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The Overlord and his Allies
The Overlord/The Witch-Boy/The Demon Lord of NordbergThe son of the previous Overlord, he starts off as a Creepy Child in the town of Nordberg known only as the Witch-Boy. When the Glorious Empire came to the town's doorsteps, the Witch-Boy was unceremoniously tossed to the Imperial troops to be exterminated, but was saved by the Minions. Afterwards, he was brought to the Netherworld and given a proper evil upbringing by Gnarl.
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a child, he was picked on by the Nordbergians for being magical and creepy looking. This comes to bite the townsfolk in the ass really badly.
- Anti-Hero: In contrast to his father, the Witch-Boy is much less heroic, though he's still opposing a villainous force.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin turned blue with white/silver markings due to the Tower Heart explosion.
- Brainwashing: How he acquires loyalty.
- Bullying The Dragon: Throughout his childhood, the Witch-Boy was hated and abused by just about everyone in Nordberg - despite the fact that he had magical powers and (later) a small army of minions under his command. The children of the town realized their mistake after getting beaten up and having their clothes stolen. Everyone else had to wait a good thirteen years for the consequences of their actions to catch up with them.
- Carry a Big Stick: Though he does use other weapons, this Overlord has a thing for clubs and maces; not only is his ultimate weapon an enchanted mace, but his childhood weapon of choice was a wooden club.
- Creepy Child: As the Witch-Boy.
- Eviler Than Thou: His father can do good deeds for the sake of Pragmatic Villainy. This guy chooses between being a Lawful Evil slaver or a Chaotic Evil destroyer.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- In the Hood: As the Witch-Boy, the Overlord wore a hooded coat as part of his winter ensemble. Oddly enough, the fur on the hood is formed into the shape of the future Overlord's helmet.
- Magic Knight: Though his spells aren't as fantastic, force touch and its offshoots make him have a heavier emphasis on magic than his father.
- Red Right Hand: Apart from the aforementioned glowing eyes, he has blue skin with spiral patterns.
- Not-So Heroic Mime: Like his father, he doesn't speak in-game.
- Shock and Awe: Most of his magical powers seem to involve lightning or electricity.
- Tin Tyrant
- Villain Protagonist
KeldaA childhood friend of the Witch-Boy, Kelda was the only Nordbergian that did not hate him and in fact had a crush upon him. After the conquest of Nordberg, she becomes the first of his mistresses.
- Childhood Friend Romance
- Hunter Trapper
- Implied First Mistress: Considering she was his Only Friend in childhood, and she's the only mistress that genuinely loves the Overlord.
- Nightmare Fetishist: As a child, she was the Witch-Boy's only friend, and gleefully cheered him on during the Midwinter's Eve rampage. As an adult, she's a skilled hunter with a fondness for animal pelts and other taxidermy souvenirs - and she's still carrying a torch for the Witch-Boy.
- Heroes Want Redheads: In this case, the Villain Protagonist wants this redhead.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Prior to being taken in by the Overlord, she clearly thought this about most of Nordberg; quite apart from the odd remarks at how stupid Nordbergians are, she has absolutely zero problem with her ex-neighbors being enslaved or massacred.
- Token Good Teammate: Out of all the Mistresses, Kelda is the only one who honestly seems to love the Overlord for who he is. She's still decidedly amoral in her outlook, but she's miles better than Juno and Fay.
JunoA woman from the Glorious Empire, Juno is a selfish layabout who relies upon her looks to get what she wants. After the conquest of Everlight she becomes the second mistress.
- The Ditz
- Gold Digger
- It's All About Me
- Male Gaze: The Overlord getting distracted by her cleavage was why he ends up crash-landing upon Everlight.
QuaverA replacement for the previous Overlord's jester. Originally just another minion, his time on the battlefield came to an abrupt end when the frozen Witch-Boy arrived in the Netherworld and Quaver made the mistake of pressing his eye to the ice; thirteen years later, the one-eyed minion now works as the Jester, reciting poems written in honor of his master - accompanied by a band, should you find any musical instruments in the field.
- Butt Monkey: Loses an eye, gets kicked out of the minion burrow, knocked into a crevasse... even when he manages to steal a crown from the Overlord's loot, he manages to lose his glass eye in the process.
- Curse Cut Short: One of his early poems is interrupted by a snowball to the head, followed by a long drop into a pit.Begone, you beast/and make it fast/for if you don't/we'll kick your AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa...
- Eye Scream: Not only do you see the eye freeze to the ice, but when Gnarl prepares to have the Witch-Boy thawed by fire, Quaver pulls away fast enough to rip the eye out of its socket!
- Glass Eye
- The Jester
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Quaver is much more toadying than the previous jester.
- Stylistic Suck: His poems.
- Team Chef
MortisAn old and extremely morbid Blue Minion serving as the official manager of the Minion Burrows in the Netherworld. As well as ensuring that the Minions are spawned and ready for battle, Mortis also has the power to resurrect dead minions- just in case the Overlord gets attached to any of them.
- Back from the Dead/Death Is Not Permanent: Facilitates this.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Apart from dressing up as the Grim Reaper and generally being morbid and depressing, Mortis is a fairly reasonable guy. He even quotes the Blue Oyster Cult song when resurrecting minions.
- The Eeyore
- Equivalent Exchange: In order to bring minions back from the dead, life-force must be sacrificed. The more powerful the minion, the higher the lifeforce cost.
- Licked by the Dog: Minions tend to hug Mortis once he resurrects them, much to his annoyance.
Queen FayThe Queen of the Magical Sanctuaries and the leader of all free magical beings, she is engaged in a desperate attempt to save her people from the predations of the Empire. Quite naturally, she also opposes the Overlord as a being of Dark Magic. Later on however, she proposes an alliance between them to defeat the Empire where she helps him recharge the Tower Heart. When her temples prove to be insufficient, Fay then allows herself to be drained to recharge the Heart. However, the process then twists her soul and drives her mad, turning her into Dark Fay. If you're destruction you can overcharge her afterwards and kill her, causing her to reappear in your tower as a brainwashed ghost, either way she joins you after and becomes one of the Overlord's mistresses.
- Big Good
- Drunk on the Dark Side: As Dark Fay, she wholeheartedly embraces evil and is completely psychotic.
- Enemy Mine: Her arrangement with the Overlord is this, right up until her corruption.
- Evil Feels Good: Part of what made her change happen so easily likely came from her growing frustrations at how incompetent her subjects are and the catharsis of getting to watch them be beaten down by you.
- Evil Redhead: If she's dominated into Dark Fay.
- Fallen Hero: As Dark Fay.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: As your mistress, Fay's principles will mirror the karmic alignment of the Overlord, as Dark Fay (the domination choice), she's an Omnicidal Maniac who's fully embraced the dark side and hates everything. As Ghost Fay (the destruction choice) she's very similar to how she was in life, being kind and still caring for the life of everything (though the brainwashing makes her believe "caring for everything" means "hand it all over to you".)
- Hero Antagonist
- Heroic Sacrifice: Allowing herself to be drained. It doesn't kill her (unless you want it to), though it does corrupt her.
- The High Queen
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair while she's Queen Fay.
Florian GreenheartFay's right-hand elf, he can usually be found leading her warriors in the field. By all appearances, Florian is a typical elf: arrogant, self-righteous, effeminate, and very, very shallow - he even goes so far as to say that only the "fluffy and the fuzzy" magical creatures can be saved. He's actually the alter ego of Emperor Solarius, and directly responsible for the Cataclysm and the plague that followed.
- All of the Other Reindeer: It was the mockery of his fellow Elves that drove him to try and steal magic from the Tower Heart.
- Big Bad
- Camp Straight
- The Ditz
- Hero Antagonist: Much like Fay. It later turns out that the heroic aspect is just an act.
- Muggle Born of Mages: In the climax, Florian admits to being born without any of the magical powers his fellow Elves possessed- which was what drove him to villainy in the first place.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: He even wears a knitted rainbow hat into battle.
- The Nicknamer: He always refers to the Overlord as "Scourge of Evil", or Scourge for short.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: His effeminate behavior and stupidity is just an act to keep anyone from suspecting his true motives.
- Sissy Antagonist: Pretty much the case for the most part. Until the ending, when he drops the act and reveals that he's the Big Bad, and not that much of a Sissy Villain at that.
The Glorious Empire
Emperor SolariusThe Ruler of the Glorious Empire, he is dedicated to the extermination of magical beings and the expansion of his empire; face perpetually hidden by a golden mask and laurel wreath, he has taken credit for saving his people from the magical plague and rebuilding human civilization following the Cataclysm.In truth, he is actually Florian Greenheart, an elf thought to be in service of Queen Fay. Originally born without magic, he attempted to use the Tower Heart to rectify this, only to accidentally overload it, devastating the surrounding lands and creating the Magical Plague. From this, however, he founded the Empire with the help of Rose, with his intent being to gather up all magic for his ascension to Godhood.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His goal.
- Big Bad
- Cool Mask
- Cool Crown: The golden laurel wreath.
- Dramatic Unmask: Inverted when Florian actually puts the mask on to unveil himself.
- Eldritch Abomination: What he transforms into in the finale.
- The Emperor: Obviously.
- God-Emperor: What he's hoping to become.
- Light Is Not Good
- One-Winged Angel: The Devourer.
- Power Glows
- Silent Antagonist: He's never seen to speak during the times he's seen in public.
MariusSolarius' right-hand-man, Marius is often seen acting in the Emperor's stead as far as speech-making goes. He's also one of the few Imperial citizens who know Solarius' true goals and identity; furthermore, he's entirely complicit with this.
- The Dragon
- High-Class Glass: Marius sports a rather anachronistic monocle.
- Hypocrite: See Villain Teleportation.
- Just Desserts: After Solarius is transformed into the Devourer, Marius ends up among the many victims consumed.
- Lean and Mean
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To the point that he actually begged to be eaten by the Devourer.
- Mouth of Sauron
- Smug Snake
- Unholy Matrimony: Surprisingly, Marius is actually married to Rose, the previous Overlord's mistress - and the current Overlord's mother. Given how little he speaks of his wife, and given how little she thinks of him, it's pretty clear that Rose is only doing this to keep a close eye on Marius and the Emperor.
- Villain Teleportation: Despite being an Imperial Citizen, Marius isn't above using magic for transportation. This is the first hint of the Glorius Empire's true corruption.
Governor BoriusThe Imperial Governor of Nordberg and brother to Marius, Borius was installed on the very day the young Overlord was banished; when the Overlord finally returns, Borius is still in charge - and not willing to see his territory claimed by someone else.
- Adipose Rex
- Humiliation Conga: His forces are trounced by the Overlord, Marius gives him an earful for his behavior, Kelda mocks him, and the Overlord himself drops a statue on top of him; this is followed by the Overlord either killing him outright, or just leaving him paralyzed in the snow.
- Fat Bastard
- Fat Idiot
- Nepotism: It's pretty clear that Borius only got the job due to Marius pulling a few strings in his favour.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: What Borius views his position as.
- Villainous Glutton
The SentinelsA mysterious order of cloaked figures with the power to detect magic, the Sentinels are commonly used by the Empire to hunt down and destroy magicians and magical creatures alike. They are led by none other than Rose, Mistress to the Overlord of the previous game.
- Cool Crown: Sentinels wear golden laurel wreaths over their hoods.
- The Faceless
- Hypocrite: Despite being as opposed to magic as the rest of the Empire, the Sentinels appear to use it in order to detect magic creatures. For good measure, Rose herself has no problem with using it to fly and teleport.
- In the Hood
- Magic Staff: Rarely seen without them.
- Mage Killer: They're capable of quickly killing you and your minions.
- Magic Wand: When detecting magic at close range, they use scepter-like wands alongside their usual staffs.
- Mysterious Watcher: Not only do the Sentinels act as this to public areas across the Empire, one of them is actively following you throughout your travels. It's because she's actually Rose, the Overlord's mother.
- Secret Circle of Secrets
- Villain Teleportation: Rose and at least two other Sentinels could manage this.
- The Voiceless