Characters from the Russian fantasy series. For [[Discworld/NightWatch the Discworld novel]], see Characters.{{Discworld}}.


[[folder:The Night Watch]]

The forces of [[LightIsNotGood not-quite good Light]] in the series. An organization of Light Others who oversees that (mostly, but Light Others belongs here too) Dark Ones are to follow the Treaty.

!'''Anton Gorodetsky (Creator/KonstantinKhabensky)'''

The protagonist (and most of the time) narrator of the series.
* BadassBookworm: Well-read and actually joined Night Watch as a programmer before being transferred to field work.
* BattleCouple: With Svetlana.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: Becomes a human in the end of ''Sixth Watch''.]]
* CynicismCatalyst: While he's an unambiously good guy, he's become really cynical since he learnt that his boss, Geser, is just as manipulative as Zabulon, his semi-evil counterpart, if not more.
* DeadpanSnarker
* GoodIsNotNice: Anton can be a real jerk and he has become very cynical in his views on his work and world itself.
* HappilyMarried: To Svetlana.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Often listens to SuspiciouslyAproposMusic on them. Because of his Other powers, he doesn't really need his ears.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Offers himself as a sacrifice to the Two-in-One. He survives, but is BroughtDownToNormal.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Gets really cynical in his internal narration.
* OneOfUs: Plays (or at least used to play) computer games (mentions ''Heretic'' and ''Hexen'' by name and references ''Planescape: Torment'' once), reads Strugatskys and Pratchett and references Star Wars.
* PapaBear: To his daughter in later books.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Olga.
* TakeALevelInBadass: His power level grows enormously throughout the series, to the point that he becomes a Beyond Classification level mage. [[spoiler: Until he is turned into a human in ''Sixth Watch''.]]
* TranquilFury: When he kicks [[spoiler: Edgar into groin after the latter reveals that nuclear missile that Last Watch launched upon Moscow, has already detonated, he feels no emotion. Fortunately, Arina prevented nuclear strike.]]
* UnwittingPawn: Often to Geser and/or Zabulon. Or [[spoiler: Arina]].
* VodkaDrunkenski: Anton and a lot of the other Others likes a drink, and he's actually TheAlcoholic in the movies.


Anton's main friend in the Night Watch. First-level Light mage.
* BadassGrandpa: As a level one magician, he's one of the more powerful and experienced agents of the Night Watch.
* CombatPragmatist: One of the few agents to learn martial arts on top of his magical skills to give himself an edge in combat.
* CoolOldGuy
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Especially in the movies.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Keeps up the appearance of being nothing more than a simple working class man from some village. ''Appearance'' is a key word.
* OldSoldier: Fought in multiple wars in his lifetime.
* WeakButSkilled: When compared to Greater Others, what he lacks in raw power, he makes up for with more than a century of experience.

!'''Boris Ignatyevich/ Gesar'''

The head of the Night Watch and the mentor to Anton.
* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Implied to be with Arina in ''Sixth Watch''.]]
* AntiHero: Type III. He is definetely a good Other, but frequently manipulates everyone for the good of Light and humans.
* BadassGrandpa: Is known to have defeated three powerful Dark Others in his past; is an equal of Zabulon and is a very powerful, intelligent and skilled mage.
* BenevolentBoss: For the most part, although he's willing to sacrifice people for the greater good.
* BigGood: Sort of.
* {{Chessmaster}}: One of the best in the series, if not the best. [[DeconstructedTrope His subordinates doesn't like this trait in him and Svetlana even leaves the Watch.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: To Zabulon.
* GuileHero / MagnificentBastard: Extremely skillful manipulatort and planner.
* PragmaticHero: Is mentioned by Anton as a man who "will throw a child to the zoo to animals if necessary, but before will do everything to avert it".
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler: He was the Light Other, who convinced Arina to disrupt the experiment, as it would have led to [[BrokenMasquerade the existence of Others known to humans]] and a BadFuture for everyone...]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He was a Grand Light Mage even 2000 years ago!
* TricksterMentor: To Anton.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Played with. Though he [[spoiler: did manipulated the events that Nadya, Absolute Great Light Other and Anton's daughter to be born to have a weapon against Twilight]], he was against [[spoiler: the experiment on people of USSR to create a better future]].


A powerful light sorceress and [[spoiler: Boris Ignatyevich's lover.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Was forced into the body of a stuffed owl, had most of her powers confiscated and was only allowed to become human again for half an hour each day during times of war.
* Depowered: For some time after she was partially absolved from her punishment.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Has this effect on a class of male students [[spoiler: while her body was occupied by Anton.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Anton.

!'''Svetlana [[spoiler: Gorodetskaya (nee Nazarova)]]'''

A seemingly human woman who is revealed to be a Light Other of immense power.
* ApocalypseMaiden: In first part of ''Night Watch''.
* HappilyMarried: To Anton.
* MamaBear: Do ''not'' threaten her daughter. She's absolutely unstoppable when it comes to protecting Nadya.
* MeaningfulName: The Light Other with most potential since Jesus wore diapers is named "Light". Didn't see that one coming...
* YourCheatingHeart: Back before they were married, she cheated on Anton with Ignat once, out of spite towards Anton's attitude. It's never brought up again after it happens.

!'''Tiger Cub'''

* {{Animorphism}}
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Has a collection of ancient swords.
* HealingHands: Gave up this ability to focus on her combat magic.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: In Day Watch, by Victor Rogoza]]
* PainfulTransformation: Tells Anton that changing back from her tiger form is very painful.
* PlatonicLifePartners/ BattleCouple: Has an undefined relationship with Bear, who she always partners up with on duty.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Assumes the form of a large tiger.

* {{Animorphism}}
* HeelFaceTurn: Rumoured to be a former Dark One who turned to the Light side.
* PlatonicLifePartners/ BattleCouple: Has an undefined relationship with Tiger Cub, who he always partners up with on duty.
* TheQuietOne
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: A rare example InUniverse; can assume the form of many different bear species.

A handsome and charming Night Watch operative.
* AmbiguouslyGay / AmbiguouslyBi: Is all but stated outright to be gay in the first story of the original book, but later has a drunk threesome with two women
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Apparently has a butterfly collection that takes up two entire rooms of his house.
* HoneyTrap: His main role in the Night Watch.
* TheCharmer


A rock musician who befriends Anton in the third book. [[spoiler: Gets turned into a weak Light Other by Kostya]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Not too extreme, but has shades of this.
* EarlyBirdCameo: First appears in ''The Face of Dark Palmira'', then gets a bigger role in ''Twilight Watch'' and becomes a recurring character from then on.
* FunPersonified
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: Became a Light Other thanks to Fuaran]].

[[folder:The Day Watch]]

The forces of [[DarkIsNotEvil / not-quite-evil Darkness]]. An organization of Dark Others who oversees that Light Ones are to follow the Treaty.


The head of the Day Watch, Grand Dark mage.
* AffablyEvil: He's remorseless evil bastard, but is good at putting on a facade of being a sensitive, charming guy.
* BadassGrandpa: Is heavily implied to be as old as Gesar, and definetely just as poweful and experienced.
* BenevolentBoss: Is stated to respect his subordinates rights and freedoms. But he is also...
* BadBoss: He ruthlessly sacrifices his followers once they've [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]] and is fond of [[UnequalPairing seducing female followers]]. Just ask [[spoiler: Alisa Donnikova.]]
* BigBad: Sort of - he's the leader of the forces of Darkness in Russia, but he's actually rarely the main antagonist, and will often cooperate with the Light Others when something bad happens that doesn't suit his goals.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Likes to play this part sometimes.
* {{Chessmaster}}: Only slightly worse than Gesar. [[spoiler: In Day Watch he managed to outwit him.]]
* EnemyMine: Does this freguently, when something bad appears. Later shown to be...
* FriendlyEnemy: Despite being the leader of Day Watch, he is shown to enjoy his fight with Gesar, who reciprocates. See also his AffablyEvil.
* FantasticRacism: Heavily dislikes Ukranians and Lithuanians, according to Arina. It seems to be true, as Vycheslav Rogoza and Edgar's fates show.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: Is revealed to be Anton's grandfather at the end of the last book]].
* GigglingVillain
* ManipulativeBastard
* OneWingedAngel: While he appears to be a sensitive glasses-wearing intellectual, his Twilight form (his "true form") is a [[ScaledUp snake]] demon with a tail and spiked penis.
** His ''other'' true form, seen briefly in Night Watch looks more like some sort of a giant insect.
* PragmaticVillainy: When he's first introduced, Anton suspects him of casting the Moscow-threatening curse on Svetlana. Zabulon's answer is "We don't need this. Only a savage kills an elephant to get a small steak for his breakfast."
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Also translated as Zavulon.
* WorthyOpponent: To Gesar, who feels the same.

!'''Konstantin (Kostya) Saushkin'''
A young, idealistic vampire whom Anton befriended before joining the Nightwatch.
* AntiVillain: WellIntentionedExtremist.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: In the last story of Twilight Watch".]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: In ''Sixth Watch, by Twilight itself, to create Sixth Watch.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: What Anton thinks him to be.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Because vampires are treated by derision by many Others.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Completely averted. They both love each other and his mother.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:in ''Twilight Watch'', when he plots to turn humanity into Others. Unfortunately, it can lead to really bad consequences.]]
* TookALevelinBadass: [[spoiler: After using Fuaran, he becomes an Absolute Other]].
* {{Vampire}}: The most powerful now, especially when he's [[spoiler: resurrected by Twilight.]]

!'''Alisa Donnikova'''
A witch of the Day Watch and Zabulon's lover.
* DrivesLikeCrazy
* HotWitch
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion: In Day Watch]]
* VillainProtagonist: In Day Watch.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness


The Grand Dark witch, who first appears in ''Twilight Watch''.
* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Implied to be with Gesar in ''Sixth Watch''.]]
* AffablyEvil: To the point of turning into Light Other.
* AndIMustScream: ''New Watch'' ends with her [[spoiler:getting trapped in the inescapable Sarcophagus of Times for all eternity. Tiger frees her in ''Sixth Watch'' to help Anton with Two-in-One.]]
* AntiVillain: It's even arguable how evil she really is.
* BadassInCharge: She is the head of Witches' Conclave, and is incredibly powerful and skilled Other.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: In ''Last Watch'' and in ''New Watch.''
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: When she learnt that she probably screwed Russia with her intefering. She seems to get better in ''Sixth Watch.'']]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: She has no respect to Zabulon whatsoever, and isn't afraid to show it. Justified, as she's equal to him in power.
* FriendlyEnemy: Despite [[KnightTemplar her]] [[ManipulativeBastard deeds]], she is polite and cordial to Anton and his family.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler: After Anton outgambits her at the end of ''New Watch'' and make her stay for all eternity in Sarcophagus of Times, she takes it rather well, and when Anton returns in ''Sixth Watch'' and asks for help, she gladly does it.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: She becomes a Light Witch in ''Last Watch'', although it doesn't change her personality nor her intentions. She's more of...
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler: While crossing DespairEventHorizon in New Watch, she started planning a destruction of Twilight by Nadya in order to stop it from interfering and causing catastrophes.]]
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: She becomes more villainous when becoming a Light Other.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: She did a good job of manipulating [[spoiler: Anton in ''New Watch''.]]
* ShootTheDog: She disrupted the experiment of Watches and Inquisition because of [[spoiler: the BadFuture, which Gesar convinced her to avert.]]
* UnrequitedLove: [[spoiler: Turns out to have this to Anton.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Twilight Watch'' reveals she had sabotaged an experiment, conducted by the Inquisition with the purpose of giving Russian people communist ideas. It worked much sooner than it was supposed to, resulting in countless deaths and leaving Russia in its current unfortunate economic condition. The reason? Had she not, humans would have discovered the existence of the Others among them, leading to a world-wide witch hunt. And then Gesar reveals that the experiment was doomed to fail anyway, causing numerous nuclear wars across the world.
** In ''New Watch'', [[spoiler:Arina seeks to destroy Twilight itself in order to stop the prophecy which foretells Russia's destruction]].
* WickedWitch: Zig-Zagged. More like semi-amoral witch.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played with. She did threaten to kill Nadya and even trapped her with a grenade inside a magic barrier once, but she warned Anton just in time so he could disassemble it and save his daughter. Later, Gesar assures Anton he is acquainted with her well enough that he knows she'd never hurt a little kid.


[[folder:The Inquisition]]

The BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil organization, which leads and controls both Watches.


A Light Other introduced early in the novel ''Night Watch'' who is initially unaware of TheMasquerade and as a result, kills Dark Others who he wrongly believes to be pure evil.
* BrokenAce: He initially appears to be a BornLucky and near perfect guy, but outside of his legitimate excuse of having MissedTheCall, he's still a deeply troubled man who has no understanding of love or goodness (he only understands smiting evil)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Never heard from in the later books.
* KnightTemplar: Prior to joining the Inquisition.
* LightIsNotGood

!'''Vítězslav Hrubín'''
A Higher vampire and Dark Other. Seems to be one of the highest ranked Inquisitors.
* AffablyEvil: Supports Dark creed, but is reasonable and fair as an Inquisitor.
* RetiredMonster: He became a Higher Vampire though killing several young girls and feels no remorse, but has sort of "mellowed" to the extent that he left the Day Watch to become an Inquisitor.
* WorfEffect: [[spoiler:He is defeated by Kostya after he gets Fuaran, though being - possibly- equal to Geser and Zabulon. Justified, as the Kostya became an Absolute Other.]]


A Dark Other Mage who started out on the Day Watch (in the eponymous novel), but later joined the Inquisition.
* AffablyEvil: NobleDemon, though, he gets way darker in ''New Watch''.
* BadassGrandpa: He is Anton's equal in power, and is about two centuries old. He is also stated to have grandchildren, who are already old.
* DefectorFromDecadence: He's not at all a good guy, but did leave the Day Watch and become less Dark in reaction to all of Zabulon's bastardy (specifically trying to screw him over).
* FriendlyEnemy: Toward Anton.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Becomes this due to [[spoiler: his wife's death in ''The Last Watch''.]]
* NietzscheWannabe
* [[OohMeAccentsSlipping Ooh Me Accent's Slipping]]: A few times when he loses his composure he reverts to his natural Estonian accent.
* VillainousGlutton


[[folder:Neutral Characters]]
Humans and characters not affiliated with the organizations above.

!'''The Tiger'''
An entity created by the Twilight to prevent certain prophecies from being heard.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Performs this in ''Sixth Watch'', to help heroes to gain more time to deal with Two-in-One.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: In ''New Watch'', he was an avatar of Twilight, whom people see as their reflection; his power is equal to this of Absolute Light Other Nadya. As time passes, he becomes more and more ''humanoid''.
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''Sixth Watch''.