Characters: The Belgariad
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Characters appearing in The Belgariad
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- A Boy and His X: As a heir to the line of Riva, Garion is charged with watching over the Orb of Aldur
- Achievements in Ignorance: Garion succeeds in bringing a horse back to life, simply because he doesn't know that it's supposed to be impossible.
- Badass: Eventually, very much so.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ce'Nedra.
- Big Brother Instinct: He eventually regards Errand as a surrogate younger brother.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Played for Laughs at one point, when Garion comments that maybe his tendency to charge into dangerous situations without thinking about the danger is because his Aunt Pol dropped him on his head as a baby. Belgarath counters that Polgara is very careful "with babies and other breakable things".
- The Chosen One: By the Prophecy
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Midway through the series, Garion's descent from Belgarath is common knowledge, but his identity as the Rivan king is still a secret (even to him). Since Belgarath's family is the most noble in the world basically by default, this briefly makes Garion the most eligible bachelor in the West, a fact he was neither aware of nor prepared for
- Combat Pragmatist: Having been mentored by the likes of Silk and Belgarath, Garion has never met a fair fight that he likes.
- Cool Sword: The Sword of the Rivan King.
- Farmboy: Garion is one, but only technically. He lived on a farm, but worked in his aunt's kitchen... as a dishwasher.
- The Heart
- The Hero
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Deliberately.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Garion's Catchphrase is "Why me?" He gets over it.
- Kid-anova: Garion had a quite a way with the ladies as a child, ironically Ce'Nedra was the first girl he met who wasn't instantly smitten with him
- Kill the God: He's supposed to kill Torak. By the second series one of his nicknames is "Godslayer".
- Locked Out of the Loop: Until late in Book 4.
- Magic Knight: Garion becomes frighteningly proficient with both weaponry and sorcery.
- Moses in the Bullrushes
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Papa Wolf
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a brutal one to Torak in the first series, and to the Dark Prophecy in the second.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sorcerous Overlord: A heroic version.
- Super Drowning Skills: has acquired this skill ever since he hit a log on a pond while showing off.
- There Was a Door: A few times. The most impressive case of this is the disintegration of a city gate. The degree to which the gate ceased to be was caused by the Orb deciding to help.
- Took a Level in Badass: Takes a few.
- Uneven Hybrid: Had a sorcerer grandfather and a wolf grandmother.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Invoked by Polgara; she deliberately raises Garion as a farmboy to give him a solid moral foundation for when he ends up having to save the world.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Especially in the first series, where he lacks finesse and experience, but has enough raw power to terrify the Grolim Hierarchs (though notably, not the likes of Ctuchik). This isn't really rectified either—it's just that by the second series his raw power is so significant that his lack of talent doesn't matter.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: His relationship with Ce'Nedra summed up in four words.
- The Ageless
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Polgara, who 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.
- 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
- The Ageless
- Animal Motifs: A wolf
- 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: Belgaraths 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.
- 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 Normal: Is an ordinary blacksmith with little formal battle training traveling among professional warriors and sorcerers. Still kicks ferocious amounts of ass.
- 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 competent warrior 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.
- 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.
- 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-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 advabtage
- 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
- 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.
- This is made even more troperific when you hear a conversation between Zakath and one of his generals talking about the fact that they have a million men at their disposal to start marching into an area of Mallorea that's currently in open rebellion... and they still have enough men in Cthol Murgos to hold most of the major cities they've taken control of.
- 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
"Don't touch me."
- Affectionate Parody: Of Robin Hood and other similar swashbuckling hero types
- 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 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 Kingdoms of the West
- 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.
King Anheg of Cherek
- 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 warchieftain. 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 talking...in 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 privvy 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.
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. 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.
"Justice? There's no such thing, Polgara. The strong do what they like; the weak submit. My Master taught me that."
- The Ageless
- Ambition Is Evil
- Archenemy: To Belgarath. They both admit their confrontation in Magician's Gambit has been a long time coming.
- Badass Grandpa: Ctuchik's a vile son of a bitch, but undoubtedly a badass, able to go toe to toe with Belgarath himself.
- Bad Boss: If the utter fear that all Murgos have of him is any indicator.
- Beard of Evil: His Wizard Beard is yellowed, greying and filthy.
- Black Cloak
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Has a room in his tower filled with torture equipment, that he uses for his personal entertainment.
- Deceptive Disciple: He's only loyal to Torak out of fear, and has no intentions of waking him.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Ctuchik wants to rule the world, and is willing to do anything to get it, including offer up sacrifices to a mad god.
- The Dragon: There are other contenders for the title of Torak's right-hand man, but Ctuchik is the most archetypal, running the Grolim priesthood and Cthol Murgos in his master's absence.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Zedar and Urvon, though it's fairly obvious that he has primacy amongst the three.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Has no loyalty to Torak and plans to rule the world himself.
- Elderly Immortal
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ctuchik simply cannot grasp Belgarath's motivations for doing what he does, and genuinely cannot understand why he never conquered the West for himself.
- Evil Counterpart: One of two to Belgarath, as his equal and opposite number in the Angarak priesthood.
- Evil Old Folks: Ctuchik has centuries of depravity and excess behind him, and they show on his face.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: His spire at Rak Cthol.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Is obliterated from existence by the Universe herself.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can put up quite the façade, but at the end of the day, Ctuchik's one of the most evil people on the continent.
- Greed: Has an entire room in his tower dedicated to wealth.
- In the Hood
- Lack of Empathy: To the point where he doesn't even understand it.
- Lean and Mean: He's described as tall and cadaverous.
- Orcus on His Throne: Never leaves Rak Cthol.
- Person of Mass Destruction: on par with Belgarath.
- Red Baron: "The Magician of Rak Cthol"
- Shadow Dictator: The real ruler of Cthol Murgos to hear Belgarath tell it, and yet many people (particularly in the West) aren't sure he even exists.
- Sinister Minister
- Smug Snake: He's smart, cunning, and formidable in combat, yet beyond overconfident and makes several very crucial amateur mistakes in his arrogance.
- Social Darwinist
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Ctuchik's voice is soft and dusty, only rising when he loses control of the situation.
- Sorcerous Overlord: "Cthol Murgos is still ruled from Rak Cthol." He's not officially the king, but he might as well be.
- The Starscream: He actively tried to sabotage Zedar's efforts to wake Torak up, because he wanted be the ruler of the Angarak nations himself
- Take Over the World: Seeks to do it in his own name, rather than Torak's.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this on Belgarath
- Wizard Beard
- Wizard Duel: With Belgarath
"Make way for the King of Algaria. He's mine!"
- Abusive Dad: Towards all of his sons.
- Arch-Enemy: 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 utterly 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/Strength 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
- The Mentally Ill: In addition to his bloodthirstyness, Taur Urgas is prone to fits wherein he chews on the furniture.
- Royally Screwed Up: Sadism, brutality, and outright madness are hereditary in the Urga bloodline.
- Sword Fight: Against Cho-Hag.
- 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 force them to 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
Emperor Kal Zakath
- 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 or President 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 very 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 a lean, mean fighting machine with his own unique style of combat. For a eunuch he has balls.
- The Ageless
- Animal Motifs: A blue-banded hawk.
- Archenemy: He and Urvon loathe one another with an unholy passion. Urvon has wanted posters with Beldin's face on them posted for twenty leagues in every direction from Mal Yaska.
- Ascended Extra: In the first series he's only one of Aldur's Disciples, and makes a few scattered appearances. In the second series he's a major player in Books 3-5.
- May be an In-Universe example of an Ascended Extra, as he doesn't have a prophetic title, unlike the other party members. It's mentioned at one point that the Prophecy was allowed to add him to the group to counter the other side's summoning of demons.
- Elderly Immortal: Type A. Beldin looks like a twisted, deformed old man, but he can throw Durnik singlehandedly.
- The Grotesque: A hideously deformed hunchback.
- Hidden Depths: Beldin is hideously deformed and has disgusting personal habits, but is a Genius Bruiser who is probably the most intelligent and well-read man in the world, as well as perfectly capable of breaking people who don't pay attention to his lectures in half. He's also a highly skilled actor and acrobat.
- Honorary Uncle: To Polgara (and Beldaran)
- Hooks and Crooks: Favours a hook in close-combat. White hot, for preference.
- Jerkass Façade/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts like a bastard because people expect it.
- The Lancer: To Belgarath
- Magi Babble: Beldin is the philosopher in the group, and his explanations tend towards the overly complex.
- Servile Snarker/Sour Supporter: Towards Belgarath again.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Vella
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Belgarath
The Sardion (Cthrag Sardius)
Gods and Prophecies
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 makingbthe world
- Physical God
The King of Hell