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Some of the Farm's very diverse and magical denizens.

A place for Fables whose physical appearances prevent them from passing for human among the Mundanes, this huge property in Upstate New York has been aptly described (visually) as a cross between Old MacDonald and Disney and Munchkinland. But to many of its non-human citizens, it is between a highly regimented community and a glorified prison camp. With these tensions lingering, there have been several disruptions of the peace over the many years, but only one has erupted into a full-on revolution.

     Rose Red 
The Embodiment of Hope: But what sort of hope will you inspire in those whose lives you touch?
Rose Red: Something to do with second chances, I think. God knows I've needed enough of them.
Snow White's wilder younger sister who has a troubled relationship with her older sibling and is the leader of Fabletown's farm. Is later pegged the Paladin of Hope.
"Yeah, it seems I was a bad girl again."
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her mother called her "Little Red Duckling".
  • 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.
  • Batman Gambit: Rose pulls off a spectacular one during the "Animal Farm" arc; knowing the revolutionaries would eventually capture her and Snow White, Rose pretends to be sympathetic to their cause, throwing in with them under the condition that they spare her sister's life. This was all to give Snow time to come up with a plan to not only escape, but ultimately put down the insurrection, which she eventually does. The beauty of the plan is that Rose didn't even need to share it with Snow; she just trusted that Snow, being the brilliant strategist she is, would invariably come up with something and save the day.
  • 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.
    • Ironically, Rose cites this trope as the reason she is adamant about giving the evil murderer and kidnapper Brandish a second chance: as the "Paladin of the Hope For Second Chances", she sees this as her being "truly responsible" for the first time ever.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Is extremely empathetic and respectful of non-humanoid Fables, treating them with respect and as equals. This is a huge reason why she is so beloved as Administrator of the Farm, and why there have been no uprisings during her tenure. That, along with Clara, her fire-breathing enforcer, of course..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She had the best of intentions, bur Rose's ill-advised attempt at giving Prince Brandish a shot at redemption results in the deaths of Weyland Smith and Sir Lancelot, both at his unrepentant hands.
    Snow White: Set him free and you are responsible, for everything that happens afterwards.
  • Really Gets Around: Jack, Bluebeard, Sinbad, Lancelot - are just her most recent partners.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On his deathbed, Boy Blue rejects Rose's hasty marriage proposal, stating that she doesn't really love him: Rose is just fascinated by whomever is the "most exciting man in the room" at the time, citing Prince Charming, Jack Horner, Weyland Smith and Sinbad as examples, never truly being in love with any man. He tells her she's "broken", and doesn't know how to "fix" her. Despite telling Rose flat out he deserves better, Blue nevertheless wishes her the best.
  • Refusal of the Call: After Boy Blue's death, she sinks into a deep depression, neglecting her duties as Farm Administrator, and expressly rejects "Colin's" demands that she get up and help save the day.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Her default mode of speech is cursing like a longshoreman who just stubbed his toe. She's particularly prone to dropping the "F" bomb.
  • 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 Badass: After she is tapped as the agent of Hope, Rose also begins to manifest the vast magical powers of her bloodline, enabling her to cause armor and a sword out of seeming nothingness, teleport people at will, and even fight an enraged Bigby one on one.
  • 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.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: With Boy Blue. Just before the war with the Empire, he expresses his romantic intentions towards Rose, who rejects him, stating that he's like a brother to her, and she doesn't want to ruin their friendship. The tables are turned when later, after the war is over and Blue is lying on his deathbed, a sorrowful and regretful Rose confesses that she does truly love him and asks him to marry her. Blue refuses, stating that he deserves better than Rose's mercurial affections.

     Boy Blue 
"I had no love of playing the hero. Why would I willingly do it again? I've wanted an ordinary life, and I'm finally on my way to a place where I can have one." - Boy Blue
"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.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Boy Blue meets the recently deceased Bigby is what Blue calls the "Lands After Life", which serves as a stopover for the dead before they face judgment.
  • 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.
  • Psycho Pomp: Blue serves as this for Bigby in the "Lands After Life".
  • 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.

"I am the unsilenced voice of the oppressed masses, and we have power you can't imagine!" - 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.
"I'm not only down with the struggle- I'm the tip of the fucking spear."
  • 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.
  • Cool Sword: Steals Maerorgladi, the Sword of Regret, from Fabletown's Business Office. It not only never fails to terminate its target, but is so bloodthirsty, it demands a second random victim be killed immediately.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Her murder of Colin. And she puts his severed head on display as a "literary message".
  • Killed Off for Real: Finally meets her end at the hands of Cinderella, with the Sword of Regret.
  • 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.

     Reynard The Fox 
"Every kingdom has its villains, and this one was no exception. Reynard was a thief, liar, trickster and general contrarian of considerable renown."
The self-professed king of cunning, and sultan of sly. A legendary trickster figure, he was instrumental in helping Snow White survive the uprising on the Farm. Later rewarded by Ozma with the ability to take a human form.
"I'm Reynard the Fox. There're entire nations where the official word for fox is my name. Check that if you want. It's a cold fact."
Reynard's human form
  • Casanova Wannabe: Handsome and charming (as a fox or man), but sometimes overrates his appeal.
  • Consummate Liar: Smooth and successful at bending, if not outright obliterating the truth.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: On a dinner date with tree lady Princess Alder, Reynard is shocked to discover that the "delicacy" he sampled from her plate is manure, taken from local "sources", including, quite possibly, his own. In Alder's defense, she tried to warn him.
  • Interspecies Romance: Shamelessly sought one with Snow White, before he met and fell in love with a Mundy woman named Meghan. This counts, even though he was in his human shape at the time they met.
    • Briefly pursued Princess Alder, a tree woman, at one point, who isn't strictly "human", or animal, either.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has surprising success at getting people to trust him or otherwise do what he wants them to do, even though they know they shouldn't trust him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Overhears Meghan's relatives planning "something" involving "tying something tight so it can't escape", and "looking for something that cuts good and deep", and jumps to the incorrect conclusion that they are planning to abuse the girl (or worse). His well-intentioned but totally over-the-top overreaction causes a major catastrophe. Turns out they were planning a party for her.
  • 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.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Ozma (using power borrowed from her fellow 13th Floor Witches) grants Reynard a Transformation spell that enables him to change from fox to human at will.

     Bo Peep Piper 
"If I let you walk out that door- and believe me, I can still stop you if I need to- then it will only be because I have your solemn promise that you won't try to talk to [Max] first. You'll use every dirty thing I've ever taught you and just do the dirty business and walk away." Bo Piper
"I think I'm catching on. You want Peter and me to do some dirty business behind enemy lines."
A shepherdess by vocation, she also happens to be a highly skilled fighter and assassin.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Bo" is merely a nickname, the shortened form of "Rainbow". Her actual given name is "Esmerault".
  • Body Horror: Long ago, the evil Max used dark magic to turn the lower half of his sister-in-law's body into a charred, disfigured mess.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her acerbic wit is as sharp as the knives she wields
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: Forced to flee her home along with her family and the Pipers, Bo and Peter enter the Black Forest and are later accosted by The Big Bad Wolf.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after her legs are ruined, she still proved highly formidable.
  • Happily Married: To Peter Piper, despite decades of a strictly platonic relationship (due to her condition).
  • Knife Nut: Extremely skilled with small blades.
  • Master Poisoner: Well versed in the artful application of deadly toxins.

     Peter Piper 
"You'll pay in blood for those magical moments when you're reaching for true greatness in your music, just as I have." - Johannes Piper
"But Frost doesn't belong to Fabletown. It belongs to me."
A popular musician in Fabletown with deep, dark family issues.

  • Alliterative Name: P, as in Peter and Piper.
  • An Arm and a Leg: As punishment for stealing in Hamelin without being part of the Guild, the King of the Thieves Guild threatens to have one of his hands cut off. Peter uses one of the "Pass me by" spells to escape this fate.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: As a child, Peter Piper picks a peck of pickled peppers, which proves to be so incredibly spicy, his nose turns bright red and his eyes water and bug out. To his credit, he doesn't spit it out, and swallows the whole pepper down.
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: Peter and his family, along with that of Bo Peep, escape the clear and present danger of the Adversary's occupying army only to face the hidden terrors of the Black Forest, the greatest of them being arguably The Big Bad Wolf.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His pipe Frost has sharp edges around the mouthpiece that slightly cut the player whenever they blow it. This is the price the magical flute extracts.
  • Hereditary Curse: When Peter accepts Frost from his father, he also accepts the burden of a magical curse that will affect not only the flute's owner, but also his family and descendants, if Frost ever falls into the hands of someone outside the Piper lineage.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: When Bigby (The Big Bad Wolf) confronts him and Bo with the intent to eat them, Peter uses one of Frost (his magic flute)'s three spells to force the monster of monsters to stop in his tracks, turn and leave the area. Bigby is incensed beyond measure, but helpless to resist.
  • King of Thieves: A young, homeless Peter is captured and brought before one for crimes against the Guild.
  • Knife Nut: A deft hand with a blade, though not to the level of his wife, Bo.
  • Magical Flutist: Frost is far more limited in magical scope than Max's Fire, but still grants its bearer the ability to ward off practically any danger three times.
  • Mind-Control Device: Frost has (or had) a limited but powerful capacity to behave like one.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction upon discovering that in using Frost to ward off his brother Max's mystic attack, he merely transposed its devastating and disfiguring effects to his beloved Bo.
  • Thieves' Guild: Peter in his youth joins the Brotherhood of Thieves in Hamelin to survive, growing his skills enough to be designated a Master Thief.
  • Tragic Mistake: He was desperate, and had no way of knowing it would happen, but when Peter used Fire to magically repel Max's "burning spell", the effects of it were reflected upon Bo Peep, ruining her lower body and her life.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Recognized by their father as the hands-down best musician of the family, Peter is the one who is bequeathed Frost, the cherished magic flute. This is the last straw for Max, who was already suffering from extreme envy of his younger sibling.

     Brock Blueheart ("Stinky")
"I am Brock Blueheart! First brother of the Sacred Returnists! Wielder of the blue magic! And I will not be mocked!"
"There are more than a hundred of us now, with more joining daily. Soon we'll be a great power on the Farm. And in time, the greatest power."
A longtime resident of the Farm who rises to new levels of prominence as the leader of a "movement" dedicated to Boy Blue.

  • Alliterative Name: Brock Blueheart.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Stinky" is not his given name- he was bequeathed with it after an encounter with a skunk. Subverted, as he later reveals to Bigby Wolf that he actually doesn't mind the sobriquet.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Missy Skunk, though he later vehemently denies it.
    • Later has a brief sexual encounter with Goldilocks.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. His fall (and rumored "encounter") with Missy Skunk happened years ago, but everyone on the Farm and beyond calls him "Stinky" without fail.
  • Toilet Humour: When Stinky comes to Fabletown to complain that Mayor Charming has yet to live up to his campaign promise to grant free Glamours to all, Charming retorts that the badger has been despoiling his guest suite, and asks if he knows what the toilet is for:
    "For drinking water, of course!"
  • Took a Level in Badass: After declaring himself "high priest" of the religion of Boy Blue, Brock mystically becomes able to grow to huge proportions and also form weapons from some type of "blue energy".

     The Three Little Pigs 
"The time is now! Our destiny waits only for each of us to reach out and claim it!" - Dun Pig
Colin, Dun and Posey
Johnny, Donny and Lonny
Two different groups of porcine residents of the Farm. The originals were cousins Colin, Dun and Posey, and they (except for Colin), are notable for being the ringleaders and probably the main initiators and architects of the Farm insurrection of a few years ago. After their deaths, they were replaced by three new pigs, Johnny, Donny and Lonny, formerly a trio of giants known as The Three Brothers. Posey and Dun later gain new "life" in Flycatcher's Haven.

  • Jerkass Has a Point: While inciting and guiding an armed revolution to effect political and/or societal change is undoubtedly extreme, ringleaders Dun and Posey's point about the non-human Fables basically being prisoners on the Farm is indeed valid, as is their stance on the Fabletown government appointing the human Weyland Smith as Administrator, without even considering a non-human Farm resident for the position. Even Snow White's twin sister Rose Red openly agrees with the last point.
  • Klingon Promotion: A non-fatal example. Dun and his fellow revolutionaries rebel against Farm Administrator Weyland Smith, putting him in chains and setting him to slave labor, while Dun takes his place as boss of the Farm.
  • Large and in Charge: Dun, as what's probably a Berkshire Boar, is not only the largest swine and leader of the Pigs, but later appoints himself Administrator of the Farm (after deposing Weyland Smith) and is one of the heads of the revolutionary movement.
  • Odd Friendship: Colin and Bigby. Not only is Bigby the same Wolf who tried to eat Colin and his cousins back in the Homelands, but Colin is a frequent escapee of the Farm, and Bigby is currently Sheriff and chief law enforcement officer of Fabletown. Yet Colin repeatedly crashes on Bigby's couch to hide out, and does so safely. Bigby always makes sure Colin goes right back to the Farm the following morning, however.
  • Off with His Head!: The fate of Colin Pig, at the hands of his cousins and Goldilocks, to send a "literary message".
    • Revolution ringleaders Dun and Posey later suffer the same at the hands of famously incompetent (or merely sadistic) executioner Jack Ketch, in the most brutal and prolonged manner possible.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dun's reaction when Deputy Mayor Snow White barges in on the Farm's town meeting, just as he was about to announce the launching of the revolution.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Goldilocks murders Colin Pig and posts his head on a spike at the edge of town, as a sign of rebellion and intimidation tactic.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The main reason why Goldilocks butchers Colin, and why his cousins seemingly have no problem with it. He was supposed to steal a key to Fabletown's Business Office, as well as garner support for the planned revolution; Colin failed in both tasks, assuming he even attempted either at all.

     Clarathea the Dragon ("Clara") 
"There's a Mundy song stuck in my head. I especially liked the chorus, as the singer screamed about setting the night on fire. Which resonates with me, for obvious reasons. As dragons by nature are firestarters". - Clara
"[Rose]'s my boss. I don't serve Fabletown or the Farm so much as I serve her".
Formerly a fire-breathing dragon, she is now a fire-breathing raven, and serves as Rose's enforcer.

  • All Women Are Lustful: Or female ravens who were born dragons, anyway. Clara seems to often daydream about romantic interludes with her lover, Vulco. And while everyone else on the Farm are just starting to recover from the huge upheaval caused by the wild transformation frenzy, she (newly glamoured into the form of a woman) decides the time is appropriate to snatch a nude Vulco and drag him into a nearby barn for some hot lovin'.
  • The Dragon: Serves as the bodyguard to Rose Red and her personal enforcer. Oh, and she used to be an actual one.
  • Interspecies Romance: Played with. Vulco, proprietor of the I Am The Eggman diner, is one of the Crow Brothers and Clara's paramour. But as he usually takes the form of a human, and Clara herself is actually a dragon in the shape of a raven, the trope kind of fits.
  • Kill It with Fire: This is pretty much going to be your default approach to conflict resolution when you breathe fire.
  • Undying Loyalty: Clara has made it plain on a number of occasions that despite her steadfast dedication to the Farm, her primary devotion is to Rose Red.

     The Three Bears 
"As long as Ma and Pa Bear have the ear of the Farm's more predatory element, and I pull the strings of the Bears, I'm the muscle end of our revolution." - Goldilocks
Clockwise from lower left: the new Baby Boo Bear, Mama Bear and Papa Bear
One of the most prominent and influential groups on the Farm, "Pops", "Mums" and the original "Boo Bear" were key in helping get Goldilocks' revolution off the ground. When the uprising failed and they were tried for their part in the revolution, their group sentence of hard labor was commuted after they all served honorably in the Battle of Fabletown, in which the original Baby Boo Bear lost his life.

  • Affectionate Nickname: It's questionable in Goldilocks' case how much genuine "affection" there is here, but both she and Boo Bear call Mama Bear and Papa Bear "Mums" and "Pops", respectively.
  • And This Is for...: Not long after Boo Bear is gunned down during the Battle of Fabletown, Mums and Pops turn a high powered water hose on the flaming Wooden Soldier invaders, and Mama Bear shouts "This is for my Boo Bear, you monsters!"
  • Bears Are Bad News: Feared and respected, Goldilocks was easily able to have her way on the Farm with them in her pocket.
    • At the Battle of Fabletown, this family were. along with Beast, Grimble the Troll and Hobbes the Goblin, among Snow's "Big Fighters"- the largest, most dangerously powerful of the Fable counterattack force. When they enter the melee they promptly wreak huge amounts of havoc and destruction in the enemy force.
  • Defeat Means Menial Labor: For their part in the failed overthrow of the Farm, Prince Charming sentences all three Bears to 100 years of hard labor in the fields.
  • Elite Mooks: Served as this to Goldilocks, as they were among the largest and fiercest animals on the Farm, and were key in getting others to fall in line.
  • Large and in Charge: When the Uprising began, being among the biggest and fiercest beasts on the Farm, The Three Bears served as executors of Goldilocks (and, to a lesser extent) pigs Dun and Posey's will, and answered only to the ringleaders of the Revolution.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: Prince Charming, appointed judge of the revolution trials up at the Farm, sentences the bears to around 100 years of hard labor for their part in the uprising. All three volunteer to fight on the front lines in the defense of Fabletown against the Wooden soldier invasion, to have their sentences reduced.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Shortly after the Battle of Fabletown (where the original Boo Bear was killed), Mama Bear announces to Papa that she's pregnant. This baby grows up and is named "Boo Bear" as well.

"I'm Bagheera, the silent stalker of the night. I'm no lowly ox or plow-horse. I refuse to labor in the fields, like some common draft animal."
"I'll show that aristocratic asshole, Khan, a thing or two."
The Jungle Book's stealthy panther character, close friend and protector to Mowgli. He was sentenced to captivity after taking part in the Farm revolution, but Mowgli managed to win his freedom through service.

  • Honor Before Reason: Unlike every other convicted offender before him, Bagheera opts for the sentence of confinement in a cage in the Farm's town square, rather than hard labor, despite the latter being of a much shorter time duration. This is because Bagheera's pride won't allow him to be shackled to work in the fields like an ox or draft horse.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Bagheera and Mowgli are so tight, Mowgli undertakes the very difficult (and potentially dangerous) task of locating Bigby Wolf and convincing him to return to the Fabletown community, all to earn his panther friend a pardon and release.
  • Not So Stoic: The ever cool and reserved panther explodes with jubilation when he receives his pardon and is released from his cage, bowling over Mowgli as he dashes off into the wild.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Being a panther, he's a natural at this. Bagheera acts in this capacity in his pursuit of Reynard the Fox during the Farm uprising, and much later, in the service of Mowgli and Fabletown, while investigating the kingdom of the Rus back in the Homelands.
  • They Have the Scent!: Both he and the tiger Shere Khan are tracking Reynard during the revolution at the Farm. But while Khan, no slouch in the tracking department himself, fails to detect Reynard, Bagherra does not.
  • Troll: While a prisoner, he takes the time (alongside Rose Red) to subject Boy Blue to some good-natured teasing. Blue learns that, as part of his community service sentence, has to clean out Bagheera's prison cage- while the fierce panther's still in it. Blue is understandably concerned for his safety, and Rose tries to "reassure" him that Bagheera won't eat him. Bagheera replies "As long as those juicy beefsteaks keep coming". And when Rose postulates that Bagheera was just kidding, the panther replies "I'm fairly certain I was just kidding."

     Shere Khan 
"You've shown yourself to be nothing to be a paper tiger, while I'm a real one- of the man-eating variety!" - Shere Khan, to Bluebeard
"Does the mighty sultan invite a peasant to share his table?"
The feared predator from The Jungle Book, he continued his tradition of cultivating terror and respect among not only the Kipling Fables but pretty much all Farm dwellers, right up until his death.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After hunting down Snow White and cornering her on a cliff, Khan suddenly finds himself facing down a loaded revolver. The mighty tiger immediately starts begging for mercy, to no avail.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After his death at the hands of Snow White, Baloo the Bear and many other Farm Fables showed the level of their "grief" by literally dancing on his grave. Bagheera the Panther, lacking the dance skills of his comrades, opted to piss all over Khan's grave instead.
  • Catchphrase: Very prone to growl "You DARE?!?" whenever someone offends, crosses or otherwise irritates him.
  • The Dreaded: Even after his demise, Khan's legacy of terror lived on, as stories of his ghost haunting the woods and jungles served to make even the most rebellious of children behave, at least for awhile.
    • The Fabletown government so feared the prospect of Shere Khan somehow being resurrected, they had his corpse secretly shipped out of the Farm and down to Fabletown proper, where it was dropped into the Witching Well, to ensure against his return.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After his ghost (along with Bluebeard's) is kicked out of Haven, he joins with The Adversary's invading army, for the promise of having his flesh and bone existence restored permanently by the Empire's sorcerers. Neither he nor Bluebeard appear again, and as the Empire is destroyed by the Fables invasion a short time later, it is doubtful the sorcerers had the time or inclination to follow through with their side of the bargain. Khan and Bluebeard are probably still just floating around what used to be the Empire, as harmless spirits forevermore.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shreds Bluebeard to bloody scraps when he becomes weary of his dissembling and delays. Plus, Khan was hungry.

     Mister Sunflower 
"This is all a mere distraction from the real issues! I'm being victimized for taking a stand against the human oppression of Farm folk!" - Mister Sunflower
"It's time to make our voices heard! Are you with me?"
An anthropomorphic flower characterized by his perpetually bad temper and rebellious (but basically harmless) tendencies.

  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Rose Red discovers that Mr. Sunflower caused all the chaos with the errant glamour transformations, she uses her newly manifested magical abilities to either a) shrink him down to a level that he's in danger of being eaten by normal bumblebees, or b) transported him to a world inhabited by giant bumblebees(!).
  • Envy: His jealousy of Reynard the Fox's ability to travel out in the Mundy (as well as him flaunting his knight status) is the main reason Sunflower stirs up trouble over the glamours. But he disguises his motives with the usual grievances over being trapped on the Farm.
  • Hypocrite: Grouses about King Ambrose and Rose Red trying to "cheat the system" by obtaining extra tickets for the Glamour Lottery, all the while he himself is plotting to steal them for himself.
  • Never My Fault: Even when caught red-handed by Rose, Sunflower refuses to take responsibility for the havoc he has wreaked- blaming it on Reynard's rubbing his knight status in everyone's faces, as well as the Farm's somewhat draconian rules that isolate its denizens.
  • Rabble Rouser: Tries to be this, in regards to perceived injustices perpetrated by the Fabletown Powers That Be upon his fellow Farm denizens. But he's really acting out of his own very selfish interests.


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