Voiced by: Ryosuke Sakamaki (Japanese), Cole Howard (English)
Lief was raised as a blacksmith's son in the run-down city of Del after the invasion. Hot-headed and impatient at the start of the series, all he wanted to do was go out and explore the city. On the night of his sixteenth birthday, he leaves on his father's quest to restore the Belt of Deltora, the only thing that can save their land and the heir from the tyranny of the Shadow Lord. By the end of the original quest for the Belt, Lief learns of his past and that he is the true heir to the throne.
Adorkable: Lief is extremely inept when dealing with women as seen from his encounter with Neridah.
Badass Adorable: The youngest and second shortest of the three heroes, but don't think that means he's weaker.
Badass Bookworm: Is very educated for his social standing and often outsmarts his enemies rather than outmuscling them.
The Blacksmith: He was his father's apprentice. In the second series, he is skilled enough as a smith to make a replica of the Belt of Deltora.
Determinator: And how! He's survived against Ols, Grey Guards, Vraals, and countless other monsters. He's been cut, bruised, burned, and nearly eaten by a carnivorous plant. How he and Barda and Jasmine managed to survive in Deltora day-to-day is anyone's guess.
Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: He found out that his father had lived in the palace, that the beggar by the gate was actually a competent fighter, and that he had to set off on a quest to find the one true king all on his birthday.
Farm Boy: He started out as a blacksmith's apprentice.
Fisher King: The bloodline of Adin wielding the Belt of Deltora keeps the land safe from invasion. To a lesser extent, Lief's dedication to the country results in him cleaning up a lot of its problems.
Green-Eyed Monster: Not really noticeable in the anime (Which appears to favor Dain and Jasmine), but many interactions Dain had with Jasmine led him to silently fume. He got over it eventually, but by then, Dain had shown his true colours as a Grade 3 Ol.
Guile Hero: A little zigzagged, he can think on his feet to trick enemies but he gets played for a fool himself just as much.
The Smart Guy: Lief uses his brains over his brawn wherever possible.
Voiced by: Yuusaku Yara (Japanese), Tom Edwards (English)
The former palace guard of Del. Before the Shadow Lord took control of Deltora, Barda's mother Min overheard the Shadow Lord's plot to take control of Deltora. Scared, she told the news to King Endon, who believed she was mistaken and had merely been dreaming. Several hours later she was murdered for what she knew. Afraid for his life, Barda fled the palace and found shelter in the forge, and fell asleep there.When he awoke, Barda stumbled upon Jarred and Anna hurrying the king and queen away. When he approached them, Jarred knocked Barda out because he was afraid that he was an enemy.For the next sixteen years, Barda disguised himself as a beggar to discover information vital to the quest. Upon Lief's sixteenth birthday, Barda reveals himself to Lief, and the quest for the gems begins.
Team Dad: He assumes this role for Lief and Jasmine early on.
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (Japanese), Laura Rushfeldt (English)
A wild girl with emerald-green eyes who grew up alone in the Forests of Silence. Her parents were captured by Grey Guards when she was seven, and she was raised by the forest from then on. She can understand the language of the trees and many animals, and possesses great agility and sharp senses, including photographic memory. Fending for herself alone since childhood, she has trouble understanding some social customs.
Ambiguously Brown: Most noticeably in the anime. Justified considering she'd have barely spent any time indoors, living in the Forests of Silence
Crippling Overspecialization: Her skills and strength is incredible in the air, swinging from tree to tree. Powerful, brave and good at close range. But when it comes to fighting against magic users, she is hopelessly out matched. She also never learned how to swim, which becomes more than a little frustrating for her in the second series.
Oblivious to Love: Played with in the second series. She's obviously not that socially clueless that she doesn't know how Lief feels about her, rather, she ignores it due to her anger at the time and becomes convinced that she's being overlooked in favor of Marilyn. She's left feeling more than a little shocked when it eventuates that Pirran pipe or no Pirran pipe, Lief would have thrown away his duties as king and relentlessly chased her in order to bring her back to him.
Only Sane Man: She is this in episode 22 of the anime, as only she knows something is up about Francoise.
Leader of the Resistance, during a visit to Tom's Shop, he encounters Lief, Barda, and Jasmine. Jasmine is suspicious of him. Doom later competes in the Rithmere Games with the aim of exposing the Games as a means of scouting out great fighters and taking them to the Shadowlands. While Lief and his friends see him as aloof, he actually is more concerned about his allies than what he seems.
Rye had lived his entire life in the walled city of Weld, safe from all harm. Eight years before the beginning of the Three Doors, mysterious creatures called Skimmers begin flying over the wall to attack the people. Eventually, the Warden, leader of Weld, calls the young people of Weld to stand against the enemy. When both his brothers fail to return from this quest, Rye sets out to find them.
Youngest Child Wins: Rye is the youngest brother, and accomplishes the most out of all of them.
A mysterious girl who lives in the Keep of Weld. She has tried to persuade each of the Heroes of Weld to let her come with them to save the city. She blackmails Rye into letting her come, and seems to know more about the situations at hand than she's willing to let on.
Rye's elder brother and one of the first to set off to save Weld. He found himself joining a rebellion and fighting against the tyranny of the sorcerer Olt. He is the eldest and strongest of the three brothers, and sees himself as responsible for everyone else. He cannot stand inaction or poor leadership.
The second of the three brothers, Sholto is a calm and collected young man who believes that magic is a myth. The healer's apprentice, when Dirk didn't return he set out to find the source of the Skimmers and put an end to them. He prefers thinking over doing, and is always coming up with a plan.
The Shadow Lord/ Malverlain
Voiced by: Banjou Ginga (Japanese), Mike Shepher (English)
The Shadow Lord is the central antagonist throughout the series. Once a human sorcerer, he had a deep hatred for all things beautiful and righteous in the wold and believed strongly that all things must serve him.
From Nobody to Nightmare: At first just the minor son of a chief, banished because of his misdeeds. Two thousand years later, he has tried to conquer four countries, destroyed one, and succeeded twice (for a time).
The Man Behind The Monsters: Created several of the Guardians, who's task was to guard the seven gems of the Belt of Deltora to in order for them to keep them from falling into the hands of his enemies. He is also the one responsible for the attacks on Weld in The Three Doors.
Magitek: A great many of his creations come off as this. He has a great deal of technology that is powered or enhanced by magic.
Fallow acts as personal advisor to the Shadow Lord, though the Shadow Lord often threatens to kill him if he does not buckle down in finding the heir of Deltora kill the other traitors. Fallow shares his appearance with Prandine, the last Chief Advisor to the Deltoran royal family. It is inferred that both are Grade 3 Ols, as were the Chief Advisors before them.
Dead Person Impersonation: At least in the anime, it is suggested the Shadow Lord chose to repeat Prandine's form in him because Jared would recognise it. In the books, it is said that all the royal advisors took on that appearance because it pleased the Shadow Lord. How the hell several hundred years worth of advisors get off with looking exactly the same is a question for the ages.
The Dragon: Is this to the Shadow Lord. In the anime, he noticeably struggles for this position with Dain, who is shown to be more competent.
Die Laughing: As he self destructs, thanks to the power of the Belt of Deltora. He notices the gems falling of the belt and laughs.
Lack of Empathy: Boy is he lacking. When Dain, a fellow Ol is killed he shows no sadness or sorrow.
An incredibly powerful and vain sorceress. Thaegan is one of the major villains in the series, similar to the traditional interpretation of an evil fairytale witch. Her favorite food is a live raven, she apparently ate Kree's parents. The only way she can die is if a single drop of her blood hits the ground. Thaegan turned the city of Dor into the site of the Lake of Tears with in occupants turned into various sea creatures. When the Ralads had known of her treachery, spoke out against her, she used her magic to render them mute. By the time the Shadow Lord took over Deltora, Thaegan became one of his most powerful allies and her power grew with his dominance.
Arc Villain: She is the primary antagonist of the 2nd Book in the 1st Series, The Lake of Tears. In the anime this is subverted - she is brought Back from the Dead by the Shadow Lord and continues to harass the heroes a few more times.
Cry for the Devil: In the anime, just after she and all of her childern (save Ichabod) have been killed by her suicide attack. Barda asks why her children went with her, and Jasmine points out that all children love their mothers.
Even Evil Has Standards: Thaegan utterly vaporizes an Ol that not only was trying to pretend to be her but was also trying to lure Jasmine and Lief to their doom just for fun. Not that she has many other standards besides, though.
Karmic Death: Her death comes at the hands or rather, claws-and-beak, of Kree - motivated by the fact that Thaegan ate his family, he dives in at an opportune moment to draw blood from her unprotected pinky finger, killing her and ending her wicked reign (she comes back in the anime, though).
Mama Bear: Despite being evil, one redeeming factor about her (in the anime) is that she loves her children and is enraged by the deaths of Hot, Tot, Fie and Fly when she accidentally kills them thanks to Lief and his friends.
Pet the Dog: In the anime, her interactions with her children, when shes not scolding them.
Pillar of Light: Her final attack in the anime involved her and her children being caught in one she'd created.
The Sociopath: Her crimes and cruelties are numerous, and the one sympathetic quality she truly has in the anime (love for her children) is mostly absent - it's implied that she cares little for them, not being particularly concerned with Jin and Jod's deaths earlier in the book. She also showed contempt for her mother, a kind healer, simply because she viewed altruism as a weakness, and killing her mother was her official Start of Darkness.
Weaksauce Weakness: Though she is nearly invincible and difficult to kill, she has one weak point: [[spoiler:her little finger, which she uses to cast her magic and thus cannot protect it with her sorcery. If one drop of blood is spilled from this finger, she can be killed and all her magic undone - admittedly a hard task as you need to get close enough... but Kree, who lost his family when she devoured them, is up to the task.
A powerful sorcerer who only exists in the anime adaptation of Deltora Quest, Oacus is a sadistic, emotionless man with power over fire, and delights in watching people's suffering. Oacus was summoned by Fallow to destroy Lief's group and take the gems they've collected.
Base Breaker: Lots of the fans of the books didn't like the anime introducing an original villain, the same way they didn't necessarily like Thaegan's expanded role (literally, she gets maybe 20 pages in ONE BOOK of actual appearance). Particularly Australian ones, because this was one our only successful stories outside of Australia, and it underwent considerable change.
Bishōnen: Just look at Neridah's reaction to seeing him for the first time.
Blood Knight: Dispite his detached attitude, he seems to love fighting.
Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to sympathize with a small girl who's favorite doll is burning up inside her home, which he's set on fire.
Go Out with a Smile: Sort of. When he finally ends up defeated, he remarked in an almost sad tone that defying the Shadow Lord was pointless, implying that he may regret his actions, and is one of the few villains who seems calm in their defeat.