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Played by: Johnny Depp
- Berserk Button: You don't want to hurt Kim in front of Edward. Really, you don't.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: At the climax of the film, he kills Jim after he continually abuses Kim in front of him.
- The Cutie: He doesn't talk too much, he's very sweet and just wants to be loved.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Pretty much the only character who wears black, yet is pure-hearted.
- Devoted to You: As Jim himself points out, Edward would do anything for Kim. Including murder.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Or rather sharpness; he accidentally cuts a lot of stuff.
- Driven to Murder: He gives Jim a Disney Villain Death after impaling him with his scissors.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's extremely pale, which contrasts with his dark hair.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As the film goes on, Edward eventually drifts into this as the townspeople reject him due to him taking the blame for several incidents.
- Looks Like Cesare: Lean frame, tight black outfit, black hair and sickly visage. For many a viewer, Edward was their first experience with this trope.
- Manchild: Although he's more of a sweet, young child than an immature grown man.
- Nice Guy: He's a real sweetheart.
- No Brows: Luckily his dark eyelids help him emote.
- The Grotesque: He's deathly pale, has disheveled hair and his face is covered in scars, yet comes across as Adorkable due to his sheltered nature.
- The Quiet One: Despite being the main character of the film, he has a grand total of 169 words of dialogue throughout it.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: A golem, actually, but he easily passes for human.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kim, who is a human while he's an immortal golem.
Played by: Winona Ryder
- Beware the Nice Ones: She threatens to kill Jim herself if he doesn't stop harassing Edward, even holding a blade to his throat. Jim does not heed her warning.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Is utterly terrified of Edward at first, but eventually sees him for who he really is.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the only people who doesn't turn against Edward in the movie's climax.
- Narrator All Along: She is the elderly lady in the story's Framing Device.
- Only Sane Man: Throughout both acts of the film, for different reasons in each.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Edward.
Played by: Anthony Michael Hall
- Ax-Crazy: It wasn't enough to just scare Edward off, Jim decides to hunt him down and kill him.
- Big Bad: While not at first, as the story progresses, it becomes clearer that Jim is the main antagonist of the film, actively attempting to keep Kim and Edward apart from each other.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's so possessive over Kim he's willing to get into a fight with a guy with scissors for hands over her.
- Disney Villain Death: He is pushed out of the window at the top of the castle by Edward.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Kim eventually turns on him too, threatening him while he gives Edward a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Famous Last Words: "Hey! I said, stay away from her!"
- Hate Sink: He doesn't exactly have any redeeming traits.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is stabbed with Edward's scissors before being pushed out of the window in the climax.
- Jerkass: Had no problem leaving Edward to take the fall during their failed heist. After Kim dumps him, even his friends begin to see that he deserved it.
- Only One Name: Despite him being the Big Bad of the film, his last name is never given.
- The Sociopath: Has shades of this. He doesn't have much regard for the law (for example, he tries to steal from his parents' house), is shown to be manipulative (taking advantage of Edward's innocence and using him to pick locks to get into his parents' house to steal) and is not above trying to kill someone (his attempted murder of Edward).
Played by: Dianne Wiest
- Nice Girl: Takes Edward under her wing without a second thought and goes out of her way to make him feel at home.
- Parental Substitute: She's basically a mother to Edward for most of the story and she never once doubts his innocence, though she eventually concedes that bringing him to her home was a mistake, even if she had the best of intentions.
- Shrinking Violet: She tends to get steamrolled by her noisier, pushier neighbours.
- Women Are Wiser: Compared to her absurdly oblivious husband, Pegg is far more aware of the situation when things go sour for Edward.
Played by: Vincent Price
- Absent-Minded Professor: His priorities when building Edward were questionable to say the least. He started teaching him etiquette and poetry before attaching his legs and replacing his scissor-hands. In the end he never did get around to giving his surrogate son hands, as he died as soon as he showed them to Edward.
- Eccentric Mentor: Taught Edward how to function in polite society.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Manufactured an entire assembly line to produce shortbread cookies and chop up vegetables.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the time Pegg meets Edward.