Character sheet for the film Willow
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Willow and his allies
"You need a warrior for a job like this. I'm a nobody."
The 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.
"Give me a sword, I'll win this war for you."
A 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.
Airk: Madmartigan. I still serve Galladoorn. You serve no-one. Remember? Sit in your coffin and rot.
- 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."
"Then the prophecy is true. The princess has been born. Take me to her."
Played by: Patricia Hayes
An 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 Greenfield
A baby girl who is prophesied to bring about the downfall of Bavmorda.
Rool and Franjean
Played by: Kevin Pollack and Rick Overton
Brownie duo who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.
"I always knew you'd end up in a crows cage."
Played by: Gavan O'Herlihy
The general in charge of the Galladoorn army. He had a past acquaintence with Madmartigan, but while Airk served Galladoorn, Madmartigan refused to serve anyone.
The Forces of Nockmaar
"This child will have no power over me."
Played by: Jean Marsh
The villainous ruler of Nockmaar and mother of Sorsha.
"What are you staring at?"
Played by: Joanne Whalley
The warrior daughter of Bavmorda tasked with finding Elora Danan.
General Kael (Pat Roach)
"Destroy the beast! Find the baby!"
Played by: Pat Roach
The ruthless high commander of Bavmorda's army.
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.
The Nelwyn Village
"Forget all you know, or think you know"
The 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.
"You're no sorcerer Ufgood. You're a clown."
Played by: Mark Northover
The 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!
- 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 Fondacaro
The 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.
"I'll go with him."
Played by: David Steinberg
Willow'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.
- 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 Peters
Willow's wife. She is a loving mother and enthusiastic in caring for Elora.
Ranon and Mims Ufgood
Played by: Mark Van de Brake and Dawn Downing
Ethna The Midwife
Played by: Zulema Dene
Elora'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.
"NOT A WOMAN?!"
Played by: Ron Tarr
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