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Jack Skellington is the lead character in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and lives in Halloween Town which revolves around the holiday Halloween. He's known as the "Pumpkin King" of Halloween and is the scariest of them all. Year after year they celebrate Halloween but Jack is tired of doing the same thing over and over. He stumbles upon some trees with doors leading to different holiday towns. It was then he discovered Christmas Town, it was something new and exciting, Jack became infatuated with the holiday. He told the town members and immediately they began preparations for Christmas. He ordered Lock, Shock and Barrel, local trick-or-treaters to bring Santa Claus to Halloween Town but they kidnap him for Oogie Boogie.
Instead of Jack bringing joy to the people of Christmas Town, they become terrorized by the horrific gifts they receive. Jack is known as the impostor and he was shot down from the sky. When he comes to, Jack realizes the error of his ways and has finally accepted his position as the Pumpkin King, he seems to have developed a new enthusiasm for Halloween with new ideas in mind. With determination to set things right, he returns to Halloween Town, discovering Sally and Santa Claus imprisoned by Oogie Boogie but he is able to rescue them and defeat Oogie, freeing Santa to save Christmas and return the joy and spirit into the holiday. In the end of the film, Jack and Sally are on top the Spiral Hill where he reveals his affections for her.
Sally is the main female protagonist of the film. She's a rag doll created by Doctor Finklestein and has detachable limbs so she often carries around a needle and thread. Finklestein believes the world is far too exciting for Sally so he often keeps her locked up. However she manages to escape him using her skills in brewing potions. She admires Jack and often watches him from a distance, too shy to tell him about her feelings. She soon discovers that they share a common feeling, one that no other can understand, only them alone. A desire of something more in their life and soon her feelings intensfies. However throughout the film they are friends. She feels that something is not right about Christmas and tries to warn Jack but he brushes it away, instead complimenting her about her exceptional sewing skills and asks her to sew his costume.
No matter her plans to stop Jack, he still leaves for Christmas Town only for her premonitions to come through. To save Jack she tries to rescue Santa Claus but gets captured as well. When Jack returns to Halloween Town, he defeats Oogie and frees Sally. The final scene of the movie is when Jack tells Sally about his feelings for her and they both realize that they are simply meant to be.
Zero is Jack's pet ghost dog. Zero is very loyal to Jack and follows him where ever he goes. He's plays a significant part in the movie when he uses the bright light of his nose to guide Jack to Christmas Town.
Oogie Boogie is the main antagonist of the film
The Mayor is the mayor of Halloween Town but he has very little actual authority in the day-to-day running of the town, especially in planning for Halloween. His cone-shaped head has two faces. One face is flesh-colored, rosy-cheeked, and smiling; the other face is pale, white, and frowning. Depending on the Mayor's mood, his head will swivel around to display the appropriate face.
He is often seen making announcements with his loudspeaker in a hearse-like car called the "Mayor-mobile"
Doctor Finkelstein is a resident of Halloween Town, the wheelchair-bound mad scientist and creator of Sally. Finklestein takes full responsibility over Sally and acts as an over-protective father, and in some ways an overbearing husband by keeping her under lock and key under the pretext of sheltering her from the world. However he often drinks sleeping potions slipped in his meals by Sally so she could escape.
Finklestein also has a hand in helping Jack Skellington with his plan to take over Christmas by bringing to life several skeletal reindeer to pull Jack's sleigh. At the end of the film, Finklestein, deciding that Sally is too much of a handful, creates a wife for himself using a portion of his own brain.
Lock, Shock, and Barrel are introduced as Oogie Boogie's little henchmen, they are trick or treaters. Lock is supposedly the leader of Oogie's Boys, but does not think thoroughly and actually appears to be the least intelligent of the three.
Santa Claus is the leader of Christmas Town and he was captured by Oogie. However he was rescued by Jack and went off on his way saving Christmas Town!
Source: Wikipedia, edited by me (Isa).