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One of the series' Point-Of-View characters. His chapters are always written in first person. Bartimaeus is a fourth (or fourteenth) level and ancient djinni, summoned in the trilogy by Nathaniel.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He often talks about past historical events he had a hand in. Some of them are difficult to believe, but djinn being very ancient, it's possible and even probable that he did participate in most of those historic events he brags about.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Downplayed. While not by any means a weakling (he is about mid-level in power as far as spirits go), to hear him talk sometimes, you'd think he's the top of the top. It could be justified by the fact that, according to him recalling his first summonings, spirits are more powerful at their primes and only decay while they are summoned over time (which makes sense considering that merely being in the physical world causes them pain). That being said, he willingly beats up on weaker spirits and is very much aware of when things are stronger than him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Although he is about as powerful as his level implies, he often encounters beings more powerful than him and usually avoids direct fighting, and has defeated at least two afrits via cheating and using the surrounding environment to his advantage.
  • The Cynic: His millennia of enslavement have left him angry, bitter and cynical.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Virtually any situation, no matter how horrible or urgent, meets with mockery.
  • Failure Knight: He continues to take Ptolemy's form centuries after his death.
  • First-Person Smartass: When he's narrating, Bartimaeus focuses on self-congratulatory remarks and snarky personal remarks about the other characters: time permitting, he'll also tell the story.
  • Guile Hero: While his power is only middling, his intelligence and problem-solving skills are top-tier. It's to the point that after going through several other demons, Nathaniel eventually winds up summoning Bartimaeus again, despite how annoying he can get and despite his knowing Nathaniel's true name (a huge no no in summoning), purely because he is that damn clever and useful.
  • Incoming Ham: He does love a dramatic entrance. He takes a lot of criticism about it.
  • Indy Ploy: He tends to respond to difficult situations by doing something ridiculous.
  • Jackass Genie: He has no pity at all toward a summoner who doesn't make his instructions perfectly clear. Although he isn't as bad as some other spirits, who seek to kill as many humans as possible and will take any chances to do so - while he'll kill any magician without a second thought, he has no particular desire to hurt commoners.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: His enslavement at the hands of countless magicians changed him into a cynic fairly fast.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He claims to hate humans, but he's not without sympathy toward them. He doesn't have any hatred towards commoners, and hates magicians for enslaving him and other spirits.
  • Large Ham: Even his Inner Monologue sounds hammy.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's a djinni, a spirit with an average amount of power at his disposal. Despite this, he's extremely capable in tricky situations, even though he generally tries to avoid getting into them. As Jessica Whitwell notes after Bartimaeus is dug out of the ruins of the British Museum, he survived the Golem and was able to provide a detailed report on it, which is considerably more than any other spirit has managed.
  • Literal Djinni: Most spirits obey the spirit as well as the letter of their commands (unless they can interpret the loose wording as permission to kill the summoner). Bartimaeus is unusual - considered "troublesome" - because he'll act literal-minded just to frustrate his master.
  • Noble Demon: More or less literally.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: When Kitty proves her trust by coming over to the Other Place, he chooses to help them stop the spirit rebellion even though it would be incredibly dangerous. This was further strengthened after Nathaniel released Bartimaeus during their battle with Nouda, allowing Bartimaeus to survive even when he was fully prepared to sacrifice himself alongside Nathaniel.
  • Self-Serving Memory: His memories tend to paint him in a good light, with the sole exception of the death of Ptolemy.
  • Smug Snake: He's an anti-hero for whom smugness is a primary characteristic. Most of his accomplishments are either exaggerated or through pure luck... although he can pull off some genuinely amazing things when he gets down to brass tacks.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His narration style usually fluctuates between amusingly colloquial and smartly analytical.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • While he was genuinely involved in any number of historic events and has many legitimate feats to his name, a good number of his past "accomplishments" are exaggerated, made up, or technically true but far less impressive in context (his "speaking with Solomon" was brief and consisted mainly of pathetic grovelling on his part, for example.)
    • A notable example occurs near the climax of the first book: Bartimaeus describes himself as remaining calm and composed despite the dire situation. Immediately afterwards at the start of the next chapter, Nathaniel's third person perspective describes him as visibly panicking.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Grows into this with Nathaniel. Well, sort of. Best Buds is a little generous considering he's more or less a slave.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Seems to take pride in all the different people, animals and monsters he can turn into, often describing all the little details about his current form, while mocking other spirits that only take one form for centuries for their lack of creativity.

Nathaniel/John Mandrake

One of the series' Point-Of-View characters. At the start of the series, he is an ambitious and talented magician-in-training.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He's determined to claw his way into the upper echelons of the government. At first he's just doing it to protect himself, but he gains a taste for power, and his standards start to slip.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After his Heel Realization, he lays down his life in order to save Britain from an invastion of demons.
  • Improbable Age: He's accepted into the lowest levels of Government at fourteen, and by nineteen he is one of the prime minister's chiefs of staff.
  • Loners Are Freaks: As a child, once the other children recognized him as an apprentice magician. His lack of friends has a significant impact on his development- after Lovelace humiliates him and Ms. Lutyens is fired, Nathaniel doesn't have an outlet, so he becomes obsessed with revenge.
  • Parental Abandonment: While his biological parents are only mentioned very briefly at the beginning of the series, they did give up their child for money.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Has a long hairstyle in the second book, The Golem's Eye, that includes this and is often mercilessly mocked about it by Bartimaeus. By the third book, Ptolemy's Gate, he has abandoned it in favor a cropped military hairstyle modeled after that of the British soldiers that helps him to win favor with the public.
  • Shrinking Violet: His flashbacks in the first book show that he used to be this. He was too shy to even try to talk to other kids. He gets over it after meeting Lovelace, but adopts this as a mask in public, so that Underwood and other magicians won't realize what he's capable of.
  • Smug Snake: A rare protagonist example. In the second book he tries to come off as unflappable and stylish, but he's pretty much as slimy as every other government magician. He gets better in the third book.
  • Teen Genius: He's a better magician than most grown men.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Lovelace brutalizes him, he doesn't visibly snap, but becomes extremely bitter and vengeance-obsessed. He's in this state for the rest of the book, deceptively calm on the surface, but bubbling with rage underneath.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until certain events embittered him to the world. Like Ms. Lutyens getting sacked and Mrs. Underwood's death.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kind of with Bartimaeus. Despite their constant bickering, he does grow to respect and rely on him a lot.

Kitty Jones

One of the series' Point-Of-View characters. She is a commoner who later joins the the Resistance to fight the injustices of the magicians.
  • Action Girl: Was a very active member of the Resistance.
  • Anti-Magic: Is resistant to low levels of magic, including low-level demons.
  • Badass Normal: Exploited her Anti-Magic to fight off magical attacks and some demons.
    • She also manages to summon Bartimaeus, despite not being a magician.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name is legally "Kathleen Jones," but this is almost never used.
  • Only Sane Man: When the Resistance breaks into Gladstone's tomb in The Golem's Eye, she's the only one to sound a note of caution from the start. When they discover six dead bodies in the tomb, she rightly advises that they get out sharpish as there's obviously some trap going on they don't know about. While some are a bit willing to listen at first, they are quickly overcome by greed and her objections are shot down.
  • Power of Trust: It's her trust in Bartimaeus that ultimately proves to be pivotal in stopping the spirit rebellion in the last book.
  • Tsundere: A classic Type A.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she and Jakob got attacked.
  • Younger Than They Look: After she gets back from the Other Place.


The captain of the guard of Queen Balkis of Sheba who was ordered to assassinate King Solomon.
  • Action Girl: Her training focused on bodyguard work: she's sent to Solomon's court as an assassin. If she weren't fixated on Undying Loyalty, she might have wondered about that.
  • Amazon Brigade: A ridiculously loyal member of it, until the last third of The Ring of Solomon, anyway...
  • Expy: Of Kitty in several ways.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Balthis, Queen of Sheba, sends Asmira on a Suicide Mission. She goes willingly, but she's not pleased when she learns that she was sent on false pretenses.



A djinni who shares a long and contentious history with Bartimaeus. The two have been enemies for centuries and having opposing masters means they're put into conflict repeatedly.
  • Affably Evil: Generally polite and cordial, even to his enemies.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Right before Nathaniel and Bartimaeus kill him, Faquarl admits that he misses the Other Place and implies he envies their partnership.
  • Archenemy: Faquarl has the best claim to being Bartimaeus's archnemesis. Both of them despise one another and they've clashed multiple times over the centuries. Even when they're forced to work together under a common master, they can't stand each other.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have invented the Trojan Horse. Bartimaeus is skeptical but can't prove anything, as he was in Egypt at the time.
  • Big Bad: Arguably, he's the true Big Bad of Ptolemy's Gate. Even though he serves Nouda, who eclipses him in terms of raw power and who's the Final Boss of the series, Faqual is the true mastermind of the Spirit Rebellion, and he manipulated both Nouda and Makepeace to get what he wanted.
  • Chef of Iron: He's fond of taking the form of a meat-cleaver wielding chef, and has been hanging around kitchens since 700 BC. "Lots of nice sharp weapons in kitchens."
  • Chubby Chef: His preferred human disguise.
  • The Chessmaster: Played Makepeace like a fiddle, and may have been doing the same to Nouda.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Gives one to four spirits who technically were at his level, although to be completely fair they were all tired and wounded at the time, and due to the unique circumstance, Faquarl had some serious advantage and surprise on his side.
  • Death Seeker: Right after killing Faquarl, Bartimaeus ponders that Faquarl could have perfectly dodged his attack. Actually, Faquarl's last line suggests that he did choose to let himself be killed.
  • The Dragon: To Simon Lovelace, and later to Quentin Makepeace and Nouda.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He may be much weaker than Nouda (pretty much everybody is), but Faquarl is the one who does most of the plotting for the spirit rebellion.
  • Evil Chef: Faquarl's favorite form to appear in is the shape of a fat, friendly cook. However, the real reason he likes to hang out in kitchens because there are so many knives to choose from there.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bartimaeus. The author even describes the relationship between the two as a friendship gone horribly wrong and that many similarities they share only magnify the enmity between them.
  • Friendly Enemy: Possibly the most collected and well-mannered spirit, even while facing his worst enemies.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's explicitly of the intellectual type, yet he is also quite powerful for his djinni level.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: By the third book, he has become this, placing his desire for revenge on humanity for their ill-treatment of spirits above all else.
  • Hero Killer: Though not as freakishly strong as Jabor, Faquarl usually comes out on top of his matches with Bartimaeus, completely eradicates the several djinn accompanying Bartimaeus on a mission, and can even pummel the Mercenary into submission.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's significantly stronger than Bartimaeus, and much more versatile and intelligent than Jabor. While Bartimaeus generally succeed in outmaneuvering him, it's clear that he considers Faquarl the biggest threat on the table.
  • Knife Nut: His preferred weapon is a large meat cleaver.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Faquarl manages to outplay Quentin Makepeace, who himself was the Man Behind the Man to the previous two Big Bads. He also acts as this for Nouda, who's much more powerful than him, but still serving Faquarl's goals.
  • Not So Different: By permanently stealing a magician's body and starting a violent spirit revolt, he becomes the very thing he resents. He comes to realize it.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He orchestrates the demon revolution to make humanity suffer, even though it means forever cutting himself and his fellow revolutionaries off from the Other Place. Because they destroy the minds of the humans who summoned them as soon as they possess them, those humans aren't able to release their bond to the physical world. Faquarl even admits to Bartimaeus that he feels wrong being in a world so unlike his own, and it's implied he lets himself be killed because he realized how much his revenge has cost him.
  • The Rival: He acts as this to Bartimaeus.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He makes no secret that he wants humanity to pay for enslaving him and his kind. In the third book he orchestrates the demon revolution to act on it.
  • Rock Monster: Bartimaeus remembers Faquarl's oldest form as a slate giant crushing Greek hoplites under its feet.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one when he confronts Nathaniel and Bartimaeus, who are mind-linked together, and realizes that neither of them has any dominance over another.


A monstrously strong djinni in service to Simon Lovelace, who's also a longtime enemy of Bartimaeus.
  • Beast Man: His favored form is an Anubis-like jackalman, something that never varies and that kills him in the end.
  • Big Eater: Bartimaeus profiles him as being "always hungry".
  • Blood Knight: He doesn't seem to have any interests beyond eating, fighting and destroying.
  • The Brute: Monstrously strong, probably the single most powerful djinni in the series, but also an easily outsmarted moron who can't comprehend any strategy beyond Crush. Kill. Destroy!
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sucked into and then shredded by Ramuthra's rift. Even all his strength didn't avail him in the end.
  • Dumb Muscle: Described as "moronically strong to the point of indestructible".
  • Hero Killer: Jabor is a djinni but a much more powerful one than Bartimaeus, to the point where Bartimaeus's first instinct upon seeing him is to run. He's able to take on an army of horlas and utukku by himself and survive, a feat that Bartimaeus marvels at.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ostensibly, since he rushes into battle heedless of danger, but he comes out on top because he's just that strong. Bartimaeus manages to kill him by capitalizing on this, tricking him into going too close to Ramuthra's rift, ending with Jabor's essence being ripped apart.
  • No Indoor Voice: "COWARD! Always you run and sneak and hide. Stand and fight!"
  • One Djinni Army: He takes on an entire army of horlas and assorted utukku and survives.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he gets going, he lets nothing in front of him go unblasted, something which Bartimaeus repeatedly takes advantage of.

Scrying Glass Imp

An unnamed imp that Nathaniel imprisoned to make a scrying glass.
  • Crystal Ball: He's imprisoned in a scrying glass that Nathaniel uses to spy on others.
  • The Imp: He's a literal imp and a malicious jackass prone to mouthing off to people much more powerful than him.
  • Jerkass: Granted, being incased in a scrying glass can't be fun, but it's amazing how little sympathy he can garner through dint of being just that much of an asshole to everyone he comes across.
  • No Name Given: He's never named, nor even given a nickname.
  • Older Than They Look: Given that his preferred form is that of a baby, it's a given.


A foliot who works in Pinn's Accoutrements as a shop assistant and takes great pleasure in his servitude.
  • A Death in the Limelight: He gets exactly one chapter told from his perspective, which ends with his death.
  • Les Collaborateurs: A spirit who happily kowtows to the wishes of his human master and basks in the luxuries his station afford him.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Due to his cushy position and relative authority.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He could easily have gotten away from the golem, but he makes his last stand fighting it instead, to try and save Pinn's shop. Given that the golem is far more powerful than he could ever hope to be, it accomplishes nothing save his own death.
  • The Quisling: He's a spirit who's become happy serving his human master and looks down on fellow spirits.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his master, Sholto Pinn, to the point of senselessly giving his life to attack an infinitely stronger creature from destroying his shop.


A female djinni who's one of the few spirits Bartimaeus can call a friend.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She's murdered by the golem off-screen.
  • Killed Offscreen: She's killed off-screen by the golem after sending up a signal flare.
  • Old Friend: She's an old friend of Bartimaeus' from centuries back. One of the factors in getting him to fight the golem the first time is that Queezle was his friend and the golem killed her.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She gets a few short scenes that establish her as an old friend of Bartimaeus before she's killed to establish how big a threat the golem is.
  • Stop Helping Me!: While facing a more powerful spirit during a battle in Prague, she tries to hype up Bartimaeus to their opponent. Unfortunately, her comments just make him sound worse.
  • Token Heroic Orc: While most spirits come across as amoral, Queezle has had a relatively charmed life when compared to most spirits. This means she comes across as less cynical and bitter, and more moral.


An afrit who served William Ewart Gladstone. Even after death Honorius was bound to his master's service, his essence bound to Gladstone's corpse to guard his possessions forever.
  • And I Must Scream: Until Kitty's gang came along, he was sealed inside Gladstone's body, permanently cut off from the Other Place. It did not help his state of mind.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is completely insane, which is not surprising, given he was buried alive for centuries. And he was left with quite a few sharp implements to defend Gladstone's tomb with...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A rare very dark example, frequently segueing straight into Ax-Crazy. The effect is even more pronounced in the audiobook version.
  • Co-Dragons: Honorius was one of Gladstone's two personal servants when he was alive, to the point he was entrusted to lead his armies against Prague. Gladstone also entrusted him to guard his possessions forever by binding Honorius’s essence into his own corpse.
  • Cool Mask: He wears Gladstone's golden death mask.
  • Dem Bones: As he was permanently locked in Gladstone's body he appears as an animated skeleton. Unlike a typical spirit guise, he's a real, physical skeleton.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Gets mentioned in Bartimaeus's flashback at the start of the book, as one of Gladstone's two personal servants who led the British army's assault on Prague.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Enjoys quoting nursery rhymes even as he's busy killing off the entire Resistance.
  • Suicide by Cop: Bartimaeus speculates Honorius attacked the Golem to with the intent of dying because he was tired of his torturous existence.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His possessing Gladstone's body gave Makepeace the idea to try summoning spirits into living human bodies to gain their power. Instead, the spirits who possessed humans destroyed their masters' minds and started the Spirit Rebellion.

Gladstone's unnamed afrit

An afrit who served Gladstone. He assaults the Czech emperor's castle and causes his death and Bartimaeus's accidental survival.
  • Affably Evil: "Evil" by virtue of being an antagonist to Bartimaeus's allegiances, but also very well spoken.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His human form at the Prague battlefield is a blond Roman ephebus with its proper attire, which Bartimaeus notes is a weird choice even by djinni standards. However, when he meets the retinue, it's soon clear why he was chosen for that mission.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: To Bartimaeus and the rest of the court.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Apparently invoked with his human form, but despite being quite polite and professional, he's still unmistakably ruthless.
  • No Name Given: His name is never mentioned. That said, it's informed that Gladstone's army is led by Honorious and Patterknife; as we later get to meet Honorious and he's clearly a different entity, this afrit might very well be Patterknife, which could even be a Meaningful Name related to his scythe. The official wiki of the trilogy follows this interpretation.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields a silver scythe which he uses with quite some skill.


A marid in the service of Khaba the Cruel.
  • And I Must Scream: Ammet is last seen being imprisoned by Uraziel, the spirit of Solomon's Ring, into a small wine flask for who knows how long.
  • The Dragon: He's the right-hand man to Khaba the Cruel, and as a marid he is much more powerful than his boss.
  • Happiness in Slavery: He has no desire whatsoever to leave his servitude.
  • Interspecies Romance: His relationship with Khaba borders on this, to say the very least.
  • Living Shadow: He takes the form of Khaba's shadow, with the giveaway sign of always being long, dark and directly behind him, no matter the time of day.
  • Not So Different: One wonders what Bartimaeus thought of Ammet once he met Ptolemy.
  • Softspoken Sadist: He speaks in a barely audible whisper, and is fond of torturing other spirits and subjecting them to unspeakable fates.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: One interpretation of his Undying Loyalty. Although it's possible he was always a Sadist who shared Khaba's taste for wanton cruelty.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Bartimaeus defeats him by wearing the Ring of Solomon and getting the greater spirit inside to deal with Ammet for him.
  • Villainous Friendship: His relationship with Khaba is closer to this than the standard master/slave relationship.

Nouda the Terrible

A greater spirit who is only rarely summoned to Earth because his power is too great to control. He takes possession of Quentin Makepeace's body and becomes the commander of the Spirit Rebellion.
  • Big Bad: In book 3, he's the most powerful enemy and the ostensible leader of the demon revolution. Makepeace drives most of the plot, while Faquarl is evidently the brains of the operation, but Nouda's raw power means he's the one who his fellow spirit revolutionaries obey.
  • Big Eater: What he doesn't destroy or enslave, he eats, and it pretty much doesn't matter what - spirit, human, inanimate object, all goes straight into one of his many maws. This leads to his downfall: the human he commandeered loses cohesion, leaving him vulnerable to a sufficient quantity of iron.
  • The Dreaded: Considered the most feared and dangerous spirit ever summoned to Earth with any regularity.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's the real deal, surpassing easily the level of marids. Even the most powerful artifacts, such as Gladstone's staff are a No-Sell.
  • Evil Overlord: He commands the Spirit Rebellion.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He seeks vengeance against the magicians for millennia of enslavement, but his plans will result in the death and suffering of all humans, not just magicians and their allies.
  • I Gave My Word: He's so pleased to start his Spirit Rebellion that he offers "even the most meager of spirits" (in this case, Bartimaeus) a boon. When Bartimaeus asks that he spare Nathaniel and Kitty, Nouda is disgusted at his affection for humans, but since he'd already given his word, imprisons them instead. At least initially, he later tries to get Nathaniel to summon a spirit into himself which would effectively destroy his mind, keeping his body alive in an Exact Words kind of sense.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Nouda the Terrible".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Set loose on London, mass casualties immediately ensue.
  • To Serve Man: He's a spirit possessing a human who begins devouring humans left and right.


A greater spirit of such power that its very presence warps reality and causes the elements to rebel.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Lovelace summoned Ramuthra to kill all of his enemies in one place. Once Lovelace loses his immunity to the being's powers, Ramuthra promptly eats him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A step above Nouda on this scale - controlling it is simply not possible. Its mere presence causes the elements to rebel against each other and reality to warp.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Ramuthra's form itself is never seen - it is only visible for the warping it causes in the air surrounding it.
  • The Unfought: He's sent away by breaking his summoning spell. Justified because he's so freakishly powerful.

Uraziel the Great

The spirit of Solomon's Ring. By far the most powerful being seen in the series, eclipsing even Ramuthra and Nouda with ease.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His immense power has this effect on anyone who wears the ring.
  • Catchphrase: "IT IS DONE."
  • Cosmic Entity: The closest thing to an Outer God the series has.
  • Lost Superweapon: An unknown pre-Sumerian civilization confined him in the ring... somehow. The user prior to Solomon was bound in chains and then bricked up in a deep vault: Solomon found it centuries later by mere chance.
  • The Omnipotent: He can't use his power unless the ring is turned, and he can't free himself from it. Aside from this, his power seems to have no limits at all.
  • Power at a Price: The wearer of the ring can have almost anything done in seconds. But even touching the ring brings blazing pain, wearing it is constant agony, and calling him forth from it ages the wielder. Bartimaeus seems confident that a spirit attempting to wield it would be struck Deader Than Dead.
  • Reality Warper: What he is commanded to do becomes real.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He breaks the series' long established rules of magic without difficulty.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Turning Solomon's Ring will summon him. And he himself is capable of summoning tens of thousands of spirits in an instant.
  • Wicked Cultured: Eldritch Abomination tricks are simply beneath him, he is quite calm and well-spoken, and for all his power, he speaks to Solomon like he is an equal.



Rupert Devereaux

The British Prime Minister of the Magician's Empire.
  • Bread and Circuses: By the third book, Devereaux's neglecting the problems eating away at his empire, and instead spends most of his time throwing elaborate parties and forcing his subordinates to attend the theatre.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Nathaniel first sees him, he reveres Devereaux for his charisma and eloquence. By the time of The Golem's Eye he begins to become disillusioned with Devereaux's increasing paranoia and in Ptolemy’s Gate Nathaniel's pretty much lost all respect for the man. Though he still does feel a pang of sympathy on seeing his boyhood hero used as another meat puppet by a demon.
  • Demonic Possession: He allows a demon to possess his body out of cowardice, destroying his mind in the process.
  • Dirty Coward: Nathaniel finds him cowering following Ramuthra's attack and he actually flinches at the young boy's approach. By the time of the third book, he's become so cowardly that he allows a demon to possess his body and destroy his mind even though he'd die whether he agreed or not.
  • Formerly Fit: By the second book, Devereaux's gone to seed, indulging in sweetmeats, and he's noted as even fatter in the third book.
  • Klingon Promotion: Not him personally, but he became Prime Minister after his master murdered the former Prime Minister.
  • Odd Friendship: His best friend is the playwright, Quentin Makepeace. Unfortunately for Devereaux, Makepeace’s friendship isn't as genuine as he believed.
  • I Owe You My Life: After saving his life, and the majority of his government, in the Lovelace Conspiracy, Devereaux grants Nathaniel an apprenticeship with the Minister of Security, Jessica Whitwell.
  • The Paranoiac: Considering two of his senior Ministers tried to overthrow him in the past five years and the Resistance tried assassinating him, it's not surprising that Devereaux begins growing paranoid to the point of near mental breakdown. He's too scared to leave his residence most of the time, made himself de factor Police Chief, and kills anyone who speaks against him.
  • Pet the Dog: A minor one but he actually allows Nathaniel to speak in his own defense and gives him another chance to prove his loyalty after Duvall framed him as a traitor and planned on torturing him.
  • President Evil: Not that he starts off as the nicest guy. He's introduced talking about implementing draconian measures to keep commoners in their place, but by the time of the final book he's a paranoid wreck who murders anyone who speaks against him and is allowing his empire to fall to ruin.
  • Sanity Slippage: He starts off as an eloquent and charismatic leader, but the repeated attempts on his life take a toll on his sanity, rendering him mentally unstable and paranoid.

Arthur Underwood

Nathaniel's first master, a cruel man with mediocre talent.
  • 0% Approval Rating: With the exception of his own wife, there is not one single character who likes this guy. Even Lovelace, who uses people as a matter of course, finds Underwood a bit disgusting for being willing to sacrifice Nathaniel.
  • Apothecary Alligator: An item in his study.
  • Asshole Victim: He ends up getting killed by Simon Lovelace, but considering he'd just tried to sell out his own apprentice, it's hard to imagine many tears were shed at his death.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He constantly whines of having no power and regularly notes that his department is terribly understaffed. He's also right about both, but this is because he only possesses just enough magical talent to get by and therefore is easily trampled upon.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Nathaniel, who at least respected him prior to the incident with Lovelace.
  • Dirty Coward: Tried to sacrifice his apprentice to save his sorry hide.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • When he catches Nathaniel with summoning equipment in his room, he seems to be considering killing him on the spot, and only doesn't do so because "his judgment would be called into question."
    • He also rather fondly recites the story of Disraeli turning his apprentice to stone for accidentally knocking him over, and threatens to do the same to Nathaniel (who doubts he could).
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: Underwood is willing to show-off Nathaniel so long as it makes him look good, but will sacrifice him in a heartbeat if it means preserving his own life, or even his own dignity.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He feels passed-over and put-upon, and he's beyond the age where he could realistically hope to work his way up.
  • It's All About Me: He's concerned purely with his own career, and only keeps Nathaniel around as long as he does because it benefits him - after all, if Nathaniel does well, that gives Underwood something to boast about.
  • Jerkass: Let's just say he's a lot meaner than the Wizard Classic he likes to pretend he is.
  • No Accounting for Taste: What his kind and friendly wife saw in him is anyone's guess.
  • Paper Tiger: He pretends to be powerful and respected, but he's a mediocre fool who's quick to cringe and toady when up against more powerful magicians like Lovelace.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He's completely oblivious to the fact that Nathaniel absolutely loathes him after the incident with Lovelace, and has no idea how far Nathaniel is advancing his studies. Even when Nathaniel inadvertently reveals a greater knowledge of magic than he's supposed to have (during the attack on Parliament), it flies completely over his head.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In spite of increasing evidence that Nathaniel's involved in summoning Bartimaeus, Underwood refuses to believe it until Nathaniel outright confesses.
  • Wizard Classic: Strives to maintain the traditional "bushy beard and eyebrows" look. Bartimaeus notes that this is a good indication he's a second-rate poser trying to big himself up (and he's absolutely right).

Simon Lovelace

The junior Minister for Trade in the British Government, he's a powerful magician and one Nathaniel has a strong grudge against.
  • Archenemy: Though he dies in the first book, Lovelace remains Nathaniel's most personal enemy and his shadow hangs over the series as Nathaniel grows up to be more and more like him.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Subtly towards Amanda.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand.
  • Dirty Coward: He proves himself Not So Different from Underwood in the end, when he dies in a similar manner: begging for his own life while trying to convince his killer to murder someone close to him instead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Unlike many master-apprentice pairings among magicians, Schyler and Lovelace actually seem to care about each other like a father and son. They correspond regularly, Schyler manages to hold an unnerved Lovelace together to proceed with their coup, and even refers to him as "my boy."
    • It's suggested he began to feel genuine affection for Amanda Cathcart, whom he was seducing and manipulating for his grand plan, and regretted sacrificing her as part of his plan. Subverted later when Amanda confronts him during Ramuthra's rampage, while Lovelace does express some guilt, he then immediately tries to get Ramuthra to kill her when the choice is between his life and her own. Unfortunately for him, that wasn't Amanda, only Bartimaeus impersonating her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's disgusted by Underwood trying to sacrifice his own apprentice. Not that it stops him from going through with trying to kill Nathaniel anyway.
  • Evil Counterpart: As Nathaniel grows up and becomes more powerful and ruthless, Lovelace essentially becomes the embodiment of what he'll become if he completely casts aside his moral compass in the name of ambition.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Ramuthra is a greater spirit so powerful, it can barely be controlled, but Lovelace attempts to use it to wipe out the British Government's leadership anyway, resulting in his own death at the creature's hands when his protection's taken away.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is destroyed by the very spirit he summoned to destroy all his opposition in the government.
  • Kick the Dog: After he's called a sore loser by Nathaniel for dismissing Nathaniel's successful answers to his advanced questions, Lovelace uses a spirit to choke and threaten him. He then has a spirit beat Nathaniel into unconsciousness when the boy tries to retaliate by releasing demonic mites to sting him.
  • Not So Different: As Nathaniel gets older, Bartimaeus notes that he's picking up a lot of Lovelace's less desirable traits.
  • Smug Snake: The first in a long line of them. Lovelace, at least, is a powerful and competent magician with a genuinely clever plan to usurp leadership of the government. However, he’s also proven to be a petty, arrogant coward.
  • Villain Ball: Humiliating a kid in public purely For the Lulz didn't really work out for him in the long run.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Nathaniel steals the amulet he loses his cool, trying to sacrifice his lover to Ramuthra to save his own life. When his "lover" turns out to be Bartimaeus in disguise and steals his summoning horn, Lovelace just completely shuts down mentally, making a half-hearted attempt to get his possessions back before Ramuthra kills him.
  • Villainous Friendship: With his coconspirator, Rufus Lime, and his master, Maurice Schyler.
  • We Can Rule Together: He makes the offer to Nathaniel near the end of the first book, having become impressed by the boy's ability and resourcefulness.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He seems to have this relationship with his own master, Maurice Schyler, who he views as a father-figure.
  • You Killed My Father: Nathaniel becomes determined to see him suffer after Lovelace ordered Jabor to kill Martha Underwood, the woman who was like a mother to Nathaniel.

Quentin Makepeace

Despite being a quirky playwright, Makepeace is best friends with the Prime Minister.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Who would ever suspect a quirky playwright as the mastermind of multiple attempted coups?
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's not quite as friendly as he seems.
  • Big Bad: Arguably one for the entire series. He was The Man Behind the Man for the first two books and makes his own power play in the third one, only to be usurped by Faquarl and Nouda.
  • Big Bad Friend: Turns out the seemingly kindly playwright who's best friends with the Prime Minister and an ally of Nathaniel, is really the evil mastermind behind most of the series events.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: An unusual example. In the first two books he's The Man Behind the Man to the two Big Bads, yet when he tries to step into the spotlight and enact his own plot in the third book, he's quickly manipulated and killed by Faquarl, who is pretending to be his Number Two Hopkins.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned in the first book by a few characters but only becomes prominent in the second where he becomes Nathaniel's ally. He's also seen briefly in disguise retreating from Lovelace's manor before the climax of the first book, having helped construct the massive summoning circle to contain Ramuthra.
  • The Chessmaster: He's a competent schemer in all three books, but he gets Out-Gambitted in the third.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Nathaniel initially dismisses Makepeace as a worthless loon, just a playwright who didn't know his source material. He has his doubts by the third book, which are not entirely unfounded.
  • Demonic Possession: Once he summons Nouda into himself, his mind is destroyed and his body is used as a meat puppet by the demon.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Turns out summoning a borderline Eldritch Abomination into yourself to gain its power, wasn’t the brightest move on his part.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Unfortunately for Makepeace, he ended up on the wrong side of this equation when trying to control Faquarl and Nouda.
  • False Friend: He's said to be the Prime Minister's best friend, and starting in The Golem's Eye, he becomes a friend and ally to Nathaniel as well. In reality, he's been plotting to usurp the Prime Minister for years, and he only views Nathaniel as a possible ally.
  • Fat Bastard: He's described as rotund, and he's one of the main villains of the series.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a very cold-blooded individual in truth, but he never drops his chummy and theatrical mannerisms even as he merrily talks with those he plans on killing.
  • Karmic Death: He dreams of ultimate power. His body gets it, along with a plethora of Body Horror: his personality is annihilated to make room for the body's new owner.
  • Large Ham: Goes with being a play writer, Nathaniel and Kitty even notice his theatrical flourishes in their narration.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was a coconspirator in the Lovelace Conspiracy and the mastermind of the Golem Affair.
  • Oh, Crap!: There's a glorious moment where he realizes how screwed he is several seconds before Nouda crushes his mind like a grape and assumes total control of him.
  • Smug Snake: Unlike other magicians he's fairly powerful and a competent planner, but in the end he displays the same arrogance all other magicians fall prey to and it ends up being his undoing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: As soon as Faquarl possessed Clem Hopkins, he destroyed his mind and impersonated him flawlessly to maneuver Makepeace into summoning other spirits into his fellow magicians. This ends in Makepeace's own death and kick starts the Spirit Rebellion.
  • Walking Spoiler: As can be seen by all the spoiled entries, knowing too much about him reveals he's The Man Behind the Man for the villains in the previous two books, and his own coup involving Demonic Possession to empower himself and his followers results in the Spirit Rebellion.
  • We Can Rule Together: He makes the offer to Nathaniel to join his coup in the third book. Nathaniel plays along but only to try to summon Bartimaeus to kill the conspirators. Unfortunately, Bartimaeus isn't in the best of shape when he's summoned.

Jessica Whitwell

The Minister for Security and Nathaniel's second master following the Lovelace Conspiracy.
  • Defiant to the End: Unlike the other magicians who allow spirits to possess their bodies, Whitwell shows no fear of her demonic captors and tries one last attack to escape rather than allow her body to be used as another puppet.
  • Fairweather Mentor: Just because she's more competent and dignified than Underwood doesn't mean that she's any less willing to throw her apprentice under the bus if it's convenient for her. She took Nathaniel in because of his popularity after the Lovelace Conspiracy, but is willing to leave him to his fate when Duvall tries to frame him as a traitor, and then tries to take credit for Nathaniel's success when he reveals the one controlling the golem.
  • Interservice Rivalry: As the Minister of Security and head of Internal Affairs, she has a staunch rivalry with the Chief of Police, Henry Duvall. The two of them compete against each other to solve the Golem Affair and destroy the Resistance to gain esteem in the eyes of the Prime Minister.
  • Jerkass: Whitwell is a singularly unpleasant person, to spirits, commoners and even her own apprentice.
  • Lean and Mean: She's a cold woman who looks almost skeletal.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Though she's not the friendliest person to be around, she's an incredibly powerful magician. Even Bartimaeus hesitates in mouthing off to her.

Henry Duvall

The Chief of Police and a major political player in the British Government.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Duvall commits suicide off-screen rather than face torture, imprisonment and execution.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: As the one controlling the Golem, he's the main antagonist of the second book. However, it's revealed in the third book that he was another unknowing pawn of Quentin Makepeace.
  • Dirty Cop: The Chief of Police and leader of the Night Police, he's also a treasonous thug.
  • Driven to Suicide: After being captured he transforms into a werewolf and jumps out a window to his death.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's poweful in many senses by being the Chief of Police, a well-connected politician and a werewolf, but he's noted to be basically an angry meathead when compared to the machiavellian other ministers. Also, although he controls the Golem, it's never stated or implied that he has any talent as a magician.
  • Evil Mentor: He serves as one to Jane Farrar.
  • Interservice Rivalry: As the Chief of Police, he's rivals with the Minister of Security, Jessica Whitwell, who heads Internal Affairs. Both of them compete to solve the Golem Affair and end the Resistance.
  • Smug Snake: He's very arrogant and self-assured, but he completely shuts down mentally after his treason is exposed, and it turns out he was being manipulated the entire time by Quentin Makepeace.
  • State Sec: The Night Police report directly to the Prime Minister.
  • Torture Technician: He offhandedly mentions a few tortures he plans on using on Nathaniel after framing him as a traitor.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Duvall was just another pawn who was used and discarded by Quentin Makepeace.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After he's revealed to be the golem's master, he's too stunned by his plans crashing down around him to put up any resistance to his imprisonment. He later commits suicide off-screen.
  • Werewolf: All Night Police are werewolves, although Duvall never transforms onscreen.

Jane Farrar

Initially the Assistant to the Chief of Police, she's both a rival and love interest to Nathaniel.
  • Bastard Understudy: It seems to be common among magician-apprentice pairings, as she was tutored by the smug and brutish Henry Duvall.
  • Dating Catwoman: She and Nathaniel are rivals but by the time of the third book it seems they have a mutual attraction to one another. That sours when Jane sees Nathaniel cares about his djinni's life more than he does gaining power from him.
  • Dirty Cop: Not in the traditional sense, as she becomes de facto Chief of Police in Ptolemy’s Gate, but it's clear gaining power and influence is much more important to her than enforcing the law.
  • The Dragon: She's the right-hand woman of Henry Duvall.
  • Femme Fatale: She tries to be one in the second book, using a glamour to try to seduce information out of Nathaniel. She's become much more capable at it in the third.
  • The Rival: She served as one to Nathaniel, mirroring the rivalry between their respective masters, Duvall and Whitwell.
  • Smug Snake: It's practically common practice for magicians to be selfish, arrogant and power-hungry, and Farrar is no slouch in any of those departments.
  • Uncertain Doom: She's last seen trying to rally the Night Police against the spirits rampaging in London, but after the attack she can't be found and is presumed dead.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Kitty helps free her and other magicians, she still treats her like garbage for being a commoner.
  • Werewolf: As she's part of the Night Police, Nathaniel wonders if she is one. Although he concludes she doesn't fit the type, it is left actually ambiguous.

Sholto Pinn

The owner of Pinn's Accoutrements, a popular shop and supplier of magical artifacts in London.
  • Almighty Janitor: Is a very powerful magician, but he prefers to hold a first line job in his company, to the point we barely see employees of his.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Since he is shown as an acquaintance to Lovelace and Schyler, is conspicuously missing from their coup attempt, and is the one who sold them the summoning horn, it remains unclear if Sholto was involved with their conspiracy. However, by the trilogy's end, it appears he was completely unaware of Lovelace's plan, as he isn't involved in the coup attempted orchestrated by Makepeace, who really was in league with Lovelace.
  • Fat Bastard: He's an overweight and Ambiguously Evil magician. Though it turns out he’s not an actual villain, he's still a Jerkass.
  • High-Class Glass: Uses a magic monocle instead of the more usual magic contact lenses wore by the magicians.
  • Informed Ability:
    • He's stated to be very powerful, at least enough to hang out with Lovelace and Schyler. However, although he's certainly the only magician who puts a fight against Makepeace's spirits and the only high level one to survive the book's events, those two feats happen respectively by complete chance (he was the only magician to realize the danger because he didn't felt like removing his magic monocle) and dumb luck (a revolt happened before he was brought to be possessed by Nouda's spirits). Aside from that, he's easily bested by Bartimaeus, and the extent of his spirit aides is seemingly a single foliot, just like Underwood of all people.
    • Played straight with his wealth. Pinn's Accoutrements is said to be a very hefty franchise, and Sholto himself proves it by dressing like a vaudeville millionaire, but all we see of it is a single shop in which he himself works as a shopkeeper and which gets him into economic hardship after being destroyed.
  • Magic Staff: His cane can fire energy shots.
  • Man in White: He prefers to wear white suits.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gets one courtesy of a spirit working for Makepeace. The survivors get him some medical attention, but it's never revealed how extensive his injuries were.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: A notable inversion. Every time he's seen fighting, he does it by himself with a magic cane instead of resorting to spirits like any other magician of the series. Whether this is by choice or lack of skill at summoning is never cleared.

Maurice Schyler

The elderly master of Simon Lovelace.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike many master-apprentice pairings among magicians, Schyler and Lovelace actually seem to care about each other like a father and son. They correspond regularly, Schyler manages to hold an unnerved Lovelace together in order to proceed with their coup, and even refers to him as "my boy."
  • Evil Mentor: He was this to Simon Lovelace, whom he raised as his apprentice.
  • Evil Old Folks: An elderly man who has no compunction with murdering hundreds and torturing a child.
  • Genre Savvy: He relays Simon's offer of an apprenticeship to Nathaniel, but personally he'd rather kill him than have a possible threat hanging around.
  • Neck Snap: He dies when Nathaniel throws several Prague Cubes (the equivalent of magical firecrackers) at him, the detonation propelling him backward into a wall and breaking his neck.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In general, neither magicians nor spirits seem to hold any compunctions about harming children, but Schyler stands out as claiming he'd like to give Nathaniel a far more painful death if he wasn't so strapped for time.

Rufus Lime

A friend of Simon Lovelace and one of his fellow conspirators.
  • Back for the Finale: After being on the run following The Amulet of Samarkand, he returns to plot again in Ptolemy’s Gate.
  • Demonic Possession: One of many conspirators who summons a demon into himself to gain power, only to have his mind destroyed in the process and his body used as a puppet.
  • Villain Exit Stage Right: When Lovelace's coup fails, Lime hightails it out of the country and is only coaxed to return when Makepeace tells him about a new scheme he's working on.
  • Villainous Friendship: Rufus and Lovelace really were friends. When he encounters Nathaniel years after the Lovelace Conspiracy, the first thing Lime does is slap him across the face, saying it was for Simon.

Amanda Cathcart

A magician in a relationship with Simon Lovelace.
  • Honey Trap: A gender-inverted example. Simon Lovelace seduced her so he could use her in his attempted coup.
  • Never Found the Body: She's stated as missing following Ramuthra's attack and presumed dead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She was duped by Lovelace into using her estate to host a government function, only to have it be a trap to kill members of said government.

Julius Tallow

Nathaniel's superior in Internal Affairs, and a magician who has a past with Kitty.
  • Eaten Alive: Devoured by a spirit he tried to summon after making an error in the summoning circle.
  • Evil Is Petty: He sends his djinni to mutilate two children for accidentally smashing his Rolls Royce's windscreen with a baseball.
  • Karmic Death: Incredibly so. One of the children he mutilated is the son of the owners of "Hyrnek and Sons," a printing press for magical tomes. Ever since he mutilated Jakob, the family has been making small errors in the books he orders, mistakes which can be deadly. The first time an error turns his skin yellow. The second, it ends with a spirit he summoned eating him alive.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's Nathaniel's superior in Internal Affairs but is pretty incompetent at his job and relies on Nathaniel to do most of his work for him.
  • Red Right Hand: He's a cruel magician with yellow skin as a result of a botched spell.

Harold Button

A retired magician who Kitty works for as an assistant.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: He's a magician with a passion for studying and writing instead of making power plays, but he's lazy, unkempt and is polite but absentminded.
  • Almighty Janitor: He was able to summon a marid all by himself, a feat which Bartimaeus says usually requires at least two magicians working in tandem. Of course, it does break free of his control and bite his leg off, but you know. Still a good show.
  • For Science!: A non-nefarious example, as Button's really only interested in gathering knowledge out of a love of learning.
  • The Mentor: For Kitty, who he instructed on magical knowledge and summoning so she could help him in his pursuit of knowledge.
  • Noble Bigot: He doesn't quite see commoners as equal to magicians, but he still enjoys their company and is even willing to educate one on magic.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the only magicians in the story who is a genuinely good person instead of scheming opportunist.


Bartimaeus' most beloved master, one who wanted peace between demons and magicians, and was more interested in seeking knowledge than gaining power.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Bartimaeus reveals a bit about his relationship with Ptolemy in the third book, but it's still mostly unexplored.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When demons were sent to kill him and escape looked unlikely, he decided to die alone and dismissed Bartimaeus—who was his last line of defense—rather than get his friend killed trying to protect him.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Ptolemy's friendship was treasured by Bartimaeus. It invests him with a little more empathy and patience toward humans than most spirits have.
  • Posthumous Character: This is the ancient Egyptian Ptolemy we're talking about. He's not around anymore.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: A variant: he was the first human to really treat Bartimaeus as a person, and extend trust to him. Up until then, as The Ring of Solomon makes clear, Bartimaeus had no faith in humans at all.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ptolemy had a scientific (as opposed to pragmatic) interest in spirits. He became determined to obtain justice for the spirits, to end the already ancient pattern of 'master and slave'. But he grew too interested in this long-term goal to pay attention to his personal safety.
  • Younger Than They Look: Once he gets back from the Other Place, anyway, his body aged while his spirit departed.

Khaba the Cruel

A powerful magician in service to King Solomon.
  • Bald of Evil: He shaves his head.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of The Ring of Solomon.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Two gouges run down over his cheekbones: they add to his air of menace.
  • Obviously Evil: "A cadaver would have crossed the street to avoid him".
  • The Red Baron: He's called Khaba the Cruel and he definitely lives up to that title.
  • Torture Technician: His extremely creepy obsession with torturing the spirits under his control, often inflicting horrifying fates upon them with his Essence Cages.
  • The Starscream: He plots to overthrow Solomon if he can just get the Ring away from the king, and build his own empire. But so are his sixteen rivals, and Solomon is well aware that none of them are serving him out of altruism.
  • Villainous Friendship: Unlike most magician-spirit relationships, Khaba and his marid, Ammet, seem to have an actual friendship with each other. Ammet serves him out of genuine affection rather than fear.

King Solomon

A magician and the King of Jerusalem.
  • Blessed with Suck: He is the most powerful mortal in the world, but the source of his power is slowly killing him - and he can't find anybody else he'd trust with ultimate power.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He's not a magician, but the Ring makes him essentially a Dimension Lord.
  • The Good King: He works to benefit the people. This naturally puts him at odds with his cadre of magicians.

    The Resistance 

Terence Pennyfeather

The elderly founder of the Resistance.
  • Antivillain: He's essentially a terrorist, but the government he's trying to overthrow is run by corrupt magicians who abuse and kill commoners on a whim. However, his crusade is beginning to turn him into the kind of person he fights against.
  • Crusading Widower: A magician took an interest in Pennyfeather's beloved wife and murdered her when she spurned his advances. Pennyfeather responded by tracking down the magician when he was alone and killing him, surviving magical attacks from three demons in the process.
  • Death Seeker: He fully intended to die trying to get revenge on the magician who murdered his wife. When he survived the ordeal and found out about his resilience to magic, he founded the Resistance to strike back against the magicians.
  • Feeling Their Age: As Pennyfeather got older he began feeling his age and fear of dying without accomplishing any of his goals. The risky raid on Gladstone's crypt was one of his last chances to stick it to the magicians.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a ship-owner who provided artists' supplies, to the leader of a terrorist organization.
  • Happily Married: He was once content in his status as a commoner as he shared his life with his beloved wife. Her death was his Start of Darkness.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In his desperation to overthrow the magicians running the British Government, Pennyfeather grew to be more like them, launching attacks out of greed and cowardice rather than intent.
  • Jerkass: When Kitty first met him he was quite nice and charming, but his organization's lack of success in accomplishing their goals, the deaths or capture of fellow resistance fighters, and his own anger at his old age have made him a much more bitter man.
  • The Leader: He's the founder and leader of the Resistance.
  • Not So Different: Bartimaeus highlights it, saying Pennyfeather's problem was that he became too much like the magicians.
    Bartimaeus: Greedy, close, and clasping. Wanted to keep everything nice and secret, all for himself.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He went on one against the magician who murdered his wife, and actually survived magical attacks from three demons in the process.
  • Start of Darkness: His wife's murder at the hands of a magician whose advances she spurned.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to overthrow the magicians to stop their rampant abuse of commoners. Though in his later years his goals became more self-centered than altruistic.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Though he's a terrorist, the government he's fighting is corrupt and oppressive to commoners. Unfortunately, Pennyfeather has ended up becoming just like the magicians he fights against.

Clem Hopkins

A scholar with underworld connections who aids the Resistance.
  • Demonic Possession: He summons Faquarl into his body to get his power, only to have his mind destroyed and identity impersonated.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: In trying to harness demonic power for himself, Hopkins becomes the first man to have his mind destroyed by the spirit he summoned into his body.
  • False Friend: He acted as a trusted ally to the Resistance while feeding information about them to Makepeace and using them for his own ends. He also pretended to be an ally to Henry Duvall to manipulate him into creating a golem.
  • Kill and Replace: After Faquarl possessed him, he destroyed Hopkins' mind and impersonated him until Makepeace got other magicians to try summoning spirits into themselves as well.
  • Killed Offscreen: Technically Hopkins dies between the events of The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy's Gate, and the person we see as Hopkins in the third book is just Faquarl using his body as a puppet.
  • Lack of Empathy: Kitty figures out just what an untrustworthy ally he is when he shows more concern for the artifacts the Resistance failed to recover from Gladstone's crypt, than the fact that the entire Resistance was wiped out.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He successfully managed to trick the Resistance into thinking he was an ally for years, all while handing information about them over to Makepeace, and manipulating them for his boss's goals.
  • The Mole: He feeds Quentin Makepeace information on the Resistance's activities, to better influence them for their own advantage.
  • Non-Action Guy: Hopkins doesn't participate in Resistance attacks.
  • The Nondescript: Kitty describes him as someone so instantly forgettable, when she hears him speak, she subconsciously finds herself listening to the words but tuning him out.
  • Number Two: He's the right-hand man of Terrence Pennyfeather. Except not really, he's actually this for Quentin Makepeace, and he was instrumental in carrying out the raid on Gladstone's crypt and the Golem Affair.
  • The Smart Guy: With his in-depth knowledge of magic and artifacts, he plays this role in the Resistance.
  • Uriah Gambit: Sending the Resistance to Gladstone's crypt was really just a ploy to get them all killed in the process of procuring him with magical artifacts.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him spoils major parts of the second and third books.

Stanley Hake

A fellow Resistance member who's often at odds with kitty. He can see auras and track magical objects.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Pretty much no one in the Resistance actually seems to like Stanley. The only possible exception is Martin, who was friends with Stanley but died in a failed attempt to assassinate the Prime Minister.
  • Jerkass: Stanley's a rather unpleasant person.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a newspaper boy's cap.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: While digging through Gladstone's tomb, Stanley is silently murdered by Honorius without warning.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Kitty do not like each other and don't get along well at all.

Frederick Weaver

A teenaged member of the Resistance with a high-level of magical resilience and a penchant for throwing knives.
  • Anti-Magic: Fred has an especially high level of resilience to magic to the point where he can tank a bolt of magic from a ninth level afrit and keep fighting.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Fred doesn't talk much, but he can be surprisingly casual when it comes to violence and murder.
  • The Big Guy: He's the strongest member of the Resistance, to the point that he's the only one who can put up any meaningful resistance against Honorius. Granted, Fred's still killed in the end, but the fact that he could go toe-to-toe with a psychotic afrit as long as he did is impressive.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: He can see the through the magical illusions of demons and perceive their true forms.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He buys time for the other members of the Resistance to escape while he stalls Honorius.
  • Knife Nut: Fred likes knives a lot. He's an expert at throwing them, and even takes on Honorius with them.
  • Nerves of Steel: Fred doesn't act noticeably scared even when confronted with a psychotic afrit doesn’t make him noticeably panic.
  • The Quiet One: Fred's not exactly verbose.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He's a teenager whose part of a terrorist group and at one point nonchalantly asks Kitty if he should slit Nathaniel's throat when he knows nothing about the kid other than he's in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Fred fights Honorius with his knives when the latter grabs a sword, dying in a bid to buy time for his friends to escape.

Anne Stephens

A middle-aged member of the Resistance.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: She can see through magical illusions cast by and around demons.
  • Skewed Priorities: She remains concerned about losing some of their plunder from Gladstone's tomb even as the Resistance is being hunted down and killed by a psychotic spirit.

Nicholas Drew

A stocky Resistance member in his twenties.
  • Anti-Magic: He has a very strong resilience against magic.
  • Demonic Possession: He's caught by Makepeace and used as a lab rat to test the effects of spirits inhabiting human bodies.
  • Dirty Coward: When Honorius attacked the Resistance, he fled, letting his friends buy him time with their lives. He later sells out Kitty to Makepeace and Nathaniel, but he was being tortured by a spirit possessing him.
  • Sole Survivor: He and Kitty are the only survivors of the Resistance, though the last time he’s seen in the third book, it's strongly implied he won't survive much longer.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's last scene being driven mad by the spirit Makepeace summoned into his body. Nathaniel tells Makepeace to let him go, but given Makepeace's lack of ethics and the fact that spirits can destroy the minds of their hosts if not dismissed, it's highly likely he's dead.


The Mercenary

A mysterious individual who finds himself on the opposing side of Nathaniel and Bartimaeus during the Lovelace Conspiracy, the Golem Affair and the Spirit Rebellion. Though a human, his high level of magical resilience makes him a formidable opponent.
  • Anti-Magic: Part of the reason he's the Implacable Man.
  • Badass Beard: The toughest human opponent presented in the series: his beard is his most prominent feature.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: His resilience is so strong he can see on all seven planes.
  • Les Collaborateurs: The Mercenary has no problem in aiding the demons in their war against humanity, just so long as he can profit from the bloodshed.
  • Died Standing Up: "Bones in black clothes."
  • The Dragon: Initially he appears to be this to Lovelace, but he reveals his primary employer has always been Makepeace.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only ever known as "The Mercenary" up until the third book where Quentin Makepeace calls him Verroq. However, it's only mentioned once then never again.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has some blurred scars on the back of his hands.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He’s a middle-aged man who makes some very creepy overtures to the teenaged Kitty once she’s in his clutches.
  • Implacable Man: Even without his magical resistance he's physically strong and surprisingly endurable. He manages to shake off getting a statue thrown on top of him and thrown down a mountainside without so much as a scratch.
  • Knife Nut: Carries in his person a wide set of knifes, blades and shurikens.
  • Know When To Fold Them: He runs off after Lovelace's defeat in the first book. In the third, he quietly tries to sneak away when his employer, Makepeace, and his fellow conspirators end up killed and controlled by the demons they summoned into themselves. Unfortunately for him, Faquarl notices and beats him into submission.
  • Made of Iron: His degree of invulnerability varies, but seems to spike just after he shrugs off a magical attack.
  • Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: He starts out as a complete unknown, but his mysterious "power" makes him notable. Little is ever learned about his past or his personality, though the scars on his hand implies he's from a similar order of assassins that tried to kill Ptolemy back in 125 B.C.
  • Only in It for the Money: He works for one villain after another, but he doesn't share any of their ideals, all he cares about is money.
  • Power Parasite: His resistance is so powerful that he not merely shrugs off magic - he absorbs it to a point, temporarily gaining superhuman strength and ability to withstand normal physical damage whenever he is exposed to a big magical attack. Faquarl notices and exploits this by attacking hand-to-hand, without using spells.
  • Professional Killer: He's a murderer for hire.
  • Public Domain Artifact: He wears a pair of Seven League Boots which, well, allows him to travel seven leagues in one step.
  • The Quisling: Willingly aligns with Nouda and Faquarl in their Demon Rebellion in exchange for riches.
  • Redemption Rejection: Nathaniel offers him a chance to team up to defeat the demons before they can start their massacre. The Mercenary laughs off his suggestion, thinking their opponents are unstoppable, and that he'd rather have the wealth they offered instead.
  • Stripped to the Bone: He's finally killed when his magical resilience is exhausted and a Pestilence strips the flesh from his bones.

Martha Underwood

The kind and loving wife of Arthur Underwood.
  • Morality Pet: She acts as one to Nathaniel.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Word of God says she was either a magician who gave up her training to marry Underwood, or she's from a commoner family who associates with magicians.
  • No Accounting for Taste: There is absolutely no indication what someone as kind and good-natured as her sees in her selfish Jerkass of a husband.
  • Parental Substitute: After Nathaniel's parents essentially sell him to the government to become a magician, Martha acts as his mother figure, and she's infinitely more loving to Nathaniel than his birth parents were.
  • You Killed My Father: Or rather, she's the parental figure killed that Nathaniel seeks to avenge.


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