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- Ancient Artifact: Feldon's Cane, which for many years was all he was known for story-wise. Note that Feldon did not actually create these Canes, and they are just named for him because he discovered them. It is unknown how many there are, but they seem to be Thran artifacts.
- Badass Beard: Has a big bushy one on his card.
- Future Slang: Centuries after his death during The Dark, "Feldon's Cane and Crutches!" became a mild profanity used by wizards.
- Gentle Giant: In The Brothers' War, before his world and the rest of the world around him goes to hell.
- The Lost Lenore: His dear wife Loran. His story is about how he copes with his grief.
- Playing with Fire: As typical for a Red mage.
- The Quest: After Loran's death he goes on one of these to bring her back, first with artifice and with magic. He eventually makes peace with her death and lets her go.
- Renaissance Man: He's an accomplished archaeologist, glaciologist and eventually even mage.
- Take a Third Option: He is one of the founders of the group called the Third Path, called so because they chose to align with neither Urza nor Mishra.
Phyrexia, Rath, and Mirrodin
- A God Am I: In fact, he actually becomes the god of Phyrexia, so he's way less delusional than most of the examples of this trope.
- Badass Boast: An entire chapter of Apocalypse novel is dedicated to this. Right before he gets the equivalent of a divine punch in the nose and starts throwing a hissy fit.
- Badass Bookworm: An extremely dark one during The Thran.
- Badass Normal: When he was a human, before becoming an Empowered Badass Normal.
- Big Bad: Of the whole Weatherlight saga, and one of the most legendarily evil entities in the entire multiverse, his influence continuing to be felt even after his death.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His cold, scientific philosophy clashes with the romantic conception of "magic" in Dominaria.
- Body Horror: He surgically and magically altered himself into something... else. His followers inflict the same fate upon entire planes.
- Breakout Villain: When he and the other Phyrexians first appeared, they were barely a footnote in the flavor of the Antiquities expansion; eventually, they morphed into the main villain in Magic's Rogues Gallery.
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Despite being one of the most powerful beings—perhaps the most powerful — in the whole Multiverse, Yawgmoth never obtained his own card (although, that'd be like printing a card of God in, say, Top Trumps). He is, however, related to the (in)famous pair of powerful banned/restricted cards, Yawgmoth's Will and Yawgmoth's Bargain. He does finally get a card in Modern Horizon that depicts him prior to his ascension. Behold, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician.
- Dark Is Evil: He is one of the most prominent black mana wielders in the Magic universe, and easily the most powerful and evil of them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- The Thran is dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich, who, the author states, "survived a real-life Yawgmoth".
- The structure of Phyrexia is composed of nine progressively smaller hollow planets resting inside one another, with each sphere having a specific function and Yawgmoth residing in the ninth innermost sphere. Replace Phyrexia with Hell and Yawgmoth with Satan, and you have Inferno.
- Eldritch Abomination: What he eventually becomes after centuries of "improving" himself on Phyrexia.
- Emperor Scientist: What he becomes after claiming dominion over Phyrexia.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Without a doubt the premiere example of this trope in the Magic universe.
- Exact Words: During The Thran, he vows to cure one of the infected rioters of his disease. He does so, and the cure works... but Yawgmoth then injects him with poison as punishment for his crimes.
- Faux Affably Evil: As a human, he's a learned, charming man with a penchant for hygiene who becomes a nearly invincible creature and plans to create a brand new order. As an Eldritch Abomination, he rewards his most faithful underlings with various augmentations that are considered the biggest honor in Phyrexia. He's basically Dominaria's Mayor Wilkins, only without the Morality Pet.
- Fog of Doom: His appearance on Dominaria.
- God-Emperor: Of Phyrexia, and Dominaria too if he had his way.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Despite becoming the most powerful known being in the Multiverse, he resents planeswalkers since he doesn't have the spark. Thinking such powers are generated by a gland, he dissects a planeswalker in order to find it.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Not only does he not have his own card, he's never depicted in ''any art'' in his true form, with the sole picture of him being when he was a human. The closest we have is Yawgmoth's Bargain.
- I Have Many Names: The Ineffable, the Father of the Machines, the Lord of Wastes...
- Just Think of the Potential: When he found out a cure for phthisis.
- Killed Off for Real: The current story team seems very intent on making sure he never makes a comeback. While Scourge features a scene showing him wounded, but alive, that's since been retconned with at least two Take Thats in the Time Spiral block (Windgrace states that he has confirmed Yawgmoth as dead, and Urborg is known as the Tomb of Yawgmoth), and the leaders of Phyrexia are now explicitly the Praetors.
- Knight Templar: Is obsessed with reaching perfection for Phyrexia.
- Leaking Can of Evil: In the Time Spiral block we learn that Urborg, the land where Yawgmoth was defeated is still tainted by the blood, oil and pieces of Phyrexian corpses more than three hundred years later. (Urborg was an evil swamp to begin with, but it turned out even worse.)
- Love Makes You Evil: If the crazy, obsessed kind of "love" counts. After his exile he became obsessed with Rebbec, the wife of Glacian who was instrumental in making him a Sealed Evil in a Can, and upon his return this obsession had become so great that he delusionally believed that Dominaria itself was Rebbec.
- Mad Scientist: He eventually comes to believe that all life is inherently flawed and must be compleated.
- Man Behind the Man: Since he's trapped on Phyrexia, he sends agents to infiltrate Dominaria to bring it down from the inside. He doesn't make an appearance in person until the end of the Phyrexian invasion.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: To the point where only the fully Legacy-empowered Weatherlight was able to harm him, and even then it required cracking a moon open and dumping an entire planetoid's worth of white mana on him to finish the job.
- No Cure for Evil: It has been stated very clearly that he was a skilled surgeon, not healer. Science Is Bad, so we still get our villain.
- Red Baron: "The Father of Machines", "the Ineffable".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Caused by being Sealed In A Can.
- The Scottish Trope: It's generally considered bad luck to speak his true name, hence the various euphemisms he's known by in-universe. Some fans, particularly Phyrexian sympathizers, have taken up this custom. It doesn't seem to have any supernatural repercussions, though.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: For nine millennia, with Phyrexia itself being the can.
- Shadow Dictator: He has rarely been seen in milennia.
- Ultimate Evil: Until the end of Apocalypse, he was the greatest and most prominent force of evil in the multiverse.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: His horrific ways of improving on life falls into this, but if you are a Phyrexian, then Phyrexia is paradise.
- Villain Decay: Of a sort, as during The Thran he is a very capable Chessmaster but after his banishment he abandons all nnotion of strategy or subterfuge. He probably could have conquered Dominaria easily if he had pitted the planet's various peoples against tthemselves, but by invading outright he gave them a common enemy to unite against, leading to his defeat.
- Villain Has a Point: There's very little arguing that the Thran approach to problems needed some work.
- Villain Protagonist: In The Thran. The book has several main characters, but there's no question as to who ends up the most important.
- Was Once a Man: Not only Yawgmoth himself, but most of the Phyrexians. Many of which do not resemble the organisms they were made from. At all.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: During The Thran. Also, from his point of view, invading Dominaria is a way to improve it.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He despises Gerrard's request to have Hanna back if he defeats Urza in the arena because he sees love as a weakness.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Implied to be what he eventually becomes. Notably, he has never been depicted on a card prior to his ascension, and during Apocalypse he manifested as some sort of killer death cloud.
Yawgmoth's original praetor and right-hand man. Originally called to Dominaria by Urza and Mishra through a portal in the caves of Koilos. His priests corrupted Mishra and used him as a pawn to try and take the plane over. Urza was able to drive him back... well, most of him; the portal closed before he was all the way through, severing his claw. He was tortured for a thousand years for his failure to take Dominaria, and was eventually shunted into an unstable temporal portal of his own creation. Whether he still exists is unknown.
- And I Must Scream: If he survived his final battle with Urza, this is likely his final reward.
- Body Horror: He inflicts this on his followers as a gift.
- The Chessmaster: Patiently manipulates both Urza and Mishra over the course of the Brothers' War, which spans for close to half a century.
- The Corrupter: While Mishra was already a hardened desert raider with a grudge against his brother, it was Gix that pushed him into true villainy.
- The Dragon: Yawgmoth's first.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a quarantined Thran rebel of no real importance to one of Phyrexia's most powerful agents.
- Holier Than Thou: "We decide who is worthy of our works."
- Karmic Transformation: He is introduced as a remorseless killer, and is eventually transformed to appear as the monster that he is. Unfortunately, for Phyrexians in general this is almost always considered Cool and Unusual Punishment or Cursed with Awesome, at the absolute worst.
- Mind RapeThere were uglier beasts in the Multiverse, meaner ones, and possibly more dangerous ones. None of them has a demon's malignant aura. Born-folk had a word, rape. It occurred on every world, in every language. In Phyrexian, as Xantcha understood it, the word for rape was Gix.
- Minor Major Character: He's the ultimate Big Bad of the Brothers' War and is responsible for pitting Urza and Mishra against each other, leading to Mishra's corruption and Urza's ascendance into a planeswalker, the latter of which was a defining event for the entire Magic storyline (reshaped the continent of Terisiare, provided Magic with its longest-running protagonist, locked Yawgmoth away from Dominaria for a millennium, etc etc).
- Trapped in Another World: His final showdown with Urza ended with him being thrown into a portal by Xantcha and Ratepe
- You Have Failed Me: Though not shown, it is strongly implied that Yawgmoth eventually had him killed for his failure to kill Urza and Xantcha. Or worse.
The Phyrexian general in Invasion. A half-human half-spider hybrid with mechanical augmentations and a great lust for battle and death.
- Ax-Crazy: She gleefully takes every opportunity to vivisect, operate on, and toy with any of Urza's Metathran that she takes as prisoners.
- Bald Woman: Stated as being one of these even before her transformation.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Ultimately what gets her killed. She's a capable leader, but her sadism leads her to sacrifice thousands of her own troops just for the visceral thrill she gets from their deaths.
- Dark Action Girl: Serves this role to the Phyrexians during the Invasion saga.
- The Dragon: To Crovax.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her card gives her protection from legendary creatures as well as the ability to destroy them. While she is an adept Torture Technician and not half bad in a fight, she has nothing close to either ability.
- Hero Killer: Played with, as her card revolves around destroying legendary creatures but she ironically never actually kills anybody directly.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Waxes on at length about how she adores both physical and mental anguish.
- Spider People: She's half human and half Cyborg spider thing.
- Starter Villain: The first villain of the Invasion.
- Torture Technician: Tortures the Metathran general Thaddeus and plots to do the same to Gerrard.
- You Have Failed Me: After taking center stage as the primary antagonist of the first Invasion book, she's promptly killed in the opening act of Planeshift by Crovax for her failure to Yawgmoth.
Not all Phyrexians were turned into machines; some were made humanoid spies. One of said spies, Xantcha, rebelled against her masters and became a hero, allying herself to Urza. Her heartstone later becomes Karn's.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted; she defected from the villains.
- Artificial Human: Grown from a vat, she looks human for the most part, enough to fool Urza into thinking she was a young woman kidnapped by the Phyrexians when he found them torturing her, prompting her rescue and the beginning of their partnership.
- Defector from Decadence: The spark of individuality given to her by Gix caused her to rebel against the Phyrexian creators who saw her as an obsolete abomination.
- Floating in a Bubble: Urza implanted a cyst in her stomach that allows her to yawn a giant bubble out of her mouth, which she can use to fly around in. It's rather disgusting, actually.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrifices herself to defeat Gix and save Urza.
- Morality Pet: To Urza. As his only companion for centuries, she becomes his anchor to sanity. Considering how off his rocker he is most of the time, that's saying something.
The original evincar of Rath, who was eventually replaced.
- Achilles' Heel: Davvol's Phyrexian boss gives him a skullcap which is impenetrable except for a small circular indentation at the back. Davvol correctly suspects that this weak point was deliberately engineered to allow him to be killed once he's outlived his usefulness.
- The Chew Toy: "Davvol, blast those elves.' Davvol, transport those troops.' No one cares that today is my birthday."
- Doomed by Canon: He appeared as evincar of Rath in Urza's Legacy, a prequel to the Weatherlight Saga, in which we already saw Rath ruled by a different evincar.
Born Vuel, son of Sidar Kondo, in Jamuraa. He failed his ritual rite of passage due to machinations of agents of Rath, and was saved from death by his adopted brother, Gerrard, which he took as a Fate Worse than Death, as he was disowned by his clan for his failure. Yawgmoth's agents stoked his newfound enmity of Gerrard and made him Volrath, evincar of Rath. Years later, he kidnapped Captain Sisay of the Weatherlight, hoping to lure the Legacy to the plane and destroy it and its heir (Gerrard again). When the gambit failed, he shapeshifted into his agent's daughter to attempt to destroy them from within. Failing this, he killed his agent and returned to Rath... where he was captured and executed by the new evincar of Rath, Crovax.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Volrath was built up as the ultimate villain of the Weatherlight Saga... until Urza's Destiny, when we find out that Rath is just one part in Yawgmoth's plans.
- The Dragon: To Yawgmoth. Had one himself in Greven il-Vec.
- Evil Former Friend: To (guess who?) Gerrard.
- You Have Failed Me: Yawgmoth's response to Volrath's twice failure to kill Gerrard and procure the Legacy? Give Rath to Crovax and let him execute Volrath in the most hideous way possible.
Commander of the skyship Predator, and Volrath's Dragon. A former member of the Vec tribe, who betrayed them to serve the Evincar (thus the il- in il-Vec.)
- The Dragon: To Volrath. Forced to be one to Crovax.
- Restraining Bolt: A mimetic spine was grafted into him, giving Volrath (and later Crovax) control over him (by sending intense pain through it if he strayed.)
- You Have Failed Me: Did this to Vhati il-Dal, who fired on the Weatherlight while he was still on board."The fall will give you time to think on your failure."
A cursed noble from Urborg who eventually became and evincar of Rath and leader of the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria.
- Ax-Crazy: After his transformation, at least. His accomplishments include killing over a thousand civilian hostages to his own detriment by impaling them on flowstone spikes in order to eat their souls, executing Volrath by injecting him with flowstone and then disassembling him him molecule by molecule white he was still alive, and ripping Tsabo Tavoc apart before eating her.
- Death Equals Redemption: After Crovax's death, Gerrard sees the spirits of both Crovax and Selenia finally reuniting, free of their corruption.
- The Dragon: To Yawgmoth.
- Not So Different: From Gerrard. Or at least he thinks so.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He became one as the final part of a curse.
- Tragic Villain: When he was forced to kill the love of his life (an angel named Selenia), the corruption that had taken control of her did the same to him. He continues his service to Yawgmoth because he "gave" Selenia back to him, albeit in the form of an artificial copy.
A fallen angel and Crovax's love, Crovax ultimately saw her betray the crew of the Weatherlight and killed her for doing so, fulfilling the curse that he would fight evil and join it. In the Planar Chaos alternate timeline, Mirri kills Selenia and becomes the evincar instead, and Crovax becomes a hero.
- The Cameo: She is depicted briefly in Urza's Saga as one of Serra's angels who was captured and tortured by the Phyrexians, explaining how she fell in the first place.
- Light Is Not Good: Still retains white mana, despite having some black added.
- Replacement Goldfish: The "copy" Yawgmoth created after her death.
- Thanatos Gambit: She had to die to fulfill Crovax's curse.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Black and white mana.
When Karn (see below) created the artificial plane of Argentum, he transfigured the powerful artifact called the Mirari into a thinking construct he named Memnarch, and charged his creation with guarding the plane of his absence. However, Memnarch was corrupted by a trace of Phyrexian oil accidentally left behind by Karn and shut his creator out of the plane. Memnarch abducted countless creatures from other planes, turning the sterile Argentum into the thriving metal ecosystem of Mirrodin in his mad search to gain a planeswalker spark. He was ultimately defeated by Glissa and her companions, allowing Karn to return to Mirrodin.
Karn transformed Memnarch back into the Mirari and entrusted it to Glissa, Slobad, and Geth. With Slobad's death and Glissa and Geth's betrayal of Mirrodin, the Mirari's whereabouts are now unknown.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Memnarch's corruption-based hallucinations of Karn were strong enough to prevent the real Karn from returning to Mirrodin.
- The Chessmaster: He has spies on almost every corner of the world, and said world is just a large machine working toward his purposes.
- God Guise: He was worshiped as a god by Mirrodin's vedalken.
- The Assimilator: His special abilities are the abilities to convert permanents into artifacts and then take control of them.
The kha (ruler) of the leonin, the lion-like humanoids of Mirrodin's Razor Fields. Raksha helped Glissa in the battle against Memnarch. After Memnarch's defeat, he was sent back to the plane from which Memnarch originally plucked him along with the rest of the older leonin, leaving the younger generations (who were born on Mirrodin) leaderless.
In Raksha's absence, Kemba took up regency of the leonin, causing a civil war that weakened them in the war against New Phyrexia.
- The Leader: Of the leonin faction.
The White Praetor. Leads the theocratic faction known as the Machine Orthodoxy.
- Affably Evil: She is charismatic, motherly (for Phyrexian standards, at least) and cultured. She's also in good terms with Jin-Gitaxias.
- Assimilation Plot: As hinted in the flavor text from Skinrender."Your creations are effective, Sheoldred; but we must unite the flesh, not merely flay it."
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As evidenced by her Curb-Stomp Battle to both Sheoldred and Urabrask, Elesh Norn is the most powerful Praetor.
- This translates ingame too. Taking their abilities into account, Elesh can kill any other Praetor while remaining alive herself. Some, like Vorinclex, have higher raw stats but Elesh's ability to absolutely cripple her enemies' stats always turns the battle in her favor.
- Beneath the Mask: It's unclear how much she really believes in her doctrine and how much she's twisting the teachings for her own benefit. Ironically, she's the only praetor to wear an actual mask.
- Big Bad: According to Elspeth's letter to Ajani, Elesh Norn kicked the crap out of Sheoldred and Urabrask, so she's now the dominant praetor.
- Dissonant Serenity: She preaches joyfully about flaying and sewing creatures together.
- Evil Matriarch: After Karn's escape from the clutches of Phyrexia, she became the new Mother of Machines.
- Extra-ore-dinary: In addition to being made completely out of metal, she can attack with it as seen in Marrow Shards.
- Eyeless Face: She only has a mouth on her face; some of the other White Phyrexians are The Blank.
- Faceless Mooks: Members of the Machine Orthodoxy cover their faces in the porcelain-like metal that forms their shells.
- Flaying Alive: Getting rid of skin is the first step to become a white Phyrexian.
- The Fundamentalist: She is obsessed with phyrexian scriptures, and constantly moralizes her hideous actions with preaching.
- High Priestess: Mother of Machines and uncontested ruler of both the Machine Orthodoxy and New Phyrexia as a whole.
- Holier Than Thou: She looks down on everyone who is not part of the Machine Orthodoxy.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: It's not entirely clear how she manages to fit her gargantuan head boomerang through doors.
- Irony: Originally, all Phyrexians were aligned with black mana. Come New Phyrexia, which sees a power struggle between Phyrexians of all five colors, the one that comes out on top is... the white-aligned faction, the primary enemy color to black!
- Knight Templar: A living flare of fanaticism and self-righteousness.
- Large and in Charge: While she's not as bulky as Vorinclex, an official size comparison shows that she absolutely towers over an average human. She stands easily 10 feet tall.
- Lean and Mean: Not as lean as Jin-Gitaxias, but still counts.
- Light 'em Up: As seen in the Conspiracy version of Rout, where she puts her light magic to use against the Mirran Resistance.
- Light Is Not Good: She unites old fashioned Phyrexian Body Horror with White absolutism. She even used to be the page image.
- Literal-Minded: The "unity" she preaches isn't merely metaphorical. She actually wants to sew each and every creature in a single super-organism.
- Machine Worship: One of the most literal applications of this trope.
- Meaningful Name: "Elesh" is a Hindu name that means "monarch", and Norns are female characters in Norse mythology who rule the destiny of gods and men. It suits her High Priest position rather well... even moreso when she becomes the Mother of Machines.
- Moral Sociopathy: All Phyrexians think that their terror-inducing procedures of Body Horror infliction while the victims are still alive are to be done, but she takes this Up to Eleven, truly believing that her faction's horrifying mutilations and brainwashing are for the greater good. Furthermore, the fact that she is an expert at manipulation and deceit further indicates her nature as The Sociopath.
- Multiversal Conqueror: Everything must be united, and "everything" includes other dimensions too."The Gitaxians whisper among themselves of other worlds. If they exist, we must bring Phyrexia's magnificence to them."
- Nice Hat: A mask that doubles as an extravagant hat, appropriately enough for the leader of a warped and twisted religion.
- Obfuscating Stupidity/Insanity: She appears to be a delirious, insane religious lunatic, but she's actually a rather clever manipulative bitch. Even Sheoldred, the master of conspiracies and rumors, was apparently completely fooled, and stood no chance when Elesh came for her.
- Principles Zealot: Differently from Jin-Gitaxias, she obsessively sticks to the Argent Etchings.
- Religion of Evil: The Machine Orthodoxy.
- Sinister Minister: Is a flayed priest. Need I say more?
- Undying Loyalty: To Karn, so long as he's the Father of Machines.
- Villainous Friendship: She appears to be in one with Jin-Gitaxias. She even lets him use the Argent Etchings as a base for his Great Synthesis.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants an united and peaceful New Phyrexia, but the means she resorts to are nightmarish.
- White Mask of Doom: Her porcelain covering takes the form of a sinister eye-less ivory mask.
The Blue Praetor. Leads the Phyrexian R&D department known as the Progress Engine.
- Affably Evil: If you can get past the vivisection and Mind Rape part, he's a genius with a dry sense of humor (especially towards Vorinclex) who is in good terms with Elesh Norn.
- Awesome, but Impractical: True of most of the Praetor cycle, but he's the most so at ten mana. If you can get him out (reanimation works), he'll draw you seven cards every turn and reduce your opponents' hand sizes to zero. Victory is almost guaranteed after that.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Both his name and his title are pretty badass.
- Bright Is Not Good: His residence, Lumengrid, is a pretty place filled with blue light from Mirrodin's Blue Sun and he and his servants have pristine silver metal on their bodies, but they're evil.
- Chrome Champion: His body is made of shiny metal.
- Creepily Long Arms: Being the scientist he is, they are likely very handy for... experimentation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly towards Vorinclex.
- Determinator: As he says, mistakes are only abhorrent if they go undocumented.
- Emperor Scientist: Of his faction.
- Evil Genius: His alignment with blue mana naturally makes him a curious, inquisitive, intelligent being. His nature as a Phyrexian makes him a killing machine with zero compassion and a drive to spread Phyrexia's "perfection". Put two and two together and...
- Just Think of the Potential: Unfortunately, what Phyrexians call "potential" tends to be less-than-optimal for pretty much everyone else.
- Knight Templar: He's obsessed with perfecting Phyrexia.
- Lean and Mean: He is thin as a stick and a horrific Evil Genius.
- Machine Worship: Some flavor texts have him referring to his works as "blessing".
- Mad Scientist: Not the typical Laughing Mad type, however. He's focused and professional in his work, which arguably makes him scarier.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Both he himself and most of the things he creates.
- The Red Mage: Besides Blue mana he apparently can make use of Black mana and White mana, as implied in the page on the Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia.
- The Rival: To Vorinclex."I despise Vorinclex and his slobberings about 'evolution'. Only I know true progress."
- The Starscream: He also plots against Karn, although he doesn't mind if someone else takes the throne so long as said person is competent.
- They Would Cut You Up: If Jin-Gitaxias gets his claws on you, do not expect a quick death.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: While Elesh Norn focuses on the the words of the Argent Etchings, Jin-Gitaxias puts the results, or the "Great Synthesis" first. Strangely enough, the two of them get along well.
- Villainous Friendship: He appears to be in one with Elesh Norn.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His aim is to create the perfect New Phyrexia. At any cost.
The Black Praetor. Maintains her position by out-backstabbing the other members of the Seven Steel Thanes.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Probably the most deceitful of all Praetors, and that's saying something! It does not help her in the end.
- Dark Is Evil: Gee, isn't it shocking that the Praetor aligned with black mana is not a very good person? Admittedly, she is hardly much worse than the Praetors of other colors, aside from the Red one.
- Flaying Alive: As seen in cards like Skinrender, her faction is prone to this.
- Knowledge Broker: "Sheoldred weaves every thread of information into a noose to hang her enemies."
- Manipulative Bitch: She has to be, if she wants to remain the leader of the Seven Steel Thanes and eventually head of the New Phyrexia. She is ultimately Out-Gambitted by Elesh Norn.
- Meaningful Name:
- Sheol is Hebrew for "grave", "pit", or "abode of the dead". It is also the Jewish afterlife, described as a place of darkness.
- Also, the rank of Thane is a reference to Macbeth, which suits well her treacherous nature.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Sheol" + "dread".
- Necromancer: Appearently she has "necromantic visions". Ingame, she also has the ability to raise her dead allies from the grave while forcing the opponent to sacrifice theirs.
- Puppeteer Parasite: One of her preferred ways of getting that pesky "free will" thing out of the way when it comes to making new servants for Phyrexia.
- Spider People: She has a humanoid upperbody attached to an enormous spider like creature. However, she can actually detach from it, making it more of a Horse of a Different Color.
- The Spymaster: Her motto is "to know is to rule" and her preferred weapons are rumor-mongering and manipulation.
- The Starscream: She's survived and dominated the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder-fest that is Black Phyrexia by being a better, more well-informed Starscream than the rest.
The Red Praetor and leader of the Quiet Furnace.
- Anti-Villain: He may be a Phyrexian, but the color he is aligned to allows him to actually feel emotions, which leads him to be less hostile to Mirran life than other Phyrexians.
- Dark Chick: Although not female, he still plays this role among the Praetors due to his ability to empathize with others.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The only Praetor to have any, as a matter of fact.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Not surprising for a Red-aligned character, his profile says he has temper issues.
- Mad Artist: It is implied that he wants to turn Mirrodin/New Phyrexia into what he considers aesthetically pleasing.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His appearence has led to the speculation that he is a "compleated" furnace dragon (a species that once occured in Mirrodin).
- Red Is Heroic: Not heroic per se, but he is defenitely the least malevolent of the praetors, and his metal-skin is as red as his alignment.
- Token Good Teammate: He and his entire faction are, due to their red mana, not entirely bound to Phyrexian will and are capable of not compassion per se, but at least empathy. He's betraying the rest of the Phyrexians (that is, betraying them for a different reason than wanting the big chair for himself) by allowing Mirran refugees to hide within his territory, and banned the other factions from entering. It's mostly a case of him thinking the Mirrans are merely misguided, not abominable, and that he has bigger priorities whenever they're not actively sabotaging the Great Furnace.
- What Is This Feeling?: Due to being aligned with the color of emotions, Red Phyrexians, including Urabrask, have some empathy which is completely alien to the Phyrexians. While their feelings disturbs them to a degree, that doesn't stop them from hesitating to fight the Mirrian Resistance because of their emotions.
The Green Praetor and boss of the Vicious Swarm.
- The Brute: The largest and physically strongest Praetor. He's also the most feral one.
- Don't Think, Feel: He wants to eliminate sentience and turn the whole Mirrodin into a lawless predatory hunting ground.
- Dumb Muscle: At least, that's how Jin-Gitaxias sees him. Given how Vorinclex's plan boils down to eliminating all sapient thought and that the Green Praetor is so obsessed with hunting and killing that he's barely a figurehead in his own faction, the Blue Praetor could be right.
- Evilutionary Biologist: In his case, he is obsessed with the idea of survival of the fittest and as such is behind the creation of horrific behemoths.
- Large and in Charge: He is the leader of the Green Phyrexian faction, and he is immense and the strongest Praetor stat-wise.
- Meaningful Name: "Vore" is a Greek suffix related to eating.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As stated above, it has the word "Vore" in it, and ends with an X, so you know the guy is not to be messed with.
- The Rival: To Jin-Gitaxias.
- The Social Darwinist: Does it still count as "social" if his idea of "society" is just a forest overtaken by enormous horrorbeasts? At any rate, the idea that only the strong survive is the cornerstone of his philosophy, so he creates the absolute strongest abominations around, physically speaking.
- Villainous Glutton: His name has the word "vore" in it and his title is "Voice of Hunger", so...
Once the mighty lord of the Vault of Whispers, he was overthrown after trying to pull a You Have Failed Me on the wrong minion. After spending some time as nothing more than an undead talking head, he became a collaborator with the Phyrexians in exchange for a new body. He is now trying to claw his way back up to the top of the heap, a task complicated by all the other Phyrexians who are also vying for the position.
- Les Collaborateurs: And he brought along the entire Moriok tribe of humans with him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Punished his incompetent minion Yert by feeding him to a vampire. Result: Yert became a vampire, gaining both the strength and motivation to overthrow Geth.
- Brought Down to Normal: For a while she was a potential planeswalker, but she lost her spark after nearly dying in a fight against Memnarch.
- Dragon-in-Chief: As Vorinclex had little interest in things that don't involve hunting and killing or making new monsters and setting them loose in the Tangle, Glissa is for all intents and purposes the one who actually runs the Green Phyrexian faction.
- FaceHeel Turn: If her title as "the Traitor" didn't clue you in.
- Fallen Hero: Not of her own will, but there she is, from one of the staunchest defenders of Mirrodin to the right hand of Vorinclex.
- Luke Nounverber: Glissa Sunseeker
- Our Elves Are Better: At least until they get turned into horrific abominations.
- Touch of Death: Ingame, Glissa the Traitor is notably one of the very rare wielders of the combination of abilities First Strike and Deathtouch, which means that any creature that duels her without being Indestructible is guaranteed to meet an untimely death.
- Tragic Villain: As detailed below in Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Can they do anything to make the poor elf's existence any more outright soul-crushing? Her family is violently killed by little automated thresher machines. She endures a great many difficulties in collecting the Macguffins of Power only to have them turned on her almost immediately by the Big Bad. Her Heroic Sacrifice lets Slobad save the people of the world, transporting those who were abducted from other planes back to their original planes... including every one of Glissa's friends (except Slobad) and her only surviving family member, but not her, ensuring her heroism is forgotten by everyone else. When she gets back, she's blamed for everything bad that happened in the last several years before being corrupted by Phyrexian oil and turned into a powerful enemy of the same world she'd worked so hard to save.
What is now Atraxa was once an angel who fought against the unstoppable force of New Phyrexia. Captured while fighting to save the Mirran Resistance, she was brought before the Praetors, who pooled their talents to create the icon of New Phyrexia's final victory over Mirrodin. While Urabrask refused to assist in the process, his four fellows worked their terrible craft and Atraxa was compleated. Now herald of the Praetors, she is a horrifying embodiment of Mirrodin's corruption.
- Body Horror: No, angels aren't generally supposed to have tails or wings malformed into blades.
- Light Is Not Good: She's and angel and her body is made of white metal, but she's a servant of Phyrexia with all that that entails.
- Broken Angel: Her creature type isn't Angel Horror for nothing.
- Fallen Angel: She once fought for Mirrodin, but now she is an unwavering servant of New Phyrexia.
- Meaningful Name: The word "Ataraxia" means a state of uninterruptable bliss, free of worry and stress. In a twisted way it is the exact state of "freedom" that the Phyrexians seek to spread. It's also similar to "atrox", which is Latin for "atrocious".
- Mouth of Sauron: As her name implies, this is her purpose.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She has four arms.
- Plague Master: Technically her ability works on any kind of counter, but let's not kid ourselves, she's clearly made to work with Infect, the emblematic ability of New Phyrexia. She also has deathtouch because of course she does.
- Spikes of Villainy: She's covered in them.
The Mirran Resistance
- All of the Other Reindeer: She was rejected because she didn't have metal growing out of her like other Mirrans. This proves to be a blessing in New Phyrexia.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Literally. As long as she's in play, you can't get poison counters, and other creatures you control can't get -1/-1 counters.
- Mook Maker: Especially as she gets more equipment added to her.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: During the Phyrexian Invasion, many heroes and armies come together to fight the enemy. Urza brings the Metathran, Eladamri the Elves, Darigaaz the Dragons, and Lord Dralnu the Zombies of Urborg. Gerrard recruits an army from a Benalish prison...
- Badass Beard: He rocks one.
- Because Destiny Says So: He has a lot of destiny to back him up, but he'd rather it not.
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Despite his importance in the story arc, his card is quite weak. Notably, he had a boss fight against Tsabo Tavoc, once the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria got underway. In story: Gerrard walked away. In-game? Tavoc walks away.
- Determinator: He is one of the most strong willed characters in early Magic flavor, and pulled off incredible stunts just because he never gave up. Except while grieving Hanna's death.
- FaceHeel Turn: He bows to Yawgmoth and agrees to fight with Urza to death in order to get Hanna back.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's rather brash.
- The Hero: But not The Captain.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself to kill Yawgmoth with the Legacy. He is now remembered as a martyr accordingly.
- Light Is Good: Associated strongly with White mana and thematically opposed to several Black characters.
- Love Makes You Crazy: In Apocalypse, Hanna's death leads him to almost make a Deal with the Devil.
- Turned Against Their Masters: In Apocalypse, he beheads Urza. Then, when he discovers Yawgmoth's "reborn" Hanna is an illusion he does it again to his new master.
- Action Girl
- Black Boss Lady: While Gerrard was often center stage as the Heir to the Legacy, the Weatherlight was always under Sisay's command.
- The Captain
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Sisay's family is murdered by Phyrexian agents while she is very young, before they can tell her about the true value of the skyship. She immediately takes off and begins having adventures across Dominaria (and the Multiverse) with the ship.
- The Good Captain
- The Lancer
- Back from the Dead: Turns out it was a simulacrum of Yawgmoth's.
- Badass Bookworm: She was the daughter of Barrin, master of Tolarian Academy.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Meets her end from the Phyrexian Plague. Half of the Invasion book revolves around Gerrard and Orim struggling to find a cure.
- Killed Off for Real: One of the long, long list of characters that died in the Invasion saga.
- The Smart Girl
- Wrench Wench: Hanna was especially adept at tinkering with artifacts and studying the Legacy Weapon.
- Body Horror: As a result of mutations done by Volrath.
- Back from the Dead: Unfortunately, it's a part of Yawgmoth's reward to Crovax.
- Lethal Chef: As quoted in Orim's journal:My medicine bag and I have treated countless wounds and illnesses. But never have I seen so many made so sick for so long. We will never eat Squee's cooking again.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Post-FaceHeel Turn Crovax amuses himself by killing Squee repeatedly and watching him come back to life.
- His immortality continues in the new Dominaria 2018 set. Squee can be played from a players hand, their graveyard, even when removed from the game. He also seems to have gained some measure of intelligence if the card's flavor text is any indicator...
- Body Horror: A side effect of his being "healed" by black mana and mutated by Crovax.
- The Dragon: To Crovax.
- Butt-Monkey: She has an unrequited crush on her childhood friend Gerrard. She loses nearly all of the fights she's in. She dies fighting Crovax after he gets cursed. She's barely even mentioned after her death. And then, in the Time Spiral block, she's the one who gets cursed and becomes evincar of Rath while Crovax, the man who killed her in the original timeline, lives and becomes a hero. When even multiple timelines conspire to ensure you never have anything remotely resembling a happy ending, you know the multiverse hates your guts.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Grew up alongside Gerrard, but he has no idea of her feelings. And then she dies.
Weatherlight Crew (2018)When the Weatherlight is raised and restored by Jhoira in a salvage expedition, she set about to find a suitable crew to run the vessel and right the wrongs of the Multiverse.
A White/Blue teenage wizard and younger brother of Danitha Capashen. Impetuous, boastful, and hungry for adventure.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: When the Weatherlight crew captures a Cabal spy, they struggle to find a way to make the spy answer their questions. Raff casually mentions he snuck into the Tolarian Library and read a mind-reading spell in the forbidden archives. Smash-cut to the crew leaving with all the information they need.
- Jumped at the Call: Where his older sister gave a Flat No in reply to the Call to Adventure, Raff was rather enthusiastic in volunteering.
- Master of Illusion: "Master" is being quite generous, but even Jhoira acknowledges he has natural skill with illusion and mind magic.
- Surprise Babysitter: Raff is quickly deputized by Slimefoot to watch over its spawned Thallid children. Much to his surprise.
- "I am heir to many treasures. None is as precious as knowing how my ancestor lived her life."
A Green/White Jamuraan warrior and a descendant of Captain Sisay. She joins the new Weatherlight crew to create her own legacy, rather than living off the legends of her distant grandmother.
- Anti-Magic: The death spells of the Cabal bounce harmlessly away from Shanna when she battles them in Jamuraa's streets. Just like her many-times-great grandmother.
- Big Shoes to Fill: Shanna accepted Jhoira's invitation to join the vessel's crew, acknowledging that her ancestor's heroics cast a shadow over her own actions fighting the Cabal on the city streets.
- "I won't abandon the Weatherlight. My destiny is to serve at Jhoira's side. This 'illness' means I must trust my faith more and myself less."
A White/Black mysterious Vampire Knight from Benalia. Captured by the Cabal and transformed into a Vampire, the awakening of the Weatherlight's core drew him to Jhoira's camp.
- Continuity Nod: A White/Black Vampire that was once Human as part of the Weatherlight crew? This couldn't possibly go wrong.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Arvad still honors his vows as a Benalish Knight to protect the innocent from the Cabal. When he makes a promise, he keeps both the letter and spirit of the pledge.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Arvad's vampiric hunger is sated by his proximity to the Weatherlight core. He has no qualms about feeding off of Cabal minions, though.
- "Pyromancers throwing fireballs on a wooden skyship?" Raff didn't look happy. "Is that really a good idea?"
Slimefoot thought it was a terrible idea.
A Black/Green stowaway aboard the new Weatherlight, Slimefoot is a fungus creature originating from a seed provided by Molimo, Llanowar's Maro-Sorcerer.
- Almighty Janitor: Slimefoot's ability to create an army of infinite Saprolings is used... to clean the ship.
- From a Single Cell: The creature is fungus-based, growing from a cell upon a seed gifted to Jhoira.
- Monster Is a Mommy: Or a genderless fungal progenitor, at least. Slimefoot is formally introduced in Chapter 10 of the Dominaria storyline, where it spawns a small brood of 10 Thallid children in the hull of the Weatherlight. The crew is shocked by the discovery of both the Thallids and Slimefoot but quickly adapt to its presence.
- Mushroom Creature: It resembles a colossal, humanoid and faceless toadstool. It started out as a regular fungus, but mutated to its current size and sapience during the rebuilding of the Weatherlight. Slimefoot does not use any sort of pronouns in its internal monologue when referring to itself, so its "gender" (if it even has such a thing) is undecided.
- "Nothing is too broken to mend."
A Red/White Guardian Angel sent by the Church of Serra to help salvage the Weatherlight's power core: the powerstone holding the original Realm of Serra, created by Urza long ago. Her skill with artifice and knowledge of the Weatherlight engines is a mystery to Jhoira.
- Cursed with Awesome: The original machine Tiana was created to protect? An irrigation pump. Destroyed by the Cabal before she even laid eyes on it. The runner-up machine she's been charged with protecting? A planar traveling skyship with a crew of legendary heroes, dredged from the ocean depths by the Jhoira to fight the evil Cabal.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Tiana was created by Serra and her Angels to guard an enormous irrigation system that supplied an entire town. It was destroyed by the Cabal before she ever arrived at the town. She's been left without a purpose ever since then.
- Instant Birth: Just Add Prayer: Tiana is created via Spontaneous Generation from several hundred prayers... for a guardian for an irrigation system.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She has an innate, probably magical, understanding of how The Weatherlight's mechanisms seem to work, apparently sent to her by Serra. Arvad calls her an "Artificer Angel."
- The Magic Touch: The inert core of the Weatherlight becomes active and powerful from Tiana's touch.
- Mysterious Waif: The circumstances of Tiana's "birth" (attended by the Archangels of Serra's Realm, the last ones who remember the flight out of Serra's Realm) and her knowledge of repairing the Weatherlight's machinery hints that there's more to Tiana than has been revealed.
- Tears of Joy: When the Weatherlight is raised from the depths, Tiana begins silently weeping- without realizing it.
- Wrench Wench: Has been frequently compared by fans to the iconic one, Kaylee Frye. Bonus points for holding a wrench in her official card art.
Other Weatherlight Saga Characters
Urza's brother, born on the last day of the year Urza was born (Urza being born on the first day). They fought over possession of a stone.
- And I Must Scream: His status in the seventh sphere of Phyrexia. Of course, if Yawgmoth wasn't just tricking Urza.
- Cain and Abel: With Urza.
An Archangel from Serra's Realm, she was left in charge after her master left due to the Phyrexian taint. Over time, she became more and more ruthless, even turning against loyal subjects in her attempts to protect her master's dying realm.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Called on it by Urza.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Urza spends millenia designing his Metathran warriors to fight the Phyrexians with artifice and magic. They slog through the opening phases of the war and ultimately can't win. Multani allowed Yavimaya itself to create its own defenders: the Kavu- enormous dinosaur-like Alpha-predators. They ATE the Phyrexian invaders within the first days of the invasion and almost sat out the rest of the war, until they're summoned as The Cavalry to bail out the rest of the Coalition in Urborg.
- The Archmage: They don't call him the Master Wizard for nothing.
- Despair Event Horizon: Suffers two, when his wife and daughter are each killed. Both times lead to Unstoppable Rage below.
- Morality Pet: To Urza, with varying degrees of success.
- Not So Different: He notes the irony that when Urza's neglect drives him to purge the Phyrexians from Tolaria, he uses the same spell Urza used at the end of the Brothers' War.
- Unstoppable Rage:
- After his daughter dies to a Phyrexian disease, he goes on to destroy every Phyrexian on the island of Tolaria, as well as himself, in a massive blast of fire.
- During the Keldon invasion, after he finds his wife Rayne's headless corpse, his first act on finding a Keldon trapped under debris is to disintegrate her head.
- Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist in the very long Weatherlight Saga.
- Adult Fear: His daughter is killed by an assassin and stolen away in the night.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: At the climax of the Phyrexian Invasion, he and Lin Sivvi are stranded within the boughs of the Magnigoth Treefolk- safe from the Phyrexians but with Yawgmoth's poisonous essence closing in from the sky. They opt to jump rather than be consumed by Yawgmoth.
- The Chosen One: He is the legendary Korvecdal foretold in prophecies as the one who would unite the people of Rath.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: At the climax of the Phyrexian Invasion, she and Eladamri are stranded within the boughs of the Magnigoth Treefolk- safe from the Phyrexians but with Yawgmoth's poisonous essence closing in from the sky. They opt to jump rather than be consumed by Yawgmoth.
- Whip It Good: Lin Sivvi's preferred weapon- a chain whip with a glaive's blade on the end.
- Born-Again Immortality: As of Dominaria (2018), Darigaaz has returned to the land of Dominaria's living. The reason for his resurrection has yet to be revealed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tosses himself into a volcano to weaken his brethren.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Gets brought back to his senses by Karn, causing him to have this epiphany.
- A Father to His Men: Surprisingly, he is this. He is referred to as Pater by his subordinates and referring to them as his children.
- Touch of Death: His mere touch literally causes people to rot, which leads to him "forgiving" those who failed him with a hug.
- Squick: The thought of him and Phage being in a relationship and having a child together.
- Body Horror: He dies by tapping too deeply into the power of both the Mirari and his own dementia space, which unleashes everything he has stored in there, as well as turning him into a writhing mass of nightmarish beings that form the vague outline of his old body. Kamahl ends up killing him in an act of mercy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Chainer, despite being brutal to his enemies and delving in the darkest of magic, is actually a pretty good guy, being exceedingly loyal to both the Cabal and his friend, Kamahl. He is one of the few Black-aligned protagonists in Magic.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: A twisted version of this is how dementia casters gain control of their nightmares. He has to enter his dementia space and defeat the monsters within before they will obey him upon being summoned.
- Power Born of Madness: Dementia magic is a very literal case of this, allowing the user to summon horrible monsters based on their own fears and nightmares. It also has the side-effect of slowly turning the user insane as they delve further and further into the darkness of their own psyche — which, in turn, leads to more powerful monsters to summon.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: So very much. Apart from the insanity brought on by his practice of dementia magic, Chainer also goes way off the deep end once he gains control of the Mirari and overthrows the Patriarch, trying to gain control of Cabal City on his own. The more he uses it, the looser his grip on reality becomes.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: There is not a single one of his allies that Laquatus doesn't end up betraying at one point or another.
- Flunky Boss: While he is more than accomplished as a mage, he prefers to let his minions Turg and Burke do the dirty work for him.
- Stepford Smiler: Is extremely friendly and courteous while planning to murder the person he's talking to.
Formerly a colliseum participant in Otaria together with his wife, Nivea. The two of them faced off with Phage in the tournament, resulting in Nivea's death and Ixidor's exile. He later discovered that he could transform his fantasies into reality, and thus used it to create Akroma and wage war against Phage.
An angel created by Ixidor in order to avenge his wife's death at the hands of Phage the Untouchable. One of the main characters in Onslaught block.
- Badass Creed: "No rest. No mercy. No matter what."
- A God Am I: After Ixidor's death, she starts her own religion.
- Fusion Dance: With Phage and Zagorka, to make Karona.
- Knight Templar: From her point of view, everything is good when done against Phage.
- Mary Sue: An in-universe example. She was created by Ixidor as an idealized homage to his dead lover, and existed primarily to lay waste to his enemies.
- Meaningful Name: "Akroma". Or, "a-chroma"—"no colors". An object is white if it reflects away all colors.
- Moral Sociopathy: Only really cares about the fall of Phage. While the goal is good, the methods not only aren't, but she also doesn't really care about anybody or anything other than her creator.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Angel of Wrath." Would YOU stick around to piss off someone named "Angel of Wrath?"
- Fusion Dance: She is the result of mergers of several beings, including Akroma and Phage.
Dominaria during the Time Rift Crisis
A Ghitu artificer and Teferi's (often exasperated) friend, Jhoira of the Ghitu's history with Teferi and Dominarian history goes all the way back to Urza's famous Tolarian Academy, and her incredibly slow aging stems from her drinking slow-time water in the wake of the time disaster.
Recognizing the rising threats in the Multiverse and on Dominaria, Jhoira mounts an expedition to raise and restore the Skyship Weatherlight. She succeeds and becomes the restored ship's new Captain.
- The Captain: As of Return To Dominaria.
- The Chick: Out of the entire party, she's the one who takes part in combat the least. Even Venser gets to take out the Weaver King by himself.
- Dude Magnet: Several male characters, such as Teferi and Venser, fell in love/lust with her. Ironically, the only man she wanted turned out to be a phyrexian spy who didn't want her at all.
- Famed In-Story: By the time of Return To Dominaria she's this. People who meet and/or hear about her repeatedly ask if she's "the Jhoira", as in the same one from all the stories.
- In Another Man's Shoes: She tries to make sure that Teferi understands the mortal perspective of planeswalker meddling. While it doesn't take immediately, the extinguishing of his spark and the experiences he has afterwards leads him to a very profound understanding.
- Old Flame: With Jodah of all people, per the Dominaria storyline.
- Older Than They Look: She is over one thousand years old, though she does age very slowly.
- Only Sane Woman: She's the sensible, competent, and grounded one of the group, compared to Teferi's well-meaning mendacity, Venser's perpetual panic, and Radha's barely-checked aggression.
- Not So Above It All: While she tends to be the sensible and careful one, she eventually does slip up when using Venser to help cast a defensive glass storm spell, which ends up going out of control and ravaging the Shivan desert for miles.
- Pair the Smart Ones: While she does care about Venser, the smart one Jhoira finds herself more drawn to is Archmage Jodah, who is immortal after a dip in the Fountain of Youth.
- The Smart Guy: While Teferi's knowledge of time is extensive, Jhoira is the one who organizes and makes sense of the information Teferi gives her to form a plan.
- Team Mom: She's basically the cat-herder of the group.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: She acknowledges that their basic plan of action is "get a vague sense of what's most pressing and do that next."
- Wrench Wench: She is a supremely skilled artificer. Fitting for the lady depicted in Tinker.
Half-Skyshroud Elf and half-Keldon, Radha is one of the new breed of planeswalkers, along with Venser. However, the only things that interest her are fighting and reclaiming the glory of her Keldon heritage. By the time Magic's story comes to Dominaria in 2018, Radha is the Grand Warlord of Keld and is forging a new future for her people after their apocalypse happened during the Phyrexian Invasion, and the Keldon living were found unworthy by the Keldon dead.
- Amazonian Beauty and Statuesque Stunner: Teferi immediately describes Radha's combination of elven and human features, vitality, and connection to mana as beautiful, and she's stated as being just shy of seven feet tall.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As was the rule for Keldon warlords, Radha leads her warhost by virtue of being the baddest ass on the block.
- As of the Dominaria 2018 set, Radha is now Grand Warlord of Keld. Probably had to kick a lot of asses to get that title...
- Badass Boast: She loves to give these, and they're a part of Keldon battle strategy and magic.
- Blood Knight: In spades, as was typical for Keldons. Jeska notes with some pleased surprise that Radha wasn't a cruel bully like she'd assumed...granted, this was because she'd pick a fight with anything, even the sun if she felt she had to. By the end of the story, she mellows out to Boisterous Bruiser.
- Determinator: She displays both good and bad aspects of this. Her stubborn devotion to Keld as well as her supreme tenacity is praiseworthy for its earnestness, but it also makes her miss the bigger crisis at hand until she gets the importance pounded into her.
- Don't Think, Feel: Interestingly, she displays both sides of this. Early on, her overconfidence and reliance on ferocity leave her outmatched and badly hurt when she fights enemies that simply outclass her. Later, however, she uses her speed, power, and spur-of-the-moment creativity to get the edge on more calculating opponents.
- Dual Wielding: She often fights with a blade in each hand.
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: The primary thing she wants out of life is to be able to define herself on her own terms and not be under anyone's yoke.
- Kick the Dog: After Freyalise's sacrifice to seal the Skyshroud rift, she finds herself without a source of green mana, and it leaves her even more volatile than usual, reacting to starving refugees begging for her to slow their march by stabbing one of the leaders through the chest before healing him using painful red adaptations of green healing spells. She does privately express dislike of the spells, but decides to make do with what she has.
- The Nicknamer: Mere moments after meeting her, most people have at least one. The Viashino were Scalies, Venser was Pasty, Jhoira was Little One, and Teferi got a two-for-one bonus: Clean-head and Gasbag. She does switch to using their names if warranted or necessary, though.
- Pet the Dog: While dismissive and belligerent towards most people, when she sees a child who was likely forced to watch his parents get murdered and himself mutilated by Gathan raiders, she gives him one of her blades and tells him to play dead, wait for the raiders to come back and taunt him up close, then leap at them and kill as many as he can. Later, she has the boy brought to her warhost and is currently training him. She also shows unabashed admiration and solemn respect for people brave enough to die fighting, even when completely outmatched.
- Refusal of the Call: She initially has no interest in the rift crisis, partly because she thinks her talents don't really apply, but mostly because it neither has anything to do directly with Keld nor involves beating the tar out of people. On a related note, she does possess a spark like her associate Venser, but it remains dormant inside her because she just doesn't care about it.
- Unstoppable Rage: She is more or less in a chronic state of this, until Multani restores her connection to green mana.
- Archenemy: Finds himself to be Radha's, after he attacked the boy she saved and severely injured her lieutenant.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He relishes the feeling of pain, because it's one of the few things he feels any more.
- Empty Shell: The Weaver King used severe Mind Rape to excise all of his emotions that didn't have to do with the hunt and kill.
- Gradual Grinder: He's not the strongest person around by a long shot, but his intangibility plus his replenishing supply of throwing spikes lets him play defensive while he plinks the opponent to death.
- Intangible Man: As a shadow creature caught between realities, it's difficult to affect the material world. He's got an atypical degree of control over his tangibility, though.
- Light Is Not Good: Well, he is White-aligned.
- Storm of Blades: He fights with a barrage of conical throwing spikes.
Formerly Oleg il-Dal, he was trapped in an oubliette by Volrath and experimented on until he became a bodiless "mind-spider", capable of creating parasitic psychic threads into other people and using them as proxies. He's the arc villain in the Planar Chaos novel.
- Breaking Speech: He likes to hurt with words to force people to overreact and deepen his hold on them...or simply because it amuses him.
- For the Evulz: Destroying the will of others gives him pleasure.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just the leader of an outcast group of Dal before Volrath turned him into the horror he is now.
- Grand Theft Me: He plans to do this to everyone he can, but especially Venser.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a selfish and childish wreck who likes nothing more than to bend creatures of all kinds to his will.
- Marionette Master: His main way of manipulating events.
The Archmage Eternal Emeritus of the School of the Unseen, he was rendered immortal by a dip in the Fountain of Youth. He descends from Urza, but despises his ancestor's ruthlessness and sociopathy.
- Alternate Universe: He is actually a planeshifted Jodah, from a timeline where Jaya Ballard died.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's about as comeback-y as Radha sometimes, though more playful about it.
- Old Flame: Apparently he and Jhoira were a together for a time; we only have Jhoira's side of the story in Dominaria though.
- Older Than They Look: He is at least as old as Jhoira.
- Refused the Call: When approached by Jhoira to join the crew of the restored Weatherlight she flat out refuses, preferring to fight the Cabal from Benalia.
The primary antagonist of the Dominaria set. Belzenlok has usurped the Cabal, conquered Urborg, and threatens the nation of Benalia. He's also the last demon on Liliana's list to free herself from the curse of the Chain Veil.
- Back from the Dead: How Belzenlok planned to get the better of Liliana- raising her dead brother as a Lich Lord.
- Orwellian Editor: Belzenlok has stolen historic titles from Dominaria's history, indoctrinating the common folk that he is everything from the original Cabal Patriarch to the Evincar of the Stronghold.
The leader of the Church of Serra and one of the last Archangels remaining that lived within Serra's Realm before Urza collapsed it. She oversees the Church and defends Benalia against all evil.
- Call-Back: Lyra's surname, Dawnbringer, hearkens back to another of the most popular Legendary Angels in Dominaria's history: Reya.
- Good Shepherd: New Benalia universally sees Lyra and her Serran Angels as this. Her critics accuse Lyra of being too involved in Benalish politics. Her response? She doesn't deny this interference- she justifies it.
- Knight Templar: Lyra has rather... strict views about black magic and necromancy. She almost refuses Gideon and Liliana entrance into Benalia until one of her angels vouches that Liliana did indeed help defeat agents of the Demonlord Belzenlok.
- Applied Mathematics: Her numerology is the key to solving Urza's ancient puzzle in the Jamuraan desert. Her calculations to solve the puzzle are correct but still don't work until the Gatewatch and the Weatherlight arrive to assist. The only reason it didn't work the first time? As Jhoira points out, Urza is a cheating bastard.
The granddaughter of Toshiro Umezawa (and potentially bad news for resident Big Bad Nicol Bolas), she is an expert as slipping in and out of places unseen.—-
- Death by a Thousand Cuts: Or one big one, if you can make a 20/1 creature. Tetsuko's ability means any creature with Power OR Toughness of 1 is unblockable by your opponents.
Lorwyn and Shadowmoor
Dubbed The Last Yew, he is one of the oldest Treefolk in Lorwyn and has foreseen the coming of the Great Aurora, which will plunge the bright Lorwyn into the dark Shadowmoor, wiping out the memories of their inhabitants. He is killed some time prior to that event, but leaves behind a sapling which carries his memories until after Shadowmoor comes.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Sapling is one of the few Black-aligned protagonists.
- Good Is Not Nice: The closest thing to a Big Good in the setting. A Big Good that manipulates the crap out of everyone.
- Last of His Kind: The last Yew Treefolk.
- Thanatos Gambit: Plans for his death to prepare for the Great Aurora.
- Unexplained Recovery: Although not exactly as himself; The sapling is called a she. Plus, Rhys has expected that the Sapling would take much longer to mature; instead, she matures rapidly.
- Anti-Villain: All he wanted was to protect his people from rabid elves. Unfortunately, this also makes him the central antagonist, as he needs to kill the hero.
- Light Is Not Good: Albeit simply by being a White-aligned antagonist. Otherwise he is fairly benevolent.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Brigid Baeli to kill Rhys. He himself is on the receiving end from Colfenor.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
The queen of the faeries. She is another of the few individuals aware of the Great Aurora, and in fact is immune to it.
- Big Bad: The Eventide novel eventually paints her as this.
- Large and in Charge: The largest being among the fae. Also, unlike her minions, who are insectoid, she appears as a woman covered in flowers.
- Mind Rape: Goes with her Dream Weaver territory. From Beseech the Queen:Those who hear her go mad with inspiration.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: ...sort of. She did try to minimize the effects of the Aurora on the inhabittants of her plane, but ultimately only cares enough about her subjects to have them thoroughly unaltered.
A giant who is yet another one to be aware of the Great Aurora. She manages to resist the effect of the aurora unlike her kin and thus is the only giant in Shadowmoor who keeps her memories of Lorwyn intact.
- Cassandra Truth:Night after night, Rosheen babbled about a bygone sunlit world, her every word dismissed as a madwoman's ravings.
Shadowmoor's mysterious deities, which seemingly are responsible for its screwed up status. While absent from the main storyline, they are the subject of the poem The Seer's Parables, where a kithkin asks a seer about them and predictably gets to regret it. A lot.
- Animalistic Abomination: The Deity of Scars and the Demigod of Revenge, the former looking like a lupine satyr and the latter like a bat.
- Bat Out of Hell: The Demigod of Revenge. Quite literally too, given his tale.
- Dark Is Evil: Predictably, most of the Black-aligned deities especially the Divinity of Pride, though it also gets Light Is Not Good points.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Probably the Deity, depending on how you interpret his character.
- Expy: Of several celtic/norse deities, with the most blatant being the Oversoul (Sunna and other female sun goddesses of the area), the Nobilis (Thor and/or Neigh), the Ghastlord (Arawn), the Deity (Nodens) and the Divinity (The Morrigan).
- Humanoid Abomination: Most of them.
- Jerkass Gods: Aside from the Oversoul (seems benign), the Deus (destructive, but more or less mindless), and maybe the Deity (who drives living beings to keep on fighting for survival), all of them are at best incredibly dickish.
- Light Is Good: The Oversoul, however, is the one truly benevolent demigod.
- Light Is Not Good: Special mentions go to the Godhead of Awe, which drives mortals mad for no logical reason, and the Nobilis of War, which incites hatred and violence for his own sustainance.
- Lunacy: The Godhead of Awe, which appearently is the personification of the Moon. Also literally, as it drives people mad.
- Mind Rape: The Godhead and the Divinity engage in it.
- Our Gods Are Different: They're appearently higher spirits. Then again, Shadowmoor spirits are incredibly mysterious by themselves.
- The Power of the Sun: The Oversoul, which appearently controls the Sun, and has hidden it for some reason
- War God: The Nobilis of War, down to invoking hatred and other negative emotions.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Dominus absorbs a king into the scepter he carries about, with the king's soul still screaming. The Ghastlord is implied to do this, or possibly Cessation of Existence.
An elven leader of Gilt-Leaf in Lorwyn, and one of the first elves Nissa met after her first planeswalk.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Standard among Lorwyn elves, who see themselves as the most beautiful beings in the plane and thus have the right to obliterate the ugly creatures out there (read: everybody else). Nissa was just lucky they considered her beautiful.
- Horned Humanoid: Again, standard for Lorwyn elves.
Toshiro Umezawa, or "Toshi" for short, is the Black-aligned protagonist of the Kamigawa saga. Toshi's only true loyalty is to himself, and he'll never fight when it's possible to bargain. Luckily for the rest of Kamigawa, it's currently in his best interest to save the world.
- Anti-Hero: Toshi is selfish and underhanded, and his first instinct upon rescuing the princess is to ransom her.
- Blood Brothers: Toshi is the founder of the Hyozan Reckoners, a gang of Blood Brothers bound by magical oath to brutally avenge the death of any other member.
- Casting a Shadow: Got fused with the Shadow Gate, allowing him to move around freely in all of Kamigawa's shadows.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A prominent example of black taking a heroic role in the storyline.
- Deadpan Snarker: He likes to snark.
- Handicapped Badass: At the end of Saviors, the Myojin of Night's Reach blinds him.
- Just Whistle: Toshi negotiates a bargain of this nature with a giant moth whose life he saved.
- Political Hero: The quintessential example. In an early scene, he joins a group of assassins contracted to kill the ogre Hidetsugu. While the other assassins jump into the fray, Toshi hangs back. After all his companions are dead, he calmly approaches Hidetsugu and offers to become Blood Brothers instead. (It works.)
- Ronin: Toshi has no daimyo.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: The yuki-onna. Toshi does the sealing.
- To the Pain: Modus operandi of the Hyozan Reckoners. Toshi delivers a particularly Badass Boast to Kobo's murderer:We will kill you.
We will burn your fields, steal your treasure, destroy your house, and enslave your children. We will murder your spouse, poison your pets, and blaspheme on the graves of your ancestors. We will do all this, and the only way to avoid it is if we cannot find you.
We've already found you.
The central villain of the Kamigawa Block, Takeshi Konda is the ruler of a vast empire spanning most of Kamigawa. Seeking immortality so he could personally ensure that his kingdom would last forever, he committed a great crime that triggered the spirit war and eventually drove him to madness.
- And I Must Scream: His fate following his judgment by Kyodai.
- Big Bad: Of the Kamigawa block. For the longest while the only main antagonist to be purely White-aligned.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Konda's eyes are the only visual indication of his transformation. They change color and begin to swivel around randomly.
- The Caligula: He's quite mad to begin with, and when Toshi steals his precious Power Source, he goes into full crazy mode and devotes the full resources of his empire to its pursuit.
- The Determinator: Konda kidnapped a god in order to secure everlasting prosperity for his kingdom. The gods turned on the mortal world as a result, and by the events of the novels, twenty years of war and strife have reduced Konda's once-mighty kingdom to a scarred fraction of its former size. In spite of all the death and suffering, Konda's blind pride refuses to let him see anything but victory.
- The Emperor: His role.
- A God Am I: Konda fancies himself the all-powerful eternal ruler of the realm.
- The Heavy: Konda is the central figure, not only of the mortal realm but of the story, and his actions drive the entire Kamigawa plot.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite all of this, he is still pure White. For added bonus see his depiction in Reverence.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Thanks to his stolen power.
- Parental Neglect: He cares more about his power than he does about his daughter, and rarely ever speaks to her or spends time with her.
- Sanity Slippage: He becomes more and more obsessed as the trilogy progresses.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His power turned him into The Caligula.
A demon-worshiping ogre mage that lives in the Sokenzan Mountains. Toshi's blood brother and co-founder of the Hyozan Reckoners.
- Affably Evil: Hidetsugu has civilized conversations with his guests, all while his prisoner screams in the background from having a superheated gem embedded in his chest.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He levels the entire Minamo academy to the ground because one of their students killed his apprentice in self defense.
- The Starscream: When he realizes his master fled from battle, he chases him back to the Honden of the All-Consuming and beats the shit out of him.
The Kami of the Crescent Moon, the mysterious, ever-smiling Mochi is the patron of the Soratami. He manipulated Konda into taking a piece of O-Kagachi as part of a plot to gain more jurisdiction than just a few moon phases.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His influence helped cause the Kami War. His role in the narrative, however, serves primarily to shed light to the protagonists (and the reader) on the origins of the War (though he tends to gloss over his own involvement). He seeks the eventual destruction of Konda's kingdom so that his worshippers, the Soratami, can remake the world in their image. However, shortly after his Soratami armada is finally launched to realize his goals, Konda discovers Mochi's betrayal and wipes out the Soratami fleet before they can do any real damage beyond Jukai Forest, bringing Mochi's endgame to a screeching halt.
- The Chessmaster: A very clever trickster; he might have succeeded in his plan had his former ally, Konda, not discovered his treachery.
- Karmic Death: Torn apart by the demonic Hidetsugu at the end of the novels. It is oh so satisfying.
- Meaningful Name: An especially clever and elusive one; "mochi" is rice dough, which the chubby little kami's body resembles. In Japanese lore, the moon holds the image of a rabbit pounding mochi dough (hence the association with the moon). Mochi's followers, the Soratami (or Moonfolk), bear physical similarities to rabbits. There's also a more direct pun involved: "mochi" can be short for "mochizuki" (望月), or "full moon".
Daughter of Lord Konda. It was around her birth that Lord Konda got the idea of capturing a piece of O-Kagachi for his ritual.
A fragment of the soul of O-Kagachi, stolen from the spirit realm by Lord Konda in order to perform a ritual that would make him invincible.
- Artifact of Attraction: Especially pronounced in Saviors of Kamigawa, where Konda and O-Kagachi himself both go on huge-scale rampages chasing after their prize.
- Barrier Maiden: She and Michiko team up after the war to become the new guardians of the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms.
- Fusion Dance: With Michiko.
- MacGuffin Turned Human: Takes a human form when Toshi releases her from the stone disc towards the end of the war.
The guardian archangel of the plane. Created by Sorin Markov, she was tasked with protecting mankind from the many monsters of Innistrad, but she was accidentally trapped within a mountain of silver known as Helvaut. The story of Innistrad is about how mankind almost became extinct during her imprisonment, as the holy magic she offered the clergy and the cathars (holy warriors) faded. She returned in the Avacyn Restored storyline thanks to the machinations of Liliana Vess.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: She was created by Sorin specifically for this reason: to give the humans their means to survive but never able to completely overthrow the forces of darkness. She seems to realize this, and has no real opinion on it. That is, until she starts to lose her mind.
- Battle Ballgown: Her armor.
- Big Good: Of Innistrad. In Shadows of Innistrad, things get a little shaken up.
- Blade on a Stick: Her moonsilver spear.
- Blood Is the New Black: At the end of "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", she appears with blood-stained wings.
- Boobs of Steel: She's the single most powerful angel in the game, more powerful even than Akroma. She's also the most well-endowed.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Or creator, in this case. She pins her corruption on Sorin because his intentions were not worthy in making her, and won't allow him to remake her now that she knows what he is.Avacyn: If I am not the daughter you want, then we must battle again, and again, forever. For I will never yield. I am no monster's instrument. I will not be altered by the likes of you.
- Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The goddess of her world, master of White mana, and ruler of the angels.
- Comeback Mechanic: A rare In-Universe example. According to Word of God, since Avacyn was created to maintain balance, the more dire things are for Innistrad's humans, the more powerful Avacyn becomes.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Church of Avacyn is a religion centered around her, and has many trappings associated with Roman Catholicism.
- Dark Is Not Evil:
- Sorin created her in his own image, with bleached white hair and black clothes (not to mention her deathly pale skin and black eyeliner and lipstick), but she is the protector of Innistrad's humans.
- Shifts to Dark Is Evil — or at least Dark Is Really, Really Down On Human Frailties — in the Shadows block. Also goes in hand with Light Is Not Good, being a White-aligned angel and what not.
- Death In The Limelight: "I Am Avacyn" is told from the POV of Avacyn, which ends with her death at Sorin's hands.
- Deity of Human Origin: She was created by Sorin Markov, after all, even if Sorin was already a planeswalker when he made her.
- Dying as Yourself: She spends her final moments standing against a creature of darkness and reaffirming her purpose as defender of humanity.
- Emotionless Girl: Word of God describes her as like a robot; she never smiles because she sees no purpose in it, though she feels a deep satisfaction in her work. In "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", one of the signs she's not in her right mind is that she starts to smile and laugh at the wanton destruction she weaves.
- FaceHeel Turn: Once the light of Innistrad and protector of humanity, Avacyn went mad and became and Omnicidal Maniac bent on wiping Innistrad clean of human life.
- Fallen Angel: After being driven mad by whispers from the moon.
- Fallen Hero: Goes off the deep end in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless".
- Flying Brick: Avacyn, Angel of Hope is a Nigh Invulnerable flier with 8 power and toughness.
- Guardian Angel: She was created to defend the whole of humanity on Innistrad, to the point that she can hear all their prayers for aid at once wherever she is.
- Heel Realization: When Sorin tells Avacyn that he created her, Avacyn's madness starts to lift and she realizes that he created her to protect the innocent — the innocent people that she had been slaughtering.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears an outfit made of black leather.
- Heroic Albino: Avacyn may have white hair and pale skin but she's the guardian angel of Innistrad. Starts to veer into Evil Albino starting in Shadows Over Innistrad.
- He Who Fights Monsters: She goes from fighting Innistrad's biggest threats to humanity to becoming the biggest threat to humanity, although her corruption certainly didn't help.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Got trapped in the rock she used to trap demons. A rare heroic example, therefore.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her speciality.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of a bitter and bereft Sorin, who couldn't bring himself to look at her face as he unmade her.
- Kill It with Fire: She starts setting villages ablaze and burning humans to a crisp in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless".
- Knight Templar:
- Starting with "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless" she is attempting to wipe out humanity, believing them to be, in their own way, just as bad as the monsters she fights.
- Even before that, Avacyn seemed to have very rigid ideas about good and evil. There used to be a fourth angel alongside Sigarda, Bruna and Gisela,note whom they shunned for consorting with the very sort of creature the angels were supposed to fight, though she argued that to defeat their enemies they had to know those enemies. When this angel made an alliance with a demon lord, Avacyn branded her a heretic, annihilated her and her small flight of angels, and made it forbidden to speak her name.
- Light Is Not Good: In Shadows over Innistrad, Avacyn and the other angels begin "purifying" the world by slaughtering the humans.
- Lunacy: She is essentially a moon goddess. Her whole church is based on lunar worship, her symbol is a stylized heron (which is associated with Innistrad's moon because its craters look like a heron), and her holy magic is associated with the moon. And of course, when there is something wrong with the moon, it affects her, too.
- Madness Mantra:
- Starts hearing a few in "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless": The seeds of men are rotten, and All will burn. All will bleed.
- As she tries to cope with the realizations being given to her by Sorin in "I Am Avacyn", she mentally repeats "I am Avacyn. I am to protect," and "An angel is made of goodness — is goodness made of an angel's acts?"
- Nigh Invulnerable: Her special ability projects this unto all creatures you control.
- Not So Stoic: As mentioned in Emotionless Girl above, she displays very little emotion to the point where some (including the writers) question whether she can feel any. "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless" shows that she can, and it is terrifying.
- Obliviously Evil: She seems to think that she is right in destroying humanity to cleanse the plane, and it isn't until she has a Heel Realization when she meets Sorin that she sees what she is doing is wrong.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Once she goes off the deep end and decides that, for peace to come to Innistrad, humans have got to go.
- Our Angels Are Different: Innistrad's angels are usually your typical sort (by that, we mean winged women with white robes, not the biblical things), but she is a Gothic woman that governs the plane's White Magic and all that entails; when she's gone, holy magic becomes weaker, and her servant angels disappear.
- Prophet Eyes: Her eyes are pure white in color, possibly to show she's a supernatural being. They start turning black in Shadows over Innistrad, though.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: She was trapped in the Helvault during her duel with Griselbrand, and the only way to release her was to set all the trapped demons free with her.
- Sealed Good in a Can: As a result of Griselbrand's plan, Avacyn was trapped in the Helvault for most of the original Innistrad block until Thalia destroyed it.
- Statuesque Stunner: "The angel at her side stepped forward, a full head shorter than Avacyn, yet I still tilted my head to look upon her face."
- Through the Eyes of Madness: "I Am Avacyn" is mostly in Avacyn's point of view, and she sees humans and vampires as monsters ridden with Body Horror.
- Tragic Villain: Her villainy in the Shadows Over Innistrad block was not of her own volition; she was simply doing her job until she was struck with delusions caused by Nahiri's magic.Avacyn: I can only say to you, in this, my final prayer to the world, that I only ever meant to keep the innocent from harm. I am Avacyn. I am to protect.
- Would Hurt a Child: In "A Gaze Blank and Pitiless", she has every intention of hunting down and killing the child she saved a few months before, once she's done with his mother and their village. In her visions in "I Am Avacyn", she sees a mother crying over her child, implying that she had personally had a hand in killing children.
Three guardian angels, in the service of Avacyn. Gisela is the Red- and White-aligned angel that trains the cathars. Bruna is the White and Blue angel who personifies the "Blessed Sleep", preserving the dead and protecting them from desecration (forcible resurrection, being made into skaabs, etc.). Sigarda is the Green- and White-aligned angel whose flight primarily protects humans from harm while they are alive. When Avacyn returned and descended into madness, their reactions to joining her crusade were... mixed.
- Angelic Abomination: The two-headed, horrific thing that is Brisela, Voice of Nightmares, formed of a Fusion Dance between Bruna and Gisela.
- Big Good: With Avacyn gone, Sigarda is more or less the only major force standing between the humans of Innistrad and destruction.
- Defector from Decadence: Sigarda was the only one of them to reject Avacyn's genocidal crusade, abandoning the angelic hosts to fight in humanity's defense.
- FaceHeel Turn: Gisela and Bruna are on-board with Avacyn's plan to Kill All Humans.
- Fusion Dance: Emrakul's corruption merged Bruna and Gisela into Brisela, Voice of Nightmares.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Gisela took Avacyn's disappearance the worst.
- Sigarda, meanwhile, openly wept when she beheld Brisela, the horror that her sisters had turned into.
- Hour of Power: During the Feast of Goldnight, when the sun is at its highest and doesn't dip below the horizon for two whole days, fully obscuring the moon, Avacynian wards and magic are at their strongest.
- Humans Are Special: The Flight of Herons protects humans with their wards while they live.
- Number Two: Gisela was Avacyn's chief confidant.
- Only Sane Man: Sigarda doesn't abandon humanity when her sisters and Avacyn descend into madness. This all comes to a head when Sigarda battles Brisela, the melding of Bruna and Gisela thanks to Emrakul.
- Shame If Something Happened: Avacyn, Gisela, and Bruna's threats to Sigarda to join them in their crusade were about as subtle as a moonsilver spear to the back of the head. Sigarda still said no.
- The Nothing After Death: The Blessed Sleep, personified by the Flight of Alabaster, is the best reward for a good and virtuous life one can hope for on Innistrad; the deceased is sequestered to quiet and restful oblivion rather than being used as parts for a skaab or having their tortured spirit wandering the land.
- The Power of the Sun: Gisela and her flight are associated with the sun, the opposite of Avacyn and her Lunacy.
- The Remnant: Bruna and her Flight of Alabaster refused to go down without a fight while Avacyn was AWOL.
Distantly related to the Lunarch and once nobles, these twins were banished to the moorlands. Geralf is a skaaberen (a Blue-aligned Mad Scientist specializing in Flesh Golems) and Gisa a ghoulcaller (a Black-aligned necromancer); both wage war against each other with undead hordes. They eventually invaded Thraben during Avacyn's imprisonment, resulting in the Lunarch's death. After the events of Avacyn Restored, Gisa is imprisoned by the cathars, but is rescued by Geralf's skaabs and ends up meeting and helping Nahiri, whereas Geralf seeks apprenticeship under Ludevic, Innistrad's most infamous necro-alchemist.
- Adorkable: In some twisted way, Geralf's enthusiasm with his job and his fanboyish letters to Ludevic make him portray this trope quite well.
- Ax-Crazy: Gisa is very much insane.
- Butt-Monkey: Geralf verges on this.
- Captain Obvious: After breaking out of prison, Gisa sends Geralf a letter saying, "GUESS WHO JUST BROKE OUT OF PRISON!" ...and signs it herself. Geralf notes that putting forth a "guess who/what" question and then immediately answering it defeats its purpose.
- Deadpan Snarker: They both have plenty of moments, but every other sentence of Geralf drips with sarcastic wit.
- Enemy Mine: They put their sibling rivalry on hold to combat Emrakul's brood.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Gisa tells Geralf that she raises their dead parents to chat, Geralf is clearly upset.Geralf: You are being incredibly irresponsible. Put Mummy and Father back in the ground where they belong.
- Fallen Princess: Both of them were once nobles. This is especially apparent with Gisa, who still wears what appears to be a tattered ballgown.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Gisa is the foolish one and Geralf is the responsible one. According to Geralf, at least.
- Improvised Weapon: As shown in their cooperative art, Geralf makes do with a pitchfork to fend off Emrakul's brood, while Gisa sticks to her trusty shovel.
- In the Blood: Affinity for the dark arts seems to run in the family; their mother in particular was regarded as a very talented necromancer, and their family was a good acquaintance of Ludevic.
- Laughably Evil: They are both quite evil, but their childish bickering leads the stories that focus on them in a rather comical direction.
- Necromancer: Both of them, though Gisa is the more traditional Black Magic using one.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Or at least what Gisa wears used to be one. She even tops it off with a veiled tiara.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Both of them. Geralf tries to hide it beneath a Mask of Sanity, acting like the mature and responsible sibling. Gisa, on the other hand, is openly childish and psychotic.
- Quantity vs. Quality: Gisa vs Geralf, respectively. Gisa favors swarming the field with an army of uniform zombies, whereas Geralf prefers to create a single customized zombie.
- Shovel Strike: This is Gisa's weapon of choice, and in her card art she's gleefully about to swing it at the viewer.
- Sibling Rivalry: They do not get along at all.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: On one hand, we have Geralf, who is cold, composed and academical in his pursuit of ghoul-stitching. On the other, we have Gisa, openly psychotic, loud, cheery, and fond of raising the dead en masse at a moment's notice.
- The Sociopath: Both seem to lack empathy, though Geralf fits the model more closely, what with his egomania and so. At least Gisa seems to be enjoying herself.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the wake of Avacyn's unmaking and Emrakul's arrival, the Cecani siblings have temporarily put aside their petty feud to fight back the eldritch horrors consuming the plane.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite, and eventually after, Geralf's constant reminder that it is his skaabs who break Gisa free, she doesn't thank him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They insult and snark at each other all the time... but they're willing to join forces to invade Thraben, Geralf sent his zombies to break Gisa out of prison, and Gisa often writes letters about her life to Geralf. One gets the sense that there's some strange sort of affection there."These fiends are slightly less tolerable than you."
"A sentiment that warms my heart, sister."
The chief of Avacyn's church. Killed by Geralf and made a zombie by Liliana.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He is reanimated as a zombie in Dark Ascension.
- Crisis of Faith: When Avacyn disappears. He has no idea what to do.
Sorin's grandfather, the world's first vampire, who made a pact with a demon in other to achieve immortality for him and his grandson. Unfortunately, Sorin was traumatized, and feeling guilty over the actions his vampire brethren inflicted on Innistrad's humans, Edgar's grandson created Avacyn, ensuring vampires would be pushed back. This made Edgar bitter, and to this day Sorin is not welcome in the family manor.
- Big Bad: Creative introduced him as such in commentaries. So far, he has done very little, if anything, to warrant such a reputation. Yet.
- Deal with the Devil: Edgar made a pact with a demon, which led to him becoming a vampire.
- The Ghost: One of the most important players on all of Innistrad, but has not appeared in card form or on the art of any card. Until Commander 2017. Even then, they're careful to not associate him with a specific time period or event, simply that he exists, is powerful, and commands the obedience of other vampires.
- Immortality Seeker: The reason why he became a vampire.
- Light Is Not Good: His long awaited card is part-White aligned.
- Monster Progenitor: He is the first vampire in Innistrad. His grandson Sorin is the second.
- Orcus on His Throne: As mentioned, he doesn't do much. He's done plenty, but his actions are effectively part of the plane's ecology now.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They're not undead and they're the result of demonic magic, which involved drinking the blood of an angel.
A young Cathar rapidly rising in the ranks as humanity's defenses crumble, Thalia has become the new Guardian of Thraben in the wake of her mentor Mikaeus's death, and seems to be the last human to lead the fight against the ever-growing power of Innistrad's monsters.
- Badass Normal: Thalia's not a mage or divinely empowered, but you have to be a badass to still be fighting with the Cathars at this point in Innistrad's history.
- Defector from Decadence: In the Shadows over Innistrad block, Thalia leaves the Church of Avacyn as the Lunarch Inquisition becomes depraved and ruthless.
- Determinator: Steadfastly refuses to give up in the face of increasingly hopeless odds.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Thalia is empowered greatly by her bonding with Saint Traft, to the point where she is able to heal battle wounds in a matter of seconds and manifest a set of angelic wings. Furthermore, this allows her to wield Avacyn's spear. And with said spear, she's able to Mercy Kill Brisela.
- Kill It with Fire: Her orders to evacuate the outer ring of Thraben and pull down all the thatch available in the face of a Zombie Apocalypse convince most of the soldiers she's lost her wits, but she proceeds to nearly obliterate Geralf and Gisa's entire army with a single match.
- Lady of War: Very pretty, and her First Strike ability and low toughness indicates she fights more with her wits and finesse than brute strength.
- Mercy Kill: She does this to a young cathar who becomes lost in Emrakul's corruption.
- Sadistic Choice: Break the Helvault, betraying your final duty and risking whatever disaster Mikaeus wanted to avert, or watch her comrades get eaten alive by Liliana's ghouls? Thankfully giving in to Liliana's demands and destroying the Helvault may well have saved humanity from extinction.
- Willing Channeler: Becomes one for the Geist of Saint Traft sometime after Avacyn becomes mad and the Lunarch Church launches its inquisition due to Emrakul's influence on Innistrad.
One of the demon lords of Innistrad, object of worship by the Skirsdag cult, and one of the demons who claims ownership of Liliana's soul. He is the quarry Liliana has come to the plane to fight against...but nobody can seem to figure out where he is. Griselbrand was trapped in the Helvault along with Avacyn after his gambit to release the demons within and/or trap Avacyn forever went sour. When the Helvault shattered, Griselbrand escaped and quietly retreated to bide his time for future mischief. Unfortunately for him, Liliana followed him.
- Arc Villain: Ultimately the one directly responsible for the events of the Innistrad block.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Before Avacyn Restored even came out, it was revealed that Griselbrand is killed shortly after his release by Liliana.
- Deal with the Devil: His card's ability. You can get yourself a nice new hand of cards. And you don't even have to throw away your current hand! All it'll cost you is seven life.
- Game-Breaker: Drawing seven cards at instant speed for a mere seven life, while Black is a color where someone will, as R&D describes it, "rip their own arm off and beat you to death with it"? It didn't take long for him to go right on the EDH ban list. The kicker? He has lifelink! And he's a 7/7! All he has to do is hit something, anything, and he'll pay for his own ability.
- Killed Off for Real: By Liliana.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: Inside the Helvault with Avacyn.
- Smug Snake: His arrogance is mentioned repeatedly in the fluff, but things don't really go the way he planned. It's mentioned he underestimated Liliana quite a lot before she destroyed him easily with the Chain Veil.
- The Chessmaster: He had an elaborate plan to defeat the angels and bring the demons to power. His death has set the scheme back a bit.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He knows better than to stick around when Avacyn's heavenly host gathers and divine magic goes into overdrive, but escaping his doomed plan doesn't save him from Liliana...
- We Will Meet Again: Or not.
A powerful demon lord who was sealed in a magical blade called Elbrus. He is infamous for killing Saint Traft.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: See that twig that's being destroyed casually by his wing? That's a Church Tower.
- Artifact of Doom: He's sealed inside Elbrus, the Binding Blade.
- Dark Is Evil: Like all of Magic's demons, Withengar is made of pure black mana.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Take a look at his card.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Withengar can't die, but he can be trapped inside of a magic knife called Elbrus. He was stuck in there for a very long time.
The first and current head of the Voldaren vampire family. Most vampires agree that she throws the best parties, but her human guests would probably disagree, in the unlikely event they lived through them.
- A Glass of Chianti: Several artworks show her with a glass of red drink in hand.
- Deal with the Devil: She's the devil in the equation, asking Sorin for some favor (which involves removing Avacyn) to help him fight Nahiri. True to the trope, however, when Sorin loses the battle, she laughs at his plight and leaves him to rot.
- Enemy Mine: Her lineage, now geared up for war, go into battle alongside Thalia and her Order of Saint Traft cathars against Emrakul's minions and the abomination Brisela.
- Evil Redhead: Her hair is vivid red.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts as though she doesn't care about the world's imminent destruction when Sorin tells her only he can save Innistrad, but the next thing she does is ally with the Thalia to try to save it herself. Given that despite Sorin's claims when he was free he hadn't done anything but try to get revenge on Nahiri, she may have simply not believed him.
- Puny Humans: She has a very low opinion of humanity, considering humans to be ephemeral nonentities only valuable as a food source."I have seen a hundred mortal families rise and fall. I shall outlast a thousand more."
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She has yet to be seen wearing something that is not black, and as stated her hair is red. And she's not a good person.
- Flesh Golem: His expertise in making these is one reason why Geralf seeks him.
- "'I am lord of the pantheon. I am the greatest of these."
The Theran god of the Sun, presiding over law, justice, retribution, honor, ethics, speeches, marriages, dawn meals, and self sacrifice. His color alignment is White.
- Ambition Is Evil: His ambition to be king of the gods causes a great deal of the trouble in the Theros block.
- Arc Villain: The real villain of the Theros cycle.
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon is a spear called Khrusor.
- The Caligula: The entirely self-entitled king of the gods is an insane tyrant.
- Composite Character: Of Helios and Zeus. Also, given his role on the storyline and personality, possibly of the Demiurge.
- Evil Is Petty: The sheer nastiness he descends into just to stick it to people (and gods) he dislikes is awe-inspiring.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His reason for killing Elspeth.Heliod: You are too much like the satyr. Your eyes have seen things I can't fathom. And a champion cannot know more than her god.
- Hate Sink: Given how he is written as a petty, traitorous, hate-filled bastard in Godsend, it's unlikely that he was intended to be particularly sympathetic.
- Hero Killer: He murders Elspeth with his spear.
- It's All About Me: He is motivated entirely by a sense of entitlement and falls into jealousy rather quickly.
- Jerkass: There is simply no way to describe his sheer arrogance, carelessness and petty acts of cruelty.
- Jerkass Gods: Perhaps the biggest offender, being prone to violent retribution.
- Karma Houdini: The atrocities he commits are never repaid upon him in the Godsend saga.
- Kick the Dog: Killing Elspeth is the standout example.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Tries to pull this off on Elspeth and Purphoros alike. The former most often.
- Knight Templar: The reason Heliod remains White despite his It's All About Me tendencies: he believes his actions are truly for the good of Theros.
- Light 'em Up: As the sun god of Theros, it's a given.
- Light Is Not Good: He's a sun god, but is one of the most ruthless of the gods of Theros. He's also the real villain of the Theros Block.
- Mook Maker: His card can summon 2/1 Cleric tokens.
- Named Weapons: His spear Krushor, which can be thrown to hit anywhere in Theros.
- Odd Job Gods: Presides, among other things, over dawn meals.note
- Pride: Basically his character flaw. It's tearing the world apart because of his progressively more taxing demands for acknowledgement.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's basically throwing one hell of a temper tantrum because he wants acknowledgement.
- The Power of the Sun: The Theros sun god. And not the first one at that.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: His goals for starting the war between the gods is to get more praise, and he got the opposite when most of the other gods found out and begun to despise him. Elspeth, meanwhile, became recognized by the denizens of Theros as a hero. On top of that, his murder of Elspeth prompted Ajani to spread the story of what happened, sparking a burgeoning movement to stop worshipping the gods, and since the gods of Theros are powered by belief...
- Treacherous Advisor: Sets up Elspeth as his Champion, only to use her to his own selfish ends.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: To Elspeth.
The Theran god of the sea, presiding over aquatic creatures, ancient knowledge, murmurs, gradual change, introspection, vast distances, long voyages and patterns. Her color alignment is Blue.
- Bad Boss: Orders Kiora's army of monsters to slaughter legions of tritons just to make a point to the Planeswalker.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Thassa is slow to anger, yet is implacable once roused. This becomes a plot point when she learns of Kiora's actions during Born of the Gods; their resulting feud makes sea travel very difficult for a certain Champion's attempt to get to Kruphix's temple at the edge of the world.
- Evil Gloating: Takes her sweet time trashtalking Kiora after she has already won, which allows Kiora to book it with Dekella. To be fair, she was trying to put on a show to encourage the tritons to worship her.
- Expy: Of Thalassa.
- Making a Splash: As the God of the sea, she has control over water.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: She looks like one and many of her worshipers are Tritons, the merfolk of Theros.
- Named Weapons: Her bident, which she uses to control the sea monsters of her plane, is named Dekella.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Her weapon is a bident called Dekella. It's later stolen from her by Kiora.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Godsend at least, where she quickly understands Elspeth and Ajani are not to blame for the plane's troubles and defends Purphoros against Heliod's paranoid accusations. In other stories, however, she is depicted as rather petty, like with her duel with Kiora.
- Unblockable Attack: Her mana ability makes an attacking creature unblockable.
The Theran god of the Underworld, born from the first shadow cast by the Sun, and banished into the lower realms by Heliod. Presides over death, misfortune, ill fate, begrudging acceptance, envy, bitterness and wealth. His color alignment is Black.
- Casting a Shadow: An interesting subversion: as the god of the Underworld, he is both unconnected from sunlight and from the realm of Nyx, the night sky, thus he has no particular control over magical darkness despite his color-identity.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's mono-black, but is (relatively) one of the more benevolent gods of Theros.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Treats those who call on them compassionately, and is firm but ultimately benevolent to the dead.
- Expy: Of Hades, with the name of an older protogenoi deity.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. Like the mythological Hades, while Erebos's domains include some rather unpleasant things like death and bitterness, he is also a god of wealth, and treats those who call on his name with compassion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does morally questionable things from time to time (his repeated attempts to capture and possess Daxos come to mind), but he's ultimately capable of genuine moments of compassion, as shown in "Emonberry Red".
- Named Weapons: Mastix, a seemingly endlessly long whip he uses as a weapon and to drag wayward souls back to the Underworld.
- Necromancer: His whip's ability can bring back creatures from the graveyard for one turn.
- Religion of Evil: Played with. While most of Erebos's worshippers are benign, there is a minority among them who exalt death and seek to have Erebos battle Heliod. This minority happens to be the most dangerous of them.
- Whip It Good: His Weapon of Choice is a whip called Mastix.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: As the god of wealth, Erebos is venerated by a money cult. Erebos himself doesn't care much about gold, especially when it's common in the Underworld. Actual underworld currency is coinage minted from the clay of funerary masks.
- You Can't Fight Fate: This is basically his hat. He is benevolent to those who resign themselves to their fates, but becomes enraged should someone attempt to flee from the Underworld, trying to pull them back with Mastix.
The Theran god of the forge, fire, "the restless Earth", labor, passion and artistry. His color alignment is Red.
- Cool Sword: He created a blade of chaos during his original conflict with Heliod, which is so powerful it can tear Nyx apart. The same sword later becomes the Godsend after he loses it during the battle.
- Drop the Hammer: His relic is a hammer called Akmon.
- Elemental Powers: Has domain over most of Red's elements, chiefly earth, metal and fire.
- Expy: Of Hephaestus.
- Mad Artist: Purphoros follows no rules save his own creative and destructive impulses. He will forge great artifacts only to dash them to pieces and start anew, or flood an area with lava to make way for something new.
- Magma Man: He appears as a muscular man made from lava.
- Mind Rape: The victim of this by Kruphix.
- Meaningful Name: Derived from "Pyrphoros", the title of Prometheus, the giant who brought fire to the humans.
- Mood-Swinger: When frustrated, Purphoros can fall into despondency before lashing out at the world.
- Named Weapons: He wields a warhammer named Akmon.
- Rebellious Spirit: Is defenitely having none of Heliod's tyranny.
The Theran god of the hunt, the seasons, forests, predation, hunger, metamorphosis and rebirth. Her color alignment is Green.
- Archer Archetype: Her weapon of choice is a shortbow called Ephixis.
- Big Good: Of the Theros block. She is ultimately the one god who sees through Xenagos before his ascension, and she is the most helpful to Elspeth and Ajani, providing some assistance during their fight against Xenagos and trying to evacuate them from Heliod's wrath.
- Cassandra Truth: She discovers Xenagos's plan, but the other gods only listen to her when it's too late.
- Expy: As a bow-wielding goddess of wilderness and the hunt, she's clearly meant to be one for Artemis.
- Hypocrite: Hates and kills sport hunters... while using insects as her target practice (illusory ones, though).
- Irony: She hates hunters even though she is the goddess of the hunt.
- Nature Hero: Comes with being a green deity.
- Named Weapons: Her shortbow, Ephixis.
- Only Sane Man: She is the only one amidst the gods who remains neutral to Heliod and Purphoros' conflict. She's also the only one to understand Xenagos's plan, and the only one who ultimately acknowledges that Elspeth is not responsible for Xenagos's ascension.
- Seasonal Baggage: Word of God says that each of the four abilities of the Bow of Nylea card represents one season.
- The Social Darwinist: Also comes with being a green deity.
The Theran goddess of magic and scholarship and one of the 10 minor gods. She taught the inhabitants of Meletis the art of spellcasting which led to the overthrowing of the tyrannical Archon Agnomakhos. She became the patron goddess of Meletis ever since. Her color alignment is White/Blue.
- Benevolent Precursors: As a contrast to most of the other gods, she helped the humans of Meletis overthrow Agnomakhos by teaching them magic.
- Expy: Of Athena who's the patron goddess of the city of Athens of which Meletis is based off of. Ephara also shares similarities with Hera, both being goddesses of civilization, structure and buildings, and her image of carrying a leaking pot reminds one of the sign of Aquarius, associated with Hera.
- Revenge by Proxy: In Godsend she does like when Heliod's followers die. Granted, the guy is a douchebag, but it's still very callous of her.
- Western Zodiac: Her artwork shows her pouring a jar filled with what can best be described as galaxy-water. This brings to mind Aquarius, especially since it as the sign associated with the goddess Hera, which she takes visual clues from.
A minor god of Theros, who is the ferryman to the Underworld. His color alignment is White/Black.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Similar to Erebos, he's an okay guy with a really morbid job. He probably doesn't get invited to the other gods' parties, though.
- Expy: Of Charon, the ferryman of the underworld of Greek mythology.
- The Ferryman: He ferries dead across the rivers that girdle the Underworld. Incorporated into his card, which forces your opponent to pay a toll of life in order to ensure that your creatures stay dead.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Uses undead gryphons to snatch whoever is unwilling to go with him.
- Psychopomp: Comes with being a stand-in for Charon.
- Sickly Green Glow: The artwork for his card and his Sentry of the Underworld both feature eerie green gas and lighting. This may be a feature of the rivers that Athreos ferries souls across.
One of the 10 "minor" gods of Theros, Phenax is the Theran god of lies and deceit. He plays an important role in the Theros storyline, being associated with Ashiok. His color alignment is Blue/Black.
- Ambition Is Evil: Ambition at the expense of the natural order is his moto.
- Badass Gay: He's openly attracted to men, and the "badass' part is a given when you're a deity.
- Bargain with Heaven: Ashiok seemingly committed this with him.
- The Blank: His default form is in the likeness of the Nostron (the "Returned"), having no face to speak of and wearing a golden mask. Quite fitting for the god of deceit.
- Creepy Crows: Seemingly associated with them.
- Dark Is Evil: Or at least very much a jerk.
- Depraved Homosexual: In the short story The Consequences of Attraction, he cursed a woman and turned her into a siren because she basically "stole" a guy he was in love with.
- Expy: He seems to share some traits with Hermes, particularly in his attributes as a deceptive god, only without the charm and benevolence of the mythological counterpart. Like Hermes, he is also associated with death (albeit in the exact opposite way; instead of bringing souls into the Underworld, he takes the Returned out) and with LGBT romance (albeit in the case of Hermes it was benevolent patronship, while with Phenax is throwing a hissy fit over someone else "stealing his lover"). Also similar to Eris, goddess of discord; like her, he manipulates everyone into offing themselves for his benefit.
- God of Evil: God of deception, lies, deceit. Not to mention an utter jerk about it. Also the patron of the criminals.
- I Love the Dead: At least according to Xenagos's Double Entendre in the Born Of The Gods trailer.
- Jackass Genie: Pray to him to avoid looking at a gorgon? He'll be happy to permanently blind you.
- Jerkass Gods: And how! Enough that Heliod (who is far from a role model himself) wants him gone.
- Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being a god of deceit.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Governs over the Nostron (the Returned), Theros' tragic, shade-like zombies. Quite fitting, considering he's all about subverting fate... and screwing with people.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Appearently he escaped imprisonment in the Underworld imposed by Heliod himself.
- Visionary Villain: Plans to create another necropolis for the Returned, which apparently is all part of his grander plan.
- White Mask of Doom: Well, gold, but same difference.
- Yandere: Given his treatment of Xandria.
A minor god of Theros, Keranos is the god of storms and is known for delivering prophecies. His color alignment is Blue/Red.
- Elemental Powers: Has domain over elements common in a Blue/Red combo, chiefly air, lightning and the weather.
- Expy: Of Apollo, a god of prophecy who is also associated with storms. He also bears some similarities to the Anemoi, the greek wind gods. His name is also an epithet of Zeus, though he personality wise has nothing to do with him beyond the connection with lightning.
A minor god of Theros, Mogis is worshiped by the Minotaurs as the god of blood lust, wanton violence, murder, cannibalism, and the anger and fear that arises from war. His color alignment is Black/Red.
- A Load of Bull: His default form is a giant axe-bearing minotaur, and the savage bull-men are his main mortal worshippers.
- The Corrupter: It was him who created the catoblepas (which, like their mythological counterparts, are evil pestilence breathing beasts) by cursing an arrogant farmer's cows. Also his influence lies on the hearts of all people.
- Evil Twin: Mogis represents the anger and blood lust of war in contrast to his twin brother Iroas' domain over the honor and sportsmanship of competition.
- Expy: Shares similarities with Ares who's a blood-thirsty War God. Also with Phobos and/or Deimos, which are similarly twins of war.
- God of Evil: God of bloodlust, anger, hatred and other violent, negative emotions. Also quite possibly literally the god of evil, as he is described as the god of malice and in the short story The Nature of Identity his corrupting influence is described in almost satanic terms.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eye is adopted into slang in Meletis which means a violent death.
- Sadistic Choice: His card offers his opponents the choice of losing life or sacrificing a creature every upkeep.
- Satanic Archetype: In addition to drawing parallels to some Greek gods, he also draws some to Satan as well in that he corrupts the hearts of men into violence and hate. Being a minotaur only helps establish the connection.
- War God: He's technically the god of bloodlust and fear caused by warfare but he still counts.
A minor goddess of Theros, Pharika is the goddess of medicine, poison, and snakes. Commonly worshiped by Gorgons. Prayers to her are written on letters and wrapped in ceramics to be dumped in bogs. Her color alignment is Black/Green.
- Blood Magic: It's said that she hid many medical cures inside the blood of gorgons.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Or at least her worshipers aren't, since they work as healers and even aided Elspeth.
- Deadly Doctor: Is the goddess of medicine and poison, both being two sides of the same coin.
- Expy: Of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine (with some aspects of Apollo in his plague bearer aspect), and of Hecate, which is also a magician goddess associated with cures and dark things.
- The Medic: The Theros goddess of medicine.
- Medusa: Some of her followers are gorgons, and she herself takes the form of a gigantic gorgon.
- Poisonous Person: The Theros goddess of poison.
- The Sacred Darkness: Of the "double edged sword between disease and plague" sort of way.
- Snake People: She has a serpentine body from the waist down.
A new, minor deity of Theros, Xenagos is the god of revelry, and ascended using the power of a victory celebration thrown by the citizens of Akros. His color alignment is Red/Green.
See Xenagos on the Magic: the Gathering Planeswalkers Post-Mending page.
A minor god of Theros, Iroas is the god of competition, honorable combat, and victory. Also the patron god of Akros where people throw ceremonies similar to the Olympics. His color alignment is Red/White.
- A Load of Bull: His lower body is that of a bull, reflecting how he is Mogis's brother and opposite.
- Blade on a Stick: He wields a spear.
- Cool Helmet: He wears a warrior's helmet that covers his head.
- Expy: Of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Also of Mars or Ares in his spartan aspect, as opposed to his twin, Mogis, who is Ares in his normal, God of Evil aspect.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me
- Our Centaurs Are Different: His default form, in contrast to his brother's minotaur form. His lower body, however, is that of a bull rather than of a horse.
- War God: In contrast to his brother Mogis, he represents sportsmanship, honorable warfare and glorious victories.
A minor goddess of Theros, Karametra is the goddess of agriculture, the hearth and orphans. She serves as both an associate and rival towards Nylea. Her color alignment is Green/White.
- Elemental Hair: Her locks are made of vines.
- Expy: Of Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture, and of Hestia, goddess of the hearth and family.
- Green Thumb: The Theros goddess of agriculture.
- Order Versus Chaos: The reason why Karametra and Nylea are rivals. While Nylea represents the untamed wilderness, Karametra stands for farming, which is control over nature.
- Orphanage of Love: Her followers run one.
- Orphan's Ordeal: She helps others through these as the goddess of orphans.
A minor god of Theros, who is associated with horizons, dawns, mysteries, and prophecies. He helps Elspeth and Ajani reach Nyx to confront Xenagos. His color alignment is Green/Blue.
- Almighty Janitor: A "minor" god, but also the eldest (as far as he or anyone else knows) and as shown in Godsend is powerful enough to keep all thirteen of the other gods inside Nyx.
- Badass Grandpa: As the "eldest" of the gods.
- Godsend reveals he is powerful enough to force all thirteen of the others to stay in Nyx, if only for a while before they start meddling with the mortal world again.
- Expy: Of Phanes and Ananke, Greek primordial deities of cycles and inevitability. Also of Eos, if his role as a dawn deity is indeed a correct assessment.
- The Faceless: Usually manifests as a silhouette of Nyx. Fitting for a god of mysteries.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Kruphix explains that the gods are mortal beliefs made real by the magic of Nyx, he himself coming into being when a mortal first began to wonder. Their existence is dependant upon those beliefs continuing.
- Living Shadow: His form is pure Nyx, being essentially a vaguely humanoid piece of the night sky.
- Mind Rape: Performs this on Purphoros.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four arms.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If he hadn't banished the gods to Nyx, Nylea might have been able to prevent Xenagos from ascending.
- The Omniscient: Played with. As the god of mysteries, he knows everything that everyone on Theros knows. This includes planeswalkers, so Kruphix knows of the Eldrazi, Nicol Bolas, and Phyrexia.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the "eldest" of the gods, his wisdom and concern are definitely shown.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: He holds the knowledge of such, and a quote of his from Dictate of Kruphix sums it up:"Knowledge is cruel. It will break your heart and test your allegiances. Are you certain you want this curse?"
The monarchs of the polis of Akros.
- Ambiguously Bi: In his eponymous story, "Prince Akros", Anax has some homoerotic subtext with other male youths, particularly his "friend" Zotikos. Nonetheless, he settles with Cymede, though it's stated to be an arranged marriage. In Godsend, it's also implied that Anax likes seeing the Akroan games for the men there.
- Arranged Marriage
- Batman Gambit: Anax exploits his brother's lessons to Cripple the Competition by presenting the choice between a safe takedown and the kneebar that crippled Anax's mentor. The brother falls for it without a second thought, and not only loses the competition, he is convicted of treason when Anax calls him out.
- Crippling the Competition: Exploited.
- Elemental Powers: Cymede has control over water and earth, something she doesn't share with even her husband.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Their card's flavor text: Akros's greatest heroes are also its royalty.
- Youngest Child Wins: Inverted. Helps that the younger brother is both evil and a moron.
Daxos was an oracle of the gods from Meletis who joins Elspeth on her journey. He ends up dying as a result of Xenagos using mind control and comes back as Daxos the Returned◊.
- And I Must Scream: His ultimate fate is being revived as a Returned who pursues Elspeth even though she is dead. The Commander 2015 set shows that he is still condemned to this fate.
- Came Back Wrong: Erebos cheats Elspeth her end of the deal, as seen in And I Must Scream above.
- Cool Mask: Gets a golden face mask as a result of coming back as a Returned.
- Fallen Hero: As a Returned.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: His Weapon of Choice.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Xenagos uses mind control to manipulate Elspeth into stabbing him to death.
- Mook Maker: He is able to create spirits after being brought back. The spirits grow in power and toughness the more enchantments you play.
- Ship Sinking: His love for Elspeth is interrupted by his own death at her hands, as a result of Xenagos mind-controlling her. Even when Elspeth makes a deal with Erebos to bring him back before her own death, he is returned as a zombie and the two are further separated.
- Stalker with a Crush: He loses most of his memories as a Returned, but has kept enough to remember Elspeth and seek her out. Unfortunately, he is unaware that she is condemned to the Theros Underworld.
- Unblockable Attack: Somewhat. His original card can't be blocked by creatures 3 or greater (keep in mind that he himself is a 2/2).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His card art shows him bare-chested. Gets what looks to be a toga as a Returned, though most of his chest is still visible.
An historical Archon tyrant that once ruled what is now Meletis, then defeated by the humans, who used Ephara's magic.
- Evil Overlord: Down to having leonin mooks!
- Light Is Not Good: Being an Archon and all. He was an angelic being of pure White mana... and also a cruel, ruthless tyrant.
- Our Archons Are Different: Theros archons are eeeevil tyrants and he was their emperor before being killed off by two men with The Power of Love (uninentionally somewhat true to Gnosticism).
- Posthumous Character: By the time the events of the Theros block happen, he's been dead for centuries.
A philosopher hailing from the polis of Meletis, and the teacher to many of Meletis's children. Consults with Ephara herself when she sleeps.
- Cool Teacher: Refuses to treat her students as morons, although she is seen admonishing them to be patient when formulating answers to philosophical questions.
A triton — Theros' native merfolk — speaker of the Siren Sea. Upon Kiora's arrival in Theros, she presses him into service as her guide.
- God Guise: Averted. While most of the local tritons are impressed enough by Kiora's display of power to think this, Kalemnos points out several inconsistencies with the actual Thassa's appearances. Though it should be noted that Kiora wasn't trying very hard.
- Join or DieKiora: I like you. I also have a sea monster. Want to help?
The human prison warden of Akros. Master of the magic of hieromancy. Teaches a young Kytheon Iora the art of hieromancy during his incarceration.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he's unhappy about the prison riot that happened because of Kytheon, he's willing to talk to the youngster and see the latter's potential, thus taking young Kytheon under his wings.
King of Fiora, he recently died and returned as a ghost. Eventually assassinated under the order of Marchesa, who desires to become queen.
- Back from the Dead: See also "King Eternal."
- Didn't See That Coming: None were more surprised than the Custodi to see his form coalescing before them.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: A day after announcing "Reign of Brago", the King Eternal himself was killed.
- Evil Former Friend: To Selvala.
- Puppet King: The Custodi's plans for him. His senility before his death and their aims to keep the news under wraps would have facilitated this, had not the man demanded otherwise.
Advisor, confidant, and friend to King Brago before his resurrection.
- Friend to All Living Things: Or at least to all people. She was instrumental both in keeping Brago's plans from harming the people and in gaining his support among the people of the Low City.
- Mercy Kill: After the Custodi was prolonging his life to the point of agony, Selvala sneaked in to inflict a mercy killing on Brago. This only ended up releasing his spirit and got her banished to the dungeons by the Custodi.
Head of Paliano's foremost crime syndicate and spy network. She later becomes queen after having Brago assassinated.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She comes from a small family, far from royalty. While she eventually became one of Fiora's most infamous criminals, she manages to one-up that by becoming the plane's queen.Marchesa: I pray that everyone who claimed me a fallen daughter of a fallen house enjoyed their fall from the High City.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Former crime lord who has the king assassinated to become queen? This can't be good.
- Magnificent Bitch: Is deemed as such in-universe by her Worthy Opponent, a smuggler named Ervos Trax.
- Poisonous Person: She relies mostly on poisons hidden in her gems to physically defend herself.
- Manipulative Bastard: He attempts to get Selvala to kill Muzzio.
- Actual Pacifist: "I can [murder], but I do not need to. For every obstacle toward my grand design, there is a very simple, nonviolent solution: information."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Let's hope he never meets Phyrexia, because he seems very eager indeed to become more like what he believes is technological praise.Muzzio: There are even rumors of a place where the perfection of machines blends inseparably with the vitality of organic life. I hope we can one day be like those places."
Khan of the Mardu Horde in the original timeline, he holds a special hatred for Sarkhan Vol for the destruction of much of the Horde at the planeswalker's hands. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, he serves under Kolaghan as the clan's bell-striker and has no memories of Vol at all.
- Arch-Enemy: He hates Sarkhan Vol with passion because Sarkhan accidentally killed all his men during his ascension. Averted in the new timeline as Sarkhan was never born.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Zurgo Helmsmasher will attack every turn, even the turn when he entered into the battlefield; he is also impervious to damage, thanks to indestructible.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: When his clan start to questioning his judgement, he showed everyone that he is khan for a reason, by making a quick job of his challenger. Unfortunately his clan still abandoned him for no matter how strong, following a man that put his revenge over the well-being of the entire clan is not a good idea.
- The Berserker: Attacks each turn if able.
- Hero Killer: He kills Narset in the old timeline. She gets better eventually
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: In the old timeline he was the leader of the Mardu Horde. In the new timeline, he's Kolagan's water boy.
- Irony: As the khan of the Mardu his throne is made out of the skull of Kolaghan, in the new timeline, he is basically the slave of the same dragon.
- Lightning Bruiser: Extremely strong hulkish-looking, having the greatest power of the Khans, he nonetheless has a toughness of two.
- Revenge Before Reason: His obsession with finding and killing Vol has clouded his judgement to the point that most of his clan is starting to doubt his ability to continue leading them.
Khan of the Jeskai Way in the original timeline. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, she has vanished after being labed a heretic by Ojutai's followers. In reality, she discovered Shu Yun's scrolls and had her spark ignite upon reading the final scroll detailing Ojutai's part in the Khanfall. To read more about that Narset, visit the Planeswalkers Post-Mending page.
- Puppet King: While she isn't one, this is what the Jeskai elders want her to be.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Do not mistake her martial pacifism for weakness. You will regret it. Dearly.
- Simple Staff: Her Weapon of Choice.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Places herself between Sarkhan Vol and a vengeful Zurgo Helmsmasher at Ugin's Nexus, giving the dragon mage enough time to descend deeper into the canyon. She is cut down, and Sarkhan swears vengeance before vanishing into Tarkir's past.
Khan of the Sultai Brood. In the new timeline, she is a zombie vizier.
- Deal with the Devil: She has made a deal with the Rakshasa Feyomsi in exchange for dark magic, and possibly others as well.
- Evil Chancellor: Silumgar had her executed after he (correctly) suspected her of being this. Even after being raised as an undead servant, she still plots against him.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Is the queen of the Sultai and she's haughty and cruel, even to her own people.
- Necromancer: Has the ability to raise the dead, which is reflected in her card's ability to produce zombie tokens.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The reanimation and control of the Sultai's sibsig hordes is done mostly through Naga magic. This might be why she seems to have retained enough intelligence to be Silumgar's vizier, despite being undead.
- Snake People: She's a Naga, a large serpent with a reptilian, humanoid torso.
Former Jeskai monk who, feeling that his clan's philosophies were holding him back from realizing his true potential, struck a deal with a Rakshasa for the power he felt he deserved and defected to the Sultai clan. In the new timeline where Dragons rule the clans, he has replaced Narset as Master and serves directly under Ojutai.
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire for power over enlightenment puts him at odds with Narset. In both timelines, no less.
- Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with the Rakshasa Ebirri for fortune and power in the original timeline.
- The Dragon: His title is "Sidisi's Hand", so he serves as this to Sidisi. In the new timeline, he instead serves Ojutai.
- Fallen Hero: Taigam was once a Jeskai monk, but defected to the Sultai to fulfil his own ambitions.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Trained under Narset back when he was with the Jeskai.
Khan of the Abzan Houses. In the alternate timeline, she becomes a Kin-Tree spirit after being executed for practicing "necromancy."
- The Cavalry: Leads a horde of ancestor spirits to aid her Dromoka comrades in battle, whether they like it or not.
- Inspirational Martyr: Following her execution, many among the Dromoka secretly maintain their beliefs in the spirit-worshipping ways of their Abzan ancestors.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: After her death, her soul was bound to a kin-tree safely hidden away from the rest of Tarkir, allowing her to continue to fight alongside her people as a guardian spirit.
Khan of the Temur Frontier.
- Badass in Charge: He's the Khan of the Temur.
- Blood Knight: He shows shades of this. These facets of his personality are more heavily emphasized in the revised timeline, turning him into a straight up Egomaniac Hunter.
- Large and in Charge: Is described as towering in stature.
- Rated M for Manly: He punches bears. 'nuff said.
- Scars Are Forever: He still has the scars from his fight with the bear. Not in the revised timeline, however.
A Temur shaman who serves as the advisor to the Dragonclaw.
Khan of the Abzan Houses in Tarkir's past.
- Badass in Charge: Was noted by Reyhan, joint commander of the forces of three Abzan Houses, to have taken down two dragons in the span of six months with his mace in a counsel meeting between Abzan leaders.
- Drop the Hammer: His weapon, Remembrance, is a mace forged from the amber of the First Tree. The spirits of every past Abzan khan live on within. When he pledges himself to Dromoka, he shatters it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Selling out to Dromoka was, by his estimation, the only way his clan could survive.
- The Quisling: He pledges his allegiance to Dromoka so that his clan may be spared, uprooting the kin-trees and forbidding necromancy.
Khan of the Jeskai Way in Tarkir's past.
- Badass in Charge: Not only has Shu Yun slain at least one dragon as evident by his tattoo of a ghostfire warrior, he has also fought and survived a battle against Ojutai in his past.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: While it's unknown if he fights with only his hands regularly, he takes down a dragon with his bare hands when Ojutai and Silumgar attack with their broods during the meeting of the Khans.
- Killed Off for Real: Ojutai kills him with a blast of his icy breath when Tasigur betrays the khans, but not before he has a Jeskai monk hide the history of Tarkir.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: During the meeting of the five clans, Shu Yun serves as the voice of moderation, making sure that they don't go for each other's throats.
Khan of the Sultai Brood in Tarkir's past.
- Bullying a Dragon: Throws a hissy fit when Silumgar's idea of "a place of honor" doesn't match his own.
- Creepy Souvenir: Adorns Dragonlord Silumgar's favorite necklace in the present.
- Dirty Coward: When the Dragons attack the meeting of the Khans, he is nowhere to be found, having betrayed them in favor of Silumgar.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He pretty much didn't like being tricked by the Rakshasa to kill a loyal warrior of his.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After his constant mistreatment of his people and his betrayal of the other four Khans, Shidiqi double-crossing him and Silumgar enslaving him was a well-deserved fate.
- Royal Brat: The youngest of the Khans of his time— and the cruelest.
- Too Dumb to Live: Surprisingly impulsive and entitled for the khan of a clan involving the colors Blue and Green.
- Whip It Good: Carries a long, sharp-tipped whip with multiple tails the he will not hesitate to use on others when displeased or simply bored.
Khan of the Temur Frontier in Tarkir's past, she seeks to ensure the survival of her people by ridding the plane of dragons once and for all.
- Anti-Villain: Type III. She is motivated mostly by the need to save her people from the dragons, and this includes having a part in Ugin's death/hibernation. Sadly, neither go well for her or her clan in either timeline.
- Badass in Charge: One of the first things Sarkhan sees when he travels a thousand years into the past is Yasova taking down a young dragon single handedly.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Led Nicol Bolas to Ugin, leading to the extinction of the Dragons of Tarkir. In the original timeline, a later member of the Temur Frontier highlights the mass genocide as a bad thing.
- Revenge Before Reason: Didn't care for any fallout so long as the Dragons of Tarkir were destroyed, all for the sake of her clan.
- Villain Has a Point: Chews out Sarkhan's obsession with predation and dragons by righteously showing to him that the people on the receiving end are dead meat.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wanted to kill the dragons for the sake of her people. Unfortunately for her, it didn't quite work out well either timeline.
Khan of the Mardu Horde in Tarkir's past.
- Badass in Charge: Being Khan of the Mardu makes her this.
- Blood Knight: There's a very good reason she is known as "Who Smiles at Death".
- Meaningful Rename: Choosing Alesha as her war name was also her way of coming out as trans.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In "The Truth of Names", she initially chews out an orc for passing up a kill that would have earned him the right to choose a war name for himself. However, when she sees that his insistence on protecting his fellow warriors enables them to land killing blows that they otherwise wouldn't, she comes to recognize the value of his accomplishments and assures him that he shouldn't think of his deeds as less glorious than those of the more distinguished warriors.
- Red Baron: Originally didn't have one, choosing only the name Alesha when asked for a war name. When she shows her fortitude in a later battle, one formerly derisive orc gave her the moniker "Who Smiles at Death." She and the clan embraced it.
- Transgender: As confirmed by Doug Beyer on his Tumblr, Alesha is a trans woman.
- Young and in Charge: Nineteen years old and the undisputed leader of the Mardu.
The brood leader of the Green/White dragons from Tarkir's deserts. In the new timeline, she took over the Abzan due to a pact with Daghatar, pressured by her genocidal actions.
- Anti-Villain: The most merciful of the dragonlords by a wide margin, though she is still oppressive and hypocritical in her methods.
- Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is yellow, for her searing breath of light.
- Culture Police: She is willing to commit genocide simply because of the Abzan custom of communing with their dead, then goes further and penalizes the very use of "khan" and "clan" under her rule.
- Final Solution: Attempted on the Abzan. Daghatar surrenders to her rule so that they may be spared.
- The High Queen: Most beneficent of the five Dragonlords, especially by the time of Dragons of Tarkir.
- Hypocrite: For someone preaching the sanctity of life, she sure is willing to wipe out entire clans of people if they don't toe her ideological line.
- Knight Templar: Perfectly willing to commit genocide simply because the Abzan practice of ancestral spirit summoning offended her.
- Light 'em Up: Her and her brood's signature breath weapon, a beam of searing light coming from her mouth.
- Light Is Not Good: Doesn't get any less "good" than a genocidal dragon that breathes lasers. She's seemingly the most just and balanced of Tarkir's draconic rulers and the fairest to her subjects, but her seemingly fair and balanced rule is the result of centuries of literal and cultural genocide against the Abzan people as she violently rooted out and destroyed any part of their culture she disliked.
- Nigh Invulnerable: She's not called "Dromoka the Eternal" for nothing. Dromoka's brood is known for being insanely tough to take down, and Dromoka herself seems to be physically invincible.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Seems to be a standard dragon, but covered in enormous scales better than armor.
- Principles Zealot: While she respects the Abzan and most of their principles, she isn't willing to change her opinion about necromancy.
- The Social Darwinist: Is described as "devouring the weak link" when she finds something displeasing in her inspections of her clan.
- Super Toughness: Her and her brood's greatest strength. When Daghatar met her, he noticed that her scales were unmarred despite thousands of weapons having been used against her.
The brood leader of the White/Blue dragons of Tarkir's mountains. He ambushes the Jeskai in the new timeline, violently taking them over.
- Color-Coded Characters: His spin-down die is a pale blue for his ice breath.
- Culture Police: The very first thing he does after taking over the Jeskai is declare their identity as a clan over, and then do away with the elements he finds most distasteful.
- Fantastic Racism: For all his airs of enlightenment and transcendence, he's as prejudiced and condescending towards humanoids as any other dragon, as he views them as inherently lesser and flawed beings — no humanoid is going to be a teacher or superior of dragons under his watch.
- Feathered Dragons: He, alongside the other dragons of his brood, has great white-and-red birdlike wings, in addition to tufts of feathers on their legs. Ojutai dragons are enlightened, monk-like and seemingly the most civilized of the dragons that rule Tarkir, but under the surface they're condescending, racist and arrogant, and just as tyrannical as the rest of Tarkir's draconic rulers.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of his borderline despotic behaviour, he managed to form a close student/teacher relationship with new-timeline Narset.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: He has a heart as cold as his ice breath.
- Evil Is Petty: It's understandable to want your worst enemy dead, but killing everyone who even has the tattoo of a dragon slayer, destroying the Jeskai's entire archives, freezing over the monasteries, forcing the former Jeskai to call him Great Ojutai, calling himself the wisest being in the land (considering the Jeskai's former Khan, Shu Yun, outsmarted him)... This guy's sheer pettiness does not end; even if he did fulfill his deal with Shu Yun to the letter by sparing the clan, he utterly destroyed its soul.
- An Ice Person: He and his brood breathe frost as a weapon.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite being the most elegant of the dragons, he is still every bit as ruthless and tyrannical as Dromoka or Silumgar.
- Morality Adjustment: He seems to have mellowed out greatly over the millennia of ruling. He cares deeply for his students and encourages them to follow their own path and always seek enlightenment. In fact, he's actually proud of Narset for uncovering the truth about the fall of the clans 1,280 years ago, telling her that one must always take time to reflect on what they know, and that there is always more to learn. However, he still has many nasty traits.
- Orwellian Editor: Once he takes over, he demands edits to the Jeskai archives to erase everything he doesn't like, such as the very words "khan" and "clan".
- Our Dragons Are Different: Ojutai and his brood have furry serpentine bodies and feathered wings, and are known for their near-unparalleled cunning.
- White Man's Burden: He and his brood clearly consider themselves miles above their mortal charges, pretty much inflating their egos as they "educate" them. The levels of condescension are actually pretty comical.
The brood leader of the Blue/Black dragons of Tarkir's jungles. In the new timeline, after Tasigur offends the Nagas and Rakshasa into leaving, the khan of the Sultai makes a pact with him, which he accepts in return of acting as The Mole for the other khans. Predictably, this doesn't go well for the Sultai humans, who are enslaved for good.
- Color-Coded Characters: His spin-down die is black, for his poisonous breath.
- Creepy Souvenir: Tasigur's mummified corpse dangles from his neck to gently remind the former Sultai who, exactly, is in charge.
- Dark Is Evil: There's very little doubt that the Black-aligned poison-breathing black-scaled dragon is up to no good.
- Dragon Hoard: Spends his free time resting on his treasures in his fortress on the Marang River.
- Evil Overlord: One thing that hasn't been changed in Sulti since his usurpation of Tasigur is the faction's hunger for power, and that its people are slaves at best to its leader.
- Exact Words: Tasigur did get an important position. He's Silumgar's prize.
- I Lied: It's very doubtful he considers what he gave to Tasigur to be a genuine honoring of his terms.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His capture and murder of Tasigur, considering Tasigur was just as bad if not worse than the dragon.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Drifting Death".
- Our Dragons Are Different: The swamp-dwelling Silumgar and his brood are similar to giant basilisks, having large fangs, poisonous bodily fluids and highly corrosive breath.
- The Paranoiac: He has a tendency to sink into a state of deep, obsessive paranoia when bored. His subjects have learned to keep him entertained at all times, lest he slaughter them in fits of delusion.
- Poisonous Person: He and the rest of his brood breathe venom and acid.
The brood leader of the Black/Red dragons of Tarkir's steppes. In the new timeline, she invites the Mardu to keep up with her, peacefully establishing a new partnership between both groups — for a value of "peaceful" that does not extend to anyone who gets in their way. Her ways of "keeping up", however, ended into turning the Mardu into a cannibalistic horde of berserkers.
- Ax-Crazy: She's basically Tarkir's Joker, if prioritizing freedom more.
- Blood Knight: She lives for the thrill of the kill, and doesn't care about much else.
- The Caligula: While Ojutai has become much softer and caring about the humanoids under his rule, Dromoka still cares about her Clan as an extended family, Silumgar encourages the most powerful (whether they are dragons or humanoids) and Atarka has taken up social darwinism up to eleven (allowing strong humanoids to kill and eat weak dragons of her own brood), Kolaghan is just cruel and brutal, having nothing in mind but destruction and caring nothing about her Clan, even killing them for nothing but a slight.
- Chaotic Evil: She lives for destruction and the indulgence of her whims. In the words of her clan: "To Ruin is to Rule".
- Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is purple, representing her lightning.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is initially the least malevolent of the dragon brood leaders, with the possible exception of Atarka (who doesn't really seem to care about anything), not being interested in enslaving or even just leading the Mardu and instead just inviting them along. She's still very prone to violently imposing herself, however, and doesn't particularly care about the lives of her clan. Averted after 1, 280 years, when she has become a straight example of Dark Is Evil.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: Kolaghan has completly destroyed her Clan in ways that rival that of Atarka. The edicts of Ilagra have been forgotten for the sake of mindless killing, her shamans practice dark magic that draws its power from twisting the draconic language and those too weak to bring glory to the dragonlord in battle being punished.
- Feathered Dragons: Kolaghan and her brood have two sets of narrow birdlike wings. They're masters of the skies, and the fastest and most skilled fliers among Tarkir's dragons.
- For the Evulz: Kolaghan kills and hunts just for amusement. The same extends to her raids on the territory of other clans. Once everyone has been slaughtered, she loses interest and will incinerate it with her lightning breath just for the sake of watching it burn.
- Morality Adjustment: After 1,280 years, Kolaghan has become as much as a tyrant as the other dragonlords, killing even own clan members without much provocation. The Mardu transformed from an honorable clan into a bunch of cannibalistic murderers who rush from battle to battle in order to stave off Kolaghan's wrath and kill just for the sake of it.
- Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, Kolaghan and her brood have four feathered wings, long spiky frills, and a very streamlined shape.
- Orwellian Editor: Like all dragonlords, Kolaghan enforces the ban on the word "khan", with Zurgo and Vial Smasher becoming anxious when Sarkhan even mentions his name contains the word.
- Shock and Awe: She and her brood breathe lightning. Also overlaps with Psycho Electro.
- Super Speed: She and her brood are fast.
- Token Good Teammate: "Good" is a bit of a stretch, but she was definitely the only one of the dragon brood leaders who wasn't initially tyrannical. However, things have changed in the last 1,280 years.
- The Unfettered: Kolaghan's drive for freedom has turned it into a drive for freedom from civilization, from limits, from any form of honor or law.
- The Voiceless: Noted to be the only one of the five dragonlords who never speaks, even in Draconic. She's perfectly fine with expressing herself through blowing stuff up, though.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: The bolts of lightning she and her brood breathe are purple in color.
The brood leader of the Red/Green dragons of Tarkir's slopes. In the new timeline, Yasova is forced to plead with her to not eat her clan, offering her food. For now, it seems to be working.
- Big Eater: She has an appetite that could probably be fairly compared to a forest fire.
- The Brute: She's big, hulking, strong and none too bright.
- Color-Coded Characters: Her spin-down die is red, for her fire breath (even if it's green in color).
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. She seems dumber than the other dragonlords, but is actually a rather cunning tyrant herself.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: She completely destroyed the Temur's culture, making them her submissive servants, and actively reminds them they're nothing but her potential next meal. Arguably the worst of the dragonlords in this regard, other than perhaps Silumgar.
- Evil Is Petty: Deliberately goes out of her away to remind her underlings that they're nothing but her personal feeders, and that she'll turn on them the moment they fail to be of use to her.
- Jerkass: Probably the most out of the dragons in this regard. She readily asserts the former Temur where they stand in her world (as in, food-providers or the food itself) and shows it with being as much as a Darwinist as Dromoka is. She even views weak dragons with similar disdain.
- Might Makes Right: Unlike other dragonlords, such as Ojutai, she has no real objection to mortals killing weak dragons; if it's not strong enough to kill them, it's not strong enough to survive.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "World Render".
- Our Dragons Are Different: Of the standard "giant feral fire-breathing beast" variety, though it's worth noting that she and her brood have antlers, providing a slightly elk-like appearance.
- Playing with Fire: Atarka and her dragon brood breathe fire.
- The Social Darwinist: Provides a strong selection pressure in favour of being a good hunter, mostly by eating anyone who fails to provide.
- Technicolor Fire: The fire they breathe is green in color.
- Villainous Glutton: Is only actually interested in eating. According to Yasova Dragonclaw, left unchecked she would devour all of Tarkir.
The Allies of Zendikar
Former leader of the militia of Sea Gate, he became the Commander-General of the refuges of Sea Gate and the Sea Gate forces after the rise of the Eldrazi.
- Killed Off for Real: Mortally wounded by a Eldrazi of Ulamog's lineage in a skirmish. Vorik's death leads to Gideon's promotion as his successor.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While he is only featured in a few Uncharted Realms articles, Vorik's decision to name Gideon rather than Tazri as Commander-General to succeed him plays an important role in the story and the overall strategy of the allied army of Zendikar as Gideon decided to liberate Sea Gate from the hordes of Eldrazi while Tazri opted for a more defensive option by attempting to find a safe haven.
A once famed caravan guard captain of the Tazeem roads, who fell on bad times due to a curse set upon her when she agreed to mercy kill a heavily wounded angel who fought against a group of vampires. After killing the angel, Tazri suffered from a series of bad caravan jobs and lost much of her credibility as a guard. Eventually, she joined up with the Sea Gate militia group led by Vorik and became his second-in-command.
After the Eldrazi overran Sea Gate, Vorik became the leader of the survivors with Tazri as his second-in-command. When Vorik succumbed to his wounds from a skirmish with the Eldrazi, he chose Gideon as his successor instead of Tazri, to her dismay and shock. Tazri is now a leading officer and a general of the allied armies.
- The Ace: She was a famed caravan guard before the age of twenty and an expert swordsman.
- Broken Ace: After the angel incident.
- Curse: She was said to be cursed due to killing an angel.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Was unable to find purpose or value in herself after her series of failed caravan jobs until she met Vorik who believed in her and helped her. In fact, it is suggested that she has sought a purpose her whole life if the visions caused by Kozilek are to be believed.
- Drop the Hammer: Currently uses a mace, but was once a noted sword user.
- Four-Star Badass: Vorik's second-in-command and one of Gideon's leading commanders.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Gideon, who was named successor by a dying Vorik. This is made more evident in her hallucinations caused by Kozilek as she felt happiness when she witnessed Kozilek crush Gideon in its hand in the vision.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Suffered from this after a series of failed caravan jobs until she met Vorik who saw potential in her.
- Mercy Kill: Killed an heavily wounded angel who begged Tazri for death to avoid a slow and painful fate at the hands of the vampires she was battling.
- Mind Rape: Due to Kozilek's reality warping presence. However, the experiences and visions caused by Kozilek's distortions ultimately help her grow as a leader and move on from her curse.
- Tragic Keepsake: Tazri keeps the halo of the angel she mercy killed and wears it around her neck.
- You Are in Command Now: When Gideon goes missing after the emergence of Kozilek and the allied forces are routed, Tazri resolves to take command in his stead and rallies the remaining forces left. Is eventually given the position of Commander-General permanently after the final battle against Kozilek and Ulamog as Gideon cannot stay on Zendikar forever due to his obligations to the Gatewatch.
The ancient and powerful bloodchief of the Kalastria vampires, the wealthiest of the five vampire families of Malakir on Zendikar. Drana foiled Kalitas's plot to turn all of the vampires of Malakir into thralls of the Eldrazi, taking Malakir back from House Ghet and driving out Kalitas. However, Drana's victory was short-lived as the Eldrazi pushed her and her subjects out of the city. As such, she led her people away from Malakir to seek a refuge from the ever-growing horde of Eldrazi. Most vampires have either joined Drana or Kalitas after the rise of the Eldrazi.
Drana joined her forces with Gideon when news reached her that he was assembling an army to liberate Sea Gate from the Eldrazi, she became one of his leading commanders during the retaking of Sea Gate.
- The Ageless: A few thousand years old at this point.
- Anti-Hero: Has become this as of the Battle for Zendikar block, being forced to work alongside the mortal races against the Eldrazi.
- Badass Cape: Wears one in both her cards.
- Badass in Charge: Aside from the fact that she's the leader of House Kalastria and one of Gideon's commanders during the allied retaking of Sea Gate, she took down a large Eldrazi alone.
- Combat Pragmatist: Is willing to employ orphans as child soldiers against the Eldrazi and allow the Kors sent by Gideon to selflessly sacrifice themselves as distractions to the Eldrazi to cover her retreat.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Not entirely evil at least, she's willing to work alongside the other mortal races and take orders from Gideon (and from Tazri, after Gideon goes missing).
- Heroic Willpower: Is able to break out of an Eldrazi's attempt to enslave her through her sheer will alone.
- It's All About Me: In a good way, sort of. Drana channels the power of a Eldrazi she absorbed into her forces, and resolves to fight for her people and subjects rather than planeswalking away with said Eldrazi power as she believes that they belong to her (and as such, it is her duty to protect everything that is her's).
- Last of Her Kind: Drana is one of the two known remaining bloodchiefs alive (the other being Kalitas). The bloodchiefs were originally humanoids transformed by a magical Eldrazi disease and numbered in the hundreds, but were cut down to only around a dozen in the years before the Eldrazi were freed.
- Monster Lord: Leader of the Kalastria vampire clan.
- Really 700 Years Old: One of the oldest vampires of Zendikar, she has lived for thousands of years, but she doesn't look any older than a woman in her mid-to-late 20s.
- Status Buff: Empowers her forces with the energy of a Eldrazi she absorbed in one Uncharted Realms article. Drana also buffs her entire board in one of her actual cards when she deals combat damage to a player.
- The Fog of Ages: Drana has trouble remember much of her memories with clarity due to her longevity, the only thing she clearly remembers is her commitment of serving no one.
- Our Vampires Are Different: One of the original vampires, which were humanoids who were contaminated by a infection of Eldrazi origin.
- Vampire Monarch: As bloodchief of House Kalastria.
Formerly a powerful merfolk lullmage (a wizard able to calm and control the force of the dangerous and terrain-altering Roils of Zendikar) and iconoclastic scholar at the Sea Gate lighthouse. Noyan Dar is now a roilmage who uses his powers to rouse Zendikar's Roils to combat the Eldrazi threat, and the founder and leader of the new merfolk capital of Coralheim Refuge. He also has a small number of apprentice roilmages under his tutelage.
Noyan Dar and his roilmages are recruited by Gideon to join his united force to retake Sea Gate from the Eldrazi after Gideon personally comes to visit him.
- Badass Bookworm: Formerly a iconoclastic scholar from the Sea Gate lighthouse, and now a leader of Coralheim Refuge who fights the Eldrazi on a almost daily basis.
- Deadpan Snarker: He was pretty snarky to Gideon when Gideon came to recruit him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: As a lullmage, he has the ability to create earthquakes and such by rousing the Roils of Zendikar.
- Elemental Powers: Able to create earthquakes and such by riling up the Roils.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers from a minor one after finding out most of his roilmages are dead after the allied forces are routed by the Eldrazi. However, Tazri is able to get Noyan to regain his composure and channel his anger into fighting the Eldrazi.
- Ignored Expert: According to the Art of Magic the Gathering: Zendikar book, Noyan Dar had hypothesized from his studies that the merfolk deities (distorted memories of the three Eldrazi Titans) were destroyers and not benevolent beings. He received much criticism from his academic peers at the time.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Zendikari merfolks are bipedal as opposed to having fishtail body.
- The Rival: He has been rivals with Thada Adel since their school days in the Merfolk Enclave when he tried to recruit her into his circle of cronies; she took an instant dislike to him and has been enemies with him ever since.
A kor who is a close friend of Gideon. While it is unknown what Munda did before the Eldrazi were freed, he now serves as a leading figure of the survivors. Munda is called "The Spider" by his allies for his great skill with ropes for trapping and immobilizing enemies. Gideon appointed Munda as a squad leader during the retaking of Sea Gate.
- Badass Normal: Fights Eldrazi with nothing but ropes and a pair of sickles. Munda isn't a planeswalker like Gideon, vampire like Drana, or wizard like Noyan Dar either.
- Colonel Badass: Badass and one of Gideon's officers.
- Frontline General: One of Gideon's leading officers and often found on the frontlines fighting the Eldrazi.
- Heroic Albino: White hair and pale skin is a characteristic of all kors, and Munda is pretty heroic considering he's willing to go toe-to-toe with Eldrazi on a daily basis.
- Red Baron: Called "the Spider" by the allied forces of Zendikar.
A archaeologist and friend of Kendrin, a human scholar who had been close to cracking the "puzzle of the leylines," who was killed by the Eldrazi when they invaded Sea Gate. This puzzle was believed to be crucial as it may allow the Zendakaris to understand how the magic of the hedrons could be usedand turned into a weapon against the Eldrazi.
Jori En, trapped at Sea Gate due to the Eldrazi attack, was rescued by Gideon and his forces due to her importance as she knew something about the puzzle of the leylines. Afterwards, she continued the work of her late friend and continues to crack the puzzle, hoping that it will ultimately prove to be Zendikar's salvation from the Eldrazi.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Jori En is a relic hunter, as such, she ventures into old ruins.
- Married to the Job: "Some relic hunters have given up exploring and gone to fight the Eldrazi. But I know our work is more important than ever. The secrets we uncover could lead to the world's salvation."
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Zendikari merfolks are bipedal as opposed to having fishtail body.
A goblin who is somewhat knowledgeable about the hederons due to the fact she grinds them up and eats them, something that makes the goblins of Zendikar stronger. Zada overthrew the leader of the Tuktuk goblin tribe, Tuktuk, by convincing the other goblins of the tribe that Tuktuk had been contaminated by the Eldrazi and was a dangerously unreliable leader. She shattered him into many pieces and became the new leader of the tribe.
She encountered Jace when he was making his way to the Eye of Ugin in his jounrey to crack the puzzle of the leylines.
- Eat Dirt, Cheap: Zada, like many goblins of Zendikar, eat grinded up rocks as it makes them stronger.
- Status Buff: Gameplay-wise, her card can buff all your creatures with instant and sorcery spells you cast targeting her.
- The Usurper: Convinced the goblins of the her tribe to overthrow their leader Tuktuk.
The bloodchief of the Ghet vampires, formerly the poorest and least powerful of the vampire families of Malakir on Zendikar.
Unlike Drana, Kalitas seeks to aid the Eldrazi and plotted to turn all the vampires of Malakir into thralls of the Eldrazi. However, due to Drana's interference, he and his clan were driven from the city. Most vampires have either joined Drana or Kalitas after the rise of the Eldrazi.
- The Ageless: Presumably, if Drana is any indicator.
- FaceMonster Turn: Both of his in-game cards do this to other creatures, turning them into vampires or nulls (faceless zombies) under his control.
- Last of His Kind: Kalitas is one of the two known remaining bloodchiefs alive (the other being Drana). The bloodchiefs were originally humanoids transformed by a magical Eldrazi disease and numbered in the hundreds, but were cut down to only around a dozen in the years before the Eldrazi were freed.
- Monster Lord: Leader of the Ghet vampire clan.
- Really 700 Years Old: Comes with being a vampire and a bloodchief.
- The Quisling: Has the title of "thrall of Ulamog" and "Traitor of Ghet" due to his submission to the Eldrazi.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires of Zendikar are not the traditional undead bloodsuckers, they're actually descended from humanoids who were infected by an Eldrazi-created disease meant to turn humanoids into servants of the Eldrazi.
- Vampire Monarch: The bloodchief of House Ghet.
A kor who was a cleric of the goddess Kamsa or Emeria, the long lost and warped memory of the Eldrazi Titan Emrakul. After the rise of the Eldrazi and the revelation that the Zendikari gods were actually false interpretations of the Eldrazi Titans, Ayli has become the high priest of a cult that worships the Eldrazi called Eternal Pilgrims.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: A possible interpretation of her character.
- Religion of Evil: The Eternal Pilgrims are this, they worship the Eldrazi and kidnap survivors and offer them to the Eldrazi. They attempted to offer Jori En and Jace as living sacrifices to Ulamog when the two were making their way to the Eye of Ugin. It is also said in the Art of Magic the Gathering: Zendikar book that the Eternal Pilgrims perform raids on survivor camps.
The scion of a powerful vampire family in Malakir and an renown expert on ruins, runes, and ancient languages. In his relentless search for answers, he has left a trail of corpses. He is seen as a powerful mage, knowledgeable scholar, and notable expedition leader in some settlements; but, some regard him as a murderer and ruthless power seeker. Despite whatever opinions others may have of him, most can agree that he is respected by friend and foe alike.
While initially a "son" of the House Ghet under the tutelage of Bloodchief Tenihas, he eventually left, leaving Tenihas and the bloodchief's retinue slaughtered with the only survivor claiming that Anowon killed the bloodchief in rage. It is believed that this was the result of growing animosity between Anowon and Tenihas over ancient texts that alluded the enslavement of the vampire race by "famished gods," most likely the Eldrazi.
Anowon spent the following decades as a mercenary and expeditionary leader until he found a powerful scroll now known as the "Dragon's Fire." After this event, he renounced his loyalty to the expeditionary house he served and he disappeared. He assumed a new identity as a human scholar at the Sea Gate lighthouse and attempted to find the Eye of Ugin. However, after an event that exposed his identity as a vampire, he was nearly beaten to death and ousted from Sea Gate by some of the residents. He eventually established his own league of explorers, adventurers, and mages to help in his search of the Eye of Ugin. Inadvertently, Anowon aided in the release of the Eldrazi by leading both Chandra and Jace to the Eye of Ugin.
After the release of the Eldrazi by Chandra, Jace, and Sarkhan, Anowon became enslaved by the Eldrazi broods until he was freed by Nissa Revane and Sorin Markov. He then accompanied the two planeswalkers to the eye of Ugin; however, after Nissa freed the Eldrazi Titans they fled together to Affa where they parted ways with Anowon retreating back to his league and beginning to rebuild it.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Many on Zendikar find themselves with this occupation.
- Badass Bookworm: A notable scholar and powerful mage.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed House Ghet, the expedition house he was working for, and Chandra.
- Parental Betrayal: Bloodchief Tenihas was somewhat of a father figure to him, and then he (probably) killed him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While the benevolence of Anowon varied depending on who you asked, he became more cutthroat after being beaten almost to death by the angry folk at Sea Gate.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires of Zendikar are not the traditional undead bloodsuckers, they're actually descended from humanoids who were infected by an Eldrazi-created disease meant to turn humanoids into servants of the Eldrazi.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Led both Chandra and Jace to the Eye of Ugin, as Nicol Bolas had planned. This ultimately weakened the prison that held the Eldrazi when Chandra, Jace, and Sarkhan met at the Eye and unwittingly unleashed the Eldrazi broods onto Zendikar.
A powerful archangel and minor deity of sorts who refuses to let the Eldrazi ravage Zendikar. Strangely enough, unlike many of her brethren who wear their searing halos over their eyes as a reminder of their unpreparedness when the Eldrazi first re-emerged, she does not wear a halo over her eyes. Due to her notable power and importance, she is ironically associated with the Zendikari god Emeria (who is a distorted interpretation of Emrakul) and is called the "Shield of Emeria."
After the release of the Eldrazi, Iona has left her post to combat them. To this day, Iona continues to defend Zendikar from the Eldrazi that seek to destroy it.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Even compared to most other Zendikari angels (and for that matter most other life forms in Zendikar), she is utterly gigantic.
- BFS: Although Iona's sword is somewhat reasonable for her size, she's big as a mountain... so her sword's pretty large.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Averted. Iona's in-game card's ability to prevent casting spells of a certain color doesn't work against the colorless Eldrazi cards; this displays the fact that her formidable power does nothing to fend off the colorless magic of the Eldrazi.
- Glowing Eyes: Although not a characteristic of all Zendikari angels, Iona has them.
- Guardian Angel: Iona, like most Zendikari angels, is sworn to stand for justice and righteousness.
- Large and in Charge: Iona is one of the most powerful angels on Zendikar whose hand is bigger than an average human.
- Mystical White Hair: A powerful angel with white hair.
- Power Nullifier: Iona's card is able to prevent the casting of all spells of a named color.
- Red Baron: Known as the "Shield of Emeria" by most Zendikari, she traditionally stood guard over the passage to the Sky Ruin, which is believed to have once been the home of the goddess Emeria.
Another notable angel of Zendikar. Similar to Iona, Linvala chooses not to put a halo over her eyes. As the Eldrazi Titans and their broods reemerged on Zendikar, Linvala has begun combating them along with the other angels.
- Battle Ballgown: Sports one in her second card.
- Guardian Angel: Like almost all Zendikar angels, she stands for justice and fights evil.
- Power Nullifier: Linvala's first card prevents the activated abilities of creatures your opponents control from being used.
A former merfolk adventurer and scholar before the Eldrazi were freed, she now leads Tikal Harborage, a large merfolk outpost half-submerged in a pool upriver from Sea Gate.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: An adventurer and relic seeker.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Zendikari merfolks are bipedal as opposed to having fishtail body.
- The Rival: She has been rivals with Noyan Dar since their school days in the Merfolk Enclave when he tried to recruit her into his circle of cronies. Thada took an instant dislike to him and has been enemies with him ever since.
The leader of the Tuktuk tribe of goblins, he was known as a brave explorer. Tuktuk was forever changed during one of his explorations into an ancient ruin in which he emerged as a stone golem of sorts. Somehow, a magical trap in the ruins remade his body into stone and implanted his memories into said body. Tuktuk returned to his tribe and would lead it for five decades until Zala convinced the tribe to overthrow and kill him.
- The Ageless: After he was turned into a golem of some sort.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Was one during his days as a goblin.
- Killed Off for Real: He's killed sometime before the Battle for Zendikar block when Zada usurps him by convincing his tribe that he was contaminated by the Eldrazi.
- Rock Monster: He was a goblin before he got turned into a living, goblin-shaped construct of stone after triggering a magical trap.
- Telepathy: Gained telepathy to communicate with others after he got turned into a golem.
- The Speechless: Being turned into stone golem without a mouth resulted in him being this.
A elemental that is a powerful manifestation of the wild and chaotic mana of Zendikar, said to be able to cause great destruction. Initially sealed away on a high mesa of Ondu, Omnath was ultimately broke free from his prison in response to the Eldrazi Titans ravaging Zendikar.
- The Berserker: While its rage is aimed towards the Eldrazi, Omnath will not hesitate to destroy other beings in its path.
- Elemental Embodiment: Omnath is an elemental embodiment of Zendikar's mana.
- Nature Spirit: Omnath is a manifestation of Zendikar's mana.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Not necessarily evil, but Omnath was sealed away in a prison for an unknown reason and is kept sealed due to the belief that it would cause mass destruction if freed.
- Unstoppable Rage: Omnath is rampaging against the Eldrazi and manifesting the mana of Zendikar as elementals in response to the Eldrazi and their draining of Zendikar.
A large monstrous octopus who lives in the oceans of Zendikar, the merfolk of the plane believed Lorthos controlled the tide.
Lorthos was summoned by Kiora after the Aligned Hedron Network that held Ulamog fell apart and Kozilek emerged from under ground due to Ob Nixilis's interference. After being summoned from the deep seas, Lorthos began to battle the emerged Kozilek and was quickly killed by the Eldrazi Titan.
- Back for the Dead: Returns in one Battle for Zendikar block Uncharted Realms article and is ripped in half by Kozilek as a display of the titan's overwhelming power.
- Giant Squid: One of the largest on Zendikar actually, Lorthos is so large that it is said he can control the tides with his movements.
- Kaiju: A really giant octopus, he's big enough to match Kozilek in size. It even gets into a giant monster fight with Kozilek, although this goes very poorly for Lorthos.
Captain Baral is an officer of the Consulate that was tasked with capturing the Nalaars. After failing to do so, he was demoted to prison duty.
- Child Hater: Has developed an intense hatred for children since Chandra burned his face.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The ignition of Chandra's spark left marks all over his body and rendered his face frightening to look at. Though he enjoys being more threatening to his quarry, he resents Chandra for "breaking" him.
- Hypocrite: Insists that all mages are monsters. He uses his own magical abilities to perform quite monstrous acts, and sees no contradiction in it.
- Jerk Justifications: His justification for his hatred of pyromancers as public threats.
- Knight Templar: Goes overboard in his hunt for pyromancers, burning down the village of Bunurat and personally killing people who should lawfully be arrested and tried. Even Dovin Baan acknowledges that he might be too eager for field duty. Baan eventually arrests Baral for murdering Kiran Nalaar and attempting to murder Pia, implying that only Dovin's personal discipline prevents him using Baral's judicial shortcuts against him.
- Mage Killer: Fights pyromancers that threaten the Consulate. He takes pride in knowing how to cause a mage to self-destruct under their own power.
- Wardens Are Evil: Took a liking in reminding Pia Nalaar in her captivity that he (supposedly) had killed her daughter.
- You Are What You Hate: A man with an immense hatred for mages who happens to be a mage himself.
Chandra's parents. Artificers in the Kaladesh city of Ghirapur. Renegade to begin with, and later fully hunted down and later murdered by the consul forces of Ghirapur when Chandra's fire powers manifested.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They were skilled artificers, something Chandra failed to mimic.
- Good Parents: They even tried to flee the country to keep their daughter from the Consulate, but the responsible officer caught up, killed them, and would have publicly executed Chandra had her spark not ignited.
- Never Found the Body: Only Kiran is explicitly shown to have been killed. That would be because Pia is still alive.
- So Proud of You: They were proud of Chandra being a natural pyromancer.
- Rebel Leader: Pia Nalaar becomes known as "Renegade Prime" after escaping the Dhund prison.
- Take Me Instead: While Pia could have avoided capture by Tezzeret, she decides to let herself be captured when she sees Chandra, fearing that making a ruckus would endanger her daughter.
Fellow renegade and friend of the Nalaars.
- Badass Gay: It's mentioned that Oviya has lost her wife.
- Cool Old Lady: An elderly woman who is a renegade like the Nalaars.
- Never Mess with Granny: Fights against Baral and his thopters to keep him from killing Chandra.
- Odd Friendship: Though leonin do not exist in Kaladesh, she doesn't seem to mind having Ajani, a leonin, as company, and in return he affectionately addresses her as Grandmother.
- Shipper on Deck: As of Renewal, seems to be trying to nudge an all-too-oblivious Chandra and Nissa into a relationship.
An aetherborn living out their last days.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Aetherborn have very short lives, and they know exactly how long they have left to live. Yahenni throws parties and refuses to be sad about it. And after Tezzeret takes over Kaladesh, they decide to spend the time they have left helping the Gatewatch. Once that's done, Yahenni dies just as they planned to, surrounded by friends.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Yahenni, Undying Partisan.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Yahenni is friendly and willing to help the Gatewatch when they were in need, and eventually came to work with the rebels to overthrow the Consulate, but happens to an energy vampire whose 'expertise' is draining people of their life force.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a very rich Aetherborn hedonist who was days away from dying, to a near unstoppable killing machine that can drain the life force out every person on a sky ship by touching it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A Black-aligned character with vampiric draining powers, that is fairly likeable and helps the Gatewatch.
- Dying Alone: Their deepest fear; aetherborn throw lavish Penultimate Parties to avoid this fate, but Yahenni cannot due to the Consul's curfews and restrictions. They eventually manage to hold such a party once the Consulate is subdued.
- Life Drinker: Some aetherborn can extend their lives taking in the life force of others. Yahenni is one, but doesn't like to because in doing so, they feel everything the victim feels.
- Mook Horror Show: The consulate soldiers on Yahenni, Undying Partisan, and Yahenni's expertise are not having the best of days, and they won't be having any worse ones.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Is one of the rare "gifted" aetherborn that can drain the life energy of other sentient beings to prolong their own lifespan. However, Yahenni abhors using such power to simply live longer, insisting in their last moments that they are not a killer.
- Rage Breaking Point:The Consulate pushed me to my limit, darling, and this is the result.
- Terms of Endangerment: Calls most people they meet "darling". Including their enemies.
- The Empath: All aetherborn can sense the emotional states of beings nearby which is why it is so difficult for Yahenni to drain a sentient victim.
- The Hedonist: Yahenni spends their last days in this world throwing lavish parties, customary among aetherborn. They are thus dismayed when the Consulate starts enacting curfews that prevent them from having parties like they used to — which most pressingly includes Yahenni's "Penultimate Party", which aetherborn traditionally have when they die.
- These Hands Have Killed: Yahenni's first two uses of their Life Drain power weigh heavy on them.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: On the receiving end of one, courtesy of Nissa after draining people and feeling guilty.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Every aetherborn comes to the world knowing their expiration date. A "gifted" few can extend it by taking the lives of others, as Yahenni does in self-defence after Tezzeret takes control of Kaladesh.
An elf lifecrafter specializing in insects with strong ideas about appropriate conduct in battle.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seems convinced she's the main character in a pulpy young adult fantasy novel.
- Insistent Terminology: Call her Shadowblayde. With a y, thank you ever so much.
- Mission Control: Her insects are capable of serving as communicators, letting her relay information to other renegades on the battlefield.
- The Nicknamer: Very insistent on the need for "code names" for both herself and others. Current names include Ajani's rather uncreative "White Cat" and, suggested by Liliana, "Beefslab" (Gideon), "Night Queen" (Liliana) and "Cloak Boy" (Jace).
- Verbal Tic: Thanks to overindulging in novels, she announces onomatopoeia instead of naturally producing the noises, such as saying "harrumph" or "Hum, hum, hum".
An elf inventor who is working on a teleportation device. She wins the Inventor's Fair and is taken to the Consulate to work on her invention, but bails out to join the renegades after discovering the sinister truth at its heart. She has two notable friends: the vedalken Mitul (her assistant), and the planeswalker Saheeli Rai, who first warns her about the dangers of her invention (given that her teleportation device is eerily reminiscent of planeswalking) and subsequently invites her to join the renegade movement.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Aside from building the teleportation device that wins the Inventor's Fair, she also helps build the airship Heart of Kiran.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Initially happy to win the Inventor's Fair, she decides to get out due to Tezzeret abusing the Fair's winners and the destructive potential her device holds in his hands.
- Teleportation: Not her own power, but her greatest invention is a teleportation device.
Gods:Unlike the distant and capricious gods of Theros, the five gods of Amonkhet are both a constant presence to the people of Naktamun and benevolent guardians who protect the city and help the mortals within it to become worthy. There were once eight gods, but when Nicol Bolas took control of Amonkhet, three were twisted into monsters, put into dormancy and forgotten by the plane's inhabitants along with every other memory of the time before Bolas, to be eventually reawakened to rise against the rest of Amonkhet on Bolas's return.
The cat-headed god of solidarity.
- Archer Archetype: Her weapon is a bow.
- Expy: Of Bast and Sekhmet.
- Light Is Good: The White god, associated with light and a benevolent presence who emphasizes solidarity.
- The Power of the Sun: Her arrows are made from the Second Sun's light.
- Reforged into a Minion: She and the other three gods slain during the Hour of Devastation were made into Eternals and sent to the front lines in Ravnica during War of the Spark.
- Zerg Rush: Her associated cards tend to favor this strategy, either creating weak soldier tokens or serving as a group buff.
The ibis-headed god of knowledge.
- Barrier Warrior: He's in charge of keeping the Hekma up.
- Bird People: He takes the form of a human with the head and wings of an ibis.
- Expy: Of Thoth, the ibis-headed god of knowledge, wisdom and the alphabet.
- Master of Illusion: His trial subjects initiates to a series of hallucinations.
- Mind Rape:
- He attempted this on Nissa, before she altered his component leylines in order to divert his attention.
- He and the other gods were also subjected to this by Bolas decades ago when he rewrote their memories and personalities to suit his purposes. Bolas's initial attack on Kefnet is specifically described as Bolas splitting the god's mind in two.
- Reforged into a Minion: He and the other three gods slain during the Hour of Devastation were made into Eternals and sent to the front lines in Ravnica during War of the Spark.
The crocodile-headed god of ambition.
- Ambition Is Evil: She gives being "ambition incarnate" as her reason for siding with Nicol Bolas.
- Death Equals Redemption: Although it's ambiguously-phrased, it seems as though she uses her last burst of strength to free Hazoret from her trap, whom she had just helped defeat, presumably so she could take revenge for her and the other gods.
- Expy: Of Sobek.
- Famous Last Words: "I have done as you asked, my God-Pharaoh. I exist to serve."
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Part of her justification for betraying her siblings and siding with Nicol Bolas.Bontu: Bolas destroyed all who resisted. I chose to join with his power instead. I chose survival.
- Reforged into a Minion: She and the other three gods slain during the Hour of Devastation were made into Eternals and sent to the front lines in Ravnica during War of the Spark.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Her reward for faithfully serving the God-Pharaoh by being complicit in his takeover of the plane decades earlier, maintaining the corruption of the mana in her siblings, and personally bringing a weakened Hazoret to him? A faceful of Bolas's necrotic magic.Nicol Bolas: Your usefulness has ended. Serve me in death, little god.
- Token Evil Teammate: The only one of Amonkhet's gods who does not in fact gives a rat's ass about its inhabitants and sold everyone out to Nicol Bolas.
- Sadistic Choice: Her Trial is essentially one long series of these, with each challenge being set up so that one or more of the candidates must die if the others are to pass. And the final test is that each candidate must present her with a heart to win her cartouche.
The jackal-headed god of zeal, Hazoret holds the final trial and personally dispatches the worthy to the afterlife with her spear.
- An Arm and a Leg: She survives being stung by the Scorpion God by severing her own arm with her spear before the poison can spread to rest of her body.
- Expy: Of Anubis, sharing both his jackal-headed appearance and his role as arbiter of those worthy to enter a privileged afterlife.
- Last of Her Kind: After Bolas's return and the destruction of Naktamun, she is the only untainted Amonkhetu god left alive.
- Mama Bear: According to Samut, she was regarded as a fierce protector of homes and families before Bolas sunk his claws into the plane.
- Prongs of Poseidon: In a similar vein to Theran god Thassa, she wields a bident.
- The Power of the Sun: She is apparently made from the same essence as the Second Sun.
- Sole Survivor: The only god to survive Nicol Bolas's return to Amonkhet.
The snake-headed god of strength.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Hazoret called him the strongest amongst her siblings [[spoiler: but he was the first god to fall
- Defiant to the End: As he's dying, he curses the God-Pharaoh, and throws his staff at the Scorpion God, which turns into a snake and attacks.
- Dying as Yourself: As he dies, all of Bolas's corruption is undone, and in his last moments he weeps for his world and even the Scorpion God, in whom he recognizes his brother, and curses Nicol Bolas.
- Expy: Of Wadjet.
- Famous Last Words: Death to the God-Pharaoh, foul trespasser and destroyer!
- Magic Staff: His staff can turn into a giant snake at his command.
- Reforged into a Minion: He and the other three gods slain during the Hour of Devastation were made into Eternals and sent to the front lines in Ravnica during War of the Spark.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death at the hands of the Scorpion God demonstrates that the gods are as powerless to stop Bolas as anyone else.
- The Social Darwinist: He's the god of strength and his trial involves weeding out the unworthy by having them devoured by beasts. Only the strong survive.
Three dark, monstrous gods that awoke during Hour of Revelation. They were originally three out of eight gods of Amonkhet, before Nicol Bolas corrupted and twisted them even further than the others.
- Animalistic Abomination: Cross the line between this and Humanoid Abomination. The Scorpion God himself looks like a giant human with its head replaced by a whole scorpion.
- Beyond the Impossible: The Scorpion God is stronger than even the god of strength.
- Beast of the Apocalypse: They are monsters that show up to destroy the world and kill the Gods.
- The Brute: The Scorpion God is incredibly strong, silent and so large and muscular Rhonas looks like a wimp next to him.
- Come Back Wrong: They were twisted into monsters by Nicol Bolas.
- Deader Than Dead: Hazoret (with Samut and the other survivors' help) manages to do this to the Scorpion God, ensuring he's dead for real.
- Expy: Appearence-wise, the Scorpion God for Serket, the Locust God for Senehem and the Scarab God for Khepri.
- Extreme Omnivore: The Locust God creates a swarm of locusts that eat the Hekma, the barrier keeping the desert's monsters and undead at bay.
- FaceMonster Turn: They were good deities and protectors of the people of Amonkhet before Bolas transformed them.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: The fight between the Scorpion God and Rhonas plays out just like one would in the game. Rhonas is an indestructible creature with Deathtouch, meaning even if he is not strong enough to kill an opponent, he kills them with his poison. The Scorpion God is not indestructible, but whenever he dies, he returns to the hand and can put -1/-1 counters on other creatures. In-story, Rhonas keeps killing the Scorpion God, who keeps coming back, until finally he can bring Rhonas down, reflecting how indestructible creatures can still be killed if their toughness is reduced to 0 by a card effect.
- Game Play And Story Segregation: By contrast, an article about the Locust God concedes as a flavor flaw that its in-universe purpose is to destroy the Hekma, but is incapable of doing anything to the card Protection of the Hekma in-game — in fact it's particularly weak against it, as the Hekma prevents one damage, stopping the 1/1 insects from hurting the player.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Scorpion God's defeat comes when Hazoret, Samut, and the other survivors of the Hour Of Eternity impale it on an obelisk, allowing Hazoret to finish it off via doing so again with her spear and burning it to death from the inside.
- Kill the God: Seems to be their goal, as the Scorpion God murders Rhonas, Kefnet and Oketra.
- Loss of Identity: It seems that after Bolas twisted them, they forgot their true names and purpose, reflecting by their names being only The ___ God
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: The Scorpion God is this to Rhonas.
- Not Quite Dead: Rhonas, Kefnet and Oketra make the mistake of thinking their attacks have successfully brought down the Scorpion God. In all instances, he simply revives and kills the gods.
- Reforged into a Minion: What Bolas did to them after snatching them away when he took over Amonkhet.
- Resurrective Immortality: While they can be killed, they don't stay dead. Represented in gameplay by their ability to return to your hand upon death so you can summon it again.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: They were hidden, dormant, in three giant sarcophagi everyone thought to be statues.
- Scary Scorpions: The Scorpion God.
- The Swarm: The Locust God's sole purpose seems to be to summon a massive swarm of locusts to consume the Hekma and sow chaos around Naktamun.
- Tragic Monster: As the Scorpion God kills Rhonas, the snake god recognizes him as one of his brothers, twisted into a monster to use against his siblings, worshipers, and world.
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Scorpion God is stronger than even Rhonas, but is less skilled, doesn't use spells and appears to be mindless.
- Walking Spoiler: As the number of spoiler tags for their entry should show, knowing what they really are spoils a massive part of the Amonkhet plot.
- Was Once a Man: Or at least less monstrous — all gods had heads of reptiles, birds or mammals, Bolas twisted those three into insectoid monsters.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: When the Eternalized Oketra, Kefnet, Bontu and Rhonas show up on Ravnica in War of the Spark, the Locust and Scarab Gods are nowhere to be seen despite surviving the end of Hour of Devastation unlike the Scorpion God.
An initiate of the Tah Crop, Djeru's absolute dedication to the ideals of Amonkhet bring him into conflict with his newly-inducted Cropmate, Gideon.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He sees the deaths of his Cropmates in the Trial of Ambition as noble and necessary, going so far as to Mercy Kill his own brother to ensure that he can be made into a good Anointed.
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Despite being one of the most important characters of the Amonkhet story, he only got a card in Hour of Devastation while several characters of lesser importance did in the first set of the block. He did appear in the art of several cards, and even got a spell under his name in Hour of Devastation
- Freudian Excuse: The death of his childhood friend Nakht drove him to find meaning in the tragedy by dedicating himself entirely to the Trials.
- HeelFace Turn: He turns against Bolas during the Hours.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Samut, before their radically different opinions on the worthiness of preserving the status quo on Amonkhet drove them apart. The events of Hour of Devastation finally bring them back together.
The Vizier of Poisons, in service of Rhonas
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being associated with snakes, her card being Green and Black and connected to giving -1/-1 counters, a mechanic associated with Black color, she's one of the most heroic and moral characters on the plane.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Hour of Promise story is told from her perspective.
- Fantastic Racism: Upon realization that the God-Pharaoh is both the architect of Amonkhet's destruction and a planeswalker she seems to have developed hatred towards planeswalkers in general.
- Fluffy Tamer: Has a basilik (described as twice as tall as her and longer than she could measure) as a pet. Bonus points for the pet behaving like a cat around her.
- Pungeon Master: Initiates can attest to her love of sprinkling Incredibly Lame Puns into her lectures.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted, she's actually a good person, despite her association with snakes.
The Vizier of Naktamun, ruler of the city and responsible for taking care of the annointed.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He is one of the youngest viziers of Naktamun, yet he is in charge of running the city. Out of universe, he was inspired by the story of Tutankhamun, as a boy ruler who became a Mummy.
- Mummy: He is in charge of making them, or at least of overseeing their creation. His card also sees him turn into one, though it isn't reflected in the stories.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears from the narrative after finding Jace and Liliana investigating the mummy creation process and being knocked out in their escape, with the implication being that the hit killed him accidentally.
Minotaur member of one of the Crops participating in the Trials.
- Back from the Dead: Dies then returns as one of the Eternals
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Opposite situation of Djeru — this guy has absolutely nothing to do with the story aside living on the same world, has died long before Gatewatch showed up, and in his one brief appearance as an Eternal he's killed immediately by Djeru and Samut. He got two cards and is featured on at least one more.
- Famed In-Story: He was remembered as the greatest warrior of his generation and set as an example for everyone to emulate.
- Flaming Sword: Spear, actually.
- Hero of Another Story: Is protagonist of Amonkhet Story Mode in Magic Duels.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Once he becomes Neheb the Eternal
The third of Liliana's demons and the instigator of Nicol Bolas's return.
- Blood Magic: He cuts himself and lets the blood fall into Luxa River, turning the entire thing to blood.
- Eaten Alive: Liliana uses a horde of zombie animals to devour him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's pretty friendly, and even "apologizes" to Liliana...for using magic to humiliate her for his own amusement.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Immediately before their encounter, he creates a large number of fresh corpses Liliana uses to kill him.
- People Puppets: His contract with Liliana includes a clause that lets him use her as one.
- Smug Snake: He dismisses his two colleagues Liliana already killed as idiots, passes up easy chances to kill her, and ignores her threats until he's on fire. He appears to be ultimately a minor cog in Nicol Bolas's plan for Amonkhet.
Also called Archmage Eternal, due to his longevity. He discovered/laid down the laws of magic that future generations will take up, and is the founder of a school of magic which still exists today. He fell into a Fountain of Youth when he was young, causing him to age very, very slowly. He is also a mentor to Jaya Ballard.
- Action Survivor: He has survived the Dark Age, the Ice Age, flipped off planeswalkers, helped two people become planeswalkers and saved the world at least twice in the same day.
- After the End: He is born after the Brother's War, which destroyed most civilizations on the planet.
- Apocalypse How: He is born after a Class 2 apocalypse and lives through a Class 1 Apocalypse. The latter would have been just as bad as the former if he had not been forced-he would have done it anyway-into cushioning the impact. He also helps prevent a Class O which was in the form of a Zombie Apocalypse.
- Apocalypse Wow: He is unable to stop the planeswalker Freyalise from destroying the world, though he is able to cushion it.
- The Archmage: Obviously.
- Badass Grandpa: He's old after all, though might not look it.
- Badass Beard: He has one in his later years despite misleading cover art.
- Divine Parentage: Of a sort. He is descended from Urza who is a planeswalker.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He gave a verbal one to a planeswalker, and got off scot free. More or less.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Justified and Invoked. He deliberately spread lies and diminished his status in history. Also a bit Zig-Zagged as while he has been reduced to a footnote in history, his footnote appears throughout three thousand years of history, puzzling many future historians including the narrator.
- Eccentric Mentor: He was trained by one.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards planeswalkers. Downplayed and Justified. He does not necessarily hate planeswalkers, but he condemns them for misusing their power, and is critical of their mental outlook on mortals.
- Heroic Build: The man has more muscle than the classical archmage. His build is comparable to Gideon's if not the same in his later years, despite contradictory cover page art.
- Magic Mirror: From Freyalise. This is the same mirror which he uses to ignite Jaya's spark.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as this to people sometimes. He apologizes a lot.
- The Kirk: He is half this as well as half Spock, as mentioned below.
- Magic Knight: He is skilled with both magic and swordplay, though he doesn't use the latter much in his later years.
- My Skull Runneth Over: And thus he has a magical trinket that he periodically uses to store some of his memories.
- Odd Couple: Is this with Jaya, made especially so as Jaya kissed him once on the lips and once on the cheek-though she was brainwashed at the time.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gave one to Freyalise-and planeswalkers in general-after she ushered in the Age of Storms.
- Really 700 Years Old: Of course.
- Time Abyss: Suffers from this a little as mentioned above.`
- The Stoic: He has a bit of this. He got better though.
- The Spock: He is half this and half Kirk, as mentioned above.
Emrakul, Kozilek, and Ulamog are the three progenitors of the Eldritch Abomination Eldrazi race. They were sealed away in Zendikar for eons by three ancient planeswalkers (Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin), but the events of Rise of the Eldrazi released them to devour planes once more.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: When Emrakul appears in Jace's mind, he interprets Her as the angel Emeria, the name given by the natives of Zendikar to the angelic god they worshipped as Her.
- Alien Geometries: Kozilek's presence warps reality into a bizarre reflection of its true form. Its brood lineage similarly can and similarly twist through space.
- Answers to the Name of God: Stories about Eldritch Moon's plot on Magic's website see Emrakul addressed with capitalized female pronouns.
- Assimilation Plot: Instead of generating spawn like her 'siblings', Emrakul converts existing lifeforms into her spawn. We see this on Innistrad when she is brought there by Nahiri, with the people and even angels becoming horrific abominations.
- Affably Evil: More strange than evil, but when Jace makes contact with Emrakul, shes very polite and even outright friendly, if very, very weird.
- Above Good and Evil: They're more like forces of nature than villainous entities. Emrakul even seems confused that the people of Innistrad would want to resist her influence.
- Badass Boast: Surprisingly, Emrakul offers two as Jace communes with her."I am already winning, Jace Beleren. Let us play a game."
"They are all my pieces, Jace Beleren. They always were. I just no longer want to play."
- Bigger Is Better: The entire logic behind Rise of the Eldrazi; the cheapest Eldrazi in that set costs seven mana.
- Blessed with Suck: The ability that shuffle your graveyard back into your library when they die also shuts down cards like Zombify that would help you cheat them into play sooner.
- Cursed with Awesome: Simultaneously, unlike other "Shuffle back into deck" cards, this one lets you reuse some cards (after some time) and makes it much more difficult for mill decks to defeat you. Entire combo decks have been built around the big 3 Eldrazi's ability to shuffle your graveyard back into your deck.
- As of Battle for Zendikar the ability has been lost; they've moved to weakening the reanimation spells rather than adding new abilities to the big creatures.
- Blue and Orange Morality: With Emrakul more so then the others. None of them are truly malicious, but she seems the most cognizant, while the other two are simply blind forces. When Jace interacts with a projection of Emrakul (in the shape of Emeria, an angel the people of Zendikar believed represented her), she interrupts Jace's angry flurry of questions by asking if he plays chess and would like a game with her (she loses the chess game, but on other fronts...) She also seems genuinely frustrated that Innistrad's population are being so hostile towards her as she reshapes them. Finally, she became sealed in the moon because she wanted to be.
- Body Horror: Not on the Titans themselves, which are the way they are "naturally", but on basically everything influenced by Emrakul in Shadows over Innistrad and especially Eldritch Moon. Knights and riders fusing into one entity, werewolves burning with internal fire, an entire town fused into a writhing blob monster... Grotesque Mutation even looks a bit like the page image for Body Horror.
- Daylight Horror: Cards that feature them have clear weather and bright colors, all of which show how much destruction they cause by simply existing. Averted when Emrakul comes to Innistrad, since Innistrad is already short on daylight. "Brighter background clouds" is about the closest you can get.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Specifically, the Gatewatch. And hell yeah they did. At the end of the Battle for Zendikar block, Kozilek and Ulamog are dragged onto the plane by Nissa using the leylines of Zendikar then obliterated by Chranda's inferno, created by draining the titans of their own mana and combining it with that of Zendikar. What's left is absorbed by Zendikar itself — the plane consuming the titans as they tried to consume it. They are absolutely and entirely destroyed.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu/Heroic RRoD: Channelling that much raw mana put a pretty heavy strain on Chandra's magic, leaving her almost unable to use magic or her legs for a while.
- Didn't Think This Through: Ugin discouraged annihilating them originally on the grounds that they were a natural part of the Multiverse and their loss would cause terrible things to happen. As for what those are, we're not sure. Yet.
- Then on Innistrad, Jace calls the Gatewatch again, adds a new member (Liliana), and helps Tamiyo imprison Emrakul in Innistrad's moon, a piece of which was formerly the Helvault. However, it's then revealed that Emrakul imprisoned herself, possessing Tamiyo in order to ensure it happened.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Emrakul's mere mental presence rips apart the minds of Jace's friends, but due to his specialty, in his mindscape he sees A Form You Are Comfortable With. She requests a seat (she's a visitor in his mind, after all, it's only polite), asks him if he minds her working while they talk, inquires whether he still has a headache, offers to play chess with him, complains things aren't going the way she wanted them to, and then casually demolishes most of the mental scape with her true form. Bonus points for Jace saying the trope almost word for word.
- Eldritch Abomination: The lesser Eldrazi are not distinct entities from the greater ones, but instead are different elements of the horror out in the Blind Eternities — even the Ulamog card is not the whole of Ulamog, but instead is a part of the greater Ulamog creature being pushed into Zendikar to eat things. In an actual conversation (for a given value of "actual") Emrakul isn't even sure if the Planeswalkers attacking/communing with her are real. They're just so insignificant she can't be certain.
- Eldritch Location: Whereas Ulamog simply reduces everything in its path to dust, Kozilek is a bit more creative, leaving behind trails that resemble bismuth crystals.
- Exact Words: Note that when Emrakul/Emeria says she wants to play a game with Jace, she does not specify a game of chess.
- Extreme Omnivore: The Eldrazi eat everything, including your permanents (with annihilator) and your library (with ingest). Ulamog, in particular, is defined by hunger without end.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Signature of Kozilek and its brood lineage. Emrakul isn't too shabby, either; some of the mutations shown on Shadows over Innistrad depict people with more eyes than the standard.
- FaceHeel Turn: Being the master of Mind Rape among the three, Kozilek and its brood can also do this, as It That Betrays, Turn Against and Eldrazi Obligator show.
- Emrakul-mutated creatures end up turning into extensions of the Titan and attempting to messily devour their former kin, and Emrakul's new card gives you full control over your opponent's next turn, essentially making your opponent pull a FaceHeel Turn on themselves.
- Floating Continent: Emrakul.
- I Let You Win: Emrakul chooses to seal herself in the midst of handily overwhelming the Gatewatch.
- It Can Think: For a lack of better words, Emrakul somehow converses with the Gatewatch, and is capable of making several actions normally done by sapient species, such playing chess with Jace, and willingly sealing herself in the moon.
- The Juggernaut: When one of these three is on the prowl, there's very few things that can make them so much as flinch. Emrakul's rampage on Eldritch Moon stands out as she bulldozed through everything that stood in her way, and was handing the Gatewatch's arses to them before she sealed herself, meaning that that she only stopped because she wanted to stop.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: The processor mechanic in Battle for Zendikar is something R&D almost never does because they aren't fans of messing about with the exile zone, caring about colourless mana specifically was mostly unique to Kozilek in Oath of the Gatewatch, and while double-faced cards existed before Emrakul's arrival on Innistrad, meld — a mechanic in which two cards merge into one horrible abomination — did not.
- Emrakul herself, in her Eldritch Moon printing, is one of the few cards of her time which has the protection keyword, when that keyword itself was being phased out in favour of more intuitive mechanics like hexproof and indestructible.
- Mind Rape: Their mere presence can cause madness, if you aren't ripped to shreds by the warped reality around them. And of course, there are always more active methods. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, is confirmed in the Battle for Zendikar fat pack booklet to be the worst for your sanity, although the others are no slouch, especially given the ingest mechanic.
- Emrakul's arrival on Innistrad was not good for the mental health of many people at all, although Heroic Willpower and The Power of Love can help. Gameplay-wise, Emrakul lets you take control of your opponent's turn before giving your opponent a proper turn, representing Emrakul temporarily taking control of them herself before they revert to lucidity.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Each titan creates thousands, if not millions, of spawn in their image.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Emrakul is immune to most colored magic. Ulamog is indestructible. Kozilek doesn't have any comparable protection ability, but 12 toughness is pretty hefty anyway. Lore-wise, the titans at full strength are nearly impossible to kill, even for nearly god-like pre-mending planeswalkers.
- In their later forms, Emrakul is immune to instants and gets a turn of forcing you to make the worst available decisions (plus having a 13/13 body), Kozilek can defend itself by discarding cards to turn them into counterspells, and Ulamog is... still indestructible.
- Fighting a Shadow: Even their massively powerful titan bodies are mere projections of their true forms in the Blind Eternities. Kozilek and Ulamog were eventually killed by dragging more of their true forms into Zendikar.
- Non-Elemental: They're too alien to correspond to any color of mana.
- Outside-Context Problem: The Eldrazi are native to the Blind Eternities, meaning that they are alien to basically everyone, everywhere. This is especially true for Emrakul, whose arrival boots out the Gothic Horror elements of Innistrad and ushers in a Cosmic Horror Story.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Eldrazi were originally locked away on Zendikar thousands of years ago by the trio of Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin.
- After the events of Eldritch Moon, the last living Eldrazi, Emrakul, seals herself in Innistrad's moon. One can only speculate what she's waiting for.
- Sinister Geometry: Kozilek and its brood tend to have perfectly shapes hover behind them, and strange geometric apendages and crystals jutting out of them. The shapes are actually holes in space!
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Over time, history became muddled and led to them being worshipped as gods by the natives of Zendikar. Once they re-emerged, that changed quickly.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Emrakul was missing in action for the whole Battle for Zendikar block, and was confirmed by Ugin to have left Zendikar for a considerable amount of time after the act of pulling Kozilek and Ulamog onto the plane created "echoes" that Ugin could interpret. No one has any idea where Emrakul has gone... Until Nahiri summons her to Innistrad as vengeance against Sorin. Later on, she makes another 'exit' by sealing herself in the moon.
- Villainous Glutton: The aptly named "Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger" is this: When it attacks, the opponent exiles the top 20 cards of their library (one-third of a typical Constructed deck, and half of a typical Limited deck). This is a super-sized version of the Battle for Zendikar "Ingest" mechanic, which implies that Ulamog is literally eating people's thoughts and memories.
- Walking Wasteland: Their mere presence warps and destroys everything around them, as illustrated quite nicely in All Is Dust and Disaster Radius. This story particularly describes Emrakul's world-wrecking capability.
- White Mask of Doom: Signature of Ulamog and its brood.
- Worf Had the Flu: The Eldrazi Titans in the present are notably weaker than they were back when Nahiri, Sorin, and Ugin faced them due to the fact that Ugin's prison had been draining their mana via the leylines of Zendikar. This more or less allows the Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch to kill both Kozilek and Ulamog by, among other things, dragging their true bodies onto the plane where they could be wholly destroyed.
- World-Wrecking Wave: They can do this. Seen in All Is Dust and Consume the Meek.
- Emrakul's arrival on Innistrad sent even the mildest mutation into overdrive, and caused countless minds to be absorbed into her brood, leading to Innistrad becoming a domain of hideous tentacle monsters and fusion horrors. Even the mightiest remaining angels were not immune, merging into the Voice of Nightmares.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: It seems nothing will ever again grow where they have withered the ground. However, after draining the mana of both Kozilek and Ulamog, Zendikar will eventually recover and heal from the damage it received from the Eldrazi. It's just going to take a hell of a long time.
The Progenitor of Fire, the father of dragonkind across the entire Multiverse. The Dragon Avatar, a being that endlessly flies through the Blind Eternities, only briefly appearing within the planes to lay the eggs that all dragons come from.
- Dragons Are Divine: It's not a god per se, but it is a vastly powerful being responsible for dragonkind's existence.
- Eldritch Abomination: Naturally, as a being that seems to be comfortable living in the Blind Eternities like the Eldrazi. As The Twins describes it:There is a shadow, a great shadow. It is not clouds, nor is it night. Ripples sweep through the vast airy gulf of the sky. The shadow is a magnificent creature, terrifying and dark and powerful, and it is blind, or maybe it was born in a place of blindness and does not know how to see.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: It birthed the first dragons across the multiverse.
- Summon Magic: Its roar stirs the blood of any dragon, no matter their plane, summoning the dragon to answer the will of its creator. The Ur-Dragon's card form reflects this by granting you effects that make summoning other dragons much easier.
- Time Abyss: Said to have been born at the dawn of time.
- Truly Single Parent: The Twins shows how it births dragons - during its brief manifestations within the planes, it beats its wings and creates a storm. From these storms rain giant colored stones, stones which are in fact the eggs of dragons.
One of the four demons whom Liliana made pacts with. Some time after Liliana made a deal with him, he sent her to fetch the Chained Veil, but upon her return she offed him with it.
- Deal with the Devil: One of the four demons Liliana made deals with.
- Did Not See That Coming: He didn't expect Liliana to kill him using the Chained Veil's power.
- Mark of the Beast: He's the one who gave Liliana her tattoos.
- Snake People: He looks serpentine from the waist down.
- Too Dumb to Live: As Liliana herself points out when she recalls the event, he sent her to get an incredibly powerful artifact capable of destroying him, then let her walk right up to him carrying it.
A sphinx arbiter from Vryn, and Jace's mentor. He took in Jace to train and hone his telepath skills, but is eventually revealed to be using Jace for his own ends, resulting in Jace killing him.
- Evil Mentor: He essentially raised Jace to be a Child Soldier.
- Manipulative Bastard: As soon as Jace's spark ignited, Alhammaret wiped the memory of it from Jace's mind, simply to retain control of him.
- Playing Both Sides: The main crux of his scheme: he would send Jace to gather and sell intelligence to both sides of a war under the guise of it being necessary for his work as arbiter but wiping Jace's memory each time so he didn't notice he was doing so for both sides. Jace only figured out the truth when he found himself in a soldier's memories.
- Telepathy: His speciality, and the focus of Jace's training.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jace tore everything he could out of Alhammaret's mind, during their final duel. Up to and including the memories of how to breathe.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Everybody seems to like her. Emmara Tandris is a personal friend, and Borborygmos himself thinks she's adorable. When you can fit in easily among the Selesnya, the Gruul, and the Rakdos, you qualify for this trope.
- Badass Normal: She's not a Planeswalker, and, aside from her inmate invisibility, possesses no magic to speak of, but keeps up with Kaya and the others when it comes to fighting the Eternals.
- By the Eyes of the Blind: As mentioned, some form of magic that she was born with makes it so other people don't even notice she's there, with a select few exceptions, like her mother, Teyo, and Kaya. Her godfather Boruvo implies it has something do with a person's personality, but doesn't explain further; whatever it is was enough for him to trust Kaya and Teyo right after meeting them, though. Other people can see her if they know she's there, but have to actively concentrate on her to do so.
- Genki Girl: Energetic, and speaks endlessly without a thought to letting others get in a word; Fridge Logic kicks in when you think of how seldom she actually gets to talk to someone else, and this becomes a lot more understandable.
- Ms. Exposition: Spends most of War Of The Spark informing Teyo (and by extension, any new readers not familiar with Ravnica) on the finer points of each Guild, and what little she knows regarding Planeswalkers.
- Ship Tease: With Teyo. Not only is he one of the few who can notice her, and they spend most of War Of The Spark keeping each other safe.