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Emma Crewe

A twenty-something web developer and the protagonist of the story. After a fire at her local library, she winds up being transported to Oz for reasons unknown.

  • Action Girl: Already shows hints of that in Oz, fighting living vines and an odd shadow being. Develops into a full-fledged version after some training with Calliope.
  • Action Survivor: She handles being dumped into bad situations surprisingly well.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Her mind has been wiped several times by the Rippers, but Emma can get all her memories back when she gets hold of her vorpal sword again.
  • Artificial Human: She's created from a fairy child, a host of literature and the ghost of the "real" Emma Crewe.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Emma being work to her sister's play.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Emma and Elaine are shown together only for one scene in the first chapter before Emma is spirited off to Oz, and most of that is taken up by teasing and bickering. As soon as they're separated, though, this is turned on its head: Elaine drives herself to exhaustion trying to get her sister back, and Emma explicitly tells Warrick that she loves Elaine "more than anything". Their reunion dozens of chapters later is a gigantic, running bear hug.
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  • Badass and Child Duo: The badass with Elaine being the child.
  • Become a Real Boy: Despite One's intentions she wound up developing into a real person due to her love for her sister, father, friends and Warrick. Ozma had a hidden hand in her creation as well. Unfortunately if she succeeds in restoring the "real" Emma Crewe (aka "Sleeping Beauty") she'll revert back to her original changeling form.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's a bit more on the heavy side, enough to have a bit of a complex about having "a big butt", but she's very pretty and has at least two admirers in-universe.
  • Boxed Crook: Emma isn't a crook, but she is very dangerous. So Calliope gives her the choice: Prisoner or Warrior?
  • Changeling: As is revealed, she is this, and periodically lapses into the changeling equivalent of Cloning Blues when she thinks about it.
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  • Cool Big Sis: To Elaine; Emma can be strict or bossy at times, but Elaine counts on her for every problem and trusts that Emma can deal with whatever disaster is coming their way, and so far, she lives up to it.
  • Cool Sword: She gets one after she frees the spirit in order to save her friends' lives.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In Bramble Manor, where she's in the hands of the Rippers and not even aware they're a danger to her, but all she needs is to unlock her memories, then she goes straight to bashing her wardens down.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This seems to be Emma's coping mechanism for weird situations.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: This had to be specified by Word of God, since Emma is required to wear Hercilia in shoe form for most of the Oz arc, but Emma really prefers going barefoot for some reason. Agha actually has to inform her she can't go barefoot before Emma will put the magic shoes on.
    • It could be that she finds shoes simply uncomfortable to wear, since her feet are pretty heavily scarred.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": A variation; it really gets on her nerves that every Ozite she comes across calls her "Dorothy" initially, which is more of an honorary title than a name in Oz.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Due to being disproportionately strong, Emma can pull this off.
  • Empty Shell: Subverted. One intended Emma to be an empty vessel filled with others' stories, but she developed a story of her own.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her and Warrick's feelings for each other.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With several of her Ozite friends (the Scarecrow, Hercilia, Warrick) she bonded after they got into a perilous situation with enchanted vines and fought their way out of it together.
  • Foil: She's one to Nose, a similar artificial human who hasn't been able to escape One's control.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: She and Nose used to be friends in childhood, which the Rippers made her forget. By now, it starts coming back to her.
  • For Your Own Good: Emma is hiding some of the more distressing things she's learned on her Hero's Journey from Elaine. It causes some strain in their relationship.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Done to Emma by Trinket in order to keep her compliant, and it's apparently not the first time, either.
  • Gone Horribly Right: From One's perspective thanks to Ozma's hidden hand in her creation, which resulted in her receiving the heart Warrick intended for Ozma and developing a story of her own. Emma is far too normal for his plans or her own good.
  • Humanity Ensues: As a "Skeleton Key", she is supposed to be more of a golem than a real person. Love conquered that particular hurdle.
  • Ignorant of the Call: She had no idea she was a Namesake. Justified, as she's not really a Namesake and the Rippers have been keeping her from remembering her association with them.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Given this by Nose to make her forget Oz, and later by Trinket to make her forget rebelling against her father. Emma is heavily implied to have been getting this treatment for years to cover times when she's manifested Namesake powers and then given Fake Memories to patch these holes.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: She is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Elaine, buoyed only by a vague promise that "Sleeping Beauty" will try to save her in the end.
  • MacGuffin Girl / MacGuffin Super Person: She's an Artificial Human created to be a Skeleton Key that can open paths to any Namesake's world.
  • Magic Misfire: Happens sometimes in the training with Calliope, as Emma doesn't seem to have a full grasp on her powers. Once she's in a real combat situation though, she's doing pretty well.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The physically very strong, hot-headed Action Girl in opposite to Warrick, who's a healer and bookworm.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Universal" which fits her status as a Skeleton Key that is able to travel to all the worlds. Also, her sharing her name with her mother is definitely not a coincidence.
    • It is revealed that all vorpalsmiths take the name Emma, and that Emma Ramos created her with the purpose of becoming a smith.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother who has been confirmed to have been a Namesake too appears briefly in a flashback, but it's unknown where she is in the present day or if she's still alive. It's also implied that Emma has been taking care of Elaine alongside their father who turns out to be a Ripper since Elaine was an infant.
    • Her mother has left a message for Emma hidden in her mind that's supposed to explain her the state of things and her mission in the big game.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Word of God is the girls' father is French Canadian and their mother was originally from Puerto Rico.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: No, her name really, really isn't Dorothy, yes, she promises...
  • Nigh Invulnerable: One of the upsides of her powers is that she's really hard to kill.
  • Oblivious Adoption: She had no idea that she is, in fact, not Daniel's biological daughter.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Even prior to the beginning of the story, she's been this with Ben; it's why he tags along with her and Elaine to Calliope.
  • The Power of Love: The ultimate cause of the difference between her and Nose.
  • Promoted to Parent: Though their father was around, she was an important caregiver and person of trust to Elaine after their mother left. When they go to England to live at the Calliope area and their father is imprisoned by the Rippers, she becomes the legal guardian of Elaine.
  • Psychic Link: Has one with "Sleeping Beauty"; this leads to them communicating via her dreams.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Fully believes she is on a suicide mission but is willing to go through with it for Elaine's sake on the vague promise that someone will try to save her at the end.
  • Secret Legacy: Since she got the name, Emma has the potential to be a vorpal smith.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets prettied up to attend One's "dinner". Nose is stunned.
  • The Snark Knight: See Deadpan Snarker above.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: On colored pages, Emma is mostly shown to wear purple dresses / outfits. Doubles as Purple Is Powerful.
  • Super Strength: Though she doesn't always have complete control over it.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's understandably pretty upset to meet the "real" Emma in chapter 17 though she's gotten past the reveal and is getting on with her life.
  • When She Smiles: Emma's smiles are extremely rare and usually quite small. The largest she's ever been shown to smile was in an early piece of filler art. It's quite lovely.
  • Which Me?: You'd already expect this to come up with the ghost who wears Emma's face and with the relation to "Sleeping Beauty", but then she meets Tom Thumb who claims that another version of Emma sent him with an Ominous Message from the Future.

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