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Gary Galavant

Portrayed by: Joshua Sasse
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The noble and heroic leading man, who lost his spark after his girlfriend decided that getting kidnapped by the king wasn't so bad. He is kicked back into high gear after Isabella tells him Madelina regrets her choice (she doesn't).


  • Affectionate Nickname: People close to him call him "Gal".
  • Alliterative Name: The end of season 2 reveals his name is Gary Galavant.
  • Attention Deficit Oh Shiny: It's a Running Gag for him to stop paying attention to what people (namely Isabella) are saying mid-way through.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: "Galavant" just rolls off the tongue heroically.
  • Badass Beard: Which gets thicker each episode of season 2 after always magically staying the same length in season 1.
    Galavant: It's not bushy, it's appropriate for the period!
  • Broken Ace: Losing his true love really took its toll on him.
  • The Comically Serious: Other characters can't tell when he's joking. It becomes a plot point towards the end of season 2, when he's giving Sid a hard time over a mistake and Sid thinks he's genuinely upset.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Gal may not be the sharpest tool in the shed and quite lazy, but when the push comes to shove, he's still a legendary knight. Such as after escaping from being tied up and disarming the Pirate King without the king even realizing he'd done it.
      Galavant: People keep forgetting that I'm not just the guy who gets the raisins.
    • He sees Isabella from all the way across a crowded room and fights his way through dozens of armed guards to get to her... and knocks a tiny piece of crab off her plate, which she is allergic to. Galavant goes to ridiculous lengths to keep his loved ones safe.
  • Cultured Badass: In the pilot he mentions that, in addition to becoming a knight, he dedicated himself to studying the arts, cultures, and languages.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In season 2, although much of it is spent with him trying to get back to Isabella, it is Richard that has most of the Character Development, is revealed to be A Chosen One, and kills the Big Bad.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite sardonic after becoming a Broken Ace.
  • Fallen Hero: Mild case. He didn't turn evil, he just turned lazy and selfish.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He takes his break-up with Madalena really hard. Even after a year has passed, he's still not over it.
  • Jerkass Realization: His arc is realizing that he's a selfish egotist and changing that. He has a big one when singing "Jackass in a Can", as he realizes that jackass is him.
  • The Hero: He's a parody of the archetype.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At the end of "About Last Knight", when Sid throws his sword at him and it accidentally gores him in the gut.
    • Back from the Dead: The healer Neo makes a potion allowing Galvant to defeat Death and bring Galavant back to life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Galavant has an ego the size of Valencía, is self-centered from time to time and can be quite an asshole, but deep down he's still a damsel-rescuing hero who sincerely wishes to help the poor and oppressed.
  • Meaningful Name: He galavants around.
  • Memetic Badass: In universe, it's mentioned that Galavant's exploits are so amazing people tell stories and sing songs about them. Also, a couple of Richard's guards are so awe-struck upon seeing him that they don't draw their swords before being knocked out and a third faints simply because Galavant told him to.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Provides eye-candy for the female viewers with his strongly built physique and extensive shirtless scenes.
    • Isabella agrees.
      Isabella: Daaaamn...
  • Older Than They Look: Implied to be in his late 30s by the fact that a first season flashback to "30 Winters Ago" shows him as a boy of about 8 despite looking no older than Princess Isabella or Sid.
  • One-Man Army: In the opening he storms Richard's castle by himself.
  • Only One Name: Only Galavant. Lampshaded. The second season finale reveals his first name is Gary.
  • Parental Abandonment: How he views his dad. They end up making it up when it turns out he does care.
  • The Pig Pen: Other characters note that he stinks.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motivation is taking back Madalena from Richard's claws and avenging himself upon Richard.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tries to push Richard and Roberta together, although the love aspect is only a minor part of his motivation. He's mostly just annoyed with Richard and is trying to get the man off his back and focused on something else.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Season 2's story continues to revolve around Galavant's motivations, but the plot is actually used to show Richard's growth from villain to hero.

    Isabella 

Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia

Portrayed by: Karen David
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The princess of Valencia, a small and peaceful country invaded by King Richard. She came to Galavant to recruit him to save her kingdom. In truth, she was actually sent by the king, under threat of death, to lead Galavant into a trap.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Isabella has a vaguely Spanish name (as does her kingdom, Valencia), is played by a Chinese-Indian-Jewish actress, has parents played by white actors, and has a cousin who rules a country that looks slightly like "Arabian Nights" Days. Lampshaded; she at one point refers to her ethnicity as "hard to pin down".
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She's briefly under the control of Chester Wormwood's mind control crown.
  • Christmas Cake: Her own father accuses her of being this at 25.
  • Damsel Errant: A subversion. It at first appears she is this, but it's later revealed Richard sent her on purpose to Galavant.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In spite being disgusted by his bad habits and horrific body odor, Isabella can't help but ogle a shirtless Galavant.
  • In Love with the Mark: Eventually she realizes she is in love with Galavant and tries to get out of delivering Galavant to Richard but the King saw this coming and tells her if she doesn't bring Gal to him he will kill her parents.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Arguably. She's only The Mole reluctantly, but part of her attempt to manipulate Galavant into helping her is by convincing him that his true love is trapped in a locked room in the castle pining for him to come and save her. She ends up in the exact same position by the end of the first season.
  • Kissing Cousins: Apparently Isabella's family tree goes 'straight up' with 'no branches' and her parents are keen to keep it that way. It turns out she's engaged to her cousin Harry (who's roughly fifteen years younger than her).
  • Lady of War: Cunning and skilled with a blade, still a Princess.
  • Master Swordsman: Quite a skilled swordfighter, and re-teaches Galavant swordfighting.
  • The Mole: Not by choice, mind you. She becomes a mole for King Richard since her meeting with Galavant in order to save her parents from death.
  • Overly Long Name: Sid stumbles on it when he tries to repeat it.
    • So does Galavant when he proposes to her. Sid is able to help him out this time.
  • Repetitive Name: A subtle case. Isabella and Elizabetta are the same name in different languages.
  • Rousing Speech: She pulls this off when Hortensia faces invasion by Madalena's Valencian army in a speech that is largely an homage to Theoden's speech at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. While she actually manages to rally an army that was on the brink of a total morale collapse, she doesn't convince herself, as she appears to believe that defeat is inevitable and gives a This Is Gonna Suck reaction that no one else sees just after finishing her speech.
  • The Smart Guy: She's the smartest member of the main trio.

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    Sid 

Sidney

Portrayed by: Luke Youngblood
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Galavant's much put-upon squire, who is mostly tasked with managing his boss's eccentricities.


  • Accidental Murder: When Sid reunites with Galavant, he throws him his lost sword, but accidentally impales Galavant's chest.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He occasionally peppers his speech with Gratuitous Yiddish. It's revealed in the fourth episode that he was raised Jewish in a very Jewish village.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode "Two Balls" is primarily about him and his village.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His telling his parents that he's not a knight and that he's not engaged to Isabella plays like a coming-out story. He also collects dolls... er... figurines.
    • After some pressing, he admits to knowing the Enchanted Forest was a gay bar when he went in.
  • Doorstop Baby: He mentions that he was found by his adopted parents.
  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: He attempts to start a peasant uprising against Madalena and Gareth, but his musical number meant to rally them is about how they'll inevitably be brutally crushed and killed with only the solace of being moral victors. By the time he reaches the palace, the entire peasant army has deserted him and he's alone. At least the peasants didn't turn him in to Madalena, as they had planned to do before he tried rallying them.
  • Happily Adopted: As frustrated as his family makes him, he clearly loves them.
  • Non-Action Guy: There's a reason why he's the assistant to a famous knight rather than a famous knight himself.
  • Not So Stoic: He makes a valiant effort to try and be brave but his fear always breaks through.
  • Odd Friendship: Unexpectedly starts one up with Gareth while he's stuck in Valencia.
  • Only Sane Man: Serves this role to Galavant. During Galavant's year of depression after Galavant lost Madalena, Sid's job was to take care of Galavant and not let Galavant do himself serious harm while wallowing in misery. Once Galavant snaps out of it, Sid has to keep Galavant from getting too high and mighty. After being left as a hostage in Valencia at the end of Season 1, he even starts being this for Gareth, at least when it comes to warning Gareth that a relationship with Madelena is nothing but trouble.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Lampshades the fact that people and the plot don't pay attention to him because the focus of the story is on Galavant and Isabella.
    • At the start of Season 2, he demands Madalena and Gareth give him a role.
  • Rousing Speech: He uses one to convince Valencia's peasants not to turn him in to Madalena for the reward on his head and to rise up against her. Unfortunately, his musical number that follows is so full of Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die that the army decides to abandon him and not challenge the Queen.
  • Servile Snarker: Pops up from time to time usually when Gal is being an ass or stupid, but ultimately he respects Galavant too much to really indulge.
  • The Squire: To Gal.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black, Jewish, and probably gay.

    Madalena 

Madalena

Portrayed by: Mallory Jansen
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Galavant's girlfriend, who is kidnapped by King Richard at the start of the series. Unfortunately for Galavant, she decides that living as a queen will be more fun than living in a drafty cottage in the middle of nowhere, and dumps him.


  • All Take and No Give: She has it towards both Galavant and Richard. When Galavant makes an Anguished Declaration of Love to her in Season 1, Madalena responds by singing a song about how she only loves the way they look together. With Richard, she marries him for riches and fame, but sleeps around behind his back and frequently belittles him.
  • Ambition Is Evil: She desires power more than anything and eventually craves ultimate power through the dark arts.
  • Ax-Crazy: She doesn't seem to need a particularly good reason to kill, betray or imprison anyone.
  • Big Bad: The real one for the entire series, Though she forms a Big Bad Duumvirate with Wormwood in Season 2.
  • Big Eater: She tends to eat voraciously, and for the reason noted in Freudian Excuse, she can eat anything. Interestingly, in Season 2, she claims to like eating the light vegan meals that Valencia specializes in.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There are hints that her terrible personality was her real personality all along and that her position as queen only gave her the power she needed to exercise control over others. Galavant eventually picks up on this.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She has no loyalty to anyone except herself, and has betrayed every man she has been with for power, culminating in her actions in the last episode of Season 1, when she actually stabs King Richard's elder brother Kingsley in the back.
    • Even Gareth, who she genuinely loves isn't safe when she decides to sell her soul for magic powers, although she tries to make it up to him.
  • Commitment Issues: She shows pretty deep issues about actually committing to a relationship with another person, and while Season 2 sees her developing legitimate feelings for her partner Gareth, Madalena still freaks out about having to deal with those feelings, even going so far as to kick him in the face and run out of the room when she thinks that he's going down to one knee to propose marriage to her.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: She is obviously not a good person but Galavant doesn't see it and completely believes Isabella's story that Madalena is sorry for leaving him and still wants him back. Richard is unaware about some of Madalena's faults, such as her affair with the jester, and despite her bad treatment of him still thinks that they can have a good relationship.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Played with and subverted. When she goes to Wormwood to sell her soul in order to gain magical powers, she sees Wormwood has a baby in the tent. Madalena assumes the baby is there to test how serious she is about being evil, and initially says that this is where she draws the line and she just can't kill a baby. Before a stunned Wormwood can even get a word in, Madalena changes her mind and says that she can do it after all, albeit with distaste. At that point Wormwood reveals that he's just babysitting for one of the women in the army, and clearly appears creeped out by Madalena.
    • The closest thing she has to a scruple is her reluctance to overtly betray Gareth at the end of the 2nd season. After she does inevitably betray him, she still gives him a chance to patch things up, and is saddened by his refusal.
  • Eviler Than Thou: It becomes pretty obvious early on that Madalena is far more evil and ruthless than Richard ever could be. She is callous and disloyal, but cannot yet claim the death toll of thousands that Richard can. By the end of the first season, her status is cemented: she got rid of Richard and became the sole ruler of the kingdom by personally backstabbing Kingsley.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone but Gal and Richard is fully aware that Madalena is evil and cruel. Even Gal and Richard have their moments where they notice, but would prefer to deny it. Richard even sings to her that "there's something scary there, behind your cold, dead eyes."
  • Evil Sorceress: She gains dark magic from Wormwood.
  • Expy: She is pretty much a brunette Cersei Lannister by the end of the first season.
  • Freudian Excuse: The king notes that she eats anything without giving it much thought so she relates to him a story about when her family ran out of food and forced her to kill her favorite pet goat so that they wouldn't starve. She then adds that she married rich so that wouldn't be in a position of extreme poverty ever again.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She went from being a penniless peasant to a seemingly Distressed Damsel to a ruthless Evil Queen who has backstabbed kings and overthrown countries, complete with Gareth, who is one of the most fearsome fighters in the world now acting as her partner. And then at the end of Season 2 she gains magical powers and starts going all Evil Sorcerer on everyone.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She is crueler than any of the male rulers presented, and absolutely merciless.
  • I Just Want to Be You: As a child, Madalena felt this way about two noblewomen who would pretend that they were going to be nice to her only to make Madalena the butt of their jokes. In Season 2 she believes that she's invited to a party by them and is positively glowing... until she finds out it's actually a roast of her, full of snide reminders that Madalena will never be accepted by the Old Money/high society types.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She does not exactly have the "cleavage you could hold a whole parade in" described in the opening number. The line was originally "just a touch of nymphomania" as seen in the sneak peek released online, but bowdlerized at the last minute to something else that rhymed, hence the strangeness of line (which would be a rather surreal way to describe breasts even with a more buxom actress.) Of course, at the end of the pilot we found out that the above song was being sung by the Jester all along. Who is both sleeping with her and in the same room as Madelana. Of course he is going to embellish a few details.
  • Informed Flaw: According to Galavant, she has 'troll feet' with awful bunions and refuses to take off her socks when sleeping because of it. Just ignore all the scenes where Madalena wears incredible heels with no socks.
  • In the Back: She kills of Kingsley that way.
  • It's All About Me: Her Villain Song consists of her singing into multiple mirrors about how much she loves herself.
  • Jerk with the Heart of a Jerk: She frequently proves to be a rather nasty individual.
  • Karma Houdini: She ends the show on her way to gaining even greater power, though Gareth and Sid seem to be on their way to redeem her, if such a thing is even possible.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She stabs Kingsley In the Back.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: She's a lot more cruel and vindictive than Richard, and smarter too.
  • Nouveau Riche: Formerly a poor peasant women, becoming a wealthy monarch has made her extremely bitchy and tyrannical.
  • Really Gets Around: Judging by the line of fine young men in front of her bedroom in the final episode of season 1, she has quite the insatiable appetite. Galavant even expresses surprise that she and Richard had never had sex in the year they were married, saying, "We are talking about the same Madalena, right?"
    Madalena: I like getting randy with whoever's handy!
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Her taste in men is basically anyone but Richard.
  • The Sociopath: She admits to being this in song. Telling Galavant that she loves him as much she is capable of, which consists of enjoying the sex and how he complements her looks.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The way she's suffered and been the butt of the jokes of various high society women causes Gareth to sympathize with her... and give some payback to the women who've been so nasty to Madalena.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She becomes progressively crueler now that she has the position of queen. She went from publically humiliating Galavant by leaving him for the king to convincing said king to kill thousands of people for the sake of getting a famous jewel.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In the second season, she and Gareth fall in love.
  • What Is This Feeling?: When she begins having genuine feels for Gareth in Season 2, she's clearly confused by them or what exactly to do about them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though reluctant, Madelena would have murdered a baby to gain dark powers.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In the opening she dumps Galavant for King Richard for the money that comes with being queen. She then cheats on King Richard with a jester.

    King Richard 

King Richard

Portrayed by: Timothy Omundson
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The king who kidnapped Madalena due to being enchanted by her beauty. While she did agree to marry him in the end, he quickly finds that he's bitten off more than he can chew, as she's far more competent and evil than he ever will be. He spends much of his time trying to cheer up the citizens of Valencia, who are a bit depressed after he invaded their peaceful kingdom, plundered their lands, and slaughtered their loved ones in droves.


  • Adult Child: King Richard still gets spoon-fed his dinner. "Here comes the horsey!"
  • Affably Evil: Not every day you meet a genocidal warlord who's so Adorkable
  • Bad Boss: The Chef makes note that Richard's family has butchered the last five generations of cooks in his family for very petty reasons. Even Richard concedes the point with "I'm such a bully!"
  • Berserk Button: The eunuch makes the mistake of joking about Madelena's infidelity to Richard. All other jokes about him Richard took in stride, but this one makes the smile drop from his face and declare that the party's over.
  • Big Bad: The resident Evil Overlord, in season 2 he is instead a protagonist.
  • Breakout Character: King Richard is the most popular character by far and by the end of the season, is arguably getting more narrative focus than Galavant himself.
    • In the season two finale he is revealed to be the Chosen One, kills the Big Bad, and gets the final line before the credits.
  • Buffy Speak: During "If I Were A Jolly Blacksmith."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When he to organize something to have a bit of fun in Valencia, he finds it hard due to the consequences of his actions during the war (such as burning all of their crops and reduce their most beloved tree to toothpicks), actions he forgot until they are reminded to him.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Richard is pretty unabashedly evil, as made evident by his Villain Song She'll Be Mine. At least in the first season.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: He spends season 2 claming his bearded dragon, Tad Cooper is really a dragon. It later does grow into a dragon, albeit after everything was solved.
  • The Dandy: King Richard is pretty effeminate, often starting the musical numbers in his castle and unable to accomplish any of the brutal acts he desires.
  • The Ditz: A lot of stuff completely goes over his head. For instance, he isn't aware that his wife is cheating on him despite it being profoundly obvious.
  • Deuteragonist: He definitely becomes this in Season 2, and arguably even in Season 1 he provided the second biggest focal point to Galavant's first.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite not ever actually atoning for the things he's done, Galavant considers him a true friend by the end of season 2.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite the many evil things he does, he's appalled by the idea of exercising his Marital Rape License towards Madelena.
    Richard: Sure, I'll kidnap a girl and force her to marry me, but after that I am all about Women's Rights.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Richard has a crippling issue with the fact he is trying to be a good King to Valencía but he's utterly clueless about how to please a Kingdom, since he's been a ruthless tyrant his entire life.
  • Evil Is Petty: Despite his Heel–Face Turn, when leaving what used to be his kingdom in season 2, King Richard sets fire to the rec center out of spite.
  • Evil Overlord: A parody of the archetype.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • He wants to be loved and liked by others, especially his wife, since his parents never gave him attention. However, he is incredibly inconsiderate of other people. When his wife calls him unlovable, he is absolutely crushed.
    • It later turns out that he was the Spare to the Throne, and his brother Kingsley had been meant to be king. However, Kingsley turned down the throne and went off to become... well, a ruthless bastard who went around doing as he pleased without any responsibility of his own. He also took the sword of the king, the symbol that would demonstrate Richard's worth as the true king. No wonder Richard has issues.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sometime between season one and two, he pulls one of these. He vows to help Galavant on his quest, even at the risk of his own life, and also promises to be a much better king should he ever get the chance.
  • Henpecked Husband: As the first episode progresses, it becomes clear that Madalena is the one that's in charge.
  • Hidden Depths: As selfish and oblivious as he is, his sensitive side and desperation for love shine through at least once an episode, and he easily warms up to anyone who shows him the tiniest bit of friendship. By the end of the first season, he gets the most poignant song in the series so far and is no longer the main antagonist.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Done with remarkable subtlety for the show. Richard becomes more introspective and friendly as the show goes on.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How he feels about his childhood friend Roberta. At first.
  • The Load: After his Heel–Face Turn he's nothing but trouble for Galavant.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Most of the time he's a Manchild trying desperately to be liked, but when angered he's quick to dole out executions and has a general lack of empathy to the feelings of others. Oh, and he did conquer Valencia, with no apparent difficulty. And it's shown he can be quite a clever thinker: he plans an effective Batman Gambit on Galavant on the spot, foresees Isabella eventual betrayal (and prevents it), and came out on his own with the idea of burning Valencia's field to let its people starve.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's too caught up in his own quest (not to mention too emotionally immature) to realize that Roberta has a badly-disguised crush on him that everyone else can see. Not even Galavant doing everything short of making them kiss makes him realize the subtext of the situation.
  • Obliviously Evil: He kills hundreds or thousands of people more or less by accident, and is surprised whenever anyone brings it up. Becomes a running gag in the second season when he mentions something over-the-top evil he did in the past and then wonders what the hell he was thinking.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Of the people he could probably call friends there is Garet (his manly Sociopath captain) Chef (whose father and grandfather were both ordered to be executed by Richard), and Jester (who he became friends after Richard finds out Jester is sleeping with his wife).
      Richard: My God, we have an odd relationship.
    • After a night of drinking Richard and Galavant become friends.
  • Parental Neglect: When having a meal with Madalena, he tells her that he never ate his meals with his parents since they were too busy to give him attention.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Whenever he tries to tell a joke. "Comedy Gold" focuses on this.
    Richard: Have you ever noticed how lepers have pieces falling off them? I mean, what is that all about?
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a total wimp that whined about jelly on his face to a badass that is the one to defeat Chester Wormwood.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gradually becomes nicer as the show goes on.
  • Virgin-Shaming: He never pollinated anyone's garden. It becomes an important plot point in Season 2 (plus part of a minor running gag involving a unicorn following him around). He eventually does the deed (after much crying and alcohol) with Roberta.

    Gareth 

Gareth

Portrayed by: Vinnie Jones
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King Richard's knight, champion, and friend since childhood. He's the second strongest fighter in the realms (after Galavant), and is intensely loyal to his king—even if he wishes he would man up a bit.


  • Bald of Evil: A proudly awful person who regularly shaves his head.
  • Big Damn Villains: In the first season finale he saves practically the entire cast from the dungeons, though only to keep his word to Galavant, who he also saved so that Richard would have a strong bodyguard.
  • Blood Knight: He celebrates his birthdays with barfights and invades a kingdom for entertainment.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To King Richard.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Happens a lot because while he likes Richard and swore to protect him he doesn't really respect him, and while he might not like Madalena he does respect her strength.
  • The Comically Serious: The show gets a lot of mileage out of his foreboding, menacing ways contrasting with the sillyness of the setting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Really indulges when making comments about Madalena. Ironically enough, he later gets emotionally attached to her and needs Sid to try to remind him that a relationship with Madalena is a bad idea.
  • The Dragon: To King Richard.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In the final episode of Season 1, Richard flees Valencia to return to his original kingdom while Kingsley rules Valencia. Then Magdalena decides to literally stab Kingsley in the back. "You just got a promotion."
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He's done a lot of nasty things throughout his life, as the inevitable result of being the chief enforcer of first Richard, (who overcompensated for his perceived personal shortcomings by being a Card-Carrying Villain) and Madalena, (a completely ruthless ruler) culminating in leading invasions of other countries mostly for kicks. However, dark magic that one must sell their soul to acquire freaks him right out, and he wants nothing to do with it. As he explains later, there is a line between being a horrible person and being a genuinely evil one, and that's a line that Gareth doesn't cross.
    • Torture, however, is not one of standards. When instructed by Madalena to torture prisoners in the first season he balked, then specified that it's not because he has a problem with torture, (to the contrary, he claims to like torture) but because he only takes orders from the King.
  • Has a Type: Either really skinny, like unhealthy skinny, or really fat, no in-betweens.
  • Hidden Depths: By the end of the first season, it's clear that he cares very deeply for Richard, no matter how much he tries to hide it.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's a lot smarter than Richard, and Richard is completely helpless in a fight while Gareth is one of the foremost knights in the world.
  • Morality Pet: He is the one thing Madelina cares about besides power once she falls for him. Played with in that she wishes no harm to come to him when he betrays her to protect Richard, she still cares about power more than she does him.
  • Odd Friendship: In addition to his strange life-long friendship with Richard, the second season sees him become friends with Sid.
  • Pet the Dog: Has numerous moments throughout the series that show he's much more decent than he lets on.
    • His Big Damn Villains moment where he saves his friend and frees the prisoners.
    • Getting revenge on the high society women who bullied Madelena as a girl.
    • In the second season finale, he asks Sid to go on a quest with him to save Madelena from the Dark, Dark Evil Way.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Richard's sensitive guy.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He drops a lot of swear words, though they're always replaced with Bleeps.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!:
    • In season 2, his official title is "guy who was with the queen when she killed the guy who was kinda the king."
      Gareth: Maybe later we can discuss my title?
    • By the end of the first episode they crown him king just to make it easier.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite being a Hypercompetent Sidekick, Gareth is loyal to a fault to King Richard. In his own words, he may be a dog, but he's a loyal dog, and has been since he was ten years old.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In the second season, he and Madelena fall in love.
  • The Unsmile: When he realizes he loves Madalena
  • Victory Is Boring: Being king has robbed Gareth of many of his favorite pastimes, since nobody in Valencia is eager to get into a Bar Brawl with him, and most of traditional "king stuff" is either boring or too high brow for Gareth.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: He gives Richard a pretty long detailed list of reasons Gareth doesn't like him, but by the end it's pretty obvious he does at least care about him.

    Chef 

Chef

Portrayed by: Darren Evans

King Richard's personal chef, and last in a long line of personal chefs that Richard has killed. He doesn't seem very broken up about it, though, and he can probably be called one of the king's only friends.


  • Adorkable: Awkwardly dances to King Richard's songs, and pretty endearing when around his crush Gwynne.
  • Angst? What Angst?: He seems remarkably sanguine about the fact that Richard has killed multiple members of his family, and that by all rights he should expect to join them.
  • Butt-Monkey: The last three generations of his family have all been executed by King Richard's family, he sleeps in his kitchen (or cooks in his own room, as he posits), and nearly gets hanged by accident.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only known as the Chef. In My Cousin Izzy he reveals his name: Vincenzo.
  • Jive Turkey: Constantly peppers his speech with modern slang, more so when talking to Gwynne.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: This guy's too much of a softy to be really evil. Even with sufficient motivation in a lose-lose scenario he can't bring himself to do anything beyond causing people minor discomfort.
  • Nice Guy: In My Cousin Izzy, he refuses to poison the royals and instead give them foods that they are mildly allergic.
  • Odd Friendship: His friendship with Richard is odd in a lot of ways.
  • Team Chef: Goes without saying.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Often paired with Gareth.
  • Token Good Teammate: A pretty nice fellow, he just happens to work for an Evil Overlord.

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    The Jester 

King Richard's Court Jester and Madelena's secret lover. Isn't considered very funny.


  • Conflicting Loyalty: Eventually stops sleeping with Madelena because of his newfound friendship with the king. Madalenda immediately tosses him in the dungeon and practically forgets his existence.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The ending of the 4th episode reveals his name to be Steve McKenzie.
  • Lovable Coward: He makes an excuse to get out of having to do any fighting, but only Isabella is upset at all by this and even she doesn't hold it against him too much.
  • Narrator All Along: Revealed at the end of the first episode to be the Narrator of the series.
  • One Head Taller: His actor is 6 foot 5, though this is oddly never once referenced.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Most of his jokes are this. It becomes clear the only reason he lasted in his job as long was because he was sleeping with the queen.
    • He ends up being a success in Harry's court because it only requires childish humor and fart noises.
    • It turns out that when he gets scared his jokes "get kind of weird".

    Gwynne 

Madelena's Lady-In-Waiting and Chef's Love Interest.


  • Brainy Brunette: Is very knowledgeable about poisons and cynically wise to the ways of the world. Also, she can read.
  • Cute and Psycho: Mildly. She was quite eager to kill all the nobles (even ones who'd done nothing bad to her) if it meant she and chef could have happier lives.
  • The Cynic: Is convinced that the world is a terrible place to live for people like her and that she and Chef will never really be happy or healthy because of this.
  • Rags to Riches: She and Chef are much wealthier and better treated after moving to Hortensia, but Gwynne finds herself unable to adjust to the changes in lifestyle and feeling uncomfortable with luxuries like beds.

     The King and Queen of Valencia 

Isabella's parents and the rightful rulers of Valencia. They are being held hostage by King Richard to force Isabella to do his bidding.


  • Battle Couple: The King and Queen work well together when in combat, taking on droves of charging opponents as if they were mere annoyances.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The King is self-admittedly bad at leading men in battle but he's more than capable as a foot soldier.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Their default setting. They'll snark about anything including the evil tyrant who could have them executed on a whim.
  • General Failure: The King thinks that they'd be better served with literally anyone but him leading the army. Citing the failed defense of Valencia, he simply states "I suck at war."
  • Jive Turkey: The King indulges in it every now and then.
    King: (In response to Madalena's Red Eyes, Take Warning) B**tch cray cray
  • Kissing Cousins: The Valencian royal family tree goes "straight up", meaning that they were closely related by blood before marrying.
  • No Name Given: They're just the "King" and "Queen". The King's name is revealed to be "Todd"
  • Those Two Guys: Their primary purpose is to stand to the side during scenes and make snide comments about events as they are happening.

    Kingsley 

Richard's older brother, who was originally supposed to be King instead of Richard, but preferred to leave home as a teen with the intent of conquering and killing his way to being a ruler instead. Madalena invites him to come to Valencia and become allies, but she soon finds having someone else around who is just as ruthless, ambitious, and controlling as she is tiresome.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He was born into royalty, made himself king by conquest, and is a rather nasty piece of work.
  • Hate Sink: He has no redeeming qualities nor is he Played for Laughs, meaning he's specifically designed to be as hated as possible.
  • Jerkass: He's a rude, petty, vindictive, and tyrannical bully.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zigzagged. He seems like this when he's first introduced, but despite him trying to force a serious tone on things, he soon falls by the wayside and is swept away by the more comedic heroes and villains. And then his death signals Madalena going from somewhat comically using others for wealth and power to actually becoming an active villainess who seizes those things for herself, making her the show's true Big Bad.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Kingsley's personal motto seems to be "Screw all this singing and dancing around stuff, lets have some good old fashioned tyranny".
  • Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates Madalena's ambition and thirst for power, and gives her a chance to backstab him. It doesn't end well for him.
  • You Have Failed Me: He goes to do this twice, first to Chef/Vincenzo, for tainting the feast, and then to Gareth for failing to kill the prisoners and letting them go. The first time Richard interrupts him and saves Vincenzo, the second time Kingsley is raising his sword to strike Gareth down when Madalena backstabs him.

     Roberta 

One of Richard's childhood friends, who tags along with him and Galavant on their quest to save Isabella.


  • Faux Action Girl: Despite being painted as a badass fighter chick, she mostly just tags along having a crush on Richard, and she decides to sit out of the final battle because she couldn't bear to see him get hurt.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She clearly has a thing for Richard, which he's completely oblivious to.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Fears that she'll become this at the end of "Do the D'DEW" when she prepares to depart to Spinster Isle.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the only one to realize the utter insanity/inanity of the Dwarves vs Giants conflict and swiftly puts an end to it before the rumble can go any further.
  • Out of Focus: Despite joining Richard and Galavant in their quest, she does very little in the second half of the season. Lampshaded by the fact that she has to force the camera to even keep her in the shot during a song.
  • Redhead In Green: Often wears a dark green tunic.
  • Undying Loyalty: The only person in Richard's former kingdom willing to help him.
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     Chester Wormwood 
Portrayed by Robert Lindsay

An evil wedding planner/dark wizard who shows up in season 2 in a scheme to manipulate Isabella.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Loves fine food, clothing, planning weddings and has the campiest mannerisms in the major cast.
  • Badass Boast: He claims he can only be killed by the true king of all four lands, wielding the destined sword. Subverted when Isabella notes that there's nothing preventing her from having the guards cut off his limbs, and he concedes the point.
  • Becoming the Mask: Even in the middle of putting together evil plots, he can't help but put together wedding plans. He even briefly forces himself back to life just to give Isabella a bit more advice about her newly arranged wedding to Galavant.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Madalena in Season 2.
  • Complexity Addiction: His assistant is hopelessly confused by how many balls he keeps in the air, and he eventually admits he can't keep them straight anymore either. In the last episodes of Season 2 he ends up accidentally sending the "invasion" invitations to the "wedding" guest list, thus ruining his own surprise attack.
  • The Dandy: Possibly even more than King Richard!
  • Deal with the Devil: Convinces Madalena to sign away her soul to gain demonic magic.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs, but is still very creeped out by Madalena's willingness to kill a baby to attain dark magic because he only meant for her to sign a contact. He further specifies that she really didn't need to sign in blood.
  • Evil Mentor: Becomes a magic teacher for Madalena.
  • Human Sacrifice: Played for Laughs. You don't need to kill a baby to attain dark magic. He's just babysitting.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • In an attempt to avoid confusion, he has an "evil plot", a "color scheme", and a "wedding plan". It still gets muddled up.
    • He's a master of the Dark, Dark, Evil Way (or D'DEW, for short). The double dark is important!
      Wormwood: Honestly, why is that so hard for people to remember?
  • Manipulative Bastard: First cons his way into Hortensia so he can try to Mind Control Isabella and then when that fails, convinces Gareth and Madalena to go to war with them.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Villainous variant for Madalena.
  • Mind Control: Has a magical crown that is capable of this.
  • Pet the Dog: Occasionally babysits for a woman in the army's cooking staff.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Madalena and Gareth, but that might only be because he wants to plan their wedding.

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