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Mel busies herself with her laptop
Alias: “The boss”
Age: 36 years.
Gender Female.
Status: Alive.
Voiced by: Teri Hatcher (movie)
Amanda Troop (video game)
Appearances: Movie.
Video game.

Mel Jones is the mother of Coraline Jones and the wife of Charlie Jones. She is constantly seen as being very busy and having little time for her daughter, as per her job as a gardening catalogue editor (movie job only).

Plot Appearance


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (filmography)
Mel Jones-fullbody

From what has been depicted, Mel leaves the cooking to her husband, Charlie (though he is not well at it), and she does the cleaning. Being the busy mother and wife she is, at the start she barely gives much attention to her daughter while keeping up with her responsibilities as a gardening catalogue editor.

As begged by Coraline, Mel was the one who opened the door first, out of the annoyance from her daughter whom was pestering her and wouldn't stop unless Mel opened the door. However, after unlocking it and discovered a brick wall covering the pathway, she went back to work. Mel later locked the door again and hid the key after finding rat feces near it.

After Coraline escaped from the other world, she and her husband were kidnapped by the the beldam and were trapped in the other world. They asked for Coraline's help through the mirror in the hallway of the real world and was later revealed to be trapped in the snow globe on the other world's mantle piece. After Coraline saved them, they came back in the real world without any recollection of the events that took place. 

In response to the promise she made with her daughter, Mel bought Coraline the colorful gloves she wanted in Linden's Uniform from the time they went shopping for Coraline's school clothes. She later becomes more attentive of her daughter as depicted in the last moments of the film.


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (books)

She spends most of her time at home, working on an unnamed job on her computer. We learn that Mel is somewhat neutral to Coraline, and doesn't really mind what Coraline, suggesting that she do some things, and pester her neighbours, so long as she doesn't make a mess. She also tells Coraline that the wooden door leads to nowhere, and it might have lead to another apartment when the house was first created, hinting to the truth to the passage that leads to the other world. When Mel goes shopping with Coraline, she more or less ignores the wants of Coraline, preferring to buy the normal uniform for school and some hair-clips. Once they get back, Coraline asks about the entrance to the other world (not technically revealed yet), she just tells her that it would probably just be empty rooms, and it would be inaccessible, before going to the shops to go buy some lunch. The next time we see Mel, she's trapped with her husband in the mirror, and she ends up calling Coraline to action, fogging a patch of the mirror and writing ƧU ꟼ⅃ƎH, before disappearing Once the Other Mother is defeated, both of Coraline's parents are brought back, without any memory of the events that perspired. She pays more attention to Coraline afterwards, and gently wakes Coraline up. She comments on the sudden appearance of the cat, before telling Coraline that dinner would come in 15 minutes, and getting Coraline to clean herself up.

Video Game

An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (video game)
This section requires expanding with knowledge derived from the video game. 


Although very busy with her work as a gardening catalogue editor, Mel loves Coraline very much despite the lack of time and attention she gives her daughter as depicted when Coraline shared to her that she almost fell in a well. As a mother, she cares deeply for her daughter and even tried to make it up to her by telling Coraline that she could pick something she liked in the grocery store, but was very dismayed when Coraline was still upset with her and denied.


These quotes are all said in chronological order.

  • "I don't have time for you right now."
  • "We made a deal. Zip It."
  • "We've been through this before; your dad cooks, I clean, and you stay out of the way."
  • '"You only dreamed you ate all that chicken."
  • "If the real Charlie Jones wants his pages edited, he better wrap them up ASAP."
  • "Maybe she should buy all your clothes."
  • "Oh no, you’ve broke my favorite snow globe."
  • "What’s gotten into you, Coraline?"


  • She cleans while her husband cooks.
  • On her cell phone, the ghost children can be seen on the screen.
  • She hates wasting time.


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