Characters / ElfQuest

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Leader of the Wolfriders and main character of ElfQuest as a whole. Son of Bearclaw and Joyleaf. Blood of Ten Chiefs (or eight and two, going by fours). Recognized Lifemate of Leetah, sorta-Recognized Lifemate of Skywise, father to Ember and Suntop.

Tropes associated with Cutter

Cutter's best friend for all of their lives. The stargazer. Yun's father by an unnamed Go-Back.

Tropes associated with Skywise

Cutter and Leetah's daughter. Suntop's twin sister. Lovemate to Mender, lifemate to Teir.

Tropes associated with Ember

Elder, Lifemate to Rillfisher (and later to Clearbrook), father to Dewshine, uncle to Cutter.

Tropes associated with Treestump

Treestump's Lifemate and mother to Dewshine. A fever led to her becoming deaf which led to her death by a falling branch.

Tropes associated with Rillfisher

Daughter to Treestump and Rillfisher. Recognized to Tyldak, neither were happy about it. Lifemate to Scouter and Tyleet. Mother to Windkin. Cutter's cousin.

Tropes associated with Dewshine

Lovemate to Redlance, later Lifemate when Leetah helps them force Recognition. Mother to Tyleet. Cutter's cousin and Leetah's best friend.

Tropes associated with Nightfall

Lovemate to Nightfall, later Lifemate when Leetah helps them force Recognition. Father to Tyleet.

Tropes associated with Redlance

Daughter to Redlance and Nightfall, mother to Pool, lifemate of Scouter and Dewshine.

Tropes associated with Tyleet

Lifemate to Moonshade. Father to Crescent, Dart and Chitter.

Tropes associated with Strongbow

  • Archer Archetype: His entire tribe are expert marksmen, but they still call him when they absolutely need something dead in one shot.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely speaks aloud, preferring to mindspeak. Amusingly, his daughter Chitter is a Motor Mouth who keeps demanding he speak to her instead.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't threaten his children. He'll kill you, elf or no elf. (But he'll feel guilty about it for a while.)
  • Perpetual Frowner: Even his heartfelt smiles tend to look sardonic.
  • The Stoic: When he shows emotion, things are bleak. (Or exceptionally joyful.)
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even though Bearclaw wasn't his father.

Lifemate to Strongbow. Mother to Crescent, Dart and Chitter.

Tropes associated with Moonshade

  • Proper Lady: In one story, a besotted elf tries to mold her into one. She eventually puts on a Pimped-Out Dress to make him understand this just ain't her.
    • In the Final Quest, she dons a silken gown made from preserver webbing, which she swiftly adapts to.
  • Undying Loyalty: Prefers exile or death to being parted from Strongbow, even when he's wrong. She gets quite irritable when she has to go off with Ember's group while her mate engages Djun's citadel.
    • Her loyalty to Strongbow is hard pressed during the Final Quest arc, when she yields to the "pull of the call" from the Palace, and willingly gives up her mortality. This does not, however, change her love for him.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Moonshade in the form of a Palace Dweller and high one.

Strongbow and Moonshade's son. Lifemate to Kimo.

Tropes associated with Dart

Lifemate to Clearbrook, brother to Longbranch, father to Scouter.

Tropes associated with One-Eye

Lifemate to One-Eye and then Treestump. Mother to Scouter.

Tropes associated with Clearbrook

  • Cool Old Lady: She's the oldest female Wolfrider, but she's still friendly, amiable and can still fight alongside the others.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts off her braid out of grief when One-Eye is killed.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She wears her hair in a very long braid until One-Eye is killed. She later grows it back out.

Son of One-Eye and Clearbrook. Lovemate to Dewshine, later Lifemate to both Dewshine and Tyleet. Father to Pool.

Tropes associated with Scouter

Keeper of the history. Son to Rain, half-brother to Rainsong.

Tropes associated with Pike

Healer. Father of Pike and Rainsong.

Tropes associated with Rain

Half-sister of Pike, Lifemate to Woodlock, mother to Newstar, Wing and Mender.

Tropes associated with Rainsong

  • Babies Ever After: She and Woodlock have two children at the first issue and a third later in the series, a huge family even by Wolfrider standards. Word of God confirms that at least part of this is a biological overcompensation after Madcoil decimated the tribe by killing Rain, Joyleaf, Bearclaw, Longbranch, and Brownberry.

Lifemate to Rainsong.

Tropes associated with Woodlock

Daughter of Woodlock and Rainsong, sister of Wing and Mender, lifemate of Lutei, mother of Kimo.

Tropes associated with Newstar

Son of Woodlock and Rainsong, Lifemate to Bethia.

Tropes associated with Wing

Lifemate to Joyleaf, father to Cutter.

Tropes associated with Bearclaw

Lifemate to Bearclaw, sister to Treestump, mother to Cutter.

Tropes associated with Joyleaf

    Sun Folk 
Lifemate to Cutter, mother to Ember and Suntop/Sunstream.

Tropes associated with Leetah

Lovemate of Leetah before Cutter shows up. Lifemate of Winnowill, father of Venka. Chooses the path of evil at first, but later repents.

Tropes associated with Rayek

Mother of the Sun Folk. Firstborn.

Tropes associated with Savah

Son to Cutter and Leetah, twin brother to Ember. Lifemate to spoiler: Brill.

Tropes associated with Suntop/Sunstream

Third child to Rainsong and Woodlock. Lovemate to Ember, later to Yun.

Tropes associated with Mender

Savah's handmaiden. Rock-shaper.

Tropes associated with Ahdri

  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Statuesque Stunner: It is implied that she grows to full height under the Palace influence, but shapes back to "sensible" size when she helps Cutter in the Final Quest.

Leetah´s younger sister. Professional Midwife for elves and humans alike.

Tropes associated with Shenshen.

  • Genki Girl: From the beginning as a Sun elf.
  • The Medic: Her apprenticeship with Old Maggoty makes her a competent medic, using natural roots and herbs.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Shenshen is longing for more work, and after some consideration, she decides to use her midwife skills among humans. But to not alienate herself completely, she makes Leetah work some shapeshifter magic on her to make her human in appearance.

The series' Big Bad. Firstborn. Daughter of Haken and Gibra, Lifemate to Rayek, mother of Two-Edge.

Tropes associated with Winnowill

  • Big Bad
  • Biomancy: She started out as a healer but became this over time, able to shapechange herself and create mutant monstrosities. Her power to heal is comprehensive enough that she can reshape organisms into mutant horrors.
  • Evil Wears Black
  • Fantastic Racist: Considers the existence of the Wolf Riders an abomination because they're genetically related to their wolves. Also fairly hypocritical when you consider her own activities, which produced Two-Edge.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: The most powerful healer alive; while most with this talent only know one way to apply it (lay on hands, subject gets better), Winnowill takes great pleasure in using her powers to twist and deform organisms, subjecting them to unimaginable tortures.
  • Healing Hands: Subverted as she can use the same power to inflict pain and prefers to do so.
  • Pretty in Mink / Fur and Loathing: The white fur on her outfit could go either way.
  • Rapunzel Hair

Lord Voll
Leader of the Gliders. Firstborn.

Tropes associated with Lord Voll

Glider. Lovemate of Skywise.

Tropes associated with Aroree

Glider who volunteered to be transformed into a half-bat flying creature by Winnowill. Recognized to Dewshine. Father of Windkin, Lovemate of Khavi.

Tropes associated with Tyldak

Leader of the Go-Backs. Daughter of Two-Spear, but her Wolfrider side was removed by a cache of ancient magic. Lovemate to Tyldak, mother to Vaya, Venka and Teir.

Tropes associated with Khavi

Go-Back. Daughter of Khavi, briefly Lovemate to Pike.

Tropes associated with Vaya

Daughter of Rayek and Khavi. Raised as a Wolfrider. Barrier Maiden who possesses anti-magic. Lovemate of Zhantee.

Tropes associated with Venka

Daughter of Skywise and unnamed Go-Back. Lovemate of Mender.

Tropes associated with Yun

Lifemate to Pike and Krim. Father to Sust and possible father to Cheipar.

Tropes associated with Skot

Lifemate to Pike and Skot. Mother to Sust and Cheipar.

Tropes associated with Krim

Friend to Yun. Comes to live in Sorrow's End.

Tropes associated with Chot

Friendly human who takes care of Cutter. Married to Nonna.

Tropes associated with Adar

Friendly human who takes care of Cutter. Married to Adar.

Tropes associated with Nonna

Medieval girl who first encounters Leetah on the brink of death, and becomes somewhat of zealous a freedom fighter due to her experience. Ends up leading an army against the Djun, subsequently gets adopted by Cutter and Leetah. Married to Nunkah (though it didn't go well), later married to Bee, mother to Shukopek.

Tropes associated with Shuna

Another race introduced to Abode by the High Ones. The trolls evolved from small burrowing mammals that the High Ones rescued from their dying world; it's unclear if these "burrowers" were kept as pets or treated as slaves by the High Ones. However, the proto-trolls attacked the slumbering elves when they began to descend to Abode, causing the castle to crash and be stranded, then fleeing the wrath of the primal humans. Taking refuge underground, they evolved into their present state.

  • Fantastic Racism: Trolls and elves don't get on. After finding out their shared origins, this really becomes a source of contention between the races.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Trolls are skilled with the use of metal-work and have ironworks and primitive labor-saving devices despite their neighbors being stuck firmly in the Stone Age.
  • Jerkass: This seems to be a racial characteristic of all Elfquest Trolls.

A troll from the Wolfriders' original forest home. After a long series of misadventures, he becomes the king of his own tribe of trolls.

Tropes associated with Picknose

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be pushed around a lot, but he's a survivor. When Guttlekraw's northern trolls attacked Greymung's kingdom, he rescued Oddbit and Maggoty and fought his way to the surface, keeping them alive until eventually they fell into Guttlekraw's hands as well. He survived as a slave, escaped with the help of the Wolfriders, and then took command of Greymung's former clans to fight beside the elves to defeat Guttlekraw, after which he became king of the now-united trolls.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's clearly horrified by the cannibalistic traits of the northern trolls, to the point he can't even bear to admit outright what they did to the dead after conquering Greymung's kingdom.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite how trolls hate sunlight, he did pretty well at surviving on the surface. He's actually a very loving spouse and father. He gambles, but it's known he refuses to cheat when he does it. He even seems to have a very small, hidden respect for Cutter and Bearclaw.
  • No Respect Guy: He's pushed around by the elves, his wife, his grandmother-in-law and his daughter.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite how little respect he gets, he still has a huge sense of pride and tries to assert his authority, even if only self-perceived, whenever he can.
  • Unfortunate Name: According to Word of God, his name is a very respectable one in trollish, as it refers to the size and shape of his pronounced nose. Unfortunately, humans tend to read as a reference to a nasty personal habit.

A highly desirable female troll from the Wolfriders' original forest home, she eventually becomes Picknose's wife.

Tropes associated with Oddbit

  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's built like a Stone Age fertility goddess statue; wide hipped, big butted, round-bellied and with large, saggy breasts. By troll standards, she's the height of loveliness.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: As mentioned below, by Troll standards, she's the ideal woman, with her ample curves, large nose, thick lips and her "feminine charms" (read: being greedy, deceitful, opportunistic, manipulative, coy, vain and fickle). Elves and most human readers find her appearance and/or her attitude disgusting.
  • Gold Digger: Although to Trolls this is just how women should behave, since male trolls have to prove their worth to female trolls by giving them all the gold they desire.
  • Gonk: By elf or human standards, anyway. To Trolls she's apparently Ms. Fanservice incarnate.

Oddbit's grandmother, the local troll mystic in the Wolfrider's forest. She used to trade her tonics and medicinal skills with the Wolfriders before the forest was burned down, as they had no healers of their own.

Tropes associated with Maggotty

Daughter of Picknose and Oddbit. Becomes friends with Ember.

Tropes associated with Trinket

  • Daddy's Girl: Picknose absolutely dotes on her.
  • Interspecies Romance: She once considered the elf Mender as a potential lifemate, though that eventually ended.
  • Odd Friendship: Elves and trolls generally hate each other, but she's formed a surprising friendship with Ember, despite the fact that Ember will have no truck with her spoiled attitude — or perhaps because Ember is strong-willed enough to stand up to her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Both her parents have evidently spoiled her rotten.
  • Third-Person Person: She never uses "I" or "Me" when she can use "Trinket" instead.


Tropes associated with Greymung

Leader of the mountain trolls living near the Go-Backs. Extraordinarily evil.

Tropes associated with Guttlekraw

  • Bad Boss: He believes in the principle of ruling through fear. He enslaved the southern trolls after eating their king alive.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He eats the flesh of both elves and trolls.
  • King Evil: We're talking "mutilate your slaves repeatedly". Even his subjects don't shed so much as a tear when he's overthrown.


Son of Winnowill and a troll. Mad as a hatter and very upset about his life in general.

Tropes associated with Two-Edge

Preserver from the dawn of elven time.

Tropes associated with Petalwing

Ancient rock-shaper. Rayek's mentor.

Tropes associated with Ekuar