Characters / Legend of the Seeker

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    Richard 

Richard Cypher

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"They say it's my destiny."
Played By: Craig Horner

The Seeker of Truth. When Darken Rahl sent his soldiers to kill every first-born son in Brennidon, Zedd helped Richard by bringing him into Hartland and giving him to George and Mary Cypher. Kahlan arrives in Hartland to find Richard and Zedd. Zedd tells Richard who he really is - the Seeker destined to defeat Darken Rahl.
  • Accidental Marriage: Due to Shota's spell.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Not as violent as in the books.
  • Back from the Dead: Several times, most notably in Resurrection and Tears.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Intentionally, by letting Nicci absorb his Han.
  • Chosen One: Richard is selected mystically as 'the Seeker', the only one who can kill Darken Rahl.
  • Chick Magnet: Kahlan is not the only woman into him.
  • Child by Rape: Albeit a rape by fraud.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Stops to help everyone he comes across and is adamant about never sacrificing anyone's life for any reason. The women he travels with tend to get pretty snarky about this.
    Kahlan: Well, if you're going to rescue every damsel in distress along the way, then there's no time to waste!
    Nicci: Do you always stop along your quest to help people? No wonder you haven't found the Stone of Tears, yet.
    Cara: Who would have ever dreamed that the Seeker could go twelve days without stopping to save helpless children and distressed farm animals!
  • Determinator: Even the prospect of eternity in the underworld can't make him accept the Keeper's offers.
  • Enemy Mine: Defied initially, and when he's forced to participate in one, he makes sure to keep the other party on a tight leash.
  • Guile Hero: Gains traits of this in Season 2.
  • The Hero: The chosen one, wielding the sword of truth, protecting the innocent? Richard's pretty much a picture perfect fantasy hero.
  • Heroic Bastard: The result of Panis Rahl seducing Taralyn.
  • Hot-Blooded: Richard frequently lets his emotions rule his actions. It often spurs him into making rash decisions.
  • Knight Templar: He quickly goes down this route when using the magic of Orden, and again when he is leading the Minders. He snaps out of it both times, however.
  • Lie to the Beholder: Shota uses magic to make him appear to be another man.
  • Magic Knight: Turns out he's inherited his grandfather's magic.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By defeating Darken Rahl, he unintentionally tears the veil and allows the Keeper to begin his war on the living. As Zedd says, the worst harm can come from the best intentions.
  • Real Men Cook: He is perfectly capable of putting together a tasty meal from what he can hunt or forage when moving through the wilderness. Cara at one point mocks him for the unmanliness of the pasttime, but he's undaunted.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Kahlan's blue. He's the more inexperienced hot tempered warrior, to Kahlan's calm strategist.
  • Refused the Call: Until his father was killed. And again when he was told that he is the rightful Lord Rahl.
  • Screw Destiny: He doesn't believe in prophecy.
  • Shock and Awe: When he actually uses his magic in Perdition.
  • Small Steps Hero: In contrast to Zedd and Kahlan, who are plenty heroic but tend to keep an eye on the big picture, Richard always wants to do the immediate good thing and help everyone who needs it, regardless of whether they deserve it and regardless of whether he's busy doing something more important.
  • Temporary Blindness: Both blinded and healed by magic.
  • The Power of Love: Turns out he can't be Confessed by Kahlan because he "couldn't possibly love [her] any more" than he already does.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: In Reckoning, he's less than pleased to meet Kahlan's son with Darken Rahl, though his brother is less a rival and more he forced Kahlan to marry him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Kahlan at first; her powers meant that if they were to consummate their feelings, it would destroy who he is. Although they did have sex once when she was magically split apart and thus her powers didn't work. In the last episode it turns out they've gotten around this by The Power of Love, as seen above.
  • Workplace-Acquired Abilities: His skills as a woodsman, which are even used against him at one point.

    Kahlan 

Kahlan Amnell

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Played By: Bridget Regan

The Mother Confessor. After Richard is named, she is sworn to protect him with her life and proves worthy to the team because, during battles, when she gets the chance, and when necessary, confesses people (uses her powers to put people under control) so that they can find out information and temporarily add someone to their team.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: In an alternate timeline, she's still as young and beautiful looking as ever even as her and Rahl's son grows.
  • Action Girl
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: In the books, she wore white because she was already the Mother Confessor, and only the MC wears white. Here, she doesn't become the Mother Confessor until the episode Sacrifice, yet she still wears the white dress of the Mother Confessor before hand.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Her power to make anybody fall completely in love with her carries some pretty nasty implications, but in universe the confessors are a force of good.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Mother Confessor, she is one of the most compassionate and kindest women alive, she's also one of the most merciless warriors.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Not unless she wants to make her partner a slave, as during sex Confessors are unable to control their powers.
  • Child by Rape: Like all Confessors. Her father didn't choose to have children or be with her mother, because he was under Confession.
  • Compelling Voice: Confession is basically a permanent compelling touch.
  • Dual Wielding: The reason why she's a Knife Nut.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: In Season 1's finale "Reckoning", she considers dying more preferable than marrying Darken Rahl and bearing him children, but to help Richard, she had to agree.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: In the Season 2 finale, Nicci uses Kahlan's own Han against her, causing Kahlan to be confessed.
  • Knife Nut: Always goes into battle with two knives.
  • Lady of War: Frequently battles in slow-motion with knives without mussing her pretty medieval dresses.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Goes back and forth. Unlike in the books, she starts as one of many Confessors; then later on, they're all wiped out, leaving her the last. Then her sister is brought Back from the Dead, so she's no longer the only one.
  • Literal Split Personality: In one episode her shrewd Confessor side and her emotional human side get split in two.
  • Living Lie Detector: Can detect lies just by looking into someone's eyes.
  • Magic Knight: She mostly fights with her twin blades, but also uses her Confessor's touch when its needed.
  • Mind Control: A Confessor's powers means that she can make anyone love her completely, unconditionally, and they will do anything for her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She mortally wounds Richard while being controlled by Nicci's powerful magic. When The Power of Love snaps her out of it, she responds with this.
  • Offing the Offspring: In "Reckoning", she tried to kill her newborn son when warning her husband, Darken Rahl, of the dangers of male Confessors and even offered to have a daughter instead, but comforting her son and developing an attachment to him prevented it. When she tried again years later, it backfired.

    Zedd 

Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander

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"Wizard's First Rule: People will believe a lie because they want it to be true or because they're afraid it might be true."
Played By: Bruce Spence

The First Wizard and a Wizard of the First Order. After Richard is named as the Seeker of Truth, he swears to protect him with his life. He proves worthy to the team, especially on matters involving magic. When there is no one Kahlan can confess, he normally finds the right answer. He never rushes, always considering the consequences of his actions, and never fails to consider what has to be done.
  • The Archmage: He was the most powerful wizard alive until Richard's powers manifested.
  • Badass Grandpa: Even when he can't use his magic, he can generally defend himself, at one point managing to beat a Mord'Sith with a walking stick, with a little help. He turns out to be Richard's real grandfather as well.
  • Big Eater: Always the first one to think about food, and downs so much stew and so many apples that it makes sense why he'd worry about running out.
  • The Casanova: Quickly drifts down this direction when he loses his memory, but he gets better.
  • Clucking Funny: The chickens he keeps are used for comedic effect more than once. Let's hope that none of them are evil manifest.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After demonstrating his powers as a wizard of the First Order and blasting a tree out of the way, all he gets is "Thanks for moving the tree, Zedd."
  • Playing with Fire: Wizard's Fire, again.
  • The Smart Guy: As First Wizard, he has in-depth knowledge of most every bit of magic the group comes across.
  • The Trickster: Utterly owns Darken Rahl in "Puppeteer" through his wits and tricks alone, without having to cast a single attack spell.
  • The Worf Effect: In Perdition, Nicci easily deflects his magic, overpowers him, and knocks him down, demonstrating her status as the most powerful of all sorceresses. Though he does recover in time to help Richard defeat her.

    Rahl 

Darken Rahl

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Played By: Craig Parker

The ruler of D'Hara. Darken Rahl once sent his assassins to kill every first-born child in Brennidon so that the Seeker may be one of the children killed and this can keep the "destiny" of the Seeker from being fulfilled, but Zedd escaped with Richard and raised him in Hartland. After that, Darken Rahl tries everything he can to kill Richard.

    Cara 

Cara Mason

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Played By: Tabrett Bethell

A Mord'Sith. Cara is always feisty and sharp-tongued and has the stomach to kill good people when none of the rest can. She approaches problems with the simplest, most direct and usually most violent solutions, often to the chagrin and amusement of the others.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Leo was trying to defrost her, and seemed to be making headway before he died.
  • Determinator: Manages to keep fighting, and interrogate her enemy, even after he manages to cut her throat open. Though she does die less than a minute later.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: The episodes "Eternity" and "Tears" quickly put her on this path, thanks to Darken Rahl's scheme.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She served Darken Rahl, but after her Enemy Mine situation with Richard, she reconsidered a few things.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She still wears the default outfit of her order, albeit with the chest-piece removed.
  • Kiss of Life: A magical version in the Breath of Life.
  • Lethal Chef: According to Zedd.
  • Love at First Punch: With Leo.
  • The Medic: Odd, considering her former role, but her Breath of Life has been used on numerous occasions to bring back to life the recently deceased.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The Mord'Sith deceived her into doing this of her own free will. Also an example of Shoot Your Mate
  • The Spock: By far the most pragmatic and least emotional of the main characters.
  • The Stoic: To the point where she offers to teach Kahlan how to do the same, which she turns down.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before her training, even fishing could make her uncomfortable. Her training quickly put an end to that.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: She often proposes violent solutions to problems, usually killing whoever is causing trouble for the group.

Recurring

    Leo 

Leo

Played By: Matthew Le Nevez

The new Seeker chosen when Richard is taken to the Old World to train as a wizard. A blacksmith, he shares Richard's courage and compassion, and was chosen by Zedd to wield the Sword of Truth.
  • Back for the Finale: He disappears for a long period, until he briefly shows up in an alternate reality.
  • Chosen One: Not to the same extent as Richard, but he is still a true Seeker who was named in a prophecy of his own.
  • Back from the Dead: Only temporarily, though, until reality is put back the way it used to be.
  • Because Destiny Says So: According to Zedd, this is why he got together with Cara.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies by leaping in front of Nicci's lightning right before it hits Kahlan.
  • Pet the Dog: Specifically, he's the dog Cara pets. He's the first guy who actually gets her to laugh, or admit feelings for.
  • Shirtless Scene: He leaves the shirt behind when he trains with the Sword of Truth, something Cara is quick to take notice of.
  • Taking the Bullet: The aforementioned Heroic Sacrifice.

    Chase 

Chase

Played By: Jay Laga'aia

A boundary warden from Hartland and a long-time friend of Richard's. He remains loyal to Richard even when Michael turns the rest of Hartland against him.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have any magic or magical weapons, and he doesn't need either to be deadly.
  • Papa Wolf: No matter how bad things get, his family's safety is always his paramount concern.
  • Race Lift: Played by a Maori actor, but not described as any different from the rest of the (white) population in the books.
  • With My Hands Tied: Being unarmed, tied up, or having his wrists chained together are no inhibitions to winning fights, with his bare hands if need be.

    Dennee 

Dennee Amnell

Played By: Tania Nolan

Kahlan's sister, also a Confessor, who is injured and captured by the D'Harans on the way to Westland.
  • Action Mom: A painful and complicated breech birth in the middle of the wilderness? No problem! She's up again and cutting down fully armed and armored D'Haran soldiers like nothing the very next day!
  • Adaptational Badass: In the books, she was a timid girl who could barely even use her Confession power, and died before the books even began. Here, she's almost as capable as her sister.
  • Back from the Dead: When her spirit is put into a new body as part of Dena's plan.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Kahlan mentioned several times in the first season that the reason why she was so dedicated to finding the Seeker and stopping Darken Rahl was because Dennee had died trying to do it.
  • Mama Bear: Enough to prompt her turning against the Mother Confessor.
  • Offing the Offspring: Mother Confessor Serena wanted her to, after she gave birth to a male child. She, Richard, and Kahlan went to great lengths to avoid this. Though tragically, she was forced to kill the child after all, when Rahl's Mord'Sith attacked them in hopes of gaining control of a male Confessor.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Lucinda's son, for Dennee's own dead child.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Denna brings her back to life and tells her where Cara is, Dennee wastes no time in going after her.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, she died before the first chapter, and certainly never came back.
  • Not Quite Dead: She survived the fall she took in the first episode, though Kahlan thought she had died.

    Shota 

Shota

Played By: Danielle McCormack

The Witch Woman. Sometimes an ally of the Seeker and his friends, she has the gift of prophecy, and works to make sure the terrible result of her visions don't come true. This often puts her at odds with Richard and the others.
  • Because Destiny Says So: A firm believer in prophecy, and that it cannot be changed.
  • Fountain of Youth: She uses this ability to halt her aging. When deprived of her magic in an alternate timeline, she eventually ages into the same haggard appearance that she previously used as a disguise.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In season 2, especially, when she is trying to stop Richard because of the prophecy that he'll end up handing over the Stone of Tears to the Keeper.
  • Wild Card: Though she's an enemy of Darken Rahl, she's most likely to cause harm while giving her own manner of "help."

    Jennsen 

Jennsen Rahl

Played By: Brooke Williams

Richard's sister. A Pristinely Ungifted woman, Magic has no effect on her, making her dangerous and valuable to those that use magic.
  • Anti-Magic: Of a different kind than the Mord'Sith, as magic simply doesn't work when directed against her.
  • Mythology Gag: She first appears in a scene with her goat, who had a more prominent role in the books.

    Denna 

Denna

Played By: Jessica Marais

A Mord'Sith in service to Darken Rahl, changed with breaking the Seeker.
  • Agony Beam: She uses the agiel more than any character except Cara.
  • Character Exaggeration: Her evilness and scheming nature are more prominant, and her redeemable traits are downplayed.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: She's shot with an arrow by Cara at the very moment when she seems to be considering becoming a better person.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Season 2 her leathers and Agiel were white.

    Nicholas 

Nicholas Rahl

Played By: Jack Hurst

The son of Darken Rahl and Kahlan Amnell Rahl, in the timeline created when Richard travels into the future.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Nope, subverted. Darken attempted this by convincing Kahlan not to kill him and that their son is a blessing and needs her. By making Nicholas cry, Rahl gets Kahlan to grow attached to him. Despite the love she (and possibly also Darken Rahl) had for their son, it doesn't change how much she hated her husband. Nicholas still also grows up into a monster.
  • Bald of Evil: As Lord Rahl.
  • Canon Foreigner: Does not exist in the books. He is a character created for the series, specifically for this episode since there was no story where Richard is hurled through time and Kahlan was forced to accept Lord Rahl's marriage proposal and have a son with him.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice displays less and less emotion as he becomes more and more corrupted.
  • Enfant Terrible: Kahlan did warn Darken male Confessors were likely to be corrupted by their own powers. Mother knows best, indeed.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He did at first, but when Kahlan realized that he was corrupted and was going down the path of evil, she tried to kill him. She failed, and afterwards Nicholas killed her himself.
  • Evil Overlord: Took over the land after killing his parents.
  • Hope Spot: Delivers a particularly brutal one to Kahlan. When Darken Rahl sentences her to die for trying to kill their son, Nicholas tells him not to do it...because he wants to kill her himself.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: While he was already abusing his powers, he completely loses it after his beloved mother tries to kill him.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Confesses a playmate and has him cut off his own finger because he didn't want to play the same games as Nicholas.
  • Mind Control: Inherited from his mother, Kahlan.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Murders both of his parents in the same day. His mother was understandable since she tried to kill him, his father was just For the Evulz.
  • The Sociopath: A vicious animal for an Evil Overlord who brainwashes people to serve him and kills those who either resist or simply just because.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Many of his subjects are of the opinion that he's even worse than Darken Rahl, who definitely seems to have had this sort of influence on him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His mother, Kahlan, suggests his father might have been like that as well.
  • Walking Spoiler: Only appeared in Reckoning, but even mentioning his mother's name is giving away too much.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The only people who don't hate him once he's in power are the ones he's Confessed.

    Nicci 

Nicci

Played By: Jolene Blalock & Emily Baldoni

A Sister of the Dark totally devoted to the Keeper and his cause to destroy all life. She is convinced that the Keeper cannot win while Kahlan is alive, and devotes her efforts to killing her. Later, Nicci renounces the Keeper as well as the Sisters of both the Light and the Dark and becomes a neutral party.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: After leaving the Keeper's service, she planned to let him wipe out most of the life in the world, and then repopulate it with Richard.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Played straight in "Dark", subverted in "Princess" when she possesses a new body, which is blond, like her book incarnation.
  • The Archmage: The most powerful of all sorceresses (or wizards) in the entire series by a huge margin. The only one who might have been able to compare with her was Maia, the supposed Creator.
  • Back for the Finale: Several episodes pass before she returns in "Tears" to try to influence the final battle against the Keeper.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. First by a new body, and again by the breath of life.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: The saddest part of her Start of Darkness consists of this, as she lost her idealism.
  • Because Destiny Says So: The Keeper can't win while Kahlan is alive. Therefore, Nicci is going to do her best to kill her.
  • Black Magic: An expert in all sorts of obscure and dangerous spells, from underworld magic to the Maternity Spell.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the books, Nicci noted two things in passing: that she considered the world to be a wretched, senseless existence that had no purpose except for torment, and that she hated it when men "assumed they had a right to her body." These two traits seem to have become the entire basis of her character, here.
  • Cliffhanger: At the end of the series, Nicci narrowly manages to come Back from the Dead for a second time, but is now at the mercy of Darken Rahl and his Mord'Sith, who are using a Rada'Han to suppress her powers.
  • Composite Character: Her character and role is a combination of three distinct Sisters of the Dark from the books: Liliana, a power-hungry Han-stealing sorceress who pretended to be Richard's friend at the Palace of the Prophets and tried to take his magic; Ulicia, the most powerful of the Sisters of the Dark who served as their leader and primary schemer, and plotted to capture Kahlan; and most strongly, Nicci, a sympathetic Sister with a Dark and Troubled Past who used a Maternity Spell on Kahlan, and was eventually convinced by Richard to leave the side of evil.
  • Grand Theft Me: She pulls this on another Sister of the Dark, albeit one willing to sacrifice herself, in order to come back.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She's a lot more evil than the Nicci of the books, who was mainly a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Cara isn't the only one who notices Richard's tendency to try to help everyone. "Do you always stop along your quest to help people? No wonder you haven't found the Stone of Tears, yet."
  • Magic Knight: In Tears, she cuts down two Mord'Sith before they even have a chance to raise their agiels. Darken Rahl quips that it was a dramatic entrance even by Nicci's standards.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In her first appearance, she came close to tricking Richard into falling right into her scheme. She partially succeeded, as she eventually escaped the situation he left her in and still had his magic.
  • Mega Manning: While all the Sisters of the Light and Dark can absorb someone else's magic using their dacra, Nicci makes full use of this ability.
  • Mythology Gag: Her criticizing Richard for wasting his time trying to help people becomes hilarious to someone who's read the books. It sounds almost like Nicci taking a shot at her book incarnation.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When she meets up with Richard and the others in Bound.
  • Rape as Backstory: She became a Sister of the Dark after realizing that the Keeper, unlike the Sisters of the Light, would let her use her powers to kill the prisoner who raped her during a service mission.
  • Shock and Awe: Once she absorbs Richard's Han, she begins using this power with abandon.
  • Shoot the Messenger: She incinerates a monk of the Order of Ulrich because He Knows Too Much.
  • Straw Nihilist: She believes the world is "like a lame horse" and that trying to do good will only prolong the suffering of existence, and everything would be better off if the world was "put out of its misery." After her defection, she reconsiders a few things and becomes an Übermensch determined to destroy humanity and remake it in her own image, creating a new world more suited to her desires.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Darken Rahl refuses to give her the information she wants and instead tries to seduce her, she makes her displeasure known by superheating and electrifying his bathwater.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She mentions this to Richard offhandedly, which he reacts skeptically towards. This prompts her to explain much of her past.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: After their heart-to-heart in Bound, she decides that she won't kill Richard after all. She'll just make him her Sex Slave, instead.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: All the things she went through eventually drive her to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to destroy "all the pathetic life that inhabits this world," and start over.

    Marianna 

Sister Marianna

Played By: Elizabeth Blackmore

A Sister of the Dark who becomes the Keeper's primary servant.
  • Anti-Magic: The Blood Magic spell mentioned below was used for this effect.
  • Back from the Dead: Temporarily, when reality is reset.
  • Black Magic: Uses Underworld magic to achieve things additive wizards can't, and even her normal spells have a sickly green color, like the flames of the Underworld.
  • Black Shirt: She's been waiting for the chance to tear the veil all her life.
  • Blood Magic: In an alternate timeline, she uses Jennsen's blood to protect herself from magic.
  • The Dragon: After Darken Rahl returns to the world of the living, she seems to take his place as the Keeper's primary lieutenant.
  • Evil Genius: She becomes the primary organizer and executor of the Keeper's plans after Nicci leaves his service.
  • Mythology Gag: She communes with the Keeper entirely naked, which all Sisters of the Dark did in the books.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She fills Nicci's old role and acts a lot like she had, after Nicci leaves the service of the Keeper.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: She wants to burn the scroll that the Seeker needs immediately when she gets it, and is puzzled when Darken Rahl forbids her to.

    The Keeper 

The Keeper of the Underworld

Played By: William Morgan Sheppard

A being that rules the dead, and wishes to extinguish all life.
  • Big Bad: The second season is driven by his quest to exterminate all life.
  • God of Evil: The creator of death and evil, and opposite number of the Creator.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is to kill every living thing, hoping that this will drive the Creator back to him.
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