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Do not confuse this article for the real world Charlie Jones!
Alias: Dad
Age: N/A
Gender Male
Status: Deceased
Voiced by: John Hodgman (movie)
John Linnell (movie, singing voice)
Dave Fouquette (video game)
Appearances: Movie
Video game

The Other Father, created by the beldam, was a doll (made from a pumpkin) used to help trick Coraline Jones into staying in the other world, but it is later revealed that he is actually on Coraline's side.

Plot Appearance[]


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (filmography)

In the film, he appears identical to Coraline's real father. He knows how to play piano, but to play complex pieces, he needs his trademark mechanical hands. It is hinted throughout the film that he is terrified of the Other Mother, doing as she says and obeying her every command. It is to be noted however, that he frequently shows small hints (ie: Nods, Shakes, Terrifying Language) in an attempt to give hints that the Other Mother doesn't notice, one example being when he nods in agreement to Other Mother stating, "I- We..." and shaking when she finishes with "...aren't worried at all!".

Later on in the film, the Other Father turns into a pumpkin-like human (this was hinted when the beldam said he was as hungry as a pumpkin) with the face in a permanent frown with a monster-like voice and barely capable of speech. This was apparently his punishment for telling Coraline too much. When Coraline sets out to find the the three ghost children's eyes, the Other Father attacks her while atop his mechanical preying mantis-like gardening machine in the Fantastic Garden. Interestingly, at this point in the film, we see that the Other Father truly did not want to harm Coraline (stating this as he attacks her) being forced by the Other Mother to do so via the mechanical hands attached to his.

He meets his end after he destroys the bridge leading to the garden and falls through it into the water, he frees his hand by breaking the mechanical hand, and hands Coraline the first eye, (which was actually disguised as the top of the gearshift lever on his preying mantis). He accidentally slips through the opening that he made of the bridge, falls into the water, and drowns briefly before going gray and lifeless along with the entire garden.


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (books)

The other father did not resemble Coraline's real father at all. He was less kooky and creepily serious. His first appearance was when saying that they have been "waiting for her" The next appearance was when he offered her a midnight snack. Prior to reverting to his true form, Coraline tried to get some information out of him.

“No point,” said the other father. “There isn’t anywhere but here. This is all she made: the house, the grounds, and the people in the house. She made it and she waited.” (quote from the book) He was punished, however, afterwards. During the search for the ghost eyes, the other mother suggested for Coraline to go inside of the locked door in the other house. She proceeded, although aware that it might be a trap. Unlocking the small forgotten door, she entered a room smelling of moulded bread and wine gone sour. Away in a corner, a sad sight caught Coraline's attention. There was a huge thing that nobody can explain other than being a blob of nothingness. Of course, Coraline felt sorry for the thing that was formerly her other father. She described him as feeling like bread dough. He plopped down to her level as one button eye slid off his face. He did admit that this was a punishment for telling her too much, and that the other mother was going to force him to attack her. He was indeed correct, for he then unintentionally took a swing at her. Fortunately, Coraline had a split second to think. She could either run from a huge monstourus beast and risk being killed, or do something else. So she did something else. She reached up and ripped the button off his face. She then tiptoed to the exit, wisely aware that he could possibly still hear her. Unfortunately, the button flew from her hand and flattered around. The thing froze in his spot, listening for her. It edged towards the place that she had been standing, yet she was already tiptoeing away. Fortunately, she escaped, and the thing that was once her other father was left for dead.

Video Game[]

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


These quotes are all said in chronological order.

  • Other Father: "Hello, Coraline! Do you wanna hear my new song?"
    Coraline: "My father can't play piano..."
    "No need to! This piano plays me!"
  • Other Father:  "Making up a song about Coraline.
    She's a peach, she's a doll, she's a pal of mine.
    She's as cute as a button in the eyes of everyone who ever laid their eyes on Cor-a-line.
    When she comes around exploring, Mom and I will never ever make it boring.
    Our eyes will be on Coraline!"
  • "All will be swell, soon as Mother's refreshed, her strength is our strength."
  • "So sharp you won't feel a thing!"
  • “He pulled a long face. And mother didn’t like it.”