of the film series. He starts off as a Finnish human (whose family originates from Ireland), who falls into the Timeshred along with his friend Samuel, with whom he later creates the Empire of the Exterior. Soon enough, his position as an Emperor
is usurped as General Sarkai orchestrates a revolution against him. Later, he makes a deal with the God of Dreams and becomes the Count of Night
, seeking retribution and the power he has lost.
- Above Good and Evil: As the Count of Night. Regrets his deeds after his eventual redemption, though.
- All for Nothing: Overall, Arthur seems to have a lot of moments like these.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Applies in the later films.
- Back from the Dead: Multiple times. Five times, to be exact.
- Blood Brothers: Arthur and the Sun Wizard in the last film.
- Body Horror: The transformation into a Shadow creature definitely counts as one.
- A Chat with Satan: He has one shortly before the Battle of Sun Mountains. It ends in him blowing his own head up. He survives, though.
- Clingy Costume: His entire body, including his costume, is composed of Shadow energy as the Count of Night, therefore making the costume his skin.
- The Cynic: After the revolution. He gets over it, though.
- Death Seeker: Arthur becomes one after being resurrected once again before the Battle of Sun Mountains.
- Drink Order: He seems to really like drinking water.
- Elemental Shapeshifting: One of his powers as a magical creature.
- Evil Laugh: At times while being the Count of Night. This is mostly due to the tumours in his head caused by the God of Dreams.
- The Finicky One: Especially in the first film.
- Face-Heel Turn: Arthur becomes a servant of the God of Dreams in the end of the first film.
- Forgets to Eat: Tends to happen to him a lot in the later films.
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Good Costume Switch: In the fourth film, after finally siding with the God of Sun.
- Heel-Face Turn: Shortly before the Battle of Sun Mountains.
- Killed Off for Real
- Kingpin in His Gym: Arthur tests his Shadow powers in a gym in Lord Vladimir's manor.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Happens to him during the first three films.
- Older Than They Look
- Person of Mass Destruction: Especially during the third and fourth films.
- Sadist: In the third film.
- Took a Level in Badass: After becoming the third Count of Night.
- Turn Coat
- What the Hell, Hero?: Samuel pulls this on him shortly after their reunion in the fourth film.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Arthur's best friend, who (like Arthur) is Finnish, but his family originates from the Netherlands. He falls into the Timeshred alongside Arthur and is the first one to propose the idea of building the Empire. After investigating a mysterious serial murder, he suddenly disappears with no trace whatsoever and leaves Arthur searching for him hopelessly. Samuel doesn't reappear until the last film, where he commands an army against the forces of the God of Dreams, and later becomes the Emperor for a New Empire.
Samuel is also the main character of the spin-off novella series Lost in Time, which tells what happened to him during his disappearance.
The Sun Wizard
"I don't need any sources!"
The Sun Wizard is the aide of the God of Sun, High Priest
of the Hamramists, the most powerful Light creature in existence, and also one of the first beings ever created. He lives in solitude in the Sun Mountains, guarding the essence of the God of Sun - the Star - from outside intruders. After thousands of years of utter seclusion, he gets involved in the creation of the Exterior and has got to refight his nemesis, the Count of Night, once again.
- Big Good
- Blood Brothers: Him and, quite surprisingly, Arthur in the fourth film.
- Foreign Language Tirade: The Sun Wizard speaks Finnish quite well, even though he hasn't actually ever studied the language. Justified, as the speech of magical creatures is always (magically) translated into the native language of the listener.
- Elemental Powers
- His Name Really Is Barkeep
- Holy Hand Grenade: He uses his Light elemental powers to, for instance, destroy mountains.
- Implausible Fencing Powers
- Light 'em Up: The Sun Wizard is a Light creature and possesses immense Light-related magical powers.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: His sword is this to him.
- Master Swordsman
- Person of Mass Destruction: Especially during the Battle of Sun Mountains.
- Really 700 Years Old: In fact, approximately 7000 years old.
- Reluctant Warrior
- Spell My Name with a "The": Well, he is the only Sun Wizard there is.
- The Older Immortal: The Sun Wizard is older than any other being in the universe excluding the Count of Night.
- Warrior Monk: More of the Eastern type, although he does wield a sword.
- Wizard Beard: Averted. Although being a wizard thousands of years old, he does not have even a trace of a beard.
The (first) Count of Night
"Soon will my Lord be free once again."
The Count of Night is a shadowy entity created by the God of Dreams to be his aide. He is the nemesis
of the Sun Wizard. After the creation of a world and the imprisonment of the God of Dreams, he escaped and stayed in exile for thousands of years, until the creation of the Empire. He emerges from his hideout, seeking retribution and trying to find a way to free his former God once and for all.
Not to be confused with Arthur, who later serves as both the "second" and the third Counts of Nightnote .
- Back from the Dead: In a way. After his death in the first film, the newly-awakened God of Dreams places the soul of Arthur into his body, with some traces of his former self still lingering inside. His apparition is also seen in the fourth film, where he serves as the prosecutor in Arthur's postmortem trial.
- Breaking Out the Boss: His primary goal along with killing the Sun Wizard and/or destroying the Star, and the only one of his objectives in which he actually succeeds.
- Casting a Shadow
- Chewing the Scenery
- Dark Is Not Evil: According to Word of God, the Count of Night is not really evil, although he is presented as an antagonist in the films.
- The Dragon: To the God of Dreams.
- Elemental Powers
- Evil Sounds Deep: The Count's actor's voice was altered in post-production to sound more chaotic and dark. And also raspy.
- His Name Really Is Barkeep
- Killed Off for Real: He is successfully killed by the Sun Wizard near the ending of Revolution. Although his ghost does return in the fourth film.
A Light creature
sent out by the Sun Wizard on a guest to destroy the Crystal of Shadows. During her travels, she discovers Arthur (in the body of the Count of Night) and reluctantly serves as his companion
, as they both share the same goal - however, unbeknownst to Kasuga, Arthur's real objective is to give the Crystal to the God of Dreams instead of destroying it. During a short trip to Latva, she disappears, but is seen again in the fourth film.
The God of Sun/The Star
The creator of the universe, who sacrificed herself to restrain the God of Dreams (which failed) and became a giant Star in the middle of the universe. She isn't actually present in the story until the fourth film, but a lot of characters discuss about her/make attemps to destroy/protect her earlier on.
The God of Dreams
The deity of shadows and dreams, and the main opposer of the God of Sun. During the creation of the world, he was sealed inside a chasm
which leads into his realm, the Land of Dreams. His aide, the Count of Night, seeks to free him once and for all, so that he could conquer the universe and cast the Star into eternal darkness.
Leksa Lepääjä/Leksa Hereilläolija
Leksa Lepääjä is a wise, mysterious and extremely drowsy magician met by Arthur and Samuel prior to the creation of the Empire. It is said that he can sleep 25 hours in a day. He is used by the Emperors to seal the Chasm of Dreams and thus prevent the God of Dreams of entering the Exterior, but he accidentally opens the Chasm and frees the God from his slumber. He is frequently used as a source of information by Arthur in the following films, and in the last film he finally awakes for real and destroys the God of Dreams.
Lord Vladimir is the ancient and wise Lord of Shadows whom Arthur meets during his travels and who becomes his "mentor" for a short time. He resides on top of the Marahmoun, a colossal mountain shrouded in shadows, in a large mansion he has constructed for himself. Vladimir is a True Neutral
character who lives by a very peculiar philosophy which combines solipsism, extreme solitude and asociality. He is indifferent towards all other forms of life and maintains a distant, cold and very calm character at all times. Not much is known about his past or personal life, because "only he himself can know it."
- Ambiguous Disorder: His "philosophy" often seems like this.
- Catch Phrase: "Only you yourself can know it." He uses the phrase to keep himself away from other people's problems, as he really doesn't care about anyone at all.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Vladimir definitely isn't evil - he has "purified" himself from the taint Shadow creatures normally have.
- Establishing Character Moment
- Mysterious Past: Even the creators of the films don't know much about his past.
- Really 700 Years Old: Clean-shaven and smooth-skinned, he looks quite young, even though he really is the oldest being in the universe after the Sun Wizard, the Count of Night and the Spirits of Nature.
- The Sacred Darkness: Or the sacred Shadow, to be exact. Unlike other Shadow creatures, his form isn't jagged and crude and his eyes are deep blue instead of black. Vladimir believes in the purity of the element of Shadows.
- Zen Survivor