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Voiced by: Evan Rachel Wood

Marianne is the protagonist and is the heir to the throne of the Fairy Kingdom.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Tough Girl" from the Bog King. At first, he uses it as a sarcastic insult, but after falling in love with her, he uses it more endearingly.
  • Battle Couple: With the Bog King - both of them hold their own in the first fight scene they share, but it's when they team up to defeat Marianne's ex-fiancé that they truly show that together they're a force to be reckoned with. The Bog King is naturally terrifying given what kind of creature he is, but Marianne shows that she can be just as ferocious and threatening.
  • Beast and Beauty: The fairy beauty to the Bog King's Beast, although apparently Marianne isn't much of a catch by goblin standards.
  • Big Sister Instinct: It's implied that she spends the time-skip constantly hovering over her little sister to make sure her numerous suitors walked the straight and narrow. She also threatened the Bog King with death after he kidnapped Dawn.
  • Birds of a Feather: The main attraction between her and the Bog King is their similarity. Both enjoy having a Worthy Opponent, they have been burned by a previous romance and since have seen love as nothing but a ridiculous feeling.
  • Brainy Brunette: One of the most sensible characters of the movie has brown hair and it makes a contrast with their ditzy sister.
  • Break the Cutie: Roland cheating on her really hurt her. Cue her singing how much she's over him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Zig zagged with the Bog King. They both comfort each other about how their own bad experience with love had deeply hurt them.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Despite obviously being in love with the Bog King, all she can say is that she'll never see the Dark Forest the same again. It takes a crowd song to convince her to confess.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Roland cheating on her caused Marianne to give up on love.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: After catching Roland cheating on her, Marianne started wearing darker clothing than the other fairies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a lot of dry wit, such as mocking Dawn's serial flirting by reciting the Long List of suitors in alternating sugary and tough tones.
  • Face Your Fears: Marianne develops a fear of the Dark Forest after being attacked by goblins there, so much so that she receives traumatic flashbacks when she goes near it. After her sister is kidnapped, she's forced to enter it to save her. She falls in love with the Bog King and he shows her the beauty of the Dark Forest which helps her get over her fears.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: As you'd expect, she rushes into the Dark Forest to save her sister from an Evil Overlord with her courage and sword.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With the Bog King. He towers over her.
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a fairy) begins one with the Bog King (a goblin).
  • I Work Alone: Being betrayed by her first love convinced Marianne to give up on love. She takes it to suicidal heights when she leaves for the Dark Forest alone, against her father's wishes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Snarky, hot-tempered, and abrasive. She's also brave, protective, and selfless.
  • Loving a Shadow: Marianne admits that she was so distracted by Roland's good looks, that she didn't bother to get to know his real personality.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Besides being the name that one of the pop songs uses, it also means "bitter" in Latin and "rebellious" in Russian.
    • It's also the name of a type of anemone, which in Flower Lanuage symbolizes loss of hope and feelings of abandonment, but can also mean anticipation of something good. That right there is Marianne's story in a nutshell.
    • Let's see: Fell in love with a handsome jerk and is heartbroken to find out. However, she falls in love with someone similar to her but just didn't realize it 'til later on. Does this remind you of anyone?
  • Official Couple: With the Bog King.
  • Only Sane Woman: When surrounded by her ditzy sister, well-meaning but out-of-touch father, and the nameless civilians who think that Roland deserves a second chance, it is easy to see her as the only reasonable person around.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is the first to confront the goblins taking over the elf's festival (doing better than its official security) and then flies in the Dark Forest to rescue her sister, and does better than her father's army.
  • Runaway Bride: Marianne leaves Roland at the altar because she catches him cheating on her the day of the wedding.
  • Screaming Warrior: When Marianne breaks into the Bog King's castle, she smashes through the skylight screaming bloody murder while trying to slice the Bog King in half.
  • Second Love: The Bog King is hers, since her engagement to Roland ends in heartbreak.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The cynical, aggressive, tomboy to Dawn's optimistic, bubbly, girly girl.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Dumped Roland when she caught him cheating on her...on their wedding day. Marianne starts falling for the Bog King after he shows his sweeter side.
  • Tomboy Princess: Pants wearing, sword wielding and generally lacking traditional femininity.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: When she becomes a Tomboy Princess as a result of her Cynicism Catalyst, Marianne adopts a lot of tomboy traits like wearing pants and learning to wield a sword. However, she also starts putting on eyeliner, showing that she isn't completely unfeminine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Marianne starts out a Princess Classic, running away screaming from the goblins, adorably clumsy, and barely able to hold a sword steady. After seeing her fiancé with another woman, she becomes a tomboy who'd prefer to practice sword-fighting blindfolded than to dance. She gets good enough to single-handily break into the Bog King's lair and fight him to a standstill.
  • Trauma Button: She's triggered when seeing the Dark Forest and gets flashbacks to being attacked by goblins there.
  • The Unsmile: Gives a teeth gritting fake smile when forced to accompany her father to the Spring Ball. She claims it's one of her better ones.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She starts out like this, though she has the excuse of being giddy on her wedding day. She happily proclaims that once she becomes ruler she'll be able to successfully negotiate with the goblins so that everyone can go wherever they want to, brushing over the longstanding fantastic racism on both sides. She's much more cynical after she finds her fiancé cheating on her.
  • Your Eyes Can Deceive You: Marianne does this to herself for training. She has her miniature Fairy Companions attack her while she's blindfolded and she does a very good job at blocking them.

    The Bog King 
Voiced by: Alan Cumming

The Bog King is the son of Griselda, the king of the Dark Forest and the secondary antagonist-turned-anti-hero.

  • Adorkable: Almost unbearably awkward when dealing with genuine romance. Unless he's singing, and then he can be endearingly vulnerable.
  • Amazon Chaser: He's quite surprised when Marianne punches him. The King also compliments her sword skills.
  • Animal Motifs: Despite being a goblin, he looks like a mosquito.
  • Anti-Hero: He transitions into this when attempting to cure the love potion and fighting Roland, who has become the greater threat. He can be mean, and grouchy but he's definitely not evil.
  • Anti-Villain: He appears to be a love-hating bad guy, but gradually shows that he's got a softer and more compassionate side. His bitterness and anger mostly come from his earlier heartbreak.
  • Badass in Charge: The Bog King can kick ass.
  • Battle Couple: With Marianne - both of them hold their own in the first fight scene they share, but it's when they team up to defeat Marianne's ex-fiancé that they truly show that together they're a force to be reckoned with. The Bog King is naturally terrifying given what kind of creature he is, but Marianne shows that she can be just as ferocious and threatening.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Marianne's fairy Beauty. It's played with as the movie shows that his standard of beauty leans towards his race - according to his culture, Marianne is the one who would be seen as beastly.
  • Birds of a Feather: The main attraction between him and Marianne is their similarity. Both enjoy having a Worthy Opponent, they have been burned by a previous romance and have since had very dismissive feelings towards love.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Zig zagged with Marianne. They both comfort each other about how their own bad experience with love had deeply hurt them.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Despite being obviously in love with Marianne, he tells her that she's always welcome to the Dark Forest. His mother has to repeatedly prod him into actually confessing.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He tries very hard to be an openly evil guy but he's closer to a Noble Demon.
    Dawn: I love you!
    The Bog King: But- I'm evil!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's the King of the Dark Forest, but is more of an anti-hero.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has enough quips to keep up with Marianne. One zinger in particular is remarking that "the beast has awakened" in reference to Dawn.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main focus after Marianne.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Dawn calls him "Boggy Woggy Kingy Wingy." He immediately corrects her every time.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Gets so mad at gossip evolution rendering intel useless that he attacks every mushroom in the line until he reaches the original.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother insisting he get married annoys him, but also serves to his humanization.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Bog King may not be the nicest, but he is quite nice to Dawn and forbids the harming or eating of captives.
  • Evil Overlord: He's first introduced as a stereotypical one; dark, mean, sinister, giving orders from his ominous lair, etc.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The fairies think he's an Evil Overlord when he's actually preventing people from brewing a dangerous potion.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his introduction as an Evil Overlord, the Bog King isn't cruel to his minions, just exasperated and annoyed. He also can be considerate of people's feelings (e.g., he doesn't call the boutonnière Dawn gives him ugly).
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Marianne. She dwarfs in comparison to him.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Matches perfectly with his cynical nature and his (initial) Evil Overlord act.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Believes that he's too hideous for anyone to fall in love with.
  • Interspecies Romance: His mother brings his plenty of potential partners, none of whom look anything like him. He (a goblin) begins one with Marianne (a fairy).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Under all his jerkiness is a big softie.
  • Large and in Charge: Towers over his subjects.
  • Love at First Punch: Marianne punches the Bog King in the face upon their first meeting. If that didn't awe him enough, she later proves herself his equal in dueling as well. Their fight turns downright flirtatious.
  • Mundane Solution: His solution to gossip evolution rendering information useless? Plow through the line until he reaches the original mushroom man to get the information directly from the source.
  • My Greatest Failure: More like "My Greatest Regret". The Bog King is completely remorseful about trying to use a love potion on a girl he liked; presently, someone else using a love potion is one thing he won't stand for.
  • No Name Given: Presumably he's not actually named Bog King. Theoretically, he was a prince at one point after all.
  • Official Couple: With Marianne.
  • Pet the Dog: He takes Dawn as his prisoner but he then treats her fairly nicely. He compliments her, accepts the gifts she gives him when she is loopy on Love Potion, and even makes sure that no one wakes her up when she falls asleep.
  • Primal Stance: Starts out in the movie incredibly hunched over and stands taller as the movie goes on, reflecting his transition from villain to hero.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Bog eventually admits that he liked the boutonnière that was made for him.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The King can fight like a pro and leads the raid into the Fairy Kingdom.
  • Second Love: To Marianne, since her first love (Roland), was a complete jerk who never loved her.
  • Simple Staff: He uses one either as a royal staff, weapon, or a makeshift microphone. Marianne later uses it as an air guitar.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Has a long, thin, pointy nose.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Griselda lampshades that he looks just like his father. We have to take her word for it.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Bog is normally a grouchy hostile Evil Overlord who seems to wear a permanent snarl on his face but also has a secret romantic side that he shows to Marianne.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His minions are pretty incompetent and he's aware of it.
  • Tin Tyrant: Never seen without his armor (although it may actually be his skin), and the picture's villain (initially).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Considering what a love potion can do to someone, it's hard not to sympathize with his fervor in banning them. Although his original true goal was to prevent anyone else from getting the love he was denied.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's not afraid to aggressively sword-fight against Marianne but harming her sister? No way!. The difference is the former is trying to hack him apart.

Voiced by: Sam Palladio

Roland is the main antagonist and Marianne's ex-fiancé.

  • Big Bad: The whole plot kicked off with him cheating on Marianne and later manipulating Sonny in his attempt to use the love potion on her.
  • Character Tics: Roland likes to twist one his curls between his fingers in order to show off how good looking he is.
    Marianne: I am so on to that hair thing.
  • Corrupt Hick: He has a pronounced drawl not unlike Palladio's character Gunnar Scott from Nashville that can come off as a cheap Elvis impersonation, and he has intentions on being King which are obviously self-serving.
  • Dirty Coward: Oh yeah. He uses nearby fairies to act as human shields against an irate Marianne, even the girl he cheated on her with! He pressures Sunny to risk his life to make the love potion while he safely stays in the fairy kingdom. He hides when the goblins raid the Spring ball, despite being a fully armored soldier. The moment the odds are at all against him, he bails.
  • Disney Villain Death: Gets two. Neither one sticks, since he can fly.
  • Entitled to Have You: Never out right said, but he definitely displays this mentality. He wants the crown and sees Marianne as great eye candy, so in his mind that means he's got to have her, whether he actually loves her or not.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The second Roland says that he considers Marianne losing her good looks to be worse than losing her life, you know he's not as great a guy as Marianne seems to think.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Bog King. While the Bog King's appearance and initial manner are hard to look at, he proves to be a truly kind and selfless man who falls in love with Marianne's personality. Roland has the looks and princely air that initially won Marianne's heart, but he's really a self-entitled jerk who only cares about Marianne's looks and her connection to the throne. Also, both them used a love potion on a girl they were interested in, and with different outcomes: Bog eventually feels shame and regret for using it; Roland just keeps trying and trying to use it on Marianne, even though it's clear she wants nothing to do with him.
  • Evil Plan: Acquire the crown and army of the Fairy Kingdom by marrying Marianne, first by seducing her and, when that fails, dousing her with love potion.
  • First Love: To Marianne. He himself was never in love.
  • Gold Digger: He wants to marry Marianne because she's the heir to the throne and can provide him with an army.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Roland gets a face full of love potion right before being knocked into the ravine, and ends up falling in love with some kind of insect.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Rides an armored squirrel.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Not only did he cheat on Marianne on their wedding day, but when she finds out his only concern is that he won't get his army.
  • Light Is Not Good: He has shiny armor with gold trims and is a fairy of the light forest but that is in no way makes him a good guy.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He claims to have fought off a dozen goblins even though he just hid. He then uses it to leverage an army for him to lead.
  • Never My Fault: Roland immediately blames Sunny for drawing the ire of the Bog King by making a love potion, even though he was the one who convinced him to do it.
  • Red Right Hand: Get a good look at his wings when they're open. They have an unsettling, skull-like smile pattern spread across them.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: Despite his whole song and dance routine, Marianne's having none of it, or his cheating self.
  • Villainous Crush: Averted, as he doesn't actually care about Marianne as anything more than a path to a crown.
  • Your Cheating Heart: With an unnamed fairy girl on the day of his and Marianne's wedding.

Voiced by: Meredith Anne Bull

Dawn is the younger daughter of the Fairy King and the sister of Marianne. Sunny has fallen for her.

  • Beautiful Dreamer: Takes a nap in the Bog King's cell while her darling Boggy-Woggy watches, but he really just wants to make sure she's asleep and won't start singing again when he leaves.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When under the effects of the love potion, to the point where the goblins will do anything to make her stop singing. She sings better once no longer under its spell.
  • The Cutie: All of Dawn's traits, from her looks to her personality, are pure and adorable. Even the Bog King, a self-proclaimed Evil Overlord, couldn't bring himself to be mean to the little princess when faced with her sweetness.
  • Dumb Blonde: She comes off as silly and ditzy; all the more so when compared to her brown-haired sister.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's silly, but she cares.
  • In Love with Love: Dawn's goal throughout the film is to find her true love. Her attempts mostly include flirting with every mildly attractive boy she sees.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has light blue eyes and she's the most innocent.
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a fairy) becomes this with Sunny (an elf) by the end.
  • Love Epiphany: Has one when Sunny breaks the love potion, making her realize she loves him.
  • Motor Mouth: Dawn has a tendency to run her mouth, and sometimes changes the subject without stopping for breath.
  • Nice Girl: There's not a mean bone in this sweetheart's body.
  • Oblivious to Love: Completely misses that Sunny is in love with her, despite his increasingly obvious hints. She's too busy flirting with the fairy boys to notice him. This is what drives Sunny to make the Love Potion.
  • Official Couple: Realizes Sunny is her true love and so finally enters a relationship.
  • Princess Classic: She's got all the traits: sweet, feminine, and innocent.
  • Shipper on Deck: Dawn is as excited for Marianne's wedding to Roland as Marianne herself. When that doesn't pan out, she's equally enthusiastic about Marianne's feelings for Bog.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The optimistic, bubbly, girly girl to Marianne's cynical, aggressive, tomboy.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Huge Girl to Sunny's Tiny Guy. Sunny is half Dawn's height, making her tower over him.
  • Uptown Girl: She (a princess) becomes an Official Couple with Sunny (a presumably poor elf).

Voiced by: Elijah Kelley

Sunny is one of main characters; an elf who is best friends with the Fairy King's youngest daughter Dawn and is secretly in love with her.

  • Action Survivor: He's a normal elf who breaks into the Bog King's castle twice. Thanks to some outside help and The Power of Love, he makes it both times.
  • Black Best Friend: Starts out mostly defined by his support for Dawn.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's an unorthodox version of this trope because, as much as he wants to start a relationship with her, he's also been hard at work helping her with her various crushes over a presumably long time (because there have been a lot of them).
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sunny, although technically unisex, is recognized as feminine by most English speakers.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (an elf) and Dawn (a fairy) by the end.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Early on, Sunny is helping Dawn in her attempts to hook up with various guys despite his obvious crush on her.
  • Just Friends: With Dawn, though he doesn't let it affect their friendship.
  • Nice Guy: A really sweet guy, if you ignore the fact that he tried to use a love potion to force Dawn to fall in love with him.
  • Nice Hat: His hat has a ladybug pattern.
  • Official Couple: With Dawn.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Tiny Guy to Dawn's Huge Girl. Sunny is half Dawn's height, making her tower over him.
  • Token Minority: The only elf main character (and he's voiced by the only African-American).
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: In the end when Dawn's love for him breaks the potion's spell.

Voiced by: Maya Rudolph

Griselda is the mother of the Bog King and a supporting character.

  • I Was Quite the Looker: So she claims when her life supposedly flashes before her eyes. We never see so for ourselves.
  • Jewish Mother: Distinctly comes off like this, what with the voice, the nagging, the attempts to get her son to get married, and the passive-aggressive nature of her complaints.
  • Meddling Parents: Constantly trying to play matchmaker to the Bog King.
  • Morality Pet: The first clue that the Bog King is not as evil as he appears? His mother loves him, and he treats her kindly in return, even when she annoys him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Bog/anyone, so she's quick to hop on Bog/Marianne. She does so as soon as she sees them in a Duel to the Death and getting flirty about it.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Averted. She doesn't look a thing like her son. She does mention in passing that he has "his father's smile" though, suggesting that he takes after his father in appearance.
  • Token Good Teammate: Played with. She's the only member of Bog King's court who isn't portrayed in a villainous light at the start, but it soon turns out that none of the Bog King's people (Bog King himself included) are actually "evil" per se.

    The Imp

The Imp steals the love potion and causes all sorts of mischief throughout the film.

    Fairy King Dagda 
Voiced by: Alfred Molina

The Fairy King is the father of Marianne and Dawn, the King of the Fairy Kingdom.

  • Adipose Rex: The Fairy King who is so overweight that he can't fly for anything but short bursts and requires a litter to fly him around.
  • All There in the Script: The Fairy King is not named in the movie but according to the animators his name is Dagda.
  • Creator Cameo: Appears strikingly similar to George Lucas, who wrote the original story and produced the film.
  • Hypocrite: He tells his daughter not to value looks, but is completely shocked and disgusted over his daughters falling for a goblin and and an elf. It may just take some getting used to.
  • Large and in Charge: Has a hefty build and is the king.
  • Papa Wolf: While he didn't get to fully show it, the King was willing to save his youngest daughter.
  • Parents as People: Cares for his daughters a great deal, but sometimes isn't good at listening to their wishes.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Roland/Marianne, though he doesn't seem to be aware that Roland cheated on his daughter. He's no longer on deck when he sees Roland pour love potion on her.
  • Unnamed Parent: His real name his never revealed. The animators revealed his name as Dagda.

    Sugarplum Fairy 
Voiced by: Kristin Chenoweth

The Sugar Plum Fairy is the creator of the love potion and prisoner of the Bog King.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: She is flighty, very high energy, and given to going on tangents. It's probably caused by being held in solitary confinement for so long.
  • Fog Feet: She has a genie-tail instead of legs.
  • Ironic Name: Sunny lampshades this, noting that he was expecting someone more purple when he heard "Sugarplum".
  • Large Ham: To the point that Word of God states that Chenoweth's performance had to be toned down.
  • Token Minority: Seems very Indian in design for some reason.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her color scheme is purely blue.

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