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Gelflings are a peaceful elven-like race that once inhabited large cities in the world of Thra. They mastered many aspects of magic, including the ability of prophecy. The name "Gelfling" is a transliteration of Ghel-lflainnk, which means "those who live without knowledge of the future". This is due to their innocence and naïvety.

They rebelled against those they once considered as their lords, the Skeksis, who started capturing them to extract their life essence. Gelflings were then hunted down to extinction by the Skeksis when a prophecy revealed that one of them would make the Crystal whole again and put an end to their reign. Only two Gelflings are known to have survived the genocide — Jen and Kira.


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    In General 
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Seven clans. Seven fires. Joined as one in the cause of unity.

  • Alien Blood: The death of All-Maudra Mayrin seems to indicate Gelfling blood is pink. However, all of the comics depict their blood as deep red like that of humans.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Female Gelflings have fairy wings while males don't.
  • The Clan: At the time of Age of Resistance, Gelfling society is formed of several clans.
  • Dying Race: Due to the genocide the Skeksis carried out on the race, Jen and Kira are the only known survivors by the time of the film.
  • Fantastic Racism: Before they united against the Skeksis, the Gelfling clans distrusted each other, with the possible exception of those who sent guards to the castle (the guard included, at the very least, Vapra, Stonewood, Spriton and Drenchen Gelflings who got along well with each other, though that certainly part of the required discipline there, and comradeship must help too). One example of this racism is the time Juni, a Vapra Gelfling was sentenced to the Order of Lesser Service (Gelfling community service) after her parents caught her dating a Spriton Gelfling.
    • The Grottan arguably get hit with this the worst, since they are the most isolated of all the clans whereas the other six clans still maintain contact in some form (like through trading). Their Maudra is even the only one that doesn't show up for the corronation of Seladon, and judging by Seladon's reaction is this common for the Grottan.
    • They even look down on Pod People, with Duadran, the head of the Order of Lesser Services calling them the most filthy creatures on Thra. Although given the Podlings in question were actively playing in mud, this may have been meant literally.
  • Horse of a Different Color: They domesticated Landstriders and used them as mounts.
  • Matriarchy: Each clan had an Always Female ruler, the Maudra, and the All-Maudra ruled them all.
  • Most Writers Are Human: As Gelflings are the protagonists of both the 1982 film and Age of Resistance, and thus the characters the audience is most meant to emphasize with. Gelflings are by far the most human-like of Thra's exotic races.
  • Our Elves Are Better: They are essentially fantasy elves being gracile, long eared humanoids in close touch with their world and magic. Add to that the old clans being divided among High Elf and Wood Elf analogues.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: All female Gelflings have fairy wings.
  • Telepathy: Two or more Gelflings can "dreamfast" (read each other's mind) by touching their hands. They cannot pass on anything they saw in another dreamfast, only their own memories; this limitation drives a lot of the plot in the series.
  • Winged Humanoid: Female Gelflings, as noted.

The Dark Crystal era

    Jen 

Jen

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Performed by: Jim Henson (puppetry), Kiran Shah (body double)

Voiced by: Stephen Garlick

Appears in: The Dark Crystal | The Power of the Dark Crystal

A Gelfling orphan who was saved from the genocide the Skeksis carried out on his race and raised by the Mystics. Upon dying, the Master of the Mystics sends him on a dangerous journey to find the missing shard of the Crystal and heal the Crystal before the Great Conjunction can grant eternal life to the Skeksis and allow their tyranny over Thra to last forever.


  • The Chosen One: The Mystics are convinced that Jen is the prophesized Gelfling who will heal the crystal.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Since his parents were killed by the Skeksis, he was raised as an orphan.
  • Happily Adopted: After his clan was slaughtered, the Mystics raised him. He kept happy memories of being raised by the Mystics, such as them giving him a bath as a baby or being educated by the Master.
  • Improvised Weapon: Having no weapon whatsoever, he uses the shard of the Crystal to defend himself.
  • Interspecies Adoption: He, a Gelfling, was adopted and raised by the Mystics.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: After the Garthim raid the Podling village and capture a bunch of Podlings to enslave them at the castle, he comes to think it all happened because of himself and his quest to restore the Crystal, and throws the shard of the Crystal away in a fit of anger. Then he and Kira find the shard in the middle of ancient Gelfling ruins the next morning, Jen reads the prophecy on a wall and comes to terms with it, seconds before the Chamberlain enters the scene.
  • Last of His Kind: He (and the viewer) thought he was the last of the Gelflings... until he met Kira.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair, and Gelflings are the prettiest looking humanoids on Thra.
  • Magical Flutist: His flute proves to be occasionally useful, such as when he has to choose the right shard to restore the Dark Crystal. Said shard magically radiates when he plays his flute.
  • Non-Action Guy: By no mean has he been trained for the kind of perilous journey the Mystics send him on, for the reason that the Mystics are themselves pacifists and Extreme Doormats and mainly raised him like the erudites they are. He owes his survival against the Garthim to his relatively small size and it is not sure how far he could've managed to go without the help of Kira.
  • Offered the Crown: The urSkeks basically left him in charge of the castle and the Crystal after he restored the latter. He became king, with Kira as queen, as shown by the comics The Power of the Dark Crystal.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were killed by the Skeksis.
  • The Protagonist: He's the main focal character in The Dark Crystal.
  • Thinking Out Loud: From the moment he leaves the valley of the Mystics to his encounter with Aughra, he speaks in his thoughts.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the novelization, he hates the color black, as it reminds him of the Garthim.

    Kira 

Kira

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Performed by: Kathryn Mullen (puppetry), Kiran Shah (body double)

Voiced by: Lisa Maxwell

Appears in: The Dark Crystal | The Power of the Dark Crystal

A Gelfling orphan who was raised by Podlings after her clan was slaughtered by the Skeksis. She encounters Jen and decides to accompany him in his quest to heal the Crystal.


  • Achey Scars: Her getting stabbed by skekZok seems to have left a permanent scar even after her resurrection, as she can still occasionally feel pain from it in The Power of the Dark Crystal.
  • Back from the Dead: In the climax, she is stabbed by skekZok the Ritual-Master after throwing the shard of the Crystal to Jen and dies. She is then revived by the urSkeks after Jen restores the Crystal.
  • Badass Adorable: She's adorable and very resourceful, not to mention her beastmaster ability.
  • The Beastmaster: She can communicate with animals, and even order them to attack, as the Skeksis Scientist finds out the hard way when trying to extract her life essence.
  • Book Dumb: She is nobody's fool, but she never learned to read.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Like Jen, she was also raised as an orphan when her parents were killed.
  • Cunning Linguist: Having been adopted and raised by the Podlings, she learned their language and speaks it fluently, in addition to the Gelfling language.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She goes barefoot, presumably because she was raised by the Podlings (who don't wear shoes either). Probably overlaps with Earthy Barefoot Character.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She lives in harmony with nature, communicates with animals and cares about them.
  • Happily Adopted: After her clan was captured by the Garthim and slaughtered by the Skeksis, a clan of Podlings adopted and raised her. She kept happy memories of being raised by the Podlings just like Jen kept happy memories of being raised by the Mystics.
  • Heroic Albino: Kira seems to have this look going on. Also indicated by her Meaningful Name, which means "light" in a few different languages.
  • Interspecies Adoption: She, a Gelfling, was adopted and raised by the kindly Podlings.
  • The Lancer: She becomes Jen's close companion.
  • Last of Her Kind: She thought she was the last of the Gelflings, until she met Jen.
  • Never Learned to Read: Illiterate to the point where she's unfamiliar with the concept of literacy, as Jen has to explain to her what writing is.
  • Nice Girl: She's a kind and helpful soul.
  • Offered the Crown: The urSkeks basically left Jen in charge of the castle and the Crystal after the latter was restored. Jen became king and Kira became queen, as shown by the comics The Power of the Dark Crystal.
  • Raised by Wolves: She was raised by the Podlings and partly grew up in the wilderness, learning how to talk to animals.
  • Rapid Aging: After getting some drops of her essence drained before the draining machine gets stopped thanks to the animals jumping at the Skeksis Scientist, she appears slightly older than before, being weakened and looking paler. She gets her essence back, but not all the effects are reversed. Her later resurrection by the urSkeks heals her back to normal.

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance era

Main Gelfling Protagonists

    Brea 

Brea

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Clever Brea

Performed by: Alice Dinnean

Voiced by: Anya Taylor-Joy

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A princess of the Vapra Clan, with an obsession for learning. Though her questioning of the Skeksis' increasingly cruel rule over Thra is shut down by her family, her pursuit of the truth leads her towards many secrets hidden right under her nose.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She comes off as this especially for Seladon, who believes she's been spoiled and thus, doesn't take her royal duties seriously.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: As the youngest of her sisters she has more freedom, but is not always taken seriously.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is obsessed with learning, aiding Deet and Rian with their quest.
  • Braids of Action: Wears two braids in the front.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She comes off as irresponsible to Seladon who scoffs at all the time she spends reading and not actually dedicating herself to her duties as a princess. However, her lust for knowledge ends up helping her realize the Skesis are not the benevolent rulers everyone believes them to be and get the upper hand in certain situations due to what she read.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While she's generally kind and polite, when pushed into a corner, Brea can be quite clever in those situations as she turns them in her favor. Examples are when she switches her drugged drink with Cadea and impresses Rekyr enough that he grants them a ride through the desert.
    Cadea: Did, um... did you drink your tea yet?
    Brea: No. You did. (...) I guess soothsayers can't see everything.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Even as well as she means, a lifetime of royal privilege has left her with some preconceptions about the different clans she has to work to unlearn.
  • It's All My Fault: After the General kills her mother and Seladon blames her, Brea blames herself for the rest of the season.
  • Not So Different: Tavra points out that she has many similarities to her sister Seladon, which Brea balks at.
  • Parental Favoritism: Her mother definitely spoiled Brea more than her other sisters, which Seladon never hesitates to call out on.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite everyone else's skepticism, she's willing to fight against the Skeksis when she realizes the horrible things they've done to the Gelflings.
  • Seeker Archetype: Part of why she's a Badass Bookworm is her endless search for answers and knowledge. After her Broken Pedestal moment with the Skeksis and her mother on tithing day, she becomes dedicated to learning and exposing what the Skeksis really are. In her own words, "I seek only the truth."
  • Shipper on Deck: Brea is implied to be this for Rian and Deet, as she's drawn their likeness in her journal.
  • Ship Tease: A little bit with Rek'yr. She's flattered by his words and finds the bone necklace he gives her charming.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks similar to her mother and wears her hair similarly to her sisters.
  • Tuckerization: Brea is likely named for La Brea Avenue of Los Angeles where offices for Jim Henson Studios still remain.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Brea and Deet are this for the main team.

    Deet 

Deethra / "Deet"

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Gentle Deet

Performed by: Beccy Henderson

Voiced by: Nathalie Emmanuel

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

An animal caretaker from the Grottan Clan. She experiences a vision by touching Vliste-Staba, the Sanctuary Tree located in the Mountains of Grot.


  • All-Loving Hero: You'll be hard-pressed to find a more loving, gentle and compassionate character in the Dark Crystal universe.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Unlike other Grottan Gelflings, her skin is a light shade of green.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The friendly and chipper Deet harnesses the power of the Darkening to absolutely annihilate skekLach.
  • Big Sister Instinct: To her little brother Bobb'N, where she refuses to hurt him or believe he's been twisted under the control of the Arathim. This ends up later convincing the Arathim to join the Gelfings against the Skeksis.
  • Blessed with Suck: The Sanctuary Tree gives her the ability to channel energy in order to control the Darkening, which heals the Narlocs in the caves and saves her friends during the battle against the Skeksis, but at the cost of it giving her Volcanic Veins and making her a Walking Wasteland.
  • The Chosen One: The Sancturary Tree chooses her to warn the surface Gelflings of the Darkening that ravages the Caves of Grot. Later, he gives her his ability to see visions and channel energy.
  • Dude Magnet: Downplayed, but of the main male characters she captures the attention of both Hup and Rian.
  • Expy: Of all of Age of Resistance's main Gelflings, she's clearly modeled the most after Kira. They both have long platinum hair, are a Friend to All Living Things and Speaks Fluent Animal, and are in a Ship Tease with a brown-haired Gelfling lad who functions as The Hero.
  • Fish out of Water: She's spent her whole life underground and takes some time getting used to the surface world.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Deet starts her journey as an animal caretaker in the Grottan caves. Being attacked by Darkening-affected creatures does nothing to quell her love for animals, which continues even after she reaches the surface. Whenever she can, she tries to befriend all the creatures she meets. Which makes her becoming a Walking Wasteland after absorbing the Darkening to save her friends all the more tragic.
    Deet: (running from a Spitter) I used to get along with animals!!
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she harnesses the Darkening, her eyes have a purple glow to it.
  • Has Two Daddies: She has two fathers. It seems to be no big deal for the Grottan Gelflings.
  • Irony: Tragic example. Deet is a Friend to All Living Things, and the sweetest and gentlest of the main characters. By absorbing the Darkening to save her friends, she becomes a Walking Wasteland that will rot any living thing she comes in contact with.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet, gentle to a fault and seemingly incapable of any ill intent.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Deet is actually her nickname. Her full name is Deethra.
  • Only One Finds It Fun: She's the only one to enjoy the Wanderer and the Heretic's opera/puppet show, and applauds at the end of the show.
  • The Pig Pen: Apparently in the Caves of Grot, bathing is seen as a purely optional pastime.
    Seladon: When was the last time you washed your hands?
    Deet: Why would I ever wash my hands?
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Get away... from my FRIENDS!!!"
  • Seers: She experiences visions of the future thanks to the Sanctuary Tree.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Technically it's a disguise, but Deet dresses in some elegant finery to get an audience with the All-Maudra and looks rather nice. Unfortunately, Seladon sees right through the disguise instantly.
  • Ship Tease: With Rian, with Hup even shaking his head in annoyance when the two share a smile between each other by the fire as they sing a song for Brea's mother. In the documentary The Crystal Calls, co-executive producer Blanca Lista stated that they also wanted to make sure that at the core of the story, there was a love story between Rian and Deet.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She can talk to all the creatures on Thra.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After absorbing the essence of the Sanctuary Tree, Deet is able to harness and channel energy in order to control the Darkening—which she does. Violently.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Deet and Brea are this for the main team.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She wears her hair in loose, messy braids and is implied not to bathe much (if ever), but she's still very pretty and charming. Hup and Rian, at least, always think she's beautiful.
  • Volcanic Veins: When she harnesses the power of the Darkening in order to attack the Skeksis and protect her friends.
  • Walking Wasteland: After absorbing the power of the Darkening to protect her friends, any life around her withers and dies. She's forced to leave her friends in order to protect them.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Deet, after Hup tells her he can't be a Paladin if he couldn't save Rian from skekMal the Hunter, tells him he's already on his way to being a Paladin. After all, he saved her from the Spitter Arathim, the two bully Stonewood Gelflings and the gobbles.

    Rian 

Rian

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Brave Rian

Performed by: Neil Sterenberg

Voiced by: Taron Egerton

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A Crystal Castle guard from the Stonewood Clan.


  • Aerith and Bob: Rian's name looks like it comes from Earth rather than Thra. It's pronounced 'Ree-an', however, rather than like 'Ryan'.
  • Amazon Chaser: He falls for Mira, whom he tries to impress when they spar and she ends up beating him every time before it ended in their First Kiss.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He seems to slowly become this for Brea, with the two bonding over the death of their parents and he warns her to stay away from Reky'r because his clan worships death. In one scene where Reky'r and Brea are standing close together, Rian can be seen standing off to the side looking disapproving.
  • Big "NO!": He gets multiple ones in the first season, one from watching Mira's essence being taken and the last bits drunken by Chamberlain and the other from watching his father perform a Heroic Sacrifice to keep the Hunter away from his son.
  • Break the Cutie: When we first meet him he's a playful, wide eyed fledgling soldier. Seeing his girlfriend die, and being accused of murdering her by the murderers, and having every single other Gelfling, including his father think he's gone sick in the brain, really did a mental toll on him.
  • Chick Magnet: He was with Mira, has Ship Tease with Deet, and at a Podling bar, a female Podling bought Rian a drink.
  • Commonality Connection: He bonds with Brea over their troubled relationship with their parents who have both died, during Brea's mother's funeral.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this briefly, thanks to a Breaking Speech from skekSil The Chamberlain. Thankfully, getting saved by Gurjin and Naia snapped him out of it, but the speech still heavily affected him, and even after being saved convinced him that he's Tired of Running.
  • Distressed Dude: Caught by the Hunter, and only saved from a gruesome end by the Chamberlain stepping in. He's later rescued from the Chamberlain by Gurjin and Naia.
  • Expy: He's pretty clearly modeled after Jen. A strapping young Gelfling lad with long brown hair who is functionally The Hero yet often needs help from the female Gelfling(s) he travels with, and is in a Ship Tease with a Heroic Albino female Gelfling who is a Friend to All Living Things and Speaks Fluent Animal. All that said, he's much more effective in combat than Jen.
  • Facial Markings: It's not usually obvious due to his hairstyle, but his forehead is blue. He shares this with Maudra Fara, so it seems to be a common trait of the Stonewood Clan.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: During fights, he can be seen wielding a sword. In the finale, he wields the Dual Glave.
  • It's Personal: His reason for wanting to rebel against the Skeksis is because they used his girlfriend Mira in their first experiment and extracted her life essence, effectively killing her.
  • Official Couple: With Mira they don't stay that way for long.
  • Ship Tease: He shares some moments with Deet, like sharing warm smiles by the fire as they sing All-Maudra Mayrin a song and especially when she decides to introduce him to her family. In the documentary The Crystal Calls, co-executive producer Blanca Lista stated that they also wanted to make sure that at the core of the story, there was a love story between Rian and Deet.
  • Survivor Guilt: The Chamberlain hits hard on this aspect of his character, pointing out that he'd run when Mira was being drained, when Gurjin was held captive, and when his father died protecting him.
    Chamberlain: Fine! Go then. Run. Have your war! But it will be on Rian's head when all Gelfling die because you chose to run. Again.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tries giving one of these to skekSil, on how the Skeksis are evil for draining Mira to preserve their own lives, and that skekSil's retort of "It's natural for things to consume other things to survive" doesn't apply because "there was nothing natural about what (they) did." Unfortunately, considering this was skekSil he was trying to tell this speech to, this doesn't end well for Rian.
  • Tired of Running: He has enough of running away by the end of Season 1 (though he didn't have much choice in the situations where he had to run, skekSil the Chamberlain just played with his Survivor's Guilt).
  • Trauma Conga Line: His girlfriend dies, he's framed for her death, his father turns on him, then dies trying to save him, only for Rian to be captured immediately afterwards. All of that was within the first four episodes.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Spending his whole life with a Living Legend for a father has naturally given him a bit of a complex, and at the show's start he's obsessed with making his own mark, even if it means forgoing his father's help.

Vapra Clan

    In General 
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The Vapra Clan were the leaders of the other Gelfling clans. Dwelling in cliffside villages, the women of the clan were known for their white hair and shining wings and specialized in using light magic for stealth.


  • The Beautiful Elite: Vapra clan members are the most fashionable and beautiful of the Gelflings, as well as the race's scholars and seemingly the main providers of All-Maudras.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: They have the most elegant and showy dresses. Hup steals one for Deet to improve her chances to have an audience with the All-Maudra Mayrin.
  • Praetorian Guard: The All-Maudra has her own elite guard corps, the Paladins.

    All-Maudra Mayrin 

All-Maudra Mayrin

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Proud All-Maudra

Performed by: Louise Gold

Voiced by: Helena Bonham-Carter

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The queen of the Vapra Clan, leader of all Gelfling Clans and the mother of Seladon, Tavra and Brea.


  • Alien Blood: When she's struck down by the General, she bleeds pink blood.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: She dismisses Brea's warnings as nonsense, claiming that Brea has "read too many stories".
  • Braids of Action: She deals with the going ons of all the clans, has the last say, and wears a braid on the back of her head.
  • Broken Pedestal: Brea is shocked to learn that Mayrin is bribed with trinkets from the Skeksis' tithes.
  • Cool Crown: She wears a pointed yet elegant looking crown. After an All-Maudra's death, each tip of the crown has to be sent to a Maudra, then all Maudras must gather to reassemble it and crown the new All-Maudra.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She is cut down by skekVar after finally standing up to her "lords".
  • Freudian Slip: At one point, she laments that she sent her daughters away... while Seladon is standing right there. Seladon points this out, and Mayrin waves her away.
  • Heel Realization: She is ultimately willing to hear out Brea's pleas and when given a revelation by Aughra, is convinced to stand up to the Skeksis.
  • The High Queen: Of the Vapra Clan and by extension, all Gelflings.
  • Informed Flaw: Seladon complains that Mayrin spoils Brea and plays favorites. From what we do see, Mayrin doesn’t act like a doting parent towards any of her children. If anything, she’s quick to dismiss Brea when she admits her suspicions about the Skekis and promptly assigns her to community service after a diplomatic incident with the Sifa.
  • Kick the Dog: She is unsympathetic to the plight of a pair of poor farmers who cannot make the Skeksis' tribute. She allows the Scroll-Keeper to shame them into giving up a necklace that has great personal significance to the farmer's family. Later she's seen wearing it, having accepted it as a gift from the Skeksis with no intention to return it to the impoverished people it was taken from. The act causes Brea to lose faith in her mother and when Mayrin makes her Heel–Face Turn she cites the bribes she willingly took from the Skeksis as a failure on her part to be a good ruler.
  • Parental Favoritism: Doesn't seem to recognise how her behaviour has convinced Seladon she's the least favourite daughter.
  • Parents as People: As Seladon states, Mayrin is a queen first and a mother second. She tries to impart her values to her daughters and steer them on the right path but often clashes with Brea and puts so much pressure on Seladon to follow in her footsteps. At times it's up to Tavra to keep the family together.
  • Puppet Queen: For the Skeksis, who truly rule Thra and whom Mayrin serves.
    The General: You are All-Maudra because we allow you to be All-Maudra!
  • Proper Lady: Gracious, polite and adheres to ceremony.
  • Psychological Projection: It's strongly implied she's so hard on Seladon and insists she put her duties as All-Maudra and service to the Skeksis above all else, even her own family, because deep down she knows the Skeksis are wrong to wring tithes from starving Gelflings and has reservations about helping them, so she tries so hard to convince Seladon that she must maintain these duties and loyalty at all cost partly to convince herself that she must keep going what she's doing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Shares some similar features to her three daughters.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayrin shows traits of this when Brea introduces her to Lore and later makes Hup a paladin on the spot.
  • Verbal Backspace: At one point, she laments that she sent her own daughters away... while Seladon is standing right there. When Seladon calls her out, Mayrin curtly replies, "You know what I mean."
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Aughra shows her and the others the future of Thra, she goes against the Skeksis. However, this leads to the General cutting her down and she dies soon afterwards.

    Tavra 

Katavra of Ha'rar / "Tavra"

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Performed by: Neil Sterenberg

Voiced by: Caitriona Balfe

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The middle sister of Brea's family, and a fierce warrior.


  • The Ace: In the YA novels, admired by all the POV characters for her warrior skills and flying abilities. Also considered by other characters to be the best suited of all her sisters to be All-Maudra If only she wasn’t trapped in the body of a spider.
  • Action Girl: She's the warrior of her three sisters, carries a sword, and badly wounds skekVar in a straight-up fight. She might even have killed the General outright had the Chamberlain not stabbed her In the Back as she closed in for the kill.
  • Badass Gay: Is in a relationship with Onica in the YA novels, and is a fierce warrior in her own right.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Is very protective of her sisters, trying to get them to relax or offering them some advice.
  • Braids of Action: Wears two braids in the front like her sisters.
  • Body Swap Her mind bonded with the Hive Mind of the Arathim Ascendancy.
  • Character Tic: She tends to go very quiet when she hears her sisters say something she doesn't agree with (usually about the other), and they both quickly pick up on it and demand to know what she really thinks.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Everything that happened to her on the show, getting captured by the Skeksis, getting chosen to join with the Arathim, and fatally stabbed was the result of her confronting the Skeksis, rather than just trying to get out of the castle anyway possible.
  • Cool Big Sis: Brea definitely sees Tavra in this light, even calling her a "great warrior" when talking to the Skesis.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The All-Maudra did not approve of her relationship with a Sifa
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies being cradled by her two sisters crying over her body.
  • Emergency Transformation: Was transformed into an Arathim when she was dying in the books. Hinted to be the same case in the series.
  • Grand Theft Me: Is controlled by the Arathim Ascendacy. Even after the Arathim's Heel–Face Turn she remains bonded when the others are freed because she has been connected to the Arathim for too long.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She's seen carrying and brandishing a sword.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Tavra is in a relationship with the redheaded Onica.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Chamberlain kills her as she attempts to strike down the General.
  • King Incognito: In the first novel, she pretends she is a simple soldier only for her lineage to be revealed at the end of the novel. Played With in the second novel when her frequent boasts about her lineage tip off the characters that something is wrong with her.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Tavra is short for Katavra, according to J. M. Lee's books.
  • Name's the Same: Tavra was also the name of a Gelfling who befriended Aughra's son Raunip.
  • Not So Above It All: She likes to joke that she's the "fun one", which usually brings a smile to her sister's faces.
  • Not So Similar: Tavra has remarked on how similar Brea and Seladon are; they're both strong willed, quick to anger, and always ready to speak their mind. Tavra, in contrast, is much more stoic and pensive; her sisters often confiding in her while they fight with each other.
  • Official Couple: With Onica in the YA novels.
  • Something Only They Would Say: After she's possessed by the Arathim Ascendancy but claims to retain some independent thought, Seladon and Brea don't quite trust her until she says, "I'm the fun one." They realize it's her and embrace her.
  • The Stoic: She comes across as this towards people who aren't that close to her, and is not as outgoing as her sisters. However, she does like to joke that she's the "fun one" to Brea and Seladon.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Has her mother's facial features and styles her hair similarly to her sister Brea.
  • Thicker Than Water: She says something on the lines of this to Brea who complains about Seladon always being mean to her.
    Tavra: The bonds of sisterhood can be tested... But never broken.
  • Uptown Girl: As princess and second in line for the throne, Tavra is this for Onica.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Even though Seladon is the eldest, she still listens to Tavra's advice when given, and Tavra can tell how her sisters truly feel, as well as how similar the two are despite their arguments. Out of her other sisters, she's the most grounded.
  • Woobie: Captured by Skeksis, possessed by spiders, physically dies in both mediums but in the YA novels, has her consciousness transferred into the spider possessing her.

    Seladon 

Seladon

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Loyal Seladon

Performed by: Helena Smee

Voiced by: Gugu Mbatha Raw

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Brea's eldest sister, and heir-apparent to the crown of the All-Maudra.


  • Big Sister Bully: She doesn't approve of anything that Brea does, and is always eager to point out how she never takes thing seriously. Brea has to confide in Tavra about Seladon always picking on her.
  • Braids of Action: Like her other sisters, she wears two braids in the front.
  • Break the Haughty: Almost as soon as she comes into power, the Skeksis mercilessly disabuse her of the notion that they're the benevolent protectors they've always claimed, humiliating her and stripping her of her robes before hurling her in prison and leaving her traumatized. She later laments she should have died rather than Tavra.
  • Cool Crown: As part of her Evil Costume Switch, Seladon forges herself a new crown modeled after the Skeksis' castle. SkekSo the Emperor smashes it while the other Skeksis mock her.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Rather than giving her mother a proper burial with the necessary funeral rites, Seladon has Mayrin's body burned on a pyre to make an example of her treason against the Skeksis.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When the Skeksis reveal their true colors and that they intend to drain the essence of "all" the Gelflings, regardless of loyalty, Seladon desperately asks that they at least spare her sisters. It dosen't work, but it shows that even at her worst, she does still care about Brea and Tavra
  • Evil Costume Switch: Seemingly to emulate the Skeksis she puts on a Maleficent-like attire which is latter ripped off by them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Thanks to her believing her mother loves her less than she loves Tavra and Brea along with the pressure of her lessons of being All-Maudra, Seladon's loyalty isn't to Thra, but to the status quo that the Skeksis are the true rulers. It's only after Tavra dies does she finally see the error in her judgement.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Seladon turns on Brea and her mother when Aughra joins the Gelflings' Dreamfast to connect everyone on what is actually happening, because she refuses to accept that the Skeksis are not the benevolent but firm lords she was always taught. She betrays the fledgling resistance to the General and Ritual Master when they arrive to collect Gelflings to be harvested for essence, and rejects the other Maudras when they try to reason with her after her mother's death.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Out of her two sisters, she's tasked with becoming the next All Maudra, and she definitely does not let Brea go without a day of pointing out how she wastes her time at the library.
  • Hates Their Parent: Seladon resents her mother, Maudra Fara, for saddling her with a lot of royal duties and ignoring her in comparison to her sisters. This eventually culminates in her usurping the throne by selling her out as a traitor to the Skeksis and burning her corpse out of spite.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once she finally comes to realize what the Skeksis truly are, and just how wrong she was about them, Seladon staunchly sides with the rebels and actively fights in the first major battle of the Resistance at Stone-in-the-Wood.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Almost to I Reject Your Reality levels. No matter how much evidence to the contrary presents itself, Seladon remains convinced that the Skeksis are the good guys. It takes until almost the end of the first season for her to finally recognize the truth.
  • I Have No Son!: She disowns both her mother and Brea after they turn on the Skeksis.
    "You are no sister of mine!"
  • Ironic Echo: Repeats Aughra's line that she is "loyal" after she betrayed her mother and sister to the Skeksis, resulting in her mother's murder and her sister's imprisonment.
  • Knight Templar: In her mind the Skeksis are just and pure and anyone who disagrees with them is a filthy dissenter. Too bad that the objects of her adoration themselves disagree with her.
  • Modest Royalty: Her outfit seems more modest compared to her sisters and her crown is a simple circlet, unlike her mother's more complex crown. Completely averted when she ascends the throne following her mother's death, fashioning a darkly elegant crown and gown more akin to the Skeksis' baroque outfits.
  • The Needs of the Many: Tries to use this trope to spare only the Gelfling loyal to the Skeksis. How does the Emperor respond? "Uh...no." By this point all Gelfling are fair game now.
  • Never My Fault: Even after the Skeksis reveal their true nature, Seladon continues to blame the Gelfling resistance for all that has happened. Especially after Aughra sacrifices herself to save the Gelflings from being drained of essence, and lashes out at Brea, blaming her for Aughra's death. It's only when Tavra is dying that she finally acknowledges how wrong she was.
  • Not So Different:
    • Tavra notes to Brea that she and Seladon aren't as different as they believe each other to be. This is highlighted when the two sisters make note of Tavra's tick of trying not to speak even though she really wants to say something and both demand she let it out.
    • When she tries to invoke The Needs of the Many to the Skeksis, they laugh that she's willing to kill her own kind to maintain her own power — maybe she would make a good Skeksis after all.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: After first promising submission in exchange for peace and being denied, she then offers to send the originally-requested sacrifices so that the rest of the Gelfling may live. This is also turned down. In desperation, she begs that the Skeksis at least spare her sisters. The Emperor responds to every request with a casual "no".
  • The Quisling: Under Skeksis rule, all the All-Maudras have been used in this role, receiving benefits from the Skeksis while being used as a puppet ruler that helps keep the Gelflings in line, treated with pretend respect by the Skeksis but really held in contempt. Seladon takes it a step further, eagerly embracing the aesthetic of the Skeksis, holding them up as right in all things and being willing to sacrifice other Gelflings to appease them. Unfortunately for her, the position of All-Maudra had already outlived its usefulness as far as the Skeksis were concerned.
  • The Resenter: As the future All-Maudra, she's had a less forgiving upbringing than her sisters - Brea in particular. Her mother's perceived favoritism has led to her harbouring quite the grudge.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like her mother and sisters. This is brought up by the Skeksis who aren't sure which princess Seladon was since they seem to all look alike (although some viewers interpret that line to be in reference to Gelflings in general).
  • Survivor's Guilt: Tavra's death deeply shakes Seladon, and finally forces her to confront her past actions and acknowledge just how wrong she was. She tearfully laments that she should have died instead, and this drives her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Undying Loyalty: She's blindly loyal to the Skeksis, and it takes her a while until she finally starts getting over it.
  • The Un-Favourite: What she believes herself to be. Seladon thinks her mother cares more for Brea and doesn't push too much on Tavra while she's trying her hardest to succeed her one day. Seladon even lampshades this at one point after the group dreamfast.
    Mayrin: Seladon, I don't see -
    Seladon: ME! You never see me!
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She feels her mother never notices or appreciates all the hard work she puts in to follow in her footsteps as All-Maudra. Part of the reason she betrays her mother and sister to the Skeksis is to receive the affection and praise from them that she never got from her mother. Even after the Skeksis murder her mother, she remains blindly loyal to them due to the scraps of kindness and recognition they showed her at the time.
  • You Never Did That for Me: As shown in the above tropes, Seladon often complains to her mother how she's given more tough love compared to her younger sisters.

    Mira 

Mira

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Performed by: Helena Smee

Voiced by: Alicia Vikander

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A Crystal Castle guard and Rian's girlfriend.


  • Action Girl: Always itching for an adventure, sparred regularly with Rian and takes initiative in situations others deem too dangerous.
  • Braids of Action: Wears two braids in the front of her face and in the back.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She wears a sword on her side.
  • Love Interest: Of Rian but she ends up dying in the very first episode.
  • No Body Left Behind: After the Skeksis use her for their first experiment and drain her of her essence, she disappears in a flash of light and is no more.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Her death shows how desperate the Skeksis are to cling to their ill-gotten immortality, and the lengths they'll go to keep it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's introduced in the first episode as Rian's girlfriend and gets killed at the end when the Scientist uses her for the first life essence draining experiment.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: She becomes the victim of the Skeksis Scientist's first experiment in the Crystal's ability to absorb life essence, fueling Rian's revenge against the Skeksis.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All we know about Mira is that she's Rian's girlfriend, she's Vapran and joined the Crystal Guard. She's killed off in the same episode she's introduced.

    The Librarian 

The Librarian

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Performed by: Kevin Clash

Voiced by: Toby Jones

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A member of the Vapra Clan who works in the Library in Ha'rar.


  • Badass Bookworm: In lieu of the royal family, he takes command of the Vapra Clan and leads their army to Stone-in-Wood to aid the resistance against the Skesis.
  • Bookworm: Spends his time in his house putting his books in order and helping Brea in her research.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He traveled with the Sifa in his youth, and speaks very darkly of something that happened during that time. Whatever it was, Cadia still wants nothing to do with him.
  • No Name Given: He's never addressed by his name.
  • Properly Paranoid: He feels that all of Brea's questions are only going to lead to trouble, and warns Cadea not to pull anything. Brea's lust for the truth does get her into trouble with the Skesis, and Cadea does try to drug Brea into forgetting the meeting they were having.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He is openly critical of Seladon for not only ignoring the funeral rites for her mother but further seeking to insult her by burning the body. While the character has just undergone a Face–Heel Turn, from the Librarian at that point still saw them as a good person.

Stonewood Clan

    In General 
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Dwelling in Stone-of-the-Wood within the Dark Forest, the Stonewoods were known for their bravery, with the ancient Gelfling culture hero Jarra-Jen being one of their most well known members.


  • Kill 'Em All: Aside from Rian, all of the named Stonewoods introduced in the first season are dead by the end. The non-warriors such as the children and caregivers have gone into hiding.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guys: The Stonewoods are among the most martial-inclined of the Gelflings, to the point of providing a significant number of guards and commanders of the guard to the castle of the Crystal and having the only warrior Maudra.

    Ordon 

Captain Ordon

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Performed by: Dave Chapman

Voiced by: Mark Strong

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Rian's father, and the Captain of the Castle Guard.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being eaten alive by carnivorous plants is a nasty way to go.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a burn-like scar over his right eye.
  • Living Legend: A war hero who was the previous wielder of the Dual Glaive.
  • Papa Wolf: He sacrifices himself taking on the Hunter to make sure Rian escapes.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: He attempts to negotiate mercy for his son. The Chamberlain convinces the Emperor to pretend to agree only to manipulate Ordon into hunting down his son for them, with the intention of draining them both afterwards.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Comes off as harsh and demanding of Rian, and when informed by the Emperor of Rian's supposed madness and murder of Mira, requests to be the one to apprehend him and bring him back before he spreads his "madness" onto others. There's a strong hint he believed in his son's innocence from the start and merely wanted to get to him before the Skesksis do, as when he finds Rian dreamfasting with several other Gelflings, he joins in instead of trying to break it up. Once the truth is revealed to him, he joins forces with Rian.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He comes to believe his son about the Skeksis just in time to die saving him.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He tackles skekMal the Hunter into a patch of carnivorous plants to save Rian from being killed, however only Ordon is eaten, while the Hunter escapes unscathed seconds later and captures Rian anyway.

    Maudra Fara 

Maudra Fara

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Performed by: Alice Dinnean

Voiced by: Lena Headey

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Stonewood Clan.


  • Action Girl: She's one of the most formidable Gelfling characters, due to being an axe-wielding winged badass with a forceful personality.
  • An Axe to Grind: She wields an axe in battle.
  • Dying Momentof Awesome: In Flames of the Dark Crystal, she engages the Emperor in single combat and manages to drive a spear through Skek So’s beak before dying.
  • Facial Markings: The skin over her eyes and forehead is blue. It's not clear if this is makeup or just the colour she actually is.
  • Lady of War: She's a warrior who fights alongside those she rules.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Functionally becomes this to the Gelflings since she rushes to war with the Skeksis before uniting the Gelfling clans, or coming up with a solid clan. Naturally, the battle ends quickly.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Dies as a result of injuries she sustains when skekOk the Scroll-Keeper chops off one of her wings, and she crashes into the ground.
  • Pride Before a Fall: She means well, but her desire to rush into war against the Skeksis rather than wait to unite the Gelfling tribes (partly to prove she's not a coward by running, and partly to prove that she alone is strong enough to defeat them) leads a lot of tragedy later in the season.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's the only Maudra to be a warrior as well, and she's a pretty good one. She even stood up against Seladon when she claimed the title of All-Maudra because the Skeksis said so.
  • Taking the Bullet: When skekOk throws his knives at Seladon, Fara deliberately maneuvers in front of her and is struck instead. Fara loses a wing and crashes as a result, with her injuries proving fatal.

Drenchen Clan

    In General 
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Dwelling in the Swamp of Sog, the Drenchen were a race of Gelfling adapted for an amphibious lifestyle and though isolated from most other clans, were known for their loyalty.


    Gurjin 

Gurjin

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Bold Gurjin

Performed by: Dave Chapman

Voiced by: Harris Dickinson

Appears in: Shadows of the Dark Crystal, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A Crystal castle guard and Rian's best friend.


  • And Zoidberg: Gets a little miffed when Mother Aughra gives everyone but him a descriptive title. Rian cheers him up by calling him "Bold Gurjin."
  • Bash Brothers: With Rian.
  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest Gelfling in the cast.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Initially averted. The Chamberlain shows him a peeper beetle and explains what it's used for ("Did you hear screams last night? Friend Scientist was naughty."). Rather than use the beetle, he only uses it as an example of the kinds of cruelties Skeksis are capable of, suggesting that unless Gurjin betrays Rian, he'll suffer things worse than peeper beetles.
    • Played straight later after the Chamberlain's approach fails. General skekVar lacks skekSil's finesse and just goes straight to zapping him with a cattle prod and then draining him to the brink of death using the Crystal. Even then, Gurjin still refuses to break.
  • The Cynic: Regularly complains about the situations his friends drag him into, and how their lives are turning for the worst.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at the Skeksis the whole time he's captured.
  • Defiant Captive: No matter what the Skeksis throw at him, he never gives in.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: He begrudgingly goes along with Mira and Rian to hunt for the Spitter.
  • Distressed Dude: Is chained up in the Chamber of Life, and later relocated to a cage.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Expanded on more in the novels. Where Gurjin would spend most of his time flirting with girls and loitering around, Naia was occupied with learning to succeed as the next Maudra.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Twin brother to Naia, although the only thing he and his twin sister Naia seem to share in common is the way they style their hair.
  • Informed Attribute: When accused of treason, Bellanji claims that Gurjin is more interested in “hunting game and courting girls” than much else, but he’s not shown flirting with anyone in the books. Gurjin is seen in the season one finale happily reveling in hugs from all the girls though.
  • James Bondage: Prior to being stuck in a cage in the Chamber of Life, he is instead chained to the wall.
  • "Join the Army", They Said: After he's dragged into Rian's troubles, he has some choice words for the situation.
    "Join the Guard" they said! "Nothing dangerous ever happens at the castle" they said!
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Chamberlain invokes this to try to make him talk. Rather than torture him, the Chamberlain uses the peeper beetle as an example of the horrible things Skeksis are willing to do to each other, so imagine what they'll do to him, and leaves Gurjin's imagination to fill in the rest. To Gurjin's credit he still doesn't talk, but by the time the General comes around to take over the interrogations, Gurjin is naturally terrified.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: He doesn't give away Rian, no matter how much skekVar tortures him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rian, even as the others started to turn against him. He even makes a Heroic Sacrifice so Rian can escape the castle, but he does get eventually saved by Naia.
    General: Where is the fugitive Rian?!
    Gurjin: Eat. Sog.

    Naia 

Naia

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Fierce Naia

Performed by: Beccy Henderson

Voiced by: Hannah John-Kamen

Appears in: Shadows of the Dark Crystal | Song of the Dark Crystal | Tides of the Dark Crystal | Flames of the Dark Crystal | The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Gurjin's twin sister.


  • Action Girl: Is the hero of her own novel, willingly goes to the castle to free Gurjin herself, and helps Rian escape the Chamberlain.
  • A-Cup Angst: In the first J. M. Lee book, Naia expresses embarrassment because her wings haven't grown in yet.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: As a future Maudra, she is the highest ranked among the YA novel core group as well as the group that escaped after the Dreamcast , arguably even higher than the All-Maudra’s younger children. She’s also the most skilled fighter, at least comparable to Rian
  • Big Sister Instinct: It's stated she's the eldest in the novels. She cares deeply about her brother to the point where she'd bargain Rian for his release. After their dreamfast, she decides to free him herself.
  • Bully Hunter: In the first YA book, she sees some Spritton thugs giving Kylan a hard time and knocks them down a few pegs.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Twin sister to Gurjin, although they only seem to share a similar hairstyle.
  • Healing Hands: Is a very talented healer even by the standards of the rest of her clan.
  • Hero of Another Story: The main protagonist of J.M. Lee's novel series that serves as a prelude to the series.
  • Official Couple: With Amri in the books.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Naia is the energetic girl to Kylan's savvy guy in the YA books.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the books, Naia's favorite food is blindfish.
  • Uptown Girl: As the oldest daughter of her clans Maudra, Naia could count as this for Amri.
  • You Are Bette Than You Think You Are: Naia is on the receiving end of this from Amri in “Flames of the Dark Crystal.”

    Maudra Laesid 

Maudra Laesid

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Performed by:

Voiced by: Nimmy March

Appears in: Shadows of the Dark Crystal | Flames of the Dark Crystal | The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Drenchen Clan and mother of Naia and Gurjin.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Uses a staff to walk as she is missing a leg.
  • Happily Married: Laesid and her husband Bellanji are shown to be happily married in the books.
  • Healing Hands: Her healing magic gained her the title of "Blue Stone Healer".
  • Mama Bear: Learning of the harrowing journey her kids went through makes her eager to join the war against the Skeksis. Also overlaps with Good Parents.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She dies in Flames of the Dark Crystal in a Heroic Sacrifice to seal the Mariner away in a newgrown tree in Sog, with Naia taking her place for the final battle. She shows up in Age of Resistance leading the Drenchen in battle at Stone-in-the-Wood for the confrontation with the Skeksis and survives the day, though it remains to be seen if she survives a second season if it gets made.

Grottan Clan

    In General 
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Living in the Caves of Grot, the Grottans were pale-skinned and highly adapted for living in the dark. Highly secretive, they rarely emerged into the outside world and were believed to only number in a few dozen, though they had longer lifespans then any other clan.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Grottan Gelflings are distinctive for their pale green skin tone.
  • Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: They live in the dark caves of Grot and it takes time for their eyes to adjust to the light of the surface world, as experienced by Deet.
  • Long-Lived: They have between three and four times the lifespan of surface Gelflings.
  • Underground City: They built cities in the caves of Grot, away from the light of Thra's three suns.

    Bobb'N 

Bobb'N

Performed by: Alice Dinnean

Voiced by: Beccy Henderson

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Deet's younger brother.


  • Baby Language: Given he's still very young, he can't talk that well and can only speak a few words at a time.
  • Big Sister Worship: Not really worship, but he does dearly love his big sister Deet, happily calling to her during her feeding the Nurlocs. When she has to leave to meet the All-Maudra, he sadly asks why she has to go. It could be his love for his sister that allows him to somehow control the Arathim and allow Deet to convince them why they should help the Gelflings.
  • Creepy Child: When he gets mind-controlled by the Arathim.
    "We... no Bobb'N! We... Ascendancy!"
  • Has Two Daddies: They raised Deet and him as well. Who his mother is never gets specified.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Deet comes across a possessed Bobb'N, she more than horrified and refuses to hurt her baby brother while also telling him she knows he still has some consciousness somewhere in his mind. The Arathim continues to tell Deet they were not Bobb'n, but when she and Rian flee Bobb'N seems to gain back some control and saves Deet from a possessed Rian.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Deet not allowing any harm to come to him even if he is possessed, telling him she knows he's still her baby brother allows Bobb'n to take back some control over the Arathim's power. He also allows Deet to convince the Ascendancy why they should join against the Skesis, which then allows the other Gelflings under the Ascendacy's control to go free, and adding more fighters to the rebellion.

    Deet's Fathers 

Lath'N and Mitjan

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Performed by: Warrick Brownlow-Pike (Lath'N)

Voiced by: James Dreyfus (Lath'N), Charlie Condou (Mitjan)

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The two fathers of Deet.


  • Has Two Daddies: They seemingly raised Deet and Bobb'n together, if not other siblings. Who fathered them and which female Gelfling gave birth to them isn't specified.
  • Happily Married: By all accounts. After Deet and Rian have to leave them again to find the Dual Glaive, they're seen tenderly holding each other's hands.
  • No Name Given: They're not named onscreen, but their names are Lath'N and Mitjan.
  • Straight Gay: There's a good chance they are one of the most matter-of-fact, NBD gay couples in the history of fiction. They're not given much focus, however.

    Amri 

Amri

Appears in: Song of the Dark Crystal | Tides of the Dark Crystal | Flames of the Dark Crystal


  • Adapted Out: Plays a pivotal role in the books as a member of Naia's group, but makes no appearance so far in Age of Resistance.
  • Agony of the Feet: Amri is prone to getting blisters on his feet, as Naia, Gurjin, and Tavra find out.
  • Delinquent Hair: Amri is described as having his head shaved on one side.
  • Hero of Another Story: ‘’Tides of the Dark Crystal’’ is told through Amri’s point of view.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the second book, it’s Amri who tells the origin story of the gelfling clans and the history between the Vapran and Grottan.
  • Official Couple: With Naia.
  • People Puppets: By acting as the puppet to Tavra’s puppet master, Amri flies with artificial wings and uses advanced sword fighting techniques.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Says this almost word for word regarding Naia in the books.
  • Underwater Kiss: Amri receives one (of the breath of life variety) from Naia in the books. This also counts as his First Kiss.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this speech to Naia in Flames of the Dark Crystal.

    Maudra Argot 

Maudra Argot

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Performed by:

Voiced by: Louise Gold

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Grottan Clan.


  • Cool Old Lady: She's perhaps the most benevolent Maudra of all, she communicates with Landstriders and, most importantly, she's the keeper of one half of the Dual Glaive, which is hidden in her cane and turns out to contain the missing shard of the Crystal.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Maudra Argot personally helps Deet prepare for her journey to Ha'rar, and she has no problem with her clan counting at least one family that has two fathers.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in a few scenes, she was entrusted with one half of the Dual Glaive and the missing shard of the Crystal inside and gave the other half to Ordon.

Sifa Clan

    In General 
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The Sifa Clan were sailors and explorers that settled the coasts of the Silver Sea. Very superstitious, they excelled at using Gelfling luck magic to create charms to protect them.


    Onica 

Onica

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Voiced by: Natalie Dormer

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A member of the Sifa Clan and Cadia's assistant.


    Cadia 

Elder Cadia

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Performed by: Olly Taylor

Voiced by: Eddie Izzard

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The elder of the Sifa clan. Brea comes to him to seek answers about a symbol she saw, which to him entails death, and he tries to have her drink a memory-wiping poison.


  • Karma Houdini: He faces no retribution from the All-Maudra for attempting to drug Brea and erase her memory, likely because his Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo induced amnesia would render any further punishment redundant.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Via Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo when he tried to erase Brea's memories.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Onica clearly doesn't think very highly of him, and after his memory is wiped she doesn't seem very broken up. Onica even wastes no time promoting herself in his amnesia.
  • Noodle Incident: What did happen between him and the Librarian that made the former never forgive the latter?
  • Running Gag: After his amnesia, he usually repeats "Hello!" to everyone before asking about something. He even does this when he and the other Gelfling armies join the others in the fight with the Skeksis.

    The Red-Haired Paladin 

The Red-Haired Paladin/Freckles

Performed by: Warrick Brownlowe-Pike

Voiced by:

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

One of the All-Maudra's paladins.


  • All There in the Manual: The fact that he is from the Sifa clan was mentioned by his puppeteer.
  • City Guards: Is a paladin of the All-Maudra
  • No Name Given: Despite being one of the most prominent background characters in the series, he is never given a name. The closest he comes is when skekVar nicknames him Freckles.
  • Recruitment by Rescue: Sides with the heroes after being rescued from "volunteering" for the Skeksis' draining.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He warns the guards at the Castle of the Crystal about the Skeksis, leading to their deaths and the Skeksis completely throwing away their benevolent facade.

    Maudra Ethri 

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Voiced by: ?

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Sifa Clan
  • Glass Eye: One of Maudra Ethri’s eyes is replaced with a gemstone, hence her nickname ‘Gem-Eyed Ethri.’
  • Naïve Newcomer: Maudra Ethri has only recently taken the role of Maudra when the crimes of the Skeksis come to light. Though she is beloved by her clan, she is inexperienced with dangerous politics. She also believes the lie that the Skeksis are immortal.

Spriton Clan

    In General 
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Dwelling in grasslands south of the Dark Wood, the Spritons were known as some of the fiercest warriors among the Gelflings, with many working as soldiers and guards at the Castle of the Crystal.


  • Informed Ability: Only a few Spriton Gelflings have any role of importance in the series, and they're not great warriors since the clan is supposed to have the fiercest warriors. Kylan has to get a crash course in sword fighting from Rian — a Stonewood —, and it apparently didn't require much efforts on the Skeksis' part to capture Tolyn.
  • Proud Warrior Race: They have the reputation of being the fiercest warriors among the Gelflings, even above the Stonewoods.

    Kylan 

Kylan

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Wise Kylan

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Voiced by: Shazad Latif

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A song teller of the Spriton Clan.


  • Actual Pacifist: Played with. In the first book, Kylan is hesitant to stand up to some Spritton bullies. In the series he gets a crash course in sword fighting, courtesy of Rian, in episode ten. Later in episode ten he happily swings his sword around after the gelflings win their battle against the Skeksis.
  • The Bard: Is trained as a song-teller.
  • Claustrophobia: He does not like small enclosed spaces.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His parents were killed and eaten by the Hunter when he was a small child.
  • Hero of Another Story: The secondary protagonist of the J.M. Lee novels. Song of the Dark Crystal is told through his point of view.
  • Magic Music: Uses a special firca flute to dream etch a message warning of the Skeksis' treachery onto the blossoms of one of Thra's guardian trees.
  • Mixed Ancestry: His mother was from the Spriton Clan. His father was from the Stonewood Clan.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Kylan doesn't mention having any siblings.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He and Naia have this in the books.
  • Real Men Cook: Possesses some culinary skills. It's evident when he offers Rian some broth.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Kylan is the savvy guy to Naia's energetic girl in the YA books.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Kylan is the sensitive guy to Rian and Gurjin's manly men.

    Tolyn 

Tolyn

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Voiced by: ?

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A Castle Guard serving alongside Rian who is second-in-command of the Castle Guards.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads for mercy when being drained. "The only mercy I have to offer is death!", an unmoved skekTek tells him.
  • Asshole Victim: He's easily the least sympathetic of the Skeksis' victims as Tolyn always treated Rian and Gurjin like crap and betrayed his fellow guards and left them to die at the Skeksis Scientist's hands.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite Ordon's glowing endorsement of him, he Ain't Too Proud to Beg when being drained in the Chamber of Life.
  • Foil: To Rian and Seladon.
  • No Body Left Behind: Just like all the other Gelfling who get drained.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Despite being instrumental in helping the Skeksis overcome the revolt, he's still drained of his essence in the Chamber of Life. "Then it's only fitting that you suffer the same fate as your fellow guards", skekTek tells him.
  • The Rival: To Rian. Kind of. Despite being set up this way in the first episode, he promptly disappears from the story until later on when the guards revolt against the Skeksis. Plus Tolyn is always mean to Rian and looks down on him till the end.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For a given definition of "evil." Yes, he sides against his fellow Gelflings and informs the Skeksis of their planned rebellion, but only because he believes that the Skeksis are good and that his companions are fools to trust Rian. Plus Tolyn is the only guard who doesn't like Rian and seems to treat him and Gurjin like crap, especially when Ordon is not around.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Skeksis.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He has a name but doesn't get much of a personality or screentime prior to his death.

    Maudra Mera 

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Voiced by: ?

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Spriton Clan
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially condescending to Naia in the YA novels. Doesn’t show much affection toward Kylan, whom she took in after he was orphaned. Later shown to be a fairly generous Maudra and to care a lot about Kylan.
  • Parental Substitute: In the YA novels, raised Kylan after his parents died.
  • Properly Paranoid: Since the Spriton Plains are close to the Castle of the Crystal and her people would be easy picking for the Skeksis, Maudra Mera is hesitant about confrontation with the Skeksis.

Dousan Clan

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The Dousan Clan were desert dwellers of the Crystal Sea that used sandships to sail over the dunes.


    Rek'yr 

Rek'yr

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Performed by: Olly Taylor

Voiced by: Theo James

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance


  • Creepy Good: In-universe. As a Dousan, he has a reverence for death that many of the other Gelflings find unsettling, particularly Rian. He also gifts Brea a bone necklace for protection, though unlike the others she finds it charming.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He guided skekMal through the Crystal Sea on one of his hunts. It's unclear what happened but having witnessed the Hunter's actions, Rek'yr was so disgusted he said he'd never help him again.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Drops a very smooth line before kissing Brea's hand, leaving her briefly speechless, and Rian slightly annoyed.
    The most beautiful desert flowers are always the most dangerous.
  • Nerves of Steel: When confronted by the Hunter to reveal Rian's location, he mocks and challenges skekMal's very real threats of removing his limbs, as his staunch belief makes him unafraid of death. Even after skekMal throws one of his Clan off a cliff he refuses. His other clan member...less so.
    Hunter: (Brandishing his blade) Then I'll have to start cutting pieces off you...until you talk!!
    Rek'yr: Go ahead! You want my hands? They are not mine! They are a gift from Thra! Same as my feet, my head...my life!
    Hunter: And his life? (grabs one of Rek'yr's companions by the face and throws him off the cliff)
    Rek'yr: If this is to be the day of our return to Thra, then we welcome it! Gladly!
  • Nice Guy: Shows up to offer a ride to the protagonists after being moved by hearing their song on the wind, and later refuses to sell them out to the Hunter.
  • Noodle Incident: He and skekMal the Hunter have a history.
  • Ship Tease: With Brea. He is impressed by her strong will when trying to deter her from crossing the sands, gifts her a bone necklace for protection, and even kisses her hand as they part ways.

    Maudra Seethi 

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Voiced by: ?

Appears in: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The leader of the Dousan Clan
  • Both Sides Have a Point: When Maudra Fara tries to rally the other Maudras, including Seladon, to arms against the Skeksis, Maudra Seethi points out that the clans are divided and that it might be wiser to bide their time and form a plan before rushing heedlessly into battle.
  • Body Paint: Seethi is known as "the Skin Painter", and she wears on her face transcendental dream-etchings that her clan believes are glimpses into the afterlife.

The Power of the Dark Crystal era

    Kensho 
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Appears in: The Power of the Dark Crystal, Beneath the Dark Crystal

A young acolyte of the Crystal and member of the Dousan clan, 100 years after it was healed by Jen and Kira.


  • Body Horror: He, along with the rest of his clan, suffered from an ailment called the Blight. One aspect of the Blight shown is called Shadow Fingers, which causes mushroom like growths to grow from the Gelflings' bodies. The initial cure for the Blight was to burn it away, leading to permanent scarring.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • The Chosen One: He becomes this after Jen and Kira realize they have become too complacent, with Kensho having been chosen by the Crystal itself as their replacement.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Kensho comes across as this, at least initially, as a little loopy and airheaded. It is commented that the Blight and healing process (literally burning away the infection) led to his mind being slightly impaired.
  • Scars Are Forever: Kensho has a permanent burn mark on his face from where the Blight was burned away.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He comes across as naive, having grown up in the castle for most of his lift, but with a good intent. This is one reason why he was selected by the Crystal.

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