'''Planeswalkers'''\\
The earliest version of Magic lore had characters who could travel between worlds if they were powerful enough. This was soon codified into the term "Planeswalker" (One who can ''walk'' from one ''plane'' to another) and turned into the main characters of the stories. There are now two types, split between "old" and "new", either before or after the Mending. The Mending was an event with the potential to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the entire multiverse]]. Every plane was at risk of being consumed by the Blind Eternities, an area of Limbo between planes.

Within the meta-sense, you, the player, are a Planeswalker, encountering others and fighting for superiority. The general problem is that, being a RealityWarper, fights tend to get caught up in the entire multiverse...

'''Pre-Mending'''\\
Regardless of whether it happened before or after the mending, the way in which a being becomes a Planeswalker is the same. Whenever a sentient being is born, there is a one in one million chance of it being born with "The Spark"--that is, the Planeswalker spark. And even then, the odds of that being triggering their ascension is also one in a million. The Spark is ignited typically in one of three ways--a near-death experience, situations of immeasurable psychological strain, or extremely deep meditation. These old-style Planeswalkers had powers comparable to most gods; they could travel to other realities with no more than a moment's concentration, they can take on any appearance they desire (though most choose to look the same as they did when they ascended), will not age or die of natural causes, no longer need to eat or sleep, and in a few cases, create their own artificial plane (and live there and practically be worshipped ''as'' gods).

[[folder:Planeswalkers: Pre-Mending]]

!!'''Urza'''
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[[caption-width-right:350:"You can build a perfect machine out of imperfect parts."]]

One of the oldest and most powerful planeswalkers in the multiverse, the artificer Urza was first seen as a mortal in the ''Antiquities'' expansion, where he fought a bitter war against his fellow artificer and brother, Mishra. The disastrous war eventually led to the destruction of most of the continent, Mishra's death, Urza's ascension (after detonating the Golgothian Sylex, annihilating most of a continent and starting a millennia-long ice age), and the release of the lock that [[SealedEvilInACan was keeping Phyrexia sealed away from Dominaria]].\\
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Urza, recognizing the threat of Phyrexia and blaming them for the corruption and death of his brother, began a crusade to purge them from the multiverse. His campaign spanned millennia, eventually culminating in the ''Weatherlight'' saga and the Dominarian Apocalypse.\\
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He eventually died, victorious at last, at the end of ''Apocalypse''.

* AntiHero: He causes multiple cataclysmic magical disasters that completely destroy major landmasses, creates a eugenics program to breed super-soldiers, and is an overall ManipulativeBastard who gets regular WhatTheHellHero moments. If Yawgmoth hadn't been set as the villain from the beginning, he could be a VillainProtagonist.
* ArchNemesis: First Mishra, and then Yawgmoth.
* BadassGrandpa
* BigGood: In the sense of leading the good guys, at least. Urza was not a [[{{Jerkass}} nice man]].
* BlindSeer: Used as a disguise.
* ByronicHero
* CainAndAbel: The conflict with his brother Mishra got [[{{Understatement}} a little out of hand]].
* TheChessmaster: Combine this with his GoodIsNotNice traits seen below, most of his gambits are only "good" because they're being used to fight Phyrexia.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:He betrays his fellow planeswalkers and gives in to Yawgmoth once he has reached Phyrexia.]]
* GadgeteerGenius
* GlassEye: He has a red powerstone for one eye, and a green one for the other. Both are extremely powerful artifacts called the Mightstone and Weakstone, respectively, and are actually two halves of an even ''more'' powerful artifact.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Learning what Phyrexia did to his brother earned them his eternal hatred and had an extremely negative effect on his mental state.
* GoodIsNotNice: Gets worse as he gets older. It reaches its peak when [[spoiler:he doesn't tell his longtime partner and friend Barrin that his daughter is dying of Phyrexian plague]]. It's after that point, [[spoiler:when Barrin kills himself]], that Urza starts to ''really'' pick up the pace.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15255 "As the invasion drew closer, Urza's means began to resemble Phyrexia's end."]]
** In one of the Invasion-cycle novels, it's mentioned that over the years of fighting the Phyrexians, [[AdmiringTheAbomination Urza came to ''admire'' them]].
** Once he has reached Phyrexia, [[spoiler:he finally gives up and bows before Yawgmoth.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Gerrard, the warrior he has bred to fight Yawgmoth, beheads him in the Phyrexian Arena. Somewhat of an aversion, though, because it was Gerrard beheading him that snapped him out of Yawgmoth's influence.]]
* InsufferableGenius: Very smart, and also a dick about it. His belief that he always knows what ought to be done is one of his biggest flaws.
* LosingYourHead: His planeswalker powers mean that he can be beheaded and survive. His disembodied head can later be spotted [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/131.html relaxing in a hot tub]] in the non-canonical ''Unhinged'' expansion.
* LukeNounverber: He's occasionally referred to as "Urza Planeswalker." This crosses over with SpeciesSurname when you take into consideration that before the Mending, "Planeswalker" was less of a job description and more of an actual race.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A poster boy.
* NotSoDifferent: From Yawgmoth, after all.
* NumerologicalMotif: Major artifacts associated with Urza tend to cost exactly seven mana. He also has a set of lands (Urza's Tower, Power Plant, and Mine) that when together on the battlefield will produce exactly seven mana by tapping the three. This is, of course, not a coincidence.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:Gerrard uses his severed head as a weapon. He can't regenerate his body because Gerrard used a soul-killing weapon to behead him, but he can still talk and use his rather powerful eye-lasers.]]
* SetBonus: Possibly the first example in a trading card game, the three Urza lands. Separately, they each give one mana. Together, they give seven mana. Add on an Urza's Factory and, for seven mana, you can put tokens into play. Add on his brother's factory and you can make those tokens bigger.
* TheSocialDarwinist
* TheUnfettered: Nothing will stop him from triumphing over Phyrexia - certainly not the welfare of Dominaria.
* UngratefulBastard: Multiple times, but most notably when he basically goes off to use Serra's realm to power his ship. Keep in mind, before hand he had been healed by Serra, who saved him from almost certain death.
* WeCanRuleTogether: When [[spoiler:Yawgmoth]] asks him what is his greatest desire, Urza answers that [[spoiler:he wants to sit next to him and benefit from his knowledge and power.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He may be a dick to everyone, including his allies, but at least his efforts go towards stopping Yawgmoth. [[spoiler:That is, until he reaches Phyrexia.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Urza gets called out at least OnceAnEpisode.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity

!!'''Bo Levar'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"I'd be happy to stop contradicting you, Urza, just as soon as you start being right."]]

* AnachronismStew: Despite hailing from a MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, Bo Levar looks like he's straight out of the British Royal Navy of the 1800s.
* BadassMustache: His elegant mustache is an important part of his face, helping to give the impression that you don't want to mess with the man.
* TheCaptain: Levar was first a pirate captain, then a legitimate merchant captain.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He ends his own life to power a shield that blocked Yawgmoth's final form when it tried to kill the merfolk.]]
* MundaneUtility: Some old-style Planeswalkers use their power to become GeniusLoci. Some use it to become as gods. Others use it to accrue unending knowledge. Bo Levar uses it to smuggle cigars from one world to another.
* {{Privateer}}: After being forced to leave the navy after an indiscretion with an admiral's daughter he turned his maritime skill to use as a privateer.

!!'''Freyalise'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Life cannot be created and then abandoned. It must be nurtured and fed so that it may express its ripened might."]]

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Her skin color changed to reflect her mood.
* BoyishShortHair: She preferred to keep her hair rather short.
* TheChick: In a CloserToEarth sort of way.
* CynicismCatalyst: She never was much of a team player, but her desire to work with other planeswalkers ''really'' soured after the Invasion.
* DisappointedInYou: Had nothing but scorn for Radha's rejection of Skyshroud traditions to embrace her Keldon heritage.
* EyepatchOfPower: Covering a magical eye.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The way she "fixes" Dominaria was supposed to be one of the first infinite-mana combos. "Supposed" because the writer misunderstood one of the cards in the combo, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383042 Paralyze]].
* GodGuise: Became worshipped as a deity by the elves of Llanowar and Fyndhorn after helping them survive Dominaria's global Ice Age (and given the power of a pre-mending Planeswalker it's not altogether incorrect to call her one). After the Invasion, the elves of Skyshroud join them in their worship.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's a half-elf from Storgard.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sacrificed herself to seal the Skyshroud time rift during the events of ''Time Spiral'']].
* MyGreatestFailure: She sees Radha as a failed attempt to raise a strong champion for Skyshroud, the denial of her last hope.
* PlayingWithFire: She was a pyromancer before ascending, a stark contrast to her green-aligned planeswalker role.
* PowerFloats: Preferred to float just above the ground as opposed to simply standing.

!!'''Commodore Guff'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"It's the oldest trick in the book. And I ought to know—I wrote it."]]

* AuthorAvatar: Uh...see for yourself. From ''Apocalypse'':
-->Madly, he erased. Madly, yes, for what editor erases so fervently the words an author has written? What editor allows his author to write a hundred thousand words only to erase ten thousand of them? Only an editor desperate to get history right. \\
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“Bother.”\\
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Commodore Guff crouched upon a gnarl of basalt and feverishly applied the massive eraser to the history of the Dominarian Apocalypse. There went a sentence about the death of Eladamri. Just after, Liin Sivi[sic] no longer died, for all the way through she had been paired to him as though she were his gimp leg. And what about this paragraph where Bo Levar lights a cigar in a swamp and is blown to smithereens? Guff didn’t even erase that bit, but crumpled up the whole page and threw it into the lava that seeped from a nearby crack. What else had to go to make this goddamned trilogy work out? How about the legal material, and the dedication and acknowledgments? After all, who gives a goat’s droppings for the editor of an epic? Commodore Guff hurled those pages aside and saw them catch fire. He threw out the teaser too. It had given away the destruction of Dominaria anyway, something that was completely undecided at this point. \\
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Commodore Guff turned his face from the ravaged book in his hand and looked skyward. “This would never have happened when I was in charge of continuity.”
** Funnily enough, WordOfGod states that J. Robert King (author of Apocalypse) based him on one of Magic's other authors, Scott [=McGough=]. So he's technically an AuthorAvatar, just the wrong author.
* CasualDangerDialogue: He nonchalantly acknowledges the upcoming deaths of all his comrades, and even knows that in the 'original' history, Yawgmoth wins and Dominaria is assimilated into Phyrexia. He only agrees to start erasing things when it's brought to his attention that Yawgmoth's victory [[spoiler:would mean the destruction of his library]].
* MetaGuy: Was strangely aware of his status as a literary character.
* NoFourthWall: What ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} is to the MarvelUniverse, Guff is to ''Magic''.

!!'''Nicol Bolas'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"There is no greater folly than standing against me."]]

Nicol Bolas is the oldest--and perhaps the most powerful--planeswalker in the multiverse. He first appeared in the ''Legends'' cycle, where he battled Tetsuo Umezawa (a descendent of the ''Kamigawa'' block's protagonist, Toshiro Umezawa) for control of Madara. He reappeared in the ''Time Spiral'' block for a pair of epic planeswalker duels against Teferi and Leshrac, and then again to serve as an antagonist in the ''Shards of Alara'' block. He's been manipulating ''Magic'''s storyline from behind the scenes ever since. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/nicolbolas here]].

* AboveGoodAndEvil: He cares not for "pathetic moralizing", and views those who condemn him as a villain as seeing weakness as a virtue.
-->'''Bolas''': What they call villainy is no more than the will to win by any means available. I make no apologies.
* AgonyBeam: His touch causes immense physical and psychological trauma.
* TheArchMage: He's an extremely powerful wizard even by planeswalker standards.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice -- first resurrecting himself from his death at the hands of Tetsuo Umezawa, then restoring himself to full strength during the Conflux.
* BadBoss: Has a history of abusing his minions. See Sarkhan and Tezzeret below.
--> Nicol Bolas doesn't distinguish between servants and victims.
* BadassBoast: He's very fond of making impressive evil statements, practically every time he's quoted in the flavor text of a card it's an example. His entire encounter with Ajani at the end of ''Alara Unbroken'' is basically a long boast. Trouble is, he really is that good. Best summarized by this quote: "I've survived more apocalypses than you've had ''chest colds.''"
* TheBadGuyWins: The stories of Shards of Alara and Zendikar are both cases of Bolas's plans coming to fruition. He encounters some hiccups along the way, but ultimately achieves his goals.
* BigBad: Arguably Magic's premier force of evil with Yawgmoth out of the picture. He certainly sees himself this way, though.
* BreakoutVillain: At first, Nicol Bolas was just one part of [[http://www.magiccards.info/query?q=t%3A%22Elder+Dragon%22&v=card&s=cname a cycle of Elder Dragons]]. He's the only one who most people pay attention to nowadays.
* BroughtDownToNormal / HowTheMightyHaveFallen: The Mending brought him down from the godlike power of the old Planeswalkers to the relatively insignificant status of the new order, but his schemes soon saw him regain his former glory.
* TheChessmaster: His defining characteristic. His schemes span countless centuries and numerous planes of existence.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: Really doesn't care for people wasting his time.
-->'''Tezzeret''': You do us great honor with your presence. It is my hope, Nicol Bolas, that together we can come to a mutually beneficial—\\
'''Nicol Bolas:''' Shut up. I hate you, artificer, and I find rare cause to bother hating anyone anymore. The only reason I’m not currently picking your spine out from between my teeth is because you were smart enough to arrange these wards ahead of time. More to the point, I know full well you feel the same about me, no matter how you choose to doll up your words and trot them out like perfumed trollops. So perhaps we can save the pleasantries for those who might actually care about them, and simply tell me what you propose?
* TheDreaded: Prepared or not, practically every planeswalker ever does an OhCrap when he deigns to appear in person.
** This extends to even the great powers of planes he's never even ''been'' to. On Theros, [[spoiler:the god Kruphix knows everything that anybody in Theros knows as part of his divine nature, which means that he knows everything that a visiting Planeswalker does as soon as they planeswalk there. And not only does he fear what might happen if Bolas should come to Theros, he even admits that Bolas is unfathomably ancient and powerful compared to him. This from the the oldest and most powerful of the entire pantheon]].
* EvilGenius: His is without a doubt one of the most brilliant minds in the Multiverse (probably even ''the'' most brilliant), and he's not using any of his brain cells for good.
* EvilOverlord: At several points in the history of the Multiverse the dragon has been known to rule empires, such as his stint as Emperor of Madara.
* EvilSorcerer: Most likely the most powerful example to ever live. There's seemingly no end to his evil or his sorcerous might.
* EvilIsPetty: The first thing Bolas does when he's freed from the Meditation Realm is hunt down anyone who was descended from the man that put him there. And probably anyone they ever knew or loved for that matter. [[AndYourLittleDogToo And their pets.]]
* GodEmperor: Ruled over the empire of Madara as a god before being sealed away in the Meditation Realm for thousands of years.
* HeroKiller: He's the reason [[spoiler: Ugin]] is out of the picture at the moment.
* JustToyingWithThem: It'd be easier to count the fights Bolas has been in where he ''wasn't'' toying with his opponent. Exemplified in his "confrontation" with Jace Beleren and Tezzeret, where he proves fully capable of engaging with Tezzeret in a complex negotiation, idly chatting with Jace Beleren without giving any outward sign that he's doing anything but speaking with Tezzeret, has managed to move in and conceal an entire ''army'' without either Tezzeret or Jace becoming aware of it, and then, when Bolas is done with his idle chatting, he overwhelms Jace's best mental defense without even trying. That Jace could hold him off like that for less than a second is described as a greater feat than Jace will ever understand.
-->''His body rigid, as though he'd long since succumbed to the blizzard's touch, Jace hurled the entire force of his will into a mental lunge. His mind screamed into the ice, and nobody heard. Like a closing fist, he snapped shut the grid of thought, trying to block Bolas before he--''Oh, dear Heaven!'' Jace's mind quailed before the greatest power he had ever felt. The innermost depths of Alhammarret's psyche, the very core of the wizard's being, had been nothing, a gentle springtime gust to the roaring hurricane that was this single tendril of the dragon's mind.''
* LastOfHisKind: Bolas is the last elder dragon known to exist in the entire multiverse. Most of the others were wiped out in a civil war long, long ago.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Enjoys using others as puppets.
* ManipulativeBastard: Manipulates everyone he can all the time, and really, he's just a bastard all around.
* MindRape: Standard attacks for him. It comes with the mastery over blue and black magic.
** Even as a regular old pre-planeswalker creature, if he hits you, you lose every card in your hand. That's basically the in-game equivalent.
* MultiversalConqueror: Nothing less than absolute dominion over all planes of existence is his end goal.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Supposedly he has so many titles he doesn't even care about them anymore, most notably ''The Tyrant of Worlds''.
** Jace Beleren comes up with a few good names as well, such as the Eldest Planeswalker and the Forever Serpent.
* NoFourthWall: [[https://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/sf/33a Once took over a column on the official website]].
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: He considers himself the only one who can get away with whatever he wants forever. Of course, he'll also point out that [[NotAGame he does not play games.]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012'' states that he is 60 feet long, 60 feet wide, and weighs 60 tonnes.
* NumerologicalMotif: His final ability does seven damage to a player, then makes that player sacrifice seven permanents and discard seven cards.
* OlympusMons: The original five Elder Dragons are the ancestors of all dragons, with Bolas himself as the far greatest among them. And you, as a planeswalker, can summon him both as a creature and as a planeswalker ally.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Immortal, supremely powerful, masterfully manipulative wizards bent on total omnipotence.
* PragmaticVillainy: Bolas subscribes to this and in his "On Winning" article advises others to do the same.
** Text book example is his reason for being against cheating within the context of a game. If you win by cheating and don't get caught, you won. If you win without cheating, you won. There is no difference. However, if you get caught cheating, you lost and now you are likely denied any future chance to make up for the defeat.
* SealedEvilInACan: He was trapped in the Meditation Realm for thousands of years before escaping in Time Spiral block ...
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: ... But by that time Dominaria was a post-apocalyptic wasteland due to the Phyrexian invasion.
* TheSocialDarwinist: He's extremely fond of the idea that the strong should dominate the weak. And in Bolas's mind (and reality most of the time), he's the strong and everyone else is the weak.
-->'''Bolas:''' Do the innocent pay for the crimes of the guilty? Of course they do. That's the fate of the weak.
* SorcerousOverlord: His vast array of magic ensures his dominion over his servants.
* TimeAbyss: The oldest Planeswalker in existence.
* XanatosGambit: In the end, all schemes lead to victory for Bolas. You don't survive for millennia without being an expert manipulator.
* XanatosSpeedChess: His favorite game, made easy by having such a tremendous intellect.
* YourSizeMayVary: Exactly how big he is depends on the artist. [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly him changing size depending on what's the easiest for him to fit in a location.]]

!!'''Serra'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Let Phyrexia breed evil in the darkness; my holy light will reveal its taint."]]

* CrystalDragonJesus: The faith formed around her was strongly inspired by Christianity, design-wise. Especially evident in earlier sets like ''Homelands''.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Her Realm's aesthetic is this in a FluffyCloudHeaven.
* FloatingContinent: Throughout her Realm.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Her Realm is the Magic multiverse's clearest example of this kind of dimension.
* GodGuise: Like some other Planeswalkers she inspired a religion among the mortals.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: She hasn't been seen since Urza's first visit to her realm. The second time he shows up, Archangel Radiant is running things in her absence. She did it again to her worshippers on Ulgrotha, except this time [[spoiler:she became suicidal and got herself killed.]]
* KnightTemplar: Displayed a rather zealous attitude much of the time.
* LightEmUp: Light was her favored element.
-->"Follow the light. In its absence, follow her." (''2012 Core Set'' version of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220176 Serra Angel]])
* LightIsGood: All in all, Serra was a great force of good.
* TheMourningAfter: When her husband Feroz died in a freak lab accident, she lost all will to live.
* {{Underboobs}} / BareYourMidriff: Her signature look gave a very generous view of most of her torso, including her ActionGirl abs.

!!'''Taysir of Rabiah'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"How terrible to wander wishing only to escape oneself."]]

* TheChosenOne: On Rabiah, at least.
* CoolOldGuy: Lived to the ripe old age of 95.
* FusionDance: A Power Booster example. He originally had five alternate universe counterparts, one for each colour of mana, and became a planeswalker when his Black self pulled this off with all the rest.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Attempts this on Urza after Urza betrays the Nine Titans and turns to Yawgmoth. In response, Urza kills Taysir in self-defense.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Back and forth and back and forth... To begin with, his black self was the murderous henchman of an evil wizard. After fusing with the personality and memories of his first alternate-universe-self victim, he had a HeelFaceTurn and fused more peacefully with the others only to save them from said wizard. After centuries as an immortal, he slowly became a total {{Jerkass}} and then a violent villain. After dying and going through Anaba Minotaur purgatory, he came back as a good guy.
* MinorMajorCharacter: Canonically, he was briefly the most powerful Planeswalker in the multiverse until Urza ascended, due to having five sparks instead of one, and even then he was quite powerful. Most of his time in the limelight is in the time before the Weatherlight saga, where Urza doesn't figure into things much at all, and afterwards he barely even gets mentioned. He comes back for the Invasion block, only to get killed.
* PapaWolf: His aforementioned attacking of Urza was also in part caused by the fact that Urza's recruitment of Tevesh Szat led to his adoptive daughter being killed.
* TheRedMage: One of the few Planeswalkers to master all five colours, due to the circumstances of his ascension.

!!'''Tevesh Szat'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:You pray to Freyalise, but she cannot hear your pleas. It is Tevesh Szat who will claim your soul.]]

* CynicismCatalyst: The death of his sister drove him to finally abandon the last shreds of his humanity.
** DeadLittleSister
* EvilMakesYouUgly: He started out as a regular man, but his hatred would turn him into a hideous squamous abomination.
* EvilSorceror: His sorcerous might brought ruin to many a civilization.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy
** MisanthropeSupreme
* MeaningfulRename
* OutGambitted: He thought he was winning by betraying Urza's allies, but Urza had planned it all and won in the end.
* PlayingWithFire: Incinerating those he's not fond of was not an uncommon thing for him to do.
* ScaledUp: Abandoning the last piece of humanity and goodness within him in favor of hatred fully transformed him into a serpentine monstrosity.
** ReptilesAreAbhorrent
* SssssnakeTalk: A ssside effect of getting Ssscaled Up.
* ThatManIsDead
* TokenEvilTeammate: Deconstructed. He ''does'' end up backstabbing his teammates, which is exactly what Urza wanted, because he needs an ally to drain the soul out of and use it as a bomb. (WhatTheHellHero ensues.)
* WasOnceAMan: Before ascending, he was a human named Tev. Afterwards, he looked like a lizard man's torso on an octopus's tentacles.

!!'''Lord Windgrace'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Phyrexia is an unforgiving place, and I am an angry lord in an unforgiving mood."]]

* CatFolk: A panther warrior from Urborg.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He was a black, scary-looking panther warrior with a ferocious temper and destructive spells, but also thoroughly on the side of good.
* GeniusLoci: [[spoiler:It is implied that his spirit fused with Urborg itself and he still watches over it.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sacrificed himself to stop the Urborg temporal rift and stop a Phyrexian invasion through time, but his spirit remains to guard his homeland]].
* LightEmUp: Control over light for both protective and destructive purposes was a signature ability of his.
* OffhandBackhand: As shown by the image on the right, he could do this with magic, even.
* PantheraAwesome: The only known feline Planeswalker of the old kind, and with some truly powerful magic at his disposal he was no mere kitten.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite his hatred for all artifice, he goes easy on Venser despite the poor guy's adaptation of Phyrexian relics into his machines because he sees Venser as more misguided than actively malicious. He also eventually listens to Teferi's warnings, though he had him at arm's length for a long time.
* ScienceIsBad: Had a special hatred for anything even remotely related to artfacts.

!!'''Teferi'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"We define the boundaries of reality; they don't define us."]]

A blue-aligned planeswalker from Zhalfir specializing in time magic and phasing. The events of ''Time Spiral'' caused him to lose his planeswalker spark, [[DePower making him mortal again]].

* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Dark-skinned and lacking hair, his role as a great leader later in life propelled him into this trope.
** BaldOfAwesome
* CourtMage: To the court of Zhalfir, specifically.
** TheGoodChancellor
** HonestAdvisor
* ComplexityAddiction: Being a blue mage, he just unconsciously gravitates towards manipulative and calculated acts, which instill no mean amount of exasperation in his companions during the time rift crisis.
* {{Delinquents}}: He apparently was one at the Academy, but he's since grown out of it.
** ClassClown
* {{Depower}}: He gave up his Planeswalker spark and became a mortal (but still very powerful) wizard in ''Time Spiral'' so that he could close the time rift over Shiv.
** BroughtDownToBadass
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Happened to him not once, not twice, but ''three'' times! When he was a student at the Tolarian Academy he was trapped in a slow-time bubble, aging only minutes for the hundreds of years that passed outside. Later he accidentally phased the island with his workshop into an alternate timestream, returning an unspecified amount of time later to discover Jamuraa had broken down into warfare in his absence. The third time he purposefully phased out all of Zhalfir and Shiv to protect them from the Phyrexian invasion, and when he returned found Dominaria was a wasteland.
* FormerTeenRebel: When we first meet Teferi in Mirage block, he's a mature planeswalker and master of temporal magic. Then we see him Urza's Saga as a young student and discover that he was BrattyHalfPint.
* HeroicBSOD: He gets two during the time rift crisis: first, when he loses his spark closing the Shivan rift, and second when Jeska unwittingly consigns Zhalfir to oblivion.
* HeroicNeutral: He's definitely heroic, but more concerned with protecting his homeland than with the rest of Dominaria.
** OptOut: He chooses to remove himself and Zhalfir from the timestream completely rather than face the disaster he knew was about to occur.
** NeutralNoLonger: During the events of Time Spiral he realizes how short-sighted his perspective had been and devotes himself to saving Dominaria, even going so far as to sacrifice his spark to do it.
* TheLancer: To Urza, kind of.
* LargeHam: As a planeswalker, his playfulness manifests in making everything he says and does unnecessarily impressive.
* LateToTheTragedy: He phases out his homeland for several centuries, and returns long after Dominaria has been devastated by the Phyrexian invasion.
* MassTeleportation: His specialty. He's so good at it, in fact, that he's able to teleport entire continents!
* TheNicknamer: As a student, he used to call Karn "Artie Shovelhead". Karn was not amused.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Well, he was in temporal stasis through the apocalypse, anyway.
* TimeMaster: And one powerful enough to ''warp two countries into an alternate timeline'', no less.
* TricksterArchetype: Phasing in many ways resembles this.
* TykeBomb: Since he was noticed to have great magical potential as a child, he was trained to fight back against the Phyrexians at Urza's Tolarian Academy.
* YearOutsideHourInside: The effect of the slow-time bubble he was trapped in after the accident at the Tolarian Academy.

!!'''Jeska/Phage'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Even the threat of power has power."]]

[[http://magiccards.info/ju/en/93.html Jeska]] first appeared in the ''Odyssey'' block storyline as [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/198.html Kamahl]]'s sister. After suffering mortal wounds at the hands of her brother's [[ArtifactOfDoom Mirari]]-induced insanity, she was resurrected by the Cabal during the ''Onslaught'' storyline, gaining a new life as the fearsome [[http://magiccards.info/le/en/78.html Phage the Untouchable]]. The events of ''Legions'' caused her to fuse with Akroma and Zagorka to form Karona, the False God. When Karona was defeated, Jeska's spark ignited and she re-emerged as a planeswalker, leaving with Karn to travel the multiverse. She later returned in ''Future Sight'' to help seal the time rifts.

* ActionGirl: As Jeska.
* BadPowersBadPeople: As Phage.
* BarbarianHero: She and her brother Kamahl both qualify.
* BraidsOfBarbarism / DreadlockWarrior: Jeska kept her hair in long locks; it's not entirely clear from the art which one of these best fits.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: "Brainwashed" might not be the best word, but the Cabal Patriarch certainly warped Jeska's psyche to turn her into Phage.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings / MakeThemRot / TouchOfDeath: As Phage, her touch causes organic matter to rot, to the extent she has to wear silk and to sleep on a bed of stone.
** GameplayAndStoryIntegration: In the game, any creature she damages dies immediately, any ''player'' she damages dies immediately, and if you mishandle her, ''you'' die immediately.
* EnemyWithin: Jeska struggles with her alter-ego Phage, both before and after she becomes a planeswalker.
* FacialMarkings
* FieryRedhead
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In ''Future Sight'', she gives her life to seal the Otarian time rift.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Phage comes from Ancient Greek ''phageton'', which means ''to consume''. She's also referred to as "the Untouchable".
* NotSoDifferent: From Akroma.
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: When Jeska was captured by the Cabal. Bonus points for the original printing of Phage literally having the creature type Minion! It was later changed to Avatar, though.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Phage, to Jeska.
* UnwittingPawn: Is Leshrac's during the events of ''Future Sight''.
* WalkingWasteland: As Phage.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?!]]: Teferi gives her an incredibly angry one when she rashly closes the Zhalfirin rift before the continent was due to phase back in. It leads her to a brief [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, What Have I Done?]] moment.

!!'''Jaya Ballard'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Some have said there is no subtlety to destruction. You know what? They're dead."]]

''The'' Task Mage. She started her life as a street urchin until she stumbled upon Jodah, who took her under his wing. She didn't stay long, though, and went on to become a task mage (a term for HiredGuns). Her spark ignited after fighting a DemonicPossession by Mairsil The Pretender. She was also a figurehead of a monastery that Chandra, her future {{Expy}}, went to.

* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Jodah helps her break free of her DemonicPossession by visiting her mind and helping her ignite her spark.
* BlackMagicianGirl: A spunky, attractive woman with tremendous offensive magical ability.
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably the best-known in the game. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&flavor=+%5bjaya%5d+%5bballard%5d+%5btask%5d+%5bmage%5d Just check out all the cards with her quotes as flavor text.]]
* DemonicPossession: By Mairsil the Pretender when she unknowingly takes Lim-Dul's ring, which contains the Pretender's Spirit.
* FieryRedhead
* GlassCannon: Her card's last ability will, unless you give her protection from herself, kill her.
* GogglesDoNothing
* HavingABlast
* HellbentForLeather: Her iconic outfit is a tight-fitting black suit of what appears to be leather.
* HiredGuns: She was a task mage, which means someone who knows a handful of spells and casts them to whoever pays. They're looked down on by "real" wizards.
* HotBlooded: As befits the most iconic pyromancer.
* KillItWithFire
* LargeHam: Really, Jaya would be right at home in ''GurrenLagann''.
* PlayingWithFire: Her mastery of fire became legendary both in and out of universe.
* {{Pyromaniac}}: "Of course you should fight fire with fire. You should fight ''everything'' with fire."
* RoleCalled: If you see her name, there's a good chance that "Task Mage" will follow it.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Well, it isn't a game of Kick-The-Ouphe...

!!'''Leshrac'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Will not the mountains quake and hills melt at the coming of the darkness?"]]

* EvilGloating: He relishes speaking mockingly to everyone.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Behind Tevesh Szat and Lim-Dûl during the Ice Age, and behind the Weaver King during the time rift crisis...though he himself was acting at the behest of the Myojin of Night's Reach.
* ManipulativeBastard: He got under Jeska's skin very easily and nudged her into doing his bidding.
* MegaManning: In ''Future Sight'', he stole the black magic abilities from Nicol Bolas and Jeska/Phage.
* OutGambitted: He thought he could destroy Nicol Bolas with the power of the Mask of Night's Reach during the events of ''Time Spiral'', which was probably true... [[spoiler:but Bolas had the ''real'' mask while Leshrac had a mere forgery, and the Elder Dragon decisively defeated the other Planeswalker and killed him to mend the Madaran time rift, ending his reign of terror.]].
* RedBaron: Was widely known as "The Walker of Night", or just "Nightwalker".
* SealedEvilInACan: ''Twice''. Once in the Shard of the Twelve Worlds, and once in Phyrexia.
* SignificantAnagram: The exact in-universe significance, if any, is unknown, but his name is an anagram of the from an Earthly perspective decidedly more ordinary Charles.
* SquishyWizard: Very much unlike Nicol Bolas, he was a terrible physical combatant, and had to resort to trickery and magic for the edge.
* WhileRomeBurns: He believed the time rift crisis wouldn't be as widespread as Teferi claimed...and even if it were, all he cared about was killing Nicol Bolas and stealing the rank of top planeswalker for however long he could keep it.

!!'''Arzakon'''
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A planeswalker trying to enter the world of Shandalar for its unique mana, Arzakon uses the five guilds from there, each of a different color of mana, to gain three "mana taps" to summon him. He's the final boss of the 1997 Microprose CardBattleGame.

* AwesomeButImpractical: A five-color deck? Granted, it's stacked with broken cards, but still...
* BigBad: Of the Microprose game.
* DealWithTheDevil: He tricked five mages into casting a powerful spell they thought would give them control over Shandalar, but in reality gave him the ability to access the plane.
* RocksFallEverybodyDies: He'll attack when his five minions are defeated.
* SealedEvilInACan: If you can't defeat him completely, he'll still be locked away. How long he stays sealed depends on how much damage you can deal to him.

!!'''Nahiri'''
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[[caption-width-right:350:"This is your world. This stone, this earth, is yours to fight for. If you don't think you can rely on us, then don't."]]

A kor Planeswalker from the plane of Zendikar who aided fellow Planeswalkers Sorin and Ugin in sealing away the Eldrazi within her homeworld millennia ago. When Sorin returned 6000 years later to check on the weakening seal Nahiri was nowhere to be found, having vanished without a trace long ago. Read all about her [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ur/lithomancer-2014-10-29 here]].

* ActionGirl
* DishingOutDirt: Appearently her main form of magic, being a lithomancer. She can manipulate rocks, which in her story is used to create the hedrons - a mean feat that took 40 years -, bury Eldrazi spawn, and...
** ExtraOreDinary: Can extract, refine, smelt, and forge metal into elaborate and fully-functional equipment with nothing but her own two hands.
** MagmaMan: She is capable of melting rock, which she normally uses in order to forge weapons.
* FreudianTrio: Between herself (Id), Sorin (Superego) and Ugin (Ego).
** TheHeart
** TheMcCoy
* HeroicAlbino: Not actually albino, as all kor share the same pale coloration, but she fits the trope.
* HonorBeforeReason: In the story linked above, she insists on staying to protect the survivors even though they have no chance of survival against the Eldrazi.
* HopeBringer: ... And tries to inspire them to have courage, confusing and annoying Sorin.
--> "Any hope is better than none. Always."
* TheParagon: Read her quote at the start of her entry.
* {{Protectorate}}: Toward her homeworld of Zendikar, possibly in part out of guilt at agreeing to imprison the Eldrazi there.
* RedBaron: Was known simply as 'the Lithomancer' before her reveal. Turns out it's also her title.
* TailorMadePrison: She did all the grunt work constructing the elaborate prison system trapping the Eldrazi on Zendikar.
* UltimateBlacksmith: She takes her race's love for crafting and cranks it UpToEleven. The millions of hedrons that cover Zendikar? She made ALL OF THEM.
** TerrainSculpting: The powerful magic in the hedrons creates the weird gravitational effects that make Zendikar possible. She completely changed the landscape of the entire plane.
* WrenchWench

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'''Planeswalkers Post-Mending'''\\
During the events of the "Time Spiral" block, Dominaria was on the verge of reality tearing apart and the plane being unmade (and since Dominaria is the hub of the ''Magic'' universe, all other planes would fall soon after), mostly due to the various apocalypses the plane has been subjected to throughout the eons. The storyline ended with the rifts healed, but at a price; many of the old-style Planeswalkers gave up their Sparks, or in some cases, their lives, to fix the problem. The nature of the Spark itself had changed as well. The odds of being born with (and igniting) The Spark were about the same, but new-style Planeswalkers aren't nearly as powerful; they're mortal, and can't planeswalk as easily as their predecessors (it usually involves a ritual of some sort). They can't create their own worlds anymore, either. They are, however, "weak" enough to be printed on ''Magic'' cards without destroying game balance, and with the exception of the ''Lorwyn'' block[[note]]which predates the existence of the mythic rarity[[/note]], are exclusively in the Mythic Rare rarity slot.

[[folder:Planeswalkers: Post-Mending]]

!!'''Ajani Goldmane'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Duty, honor, and valor are either in your heart or they are not. You will never know for certain until you are tested."]]

[[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/1.html Ajani Goldmane]] is a white-aligned planeswalker. He first appeared in the storyline as a protagonist in the ''Shards of Alara'' block, where his quest to avenge the murder of his brother led him to discover the nefarious machinations of Nicol Bolas. He later meets up with Elspeth Tirel on Theros. His specialty is SoulPower: invoking and strengthening the spirits of others. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/ajani here]].

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: His white fur made him an outcast towards his own clan with the exception of his late brother.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Though he did eventually move on.
* AnAxeToGrind: Ajani's weapon of choice is his prized double ended axe, which is essentially his axe with his brother's axe head grafted on to the other side.
* AntiMagic: The general purpose of Ajani's sundering magic. A more proactive example can be seen on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191083 Silence]].
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: Both accomplished warriors in their own rights, with Ajani's StatusBuff magic, he and his brother were untouchable.
* BigBrotherMentor: Ajani becomes this to the Leonin tribes on Theros. His new card goes as far to call him [[http://mythicspoiler.com/nyx/cards/ajanimentorofheroes.html ''Mentor of Heroes'']].
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Ajani undertook many dangerous tasks upon himself to win his pride's respect, such as hunting Naya's behemoths alone. None of them worked.
* TheEmpath
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Good; A simple line over his missing left eye.
* HeroicAlbino: Eventually. Growing up, his tribe (except for his brother) thought he was [[EvilAlbino bad luck]].
* MeaningfulName: His actual surname is Goldmane, it's just a coincidence that he was born platinum blonde.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Discussed in the flavor text for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=208283 Silvercoat Lion]].
* NayTheist: After [[spoiler:Elspeth's death]] he begins spreading this doctrine on Theros, trying to weaken the gods by shaking mortal belief.
* PantheraAwesome
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After the ''Godsend'' shenigans and the pettiness of the gods became clear to him, he is now dedicated to exterminate the [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly belief that sustains them]].
* TheRedMage: As red/white Ajani Vengeant, red taking the role "black magic" does in most video games.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In his younger years. Later he calmed down.
** [[spoiler: He almost goes on one against the agents of Erebos after Elspeth is mortally wounded, but is stopped by his fellow leonin.]]
* SiblingTeam: His bash brother is also his literal, biological, brother.
* SoulPower: The WhiteMagic variant.
* StatusBuff: His specialty. The drawback is that he can't use such Magic on himself.
* TeachHimAnger: His brother's death started the process, and Sarkhan Vol taught him to embrace the anger as strength.
* TragicKeepsake: Two of them, actually; his brother's axe, and [[spoiler: Elspeth's iconic white cloak]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: As Vengeant.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/sf/sf5_full.jpg No you would not.]]

!!'''Jace Beleren'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"The things I once imagined would be my greatest achievements were only the first steps toward a future I can only begin to fathom."]]

Jace Beleren is a planeswalker who specializes in mental magic: {{telepathy}}, [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]], that sort of thing. He's a central character in ''Agents of Artifice''. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/jace here]].

* AbstractApotheosis: He becomes the new guildpact at the end of the Return to Ravnica cycle.
* AnimeHair: Seen in Jace's Ingenuity. His M12 card features it directly. Ironically, minimized in the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227476 Japanese Duel Decks version]], which has his hood up.
* AntiMagic: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=185820 Yawn]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Jace was designed to be a stand-in for what R&D considered the archetypal ''Magic'' player: an 18-to-30-year-old male, socially withdrawn but creative and intelligent. Even his color, blue, is polled as the most popular among that demographic.
* BattleOfWits: Jace's favorite strategy.
* BenevolentMageRuler: Becomes one on Ravnica as the Living Guildpact, arbiter of the many disputes between the guilds.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Chandra's Red Oni.
* ByronicHero: He has some of the typical traits, though he seems to growing out of it somewhat.
* CharmPerson
* CowardlyLion: A bit, especially when he stands up against Tezzeret because of his repeated abuse and lust for power. This eventually leads Jace to wipe Tezzeret's mind.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: His reaction to Niv-Mizzet literally coming up to his face and announcing that [[spoiler:he would like to declare war on Selesnya]]? [[LittleNo A stoic no]]. [[spoiler:While Niv is forced to comply and flies away shortly after, it's highly suggested he was merely testing Jace's ability with the declaration, since he set off the whole maze run in order to avoid full scale war]].
* EnemyMine: When he's not fighting Chandra, he's teaming up with her.
* FacialMarkings: It's unclear what purpose they serve.
* FakeMemories
* GuileHero
* InTheHood: About half of his artwork depicts him this way.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Has this as one of his powers.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Easy Pose while being [[http://www.steveargyle.com/?cmd=gallery_ext&art_id=397 ingenious]], as befits the exercise of physic powers.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:After the events of the Return to Ravnica block, the maze is fully solved and Jace becomes the living embodiment of the Guildpact, the entity which forbids the guilds from instigating open war with one another.]]
* MasterOfIllusion
* MemoryGambit: Pulls one during Return to Ravnica, ultimately resulting in Jace ascending to become the Living Guildpact.
* MindControlEyes: People under his control have glowing blue eyes.
* MindManipulation
* MindRape: All of his cards have had some form of this, but it shines the brightest on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=195297 Jace, the Mind Sculptor's fourth ability]]. He also subjects Tezzeret to this in ''Agents of Artifice.''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Many cases of this, but his bumbling in Zendikar with Chandra and Sarkhan stand out the most. For that one, he has no idea [[ThePlan somebody named Bolas has planned that]].
* NoSell: Biggest example is his fight with Chandra.
* {{Protectorate}}: Toward Ravnica.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As the Living Guildpact.
* ReluctantRuler: He didn't ask to become the most powerful man on Ravnica, and isn't terribly comfortable in the role.
* TheSmartGuy
* PsychicPowers
* SympathyForTheDevil: Towards Baltrice.
* {{Telepathy}}
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility: From everything we've seen, Jace is taking his duties as the Living Guildpact very seriously.
* WouldHitAGirl: In ''The Secretist'', he beats the crap out of a Rakdos bloodwitch in her own bar. To be fair, most bloodwitches are the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil kind of person]] you'd want to seriously injure.
** In the fiction for the Jace vs. Vraska Duel Deck, Jace is is forced to fight for his life against the Gorgon.

!!'''Liliana Vess'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"When you find yourself teetering on the edge of oblivion, mine will be the hands taking pleasure in giving you the final push."]]

Liliana Vess is a black-aligned planeswalker whose specialty is [[TheNecromancer necromancy]]. She has several long-running debts with demons after a few [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] she made. Read more about her [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/liliana here]].

* AbsoluteCleavage
* AmplifierArtifact: The Chain Veil greatly enhances her already-formidable magical abilities.
* AmuletOfDependency: The Chain Veil is said to be psychologically addictive.
* AntiHero
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Chain Veil, which is in Vess's possession. It seems to be taking its toll on her ...
* BareYourMidriff
* BastardGirlfriend: Liliana makes no attempt to hide her less redeeming qualities. Not many people seem to have a problem with it.
* TheBeautifulElite: In every novel she has appeared in, there has been at least one passage describing just how ludicrously attractive she is. Justified, at least, since she did sell her soul for beauty...
* BlackMagic: She specializes in MindRape, death magic, and necromancy.
* CastingAShadow[=/=]CombatTentacles: Without corpses for her to animate, most of her fights involve using shadowy tentacles.
* ClingyMacGuffin: The Chain Veil, to Liliana's chagrin. No matter how hard she tries to rid herself of it, her body won't allow her to.
* TheCorrupter: Takes great pleasure in cursing Garruk and zombifying Mikaeus.
* DarkActionGirl
* DealWithTheDevil: Made a contract with four archdemons in order to gain eternal youth. Being the selfish woman she is, she decides to try [[FaustianRebellion to get out of it by killing them]]. [[spoiler: Two down, two to go.]]
** DebtDetester: She ''can't stand'' knowing she owes the demons for her eternal youth.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Very slowly. Well, when she's not JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, that is.
* DistractedByTheSexy: She invokes this against most any male opponent she faces.
* DrunkWithPower: Hardly a virtuous person before hand, the [[ArtifactOfDoom Chain Veil]] seems to turn Liliana's less redeeming qualities UpToEleven.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Her now long-dead brother Josu.
** Jace, for a little while. Of course, she was willing to kill him to get what she wanted, but she really ''really'' didn't want to, and spent a lot of time in agonised indecision about what she would ultimately do.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When she rejected the deal Nicol Bolas made with her.
* EvilMask: The Chain Veil.
* FallenPrincess: She was a daughter of a nobleman, but was disowned after she [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly]] fed her beloved brother poison she got from a mysterious ''Raven Man'' who claimed it was a cure.
* FantasticRacism
-->''"I come looking for demons and I find a plane full of angels. I hate angels."''
* FaustianRebellion: After obtaining the Chained Veil, she decides to oust the demons she made bargains with. Starting with [[{{Irony}} the one who sent her]] to [[FetchQuest fetch]] the Veil.
* FemmeFatale: One of her defining characteristics.
* GottaKillEmAll: Her quest to slay the four demons she sold her soul to.
* HairDecorations: Sort of a FridgeBrilliance when you consider how self-conscious she is about her age.
* HearingVoices: One of the side effects of using the Chain Veil for prolonged amounts of time.
* HotGypsyWoman[=/=]VaporWear: Her wardrobe.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Like Nicol Bolas, she was a pre-Mending Planeswalker who lost her immortality and much of her power, and she didn't take it well. She made Faustian bargains with several demons in an attempt to regain this lost power.
* {{Hypocrite}}: As pointed out by the Onakke spirit in [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/veil-deceit-2014-07-02 Veil of Deceit]]: she uses "everyone dies" as a justification for her necromantic practises and callous disregard of others' lives, but everything she has done so far has been to prevent her own death.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Makes the other Black planeswalkers look humble in comparation. Except towards her brother, but he's dead now.
* {{Jerkass}}: While developing [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235597 her second card]], Innistrad lead developer Erik Lauer went to the creative department and asked them to give him an overview of her character, so that he could work on some abilities that would be representative of her personality. Their response?
-->'''She's a bitch.'''
* LadyOfBlackMagic
* LuckManipulationMechanic: Her second ability puts any card in your library on top and reshuffles the rest of your library.
* MarkOfTheBeast: The violet tattoos that cover her body are a sign of her pledge to the four demons she sold her soul to. [[{{Squick}} After killing Kothophed, the first of the four, they began to bleed sporadically.]]
* MaskOfPower: The Chain Veil.
* MindRape: One of her abilities.
* {{Necromancer}}
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Her efforts to free Griselbrand to kill him also frees Avacyn, Innistrad's Guardian Angel. Although Liliana doesn't live in Innistrad, so she doesn't really care.]]
* OperaGloves: In the [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/666 Innistrad promotional art]] and as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235597 Liliana of the Veil]].
* PimpedOutDress: The clothes she wore on Innistrad definitely qualify.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Liliana uses her magic to maintain her youthful appearance and extend her lifespan. She's over a hundred years old, but she looks like she's in her twenties.
* SadisticChoice: Liliana of the Veil's ultimate ability, which splits all the opponent's permanents into two piles and forces them to choose which pile lives and which pile dies. [[spoiler:Used in the climax of Dark Ascension to force Thalia to break open the Helvault, or have all her companions devoured by ghouls in front of her.]]
* SignificantAnagram: "A villainess". WordOfGod swears this was completely accidental.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Her promo art in Innistrad.
* SoulPower: The BlackMagic variant.
* ThighHighBoots: Again, in the [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/666 Innistrad promotional art]] and as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235597 Liliana of the Veil]].
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Chandra's Tomboy.
* {{Tsundere}}: She has some Tsundere-ish tendencies, especially in her relationship with Jace.
* UnwittingPawn: It's implied the Chain Veil may be controlling Liliana more than she wants to admit.
* VainSorceress: One of her defining characteristics.
* VaporWear: Wears little clothing to distract her opponents.

!!'''Chandra Nalaar'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Spontaneous combustion is a myth. If you burst into flame, someone wanted you to."]]

Chandra Nalaar is a red-aligned [[PlayingWithFire pyromancer]] and the star of ''The Purifying Fire''. She's impulsive, passionate, and has a violent disrespect for authority. Read more about her [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/chandra here]].

* ActionGirl
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Gideon.
* BestServedCold: Speaking strictly figuratively, of course. [[spoiler:Chandra blows up The Order of Heliud's Regatha outpost. The Order was responsible for executing her village for harboring pyromancers.]]
* BlackMagicianGirl
* CoolBigSis: To the children at Keral Keep.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Most of the Post-Mending Walkers get shafted by this, but Chandra gets it the worst. Her eye color, her hair color, how straight her hair is when not on fire, how freckley she is, and just generally how attractive she is tend to vary in virtually every appearance.
* EnemyMine: When she's not fighting Jace, she's teaming up with him.
* {{Expy}}: Of Jaya Ballard. Interestingly enough, the pyromancers of Keral Keep who took her in sprung up around Jaya's teachings. Jaya is, after all, known to rub off on people who hang around her too long - including Archmage Jodah, who lamented that her influence was making him as reckless as she was.
* FieryRedhead: Literally, as in, often depicted with flames.
* FlamingHair
* GenerationXerox: There's precious little difference between her and Jaya Ballard, [[RoleCalled (Task]] [[BrickJoke Mage)]]. When asked why they didn't just use Jaya, Mark Rosewater said they wanted a character without the baggage of a pre-existing backstory.
* GogglesDoNothing: It took them seven years before they finally printed [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383176 a card]] showing Chandra wearing her goggles! [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/90558335378/tales-from-the-pit-803 Lampshaded]] by Maro himself.
* HavingABlast
* HotBlooded
* KillItWithFire
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: She has absolutely no idea what she does in the Eye of Ugin eventually triggers the release of the Eldrazi.
* OnlyThePureOfHeart: The Purifying Fire. [[spoiler:The Order of Heliud favored executing their more notable prisoners and dissidents in the Purifying Fire, a massive wellspring of white mana on the plane of Regatha, that immolates all the guilty criminals that are thrown into it, as a way of proving their just cause. Chandra survived the experience after confessing her guilty feelings of her village's death to Gideon. [[ExactWords It immolates the ''guilty''.]]]]
* PlayingWithFire
* PyroManiac
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Jace's Blue Oni.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Liliana's Girly Girl.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Gideon. She likes him, but abhors his worldview of the greater good being more important than personal freedom.
* UnskilledButStrong: After one of her temper tantrums, the Order of Heliud came down hard on her village, because they believed they were harboring a large number of pyromancers. They didn't believe the amount of damage done was possible from a single person. She is powerful and volatile enough that ''Nicol Bolas'' in the ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013'' describes her as "so utterly filled with power, so wholly lacking in restraint and vision."
* YouthfulFreckles

!!'''Garruk Wildspeaker'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"The predator knows the true way of the world. Life is conflict. Only the strong survive."]]

Garruk Wildspeaker is a [[TheBeastMaster Beast Master]] planeswalker who wields green magic. He's a powerful hunter who lives in harmony with nature and aspires to be a true predator. [[spoiler:His skirmish with Liliana on Innistrad left him defeated and cursed by the Chain Veil, which corrupted him with black magic. Now he seeks to hunt the ultimate game of the multiverse--planeswalkers]]. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/garruk here]].

* AnAxeToGrind
* AxeCrazy: Literally. While cursed, he puts that axe to good use.
* BarbarianHero
* BattleTrophy: He took Lord Raklan's helmet as his own after avenging his father. [[spoiler:He also takes Vronos' mask as one after killing him.]]
* TheBeastMaster
* [[spoiler:BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: The protector of the natural order has now become an interplanar serial killer. Then again, according to Magic 2013 he was already a social darwinist that hunted other planeswalkers, so it's not like he's that much different.]]
* TheBigGuy: He's at least a full head taller than the other human Planeswalkers. ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' puts his height at 8 feet.
* ChallengeSeeker: He searches the multiverse for the biggest, baddest monsters to fight in order to prove himself. [[spoiler:After being cursed by Liliana and the Chain Veil, his new prey is planeswalkers]].
* ChildSoldiers: {{Defied}}. His father sent him into the wilderness so that he wouldn't be one...
* CoolHelmet: A trophy of the feudal lord that drove him from his father [[spoiler:and later killed him.]]
* TheCorruption: Suffers from one after being defeated by the Veil-enhanced Liliana.
* DarkIsEvil: After being infected by the veil's curse. He was already a cuckoo social darwinist planeswalker hunter, but the veil made him an ''angry'' cuckoo planeswalker hunter. Though at least without the social darwinism, [[StrawNihilist since he doesn't care anymore]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After defeating the wild beasts he fights he forms bonds with them so he can summon them in battle later, making him a FluffyTamer.
* TheDeterminator: During his time on Innistrad. Despite suffering under the curse's effects, he continues to follow Liliana's tracks.
* [[spoiler:EgomaniacHunter: As Garruk, Apex Predator.]]
* EnemyWithin: The curse slowly consuming him from the inside.
* [[spoiler:EvilMakeover: He color scheme becomes more muted as the curse takes hold, until by Magic 2015 he's nothing but black, grey, and purple. Also, spikes.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:By ''Magic 2015'' he's succumbed to Liliana's curse and has become overtly malevolent, hunting down other Planeswalkers for sport.]]
** [[spoiler:Even [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ur/monster-2014-08-20 after being freed of the curse's influence]], he refuses Jace's help and readily admits that he doesn't mind killing in the slightest, even enjoying it from time to time. He weakly defends himself by saying that, so long as others aren't sent after him, no one else has to die. The story ends with him killing a retreating planeswalker, even though he acknowledges that it wasn't necessary, using the same weak defense as before.]]
* FinalBoss: Of Duels of the Planeswalkers '15. [[spoiler: And you have to beat him twice in a row; the second being a OneWingedAngel form]].
* FluffyTamer
* [[spoiler:ForcedIntoEvil: Liliana's curse slowly warps his mind, leading him to do things he otherwise never would have done.]]
** [[spoiler:Seems to have embraced it after the curse is suppressed.]]
* [[spoiler:FullyEmbracedFiend: He's given into the curse, and seems to have abandoned his quest to hunt down Liliana.]]
* GenocideBackfire: In Garruk's backstory, the feudal lord who ruled his town tried to recruit ChildSoldiers to fight his war. The young Garruk escaped into the forest, where he trained himself as a [[TheBeastMaster Beast Master]]. [[BestServedCold Years later]], when he grew strong enough, he returned and killed the tyrant from his childhood.
* [[spoiler:HeWhoFightsMonsters: He started out hunting Liliana to make her remove the curse on him, but eventually started hunting other planeswalkers for sport.]]
* HellBentForLeather: As Garruk Relentless.
* [[spoiler:HeroKiller: As Garruk, Apex Predator.]]
* HeroicWillpower: The only thing keeping him from succumbing to Liliana's curse.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Several of his quotes reveal he has a very low opinion of humanity and civilization in general.
* [[spoiler: HunterOfHisOwnKind: Garruk is now killing other planeswalkers for sport.]]
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: In the original blurbs that were released when the original post-mending walkers were being spoiled, Garruk was said to enjoy the thrill of hunting fellow Planeswalkers. He was putting this to practice with Liliana [[spoiler:but after his corruption by the Veil he's hunting down any walker he can find.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: One of Garruk's chief problems with civilized society, is how much they lie to one another and how little consequence there is to it. He is not above lying himself in any way, though considering he's NotGoodWithPeople, he probably considers it justified.
* ImplacableMan: He ''will'' find Liliana. [[spoiler:And if you're his prey, he ''will'' find ''you.'']]
* InsultBackfire: In one comic, he recalls that people call him a monster. He comes to the conclusion, "They're wrong. I am a thousand of them."
* LargeAndInCharge
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: He does this to his summons when they're not dangerous enough.
* MightMakesRight
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: The long-dead Onakke of Shandalar intend to goad Garruk into wiping Shandalar clean in his rampage, so they can return to life to dominate the plane.]]
* MookMaker: All three of his printed cards make tokens in varying levels of effectiveness.
* MoreThanMindControl: This seems to be the method of the veil's curse. It heightened Garruk's worst traits, playing on his innate violent nature.
* NatureHero: ...In the first portrayals. In Magic 2013, he is portrayed as a borderline psychopath.
** To be fair, he's under the influence of the Chain Veil by that point.
* NobleSavage: One of his core beliefs. Later on he becomes ... not so noble.
* NotGoodWithPeople
* [[spoiler:OneWingedAngel]]: [[spoiler:When you beat him on Zendikar, he taps into the power granted to him thanks to the veil's curse, causing him to grow larger, and grow SpikesOfVillainy all over him. In-game, his second deck is all kinds of overpowered; a common play for him, through use of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3999 ramping]] and full clips of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=380220 Gates]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=382860 Dual Lands]], is to put a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=382370 Spiritmonger]] on the board ''by turn three''.]]
* PapaWolf: His father is implied to be this. Garruk himself also counts, as he doesn't take too kindly to people harming his animal buddies.
* PowerDegeneration: The curse. He can tap into its power, but every time he does it gets stronger and he gets weaker.
* RaisedByWolves: Semi. As a child, he was drafted into the military, so his father hid him in the woods. Using his [[TheBeastMaster Beast Master]] powers, he was then adopted into a family of Baloths, which are giant green horned monsters the size of monster trucks.
* ResistTheBeast: What he does throughout Innistrad. [[spoiler:Eventually, he stops fighting.]]
* RestrainingBolt: As a result of the Veil's curse.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Garruk is coming for Liliana. He also spent several years working to avenge his father's death by killing Lord Raklan.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: He somehow managed to track Liliana through the Blind Eternities. How is that even possible?
* SeeingThings: Under the Veil's curse. He hallucinates animals in the place of the Innistradi people he meets, performing actions which vaguely relate to what their human counterparts are doing (for instance, the "townsbirds" all flock to their nests as the people around him fearfully run indoors and peer at him suspiciously through upstairs windows).
* [[spoiler:SerialKiller: As Garruk, Apex Predator.]]
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: As a result of Liliana's curse affecting his mind, heightening his worst qualities.
* TheSocialDarwinist: His Magic 2013 portrayal.
* SpikesOfVillainy: He seems to have sprouted a few lately ...
* TheStoic
* SummonMagic: He specializes in going to dangerous locales, finding the biggest meanest animals he can, beating the crap out of them, then bonding with them, allowing him to summon them at will.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: As seen in Innistrad, he seems to be giving in to it more often.
* TaintedVeins: As "Garruk, the Veil-Cursed".
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* TookALevelInJerkass: He started out as NotGoodWithPeople, but during ''Magic 2013'', he became a SocialDarwinist due to the curse.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Most of the time.
* WalkingWasteland: In the opening of ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015''; a tree's fruits are seen engulfed with blight before rotting and falling off...and the remaining trees shrivel up and flake away as well.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WolverineClaws
* YouKilledMyFather: His father was arrested and executed for defying the local feudal lord, whom Garruk confronted for revenge later in life.

!!'''Elspeth Tirel'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Finally, I understand. Home isn't where you rest. It's what you fight for."]]

Elspeth Tirel is a planeswalker who wields WhiteMagic. Born on a plane dominated by Phyrexia, she escaped after her spark ignited and roamed the worlds looking for a home. When she found Bant, she believed she'd found her true home; after Alara's Conflux, however, she felt that she no longer belonged, and left to roam the multiverse once more. [[spoiler: As of the ''Godsend'' novel, Elspeth has apparently been KilledOffForReal.]] Read more about her [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/elspeth here]].

* ActionGirl
* BargainWithHeaven: On Theros, with Heliod. [[spoiler: Didn't work out that well for her.]]
* BehindTheMask: In two senses. When on Bant, she pretended to be a normal soldier, hiding both her nature as a planeswalker and her magical skills. She also pretended to be perfectly fine even though her childhood was severely traumatic.
* BladeOnAStick: As the Sun's Champion during the events of Theros, Heliod transforms her Sword into a spear named [[http://mythicspoiler.com/nyx/cards/godsend.html Godsend]].
* BlindedByTheLight: As seen on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212705 Soul Parry]], where Elspeth turns aside the attacks of two Nim zombies with a flash of bright white light.
* BlingOfWar: That's some pretty impressive armor.
* BrokenBird: Having your home destroyed and being raised in a concentration camp would do that.
* ChangedMyMindKid: In the ''ComicBook/{{Scarred}}'' comic. She has a HeroicBSOD after a particularly horrifying encounter with some Phyrexians; after a pep talk with a Vulshok shaman who admonishes her for her cowardice, she returns to rescue Venser and Koth from [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable one of Jin-Gitaxias's experiments]].
* TheChosenOne: She was chosen to be Heliod's champion on Theros.
* CoolSword: Her usual WeaponOfChoice. It was later transformed into the Godsend, a very cool sword indeed ... despite actually being a polearm.
* CosmicPlaything: The multiverse just seems to have it in for her in general. First her DarkAndTroubledPast, then watching Bant be invaded by Grixis, then everything to do with New Phyrexia. [[spoiler: Then she goes to Theros, things seem to be looking up, but then Xenagos manages to scapegoat her for his ascension while making her kill Daxos, and even when she finally defeats Xenagos, Heliod kills her out of pure spite. And on top of that, even though she attempts to sacrifice herself for Daxos, he is brought back as a Returned living out a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
* CowardlyLion: She is a very strong planeswalker and really wants to help, but she finds herself more often running away than actually helping in any way.
* TheCynic / TheFatalist/ TheIdealist: Simultaneously manages to be all three at the same time.
** She thinks her version of paradise, Bant, will fall to the undead of Grixis, even as the fight isn't yet lost and Ajani tries to convince her to help him.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: She was raised in a Phyrexian death camp. She was only thirteen when her spark ignited and she escaped.
* [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: She is killed by the weapon she used as the Sun's Champion, wielded by the sun god himself.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Elspeth falls dangerously close to it in [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/multiverse/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature2/125a Part II]] of ''ComicBook/{{Scarred}}''.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: She's basically a person of faith, and badly needs something to believe in. At first she had Bant, but it was destroyed. Then she briefly had the Mirran Resistance, but it was also destroyed. Then she became Heliod's champion. [[spoiler: The poor girl just can't win.]]
* FaceYourFears: She has a temporary HeroicBSOD on Mirrodin when she comes face-to-face with the Phyrexians, but manages to overcome it through this trope.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Father to Her Men]]: She is very dedicated to soldiers under her command and takes their well-being very seriously.
%%Don't change this to say "A Mother to Her Men". That is NOT the same as the female version of AFatherToHisMen. Father and Mother have very different connotations and it would be a very different trope.%%
* TheFettered: Time and again, it's her responsibility towards others that pulls her back from the edge of despair and gives her the power to keep going.
* FightingForAHomeland: After her spark ignited, she spent several years looking for a place she could be at peace. Eventually she found Bant, only to have it snatched away from her.
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: She attempts to sacrifice herself to resurrect Daxos, but it is ultimately a...]]
** [[spoiler: SenselessSacrifice: Heliod would have killed her regardless, and Erebos cheats her by reviving Daxos as a Returned.]]
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Heliod kills her with the Godsend, the same spear she used to defeat Polukranos and Xenagos.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: In a sense. She was deeply devoted to her adopted homeland of Bant, and when it broke a part of her did too.
* HeroesPreferSwords
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: She has very low self-esteem at the best of times.
* HonorBeforeReason: At first, she refuses to use her magic to defend Bant from the zombie invaders of Grixis, fighting hand-to-hand instead.
* HopeSpot: On Theros, she finds a friend in Daxos, becomes a hero, slays the divine hydra, Polukranos, and breaks the siege of Akros. She even starts to think that maybe Theros can be her home. [[spoiler: Then Xenagos manipulates her into killing Daxos, makes her a scapegoat for his ascension, and even when she finally slays him, Heliod kills her out of petty jealousy.]]
* HurtingHero
* IJustWantToBeNormal
** On Bant, Elspeth decides to abandon her planeswalking and become an ordinary knight. She refuses to reveal her powerful magical abilities for fear that it would set her apart from the others.
** Her role on Theros paints her as a reluctant hero once again, with Heliod calling on her to fight the monsters that are threatening humanity.
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Courtesy of Heliod]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Effectively dies as of the second part of Godsend.]]
** That said, according to [[WordOfGod Jenna Helland]] [[spoiler:this may not be the end for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBlsg1PBZI her]].]]
* [[spoiler:KillTheGod]]: Battles Xenagos, God of Revels during the events of "Journey into Nyx". [[spoiler:As seen on the card "Deicide", she plunges the Godsend into his chest and successfully strikes him down.]]
-->'''Elspeth''': It is done.
* KnightErrant: Unlike other {{Knight Errant}}s, she wants to find a home and settle there. [[DoomMagnet Too bad said home doesn't last forever]]...
* KnightInShiningArmor: She matches a lot of the classic stereotypes. However ...
* KnightInSourArmor: She hides her fragile idealism under a suit of pessimistic armor.
* LadyOfWar
* LightEmUp
* MagicKnight: She's skilled with both her sword/spear and white magic.
* MeaningfulName: "Elspeth" is the Scottish form of ''Elizabeth'', which means "oath of God". As such, her name becomes quite fitting once she becomes Heliod's champion.
* MissionFromGod: Tasked by Heliod to slay Xenagos. [[spoiler: She succeeds, but Heliod literally stabs her in the back.]]
* MookMaker: All her incarnations so far can make 1/1 Soldiers of varying quantity.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: After growing up in a Phyrexian concentration camp, Bant was the first place she ever felt safe.
* NighInvulnerability: One of her ultimate spells shields her allies from any form of conventional damage.
* ThePaladin
* PyrrhicVictory: Faced her fears, saved the world, [[spoiler: got killed by Heliod for her trouble]].
* LaResistance: During her time on Mirrodin.
* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Her motivation for fighting Xenagos after he ascends is to avenge Daxos.]]
* TheScapegoat: Xenagos completed his final ritual to become one of Theros' Gods during a victory celebration after the breaking of the siege of Akros--a battle which Elspeth commanded. She got the blame for the ensuing upheaval and was exiled to the wilderness.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Implied with some of her reactions to the Phyrexians, the ones who killed her family.
* StrawNihilist: While she is well meaning, her post-traumatic stress disorder has left her so utterly cynical and pessimistic that she can't bring herself to save Bant, her ''adopted home''. She gets better when fighting against the Phyrexians, the ones who caused her PTSD.
* SurvivorsGuilt: When her spark ascended, she managed to escape her Phyrexian captors - but was forced to leave her family behind.
* TookALevelInBadass: Elspeth Tirel in New Phyrexia: [[HeroicBSOD one step away from a]] [[DespairEventHorizon Despair Event Horizon]]. Elspeth Tirel in Theros: [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills a nigh-invulnerable god-hydra]] upon her arrival to the plane because [[ChronicHeroSyndrome no one else was there who would]]. Not bad, [[ActionGirl Elspeth]]. Not bad.
* [[spoiler:WhiteMaskOfDoom]]: [[spoiler:Has one of these after dying on Theros and having to go down to Nyx. Her mask is seen as having her nose and mouth, while her "eyes" are in the same shape and layout of the two white gems in her trademark sword/spear]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: After the events of Alara, and the ensuing Conflux, the idyllic image she has of Bant is permanently marred. While the five mini-planes are now back as one singular plane, she feels she can't go back to her adopted home on Bant.

!!'''Sarkhan Vol'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Rage courses in every heart, yearning to betray its rational prison."]]

The dragon shaman planeswalker Sarkhan Vol was first introduced in ''Shards of Alara''. At first, he wielded red and green magic, but under Nicol Bolas's tutelage (as well as SanitySlippage), he's moved away from green in favor of black. He was originally from the war-torn plane of Tarkir, where dragons have long since become extinct. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/sarkhan here]].

* ADayInTheLimelight: [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1496 The "Khans of Tarkir" expansion]] will feature him prominently; he even shows up in one of the promo artworks.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Sarkhan has a Slavic name, but is distinctly Asian looking.
* BarbarianHero
* TheBerserker: His second card is the only planeswalker card that doesn't have an ability to increase his loyalty, so fighting will kill him sooner or later.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Throwing his chips in with Bolas probably wasn't the best idea.
* BreathWeapon: He can do it out of his ''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=186613 hands]]'', no less.
* BrokenPedestal: Threw himself at Bolas' feet, thinking that ''he'' was the dragon he could spend his life venerating. Seeing that Bolas acted very un-dragonlike was what started Sarkhan's SanitySlippage.
* TheDragon: To Bolas. Pun not intended.
* DragonRider
* DrivenToMadness: By Nicol Bolas' [[MindRape mindraping touch]].
* HearingVoices: He carries a small hedron that he believes the spirit dragon Ugin speaks to him through. It remains to be seen if he's right.
* HellBentForLeather: [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/wallpapers/WP_SarkhantheMad_1280x960.jpg As Sarkhan the Mad]].
* MagicStaff: He seems to have dumped it in favor of a BladeOnAStick.
* MeaningfulName: Sarkhan comes from the word "šarkan", which means dragon in the Slovak language. As a bonus, it is a popular name for guard dogs in Slavic countries, which is more or less how Bolas treats Sarkhan.
* MindRape: Bolas has been doing this to him, and it's been taking its toll on his psyche.
* MightMakesRight: The reason for his tribe's dragon worship.[[TheSocialDarwinist They're more powerful than every other form of life, thus making them the rightful rulers.]]
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: As a slave of Bolas. He seems to be questioning this stance lately.
* OldSoldier: Was once a general in the Mardu clan on Tarkir. When he ascended in the middle of a battle, his army was slaughtered.
* PlayingWithFire
* SanitySlippage: After spending a long time isolated in the Eye of Ugin, he reappeared in ''Rise of the Eldrazi'' as [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/214.html Sarkhan the Mad]].
* ScaledUp: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=178016 Form of the Dragon Card]], and he does this to others on Sarkhan the Mad.
** As Sarkhan the Dragonspeaker, he can turn into a 4/4 Dragon creature with flying, haste, and indestructible''. And that's his +1 ability, too.
* StockholmSyndrome: One explanation for his devotion to an evil dragon who has badly mistreated him.
* SubmissiveBadass: While willingly under Bolas' thumb.
* TrappedInVillainy
* {{Ubermensch}}: Sarkhan strives to live his life unbound by the chains of civilization, believing that listening to your heart and instincts is better than the 'arbitrary' rules of society. Unfortunately, this makes him quite morally dubious at times. And then he caves and becomes more of a Last Man as he submits to Nicol Bolas's will.
* WhereItAllBegan: Ironically enough, he had to return home to Tarkir in order to take the next step of his journey: resurrecting Ugin.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The poor guy wasn't really in control of himself or his actions during the events in the Eye of Ugin.

!!'''Tezzeret'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"I appreciate the depravity of noble designs turned to devious ends."]]

Originally from the Alaran shard of Esper, Tezzeret is a blue-aligned planeswalker (and an agent of Nicol Bolas) who specializes in artifice. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/tezzeret here]].

* AppropriatedAppellation: His parents never gave him a name, so he used a nickname given to him by his peers instead.
* ArtificialLimbs: Like all inhabitants of Esper, parts of his body--in this case, his right arm, and later, his torso--have been replaced with etherium metal.
* BadBoss: A RunningGag has Tezzeret [[ShootTheMessenger kill his messenger imps for interrupting his tasks]]. He was also pretty bad to his employees when he was running the Infinite Consortium.
* CreativeSterility: Prefers to improve on other people's ideas and plans than make his own.
* [[spoiler:DespairEventHorizon: When he discovers the true nature of Etherium in ''Literature/TestOfMetal''.]]
* TheDragon: To Bolas, funnily enough.
* FreakOut:
-->'''Guard:''' If you'd kept your mouth shut, and your eyes down, you could have lived out your ''pathetic'', unremarkable ''life''. ''No one'' will care that you're gone. No one will even ''[[{{Unperson}} remember you existed]].''\\
'''Tezzeret:''' No! NO! ''[[BigNo NOOOOOO!]]''
* FreudianExcuse: Most of the dark parts of his personality are borrowed from other people.
* GadgeteerGenius
* HairTriggerTemper: His profile describes him as short-tempered.
* HollywoodCyborg
* MightMakesRight: His father taught him this is how the world works, and it shaped his whole life. [[HadToBeSharp Growing up, he desired to become strong enough to never be on the 'wrong' end of this philosophy ever again]].
* TheNameless: Tezzeret was never named by his parents ...
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ... so he adopted a nickname he received from his gutter rat friends. He's named after an Esper colloquialism for a shank.
* [[spoiler: NotHimself: Bolas reprograms his personality in addition to rebuilding his body. Tezzeret's still smart enough and self-aware enough to realize it.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: See above.
* RedRightHand: He gets an arm made out of his home plane's {{Phlebotinum}} after he sides with Nicol.
* RobotMaster
* ScienceHero: For certain values of "hero", anyway.
* SelfMadeMan: Born into a poverty beyond simply having nothing to his name ([[TheNameless because he didn't even have a name]]), Tezzeret scrapped, saved, and murdered his way up in the world until finally he had enough of the local {{Phlebotinum}} and the know-how to make an arm out of the stuff, and then he played this trope a bit more literally.
* ShootTheMessenger: By sending his {{mooks}} to bark orders at Tezzeret to go to Mirrodin while the latter is busy, Bolas basically sends those mooks to their dooms.
-->'''Tezzeret:''' ''(after Bolas appears in person)'' What's the matter, run out of imps?
* SmartPeopleBuildRobots: His card effects lets him turn your artifacts into 5/5 artifact creatures.
* SonOfAWhore: His mother was a prostitute.
* {{Technopath}}
* VillainProtagonist: How he was portrayed in ''Literature/TestOfMetal''.
* WeCanRebuildHim: What Bolas did to him after his fight with Jace.
* WeakButSkilled: By his own admission, he is not a particularly powerful mage. But he's damned clever.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Attempts this with Bolas in ''Literature/TestOfMetal''. [[spoiler:He loses]].

!!'''Sorin Markov'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Death not for survival but for vanity and pleasure? This is the decadence I sought to curb."]]

Sorin Markov is a black-aligned vampire planeswalker who specializes in BloodMagic. He was one of the three planeswalkers who created the [[SealedEvilInACan seal to trap the Eldrazi in Zendikar]]. He first appeared in the ''Zendikar'' block as a protagonist, working (grudgingly) with Nissa Revane to try and re-seal the Eldrazi in the Eye of Ugin. He hails from Innistrad, and is a member of the Markov vampire family, although estranged. In the ''Innistrad'' block story, he returns to his home-plane to find it ravaged due to the absence of Avacyn, Innistrad's guardian angel ([[spoiler:whom he created]]). Returns in ''Khans of Tarkir'' where he comes to the plane in search of Ugin. Read more about him [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/sorin here]].

* TheAgeless: Innistradi vampires are not undead, merely ageless. This was initiated by Sorin's grandfather, Edgar, [[SoYouWantToLiveForever who wanted to live forever]], and thus [[DealWithTheDevil made a pact with the demon Shilgengar]] and created Innistrad's vampires.
* AntiHero
* BigGood: His schemes and powerful magics have been instrumental in maintaining the (relative) peace and harmony on two planes we've seen so far:
** He worked together with two other planeswalkers to trap the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] in Zendikar, and even returned there to reinforce the seal when he found out that it had weakened.
** He set up a BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil in Innistrad at the cost of being forever hated by his vampire kin, including his own grandfather.
* BloodMagic
* CruelToBeKind: Created Avacyn to prevent the vampires of Innistrad from eating themselves to death. Even though Avacyn gives humanity the strength to kill the vampires,it really is for their own good.
** IDidWhatIHadToDo
* DarkIsNotEvil: He is scheming, paranoid, and eats people to survive, but he's essentially a BigGood. This is summed up in a quote of his from Day of Judgment:
-->"I have seen planes leveled and all life rendered to dust. [[EvenEvilHasStandards It brought no pleasure, even to a heart dark as mine]]."
* DeadpanSnarker: Being functionally immortal will do that to you.
* DefectorFromDecadence: He despises the other vampires of Innistrad for their short-sighted wastefulness.
--> "Death not for survival but for vanity and pleasure? This is the decadence I sought to curb."
* DespairEventHorizon: He loses hope to reseal the Eldrazi after discovering that Ugin has died.
* FreudianTrio: Between Nahiri (Id), himself (Superego) and Ugin (Ego).
** TheSpock
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: He's seriously flawed, but he does care about the inhabitants of other planes at heart.
** It's worth noting that he seems to care about others only on a population-level. He saved uncountable billions of lives by sealing the Eldrazi away, but has no problem with killing and eating people - essentially the same thing the Eldrazi do, but to entire planes.
* GoodIsNotNice: He might be one of the only [[BigGood Big Goods]] in this setting, but don't let that fool you. You do NOT want to piss Sorin off.
-->'''Flavor text for Mortify:''' Many who cross Sorin's path come down with a sudden and fatal case of [[BuffySpeak being-in-the-way-of-a-millennia-old-vampire]].
* TheHedonist: When he doesn't have any important matters to deal with, he usually just seeks pleasure and excitement. This is apparently a trait of Innistrad vampires.
* HellBentForLeather
* [[IHateYouVampireDad I Hate You Vampire Granddad]]: Possibly, as he was traumatized by being turned into a vampire by his granddad, not to mention that he has yet to be permitted to return to the Markov Manor.
** [[ArchnemesisDad Archnemesis Granddad]]
* MagicKnight: That sword he has isn't just for show.
* MindControl: Sorin's ultimate ability, with or without {{necromancy}}.
* MookMaker: Some of his card incarnations can recruit vampires under his service.
* NobleDemon
* OnlySaneMan: It certainly seems that way. Did none of the other vampires of Innistrad think about what they were doing? [[spoiler: Not to mention Nissa ruining everything on Zendikar ...]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Notably, Innistradi vampires aren't undead. They're the product of a curse placed on Sorin's grandfather millennia ago due to a DealWithTheDevil.
* PainfulTransformation: Being turned into Innistrad's second vampire was so painful his spark ignited.
* PeoplePuppets: Can control other people by manipulating the blood in their bodies, [[AvatarTheLastAirbender bloodbender-style.]]
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: What he's trying to do on Tarkir. His goal is to reseal the plane-devouring Eldrazi. Ugin the Spirit Dragon is long since dead and the Lithomancer, Nahiri, is nowhere to be found.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Sorin is the one of the oldest Planeswalkers in existence, with Nicol Bolas being the only Planeswalker known to be older than him. You wouldn't know it looking at his youthful appearance, though.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:After Nissa screws up his plan to reseal the Eldrazi in Zendikar, he breaks his alliance with her and the elves, and leaves the realm to its doom.]]
* TheSnarkKnight
* SuperStrength: Innistrad vampires have physical strength roughly double that of an equivalent human.
* WhiteSheep: He hates his kin for being murderous, over-indulgent vampires, while they in turn hate him for [[spoiler:creating Avacyn]].
** PersonaNonGrata: Not even his grandfather wants him back.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Heights?]]

!!'''Nissa Revane'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Life grows everywhere. My kin merely find those places where it grows strongest."]]

Nissa Revane wields green magic to muster her people and amplify their might. Later, she began using black mana covertly, believing it a necessary means to move the elves toward their rightful place.

* AbsoluteCleavage
* {{Ambadassador}}: Acts as the ambassador of the Joraga elves to the outside world.
** AssInAmbassador: Formerly, since she's neither an ambassador nor an ass now.
* TheAtoner
* TheBeautifulElite
* BlackMagic[=/=]GreenThumb: [[YinYangBomb Combines both to great effect]].
** DishingOutDirt: She's into land animation now.
* BreakTheHaughty: The rise of the Eldrazi and ongoing destruction of her homeworld have this effect on her. Knowing it's ''all her fault'' probably has something to do with.
* FantasticRacist: She hates vampires. This has some serious consequences later... Thankfully, she grows out of it by [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/uncharted-realms/nissa-worldwaker-2014-06-25 Worldwaker]], and tries to do right by everyone now.
* FlowersInHerHair
* GaiasVengeance: Her most recent feat involved summoning [[ElementalEmbodiment a trio of MASSIVE elementals from the land itself]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to pummel an]] [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi spawn]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown into a quivering, shapeless blob of flesh]].
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The above plays out almost exactly how it would in a game of Magic. The Eldrazi Spawn (a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Pathrazer+of+Ulamog Pathrazer of Ulamog]]) attacks a human expedition, killing "several." In response, Nissa activates her ultimate, forging mana bonds with the 3 forests below her and turning them into 4/4 elementals. The Pathrazer requires 3 or more blockers so the elementals dogpile it, dealing 12 points of damage to its 9/9 body. The only real deviations are how "sacrificing permanents" for the annihilator penalty is handled, and the fact that Nissa fired off her ultimate at instant speed. (Planeswalker abilities are sorcery-speed only for balance reasons)
* HolierThanThou
* MightMakesRight
* MoralMyopia
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:It takes the apparent annihilation of her entire tribe for her to realize that she's ultimately responsible for all the death and destruction the Eldrazi have caused.]]
* NatureHero
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Due to her distrust of vampires, she sabotages Sorin's attempt to activate a device which turns out to be the final lock to the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]]'s prison.]]
* NobleBigot: Like all elves of the Joraga tribe, she considers the elves to be the rightful heirs of nature and believes they have the right to tell other races how to live. Unlike her compatriots, she's not above working with the mud races for the greater good, such as preventing the EldritchAbomination apocalypse. She is also willing to learn from their respective talents and worldviews ... unless they're vampires. As of "Worldwaker", she dropped the "bigot" part, unless it's Eldrazi, something nobody disagrees with.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: She's the recipient of some of this during her most recent appearance. Her rescuer, a human druid, is reminiscing about his tribe before and after the Eldrazi, and all Nissa can think about is that [[ItsAllMyFault It's All Her Fault]].
* OurElvesAreBetter
* TheProudElite
* TookALevelInKindness: In "Nissa, Worldwaker", she realises her FantasticRacism is bullshit, and now became a straight up heroine trying to save everyone from the Eldrazi.
* SummonMagic: She has her own personal guards for this.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom
* WhenTreesAttack: The basic premise of her newest card, [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/tcg/products/m15/sf0JdVsk2/EN_5g4q7v368j.png Nissa, Worldwaker]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Actual snakes. Which is quite humorous given that snakes are among the ''least'' harmful things on her [[DeathWorld home plane.]]

!!'''Gideon Jura'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"A great warrior studies many different disciplines and takes the best from each."]]

Gideon Jura is a planeswalker who wields WhiteMagic. Unlike most planeswalkers, Gideon doesn’t hesitate to enter combat. He also practices hieromancy, the magic of holy justice. Currently resides on Ravnica and is allied with the Boros Legion.

* ActionHero
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Commonly portrayed as the Tank among other planeswalkers. A specialty magic of his is a form of mind magic that makes his enemies unable to perceive any threat but Gideon.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Chandra.
* CanonImmigrant: Gideon [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/18888530/Purifying_Fire_author_Q38;A&post_num=6#322058014 was originally created by author Laura Resnick as an original character]] for ''Literature/ThePurifyingFire''. The creative team liked him enough to give him his own card.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: He abandons his quest to help save Zendikar from the Eldrazi in order to help stop warfare between the guilds of Ravnica, knowing that innocent lives would be lost in the conflict.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: If the intro to ''DuelsOfThePlaneswalkers 2012'' is any indication, he's rather good at this. On either end.
* TheFettered: Almost everything he does is to protect innocent lives. However ...
* GoodIsNotSoft: That said, he achieves it by bashing the guilty's faces in.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The intro to ''DuelsOfThePlaneswalkers 2012'' has him ruminating that he became a massive asshole, "blinded by my own self-righteousness," to the point where ''he'' is labeled a tyrant.
* HeelFaceTurn: He quits The Order after learning that they [[spoiler:murdered Chandra's village for hiding her identity as a pyromancer.]]
* TheHero: For Magic Core Set 2012.
* HonorBeforeReason: He tries to help the Boros maintain law and order on Ravnica, even though it really isn't his problem and he really does have much more important things to worry about.
* IdealHero
* TheIdealist
* KnightTemplar: Until he learned the [[LightIsNotGood evil]] of his ways and [[LightIsGood was redeemed]].
** Specifically, his utter and absolute conviction that the Order of Heliud is doing the right thing echoes the problems of white mana taken to excess, a black and white view that cannot accept different ways and means of doing things. He doesn't understand how far out of balance things had become until the Purifying Fire rebelled against the use to which it was being put.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: After defending Fort Keff from an enormous number of Eldrazi spawn, he realizes he's over his head when he sees Emrakul on the horizon. He high-tails it for Ravnica to find help.
* NighInvulnerability: Can grant himself this via magic for a limited amount of time.
* OneManArmy: He takes on a swarm of the Eldrazi spawn single-handed. ''And wins''.
* PassionIsEvil: Was taught to divorce his magic from emotions, which is why he doesn't particularly see eye to eye with Chandra, whose magic is ''entirely'' based on emotions, something he considers rather destructive and unsavoury. Suffice to say, him joining the [[AxCrazy Bo]][[KillItWithFire ros]], even if temporarily and purely out of necessity, was quite the surprise.
* RaceLift: The Funko Pop [[http://www.entertainmentearth.com/images/AUTOIMAGES/FU4569lg.jpg figure]] of Gideon is noticeably darker than his prior depictions. When asked about this, Doug Beyer [[http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/post/95006843889/re-the-new-funko-figures-gideons-a-little-dark#notes responded]] that Gideon was supposed to look more "Mediterranean" rather than "straight-up white" originally.
* SmallStepsHero: He can't help himself from trying to save people on Ravnica, even though he's already trying to save people on Zendikar.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: His adventures with the free-spirited Chandra Nalaar cause him to question the righteousness of the organization he's been working for. He ultimately falls firmly on the side of good.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Chandra. He likes her, but doesn't like her chaotic, self-serving nature.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhipItGood: More specifically, his WeaponOfChoice is a whiplike [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urumi Urumi]]. (Gideon's weapon is also sometimes called a sural.)

!!'''Koth of the Hammer'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"If there can be no victory, then I will fight forever."]]

[[http://magiccards.info/som/en/94.html Koth]] is a Vulshok planeswalker who wields red magic. His specialty is [[DishingOutDirt geomancy, spells that move mountains, shatter stone, and melt iron.]] His earth magic has a special strength in it that allows him to purify metal, which reflects Koth’s own inner desire to bring peace and harmony to his people.

* TheAloner: What he's ended up as following the Scars block, deciding to take on the Phyrexians alone without help from Elspeth.
** Unusually, this is a self-inflicted punishment, since he forced Elspeth to leave.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: For all intents and purposes, "Of the Hammer" is actually Koth's surname. Vulshok take their monikers from their respective tribes.
* BarbarianHero
* DefiantToTheEnd
* TheDeterminator: His quote from Darksteel Plate: "If there can be no victory, then I will fight forever."
* DishingOutDirt
* DoNotGoGentle: His plan for the dying Mirrodin, against Phyrexia.
* ExtraOreDinary: Before the war against the Phyrexians, his job was the purify the metal used by the other Vulshok tribes.
* FightingForAHomeland
* GoodIsNotNice: Encased Venser's head in rock to coerce him to come to Mirrodin, and [[spoiler:did the same to Elspeth's legs (behind enemy lines, horrors battering down the door, with a spellbomb about to go off not five feet away) to coerce her to planeswalk away.]]
* HeroicResolve
* HeroicSacrifice: Supposedly is either dead or still fighting the Phyrexians alone by the time the Theros block rolls around, having forced Elspeth away from the plane in order to spare her from death at the hands of the Phyrexians.
** [[spoiler:FakingTheDead: Confirmed to be alive and hiding from Elesh Norn in [[http://archive.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/304 this]] article on the Planeswalkers.]]
* HopelessWar: Against the Phyrexians. The war is lost, but he keeps fighting anyway.
* HotBlooded
* IWorkAlone
* LastOfHisKind: He may well be the last living Mirran.
* MagmaMan: A natural extension of his control over earth and metal.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RecursiveAcronym
* RedOniBlueOni: Koth is the Red Oni to Venser's Blue Oni in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' novel.
* LaResistance
* TheMagnificent: The Hammer in his name refers to his tribe.
* ThePenance: Koth has carved the Phyrexian emblem into his right wrist so that he will never forget what they've done to his home world.
* TheStoic
* ThatsNoMoon: His first and last abilities.
* TragicDream: Mirrodin Pure.
* VolcanicVeins
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Like all Vulshok men, he generally prefers to wear a loincloth.

!!'''Venser, the Sojourner'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Two magi could trade spells all day and never crown a victor. The real battle is not one of power but of will. If your confidence breaks, so too shall you."]]

Venser is a planeswalker originally from Urborg who wields Blue and WhiteMagic. His specialty is [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation magic]] and building his own unique and powerful artifacts. Venser is brilliant and able to think fast on his feet to find a way out of any sticky situation he encounters. He relies on his knowledge of artifice and teleportation to pave his way through the Multiverse, where he satisfies his boundless curiosity of all things mechanical.

* ActionSurvivor: Starts out way in over his head during the ''Time Spiral'' block, but learns quickly. By the end, he's more level-headed, skilled, and ready to face the challenges in front of him.
* AntiHero: In his second appearence, he was depicted as an irritable {{Jerkass}} who had an [[AddictiveMagic addiction]] to [[FantasticDrug blinkmoth serum]]. Though the irritable part is somewhat justified, as he was dragged there by Koth against his will.
* AddictiveMagic[=/=]FantasticDrug: In the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block, it's shown that he is addicted to blinkmoth serum. Given that blinkmoths are endemic to Mirrodin, and he spent the better part of his life in his homeplane of Dominaria, it's not clear how he became addicted in the first place, and it doesn't have any bearing to the plot whatsoever anyways.
* CoolHelmet: Was the control rig for his ambulator. Funnily enough, he started out not liking it, but Jhoira convinced him of its merits.
* ExplosiveOverclocking: He exploited this to kill the Weaver King, overloading two powerstones right in his face as he was trying to [[GrandTheftMe take over Venser's body]].
* GadgeteerGenius
* {{Foil}}: To Tezzeret. Where Tezzeret has CreativeSterility, Venser can't stop building things. Where Tezzeret turned to black mana, Venser turned to white. Tezzeret sided with Phyrexians, Venser aided the Mirrans. [[spoiler:Tezzeret lived. Venser died.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Karn at the end of the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block novel.]]
* HeroicWillpower: Ignited his Planeswalker spark by working tirelessly to stop temporal distortions around Dominaria and by building new inventions.
* LightEmUp: Apparently can summon wisps of light to guide his path. By ''Scars of Mirrodin'', he shows proficiency in White mana.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Quickly develops a boyish crush on Jhoira of the Ghitu, partly due to her [[OnlySaneMan level-headedness]] and partly due to her [[HotScientist brains and beauty]]. He eventually grows out of it, though he still considers her a friend.
* MagicFeather: As it turned out, the ambulator he was working on in ''Time Spiral'' was completely unnecessary; he had a special talent for teleportation magic.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Koth's Red Oni.
* TheSmartGuy: In the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' storyline, Venser is the logical, sciencey member of the lead trio. A telling moment is how in an early encounter with Phyrexian horrors, [[AdmiringTheAbomination his instinct is to take samples and study them]].
* [[SpaceMaster Space]] and TimeMaster: Following in Teferi's footsteps, he can send things into the future (that is, to the end of your turn), send creatures directly to the enemy (make them unblockable), and [[RetGone erase things from existence]] (his emblem).
* StockSoundEffects: The sound he makes when he teleports is "Tpff!"
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* UrExample: The first of the new breed of planeswalkers.

!!'''Karn'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Anger is fleeting; remorse is eternal."]]

A sentient silver golem created by Urza to help with time travel experiments, Karn eventually joined the crew of the ''Weatherlight''. Upon Urza's death, Karn inherited the Mightstone and Weakstone, and integrating them into his body caused him to ascend as the first known artifact planeswalker.

* ActualPacifist: He's depicted in the art of the ''Tempest'' edition of [[http://magiccards.info/tp/en/246.html Pacifism]]. And if he participates in combat, he gets -4/+4, making him a 0/8 unless you've modified him in some way. Until the 'Invasion' cycle, he was such a staunch pacifist that Volrath tortured him by locking him in a flowstone room filled with goblins and then shifting the flowstone to make him crush them with his own weight. But during 'Invasion,' he realizes that remaining pacifist will indirectly harm to those he wishes to protect, leading him to become a MartialPacifist.
-->'''Karn:''' Enough! If I must kill the guilty to save the innocent, then ''I will kill!''
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The Phyrexians ''attempt'' to do this to him. And everything else. But since he was created to destroy Phyrexia, it's especially symbolic that they tried to do it to him.
* ArtificialIntelligence
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: While he was trapped in the center of New Phyrexia, slowly being corrupted.
** EnemyWithin
** FightingFromTheInside
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: He was very, very close to becoming the new Father of Machines.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Karn generally has a very mellow demeanor, but if given the reason, he can be incredibly strong. Case in point, his creature form couldn't deal much damage but could block, while the basic ability of his Planeswalker form (after he had picked up the resolve to save his plane) is to ''negate something's existence''. This is one gentle giant you don't wanna mess with.
* BigGood
* BodyHorror: The Phyrexians partially compleated him, fusing him with a "throne" made of what appears to be metallic bones.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: More and more over time as he remained within New Phyrexia.
* DuelingMessiahs: One of the very few examples that managed to be both TheMessiah and DarkMessiah at the same time to two different groups of people. Both the Phyrexians and the Mirran Resistance viewed him as their savior, with the former trying to corrupt him into becoming their leader and the latter trying desperately to save him first. [[spoiler:The Mirrans win this battle, but lose the war. By the time they rescue Karn, it's too late to stop the Phyrexians.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: Before he got his name, the young and mischievous Teferi nicknamed him Arty Shovelhead.
* FallenHero: With the Phyrexian invasion of Mirrodin, the Phyrexians adopted him as their new Father of Machines. Eventually, he managed to escape their clutches, but not before the plane was lost.
* FinalBoss: In ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012''. And the deck he uses makes him a [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheating bastard]] since [[MyRulesAreNotYourRules the game doesn't use the Restricted/Banned list in use by everyone else]].
** His ''normal first turn'' has him playing a Darksteel Colossus by playing an Island, casting ''two'' Mox Sapphire artifacts and then cast Tinker to search for and play the Colossus.
* GenocideDilemma: He was created to destroy the Phyrexians, who (if you've followed this far) aren't very nice. He's also a pacifist.
* GentleGiant
* AGodIAmNot: Both the Mirrans and the Phyrexians worshipped him, though in very different ways. Though considering he ''did'' literally create their world, they're not entirely wrong to consider him a god.
** StopWorshippingMe: Especially to the Phyrexians.
* {{Golem}}
* HeartDrive: His heartstone, which originally belonged to Xantcha.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Karn's own heartstone drips with the Phyrexian Oil, which can infect entire planes if left unchecked. It happened with Karn's own plane of Argentum, turning it into Mirrodin and giving way for the rebirth of Phyrexia. It's implied he left this oil on every plane he traveled to, which is many.
* [[MadeofIron Made of Silver]]
* TheMaker: Created Mirrodin (which he originally named Argentum) and populated it with the first generation of golems, who worshipped him as a god.
* MergerOfSouls: Multiple times, in multiple ways. When he was first created, he was given Xantcha's heartstone in order to grant him sentience. At the climax of the Phyrexian invasion, he assimilated all the pieces of the Legacy into his body to destroy Yawgmoth, causing him to absorb both Urza's and Glacian's souls into his body (it's a long story). Then, later ''still'', Venser sacrificed himself by teleporting his soul into Karn's body to reactivate his spark and cleanse him of Phyrexian corruption. That's at least four souls floating around inside him.
* NiceGuy
* NonElemental: As a creature of artifice (golem), he's by nature outside the traditional color alignment.
* ParentalNeglect: Urza wasn't a very good father figure to him.
** WellDoneSonGuy
* PersonOfMassDestruction: When he became the Legacy Weapon.
* ReluctantWarrior: Karn is a pacifist in a game about fighting. Poor guy didn't stand a chance.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: It's the only substance able to safely travel through time.
* TimeMaster[=/=]ResetButton: His last ability is to restart the game, with everything he's exiled with his other abilities sent "back" to the beginning, on your side.

!!'''Kiora'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Every sea is different, but all of them are connected."]]

Introduced in ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012'', Kiora[[note]]Though she was initially introduced as Kiora Atua, Wizards has decided to drop her surname, as the word "Atua" in Maori refers to concepts considered sacred in Maori culture[[/note]] is a merfolk planeswalker who commands the powers of the depths. Kiora venerates the huge creatures of the sea—krakens, leviathans, and other denizens of the inky depths—because for her they are evidence that even the most persistent forces can be endured: time, water, predation, and darkness. Kiora is a blue- and green-aligned Planeswalker. She seems calm and wise, but her dreams are bizarre beyond imagining. Kiora hails from the plane of Zendikar, and seeks the biggest, most badass sea monsters to seize as weapons against the rampaging Eldrazi there.

* AGodAmI: By ''Journey Into Nyx'' she's started to boast that she'll show the gods what true power is.
** Leading to an inevitable feud between her and Thassa, with consequences impinging on Elspeth's quest.
* BadassBoast / BlasphemousBoast: Thassa doesn't take it too kindly.
--> "I will match Thassa drop for drop and show a god what true power is."
* TheBeastMaster: Specifically of KrakenAndLeviathan-type beasts.
** Considering that she hails from the Tazeem, the merfolk of Zendikar, this isn't that far of a stretch.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Appeared in ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' three years before her first card in ''Born of the Gods''.
* FantasticRacism: Sees landbound races as inferior because they lack her connection to the oceans.
* FightingForAHomeland: Her primary goal is to find a way to reclaim her native plane from the Eldrazi.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: The first thing she does on arriving in Theros is create one to get the attention of any nearby krakens.
* GodGuise: The tritons (merfolk) of Theros see her as an avatar of the merfolk goddess; Thassa. Kiora does little to dispel this notion, as it amuses her.
* {{Jerkass}}: On the official Magic the Gathering Facebook page, Wizards mentioned that Kiora is "VERY mean".
* KillItWithWater
* KnightTemplar: She's out to stop the Eldrazi, and doesn't really care if she happens to drown some humans on the way.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: These are a few of her favorite things. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=378521 Her card]]'s ultimate ability gives you a 9/9 kraken every turn.
* MakingASplash: She's as attuned to the destructive powers of water as Chandra is to fire.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: A planeswalking, two-legged one from Zendikar.
* {{Pride}}: She seems to have become distracted by her desire to prove herself more powerful than the freaking ''god of the ocean''.
* {{Retcon}}: Her last name was originally Atua, but eventually Wizards of the Coast realized it was offensive to the Maori people. Now she officially is [[OnlyOneName just Kiora.]]
* SeaMonster: Her favorite creatures. She wants as many of them as possible in order to wage war against the Eldrazi on equal terms.
* SeashellBra: Part of her armor.
* ShoutOut: The wave behind her seems to be a mirrored [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa "Great Wave off Kanagawa"]].
* SummonBiggerFish: Quite literally how she wants to defeat the Eldrazi.
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!'''Dack Fayden'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Some treasures aren't worth finding, let alone stealing."]]

The greatest thief in all the multiverse and star of [[ComicBook/MagicTheGatheringIDW IDW's comic series]]. Being sure never to stay in a place until he wears out his welcome, Dack Fayden uses his specialty, psychometry, to pry into any artifact he comes across, and learn everything about it. This also gives him some amount of prophetic visions. Using these talents, Dack travels from plane to plane, swiping whatever he sets his eyes on, not for wealth or for the thrill, but for knowledge. He is on the prowl for Sifa Grent, a planeswalker responsible for [[DoomedHometown the annihilation of his hometown]] on the plane of Fiora.

* AffectionatePickpocket
* CanonImmigrant: He was given his own planeswalker card in Conspiracy.
* TheCharmer: The very first picture we ever saw of him, he was [[DistractedByTheSexy seducing a woman in order to distract her while he stole her necklace.]]
* ConMan
* DistractedByTheSexy
* DoomedHometown
* GentlemanThief
* GuileHero
* LoveableRogue
* PermaStubble
* StealthPun: His right arm is a bright red color up to his elbow. At some point, he must have been caught [[IncrediblyLamePun red handed]].
** He also literally has a RedRightHand.
* {{Technopath}}: Of a sort. He can "see" into the spells that make up any artifact he touches, [[InstantExpert allowing him to gain and understand the knowledge of how it was made, and what it can be used for]].
** PowerCopying: His technopath-like ability also allows him to later copy the spells of any artifact he studies, providing he supplies any necessary outside fuels. In the comics, he cuts himself with a sword in order to replicate the spells he found inside a dagger, which required a blood "donation" to work.
* PsychicPowers
* TheSneakyGuy

!!'''Ral Zarek'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"I see countless worlds. What makes them think I can't find them in just one?"]]

Hailing from the city-plane of Ravnica and a member of the Izzet League, Ral Zarek is a Blue and Red aligned planeswalker who debuted in the ''Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012'' expansion. He is trying to stay off the radar as much as possible, and not even Niv-Mizzet himself knows of his ability to planeswalk.

In the ''Dragon's Maze'' trailer, he is voiced by YuriLowenthal.

* AGodAmI: His end goal, in more or less those exact words.
* AlwaysSecondBest
* AmbitionIsEvil
* ArcVillain: Of the ''Return to Ravnica'' cycle.
* [[spoiler:AxCrazy: At the end of The Secretist part 3, when he throws a tremendous [[{{Understatement}} hissy fit]] over losing.]]
* BadBoss: Comes off as rather arrogant and somewhat abusive to his followers in the ''Return to Ravnica'' novels.
* BeneathTheMask: Tries to keep his ability to planeswalk hidden even from his own guild, and has so far been very successful.
* [[spoiler:BreakTheHaughty: See VillainousBreakdown.]]
* CantTakeCriticism
* DrivenByEnvy
* EarlyBirdCameo: Ral Zarek first appeared in ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' two years before he made his entrance into the game proper as a major player in the ''Return to Ravnica'' storyline.
* EinsteinHair
* EvilCounterpart: To Jace. Both are Blue-aligned planeswalkers who identify themselves with Ravnica, but while Jace wants to destroy the power at the Maze's End so the guilds won't abuse its power, Ral wants its power for his own selfish reasons.
* EvilGenius
* GadgeteerGenius
* GloryHound
* GreenEyedMonster
* HairTriggerTemper
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex
* InsufferableGenius
* ItsAllAboutMe
* MadScientist
* [[spoiler:PsychopathicManchild]]
* ScienceHero: For certain values of "hero."
* ShockAndAwe
** LightningCanDoAnything
** PsychoElectro
* SmallNameBigEgo
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: See AxCrazy.]]

!!'''Tamiyo, the Moon Sage'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"True riches are found in the mazes of the mind."]]

A moonfolk planeswalker hailing from Kamigawa, Tamiyo is a blue-aligned planeswalker who believes that all planes hold a mystery that sets it apart from each other. She came to Innistrad to research the interesting magical properties of its silver moon.

* IntrepidReporter: Kind of. She was a field scholar before her spark ignited, and now she continues her work throughout the multiverse, sending reports back to Oboro on what she observes. She's described as very curious, seeing every plane as a treasure trove of knowledge to be explored.
* {{Lunacy}}: Her academic obsession in Innistrad is studying its famous argent moon and its various effects. The connection to lycanthropy just fascinates the soratami.
-->'''Tamiyo''': I'm pleased this world has learned the moon affects more than the tides.
* SpiritedYoungLady: She is a young intelligent soratami noble with a carefree, independant attitude but acts with ladylike grace as well. In addition, she's dressed much more practically than the other Soratami we've seen, eschewing their long, ornate robes for pants.

!!'''Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Pained defiance or shameful surrender—every reaction is a pleasant surprise."]]

Hailing from Innistrad, Tibalt began his career as a skaberen - a Blue aligned MadScientist necromancer - but he lacked the talent for corpse reanimation. This incited feelings of rage, and thus he turned to experiments on living beings. Feeling empowered, he became a sadist, and the cruelty of his experiments attracted [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]]. Eventually, the cathars discovered his evil and tried to arrest him. In rage, he casted a spell that fused him with the devils, igniting his spark in the process as he felt the pain of every one that he experimented on. Now half-human half-devil, he is free to do as he pleases in the multiverse.

* AxCrazy: He's basically a superpowered serial killer.
* DressedToKill: He's not called [[FanNickname "The Dapper Devil"]] for nothing.
* EvilCounterpart: To Sorin. Both were normal humans on Innistrad before becoming planeswalkers and became creatures that are stereotypically evil in the process. However, Sorin learned to control his blood lust to become a protector of worlds while Tibalt gave into his sadism.
* ForTheEvulz: His entire reason for being.
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* HalfHumanHybrid
* ItAmusedMe
* MadScientist: An unusual example, since he is Red rather than Blue. Then again, he is only in it ForTheEvulz.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Innistrad devils are Red aligned, wingless, and are basically internet trolls UpToEleven. Tibalt is all of those, though he is presumably more intelligent than a regular devil.
* PsychoticSmirk/SlasherSmile: He can be seen with these on the two different versions of his card.
* TheSociopath

!!'''Vraska the Unseen'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"I have seen things that would reduce a weaker person to blubbering and raving. Want to hear about them?"]]

A planeswalker introduced in ''Return to Ravnica'', she is a gorgon from the Golgari guild who was almost murdered by the Boros under the dictate of the Azorius. Her spark ignited, and she now seeks to impose karmic deaths on those she sees as the criminals of Ravnica, mostly corrupt law officers.

* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: When Jace attempts to read her thoughts, he finds that she is visualizing nothing but millions of ways to murder him, in graphic detail. He breaks the connection out of reflexive horror.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Suddenly got ''very'' power hungry in the offscreen meantime between her last appearence and ''The Gorgon and The Guildpact'', wanting to take over Ravnica.
* BadBoss: She apparently runs a network of assassins in the Undercity, and said assassins under her care would rather die than return in failure.
* CareerKiller: Runs an agency full of them.
* CriminalMindGames: Taunts Jace with a series of public killings, leaving clues to her location.
* DisproportionateRetribution: She was almost killed during a riot in an Azorius prison ... so she becomes a serial killer targeting high-profile Azorius bureaucrats. Seems legit.
* TheDreaded: Even in Ravnica's Undercity, she is rarely seen in person and is feared due to her track record of kills.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: Jace pulls this on her during ''The Gorgon and The Guildpact,'' transmitting her image in real-time to a summit meeting of guildmasters as she gloats about her despotic aims.]]
* FemmeFatalons: Has some pretty wicked claws.
* KarmicDeath: Her specialty.
* KnightTemplar
* {{Medusa}}: She is a gorgon. Apparently, her non-planeswalker self was vulnerable to sunlight, and she can obviously petrify people.
* MoralSociopathy: As a serial killer, she's pretty much by definition as a sociopath, but she also adheres to a warped code of ethics that determine who she kills, and why.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: What she seems to think she's doing, anyway.
* PoeticSerialKiller
* PrehensileHair: Like all Ravnican gorgons, she has long whip-like tendrils for hair. In the art for Night's Whisper she can be seen using them to grab a victim's head.
* TheScourgeOfGod: How she sees herself.
* TakenForGranite: Has this as an ability to inflict this to others as a gorgon.
* [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Woman]]: A very dark version of this.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Apparently. She was almost killed by an Azorius guard forcing her into the sunlight, which ignited her spark.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In a very twisted way. She believes she's making Ravnica a better place by culling its corrupt elements.

!!'''Domri Rade'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Roots, ruins, and room to fight. All the comforts of home." ]]

Introduced in ''Gatecrash'', Domri Rade is a planeswalker aligned with the Gruul clans, specializing in summoning creatures and unleashing them unto his foes.

* AnAxeToGrind: One so large you have to wonder how the l'il guy even picks it up.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Averted, despite his Gruul allegiance, Domri is physically weak and not good in a fight.
* BlitheSpirit
--> "Roots, ruins, and room to fight. All the comforts of home."
* BuriedAlive: The ritual that ignited his spark consisted of this.
* TheBeastmaster: True to the Gruul spirit, beasts are his friends and companions.
* KidHero: He's the youngest planeswalker so far - he doesn't look to be other than about 17.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Domri is so small, he doesn't [[RunningGag extend beyond the picture frame]] of his first [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=366367 card]] like most others do.
* RebelliousSpirit: Even before joining the Gruul Domri admired them for their defiance towards the oppressive authorities that controlled his daily life.
* StreetUrchin: His background before joining the Gruul.
** TheArtfulDodger
** SatisfiedStreetRat

!!'''Xenagos'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"The gods of Theros are born of the expectations and beliefs of mortals. If I have found godhood, what does that say about their true desires?"]]

Introduced in the ''Theros'' block, Xenagos is a red and green satyr planeswalker from the titular plane. He led a hedonistic lifestyle before ascending, and quickly realised [[NormalFishInATinyPond how utterly insignificant he was in the big scheme of things]]. He returns to Theros, now burning with ambition and evil plans.

* AGodAmI: He actually ''did'' became a god, so he's not as delusional as most examples.
* AmbitionIsEvil
* AntiVillain: He is basically an angry, bitter person who seeks to disrupts what he sees as a farce.
* ArcVillain: Of the Theros Block. The first Green aligned BigBad in Magic's history, no less. [[spoiler: However, while the main antagonist in terms of [[TheHeavy action]], he's far out-shined by Heliod in terms of atrocities.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: As of ''Born of the Gods'', Xenagos does indeed become a minor god of Theros.
** AbstractApotheosis: He becomes the spiritual embodiment of revelry, in fact.
* BecomingTheMask: Xenagos is slowly becoming like the rest of the gods: a tyrant and an oppressor. More than a few of his former followers now openly fight against him for that.
** BecameTheirOwnAntithesis
** There's a card (Silence the Believers) which shows Xenagos with a look of horror on his face as a warrior slits the throat of one of his followers. There's another, Revel of the Fallen God, which shows Xenagos' fellow satyrs in a state of panic now that he's gone. While he is far from the nicest guy around, he is shown to have some form of compassion for his satyr brethren.
* BrokenMasquerade
* TheCaligula: During his time as the Stranger King of the satyrs. He wasn't exactly the best leader, as demonstrated by the flavor text on Eidolon of the Great Revel:
--> "Xenagos reveled while Theros burned."
* [[spoiler:ChekhovsGun: He was striken by an arrow of Nylea which, while not killing him, left off an arrowhead. In a display of true hellenic hubris, Xenagos refused to have it removed, and he payed dearly for it, as at the end of the ''Godsend'' saga Elspeth takes advantage of it to destroy him.]]
* CoolCrown: His horns become larger and form an intiminating crown after his ascension.
** CrownOfHorns: Not literally, but creates the same visual effect.
* CynicismCatalyst: When his spark ignited, he realized how pointless his entire life had been, and how meaningless the gods of Theros really were.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Well, satyr origin.
* DiscardAndDraw: [[SubvertedTrope Nope!]] WordOfGod confirms that even in his God form, Xenagos still has his Planeswalker spark.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[ClassicalMythology Pan]], who is a satyr with a penchant for the wilderness and sexual activities, and of Dionysus as the God of Revels.
* TheFairFolk: He and his fellow satyrs pose as a fun-loving race, but are they (mostly) are in truth malicious towards humans.
* ForTheEvulz[=/=]KickTheDog: Engages in a lot of pointless cruelty, up to arranging the deaths of his own followers.
** In ''Godsend'', the Theros novel, he has a man stoned to death by his satyrs just because the man told him a story he'd heard before and found boring.
* FaunsAndSatyrs: Holds the title of the first printed satyr planeswalker.
* EtTuBrute: Basically feels betrayed and lied to by the gods, after learning how large the multiverse outside of Theros is.
* GoneHorriblyRight: His plan to become a god succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, making him exactly what he always despised most and almost destroying the world in the process.
* TheHedonist: Before "wising up".
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Elspeth kills him by impaling him with the Godsend.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: After his ascension, he has something of a cross between a lyre and an battleaxe for a weapon. Count as a BizarreInstrument too.
* JerkassHasAPoint: The gods do meddle in the affairs of mortals, for good or ill, are [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly dependent on those whose fates they mess with]], and are either ignorant of or actively suppressing the truth regarding the multiverse at large. It's not hard to see why exactly Xenagos sees them as a 14-man charlatan act.
* KarmicTrickster: Against the gods themselves, no less.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Courtesy of Elspeth]]
* MookMaker: His second ability summons satyr tokens.
* OneWingedAngel: Once he becomes the God of Revels, his appearance becomes notably more demonic and monstrous.
* TheParagon: Seen as this by the other satyrs before his ascension, and for a while after it. [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal It didn't last]].
* PhysicalGod
* [[spoiler: PoweredByAForsakenChild: The second part of ''Godsend'' reveals that he uses trapped Nyxborn to power himself after his ascension. In the end, Elspeth and Ajani free them.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Showed signs of this even as a mortal, but really took it UpToEleven after becoming a god.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Though he wants to be part of it.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the ''Born Of The Gods'' trailer.
-->'''Xenagos:''' So much power. So much adoration. And what do the gods do with it? They ''meddle''.
* RebelliousSpirit: He finds the status quo on Theros so offensive that he really doesn't care if his plan completely destroys it.
* StrawNihilist: The gods are frauds! The entire Theran way of life is based on a lie!
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/ur/297 He was a rather psychotic child]].
* TheUnfettered: He's out to expose the gods, and he'll see the whole world burn before he stops.
* VisionaryVillain
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In his own mind he's trying to "fix" the world ... it's just that a lot of people will have to die in order to do that.

!!'''Ashiok'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Every nightmare is a caged bird that yearns to be set free."]]

Introduced in the ''Theros'' block, Ashiok is a mysterious planeswalker associated with blue and black mana. If Ashiok was ever human, Ashiok isn't anymore: a being of pure nightmare, who extracts powers from the fears of others. Ashiok has come to Theros, drawn by the beliefs of the locals: where there is faith, there is insecurity and fear of displeasing the gods, and Ashiok seeks power here.

* AmbiguousGender: Though the players' guide uses male pronouns, Ashiok's official status is [[http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/post/62421584857/so-the-theros-fat-pack-guide-came-out-today-and-i of an unspecified]] [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/60521933622/is-ashiok-male-or-female gender]].
-->'''Irats:''' Is Ashiok male or female?
-->'''Mark Rosewater:''' [[MathematiciansAnswer I believe so,]] but Ashiok does not like being defined.
* BargainWithHeaven: Seemingly committed a ''very'' dark version of this in ''"Building Toward A Dream, Part 2"'', with [[GodOfEvil Phenax, god of lies and deceit]].
* BodyHorror: Lacks their entire ''upper skull''.
* DreamWeaver
* EmotionEater: Ashiok feeds off the fear of others.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: After manipulating the leonin and the people of Iretis to slaughter each other and tricking the king into stabbing out his eyes and committing suicide, another tiny fleck of what remains of Ashiok's skull dissolved into smoke.
* EyelessFace: A variant as Ashiok only has the lower-half of their face, leaving only a mouth.
* HumanoidAbomination: The lack of an upper skull is a give-away.
* IKnowWhatYouFear
* MadArtist: Ashiok describes the destruction on Iretis and the brutal suicide of its ruler:
--> "I am pleased with my work today ... but I have more beautiful art to achieve."
** [[spoiler: In "Dreams of a City", it turns out Ashiok's current goal is to weave Therosian nightmares into a ''new god'' without it being subsumed by an already-existing god. And while [[EldritchAbomination Cacophony]] was quelled by Ephara, Ashiok just sees this as an opportunity to get idea-seeds ''from the gods themselves''. And maybe make Cacophony stronger still...]]
* MindRape: Ashiok's specialty.
* MookMaker: Their second ability summons Nightmare creatures.
* NightmareFetishist: [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]? ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow? BodyHorror? Sounds delightful!
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous
* SoftspokenSadist: The handful of quotes we have by Ashiok made them out to be this way.
--> “Knowledge is such a burden. Release it. Release all your fears to me.”
* TrueArtIsAngsty: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Ashiok's idea of what exactly constitutes "art" is ...[[{{Understatement}} a bit dark.]]
* WasOnceAMan: ... maybe....
** It's confirmed in Building Toward a Dream, part two, that they're at least mortal, but with every victim they suck the fear and despair out of, whatever transformation ate half their face is slowly progressing toward the rest of them.
*** FridgeHorror: Orchestrating the nightmarish death of a king and the massacre of the entire city only ate away a few ''specks'' of their cheek. So about the rest of their face...
* YourWorstNightmare

!!'''Vronos'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:"I swore an oath to you [Avacyn], even unto death. I hold to it still. Name your charge."]]

Vronos is [[spoiler:or, was]] an [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Elite+Inquisitor Inquisitor]] from Innistrad, who hunted all sorts of undead horrors and werewolves for the sake of protecting innocents. When he was resting after his shift on a patrol, he was attacked by several werewolves, which tore up his face and ignited his spark. He inadvertently planeswalked to Esper on Alara, and there, while learning to control his planeswalking power, crafted a mask of etherium to hide his shredded face. On his return to Innistrad, the angel Avacyn gave him the task of subduing the now-cursed Garruk Wildspeaker.[[spoiler:..who, as seen in the opening of DOTP'15, kills him and claims his mask as a trophy]]. Of course, players of the ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' games don't know any of that about him, only knowing him as a generic avatar for their in-game profiles (as seen in the image to the right). Read all about him [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/hunter-cannot-pity-2014-07-16 here]].

* [[spoiler: ADeathInTheLimelight: His Uncharted Realms story, which gave us the majority of his backstory, also chronicled his death.]] We knew literally nothing about him besides the features of his mask before then.
* ChurchMilitant[=/=]WarriorMonk
* CoolMask
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Esper scholars were thrilled to be able to study a Planeswalker in a controlled setting. Vronos said he'd cooperate in exchange for knowledge...of the plane, etherium, how to master his powers, etc.
* FacialHorror: His was torn apart by child werewolves, and was replaced with etherium.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The only thing you can see through his etherium mask.
* HeroicResolve: His flares up after he returns to Innistrad and is personally blessed by an understanding, forgiving Avacyn.
* InTheHood
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* ManInWhite
* MissionFromGod: Avacyn sent him on a [[spoiler:suicide]] mission to capture Garruk and bring him to her to be healed.
* ThePaladin
* PowerUpgradingDeformity: The same event that destroyed his face also ignited his spark, making him more powerful than he ever would have been otherwise.
* RedBaron: Called the "Grey Fencer", though his fighting style led it to be a NonIndicativeName.
* RoyalRapier
* ScarsAreForever: Even when the missing flesh is filled in with etherium filigree. Also the reason he wears his CoolMask.
** It's implied his face was ''torn apart'', not just scarred.
* TaughtByExperience: Learned the intricacies of planeswalking by throwing himself almost randomly into the Blind Eternities.
* TheChosenOne: Hand-picked by Avacyn to strike down Garruk. [[spoiler:He failed]].
* WeakButSkilled: His fighting style. [[spoiler:It's no match for Garruk and his brute force]].
* WhiteMaskOfDoom

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