The Good Guys
VahnOne of the playable characters, he's a Human Arcane Archer.
- Archer Archetype: With magical arrows.
- Distressed Dude: In the sequel.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Averted and played straight. The rules of the tabletop game states that only Elves or Half-Elves can be Arcane Archers, which is still a prestige class by the way. But that's going by the Third Edition Rules; the older Second Edition Ruleset didn't have the racial limitation on the prestige class that 3 and 3.5 have.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's the most balanced of the three heroes.
- Multi Shot
AdriannaOne of the playable characters, she's a Moon Elf and a Sorceress.
- Distressed Damsel: In the sequel.
- Dump Stat: Has low wisdom.
- Glass Cannon
- Our Elves Are Better
- Simple Staff
KromlechOne of the playable characters, he's a Dwarven Fighter.
- An Axe to Grind: His main weapon. He leaves it to the hero of the second game when freed.
- The Berserker
- The Big Guy
- Distressed Dude: In the sequel.
JherekA Harper agent that helps our heroes on their quest. He also appears in the sequel where he has a much more prominent role and helps the heroes against Mordoc's fortress.
- Arrows on Fire: In the sequel he can cast these as a long-ranged attack.
- Big Good: As an important member of the Harpers, he's this.
- Guest-Star Party Member: On the Battle of Bones and into the first levels of the Keep of Pale Night..
- In the Hood: Oddly as he's a good guy.
- The Rival: To Karne.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Karne, against Mordoc.
KarneA Zhentarim agent working for Xantam and leading a Thieves' Guild in Baldur's Gate. He's apparently killed by the three heroes, but he's back on his feet in the sequel, where he works with the Zhentarim to take control of the Onyx Tower.
- Affably Evil
- The Dragon: To Xantam. In the sequel he seems to be a Dragon-in-Chief for the Black Network.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may work for a cult of ruthless assassins and conquerors, but he won't tolerate traitors.
- Evil Counterpart: To Jherek. In the sequel is noticeable that both have similar fighting styles.
- Guest-Star Party Member: He eventually pulls an Enemy Mine in the sequel and along with the hero and Jherek attacks Mordoc's castle.
- Karma Houdini
- Smug Snake: Though by the end of the second game he shows some interest in the player character.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Karne or Kharne?
- Unexplained Recovery: He's back in the sequel, and even Mordoc states that Karne is known for being extremely difficult to kill.
XantamA beholder and mastermind behind Karne and the rogues of Baldur's Gate, he's slain by the heroes under the city.
SleyvasA lizardman shaman who, unlike his kinsmen, wants to help your heroes to save his tribe from the Onyx Tower. He's actually plotting to take over the Onyx Tower. In the sequel he's hired by Karne to kill the hero and recover the Orb of Thunder, but is slain.
- False Friend
- Flunky Boss: Shows up with a couple of Zentharim in Lyran's hold to recover the Orb of Thunder.
- Glass Cannon: In the sequel his magic can be damaging.
- Lizard Folk: What appears to be a good aversion of the typical one. He's not.
- Manipulative Bastard
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Subverted.
Eldrith the BetrayerThe Big Bad of the first game. Once a champion from Baldur's Gate, she held back the Orcish Black Horde but was betrayed by the city, causing her to attack it and eventually perish in the Marsh of Chelimber. Her hatred was enough to awaken the Onyx Tower and bring back to life her and her minions. She's eventually killed by the heroes and repents of her actions.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As you damage her she becomes bigger and bigger.
- Big Bad
- Came Back Strong: She died, but her hatred for Baldur's Gate awoke the Onyx Tower and revived her again.
- Face–Heel Turn: Turned against her own city after being betrayed.
- Fallen Hero
- Redemption Equals Death
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's not too hard to feel sorry for her.
The Good Guys
Dorn RedbeardOne of the five playable characters, he's a Human Barbarian who can become a Druid. He's a jovial and boisterous warrior looking for fame, gold and women.
- Barbarian Hero
- The Beastmaster: After becoming a druid.
- The Berserker
- The Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Casanova Wannabe: Frequently tries to hit on Randalla. He's also proud of remembering every pretty woman he helped on his way to Baldur's Gate.
- Dual Wielding: Start with this skill.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His armors will often leave part of his right chest and arm exposed.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Can learn how to do this with two-handed swords and axes.
Vhaidra UoswirrOne of the playable characters, she's a Drow Monk who can become an Assassin. She's an evil and rude warrior who seeks revenge for her clan.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Though technically she can gain elemental damage by enchanting her gauntlets.
- Bare Your Midriff: When without armor or equipped with light armor her midriff is exposed.
- Blade on a Stick/Simple Staff: Her alternate weapon, good for crowd-clearing moves.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Vhaidra can be this if you play as her. You can still give her halberds and staves but her unarmed fight skills are faster and stronger.
- Jerk Ass: As a drow, she's usually rude to anyone.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Dark Ravens who murdered the Uoswirr clan.
- Villain Protagonist: Arguably.
Alessia FaithhammerOne of the playable characters, she's a Human Cleric of Helm who can become a Paladin. She's a crusader of good and justice and is driven by her good heart.
- Breast Plate: Even with a full plate, her breasts remain visible.
- Carry a Big Stick: Start the game armed with a mace. Fitting as it's the weapon usually associated with clerics.
- Healing Hands: Can heal herself.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Turn Undead.
- Knight in Shining Armor: A rare female example.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The only character who starts out with a shield.
- Ms. Fanservice: Mainly for the fact that she has very large boobs and is a Statuesque Stunner.
- Playing with Fire: One of her spells rains holy fire from the heavens.
Borador "Goldhand"One of the playable characters, is a Dwarven Rogue who can possibly become a Dwarven Hero. He's a bad tempered old man who's actually trying to save his clan by repaying a debt.
- The Atoner: Possibly.
- An Axe to Grind: Though his favourite weapon is a crossbow.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Honor Before Reason: In order to clear his clan's name, he's ready to gut and defeat a whole keep of goblinoids and a friggin Basilisk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once you know his true motivations.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Shield Expertise will improve his shield's defence.
- Only in It for the Money: What he's looking for is gold, and as much as possible. He still gives most of it to his clan-brother Durben, to repay the clan's debt.
- No Sell: Everyone else has to be very careful when traps are around, be they spiked floors of fireball-spitting machines. Borador can render them useless by getting close enough and tapping the square button, making certain dungeons easier.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Can use "Smokepowder" in the form of bolts, mine-like satchels or directly as thrown bombs.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: Everyone has an upgrade, but Borador's is most noticeable, as it gives him more melee-oriented techniques, lets him use Great Weapons, and gives him unique shield abilities.
- Trick Arrow: He can shoot multiple bolts, a single accurate one or an explosive fiery dart.
Ysuran AuondrillOne of the playable characters, he's a Moon Elf Necromancer who can become a Moon Disciple. He's a gentle person despite his job, but is afflicted by amnesia and can't remember his past.
- The Atoner: After discovering his horrid past as a racist extremist he decides to dedicate his life to a good cause.
- Bad Powers, Good People: He's a good guy who can create skeletons and suck the life out of his foes. Even more so after learning Shadow Magic.
- Casting a Shadow: Upon defeating the evil sorcerer Zarad Duskmarrow he can now read the final pages of his book and so cast shadow spell.
- Dem Bones: Can summon skeletons.
- Glass Cannon: If something gets too close and can hit hard, he's done for. Expecially against Zarad's Automatons.
- The Necromancer: A good one. He was an Evil Sorcerer wannabe in his backstory though.
- Not So Different: Zarad claims so when he faces off against Ysuran. Eventually Ysuran proves him wrong by deciding to put his evil powers to a good use.
- That Man Is Dead: Decides to completely forget about his older racist self and start a new life.
- The Reveal: In a nutshell, he was a racist terrorist who tried to stole Zarad's secrets from him for his cause.
- Wolverine Claws: Can grow a set with Claws of Darkness, which also increases the effectiveness of all his touch-based spells.
Randalla BrasshornA female merchant who was captured by the goblins. She gives you several quests after returning to Baldur's Gate and falls in love with Dorn. Near the end of the game she's revealed to be a Harper, but when Mordoc summons the Onyx Tower to Baldur's Gate she's turned into a vampire by Xanhast.
- Cute Monster Girl: When turned into a vampire.
- Distressed Damsel: How you meet her.
- Evil Costume Switch: When you meet her again in Mordoc's Gate she's wearing black clothes, a belt made of silver skulls and a leopard-tattered corset and bracelets. This makes her reveal as a vampire something of an un-twist, sadly.
- Gainaxing: Has this as a vampire.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Right Hand Woman: To Jherek.
- Tragic Monster: She eventually turns into a vampire that you must fight. Luckily, she gets better after Xanhast's defeat.
OmduilAn old, airheaded wizard who lives in Baldur's Gate. He's a Harper that helps the heroes to reach the four Elemental Foundations. He can also reveal Ysuran's past.
- Badass Grandpa
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Somewhat.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Turns out he's much more important that he looks.
- Mr. Exposition: To Ysuran, as he's hired to find out what happened to him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly. If anyone but Ysuran asks him about his past or the Eldreth Veluuthra, or if any of the characters ask him about the Harpers, the Onyx Tower, or Jherek before Rondalla or Jherek reveal their allegiance and assign quests, he plays dumb. Otherwise, he suddenly "remembers".
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction upon hearing that Mordoc's involved.
Bile-Tooth the VileA goblin in charge of the Red Fang marauders inside Trollbark Forest, who has kidnapped Randalla and the members of her Caravan. Rides a huge spider and holds several of them as pets.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear.
- Deadly Lunge: His spider can attack like this.
- Degraded Boss: In Borador's unique quest, some spider-riding goblins appears in Gandam's Hold.
- Flunky Boss: Has a small back up force consisting in goblin archers and shamans, who can heal him.
- Giant Spider: Rides an humongous white spider, bigger than those met later, who, judging from what he sayd, are his pets.
- Giggling Villain: Half of his sentence consist in him giggling in a high-pitched voice.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You may notice that when you defeat him the spider rolls on his back, apparently crushing his rider.
- Third-Person Person: Variation: he refers to himself as "us", probably referring to himself and his giant spider.
- Starter Villain: He's the first boss and furthermore saving Randalla from him is what kicks in the main events of the game.
- Warm-Up Boss: He may hit hard and have poison, but is pretty slow and not too difficult to deal with.
Argesh the GougerThe grotesque leader of the Hands of Glory, the new thief's guild in Baldur's Gate infamous for its cruelty and kidnappings. He was actually a creation of Luvia Bloodmire serving directly under Arogazia's orders. He's slain by the heroes in his own hideout.
- Bad Boss: He's introduced chewing out one of his underlings before killing him in a fit of rage for disobeying his orders.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Holds a katar in his right hand as his weapon of choice.
- Deadly Lunge: His main form of attack. It's difficult to avoid and damaging, but will leave him open for some seconds.
- The Grotesque: Looks overall humanoid, but on a closer inspection he has a large hunchback, twisted neck and oversized, gorilla-like arms.
- Humanoid Abomination: Said to be the pinnacle of Luvia's creations and it shows, considering that she's not a magic user and all her other humanoid creations are undeads or golems.
- The Paralyzer: One of his attacks can block the player where he stands if it connects, stunning them.
- Red Baron: "The Gouger". Doubles as a Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
Luvia BloodmireA mad noblewoman living in Baldur's Gate. Her house is infested by abominations and monsters and she has a secret lab where she creates horrible creatures. She's eventually killed by our heroes in the Elemental Plane of Earth.
- Affably Evil: Until you break her toys, that is... though she's affable again later.
- A God Am I: Seems to believe that her experiments will lead her to godhood.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: When fought in combat, you'll find out that all she can do is to throw explosives at you and slap you, and she'll probably die faster than her bodyguards. Then her corpse bubble and hisses, and suddenly she's back as a disgusting black abomination, much more of a challenge than before.
- Blob Monster: Turns into one (or rather, sprouts from her corpse) upon death.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A rather creepy variant.
- Death Seeker: When you meet her the second time, she actually wants to be killed by your hands, so she'll be able to reach the last step of the evolution by turning into a black, horrible slime monster.
- For Science!: Her main goal.
- Lightning Bruiser: After turning into a monster.
- Mad Scientist: Surprisingly, she's not even a magic user, as she attacks by throwing explosive vials and by punching.
- Mook Maker: In her slime form she can give birth to a creature which looks like a miniature of herself and spit it out.
- Obviously Evil: There's something sinister in her looks, mostly for the fact that all the lower edges of her dress and her cheek are smeared with blood.
- One-Winged Angel: She turns into a black, tentacled abomination after being killed.
- Villainous Breakdown: After her "pets" are torn to pieces by the heroes. By the time the heroes stumble into her again she's gotten over it.
The Red QueenThe leader of the Red Fang Marauders, is an intimidating woman wearing an encumbering red armor and capable of casting magic. Upon being vanquished she tries to flee back to her mistress Aizagora, only to be killed for her failure.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Implied to be the reason why the goblins and hobgoblin serving the Marauders accept her as their boss.
- Artificial Human: Apparently was created by Luvia like Argesh, except that she was modeled after Arogazia herself.
- BFS: Her sword.
- Ground Pound: One of her attacks has her leaping in midair while everything slows down in order to deliver a devastating shockwave.
- Magic Knight: Dressed in armor from head to toe, she can still cast offensive spells.
- Neck Snap: How she meets her fate.
- Playing with Fire: Can cast fireballs.
- You Have Failed Me: Subjected to this by her mistress.
Arogazia Firewynd/Aizagora the Red DeathAn arrogant noblewoman clad in red and the true mind behind the Red Fang Marauders and the Red Queen, who's implied to be a clone of her. She's actually a Red Dragon working for Karne. She's slain in the Elemental Plane of Fire.
- Bad Boss: Chokes the Red Queen by herself after learning of her failure.
- Evil Redhead: With hair shaped like flames to boot.
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance, for sure.
- Foreshadowing: In the cutscene you see her, apparently an ordinary noblewoman, lifting the armored Red Queen effortlessly and snapping her neck like a twig, implying that there's more than meets the eye to her....
- Lightning Bruiser: As a dragon, surprisingly enough.
- Large Ham: Especially before showing off her true form.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the Red Fangs.
- Only in It for the Money: Implied by her dialogue with Karne that she's helping the Black Network in exchange for lots and lots of money. Unsurprising, considering her true species.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A Red Dragon.
- Playing with Fire: Fire breath and also tons of fire spells, mostly meteors.
- Shoulders of Doom: Her dress has large shoulderpads shaped like bat wings.
- Vain Sorceress: Implied to be rather proud of her human disguise, as she asked Luvia to model the Red Queen, her most valiant servant, specifically after her own body.
LyranA lich residing in a haunted fortress. He attacks the heroes when they search for the Orb of Thunder in his mansion.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: In the catacombs. According to the journal you find on the dead man, he has done this several times to trespassers.
- An Arm and a Leg: His hand is the key to his own observatory tower.
- Badass Boast: Gives one to the hero should he reach the vault, about how he's going to die in that chamber just like Lyran did (thought he came back as a lich).
- Boss Banter: With lines like "Run, Fool, Run!" and "Leave this castle or Die, mortal!"
- Death from Above: Getting hit by his spellbook (which homes on the target) will result into a couple of ice meteors falling on the ground, freezing and damaging everything around.
- Evil Sorcerer: Implied by the journal of a dead guy in his crypt, stating that he's desperate because Lyran has locked him inside the fortress and now is coming for him. Plus there's the whole implications with his weather-controlling machine...
- Faux Affably Evil: Compliments you for finding his private study, right before threatening you and coming after you with murderous intent.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Some of his spells hit a whole area and can break pots, so it's possible for him to accidentally smash his own Soul Jars.
- Puzzle Boss: Later in his crypt. He's the only boss of the game who needs a peculiar strategy to be vanquished.
- The Undead
UlchalotheAn illithid residing in the depths of Dragonspear Castle. She has gotten her hands on the Brazier of Eternal Flame.
- Evil vs. Evil: She apparently enslaves anyone who approaches her lair, as she did with the Zhentarim, your enemies.
- Flunky Boss: The flunkies are her mind-controlled Zhentarim. Which can still be controlled by Ysuran nevertheless.
- Giant Space Flea From No Where: Yes, you're warned about the "unspeakable horrors from the Underdark", and yes, you come across some driders and ropers but: did you really expected a mind flayer?
- Glass Cannon: Not very though, but her mind blast attack (especially the fan-shaped one) can be deadly if shot point-blank.
- Mind Control: She did this to her Zhentarim pets, but it doesn't work on the hero. In battle, her mind attacks are represented as a weird-colored spray which stuns and damages the player (and, if close enough, can be fatal).
- Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that her mind trick isn't working at all.
- Vocal Dissonance: She looks identical to the mind flayer portrayed on the Monster Manual (3.5), but her voice is clearly feminine, and not even ugly at that.
DroptoblA Kuo Toa high priest of the Sea Temple, he's stolen the Oceanic Urn from the pirates and apparently turned them into zombies as well. Must be killed in order to retrieve the artifact.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the high priest and thus the strongest Kuo Toa in the Sea Temple.
- Barrier Warrior: Face you off in a limited watery arena whose accesses are blocked off by a barrier as he enters the arena.
- Evil Sorcerer: Mostly attacks by casting spells and is implied to have turned the pirates and Captain Khoris into shambling undead.
- Giant Space Flea From No Where: You were told about the pirates, who then turns out to be undead, but no one mentioned the Kuo Toa. On the other hand after seeing the temple Droptobl himself was easier to see coming.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses a staff tipped with a pincer.
- Sinister Minister: The High Priest of the Kuo Toa deity.
IlludriaA sorceress working for the Zhentarim. She's killed in the Elemental Plane of Water.
- An Ice Person: Illudria herself.
- Combat Tentacles: The Kraken's limbs can be cut off to prevent him from harassing you, but will regenerate after some time.
- Dual Boss: Technically, though the Kraken is invincible, but dies as Illudria does.
- Flunky Boss: She's escorted by her soldiers and has summoned a giant Kraken to kill you. Interestingly enough, she was against the idea of having Zhentarim around, but Karne insisted.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Just like Habdazar, she's introduced as soon as you enter the Elemental Plane of Water. Her pet Kraken is even a bigger one.
- Hammy Herald: Her Badass Boast is mostly about her kraken.
- Invincible Minor Minion: The Kraken.
- Making a Splash: The Sea Witch.
Habdazar DoomwingA gnome wizard, vainglorious and cowardly, he's in charge of the Elemental Foundation of Air. He initially takes on the hero on his Manticore and with his escort, but when defeated flees and is killed by Karne.
- Badass Boast: Like all the bosses he makes one. In his case, is ruined by his cowardly behaviour.
- Bald of Evil.
- Death from Above: Attacks mostly by dropping ice or fire meteors on the heroes.
- Dirty Coward: Is surrounded by mooks, rides a huge manticore and runs away when defeated, asking for thousands of soldiers to Karne. Even the game lampshades this when you defeat the Manticore and he runs away, calling him "That sneaky coward!"-
- Evil Sorcerer: Knows many spells, and is not shy about bombarding you with them.
- Exact Words: He swore to protect the Air Foundation with his life. This comes back to chomp him in the butt later.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: He spends most of the battle using his manticore to fly from one side to the other of the arena, and is vulnerable only on the ground.
- Large Ham
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Karne is about to gut him.
- Ornamental Weapon: Carries around a sword, but won't use it.
- Third-Person Person: He often refers to himself in third person.
- You Have Failed Me: A victim of this by Karne.
XanhastA vampire warrior, he's Mordoc's right hand man who constantly informs him about the struggle between the Harpers and the Zhentarim for the Onyx Tower. Near the end he turns Randalla into a Vampire but is fought and slain in Eldrith's Seat at the top of the tower.
- Bald of Evil: The top of his head at least.
- The Dragon: To Mordoc.
- Cool Sword
- Kick the Dog: He really had to vampirize Randalla and gleefully troll you about that, didn't he?
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Carries a tower shield with him.
- Only One Name
- The Renfield: Serves Mordoc with unwavering devotion.
- The Undead
Mordoc SeLanmereThe Big Bad of the second game, he's known as the White Prince. He's the vampire overlord of the Keep of Pale Night. He's trying to take over the Onyx Tower for his own plans of conquest.
- Big Bad
- Casting a Shadow: Literally, as he's obsessed with being shadow-less, so he made a whole army of shadow-monsters to fight for him.
- The Dreaded: His name and title alone and the reveal that he was scheming behind the Harper's shoulders are enough to make Omduil and Jherek go Oh, Crap!.
- Evil Overlord: Albeit one who works in the shadows.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Large Ham
- Manipulative Bastard: He wants the tower, but lets the Harpers and Zhentarim do the dirty work for him.
- The Necromancer: His abode is running with wraiths, skeletons, shades and mummies, and is also revealed that he is the one who created the Orb of Undead from the first game.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Royal Rapier: His weapon.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears horned skulls as shoulderpads.
- Smug Snake
- Teleport Spam: Can teleport across the arena by turning into a flock of bats.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's calm and composed most of the time, and snarks at the hero during their first battle, but after his defeat urges Xanhast to move the tower to Baldur's Gate immediately without waiting for his allies. By the time the heroes reach him in the Shadow Plane, Mordoc isn't as smug as before.
- We Can Rule Together: Congratulates the player character and offers him to embrace him and take him under his wing as his ally before they fight.