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Uh, guys? We have a problem. I can't finish the mirror. It's missing a piece.
— Bufkin to Bigby and Snow about the Mirror.[src]

Bufkin is a winged monkey that serves as Fabletown's librarian. He lives in the Business Office and is an ally to Bigby and Snow, often providing them with information about the magic items or other Fables. 


Episode 1: Faith

I can help. Maybe it will brighten your shitty mood a little?
— Bufkin offering to help Bigby.

Bufkin is first seen after Crane leaves for his massage, hiding with the bottle of wine he wanted. Snow chastises him for taking the wine without knowing who it belonged to, then sends him off to find books that she and Bigby can use to discover the identity of the girl they found murdered. He soon returns, and translates for Bigby as he browses them looking for clues. Upon discovering the name of the girl's Fable to be "Allerleirauh", Bufkin looks up her story and reads it aloud for the two, revealing her name to be Faith. He marks her as deceased and gives Snow the name of her husband, Prince Lawrence.

Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors

Oh my goodness! I almost forgot...
— Bufkin collects the evidence of Lily's corpse

Bufkin again appears in the Business Office when Bigby enters to question TJ. He and Snow talk while Bigby looks around the office. Bufkin later accompanies Bigby and Snow to the Witching Well Chamber to examine the body TJ found. When Snow notices that the girl's glamour is imperfect, Bufkin mentions that it's technically not illegal to produce glamours outside of the 13th Floor, opening up the possibility that she used a black market one. When her glamour wears off completely and she is revealed to be a troll, Bufkin is shocked. He stays with Crane in the chamber when Bigby and Snow leave for the Trip Trap.

Episode 3: A Crooked Mile

Bluebeard burned everything....
— Bufkin explaining to Bigby of Bluebeard burning evidence. (Determinant)

Bufkin turns out to have witnessed Crane smashing the Mirror while he was drinking on the rafter. He wasn't able to stop him. When Snow, Bigby and Doctor Swineheart are in the business office, Bufkin is busy with trying to piece together the Mirror. He is unable to fix it due to the fact that a shard is missing, which they deduce was taken by Crane. If spoken to by Bigby afterwards, Bufkin reveals that Crane called a witch before he left and set a meeting with her at 2:00 AM. He later is called upon when Bigby and Snow discover a missing page in the Fabletown book of magical items. He explains that each item is assigned to someone in the community, and that the witch must be the owner of whatever item is missing. Bluebeard then enters and demands to know where Crane is. Bufkin accidently tells him about the witch, causing him to want to be involved in the hunt. 

If Bigby doesn't visit Crane's apartment first, he arrives there to find Bufkin waiting next to the fireplace. He explains that Bluebeard burned several items in the apartment, and that he was unable to stop him. If Bigby has learned Greenleaf's name, he asks Bufkin if he's heard of her, but he says he hasn't. Bufkin sullenly says that he'll tell Snow about the circumstances, and Bigby can tell him it isn't his fault before leaving.

Episode 4: In Sheep's Clothing

Ah yes! Miss White was asking about her! That explains it! You-know-who and the mirror have a very...unhappy history with each other. How would you like it if she tried to use you as a doorway?
— Bufkin explains why it will take time to repair the Magic Mirror after Bigby explains where he found the last shard

Bufkin is seen on Snow's desk while Toad and Bluebeard are arguing with her, and announces Bigby's prescence when he returns. Bigby hands him the Magic Mirror shard so he can get to work repairing it, but he soon requests the sheriff's assistance. Bufkin explains that the shard won't fit with the rest, and he asks Bigby what it has gone through. He eventually brings up Bloody Mary, which Bufkin deduces as the reason for the problem considering her infamous relationship with mirrors. He soon has it in working order and calls Snow and Bigby over. Snow first asks to see Crane, who is shown to be in the process of being sent to Paris by Mary, who soon cuts off the Mirror's vision. Then, if Bigby doesn't rhyme in his request to see the Crooked Man, Bufkin does it for him.

Episode 5: Cry Wolf

Bufkin does not appear in this episode, but when Bigby begins to question who Nerissa really is at the very end, he remembers something Bufkin once said about Faith in Episode 1; when Bufkin was reading the book's entry on Faith (aka Donkeyskin), he said "would hide her beauty so she could escape his kingdom".


So you stood around while Bluebeard ransacked the place, huh? What good are you anyway if you can't even-- Useless monkey.
Bigby spitefully criticizing Bufkin for failing to stop Bluebeard from burning Crane's things. (Determinant)

Bufkin has a jolly, optimistic, goofy, and childish nature. He loves to drink and relax in the Business Office and generally is regarded as being a bit of a troublemaker. Nevertheless, he is a helpful and loyal ally to Bigby and Snow, however he is scared of Bigby if he abuses him. Despite his seemingly childish nature, he possess vast knowledge about the magical items, spells and history of the other Fables.

Book of Fables Entry

"Bufkin is the talking, winged monkey from the land of Oz. Now, as Fabletown's librarian, he spends his time reading and stealing the deputy mayor's booze. He's prone to mischief, so when something goes wrong he assumes he'll receive the lion's share of the blame. He's helpful when he wants to be, but most of the time he'd rather be drinking. Someone would have fired him a long time ago, but he's the only one who can make sense of the filing system."



See also

The Wolf Among Us
Protagonist Bigby Wolf
Supporting Characters Snow WhiteIchabod CraneBufkinMagic MirrorThe WoodsmanMr. ToadToad Jr.BluebeardDr. SwineheartCryerGrimbleBeautyBeastColinFlycatcherJack HornerGrendelHollyKelsey BranniganAunty GreenleafTiny TimJohann the ButcherNerissaHansGwenJersey DevilTweedle DeeThe Crooked ManTweedle DumPrince LawrenceBloody MaryGeorgie PorgieVivianLilyFaith
Unnamed or Unseen Characters NorthRoseColeRapunzelBoy BluePinocchioWeylandBriarThrushbeardCrispinAdonisMorganaJohnnyAlexisJadeGingerMadisonGeorgeAmberBrandyTaraNilesCallerHorsemanJanAllisonPixelSimon
Location(s) WoodlandTrip TrapLucky PawnOpen Arms HotelPudding & PieTweedles' OfficeThe Crooked LairWitching Well
Seasons Season 1 (Episodes: Faith, Smoke & Mirrors, A Crooked Mile, In Sheep's Clothing, Cry Wolf)
Season 2 (Episodes: TBA)
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red italics. Characters with an unknown status appear in blue. Determinant characters (meaning that their status depends on a player’s choices) appear in purple.