The Character Sheet for Elantris.For information on other characters around the Cosmere, see Mistborn, Warbreaker, and The Stormlight Archive. For Cosmeric Forces such as the Shards of Adonalsium and Hoid, see The Cosmere.SPOILER ALERT: All trope names are visible. Read at your own peril.
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Prince RaodenCrown prince of Arelon, Raoden tried to help Arelon, but then turns his attention to Elantris and the Aons.
- All-Loving Hero: He always tries to help others, even Shaor's men.
- Badass Bookworm: Once The Magic Comes Back.
- Bald of Awesome: After a long time as an Elantrian.
- Battle Couple: With Sarene against Dilaf the climax.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He manages to convert both Karata and Aanden to his side by proving his philosophy about life in Elantris is superior to theirs. Subverted with Shaor.
- Heroic Willpower: After hitting the Despair Event Horizon and going comatose, he drags himself back awake, followed by resisting Devotion's Shardpool.
- Hope Bringer: To the people of Arelon and to the Elantrians.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His blue eyes are his most striking feature, as not even the Shaod could corrupt them.
- King Incognito: He goes by "Spirit" in Elantris.
- Madness Mantra: After a brutal beatdown by Dilaf: "Failed my love".
- Meaningful Name: "Rao" means "Spirit" or "Soul" in Aonic.
- Messianic Archetype: He endures pain that would ordinarily turn him into one of the Hoed to save Elantris.
- Mystical White Hair: When The Magic Comes Back, his hair grows pure white.
- Physical God: After he fixes the Aons, and especially after fixing Elantris itself.
- Rebel Prince: He and his father... didn't get along.
- Rousseau Was Right: He believes all people are fundamentally good and will do the right thing, if they are given a choice.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A literal translation of your name is not a particularly creative alias, Raoden.
GalladonRaoden's best friend in Elantris, Galladon is a cynical Dula with a Mysterious Past.
- Action Survivor: Moreso than Raoden, since, unlike him, he's literally just trying to help survive, and is not very good at making Aons.
- Bald of Awesome: Both as an Elantrian and not.
- Call to Agriculture: Like his father. And, just like his father, he's taken away from that life by the Shaod.
- Like Father, Like Son: His father was an Elantrian as well.
- Mysterious Past: He says he's a farmer. Raoden is less than convinced. He was actually the son of an Elantrian, who went off to become a farmer due to the issue of being a non-Elantrian living in Elantris. He only went back to Elantris because he got the Shaod anyway.
- Physical God: Upon the restoration of Elantris.
KarataOne of the more proactive gang leaders, Karata personally goes to the gates when a new Elantrian comes in, and has tried to escape several times.
- Action Mom: It's why she wants to get into the palace so badly.
- Bald Women: Like all Elantrians, she's bald.
- Friend to All Children: To Raoden's surprise, she's been taking care of every child in Elantris, gathering food for them.
- Heel-Face Turn: She allies with Raoden, knowing who he really is, once he helps her get to the palace to see her daughter again.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Aids Galladon in distracting the soldiers who could potentially stop Raoden from saving Elantris (though only Raoden actually knew what he was doing at the time). Unlike Galladon, who is impaled, she is decapitated, meaning she does not come back.
- Noble Demon: Shifts to Anti-Hero.
- Off with His Head!: Tragically, just moments before she could be a true Elantrians at full power.
- Pet the Dog: She's been rescuing children, and the food her gang steals mostly goes to feed them.
Aanden (Taan)"Baron of Elantris", he is another gang leader.
- Authority in Name Only: Only his gang follows him.
- Ax-Crazy: Until Raoden defeats him.
- Badass Mustache: Invoked, but subverted. His mustache is very obviously fake, according to Raoden's point of view.
- Crazy Sane: According to Galladon, his insanity was a conscious choice upon entering Elantris.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Raoden once he is shown the Scenery Porn that is post-Reod Elantris, reawakening the Taan within him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Or rather, My God, What Did I Nearly Do?. He breaks down on figuring out the beauty of Elantris after so long.
- Rags to Royalty: Not quite royalty, and given this is Elantris, not out of rags, either. However, he was just a sculptor named Taan outside of Elantris, and faked his way into Baron of Elantris.
Shaor (Soine)A psychotic gang leader of the most insane group.
- Ax-Crazy: With a gang to supplement that.
- Bald Women: Even before the Shaod.
- Blue Blood: In contrast to Aanden, her nobility is real, as she is the daughter of Telrii.
- Decapitation Presentation: A variant: Her men show Raoden her golden wig stained with Elantrian blood after defecting.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. She always tells her men to kill Raoden and anyone with him, but, after Raoden undermines her authority, her men kill her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Subverted in-universe. Her gang treats her like a goddess because of her apparent head of blonde hair, but it's a wig she's had for her life due to being unable to grow hair.
- Killed Off for Real: By her own men after Raoden undermines her authority by giving them food.
SaolinAn Elantrian who takes up the job of bodyguard to "Lord Spirit", and trains a guard for him as well.
- The Determinator: He has multiple serious wounds, but just ignores them because he's needed.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Defied. Raoden insists on giving him a grave after the battles against the Dakhor.
- Madness Mantra: As a Hoed: "I failed my Lord Spirit"
- No Body Left Behind: Dissolved in the Pool of Elantris after his Despair Event Horizon.
Princess SareneA Teoish princess, Sarene's hopes of marrying Raoden were dashed with the news of his "death", but she works to save Arelon regardless.
- Christmas Cake: She's convinced that because she's unmarried at twenty-five, Raoden is her last chance to find a husband.
- Femininity Failure: She utterly sucks at traditional feminine tasks.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Often made fun of for her height.
- Meaningful Name: "Ene" means "Wit" or "Cleverness" in Aonic.
- No Man Wants An Amazon: She firmly believes it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially to Iadon, until she gets tired of it.
- Oblivious to Love: She was unaware at first she had fallen in love with Spirit/Raoden or, for that matter, that he loved her. And she never realized Hrathen pulled a Heel-Face Turn partly because of her. He never voiced his feelings.
- Politically Active Princess: By age twenty-five, she's been serving for a long while as an (apparently highly-ranked) member of her father's diplomatic corps, and both she and others note her appreciation for (and skill at) political games.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Played with. Sarene tries to be traditionally feminine sometimes- she's just not very good at it. She does seem quite fond of fancy dresses, though (to the degree that she quickly gives up on wearing mourning because she couldn't stand the mourning dresses she was given), and is specifically referred to as wearing make-up and heels at various times. It seems like she struggles with traditionally feminine activities more than feminine clothes.
- Rebellious Princess: Subverted. She's got the personality, but her father approves of it.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's nearly 6ft tall, towering over most men (Raoden and Hrathen excluded).
Kiin (Dreok Crushedthroat)Sarene's uncle and the brother of the king of Teod.
- An Axe to Grind: There's a big, badass axe hanging over his mantle. And he knows how to use it pretty damned well.
- Badass Normal: When confronted with Dakhor monks, he kills one by himself with an axe, then it takes three of them to restrain him. Even after that, he still kicks at them, necessitating that they knock him unconscious to stop his resistance. This man has nothing but his physical strength going for him.
- I Call It "Vera": His axe bears the Aon for "Vengance" on it.
- Modest Royalty: Especially because he was the rightful heir to the Teod throne.
- Mysterious Past: He steadfastly refuses to tell Sarene why he and her father aren't speaking to each other anymore. Being exiled after his younger brother usurped the throne will do that.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: When you're called Crushedthroat, there's a reason to run away.
RoialA friendly member of the aristocracy, and close friend of Raoden before his Death Faked for You.
- The Atoner: He helped put Iadon on the throne. He's now regretting it immensely.
- Sacrificial Lion: Killed at the beginning of Telrii's reign when Ahan gives up the rebels.
EondelA member of the aristocracy with a personal army of his own, giving him authority that even Iadon will not try to uproot.
- Badass: A very good swordsman.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Kills Telrii before dying himself.
- Revenge Before Reason: Raoden thinks that his assassination of Telrii was a terrible idea, even if it were to avenge Roial, because it threw the politics of Arelon into chaos once again.
ShudenA Jindo who earned a place in the Arelon aristocracy by way of his money.
- Badass: Takes down a Dahkor monk singlehandedly. But he's still not strong enough to hold out against a lot of them, lacking some of the control of other users of ChayShan.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Ironically, he uses his skill in ChayShan against Dakhor monks.
- Chekhov's Skill: The ChayShan martial dance is another way to use the Dor.
- Chick Magnet: Every woman at court is swooning over him.
- Unwanted Harem: He doesn't want this at all... for the most part.
AhanA duke who is a friendly rival with Roial.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Roial's death.
- The Rival: To Roial.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: He truly wasn't trying to get the others killed.
HrathenA gyorn sent by Wyrn to convert the people of Arelon in three months, or Wyrn will send an invasion force to conquer it, his loyalties are tested over the course of the novel.
- Anti-Hero: Type V in the Battle of Teod. He's still loyal to Jaddeth, but rebels against Wyrn and Dilaf.
- Bad Dreams: He still has nightmares from his time in Dakhor.
- Blue Oni: He contrasts his logical support of Jaddeth with Dilaf's fanaticism several times.
- Death by Irony: One of his first actions in Kae is to send a priest to Fjordell for training. Said priest is trained as an assassin, and Hrathen is his first kill... after killing Dilaf, anyway.
- Defector from Decadence: In the end, he still believes in his religion, but not in its leader.Hrathen: My problem is with Wyrn, not God.
- Destructive Savior: Sees himself as a saviour. Ended up causing a bloody revolution in another country, and despite his efforts to make his next attempt more peaceful, is involved in the near-destruction of two others.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's trying to demonize the Elantrians for political purposes, but he still finds Dilaf's attempt to publicly burn one to death sick, and has his Heel-Face Turn in response to finding out about the Final Solution plan for Teod and Arelon.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Mildly toward Raoden near the finale for having Sarene's love, though he didn't realize it at the time.
- Heroic BSOD: For a given value of "Heroic." His first one is due to the Armor-Piercing Question. The second is finding out that as gragdet of the Dakhor monastery, Dilaf is ranked above him and was manipulating him to get into a position to kill everyone of Aonic descent in existence.
- Noble Demon: Sure, he's out to conquer Arelon for Wyrn. However, he's doing so in order to avoid a war to accomplish the same thing.
- Redemption Equals Death: And then he gets back up and kicks some more ass before dying for good.
- Red Right Hand: His transformed right arm from his time in Dakhor.
- Super Strength: Only on his right arm due to the Dakhor transformation.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: A third of the chapters are devoted to his point of view.
- 24-Hour Armor: Of a sort. His vestments include armor, since he's a priest in a Church Militant, but he can take them off to sleep. Most Derethi priests use it for show. Not Hrathen.
- Unwitting Pawn: Dilaf was essentially using him to stall for time so the Dakhor could get into place to massacre the entire country.
- Villain Protagonist: He's the most visible antagonist for most of the story, but also the viewpoint character for a third of it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that since his religion's conquest is inevitable, undermining the Arelene government and converting the populace by force is the best way to save lives.
King IadonThe ten-year king of Arelon and father of Raoden, Iadon has replaced the broken-down system of Elantris with a wealth-based hierarchy, and instituted many unpopular laws.
- Broken Pedestal: Raoden idolized him as a child. This view shattered after Iadon became king and power corrupted him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Who made his entire country's royalty operate in the same way.
- Death Equals Redemption: The proclamation granting stable titles to the Arelish nobility comes with his death, ultimately giving Raoden his legitimate claim to the throne.
- Nonindicative Name: "Iad" means "Trust" or "Reliable" in Aonic. Iadon is really paranoid (and was before becoming king).
- Offing the Offspring: Sarene is convinced he killed Raoden. Actually subverted, since while Iadon might have wanted to kill Raoden, Raoden was turned into an Elantrian, not killed.
TelriiA very rich Arelene duke, Telrii hopes to gain the throne and usurp Iadon with the help of Fjordell.
DilafA twenty-year-old psychotic arteth in service to Hrathen, Dilaf seems to be more than he looks like on the surface.
- Anti-Magic: Both resistance to Aons and the ability to negate their use.
- Ax-Crazy: He's absolutely deranged, as shown by his actions over the course of the story. His calm Motive Rant to Hrathen just goes to show how far he's gone.
- Complete Monster: Invoked Trope. He once killed a man to save himself a fifteen minute walk by using Dakhor Blood Magic. His evil is a standout among Brandon Sanderson's books, as he always works to make sure that people are never Card Carrying Villains, and instead are believably the heroes of their own stories and have their own reasonable justifications. Even in that case, he still calls Dilaf "an evil man" in his annotation for Chapter 60.Brandon Sanderson: Here is a man who kills for pleasure. No matter how wronged he was in the past, he has no justification for the cruelty and enjoyment he displays in anticipating Sareneís death. This is an evil man.
- The Dragon: To Hrathen but he's really The Dragon to Wyrn instead.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Wyrn by the end of the novel.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Subverted. He spends most of the novel acting as though he rode Hrathen's coattails to power so he could then use said power to incite people against Elantris but actually, he's acting on orders to do exactly that from his and Hrathen's mutual boss. Not that he didn't enjoy every minute, mind.
- Hate Sink: A large part of the point of him, in contrast to Hrathen.Brandon Sanderson: Itís nice to have sympathetic villains, but with Hrathen in the book, I didnít feel that I needed much sympathy for Dilaf. Also, with one such well-drawn villain, I felt that if I tried to do the same with Dilaf, the comparison would make him come off very poorly. So, I went the other direction, and the contrast gives the readers someone that they can just hate.
- Knight Templar: To better contrast Hrathen's Well-Intentioned Extremist. Hrathen genuinely wants to save lives and souls, even if he resorts to ruthless and underhanded methods to do it; Dilaf just subscribes to the "murder the unbelievers and let Jaddeth sort them out" school of Shu-Dereth.
- Made of Iron: Has nearly indestructible bones.
- Magic Knight: And it took only 50 people to give him that ability.
- The McCoy: An evil version. His emotional fanaticism is put in stark contrast to Hrathen's cold rationalizations.
- Moral Sociopathy: For instance, back when Hrathen was in his monastery, he sacrificed a monk's life to save a fifteen minute walk. That drove Hrathen to leave the monastery.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's a hardcore racist and his manner of public speaking is very reminiscent of Hitler's, and the names "Adolf" and "Dilaf" sound similar besides. And then Hrathen finds out what he and Wyrn are actually planning...
- Neck Lift/Neck Snap: How Hrathen kills him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It becomes obvious early on he's quite a bit smarter than he looks and acts.
- Older Than They Look: He looks about twenty. He's actually in his seventies.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: His Anti-Magic abilities apparently took fifty deaths to produce. Not to mention the fact that his Teleporters and Transporters skill costs a life and spirit for each use.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Hrathen's Blue.
- Start of Darkness: He was a Fjordell priest sent to spy on Arelon, but he became the mask and fell in love with an Arelish woman, who he married. She later fell very sick, and he took her to Elantris for healing—but the healer botched the job and turned her into a proto-Elantrian of the post-Reod instead, ultimately turning her into a Hoed when she was Driven to Suicide and tried to jump off a cliff. Dilaf put her out of her misery, but the act of doing so caused his mind to snap. Returning to the Derethi faith with a passion, he vowed to destroy Elantris utterly in revenge.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He thinks he's one. Subverted in that no one agrees with him.
Wyrn Wulfden the FourthThe ruler of the Fjordell Empire, Wyrn serves as a mostly unseen Big Bad to the novel.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's known as "Wyrn", as if the title were his name.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: His only actual appearance so far is a brief scene where Hrathen calls him up via Seon (and we only see the opening part of that).
- The Pope: Essentially, for Shu-Dereth.
- Priest King: Spiritual and secular leader of Fjorden.
- Seer: According to Word of God, Fjon's assassination of the then-nearly immediately traitorous Hrathen in Teod was meant to show, among other things, that Wyrn has limited future sight.
- Sorcerous Overlord: It's hinted in the novel and confirmed by Word of God that he's some kind of magic-user, but the details are as-yet unknown.
- The Unfought: Given he's in Fjordell during the book, and the story itself takes place in Kae and Elantris.