The spoiled son of Matthias and Cornflower, Mattimeo is forced to do a lot of growing up after he and his friends are kidnapped by Slagar the Cruel. Sold into slavery in the Kingdom of Malkariss, Mattimeo fights Slagar and Malkariss every step of the way, eventually earning his position as Matthias' heir.
- The Champion: Eventually inherits this job from his father
- Dead Guy Junior: Twice over. His full name is Matthias Methuselah Mortimer.
- The Hero: Much of his journey involves getting over himself and actually becoming worthy of the title of Warrior rather than feeling entitled to it.
- The Protagonist: Of the novel that bears his name.
- Spoiled Brat: Initially.
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes a strong leader, and the same kind of asskicking badass as his father.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Comes with the Pride Before a Fall storyline. Being kidnapped and undergoing huge amounts of Break the Haughty forces him to grow up fast.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has aspects of this.
- Cool Sword: Wields the sword of Martin the Warrior.
- David vs Goliath: Battles the Wearet in single combat. Made even more obvious in the TV series.
- Good Parents: To Mattimeo.
- Happily Married: To Cornflower Fieldmouse.
- Martial Pacifist
- Papa Wolf
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Kills Stonefleck by throwing his sword at him.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was already a capable fighter by the end of Redwall, he has since grown even more skilled in the ways of combat.
Orlando the Axe
A badger from the plains who has an axe to grind with Slagar after the slaver fox kidnapped his daughter, Auma. Hopelessly lost in the woodlands, Orlando joins forces with Matthias and the Redwallers to recover their children and send Slagar to his grave.
- An Axe to Grind
- Battlecry: "Eulaliaaaaaaaaaaa!"
- The Berserker
- The Big Guy: All badgers are big, but Orlando is specifically stated to be even bigger than Constance. And a badger is always going to be the most powerful member in any group, unless the group itself is made up of badgers.
- Gentle Giant: Orlando is huge even by badger standards and has the strength and fighting abilities to match. When Jube's sisters attack him he just blocks with his axe. He is also a scaredy cat when it comes to heights and even laments about being so big. " The trouble with being my size is you make an excellent target".
- Insistent Terminology: He objects to his axe being called a "hatchet".
- Papa Wolf: Chases Slagar all the way south the find his daughter.
- Put on a Bus: Eventually leaves for Salamandastron before the events of The Pearls of Lutra.
- Real Men Cook: It is stated by his daughter Auma that he is a fair cook.
- The Apprentice: To Basil. He takes on his fighting style, mannerisms, and even adds "Stag Otter" to his name.
- Big Eater: Makes him useful when the group is being attacked by carnivorous fish while crossing a river.
- Irony: He is an otter who does not like water. But to be fair to him, no young otter does initially.
- The Load: Initially played straight. He is underfoot, poorly mannered, a Big Eater, and is nearly abducted and killed by the painted ones, requiring Jess to come to his rescue.
- Finally averted when he begins eating the carnivorous fish that were harassing the party. After this, he begins to become more of a help than a hindrance, even participating in the final battle.
- Meaningful Name: Cheek is, well... cheeky.
Sir Harry the Muse
- Big Eater: Especially when it comes to cake!
- Drama Queen: Speaks in dramatic rhymes. Also, after Warbeak's death, he is elected as a leader among the sparrows of Redwall. Tim Churchmouse writes that he has resigned several times, out of despair at the sparrow's speech patterns. However, he always assumes the position again...
- Shout-Out: Named after a friend of Brian Jacques, the author of the series.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Tends to speak in rhymes, but only for casual conversation, not for negotiation.
Slagar the Cruel/Chickenhound
Treacherous is the word that best describes Slagar the Cruel, a masked fox who leads a gang of slavers. Using a traveling carnival show as a pretense, Slagar murders several inhabitants of the Abbey and kidnaps its children, all in the name of an imaginary grudge. Pursued by the warriors of the Abbey, Slagar takes his quarry to deliver them to the 'Kingdom of Nightmares' ruled by the tyrant Malkariss. Utterly without honor or loyalty, Slagar happily betrays everyone he can with the intent of elevating his own position and achieving his vengeance.
- Ax-Crazy: Slagar has lost his mind, to the point where he actually believes that the Redwallers ruined his face.
- Badass Cape
- Bad Boss: The worst one in the series, beating out all the competition. Other vermin leaders abuse their followers, but only Slagar planned to kill off every single one of them, something he apparently does on every one of his trips.
- Bastard Understudy: He plots to take over the Kingdom of Malkariss, but it's destroyed before he can make his move.
- Best Served Cold: Waits years before getting vengeance on the Abbey residents and their children for what happened to his face.
- Body Horror: His face.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays his crew, Malkariss, and anybody else who trusts him.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Cluny was a warlord who tried to conquer Redwall. Slagar's a slaver and kidnapper who steals several children from the Abbey and then hightails it in the other direction.
- Cool Mask: A head-covering jester's mask.
- Cunning Like a Fox: One of the most outright clever villains in the series, and a fox.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Malkariss.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls down an empty well to his death.
- The Dreaded: He's known as The Cruel for a reason.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is unusually gravelly because he got bitten in the throat by an adder. He's even voiced by Tim Curry in the TV series.
- FaceHeel Turn: He never was a good character to begin with, but he takes a turn for the worse after being bitten by Asmodeus.
- Facial Horror: Why he wears the mask. Asmodeus' bite left his face a ruin.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was originally Chickenhound, a minor antagonist from Redwall. After losing half of his face and all of his sanity, he's become a roaming slavetrader, as evil as the sewer rat that killed his own mother, hated by all those who encounter him, and feared by his own crew.
- Genre Savvy: He knows that trying to capture Redwall is a very bad idea.
- The Heavy: He's not the Big Bad, that's Malkariss, nor is he the Dragon, that's Nadaz. He's even outranked by Stonefleck. But he is without a doubt the one moving the plot forward.
- Hero Killer: Many characters die either directly or indirectly because of him, among them Methuselah, Friar Hugo, Warbeak, and Log-a-Log.
- Hired Guns: Works for Malkariss in exchange for money and power, not out of loyalty.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He learned to run since he was young after all.
- Made of Iron: Over the course of one book, he survives more punishment than just about any creature that isn't a badger. He survived being speared by Cluny's horde and dragged himself to Redwall Abbey, where he made a full recovery. He then got bitten by Asmodeus, and recovered from that too.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Not a human, but still counts as this trope.
- Manipulative Bastard: He plays his own slave crew like a fiddle.
- The Millstone: As Chickenhound. He's not that helpful to Sela and is about five times more obvious about what they're doing than she is. He also blurts out that they know Cluny's tunnel plan, which results in Sela getting executed and him getting nearly killed.
- Misplaced Retribution: If he actually believes his story he blames the Redwallers for scarring his face and killing his innocent mother. His mother was outed for being a traitor which led to Cluny killing her and Asmodeus is the one that disfigured him yet he fixates on selling the Redwallers children as slaves.
- Monster Clown: Plays the part as the head of a circus and invoked with his harlequin mask.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is pronounced "SLAY-gar." Yep, that's one scary name.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He reprimands Halftail for trying to whip a slave for no good reason. This isn't out of mercy, however, but because he knows an injured slave will slow their progress.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: When he and his minions put on their circus act.
- Revenge by Proxy: Kidnaps Mattimeo and the other children to hurt their parents.
- Sanity Slippage
- Smug Snake: He is this way even as Chickenhound. Though, he's become much more high-functioning in Mattimeo.
- The Sociopath: He already showed all of the signs as Chickenhound: superficial charm to ingratiate himself with the Abbot in order to rob Redwall blind, a sky-high opinion of himself, and a complete lack of regard for everyone else, to the point of mocking his own mother's death. It only got worse after his run-in with Asmodeus.
- Spanner in the Works: To both the Redwallers and Cluny in the first book. His arrival at Redwall ends with him robbing them and killing Methuselah, which then leads to everything he does in Mattimeo, which leaves quite a body count in his wake. He also causes one of Cluny's plans to fail by tipping the Redwallers off about it.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Chickenhound was a cowardly sneak thief and accidental murderer. Slagar the Cruel is a slaver, a mass murderer, a child abuser, and one of the series' better Manipulative Bastards.
- Two-Faced: Under his mask, half of his face is dead.
- The Unfought: He's got two Papa Wolves and a band of warriors out to get him, but nobody gets a chance to have a go at him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: His Moral Event Horizon as Chickenhound was stealing from the Redwallers after they nursed him back to health, and killing Methuselah.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He's a schemer first, a fighter second, so he does these quite frequently. In fairness, he usually has good reasons, often involving badgers or being badly outnumbered.
- Villain Ball: Grabs it when he kills Vitch, since it lets the heroes know he's there and he probably could have escaped otherwise.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kidnaps children and sells them into slavery.
Slagar's right-hand weasel, Threeclaws acts as the band's main slavedriver, and second-in-command. Less brutal than Halftail, and less capricious than Vitch, Threeclaws has the allegiance of the other weasels in Slagar's band, which enables him to survive the power struggle that ensues once Slagar abandons them.
- The Dragon: Slagar's Number Two, he's always left in charge whenever the fox has other business to attend to.
- Fantastic Racism: A milder example than many. He seems to believe that weasels are inherently better than stoats or ferrets.
- Hooks and Crooks: He and the rest of the weasels in the slave crew are armed with iron hooks.
- Karma Houdini: He doesn't completely escape punishment, but being sentenced to run south into the unknown lands isn't much of a punishment considering how horrible he'd been.
- Villainous Friendship: Appears to have one with the other weasels in Slagar's band, especially his fellow survivors Skinpaw, Wartclaw, Snakespur, and Fleaback.
- Wicked Weasel
- Would Hurt a Child: This is the defining trait of most of Slagar's band.
A stoat in Slagar's gang, Halftail is a thug with a short temper, a sadistic streak, and little ability to think ahead. After Slagar himself he's the member of the gang most hated by the slaves, and even the other slavers are less than fond of him.
- The Berserker: Descends into this territory during his confronation with Threeclaws and the other weasels. It takes all of them to subdue him.
- The Brute: A Dumb Muscle sadist who works as a slavedriver.
- The Bully: Delights in tormenting the slaves, to the point where Slagar has to rein him in.
- Corporal Punishment: Loves administering it to the slaves; recieves it from Slagar early on.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When he wants to hurt a slave, any excuse — no matter how minor — will do. For example, he once tried to whip one of his captives for asking for a drink of water.
- Dumb Muscle: None too bright.
- Kick the Dog: Easily the worst of the slaving band in this regard.
- Killed Off for Real: Snakespur stabs him from behind with his hook as Halftail is about to finish off Skinpaw.
- Knife Nut: Carries a single dagger in addition to his cane.
- Wicked Weasel: A stoat
- Would Hurt a Child: Would beat and abuse a child, in addition to selling them into slavery.
A ferret and one of the brighter members of Slagar's gang, Scringe acts as the voice of reason in the slaving band.
- Evil Genius: Scringe, in contrast to Threeclaws and Halftail, actually has a good head on his shoulders. During Mattimeo's attempted escape, Scringe is the one who realizes what's going on, and takes command, eventually recapturing them.
- Killed Off for Real: During the mutiny, Halftail knifes him before he can get his sword out.
- Only Sane Man: In a gang of swaggering thugs, Scringe is the only one who seems intent on actually doing the job Slagar hired him to do.
- Spared By Adaptation: He takes Fleaback's place as one of the five survivors of Slagar's gang in the TV series.
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed, as he's still helping to sell children into slavery, but he's the least abusive member of Slagar's gang and the only one that treats Vitch decently.
- Villainous Friendship: He's the only slaver who is decent to Vitch, who in turn, trusts him. He also appears to be on good terms with Skinpaw the weasel.
- Weapon of Choice: A sword, which Halftail takes from him after killing him.
- Wicked Weasel: A ferret.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's less abusive than Threeclaws or Halftail, but he's still out to sell children into slavery.
An undersized rat in Slagar's gang, Vitch sneaks into Redwall disguised as a mouse, scouting out the kidnapping operation. He hates Mattimeo, and takes every chance to torment him after Slagar captures him.
- Agent Provocateur: His role in Slagar's band is to pretend to be a mouse and infiltrate whatever group Slagar intends to steal slaves from, then help convince that group to trust Slagar's circus.
- Asshole Victim: Killed by Slagar as he tries to make his escape from the ruins of Malkariss.
- Bratty Half-Pint: More malicious than most, but he manages to be bratty too.
- Butt-Monkey: Vitch gets treated by the rest of Slagar's band almost as badly as the slaves do.
- The Dark Chick: Plays this role in Slagar's group. He's young, he's the only rat in the group, and he acts as an infiltrator, rather than a guard.
- Dirty Coward: He's afraid to fight the chained slaves. Then again, both Mattimeo and Tim Churchmouse kicked his ass while chained up.
- Enfant Terrible: Vitch isn't much older than Mattimeo.
- You Dirty Rat!: The only rat in Slagar's band.
An old, deformed polecat with dreams of world domination. Founded the underground Kingdom of Malkariss.
- Big Bad: But that's not saying much.
- Buried Alive: His eventual fate.
- Egopolis: He rules the Kingdom of Malkariss, named for himself.
- Evil Old Folks: Revealed to be so old he can barely walk.
- Evil Overlord: The overlord of the underground realm of Malkariss.
- Gonk: He's hideously deformed and — at least in the TV series — missing large patches of fur.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own slaves are the ones to kill him.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Malkariss is a crippled old polecat, who is unable to walk on his own, and gives orders from a statue.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's too crippled to be much of a threat, and goes down without a fuss.
- Orcus on His Throne: He does little more than sit in his statue and relay orders to Nadaz for the majority of the book.
- Seldom-Seen Species: The only polecat in the entire series.
- Strong Empire, Shriveled Emperor: He founded an immense subterranean civilization on slavery and speaks from an imposing statue — but he's elderly, frail, and nearly blind, and depends on his servants to run his empire according to his orders.
The leader of Malkariss' priesthood, Nadaz is the "Voice of the Host", delivering Malkariss' instructions to the rest of his growing abyssal empire.
- Accidental Murder: Slain by Matthias and Orlando the Axe when they destroy the statue he's hiding in.
- The Dragon: To Malkariss.
- Dragon Ascendant: Although he doesn't last long.
- Evil Chancellor: With the caveat that his boss is pretty evil too.
- Mouth of Sauron: As the Voice of the Host, Nadaz speaks for Malkariss, who never emerges from behind a statue.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Nadaz isn't a fighter, although he certainly helps to encourage the host with his drumming.
A primeval mustelid throwback, the Wearet is both the chief slavedriver and strongest fighter in the Kingdom of Malkariss. Challenging Matthias to a duel, the Wearet manages to defeat—though not kill—the warrior mouse in single combat, a feat that is never replicated in the series.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights with a heavy spear.
- The Brute: It's a hulking monstrosity that serves as Nadaz's muscle.
- Dumb Muscle: It can only snarl and slaver.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Half-weasel, half-ferret.
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Wearet isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but it has more than enough muscle and combat prowess to defeat Matthias; for reference, Cluny the Scourge couldn't beat Matthias in a fair fight.