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Crown Princess Elena Castillo Flores of Avalor
The recently appointed Crown Princess of Avalor. After spending 41 years locked in the Amulet of Avalor and defeating the Evil Sorceress Shuriki, Elena will have to learn how to properly rule her kingdom.
- Action Girl: She defeated an Evil Sorceress and reclaimed her kingdom, and that's just the beginning of her story. However, "The Princess Knight" shows that as much of an accomplished fighter she is, she lacks proper training and discipline and as a result of not level-grinding, was no match for a much better trained duelist such as Gabe.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her parents called her "Elenita", which is Spanish for "Little Elena".
- All-Loving Hero: If she sees someone doing what they can to do good or make amends, she will do anything to help them.
- And I Must Scream: She was trapped in the Amulet of Avalor for over four decades, and was fully conscious and aware of her situation the whole time. On top of that, not only did she not age, but she didn't need to even eat or sleep.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Even an All-Loving Hero like Elena has her limits, namely her parents' murderer Shuriki whom she casts Blaze on with lethal intent in "Song of the Sirenas", and seems to succeed as well!
- Big Good: As she was the one who was granting Sofia powers for good deeds and cursing her for bad ones, primarily to teach her a lesson as well as possibly summoning the Disney Princesses to give her much needed advice when necessary she counts as this for much of Sofia the First at least during her time inside the amulet.
- Big Sister Instinct: She'll jump to save her sister without a second thought.
- Book Dumb: More of a downplayed example, but while Elena isn't stupid by any means, she's not that academically inclined. Her being Castle-schooled comes of more as an Informed Attribute.
- Brainy Brunette: She has brown hair and is very crafty and intelligent.
- Brought Down to Badass: The Scepter of Light is damaged in a fight with Shuriki, so she can't use her magic until it's repaired.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Scepter of Light's magic is powered by its user's energy, and overuse of it can seriously hurt the wielder. It's downplayed in Elena's case, because she has both her internal energy and the magic she absorbed from her time in the Amulet of Avalor to rely on, though her use of it to defeat Orizaba caused her to pass out for two days.
- Chekhov's Skill: Elena taking up sword lessons from Gabe in "The Princess Knight" becomes helpful later in the shorts, where she fights some thieves using swordsmanship.
- The Chooser of The One: While imprisoned in the Amulet, Elena would determine who would be worthy to wear the Amulet. As she was passed to each user, she tested them by granting gifts and curses based on their deeds. The Chosen One would be the one to free her from the amulet and restore her homeland.
- The Chosen One: As prophesized by Quito Moz, she and her scepter are destined to take part in a greater battle against the Scepter of Night, and it's a battle that will decide the fate of the world.
- Contortionist: Drops into 180 degree side splits during "The Princess Knight".
- Cool Big Sis: She and Isa have a great relationship, with Elena putting her promise of going to Isa's invention exposition before a very important diplomatic event.
- Didn't Think This Through: After being freed from the Amulet, Elena attempted to attack Shuriki with her own wand. But since she wasn't a sorceress, she was unable to use the wand properly, and was almost captured after her attempt failed.
- Disney Death: Two so far, both upon encountering Shuriki.
- After Shuriki murders her parents, she tried to murder her as well, but her life was spared by the Amulet of Avalor pulling her right inside.
- During their final battle in Song of the Sirenas, Elena was seemingly killed by the Scepter of Night, but her Scepter of Lights vanish spell worked at exactly the right time and was unharmed.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She was strong before she was trapped in the Amulet, and after 41 years inside it, she's absorbed part of its power and gained magic of her own.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Not an extreme example, as she can adjust fairly easily after being free from her Amulet for 41 years, but she still finds much has changed since her childhood. She didn't even recognize her cousin when she saw him after all those years.
- Flower in Her Hair: Rarely seen without a sprig of flowers in her hair, specifically Apricot Mallows. The flowers are indigenous to Northern Mexico, one of the major inspirations for Avalor.
- Friend or Idol Decision: An interesting subversion in "Jewel of Maru". Instead of having to rescue a friend or an item, the dilemma is rescue the falling idol (the titular Jewel of Maru) or catch the bad guys. Elena decides to go for the idol, to seal it away so it's not used for villainous means.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She doesn't show discomfort in wearing dresses, heels, or jewelry and has a maternal side, yet she is determined, competitive, and participates in many sports.
- Has a Type: So far, she's had Ship Tease with Gabe who has a Bodyguard Crush on her and Marzel which seems a bit on the tsundere side of things. Both Gabe and Marzel are dedicated rule followers that try to act as the voice of reason to their headstrong yet kind-hearted princesses, much to their exasperation.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: Elena strives to avert this as much as possible. In fact, she realizes that sometimes if she wants something done right, she has to do it herself.
- In a Single Bound: She is able to leap the height of a man in "Princess Knight".
- Ink-Suit Actor: Bears more than a passing resemblance to her voice actress.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Some dubs like the English pronounce her name as "Ell-leigh-nuh", while other dubs such as the Latin American Spanish dub pronounce it as "Ell-len-nuh".
- I See Dead People: Thanks to absorbing the Amulet's magic, she can see ghosts, albeit only on the Day of the Dead.
- The Leader: Being the Crown Princess and all, especially among her small circle of friends consisting of herself, her sister Isabel, Gabe, Mateo, and Naomi.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Let's see:
- Going to confront Shuriki with her wand immediately upon being freed from the amulet, despite not having any experience with magic, which resulted in the Jaquins having to save her.
- Going after the Noblins who stole ships from Avalor and just demand them back, which resulted in getting Zerg Rushed by them and almost getting thrown overboard, Strike Two.
- Going after Orizaba with the Scepter of Light, despite not knowing how to use it properly at the time, which resulted in accidentally helping Orizaba find the artifact she needed to bring about the eternal night, Strike Three.
- Light 'em Up: The Scepter of Light, of course. It can shoot lasers, cast illusions, and reveal things through walls. Quito Moz indicates that it has more powers, all of which are based on controlling light.
- Living Legend: Elena has become one from being trapped in the Amulet, returning and defeating Shuriki. Much to Princess Valentina's surprise, Elena certainly lives up to her reputation.
- Magic Knight: She's on her way to becoming one, both improving her fencing skills and learning more about the Scepter's powers.
- Married to the Job: A downplayed example. While Elena does make time for her family and friends, she is very focused on her kingdom. She does everything she can to improve it through trade like in "Masks of Magic". Then keeping many traditions alive like the peace festival in "Olaball" to keep her people happy.
- Meaningful Name: "Elena" means "shining light" or "the bright one", befitting her status as the heroine of her story and the holder of the Scepter of Light. This also matches her with her mother, Lucia.
- Nice Girl: She's very kind and open-hearted.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had she not gone after Orizaba in the first place in "The Scepter of Light", Orizaba wouldn't have found the Eye of Midnight, because Elena is the one that broke open the pillar with her scepter.
- Oblivious to Love: When she first meets Gabe, she doesn't realize the implications of him giving Friendly Address Privileges to a royal princess and instead takes it as him being a very friendly new guy. Esteban seems to see it, but doesn't care enough to say anything about it.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being 16, shes technically 57 due to not aging inside the amulet.
- Parental Substitute: Elena does act more mom-like with Isabel for the most part.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Mateo. They have a very strong bond, but it's clearly a friendship, not a romance.
- Protagonist Title: She's the eponymous protagonist.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: She can turn these on full-bore when she wants something from someone. Skylar cannot resist them.
- Reality Ensues:
- She defeated an Evil Sorceress and reclaimed her kingdom, and that's just the beginning of her story. However, "The Princess Knight" shows that as much of an accomplished fighter she is, she lacks proper training and discipline and as a result of not level-grinding, was no match for a much better trained duelist such as Gabe.
- She's been traumatized from witnessing Shuriki killing her parents enough to want to recklessly face Shuriki head on and even kill her (which would be an eyebrow-raiser in other stories). When Shuriki returns in Season 2, it triggers Elena's PTSD, causing her to freeze while she flashbacks to her parents' assassination.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is 57, but she didn't age inside the amulet.
- Red Is Heroic: Usually wears a red dress and is the Hot-Blooded heroine.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She maintains a rather close and personal relationship with Naomi.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Unlike her cousin Esteban, Elena prefers to avert Head-in-the-Sand Management and take action herself instead of delegating tasks to others.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted. In "Elena and the Secret of Avalor", she attempts to kill Shuriki with the vadisima spell, and later wants to hunt her down and kill her when it turns out that she's still alive and up to something in Season 2.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly-girl to Naomi's tomboy.
- Elena is also the tomboy to Princess Valentina's girly girl.
- Trigger: Seeing Shuriki again causes her to momentarily freeze and flash back to her parents' death. If not for Naomi saving her, she'd have been killed herself. She spends the next few episodes struggling with her PTSD while trying to stop Shuriki.
- Troll: Given the implications that it was Elena who was blessing and cursing people with the amulet, then the events of "Cedric Be Good" in Sofia's show reveals her to have a trollish streak as in the episode she was screwing with Cedric by doubling down on curses every time Cedric slipped back into scheming while also giving him powers whenever he did something even remotely nice when she only ever cursed Sofia for serious offences and only gave her powers for equally major good deeds.
- Vocal Tag Team: Starts a carol with Gabe before the entire city joins in.
- Unknown Rival: At the end of "Realm of the Jaquins", she is warned of a darkness that she must face otherwise she won't become queen; that darkness is revealed to be Shuriki, who survived and regained her powers. Unfortunately, she doesn't know this yet. She does as of "Rise of the Sorceress" upon seeing her again personally alongside Fiero and the Delgados.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives such a speech to Esteban in "Finders Leapers" after his blundering results in the Duende breaking free of their imprisonment, especially since Esteban repeatedly blamed Naomi for his own screw-ups, spent virtually every moment criticizing her, and outright said it was a mistake to put her in charge of the expedition:Elena: You haven't been following her, Esteban! You were the one who let the first Duende out, you ignored Naomi at the park, and you set the trap too early. The problem hasn't been Naomi. It's been you.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being physically 16 years old, being mentally 57 years old may have helped. She may be inexperienced as a ruler, but she's very skilled at guiding others along the right path and giving them advice. Probably because she spent 41 years in an amulet trying to guide other princesses.
- You Killed My Father: Shuriki murdered her parents when she took over.
Princess Isabel Castillo Flores
Elena's younger sister and a inventor. She was trapped in a painting with her grandparents until Elena came back and freed them.
- Adorkable: She's a little science geek, and such a cute one too!
- Affectionate Nickname: Her sister calls her Isa.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. She and Elena have a great relationship, even when she's subject to Not Now, Kiddo moments.
- Badass Normal: She may have no magic powers, but she can still hold her own thanks to her brain and heart.
- Brainy Brunette: She is a brown-haired pre-teen who can invent stuff beyond her age and is exceptionally bright in math, physics, and science.
- Child Prodigy: Her inventions are way too advanced for a preteen girl.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She invents a lot of things.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She looks like Jenna Ortega dead-on, especially the hair.
- Meaningful Name:
- Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, was the heiress presumptive of the Empire of Brazil after her brothers died. She was also against slavery and emancipated the slaves in Brazil despite the unpopularity this brought to her, which led to her getting exiled to France.
- Moe: Just look at her!
- Primal Fear: Has a fear of either heights or falling. She wasn't exactly to be thrilled to be at the top of a tower with no way to get down on a windy day.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is around her fifties, having been stuck in a painting for 41 years.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is a young inventor who knows how to build and fix things and dosen't mind getting dirty while doing so. But she stills wear feminine clothing such as her signature blue dress and bow and gushes over anything cute.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue dress and a blue hair ribbon to match, showing she's an ally to her older sister.
- Wrench Wench: Elena gives her a journal to record her various inventions.
Francisco and Luisa Flores
Elena and Isabel's maternal grandparents, who were trapped in the magic painting along with Isabel until Elena came back. They are both members of the Grand Council that help Elena make decisions as ruler of Avalor.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Crosses into Mama Bear — As soon as Luisa learns that her daughter was deliberately injured in a fencing match, she is furious.
- Big Eater: Francisco does love his food. In "Three Jaquins and a Princess" he finishes off a huge breakfast with a comment on how he needs to "eat light."
- Competition Freak: And how; Luisa would have kicked Gabe off of the olaball team if she had the chance.
- Cool Old Lady: Luisa may be old, but she's an active pro at olaball.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Luisa when it comes to olaball, not afraid to command around the others including her own granddaughter.
- Granny Classic: Luisa is a sweet and kind lady who was chosen for the Grand Council for her optimism.
- The Mentor: They both act as this to Elena while helping her grow into her role as leader.
- Papa Wolf: Whatever bad experience his daughter faced (such as breaking her wrist in a fencing match and losing her life to Shuriki), Francisco will keep his granddaughters from experiencing the same.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Francisco almost always has his guitar on him in case he needs to break out into a musical number.
- Running Gag: Francisco calling for his guitar, which suddenly appears from an arm offscreen or is handed one to him by a background character."Guitar!"
- Strong Family Resemblance: We see in a flashback and picture in "The Return of El Capitan" that as a younger man, he looked quite a bit like a younger Esteban.
- Vigilante Man: In his youth, Francisco was part of a trio of vigilante noblemen known as "Los Tres". He quit after the other two died in an accident, but when their ghosts return for Dia de Los Muertos, they decide to go on one last mission.
Chancellor Esteban Flores
The Chancellor of Avalor and Elena & Isabel's older maternal cousin. While he can be egotistical and pushy at times, he is committed to doing what he thinks is best for Avalor... even if that means trying to prove Elena is still too young to rule.
- Affably Evil: Even under Shuriki's rule, he was fairly polite and nonjudgmental in conversation.
- All There in the Manual: According to Word of God, he's from the Flores side of the family, meaning that Lucia is the sister of his mother as well as that Francisco and Luisa are his biological grandparents.
- Always Second Best: Victor nicknamed him "El Segundo", because when they were kids, they would race around the palace and Victor would end up winning while Esteban ate his dust. It has a Double Meaning, because Esteban is stuck as Chancellor while Elena is Queen of Avalor.
- Ambition Is Evil: As a young man, he betrayed his family to Shuriki in exchange for political power, only helping as long as she promised not to hurt his family. Of course, she lied, but he essentially got to rule Avalor. He regrets it.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: He secretly betrayed his family to Shuriki, which resulted in Elena's parents dying, and the rest of his family being sealed away for a long time. He was deeply remorseful about it and worked to improve the lives of citizens and helped Elena defeat Shuriki as penance, but he also refuses to come clean with the secret of how he betrayed them to start with (though he wanted to, yet Elena didn't believe it) and despite the disastrous results of his ambition before, he still lusts for glory and seeks to undermine Elena at any opportunity he can, but he is still cautious about actually crossing the line into betraying her or his family again and does not want them to come to harm on his account, and fears losing them above all else. To sum it up, he's a pretty morally complicated character.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Downplayed in that at worst, he's probably a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and he does feel immense guilt over getting his uncle and aunt killed, and seeing Elena vanish before his eyes, as well as sticking Avalor in a forty-one year dictatorship, which were caused by his ambition.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: For all the bickering and problems he causes with Elena, he really does love her like a sister.
- Awful Truth: The truth? King Raul and Queen Lucia are dead, the surviving members of the royal family were magically sealed away, and Avalor suffered under Shuriki's rule for four decades all because Esteban wanted more. Esteban is afraid of how his family will react, both for his sake and their sake.I must protect my family's/troubled heart,
I cannot break their/my world apart,
Hurting them is something I would never do.
- Being Evil Sucks: Esteban felt he didn't receive the respect he deserved, helped Shuriki take over his home, and at what cost? His family, his friends, everything he cared for. He made his lot in life worse because of that choice.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: As an ambitious teenager, he made a deal with Shuriki to obtain more power. She gave it to him at the cost of his family being destroyed, which devastated him.
- Betrayal by Inaction: He and Victor worked together with Shuriki to help her takeover Avalor, but apparently, Victor did something that caused Shuriki to exile him and his family. Victor blames Esteban for not doing anything to stop it.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets picked on a lot. Usually deserves it.
- Catchphrase: "Yes, this is true.", usually said in response to a compliment or when someone agrees with him.
- Character Development: He stops trying to show up Elena after about halfway through Season 1 and becomes a lot more approachable, though he still has his moments of being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zigzagged. Esteban betrayed his family, but Shuriki had promised not to hurt them — which was a lie. Shuriki also exiled Victor, who had worked together on the scheme with the two of them, and according to Victor, Esteban could've stopped it. And then forty years later, Esteban is Shuriki's The Dragon, but he ends up betraying her for his family and kingdom once Elena returns.Elena: For a moment there, I wasn't sure who's side you were on.
Esteban: I was always on our side.
- The Cynic: While Elena always hopes for the best, Esteban usually expects the worst.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In "Snow Place Like Home", he reveals that when he was a child, his parents died to an unexpected storm at sea while they were sailing in the Northern Seas. He had a bad feeling about the trip and tried to warn them before they left, but they fell on deaf ears. He was taken in by his abuelo and abuela to live in the royal palace afterwards.
- Dark Is Evil: His suit while working under Shuriki was black. Though it may qualify as Dark Is Not Evil, since he was a Punch-Clock Villain and he does turn against her.
- Dark Secret: As far as everyone knows, Esteban was coerced into helping Shuriki invade Avalor 41 years prior. The real truth is that he was willingly complicit, only to regret it after losing his family. The only other person who knows of Esteban's treachery is his friend Victor Delgado, because he was in on it too, and used this fact to blackmail Esteban into giving him the royal jewelry in exchange for his silence.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seeing his aunt and uncle get killed and losing his grandparents was especially traumatic that for 41 years, he became too broken to resist Shuriki. Elena's return however, eventually brought him out of his despair.
- Dirty Coward: He won't be confessing to his family anytime soon about how he betrayed the royal family to Shuriki for political power in the first place. Even when Victor reveals this to Elena's face, Elena assumes Victor was lying and Esteban doesn't correct her despite being ready to talk about it. Well, it's not like what Elena said ''after'' that wasn't inaccurate.
- The Dragon: To Shuriki during her forty-one year rule of Avalor.
- Easily Forgiven: Perhaps because he is family, but Elena regularly forgives him, whatever his sin. He's usually pretty sincere when he apologizes, though. That being said, Elena, Isabel, and their grandparents aren't aware that Esteban helped Shuriki take over Avalor in the first place, only to HeelFace Turn at the end.
- Emotional Regression: Noticeably, he acts like a relatively normal adult in the pilot and does have a few moments where he does act a bit Not So Above It All in public settings, but if he's ever around Elena, Naomi, Abuelo, or Abuela, he reverts to a Manchild. Justified, as he lost his family when he was still a teenager, presumably had trouble properly emotionally developing while working for Shuriki (considering how much of the show's backstory is his fault...), and he doesn't know how else to act around them. Why he acts this way towards Naomi is presumably because of her close association to Elena and her being a lower-class foreigner who he envies and sees as unqualified.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- As much as he has ego problems, he can't stand those with insufferably obnoxious egos, such as Doña Paloma or Princess Valentina, since he feels they can't be reasoned with. For the latter, he was against signing a peace treaty with Paraíso, but he changed his mind because he knew how crucial it was that Victor and Carla are caught.
- During Shuriki's reign, in spite of his own uptight behavior, he did not enjoy her taking away everything fun from the Kingdom. And, to his admittance, he was horrified when he saw Shuriki strike at his aunt and uncle.
- Evil Chancellor: Downplayed version; he's not entirely evil, just full of himself and not opposed to using trickery to try to prove that Elena is still too young to rule and he should be in charge. If anything, he strives to find a way to prove himself right, and can't stand the prospect of being wrong.
- Before he became chancellor though, he did help Shuriki invade Avalor all those years ago. After Shuriki harmed his family, he started having second thoughts, gradually returning some sense back into him and he ended up helping Elena in the end. He really zigzags across the line. Little did he know it was going to come back to haunt him.
- Evil Costume Switch: During his time with Shuriki, he adopted a black version of his uniform, but after Elena returns, he undergoes a Good Costume Switch to his original, maroon uniform.
- Evil Uncle: Technically cousin, but fills more or less the same niche, being an older, more detached family member seeking glory and credit for himself. Whereas he's "evil" is debatable, though he was 41 years ago. If anything he was closer to being the Evil Nephew, because it was his aunt and uncle he helped Shuriki overthrow.
- Exact Words: In "King of the Carnaval", in response to Elena's remark that Esteban would never do anything to hurt their family. Esteban affirms that to be true, and it is to the letter—Esteban never intended for any of his family to be harmed, but Shuriki violated that part of the deal.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Naomi.
- When it seems that Naomi has to go home, he accompanies the others in bidding her farewell at the docks and appears genuinely saddened to see her go.
- Freudian Excuse: He's spent his life at the beck and call of others, from his grandparents to Shuriki to Elena, and has never been able to accomplish his own dreams.
- Also, his parents didn't listen to him when he was a child and pleaded with them not to go out to sea when a storm was brewing, resulting in their deaths. Naturally, his authoritarian attitude and ambitions for more powerful status stems from this trauma of not being listened to when it truly mattered.
- Glory Days: In "Island of Youth", he laments that he used to be so cool and badass back then, but he was always busy with his responsibilities that he never got time to do what he wanted.
- The Good Chancellor: Despite working as Shuriki's dragon, he was a Punch-Clock Villain and actually used his position to improve the lives of his people, such as making Avalor into a major trading partner with other kingdoms. Helps that Shuriki left the royal duties to him. After Shuriki was overthrown, not only can he mentor Elena, he gets more leeway in voicing his opinion.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Crown print as seen in "Island of Youth".
- Headbutting Heroes: He and Naomi have this dynamic, as he doubts she is even qualified for the responsibilities of being part of Elena's grand council. In "Captain Turner Returns", it's demonstrated that despite any misgivings he had of her, he admitted he'd miss having her around. In "Royal Rivalry", he confessed that he said a lot of things behind her back.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Back when Shuriki was ruler, she openly and proudly neglected her duties and the people, meaning that Esteban was more or less the one actually running Avalor while Shuriki attended other matters. Specifically, Esteban used his position as Chancellor to improve the lives of others. Goes without saying he's been in the political field longer than her or even Elena.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: He invokes this in "Three Jaquins and a Princess", becoming angered when Doña Paloma insults Armando's baking skills.Esteban: No-one talks to Armando like that but me!
- I Did What I Had to Do:
- He helped Shuriki take over Avalor in the first place to gain more power as long as she didn't harm his family, but after she went back on their promise by killing the king and queen and intended to (and as far as he knew, succeeded in) kill the others, he stayed, feeling he had no other choice. Elena, though unaware of Esteban and Shuriki's deal, understands that he did it to survive and is okay with it since he turned against Shuriki in the end, but Victor calls him out on it, saying that he shouldn't have betrayed him. Shuriki points out in the pilot episode that he didn't have to continue following her. Additionally, rather subtlely, in his song, "Something I Would Never Do", he talks about how he "can't", "must", "have", etc. do something, even though he could choose not to.
- Continuing that theme, in "Island of Youth", he complains that he spent his whole life listening to other people and doing what they say. His grandparents? Justified, since they're his parental figures. Elena? She's kind of his boss now, and he knows she needs him to mentor her. Shuriki? No, you didn't have to listen to her.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: During his time serving Shuriki, he didn't see any benefit fighting against her when she was much stronger, and thus lost any hope of winning. He eventually regained his hope, and turned against Shuriki.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: It's implied a few times that he doubts his family's love for him. It's likely that this was a factor in him betraying his family, as he states in "Something I Would Never Do" that he didn't realize how much his family loved him until they were gone.Elena: Anything for my favorite cousin!
Esteban: Elena, I'm your only cousin.
Elena: Oh, don't be like that. Besides, I know how much you love me.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He's only related to the royal family by law, as Queen Lucia is his aunt by blood. Shuriki got to power in the first place because she falsely promised to Esteban that if he betrays his family for her, then she'll place him in a power of high position.
- I Was Quite a Looker: And he's not wrong. Though some fans like to argue that he's not too bad in his old age either.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: In "Finders Leapers", he openly considers himself a better and more qualified leader than Naomi because she's nothing but a commoner while he's of royal blood, to the extent that he vastly overestimates his own intelligence; when his own blundering ends up freeing the Duende from their imprisonment and putting Avalor in danger, he repeatedly blames Naomi. Needless to say, after the third time, Elena and Professor Mendoza have had enough and put him in his place:Elena: You haven't been following [Naomi], Esteban! You were the one who let the first Duende out, you ignored Naomi at the park, and you sprung the trap too early. The problem hasn't been Naomi. It's been you.
Prof. Mendoza: Yeah, I guess you were never royally trained in listening.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Outwardly, he looks like he has a big ego and is envious of Elena, but in the inside, he's scared of losing his family again if they ever found out that he helped Shuriki take over in the first place, and what drove him to do that was that he felt inadequate in comparison to his cousins as well as feeling out of place and unloved in the family.
- Irony: For someone who's only royal because his aunt married into royalty, he's sure insecure about it when someone dismisses his position or tries to use it against other people, such as when he dismissed Naomi as a commoner.
- Jaded Washout: Played with. Esteban has a much higher station in life than is the norm for this trope, but in all other aspects he feels like a washout. Despite doing so much good for Avalor during Shuriki's reign, 41 years of his life was still thrown away in her service with his family gone, and after that, he's still rather cynical regarding his current situation. There are times he spends longing for the days he could pursue his own dreams as shown in "Island of Youth", not to mention beating himself up over helping Shuriki and betraying his family and people.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Elena does have a lot to learn about being a leader and acting in the best interests of her country. Of course, even he ends up making impulsive decisions himself, especially during "Finders Leapers".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his ego and occasional plotting against the princess, he does care about his country and his family. Just because he doesn't like that Elena's in charge doesn't mean he wants any harm to come to her. In fact, he will do anything to make sure Elena doesn't die on his watch.
- Kick the Dog:
- In "Finders Leapers, he dismisses Naomi as a commoner with nothing special to her name. It ends up taking a hit on her self-esteem.
- In "My Fair Naomi", when Elena, Mateo, and Gabe quit Naomi's quinceanera out of frustration with her Acquired Situational Narcissism, he encourages her to ditch them.
- Like Brother and Sister: Having lost his parents at a young age, he and Elena might as well have been raised together like siblings. Even after the 41-year Time Skip in which he's in his late fifties or early sixties while Elena has stayed a sixteen year-old, they still act like brother and sister, bickering and all. Likewise with Isabel, but with less bickering.
- Manchild: After taking a level in jerkass, he shows a surprisingly amount of immaturity for someone who's old enough to be a grandfather. Given his issues, this could be a result of him being Not So Above It All and that he Never Grew Up.
- Meaningful Name: "Esteban" means "crowned in victory". Doubles as an Ironic Name, because he's Always Second Best.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Helping Shuriki taking over Avalor, because it got his aunt and uncle killed and his cousins & grandparents sealed away, along with condemning everyone to a terrible life for 41 years.
- My Greatest Failure: He deeply regrets aiding Shuriki in her takeover of Avalor, since it cost him almost everything, including his family, and left him spending 41 years as Shuriki's minion.
- The Needs of the Many: Esteban doesn't doubt Elena can defeat Shuriki again, but he discourages Elena from pursuing her, arguing that Shuriki is more dangerous than ever, and the risk of Elena losing is too great that it would incur a grave cost; if something does happen to Elena, then all of Avalor's remaining hope will die.
- Never My Fault: What drives most of the conflict in the episode "Finders Leapers." During the exploration of the Maruvian Chamber, he goes against Professor Mendoza's warnings to just chip away small portions of the wall and smashes it down, thus freeing one of the Duende; then his refusal to listen to Naomi's insistence that they need a plan allows the duende to free one of his brothers; and finally, when they try to trap the duendes to prevent them from freeing the third brother, he springs the trap too early and gets the group trapped in the chamber. All three times, he chooses to blame Naomi rather than accept responsibility, and the third time, Elena calls him out over it, telling him point-blank that everything that's happened is his fault, not Naomi's.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the reason why Shuriki managed to take over Avalor in the first place — he made a deal with her that would've placed him in a position of high power, and he would've helped her as long as he didn't harm him family. Shuriki didn't come through with the last part.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Despite being Shuriki's lapdog, he was the only moral person around to make her reign more bearable for others.
- Not So Above It All: In "Olaball", he gets surprisingly pumped up for the big match, even painting his face in the Avaloran team's colors.
- Not So Different: He has this with Naomi in "Finders Leapers" in that they both had something to prove; While Naomi was trying to prove her worth, Esteban was trying to prove his superiority to her.
- Older Than They Look: He looks like he might be in his thirties or forties. He's in his late fifties/early sixties. More obvious in "Elena and the Secret of Avalor", where he has grey hairs.
- One of the Kids: Instead of acting more like other adults in the series, he's prone to moments of immaturity and youthful mistakes. Possibly a case of Never Grew Up, considering he lost his parental figures and similarly-aged companions in his late teens/early adulthood while also taking on more duties to perform for Shuriki, so he likely did not have anyone to look up to or share his problems with.
- Parents as People: In "Three Jaquins and a Princess", he yells at Isabel to get out of the kitchen after she makes a mess with her invention, saying that she is a child and she shouldn't be playing with toys in the kitchen. He later feels bad about it and helps her with her invention at the end of the episode.
- Picky Eater: Mentioned to have been one as a kid in "Island of Youth", so using a "here comes the jaquin" was necessary to feed him.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Gives off this vibe in "Finders Leapers," telling Naomi point-blank that he views himself better and more qualified than her, despite Naomi being on the grand council, because he's a royal and she's just a commoner with no honors or degrees. It's to this end that Esteban is ignorant of his own ignorance.
- Pride: Esteban has an incredibly fragile ego, that he'd go through great lengths to defend it. It becomes a plot point in "My Fair Naomi", when Doña Paloma makes an assertion regarding Naomi having a "quinceñera plus one" that he took it as a challenge to his reputation. As a result, he was under a huge amount of stress to mentor Naomi and ensure she doesn't make a fool of herself in her party, because he'd absolutely hate it if he proved Doña Paloma right.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Downplayed. He constantly tries to suck up to Shuriki whenever she's around. In the end, he realizes that sucking up won't do good anymore once Shuriki senses his loyalty is wavering.
- Promoted to Parent: Downplayed towards Isabel. Now that Esteban is an older man rather than as old as Elena, he acts this way towards Isabel sometimes, such as when he yells at Isabel for making a mess in the kitchen with her invention. Other times, he acts like a Big Brother Mentor to her, and he and Isabel usually looks to their grandparents for parental guidance.
- Properly Paranoid: Nothing ever gets past him. The moment something is wrong, he will notice.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He wasn't a fan of Shuriki, though he did help her invade Avalor because he was promised power, only for Shuriki to harm his family. With the loss of his family, the position granted to him by Shuriki was all he had to live for. Since then, Esteban saw no reason to fight against Shuriki as he believed it was a losing battle. Whenever he was around Shuriki, he tended to be nervous around her, and it becomes raw terror anytime she reminds him of what she did to his aunt and uncle, and how she can do the same to him.
- The Quisling: Despite Shuriki killing his aunt and uncle (and as far as he knew, his cousins and grandparents) even after she said she wouldn't if he helped her, Esteban continued to work for her for the next four decades. Justified, as he believed it was hopeless to fight against such a powerful sorceress (especially since she killed his family), and he used his position in the mean time to keep Avalor safe from her reign. Though he clearly did enjoy having power while working for Shuriki, as he has an Oh, Crap! when Elena, a reminder of his sins, returns.
- Raised by Grandparents: It is said that he was raised by Luisa and Francisco since his parents died while he was still young.
- Reality Ensues: Spending four decades performing royal duties in place of his ruler has led to him still being a bit of a Control Freak and being annoyed whenever his advice is ignored when Elena is put in charge.
- Red Is Heroic: His suit while he isn't working under Shuriki is red. Sometimes, it's yellow.
- Regent for Life: Doesn't think Elena is ready to rule yet and wants more say in her decisions until she becomes queen.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He willingly helped Shuriki take over Avalor in exchange for a high ranking position. Shuriki gave him the power he wanted when she took over, but not before killing Elena's parents, trying to do the same to Elena herself, and having Esteban's friend, Victor Delgado, and his entire family banished from the kingdom, ensuring that at every waking moment, Esteban would be tormented by the guilt of losing everyone he ever cared for.
- Retired Badass: He was athletic in his youth, but nowadays, he's not as good as he used to be. In "King of the Carnaval", he does manage to avoid all of the traps rather stylishly (he designed them after all), and in "Shapeshifters", he throws a sword into the air and catches it, so he's not entirely too rusty.
- The Rival: With Doña Paloma.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Esteban embodies this trope in all flavors, often being deadpan and brutally honest about his own disagreement with how Elena handles things. Other times, he will troll her to make his point.
- Ship Tease: With Naomi, but usually because he butts heads with her, her being Elena's best friend and him thinking he can do a better job than Elena. But in "My Fair Naomi", they do receive a fair bit of ship tease, with the two of them ballroom-dancing with each other and Esteban being glad he's finally found someone who thinks just like him (for that episode, anyway)... However, as Naomi is currently a teenager while Esteban is about forty years her senior, it can't become anything romantic without a few questions. Ultimately, their relationship seems to be more of Fire-Forged Friends than anything.
- The Smart Guy: Was picked for the Grand Council for his vast knowledge of the kingdom and its politics. However, his knowledge in other fields, such as archaeology, is very limited.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When Victor tells Elena Esteban was willingly involved with Shuriki's invasion, Esteban was about to elaborate and confirm, she assumes Victor is lying. Elena then remarks that Esteban would never do anything to hurt their family. In response to that, Esteban plays along with Elena's assumption, because that part technically was true.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the pilot episode, he seems to be enjoying being Shuriki's second-in-command, as she's essentially hands-off with her rule and leaves the royal duties to him. He seems to be rather cheerful and reasonable up until Elena returns, to which he realizes that his past sins and subsequent guilt are coming back. Though ultimately pulls through for Elena and is very happy to have his family back with Shuriki finally gone, he's later irritated with Elena's lack of discipline and experience, feeling that he would do a better job at ruling than her.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Naomi in "My Fair Naomi". He encourages her to embrace a snobby, perfectionist attitude about the preparations for her quinceanera and he ends up stealing the reins from Elena as The Mentor. Though he does genuinely mean part of it, he's mainly doing this to prove to Dona Paloma that he can whip up Naomi into a proper lady in a day. Naomi comes to her senses at the end, although she just calmly tells Esteban that she's not keeping it up any longer instead of snapping at him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tres leches.
- Tragic Keepsake: Detail-oriented viewers may notice that both Esteban and Queen Lucia (in one of her portraits) have a blue-and-yellow sash, which implies this.
- Trickster Mentor: Esteban pulls this card on Elena in "Model Sister" by making her unprepared as a way of testing her to see if she can handle a real challenge in her first official duty. That, and because he thought it would be amusing to see her crash and burn, and because he wanted an excuse to show off his own knowledge of Satu culture.
- The Un-Hug: After he saves Elena over a chance at being young again in "Island of Youth", she hugs him. He's surprised and awkwardly glances around before gently placing his arms around her. They end up snuggling together shortly after, though.
- Was It Really Worth It?: He's had a good 41 years to think about how helping Shuriki in exchange for a high position definitely did not improve anyone's lives besides hers. It was up to him to improve the lives of others.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- In the pilot, Armando calls him out on not helping Elena take back Avalor from Shuriki, to which Esteban argued that doing so would be hopeless. He comes around.
- In "King of the Carnaval", Victor calls him out on letting Shuriki banish him and his family.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Victor.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks like he's in his thirties or forties, but he's actually pushing sixty. Apparently, he owes his youthful appearance to exfoliation. He has gray hairs in "Elena and the Secret of Avalor", which are mostly gone in the actual show.
King Raul Castillo and Queen Lucia Flores
Elena and Isabel's parents, Francisco and Luisa's daughter and son-in-law, and Esteban's aunt and uncle. Forty-two years before the events of Elena and the Secret of Avalor, Lucia gave Elena the Amulet of Avalor for her fifteenth birthday, telling her it would protect her from harm. A year later, Lucia and Raul were murdered by Shuriki the day she invaded Avalor. But after 41 years of being trapped inside the Amulet, Elena avenged their deaths by breaking Shuriki's wand and ending her tyranny over Avalor.
- Good Parents: According to Elena and Isabel, who have fond memories of their parents.
- Meaningful Name:
- Posthumous Character: They were killed by Shuriki forty-one years before the events of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.
Other family members
Duke Cristóbal Castillo
Elena's paternal cousin who resides on the island of Nueva Vista.
- Bait the Dog: At first he seems perfectly likable, then later he seems just understandably misguided in his antagonism toward the Sirenas, until it's finally revealed that he's just a greedy, evil sociopath.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially comes across as a jolly and kind person, until he revealed he was working for Shuriki.
- FaceHeel Turn: After the coup, he pledged allegiance to Shuriki when she bribed him with gold. Even after power is restored to the throne decades later, he returns to Shuriki's side when she shows up on Nueva Vista in "Song of the Sirenas"
- Foil: Like his cousin Esteban, he betrayed his family out of self-interest. Esteban betrayed his family for power because he thought they didn't love them (and even long after his parents' sudden passing, he still thinks about them and loves them enough to visit their graves), but came to regret his decision and ultimately loves them enough to stand up against Shuriki, despite his Jerkass tendencies. Cristóbal was bribed into being loyal to Shuriki (and before that, he was even glad his father died, because it meant he got to inherit his fortune), and despite acting kind to his family after they took back the throne from her, he was secretly bitter over his loss of a source of wealth and returns to Shuriki's side when she shows up.
- Hypocrite: He betrays his family, and then later tries to talk Elena out of having him imprisoned for it by claiming they're family.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Esteban, Cristóbal is a traitor to his family without any remorse for it, and with much less sympathetic motivations behind his treachery. While he himself in terms of personality isn't particularly dark, his actions certainly are.
- Missing Mom: The fate of his mother is unknown.
- The Sociopath: All of his earlier displays of love and care for his family, including his deceased father, are shown to be an act later on, with power and privilege being all that he cares for. That he could successfully put on such an elaborate act makes him all the more terrifying.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Maybe. He does seem genuinely happy in the portrait showing him and Elena playing together as children.
- You Killed My Father: He appears to hate the Sirenas for killing his father. It's later revealed that he actually was quite pleased with the inheritance he received from his father's death, and is actually motivated by trying to preserve it for himself, even if it means betraying his family.
Esteban's parents. His mother was Queen Lucia's sister and a daughter of Francisco and Luisa.
- Ambiguous Situation: Esteban mentions that they were sailing in the Northern Seas when they died. We also know that Shuriki came from the Northern Isles...
- Cassandra Truth: They were sailing when they died. Esteban had warned them not to go, as he had a bad feeling about it. It turns out he was right: they end up getting killed by a storm at sea.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: They passed away when Esteban was young, but he remembers them fondly.
- Posthumous Character: They passed away when Esteban was a child.
Elena's best friend, a practical, down-to-earth girl who serves on the Grand Council. Is described as an adventurer, and is not afraid to jump into action alongside Elena. Her father runs the docks.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "My Fair Naomi", thanks to taking too many pages from Esteban (and he himself was in this whole ordeal to prove Doña Paloma wrong), she became obsessed with having the best party, that she ended up becoming more smug. Even Gabe notes this isn't her.
- Adorkable: While not to a significant extent, she shows a cute, dorky side for things she doesn't quite get.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves this role in most episodes. Naomi's reactions to the adventures Elena involves her in is something for the audience to relate to as they ease in to the series. This role becomes even more prominent when Naomi tries to understand Elena's backstory during Secret of Avalor.
- Backstory: The episode "Captain Turner's Return" and "Finder's Leapers."
- Best Friend: To Elena, the first female friend to Elena her biological age since coming out of the amulet.
- Boyish Short Hair: To go along with her tomboyish nature.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: It's not as noticeable as some cases but her character design has changed. Her face has gotten a little bit fuller, etc. Word of God confirmed that they changed it up to match her 2D design.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As of My Fair Naomi, her single strand of hair now simply hangs down instead of pinned back at her forehead.
- Girliness Upgrade: In "My Fair Naomi", Esteban tries to turn her into a proper lady to impress Doña Paloma at her Quinceñera. As a result she becomes snooty, a perfectionist, and picks out a fancy dress with ruffles which she previously rejected. Though she still wears it at the end Naomi goes back to her old self again.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has short, blonde hair, and is one of Elena's allies.
- "I Want" Song: Something Special from the episode Finders Leapers. She wants to be respected in her position as a member of the grand council.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In "My Fair Naomi", while under Acquired Situational Narcissism thanks to Esteban, she picks out an overly fancy dress with ruffles that she had already rejected earlier when she wasn't taking cues from Esteban. Elena and Abuelita agree that it looks bad, but are too nice to say anything about it to Naomi.
- It's Personal: Until she learned that the Sirenas have truly changed, she strongly distrusted them even after they helped defeat Shuriki because they were the reason she lost her grandfather, whom she never got to meet.
- The Lancer: The sensible contrast to Elena's energetic.
- Like Brother and Sister: According to Gabe and Mateo to Naomi.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Naomi is a perfect blend of both her mother and father, with Scarlett's spunk and Daniel's down-to-earthness.
- The Not-Love Interest: What her role boils down to for Elena. They're always there for each other and Elena can especially count on her for support. No matter what, Naomi will always be the person Elena has to keep her company.
- Not So Different: The reveal that she dislikes the sirenas because they sank her grandfather's ship makes her this to Duke Cristobal.
- Penny Among Diamonds: A commoner that serves on the Royal Council and hangs around the palace with the princess. The reason for this choice is because she's The Heart.
- Pink Is Feminine: Her purplish-pink formal dress. Notably, her formal dress doesn't look right on her, both because it looks too feminine for a tomboy such as Naomi and too fancy for a sailor's daughter like Naomi.
- Plucky Girl: Energetic, witty, and determined.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She maintains a close and personal relationship with Elena.
- Shout-Out: Possibly, since she shares her last name with another famous Disney seafarer.
- Token White: Everyone else is Latino appearing, aside from a few characters.
- Tomboy: She is an adventurous and spunky girl who knows all about ships and dosen't mind getting gritty when the time calls for it.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Elena's girly-girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She wears a jewel necklace and doesn't mind wearing formal attire on special occasions.
Mateo de Alva
The new Royal Wizard and one of Elena's friends. His grandfather was the wizard who helped protect the royal family from being wiped out by Shuriki 41 years ago.
- Adorkable: Even more prominently than Gabe. He geeks out over magical artifacts even if there's more important matters at hand and is adorably awkward whenever he's shown affection.
- Almighty Janitor: He's still an apprentice, but he's one of the most powerful wizards in the kingdom.
- Court Mage: Becomes the Royal Wizard in "Spellbound". He's insecure and feels like he doesn't deserve it, but by the end he grows more confident.
- Disappeared Dad: His father is never brought up. According to Word of God, his father is not important to the story and thus will never be addressed.
- Incompletely Trained: His grandfather was never around to teach him his art, so he's self-taught. Nonetheless, he still takes on an apprentice and he finds that experience is the best teacher.
- It Runs in the Family: He has magical abilities like his grandfather Alakazar and is a Royal Wizard like he was.
- The Klutz: Mateo can be quite clumsy with his magic sometimes. He's also a very bad dancer.
- Literal Metaphor: In the first episode, he says he has a "few tricks up [his] sleeve" then pulls his tamborita from his literal sleeve. Naomi says he's been waiting all day for a chance to say that and he doesn't deny it.
- Magic Wand: Instead of a traditional wand, Mateo uses a tamborita.
- Meaningful Name:
- Maybe. In Hebrew, "Matteo" means "gift of God", referencing his gift at magic and being one of Elena's most trusted companions.
- "de Alva" means "from brightness" or "the exalted one".
- No-Sell: Mateo's magic cannot break hexes or affect enchantments.
- No Saving Throw: By the same token, Mateo can conjure a magic barrier that can defend against Fiero's magic, but somehow it doesn't work against Shuriki's.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Elena. They have a very strong bond, but it's clearly a friendship, not a romance.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Gabe's sensitive guy. While he isn't showing it all the time, Mateo doesn't seem to be as in tune with his feelings.
- Ship Tease: Mateo seems to have a bit of this with Rita (who is really Carla), whom he develops some kind of crush on.
- The Smart Guy: When it comes to magic and magical creatures.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Spellbound", when he saves the court and wins his first Wizard Duel against Fiero.
- He takes it up a few notches in "Song of the Sirenas", once again facing off against Fiero. Three guesses who wins.
- Training the Gift of Magic: At first he is still learning to be a wizard, and hasn't mastered many spells yet.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mateo has a fear of riding horses or equinophobia.
Lieutenant/Captain Gabriel "Gabe" Núñez
A young royal guardsman assigned to bodyguard Elena. He often gets dragged into Elena's adventures.
- Adorkable: Tries to be the charming heroic guardsman but is really kind of a dork. Pretty typical for an officer fresh from the academy.
- Audience Surrogate: Shares this role with Naomi. Being the new guy in the palace, his unfamiliarity with the types of adventures Elena gets involved in becomes something the audience can relate to.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As shown in "The Princess Knight", Gabe can gauge the strengths and weaknesses of opponents in order to come up with strategies to defeat them.
- Backstory: The episode Olaball and his motivations.
- Badass in Distress: Has gotten captured while trying to protect the princesses in the first episode only.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saved Isabel and Princess Caterina in the episode Olaball. He climbed up a pole using nothing put a piece of rope and effectively got them both down to safety.
- The Big Guy: Even though he's not physically huge or intimidating, he's still the main fighter of the group.
- Bodyguard Crush: He has a huge crush on Elena since the first episode. Confirmed in the official guide and via Word of God.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Is overprotective of Elena even though she can usually handle herself.
- Butt-Monkey: At least in "Spellbound". Taken to hilarious levels in "Prince Too Charming", where almost the entire episode he is the Only Sane Man being walked all over, especially during the Prince's musical number.
- Commanding Coolness: Even though his rank is lieutenant, the effect is still the same in that he is in charge of much of the Royal Guards. Now, he's Captain of The Guard, so this trope is played straighter.
- Cool Horse: Has a horse that comes to a whistle in episode 10 and a personality of it's own.
- Does Not Like Magic: It's evident during "Spellbound" that he's somewhat uncomfortable with magic.
- Dork Knight: His awkwardness doesn't take away from his competence.
- Ensign Newbie: Gabe is the new guy, and he's made lieutenant and has ranking status in the Royal Guard. This is deconstructed in that being an officer fresh from the academy, an occupational hazard for him is that he gets captured, even though he puts a lot of effort into his position.
- Horrible Judge of Character: In "Spellbound," he let Fiero, an Obviously Evil Sorcerer, into the castle after being tricked, and never noticed anything strange about him. Naomi even lampshades how stupid that was of Gabe.
- Hypocritical Humor: He doesn't believe that Mateo can be the royal wizard due to his age, but he himself is a member of the Royal Guard despite being around the same age; Elena even lampshades it.
- Instant Expert: Subverted; it takes him all day and night to learn to play olaball with Elena's help. However, by the next day and he's able to play his own way, he's shown to be great at it.
- "I Want" Song: In an episode yet to air but he will be singing about wanting to be captain of the royal guard.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Shown to have several skills as he is a guard. Knows how to sail in "Prince Too Charming", tactics and strategy in "The Princess Knight", can ride a horse in "The Scepter of Light." His back story implies that he knows how to bake in "Olaball" even if he might not be great at it.
- Jerkass Ball: Subverted, In "Spellbound", Gabe treats Mateo with derision and scorn, doubting that he can cut it as a royal sorcerer, let alone defeat Fiero. He even initially blames Mateo over the whole ballroom being Taken for Granite, thinking that Mateo must have cast a spell wrong. Though he does finally admit he was wrong when Mateo saves the day. By the end he gives Mateo all of the credit for defeating Fiero.
- Lady and Knight: Subverted; He thinks he's going to have this relationship with Elena, but she is capable of protecting herself and has even saved him a few times.
- The Load: A downplayed example; While he is genuinely skilled and competent, he has yet to make a sizable contribution against the kind of enemies shown in the series so far. He is good at strategy and tactics and presumably other skills necessary to be a guard. If anything, he's a lot better with his brains than in the field.
- Loyal to the Position: At the end of the day, he won't let friendship get in the way of doing his duty, because if the grand council gives him a mandate, his hands are tied. And usually, he's very reluctant to go against the boss (i.e. Esteban).
- Manly Tears: Teared up at the idea that Naomi was leaving Avalor, but refused to say that he was crying.
- Master Swordsman: For a young officer, he's already a master at sword fighting and fencing. While fencing with Elena without holding back, he curb-stomps her.
- Meaningful Name:
- The Mentor: To Elena in "The Princess Knight".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- The entire plot of "Spellbound" occurs because Gabe let Fiero into the castle, and didn't even notice anything strange about him.
- In "The Scepter of Light", just when Elena is on the verge of defeating Orizaba, Gabe inadvertently saves the moth fairy by moving a carriage in front of her to help with Isabel, in an attempt to "protect" Elena. This caused him to block the light from the Scepter long enough for her to regain her strength.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Gabe almost never loses his composure, even in the worst of situations.
- Rank Up: Gets promoted to Captain of The Royal Guard after his boss retires.
- Riddle for the Ages: Perhaps the biggest question regarding him is where was he during the last few years of Shuriki's reign? What did he did before Elena returned? It is heavily speculated that he was a cadet prior to "First Day of Rule".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: More so sensitive then Mateo is. Examples include crying when Naomi was thought to be leaving, open with his feelings toward his dad, hurt when the other guards were bullying him. And the first to chase after Isabel when her Navidad was ruined.
- Ship Tease:
- With Elena. It doesn't help that he has a crush on her.
- The Strategist: His rank of lieutenant an eventual captain is not just for show. Gabe is one of the most skilled tacticians whose gift for strategy came in useful, especially in sword fighting and fencing. Perhaps this is partially why he got such a promotion at such a young age.
- Vocal Tag Team: Joins in with Elena for a carol at first before the entire city joins in.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Just wanted to make his dad proud of him when he joined the olaball team. All his dad cared about was baking and olaball.
- Young and in Charge: While he does have a boss (who appears separately and has yet to interact with him), he's only eighteen with a ranking status among adult guards. Now he's the head of the Royal Guard.
- You Are in Command Now: His boss, Captain Sandoval of the Royal Guard, was retiring, so he was chosen to succeed him.
The chief of Avalor's castle. Armando is in charge of the various servants who provide for the royal family, and also occasionally acts as Elena's secretary and majordomo.
- A Day in the Limelight: "All Kingdoms Fair" focuses on him trying to maintain the titular fair for Elena and Naomi while his overly critical brother is in town.
- Hidden Depths: Revealed to be a very talented baker in "Three Jaquins and a Princess."
- Ironic Name: "Armando" means "army man", but he's not quite fit.
- Meaningful Name: "Armando" means "army man", befitting how he's in charge of the royal staff.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Just as with Esteban, he was a good man just doing his job under Shuriki.
Though Higgins is technically a member of the Royal Guard, he's usually seen acting as Esteban's assistant and aide-de-camp. He's affable but not terribly competent, and his mistakes have caused various problems for the royal family.
A custodian and handyman working at the castle.
- Handy Man: His job.
Family of Elena's friends
Captain Daniel Turner
The harbor master of Avalor's harbor. He is also Naomi's father.
Captain Scarlett Turner
A sea captain and Naomi's mother.
- Adorkable : We see where her daughter gets this from. Notably, she squees with childlike glee about many of the sights of Avalor. And then there's the awkward handshake she has with Dona Paloma.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a brash sea captain, and her hair is bright red.
- Genki Girl: She can be very perky especially when praising her home country Norberg and the idea of her family moving back there.
- Meaningful Name: She's a redhead and her name is Scarlett.
- Nice Girl: She is very outgoing and friendly and deeply cares about her family.
- Token White: Naomi's mother and originally from Norberg.
- Tomboy: Much like her daughter, she's an adventurous and fearless woman who has the occupation as a sea captain.
The royal wizard, and also Mateo's maternal grandfather and the father of Rafa.
Rafa de Alva
Mateo's mother and Alacazar's daughter.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "Movin' On Up", when Mateo wants to move out of the house, she joins him and keeps babying and embarrassing him, and not giving him his space.
- Empty Nest: The whole plot of "Movin' On Up" has her dealing with her son moving out of the house and his place of work. Rafa crashes in because she can't deal with missing her son coming home every night.
- Good Parents: She's very supportive of Mateo becoming the royal wizard, even though he keeps getting into dangerous situations.
- Muggle Born of Mages: She's the daughter of Alacazar, the royal sorcerer to King Raul, but after Shuriki took over and Alacazar was forced to go on the run, Rafa never learned magic, although it's not clear if she would have pursued magic anyway. However, she has memorized some of the spells that her father taught her, such as the spell needed to free Elena's family from the painting, which she teaches to Mateo.
- My Beloved Smother:
- In the pilot movie, Mateo has been looking at his grandfather's magic workshop without her seemingly knowing because he thought that she would tell him off for how dangerous it is to practice magic, especially as Alacazar's grandson, under Shuriki's reign.
- The whole plot of "Movin' On Up" is that she moves into the royal palace with Mateo because she doesn't want her baby boy to face the dangers of the modern world without her. She ends up becoming The Thing That Would Not Leave and Mateo initially has difficulty telling her he wants to live on his own.
- Secret Keeper: She knew that Mateo was practicing magic in her father's workshop despite having locked it up and is revealed to know some of the spells that her father told her, such as the spell used to free the royal family from their protective painting in case of emergencies.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: In "Movin' On Up", she makes some touch-ups to the palace and pesters the staff about how they should treat Mateo, which frustrates them and keeps them from doing their work until she decides to do it herself. Mateo initially has trouble asking her to leave and that she wasn't invited in the first place since he doesn't want to hurt her feelings.
A baker and Gabe's father.
- Big Brother Instinct: Though he still told Armando he messed up, he at least defended him when the townspeople were overwhelming him with demands when things went wrong.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is rather critical of his brother when he messes up, but is also just as supportive when he proves his worth.
Lieutenant Rico Villalobos
An arrogant guard. He played on the castle olaball team and competed to become the next guard captain, though he ultimately lost both positions to Gabe.
- Jerkass Ball: In "The Curse of El Guapo", he initially has a Friendly Rivalry with Gabe over who will become the next captain of the guard, But when he starts to think Gabe's friendship with Elena will give him an unfair advantage, Rico becomes quite nasty, mocking Gabe for being the son of a baker, and playing cruel pranks on him. He ultimately changes his tune after he is injured during the contest, and Gabe helps him across the finish line. He apologizes for his actions, and applauds Gabe becoming the new captain.
- Number Two: Now that Gabe's the boss, he appears to act as his second-in-command and being something of Elena's new right hand man in subsequent episodes.
- Third-Person Person: He talks like this in "Olaball."
Another royal guard. He competed for the captainship of the royal guards along with Rico and Gabe, but was eliminated in the first round.
Captain Antonio Sandoval
The taciturn Captain of the Royal Guards at the beginning of the series.
Isabel's primary school
The teacher of Isabel's class.
A disabled friend and classmate of Isabel's.
One of Isabel's classmates. He is boisterous and impatient, and doesn't really like school.
Another classmate of Isabel's.
A girl in Isabel's college class.
A professor from the Avalor Science Academy.
- Adorkable : Its not to a significant extent, but she did show a bit of geeky enthusiasm when showing Isabel around.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: She wears one.
- Meaningful Name: She is likely named for Ellen Ochoa, an astronaut for NASA and the first Hispanic woman in space.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a tough, but fair teacher, allowing her students, especially Isabel, to learn from their mistakes and try again.
A young, arrogant student who finds his position in the Science Academy threatened when the even younger Isabel joins his class.
- The Bully: He's a classic example, and he does everything in his power to make Isabel suffer and convince her to withdraw from the Science Academy.
- Nerdy Bully: He's a smart kid who mercilessly bullies Isabel in order to sabotage her.
- Jerkass: Big-time. His constant sabotaging of Isabel is bad enough, but the constant glee he displays in doing so is even worse.
Other citizens of Avalor
Doña Hortencia Paloma
Avalor's chief magister of trade, and owner of Avalor's largest shopping emporium.
- 0% Approval Rating: Nobody really likes her, and if she gets too greedy, people will bail on her. This comes to bite her back in the butt when Esteban suggests Julio to run against her for her position, which results in him getting unanimously elected.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite nearly ruining the Navidad festival, she was invited to join in on the caroling by Elena.
- Freudian Excuse: She grew up on a small cattle range, and after a flood destroyed it, her family lost everything. Everything she has she's built from the ground up and she's afraid of losing it all again. Plus, she didn't think Elena or Esteban would ever understand.
- Greed: Her defining character trait. She'll do anything if it means making a profit, like starting a rift between potential customers to get them to buy her merchandise.
- Hidden Depths: Due to growing up in a ranch, she has extensive knowledge on animals, including how to wrangle wild ones, and is very skilled at utilizing a rope lasso, and she also recognizes and values the meaning of hard work. Despite her current status, it's clear she never forgets where she came from.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Under Shuriki's rule, she and Esteban were the ones that kept Avalor stable and economically successful.
- It's All About Me: More like "It's All About My Profits", but in "Navidad", she tricked the float builders into thinking the festival was a competition, driving them to outdo each other by buying more supplies from her emporium, destroying their holiday spirit in the process. She didn't care that this nearly ruined the festival, only that it made her lots of money. In "My Fair Naomi", it's less about money and more about pride. We also find out that back in the day, she was a nobody in her old village, which is part of why she has this attitude.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's a bit of stretch, but she's not evil, just self-absorbed. She does have some standards for running a good business.
- The Resenter: "My Fair Naomi" reveals that Doña Paloma was angling for a spot on the Grand Council, and resents the fact that a "child" like Naomi was chosen instead of her. She also resents Elena for being born a princess while she had to work her way up to her position.
- The Rival: She doesn't have a good opinion of Chancellor Esteban, and she's tired of him showing her up constantly.
- Status Quo Is God: Subverted. Though Julio is now the chief magister of trade as of "All Kingdoms Fair", he takes up Esteban's suggestion to at least make Paloma his second-in-command, despite Paloma initially thinking that he was going to relinquish his position back to her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While she's still kind of jerkish, she is more cordial to Elena after the events of "Masks Of Magic".
An archeologist and historian.
Countess Dolores and Lady Yolanda
Two wealthy friends of Doña Paloma.
- Rich Bitch: Both of them fit the archetype. They are openly snobby to Naomi (who is a commoner), and Yolanda is also contemptuous of Armando when they clash in a baking competition.
Julio and Carmen
Owners of a restaurant.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Carmen is this when she tries to create new recipes. She does a lot better using the recipes that her grandmother developed.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Julio sees himself as being the responsible one, since he wants to give up and sell off the restaurant before they get even further into debt. He thinks Carmen is being foolish for continuing to try to make the restaurant work.
A resident of Doña Paloma's home village.
- Grail in the Garbage: He finds a few magical masks somewhere and pawns them off on Paloma for a couple of coins.
A famous explorer who vanished years before the series began.
Residents of other kingdoms
An ex-knight and Queen Lucia's ex-fencing opponent whom she competed against in the Swordsman's Cup. When he went up against Lucia, he cheated by breaking her wrist, causing her to forfeit as a result. He is such a bad sport that he doesn't approve his son Sir Cassius's good sportsmanship.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He's a bad sport and cheats in order to win while Sir Cassius takes losing well and doesn't approve of cheating.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He got away with breaking Lucia's wrist during the Swordsman's Cup because the referee thought it was an accident.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: He speaks proudly of cheating during his match against Queen Lucia, her death clearly not affecting his mindset at all.
A knight from Brazendell, and the son of Lord Elrod.
King of Cariza.
Joaquin's young daughter.
- Toxic Friend Influence: She successfully convinces Isabel to climb up an unsafe structure so they can examine a mechanism at the top.
King Juan Ramon
King of Cordoba, a kingdom which is separated from Avalor by a large body of water.
- The Good King: A wise and virtuous ruler who even rides into battle against a powerful monster that is attacking his subjects, despite the risks to himself.
The layabout prince of Cordoba.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By his later appearances, he's more willing to help even with his oversized ego.
- Narcissist: He is enamored of his own reflection. His next appearance has him confront this side of himself and come to terms with it.
- The Slacker: A lazy prince who would rather picnic and take Elena on a date than do the work his father assigned him. By his next appearance, he willingly volunteered for a diplomatic venture.
One of the kings who participants in King Hector's royal retreat.
One of the kings who participants in King Hector's royal retreat.
- Sycophantic Servant: Even though he's a king in his own country, he still acts like this to Hector.
An ambassador from the kingdom of Norberg.
- Big Eater: His defining personality feature.
Princess Valentina Montañez Tores
Princess of Paraiso, 17th heir to the throne. In the episode "Royal Rivalry", after learning about the feud between said kingdom and Avalor, Elena decided to repair this alliance, so the Paraisoans can help catch Victor and Carla, who were heading for Paraiso. To fulfill this goal, Elena invited Princess Valentina over, and the latter turned everything into a competition. Later in the same episode, Valentina revealed that she only wanted to impress the Avalorans, thinking their kingdom was better than hers. After making up with Elena, she joined her in fixing a mess, and the princesses signed the peace treaty, fixing the kingdoms' alliance.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's princess and also an impressive sorceress.
- Meaningful Name:
- Valentina means "strong, healthy" in Latin languages.
- Her name brings to mind St. Valentine's Day. She sure seems to have a lot of love for herself.
- In Spanish, Montañez means "from the mountains"/"mountain people" and Tores means "tower", befitting her haughty nature.
- Pink Means Feminine: She mostly wears pink, which alludes to her sassiness.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Elena's tomboy, relatively speaking.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Princess Valentina Montañez Tores of Paraiso, Defender of the Realm, The Shining Light Of The South, 17th Heir to The Golden Throne... and apparently, she has way more titles than that.
One of Valentina's servants.
- Hammy Herald: Serves as one of these to Valentina.
- Artistic License History: Japan doesn't have "kings" like Europe does. They have "emperors" and "shoguns", but this was probably simplified to avoid the implications of an empire in a children's fairytale show and so that children would understand Toshi's position easier.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Feudal Japan, and of Far East culture in general.
- Meaningful Name: In Finnish, "satu" means "fairy tale".
King of Satu.
- Easily Forgiven: He easily forgives Elena for trying to juggle between her promise to her sister and his visit, as he has a brother of his own and the people of Satu value promises.
- Nice Guy: Forgives Elena for skipping out on his visit to help her sister, and would rather see people be their own thing instead of trying to please everyone else like when Esteban and the others thought that he would like them to use Satu culture instead of their own during his visit.
- Not So Different: He cares about his brother, Shoji, just as Elena cares about her sister, Isabel.
- Sibling Team: He says that he never goes anywhere or does anything without his brother Shoji.
The brother of Satu's King Toshi. He represents Satu in trade negotiations.
- Meaningful Name: The Shoji era is a Japanese era. It took place during the Kamakura period, in which medieval times (feudalism) first began in Japan under the titular shogunate, as opposed to the imperial government that it replaced.
- Rage Breaking Point: He usually appears to be very calm and levelheaded, but when he puts on a magical mask which accentuates the worst aspect of his personality, all the rage he's been storing up bursts out.
An immature, selfish king from an unnamed kingdom who holds annual "Royal Retreats".
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Even after being told the Marposas are no threat, he decides to capture a baby Marposa just to show them off in his collection.
- The Bully: He forces the other kings to put up with his antics, otherwise he will kick them out of his club.
- Fat Bastard: He is pretty obese and a really unpleasant person.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The other kings only put up with him because of the fancy gifts he gives them at the end of his retreats.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Where to begin? He's constantly pushing the other kings around, mistreating them and pulling such childish pranks on them like snatching food out of their hands and not giving them chairs to sit at his table, he spends his enormous wealth on his gifts and his own entertainment, rather than useful things for his kingdom, and to top it off, he wants to capture a baby Marposa and it's mother, just so he can show them off in his aquarium.
- Villain Song: "To Be In My Club".
A mighty species of talking (and singing!) jaguars with wings of the macaw. Although they hail from the realm of the Jaquins, Vallestrella, they are a symbol of Avalor's pride and serve as the guardians of the kingdom.
They are based off of the Mexican alebrijes.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They're jaguars with macaw wings.
- Panthera Awesome: They're half jaguar.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: It's made clear that they hold no affection for Shuriki and her rule over Avalor, but why they never did anything about it is not elaborated. Judging by how Migs, Luna, and Skylar initially dismiss Sofia as one of Shuriki's allies, it may suggest that they're not allowed to dabble in human affairs.
- Sapient Steed: They're fully sapient with their own kingdom in another realm.
- Vegetarian Carnivore: In one episode, Migs, Luna, and Skylar are seen eating coconuts. Possibly justified by their macaw side. Then again, in Elena and the Secret of Avalor, they're also seen eating roasted chicken/turkey, ham, and bread.
Migs, Luna, Skylar
Three Jaquins, magical flying creatures who befriend Elena and help her on her adventures. Migs is the sensible one, Luna is the sassy one, and Skylar is the fun-loving one.
- All There in the Manual: The Essential Guide states that Skylar and Luna are cousins.
- Butt-Monkey: Migs. If something bad happens, it's usually he in the receiving end of it.
- Cool Big Bro: Skylar has a great relationship with his younger brother, Nico.
- Freudian Trio: Skylar is the Id, Luna is the Ego, and Migs is the Superego.
- Furry Reminder: They snarl every now and then.
- Good Parents: Migs dotes on his children, worrying about them, getting them food, and even telling Elena that a national festival is less important than making sure his kids are happy.
- Happily Married: Migs has a mate named Dulce and in season 2 their three kids are born.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath that fun-loving personality, Skylar is aware of his royal duties, afraid of letting people down, and capable of standing up for himself when needed.
- Loyal Animal Companion: All of them to Elena, although Skylar is usually the one who accompanies her on adventures.
- Meaningful Name:
- Migs is presumably derived from "Miguel", which is the Spanish version of "Michael", like the archangel.
- Luna is Spanish for "the moon".
- Skylar contains "sky" in his name.
- Really Royalty Reveal: As revealed in his Day in the Limelight, Skylar's the crown prince of the jaquins. This is presumably why he only allows Elena and Sofia to ride him.
- Sassy Black Woman: Luna acts like one.
- Stop Having Fun Guy: Migs is viewed this way by Skylar and the production notes even compare him to Frasier Crane. Amusingly, in "Flight of the Jaquins", the shoe is on the other...paw?...when being chosen as the cubs' trainer causes Skylar to have to be more responsible, so his little brother Nico views him this way in turn.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In contrast with Migs who rarely deviates from jaquin laws and Skylar who will follow them if reluctantly, Luna will happily defy them if she feels they're unfair.
- Talking Animal: Since they're magic and all.
- Vegetarian Carnivore: They're seen fighting over a bunch of coconuts in one episode. This could however be justified by their bird side making them omnivores instead of strict carnivores.
The current king of the Jaquins, having ruled for fifty years. He is also the father of Skylar and Nico.
- Bait-and-Switch: After Skylar argues to him that he needs to have more faith in Elena (who had inadvertently led to Marimonda's freedom), it seems he is about to scold him... and then he applauds him for being responsible for what he believes in.
- Big Good: As the king of Jaquins, he's this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Strict and overbearing as he is, he's just looking out for his kingdom.
- Loophole Abuse: There are no second chances to pass the Guardian test. But since Nico proved his worth in the field, Verago gave him the position anyway, as what he did was bigger than any test.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Averted. Jaguars can also be born with black fur like leopards.
- Missing Mom: His wife is apparently gone, as he tells his sons after the Marimonda incident that she would be proud of them.
- Older Than They Look: He's over fifty years old.
- Panthera Awesome: He's a fusion of a black jaguar and a macaw.
- Properly Paranoid: He's strict about not letting humans into Vallestrella, as there had already been an incident in the past where the jaquins had to fight off a monster that the humans had freed the last time they visited. Elena accidentally allows Victor and Carla to enter when they sneak into the portal behind her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to Elena and the jaquins accompanying her for entering Vallestrella, as it could've resulted (and does) in a Sealed Evil in a Can there being freed by humans sneaking in behind them.
The leader of the jaquin guardians based in Avalor.
- Badass Baritone: As per usual with many characters voiced by Jess Harnell, his deep and booming voice gives him a sense of authority.
- Badass in Charge: He oversees the training of the Avalor jaquins, but he's no slouch in a fight himself, as Cruz discovers.
- Meaningful Name: "Zephyr" is a literary term for "breeze".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While somewhat strict, he's ultimately just trying to be there for the Jaquins.
Nico, Ciela, Avion
Three new jaquin cadets being trained by Skylar. Nico is Skylar's brother and is a fun-loving prankster, while Ciela is gung-ho and Avion is unsure of himself.
- Big Brother Worship: Nico has a great relationship with Skylar.
- Meaningful Name:
- Nico is a name derived from the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. One of her symbols was a pair of wings.
- Ciela is the female version of "cielo", a Spanish word that means "heaven".
- Avion is derived from the Latin root word "avis", which means "bird".
- Toxic Friend Influence: Nico serves as this to Skylar.
Mingo, Zoom, Estrella
An arrogant and athletic jaquin who was initially Chief Zephyr's chosen successor. He is the twin brother of Vestia.
- Awesome Ego: As he puts it, "Can't lose with Cruz!"
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes across as an approachable, charming and friendly guy, but he's actually devious, ruthless and traitorous.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Flatout claims that he's evil, though Vestia claims that she's his Evil Twin (he then insists he's "eviler").
- Cool Big Bro: Initially comes off as this to the younger jaquins until his true colors show.
- Delinquents: He and Vestia are essentially the equivalent of this.
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Snow Place Like Home". After being called "beast" by Victor one too many times, he and Vestia knock Victor and Carla off their backs and abandon them to possibly freeze to death. Also qualifies as Disproportionate Retribution, which is in keeping with Cruz' established character.
- Entitled Bastard: The idea that he has to earn respect as a leader by respecting his peoples' traditions goes completely over his head, as he thinks he deserves respect simply because he's Cruz and he's awesome.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sister Vestia is the only one he remotely cares about other than himself, shown at the end of "Song of the Sirenas" when he insists Victor unfreeze her after Mateo turns her into an ice statue, and later in "Not Without My Magic" where he follows her lead on everything.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't want his homeland destroyed, and fights to save it from being burned down in "Not Without My Magic".
- The Exile: He's no longer welcome in Vallestrella, but it doesn't prevent him from opening the gateway.
- HeelFace Turn: In "Not Without My Magic", more from wanting to avoid consequences than real goodness, plus in his case he's mainly just following Vestia's lead.
- Inadequate Inheritor: He's supposed to be Zephyr's successor, but he's arrogant, refuses to even consider lessons learned by past jaquin leaders, and contemptuous of Zephyr himself. It's no wonder that Zephyr eventually decides Cruz will no longer be his successor.
- It's All About Me: His motivations are sheer narcissism - he believes that he's the best and that he's owed everything on this basis alone.
- Knight of Cerebus: Along with Shuriki and Fiero, he's one of the most ruthless villains the series has to offer.
- Meaningful Name:
- In Spanish and Portuguese, "Cruz" means "cross", as in the Christian cross and things crossing each other. It turns out that he's a traitor to his people.
- His name sounds like the English word, "cruise", which fits with the jaquins being named for fast-flying words.
- Slasher Smile: He gives a few of them when showing his true colors.
- The Sociopath: He possesses no shred of conscience or empathy, and hides it beneath a cool, likable front.
- Stupid Evil: Cruz isn't one for deep thinking, with his sister Vestia serving as the brains between them. He even lampshades it in "Not Without My Magic" when Vestia tries to blame her backfired plan on him.Cruz: Come on, everybody knows I'm not that smart.
- Villain Decay: He goes from being fairly cunning and devious in his first appearance, to being relegated to a beast of burden by Shuriki and Victor, and then portrayed as far more dumb and clueless, before finally having a HeelFace Turn along with his sister, and also displaying less and less of his sociopathic tendencies. Some of this, however, is likely due to him being more of an antagonist by circumstance (if he'd been made head of the guardians by Zephyr he likely would have had nothing against Elena or Avalor) rather than a true villain, with the rest coming about due to either Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal, Hidden Depths, or Even Evil Has Standards. I.e., while he is selfish and has far too much pride, he was still raised with Vallestrella's values, sees it as his home, does not wish it true harm, etc.
Cruz's twin sister.
- Big Brother Instinct: After getting arrested, Cruz threatens them, saying that just they wait until his sister hears about this. Sometime later, she breaks him out of prison.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She flatout claims that she's evil.
- Delinquents: She and Cruz are essentially the equivalent of this.
- The Dreaded: Cruz implies that she's a force to be feared. It turns out he means that he and his sister are an Action Duo, although "Not Without My Magic" later shows that she's the brains of the operation.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's legitimately horrified when her plan in "Not Without My Magic" backfires and threatens to destroy her homeland.
- Evil Twin: Claims to be this to Cruz, which he protests by claiming he's "eviler", though really they're about the same amount.
- The Ghost: Cruz mentions that you do not want to mess with his sister after the other jaquins arrest him at the end of "Shapeshifters". She appears in person later in the season.
- HeelFace Turn: In "Not Without My Magic", more from wanting to avoid consequences than real goodness, though Vestia is regretful of her latest evil plan.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Not Without My Magic", the twins are tired of being fugitives, so Vestia suggests that they turn themselves in and beg for forgiveness. But when the two eavesdrop on Quita Moz talking about an evil spirit stored in his cave, Vestia cranks it up to setting the spirit loose so that she and Cruz can also look like heroes.
- Meaningful Name: "Bestia" is Spanish for "beast".
- Morality Pet: To Cruz, oddly enough. She is the only other person Cruz cares about besides himself, and he follows her lead on everything whether it be for evil or for good.
- Noodle Incident: Sometime offscreen after the events of "Shapeshifters", she broke Cruz out of prison and went into hiding with him thanks to Troyo.
- Taken for Granite: She's turned into an ice statue by Mateo in "Song of the Sirenas", and Cruz wants Victor to unfreeze her.
A young jaquin cub.
- Big Eater: Luna exploits his hunger for anoki berries in order to catch him.
An elite member of the King's Guard.
- The Ace: While all members of the Guard are exceptional, Tornado surpasses even that standard and is the only member of the Guard to actually catch two dragallos.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's tough, stern, and strict, but there's no denying she will do anything to protect others. She can also recognize when others can do good without messing up.
The ghost of the last royal wizard of Maru.
A skilled but arrogant general. He died long ago, but his ghost possessed his sword and can also possess anyone who wields it.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: He constantly brags at and insults his competition.
The grandmother of Julio and Carmen. She returns as a ghost during the Day of the Dead, and she seeks Elena's help to stop her grandchildren from selling the family restaurant.
- Meaningful Name: "Angelica" is derived from "angel", referencing the fact that she's a Posthumous Character that appears as a ghost.
- Posthumous Character: She passed away at some point before "A Day to Remember", but she returns as a ghost every Dia de Los Muertos.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Her forgetfulness causes problems when she tries to help Elena find her old cookbook.
El Guerrero and El Mistico
The ghosts of two vigilantes who, when they were alive, worked with Francisco to fight crime and protect Avalor.
- Vigilante Man: Both of them were these.
Alacazar's and later Elena's spirit animal. He has the form of a wily fox. Normally a person can only see their spirit animal under special circumstances, but being trapped in the amulet seems to have left Elena with residue magic and now she can see Zuzo whenever she needs to.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's flamboyantly effeminate, has a high pitched slightly lispy voice, and has a few of the mannerisms.
- Brutal Honesty: Not always, but when he feels like a lesson really needs to leave a mark he will bluntly tell Elena how badly she messed up.
- Cowboy Cop: Even among spirit guides he's a bit of a maverick, letting Elena into the spirit world despite strict rules against it just to improve her confidence (and possibly to get Cacahuate out of his funk).
- Dimensional Traveler: Like all spirit guides, he can travel in and out of the spirit world and mortal world at will and take others with him.
- Fantastic Foxes: A magical talking trickster fox.
- Great Gazoo: Not as powerful as most examples, but definitely qualifies. He makes fun of his own status as a Spirit Advisor by giving Elena a stern warning that she needs to get downstairs right now or she'll be late for breakfast, uses his powers to zip around, dance with himself, and pull himself out of a hat, and appears in full skeleton costume during Día de los Muertos before rushing off to join a conga line in the spirit world.
- Magical Guide: Gives Elena advice when she's having problems. When she starts seeing ghosts, she immediately calls him for advice.
- Spirit Advisor: Only Elena can see him. If others want to see him, a wizard has to summon him.
- Summon Magic: Mateo has a specific ritual and circle for summoning him. Elena, whether due to her own magic or because he's her spirit guide (or possibly both), needs to only call his name a few times.
- Trickster Mentor: As befitting a fox. When Elena is too busy to listen to him, he lets things fall apart before swooping in to ask how things are going. And even then the advice is little more than asking her to question why the Noblins took the ships, leaving her to sort the problem out for herself.
Mateo's hapless spirit animal. He has the form of a sloth.
An incompetent wannabe spirit animal. He has the form of a monkey.
A moth fairy who wants to bring eternal darkness to the world.
- Affectionate Nickname: Upon her first appearance, she announces herself as "Lady O".
- Ink-Suit Actor: She shares some resemblance with her voice actor, Eden Espinosa.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's very attractive.
- Pet the Dog: She wishes to liberate all night-time animals from hiding in the shadows.
- Real After All: When Armando tells about her to Elena and Isabel, they laugh it off, thinking she's just a legend. When she does appear, this is how they react.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She was banished to the Spirit World, which she can only leave during the total eclipse.
- Villain Song: "The Gift of Night".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She sees the eternal night she wants to bring about as a gift to the world.
- Winged Humanoid: She's a moth fairy, so this is to be expected.
- Would Hurt a Child: She entraps Isabel in her magic before being sent back to the Spirit World by Elena.
A rogue forest sprite sealed away in the Realm of the Jaquins for wanting to overrun Avalor with plant life. Victor and Carla freed her under orders from Shuriki, but she was sealed away again by the efforts of Elena and company.
- The Artifact: She is named for the marimonda, a local name for the white-bellied spider monkey in Colombia, as well as the name of a funny-looking monkey-elephant-man-thing character in Colombia's Barranquilla Carnival. This Marimonda fits neither of those descriptions.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Marimonda was the main antagonist of "Realm of The Jaquins", which was a way to finish off Season 1, but ultimately only meant to set up Shuriki's return.
- Expy: According to Word of God, she was inspired by the Batman villain, Poison Ivy.
- The Gadfly: She delights in annoying her opponents.
- Green Thumb: Part of the package when you're a forest sprite.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She shares some resemblance with her voice actor, Noel Wells.
- Lone Wolf Boss: Even though Victor and Carla released her to cause havoc in Avalor, she has no affiliation with Shuriki, and is an independent threat on her own.
- Pointy Ears: She has these.
- Rhymes on a Dime: How she speaks.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was this until Victor and Carla intervened, and then put into a magical urn created by Quita Mos by Elena and friends.
- Villain Song: "You Can't Catch Me".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes that manmade creations like cities and machines are bad for the environment, but she wishes to produce overgrown plants with no regard for the lives of people.
The Kingdom of Coronado
The princess of the Sirenas.
- Adorkable : She has a childlike wonder of the surface world that's really adorable. And then there's her first exposure to a mirror, where she makes a lot of silly faces.
- All-Loving Hero: She sees the best in humans, and wants to do anything to show that the Sirenas have changed.
- The Atoner: She wants to do anything to prove that the Sirenas are good now.
- Foil: She greatly resembles Elena. Both are All Loving Heroines who are determined to do the right thing against all odds. However, Elena is the eldest child (and thus the crown heir) of her family, is mature (mostly), and has gone through traumatizing experiences, while Marisa is the youngest child of her family and is a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She and Marzel can turn their tails into legs on land because their mother Queen Camila was a human before being transformed into a sirena, although Camila herself can't.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She does have an impulsive streak.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She wants to bring about peace between the sirenas and humans, and whenever something goes wrong, she reasons that it is simply just that as opposed to worst-case scenario.
- The Voiceless: She does not speak in "Marisa And The Mirror".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
The prince of the Sirenas, and Princess Marisa's brother. As King Pescoro's firstborn child, he is the heir to the throne.
- Adorkable : Not as much as his sister, but when he tries walking on dry land... it doesn't turn out as planned, yet he still has charm.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of Marisa.
- Chick Magnet: He's very popular among sirena ladies, and even human girls find him attractive.
- Foil: He greatly resembles Gabe physically and in personality. Both are rule-followers stuck with a headstrong and compassionate female counterpart. He and Gabe also have Ship Tease towards Elena.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He and Marisa can turn their tails into legs on land because their mother Queen Camila was a human before being transformed into a sirena, although Camila herself can't.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's cynical and snarky, but also fiercely protective of Marisa. While he's mistrustful of Elena at first, he's friendly towards her after she proves she's sincere about wanting humans and sirenas to reconcile.
- Ship Tease: With Elena.
- While Marisa sings "A New Tale", she dances with the two and throws them into each other's arms. They catch each other, but immediately awkwardly turn away from each other and pretend it didn't happen.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has this from his father and mother.
The king of the Sirenas, and the father of Princess Marisa and Prince Marzel.
- The Atoner: He is burdened with the knowledge of what his ancestors and even he himself have done to humans, and feels like Sirenas should have nothing more to do with humans (whom he believes will always justifiably hate them) as penance.
- Defrosting Ice King: He initially wants nothing to do with the humans thinking that they still hate them, but he does turn to command the other Sirenas to help Elena and company.
- Heel Realization: Saving and falling in love with Camila made him realize that the murderous hatred his kind had long felt toward humans was wrong, and he is deeply remorseful about it.
- I Am a Monster: When two humans almost took his daughter away from him because they immediately assumed that he was trying to lure her to a water death, he became convinced that humans will never see him and his kind as anything other than murderous creatures, and gave up on the notion of reconciliation between the two species.
- Love at First Sight: He first met Camila when she was a regular human who almost drowned. He used magical seaweed to save her, and they fell in love afterwards.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Latin root word, pisci-, meaning "fish".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Which he does.
The queen of the Sirenas, and the mother of Princess Marisa and Prince Marzel. Years in the past, she nearly drowned after the ship she was on sunk, but King Pescoro saved her life by wrapping her body in magical seaweed, allowing her to breath. As a result of its magical properties, she was transformed into a sirena and the two fell in love.
A large seahorse who is friends with Marisa and Marzel.
- The Gadfly: He mocks Daria for being assigned the petty duty of planning a feast despite her high rank.
Reef Commander of the Sirenas.
- Freudian Excuse: She hates humans because she was scarred by one in an attack.
- HeelFace Turn: Daria attempts to prevent the treaty from being signed because she still distrusts surface-dwellers, but after being betrayed by Saloso and seeing her kingdom pay the price of her own treachery, she decides to make up for it by helping drive out the malandros and being the one to sign the treaty on behalf of her people.
- Jerkass: She's rude and hostile to Elena even before setting out to undermine the treaty. However...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her issues, she just wants whats best for Coronado.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "he who holds firm the good".
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction when Saloso double crosses her and seizes their kingdom.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wanted to stop the peace treaty between the humans and the sirenas because she believed that Humans Are Bastards after her past experience with them.
A talking octopus who hangs out with General Daria.
A shape-shifting dolphin mob boss.
- Bad Boss: Very abusive toward his laces—especially his second in command Torpe.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: You do not want to trust him, at all. No matter what kind of deal you make with him, he's the one who gains, and the other person gets nothing from it. Just sheer humiliation.
- Devious Dolphins: He's an Amazon River Dolphin.
- Exact Words: Daria made a deal with him to turn off the Coral Alarms to stop the treaty. Saloso then has his goons destroy the alarms so they'll stay off.
One of Saloso's goons.
The Realm of Vallestrella
The last of the sun bird oracles, a group that had sealed away Marimonda in the past. His whereabouts became unknown, though he was rumored to be hiding in the mountains.
- Big Good: As the last sun bird oracle in Vallestrella, he is this.
- Expy: Of Quetzalcoatl, who was also a feathered serpent god.
- The Mentor: He teaches Elena how to use the Scepter, as he's the only one who remembers how, along with three others.
- Our Dragons Are Different: As an Expy of Quetzalcoatl, he clearly looks like the description of a dragon (specifically a Chinese dragon), but he's never described as being a dragon and looks more like a feathered serpent.
- Seers: He hears the voices of the flames and sees visions in them, which tell of events past, present, and future.
- Taught by Experience: Since his visions are limited, he often fills in the blanks with his own experience. He didn't know that Elena would need her illusion power to trap Marimonda, but he figured it would probably come in handy.
- Trickster Mentor: In the 'Scepter Training with Zuzo' videos he pretends to be a human thief in order to push Elena to learn how to use her scepter in battle.
- Vagueness Is Coming: The flames tell him of a darkness coming and a test waiting for Elena, but no specifics. He notes that he's not omniscient and what he sees and hears in the flames is often inexact.
Lama, Hool, and Qapa
A trio of sunbirds that help Elena master the Scepter of Light.
A mystical coyote who schemes to become king of the Jaquins' jungle. He was kicked out for his actions years ago, but returns in the present to cause trouble.
- Ascended Extra: Much like Fiero, he was just a one-shot antagonist before returning to become part of Shuriki's group of allies.
- Blackmail: He captures Ciela and Avión, intending to use them as leverage to force Chief Zephyr to make him king of the jungle.
- The Corrupter: He used to trick others into doing bad things as part of his goal to become king.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets caught in one of his own traps, courtesy of Skylar and Nico.
- Smug Snake: Deeply arrogant and full of himself for most of the episode, fully believing he deserves to be king. But after he is defeated and captured, he starts frantically negotiating for a lower rank in the jungle, even suggesting he be made "jester".
- Those Wily Coyotes: Very crafty and cunning.
- Trap Master: He lays several traps around his area of the jungle, allowing him to ensnare both the Jaquin trainees and Elena, Migs and Luna when they come to rescue them.
A species of creatures that never stops eating. Three of them—Stilts, Big Mouth, and Roly—escape from their glen and begin wrecking havoc on Vallestrella.
- Big Eater: A defining trait of their species.
A water spirit accidentally summoned into existence by Olivia.
The King of the Noblins.
A rock monster who can force a volcano to erupt when he becomes angry.
A monster dedicated to protecting a particular habitat in Cordoba.
- Cultured Badass: He's unfailingly polite, but he's also easily strong enough to completely overpower the military of Cordoba.
A female rock monster.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's very temperamental, but is also honest and sensitive.
A two-headed beast that wants to rule Avalor.
- Multiple Head Case: Macoco has two heads which occasionally argue with each other.
A monster that is accidentally released by Rafa.
A creature that spreads fires wherever it goes.
An Evil Sorceress from the Northern Islands. Forty-one years ago, she killed King Raul and Queen Lucia and forced the royal family into hiding while she took over Avalor, until Princess Elena returned and defeated her.
- 0% Approval Rating: No one in Avalor really supported her, not even Esteban, but they were too afraid to stand up to her until Elena's return.
- The Ageless: Thanks to her magic, she's immortal. If Elena had never returned, Avalor could've continued to suffer under Shuriki's rule for possibly hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
- Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not Elena's Blaze spell killed her or not. It is framed in a way that suggests that she might have been trapped in the Jewel of Night akin to when Elena was trapped in her amulet after it "protected" her from Shuriki's vadisima spell, but it's just as likely that she was merely disintegrated. Word of God, though, says that she's dead, although it's ultimately up to viewer interpretation as to whether she's just trapped or not. It ultimately doesn't matter either way, as Mateo destroys it in "Naomi Knows Best".
- Animal Motif: Not as obvious as the malvago characters, but her motif seems to be a lizard.
- Big Bad: Of the Secret of Avalor special. Also the Greater-Scope Villain of Sofia the First, and of the show from "Realm of The Jaquins" through "Song of the Sirenas".
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Publicly, Shuriki would maintain an image of friendliness and joviality when it suits her, when in actuality, she is resentful and cold towards everyone.
- The Comically Serious: As vile as she is, most of her interactions with Victor and Carla are just comedy gold due to her palpable exasperation at their Laughably Evil antics.
- Control Freak: Her rule over Avalor focused on having things quiet and orderly, to the point of banning all music.
- Cruel Mercy: Shuriki spared Esteban and made him chancellor, while killing Elena's parents and banished Esteban's friend to invoke Survivor Guilt on him.
- Dark Is Evil: Her clothing is mainly dark-colored, and no-one in their right mind would ever mistake her for someone benevolent.
- Death by Irony: Elena defeats her by using a Blaze spell on her, leaving nothing but the Scepter of Night's orb behind. It's unclear if she had been disintegrated or accidentally trapped in the orb, but both fates are what happened to her other victims — having disintegrated Elena's parents with a vadisima spell and unknowingly trapping Elena in her amulet.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Upon taking over Avalor, she happily took away everything fun and openly neglected her duties and the people, while leaving it up to Esteban to actually run the place.
- Disk One Final Boss: She's responsible for the show's backstory and is the main villain for half of Season 2, with Quita Moz stating around the same time that Elena must defeat a coming darkness. But soon after, another evil rises up and Quita Moz states that even though Shuriki has been defeated, she was not the darkness he had prophesied.
- Disney Villain Death:
- Combined with Driven to Suicide. Once aged and drained of her power, she sees there's nowhere to run, so chooses to send herself tumbling backwards into the water than face justice for her crimes. However, as it turns out, this isn't the last we've seen of her.
- In "Song of the Sirenas", she's killed by Elena using the Scepter of Light.
- The Dreaded: She is feared by everyone in Avalor, and her return spells doom for the entire kingdom.
- Entitled Bitch: She is genuinely surprised when Esteban turns against her, despite the fact that she had moments ago taunted him over going back on her word after he helped her invade Avalor and even threatened him with the same fate she inflicted on his aunt and uncle.
- Evil Sorcerer: Duh. She has magic and is fine with committing murder.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: It's kept off-screen, but Elena basically incinerates her with a Blaze spell from the Scepter of Light in "Song of the Sirenas". However, this doesn't necessarily mean that she's gone for good.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: It's not clear what the Northern Isles are supposed to be based off of, but they share their name with a pair of British archipelagos north of Scotland.
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: She hates music, dancing, and festivals, to the point she's banned them from Avalor during her reign.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Her takeover of Avalor and attempt on Elena's life is what caused Elena to be trapped in a magical amulet that would be eventually given to Sofia, essentially causing a number of events in Sofia the First.
- Grim Up North: The Northern Isles are implied to be this, with Word of God stating that Shuriki is a powerful figure there.
- Hypocrite: While ruling over Avalor, she desired that everything be peaceful and quiet... save for having the people cheer for her.
- I Lied:
- As revealed in the pilot special, she enlisted Esteban to help her take over Avalor, promising him power in exchange and promising that she would not harm his family. While she did give Esteban the power he wanted, she went back on the rest of her word and murdered Elena's parents before trying to do the same to Elena, and banished his friend Victor Delgado along with his entire family. All this was to Kick the Dog for Esteban so that at every waking moment, he would live with the guilt of losing everyone he ever cared about.
- Curiously enough, Shuriki does end up keeping her word and allows Fiero to transform the Delgados into Malvagos. Why? Fiero mentioned that Victor and Carla could not possibly handle such power and that's when she realizes in the off-chance they don't survive the process, and considering how much they mess up, it would be of no consequence to her.
- It's All About Me: Her general mindset during her rule over Avalor. She banned all music, simply because of her own distaste for it, banned all other magic-users such as Fiero from the kingdom (most likely so no-one would ever challenge her in that regard) and even replaced the original Avaloran flag with Jacquins on it with one depicting her own profile, due to not wanting anything other than herself to be a symbol of the kingdom.
- Karmic Death: After all those years causing pain and suffering to Elena, her family and friends, Shuriki is finally killed by Elena using the Scepter of Light in "Song of the Sirenas".
- The Kingslayer: She killed Elena's parents as part of the invasion.
- Killed Off for Real: Craig Gerber confirmed that she is dead following "Song of the Sirenas".
- Knight of Cerebus: Her return pretty much heralded a more serious tone to the series.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is taken from the kanji characters in the Japanese phrase, "the power to end everything" (すべてを終わる力)note
- Might Makes Right: Shuriki subscribes to the belief that it doesn't matter who deserves what, but rather who has the power to take what they get.
- Mysterious Past: It is currently unknown why she chose to invade Avalor, though Word of God has stated that it had to do with something between her and King Raul regarding the Northern Isles, which will be revealed as the show goes on.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name essentially means the destruction of everything.
- Never Say "Die": While it's pretty clear from the beginning that Shuriki killed Elena's parents, Elena initially only mentions that Shuriki attacked them. Subverted in "Song of the Sirenas", when Elena outright describes her as "the sorceress who killed my parents".
- Obviously Evil: She and her men wear dark clothing and Avalor looks bleak and miserable under her rule.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Once Shuriki realizes that the Scepter of Light has the power to counter any evil magic she can throw at Elena, and of course harm her.
- She has another one in "Song of the Sirenas", in which she realizes she has failed to finish off Elena and is then promptly defeated by her once and for all.
- Pet the Dog:
- She compliments Victor after he brings her a red jewel that imprisoned Marimonda, which she uses to restore her youth, though whether or not she was sincere is unknown.
- She almost has one when she gives Carla praise for a job well done, but she just has to make it awkward by agreeing when Carla says that she never thought she'd ever hear those words from her.
- She does it again with Carla when their villainous group must now find the second piece of the Scepter of Night after Elena obtains the first one, largely due to Fiero and Victor bungling it up with their incessant bickering and in-fighting. Carla suggests that they can take the first piece from Elena when she goes get the second one, to which Shuriki smiles and tells Carla that there may be hope for her yet.
- Properly Paranoid: Shuriki banned the practice of magic from Avalor (Fiero included) apart from her own, because she was wary of being overthrown.
- Rapid Aging: Undergoes this when Elena destroys her wand. She restores herself with a jewel that Victor absconds from Marimonda's prison.
- Red Herring: She is not the great darkness that Elena must defeat to become Queen.
- Retcon: In the backdoor pilot, Shuriki is shown suddenly appearing before King Raul and Queen Lucia's carriage before killing them, unaware that Elena was watching. In the series proper, she briefly turns to look at Elena to taunt her before killing the king and queen, although it's implied that this part was imagined as a result of Elena's trauma.
- The Sociopath: Has no empathy or care for anyone but herself. Even her minion Carla lampshades it when, in response to Shuriki saying she feels festive, Carla says "You feel?" incredulously.
- Surrounded by Idiots: It is the source of much frustration that she has to undergo regarding her own underlings; Victor is too arrogant and Carla is such a Spoiled Brat, that they're only marginally reliable and it leads them to make stupid mistakes along the way. The only one who manages to do a marginally better job is Fiero.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As time goes on, Shuriki and the Delgados seem to get more and more on each other's nerves, even taken open verbal shots at one another, but they still rely upon each other to get what they all want.
- This Cannot Be!: Shuriki's reaction when she finds that the Scepter of Light has magic that can overpower hers.
- Vain Sorceress: She used her magic to maintain her youth over the forty-one years she ruled Avalor, removing even the slightest wrinkles as they appeared. After Elena breaks her wand, this is all undone, causing her to age into an old woman in an instant.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Shuriki is a murderous throne usurper and oppressive tyrant who has killed and attempted to kill others on-screen...in a Disney Junior show. The only other villain in the series to match her vileness would be Fiero, the other Evil Sorcerer who threatened the royal family in the past.
- Villainous Breakdown: She falls into one after Elena breaks her wand, wailing and repeating "No!" before finally falling into the waters around Avalor.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: After Shuriki reforges her wand from the magical jewel in the royal vault, she confronts Elena again, uses the same spell that killed her parents. What was different this time is that Elena has the Scepter of Light, which has the power to cancel out her magic and destroy her second wand. Of course, Shuriki intends to fix this later on with a new artifact that can match the Scepter of Light.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Outside of Avalor, most of the neighboring kingdoms, like Enchancia, believed Shuriki to be the rightful ruler of the kingdom. Said good publicity goes out the window when Elena returns.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She can't perform any magic spells without her wand, and she rapidly ages into a powerless elderly woman when her wand is simply snapped in half... though you'd have to get her wand in the first place, which she always keeps on herself. Sofia and Esteban manage to get close enough to her to grab it while they're still in her good graces.
A malvago (Evil Sorcerer) who was once in the running for the kingdom's royal sorcerer. After Alacazar was chosen instead of him, he became Alakazar's worst enemy. He returns in the present to steal the Codex Maru, Alacazar's spellbook.
- Animal Motif: Has snakes on his robe, cape, and tamborita.
- Ascended Extra: He started off as a one-shot antagonist in the first season. In the second season, he is brought back and joins forces with Shuriki, Victor and Carla, but is turned back into stone by Mateo in "Song of the Sirenas".
- The Dragon: Becomes Shuriki's #1 lapdog and fellow Evil Sorcerer in Season 2, but he wants to officially become the Royal Malvago when Shuriki takes Avalor again.
- Evil Old Folks: As a contemporary of Alakazar, he's at least in his seventies, and is quite cruel and vicious.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up having his own spell bounced back at him, turning him to stone. Turns out it's a weaker, reversible version of the spell he attempted to use and Mateo found the means to undo it.
- Kick the Dog: After Mateo gave him the Codex Maru in return for letting his friends go, Fiero decided on a whim to take the potion that would cure all the people he had turned to stone.
- Knight of Cerebus: He is one of the darkest, most frightening villains to appear in the series, next to Shuriki. Naturally, they end up joining forces.
- Taken for Granite: His favorite spell. Ironically, he has been turned into stone himself by Mateo twice.
- Underestimating Badassery: He states that Victor and Carla cannot handle such power as malvagos, but Carla proves to be powerful enough to perform a powerful magical spell with her mother.
Victor and Carla Delgado
Carla: And Carlaaaa Delgado!
A father and daughter duo who come to Avalor's Carnaval, seeking to steal the royal crown. Victor, whose father was the royal treasurer under King Raul, was a childhood friend of Esteban. It turns out they're working Shuriki in hopes of being rewarded by her by being turned into malvagos and having a place in the royal palace.
Tropes applying to both
- Animal Motif: After being turned into malvagos, Victor's motif is a scorpion while Carla's motif is a spider.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Both of them in "King of the Carnaval", and Carla for a while when under the disguise of Rita.
- Brought Down to Normal: They both lose their tamboritas in "Naomi Knows Best", but Carla escapes while Victor is arrested.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Their Villain Song shows that they're quite aware that their moral alignment is "dastardly dark" and "malicious".
- Co-Dragons: They serve as this to Shuriki up until Fiero comes along and immediately outranks them by becoming Shuriki's sole Dragon. They are not pleased with their demotion, and thus are just fine with both Shuriki and Fiero being removed from the equation later on.
- Dark Is Evil: Victor wears a black suit, and both of their clothes as malvagos are dark-colored.
- Dragon Ascendant: Both Shuriki and Fiero are put out of commission at the end of "Song of the Sirenas", but the Delgados don't mind since they got what they wanted from the alliance - becoming malvagos - and are now free to pursue their own villainous careers, and perhaps take over Avalor themselves.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Their biggest humanizing trait is that they both appear to love each other and work well together.
- Victor does seem to care about his father, considering he calls out Esteban for letting Shuriki banish him and his family.
- In "The Race for the Realm", after achieving their desire to become malvagos, Carla comments that she wishes her mother could see this. Victor doesn't react badly to that comment, suggesting either he does still care about his lover or he was considerate enough to let Carla have it despite however his relationship with her mother ended.
- "Snow Place Like Home" is full of this for them, with Victor carrying Carla through a blizzard when she can no longer walk, and her snuggling her head against him lovingly. And at the end, Mrs. Delgado returns, and she and Carla immediately share a loving embrace.
- Evil Costume Switch: Well, they were already evil, but their transformation into malvagos also transforms their clothes, giving them a mostly black outfit, scorpion and spider motifs respectively, and Victor gets a High Collar of Doom.
- Evil Counterpart:
- He can basically be considered Esteban without the redeeming qualities, and he still remains evil while Esteban reformed.
- She is one to Mateo, both being teenagers who wield powerful magic. However, Mateo is a good person who is a close friend to Elena, whereas Carla is a villain who attempts to kill Elena.
- She's also one to Naomi, both being Badass Normal (though Carla gets turned into a malvago later on) teenage girls who live exclusively with their respective fathers, but has their mothers return to them later on.
- Freudian Excuse: Victor was never treated with respect by anyone, even as a child, while Carla having to travel the road with her dad all her life has left her without a real sense of home or any friends.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Shuriki and Fiero (especially the latter) admittedly don't always like them.
- Glory Hound: They don't like that Fiero is Shuriki's #1 while they will be #2 and #3. They decide they want to find the staff of the Scepter of Night and take the credit for it, and then eventually off Fiero when the time comes.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: At first they just seem to want the crown jewels, but soon make it apparent that the actual crown is the only part that's important to them. When defeated, they vow to come back for the crown because "they need it". It seems to be part of Shuriki's plan, and it turns out the core jewel is actually magical, which even Elena is unaware of.
- Hidden Depths:
- In their debut episode, it is established that Victor and his father were family friends of the royal family, and despite Victor practically being raised at the palace as Esteban's best friend, "A Spy In the Palace" reveals that he always felt that people put him down and treated him like a joke. He likely spoils his daughter because he doesn't want her to have a similar experience growing up.
- For her part, Carla says in "A Spy In the Palace" that, regardless of how much her father dotes on her, she's grown up always feeling alone due to never having a stable home or any friends, and she desires power to alleviate these feelings.
- "Naomi Knows Best" reveals that Carla is a more dangerous and powerful malvago than Victor.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Victor and Carla take Shuriki at her word when she promises to make them Malvagos. Victor seems to be forgetting what happened the last time Shuriki promised him something...He'd have to be really desperate to help Shuriki again. Subverted as we do see that they were very wary of Shuriki, and had to think accordingly in case Shuriki doesn't reward them or turns on them.
- Jerkass: They are both selfish con artists and thieves whose number-one priority is always themselves.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not as much as Shuriki, but they tend to be portrayed seriously whenever they appear.
- Large Ham: Yeah, they're not afraid to get goofy and over the top.
- Laughably Evil: Carla seems to get more and more goofy moments with each passing appearance due to her immaturity, and eventually Victor gets in on it too, best shown when their Villain Song is done in the form of a freestyle rap.
- Manipulative Bastard: Both of them qualify, but Victor especially is skilled at being so.
- Meaningful Name:
- Victor was considered to be the more capable between him and Esteban, and he also has an ego. Doubles as an Ironic Name, because he feels like the No Respect Guy.
- A carl is an archaic term for a peasant or a low-class citizen, which is what the duo are, despite the family formerly having ties with the royal family.
- Missing Mom:
- Victor's mother and Carla's paternal grandmother is never mentioned.
- No mention has ever been made of Carla's mother, but she is implied to either be deceased or elsewhere. Carla implies in the song, "Don't Look Now", that she had been raised by Victor alone and her mother was not a major figure in her life. Later, after Shuriki turns her and her father into malvagos, she comments "If only mama could see us now!"
- Finally, in "Snow Place Like Home", we see Carla's mother: she is a malvago, implying that this status is why she had to leave them and that Victor and Carla's whole reason for becoming malvagos was to reunite with her.
- Purple Is Powerful: Their malvago outfits, which are predominantly black, contain hints of purple.
- Smug Snake: Both of them, while certainly skilled in certain areas, are nowhere near as impressive as they think they are as villains, which Shuriki is constantly visualizing.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As time goes on, Shuriki and the Delgados seem to get more and more on each other's nerves, even taken open verbal shots at one another, but they still rely upon each other to get what they all want.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're Laughably Evil and work for Shuriki. It becomes a Terrible Trio when they're reunited with Ash Delgado.
- Took a Level in Badass: While still not the most graceful of adversaries, they are more formidable than before once they become malvagos.
- Ungrateful Bastard: While Shuriki deserves no sympathy for her death, the fact that Victor and Carla brush it off as nothing so long as they got what they wanted out of their alliance can make them come across as this, especially since she turned them into malvagos like they wanted and was seemingly willing to give them royal power once she re-took control of Avalor.
- Villain Song: "Don't Look Now", which also serves as a Motive Rant, with Victor feeling like he's been a No Respect Guy since youth and Carla never getting to have a real stable childhood thanks to her father's nomadic lifestyle.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Victor's father and Carla's grandfather is mentioned in their debut episode, but he presumably passed away after he and his family were exiled.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Victor is willing to hurt teens and the preteen Isabel. Not to mention that he didn't seem to care all that much when Elena and Isabel's lives were endangered by Shuriki when he and Esteban made a deal with her forty-one years ago.
- Implied in Carla's case. While trying to steal the jewels from the royal family while on a carnaval float, she dislodges the second cart while Isabel (and her grandparents) are on it, despite that it could have crashed into something and hurt her. And of course, she's willing to hurt and possibly even kill teens her own age.
Tropes applying to Victor
- Bad Boss: Even moreso than Shuriki, apparently. Him repeadly insulting Cruz even leads to him and Vestia ditching him and Carla.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After Shuriki and Fiero are dealt with in "Song of the Sirenas", Victor is left as the de-facto leader of her alliance of evil-doers. If past performance is anything to go by, he's not going to be inspiring the same amount of fear and loathing. Subverted when it turns out he inspires more fear and loathing. Then double subverted when it leads to Cruz and Vestia abandoning him and Carla. "Naomi Knows Best" reveals that his wife Ash looks down on him and considers Carla to be more powerful than him. At the end of the episode, he's imprisoned while Ash and Carla, who are unable to save him, plot revenge.
- Blackmail: He forces Esteban to help him steal the crown by threatening to tell his family that he helped Shuriki take over Avalor, and he's the only one who knew about this.
- Cassandra Truth: At one point, he tells Elena point blank that Esteban willingly helped Shuriki take over. Elena doesn't believe him, knowing that Esteban would never want to hurt his own family; Esteban goes with it because that part was true.
- Dirty Coward: "The Jewel of Maru" shows that for all his bluster, he is scared easily by ghosts.
- Foil: He and Esteban both felt like No Respect Guys, feeling as if they'd never nearly amount to how appreciated their family and colleagues were, leading to them betraying them to Shuriki. Neither of them were happy when Shuriki didn't follow through with some parts of her end of the deal, but Esteban regrets his decision yet wants to hide from it while Victor doesn't seemed to have learned anything, is letting history repeat, and would rather blame Esteban for not sticking up for him. Additionally, Victor has no partner or family besides his daughter Carla while his relationship with his father after their exile is unknown, while Esteban has no family of his own but is surrounded by his cousins and grandparents.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He appears to be jealous of Esteban since, as a member of the royal family, he was able to get away with more of his trouble-making antics as a kid than Victor could. That Esteban, in Victor's view anyway, suffered no consequences for helping Shuriki rise to power while he got banished afterward was the final straw for him. Fittingly, his eyes are colored green.
- Hypocrite: When he admonishes Esteban for doing nothing when Shuriki banished him, Esteban tells him that he had no choice. Victor shoots back "you always have a choice". He conveniently overlooks the fact that he chose to ally himself with Shuriki, and that his banishment was a consequence of that choice.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't care how much pain he caused by helping Shuriki take over Avalor. All he cares about is that Shuriki banished him while rewarding Esteban, and Esteban did nothing to stop it. When Esteban insists he had no choice after Shuriki killed Elena's parents, Victor blows him off. Victor doesn't even stop to consider that maybe he was lucky for being banished rather than having to live in fear and misery under Shuriki's oppression like Esteban was.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets imprisoned for his actions in "Naomi Knows Best", which is fitting.
- No Respect Guy: He feels this way, which is what motivates his villainy.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Like his daughter, he's no slouch, as he can be pretty effective as well. For example, the plan to free Marimonda to obtain the jewel Shuriki needed to regain her youth while the heroes focused on trying to stop Marimonda so Victor and Carla could easily get away goes off perfectly and without a hitch. And despite having no magic, he manages to hold his own as a rival to Fiero in "The Scepter of Night".
- Papa Wolf: In "Snow Place Like Home", he carries Carla in his arms to their house through a blizzard when she strains her leg and can no longer walk.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Downplayed. His disguise as an old woman looks suspicious enough that Naomi can at least recognize that it's a man, not a woman.
- Percussive Pickpocket: Elena's grandparents comment that he and Esteban were quite masterful at pulling pranks using this as kids, usually in the form of hugs or bumping into people. Now that he really is a thief, he's passed this skill on to his daughter, Carla.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He, like Esteban, assisted Shuriki in her takeover of Avalor. But Shuriki "rewarded" him by banishing him and his entire family from Avalor. But we find out later in "Realm of The Jaquins" that she gave him another chance and has other plans for him. Then again, Victor is known to lie a lot, and has deceived Esteban once before, so whether Victor was banished for real is up for debate - it's possible that his family simply refused to serve Shuriki and left on their own accord, taking him with them.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In his debut episode, Elena and her grandparents fondly reminisce Victor and Esteban playing together, such as pranking them by pickpocketing their jewelry or running through the palace halls. However, as an adult, he's become genuinely greedy. According to himself in Season 2, he felt like a No Respect Guy as a kid and seeking out power is his way at getting back at the world. Whether or not he's just using Self-Serving Memory or the royal family was Innocently Insensitive to him isn't currently known.
- Villain Decay: Downplayed, and an inversion to Carla's Character Development. He technically never stops being capable and even becomes more threatening when he is turned into a malvago, but he was portrayed as a much more straight-up sinister villain in his debut episode, "King of the Carnival", whereas afterwards he just got goofier and more bumbling with each passing appearance.
- Villain Has a Point: He is correct that his wife Ash could've come back to him and Carla anytime instead of continue with her malvago training, and that she exibits It's All About Me and Never My Fault.
- Villainous Crossdresser: He disguises as an old woman in "Science Unfair", and thinks he looks rather fetching.
- We Used to Be Friends: As his father was royal treasurer, Victor practically grew up at the palace and was known among the royal family for being Esteban's best friend.
Tropes applying to Carla
- Adorkable: She may be a villain, but Carla is also a complete and total dork, to humorous effect.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Elena exiles her and Victor from Avalor after they get caught during the carnaval, she appears shocked and begins to approach Elena as if to ask for her not to do this, but Victor holds her back, acknowledging that they've lost.
- Beauty Is Bad: She is so cute, but so evil. Her disguise as Rita invokes this even more.
- Becoming the Mask: Averted. While undercover in the palace as Rita for weeks, she never warms up to Elena and co. and remains loyal to her father (and Shuriki). On the other hand, their antics have rubbed off on her to the point that she does gain her own sense of independence and starts to step up in earning what she wants.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She's often immature, impatient, ineffectual and incredibly spoiled. Nevertheless, she was incredibly competent when disguising herself as Rita to serve as The Mole, where she had everyone fooled for weeks. Naomi is the only one to begin suspecting her eventually, but it's too late by then, as Carla successfully achieved her mission, much to the astonishment of Shuriki, who gives Carla genuine praise on a job well done, though no one is more surprised than Elena herself.Elena (after she's in shock at seeing Shuriki): Fiero? Victor? And Carla?! You were Rita?!Carla: And you were clueless.
- This is shown again in "The Scepter of Night", where she comes up with the idea to take the first piece of the Scepter of Night from Elena when she comes for the second one. An impressed Shuriki tells her there may be hope for her yet.
- In "Naomi Knows Best", she outright proves to be a formidable villain.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Often, especially in her interactions with Victor and Shuriki.
- Character Development: She initially starts out as Laughably Evil Daddy's Little Villain, but Season 2 seems to be building up to her becoming less dependent on her father, spending a three-episode arc undercover and later earning Shuriki's respect while Victor argues with Fiero over their The Dragon statuses. She proves her worth in the Season 2 finale.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Given how evil her parents are, it's no surprise that they raised Carla to be evil as well.
- She willingly and gleefully joins in on her father's criminal activities.
- Later it turns out that her mother is also villainous, making Carla a case of Mommy's Little Villain too. In "Naomi Knows Best", they... attempt to kill Elena together.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. She even manages to snark at Shuriki.
- The Determinator: When she wants something, she rather impressively refuses to let anything stop her from getting it.
- Even Bad Girls Love Their Mamas: There is a clear earnestness in her voice when she says she wishes "mama" could see her and Victor now when they become malvagos, showing that she clearly misses her Missing Mom. And when said Missing Mom returns in "Snow Place Like Home", she and Carla immediately share a heartfelt embrace.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After their defeat, she tells Ash that they need to go back for Victor when he's arrested, and is horrified when Ash implies she wants to leave him behind, before groaning in frustration.
- Friendless Background: She never had a friend in her life because she and her father were always on the move and she never had a stable environment to live in.
- Genius Ditz: She has her moments of this.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She wasn't wrong when she said that Fiero acts like he's so above them, but if it wasn't for her and Victor, he'd still be a statue. Likewise, it's easy to sympathize with her and Victor feeling upset when Shuriki immediately declares him her Royal Malvago when he has done much less for her than they have and yet she still has yet to reward them for their services.
- Large Ham: "AND CARLA DELGADO!"
- Locked Out of the Loop: Victor doesn't appear to share much of the finer details of his plans with her, much to her annoyance.
- Malicious Misnaming: She loves mispelling Mateo's name.
- The Mole: She disguises herself as the cute, innocent Rita to pose as Armando's long-lost cousin and gain Elena's and Naomi's trust while she finds a way to get the tiara containing the magical jewel before her deception is revealed.
- Morality Pet:
- She is this to Victor, being the only person he treats with kindness and respect. "Snow Place Like Home" shows just how much he cares about her.
- She is also this to her mother Ash, as "Not Without My Magic" shows that she and Victor pretend to not be having a martial spat whenever Carla is present, and Ash is distraught that she missed her daughter growing up.
- Not So Different:
- She is this to Elena, of all people. Both are teenagers seeking to prove themselves, both have mothers who are absent from their lives but come back to them in one way or another, and both seek to unlock a magical potential.
- In "Snow Place Like Home", similarily to Elena, Naomi and Mateo, Carla is enjoying Navidad with her family.
- Operation: [Blank]: As Rita, she calls her mission to sabotage Naomi "Operation: Bye Bye Naomi".
- Pet the Dog:
- In "Rise of the Sorceress", she has a sad look on her face when Elena brings up her murdered parents, suggesting that even her Lack of Empathy can only go so far. But she treats it as more of an uncomfortable moment for her, which does make sense given how awkward it must be to be present in the moment where someone's lamenting a murder committed by your current secret employer.
- In "Snow Place Like Home", she complains about Victor repeatedly insulting Cruz, which led to him and Vestia abandoning the both of them. Seems more like a case of Pragmatic Villainy, though.
- Purple Eyes: Her eyes are a very dark violet, representing her arrogance.
- Ship Tease: While she was Rita, her interactions with Mateo went into this territory, and Mateo seemed to have some sort of crush on her.
- Skewed Priorities: In "Royal Rivalry", she is upset at the Wanted Posters featuring her and Victor, because her face appears smaller than his. It becomes a Brick Joke when she sees new posters at the end of the episode and is glad her face has the same size as his on them.
- Smarter Than You Look: She is either this or Brilliant, but Lazy, as she never struck as the type to apply herself. Her brilliance shows in "The Scepter of Night" when she understood what the first riddle meant; with Shuriki already having a low opinion of her, Carla resolves to be more proactive and give her 100%, hoping it pays off.
- Spoiled Brat: She is so obsessed with getting what she wants, that she will not let anyone stop her from doing so, and loses her patience and rants whenever she doesn't. Victor likely raised her like this because, as their dual Villain Song suggests, it was quite the opposite for him in his childhood.
- The Tease: As Rita, she is able to play Mateo like a violin this way.
- Teens Are Monsters: She could be considered this, displaying all of the negative attributes commonly associated with teenagers in addition to being a villain.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: After she becomes a malvago, she says "If only mama could see us now!", which implies this, as did her happiness in an earlier episode when Shuriki (a kind of maternal figure) actually gave her praise.
Victor's wife and Carla's mother. She seeks to become the most powerful malvago to have ever lived, and begins this self-imposed mission by attempting to kill Elena and absorb her magic into the Scepter of Night's jewel.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: While it isn't confirmed, this is implied to be the reason why she ended up with someone like Victor.
- Ambiguously Evil: In her first appearance, it was only known that she is a malvago and has no problem with living in a house that may already be inhabited. The ambiguity fades in her subsequent appearances, where it is confirmed that she is as evil as (if not more evil than) her spouse and child.
- Animal Motif: With a type of bird.
- Big Bad: Of "Naomi Knows Best", the Season 2 finale, and is setting up to be this for Season 3 as well.
- Brought Down to Normal: She loses her tamborita in "Naomi Knows Best", but makes it clear that she's not done with yet.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Genuinely loves her daughter Carla, and shares a heartfelt embrace with her upon reunion. In "Not Without My Magic", she pretends not to fight with Victor whenever Carla is present, and she is distraught that she missed Carla growing up. Also, in "Naomi Knows Best", she only agrees to go back for Victor eventually when Carla tells her to.
- Although the two get into a fight when they reunite, Victor and Ash ultimately do love each other. However, "Naomi Knows Best" implies that Ash wants to drive a wedge between Victor and Carla and still very much holds a grudge against him for depriving her of their daughter.
- Faking the Dead: Victor and Carla believed she was dead when she didn't return for seven years. She wasn't faking her death on purpose, but she was busy with her malvago training.
- Foreshadowing: That she's a malvago.
- Victor and Carla showed strong interest in becoming malvagos. Ash also had a strong interest as well and that was their goal as a family.
- After turning into malvagos, Carla says that her mother would be proud of them. Because now as the family had wanted.
- Dramatic Unmask: During the ending sequence of "Snow Place Like Home", a mysterious hooded figure that appears to be a malvago enters the Delgado household, and she removes her hood, revealing herself to be a woman... whom Carla recognizes as her mother.
- It's All About Me: It's heavily suggested that she places grabbing power for herself over caring for her family. She missed out on Carla's childhood because she was busy learning how to become a malvago despite Victor pointing out that she had good reasons to stop and return home, and whenever she proclaims that she'll become even more powerful with whatever plan she's concocted, Victor reminds her about him and Carla, which she half-heartedly adds.
- Jerkass: So much. She's condescending, cruel, evil, murderous, power-hungry, and wicked.
- Light Is Not Good: Her primary color is white and her magic manifests in white light, yet she's a Vile Villain, Saccharine Show on the level of Princess Ivy, Shuriki, and Vor. She's also implied to be the great darkness Elena must defeat in order to become Queen.
- Mysterious Past: Unlike Victor, nothing about her past has ever been hinted at.
- Near-Villain Victory: She almost manages to kill Elena and absorb her life force into the Scepter of Night's jewel, but is stopped at the last second before escaping with Carla.
- Never My Fault: She blames Victor for depriving her of watching Carla grow up because he didn't follow what they had planned, despite Victor arguing that she could have told them she was busy with her malvago training or quit her training at any time to come back to them, as they otherwise had reason to believe she was dead after years of going off the grid.
- Odd Name Out: Noticeably, she's the only member of the Latino cast whose name isn't conventionally used in Latino cultures. According to Gerber, Ash isn't her birth name, but she changed her name to Ash at a young age and no one other than herself knows her birth name.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: In "Not Without My Magic", Carla repeatedly walks in on Victor and Ash being lovey-dovey towards each other, which they were faking except for the last one, to which Carla comments that it's getting gross now.
- Parents as People: After reuniting, she and Victor get into a fight over her taking so long to come back and him apparently not waiting with Carla, although they make sure to hide this from Carla. Victor eventually gets tired of this and concedes to her, and the two become affectionate towards each other again... except Ash makes it obvious she's still hostile towards him and seems to be okay with leaving him behind.
- The Sociopath: It's clear that Ash doesn't care about anyone except herself and Carla, and is willing to commit murder if it means getting what she wants.
- Walking Spoiler: She appears at the end of "Snow Place Like Home" and becomes the Arc Villain of Season 3.
An ancient winged sorceress who specialized in summoning monsters. She was eventually banished from Vallestrella a long time ago.
The captain of a bewitched ship. After rescuing the daughter of a powerful sorcerer, he was granted a wish and chose to live forever along with his crew. Their wish was granted and they were permitted to spend the rest of eternity sailing the oceans and partying without end—at the price that they could never leave the ship. When they encounter Elena and her friends, Chiloya decides to draft them into his crew, whether they like it or not.
- Affably Evil: He chose immortality and eternal entertainment for his entire crew and an opportunity to bring others onboard if they wanted to join. The only reason he's antagonistic is that he won't let his guests leave since he thinks they'll come around eventually, and when he loses to Elena he's not upset.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Chiloya and his crew certainly think so.