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A list of characters appearing in the songs by the Power Metal band Gloryhammer

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Angus Mcfife

Angus Mcfife is the Prince of the Land of Fife and the protagonist of the first Gloryhammer album.

Angus Mcfife the Thirteenth

Angus Mcfife the Thirteenth is Angus's descendant and the protagonist of the second two Gloryhammer albums.

  • 13 Is Unlucky: In his time, Earth is destroyed by the Heroic Sacrifice of the Hootsman, and he himself is stabbed by a Knife of Evil, requiring him to leap into a volcano or become a Deathknight.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Narrowly averted.
  • Driven to Suicide: While Angus wins the final battle against Zargothrax, during it he's stabbed by the Knife of Evil. He decides to end his own life by jumping into a volcano rather than turn evil.
  • Dragon Rider: Like his ancestor, he rides a dragon, but in his case it's a laser dragon.
  • Heroic Suicide: Angus commits suicide by jumping into an active volcano in order to avoid the evil that would arise from his corruption as a result of being stabbed with the Knife of Evil.
  • Identical Grandson: So much so that you could almost give him and his ancestor one character page entry.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: He has inherited the Gloryhammer.

The Hootsman

The Hootsman is a barbarian hero movie star cyborg demigod who is one of the Mcfife family's greatest allies.

  • Ascend To A Higher Planeof Existence: His Heroic Sacrifice at the end of Appocalypse: 1992 caused him to be reborn as the Astral Demigod of Unst.
  • The Ageless: In Contrast to Angus Mcfife, it's the same Hootsman in all three albums, possibly because of his nature as a cyborg.
  • Barbarian Hero: He is an Affectionate Parody of this trope.
  • Blood Knight: "With his mighty battleaxe he slaughtered everything, till all of California did call the hero king!"
  • Expy: He's clearly based on Conan the Barbarian as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Hootsman detonates his nuclear heart in order to prevent the end of the universe... he gets better though.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a barbarian hero who's also a cyborg and movie star and the king of California.
  • Super Speed: The Hootsman can fly faster than light itself.


    Forces of Evil 


Zargothrax, the Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty, is the main antagonist of the first three Gloryhammer albums.

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He attempts to do this using a ritual at the time of a Solar Conjunction but is killed by the Forces of Justice.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Not as obvious as with his Knights of Evil, but he does have shades of this.
  • Cool Ship: In the music video for Hootsforce, Zargothrax has an entire fleet of starships.
  • The Corrupter: Zargothrax possesses the Knife of Evil which he can use to turn people evil.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Obviously.
  • Evil Weapon: Zargothrax uses the Knife of Evil, an evil knife that turns anyone stabbed with it evil.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After winning for almost two full albums he's finally destroyed by the Forces of Justice at the end of The Fires of Ancient Cosmic Destiny.
  • Playing with Fire: Zargothrax made it rain fireballs and lightning when he and his allies attacked Dundee.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After the earth is destroyed he makes a hasty retreat through a newly created space portal while fleeing the enraged Angus Mcfife the Thirteenth.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: In the first album he conquers a city, by the third he rules a planet and possibly an entire universe.
  • Squishy Wizard: Inverted. Zargothrax's offensive magic isn't very strong, usually relying on his minions or his star ship to kill his enemies. However, he's nearly invulnerable to the point that being frozen for centuries and an explosion so massive it vaporized the earth while he was on it didn't harm him.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Zargothrax is referred to as The Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty, but he also sends his Death Knights there to slaughter the peasants living there.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In "Apocalypse 1992", Zargothrax carries out the ritual to summon Kor-Virliath, the Elder God of the 18th Hell Dimension while his vast demon army lays siege to Mars. The Forces of Justice are thus left with the choice to either try to stop the demons or to try to find and stop Zargothrax, and failing either objective would presumably result of the destruction of the universe. Even with the sacrifice of the Astral Dwarves of Aberdeen and the Space Knights of Crail, the Forces of Justice are only barely able to stop the demon army, which bought enough time for Zargothrax to complete his ritual. His plan was only thwarted by the Heroic Sacrifice of the Hollywood Hootsman detonating his neutron star heart and destroying the earth before Kor-Virliath could emerge. Even in defeat, Zargothrax is able to flee to the distant past and become even more powerful.

Dreadlord Proletius

Dreadlord Proletius is an Alternate Universe counterpart to Sir Proletius who was corrupted by Zargothrax

  • Blood Knight: Dreadlord Proletius enjoys going on rampages and slaughtering peasants for basically no reason.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Dreadlord Proletius only became evil because of the power of the Knife of Evil.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He leads a group referred to as the Knights of Evil, the Deathknights of Crail.
  • Fallen Hero: Dreadlord Proletius was just as noble as the original universe's Proletius before he was stabbed by the Knife of Evil.
  • Giant Flyer: He and his Death Knights ride undead eagles into battle.
  • The Dragon: Acts as this to Zargothrax.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: "Stabbed through the heart with the Knife of Evil, it corrupted his brain."


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