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TorakTorak is the protagonist of the series. He lives with his father in seclusion until a bear possessed by a demon kills his father. He meets Wolf and discovers that he can actually communicate with him, resulting in Wolf becoming Torak's 'pack brother' and guide. During the quest to kill the demon bear, Torak learns that he's the predicted Listener whose destiny is to take down the creators of the bear, the Soul Eaters. It is revealed in Spirit Walker that he is also a spirit walker, a creature whose spirits can leave his body and take over other bodies. It is for that reason the World Spirit ordered Torak's mother to make him 'clanless' when he was born. He and Renn are initially enemies when they meet in the first book. However, they become friends, in later books best friends, and in the last few books they become more than friends. When the series begins he is twelve years old, and by the end of the series he is nearly sixteen.
- Back from the Dead: He falls to his death in Ghost Hunter, but Wolf guides his spirits back to his body.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Being a spirit walker, he's a Body Snatcher. He's still a good guy and does his best not to hurt anyone.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Renn.
- Blessed with Suck: Spirit walking sounds awful.
- Gray Eyes: His gray eyes resemble those of a wolf, characterizing him as highly competent and responsible in the Chosen One role.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He feels no sexual attraction towards anyone but Renn, except for Seshru (who happens to be Renn's mother).
- Last of His Kind: According to Durrain, all humans used to be spirit walkers, but Torak is the last one to ever exist.
- The Oath-Breaker: In Oath Breaker, Torak vows through his three souls to kill Thiazzi in order to avenge Bale's murder. During the climax, he breaks his oath so that Thiazzi would let Renn go. While doing that is instrumental in allowing Bale to rest in peace, it's revealed in the final book that it possibly weakened the connection between Torak's three souls, making it more possible for Eostra to make him a Lost One.
- Power Trio: With Renn and Wolf.
- Raised by Wolves: When he was baby, he was given to a female wolf be taken care of until his father could take care of him by himself.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Wolves, ravens and bears! Oh my!
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In Outcast he becomes this.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Bale and Renn.
RennRenn is Torak's best friend, and later becomes his mate (Stone Age word for lover/girlfriend/wife). She has a very strong sense of justice and right and wrong. Like Torak, she has a very short temper, but unlike him, she is extremely rational and thinks before she acts. She is very tough, and purposely prickly, as she lost her parents at a young age. She can be very secretive, hiding her true parentage. She is the best archer in the Raven Clan, and she is a very talented Mage, although she hates to practice Magecraft. She is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and his favourite person in the Clan. At the start of the series she is twelve, and by the end of the series she is nearly sixteen.
- Action Girl
- All of the Other Reindeer: The Raven Clan generally avoid her because of her strange eye and dreams that come true. They only tolerate her because she is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and Fin-Kedinn is the Clan Leader.
- Alpha Bitch: Only in the first half of Wolf Brother.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Torak. Also to a much, much lesser degree, with Bale, but only in Outcast.
- Insufferable Genius: In Wolf Brother and Soul Eater, especially.
- Nephewism: Er, nieceism. Justified in that her moms evil and her dads dead, it being the Stone Age when death rates were higher.
- Power Trio: With Torak and Wolf.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Renn goes more than once against the wishes of Fin-Kedinn and Saeunn in order to help Torak out, especially in Outcast when Torak is an outcast who is forbidden from being helped.
- Sibling Rivalry: With her arrogant older brother Hord.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Torak and Bale.
WolfTorak finds Wolf when he is a cub, after his family was killed in a flood. Torak realizes that he can communicate with Wolf, and Wolf becomes his 'pack-brother'. Wolf eventually finds a mate, Darkfur, and has cubs with her. Wolf initially dislikes Renn, and does not warm up to her until the second or third book. After that, he likes her nearly as much as he likes Torak, even referring to while talking to Torak as 'the pack-sister' . Wolf is very loyal and does not leave his friends behind.
- Noble Wolf: A pack oriented wolf. He is loyal to his pack (wolf or otherwise), mate, children, and friends.
- Non Human Side Kick: A wolf for Torak, a human.
- Power Trio: With Torak and Renn.
Fin-KedinnFin-Kedinn is the Leader of the Raven Clan. He was the older brother of Renn's father, and took care of Renn after her father died. In fact, he made her bow and taught her to shoot. Initially he is wary of Torak, but lets him live with the Raven Clan, and gradually warms up to him. He was best friends with Torak's father, but in love with his mother. He eventually becomes Torak's foster-father, which is a great honor.
- Badass Normal: In a story mainly about Mages, he has no powers at all. This does not make him any less awesome.
- Cool Old Guy: Possibly subverted. He is described in an early book to be in his early to mid forties, but is also described as getting old. Although, 6000 years ago people died younger, so Fin-Kedinn could be considered old.
- Death Glare: He has piercing blue eyes that seem to shut anyone up, with just one look.
- Doom Magnet: Pretty much everyone he loves dies and/or somehow gets tangled with the Soul Eaters. To wit: friends Fa and Tenris and sister-in-law Seshru join the Soul Eaters and die; brother is killed in an avalanche, as is nephew Hord; friend Oslak is killed by Tenris; woman he loves dies in childbirth; entire clan is poisoned in books 2 and 6. Narrander is about the only friend he has that doesn't die, not that that's any comfort.
- Fiery Red Head: Zig-Zagged. He has the nerves of steel, but when he is angry, beware.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: Used to have a crush on Torak's mom. He handles it pretty well, but never fully gets over it.
- Handicapped Badass: His leg is injured by the demon bear, forcing him to walk with crutches for the rest of the series. That doesn't make him any less intimidating or resolute.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Averted. He survives the entire series.
- My Greatest Failure: He denied shelter from Torak's parents out of anger and jealousy, and never saw them again. He confesses that he possibly caused both their deaths this way.
- Papa Wolf: Towards his niece. He also grows protective of Torak. In Outcast, he's sad that Torak is banished, but goes along with it. At the book's end, however, when the clans are about to kill Torak, blaming him of the flood, Fin-Kedinn suddenly makes him his foster-son and says that if the clans want to kill Torak, they have to kill him first.
- Parental Substitute: He has looked after Renn since her father's death. He also becomes one to Torak to the point that he fosters him in Outcast.
- The Stoic: The Raven chief doesn't easily show emotion or reveal his thoughs.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Years before the events of the series, with Torak's parents.
- Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: It takes him a really long time to warm up to Torak, insofar as he ever does.
- We Used to Be Friends: Torak's father was his best friend until the Soul Eaters came along. Same thing with Tenris. He also refers to the Walker as an old friend, but their current relationship can hardly be called friendship.
Other Characters from the Clans
Torak's FatherTorak's father is a hunter from the Wolf Clan who raised his son in isolation for twelve years until he's mauled by the demon bear and dies in the first few pages of the first book. It is revealed that the bear was sent specifically to hunt him by the Soul Eaters. This is because he was a a former Wolf Mage and a member to the Soul Eaters before they became evil. When he realized what they were doing, he created a huge fire known as the Great Fire to destroy them, but he managed only to force them to go into hiding for thirteen years.
- The Atoner: He raised his son in seclusion and trained him in order to prepare him for destroying the evil he had helped to create.
- Cain and Abel: He is the younger brother of the Soul Eater Tenris by two years. The demon bear that kills him was created by his brother for that purpose.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Of the "criminal with remorse" ilk, hence The Atoner above. A major part of the plot is Torak finding out this past.
- Dying as Yourself: His Brainwashed and Crazy ghost gets a moment of recognition upon being released from Eostra's control and disappearing again.
- Fatal Flaw: His former friend Fin-Kedinn reveals that Torak's father was convinced of his own infallibility and paid no heed to the advice of others. It led him to realize the Soul Eaters' corruption too late while being one of them. He trained Torak to listen to what the Forest had to say to him so that he wouldn't repeat his father's mistakes.
- Gray Eyes: Like with his son, they resemble those of a wolf. Symbolize both his strength of will and an ideas-before-people, greater-good mentality that he used to hold but rejected, it being the above Fatal Flaw.
- Noble Wolf: Bit of an Informed Attribute. Everyone calls him wise but the evidence leaves something to be desired.
- Posthumous Character: Despite dying immediately in the first chapter of the first book, he remains an important character throughout the series.
- Scars Are Forever: There is an old scar on his chest which makes difficult for Torak to draw the deathmark on it. He received this by cutting away the tattoo that signaled his membership to the Soul Eaters.
- Unnamed Parent: Torak refers to him just as Fa. It's justified since five summers must pass before a deceased persons' name can be spoken, in order to allow the deceased person to rest peacefully.
- The Un-Reveal: We never find out his name, since clan traditions dictate that five summers must pass before the name of the person who died can be spoken. Even when Eostra says his name while summoning his spirit in the final book, it's not revealed by the narration.
- Walking Spoiler: Can't really be discussed much beyond "fathered Torak" without revealing he was a Soul Eater.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was the best friend of Fin-Kedinn until all the stuff with the Soul Eaters started. The woman whom Fin-Kedinn loved choosing Torak's father instead was also a factor.
BaleBale is a boy from the Seal Clan, first introduced in Spirit Walker. Torak's paternal grandmother was from the Seal Clan, meaning that he and Bale are kinsmen. Bale and Torak are initially wary of each other, but become friends. He returns in Outcast to aid Renn in helping Torak who's made an outcast. In Oath Breaker, he's murdered by Thiazzi, resulting in Torak seeking vengeance on the Oak Mage. When he is first introduced, he is fifteen, and by Oath Breaker he is nearly seventeen.
- Berserk Button: Don't do damage to his boat. Just... don't do it.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He lives by the Sea, so he's pretty tan.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Thiazzi throws him off a cliff in Oath Breaker.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the series (except when Torak first meets him), but sometimes he does qualify as this.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Averted as Renn never had feelings for him.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He initially has this attitude towards Renn in Outcast. It's somewhat justified, as it is the Stone Age. Still, it makes Renn mad as hell.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Torak and Renn.
- Unrequited Love: For Renn.
SaeunnSaeunn is the impossibly old Raven Clan Mage. Her age is never actually stated, and considering that it's the Stone Age, perhaps she isn't really that old at all by modern standards (though she may be). She forces Renn to learn Magecraft, though the two of them have a fierce dislike for each other. At the end of the series, she dies of extreme old age.
- Because Destiny Says So: It's her only argument to things.
HordHord is Renn's older brother. He is around nineteen or twenty. To make up for who his mother is, he tries to be the best at everything. He has an immense dislike for his sister, just like most of the Raven Clan.
- Disney Villain Death: He's killed along with the demon bear by the avalanche the World Spirit sends.
- FaceHeel Turn: Granted, he was always an antagonistic jerk toward Torak, but after Torak has gained Fin-Kedinn's support in delivering the Nanuak to the World Spirit with Wolf, Hord chases after them and tries to kill them just to deliver the Nanuak himself.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: As noted in his first appearance by Torak, Hord comes off as being desperate to be the best, yet fears of always being the second rate.
- It's All My Fault: He yells this during his Villainous Breakdown as an explanation to why he thinks he must deliver the Nanuak.
- Jerkass: Oh yeah. Before Torak defeats Hord in a duel, the young man shows unwarranted contempt at the younger boy and afterwards fully supports that interpretation of the prophecy which includes Torak being sacrificed. He also pays no heed to Dyrati's obvious admiration of him and claims to have shed no tears for his sister's possible death after her act of "disgracing him" by releasing Torak.
- Kick the Dog: When he catches Torak and Renn after all the hardships they've endured, he takes possession of the Nanuak pieces they've found and makes Torak his prisoner again. He also punches his sister in the face and disowns her when she calls him out.
- Sanity Slippage: When Hord's shown again near the ending of Wolf Brother, he has become a shadow of his former self due to his gnawing guilt over helping in the creation of the demon bear. This combined with being denied the task of bringing the Nanuak to the Mountain of the World Spirit culminates in him chasing after Torak and trying to kill him.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Renn.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was manipulated by the Crippled Wanderer to catch a bear cub which the Soul Eater used as the vessel of an elemental.
- Villainous Breakdown: His Sanity Slippage leads him to chase after Torak and Wolf to the Mountain of the World Spirit and try to kill them so that he can deliver the Nanuak.
- Would Hit a Girl: He punches his own sister in the face.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's fully supportive of the idea of sacrificing a 12-year-old boy and tries to kill him with an axe before his death.
The Walker/NarranderAn old Otter Clan outcast who appears a few times throughout the books, each time as a complete madman who keeps as pets little animals he names Narik. It is revealed in Ghost Hunter that he actually was a Soul Eater and the Otter Mage Narrander. He went mad after finding his son Narik's body following the Great Fire. With Fin-Kedinn's help, he made it appear that it was he who died in the fire.
- Agony of the Feet: He has to cut off all his toes (at least from one foot) when they get seriously frostbitten.
- Animal Motifs: Otter, like his clan. Very subtle Foreshadowing, as it throws him in with the other characters to get strong Animal Motifs.
- Big Damn Heroes: He ended up killing Eostra in Ghost Hunter, just as she was about to literally destroy Torak and take his powers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is the seventh Soul Eater that everyone thought was dead.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His ramblings are hard to get a grip on. When Wolf first sees him, the Walker's chaotic thoughts confuse him.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite the fact that almost nothing he says makes much sense, his advice usually pans out in the end.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Admittedly, he's got a dark and troubled present too. But having once been a Soul Eater, having his kid die, and being ostracized by his clan sure didn't help.
- Extreme Omnivore: He's shown eating things what most people wouldn't want to eat, like a louse from his beard or a raw rotting dove's wing. However, even he finds the taste of frostbitten toes too horrible.
- Eye Scream: One of his eye sockets is empty. He says that a flint hit his head and caused his eye to pop out. He actually lost his eye during the Great Fire.
- Faking the Dead: Until the last book, everyone, excluding Fin-Kedinn and Torak's father, believed Narrander to have perished by the Great Fire.
- Forced into Evil: As the Healers were becoming corrupted, Narrander attempted adamantly to leave them, but he was forced to stay when Eostra took his son Narik hostage. This status ended only when Narik died.
- Good Counterpart: To Eostra. Both are outwardly cadaverous, refer to themselves in the third person and display mental illness. However, Eostra is without doubt evil and dangerous to everyone. The Walker, on the other hand, comes off as threatening, but he's ultimately harmless as long as he's left alone and helps out those who help him. The Walker treats affectionately the little animals he keeps as pets, while Eostra views the animals she has corrupted into bloodthirsty minions merely as tools. Both are powerful mages, with Eostra being a necromancer and the Walker having a connection with the Hidden People. By the end of the series, the two of them are all that's left of the seven Soul Eaters until the Walker kills Eostra.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's constantly irritated because of his madness.
- Handicapped Badass: This one-eyed, toeless and insane old man has been able to live all on his own in the Forest since the Great Fire. He also retains enough power of a mage to summon the Hidden People to destroy Eostra.
- The Hermit: Even after Fin-Kedinn offers him to live in peace among the clans, the Walker refuses.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's grumpy, unfriendly and threatening at times, but he aids Torak and Renn after they help him out twice, and he shows up to aid them in the final battle against Eostra. He's also pretty affectionate towards the various little animals he keeps and names Narik.
- Meaningful Name: Assuming a PIE root, Narrander could be rendered as "corpse-man", from root naw (corpse). The same root could be applied to Narik, whose name is also very similar to Narvi/Nari, son of Loki.
- Not So Different: When Torak suffers from soul sickness in Outcast, he finds himself resembling the Walker while looking at his reflection. The Walker invokes this in his last advice to Torak; the Walker says he can sense the marks in the boy's soul caused by spirit walking into various creatures. The old man says that like him, Torak must always wander and not settle down because of his experiences.
- Outliving One's Offspring: It's eventually revealed that the cause of the Walker's madness is the death of his son Narik.
- Papa Wolf: He avenges his son's death by burying Eostra under a mountain.
- The Pig Pen: Part of his madness is his complete lack of anything resembling personal hygiene.
- Pre-Insanity Reveal: It is a major spoiler in the final book that the old insane hermit was not only a mage but also one of the two uncorrupted Soul Eaters.
- Third-Person Person: He always refers to himself this way.
AkiAki is the Boar Clan Leader's son, and a few years older than Torak. In Outcast, he discovers Torak's Soul Eater tattoo, resulting in Torak's exile as an outcasted. Aki spends the time Torak is outcasted attempting to hunt him. They later become allies after Torak saves his life.
- Calling the Old Man Out: At the end of Outcast, he stands up to his father when he intends to kill Torak. It's mentioned afterwards that this act has given Aki new self-respect.
- Doom Magnet: It's mentioned in Wolf Brother, long before he's introduced, that he has lost a few toes to frostbite. In Outcast, he almost dies twice, and then breaks his arm. In Ghost Hunter, he is driven mad by Eostra's sickness.
- HeelFace Turn: After Torak saves him from drowning, he sides with Renn, Bale and Fin-Kedinn in defending Torak against the murderous clans.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He has a lot of similarities with Hord. They're both rash young men who are related to their clans' leaders and have self-esteem issues. They're both hostile towards Torak and attempt to kill him. However, while Hord goes off the deep end and dies, Aki sees the error of his ways and lives.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: It is never revealed if he truly recovers from the madness sickness that Eostra sent to the clans.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He chases Torak not so much out of hatred but the fear of failure to fulfill his oath to kill him he gave to his harsh father.
DarkDark is not introduced until Ghost Hunter. He is an albino boy who lives in the Mountain of Ghosts with only a white raven Ark as his company. He was abandoned by the Swan Clan when he was younger, both due to his albinism and his ability to see ghosts. He befriends Torak, Renn and Wolf, aiding them against Eostra.
- All the Other Reindeer:
- He was born to the Swan Clan, but he was feared due to his albinism and ability to see ghosts. His only consolation was his mother, and when she died when he was eight, he was abandoned.
- Subverted with the Raven Clan. They are initially wary of him, but he gains their respect immediately upon seeing his white raven Ark.
- Gray Eyes: His light gray eyes bring to Torak's mind a sky that rains snow, and they fit well with his gift in Magecraft.
- Heroic Albino: He says that his white coloring is the result of a white rabbit running in front of his mother when she was pregnant with him. He was viewed a bad omen and abandoned by the Swan Clan, leading him to live in isolation for half of his childhood. Despite this, he's quite helpful towards Torak, Renn and Wolf, even though he doesn't know them.
- I See Dead People
- Manchild: Dark's thoughts and words are somewhat slow, especially when compared to the sharp, intelligent way Torak and Renn think and speak. This is justified, because he didn't have any human contact between the ages of eight to fifteen.
- Nice Guy: He is ignorant and naive, but generally well-meaning. He initially wants to keep Torak with himself since he's the first human he has met in seven years, yet he readily helps him, Renn and Wolf in the final fight against Eostra.
- No Social Skills: He's about Torak and Renn's age, but due to being isolated from all human contact since the age of eight, his attempts to speak with Torak and Renn are clumsy.
- Not So Different: He is more or less like Torak was at the beginning of the series. Torak lived his first twelve years wandering away from the clans with his father, visiting only once a clan meeting and being ignorant of a lot of things when meeting people like the Ravens. Since the age of eight, Dark has lived in the Mountain of Ghosts with his only contacts being Ark the white raven and ghosts. He asks Torak a lot of things out of curiosity — like what is the Sea — in a somewhat similar way to when Torak mistakes Fin-Kedinn to be a place rather than a person.
- Suffer the Slings: His weapon is a sling, and he aims with it even more accurately than Renn does with her bow.
A group of mages from different clans and the primary antagonists of the series. They were formed by seven mages thirteen years before the start of the series and were originally known as the Healers. At first they helped the clans by curing the sick and driving away evil spirits. However, the majority of them were corrupted by their ambitions, and now they aspire to rule the Forest and other areas presented in the series. Torak's father fought against them and forced them to go into hiding. Following his death, Torak's quest to destroy the demon bear expands into his destiny to destroy the bear's creators, the Soul Eaters.
Tropes that apply to all of them:
- Bad People Abuse Animals: The Soul Eaters don't follow the rules of properly respecting the prey. In Spirit Walker and Soul Eater, predators are killed for certain body parts and left to rot. The Crippled Wanderer traps an elemental in a bear's body, and in Ghost Hunter, Eostra has corrupted a pack of dogs as her bloodthirsty minions. Thiazzi in particular enjoys torturing Wolf and the other caught predators in Soul Eater and slowly killing others with fire in Oath Breaker. The only one who has reserves in animal cruelty is Nef who also performs a HeelFace Turn.
- The Dreaded: Though they've been undercover for over a decade, their legacy hasn't been forgotten. The clan laws decree that those who want to join them are to be exiled.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Four particular Soul Eaters function each as main antagonists in one of the books, and they can be compared to the Four Horsemen by their personal attributes and the plots of the books.
- The Crippled Wanderer (Tenris) is Pestilence (an alternative interpretation of Conquest): the sickness he created and had his tokoroths spread is the driving plot point of Spirit Walker. In addition to that, the demon bear he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful in Wolf Brother. (If the bear hadn't been killed before the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye, it would have become invincible.) Tenris also has won complete trust from the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.
- Thiazzi is War: not only he's the strongest man of the Forest and the most violent Soul Eater, in Oath Breaker he drives the Deep Forest clans into war among each other, and then he unites both sides and nearly leads them into war with the Open Forest clans.
- Seshru is Famine: in Outcast she causes Lake Axehead gradually dry and grow sick with deformed and inedible fish (with only the latter being true), which are the main food source of the Otter Clan.
- Eostra is Death: she has always been obsessed with the secrets of the dead and even resembles a corpse. In her youth she resurrected a boy, and in Ghost Hunter she summons the spirits of the deceased Soul Eaters.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Several of them claim that they know what the World Spirit wants and are trying to set things right by oppressing the clans under their guidance. No one is fooled by this self-serving self-righteousness. Nef is the only one who is a genuine Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Noun Verber: Even if you don't actually eat souls, the title is pretty intimidating.Thiazzi: Soul-Eaters, they call us.
Nef: A foolish name.
Seshru: But useful, if it keeps them in fear.
- Prongs of Poseidon: They adopted as their symbol the three-pronged fork, a healer's tool used in fetching souls of sick people. They each have it tattooed one their chests, and the fork is remembered as a symbol of great evil. The clan laws state that merely having the tattoo is enough a reason to get exiled from the clans, as is done to Torak in Outcast.
- Religion of Evil: They aspire to unite the clans and put an end to their different rituals and customs, claiming them to anger the World Spirit.Torak: — the clans rule themselves.
Nef: Much good it does them. Have you never asked yourself why the World Spirit is so fickle, so unpredictable? Why does it send the prey at some times, but not others? Why does it kill one child with sickness, but spare another? Because the clans don't live as they should!
Thiazzi: They have different ways of sacrificing, of sending their Dead on the Journey. This displeases the World Spirit.
Nef: There's no order to it.
Thiazzi: We know the true way. We will show them.
- Resignations Not Accepted: Torak's father and Narrander were not allowed to resign following the Healers' corruption, mostly because Narrander was blackmailed. Attempts to destroy the organization and fake the characters' deaths were made, with varying levels of success.
- Brought Up to Eleven in Ghost Hunter, where not even literally dying can get the characters that want out out.
- Take Over the World: Their collective goal is to oppress all the clans under their rule. To that end, they attempt to use demons and keep the clans in line through fear.
- Would Hurt a Child: They practice the dark art of creating tokoroths, demonic underlings that are created by trapping demons inside the bodies of very young children.
EostraEostra the Eagle Owl Mage is the head Soul Eater whom even the other Soul Eaters fear. She has an obsession with death and raising the dead. She serves as the main antagonist of Ghost Hunter.
- Ambiguously Human: She's heavily implied to be undead, with how corpse-like the little of what her body is shown resembles, and how she reeks of a corpse.
- Animal Motifs: Eagle Owl. She wears a wooden mask resembling the owl's face and a cloak made of feathers. Also, her eyes look orange like with an eagle owl. In Ghost Hunter, Torak compares at one point Eostra with a spider that is weaving a web across the Forest and can sense even the tiniest vibration of the web. (Sherlock Holmes makes a similar comparison to Professor Moriarty.)
- Big Bad: She's Soul Eaters' leader and the last one to be faced.
- The Chessmaster: In Ghost Hunter, many events (like the shadow sickness or the blizzard) are regarded as Eostra's doings in preparation for gaining Torak's power.
- Creepy Monotone: She is completely emotionless, short of her lust for power, and apparently talks like this.
- Disney Villain Death: Eostra dies by falling into a chasm created by the Hidden People summoned by the Walker.
- The Dreaded: Even more so than any other Soul Eater. Even all the other Soul Eaters fear Eostra.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Walker. Both are outwardly cadaverous, refer to themselves in the third person and display mental illness. However, Eostra hasn't any of the noble qualities the Walker has under his threatening demeanor. The Walker treats affectionately the little animals he keeps as pets, but Eostra regards as tools the animals she has corrupted into monstrous minions. Both are powerful mages, with Eostra being a necromancer and the Walker having a connection with the Hidden People. By the end of the series, the two of them are all that's left of the seven Soul Eaters until the Walker kills Eostra.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Her emotionless voice resembles the rattle of dry bones.
- The Faceless: She always wears her eagle owl mask.
- Femme Fatalons: Her nails are hooked like with her clan totem, and they're bluish like with a corpse.
- I Love the Dead: The vision Renn has of a younger Eostra resurrecting a corpse certainly has shades of this.
- Immortality Seeker: She intends to gain Torak's spirit walker abilities and use them to exist forever by spirit walking from one body to another repeatedly.
- Ironic Name: The Germanic Eostre was a goddess of spring and light... so nothing like the character who shares her name.
- Knight of Cerebus: If this particular Soul Eater is feared even by all the other Soul Eaters, you know you're in deep waters.
- Lack of Empathy: Torak's spirit walk into Eostra reveals that the Eagle Owl Mage views tokoroths and her dogs not as possessed children and corrupted animals, but as tools that can serve her before being disposed of. As for Torak, he is merely the shell of the power she craves.
- Last of Her Kind: She's the last living member of the Eagle Owl Clan, all of her clanmates having long ago died out of sickness.
- Lean and Mean: She's tall and thin.
- Necromancer: She resurrected a recently died boy from her clan in her youth, and in the last book she summons the spirits of the deceased Soul Eaters.
- Nightmare Fuel: Everyone, even the other Soul Eaters, fears her.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike the other Soul Eaters, she doesn't have any sort of sense of humor, sadistic or otherwise.
- Ominous Owl: She has one to do her bidding.
- Our Liches Are Different: She a corpse-like mage and a necromancer who desires immortality.
- Prongs of Poseidon: In Ghost Hunter, she wields a three-forked spear, the symbol of the Soul Eaters. She uses it to catch souls and eat them.
- Silent Antagonist: She's the most reserved of the Soul Eaters.
- The Soulless: Torak spirit walks into her in the last book. In her eyes, everything is colored grey except the Fire Opal. She doesn't feel pleasure or pain, only the power granted by the Fire Opal and the desire to live forever.
- Third-Person Person: She mostly refers to herself this way.
- Undeathly Pallor: The bare skin of Eostra's hands is granularly compact like a granite and has a pale green glint of a rotting flesh. Also, as mentioned above, her nails are hooked and bluish like with a corpse.
- White Mask of Doom: She's never shown without her pale-colored mask to the point that she's known as "the Masked One".
ThiazziThiazzi the Oak Mage is the strongest man of the Forest and the most violent and sadistic of all the Soul Eaters. In Soul Eater, Wolf bites a few fingers off of one of his hands. He's the main antagonist of Oath Breaker, in which he murders Bale and causes a war among the Deep Forest Clans.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the fifth book.
- Ax-Crazy: He has no qualms about resorting to violence and killing, either to further his goals or out of sheer enjoyment.
- Barbarian Longhair: According to the Word of God, Thiazzi has grown a long hair because he believes that it holds part of his strength.
- Big Bad Wannabe: When he and Eostra are the last remaining Soul Eaters, Thiazzi tries to take over the Forest by himself in Oath Breaker and doesn't give the last Fire Opal piece to Eostra. Though he is a very real threat, he ends up being vanquished when he loses the Fire Opal to Eostra's eagle owl. He's summoned in Ghost Hunter by Eostra as her mindless ghost-slave like the other deceased Soul Eaters.
- Blasphemous Boast: Makes in Oath Breaker one which he practically uses to compare himself to the World Spirit."I am the truth and the Way. I am master of fire. I am ruler of the Forest!"
- Character Tics: He has a habit of chewing spruce resin.
- The Chessmaster: By using disguises and manipulated events, Thiazzi drives the Deep Forest clans to war among each other before uniting them against the Open Forest clans in Oath Breaker.
- Death by Irony: The Oak Mage ends up dying by falling from the highest branch of the Great Oak.
- Disney Villain Death: He's ignited while he's on the top branch of the Great Oak, resulting in him losing his balance.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The evil and big Oak Mage has a sonorous voice.
- Fingore: Wolf bites off two fingers from Thiazzi's left hand in Soul Eater.
- Genius Bruiser: Not only is Thiazzi the strongest man of the Forest. He's also a cunning and manipulative mage, which makes him all the more dangerous.
- Hand Stomp: Thiazzi sends Bale to his death this way.
- Hero Killer: Thiazzi becomes this in Oath Breaker, in which his first act is to murder Bale, one of the most stand-up characters of the series.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His downfall is tied to him keeping the last Fire Opal fragment to himself and leaving Eostra out of his plans. During his final confrontation with Torak, Eostra's eagle owl steals the Opal from Thiazzi, resulting in him losing protection against fire and catching fire.
- Horrifying the Horror: Thiazzi is the strongest man of the Forest and an extremely sadistic and violent sociopath... yet even he is afraid of Eostra.
- Karmic Death: He dies by being set on fire, resulting in him falling from the top branch of the Great Oak. This serves as the appropriate rebate for his actions of killing predators by burning them and murdering Bale by throwing him off the Crag.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last living member of the Oak Clan, with the others having died out of sickness.
- Manipulative Bastard: He proves himself to be this in Oath Breaker when he orates the Deep Forest clans to unite against the Open Forest clans.
- Master of Disguise: His disguise of the old, isolated and reasonable Auroch Mage fools Renn completely until he reveals himself.
- Meaningful Name: Named after a shapeshifting jötunn from Norse Mythology.
- Playing Both Sides: He murders the mages of the Forest Horse Clan and the Auroch Clan, and takes their places, first to wage discord between the Deep Forest clans, and then to unite them against the Open Forest clans.
- Sadist: He enjoys bullying and hurting animals and people who can't fight back.
- Smug Snake: Thiazzi is a very powerful and competent schemer, but his arrogance ends up being his undoing.
- The Sociopath: He is very narcistic and self-serving as well as even more sadistic and violent than any other Soul Eater.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Torak thinks that if not for his sadistic tendencies, Thiazzi could pass as any hunter in the Forest.
- Whip It Good: He skillfully fights with a whip in Oath Breaker.
- World's Strongest Man: He's the strongest human represented in the series and is regarded as the strongest man of the Forest.
SeshruSeshru the Viper Mage is a beautiful woman who's as venomous as her totem, though it is suggested that she changed her name and clan when she joined the Healers. She serves as the main antagonist of Outcast, and it's revealed in the same book that she is Renn and Hord's mother. She's also responsible for forcibly tattooing Torak with the Soul Eaters' mark.
- Animal Motifs: She's described to be in everything like a snake, especially in the traditional vile characterizations, though apparently she isn't actually a born Viper. The way she torments Torak from afar during Outcast resembles the way a viper injects its venom into its prey and returns to finish the job when the time is right. She has also changed her name and clan in a same way a snake sheds its skin and creates a new one.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the fourth book.
- The Baroness: Cultivates an intimidating and all-powerful visage? Check. Unafraid to ruthlessly exploit her attractiveness to her own ends? Check. Sadistic and lacking in compassion toward anyone? Check. Attracted to power? Check.
- Consummate Liar: Regular lying is for her as easy as is expected from a stereotypically portrayed snake, making her able to deny her crimes and take credit for actions of someone else, like how she claims to be responsible for the drowning of Lake Axehead.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes that radiate her devious nature.
- Dream Weaver: There is a reason why most of Renn's powers come from her dreams.
- Evil Counterpart: To Renn. As noted below, Renn is Not So Different from Seshru in her willingness to lie and go against the clans' laws to reach her goals. The difference is that Renn does that to help her friends and not for selfish reasons like Seshru. Also, they both have talent in Magecraft, and they're the only women Torak feels attraction towards. How unfortunate how so much can be passed in the genes.
- Evil Matriarch: It's revealed in Outcast that she's Renn's mother.
- Famous Last Words: Said after Bale's arrow pierces her heart."This — is not the end."
- Femme Fatale: Beautiful as a forest maiden and utterly self-serving. She is able to stun Torak and Bale with her beauty more than once, even though they do know she's evil.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: When Torak threatens to destroy the second Fire Opal fragment, Seshru reveals her knife and lunges forward, only to be shot by Bale. Earlier she presented herself unarmed and appealed to Bale's reluctance to hurt an unarmed woman. It took the sight of her attacking Torak with a knife for Bale to throw his hesitations aside.
- Is That What He Told You?: Renn had been told by Saeunn that Seshru gave birth to her only to use her as a sacrifice. Seshru tells her that her intention was not to kill her infant, but to make her a tokoroth.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Double gender flipped, and averted because Renn already knew that Seshru was her mother. Seshru and Torak didn't find out until Outcast and, oh boy, there was hell to pay.
- Master Poisoner: Her special ability is expert usage of herbs and remedies. During Soul Eater, she uses this skill to help capturing a polar bear by feeding it sedatives. In Outcast, she poisons crowberries that Torak eats, rendering him unconscious and following his resuscitation, mostly paralyzed yet aware of everything happening around him and able to communicate with Seshru.
- Not So Different:
- She tries this card on Torak in Outcast: they both are outcasts and so powerful that the clans hunt them out of fear. When Torak denies this by saying that Seshru has broken the clans' laws, she notes that he has done the same by stealing Fin-Kedinn's axe.
- The Viper Mage shares several traits with Renn: they both have a powerful gift in Magecraft, and they are willing to go against the clans' laws to achieve their goals (Renn just does that for moral reasons). In Oath Breaker, Renn lies to the Deep Forest clans, claiming that she had put sleeping potion in their drinks so that Torak could escape, when in reality it was a mad Red Deer woman who did that. While doing that, she remembers Seshru's ability to take credit for the actions of someone else. Earlier, she threatens her captors by claiming herself to be a full mage, her threats echoing those made by Seshru. Also, Seshru's voice reminds Wolf of that of Renn. Like mother, like daughter.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In Outcast, she cures Torak's abscessed wound after she has caught him, having decided that the wound where the cut Soul Eater tattoo was has served its purpose.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's an evil version of this trope.
- Smug Snake: She's cunning, but makes no attempt to hide her hubris. As the Viper Mage, that's fitting.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Though not noticeable at first, she has subtle resemblance to her daughter Renn. They both have a pale skin, high cheekbones, and their hair curls the same way.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: When she catches Torak with Renn and Bale at the empty wolf den, she taunts that neither Renn or Bale would attack her when she's unarmed.Seshru: The wolves are gone. I sent them all away.
Renn: Don't listen to her.
Seshru: Why, what harm can I do? It's three against one, and I have no weapons. No weapons, not even a knife. Not even a knife.
[Seshru continues gloating until Renn raises her bow, against which Torak and Bale protest]
Seshru: Oh, she won't shoot! She can't. Can you, Renn? [Renn lowers her bow] I knew she wouldn't. [turns to Bale] To kill a weaponless woman... who could do such a thing? Could you? [Bale drops his axe] I didn't think so. That would be the mark of a weak man, and you're not weak. You're a Seal Clan hunter. You're strong.
NefNef is the Bat Mage with twisted legs and swift wits, who makes her only major appearance in Soul Eater, where she helps Thiazzi, Seshru and Eostra with their conspiracy. She's the most awkward and out of place among the antagonistic Soul Eaters, and the least malevolent of them. Many years before, her son died, and she tried to kill herself, but Torak's father saved her.
- Affably Evil: Nef is a bit gruff and does atrocities as a Soul Eater, but she doesn't revel in needless sadism, treats her pet bat affectionately, gives Torak some helpful advice, and repays a debt to a dead man by giving up her own life.
- Anti-Villain: A mix of the Woobie Anti-Villain and Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain types. While she assists the other Soul Eaters in sacrificing predators (which is forbidden by the clans' laws) in order to take control over demons and brings in a White Fox boy (whom Torak impersonates as) to sacrifice him as well, she doesn't like needless cruelty and Thiazzi's sadism. She believes that the World Spirit lets some prosper and others die early (like her own son) because the clans don't live like they should and that the Soul Eaters can unite all the clans for their own good. She's also sorry for being unable to repay Torak's father for preventing her suicide until at the end of Soul Eater.
- Bat Out of Hell: Subverted. She's a member of the Bat Clan, and she has a living bat as a totem. However, Nef is the least evil Soul Eater presented in the series (when you discount Torak's father and the Walker), and her bat isn't malicious in the slightest. It even takes a liking to Torak.
- Believing Their Own Lies: She says that everything the Soul Eaters do is ultimately for the greater good, but Torak and Wolf sense her insecurities. At one point, she mutters to herself that she must remain strong, as if trying to retain her resolve.
- Death Equals Redemption: When Renn is about to jump in a crevasse to destroy the first Fire Opal fragment, Nef takes it from her and performs the sacrifice herself in order to repay her debt to Torak's father.
- Disney Villain Death: Somewhat inverted because Nef jumps into the crevasse with the Fire Opal fragment wholly by her own accord as her final act of redemption.
- Evil Cripple: Subverted. Her legs are bent so much that she swings while walking. However, she's an Anti-Villain, and she moves swiftly despite her legs.
- Famous Last Words: Said to Torak right before she performs her self-sacrifice."The debt is repaid! Tell your father when you meet him! The debt is repaid!"
- HeelFace Turn: She destroys one of the three pieces of the Fire Opal at the cost of her own life.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: While Torak is impersonating as the White Fox boy brought in as an acolyte, Nef orders him to kill a young owl as a sacrifice, saying it to be the first test on his way to become a Soul Eater. For the sake of maintaining his disguise, Torak complies.
- Informed Ability: Her special ability is said to be great intelligence and thoughts that fly faster than bats, but they are never really demonstrated.
- Live Mink Coat: While most people in the world of COAD have some part (usually skin) of their totem tied in their anoraks, Nef has a living bat residing on the spot on her shoulder where totems are usually sewed.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Compared to the other Soul Eaters in Soul Eater at least. She's pretty much all that keeps the sacrifices (and Torak) alive with Thiazzi and Seshru around trying to outham each other.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Nef had a son just one year older than Torak. He died in starvation when the prey was gone from the Bat Clan's lands. She would have committed suicide if not for Torak's father.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Torak pities Nef after hearing how she tried to commit suicide after her son's death. Before freeing the sacrifices, he tries to make her see the error of her ways, and after her sacrifice, he cries for her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While the other Soul Eaters are just plain power-hungry for all their attempts to justify themselves, Nef believes sincerely that the Soul Eaters can unite the clans and put an end to all unfair things like premature deaths of babies.
- Token Good Teammate: Among the Soul Eaters who were corruptednote , Nef is easily the least malevolent and the most sympathetic. She performs ruthless acts in the name of what she believes to be the greater good instead of just for the sake of power. She never practices pointless cruelty like the others, and she ends up dying in a redeeming way.
The Crippled Wanderer/TenrisThe first named Soul Eater. He started the first book's plot by creating the demon bear in order to destroy Torak's father. His name is actually Tenris, the Seal Mage whom Torak meets when he travels to the Seal Clan in the second book. He's horribly scarred all over his body from the Great Fire ignited by his brother, Torak's father. He pretends to be very kind and helpful towards Torak, but tries to kill him in order to get the power of the spirit walker.
- Ambition Is Evil: It's revealed that since he was a child, he has always wanted power to dominate others more than anything else.
- Animal Motifs: He's a dark comparison to the cute-looking predator seal; Tenris is outwardly friendly and charismatic, but at his heart he's ruthless and power-hungry.
- Arc Villain: The one responsible for the plots of the first two books.
- Bears Are Bad News: He created the demon bear from Wolf Brother in an attempt to assassinate Torak's father, and it worked.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He killed Bale's little brother while casually experimenting with the "disease", which he didn't even know how he was going to use yet.
- Cain and Abel: He's the older brother of Torak's father by two years. He kills his younger brother indirectly by creating the demon bear which does the dirty work.
- Evil All Along: He's first presented as the Seal Mage who's friendly toward Torak and agrees to help him in creating a cure for the plague... only to be revealed a Soul Eater as well as the creator of the plague and the demon bear.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't digest the idea that the gift of being a spirit walker has been given to a boy who doesn't even want it.
- Evil Counterpart: Both to Torak's father (his younger brother) and Fin-Kedinn (his childhood friend). Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, Tenris has always wanted power to dominate others. These opposing motives were their reasons to join the Healers (the future Soul Eaters). Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable. Both of them have lost a brother, but while Fin-Kedinn takes care of his brother's children Renn and Hord, Tenris tries to kill for power his nephew Torak whom Fin-Kedinn eventually adopts.
- Evil Cripple: He's said to have been crippled by an accident that happened during a hunting trip. It's subverted because while he's horribly scarred, he only pretended to be crippled in order to make it easier to infiltrate the Red Deer Clan.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: By using a Fire Opal fragment, he was able to conjure from the Otherworld an elemental, the strongest type of demons, and trap it inside a bear's body. However, he could not control the freshly created monstrosity. Seshru comments later on how foolish Tenris was to create something too powerful to control.Seshru: The mistake others made in the past was to overreach themselves. Our brother who is lost summoned an elemental and trapped it in a great bear. Of course he couldn't control it. It was a magnificent madness.
- Evil Uncle: He's revealed to be the brother of Torak's father. This makes his act of betraying Torak all the more terrible blow for the boy.
- Face-Revealing Turn: His first meeting with Torak has him keeping his head turned and revealing the burned side of his face a moment later. However, this happens long before Tenris reveals his true nature to the boy.
- Facial Horror: The left side of his face is covered with burns he received from the Great Fire.
- Famous Last Words: Said right before the orca whale catches him."Ask Fin-Kedinn about your father! Make him tell you the truth —"
- Faux Affably Evil: He's highly charismatic and well-spoken, yet ruthless and power-hungry to the point of trying to kill his own nephew for power.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Though he doesn't appear in Wolf Brother, his act of creating the demon bear is the reason the plot of the first book (and the entire series) begins.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He tries to eat Torak's heart in order to gain his spirit walker powers.
- Karmic Death: He's killed by a killer whale for killing its offspring.
- Large Ham: Towards the end of Spirit Walker. Before that, he keeps a low profile.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Hord to help him in the creation of the demon bear, and he has the trust of his entire clan. He also manages to make Torak trust him completely.
- Master Poisoner: He created the sickness that tears the victim's souls apart, driving them to madness and eventual death. He spreads this in Spirit Walker by poisoning juniper berries. According to himself, there isn't much what he wouldn't know about poisons.
- The Mole: He pretends to be interested in helping Torak to find a cure for the disease he created.
- Plaguemaster: He's responsible for the plague that kicks off the plot of Spirit Walker.
- Scars Are Forever: The entire left side of his body (at least his face, torso and arm) have suffered serious burns from the Great Fire.
- Sibling Murder: He gets his brother, Torak's father, killed through the demon bear he created.
- Starter Villain: The main villain of the first two books. It's not until after his death we get introduced to the other Soul Eaters.
- Two-Faced: His face's right side shows him to be handsome in a sharp-boned way, but the entire left side of his head (excluding his mouth) is hairless and mottled pink due to the burns received from the Great Fire.
- Villain Has a Point: When Tenris forces Torak to associate with the Seal boys he doesn't like, he correctly tells the irritated boy that he should care about earning the trust of his kin. After all, they couldn't otherwise work together in retrieving the faux cure ingredient.
- Walking Spoiler: He doesn't appear until the second book, and it's not until the climax that he's revealed to have been Tenris all along.
- We Used to Be Friends: He used to be a great friend of Fin-Kedinn until he failed to become the mage of his clan. He then left and cut off all ties to Fin-Kedinn, never seeing him again, even after joining the Healers.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A Soul Eater in the disguise of a helpful Seal Clan Mage.