The Shadow Lord
The Shadow Lord/ Malverlain
- Voiced by: Banjou Ginga (Japanese), Mike Shepher (English)
The Shadow Lord is the central antagonist throughout the series. Once a human sorcerer, he had a deep hatred for all things beautiful and righteous in the world and believed strongly that all things must serve him.
- Big Bad: He's the main source of conflict for the series overall.
- Child of Two Worlds: According to the Tenna Birdsong Tales, Malverlain's grandmother was a woman from Del. That's right, the Shadow Lord is in fact a quarter Deltoran.
- Complete Immortality: He's practically a force of nature.
- The Dreaded: Far and away the most terrifying villain in the series. He never gives up, never stops planning, and never truly appears. You only ever see his minions, monsters, and plans.
- Karma Houdini: Very much Downplayed. Though the Shadow Lord manages to live another day, in the end his empire is in shambles and his enemies are stronger than ever. Totally averted in the anime where Lief is able to kill him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played very-very-straight in the anime.
- Out of Focus: He didn't get a lot of screentime in the beginning, appearing in only as a voice to tell Fallow what to do. By the end of the first book/anime, he plays a fairly larger role.
- Eldritch Abomination: In the anime, he looks like an amalgamated consciousness made up of countless eyeballs, wrapped in an armored shell.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: At first just the minor son of a chief, banished because of his misdeeds. Two thousand years later, he has tried to conquer four countries, destroyed one, and succeeded twice (for a time).
- Large Ham: again, in the anime.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: Created several of the Guardians, who's task was to guard the seven gems of the Belt of Deltora to in order for them to keep them from falling into the hands of his enemies. He is also the main villain of The Silver Door.
- Magitek: A great many of his creations come off as this. He has a great deal of technology that is powered or enhanced by magic.
- Start of Darkness: Revealed in Tales of Deltora and The Three Doors.
- Stone Wall: His true form in the anime.
- Walking Wasteland: Has a habit of turning anywhere he owns into a terrible barren waste filled with deadly monsters.
- Was Once a Man: He was once a humanoid being called a Fellan named Malverlain before he became the Shadow Lord.
Deltora Quest 1 Villains
An incredibly powerful and vain sorceress. Thaegan is one of the major villains in the series, similar to the traditional interpretation of an evil fairytale witch. Her favorite food is a live raven, she apparently ate Kree's parents. The only way she can die is if a single drop of her blood hits the ground. Thaegan turned the city of D'Or into the site of the Lake of Tears with, its occupants turned into various sea creatures. When the Ralads had known of her treachery, spoke out against her, she used her magic to render them mute. By the time the Shadow Lord took over Deltora, Thaegan became one of his most powerful allies and her power grew with his dominance.
- Arc Villain: She is the primary antagonist of the 2nd book in the 1st series, The Lake of Tears. In the anime this is subverted - she is brought Back from the Dead by the Shadow Lord and continues to harass the heroes a few more times.
- Cry for the Devil: In the anime, just after she and all of her children (save Ichabod) have been killed by her suicide attack. Barda asks why her children went with her, and Jasmine points out that all children love their mothers.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
- Designated Girl Fight: Averted, while Jasmine does designate her as her rival, the two females never actually face each other in a one-on-one fight.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the anime, Thaegan is shown to love her children very much and even flies into a rage when Lief, Jasmine and Barda cause her to accidentally kill Fie, Fly, Hot and Tot.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Thaegan utterly vaporizes an Ol that not only was trying to pretend to be her but was also trying to lure Jasmine and Lief to their doom just for fun. Not that she has many other standards besides, though.
- Evil Genius: She can be very cunning.
- Evil Laugh: Chuckles when she's winning. And with good reason too.
- Fusion Dance: In the anime, her children can preform combination with each other.
- Karmic Death: Her death comes at the hands or rather, claws-and-beak, of Kree - motivated by the fact that Thaegan ate his family, he dives in at an opportune moment to draw blood from her unprotected pinky finger, killing her and ending her wicked reign (she comes back in the anime, though).
- Lady of Black Magic: A sorceress whose cruelty is matched by her vanity, with powerful curses and spells at her command.
- Mama Bear: Despite being evil, one redeeming factor about her (in the anime) is that she loves her children and is enraged by the deaths of Hot, Tot, Fie and Fly when she accidentally kills them thanks to Lief and his friends.
- Pet the Dog: In the anime, her interactions with her children, when shes not scolding them.
- Pillar of Light: Her final attack in the anime involved her and her children being caught in one she'd created.
- The Sociopath: Her crimes and cruelties are numerous, and the one sympathetic quality she truly has in the anime (love for her children) is mostly absent in The Lake of Tears - it's implied that she cares little for them, not being particularly concerned with Jin and Jod's deaths earlier in the book. She also showed contempt for her mother, a kind healer, simply because she viewed altruism as a weakness, and killing her mother was her official Start of Darkness.
- There Can Be Only One: She kills an Ol that disguised itself as her.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Blackbirds, swallowed whole. Which includes Kree's entire family...
- Vain Sorceress: Very very vain, in fact she spends most of her time in front of mirrors.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Though she is nearly invincible and difficult to kill, she has one weak point: [[spoiler:her little finger, which she uses to cast her magic and thus cannot protect it with her sorcery. If one drop of blood is spilled from this finger, she can be killed and all her magic undone - admittedly a hard task as you need to get close enough... but Kree, who lost his family when she devoured them, is up to the task.
- World of Pun: The names of her children all rhyme.
A seemingly kind older woman who is the manager of the Rithmere Games and owner of the Champion Inn.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems like a kind woman, but is actually a manipulative agent of the Shadow Lord.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In The Shifting Sands she got away with capturing Lief, Barda, and Jasmine. By The Sister Of The South Fardeep retakes possession of both the Rithmere Games and the Champion Inn, implying Mother Brightly was busted.
- Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese), Stewart Burdette (English)
Fallow acts as personal advisor to the Shadow Lord, though the Shadow Lord often threatens to kill him if he does not buckle down in finding the heir of Deltora kill the other traitors. Fallow shares his appearance with Prandine, the last Chief Advisor to the Deltoran royal family. It is inferred that both are Grade 3 Ols, as were the Chief Advisors before them.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Often apologizes and begs forgiveness from the Shadow Lord.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being shown to cower in front of the Shadow Lord, he mostly dominates the battle against Lief.
- Dead Person Impersonation: At least in the anime, it is suggested the Shadow Lord chose to repeat Prandine's form in him because Jared would recognise it. In the books, it is said that all the royal advisors took on that appearance because it pleased the Shadow Lord. How the hell several hundred years worth of advisors get off with looking exactly the same is a question for the ages.
- The Dragon: Is this to the Shadow Lord. In the anime, he noticeably struggles for this position with Dain, who is shown to be more competent.
- Die Laughing: As he self destructs, thanks to the power of the Belt of Deltora. He notices the gems falling of the belt and laughs.
- Lack of Empathy: Boy is he lacking. When Dain, a fellow Ol is killed he shows no sadness or sorrow.
- Large Ham: More so in the Japanese version of the anime, where he is voiced by the gruff Masashi Ebara.
- Laughably Evil: He acts like a complete loser at times.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Don't let his seemingly frail appearance fool you - Fallow is just as sinister and powerful as any of the other Deltora villains.
- Nice Hat: In the anime, he always wears the customary Chief Advisor hat. Except when he falls to his death, in which it falls off.
- Oh, Crap!: Fallow's expression when he's killed by the power of the belt.
- Purple Is Powerful: His robes.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: During his aerial battle with Lief, Fallow morphs his hand into a blade.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself superior to all of his allies, despite Theagan telling him he's pathetic compared to her.
- This Cannot Be!: His expression, just as the belt lights up.
A powerful sorcerer who only exists in the anime adaptation of Deltora Quest, Oacus is a sadistic, emotionless man with power over fire, and delights in watching people's suffering. Oacus was summoned by Fallow to destroy Lief's group and take the gems they've collected.
- Alas, Poor Villain: See Tragic Monster.
- Bishōnen: Just look at Neridah's reaction to seeing him for the first time.
- Blood Knight: Despite his detached attitude, he seems to love fighting.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Says so himself to Lief.
- Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to sympathize with a small girl who's favorite doll is burning up inside her home, which he's set on fire.
- Go Out with a Smile: Sort of. When he finally ends up defeated, he remarked in an almost sad tone that defying the Shadow Lord was pointless, implying that he may regret his actions, and is one of the few villains who seems calm in their defeat.
- Humanoid Abomination: Remember, he only looks human.
- Power Gives You Wings: Of blue fire.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He does not exist in the books, and therefore takes the spotlight from some of the other villains.
- Tragic Monster: In his final moment he states that he was once human, indicating that, despite his actions, Oacus does actually feel some melancholy.
DainGrade 3 Ol in service of the Shadow Lord. Acts as one of his many backup plans.
- Bishonen: Whenever Dain shows up in the books, emphasis is placed on his fine features and "delicate" looks.
- Driven by Envy: Is envious of Fallow's position of evil governor in Del and strives to prove to the Shadow Lord that he is a better candidate for the job. It's probably true.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dain has the hair and colouring of a Toran. This is so that people will believe that he is the heir to Deltora.
- Evil Orphan: Though not really an orphan (he only masquerades as one), Dain is evil to the core.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Dain's appearance is young, innocent and good to the extreme. However, his mind on the other hand is much more dark...
- Heartwarming Orphan: What he appears to be, before he is outed as an Ol.
- Hidden Depths: On the outside, he looks like an innocent, good-hearted, unfortunate orphaned boy, but really is an Ol in disguise, and with orders from the Shadow Lord to infiltrate the Resistance and destroy the rebellion the heroes are plotting. The heroes don't realise this until the very end of Return to Del.
- Mistaken Identity: Dain chooses his shape with the intention of fooling everyone into thinking that he is the heir to the Belt of Deltora. He almost does, too.
- Rage Against the Mentor: After Dain realises that Doom has been lying to him about Tora, he turns on him in anger. It doesn't last, however, as Dain eventually decides to return to the stronghold with him.
Deltora Quest 2 Villains
3-19Grade 3 Ol working as an official in the Factory. Wears the same face as Prandine and Fallow.
Guardians of the Four Sisters
RolfA Capricorn of the northeastern mountains.
KirstenMariette's sister and Bede's former girlfriend. She later becomes the Masked One in order to force Bede to be with her.
- Bait-and-Switch: When we first see her, she seems to be Bede's slave. It turns out to be the other way around.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she appears to the trio to be brow-beaten and helpless, and completely at the mercy of Bede. Actually she is cold, heartless and vindictive, and the true guardian to the Sister of the North.
- Dark Magical Girl: Transforms into the Masked One.
- Proud Beauty: Seems to be very proud of her looks.
- Woman Scorned: She traps Mariette and enslaves Bede all because Bede rejected her for Mariette.
- Yandere: Downright obsessed with Bede.
PaffJosef's second assistant and a former prisoner in the Shadowlands. she serves as the guardian of the Sister of the South.
- Always Someone Better: Feels as if she can never live up to Ranesh as Josef's assistant.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems nervous and flustered all the time, but hides an evil will. Although everyone seems to find her very annoying.
- Character Death: Paff is killed by the power of the Belt of Deltora when she touches it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She is one of the Deltorans who were rescued from the Shadowlands in the second series. She is friendless and without any family to support her, and it is this in part which makes her a target for the Shadow Lord and his false promises.
- Dark Magical Girl: Can summon a two-faced creature made from poisonous sludge.
- Death by Despair: Paff commits suicide by grabbing holding of the Belt of Deltora (which is lethal to those of evil will), because she realises that the Shadow Lord has abandoned her and has lost all hope and will to live.
- Made a Slave: Paff was a slave in the Shadowlands before being rescued by King Lief along with the rest of the slaves in the Shadow Arena.
- The Mole: As the Guardian of the Sister of the South.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She makes no secrets of her ability to read and write. It's her cunning that she hides.
- Poison Is Evil: Poison seems to be Paff's primary weapon in a fight.
- Shrinking Violet: Tends to act flustered around people of authority, whom she gets a lot of exposure to.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: To create a semblance of a 'Toran Plague', Paff poisons Sharn's lip balm and then proceeds to poison the food and drink of every person Sharn comes into contact with. Since most food is eaten communally, it's not hard to do.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Quickly capitalises on any development to further hatred of the Torans.
Villains of Dorne
An ancient evil sorcerer who rules the island of Dorne. He is also the Shadow Lord's elder brother.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The first enemy that Rye and Sonia face.
- Evil Sorcerer: Studied dark magic in an attempt to extend his own lifespan.
- The Dreaded: To a lesser extent than the Shadow Lord, but still present.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's half Human, half chameleon-like Fellan
- Life Drinker: Uses The Gifting, where seven young people in good health are sacrificed to extend his lifespan.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's far older than most of the other characters, although not as old as The Shadow Lord. Well... relatively, anyway.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first, he really was a good ruler. Over time, studies of dark magic corrupted him into the malevolent figure that Rye and Sonia encounter.