List of characters in Fables

List of characters in Fables

This is a list of characters in "Fables", a fictional fantasy comic series for mature readers published by DC Comics.

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Bigby Wolf

now White

"The Cubs"

Snow and Bigby's seven children are a rowdy, unpredictable bunch of hybrids that seem to have inherited abilities from all facets of their heritage. They all can fly, at first uncontrollably so, flight having been their natural state; they needed to be taught how to ground themselves. They can transform into wolf form as well as any other form.

One of the seven, later named Ghost by Bigby, was born with a birth defect; he was a , a rogue wind whose invisible nature meant his parents were initially unaware of his existence. This entity fed off the air of living beings, accidentally killing them before he learned control. Snow White, after a rash of deaths, discovers that they were inadvertently caused by her last child. She sends Ghost to find his self-exiled father. The family has since been reunited. On their fifth birthday, the other six cubs were introduced to Ghost but were sworn to secrecy as to his existence.

Blossom, who bears a great deal of resemblance to Rose Red, seems to have inherited some stereotypical "Fairytale Princess" qualities. She is often seen with cute cuddly forest creatures and butterflies following her around.

Ambrose, the chubby cub named after Flycatcher, is portrayed as the weak link, often too scared to transform or fly when in danger. Ambrose narrates certain events such as the family's trip to his grandfather's castle, as well as his narrow escape from his six wild uncles, with whom his father later had a grand battle. These are done in the form of memoirs which hints Ambrose may have a larger role to play in the story later.

Darien is shown as the leader of the pack, something that Bigby has commented on. Another female cub, Winter (named after Bigby's mother), is portrayed as being shy and cuddly, often shown sucking her thumb or holding a stuffed animal, usually the only one of the cubs to do so. Her brother Darien has referred to her as the runt of the litter. The remaining cubs are Conner, who isn't too different from Darien, and Therese, a blonde-headed cub who is observant but tends to confuse things.Citation | last = Irvine | first = Alex | author-link = Alexander C. Irvine | contribution = Fables | editor-last = Dougall | editor-first = Alastair | title = The Vertigo Encyclopedia | pages = 72-81 | publisher = Dorling Kindersley | place = New York | year = 2008 | ISBN = 0-7566-4122-5 | oclc = 213309015]

Prince Charming

While he is charming and handsome, Prince Charming is by nature a womanizer, liar and a general rogue. His (known) previous wives in chronological order were Snow White, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella. He lived in Europe after leaving the Homelands, living off the kindness of various nobles and ex-nobles. He returned to Fabletown just prior to Rose Red's "murder". He hatched an intricate scheme, killing Bluebeard in a duel and successfully running for the position of Mayor of Fabletown against Old King Cole, so he would have access to Fabletown's treasury (where Bluebeard's finances would go). Unfortunately, he made some false presumptions (and thus promises) and is currently having a difficult time in office with public opinion turning against him. Following his victory, he appointed Beauty and Beast to the positions of Deputy Mayor and Sheriff respectively. Spending a large amount of time with Beauty on the job, he attempted to begin an affair with her; she rejected his advances, threatening to set Beast on him if he persisted. Theories both on and off the page speculate that he gives off powerful/magic pheromones, which are responsible for his strong ability to seduce nearly any woman with whom he makes the attempt. According to the 'Burning Questions' section of the Sons of Empire volume, Prince Charming has had 1412 romantic conquests - at least.

In spite of his unfaithfulness, Prince Charming has a good side few are aware of. Once he expressed deep regret that his betrayal of Snow White hurt her so badly, and took it upon himself to kill Bluebeard partly because he knew Bluebeard planned to murder Bigby Wolf, whom Snow had grown fond of. Before the Battle of Fabletown he supervised building the barricades. During the battle itself, he commanded the defenses on Andersen Street and fought bravely, defying the Adversary's wooden soldiers (who were armed with guns) while he himself carried only a sword. In the battle's aftermath, he led the firefighters that went into the damaged buildings to extinguish the last blazes. Despite the fact that he took the job of mayor primarily for its economic benefits, he has since dedicated himself sincerely to the duties of mayor, including setting up defenses for Fabletown against the Adversary and giving Bigby Wolf land next to the farm in order to live with his new wife, Snow White, and their children. Prince Charming was in charge of all battles in the skyship during the war with the Empire. He and Sinbad managed to take a bomb by foot to the last remaining gate from the Imperial homeworld. Prince Charming did not survive as the blast had to be set off manually. A statue in Fabletown is dedicated to him.

Beauty and the Beast

Still together after nearly a thousand years, Beauty and Beast escaped from the Homelands with barely more than the clothes they were wearing. Both set up in relatively low-paid jobs, Beast maintaining the Fabletown buildings and Beauty working in a bookshop, earning between them enough to make ends meet, but little more. Their lives were hampered somewhat by Beast's tendency to shift back and forth between his human and beastly forms depending on his wife's mood towards him, but the two were nevertheless a loving couple. With the election of Prince Charming to Mayor of Fabletown, their lives have taken a turn for the better; as neither Bigby Wolf or Snow White were willing to work alongside Charming, their positions became vacant and the Prince offered Beauty and Beast the available jobs.

Beast, now chief of security, has allied himself with Frau Totenkinder, the most powerful witch in Fabletown and has finally had his curse fixed; he can now transform into his Beast form at will. Whether he's aware that it was Totenkinder who inflicted the curse on him in the first place is unknown; this occurred pre-amnesty, so he would be legally unable to retaliate if he wanted to. While initially reeling at the complexities of the job (much of what Bigby did was covert and unknown to the general Fable population), he has grown into the job and appears to even enjoy it. Beauty has taken Snow's position as Deputy Mayor, and is currently learning to cope with all of the responsibility. Prince Charming recently tried to seduce her, but she (after making out with him) refused him, threatening to send her husband after him if he tried again.

With the recent arrival in Fabletown of the Imperial Emissary, Lord Hansel, and the subsequent need to keep track of both him and his staff, Beast has asked for, and been given, additional funding and manpower.

Old King Cole

Cole's realm was easily overwhelmed by the Adversary's forces. Only with the assistance of his loyal and loving subjects, was he able to hide in the woods and survive long enough to reach Earth.

As Mayor of Fabletown since its foundation, Old King Cole preferred to leave the actual running of the place to Snow White, his deputy, focusing more on the more ceremonial and formal aspects of the role himself, an arrangement that generally worked well. He was eventually challenged for the position by Prince Charming who won after making a series of rash promises that he would prove to be unable to keep. Leaving the Mayor's penthouse apartment, he briefly roomed with Boy Blue, who had lost his roommate Pinocchio during the Adversary's assault on Fabletown. He then moved into Beauty and the Beast's home, they themselves moved into Snow White's old place. A well-meaning and amiable man, King Cole found his defeat profoundly depressing. However, when the Arabian Fables arrived in Fabletown, Cole found renewed importance as one of the few Fables fluent in Arabic, and his diplomatic acumen led to a close friendship with Sinbad. Before this, Cole had been portrayed as a figurehead whose primary duty was glad-handling Fabletown's budget; his diplomatic sessions showed a shrewdness and cunning that he had not displayed before then. He has since become the ambassador to Fabletown East in Baghdad. He returned to Fabletown briefly to preside over the wedding of Snow White and Bigby Wolf.

Briar Rose

Better known as Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose was Prince Charming's second wife. She escaped from the Homelands with close to nothing, but a blessing received on her christening day, which promised that she'd always be wealthy, came to her rescue, and she rapidly gained great wealth through successful speculation on the stock market. As such, she lives in a luxurious apartment filled with expensive furniture and decoration. Her curse, however, remains in effect, with the slightest prick of her finger leading to her falling asleep, followed by everybody else in the building, which is then surrounded by rapidly growing thorn-bearing plants. A kiss from a loving prince resets the curse back to the start. Generally a hazard, the curse has proved useful on at least two occasions, such as when Bigby needed to deal with a mundane reporter who'd gathered entirely too much information about the existence of the Fables. Rose was sent into his apartment building first, then intentionally pricked her own finger, causing the entire population of the building to fall asleep, allowing Bigby and his cohorts to do what they needed to do unhindered. When Charming's kiss proved unable to wake her, Flycatcher revealed his crush on her and awoke her with a kiss. During the war against the Adversary, Rose repeated this stratagem, disabling an entire town and most of the Adversary's combat-ready sorcerers.

Before becoming mayor, her ex-husband, Prince Charming, was staying with her to take advantage of her wealth.



Prince Charming's third wife, Cinderella is often seen as loud and rambunctious by her fellow Fables, and usually goes simply by the name Cindy. She is the owner and manager of her own shoe store, the Glass Slipper, in Fabletown. This, however, is merely a cover: she secretly works for the Sheriff (first Bigby and then later Beast) as one of his off-the-record spies. She considers herself to be good at her job, as well as being a fairly decent assassin. Her typical missions include finding Fables who may still be loyal to the Adversary, and she tends to use her good looks to do it. Her first real mission shown in the series was an example of this, and happened during March of the Wooden Soldiers where Bigby had her trapping Ichabod Crane (in France) into admitting that he would follow the Adversary if she were to ask him to; she even got him to sign a confession to that effect, as well as a detailed inventory (written by Crane) of all magical artifacts Fabletown had. However, an earlier mission of hers may have been seen before this: in issue #2 (20 issues before it is revealed that she is a secret agent) she is seen fencing with Bluebeard while discussing the murder of Rose Red. Given Bluebeard was a suspect, it is logical that Cinderella was acting under Bigby's orders to gather information and determine Bluebeard's involvement. After the Battle for Fabletown, she participated in the interrogation of the captured wooden soldiers. She then acted as a delegate to the Cloud Kingdom, where she began to forge an alliance with the Giants on behalf of Fabletown. This allowed her to act as Bigby Wolf's mission operator during Operation Israel. Cinderella ran into a problem while trying to get the Cloud Giants High King to sign a treaty with Fabletown. To solve this, she enlisted the aid of the resident medic of Smalltown, and was turned into a mouse using one of Frau Totenkinder's potions. The price she has to pay for this potion has yet to be revealed, but Cindy certainly feels that it will come back to haunt her. Recently, it has been revealed that she has been interrogating Baba Yaga; considering the fact that only Bigby and Frau Totenkinder know about Baba Yaga being a captive of Fabletown, it is reasonable to assume that this may be part of the debt she owes the witch. Cinderella apparently slipped up and revealed to Baba Yaga that Fabletown had the Witching Well, which prompted Baba Yaga to reveal that she has been learning more from Cinderella during these interrogations than Cindy has been from her. However, this may all be part of Cindy's greater plan.

Frau Totenkinder


Once a captive of the Snow Queen, Kay is now grown and living in New York, away from Fabletown itself. He still has the troll mirror shards in his eye, with the result that all he sees is the bad in people; the evil things that they've done in their lives. The pain that this causes him leads him to routinely gouge out his own eyes, although they subsequently grow back over a period of around ten years. Kay has proven very useful in the past at detecting traitors, and it is with this in mind that Beast asked Frau Totenkinder to magically restore Kay's sight to assist him in rooting out Fables who might be secretly working for the Adversary. Because of his ability, Kay is the only other person in Fabletown to know the full details of Bigby's past deeds and how Frau Totenkinder truly gets her powers.

Doctor Swineheart

One of "The Three Army Surgeons" from the Grimm story of that name, Swineheart works at the Knights of Malta Hospital in New York, where the Special Research Section is in fact a cover for the private Fables-only medical facility. Swineheart took charge of Snow White's recovery after she was shot in the head by Goldilocks during the abortive rebellion at the Farm, and also dealt with her extensively during her pregnancy with Bigby's children. A battlefield surgeon without peer, his services proved invaluable during the battle of Fabletown. He appears to have taken on some mundane attitudes, most likely because he deals with mundane patients as well as his work with the Fables, to the extent that he starts to suggest the possibility of abortion when Snow expresses her unhappiness about the scandal her pregnancy has resulted in. The appalled Snow stops him going any further, threatening to throw him out of Fabletown if he persists.

Trusty John

The doorman at the Woodland building, John was almost universally popular. Amiable and good-natured, John enjoyed his job and was always pleased to see everybody. As such, it came as a complete shock to everyone when Kay unmasked John as a spy for the Adversary. Baffled as to how the 'most faithful Fable in history' could turn against them, John was interrogated by Prince Charming, Beauty and Beast; he explained to them that, long before signing up to the Fabletown compact, he had sworn an unbreakable vow of loyalty to his King, who he believed had been killed leading his forces against the Adversary. It turned out that this had not been the case, that his King, now working for the Adversary, had contacted John and ordered him to spy on his fellow Fables. Bound by his vow, which overruled the later compact, John had no choice but to obey and spent the next four years passing information to the enemy before Kay, with newly regrown eyes, caught him. Despite being sorely tempted to forgive him, given the circumstances, Charming realised that treason, no matter what the situation, must be dealt with harshly. Hardening his heart, he gave John the option to jump down the Witching Well under his own power as a gesture of mercy, the alternative being that he would be executed on the spot and his corpse put down there anyway. John accepted the former offer. In a nightmare which Prince Charming later had, John appeared to vow vengeance for those who had hand in his execution, beginning first with Charming. Few people explicitly know what happened to Trusty John, as revealing such a beloved Fable to be a traitor was deemed to be bad for the morale of Fabletown.On his mission into the The Witching Well, Flycatcher recruited Trusty John as his squire. Trusty John described to Flycatcher his ordeal going down The Witching Well while alive.


The security guard at the Woodland apartment building that forms the centre of Fabletown, Grimble is the troll from the tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and quite possibly many other tales where a troll features. He possesses a glamour that allows him to appear human. His possession of this expensive spell despite his relatively lowly job would seem to suggest that, like Bigby, Grimble was refused entry to the Farm facility because of his past history and thus was given the ability to appear human in order to live and work in the city.


Originally butler to Bluebeard, Hobbes the goblin stayed on to work for Prince Charming after the Prince slew his former master. Calm and dignified, Hobbes is nevertheless a formidable fighter and fought savagely during the Battle of Fabletown. Hobbes worked tirelessly in Charming's election campaign and has generally proved invaluable to his master. He possesses a glamour for use in public, presumably provided by his masters, and notes proudly that he maintains an unblemished record of reliability with it. He is apparently very well paid; when asked about it, Prince Charming dryly noted that Hobbes was better paid as a servant than he was as Mayor. Willingham said that his name was taken from Thomas Hobbes and that he chose it because he was amused by a character who symbolizes order being named after a philosopher who wrote about the difficulty of maintaining order. It is also, of course, a pun on the word Hobgoblin.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood used to live quietly in her cottage in the Homelands where she would often remain undisturbed for long periods. Her peaceful life was occasionally disrupted by a summons to the Warlock's Hall where, unbeknownst to her, magical fetches of her were created, allowing another to take her form in order to infiltrate groups that were against the Adversary. An unnamed sorceress used her form to infiltrate the citadel at World's End during the Fables last stand in the Homelands, and during her stay she became romantically involved with Boy Blue. The sorceress's eventual fate is unknown. More recently, Baba Yaga used her form to infiltrate Fabletown in preparation for an invasion by the Adversary's Wooden Soldiers. Shortly after the incident, Boy Blue launched a covert mission into the Homelands which resulted in the real Red Riding Hood being brought to Fabletown, leaving the woman facing considerable animosity as a result. Upset by this reception and confused by the very different world that she found herself in, Red first latched on to Boy Blue, then Flycatcher when Blue left for the Farm to serve his sentence there, as both men are among the few who have no issues with her.

Red attended Bigby and Snow's wedding with Flycatcher, but, although she found Bigby oddly familiar, she failed to recognise his human form as being her old foe. After returning, she ventured out into the mundane city to have a makeover with the aim of attracting Fly. He was, however, shocked when he saw her, and ran away, ultimately reverting to his frog form. After Ambrose's humanity was restored by Santa and the spirit of his deceased wife, restoring his memories and causing him to fall into severe depression, Ride scolded him for attempting to starve himself rather than extract revenge. Ride's message lead Fly to start his journey through the Witching Well and to eventually form the Haven. After Fly's Haven was established and became safe, Boy Blue brought Ride along with him so she could move there. She told Fly she would assist him in doing queenly duties, until he would find himself a proper queen. Still as innocent as ever, Fly seems to be naive of Ride's attraction.


Numerous other characters have been mentioned and made appearances as minor characters or as rarely used ones. These include:
*Bufkin: A winged monkey from the Oz tales, Bufkin acts as Fabletown's librarian and thus is generally found in the cavernous business office, where he both works and sleeps. Close to Boy Blue, he hid for a week when his friend left for the Homelands, thinking that he would be blamed for not stopping him. Bufkin lacks wisdom, although he is certainly not stupid, is occasionally mischievous and prone to drinking heavily and stealing the Mayor's booze, nevertheless he is generally a good worker and rarely complains. During the events of the "Storybook Love" arc, when everybody was out of the office, Bufkin came to the conclusion that he was now in charge and decided to rename Fabletown Bufkintown, a change that only lasted as long as it took somebody else to find out about it. He apparently reads a lot of the books in the library, and it is suggested that he has learned skills like lockpicking from this. On learning this Prince Charming threatened to kill Bufkin if he stole his alcohol again, Bufkin is then seen with another book-One relating to Political assassination.
*Ichabod Crane: The former Deputy Mayor lost his job after he sexually harassed Snow White and embezzled government funds. After Cinderella exposed him as a likely traitor, Bigby executed him in Paris by bashing him in the head with a headless statue of Napoleon Bonaparte.
*Reynard the Fox: A fox from the French folk tales of the same name, he is a resident of the farm who stayed loyal during Goldilocks's revolution. He helped Snow White escape the clutches of The Three Pigs and helped her kill Shere Khan and free Weyland Smith from his bonds. He flirts with Snow White shamelessly, who is in turn appalled by the fox's advances. In the Homelands, he was the one who led King Noble the Lion's subjects (a large number of anthorpomorphic animals) into the Mundy world, enabling them to escape the slavery of the Adversary's army. He did this despite the fact that, as a trickster, he was disliked by most of his neighbors.
*Jack Ketch: The executioner who killed Dun and Posey Pig after the revolution at the Farm. Willingham has said that he is not necessarily the historical figure; in Fabletown, "Jack Ketch" is used as a generic term for an executioner.
*Bagheera, Shere Khan, Kaa, Baloo, and King Louie: Characters from the Jungle Book (King Louie the orangutan was in Disney's adaptation, but did not appear in Kipling's original book), they aided the revolution, and Khan was shot dead by Snow White. Baloo danced for a week on Khan's grave, doing a show everyday and a matinee on Sunday, and Bagheera urinated on it. Bagheera was the only revolutionary who chose confinement over hard labour. He was eventually freed after Mowgli, who owed Bagheera a life debt, took on his burden of service and brought the self-exiled Bigby Wolf back to Fabletown. Khan is shown to be one of the many whose bodies were dumped down the Witching Well which means he is among the Fables dwelling below the well. As a ghost, Khan returned to the Homelands and is now working with The Adversary.
* Colonel Bearskin He was the colonel of "Bearskin's Free Company", the Fables who held back the Adversary's forces and tried to hold their last unconquered territory. It is said that he fought in many famous battles. He was known for his cunning battle strategies which were the reason that the territory held as long as it did. He also cared for the safety of the people who had loved ones and sent them on the boat to Fabletown. Boy Blue was his orderly, and he gave Boy Blue the witching cloak so Blue would live to tell the tale of the battle and so he could escape to be with Red Riding Hood. He was the one of the last of the Fables that stayed to fight to be killed; he was stabbed in the side and died slowly while the Adversary's troops mocked him.
*Little Miss Muffet: Now apparently married to the spider and calling herself Mrs. Web, she is Fabletown's biggest gossip. Her husband, the Spider, was one of the victims of Snow's son Ghost.
*Rapunzel: Cursed by Frau Totenkinder for displeasing her as she was a 'slutty little girl', Rapunzel's hair is constantly growing, at a rate of four inches an hour, so she has to live under the most restrictive conditions of any of the city Fables, to prevent any mundanes from noticing the fast growth. She has three haircuts each day. She was part of the group of Fables who were part of the last stand in the old territory and she was also present at the Remembrance Day for those who died in the battle at the Last Castle. It is unknown if she realizes Totenkinder is the witch that cursed her.
*Chicken Little: Another Farm resident prone to panic attacks.
*Cock Robin: Was killed by another bird fable during the Farm revolt and stayed dead, in spite of reader confusion which suggests that he came back. Mark Buckingham has pointed out that the second robin that appeared in the 'Animal Farm' story-arc was a different robin, not Cock Robin himself.
*Mary and her Lamb: Mary and her lamb lived on The Farm when her lamb was killed by Ghost. Mary was inconsolable over her lamb's death in spite of Rose Red's and the other Farm fables' best attempts to console her. Mary was later seen at Snow and Bigby's wedding enjoying herself and she, along with the other Fabletown women, was trying to catch the bouquet. Mary's lamb is among the Fables living below the well.
*Edmond Dantès: Better known by his famous alias of 'The Count of Monte Cristo', Edmond owns and runs Fabletown's Chateau d'If Fencing Academy. He can often be found in the Branstock Tavern.
*Mrs. Sprat: Mrs. Sprat works as a nurse in the Knights of Malta Hospital special research wing and like the poem says, she is indeed fat. She is often nagging at Bigby Wolf for smoking inside the hospital. She was later seen complaining to Mayor Charming that he was behind in financing the hospital and was also invited to Snow and Bigby's wedding. Her husband was another of Ghost's victims.
*The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe: She and her children live in the Farm and were heavily armed during the Revolution.
* [ Crow brothers] : Joel, Vulco, and Ephram Crow are the three survivors of the original twelve brothers. The brothers, warriors all, fought fiercely against the Adversary's forces and the Crows were instrumental in ensuring the escape of the last ship to leave the Homelands, as the then-surviving seven, armed only with daggers, took on and defeated a pair of dragons who were threatening the fleeing vessel, at the cost of four of their number. These days, Joel's sole task is to cut Rapunzel's hair three times a day, Ephram works as a security guard at the Knights of Malta hospital and Vulco runs the I Am the Eggman diner. The three Crows were brought in to assist with the arrest of the visiting Arabian Fables. Vulco is known to date Clara, the former dragon turned bird, in his bird form; as well as a fair maiden named, Katrinelje while he is in human form.
*Thrushbeard: Still as hirsute as his name suggests, Thrushbeard apparently managed to escape the Homelands with some of his royal fortune, as observed by Jack when he tried to sell the exiled King the magic beans; Thrushbeard, wise to Jack's ways, wanted nothing to do with it. He can often be found drinking in the Branstock Tavern. Whether his wife escaped the Homelands with him is unknown.
*Frankenstein's Monster: Was animated by Nazis during World War II. Bigby fought the monster (in a reference to the 1943 film "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man") when he and a squad of Allied soldiers stormed the castle where the experiment was being performed. The Monster's still-animated head is kept in the business office in the Woodlands building where Bigby chats with him from time to time. He often has phantom thirst and is given drinks by Bufkin though the last time this happened, the bottom of his cage rusted out.
*The Forsworn Knight: A human figure in full medieval armour, the Knight hangs from a noose tied to the tree in the Fabletown business office. All that is known about him is that he apparently killed himself somewhere in the thirteenth century and that, when plied with alcohol, he's prone to singing and then uttering prophecies; it's mentioned that things got decidedly messy the last time that this happened. His origins remain a mystery; all that Bill Willingham has been willing to say on the subject is that the Knight is not known by that name in his original fable. In Fables 61, it is revealed that The Forsworn Knight is the ghost of Sir Lancelot, who has pledged his service to Flycatcher, as well as knighted Ambrose to become the Once and Future King.
*Mustard Pot Pete: A talking insect who lives in a mustard pot, Pete handles the night shift in the administration office at the Farm.
*The Cheshire Cat
*The Lilliputians: A group of men from the small kingdom of Lilliput formed an army and tried to fight the Adversary. Their group caught the attention of goblins, so to save their kingdom from destruction they left for the mundane world and founded Smalltown. But they had no women, until Thumbelina came along.
*Thumbelina: She moved to Smalltown during the 18th century and was the only woman there for a while, causing many fights over who would win her hand.
*John Barleycorn: Formally Johnny Bullhorn, he was a resident of Smalltown back when there were no women. He ventured to the Homelands and retrieved the magic barleycorns that Thumbelina was born from, bringing women to Smalltown.
* Mr. Grandours: A wizard king who can turn into a bear, he was instructed to guard a tower, filled with various treasures, including the magic barleycorn. He helped John Barleycorn and Arrow retrieve the jar and joined Fabletown. He eventually returned to his human form and lives on the 13th floor. He's believed to be the man in a big fur coat and hat who helps Frau Totenkinder and her group of witches.
*Arrow: A falcon who serves as commander of the Farm's air patrol. He accompanied the then-Johnny Bullhorn on his mission into the Homelands.
*Tom Thumb
*The Dish and the Spoon
*The Cow who Jumped over the Moon
*The Moon
*Br'er Rabbit
*Br'er Bear
*Br'er Fox
*White Rabbit
*The Three Blind Mice
*The Tortoise and the Hare
*The Mean Little Sunflower Kid
*The Mouse and the Clock from Hickory Dickory Dock
*Edgar Allan Poe's Raven
*Mr. Toad and Mole from The Wind in the Willows.
*The Three Billy Goats Gruff
*The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs: Believed killed in the Adversary's assault on the Homelands, Gudrun actually escaped and now lives in a secret den within the Woodlands building. Her eggs provided Bigby with an untraceable source of funds for his covert activities. With Bigby moved on, Gudrun now fulfills the same role for his replacement, Beast.
*Shylock: The central character from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, it seems that Shylock still works with money in some unspecified manner. He converts the Goose's eggs into currency.
*Goosey Loosey
*Puss in Boots
*The Ugly Duckling, still a swan.
*The Boy who cried Wolf
*Peter Cottontail: has been hired by Bigby to train his and Snow's children to hunt though the Cubs were instructed not to kill, hurt or lay fang or claw upon Peter.
*Barbara Allen, the character of a folksong. She was accidentally killed by Ghost.
*Col. Thunderfoot, a rabbit colonel who was cursed to remain a human until a female rabbit could love him back. Bill Willingham cites Watership Down as the inspiration for this character.
*Mersey Dotes, now a mermaid who escaped the Adversary's aquatic forces and lives in a lake on the Farm. Her name alludes to the song "Mairzy Doats".
*Santa Claus: Stationed at the North Pole, he can magically be at every house in the world at the same time on Christmas night. Following an attempt by Jack Horner to steal the naughty and nice list in 1956, Santa has left the list with Bigby to put in a safe place every year since.
**Mrs. Claus
**Santa Claus's reindeer, who can magically fly.
*Bean Nighe, who apparently runs Ford's Laundry.
*Hakim, a newly freed Arabian slave, he has had trouble adjusting to modern-day New York.
*Jill, from Jack's famous nursery rhyme.
* [ Katrinelje] , who is apparently dating Vulco Crow when he's human and is believed to originate from the Fable 'Fair Katrinelje and Pip Pap Poltrie'.
*Peter Piper, from the famous tongue twister, is a flutist in Boy Blue's band and brother to Max The Pied Piper of Hamelin. He is also one of the titular characters in "Peter & Max", the next Fables project.
*Various animated playing cards, flying monkeys, and avian fables.

The Farm

Rose Red

Snow White’s sister, ex-girlfriend of Jack Horner, and brief fiancée of Bluebeard. For centuries, Rose's relationship with her sister was defined by wild carousing and partying, serving as an embarrassment to her sister. Snow's then husband Prince Charming got tangled with Rose Red in an adulterous relationship when she had stayed with the couple as Snow White's companion, thus putting an end to the already troubled marriage. In the first "Fables" story arc, she is believed to be murdered, until Bigby Wolf solves the mystery: She and Jack had faked her death as part of a complex plan to avoid her impending marriage to Bluebeard after using a great deal of his money to finance one of Jack's ill-fated get-rich-quick schemes. In the second story arc, she and Snow White go up to the Farm for Rose to do as punishment for her faked death, where they are caught up in a revolution. At the end of that story, Rose finally finds her niche, managing the Farm, which allowed her to stand equal to her sister, the then-deputy mayor. At the end of the arc Rose is shown to have matured greatly and has fixed her relationship with her sister and broke off her bad relationship with Jack for good. She continues to run the Farm, doting on her nieces and nephews, and has occasionally provided assistance to covert operations. Though her life as the original party girl is well behind her, she still maintains a cheerful attitude and independent spirit, evident in how she runs the Farm well, regardless of how the current administration would like her to manage things. She was briefly involved with Weyland Smith before his death in the battle of Fabletown. Rose was also the one who persuaded her sister to trust Frau Totenkinder and take her with them to the mundane world while they were escaping from the Homelands and the invading armies of the Adversary. Rose seems to have stopped smoking as well. She has since shown interest in Boy Blue while overseeing his labor sentence.

Rose Red usually dresses in red and always has some sort of rose motif in her clothing, even if it is just a scarf tied in the shape of a blossom.

Boy Blue

Weyland Smith

Weyland served as the administrator of the Farm facility and thus bore the brunt of much of the resentment of those Fables confined there. He was imprisoned during the revolution there and was magically compelled to turn his mechanical prowess to the task of adapting mundane weapons so that they could be used easily by non-human Fables. Once the rebellion was foiled, he was replaced as administrator by Rose Red. Originally intending to leave the Farm, Snow White asked him to stay on and continue the task of adapting weapons, in preparation for the inevitable conflict with the Adversary. He agreed and stayed at the Farm, and became close with Rose, shortly before they were called into action to defend Fabletown against the incursion of the wooden soldiers. He fought bravely, smashing the enemy close up with a huge mallet, but ultimately fell in battle alongside many of his compatriots. Though it is quite likely that he is among the many Fables whose bodies were dumped down the Witching Well, which are in alive in the lands below the well. He has been resurrected by Flycatcher (Fables) and is tasked with building farms and other medieval era infrastructure for Fly's kingdom of Haven.

The Three Little Pigs

The original Three Little Pigs, Dun, Posey and Colin were heavily involved in the revolt at the Farm. Colin, who appeared to be considerably less enthusiastic about the idea of rebellion than his cousins, was sent down to Fabletown to attempt to steal or duplicate a key to the main business office in the Woodlands building, and also to determine which of the city Fables might be sympathetic to their cause. Colin failed in these missions, largely because Bigby Wolf kept a close eye on him before sending him back to the Farm. For this failure, he was killed by the ringleaders of the rebellion (the implication is that Goldilocks did the actual deed) and his head put on a pole in the centre of the Farm as a message that it was time for the rebellion to begin. When it ultimately failed, Dun and Posey were tried as ringleaders and were beheaded for their crimes.

This posed something of a problem, as the Three Little Pigs is a popular myth and thus they were needed to fulfil their roles, but it also presented a solution to another problem. As part of Snow White's plan to stem the revolution, three Giant Fables, Lonny, Donny and Johnny, who had been kept sedated for centuries due to the impossibility in hiding their huge forms, had been awakened. Rose Red, in her new position as Farm administrator, persuaded her sister to authorize the expensive spells required to transform the three giants into pig forms, allowing the three to take up their new roles as the new Three Little Pigs.

The late Colin appeared to Snow White on four occasions after his murder, still appearing as a head on a pole. The first occasion was when she lay in a coma after being shot by Goldilocks, where they discussed death briefly and Colin pointed out that, while he was dead, she probably wasn't. The second was shortly before the assault on Fabletown by the wooden soldiers, giving her warning that bad things were coming that would require all of them to defeat. The third occasion was in a dream after her return to the Farm with her children, to warn her that things weren't going to improve any time soon. His final appearance was apparently while Snow was awake, to tell her that things were finally going to get better for her (unbeknownst to Snow, Bigby was on the way back) and to say goodbye, that she didn't need him any more and that he should move on to whatever came next. Whether this was simply a function of Snow's unconscious mind or whether Colin's spirit survived his murder in some manner is unclear. The guiding spirit of Colin appeared again behind Santa Claus when Santa prophesized a coming battle.Two of the pigs -Posey and Dun- are among the Fables that were dumped down the Witching Well and the ones that were greated by Ambrose.

The Three Bears

Residents at the Farm due to their non-human appearance, the Three Bears got involved with the rebellion there, largely manipulated by Goldilocks, who was sleeping with Boo, the now-grown Baby Bear. After the revolt failed, the three were sentenced to one hundred years of hard labour. Some time later, when it became apparent that Fabletown would soon fall under attack, the three volunteered to join the defence, hoping to demonstrate their new loyalty. They fought bravely, but Papa Bear was badly injured and Boo was slain by enemy fire in the closing stages of the battle. Boo's body was committed to the depths of the Witching Well along with his fallen comrades, watched by his grieving parents. With the popular story requiring three bears, Mama Bear fell pregnant not long after her son's death and a new Baby Bear now completes the family once more.


The Adversary

The Snow Queen

A sorceress of great power, Lumi, better known as the Snow Queen, is the commander of the Emperor's personal guard.

According to Jack Horner, she is one of four sisters, each representing one of the seasons, who jointly ruled four kingdoms with each moving in a yearly cycle to bring the seasons in a predictable manner to their subjects. She was once naive and good-natured, with a childlike and somewhat gullible personality. That changed after Lumi had a long relationship with Jack. Trusting him, she gave him her powers for a while while she was unwell, creating the persona of Jack Frost. Jack disregarding her wishes, abandoned her with an illness she did not know to be pregnancy. Enraged by his abuse over her in turning all her subjects against her for destroying the flow of the seasons, along with leaving her pregnant, she grew full of hate towards all these people. Eventually Lumi's three sisters managed to persuade Jack to return the powers he'd taken, powers the sisters considered to be the most powerful of their four . The fate of Lumi's child has not been revealed. Of course, Jack has been known to play loose with the truth, so his liaison with Lumi may be nothing more than a tale he concocted to tell his fellow escapees from the Golden Bough Retirement Home while they were freezing on top of a mountain.

Regardless of whether she was entangled with Jack, she has shown a sharp mind and a cunning aptitude. Tall and quite beautiful, she is generally surrounded by an aura of cold, to the extent that it's usually snowing in her vicinity, often to the annoyance of those around her, not that any of them would dare say anything. She is capable of pulling in the winter weather surrounding her if she so chooses, but rarely does so. She was present when Boy Blue cut off the head of the Emperor and even detected his presence before he revealed himself, but was unable to determine who he was masquerading as and thus prevent his attack. She seems to have either always known who the true leader of the Empire was or has known for quite some time, as she has been repeatedly shown as one of Geppetto's closest and most trusted allies. When Blue escaped from captivity, Geppetto swore to send the Snow Queen after him to get revenge. She acted as host of the Imperial conference called after Bigby's destruction of the magic grove. She commands legions of frost creatures, including giants. At the conference, she set out a four-stage plan for the invasion and destruction of the mundane world, which she calls "the four plagues". First, thousands of warlocks will release six deadly diseases; second, dragons and fire imps will burn the world's cities; third, the Snow Queen's minions will turn the world to perpetual winter; finally, with all crops and means of production destroyed, the remaining humans will starve to death. The Empire can then use the mundane world as a prison. As a result of Pinocchio's briefing, Lumi has been ordered to amend the plans to ensure that all the Fables living in the mundane world have been assassinated prior to any attack, to prevent them rallying the technologically advanced mundane forces against the Empire.

Baba Yaga

One of the Adversary's most powerful sorceresses, Baba Yaga arrived in Fabletown after taking the form of Red Riding Hood. In this disguise, she seduced, interrogated and tortured Boy Blue, and then led an army of wooden soldiers to attack Fabletown. She was defeated in a magical battle with Frau Totenkinder on the roof of the main Fabletown building where Totenkinder had spent years laying down protective spells, giving her the advantage. The rest of Fabletown believes Baba Yaga died in this battle, however Bigby and Totenkinder have kept her alive and restrained, regularly drained of magical power, in a secret prison cell in order to extract information from her.

Her legendary chicken-legged hut was brought to the mundane world when the Fables originally left the Homelands and was stored at the Farm, kept under tight magical control. It awoke, broke through the controlling spells and went on the rampage when Baba Yaga came through in disguise, providing Frau Totenkinder with the clue to her true identity. Its current status is unclear, although the Farm-based Fables presumably managed to get it under control eventually. It's also unknown how it was separated from its mistress in the first place.

Baba Yaga is served by the three demigod knights of the Rus, Bright Day, Radiant Sun and Dark Night, who rank among the most formidable warriors in the Empire. All three faced and were defeated by Boy Blue during his return to the Homelands, but due to their irrevocable bond with Baba Yaga, none of the three were able to die and now exist in the state that Blue left them in. Bright Day represented his mistress at the Imperial conference, appearing only as a head.


The girl who broke into the Three Bears' home and ate their porridge has grown up. Now Goldilocks is a gun-toting Leftist political agitator. She led about half of the Farm against Snow White in a rather foolish revolution. Despite her claims to be fighting for the 'rights' of the Farm Fables, and even becoming Little Bear's lover, her actions make it quite clear that she didn't care about the cause in the slightest, simply the power that such a position would provide. It was hoped that she had been killed after attempting to assassinate Bigby and Snow White (being, in order, hit in the head with an axe, knocked off a cliff and then finally hit by a truck off another cliff into a river), all the while still attempting to kill the two. Her popularity as a Fable allowed her to survive her horrendous injuries and she has recently reappeared on the scene in the spin-off series "Jack of Fables" as a spy for Mr. Revise. She is quite adept at tracking enemies in the wilderness, and is extremely skilled with a rifle, easily incapacitating Bigby in his giant wolf form when ambushed from behind. Contrary to her innocent-looking appearance, she has very keen senses, and is shown to be quite reckless and determined when she intends to kill someone.


The former nobleman and serial killer who has reformed, or rather pretended he had, Bluebeard was involved with various shady dealings in Fabletown. He was enormously wealthy, nearly singlehandedly supporting the Fabletown government (which had no way to levy taxes, and thus relied on donations from wealthy patrons) and was able to afford even the top magical spells (his entire palace was hidden inside a room of his apartment). He considered himself to be the nemesis of Bigby Wolf, using every opportunity to try to put the Sheriff down. When he pointed out to Wolf that his threats lost their value if Bigby didn't follow them through, Bigby responded that he never needed to because Bluebeard, a terror against weaker and/or helpless opponents, always backed down when faced with a stronger one. This observation caused Bluebeard to shed tears, and to hate Bigby even more and he attempted to engineer his assassination and that of Snow White, working in conjunction with Goldilocks. Bluebeard was killed by Prince Charming who, out of some guilt over his own mistreatment of Snow White, sought to prevent Bluebeard from ordering that assassination attempt on Snow and Bigby. However, it had already been put into motion. As well, Charming wanted to seize his vast assets. Contrary to what his name might suggest, he is not, nor ever was, a pirate (though Willingham identified that Bluebeard's character design was supposed to be that of Captain Hook, absent from Fables because of copyrightFact|date=March 2008). His body was dropped down the witching well. Bluebeard appears along with other deceased Fables, Bluebeard says that he has learned to be virtuous, though Lancelot and Fly believe that his position of villain has not changed. After being caught conspiring with Shere Khan to kill Flycatcher, his flesh form was taken away. He aided the Adversary's troops in attacking Fly's new stronghold, as Fly anticipated. Afterwards, he stayed with the Adversary, whose magicians are attempting to make him once more corporeal.

Rodney and June

Spies for the Adversary, Rodney and June started out as two of Geppetto's wooden children, Rodney a highly-decorated junior officer in the forces assaulting the Arabian Fablelands and June a medic assigned temporarily to his unit. Meeting when Rodney was injured, the pair swiftly grew to enjoy each other's company and began to court each other, despite not really having much of a clue how to go about it. Eventually, Rodney wrote a letter to Geppetto, asking that they be made flesh, so that they could marry and be together properly. The letter was read before dispatch by Rodney's superior officer who was shocked by the content, as it revealed a number of facts about Geppetto's true position within the Empire that would cause immense problems should they get out. He initially locked Rodney up, unsure how to proceed, then ultimately relented. Destroying the letter, he announced that Geppetto should be reassured that there had been no letter and that the situation was under control and dispatched Rodney to do so, with June accompanying him to provide additional witness, observing quietly to the pair that had somebody wanted to ask Geppetto what had supposedly been in the non-existent letter, then it would make much more sense to ask him in person.

Reaching Geppetto after months of travel, Rodney and June made their request. Geppetto talked with them for some hours, then told them that such a great gift would always come with a price and asked them to think about whether they'd be willing to pay it. Rodney and June accepted, were made flesh and were married in a grand ceremony presided over by the Emperor himself. They settled down happily and swiftly conceived a child. Shortly thereafter, they were visited by the Snow Queen, who explained the service that was required of them. They were briefed on life in America, then were sent through and were installed in a small apartment in New York under the name Greenwood, only a couple of blocks from Fabletown, with orders to spy on the Fables there and to study up on sabotage and murder techniques in case they're required to take a more active role. They write their reports in a journal which is magically linked to an identical volume in the Homelands. Orders are passed to them in the same way; occasionally they are provided with specific instructions detailing tasks to be carried out, sometimes involving violent acts. Though both appear to be highly ambivalent about what they do, and June in particular worries about how the recent birth of their daughter (Junebug) will affect things, they nevertheless remain loyal to the Empire - the magic that changed them to flesh ensures that.

Rodney was one of the attendees at the Imperial conference called after Bigby's destruction of the magic grove. He was apparently horrified by the genocidal plan suggested for the mundane world by the Snow Queen and consulted with Pinocchio about how this could be prevented.

In recent events, Pinocchio convinced Rodney and June to surrender to Fabletown authorities. Pinocchio also gave them the ability to defy the loyalty magic of Geppetto by explaining that although they need to do what is best for father Geppetto, they don't need to do what he orders since Geppetto may indeed be mentally unsound, and thus defying the empire might in fact be the best thing for Geppetto, since he is acting in a way that harms himself.


Lord Hansel, of Hansel and Gretel fame, holds the position of Head of the Imperial Inquisition and is one of the most feared men in the Empire. After their misadventure in the Homelands involving Frau Totenkinder, whom the children pushed into her own oven, Hansel and Gretel emerged from the forests to find their land overrun by the Adversary's forces. They fled, staying ahead of the invading armies and taking sanctuary in one church after another, until they learned of the mundane world. Arriving there in the mid-17th Century, they made their way to the newly-established Fabletown, where they were shocked to discover Frau Totenkinder among the Fables already present. Hansel immediately demanded her execution, only to be informed that, under the terms of the Fabletown Compact, Totenkinder had been granted immunity for her actions in the Homelands. Disgusted, Hansel announced his intention to live among the mundane population, leaving his sister behind in Fabletown.

Hansel moved to Europe, where he swiftly established a name for himself as a witch hunter, testifying in numerous trials and taking part enthusiastically in the executions. It reached the point where his word was considered sufficient to convict a suspect of witchcraft. Hundreds of people were executed at his word. When the Salem witch trials broke out in 1692, Hansel immediately returned to America to participate where he continued with his crusade. Reports of his activities greatly concerned the Fabletown authorities, but as he remained within the letter of the Fabletown laws, no action could be taken against him.

Being nearby for the first time in many years, Hansel visited Fabletown, asking to see his sister. He begged her to leave Fabletown, as it was only her presence that stopped him from assembling the forces required to obliterate the place. Gretel refused, explaining to him that she had spent time studying with Frau Totenkinder in the intervening years and had gained a new appreciation for the magic arts, seeing them not as the devil's work, but as a useful tool. Horrified and enraged, Hansel struck her viciously with a chair, snapping her neck instantly. As no witnesses had been present, he tried to claim that it had been an accident, but he was not believed. Hansel was stricken from the Fabletown Compact and banished forever. He continued with his witch-finding activities, but as time passed and the witch-hunts ceased, his fame became infamy and he vanished from the mundane world.

Returning to the Homelands, Hansel was tasked with investigating and punishing any unauthorized use of sorcery. It is implied that his job is not to give alleged sorcerers fair trials but simply to stamp out illegal sorcery through terror. He was one of the attendees at the Imperial conference called after Bigby's destruction of the magic grove, although he was not apprised of the war plans outlined by the Snow Queen so that he could not reveal them were he to be subjected to interrogation. Geppetto has designated him as the Empire's official envoy to Fabletown; however, his real mission in the mundane world is to send Baba Yaga and the wooden soldiers back to the Homelands. He was initially given three years to accomplish this, as Geppetto seems intent on a full-scale attack on the mundane world in 2009. Recent changes in plan have increased the urgency of his mission; if the war is to occur on schedule, Hansel now has to speed things up.

The Nome King

The much feared Nome King, from L. Frank Baum's tales of the land of Oz, is the current ruler of that land, conquered relatively early in the Adversary's campaign, as well as many of the surrounding kingdoms and Imperial districts. He attended the Imperial conference called after the destruction of the magic grove and was positively delighted by the plans outlined by the Snow Queen for the effective genocide of the mundane population. He did feel, however, that the plan could be improved with his assistance, feeling that he had many minions that could be of great use.

The Wooden Soldiers

The Empire's main military force consist of Geppetto's living wooden children. Although Geppetto maintains a large number of human troops, the wooden soldiers do the most difficult work, including the invasion of foreign lands, due to their extreme resiliency. Early on in the development of the Empire, they were used to take over kingdoms through trickery, by killing a king and replacing him with a wooden look-alike. Pinocchio was the first one Geppetto created; however, since then his creations have altered significantly. In addition to being created as adults rather than children, in both genders, they are brought to life with spells compelling them to obey Geppetto (these spells are obtained from Geppetto's main power source, the comatose body of the Blue Fairy). Aside from the Emperor, most wooden soldiers are highly derisive of all non-wooden life forms, human, Fable or otherwise, referring to them contemptuously as "meat" and commenting at great lengths about what they see as the many failures of human anatomy (the need for food and sleep and a relatively low resistance to injury). Sometimes they will even assault and murder "meat" without provocation, as seen as when Hugh, Drew, and Lou (the first three soldiers to infultrate Fabletown) murdered a gun sales man. In contrast, they are very close to each other, addressing themselves as "Brother" and "Sister"; they also look "up" to Pinocchio, whom they see as their oldest sibling, since he was the first of their kind (despite the fact that he has since become human).

A force of them were sent to Fabletown in "March of the Wooden Soldiers"; they were defeated in the bloody Battle of Fabletown. Although they were sent ostensibly to collect every single magical item that was taken out of the Homelands and return it to the Empire, they also came with the clear intent to kill as many of the Fables as they could, for pure pleasure as much as military ordersFact|date=March 2008. These soldiers are all identical, with hands and feet enchanted to look human, allowing them to more easily pass through the mundane world without suspicion. These soldiers all appear in matching suits, sunglasses and toupees (one observing mundane assumed they were a procession of Young Republicans). Generally, they are only distinguishable from each other by wig color. Three of the soldiers (named Hugh, Drew and Louis, possibly a reference to Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie) are apparently the leaders (their appearance is similar to that of Agents Brown, Smith, and Jones in The MatrixFact|date=March 2008) they are the first to appear in New York (with Baba Yaga), and are the first to visit Fabletown, warning that they will return to confiscate all magic items. They also purchase guns to use in the battle, and oversee the construction and arming of their brothers. When every wooden soldier is assembled into an army of hundreds, they invade Fabletown en masse. Eventually, due to the leadership of Snow White and the nick-of-time appearance by Bigby Wolf, the soldiers are defeated, but not before killing many Fables. The soldiers afterwards are incarcerated as severed heads, and interrogated by Bigby Wolf and Cinderella; each individual soldier, when separated from his brothers, starts talking relatively quickly. Their bodies were thrown down the Witching Well.

In "The Good Prince" a large host of them marched on Flycatcher's kingdom of Haven. After surrendering to them, Fly used his magic to revert them into the Sacred Grove they were carved from. Not only did this supply Haven with its own defensive barrier, it also deprived Geppetto of his resources, as only one Sacred Grove can exist at a time.

Captain/Governor General Chernomor

A minor villian, who led the Adversary's army at the final battle at the last gate to be closed. He later became a Governor General, who Boy Blue killed and took the place of, using the Vorpal Blade and Witching Cloak.


Jack Horner


The Tourists

The Tourists are a group of three Fables who originally worked for Bigby Wolf on keeping track of those Fables who have chosen not to live in Fabletown or up at the Farm. Since Bigby's departure, they now work for his replacement, Beast, or more directly for Prince Charming, as Mayor of Fabletown.

The only Tourist to have appeared thus far in the main series is Mowgli, from The Jungle Book. He was assigned the mission of tracking down the missing Bigby and bringing him back to Fabletown. While this was outside the Tourists' normal duties, he accepted the mission when Prince Charming informed him that his friend Bagheera, imprisoned for his role in the Farm revolt, would be freed once his mission was completed. Mowgli was primarily given this assignment because, unlike the other Tourists, he was raised by wolves, and thus knew how Bigby would think. The task took many months and covered thousands of miles, but Mowgli was ultimately successful.

The second Tourist is Feathertop, the animated scarecrow from a Nathaniel Hawthorne short story. He appeared in "A Wolf in the Fold", a prose tale in the series' first trade paperback, where he accompanied Snow White on her mission to invite the Big Bad Wolf to join them in Fabletown in approximately 1650. He was chosen because, as a non-organic entity, the Wolf would be unable to read his emotions and would find him unpalatable. Bill Willingham has identified the third Tourist as being the Woodsman, who features in many different tales but is best known for his appearance in the story of Red Riding Hood.

Cinderella is the final, off-the-books tourist. She was shown to be an operative of Bigby Wolf's when she found out Ichabod Crane was capable of treason. She has also been doing covert work in the Cloud realms

The North Wind

The North Wind, often referred to as Mr. North, is the father of Bigby Wolf. When travelling the world, he fell in love with a wolf named Winter; they had seven cubs. Mr. North grew bored after several years and abandoned her. He is the only European fable that still holds his kingdom from the Adversary. He arrived in Fabletown when word reached him about the birth of his grandchildren, and he spent several years at the farm helping Snow take care of them. He treated Snow like she were his own daughter, teaching his grandchildren how to fly and shapeshift. He is strong enough to fight Demons and is based on many European Wind Gods, primarily Boreas (who has his own fable, entitled the The North Wind and the Sun). Bigby never forgave him for abandoning Winter and considers him a monster. He eventually returned to his kingdom before Bigby returned to Fabletown. Following Bigby and Snow's visit to his castle, he has officially agreed to help Fabletown by finding zephyrs that will be trained to spy on Hansel and his associates.


The famed mariner of legend is a prince of the Arabian Fables. He arrived in Fabletown with his minister, Yusuf, a host of servants and slaves and, to the consternation of his hosts, a d'jinn secured within a bottle, for a meeting carefully negotiated by Mowgli. Things got off to the worst possible start when Prince Charming forgot completely about the meeting and it was only when King Cole, who both spoke the language and was familiar with the customs, was brought in that things began to calm down. As things progressed, Sinbad began to see that the mundane world represented a new beginning, and decided to free all of his slaves. The enraged Yusuf used this as an excuse to release the d'jinn, giving it commands that would put him in control of both the European and Arabian fable communities. Fortunately, Frau Totenkinder had anticipated the possibility and warped his language, so that the commands he gave were not what he intended, ultimately leading to his own prolonged demise and the recapture of the d'jinn. Sinbad did indeed release his slaves, giving them the option to either accompany him back to Baghdad or to remain in Fabletown. He left Fabletown, taking King Cole with him as the official Ambassador to the Arabian Fables. They returned to Baghdad, where he revealed to Cole that, for the time being, the Arabian Fables still live in the Homelands equivalent of Baghdad, until such time as the Adversary's forces take it. Sinbad has learned from the uncontrolled exodus of the European Fables into the mundane world and has made plans to ensure that their own escape, should it prove necessary, will be much more orderly.

Kevin Thorn

Kevin Thorn is a former New York City journalist who has the ability to see behind the illusions cast by Fabletown magic-users. After the Battle of Fabletown, the anchorman on the news show Thorn worked for reported an out-of-control block party, a building fire and a gang fight in the Upper West Side; minutes later, the details were fading from everyone's head but Kevin's. After reporting this to his boss, he was fired for "going all X-Files". Kevin has now dedicated himself to discovering what exactly is going on in the Upper West Side. He is leaving a complete paper trail in case of his sudden death (which he now considers to be a strong possibility). In Issue number 54, it is revealed that Kevin is acting as a superintendent at a house three blocks away from Fabletown. This house is also now occupied by Hansel and his staff, though Kevin seems unaware of their true identities. In Kevin's free time (when not spying on Fabletown residents), he is writing a book describing what it is he has discovered of the Fables. He has been keeping an eye on them for long enough now to be familiar with many of the regulars and has noticed the disappearance of several - Bigby Wolf, Snow White, Boy Blue and so forth - linked with references to "The Farm". He has come to the conclusion that "the Farm" is actually a euphemism for execution, giving him the mistaken impression that the Fables willingly kill their own without reservation. He is aware that Tommy Sharp was also investigating Fabletown and was subsequently murdered, which has only served to heighten his misgiving about the Fables.

In "Jack of Fables #15", the reason for Thorn being able to see through the Fables' illusions is finally given: he is, in fact, a Literal; beings whom are like Fables, but are different creatures nonetheless (they seem to represent literary devices rather than actual characters). Like many Fables, though, he was taken to Golden Boughs, and was stripped of his memories so that he could be made into an ordinary human being. What sort of Literal he was, however, is never made clear. When he begins to regain his memories, he is recaptured so that the process can be repeated. In that process, it is implicated he is one of the most powerful Literals in existence, and the soldiers sent to capture him imply that even all of them with their guns could only irritate him, at best, if he fought back. Nonetheless, they manage to bring him back peacefully, where it is revealed Revise is actually his son, and the Pathetic Fallacy is his father. It seems that he became a mundane by choice, and doesn't refuse the notion of losing his memories again.

Tommy Sharp

Tommy Sharp was a writer for the Daily News. He somehow got wind that there was something unusual about the Fabletown community and spent several years following it up. He tracked down records detailing the Fables' possession of the area right back to when the city was called New Amsterdam, compiled a number of personal histories and located photographs of several of the Fabletown residents going back to the beginnings of photography, proving that none of them had aged a day. He also secretly trailed Bigby Wolf, a not unimpressive feat, given the Wolf's massively enhanced senses and witnessed him changing to his wolf form in Central Park. Prior to publishing, he came to Fabletown and asked to speak to Bigby, with the aim of giving the Fables a chance to respond as a journalistic courtesy. Explaining to a visibly amused sheriff that he believed them to be vampires, Sharp stated that he would shortly be publishing his story.

The concerned Wolf, realising that even if nobody official believed the story, they'd be inundated with goths and vampire-wannabes, quickly formulated a plan to steal all of Sharp's research, using Briar Rose's enchantment to put all the occupants of the building to sleep while they ransacked his apartment. It quickly became apparent, however, that Sharp had backed all his information up in a secure facility elsewhere. Bluebeard, who was supposed to be keeping watch downstairs, insisted that they should simply shoot Sharp, belittling Bigby when he chose a different course of action. Kidnapping Sharp, the Fables took a number of photographs of him posed with Pinocchio, in such a manner to make it appear that Sharp was a pedophile. They then informed Sharp that if he published his story, they would release these photos, plus a videotape of an interview with Pinocchio where he explained what Sharp had supposedly done to him by pointing out on a teddy bear where Sharp touched him, thus destroying Sharp's reputation completely. Sharp had no choice but to cooperate.

Bluebeard, however, felt differently. Believing, as always, that he knew best and probably in no small part to spite Bigby, he summoned Sharp to Central Park where he asked Sharp if he had destroyed all his research; when Sharp confirmed he had, Bluebeard executed the journalist.


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