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Characters: Skulduggery Pleasant
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Main Characters

     Stephanie Edgley / Valkyrie Cain / Darquesse 
  • 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: Type III.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The destiny of Darquesse
  • Berserk Button: Harming Skulduggery or her family.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Anna Foley's.
    The Reflection: Anna Foley doesn't like you.
    Valkyrie: Just do it!
  • Daddy's Girl
  • 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 BSOD: 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 last book.
  • Kid Sidekick
  • 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":.
  • Woman in Black
  • 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 

     Ghastly Bespoke 

     China Sorrows 

     Tanith Low 

  • 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
    • 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 

     The Reflection / Stephanie Edgley 

The Dead Men

Skulduggery Pleasant

See Main Characters

Ghastly Bespoke

See Main Characters

     Dexter Vex 

     Erskine Ravel (SPOILERS) 

     Anton Shudder 

     Saracen Rue 

  • 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...

     Hopeless 

     Larrikin 

  • Man Hug: Attempt to give one to Shudder. Which turned into a wrestling match.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Posthumous Character: Killed months before the end of the war.
  • Sixth Ranger: Was an occasional fill in (notably when Ravel was injured and Skulduggery went "walkabout") but officially joined the group after Hopeless dies.

Major Villains

     Nefarian Serpine 

     Baron Vengeous 

     Batu/ Paddy 

     The Faceless Ones 

     Tesseract 

     Lord Vile 

     Melancholia St Clair/The Death Bringer 

     Alternate Universe Mevolent 

     Argeddion 

     The Man With the Golden Eyes 

See Erskine Ravel

     Darquesse 

  • A God I Am
  • 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.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Her introduction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in 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
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: To Valkyrie

Recurring/Minor Villains

     Vaurien Scapegrace 

     Thrasher 

     The Torment 

     Dusk 

     Billy-Ray Sanguine 

  • 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

     Davina Marr 

     Eliza Scorn 

     Kitana's Gang 

     Charivari 

The Necromancers

     Solomon Wreath 

     Auron Tenebrae 

     Vandameer Craven 

     The White Cleaver/The Black Cleaver 

  • 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 

     Melissa Edgley 

     Gordon Edgley 

     Beryl Edgley 

     Fergus Edgley 

     Crystal and Carol Edgley 

Others

     Mr. Bliss 

     Finbar Wrong 

     Professor Kenspeckle Grouse 

     Clarabelle 

     Remus Crux 

     Caelan 

     Doctor Nye 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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

     Madame Mist 

     Frightening Jones 

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


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