Citizens of Halloween Town
Jack Skellington, also known as the "Pumpkin King", is the main protagonist. Jack is a tall skeleton who wears a black pin-striped suit, complete with a bat bowtie. He has earned the title of Pumpkin King by being so terrifying to humans (but never harming them), a clearly well-earned title as it appears he is even able to scare the monsters that occupy the town. He lives in Halloween Town, a world based solely on the holiday of Halloween.
- 100% Adoration Rating: As the Pumpkin King, Jack is utterly beloved, adored and admired by all the inhabitants of Halloween Town. The town goes into a state of mourning when they think he's been killed and celebrate when he shows up just fine.
- The Ace: When it comes to anything resembling frights, nobody can deny Jack is the best at what he does. Not so much at anything outside his particular skill, though.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Jack could possibly be the Personification of Halloween.
- The Anti-Grinch: Embodies this trope perfectly. Jack loves Christmas so much, he tries to take over Santa Claus's job that year, spreading Halloween-frights on Christmas, thinking he is improving the Holiday. Unfortunately, not only is Christmas nearly cancelled because of him, but the National Guard succeeds in blowing him out of the sky.
- The Atoner: Downplayed both in his feelings and the level of mayhem. He does go about trying to fix his mistakes, but only angsts about it very briefly; overall, he is satisfied that he tried his best with Christmas and had fun doing so.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "What's this?!" He exclaims as he discovers Christmas Town.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Jack is the de-facto leader of Halloween Town and is therefore the most badass.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Jack is the Pumpkin King because he's the scariest and the toughest.
- Badass Bookworm: He attempts to master the magic of Christmas through study and scientific research, and while his methods fail entirely, the logic he employs suggests a strange sort of genius at work.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The badass Jack sports a nifty suit.
- Bad Santa: His attempt to take Santa's place does not go over well. However, in his case, it's less due to maliciousness and more that he's just not very good at Santa's job.
- Beneath the Mask: All of the Citizens of Halloween Town (except Sally) believe Jack to be bold, loud, and happy. Too bad they have no idea that underneath that bony exterior was a guy that was practically going through depression before he discovered Christmas Town.
- Berserk Button: Scaring someone to put them in unnecessary distress genuinely ticks Jack off.
- The Big Guy: He's not very big other than being pretty tall., but he's the Pumpkin King, and thus the most powerful of Halloween Town.
- Blessed with Suck: Jack has grown tired of the same old tricks and traditions, even if he's the most popular.
- Broken Ace: The opening shows Jack's boredom over things never changing in Halloween Town turning into despair.
- Camp Straight: He's quite effeminate and becomes an Official Couple with Sally.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: He has this realization at the start of the film and wishes he wasn't the King of Halloween.
- Cold Ham: His hamminess becomes more subdued (and darker) when he gets angry.
- Creepy Good: He's a skeleton, the King of Halloween, and The Hero.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Jack, who is regarded as the Pumpkin King and the scariest of all the monsters, has a tenor voice. Although he sometimes lowers his voice when he's trying to be intimidating, he is also prone to high-pitched Evil Laughs, cementing him as a Terror Hero.
- Creepy Long Fingers: His fingers are rather thin and long.
- Cultured Badass: Has read Shakespeare's works.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He may be the Pumpkin King and love scaring, but he's a pretty nice guy. But don't forget... he is still the Pumpkin King.
- Dead to Begin With: His song, "Jack's Lament", has him state outright that he's dead, though we never find out anything about his former life. One theory is that in life he was the originator of the Jack-o-Lantern legend, which makes sense given his name is Jack and he's called "the Pumpkin King".
- Deadpan Snarker: Most notably when he gets mad at Lock, Shock, and Barrel for kidnapping the Easter Bunny by mistake and exasperatedly points out that there was more than one Holiday Door when the trio insisted that they followed his instructions exactly.
- Death Glare: Pun aside, he sports a rather menacing one the moment he sees Oogie-Boogie has been tormenting his friends and doesn't lose it throughout the entire fight.
- Dem Bones: Jack is a skeleton humanoid.
- The Dreaded: Given who he is, it's pretty reasonable that he'd have a reputation for being scary. Noticeably, Oogie-Boogie, a terrifying monster in his own right is outright freaked when Jack's rage is directed at him and doesn't dare fight him fairly.
- Everyone Has Standards: Jack's job is scaring the dickens out of people and he'll gladly kidnap Santa Claus to hijack his holiday for a year, but Jack loathes Oogie-Boogie and gives Lock, Shock and Barrel strict orders not to involve the evil Boogeyman in the plan. Furthermore, he's very unhappy when the trio kidnap the Easter Bunny and gives strict orders to return the Bunny to his home and apologize before making any further attempts at Santa Claus.
- Evil Laugh: It's his regular laugh.
- Forgets to Eat: Implied by the scene where Sally sends a basket of food up to him.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine — The most sociable and warm-hearted of Halloween Town.
- Friend to All Children: Well, the children of Halloween Town. The Corpse Kid hugs onto his leg when he finds out he's alive and Jack scoops him up and tosses him in the air happily. In his role as Santa, he's also kind to the human children he meets, and genuinely doesn't see why they might not enjoy the presents he's leaving them.
- The Good King: The King of Halloween and a beloved ruler who cares greatly for those in Halloween Town
- The Hero: He is the film's main character and he has good intentions, even trying to make things right when his plan to do Santa's job goes wrong.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Sally, a redheaded ragdoll.
- Hes Back: "That's right! I AM the Pumpkin King!" Complete with the realization he has some absolutely terrifying ideas for the next Halloween.
- Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Another theory behind Jack's lost love for Halloween and being so enamored by Christmas. After his attempts at running Christmas go bad, he rediscovers his love for Halloween.
- Horrifying Hero: He's not the King of Halloween for nothing.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He decides that Lock, Shock, and Barrel, Oogie Boogie's known henchmen, are the best candidates to kidnap Santa Claus and that they'll treat him nicely when they do. Sure enough, a minute later, they're singing about feeding Santa to Oogie Boogie and beating him with a stick.
- Hot-Blooded: A given since he immediately decides to become Santa Claus by kidnapping the real Santa.
- Iconic Outfit: Jack's pin-striped tuxedo and bat bow-tie.
- Idiot Hero: As detailed on the main page, he's not an Idiot Hero because of an inherent lack of intelligence; he's an Idiot Hero because he's never encountered non-Halloween stuff before and he's too excited to listen to common sense.
- I Have Many Names: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, the King of Halloween, Bone Daddy, Skeleton Jack, Mr. Unlucky...
- Incendiary Exponent: He sets himself on fire, therefore having one of the most awesome entrances in Disney history.
- The Kindnapper: Jack Skellington has part of his being a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. His way of indulging himself in his new passion for Christmas not only involves planning to run the show himself, but kidnapping the one who already does to enable his doing so. And he sees it as a favor for Santa, too! Despite Jack's unquestionable status as The Hero, though, his kidnapping is clearly shown as not being a good thing, especially because of what it leads to...Santa: (bursts out of the bag) Let me out! (the Halloween Town citizens gasp in awe)
Jack Skellington: Sandy Claws — in person. What a pleasure to meet you. (prepares to shake but then looks down when their HANDS touch)
Jack Skellington: Wh — ! Why, you have hands! You don't have claws at all!
Santa: (dazed) Where am I?
Jack Skellington: Surprised, are you? I knew you would be. You don't have to worry about another Christmas this year.
Jack Skellington: Consider this a vacation, Sandy. A reward. It's your turn to take it easy.
Santa: B-But there must be some mistake!
Jack Skellington: See that he's comfortable... (the minions start to close up the bag, but then stop) Just a second, fellas! Of course! That's what I'm missing! (takes Santa's hat)
Jack Skellington: (as he's putting on the hat) Thanks.
Santa: Hang on — you just can't — (has the bag thrown over him again) — Hold on! Where are we going now?
- Large Ham: More subtle than Oogie, but still. "I AM THE PUMPKIN
- The Leader: Type IV. Due to his skill and charisma, all of Halloween Town loves him and would follow any Zany Scheme he's concocted.
- Love Revelation Epiphany: Jack realizes his feelings for Sally after she admits to always liking him.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: A rare heroic example. He, and most of Halloween Town, enjoy the sound of screaming not out of sadism but because it's their job which they enjoy. Plus the screaming comes from harmless pranks rather than torture.
- Made of Iron: In his first appearance he sets himself on fire (briefly), and then later in the movie he falls at least a mile, lands on a stone statue, and doesn't suffer any permanent damage.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He is the scariest ghoul in Halloween Town, but also one of the friendliest.
- Meaningful Name: Jack takes over Christmas for a year. One meaning of Jack is "supplanter", or replacement. In addition, his title as The Pumpkin King is a reference to jack-o-lanterns.
- Mood-Swinger: Jack frequently and quickly swings between elation, depression, and anger. Many fans speculate that he has a mood disorder (bipolar disorder is the popular choice, but that's not actually how it works, most of the time).
- Never My Fault: An unusual example in that Jack plays this trope straight (lamenting that it was everyone else who failed to understand, and all he ever wanted was to bring them something great, but it's fine because at least he did his best and had a lot of fun) while also owning up to the damage he caused, making efforts to set it right, and apologizing to Santa.
- Nice Guy: Jack was never malicious about kidnapping Santa Claus, and is a good-hearted being.
- Nightmare Fetishist: As he's from Halloween Town, it's a given that he'd have a passion for what most people would find frightening. He especially takes great relish in planning for Halloween. When he isn't tired of it, that is.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: While he is a good guy, the fact that he saw no wrong in kidnapping Santa and delivering the citizens of Halloween Town's ideas of great gifts to the children of the world make him unintentionally unsettling.
- Noodle People: Even by skeleton standards. He's all arms and legs.
- Obliviously Evil: Jack means no harm at all and doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, but it's his actions that are creating nearly every problem in the film. Thankfully, he does eventually come to his senses.
- Oblivious to Love: Throughout most of the movie, he only views Sally as a friend, and has no idea that she's in love with him. He catches on eventually though.
- Official Couple: With Sally. They share a kiss by the end of the movie.
- One Head Taller: He's taller than Sally by a head.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Very little can make Jack angry. When he turns a Death Glare on Oogie-Boogie for hurting Sally and Santa Claus, though, you know the usually affable Jack is about to make the boogyman himself hurt.
- The Performer King: Since Halloween Town is a world populated with monsters with the sole purpose of managing Halloween every year (a theatrical holiday in its own right), Jack Skellington is himself a showman. He is the center of the Halloween Parade in the "This is Halloween" song sequence, he uses drama and ambiance to explain Christmas to the residence, is a Dance Battler and is very popular among the people.
- Pet the Dog: Despite being willing to kidnap Santa Claus and hijack Christmas, his intentions are good and when Lock, Shock and Barrel kidnap the Easter Bunny who's terrified by Behemoth, Jack orders they return the Easter Bunny to his home first and make sure to apologize profusely.
- Perky Goth: He's quite excitable for someone called the "King of Halloween".
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Hello, Oogie." (Said when he makes his presence known to Oogie Boogie and prepares to confront him for endangering Sally and Santa Claus.)
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "How dare you treat my friends so SHAMEFULLY!" (Said as he unravels Oogie's thread, effectively killing him as his bugs fall into the boiling stew below him.)
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: His title is the Pumpkin King and he is definitely no slouch given that he actively leads the citizens of Halloweentown into doing their own version of Christmas and later tries to set things right by rescuing Santa Claus from Oogie Boogie.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a tux 85% of the time, and when he's not wearing it, he still dresses pretty good.
- Slasher Smile: He gives a sinister smile during the end of the song where he introduces the citizens of Halloween Town to the concept of Christmas.
- Species Surname: Sort of, as "skeleton" is sometimes pronounced as "Skellington" with an accent. See Hot Fuzz and Stardust.
- Stingy Jack: His name and title as the Pumpkin King are likely an allusion to the old Halloween legend.
- Stop Worshipping Me: At the beginning, after another Halloween, almost everyone in Halloween Town become rather clingy towards him as they praise him. Jack tries to get them to chill, and it was only being distracted by the Mayor was Jack able to make his getaway.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already awesome before he became Pumpkin King, as the first game shows. Oogie's Revenge has him take a year off to search for more Halloween ideas, armed with a Morph Weapon Soul Robber. He comes back to find his entire town taken over, and takes it back in a matter of days.
- Tranquil Fury: In contrast to how hammy he usually is, he remains completely reserved throughout his entire confrontation with Oogie Boogie. And Oogie can tell from the start that he's in trouble...Jack: Hello Oogie...
- Vague Age: In personality and voice, he comes across as being in his late twenties or early thirties, but he's an undead skeleton man, so this has no connection whatsoever to how long he's been around. And aside from being adult-sized it's impossible to gauge his age from his looks. He's probably older than thirtyish, though it wouldn't be impossible for him to be younger.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He only wanted a break from the tired routine of Halloween and had absolutely no intention of things going downhill when Santa was tortured by Oogie and the people in the real world where terrified by the presents he delivered.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: What drives his desire to leave Halloween Town, and his fascination with Christmas Town. He gets better.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Not just the fact that he does have very wide eye-sockets, but he fits the idealist trope very closely.
- Would Hurt a Child: Implied in "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" when the kids in question are as dangerous as the Oogie's boys. Shock objects to the idea of using a cannon to blow up Santa Claus, because Jack would "beat [them] black and green!" This could be an exaggeration on the trio's part, however. Played straight in Oogie's Revenge where he has to beat the trio in combat.
Sally is the deuteragonist of the film. A living rag doll created by Dr. Finkelstein, she sympathizes with Jack's feelings of loneliness and boredom, as she is kept under close watch by her creator. To escape his watch, she drugs his soup with deadly nightshade, but this angers Finkelstein. Being a rag doll, she is able to undo her stitches to allow her limbs to act independently, and seems to feel no pain, as demonstrated by her leap from the doctor's tower. Sally harbors a crush on Jack, but she spends most of the film feeling that her feelings are unrequited.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The population in general of Halloween Town is amazing in many respects and colour is no exception. It depends on each one's different form. Hers is a pale blue skin that resembles stylized dead flesh in Frankenstein tradition.
- Born as an Adult: Being a creation of Dr. Finklestein already implies that she was born as an adult, but it is explicitly confirmed in the prequel game The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, where Finklestein has just recently created her and she looks no different from how she appears in the film.
- Break the Cutie: In "Sally's Song", she expresses her concerns that Jack's Christmas plans could end in disaster:Sally: I sense there's something in the wind, That feels like tragedy's at hand.
And though I'd like to stand by him, Can't shake this feeling that I have. The worst is just around the bend.
And does he notice my feelings for him? And will he see how much he means to me?
I think it's not to be.
What will become of my dear friend, where will his actions lead us then?
And thoughI'd like to join the crowd in their enthusiastic cloud, try as I may, it doesn't last.
And will we ever end up together?
No, I think not; it's never to become, for I am not the one.
- Subverted when she goes into Oogie Boogie's lair to rescue Santa Claus.
- Cassandra Truth: Tries to warn Jack beforehand that his plan for Christmas will fail, but to no avail.
- Creepy Doll: She is an heroic version, as she is a life-sized rag doll, but to audiences she's rather attractive.
- Cute Monster Girl: As much of a monster as she is, she's adorable.
- Damsel in Distress: Unfortunately becomes her main function in the video games.
- Is also captured and almost killed by Oogie in the film.
- Detachment Combat: Sally's not a fighter, but she takes advantage of her detachable limbs for purposes of escape or distraction.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Serves Finkelstein his meals. Unfortunately for him, they're usually drugged.
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted. She has red hair, but isn't fiery at all and more of a Shrinking Violet.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic. — She cares about Jack and worries about him and is often kept busy because she has to cook meals for Dr. Finklestein.
- Frankenstein's Monster: She's made of leaf-stuffed rag pieces sewn together by a Mad Scientist in the style of this trope. One of the cuter versions, though.
- Glasgow Grin: Though not a creepy example, and justified because she's stitched up from top to bottom.
- Guile Hero: She is rather crafty and even cunning, as evidenced by "tasting" soup she drugged with a holey spoon she prepared, and distracting Oogie with her detachable leg.
- The Heart: Sally is the most down-to-earth citizen in Halloween Town and tries her best to support and guide Jack.
- Hero Antagonist: Mildly so. She tries to sabotage Jack's plans, but only because she fears for his safety and recognizes that he may be in over his head.
- Heroic Seductress: Sally tries to be this when she uses her detached bare leg to distract Oogie so she can save Santa. She fails when he discovers it's not attached to a body.
- Iconic Outfit: Her dress stands out because of all the diverse patterns on the patches it is made of.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: If one were to interpret her as Finklestein's daughter, she's quite pretty for a patched up living ragdoll.
- Not So Different: With Jack, in regards to his boredom with Halloween and routine."Jack... I know how you feel."
- Official Couple: With Jack. They kiss by the end of the movie.
- Only Sane Woman: Of all the inhabitants of Halloween Town, she's the most rational. Lampshaded by Santa:"Next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to her! She's the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!"
- Only One Name: Unless you consider "Finklestein" to be her last name, after her creator. Within the film, she's never given one.
- Opposites Attract: Her feelings toward the charismatic and boisterous Jack are a textbook example.
- Perky Goth: She does her best to try and be hopeful and optimistic, even when she shows great concern for Jack.
- Proper Lady: She has the modest, feminine personality and attire, and is domestic and sensible with her cooking and sewing skills. However, she does seem to have an independent and even naughty side, craftily drugging her guardian so she can leave his house and resorting to using a sexy distraction on Oogie in an attempt to save Santa.
- Scary Stitches: Covered in them from all of her sewn-together parts. The stitches are easily broken and repaired, both aspects which Sally frequently uses to her advantage.
- Show Some Leg: In an attempt to save Santa from Oogie, Sally detaches one of her legs and places it through the doorway of Oogie's chamber. The sentient leg strikes a sexy pose, successfully getting Oogie's attention. Unfortunately, Oogie soon realizes that the leg is detached and Sally ends up captured herself.
- Shrinking Violet: One of the reasons Sally didn't tell Jack her feelings is because she's shy around him.
- Stalker with a Crush: Portrayed sympathetically because she is friends with Jack already, and simply too shy to confess her romantic feelings.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: It's probably because she's so used to stitching herself back together, but this is likely one of the reasons Jack enlists her to make his costume.
- True Blue Femininity: Her skin is blue.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Seems to think she's this, as evidenced by her song, where she openly says she isn't "the one" for Jack. However, it's proven wrong when Jack does reciprocate her feelings after all.
- Voiced by: William Hickey (movie), Jess Harnell (video games)
Dr. Finkelstein is a resident of Halloween Town, the wheelchair-bound mad scientist and the "father" of Sally.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the video game spin-offs such as Oogie's Revenge and the Kingdom Hearts series, he is usually portrayed as a much kinder, genial guy with an occasionally foul mood, so he can be the resident Smart Guy for the game.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: More like Brainswapped and Crazy; in Oogie's Revenge, Oogie switches his brain out for an evil one to make him his loyal enforcer. The boss battle with Finkelstein revolves around putting his right brain back in his head.
- Dr. Fakenstein: One of the more obvious Frankenstein's Expies out there thanks to that non-subtle name.
- Evil Cripple: Kind of. He's not necessarily "evil", per se, but he is crazy and a bit of a jerk. He's also referred to as "Evil Scientist" in the ending credits.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He takes Sally back home because he doesn't believe she's ready for the excitement.
- Genius Cripple: A mad scientist in a wheelchair.
- Idiot Ball: He mentions at the beginning of the film that Sally's most recent drugging of him is the third time that she's done so. Given his considerable intelligence, one might be forgiven for wondering why he would trust her to prepare his food after the first two.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, his name is pronounced "Finkle-STEEN" rather than "Finkle-STINE" as it was in the movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As abrasive and curmudgeonly as he is, he does seem genuinely concerned for Sally's well-being and seems very fond of Jack.
- Mad Scientist: An expy of Dr. Frankenstein.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tries to get Sally to eat the soup she made to test his suspicions. When she refused, he plays the dad card.Dr. Finkelstein: You want me to starve! An old man like me who hardly has strength as it is! Me! To whom you owe your very life!
Sally: Oh, don't be silly.
- My Brain Is Big: His head is huge and round. His brain is shown to be the same when his hinged head is opened.
- Overprotective Dad: His resentment for Sally's attraction to Jack could be because he's an overprotective father figure or maybe Crazy Jealous Guy. It really depends on whether you interpret that he created Sally to be his daughter or his lover.
Lock, Shock, and Barrel are a trio of trick-or-treaters from Halloween Town. They served as Oogie Boogie's henchmen and the secondary antagonists.
- Affably Evil: They really are terrified of Oogie, but in their minds, helping him is the most fun thing they can think of.
- Ambiguously Human: They don't appear to be monsters or capable of any special powers (see Badass Normal, below). That said, there's also definitely something about them that's... off. The colored lips, the pale skin, and the pointy teeth to name a couple.
- Badass Normal: In any video game (sequel, prequel, or spin-off) they do things like control monsters, capture holiday leaders, fight the protagonists, and convince Maleficent herself to resurrect Oogie.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: One interpretation of Lock and Shock's relationship; Fanon says they have a mutual crush on each other, but express it by teasing and yelling at each other.
- Big Red Devil: Lock's costume.
- Blatant Lies: Just before Jack sends them to kidnap Santa, while the three of them each make a Lying Finger Cross behind their backs:Jack: Leave that no-account Oogie Boogie out of this!
Barrel: Whatever you say, Jack.
Shock: Of course, Jack.
Lock: Wouldn't dream of it, Jack.
- The Brute: Barrel is the muscle of the group. Switches to Lock in Oogie's Revenge.
- Butt-Monkey: Barrel is constantly at the receiving end of pranks and smacks from his cohorts. (Just watch "Kidnap the Sandy Claws".) But usually when he pulls a prank on Lock or Shock he gets away with it.
- Card-Carrying Villain: They're quick to shout Santa down when he tries to talk to them about goodwill. They also state multiple times in their Villain Song that they enjoy causing trouble."We're [Oogie's] little henchmen, and we take our job with pride!"
- Co-Dragons: The henchmen (and henchwoman, in Shock's case) to Oogie Boogie.
- Dem Bones: Barrel's costume.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Their masks.
- The Ditz: Barrel, though he denies this.
- The Dragon: All three of them could be seen as Co-Dragons to Oogie.
- Enfant Terrible: They're spooky little brats, who love messing with people and are absolutely overjoyed at the idea of subjecting Santa Claus to Cold-Blooded Torture. When Santa himself asks them if they've ever heard of goodwill to all men, they flat out tell him "No!"
- Evil Genius: Shock is the brains of the operation.
- Evil Laugh: Just to underline the Enfant Terrible trope.
- Karma Houdini: The little brats flat out decide to deliver Santa to the murderous, cannibalistic Oogie-Boogie against Jack's explicit orders, and receive no comeuppance for it. Becomes an averted trope in Oogie's Revenge, in which Jack himself proceeds to whip them to a pulp after they, yet again, help the eponymous villain with his schemes.
- Gender-Blender Name: All three, since none of their names are actually names.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Lock's costume is the latter.
- Perky Female Minion: Shock, the sole female of the group.
- Power Trio: There's three of them and they do the legwork for Oogie Boogie.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After Lock suggests blowing Santa Claus up, Shock objects on the grounds that obliterating him would be inconvenient to them (and to their relationship to Jack).Lock: I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door and then
Knock three times and when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!
Shock: You're so stupid, think now
If we blow him up to smithereens
We may lose some pieces and then Jack will beat us black and green!
- Punny Name: Collectively, their names are based on the phrase "lock, stock, and barrel", which is used to refer to something total or complete.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Their trick-or-treat costumes invoke this, which, ironically, hide faces that are worse than the masks.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: They reappear throughout Oogie's Revenge as boss encounters.
- Sibling Rivalry: An alternate interpretation of the kids' relationship (see Belligerent Sexual Tension above) claims that all three of them are siblings.
- Shaped Like Itself: Their masks are identical to their faces.
- Slasher Smile: Barrel. His grin extends from ear-to-ear and it's even reflected in his mask.
- Terrible Trio: Three troublesome brats who serve Oogie Boogie.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Lock and Barrel are boys, Shock is a girl.
- Wicked Witch: Shock's costume.
- Wild Card: They work for both Jack and Oogie, but largely seem to prefer the boss who gives them the most "fun". Seeing as their idea of "fun" translates to "cold-blooded torture", they obviously lean toward Oogie, but the ending reveals that they're willing to help Jack out too.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shock has bluish hair. Lock and Barrel fit this trope too (seeing that Lock has Red hair and Barrel has Green hair)
Oogie Boogie is the main antagonist. He is a self described "boogieman", and exists as a burlap sack filled with insects, two spiders and a snake that serves as a tongue.
- Adaptational Villainy: The original legend of the Boogeyman depicts a monster who gives misbehaving children terrible nightmares to positively influence them while they're awake. Here, he's a sadistic, torturous coward who tries to devour Santa Claus.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: "Bug Day." There actually are a few little known dates based around insects that barely anyone knows about, most of which are in October:
- June Bug Day is recognized nationally on June 7th, though it's more about the time of year June Bugs are most active.
- National Chocolate Covered Insects day, which is on October 14th.
- World Edible Insect Day is October 23rd.
- Antagonist Title: Oogie's Revenge, where he is the main villain.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jack. It's strongly implied the two have history and Oogie is petrified of fighting Jack on equal ground.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The final boss battle in Oogie's Revenge has him become gigantic. Overlaps with One-Winged Angel.
- Ax-Crazy: Implied to be the only resident of Halloween Town to have actually killed people in cold blood. He also states that his gambling games are much more fun "when lives are on the line". (But not his, of course. Oogie far prefers preying on helpless victims.)
- Badass Baritone: When singing "The Oogie Boogie Song".
- Bad Boss: Lock, Shock, and Barrel live in total fear of him, hence why they take their duties to him so seriously. Jack also warns them in their final boss fight that Oogie is just as liable to eat them as a reward for their service, and considering Oogie is a Villainous Glutton, we're given no reason to not believe him.
- Bad Moon Rising: The song This is Halloween has Oogie's shadow appear over the moon, with the video game Oogie's Revenge providing further confirmation.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Takes elements of this, with his body being literally made of cloth and having dark indentations for a face.
- Berserk Button: He gets rather angry when he realizes that Sally tried to distract him with her detached leg to free Santa."WHAT?! YOU TRYIN' TO MAKE A DUPE OUTTA ME?!"
- Big Bad: Though all the citizens of Halloween Town dedicate their lives to scaring people, they do it purely for laughs and are mostly harmless. Oogie is the only really EVIL person there, and is implied to have actually killed people. He also serves as this in Oogie's Revenge, where he tries to kidnap all the Holiday Leaders to become the Seven Holidays King.
- Blatant Lies: In an interview in his biography, Tim Burton described Oogie as "A nasty neighbor", said that there weren't any true villains; ohh yeeaaah... Anyone who's been banished, has tried to eat Santa Claus, and tried to forcibly take over all 7 holidays musn't be that evil!
- Boisterous Bruiser: A rare evil example. He loves singing and dancing... while he horribly tortures his victims and will later cook 'em and eat 'em.
- Breakout Villain: His popularity led to him being not only the Big Bad of the prequel and sequel games, in which he is no longer a Plot-Irrelevant Villain, and a guest villain in the Kingdom Hearts series, but also the mascot for Disneyland's latest Halloween event, "Oogie Boogie Bash".
- Bright Is Not Good: In full showtime mode, he and his lair are the brightest things in town... and most certainly the worst.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's big and strong enough to easily overpower his foes, yet spends more time sicking death traps on them. This is subverted in Oogie's Revenge, where he shows just how dangerous he can be when he actually gets up and applies himself. He creates a successful empire to lord over Halloween Town with, swaps Finkelstein's brain to get an Evil Genius to build him a massive army of skeletons and minions, and kidnaps all of the holiday leaders.
- Bullying a Dragon: When he realizes Jack is furious enough with him as it is, Oogie very unwisely decides to try to kill the more powerful Jack, which does not end well for him.
- Card-Carrying Villain: As he says in his Villain Song, "[he's] a gamblin' boogie man although [he doesn't] play fair!"
- Canon Foreigner: In-universe. Oogie is not a native of Halloween Town, instead hailing from the long-forgotten holiday of Bug Day.
- The Chessmaster: Masterminded the plot of Oogie's Revenge, and remains one step ahead of Jack up until the very end.
- Creepy Jazz Music: Thematically associated with this type of music. It helps him stand out from the other, Dark Is Not Evil citizens of Halloween Town, who get somber orchestral music.
- Dirty Coward: Despite being a hundred times bigger than Jack (at least in terms of sheer bulk), he whimpers and runs away if he even thinks Jack has the upper hand. Considering he's just a big burlap sack full of bugs, this behavior is reasonably justified.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He was about to kill Santa... until he takes notice of Sally's leg and decides to start caressing it.
- The Dreaded: Even the other residents of Halloween Town are implied to be terrified of him. Oogie says it best. "And if you aren't shaking, there's something very wrong, cause this may be the last time you hear the Boogie song!"
- There's an inversion of this during the climax: it turns out he's deathly afraid of Jack. The moment he sees him, he starts backing away.
- Dying Vocal Change: Once his burlap sack skin is torn off, there's nothing to hold his body together, and as that falls apart, so does his voice - first growing steadily higher, then breaking up into dozens of tiny voices as the insects that compose him fall away. Eventually, he's left with only one bug left, screaming barely-coherent last words... right before Santa Claus squashes him flat.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a quick appearance in "This Is Halloween", appearing as "the shadow on the moon at night". We are not properly introduced to Oogie until about halfway through the movie, where the shadow returns during "Kidnap the Sandy Claws", and Oogie doesn't appear in person until the final act.
- Evil Counterpart: He's this to Jack- he's just as terrifying (if not more so), but unlike Jack, he's more of a sociopathic monster than a prankster.
- Evil Laugh: Once more! Unlike Jack's high pitched giggle, Oogie has a deep, baritone laugh that conveys his cruelty.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Voiced by Ken Page.
- Expy: According to Word of God, he's an expy of Audrey II.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: In a sense; the burlap sack covering his bugs is technically his skin, meaning that his death basically amounts to him being skinned alive and then having the bugs, which serve as his organs, melted alive.
- Fat Bastard: Not only is he a big, nasty bag of bugs with a love of torture and casual cannibalism, he cheats at dice. In fact, Oogie Boogie was the biggest, heaviest puppet in the entire cast, needing the tightest joints in his armature skeleton for proper movement. He generally has a very porcine figure, emphasized by a deleted part of his song in which he did a Fat Flex.
- Ironically, he's canonically the lightest character in the movie (based on the official website) since he's made of nothing but burlap and insects.
- Faux Affably Evil: He may act friendly at first, but he's actually a sadistic monster who slowly torments people with rigged games of chance before cooking them up and eating them.
- For the Evulz: The only Halloween Town resident who is truly evil. He notably takes great pleasure in torturing and attempting to kill Santa Claus.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric. — He's hot-tempered and rude, plus he is no slouch when it comes to torturing people.
- The Gambler: Although he doesn't play fair. His personal lair is a demented casino with sharpshooting slot machines and a torture roulette wheel.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Despite the fact that the town shuns him for being a truly evil person, it appears they allow him (or at the least, his shadow, which Oogie's Revenge confirms can function as a separate entity) to participate in their Halloween festivities, given his appearance in the opening musical number.
- Hypocritical Humor: He calls Santa "ugly" during his song. One might wonder if he ever took a look at himself in the mirror.
- Knight of Cerebus: The movie is already pretty dark itself. However, not one of the Halloween Town residents is a deranged mass murderer with a taste for torture and gore.
- Lack of Empathy: He thoroughly enjoys torturing and killing people and shows absolutely no remorse for his actions. The words of his Villain Song say all.
- Large Ham: "Large" in every sense of the word.
- Leitmotif: He has a deranged jazz tune play during his scenes in the movie, plus an instrumental version of "The Oogie Boogie Song" in The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King.
- Living Shadow: His shadow appears on the moon in This Is Halloween, and is fought by Jack in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge."I am the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright!
- Manipulative Bastard: In Oogie's Revenge, he forces Dr. Finklestein to work for him by switching his brain with another that puts him under Oogie's control.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: It comes with the territory when you're a remorseless sadist who loves torturing and killing people for no good reason.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The rest of the denizens of Halloween Town are more Ugly Cute than downright scary. Oogie Boogie, by contrast, is specifically designed to be overtly terrifying, driving it home that even among the citizenry of Halloween Town, Oogie Boogie is a creature to be feared.
- Obviously Evil: No eyes, big toothless mouth, stitched-up head, a great fondness for causing pain, a snake for a tongue...
- Pet the Dog: Implied by "Kidnap the Sandy Claws", as Shock, Lock and Barrel mention that if they do a good job on their mission he'll cook them his special "snake and spider stew". The way they say this suggests that he's done this for them before.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: In the movie. He has nothing to do with Jack's main arc; his only purpose is to explain what happened to Santa after his kidnapping, something the original poem didn't say.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": His modus operandi is making a fun joke of his cold-blooded and heinous actions of torturing his victims to death. You probably won't meet a lot of characters who recite the passage ashes to ashes and dust to dust with so much mirth.
- Sadist: Seems to have a sadistic streak, given that he likes to play with his food, so to speak.
- Scary Black Man: In spirit and voice, if not in body (being a vaguely humanoid burlap sack that glows lime green under blacklight).
- Scary Stitches: Sewn together with large stitching.
- Serial Killer: Given all those skeletons we see in his lair we can deduce he killed other people before trying to do it with Santa and Sally.
- Sickly Green Glow: While his body is a plain burlap sack, he glows a vivid green under his casino blacklights.
- Smug Snake: Spends most of his screentime gloating and taunting his captives. Then Jack shows up, and he freaks out. He briefly regains his composure a few times during the ensuing battle, only to lose it every time Jack starts winning again.
- Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Implied. While we don't see him exhibit any traits of this trope onscreen, he is meant to be the bogeyman (although it could just be a case of A God Am I, or maybe it was just for the "boogie" pun.) However, the Shadow on the Moon, who is implied to be somehow connected to Oogie, states that he specialises in bringing nightmares to mortals, which could land him in this category.
- Tickle Torture: He subjects Sally's leg when she uses it to distract him. And it seemed to work, as Sally's foot is shown to be fidgeting under Oogie's tickling.
- Token Evil Teammate: Most of Halloween Town consists of monsters who love scares but would never dream of hurting anyone. Oogie is the only resident who's an evil, sadistic murderer.
- Torture Technician: He has a lot of machines he uses to torture and kill his victims.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Downplayed in that the movie itself is not exactly bright and fluffy, but it is optimistic and lighthearted with most of the monsters being harmless pranksters who may love a good scare but would never dream of doing actual harm. Oogie Boogie, however is a cruel, terrifying creature who's a cannibalistic serial killer, one of the darkest villains in Disney history.
- Villain Song: "The Oogie Boogie Song", which is one of the best.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's big, intimidating, and very full of himself... until Jack makes his entrance. Jack may be the only person that Oogie is afraid of, but boy, is he afraid!
- Villainous Glutton: If his huge girth and fondness for snake and spider stew is any indication. He also planned to make said stew out of both Sally and the very large Santa.
- Voice of the Legion: Sort of. He starts off with a deep jazzy voice, but as he loses the bugs which make up his body, his voice becomes higher pitched and squeakier and sounds like multiple voices speaking at once until he only has one bug left.
- Weaksauce Weakness: No matter how scary he is, at the end of the day, he's still just a big burlap sack of stacked bugs. Jack didn't even need to do anything more than pull a loose thread of the sack and he was already S.O.L.
- We Will Meet Again: The prequel game The Pumpkin King ends with him promising to get even with Jack.
- The Worm That Walks: He's really just a giant burlap sack filled with sentient bugs, the leader of which controls his voice (and a few snakes, for some reason).
- Would Hurt a Child: Lock, Shock and Barrel are rather nervous of not staying on Oogie's good side and fear Jack beating them 'black and green' should they screw up, which seems way more Oogie's style.
The Mayor of Halloween Town, though his position is unclear due to Jack's status of King. He has a conical body and wears a tall top-hat and suit with a spider bow-tie. He also wears a ribbon that says "Mayor" on it. Being a politician, he is naturally "two-faced" and can rotate his head to appear as either happy or sad, to reflect his mood.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: His two-faced head allows his body to spin while his head stays in place, demonstrated in "This is Halloween".
- Adipose Rex: He's conical, though he's a mayor rather than a king.
- Authority in Name Only: "Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!"
- Cheshire Cat Grin: On his "happy" face, he has a large toothy smile. The other face has a Cheshire Cat frown.
- The Ditherer: See Authority in Name Only. He needs Jack's help in planning every Halloween.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic. — He's affable and indecisive.
- Large Ham: Very loud and dramatic.
- Mad Eye: Has one spiral eye and one dark eye with a white pupil on his "happy" face.
- Mood-Swinger: It comes naturally when the mood changes as quickly as a clockwork head that turns 180 degrees.
- Nervous Wreck: His bad mood face displays a pessimism and a tendency to fall to pieces over anything not going according to plan. For example he immediately panics just because the Pumpkin King has left his home without any clear indication about where did he go and when will he return.
- Nice Hat: Has a really tall top hat.
- No Name Given: Though some of the merch gives him the name Hizzonor.
- Sickening "Crunch!": Invoked by the ratcheting noise that occurs whenever his head spins.
- Stealth Pun: He's a two-faced politician. Especially evident with "Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!"
- Two-Faced: He has two faces; one colorful and happy, one ashen and distressed. It's more of a facial mood ring than a split personality, though.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: Played with; while he is evidently the only mayor Halloween Town had, he also doesn't have a lot of power. As an elected official, he can't make decisions without Jack (the king)'s help.
- Matryoshka Object: He has several smaller versions of himself all hidden under his hat, and each one has a smaller one hidden under their hat. Naturally, the toy the Hydes make in "Making Christmas" is a matryoshka.
- Took a Shortcut: In the video game, he gets everywhere before Jack, no matter how hard it was for him to get there.
Zero is Jack's ghost-dog and the tritagonist.
- Bedsheet Ghost: A dog version. That said, he is very small. More of a handkerchief ghost, really.
- Canine Companion: He is Jack's dog.
- Expy: What Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer would probably be like if he were a ghost and had a jack-o-lantern for a nose. Even used to lead Jack Skellington's sleigh at one point.
- All There in the Manual: The name of the woodcutter zombie with an axe in his head is revealed through merchandise.
- Dumb Muscle: He shows very little intelligence and is often seen doing physical work. His dumbness might be because of the axe embedded in his head.
- Gentle Giant: He's big and brutish, but not malevolent nor mean.
- Big Fun: He juggles with it. He's definitely fat and not actually a bad guy, but he represents a sinister clown rather than an innocent one.
- Body Horror: He can tear away his face and apparently the front part of his entire skull. What's especially unsettling is that the inside of his head is shown to be hollow.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: As you would expect from a creepy clown, he has a very screechy voice.
- Jump Scare: Implied to be his modus operandi by his third and fourth lines in "This Is Halloween": "Here in a flash / And gone without a trace!"
- Monster Clown: He's a scary-looking clown. Subverted though as he's just as nice as the other residents.
- Tear Off Your Face: It's right there in the name.
- Bedsheet Ghost: A bunch of them live in the town. For a given definition of the word "live", of course.
- Big Red Devil: One of the residents.
- Blue and Orange Morality: They don't quite grasp that "scary" is not what people look for on Christmas.
- Creepy Child: The Corpse Kid, the Mummy and the Bat. They're all actually kind of adorable, when you get past the fact that they're undead monsters.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As the opening song says, "That's our job, but we're not mean."
- Dead Weight: The Corpse Mom and Corpse Kid.
- Defanged Horrors: While monsters that delight in frightening people, they are not malicious about it.
- The Faceless: The "Who" When You Call "Who's There?" and The Wind Blowing Through Your Hair are both heard but never seen. It's possible that both of them are invisible or non-corporeal, given what they each represent.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The vampire quartet.
- Large Ham: Halloween Town is basically a World of Ham.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Undersea Gal resembles a female version of the Gill-Man, but with a mermaid's tail instead of legs.
- Our Monsters Are Different: They come in many different shapes, sizes and colors and they're all so aesthetically pleasing!
- Nightmare Fetishist: It's a given that they'd enjoy scary and horrifying things, since they live in a town that's all about Halloween.
- No Name Given: Very few of them have names.
- Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The Creature Under The Bed and The Man Under The Stairs are both based on two common monster archetypes that children fear. The "Who" When You Call "Who's There?" might also qualify.
- When Trees Attack: The Hanging Tree, complete with hangman skeletons on his branches.
- Acrofatic: Noticeably wide and heavy, but he can move fast on Christmas.
- Badass Beard: He wouldn't be Santa without a flowing white beard.
- Badass Grandpa: He's old, he's awesome, he's Santa Claus.
- Badass Boast: When Jack states that he hopes there is still time to fix Christmas, Santa replies with "Of course there is! I'm Santa Claus!"
- Badass Santa: Openly and fearlessly defies Oogie Boogie while being held captive and threatened with murder. He also successfully undoes the damage Jack caused in practically no time at all.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The ultimate representation of goodwill and holiday cheer, but a formidable foe who squashes the final bug that makes up Oogie Boogie.
- Big Eater: A brief one, but we see his wife packing an entire pie into his lunch box.
- Big Good: Once freed, he is able to solve all the problems caused by Jack literally overnight.
- Completely Missing the Point: Santa seems unable to contemplate when someone genuinely means him harm. He does not realize how dangerous Oogie Boogie is at first even when Oogie is singing about how Santa is unlikely to leave his lair alive.
- Distressed Dude: Gets held hostage by Oogie Boogie for most of the movie.
- Friend to All Children: He's Santa Claus! Notably when Oogie-Boogie is planning to murder him, Santa is more concerned for the children expecting him than for himself.
- Living MacGuffin: Rescuing him is a major plot point.
- Nice Guy: A bit gruff when pushed, but a loving figure who delights in gifting good children with presents. He also forgives Jack and Halloween Town for their harebrained scheme quite quickly.
- Nice Hat: The classic Santa Claus hat, which is taken from him when Jack forgets to make his own.
- Santa Claus: Duh. Who else would he be?
- No Name Given: For some of them, anyway, at least onscreen. If you pay attention, the kid with the shrunken head is named Timmy (it says so on his stocking behind him), and in the book, The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, The Art, The Vision, on some of the concept art, it shows the kid who gets the big snake is referred to as "The Infant", and the fat kid is Howie. Others, like the Japanese Twins, play it straight, even in the concept art.
- Nightmare Fetishist: A very likely reason for why he didn't react to his present from Jack being a shrunken head.
- No Name Given: Subverted. If you look at the stockings on the fireplace behind him, his name is Timmy. It probably falls under Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- Shrunken Head: He gets one as a gift from Jack as Santa.
- The Stoic: Not a straight example, but the kid does deserve credit for not screaming when he finds his gift, and not being bothered that his home's been invaded by an undead Santa Claus. He actually was scared, but was too shocked to properly express himself.