Characters: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Peter Pevensie

The oldest of the Pevensie siblings and the High King of Narnia. He tries his best to protect his other siblings and to act like a responsible young adult. In the book it is implied that he is more mature than his other siblings because, after their father was called out to fight in the war, it was left to Peter by his mother to support his three siblings though the ordeal of their father going away.

Played by William Moseley in the film adaptation.

  • Expy: He's an allegory of Saint Peter, but High King instead of Pope.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic, and at times, The Realist. He and Susan often trade places.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • Genre Savvy: In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe his familiarity with fantasy stories serves him fairly well, prompting him to, for example, trust the robin which leads the Pevensies to Mr. Beaver, because robins in stories are always good creatures.
  • Parental Favoritism: Or in this case brotherly favoritism, as Prince Caspian flat-out states that Lucy is his favorite sister.
  • Parental Substitute: He has to basically replace his father for the younger siblings (perhaps just Lucy) during World War II.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Edmund and Susan's cold blue, in the movie. When compared to Edmund, he's definitely the vibrant, determined, impulsive one of the two, and he is, to an extent, more sensitive than Edmund who is logical, stoic and snarky even after his Heel-Face Turn. The books mention that King Peter was a brash man, less wise than the cold-thinking King Edmund who represented justice.
  • Red Baron: Peter Wolfsbane.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: For instance, he's absent from the Horse and His Boy because he's off beating up a bunch of troublemaking giants.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Edmund and Susan.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As depicted through the course of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and especially the final chapter, in which he grows from a kid to a warrior king.

Susan Pevensie

The elder sister and the second eldest Pevensie child. She is crowned to the Radiant Southern Sun as Queen of Narnia by Aslan, and shares the monarchy with her brothers Peter and Edmund and her sister Lucy. She later becomes known as Queen Susan the Gentle.

Played by Anna Popplewell in the film adaptation.

  • Action Girl: In the movie.
  • Actual Pacifist: In the books it is stated that Queen Susan hates violence and (unlike Lucy) avoids going to war.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the movies.
  • Agent Scully:
    • In The Last Battle, she's the only visitor to Narnia who now denies it ever happened. Some readers believe this and the ending indicate that she will not be allowed into Aslan's country when she dies; others say that this view misreads Lewis' intent.
    • In the movies, she's skeptical to almost every fantastic event that takes place at the beginning of the first film. When Edmund leads them to hide in the wardrobe, she says "You've got to be joking." There are also other similar lines:
      Susan: He's a beaver. He shouldn't be saying anything.
    • And:
      Susan: Logically, it's impossible.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has a cooler demeanour than her siblings, especially in comparison to Lucy.
  • Archer Archetype: She's the graceful, elegant, ladylike kind of archer. Her bow was a gift from Father Christmas, and she became a famously skilled archer as Queen, yet hated to fight or use her skill in battle. One of the ways the Pevensies prove their identities to Trumpkin in Prince Caspian is by Susan beating him in a target-shooting contest.
  • Blitz Evacuee: Evacuated to the countryside along with her siblings in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Book Dumb: By The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it is stated that she is not a particularly good student.
  • Brainy Brunette: Subverted. She may seem capable in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian (especially the movie adaptation). But by ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', it is stated that she is not a particularly good student and that she is regarded as the pretty one of the family.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the movie.
    "He's a beaver. He shouldn't be saying anything!"
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist, and at times, The Cynic. She and Peter often trade places.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Primarily Melancholic, but very Choleric at times as well
  • The High Queen: Queen Susan the Gentle.
  • Informed Attractiveness: In at least two books, Susan is said to be beautiful, and her looks drive a couple of subplots. There's one very easy to miss reference to Susan's hair being black, and nothing else about her appearance is described anywhere.
  • Lady of War: In the movie.

Edmund Pevensie

The second of the Pevensie children to go to Narnia. He betrays his siblings to the White Witch while under her influence, but as the story goes on he accepts the error of his ways. He is redeemed with the intervention of Aslan and joins the fight against the Witch. Fulfilling an ancient prophecy, he becomes King Edmund the Just, King of Narnia and, with sisters Susan and Lucy, co-ruler under High King Peter.

Played by Skandar Keynes in the film adaptation.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Pauline Baynes illustrations, he's blond. In the movie, he's black-haired.
  • Meaningful Name: A Shout-Out to Shakespeare of all things. Like the character Edmund in King Lear, he betrays his brother and later redeems himself.
  • The Mole: In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund listens in on his siblings' conversation with the Beavers, then goes to turn over all he learned to the White Witch.
  • The Not-Love Interest: He fulfills this role for Lucy in Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, as they have only each other when they are sent away to their ignorant, uncaring relatives. They depend on each other and constantly look one after the other, as they are practically alone in an unwelcoming place. Plus, during the entire book, they become the closest siblings of the main four, as Edmund's main and most important priority is to take care of Lucy and keep her safe, as well as for Lucy, who looks for her brother. So, basically, they are the most important persons to each other.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He does this a lot in the movie version.
  • Pet the Dog: In Prince Caspian, Edmund takes care to support Lucy's claims about seeing Aslan so he can make up for being mean to her in the previous book. Also, in the third part, he gets into the protective, older brother mode.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Especially when compared to the chivalrous, idealistic Peter. Edmund has a more cold-natured thinking, a sharp mind and logic. He is rarely driven by emotions and is mostly collected and down-to-earth, having an acute sense of justice, going to the point where he becomes unsympathetic towards enemies and downright cruel, as opposed to Peter, who is more impulsive and emotional. This is proven when Peter battles Miraz, because Edmund tells Peter not to be chivalrous and to strike Miraz. The scene suggests that, if Edmund had been in Peter's place, he would not have hesitated and would have killed Miraz in a heartbeat. This is one of the reasons he is considered an Anti-Hero.
    Edmund: Now is not the time for chivalry, Peter!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Peter and Lucy's red. The books say he was the silent, wise, cold-thinking king who represents justice, as opposed to Peter and Lucy, who are impulsive and extroverted.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Due to his snarkiness, death glares, and his temptation to beat the crap out of Eustace.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Lucy, a brother-sister example. The book describes that the adult Edmund was a silent, wise, collected man who had a cold judgement, while Lucy was a wild, bright, tomboyish girl, driven by impulse. Their movie versions are close, since Edmund is a witty Deadpan Snarker while Lucy is a joyous Plucky Girl.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Between him and Lucy, in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, due to the fact that Edmund torments her. Fortunately they grow out of it.

Lucy Pevensie

The youngest of the four Pevensie children, and the first to find the Wardrobe entrance to Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of all the Pevensie children, Lucy is the closest to Aslan. Also, of all the humans who have visited Narnia, Lucy is perhaps the one that believes in Narnia the most. She is ultimately crowned Queen Lucy the Valiant, co-ruler of Narnia along with her two brothers and her sister. Lucy is the central character of the four siblings in the novels.

Played by Georgie Henley in the film adaptation.

  • Does Not Like Shoes: Justified in Voyage of the Dawn Treader as she kicked off her shoes in the middle of ocean to be able to swim easier. She is shoeless for the first part of the book, which she "didn't mind" and found "no hardship" and "pleasant", until she gets a pair or so at the Lone Islands. In Prince Caspian, she'd rather abandon her shoes than miss a chance to go barefoot.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde in the book, Lucy is the youngest and most innocent of the Pevensie children. Her special relationship with Aslan can be seen for example in Prince Caspian when initially nobody but her believes enough to see him.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: It is revealed in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that Lucy envies Susan's beauty and popularity.
  • I Just Want to Be You: In the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader she expresses this towards Susan.
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Last Battle.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the books, Lucy is contrasted to Queen Susan the Gentle as a tomboy who rides to war with her brothers and fights like a man.

Eustace Scrubb

The Pevensies' annoying younger cousin. He first appears in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He fancies himself (not entirely without reason) to be rather intelligent, and considers this a valid reason for nurturing an arrogant attitude toward his cousins. He accompanies Lucy and Edmund on their third trip to Narnia. Upon learning that Narnia is real, his feelings toward it go from amused disdain to fear and outright hatred. It isn't until transforming into a dragon (long story) and having Aslan change him back by breaking the curse that his attitude towards Narnia and his cousins change for the better.

He later appears as the main character in The Silver Chair and as one of the main characters in The Last Battle. In these books, his adventuring companion is his friend Jill Pole instead of his cousins.

Played by Will Poulter in the film adaptation.

  • Insufferable Genius: Except he's not as smart as he thinks he is.
  • Jerkass: At his beginning, he was even worse than Edmund at this (though unlike him, he never betrayed the others, but since "Dawn Treader" had no actual villain...). Fortunately, he improves.
    • Although, despite his worse Jerkass attitude, Edmund points out that Eustace isn't nearly as bad as he during his first trip to Narnia, considering the fact that he was a traitor.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It is mentioned in The Silver Chair that Eustace is afraid of heights, causing him to overreact when Jill goes too close to the edge of a cliff.

Jill Pole

Eustace's companion throughout The Silver Chair. Aslan gives her the task of remembering the Signs that lead them on their journey.

  • Character Development: Develops a much better sense of direction in the last book, whereas she had previously been known for having a poor sense of direction.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Eustace.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Last Battle.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Does it around the giants so they wont suspect anything.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Eustace.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: She is skilled in "woodcraft" (tracking and moving quietly through forested areas), as noted by King Tirian in The Last Battle; Eustace credits this to her time as a Girl Guide, but no doubt this was supplemented by her travels and experiences in The Silver Chair.
  • Scout Out: Averted; Jill is flat-out called a member of the Girl Guides and has various skills enhanced by her membership, namely tracking and archery.
  • Tooka Level In Badass: Between The Silver Chair and The Last Battle.

Digory Kirke

Introduced in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe as an old man ("the Professor"), with whom the Pevensies have been billeted. Eventually turns out to have a Backstory connected with that of the wardrobe, as revealed in The Magician's Nephew.

Played by Jim Broadbent in the film adaptation.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Last Battle.
  • Author Avatar: C.S Lewis essentially wrote Diggory's journey to save his mother as a happier alternative to his own life.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Digory to Uncle Andrew, throughout the entire book.
  • Catch Phrase: "What do they teach them in these schools?"
  • Cool Old Guy: A magical land in a wardrobe? Well, why not? (Of course, in The Magician's Nephew the reader learns he knew the truth all along, and was just pretending he didn't know about Narnia.)
  • Expy: Of Adam in The Bible, except Polly (Eve) is trying to stop him from ringing that bell.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Last Battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Responsible for awakening Jadis.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Polly Plummer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Asks Peter and Susan if Lucy is the sort of girl who makes up stories and, if not, whether that might indicate she's telling the truth.
  • Red Oni: Spends a lot of his time in The Magician's Nephew falling into scrapes and pulling Polly with him.

Polly Plummer

Introduced as Digory's neighbour in The Magician's Nephew and is caught up in Uncle Andrew's plot and transported to The Wood Between the Worlds, starting the main adventure of the book. Returns in The Last Battle as a 'Friend of Narnia'.

  • Blue Oni: Definitely more level headed than the impulsive Diggory.
  • Cool Old Lady: InThe Last Battle.
  • Girl Next Door: Not in the romantic sense but she does fit the characteristics of the type as a friendly, down to earth, childhood friend. Also lives over the wall to Digory. (It's even how they first meet.)
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her and Digory. The Last Battle reveals they remain in contact their whole lives.
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Last Battle.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Diggory Kirke.
  • Plucky Girl: Doesn't bat an eye at the existence of different worlds and happily gives Jadis a piece of her mind throughout the book.
  • The Smart Girl: Frequently.

    Narnians 

Fledge (Strawberry)

A 19th-century draft horse who may be the only character from Earth to wind up in Narnia by accident. He is twice transformed by Aslan during The Magician's Nephew.

  • Cool Horse / Pegasus: After his second transformation.
  • Talking Animal: After his first transformation.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Fledge becomes 'the father of all flying horses,' but none of his progeny appear in any subsequent book. Not necessarily sinister, since the world of Narnia is large and there are only seven books.

Mr. Tumnus

A faun and typical citizen of Narnia in the age of the Hundred-Year Winter, Mr. Tumnus is the first Narnian to encounter a human being, at least since the last humans descended from King Frank and Queen Helen were driven out of Narnia at the beginning of the Witch's reign.

Portrayed by James McAvoy in the film.

Bree

A Talking Horse born in Narnia abducted and brought to Calormene, where he was treated as a normal horse.

  • Miles Gloriosus: He feels himself unusually brave. Eventually he breaks himself of this habit after a wiser character says he's been comparing himself to normal horses, "and you could hardly help being braver than them."
  • Old Soldier: During his time in Calormen he served as a war-horse in the Tisroc's army and apparently was the veteran of several campaigns.
  • Slave Mooks. Well kind of by definition being a warhorse. But on the other hand he was an aristocrat's warhorse so he was not just a mook.
  • Talking Animal

Caspian X (the Tenth)

King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands, also called Caspian the Seafarer and Caspian the Navigator (born 2290–died 2356, Narnian Time) was one of the greatest leaders of the Narnian Empire who took part in the successful Narnian Revolution and began the Age of Exploration. Caspian was descended from the Telmarine Dynasty, but unlike his ancestors he chose to ally with the indigenous Narnians (talking animals, satyrs, fauns, centaurs, etc.) instead of persecuting them. Succeeded by his son Rilian.

Played by Ben Barnes in the film adaptation.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He is described as fair-haired in the books. However, since the Telmarines are descended from pirates and the native tribe of an uncharted island on Earth the choice to portray him as dark-haired and Hispanic stands to reason.
  • Badass: While he is still new to it in Prince Caspian, he does have his moments. By the time of The Voyage Of The Dawn, he is a self certified Badass.
  • Character Development: From a hesitant but trustworthy ruler-to-be, to a skilled Father to His Men seafaring captain to a just and noble king. Not bad Caspian, not bad at all.
  • Dashing Hispanic: In the movie, he comes off as this. Bonus points on Ben Barnes basing his characterization on Inigo Montoya, a Dashing Hispanic himself.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the movie version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by Lilliandil, Ramandu’s daughter.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Especially in the movies.
  • Heroic Vow: Caspian made one at his coronation to search for the seven missing lords. The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader takes place during that journey.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Towards Edmund in The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Used in the movie version of Prince Caspian, when Caspian, after seeing an entire squadron of Telmarine assassins downed by something underfoot, is himself tripped and set upon by the unseen assailant... Reepicheep the Mouse. Reepicheep orders Caspian to retrieve his sword and face him in honorable combat, as he refuses to kill an unarmed man. Caspian's reply: "Then I'll live longer if I don't." Reepicheep doesn't have infinite patience, though, so this tactic doesn't last Caspian forever.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: In the movies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Caspian in his pride wants to stay at the end of the world; the entire crew and even Aslan calls him out on abandoning his responsibilities and promises. In the film version, Caspian is very much tempted by the prospect of staying at the end of the world to the point of crying, but he realizes that his father wouldn't have wanted him to throw away the kingdom his father died for.

Reepicheep

Swashbuckling talking mouse devoted to honor and chivalry. Yet behind his ferocity is a Heart Of Gold.

Played by Simon Pegg in the film adaptation of Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And Eddie Izzard in Prince Caspian.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the movies.
    Squirrel: We could collect nuts!
    Reepicheep: Yes! And then throw them at the Telmarines! *glares at the Squirrel* Shut up.
  • Determinator: “My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world into some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise…”
  • Heroic Vow: To find Aslan's country in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • Honor WAY Before Reason: For example, his first instinct when hearing of a dragon nearby is to challenge it to single combat. Later in the book, he jumps into the ocean because he thought a Mer-king was challenging him.
  • Killer Rabbit: Or Killer Mouse at any rate, despite being a mouse, and the appropriate size therefore, he's no less a dedicated fighter.
  • Knight in Shining Armor
    Caspian: "You may say what you like, Reepicheep. There are some things no man can face."
    Reepicheep: "It is then my great good fortune not to be a Man."
  • Nice Hat: Reepicheep's circlet counts.
  • Nice Mice: Talking Rats don't seem to even exist.note 

Trumpkin

  • Sour Supporter: Tends to be pessimistic, doesn't believe in the old legends or that some old horn can summon help, or that mythical kings can make a return, or even that the resistance can win, but is fiercely loyal to Caspian and goes to an old ruined castle to see if said mythical kings return there because Caspian asked that someone do it.
  • Unusual Euphemism: All of his swearing is creative nonsense.

Puddleglum

A Marsh-Wiggle who lives in marshes and is perpetually gloomy and pessimistic. He guides Eustace and Jill in The Silver Chair.

  • Determined Defeatist: Everything is going to turn out horribly. The prince is of course already dead, we're all going to die instead of finding him, that food was surely poisoned, we're out of water, and we're going to freeze to death out here tonight. Oh well, no point in delaying the inevitable: on we go.
  • The Eeyore: He's lugubrious to a preposterous degree, yet claims that other Marsh-Wiggles call him a hopeless optimist. We see more of this in Underland, where, the text notes, he proves a steady rock for the children to cling to in the face of crushing depression. Perhaps it's that he remains at a steady level of lugubriousness regardless of the circumstances?
  • Fish Person: More froglike than fishlike, but still.
  • No Sense of Humor: Played with. He gets very giggly when he's drunk.

    Calormenes 

Shasta

Shasta grew up in poverty in some nameless fishing village in Calormen, the son of an abusive fisherman named Arsheesh. When his father decides to sell him into slavery, Shasta overhears that he was adopted and decides to run away. Over the course of The Horse and His Boy, he grows up (somewhat), teams up with runaway princess Aravis, and saves Archenland from the greatest danger it had ever faced. Only at the end does he learn that he's the long-lost Prince Cor, son of King Lune of Archenland. He was abducted as a baby and taken to Calormen in a (vain) attempt to avert the prophecy that he would save the country. He eventually married his one-time traveling companion Aravis, and the two ruled together once King Lune died. Their son was King Ram the Great.

  • Barefoot Poverty: To his suffering.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aravis.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He pulls this twice. The first time when he rushes to protect Aravis and Hwin from what he believed was a hungry lion chasing after them. The second one was when he ran non-stop, after having been through almost a whole book's worth of shit -— most recently a potential suicide mission through a desert -— to warn King Lune about the impending invasion.
  • A Boy and His X: Inverted — Bree seems to regard Shasta as his pet.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland. Atypically for the trope, Shasta is quite dismayed because, being the eldest twin, he'll be forced to rule as king, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility.
  • A Friend in Need: When Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his ability to speak to tell Shasta exactly that. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At least in the Pauline Baynes illustrations he is portrayed as having blond hair, and he had the wholesome and kind aspect down pat. He's described by the Tarkaan who tries to by him from Arsheesh as being "fair" (like the cursed barbarians of the North).
  • Happily Married: To Aravis.
  • Made a Slave: What Shasta is fleeing.
  • The Masochism Tango: He and Aravis end up Happily Married. If "happily" means "having constant arguments, making up, and then arguing again."
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: Shasta aka Prince Cor.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Aravis, and canonically no less.
  • True Companions: His devotion to his own is uncontested. Made all that much clearer when out of sheer loyalty he jumps off Bree’s back to face down a freakin' lion, who's actually Aslan, chasing Aravis and Hwin.

Aravis

A young Tarkheena, a female member of the ruling nobility of Calormen. She ran away from home with her talking horse, Hwin, in order to escape an Arranged Marriage to an old man.

Prince Rabadash

The oldest son of the Tisroc (the Calormene king). A very impulsive and childish man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. After Queen Susan refuses to marry him, he plans to conquer Narnia, but is defeated during an attempt to conquer Archenland.

  • Antagonistic Offspring Is this to the Tisroc, who lets him attempt to invade partially out of fear they will overthrow him.
  • Game Face: Subverted — Rabadash rolls his eyes, sticks out his tongue, and wiggles his ears. It terrifies his underlings (who know he can have them boiled in oil at any minute), but it has no effect on the free Narnians.
  • Hot-Blooded: Possibly the best example in the series.
  • Humiliation Conga: A very good example that went on for the rest of his life. During the battle for Archenland, he gets stuck on a hook on a wall. He demands to be released in order to duel King Edmund, but is denounced as a traitor, due to attacking during peace time. After this, he was put on trial for his treachery and was given multiple opportunities to redeem himself, but kept threatening his captors. As punishment, Aslan temporarily turns him into a donkey, but tells him that if he went more than 10 miles from the temple, he will be permanently transformed into one. Since this prevents him from waging war, he is known as Rabadash the Peaceful during his rule as Tisroc. But after his death, he is known to history as Rabadash the Ridiculous and the expression 'Second Rabadash' is also used for students who act incredibly stupid.
  • Smug Snake: Keeps insulting the Archenlanders and Narnians despite being their prisoner.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Plans to kidnap Queen Susan and force her to marry him.
  • Royal Brat

    Others 

Aslan

The Great Lion, a talking lion, King of the Beasts, son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea; a wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); mysterious and benevolent guide to the human children who visit; creator, guardian, and savior of Narnia. The author, C. S. Lewis, described Aslan as an alternate version of Christ—that is, as the form in which Christ might have appeared in a fantasy world.

Played by Liam Neeson in the film adaptation.

  • Badass: He kills the witch.
  • Back from the Dead: After he's killed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The most sure way of dealing with either a villain or a hero tempted to the dark side is for Aslan to give a show of force, which tends to terrify hero and villain alike...and He's more than willing to back it up with action if necessary (as the Witch found out).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes roaring (literally) to the rescue in the battle at the end of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with Lucy, Susan, and everybody they rescued from the Witch's castle. Lucy is very disappointed in Prince Caspian when he doesn't do the same.
  • The Chessmaster: Even when things don't go perfectly according to his plan (e.g. when Jill forgets the signs he had given her in The Silver Chair, he still manages to accomplish his goals.
  • The Chooser of The One: Aslan chooses who enters Narnia (and would be the kings and queens), and picked the children.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Averted. Aslan is not merely a vague knockoff of Jesus, he is literally "Jesus if Jesus were a huge sodding lion".
  • Deus ex Machina: He spends the entire series behind the scenes, spinning the adventure and coming before them only when they need him most. He comes in during the last battle in Prince Caspian to help the Narnians win after they began to lose hope.

Jadis, The White Witch

Jadis, commonly known as the White Witch, is the main villain of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jadis also appears at length in The Magician's Nephew, which concerns her origins and the origins of Narnia. She is the Witch who froze Narnia in the Hundred Years Winter.

Played by Tilda Swinton in the film adaptation.

  • Above Good and Evil: Jadis thinks she's exempt from morality just because she's magical and special. "Ours is a high and lonely destiny."
  • Adaptational Badass: The film adds a sword fight with Peter, where she parries all his strikes with contemptuous ease and seems to mostly be toying with him, until Aslan arrives and she starts to get desperate.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The original design for Jadis is pale skin and dark hair. However, the recent revamp for the film franchise has a blonde portraying her. Everything else about her (the red lips, the pale skin, and her outfit) are the same.
  • Big Bad: In Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew, at least (arguably The Silver Chair, if the Lady of the Green Kirtle is indeed supposed to be a reincarnation of Jadis); after that, she is little more than a bad memory. However, the movies seem to be giving her a much greater presence post-mortem.
  • Blessed with Suck: After biting the Silver Apple, gains immortality but intensifies her misery.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "The Magician's Nephew," she points out torture chambers, dungeons, and locations of massacres in Charn as casually as if they were minor tourist sites.
  • Cain and Abel: Fought a long and bloody civil war against her sister for control of their kingdom that culminated in the destruction of their entire universe.
  • Composite Character: She is based on four characters in fiction: Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Ayesha from She by Rhyder J. Haggard, the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson's fantasy story of the same name, and the Queen of Babylon from the Story of the Amulet by Nesbit. The mythological character of Lilith was also an inspiration for her character and Jadis is said to be descended from her in the stories.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Satan version of this, though in The Last Battle Tash elbows her out of that role.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The Magician's Nephew's illustrations shows her barefoot.
  • Dual Wielding: A wand and a sword in The Movie.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the books, her hair is black and her skin is literally white "like snow, or paper, or icing sugar," clearly intended to look creepy and unhealthy. Not true in the movies, in which she is blonde and has a more or less natural skin tone.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Plunges Narnia into an infinite winter in which neither spring nor Christmas ever occur.
  • In the Blood: She mentions that one of her ancestors has single-handely slaughtered over seventy nobles, because some of them had rebellious thoughts. Apparently it was normal thing in her family.
  • It's All About Me: In her, the whole Universe pretty much revolves around her.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's what, eight feet tall? Nine? And gorgeous, especially before eating that apple and turning paper-white.
  • Taken for Granite: Her main method of dealing with her enemies, using her magic wand. She even did it to herself in the film.
  • The Vamp: For Edmund and Digory. Uncle Andrew has just as strong an infatuation with her, though in his case the reason is not that Jadis is deliberately seducing him like a Vamp; he's attracted to her just because Evil Is Sexy, without any deliberate effort on Jadis's part.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: Her entire castle courtyard, filled with statues. Take a wild guess where she got them. Her hall in Charn resembles this, but the statues are actually just statues in this case — except Jadis herself.
  • 0% Approval Rating: As the traditional Evil Sorceress, Jadis runs Narnia as she wishes. It does win her a few friends - Talking Wolves, Hags, and the People of the Toadstools, for example.

Tash

The primary god of the Calormenes, who unwittingly summoned him to Narnia during The Last Battle.

  • The Anti-God / God of Evil: As Aslan the lion (read: God the Son incognito) put it:
    ...we are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to [Tash]. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath's sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted.
  • Bigger Bad: Until The Last Battle, when he actually enters the story and steps down to Big Bad status.
  • Death Glare: Gives an unsettling one to Tirian, his next target.
  • Hell Is That Noise: That such a creature would even speak to a human, let alone question him.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy / Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Before he stepped up to the plate, many of the characters doubted his existence, even some of his supposed followers (we're looking at you, Rishda, Shift, and Ginger).
  • Speak of the Devil: Rishda and Ginger were in for a nasty surprise that literally left them speechless.
  • You Will Be Spared: Curiously, he attacked everyone who encountered him in the stable but left the kowtowing sentry alone.


Alternative Title(s):

Chronicles Of Narnia, Narnia