This is the character list for the first {{VideoGame/Overlord}} game and its expansion ''VideoGame/OverlordRaisingHell''.

Characters in Overlord 2 should be listed [[{{Characters/OverlordII}} here]].

For characters from the LightNovel series [[LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}} Overlord]] [[Characters/{{Overlord2012}} go here]]


[[folder: The Overlord and his allies]]

!!The Overlord/The Eighth Hero

The player character. Awakened by the minions to rebuild and re-instate a reign of terror after his predecessor was slain by heroes. Armed with a suit of heavy plate armor, a massive weapon, and an army of minions he now seeks revenge against the heroes who slew the previous overlord.

* AnAxeToGrind: His default weapon is a battleaxe.
* AntiVillain: A low corruption Overlord is a merciless force towards threats, and seems to very much enjoy the power and position he holds, but he never raises a violent hand towards innocents, and at several points makes choices that are decidedly heroic.
* AxCrazy: At high corruption.
* EvilerThanThou: Play for full corruption, and you pull this on the Fallen Heroes. Every corrupting act that can be pulled off is the Overlord surpassing the former hero in their specific sin.
* FallenHero: Both figuratively and literally. [[spoiler:He fell from the tower during the fight with the previous Overlord and was left for dead by his comrades.]]
* FantasticNuke: The last level of his fire spell at high corruption causes a massive explosion that indiscriminately sets everything in its radius on fire.
* FriendlyFireproof: In contrast, the last level of his fire spell at low corruption causes a damaging, controlled fire that only hurts enemies.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: At higher levels of corruption, your armor grows spikes and turns black. If you stay low, then, as the game carries on, your armor becomes brighter and shiny.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* HellHasNewManagement: [[spoiler:Though unwillingly, he's now the ruler of the abyss, and gets to call all the shots, but he's trapped there as well, seperated from his (now pregnant) lover.]]
* HeroicMime: Villainous example. He never speaks, but he does grunt when he swings, and his voice is [[EvilSoundsDeep very deep.]]
* KillItWithFire: His main offensive magic is a fireball spell.
* MagicKnight: He uses spells and weapons.
* MightyGlacier: He's slower than his minions, but stronger and more durable. UpToEleven if you [[{{Gamebreaker}} upgrade the best equipment with only Brown Minions]], where he becomes an unstoppable OneManArmy.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:He was the eighth hero who was left for dead by his allies.]]
* UnwittingPawn
* VillainProtagonist
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: At low corruption, to the extent that you're really [[AntiVillain a villain in name only]].


--> "[[CatchPhrase Evil always finds a way.]]"

An ancient minion and TheDragon, Gnarl uses the Tower Heart and the Overlord's helmet to communicate with you over long distances, giving you advice on what to do next.

* AffablyEvil: Gnarl is polite, likeable, and soft-spoken, [[spoiler: even as he's betraying you for your predecessor.]]
* CoolOldGuy
* DirtyOldMan: Over the course of the games, Gnarl gets ''very'' vocal about his attraction to the mistresses - to the point it actually earns him a thump on the back of the head from both Rose ''and'' Kelda.
* TheDragon: Gnarl is one of the few recurring characters in the whole series, and since minions can live for an unknown amount of time, he's had the chance to serve at least four different Overlords - possibly many more.
* EvilChancellor
* EvilMentor: Given that he gave the Witch-Boy "a proper evil upbringing" in the second game, it's safe to say that he was most definitely one of these.
* LoyalToThePosition: He serves the Overlord, whomever they may be. Although he does imply he prefers the first game's protagonist to his predecessor (or at the very least, he will miss/misses him).
* ManipulativeBastard: There's a common fan theory that Gnarl feigns subservience and that his guiding you around is actually playing you as ''his'' dragon.
* MissionControl: His main role in the series is to tell the player what to do and how to do it all the while quipping about evil things.
* NonActionGuy: As an elderly minion, he doesn't do field work.
* PragmaticVillainy: His InUniverse justification for any good choices in the first game. Make yourself look good to fuel a long-term evil empire.


One of the Overlord's potential mistresses, Rose is an order-obsessed stick-in-the-mud who compliments a low-corruption Overlord. Mid-game you have the option to spurn her for her sister, Velvet.

* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: When the Wizard returns and tries to steal your magic and kill you, Rose (if you didn't spurn her for Velvet) interrupts him by attacking the tower heart, giving you a chance to get your magic back and go after him.]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches: [[spoiler:Canonically, the Overlord kept her as his mistress.]]
* DamselInDistress: The Overlord rescues her from the raiders of Castle Spree.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:When Solarius shows signs of becoming too corrupt, Rose quickly changes sides and offers her aid to the Overlord.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:In an attempt to restore balance to the world, she joined Solarius in his campaign of world domination during the second game.]]
* InTheHood: [[spoiler:As leader of the Sentinels]], she wears a hooded cloak.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:She's also canonically the first Overlord's lover and mother of the second game's Overlord.]]
* MysteriousWatcher: [[spoiler: In ''OverlordII'', she can occasionally be glimpsed in the background, spying on the Overlord.]]
* NeatFreak: She values organization and order, not necessarily goodness.
* PolarOppositeTwins
* PowerFloats: [[spoiler: By the time of the second game, she's learned how to float via magic. On the plus side, [[MundaneUtility it makes her immune to]] {{Trap Door}}s.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: Rose often encourages this.
* ScareEmStraight: [[spoiler: In the second game, she tries to scare her son off the path of the Overlord by showing him the ruins of the Tower. It doesn't work. Eventually, she decides that he's NecessarilyEvil.]]
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: [[spoiler:In the second game, she reveals herself by telling Gnarl to shut up.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She has a habit of swinging between ice-cold efficiency and lovesick cooing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler: She's suffered one in the backstory to ''OverlordII'', apparently induced by the disappearance of her lover and the destruction of the Tower. Not only does she effectively abandon her own son in Nordberg and leave him to be bullied for the first few years of his life, but she also performed a full-fledged FaceHeelTurn by helping Solarius in his campaign against magical creatures.]]
* VillainTeleportation: Has a habit of performing these in the second game.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WomanScorned: On the flipside... [[spoiler: If you spurned her for Velvet, she betrays you in revenge and allows the Wizard into your tower.]]


Rose's sister. Velvet is a sadistic, money-hungry seductress whom the Overlord rescues from William the Black. After saving her, she offers the Overlord to take her as his mistress and give him the time of his life, at which point he can spurn Rose and take her instead.

* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: When the wizard returns and tries to steal your magic and kill you, Velvet interrupts him by attacking the tower heart, giving you a chance to get your magic back and go after him.]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches: [[spoiler:Canonically, she was the Overlord's enemy.]]
* GoldDigger
* PolarOppositeTwins
* WomanScorned: If you reject her... [[spoiler: She finds a way to get the wizard into the tower.]]


One of the brown minions who originally revives the Overlord and helps him recover the Tower Heart. Later becomes the forge master once the smelters are recovered.

* TheBlacksmith: Once you get the forge operational.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Giblet has a habit of chewing on almost anything, which will occasionally lead Gnarl to yell at him.
* MauveShirt: Is one of the few minions with a name.


The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Overlord's Jester]]. Hangs around the main tower hall reciting the Overlord's titles.

* ButtMonkey: You can freely attack him with no ill effect, he serves as a training dummy in the tutorial.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Ends up serving the Forgotten God, either out of spite or from possibly after being possessed by the Second Overlord.]]
* TheJester
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After [[spoiler: taunting the Overlord when he escapes from the collapsing Abyss portal]], he disappears from continuity entirely, necessitating a new Jester in the second game. [[spoiler: Chances are good he was killed offscreen for his betrayal.]]


[[folder: Neutral Parties]]

!!Bob the Farmer
An easily-victimized peasant, Bob is one of the few humans to own territory outside the heavily-fortified village of Spree, and has suffered terribly because of it; halflings have invaded his farm and staked him out on the pumpkin patch as an improvised scarecrow. As the expansion pack reveals, his troubles don't stop there...

* BritishAccents: Sports a very thick [[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry West Country]] accent.
* ButtMonkey: First, he's tied to a scarecrow frame and left to watch as his entire crop of pumpkins is destroyed. Then the Mellow Hills are invaded by Kahn. Then he's kidnapped by halflings all over again, this time being dragged into hell.
* TheSchizophreniaConspiracy: Under the impression that pumpkins can speak and are working with the halflings. Nevermind that halflings actually ''eat'' pumpkins...
** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In ''Raising Hell,'' sapient Pumpkins are one of the enemies of the Mellow Hills Abyss.

As of Lord Spree's death in the attack on Spree Castle, Archie the innkeeper has been made the de facto mayor of Spree Village; with the village under siege by halfling raiders and no supplies but alcohol, he naturally beseeches the Overlord for help in recovering the food that the halflings stole from them.

* TheBartender
* BigFun
* NiceGuy
* OverlyLongName: Archibaldamius Methuselah Wobbleboard the 3rd.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* WastelandElder

!! The Silent Order
A religious brotherhood established in the city of Heaven's Peak, the priests of the Order have barricaded themselves inside their fortress-like temple to keep out both the zombie hordes infesting the city and the remaining civilians seeking refuge.

* AGodIsYou: After conquering their defenses, the Silent Order immediately declare you their new god. It even ends up as one of your titles!
* BarrierWarrior: During the attack on their temple, the priests bolster their defenses with magical force fields.
* BlackComedy: People with lips sown shut should be terrifying, but the Silent Order is played for laughs.
* CorruptChurch: Not actively villainous, but certainly self-obsessed, given that they're leaving dozens of potential worshipers to die outside their walls.
* LightIsNotGood: The whole "stiching every member's lips shut" isn't a traditional "good guy church" thing..
* MouthStitchedShut
* ReligionIsMagic: The priests of the Order wield powerful magic abilities.
* TheUnintelligible: Because their lips are sewn up, the few talkative members can only mumble gibberish and occasionally mime what they're trying to say.
* WhiteMagic: Most of the magic used by the Silent Order seems to fall under this heading, given that most of it involves protective shields and resurrecting dead allies.

!! The Forgotten God

The former consort of the Elven Mother Goddess, when he spurned her, she banished him to lord over [[{{Hell}} the abyss]] and [[UnPerson struck his very name from existence.]]

* BigBad: Of ''Raising Hell''
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Sort of, He looks to be a cross between an eastern dragon and [[Myth/AztecMythology Quezalcoatl]].
* LargeHam: He could give Gnarl a run for his money.

[[folder: The Seven Heroes]]

!! Overall Tropes

Seven legendary heroes who, many years ago, slew the previous Overlord. However, as the years passed they grew complacent in their fame and gradually succumbed to their selfish desires, becoming villains themselves in the process.

* FallenHero
* OfferedTheCrown: Each one of the heroes was or became king of their respective peoples.
* SevenDeadlySins: Each hero is modeled after one of the Sins.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: Consisting of seven, [[spoiler:formerly eight,]] heroes who are a long way from their former glory.
** TheBigBad: The Wizard. He led the Seven Heroes to kill the previous Overlord and is still the leader of the group.
** TheDragon: [[spoiler: Gnarl, and - depending on who the Overlord spurned - either Rose or Velvet]]
** TheEvilGenius: Goldo Golderson. The only one who relies on a war machine to fight in his boss battle.
** TheBrute: Kahn, Melvin. Kahn was the Warrior of the group back in the day, and is exactly what you'd expect from that type of adventurer. Melvin is just too big to be anything but muscle and has no desires beyond gorging everything in sight.
** TheDarkChick: Jewel, Sir William. Jewel was the Thief in the original group. Sir William used to be a Paladin, but is now the head of a hedonistic cult.
** TokenGoodTeammate: Oberon. Formerly the Archer, Oberon did not willingly fall from grace like the others. He came back from the adventure tired of fighting, and would not raise his bow to defend Everfree Forest from the Dwarves. He then got assimilated by a magical tree and caused the entire forest to be corrupted.

!! Melvin Underbelly

A Halfling and the first of the heroes you encounter. Since the Overlord's fall, Melvin has been made King of the Halflings, and has succumbed to the sin of Gluttony.

* AdiposeRex: Oh yeah.
* FatBastard: His stomach has expanded considerably since his glory days.
* ForkFencing: His weapon of choice is a large golden fork, which is naturally stolen by the minions following his death.
* {{Gainaxing}}: [[{{Squick}} Every bit of flab jiggles with every move.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: According to captured peasants, Melvin's appetites have extended this far.
* PopGoesTheHuman: When you kill Melvin he explodes into a disgusting mess of bile; when you find him in his Ironic hell, this become a gameplay element.
* IronicHell: For his gluttony, he wound up in a hell of killer pumpkins and exploding sheep, where he eats endless amounts of food and is unable to stop until he literally explodes... only to be re-incarnated and made to repeat this over and over and over again for all eternity. [[spoiler: At the end of his abyss, the Overlord leaves him in a pit, where it turns into "starve for eternity", which is still ironic.]]
* JabbaTableManners: Disgusts even the Minions, who urinate on everything and wear dead rats for hats.
* RollingAttack: Halfway through his fight he decides to just roll over the Overlord and his horde.
* TrashOfTheTitans: His mansion is decidedly messy; numerous corridors and hallways have been converted into improvised storehouses for all the dirty dishes and table scraps that the feasts constantly produce.
* VillainousGlutton: Melvin is so gluttonous that he's carved out an entire empire from the surrounding countryside just to feed his appetite.
* WeightTaller: He's taller than the Overlord!

!! Oberon Greenhaze

An Elven ranger and one of the heroes. After the Overlord's fall, Oberon succumbed to Sloth and slept while the Dwarves raided his home and wiped out his people. As a last subconscious act, Oberon's body became a great tree, blocking passage to keep the Dwarves from further destroying his people's home.

* AndIMustScream: Oberon's semi-conscious and knows what he's doing to the forest, but is unable to do anything about it.
* MercyKill: In the final stage of the boss battle, he begs you for one of these. [[PetTheDog You oblige him.]] Of course, the Overlord [[PragmaticVillainy can't reach dwarven lands without killing him...]]
* HeavySleeper: He only wakes up after all of his tree's roots are killed.
* IronicHell: His abyss; he's trapped in his tree form and forced to watch his subjects massacred over and over in a ([[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking badly acted]]) play about the genocide of the elves.
* MookMaker: Creates some kind of skull-headed feral rat creatures from his nightmares. Get used to these guys while you travel in Everfree.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only one of the heroes who expresses regret over what they've become, and the only one not enjoying himself; furthermore, the Wizard later reveals that [[spoiler: when the Eighth Hero fell to his apparent death, Oberon was the only hero who insisted that they try to rescue him.]] Even his sin (simply tiring of conflict) is rather light compared to the others.
* TragicVillain: The Elf may have caused most of his species to die by not wanting to fight, but it's considerably more sympathetic than the other heroes who laughed as they went down the slippery slope.
* WhenTreesAttack: While Oberon doesn't want to fight you, the tree sure does. It's the driving force in the boss battle; beat the tree down so you can kill Oberon.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: One Elf is tired of fighting and hangs up his bow. Entire species is nearly killed as a result. Gets controlled by a giant tree in the time while the Overlord is sleeping. As it's a magic tree, it turns the entire forest into a literally nightmarish place populated by Skulls (upright-walking skull-headed animal nightmares) and Elf ghosts. And Oberon cannot end it himself.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Besides all the elves in the forest being, well, dead, there's also the small matter of Oberon's nightmares taking on a physical forms as monsters called Skulls.

!! Sir William the Bold/Black

A human paladin, Sir William succumbed to the sin of Lust and makes all of Heaven's Peak suffer for it, leading a cult devoted specifically to sex. He's also Velvet's betrothed, though she really doesn't give a damn about him.

* BlondGuysAreEvil
* CampStraight: He acts very effeminate, but the fact he summons succubi for his own pleasure should make it obvious he's not gay.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Runs one, mainly concerned with being a pleasure cult.
* FlunkyBoss: When he's not fighting, he sends his cult goons to swarm you.
* TheHedonist: He is fully committed to pursuing every pleasure and he regrets nothing.
-->"I may have fallen, but what a ride!"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: He mentions the Wizard was the one who taught him to not care for his chastity, giving you an idea of who the main threat is. He also seems to know the Overlord...
* IronicHell: His abyss is a {{Ladyland}} where the housewives of the husbands his cult seduced are supernaturally empowered and forced William and the cheating husbands into slavery. William himself has been tied into what, for all intents and purposes, is a gigantic mop.
* LightIsNotGood: Paladins are commonly perceived as fully committed to the pursuit of Good and vanquishing Evil. And then William decided to "cast off archaic morality".
* TheOathbreaker: In regards to his vows of chastity.
* SimpleStaff: Wields an ebony staff in battle; it ends up becoming loot for the minions once he's defeated.
* TeleportSpam

!!Goldo Golderson

The Dwarven king who, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame predictably]], fell to the sin of Greed; driven by hunger for gold, he attacked Evernight to loot the Elvish temple treasures, and kept only a handful of Elves alive- the males to work as slaves in his gold mines, the females to be his consorts. In combat, he uses a giant steampunk tank called Rollie.

* AndIMustScream: See below.
* BeardOfEvil
* BlingOfWar: Goldo totters into battle wearing a suit of golden armor and a golden crown, and wielding a golden axe for good measure. Both the crown and the axe become collectibles for your minions after his death.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Rollie.
* GoldFever: Suffers from this, and sparked it off in the rest of the Dwarves.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Quite a few of Goldo's inner retinue can be crushed to death by falling chunks of ceiling thanks to his policy of over-mining the caverns.
* ICanStillFight: Even after the Overlord smashes Rollie, Goldo will still be standing and struggling to swing his axe. [[KaizoTrap He can actually kill the Overlord]] [[DeathOfAThousandCuts by doing this]].
* IronicHell: For his Greed, Goldo gets turned into a living statue of solid gold. Though, the one calling the shots in the Abyss is fascinated when the Dwarves' fury at Goldo for getting them sent to the Abyss overcomes their greed, and is content to let Goldo get pummeled by his own once-loyal subjects.
* SlaveRace: He started a war between the Elves and the Dwarves because he wanted the Elves' gold. Goldo made the remaining Elven men into a workforce to mine more gold. And then he forced the remaining women to [[SexSlave be his consorts]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted; after seeing the Overlord and his minions approaching, Goldo beats a hasty retreat... only to return in the driver's seat of Rollie.
* TakenForGranite: See above.
* TankGoodness: Rollie.


A human thief, Jewel suffers from the sin of Envy, and uses her skill as a thief to steal whatever she can. Alongside her lover and partner Kahn, Jewel leads an army of bandits and beholders in her assaults to make certain she gets what she wants.

* ClassyCatBurglar: Leads a band of ninjas and just steals everything, nailed down or not.
* GetBackHereBoss: You don't actually fight Jewel in a boss battle. You have to chase her down to her hideout, then herd Jewel onto the nearby Tower Portal to nab her.
* GreenEyedMonster: Got something you value? Even if it's just a old teddy bear, Jewel wants it. What you treasure, she wants out of nothing more then jealousy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When you capture and interrogate her, she just... disappears from the game. Mention is made of an iron maiden from Gnarl, but Jewel doesn't even show up in an abyss, so it's unlikely she died from it.

A human warrior, Kahn is possessed by Wrath and leads an army of beholders and mercenaries alongside Jewel.

* BaldOfEvil
* TheBerserker: Has taken this to a new extreme by being like this all the time.
* BerserkButton: ''Everything but Jewel'', but he takes it especially poorly when you capture Jewel.
* EpicFlail: Large spiky mace that's the shape of a barrel. All the better to smash little Minions with.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: In their scenes together, he towers over Jewel by several feet. And then somehow gets bigger for your boss fight.
* IronicHell: Less so than the others, but still fitting. When you find Khan in the final Abyss, he's been turned into a wall, unable to fight or express his anger in a physical form. He doesn't seem to be too miffed about his situation, oddly enough, maybe because he was finally able to sit still long enough to realize rage won't solve anything at that point.
* MightyGlacier: If you've seen berserkers in other games, they're normally fast. Kahn can't do much more than a slow walk, but that mace will take out groups of minions at a time.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once Jewel is captured, Kahn and his men immediately begin invading the cities you've conquered.
* ScaryBlackMan: See how confident you are when a black man the size of a small house stomps towards you.
* ThirdPersonPerson: When he gets angry, he tends to refer to himself this way.
* UnstoppableRage: Got to put him down to end the invasion. And he's [[{{Foreshadowing}} convinced the Overlord is in cahoots with the Wizard]].
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Stride toward Overlord, smash Overlord. Repeat.

!!The Wizard/[[spoiler: The Previous Overlord]]

A human wizard and the first to turn evil in succumbing to the sin of Pride, and subsequently the one to corrupt all the other heroes.

* TheArchMage
* BadassLongRobe
* BigBad: [[spoiler: He's actually the Overlord who was killed by the heroes, having performed a GrandTheftMe on the original Wizard and purged his soul from his body. He used the player to kill the heroes after corrupting them and leaving them vulnerable while he recovered. When Kahn is killed, he takes that as his cue and returns to the Tower to steal back his power and kill you.]]
* BeardOfEvil: Formerly just a WizardBeard.
* TheCorrupter: Every Hero you fight received [[StartOfDarkness advice from this guy]]. The Heroes might have remained Good if not for this fellow's influence.
* EarlyBirdCameo: If you look carefully during the Overlord's attack on the Golden Hills, he can be seen making a surreptitious exit.
* EvilSorcerer: Good Wizard, Evil Sorcerer. Oh, how time changes everything.
* FlunkyBoss: [[spoiler:With the twist that the flunkies he's using are stronger and more demented version of your own minions.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:He completely purged the original Wizard's soul from his body, leaving only the Overlord.]]
* {{Irony}}: The Wizard never stops gloating over how easy is was to corrupt the rest of the heroes into succumbing to the Deadly Sins... doesn't that sound a bit Prideful to anyone?
* HannibalLecture: During his fight he taunts you with words he told the heroes when he was corrupting them.
* MagicStaff
* NotSoDifferent: He insists that the heroes were not as good as they acted like they were to start with. [[spoiler: As the former Evil Overlord, he takes philosophical dynamics of Good and Evil very seriously. Also, he is not so different from you, obviously.]]
* ParentalNeglect: [[spoiler: Rose and Velvet recall that the Wizard was too wrapped up in his work to be much of a father to them.]]
* PowerFloats
* SmugSnake: Pride's his hat. This had to come into play somewhere.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:His death allowed him to possess the Wizard and get close to the heroes, corrupting them into the aggressive menaces encountered over the course of the game; once his replacement had done his dirty work in getting rid of them, he can take back his throne with no opposition from any of his former "allies."]]
* AWizardDidIt: The Wizard being the corrupter of all the heroes was probably a play on this meme.