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- Anti-Human Alliance: Xadia is ruled by intelligent dragons and six different kinds of elves who are opposed to the human kingdoms.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
- Moonshadow Elves have skin in shades of lilac and purple, generally with a darker purple for their facial markings. They'll typically wear darker shades of blue and cyan and purple.
- Sunfire Elves are brown-skinned with yellow-gold facial markings. They usually wear red, orange and gold.
- Of the Startouch Elves seen, they appear to have blue skin that blends into black-dark purple, adorned with stars to look like the cosmos.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Elves only have four fingers on each hand, lacking a pinky.
- Horned Humanoid: Horns seem to be a general trait of the elves.
- Our Elves Are Different: There are six types of elves, one for each of the Primal elements. Each type has abilities related to their element. Generally, they all possess Facial Markings, horns, and only have four fingers.
- We ARE Struggling Together: The elves and dragons are not a unified faction. Much like the human kingdoms, each type of elf generally works separately, with even the dragons having individual kings united under a dragon king. As such, the Sunfire Elves work completely separate from the Fire Dragons that appeared near Katolis border towns in season 2, with the elves specifically fighting Amaya because they built a secret base in their territory within Xadia, rather than an invasion. What the Fire Dragons were doing is unclear, but their appearance only escalated tensions.
- Facial Markings: Most of them wear blue markings.
- Horned Humanoid: Their horns grow out of the top sides of their heads and then curve towards the back, with the tip curling upwards.
- Invented Linguistic Distinction: Most of them speak with a Scottish accent.
- Lunacy: Their powers are connected to the moon, and get stronger during the full moon, during which they can become invisible.
- Master of Illusion: Moon magic prioritizes the use of illusions.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Fitting of a group that has illusions as their main power, the Moonshadow Elves seem to prefer weapons that have multiple purposes. Rayla's father used a bow that turned into chain-scythes, her mother used a sword that turned into a whip, and Runaan's bow turns into two swords.
- Mystical White Hair: All Moonshadow Elves have white hair.
Rayla's parents and members of the Dragonguard, who are believed to have abandoned the Dragon Prince when he was still an egg.
- Action Dad: Along with Action Mom. They are Rayla's parents and skilled warriors who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the Dragon Queen and her egg. They very nearly killed Viren when he tried to destroy Azymondias while he was still an egg, showing that they clearly earned their position in the Dragonguard.
- All There in the Manual: Their names are only mentioned on the official website. They have yet to be called them in the show.
- Ambiguous Situation: Whether Viren killed them, or trapped them like he would later do with Runaan, is left unclear, though there are strong hints that he did, considering he said he has a collection of Moonshadow Elf coins and they're thought to have abandoned the egg as opposed to having died protecting it, the latter of which would have left corpses.
- Battle Couple: They're a married couple that fight together.
- Doting Parent: One of the end credits shows them happily playing with Rayla when she was younger.
- Guile Hero: While Tiadrin is an exceptional warrior, when the battle is lost she manipulates Viren in taking the egg rather than destroying it. This buys the Dragon Prince some time, and in the end the gamble pays off when it eventually leads to Zym being reunited with his mother.
- Hates Being Nicknamed: The official Twitter mentions that Tiadrin dislikes being called "Tia".
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe. They were the only Dragonguard soldiers who didn't abandon Azymondias when he was still an egg, and Tiadrin convinced Viren to spare the egg instead of destroying it, but in the setting's present they're believed to have been cowards who ran from their posts.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Both use these. Lain uses a bow that turns into a kusarigama (chain-scythe), while Tiadrin uses a sword that turns into a segmented whip.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They were accused of abandoning Avizandum and his egg, which led to the former's death and the latter's disappearance from Xadia. In truth they were seemingly killed fighting Viren to protect the Dragon Prince's egg.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: A female example. According to Word of God, Tiadrin has a foul mouth and enjoys cussing.
- Undying Loyalty: The duo actually did not abandon Zym when he was still an egg. In fact, they were the only Dragonguard soldiers who stayed.
The leader of the Moonshadow Elf assassins.
- Advertised Extra: While originally advertised as a major character, Runaan does not have a big role outside of "Moonrise" and "Cursed Caldera".
- Anti-Villain: Runaan is an honorable, dutiful, and (as shown in a flashback) loving and caring Moonshadow elf, who holds that life is precious and shouldn't be taken easily. However, he opposes the trio's attempts to stop Harrow's assassination and ultimately is the one who kills Callum and Ezran's father. To make matters worse, he even aims an arrow at Callum and later even fires a shot at him! Having said that, Runaan isn't malicious or bloodthirsty, and is as much a victim of the cycle of violence as he is a perpetrator, something that he shares with Harrow.
- And I Must Scream: Near the end of Season 1, Viren traps Runaan in a coin after failing to interrogate him.
- Archer Archetype: He shows great proficiency with a bow, even coating the tips with poison.
- Badass Creed: Whenever Viren tries to coax information out of him, saying how he will die, he always repeats, "I'm already dead."
- Badass Gay: Leader of Moonshadow assassins, a badass fighter in his own right, and happily married to his husband Ethari.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His swords combine to form a bow.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: He's proficient both with a bow and melee weapons (see Archer Archetype and Dual Wielding). His bow actually detaches into his two swords.
- Dual Wielding: He wields a pair of swords, much like Rayla herself.
- Facial Markings: Two blue marks across the bridge of his nose.
- Fan Disservice: Runaan is shown to have a muscular and athletic build, courtesy of a few shirtless scenes. However, the fact that said shirtless scenes take place when he's chained to the dungeon wall and growing weaker during his imprisonment is off-putting.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates humans with a passion.
- Fatal Flaw: The whole series kicks off because of his Pride. Even when he sees that the Dragon Prince is alive with his own eyes, he refuses to call off the mission to kill the king, claiming that they need to take revenge on the humans regardless. In the process, he kills a Reasonable Authority Figure who regretted his part in the King's death and who would have made amends if he'd realized it, letting the person who actually committed those crimes take the throne.
- Worse than that is his Wrath. He's unable to let go of his hatred for humans with a passion, and nearly ruins the one chance either race has at ending the war without bloodshed.
- Karmic Transformation: On the one hand, what happened to him is portrayed as profoundly horrifying, and it is. On the other hand this is the same elf that attempted to murder Callum a few episodes prior, led the assassin party that kicked off the series plot, and when presented with the one opportunity to stop the coming war he went out of his way to try to ruin it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of this, thanks to Viren's coin transformation spell.
- Happily Married: To his husband Ethari.
- Honorary Uncle: He and Ethari were the best friends of Rayla's parents and took her in after they disappeared.
- Horned Humanoid: Has two long horns curving out from his head. After his assassination of King Harrow, his left horn has been cut down.
- Lunacy: Moonshadow Elves draw their power from the moon.
- Magic Knight: Has traces of this. Primarily uses his blades for combat, but when he's in a pinch, he can crush a moon opal to cast a spell to conceal his group. He'll also use various other magical items, such as assassin bindings for a ritual, or a shadow hawk to send messages.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: Downplayed with Ethari. Neither one of them is overtly more masculine or feminine looking than the other but Runaan has shown to be ruthless and cold to those not close to him while Ethari is compassionate and empathetic.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: His two blades can be put together in a bow.
- Mystical White Hair: Like the rest of his kind.
- Out of Focus: Runaan doesn't return in Season 2, spending the entirety of it trapped inside Viren's coin. No reference to him in particular is even made.
- Parental Substitute: He and his husband raised Rayla after her parents' disappearance.
- Starter Villain: Essentially his role. He was the main antagonist of the first three episodes and kicks off the plot as the leader of the assassins. That said, he's disposed of rather swiftly after the main trio goes on their quest with the dragon egg.
- Would Hurt a Child: Aimed and fired a poison-tipped arrow at Callum and then tried to kill Rayla.
The Guardian of the Moon Nexus, found on the top of the Cursed Caldera. She is a master illusionist mage.
- Anti-Advice: She tells Rayla that true trust comes from accepting the dark parts of others that people will never know. Rayla immediately rebukes that trust should be built on truth and there's no real difference between lying to someone and hiding truths. Lujanne says she sounds just like her previous three husbands.
- The Bus Came Back: After the start of season 2, she appears in mid-season 3 to give Ezran help in reaching Xadia from Katolis. She is requested to help by Soren.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Due to being the Guardian, she has very little interaction with anyone besides Phoe-Phoe. In result, she has a bit of an eccentric personality.
- Cool Pet: She has a Moon Phoenix named Phoe-Phoe.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: It turns out the miraculous healer was no healer at all but just a master of illusions.
- Fantastic Racism: Very downplayed, but while she's happy to show Callum around the Moon Nexus and tell him about its history and about her magic, she says that Callum will never truly do magic and shows some friendly condescension when he becomes dejected.
- Friend to All Living Things: In stark contrast to the rest of the Moonshadow Elves in the first season (who are assassins), Lujanne shows the more positive side of them, using illusions to protect her home rather than violence and showing all living creatures, even humans, respect and love compared to the Fantastic Racism her kind usually has.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Somewhat played with. While she's not particularly as mad as the trope name (just more of a Cloud Cuckoolander), she does imply that she gets very lonely, especially when the children are leaving. The way she interacts with the others also implies that she hasn't had much contact with others in a while. Also the ending cards show her usually doing activities with illusions of herself.
- Master of Illusion: She has the power to create illusions and uses it to make the otherwise safe path through the Cursed Caldera a nightmarish place, in order to avoid people coming close.
- The Mentor: Subverted, Callum asks her to teach him Moon Magic, she teaches him the basics behind primal magic and some introductory theory, but she won't teach him practical magic because she says humans will never be able to do primal magic without a primal stone. Zig Zagged, in that the things she tells him do eventually lead to him learning to use magic himself.
- Mind Rape: Her illusions cause no real physical damage, but she tells Callum that she can still drive people mad with illusions and that she does it to humans who find out about the Nexus.
- The Obi-Wannabe: She has profoundly wise advice. Not really, she's just good at phrasing it. See Anti-Advice above.
- Paper Tiger: She turns everything in the Cursed Caldera into this. While the path seems far from safe, it turns out that the giant spiders in it are actually not harmful to anyone and she only makes them seem that way to scare people away. She herself is far from the miraculous healer others believe her to be.
- Punny Name: "Lujanne" sounds like "illusion".
- Serial Spouse: She mentions that Rayla sounds like her first three husbands.
- Supreme Chef: Subverted. She appears to cook a large supper for the main team and they are impressed by it, but she reveals they are just eating worms from the mountain, which she turned into illusions of great food. Ezran and Callum are bothered by it, but Ellis isn't.
- Troll: When she returns to the Moon Nexus by foot, she disguises herself as a human and plans to mess with some of them. The end credits reveal one man is smitten with her.
Runaan's husband, Ethari is a blacksmith and mage that works with the assassins.
- Broken Tears: One of the ending cards shows him crying over a small pond with his hand to his mouth, likely realizing something terrible had happened to Runaan.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in two post credit cards in season one before being properly introduced in season 3.
- Failed a Spot Check: He doesn't realize that Runaan's flower isn't fully sunken or that its light has gone off, but it's blinking and slightly sunken, meaning he's alive and in trouble.
- Happily Married: To Runaan.
- Honorary Uncle: He and Runaan were the best friends of Rayla's parents and took her in after they disappeared.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: Downplayed with Runaan. Neither one is more masculine or feminine looking than the other, but Ethari has shown to be kind and compassionate while Runaan is more ruthless and spiteful.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He has created the magic pendant that Runaan uses as well as Runaan and Rayla's high-grade weapons, which were shown to be fantastic. When he appears in season 3, his home is full of weapons, and he's shown to be skilled in constructing magical items.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Their skin color ranges from blueish-gray to a dark gray.
- Blow You Away: They specialize in sky magic, which includes the wind.
- Facial Markings: Their markings range from light gray to white.
- Horned Humanoid: Their horns are on the sides of their heads and curve towards the back, with the tip curling up.
- Invented Linguistic Distinction: The two we have seen so far have an English accent, but they're also from different regions of England.
- Shock and Awe: Lightning magic is another of their areas of expertise.
- Winged Humanoid: Less than 1-in-10 of the Skywing Elves have wings, but some of those without can grow "mage wings" but this is apparently even rarer than just being born with them.
A Skywing Elf thief the group encounters near the Midnight Desert.
- Animal Companion: Has one who's about a quarter mile high.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She puts on a charming act and offers invaluable help in Rayla and Callum's journey, but has no qualms with treason, kidnapping, or abandoning people to die.
- Horned Humanoid: She has two pairs of horns—one short, one longer and curving.
- I Owe You My Life: After attempting to betray Callum and Rayla, she's saved by them, specifically Rayla, from a swarm of Soulfangs. Afterwards, she genuinely helps them on their journey.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Nyxs full name is Naimi Selari Nykantia.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her duplicitous behavior lands her in a nest full of Soulfangs with a busted wing.
- Loveable Rogue: Subverted. She tries to be, but Callum and Rayla make it abundantly clear that they are not amused with her antics.
- Mismatched Eyes: Nyx has one blue eye and one amber.
- Multicolored Hair: Her hair is a mix of cyan and green with black and white accents.
- Shipper on Deck: For Callum and Rayla. She immediately assumes they're a couple by asking if they want two separate blankets or one to share. The latter of which she states in a suggestive manner.
- Shipper with an Agenda: Clearly she was hoping they'd be distracted by romance so that she could kidnap Zym.
- Winged Humanoid: She has feathered wings coming out of her lower back.
A Skywing Elf mage who guards the Dragon Queen.
- Meaningful Name: An ibis is a species of wetland bird.
- Power Tattoo: The runes on his arms facilitate the use of his mage wings spell.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Takes humans being at the home of the Dragon Queen in stride, and is patient with Callum's questioning and quickly rethinks his position on human's not being able to learn primal magic when Callum demonstrates indisputable proof that this thinking is wrong.
- Stunned Silence: When Callum shows he can use magic and has learned the Sky Arcanum, Ibis reaction is to stay quiet staring at him bug eyed for a few seconds.
- Support Party Member: Unlike others, he doesn't fight directly during the battle in Storm Spire, but flies around gathering support from nearby armies that can lend a hand.
- Winged Humanoid: He isn't one naturally, unlike Nyx, but he knows a spell that can conjure wings for him. Unlike Nyx, whose wings are on her back, his spell turns his arms into wings.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Many of them are shown to have red hair, including Janai and Kazi.
- Facial Markings: Their facial markings appear as gold.
- Horned Humanoid: Their horns are shown to be on the top of their heads, curving upward.
- Invented Linguistic Distinction: They have an African French accent.
- Knight Templar: They have a borderline fanatical obsession with "purity" and light, which they use to judge pretty much everyone and everything.
- Playing with Fire: Fire, heat, and light are shown to be their specialty.
A Sunfire Elf commander and the younger sister of Queen Khessa.
- All There in the Manual: Her name came from the official twitter.
- Badass Gay: She's confirmed to be gay and is a strong warrior.
- Big Sister Worship: Janai has a deep respect and love for her older sister.
- Birthday Hater: Downplayed, but according to the official site, Janai wasn't fond of her birthday festivities but became fond of them due to her sister's insisitence.
- Bling of War: Her armor is golden with sunstones worked into it, and she wears her crown into battle.
- Burning with Anger: When she's particularly worked up, her skin cracks, becomes extremely hot, and reveals lines of magma.
- Dreadlock Warrior: An extremely strong warrior, she has red dreadlocks.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally. You could say she has a hot temper.
- Flat Character: In Season 2. She doesn't get much characterization in her two appearances during the second season besides being a talented fighter and strategist, being able to keep General Amaya on the ropes after luring her and her troops into an ambush. She discards this in Season 3.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With General Amaya. At the end of Season 3, they're holding hands. Earlier, when Callum asks who Amaya's friend is, Janai blurts out "She's not my friend, she is my prisoner!" Amaya then signs to Callum and Ezran, "She thinks I'm cute but she's not admitting it yet."
- Foil: She's essentially what Amaya would be if she were an elf. Where Amaya wears blue and silver and favors using a huge shield, Janai wears red and gold and favors a big sword. The two are both honorable warriors and have a shared trauma of losing their older Queen sisters due to Viren, and end up bonding over it.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: During her second fight with Amaya, Amaya manages to disarm her of her Sunfire sword. Cue the Volcanic Veins and Super Strength.
- I Owe You My Life: Part of the reason why she formed a bond with Amaya is the latter saved her from falling into a volcano even though both were on opposite sides of the war.
- Punny Name: Janai is a homonym with "ja nai", a Japanese suffix usually used to deny something or indicate negativity. She guards the passage into Xadia, blocking humans.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's a princess, a warrior and she takes up a more active role in season 3.
- Ship Tease: With Amaya. They both have similar personalities that help them form a bond. Amaya comforts Jania when the latter loses her sister to Aaravos. In fact, Amaya signed to Callum that Jania "thinks she's cute but won't admit it". They hold hands when meeting the Dragon Queen and Devon Giehl confirmed both are gay and "are feeling a sort of way about each other".
- Super Strength: When she loses her Hot Blade, she reveals Volcanic Veins and gains the strength to punch through stone.
- Sweet Tooth: Downplayed. According to the official site, Janai likes "sweets that aren't too sweet" and dislikes "sweets that are too sweet".
- Tsundere: Amaya tells her nephews that "She thinks I'm cute, but doesn't want to admit it yet".
- Unstoppable Rage: When she starts showing Volcanic Veins, she becomes more reckless in her fighting, but also more powerful as she easily punches through rock.
- Warrior Princess: In season 3, it's confirmed that the commander is also the younger sister of the queen of the Sunfire Elves.
- Weapon of Choice: A Sunfire sword which cuts through all human weapons with ease.
- Worthy Opponent: She sees Amaya as one and even vouches for her in the Queen's court, claiming that she had a warrior's honor. Amaya saving her life probably sealed it.
- Volcanic Veins: As part of her Unstoppable Rage.
Janai's sister and the current queen of the Sunfire Elves.
- All There in the Manual: Her name is only given in the online side material.
- Asshole Victim: With her arrogance, hatred for humans, and penchant for torture, it's hard to feel sympathy when she dies. The tragedy in the scene focuses on Janai having to see her sister die, rather than the death itself.
- Character Death: She's killed by Aaravos when he and Viren invade Lux Aurea.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Unlike many of the other Sunfire Elves, her hair is blonde with an orange ombre at the tips.
- Fantastic Racism: She has a really low opinion on humans and whenever the chance, she likes to put them through the light test in order to harm them for fun.
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance, as called out by Aaravos, which makes her predictable. When she meets Viren, she can't help herself but to put him through the light test and then attempt to purify him in a way that would harm him to confirm her hatred for humans, which is exactly what Aaravos is planning.
- No Body Left Behind: She is killed by Aaravos essentially turning her into cinder and those cinders getting spread out, leaving no body.
A scholar of the Sunfire Elves that is capable of communicating with Amaya using sign language, and becomes the interpreter for her and Janai.
- Adorkable: They spend most of their onscreen time being flustered by Janai and Amaya's Large Ham behaviour. Also just like Callum they get distracted by their own analogies.
- Ambiguous Gender: Its unclear what gender Kazi goes by, if any. Their page on the shows website describes them with static pronouns implying that Kazi is non-binary.
- Cunning Linguist: Kazi says that they were the "top of [their] class at linguistics" and serves as Amaya's interpreter when Janai interrogates her.
- Foil To Janai, mainly for the audience's sake. They quickly show that not all sun elves are imposing, stoic warriors like the ones we've seen so far.
- The Smart One: They figure out which sign language Amaya is using from a casual description by Janai.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Kazi is a scholar and the only character seen wearing glasses so far.
A mysterious Startouch Elf who narrates the show's introduction. He is later revealed to be a powerful wizard, locked away in an unknown location and able to communicate through the magic mirror Viren stole from the Dragon King and Queen.
- The Ace: According to a translated version of a page Viren finds on Aaravos, he is "stronger, older, and wiser than any other magical creature in Xadia." Considering that Xadia is populated by intelligent, millenia-old dragons, that is quite a feat.
- Affably Evil: Well, Ambiguously Evil but he is polite and helpful to Viren when dealing with him.
- Always Someone Better:
- Viren was previously shown to be the most knowledgeable character about magic in the show, only to be largely upstaged by Aaravos's knowledge.
- He also upstages Callum in magic. Ordinarily, one has to be born with a connection to a Primal Source to use its magic. Callum, with great effort, forges a connection to the sky arcanum. Aaravos can use all six forms of Primal magic, meaning he forged connections to the other five.
- Ambiguously Evil: Aaravos's allegiance and goals aren't quite clear. He is (presumably) helping Viren because he is the only one he can interact with. It's also implied that he is locked away somewhere, as when asked where he is, he admits he doesn't know and Viren suspects that the mirror was used by the Dragon King and Queen to keep an eye on him. Therefore, Aaravos may be someone powerful but unpredictable or a genuinely arrested and dangerous criminal. The fact that Viren can't find any information on him, that Runaan called him "something worse than death", and that Aaravos encourages him to intimidate the other kingdoms into uniting raises even more suspicions.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies. He keeps in contact with Viren via a caterpillar familiar that grows steadily larger over the course of the series, and the last shot of Book 3 shows him in a chrysalis-like structure apparently undergoing some kind of metamorphosis. Additionally, in his humanoid form he wears translucent outer robes that strongly resemble butterfly wings.
- The Archmage: For Xadia, and described as such by Harrow. He is apparently powerful enough to have mastered magic in all six primal sources, despite logic dictating he should be only capable of using star magic. Aaravos can also cast spells just by drawing a rune without a verbal incantation. He even seems to have some ability with Dark Magic.
- Astral Projection: He's able to project his spirit with the help of his familiar, and can even possess others.
- Badass Baritone: Possibly the most powerful wizard ever and has a very deep voice.
- Badass Bookworm: In his prison he seemed to have a well stocked library, and he can wield all elemental magics.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed. Zym's defenders are successful in repelling the invaders, Viren falls to his death (he gets better), and a party of elves and humans walking hand in hand reunite Zym with his mother... but Aaravos may have gotten what he wanted anyway, and his familiar enters a metamorphosis.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He's the only elf character with permanent black sclerae, possibly from his use of Dark Magic.
- Blood Magic: Being a magical being himself, he can use his blood as a Dark Magic component, namely in the ritual he performs with Viren to send a Familiar he can speak through from his location.
- The Chessmaster: Given his age, he's had a long time to perfect his scheming skills and whatever plans he has for the future are certainly grandiose.
- Cleavage Window: A rare male example. Most of his chest is exposed in his design.
- The Coats Are Off: When the Katolis guards come to arrest Viren, Aaravos is not seen wearing his cloak as he advises Viren to prepare for battle and helps him through the mirror. Effectively killing a few of the humans.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Wipes out most of Lux Aurea on his own. He is also able to throw Rayla back with just a wave of his hand. So far, there's nothing and no one that has managed to put up a fight against Aaravos.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: His has dark skin and light white hair, which gives him a resemblance to a dark elf, namely a drow.
- The Dreaded: When Viren is trying to figure out what Aaravos's mirror does he shows it to Runaan, who comments that Viren has succeeded in finding something worse than death.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's far more powerful than Viren, but as he's trapped in his prison, he's only able to act through him. As such, he calls himself Viren's servant, bowing to him and supporting him where he can. Viren's plans throughout Season 3 would fall apart without Aaravos.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He starts the introduction of the show where you see his hands unrolling a scroll showing the map of Xadia, and he's also amongst the group of other high elves in more regal wear. The next time the group is shown, he is suspiciously missing.
- Elfeminate: He's a man, but you'd be forgiven for mistaking him for a woman when you first see him. It's not until he starts talking that his gender becomes obvious. Also, he's a Startouch Elf.
- Evil Counterpart: To Callum. Both are talented primal mages, and have each demonstrated the ability to master at least one Primal Source that they're not born connected with (for Aaravos, he's mastered all five others). However, what they do with their gifts is drastically different. Aaravos causes plenty of pain and suffering with his magic. Additionally, while he is "serving" Viren in his goals, it's clear he's merely manipulating the human mage into conquering Xadia and stealing Zym's power, all for some unknown personal end. Callum, on the other hand, uses his powers to genuinely help the people around him, either by protecting them or helping them overcome personal trauma. Also, Callum is taught by his stepfather to believe history can be a "narrative of love" rather than a "narrative of strength," and he seems to take this lesson to heart. Aaravos, on the other hand, explicitly rejects this, asserting that "those who fail tests of love are simple animals" who deserve to be motivated by fear. Ultimately, the difference boils down to Aaravos seeing people as a means to his ends, while for Callum, people are the ends unto themselves.
- Familiar: He sends an insect through a Blood Magic ritual he performs with Viren, transporting it from a pot in his location to the castle, and uses it to communicate with him. As Viren grows more powerful, the familiar grows with him, eventually cocooning itself to undergo a metamorphosis.
- Foil: To Viren. Both are The Archmage for their respect regions, but Viren specializes in dark magic while Aaravos has mastered all six primal sources. While Viren looks middle-aged and has a short temper, Aaravos has fairly youthful looks and is always looking cold and calm and besides that he only ever shows surprise and smugness.
- Gilded Cage: He's lives in what looks like a spacious, well-appointed study — a fact Viren lampshades — but Aaravos makes it clear he doesn't even know where he is and has been stuck there for nearly three centuries.Viren: You're imprisoned? (scoff) Your home looks like no prison I've ever seen.
Aaravos: Yeeees, it's well appointed. (suddenly coldly angry) But make no mistake, this has been my prison these past few centuries.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he casts spells from his mirror and helps Viren literally disintegrate one guard.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Largely averted but he does say he's waited a long time to here another's voice when first speaking to Viren. Season 3 even has him sound unusually annoyed when he tells Viren that Gilded Cage or no, he was nevertheless imprisoned for centuries.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Since virtually nothing is known about him and he's certainly not talking, it's not clear why he wants to help Viren declare war on Xadia. He seems to be bitter over his imprisonment, but it was clear he was doing something bad even before that. As of the end of season 3, absorbing Zym's life force seems to have been a bid to get enough power to have his familiar enter metamorphosis, but we still don't know what he wants beyond that.
- Interspecies Friendship: While there has been no official friendships between Aaravos and a human being shown as of yet, a passage in a book Viren tries to read about Aaravos says that unlike other elves, Aaravos saw the potential in humans and was willing to help them be "equal" and even granting them "gifts" to be more powerful than the elves.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He makes Viren back down from an escape attempt when Viren is hit by an arrow, evidently calculating that Viren would be bought down by sheer numbers even when channeling his powerful magic.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Downplayed, but he seems to practice primal magic as a form of martial arts, as his hand movements when drawing runes bear a striking resemblance to several real-world katas.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's quite good looking and has long white hair.
- Magic Mirror: His prison can be viewed through one. It's not clear if the mirror is meant to be the actual prison or simply a means to look upon it, as Aaravos himself doesn't know where he is or how he was trapped there. There's also a reason the mirror was kept close to the Dragon King and Queen's nest.
- The Man Behind the Man: Becomes the one behind Viren towards the end of season 2.
- Master of All: He knows all forms of Primal magic and demonstrates more knowledge and skill with dark magic than Viren, a specialist and virtuoso in the field.
- Manipulative Bastard: Aaravos is a master manipulator. First, he tricks Queen Khessa into moving Viren to the source of the Sunfire Elves' power, usurping it and wiping out much of Lux Aurea. He also manipulates Viren into trying to absorb Zym's life force, and even with just partial success, it's enough to let his caterpillar familiar enter into a metamorphosis, thus moving along whatever plan he has.
- Mysterious Past: Almost everything about him can only be speculated about. Harrow is the first one to say anything about him, referring to him as a powerful master of all six sources of primal magic. He also shows great resentment towards the Sky Archdragons, is implied to have done something to the former Sunfire Elf queen Aditi, and may have helped humans in the past.
- Narrator: Of the introduction.
- Not So Above It All: Despite the way he speaks and acts, he does know how to be playful as he asks Viren if he was his "little bug pal" and conjures up a horse to ride on although he previously showed he can just float by Viren's side.
- Older Than They Look: He looks to be around his twenties or thirties, but according to the book we catch a glimpse of, he's the oldest magical creature in Xadia (and the next-oldest we know about, Sol Regem, is at least twelve hundred years old.)
- Physical God: When we see Aaravos' powers on display, there's nothing that can match him. He's able to corrupt the Sun Forge and causes an eclipse that over Lux Aurea. He wipes out all of the Sunfire soldiers in one fell swoop and incinerates the Queen just by touching her. He's been around for at least a thousand years (and is even considered to be older than any creature in Xadia!), and can be aware of his ghost's surroundings despite not actually being physically present. Additionally, based on the text Viren finds on him, he was even held up as a god-like reverential figure to some past humans.
- Slasher Smile: Sports a rather chilling one when he tells Queen Khessa what he did to her grandmother and incinerates her.
- Smug Super: He's the most powerful individual in Xadia (according to a text Viren finds on Aaravos)... and judging by his demeanor when interacting with Viren, he knows it.
- Star Power: He is a Startouch Elf and is therefore born with an affinity for star magic, and is later revealed to be a master of all primal sources.
- Superpower Lottery: In the world of the Dragon Prince, creatures can be connected to one Primal Source (such as elves and dragons) or they are not connected to any Primal Source (such as humans). And then there's Aaravos, who was able to master and use all six Primal Sources.
- Unperson: There are books about Aaravos, but when Viren tries to research him, the pages and words become blurry and unreadable. In the supplementary book Callum's Spellbook, Callum mentions the same thing happened to him when he tried looking up the mage.
- Unreliable Narrator: He is the narrator of the prologue scene in episode 1, and incorrectly says the Dragon Prince's egg was destroyed by the humans. One may wonder how reliable the other information in the prologue is.
- Vocal Dissonance: He's very young looking and attractive, but he has a deep menacing voice more befitting a large monster.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: If the passages Viren found on Aaravos are anything to go off of. Aaravos supposedly sees great potential in humans when others called them inferior, and has granted "gifts" so as to make humanity equal to elves. Too bad that those gifts included Dark Magic, which elves and dragons considered to be an abomination, and led to the expulsion of humans from Xadia. And which we've seen runs the risk of harming its own caster, both physically and mentally.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's Ambiguously Evil, and has long white hair.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: According to himself, he never lies.
- Would Hit a Girl: He killed the Sunfire Queen, Khessa.
- Would Hurt a Child: Aaravos was planning and willing to drain the magical life force of a baby Zym.
- Youthful Freckles: Played with. He doesn't have freckles, but the stars in his face create the very same effect, which makes him look even younger.
An Archdragon of the Sky, Avizandum — known to the humans as "Thunder" — is Azymondias's father and was the king of the dragons for the past three hundred years until his death shortly before the show begins.
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep voice that rivals even Sol Regem's.
- Breath Weapon: He can shoot lightning from his mouth.
- The Dreaded: And rightfully so, at least for the humans. Even Viren's magic does little more than inconvenience him.
- Family Theme Naming: He, the queen, and Zym all have z's in their name.
- Futile Hand Reach: His last moments are spent crawling towards the mountain where the unborn Zym is located and he reaches his hand out towards it to no avail.
- Hero Killer: He is responsible for the deaths of Queens Sarai, Annika, and Neha, who chose to stay and keep him distracted while Harrow and his men escape with a Magma titan's heart.
- Meaningful Name: Avizandum is a term in Scots law, meaning to take time to consider a judgement — something you'd certainly hope a king would do!
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Thunder" in this instance is not metaphorical.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Thunder" isn't his real name, only what the humans called him.
- Papa Wolf: The day Harrow and Viren challenge him in Xadia was the day Zym was to be born, and he even told them that this would be the one time he'd show them mercy. As he starts to become affected by Sarai's spear, he immediately turns towards the spire and tries to reach out towards his wife and child who he will never get to see.Avizandum: Today is a special day, a day of life. Do not force me to make it a day of death.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed before the series began, kicking off the war.
- Ride the Lightning: According to the website, he could turn into lightning to travel from the sky to the ground instantaneously.
- Shock and Awe: Hence why he was called "Thunder".
- Taken for Granite: After Harrow drove Sarai's enchanted spear into his heart, Avizandum was petrified from the chest out, with his eyes being the last part to succumb as he tried to reach for his lair and egg. His petrified remains are still standing where he fell by the time the main characters reach the Storm Spire.
- Would Hit a Girl: He was the one that caused the deaths of Sarai, Annika, and Neha.
The queen of the dragons, Avizandum's mate, and Azymondias's mother.
- Angst Coma: After losing her mate and her child, she has been slowly dying. When the group finally meet her, her caretaker says she hasn't opened her eyes for ten days.
- Death by Despair: Downplayed Trope. The grief of losing her mate and son drove her into an Angst Coma that is slowly killing her. The heroes return her son to her as she was on the brink of death.
- Family Theme Naming: She, the king and Zym all have z's in their name.
- The Ghost: She is mentioned several times in Book 1 and the current series goal is to return the egg, and later Azymondias, to her, but Zubeia doesn't appear until episode 8 of season 3.
- Irony: Viren completely believed war was inevitable due to killing her mate and making it look like he killed her son, but not only was she not preparing an invasion, she simply sought to avenge her son, soon falling into despair from losing all her family, and was dying from her emotional breakdown.
A red female Fire Dragon who gets in a fight with humans.
- The Cavalry: She appears in the Season 3 finale leading a flight of Fire Dragons into battle against Viren's army.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After Soren fires a ballista bolt at her, she turns around and begins to lay waste to the town, when she could have just torched the tower that fired the bolt.
- I Owe You My Life: She helps the heroes survive the Storm Spire because they saved her back in "Fire and Fury", and even lets Ezran ride her in the later episodes.
- Meaningful Name: Her name comes from "Pyrrhus", which is in turn derived from a Greek word meaning flame-colored — fitting for a red Fire Dragon.
An Archdragon of the Sun who lives near the border between Xadia and the Human Kingdoms.
- Advertised Extra: He features prominently on the main poster for the series, but is not introduced until the very end of the last episode of Book 2.
- Badass Baritone: Fitting for a large dragon such as himself.Sol Regem: I smell death.
- Breath Weapon: His fire breath is hot enough to completely vaporize a human in one shot.
- Cruel Mercy: He planned on sparing Ziard as part of the deal of their meeting, but never said he wouldn't slaughter thousands of innocent humans if the "inferior being" didn't do as he willed.
- The Dreaded: He's considered a living symbol of hatred by the other Xadians and given that he was willing to kill the elf Rayla and the infant dragon prince Zym simply because they stood up for the human Callum, it's a well earned reputation.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in the first episode of the series in the beginning narrative flying in the sky with a group of bird-like creatures.
- Evil Laugh: Gives a raspy chuckle when Callum offers to let Rayla take Zym into Xadia while he returns to the Human Kingdoms.
- Eye Scream: Ziard blasted him in his eyes with dark magic prior to the beginning of the show, scarring his face and blinding him.
- Facial Horror: He has extensive, disfiguring scarring over most of his face, replacing his eyes and a great deal of skin around them with angry, blistered flesh. He received this from his fight with Ziard, who cast a large fireball at him and burned out his eyes.
- Fantastic Racism:
- He believes humans shouldn't be allowed to use dark magic, that they are lesser beings and are walking off the path "forward". His reaction regarding dark magic and the smell of "death" it gives also makes clear he sees all magical creatures as inherently superior to humans.Ziard: You just expect humans to go back to the way things were before we had magic? When humans were starved, helpless and pathetic! Back in a time when we were... lesser beings?
Sol Regem: You are lesser beings.
- Rayla asks for them to go through so she could deliver the long lost Dragon Prince back to his mother, and Sol Regem allows her passage. However, he then says that he must kill Callum, who should not be anywhere in Xadia.
- He believes humans shouldn't be allowed to use dark magic, that they are lesser beings and are walking off the path "forward". His reaction regarding dark magic and the smell of "death" it gives also makes clear he sees all magical creatures as inherently superior to humans.
- Hypocrite: He is absolutely outraged that Callum would take magic from the life of "innocent creatures" as he puts it, but not two minutes prior Sol Regem was willing to kill him just for being there, even when Callum was willing to return home.
- He considers Xadians above lesser beings such as humans, but is perfectly willing to kill an innocent baby dragon or elf.
- Jerkass: In his debut episode, he threatens to destroy an entire city just to punish a single rebellious mage, refuses to let Callum return home in favor of killing him, and is willing to murder Rayla and Zym because they begged him to spare Callum's life. Nice, he is not.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: He was the king of the dragons before Avizandum but after being blinded he's reduced to living alone in a desert and judging by Rayla's comment about how he has become a symbol for bitterness and hatred, it is likely that the other inhabitants of Xadia aren't very fond of him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His hatred was so powerful it guided everything he did during his reign. As a result of a fight spurred by that hate he's now blinded by it.
- Last Episode, New Character: He is the very last thing to show in Season 2, being only revealed in the last scene when Rayla and Callum meet him in Xadia.
- Light Is Not Good: He is a Sun Dragon, but even dragon-worshipping elves see him as The Dreaded.
- Meaningful Name: His name can be understood as "Sun King", befitting his nature.
- The Nose Knows: He's able to smell the use of dark magic on Ziard and Callum.
- Talking Animal: Is the first non-elf magical creature shown to speak English (a flashback later shows Thunder speaking, and season 3 ends with the Dragon Queen speaking). As the other dragons don't seem to speak English, it's an open question if this is a function of magic, age, or training.
- Visual Pun: He can't see and is utterly unreasonable when it comes to his hatred of humanity; he's blinded by hatred.
- Would Harm A Child: And a whole city at that. Sol Regem threatens Ziard that if he does not immediately relinquish dark magic, then he would have no choice but to fly to the city and burn it to the ground. Ziard calls it a bluff, believing he wasn't capable of being so cruel, and Sol wordlessly takes to the sky, heading towards the city. He later makes clear killing the baby dragon prince Zym because he sides with a human is not off the table.
An Archdragon of the Moon, they rose in prominence a thousand years before the story before the rise of Avizandum.
- Meaningful Name:
- As you may already know, Luna is Spanish for Moon.
- Tenebris is Latin for "darkness".
- One well-known usage of the word tenebris is in a phrase from the Gospel of John: "Et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt.", which translates to "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
- Tenebrism, also known as dramatic illumination, is a style of painting that uses extreme contrasts between the lighting and the darkness, mostly dominating the image with the latter.
Other Magical Creatures
Lujanne's Moon Phoenix.
- Determinator: She literally works herself to death by refusing to rest while carrying Ezran back into Xadia. Slightly softened by the fact that, as a phoenix, she will eventually resurrect.
- Giant Flyer: She's a huge bird who can carry several people on her back.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Season 3, she expends so much energy in trying to fly Ezran to the Storm Spire in time that, once they get there, she collapses and dies. However, as a phoenix, she will be reborn from the final feather left after her immolation.
- The Phoenix: She is a Moon Phoenix, a moon-themed version of a mythical phoenix. When she dies, her body burns up, leaving a single feather from which she will be reborn.
- Repetitive Name: Her name is short for Phoenix-Phoenix.
A powerful creature of stone and fire.
Cobra-like creatures whose bite strips a creature of its soul.
- The Bus Came Back: A two-headed Soulfang Serpent appeared in Book 1 as part of Viren's plan, then quickly ceased to be important. The creatures become relevant again in Book 3 when Callum and Rayla have to cross the Midnight Desert.
- The Dreaded: They are the most feared creature in the desert. Given one bite can incapacitate a beast big enough to ride on as a mount and turn it into a husk, the fear is justified.
- Multiple Head Case: At least one two-headed specimen appears; this condition, which is indeed relatively common in real-life snakes, allows that serpent to hold two souls at the same time rather than just one, enabling it to fuel spells that switch souls between bodies.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Their victims don't die when they lose their souls, though their whole body changes to a wasted grey color with glowing green eyes. Such creatures are referred to as "husks" and are considered a good part of why the Midnight Desert is so dangerous.
- Soul Eating: They feed by draining the souls of creatures they bite, leaving behind only a grey, barely living husk.