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Willow and his allies
Played by: Warwick DavisThe titular hero of the story. He is a young and reluctant Nelwyn farmer and aspiring sorcerer who will play a critical role in protecting Elora Danan from Bavmorda.
- Action Survivor: Is this by the end of the film.
- Character Title
- Chekhov's Skill: His disappearing pig trick.
- The Chosen Zero: Is this for Fin Raziel, initially.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: More of a magician who manages to miscast spells till the end of the film
- Farm Boy: More like a farm man with a wife and kids.
- Good Parents: To his children as well as...
- The Hero: Of the story, but nearly as.
- Home Sweet Home: Willow gains a hero's welcome when he returns to his village and runs straight into his family's waiting arms.
- Humble Hero: As compared to Madmartigan, despite having some high expectations for himself.
- Little People / Hobbits
- Nice Guy: Compared to most of the cast.
- Sorcerer's Apprentice
- Took a Level in Badass: Going from a simple farmer to outwitting the Big Bad.
- Why Did It Have To Be Trolls?
Played by: Val KilmerA boastful swordsman who ends up helping Willow on his quest.
- Anti-Hero: He's a selfish jerk looking out for number one but eventually fights for the right cause.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Though we soon learn his skills actually match his bravado.
- Badass: Is the greatest swordsman in the story.
- Butt Monkey: For most of the film
- The Casanova: Often flirts till he settles with Sorsha in-universe and outside the set.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Has an odd imagination at times.Madmartigan, to Elora Danan: Did you see what he did?! He stole our blackroot! *he kisses her forehead* I'll get some more, don't worry about it...
- Cool Helmet: Finds and uses one in Tir Asleen.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He's first encountered locked up in a crow's cage to rot as if he were a criminal. Airk isn't surprised he's ended up there.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Under the influence of love powder Sorsha proves most distracting. Though he was also taken back the first time they met too.
- Heroes Want Redheads: with Sorsha
- Human Snowball: Becomes a rare live action version of this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lecherous, bragging and irresponsible, but ultimately cares for his allies.
- The Lancer: To Willow.
- Loveable Rogue: When not being a jerk.
- Master Swordsman: When he finally gets his hands on a blade Madmartigan doesn't disappoint.Willow: "You are great!"
- Miles Gloriosus: Subverted. Madmartigan is a braggart and a loudmouth for the first half of the film. Then he finds a sword, and we find out that his skills are more than enough to back up his talk.
- Mr. Fanservice: when shirtless, and even when cross dressing, one man found him attractive until he revealed to be "Not a Woman?!"
- Noodle Incident: He had a falling out with Airk sometime back, the details of which are not given. There's also whatever he did to get thrown into that cage in the first place.Airk: Madmartigan. I still serve Galladoorn. You serve no-one. Remember? Sit in your coffin and rot.
- One-Man Army: As the forces of Bavmorda found out.
- Shirtless Scene: At one point.
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, at the end.
- Warrior Poet: Under a love powder spell.
- With Friends Like These...: With Airk.
- Undying Loyalty: "I serve the Nelwyn, Airk."
Played by: Patricia HayesAn aging sorceress who was turned into a possum by Bavmorda.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Exiled to a small island after being turned into a small animal. It seems for added cruelty she still had the lifespan of a human and thus lived as an animal for decades longer than naturally possible. Subverted in that Raziel says it could have been worse.
- Badass: As Bavmorda finds out once again.
- Baleful Polymorph: Throughout the film, mostly by Willow's mistakes. In fact, it was one of the first times that type of morphing special effect had been used in a film.
- Big Good: Still a bit petty with Bavmorda, but still is technically the strongest force on the good guys' side.
- Cool Old Lady: As she turns out to be. Her dialogue implies she had been trapped in an animal form for longer than she remembered.
- It's Personal: She clearly takes great delight in her chance for revenge against Bavmorda.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Assumed to be beautiful once she returned back to her original form, but a long time has passed.
- Never Mess with Granny: As Bavmorda finds out.
- Psychic Powers: How her magic manifests.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Woman in White: To counter Bavmorda's black.
Played by: Ruth and Kate GreenfieldA baby girl who is prophesied to bring about the downfall of Bavmorda.
- Baby Talk: Justified as being a baby.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Under her left arm.
- The Chosen One: Not in the way you'd expect though.
- Living MacGuffin: Her presence tricks Bavmorda into making her Deader Than Dead.
- The Load: She can't help it, being an infant after all.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: How she ends up found by Willow's children.
- Prophecy Twist: She doesn't personally destroy the evil sorceress but rather it's the people sworn to protect her and those aiding Willow that help bring about the end of Bavmorda. Ultimately she is not the agent of Bavmorda's destruction but the catalyst.
- Save This Person, Save the World: She is the key to defeating Bavmorda.
Rool and Franjean
Played by: Kevin Pollack and Rick OvertonBrownie duo who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.
- Anime Hair: Franjean.
- Big Damn Heroes: When rescuing the baby
- The Ditz: Rool.
- Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Franjean.
- Lilliputians: Being computerized to be smaller than the rest of the cast.
- Lilliputian Warriors: As Brownies. They trap Willow and Meegosh in a pit, then tie them up before presenting them to Cherlindrea.
- Nemean Skinning: Rool, with a mouse skin.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Both, but mostly Rool.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With each other and Madmartigan.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Unlike most, they actually serve a purpose in the plot, being guides for Willow and Madmartigan.
Played by: Gavan O'HerlihyThe general in charge of the Galladoorn army. He had a past acquaintence with Madmartigan, but while Airk served Galladoorn, Madmartigan refused to serve anyone.
- Big Damn Heroes/The Cavalry: Arrives with his army to aid Madmartigan at Tir Asleen.
- Cool Helmet: Airk and his army wear what look like ancient Greek helmets.
- Cool Sword: He has this weapon that is like a sword blade sticking out of the end of a gauntlet.◊
- Good Is Not Nice: He's good, but just barely lenient enough to tolerate Madmartigan's antics, and he's not immune to saying "Peck" (derogative slang term for Willow's people).
- Ironic Echo: "Win this war for me."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's implied that Madmartigan and himself fell out over the former's refusal to take an active role against Bavmorda in favor of looking out for himself. However Airk's been fighting a lost cause against Bavmorda's forces for some time and is clearly one of the good guys. He does also seem to regard Madmartigan as an old friend throughout and the two quickly set aside any differences when Madmartigan takes an active role in the war.
- Sacrificial Lion: To give Madmartigan the resolve to kill Kael.
- Supporting Leader: To Madmartigan and Willow.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Madmartigan over the fact he only looks out for himself. When it later becomes clear he's actually looking out for Willow and Elora, rather than personal survival, Airk is notably impressed. Though he still thinks he's mad.Airk: "Madmartigan, I still serve Gallodoorn. You serve no-one. Remember?"
- With Friends Like These...: With Madmartigan.
- You Got Guts: He thinks Madmartigan and Willow are insane for thinking they'll succeed where armies have failed. But clearly admires their courage.
The Forces of Nockmaar
Played by: Jean MarshThe villainous ruler of Nockmaar and mother of Sorsha.
- Abusive Parents: To Sorsha
- Ambition Is Evil: Wants to Take Over the World
- Bad Habits: Looks like a nun.
- Big Bad: Bavmorda and the armies she commands hold an iron grip over the lands. The only hope of stopping of her way is a child prophesied to destroy her.
- Black Cloak: To counter Raziel's Woman in White
- Classic Villain: Being Ambitious and Arrogant, the latter of which results in her downfall
- Cool Crown
- Dark Is Evil
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's subtle but Bavmorda not only trusts her daughter above all others in her service but is genuinely upset by Sorsha's treachery despite having been warned of the possibility.
- Evil Brit
- Evil Counterpart: To Fin Raziel.
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Matriarch
- Evil Overlord: A rare female example
- Evil Sorceress: Bavmorda is an extremely powerful sorceress capable of using her magic to defeat entire armies single-handed.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Karmic Death / Hoist By Her Own Petard: She ends up accidentally sending her own soul into oblivion instead of little Elora.
- Made of Evil : Apparently
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- No Sell: She easily shrugs off the effects of the magical acorn Willow throws at her.
- Obviously Evil
- Psychic Powers: How her magic manifests
- Villainous Breakdown: Which causes her to destroy herself when Willow tricks her.
- Would Hurt a Child: Spends the entirity of the film trying to capture and kill the infant Elora Danan. And attempting to destroy the soul of the baby in the process.
Played by: Joanne WhalleyThe warrior daughter of Bavmorda tasked with finding Elora Danan.
- Action Girl: As well as Dark Chick for her mother
- Big Damn Kiss: Mid-Battle at Tir Asleen with Madmartigan.
- Cool Sword: It even has a hidden blade in the pommel.
- Distracted by the Sexy: More than a little taken with Madmartigan when he's spouting poetry under the influence of the love potion. She's even more enamored with his bravery and prowess in battle at Tir Asleen. It ultimately proves the final straw for any resistance she had left.
- Does Not Like Men: At first.
- The Dragon: To her mother. Until her Heel–Face Turn that is.
- Co-Dragons: With Kael
- Fiery Redhead
- Heel–Face Turn: through The Power of Love. The novelization and Marvel Comic adaptation include the bonus that while Tir Asleen she unexpectedly finds the cursed form of her long-lost father...and suddenly, magical blocks Bavmorda placed on her daughter's memory melt away. Scenes were actually filmed including her back story but sadly they got cut. The lost scenes can now be seen on Blu-Ray.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Lady of War
- Love Redeems
- Mommy's Little Villain: Initially.
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, at the end.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: An element of this regarding her attraction to Madmartigan.
General Kael (Pat Roach)
Played by: Pat RoachThe ruthless high commander of Bavmorda's army.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass: Kael is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
- Beard of Evil/Badass Beard: Though it's usually covered by his helm.
- Cool Helmet: A skull shaped one
- Cool Sword
- Dark Is Evil
- Darth Vader Clone: Mask check, Large and in Charge check, The Dragon to the Big Bad check and Hero Killer check
- The Determinator: So, so much. Kael approaches everything with a single-minded tenacity, be it cutting through an army to return to Bavmorda with Elora or trying to kill Madmardigan while having a sword shoved through him
- Disney Villain Death: After suffering a Rasputinian Death
- The Dragon: To Bavmorda.
- Expy: Besides the Darth Vader clone reference, his skull like mask and The Dragon rank makes him very similar to the original interpretation as the right hand man of the Big Bad in the"Book of Three"; ironically making it closer than the Disney adaptation of the same name.
- Hero Killer: As Bavmorda's top general, his reputation in story speaks for itself, and everyone fears his utter ruthlessness and his prowess in personal combat. He earns his reputation on screen when he kills Airk in the final battle.
- Implacable Man: The man does not stop. See Rasputinian Death for what it takes to kill him.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Man Army: At one point he was leaving a ruined castle when an army appears to attack him. He only has a few men with him. What does he do? Charge straight at the army and hack his way through. He didn't stay for long and just cut himself a path because he was carrying precious cargo, but the fact that an army couldn't kill him still stands.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner/Prepare to Die: As he goes to fight Airk, he just shouts, "Now you die!"
- Rasputinian Death: Madmartigan smashes his skull-mask, and Kael chases Madmartigan up a flight of stairs. Madmartigan stabs him in the chest and leaves the blade there; Kael responds by punching Madmartigan in the face and trying to strangle him. Madmartigan slashes at Kael's belly with another sword, then when he gets that punched out of his hand, he twists the blade he left in Kael's chest earlier. Kael does not appear to notice. Madmartigan impales Kael on his own sword. Kael is still on his feet when Madmartigan finally shoves him off the walkway. Even then he's still moving so Madmartigan throws a dagger into him just for good measure.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet/Skull for a Helmet
- Spikes of Villainy: He has a few on his armor.
- The Unfettered: Utterly unfazed by the sudden appearance of an enemy army or even a rampaging two-headed dragon. He just gets on with the task at hand.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Finds the Eborsisk to be this when compared to the capture of the baby.
Bavmorda's Death Dogs
Wooly beasts used by the forces of Nockmaar on numerous occasions for tracking and for attack. They are first used to track down and kill the midwife that snuck away with Elora. One of them is next seen wreaking havoc in the Nelwyn village, searching for Elora until Vohnkar kills him. They are seen in a few other instances running with mounted Nockmaar soldiers.
- Hellhounds: A mix of rodent and dog
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death Dogs. Not that you'll get very far once you start running...
- Right Hand Attack Dogs
- Scarily Competent Trackers
- They Have the Scent: Much to Ethna the Midwife's horror. Once she hears them howling in the distance, she knows her time is short.
The Nelwyn Village
Played by: Billy BartyThe spiritual guide of Willow's village. High Aldwin seeks to take on a new apprentice. Whilst no-one officially passes his test he takes a keen interest in Willow and believes he has the potential to be a great sorcerer.
- Cool Old Guy
- Don't Think, Feel.: Tells Willow to trust in himself and listen to his own heart before he's about to embark on his adventure.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Aldwin gives Willow magical acorns that turn anything they're thrown at to stone.
- Little People / Hobbits
- The Mentor
- Phony Psychic: Played with. He's very much capable of genuine magic but he also favors using superstition to manipulate positive outcomes. In this case he "uses" the bones to prevent a frightened mob handing the child over to Bavmorda and comes to the logical conclusion the child is important and must be safely taken to her own kind. He reveals to Willow that it's all a show and in reality bases his decision on Willow's desire to protect Elora.High Aldwin: "The bones tell me nothing."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Uses his influence to help Willow protect Elora and also puts Burglekutt in his place with some clever manipulation.
- Robe and Wizard Hat
- Wizard Beard
Played by: Mark NorthoverThe villages resident bully and general Jerkass. Willow is apparently in debt to Burglekutt, a fact he feels necessary to lord this over him at every opportunity.
- Asshole Victim: Whenever misfortune befalls him he thoroughly deserves it. Be it Elora throwing up on him or a bird shitting on his face.
- The Bully
- Butt Monkey: He deserves it too.
- Dirty Coward: For all his bravado Burglekutt is not a courageous Nelwyn.
- Fat Bastard
- Hypocrite: Demands their best warrior Vohnkar not go with Willow on his quest because they need him to stay and protect the village. That is until High Aldwin declares the bones have named Burglekutt leader of the expedition. Vohnkar's suddenly on the cards again.Burglekutt: No - not Vohnkar! He's the best warrior in the village, we need him here. Vohnkar - step back!High Aldwin: All this expedition needs is a leader. And according to the bones, that leader is... you, Burglekutt!Burglekutt: VOHNKAR!!!
- Little People / Hobbits
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: On the DVD Commentary, Warwick Davis said that Mark Northover "is a jolly chap in real life."
- Not Bad: Burglekutt is actually noticeably impressed by Willows disappearing pig trick, making it the closet thing he has to a Pet the Dog moment. Of course when the trick quickly goes sour he returns to his default jerkassery.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abandons Willow at the crossroads when he grows tired of waiting for a suitable person to give the child too.
- Smug Snake
Played by: Phil FondacaroThe most experienced warrior of the village, he's the one who slays the hound of Bavmorda that was wreaking havoc in the village in search for Elora. He is the second to volunteer for Willow's quest.
Played by: David SteinbergWillow's best friend. He is the first to volunteer to accompany him on his quest.
- Annoying Arrows: When attacked alongside Willow by Brownies they're assaulted by a barrage of small but still painful arrows. Though it turns out the annoying arrows are just to drive them towards a trap.
- Friendship Moment: Meegosh stepping forward to go with Willow despite not being the bravest of Nelwyns is greeted with a respectful nod from Willow.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's Willow's best friend in the village. Also he's the first to volunteer to accompany him on his mission to take Elora to her own people and the last person from the village to leave his side. note
- Home Sweet Home: When the duo believe they've completed their task they muse over the heroes welcome they'll receive upon their triumphant return. During the finale Meegosh is among the first to warmly greet Willow upon his heroic return.
- Little People / Hobbits
- Nice Guy
- Opt Out: Once their mission goes from delivering a child to her own kind and escalates to saving the world, Meegosh journeys home. Though intially he expected Willow to do the same but quickly realises his friend is just getting started.
- You Can Turn Back
Played by: Julie PetersWillow's wife. She is a loving mother and enthusiastic in caring for Elora.
- Good Parents
- Happily Married
- House Wife
- Little People / Hobbits
- Memento MacGuffin: She gives Willow a braid of her hair before he leaves their village. Willow treats it as both a good luck charm and a source of strength later in his journey.
- Nice Girl
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, briefly.
Ranon and Mims Ufgood
Played by: Mark Van de Brake and Dawn DowningWillow's children.
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: With the momentary addition of Elora.
- Cheerful Child: Mims
- Child Mage: Mims, in the novelisation, is implied to have an innate talent for magic that surpasses her father's, at one point early on repaying Burglekutt's bullying by inflicting pain on him via a short rhyming chant.
- Constantly Curious
- Little People / Hobbits
Ethna The Midwife
Played by: Zulema DeneElora's mother convinced her to escape with the baby.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She is torn apart by a pair of Bavmorda's vicious hounds.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: The midwife that risked her own life for a mother she didn't know. Smuggled her child away moments before Bavmorda arrived to kill her. Spent months evading capture and raising the child as her own in the wilderness by herself. And finally made the ultimate sacrifice to give Elora just the slightest chance at surviving. Yet it's unlikely her story will ever be known. Though this may be ultimately averted in the long run with Sorsha's Heel–Face Turn, the midwifes actions could become common knowledge.
- Heroic Bystander
- Heroic Sacrifice: She's the only reason Elora ever reached Willow and she paid with her life.
- Killed Off for Real
- Spanner in the Works: Bavmorda went to the extreme lengths of having every new born child checked for a birthmark. She could not have anticipated a lowly midwife would risk everything for a perfect stranger and her child.
- What You Are in the Dark: She had no personal reason to help Elora's mother other than it was the right thing to do. And she did so despite the risks.
Played by: Ron Tarr
- All Men Are Perverts: "Wanna breed?"
- Beard of Barbarism
- The Berserker: Even after he's struck the wrong person when trying to hit Madmartigan, Llug continues to beat the soldier anyway.
- Berserk Button: Apparently it's finding out someone he's been hitting on isn't a woman. Or that his wife is cheating on him. Or maybe even both.
- The Big Guy
- Dumb Muscle
- Hair-Trigger Temper: From angry killer, to horny slimeball, back to murderous rage in an instant.
- Hypocrite: He goes from ready to kill any man near his wife to trying to have sex with her "cousin", whilst his wife's standing right beside him.
- Stout Strength
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Played for laughs with cousin "Hilda" when Llug discovers "she" wasn't a woman after all.Madmartigan: "Gentlemen. Meet Llug."
- Unstoppable Rage
A species of smelly, vicious men-apelike brutes who inhabit Tir Asleen since Bavmorda has cursed the place. Willow is notably afraid of them.
After a botched spell, Willow accidentally turns one of the trolls into a two-headed mass of flesh with Raziel's wand. He then kicks it in the moat of Tir Asleen, only for it to grow giant in a matter of seconds, much to the surprise of both Madmartigan and Kael's army.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Especially since Ebersisk is more eldritch than a normal dragon
- All There in the Manual: Never namely referred as "the Ebersisk" in the movie.
- Annoying Arrows: It's riddled with arrows. But the only result seems to be angering it.
- Fire Breath
- Eldritch Abomination: Wingless, has two weird heads and emerges from a troll's exposed skin
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Once a minor troll Mook for Bavmorda until Willow accidentally turned it into an abomination leading to a three sided battle- Madmartigan trying to kill it and save the baby, Kael wanting its death as well as killing the baby and the Ebersisk just trying to kill and eat anybody in its way
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Madmartigan impales one of the monsters heads with his sword. It then blows its own head off trying to breath fire.
- One-Winged Angel: Ebersisk used to be a troll until Willow used his magic on him...
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dinosaur-like body, no wings and a tumor on both heads.
- Shout-Out: "Ebersisk" is named for movie reviewers Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
- Two Beings, One Body: Despite being once a one headed troll
- Your Head A Splode: What happens to the head that was impaled by Madmartigan's sword, resulting in the death of the monster.