem Bones: In the underworld, he's just a skeleton.
  • Eye Pop: That eye that Finnis Everglot finds in his soup? That was Bonejangles' eye.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: It juts out several inches from the rest of his skull.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a snazzy bowler, the only non bone-made thing he wears along with his eye.
  • Shout-Out: He's a walking tribute to classical jazz music and singers such as Cab Calloway, as well as Danny Elfman's time with Oingo Boingo.
  • Skeletal Musician: The "Remains of the Day" number shows that he's quite a singer. Not very surprising considering he is voiced by Danny Elfman.

    The Maggot and the Black Widow spider 
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Voiced by: Enn Reitel and Jane Horrocks (original), Germán Fabregat and Queta Calderón (Latin-American Spanish dub), José Javier Serrano and Roser Aldabó (Spanish dub)

A maggot and spider that live inside of Emily.


  • The Conscience: The Maggot, appropriately, as he lives inside Emily's head.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Maggot, mostly, though Black Widow gets in a few as well.
    Maggot: If I hadn't just been sitting in it, I would say that you've lost your mind.
  • Expy: As noted on the main page, Enn Reitel's performance as the Maggot is one big shout-out to Peter Lorre.
  • Eye Pop: Occasionally, the Maggot will pop out Emily's right eye so he can look out her socket.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider: Despite her somewhat scary appearance, the Black Widow is rather friendly and supports Emily when she feels heartbroken.
  • He Went That Way: A variation. After Victor, who is fleeing from Emily and looking for a way back to the Land of the Living, smacks her away, she reveals where he's going to Emily, citing the trope word for word.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: The Maggot's first appearance in the movie has him popping out Emily's eye out right in front of a confused and disturbed Victor, in response to the suggestion of a wedding feast.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The Maggot, while everyone else is apprehensive and trying to be gentle about telling Emily that Victor has to die so they can be together, he is downright ruthlessly excited at the prospect of killing him.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite the moments where they disagree, it's obvious that Maggot really does care about Emily. When Barkis taunts Emily after the truth is revealed, Maggot furiously charges towards him, yelling, "Let me at him!", only to be held back by Elder Gutknecht. Not that Maggot would've done much damage to Barkis, but still...
  • Spiders Are Scary: Averted, as the Black Widow is more cute than scary. Doesn't stop Victor from being startled.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When it comes to Victor and his faithfulness to Emily, she and the Maggot don't exactly see eye to eye.

    Mayhew 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deadmayhew.jpg
Voiced by: Paul Whitehouse (original), Enric Isasi-Isasmendi (Spanish dub)

An employee of the Van Dorts' fish cannery who also acts as their coach driver.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly a background character and assistant to the Van Dorts, his death serves to kick Victor's decision to marry Emily now that Victoria married Lord Barkis.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Mayhew's constant smoking leaves him with a terrible cough and is something that annoys Mrs. Van Dort. This causes him to collapse from the coach and die. He re-appears in the Underworld as a much "healthier" person without the weight constantly coughing.

    The Undead Inhabitants 
A couple of jolly dead people that live in the Underworld.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: They like to greet newly dead people in their home. However, when the dead person is someone in particular who committed atrocious things in life such as murder, things change, and they "welcome" it a different way. Like Lord Barkis.
  • Losing Your Head: Paul the Head Waiter, who has to walk through the aid of some bugs (and one of them acts as a bowtie).
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The vertically cut gentleman who is always in the middle of anything and has to divide himself to get through it.
  • The Napoleon: One of the undead is an Expy, or the real, of Napoleon Bonaparte named Napoleon Bonesapart. But unlike other representations, he is not a grumpy tiny man but the opposite.
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