open/close all folders
The Grace Family
Jared Evan Grace
Played by: Freddie HighmoreA young boy with a bit of a temper, who's not adjusting well to his parent's divorce and their subsequent move. He's the one to come across the field guide and begin their adventures.
- Always Identical Twins: Jared and Simon. He actually uses this to his advantage when tricking the elves into letting him go when they give their word that they would not hurt Jared when he addresses himself as Simon.
- Clear My Name: This happens a lot to Jared throughout the books, having faeries commit tricks that he gets blamed for. Many don't believe him when he tries to explain the situation because of his temper and the fact that he just moved away from his life, and even his siblings point this out when he tries to say that he didn't cause the trouble.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Compared to his siblings who have a special thing, Jared wonders if he's any good at something and is frustrated at feeling useless during their adventures, especially when Simon and Mallory can show off their abilities. At the end, he settles on drawing, just like his great-great uncle Arthur.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Outside the faerie world, he's more foolish compared to his more responsible twin Simon.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Most of this is due to him trying to deal with his parent's divorce.
- The Hero
- Identical Twin ID Tag: He wears loose fitting clothing and a red hoodie, while also messing up the bit of his hair that sticks up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often comes across like this, but Jared does have a softer side. He does everything he can to protect his family, and gets pretty protective of Simon in particular if something bad happens to his pets.
- Point of View: Most of the story revolves around his perspective of events.
- Red Is Heroic: He usually wears a red hoodie when not in school, although that may be because he's read that red is a good protection against faeries.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake. Much as he wishes his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something he'd never actually say.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: More angry and a bit violent compared to his more reserved and quiet twin.
Simon Everett Grace
Played by: Freddie HighmoreJared's identical twin brother, who's soft-spoken and a great animal lover. While he doesn't agree with his twin most of the time, he is more open to the new world revealed to them and is excited to meet the new creatures.
- All-Loving Hero: Simon, to contrast Jared's Hurting Hero. There's not a single animal Simon wouldn't gladly pet, play with, or take home; whether normal or supernatural, organic or clockwork.
- When a faerie pretends to be Jared this causes him to pull a knife on it, the school sees Jared pulling a knife on a child leading to him getting a suspension. As he confides what he saw to Simon, Simon offers to swap clothes with Jared and even change his hair so the adults wouldn't tell the difference between them and he'd take the blame. Despite his brother's very thin temper, he does care for Jared when he knows he's been wronged.
- Always Identical Twins: Simon and Jared. This actually confuses Mulgarath's underlings as they mistake Simon as the "not Jared".
- Friend to All Living Things: As some of his previous tropes have illustrated. However, sometimes, this does nearly get him in trouble, especially when visiting their aunt Lucinda, who's Sprite friends offer Simon some of their food and he was very close to eating.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Simon's hair is more well kept and the way he dresses is more neat and reserved compared to his brother.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Loves animals and fae creatures, to the point that he will try and take some of them back home with him.
- Nice Guy
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Bryon is fighting off a dragon and looks like he's about to die, Simon tearfully, but angrily stomps on the dragons babies heads to get its attention. Jared even says that Simon never killed anything, not even spiders.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Kind and quiet, compared to the anger prone and sometimes violent Jared.
Mallory Eva Grace
Played by: Sarah BolgerThe eldest of the Grace siblings, and has a passion for fencing that often comes in handy. She's usually the one to be the most skeptic about the world of faeries, and argues constantly with Jared.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite the fact that she can interact with a strange and magical world, most of the time she tries to play them off or ignore a lot of Jared's advice.
- Big Sister Bully: Downplayed. Mallory isn't overly mean to the twins, but she's pretty tough with them too.
- Big Sister Instinct: As much as she argues and fights with her brothers, she would not hesitate to protect them if the situation called for it. In The Ironwood Tree, Mallory was kidnapped because a kid had told her that her brothers were in trouble, so she went off to find them. Also, on more than one occasion, she uses her rapier to slash at anything that could harm her siblings.
- Damsel in Distress: Played with. Most of the time she's in distress, it's usually due to the fact that she refused to listen to Jared's advice.
- In The Ironwood Tree, she gets kidnapped by dwarves, who dress her up and put her inside a glass case.
- Heroes Prefer Swords
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Mallory hates dresses and loves fencing, but she has long hair that she pins back with barrettes, and it's implied that she wore a padded bra during a fencing competition to impress a boy she likes.
- Weapon of Choice: A rapier, since she's a fencer.
Played by: Mary-Louise ParkerJared, Mallory and Simon's mother, who is never really around due to work, and worries over how Jared is taking the move and her divorce with his father.
Played by: Andrew McCarthyThe father of Jared, Mallory and Simon, however he's divorced from his wife and not seen until the final book however, it's actually Mulgarath using his shifting powers to look like him. Jared believes that he'll call back, but never does.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Jared believes his dad will call soon to hang out or just come back to them. It looks like he's been kidnapped along with their mother in the final book but it's just Mulgarath taking his form.
The Spiderwick Family
Played by: David StrathairnA painter who stumbled upon the world of faeries and created a field guide about every creature he encountered. This unfortunately put the fae's world at risk to Mulgarath and he was spirited away to the Elves realm where he remained the same age for years.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the final book, he's allowed to see Lucinda one last time, and chooses to vanish from the world as he steps out of the Elve's realm and gives her a final hug before disappearing forever.
- Selective Obliviousness: When Jared finally meets Arthur Spiderwick, the man insists Jared can't be his great nephew since he's only been with the elves for several months, and his daughter isn't old enough to have children his age. Jared half-suspects that Arthur is choosing not to connect the dots because facing the fact that it's really been decades since he was imprisoned by the elves, and his daughter has become an old woman would be more than he could bear.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He wrote the field guide so it could help normal people avoid faeries, but once Mulgarath and other sprites catch word of how it details all of the creatures' weaknesses, he becomes targeted.
Played by: Joan PlowrightArthur's daughter, who's now an old woman living in a nursing home and being cared for by her Sprite friends. Even though many years have passed, she still loves her father.
Played by: Martin ShortA brownie who lives in the Spiderwick mansion, a great friend to Arthur's and looked after the place once Lucinda was moved out. He usually provides clues or tips to the Grace siblings, and sometimes slips into his boggart form when angered.
- Cassandra Truth: Thimbletack warns the Grace children to get rid of Arthur's field guide at the end of the first book, since nothing but misfortune ever fell upon those who owned it. The children (mostly Jared) don't listen, much to their misery.
- Chameleon Camouflage: He can practically turn invisible whenever he wants, and only showing his true form when he wants.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Thimbletack the friendly, helpful brownie vs. Thimbletack the house-trashing, prank-pulling boggart.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Brownies are no bigger than your hand, have faces round and wrinkled like walnuts, and like to dress in musty old doll's clothes.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Thimbletack the brownie rhymes at almost all times.
- Scavenged Punk: Thimbletack provides the page image. As a brownie, he lives in the walls and steals human items for his home. Drawn by Tony DiTerlizzi, it looks very cool.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Crackers and honey in the movie.
Played by: Seth RogenA hobgoblin who was captured by Mulgarath's group and freed by Jared and Mallory. He provides the two the gift of the "sight", and appears every now and then to other provide help or mischief.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Hogsqueal in the last book. He betrays the kids for Mulgarath, yet he's the one who kills the ogre when he turns into a bird.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Hogsqueal.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like the goblins, he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.
- Super Spit: He can gift people the Sight once he spits in their eyes.
- Theme Naming: Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin
- Unusual Euphemism: In the books, Hogsqueal is prone to using these.
Small faeries who take the forms of plants and flowers.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Sprites are most like the classic "tiny, friendly, insect-winged pixie" variety of Victorian faeries, often dressed in little leaves and bits of fruit. However, even they can accidentally ruin a human's life without meaning to by offering their heavenly faerie food, which, to them, is just regular food.
- Food Chains: If you eat food from their realm, you can no longer consume human food ever again. However, they don't know the difference, and nearly tempt Simon into eating their fruit.
One of the most powerful fae groups around, and aren't the ones you want to take lightly.
- I Gave My Word: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they always keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to them. (That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how they word their promise, because they're not above a little Loophole Abuse.)
- Our Fairies Are Different: The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, Blue and Orange Morality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a Year Outside, Hour Inside makes them most like the The Fair Folk of English folklore, or the beautiful and godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.
They make an appearance during "The Ironwood Tree", creating weapons for Mulgarath's army.
- Clockwork Creature: Dwarves have a passion for building these, wanting creatures as long lasting as they are.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Mostly averted, but given how homogynous more dwarves appear in most fairy tales anyway... They're small and thin, with puffy beards that cover most of their bodies, and noses that cover most of their faces. They're master stone and metal craftsmen that can make intricate metalwork trees and leaves as beautiful as the real thing, and clockwork animals that're as lifelike as organic ones. They're also completely immortal, and want to replace the decaying, dying organic world with their own stone and metal creations of everlasting beauty.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Despite promising to reward the Dwarves with the promise of giving them a world where they could build all of their machines freely, he takes their weapons and then orders his soldiers to kill them.
The leader of Mulgarath's army of goblins. Unlike his henchmen, he wields a small sword and wears clothes.
The main villain of this series, a huge ogre who will do anything to get his hands on Arthur Spiderwick's field guide so he could rule all of the others in his realm.
- Ax-Crazy: Mulgarath is short tempered and very kill happy.
- Bad Boss: Very harsh to this own subordinates.
- Big Bad
- Bitchin Sheeps Clothing: Sometimes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Downplayed He will put on a polite facade when he wants something, but is normally completely unpleasant.
- Genius Bruiser: He may be very physically powerful and imposing, but what makes him truly dangerous is combining that with strategy.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mulgarath is very easy to set off.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Mostly Fear, Power, and Sadism.
- Jerkass: He's very unkind.
- Lack of Empathy: Cares about no one but himself
- Sadist: One notable instance of this is where he captures a bunch of fairies and slowly drowns them for seemingly no other reason.
- Shapeshifting: His main ability that he uses to trick others to do his bidding, or disguise himself.
- The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy, lies, an inflated ego, fake emotions to manipulate others, etc..
Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
An eleven year-old boy who's bitter about having to move away and hates his step-sister Laurie.
Nick's step-sister who's a fan of faeries and has her own copy of Arthur's field guide, convinced that faeries do exist.
A Nixie who Nick and Laurie saves, who has been separated from her sisters and wishes to return to them.
- Rhymes on a Dime: How she speaks.