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The Illuminati are an ancient secret society said to secretly rule and manipulate the world. Initially the Illuminati are treated as just one of Matt Bluestone's many crackpot conspiracy theories, but as the series progresses they turn out to be quite real. Some of the central antagonists of the series are members, including Xanatos, who is a lower-echelon member. Ponder that.

  • Ancient Conspiracy
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Illuminati Society as a whole; a group of chessmasters so skilled and influential that Xanatos and Thailog are at the bottom of their hierarchy. Illuminati operatives three contradictory statements on what the Illuminati wish to do with the gargoyles.
  • The Illuminati
  • You Are Number 6: Illuminati must identify themselves to each other by rank, which each tier having an amount of members of the same number (one One, two Twos, etc.); the lowest rank is Thirty-Six. Peredur fab Ragnal, the Fisher King, is One. That gives them 666 members all in all, a fact not gone unnoticed by the fans.
The leader of the Illuminati, and presumably the same person as Sir Percival, a knight of King Arthur's round table.

  • Affably Evil
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's the head of a society that's morally dubious at best, and claims to love both Duval and Blanchefleur.
  • The Illuminati: One.
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  • Orcus on His Throne
  • Out-Gambitted: Xanatos successfully keeps the real Stone of Destiny to himself and hands a replica to Peredur. Not that it matters, since the spirit of destiny has no single vassal.
  • Pretty Boy: He looks almost angelic.
One of the two Twos of the Society. He largely runs the Illuminati while Peredur focuses on the big picture. He might also be the same person as Sir Percival.

  • Bald of Evil
  • Cyborg: He curiously has a lot of cybernetic implants. The reasons have yet to be explained, although Brooklyn did cut off his left hand.
  • The Dragon: To Peredur... apparently.
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's much nastier than Peredur.
  • I Have Many Names: In 997 a.d. he was a sorcerer in Constantine III's court, under the name "Brother Valmont." To add to the intrigue, Morgana le Fay also once called him "Percival."
  • The Illuminati: A Two.
  • Magic Knight: In his first battle with King Arthur, he combined hi-tech cybernetics with ancient sorcery.

The Chief Steward of the White House, and one of two Twos in the Illuminati.

The brother of famed detective Sherlock Holmes and manager of the Diogenes Club: a hideaway for numerous other Illuminati in Britain.
A female gargoyle from an unknown clan and a very high-ranking member of the Illuminati.

Guardian of THE Fountain of Youth.
A spirited storyteller of Middle-Eastern descent, working to keep an eye both on the Labyrinth and on Thailog's activities.

An alchemist who developed the Philosopher's Stone.

  • Alchemy Is Magic: Well, the Elixir of Life appears to have worked exactly as advertised, so at least some of this trope applies.
  • The Illuminati: A Thirteen.
To all appearances, nothing more than a Fortune Teller who runs a small shop in New Orleans. But when The Reveal comes, she turns out to be Nimue in disguise - Merlin's former student and lover.

  • The Big Easy
  • Broken Bird: She's become a rather badass sorceress over the centuries, all things considered, but she's also avoiding confronting Merlin like the plague, as well as unwilling to get close to anyone else for fear it will remind her of him. He still doesn't understand why.
  • Deal with the Devil: How she views her relationship with the Illuminati. She performs services for them in exchange for helping her hide from Merlin and New Camelot.
  • Fortune Teller: Her cover, though Stephen Strange, Jr. knows her to possess real magic. Essentially, this makes her a phony Phony Psychic.
  • The Illuminati: A Sixteen.
  • Merlin and Nimue: Her relationship with Merlin, obviously. She sees the parallels, albeit reversed, in her teaching Stephen Strange, Jr... hence her desire not to grow any closer to him.
  • Mystical Whiet Hair
  • Tarot Motifs: In addition to giving readings to others, she seems to identify herself with The High Priestess.

The Creature of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, now an Illuminatus.

A matriarch of the Canmore Clan of Hunters.

A vampire and nobleman working for the Illuminati.

The Illuminati's treasurer and the self-styled "King of Thieves". He was Dingo's mentor and father figure while growing up, after the unfortunate passing of Dingo's mother. Her death by Faltaff's hands, that is.

An Illuminatus of Indian descent, and owner of a wildlife preserve.

Game Warden and owner of the Clayton Game Preserve in Africa.

The wife of Lord Greystoke, as well as the manager of their game preserve.

  • The Illuminati: Not technically a member, but since there are no secrets between herself and her husband and she represents him in dealing with the Society, they effectively share a slot.
  • Spot of Tea: But of course.

The wife of Norman Osborn and mother to Harry. She was assigned as Norman's keeper to keep tabs on him, and manipulate him when needed. Her death was later faked, and she became a full time operative for the Illuminati.

Taro's majordomo and an Illuminatus.


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