Voice Actor: Johnny Depp
Victor is a bashful, shy, good-hearted young man who hails from a family of nouveaux riches, or "new money". His social-climbing parents have made a fortune, but hail from humble fish-mongering origins. They are eager to join the ranks of the aristocracy through the arranged marriage of their son with Victoria Everglot, the daughter of a titled, but penniless, family. Fortunately, Victor finds the charming young lady shares much in common with him and they fall almost instantly in love.
Throughout the movie, his heart is torn between the attentions of the sweet, shy, still-living Victoria and the free-spirited, beautiful, but dead, Emily. According to him, Victoria was like looking through a mirror, while Emily was the opposite that filled the areas that he lacked. As the movie progresses, Victor's character reveals a more coy side, suggesting more confidence than initially believed.
Voice Actor: Helena Bonham Carter
Emily is the titular character of the film. As the Corpse Bride, Emily is portrayed as kind and trusting, with a free spirit and a lust for un-life. Her outgoing persona acts as a foil for the more reserved, tentative Victoria. Despite being dead, Emily is capable of the same amount of love and emotion as any living person; she can fall in love, and her non-beating heart can just as easily be broken. Emily is also shown to be very naive as she couldn't figure out simple things like Victor abandoning her, Victor being afraid of her when they first met, her marriage being an accident, and how her marriage was unofficial since Emily was dead and Victor wasn't. Emily also has a lack of common sense since she wanted to marry Barkis even though they hardly knew each other which lead to her demise. She has been waiting for her real true love ever since her murder at the hands of her fiancé, which she did find when Victor came to meeting her. Like Victor, Emily can play the piano. She has a spider that follows her around and a maggot that lives in her head (occasionally knocking out her eyeball to speak to her).
Emily's overall appearance is a caricature of Helena Bonham Carter, her voice actress, with full lips and large dark eyes. Despite being a partially skeletonized, decomposing corpse, Emily is nonetheless hauntingly beautiful. She casts a striking figure in her flowing, rotted wedding dress and tattered veil. These were the clothes she was killed in as she waited for her groom.
Voice Actor: Emily Watson
Victoria is the daughter of Maudeline and Finis Everglot, a repulsive couple in a "sad, sad state of affairs." She has long dreamt of marrying a man that she loves, but is afraid that it seems silly to others. She wanted to learn how to play the piano, but her mother said that music is "too passionate for a young lady." However, Victoria breaks the mold of quiet as she displays a more outgoing nature contrary to the film's first introductions. Victoria's arranged marriage to Victor was supposed to be her parents' "ticket to [their] rightful place", which means that Victor's family's money would save them from the poor-house. Luckily, Victor and Victoria find much in common with each (unlike her parents, who view marriage as more of a contract or "partnership"), and fall almost instantly in love.
When Victor disappeared with Emily, Victoria was forced by her parents to marry Lord Barkis Bittern, parallel to Victor and Emily's own wedding ceremony even when she has no feelings toward him. Shortly after the ceremony, Barkis confronted Victor and Emily, then accidentally drank poisoned wine and died. This made Victoria a widow, leaving her free from him. The film ends before she presumably marries Victor, as they witness Emily's peaceful release.
Victoria is an unassuming but cheerful and good-natured person despite her somewhat umpleasant family. She also appears to be very beautiful as Victor immediately falls in love with her as she does with him.
Her name, Victoria, is obviously a feminine version of Victor, the name of her fiance and the main character of the film.
Voice Actor: Tracey Ullman
Victor's mother. She is often seen with expensive clothing, some kind of animal around her neck, and a folding fan. She dislikes her carriage driver Mayhew for his persistent coughing fits, and doesn't appear very remorseful about Mayhew's death later in the film (In fact, there is nothing to suggest she even knew that he died). Along with her husband, she dreams of standing alongside the upper echelons of society, believing that she deserves more than a fish merchant's life. When Victor disappears from the Land of the Living, Nell becomes desperate to find him before dawn arrives, although it should be noted that this seemed to be out of a desire to continue with the marriage that would have "elevated [her] to the heights of society", rather than showing any genuine concern for her son's safety. She also thinks quite lowly of Victor, asking her husband, "What corpse would marry our Victor?" in response to William van Dort's query about a possible marriage between their son and a corpse.
Voice Actor: Paul Whitehouse
Victor's father. He appears far more concerned towards Victor's wellbeing than his wife, the latter who is constantly influencing his actions. He appears easily excitable and generally kindly and good-natured, and works as a successful fishmonger.
Voice Actor: Joanna Lumley
The dominant person in hers and Lord Everglot's relationship, Maudeline is Victoria's austere and hard-faced mother. She feels that love has nothing to do with marriage, as marriage is simply a partnership. She and Finis deny loving or even liking one another.
Voice Actor: Albert Finney
Victoria's father. A land-rich, cash-poor aristocrat whose fear of being forced penniless into the streets leads him to arrange a marriage for Victoria as to save their family from the poorhouse.Finis displays hardly any emotion throughout the entire film and is generally quite hard faced much like his wife and finds itvery difficult to smile there is only one point were he displays emotion where he runs screaming in fear at the sight of his own dead ancestor. He is known to possess a musket, which he calls for twice in the film.
Voice Actor: Paul Whitehouse
An employee of the Van Dort's fish business, and the family carriage driver. He has a persistent cough (aggravated by his constant pipe-smoking), which proves fatal during the second half of the film. As he dies and enters the Land of the Dead, he meets Victor and is the character who breaks the news of Victoria's and Barkis's wedding to Victor.
Voice Actor: Tracey Ullman
A servant in the Everglot house, and an aide of Victoria. The character portrayed is typical of the "surrogate mother" of a lone daughter of a rich family, similar to that of the Nurse in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Hildegarde appears genuinely concerned for Victoria and comforts her when Victoria laments Victor's fate and her upcoming (forced) marriage to lord Barkis Britten. Her physical appearance is that of an ancient woman, with her back crooked with age. And coupled with Victoria's trust by confiding in her despite her shy demeanor, further suggests that she had served as Victoria's maid much of the latter's life.