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Characters from The Adventures of Pinocchio.

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  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Disney version, some Live-Action versions and another adaptations, his misbehavior is driven by naivete rather than selfishness.
  • Aesop Amnesia: He keeps forgetting his morals, even after suffering too much.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He is alive even as a log.
  • Anti-Hero: He loves his father and the Fairy, but he is a reckless irritant. He starts out as mischievous, lazy and irresponsible.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He starts as an arrogant, mischievous, misbehaved kid.
  • Break the Haughty: He has to pay dearly for his bad decisions.
  • Can't Take Criticism: At least at the beginning, he did not take kindly that the Cricket scolded him.
  • Ditzy Genius: A proficient student and a good worker, but a Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Pinocchio has many flaws, but willingness to accept bribes is not one of those. Two weasels learn it the hard way.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He trusts the Fox and the Cat even when there are many clues that indicate that they're evil. Later, the same happens with some classmates, despite warnings of his teacher.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a jerk at the start, but his willingness to sacrifice for Mangiafuoco's puppets and his crying for the Fairy's supposed death demonstrates that he is a good guy deep down. He is good in esence, but his will is weak and almost always takes the wrong decision.
  • Kid Hero: He is the hero of this story.
  • Living Toys: He is a puppet.
  • Pinocchio Nose: The Trope Namer. In the Fairy's house, his nose grows when he lies about his money. Strangely, the last time he lies in the novel, his nose doesn't grow.
    • That's because the lie he told was more to 'be polite' and not worry Geppetto - it even echos a lie that Geppetto told early on.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He wants to Become a Real Boy. He is the Trope Namer.
  • Plot Armor: It's really a miracle that he has survived all of the awful things of his world.

    Maestro Cherry 
  • Gag Nose: He even has a nickname for it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He disappears after the two first chapters, but without him, Geppetto would have not built Pinocchio.

    Mister Geppetto 
  • Berserk Button: He hates when he is called 'Polentina'. This term is to mock his wig, because it seems polenta.
  • Good Parents: Although he doesn't get along with children, he does his best to be a good father to Pinocchio. He gives him the pears he intended to eat as a breakfast, he made him clothes of newspaper and crumps of bread (Geppetto is extremely poor) and sells his coat to buy him an alphabet for the school. Furthermore, he is willing to wander the world to find his son.
  • Grumpy Old Man: A minor example; he is polite enough to adress people, but is short-tempered. That trait gets weakened with time since he is still the nicest character of the novel.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Implied; there is a cat in Geppetto's old house.
  • Morality Chain: He is the one influencing Pinocchio to be good without even being present.
  • Truly Single Parent: He carves Pinocchio.

    The Talking Cricket 
  • Ascended Extra: In many adaptations, like the Disney version.
  • Cassandra Truth: Pinocchio refuses to believe him when he tries to convince him about the consequences of a hedonistic life and the true colors of the Fox and the Cat.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Despite being killed by Pinocchio, he still tries to warn him about the Fox and the Cat and lets him live in a cabin.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Pinocchio accidentally kills him, but he revives without explanation in the Fairy's house.


    The Fox and the Cat 
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They feign to be kindhearted people with handicaps, but they're con artists.
  • Cats Are Mean: The Cat is a conman and a murderer.
  • False Friend: They fake to be kind to Pinocchio to steal his money and they even try to kill him.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Both fake handicaps. The Fox feigns to have a limp and the Cat feigns to be blind; they do so to beg money. At the end, they become handicapped for real.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Their willingness to kill Pinocchio shows that they are not above murdering children.

    The Fairy With Turquoise Hair 
  • Morality Pet: Pinocchio loves the Fairy. He cries when he thought she is dead and sacrifices the money for a jacket when he hears she is ill.
  • Parental Substitute: She acts as Pinocchio's maternal figure and adopts him as a son while Geppetto gets trapped in the Shark.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She is blue-haired.


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