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The Character Sheet for ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.

For information on other characters around the Cosmere, see ''Characters/{{Mistborn}}'', ''Characters/{{Warbreaker}}'', and ''Characters/TheStormlightArchive''. For Cosmeric Forces such as the Shards of Adonalsium and Hoid, see Characters/TheCosmere.

'''SPOILER ALERT:''' All trope names are visible. Read at your own peril.


!!Prince Raoden

Crown prince of Arelon, Raoden tried to help Arelon, but then turns his attention to Elantris and the Aons.
%%* ActionSurvivor
* AllLovingHero: He always tries to help others, even Shaor's men.
* BadassBookworm: Once [[spoiler:TheMagicComesBack]].
* BaldOfAwesome: After a long time as an Elantrian.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:With Sarene against Dilaf the climax.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He manages to convert both Karata and Aanden to his side by proving his philosophy about life in Elantris is superior to theirs. [[spoiler:Subverted with Shaor.]]
* GuileHero: Although a capable fighter (learnt to fence mostly because it annoyed the hell out of his father, who considered fighting "an activity for peasants), Raoden is best when solving problems with his intelligence and insight.
* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler:After hitting the DespairEventHorizon and going comatose, he ''drags himself back awake'', followed by resisting Devotion's Shardpool.]]
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Galladon.
* HopeBringer: To the people of Arelon and to the Elantrians.
* InnocentBlueEyes: His blue eyes are his most striking feature, as not even the Shaod could corrupt them.
* KingIncognito: He goes by "Spirit" in Elantris.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: With Sarene - they fell in love with each other through letters and then talking through seons. The fact that they felt both alienated in their respective courts may've had something to do with it.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: After a brutal beatdown by Dilaf: "Failed my love".]]
* MeaningfulName: "Rao" means "Spirit" or "Soul" in Aonic.
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:He endures pain that would ordinarily turn him into one of the Hoed to save Elantris.]]
* MysticalWhiteHair: When [[spoiler:TheMagicComesBack]], his hair grows pure white.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:After he fixes the Aons, and especially after fixing Elantris itself.]]
* RebelPrince: He and his father... didn't get along.
* RousseauWasRight: He believes all people are fundamentally good and will do the right thing, if they are given a choice.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He tries to make people's lives better, both as a prince of Arelone court and later in Elantris. And he is a natural leader.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: A literal translation of your name is not a particularly creative alias, Raoden.
%%* WideEyedIdealist
%%* TheWisePrince



Raoden's best friend in Elantris, Galladon is a cynical Dula with a MysteriousPast.
* ActionSurvivor: Moreso than Raoden, since, unlike him, he's literally just trying to help survive, and is not very good at making Aons.
* BaldOfAwesome: Both as an Elantrian and not.
* BlackBestFriend: Downplayed, but the Dulas are AmbiguouslyBrown (stated to be darker skinned without explicit description of how much darker they are than Arelish).
* CallToAgriculture: Like his father. And, [[spoiler:just like his father,]] he's taken away from that life by the Shaod.
* TheConfidant: Even from the start, he's pragmatic enough that Raoden trusts him with the LongGame of his plans before anyone else.
* TheCynic: A sharp contrast to most Dulas, as Raoden and others note. His upbringing has a fair bit to do with it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Always has a quip or two handy for whatever the situation
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Raoden. Originally he was recruited by the former prince for being the OnlySaneMan in Elantris, but over time they forged a genuine bond of friendship and trust.
* KnightInSourArmor: Cynical and pessimistic, but when Raoden's efforts begin to show results Galladon really comes to believe in him (though he won't admit it for some time).
* TheLancer: Being Raoden's closest friend and confidant, he's this for him in the Elantris plotline. Eventually shares the role with Karata.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler:His father was an Elantrian as well.]]
* MysteriousPast: He says he's a farmer. Raoden is less than convinced. [[spoiler:He was actually the son of an Elantrian, who went off to become a farmer due to the issue of being a non-Elantrian living in Elantris. He only went back to Elantris because he got the Shaod anyway.]]
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Upon the restoration of Elantris.]]



One of the more proactive gang leaders, Karata personally goes to the gates when a new Elantrian comes in, and has tried to escape several times.
* ActionGirl: She's the only female gang leader - and the most competent, before Raoden's arrival - for a reason.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:It's why she wants to get into the palace so badly.]]
* BaldWomen: Like all Elantrians, she's bald.
* FriendToAllChildren: To Raoden's surprise, she's been taking care of every child in Elantris, gathering food for them.
* HeelFaceTurn: She allies with Raoden, knowing who he really is, once he helps her get to the palace to see her daughter again.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Aids Galladon in distracting the soldiers who could potentially stop Raoden from saving Elantris (though only Raoden actually knew what he was doing at the time). Unlike Galladon, who is impaled, she is decapitated, meaning she does not come back.]]
* TheLancer: [[spoiler:Becomes a secondary one to Raoden, along with Galladon, after he earns her trust and she discovers his identity.]]
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler:Shifts to AntiHero.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Tragically, just moments before she could be a true Elantrians at full power.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:She's been rescuing children, and the food her gang steals mostly goes to feed them.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:She's not the only woman to die in the climax, but she ''is'' the one closest to this character type.]]


!!Aanden ([[spoiler:Taan]])

"Baron of Elantris", he is another gang leader.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Only his gang follows him.
* AxCrazy: Until Raoden defeats him.
* BadassMustache: Invoked, but subverted. His mustache is very obviously fake, according to Raoden's point of view.
* CrazySane: According to Galladon, his insanity was a conscious choice upon entering Elantris.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Joins Raoden once he is shown the SceneryPorn that is post-Reod Elantris, reawakening the Taan within him.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Like Karata, though it takes a bit more effort in his case.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Or rather, My God, What Did I Nearly Do?. He breaks down on figuring out the beauty of Elantris after so long.
* RagsToRoyalty: Not quite royalty, and given this is Elantris, not out of rags, either. However, [[spoiler:he was just a sculptor named Taan outside of Elantris, and faked his way into Baron of Elantris]].


!!Shaor ([[spoiler:Soine]])

A psychotic gang leader of the most insane group.
* AxCrazy: With a gang to supplement that.
* BaldWomen: [[spoiler:Even before the Shaod.]]
* BlueBlood: [[spoiler:In contrast to Aanden, her nobility is real, as she is the daughter of Telrii.]]
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:A variant: Her men show Raoden her golden wig stained with Elantrian blood after defecting.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Subverted. She always tells her men to kill Raoden and anyone with him, but, after Raoden undermines her authority, her men kill her.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Subverted in-universe. Her gang treats her like a goddess because of her apparent head of blonde hair, but it's a wig she's had for her life due to being unable to grow hair.]]
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Killed by her own gang, when her infallibility is proven before their eyes and they defect to the evidently more capable "Lord Spirit".]]
* KidsAreCruel: [[spoiler:Youthful and malicious - she was the spoiled daughter of Duke Telrii as a human, and becoming an Elantrian when doing so was detrimental to the mind didn't help in the least...]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By her own men after Raoden undermines her authority by giving them food.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Nobody had seen her outside her gang, so it was believed that Shaor was a man until Raoden saw otherwise.]]
* SpoiledBrat: [[spoiler:Even Raoden thinks so - apparently, she was this even before the Shaod took her.]]
* YoungAndInCharge: [[spoiler:Of her gang - physically, she's still a child not even in her preteens.]]



An Elantrian who takes up the job of bodyguard to "Lord Spirit", and trains a guard for him as well.
* {{Badass}}: As bodyguard to Raoden, and he takes extreme pride in his chosen job.
* BladeOnAStick: His first weapon, before he gets sword stolen by Raoden, is just some rocks tied to a piece of half-rotted wood.
* TheDeterminator: He has multiple serious wounds, but just ignores them because he's needed.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler:Defied. Raoden insists on giving him a grave after the battles against the Dakhor.]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:As a Hoed: "I failed my Lord Spirit"]]
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Dissolved in the Pool of Elantris after his DespairEventHorizon.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To "Lord Spirit"; even when [[spoiler:he becomes a Hoed, his failure is foremost on his mind.]]



!!Princess Sarene

A Teoish princess, Sarene's hopes of marrying Raoden were dashed with the news of his "death", but she works to save Arelon regardless.
* ActionGirl: It's not her ''forte'' the way politics is, but she's a fairly capable swordswoman and practices with her RoyalRapier for recreation as well as empowerment.
* BaldWomen: [[spoiler:Temporarily as a fake Elantrian.]]
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:With Raoden at the climax]].
* BigEater: it's suggested that the cooks who served Sarene in Teod were more respectful of her big appetite than anything else about her. When she effortlessly demolishes five whole plates of her uncle's cooking after [[spoiler:five days of eating modest Elantrian portions]] her friends aren't even slightly surprised, commenting that someone her height has a lot of body to fuel.
* TheChessmaster: She's politically astute, having been guided by her father to be active in this field.
* ChristmasCake: She's convinced that because she's unmarried at twenty-five, Raoden is her last chance to find a husband.
* FemininityFailure: She utterly sucks at traditional feminine tasks.
* GuileHero: More liable to use her brain than anything else, enough so that she quickly earns the respect of [[WorthyOpponent Hrathen]] and any others who see her intelligence.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Has blonde hair and is very kind-hearted and caring.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Often made fun of for her height.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: With Raoden, as she came to love the man she was learning about through their letters (even if she was unsure how he'd turn out in real life). She really came to believe that she could learn to love him, too, not quite aware that she already did.
* MeaningfulName: "Ene" means "Wit" or "Cleverness" in Aonic.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Averted, twice. First her distribution of food nearly destroyed the fledging New Elantris and on the second occasion she wounds Spirit and almost blows his disguise ahead of time just because she didn't like how he acted. Both times only Raoden's quick wit was able to avert disaster.
* NoManWantsAnAmazon: She firmly believes it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Initially to Iadon, until she gets tired of it.
* ObliviousToLove: She was unaware at first she had fallen in love with Spirit[=/=]Raoden or, for that matter, that he loved her. And she never realized [[spoiler:Hrathen pulled a HeelFaceTurn [[LoveEpiphany partly because of her]]. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath He never voiced his feelings.]] ]]
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: By age twenty-five, she's been serving for a long while as an (apparently highly-ranked) member of her father's diplomatic corps, and both she and others note her appreciation for (and skill at) political games.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Played with. Sarene ''tries'' to be traditionally feminine sometimes - she's just not very good at it. She does seem quite fond of fancy dresses, though (to the degree that she quickly gives up on wearing mourning because she couldn't stand the mourning dresses she was given), and is specifically referred to as wearing make-up and heels at various times. It seems like she struggles with traditionally feminine ''activities'' more than feminine clothes.
* RebelliousPrincess: Subverted. She's got the personality, but her father approves of it.
* RoyalRapier: Justified, as in Teod the rapier became a WeaponOfChoice for much of the noblewomen - as Sarene explains, the men of her country have historically considered it unmanly, but the women in turn picked it up as a result and became good at using it for its lightness and swiftness in combat. Thus, fencing became a popular sport with Teoish women.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's nearly 6ft tall, towering over most men (Raoden and Hrathen excluded).
* WorthyOpponent: To Hrathen, and she shares the sentiment.


!!Kiin ([[spoiler:Dreok Crushedthroat]])

Sarene's uncle and the brother of the king of Teod.
* AnAxeToGrind: There's a big, badass axe hanging over his mantle. [[spoiler:And he knows how to use it pretty damned well.]]
* BadassNormal: When confronted with [[spoiler:[[SuperSoldier Dakhor monks]]]], he kills one by himself with an axe, then it takes three of them to restrain him. Even after that, he still kicks at them, necessitating that they knock him unconscious to stop his resistance. This man has nothing but his physical strength going for him.
* CoolUncle: To Sarene, who has many fond memories of him as a child and was puzzled when he stopped appearing at her father's court.
* HappilyMarried: To Daora, and they have three children to show for it.
* ICallItVera: His axe bears the Aon for "Vengance" on it.
* ModestRoyalty: Especially because [[spoiler:he was the rightful heir to the Teod throne]].
* MysteriousPast: He steadfastly refuses to tell Sarene why he and her father aren't speaking to each other anymore. [[spoiler:Being exiled after his younger brother usurped the throne will do that.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When you're called [[spoiler:''Crushedthroat'']], there's a reason to run away.
* {{Pirate}}: [[spoiler:A legendary one - fifteen years before the events of the book, he tried to take the Teod throne by force with his pirates]].
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:He's skilled enough with his axe to kill Dahkor monks with it.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler:As Dreok Crushedthroat.]]
* SupremeChef: Sarene was surprised to discover this side of him. He ''could'' have others do his cooking for him, he just chooses not to because he enjoys it, and he's damn exceptional at it to boot.



A friendly member of the aristocracy, and close friend of Raoden before his DeathFakedForYou.
* TheAtoner: He helped put Iadon on the throne. He's now regretting it immensely.
* CoolOldGuy: He's a cunning, but genial man in his fifties, and he becomes a good friend to Sarene.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Ahan, for the most part - though half the time outsides can't be sure how much is genuine friendliness and how much is competitiveness.
* HonestCorporateExecutive[=/=]ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to King Iadon and Duke Telrii, he is a much more open-minded man and an honest merchant.
* HonouraryUncle[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: he's been this for Raoden, having been the former since the prince was a child and a guiding moral influence in the fundamental years of the boy's life. Raoden seems to view him as the father that Iadon ultimately failed to be.
* TheRival: To Ahan, in the business sense.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Killed at the beginning of Telrii's reign when Ahan gives up the rebels.]]



A member of the aristocracy with a personal army of his own, giving him authority that even Iadon will not try to uproot.
* {{Badass}}: A very good swordsman.
%%* BadassInCharge: Of his legion.
* BadassNormal: He has no access to the Dor, but is a very capable swordman.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kills Telrii before dying himself.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Extremely good with a sword in his hand, as his fencing duel with Sarene and[[spoiler:as his final moments]] can attest.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:Raoden thinks that his assassination of Telrii was a terrible idea, even if it were to avenge Roial, because it threw the politics of Arelon into chaos once again.]]
* PostVictoryCollapse: [[spoiler:Of the dead kind - he only succumbs after Telrii is dead.]]



A Jindo who earned a place in the Arelon aristocracy by way of his money.
* {{Badass}}: Takes down [[spoiler:a Dahkor monk]] singlehandedly. [[spoiler:But he's still not strong enough to hold out against a lot of them, lacking some of the control of other users of [=ChayShan=].]]
* BareFistedMonk: Ironically, he uses his skill in [[SupernaturalMartialArts ChayShan]] against [[spoiler:''[[WarriorMonk Dakhor]]'' monks.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: The [=ChayShan=] martial dance is [[spoiler:another way to use the Dor]].
* ChickMagnet: Every woman at court is swooning over him.
* MrFanservice: InUniverse, practically every woman finds him attractive - even Sarene, though she's not in love with him (though her aunt thinks as much).
* TokenMinority: Jindo is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to East Asia (China most of all), and he's the one member of his people who has become a prominent noble in Arelon (and among the rebels, too).
* UnwantedHarem: He doesn't want this at all... for the most part.



A duke who is a friendly rival with Roial.
* FriendlyRivalry: To Roial, for the most part. [[spoiler:Until he takes the "rival" aspect too far...]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:His reaction to Roial's death - he really thought nobody would die and was horrified when his sometimes-friend was summarily executed before his eyes.]]
* RebelliousRebel
* TheRival: To Roial.
* RivalTurnedEvil: Or, at the very least, extremely misguided. [[spoiler:He sides with the throne to have the rebels imprisoned... [[StupidEvil just so that he can one-up Roial for once]].]]
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: [[spoiler: He truly wasn't trying to get the others killed.]]




A gyorn sent by Wyrn to convert the people of Arelon in three months, or Wyrn will send an invasion force to conquer it, his loyalties are tested over the course of the novel.
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Type V in the Battle of Teod. He's still loyal to Jaddeth, but rebels against Wyrn and Dilaf.]]
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]]. His SympatheticPOV keeps him from coming across as evil.
* TheAtoner: Increasingly, after what happened in Duladen. It culminates in the finale when [[spoiler: he turns against Wyrn and Dilaf out of a sense of justice, and in doing so helps save both Arelon and Teod.]]
* BadassPreacher: Nothing he does is just for show
* BadDreams: He still has nightmares from [[spoiler:his time in Dakhor]].
* BlueOni: He contrasts his logical support of Jaddeth with Dilaf's fanaticism several times.
* TheChessmaster: Even with a three-month limit on his efforts to convert Arelon, he's quite apt and adjusting his plans. [[spoiler:At least until it all falls apart.]]
* ChurchMilitant: Although in his case he tries to tone down the militant part as much as possible, not wanting to shed unnecessary blood if possible.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:One of his first actions in Kae is to send a priest to Fjordell for training. Said priest is trained as an assassin, and Hrathen is his first kill... after killing Dilaf, anyway.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:In the end, he still believes in his religion, but ''not'' in its leader.]]
-->'''Hrathen:''' [[spoiler:My problem is with Wyrn, not God.]]
* DestructiveSavior: Sees himself as a saviour. Ended up causing a bloody revolution in another country, and despite his efforts to make his next attempt more peaceful, [[spoiler:is involved in the near-destruction of two others]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's trying to demonize the Elantrians for political purposes, but he still finds Dilaf's attempt to [[spoiler:publicly burn one to death]] sick, and [[spoiler:has his HeelFaceTurn in response to finding out about the FinalSolution plan for Teod and Arelon]].
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler:Mildly toward Raoden near the finale for having Sarene's love, though he didn't realize it at the time.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[AntiVillain For a given value of "Heroic."]] His first one is due to the ArmorPiercingQuestion. The second is [[spoiler:finding out that as [[WarriorMonk gragdet]] of the [[SuperSoldier Dakhor]] monastery, Dilaf is ranked above him and was manipulating him to get into a position to kill everyone of Aonic descent in existence]].
%%* MasterSwordsman: Even called as much.
* NobleDemon: Sure, he's out to conquer Arelon for Wyrn. However, he's doing so in order to avoid a war to accomplish the same thing.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: And then [[HeroicWillpower he gets back up]] and kicks some ''more'' ass before dying for good.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:His transformed right arm from his time in Dakhor.]]
* SuperStrength: [[spoiler:Only on his right arm due to the Dakhor transformation.]]
* TheSpock[=/=]TheStoic: In heavy contrast to [[TheMcCoy Dilaf]].
* SympatheticPOV: A third of the chapters are devoted to his point of view.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Of a sort. His vestments include armor, since he's a priest in a ChurchMilitant, but he can take them off to sleep. Most Derethi priests use it for show. [[spoiler:He does not.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Dilaf was essentially using him to stall for time so the Dakhor could get into place to massacre the entire country.]]
* VillainProtagonist: He's the most visible antagonist for most of the story, but also the viewpoint character for a third of it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He believes that since his religion's conquest is inevitable, undermining the Arelene government and converting the populace by force is the best way to save lives.
* WorthyOpponent: To Sarene, and he shares the sentiment.


!!King Iadon

The ten-year king of Arelon and father of Raoden, Iadon has replaced the broken-down system of Elantris with a wealth-based hierarchy, and instituted many unpopular laws.
* BrokenPedestal: Raoden idolized him as a child. This view shattered after Iadon became king and power corrupted him.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Who made his entire country's royalty operate in the same way.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:The proclamation granting stable titles to the Arelish nobility comes with his death, ultimately giving Raoden his legitimate claim to the throne.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:He hangs himself after his ruthless actions are revealed.]]
* NonindicativeName: "Iad" means "Trust" or "Reliable" in Aonic. Iadon is really paranoid (and was before becoming king).
* OffingTheOffspring: Sarene is convinced he killed Raoden. Actually subverted, since while Iadon might have ''wanted'' to kill Raoden, Raoden was turned into an Elantrian, not killed.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Extremely sexist; Sarene's BrainlessBeauty act is so transparently obvious, yet he buys it because of his lack of respect for women.
* SmugSnake: To the point that Sarene was very easily able to manipulate him by playing into his preconceived notions and ideas.
* VillainousBreakdown: Sarene pretty much destroys him emotionally with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.



A very rich Arelene duke, Telrii hopes to gain the throne and usurp Iadon with the help of Fjordell.
* BigBadWannabe: Plots to be King of Arelon and bring it under his control, but he's really not as dangerous as he thinks he is.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: His means of keeping his wealth are highly amoral.
* FatBastard: He's quite obese and very much a ManipulativeBastard.
* ILied: [[spoiler: Ahan wanted to send the conspirators to prison just to spite them.]] Telrii had other plans.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Courtesy of Eondel.]]
* PuppetKing: [[spoiler:Subverted in that he tries hard to not be under Hrathen's rule when he rises to the throne.]]
* SmugSnake: He thinks everyone else is playing to his tune, not aware that he's the one being used by Hrathen [[spoiler:and Dilaf, among others]]. He's also not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.



A twenty-year-old psychotic arteth in service to Hrathen, Dilaf seems to be more than he looks like on the surface.
* AntiMagic: [[spoiler:Both resistance to Aons and the ability to negate their use.]]
* AxCrazy: He's absolutely deranged, as shown by his actions over the course of the story. [[spoiler:His calm MotiveRant to Hrathen just goes to show how far he's gone.]]
* TheDragon: To Hrathen [[spoiler:but he's really TheDragon to Wyrn instead]].
* DragonInChief: [[spoiler:To [[NonActionBigBad Wyrn]] by the end of the novel.]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Subverted. He spends most of the novel acting as though he rode Hrathen's coattails to power so he could then use said power to incite people against Elantris [[spoiler:but actually, he's acting on orders to do exactly that from his and Hrathen's mutual boss. Not that he didn't enjoy every minute, mind]].
* TheFundamentalist: Utterly convinced in his own faith, and in the evils of everyone else's.
* HateSink: A large part of the point of him, in contrast to [[AntiVillain Hrathen]].
-->'''Brandon Sanderson:''' Itís nice to have sympathetic villains, but with Hrathen in the book, I didnít feel that I needed much sympathy for Dilaf. Also, with one such well-drawn villain, I felt that if I tried to do the same with Dilaf, the comparison would make him come off very poorly. So, I went the other direction, and the contrast gives the readers someone that they can just hate.
* KnightTemplar: To better contrast Hrathen's WellIntentionedExtremist. Hrathen genuinely wants to save lives and souls, even if he resorts to ruthless and underhanded methods to do it; Dilaf just subscribes to the "murder the unbelievers and let Jaddeth sort them out" school of Shu-Dereth.
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler:Has nearly indestructible bones.]]
* MagicKnight: [[spoiler:And it took ''only'' 50 people to give him that ability.]]
* TheMcCoy: An evil version. His emotional fanaticism is put in stark contrast to [[TheSpock Hrathen]]'s cold rationalizations.
* MoralSociopathy: [[spoiler:For instance, back when Hrathen was in his monastery, he sacrificed a monk's life to save a fifteen minute walk. He justifies it by saying that the demonstrations of fanatic faith by the sacrifice was meant to inspire others, but...yeah. That incident drove Hrathen to leave the monastery.]]
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: He's a hardcore racist and his manner of public speaking is very reminiscent of Hitler's, and [[FridgeBrilliance the names "Adolf" and "Dilaf" sound similar besides]]. [[spoiler:And then Hrathen finds out what he and Wyrn are [[FinalSolution actually planning]]...]]
* NeckLift[=/=]NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How Hrathen kills him.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: It becomes obvious early on he's quite a bit smarter than he looks and acts.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:He looks about twenty. He's actually in his seventies.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:His AntiMagic abilities apparently took fifty deaths to produce. Not to mention the fact that his TeleportersAndTransporters skill costs a life and spirit for each use.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Hrathen's Blue.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:He was a Fjordell priest sent to spy on Arelon, but he [[BecomingTheMask became the mask]] and fell in love with an Arelish woman, who he married. She later fell very sick, and he took her to Elantris for healing--but the healer botched the job and turned her into a proto-Elantrian of the post-Reod instead, ultimately turning her into a Hoed when she was DrivenToSuicide and tried to jump off a cliff. Dilaf put her out of her misery, but the act of doing so caused his mind to snap. Returning to the Derethi faith with a passion, he vowed to [[DisproportionateRetribution destroy Elantris utterly]] in revenge.]]
* SuperSoldier: [[spoiler:Being a Dakhor priest.]]
%%* SuperSpeed
%%* SuperStrength
%%* WarriorMonk
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:He thinks he's one. Subverted in that no one agrees with him.]]


!!Wyrn Wulfden the Fourth

The ruler of the Fjordell Empire, Wyrn serves as a mostly unseen BigBad to the novel.
* BigBad: He's the essential head of the Shu-Dereth church as well as TheEmperor, and Hrathen acts under his orders to bring Arelon to heel. [[spoiler:As does Dilaf, for different reasons.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He's known as "Wyrn", as if the title were his name.
* EvilOverlord: The perspective of those outside his empire, who oppose his rule and efforts at conquest.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: His only actual appearance so far is a brief scene where Hrathen calls him up via Seon (and we only see the opening part of ''that'').
* UsefulNotes/ThePope: Essentially, for Shu-Dereth.
* PriestKing: Spiritual ''and'' secular leader of Fjorden.
* {{Seer}}: [[spoiler:According to WordOfGod, [[ChekhovsGunman Fjon]]'s assassination of the then-nearly immediately traitorous Hrathen in Teod was meant to show, among other things, that Wyrn has limited future sight.]]
* SorcerousOverlord: It's hinted in the novel [[spoiler: and confirmed by WordOfGod]] that he's some kind of magic-user, but the details are as-yet unknown.
* TheUnfought: Given he's in Fjordell during the book, and the story itself takes place in Kae and Elantris.