Characters / Willow

Character sheet for the film Willow.
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Willow and his allies


Willow Ufgood
"You need a warrior for a job like this. I'm a nobody."
Played by: Warwick Davis

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."
Played by: Val Kilmer

A boastful swordsman who ends up helping Willow on his quest.

    Fin Raziel 

Fin Raziel
"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.
  • All There in the Manual: The novelization describes in details her youth, her rivalry with Bavmorda starting during their tutelage under Cherlindrea herself, her courting of the Prince of Tir Asleen, whom Bavmorda stole with sorcery to get the throne. Suffice to say Bavmorda has been pretty much ruining her life from day one.
  • The Archmage: The most powerful benevolent sorceress in the world, more than a match for Bavmorda herself even in old age.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Throughout the film, mostly by Willow's mistakes; she gets turned into a crow and a goat, for example. 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, quite understandably so, but she is still the mightiest 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She assumed she'd still be a beautiful young woman once she turned back to her original form, but a long time has passed.
  • It's Personal: Bavmorda not only stole her fiancé, but forced her to waste her youth and most of her life under the form of a possum. As such, it is no surprise why she takes so much delight in her chance for revenge against her old rival.
  • Kill It with Ice: She casts a powerful ice spell to freeze Bavmorda solid, but the evil queen No Sells it.
  • Mind over Matter: She displays very powerful telekinesis, violently flinging Bavmorda through the air.
  • Never Mess with Granny: As Bavmorda finds out.
  • Not So Above It All: She got a bit too much enjoyment in flinging Bavmorda about with Cherlindrea's wand.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A reasonable and powerful sorceress.
  • Woman in White: To counter Bavmorda's black.


Elora Danan
Played by: Ruth and Kate Greenfield

A baby girl who is prophesied to bring about the downfall of Bavmorda.
  • Baby Talk: For a really, really obvious reason.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Under her left arm.
  • The Chosen One: Just not in the usual way.
  • Living MacGuffin: The prophecy of her birth goads Bavmorda into abducting every pregnant woman she can; once born, she's secretly smuggled out of Nockmaar Castle, winds up drifting down a river clear to Willow's farm, and leads directly to the rest of the plot. She's abducted and rescued repeatedly.
  • The Load: Again, for a really, really obvious reason.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: How she ends up found by Willow's children.
  • Prophecy Twist: 'It has been prophesied that the birth of this child will cause the downfall of the wicked queen Bavmorda.' Bavmorda interpreted this in the most obvious way - that Elora would become capable of overthrowing her when she grew up. Ultimately she is not the agent of Bavmorda's destruction but the catalyst: it's the people protecting Elora that lead Bavmorda to destroy herself.
  • Save This Person, Save the World: She is the key to defeating Bavmorda.


"All creatures of good heart need your help, Willow. The choice is yours."
Played by: Maria Holvöe

A powerful entity and ruler of the fairy forest.
  • Big Good: Along with Fin Raziel. Cherlindrea is the non-action version.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: She gives Willow her magic wand.
  • Fairy Godmother: Although she doesn't directly help Willow with magic, she provides him some crucial information and gives him her wand to bring to Fin Raziel.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde and seems to be made of purity and goodness.
  • Light Is Good: She's an ethereal being appearing in a halo of light, and she seeks to bring an end to Bavmorda's reign of evil.
  • Ms Exposition: Tells Willow about Elora Danan's name and fate, and directs him to Fin Raziel.

    Rool and Franjean 

Rool and Franjean
"That way!"
Played by: Kevin Pollack (Rool) and Rick Overton (Franjean)

A duo of Brownies who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.


Airk Thaughbaer
"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.
  • 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: A very powerful fighter serving as a general of the Galladoorn armies.
  • 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).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Stabbed to death with his sword gauntlet by General Kael.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed to death by General Kael during the Final Battle.
  • 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.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: He's the noble one to Madmartigan's Roguish Male, as he already has a cause. Madmartigan needs to find one.
  • 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


Queen Bavmorda
"This child will have no power over me."
Played by: Jean Marsh

The evil 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
"Destroy the beast! Find the baby!"
Played by: Pat Roach

The ruthless high commander of Bavmorda's army.

    Death Dogs 

Bavmorda's Death Dogs

Wooly beasts used by the forces of Nockmaar 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 later seen in a few other instances running with mounted Nockmaar soldiers.

The Nelwyn Village

    High Aldwin 

High Aldwin
"Forget all you know, or think you know"
Played by: Billy Barty

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.
  • Cool Old Guy: A cool and old spiritual guide.
  • 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: As a Nelwyn.
  • The Mentor: He is this to Willow and his village.
  • 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: Wears them.
  • Wizard Beard: Sports one.


"You're no sorcerer Ufgood. You're a clown."
Played by: Mark Northover

The village's 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: To Willow.
  • Butt-Monkey: He deserves it too.
  • Dirty Coward: For all his bravado Burglekutt is not a courageous Nelwyn.
  • Fat Bastard: Pretty fat.
  • 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!!!
  • Jerkass: The most non-villain Jerkass in the movie.
  • Little People / Hobbits: As a Nelwyn.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: On the DVD Commentary, Warwick Davis said that Mark Northover was "a jolly chap in real life."
  • Not Bad: Burglekutt is actually noticeably impressed by Willow's disappearing pig trick, making it the closest 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: He thinks highly of himself.


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 Nelwyn 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. 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: As a Nelwyn.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his Opt Out.
  • 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: And does so.


Kaiya Ufgood
Played by: Julie Peters

Willow's wife. She is a loving mother and enthusiastic in caring for Elora.

    Ranon and Mims 

Ranon and Mims Ufgood
Played by: Mark Van de Brake and Dawn Downing

Willow'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: Curious about the mysterious baby and daikinis (humans).
  • Little People / Hobbits: As Nelwyns. And they are children, so they are the smallest ones.


    The Midwife 

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 midwife's actions could become common knowledge.
  • Heroic Bystander: A simple midwife who heroically saved Elora Danan's name.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She's the only reason Elora ever reached Willow and she paid with her life.
  • Killed Off for Real: A Death Dog kills her.
  • 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



The Trolls of Tir Asleen

A species of smelly, vicious men-apelike brutes who inhabit Tir Asleen since Bavmorda has cursed the place. Willow is notably afraid of them.

    The Eborsisk 

The Eborsisk

After a botched spell during the battle at Tir Asleen, 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.