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    Quentin 

Quentin Coldwater/King Quentin the Moderately Socially Maladjusted

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Played By: Jason Ralph

A depressed and medicated young man who finds a purpose after he discovers Brakebills. He is obsessed with the Fillory books, claiming they saved his life, and receives visions of Jane Chatwin from the books.


  • Adaptational Sexuality: Ambiguously Bi in the books, but is bi in the show.
  • Adorkable: Quentin can be endearingly awkward; for example, when he and Eliot set sail on the Muntjac, he pretends to swashbuckle like a pirate and immediately becomes sheepish after someone spots him
  • Affectionate Nickname: His friends call him "Q". His father calls him "Curly Q," which would count as an embarrassing version, but Quentin himself shows to be fond of it.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While Quentin canonically has depression, there’s also heavy implications that he may be autistic or have ADHD, as can be seen here. He also mentions using the medication Abilify, which is used primarily to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It can also be used to treat depression, although this is less common.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Downplayed; a large chunk of his shoulder had to be replaced with magical wood following the fight against The Beast, but his arm managed to remain attached.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Eliot names him the second king of Fillory.
  • Bi the Way:
    • In Season 1, he has a three-way with Margo and Eliot under the influence of emotion magic.
    • In an alternate timeline, he kisses Eliot and they later raise Quentin's son together after Quentin's wife's death. Following his and Eliot's return from the alternate timeline, he asks Eliot if he wants to give a romantic relationship a try in their "real" timeline."
      Quentin: I know this sounds dumb, but us... I don't know, think about it, we work. We know because we lived it. Who gets that kind of proof of concept? I'm just saying, what if we gave it a shot? Would that be crazy? Why the fuck not?
  • Broken Pedestal: His admiration of Christopher Plover goes out the window once he learns about the molestation of Martin Chatwin.
  • Bury Your Gays: Is bisexual, and dies as a result of sacrificing himself to kill the Monster that possessed Eliot for all of season 4.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Julia in season 1, of the unrequited form. After he gets with Alice, he dismisses it as simple hormones and tries to forget about it. After season one, all romantic feelings are gone and they grow closer than before without the complicated feelings in the way, settling into a Platonic Life-Partners dynamic instead.
  • The Chosen One: Subverted, as Quentin deciding Alice would be better off as The Hero, since she's a much better magicians, leads to the only iteration of the time loop in which the group doesn't get slaughtered.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Quentin did not take Alice's death well.
  • The Everyman: Lampshaded; Eliza notes that he's kind of boring, and only an average magician.
  • Fanboy: He is a huge fan of the Fillory books and by extension Christopher Plover. He practically vibrates with glee whenever anything from the books shows up in the real world, even in horrible contexts.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: After Quentin had a threesome with Eliot and Margo, he claims he had no control because of the spell they were under. When Alice gets back at him by having sex with Penny, he considers it far worse.
    Quentin: I made a mistake. You aimed a weapon.
  • Good with Numbers: Quentin is the math whiz of the main characters, able to calculate large amounts of equations in just a few seconds. This is how he gets him, Eliot, Kady, and Penny out during the bank heist (with Niffin!Alice's assistance, though).
  • Grand Theft Me: When Alice was a niffin, she coerced Quentin into letting her possess his body in timed excursions.
  • The Heart: Despite his insecurities and flaws, Quentin's greatest strength is bringing everyone together during times of crises.
    Margo: You're honest about what you love. And underneath it all, it's inspiring.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Quentin, knowing full well the blowback would kill him, uses magic in the Mirror World in order to send the Monster into the Seam, killing Everett in the process. He's able to get Penny to save Alice in time, but not before Quentin himself is killed.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: After finding out the existence of magic, Quentin starts having an entitled sense of importance. He himself admits he desires to be the hero of the story, but because of how big a threat of The Beast is, this humbles him and he admits the more knowledgeable and academic Alice would be the best candidate.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is vaporized by his own minor mending spell inside the Mirror World, and then moves on from the Underworld.
  • Lemony Narrator: While writing his own Fillory book, he narrates the events of the episode sarcastically.
  • Longing for Fictionland: For most of his life, Quentin longed to be in Fillory, and was completely obsessed with the book series that took place there. After finding out it's real, he's able to get there, only for it to not live up to expectations.
  • Meaningful Funeral: The gang sings A-ha's "Take On Me" while tossing mementos of their relationships with Q into a bonfire.
  • Morality Pet: Becomes this to Julia when she loses her Shade.
  • Motor Mouth: Once he gets rambling, he’s this.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Quentin's default hairstyle is having a flop of hair partially covering his face, especially during season 1.
  • Pick a Card: Quentin uses sleight of hand as a form of therapy during his worse bouts of depression. Before discovering magic, this was the closest he'd thought to use magic. This ends up being how he conjures magic for the first during the entrance exam by making a card castle.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • After being on bad terms with Julia for most of season 1, they eventually become this, both of them remaining loyal to each other even when they're at odds.
      Julia: I’ll be burning in Hell right next to you, but hey, at least we’ll have each other.
  • Sticky Fingers: Quentin's fondness for sleight of hand makes him an expert pickpocket if he's close enough to a target.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He is cruel to Julia after she is not accepted into Brakebills. He not only refuses to try and help her get back in (out of fear of getting expelled himself), but he also gets angry at her for never returning his feelings and always insisting on being better than he at everything. They end up not talking for a while, made worse when Julia traps him in a hallucination as revenge. He regrets this right after.
  • Whatevermancy: When Quentin finds out his Discipline is unclassifiable, he laments saying "I'm a nothingmancer. I'm a squatmancer."
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He finds out in the fourth season that his discipline is minor mending, the ability to repair small objects.
  • White Male Lead: Starts out as the everyman straight white male protagonist in the company of more diverse major characters. This is lampshaded, and later played with since he is revealed to be bisexual.
    Hyman: But Quentin, I mean, the outsider let into the inner sanctum of secret knowledge. As someone born in 1902, I find a heterosexual white male hero very relatable.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He has a threesome with Eliot and Margo while still dating Alice. He argues that it was the fault of the spell they were under, but she dismisses that excuse and ends their relationship by sleeping with Penny.

    Julia 

Julia Wicker

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Played By: Stella Maeve

Quentin's best friend from childhood. She took the Brakebills entrance exam, but failed and had her memory erased. She managed to hold onto her memories, and became obsessed with finding magic again.


  • The Ace: Quentin mentions that she's good at everything she sets her hand to, and it quickly becomes apparent that this includes magic. She devours everything the hedges provide for her, mastering every spell and demanding more. Despite her lack of formal training, she rivals a Brakebills student. In the timelines where she did attend Brakebills, she was apparently top of her class (alternate Josh compares her to Hermione) and a student of the Knowledge Discipline, which touches on every branch of magic.
  • Addictive Magic: She becomes obsessed with learning magic to the point of addiction. She even has sex in exchange for learning a spell, cheating on her boyfriend in the process. People actually think she is using drugs, and her family sends her to rehab. There she meets Chaplain Richard, a Brakebills graduate.
    Chaplain Richard: The reason you treat magic like a drug, is because the people that taught it to you act like drug dealers. They buy it and they sell it, and they fight and they fuck for it.
  • Ambiguously Human: When Julia asks Iris what she is, Iris notes that Julia has the immortality of a deity, being unable to be killed through conventional methods, but none of the power, being unable to use magic despite its return. The East River dragon, however, suggests she could regain her power.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As noted above. Because she used up all her power reforging the keys, she can't do miracles, but she also can't cast like a human. In season 4, she can't do magic, but is invincible. In the finale, she becomes human, but finds out she can still do magic after Quentin's funeral.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Quentin go way back, and their relationship is strained and strengthened by the plot.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Quentin has been in love with her for a long time, but she doesn't share the same feelings for him and even had a fiancé. He supposedly gets over his feelings towards her when he enters a relationship with Alice.
  • The Chosen One:
    • She's a "god-touched," one of the few people whom the gods still grant miracles to. When she pushes harder, a harvest goddess appears and speaks to her in person, something that hasn't happened in centuries.
    • Turns out she was actually chosen by Reynard the Fox, a trickster god. He kills everyone else (except Kady, who escapes) and rapes Julia. Turns out rape counts as a divine blessing, granting her certain privileges.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: The Julia of Timeline 23 is dead, which surprises her.
  • Deity of Human Origin: In the finale of season 3, she became a full goddess, but gives up her power to reforge the Seven Keys.
  • Enemy Mine: She sabotages the plan to kill the Beast and proposes an alliance with him to find a way to kill Reynard.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She betrays Quentin and the others by sabotaging their plan to kill the Beast.
  • Fake Memories: Marina gives her pleasant memories of Our Lady Underground giving the group blessings and missions. Jane is careful to leave the fake memories, but Ember just brutally "cures" her.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite their rough first meetings, she and Kady become this after she helps the latter escape from Reynard's assault. Besides her childhood friend Quentin, she's normally paired with Kady during her sides of the plot.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Zigzagged to the extreme. She was always a badass, but in the main timeline, she’s rejected from Brakebills, then rejected from the hedge witches, then raped and impregnated during a summoning trap, by a god who holds zero regard for life. The way she handles this misfortune ends the pregnancy and catapults her to god status. The way she handled this role seems to boost her capabilities even further, beyond that of the average god. She gets her ‘nightmare’ label in regards to how, unlike the other gods in this universe, she’s actually filling the "benevolent deity" role proper. This attracts followers and power. Both things the other gods want, but struggle to get.
  • Glowing Eyes: In season 3, her eyes glow whenever her "god-touched" powers manifest.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Specifically mentioned to be a Yale alum en route to law school, which fits with her driven and intelligent characterization.
    Julia: [after explaining that she covered all the bases when dealing with a lamia] We weren't sure which legends were true.
    Lamia: I hate Ivy League girls.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A magician-in-training with the ambition and intelligence, and cold and destructive without her Shade. She's shown potential in spellcraft, having cast invisible fire and teleportation. She even becomes a demigod with the divine power of a god.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • When she is expelled from Brakebills, she is able to prevent them from erasing her memory of the school by cutting herself.
    • She has Marina erase her memory of being raped by Reynard.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Quentin, her childhood best friend. While he initially had nebulous unresolved feelings for her, they move past it and re-settle into their close friendship.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: She was impregnated by Reynard, and would have given birth to a powerful demigod.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • After being a bad terms with Quentin for most of season 1, they eventually become this, both of them remaining loyal to each other even when they're at odds.
      Julia: I’ll be burning in Hell right next to you, but hey, at least we’ll have each other.
  • Sticky Fingers: Quentin's fondness for sleight of hand makes him an expert pickpocket if he's close enough to a target.
  • Rape and Revenge: Sets out to kill Reynard following her assault.
  • Semi-Divine: She is implanted with the magic essence of Reynard's divinity by Persephone, Our Lady Underground. She's technically a mortal with divine power of a god, making her a demigod.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being given Reynard's seed, her powers grow exponentially.
  • Touched by Vorlons: She was raped by Reynard the Fox, which temporarily boosted her magic. After she spared his life, Persephone blessed her with the seed of Reynard's divinity, effectively making her a demigod. Now that she's gained the ability to hear prayers, divinely heal people (much safer than magical healing), and regrow whole forests, the "demi" part seems to be going out the window.
  • The Unchosen One: She was rejected from Brakebills, leading to her becoming obsessed with finding magic on her own. Turns out this was on purpose. All things being equal, she would have been allowed in, but Jane was fiddling with the time loop and had her kicked out into the cold in an effort to make her stronger.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Marina uses her to get into Brakebills, then discards her when she's of no more use.
    • Reynard the Fox uses her to open the door so he can return to Earth, all while pretending to be a friendly harvest goddess.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She sleeps with Pete in order to gain access to a second safehouse, despite still being engaged at the time.

    Alice 

Alice Quinn/Queen Alice the Wise

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Played By: Olivia Taylor Dudley

A skilled young woman from a magical family, who came to Brakebills trying to discover what happened when her brother disappeared a few years earlier.


  • Affectionate Nickname: After they start dating, Quentin starts calling her "Vix," referencing the time they were foxes.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Powers herself with so much magic to kill the Beast that she becomes a Niffin, and then has to be put down by Quentin. Taken further when it turns out that Quentin's cacodaemon wasn't able to kill her; instead it bound her into the magical tattoo on Quentin's back.
  • Badass Bookworm: While only slightly more competent compared to her peers, Alice is no slouch using her education to win fights and/or solve problems.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She gets violent when the subject of her brother and what happened to him comes up. She gets past this once she returns to Brakebills.
    • Cheating is shown to be a big one. Likely has to do with the fact that her father almost committed suicide over her mother cheating (before they decided to have an open marriage). When Quentin has sex with Eliot and Margo while the three of them are feeling the emotion-heightening side effects of a spell, Alice treats it as unforgivable despite the extenuating circumstances, breaks up with him, and has revenge sex with Penny.
  • Composite Character: Somewhat of book!Alice and book!Julia. In the books, Alice defeats the Beast but becomes a Niffin in the process and Julia becomes one of the four monarchs of Fillory; here, Alice becomes queen instead of Julia (who has whisked away the Beast to make a deal with him).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alice developed a biting wit after her time as a niffin.
    Quentin: All the clocks say 4:20.
    Alice: Well, it's not hell for Josh.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: In season 3, after nearly killing Julia, she becomes terrified of what she might do if she ever regained magic properly. This leads her to cut a deal with the Library to give them control of magic, and when that seems to fall through she tries to destroy the seven keys so magic will never be brought back. This continues in season 4, when an accident with mirror world magic splits her into her fearful and confident halves. Fearful Alice tries to seal her confident self in the mirror world, but when she has to retrieve her, Confident Alice calls her out, bluntly stating that everything she did that she regrets she did out of fear.
  • Freudian Excuse: She had a complicated childhood. Her parents liked to have massive orgies and were always very open about sex, but completely closed-off about everything else. This resulted in her being shy and anti-social, always struggling to keep her emotions in check.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Margo claims she is this, calling her a "package deal" with Quentin. Eliot agrees, though not in such harsh terms.
  • The Glasses Come Off: The only significant times Alice is without her glasses is when she fought The Beast and her "escapades" as a niffin.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to the trauma from becoming a niffin, doing horrible things, and then regaining her humanity and therefore feeling bad about all those things, Alice has lost all trust in herself, which leads to her spending most of season 3 flipping allegiances between the Physical Kids and the Library.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Knowingly overloads herself with godly magic power during the showdown with the Beast, letting herself turn into a niffin just to make sure she can kill him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's this during her stint as a niffin. A being of pure, pulsating light while able to maintain her human image.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: After being brought back to life by Quentin, she's desperate to regain her lost knowledge and power. She changes her mind after nearly killing Julia just to hold onto magic.
  • Jumped at the Call: The Dean specifically did not summon her for the Brakebills entrance exam, as he didn't want to give her family any more pain after what happened to her brother. She had to find the school herself.
  • Light 'em Up: Her specialty is phosphoromancy.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Zigzagged. She started out as shy and kept to herself, but she starts opening up during her relationship with Quentin. She even becomes friends (more or less) with the rest of the group. Especially Penny, who is a loner himself. In season 3, however, her actions leaves her shunned by almost everyone.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Often found wearing short skirts and tight sweaters.
  • Mythology Gag: At the Library, she is given a plate full of burnt, crispy bacon as her only breakfast, which she refuses to eat. In the books, Alice is Jewish.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears these nearly all the time.
  • Noodle Incident: She states that she lost her virginity with all her clothes on.
  • No Social Skills: She is not very good with interacting with others, so she mostly keeps to herself.
  • Slasher Smile: As a niffin, Alice had no moral quandaries to do whatever she wanted, thus sporting chilling examples of these whenever something benefited her.
  • The Stoic: She always keeps her emotions in check. But she is also quite capable of anger, especially regarding anything to do with her family. Quentin cheating on her leads to a screaming fight.
  • One-Winged Angel: A somewhat heroic version of this. Desperate to use any kind of magic when fighting The Beast gifted with god-given powers, she overloads herself to become a niffin, which ends up winning the fight in her favor. However, it quickly turns sinister when she tries to kill an injured Quentin right after.
  • Out of Focus: She disappears for a few episodes when she leaves the school after finding out what happened to her brother. She returns later after the Dean convinces her.
  • Pure Magic Being: During her time as a niffin.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: After nearly screwing over everyone in season 3, she tries to be a better person and make up for her mistakes. However, the group has no inclination to trust her again, and even Quentin forces her to leave after she helps save his life because he has no faith that she'll remain on that path.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • When she tried to reverse Charlie's niffin transformation, she kept a magic box on hand designed to seal niffins as insurance. Quentin ended up using it, even though she insisted she was close to saving Charlie.
    • When she became a niffin and Quentin set his cacodaemon on her, the cacodaemon couldn't kill her, so it bound her in the closest available receptacle—the magical tattoo on Quentin's back.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: After Quentin returns her to human form, Alice suffers a brief but debilitating depression over the loss of her incredible abilities, memory and senses; most of season 2 consists her of holing up in her room, trying to read all the knowledge she cannot fully remember. With Quentin's help, she manages to slowly recover, but not without remembering all she lost.
    Alice: Ever since Quentin dragged me back, I've just-I mean, what do people in limbo do? It's excruciating.
  • Sex for Solace: She has sex with Penny as revenge for Quentin cheating.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Quentin. He immediately takes an interest in her after seeing her perform magic in front of the class. They eventually become an Official Couple until Quentin cheats on her with Margo and Eliot while under a spell.
    • With Penny. She sleeps with him to get back at Quentin for cheating on her. After they are shown to be close friends. Quentin even says that they would make a cute couple while under a spell that shuts off his emotions.
    • In Season 2, she gets more with Quentin after he convinces her to push the limits of her magic.
      Alice: [kisses him] We're not getting back together.
      Quentin: ...okay.
      Alice: [continues kissing him]
    • At the end of Season 3, she tells Quentin that she's still in love with him and they kiss...and then Quentin's memories are wiped and the Library imprisons her.
  • Stepford Smiler: To others regarding her parents. She pretends to not care about them, but in truth she hates them, their self-righteous attitudes, and their inability to see what a social train wreck they would be in the muggle world. Particularly her self-involved mother; she's fonder of her father, who's more well meaning. Which explains why she was so destructive when she was a niffin; Alice specifically targeted families and small children under the pretense of gaining knowledge, which is actually a reflection of what she's been doing her whole life: using academia as an excuse to get away from any trace of her spoiled, passive-abusive parents. This would also explain her brother's behavior.
  • Sweater Girl: Alice dresses fairly conservatively, but her sweaters still show off her figure.
  • Troll: After she becomes a niffin and gives up those silly things like "restraint" and "forgiveness." She pretends to be a ghost to Quentin for a few days in order to get him to ask her parents for help in an Ancient Egyptian ritual to lay the dead to rest. Furthermore, this particular ritual forces her parents to confront several of the things that made them terrible parents, and her father ends up with a broken leg.
    Alice: We're going to have so much fun.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After she's human again, Alice is noticeably arrogant based on the knowledge she gained and lost as a niffin. She humbles down somewhat.
  • Twitchy Eye: Alice picks this up after her time as a niffin. Notably, she does this after killing the Lamprey, watching the lights leave its body akin to the time she killed its family.
  • The Unchosen One: For the past thirty-nine loops, her only real purpose was to make Quentin stronger. Quentin decides that she'll make a much better hero than he, and passes the duty of slaying the Beast on to her. She accomplishes this, albeit at the cost of her own life.
  • Unwanted Rescue: She liked being a niffin, and Quentin bringing her back to life was not what she wanted.
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    Eliot 

Eliot Waugh/High King Eliot the Spectacular

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Played By: Hale Appleman

One of the senior members of the Physical House, he is a heavy drinker who has taken Quentin under his wing. Best friends with Margo.


  • Abusive Parents: His father.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Eliot’s description from the first book: “There was something off about Eliot’s face. His posture was very straight, but his mouth was twisted to one side, in a permanent half grimace that revealed a nest of teeth sticking both in and out at improbable angles. He looked like a child who had been slightly misdelivered, with some subpar forceps handling by the attending.” Eliot's portrayal in the series: by Hale Appleman with no additional disfigurement make-up.
  • And Then What?: When he married Fen, he clearly didn't expect to actually survive fighting the Beast, and thus wasn't worried about being a husband or king. Most of his problems in the second season stem from being woefully unprepared, but Dean Fogg offers to help him as much as possible, even calling in advisers.
    Dean: Your thesis project is: "How to save an entire god-damn world."
  • Ambiguously Bi: While he intentionally acts as Camp Gay as possible, there are some implications he might be into women. In addition to his threesome with Quentin and Margo, when he gets a naked harem of guards in the Fillorian castle, a few of them are women. He confirms in "The Cock Barrens" that he has some interest in women (though it's ambiguous if this is genuine attraction, given that he is miserable being married to Fen and is visibly uncomfortable being intimate with her, and the only time we see him willing with a woman is Margo), but vastly prefers men.
    Eliot: It's like if you like pussy in a sometimes kind of way, like Thai food, and now it's all Thai food all the time until you die.
  • Armored Closet Gay: When he was young. As a kid, he helped beat up his friend for being gay despite being gay himself. It's unclear when exactly he came to terms with his own sexuality, but it has most certainly happened by the start of the series.
  • Arranged Marriage:
    • The team agreed that the next High King of Fillory would marry the blacksmith's daughter in exchange for the knife. That king turns out to be Eliot. Except that because of magic, Fillorian marriages are permanent and you can never be with anyone else ever again.
    • Fortunately, there's a loophole to this in that every Fillorian monarch is entitled to a wife and a husband, allowing him to enter into a concurrent arranged marriage with King Idri of Loria.
  • Badass Gay: Capable of using his magic with lethal intent, which is shown when he is forced to kill his boyfriend who was being possessed by the Beast.
  • Brutal Honesty: During a death penalty trial when Eliot was captured by Fillory for crimes against all of Fillory, Eliot defends himself with a thorough "I. HATE. FILLORY. because it's backwards, insane, and proud of it, but it saved us when we needed it the most so I'm going to save it". It doesn't stick.
  • Camp Gay: Turns out he does this intentionally; he's actually from a farm in Indiana and reinvented himself before coming to Brakebills.
  • Character Development: Throughout his rule of Fillory and with the backing of Margo, Fogg and other parties, Eliot slowly cares and tries to be a just king, instead of his usual hedonistic lifestyle.
  • The Chosen One: He's the next High King of Fillory. The exact mechanics of how the king is chosen are unclear, but they have to be from Earth, and at the time he's one of only half a dozen Earth humans in Fillory.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had an abusive, homophobic father and accidentally killed a boy who bullied him when he was fourteen using his telekinesis.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After he discovers that his new boyfriend is a meat puppet for the Beast (and then Elliot is forced to kill him), he turns to drink even harder than normal, making use of a flask that never runs dry. Six weeks later, he's turned to harder drugs.
  • Farm Boy: His self-admitted secret is he was born on a farm from Indiana. Because of his father, he reinvented himself in order to forget his past. This ends up being useful to help introducing farming to Fillory, to his chagrin.
  • Fighting from the Inside: He fights to regain control of his body from The Monster long enough to let his friends know he's still alive. In order to do this, he has to confront his greatest trauma.
  • The Gadfly: Eliot and Margo share this role implicitly. Throughout the series, moreso in the first season, their enjoyment thrives on throwing glib comments to their friends and acquaintances. This lessens when they have to take their roles as rulers of Fillory seriously, but they will absolutely not hold back their thoughts over it.
  • Gay Best Friend: He is this to Margo. They are completely inseparable, and spend most of their time drinking and making fun of their juniors.
  • Hen Pecked Husband: His wife, Fen, quickly proves that she can make him do anything she wants just by making him feel a bit guilty.
    Eliot: Life is all about new experiences. I've never been pussy-whipped before.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He ends up married to the blacksmith's daughter. Worse, due to the magical nature of the marriage, there's no way out of it, and no chance of having sex with anyone else on the side.
  • Mind over Matter: His magic manifested at a young age as telekinesis, which appears to be his specialty.
  • My Greatest Failure: Eliot's is turning down Quentin's suggestion of a relationship after their experience in "A Life in the Day".
  • The One That Got Away: When Quentin suggests they try to have a relationship in their current timeline after they fell in love and grew old together during a quest, Eliot rejects him, saying that he loves him but neither of them actually want to be together when they 'have a choice'. This turns out to literally be Eliot's greatest regret, and he admits that he rejected Quentin not because he didn't want to be with him, but because he was afraid.
  • One Head Taller: He is significantly taller than every main character but Penny, but especially with Margo and Quentin. He does the whole routine of resting his head on theirs when they hug on different occasions.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: With Quentin.
  • Safety in Indifference: When Quentin suggests that they try having a relationship in the main timeline, Eliot rejects him. When he's finally forced to come to terms with this incident, he admits that it's because he was scared.
    Eliot: Q, I'm sorry. I was afraid. And when I'm afraid, I run away. If I ever get out of here, Q, know that when I'm braver it's 'cause I learned it from you.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: His daughter is taken by the fairies after her birth. In her two month absence, she went from being a newborn to a teenager due to the fact that time passes more quickly there. Subverted as Fray is actually just a random human raised by the fairies, and his actual daughter was stillborn.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: When he becomes High King of Fillory, he finds that without magic automatically making the crops grow, no one in Fillory has the slightest idea how to farm. He is very annoyed that he has to delve into his childhood memories and teach them the most basic farming techniques.
  • Those Two Guys: He is rarely seen without Margo.

    Penny 

William "Penny" Adiyodi

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Played By: Arjun Gupta

Quentin's roommate and Kady's boyfriend. He has a natural talent for mind-reading, but his true skill is the exceptionally rare "Traveling," allowing him to travel anywhere, including other worlds.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the books he was an ambiguously autistic Cloud Cuckoolander who showed propensity for the obscure skill of interdimensional traveling - he was also frequently in solitude and later became a magical Obstructive Bureaucrat at the library. While the series keeps the interdimensional traveling, his personality is changed to that of the constantly edgy and abrasive member of the team.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The Beast magically cuts off both of his hands in the season 1 finale. He gets them reattached, but they start malfunctioning and leaving him with no control over his actions.
  • Astral Projection: As part of his teleportation abilities, Penny can also project his consciousness while leaving his body behind.
  • Berserk Button: He states that he doesn't like being called a psychic. Generally, reading Quentin's mind angers him, as his constant thoughts get on his nerves.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His ability to enter dreams and being able to always hear Quentin's thoughts comes in handy multiple time. First, when Quentin gets trapped in a hallucination, he calls Penny for help. Second, when Penny gets trapped in another world, he uses Quentin's dream to communicate with him.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Penny 40 to Penny 23.
  • Dimension Traveler: His literal power. However, he has great difficulty mastering since it involves him wanting and knowing exactly where he would travel to.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: When Penny's body physically dies in season 3, he (justifiably) wonders how everyone will grieve him. When it turns out to be slightly sad to lukewarm at best, he's insulted no one is sobbing in his name.
  • Indentured Servitude: In return for getting back the use of his hands to do magic, Penny signs a contract with the Neitherlands Library to work a billion years for them, in his lifetime and afterward.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't like people in general, and is especially hostile to Quentin, if only because Quentin completely lacks a Psychic Block Defense (which he finds extremely annoying). He has shown a softer heart to Kady, however, and Quentin points out in season 1 that even though Penny hates him, he still jumped in front of a knife for him when the Beast (possessing Mike) attacked them.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • With his telepathy he can hear everything which gets on his nerves especially with Quentin and it can also make it hard for him to sleep.
    • His Traveling ability is noted to be both extremely powerful and extremely dangerous, as he could end up at the bottom of the ocean in the blink of an eye. He is initially given a tattoo to keep him anchored, but Mayakovsky cuts it off him and forces him to just learn.
  • Race Lift: In the books he is frequently described as a white punk rocker. In the television series, he is a South Asian hipster.
  • Sex for Solace: Has sex with Alice, who wanted revenge for Quentin cheating on her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Kady are this; whenever they are happy, something unfortunate either keeps them apart or miserable.
    Penny: (to Kady) I love you. I'm sorry we're cursed.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Is a snarky Jerk with a Heart of Gold most of the time, but shows that he can be genuine and caring occasionally, such as when he becomes friends with Alice in season 1 and when Quentin breaks down in season 2. With Kady in particular, he is very emotionally open and sweet. Penny 23 is the same with Julia.
  • Telepathy: He has the ability to read minds and through this he can also enter a person's dreams which was shown when he did so with Quentin.
  • Teleportation: It is discovered that he is a Traveler. That means he has the ability to teleport/travel anywhere, including other worlds.

    Margo 

Margo Hanson/High Queen Margo the Destroyer

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Played By: Summer Bishil

One of the senior members of the Physical House and Elliot's best friend. She has fun playing up the seductress angle, but in the end is often more helpful than Eliot. Margo is portrayed as both deeply insecure and surprisingly strong. She is outspoken and sometimes causes controversy, but is also fiercely loyal.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Eliot calls her "Bambi".
  • Adaptation Name Change: Her counterpart in the books is named Janet. This is given a shout out in "Thirty-Nine Graves" when the Librarian in the Neitherlands mentions Margo's name was Janet in at least one previous iteration of the time loop.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Like Quentin, Eliot crowns her as the High Queen of Fillory. Taken further when she wins the election and is then crowned High King.
  • Bi the Way: In the third episode of season three, she flirts with a female pirate king.
  • Brutal Honesty: She has a habit of this. In the pilot, she tells Quentin everything that could happen to him if he gets expelled.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Margo is the most willing to fight dirty compared to the main gang. Even mundane guns are not off the table. Notably, during their first trip to the Neitherlands, she shot one of the guards after they are spotted.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After her deal with the fairies, she loses an eye and covers it up with a bevy of fashionable eyepatches throughout season 3. She gets a fairy eye as a replacement in "The Fillorian Candidate".
  • Fangirl:
    • Turns out she was a fan of the Fillory books. Not as huge as Quentin, but she definitely knows what he's talking about whenever he goes off on a rant.
    • She's also actually read the A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter novels, unlike Eliot, who's only read the wikis.
  • The Fashionista: Struts around in very fashionable outfits, moreso after gaining an Unlimited Wardrobe as High Queen of Fillory. Her eyepatches are not off the table, either.
  • The Gadfly: She and Eliot share this role implicitly. Out of the two, however, she's the stronger example especially during Eliot's reign.
  • Gay Best Friend: Eliot is hers. She starts to worry when he actually gets a serious boyfriend for once.
  • Giver of Lame Names: All the others give each other cool royal titles during the Awesome Moment of Crowning. She (intentionally) dubs Quentin "The Moderately Socially Maladjusted."
  • Heroic Seductress: A few instances of her bonking dudes could be argued as qualifying, but there's no question bedding Josh (and willingly contracting lycanthropy as a result) to save him from the quickening is an example.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite seemingly being a superficial party girl, she is an expert magician and an excellent observer. She is often the voice of reason for the group.
  • The High Queen: Played With. She dubs herself with this title and she and Eliot act as a mostly-platonic Ruling Couple, but Margo initially comes off as a capricious, self-centered, and mercurial ruler. However, as the show goes on, she genuinely comes to care about Fillory and steps up as a well-intentioned queen, and eventually wins the title of High King through an election.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Her relationship with Eliot has implications of this, especially when they have a three-way with Quentin. It's even implied they've had threesomes before.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Although Margo is generally kind of an asshole, even saying at one point that Alice wasn't their friend even after she died, she has her moments of sincerity. She also sincerely wants to do right by Fillory and her subjects, even when they're technically not her subjects anymore. Additionally, she highly values consent after finding out a pirate's ship wanted to consummate with the Muntjac, whether the latter would agree or not.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: See above.
  • Of Course I'm Not a Virgin: When Prince Ess arrives from Loria, he says he wants to unite the kingdoms by marrying Fillory's "virgin" Queen Margo. She turns to Eliot and basically growls, "Did he just call me a virgin?"
    • When she confronts Ess later and he says it again, she cries, "Oh my God! I'm not a virgin!"
  • One True Threesome: She and Eliot take Quentin under their wing the moment he arrives at Brakebills. The three are rarely seen apart, culminating in a threesome while under the effects of an emotion spell.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: A confident Magician who is capable of holding an entire strategy conversation with Eliot entirely in pop culture references.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once she has a chance to be queen (when not under the effects of a curse), she proves to be forward-thinking, practical, and civic-minded. Though she's still acerbic, she's the one who tries to fix the Wellspring, keeps Eliot from building a monument to (believed dead) Alice with money they can't spare, and tries to help Eliot become a better king.
  • Scully Box: Summer Bishil is 5'3" and Hale Appleman (Eliot) is well over 6', so Margo wears a lot of tall heels.
  • Secret Test: She and Eliot were in charge of the trials for Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Kady. The point was for the four to figure out the secret solutions to seemingly impossible tasks.
  • She Is the King: Gets crowned the High King of Fillory after winning an election as a write-in.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While everyone curses a fair amount, Margo has, by far, the filthiest mouth. Doubly so, whenever she's angry.
  • The Tease: She sometimes has fun pretending to seduce Quentin, but it never goes far. At least, not until the threesome.
  • Those Two Guys: She is rarely seen without Eliot and they like to share in gossip and party together. They're also the two monarchs who stay in Fillory to actually rule it.

    Kady 

Kady Orloff-Diaz

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Played By: Jade Tailor

A tough, rebellious and sexy Brakebills student who attracts Penny's attention in and out of the classroom. She was secretly working for Marina to steal spells from the school and is forced to leave after a teacher discovers this. After she flees Brakebills, she joins a group of Magicians led by Richard and befriends Julia.


  • Action Girl: Knows a lot of hedge witch combat magic (and, notably, does not need to bottle her emotions to make it work), and throws a hell of a punch when magic's not an option.
  • Badass Israeli: In the meta sense. Jade Tailor is half-Israeli on her father's side, and Kady is the most competent member of the group when it comes to both battle magic and punching people in the face.
  • Becoming the Mask: She was in Brakebills originally just to steal for Marina, but she eventually starts to fall for Penny and tried to stay at the school.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: "Innocent" may be a strong word, but she walks out of a room in shock and guilt, covered in Gaines' blood after he forces her to sacrifice him in order to ensure Reynard's demise.
  • The Cast Showoff: In a show full of talented singers, Jade Tailor is easily the best, and the producers never waste an opportunity to put her front and centre for a musical number.
    "Four-octave range, bitch."
  • Contralto of Danger: She has the deepest voice out of the main female characters, not afraid to get her hands dirty if magic is not enough, and, appropriately enough, this is her singing range.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While she's a Magician like the main cast, Kady is quite willing to get the drop on somebody whether it's her bare hands or anything else.
  • Composite Character: Of Amanda Orloff and Asmodeus.
  • Descent into Addiction: After the slaughter of Richard and his group, Kady begins season 2 squatting in a heroin den. She's able to bounce back from this after Julia finds her, but relapses badly after Penny (physically) dies in season 3, narrowly dying until Julia saves her.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite the rocky first meeting between her and Julia, they become this after the latter saves her from being raped by Reynard. Their relationship still has their bumps, but they usually have each others' backs.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Notably, despite being a Magician, she uses her fists if magic is not enough.
  • Hidden Depths: A talented singer and piano player along with having some music knowledge. This comes up when trying to decipher a medieval music sheet. Her mother taught her while she was "taking her clothes off for others." Kady fondly admits her mother was good at it.
    • She's also conversationally fluent in Hebrew.
  • Ironic Nickname: “Ms. Sultry, but Damaged,” given to her by Mayakovsky. When things get bad enough, she doesn’t waste much time getting around to OD’ing on heroin. Also, roughly 1/4 of an episode in season 3 is committed to a burlesque show she performs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kady is slightly abrasive and rebellious, but she's loyal to anyone who earns it.
  • Miss Fanservice: Tends to show the most skin of any female character in early season 1. This lessens as the show progresses, mainly because she's too busy to really spend time on her appearance, but pops back up when she does a burlesque number as a distraction in the party dimension.
    • During the trials, she tells Penny she's intentionally invoking this trope to get him to help her steal for Marina. Marina even tells her to "put all that hotness to work." She dresses more modestly after she stops working for her.
  • The Mole: She's essentially Marina's slave, and her primary task is to get as much magic out of Brakebills as possible.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She does not take it well when Gaines magically compels Kady to sacrifice him and collect his magical energy so that she and Julia can destroy Reynard. Understandably, Kady is livid when Julia doesn't go through with it.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Julia when they end up joining the same group. Julia even basically sacrifices herself to Reynard so that Kady could escape after he massacres the whole group.
  • Official Couple: With Penny, until she was forced to leave him when her deception is discovered. They maintain a steady relationship throughout seasons 2 and 3.
  • Out of Focus: She disappears for awhile after being forced to leave Brakebills. She is put into Julia's storyline as part of the group trying to summon a goddess.
  • Promoted to Opening Credits: Recurring character in Season 1 and promoted to the main cast in Season 2.
  • Psychic Block Defense: She has a very strong one, which is why no one (including her psychic boyfriend) knew what she was doing at the school.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Her and Penny are this throughout the series; never happy without having baggage keeping them apart.
  • Translator Buddy: Knows American Sign Language, and acts as a translator for the deaf Harriet.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She was forced to work for Marina to pay off her mother's debt by secretly stealing spells from Brakebills.

    Josh 

Josh Hoberman

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Played By: Trevor Einhorn

A Natural Magical student who was part of the class that disappeared on a summer vacation to Fillory. Half Magic Chef, half drug dealer, and unrepentant party animal, he took to Brakebills because neither pursuit would get him witch-hunted there. Most of the time, he whips up pastries that use every form of magic (thaumaturgical or chemical, take your pick) to induce the final say in "magically baked". Otherwise, he's harmless.


  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: During a temporary position as King of Fillory (because rules say only earthling wizards get to rule), Josh gets everyone baked on drugs singing "Hakuna Matata".
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: He's a secondary character compared to the rest of Team Brakebills, who are otherwise busy enough to exclude him, but he does get a few crazy moments in. As we learn in season 3 Josh is aware this is how the others see him, and it hurts him deeply. He's the sort of guy who would be a lonely nerd if not for his skill with magical drugs making him the Life of the Party, and he suffers when magic goes out.
  • Pals with Jesus: Is friends with Bacchus, god of revelry.
  • Really Gets Around: You wouldn't think it to look at him, but yes, as evidenced by the chart he created of everyone's hookups. Including a threesome with two harpies.
  • Supreme Chef: He's a talented cook, too, and prepares dishes for Eliot and Margo's court.
  • Wolf Man: In Season 2, due to a bout of "Sexually Transmitted Lycanthropy". Fortunately, the werewolf cycle works over a thirty year period, so it doesn't have much effect on his daily life outside of that short window.

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    Fen 

Fen Waugh

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Played by: Brittany Curran

The daughter of a Fillorian blacksmith, the team promised that she could marry the next High King in exchange for the Moonstone Blade. That turned out to be Eliot.


  • Adaptational Sexuality: Of a sort. In the books, Quentin thought she was a lesbian. In the show, she is clearly interested in men (though she could be bi).
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Gains the ability to dream the future from the Napster.
  • Hidden Depths: She was an FU-fighter before she married Eliot, but now genuinely cares about him and wants him to succeed. She advises him to not release the assassin in the dungeon, as he's more dangerous than Eliot thinks.
  • Knife Nut: It doesn't come up much, but as the daughter of a blade maker, she's very good with knives and more than happy to use them.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She was a virgin before she married Eliot, but quickly discovers that she really likes sex.
    Fen: I don't know how to politely ask you to fuck me.
  • The Mole: Subverted. She was a member of Fillorians United, but cut ties when she married Eliot. The FU-fighters assume she's their woman on the inside, but she threatens to kill the agent who tries to get her help.
  • More Deadly Than the Male:
    • After Eliot spares a man who tried to assassinate him, Fen threatens to kill him herself.
    • When pirates attack her ship, she pulls out knives and prepares to defend her daughter, while making snarky comments about how Eliot is useless without magic.
  • Nice Girl: She just wants to make her husband happy and keep the people of Fillory safe. This is a bit of consternation for Eliot, as he clearly likes her as a person, but isn't quite on board with being married to her.
  • Rags to Royalty: She was a peasant before she married Eliot, which was the whole point of the arranged marriage. She is still annoyed when the nobles rant about how unimportant peasants are, but they seem to have forgotten her humble origins.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She was the one who organized the castle staff while the team were off collecting the crowns, and from there she pushes Eliot to actually be a good king instead of just waiting to get killed like all the others.
  • Sanity Slippage: In season 3, after giving up her baby to the fairies, she's gone into full denial and taken to swaddling a log (and in one case, a talking bunny) like a baby. Once she meets Fray, she immediately tosses the log aside and her sanity quickly recovers.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Despite constantly insisting that her only goal is to serve her husband, she manages to get her way more often than not.
    Eliot: Life is all about new experiences. I've never been pussy-whipped before.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Her daughter is taken by the fairies after her birth. In her two month absence, she went from being a newborn to a teenager due to the fact that time passes quicker there. Subverted as Fray is actually just a random human raised by the fairies, and her actual daughter was stillborn.

Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy

    Fogg 

Dean Henry Fogg

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Played By: Rick Worthy

The Dean of Brakebills. He is one of the few people who knows Quentin is The Chosen One, and gets his eyes ripped out by the Beast early on.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the books he is a stuffy Obstructive Bureaucrat who sees himself as a gatekeeper preventing students he deems unworthy from achieving their professional or academic goals. In the television series, he is more of a clever Trickster Mentor for whom Authority Equals Asskicking.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He's far less stuffy and more involved in the events of the series, while his book counterpart was something like a Professor Umbridge lite.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: A bald black man who is the leader of Brakebills.
  • Blind Black Guy: Following the Beast's attack on Brakebills, he is blinded, and wears magical sunglasses to help him see.
  • Child Prodigy: He mentions that he taught himself magic at age four with no help or prior instruction.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: In his confrontation with the Beast he was able to temporarily subdue him with a surprise attack that knocks him back, but the confrontation ends with the Beast freezing him, breaking his fingers, ripping his eyes out, and almost killing him.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In the pilot episode, he gets Quentin to use his magic by threatening to expel him and yelling at him.
    Dean: DO SOME GODDAMN MAGIC!
  • Eye Scream: Has his eyes ripped out by the Beast. The Beast places them on a desk and draws a smile under them.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: When the Beast ripped out his eyes and broke his hands, he got magic glasses that let him see vague outlines.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite getting his eyes ripped out and his hands broken, he is still very skilled in magic.
  • Promoted to Opening Credits: Promoted to the main cast in Season 2.
  • Race Lift: He is described in the books as white, but is played by a black actor on the show.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows about the time loops and that Eliza is really Jane Chatwin.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: This seems to be his teaching method, along with the other teachers. They allow the students to do dangerous spells in order to learn them. Many students die through this method.
  • Stealth Mentor: He is secretly trying to teach Quentin and the others how to defeat the Beast, since he is aware of the time loops.
  • Twofer Token Minority: The loss of magic (and his resultant job loss) becomes a source of self-deprecating humor about his race and disability status in season 3.
    Fogg: Just another unemployed black, blind man in America!

    Mayakovsky 

Professor Mischa Mayakovsky

Played by: Brian O'Byrne

A renowned and powerful Magician who is the only teacher at the remote Brakebills South.


  • Broken Bird: He seems like a tough badass but has a tragic past and is actually very frightened underneath it all, something which Quentin points out in the second season.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's a brilliant magician, able to instruct the cast on all their weak points, skilled enough to build and hoard several magical batteries, and is capable of constructing difficult magical equations on the fly, but he's also a complete jerk about it.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The whole reason he's stuck at Brakebills South is because he was sent there in disgrace after an affair with a student ended disastrously.
  • Tough Love: Professor Mayakovsky is a huge Jerkass, but this appears to all be part of his teaching method and several of his actions suggest that he's actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His rather blunt approach forces Quentin’s and Alice’s ship to set sail, which could have otherwise stayed in port indefinitely if left up to them. He also prevents Kady from heading back to school and getting mind wiped.

    Sunderland 

Professor Pearl Sunderland

Played by: Anne Dudek

One of the Brakebills professors, who starts investigating the students' involvement in the Beast's attack.


    Lipson 

Professor Lipson

One of the Brakebills professors, who specializes in healing. She also works in the infirmary.


  • Driven to Suicide: Becomes severely depressed after the loss of magic in season 3, and nearly jumps off a building. Quentin has to talk her out of it.
  • School Nurse: The closest thing to it shown in the series. Whenever someone winds up in the infirmary, she's seen tutting at them.

    Todd 

Todd

Played By: Adam DiMarco

An eccentric student Magician at Brakebills.


  • Butt-Monkey: Margo and Eliot order him around and otherwise tend to exploit him for comedy.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a very quirky, awkward, and fun-loving magician.
  • One Steve Limit: Todd is his middle name, and his real name is Elliot. Eliot didn't want someone else with the same name running around, so he forced Todd to go by his middle name.

Hedge Witches

    Pete 

Pete

The face of the best hedge witch safehouse in New York. He recruits Julia directly, and is as friendly to her as he can be despite her obsessive nature.


  • The Dragon: He's Marina's second in command, but he's just as scared of her as everyone else. In season 4, he joins up with Kady after she needs help finding something in the black market, because he sees her as someone who could be a proper leader to the hedges.
  • Friend in the Black Market: In season 4, he's working as a information dealer in the black market.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Marina's abuse of Julia, he usurps her offscreen to prevent her from backstabbing her other 'friends'.
  • Pet the Dog: In a way, his erasing Julia's fiancé's memory of her is this, since he did to protect the guy from getting involved in dangerous magic, though Julia didn't see it that way.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He implies he's going to rape Julia to get her to pull out her magic, but afterwards insists that he would never actually do it.

    Marina 

Marina Andrieski

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Played By: Kacey Rohl

Leader of the best hedge witch safe house in New York. She was thrown out of Brakebills three months before her graduation for unknown reasons and had all her memories of magic erased. She managed to claw her way back to the top of the hedge witches despite that, and ruthlessly exploits everyone under her.


  • Actually, That's My Assistant: At first, Marina appears to be another newbie witch who's thrown into a "test" against a revived corpse in a freezer by Pete. After Julia figures a way out, Marina reveals how she's really the one in charge and this was a test of a different sort.
  • Alone with the Psycho: She's left alone when Penny pulls Julia and the Beast into Fillory for a showdown with the latter. With nobody to maintain the trap, Reynard breaks free and kills her.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Marina from Timeline 23 decides to come to Timeline 40 in season 3.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Killed Offscreen unceremoniously after being left alone with Reynard.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • She might be a bitch to her fellow man, but according to Reynard, even Marina had some affection in her heart to spare for "Cupcake", her black cat familiar. So Reynard killed it - very viciously.
    • Marina 23, for her part, has a girlfriend she intends to marry. (Of course, since this is Marina we're talking about, it's a little twisted. The lady in question is the timeline 40 version of The One That Got Away from 23; Marina's using her knowledge of the past relationship and the timeline jump to get a do-over.)
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's a power-hungry bitch and a Bad Boss, but when Julia calls her for help after Reynard massacred her friends and raped her, she comes without any hesitation, no strings attached. She even seems horrified at the idea that she might demand payment for fixing Julia's memory.
  • Good Is Not Nice: When Julia needed her, even though she'd threatened to kill her if she got into her shit, she was there and doing whatever she could to help, no questions asked, no payment wanted.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: She gets away mostly clean in the first season, the worst comeuppance being that Julia stole her cabinet full of spells. In the second season, Reynard starts hunting hedge witches, Dean Fogg is totally unsympathetic to her plight, and she's finally killed by Reynard after Julia's plan to trap and kill him goes awry. She's then brought back to life temporarily and her comments indicate she wound up in Hell for her actions.
  • Killed Offscreen: By Reynard, after Julia and the Beast have been pulled into Fillory. Julia comes back to find her grotesquely mutilated on the floor.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A cunning and bitchy hedge witch with a specialty in dangerous magic, capable of killing, telekinesis, banishment, etc. After retaining her memories from Brakebills she becomes even stronger.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Marina 23, at least, who has a girlfriend she intends to marry. It's possible main-timeline Marina is a lesbian as well, though it's never actually confirmed.
  • Pet the Dog: She helps Julia after spending the entire season tormenting her. She doesn't even ask for anything in return.
  • Put on a Bus: After getting kidnapped with Penny 23, Marina 23 dips out, presumably to visit her girlfriend for her birthday, as she talked about not wanting to miss it earlier in the episode, and never returns.
  • Secret Test: Puts Julia through one by pretending to be a new hedge witch just like her and then gets locked in the freezer with her.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In season 4, reluctantly becomes this, after the mindwiped version of Kady has a run-in with one of Marina's minions and subsequent events suck her in.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: She tricks Julia into putting Quentin in a coma, uses her to break into Brakebills, gets everything she wants, and then exiles Julia for trying to save her friend.

Fillory

    Jane Chatwin 

Jane Chatwin

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Young Jane Chatwin 
Played By: Esmé Bianco, Rose Liston (Young)
Aliases: Eliza, The Watcherwoman

Jane Chatwin is the sister of Martin and Rupert Chatwin and the hero from the Fillory and Further books. Adult Jane Chatwin uses the alias Eliza to interact with Quentin and Dean Fogg about dealing with The Beast. She is later revealed to also be the Watcherwoman, who was a villain in the Fillory and Further books.


  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Eliza is revealed to be Jane Chatwin. She is trying to clean up the mistakes of her childhood by secretly watching over Quentin.
  • The Chosen One: It's implied she was in a similar position as Quentin once, but failed in her task. At the very least, she was supposed to kill the Beast, but obviously didn't. She's actually still trying, using a time loop to try again and again with different variations.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is killed by the Beast who was secretly possessing the body of Mike McCormick. He kills her by choking her and then crushing her head.
  • Stealth Mentor: She was secretly trying to teach Quentin and the others how to defeat the Beast by changing events in each different time loop. For instance, by making it so that Julia doesn't pass the Brakebills entrance exam in this most recent loop, forcing her to learn magic from hedges out in the world to toughen her up.
    • As the Watcherwoman, she was also this to herself by travelling back in time and playing the villain, inspiring young Jane Chatwin to learn magic to fight her.
  • Time Master: She was given a magic watch in Fillory that lets her "fuck with time on a cosmic scale." Exactly what it is capable of is unclear, but she uses it to loop time in an effort to find a way to destroy the Beast, working to make Quentin and Julia stronger with every iteration. The events of the show represent the fortieth loop. The previous thirty-nine ended in Quentin's death. This will be the last one, as the Beast finally managed to kill her.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: She's the single most knowledgeable character about the Beast, Fillory, and the plot in general. Naturally, she bites it before before any of the main cast get much out of her, though she was intentionally keeping them in the dark.

    The Beast 

The Beast

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Played By: Charles Mesure, Anthony Marble (Faceless Form)
Aliases: Martin Chatwin (Real Name)

A monstrous creature from another world who appears in this one with his face obscured by moths. In reality, he's Martin Chatwin, turned into an evil and extremely powerful magician by the traumas of his childhood.


  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: As a child, he was repeatedly raped by Christopher Plover. The trauma from this affected him and his future, so Fillory began rejecting him. He finds his way there anyway, and begins draining the magic so that he would never have to leave.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1. He is the big threat to Fillory and Brakebills. Quentin and the others were being taught magic so that they could find a way to defeat him. However, he doesn't survive past the third episode of the second season.
  • Calling Card: The Beast seems to like smiley-faces, first drawing one on the other side of a fogged-up mirror, then drawing one with Dean Fogg's blood and eyeballs.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Julia sabotages the plan to kill him by blackmailing him into helping her kill Reynard.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's so powerful that mostly all the confrontations with him are this. Ultimately, he's on the receiving end of one from the powered-up Alice.
  • Eccentric Mentor: The Beast becomes this for Julia. He’s still evil, but he helps her and shares his coping mechanisms with her.
  • The Faceless: His face is mostly shown being covered by a swarm of moths, at least until the Season 1 finale.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a friendly sort, always smiling and giving gentle jokes. Except his smiles are often drawn in the blood of his victims, and his jokes involve far too much blood.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was molested by Christopher Plover and subsequently rejected by Fillory, the combined despair of which drove him into insanity and magic obsession.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: His story starts him as an orphaned child of unclear origin. Then he’s the victim of sexual abuse, which its also implied blocked him from retruning to Fillary without an artifact. By the end of his arc he can freeze a god, and predict the actions of pretty much everyone around him in most cases.
  • The Gadfly: He's not allowed to harm Julia for the duration of their deal. That doesn't prevent him from singing at the top of his lungs day and night (with magical accompaniment) just to annoy her.
  • Grand Theft Me: He takes possession of Eliot's boyfriend, Mike McCormick, and uses him to infiltrate Brakebills. He eventually uses him to kill Eliza, who was really Jane, his sister.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The removal of his "shade" and draining of powerful magics from Fillory has turned him into one: he has six fingers on each hand, walks with stiff and crooked movements, and is perpetually surrounded by moths. In death, it's shown that his physical form is either filled with or entirely made of these moths.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: The Beast is usually announced by a moth and whose unseen face is perpetually surrounded by a swarm of moths.
  • Rasputinian Death: He has most of his left arm shredded by Alice's first attack, is cut off from the Wellspring, gets cut up to the point of being immobilized by the powered-up Alice, and finally has his chest torn open, upon which moths fly out and leave his empty body behind.
  • Red Herring: It seemed like Christopher Plover was the Beast, but he's actually Martin Chatwin, using techniques Plover came up with.
  • The Sociopath: He cut off his "shade," the part of his soul that let him feel love—and more importantly, fear and self-loathing.
  • The Unchosen One: Fillory started to reject him over time. When he finally managed to get back, he resolved to never leave again. Even if that meant draining the wellspring of Fillory's magic and fighting the gods.
  • Was Once a Man: He was once Martin Chatwin, one of the kids from the Fillory books. He was being raped by Christopher Plover and was being rejected by Fillory, and used Plover's own ideas and theories to improve his casting abilities.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Martin was once a normal child who was raped repeatedly by Christopher Plover and rejected by Fillory because of it. He dedicated himself to growing powerful enough to stay in Fillory forever, fundamentally altering himself and removing his shade, becoming the extremely powerful and evil Beast.

    Christopher Plover 

Christopher Plover

Played by: Charles Shaughnessy

The author of the Fillory and Further series, and Quentin's idol. In reality, he was using the Chatwin kids to access Fillory for him so he could both write the books and attempt to become a powerful magician. He was also molesting Martin Chatwin, inadvertently turning him into the Beast.


  • Abusive Parents: To the Chatwins, who were his adopted children — especially Martin, who was subjected to sexual abuse.
  • And I Must Scream: When Quentin finds him in Fillory, he's being kept alive by the Beast, perpetually being Eaten Alive by moths. Since Quentin knows by now what role he had in creating the Beast, he offers no help.
  • Dirty Old Man: A pedophile who raped Martin Chatwin and abused the other siblings.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • He raped and abused Martin Chatwin to the point that Martin ripped out his "shade" and became the Beast, whereupon Martin subjected him to all of that pain and more in Fillory.
    • Later, when the gang killed the Beast he escaped Fillory, trying to find the world where he can be happy. Alice tricks him into going to Poison Room in Library. Without the ticket back.
  • Red Herring: He's suspected of being the Beast after Quentin and the others travel back in time and see how evil he was, but the Beast turns out to be Martin Chatwin instead.

    Rupert Chatwin 

Rupert Chatwin

The eldest of the Chatwin siblings a powerful Magician in his own right, Rupert was a soldier in World War II who returned home for the summer after sustaining an injury. It was during that time his sister Jane, brother Martin, and himself discovered the world of Fillory and went on a number of adventures before returning to the war.
  • Adult Fear: His younger brother Martin disappeared with Jane, his sister, following suite the next year and worse were the rumors about them and their guardian Christopher Plover that began to stir in the wake. Fortunately he's spared the horror of the truth but unfortunately said truth is worse than he could've imagine.
  • Badass Gay: Was in a relationship with fellow Brakebills student Lance Morrison, remembered in Fillory as the last half-way decent High King, and used a spell (powered by a god) to secretly win the Battle of the Bulge and in turn, World War II.
  • Been There, Shaped History: When he had to return to service, Rupert searched the Armory for a means to assist the Allies and found the Rhinemann Ultra. When trying to find the spell themselves, Alice and Quentin realize that Rupert would have taken part at the Battle of the Bulge shortly after. They are flabbergasted to realize that Rupert Chatwin had used the spell to secretly, and singlehandedly, win World War II.
  • Posthumous Character: Dead by the 21st century but is referenced numerous times throughout the series, usually involving his time in Fillory.
  • Sole Survivor: In-Universe he's regarded as this by the general public due to his siblings disappearing and no-one knew what became of them. Ironically he's the only one of them who didn't survive to the modern day unlike Jane (who had time magic) and Martin (who had become a Humanoid Abomination).
  • The Ghost: He only ever gets referenced in relation to his time in Fillory as High King, and never makes an appear either in the past or the present. This makes him the only one of the Chatwin siblings who doesn't live to the present day given his book counterpart also died. He finally makes an appear in the episode "Be the Penny" revealing him to have found the Truth Key in Fillory and brought it to Earth. The same episode reveals that he attended Brakebills as a student and was in a relationship with fellow student Lance Morrison.
  • The Good King: And the last one Fillory had before his brother Martin became The Beast and terrorized it as ruler for decades, cursing and killing anyone from Earth who tried to become the next High King or challenge his power.

    Fray 

Frail Human "Fray" Waugh

Played by: Madeleine Arthur

The daughter of Eliot and Fen, raised in the Faerie Realm. Due to time moving faster there, she became a teenager in the two months she was missing.


  • Admiring the Abomination: She gets a little too into describing the horrific wounds that a shadowbat would give a human.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She takes every opportunity to turn up her nose at her parents, which they find amusing.
  • Fish out of Water: Having been raised in the Faerie Realm, she's completely clueless about how the world works. When pirates raid the Muntjac, she doesn't think they should be allowed to because Eliot is king.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Despite Eliot's denial, she acts a lot like him. Margo specifically points out that she has the same unearned arrogance Eliot does—at least until Eliot earned it.
  • Never Given a Name: The Faeries never bothered to name her, just calling her "Frail Human." She goes by Fray for short.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Aged up to a young adult in the two months after she was taken from her parents. Eliot and Margo even discuss it by comparing it to other shows that used it (eg. Buffy), and Eliot wonders if she's really his daughter. He's right to be suspicious, since she isn't.

    Tick 

Tick Pickwick

Played by: Rizwan Manji

One of the Fillorian courtiers.


  • The Starscream: Eventually is all too willing to toss Eliot and Margo to the mob and become the next ruler of Fillory.
  • Sticky Fingers: His family has a reputation for being good pickpockets.

Other Magicians

    Emily 

Emily Greenstreet

Played By: Abby Miller

A former Brakebills student who was in the same class as Alice's brother Charlie. She left the world of magic behind her and now works for a New York company.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: Neatly coupled with Took a Level in Kindness; during her brief appearance in the first book, Emily Greenstreet was openly contemptuous of magic and openly blamed everything wrong in her life on magic, and the only reason why she was able to have a civil conversation with Quentin is because he'd given up on magic at the time. In the series, Emily is far more subdued and infinitely less judgmental, coming across as troubled and grief-stricken more than anything else; plus, she's able to converse with two practising magicians without making any references to them being nuclear bombs waiting to go off.
  • Body Horror: Emily tried to improve her looks using magic, but this ended up warping her face horribly instead.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Had an affair with Mayakovsky as a student, and still has unresolved feelings for him.

    Richard 

Chaplain Richard

Played By: Mackenzie Astin

A Brakebills graduate Julia meets in rehab, he works to help addicts of all kinds. One way he does that is by teaching magicians other, safer ways of using magic.


  • Grand Theft Me: Reynard takes over his body after killing him.
  • My Greatest Failure: Years ago he was a drug addict, and he left his six-month old son in the car on a hot day, where he died. He's trying to summon a god to gain enough power to turn back time and fix his mistake.
  • Mercy Kill: He kills Kira by giving her an overdose of morphine because she is in a vegetative state and he was told by Julia that she requested her to kill her and she refused.
  • Religion Is Magic: He is the first to introduce theurgy, entreating gods for power.

    Mike 

Mike McCormick

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Played By: Jesse Luken

A magician and graduate of Brakebills University.


  • Bury Your Gays: He becomes Eliot's boyfriend, but is soon killed due to being possessed by the Beast.
  • Character Death: Killed by Eliot when the Beast inside his body attempts to escape from his prison.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Beast possessed him in order to infiltrate Brakebills.
  • The Lost Lenore: Eliot starts drinking heavily and gets depressed as a result of being forced to kill him.
  • Satellite Love Interest: His characterization was mostly to be Eliot's boyfriend. Subverted when he is revealed to be the Beast possessing a body.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He is killed off (by his boyfriend no less) in order to provide an angsty subplot for Eliot.
  • Temporary Love Interest: He became Eliot's first serious boyfriend in a long time.

     Kira 

Kira

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Played By: Yaani King

A coma patient who is tasked to teach Julia the real meaning of magic.


  • Adventures in Comaland: Kira is in a vegetative state, but she can still create a dreamworld in her mind. She takes Julia to various places from her memories.
  • Bury Your Gays: Kira mentions having a girlfriend, and she dies at the end of the episode she is introduced in.
  • Character Death: She dies from a mercy kill by Richard.
  • Magical Negro: Her main story arc is to help Julia with her problems and discover another way to learn magic. She does however ask Julia for a personal request and she also tells Julia the story of her life in the process of teaching her.
  • Mercy Kill: She requests Julia to kill her because she no longer wants to live in her vegetative state. Julia refuses to, but Richard fulfills the request by giving her an overdose.
  • Tragic One-Shot Character: She appears in the episode "The Writing Room" and dies at the end of the episode, shaking Julia.
  • Twofer Token Minority: She is black and a lesbian.

     Zelda 

Zelda Schiff

Played by: Mageina Tovah

The head librarian of the Library of the Neitherlands.


  • Character Tic: She has a habit of holding her arms up with her hands facing forward.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She compares herself to Kady in that her mother was also a hedge which and she was living on the streets until the Library found her.
  • My Beloved Smother: Was an overprotective mother to Harriet, whom she forbade from going out in the world, resulting in her daughter leaving her and the library.
  • Older Than They Look: Like all Librarians, she doesn't age while in the Library, so she's much older than her physical appearance would suggest.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Because Harriet has spent most of her life outside the Library, physically she and Zelda are almost identical in age.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Villain is pushing it, but Zelda takes an interest in Alice because she believes Alice has the potential to be great.

     Harriet 

Harriet Schiff

Played by: Marlee Matlin (adult) Stephanie Nogueras (teen) and Winter Sluyter-Obidos (child)

A former Brakebills student and CEO of FuzzBeat, which she uses as a platform to secretly publish magical knowledge.


  • Bland-Name Product: FuzzBeat, from the name to the site layout to the content published, is a magical counterpart to BuzzFeed.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: Her goal. She runs a site that secretly lets magical knowledge out in the open, dislikes how the library keeps information locked up, and helps the protagonists when their goals of getting information out of them align with hers.

     Victoria 

Victoria Gradley

Played by: Hannah Levien
A former Brakebills student and a Traveler. Like Josh, she was part of the class that disappeared.


  • Back for the Dead: After leaving Brakebills and the group behind to travel in season 1, she returns in season 3 when the group needs a Traveler to break into the Library. She is lost in the mirror world in the attempt, and though Harriet is rescued the following season, Victoria isn't.
  • The Bait: The Beast used her as bait for unsuspecting Travelers.
  • Distressed Damsel: In season 1, Penny would get visions of her chained in a dungeon by the Beast, and wants to rescue her. The Beast uses this against him.

     Poppy 

Poppy Kline

Played by: Felicia Day

A former Brakebills student and field researcher specialising in dragons.


  • Adaptational Nationality: Australian in the books, she's American here.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Season 3, she awkwardly disappears from the narrative after "Six Short Stories About Magic" with no explanation given. She finally shows up again in Season 4's "Home Improvement" episode, squatting in Physical Kids' cottage to hide her stolen dragon egg, ready to leave once more after she's forced to give the egg up.

Gods, Goddesses and The Things that scare them

    Ember 

Ember

Played By: Dominic Burgess

One of the two gods who created Fillory. He appears as an overweight satyr and is a being of entropy and chaos to balance Umber's order.


  • Big Bad: The real main villain of Season 2, being the one behind all of Fillory's problems.
  • Cain and Abel: Ember puts two and two together and realizes Umber sold him out to a flock of sexually abused moths so he could move to Canada. Then he starts choking his brother to death, cursing him as the weaker one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Ember happily manipulates events to cause suffering and hardship for mortals, but even he found Martin's situation to be unpleasant. And since Ember only cared about his own enjoyment, he simply locked Martin out of Fillory so he wouldn't be a downer.
  • The Hedonist: Part of the problem is that he's trapped in his shrine and has nothing better to do, but he mentions that he's had sex with every nymph in the kingdom. Season 2 reveals that this is his standard personality, as Ember loves to indulge himself in every possible way.
  • Jerkass Gods:
    • When he sees that Julia has a patch of Fake Memories on her mind, he removes it with no thought of the consequences. Contrast with Eliza, who left it despite its amateur nature because she was sure it was put there for a reason.
    • More details emerge on his jerkass nature when Umber explains that Ember helped created Fillory to entertain himself. After the Beast's death, Ember proceeds to wreak havoc in Fillory to amuse himself and ultimately plans to destroy it as a grand finale.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In "We Have Brought You Little Cakes" it's revealed Ember interfered at several points throughout season 2 to ensure maximum "drama" with the main cast.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He defecates in the Wellspring to stop the Beast from using it to heal. It results in the Beast's Karmic Death, but it proceeds to cause serious problems for Fillory and weaken magic on Earth.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The Beast trapped him in his own shrine after killing Umber. Subverted when after the Beast's death he starts wreaking havoc on Fillory to entertain himself.

    Umber 

Umber

Played By: Nico Evers-Swindell

One of the two gods who created Fillory. He appears as a slim satyr and is a being of order and creation to balance Ember's chaos.


  • Dirty Coward: Recognizes that he turned tail and ran from his own creation, but still treats humans like software programs.
  • Faking the Dead: After the Beast targeted him, Umber faked his own death and fled Fillory to the next best place in creation, Canada.
  • God of Order: Unlike his God of Chaos brother, Umber is a neat, detached god of order meant to balance him out.
  • It's Been Done: His fatal flaw in world creation. Cube worlds? Minecraft. "Cuba"? He didn't do the research on previous country names. There's a distinct lack of creativity in his latest world.
  • The Maker: The driving force behind Fillory's creation. After fleeing Fillory he has turned to other projects.
  • Neat Freak: Given his nature as a god of order, his house is spotless and artfully arranged as is his pet project world. He even has a clipboard for surveying people in preparation for his next project.

    Persephone 

Persephone/Our Lady Underground

Played By: Garcelle Beauvais

A harvest goddess who appears to Julia and offers her help.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: At first it seems like she's just a way for Reynard to get to Earth, but she's soon revealed to be quite important.
  • Have You Seen My God?: She's one of the only gods still speaking to mortals, and even then only to her god-touched. Actually, she's not. Reynard pretended to be her to use Julia and the others to get back to Earth. She's been missing for centuries and not even Reynard knows where she is. She only finally reappears to save Reynard when Julia is about to kill him.
  • Jerkass Gods: While she appears completely benevolent in her sole appearance, asking Julia to spare her son, she knew what Reynard was doing and didn't step in until he was about to be killed, and only because there are consequences to killing a god.
  • Karmic Jackpot: She gives one of these. When Julia agrees not to kill Reynard—with no promise of reward—Persephone rewards her by bringing her shade up from the Underworld, even though Julia had already given up on ever getting it back. On top of that, she took Reynard's divine seed (as in the essence of divinity, not the more vulgar connotation) and gave it to Julia.
  • Magical Negro: She appears as a black woman bathed in light and she has the desire to give Julia and the others her blessing. This is subverted when she is revealed to be Reynard in disguise. Double subverted when it turns out she's a real goddess who Reynard was masquerading as, and that's what she really looks like—or at least, it's her favorite form.
  • Masquerading As the Unseen: It is stated that no one has seen her for centuries, and this makes it easy for Reynard to pretend to be her.
  • The Reveal: She's actually Persephone, the goddess of the underworld and the wife of Hades. Later she revealed herself to the mother of Reynard himself.
  • Rejection Affection: During a heated discussion between Reynard and his son, it's revealed why Reynard kills those who venerate Our Lady Underground; he loved the goddess and was rejected by her, unleashing his hatred towards her followers. Worse, she was his mother.
  • Shout-Out: Her title of "Our Lady Underground" is one to Hadestown, which also referred to Persephone the same way.
  • Woman in White: A goddess who appears to mortals in a white dress.

    Hades 

Hades

Played By:

Ruler of the Underworld and husband to Persephone.


  • No One Sees the Boss: Hades doesn't like interacting with the souls in the Underworld, so he rarely shows up in person, and no one's actually seen him for years. Him gracing Penny with a visit is the first time he appears.

     Reynard 

Reynard the Fox

Played By: Garcelle Beauvais (As a Disguise), Mackenzie Astin (Possessing Richard)

A trickster god with a violent and sadistic streak.


  • And Show It to You: He's fond of ripping out the hearts of his victims.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • His massacre of the Free Traders. He possesses their leader, then gleefully tears out another's heart and eats it as the others can only watch in terror. Then he uses magic to slit three of the others' throats. Kady manages to escape as he's busy raping Julia.
    • From there, he goes on a serial killing rampage of various worshippers of Our Lady Underground, and terrorizes his biological son, mostly unimpeded due to all that other shit going on throughout the universe. The final straw to his downfall is when he murders his daughter-in-law, tears her into shreds, and gives her ear to his son.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: He's pretty much only the antagonist of Julia's and Kady's plotline in Season 2. Everyone else is too busy with other problems to care about him. Ember ultimately surpasses him as the true Big Bad.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Persephone strips him of his divinity as punishment, making him a mostly-normal human stuck slinging pizzas for a living.
  • For the Evulz: He seems to have no other motivation for his horrible actions other than his enjoyment at doing them for their own sake.
  • God Guise: Zigzagged. He's a god himself, but he pretends to be Our Lady Underground to gain access to Earth again.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As a god, he's implied to be more powerful than the Beast. Julia forms an alliance with the Beast to find a way to kill him. After the Beast's death, Julia seeks other ways to deal with him.
  • Moral Myopia: He calls Persephone an evil heartless bitch for turning him down, ignoring the fact than he's an Ax-Crazy rapist and murderer. The fact that she shows up to save his life implies the situation is more complicated than just her abandoning him for being evil.
  • Nature Vs Nurture: Despite being the son of the benevolent goddess Persephone, he is a very dark and cruel god.
  • Parental Abandonment: The reason he is so angry at Our Lady Underground is that she is actually his mother, and she abandoned him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: After killing the group, he underlines his evil when he brutally rapes Julia. It was so traumatizing that she had her memories of it erased.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Is Persephone's (but not Hades's) son in the show. In reality, she is a Greek goddess whose myth predates him by millennia, and his origin story has nothing to do with hers.
  • Revenge by Proxy: After Persephone spurned him and disappeared, he took out his anger with her on any of her followers.
  • The Trickster: One of the original tricksters. This is one of his darker interpretations, with rampant murder and rape as a matter of course.

    Bacchus 

Bacchus

Played By: Ryan Mcdonald

The Roman god of revelry.


  • Character Death: He's the first casualty of the Monster.
  • Life of the Party: Of course. He throws the best parties, due to them being his domain.
  • Modernized God: One of the few gods who still interacts with mortals, since they like to party. He can apparently be tracked through his Instagram (at least until Instagram suspended his account for something involving nipples), and party animals like Josh have favor with him.

     Iris 

Iris

Played By: Madisen Beaty

Goddess of the rainbow, messenger of the gods.


  • Character Death: The Monster kills her by tearing a piece of his body out of her.
  • Jerkass: When Iris visits Julia to help her retrap the Monster back in Castle Blackspire, she berates Julia, blaming her for the Monster's escape. Her second visit has her attempt to murder Julia for failing her task, killing Shoshana when she got in the way.
  • Mind Control: Though not outright stated, it's implied she's responsible for possessing various people to give messages to Julia.

    Calypso 

Calypso

Played by: Michaela McManus

The mythical nymph who imprisoned Odysseus on Ogygia and the architect of Castle Blackspire. She's now the CEO of a gaming company.


     The Monster 
The nameless thing imprisoned in Castle Blackspire.
  • Adult Child: A millennia-old creature with the psyche of a small child.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Essentially a being of endless want. It has nothing else, not even a name, just an insatiable need to be entertained, coddled and loved. If it doesn't get what it wants, well...
  • Amnesiac God: An important part of his memory was stolen by the gods, and he's not sure what it was. He plans on killing the pantheon to get it back.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 4.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Monster is searching or four magic stones held by four gods, believed to form a body once assembled..
  • The Dreaded: A thing so terrible that it ate all the other monsters the Gods were afraid of in Blackspire.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Castle Blackspire was home to many monsters left over from creation. This one ate all the others. When it gets loose, it proves itself more powerful than other gods, as well, easily killing them if it can catch them.
  • Grand Theft Me: One of its main powers, as it doesn't have a body of its own. The soul is trapped inside the Monster's mind and remains there even when the Monster surfs to another body.
  • Horrifying the Horror: The Gods, who win no prizes in morality, were so afraid of this thing they tore its essence from its body, broke its body apart and hid the pieces in the other lesser gods, and built an inescapable prison for it and others like it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In an incredibly toxic way, the monster wants all of your attention and love. It says this is its motivation for possessing Eliot.
    The Monster: But I like this [body]. You and your friends care so deeply about what happens to it. Why would I ever leave it?
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The gods stole its memories when they imprisoned it. Now that it's free, it plans to kill them to get them back.
  • Never Given a Name: It’s just "the Monster."
  • No-Sell: God-killing weapons only kill its host. The Monster itself is a non-corporeal being that can only be imprisoned.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: It kills an ice cream vendor for adding jimmies instead of sprinkles, despite his insistence (and immediate confirmation) that they're the same thing.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It used to be one of hundreds of things the Gods locked away in Castle Blackspire, but now it's the only one left. And it's loose in the world.
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