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    In General 
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Symbol of Fables
  • The Ageless: Fables don't age and they exist in the mundane world as long as their stories are remembered.
  • All Myths Are True: As per Fables canon, every single fairy tale, nursery rhyme, folk story, myth, & legend character is alive & living either in Fabletown, or in one of the many Homelands. But only the Public Domain ones have come to Earth.
  • Doomed Hometown: Due to the Sheeda incursions in most of the Homelands, several kingdoms and cities have been destroyed and abandoned, with only Sheeda remaining.
  • Fairytale Free For All: The majority of them are fairy tale characters.
  • Immortality Hurts: Just because a well-known Fable can't be killed, it doesn't mean they don't feel pain.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Fables have a difficult time conceiving amongst their own kind, although they have a higher success rate with non-Fables, such as half-Fables Greg Saunders and Ulla Paske.
  • Made of Magic: Fables are beings made from Vorpal energy, which is one of the reasons why they can revive after some time if their story is well known.
  • The Masquerade: Most Fables who sign the Fabletown Compact are not allowed to live among the "Mundies" of the Mundane World, at least by the strictest interpretation of the Compact. However as the current leadership of Fabletown has the common sense to realize that this tradition has become pointless in this fantastical world of aliens, metahumans, and human wizards, every year they become laxer with the enforcement of the Compact and allow more Fables to live in regular society with little restriction as long as they abide by Mundie laws and expectations.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the comics most of the Fables were only referred to by their story names, but here they're given names that relate to their respective stories.
  • Popularity Power: The better known a Fable, the more difficult they are to kill, to the point universally known Fables might as well have Complete Immortality. Lesser known Fables on the other hand can be killed just as easily as any mortal.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: Much like the Ghostbusters and the TMNT, the Fables don't live in New York, because it was destroyed in the Manhattaning. Instead, they have their base in Danny the Street.
  • Rule of Seven: Fitting for their stories, the number seven pops out occasionally. There are seven dwarves, Bigby and Snow White have seven children, Briar Rose received the gifts of seven fairies, Beauty had six siblings, Nerissa had six sisters and so on.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: As more and more Fables grew tired of living under the threat of the Sheeda invasion, many of them began to flee their Homelands, risking life in crossing over to the Dreaming and then finding a passage to the main reality.

Fabletown Citizens

    Cinderella 
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Prince Charming's third wife. Officially a simple shoe store owner, she's actually one of the top secret agents of Fabletown.
  • Action Girl: She is an undercover spy whose skills would put James Bond to shame.
  • All Women Love Shoes: She runs (naturally) a shoe store as her cover.
  • Badass Adorable: Blonde and beautiful, and also one of the deadliest Fables in existence.
  • Break Them by Talking: Cindy is an expert at this, often verbally playing upon her opponents weaknesses to gain an edge and ultimately defeat them.
  • Composite Character: Not herself but her three mice helpers, who are combined with the Three Blind Mice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As befits her cynical, irreverent nature.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Sometimes gets seriously injured during missions. But her Fable nature and status as one of the more popular legends enables her to not only survive fatal damage, but regenerate quite swiftly.
  • Guile Hero: Goes with the territory of being a spy. Cinderella has gone on record stating that you can talk your way out of most situations if you're a good enough liar.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She has a glass slipper on her necklace and her belt buckle has a pumpkin in it.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The Three Mice, named Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She was born Arabella Fresne in the Iron Realm, yet she's known by everyone as Cinderella, Cindy or Ella.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Has an unrepentant guttermouth, to help with her facade of a bitter, irresponsible, jet-setting shoe store owner.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9"/175cm tall, and she's very much a stunner.
  • The Vamp: Often takes this role during her missions.

    Prince Charming 
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Prince of the Iron Realm and Ex-husband to (in chronological order) Snow White, Briar Rose, and Cinderella.
  • The Ace: Charming is a naturally gifted judge of character, diplomat and statesman. This goes above the psionic charisma found in many Fables' royal lines.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Charming was actually bisexual in Fables canon. Here, he's labelled as heterosexual. Ironically, his two bastard children, Jack and Jill Horner, are listed as bisexual.
  • A Family Affair: Yeah, cheating on your first wife with her own sister isn't going to do you any favors.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a fancy suit and, womanizing aside, one of the most badass Fables out there.
  • Charm Person: As he was thrice blessed by faeries at his birth, he was named Charming. Charming emits a magical impulse that effects most women to which he is attracted to.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Always has a nasty, but smoothly delivered barb ready for anyone who tries to match witty rejoinders, or just annoy him.
  • Handsome Lech: He's named Charming, so of course he can hook up with nearly any woman he wants.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he has trouble keeping it in his pants, but he genuinely loved all three of his wives, plus he's truly skilled as a consultant, politician and would have become The Good King had he actually inherited the throne of the Iron Realm.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him, a human Fable from the Homelands, is lovers with Tanga, an alien.
  • Lust: Charming has a legendary wandering eye and a libido to match. He finds it hard to focus on most things if there's a pretty lady around he is interested in.
  • Master Swordsman: The most talented swordsman among all the Fables, maybe the most talented swordsman who's ever lived. He also gave fencing lessons to Snow White when they were married.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's given the last name of Eisenhart, being the Prince of the Iron Realm.
  • Not So Different: While he and his son Jack don't see each other eye to eye, they both have as a major flaw that both are quite prideful and they let their lust get them into trouble.
  • Odd Friendship: He has made friendships with two anthropomorphic cats, Puss-in-Boots and Lotion the Cat, who is his wingman.
  • Pride: Charming often overestimates his abilities.
  • Really Gets Around: Married to Snow White, Briar Rose, Cinderella, plus former lover of Rose Red, Thea Queen, Sarah Lance and who knows how many other women.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's the son of King Cole Eisenhart, while Jack Horner is his bastard son, making him grandfather of Jack Frost.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: He's centuries old and looks the same age as his adult (and also immortal) children Jack and Jill due to his status as a well known Fable.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He sure is, having black hair, standing at 6"/180cm tall and certainly handsome.
  • Warrior Prince: Charming is an extraordinary duelist, equestrian, strategist, and commander. He has also proven himself a great inquisitor and monster slayer.
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    Beast 
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A former prince cursed to become a powerful, fearsome monster, he has been married to Beauty for several hundred years.


  • The Ageless: Due to Carabosse's curse, he didn't age during the 300 years he was a Beast, and when Beauty broke the curse due to her Act of True Love, the immortality was shared with her. Now both are immortal on Earth thanks to their story.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Arguably the nicest, most even-tempered gentleman in Fabletown outside of Flycatcher. But get him mad, and the beast comes out. And it is horrifying.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are thick and bushy to remind us of the beast within.
  • Genius Bruiser: Beast was taught fencing from a young age. He is also a grandmaster of chess and a brilliant tactician.
  • The Good King: He and Beauty ruled over their small kingdom for hundreds of years until they were forced to leave the Homelands due to the Sheeda incursions.
  • Happily Married: To Beauty, despite centuries of heated arguments and sniping.
  • Henpecked Husband: Beauty has been gnawing away at his spine for centuries. Despite this, they are both strongly devoted to each other.
  • Horned Humanoid: Has deer antlers when in Beast form.
  • I Have Many Names: His real name is Mathis Leonblanc and he's been known as Azor, Beast of Brightspire Hall, Castle Creature, Guardian of the Garden, Last of Leonblanc, Last Lion, Monster of the Manse, White Lion of Avon
  • King of Beasts: As The Beast he looks like a humanoid Lion.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: In Beast form, he doesn't have visible nipples or private parts.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He and Beauty refused to tell the other's name, so they addressed each other as Beauty and Beast until they became intimate and the nicknames became an Affectionate Nickname.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes when in Beast form.
  • Shapeshifter: Beast transforms into a literal beast at will or whenever the curse's magic is stronger than his love for Beauty (or her love for him).
  • Super Senses: Beast has the heightened senses of a predator, which also allow him to see ghosts and hidden magical effects.
  • Super Strength: Beast is remarkably strong in both his human and cursed forms. He appears to get even stronger when his emotions are amplified.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only reason Bigby hired him as part of the Fantabulosa Rozzers was because his wife recommended him.

    Beauty 
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Beauty is, as one might guess, one of the title characters from Beauty and the Beast. She and Beast are a rarity among Fables in that they have been married since the end of their story and are still together.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Unlike in the comics she is not a Lamia that took over Beauty's identity and her relationship with Beast is closer to the original tale.
  • Best Friend: She and Snow White are best friends, which can't be said about their husbands. She also gets along with Rose Red.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Beauty is known to be snoopy and gossipy. She cannot help but be nosey when things interest her enough. She often suffers from a fear of missing out. She is often caught stalking people on social media.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Brown eyes, brown hair, just like her husband.
  • Family Theme Naming: She and her siblings were named after the first months of the year; Janvier, Fèvrier, Mars, Avril, Mai and Juin.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Beauty has the psychic power to calm the savage nature of beasts.
  • Happily Married: To Beast and they even have a daughter, Bliss Leonblanc.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: As her nickname suggests, Beauty is considered to be attractive by most persons. It is hard for her to not make a good first impression.
  • The High Queen: She and Beast ruled over the small but important kingdom of Avon Valley until they were forced to abandon it due to the Sheeda invasions.
  • I Have Many Names: Her married name is Avril Leonblanc and she's known as Basia, Belle, Bellindia, Nastenka, Nettchen, Rose, Rozina and Zelinda Zémire, which are her name in other countries.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Beauty masters new skills quickly, recalls details easily, and is all-around talented at most things.
  • Magic Mirror: Among the few relics that the couple escaped the Homelands with is a magical scrying mirror.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name Schöne means 'beautiful' in German.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Avril Schöne, but she and Beast refused to tell each other's name, so they started using the nicknames to address each other until it became an Affectionate Nickname.

    Bliss Leonblanc 
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The daughter of Beauty and Beast.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics she had blonde or light brown hair, but here it's dark brown, like her father's.
  • Beastess: She looks more humanoid in Beast form than her father.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Shares her father's brown hair and eyes.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: As seen in her picture.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Like Beauty, Bliss has the psychic power to calm the savage nature of beasts and talk to animals.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Like mother, like daughter, Bliss is considered to be attractive by most persons. It is hard for her to not make a good first impression.
  • Hereditary Curse: Inherited the curse to transform into a Beast from her father.
  • In-Series Nickname: Beautiful Beast, Bestial Beauty, Baby Beauty, and Baby Beast
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Bliss masters new skills quickly, recalls details easily, and is all-around talented at most things.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name is Bliss Everlasting Leonblanc, which represents the bliss her parents felt after finally being able to conceive a child after so many centuries.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the comics she had no apparent last name, but here she uses her parents' last name, Leonblanc.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: In Beast form, she doesn't have visible nipples or private parts. Yet another trait from her father.
  • Panthera Awesome: Similarly to her father, she can transform into a humanoid lioness.
  • Power Incontinence: Bliss can become an almost totally different person when her emotions take over, particularly negative emotions. This is likely an effect of dark fae magic associated with her inherited curse.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just like her father her Beast form has red eyes and black sclera.
  • The Social Expert: Thanks to the charisma inherited from her mother, she has a lot of friends, among them the Wolf Cubs, the younger members of the Doom Patrol and other young Dannyzens.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Bliss can see ghosts and such.
  • Super Strength: Bliss is remarkably strong.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Inherited her mother's looks but her father's hair.

    Flycatcher (King Ambrose) 
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The Frog Prince. Initially introduced as a bumbling oaf who keeps getting in trouble with the law due to his constant desire to eat flies, and is constantly serving community service by being the janitor of Fabletown.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: The most famous example. He was turned into a frog by Gothel after accidentally drinking a potion intended for a maiden that caught his fancy.
  • Forced to Watch: He was forced to look as Melmoth killed his wife Augusta and daughter Beatrice in front of him. This triggered his transformation once more but it also allowed him to escape.
  • The Good King: It was considered he had all the makings to become the greatest king in all of Europa, but his curse led his kingdom to fall into ruin for centuries, until his eventual wife reversed the curse and he restored the Kingdom in time for the Sheeda incursions.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He's a master statesman, strategist and swordsman, but it's all repressed due to the trauma he suffered.
  • Last Stand: The summer palace of his kingdom was the location of the last stand of the Fables before most of them fled to Earth.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's given the last name Vatrach when in the comics he had no apparent last name.
  • Nice Guy: Quite possibly the kindest Fable seen in the mythos. It's been noted he's the only Fable who reached the mundane world with nothing to be forgiven, covered up or otherwise absolved of, under the amnesty of Fabletown's Compact.
  • Nice Hat: A frog-themed janitor hat.
  • Official Couple: Currently dating Jill Horner.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Almost everyone calls him Flycatcher, or just Fly for short.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter Beatrice was murdered alongside her mother by Melmoth.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Even in human form he has a long, adhesive tongue.
  • Power Incontinence: When Flycatcher is stressed, over-excited, or otherwise overwhelmed by any particular emotion, his curse begins to assert itself. If he does not rein in his emotions in time, he can revert back into his cursed form of a small frog
  • Redhead In Green: Wears a green jumpsuit for his work as janitor.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has auburn hair, green eyes and is the former Frog Prince.
  • True Love's Kiss: How to restore him if he reverts to being a frog. Since he is a prince, that kiss must come from a maiden of Royal Blood.
  • Unishment: It turns out Fly tends to become unstable when he's not busy so Bigby used to write him up on a number of petty charges and gave him years of community service to keep him occupied. Eventually, this service evolved into his job.

    Rose Red 
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Snow White's wilder younger sister who has a troubled relationship with her older sibling and is the leader of Fabletown's farm
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics she had red eyes, but here she's a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her mother called her "Little Red Duckling".
  • Alliterative Name: Rose Red.
  • Back from the Dead: Because her legend is far less known than her sister, she only came back to life after 13 years, while her sister returned after merely one month.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit leaves her navel piercing exposed.
  • Broken Bird: Years of self-loathing caused by her own careless actions made her engage in self-destructive behavior after coming to the mundane world, like dating the notorious con man Jack Horner.
  • Charm Person: As a trueborn princess of the Silver Realm, Rose has the passive psychic ability to captivate the attention of humans and animals. She has developed this ability to a greater degree than her twin sister and this kinship also extends to the surrounding flora.
  • Collared by Fashion: Wears a choker with a red flower in it.
  • Cool Aunt: While her relationship with her sister isn't the best, she's this for her children.
  • Cool Guns: She carries a machine-gun over one shoulder.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's mellowed out quite a bit, but she'll still sass you and threaten to kill your progenitor if you get in her way.
  • Gold Digger: Recently, Bluebeard was engaged to marry Rose Red, but she and Jack Horner were simply using Bluebeard for his wealth and he ended the relationship.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Not only she literally has green eyes, being overshadowed by her sister for so long has led to a deep jealousy, dedicating most of her time to make her sister's life harder.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She has a rose tattoo, wears red pants and a choker with a red flower in it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Her default mode of speech is cursing like a longshoreman who just stubbed his toe. She's particularly prone to dropping the "F" bomb.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: To contrast her sister's black hair and blue eyes, she has intense red hair and green eyes.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: To go with her wilder personality, she wears one.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Has the tattoo of a red rose on her right arm.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Snow White's girly girl.
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    Rapunzel 
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A resident of Fabletown with a Dark and Troubled Past. Not to mention a curse of supernaturally fast growing golden hair.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Unlike in the comics, Rapunzel was born with her curse, rather than being given to her by the witch who took her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When she found her husband near death after being pushed from the tower by Gothel, Rapunzel took the vials of her hair and piled them at the base of the tower. Her rage was also causing her hair to grow long and thick, wrapping around the base of the tower. Over Gothel's distant cries, Rapunzel smashed one vial, causing them all to explode in a brilliant magical blast that destroyed the tower.
  • Family Theme Naming: She and her children have names that end with "el".
  • Girl in the Tower: She was kept in a tower by Mother Gothel, until Prince Darling rescued her.
  • Glamour: Rapunzel makes a living selling cheap glamours and simple potions to Fables who can't afford the prices of the 13th Floor Mages.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has platinum blonde hair and despite all the crap she has gone through, she remains a decent person.
  • I Have Many Names: She's known in myths as Maid Maleen, Okiku, Persinette, Petrosinella and Saulé.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a human Fable, and while in the Hidden Kingdom, she had an affair with the Kitsune Tomoko.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Rapunzel is a novice sorceress, having been trained by Dame Gothel in the dark arts. Rapunzel's most powerful magic is particularly nasty stuff, so she prefers to use the simple tricks.
  • The Mentor: Served as Conner Wolf's mentor when he was learning magic from Mother Gothel's book.
  • Power Incontinence: Emotional distress makes her hair grow even faster.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: Thanks to her curse, her hair grows incredibly fast. Luckily after moving to Danny the Street, she only needs to cut her hair weekly rather than every two days.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Well, she's the trope namer after all.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Her missing twin children are Hansel and Gretel.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Like Prince Charming, she looks the same age as her children due to their immortal nature.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband Prince Darling sacrificed himself to save Rapunzel and their children from a Sheeda attack.

    Briar Rose 
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The Sleeping Beauty of legend, and Prince Charming's second wife. She's perennially wealthy, thanks to the blessings bestowed upon her at birth, but also still suffers her classic curse of omnidirectional sudden slumber.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Briar Rose sings (in the most heavenly voice you've ever heard), birds of all kinds tend to flock around her.
  • Boxing Battler: Briar Rose studied under legendary boxer Ted Grant in the 1960s. She chose this particular discipline to make excellent use of her constant need to wear armored gloves.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Briar Rose wears thick protective gloves to mitigate the risk of her hands being pricked or cut.
  • Curse: Carabosse, the Court sorceress of the Unseelie Court, cursed Briar Rose to die should she ever prick, cut, slice, or otherwise injure her hand in any injury which drew her blood. However, due to the Vindemia's blessing for mythical protection, this curse was mitigated to place Briar Rose under a deep and eternal sleep.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Thanks to one of the many "gifts" of her fairy godmothers, Briar Rose is considered to be physically attractive by most persons, regardless of sexual preference. Of course, this means that even when "dressed down" Briar tends to stop traffic and always finds people awkwardly staring at her.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Not that she's particularly tall, but she's of human height and Puss-in-Boots is the size of a regular cat that walks on two legs.
  • Interspecies Romance: Having slept for over 200 years, she became very much acquainted with Dream of the Endless.
    • She's currently dating Furbo the Puss-in-Boots.
  • Loophole Abuse: The conditions for the Spell of Sleep are that a "prince" that loves Briar must kiss her. Which is why Bigby has a police dog named Prince in case she accidentally pricks herself.
  • No-Sell: Vindemia the Fancy blessed Briar Rose that magic of any kind shall never be able to harm or kill her. As such any lethal applications of magic applied to Briar Rose will either dissipate harmlessly before reaching her or have its effect altered, such as placing her in a never-ending sleep. If she should be rendered unconscious in such a fashion, this protection also enacts a counter-enchantment of the highest order which will render everyone else in Briar Rose's proximity asleep and will cause a thick bramble of magical thorns to surround those affected.
  • The Rock Star: Yeva the Lively blessed Briar Rose with the ability to craft delightful songs and play all sorts of music to the utmost perfection with any instrument. After returning from the Manhattaning, she became a successful musician under the name Belle Dumont for about 13 years before meeting Snow White.
  • Sleepy Head: Rose tends to usually operate in what appears to be a sleepy haze. She's usually mentally sharp and aware, but still is prone to daydreaming or catnaps if left unstimulated for any length of time. While Briar is fully capable of maintaining a normal sleep schedule, she could easily sleep sixteen hours each and every day.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Ionna the Gifted promised that Briar Rose would always be wealthy. This has turned out to be a very useful gift, as Briar never has much trouble acquiring money of any kind. Even if she gives away her entire savings, she can become quite wealthy with very little effort in a short amount of time.

    Pinocchio 
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Former wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy, he's the son of the Blue Fairy and Geppetto, as well as the twin brother of Boy Blue.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: On the one hand, he's not cursed to remain a boy forever by the Blue Fairy. On the other hand, he still has wooden skin and a growing nose, and because of that, he's turned to Drowning My Sorrows.
  • The Alcoholic: Took to drinking after returning to life with wooden skin and a growing nose, and he hasn't stopped since.
  • Alien Blood: Due to his original wooden body being made of rowan, he bleeds rowan berry juice.
  • Archnemesis Dad: His father Geppetto/Victor Frankenstein, although they still care about each other.
  • Become a Real Boy: He became a true young man after he developed his own conscience.
  • Bad Liar: Due to his nose growing, he's terrible with outright deception.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brown hair and considered to have genius intellect.
  • Came Back Wrong: Although he returned to life thanks to the popularity of his story, he returned with wood-like skin and his nose still grows whenever he lies.
  • Changeling Tale: He's the result of one, being raised by his father while his human-looking brother Tom was raised by their mother among the faeries.
  • Gag Nose: His nose which grows whenever he lies. It doesn't grow immediately, instead it manifests within the hour and only shrinks back after admitting the truth or after four hours.
  • I Know Your True Name: Pinocchio's real name is redacted since, as a Fae, it could be used to bind him or curse him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Known as Birch Barfly, Juniper Jackass, Pine Puppet and Spruce Sot. He's actually made of rowan and doesn't mind the nicknames since they amuse him and has even used them himself.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: He and Boy Blue are very different. Not only does he have brown hair and green eyes to Blue's blonde hair and blue eyes, he's a master of law, investigator and politician, which contrasts with his brother's talent for music and swordsmanship.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's the son of Vindemia Faye, the Blue Fairy, having given birth to him after being seduced as part of a ritual made by Victor Frankenstein/Geppetto. He's also the twin brother of Tom Horn/Boy Blue, who was raised by their mother among the Fae and half-brother of Haley London.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After smashing Horatio the cricket with a mallet in a moment of panic, he realized he had developed his own conscience that he couldn't ignore, no matter how much he drank.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: His friend Lampwick/Jack Horner motivated the worst traits of Pinocchio, whose conscience the cricket Horatio couldn't sway.

    Mowgli 
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The hero of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, he's all grown up and serves as one of Fabletown's "Tourists", deep cover agents who perform clandestine operations out in the greater Mundane world.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Mowgli lives between two worlds. He cannot think of himself as a man, nor as beast.
  • Canon Welding: His connection to the animal kingdom is due to The Red.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Comes from Seeonee in the Indu, the Homelands equivalent of India.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Most animals regard Mowgli as one of their own. They recognize he is human but are not startled by his presence alone. It is worth noting that felines do not seem affected by this ability.
  • I Have Many Names: He's also known as Little Frog, Man-Cub, Manling, Nathoo and Wolf-Boy.
  • Knife Nut: His signature knife from the stories.
  • Nemean Skinning: Mowgli is often seen wearing his snakeskin jacket and almost never seen without his tiger tooth necklace. Due to some unfaithful adaptations of his history, Mundies often think his jacket was made from the hide of Kaa. Mowgli is appalled by this and is quick to correct people that the skin he took the hide from was the giant cobra Thuu.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's constantly accompanied by Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the mongoose, who has something of a rivalry with Cinderella's three mice.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Despite appearing ethnically Indian, Mowgli has faintly blue eyes, and he's a Fable.
  • Raised by Wolves: Just like in the original story, he was raised by a pack of wolves after he lost his parents to a tiger attack.
  • Super Senses: Most of Mowgli's senses function at levels beyond most humans' ability.

    Jack Horner 
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The Jack of all Tales. Former beanstalk climber, giant killer, perpetual thief, rake, and all-around knavish con man. As the quintessential Trickster archetype, it is said he is destined to "be at the center of all stories".
  • Beginner's Luck: Jack always has an unnatural streak of beginner's luck in any action he lacks proficiency with.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Jill in several of his adventures.
  • Composite Character: With Kai from The Snow Queen, and Pinocchio's friend Lampwick. He was already a Composite Character of the numerous different Jacks in fairytales back in his home canon.
  • Con Man: And he's been perfecting his craft for hundreds of years.
  • Consummate Liar: Essential when you're a notorious trickster. But not so effective against people like Bigby and Snow, who are very conversant with his bullshit.
  • Destructive Romance: With Rose Red.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Has one of this with Lucifer Morningstar of all people.
  • Hates Their Parent: Resentment towards his father Charming is what led him to many dangerous adventures and being a bad influence to his friend Pinocchio.
  • I Have Many Names: He has a lot of nicknames; Drunk Jack, Flacky Jack, Jack Ass, Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick, Jack Candle, Jack in the Green, Jack O'Kent, Jack O'Lantern, Jack of All Trades, Jack of the Stalk, Jack the Giant Killer, Kai, and Stingy Jack.
  • Irony: He might dislike his father Charming, but they both share Lust as a major flaw.
  • Light 'em Up: Jack can use any organic material to glow with magical light that dispels illusions.
  • Master of None: One of Jack's tricks came with a downside. The more skilled Jack becomes in a feat, the more his luck begins to sour.
  • Perma-Stubble: A five o'clock shadow that goes with his carefree, smug demeanor.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's the illegitimate son of Prince Charming and grandson of King Cole.
  • Royal Blood: Jack's blood has magical properties and is a powerful conduit for fae and daimon magic. Residual gifts Jack inherited from his father include giving Jack enhanced reflexes, agility, and charisma.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Not all of them, but he has several of the sins as major flaws.
    • Greed: Jack is always looking for a get rich scheme.
    • Lust: Jack has an insatiable sexual appetite, much like his father.
    • Pride: Jack is a vain jerk.
    • Sloth: Jack is lazy, and only motivated by significant rewards.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Under the alias of Lampwick, he brought out the worst traits of Pinocchio and convinced him to ignore his conscience.
  • The Trickster: Obviously. The only skill Jack can master without ill-effect is lying.

    Jill Horner 
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The twin sister of Jack Horner and his reluctant companion in many of his adventures.
  • Action Girl: Jill inherited her father's skill with blades.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt is short enough to show her navel a bit.
  • Best Friend: She and Bo Peep are best friends.
  • Bookworm: Jill knows a lot of occult and mundane trivia, even having insight into things she can't explain.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Jack in several of his adventures.
  • Composite Character: She's a composite of Hilary Page, who's one of Jack Horner's half-sisters in the comics.
    • She and Jack are also composited with the two children from the Snow Queen's story.
  • Determinator: Jill has an ironclad resolve when determined.
  • The Drag-Along: Jill was never one to see out trouble... but even though she regularly chastised her brother for his reckless risks, Jill always got caught up in them.
  • Half-Identical Twins: She and Jack are twins and share the same blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Logical Weakness: Jill is basically immune to magical effects that would affect her body or mind directly, even if the effect would be beneficial.
  • No-Sell: Her tears are capable of nullifying spells, and she used them to cure Jack from being turned into a donkey.
  • Official Couple: Currently dating Flycatcher.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Like Jack, Jill is the illegitimate daughter of Prince Charming and granddaughter of King Cole.
  • Royal Blood: Jill's blood has magical properties. She can charm and communicate with humans and animals with equal ease. Unlike her brother, Jill's blood does not seem able to hold more effects. In fact, hers seems to counter magic.
  • Second Love: For Flycatcher after the death of his wife.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: While she and Jack have always been very close, they're very different, with Jack always a mischievous trickster and troublemaker, while Jill was responsible and never sought trouble.
  • Twin Telepathy: Jill has an unusual compulsion to be near her twin brother, even when doing so goes against her best interests. She can resist it, but only for so long. If forced to be apart for days at a time, Jill becomes increasingly irrational, reckless, and violent.

    Ichabod Crane 
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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Looks younger and more eye-pleasing than in the comics and The Wolf Among Us, lacking his Gag Nose.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He's nicer, more socially awkward, and far less bitter than in the comics or the video game, isn't a creep towards Snow White and doesn't try to betray Fabletown to the Adversary.
  • Bookworm: He might not have combat skills, but he's a legendary educator, investigator and scholar.
  • Dirty Coward: Icky is not a brave man, and he fled the Headless Horseman rather than trying to face him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has an unrequited crush on Snow White, who's already married and he's the Principal of her children.
  • Horseback Heroism: One of the few physical things he excels at is horse riding, and he even managed to tame a volatile steed named Gunpowder.
  • In-Series Nickname: Icky.
  • Irony: He's a cowardly person while his descendant Jonathan Crane is obsessed with inflicting fear.
  • Lust: He still lusts after Katrina/Goldilocks and has an unrequited crush on Snow White.
  • Non-Action Guy: Even though the witch hunters that took him in tried to mold him into a hunter, he failed miserably at anything that required him to wield a weapon or face his fears.
  • No Social Skills: He's socially awkward.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son Haskel Crane, due to being only half-Fable, passed away before him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were witches from the Americana town of Salem, and were killed by witch hunters from The Colonial Lodge of True Humanity, an order of witch hunters from the Homelands, established in the New World. It was dedicated to ridding Americana of European magic as it viewed sorcery, witchcraft, and general magic as the cause for enabling or enticing the Sheeda to invade.
  • The Professor: Now he works as Headmaster of Danny the Schoolhouse.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's the great-grandfather of Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.
  • The Rival: Sees Prince Brandish as a rival for the affection of Goldilocks/Katrina.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has auburn hair and green eyes and is one of the few who encountered The Headless Horseman and managed to escape.

    Bluebeard 
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The titular villain of Bluebeard, he was a serial killer who killed a succession of wives. He's one of the very few Fables who managed to get out of The Homelands with his money. As such, he's very well connected, if not well-liked. He claims to have forsaken his evil ways.
  • Alliterative Name: His real name Bertrand Barbeblue.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Bluebeard, if you will- wealthy beyond belief and a true bastard.
  • Bald of Evil: Completely bald and easily the most amoral Fable on Danny the Street.
  • Beard of Evil: True to his name, he has a well trimmed goatee, and he's one of the most ruthless Fables on Fabletown.
  • Blood Knight: Ever since he was a young noble, he always enjoyed fighting, killing, and making his opponents bleed. Other nobles were concerned by this behavior but did nothing since most people he killed were commoners.
  • The Bluebeard: He's the freakin' trope namer and Trope Codifier.
  • The Dandy: Dresses quite nicely.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Not exactly a sorcerer, but he's an expert occultist with a vast array of magical relics.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses to appear cultured, and he's a former Serial Killer.
  • French Jerk: Former noble of Bretagne, The Homelands equivalent of France, and on the best of days he's an asshole.
  • I Have Many Names: Bertrand de Montragoux, Robber Bridegroom, Mr. Fox, The Devil of Fabletown, Gilles de Rais.
  • Jerkass: He's a unrepentant asshole on the best of days.
  • Kill and Replace: Killed the french nobleman Gilles de Rais and took his place, with de Rais's crimes actually being committed by him.
  • Knife Nut: An ornate golden dagger.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Dresses in fancy clothes and he's undoubtedly a villain.
  • Master Swordsman: Recognized as one of the best with the blade in Fabletown. The only one who surpasses him is Prince Charming.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the name of Bertrand Barbeblue.
  • Really Gets Around: Since coming to Fabletown, he has had many lovers (none of which were murdered) but has notably never married.
  • Retired Monster: Sure, he might no longer kill his wives, but he's still an utter bastard completely unrepentant for his previous murders.
  • Sadist: He's clearly a sadistic prick, and since he can't just go around killing people, he's content making them miserable.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's one of the richest Fables and his money was how he managed to escape justice from his former crimes.
  • Serial Killer: Used to be one. He claims to have changed his ways, but Bigby still doesn't trust him.
  • Torture Technician: He's a legendary torturer.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In his identity as Gilles de Rais, he killed several children for his occult rituals.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: There's a reason he's called Bluebeard, but in his case, his hair is a shade of blue dark enough to be mistaken for black.

    Nerissa 
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  • Adaptation Origin Connection: The prince from her tale she tried to seduce, and the maiden she considered killing before refusing to go through with it, were Prince Charming and Snow White.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She only wears a bikini top beneath her see-through shirt, leaving her midsection exposed.
  • Charm Person: Nerissa remains her royal ability to captivate the attention of animals and humans alike. Specifically, for Nerissa, this ability displays itself with her mesmerizing singing ability. Though she can use her song to charm most men and women or calm enraged animals, her siren song is actually more effective with water-based creatures or persons with a deep connection to the sea.
  • Composite Character: She's combined with Faith from The Wolf Among Us, taking her identity, relationship with Bigby and her dealings with the Crooked Man.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Cute Mute: Nerissa's voice is contained in an enchanted seashell necklace. She cannot speak or sing if the necklace is removed from her person.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Probably one of the saddest among Fables. When she was young, she fell in love from a distance with Prince Charming and then turned to the sea witch in order to obtain legs and make him fall for her. Failing to make Charming love her, she considered killing Snow White before refusing to go through with it. She joined the Little Resistance but after being separated from her companions, she ended up working and doing several unsavory things for the Crooked Man. While she helped Bigby solve the murder of her friend and became freed from the Crooked Man's influence, she ended up dying during the Manhattaning. After returning to life and having a happy life with a man and giving birth to a daughter, she abandoned them when she thought she had broken the Fabletown compact and considered suicide, but she was talked out of it by the Woodsman. Even though now she's much happier, she's worried the Crooked Man will try to get revenge on her.
  • Divine Parentage: Her parents were the sea gods Nereus and Doris, and even though now she's considered a mere human Fable, she did keep some abilities from her parentage.
  • It's All My Fault: Nerissa is still haunted by choices she made and things she did, even as far back as in the Homelands. She is filled with regret and can be made to feel so guilty as to functionally shut down, especially when confronted by one of those she has previously wronged.
  • Meaningful Name: Nerissa means Nereid, sea nymphs from Classical Mythology. Her parents were the deities Nereus and Doris.
  • Nice Girl: She's very nice, both in terms of personality and behavior.
  • Olympic Swimmer: She retained the ability to swim as well as the best humans, was never bothered by the sting of ice cold water, and though she could no longer breathe underwater she could still hold her breath for nearly an hour.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's the mother of Ulla Paske, the Little Mermaid from the Global Guardians.
  • She's Got Legs: Nerissa's magic-given legs, though initially cursed, were still magic and thus had highly resilient fibers and sinew which afforded Nerissa incredibly deft and fluid movement. Combined with her youth spent swimming and developing a highly toned upper body, Nerissa is an extremely graceful and dexterous individual. This becomes particularly noticeable in her dancing ability.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's centuries old but looks in her twenties at most thanks to her status as a Fable, and she has an adult, non-Fable daughter.
  • Super Toughness: Nerissa is even more resilient than most Fables, having been accustomed to living with a great deal of constant physical pain due to her magical legs.

    The Woodsman 
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  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike The Wolf Among Us, he wasn't a bandit that stole the enchanted axe of a lumberjack, and who accidentally saved Red Riding Hood while intending to rob her, but a genuine woodsman and a more heroic individual.
  • The Alcoholic: If he's not drunk already, he's well on his way.
  • An Axe to Grind: His enchanted axe, given to him by the god Hermes, which doesn't need sharpening and it doesn't cause fatigue.
  • Badass Beard: A full beard to go with his lumberjack look.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and is a centuries old monster hunter.
  • Carpet of Virility: His arms and chest are just as hairy as his beard.
  • Composite Character: He's the Woodsman from Red Riding Hood's story, the Huntsman from Snow White's, the Honest Woodcutter and also the woodcutter from Aesop's fable 'The Woodcutter and the Trees'. His alias Jean Chastel is a reference to 18th century farmer who killed the Beast of Gévaudan.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Due to Hermes taking his name, everyone just calls him Woodsman or 'Woody' by his friends.
  • I Have Many Names: The Huntsman, Jean Chastel and Hunter Woodrow.
  • In-Series Nickname: Axe-Man, Jack, Lumberjack and Woody.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: He truthfully told Hermes that the axe he was offering him wasn't his, and in return Hermes gifted him the enchanted axe he now wields.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's 6'5"/196cm tall while Nerissa is merely 5'6"/168cm tall.
  • The Hunter: Thanks to the blessing of the goddess Artemis, he became a monster hunter for centuries, and while he failed to slay Bigby or any of his brothers, he was considered good enough to be named The Huntsman of the Evil Queen.
  • The Mentor: Served as mentor in monster hunting for Red Riding Hood.
  • Official Couple: Currently dating Nerissa.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: While he served Queen Tsaritsa for a time, after doing many bad things in the queen's service, the Woodsman fled her court and joined the Little Resistance.
  • The Victim Must Be Confused: He didn't believe Red Riding Hood when she told him the Big Bad Wolf wasn't as bad as he appeared.
  • Wrath: He's got a temper, especially concerning Bigby.

    The Crooked Man (Cameron Thrawn) 
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The titular Crooked Man from the nursery rhyme. He used to run Fabletown's black market, until it was destroyed at the Manhattaning, forcing him to start over.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Not by much, but he at least didn't murder his wife and children.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Used his magical coin to grant a cat the ability to speak, and this cat became anthropomorphic and with a liking for human footwear.
  • Addictive Magic: Using the Crooked Coin to grant himself wishes proved to be addictive and corruptive due to being touched by Sheeda energies.
  • Body Horror: The "crooked" part refers to his body - his legs and spine appear disjointed, and it looks like part of his face is melting off!
  • Evil Brit: Comes from Albion, the Homelands equivalent of the United Kingdom, and he's a crooked debt collector that settled on Londontown and who extorted desperate Fables into indentured servitude.
  • Evil Cripple: How crippled he is is up to debate, but he does need a cane to walk.
  • Evil Debt Collector/Loan Shark: Among many other illegal practices, he loans out money and threatens those who can't pay back.
  • Facial Horror: His drooping left eye.
  • Lean and Mean: He's a thin criminal who stands at 6'6"/198cm tall if standing straight.
  • Meaningful Name: While his name technically refers to him being a man whose body is literally crooked, as per the nursery rhyme, "crooked" can also mean corrupt, rigged or criminal.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the name of Cameron Thrawn.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Due to his physical impairments, he's weak, needs a cane and has poor eyesight, but he's undoubtedly a Diabolical Mastermind who torments other Fables.
  • Power at a Price: His wishing coin can grant almost any wish, but comes at the cost of corrupting and deforming its user. Even when he mostly used it to grant wishes to desperate Fables in exchange for leverage, it left him crooked and crippled.
  • Smug Snake: His every word oozes sleaze.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He and Bluebeard are easily among the most despicable Fables that signed the Fabletown Compact.
  • Wicked Cultured: He acts and dresses like someone who might be from the rich cultured upperclass.

    Vindemia Faye 
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The Blue Fairy, Fairy Godmother of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Briar Rose, she's also the mother of Pinocchio and Boy Blue.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her dress has a nice opening to display her cleavage.
  • Anything That Moves: Fittingly she's Omnisexual.
  • Composite Character: The Fairy Godmother and the Blue Fairy are one and the same here.
  • Curse: The prophecy that one of her daughters would destroy Carabosse led her to curse Vindemia using her true name to make her unable to give birth to a daughter. Vindemia in turn cursed her to never find true love. Even after centuries of giving birth to sons, the curse is still going strong.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Blue-Green eyes and blue hair.
  • Fairy Godmother: She's the Fairy Godmother of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Briar Rose. She's also the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio's tale.
  • Fairy Sexy: Well, look at her.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has some impressive multicolored wings that show her as the queen of faeries.
  • I Know Your True Name: Vindemia is not her true name, just the one she's referred to. Her True name is secret and only herself and Carabosse know each other's.
  • Nice Shoes: Wears some crystal high heeled shoes.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's the mother of Pinocchio and Tom Horn/Boy Blue, having given birth to them as part of a ritual with Victor Frankenstein/Geppetto in order to obtain a son.
  • True Blue Femininity: She dresses completely in blue and is a beautiful Fairy Queen.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and the fairy Carabosse were once close friends, even lovers, until their rivalries turned so heated and bitter they cursed each other using their respective true names. Even after centuries they are still each other's nemesis.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: ...when you're the BLUE Fairy.

    Hansel 
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  • Adaptational Heroism: While reckless and eager to hunt witches, he's far from the murderer of Fables canon, who murdered Gretel for learning magic from Gothel.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics he had dark brown hair, but here he's a redhead.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Baba Yaga but especially Mother Gothel.
  • Badass Beard: Unlike the clean shaven canon version, this version of Hansel has a full, red beard.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Both Hansel and Gretel fight together hunting witches, especially the Baba Yaga.
  • Claustrophobia: Due to his imprisonment by Gothel, he suffers from claustrophobia.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Reddish brown eyes and red hair.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father Prince Darling sacrificed himself to save his family from the Sheeda.
  • Dual Wielding: He fights with two axes.
  • Fiery Redhead: Red haired and certainly eager to fight and kill witches.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Wears a leather bikers jacket.
  • Human Sacrifice: Gothel intended to use him as sacrifice and for Gretel to be the executioner to fully turn her into a member of the Baba Yaga.
  • In-Series Nickname: Boy that Bit Back, Uneaten Feast, Witchcutter.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He lacks impulse control, which is how he was captured by Gothel when he was young, and even now he's very eager to jump into the fray and fight.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the last name Darlingsson.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He and Gretel are the missing children of Rapunzel. This makes him and Gretel foster grandchildren of Vindemia, niece and nephew of Pinocchio, Boy Blue, Briar Rose and Cinderella.
  • Sweet Tooth: Has a noticeable sweet tooth, which is how Gothel attracted him to her house and captured him.
  • Twin Telepathy: He and Gretel share a twin-link.
  • The Witch Hunter: He and Gretel hunt witches, being the founders of the Colonial Lodge in Americana and the Men of Letters in the main reality.

    Gretel 
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  • Adaptational Skimpiness: In Fables she dressed pretty modestly, but here she wears a top that exposes her midriff and comes with an opening for her cleavage.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics she was blonde, but here she's a redhead, just like Hansel.
  • Anything That Moves: She's pansexual, which is hardly unexpected for a magic user.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Baba Yaga but especially Mother Gothel.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears a tank top that exposes her midsection, including her navel piercing.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Both Hansel and Gretel fight together hunting witches, especially the Baba Yaga.
  • Cleavage Window: Her top also has an opening for her cleavage.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father Prince Darling sacrificed himself to save his family from the Sheeda.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While Hansel fights with his axes and his fists, she prefers to use spells and wards against witches. Not that she's incapable of getting physical, she's just as skilled hand-to-hand combat as her brother.
  • Hates Being Alone: Suffers from separation anxiety whenever she's separated from Hansel.
  • In the Hood: Her outfit comes with a hoodie.
  • In-Series Nickname: Baba Nada, Witch that Wasn't, Witchburner.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the last name Darlingsdottir.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She and Hansel are the missing children of Rapunzel. This makes her and Hansel foster grandchildren of Vindemia, niece and nephew of Pinocchio, Boy Blue, Briar Rose and Cinderella.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has red hair, green eyes and she's a witchfinder and the daughter of Rapunzel.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike in canon, she wasn't killed by Hansel for learning magic.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands at 5'9"/175cm tall and she's very attractive.
  • Twin Telepathy: She and Hansel share a twin-link.
  • The Witch Hunter: She and Hansel hunt witches, being the founders of the Colonial Lodge in Americana and the Men of Letters in the main reality.

    Mary Peep 
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Mary Peep and Baa Baa Black Sheep
From the nursery rhyme. The older sister of Bo Peep, who is always accompanied by her familiar Baa Baa the Black Sheep.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her dress shows plenty of cleavage.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comic Mary had dark brown hair, but here she's blonde.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She eventually fell for Max Piper's bad boy's charm and were lovers for a time, until he came back one day covered in blood and she realized the blood wasn't his.
  • Big Eater: Baa Baa eats quite a lot of food due to his size.
  • Familiar: Baa Baa became Mary's familiar after he was bonded to her by Vindemia Faye.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Grew up as one. That said, her parents sent her to study medicine while her younger sister Bonnie stayed at home and tended the flocks.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Thanks to her connection to The Red and her farmer's background, she gets along pretty well with all animal Fables.
  • Hospital Hottie: Surgeon at St. Michael's Children's Hospital and veterinarian for the animal Fables and very much attractive.
  • I Got Bigger: Baa Baa has grown from a small black lamb to a huge black ram.
  • Kindly Vet: Mary worked as a veterinarian on the Farm when she arrived on Earth, leaving the care of the Fables in Fabletown to Dr. Swinehart. Mary became very close to most animal Fables.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Just like her sister, one of Mary's eyes is green and the other is blue.
  • Proud Beauty: One of her weaknesses is that she's vain.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Mary and Bo Peep are sisters here while the comics they were unrelated. Her son also happens to be Dr. John Dolittle.
  • Sole Survivor: Baa Baa the Black Sheep was the only lamb that wasn't devoured by the Big Bad Wolf.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Officially stands at 5'10"/178cm tall and quite a looker.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Bo's Tomboy.
  • True Blue Femininity: Paints her nails blue and wears a pretty blue dress, which contrasts with her sister's earthy colors.

    Miss Muffet 
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Miss Penelope "Penny" Muffet-Web is the wife of Michael Web and co-owner of the Web N' Muffet Market.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the comics she had no disabilities and was known to be a gossip, but here she lost her left leg to a Sheeda attack, although she hardly lets it keep her down.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the comic Miss Muffet was blonde, but here she's a former redhead turned white haired.
  • All-Loving Hero: Penny's capacity for love knows no bounds. This has allowed her to break people from Sheeda corruption.
  • Anything That Moves: She's pansexual.
  • Determinator: Unlike Fables who have magical gifts, Penny has a truly unstoppable determination and strength of will. With this, she is able to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain and can resist mind control.
  • Handicapped Badass: She might be missing one of her legs, but it hardly ever stops her.
  • Happily Married: With Michael Web.
  • In-Series Nickname: Spider's Bride and Web-Lover.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the first name Penelope, or Penny for short.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Mr. Web.
  • The Power of Love: She has an unyielding love for her husband, and it was that love that allowed him to resist the Sheeda corruption. Many Fables seek to find a way to weaponize Penny's love to stave off the Sheeda for good.
  • The Smart Guy: Penny is skilled in business management, particularly involving the grocery and retail business.
  • Team Mom: She's not a fighter, so her main role at the resistance mostly consisted on nursing the wounded, feeding the weak, cleaning the camp, and cooking the meals.

    Mr. Web 
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Mr. Michael Web is the husband of Miss Penny Muffet and co-owner of the Web N' Muffet Market. A former doctor who was corrupted into a Sheeda, but regained his free will thanks to the love for his wife.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Instead of a Giant Spider, he's a human Fable-turned Sheeda, who can sprout spider legs from his back and spin webs.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Little Spider and Muffet's Spider.
  • All Webbed Up: Web can weave sidhean webs made of a magic gossamer. This allows him to weave illusions and is a potent ingredient in glamour charms.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Sheeda corruption turned his skin green.
  • Berserk Button: Threats upon his wife bring out his worst side.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His appearance is based on comic book writer Grant Morrison.
  • Creepy Good: Bald and shady-looking even in human form, but he's a good guy.
  • Glamour: Hides his mutated Sheeda appearance behind a glamour, which comes off if he's angry or if his wife is threatened.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the first name Michael.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: His marriage to Penny Muffet might have been arranged by her father, but they're very much in love and very devoted to each other.
  • Pointy Ears: The Sheeda transformation gave him pointy ears.
  • The Power of Love: If there is anything that is a more powerful counter to vorpal magic than "True Love" it is Unyielding Love. Penny's love for Michael allowed him to resist the Bleed's corruption from reaching his soul, even across the vast space of them being in different realities at the time.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He's not killed by accident by Ghost Wolf.
  • Spider People: Instead of his lower half being a spider, he can sprout four spider legs from his back at will.
  • Super Strength: Like a spider, Web is able to lift over ten tons.

    Goldilocks (Gwendoline Fletcher) 
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  • Abled in the Adaptation: She doesn't wear glasses like she did in Fables canon.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father was a drunk who considered selling her to a brothel, so she ran away. Brandish ended up killing the drunken miller while defending Goldie from his abuse when they were both brought in front of the king.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While certainly not as innocent as her appearance would suggest, she's not a murderous revolutionary who betrayed the Three Pigs like in canon.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Goldie and Blondie.
  • Connected All Along: While imprisoned together, she found out Breglik Thastor, aka Rumplestiltskin, was the one who fashioned the charm that allowed a Noble Fae to avoid detection and live amongst humans for ten years. That Fae happened to be Gwen's mother.
  • Composite Character: Goldilocks is combined with the daughter of the miller from Rumpelstiltskin's story. She's also Katrina Van Tassel from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: She's curious to a fault, which is how she ended at the cabin belonging to the Golden Realm's royal family.
  • Dark Mistress: Briefly, she was this to Bluebeard.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She's half-human Fable and half-Fae, or Fae-ble, just like Boy Blue.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Due to her heritage she's weak to Cold Iron, although it's only mild.
  • Interclass Romance: Her, the daughter of a miller with the Prince of the Golden Realm. The King didn't approve of the union so they kept their relationship secret.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother was a nameless Noble Fae that disguised herself as a human and who was taken back to the Fae Lands after the charm expired. If she's alive or not is not clear yet.
  • The Mistress: She seduced Brandish away from his marriage to Rose Red and continued their relationship in secret. After the king died (under mysterious circumstances), she became Brandish's royal advisor.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the name of Gwendoline Fletcher.
  • Official Couple: She and Brandish have been longtime lovers.
  • Pride: She's vain and overly confident.
  • Regal Ringlets: Her signature locks. She's not really royalty (although she has Noble Fae blood) but she's the lover of a king, and served as his advisor for a time.
  • Street Smart: Due to her peasant upbringing, she has no formal education, but she's got lots of acquired skills, like thief, hunter, archer and tracker.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to her heritage, she can transform into a fox.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has freckles, which help transmit an image of innocence.

    Prince Brandish 
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Prince Brandish Descry from the Golden Realm was cursed into a bear by the dwarf sorcerer Rumplestiltskin. Snow White and Rose Red helped him break from his curse, and was betrothed to the latter for a time.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Not by that much, but at least he's not a misogynist who killed his own mother for the crime of having sex with the king, her husband and his father. He also genuinely cares about Goldilocks, and he simply has a crush on Snow White rather than a deranged obsession.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the comics he had a Single-Target Sexuality for Snow White, but here he's bisexual.
  • Arranged Marriage: He was supposed to marry Rose Red, being a princess of the Silver Realm, but their romance was short lived due to being seduced by Goldilocks and Rose leaving after hearing the (false) demise of her sister.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: His heart was removed and replaced by a Bleed Engine, making him much harder to kill.
  • Composite Character: The Three Bears are part of his family's crest, representing the Royal Family of the Golden Realm, although his relationship with Goldilocks makes him sort of a composite with Little Bear. He's also combined with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, Ichabod Crane's rival from the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Foil: Of Prince Charming. While Charming has black hair, blue eyes and wears a gray suit, he has brown hair, green eyes and wears a red suit. Both are philanderers, but Brandish has seemingly only truly loved Gwen, while Charming loved all three of his wives despite his many flaws. And while Charming fought the Sheeda until he was forced to evacuate to Earth, Brandish was forced to submit to the Sheeda and his kingdom fell under their control. Also, Charming's father Cole is still alive while it's rumored Brandish killed his own father.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Pictured with a cigarette and he's one dangerous prince.
  • Lack of Empathy: Due to his lack of heart, he's a known philanderer who has zero compassion for everyone.
  • Magic Knight: Brandish is able to channel magical energy needed for spells and rituals through his Bleed Engine, making him a powerful (though unskilled) sorcerer.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the comics he didn't have a last name, but here he's given the family name of Descry.
  • Patricide: There are rumors he killed his own father to ascend to the throne.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a five o'clock shadow.
  • Puppet King: Forced to become one by the Sheeda when they removed his heart and Gloriana used it to control his actions.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dresses in a nice red and black suit and he's one of the more amoral Fables that live on Fabletown.
  • Royal Blood: He and House Descry stand out for not having true royal blood, meaning he doesn't have any of the perks other royals have.
  • Royal Brat: Even as a boy he was rotten on all accounts, although he's also cunning, handsome and a born leader.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: While he can revive like most Fables, his story is not as popular as he likes to think.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After being forced to broker peace with the Sheeda due to a peasant revolt orchestrated by Tsaritsa, he and Goldilocks left for Americana under different names.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He and Goldilocks are lovers and they're quite a dangerous pair.
  • Warrior Prince: Brandish is a remarkable swordfighter, general, and is also a great marksman.

    Puss-in-Boots 
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The one and only Puss-in-Boots.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: He's bisexual while in most stories it was unmentioned.
  • Animal Jingoism: He's a cat and he considers the Three Blind Mice his nemesis.
  • Badass Cape: He even has a custom made leather cape.
  • Cat People: Has opposable thumbs and can walk on two legs.
  • Cats Hate Water: Like a regular cat he's hydrophobic.
  • Composite Character: He's combined with the Marquis of Carabas, who was his owner in the original story, but that is his title.
  • Furry Reminder: He might be able to talk and walk upright, but Furbo is still a cat, and hates water, likes catnip, is nocturnal, takes catnaps and has predatory instincts.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears boots, a hat, gloves, a cape and a belt for his sword, but doesn't wear other clothes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Booted Cat, Cat, Fabulous Feline, and Puss.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's a humanoid cat in a relationship with Briar Rose.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Given the name of Furbo, which was given to him by his original owner before he came into the possession of Cameron Thrawn.
  • Nice Hat: He also has a pretty neat hat with a feather on it.
  • Nice Shoes: His signature boots.
  • Odd Friendship: He's friends with Prince Charming, having helped him rescue Briar Rose.
  • Uplifted Animal: He was turned into an anthropomorphic feline by the Crooked Man using his magical Crooked Coin.

    Chicken Little 
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    Robin Redbreast 
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    King Cole 
Old King Cole Eisenhart, the "merry old soul" and the protagonist of a nursery rhyme. Former mayor of Fabletown and former King of the Iron Realm, as well as the father of Prince Charming.
  • Cool Old Guy: He was Snow White's sponsor and she even named one of her children after him even though she was no longer married to his son. Yeah, he's pretty cool.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Like his son, he's given the family name of Eisenhart, fitting for the king of the Iron Realm.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Being the father of Prince Charming makes him grandfather of Jack and Jill Horner and great-grandfather of Jack Frost.

Other Fables

    Bloody Mary (Mary Worth) 
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The folklore ghost that appears in a mirror of you call her name three times. She occasionally works as an enforcer for The Crooked Man, but has no permanent residence.
  • Anything That Moves: She's pansexual.
  • Back from the Dead: As a Fable, she can't be permanently killed as long as her legend lives on. She was killed once after the death of Mary I of England and later was burned alive by a Dr. Fate for her part in the Salem Witch Trials. She came back to life during the 19th century.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Keeps her hair relatively short.
  • Burn the Witch!: She's a witch hunter and was a major advocate of this method back in the 17th century during the Salem Witch Trials.
  • Composite Character: She's a composite of Bloody Mary from The Wolf Among Us and Mary Worth/Bloody Mary, a Batwoman villain.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's the most psychotic Fable introduced so far.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who knows about her is terrified of her.
  • Knife Nut: Fights with two knifes.
  • The Lad-ette: Her behavior isn't even remotely feminine. Her attire isn't super girly, either.
  • Logical Weakness: She can't travel through a covered mirror.
  • Magic Mirror: She can use mirrors for vigilance and communication.
  • Multicolored Hair: Mostly black hair with a red strand.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Seems to be her default expression, often veering into Slasher Smile territory.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's the mother of Greg Saunders, better known as Desperado.
  • Self-Duplication: If she stands in front of a mirror of appropriate size and good clarity and says her name three times, she can create a duplicate of herself that will be destroyed within a few hours.
  • Slasher Smile: Very much so.
  • Super Strength: Though she isn't known to throw cars or kick down vault doors, she is able to snap chains one-handed, break Kryptonian bones, and toss manhole covers aside as if they were throw pillows.
  • Super Toughness: Even by Fable standards, Mary is pretty tough and is capable of shrugging most injuries and blood loss.
  • The Witch Hunter: She's been hunting witches for centuries.

    Morgainne le Fey 
The current Queen of the Unseelie Court at Albion on The Homelands. Sister of Nimue Inwudu and Vivienne of the Lake.
  • Composite Character: Morgainne le Fay from Fables is combined with Morgan le Fey from the main DCU.
  • The Fair Folk: The Unseelie Court is more directly cruel, particularly toward humans and outsiders. That's not to mean they're unreasonable or evil. They're just more blunt and mean-spirited than the Seelie.

    Finvarra 
King of the Unseelie Court at Albion on The Homelands and husband of Morgainne le Fey.

    Victor Frankenstein/Geppetto 
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See The Cadre of the Immortal page

    Frankenstein's Monster 
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See the S.H.A.D.E. page

    Frankenstein's Bride 
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See the S.H.A.D.E. page

    Headless Horseman (Xingtian) 
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  • Achilles' Heel: Like all beings of daimonic heritage, he's vulnerable to adamant. He's also vulnerable to gold due to being a Dullahan.
  • All Myths Are True: He's practically every Headless Man from different mythologies all rolled into one.
  • An Axe to Grind: Carries an axe and he's always ready to chop the head of Ichabod Crane.
  • Badass Biker: Instead of a horse, the Headless Horseman now rides a bike on modern times.
  • Composite Character: Xingtian, the headless god from Chinese Mythology is combined with the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as the Green Knight from the Arthurian stories, the Blemmyes from Greek Mythology, Kabandha from Hindu mythology, the pagan god Crom Cruach and the Horseman of War.
  • Cool Helmet: Rather than the typical pumpkin head, he uses a pumpkin-themed biker helmet. He keeps his severed head inside it.
  • Divine Parentage: He's the son of Destruction of the Endless and the Chinese goddess Xiwangmu, caretaker of the Peaches of Immortality and a goddess of creation, destruction, life, and death.
  • The Dreaded: No one in Fabletown is excited when he comes into town.
  • Good Hurts Evil: He's not really evil, but the Horseman cannot cross into Hallowed Ground.
  • Headless Horseman: He's the best known version, and he's Badass Biker to boot.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Wears a leather biker's jacket, and he's a half-Endless, half-Daimon that relentlessly goes after Ichabod Crane.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: As a child of the Endless Destruction, he's the Horseman of War.
  • I Have Many Names: Bertilak de Hautdesert, Black Horseman, Blemmyes, Bredbeddle, Crom Cruach, Crum Dubh, Dullahan, Dulachán, Durahan, Ewen of Glen Cainnir, Foul Rider, Gan Ceann, Green Knight, Headsman, Headless Hessian, Headless Rider, Headless Spectre, Hell's Coachman, Hollow's Headsman, Kabandha, and War.
  • Implacable Man: Relentlessly chased after Ichabod Crane, and while Crane managed to convince Prince Brandish to call him back, the Manhattaning and the destruction of the original Fabletown restarted the curse, so once more he rides trying to get Ichabod's head.
  • Losing Your Head: His head was severed but he still fights on. This was possible due to his being the child of the Endless Destruction and the very powerful goddess Xiwangmu.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: He's the son of an Endless and a daimon.
  • One-Man Army: One time he managed to reach Fabletown to try and get Crane, and he incapacitated all the defenders, including Boy Blue and the Huntsman, only relenting due to Briar Rose's unorthodox tactic that forced him to vanish in the ether.

    Rumplestiltskin (Bregik Thastor) 
  • Archnemesis Dad: His daughter Meglik due to killing her mother Vestal and even helped bring him to justice.
  • Composite Character: The dwarf that cursed Prince Brandish is combined with the character Rumplestiltskin.
  • Connected All Along: Not only he's the father of Meglik, the one who cursed Prince Brandish and the one known as Rumplestiltskin, he's also the one who made the charm that allowed Goldilocks' Fae mother to hide her presence and live among humans.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned but hasn't appeared yet.
  • Jerkass: Everything so far that's known about him indicates that he's a huge prick.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the same Prince he cursed, with his daughter, Snow White and Rose Red breaking the curse.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed by a transformed Prince Brandish and so far it appears he hasn't come back despite the popularity of his story.

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