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Dannflower Reguba

  • The Berserker
  • The Hero
  • Hurting Hero: With his father's constant disapproval hanging over him, and the subconscious belief that he'll never be a proper warrior, Dannflor has a lot of emotional baggage. Song helps him get over it, though.
  • Tooka Levelin Badass: Notably when he takes on Raventail single-pawed and quite nearly kills him. From that point on, he becomes the warrior his father always wanted him to be.
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  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It doesn't help when his dad calls him a coward.



Janglur Swifteye

Rusvul Reguba

  • Heel Realization: When Dannflor takes off to retrieve the tapestry of Martin the Warrior, Rusvul realizes that he was much too harsh on his son for failing to guard it earlier, and expresses his regret when talking to Janglur later on.
  • Parents as People: Martin knows he tries to be a nice guy, but he's a fighter at heart and doesn't realize he's being unreasonably harsh.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy



Gawjo Swifteye


Mighty Megraw

Sollertree / Skyspike

  • The Big Guy
  • Gentle Giant
  • Meaningful Rename: His real name is Skyspike, but he renamed himself after he started living alone. It's country talk for Solitary, if you couldn't tell.
  • Monster Façade: When confronted with vermin his tactic is to rear up to his impressive full height and starts roaring the most bloodthirsty threats at them, which sends them running... and leaves him sprawled on the ground and gasping for breath.

The Marlfox Brood

As a whole:

  • An Axe to Grind: Their collective Weapon of Choice, with each Marlfox other than Silth and Lantur carrying one.
  • Badass Cape: They all wear cloaks with mottled patterns that help them blend in with their surroundings.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: They have no problems with backstabbing each other in their bid to rule Castle Marl.
  • Mauve Shirt: As the largest group to collectively serve as the main antagonist of their book, most of the Marlfoxes get a moderate amount of characterization before they start dropping like flies.
  • The Nondescript: Invoked, as they have patchy fur colors that make them hard to see.
  • Rule of Seven: Seven siblings and their mother, Silth.


  • Ambition Is Evil: He's dead-set on becoming king. He does, for a while.
  • Bad Boss: He executes a rat for being afraid of the deep water.
  • Big Bad: Doing double duty as The Heavy.
  • The Chessmaster: He's generally good at manipulating and duping those around him for his own ends.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ditches his siblings at Redwall, then almost all of his forces, and then he pushes his sister into a lake full of pike.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dissonant Serenity: Even for a Marlfox, Mokkan is eerily serene, throttling a rat sent to spy on him to death while speaking soothingly to the victim and murdering his sister Lantur without ever breaking out of a sweet facade.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Shcokingly for a Redwall Big Bad, Mokkan's ascent to kingship is heralded by him promising the Marlfox slaves that they can easily earn a position in his guard while also threatening the soldiers that screwups or laziness mean they'll be made slaves.
  • Expy: There's a striking resemblance between his story arc and that of Lord and Lady Macbeth, with all of the former's ambition, all of the latter's cruelty, and all the Sanity Slippage of both.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He pushed Lantur into the lake to be eaten by pike; he later gets knocked in and eaten by them himself.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the heroes raid his castle, and it becomes clear that the fight is lost, he sheds his embroidered finery of kingship and throws on his old Marlfox cloak, intending to make a run for it. It doesn't work out for him.
  • Smug Snake
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After he becomes king, Mokkan begins a descent into madness, which is partially fueled by sudden nightmares about vengeful woodlanders and his dead siblings.


  • The Berserker: Unlike most of his siblings, Gelltor has no reservations about charging headlong into the fight.
  • Blood Knight: Out of all of the Marlfoxes, he is the most eager to fight and go to war.
  • The Brute
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Underestimating Badassery: After being captured by the Redwallers, Gelltor calls Janglur a coward that can't fight without an army at his back. Janglur proves Gelltor wrong by challenging him to single combat and soundly kicking his ass.






High Queen Silth

  • An Axe to Grind: In her younger days, at least.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Played with — while she herself is no beauty, she's had countless valuable and precious treasures stolen to fill her bedchamber, in her delusion that death cannot visit where there are things of beauty.
  • The Caligula
  • Death By Genre Savvy: She outthinks herself when Lantur suspiciously pours them some wine.
  • Evil Matriarch: She slew her mate over a leadership dispute, and fosters treachery amidst her children while ruling them with an iron paw.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: With a hair-trigger temper, excessive vanity, and her concern for her own safety and comfort first and foremost, she rivals Tsarmina of Mossflower in this regard.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The reason the Marlfoxes are even attacking Redwall is that they are looking for riches to grace her throne room.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's very easy to provoke, especially with regards to the White Ghost.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Her daughter Lantur poisons her this way.
  • Too Clever by Half: Silth outthinks herself...just how she did it is very complicated to explain.
  • The Unfought: The heroes never confront her... in fact, they never even really hear of her; she's dead and forgotten by the time they reach Castle Marl.

Raventail and his Barbarians


  • The Dreaded: He's feared and loathed by both the slaves and the rat soldiers under his command.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He's killed by the slaves he mistreated.



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