Characters: The Belgariad

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Characters appearing in The Belgariad. Needs more work. Spoilers and Loads and Loads of Deadpan Snarkers abound!!!

    The Belgariad 

Garion's Companions

Garion (Belgarion)

"Why me?"

Grandson of Belgarath and nephew of Polgara, Garion was raised as a scullery lad on a farm in Sendaria, completely ignorant of his family's near-divine status, or his role in the Prophecy. When Zedar the Apostate steals the Orb of Aldur, Garion's aunt and grandfather drag him on a cross-country journey, during which he learns that he is a sorcerer, the long-lost King of Riva, and the Child of Light of which the Prophecy speaks.


Daughter of Belgarath, and twin sister of Beldaran of Riva, Polgara was the first female disciple of Aldur, and is the long-time guardian of the Rivan King's line. Haughty and regal, Polgara is a deeply affectionate woman at her core, and Garion's safety and security is her foremost concern.
  • The Ageless: Hasn't aged since she hit her thirties.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Polgara was very close to her sister and outlived her thanks to being a sorcerer.
    "To this very day, if you're impolite enough to ask Polgara how old she is, she'll probably say something like, 'We're about three thousand- or so.' Beldaran's been gone for a long time, but she still looms very large in Polgara's conception of the world."
  • Animal Motifs: A snowy owl.
  • Badass: She stormed a castle in order to save Garion, resisted a god trying to submit her to his will, banished a freakin demon (though in that instance, Aldur was helping her a little), and is pretty much as feared as her father (if not more). She gets it from her mother.
  • Brainy Brunette: Their mother sorcerously altered both twins in the womb to prepare them for their roles in life, including making Polgara this as opposed to Beldaran's blonde hair.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When she decides to transform Salmissra into a giant snake, thus freeing her from all her human nature and all the drugs her body was suffering from.
  • Dark Chick: Torak always kept this place in his Five-Bad Band open for her.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Her mortal lover died during the fall of Vo Wacune, she eventually came back stronger but it was a long road.
  • Magical Nanny: Polgara plays this role as caretaker of the Rivan line for two thousand years. And her cooking... divine!
  • Mama Bear: Dear gods, yes.
  • Mind Rape: She can cast illusions which are guaranteed to make her victims beg her to stop. She's very prone to do this when doing interrogations.
  • The Not So Harmless Punishment: She gives back her vision to a seer, preventing her from have visions anymore, something which utterly breaks the seer in question.
  • Parental Substitute: To Garion and later Errand.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • Skunk Stripe: Her trademark.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Tantrum Throwing: Polgara does this at least twice. She is noted in the book to be quite spectacular at this, not to mention severely dangerous, given that she could level a small country if so inclined.
  • True Blue Femininity: when not on her earth-tone coloured travelling clothes, she wears blue dresses reserved for special occasions.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman


Garion's ultimate grandfather and the most renowned sorcerer in the world, Belgarath is Aldur's senior disciple, a position that sees him treated as royalty by the Alorn kings, and a bogeyman by the Angaraks. Dedicated to the fulfillment of the Prophecy, Belgarath has spent 7000 years fighting keep the universe from spinning off its course.
  • The Ageless
  • Animal Motifs: A wolf
  • Badass
  • Doomed Hometown: Though he hadnt lived there for centuries, Belgarath is upset when he discovers that his unnamed home village was destroyed in the Torak cataclysm.
  • Disappeared Dad: Belgarath's mother died when he was a child, and he doesnt know who his father was.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Belgarath has several bad habits- the stealing and overimbibing and all that business in Maragor after Poledra's death- and he generally looks like a tramp, but he is still Aldur's first disciple and quite capable of demonstrating why all the Grolims are terrified of him.
  • Elderly Immortal
  • Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have: He's the oldest person in the world short of the gods and looks appropriately venerable for an aged sorcerer, yet pulls this off when he strips to his briefs to dive into a lake and shows off his impressive physique in the process.
  • Interspecies Romance: His beloved wife was originally a wolf he encountered in wolf form while travelling, and became his companion, and eventually his lover when she learned how to shapeshift from him.
  • Large Ham: He is a professional story teller and he uses it whenever he can.
  • The Mentor
  • Mundane Utility: Most of the sorcerors in the world do everything the normal way unless they have a good reason to use magic, Belgarath uses magic for everything unless he's trying to hide
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Belgarath has elevated this to an art form.
  • Papa Wolf: To the world.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Deliberately.
  • Terror Hero: Let's put it this way: In the Angarak faith, he holds the roughly same position as Satan does in the Abrahamic religions. All Angaraks are utterly terrified of him.
  • Time Abyss: Easily the oldest living human at 7,000 years. Only the gods and a certain tree have any time on him.
  • The Tramp: Wanders the world dressed as a vagabond.
  • Underdressed for the Occasion: Greets kings while dressed as a tramp.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He was born as Garath in a now long forgotten village, and was orphaned as a child. He ran away in his teens after getting a beating from a farmer who's daughter he got caught necking with, and ended up in Aldurs valley. When the Torak cataclysm occured centuries later, Belgaraths hometown was destroyed, severing the last link to his past.
  • Wizard Beard
  • Wizard Classic: In appearance if not necessarily attitude.


Garion's oldest and most loyal friend, Durnik was the smith at Faldor's Farm and accompanied he and Polgara when Zedar stole the Orb. A deeply practical man with an enormous crush on Polgara, Durnik's bravery and common sense serve the company well on their trek across the world.
  • An Axe to Grind: Often uses his woodsman's axe in the first series.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of the Belgariad. One of only two exceptions in history to All Deaths Final.
  • Badass
    • Badass Normal: Is an ordinary blacksmith with little formal battle training traveling among professional warriors and sorcerers. Still kicks ferocious amounts of ass (it helps that all that smithy work has made him ridiculously strong).
  • The Blacksmith
  • Boring but Practical: Durnik's ideas are rarely exciting or terribly complex, but they inevitably work.
  • Drop the Hammer: As a blacksmith he's quite proficent with one of these. In The Malloreon he gains a magic one with similar properties to the Sword of the Rivan King.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Garion. He's old enough to be the boy's father, yet their relationship is very much that of two good friends.
  • The Lancer: To Garion.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: At the beginning Durnik is just a Sendarian blacksmith in the company of a master thief, a Cherek berserker and two sorcerers. He become more and more prominent as the story goes along though.
  • Power Glows: His hammer in the second series.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the Disciples of Aldur.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Repeatedly, including two assists from the gods.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: One of the reasons for his success as a fighter in the first series. Durnik may not be a warrior, but he's a big man and as a smith he possesses formidable upper body strength. He gains more talent as the story progresses.


The Earl of Trellheim, and cousin to King Anheg of Cherek, Barak is a boisterous warrior who hides a dark secret—he is suffering under a curse that regularly transforms him into a beast. Unhappily married, and terrified of what he is becoming, Barak buries his fears under an uncaring facade, and devotes himself to the protection of Garion.
  • An Axe to Grind: Carries a waraxe along with his sword.
  • Bad Ass
  • Beard of Barbarism/Seadog Beard: All Chereks are Vikings at the end of the day.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Called "The Dreadful Bear" for a reason.
  • The Berserker: Barak's an unwilling heroic example. Apparently this kind of thing is common in Cherek warriors, even the ones who don't turn into bears.
  • The Big Guy: He fullfills this role in Pawn of Prophecy. In the later books he's The Hero of The Big Guy Band, doing his best to keep the likes of Hettar, Mandorallen, and Relg in line.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Barak's "curse" is to turn into a bear when Garion Heir to the long-empty throne of Riva and Overlord of the West by treaty is threatened. A rampaging, unstoppable bear. At first he thinks it's just a progressive ailment and attempts suicide, but once he gets filled in on the trigger conditions (i.e., his family is now the hereditary protectors of Garion's family), he contemplates tasteful ways to work it into his coat of arms. Who wouldn't want to advertise that?
  • Dual Wielding: With a sword in one hand and a battleaxe in the other.
  • Fiery Redhead: A male version
  • Genius Bruiser: A very good man in a fight, he's also very politically savvy, good at reading peoples' intentions, and has a philosophical way of looking at things.
  • In the Blood: His curse is genetic. His son, Unrak, turns into a bear when Garion's son, Geran is threatened.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Barak's hereditary "curse" is to turn into a bear when Garion is threatened.
  • Odd Friendship: With Silk
  • Protectorate: Garion's family is this to Barak's family.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Cousin to King Anheg of Cherek, Earl of Trellheim, Clan-Chief, and all around useful badass.

Kheldar (Silk)

"Trust me."

A Prince of the Drasnian royal house, and one of his nation's finest intelligence agents, Silk is a bad little man with an innumerable amount of disagreeable habits—not least of which is his loose understanding of the finer points of property ownership. A thief, a gambler, and a drunk, Silk is nonetheless one of the most valued members of the party from Sendaria, and one of Garion's closest friends after Durnik.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Silk is the greatest spy that Drasnia has ever produced, but he's also idiosyncratic to a fault. It's why he's never appointed 'Hunter' (the top agent of Drasnian Intelligence) or given an administrative role. His fellow Drasnian spies describe him as "brilliant but erratic."
  • Claustrophobia: After Relg helped him escape by going through rock.
    • He showed signs of mild claustrophobia in the initial trip through the caves of Ulgo. His experience with Relg later made it worse.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Deconfirmed Bachelor: Thanks to Liselle in the Mallorean.
  • Fiction 500: At one point in the Malloreon, Zakath is wondering if Silk's holdings in the empire should be shut down. One of his advisors points out that if they did, the empire's economy would collapse.
  • Gentleman Thief
  • Go-to Alias: He apparently has several, but his favorites are the down-on-his-luck spice merchant Ambar of Kotu, and the far more successful wholesaler Radek of Boktor.
  • Guile Hero
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If he likes you, he's sarcastic. If he doesn't like you, he's sarcastic. If he's worried, he's sarcastic. If he's feeling fine, he's sarcastic. Only a few things ever break through his shell of smartassery.
  • Knife Nut
  • Lethal Chef
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • May-December Romance: He's about twenty years older than Liselle.
  • The Navigator: As he frequently tell Belgarath, "I know a back way out of every place."
  • Professional Killer
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At one point during The Mallorean, certain parties conspire to have one of Silk's fellow spies killed. The woman in question is an old friend/enemy, but someone Silk had immense respect for. His response to their conspiracy eventually causes a mass exodus of all the most powerful people related to the plot, surrounded by guards, and many of them simply do not make it out.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Sarcastic Devotee: At one point Garion notes that he understands now why Belgarath was so consistently irritated at Silk throughout the entire series - leadership is hard enough without someone standing behind you providing a sarcastic running commentary.
  • Spare to the Throne: His uncle is the King of Drasnia, and for the longest time, Silk was his heir. The day that his cousin Crown Prince Kheva was born, Drasnia and Silk breathed a deep sigh of relief.
  • Unrequited Love: For his aunt-by-marriage, Queen Porenn.


A silent Algarian horseman, Hettar is the adoptive son of Clan-Chief Cho-Hag. Born with the ability to speak to horses, Hettar was left a bitter, damaged man when a band of Murgo raiders murdered his parents.
  • Anti-Hero: Hettar's habit of killing every Murgo he comes across is bad enough in the first series, but pushes him firmly into antihero territory once the Murgos become more fleshed out in the sequel.
  • Badass: Quite possibly the best cavalryman in the world, and very dangerous with that sabre of his.
  • The Big Guy: A member of The Big Five-Man Band; he plays Lancer to Barak.
  • The Dreaded: He's a nightmare figure among the Murgos.
  • Fights Like a Normal: The ability to talk to horses is pretty useful, but won't help much in a fight.
  • Happily Adopted: By Cho-Hag.
  • Happily Married: In the sequel.
  • The Quiet One
  • Pay Evil unto Evil
  • Revenge: Seeks to depopulate Cthol Murgos singlehandedly in vengeance for a Murgo raid that killed his parents. He has to be physically restrained by his friends to prevent him killing Murgos at inopportune times.
  • Serial Killer: How the Murgos view him, and they're not entirely wrong.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Speaks Fluent Horse.
  • The Stoic
  • Warrior Prince: The adopted son of Cho-Hag, King of Algaria.


The opinionated, pushy, and at times, downright insufferable daughter of Tolnedran Emperor Ran Borune, Ce'Nedra is Garion's destined fiancee—a fact that both of them are unaware of when they first meet. Arrogant and hotheaded, Ce'Nedra spends an inordinate amount of time fighting with Garion, or jockeying for position within the company. Her political skills are, however, second-to-none, and when she has to, Ce'Nedra can easily live up to her Prophetic nickname of "The Queen of the World".
  • A-Cup Angst: Her related argument with an unsympathetic armorer is hilarious.
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: Ce'Nedra initially does not believe in sorcery, despite having the ability to talk to trees as a result of her dryad heritage.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Garion to a truly hysterical degree.
  • Bling of War: Wears gold armour to impress the troops. It's justified as the armour isn't meant to protect her and she's not going to do any fighting. It's solely for it's appearance.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy, In The Malloreon, due to Zandramas' sorcery. And Harakan's. She's kind of a magnet for this stuff.
  • Break the Haughty
  • Breast Expansion: Ce'Nedra suggested that Polgara could use sorcery to correct her "deficiencies", but Polgara refused, using magic for plastic surgery is apparently very dangerous
  • Breast Plate: Justified, believe it or not. Ce'Nedra intends to speak to an army, and it's very important that she look like a queen and not a little girl (or boy). Problem is, she's very flat. So she has an armourer solve her problem (after a very long debate).
  • The Chick: Well, somebody had to do it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Garion does rescue her a couple of times
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She raises an international army just to provide cover for Garion sneaking off to fight Torak.
  • Fiery Redhead: Very much so.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Every Borune woman and any daughters she has are Dryads, but their sons are completely human. Because magic.
  • Generation Xerox: Ce'Nedra is virtually identical in appearance, voice and personality to every Borune woman since the Dryads entered the family line.
  • Girl Posse: A non-villainous example, Ce'Nedra is able to establish a clique of friends among the local women wherever she goes
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother was a Dryad. Technically, there's no "half" - female children of Dryads are always Dryads.
  • Happily Married: To Garion in The Malloreon.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Polgara tells her she shouldn't cry in public; she hasn't the right coloring for it.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Tolnedra is an equatorial country and much warmer than the Alorn kingdoms, and Dryads often dress very Stripperiffically, so Ce'Nedra often wears skimpy clothing and has a tendency towards casual nudity. This behaviour lead to the Sendarian ambassador resigning his post after walking in on her in lingerie.
  • It's All About Me: She eventually grows out of it.
  • Jerk Ass: For most of the first series.
  • Keep the Home Fires Burning: See Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?.
  • Lethal Chef: Ce'Nedra's cooking is only edible by a very loose definition of the term.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Until Book 4.
  • Mama Bear: after Geran is kidnapped.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Goads her own father into a fit at one point, just to get what she wants (it was for a good cause, honestly!)
  • Motor Mouth
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She has a reputation as a vapid pretty princess, but she's much smarter than she looks, and she's not above using her image to her advantage
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Shortly after her first appearance she tries to get out of going to Riva by sneaking out of Tol Honeth with dyed hair and an increasingly unconvincing false identity. It doesn't work, and even if it had, she almost immediately runs into the protagonists, who take her to Riva anyway. Because Destiny Says So.
  • Plant Person
  • Rebellious Princess
  • Rousing Speech: She's damn good at this. In fact it's why she was born in the first place.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In-Universe example. Dryad names always have an X in them, but hers seems to break the rule. In The Malloreon it's explained that it's supposed to be spelled "X'Nedra", but that Tolnedran speech patterns soften the pronunciation of the "X" to "Ce". Her mother, Xvanne, was called Cevanne by Ran Borune. After a moment of trying to pronounce it, Garion decides to keep calling her Ce'Nedra. At the end of the Mallorean, Garion also ponders that he's pretty sure she's privately added an "X" to the beginning of their daughter Beldaran's name.
  • Standard Hero Reward: She is literally described as Garion's "reward" for defeating Torak at their wedding. By the presiding priest. In almost those exact words.
  • Tantrum Throwing: She's thrown some impressive ones.
  • Tsundere: Ce'Nedra makes most anime Tsunderes look amateurish. A good capsule description of her is "Asuka, only having traded in all of her self-esteem issues for even more self-centeredness." In fact, setting aside the Zettai Ryouiki qualification, she's possibly the ultimate Shana Clone, surpassing all animated and Japanese versions with ease.
    • Some parts of the books are told from her point of view. It's truly fascinating to read her inner monologue, she can literally go from adoring Garion to hating him like the plague in the subsequent sentence.

Sir Mandorallen, Baron of Vo Mandor

The greatest knight in all of Arendia, by both his own, and everybody else's, admittance. Totally convinced of his invincibility Mandorallen is, in truth, very nearly as good as he thinks he is, and despite his towering egotism, is perhaps the ultimate example of a Knight In Shining Armour.
  • Armour Is Useless: Averted. Mandorallen's armour is probably the only reason he's still alive.
  • BADASS: He slays lions with his bare hands. He attacks Algroth packs for fun. He threatens Tolnedran legions by himself. He refuses to fight an enraged Garion—because he doesn't want to hurt him. In a World of Badass, Mandorallen manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest.
  • Badass Normal: All that crazy stuff we just mentioned? He does it with no powers or supernatural aid of any kind.
  • The Big Guy: The most archetypal example. In the Big Five-Man Band he's Big Squared.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Mandorallen is always spoiling for a chance to demonstrate his prowess.
  • The Champion: Ce'Nedra's.
  • The Dreaded: He's the most feared man in Arendia. Even Lelldorin and the other Asturians have heard of him.
  • Dumb Muscle: And rather proud of it.
  • Happily Married: Eventually.
  • Heroic Bastard: He is "The Bastard of Vo Mandor" due to some irregularities surrounding his birth.
  • Hidden Depths: Mandorallen isn't overly burdened with brains, but he's still got plenty of depth beneath his Knight In Shining Armour exterior, and is far more socially intuitive than many members of the group.
  • Honor Before Reason: In the first book of the Mallorean, Mandorallen, Relg, Barak, Hettar and Lelldorin were forbidden to accompany Garion and the others on the quest to retrieve Garion's son. Later on, they are told by Queen Porenn that Emperor Zakath intends to send the bulk of his Imperial Army in pursuit of Garion and his crew. Mandorallen, in all seriousness, stands up and proposes that their Big Five-Man Band go to Mallorea and take on the entire Mallorean army in order to keep them off Garion's back. Barak, in response to this, just puts his head down on the table and cries.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Knight in Shining Armor: So very much. Mandorallen is the archetype gained a life of its own.
  • Large Ham
  • Love Triangle: His love is married to an older man she respects far too much to cheat on. For that matter Mandorallen respects them both too much to ask her to. Eventually settled when her husband dies and Garion orders the two to get married in order to settle all this crap. Ending a war in the process.
  • Odd Friendship: With Lelldorin
  • One-Man Army
  • Parody Sue: Mandorallean is an Affectionate Parody of the knights from medieval fairy tales and Arthurian lore- virtually invincible, brave, noble beyond reproach and respected by his peers. Nonetheless, he's very dumb, he constantly throws himself into avoidable danger, he lacks the emotional maturity to handle fear, and that same Honor Before Reason attitude that makes him so heroic is also the cause of many problems in his life.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Played with in that Mandorallen skips the "butcherede" part by using it correctly and fluently, oh so very fluently. He does not write flowery one-page monologues in that style, the reaction to which of other Arendish courtiers is to spend whole nights frantically writting answers to be able to compete with him; he improvishes them.


"Don't touch me."

An Ulgo religious fanatic with a horror of being touched and an obsessive need to maintain his own purity, Relg is staggeringly judgemental—of both himself and of others. Needed by the company for his ability to walk through solid rock, Relg slowly loosens up, especially once the Prophecy starts throwing the Marag woman Taiba at him.


An Asturian patriot with more eagerness than brains, Lelldorin becomes fast friends with Garion after briefly joining up with the company. Constantly in trouble due to his inability to think things through, Lelldorin means well, and usually manages to do more good than harm.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Robin Hood and the swashbuckling hero archetype.
  • Altar the Speed: Lelldorin smacks a priest around until he agrees to marry he and Arianna. Done to prevent her from being shamed by travelling with a man who is not her husband.
  • The Big Guy: Big Chick.
  • Brainless Beauty: Male version.
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: Best archer of his generation, pretty good fencer, total idiot at every other aspect of life.
  • The Ditz
  • Flynning: When Leldorin first met Garion, Garion had just pulled him off his horse and attacked him with a sword. As they fight, Garion quickly realises that Lelldorin (who is a much better fencer at that time), is deliberately using inefficient and flashy moves, and avoiding actually hitting him because he's enjoying the duel so much and wants to prolong it as much as possible.
  • Good Is Dumb
  • Happily Married
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Although to be fair he wasn't exactly winning any Nobel Prizes to begin with
  • Odd Friendship: With Mandorallen
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Averted. Despite the fact that he and Arianna are an Asturian and a Mimbrate and married without her elder brother's consent they end up Happily Married.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Garion and anyone else he considers a friend.
    • Arguably it's both his best quality and greatest weakness- one of his first actions in the series is to insist on Garion knowing every detail of a plot to rebel against the crown that he is part of, since Garion is his friend and he trusts him totally. Despite the fact that he literally met Garion that day.

The Orb of Aldur (Cthrag Yaska)

A mystic stone that Aldur recovered from a river, the Orb is intimately connected to the Prophecy, and has the power to reshape the entire world at a whim. It can only be used by members of the Rivan King's family, whom it tends to treat like an overly helpful dog.

Errand (Eriond)


A totally innocent boy who was raised by Zedar, Eriond is actually the missing God of Angarak, and the only person other than Garion who can actually touch the Orb of Aldur.
  • A Boy and His X: He has a special bond with the Horse that Garion revived.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's described as being a "pure innocent", but he seems to suffer from some kind of learning disability: he can initially only say his own name and has problems speaking even after learning other words, and doesn't seem to understand the concept of danger, either with relation to his personal safety, or how dangerous the Orb is. It's actually because he's an ...
  • Amnesiac God: He was supposed to be a god but the Accident ended up causing Torak to replace him
  • Children Are Innocent: Zedar's thinking in picking him up, but there was more to it than that...
  • The Empath: He gains the ability to know people's inner thoughts and feelings during the Mallorean.
  • Parental Substitute: Polgara almost instantly becomes his surrogate mother and later Durnik later becomes his father figure
  • Phosphor-Essence: At the end of the Malloreon.
  • Purity Personified
  • Verbal Tic Name: Is originally called "errand" because it's the only word he seems to know.


The only survivor of the Marag race, Taiba is rescued from the dungeons of Rak Cthol by Garion and his companions.
  • Babies Ever After: And after. And after. It's actually her purpose- she and Relg together make the new Marags (and the next Gorim).
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: She's described as being very beautiful.
  • Happily Married: To Relg.
  • I Owe You My Life: 'Owe' is a stretch, but after Relg saves her life, she finds herself fascinated by him, due in some part to her gratitude for his saving her life.
  • Irony: When she was first rescued, she despised religion and honoured no god. As of the Malloreon, she and Relg are living in Maragor, under the eye of Mara.
  • Last Of Her Kind: She's the last living Marag, descended from those who were imprisoned and carried out of Maragor to be slaves. There were actually more Marags in the slave pens under Rak Cthol, but after the city was destroyed, she was the last one left.
  • Massive Numbered Children: Mara 'interferes' with her reproductive system after she and Relg marry and locate to Maragor, so Taiba keeps having children in twos and threes. We never see any of the kids, though, or get any kind of number- though given a God's capabilities, the number probably reached three digits at some point.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She had twin baby girls before Garion and co found her, but they were sacrificed by Ctuchik. This, above all, was the catalyst that drove her to escape, steal a knife and look for Ctuchik so she could kill him. (She got lost, which is when Garion and co found her.)
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Relg is outraged by her nakedness when they first meet, even when Taiba points out that she doesn't have any other clothes- and that she's not ashamed of her body, so she really has no reason to want more clothes.
  • Rape as Backstory: Almost certainly, sadly, though it never comes up.
  • Satellite Character: Taiba's whole reason for existing is to marry Relg and give birth to the Marags. That's it. She's rarely seen without Relg, and she isn't seen at all after the Belgariad concludes.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Relg started this way- both of them were attracted to each other, but Relg kept denouncing her sinful life, while she kept challenging him about his religion and some of his more illogical extremes.

The Kingdoms of the West

King Anheg of Cherek

  • Badass
  • Beard of Barbarism/Seadog Beard: Anheg is still a pirate at heart.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Anheg pretends to be far dumber than he really is.
  • Genius Bruiser: Anheg is a brutal Viking-style war chieftain. He's also one of the most widely read people on the continent, and can read The Book of Torak without endangering his mental health.
  • Horny Vikings
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Runs his nation, leads his army, and commands his fleet. He's also very intelligent and does his best to keep abreast of world events and assist Belgarath.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Subverted. When Ce'Nedra demands the Alorn kings follow her, Anheg sides with the conservative Brand and does all the order to preemptively sabotage any arguments Brand might raise against her.

Queen Islena of Cherek

  • Achievements in Ignorance: It's illegal to throw a priest into the dungeon without evidence. Islena doesn't know that, and Grodeg knows she doesn't know that — so he's forced to do everything Islena demands of him because he really doesn't want to be thrown into the dungeon. Anheg finds the entire situation hilarious.
  • Brainless Beauty: When Anheg is asked why he married her, his response is that "It certainly wasn't for her brains!"
  • Break the Haughty
  • Grew a Spine: During her confrontation with Grodeg.
  • Hot Consort: This is why Anheg married her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Initially Islena is a pompous wuss who caves in every time Grodeg shouts at her. She finally has enough, threatens to have him muzzled and thrown in jail, and ships he and the rest of the Bear-Cult off to join the army. Anheg is impressed.
  • Weak-Willed: Is initially totally under the thumb of Grodeg, Chief Priest of Belar. With some help from Merel and Porenn she eventually overcomes this.

Merel of Trellheim

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The characters in-universe believe that she's a spiteful, petty bitch who is choosing to make Barak's life hell. Many fans believe that she's a woman who's trapped in a marriage she doesn't want and is doing her best to get revenge on the man who, while drunk, later rapes her.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Barak, and she was very opposed to it.
  • Character Development: From shallow bitch to The Good Chancellor.
  • The Good Chancellor: To Islena, post-Character Development.
  • Happily Married: By the end, and after an intervention from the Purpose of the Universe itself.
  • Hidden Depths: Merel appears to be a shallow, petty bitch. The "petty" and the "bitch" are right on the money, but there's more to her than meets the eye, and we see it as early as Pawn of Prophecy when she stands up to Anheg on Barak and Garion's behalf.
  • Rape as Backstory: How her marriage with Barak started. She even locked the door and he knocked it down. No wonder she's incredibly spiteful to him at first.
    • This is, unusually, acknowledged by Barak at first, who seems to be genuinely contrite.

King Rhodar of Drasnia

  • Adipose Rex
  • Fat Idiot: Subverted. He is hugely obese, but this is because he prefers academic study to more physical pursuits.
  • Happily Married: To Porenn.
  • May-December Romance: He and his second wife, Porenn. Despite the age gap they are deliriously happy together.
  • The Smart Guy: Among the Kings of the West.
  • The Spymaster: Thanks to the work of his right-hand man, Javelin, Rhodar is privy to almost every secret in the world.
  • The Strategist: There are more... martially inclined kings than Rhodar, but none of them have his solid theoretical grasp of strategy and tactics.

Queen Porenn of Drasnia

Cho-Hag, Clan Chief of Clan Chiefs of Algaria

  • Handicapped Badass: Cho-Hag can barely stand, but that doesn't stop him from kicking ass. Justified as he, like most Algars, is a cavalryman, and lets his horse do the walking for him.
  • Happily Married
  • It's Personal: His hatred of Taur Urgas goes far beyond mere politics.
  • The Quiet One: Among the Alorn rulers, he and Brand share this role.
  • Sword Fight: Has an epic one with Taur Urgas.

Brand, The Rivan Warder

  • The Quiet One
  • Regent for Life: Brand is part of a long line of Rivan Warders, who vowed to rule the island and protect the Orb until the Rivan King returned. Unlike his predecessors, Brand is actually able to give up this position.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Brand has very conservative values, particularly as regards women. It's later revealed that a lot of this was just mummery. When Garion was made king (first one in millenia) and made Ce'Nedra co-ruler of Riva (completely unheard of), Brand set himself up as the leader of the traditionalists, fully intending to "cave in" at some point. By drawing the conservatives to him, he could keep genuinely conservative elements in check, and in the end discredit them by fully supporting the Royal family.

Emperor Ran Borune

  • Papa Wolf: To Ce'Nedra. Despite it being a binding treaty his nation signed, does everything he can to get Ce'Nedra out of the ceremony at Riva, where he fears she'll be humiliated. Despite constantly bickering with her, it's evident he loves her.
  • King on His Deathbed: In the Malloreon. He was already very old to start with, as the intrigue in Tolnedra in the Belgariad all centers around who his successor will be, so this is a Foregone Conclusion.
  • The Emperor: Well, duh. Tolnedra is actually a medium sized country leaning towards the smallish, but he still has a very long arm as Tolnedra is the economic powerhouse of most of the world and has an international highway system controlled by its legions who are, pound for pound, probably the best army in the world (though the Alorn kingdoms could overwhelm them if they combined forces). As a result, Ran Borune is not afraid to throw his weight around when it comes to politics, though he only gets his way some of the time.


  • Affably Evil: For a given value of evil, again, following her shapeshifting. Snakes don't generally see much point in being rude. You piss them off, they bite you. Then it's done.
  • Bad Boss: known for killing off incompetent/insubordinate underlings, though usually they manage to kill each other first.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sort of. For her shenanigans, Polgara transforms her into a giant snake, permanently. Actually ends up being a better monarch and, peculiarly, a much nicer person (relatively speaking), this way.
  • Character Development: Actually rather improves after being turned into a snake and, while being coldly logical, is generally quite polite.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Has a nasty habit of killing off her eunuchs on a whim, and is described as having the most absolute, iron-fisted rule over her people out of all the monarchs in the West.
  • Legacy Character: Picked at age 12 for her physical resemblance to the original Salmissra, and named as such.
  • Really Gets Around: Prior to her shapeshifting. The potions that keep her looking young have the side effect of making her really, really horny. This holds true for all previous Salmissras and is the reason for all the palace servants being eunuchs.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A curious variant. Personally, as a snake, she's somewhat disturbing to most people. Personality wise, however, she isn't that unpleasant.
  • Smug Snake: Ironically, she loses this quality after she transforms into a snake. Before, it was very much present.
  • The Spock: After she becomes a snake.



A Grolim priest whose history with Garion's family is as long as it is ugly. Having murdered Garion's parents, he has been spying on the boy since he was a child, in order that he might one day derail Belgarath and Polgara's efforts to turn him into a weapon to use against Torak.


A Dagashi assassin from Cthol Murgos, Brill entered the Kingdoms of the West disguised as a common criminal. Employed by Chamdar the Grolim, Brill outlives his former master, and dogs the party for much of Magician's Gambit, prior to his final confrontation with Silk.


"Justice? There's no such thing, Polgara. The strong do what they like; the weak submit. My Master taught me that."

Torak's eldest disciple and Belgarath's opposite number, Ctuchik is first and worst among the company's enemies in the original series. Aiming to prevent the fulfillment of the Prophecy of Light and gain control over the Orb of Aldur, Ctuchik desires not to awaken Torak, but to gain personal mastery over the world.

Taur Urgas

"Make way for the King of Algaria. He's mine!"

The mad king of Cthol Murgos, Taur Urgas could charitably be described as completely out of his mind. Prone to berserk rages during which foams at the mouth and loses all touch with reality, the Murgo king is feared by his allies, subordinates, and enemies alike.
  • Abusive Dad: Towards all of his sons.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cho-Hag and 'Zakath.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Axe Crazy: He actually foams at the mouth in combat.
  • Badass: A veritable force of nature on the battlefield.
  • The Berserker: Goes utterly mad(er) while fighting. He terrifies his troops, but at the same time, galvanises them. It's as though by giving into his madness they feel that they too may become as invincible as he.
  • Bling of War: Taur Urgas' chainmail is dipped in red Angarak gold. Rather than making it look overly pretty, it instead makes him look as though he has bathed in blood.
  • Blood Knight: He's always at war, sleeps in his armour, and orders his Praetorian Guard to clear the way for Cho-Hag so that he can fight him. And that's without even mentioning his Famous Last Words.
  • The Brute: He may be the King of Cthol Murgos, but one could definitely make the case of Taur Urgas being The Brute. He's got all the hallmarks of the personality: no empathy, totally Axe Crazy, a Berserker in combat, and he also seems to fit in terms of his position and role in the villainous hierarchy: he's the ruler of one of the largest countries subject to Torak, and provides manpower and muscle for the Angarak armies, while still being subject to Ctuchik, Torak's Dragon.
  • The Caligula: All the Urgas are Royally Screwed Up, but Taur Urgas is crazy even by their standards.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower/Power Born of Madness: He was strong enough to crush a metal goblet in one hand
  • Domestic Abuser: Beats his wives, keeps them under lock and key, tosses them down flights of stairs, occasionally kills them.
  • Famous Last Words: "Come back Cho-Hag! Come back and fight!"
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Fear, and a degree of Respect. See The Berserker for how.
  • It's Personal: With Silk and Cho-Hag.
  • Lack of Empathy: Taur Urgas is too insane to see anything outside of himself as real.
  • The Mentally Ill: In addition to his bloodthirstyness, Taur Urgas is prone to fits wherein he chews on the furniture. Garion has a sobering moment in The Malloreon when he realizes Taur Urgas wasn't just Ax-Crazy or Royally Screwed Up, but a deeply ill man who probably couldn't be held responsible for his own actions.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Sadism, brutality, and outright madness are hereditary in the Urga bloodline.
  • Sword Fight: Against Cho-Hag.

Zedar the Apostate

Once a disciple of Aldur, Zedar betrayed his brothers and joined up with Torak several thousand years before the series began. He later steals the Orb of Aldur from the Rivan King's throne room, kicking off the entire story. Depressed and self-loathing, Zedar is completely under the control of Torak, whom he hates, but continues to serve loyally.


The God of Angarak, Torak was left maimed and maddened after trying to steal the Orb of Aldur from his brother. Determined to be god over the whole world, Torak is the primary tool of the Dark Prophecy, and Garion's ultimate adversary in the original series.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Pogara.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To his father, UL, to the point where he flatout refuses to admit there is a relationship.
  • Arch-Enemy: Garion
  • Beauty Is Bad: The most beautiful god, and the most flat out evil, complete with being obsessed with his own appearance.
  • Bishōnen: Before he got his face toasted.
  • Cain and Abel: With all of his brothers, but most notably, Aldur.
  • The Chosen One: By the Dark Prophecy
  • Compelling Voice: Torak is a God, unless you're inhumanly strong willed and have something (intense pain or love) to act as a shield, it is literally impossible to disobey him. It's his favorite tactic: Zedar doesn't want to work for me? Too bad, he has to. My humans don't like each other? I'll make them co-operate. Belgarion wants to fight? I'll brainwash him into thinking he's my son. Polgara doesn't love me? We'll see about that...
  • Cool Mask: Wears a steel mask to hide his maiming. All of his followers wear one too.
  • Cool Sword: Cthrek Goru, his infamous cursed black sword. It instills fear in those who see it.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • The Devil Is a Loser: He's maimed, unloved, and incapable of change. It's eventually revealed that he was never even supposed to exist in the first place.
  • Disabled Deity: After he gets burned.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: Subverted, he planned to Mind Rape Polgara into loving him and making her his bride. This was depicted as just as horrifying as it sounds.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Wants an entire world bowing down in worship and offering him sacrifices.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Inverted. Even after everything he's done the Universe still loves Torak. So do UL, Aldur, and the other gods for that matter.
    • Also played straight: his last word is an anguished "Mother!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In a moment of sanity he saw the kind of future that Zandramas would create, and left a note for Garion, urging him to take her down.
  • Evil Cripple: Justified. When Torak misused the Orb it burned off one of his hands and boiled one of his eyes. He was evil long before he was a cripple.
  • Evil Versus Evil: If he had beaten Garion at Cthol Mishrak, he would have gone after Zandramas himself.
  • God of Evil
  • Handicapped Badass: Still a brutally dangerous swordsman despite missing a hand and having no depth perception. Being a god probably helps.
  • Love Hungry
  • Narcissist: Torak cannot conceive of a world that doesn't revolve around him. In the Book of Torak he claims to have created the Universe (his own mother). He's also one in the classic sense, being utterly obsessed with his own appearance.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Spends all but the climax of the story in a coma
  • Physical God
  • Red Right Hand: What hand?
  • Take Over the World
  • Two-Faced: Beneath his mask.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In his dreams.
  • Villainous Crush: On Polgara
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Gods aren't designed to be injured, and because of that his burnt face, boiled eye, and missing hand continue to pain him, leaving him in perpetual agony.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe

    The Malloreon 

Garion's Companions

Liselle (Velvet)

A new prodigy in the Drasnian intelligence service, Liselle has a long-standing crush on Silk.

Emperor Kal Zakath

The Emperor of Boundless Mallorea, 'Zakath is Overking of Angarak and the most powerful man in the world. He's also completely dead inside as a result of having ordered the execution of the love of his life when her family was implicated in a Taur Urgas-directed plot against him. He strikes up a tenuous friendship with Garion, and begins the long, slow trek back to humanity after joining up with the Rivan King's companions.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Arch-Enemy: He made no secret of the fact that he would kill Taur Urgas and exterminate the Murgos down to the last child if he could
  • Ascended Extra: A minor villain in the first series. A major player in the second.
  • Badass
  • BFS: Justified. Garion has the Orb make an enormous greatsword as light as a rapier, enabling 'Zakath to fence with it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Being tricked by Taur Urgas into killing the woman he loved, thinking that she was a traitor. Before, he was kind, intelligent and cultured young man. After, he was a stone cold psychopath who amused himself by periodically sending Taur Urgas bits of his relatives in ornate jars, with highly insulting notes attached.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: 'Zakath is one of the rare pre-emptive examples of this trope, in that after finally dawning to just how thoroughly the odds are against him he decides to just skip the 'defeat' and go straight to the 'friendship'.
    "You know something, Garion? I've always believed that someday you and I would go to war with each other. Would you be terribly disappointed if I decided not to show up?"
  • Defrosting Ice Emperor
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hit in the backstory, after one of Taur Urgas' plots against him resulted in the death of his girlfriend at his own hands, believing that she was going to kill him on the wedding night.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: When we meet 'Zakath all he cares about is becoming Overking of Angarak, and eventually, ruler of the world.
  • Drunk with Power: 'Zakath's initial motivation is basically just power for power's sake. In an unusual twist 'Zakath is well aware that he's totally corrupted by power and simply doesn't care. He warns Ce'Nedra that inevitably, Garion will be the same way.
  • Dye or Die: Zakath grows a beard after joining the heroes in The Malloreon to avoid being recognized as Emperor.
  • The Emperor: Well, duh. He gets better.
  • Empty Shell: 'Zakath misses this trope by millimetres during The Belgariad and the start of The Malloreon. The prophecy outright refers to him as "The Empty One".
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: 'Zakath planned to become Overking of Angarak and then ruler of the world. He assumed that Garion was going to forge the nations of the West into an empire and then wage war on him until there was only one man standing. He was genuinely surprised to learn that Garion had no plans for world domination at all.
  • Evil Counterpart: Starts out as Garion's.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Karma Houdini: 'Zakath did some pretty awful things that he's never punished for.
  • Licked By The Kitten: Zakath's pet Cute Kittens peg him as a Kind Hearted Cat Lover, an early indication that he's not the monster he's rumored to be.
  • May-December Romance: With Cyradis.
  • Modest Royalty: to the point that his subjects don't recognize him when he rides past. He doesn't mind, but it's not a deliberate case of King Incognito either.
  • Power Fist: Belgarath tells them not to kill anybody during the one battle. 'Zakath puts on a cestus and proceeds to smash it into the face of every man he rides past.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His entire campaign against Cthol Murgos can be seen as this.
    • Revenge by Proxy/Sins of Our Fathers: Plans to exterminate every single member of the Urga family—and possibly all of Cthol Murgos—because of what Taur Urgas made him do. Results in a breakdown when he finds out that he's too late and his war was for nothing — the Urga line had been broken already by Taur Urgas' death, as Urgit, Taur Urgas' successor, turns out to be a result of infidelity on the part of his wife with a Drasnian representative.
  • Royal Rapier: Played with. 'Zakath is a trained fencer, and all his sword-fighting experience is with a rapier. Than Garion comes along and makes his BFS as light as one...
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Take Over the World: At least at first.
  • Took a Level in Badass: More like regained a level in badass. 'Zakath was once a capable fencer, but let those skills go rusty during his time as The Emperor. He regains them over the course of The Malloreon.


Chief Eunuch in Salmissra's palace, Sadi was forced to go on the run after some less-than-legal dealings on his part were exposed. He joins up with Garion in order to get out of the country, and in doing so, finds himself just another of the Prophecy's tools. Perhaps the greatest living expert on poisons and drugs, Sadi is a useful, if underhanded member of the party, and a great asset in the political and criminal arenas.
  • Ascended Extra: A minor antagonist in the first series; a major player in the second.
  • Almighty Janitor: Technically the Chief Eunuch is only supposed to run Salmissra's household for her, but since Salmissra just plain doesn't care about running her country, this gives Sadi roughly the same level as authority as the Prime Minister of a modern constitutional monarchy.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Justified. Sadi's brilliance as a poisoner stems from his experience as Chief Eunuch at the Nyissan court; if you want to live very long you get very good at surviving.
  • Badass: Eventually becomes one of the few badass eunuchs in fiction.
  • Bald of Evil: In The Belgariad. Becomes a Bald of Awesome during The Malloreon
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Drugs Are Bad: Downplayed. Sadi's drug-dealing and abuse is portrayed as a bad thing, but isn't treated as anything worse than Silk's thievery and drinking.
    • Leads to a bit of in-universe Values Dissonance when he asks why Alorns, who have no problem with chopping people in half, are so upset by drugs and poisons. All they can do is shrug their shoulders and say "It's a cultural thing."
    • It does also help that most of the onscreen uses of his drugs are for healing purposes, against enemies and for Rule of Funny purposes.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Played straight in the first series and subverted in the second. The Prophecy refers to him as "The Man Who Is No Man."
  • Evil Chancellor: Averted. Even in the first series he's one of the voices of reason at Salmissra's court.
  • Evil Genius/The Smart Guy: Plays this role after joining up with the heroes in the second series, sharing the position with Liselle and Silk.
  • Guile Hero
  • Knife Nut
  • Lean and Mean
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Master Poisoner: As Garion puts it, "Sadi could poison one person at a banquet with a thousand guests."
    • This is demonstrated at one point. He poisoned the spoon, not the soup.
  • Pet the Dog: While Sadi is generally amoral, he's not without compassion. On several occasions he uses his drugs to ease the suffering of innocent bystanders and passers by. And he won't poison a dog - even a Hound. When Silk expresses surprise at the former, suggesting that it's not very in character, Sadi retorts that he is not without compassion and perhaps Silk doesn't know him as well as he thinks he does.
  • Poisoned Weapons: All of his knives are coated in poison, and he's been known to toss his concoctions straight into his enemies' faces when all else fails.
  • Sissy Villain: Starts out as one, but loses these traits after months on the road.
  • Smug Snake: Starts out as an archetypal example, becoming a more heroic variant by partway through The Malloreon.
  • Street Urchin: As a child.
  • Unscrupulous Hero
  • Token Evil Teammate: Sadi's alliance with the protagonists doesn't mean he's given up his personal corruption. While he likes them all by the end, and has certainly become a braver, more well-rounded individual, he remains an unapologetic scoundrel, a drug-dealer, a poisoner, and a criminal without the slightest bit of shame.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sadi starts out as a typically prissy Sissy Villain and Smug Snake. By the end he's every bit as dangerous as Garion's other companions, as a result of months on the road.


One of Belgarath's fellow disciples of Aldur, Beldin is an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed hunchback with a mean streak miles wide.



The new Child of Dark following Torak's death, Zandramas is a former Grolim priestess with a streak for sadism and a penchant for treachery. Probably the worst human being in either series, Zandramas is feared and hated by everyone who crosses her path.


A Grolim priest and former lover of Zandramas, Naradas is distinguished by his milk-white eyes.


The last surviving Disciple of Torak, Urvon is a gibbering madman who suffers from a skin disease that leaves him piebald. Losing his mind after the death of Torak, Urvon becomes convinced that he himself is the new God of Angarak.


A former Mallorean Grolim, Harakan is an agent of Urvon with plans of his own where the rulership of the world is concerned.


"I need this thing..."

The ancestral demon lord of the people of Karanda, Nahaz is one of the King of Hell's most trusted servitors. Summoned by Harakan, Nahaz comes to dominate Urvon's mind, unraveling his sanity farther as he plots to gain control of the Sardion for his master.


Ancestral demon lord of the people of Mordinland, Mordja was summoned by Zandramas to counteract Nahaz's enlistment by Urvon. Like Nahaz, he aims to take the Sardion not for Zandramas, but for his true master, the King of Hell.

The Sardion (Cthrag Sardius)

The Evil Counterpart of the Orb of Aldur, the Sardion lies waiting in the place of meeting for the Child of Dark to touch it and end the world.

    Historical Figures 


Cherek Bear-Shoulders

Dras Bull-Neck

Algar Fleet-Foot

Riva Iron-Grip

    Gods and Prophecies 

The Prophecy

The Dark Prophecy


  • Arch-Enemy: The King of Hell
  • God: As the Father of all the other Gods, UL is the closest thing the series has to the Judeo-Christian God.
  • The Maker: Created the Universe and the other Gods, but played no part in making the world
  • Physical God



The King of Hell