Characters from The Wolf Among Us:
For the characters' original comic book counterparts, see here.
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Introduced in Episode 1
Voiced by: Adam Harrington
- "I thought we were all supposed to have a fresh start here. I can't change the past."
The playable protagonist, Bigby is really The Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs. After being forced to leave The Homelands, Snow White was able to use an enchanted knife to physically transform him into a human form (unlike the glamours other Fables use). He retained much of his animalistic strength and speed, and can morph into either a more "wolfish" human form or a full werewolf form. As Episode 5 of Season 1 shows, he can also resume his true form at will - that of an small dinosaur-sized black wolf.
He was made the Sheriff of Fabletown as it was thought that he was the only one tough enough for the job.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the game, Bigby is an outright hunk whereas in the comic, Bigby is average to outright schlubby-looking◊.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Not so much a "dumbass", but merely less perceptive: there are parts in the game where he's fooled by glamours or doesn't notice someone walking up right behind him to knock him down. In the comics, Bigby has an excellent sense of hearing and smell and will notice someone long before they notice him, and would most likely not have been fooled by a glamour as he knows Snow's scent.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Bigby is noted to have the morality of a wolf, meaning that he doesn't feel any regret for his countless victims and he only reason cares about his image is because it makes his job easier. He also is a firm believer in Might Makes Right and that threats should be responded with the most extreme measures possible. In the game, he isn't proud of his past and is genuinely trying to redeem himself and become respected. And depending on the player's choices, he can avoid choosing the most rash and destructive ways to resolve conflicts. He also gets this in the comic tie-in for the game, which suggests that many of his nicer choices are canonical, but it also shows that this is a phase of him trying his best to be more human, which he will ultimately abandon before the start of the main series.
- Anti-Hero: How most of the other Fables view him; he's part of the establishment and therefore part of the problem, though it has to be said that he's doing the best he can with very limited resources and support from above. Attitude wise, he can be anything from a Knight in Sour Armor if you pick the more benevolent and nice responses, to an Unscrupulous Hero if you pick the more violent and sociopathic choices.
- The Atoner: He's fully aware of how many people he killed in his bad old days and isn't proud of it. He can be played as someone who wants to make up for his past should the player choose to do so.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He was made the Sheriff because it was thought he was the only one who was actually tough enough to deal with rowdy Fables.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Sheriff of Fabletown and also The Big Bad Wolf, heaven help anyone who angers him enough that he hulks out completely.
- Badass Abnormal: He's able to take down a fully transformed Grendel when he's only partially transformed in "Faith". In "A Crooked Mile", when he goes wolfman he utterly curbstomps the Tweedles until Bloody Mary plugs him with a silver bullet. Then in "Cry Wolf", he finally goes full Big Bad Wolf and destroys the army of Marys.
- Badass Baritone: With a pronounced growl that is a carryover from his bestial origin.
- Badass Beard: Badass Stubble normally, but his sideburns grow out down his cheeks when he's in his 'wolf-man' form.
- Bash Brothers: If you play your cards right, you can assist the Woodsman in beating up the Jersey Devil.
- Battle Couple: Teased with him and Snow, but she doesn't seem to reciprocate whatever feelings he has for her.
- Berserk Button:
- Using the word 'bitch' is a quick way to meet Bigby's fist, especially if it's aimed at Snow White. Naturally, calling him a son of a bitch will trigger a fight, unless there is something else that demands his immediate attention.
- He really doesn't take kindly to anyone that insults his mother whom he loved dearly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Inverted; he can be pleasant enough, being the responsible law keeper that he is, but most everyone he meets that know him either act nervous or dismissive of him, because of his past. But you see that picture of his hairy, clawed form in the front page? That's him being nice. You do not want to see him when he decides to stop being nice.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Players can choose the "..." response for Bigby almost the entire game, and it usually freaks other Fables out.
- The Big Bad Wolf: The one and only. He blew down two of the Three Little Pigs' houses and tried to eat Red Riding Hood. He finally takes his true form in "Cry Wolf".
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When he starts to change back into his wolf form his irises turn yellow or red and his sclera turn black.
- Blood Knight: Bigby can be played this way if you choose to allow his violent tendencies to run rampant as he will often states that it'll more fun for him. Even if Bigby is holding back as much as he can others will still call him out on this that he will always be an aggressive monster who lives for the thrill of fighting and killing. Even Snow lampshades that he might enjoy the problems that are being caused during the investigation and that it might give him an excuse to not hide his feral nature."Bigby: I'm gonna enjoy this."
- Blow You Away: In his Big Bad Wolf form, Bigby can exhale gale-force winds, as the Three Little Pigs know all too well. This is the ace in the hole that lets him completely turn the tables on Mary and finally kill her.
- Brutal Honesty: The best tack to take with Snow. She appreciates it.
- Bullying a Dragon: There are some Fables who antagonise him, probably because he normally takes the form of a regular human being and they think they can take him, until they successfully piss him off and he breaks out his multiple, increasingly powerful forms the final of which is a dinosaur-sized wolf. A drunken Woodsman tries to force it out of him, to make a point.
- Canis Major: His true form is an eight-foot-tall (at the shoulder) wolf.
- Character Tics: He often scratches his stubble or adjusts his tie.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In addition to trying to kill and eat Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, he terrorized the Black Forest for years. He's reformed enough that he's now the law in Fabletown, but few of his contemporaries trust him.
- Deadpan Snarker: In spades. A common play style has him oozing sarcasm.
- Death Glare: Again, he regularly does this if you pick the "..." response.
- Determinator: Nothing can stop him. Not even being pumped full of so much buckshot he should be little more than hamburger meat or being pounced on and slashed with mirror shards by a small army of psychotics.
- Doom Magnet: While it's (usually) not his fault, wherever Bigby goes, expect blood and bullets to follow. It gets so bad that he can't even go to a funeral without getting a shotgun against his back.
- The Dreaded: Was once the most feared Fable there ever was, and still causes some apprehension today.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Bigby is practically the No Respect Guy as long as he's trying to be even a little bit civil. The fact that he can kick the ass of every person he encounters doesn't seem to faze their attitudes unless and until he actually does it.
- Empty Fridge, Empty Life: The contents of his fridge amount to one ketchup bottle, one empty ice tray, and a stack of cartons of Huff & Puff cigarettes.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Whilst how "bad" Bigby is depends on the player, he is nonetheless a man who takes any insult toward his mother very harshly. She meant a great deal to him and her loss hugely affected his life.
- Friend to All Children: Can be played as this. You can make him act calm and assuring to Toad Junior and you can also joke with Rachel when she answers the door to you.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: An unlockable bio in the game's collectables reveals Bigby's past. He was born the runt of his litter, and was the only one who stayed with his mother. He was too small to protect her and she eventually died, so he promised her that every day he would eat something bigger than himself until he was big enough to kill his father the North Wind for abandoning them. The runt of the litter eventually became the Big Bad Wolf, the most feared Fable of all.
- Functional Addict: The man dearly enjoys his cigarettes and alcohol. However, he does it to keep the Wolf at bay.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a very good investigator and also fully capable of kicking ass.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he fully assumes to his true form, his eyes glow solid yellow. Played with in the menu animation, as when he is in shadow, he has glowing wolf eyes.
- Hardboiled Detective: He's the sheriff of Fabletown and operates like the protagonist of a film noir.
- Heroic Build: Bigby is very muscular and is by far an Anti-Hero.
- Hot-Blooded: Bigby can be very hot-headed and will often fly off the handle due to the various situations he's put in where he loses control of his temper. He's also very aggressive when it comes to intimidating people as he'll either harm them or destroy their property if they test with what little patience he has left. This is shown to have been a constant problem and this is the exact reason why people distrust him so much, as they are constantly afraid that if Bigby continues to let loose his primal nature he will become unstable again.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Averted; most of what he finds are small items that could realistically fit in his pockets (a matchbook, a ring, notes).
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Mixed with Combat Pragmatist — Bigby will only go as far as he needs to go to take care of a problem with violence. When you think you have the advantage, he'll just go one more step towards his true form, but reserves said form for problems that just won't go away.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the past he was infamous for devouring whole armies, but he no longer indulges.
- Implacable Man: There's a sequence in the game where you get to control Bigby as he walks into a hail of shotgun fire, tanking every shot as he hulks out into his wolf-man form.
- It's Personal: It is likely that part of the reason Bigby takes this investigation so seriously is that Faith was murdered knowing she was one of the only people who was genuinely nice to him despite knowing his past.
- I Work Alone: Tries to pull this with Snow after they find Prince Lawrence's body, but she chases after him.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: One approach Bigby can take in interrogating Tweedledee or the Woodsman in Episode 2.
- Jerkass: If you consistently choose to be as rude, abrasive and violent as possible.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Snow White describes Bigby as a "Hot Head with a heart of gold." And Bigby can be played to have a more softer and approachable side beneath his more violent nature.
- Kryptonite Factor: Silver, due to his lycanthropy. Even a single silver bullet could actually kill him.
- Lack of Empathy: If you always pick the most aggressive dialogue options, Bigby will have sympathy for no one. Not children, not trauma victims, anything that doesn't relate to solving the case just doesn't register for him. He'll treat people who work with the criminals he's tracking the same as the criminals themselves, regardless of how they came to be in that situation.
- Lighter and Softer: Goes hand-in-hand with Adaptational Heroism. Compared to his counterpart from Fables, this version of Bigby is a much more emotional, reflective, and all around softer character, especially if you deliberately go out of your way to play him as such by picking the "good" options many of which his future self in Fables wouldn't dream of doing.
- Made of Iron: He's a Fable, making him tougher than humans, and the Big Bad Wolf, making him tougher than most Fables, but injuries still hurt him and it's possible to kill him. That said, mostly they just slow him down (a little) and make him angry (a lot).
- Dented Iron: Following his confrontation with Bloody Mary and the Tweedles, he ends up needing some pretty serious medical care which slows him down more than usual.
- Meaningful Name: "Big B. Wolf." He was the youngest and smallest of his siblings, so they sarcastically called him "the Big Bad Wolf," which was shortened to "Bigby." Then he grew up and the name became much more appropriate.
- Morality Pet: For a bad Bigby, Faith, Nerissa, and Lawrence if you helped him survive his suicide attempt. No matter what dialogue option you choose, you're never allowed to be too cruel to them.
- Nice Guy: While Bigby seems to be trying to ease back on the scary aspects of his personality and certainly puts forth the effort as he can try to give passes to those who make mistakes and is quite helpful if you get on his good side, but events conspire to make certain he has to keep fighting to get to the bottom of the case.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is a very attractive guy who has a muscular Heroic Build and has quite the handsome face.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The beating he takes at Grendel's hands is incredibly brutal, and not only does he survive it, he comes back deliver one of his own and damn near kill his attacker.
- No Respect Guy: When he's not reminding people why he's The Dreaded.
- Occult Detective: A fairytale wolf in a human shape who uses his sense of smell to track clues and his old powers to kick ass.
- One-Winged Angel: As with most monstrous characters, his true form is much deadlier than his human form.
- Only a Flesh Wound: At the end of "A Crooked Mile", Bigby gets shot over forty times by the shotgun-wielding Dee and Dum. Not only does this not kill him, all it really does is piss him off and he ends up fully changing into his wolf-man form.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Bigby is actually a wolf-human, since his natural form is a gigantic wolf. Before he came to America, he allowed Snow to cut him with a lycanthropy-stained knife for the express purpose of allowing him to assume a human shape. Unfortunately, that also made him vulnerable to silver bullets.
- Perpetual Frowner: Bigby literally has a permanent glare and rarely smiles throughout the investigation. Even in his neutral face he's shown to have a scowling appearance.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: A few sources list Bigby's height in the comics as 5'8. Indeed, he's noticeably shorter than most of the game's male cast and only barely taller than the female characters like Snow and Faith, with unused dialogue in the game acknowledging this. Doesn't stop him from kicking ass, though.
- Punch-Clock Hero: In contrast to The Atoner route, players can make him act like a total douchebag, unrepentant about the past and just doing his duties as Sheriff because it's his job.
- Punny Name: Bigby. Big B. Big Bad wolf.
- The Quiet One: Like in The Walking Dead, silence is an option in the conversation trees, although in general Bigby tends to be a little wordier than Lee.
- Revenge: Bigby is by far one of the only people who is actually taking this investigation as serious as possible due to Faith being one of the victims, as she treated him with kindness unlike others who feared him and he is shown to lament her death and makes it clear that he's mainly focused on getting his vengeance for her.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the two eye colors he posses, but this is mostly shown when he's truly enraged.
- Reformed, but Rejected: No matter how nice you try to play Bigby, lots of Fables still won't see him as anything other than The Big Bad Wolf who ate hundreds of people and caused a lot of trouble.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: If you choose to go against the rules in certain decisions, Bigby can come across as this to other characters.
- Ship Tease: With Snow.
- Shirtless Scene: Is shirtless while Dr. Swineheart treats his buckshot wounds caused by the Tweedles in Episode 3. The man is definitely in shape. Snow is noticeably uncomfortable and distracted when talking to him. And at the beginning of Episode 4, too. It's not quite as much fun as before, though, since he's bloody and bandaged and suffering a very painful-looking fracture.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's not above dropping f-bombs when frustrated. In fact, he is arguably the most profane character in Telltale history.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Even at his nicest, Bigby is abrasive, aggressive and prone to using intimidation and threats to get what he wants from others more often than not, giving the impression that he's a short-tempered bully at best and heartless at worst depending on how he's played. However, this attitude is mostly a consequence of his job, by his own admission to Colin at the start of the game where he flatout states that the only way he can get anything done is by "being big and being bad." In reality, he's an overworked, lonely man at his wit's end who's well aware that he's near-universally despised by the very people he's trying to protect and believes that no matter what he sacrifices or how hard he tries to be a good person, he'll always be seen as nothing more than a monster. Players can accentuate or downplay this part of his personality and make him range from a stoic who's clearly negatively affected by what he goes through but is determined to keep pushing through no matter what, to a self-loathing defeatist who can cross the Despair Event Horizon if he doesn't bring the Crooked Man alive for his trial and storms out of the courtroom.Bigby: I just- I go out there and I do my job. I put my life on the line, I get shot at! I do what has to be done, for them! But at the end of the day I'm still the bad guy.
- Super Breath: Inherited from his father, The North Wind. He uses it to great effect against Bloody Mary in Episode 5.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: When he's more controlled but still animalistic his eyes glow a brightly colored yellow. Unlike his enraged red eyes.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Bigby and Snow clearly have feelings for each other, but they never make a move because they're colleagues and there's a crisis on their hands. Nevertheless, their mutual attraction is the worst kept secret in Fabletown.
- Unstoppable Rage:
- When he faces off both of the Tweedles once again and had enough of their shit, he goes berserk in his werewolf form and utterly demolishes them to the point of killing one of them.
- During the final fight with Bloody Mary he hulks out into his Big Bad Wolf form and easily turns the tide of the battle while attacking her wildly in an animalistic rage.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Colin. Later, with Woody.
- Walking Disaster Area: What Bigby is accused of being - and is. He can't even stand quietly near a funeral without something bad going down.
- What the Hell, Hero?: A lot of the other characters will treat him like this, usually because of who he used to be and not what he's doing.
- Wolf Man: When sufficiently pissed off he starts to revert to his wolf form, and when Dee and Dum fill him full of bullets he goes more wolf, less man, and hands them their asses. In Episode Five he fully reverts to his wolf form to kill Bloody Mary.
- World's Strongest Man: As the true Big Bad Wolf, he's obviously the single most powerful fantasy creature to ever live (save for Dragons), with Bloody Mary in second place. And he still curbstomps her!
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry:
- First sign: yellow eyes. Then claws... then you better run.
- What's that? Still aggravating Bigby? Those yellow eyes turn crimson red. Those claws become longer and sharper. Those thick mutton chops and hairy forearms are fully covered in fur. Mostly-human goes mostly-beast, and you probably won't get the chance to run away.
- Still aggravating him? Those eyes are now totally yellow, he's considerably grown in size, now sitting at eight-feet tall, and now he's taken on the full appearance of a wolf. Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf...?
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bigby is told that he is "not as bad as everyone say" by Faith.
Mr. Toad & Toad Jr.
Voiced by: Chuck Kourouklis and Melissa Hutchinson
- "I'm tired of feeling trivial, mate. A lot of us are."
A character from The Wind in the Willows, Toad is now a slumlord, owning the apartment building where The Woodsman lives. He can appear to be a jerk to his son Toad Jr. (or TJ), but it seems to be more from trying to keep the boy safe.
- Bad Liar: Bigby's quickly able to poke a hundred holes through Toad's cover story when Bigby questions him about why his place looks ransacked in "Faith".
- Butt-Monkey: Though everyone in Fabletown is getting screwed one way or the other, Toad seems to be the one that loses the most across the first season of the game. His abrasive personality does little to garner sympathy for him with each encounter he has with Bigby, though it's really hard not to feel sorry for him at the end when he and TJ are sent to the Farm.
- Cool Car: Toad's car bears a strong resemblance to the 1987 Ford Mustang, which would have been brand new in 1986, when the story apparently takes place. Unfortunately, it ends up getting wrecked during Bigby's fight with The Woodsman.
- Harmful to Minors: TJ hasn't been having a good time throughout these games. First the Tweedles threaten to hurt him should Toad sell them out, then he witnesses Lily's headless body being dumped in the river while out for a swim.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Toad is far less of a dick than he appears to be.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: However, he swears at his son and buys fancy cars with the money he earns instead of getting glamours.
- Missing Mom: There's been no mention of what happened to TJ's mom.
- Morality Pet: TJ. Not surprising, coming from a character voiced by the same actress as Clementine from The Walking Dead.
- Mythology Gag: For anyone who's read The Wind in the Willows, this isn't the first time his car's been wrecked.
- Papa Wolf: Messing with his son is one of the fastest ways to piss Toad off.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: For the amount a screen time he gets, he's one of the characters who swears the most.
- Sticky Fingers: He confiscates things left behind by his tenants.
- Vanity Plate: Toad has one on his car which reads TOADALLY.
- Vocal Evolution: After the first episode, TJ's voice becomes deeper and he loses his accent.
Voiced by: Adam Harrington
- "Yeah well, everyone knows you. Big Bad Wolf. Now I'm the bad guy and you're Sheriff. What kinda fuckin' world is that, huh?"
A woodsman who saved Little Red Riding Hood from The Big Bad Wolf centuries ago, The Woodsman is now an embittered man, angry at everything and everyone. He's got a short fuse and is very resentful of Bigby's official role. He goes through quite a bit of Character Development in the first few episodes alone, and becomes much quieter and more sedate after learning that he's a prime suspect for Faith's murder.
- Accidental Hero: He was actually planning on robbing Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma when he stumbled onto Bigby attacking Red. He ended up saving the day, but was annoyed that, not only did he not get a reward, everyone thought he was something he wasn't.
- Adaptational Villainy: Gets this both ways. In this story, he's no hero like he is in the Red Riding Hood story, he was just a robber who happened in on Bigby and took him out. In the comic tie-in to the games, it's even worse: not only is he not actually a woodsman — having stolen his enchanted axe and gear from a drunken lumberjack — but he was planning to rape Red Riding Hood as well as rob her grandma.
- The Alcoholic: If he's not there already, he's well on his way.
- Anti-Hero: He was the hero of his story, but has been in a downward spiral ever since.
- The Atoner: Variant; he feels guilty because everyone remembers him saving Red Riding Hood, when he was really just planning to rob her and stumbled into the rescue.
- Badass Beard: Which makes him look like, well, a woodsman.
- Bash Brothers: An antagonistic version with Bigby; when he at one point notes that he's tired of fighting, Bigby can agree with him. When fighting with the Jersey Devil, he decides that Bigby was more of an ally than Jersey.
- Berserk Button: He certainly doesn't take it well when Faith doesn't know who he is.
- Break the Haughty: Seems to consider himself a 'hero', and becomes very depressed when he realizes how far he's fallen.
- Character Development: Starts off the game still angry at Bigby and ignores his authority as Sheriff to fight him. By the end of the first episode, he's mellowed out considerably. Being accused of murder will do that to a guy.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When he panics upon realizing that his assaulting Faith makes him the logical number one suspect for her murder.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seems to have crossed it after recovering from his and Bigby's fight.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He's a regular at the troll-run Trip Trap Bar.
- Empathic Weapon: Book of fables describes his axe as being empowered by druids. He also has an emotional bond with the weapon and gets distressed when away from it.
- Every Body Calls Him Barkeep: Something that thoroughly pisses him off is that nobody, not even himself, remembers his name. He's only ever called the Woodsman, except by friends who call him Woody.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Surprisingly with Bigby after their fight with Jersey as he ultimately comes to an understanding with his old rival to the point of even sharing a sentimental moment while discussing how Bigby can avenge Faith and Lily.
- Freudian Slip: When Bigby is grilling him in "Faith", it initially sounds like he's talking about him and Faith, but he's actually talking about rescuing Red Riding Hood.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: At the beginning of the game, even seeing Bigby is enough to set him off, although he was pretty riled up (and pretty drunk) by that point anyway. He even mentions that he has a bad temper and he admits he mixes it with alcohol at times.
- Jaded Washout: As he's quick to remind Bigby, he was once capable of taking him down in his fully transformed Big Bad Wolf form. Nowadays he's a drunken jackass who hires prostitutes and beats them if they don't know his name. However, it is implied in the comics that the reason he was able to defeat Bigby was because he (Bigby) was one still an adolescent during the events of Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs and two he was already asleep and exhausted when Woody found him.
- Mood-Swinger: Goes with Drowning His Sorrows.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While it doesn't come up in the game itself, Woody is actually one reason Bigby became the Big Bad Wolf. Bigby was so ticked off after having his stomach cut open and being tossed into a river, he swore to exclusively eat sentient beings as revenge.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The fight between him and Bigby reduces an already crappy apartment to something a slumlord would reject as too crappy.
- Not Quite Dead: Gets an axe to the back of the head and is still able to get up and run away.
- Put on a Bus: Despite having indirectly been a part of Bigby's investigation throughout the entire game, The Woodsman is notably missing from the final episode, in which all the previously introduced characters appear in one way or another.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Particularly in the game's beginning. He mellows out later on.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Over the course of Season 1, he and Bigby go from beating the crap out of each other, to talking things out over drinks, to beating up other people together and back again, depending on the moment. One key example is toward the end of his stay in Season 1, when, after beating up the Jersey Devil, he can potentially share a smoke with Bigby, and still says he was having trouble who to hit with his axe during the previous fight.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Leaves the plot midway through "In Sheep's Clothing". He hints that he has a role to fulfill and will see Bigby later.
- Would Hit a Girl: His Establishing Character Moment is furiously smacking around Faith for not knowing his name. The reason is that he thought it was Lily fucking around with him.
Faith aka Donkeyskin
Voiced by: Cia Court
An obscure Fable from French folklore, Faith was a princess, married to a prince, but has fallen on extremely hard times since the Exodus and been reduced to working as a prostitute to make ends meet. She meets Bigby during a struggle with the Woodsman, and ends up being the first victim of the Serial Killer, who leaves her severed head on the doorstep of the Woodlands. Her death is what sets the plot in motion. Her name and story aren't revealed until halfway through the first episode, after her death.
- Arc Words: "You're not as bad as people say you are."
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She takes a shine to Bigby pretty quickly.
- Ambiguous Situation: The end leave it ambiguous as to whether the real Faith is dead, or still alive and glamoured as Nerissa. The comic adaptation seems to point towards the latter, but nothing is ever really cleared up.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: For all we see of her, she sports a nasty bruise on her face. Even then, it doesn't do much to sully her good looks.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She does bury an axe in The Woodsman's skull and kick him in the ribs.
- Damsel in Distress: Her first appearance is getting beaten up by The Woodsman, and it's very clear from that point on that's not the only way she's in trouble.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The ending of Episode 5 implies that either it was actually Nerissa who was killed and Faith spent the next four episodes impersonating her via glamor, or that the Faith encountered in Episode 1 was actually Nerissa.
- The comic implies that it's actually Faith who was impersonating Nerissa.
- Decapitation Presentation: Her head's left on the steps of the Fabletown apartments to be found.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Sadly, she only gets one scene before the Serial Killer offs her.
- Happily Married: Subverted. She was this once upon a time with Lawrence. Unfortunately, they eventually fell on hard times, which resulted in Faith leaving him and having to resort to prostitution to make ends meet.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She's one of the few Fables to treat Bigby with human decency.
- Impoverished Patrician: She went from royalty, to a penniless working girl.
- Killed Off for Real: Maybe. She is killed less than halfway through the first episode, and hasn't been seen since, although it's possible for Fables to come back if people remember their story. It's implied to be subverted by the end of Episode 5, which hints that Nerissa was the one who was killed, and that Faith has been impersonating her for the past four episodes. It's unlikely, however, since it's hard to imagine Faith abandoning Lawrence if he's alive.
- Master of Disguise: A skill she displays in her origin fable and is strongly implied to have used throughout the game's story.
- Parental Incest: Her father tried to marry her due to a promise he made his wife that he would only marry the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Unfortunately this was their daughter, Faith. She managed to escape, though.
- Pre-emptive Declaration: After Bigby saves her from the Woodsman's beating, she tells him he has something on his face before spitting a glob of blood on it.
- Reality Ensues: Despite her "happily ever after" ending, everything went downhill after leaving the Homelands. The couple fell on hard times, Faith took to hooking to pay the rent and eventually broke up with Lawrence, resulting in Lawrence trying to commit suicide.
- Secondary Character Title: The first episode is named after her: "Faith".
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in one scene but her murder sets off the plot.
- Tongue-Tied: "These lips are sealed."
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in the first cutscene of episode one before ending up killed.
- When She Smiles: When she gives Bigby a genuine smile, it's actually quite awe-inspiring.
Voiced by: Melissa Hutchinson
- "Beast is a proud man, Bigby. He wants to do right by me."
Beauty is, as one might guess, one of the title characters from Beauty and the Beast. She and Beast are a rarity among Fables in that they have been married since the end of their story and are still together. She's definitely hiding something from her husband, and he's equally determined to find out what it is.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Beauty's very first scene has her attempt to try and slut shame Snow White over rumors about her time with the Seven Dwarfs.note In the game, she knows about Snow White's past and encourages Bigby to be more gentle and understanding with her.
- Beast and Beauty: With her husband, though Beast doesn't look the part until he gets mad or until Beauty gets mad at him.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Inverted, since Bigby's the "cop". If you chose to keep Beauty's secret in Episode 1, then Beauty will be friendly to you in episode 4, while Beast will be hostile. If you chose to tell Beast the truth in Episode 1, then Beauty will be hostile to you in episode 4, while Beast will be friendly.
- Happily Married: They have a few hiccups but she and Beast have been together for a long time and they're one of the few couples to remain happily together.
- Not What It Looks Like: Played for Drama in the first two episodes. In "Faith", she sneaks out of the Woodlands at night and, after Bigby notices her, asks him not to tell Beast. A few visual cues give hints that she might be resorting to the same means that many desperate Fables have taken. She almost says the trope verbatim; "It's not what you... might be thinking." "Smoke and Mirrors" shows us that she's working as the receptionist of a love motel, "The Open Arms", to pay off a debt to the Crooked Man. When Beast walks in on them, despite Beauty's insistence to the contrary, he assumes the worst and attacks Bigby.
Voiced by: Gavin Hammon
- "You know what they say; Centuries of marriage comes with centuries of baggage."
The other title character from "Beauty and The Beast", Beast, like his wife, has found it difficult to adjust to life outside The Homelands. Having been forced to leave his wealth behind during The Exodus, he works multiple jobs to make ends meet. He and Beauty have the longest-lasting relationship of any Fables, but there may be problems on the horizon.
- Beast and Beauty: Though he only gets beastly the angrier Beauty is at him.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. He gets suspicious of Beauty sneaking around behind his back, and is quick to assume the worst (and freak out) when he finds her in a seedy motel with Bigby (she works the front desk, and it happens to be a crime scene), but there's no indication that he's usually that way.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Inverted, since Bigby's the "cop". If you chose to keep Beauty's secret in Episode 1, then Beauty will be friendly to you in episode 4, while Beast will be hostile. If you chose to tell Beast the truth in Episode 1, then Beauty will be hostile to you in episode 4, while Beast will be friendly.
- Happily Married: With Beauty; they're one of the few Fable couples to have stuck together since their story's finish.
- Horned Humanoid: When he starts to get beastly in his fight with Bigby, a pair of horns grow out of his head.
- Not So Stoic: He's pretty chill usually, but if he thinks Beauty's in trouble, watch out.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Considering that he grows horns and fangs and gets stronger and less rational, no, you really wouldn't. According to Telltale, Beast was only half-transformed, and fully transformed he would be an even match for Bigby's Big Bad Wolf form.
Voiced by: Brian Sommer
- "Life is easier with friends, Bigby. And we live a long fuckin' time."
Colin is the Little Pig who built his house out of straw, after which it was promptly blown down by Bigby. As a non-human Fable who couldn't afford the Glamour needed to live in the city, Colin was forced to go to The Farm, but he despises living there and often 'escapes' back to New York for a while. Over the years, Colin and Bigby have become friends.
- Brutal Honesty: In their conversation in Episode 1, he's pretty frank in telling Bigby that his reputation as the Big Bad Wolf is something that many fables have been unable to forget. He's also quick to puncture any of Bigby's bravado, should the latter exhibit it.
- The Cynic: Can come across as this in some conversations. As noted above, when Bigby opines that Fabletown was supposed to be a fresh start for everyone, Colin retorts that people still have memories of everything he did in their past environment and how that shapes their interactions today. In Episode 4, when Snow wonders whether the Crooked Man is waging war out of assuredness or desperation, Colin believes it's the former, noting that the Crooked Man gained a lot of leverage after forcing Snow to give up Crane. He also expresses resentment at Snow's insistence that she and Bigby do everything by the book from that point forward, thinking it impractical for Bigby to be kept on a such a tight leash.
- Deadpan Snarker: He definitely seems to share Bigby's caustic sense of humor.
- Talking Animal: Talking pig, to be exact.
- Moment Killer: Interrupts a rather touching moment between Snow White and Bigby in Episode 4.
- Nothing Personal: Bigby can amicably note that his past attempts to eat Colin were just because he "was hungry". Colin responds that he's hungry now, but isn't trying to tear off Bigby's flesh from his bones.Bigby: But you would, if you could.Colin: (beat) Probably.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The player can choose for him and Bigby to be this based on their interactions. For his part, Colin expresses deep loyalty and concern for Bigby when he's being patched up by Swineheart.
Voiced by: Erin Yvette
- "I can take care of myself. I've been doing it for centuries."
Snow White is the Assistant Director of Operations for Fabletown's deputy mayor Ichabod Crane, who she dislikes. She's the one who finds Faith's head on the Woodlands doorstep and informs Bigby of her murder.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Her comic book counterpart initially acted a lot more bitchy and short-tempered than how polite she is in the game. This is justified due to this being a prequel to the comic book, so she hasn't been through everything her comic book counterpart has been through yet.
- Affectionate Nickname: Bigby calls her "Snow."
- Armor-Piercing Question: Snow will give Bigby (and more importantly, the player) one at the beginning of Episode 2 if he was interrogating Tweedle Dee or The Woodsman through torture.Bigby: I thought you were dead, Snow.Snow: And that makes it okay?
- Badass Bureaucrat: She's been running Fabletown practically on her own for centuries. She's not much help in a fight, but when it comes to getting things done, she's always three steps ahead.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She spends the majority of the series as the voice of reason, patience and moderation, but when Aunty Greenleaf is identified as the one who glamoured Lily to look like her and refuses to cooperate with the investigation, Snow is the first to demand that her tree (the source of the illegal glamours) be burned in "A Crooked Mile," even though it's Aunty Greenleaf's only source of income and the only way many fables can afford glamours is through illegal third parties, leaving her penniless and many fables in extreme danger of being noticed by humans. She will chew Bigby's head off if he refuses. She even becomes more physical near the end of the third episode, delivering a cowering Crane a blow to the stomach after telling him to shut up.
- Break the Cutie: She's not truly broken, but in talking with her, she reveals that she's having serious doubts about the way Fabletown's bureaucracy works and growing disillusioned with not being able to help Fables that really need it, while the rich and powerful can get anything done.
- Character Development: Goes through quite a lot of this throughout the series. The ending implies that with actual power at her disposal, Snow White's ruthless side from the comics will become more apparent.
- The Conscience: Not directly, but her doe-eyed gaze can influence players to make 'good' decisions.
- Disney Death: She appears to have been killed in Episode 1's cliffhanger. Turns out someone glamoured another woman's body to look like hers.
- Distracted by the Sexy: When Dr. Swineheart finishes patching Bigby up after Lily's funeral, Snow can't stop herself from looking at his quite muscular chest. She turns away and then looks at his shirt, which causes Bigby to roll his eyes and put it on to spare her blushes.
- Girl Friday: Serves as this to Bigby during their investigation into the Serial Killer.
- The Heart: She's trying to do the best she can for the other Fables and is legitimately concerned that she can't, and her compassion might influence Bigby.
- Knight Templar: A subtle, sympathetic version. Normally, Snow tries her best to judge all criminals fairly, but she can let her desire for justice get the better of her and cause her more merciless side to show. This is shown when she and Bigby investigate Aunty Greenleaf's apartment and discover that she's been using her tree, her family heirloom and only power source, to produce illegal Glamours. Snow harshly reacts to this by ordering Bigby to burn down the tree. If the player chooses to either not destroy the tree or hire Greenleaf into the council, Snow will angrily object to it, but eventually back down.
- Morality Pet: It certainly seems at a few points like Bigby restrains himself to make a better impression on her.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is Snow White.
- Rescue Romance: Of sorts; according to the Book of Fables entry 'Bigby's Mercy', the two of them first met when Bigby rescued Snow White back in the Homelands, when she was being help captive by a column of the Adversary's troops that Bigby had decided to wipe out.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "A Crooked Mile", even to the point of flat-out threatening Aunty Greenleaf.
- Trauma Conga Line: All pre-game. Her evil aunt tried to have her killed, she was kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery for the seven dwarves, then after she was rescued and married Prince Charming, he cheated on her with her sister Rose Red, and then they all got exiled. In-game she finds the head of Faith, has to inspect a decapitated corpse that looks just like her, finds out her boss has very perverted thoughts about her and witnesses Bigby turn werewolf, possibly kill Dum and sees him get almost murdered by Bloody Mary.
- Walking Spoiler: Any mention of her appearances in "Smoke and Mirrors", "A Crooked Mile", any later episodes and even in the comic series spoils that she isn't really dead in the first episode's cliffhanger.
Voiced by: Roger Jackson
- "Our stories used to be so simple. We had a beginning, a middle, and an end. But ever since we've moved to this awful city... everything's gotten so confused."
Ichabod Crane is the Deputy Mayor of Fabletown, serving under Old King Cole. He has a very aristocratic bearing and arrogantly looks down upon those who aren't in his social stratum. He's also very manipulative, egotistical, and prone to angering and insulting people.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Delivers one of these to Snow when he's confronted by Bigby and Snow regarding the death of the prostitutes. Snow promptly tells him to shut the hell up, saying what he feels isn't love.
- Big Bad: At the end of "Smoke and Mirror" it is implied that Crane is the Serial Killer, and therefore fits this trope. In "A Crooked Mile", however, this is revealed to be an elaborate Red Herring: When Bigby and Snow finally find Crane, he's trying to force prostitutes to give information that would prove his innocence. As Snow says, he's a cowardly, fraudulent pervert, but he's not a killer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Crane has made many sarcastic comments that tend to infuriate people, as seen in his very first appearance in the game.
- Dirty Coward: Many times. It all comes to a head when Bigby and Snow find him he's reduced to a quivering, pathetic wretch at the thought he'll be killed for crimes he didn't commit. It's his cowardice that actually saves him as it convinces Snow there's no way he'd be "brave" enough to kill anyone.
- Dirty Old Man: Hires prostitutes glamoured to look like Snow White. Plus has gray sideburns and looks like he could be in his 50s-60s, though that could be just his physical appearance, considering he is a Fable.
- Doomed by Canon: Fables readers know Ichabod will meet an unhappy end.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Crane may be an overall despicable person, but he will not condone torturing prisoners, and will continuously berate Bigby if he decides to follow Bluebeard's methods.
- Fantastic Racism: He barely hides his contempt for trolls and non-human Fables.
- Fatal Flaw: While Crane's cowardice is his most prominent failing, it's his Lust that leaves him the most vulnerable to manipulation and rash decisions.
- Has a Type: Judging by his fetish for acting as Snow's Prince Charming and the events of a flashback in the comic adaption, Crane's preferred Lust Objects are delicate maidens with a tragic backstory in need of a saviour.
- Jerkass: He's a raging jackass to almost everyone he comes into contact with.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He saves Bigby from the police at the beginning of "Smoke and Mirrors" and expresses his grief at Snow White's apparent death. Then it's revealed he's a perverted weasel who hires prostitutes glamoured to look like Snow.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted and played straight. In the game he gets away scott free. But this was actually necessary to properly maintain continuity with the comics, because they reveal that eventually Bigby and Cindy find him years later... And kill him for planning to ally with the Adversary.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Implied to be largely responsible for all the red tape the 'average' Fables have to deal with. Not only does he do nothing to make lives easier for the poorer Fables under his care, he's been stealing funds from Fabletown for himself.
- Serial Killer: All evidence points to him being the killer by the end of "Smoke and Mirrors". It's revealed that he's not in "A Crooked Mile".
- Stalker with a Crush: He's obsessed with Snow White and frequently hires prostitutes glamoured to look like her so he can replay her story over and over again with himself in the part of Prince Charming.
- White-Collar Crime: About the extent of his actual crimes is embezzling Fabletown funds.
- Walking Spoiler: Most mentions of him now will spoil the fact that he's revealed to be a Dirty Old Man and a Stalker with a Crush at the end of "Smoke and Mirrors", and worse, that his involvement in the killings was nothing more than a Red Herring in "A Crooked Mile".
Voiced by: Chuck Kourouklis
- "How are you today, Mr. Bigby?"
Bufkin is one of Oz's winged monkeys, and currently works as Fabletown's librarian and bookkeeper. He has a tendency to drink a little too much, but is a capable assistant.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comic series, he's blue — in this game, for some reason, he's green.
- The Alcoholic: Played with; he may just like his booze.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Pure black, which is just a bit creepy.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He serves as comic relief amongst the seriousness of the rest of the plot.
- Saying Too Much: Lets details slip to Bluebeard that Snow and Bigby really would rather he not have.
Voiced by: Gavin Hammon
- "But as you know, I'm quite prolific, if you want me to show you someone specific."
The Magic Mirror is a sentient, enchanted mirror that is kept in Crane and Snow's office. He speaks mostly in rhyme and can show someone an image of what another person is doing at that moment, though only if they make the request in rhyme as well. Certain powerful magicks can block his powers, though.
- Desk Jockey: He's a mirror, he's pretty much stuck where someone puts him.
- Disney Death: Crane smashes him to pieces in the end of "Smoke and Mirrors". By the next episode, they're working on rebuilding him, which would be easier had Crane not stolen one of the shards — but Bufkin says he could repair himself even without that, given time. He's fixed in Episode 4.
- Logical Weakness: Mary is the only Fable he can't spy on, due to her power over mirrors. She can also seriously injure him if he tries it, so he's understandably not keen on trying.
- Magic Mirror: Shockingly. He can be used to find whatever person you name, unless some kind of enchantment prevents them from being found.
- Rhymes on a Dime: He complements his visions in the glass with rhymes, and requires those asking him to see a person to ask him in rhyme. It's not clear if he has to do this, but he insists on it nonetheless.
- Rules Lawyer: He won't answer a request unless it is said in rhyme.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He's scared of Bloody Mary because of how their powers work.
Voiced by: Anthony Lam
- "I was angry at first, that Lily was getting the better ending, that Holly was getting closure. I wanted that. And I wanted that for Faith. But then I remembered...Faith lived a story Lily never did. She had a happy ending. She got to live the light of "forever after" with me, at least for a while. So let Holly have the better ending."
The prince from the same Fable as Faith.
- Bungled Suicide: If he survives. Not that he didn't try very, very hard, mind you.
- Driven to Suicide: After Faith leaves him, he goes all-out trying to kill himself, complete with slashed wrists, chugging pills, and shooting himself. Luckily Fables are tough to kill, so he instead went into a week-long coma, and if Bigby heads to Lawrence's apartment first he and Snow can save the prince.
- Happily Married: Averted; Lawrence is still in love with Faith, who at least cares for him, but like the rest of his life, his marriage is in shambles.
- Impoverished Patrician: Went from being royalty to someone with no wealth who couldn't even hold down a job.
- Nice Guy: If Lawrence survives. At Lily's funeral, you can talk to him while he is listening to Snow's eulogy. You'll find that he is actually not a bad person and that he is more intelligent than he appears. He will also give you an earnest speech, seen above, on how he was mad that Holly was getting closure than Faith did, until he remembered that Faith got her "happily ever after" with him, even if it is for a while. Ultimately, he decided that Holly deserved her closure. You can also promise him that he will arrest the killer, to which Lawrence will politely thank him and show gratitude that he saved his life, before ending the conversation with him wishing him the best of luck."Thank you Bigby. And thanks for saving my life. Take care of things, okay?"
- Reality Ensues: Started off as the heroic prince that saved Faith and rode off into the sunset with her. Unfortunately, instead of a happily ever after, they fell on hard times, Faith became a prostitute to earn extra money, and then she broke up with him, and he tries to kill himself as a result.
- Through His Stomach: According to the elaboration of his past from the comic adaptation, Lawrence's love for Faith started with her baking.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Lawrence will be shocked and angry if it seems like The Crooked Man might get off, and call both Bigby and The Crooked Man out on it.
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Voiced by: Gavin Hammon
- "My brother and I work hard, and we keep our mouths shut. That's the deal."
More criminally inclined than most Fables, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have put their days of idiocy in Wonderland behind them, and set themselves up as hired goons for anyone willing to pay.
- Acrofatic: They're big and somewhat obese, but surprisingly nimble. Dee is almost able to give Bigby the slip during their foot chase.
- Defiant to the End: When a wolfed-out Bigby has Dum pinned to the wall by the throat after kicking seven shades of hell out of the brothers despite the dozens of shotgun rounds in him, Dum still sees fit to gasp out, "Fuck you, Wolf." Depending on the choice the player takes, it's very possible these are his last words.
- Death Seeker: If Bigby kills Dum, Dee will later tell Bigby that he has no real desire to live without his brother.
- Dirty Coward: Dee pretty much runs at the very sight of Bigby, and barely gets away both times.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In episode 5, if Bigby has killed Dum, Dee shows no fear of dying since he doesn't care about living without his brother alive.
- Evil Debt Collector: Just one of their many jobs.
- Fat Bastard: Their dickishness is outweighed only by their actual weight.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Tweedle Dee wears a trillby and a white shirt, while Tweedle Dum wears a flat cap and a yellow shirt.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Dee can be on the receiving end of one of these in "Smoke and Mirrors", should the player arrest him instead of Woody in "Faith".
- Karma Houdini: The fact that Dee is badly beaten up by Bigby at least twice during the game only modestly mitigates the fact that he is neither confirmed arrested nor is confirmed dead by the game's end. As for Dum, he too is beaten up by Bigby throughout the game, but if you choose not to kill him then he gets away scot-free as well. Additionally, Tweedle Dee (in what gives him more of an ambiguous fate), gets a stab wound to the chest in Episode 5 — but if Dum is spared in Episode 3, then he, no matter what you do, cannot be physically injured at all in Episode 5. Therefore, Dee might be a Karma Houdini if he survived that stab wound, but Dum is certainly one if you don't kill him.
- Killed Off for Real: Dum can be killed by Bigby in his werewolf form if the player chooses at the end of "A Crooked Mile".
- Nice Hat: Dee wears a trillby, Dum a golf cap.
- Pet the Dog: Apparently they treat Flycatcher alright.
- Siblings in Crime: Two brothers who hire themselves out as muscle and deliverymen for various shady characters.
- Slashed Throat: In "A Crooked Mile", Bigby can kill Dum by clawing out his throat in wolf form.
- Sweet Tooth: Tweedle Dee really likes lollipops, though it's not quite up to Oral Fixation levels.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Best display these mannerisms at Lily's funeral in "A Crooked Mile".
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even if you spare Tweedle Dum in episode 3, Tweedle Dee can still be overheard trying to convince the Crooked Man that Bigby needs to be killed at the end of episode 4. And in Episode 5, neither one of them hesitates to obey when the Crooked Man sics his goons on Bigby. Tweedle Dee gets knifed in the gut for his trouble, albeit accidentally.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Are never seen again after Dee is accidentally stabbed in the Crooked Man's office.
- Would Hurt a Child: They threaten to kill Toad's son if he tells anyone about their visit to his place in "Faith", and hit Toad Jr. if Bigby goes see Prince Lawrence first.
Voiced by: Andrew 'Kid Beyond' Chaikin
- "What are you getting on his case about? He did the right thing here! If this fucker killed Lily...?!"
Grendel, now going by Gren, can often be found drinking away his sorrows at the Trip Trap. He's a surly, constantly angry type who dislikes anyone getting too close or talking to him. He is the monster from Beowulf. Since his days of being transformed all the time, however, Grendel has reformed, inasmuch as he doesn't sneak into longhalls and carry Danish warriors off to be eaten anymore.
- An Arm and a Leg: Can get his arm ripped off by Bigby at the end of "Faith". Not the first time that's happened.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Bigby gets the upper hand on him in their brawl by attacking the spot where Beowulf ripped off his arm.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: A particularly notable example in the games. Whatever help Bigby needs, you can be sure Gren won't give it to him. The only time he doesn't act obstructive is when he's stoned out of his mind, and even then he blacks out before he can give the help he promised to give Bigby.
- The Brute/Lightning Bruiser: In his monstrous form, he's easily ten feet tall and probably north of five hundred pounds, but still quick as a cat. This isn't good for Bigby, whom he fights at the end of "Faith".
- Glamour Failure: His right eye frequently reverts to its natural milky white color while in human form, indicating that he can probably only afford cheap glamours.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gren has a very nasty temper and is often unpleasant to be around especially when he's in a bad mood. It mostly stems from the amount of stress he's under due to Lily's disappearance and is easily annoyed by anyone who bothers him.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Again, he really doesn't like it when someone he doesn't know talks to him.
- In Vino Veritas: A variation, in "A Crooked Mile", after Tweedle Dum shoots him, he gets high off the painkillers he's been given. It's actually the only time he doesn't treat Bigby like utter trash. The same can't be said about his attitude towards Woody, though the fact he just learned Woody hired Lily as a prostitute probably affected said attitude.
- Jerkass: He spends most of his time in the game drinking and insulting Bigby and Snow. He's nicer to his friends, Holly, Lily and Woody, but he's still not exactly what you'd call warm and cuddly.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's unpleasant towards Bigby and pretty much the rest of the Fable government, but not without reason. He feels as if the lower-class fables such as himself are ignored and treated unfairly, which culminates to a Rage Breaking Point.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As hostile and rude as he is, he does genuinely care for Holly (especially when she's informed that her sister Lily is dead) and is disgusted at how the down-and-out citizens of Fabletown are ignored by its government. The card he left for Lily at her funeral indicates that he was very fond of her as well. And If Bigby kills the Crooked Man and performs good or reasonable actions, Gren will actually side with Bigby in the finale.
- Mama's Boy: Discussed when Woody tries to get a stoned-out-of-his-gourd Grendel to get some rest.Gren: How many times are you gonna keep fuckin' warn me about that?! You're not my fuckin' mother, so get off my back!
- Perpetual Frowner: He barely ever stops looking annoyed or angry. He finally smiles in the ending when Lily's murder is avenged.
- Rage Breaking Point: When he hears about Lilly's death in Episode 2, Gren finally calls out Bigby and Snow in a rage-induced rant.Gren: God fucking' dammit! ...Of course the dear Princess Snow fucking White is safe and sound! Where were you when we reported this weeks ago, huh? '''Where are you when we ever fuckin' need you'''?! If you'd given one ounce of a shit about her, about any of us, she might have been saved! She might have been cared for!
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He cusses in about every scene he's in. It even shows up in his funeral card for Lily!
- Trauma Button: He reacts very badly to his arm being damaged— he's reduced to a sobbing wreck when Bigby seems like he's about to tear it off even if he doesn't actually follow through. Given his past, it's understandable.
- Undying Loyalty: For all his grumpy attitude, Gren is very loyal to those he considers his friends, especially Holly.
Voiced by: Janet Lipsy
- "I don't need sympathy and I don't need charity."
Holly is the troll owner and bartender of The Trip Trap Bar, a somewhat seedy establishment where Fables from the less affluent areas of Fabletown gravitate. She bitterly resents Bigby and Snow White for not investigating the disapperance of her sister Lily.
- Adult Fear: Watching your only sibling fall into drug addiction, and eventually turn to prostitution in order to make ends meet.Holly: It ate me up to see her that way
- Big Sister Instinct: It's never explained if she's the older of the two, but she clearly cared about her sister very much.
- Character Development: She goes through quite a change after she finds out that Lily has been killed in Snow White's place in "Smoke and Mirrors".
- The Chew Toy: Sure, she's not that nice to Bigby (because nobody really is), but having her bar smashed up, her sister killed after having her pleas for the Fabletown government to look for her ignored, her sister's remains literally just tossed in the trash despite a request for formal burial rites, getting shot at her sister's funeral, and then finding out that one of her few friends was paying her sister to screw him is a bit much for anyone to go through over the span of a couple of days.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Bigby, although we don't see much of how she talks towards anyone else besides Snow White, who she resents, and Jack Horner, who is Jack Horner. Most of her interaction with other characters is nonverbal.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even though she's unpleasant towards Bigby and Snow, it's mostly because they never investigated her sister's disappearance.
- Pet the Dog: When she asks Bigby why he's really pursuing the case while she's zoned out on a healing drug, he can answer he's doing it for Lily. Holly smiles and believes him before zoning out again. In addition, if Bigby kills the Crooked Man instead of bringing him in for trial, Holly will firmly defend him and Snow White to the rest of the town, claiming that she's willing to give them a chance since they followed through on the case.
- You Should Have Died Instead: She says this to Snow when she learns that her sister was murdered while using a glamor that made her look like Snow.
- Your Makeup Is Running: When she's sleeping in the back of the Trip Trap in Episode 3 after Lily's botched funeral, she has eyeliner streaks down her cheeks.
Introduced in Episode 2
Voiced by: Dave Fennoy
- "Come on, just tell me what I want to know. It will make things a lot less painful for you, in theory."
The titular villain of Bluebeard, he was a serial killer who killed a succession of wives. Since it's such a well-known tale, he's still alive and kicking, and was one of the very few Fables who managed to get out of The Homelands with his money. As such, he's very well connected, if not well-liked. Claims to have reformed, but time will tell.
- Ambiguously Evil: He's a former Serial Killer known for decapitating his wives who shows up in the middle of a case where women are losing their heads. Even though he says he's "reformed" he's still a supreme asshole who advocates morally questionable actions, and, in "A Crooked Mile", should the player choose to go to Holly's or the Tweedle's office first, Bluebeard will torch evidence in Ichabod Crane's apartment for as yet unknown reasons.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep and imposing voice.
- Badass Beard: Has a well-trimmed Van Dyke.
- The Bluebeard: Well, yeah... the original Bluebeard who married women and decapitated them.
- The Dandy: Dresses quite nicely. Lampshaded by The Woodsman, who refers to him as "this blue dandy."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though a former Serial Killer himself, he has nothing but contempt for a murderer who targets prostitutes. It's abundantly clear this isn't about morality so much as distain for the tawdry choice of victim.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He advocates for this when Bigby is interrogating whomever he captured at the end of episode one, and is pissed off if Bigby doesn't comply with his suggestion.
- Jerkass: He comes across as incredibly hostile in almost all interactions with him.
- Kick the Dog: Trying to get Bigby to torture his prisoner for information, threatening to strangle Bufkin for interfering in his attempt to burn evidence, beating up Flycatcher, it's safe to say Bluebeard isn't a nice guy at all.
- Nominal Hero: The only reason he wants to help solve the murder is because he's financially invested in keeping Fabletown running.
- Off with His Head!: How he murdered his former wives.
- Red Herring: In his original story, he decapitated his wives. In this game, women are dying of decapitation. In Episode 1, one of the suspects Bigby can name is Bluebeard, purely from the modus operandi, but he's never seriously thought of as a suspect after (chiefly because he has a rock solid alibi).
- Retired Monster: He shows no remorse for killing his previous wives, and a major question of the early Fables comics and the game is if he really is "retired".
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's one of the richest Fables and his money was how he managed to escape justice from his former crimes.
- Serial Killer: Used to be one. He claims to have changed his ways, but Bigby still doesn't trust him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Bigby in the third episode; despite being told directly by Snow and Bigby that they don't want him around, he still goes to check out one of the locations Bigby chooses not to. Though this doesn't end up being very helpful, frankly - in fact, the choice isn't so much where you want to go, as much as it is where you don't want Bluebeard to go.
- Torture Technician: Insinuates that he's this when interrogating The Woodsman.
Voiced by: Colin Benoit
- "Look, people get desperate... And when you're drowning, anything that isn't sinking along with you looks like a life raft."
The Jack of all Fables, Jack Horner is as much of a trickster now as he was back in the Homelands.
- Brief Accent Imitation: When he quotes Tweedledee about his interrogation, saying that he was "Kept locked in the celler all fuckin' night".
- Dirty Coward: Jack often attempts to pull off an Consummate Liar act, but even the slightest threat of violence or merely a forceful glare from Bigby is enough to make him fold like a deck of cheap cards and quickly blabber out the truth.
- The Everyman: His "position" as the Jack of all Fables falls under this.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While he seems to spend time at the Trip Trap Bar, nobody really enjoys his company on account of how much of a smart ass he can be.
- The Gadfly: Jack just loves annoying people for kicks and giggles.
- It's All About Me: Jack is only ever interested in his own personal gain.
- Jerkass: The guy has quite the ego, which kinda comes with how well known he is.
- Just Like Robin Hood: He tells Bigby that this is his reason for lifting some trinkets from Crane's penthouse. Given Jack's track record, it's almost certainly a lie.
- Lack of Empathy: Holly recieves news that her sister who's been missing for weeks has just been found murdered. What does he say?Jack: Boy, I sure walked into that one.
Gren: If you say one more fucking thing ! Just one more thing !
- Opportunistic Bastard: Bigby catches him in the process of looting Crane's apartment only a few hours after Crane has gone missing.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks of himself as a genius, but most people just view him as an annoyance.
- The Trickster: His modus operandi is being a con artist.
Vivian/The Girl with the Ribbon
Voiced by: Sandy Delonga
- "I'm sick of everybody thinking that they can just — do what they want with my life. I thought it would be different here. But it's all the fucking same."
The hostess of Pudding & Pie and Georgie Porgie's right hand. Her origins are shrouded in mystery, only revealed very late in the game.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's a talking extra for most of the game. She is later revealed to be the source of the ribbons and part of the Crooked Man's inner circle.
- Composite Character: There are quite a few different stories and urban legends about women wearing ribbons that keep their heads attached, a fact gruesomely discovered by their lovers when they ask too many questions. Names vary, as does the type and color of the ribbon.
- Driven to Suicide: In Episode 5, she can't take the guilt of what her ribbons have done to the women working at the Puddin N' Pie removes her ribbon, freeing all of them from the ribbons' curse, making it a case of Redemption Equals Death.
- Death Equals Redemption: After putting a spell on the girls that kept them revealing the truth about the murders and the Crooked Man's operations, Vivian finally decides that enough is enough and breaks the spell by removing her own ribbon, subsquently killing herself.
- I Have Your Wife: Her relationship with Georgie and the Crooked Man. By making copies of her enchanted ribbon and tying them to the original, the Crooked Man forces Georgie to either comply with his orders or sacrifice Vivian's life.
- It's All About Me: Once everything has finally been brought to light, all she can think about at first is how Georgie "betrayed" her by explaining to Bigby what the ribbons are and how they got them. She's more concerned about how fucked up her life is, instead of the lives she's helped ruin.
- Number Two: In Georgie's operation.
- No Ontological Inertia: When her curse breaks, it frees all the other girls under the same curse.
- Off with His Head!: She kills herself by removing her ribbon, causing her head to fall off like the stories of a woman who wore a ribbon around her neck which kept her head on.
- Tongue-Tied: "Discretion is our guarantee."
- Too Dumb to Live: She and Georgie set up a strip club/brothel that guarantees discretion based on the magic of her ribbon... which requires you to keep silent and takes your head off if the ribbon is removed. And the only way any of the girls can get out of the ribbon's curse is if Vivian herself dies. The comic has the ribbons as copies created and mandated by the Crooked Man, making what was supposed to be a gimmick into a lethal Slave Collar. Naturally, it ends up backfiring on her.
Voiced by: Kevin Howarth
- "People get up to all kinds of things when nobody's watching."
The character from the titular nursery rhyme, who's gone from merely kissing the girls to pimping them out and putting them on stage at his strip club, the Pudding & Pie. He still makes them cry, though.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite how horrible he is for the majority of the season, even becoming the secondary antagonist once he's revealed as the man who killed Faith/Nerissa and Lily, it's hard not to feel sad for him in his death scene. After he is forced to watch Vivian removing her ribbon in the ultimate Heroic Sacrifice, Georgie just lies against the wall as he bleeds out, requests a quick death, and asks that Bigby promise to get the Crooked Man back for what he did.
- Bad Boss: Treats the girls in his employ like utter garbage. The only reason any of them stay is because he's got them trapped in debt slavery.
- Company Town: Runs the Pudding & Pie like a "company store", keeping his girls in debt (and thus unable to leave to look for better work) by charging them exorbitant fees for things like room and board.
- The Chew Toy: Can become this if you take every opportunity to hit him and smash up his club.
- Depraved Bisexual: His bar is decked out with an equal amount of erotic artwork of men and women, as well as male dancers working for him. His entry in the book of Fables says he's done just about every kind of thing there is to be had. He evens makes a pass or two at Bigby to unsettle him. (It doesn't work.)
- Dirty Coward: Talks a big game, but in the end the mere threat of smashing up his club is enough to get him to cooperate (not that you can't give him a dose of Laser-Guided Karma by trashing the place anyway, if you want). It's basically one interpretation of the children's rhyme, "When the boys came out to play / Georgie Porgie ran away."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: With Vivian. He's extremely upset after Vivian removes her ribbon, resulting in her death.
- Evil Brit: Has a Mancunian accent.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the comic, where Bigby complies with his wish for a quick death rather than being left to die from bleeding out, Georgie smiles peacefully as Bigby takes his head clean off with a swing of his claws.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: After Vivian's death and his Mortal Wound Reveal, Georgie tells Bigby that he's lost the will to live, but bleeding out will very slow and excruciatingly painful for him since he is a Fable. He begs Bigby to grant him a quick death, being too weakened by his injury to do it himself.
- Jerkass: Bigby figures it out within two seconds of hearing him talk.
- Just Following Orders: If Bigby accuses him of killing the prostitutes, Georgie states he was following the Crooked Man's orders. The Crooked Man denies being involved and offers Georgie to Bigby in exchange for his cooperation.
- Mortal Wound Reveal: Georgie gets stabbed during the fight at the Crooked Man's hideout. Since he's a Fable, a knife wound shouldn't be a big deal to him, but it turns out to have disembowelled him. Georgie states that he's going to die and asks Bigby to finish him off.
- Nice Hat: Probably the only nice thing about him.
- Poor Communication Kills: According to the Crooked Man, Georgie misinterpreted his order to "take care of" the prostitutes who were trying to flee. According to Georgie, he understood the Crooked Man perfectly.
- Slimeball: Even for a pimp he's a cruel, sexist jackass who just oozes sleaze.
- Smug Snake: Mocks Bigby for being "corny", which he can come to regret very quickly.
- Tattooed Crook: He has dozens of tattoos covering his body.
- Walking Spoiler: In Episode 5, by virtue of being revealed as the murderer of Lily and Faith/Nerissa.
Voiced by: Molly Benson
Nerissa was once The Little Mermaid. Like several other women, she's had to turn to prostitution to survive since The Exodus.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Similar to Faith she takes a liking to Bigby. Of course its possible they are the same person.
- Batman Gambit: Nerissa shows up during the trial in chapter 5 (assuming Bigby didn't murder the Crooked Man instead) with decisive evidence proving the Crooked Man's guilt, namely that she and five other girls were right in the room as the Crooked Man ordered Faith and Lily's deaths. However, a later conversation reveals that this was a lie; it was Georgie who told Nerissa about the hit, she wasn't actually there when it was ordered. Apparently, it can be inferred that Nerissa was counting on the Crooked Man arrogantly thinking that all the girls were alike, and she was right; the Crooked Man can't remember Nerissa not being in the room, so he himself assumes it was true and incriminates himself.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Nerissa clearly appreciates it when Bigby stands up for her against Georgie.
- The Chessmaster: Accidentally, really. See Small Role, Big Impact. She is the one who got Bigby involved with the Crooked Man's affairs from the very beginning.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As befits a fable whose original story had a pretty nasty Downer Ending.Bigby: You have legs. That a glamour?Nerissa: No, they're real. Do you like them? They cost me a lot.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A nice girl who's helpful enough to give Bigby vital information which leads to Bigby finding out about Crane's obsession with Snow.
- Meaningful Name: Nerissa means Nereid, sea nymphs from Classical Mythology.
- Meaningful Appearance: The flower in her hair is actually a plot point. Nerissa doesn't draw attention to it, but does draw attention to the ribbon around her neck. This gives Bigby a huge hint about the latter.
- Morphic Resonance: In a subtle bit of characterization, she has a habit of crossing her feet at the ankles while sitting, giving her legs the impression of a fish's tail.
- Naked First Impression/Naked on Arrival: The first time the player (and Bigby) sees her is a topless, on-stage rehearsal dance for Georgie Porgie at the Pudding & Pie.
- Nice Girl: She's very nice, both in terms of personality and behavior. Also, regardless of what the player does throughout the game, Nerissa will intervene on Bigby's behalf during episode 5's "trial" (or lack thereof if Bigby murdered the person supposed to stand trial).
- Pet the Dog: Even if the player chooses every single "asshole" choice in all 5 episodes, Nerissa will still speak up in Bigby's defense in episode 5, on the grounds that because of Bigby's actions Nerissa is finally able to speak her mind, which she hasn't been able to do in a long time.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She appears in about four scenes in the entire game, but in Episode 5 she has the decisive evidence that The Crooked Man was behind the murders, and then is revealed to be the one who put Faith's head on Bigby's doorstep to draw his attention on what was happening. If she hadn't done that, none of the events of the game past the third act of Episode One would have occurred. As if that wasn't enough, it's then implied that she's actually Faith, and the head found on the doorstep belonged to the real Nerissa the whole time. In fact, if we're going by that interpretation of the game's twist ending, the real Nerissa only featured in the game posthumously as a severed head, and yet still managed to set off the chain of events that led to the Crooked Man's scheming and underground ring being discovered and ultimately torn down by Bigby and the rest of the Fabletown citizens. It's possible she has one of the biggest impacts of any character in the entire game.
- The Stool Pigeon: A sympathetic example. Nerissa explains to Bigby in episode 5 that after Faith stole a photo of Crane and Lily together, they had dirt on Crane, one of the Crooked Man's allies. But Nerissa feared that if the Crooked Man found out about this escape plan, the Crooked Man would simply have Nerissa, Faith, and Lily killed. So Nerissa told Georgie everything. If the player picks the "jerk" choice and accuses Nerissa of having sold out her friends, Nerissa will deny it at first, but then admit "yes", she did.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Nerissa found out that Faith and Lily were planning to escape from the Crooked Man, Nerissa feared the Crooked Man would kill all three of them if he found out. So she told Georgie about the plan, and Georgie promised to smooth things over. However, the Crooked Man overruled Georgie and ordered him to kill Faith and Lily, so Nerissa ended up making the wrong choice by informing Georgie, which she feels very guilty over as she confesses all this to Bigby in Episode 5.
- Your Makeup Is Running: When she's interrogated by Ichabod Crane.
Introduced in Episode 3
Voiced by: David Kaye
- "I must say, you're testing even my skills, here."
Fabletown's resident doctor, who patches Bigby up after some of his more violent encounters.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The comic Swineheart is an arrogant Dr. Jerk. This one's a consummate professional with a very good bedside manner.
- Combat Medic: Formerly a medic for the Army.
- Deadpan Snarker: His bedside manner is all snark when he's not stressing the severity of his patient's injuries.
- Nice Guy: From what we see of him, Swineheart is very personable and takes his patient's health seriously.
- Self-Surgery: So skilled in the art of instrumental surgery that he can safely operate on himself.
- We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This: After operating on Bigby twice in a short period of time, he tells him that if he gets shot by a silver bullet again, the next time he visits Bigby will be at the morgue.
Rachel a.k.a. Aunty Greenleaf
Voiced by: Laura Bailey
- "You don't believe me? They came to my apartment, and then for no earthly reason, they burned my tree to ashes. She ordered it done!"
Rachel is a young girl found in the apartment Bigby and Snow arrived at while tracking down Crane in "A Crooked Mile". She is young, and doesn't appear to know much about the investigation. We quickly find out that she is Aunty Greenleaf's daughter.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the game, she's just working with Crane to survive, because she has no other way to make a living. In the comic adaptation, she's been Crane's collaborator — and lover — for centuries, and is even the one who gave him the idea of using illegal glamours for sex play in the first place.
- Animal Motif: Her brand is trademarked by a white deer. It's on her containers and her apartment is decorated with a deer skull. She mockingly states that she was "born in the forest to a jackal and a deer".
- Adorably Precocious Child: Not. She's secretly the very adult Aunty Greenleaf under a glamour.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Back in the 17th century, she went by the name Abigail Williams. Both the real life version and the Hollywood version.
- HeelFace Turn: If offered a job on the Thirteenth Floor she effectively becomes part of the Fabletown government rather than providing illegal glamours, so it counts as this.
- Older Than They Look: She has a rather mature way of speaking, even though she looks rather young. Makes sense when it's revealed that she's an old lady glamoured to look like a child.
- Pet the Dog: Even if Bigby chooses to burn her tree, so as long as The Crooked Man is brought to trial and keeps up a good morale, she'll put aside her scorn and side with the audience.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She likes Ichabod about as much as Bigby does, but still constructs his glamours out of a need to feed herself and not be effectively imprisoned by the 13th Floor. Given the proper choice in Episode 3, the 'villain' part can actually be entirely removed by having Bigby give her a job.You think I like being the old woman in these stories? The men are heroes, the ladies are whores, and the old hags like me get to watch everyone they love die.
- Take a Third Option: She's the only one who raises the option of permanently imprisoning the Crooked Man via magic.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Upon choosing the proper option, she rips into Snow for wanting to lash out due to the events of Episode 3 by burning her tree.
- Took a Level in Kindness: If given a job on the Thirteenth floor she seems reasonably happy and is noticeably more civil with Bigby compared to her dry dismissiveness towards him in Episode 3. No longer having to be terrified the Crooked Man likely helps.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that she is actually Aunty Greenleaf, Crane's illegal glamour dealer.
The Crooked Man
Voiced by: Philip Banks
- "Let me ask you an honest question...What do you really care about here? Where this case is concerned, I mean. Do you really want the truth...? Or do you just want to look like the hero? Because those are two very different things."
The titular Crooked Man from the nursery rhyme. He runs the Fabletown black market.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Crooked Man of the original poem, which mentions no villainy.
- And I Must Scream: In Episode 5, he's transformed into a raven and locked in a birdcage indefinitely, should Bigby choose to imprison him rather than throw him down the Witching Well or rip his head off.
- Baleful Polymorph: In Episode 5, one of the possible fates Bigby can give him is to "imprison" him, via transforming him into a raven and sticking him in a bird cage.
- Big Bad: He serves as this for the season, being the man behind most of the corruption in Fabletown.
- Body Horror: The "crooked" part refers to his body - his legs and spine appear disjointed, and it looks like part of his face is melting off!
- Break the Haughty: When Nerissa comes to speak up at his trial, it's obvious that he becomes threatened and starting to panic.
- Calling Card: A man in a torture device that made people "crooked" by breaking their bones.
- Disney Villain Death: A possible fate for him is being thrown down the Witching Well.
- The Don: Debt collection, blackmail, prostitution, and illegal glamours; the Crooked Man has a hand in it all.
- Eldritch Location: Where he operates from. The door to get there changes constantly, keeping people out until he's ready for them to come to him.
- Evil Brit: Soft Cheshire to Georgie's hard Lancashire.
- Evil Cripple: How crippled he is is up to debate, but he does need a cane to walk.
- Evil Debt Collector/Loan Shark: Among many other illegal practices, he loans out money and threatens those who can't pay back, for example Beauty and Crane.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He admits to being involved in shady business, but states that he's never murdered anyone. His entry in the Book of Fables outright states he killed his family out of greed and lets nothing stand in his way.
- Facial Horror: His drooping left eye.
- Fate Worse than Death: If he is spared by Bigby instead of thrown down the Witching Well or decapitated, he'll be turned into a raven and locked into a birdcage by Aunty Greenleaf. Since he's never mentioned in the Fables comic, he is likely still imprisoned.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is very calm and composed when Bigby enters into his domain at the end of Episode 4, and in Episode 5 even berates Jersey for pulling a gun on Bigby. However, when sufficiently angered he'll reveal his politeness to be nothing more than a charade and show his true nature as a ruthless and hateful monster. Also, while he states he's never killed anyone, his backstory reveals this to be a lie, and he has zero problems with ordering people's deaths. Despite this, he still tries to present himself as a perfectly kind and reasonable man. And in case the player has any lingering doubts about his true nature, he then proceeds to try to strangle Bigby and throw him down the Witching Well when it comes time to decide his ultimate fate.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: His Book of Fables profile states that the only things he had at first were a crooked house and crooked fence, along with a wife and child. He murdered them because he didn't want to share, and has since become one of Fabletown's most wanted.
- The Ghost/Hidden Villain: For the first 3 episodes, his most substantial appearance is his hand beckoning out of a car window. At the end of episode 4, we get to see his full appearance. And he. Looks. Terrifying.
- I Own This Town: He's got a hand in the criminal and political enterprises of Fabletown, and even has gone so far as to actually enslave certain Fables.
- The Man Behind the Man: By the end of Episode 4, we can see that he is behind the actions of the Tweedles, Georgie Porgie, Crane and the Jersey Devil.
- Manipulative Bastard: If he stands trial, he tries to turn his victims against Bigby and Snow by drawing on their hatred of the Fabletown government. How effective this is depends on how Bigby has acted through the game (but Nerissa intervenes at the last second anyway).
- Meaningful Name: While his name technically refers to him being a man whose body is literally crooked, as per the nursery rhyme, "crooked" can also mean corrupt, rigged or criminal.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He doesn't actually have any sort of combat abilities or powers like his goons do and relies solely on his underlings for protection. This actually becomes a major plot point at the end of episode 5 when Bigby corners him after taking out Bloody Mary. One of the options is to simply murder him in cold blood right then and there and bring back his corpse to Snow and the others. If left alive and given a trial, his major threat will stem from his skills at orating and manipulation.
- Offing the Offspring: According to his profile, he murdered his children because he didn't want to share what little he had.
- Off with His Head!: One of the three final fates he can suffer is having Bigby rip his head off.
- Smug Snake: His every word oozes sleaze.
- Taking You with Me: Once it becomes clear to him that he's losing his trial, he grabs Bigby in an unguarded moment and attempts to throw him down the Witching Well.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Also according to his profile, he murdered his wife for the same reason he killed their children.
- Villainous Breakdown: He remains calm and composed until he sees that he can't talk his way out of his charges. Then he tries to throw Bigby down the Witching Well.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At least some of the Fables working under him, especially Tiny Tim, view him as necessary to the Fables' survival. If given a trial, he'll try to capitalize on this good publicity with varying degrees of success.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If Bigby accuses Georgie of killing the prostitutes, the Crooked Man readily agrees to turn him in — in exchange for Bigby's cooperation. Georgie protests that he was Just Following Orders, but the Crooked Man talks over him.
- Wicked Cultured: He acts and dresses like someone who might be from the rich cultured upperclass.
Voiced by: Kat Cressida
- "Some of them, they think it's funny to have their little sleepovers and go into their little bathrooms and say my name five times in the mirror. They find it less funny when I actually show up and feed their lungs to the family dog."
Bloody Mary, acting as The Dragon to The Crooked Man, appears first at the end of "A Crooked Mile". She's behind the recent actions of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and severely injures Bigby after threatening him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Bloody Mary is known for having red hair, but this version is clearly dyeing it.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so. She even uses the Woodsman's enchanted axe against Bigby.
- Bad Boss: She's subordinate to The Crooked Man, but acts this way towards the Tweedles.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In her true form she has black sclera.
- Blood Knight: Most people are wary of Bigby, but Mary is thrilled at the idea of fighting The Big Bad Wolf and laments that he's gone soft. Probably why she doesn't just shoot him with silver bullets in Episode 5.
- Body Horror: Her true form has arcane symbols tattooed across her chest, bleeding eyes, and shards of glass protruding from her skin.
- Boyish Short Hair: She had short hair even when she was an ordinary woman.
- Broken Pedestal: The last episode reveals that she admired Bigby when he was the murderous Big Bad Wolf, but lost her admiration after he became The Atoner.
- Bullying a Dragon: Pretty much thinks Bigby is beneath her just because he's put his big bad days behind him and she has a weapon that can kill him. This backfires when she keeps toying with Bigby in their final fight rather than outright killing him, causing Bigby to go full wolf, turn the tables, and kill her.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to see Bigby's true form for herself. She got what she wanted.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She's aware that she's an Ax-Crazy child-killing psychopath and proud of it.
- Dark Action Girl: She's the most psychotic Fable introduced so far.
- The Dragon: To The Crooked Man.
- The Dreaded: Everyone who knows about her is terrified of her.
- Evil Redhead: She has a red streak in her hair.
- Fan Disservice: Her glamour form is visually appealing, but her true form is a disfigured zombie with shards of glass sticking out all over her body. Not helped by her partially torn tank top.
- Fangs Are Evil: She has shark-like teeth in her true form.
- Faux Affably Evil: She's very laid-back and jokey all throughout Bigby's first encounter with her in Episode 3, even as she's talking about murdering little girls and preparing to chop up Bigby with an axe.
- Final Boss: She acts as the actual final fight in the last episode.
- Flunky Boss: She fights Bigby with an army of clones.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Wolf Among Us comic about Mary's backstory reveals that she was a kind and timid aristocrat lady from the 18th century who suffered All of the Other Reindeer from her peers. They jokingly performed a ritual that would reveal her "true love" - and a man appeared to her in the mirror. He was handsome and charming, and though only she could see him, they eventually became married and conceived a child. Just before she was to give birth, he revealed his true nature and cut Mary open to steal her baby, revealed to be a strange human/mirror hybrid. He fled and the 'real' Mary died — but her reflection lived on. Mary's reflection hunted him down, ripped the infant away and threw it to the ground to shatter, rammed the shards of glass under her skin so she and her child would always be together, then mutilated her husband with the shards. It's safe to assume that this is what turned her from a timid aristocrat to a sadistic murderer.
- Death by Irony/Karmic Death: In Episode 3, during Bigby's first encounter with her, she talks about feeding people's lungs to dogs. She is killed in Episode 5 by being torn apart by Bigby, in the form of a giant wolf, using his gale-force "huff and puff" power.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: She could have easily finished off or incapacitated Bigby with another silver bullet. Instead she went out of her way to escalate the fight until Bigby reveals his true form and instantly turns the fight in his favor.
- It Amused Me: "Mary's Loyalty", an entry in the Book of Fables said that she'd be willing to give her life for the Crooked Man... because it seems like it'd be fun.
- I Can See You: Due to her tale's association with mirrors, Bloody Mary knows when someone looks at her using the Magic Mirror. When she "touches" the Mirror, it mutters that it hates it when she travels through it.
- Jack the Ripper: In the flashbacks from the comic adaptation that tell Mary's backstory, it is all but stated that she used her Mirror Monster powers to perform the infamous Whitechapel murders, killing the women carrying the Knave of Hearts' children as revenge against him.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: After shooting Bigby with silver bullets, she breaks his arm.
- The Lad-ette: Her behavior isn't even remotely feminine. Her attire isn't super girly, either.
- Literally Shattered Lives: In Episode 5, she cracks into pieces in the jaws of a fully-transformed Bigby.
- Marked Change: In Episode 5, when she assumes her true form, glowing red markings appear on her forehead and chest.
- Me's a Crowd: In Episode 5, she produces dozens of copies of her true self during her final fight with Bigby.
- Mirror Monster: She can travel through mirrors to attack her victims. Her true form has a number of mirror shards stabbed into various parts of her body.
- One-Winged Angel: Her true form is revealed in Episode 5, and it is terrifying: shards of glass protruding from her skin, Tears of Blood, black eyes, satanic markings all over her body, and a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth.
- Poke in the Third Eye: She can tell when other characters are trying to scry her with the Magic Mirror, and can hurt the mirror to force it to end the scrying session prematurely.
- Psycho for Hire: Unlike the Tweedles, who aren't particularly worse than you can expect from thugs for hire, Bloody Mary's a full-blown psychopath who is working for the Crooked Man in exchange for his ensuring that the authorities overlook her killing Mundies for fun.
- Psychotic Smirk: Seems to be her default expression, often veering into Slasher Smile territory.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has blood red irises in her true form.
- Self-Duplication: Summons numerous duplicates of herself during her final fight with Bigby in Episode 5.
- Serial Killer: She brutally murders Mundies for fun. However, she's not the one who murdered Lily and Faith.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Speak of the Devil: See Urban Legends. This is why when Bigby and Snow are in front of Magic Mirror, they refer to her as "You Know Who".
- Spikes of Villainy: Her final form has hundreds of shards of broken glass sticking out of her.
- Super Speed: In her true form she is very fast and agile.
- Sword Drag: Uses the Woodsman's axe to this effect when approaching Bigby.
- Tears of Blood: She has these in her true form.
- Tempting Fate: She taunts Bigby about how he "used to be something," and how people feared him, when he was still The Big Bad Wolf. Then during their fight, Bigby shows her just why The Big Bad Wolf used to be so feared.
- The Chick: Mary is the series' only female villain, and notably the most dangerous.
- Uncertain Doom: One can be forgiven for thinking that she didn't die in the final fight, given the number of copies she produces, but Word of God has confirmed she did.
- Underestimating Badassery: She thinks very little of Bigby and mocks him all the time. This proves to be her undoing in their final fight.
- Urban Legends: "Bloody Mary" is an obscure piece of folklore similar to Candyman (saying her name five times in front of a mirror will summon her), and as such, most Fables have never heard of her.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: You'd never believe that she was a Shrinking Violet when she was young.
- Villain Ball: When she fights Bigby for the final time, she doesn't use any silver bullets. Instead she wants to fight him hand to hand to get more of a challenge out of it.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite having access to weaponry that can kill Bigby and having used it before, in her showdown with him in Episode 5, she decides to take him on in her One-Winged Angel form. It works for a while, but then Bigby changes into his true form.
- Would Hurt a Child: Makes mention of how, after little girls say her name in their mirrors, she would show up, rip out their lungs, and feed them to the family dog. As a hobby.
- Your Mom: Before her final fight with Bigby, she pisses him off with a quip about his mother.
- Zerg Rush: Attempts this with her numerous duplicates in her final fight with Bigby. It almost works. Almost.
Introduced in Episode 4
Voiced by: Bobby Vickers
- "Cause he ain't in your town. You're in his. And he sure as shit is ready for you."
The Jersey Devil is the sleazy owner of a pawn shop that operates as a front for one of the Crooked Man's many operations. His shop, The Lucky Pawn, is seemingly a front for loansharking activities.
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding of evil at any rate.
- Bullying a Dragon: He decides it's a great idea to try to verbally intimidate and then physically assault the big bad wolf, though to be fair Bigby was recovering from injuries at the time.
- The Chew Toy: Takes arguably the most non-fatal physical abuse of all the characters in the series.
- Evil Redhead: What little hair he has left is bright orange.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is a colossal bastard.
- Hate Sink: While even the Crooked Man and Georgie have their moments of civility and politeness, Jersey is arguably the biggest and most unrepentant jerkass in the game.
- Jerkass: His entire introduction scene has him doing his darnedest to aggravate both Bigby and the Woodsman
- Jersey Devil: yeah.
- Joisey: Complete with accent. It's a major concern when Bigby finds out he's traveled over the Hudson River and has settled back down in Manhattan.
- Karma Houdini: Unlike Tweedle Dee, there is a very low chance that the wounds Jersey felt in Episode 5 could have killed him (especially considering his limited reaction to the axe-to-the-head Woody gave him in Episode 4). Since he isn't confirmed to be imprisoned/dead by the end, it seems that he managed to get away scot-free (at least as far as the game's story went).
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A meta-example. Bigby's beatdowns of Jersey aren't prompted out of an active desire to do this, but he's such a piece of garbage that it's safe to say nobody playing won't think he doesn't deserve the beatings.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Starts a fight with Bigby after he tries to get answers about the Crooked Man. At the same time, he starts a fight with the Woodsman over his axe. Take a guess how that turned out? (Note that this trope is in regards to his introductory scene, whilst the above trope is in regard to the whole game).
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Receives two - once by Bigby and the Woodsman in Episode 4, and then once more by Bigby in the Crooked Man's hideout in the finale.
- Noodle Incident: According to the Fables guide, Jersey's wings were chopped off by the Woodsman's axe. Why is not known, although it's implied it happened when Bloody Mary took it from his shop.
- Oh, Crap!: Chew Toy he may be in the story, this is Bigby's reaction when he finds out that Jersey moved back into Manhattan from... well, New Jersey.
- Our Demons Are Different: He's the Jersey Devil, and is a green-skinned creature with (amputated) wings, long claws, and a stags skull for a head.
- Power Echoes: In his true form his voice is distorted and echoic, befitting his demonic appearance.
- Skull for a Head: His face is a stags skull while the rest of his body has normal skin, except for some exposed muscle on his neck.
- Smug Snake: He goes out of his way to aggravate both Bigby and the Woodsman, two Fables known for their fighting skills. When he then attempts to fight them, the two end up ganging up on him, which leads to his ass getting thoroughly kicked.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Bloody Mary have a rough history as he regards her as a "fuckin' bitch". According to his Fables entry, Bloody Mary may cut off Jersey's wings. Regardless of this, the pair are part of the Crooked Man's inner circle.
- Wendigo: While he isn't an all-powerful man-eating spectre, he certainly looks like a typical Wendigo. Once his wings were cut off.
- Winged Humanoid: It's implied Bloody Mary amputated them when she took Woody's axe, leaving him with a pair of stumps protruding from his back.
Voiced by: Terence McGovern
- "I'm dead... either way. They said to me, 'Johann, you can keep your life and lose your shop, or lose both.' What would you do?"
Fabletown's butcher, closely associated with the Baker and Candlestick Maker. After falling on hard times, his store was turned into a front for some of The Crooked Man's operations.
- Bad Liar: When met in Episode 4, he does not do a good job of hiding the truth from Bigby, constantly stammering and acting suspiciously.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: On a hot summer day he allowed the Tweedles and Bloody Mary to hang out and play cards in his freezer unit. They liked the place so much that they took control of the shop from Johann and turned it into a front organisation for the Crooked Man's operations.
- Trapped in Villainy: He has been forced into the Crooked Man's servitude by a Morton's Fork choice: he could either keep his life and lose his shop or lose both.
Voiced by: Noam Smooha
- "A lot of us depend on him. Some of us never get to the front of the line at the Business Office. But he's there."
The crippled son of Bob Cratchit from a Christmas Carol. Currently employed by The Crooked Man.
- Blessed with Suck: Although a Fable becomes stronger as their story grows popular, because Tim's bad leg is an important part of his story, it is incurable... with any form of treatment he could afford, anyway.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears in a non-speaking role in Episode 1, at the front of the line for the Business Office.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He doesn't like the Tiny part of his name given how he's an adult and actually fairly tall (up to Bigby's shoulder height), and he appreciates it when Bigby just calls him "Tim".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Players entering Episode 4 already intending to bring the Crooked Man to justice may expect a harsh guilt trip from Tiny Tim following their actions, especially since his appearance is mostly intended to play Devil's Advocate for the Crooked Man. He, like other characters who are related to the Crooked Man alone, is conspicuously absent to guilt to the player in the trial or the epilogue.
Introduced in the comic adaptation
A power-hungry young Salem woman from The Crucible.
- Bath Suicide: Attempts this but is saved by the Knave.
- Broken Bird: Her life in Boston as a prostitute almost drives her to suicide until the Knave appears in her mirror.
- Demonic Possession: By King Edward after she puts on his crown.
- Doomed by Canon: At the end of The Crucible she leaves Salem and ends up as a prostitute.
- Femme Fatale: Fancies herself one at first, but it doesn't turn out well for her.
- It's All About Me: In her early appearances. Not at all when we see her with the Knave.
- MayDecember Romance: Has a relationship with Ichabod Crane who's hundreds of years older than her.
- Manipulative Bastard: For a while she plays the residents of Salem (Crane included) like fiddles. Later seems to lose the knack and the desire.
- Witch Hunt: The cause of the famous Salem Witch Trials.
Faith's father, who became obsessed with marrying his daughter to fulfil a promise to his dead wife. Appears in the comic as a vengeful spirit who possesses Abigail.
The righteous protagonist of The Crucible and Abigail's former lover. He becomes Crane's rival as Abigail still pines for him.
The Knave of Hearts
The tart loving thief from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Crippling Castration: Gets one from Bloody Mary. Not that he doesn't completely deserve it.
- Identical Stranger: He has a disturbing resemblance to Bigby. Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize this might be one of the reasons why Mary is so obsessed with Bigby in the present day storyline.
- It's All About Me: Cares about exactly one thing: getting himself a glass baby so he can escape through the mirror. Nothing (and no one) else matters.
- Manipulative Bastard: Oh boy. Poor Mary...
A shy Victorian woman who is seduced by the Knave of Hearts. After she is killed giving birth to their son, her reflection becomes Bloody Mary.
- Death by Childbirth: A particularly horrific example: the Knave hacks her open when she has trouble giving birth.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She's very lonely and the "friends" she does have treat her like dirt. No wonder she falls prey to the Knave so easily.
- Mama Bear: Her dying wish is to get back her baby, most likely with a healthy helping of revenge against his father.
- Muggles: Unlike most of the cast she's a mundy.
- Nice Girl: Unlike her fable counterpart, Mary is very sweet and gentle.