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Jack Horner


Jack of Fables - JackFrost01


Real Name Jack Horner
Aliases Jack the Giant-Killer, Jack of the Tales, Jack B. Nimble, Jack Frost, Jack O’Lantern, Jack Candle aka Smilin’ Jack, Jack of the Apes, John Trick, Jack of Hearts
Status Alive (resurrected)
Classification Human (Fable/Literal Hybrid)
Occupation Charlatan; Prince of the North (Prince Charming 's Lands) (formerly)
Affiliation Fabletown (formerly)
Relatives Prince Charming (father); Prose Page (mother, deceased); Hillary Page (half-sister, deceased); Priscilla Page (half-sister, deceased); Robin Page (half-sister, deceased); Jack Frost II (son, deceased); Wicked John (doppelgänger, deceased)
First Issue Fables 1
Last Issue Fables 148
Original Source Jack Tales

Jack Horner (also called Jack of the Tales, Jack B. Nimble, Jack the Giant Killer, and (once upon a time) Jack Frost) is a Fable. He was once a resident of Fabletown, but is currently an outlaw living in the mundane world.


Before and During ExodusEdit

While Jack claims to have done various fantastic things in the Homelands, including slaying a giant [1] and exploring a kingdom in the clouds[2], he never actually did any of these things. His existence actually stems from the fact that Kevin Thorn, when writing a new story, could not remember the name of Jack's progenitor Wicked John and thus when he was created, he gained all of John's memories up to the point of his own creation and has since acted as a completely separate individual.

Jack was in truth the bastard child of Prince Charming and Prose Page.

At some point, Jack fled the Homeworlds to the mundane realm during the Exodus.

After ExodusEdit

During the American Civil War, he served as a confederate officer. After being kicked out, he cut through a swamp and won a bag that never runs out of space from the Devil. When he came upon a woman who was to die that night, he used the bag to capture Death. After finding out that nothing could die while Death was captured, Jack released Death in exchange for a year of the woman's life. Jack lost both the bag and the girl within a week.[3]

Jack and his girlfriend at the time, Rose Red, conspired together in one of his get rich quick schemes. They pretended to fight and break up, allowing Rose to get together with Bluebeard. Once he proposed she asked that she have the dowry upfront and that they keep their relationship a secret. This was meant to allow Jack the money to start up an Internet scam and the time to pay it back however it lost it all, so the two staged Rose's murder. The two were eventually caught by Bigby Wolf and were given $10'000 in fines as well as 200 hours of community service. They able to pay back the fines by selling Prince Charming titles and lands back to him, which Jack had previously won. Eventually, Jack was able to steal a large amount of money hidden in Smalltown with the help of a Lilliputian named Jill.[2]

With his stolen money, Jack and Jill headed out to Hollywood and started Nimble Pictures. He made three movies based on his exploits.[2] Jill, unhappy with having to live in Jack's office, called Beast and told him about everything. Nimble Pictures became the property of Fabletown and Jack was allowed to get away on the condition he never come to Fabletown again.[4]


Jack is a trickster. Though mostly good, he tends to get in trouble for tricking people out of their possessions. However, whatever he gains never seems to stay with him. His ability to deal himself four jacks whenever he wants is useful in beating others in card games.[3]

He’s an adept fighter who fought giants in his time in the Homelands.[1] He once took on three wooden soldiers and a horde of zombies by himself. Although he is not as talented as Bigby Wolf and Beast, and usually relies on his wit.

Jack is adept in using many forms of weapons from swords to firearms. He has both knowledegable in normal weapons like pistols and shotguns and magical Fable weapons like twin tommy guns, Goldilock’s shotgun and magical bombs (he utlized the magical spirits Wy’east, Klickitat and Loowit as living nukes to destroy the Golden Bough). He once defeated a trained armed knight with nothing more than a mop.


  • Jack Horner is apparently an amalgamation of various stories with a character named Jack. Among the stories he was inspired by are Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant-killer, Little Jack Horner, and Jack and Jill.
  • Jack Horner once owned a magical burlap sack that he won in a poker match with the Devil, which he used to trap the Grim Reaper inside. It was thought that Jack had lost the bag, but there are those who state that he still has it but kept it hidden.[5]


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