Characters / Skulduggery Pleasant

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Main Characters

     Stephanie Edgley / Valkyrie Cain / Darquesse

Stephanie Edgley, who later takes the name "Valkyrie Cain", is the protagonist of the series, who is unintentionally thrown into the hidden world of magic after her uncle Gordon's death. She learns the ways of sorcery from Skulduggery Pleasant, eventually becoming a powerful sorcerer in her own right.
  • Action Girl: Grows into one over the course of the books.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her relationship with Caelan can be summed up as this.
  • The Antichrist: Valkyrie was hoping to be an Anti Anti Christ. In the end, she and Darquesse become separate entities.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • Has shades of this in earlier books when her internal monologues show her being distracted by stuff or pointing out irrelevant details. Becomes more sinister in later books when you realize that the voice is Darquesse pointing things out to her.
  • Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Hero
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The destiny of Darquesse
  • Bi the Way: According to Landy, she is "predominantly straight", but might experiment. Valkyrie at least. Darquesse seems to be more destruction-sexual than anything else.
    • She's asked on a date by Militsa Gnosis in Resurrection, but turns her down due to not looking for a relationship at the moment, as opposed to not being interested in women.
  • Break the Haughty: Last Stand of Dead Men. First she finds out about Ghastly. Then Stephanie tries to kill her and drives her out of the house. Then she kills someone in a fight. Then Darquesse takes over, seemingly for good.
  • Broken Bird: Has become this as of the end of The Dying of the Light, and it's taken even further in Resurrection when it's made clear that she's experiencing PTSD.
  • Broken Pedestal: When she finds out that Skulduggery is Lord Vile.
  • The Chosen One: The necromancers think she is their saviour, the Death Bringer. They later find a new one. The Remnants also see her, or at least Darquesse, as theirs
  • Combat Pragmatist: Even without any combat experience, she instinctively knows to attack her opponents weak spot. She puts it to good use when stuck alone in a cell with Scapegrace.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Despite being two years younger she ends up briefly taking this role for Carol.
    • To Alison
  • Cool Loser: Valkyrie, who is funny, confident (if a little arrogant) and clever, has no real friends until meeting Skulduggery.
    Valkyrie: Tell [Mum] I'm spending the night at a friends.
    The Reflection: What friend?
    Valkyrie: I don't know. Pick one.
    The Reflection: But you don't have any friends.
    Valkyrie: Tell her I'm sleeping over at Hannah Foley's.
    The Reflection: Hannah Foley doesn't like you.
    Valkyrie: Just do it!
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defence Mechanism Super Power / Death Activated Super Power: Her Super-Powered Evil Side automatically comes to fore when she's on the very edge of death.
  • Determinator: Most notable in Dark Days, when she rescues Skulduggery.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She was totally fine after being tortured by Melancholia. It was implied that Darquesse was the one calming her down.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • Picks up Necromancy.
    • She loses her magic when Darquesse is forced out of her body, but when she gets her Surge, her powers are Shock and Awe
  • Enemy Within: Darquesse
  • Enemy Without: The Reflection. Which has started calling itself Stephanie Edgley. Seriously.
    • And even Darquesse gets upgraded to this in The Dying of the Light, turning into a ghost- sorry, an "untethered entity"- and possessing the body of Stephanie.
  • Evil Feels Good:
    Skulduggery: Power is intoxicating.
    Valkyrie: That's a good word for it.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: From Death Bringer onwards.
  • Freudian Trio: If you count the reflection as being a part of her then she her various personalities make her one by herself. Darquesse is the id, Stephanie is the superego and Valkyrie is the ego.
  • Foil: Is increasingly becoming one to Skulduggery. Whereas Skulduggery is working hard, partially thanks to her influence, to redeem himself and become a better person (and it seems to be working—contrast his actions in the first war to the one in The Last Stand of Dead Men), Valkyrie is taking several levels of jerkass, and seems to be attempting to emulate the person he was, rather than the man he's trying to be, as Fletcher points out. They're also foils in how they deal with their Super-Powered Evil Side. Whereas Skulduggery appears to be more or less in control of Lord Vile as of The Last Stand of Dead Men, in which he uses powerful Necromancy without his armour, and even before that took steps to lessen its influence, Valkyrie's alter-ego has taken complete control of her and refuses to change.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Darquesse.
  • Giving The Necromancer Cane To An Elemental
  • Healing Factor: As Darquesse.
  • Hearing Voices: Probably not a good sign. They continue after Darquesse is gone.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a minor breakdown in Last Stand of Dead Men after Stephanie tries to kill her and drives her out of the house, but she goes practically catatonic after killing a woman in a fight. Darquesse takes full advantage.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Davina Marr accuses her of this and being smitten with Skulduggery in Dark Days, but it's more prominent from Death Bringer onward.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Caelan. Caelan. Caelan.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her primary motivation for joining Skulduggery. Deconstructed, because...well... Darquesse.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Darquesse
  • Just a Kid: Gets this from others a lot. Sometimes it's justified.
  • Kid Detective: Is 18 by the Dying of the light, though she'll be older is phase 2.
  • Kid Sidekick: In phase 1 at least.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Morality Chain: She and Skulduggery are mutual ones for each other. He's talked her out of becomes Darquesse three times now and it was the thought of her that stopped him from becoming Lord Vile.
  • Morality Pet: For Skulduggery and... strangely... China.
  • Mouthy Kid
  • Name of Cain: She chose it after Skulduggery mentioned she shared his penchant for "raising cain".
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She starts being a little nicer to her reflection in Kingdom of the Wicked.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Power of the Void: Removing Darquesse from Valkyrie leaves her with no True Name; and direct access to the Source of Magic in the form of white lightning.
  • Precocious Crush: Davina Marr accused her of having one of these on Skulduggery in Dark Days. Valkyrie's response is to try and hit her.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: In book six. More sulking than actual rage.
  • Recruitment By Rescue
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Sealing her name pretty much gave Darquesse free reign when a Remnant tried to possess Valkyrie. Thankfully, it didn't last.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: In Last Stand of Dead Men.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Darquesse, oh so much.
  • Tagalong Kid: At first.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: According to Fletcher, she's become this. It sort of rings true.
  • Thanatos Gambit: When cornered by Lord Vile, she gets Melancholia to kill her on purpose. Darquesse comes to play instead.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she was always competent even as a normal 12 year old, once she discovers her magic and gets trained up by an Action Girl, a Guile Hero and a Necromancer she becomes quite formidable. Then she becomes Darquesse for two minutes and becomes terrifying.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While she isn't intentionally cruel, she's had an increasing number of Kick the Dog moments from "Death Bringer" onwards.
  • The Watson: One of the features of being raised as a mortal.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fletcher giver her a pretty epic calling out in "Death Bringer".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kills her baby sister to give her control of the Sceptre of the Ancients. She brings her back to life instantly, though she still feels terrible about it.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Fletcher in "Death Bringer".

     Skulduggery Pleasant/ Lord Vile
I'm sophisticated, charming, suave, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized.

The titular Skeleton Detective, a centuries-old sorcerer with endless charm and wit. When his old friend Gordon Edgley dies under mysterious circumstances, Skulduggery's investigation leads to him taking Stephanie under his wing, eventually becoming her mentor and partner.

     Ghastly Bespoke

A kindly tailor and former boxer, and longtime ally to Skulduggery. He has born gruesome scars all over his head since birth.

     China Sorrows

A librarian and magical researcher who always seems to have her own agenda. Fluent in the language of magic, and so ethereally beautiful that anyone who lays eyes on her can't help but fall in love immediately.

     Tanith Low

An English woman who is a skilled sword-wielder. Forms a close friendship with Stephanie after they meet in China's library.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: remnant Tanith knows that Valkyrie is Darquesse and like all Remnants sees her as a messiah. Valkyrie is understandably freaked out
  • Action Girl
  • Book Ends: Combined with Mythology Gag. She was supposed to have been killed by the White Cleaver in the first book. Derek Landy was told that too many people were dying; so she was given a different fate instead. Finally, in the last book; she faces what it turned into, the Black Cleaver; and comments that she may have originally been destined to die during their first fight.
  • Bi the Way: The only 'romances' involving her that we see are with Ghastly and Sanguine, but she also casually mentions having once had "a bit of a thing" with Aurora.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Frequently the victim of this because the author wasn't allowed to kill her off in the first book.
  • Cool Big Sis: A surrogate sister for Valkyrie.
  • Demonic Possession: Of all the people who could have gotten permanently possessed by a remnant.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Spends half the series as a bad guy because of that remnant.
    • Heel–Face Turn: In The Dying of the Light, shortly before losing her Remnant.
  • Fangirl: Really, really loved Gordon's work.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather
  • Iron Buttmonkey
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • Light Is Not Good: Zig-zagged. After her Face–Monster Turn she mostly still looks like a pretty blonde woman, but every so often she lets the inner darkness show through by turning her lips and veins black.
    Tagline of The Maleficent Seven: And she's the bad guy
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Come and have a go. If you think you're hard enough.
  • Psycho for Hire: After being possessed.
  • Put on a Bus: In book six.
  • Really Gets Around: Both Davina Marr and Sanguine have commented on it.
    Sanguine: You seem to have dated everyone else...
  • Slut-Shaming: From characters like Mar and Sanguine. No one else seems to really care all that much.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Kingdom of the Wicked.
  • Tyke Bomb: Revealed to be trained as an assassin since the age of eight.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Sanguine.
  • Villain Protagonist: In her spinoff book The Maleficent Seven.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Has shades of this in the first book. She feels really guilty about sending Cleavers to their deaths to save Skulduggery, something that Skulduggery and Ghastly have come to accept.

     Fletcher Renn

An English boy who becomes the Last of His Kind in The Faceless Ones when all the other Teleporters are hunted down and killed. He is brought under the protection of Skulduggery and Valkyrie, later joining their team as a fully-fledged member.

     The Reflection / Stephanie Edgley 

Skulduggery brings Stephanie's reflection to life by casting a spell on her mirror. The reflection takes her real self's place at home and at school when she's out with Skulduggery.

     Omen Darkly 

A teenager attending Corrival Academy, and the newest member of the team in Resurrection. He is the brother of the famous Chosen One, Auger Darkly, who is prophesied to save the world from a great evil.
  • Kid Hero: By the time he enters the narrative in Phase Two, even Valkyrie has reached adulthood, making him the youngest of the main cast.
  • The Unchosen One: His brother, Auger, is The Chosen One, while Omen grew up largely ignored. In this way, the heroics he eventually accomplishes in Resurrection are entirely due to his own merit.

The Dead Men

Skulduggery Pleasant

See Main Characters

Ghastly Bespoke

See Main Characters

     Dexter Vex

     Erskine Ravel (SPOILERS) 

     Anton Shudder 

     Saracen Rue 

  • Author Avatar: Derek Landy has confirmed via Q&A at a book signing that Saracen Rue would be his taken name. His power of "knowing things" is him simply knowing what's coming up next in the book at convenient times seeing as he's the author.
  • Drama Queen: Downplayed, but it is considered notable when he's not the first one to complain about something.
  • Psychic Powers: Apparently not, but he "knows things". Only Ravel knows what exactly his power is.
  • Really Gets Around:
    Saracen: Remember the psycho sisters? What were their names? [...]
    Shudder: Did you seduce them too?
    Saracen: No! Well, not at the same time...



Major Villains

     Nefarian Serpine 

A former general of the sorcerer Mevolent, responsible for the deaths of Skulduggery Pleasant's wife and child, as well as Skulduggery himself. The Big Bad of the first book in the series, who tries to bring back the [[Eldritch Abomination Faceless Ones by obtaining the Book of Names.
  • Evil Gloating: You can totally tell that his conversations with Skulduggery are the most fun he's had in years.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Lampshaded.
    Nefarian: So here we are again, detective. You, at my mercy, me, merciless.
    Skulduggery: You, talking. I thought you'd have grown out of the whole villainy thing by now, Nefarian.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Re-read the part where he's having his little moment with Skulduggery. If it weren't for the fact that Skulduggery was chained to a chair, it almost would seem like they really are, as Skulduggery puts it, "two guys chatting."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Doubles with Exact Words: By turning himself undead, the Sceptre of the Ancients (which cannot be used unless the last owner is dead) will respond to him, and anyone else who uses it, and Skulduggery is able to use it to kill him permanently.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Skulduggery, using the Sceptre of the Ancients.
  • Our Liches Are Different: while making himself undead doesn't seem to affect his magic he becomes impervious to harm and immune to pain. Aside from that he's no different than a usual necromancer.
  • Red Right Hand: Literally. Anyone he points it at suffers an agonizing death. Unless they're already dead...
  • Squishy Wizard: Has some very formidable, very scary powers that he's all too happy to use on people...and then he goes and gets his ass kicked by Skulduggery whenever forced into close-combat. Repeatedly.
  • The Starscream: In the alternate universe. betrays both Mevolent and China

     Baron Vengeous 

Another former general of Mevolent's, a zealot and devout follower of the Faceless Ones. He plans to call them back to this reality by using the Grotesquery in Playing With Fire.

     Batu/ Patrick "Paddy" Hanratty 

The mastermind behind the Diablerie's plot to bring back the Faceless Ones - a mortal farmer born into a family of mages. He desires to become a vessel for the Faceless Ones. The Big Bad of The Faceless Ones.

     The Faceless Ones 

A race of formless beings who enslaved humanity thousands of years ago, ruling over them as gods. They were sealed away into another dimension by the Ancients.


A Russian assassin for hire, whose body is cursed to slowly rot away. He wears a mask that injects a serum into his flesh in order to prevent the decay. Hired by the Man with the Golden Eyes in Mortal Coil to murder Davina Marr.

     Lord Vile 

The final of Mevolent's three generals, and the most powerful. A feared Necromancer of peerless power, who held all of his magic in his suit of armour. His true identity is that of Skulduggery Pleasant, whose rage after his family's death led to him becoming a Necromancer after being resurrected as a skeleton.

     Melancholia St Clair/The Death Bringer 

A young Necromancer who is "selected" by her master, Vandameer Craven, to become the Death Bringer - the saviour of the Necromancers. Craven carves symbols into her flesh that cause her to continuously undergo the Surge that most sorcerers only experience once in their lifetime, granting her massive amounts of power. One of the major villains in Death Bringer.

     Alternate Universe Mevolent 

The very same sorcerer who tried to conquer the world centuries ago, albeit a version from a timeline in which he succeeded. An Elemental sorcerer of incredible power and skill, and follower of the Faceless Ones.


The true name of Walden d'Essai, who seeks to grant magic to everyone in the world in order to achieve peace and equality. One of the major villains in Kingdom of the Wicked.

     The Man With the Golden Eyes 

A mastermind lurking behind the scenes for a large part of the series, working with the Roarhaven mages towards some inscrutable goal. Capable of wiping the memories of anyone who speaks with him, leaving his identity a mystery until Last Stand of Dead Men.
See Erskine Ravel


A sorcerer of unstoppable power, predicted to destroy the world and lay waste to humanity. The ultimate Big Bad of Phase One of the series. She is the true name of Valkyrie Cain, and manifests as a remorseless, murderous personality that begins to wrestle control of Valkyrie's body away from her as time goes on.
  • A God I Am
  • Axe-Crazy
  • The Antichrist
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • Darquesse could have done some serious damage to the Jitter Girls but didn't because she got bored. Darquesse got bored mid fight with Lord Vile and chased a helicopter. She also got distracted by her reflection in Tanith's sword.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Her introduction.
  • Blue and Orange Morality
  • Body Surf: Does this in order to survive as an untethered entity (a.k.a. ghost) before eventually settling down in Stephanie's body.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Darquesse seems to enjoy having Lord Vile beat the crap out of her. It's not certain if Lord Vile feels the same. He doesn't exactly say much.
  • Cruel Mercy: How Darquesse deals with Ravel.
    Darquesse: What mercy?
  • Dark Action Girl: Even without her magic, Darquesse still has the same training Valkyrie does.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even after being separated from Valkyrie she still has her moments.
  • Defence Mechanism Super Power / Death Activated Super Power: For Valkyrie initially.
  • Enemy Without: Eventually she's forced out of Valkyrie and possesses Stephanie's corpse instead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Darquesse gets pretty pissed off with Ravel for murdering Ghastly and goes out of her way to punish him in The Dying of the Light. She's also in love with Skulduggery. This does not stop her from trying to maim/kill him, but she does feel bad afterwards.
  • For the Evulz: She could easily win most fights from a distance without getting her hands dirty but she enjoys pointless violence, murder and chaos.
  • Giving the Sword to a Noob: Hilariously averted, when Darquesse tries fighting with the God Killer.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: It's a good thing that Darquesse can heal otherwise her fights with Lord Vile and Mevolent would have been remarkably one sided.
  • How Much More Can She Take?: Lord Vile slits Darquesse's throat, shoves his thumb in her eye and generally delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that leaves her on the brink of death. She pretty much walks it off. On one hand... yay! Skulduggery didn't kill Valkyrie! On the other hand... Darquesse. Just. Doesn't. Die.
    • In Kingdom of the Wicked she survives her heart being crushed, her jaw being burnt off and beheading.
  • It Amused Me: Having fun and experiencing new things is pretty much the motivation for everything she does, without the slightest care or second thought as to the consequences of her actions.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Her response to having her head cut off is simply "Oh Hell".
  • Not Worth Killing: Darquesse considers Ravel this.
  • Off with Her Head!: Courtesy of Mevolent.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Darquesse is prophesied to be this, but has mainly restricted herself to tearing apart people who are trying to kill her or in her way. She outright stated that she doesn't want to destroy the world because "it's funny."
    • She goes all the way in The Dying of the Light. Thankfully, it's a trick.
  • One-Man Army: Darquesse literally takes out an entire army in Last Stand of Dead Men.
  • Pet the Dog: Darquesse saves China after the latter hesitates in trying to kill her.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Fits type B to a tee.
  • Reality Warper: Not only can Darquesse fly, create massive blasts of energy and generally bend the laws of psychics to her will she has demonstrated the ability to use black fire to erase things and people from existence fundamentally breaking the conservation of energy law.
  • Sadist: She admits to getting satisfaction and pleasure from fighting, killing and destroying.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: To Valkyrie
  • Teens Are Monsters: She's 18 by the end of the series and a psychotic, omnicidal, mass murderer.

     Lethe / Savant Vega 

An enigmatic masked figure who leads the anti-Sanctuary in their goal to both resurrect Abyssinia, and bring war between sorcerers and mortals. Has held a man named Savant Vega hostage for five years in order to force their husband into the anti-Sanctuary.


A powerful sorceress who served under Mevolent before finding incredible power of her own. Subsequently killed by the combined forces of the Dead Men and the Diablerie, she was reduced to a heart and locked away.

Recurring/Minor Villains

     Vaurien Scapegrace

The self-proclaimed "Killer Supreme", an incredibly ineffectual mage who has yet to actually kill anybody. A bumbling, but tenacious foe of Valkyrie and Skulduggery. Gets turned into a zombie by Dreylan Scarab in Dark Days.


Scapegrace's eventual sidekick, and the first man he turns into a zombie after becoming one himself. Doggedly accompanies his master, and may be the only person more ineffectual than him

     The Torment 

A Child of the Spider with a hatred for mortals, who lives in Roarhaven - a town made up entirely of sorcerers. A grouchy and malicious old man, capable of transforming into a massive spider-like creature.


A vampire who is hired by Baron Vengeous to assist in his plans. Clashes with Valkyrie in Playing With Fire, swearing revenge against her after she permanently scars his face.

     Billy-Ray Sanguine 

A hired killer from America, who wears sunglasses at all times in order to hide his empty eye sockets. His powers include being able to tunnel through the earth, and he also owns a straight razor that inflicts scars that cannot heal.
  • Berserk Button: Taking his razor.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Valkyrie causes him to lose his tunneling power when she almost kills him with Tanith's sword. He slowly gets better, but still needs a Doctor to repair his wounds.
  • Cool Shades
  • Deep South
  • Eyeless Face: Of the empty eye-socket variety.
  • It's Personal: With Valkyrie after she permanently wounds him.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Black Cleaver.
  • Knife Nut: His knife (or razor) is unique in that the cuts caused by it will leave nasty, disfiguring scars no amount of magic can heal - a form of magic in its own.
  • Ladykiller in Love: His crush on Tanith was pretty hilarious. Until Mortal Coil.
  • Psycho for Hire: This means he sometimes ends up on the hero's side with enough incentive.
  • Slashed Throat
  • Took a Level in Badass: After spending the last few books magically crippled thanks to Valkyrie, he is in full badass mode in The Maleficent Seven.
  • Tunnel King: His main power note  is being able to tunnel through walls and the ground. He can also grab you, pull you into the ground and leave you there so you're stuck.
  • Would Hurt a Child

     Spring-Heeled Jack 

A legendary English serial killer known as the "Terror of London", whose magic allows him to leap great heights and distances. A battle with Tanith Low drags him into the paths of Skulduggery and Valkyrie.

     Davina Marr 

An American sorcerer who is hired by the Irish Sanctuary, but is secretly working for the Man with the Golden Eyes.

     Eliza Scorn 

The head of the Church of the Faceless Ones, and longstanding rival to China Sorrows. She plots to bring her organisation back to its former glory.

     Kitana's Gang 

Kitana, Sean, Doran and Elsie - a group of teenage mortals who are granted dangerous amounts of power by Argeddion in Kingdom of the Wicked. They use their newfound magic to wreak havoc and kill anyone who tries to stop them, eventually causing Elsie to leave the group.


A powerful sorcerer who leads the warlocks.

The Necromancers

     Solomon Wreath 

A pleasant man who becomes Valkyrie's mentor in Necromancy after Skulduggery is taken away by the Faceless Ones. One of the more sociable of the Necromancers.

     Auron Tenebrae 

The leader of the Necromancer Order in Ireland, who hides his fair share of secrets.

     Vandameer Craven 

A sycophantic aide to Tenebrae, who secretly plans to overthrow him using Melancholia St. Clair's newfound power as the "Death Bringer".

     The White Cleaver/The Black Cleaver 

A skilled soldier of the Sanctuary who is captured by Nefarian Serpine and killed, before being brought back to life in an experiment. Seemingly unstoppable, and he serves whichever Necromancer is the strongest.
  • Back from the Dead: Naturally, as he is a zombie. Done once again in Last Stand of Dead Men when he becomes the Black Cleaver.
  • Empty Shell
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Justified, as he becomes the servant of whichever Necromancer is the strongest.
  • Implacable Man: At least until Death Bringer.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Tanith, finally, in ''The Dying of the Light.
  • The Undead
  • The Worf Effect: He's a completely unstoppable badass, who lasts all of five seconds against Lord Vile before he's ripped apart. Similarly, the Black Cleaver beats the crap out of Skulduggery until he uses Necromancy.

The Edgley Family

     Desmond Edgley 

Valkyrie's father, and younger brother of Gordon and Fergus. A bumbling but caring figure who rarely seems to take anything seriously.

     Melissa Edgley 

Valkyrie's mother, who cares greatly for her daughter and does her best to reign in her husband.

     Gordon Edgley 

Valkyrie's uncle, a famous author who became a part of the hidden world of magic and based all of his works on stories he had heard from real-life sorcerers. His death is what kickstarts the events of the series. A form of him returns as a memory dwelling in an Echo Stone, allowing him to become Valkyrie's adviser even after his death.

     Beryl Edgley 

Valkyrie's snobbish aunt, the wife of Fergus and mother of Carol and Crystal.

     Fergus Edgley 

Beryl's meek husband, and brother to Desmond and Gordon.

     Crystal and Carol Edgley 

A pair of sisters Valkyrie labels "the Toxic Twins", the children of Beryl and Fergus, who act nothing but rude to their cousin. As the series goes on, their attitudes towards Valkyrie soften however, and they become closer.


     Mr. Bliss 

A man with incredible physical strength, making him one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. The somewhat-estranged brother of China Sorrows.

     Finbar Wrong 

A seemingly-clueless tattoo artist who doubles as a skilled Sensitive capable of foreseeing the future.

     Professor Kenspeckle Grouse 

A grumpy old sorcerer who specialises in healing and science magic. Forms a close bond with Valkyrie despite their differences.


Professor Grouse's sweet assistant, who seems utterly detached from reality.

     Remus Crux 

A Sanctuary detective who is hired to replace Skulduggery after the Skeleton Detective is fired.


A youthful-looking vampire, who was cast out from his society for murdering a fellow vampire. Works with Valkyrie to bring back Skulduggery from the realm of the Faceless Ones, but develops an attraction for her.

     Doctor Nye 

A mysterious and infamous scientist who sided with Mevolent during the Great War. Valkyrie visits it in order to have her True Name sealed, but it takes advantage of her helpless state to experiment on her body.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Nobody is sure whether it's a he/she/whatever.
    • It eventually turns out that Nye's species doesn't have genders.
  • And I Must Scream: Perpetrator and victim. Its eyes and mouth have been sewn shut at one point and someone cut off its nose.
  • Ax-Crazy: Certainly seems unstable from time to time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It has it's moments.
  • Dirty Coward: Openly admits to running away from its fair share of conflicts.
  • For Science!: It only agreed to give Scapegrace a body to see if it could do it. It sort of succeeded - it managed to put Scapegrace's brain into a new body, but not the one he wanted.
  • Friendly Enemy: Seems to be on these terms with Valkyrie after the operation.
  • Graceful Loser: After operating on Valkyrie during life-threatening circumstances, it seems to take it rather well considering the fact that it lost an opportunity to look for a soul (And y'know, the fact that it threatened to kill her).
  • Mad Doctor
  • The Medic: Replaces grandfatherly and grumpy Kenspeckle in Death Bringer.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
  • Noodle People: One of the few things described. It's seemingly "Spider-like".
  • The Noseless: A bloody scab where it should be.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Barely described. Whatever is described seems... inhuman.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Nye spends most of its time in Mortal Coil being condescending, sick and twisted, and is not at all intimidated by Valkyrie, even when she's alive with her magic. When she is dead with necromancer magic, on the other hand, it's practically wetting itself with fear. This is a hint that Lord Vile is also dead
  • Shout-Out: When it dissects the conscious Valkyrie on the operating table, it's very reminiscent of Claire Bennet's trials and tribulations in Heroes.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: It does this to Valkyrie after sealing her name.
  • Torture Technician: Nye laments the fact that the undead people it experiments on cannot feel the pain of the procedure.

     Madame Mist 

A sibling of the Torment's - a fellow Child of the Spider living in Roarhaven. During the political crisis, she is elected a Sanctuary Elder, although her true allegiance lies withe the Man with the Golden Eyes.

     Frightening Jones 

A sorcerer and old friend (and previous lover) of Tanith Low's.

     The Monster Hunters (Donegan Bane and Gracious O'Callaghan) 

A pair of men who make a name for themselves by hunting down dangerous creatures and writing about their exploits.

  • Hand Blast: Bane fires off a couple here and there.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners
  • Lovable Nerd
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Their idea of a perfect kid's book is a version of Where's Wally? where the Wally figure is hidden is a pile of corpses.
  • One of Us: invoked Gracious, definitely. He even wears a shirt with the slogan NERD.
  • Super Strength: Gracious is strong enough to knock the ten-foot slab of meat that is Charivari on his ass.
  • Those Two Guys: Introduced as part of Dexter Vex's team in the Maleficent Seven and have yet to be seen apart.

     General Mantis 
  • Ambiguous Gender: Like Nye, Mantis is only referred to as "it". We eventually learn that their species doesn't have genders.
  • Cool Mask: A gas mask, for some reason.
  • The Heavy: For much of Last Stand of Dead Men Bisahalani's the guy calling the shots on the opposing side, and the Man with the Golden Eyes is the Big Bad, but Mantis is the one leading the Mooks, so it's the most direct antagonist.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once the Sanctuaries stop fighting each other and start fighting the Warlocks.
  • Mercy Kill: Given one by Skulduggery.
  • Mook Lieutenant: In charge of Grand Mage Bisahalani's army.
  • Never Bare Headed: Never takes off its gas mask.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: It only opposes the heroes because it happens to work for the opposing Sanctuary. Before and after the War, it worked along side the protagonists against greater threats.
  • The Strategist: The battle's it commanded were always successful.