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Characters: Deltora Quest
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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.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In regards to Jasmine
  • Child Soldier
  • 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 Good King
  • Heroic Lineage: Is a descendant of Adin.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords
  • Invisibility Cloak
  • The Hero
  • Just a Kid: Averted, for the most part.
  • King Incognito: In later books.
  • Modest Royalty: Prefers to live and dress as a blacksmith as opposed to a king.
  • Rags to Royalty: He is the heir to Deltora.
  • Rightful King Returns
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Secret Legacy: He had no clue that he was Adin's heir.
  • 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.


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.

  • Action Girl
  • 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.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
  • Depending on the Artist: The color of her hair.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hot-Blooded: Matched only by Lief. Barda repeatedly calls them out on it in jest or frustration.
  • Nature Hero
  • 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.
  • Only One Name
  • Properly Paranoid: She had to be to survive. This ends up saving everyone's lives more than once.She gets it from her dad.
  • Raised by Wolves: She was raised by trees.
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Mostly with Kree and Filli, although she has demonstrated the ability to understand most animal languages.
  • Talking to Plants: She understands the trees.
  • Tomboy: Has shades of this.


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.

    Heroes-The Three Doors 


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.


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.


An ancient evil sorcerer who rules the island of Dorne. He is also the Shadow Lord's elder brother.


Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese), Stewart Burdette (English)

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.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Often apologizes and begs forgivness from the Shadow Lord.
  • Ax-Crazy:
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being shown to cower in front of the Shadow Lord, he mostly dominates the battle against Lief.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: More so in the Japanese version of the anime, where he is voiced by the gruff Masashi Ebara.
  • Laughably Evil: He acts like a complete loser at times.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Don't let his seemingly frail appearance fool you - Fallow is just as sinister and powerful as any of the other Deltora villains.
  • Nice Hat: In the anime, he always wears the customary Chief Advisor hat. Except when he falls to his death, in which it falls off.
  • Slasher Smile
  • Oh, Crap: Fallow's expression when he's killed by the power of the belt.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His robes.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: During his aerial battle with Lief, Fallow morphs his hand into a blade.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself superior to all of his allies, despite Theagan telling him he's pathetic compared to her.
  • This Cannot Be!: His expression, just as the belt lights up.

Sorceress Thaegan

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.

  • Absolute Cleavage
  • The Archmage
  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Averted, while Jasmine does designate her as her rival, the two females never actually face each other in a one-on-one fight.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the anime, Thaegan is shown to love her children very much and even flies into a rage when Lief, Jasmine and Barda cause her to accidentally kill Fie, Fly, Hot and Tot.
  • 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.
  • Evil Genius: She can be very cunning.
  • Evil Laugh: Chuckles when shes winning. And with good reason too.
  • Evil Sorceress
  • Expy: Her design in the anime strongly resembles Queen Beryl.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Fusion Dance: In the anime, her children can preform combination with each other.
  • Hot Witch
  • 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).
  • Long-Range Fighter
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Older Than They Look
  • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • There Can Be Only One: She kills an Ol that disguised itself as her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Blackbirds, swallowed whole. Which includes Kree's entire family...
  • Vain Sorceress: Very very vain, in fact she spends most of her time in front of mirrors.
  • The Vamp
  • 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.
  • World of Pun: The names of her children all rime.
  • Woman in Black

Sorcerer Oacus

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.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: See Tragic Monster.
  • 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.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Says so himself to Lief.
  • 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.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Remember, he only looks human.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Of blue fire.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He does not exist in the books, and therefore takes the spotlight from some of the other villains.
  • Tragic Monster: In his final moment he states that he was once human, indicating that, despite his actions, Oacus does actually feel some melancholy.

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