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     Snow White 
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"God bless you, Snow. If you aren't a grand lass, then no one is." - Weyland Smith
"I'm Snow goddamn White. I look after myself. I look after my own. And I never lose."

The former Deputy Mayor of Fabletown (a position she held for 115 years) and the one really running the place during that time. She eventually had to leave her job after giving birth to seven children fathered by Bigby (by the result of a litter), but is separated from him due to circumstances. Four years later, he returns, and they're finally able to marry and raise their family together. Constant problems, and her extensive experience, however, would require her to still take charge during various emergencies.


  • Action Girl: On occasion, like when she kills Shere Khan or takes vengeance on the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Action Mom: Upgrades to this after having her kids. Perhaps most visible when she brings back her old fencing skills in order to defeat Prince Brandish, whom even Bigby fell to.
  • Adult Fear: Two of her children went missing without a trace, and later she learned that Darien had died. And as of the end of the Happily Ever After arc, she realizes that the mind-controlled Bigby is being sent to Wolf Manor to kill their children. Issue #149 has her finding the manor destroyed and no sign of the kids.
  • Badass Boast: Towards the end of the "Animal Farm storyarc. Snow is surrounded by dozens of armed animal revolutionaries, and when her demand for their is scoffed at, she replies:
    "You dumb bastards! I'm Snow White! I run Fabletown and I'm NEVER outgunned!"
Punctuated by her radioed order to a dragon to open fire.
  • Badass Family: Her mother was a powerful witch (originating from an old and highly magical bloodline, in fact), her aunt was a witch queen (albeit the one that tried to kill her with a poison apple), her husband is the son of the primal northern wind and a wolf Fable, and her seven children are all prophesied to do great (but not necessarily good) things.
  • Berserk Button: Don't. Mention. The Dwarfs. EVER. And don't threaten her kids.
  • Cain and Abel: Issues #148 and #149 reveal their rivalry goes further than simple sibling rivalry; it is part of a generations-long battle where sisters must kill one another to gain the full family magic and they are destined to follow the same path.
  • Cool Sword: She gets one during the Happily Ever After Arc, which she names Ice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her cynical, yet witty mind enables her to spew venom when the situation calls for it, especially after she retires from the Deputy Mayorship and no longer has to be diplomatic.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As is befitting a former princess named "Snow". It takes centuries for her to admit her attraction and eventual love for Bigby.
  • Everyone Can See It: Even if the circumstances and depth of their coital involvement were initially exaggerated, Reynard the Fox, Boy Blue, Pinocchio, and even ex-husband Prince Charming know there's something between Snow and the Big Bad Wolf. Rose Red explicitly tells Snow this when Bigby leaves town.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible sibling to Rose Red's Foolish sibling.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Rose Red, in the past, though to a lesser extent than her sister. The rivalry has since heated again since their reconciliation earlier in the series due to Rose's decision to give Brandish a second chance. Invoked again after that with the appearance of the gold and the black armors as of the Camelot arc.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: She survives a bullet in the brain because her story is very famous.
  • Happily Married: To Bigby.
  • In the Blood: It's revealed that the reason Prince Brandish wanted to marry her in the first place was to have heirs who inherited her strong wild magic, which was apparently passed down from her mother (and which her children and Rose have also inherited).
  • Interspecies Romance: With Bigby, the son of a Fableland wolf and the North Wind.
  • Lady of War: She shows this at times, like when she acts as general when the wooden soldiers attack Fabletown, and with her excellent fencing skills.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She would rather negotiate a peaceful solution to most dilemmas, but when Snow has to take an active, physical hand in things, she is a force to be reckoned with. Just ask Cinderella, Shere Khan or Prince Brandish.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: After the cubs (who aren't currently able to assume human form) are born, and Snow will be forced to move to Fabletown's Farm (where Bigby isn't allowed), Bigby suggests they all leave Fabletown and live in a part of the world secluded and cut off from the rest of the world. A teary-eyed Snow protests that she could never leave Fabletown or forswear her allegiance to its society.
  • Mama Bear: Oh, dear God, yes. If you try to hurt Snow's kids, you will pay for it. Her recent falling out with her sister due to her sparing Brandish as mentioned above is very much related to the fact that not only did he kill her husband, he also implied that her children "needed" to eventually die as well.
    to Geppetto: You were preparing to attack us. You threatened my children. Do you think I'd hesitate to throw a thousand worlds into chaos to protect my cubs?
  • Master Swordsman: Trained by ex-husband Prince Charming (probably the finest swordsman to ever live), Snow is proficient enough to handily defeat and skewer Prince Brandish, no slouch in the sword wielding department himself. And she did it with one arm in a sling.
  • Meaningful Name: Has pale skin, and a somewhat of a frosty demeanor.
  • Noble Bigot: Seems to hold Mundanes, or at least Mundy society and many of its conventions, largely in contempt, specifically the issue of abortion, television, and the purported notion that the Mundane justice system invariably blames the victim.
    • Refuses to deal with the Arabian Fable envoy, despite the overall importance of an alliance, stating that she "doesn't talk to those people". Though, considering the last time she dealt with Arabian Fables, she was made a prisoner and nearly raped and killed, this stance is at least somewhat understandable.
  • Number Two: As Deputy Mayor.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Snow realizes that her plan to have Clara the fire-breathing raven incinerate the invading Wooden Soldiers of the Empire resulted only in the creation of a couple of hundred humanoid torches.
    "Oh dear god. I've killed us all."
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her son Darien died in issue #120 (thus fulfilling his part of the prophecy).
  • Pregnant Badass: While not involved in the actual fighting, she did plan and lead the defense of Fabletown in "March of the Wooden Soldiers" while heavily pregnant.
  • Proper Lady: While she occasionally indulges in swearing, Snow is very prim, polite, and follows the rules of Fabletown strictly as well as she enforces them.
  • Rape and Revenge: The Seven Dwarfs did horrible, horrible things to her during her time with them, ending when she murdered them all in succession.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Well, she is Snow White.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Hunts down and systematically butchers each one of the Seven Dwarves who kidnapped and sexually abused her years ago. But done entirely on the QT, so that no one (except her husband Prince Charming) ever knew that she was the killer.
  • Screaming Birth: Fully justified. Times six.
    "Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Put a gun to my head and shoot me now! I'll die this time, I promise....Please, please, please just make them stop coming out of me! I'll do anything! I'll give you the key to any one of Bluebeard's treasure rooms! Your choice!"
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Especially because, due to an enchantment, she didn't even remember having the sex that caused it.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: While giving birth. She was in labor for forty-two hours before giving birth. To the first of six babies.
    "A litter? I'm having a litter?"
  • Too Many Babies: As mentioned above.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Snow White dresses much more femininely than Rose in dresses, skirts, and modest attire. She's almost more tactful and romantic in comparison to her wilder, outspoken sister.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: In a sense. In Storybook Love, she and Bigby are drugged by Bluebeard and sent far into the wilderness somewhere for Goldilocks to track and kill them. It takes them three days to wake up from their drugged state, eventually leading her to question Bigby if they slept together during that time without even knowing it. Bigby reassures her that they didn't, only to later be revealed that they did: Snow is pregnant, and Bigby suspected she was due to his heightened senses, but he refrained from telling her so she'd keep calm during their escape from Goldilocks.
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     Bigby Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf) 
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"True- you never served the Adversary, but if your fellow Fables ever suspected the whole truth— the full enormity of what you've done— they'd still tremble in their beds every night" - Kay
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"I won't become a shapeshifter, like my father and brothers— a creature of no particular kind! A thing of whim and unreliability! I will be only what I am! A man sometimes. And a WOLF at all times!"
The former Sheriff of Fabletown since its inception, he eventually left his job when he couldn't cope with being separated from Snow White. Eventually a loophole in the Fabletown rules reunites him with his love, the two then getting married and settling down to raise their seven kids (or cubs). Well, when there aren't any dire emergencies affecting Fabletown, that is.
  • The Atoner: He has worked for centuries to make up for all those thousands of people that he ate alive for sport. Subverted in that he feels no actual guilt for his actions, and is mostly just adapting to his new situation as a father and a leader in a civilized community. He initially decided to change his ways just to be close to Snow White, upon whom he had "imprinted".
  • Author Avatar: Willingham has a tendency to let Bigby expound on his own personal views, whether they are about the awfulness of France or otherwise, and has stated in an interview that as a Republican, he identifies with Snow and Bigby.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Cites this as one of the main reasons he was pegged to be Fabletown's Sheriff, and states that keeping the really evil things he has to do for the greater good from his bosses is one of his most prominent duties.
  • Badass Boast: "And I was still just a growing pup back then. I doubt even a brick house could survive now."
  • Badass in Distress: In Storybook Love, he's temporarily weakened by Goldilocks filling him with bullets and preparing to burn him, but is saved by Snow White axing Goldilock's head.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: The very same, except that now he's only one part-time due to becoming a werewolf.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls a truly EPIC one at the Battle of Fabletown, where he singlehandedly blows away the entire horde of the Adversary's Wooden Soldiers.
    "Too many candles on this birthday cake."
  • Blow You Away: He is the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs", meaning he can blow gale-force winds. He inherited this ability from his father, the North Wind. In addition, he can command "local winds" to always stay downwind of his enemies, letting him track them easily and confusing them if they rely on scent themselves. He could also hold his breath for at least three days when he was a pup - with a belly full of stones, at the bottom of a river.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Bigby was raised and lived as a pure wolf for centuries before conforming to civilization, and has a rather interesting sense of right and wrong. He cares nothing for morality outside of keeping one's "pack" and "territory" safe, and judges weakness, incompetence, irresponsibility and disloyalty far more harshly than malevolence. This includes either killing someone for not being able to keep their followers in check, or as he said "unforgivable weakness".
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After being brought back from the dead under the control of Leigh Duglas (and later Rose Red). He has since killed several of his once-friends and allies, including Beast and Ozma, and Rose intends to have him kill Snow, and maybe also their children.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Due to centuries of estrangement and outright hostility, Bigby can only bring himself to call his father "Mr. North".
  • Came Back Wrong: As of the Camelot arc, seeming to have lost most of his memories of his former life, but retaining his more destructive powers, and essentially brainwashed for easy control (firstly by Leigh Duglas and more recently by Rose Red). Comments made by both Leigh and Rose indicate that he's fighting their control and it's taking quite a bit of mental effort for them to subvert his will.
  • The Chessmaster: For a "man" who turns into a gigantic wolf, he is extremely good at manipulating others through subversion, misdirection and other guile strategies to achieve his objectives. These skills enable him to expertly resolve the myriad problems arising from "Who Killed Rose Red".
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: When fighting the Emperor in his wolf form, it turns out the former is too large to be affected by his winds and doesn't take much notice of random bites or scratches either from a wolf less than half his size. Eventually, Bigby retreats, changes to human form and returns with a large screwdriver to simply loosen the Emperor's wooden legs that finally causes him to fall.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the above mentioned arc, this is pretty much what he delivers to Beast and even Ozma, all while shouting for them to get away from him.
    • Delivered a handful of these to Jack Horner over the centuries.
    • Is on the receiving end of this from Brandish.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: According to him, the most efficient way to end any cycle of violence is to return all attacks ten times as hard, making the enemy so afraid of your counterattacks that they stop bothering you altogether. This explicitly includes Israel's bombings of civilians, on the grounds that between certain death and collateral damage, the natural thing to do is fight with everything you have regardless of the costs.
  • The Dragon: Unwillingly, to Leigh Duglas (as mentioned above) due to her stealing a part of the glass statue he was turned into, preventing all attempts for a proper resurrection and causing him to come back quite different from what he was before. After Rose kills Leigh and claims the ring for herself, he becomes her Dragon.
  • The Dreaded: The most feared Fable in the Homelands, and still a figure of terror and abject hatred among the Farm Fables, who have banned him from ever setting foot there. Even Fabletown's human citizens are still wary of him, after centuries of him serving as Sheriff.
  • Dysfunction Junction: His family: his father left them, his mother died of heartbreak, and his brothers spurned their mother's memory to get at their father's powers, losing themselves in the process. For all that, though, he is a good and devoted father and husband himself.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He was very fond of his mother as a young cub. Her death of a broken heart after having been abandoned by the North Wind was the catalyst for Bigby's centuries-long hatred of his father.
  • Happily Married: To Snow White. Until he died at the hands of Brandish, that is. And then Came Back Wrong. He luckily returns back to normal though, and their relationship continues as if the hiccup never happened. The epilogue, set 1000 years past the Fables finale, show that he and Snow are still going stronger than ever.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In his backstory. Overlaps a little with Hazy Feel Turn, as his motivation for changing sides was not so much a change of heart as a change of priorities.
  • He's Back: Disappeared for four years after he couldn't see his and Snow's children when she moved to the Farm, but is eventually found by Mowgli and returns at the news of a new threat, along with learning of a loophole allowing him and Snow to finally live together.
  • Hopeless with Tech: A self-confessed Luddite. He's never even learned how to drive.
  • Insult Backfire: During the "Who Killed Rose Red" storyarc, an exasperated Snow White calls Fabletown's sheriff a "frustrating son of a bitch", to which Bigby calmly replies, "Literally, in my case. But she was always nuturing and loving; the best mother a cub could want."
  • Interspecies Romance: Since the guy is a giant wolf and his human form is merely a disguise, his relationship with Snow counts as this. He mentions that it took him "a few centuries to get into human girls."
  • Irony: His severe punishment in Little Red Riding Hood did nothing but convince him that humans would be his only prey from then on.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Silver does far more lasting damage to Bigby than any other substance. Fire also works, according to Goldilocks.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Turned into a glass statue and shattered to pieces by Prince Brandish.
  • Love At First Scent: With Snow.
  • Manipulative Bastard: So good at using guile and subversion to make people do what he wants or otherwise get his way, it's scary. See how smoothly and successfully he tricks Mr. North into pledging allegiance to Fabletown, by playing upon North's pride.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Early on in the series, Bigby was drawn in a much more handsome, rugged manner, and the artist took many opportunities to draw him in tight undies or less.
  • Mook Horror Show: Executes this upon the Genres towards the end of "The Great Fables Crossover". While in the form of a little girl, no less.
  • Noble Wolf: His sense of morality revolves around protecting his pack and territory.
  • Not Quite Dead: It is later revealed that his connections to the North Wind, both past (his father) and present (his daughter), give him a certain leniency when it comes to death. It is also foretold that he will outlive all of his children, but only after he has died seven times, so it is a safe bet that he will be back eventually. And, as of the Camelot arc, he has, though not quite as he used to be...
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: He's a massive wolf transformed into a human, and he can both partially and fully transform back into his true form.
  • Papa Wolf: Literally, and taken to the logical extreme. His entire "morality" is centered around pack and territory, and protecting his mate and "cubs" in ways that would cross into Protagonist-Centered Morality and/or Moral Myopia if he cared a bit about the philosophy rather than just following his instincts and protecting his family at all costs.
  • Perma-Stubble: Because of his wolfish nature. During one story set during WWII, he has to be clean shaven to infiltrate a Nazi outpost, and even though he shaves right before going in, the stubble is back only about 30 minutes later. The trope is also very literal - while in his totally human form, his facial hair never gets further than stubble, no matter how long he leaves it. If he shifts into his wolf man form, he gets a very respectable set of muttonchop whiskers.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero and/or Politically Incorrect Villain: He has outstanding family values. Otherwise, though...
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: While nothing really can redeem you for untold thousands of killings, Bigby has genuinely worked his ass off to protect Fabletown for centuries, earning the forgiveness of most of the loyal Fables. Whether this makes him a socially realistic example of a Heel–Face Turn or a Karma Houdini is up for debate. Besides keeping his family happy with him though, Bigby himself doesn't care where he stands on any moral scale.
  • Punny Name: Bigby Wolf. Big Bad Wolf.
  • Put on a Bus: After Snow White gives birth to their children, but decides to stay on the Farm where Bigby isn't allowed to be, Bigby takes this as Snow choosing Fabletown "over him" and not letting him see their children, to which he subsequently disappears for four years. Eventually, Mowgli is tasked to find him when Fabletown needs him back and it takes Mowgli a year to do so, eventually tracking Bigby to a remote cabin in Alaska.
  • Reality Ensues: At his "parlor scene" near the end of "Who Killed Rose Red", Bigby describes the actual career of a law enforcement officer as very different from what is depicted on TV and in films. He relates a life of relentless boredom and waiting, tons of paperwork, and car chases, shootouts and such as extreme rarities.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His orbs turn glow crimson as a wolf. Two words: RUN. And FAST.
  • Rule of Cool: Apparently, eating tons of food if you're an animal Fable doesn't make you fat, it makes your entire body grow to scale, eventually leaving you a giant. It's been theorized that, despite willfully spurning his inherent shapeshifting ability (part of his birthright as a son of the North Wind) to remain a wolf, his determination to become the biggest and strongest of all creatures subconsciously tapped into that power and contributed to his unusual growth.
  • Smoking Is Cool: His powerful senses get overwhelmed by everything that goes on in the city, so he smokes to block most of it out. When he's out of the city or specifically needs his nose, though, such as when examining a crime scene, he ditches the cigarettes without a second thought.
  • Social Darwinist: In "Werewolves of the Heartland" he states that he is fine with the werewolves attacking, hunting, and eating humans as long as they do so openly. His problem is the cowardly, half-assed way they go about it. Pinocchio's prediction of how the war would unfold should the Emperor attack Earth with magical plagues, i.e.: biological weapons, also involves Bigby leading mundy soldiers in ruthlessly conquering and subjugating the far less advanced Homelands for themselves.
  • The Spymaster: His other, secret role in serving Fabletown. He has a number of agents scattered around the world whose existence is known only to him, then later Beast, his successor.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played with: Snow White is his soulmate, meaning he can't elude her scent, no matter what: he always knows where she is and how she's feeling at any given moment. However he doesn't act as a stalker, respects her boundaries and is not particularly happy about the whole thing until she eventually reciprocates. He actually restrains himself for several centuries before acting on the feelings at all, besides leaving his old ways behind to be in her proximity.
  • Summation Gathering: Bigby initiates a classic one in the last chapter of "Who Killed Rose Red".
  • Super Breath: His inheritance from the North Wind. In other words, he "huffs and puffs".
  • Token Evil Teammate: While no Fable aside from Flycatcher has a clear conscience by the time they sign the Fabletown Amnesty and cynicism is a strong theme throughout the comics, Bigby has personally and unrepentantly murdered many times more people than all the other protagonist Fables in the story put together. And his Heel–Face Turn is entirely a matter of new priorities, rather than guilt or remorse.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: What Bigby is at best - at worst, he's a Noble Demon with strong tribal values.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change between human and wolf form at will. It's stated that he was born with the ability to change into any shape imaginable but refused to be anything but a wolf out of spite for his father until the ability withered and he was stuck. After leaving the Homelands, he becomes a werewolf - so as to be able to assume a human appearance - in order to be with Snow White. This also gave him an "in-between" form, the traditional Hollywood-style humanoid wolf-man.
  • Willfully Weak: He drinks and smokes a lot to dull his senses and keep from going completely insane while living in the city, otherwise he'd be able to smell and hear everything from miles around, and potentially revert to his bloodthirsty nature.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Along with Snow White, see her example.
  • Wolf Man: He can partially transform into a wolf-man style werewolf.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Played with. He managed to exchange his fate with another one's. Though it's probably played straight with his new fate, as the "come back from the dead seven times total" and "outlive all his children" parts seem well on his way to being played out in full.

     Rose Red 
Snow White's wilder younger sister who has a troubled relationship with her older sibling and is the leader of Fabletown's farm.
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  • Alliterative Name: Rose Red.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Especially Jack, off and on. As of the Happily Ever After arc, she's decided to get Bigby to be with her after he kills Snow.
  • Cain and Abel: After issues #148 and #149 bring the truth about their bloodline to light, Rose is now fully prepared to have Snow killed in order to inherit the family magical power. In the finale, however, when she realizes that the tontine curse upon her and Snow is broken or, at least, weakened (when a "soldier", possibly Boy Blue, reminds her that Snow had male children while Rose is still alive, what would be impossible if the curse were in full effect), she ends the rivalry peacefully, preventing a massive war from happening.
  • Character Development: Goes from the original wild child to capable leader of the Farm. And from capable leader to power-mad murderess.
  • Collateral Angst: After Boy Blue dies.
  • Cool Aunt: To the Cubs. Until the Happily Ever After arc, when she sends Bigby to kill them.
  • Cool Sword: She gets one during the Happily Ever After Arc, which she names Thorn.
  • Didn't Think This Through: With logic holes you could drive a truck through, her and Jack's whole scheme to bilk Bluebeard out of his money by faking her death was fundamentally flawed and doomed from the start, Lampshaded by Snow and everyone else present.
    Prince Charming: Neither Rose or Jack ever earned renown for their intelligence. Working together, they couldn't help but reach new lows in imbecility.
  • 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. And, like with many other tropes, in Happily Ever After she's getting even more outspoken and angry as the power of her magical bloodline affects her.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish sibling to Snow White's Responsible. Though she's become an efficient leader of the Farm, and was usually more rebellious than foolish. Lampshaded in Happily Ever After when Morgan tells her a bit about how magic works; the sole thing Rose takes away from the conversation is that she should name her sword.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: She went into deep depression after Boy Blue's death and swore that she'd work hard to become worthy of him if or when he returned. Come the Camelot arc however, he appears to have been forgotten about as she falls into old habits and immediately falls for Lancelot and calls him her true love. Calling to mind some Aesop Amnesia in the process as Blue had previously called her out on only finding men interesting when she first got to know them, then losing interest afterwards, a comment that had hit her hard.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Subverted hard. Unlike her sister, who is so famous among the Mundanes that if her body were damaged to the point that healing was impossible she would just reappear whole somewhere else, Rose has been pushed out of her own story and is thus almost totally unknown by regular folk, which means while she is unaging, she is as easy to kill as an ordinary human, and if she dies, unlike her sister its almost certain she won't come back.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Snow White, in the past. And again as of the Camelot arc due to her decision to give Prince Brandish a second chance and a role in her new Camelot. Later invoked in the Happily Ever After arc with the appearance of the gold and black armors. By the end of the arc, her armor has turned blood red, indicating her willingness to commit sororicide. It all eventually comes to an end when Rose Red decides to let bygones be bygones.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: As of the Camelot arc, it's been pretty well established that despite how much of a benevolent leader or loving relative she can be, it doesn't take much convincing to make her turn bad again.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Boy Blue dies, Rose is devastated and spends weeks secluded in her house, not even bothering to get out of bed. She finally snaps out of it just in time to prevent being deposed as leader of The Farm.
  • Hope Bringer: The personification of Hope eventually chooses her to be one of her paladins. Considering her troubled past, Rose decides to become a person that creates hope by offering second chances. This merges into Good Is Dumb when she sacrifices her relationship with Snow to give Brandish a second chance. Unsurprisingly, Brandish betrays them the first chance he gets, killing first Weyland Smith and more recently Lancelot (Rose's current lover) in the process.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Jack brings her to several of these during their tryst in the middle of the Great Fables Crossover.
  • Really Gets Around: Jack, Bluebeard, Sinbad, Lancelot - are just her most recent partners.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rose sports a short hairdo, drinks, cusses like a sailor, wears boots and jeans while Snow prefers skirts and heels.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By Rose and Snow's backstory, Rose began acting like a bitch after she spent years depressed over Snow's supposed death. When their mother revealed Snow was still alive, Rose became bitter and hostile towards her sister for supposedly abandoning her. She also claimed she couldn't stand the fact that she'd been forgotten by so many people, whereas everyone remembered Snow and continued to rewrite and republish her ordeal with her stepmother, the dwarves, and Prince Charming.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starting with Animal Farm the relationship between Rose and Snow began to heal, and the two were more or less back on good terms by the time of Snow's wedding. Then she Took a Level in Jerkass AGAIN. When she discovers that Ms. Duglas is using a magic ring to control Bigby she decides to keep the ring for herself. Her current plan is to force Bigby to kill Snow (thus causing the full power of their bloodline to revert to herself), then mind control Bigby into falling in love with her. Though, ultimately, she decides against this.

     Prince Charming 
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"I always truly love a woman when I'm first chasing her- I'm just no damned good at the "happily ever after" part."

"After all this time, do you not know me at all, my friend? Whether it involves a desperate war or a woman's virtue, I always win my battles. Always."

Ex-husband to (in chronological order) Snow White, Briar Rose, and Cinderella. He successfully managed to grab the position of Mayor from Old King Cole. Later resigns from the Mayorship to become Fabletown's Director of Homeland Recovery, basically making him Commander in Chief in the war against The Empire.


  • The Atoner: Tells Bluebeard, (a man he is set to kill so has no motive to mislead) that he intends to kill him as a "favor" to his ex-wife Snow White, for the events that led to their divorce. Of course, his primary reason for getting Bluebeard out of the way is to get his hands on his considerable riches, but Charming expressed sincere sorrow for his betrayal of Snow, and relished the opportunity to make up for it.
    • Although getting Bigby to return to Fabletown was utterly crucial to the war effort against the Empire, Prince Charming went to great lengths to make sure that not only would Bigby be able to live with Snow and his cubs, but they would be very comfortable and happy in the vast territory he parceled out to them, so this could be seen as a further act of atonement.
  • Back from the Dead: In Fairest #15.
  • Badass Boast: To be expected of an egocentric rake, but delivers one actually not centered on himself to start off Fabletown's War Council that even impresses Bigby.
    "Why, we're going to crush them, of course. We're going to put an end to their filthy Empire, once and for all."
  • Bi the Way: He mentions in "The Return of the Maharaja" that he has loved men before, and seems to be quite open to the idea of homosexuality.
  • The Casanova: His entire point. The reason he's in so many stories is because he constantly marries and eventually abandons various princesses and other beauties.
  • The Chains of Commanding: After becoming Mayor.
  • Character Development: He starts out as a selfish womanizer, but becoming mayor of Fabletown helps him mature. In the end, he sacrifices himself to destroy the Adversary's last gateway between the human and fable worlds. By "The Return of the Maharaja", you'd be very surprised to see this is the same person from early on.
  • Charm Person: The source of his success with women. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't last all that long.
  • The Chessmaster: Utilizes the Mouse Police as spies to keep tabs on Bluebeard, as part of his scheme to assassinate him, preventing him from murdering Snow White and Bigby, and also to ultimately take control of Bluebeard's vast riches, after Charming becomes Mayor. He also proves quite adept at heading up the intelligence gathering and espionage missions Fabletown launches in the prelude to declaring war on the Empire.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • In addition to being a Master Swordsman, he turns out to be quite the strategic genius, as well.
    • During Snow White's revenge against the Seven Dwarves he proves himself to be quite a competent statesman and investigator and before the story began he had successfully averted a war between dwarves and humans. He also found out about Snow's actions, but ultimately kept silent because of his love for her.
  • The Determinator: With the help of Sinbad, over the course of four days, Charming fights his way through hordes of the Adversary's troops to personally deliver and deploy the bomb that will destroy the last enemy gateway, despite severe burns suffered in the crash of their airship.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Probably Charming's worst trait. Star example? He ran for mayor just so he could get his hands on Bluebeard's wealth, but fails to realize that running Fabletown is an extremely difficult job, especially because Snow White and Bigby make it clear that they'll quit if he takes over. The main reason he got elected in the first place was his promise of free Glamours for all non-Humanoid Fables, but didn't check with Frau Totenkinder if that was even possible. Turns out it isn't. Oops.
  • Disney Death: His body wasn't actually found. It's eventually revealed that he's alive, and working against his former ally Sinbad, who is trying to build a new multi-world empire based on an Islamic caliphate. Charming says openly that he didn't fight to overthrow one empire just for it to be replaced by another.
  • Dual Wielding: Duels Bluebeard with a regular sword, along with a dagger.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Fabletown's Director of Homeland Security, despite grievous wounds and burns suffered in his airship's destruction, fights his way alongside Sinbad through hordes of Imperial troops to get to the last mystical gateway and blow it up, sealing Fabletown's victory in the War to End All Wars. Subverted in that he survives by escaping through the gateway at the last second.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Is utterly appalled to discover that Arabian envoy Sinbad keeps slaves, and absolutely refuses to budge on that point, despite the dire need for an alliance with the Arabian Fables and the fact that there in no actual provision against having slaves in the Fabletown charter (which is stated to be because no one ever brought it up).
    • When recounting his romantic conquests to Beauty for her to document in his memoirs, Charming details how he bedded a dairy farmer and her two daughters. When Beauty assumes Charming had sex with all three at the same time, he is deeply offended at the notion.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Sinbad become very tight during their campaign against the Empire, to the point where Charming has to force Sinbad to leave his side so Charming can blow up the final gateway.
    • Charming and Bigby go from despising each other to a friendship built upon mutual respect and trust, after Charming helps Bigby get around the Farm ban to reunite with Snow and his cubs, and their collaboration in plotting the destruction of the Empire. When Charming (supposedly) pulls his Heroic Sacrifice to destroy the final gateway, Bigby refuses to believe he's really dead and pledges to find him.
  • Forceful Kiss: Plants one on Beauty during the "Arabian Nights (and Days)" storyarc.
  • Frontline General: Despite not having an official, recognized rank during the Battle of Fabletown, he is by virtue of his experience in war a natural field commander, planning and directing offense and defense personally, and is right up front in the thick of the action at all times. And during the full on war against the Empire, after being officially named Director of Homeland Recovery, Charming, along with captain Sinbad, personally flies the Glory of Baghdad airship right into enemy territory to destroy the magical gateways, and when the ship is eventually downed, engages wave after wave of enemy infantry on his way to his objective.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Always has a nasty, but smoothly delivered barb ready for anyone who tries to match witty rejoinders, or just annoy him.
    (to Bigby)"You are a small, tedious man in need of more frequent bathing."
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Charming's various affairs are normally portrayed as a flaw to his character as he's selfish and unwilling to commit. Though Snow White views the loss of their marriage as a mutual thing as her actions ended up alienating him just as much as his affairs did to her.
  • Guile Hero: While Charming's most capable weapon is his sword there are times when he's shown a genuinely cunning streak. When Snow exacts her revenge on the Seven Dwarves, the Dwarf King threatened war should Charming not find the culprit. Eventually Charming learns of Snow's actions (having trained her with a sword and witnessed the gradual killings of the dwarves getting more professional in accordance to her skill level) but ultimately pulls a gambit wherein he frames and executes one of the kingdom's most notorious murderers and sends his head to the Dwarf King claiming he was the Dwarf killer. He successfully averted a war but chose not to pursue the matter further with Snow in an effort to let her have her secrets.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With all of his allies dead and his only method of transportation destroyed, Charming singlehandedly takes the final bomb to the last gateway between the human and fable worlds and detonates it, presumably dying in the process.
  • Hypocrite: When it's discovered that the Woodland Building's doorman Trusty John is a spy for the Empire, Prince Charming is forced to banish him to the Witching Well. As he does so, he calls John "a craven pimp". Later, a guilt-ridden Charming has a nightmare where Trusty John promises to rise out of the Well and get revenge on him, citing the hypocrisy of the notorious womanizer Charming condemning him for betrayal.
  • Hidden Depths: After centuries of renown (and infamy) as a unrepentant womanizer, user and all-around cad, Prince Charming, when war with the Empire becomes an impending reality, rises to the occasion and shows his immense talent for battle planning and tactics.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: As the pressures of running Fabletown get to him, Charming can often be seen taking many swigs from his private stash.
  • Jerkass: Rude, womanizing, condescending, and greedy; Charming has almost no redeeming traits when he makes his debut.
  • Ladykiller in Love: His infatuation with Nalayani seems very much like the real thing, as admitting his love for her enables him to magically heal.
  • Master Swordsman: The most talented swordsman among all the Fables, maybe the most talented swordsman who's ever lived. He easily kills Bluebeard in a duel. Also gave fencing lessons to Snow White when they were married.
  • Never Found the Body: Which, of course, leads to the mentioned above.
  • Oh, Crap!: The newly-elected mayor's reaction when told that he would not be able to fulfill his promise to the animal Fables (who were the main reason he won the election) to supply free Glamours to anyone who wants one.
  • The Pornomancer: Maybe the best of all time. to quote Beauty: "You practically exude a panty-dropping musk that would make us all rich if we could bottle it."
  • Prince Charmless/Prince Charming: A notable deconstruction of these tropes. He's beautiful and charming, but he's also rotten to the core (at least, until Character Development kicks in).
    Beauty: We both know you're hollow, Prince Charming. A ton of slick romance, encrusted with not a particle of real love.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: In order to prevent a war between kingdoms, Charming has notorious highwayman Blackbriar Johnny set up as the fall guy for the murder of the Seven Dwarfs. It was actually Snow White.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Engages in this whenever he must interact with one of his ex-wives, even under friendly circumstances.
  • Start of Darkness: Charming's philandering ways began when Snow, his first wife, secretly murdered the Seven Dwarves in retaliation for their kidnapping and extended sexual abuse of her, lying to her husband about the depth of her knowledge and involvement in the affair, all of this nearly causing a war. Snow White herself admits that her abuse of Charming's trust could very well have been what made him the cad he is today.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: His looks are his bread and butter.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Uses his trademark sweet talk and golden tongue to shack up with Briar Rose (ex-wife #2) in her luxurious apartment, and has the run of the place in short order.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He and Briar Rose pretend to be a couple of these during an undercover mission. Briar bestows him with "Mortimer" as an alias.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Starts (or goes back?) to his philandering ways after his marriage with Snow White falls apart.
  • 0% Approval Rating: His tenure as mayor wasn't completely catastrophic, and most of the disasters that did occur weren't even his fault. But Charming was clearly overwhelmed by the job and everyone knew it. It got so bad that he slept in the Business Office more often than not rather than go home each night, all to avoid the angry protesters camping out in front of the main building each day.

     Cinderella 
"Everyone knows my story. I get dressed up. The clock strikes twelve. I lose a shoe. And it's all downhill from there. My name is Cinderella. Cindy to my friends. Don't tell anyone, but I'm a spy. One of the best, even if I'm being humble. And there are times I love my job."
Prince Charming's third wife. Officially a simple shoe store owner, she's actually one of the top secret agents of Fabletown.

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"I have loads of questions for you to answer. Just as soon as I finish kicking your ass."

  • Arch-Enemy: To Dorothy Gale, now a notorious assassin.
  • Action Girl: She is an undercover spy whose skills would put James Bond to shame. Her Inner Monologue during the "War and Pieces" arc points out that her longevity gives her a near-unbeatable advantage over any Mundane spy or combatant—she's had centuries to train and perfect her skills, while any given Mundane has only a single human lifespan to do the same.
  • 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.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The beginning and vast majority of "Cinderella Libertine" makes it look like Cindy is a betrayer of Fabletown and spy for the Adversary, when in actuality, she is a spy totally loyal to Bigby and her fellow Fables.
  • Car Fu: During the "Skullduggery" two-parter, she uses a dump truck to get the drop on Imperial Envoy Hansel who is escaping in a sedan, utterly crushing his front end.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Arguably the finest hand-to-hand fighter in the Fableverse, she will also use any object in her vicinity to gain an advantage in battle. Hansel, the Adversary's "envoy", even states that his dossier on her denotes that.
  • Cute Bruiser: More "drop dead sexy" than "cute, but more than capable of taking out men more than twice her size, even in close quarters, and a numbers disadvantage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As befits her cynical, irreverent nature.
  • Determinator: In her Final Battle with Frau Totenkinder, she survives what is essentially a Fantastic Nuke at point-blank range, albeit barely. While Totenkinder can barely move, Cinderella manages to stand up and walk over to her glass slipper before she collapsed. When Totenkinder asks How Is That Even Possible?, she says this:
    Cinderella: Stubborn, I guess. Work to finish.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Arguably the greatest the Fable world has ever seen.
  • 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.
  • Honey Trap: How she took down former Deputy Mayor (and The Mole for The Empire) Ichabod Crane, and probably many others like him.
  • May–December Romance: Pretended to have one with Ichabod Crane. (At least, appearance-wise. Given that they're both Really 700 Years Old...)
  • Mutual Kill: With Totenkinder. She dies of her injuries soon after killing her.
  • Not So Different: After meeting Aladdin, her Baghdad counterpart under less than auspicious circumstances, they start to bond when the realize they were both "born poor, and lifted from the ashes to royalty by magic".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In "Cinderella Libertine", where she plays a Dumb Blonde in order to seduce and lure information out of Ichabod Crane.
  • Reality Ensues: Her mission to rescue Pinocchio from kidnappers succeeds despite her "capture" because the bad guys fail to strip her of all the pistils on her person, assuming she only had the one already on her person, and the one she took from her "escort". Cinderella made sure to take the firearms off all three of her assailants, which, as she points out, is what any real spy would do, unlike in the movies.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Has an unrepentant guttermouth, to help with her facade of a bitter, irresponsible, jet-setting shoe store owner.
  • Super Strength: At one point, is able to flip an upended Range Rover back on its wheels single-handed.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Answers to Prince Charming as mayor of Fabletown, and is dispatched by him for several missions during his tenure, and she despises every minute of working with her ex-husband. Cinderella does take pleasure in handing him huge bills for her expenses, however.
  • The Vamp: Often takes this role in the course of her missions.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: After acquiring the silver slippers from Dorothy Gale, she can look like anybody she feels like, which should be very useful for her profession.
    • Frau Totenkinder once turned her into a mouse, as part of a mission.

     Boy Blue 
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"And always with a healthy dose of, 'a kid like you ain't lived enough and suffered enough to play the blues.'"
A Fabletown citizen, later hired as Snow White's personal assistant. Later proves his skill as a powerful warrior, using a mysterious artifact known as the Witching Cloak, as well as the Vorpal Sword.
  • Alliterative Name: Boy Blue.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Wounded in the arm by a magic arrow towards the end of the War with the Empire, Blue's wound becomes worse and worse, threatening to spread to the rest of his body. Dr. Swineheart is forced to amputate it.
  • Black Knight: Given this appellation during his one-man invasion of the Empire, even though the Witching Cloak is blue, not black.
  • Blue Is Heroic: A reluctant hero, certainly. But he always rises to the occasion to do the right thing and is always swathed in blue.
  • Blues: His signature musical genre.
  • Body Horror: As his Mr. Dark-inflicted wounds worsen, his own flesh begins to rot. By the end, he's basically just a corpse that's clinging to life.
  • Color Character: Boy Blue.
  • Cool Sword: The Vorpal Blade, also known as "the Jabberwock's Bane", is a powerful magic weapon that practically swings itself and never fails to slice through its target. Blue used it to tremendous success in his invasion of the Empire.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: More like decapitating the feared and almighty Emperor!. Too bad he's just a giant puppet so it wasn't permanent.
  • The Dreaded: His depredations in the Homelands have raised him to the status of the feared "Black Knight" who "collects taxes on the tax collectors", chopping ripe green goblin heads. The gob soldiers even tell horror stories about him around campfires.
  • Hammer Space: The Witching Cloak had this capability, enabling him during his Homelands incursion, to carry the Vorpal Sword, countless books, maps and documents obtained in the Empire, as well as Pinocchio's wooden body. It also enables Blue to transport vast amounts of supplies to Haven's subjects, and ammunition, ordinance,and other vital military supplies for Fabletown's war effort.
  • The Heart: An earnest, straightforward young man, polite to everyone, often plays the peacemaker and beloved by just about the entire Fable community. So his eventual death hits them all pretty hard.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After what happened with Red Riding Hood.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Had it bad for both versions of "Red Riding Hood", as well as Rose Red.
  • Hope Spot: As his wounded arm worsens, Dr. Swineheart is forced to amputate it before the wound spreads. Initially, it seems like Boy Blue is recovering, and Swineheart finds a strand of the now-destroyed Witching Cloak buried in his arm, believing that to be the cause of his illness. Then the wounds start spreading over the rest of his body...
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: As Snow White's assistant, he played a major role in keeping Fabletown running. When he left after Prince Charming took over, Charming quickly found himself buried in work that Blue could have handled without a problem.
    • In addition, he's also the only person who understands how to use the Witching Cloak, a powerful garment that makes its wearer Nigh Invulnerable, on top of granting loads of other useful abilities.
  • Iconic Outfit: He tends to wear blue wherever he goes, starting with a simple blue coat and eventually donning the Witching Cloak. The person who convinces Red Rose to stop the needless conflict with Snow White in the final issue wears a similar outfit, revealing him to be a resurrected Boy Blue.
  • In the Hood: Wears one that helps conceal his identity (along with accompanying mask) when he invades the Homelands.
  • Jump Scare: Poor Blue seems to be a magnet for this. He suffers one after being captured during his one-man invasion of the Homelands, when he wakes up in a cage, and the first thing he sees upon opening his eyes is the Emperor's severed, but still scary demonic head.
    • Later, after being sentenced to work "hard labor" at the Farm, he gets this in the form of a wake up call, getting a close-up face full of Stinky the Badger. Every single morning.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies from a wound from a magical arrow inflicted at the end of the war against the Empire. But Stinky and other Farm Fables vehemently (and fanatically) believe he'll return to life one day.
  • Meaningful Name: Not only wears blue clothing exclusively, but also a Blues magician.
  • Nice Guy: Slightly below Flycatcher on the niceness scale, but still one of the kindest and most reliable Fables.
  • Quit Your Whining: Tells off Charming for the mess he's made since becoming Mayor, since the whole thing was basically an ego trip, and Blue's got real problems to sort out right now.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Rose Red, talking about how she immediately falls in love with the greatest hero in the room without ever truly loving the person behind the heroics.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Invaded the Homelands with the full knowledge and backing of Mayor Charming, but as they had to make it appear Blue was acting totally on his own initiative (taking magical items like the Witching Cloak and Vorpal Blade out of the Fabletown Business Office is a huge no-no), Charming had to prosecute Blue and sentence him to "hard" labor on the Farm.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Colonel Bearskin's forces, as depicted in "The Last Castle".
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Has this reaction upon learning that Stinky and other Farm Fables have established a religion devoted to him. In the "afterlife", he asks Bigby to pass this sentiment along as a message.
  • Those Two Guys: He started out as this with both Pinocchio and Flycatcher.
  • Took a Level in Badass/Let's Get Dangerous!: He singlehandedly invades the Empire, throws the entire territory into chaos when he kills several high ranking officials including the Emperor himself, rescues Red Riding Hood, meets the Adversary in person, and still manages to return home alive.
  • Unwanted False Faith: He just wanted to be a regular guy but ended up getting a religion based around him after his exploits listed above.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Winds up with one after the war. While it was initially believed to be due to an enchanted arrow from the Adversary hitting him in the arm, it's actually a spell of Mr. Dark, as revenge for using the Witching Cloak. Even Dr. Swineheart, one of the best healers in the Homelands, can't do anything to save him.
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     Flycatcher 
"And that about wraps up this story. A lowly janitor called Flycatcher endured many trials and saved many lost people. And then he became a great and powerful king and his kingdom was at peace."
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.
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  • Almighty Janitor: He ends up becoming a almost literal example.
  • Ascended Extra: Not even the most dedicated, longtime Fables fan could have guessed that the simple, unassuming, fly-devouring janitor for the Woodland Building would only scant years later prove to be one of the most powerful, pivotal figures in future storyarcs and the mythos on the whole.
  • Babies Ever After: In The Last Flycatcher Story included in issue #141, it's revealed he and Red Riding Hood eventually get married and have four children.
  • Badass Pacifist: Defeats many, many of Geppetto's armies without spilling a single drop of blood, all by himself.
  • Beard of Sorrow: During his Heroic BSoD.
  • Beautiful All Along: After his makeover in The Good Prince.
  • Big Good: After creating his own kingdom in Haven.
  • Cool Sword: Arguably the coolest of all- Excalibur. It adds to his Invincible Hero traits.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": Even after his given name (Ambrose) is revealed, every Fable calls him "Flycatcher", or "Fly" for short (due to his penchant for eating flies). This even extends to after he becomes King of Haven; he rankles under royal titles and prefers his old nickname.
  • Everyone Can See It: In Haven, his relationship with Red Riding Hood goes this way. Everyone in the kingdom can see that they're falling in love, but Ambrose resists his feelings for quite some time due to his continued guilt over the deaths of his wife and children.
  • Forced to Watch: When the Adversary's soldiers barged into his home, he accidentally changed into a frog and could only hide and watch while every single one of his family members were killed (with his wife and eldest daughter being raped beforehand).
  • The Good King: After establishing the kingdom of Haven in the Homelands, he becomes a wise and powerful king, respected and loved by all.
  • Happily Married: To his long-dead first wife. And much later to Red Riding Hood as revealed in The Last Flycatcher Story.
  • Heroic BSoD: After remembering what happened to his family.
    • Suffers an earlier one when Beast relieves him of his never-ending "community service" sentence, effectively (and unintentionally) making him homeless and destitute.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being introduced as a bumbler, Flycatcher is actually a very skilled swordfighter and a wise leader.
  • Humble Hero: After achieving a ridiculous level of magical power, conquering wave after wave of invading Imperial soldiers, and becoming King of Haven, he nevertheless sheds his royal trappings every now and then and returns to Fabletown's Woodland building to do janitorial work. Because it needs doing and makes him happy.
  • In Vino Veritas: Never drinks, because that is when he remembers what happens to his family, and shares the tragedy with others.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The ONLY Fable who had no crimes or misdeeds to confess when he signed the Fabletown Compact.
    • This is taken even further when he becomes the king of Haven. After he fells Geppetto's Golden Horde (a fighting force composed of every wooden soldier Geppetto has under his command), he gains control of the magic grove that birthed them all, which gives him almost absolute power over his territory and the ability to form his own army of wooden soldiers, if he so wished. He steadfastly refuses to do this, as, he is fully aware of the temptation to use those soldiers to form an empire of his own and believes he would succumb to that temptation ultimately, however good-intentioned he might have been when he started. During the final arc, he even goes so far as to explain that he's helping both Rose and Snow by staying out of their fight, otherwise they would most likely simply go down in history as the first casualties in the rise of a new Adversary.
  • Invincible Hero: His armor and Excalibur make him this, as long as his heart remains pure and he fights for a good cause. With these provisions, he will win any and every battle, but it is still possible to injure him, as Grinder did during their duel (possibly breaking his ribs).
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: He transforms into a frog if he's thoroughly startled or scared, and can only be brought back by a True Love's Kiss each time. Following his story arc in The Good Prince however, he starts working on controlling it.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Takes on Lancelot's armor, which magically becomes pristine and totally free of rust, gleaming golden, signifying that it has been purged of it's previous owner's dishonor.
  • Knighting: Starts his journey to becoming King by being made a knight by no less than Sir Lancelot.
  • Manchild: His innocence and bubbly friendliness make him seem like a big, lanky kid. He loves playing baseball and sneaking Pinocchio's toy soldiers out of his room to play with them.
    • In Haven, more often than not, the King can be found playing with the children of Imperial refugees, most of which are goblins and other non-humanoids. He considers this his "most important duty".
  • Nice Guy: Quite possibly the kindest Fable seen in the mythos. There's a reason his arc is called "The Good Prince."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Almost everyone calls him Flycatcher, or just Fly for short. After he becomes king of Haven, people try to start calling him Ambrose, or "Your Majesty", but he orders them to just keep using the nickname.
  • Symbolic Baptism: Receives one from his new squire, Sir Lancelot, in preparation for the trials to come. He also receives a conventional (and desperately needed) scrubbing and shave.
  • Take a Third Option: The kingdom of Haven on the whole is built on this ideal, as anyone who chooses not to live in the Mundane world with the Fabletown society, or even those within the Empire, seeking to escape its oppression, may come to Haven and become citizens. Even enemy soldiers are granted this offer.
    • King Ambrose invokes this trope when facing the first invading Imperial Horde. After demonstrating how futile and utterly wasteful a full-fledged battle between his forces and theirs would be (as any Fable in Fly's army who is struck down would be instantaneously resurrected), and when the enemy commander states that he cannot simply return home to face the Emperor without putting up a fight, Ambrose offers to settle the matter with one-on-one combat between himself and the enemy's chosen champion.
  • Those Two Guys: He started out as this with Pinocchio and Boy Blue.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He creates an Undefeatable Little Village against The Empire.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Applies this mindset to his rule in Haven.
  • True Love's Kiss: How to restore him if he reverts to being a frog.

     Beast 

A former prince cursed to become a powerful, fearsome monster, he has gone from serving as a handyman in Fabletown to its Sheriff in the wake of Bigby's departure. He has been married to Beauty for several hundred years.


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"Holy crap on crepes, what have I gotten myself into?"
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"Oh yes, I'm ready for war now."

  • Adorkable: Beams and becomes damn near giddy when a Fabletown citizen refers to him as "Sheriff" early on in his tenure.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Formerly this, as his curse would turn him back into a monster if his wife Beauty became angry at him. But later, Frau Totenkinder, who originated the curse, modifies it so that Beast can transform at will.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the hands of a brainwashed Bigby Wolf, his predecessor as Sheriff.
  • Nice Guy: So kind-hearted and soft-spoken, despite his monstrous aspect, he goes out of his way as Sheriff to resolve conflicts without violence, or even raising his voice all that often. His loving wife tends to use him as a doormat because of this.
  • Odd Friendship: Has one with Frau Totenkinder. Putting aside the fact that she likes Beast's polite and respectful manner, she also happens to be (unbeknownst to him) the witch who put the monster curse on him in the first place.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As the likelihood of his parents naming him "Beast" is extremely remote, it can now be definitively said that his real name was never revealed in the course of the series.
  • Powered Armor: After he loses the ability to transform into a monster, Weyland Smith builds him a huge, golden battlesuit.
  • The Spymaster: Part of the job as Fabletown's Sheriff. Becomes adept at it quite swiftly, as he deploys agents to do covert surveillance of Imperial envoy Hansel, and to locate former Sheriff Bigby.

     Beauty 

Married Beast centuries ago in the Homelands, (temporarily) freeing him from his curse. A former bookstore clerk, she rose to take her place as Deputy Mayor of Fabletown when Snow White resigned.


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  • Happily Married: Deeply loves and is utterly devoted to her hubby Beast, despite their constant bickering.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Right after he steals a deep, passionate kiss, Beauty rebuffs him, stating that despite their constant sniping at each other, she would never betray Beast because they are deeply devoted to each other. Charming points out that everyone actually observes that it's she who harps on Beast all the time; it's not reciprocal. Beauty obviously takes this to heart, as later she is seen to be much nicer to her husband, as well as much more understanding and patient on the whole.
  • Number Two: As Deputy Mayor. First to Prince Charming, then his successor, King Cole.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Early on into her tenure as Fabletown's new Deputy Mayor, an exasperated Beauty wonders aloud how Snow, the previous Deputy, managed to run things so neatly and efficiently. Bufkin goes into a whole spiel about how Snow had the advantage of centuries of experience in administration, running things back when there were dozens of people to help, and having plenty of time to learn the ropes. Beauty, frustrated to all hell, kicks the monkey out.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a harsh (but well deserved) one to Prince Charming after they share a kiss, to let him know why it'll never happen again.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After her minor indiscretion behind closed doors with Prince Charming, in which the Mayor lets her know that she is universally seen by the public at large as the aggressor in her marriage and main reason she and Beast argue, Beauty is markedly nicer and more compassionately patient with her beloved husband, and the sniping is gone. Largely for the most part, anyway.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Prince Charming made a pretty aggressive move on her on one occasion while they worked closely together running Fabletown. But despite her admitted strong attraction to him, she remained loyal to her longtime dear husband. She also resolved to never find herself in a room alone with him again.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Narrowly averted during the "Arabian Nights (and Days) arc. Prince Charming, after sensually massaging her shoulders (eliciting great pleasure from her), takes Beauty in his arms and kisses her passionately. Beauty, for her part, does nothing to resist, but does keep things from going any further, by telling Charming that despite her deep physical attraction to him, she loves her husband Beast far too much to betray him and, despite appearances, is deliriously happy with in their marriage. She also makes it clear that the two of them will never be in the same room alone ever again.

     King Cole 
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"Bad business, Miss White. Horrible to contemplate."
"And now, predator and prey, prince and pauper, we are all of a single community— allied in our undying memory of the Homelands, and the unshakable determination that one day we will return to win those lands free of the Hated One."
Fabletown's long-serving mayor.
  • Adipose Rex: More than a little chubby, and lets his greed show more often than not, but certainly a good guy overall.
  • Cool Old Guy: This is how you negotiate with Arabian fables, Charming.
  • Dirty Old Man: Was very attentive to the fake Red Riding Hood, and practically slobbered over Leigh Duglas, the former Mrs. Sprat (after her makeover and name change).
  • Embarrassing First Name: Not so much "embarrassing", but hardly anyone knows it. It's Rober.
  • The Good King: Practically starved himself so that his subjects and fellow refugees could eat during their desperate escape from the Homelands.
  • Graceful Loser: Is utterly trounced in a landslide by Prince Charming in the first Mayoral election for hundreds of years. Despite surreptitiously demanding an immediate recount (using Flycatcher as a proxy), he hands over the reigns of office with no fuss, moves out of the palatial mayor's penthouse days early to accommodate Charming's victory party, and is never depicted as engaging in gloating or enjoying in any way Charming's troubles during his near-disastrous tenure.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially introduced as a money-seeking old man who doesn't do much to actually run Fabletown, but when the Arabian fables arrive, he has both the linguistic knowledge and calm temper to help the two groups tolerate each other.
  • King Of Town: Set up, but subverted. He and Snow project this image, but it turns out King Cole is a skilled negotiator and diplomat, who is very capable of smoothing out ruffled feathers. In Arabic.
  • Modest Royalty: Despite being called King, he's only the mayor, and never acts like anything more.
  • Nice Guy: Is always polite and kind.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Took part in the battle of Fabletown just like everyone else, though that was greatly motivated by it being an election year. But he was right there on the front lines, and nearly got killed.
    • His putting his fellow Homeland refugees before himself (nearly starving himself to death so they could eat) during their exodus from enemy controlled territory went a huge way towards him being elected the first Mayor of Fabletown.
  • Smart People Play Chess: A wise, savvy diplomat, he and Sinbad's bonding over the game helps greatly to smooth over American/Arabic Fable relations.
  • Wingding Eyes: Depicted with the dollar sign variety of these when Prince Charming tells him that since Bluebeard died without a will, the Fabletown government gets all his fabulous wealth.

     Pinocchio 
Boy Blue's roommate who, due to the Blue Fairy's overly specific transformation, looks like a child, despite being hundreds of years old. Like in the classic story, he is the adopted son of Geppetto, and as his father is The Adversary, his loyalties are in extreme conflict.
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  • The Apprentice: Once they are reunited, Geppetto immediately starts grooming his son to rule the Empire in his stead one day.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a living marionette, his greatest desire was to become a real boy. Now he is a boy.. forever.
    • Later, his biggest wish was to be reunited with his beloved father. He finds him, alright: running the Empire as the bloody-handed Adversary.
  • Can't Grow Up: The Blue Fairy made him a real boy, but didn't give him the ability to become an adult.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Specifically, Geppetto assumed his adopted son had died, or was hopelessly lost in the Homelands. At any rate, Geppetto was far too busy running the Empire behind the scenes to search for him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Perpetually miserable being a grown man stuck in a child's body, he's drunk quite often; when anyone wants to find him, the first place they look is the Branstock, his favorite tavern.
  • Living Legend: Due to being the first puppet Geppetto ever carved, he has this status in the Empire among the Wooden soldiers.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: His father Geppetto is the Adversary.
  • Loophole Abuse: When he is brought back from the dead Geppetto puts him under a loyalty spell like his other "children". This spell forces him to act in his father's "best interest"—but Pinocchio believes that Geppetto surrendering to Fabletown IS in his father's best interest on the basis of his questionable sanity.
  • Morality Pet: Tries to serve this function for his father Geppetto.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Hates that he's stuck forever in the body of a young child.
  • Not Quite Dead: Boy Blue, during his one-man invasion of the Empire, bargains with Geppetto, the Adversary and Pinocchio's father, to use his magic to restore his friend to life.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by the Adversary's Wooden Soldiers during the invasion of Fabletown. Due to his origin as a talking marionette, he merely reverts back to a puppet, but is effectively dead. He later gets better.
  • Older Than They Look: Applies to most Fables, but especially extreme in Pinocchio's case; he looks like a prepubescent child, but is several hundred years old at the youngest.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Knows his way around quite a few curse words. Very jarring, as he resembles a pre-teen.
  • Those Two Guys: He started out as this with Boy Blue and Flycatcher.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Has a set of toy wooden soldiers his father Geppetto carved for him back in the Homelands. As Pinocchio escaped the Homelands and Geppetto did not, Pinocchio assumed his father perished, and keeps the soldiers in his father's memory, and becomes incensed when someone (like Flycather) treats them like mere playthings. Ultimately subverted, as it turns out that Geppetto did not die, and in fact is The Adversary.
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     Briar Rose 
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 somnambulism.
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  • Cool Car: Uses a car that is actually a shapeshifted evil fairy. It is of course very magical and can fly to different worlds and dimensions.
  • Loophole Abuse: The conditions for the Spell of Sleep are that a "prince" that loves Briar must kiss her. In one instance, Flycatcher (who is actual royalty), expresses his strong physical attraction to her, and a kiss from him is sufficient to break the spell. And on another occasion, a police dog named "Prince" licks her face with great affection, and this works as well.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Fabletown's war chiefs devise a plan that revolves around using Briar Rose and her curse to disable the entire Imperial Capital.
  • Rags to Riches: As a result of one of the blessings the fairies placed on her at birth Briar is incapable of not being rich. Anything she does to that would make her money will be successful regardless. Even if she doesn't seek out wealth, wealth will be drawn to her. As Flycatcher put it, if she were to give away every penny she had, she'd win the lottery the next day.
  • True Love's Kiss: The only thing that can break Briar's Curse of Sleep.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She and Prince Charming ("Mortimer"), assume this guise during a caper. Charming sticks her with the unflattering nom de guerre of "Hortense".

     Bluebeard 
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"Amnesty or not, I can't blithely forget what happened to each of his past wives." - Snow White
"How in all the hells?"
A wealthy citizen of Fabletown who escaped the Homelands with all his vast riches intact. He is the main contributor to the Fabletown government. He claims to have forsaken his evil ways.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's pretty conventionally attractive, while in the original story he was supposed to be ugly enough that convincing women to marry him actually took quite a bit of work. Then again, the main source of this "ugliness" in the narrative was his blue beard, something most New York residents wouldn't bat an eyelash at these days.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: LORD Bluebeard, if you will- wealthy beyond belief and a true bastard.
  • Asshole Victim: Absolutely no one mourned his death at the hands of Prince Charming, not even his valet.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Was all too willing to kill reporter Tommy Sharp to prevent him from exposing Fabletown. And despite Jack and Bigby's scheme making it unnecessary, he later shoots the guy anyway to be sure (and because he's an a-hole).
  • Bald of Evil: His head is devoid of hair, and his heart is even more devoid of mercy and one centuries ago, in the height of his bride slaying days.
  • Bigger on the Inside: His apartment is this due to some very expensive spells placed on it.
  • Captain Obvious: His very astute observation at the end of his duel with Prince Charming, standing there with a sword through the trunk.
    "You prick! You've killed me!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses a robe or cloak during his duel with Prince Charming to gain a momentary advantage.
  • Dirty Coward: And boy did Bigby call him out on it, nearly(?) making him wet himself in the process.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses, probably to help him look cultured and respectable. He's utterly evil through and through in reality.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Prince Charming for attempting to kill Snow and Bigby.
  • Killed Off for Real: Slain by Prince Charming, and his body is thrown down the Witching Well. He later returns when Flycatcher frees the souls trapped there, but he's slain again soon after, and this time, it sticks.
  • Master Swordsman: He is very skilled with a sword, though ultimately not enough to save himself from Prince Charming.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Immediately suggests they kill Tommy Sharp, the reporter who threatened to reveal Fabletown's existence. Insists upon it again later, when it looks like the scheme to steal Sharp's evidence has gone awry. And after everything is over and Sharp is no longer a threat, Bluebeard kills him anyway.
  • Paper Tiger: A literal tiger, Shere Khan, asserts he is this, and proves it, in very, bloody fashion.
  • Smug Snake: Loves making the Fabletown brass grovel every year for his sizable donation to their government. And treats everyone in general like ignorant paupers that are beneath him in every respect. His assumed air of superiority and infallibility proves his ultimate undoing at the hands of Prince Charming.
  • The Starscream: Planned, alongside Shere Khan, to become this to King Ambrose, usurping his rule of Haven.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His ghost was last seen joining the Empire and was undergoing treatments to restore his body. It's unknown what happened to him after the fall of the Empire.

     Goldilocks 
Although human, Goldilocks lived on the Farm, where she conspired with the Three Little Pigs and numerous other residents to overthrow the Fabletown government.
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"I am the unsilenced voice of the oppressed masses, and we have power you can't imagine!"
  • Badass Biker: Rides an off-road motorcycle in her pursuit of Snow and Bigby.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: She's sleeping with Boo Bear; she claims it's just as a political statement, but nobody believes her. She also shows interest in Bluebeard's goblin servant (much to his extreme consternation).
  • Body Horror: After Snow nearly cleaves her head in two with an axe, Goldilocks staggers around a bit, brains and blood splattering every which way. Then she gets hit by a semi.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Blows a chunk out of Snow White's head with a high-powered rifle. It doesn't finish her.
  • Cold Sniper: Nearly kills Snow White.
  • Dark Action Girl: Comes this close to taking out both Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf on separate occasions.
  • Dark Mistress: Briefly, to Bluebeard.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While sitting around drinking and discussing how much they all loathe Jack Horner, Priscilla Page states that she'd like to shave Jack bald and hang him with his own hair. Goldilocks expresses her desire to castrate him with a pair of rusty garden shears. But when Lady Luck announces her intention to eat Jack's brains and use his skull as a goblet, Goldilocks is aghast, feeling Luck has gone too far.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears big ol' spectacles and has a cold, murderous heart.
  • Kick the Dog: Her murder of Colin.
  • Humiliation Conga: Between her disappearance in Fables and her return in Fairest In The Land, Goldilocks goes through a series of plans of try to gain power in the Homelands, all of which fail. This includes: trying to sell communism to a tribe of hunters, only to realize it wouldn't work in a subsistence economy, nearly being killed by beasts, managing to masquerade as a sorceress and become a king's adviser, only to be run out after seducing his young son, and then nearly being eaten.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Flat out admits to the Pigs that she doesn't care for the farm, or even believe in her communist spiel or the cause to retake the Old Lands. She just wants to rule Fabletown.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her reasons for arming the Farm Fables notwithstanding (revolution), her idea of mass producing modern weapons for Fable use is such a good one, Snow (the woman she tried to kill), adopts it in her plan to take down the Empire.
  • Made of Iron: Axe to the head, beaten brutally with a cane, falling down a cliff and shattering limbs, getting hit by an 18-wheeler, floating away face-down in a river... And she recovers fully.
  • The Mole: Acts as this for Mr. Revise and the Page Sisters in the first storyarc of "Jack of Fables".
  • Really Gets Around: Bluebeard, Jack, Baby Boo Bear, among who knows how many other.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Is perfectly willing to murder innocent Fables to get her point across.

     Kay 
A Fable who, due to the splinter of magic mirror stuck in his eyes, is able to see all the evil anyone has committed in their lifetime.
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"Christ's holy pecker, you've gouged out your eyes again." - Bigby Wolf
"There's no fooling these eyes.. unfortunately."

  • Blessed with Suck: Possesses the ability to see any and all the dark secrets people have hidden deep within their hearts. But these secrets are often so horrific, they torment him beyond tolerance and compel him to blind himself to escape further psychic agony.
  • Eye Scream: Is so tormented by the evil he sees in people's souls, he routinely cuts out his own eyes so he won't have to see anything else. But, being a Fable, his eyes always grow back eventually.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the hands of Mr. Dark, when he is pulled from the wreckage of the Woodland Building.
  • Living Lie Detector: The Fabletown brass use him to screen strangers and ferret out moles/spies.
  • Secret Keeper: Knows the true source of Frau Totenkinder's power in the modern day, as well as the extent and nature of her moles and sources of information in the Empire. But promises to keep all that secret, as long as Frau reveals what the Adversary and his forces are planning to the Fabletown government.
  • Willfully Weak: Keeps gouging out his own eyes, blinding himself, because he can't stand seeing all the evils people have perpetrated. But his eyes always regenerate after a while.

     Bufkin 
"That's when Bufkin the Brave sets out with his doughty lieutenants, and he overthrows the upstart Emperor of Oz, freeing its people from dire bondage, and putting all of the mean turd stinky heads to the sword."
One of the Flying Monkeys from Oz, he now serves as a librarian in the Woodland's Business Office.
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"I'm a good monkey! I hardly ever throw my poop anymore!"

  • The Alcoholic: Loves taking a quick nip every now and then. Drove Mayor Charming crazy by breaking into his liquor stash and drinking it dry.
  • Badass Bookworm: As Boy Blue stated, "Bufkin reads everything", making him basically an expert on everything.
  • Big Stupid Doo Doo Head: After Prince Charming threatens to have executioner Jack Ketch decapitate Bufkin for refusing to do his job, Bufkin falls in line and becomes a diligent worker again, but from that moment on refers to Charming as the "mean, Mr. Nasty Mayor" "Mr. Terrible Nasty Mayor", and other such epithets.
  • Guile Hero: Displays this quality throughout his assault on the Nome King's Oz. A key moment is when he BS's his way past a sentry.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses his wings in a fire. This does not stop him from defeating a Genie and killing Baba Yaga.
  • Secret Keeper: Despite his love of booze and hatred of Prince Charming, despite a couple of near-slip ups, he never reveals to anyone the near-but-not-quite affair the Mayor nearly engaged in with Deputy Mayor Beauty.

     Mrs. Sprat / Leigh Duglas 
The wife of one Jack Sprat, the obese and unpleasant Mrs. Sprat was originally head nurse at the Knights of Malta hospital in Fabletown. She has since joined Mr. Dark's side, who has offered to make her beautiful, get revenge on all the other "pretty" Fables, and find her a prince to be her true love.
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  • Ascended Extra: Before she was just the head nurse at Knights of Malta hospital and regarded as quite unpleasant. As of issue #100, she's joined Mr. Dark's side, and since that time she has slimmed down and has trained to invoke a few nasty surprises on her old "friends".
  • Battleaxe Nurse: This was her entire character before issue #100.
  • Evil Makeover: Eventually gives herself dark hair and clothes, declaring herself the bride of the late Mr. Dark.
  • Fat Girl: Used to be.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from rude nurse to dark witch.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She says the only reason she became a nurse was so she could have a chance at getting any of the more beautiful Fables completely at her mercy.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Rose Red in issue #146 to steal the glass ring.
  • Meaningful Rename: Her maiden name, Leigh Duglas, translates to "stranger from the dark meadow" or "dark stranger from the meadow."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Pre-issue #100, not so much afterwards.
  • That Man Is Dead: She states that "Sprat" is from a dead past, and goes back to using her maiden name.
  • Unholy Matrimony: As part of his promise to give her a husband, he plans to become her husband, as he sees no better suitor than himself.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: When the other Fables return to Fabletown, Leigh and her fencing instructor made it look like Mr. Dark was keeping them prisoner all this time to gain their trust.

     Grimble 
"You'd be surprised how much registers with him, even when he's sawing logs." - Bigby Wolf
The troll under the bridge from The Billy Goats Gruff tale, he now serves as security for the Woodland Building.
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"I hope so, or I might have to take a direct hand. It'll get bloody for sure if that happens."
  • Badass Mustache: Thin, but still prominent and cool enough that it is present not only in his human form, but in goblin mode as well.
  • Blood Knight: Is positively exuberant at the prospect of shedding his human guise and unleashing his full troll fury during the Battle of Fabletown, and does more than his share of damage to the enemy, with great gusto.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Appears to be just another dozing, clock punching rent-a-cop, but when a threat arises, he is the first to take command of the situation, ready to use lethal force if necessary, either with his gun or his natural troll abilities. He pointedly lectures the less experienced Fabletown brass how to properly cover the enemy with guns and how to shoot them so that they stay down.
  • Friendly Rivalry: During the Battle of Fabletown, he and Hobbes (Prince Charming's goblin butler) have a competition to see who can collect the most wooden soldier heads.
  • Hidden Depths: One instance shows him lecturing Boy Blue about being impatient and harsh with Red Riding Hood, suggesting that Blue doesn't appreciate how traumatic it is for her to drop her previous life in Fabletown to adopt a whole new one in King Ambrose's Haven. He also observes that Blue's difficulty in dealing with Riding Hood stems from the fact that "Ride" was the template for two women Blue fell hard for, and ultimately lost, and that Blue is further conflicted by his feelings for Riding Hood, and his friendship with Flycatcher, who Riding Hood is clearly carrying a torch for. Keep in mind through all this that Grimble is a goblin.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Prince Brandish turns him into a bird. This act later contributes to Brandish's ultimate downfall.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He only appears to be perpetually asleep at his post, but in reality he is very much aware of everything that's going on in his vicinity.
  • Quit Your Whining: Tells King Cole, in the most respectful way possible, after Fabletown collapses due to Mr. Dark's undoing of its binding spells to snap out of his despair, pull his head out of his ass and lead the community he's the leader of.
  • Sherlock Scan: Makes a handful of simple but crucial observations to discern that "Mr. Holt" is not what he seems.

     Ichabod Crane 
The first and former Deputy Mayor of Fabletown. He resigned in disgrace and later tries to betray his fellow Fables to the Adversary.
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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Was this to Snow White, for decades, apparently. Taken Up to Eleven in "The Wolf Among Us".
  • Death by Irony: Bigby splatters his brains with a small statue of his old nemesis, The Headless Horseman.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tries to force himself upon Snow White, his assistant, behind closed doors. This incident gets him removed from office.
    • Years later, has a sexual relationship with Cinderella, which she only engages in as part of a sting to expose him as a traitor.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The bespectacled former schoolteacher is a cold-hearted, bitter, utterly nasty person.
  • Honey Trap: Cinderella exposes his treachery and takes him down with this tried and true espionage tactic.
  • Number Two: To Mayor King Cole, as Deputy, for many years.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Actually documents, in full, graphic, extended detail, his fantasy of sexually compromising Snow White. As if Bigby didn't have reason enough to kill him...
  • Stealth Insult: Cindy calls him "Icky", which she presents as a supposed Affectionate Nickname, but actually reveals how disgusted she is by having to sleep with him. Crane misses the inference and just expresses his disdain for "diminutives".

     Rapunzel 
A minor resident of Fabletown who nevertheless has a Dark and Troubled Past. Not to mention a curse of supernaturally fast growing golden hair.
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  • Ascended Extra: Was only mentioned in passing until her arc in Fairest, where she becomes the central character.
  • Bi the Way: While in the Hidden Kingdom, she had an affair with the kitsune Tomoko.
  • Changeling Tale: Her twin daughters were stolen at birth by the Fairy Godmother and replaced with lifeless dolls. Different from most versions as she is perfectly aware the dolls are not her children and that real ones are still alive.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: When she became pregnant by her prince, Totenkinder wanted her to take an abortive drug, but she refused, which is why Totenkinder threw her out.
  • Happily Adopted: By Totenkinder... that is, until she became pregnant.
  • Retcon: In her earliest mentions, it appears Totenkinder locked her in the tower for being a "slutty little girl" and was only her enemy. When her backstory in Fairest is told, however, it is revealed Totenkinder was her adoptive mother and treated her well enough until her pregnancy happened.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Is adopted by Totenkinder to be her apprentice and falls in love with a prince, only to be kicked out by her mother after becoming pregnant. Tries to find her prince, but he can't acknowledge her or the children under threat of his life, leaving her to beg and forage for food. Gives birth to her daughters, only to have them stolen and then have nobody believe they were stolen. Runs away to another kingdom to find happiness, only to have her lover banished and be caught up in a conspiracy by some of the court members. Years later, when it seems she has finally found her daughters, it is simply a trap by her old enemies to lure her to them. Her memory of all of this is then erased thanks to Totenkinder.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of her daughters is never revealed, even after the Fairy Godmother becomes good again.

     Doctor Swineheart 
"I'm the greatest military surgeon in a thousand worlds. I'll have you fixed and finished, with a minimum of discomfort, in no time at all."
Fabletown's chief physician, he's reputed (largely by himself) to be the finest surgeon anywhere.
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"I'm not one to hide my light under a bushel."

  • Dr. Jerk: Never misses an opportunity to scream from the rooftops what an excellent surgeon he is; he's far more concerned with greasing his own reputation and ego than curing his patients and/or treating their pain.
  • Insufferable Genius: A pompous egomaniac, he constantly touts himself as "the greatest surgeon in a thousand worlds". If he'd paid more attention to honing his craft and the task at hand, he might have managed to save Boy Blue's life.
  • Lack of Empathy: Showed a horrific lack of tact when he told Blue his arm had to be amputated, a situation which was largely his fault. The doctor's reaction? Basically "my bad".
  • Pride: His defining character trait and flaw. Is a tremendously talented surgeon, but nowhere near as infallible as he professes to be.
  • Super Doc: He usually specifically refers to himself as "the greatest battlefield surgeon in the history of medicine", but he also seems to be a GP, as well as a baby doctor, and has acted as a coroner. This is entirely plausible, as he is a Fable and has had hundreds of years to learn and master various (if not all) forms of medicine.
  • Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Fabletown's top physician, whose specialty is surgery, performed an autopsy on Mr. Web, and declined to do one on Mary's little lamb, only because there was nothing that could be learned from one.

The Cubs

     General 
The children of Snow White and Bigby (Ambrose, Blossom, Conner, Darien, Therese, Winter and Ghost), conceived under the influence of an enchantment cast by Bluebeard, and born during the The Mean Seasons arc.
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Tropes applying to all of them:

  • Badass Adorable: Comes with being part of a Badass Family.
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: The Cubs state this after their mother Snow obtains a flying carpet, enabling her to catch her rambunctious offspring in various acts of mischief.
  • Children Are Innocent: Applied to all of them until the events foretold by the prophecy started playing out.
  • Cute Bruiser: Any of them in a fight.
  • Informed Ability: According to the North Wind, they have the ability to shapeshift into any creature they want. Like their father, they're never shown changing forms between anything but human and wolf, however. That is, until Conner transformed into a monster to confront his brainwashed father in issue #150.
  • In the Blood: They're all highly magical individuals, something they get from both sides of the family.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Averted - it is specifically stated their magical nature comes from both parents.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings / Rule of Seven / Too Many Babies: Seven of them, resulting from one single pregnancy.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Out of all the kids, Conner and Blossom are the only ones to never have stories dedicated to them, but remain background characters for pretty much the whole series. Only in the very last issue does Conner get a sudden important role as he becomes "a hero bold" transforming into a monster to confront a Brainwashed and Crazy Bigby, while Blossom gets a written short story dedicated to her fate as the "pauper" (in the form of a Nature Hero with no materialistic want) after the main story's end.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different / Voluntary Shapeshifting: They're shapeshifters, but usually only seen in human or wolf form (or an in-between form, like the one they had at birth and kept until they could shapeshift properly).
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: There was eventually revealed to be a prophecy concerning their fates (all of which are revealed in the last issue of the series):
    The first child will be a king,
    The second child a pauper.
    The third will do an evil thing,
    The fourth will die to stop her.
    The fifth will be a hero bold,
    The sixth will judge the rest.
    The seventh lives to ages old,
    And is by Heaven blessed.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: While young, it's their wolf cub form. When they grow into adolescence, it becomes their human form.

     Ambrose 
Named after Flycatcher/King Ambrose. He's rather fearful and anxious when compared to most of his siblings, but also quite clever. He was the first one to learn of the prophecy, which was told to him by Ozma. In the Snow White arc, which is narrated by his future self, he is revealed to be the sixth child mentioned in the prophecy, "judging the rest" by telling their stories.
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  • Apologises a Lot: This happens in almost every scene he's in.
  • Bookworm: Said to do best in school among all of the Cubs, and frequently seen with a book nearby.
  • Cowardly Lion: He might be afraid of many things, but he's far from being a Dirty Coward.
  • Geek Physiques: Quite chubby in comparison to all of his siblings, and noted to love reading and learning new things.
  • Good Parents: Issue #150 shows him and Lake as this to their six children.
  • Happy Flashback: He has a brief one in the Inherit the Wind arc in his late grandfather's library, picturing one of the times his grandfather was reading a story to him and his siblings.
  • Happily Married: A flashforward shows that he eventually marries the Green Lady, a.k.a. the Lady of The Lake, a.k.a. the one who changed Bigby's destiny and is therefore indirectly responsible for Ambrose's existence in the first place.
  • The Storyteller: Becomes this in the future, as was foretold by the prophecy. In issue #150, it's shown he writes several volumes detailing the history of the Fables' lives in the mundy world.

     Blossom 
(Sort of) named after her aunt Rose Red due to the red fur she had at birth. She's frequently seen playing with small animals or surrounded by them, and seems to be quite attuned to nature. In issue #150, her part of the prophecy is revealed as "the second child a pauper".
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  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters. She's the redhead in this trio.
  • Friend to All Living Things: As said above, she's constantly seen surrounded by animals such as butterflies and forest creatures, and even manifested a wish to adopt the witch Maddy (who has the form of a black cat) once. She eventually becomes a demigoddess of the hunt in her adulthood, and a fierce protector to all living creatures in her planet against outside would-be hunters.
  • Nature Hero: What she becomes. She is a "pauper" because she lives in the wild and has no material possessions, but she has no want for them either.
  • Nature Lover: Implied to be this (during the testing to choose the new North Wind, she flew until she found a place "where it was still springtime enough for flowers).
  • Princess Classic: Has shades of this as a child.

     Connor 
Connor is similar to Darien in terms of personality, though he was always less dominant. He's revealed to be fairly insecure about his own skills during the Inherit the Wind arc, believing that Darien would always do better no matter what. In issue #150, his part of the prophecy is finally revealed ("the fifth will be a hero bold").
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  • Action Hero: He becomes one as an adult, as seen in issue #150.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: When the family gets the news of Darien's sacrifice, he's the one who seems to take it the hardest out of all the siblings, visibly crying while being comforted by Blossom.
  • Bi the Way: In the Fables sequel Everafter we this learn this about adult Conner. Also, thanks to his shapeshifting powers he's not always in his default male form when he's with another man or woman.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In issue #150, combined with a "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight. Connor shapeshifts into a fearsome monster when he and his siblings are being attacked by their brainwashed and murderous father, saying he will kill him if he goes through with his intention of killing them. This is what ultimately brings Bigby back to normal.
  • Meaningful Name: Connor is a variant of Conor, which has "wolf lover" as one of its possible meanings. Quite apt for someone who frequently shapeshifts into wolf form.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: We don't really know where he stands in birth order, but he does have shades of this, particularly noticeable during and after the Inherit the Wind arc.
  • Number Two: He served as this to Darien during most of their childhood.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His feelings concerning Darien - he states nothing that he does will ever be good enough in comparison.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Different printings can't seem to agree on whether his name is spelled "Conner" or "Connor".

     Darien 
Usually called "Dare". The most similar to his father in looks and personality, wild and adventurous, he assumed the "leader of the pack" role from early on. In the Cubs in Toyland arc, he goes on a mission to rescue his sister Therese, who is stranded in the land of Discardia in the verge of starving to death. He is then revealed to be the fourth child in the prophecy, sacrificing his life so that Therese can survive and eventually redeem herself.
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  • Age-Appropriate Angst: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, very justified as he's only a child and is understandably afraid to die.
  • Big Brother Bully: Considers himself to be this, telling Conner he failed them as a leader and didn't protect them as he should have.
  • Big Brother Instinct: What Bigby was trying to encourage him to have as leader of the pack. However, Dare himself considers himself to have failed in this respect up until his decision to rescue Therese and subsequent heroic death.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gets very upset when Winter is chosen as the new North Wind instead of him and nearly attacks her for it. He seems to quickly get over it, though.
  • Heroic BSoD: Right after learning that his death is the only way to save Therese.
    Darien: I don't want to die. Please! Not yet. I'm still a little kid.
  • Heroic Suicide: Sacrifices himself so that Therese will not starve to death (and leading to her subsequent quest for redemption).
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, he kills himself to save Therese at age nine.
  • It's All My Fault: He feels this way towards Therese's disappearance in Cubs in Toyland, thinking that it wouldn't have happened had he been a better leader and protector.
  • So Proud of You: How he wanted his father to feel about him. This was likely the ultimate result of their conversation in the afterlife in issue #134.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Bigby, even Lampshaded at one point.
  • Team Dad: What Bigby encouraged him to become via his role as "leader of the pack".
  • Tears of Fear: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, when realizing the only way out is to sacrifice himself, and wondering if it will hurt.
  • Wild Child: Shown to be this since quite early on.

     Therese 
Traditionally feminine and somewhat vain, fond of dressing up and playing with her numerous toys. Receiving a toy boat as a mysterious Christmas gift leads to her becoming Queen of Discardia during the Cubs in Toyland arc. However, she soon realizes she is stranded there with no source of food, causing her to order the death of Lord Mountbatten and eat his raw flesh out of extreme hunger and despair. (This marked her as the third child in the prophecy, who would "do an evil thing".) After Dare sacrifices himself, she is extremely remorseful and falls into a long period of depression. When she recovers, she and her subjects goes on a quest to atone for their crimes. More recently, she returns to her old house to inform her mother and siblings of Darien's fate.
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  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Taken to Discardia to become the new queen of the land at age nine.
  • The Atoner: Becomes this after ordering Mountbatten's murder and learning of Darien's sacrifice. She and her subjects (the toys of Discardia who had originally caused the deaths of the children who owned them) then go on a quest for redemption, saving the lives of hundreds of children to make up for the ones they took.
    Therese: We have to earn our way back. One hundred is the price. One hundred lives for each one that we took. That seems fair.
  • Badass Long Robe: Wears this after her Despair Event Horizon and Plot-Relevant Age-Up mentioned below.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Displays these when ordering Mountbatten's death and eating his flesh.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters, being the blonde in the trio.
  • Break the Haughty: The ultimate result of her ordeal in Discardia, especially after Darien sacrifices himself.
  • Cool Big Sis: Has shades of this after the passage of time in Discardia leads to her becoming an adult, while her siblings left at home are still children (despite all having been born at the same time).
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Darien's sacrifice is this to her.
    Therese: You're all very bad toys. And with me you got the queen you deserved. I was vain and spoiled and basically wicked. And then I became a killer, just like you. Murderers don't get forgiven just because we promise to be good from now on.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Darien's sacrifice.
  • Hair Decorations / Long Hair Is Feminine: She had long blonde hair and usually wore flowers or bows on it (pre-Cubs in Toyland).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to Lord Mountbatten's murder and Darien's sacrifice upon learning of the latter.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Used to dress in pink, flowery, long dresses before the Cubs in Toyland arc.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: As an effect of time passing differently in Discardia. When she returns home to inform her family of Darien's death, years have passed for her, but only weeks or months for them.
  • Redemption Quest: At the end of the Cubs in Toyland arc, she and her subjects set out to save one hundred lives for each of the deaths they were responsible for.
  • Sanity Slippage: After realizing she is trapped on Discardia with no source of food, her mental state slowly deteriorates, culminating in Mountbatten's murder.
  • Spoiled Brat: Before Cubs in Toyland, even Lampshaded by herself.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: After the events in Cubs in Toyland as mentioned above.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Following her discovery of Darien's sacrifice.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her murder of Lord Mountbatten, even if she was weakened and driven half-insane by desperation and hunger at the time.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Was said to enjoy frequent compliments, and is implied to have been this even by herself.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After arriving to Discardia, Therese learned there was no way to leave. Eventually subverted in that she ultimately left for the Redemption Quest mentioned above, but has mentioned she belongs there and will have to return eventually.

     Winter 
A shy girl who is frequently seen sucking her thumb and carrying a stuffed animal around. Despite her timid nature, she's the oldest of Snow and Bigby's children. Following the death of their grandfather, she is eventually chosen as his successor during the Inherit the Wind arc, thus becoming the new North Wind (and fulfilling the first line in the prophecy).
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Click here  to see Winter's Older Alter Ego.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the new North Wind at age eight or so.
  • Alliterative Name: Winter Wolf.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the North Wind.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Applies to her after becoming the new North Wind, with all the powers such entails.
  • Bi the Way: In The Last Snow Queen Story, the now-adult Winter reveals she's grown somewhat disillusioned with men, having eventually divorced all the husbands she's had ("winds change" being the main cause of the end of these relationships). Lumi then suggests that the two of them get together, as it would solve all their relationship problems. Winter looks shocked at the proposal however, and it's not revealed what she answered.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with her sisters, being the brunette of the trio.
  • Blow You Away: Displays these powers after becoming the new North Wind.
  • Bookworm: Acts excited at the idea of something being "just like school" during the Inherit the Wind arc, mentioning she "loves school" and is the one who does best academically after Ambrose.
  • Creepy Child: Shown to have become this as of the Camelot arc, due to the dissonance of being both a ten-year-old child and an elemental power with millenia of wisdom and experience behind her.
  • Dead Gal Junior: Named after Bigby's long-dead mother.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In the Cubs in Toyland arc, she tells her father about the dreams she's had (that she somehow knows will eventually become true) about her cold, unforgiving future self, that controls others through fear. Sure enough, by the Camelot arc she has become somewhat more ruthless and is seen shapeshifting into this older self. In the Happily Ever After arc, it's shown that she's gathering an army to fight for her mother in the upcoming conflict between her and her sister (said army includes all of the other Cardinal Winds, Santa Claus, the Snow Queen, and Bigby's brothers).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her usual hairstyle of choice. In the Happily Ever After arc, she's switched to a Samurai Ponytail.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Frequently seen carrying stuffed animals with her.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: Occurs when she is chosen as the new North Wind.
  • Meaningful Name: Winter ends up succeeding her grandfather as the North Wind.
  • Older Alter Ego: The cold, stern, white-haired persona she shapeshifts into to intimidate the other Cardinal Winds into submission in the Camelot arc.
  • Physical God: Comes with being a powerful Anthropomorphic Personification as mentioned above.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Her Older Alter Ego has impressive long and flowing white hair with two black stripes in it.
  • Pretty in Mink: As the new North Wind, she wears a black cape trimmed with white fur.
  • She Is the King: One of the titles of the North Wind is "King of the North", which is said to be gender-neutral (or close enough).
  • Shrinking Violet / The Quiet One: She's shown to be a very shy girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being chosen as the new North Wind.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The consequence of taking over as the new North Wind, which can be quite unsettling to others.
    The Snow Queen: What an odd thing you are. A little girl in aspect, and sometimes you do talk like a child. Then, at other times you talk like one weighed down by the heavy wisdom of centuries. Which is the true you, I wonder?
    Winter: Both. All. I contain multitudes.

     Ghost 
The seventh of the Cubs. Snow was originally unaware of his existence due to him being a zephyr (an invisible being with no physical body, made of air, which does not need to eat and feeds only on air from people's lungs). She eventually realized that the recent murders at Fabletown and the Farm had been caused by Ghost, who had not been aware that consuming the air from others' lungs would kill them. Ghost was then sent away (to prevent him from being killed by his grandfather, the North Wind, who had once vowed to kill all zephyrs) and lived with his father until his parents' reunion and marriage. He was officially introduced to his siblings on their 5th birthday. The North Wind eventually learned of his existence during the Mr. Dark arc, and eventually chose to kill himself along with Mr. Dark so that he would neither break his oath or irreparably break his bond with his son and grandchildren by killing Ghost. In issue #150, he was revealed to be the seventh child in the prophecy ("the seventh lives to ages old and is by heaven blessed").
  • Accidental Murder: Of several Fables at both Fabletown and the Farm (including Mr. Web, Leigh Duglas/Nurse Sprat's husband Jack Sprat and Mary's Little Lamb), due to his inability to feed on the air from their lungs in a non-lethal way.
  • Blow You Away: As a wind, he has this power.
  • Enfant Terrible: Might come across at this at first, though his murders were accidental, as he was just a very young child trying to feed himself while searching for his mother.
  • Intangibility / Invisibility: Comes with being made of air and having no physical body.
  • Long-Lived: As mentioned below, he outlives all of his siblings (who had probably been alive for millennia by the time they died.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He has always been the "odd one out" and referred to as the seventh child. As revealed in issue #150, he does indeed turn out to be the seventh child in the prophecy, eventually outliving all of his siblings (who were shown alive and well at around 1000 years old, so Ghost is quite long-lived even for Fable standard).

The Thirteenth Floor Fables

     Frau Totenkinder / Bellflower 
The witch who once tried to eat Hansel and Gretel, as well as being many of the unnamed witches in folklore. As of the start of the series, the leader of the Thirteenth Floor Group, the resident coven of Fabletown mages. Quite possibly the most powerful mage in history by this point, after centuries of slow, careful hoarding of power in preparation for a showdown with the Adversary.
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"Personally, I never thought much of that 'popularity equals power' nonsense. I've tried to stay out of the stories, myself. I prefer anonymity, and my own counsel."
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  • The Ace: Many of her fellow Fables in exile may be great and powerful heroes and villains of legend, but she outshines them all by far in terms of raw power, cunning and ruthlessness.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Hey, you know how Frau Totenkinder is always sitting in her rocking chair, knitting something with a bag that has skeins of wool in it? Well, the chair is actually the stone she performed her sacrifices on, the bag is her shamanic talisman, and the needles are her ritual daggers, all shapeshifted to innocuous form.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Adversary, though he doesn't even realize it.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a very minor character in the beginning of the series (she wasn't even given a formal name until the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" arc; later on she becomes far more prominent, and takes her place as a prime mover in the Fables saga overall.
  • Badass Boast: During the March of The Wooden Soldiers arc.
    "I was always stronger than you thought. Killed a dozen times, but it never took. Even burned to ashes in my own oven, I came back, after a good while. How's that for a frail old biddy, eh? Now you hush and let me finish my knitting. Time to stop struggling and let the deep darkness take you. Your stories are all done, Baba Yaga."
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's on the good guys' side because Snow White and Rose Red saved her life, and she also seems to genuinely like Beauty and Beast, to the point of making Beauty's day by telling her that she will eventually have a baby.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her stock in trade in dealing with enemies, or just anyone she didn't like, especially handsome, haughty princes.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's old and she's evil, though leaning into Enemy Mine for most of the present day stories.
  • Evil Sorceress: She was basically every nameless witch in every fairy tale you've read, and quite a few Fabletown Fables still bear very powerful curses of her design. The curses on Rapunzel and the Beast are her work, for starters, though it's not clear if the subjects of the curse are aware that Totenkinder is the same woman.
  • Hidden Badass: Initially we just know her as the woman who probably tried to kill Hansel and Gretel once upon a time. Eventually we learn that she's a woman who's been alive for thousands of years. During that time, she honed and grew her skills in magic to the point where she can challenge but not win a fight against one of the Great Powers in the Fables universe. She had to spend all of her centuries of accumulated power to do so however, and is left at a more or less "normal" level of magical power afterwards.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: (In)famous for this in the Homelands and legend.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Odd thing is, she willingly gave up her looks because she didn't much care for the physical desires that came with youth, and was always able to regain them whenever she wanted to.
  • Karma Houdini: She has done so many utterly horrible things to innocent, or not so innocent, people, children, babies, etcetera, and never received anywhere near the same permanent fate in return. In fact, after she defeats Mr. Dark, her next action is to head off to parts unknown with her new lover, so she can have the happy married life she never did. Though said new husband eventually dies in Fairest In All the Land with no chance of being brought back. A Subverted Trope in "Farewell", when Cinderella finally kills her at the cost of her own life.
  • Last of Their Kind: Eventually and utterly wiped out her whole tribe after years of plagues, pestilence and curses.
  • Meaningful Name Her name is German for "Dead Children". It's both a reference to the source of her powers (guess where they come from?) and to the fact that the very first child she sacrificed was her own son.
  • Mutual Kill: With Cinderella. She is stabbed in the head by the glass slipper, but her Fantastic Nuke and the resultant injuries take care of Cinderella seconds later.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As mentioned, her name means Dead Children. Not really someone you wanna hang around.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's an extremely powerful witch.
  • Not Quite Dead: How Snow White and Rose Red find her, burned to bare bones inside her own oven. Her great powers enable her to (slowly) regenerate from ashes.
  • Offing the Offspring: Part of her backstory, as mentioned above and below.
  • Place of Power: Her old cottage in the Homelands. Later focused and localized into her rocking chair.
  • Retired Monster: While no longer actively evil and on the side of the protagonists, it is stated that she has little remorse for the many, many evil things she has done. The only thing she seems to regret is the murder of her child. It is also heavily implied that she covertly drove the original, much nicer, leader of the coven insane to become the leader herself after the amnesty.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even nastier than Bigby, and also doesn't feel sorry in the slightest for all the horrible things she has done.
  • Unknown Rival: Has been playing a chess game of wits and strategy against the Adversary for centuries, countering spells, marshalling forces and garnering advantages in furtherance of survival and oneupmanship, but he didn't even become aware of her existence until recent years.
  • Vain Sorceress: Inverted. Her true form is a beautiful young woman, but she prefers to appear as an old crone.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can change from old to young, or twist her appearance into that of a monster, etc.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She claims that Hansel and Gretel were able to turn the tables on her because she was extremely weak from having gone too long between sacrifices.
  • Woman Scorned: She was originally the shaman of her tribe and was in a relationship with the chief's son. When he married another woman for the sake of a truce with another tribe, he had her banished because she was pregnant with his son (wanting to get rid of her, he accused her of having had dealings with demons, which had supposedly resulted in the child's conception). She then killed her baby as soon as he was born, first for defense, but then continued to use the power gained so she could enact her revenge on her former tribe (completely wiping it out) and has been killing children to use magic ever since.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She began her experiments with blood magic by sacrificing her own son, and has at the very least sacrificed thousands (or possibly millions) of children to demons to retain her youth and power. According the The Unwritten crossover, she is fully willing to sacrifice every child on the planet.

     Ozma 
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The former queen of Oz, and the most ambitious member of the Thirteenth Floor Gang. Becomes their leader after Frau Totenkinder retires.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ozma is hyped up as Totenkinder's successor and a lot of dialog is dedicated to what her "great work" will be. Then she's casually killed off during the last arc of the series, without really accomplishing anything. Her death doesn't even move the plot forward.
  • Killed Off for Real: After underestimating the resurrected and mind-controlled Bigby in issue #144.
  • Not So Above It All: Has a cold, calculating personality in some respects, but finds herself drawn, at least temporarily, into going along with Pinocchio's ridiculous "Super Team" plot.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like all of the Fables, but Ozma notably maintains the appearance of a young girl, where most female Fables appear to be in their 20s-30s and most of the women associated with the 13th Floor Gang look old.

     Mr. Grandours 
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A mage with a talent for shapeshifting. In the form of a magic bear, he was tasked to guard a trove of magical items by the Empire, but only stuck with it because he didn't really have anywhere else to go; when offered the chance to emigrate to Fabletown he gladly accepted.
  • Humble Hero: Has no problem telling Boy Blue and Bigby that removing part of the magical arrow that is still stuck in Blue's arm is "beyond his skills". He also downplays hi huge role in making sure Bigby and Blue survived the arrow attack in the first place.
  • The Medic: Seems to be acting in this capacity (on the magical side, anyway) for Fabletown's Fort Bravo during the Homelands incursion.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: First met in the form of a bear, and borrows a bird's wings to fly them home to Fabletown.

     Mrs. Someone 
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A nameless witch, who took her own name and "tucked it away" to protect herself from evil powers. She had very little active role in the story, until she went to the Imperial City with Hakim and Briar Rose in order to protect her as part of Fabletown's war plans.
  • Bus Crash: The Imperial City burned down with the sleeping curse still active, and it's very likely that Mrs. Someone died in the fire.
  • Put on a Bus: Left the Thirteenth Floor to join Briar Rose in the Imperial City.

     Maddy 
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A magic-user in the form of a black cat, with a pointed, triangle-tipped tail. By far the most talented magic user among the Thirteenth Floor when it comes to concealment and perception, she is able to serve as a spy even against Great Powers like Mr. Dark without being detected.

     Prospero 

     Mr. Kadabra / Karrant 
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Appearing as a "stage magician," complete with suit and top hat, Mr. Kadabra appears to all involved to be a terminally unimportant background character. This is because before coming to Fabletown, he worked an unbelievably powerful spell directly on The Adversary himself, causing the Adversary to forget about any land in which Kadabra dwells. The backlash of the spell has wiped away a significant portion of Kadabra's memory as well, and has caused anyone he encounters to perceive him as unimportant as well. It is likely that his spell is a major reason why the Adversary ignored the Mundy world for so long.

  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The spell he cast causes his enemies to forget the existence of any land he dwells in.

     Mrs. Green / Morgan le Fay 
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Hailing from the King Arthur saga, she is one of the less vocal members of the Thirteenth Floor, although this changes.

The Empire

     The Emperor / The Adversary 
Geppetto.
"Millions died as I carved out my Empire. Millions more were delivered into dire bondage, where they certainly didn't survive long. But that resulted in a life of peace and security for untold billions that spanned many centuries. Who else has ever accomplished so much? When again will so many enjoy such widespread safety for so long?"
The true leader and founder of the Empire and the one who drove the Fables from the Homelands.
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"I'd gladly destroy thousands, or tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, to ensure that our millions continue to live in safety and prosperity."

  • Abusive Parents: Cruelly and repeatedly slaps his first son Pinocchio, solely for the heinous offense of carving him a birthday present with wood from the Sacred Grove. He even calls him a "foul thing", kicking him out of his tent.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Pinocchio, though Pinocchio is conflicted about directly opposing his father.
  • Affably Evil: He can be kindly, but it doesn't make him any less evil.
  • Berserk Button: Do not carve from the enchanted wood.
  • Big Bad: Of Issues #1 through #75.
  • The Chessmaster: He succesfully (albeit with the aid of magic) plotted his way to tyrannical power.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: It can be argued that making Geppetto be The Adversary was one of Willingham's best ideas in the series.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mostly played straight in regards to his wooden children, particularly Pinocchio. However, it is subverted when he explodes at Pinocchio over Pinocchio giving him a living wooden cricket carved from the enchanted wood as a birthday present.
    • Is in mourning and utterly desolate for months after King Ambrose deprives him of the Sacred Grove and the Golden Horde, the ultimate assemblage of all his still wooden soldier children.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's an old man and evil as they come.
  • Evil Overlord: The Man Behind the Man in charge of the entire empire.
  • Evil Sorceror: He's got some pretty strong magical powers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was every bit the kind and sweet woodcarver from the story, but when he found out he could make as many puppets as he wanted and control them into doing his bidding, there was no way back.
  • Fantastic Racism: He will not allow goblins or other such inhuman creatures near his cottage outside the Imperial City, as he "cannot abide the presence of any of the lower races". But he will gladly fortify his invading armies with them, putting them in the frontlines and expend their lives for the cause with great fervor.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a humble woodcarver.
  • A God Am I: Invokes this trope when Fabletown citizen tells him that "God will judge you". Geppetto's reply?
    "If He does, He'll think He's looking into a mirror."
  • Hidden Villain: His identity is not revealed for quite a while.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: His decision to assemble a Golden Horde (a "super army" entirely composed of wooden soldiers) to send against King Ambrose in Haven proves to be extremely costly, as it not only deprives him of the vast majority of his loyal children, but causes him to lose the Sacred Grove and is a key factor in the Empire losing the war with Fabletown.
  • Karma Houdini: Possibly the worst case in the series. He didn't suffer any repercussions besides losing his power, and by the end of the comic he was plotting a way to recover it.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: To Pinocchio.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Emperor is just his wooden puppet.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The only time in the entirety of the Fables saga that he displays any kind of remorse is during his mourning over the loss of his wooden sons, after King Ambrose (Flycathcer) effectively wipes out the Golden Horde Geppetto dispatched to destroy him and his kingdom of Haven.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Due to tons of protective spells placed on him.
  • No, Mister Bond, I Expect You to Dine: When Boy Blue is captured, Geppetto keeps him prisoner in a large birdcage in his cottage, but treats him rather well, considering. He chats away with him for an extended period, and feeds Blue only water and broth at first, as he is still weak from being frozen and anything stronger would be a shock to his system. But later he feeds him nice, hot porridge made by a citizen in his kingdom.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite his invulnerability, he is still just an old man, and as such does nothing himself to stop Boy Blue or Bigby when they confront him.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Believes he has one as part of his Utopia Justifies the Means mindset.
  • Retired Monster: Captured, stripped of his Empire and forced to sign the Fabletown Compact, he is supposedly harmless. But Geppetto remains decidedly unrepentant and power hungry, scheming to regain his status as ruler. Deputy Mayor Beauty puts it best:
    "Bloodthirsty despots don't go meekly into forced retirement."
  • Shadow Dictator: The Emperor most people see is not him.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Adversary.
  • Truly Single Parent: To the wooden soldiers and Pinocchio.
  • Villainous BSoD: Suffers a big time, extended one after his "Golden Horde" of wooden soldiers are utterly eliminated. And it occurs at the very worst possible time; just as the forces of Fabletown launch their assault on the Empire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although brutal, his empire brought peace and stability to everyone living under it.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Geppetto the toymaker is the (first) Big Bad. And he can make animated puppets who are completely loyal to him.

     "The Emperor" 
"It's time for your Emperor to personally put these criminal invaders to the sword!"''

Public face of the Empire's might, a humanoid creature of great stature and nigh invincible prowess who rules the Empire with an iron fist. In truth a massive wooden soldier built by Geppetto to be figurehead of his Empire.
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"And what's your problem?"
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The largest, and most physically powerful figure in the Empire.
  • Badass Baritone: If the thickness of the boldface type in his speech balloons are any indication, he speaks with a deep, booming voice, as befits such a huge, imposing figure.
  • BFS: Lugs around a sword the size of a small redwood. Rather large, even relative to his gigantic frame.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears an very ominous, but richly ornate piece of headgear.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Handy Bigby his ass in their first fight.
  • Dark Is Evil: A dark figure who plays the role of the evil Emperor.
  • The Determinator: Even as the Sleeping Beauty curse sweeps over everyone else in the Imperial Capital and he starts to become enveloped by thick, creeping magical vines, the Emperor draws his huge sword and starts hacking away, declaring "I--will--not--be--'''HELD!''".
  • Evil Overlord: Maintains the very carefully cultivated image of this.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Mocks Bigby with this trope during their battle, as even in full-on giant wolf mode, Bigby isn't as big as a normal adult wolf relative to him.
  • Frontline General: Flashbacks depict The Emperor personally leading his hordes against the enemy, and is shown doing so once again in the War against Fabletown's invasion army.
  • Hidden Depths: Is always the calm voice of reason in heated discussions with his father Geppetto about how to deal with their enemies. The Emperor, a gigantic, demonic looking figure, is the one who counsels patience, and looks at the situation logically, trying to discern the course of action that will yield maximum results with a minimum of carnage and loss of personnel. A key scene supporting this view of The Emperor's character appears near the end of the "Good Prince" storyarc, where he doubts the wisdom of killing many of the Empire's loyal, or at least innocent citizens for the crimes of enemy subversives, just to make an "example" of someone.
  • Large and in Charge: Towers over most of his subjects.
  • Kill The Messenger: Subverted. It is reported that when given the news of Bigby's destruction of the Sacred Grove, he flew into a rage and slaughtered "dozens of his servants, counselors and closest aides". But the likelihood of this incident actually occurring is doubtful, as scenes featuring The Emperor in quiet situations like meetings for war or at council depict him as quite patient and even-tempered, respecting the advice of his underlings and treating them decently.
    • The trope is initially played somewhat straight, but then subverted, when Lancelot, Ambrose's envoy from the kingdom of Haven, suddenly and magically pops up in the midst of an Imperial Council meeting. The Emperor immediately orders his men to slay the intruder, but seeing that all attacks fail against Lancelot (as he's a bodiless spirit), he then orders his men to stand down, and patiently listens to Lancelot deliver his message from Ambrose.
  • Killed Off for Real: After Bigby literally takes his legs out from under him in the final battle, he is bombarded by all of Fabletown's available heavy armament. Boy Blue suddenly pops up via the Wiching Cloak, to once again decapitate the fearsome Emperor with the Vorpal Blade. And as Geppetto's no longer around to restore him, this time his death sticks.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Aside from the durability his origins give him, the Emperor also has the best protection spells hundreds of warlocks and witches can bestow on him.
  • Off with His Head!: Boy Blue manages to decapitate him in the course of his invasion of the Empire. But as "The Emperor" is ultimately just a huge puppet, he is restored relatively easily enough. But it does take the second time around, with Bigby's help.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: During a secret council with his father, Geppetto, the true ruler of the Empire, when discussing how to deal with King Ambrose and Haven, the Emperor advises against needlessly wasting their forces against an apparently immovable magic object, and sees the utter foolishness of sending wave after wave of soldiers against an enemy who can turn them to his side.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: His reaction to being told that they actually might have what he wants (magic beans that create giant beanstalks) but can't actually find them due to their chaotic filing system is to say "No use crying over it now", and moving on to the next topic. In council with his father, the Emperor often takes moderate and sensible positions. It implies that a lot of the Empire's bloodthirsty policies are due solely to the real power behind the throne, Geppetto.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes. Perpetually.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: All wooden soldiers are vulnerable to someone prying out their joints. The Emperor is no exception.

     The Snow Queen / Lumi 
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"No matter his talents, he's hardly comparable to your beloved Snow Queen."
One of the Adversary's most powerful (and unwilling) supporters. Lumi is basically the physical embodiment of the winter season, and has all the powers that entails.
  • An Ice Person: She's the embodiment of winter, and snowflakes form out of thin air when she walks.
  • Anti-Villain: She was only serving Geppetto due to being Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Bi the Way: In The Last Snow Queen Story, after Winter calls her out for the murders of her unfaithful husbands (claiming she could have gone for a less lethal solution), Lumi suggests that the two of them get together instead and "cement the natural alliance of winter and snow".
  • Black Widow: In issue #150, we see her freezing her most recent husband, who had been cheating on her (this is strongly implied to have been the case with the previous ones).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It's eventually revealed that Geppetto fed her "loyalty spells" to make her loyal to him and the Empire.
  • Broken Bird: Her failed "relationship" with Jack Horner started her on the path of villainy.
  • The Dragon: As commander of the Emperor's personal guard and one of the few people who knows the Adversary's real identity.
  • Evil Sorceress: But the "evil" part is due mainly to Geppetto secretly slipping her "loyalty mickies", as well as her betrayal at the hands of Jack Horner.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Fairest revealed that the reason for her Face–Heel Turn was because Geppetto had secretly been drugging her for thousands of years. After she fell asleep due to Briar Rose's curse, her time under gave her body an appropriate duration to digest the crap out of her system. Following the battle with Hadeon the Destroyer, Lumi's now good again.
  • Ice Queen: Her ability to summon cold weather makes this a case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Kill 'Em All: Her plan for Earth.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her betrayal by Jack Horner caused her to trust no one, and eventually started her down the path to becoming one of the most feared, tyrannical figures in the series.
  • Meaningful Name: Lumi is a Finnish word for snow.
  • Pretty in Mink: She likes to wear fur to show off her status. She carries a fur boa in her first appearance, and wears a white fur cape in her last one.
  • Really Gets Around: If she's not seen plotting to destroy someone, she's in bed with someone.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Taller than most, if not all, of the females introduced in the series, and as beautiful as you could ask for.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: Sports a mane as white as a mid-winter blizzard, and certainly very fetching on top of that.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Her title is the Snow Queen.

     Hansel 
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The head of the Imperial Inquisition and one of the most feared men in the Empire. Acts as the Emperor's official Envoy to Fabletown, but is really there as a spy.

  • Affably Evil: Is relatively polite (but not without some degree of smug patronizing)in his dealings with Mayor Charming, as befits his stated role as an Imperial Envoy. Is even rather genteel with his captive Cinderella, sincerely advising her to repent her sins before he has her slain.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: He is appointed as the Empire's ambassador to Fabletown specifically because The Emperor knows how much the other Fables dislike him.
  • Burn the Witch!: He is responsible for hundreds of witch burnings, many of whom were innocent girls.
  • Dark Is Evil: His standard mode of dress.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted when he murders Gretel for daring to learn some basic spells.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against witches.
  • Holier Than Thou: So much. Considered his own sister Gretel irredeemably corrupted because of her consorting with Frau Totenkinder, considers all of Fabletown a den of sin and haven for demons, and launches his one man campaign to rid the Mundy world of witches as it is "God's will".
  • Knee-capping: Cinderella passes up a chance to kill him because he could still be the official Ambassador of the Empire. She shoots him in both kneecaps instead.
  • Knight Templar: Any atrocity he commits is in his mind justifiable, as it is either God's will, or in service to his Empire.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Advises Kevin Thorn to simply kill "Writer's Block" to get him out of the way, so that Thorn can proceed with rewriting the universe. Thorn later takes his advice.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Dresses in very formal, very dark clothing, is coldly, brutally efficient, is fanatically dedicated to his ideology and totalitarian regime, and has nothing but contempt, if not outright hatred, for beings of differing races and religions.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Launches a stream of racially charged invective at Old Sam as he's forcibly wheeled out of Kevin Thorn's house. It's hard to feel bad for him when Sam eventually dumps him off a very high cliff.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After capturing top Fabletown spy Cinderella and leaving her to be executed, he makes a point of telling his henchman to keep a very close eye on her, don't let her get near anything she might use as a weapon, and don't get any closer to Cindy than he needs to be to kill her by shooting.
    • Though his main mission in the Mundane world changes to the recovery of the runaway Pinocchio, Hansel realizes that though Geppetto wants his son back for obvious personal reasons, the most practical course would be to simply kill the boy, as he possesses far too much inside information on the Empire to risk falling into enemy hands.
  • Sadist: Took great pleasure in torturing and killing thousands of women for supposed witchcraft in various extremely agonizing ways. Expresses his love for violence as he brutally pummels Kevin Thorn's twin "Writer's Block" with a crowbar.
  • Smug Snake: His relaxed, superior pose in dealing with his hated enemies from Fabletown stems from his belief that he is so much more righteous and smarter than them. He is proven utterly wrong on both counts, on several occasions.
  • The Sociopath: Responsible for the deaths of countless innocent people, and has never been depicted as feeling an iota of remorse for his deeds. Even for the murder of his own sister Gretel.
  • Start of Darkness: His encounter with Frau Totenkinder was what sparked his hatred of witches. That hatred eventually grew so strong that he murdered his sister when she began to learn some magic.
  • Torture Technician: He doesn't do it to gain information or even a confession: he just gets a sick thrill from inflicting pain and suffering upon his victims before their eventual demise.
  • The Witch Hunter: Naturally.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Instructs his henchman Alben to simply blast the highly dangerous Cinderella as soon as he and his entourage are safely away; not offering her any "last requests" drink, or even a Bible to repent her sins, as any of this would give her an opportunity to escape or otherwise gain an advantage.
  • Would Hit a Girl: On top of all the witches he's killed, he also murdered his sister Gretel by hitting her with a chair when he learned she was studying under Frau Totenkinder.

     Baba Yaga 
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"I'm going to eat your fingers and your toes and your eyes. And I'll make a pudding of your withered old flesh, and a pudding of your brains. And grind your bones to make my bread."
One of the Great Powers captured by the Empire. She decided that service was better than eternal imprisonment.
  • Familiar: She is served by the Knights of Dawn, Midday and Night, each of which can beat an entire army.
  • Honey Trap: She seduces and captures Boy Blue by posing as his lost love Red Riding Hood.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Is infamous for this within the series and legend.
  • Iconic Item: Her mortar, pestle and chicken legged hut all make an appearance.
  • Killed Off for Real: By, of all people, Bufkin, with the Vorpal Sword.
  • Shapeshifting: Most notably into Red Riding Hood, for the purposes of seducing Boy Blue.
  • The Vamp: Is one while in the form of Red Riding Hood.

     The Nome King 
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Member of the Emperor's Council, and the dreaded ruler of conquered Oz.

  • Evil Is Hammy: Most assuredly loses his composure during Bufkin's depredations in his kingdom.

     June Greenwood 
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A former woodcarver/medic in the Empire, she falls in love with a soldier named Rodney and petitions Geppetto to become human. She, along with her husband, become spies and assassins for the Empire.

  • Deep Cover Agent: Along with husband Rodney, she was originally placed in the Mundane world to keep tabs on nearby Fabletown and perform the occasional assassination or three.
  • Happily Married: To her beloved Rodney. They took the huge leap to be transformed from wooden soldiers to living flesh solely because of their undying love for each other, and that devotion hasn't dimmed.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Switches loyalties from the Empire to Fabletown when her "big brother" Pinocchio makes her and Rodney see that it is in their father Geppetto's best interest to be forced to forego his behind the scenes rule of the Empire, so the couple starts working with the former enemy to bring his fall from power about.
  • Pregnant Badass: Carries out assassinations, even while heavy with child.

     Rodney Greenwood 
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Starts out as an officer in the Empire's Wooden Soldier Division. He falls in love with June and together they plead with Geppetto to be turned into flesh. Their petition is granted, on the condition that they both become deep agents in the Mundy world, carrying out covert surveillance and assassinations.

  • Badass Biker: Manages to track down and intercept superspy Cinderella, who is armed and riding in a cab, while speeding through Manhattan traffic on a bike with his wife.
  • Curiosity Causes Conversion: He admits in his letter to Geppetto that his feigned disdain of his wooden siblings who became human was only a mask for his jealousy, and yearning to know what the experience is like. Desiring to understand what it is like to be flesh, he consults a goblin about eating habits and [[Squick sexual relations]]. Surprisingly, none of what he hears deters him.
  • Deep Cover Agent: Placed in the vicinity of Fabletown in the Mundy world to perform clandestine assignments (like murder), and to maintain surveillance of the enemy Fables, reporting back to the Empire.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Pinocchio convinces him and June that as they are magically "programmed" to be loyal to their father Geppetto, they must act in his best interests by leaving the Empire and helping bring down his regime. This leads to the couple turning themselves over to Fabletown's authorities.
  • Happily Married: To June. Despite (or because of?) the fact that they're also deep cover assassins for the Empire.

Other Fables

     Jack Horner 
"We're the legendary people you've read about in your storybooks. Including me, the best of the best- the most famous and powerful Fable of all: Jack of the Tales. So one of you insignificant Mundys show me a little respect and pull over!"

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". Is actually half-Literal, but doesn't know this for centuries.


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"I am the coolest I am the bravest. And I am absolutely the one you most want to have around when the chips are down— provided I like you."
  • Anti-Hero: Generally a Type V, sometimes sliding completely into Villain Protagonist territory.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Designated Hero trope.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Sports one after the death of his wife Holly.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does this routinely- he even acknowledges that the Fableverse has readers. This is attributable to Jack's half-Literal, half-Fable lineage.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Sleeps with all three of his half-sisters (the Pages) in turn, although none of them had any idea they were related at the time (having never met and looking nothing alike) and all four are disgusted by it when they learn the truth.
  • Card Sharp: Has the uncanny and unfailing ability to produce four jacks from any deck of cards, at will.
  • The Casanova: Can be quite charming and glib.
  • The Cassandra: Has a violent encounter with three of the Adversary's Wooden Soldiers (the advance guard of a full-on enemy invasion), and tries to warn the Fabletown brass of this. Snow White and Bigby don't believe Jack, given his history of pulling scams. But when the invasion actually happens, Jack is quick to gloat "I told you so!". Snow recalls this years later, when Jack calls to warn her of Kevin Thorn's intentions for the Fablesverse.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ingrained within his DNA. Displayed during the "Hollywood" storyarc, when he callously fires his assistant for basically nothing.
  • 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.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made several of them, in fact. His being screwed over in the first one necessitated him making subsequent ones with over half a dozen others to lengthen his lifespan and (temporarily) escape his eventual damnation.
  • Destructive Romance: With Rose Red.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: As a rogue trickster, Jack has his share of outwitting some hard-hitters in his universe. He's tricked a legion of Devils and Literals in his time, as well as even trapping Death itself so that he could screw a girl who was going to die.
  • The Exile: He was eventually banished from Fabletown.
  • Fantastic Racism: After cutting a bloody swath through 1883's Old West, Jack is defeated and captured by Fabletown Sheriff Bigby Wolf, who asks him how he could commit such atrocities. Jack shouts that the transience of human lifespans, along with their own self-destructive nature, make their lives utterly worthless, so Fables killing them shouldn't even be considered a crime.
  • Groin Attack: A staple of Jack's fighting style. He executes one on Bigby during their scuffle at the beginning of "The Great Fables Crossover". It doesn't help.
  • The Gunslinger: As the notorious "Jack Candle", he led the Candle Gang in a rampage of crime the Old West of 1883 had never before seen. It takes Bigby Wolf to bring him down.
  • Hammer Space: The properties of the magic sack Jack wins off "Nick Slick" in a poker game. It can contain an apparently unlimited amount of items (including living creatures), and when certain magic words are spoken, can entrap a being as powerful as The Grim Reaper.
    • He later obtains a normal briefcase that later somehow magically takes on properties similar to the sack, insomuch that he can store vast amounts of gold within it. Jack is at a loss as to how it happened, but dismisses the phenomenon as "a perk of being at the center of all stories".
  • Hero of Another Story: The word "Hero" is a stretch, but he is the protagonist of his own spinoff comic.
  • Irony: The first Fables storyarc ends with Jack actually winning the lottery to be named lord of Prince Charming's Homeland kingdom. But as part of his sentencing for attempting to scam Bluebeard, he is forced to sell the lands back to their former owner. As it turns out much later in the series, Charming is Jack's father, so he would have been directly in line to inherit Charming's royal title and lands anyway.
  • Insult Backfire: After having sex with Sally Cornwells during the final days of the Civil War, Jack kicks her out of the bed and demands she make him breakfast. Sally, decidedly pissed, calls Jack "pig", to which Jack replies "Or beef. Or chicken. I'm not picky, as long as there's lots of it."
  • It's All About Me: The only thing he cares about is himself.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Jack Horner sometimes falls under this category though very rarely. Most of the time he is a selfish, narcissictic sociopath, and can be downright murderous at times like when he became Jack Frost and a cowboy gunslinger. But he has shown some examples of his more human side, like admitting to liking and caring for his friend Gary, mourning his wife's death and Gary when he kicked the dust, sometimes risking his life to save one of the Page sisters when they fell over a cliff, and generally helping out Fabletown and the Literals when needed. As seen in Jack of Fables #9, he's just not that good showing it to others that he does care about them.
  • Like Father, Like Son: A smooth-talking, womanizing manipulator, just like his dad, Prince Charming.
  • Loveable Rogue: On a good day. He does actually try to help Fabletown on a few occasions, but being a slave to his mercurial nature, he always ends up shooting himself in the foot and pissing everyone off.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Knows how to push people's buttons to get what he wants. Does it to Gary with alarming ease and frequency.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Given one by a group of wooden soldiers infiltrating Fabletown. It's rather satisfying.
  • Nominal Hero: On most days. He has no redeeming traits whatsoever beyond being a go-getter, has no loyalties, and will gladly manipulate anybody, including his ex-girlfriend Rose Red or his own son, as long as it means he gets what he wants.
  • Pet the Dog: Definitely uses Gary for all he's worth, but also seems to actually like him and genuinely cares for his well being. When he, Gary, and the others in Priscilla Page's retrieval van take a dive into the Grand Canyon, Jack immediately ponders shielding Gary with his own (supposedly) indestructible body.
  • Physical God: His ultimate fate. After dying, a group of devils take his ghost to what they think would be his personal hell: being alone on a barren planet with nothing to do but think about what went wrong in his life, given a typewriter and infinite paper to describe all of his failings. Instead, he spends eternity describing his own perfect universe where he reigns as god-king and uses his Literal powers to pull Gary the Pathetic Fallacy to the end of time to make it a reality.
  • Questionable Consent: Has sex (multiple times) with Rose Red, who is in a severe state of depression and extremely vulnerable emotionally. At several points, she even seems to think Jack is Boy Blue.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Does this upon finding out that his very existence is due solely to a "typo" by Kevin Thorn.
    "ASSHOLE!!"
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Successfully pegs Goldilocks as being in league with the Page Sisters, solely on the basis that she wears glasses like they do.
  • The Roaring '20s: Hiding out in Gangland (a section of Americana seemingly locked in the Prohibition era), Jack indulges in a little bootlegging to make a buck or two.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Takes this pose once Prince Charming becomes Mayor, suggesting that Fabletown is on the decline. But this was just a cover for him absconding with between 2.5 and 6 billion dollars of Fabletown's money.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Reaches epic heights in Jack of Fables.
  • Take That, Audience!: When trying to get into bed with a despondent Rose Red during the "Great Fables Crossover", he straight out calls the readers of the Fables books "scum", indulging in "shameless hero worship".
  • The Trickster: His role in the Fable firmament. One of many reasons why he's always survived and proves crucial in the overall scheme of things.
  • Villain Protagonist: Arguably this, as he's the focus of his eponymous series and unarguably a terrible, terrible person. A flashback in the "Bad Prince" storyarc shows that the "god of all storytellers" (Kevin Thorn) specifically wrote (and created) Jack as a villain.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Goldilocks gets the drop on him with a double-barreled shotgun, but Jack manages to turn the tables on her with an elbow to the head.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Bernard Stein, his agent at the very beginning of the "Hollywood" arc, for virtually no discernible reason.
  • Zany Scheme: What most of his plots amount to. Some of them are even successful.

     Mister North 
Mr. North: Hold on. Can you feel that?
Snow White: What?
Mr. North: The winds are changing.
Snow White: But you're the wind.
Mr. North: Exactly.
The personification of the North Wind and all its aspects. He is the father of Bigby Wolf and one of the most powerful Fables in existence.
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  • Badass Mustache: Possesses a truly righteous one in his human form.
  • Blood Knight: Thoroughly enjoyed battling a D'Jinn centuries ago, citing it as a challenge the likes of which he deeply misses, and states that he relishes the thought of battling another. He also seemed to deeply enjoy every second of his life and death duel with Mister Dark.
  • Blow You Away: How he usually (if not always) dispatches Bigby, on one of his several attempts on his life. On the very first such occasion, North's winds lifted Bigby so high and carried him so far, he didn't land for weeks.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He is as mercurial and changeable in his morality and loyalties as to be expected of the embodiment of Wind. Abandoned his wolf lover Winter (while she was with cubs) without a second thought, resulting in a very extended and hostile estrangement from his youngest son, Bigby. And when Rose calls him out on not helping the Fable cause when the Adversary began his depredations, he is clearly mystified, as in his view, empires and civilizations have risen and fallen countless times in the past, and will do so in the future. And as long as some entity like the Adversary doesn't bother him, he won't bother them. But centuries later, he declares himself fully on the side of Fabletown, due to his familial connection to Bigby and the cubs. Yet this still doesn't prevent him from seriously considering murdering one of said cubs, for the crime of being born a wild zephyr.
  • Carpet of Virility: With his shirt open, it looks like he's smuggling a rabbit.
  • Disappeared Dad: Abandoned Bigby's mother before he and his brothers were even born.
  • Fantastic Racism: Has an irrational hatred of "wild zephyrs" considering them freaks of nature and abominations that must be slain upon birth. He even makes it an official royal decree that even he cannot break, which comes back to bite him in the ass when one of his grandsons turns out to be one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rather than kill his own son and grandson, and taking the opportunity to rid existence of a dire threat, he drags Mister North into the Casket of Primordial Winds, meaning neither he nor Dark can ever escape or return to the land of the living.
  • Interspecies Romance: Took a shine to a wolf named Winter, and transformed into a wolf himself to woo and mate with her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was a crummy husband to Winter and a totally non-existent father to Bigby, and justifies his pomposity and ridiculously mercurial temperament by assuming the "force of Nature" pose. But proves to be a doting and loving grandfather to the Cubs, puts Fabletown under his protection and ultimately sacrifices himself to rid the world of Mister Dark.
  • Love at First Sight: It was this for him upon laying eyes on Winter. But lasting love was a whole other thing.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Bigby's been trying to slay him for centuries, and has never been able to even scratch him. It takes a being as powerful as Mr. Dark to even begin to do him damage.
  • Noodle Incident: Claims to have once battled a D'Jinn ages ago, citing it as one of the very few challenges he's ever faced.
  • Offing the Offspring: Because of his decree and vow to slay all wild zephyrs as soon as they are born, he feels duty bound to kill Bigby and Snow's seventh child (and his own grandson), Ghost. And North knows full well that he'll have to slay Bigby as well to do it. He ultimately Takes a Third Option, averting this.
  • Physical God: The most powerful character to appear in the series (outside of Gary, The Pathetic Fallacy, and perhaps Kevin Thorn); he can fly, shapeshift, teleport, summon wind, storms and ice, is virtually indestructible, among his many, many abilities.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: He challenges Mister Dark to single combat, and eventually banishes Dark (and himself) from this plane of existence forever by dragging him into the Casket of Primordial Winds.
  • Shapeshifting: Can take on a humanoid form, or that of a wolf, or even wind itself, among other things.
  • Taking You with Me: Defeats Mister Dark forever by dragging him into the Casket of Primordial Winds with him, effectively killing himself as well.

     Mister Dark 
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"'Inhuman'? Dear boy, who ever said I was human?"
Anthropomorphic Personification of shadow, woe, and all other dark things. He was imprisoned by the Empire, but was later accidentally released by two thieves.
  • Big Bad: After the Adversary.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is an extremely nasty individual.
  • Dark World: He creates these if he stays in one place for too long.
  • Emotion Eater: Fear is his primary source of power.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He does seem to treat his servants decently enough. According to the Fables/Unwritten crossover he's even a decent husband and father, if you consider joined family torture sessions and brainwashing children into corrupted and twisted versions of themselves as responsible parenting.
  • Humble Pie: He gets to eat a slice whether he want to or not, when the self proclaimed greatest Great Power is taken down by Bellflower, a "mere" witch. Sadly, it doesn't last long since he quickly recovers and beats her in the rematch.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the North Wind, who seals them both in his Casket of Ancient Winds (a suicide mechanism).
  • Made of Evil: He is the living embodiment of darkness, woe and malice as a whole.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It's a dark name.
  • Obviously Evil: He represents every version of the boogeyman, and looks the part.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Released by two thieves.

     Weyland Smith 
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Fabletown's legendary blacksmith, engineer and inventor. He formerly ran the Farm and later served as Haven's Builder of the Kingdom.
  • Badass Beard: Has face fur so thick and full, a family of birds could live in it and he'd never know.
  • Carpet of Virility: Has very thick tufts of hair adorning his chest.
  • Drop the Hammer: Wields a huge mallet for building, as well as in combat.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Can and has built just about anything under the sun, from weapons systems modified for animals to castles.
  • Killed Off for Real: Twice. His first corporeal death came during the Battle of Fabletown, when he was gunned down by the Adversary's invading Wooden Soldiers. He was later resurrected by King Ambrose (Flycatcher), only to later die again at the hands (and crowbar) of Prince Brandish.
  • Loophole Abuse: When he's captured and enslaved by the Farm revolutionaries, they restrain him with magical shackles that prevent him from trying to escape, but do not stop him from helping his fellow prisoner Snow White, get away by forging a key for her shackles, which are identical to his own. With Reynard the Fox helping to point this out, Snow is able to (eventually) free Weyland as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Although he is an ingenious builder and all-around inventor, Weyland at his core is fundamentally a blacksmith.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Was universally hated during his tenure as Farm Administrator. Not because he was a bad leader, but simply because he, a humanoid Fable, was appointed Administrator over a population almost entirely composed of non-humanoids. This leads to his eventual ouster and enslavement.

     Mowgli 
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. He is instrumental in getting Bigby to return to Fabletown.
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"I am the strong hunter, the swift runner, subtle tracker. And deadly killer— if need be."

  • Affectionate Nickname: Baloo and Bagheera call him "Little Frog".
  • Cunning Linguist: Depicted as being able to speak many different languages fluently, as befits a long-lived Fable who travels the world as part of his job.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Can't wait to strip down to nearly nude once he gets out into the wilderness.
  • Get It Over With: Battles Tuvar, the leader of the Free People wolf pack, to take over as Pack Leader so that they will give him information vital to finding Bigby. The struggle ends when Mowgli breaks Tuvar's forelegs and back, and as Tuvar will never be able to hunt (or even move) again, he begs Mowgli for a "final mercy", which is granted in the form of a Neck Snap.
  • Guile Hero: Not that it takes much to fool Gobs, but shows a propensity for manipulation and trickery in dealing with an encampmemt of goblins occupying the Indu world.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: A bit of subterfuge played upon goblin forces encamped in the Raj kingdom. As their "prisoner", Mowgli is able to gain intel on the strength of the occupying forces, their main leaders and other vital information.
  • Meaningful Name: As a perpetual "Tourist", he currently goes by the alias "Jagatbehari", which means "world traveler" in Hindu.
  • Raised by Wolves: His backstory, and why only he proves capable of finding Bigby.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Can communicate with wolves (even Mundane ones), by virtue of his upbringing.

     Reynard The Fox 
A legendary trickster figure, he was instrumental in helping Snow White survive the uprising on the Farm. Later rewarded with the ability to take a human form.
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  • The Quisling: Pretends to be this so that he could lull an invading company of the Adversary's goblins into a false sense of security, earning Grubel Kaidan's trust and distracting him and his troops with a fairy tale so that he and many other Fable animals can escape the occupied Homelands.
  • The Trickster: Right up there with Jack Horner when it comes to deception and chicanery.

     Sinbad 
Envoy of the Arabian Fabletown and later captain of The Glory of Baghdad, the flying warship which proved crucial in the war against the Empire. Briefly married to Rose Red.
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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Sinbad and the Arabian Fables' retaining of slaves is a huge roadblock in their negotiations with Mayor Charming and the Fabletown government, who steadfastly reject to the concept. Former Mayor King Cole, acting as translator and go-between, re-words Charming's harsh, blunt objection in his reply to Sinbad into "He promises to respect your venerable custom to keep slaves. In return he trusts you'll respect our venerable custom to hang slavers wheresoever we find them." Yusuf, Sinbad's Vizier, reacts with outrage, but Sinbad himself is highly amused at Cole's cleverness, shouting, "Well done, well played!"
  • The Captain: Considerable sailing experience from his legendary adventures make him the natural choice to spearhead the running of the Glory of Baghdad.
  • Cool Ship: The Glory of Baghdad, basically a war galleon heavily modified with s shitload of guns and gun ports, not to mention the capacity to fly, thanks to the three hundred magic carpets lining its hulls. It is instrumental in Fabletown's victory against the Empire.
  • Dual Wielding: Whips out two scimitars to kill enemy troops when he and Prince Charming are set upon as they approach their target: the final Imperial Gateway.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Prince Charming co-captain The Glory of Baghdad, spearheading the war effort against the Empire and bonding while fighting for their lives.
  • Foreshadowing: After the Glory of Bagdad wipes out a veritable sky full of dragons, the crew cheers that the ship is invincible, and that "they could conquer worlds with a fleet of such vessels". This is exactly what Captain Sinbad and his men much later set out to do, as related in "The Last Sinbad Story".
  • Magic Carpet: A preferred method of transportation in the Arabian Fabletown, at least among the elite. The Glory of Baghdad is able to fly because it has dozens of them lining its hull.

     Prince Brandish 
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Scion of Castle Lancedore, and originally betrothed to Snow White.

  • Forced Kiss: Pulls this on his "wife" Snow.
  • Hero Killer: Has a body count of noteworthy Fables that outstrips even the Adversary and his forces. Weyland Smith, Sir Lancelot, and even Bigby Wolf have died through his efforts.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: If he had killed Grimble after turning him into a bird (as was his first instinct), he wouldn't have later died at Grimble's hands.
  • I Shall Taunt You: A strategy he applies during his duel with Bigby that works shockingly well.
  • Marital Rape License: Threatens to invoke this upon Snow any number of times.
  • Master Swordsman: Fantastically skilled with a blade; only Prince Charming and Snow White can match or surpass his talents.

     Lauda 
Snow and Rose's mother, whose actions and lineage are the driving force behind much of the conflict between her daughters. She never appears in the story proper, only in flashbacks.
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  • Cain and Abel: While she left home, withdrawing from the generational fratricide, she did kill her last surviving sister, Geirvé, when she found her decades later (granted, Geirvé was trying to kill Lauda in the first place to tie up every loose end).
  • Good Parents: She loved her daughters dearly and was willing to pretend one was dead to save her.
  • Happily Married: In issue #149, we learn she and her husband were very much in love. Sadly, their marriage did not last long due to his untimely death, likely at the hands of his sister.
  • In the Blood: Her magical lineage, which forces the members of each generation to kill each other off until only one remains, then inheriting the bloodline's power. Also, the members of this line can apparently only conceive daughters.
  • Love at First Sight: This was the case with her and her unnamed husband.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: She was the youngest of thirteen sisters.
  • The Strategist: It's implied that she purposefully bowed out of the family killings so she could claim the power later.
  • Tempting Fate / You Can't Fight Fate: After killing her last remaining sister in self-defense as mentioned above, Lauda thought she and her husband could live happily ever after together, and that she could avoid the family "curse" continuing by only having one child. Naturally, in due time she gave birth to twins Snow and Rose. This is even Lampshaded by Rose in the story when she learns of it, saying "anyone could have seen that coming".
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Averted at first, as she found a way to circumvent the family curse and even ended up as the sole surviving sister and wielder of the generational power. However, it was later played straight as her plan to avoid the curse in the next generation by having only one child didn't work and her beloved husband died after only a year or so of marriage.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In issue #96, Lauda claims that she helped her sister (later revealed to actually be her sister-in-law) marry the King of the Silver Realm, causing her to owe her a favor. Yet, in issue #149, we learn that the sister-in-law was married to the king before Lauda ever met her, or her future husband, so how could she have helped her to become a queen? In addition, her ultimate fate has never been explained.
  • Widow Woman: First introduced as a poor widow who lived with her daughters in a cottage during the Rose Red arc. We only get some information about her late husband in issue #149.
  • Youngest Child Wins: As mentioned above, she was the last of the 13 sisters left alive, then inheriting the family power in full.

Literals

    In-General 
Literals are a magical race of entities separate from Mundies and Fables, seeing as how they created the universe, being the personification of literary notions and aspects of storytelling.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: While Fables are meant to be characters found in stories, Literals are the embodiment of story-telling conventions and ideas, including literary devices (the Pathetic Fallacy, Deus Ex Machina, censorship, etc.) and genres.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A by-product of their Literal nature. They know full well they are part of an ongoing narrative. In fact, they draw power from this.
  • Our Gods Are Different: While Fables like Djinn and the Great Powers are absurdly powerful and god-like, the Literals are gods compared to the likes of them, having collectively created the Fables universe to begin with.

     The Pathetic Fallacy/ Gary 
"But I don't know what I know, or how I seem to know it right now. I don't normally know anything, except how to talk to my special friends that no one else can talk to. I'm not used to real people— even fictional real people. Does that make any sense?"
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"It's just who I am. The Pathetic Fallacy. Of course, I always hoped that people would call me— oh, you don't care."
Father of Kevin Thorn and the original Literal. The Pathetic Fallacy is the embodiment of Anthropomorphic Personification and most powerful Literal of them all. He is however somewhat dull witted and would much rather be called Gary.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: His powers most frequently work by the objects around him taking life after he politely asks them to do something.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Wicked John does everything he can to ruin Gary's stage production of Hamlet. This is revealed to be part of John's plan to cause sufficient chaos to allow him to escape the Golden Boughs Retirement Village unnoticed. Poor, even-tempered doormat Gary, driven to the point of apoplexy by John's antics (and everything else going wrong with the production), flies into a rage and brings damn near every inanimate object in the vicinity to life, including trees and boulders, threatening to level all of Idaho.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Calls Wicked John this almost verbatim during their climactic "duel".
    • Later calls his son, the feared Mr. Revise, a "butthead".
  • Groin Attack: During their "duel" (a scene from Hamlet), Gary kicks Wicked John right in the sack.
    "My nuts! I need'' those!"'
  • Interspecies Romance: Starts a "relationship" with a mannequin he names Nicole. They broke up after they started growing apart. Gary does do Noelle the good turn of making her a living person afterwards, however.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being the very first Literal and thus originator of all fiction, Gary looks like a middle aged man while his grandson Revise would not look out of place in a retirement home.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Gary becomes quite distressed when he has to order an object to come to life and obey him rather than asking it to help.
  • Shaped Like Itself: As the being responsible for attributing human characteristics to inhuman things, Gary is literally the anthropomorphic personification of anthropomorphic personification.
  • Sidekick: To Jack, God help him. Later switches temporarily to Bigby's during the Great Fables Crossover.
  • Troll: When he, Jack, Hillary Page and the rest of the treasure hunters are set upon by giant guardian statues, Gary talks to them, making them relent. But he claims the statues want hugs in return, to Jack's extreme annoyance. After this is done, Hillary pulls Gary aside, asking if the statues really said that, to which he replies "no": he did it just to screw with Jack.
  • Unfortunate Names: His actual name is "Pathetic". That's why he prefers to be called Gary.

     Kevin Thorn 
"I have an author's responsibility to make the story as good as possible. Haven't you heard that 'all writing is rewriting'? Ever hear of the storyteller's rule, 'kill your darlings'?"
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"Now the ideas for my new work are starting to come to me, fast and unfettered. Now I can put my practice notebook aside, take up the formal journal and write an end to this sad and silly story with a single, cogent, declarative line. Right now."
Introduced in Fables as a reporter with the strange ability to see the fable community and its residents for who they really are. He is eventually revealed to be the amnesiac personification of storytelling itself, as well as the creator of all fables. As his memories and powers return, the once mild-mannered reporter begins showing a much more sinister side...

  • Affably Evil: Kevin Thorn is a meek, polite and friendly individual. When his memories return, however, he simply keeps it up as a facade. Upon regaining his powers, he drops the act altogether.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Author, having literally written the universe into existence.
  • Artifact of Doom: His pen, which allows him to rewrite reality. Touching it causes anyone other than him to die horribly as their minds are subjected to the entirety of human history at once.
  • Big Bad: In spite of having created most of the comic's villains, he doesn't become one in his own right until ''The Great Fables Crossover'.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems very timid and mild- just another defanged victim of Mr. Revise's Memory Hole. Right up to the point he sicks vicious jackals on Priscilla Page.
  • Creator Backlash: In-Universe. Disgusted by how his stories have spun out of control without his direct influence. He cites Bigby winding up the Sheriff of Fabletown and Geppeto becoming a Big Bad as examples.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Gus, Thorn's "faithful" Labrador Retriever, turns out to be a spy for the Golden Bough's Retirement Village, keeping tabs on Thorn for years, and finally turning him in when Thorn starts to get his memory back.
  • God Is Evil: He views Fables and Mundanes as nothing more than characters in a story to do with as he wishes and barely has more respect for his fellow Literals. When he first gets his powers he turned a park into a nightmare to test them out and casually writers horrible fates for several people who annoyed him. He is not hesitant in the least to destroying everything because he doesn't like how it turned out.
  • Jerkass: His true persona. Cruelly toys with the fates of Fables and Mundanes alike, subjecting Bigby to a series of humiliating transformations and giving a woman who sent him an ugly look cancer.
  • Human Popsicle: Jack Frost freezes him in order to prevent his world-destroying sentence from being finished.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has been stripped of his memories by Mr. Revise on several occasions because his stories were wreaking havoc upon the Mundane world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays on Priscilla Page's insecurities in order to escape Mr. Revise and regain his pen.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to uncreate reality in order to start with a fresh slate.
  • Physical God: The most powerful of the Literals by a long shot.
  • Reality Warper: Virtually omnipotent unless prevented from writing in some fashion.
  • Ret Gone: Uncreates Old Sam as punishment for attempting to steal his pen. It is also his ultimate fate- he is exiled to a different reality so that his stories will no longer trouble our world.
  • Unfazed Everyman: How he is introduced. Eventually subverted once Jack of Fables comes around.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Depriving him of his pen renders him harmless, as it takes him centuries to "break in" a new one on his own. This is no easy task, however.

     Mr. Revise 
"I am Revise! I am the Warlock's Bane, the Cutting Man, the Unmaker, Slayer of Stories! It was I who rid this world of its witches and werewolves! It was I who trimmed all that was dangerous and unwholesome from the plague of Fabledom!"
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"No one has ever escaped me. Resign yourself to the fact that you're here for life. Now get out of my office."
Son of Kevin Thorn, and the Anthropomorphic Personification of editing and censorship. Has dedicated his life to creating a stable world for Mundanes to live in. To this end, his organization abducts Fables so that he can strip them of their inherent magic by gradually erasing the Mundane world's memories of their stories. He is also the father of one third of the Page Sisters.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Appears as an stern, elderly man. Cross him, however, and he will remind you that he is not a human.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Memory Hole, which allows his to use his Laser-Guided Amnesia on a global scale.
  • Bad Boss: Only to the Page Sisters, his seconds-in-command. To the rest of his staff he turns out to be a...
  • Benevolent Boss: Provides the Mundanes working for him with money and new identities after his organization is destroyed.
  • Big Bad: Of Jack of Fables issues #1 to #16.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Interrupts Jack's tale of how he met the Snow Queen in issue #6. Why? To remind the readers that the tale of the Snow Queen is nothing but "the feverish imagination of a sickly and troubled Dane", and to question the sanity of comic writers who allow such tomfoolery in their stories.
  • Brought Down to Normal: What he does to Fables in his custody.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Gets absolutely no credit for the centuries of work he has put into making the world a safer place for mundanes, and is extremely irate about it. Then again, given that the comic mostly sides with the Fables, this is understandable.
  • Humiliation Conga: After Jack enters his life, a mass jailbreak occurs, his daughters turn on him, his brother razes his compound, he is forced to give back every bit of magic he took from the Fables in order to give them a fighting chance, and what remains of his life's work is blown to smithereens by a volcanic eruption. Needless to say, he is left an embittered, cynical shell.
  • The Extremist Was Right: As he points out, his harsh actions were absolutely necessary to bring order to the lives of Fables and Mundanes and allow the advancement of science. He was the making the world (and universe) safer and better for both Mundanes and Fables by protecting them from his father who would change the laws of physics, history, or anything on a whim. This is all later proven true as the moment Kevin Thorn gets his pin back he immediately starts screwing around with reality and plotting the end of the universe.
  • Gilded Cage: Revise's prison is actually more like a cozy little village where everything is free, and Fables are free to do as they please as long as the don't attempt an escape.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • I Have Many Names: Old Sam rounds off just a few of the names Revise has been known by- "The Cutting Man", "Warlock's Bane", "The Unmaker", "The Master Librarian", and suggests there are many more.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Chief of his powers. He does it to Mundanes in order to erase their memories of the Fables, and to Kevin Thorn, in order to prevent him from creating more.
  • Love Triangle: Had one with his brother over Prose Page. He eventually won her, but not before Bookburner had unknowingly fathered two of the Page Sisters.
  • Science Versus Magic: Claims that his culling of magic made science at all possible, by allowing natural laws to remain constant.
  • Sliding Scaleof Idealism Versus Cynicism: Though cynical in nature, his mission to protect the Mundane world from magic is arguably very idealistic in nature. After his life's work is completely destroyed he nosedives into the cynical end.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He kidnaps and imprisons Fables and rewrites their stories to make them more family-friendly. He has scrabbled the mind of his own grandfather and several times wiped the memory of his own father. Yet all was necessary to impose a measure of order upon the laws of magic and stabilized the laws of science allowing advancement to take place especially from his extremely fickle father.

     The Bookburner 
"I gave big brother Revise his chance. He blew it. And now he's going to pay for his mistakes."
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"Isn't it grand?"
The second son of Kevin Thorn and brother of Mr. Revise, Bookburner embodies the more violent kind of censorship. Bookburner shares his brother's vision of a peaceful, magic-free world, but he prefers erasing fables completely from existence, rather than stripping them of their magic and allowing them to live out their lives peacefully. When he learns of Revise's failing project, he resolves to take out all of Fablekind in one fell swoop by storming his brother's facility. He carries a deep grudge toward Revise due to a Love Triangle between them and Prose Page.

  • Affably Evil: Outgoing, polite, and in general a much friendlier person than his brother. He seems averse to hurting or killing fellow literals, and his love for Prose Page was seemingly genuine. He does, however, carry a murderous grudge towards Fablekind.
  • Big Bad: Of Jack Of Fables issues #17-32.
  • Blood Knight: It's pretty clear that he takes sadistic pleasure in hurting and killing Fables, as opposed to Mundanes and Literals.
  • The Dreaded: All Fables and more than a few Literals fear the Bookburner, for good reason. Word of his arrival in the Mundane world causes everyone to panic. Even the insane Lady Luck trembles at the sound of his name.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: His hat shadows the upper half of his face whenever he indulges in sinister resolve.
  • Love Triangle
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is the father of Robin and Priscilla Page. Having lost their mother to Revise shortly after conceiving them, he is unaware of this fact.
  • Made of Iron: Jack unloads a fully loaded revolver into him during negotiations, but it fails to do more than knock him of his feet. He admits that it hurts, though.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: He has a vast collection of eidolons made from forgotten Fables at his disposal, not to mention a fair share of actual zombies.
  • Put on a Bus: According to the Pathetic Fallacy, his eventual "death" can best be described as this. He will return when he "comes into fashion" again.
  • Ret Gone: His modus operandi. If he possesses the original printing of a fairy tale, he can erase the fable it concerns from existence by burning the book.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Has coerced living Fables to work for him by threatening to burn their books.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Along with the Love Triangle, their conflicting philosophies are what keeps the resentment between him and Revise going.
  • Southern Gentleman: Acts and dresses like one, albeit with a brown suit rather than a white one.
  • Smug Super: How he views the Fables. It is part of his grudge against them.
    to Revise, after getting shot by Jack multiple times during wartime negotiations: "Do you see it, Revise? Do you see what a pestilence these creatures are? Underneath all their magic and pretty stories is the belief that they're above everyone else. That they are better ".

     Prose Page 
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Mother of the Prose Sisters.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with Mister Revise while she was with Bookburner, resulting in the birth of Priscilla and Robin Page.

The Page Sisters

     General 
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"Even if we don't stand a chance, it's better to go down fighting. We aren't fragile little Mundys, or even Fables. We're Literals! Better than that, we're the Page Sisters!"
Senior Librarians at the Golden Boughs Retirement Village. They report directly to Mister Revise and serve as his main lieutenants and enforcers. After the dissolution of the Village, they develop their own agenda.

Tropes applying to all of them:

     Hillary Page 
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Senior Librarian in charge of Research at the Golden Boughs Retirement Village.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her usual mode of dress includes a very tight, not all there t-shirt, emblazoned with some spiffy phrase.
  • The Flapper: She takes on this guise while the treasure seeking group is lying low in the "gangland" section of Americana.
  • Groin Attack: kicks Jack right in the junk after he brags to her about sleeping with her sisters, and his intention to "up the ante" by having all three of them at once.
  • Hypocrite: While shopping for supplies at a "Super Mart" (an obvious Expy of Walmart), Hilary admits that such stores are awfully convenient, though she's opposed to them on principle.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Undertakes a huge quest to Americana to locate the Bookburner, thinking he is her father. He is not: it's actually Mr. Revise Bookburner rather cruelly disabuses her of this notion.
  • Meganekko: All three are attractive, but Hillary is more on the "cute" side than her more conventionally "beautiful" sisters.
  • Place of Power: Any library, where she can discern anything she needs to know from the books and periodicals inside.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Hillary secures the last piece of Humpty Dumpty's shell (printed with a crucial section of a treasure map) in her bra.

     Priscilla Page 
"I'm not so vain as most, but I happen to know for a fact that I'm hotter than any six other women combined. I'm so hot I should be continued on the next girl."
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"It's a bigger, badder, stranger world than you might suspect."
Senior Librarian who heads up Retrievals at the Golden Boughs Retirement Village.

  • Alliterative Name: Priscilla Page.
  • Beautiful All Along: From childhood to young adulthood, she was rather gangly, awkward and rather unpopular, if not outright unnoticeable. But an extensive makeover from her sister Robin brings out her inner beauty and instills her with aggressive self-assuredness.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Brings along a revolver plated with gold from a melted down magical horseshoe, which is vital in the successful capture and retrieval of Lady Luck.
  • Boobs of Steel: Prodigious as they are, they in no way impede her effectiveness.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Drives her to succeed in her career and seek the affections of men outside of it.
  • Most Common Superpower: The bustiest of the sisters.
  • Place of Power: The open road, where she can find any short cut to anywhere.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Depicted as very geeky and skinny as a child; needless to say, she has blossomed considerably in pulchritude and voluptuousness since then.

     Robin Page 
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Senior Librarian at the Golden Boughs Retirement Village in charge of Security.

  • Action Mom: Having a rugrat doesn't slow her down at all.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Has a couple of secret sexual encounters with Jack, to satisfy her firey passions.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Jack has to be the last person anyone would want to have a child by. So naturally, it happens.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Asks herself this when she realizes that not only is Jack Horner the father of her child, but he's also her half brother.
  • Really Gets Around: Depicted as having a very healthy libido, with no shortage of willing partners.

Mundys (Mundanes)

     Tommy Sharp 
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A normal reporter who has realized that the Fabletown residents never age.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He thinks the Fables are immortal because they're Vampires.
  • Exposition of Immortality: He wants to do this in an article about them.
  • Killed Off for Real: Bluebeard makes sure of it himself.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Bigby almost murders Sharp upon their first meeting, in front of God and everybody, but correctly guesses that Sharp has made provisions against just such a contingency. But once those provisions have been eliminated, Bluebeard takes it upon himself to carry it out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Seriously, who discovers an ancient community of (supposed) vampires, decides to out them against their will, and warns them in advance?
    • Someone who, out of a sense of journalistic integrity, wanted to give them a chance to tell their side of the story before he blew the proverbial whistle. Needless to say it was the last mistake he ever made.
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