Characters / Night Watch

Characters from the Russian fantasy series. For the Discworld novel, see Characters.Discworld.

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    The Night Watch 

The forces of Light in the series.

Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky)

The protagonist (and most of the time) narrator of the series.


Anton's main friend in the Night Watch.

Boris Ignatyevich/ Gesar

The head of the Night Watch and the mentor to Anton.


A powerful light sorceress and Boris Ignatyevich's lover.

Svetlana Gorodetskaya (nee Nazarova)

A seemingly human woman who is revealed to be a Light Other of immense power.

Tiger Cub




A rock musician who befriends Anton in the third book. Gets turned into a weak Light Other by Kostya

    The Day Watch 

The forces of / Darkness


The head of the Day Watch.
  • Affably Evil: He's remorseless evil bastard, but is good at putting on a facade of being a sensitive, charming guy.
  • Badass Grandpa: Is heavily implied to be as old as Geser.
  • Benevolent Boss: Is stated to respect his subordinates rights and freedoms. But he is also...
  • Bad Boss: He ruthlessly sacrifices his followers once they've outlived their usefulness and is fond of seducing female followers.
  • Big Bad: Sort of- he's the leader of the forces of Darkness, but he's never actually the main antagonist, and will often cooperate with the Light Others when something bad happens that doesn't suit his goals.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Likes to play this part sometimes
  • Chessmaster: Only slightly worse than Geser. In Day Watch he managed to outwit him.
  • Enemy Mine: Does this freguently, when something bad appears. Later shown to be
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite being the leader of Day Watch, he is shown to enjoy his fight with Geser, who reciprocates. See also his Affably Evil.
  • Fantastic Racism: Heavily dislikes Ukranians and Lithuanians, according to Arina. It seems to be true, as Vycheslav Rogoza and Edgar's fates show.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Is revealed to be Anton's grandfather at the end of the last book
  • Giggling Villain
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • One-Winged Angel: While he appears to be a sensitive glasses-wearing intellectual, his Twilight form (his "true form") is a snake demon with a tail and spiked penis.
    • His other true form, seen briefly in Night Watch looks more like some sort of a giant insect.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When he's first introduced, Anton suspects him of casting the Moscow-threatening curse on Svetlana. Zabulon's answer is "We don't need this. Only a savage kills an elephant to get a small steak for his breakfast."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also translated as Zavulon.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Geser, who feels the same.

Konstantin (Kostya) Saushkin

A young, idealistic vampire whom Anton befriended before joining the Nightwatch.

Alisa Donnikova

A witch of the Day Watch and Zabulon's lover.


  • Affably Evil
  • And I Must Scream: New Watch ends with her getting trapped in the inescapable Sarcophagus of Times for all eternity.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Despair Event Horizon: When she learnt that she probably screwed Russia with her intefering.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She has no respect to Zabulon whatsoever, and isn't afraid to show it.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite her deeds, she is polite and cordial to Anton.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She becomes a Light Witch in Last Watch, although it doesn't change her personality nor her intentions. She's more of...
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • Knight Templar: While crossing Despair Event Horizon in New Watch, she started planning a destruction of Twilight by Nadya in order to stop it from interfering and causing catastrophes.
  • Light is Not Good: She becomes more villainous when becoming a Light Other.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She did a good job of manipulating Anton in New Watch.
  • Shoot the Dog: She disrupted the experiment of Watches and Inquisition because of the Bad Future, which Geser convinced her to avert.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Twilight Watch reveals she had sabotaged an experiment, conducted by the Inquisition with the purpose of giving Russian people communist ideas. It worked much sooner than it was supposed to, resulting in countless deaths and leaving Russia in its current unfortunate economic condition. The reason? Had she not, humans would have discovered the existence of the Others among them, leading to a world-wide witch hunt. And then Geser reveals that the experiment was doomed to fail anyway, causing numerous nuclear wars across the world.
    • In New Watch, Arina seeks to destroy Twilight itself in order to stop the prophecy which foretells Russia's destruction.
  • Wicked Witch: Zig-Zagged.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Played with. She did threaten to kill Nadya and even trapped her with a grenade inside a magic barrier once, but she warned Anton just in time so he could disassemble it and save his daughter. Later, Geser assures Anton he is acquainted with her well enough that he knows she'd never hurt a little kid.

    The Inquisition 

The Balance Between Good and Evil.


A Light Other introduced early in the novel Night Watch who is initially unaware of The Masquerade and as a result, kills Dark Others who he wrongly believes to be pure evil.


A vampire and Dark Other.
  • Affably Evil
  • Retired Monster: He became a Higher Vampire though killing several young girls and feels no remorse, but has sort of "mellowed" to the extent that he left the Day Watch to become an Inquisitor.
  • Worf Effect: He is defeated by Kostya after he gets Fuaran.


A Dark Other Mage who started out on the Day Watch (in the eponymous novel), but later joined the Inquisition.

    Neutral Characters 
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The Tiger'

An entity created by the Twilight to prevent prophecies from being heard.