The Protagonist of the film. She dreams of being a knight of the Round Table and goes on a quest to find the stolen Excalibur.
- Adorkable: She is tomboyish and desperate to become a knight like her late father.
- Action Girl: This trope is heavily downplayed. She's not nearly knight material like she talks herself up to be, because she is just a normal teenage girl without any combat training. Keep in mind, she did awesome moments in the film: Attempting to whack Ruber with a mace (but he grabs it), saving the injured Garrett by jerking one of the thorn creatures giant hand on Ruber and his gang, sweeping a mook's legs while tied up and saving Arthur in the climax by knocking Ruber away with a wooden beam.
- Boundand Gagged: One of Rubers men does this to her, but thankfully Bladebeak frees her.
- Damsel in Distress: When she is captured by Rubers men during the raid of the village and again in the last third of the film. Counts as funny when she questions her mother earlier in the film:Kayley: What is a damsel anyway?
- Death Glare: She gives one to Garrett when he wants her to be quiet. Later in the climax, both Kayley and Garrett gave one to Ruber before they dodge away from Ruber's strike.
- Heroic BSoD: Kayley, as a young girl, goes through a brief one when her father is killed by Ruber.
- Heroic Wannabe: Her goal is to be a dashing and heroic knight like her father, but she has no skills or talent for it. When she starts her quest, her only asset is courage (or maybe bullheadedness).
- "I Want" Song: "On My Father's Wings," in which Kayley expresses her desire to become a knight.
- Little "No": Kayley can only say a quite "No..." when she discovers that her father is dead.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: At the end of the film, Kayley is seen in a white gown during her and Garrett's knighting ceremony. Of course, Garrett is blind and doesn't get a reaction shot of her.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Once, her hair tie gets snagged off by a tree branch, undoing her ponytail when she runs from Rubers henchmen in the Forbidden Forest. Later, when she is talking to Garrett after he saved her life from the ironmen, she fixes her ponytail back up with a spare hair tie.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Kayley has her mother's facial features.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She dons a shoulder past ponytail when she is a young woman.
- Uptown Girl: She is a daughter of a late Knight of the Round Table who falls for Garrett, a hermit and dreams of being a Knight of the Round Table.
- You Killed My Father: Her father was murdered by Ruber at the beginning of the film. When she overhears Ruber gloating about the deed to Arthur during the climax, she attacks him with a wooden beam.
- Voiced by Cary Elwes, Bryan White (singing voice)
A blind man who lives in a forest and helps Kayley on her quest.
- Adorkable: He is very talented of surviving in the forest at ease with Ayden at his side.
- Bloodless Carnage: He is badly grazed at the side by an arrow from Rubers men, but he doesnt bleed.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Garrett was once a young stable boy who dreamt of becoming of knight, but his dreams were dashed after he was blinded, due to a head injury. His dreams were dashed even further after the death of Sir Lionel, resulting Garrett to run away from Camelot in self-exile and lived in the Forbidden Forest alone for so many years, which is why he was that grumpy and preferred to be in solitude with Ayden.
- Deadpan Snarker: He comes out with remarks that drip with sarcasm, especially around Kayley when they first meet.
- Disabled Love Interest: He is blind and slowly falls for Kayley during the film.
- Disabled Snarker:Kayley: I didn't realize you were...
Garrett: What? Tall? Rugged? Handsome?
Garrett: (chuckles briefly) You know, I always forget that one.
- Emerging from the Shadows: This is how he was fully introduced after Kayley fell into the pond and gets caught in a net.Garrett: Hey! That's my net.
- Grumpy Bear: Starts off as one when he meets Kayley, but he soon becomes more positive and open when he falls for Kayley during the search for Excalibur.
- Handicapped Badass: Blind he may be, Garrett has a great talent of knocking Rubers men into his traps - especially when he whacked his staff right in one of the thugs' crotch.
- The Hermit: Garrett has been living all alone in the swamp of the Forbidden Forest for a decade, after Sir Lionel's death.
- "I Am" Song: "I Stand Alone", it also becomes a sad reprise towards the end after he declined Kayleys offer of joining her to go to Camelot.
- Impairment Shot: In Garrett's backstory, he rescues the horses from the burning stables, until one of them accidentally struck his head with its front hooves. From his POV, we see everything around him going blurry until his vision blackens completely as Garrett describes it:Garrett: First all I can see is shapes, then shadows... and finally, my world went black.
- I Work Alone: He states to Kayley, until he finally helps her on the journey to find Excalibur.Garrett: Not you, me and Ayden. We work alone.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He was so sarcastic, grumpy, uninterested and pretty wisecracking whilst meeting Kayley for the first time.
- Nature Hero: Garrett became this when he lives in the Forbidden Forest for a decade.
- No Place for Me There: Garrett feels that way after the result of his blindness and even Sir Lionels death. He sadly parts ways with Kayley, telling her to deliver Excalibur all by herself. He tells Ayden about his feelings that Kayley wouldnt see him as a knight.Garrett: You don't understand, in Camelot, she'd only see me through their eyes: Not a knight, not a man Not anything. (sheds tear)
- Prophet Eyes: While not a prophet, Garret has these eyes because he can still "see" in the Forbidden Forest through his other senses and experience.
- Stealth Pun: The manner of Garrett blindness when he was a child after accidentally struck by the one of the horses front hooves could be an inspiration from Andrea Bocelli, where the latter was struck by a football by accident in a football match with Bocelli as the goalkeeper.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Garrett delivers one of these to Kayley when they first meet about how naïve and sheltered she is. It doubles as his character song.
Two conjoined dragons that help Kayley on her quest.
- Big Fun: Both of them. When they are shown separate from each other in "If I Didn't Have You," Cornwall is still just as pudgy as you'd expect, but even Devon, despite his skinny neck, is also very chubby at the lower body.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At least once in the film:Devon: We can't fly! (to the camera) We've explained that before our song!
- Breath Weapon: Once they get their act together, they can indeed breath a mighty stream of flames.
- Conjoined Twins: Though they do not like being together. That is, until at the climax where they learn to get along and team up.
- Deadpan Snarker: Due to their constant Snark-to-Snark Combat, they have many moments of insults and sarcasm.
- Kissing Cousins: They are supposedly "the reason cousins shouldn't marry".
- Multiple Head Case: Devon and Cornwall are conjoined twin dragons from birth, which lacks the ability of fire and flight because of their constant bickering, unless they agree on each other towards the climax of the film.
- Non-Human Sidekick: A dragon pair for Kayley.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Devon is a sensitive artistic type while Cornwall is more macho. This is unfortunate for them, as they cannot fly so long as they disagree on everything.
- The Power of Friendship: Devon and Cornwall lament their inability to fly through most of the movie, then find themselves able to do it once Kayley is kidnapped. Garret realizes that they can't fly unless they agree on things, and pushes them to do so by prompting, "You both love Kayley, right?"
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Mainly towards each other, as demonstrated in their song.Devon: We're trapped! Trapped!
Cornwall: Stuck here with you for five hundred years.
Devon: Oh, dear, it's learned to count.
Cornwall: If you'd got me a good lawyer, I'd have split four hundred years ago.
Devon: Now listen here, pal, I didn't come here to be insulted.
Cornwall: Oh. Where d'ya usually go?
- Sidekick Song: "If I Didnt Have You" is a comedic song and a showcase of their inability to work together. It becomes a plot point when they step up for Kayley later.
- Unexplained Accent: The late Don Rickles American accent is noticeable throughout the film, whereas Eric Idles accent is entirely English.
- Voiced by Gary Oldman
The villain of the film who wants to steal Excalibur for himself and rule Camelot.
- Adaptational Badass: Believe it or not, given the usual Lighter and Softer tone of this movie compared to The King's Damosel. In it, the Red Knight is just a random warlord who, while admittedly being a very personal threat by taking over the protagonist's household and demanding to marry her older sister (to be made into a Lord), ultimately gets taken out like a twig. Ruber, on the other hand, wants to be the king and plunge Britain into eternal warfare, punches dragons and ultimately gets a more dignified death. He has a much better personality to boot.
- Ax-Crazy: He is clearly an unstable blood knight. His first scene shows him starting a blody ruckus at the Round Table.
- Badass Normal: No powers, but the man can kill a dragon with his bare hands!
- Bald of Evil: Ruber is clearly half-bald at the top of his head.
- Berserk Button:
- After Sir Lionel says "I will not serve a false king" to him, Ruber went completely ballistic, wanting to kill Arthur with a mace and ultimately whacks Lionel hard enough to kill him.
- Ruber does NOT take this too well when the Griffin loses Excalibur in the forbidden forest.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Well, not really a unibrow. Ruber's eyebrows are just so close to touching each other that whenever he scowls or smirks, it almost looks like he has a long red eyebrow.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Ruber does this in the last third of the film by magically melding Excalibur to his arm with his magic potion. Such a pity that didn't last that long.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: This exchange after Ruber disrupted the song.
- The Caligula: Ruber is a warped and tyrannical type who will stop at nothing to take over Camelot, which would surely make him a Caligula. It says a lot about him that he is willing to sacrifice one of his own hands in order to never be parted from the power that Excalibur is, in essence finding no further use for it other than exercising that power.
- Character Tics: Ruber has the habit of twitching his eye too often throughout the film. Plus, his irises in his eyes tend to disappear briefly, this occurs too often in his song.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Ruber has dark purple shadows around his eyes to add to his unhinged appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ruber has a few snarky moments in the film.Griffin: It wasn't a pigeon, it was a falcon! With silver wings.
Ruber: (mockingly) Silver wings? Ooh, scary.
- Later on when seeing Kayley reuniting with her mother:
- Death Glare: Ruber sometimes has the habit of giving anyone these.
- He throws each one to Lionel and Arthur before he goes into a rampage.
- He gives the Griffin a few of these after he lost Excalibur.
- Ruber ultimately gives one to Kayley after she stopped him from killing Arthur.
- Did Not Think This Through: Ruber falls into this after magically bonding Excalibur to himself, where this will later get himself stuck in The Stone where Excalibur came from.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ruber kills a dragon by punching it and roasts the creature on the spit for him and his henchmen to feed on.
- Die Laughing: He was heard laughing as the powerful magic of The Stone and Excalibur dismantle his mechanical arm and armor prior to him being brutally disintegrated mid-laugh.
- Emerging from the Shadows: How Ruber was first introduced by coming from a doorway before secretly following the knights to the round table.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: Subverted, only his armor is shown to be blown off from Ruber before he disintegrates to nothingness, leaving one of his shoulder pads to fall down next to The Stone.
- Evil Redhead: His shoulder-length red hair is noticeable during the Round Table "sing-along".
- Evil Plan: Steal Excalibur and use it to kill Arthur so he himself can be king.
- FaceHeel Turn: Ruber was once a trusted knight of Arthur, but as the ten years pass, Ruber became more obsessed with the ideas of having more lands to himself and nominating himself for the new king, until Arthur and Lionel push him to his breaking point.
- Gonk: Ruber is creepily deformed with a banana shaped head, greenish skin, yellow scleras in his eyes, and jagged fingernails. This makes him entirely stand out from the other knights.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Whenever he is annoyed by the Griffin or his henchmen's stupidity.
- Identity Concealment Disposal: As he invades Julianas farm, he wears a face-concealing horned helmet that he takes off, tosses it aside to his men and never puts it on again for the rest of the film. But he does wear a black cloak to disguise himself whilst entering Camelot and exposes himself when he sets off an ambush.
- It's All About Me: Ruber is an arrogant and evil knight who wants to rule Camelot.
- Large Ham: Quite often. This also happens in his song, mostly in the last verse.
- Laughably Evil: Some moments in his song can actually make you laugh. He is hysterical both figuratively and literally.
- Left Stuck After Attack: Twice in the one day:
Ruber: The ogre's butt...!
- When Ruber and the Griffin get trapped under the ogre's butt, only to blasted out when the ogre breaks wind:
Griffin: Well, master. At least things can't get any worse.
(The ground begins to rumble)
Ruber: Wanna bet?
- How Ruber meets his demise after accidentally returning Excalibur back into its stone.
- Earlier in the film, Ruber and his men were trapped by the tree creature's hand whilst trying to ambush the heroes.
- Made of Iron: Ruber is so strong that he immediately grabbed a mace that Kayley tried to whack him with. Despite that it didn't break any of his bones and he kills a dragon by simply punching it. Ruber later clutches burning hot coals in his hand, and surprisingly enjoys it (this doesn't leave burn marks on his hand).
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the stone he just stuck Excalibur into is The Stone, he knows exactly how screwed he is.
- Nightmare Face: Bares one when he reveals himself to Juliana after he and his henchmen invaded her home.
- No Body Left Behind: Ruber is obliterated into smoke by The Stone's power, leaving Excalibur whole in The Stone and one of his shoulder pads falling back to earth.
- Obviously Evil: Rubers physical appearance can really tell when he is far different from the other knights.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Played towards the end, Ruber wields Excalibur and his hand is merged with it in the final battle. However, Kayley and Garrett trick him into thrusting the sword back into the stone. Since King Arthur is the only one able to pull the sword from The Stone, Ruber is stuck. Then The Stone's power obliterates Ruber, leaving Excalibur free for Arthur to reclaim.
- Rage Breaking Point: Ruber remains calm and callous during the meeting. But when Ruber nominates himself for the new king and how Lionel responds "I will not serve a false king!" to him, he completely loses it!
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Ruber wears a black cleavage and trousers with red armor, boots, belt, and wrist-cuffs. He later wears a black cloak to disguise himself towards the end of the film.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He has red hair, green eyes, and is the film's main Antagonist.
- Slasher Smile: Ruber sports several of these throughout the film to go with his insane personality:
- A scary one with his Nightmare Face when he reveals himself to Juliana. He has another creepy one◊ when he reveals that he is threatening to kill Kayley if Juliana doesn't help him.
- An really crazy one throughout his song where he is transforming his henchmen from flesh into metal.
- Dons one with his Evil Laugh at times.
- Ruber has yet another one when he is fusing Excalibur to his arm with his potion.
- Finally, has the last ones when he is cornering and attempting to kill an wounded Arthur without mercy.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Ruber does that a few times:
Sir Lionel: I will not serve a false king!
- When arguing with Sir Lionel:
Ruber: Then serve... (whips out a mace) A DEAD ONE!
Ruber: (to his Griffin) Have I told you today? How magnificently and totally worth-LESS YOU ARE!!
- After learning Excalibur's whereabouts from his pet Griffin:
- Surrounded by Idiots: His mechanical minions not just being the idiots in question, but the Griffin and Bladebeak as well. The annoyed expression on Rubers face at times is noticeable.
- Tranquil Fury: Ruber is shown to be calm and menacing at times. He even shows shades of this when he is learning from the Griffin that he lost Excalibur.
- Unstoppable Rage: This is demonstrated when Ruber prepares to kill Arthur with a mace and not even the knights can stop him - with Sir Lionel ending up killed as a result. Until Arthur ends Ruber's rage by simply holding out Excalibur in front of him for Ruber to whack his mace with and to be powerfully rebounded.
- Villainous Valour: Ruber is a psychotic murderer, no doubt about it, but you must admit that he is also exceptionally strong and brave. Just a couple of examples:
- When Ruber is invading Juliana's home, Kayley tries to hit him from behind with a good-sized mace. He turns around, catches it, and then twists the head. Never mind that the spikes should have skewered his hands.
- He kills a dragon by punching it with just his bare hands (after dropping his sword and remained still) and then roasts it on a spit.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Ruber is the only human to have light yellow scleras and small green irises.
- You're Insane!: This exchange:
- Voiced by Frank Welker
Garrett's aid and a silver-winged falcon who is a pet of Merlin.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Ayden snickers when Devon and Cornwall lose one of the alive sticks, resulting Cornwall to swallow him, only for Devon to spit him out on the other end, unharmed.
- Character Tics: Ayden can sometimes glint his silver wings with a lens flare effect.
- Noble Bird of Prey: Doesn't get any more noble than being Merlin's pet falcon who aids a blind man.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He is the only avian creature to support Kayley, Garrett, Devon and Cornwall on their journey to find Excalibur.
- Razor Wings: His wing feathers are made of silver, and can actually cut, as the Griffin learned the hard way.
- Voiced by Bronson Pinchot
Ruber's griffin henchman who is sent to steal Excalibur.
- Butt-Monkey: Given how many times he is attacked by Ayden, Ruber berates and abuses the creature quite often, to whom he is loyal though sadly very incompetent at his job. Finally he is burned, presumably to death, by Siamese twin dragons.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His green glowing eyes can be menacing towards Arthur (and mostly to the viewers).
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Briefly, when he finally grabs hold of Ayden and is about to devour him, until Devon and Cornwall immediately intervene and breathe fire at him.
- Insistent Terminology: "It wasn't a pigeon, it was a falcon with silver wings."
- Oh, Crap!: Few of these moments:
- Whilst flying down to the forest where he dropped Excalibur seconds earlier, he sees giant thorn hands poking out through the thorn branches in the forbidden forest.
- After Ruber says "And now Excalibur is mine!", the Griffin immediately has that look on his face.
- The Griffin's reaction when he realises he is flying straight towards Ruber whilst chasing Ayden.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: The film has a particularly weird griffin. While following the classical griffin design, said body design is pretty much distorted: the bird front quarters are proportionally much larger than the lion hindquarters, while the head is the not particularly eagle-like, except for the beak and his glowing green eyes, which resembles more that of a vulture. Overall, his pathetic appearance reflects his status on the story as a Butt Monkey.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He could arguably count. He's pretty much just the bad guy's pet and follows his orders without caring too much about taking over. The only thing he took personally was his attempt to get revenge on the good guy's falcon.
- Vocal Dissonance: Having the warm and friendly voice of Bronson Pinchot seems unfitting for his size and appearance and takes a lot of threat out of him.
- Voiced by Gabriel Byrne
Kayley's deceased father who was a Knight of the Round Table.
- Action Dad: The father of Kayley and a knight, whose legacy as such she wants to carry on.
- Blue Is Heroic: Wore a blue tonic and was a friendly, heroic person.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Sir Lionel had brown hair and brown eyes.
- Disappeared Dad: To Kayley, since he was killed by Ruber when she was a child.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Considering his honor and profession, what better way for a knight to die than direct defense of his king?
- Good Parents: Was a caring, devoted father to Kayley when he was alive.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Lionel receives himself a fatal blow by Ruber's mace whilst defending the King.
- Meaningful Funeral: Arthur and his knights gave a memorial service to Sir Lionel who had sacrificed himself to save the king from Ruber's rage. They place Lionel's body in a stone coffin and placed somewhere in the farm where he can be remembered.
- The Mentor: He trained Garret in knightly combat and virtues and represented Garret's only hope of making something of himself after losing his sight.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He is one of the Knights of the Round Table. This becomes Kayley's inspiration to become a knight, and she and her love interest Garrett (who Sir Lionel trained after the accident in the stable fire) save Camelot from Ruber.
Kayley's mother who takes care of the family farm.
- Adult Fear: Juliana is forced to help Ruber with his plan, after he threatened to kill Kayley.
- GASP: Juliana does this twice: When Ruber reveals himself as he enters her home, and again when Ruber reveals her daughter being held hostage by two of his men.
- Purple Eyes: Lady Juliana's eye color has the association of nobility key to the trope.
- What Would X Do?: Juliana and Kayley get into an argument about Kayley's dream to become a knight. After her daughter runs off in anger, Juliana wonders what Lionel would have done about the issue.
- Voiced by Pierce Brosnan, Steve Perry (singing voice)
The rightful king of Camelot and Ruber's nemesis.
- Big Good: The noble and rightful king of Camelot, who Kayley and Garret quest on behalf of and who knights the pair at the end of the movie.
- Bloodless Carnage: Arthur's arm is slashed by the Griffin, and is put in the sling.
- Blue Is Heroic: He wears a blue tunic, like all the knights.
- Death Glare: Arthur gives one to Ruber (as seen from the image) after he defeats Ruber with Excalibur.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The idea of knighting Ruber in the first place implies this, though it could be an obligation after the important support that he offered to the crown for years (for self-serving reasons of course).
- Voiced by: Jaleel White
A chicken given an axe for a beak due to magic and is forced to work for Ruber.
- Butt-Monkey: Bladebeak can fall into this under the minimal abuse and neglect of Ruber's men.
- HeelFace Turn: Bladebeak does this in the last third of the film after he speaks with his mate who is locked in a cage for most of the film and frees Kayley, though he was hardly the embodiment of "evil" to begin with.
- Lovable Coward: Most often seen trembling whenever all those greater characters around him fight or use occult and incomprehensible powers. By the end he does manage to stand up to his fears and contribute to the side that he really wanted to, significantly for a chicken.
- Small, Annoying Creature: A rooster merged with an axe that annoys Ruber and his men with his blabbering. Until Ruber finally sends Bladebeak back to the wagons in the middle of the film, calling him "useless".
- Small Role, Big Impact: Bladebeak gives a report to Ruber about Kayley and Garrett following Ayden to find Excalibur, convincing Ruber and his men to follow them.
- Token Good Teammate: He was definitely shanghaied into becoming a member of Ruber's troops after being used as an unwilling guinea pig for Ruber's twisted experiments and never really desired or try to hurt any of the main characters. It is implied that he primarily stayed to plead for his imprisoned wife's life and whenever there was a fight he was thoroughly a fish out of water.