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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
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* CallToAgriculture: Like his father. And, [[spoiler:just like his father,]] he's taken away from that life by the Shaod.
%%* TheConfidant
%%* TheCynic
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Raoden.
%%* KnightInSourArmor
%%* TheLancer
* 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
* 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.]]
* 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


!!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.]]
* 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.]]
%%* KidsAreCruel
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By her own men after Raoden undermines her authority by giving them food.]]
%%* SamusIsAGirl
%%* SpoiledBrat: [[spoiler:Even Raoden thinks so.]]
%%* YoungAndInCharge: [[spoiler:Of her gang.]]



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.
%%* BladeOnAStick
* 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."



!!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
* BaldWomen: [[spoiler:Temporarily as a fake Elantrian.]]
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:With Raoden at the climax]].
%%* TheChessmaster
* 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
%%* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HugeSchoolgirl: Often made fun of for her height.
%%* LoveBeforeFirstSight: With Raoden.
* 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.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's nearly 6ft tall, towering over most men (Raoden and Hrathen excluded).
%%* WorthyOpponent: To Hrathen.


!!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.
%%* HappilyMarried
* 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]].
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:He's skilled enough with his axe to kill Dahkor monks with it.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler:As Dreok Crushedthroat.]]
%%* SupremeChef



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
%%* FriendlyRivalry: Mostly.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* TheRival: To Ahan.
* 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.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kills Telrii before dying himself.]]
%%* MasterSwordsman
* 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.]]



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.
* UnwantedHarem: He doesn't want this at all... for the most part.



A duke who is a friendly rival with Roial.
%%* FriendlyRivalry: For the most part.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:His reaction to Roial's death.]]
%%* 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]].
%%* TheAtoner: Increasingly, culminating in the finale.
%%* BadassPreacher
* 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
%%* ChurchMilitant
* 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: 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.


!!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:Hangs himself.]]
* 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.
%%* SmugSnake
* 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.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
%%* FatBastard
* 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



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.]]
* Complete Monster: InvokedTrope. He once killed a man to save himself a fifteen minute walk [[spoiler:by using Dakhor BloodMagic]]. His evil is a standout among Brandon Sanderson's books, as he always works to make sure that people are never {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, and instead are believably the heroes of their own stories and have their own reasonable justifications. Even in that case, he still calls Dilaf "an evil man" in his [[WordOfGod annotation]] for Chapter 60.
-->'''Creator/BrandonSanderson:''' Here is a man who kills for pleasure. [[SubvertedTrope No matter]] [[FreudianExcuse how wronged he was in the past]], he has no justification for [[{{Sadist}} the cruelty and enjoyment he displays in anticipating]] [[spoiler:Sarene]]ís death. This is an evil man.
* 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
* 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
%%* 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
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He's known as "Wyrn", as if the title were his name.
%%* EvilOverlord
* 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.