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The Main Character

The original Barbarian Hero.

Conan is a wandering fighter from the distant northern land of Cimmeria. Drawn by his insatiable urge for adventure and riches, he left his homeland to take the ancient Hyborian world by storm. In his travels he would become a thief, a mercenary, a pirate, and eventually a king by his own hand.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Unscrupulous variety. He's amoral, but he does have some standards — if someone is truly his friend, Conan will repay their kindness in turn, and is loyal to a fault to his allies. He also kills mostly only those who are truly evil or attack him first. He then becomes The Good King of Aquilonia, and considers all of his people part of his "tribe". Thus, hurting his people is disrespecting him, and Conan will not stand for that.
  • Badass Normal: Conan is simply as strong, experienced and skilled as a mortal man can be. And yet, he finds himself fighting against magic users and abominations that are way above his level and coming out on top.
  • Barbarian Hero: The archetypal example and the Trope Codifier. Conan is an Unscrupulous Hero, though not without his good points. He does have a code of honor, and generally repays kindness or hostility in turn. If you're nice to him and generally try to help him, Conan will watch your back until the end of days. If you're hostile to him, there's no greater opponent you could face. Even then, Conan doesn't really care for politics, machinations, or religion — he lives as he sees fit, regardless of what anyone tells him to do.
  • Carpet of Virility: Howard describes him as having a hairy chest.
  • Character Development: Grows more mature and skilled over the years. By the time he's the king, he's evolved closer to a full-blown hero.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Apart from being a member of a superior race of humans, his tremendous strength is acquired through climbing the cliffs of his homeland and working at his father's forge.
  • The Chains of Commanding: In any works where he's the king, the duty of governing weighs on him heavily. In ''The Phoenix in the Sword", he laments not being able to go adventuring anymore or personally lead battles, and states that it was far easier taking Numedides' crown off his head than holding it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Zig-Zagged. We don't see Conan developing it, but whenever it's mentioned that Cimmeria is a rugged, harsh, jagged land filled with rock walls unclimbable to anyone not born there, count on Conan's exceptional Cimmerian climbing skills being relevant to the plot. Examples include "The God In Bowl" and "The Tower Of The Elephant."
  • Determinator: Say what you will about the man's morals; he will face most anything that you throw at him and will not give up. This is despite Conan facing down the likes of evil sorcerers and mages well-above his weight class. It's just that Conan's sheer determination and punishing strength make him formidable to anyone.
  • Does Not Like Magic: He is characterized this way in most adaptations, being generally distrustful of magic. It's hard to blame him for this attiude, since most Magic Is Evil in this setting and requires horrible things in the name of using it. He makes exceptions for magic weapons and working with good sorcerers like Kalanthes, but these exceptions are very rare; Conan is generally distrustful and hostile towards anyone who uses magic as a rule, especially if they're from Hyperborea.
  • Freudian Excuse: Though his frequent clashes with evil wizards don't necessarily improve his view of magic, the Dark Horse comics elaborate on his hatred for them. As a young man, he and his Aesir comrades went on a expedition and were enslaved by Hyperborean witch-men. Everyone but Conan was killed during a slave revolt, including a slave girl that he was in love with. This traumatic experience led to Conan nurturing hate for sorcerers and vowing one day to see Hyperborea burned to the ground.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Because the very first Conan story in existence portrays him as king of Aquilonia later in his life, everyone knows he is supposed to survive no matter the consequences any story that takes place beforehand.
  • Genius Bruiser: The best warrior and most powerful human of his era and one of the best strategists, with the ability to speak several languages (including dead ones).
  • The Good King: As ruler of Aquilonia. While The Chains of Commanding weigh on Conan's mind, he's still got the best interest of his people. Throughout the books, multiple people try to take over his kingdom or hurt his people. When this happens, Conan is quick to respond in kind with violence.
  • Heroic Build: Zig-Zagged. He is very tall and extremely well muscled, yet how much of a hero he is is open to interpretation.
  • King in the Mountain: In the Dark Horse comics, long after his passing, its said he will return in an hour of darkness when the serpent strikes.
  • The Kingslayer: Since many tyrants tend to be his frequent foes, that is a given. His most famous is probably Numedides, the Aquilonian king that he choked to death with his own hands and proceeded to rule his kingdom afterwards.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is huge and heavily muscled, with strength beyond the conception of civilized men, yet he is constantly described as moving with the speed and grace of a panther. In their sword fight from 'The Pool of the Black One', Conan kills a Master Swordsman whose skill is completely useless against his natural strength, speed, and cunning:
    Zaporavo was the veteran of a thousand fights by sea and by land. There was no man in the world more deeply and thoroughly versed than he in the lore of swordcraft. But he had never been pitted against a blade wielded by thews bred in the wild lands beyond the borders of civilization. Against his fighting-craft was matched blinding speed and strength impossible to a civilized man. Conan’s manner of fighting was unorthodox, but instinctive and natural as that of a timber wolf. The intricacies of the sword were as useless against his primitive fury as a human boxer’s skill against the onslaughts of a panther.
  • Made of Iron: Conan is so durable he managed to survive stuff that would have otherwise killed or crippled normal men like being crucified, having his back almost broken when cut down, and forced to endure a long ride without water or treatment for his injuries. He still got better.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the Dark Horse comics he has a few moments that haunt him (the first being his failure to save Iasmini and the Aesir, the second being responsible for the destruction of two of his bands of mercenaries)
  • One-Man Army: More than once, Conan has single-handedly fought his way out of a courtroom when surrounded by guards and with his weapon confiscated (the escape involves reacquiring it).
  • Rated M for Manly: Oh yeah. Conan is a Lightning Bruiser, has a Heroic Build, regularly saves scantilly-clad women, and is generally an archetypical example of the positive sides of masculinity — honorable, courageous, powerful, and determined.
  • Really Gets Around: The number of women he's taken to his bed is comparable to that of killed enemies. Which is to say, a lot. In the Robert E. Howard stories alone, he has six confirmed conquests (Bêlit, Sancha, Valeria, Princess Yasmela, an unnamed prostitute and Zenobia - whom he later marries), eight more female companions where it's not clear if they slept together, and there have been many more Conan stories and love interests in the following decades.
  • Renaissance Man: He had too many jobs in just one lifetime: sellsword, bodyguard, pirate, captain of the guard, general of countless armies and eventually king of the greatest empire in the world. Not only is he a fighter without equal, he is an excellent tactician, strategist and a speaks a variety of tongues. The only skill he hasn't dominated in this setting was magic, but he had good reasons.
  • Self-Made Man: He carved his own wealth with his bare hands and became king by his own hand.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the Howard stories, Conan is often gnawing a beef bone when he has to opportunity to eat well. It frequently doubles as a Weapon of Choice.
  • The Usurper: A heroic example since he ends up being more popular with the Aquilonians than the tyrant he killed. However, in The Phoenix in the Sword, they end up forgetting Numedides' atrocities and due to the villains' actions, Conan is viewed like a barbarian reaver that deposed the rightful king.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Conan loves the thrill and challenge of acquiring treasure or gaining a throne far more than he does the actual goal. Even when he acquires a vast treasure, he'll eventually spend it all and set off on his next adventure. When he seizes the throne of Aquilonia, he does his best to run the kingdom effectively but realizes that fighting Numedides to seize his crown was a lot more invigorating than actually having to wear it.
  • Warrior Poet: Literally, as it's heavily implied that the eponymous Song of Belit was written by him. There's also The Road Of Kings, split into two different chapter headers in The Phoenix on the Sword, implied to be written by Conan to commemorate the assassination attempt in that story.
  • World's Best Warrior: It's all but outright stated that Conan is the most dangerous man of his age. Peerless as a warrior, and peerless as a king.
  • World's Strongest Man: Though it is also not stated, he is physically stronger than any other human he encounters, even men much larger than he is. There are several monsters, however, who are far stronger than he is.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: He kills Aquilonia's King Numedides and seizes the throne for himself.

Characters from original Howard works

The Phoenix on the Sword

    King Numedides

King Numedides was Conan's predecessor to the throne of Aquilonia, slain by Conan himself when Conan took the throne.

  • 0% Approval Rating: While sycophants notwithstanding, his rule proved sufficiently unpopular that the entire realm would prefer a foreigner barbarian as king than Numedides himself.
  • Adaptation Expansion: By default, since any appearance of him in non-Howard adaptations is this considering that he is dead in the book he is referenced and never appears in any Howard book beyond this point.
  • Blood Bath: In the Marvel comics, Numedides expressed the desire to become immortal and enlisted the services of a sorcerer to sacrifice young women so he could bathe in their blood.
  • The Caligula: He was an unstable ruler with godlike delusions and insanity.
  • Nostalgia Filter: He is posthumously subjected to this trope in The Phoenix of the Sword when the villains begin feeding tales of Numedides being a noble king that was usurped by a barbarian to the populace, who has forgotten all of Numedides' atrocities. Conan laments it this way:
    They have put a statue of that swine in the temple of Mitra, and people go and wail before it, hailing it as the holy effigy of a saintly monarch who was done to death by a red-handed barbarian. When I led her armies to victory as a mercenary, Aquilonia overlooked the fact that I was a foreigner, but now she can not forgive me. Now in Mitra's temple there come to burn incense to Numedides' memory, men whom his hangmen maimed and blinded, men whose sons died in his dungeons, whose wives and daughters were dragged into his seraglio. The fickle fools!
  • Predecessor Villain: To the conspirators in The Hour of the Dragon, with one of them being his rightful heir Valerius.
  • Posthumous Character: He is already dead by the time of first Howard book was ever written, since Conan was already king. And he almost never appeared alive in any story before that point.
  • Puppet King: In Conan the Liberator by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, canon under the William Galen Gray chronology, Numedides is in fact the pawn of his evil sorcerer adviser Thulandra Thuu, who is the real power behind Aquilonia's throne.

    Thoth Amon
A Stygian wizard, Lord of the Black Ring and High Priest of Set. First introduced in The Phoenix on the Sword, he is notable in that, despite being portrayed as something of an Arch-Enemy to Conan, the two of them never actually meet each other in direct confrontation in the Howard stories.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He was a Noble Demon in the original books, and other incarnations of him generally follow suit. The version of him from Conan: Book of Thoth, however, is heinously evil.
  • Anti-Villain: In the originals; in the Dark Horse comics, he's utterly evil.
  • Arch-Enemy: While he is usually treated this way to Conan in the pastiches, in the original Howard books he and Conan only indirectly cross paths. He is definitely Kalanthes' arch-enemy in the Dark Horse comics.
  • Big Bad: Often promoted to this in the pastiches and the comics.
  • Breakout Villain: He was a generally minor character in Howard's stories who only physically appeared once, but other media pretty much turned him into Conan's Arch-Enemy.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who knows him fears quite rightfully, not even the king of Stygia dares crossing Amon. In Dark Horse Conan the Avenger, Conan freaks out upon sighting Thoth-Amon despite having a freakin army at his side and tells them to flee.
    Conan: Ride you bastards, like Hell itself was on your hinds. For it is!
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Impoverished, and abused by his father as a youth, he bade his beloved younger sister farewell, vowing to one day return for her. Many years and committed atrocities later as high-priest of Set, he suddenly remembered her and tasked a soldier to find her at all costs, promising himself she would want for nothing. Alas, it was revealed she had long since perished from a famine magically caused by Thoth-Amon himself. By then, Thoth-Amon's heart was so blackened that he rebuked his soldier for giving him such trivial news, wondering to himself why he even bothered sending him in the first place.
  • Evil Chancellor: To King Ctesphon.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Kalanthes in the Dark Horse Comics version.
  • Evil Overlord: Thoth effectively rules over Stygia, having turned the actual royal family into his puppets, ran the nation to the ground by fighting pointless wars and terrorized those who didn't follow Set.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the Dark Horse version, he is revealed to have born into destitution and poverty with his abusive, alcoholic father forced him to beg and pickpocket for money. Then he got accepted into the cult of Set, rose through the ranks until he became the high priest, and eventually, king of Stygia in everything but name. Notably, Thoth is rather ashamed of his humble origins, freaking out when the ghosts in the Eyes of Usir confront him about it.
  • Noble Demon: Most of the time.
  • Religion of Evil: He is the high priest of the cult of Set.
  • Shadow Archetype: To both Conan and Kalanthes. In Conan's case they're both driven men who rose from humble origins to achieve greatness; the difference is that Conan (despite being amoral at times) never abandoned his humanity and is proud of his heritage while Thoth is ashamed of his and sacrificed everyone he ever loved for power. In Kalanthes's case Thoth came from humble origins and should have known what it was like to be oppressed yet stepped on others, whereas Kal was born in privilege but was willing to help the weak and less fortunate.
  • Start of Darkness: The Book of Thoth describes his origins, and details his fall from somewhat ruthless but still having humanity to a monster who cares for no one.
  • Villain of Another Story: In the original stories, while Thoth-Amon's machinations often caused trouble for Conan, the two were never in opposition.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Kalanthes.


The Frost-Giant's Daughter


The daughter of Ymir encountered by a young Conan in The Frost-Giant's Daughter.

  • Attempted Rape: By Conan of all people after he managed to defeat her brothers. She summons her father Ymir to save her. Considering how out-of-character this is for Conan, it's possible she was using some enchanting magic to lure him into an ambush.
  • The Bait: She acts as one to lure men lost in battle to her brothers.
  • Big Bad: In The Frost-Giant's Daughter.
  • Cute Monster Girl: While her brothers are monstrous Frost Giants, Atali is beautiful and normal sized despite being technically a Frost Giant herself. This is in line with Norse myths that state female giants were more beautiful than the males.
  • Evil Laugh: Her arrival is accompanied by her silvery laugh, described as "sweeter than the rippling of silvery fountains, and poisonous with cruel mockery."
  • Exposed to the Elements: Not only is she barefoot in the snow, but she is naked except for some gossamer cloth. Justified as she is an Ice Giant.
  • An Ice Person: She is a Frost Giant after all, which explains why she can go out nude in the snow.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Frequently mocks Conan throughout her appearance, all to provoke him into chasing her to her brothers.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Her hair is described as neither gold or red, but a glorious compound of both colors.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Atali wears only gossamer cloth to cover her lower bits while her hair covers her chest. Also her beauty is so intense that ends up overwhelming Conan.
  • Oh, Crap!: Atali has this reaction when Conan succeeds in overcoming her brothers.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She induced it on Conan who normally adheres to rough chivalric code, and considers rape beneath him. But the murderous lust caused by her spell shows how over the edge he was.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: At the end, it's unclear if his encounter with her was real or not. But Conan is holding the piece of fabric that he ripped from Atali earlier, indicating that she was indeed real.
  • The Tease: Atali doesn't seem interested in having sex with her targets and prefers to toy with the dying before they perish in the snow.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She goes from playful temptress to scared little girl after Conan kills the Frost Giants and starts running after her.

The Tower of the Elephant

Debut: "The Tower of the Elephant", Robert E. Howard.

A green-skinned humanoid with the head of an elephant. Arriving from the planet Yag (located on the "outer fringe of this universe"), he and his fellows set up a colony on Earth long before humanity appeared. In fact, 'Kosha is so long-lived he's witnessed humanity's rise, the sinking of Atlantis and Lemuria, and lived onto the Hyperborean Age, where he was worshiped in Khitai. Sadly, the alien became the last of his kind on Earth, and eventually became a prisoner of an evil wizard.

  • And I Must Scream: By the time Conan finds him, Yag-Kosha is blind, his limbs broken and atrophied and he is chained in a chair, as recipient of Cold-Blooded Torture at Yara's hands.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Was the victim of this, leaving him crippled and blinded.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Yag-Kosha was nice enough to let the some worship him, as well as train a wizard in the arts of good. And have a nice chat with Conan.
  • Eldritch Abomination: An unusually sympathetic example.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While not evil, Conan at this point in life is highly amoral but looking at Yag-kosha's horrific suffering made Conan ashamed of being human and so he tells Yag that he's just walking by and wiill not harm Yag. That leads to Yag telling Conan his story and his request.
  • Expy: Of Ganesha. His debut story seems to hint that Yag-Kosha was the inspiration of for Ganesha.
  • The Exile: Was cast out of Yag for being part of a revolt.
  • Fantasy Aliens: Arrived from a distant planet to Conan's world which is a major Sword and Sorcery Trope Maker.
  • Last of His Kind: Well, on Earth. The rest of his peers died of extreme old age.
  • Long-Lived: While not immortal, the aliens of Yag's lifespan is millions of years.
  • Made a Slave: By his own student Yara.
  • Mercy Kill: He begs Conan to release him from his torment, which he mournfully obliges.
  • Mercy Kill: Requests this from Conan, which the Cimmerian is willing to grant.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After Conan cuts out his heart at his request, Conan presents it to Yara which traps the evil sorcerer to be pursued by the spirit of Yag-kosha.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: He is actually alien from an distant planet.
  • Time Abyss: Yag and his people are older than humanity itself.
  • White Magic: Yag-kosha originally taught Yara this, but Yara wasn't satisfied with only being taught this, and eventually turned Yag-kosha's power against him and enslaved him.
  • Winged Humanoid: Once, allowing the exiled Yag to traveled faster than light through space. But upon reaching Earth, they lost their wings.


Yara is a powerful but reclusive wizard who resides in the City of Thieves, in a nigh-impregnable tower where he keeps his former teacher, the being Yag-Kosha, as his captive and slave. He initially only appeared in The Tower of the Elephant, but later adaptions expanded his role considerably.

  • Arc Villain: Of the first (and only) season of the live-action Conan series.
  • Animal Motifs: Both played straight and subverted: while he does posses the "Heart of the Elephant" jewel, and resides in the eponymous tower, both the jewel and the tower are so named for Yag-Kosha, not Yara. He is however closely associated with spiders, from turning his enemies into spiders, having a boar-sized one serve as his guard dog.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a relatively minor character in the Howard stories, but was given much more screen time in the live-action series.
  • Baleful Polymorph: If able to transform other people into animals.
  • Deceptive Disciple: First came to Yag-Kosha claiming to seeking his guidance, only to turn on him and make him his prisoner once he had learned his secrets.
  • The Dreaded: In Zamora, at least. Even the king is afraid of him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Killed a prince just for speaking to him informally.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The first of many Conan meets, chronologically speaking.
  • Giant Spider: Has one as his guard-dog.
  • Karmic Death: He thought of himself as a big man, when in reality he was only powerful because of the power he stole from Yag-Kosha, whom he had made his captive. In the end, he is stripped of his power and shrunk down to a size so small as to be undetectable, before finally being absorbed into the "Heart of the Elephant", to remain a prisoner forever, being hounded by his former captive.
  • White Magic: The power he was initially taught by Yag-Kosha. Eventually turned it against him and took up Black Magic.


Queen of the Black Coast


A fearsome, but beautiful pirate queen who became Conan's lover, often regarded as his first and greatest love.

Black Colossus

    Thugra Khotan

Thugra Khotan was a Stygian wizard who reigned over Kuthchemes. The city was sacked by “gray-eyed, tawny-haired barbarians in wolfskins and scale-mail”. To escape the destruction, Khotan swallowed “a strange terrible poison”, after which he was locked into a tomb by his priests, which the barbarians could not enter. The city was destroyed, and the tomb lost to the desert in the intervening millennia. He is awakened three thousand years later by the thief Shevatas. In the time that he slept, the barbarians traveled north, to found the country of Koth. Hiding his face, and taking up the name Natohk, he sets out to unleash his wrath upon the barbarians' descendants.

  • Animal Motif: Black Scorpions. Heavily emphasized in the Dark Horse adaptation, where his shadow form has pinchers and a scorpion tail.
  • Cool Mask: He is even called "the Veiled One".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Is what (ultimately) leads to his downfall, as he is more focused on pursuing Yasmela than on his plans for conquest.
    • This is further emphasised in the Dark Horse comic adaptation, where, during a critical moment in the battle, his demon servant points out that with Conan and the Khorajan army occupied, Natohk can simply take the remainder of his horde around the plateau and through the pass, with Khoraja and the lands of Koth ripe for the taking. He promptly ignores this advice, to fatal results.
  • Fog of Doom: One of his many powers, assisting him in his conquest of the desert tribes. In his battle with Conan's army, he uses it to block line-of-sight as his army approaches.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He appears in Yasmela's dreams as a nightmarish shadow creature resembling a scorpion/human hybrid. To say nothing of why he wears a veil: while the poison he drank was able to slow down his body's decay, it wasn't able to stop it completely.
  • Kill It with Fire: Summons a wall of fire during the battle, using it on the rashly charging knights.
  • Magic Wand: A classic "also turns into a snake" version.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Did it come as a surprise to anyone that Natohk is actually Thugra Khotan?
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed away in his tomb for three thousand years before the their Shevatas opens it.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Thugra Khotan's identity has been mostly lost to the ages. Conan only manages to put two-and-two together after being shown an engraving of him on a coin from three thousand years ago, which Yasmela recognizes as the man from her nightmares.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Wants to conquer and destroy the people of Koth as revenge for what their ancestors did.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A particularly dark and twisted version towards Yasmela.
  • Was Once a Man: See Humanoid Abomination.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: He intends to keep Yasmela as his unwilling bride, but after using up most of his magic he tries to suck out her soul to restore his powers. It's best not to contemplate whether he still intended to keep her for his bride after he was done.


The princess of Khoraja who is currently serving as regent while her brother is a prisoner of war to his enemies.

  • Damsel in Distress: Thugra Khotan has her on his sights and Conan has to rescue her towards the climax.
  • King Incognito: How she meets Conan in the dark of night. She is instructed by Mitra to do
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mostly in the comic adaptations, that milk of all it's worth by portraying her sleeping in the nude when she receives Khotan's nightmares. Can be considered a desconstruction of this trope since her sexy looks end up attracting the wrong sort of attention - namely, Big Bad's lust - to her personally. The short story also ends with her having sex with Conan.
  • Rescue Sex: Yasmela throws herself to Conan's arms after being rescued at the end.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Yasmela takes no shit from her courtiers. When one states it's insulting to be asked to serve under Conan's command:
    Yasmela: Count Thespides, you have my glove under your baldric. Please give it to me, then go.
    Thespides: Go? Go where?
    Yasmela: To Koth or to Hades! If you will not serve me as I wish, you shall not serve me at all.

Iron Shadows in the Moon

Princess of Ophir, she was sold to a shemite chieftain by her own father for refusing to marry a prince of Koth. The shemite in turn sold her to Shah Amurath to buy his good will. While Amurath was busy crushing the kozaki tribesmen, she slipped away from the palace and tried to escape only for her master to pursue and get her.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father King Kennak, appropriately enough. Conan expresses disgust at him for selling his own child In the Dark Horse comics, even Amurath of all people calls her father "a immoral and godless man". It was revealed he sold her under the influence of a sorcerer.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Road of Kings comics serves as a sequel to Iron Shadows, showing what happened next to Olivia and her father and giving closure to her story.
  • Arranged Marriage: To a Kothian prince, whom she refused to marry and was sold to slavery.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: She is forced to serve as a concubine to Shah Amurath.
  • Broken Bird: Even after her rapist is killed, she is still tormented by the memories of his abuses. She can't even enjoy watching Conan bathe without remembering what she went through.
  • Fallen Princess: Poor Olivia.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Olivia appears to be a generic damsel in distress, but when Conan is captured by pirates she manages to sneak into their camp and rescue him.
  • Pirate Girl: At the conclusion of Iron Shadows, Olivia becomes a pirate queen. However, the Dark Horse limited Road of Kings series shows that wasn't a long career since their ship and crew were destroyed by Zingaran sailors.
  • Rape as Drama: Olivia suffered it at Amurath's hands and he nearly forces her to through with it again at the start of the book. Even after his death, she is still recovering from it.
  • Sex Slave: To Shah Amurath.

    Shah Amurath

Amurath is the Turanian ruler of Akif. He is responsible for massacring a kozaki band that Conan belong to. While pursuing his fugitive slave girl Olivia, Amurath is killed at the start of Iron Shadows in the Moon by Conan himself in revenge for his comrades' deaths.

  • Adaptation Expansion: Amurath dies in the opening of Iron Shadows in the Moon. He still dies the same way on the Dark Horse comics, the difference is that what he was previously doing before (destroying the kozakis and dealing with Olivia) is detailed.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A turanian Shah (a real-life title given to lords, princes and emperors in Persia/Iran) and a complete, sadistic bastard.
  • Armor Is Useless: The narration takes note that Amurath is wearing full-mail in his duel against Conan, who is just a loincloth away from Full-Frontal Assault. This doesn't provide Amurath with any advantage.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite having slaughtered the Kozak Amurath begs for mercy when faced with Conan. Unsurprisingly Conan isn't impressed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the Dark Horse comics at least; Amurath is a brutal nobleman and a vicious rapist, but even he is disgusted at the King of Ophir for selling out his own daughter as slave. It should be noted that this doesn't necessarily stops him from hurting said daughter or treating her any better.
  • The Sociopath: If this is any indication, he delights causing pain and degrading his victims:
    "Let me go!" begged the girl, tears of despair staining her face. "Have I not suffered enough? Is there any humiliation, pain or degradation you have not heaped on me? How long must my torment last?"
    "As long as I find pleasure in your whimperings, your pleas, tears and writhings," he answered with a smile that would have seemed gentle to a stranger. "You are strangely virile, Olivia. I wonder if I shall ever weary of you, as I have always wearied of women before. You are ever fresh and unsullied, in spite of me. Each new day with you brings a new delight.
  • Villains Want Mercy: The moment Conan mortally wounds him, Amurath begs for quarter. Conan has none to give.

Xuthal of the Dusk

Introduced in Xuthal of the Dusk, she is a Brythunian slave girl accompanying Conan when they become lost in the desert. A rather two-dimensional character in the books, her character is expanded in the Dark Horse version: she was the wife of a prince whose scholarly discoveries about a treasure hoard attracted the attention of Thoth-Amon, who ordered his capture to find out where is it. Natala and her sister Diana were sold as slaves, and ended up being separated from each other. After freeing Diana, she promises to lead Conan to the treasure if he also frees her sister.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In Xuthal Of The Dusk, very little is known about Natala, on how she was enslaved and got freed by Conan. Most of the tropes listed in her folder refer mostly to her Dark Horse incarnation.
  • Betty and Veronica: A helpless damsel whom Conan is protecting from danger in contrast to Thalis' Veronica.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a sarcastic wit in the Dark Horse comics.
  • Distressed Damsel: Its bad enough that Natala nearly gets devoured by an Eldritch Abomination in the book she is introduced. But in the comics, she gets captured by Thoth-Amon and forced to reveal the hoard her husband was looking for.
  • Fallen Princess: A highborn lady that ended up enslaved. Also an literal example since she could qualify as a princess herself. Lampshaded in Conan the Avenger issue #16:
    Natala: You know I used to live in a castle. A castle with servants.
    Conan: Aye, you have said so. Many times.
    Natala: My biggest concern was whether my toenail colors matched my fingernails.
    Conan: Ah, but you feel so much alive, don't you?
    Natala: You know what is funny? That was what my husband said before we were attacked by pirates.
    Conan: I don't see what is so funny about that.
    Natala: Makes two of us.
  • Friends with Benefits: During their travels, they'd occasionally have sex with each other. Still, their relationship isn't exactly what one would call romantic and they are bickering partners most of the time.
  • I Choose to Stay: She decides to join Janissa's Amazon Brigade and their noble cause serving as their healer.
  • Made a Slave: She was sold to slavery by Amon's minions. Unlike her sister Diana, who was forced into a harem, Natala only did menial work.
  • The Medic: She has shown some talent on healing.
  • Mercy Kill: When Natala and Conan are lost in the desert, he prepares to slay her to spare her a long and painful death by heat and thirst. Its only the sight of a distant city that prevents him from putting the girl out of her misery. Thalis also advises Conan to kill her off before the men in Xuthal can turn her into a Sex Slave.
  • Plucky Girl: The backbone in Natala is huge, she is not afraid to stand up to Thoth-Amon of all people. When he forces her to reveal where the treasure hoard is, its revealed that it was a trap and she lead him to a horde of demons.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Conan the Avenger comic, Natala is sister to Diana, a character from The Snout in the Dark, an originally untitled story started by Howard that he never finished and was completed and named by other authors.


Introduced in Xuthal of the Dusk, Thalis is the pale-skinned Stygian resident of Xuthal, a lost city in a remote desert whose inhabitants live in almost complete state of dreaming.

  • Anti-Villain: While she tries to get an innocent young woman killed to claim her partner for herself, its very hard to not sympathize with Thalis when considering her backstory and current situation.
  • Betty and Veronica: A beautiful temptress who offers to make Conan king of Xuthal in contrast to Natala's Betty.
  • Diamonds in the Buff: She is clad in nothing more than a narrow girdle crusted with jewels.
  • Eaten Alive: Thalis gets devoured by Thog while whipping Natala.
  • Femme Fatale: She falls for Conan and wastes no time trying to seduce him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Becomes murderously jealous of Natala due to Conan's attention for her. Its also said she instilled jealousy in Xuthal women for being so popular with the males.
  • Mr. Exposition: She is used as a device to explain Xuthal's backstory and how their inhabitants live, as well as their god Thog.
  • Ms. Fanservice: See Diamonds in the Buff. Thalis too is described as shaped like a goddess among other things.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: At first, she tries telling Conan to kill Natala to spare her from becoming a Sex Slave to Xuthal's male residents, and then Thalis tries to sacrifice Natala herself to Thog just to have Conan for herself.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her skin is white as alabaster, possibly as result of being locked away from the sun. And instead of freaked out by her appearence, Conan and Natala are completely blown away by her beauty.
  • Sex Slave: Lived as one inside the walls of Xuthal.

The Devil in Iron

    Jehungir Agha

The young and cruel Turanian governor of the Khawarizm that concocts a plan to lure and slay Conan.

  • Antagonistic Governor: He is charged by the Emperor to guard the coastal border of the Vilayet sea and clashes with Conan in the book.
  • Kick the Dog: In case you were unsure with him being evil since he is in service of Yezdigerd, he order his slave girl Octavia to seduce Conan as part of his plan, and when she refuses, he orders his Shemite henchmen Gilzen to rape her. In his introductory chapter no less...

    Khosatral Khel

A demonic demigod awakened by the removal of a sacred dagger that was supposed to keep him imprisoned.

  • Achilles' Heel: He can shrug off anything you throw at him, unless it is from the magical knife he was buried with. He knows it too: before he knew Conan had the knife, he went blindly chasing after him through the jungle, attacking like a crazed berserker, but upon seeing the knife, he quickly pulls away in fear, giving Conan the chance he needs to strike.
  • Big Bad: In The Devil in Iron.
  • Depending on the Artist: One of the more notable cases, manly because nobody can seem to determine exactly what Khosatral is meant to look like compared to other characters. While he is described as having black hair, wide limbs and wearing a loincloth (sort of like Conan, ironically), he is also described as having an otherness about him which terrifies those who meet him.
    • In the Marvel Comics, he was drawn as a twelve-foot giant with white eyes and silver skin.
    • In a separate comic, also by Marvel, he was depicted as even larger, nearly twenty feet tall, with stone gray skin, black eyed and bald.
    • In the Dark Horse publications, he has red skin and glowing blue eyes.
  • The Dreaded: Most notably, he is one of the few antagonists that made Conan filled with the horror and dread.
  • Implacable Man: He shrugs off nearly everything Conan throws at him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Khel looks like a human in "shape and aspect", but his behavior and the fact he can shrug off any damage shows he isn't. His description — which describes his human form as so contary to humanity and nature that it is, by its very existence, blasphemy — is currently featured in this trope's quote page.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Not to the extent of, say, Thoth Amon, but he does have a recurring snake theme. There are snakes carved on the walls of his palace, and Conan fights a giant snake guarding his special knife.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: More like Sleeping Evil in a Table with a knife over his chest trapping him.
  • This Was His True Form: After being felled by Conan, his humanoid form reverts back to the ghastly shape he was originally summoned to. We don't see it in detail in the books, but Conan is so terrified he flees for his life upon seeing it. They do show it in the comics and in the Dark Horse publication, he resembles a black skeleton with multiple arms and covered in tar.


The Emperor of Turan, an Eastern nation in the distant Vilayet Sea and considered the mightiest empire to have ever existed. First referenced in The Devil in Iron where he is Agha's boss, he is expanded in the comics where he is a frequent rival to Conan after initially employing the barbarian as an mercenary.

  • Arch-Enemy: He regards Conan as one of his most hated foes for repeatedly spoiling his plans and never managing to get payback.
  • The Emperor: Of the Turanian Empire, and yes, he is very despotic, brutish and expansionist.
  • Expy: He was originally based on Suleyman the Magnificent from Robert E. Howard's short story The Shadow of the Vulture, since he sends an skilled hunter known as the Vulture to track down The Hero.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Several villains that Conan faces are Yezdigerd's subordinates such as Shah Amurath and Oshmaan, but they are almost always acting in their own accord rather than the Emperor himself.
  • Royal Harem: Being an wealthy emperor of a large kingdom, it shouldn't come to a surprise he can afford to have as many wives and concubines as he wants. In fact, this causes a complication in the Dark Horse comics where an Arranged Marriage is made between him and Queen Taramis so she can become his newest wife in exchange for Turan protecting her kingdom Khauran, but due to some dispute with another marriage with a different princess leads to him sending an messenger to call off the union.
  • Villain of Another Story: Being a powerful military genius with a massive empire at his disposal and a personal grudge with Conan could have easily made a threat out of him. Yet, he is too busy running his empire to confront his enemy face-to-face.

A Witch Shall Be Born

    Constantius the Falcon

A cruel and sadistic Kothic voivode, Constantinus leads a band of Shemitish mercenaries in the service of Salome, while also serving as her lover and partner in debauchery. When Taramis is overthrown, he arrests Conan and has him dragged into the desert and crucified.


Taramis's twin sister who was abandoned to die in the desert upon her birth because of her cursed birthmark. She was found by a Khitai sorcerer who raised her and taught her magic. She plots to replace her sister and rule as Queen of Khauran in her place.

  • Absolute Cleavage: She is frequently depicted with her breasts on full display to showcase the red crescent moon birthmark.
  • Big Bad: In A Witch Shall Be Born.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Salome was born with magical powers due to an ancient curse that afflicts Khauran's royal bloodline with every 100 years, a young girl being born with a crescent birthmark as a sign that she will bring despair and evil.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Taramis's Abel.
  • The Caligula: Salome governs (and is ruled) by her own whims and desires. Being a psychopathic sorceress makes it a deadly combination.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She delights in tormenting Taramis in any way she can.
  • Evil Twin: To Taramis.
  • Evil Sorcerer: An evil witch.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Upon replacing her sister, Salome becomes a degenerate tyrant that rules Khauran with an iron fist, allowing her Shemite mercenaries to debauch any women they want, performing orgies in her royal palace and sacrificing her subjects to her pet Eldritch Abomination, who has taken residence in the desecrated Ishtar temple.
  • Race Lift: See Taramis' entry.
  • Red Right Hand: The birthmark which identifies Salome as a witch, a red crescent moon on her chest.
  • Religion of Evil: Salome worships a fell being named Thaug, whom she feeds innocents to regularly.
  • The Usurper: She usurps her sister's throne.


The Queen of Khauran in A Witch Shall Be Born.

  • Arranged Marriage: In Conan the Avenger, she had one with Yezdigerd in order to secure Kauran with Turan's protection. It doesn't quite pan out as planned.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Salome's Cain.
  • Damsel in Distress: She spends most of her time in captivity in A Witch Shall Be Born and rescuing her is integral to the plot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the Dark Horse comics, she quips quite a lot, such as when she refuses the offer of Yezdigerd's emissary to protect her kingdom with money as payment:
    Taramis: My. That is quite the generous offer. Allow me to counter it with the sight of my backside.
  • The High Queen: Taramis is a ruler beloved by her people for kindness.
  • Proper Lady: She is pretty famed for her virtue, which shocks everyone when she carries out decadent orgies in her court (in reality, this is her evil sister masquerading as her).
  • Race Lift: In Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan, Taramis is depicted as a Caucasian female with blonde hair and blue-eyes, while in Dark Horse comics and original story's descriptions, she's Middle-Eastern looking.
  • Rape as Drama: She endures this under Constantius and his men.

The Hour of the Dragon


Encountered in Hour of the Dragon, she is a vampiress encountered by Conan in his quest for the Heart of Ahriman.

  • All Amazons Want Hercules: She is attracted to Conan because of his strength and offers to make him her mate.
  • Composite Character: In Kull the Conqueror, she is combined with Xatoltun and turned into the movie's Big Bad.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: More obvious in Sorrow of Akivasha where she has marble-white skin.
  • Immortality Immorality: She could not bear the thought of growing old and shriveled with age, so she sought the favor of the dark gods to gain immortality.
  • Karma Houdini: Conan merely flees away from her rather than trying to fight her. As such, she has the dubious honor of being one of the very few Conan villains that was not defeated, killed or punished in any way. In the comics, while she lives forever, she realizes that she is forever alone.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In addition to needing blood to stay young, she also has control over minor shadow demons.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Akivasha is just an obstacle encountered by Conan in the Stygian tombs and has no relation whatsoever with Xaltotun.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: In Conan the Cimmerian Issue# 15, her entire scene from Hour of the Dragon is reframed from her viewpoint, placing her in a more sad note.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Even though she is a Conan foe, she appeared as the Big Bad in the movie adaptation for Kull the Conqueror.
  • The Vamp: Both literally and figuratively.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: She tries to play up this angle by seducing Conan in her tomb and drink his blood, but he snaps out of it.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: She is noted to except for "her velvet sandals and broad jewel-crusted girdle about her supple waist she was quite nude".
  • Was It Really Worth It?: The entire point of Sorrows of Akivasha. She realizes that without companionship, eternal beauty and immortality don't mean a damn thing.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Implies as much when talking to the Prince; while she wanted immortality, she's come to realize that without companionship, it's pretty hollow.

    Xaltotun of Acheron

A wizard from the long destroyed kingdom of Acheron that was resurrected by a couple of second-rate nobles conspiring to overthrow Conan after he is crowned King of Aquilonia.

  • Beard of Evil: He is depicted with a large one in the Dark Horse adaptation.
  • Big Bad: In Hour of the Dragon.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He was resurrected by the conspirators seeking to overthrown Conan to be this. He is clearly more powerful and dangerous than they are by themselves.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The nobles who resurrected the sorcerer thought they could control him and install one of their own in the throne after getting rid of Conan. They were wrong.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Xaltotun holds the distinction of being the most dangerous black wizard that Conan ever faced.
  • Final Boss: He is the final opponent faced in the Howard-written books.
  • Mage Species: Orestes outright calls him the "son of a race of wizards," which distinguishes him from other sorcerers encountered in the series.
  • Religion of Evil: He is a follower of Set.
  • What Year Is This?: Xaltotun asks Orastes and his co-conspirators this question after they resurrect him.


Zenobia was a Nemedian concubine that helps Conan escape prison during The Hour of the Dragon and ends up becoming his queen.

  • Adaptational Badass: In Conan the King by Marvel Comics; whereas in the books, she was just a concubine and a Non-Action Girl that made up her lack of fighting skills by being a Plucky Girl. In the comics though, she actually knows how to fight due to being raised by a soldier who expected a boy and shows her chops to her husband when he tells her to stay behind in his adventures.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: She was one to King Numedides, but he had so many of them that he never touched her.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: In the comics in two separate continuities: in Marvel's Conan the King and in Dark Horse's Midnight God, the latter of whom was magically induced by a Stygian sorcerer.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the Dark Horse comics, she comes close to being sacrificed by Xaltotun. In the non-Howard books, she is kidnapped by a Khitai sorcerer and the search for her leads Conan around Hyboria.
  • Death by Childbirth: Between Conan of Aquilonia and Conan of the Isles, Zenobia dies giving birth to her and Conan's fourth child. The child is no luckier.
  • Diamonds in the Buff: Due to wearing jeweled breast plates.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Justified since she is a harem girl.
  • The High Queen: As Conan's consort.
  • Hot Consort: Zenobia is quite the stunner judging by Conan's description.
  • Last Girl Wins: The love interest in the final Howard book and the one Conan settles down with.
  • Love at First Sight: Conan is curious as to why she would help him, she mentioned that she once saw him through a window riding in parade and fell in love with him from that instant.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is described as wearing nothing but a wisp of silk twisted about her loins and "jeweled breast-plates."
  • Plucky Girl: Though she is no warrior, Zenobia is brave enough to enter the cells and release the captive king. She's also very intelligent. She deals with the guards, plans his escape route, brings him the right kind of dagger — more like a hunting knife, not just a ladylike letter opener type — and steals and hides a perfect horse for him from the royal stables. No wonder he wants her for his queen.
  • Second Love

Characters from non-Howard stories

    The Bone Woman

A mysterious and sinister crone with magical powers, she turned Janissa into her unquestioning enforcer and ordered her to serve as bodyguard to Kalanthes.

  • Deal with the Devil: She offers her protection to Conan from Thoth-Amon. Him being Genre Savvy and knowing what happened to Janissa, he refuses.
  • Evil Mentor: To Janissa. The way she turned an innocent girl into a cold assassin was despicable.
  • Evil Old Folks: While her motives for protecting Kalanthes and Conan are mysterious, there is no denying that this crone is evil.
  • Instrument of Murder: Instead of some wand or staff, she uses a flute to canalize her magic in order to raise and control zombies or to manipulate an Eldritch Abomination such as Nazu.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She faked her death at Janissa's hands and then instilled her desire to start a slave liberating crusade in her former student by assuming the form of a female slave. This was all a ploy to direct her towards the Tower of Silence, massacre the Priests of Asura and then summon a Great Old One.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She is very diminutive in size. Think of an evil Yoda.
  • Off with Her Head!: How Janissa kills her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has one when Conan kills Nazu via the massive chime in the tower.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: That is pretty much how she is known for.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her robes are adorned with several little bones, giving meaning to her name.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a slight one when Conan tells her to go to hell.
  • Wicked Witch: She got the look down in the part, except for the pointed hat.

    Captain Bor'Aq Sharaq

Created for the Marvel-branded Savage Sword of Conan comics, Sharaq was a ruthless Barachan pirate member who crossed swords with Conan and ended up losing a hand and being left for death, but survived and vowed revenge on the Cimmerian at any cost.

  • Artificial Limbs / Swiss Army Appendage: His prosthetic arm that can be fitted with a sword, an axe or a spring-powered throwing iron.
  • Badass Normal: Most of Conan's enemies were dark wizards, Sharaq only got a metal arm with detachable blades and a very dark determination.
  • Berserk Button: Conan the Cimmerian is the biggest one for him, but the prospect of any one else killing him but Sharaq himself sends him in a frenzy.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has a tendency to kill people who help him out.
  • Determinator: Despite being a villain, he is more of this trope than an Implacable Man, since he keeps coming back through sheer force of will.
  • Escaped from Hell: In the second confrontation with Conan, Sharaq was thrown into a sacrificial pit and dragged to a infernal dimension by the very hands of a demon-god. He was forced to serve said demon-god, who created a device to cross over into the mortal plane, but Sharaq waited for his master to sleep long enough to steal the device and go back home.
  • Eye Scream: His right eye was gouged out under torture to reveal where Conan is. He refused even more to tell his captors since only he is allowed to kill the Cimmerian himself.
  • Handicapped Badass: Losing his sword hand in a duel with Conan and later an eye to Zingarans have only made him more dangerous
  • Human Popsicle: His ultimate fate is being frozen in place.
  • Joker Immunity: He survived things that any other person would have died from: being thrown off a tower, dragged to another dimension, turned into a statue. It got to the point even the writers were sick of him.
  • Kick the Dog: Let's see: killing an elderly couple who saved him after his escape from the Zingarans, murdering the blacksmith who forged his mask and metal arm, raping a young woman right after he killed her lover, testing the rapid aging dust on a prostitute, holding an entire family hostage... The list is very long.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He vowed by the gods that he would take Conan's life himself and not even under pain of torture he would reveal his location.
  • The Power of Hate: His hate for Conan keeps him alive.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: He distinctly spoke this manner in this introduction. This comes to bite him in the ass big time when a couple of Zingaran sailors find him marooned in an isle and he pretends he is just a Zingara fisherman, but his accent completely gives him away and the others recognize him as Captain Sharaq and promptly arrest him.
  • Taken for Granite: A cat-like monster turned him into a gem statue, though he managed to recover.

A character from an untitled Howard story that was never finished during his lifetime and was published under the name A Snout in the Dark. She was a Nemedian slave caught up in the court intrigue of the Kushite city of Shumballa. Diana receives a substantially bigger role in the comics; she was a Brytunnian noblewoman who accompanied her sister Natala and her brother-in-law in search of a treasure when they were attacked by pirates in service to Thoth-Amon. They tortured Natala's husband to death, while the sisters were sold to slavery. However, they were the two people who know where the treasure is currently located.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Receives a much bigger role in the comics.
  • Attempted Rape: In the comics, Eamon the Flayed tries forcing himself on her, but she fights him off and ends up killing him.
  • Bittersweet Ending: She briefly reunites with her sister, but they go separate ways when Natala decides to accompany Conan and Diana joins Abit.
  • Broken Bird: Diana and her sister were taken as slaves and were separated when she was sent to a Royal Harem. She becomes even more broken following her ordeal in Conan the Avenger.
  • Cute Mute: In the comics, after being mutilated by Tanada.
  • Damsel in Distress: In her backstory and her current state.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She undergoes a lot of trauma in her backstory and during the comic's storyline, but her ultimate fate is ascending to the throne of Shumballa as Abit's queen after he is chosen to be their new monarch.
  • Made a Slave: Just like Natala, she was sold to slavery by Amon's minions. However while Natala became merely a menial worker, Diana had the even more unfortunate fate of being forced into a harem.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Conan the Avenger comics, she is Natala's sister whereas in the original books there was no such indication they were related.
  • Sex Slave: To the King of Shumballa.
  • Tongue Trauma: Her tongue is torn out by the king's sister Tanada because Diana was given as a gift by her political rival Thuthmes to the king to manipulate him.

    Oshmaan the Executioner

A one-shot villain from Savage Sword who stands out for being one of the vilest enemies that Conan had fought against. Oshmaan is a Hyrkanian warlord in service to Turan who deserts to create his own horde, the Sons of the White Wolf, who aim to create their own empire.

  • Appropriated Appelation: Lady Alondra called him a "bloody executioner" for killing her husband, but Oshmaan like the title so much he took it as his nom de guerre.
  • Dangerous Deserter: He was once a Hyrkanian mercenary employed by the Turanians until he grew sick of fighting their wars against his own people and went rogue.
  • Dark Messiah: He adopt the worship of White Wolf, an Hyrkanian pagan deity before the Great Cataclysm and they adopted Tarim and Erlik as gods, and uses it as a rallying banner to unite his army.
  • Dirty Coward: After his men are defeated by Conan's nomadic allies, he tries to flee and gloats he will take the Cimmerian's head to the King of Turan so he can rejoin the nation he betrayed.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tries to claim Alondra for himself as the first woman of his harem.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His modus operandi, starting by pillaging the innocent city of Djebal and slaughtering the entire population except for the young and attractive women, who are made Breeding Slaves for him and his soldiers.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: While the setting as a whole isn't very friendly to women to begin with, Oshmaan manages to appall others by treating women as breeding stock with the sole purpose of creating a Master Race so he can take over all of Hyboria.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He becomes completely insane when his forces are butchered by Conan's desert allies.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As if his treatment of women in general wasn't bad enough, he mistreats Alondra and threatens to whip her if she continues to spur his advances. At the climax of his story, him and his men butcher the harem prisoners for no reason but to spite Conan's allies.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no compunction about putting even babes to the sword.

    Janissa the Widowmaker

Introduced in the Dark Horse comics, Janissa was originally a Zingaran lady turned into a warrior woman who fought side by side with Conan.

  • Amazon Brigade: By the time she is reintroduced in Conan the Avenger comics, she is leading an all-female warband of ex-slaves she had freed and trained to fight.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to get away from her controlling father and not be forced into an Arranged Marriage, but unfortunately she sought the Bone Woman of all people to turn her into a fighter.
  • Character Development: Was rather coarse and rude when she first met Conan; by the time they meet again she's far more calm and thoughtful, and even respects Conan for indirectly inspiring her to finally stand up to the Bone Woman.
  • Dark Action Girl: A brutal and ruthless fighter who served as an assassin for her Evil Mentor.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Conan is utterly shocked after hearing her backstory, but she brushes off any attempt of sympathy from him.
  • The Dragon: To the Bone Woman, originally.
  • Dual Wielding: Her favored weapons are two curved swords.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: With Conan when they meet in Avengers.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She sports a large one in the left side of her face. Not very a very disfiguring one, mind you.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as an Anti-Villain, she rebels against her Evil Mentor and starts fighting for a noble cause.
  • Lady of War: Despite not being lady-like, her movements are surprisingly graceful and elegant.
  • Rape as Backstory: As part of her training, Janissa had been repeatedly raped by demons every night until she could find a way to fight them off.
  • Slave Liberation: After turning away from the Bone Woman's service, she embarks on a new quest to free any woman she can find, build an army and eventually take on Shem and Turan, the biggest slave-trades in Hyboria - its something that Conan definitely approves.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit bares her stomach and even features some Underboobs
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Is far more pleasant when Conan meets her in the Akrel Oasis; they even part on amicable terms.
  • Training from Hell: The Bone Woman trapped Janissa in a cave and summoned demons to attack her every night. If they overpowered her, they would beat and rape Janissa. The Bone Woman then proceeded to augment her strength with magic and advised her on battle tactics, until Janissa grew so deadly with the blade that she managed to slay the monsters for a month. Then the Bone Woman implies they were manifestations of her own mind.

High priest of Ibis, the peaceful Stygian god of knowledge. He is one of the few sympathetic magic users in this setting.
  • Animal Motifs: The ibis bird, obviously. Kalanthes wore at some point a feathered robe resembling his god.
  • The Archmage: He commands a powerful will and magic that arguably rivals any other soul on the continent.
  • Ascended Extra: In Howard's tales, he was just a guy Thoth was trying to kill.
  • Big Good: In Age of Conan, he is the primary-quest giver and mentor figure to player characters.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kalanthes is supposedly centuries old according to Kurt Busiek.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: The main reason he failed to stop Thoth's rise to power; he didn't want to believe his friend was evil until it became so obvious it couldn't be ignored.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: A humble and pleasant Cool Old Guy and priest of the Stygian god of knowledge.
  • The Heretic: Ever since Thoth-Amon usurped power in Stygia and made Set its mainstream deity, the priests of Ibis were declared heretical and driven out from their country.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Conan. Kalanthes is centuries older than Conan yet he and Conan view the other with respect (in fact there's one instance when Conan is willing to do something he otherwise wouldn't because Kalanthes is the one who asked.)
  • Last of His Kind: The last still living priest of Ibis.
  • Odd Friendship: Its hard to imagine someone like Conan being friends with a Stygian sorcerer.
  • White Magic: Unusual in Hyboria where most Magic Is Evil. Justified since Ibis is his patron god rather than Set.

    The Prince 
Exclusive to the Dark Horse comics, he belongs to a mighty eastern empire in the distant future from Conan's time that had conquered the land that used to be Hyboria. He was sent on a mission to catalog the land's history and comes across the Nemedian Chronicles narrating his life. He is the prince whom the opening narration ("Know o Prince") refers to.
  • Audience Surrogate: The Prince's role is to have someone narrate the story to the audience through him.
  • Framing Device: Conan's accounts are narrated to him by Wazir.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Oh yes. The Prince expresses both fascination and admiration for Conan's legend and quickly becomes his fanboy, if his excitement at hearing his stories is any indication.
  • No Name Given: His name is never said in the story.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Even though he looks fairly Arabic and is mentioned to have come from the vague East, his place of origin is not named in the comic.
  • The Unfavorite: Its stated that he has no love for his father and the feeling is mutual, since the Prince suspects his father will try to have him killed at some point.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't appeared in any new comics ever since Sorrow of Akivasha in 2009.


The patron deity of Thoth-Amon, much like his servant he only appeared sparingly in the original books. He is most certainly a bigger threat in the comics, adaptations and spin-off media and serves as the Greater-Scope Villain for the Conan mythos.

  • Canon Immigrant: Set migrated into the Marvel Universe in the pages of Namor the Sub-Mariner.
  • Chaos Is Evil: Set represents chaos and disorder.
  • Expy: Despite sharing his name with the god Set from Egyptian mythology, he has more in common with Apep/Apophis as an evil snake deity that represents the night and chaos.
  • God of Evil: There is no shortage of evil deities or monsters worshiped as such in this world, but Set is probably the biggest and most powerful of them all.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To the entire Conan mythos since he is the source of most of its supernatural evil and Conan regularly fights against his followers, but is unable to put an end to him permanently.
  • Human Sacrifice: He constantly demands it from his followers in order to gain access to his favor and his dark powers.
  • Monster Progenitor: To the Serpent-Men as well as several snake like monstrosities.
  • Religion of Evil: Set is the Top God in the Stygian pantheon thanks to Thoth-Amon culling anyone who didn't worship his deity.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: From a Conan villain to a wide Marvel threat that could easily take on the likes of The Mighty Thor and Doctor Strange.
  • The Theocracy: Stygia, like any kingdom that accepts Set as their patron god, turns into a theocracy where his sinister cult run the place using fear to keep its people in line.

    Kulan Gath 
From the Marvel Comics, he is a power-hungry sorcerer who has been the enemy of Conan, Red Sonja, Spider-Man and the Avengers. He is recently the main antagonist of the "Savage Avenger" comics.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He eats magicians for their power. Dr Strange, a rival sorcerer who's seen the worst horrors imagined and beyond that, is repulsed by him.
  • Freudian Excuse: He grew up a slave and was abused in many ways. This led to him desiring power to avoid that fate forever.
  • Godzilla Threshold: In the "Savage Avengers" comic, he has grown so strong that Doctor Strange requires the assistance of many enemies and rivals, from Doctor Doom to the otherworldly beings Shuma-Gorath and Nightmare.