Team Avalor (Elena | Esteban) | Civilians | Outsiders | Villains
Character page for characters that reside or have resided in Avalor, Vallestrella, or the Spirit World.
King Raul Castillo & Queen Lucia Castillo 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.
- Action Girl: In her youth, Lucia snuck out to participate in fencing tournaments, and when Guillermo and Sanza are causing trouble in the Spirit World, Lucia lassos the former into her house.
- Good Parents: According to Elena and Isabel, who have fond memories of their parents.
- Happily Married: They're never seen unhappy with each other. If you need any more evidence, they happily dance with each other to Felicia's song in "Flower of Light".
- Like Parent, Like Child:
- Lucia used to sneak out to do things her parents wouldn't want her doing (like fencing). Lucia's rebelliousness seems to be something Elena takes after.
- Likewise, Lucia's Action Girl tendencies are things she shares with Elena.
- Lucia loved playing the guitar and singing like her father Francisco, which she passed down to Elena.
- Meaningful Name:
- No Name Given: Early on in the show, they're referred to as "Elena's father" and "Elena's mother", even though their names would surely be well-known. Their names are finally said onscreen in Season 3.
- Parental Love Song: Lucia sung "Love Always" to her family, which Elena dearly remembers enough to use it in Season 3 to calm herself down whenever her negative emotions get too strong. It literally causes Elena to manifest The Power of Love.
- Posthumous Character: They were killed by Shuriki forty-one years before the events of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.
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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His only major appearance is in "Song Of The Sirenas", where Elena kills Shuriki, the Delgados go on the run where they eventually run into Ash a few episodes later, and Elena's scepter starts malfunctioning (eventually leading her to giving it to the Sunbirds before getting it back in season 3 and it falling into the crystal well of Takiana and gaining new magic powers). Who knew he would leave an impact?
- 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.
- No Name Given: Their names are currently unknown.
- Posthumous Character: They passed away when Esteban was a child.
Captain Antonio Sandoval
The taciturn Captain of the Royal Guards at the beginning of the series.
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. In all subsequent appearances, he's as professional as Gabe.
- 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.
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.
- Fat Idiot: He's hefty and he's not very bright.
- Goofy Print Underwear: When Carla steals his clothes, we see he has jaquin-printed boxers.
- Innocently Insensitive:Esteban: (lamenting his old age) Ugh, I've gotten older and I've got nothing to show for it!
Higgins: Nonsense! You've got plenty of gray hairs!
- Lovable Coward: He's friendly enough, but he's scared of everything from storybook monsters to common rainstorms, as seen in "Blockheads". Downplayed, since he confronts Carla when he finds her breaking into the palace and immediately reports her after he wakes up from being knocked out by her.
- Mugged for Disguise: Is on the receiving end of this by Carla in "To Save a Sunbird".
- Token White: One of the few white characters on the show, complete with red hair to boot.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Esteban is able to guilt-trip him into accidentally freeing him from his cell, which leads to Esteban also deciding to free the Delgados, then Esteban gaining powers from Takaína, and much more.
The Royal Seamstress, who also becomes Avalor's first female Royal Guard.
- Action Girl: She's an exceptional fencer, having learned by watching her father practice fencing with his fellow guardsmen and then copying them. She's good enough to best Rocco (who has been trained his whole life by his family) and pirates in fencing combat.
- Artistic Age: It's not known how old she is, but she seems to be around Elena's age. She's presumably at least 18 if she can join the Royal Guard.
- Chekhov's Gun: After Elena shows her a fencing move where you leap behind your opponent and strike them while they're caught by surprise (which she had learned from Gabe herself), Antonia uses this to defeat Rocco in fencing practice.
- Consummate Professional: Even more so than Gabe. Antonia is very professional around Elena and others above her, and if she has to disagree with Elena, she will With Due Respect. Elena tells her that it's okay to be more casual with her since they're friends.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is referred to in the past tense, heavily implying that he's dead.
- Heroic BSoD: She becomes discouraged when Rocco tricks their teammates into leaving her behind during the labyrinth test, as she believes that neither her skill or perseverance will matter as long as she's not accepted by the others.
- Heroic Lineage: Her father Rodrigo was a member of the Royal Guard, which Gabe recognizes as noteworthy.
- Nice Girl: She shows the utmost respect to Elena, helps her teammates throughout the labyrinth test, and is happy to be a rolemodel to a bunch of young children including little girls.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the first and currently the only Avaloran Royal Guardswoman.
The royal wizard, and also Mateo's maternal grandfather and the father of Rafa.
- Back for the Dead: He dies in the same episode he finally returns.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 3 episode "Spirit of a Wizard", albeit as a Back for the Dead.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Mateo's arms, but not before telling him that he's So Proud of You.
- Doting Grandparent: When he finally returns to Avalor, he's absolutely delighted to learn that he has a grandson and is more than happy to pass down all his knowledge of magic to him even though they need to free him from his rotting book ASAP.
- Meaningful Name:
- His name is based off of "alakazam", an incantation used in stage magic, like "abracadabra".
- An alcázar is a type of castle in Spain and Portugal.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Mateo wanted to free his grandfather so he can become a master wizard and defeat Ash. Alacazar tells Mateo about his secret library and teaches him some fundamentals. Then, he proceeds to die saving his grandson from Zopilote's blast.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Possibly averted, as Rafa learned the spell to free Isabel, Francisco, and Luisa from him before he fled Avalor, which may mean he stopped by his home to bid farewell to hide daughter before going on the run. Played straight in that he never gets to see Rafa again after he returns to Avalor since he dies shortly afterwards.
- Not Quite Dead: After spending years trying to look for a princess that could free Elena from the amulet, he eventually had to seal himself in an enchanted book so that he could continue overseeing the process. Word of God clarifies that this does not mean he's dead.
- Papa Wolf: Demonstrates this when he takes a magic blast from Zopilote that was meant for Mateo.
- Skewed Priorities: He and Mateo are too preoccupied with catching up with each other on magic techniques to the point of singing a song, ignoring that he was running out of time to create a potion that would free him from his disintegrating book. They manage to free him in time... although he ends up dead afterwards anyways, so maybe he and Mateo had a point this time.
- So Proud of You: He tells Mateo this for becoming a great wizard and has faith that he'll become a master wizard one day.
- Taking the Bullet: He jumps in the way of Zopilote's magic blast to save Mateo.
- Wizard Classic: He's the court wizard, and his skill with magic helps him save Elena and other members of her family.
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.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father Alacazar had to go on the run when Shuriki invaded Avalor.
- 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.
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.
A baker and Gabe's father.
Armando's older brother.
- 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... because he's clumsy.
- Dirty Coward: When Armando finally stands up to him, his first response is to turn to their mother and ask her if she's going to let Armando talk to him like that.
- 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.
Armando and Santos's mother.
- My Beloved Smother: She coddles Armando and treats him as if he were still a kid, despite him wanting to prove how much he's done as an adult.
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 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 girl in Isabel's college class.
- Adorkable : She shows this even more so than Isabel. She's quite geeky when it comes to her love of science.
- Fangirl: Tends to fangirl over Elena when she's around.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: She seems to be from the Ever Realm's equivalent of Japan, possibly Satu.
- Genki Girl: Seriously. She's got a boat load of energy and excitement when around Elena and Isabel.
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.
The King of the Noblins, a species of shapeshifting dwarves that can turn things to gold.
- The Bus Came Back: After debuting in "First Day of Rule", the Noblins don't return until two seasons later in "To Save A Sunbird".
- Shout-Out: To Rumpelstiltskin. He has the power to turn common things into gold, like the rest of his species. This resulted in Shuriki imprisoning all of them to make gold for her kingdom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He and his species can turn into dog-like animals.
A rock monster who can force a volcano to erupt when he becomes angry.
A female rock monster.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's very temperamental, but is also honest and sensitive.
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.
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.
- Assumed Win: In "All Kingdoms Fair", even after Julio starts running against her, she is convinced she will be elected chief magister of trade again.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite nearly ruining the Navidad festival, she was invited to join in on the caroling by Elena. And, despite trying to sabotage the Feast of Friendship, Elena promotes her to the Grand Council, but that may be because was no one else qualified to be in the Grand Council besides her.
- 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.
- 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.
- This ends up being the catalyst for her losing her position in "All Kingdoms Fair"; Julio decides to run against her after she dismisses his suggestion to spruce up the marketplace out of hand, claiming it would cost too much money.
- 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. In "All Kingdoms Fair", she doesn't listen to anyone's suggestions for improving trade, believing she knows what's best.
- 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. She finally gets her promotion in "Captain Mateo".
- 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. She does, however, get promoted to the Grand Council as of "Captain Mateo".
- 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".
- Ungrateful Bitch: Immediately after Julio makes her his assistant magister of trade, she starts planning to take back the position from him the second he makes a mistake.
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 Osbaldo Valentino Guzman and Carmen Rosa Guadalupe Guzman
Owners of a restaurant and the grandchildren of the late Doña Angelica.
- 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "A Day to Remember" and "The Incredible Shrinking Royals", and to a lesser extent, "Navidad" and "All Kingdoms Fair".
- 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.
- Given Name Reveal: We learn their middle names in "The Incredible Shrinking Royals".
- Adorkable : She's cute as a button when looking up to Mateo
- The Apprentice: To Mateo, even though he's Incompletely Trained.
- "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: "Conglari is my middle name!...Not really, it's Madeline."
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction when accidentally creating a water monster.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins Isabel and her friends in taking down Tito in "Team Isa".
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.
- Night and Day Duo: He wears a cooler-colored vest and has a blue cat's eye marble that corresponds to the moon lock on his mother's treasure chest, while Antonio is associated with the sun.
A famous explorer who vanished years before the show began.
Cristina's father. He and Cristina live in a village outside of Avalor City.
Elena's childhood friend, having grown into an older woman 41 years later.
- Affectionate Nickname: Elena calls her "Feli".
- Intergenerational Friendship: As a result of Elena not aging during her time in the amulet, she remains a teenager while Felicia is almost an elderly woman.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "happy" in Latin. A common Latin phrase was tempora felicia, meaning "happy times", which befits that she hasn't been happy since her husband passed away.
- Widow Woman: Her husband, Ricardo, passed away some time before the show.
A member of the Villalobos family and a teammate of Antonia during royal guardsmen tryouts.
- The Ace: As he comes from a military family, he's very skilled at whatever tasks that members of the Royal Guard need to do, including training exercises or displaying leadership. The only thing he's been beaten at is fencing.
- Distressed Dude: He's held captive by the pirate captain that attacks him and his teammates, and after he's freed by Antonia, he slips up by getting too close to the cornered captain that he's taken hostage again. What happens in the latter scenario gives Gabe ground to wash him out of tryouts.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Downplayed as he's a jerkass at best, but he does seem to love his family, including his brother Nacho.
- Hate Sink: He's an unpleasant, arrogant jerkass who is also vaguely sexist.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He's a jerkass during the entire duration of the tryouts and is part of why he gets washed out.
- Meaningful Name:
- His name has one different syllable than Rico, who is either one of his brothers or is a cousin.
- His name may have originated from the Old Germanic word "rohōn", which means "to roar", especially in reference to a battle cry.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes fun of Antonia by saying that she should go back to sewing instead of joining the guard, is envious of her when she bests him at their fencing exercise, and tricks their fellow cadets into abandoning her in the labyrinth test.
A member of the Villalobos family and a teammate of Antonia during royal guardsmen tryouts.
- Cowardly Lion: When their training exercise is interrupted by a real pirate attack, Nacho abandons his teammates to climb up on a pole where no one can reach him. As a result, Gabe washes him out from the tryouts.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not very bright nor is he very skilled, and muscle alone won't get you into the Royal Guard.
- Meaningful Name: He's rather large, so a (nick)name like Nacho suggests that he's a Big Eater.
- Nice Guy: When he's not following Rocco, he's a decent guy.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Presumably, it's a nickname.
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.
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.
A jaquin guard.
- Toxic Friend Influence: He persuades Skylar to use his king-for-a-day authority to let him and the rest of the guard take a day off at the forbidden Agua Dulce Pond.
A jaquin guard and Skylar's cousin.
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.
- Cast from Hit Points: Hool does this to restore the magical power of the Scepter of Light, but Elena tries to find a way to save her.
- Cool Old Guy: Hool is the nicest and most optimistic of the three.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Qapa is gruff and bitter, but always willing to give help to others.
- Running Gag: Lama is hard of hearing, so she often mishears what is being said around her.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Lama invokes this, being critical and short-tempered. Qapa is a more downplayed example, being merely gruff and grumpy.
- Sleepyhead: Hool has a habit of drifting off to sleep. Even as a child.
A recurring butterfrog who just wants to sunbathe in peace.
- Anti-Hero: He's not a nice guy but he's not evil either. That said, he doesn't seem to care either way about who you are as long as you're not blocking his sun or setting him off. Ask Troyo or the jaquin guards.
- Berserk Button: Blocking his sun.
- Enemy Mine: He does temporarily help the heroes catch Troyo and turn him into a butterfrog in "Father-In-Chief".
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.
The Spirit World
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.
- Always with You: In "The Incredible Shrinking Royals", while Julio sings "In Her Honor" about how he'll work hard as the Magister of Trade in honor of his late abuela, he looks at his locket containing a picture of her and asks her to send him a sign that she's listening. Momentarily, a flower blows onto his locket.
- 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 as the trio known as the Los Tres to fight crime and protect Avalor.
- Vigilante Man: Both of them were these.
A musician. Having spent his entire life to himself, he decides to ruin Dia de Los Muertos with the help of Sanza after having had enough of never being mourned in the living world.
Felicia's late husband.
- Happily Married: He dearly loves his wife and wants her to be happy even after his passing.
- I Thought You Were Dead: After being able to interact with spirits via Elena and going to the Spirit World, Felicia becomes worried that something may have happened to her husband's spirit when she struggles to find him. It turns out he hadn't gotten to the living world yet and was stuck there when Elena and Felicia traveled to the Spirit World. When the couple reunite, Ricardo initially thinks she died, but she explains it as It's a Long Story.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A variation. Once he reunites with Felicia as a spirit, he tells her that he was saddened to see that she had stopped dancing because of his death and wants her to continue dancing and being happy.
Mateo's hapless spirit animal. He has the form of a sloth.
An incompetent wannabe spirit animal. He has the form of a monkey.