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Phyrexia, Rath, and Mirrodin
- Affably Evil: As a human, he's a learned, charming man with a penchant for hygiene who becomes a nearly invincible creature and plans to create a brand new order. As an Eldritch Abomination, he rewards his most faithful underlings with various augmentations that are considered the biggest honor in Phyrexia. He's basically Dominaria's Mayor Wilkins, only without the Morality Pet.
- Agent Scully: He provides the snarking quote for Black Box.
- A God Am I: In fact, he actually becomes the god of Phyrexia, so he's way less delusional than most of the examples of this trope.
- Big Bad
- Blue and Orange Morality: His cold, scientific philosophy clashes with the romantic conception of "magic" in Dominaria.
- Breakout Villain: When he and the other Phyrexians first appeared, they were barely a footnote in the flavor of the Antiquities expansion; eventually, they morphed into the main villain in Magic's Rogues Gallery.
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Despite being one of the most powerful beings—perhaps the most powerful—in the whole Multiverse, Yawgmoth never obtained his own card (although, that'd be like printing a card of God in, say, Top Trumps). He is, however, related to the (in)famous pair of powerful banned/restricted cards, Yawgmoth's Will and Yawgmoth's Bargain.
- Celibate Villain: Maybe it didn't help that the woman he loved sealed him in another dimension for 9,000 years.
- The Chess Master
- Dark Is Evil
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- The Thran is dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich, who, the author states, "survived a real-life Yawgmoth".
- The structure of Phyrexia is composed of nine progressively smaller hollow planets resting inside one another, with each sphere having a specific function and Yawgmoth residing in the ninth innermost sphere. Replace Phyrexia with Hell and Yawgmoth with Satan, and you have Inferno.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Emperor Scientist
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Exact Words: During The Thran, he vows to cure one of the infected rioters of his disease. He does so, and the cure works... but Yawgmoth then injects him with poison as punishment for his crimes.
- Fog of Doom: His appearance on Dominaria.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Despite becoming the most powerful known being in the Multiverse, he resents planeswalkers since he doesn't have the spark. Thinking such powers are generated by a gland, he dissects a planeswalker in order to find it.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: See CCG Importance Dissonance. Not only does he not have his own card, he's never depicted in ''any art'' in his true form, with the sole picture of him being when he was a human. The closest we have is Yawgmoth's Bargain.
- I Have Many Names: The Ineffable, The Father of the Machines, The Lord of Wastes...
- The Scottish Trope: ... but it's generally considered bad luck to speak his true name, hence the various euphemisms. Some fans, particularly Phyrexian sympathizers, have taken up this custom. It doesn't seem to have any supernatural repercussions, though.
- Just Think of the Potential: When he found out a cure for phthisis.
- Killed Off for Real: The current story team seems very intent on making sure he never makes a comeback. While Scourge features a scene showing him wounded, but alive, that's since been retconned with at least two Take Thats in the Time Spiral block (Windgrace states that he has confirmed Yawgmoth as dead, and Urborg is known as the Tomb of Yawgmoth), and the leaders of Phyrexia are now explicitly the Praetors.
- Knight Templar: Is obsessed with reaching perfection for Phyrexia.
- Kynos Hellenikos: Phyresis.
- Machine Worship/Cybernetics Eat Your Soul/Mechanical Lifeforms/Organic Technology
- Bonus points for the First Sphere of Phyrexia, a completely artificial jungle, complete with oily rain.
- Mad Scientist
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- A Nazi by Any Other Name
- Nigh Invulnerable
- No Cure for Evil: It has been stated very clearly that he was a skilled surgeon, not healer. Science Is Bad, so we still get our villain.
- Nothing Is Scarier: See He Who Must Not Be Seen.
- The Perfectionist
- Physical God
- Red Baron: "The Father of Machines", "the Ineffable".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Caused by being Sealed In A Can.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: For nine millennia.
- Start of Darkness: The Thran.
- Straw Vulcan: In The Thran.
- Ultimate Evil: Until the end of Apocalypse.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: His horrific ways of improving on life falls into this, but if you are a Phyrexian, then Phyrexia is paradise.
- Villain Protagonist: In The Thran. The book has several main characters, but there's no question as to who ends up the most important.
- Visionary Villain
- Was Once a Man: Not only Yawgmoth himself, but most of the Phyrexians. Many of which do not resemble the organisms they were made from. At all.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: During The Thran. Also, from his point of view, invading Dominaria is a way to improve it.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: He despises Gerrard's request to have Hanna back if he defeats Urza in the arena because he sees love as a weakness.
- Wicked Cultured
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form
Yawgmoth's original praetor and right hand man
. Originally called to Dominaria by Urza and Mishra through a portal in the caves of Koilos. His priests corrupted Mishra and used him as a pawn to try and take the plane over. Urza was able to drive him back... well, most of him; the portal closed before he was all the way through, severing his claw. He was tortured for a thousand years for his failure to take Dominaria, and was eventually shunted into an unstable temporal portal of his own creation. Whether he still exists is unknown.
- And I Must Scream: If he survived his final battle with Urza, this is likely his final reward.
- Body Horror
- The Dragon: Yawgmoth's first.
- Holier Than Thou: "We decide who is worthy of our works."
- Karmic Transformation: He is introduced as a remorseless killer, and is eventually transformed to appear as the monster that he is. Unfortunately, for Phyrexians in general this is almost always considered Cool and Unusual Punishment or Cursed with Awesome, at the absolute worst.
- Knight Templar
- Mind Rape
There were uglier beasts in the Multiverse, meaner ones, and possibly more dangerous ones. None of them has a demon's malignant aura. Born-folk had a word, rape. It occurred on every world, in every language. In Phyrexian, as Xantcha understood it, the word for rape was Gix.
The Phyrexian general in Invasion
. A half-human half-spider hybrid with mechanical augmentations and a great lust for battle and death.Xantcha
Not all Phyrexians were turned into machines; some were made humanoid spies. One of said spies, Xantcha, rebelled against her masters, and became a hero, allying herself to Urza.
The original evincar of Rath. Was eventually replaced.
- Achilles' Heel: Davvol's Phyrexian boss gives him a skullcap which is impenetrable except for a small circular indentation at the back. Davvol correctly suspects that this weak point was deliberately engineered to allow him to be killed once he's outlived his usefulness.
- The Chew Toy: "‘Davvol, blast those elves.' ‘Davvol, transport those troops.' No one cares that today is my birthday."
- Doomed by Canon: He appeared as evincar of Rath in Urza's Legacy, a prequel to the Weatherlight Saga, in which we already saw Rath ruled by a different evincar.
Born Vuel, son of Sidar Kondo in Jamuraa. He failed his ritual rite of passage due to machinations of agents of Rath, and was saved from death by his adopted brother, Gerrard, which he took as a Fate Worse than Death
, as he was disowned by his clan for his failure. Yawgmoth's agents stoked his newfound enmity of Gerrard and made him Volrath, evincar of Rath. Years later, he kidnapped Captain Sisay of the Weatherlight
, hoping to lure the Legacy to the plane and destroy it and its heir (Gerrard again). When the gambit failed, he shapeshifted into his agent's daughter to attempt to destroy them from within. Failing this, he killed his agent and returned to Rath... where he was captured and executed by the new evincar of Rath, Crovax.
- Arch-Enemy: To Gerrard.
- Cain and Abel: With Gerrard.
- Disc One Final Boss: Volrath was built up as the ultimate villain of the Weatherlight Saga... until Urza's Destiny, when we find out that Rath is just one part in Yawgmoth's plans.
- The Dragon: To Yawgmoth. Had one himself in Greven il-Vec.
- Evil Former Friend: To (guess who?) Gerrard.
- You Have Failed Me: Yawgmoth's response to Volrath's twice failure to kill Gerrard and procure the Legacy? Give Rath to Crovax and let him execute Volrath in the most hideous way possible.
Commander of the skyship Predator
, and Volrath's Dragon
. A former member of the Vec tribe, who betrayed them to serve the Evincar (thus the il-
A cursed noble from Urborg who eventually becomes evincar of Rath and leader of the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria.Selenia
A fallen angel and Crovax's love, Crovax ultimately saw her betray the crew of the Weatherlight
and killed her for doing so, fulfilling the curse that he would fight evil and join it
. In the Planar Chaos
alternate timeline, Mirri kills Selenia and becomes the evincar instead, and Crovax becomes a hero.
When Karn (see below) created the artificial plane of Argentum, he transfigured the powerful artifact called the Mirari into a thinking construct he named Memnarch, and charged his creation with guarding the plane of his absence. However, Memnarch was corrupted by a trace of Phyrexian oil accidentally left behind by Karn and shut his creator out of the plane. Memnarch abducted countless creatures from other planes, turning the sterile Argentum into the thriving metal ecosystem of Mirrodin in his mad search to gain a planeswalker spark. He was ultimately defeated by Glissa and her companions, allowing Karn to return to Mirrodin.
Karn transformed Memnarch back into the Mirari and entrusted it to Glissa, Slobad, and Geth. With Slobad's death and Glissa and Geth's betrayal of Mirrodin, the Mirari's whereabouts are now unknown.Raksha Golden Cub
(ruler) of the leonin, the lion-like humanoids of Mirrodin's Razor Fields. Raksha helped Glissa in the battle against Memnarch. After Memnarch's defeat, he was sent back to the plane from which Memnarch originally plucked him along with the rest of the older leonin, leaving the younger generations (who were born on Mirrodin) leaderless.
In Raksha's absence, Kemba
took up regency of the leonin, causing a civil war that weakened them in the war against New Phyrexia.
New PhyrexiaElesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
The White Praetor. Leads the theocratic faction known as the Machine Orthodoxy.Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
The Blue Praetor. Leads the Phyrexian R&D department known as the Progress Engine.
Sheoldred, the Whispering One
- Awesome, but Impractical: True of most of the Praetor cycle, but he's the most so at ten mana. If you can get him out (reanimation works), he'll draw you seven cards every turn and reduce your opponents' hand sizes to zero. Victory is almost guaranteed after that.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name
- Bright Is Not Good: His residence, Lumengrid, is a pretty place filled with blue light from Mirrodin's Blue Sun and he and his servants have pristine silver metal on their bodies, but they're evil.
- Chrome Champion
- Creepily Long Arms
- Emperor Scientist: Of his faction.
- Evil Genius
- Just Think of the Potential
- Knight Templar: Is obsessed with perfecting Phyrexia.
- Lean and Mean
- Machine Worship: Some flavor texts have him referring to his works as "blessing".
- Mad Scientist
- Mechanical Lifeforms
- The Red Mage: Besides Blue mana he apparently can make use of Black mana and White mana, as implied in the page on the Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia.
- The Starscream: He also plots against Karn, although he doesn't mind if someone else takes the throne so long as said person is competent.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: While Elesh Norn focuses on the the words of the Argent Etchings, Jin-Gitaxias puts the results, or the "Great Synthesis" first. Strangely enough, the two of them get along well.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His aim is to create the perfect New Phyrexia. At any cost.
The Black Praetor. Maintains her position by out-backstabbing the other members of the Seven Steel Thanes.Urabrask the Hidden
The Red Praetor and leader of the Quiet Furnace.
Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
- Dark Chick
- Even Evil Has Standards
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Not surprising for a Red-aligned character, his profile says he has temper issues.
- Mad Artist: It is implied that he wants to turn Mirrodin/New Phyrexia into what he considers aesthetically pleasing.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His appearence has led to the speculation that he is a "compleated" furnace dragon (a species that once occured in Mirrodin).
- Red Is Heroic: Not heroic per se, but he is defenitely the least malevolent of the praetors, and his metal-skin is as red as his alignment.
- Token Good Teammate: He and his entire faction are, due to their red mana, not entirely bound to Phyrexian will and are capable of not compassion per se, but at least empathy. He's betraying the rest of the Phyrexians (that is, betraying them for a different reason than wanting the big chair for himself) by allowing Mirran refugees to hide within his territory, and banned the other factions from entering. It's mostly a case of him thinking the Mirrans are merely misguided, not abominable, and that he has bigger priorities whenever they're not actively sabotaging the Great Furnace.
- What Is This Feeling?: Due to being aligned with the color of emotions, Red Phyrexians, including Urabrask, have some empathy which is completely alien to the Phyrexians. While their feelings disturbs them to a degree, that doesn't stop them from hesitating to fight the Mirrian Resistance because of their emotions.
The Green Praetor and boss of the Vicious Swarm.Geth, Lord of the Vault
Once the mighty lord of the Vault of Whispers, he was overthrown after trying to pull a You Have Failed Me
on the wrong minion. After spending some time as nothing more than an undead talking head, he became a collaborator with the Phyrexians in exchange for a new body. He is now trying to claw his way back up to the top of the heap, a task complicated by all the other Phyrexians who are also vying for the position.Glissa Sunseeker/Glissa the Traitor
- Brought Down to Normal: For a while she was a planeswalker, but she lost her spark after nearly dying in a fight against Memnarch.
- The Dragon: To Vorinclex.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Fallen Hero
- Luke Nounverber
- Our Elves Are Better
- Tragic Villain
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Can they do anything to make the poor elf's existence any more outright soul-crushing? Her family is violently killed by little automated thresher machines. She endures a great many difficulties in collecting the Macguffins of Power only to have them turned on her almost immediately by the Big Bad. Her Heroic Sacrifice lets Slobad save the people of the world, transporting those who were abducted from other planes back to their original planes... including every one of Glissa's friends (except Slobad) and her only surviving family member, but not her, ensuring her heroism is forgotten by everyone else. When she gets back, she's blamed for everything bad that happened in the last several years before being corrupted by Phyrexian oil and turned into a powerful enemy of the same world she'd worked so hard to save.
The Mirran ResistanceMelira, Sylvok OutcastKemba, Kha RegentThrun, the Last TrollJor Kadeen, the Prevailer
Gerrard CapashenSisayHannaTahngarthSquee, Goblin NabobOrim, Samite HealerErtai, Wizard Adept/Ertai the CorruptedMirri, Cat Warrior
- Action Girl
- Butt Monkey: She has an unrequited crush on her childhood friend Gerrard. She loses nearly all of the fights she's in. She dies fighting Crovax after he gets cursed. She's barely even mentioned after her death. And then, in the Time Spiral block, she's the one who gets cursed and becomes evincar of Rath while Crovax, the man who killed her in the original timeline, lives and becomes a hero. When even multiple timelines conspire to ensure you never have anything remotely resembling a happy ending, you know the multiverse hates your guts.
- Cat Girl
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
Other Weatherlight Saga Characters
Urza's brother, born on the last day of the year Urza was born (Urza being born on the first day). They fought over possession of a stone.Radiant, Archangel
An Archangel from Serra's Realm, she was left in charge after her master left due to the phyrexian taint. Over time, she became more and more ruthless, even turning against loyal subjects in her attempts to protect her master's dying realm.Multani, Maro-SorcererRofellos, Llanowar EmissaryBarrin, Master WizardRayne, Academy ChancellorMaraxus of Keld
Oracle en-VecEladamri, Lord of LeavesCho-Manno, RevolutionaryLin Sivvi, Defiant HeroDarigaaz, the Igniter
- Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist in the very long Weatherlight Saga.
Kamahl, Pit Fighter / Kamahl, Fist of KrosaJeska, Warrior Adept / Phage the UntouchableBalthor the Stout / Balthor the DefiledCabal PatriarchBraids, Cabal MinionChainer, Dementia MasterAboshan and Llawan, Cephalid Emperor and EmpressAmbassador LaquatusPianna, Nomad CaptainMajor TerohLieutenant KirtarCommander EeshaSeton, Krosan ProtectorThriss, Nantuko PrimusIxidor, Reality Sculptor
Formerly a colliseum participant in Otaria together with his wife, Nivea. The two of them faced off with Phage in the tournament, resulting in Nivea's death and Ixidor's exile. He later discovered that he could transform his fantasies into reality, and thus used it to create Akroma and wage war against Phage.Akroma, Angel of Wrath
An angel created by Ixidor in order to avenge his wife's death at the hands of Phage the Untouchable. One of the main characters in Onslaught
block.Karona, False God
Lorwyn and Shadowmoor
Dubbed The Last Yew
, he is one of the oldest Treefolk in Lorwyn and has foreseen the coming of the Great Aurora, which will plunge the bright Lorwyn into the dark Shadowmoor, wiping out the memories of their inhabitants. He is killed some time prior to that event, but leaves behind a sapling which carries his memories until after Shadowmoor comes.Gaddock Teeg
The cenn of the Lorwyn kithkin
. With his cenn threatened by the elves
, he orchestrated the fall of the protagonists. He was presumably killed, since he never appears again.Oona
The queen of the faeries. She is another of the few individuals aware of the Great Aurora, and in fact is immune to it.Rosheen Meanderer
A giant who is yet another one to be aware of the Great Aurora. She manages to resist the effect of the aurora unlike her kin and thus is the only giant in Shadowmoor who keeps her memories of Lorwyn intact.The Demigods
Shadowmoor's mysterious deities, which seemingly are responsible
for it's screwed up
status. While absent from the main storyline, they are the subject of the poem The Seer's Parables
, where a kithkin asks a seer about them and predictably gets to regret it. A lot.
- Bat out of Hell: The Demigod of Revenge. Quite literally too, given his tale.
- Dark Is Evil: Predictably, most of the Black aligned deities especially the Divinity of Pride, though it also gets Light Is Not Good points.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Probably the Deity, depending on how you interpret his character.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Expy: Of several celtic/norse deities, with the most blatant being the Oversoul (Sunna and other female sun goddesses of the area), the Nobilis (Thor and/or Neigh), the Ghastlord (Arawn), the Deity (Nodens) and the Divinity (The Morrigan).
- Jerkass Gods: Aside from The Oversoul and maybe the Deity (who drives living beings to keep on fighting for survival), all of them at best are incredibly dickish.
- Light Is Not Good: Special mentions go to the Godhead of Awe, which drives mortals mad for no logical reason, and the Nobilis of War, which incites hatred and violence for his own sustainance.
- Light is Good: The Oversoul, however, is the one truly benevolent demigod.
- Lunacy: The Godhead of Awe, which appearently is the personification of the Moon. Also literally, as it drives people mad
- Mind Rape: The Godhead and the Divinity engage on it.
- Our Gods Are Greater: They're appearently higher spirits. Then again, Shadowmoor spirits are incredibly mysterious by themselves.
- The Power of the Sun: The Oversoul, which appearently controls the Sun, and has hidden it for some reason
- War God: The Nobilis of War, down to invoking hatred and other negative emotions.
Toshiro UmezawaToshiro Umezawa
, or "Toshi" for short, is the black-aligned protagonist of the Kamigawa
saga. Toshi's only true loyalty is to himself, and he'll never fight when it's possible to bargain
. Luckily for the rest of Kamigawa, it's currently in his best interest to save the world.
Konda, Lord of EiganjoTakeshi Konda
- Anti-Hero: Toshi is selfish and underhanded, and his first instinct upon rescuing the princess is to ransom her.
- Badass: Makes use of intelligence, strength, kanji magic and more to do things from imprisoning powerful snow spirits to slaughtering onis. He appearently also does pretty fine without sight, up to travelling for miles following the smell of a swamp
- Badass Boast: See To the Pain.
- Blood Brothers: Toshi is the founder of the Hyozan Reckoners, a gang of Blood Brothers bound by magical oath to brutally avenge the death of any other member.
- Casting a Shadow: Got fused with the Shadow Gate, allowing him to move around freely in all of Kamigawa's shadows.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A prominent example of black taking a heroic role in the storyline.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Just Whistle: Toshi negotiates a bargain of this nature with a giant moth whose life he saved.
- Handicapped Badass: At the end of Saviors, the Myojin of Night's Reach blinds him.
- Political Hero: The quintessential example. In an early scene, he joins a group of assassins contracted to kill the ogre Hidetsugu. While the other assassins jump into the fray, Toshi hangs back. After all his companions are dead, he calmly approaches Hidetsugu and offers to become Blood Brothers instead. (It works.)
- Sealed Badass in a Can: The yuki-onna. Toshi does the sealing.
- To the Pain: Modus operandi of the Hyozan Reckoners. Toshi delivers a particularly Badass Boast to Kobo's murderer:
is the ruler of a vast empire spanning most of Kamigawa. Seeking immortality so he could personally ensure that Eiganjo would last forever, he committed a great crime that triggered the spirit war and eventually drove him to madness.Hidetsugu
A demon-worshiping ogre mage that lives in the Sokenzan Mountains. Toshi's blood brother and co-founder of the Hyozan Reckoners.
- Affably Evil: Hidetsugu has civilized conversations with his guests, all while his prisoner screams in the background from having a superheated gem embedded in his chest.
- Badass: Using only a few brainwashed shamans, he manages to assault an entire academy of mages, kill a gigantic spirit dragon, and even kill the All-Consuming Oni of Chaos with only his own two hands.
- Badass Bookworm
- The Determinator
- Disproportionate Retribution: He levels the entire Minamo academy to the ground because one of their students killed his apprentice in self defense.
- The Dreaded
- Religion of Evil
- The Starscream: When he realizes his master fled from battle, he chases him back to the Honden of the All-Consuming and beats the shit out of him.
The Kami of the Cresent Moon, the mysterious, ever-smiling Mochi is the patron of the Soratami. He manipulated Konda into taking a piece of O-Kagachi as part of a plot to gain more jurisdiction than just a few moon phases.That Which Was Taken/The Taken One/Kyodai
A fragment of the soul of O-Kagachi, stolen from the spirit realm by Lord Konda in order to perform a ritual that would make him invincible.
- Artifact of Attraction: Especially pronounced in Saviors of Kamigawa, where Konda and O-Kagachi himself both go on huge-scale rampages chasing after their prize.
- Barrier Maiden: She and Michiko team up after the war to become the new guardians of the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms.
- Fusion Dance: With Michiko
- MacGuffin Girl: Takes a human form when Toshi releases her from the stone disc towards the end of the war.
The guardian archangel of the plane. Created by Sorin Markov, she was tasked with protecting mankind from the many monsters of Innistrad, but she was accidently trapped within a mountain of silver known as Helvaut. The story of Innistrad is about how mankind almost became extinct during her imprisonment, as the holy magic she offered the clergy and the cathars (holy warriors) faded. She returned in the Avacyn Restored
storyline thanks to the machinations of Liliana Vess
Gisa and Geralf
- Big Good: Of her world
- Blade on a Stick: Her moonsilver spear.
- Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The goddess of her world.
- Comeback Mechanic: A rare In-Universe example. According to Word of God, since Avacyn was created to maintain balance, the more dire things are for Innistrad's humans, the more powerful Avacyn becomes.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Dark Is Not Evil: Sorin created her in his own image, with bleached white hair and black clothes (not to mention her deathly pale skin and black eyeliner and lipstick), but she is the protector of Innistrad's humans.
- Deity of Human Origin: She was created by Sorin Markov, after all, even if Sorin was already a planeswalker when he made her.
- Flying Brick
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Got trapped in the rock she used to trap demons. A rare heroic example, therefore.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her specialty.
- Lunacy: She is essentially a moon goddess. Her whole church is based on lunar worship, her symbol is a stylised heron (which is associated with the Innistrad's moon because its craters look like a heron), and her holy magic is associated with the moon.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Her special ability projects this unto all creatures you control
- Our Angels Are Different: Innistrad's angels are usually your typical sort (by that, we mean winged women with white robes, not the biblical things), but she is a gothic woman that governs the plane's White Magic and all that entails; when she's gone, holy magic becomes weaker, and her servant angels disappear.
- Prophet Eyes
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: She was trapped in the Helvault during her duel with Griselbrand, and now the only way to release her is to set all the trapped demons free with her.
- Sealed Good in a Can
- Thigh-High Boots
Once nobles, these twins were banished to the moorlands. Geralf is a skaaberen (a blue-aligned Mad Scientist
specializing in Flesh Golems
) and Gisa a ghoulcaller (a black-aligned necromancer); both wage war against each other with undead hordes. They eventually invaded Thraben during Avacyn's imprisonment, resulting in the Lunarch's death.Mikaeus The Lunarch
The chief of Avacyn's church. Killed by Geralf and made a zombie by Liliana.Edgar Markov
Sorin's grandfather, the world's first vampire, who made a pact with a demon in other to achieve immortality for him and his grandson. Unfortunately, Sorin was traumatized, and feeling guilty over the actions his vampire brethren inflicted on Innistrad's humans, Edgar's grandson created Avacyn, ensuring vampires would be pushed back. This made Edgar bitter, and to this day Sorin is not welcome in the family manor.Thalia
A young Cathar rapidly rising in the ranks as humanity's defenses crumble, Thalia has become the new Guardian of Thraben in the wake of her mentor Mikaeus's death, and seems to be the last human to lead the fight against the ever-growing power of Innistrad's monsters.
- Badass Normal: Thalia's not a mage or divinely empowered, but you have to be a badass to still be fighting with the Cathars at this point in Innistrad's history.
- Determinator: Steadfastly refuses to give up in the face of increasingly hopeless odds.
- Kill It with Fire: Her orders to evacuate the outer ring of Thraben and pull down all the thatch available in the face of a Zombie Apocalypse convince most of the soldiers she's lost her wits, but she proceeds to nearly kill Geralf and Gisa's entire army with a single match.
- Lady of War: Very pretty, and her First Strike ability and low toughness indicates she fights more with her wits and finesse than brute strength.
- Sadistic Choice: Break the Helvault, betraying your final duty and risking whatever disaster Mikaeus wanted to avert, or watch her comrades get eaten alive by Liliana's ghouls? Thankfully giving in to Liliana's demands and destroying the Helvault may well have saved humanity from extinction.
One of the demon lords of Innistrad, object of worship by the Skirsdag cult, and one of the demons who claims ownership of Liliana's soul. He is the quarry Liliana has come to the plane to fight against...but nobody can seem to figure out where he is. Griselbrand was trapped in the Helvault along with Avacyn after his gambit to release the demons within and/or trap Avacyn forever went sour. When the Helvault shattered, Griselbrand escaped and quietly retreated to bide his time for future mischief. Unfortunately for him, Liliana followed him.
- Arc Villain: Ultimately the one directly responsible for the events of the Innistrad block.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Before Avacyn Restored even came out, it was revealed that Griselbrand is killed shortly after his release by Liliana.
- Deal with the Devil: His card's ability. You can get yourself a nice new hand of cards. And you don't even have to throw away your current hand! All it'll cost you is seven life.
- Game Breaker: Drawing seven cards at instant speed for a mere seven life, while Black is a color where someone will, as R&D describes it, "rip their own arm off and beat you to death with it"? It didn't take long for him to go right on the EDH ban list.
- Killed Off for Real: By Liliana.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel
- Smug Snake: His arrogance is mentioned repeatedly in the fluff, but things don't really go the way he planned. It's mentioned he underestimated Liliana quite a lot before she destroyed him easily with the Chain Veil.
- The Chessmaster: He had an elaborate plan to defeat the angels and bring the demons to power. His death has set the scheme back a bit.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: He knows better than to stick around when Avacyn's heavenly host gathers and divine magic goes into overdrive, but escaping his doomed plan doesn't save him from Liliana...
- We Will Meet Again: Or not.
A powerful demon lord who was sealed in a magical blade called Elbrus. He is infamous for killing Saint Traft.
- Artifact of Doom: He's sealed inside Elbrus, the Binding Blade.
- Dark Is Evil: Like all of Magic's demons, Withengar is made of pure black mana.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Take a look at his card art.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Withengar can't die, but he can be trapped inside of a magic knife called Elbrus. He was stuck in there for a very long time.
- What Could Have Been: Originally, Withengar's art was going to depict him as being much smaller and missing a finger, which was supposed to have been the blade that he was sealed in. When the artist, Eric Deschamps, was told to redraw Withengar so that he was as big as a building, Withengar's fingers were much larger than knives, so Deschamps drew Withengar without any missing fingers and redrew the blade.
Current head of the Voldaren vampire family. Most vampires agree that she throws the best parties.
The Theros god of the Sun, presiding over law, justice, retribution, honor, ethics, speeches, marriages, dawn meals
, and self sacrifice. His color alignment is White.Thassa
The Theran god of the sea, presiding over aquatic creatures, ancient knowledge, murmurs, gradual change, introspection, vast distances, long voyages and patterns. Her color alignment is Blue.Erebos
The Theros god of the Underworld, born from the first shadow cast by the Sun, and banished into the lower realms by Heliod
. Presides over death, misfortune, ill fate, begrudging acceptance, envy, bitterness and wealth. His color alignment is Black.
- Casting a Shadow: An interesting subversion: as the god of the Underworld, he is both unconnected from sunlight and from the realm of Nyx, the night sky, thus he has no particular control over magical darkness, ironically given his alignment
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's mono-black, but is one of the more benevolent gods of Theros.
- Don't Fear The Reaper: Treats those who call on them compassionately, and is firm but ultimately benevolent to the dead.
- Expy: Of Hades, with the name of an older protogenoi deity.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. While Erebos' domains include some rather unpleasant things like death and bitterness, he is also a god of wealth, and treats those who call on his name with compassion.
- Necromancer: His whip's ability can bring back creatures from the graveyard for one turn.
- Religion of Evil: Played with. While most of Erebos' worshipers are benign, there is a minority among them who exalt death and seek to have Erebos battle Heliod. This minority happens to be the most dangerous of them.
- Whip It Good: His Weapon of Choice is a whip called Mastix.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: As the god of wealth, Erebos is venerated by a money cult. Erebos himself doesn't care much about gold, especially when it's common in the Underworld.
The Theros god of the forge, fire, "the restless Earth", labor, passion and artistry. His color alignment is Red.
- Drop the Hammer: His relic is a hammer called Akmon.
- Elemental Powers: Has domain over most of Red's elements:
- Expy: Of Hephaestus.
- Forged by the Gods
- Mad Artist: Purphoros follows no rules save his own creative and destructive impulses. He will forge great artifacts only to dash them to pieces and start anew, or flood an area with lava to make way for something new.
- Magma Man: He appears as a muscular man made from lava.
- Meaningful Name: Derived from "Pyrphoros", the title of Prometheus, the giant who brought fire to the humans.
- Mood-Swinger: When frustrated, Purphoros can fall into despondency before lashing out at the world.
- Ultimate Blacksmith
The Theran god of the hunt, the seasons, forests, predation, hunger, metamorphosis and rebirth. Her color alignment is Green.Ephara
The Theros goddess of magic and scholarship and one of the 10 minor gods. She taught the inhabitants of Meletis the art of spellcasting which led to the overthrowing of the tyrannical Archon Agnomakhos. She became the patron goddess of Meletis ever since. Her color alignment is White/Blue.
- Benevolent Precursors: As a contrast to most of the other gods, she helped the humans of Meletis overthrow Agnomakhos by teaching them magic.
- Expy: Of Athena who's the patron goddess of the city of Athens of which Meletis is based off of. Ephara also shares similarities with Hera, both being goddesses of civilisation, structure and buildings, and her image of carrying a leaking pot reminds one of the sign of Aquarius, associated with Hera.
- Western Zodiac: Her artwork shows her pouring a jar filled with what can best be described as galaxy-water. This brings to mind Aquarius, especially since it as the sign associated with the goddess Hera, which she takes visual clues from.
A minor god of Theros, who is the ferryman to the underworld. His color alignment is White/Black.
- Expy: Of Charon, the ferryman of the underworld of Greek mythology.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Uses undead gryphons to snatch whoever is unwilling to go with him.
- Psychopomp: Comes with being a stand-in for Charon.
One of the 10 "minor" gods of Theros, Phenax is the Theran god of lies and deceit. He plays an important role in the Theros storyline, being associated with Ashiok. His color alignment is Blue/Black.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Bargain with Heaven: Ashiok seemingly committed this with him.
- The Blank: His default form is in the likeness of the Nostron (the "Returned"), having no face to speak of and wearing a golden mask. Quite fitting for the god of deceit.
- Dark Is Evil: Or at least very much a jerk.
- Depraved Homosexual: In the short story The Consequences of Attraction, he cursed a woman and turned her into a siren because she basically "stole" a guy he was in love with.
- Expy: He seems to share some traits with Hermes, particularly in his attributes as a deceptive god, only without the charm and benevolence of the mythological counterpart. Like Hermes, he is also associated with death (albeit in the exact opposite way; instead of bringing souls into the Underworld, he takes the Returned out) and with LGBT romance (albeit in the case of Hermes it was benevolent patronship, while with Phenax is throwing a hissy fit over someone else "stealing his lover"). Also similar to Eris, goddess of discord; like her, he manipulates everyone into offing themselves for his benefit.
- God of Evil: God of deception, lies, deceit. Not to mean an utter jerk about it. Also the patron of the criminals.
- I Love the Dead: At least according to Xenagos' Double Entendre in the Born Of The Gods trailer.
- Jerkass Gods: And how! Enough that Heliod (who is far from a role model himself) wants him gone.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Our Zombies Are Different: Governs over the Nostron (the Returned), Theros' tragic, shade-like zombies. Quite fitting, considering he's all about subverting fate... and screwing with people.
- Ravens and Crows: Seemingly associated with them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Appearently he escaped imprisonment in the Underworld imposed by Heliod himself.
- Visionary Villain: Plans to create another necropolis for the Returned, which apparently is all part of his grander plan.
- White Mask of Doom: Well, gold, but same difference.
A minor god of Theros, Keranos is the god of storms and is known for delivering prophecies. His color alignment is Blue/Red.Mogis
A minor god of Theros, Mogis is worshiped by the Minotaurs as the god of blood lust, along with anger and fear that arises from war. His color alignment is Black/Red.
- A Load of Bull: His default form is a giant axe-bearing minotaur.
- Chaos Is Evil
- Dark Is Evil
- The Corrupter: It was him who created the catoblepas (which, like their mythological counterparts, are evil pestilence breathing beasts) by cursing an arrogant farmer's cows. Also his influence lies on the hearts of all people.
- Evil Twin: Mogis represents the anger and blood lust of war in contrast to his twin brother Iroas' domain over the honor and sportsmanship of competition.
- Expy: Shares similarities with Ares who's a blood-thirsty War God. Also with Phobos and/or Deimos, which are similarly twins of war.
- Jerkass Gods
- God of Evil: God of bloodlust, anger, hatred and other violent, negative emotions. Also quite possibly literally the god of evil, as he is described as the god of malice and in the short story The Nature of Identity his corrupting influence is described in almost satanic terms.
- War God: He's technically the god of bloodlust and fear caused by warfare but he still counts.
A minor goddess of Theros, Pharika is the goddess of medicine, poison, and snakes. Commonly worshiped by Gorgons. Prayers to her are written on letters and wrapped in ceramics to be dumped in bogs. Her color alignment is Black/Green.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Or at least her worshippers aren't, since they work as healers and even aided Elspeth.
- Deadly Doctor: Is the goddess of medicine and poison, both being two sides of the same coin.
- Expy: Of Asclepius the Greek god of medicine (with some aspects of Apollo in his plague bearer aspect), and of Hecate, which is also a magician goddess associated with cures and dark things.
- Poisonous Person: The Theros goddess of poison.
- The Sacred Darkness: Of the "double edged sword between disease and plague" sort of way.
A minor god of Theros, Iroas is the god of competition, honorable combat, and victory. Also the patron god of Akros where people throw ceremonies similar to the Olympics. His color alignment is Red/White.
- Expy: Of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Also of Ares in his spartan aspect, as opposed to his twin, Mogis, who is Ares in his normal, God of Evil aspect.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: His default form, in contrast to his brother's minotaur form.
- War God: Of the sportsmanship and honor aspects of warfare in contrast to Mogis.
A new, minor deity of Theros, Xenagos
is the god of revelry, and ascended using the power of a victory celebration thrown by the citizens of Akros. His color alignment is Red/Green.Walking Spoiler
: See Xenagos on the Magic The Gathering Planeswalkers page.Karametra
A minor goddess of Theros, Karametra is the goddess of agriculture, the hearth and orphans. She serves as both an associate and rival towards Nylea. Her color alignment is Green/White.
- Elemental Hair: Her locks are made of vines.
- Expy: Of Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture, and of Hestia, goddess of the hearth and family.
- Green Thumb: The Theros goddess of agriculture.
- Order Versus Chaos: The reason why Karametra and Nylea are rivals. While Nylea represents the untamed wilderness, Karametra stands for farming, which is control over nature.
- Orphan's Ordeal: She helps others through these as the goddess of orphans.
A minor god of Theros, who is associated with horizons, dawns, mysteries, and prophecies. His color alignment is Green/Blue
- Expy: Of Phanes and Ananke, Greek primordial deities of cycles and inevitability. Also of Eos, if his role as a dawn deity is indeed a correct assessment.
MortalsAnax and Cymede
The monarchs of the polis of Akros.Agnomakhos
An historical Archon tyrant that once ruled what is now Meletis, then defeated by the humans, who used Ephara's magic.Perisophia
A philosopher hailing from the polis of Meletis, and the teacher to many of Meletis' children. Consults with Ephara herself when she sleeps.
- Cool Teacher: Refuses to treat her students as morons, although she is seen admonishing them to be patient when formulating answers to philosophical questions.
The protagonist of The Consequences Of Attraction
, a woman cursed into being a siren by Phenax
to love the subject of his attractions.Kalemnos
A triton (merfolk) speaker of the Siren Sea. Upon Kiora's arrival in Theros, she presses him into service as her guide.
- Join or Die
- God Guise: Averted. While most of the local tritons are impressed enough by Kiora's display of power to think this, Kalemnos points out several inconsistencies with the actual Thassa's appearances. Though it should be noted that Kiora wasn't trying very hard.