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|Family:||Mel Jones (Coraline's Mother), Charlie Jones (Coraline's Father)|
|Affiliation:||Pink Palace, The Cat, Wybie Lovat|
|Voiced by:||Dakota Fanning|
|Appearances:||Book and Film|
Coraline Jones (Coraline Fanning Jones) is an adventurous, clever, eleven year old girl and also the main protagonist of the story, Coraline, that is respectively named after her. She is the daughter of Charlie and Mel Jones and used to live in Pontiac, Michigan before she moves into the Pink Palace, and is voiced by Dakota Fanning in the film.
- Main article: Coraline (film)
Coraline Jones moves with her mother and father from her comfortable life in Pontiac, Michigan to the Pink Palace, a dilapidated three-bedroom apartment building in Ashland, Oregon, which is also occupied by retired actresses Misses Spink and Forcible, and odd Russian acrobat Mr. Bobinsky. With her parents perpetually working on a gardening catalog and paying little attention to her, Coraline feels neglected and decides to explore their new home, befriending Wybie Lovat, the grandson of the apartment's landlady.
While exploring, Coraline finds a small door sealed off by a brick wall. That night, Coraline is awakened by a mouse and follows it to the small door where she discovers a long, dark corridor in the brick wall's place. Coraline goes through it and finds herself in the Other World, a fantastical parallel version of the Pink Palace inhabited by doppelgangers of her parents called the Other Mother and Other Father, who have black buttons for eyes. These beings prove to be warmer and more attentive than Coraline's real parents, particularly the Other Mother, who does everything she can to impress Coraline. Coraline decides to stay the night at the Other World, but when she wakes the next morning, she finds herself in her old world.
Despite warnings of danger from her neighbors, Coraline continues to go to the Other World at night to escape from the doldrums of her real life and is entertained by button-eyed "Other" versions of her neighbors, including a mute Other Wybie, who guides her through the Other World. During her third visit, Coraline encounters a black cat from her own world that has the ability to talk in the Other World, and also warns Coraline of danger. She disregards the warnings until the Other Mother invites her to live in the Other World forever if she sews buttons over her eyes. When Coraline demands to return home, the Other Mother angrily reveals her true form as a monstrous witch and traps Coraline in a small room behind a mirror where she meets the ghosts of three children who had lost their eyes and souls to the Other Mother. With the help of the Other Wybie, Coraline escapes to her own world, but finds that her parents have been kidnapped by the Other Mother.
Armed with a seeing stone provided by the real Spink and Forcible, Coraline returns to the Other World and challenges the Other Mother to a game to find her missing parents and the eyes of the ghost children in the Other World, agreeing to stay in the Other World if she loses. Coraline uses her seeing stone to find the ghosts' eyes and outwits the twisted inhabitants of the Other World guarding them, and later finds her parents trapped in a snow globe. Knowing that the Other Mother will never let her leave even if she wins, Coraline tricks the Other Mother into opening the door to the real world and escapes through it, closing the door on the Other Mother's hand and severing it. Coraline finds her parents safe with no memory of what had happened, and the ghost children at peace but not after they warn her that the Other Mother will still try to get the key from her. To keep the Other Mother from returning, Coraline intends to drop the key to the door between her world and the Other World down a water well near her house, but the Other Mother's severed hand enters Coraline's world and tries to drag Coraline back to the Other World. Wybie arrives and destroys the hand, and he and Coraline drop its remains and the key down the well. With her parents done with their work and able to spend time with their daughter, Coraline holds a garden party with her family and neighbors, content with her new life.
In a post-credits scene, the mice are floating around and around.
Coraline has short, navy blue (originally brown) hair and brown eyes. During the beginning of the film, Coraline is seen to wear jeans, a yellow rain coat, and Wellington boots of the same color. Underneath is a long-sleeves striped red shirt. Other than that attire, Coraline is frequently seen to be wearing her orange pyjamas due to traveling to the Other World by night. She is also frequently seen with a black captain's cap and a purple and blue dragonfly hairpin.
- (To herself) "One boring blue boy in a painfully boring painting. Four incredibly boring windows, and no more doors."
- (To herself) "I'm a explorer."
- (To The Cat) "But how can you walk away from something and still come back to it?"
- "You'll be fine. Everything's going to be fine. I'll take you home."
- (To Wybie) "It's a dowsing rod.And I don't like being stalked — not by psycho nerds or their cats!"
- (To Wybie) "She's got this whole world where everything's better. The food, the garden, the neighbors. But it's all a trap."
- (To her Mother)
- Coraline: "I almost fell down a well yesterday, Mom."
- Mel: "Uh-huh."
- Coraline: "I would've died."
- Mel: "That's nice."
- (To her mother) "I can't believe it. You and Dad get paid to write about plants, and you hate dirt."
- (To her Father) "I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped."
- (To the Other Bobinsky) "I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?
- (To Other Mr. Bobinsky)"Of course you don't understand. You're just a bad copy she made of the crazy old man upstairs."
- (To the Other Mother) "I don't want your love. I don't want anything from you."
- (To the Other Mother)
- Beldam: "You know that I love you."
- Coraline: "You have a very funny way of showing it."
- "You're NOT my mother!"