Characters / Excalibur

This character sheet is for the film. For the comics, see here.

Arthur Pendragon/ King Arthur

Nigel Terry

  • Heroic Bastard: The bastard son of Uther Pendragon and Igraine and The Chosen One.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When he learns of Guinevere betraying him with Lancelot. Lancelot and Guinevere are not exactly proud of themselves for doing this.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Only the blood of Uther Pendragon may draw Excalibur from the stone.
  • Pride: He gets so mad when he can't seem to beat Lancelot in their fight that he uses the power of Excalibur to knock Lancelot on his ass - which almost costs him the sword when it shatters and nearly gets Lancelot killed. Fortunately the Lady of the Lake hears him admit he was wrong to do this, fixes the sword and all is well. For a while at least.
  • Supernatural Aid: With Merlin, Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he first fights Lancelot.


Nicol Williamson

  • The Cassandra: Throughout the movie, he will tell you exactly what will happen. However, he keeps it so low key that the audience won't notice without a second viewing while the characters just simply ignore it.
  • Catch-Phrase: He says "Yes, that's it!" quite a few times after spouting off some nugget of wisdom.
  • Large Ham: In a World... where knights shout everything, one man's hamminess stands out even from this crowd. (Possibly the source of his ham is the Dragon.)
  • Offscreen Teleportation: justified, given his nature, and also subverted in a scene where we see him walking toward the camera, from a distant background, while other characters talk in the foreground, having not noticed him. He reaches them just as one of them asks "And who is Merlin?"; he also does onscreen teleportations.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He never ages. This goes back to the myth, where Merlin ages backwards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He abandons Uther to his traitors (he apparently feels bad about this when he sees Uther slam Excalibur into the stone with his dying breath). "Merliiiiin! Where are you? Call your dragon... Weave a mist... to hide us..."


Nicolas Clay

  • The Ace: He's nearly unbeatable in single combat: he defeats every last one of Arthur's knights, one after the other, and still has the energy to face the King himself. Arthur basically has to bend the laws of reality to win.
  • Back for the Finale: He turns up at Camlann in order to help fight Mordred's forces.
  • The Cavalry: When he shows up at the end.
  • Death by Adaptation: He has the more satisfying fate of dying in battle reunited with Arthur, instead of outliving him and atoning for the rest of his life as a monk.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: His whole shtick: the king worthy of his sword will be the one who can defeat him in combat.
  • The Dragon: He could arguably be seen as a heroic version for King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Fallen Hero: ...after what happened when Arthur caught him sleeping with Guenevere. He then ditches his armor and goes off preaching the evils of the King and how he allowed the country to fall.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: In his first scene, his armor is buffed almost to a mirror finish.
  • The Lancer: To Arthur (naturally).
  • Love Triangle: With Arthur and Guenevere.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He just can't seem to keep his clothes on when he's alone in the woods at night.
  • Never My Fault: After his fall he preaches against Arthur and his knights, claiming they abandoned the people to pestilence and death, conveniently ignoring that this only happened because he slept with the king's wife.
  • One-Man Army: The reason he's the best Knight of the Round Table.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Throughout the movie, he is praised by his fellow knights as the one who helps bring about their victories.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He redeems himself for one last battle.


Patrick Stewart

  • An Axe to Grind: Wields an axe in the battle at his castle.
  • Bald of Awesome: As he's being played by Patrick Stewart, this almost goes without saying.
  • Large Ham: It's Jean Luc Picard wearing medieval armor.


Helen Mirren, Barbara Byrne (young), Kay McLaren (aged)

  • Bed Trick: With Arthur as part of her revenge.
  • Big Bad: Spends the entire film plotting to destroy Camelot.
  • Breast Plate: Her armor, which looks like a sheet-iron corset with nothing under it.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Between her and Arthur, resulting in the birth of Mordred.
  • Creepy Child: She knows at once that her father is dead. Then she watches, silently, as her mother and not-father have sex.
  • Death by Adaptation: Usually, her death is usually left unmentioned, and is often identified as one of the women who take Arthur away by boat. Here, she's killed by Mordred.
  • Primal Scene: Watched her mother and her Dad (It's really Uther in disguise) have sex in front of her.


Robert Addie (adult), Charley Boorman (young)

  • Antagonistic Offspring: To his father, Arthur, eventually burning down his Kingdom and killing him.
  • Bastard Bastard: Illegitimate and evil.
  • Bling of War: One of the fanciest armors in the movie.
  • Creepy Child: As a boy tempts Grail knights to their seduction at Morgana's hand, or to their deaths.
  • The Dragon: To Morgana.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He loved his mother until, Merlin tricked her into performing the Dragon's Breath. In his rage, he strangled her to death.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: As an adult, he has a boyish face and a surprisingly deep and harsh voice.
  • Inbred and Evil: Born of incestuous rape and an utter monster.
  • Mutual Kill: With Arthur.
    Mordred: Come Father, let us embrace at last.
  • The Power of Love: Averted. Arthur offers it to him, but he tells him off and plans to conquer his kingdom.

Uther Pendragon

Gabriel Byrne

  • Bed Trick: As per the original legends.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Seems to genuinely want to be a good father to Arthur.
  • Famous Last Words: "No one shall wield Excalibur...but MMEEEEE!!!"
  • Large Ham: He manages an astounding amount of scenery-chewing despite having twenty lines, maximum.
  • Lust: Uther's lust for Igrayne single-handedly ruins the truce between himself and the Duke of Cornwall. Later on, when he departs to seduce Igrayne, Merlin tells him his lust will sustain him so that he will fly.
  • Supernatural Aid: With Merlin until he ruined his plans to bring about peace because he wanted to have sex with another Queen.

Alternative Title(s): Excalibur The Film