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Forcible


Alias: Dingbat (by Mel Jones and Coraline)
Age: 69 years.
Sex Female
Status: Alive.
Voiced by: Dawn French (movie).
Susanne Blakeslee (video game).
Appearances: Movie.
Books.
Race: Caucasian

Miriam Forcible is a retired burlesque actress along with her former stage partner and lover, Miss Spink.

Plot Appearance[]

Movie[]

An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (filmography)

Miss Forcible is portrayed as more senile than Miss Spink, and has very large breasts in contrast to Miss Spink's very large bottom. She constantly argues with April about who's right and wrong. She is quick to talk down topics she views as unimportant or untrue, and always inserts her own opinion into the situation. Sometimes she is wrong, such as when she counters April about Coraline being in danger, and other times she is correct, such as when she states that the magic stone she and Spink gave to Coraline was used for locating lost objects. Miriam is also described as being blind as a bat, mainly shown when she interprets Coraline's tea leaves as a giraffe, and uses small spectacles to see more clearly.

In the movie, Miriam meets Coraline in her basement apartment with April after April invites Coraline in. She proceeds to make Coraline jasmine tea, even after April tells her not to.

After April tells Coraline that she is in danger, Miriam quickly tells her that she is being ridiculous and tries to tell Coraline that it is actually good news. Even after April shows her that she sees a very threatening hand, Miriam continues to argue with her, saying she sees a giraffe, to which April states giraffes don't fall from the sky.

Later, after the Other Mother steals Coraline's parents, she goes to Spink and Forcible for help. Miriam takes out a bowl of taffy, which April proceeds to crumble into a small stone-like object. April states that it is good for locating bad things, while Miriam states it is good for locating lost things. Coraline leaves the room while the two argue.

At the end of the movie, Miriam and April are at the gardening party, where Coraline gives the two lemonade, and asks how their ill dog is doing.

Book[]

Miriam's character in the book differs from her character in the movie, as she is less argumentative and is more sensible. Namely, she doesn't argue with April when it comes to predicting Coraline's future. It is likely that her senselessness was added on to the movie in order to 'brighten up' the atmosphere and add humor to the story. 
Other Miriam and April are circus entertainers in a "neverending show" watched by an audience full of Scottie dogs. When Coraline watches them at the theatre, instead of being thrown into the air and almost being dropped by an unsteady Miss Forcible, she is called up on stage and a balloon is put on top of her head. A blindfolded Miriam then throws a knife at Coraline's head and pops a balloon. The scene would likely appear underwhelming if animated, thus the filmmakers left it out.

Video Game[]

An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (video game)

Coraline visits Miss Spink and Miss Forcible where Miss Spink thanks Coraline for the apples she picked for them. She then asks Coraline to play Go Fish with them which Coraline agrees. Coraline wins the game and Miss Spink then tells Coraline about the missing well. Coraline later meets Miss Spink in the other world in which she asks Coraline to complete a music sequence to be a star, They then watch the show and Miss Spink and Miss Forcible ask Coraline to complete more sequences to make the show better

 

Other Forcible[]

Other Spik and Forcible

Other Miss Spink (Left) Other Miss Forcible (Right)

The other Forcible looks the same as her real-world counterpart. She is revealed with long blonde hair, has an apple-shaped figure, and in a Venus style clam shell. She sheds her 'old skin' like a suit and becomes the younger Forcible, seen on pictures in the Pink Palace, then performs a trapeze act with the Other Spink while quoting a monologue from Shakespeare's Hamlet. After the Other World grows twisted, she and Miss Spink take on the appearance of taffy candy emerging from a wrapper, a callback to the candy they offered Coraline in their home. 

Quotes[]

  • "Oh go on have one. It’s hand-pulled taffy from Brighton. Best in the world."
  • "Well, not to worry, child: It's good news. There's a tall handsome beast in your future."
  • "I see a giraffe."
  • "Acquire a very tall step-ladder."

Trivia[]

  • She was correct when she said the seeing stone could help find lost things.
  • During the other Spink and Forcible's trapeze act, they are quoting a monologue from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  • She is said to be blind which may be the cause for her light blue, almost gray eyes. Seeing as she states she sees a giraffe, she can't be fully blind, and thus may be nearsighted, farsighted or have a lazy eye or astigmatism.
  • In the movie, when she dresses up for the theater, it reveals that she wears a wig.
  • The author, Neil Gaiman, confirmed in his tumblr that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible are a couple. Seeing as they are both referred to as "Miss", they can't be married, but they are life partners.

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