Xar is one of the two main characters of the series. He is the son of Encanzo the king of wizards, but still magic less at thirteen year old.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Subverted. Xar won't beg for Squeezjoos's life, though he comes close to breaking and confessing who stole the sword when seeing his friend come close to death.
- Battle of Wits: With Sychorax in her dungeons. He returns her a tricky bargain.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Xar. A Boisterous Weakling with an Inferiority Superiority Complex.
- Body Snatcher: Xars witchstain.
- The Corruption: The witchstain.
- Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Averted, Xar wants to fight the warriors directly, unlike his father.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Wish, and Bodkin to a lesser extent.
- Girls Have Cooties: Downplayed with Xar. He has female wizard followers and Wish is his friend. The idea of romance, however, disgusts him.
- Hidden Heartof Gold: Once Wish and Bodkin become his friends.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Xar wants to gain magic so that he can please his father and his ego. Unfortunately, he gets exactly what he wants.
- It's All About Me: Xar is so full of himself he believes he is The Chosen One.
- He is notably distraught when he finds out he is not.
- To make matters worse, he is slowly sliding towards The Unchosen One.
- Karma Houdini: Cheats death Hiccup style.
- Lackof Empathy: At the start of book 1. He gets better.
- The Magnificent: Introduces himself as Xar the Magnificent.
- Noodle Incident: All his previous adventures.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Xar calls himself the boy of destiny and believes that he will make great things happen. Caliburn hopes that allying with Wish, despite Caliburn's misgivings about the alliance, will temper Xar's ego.
- Sand In My Eyes: Xar is crying over his dying sprite, but still denies it.Xar: I am NOT crying, and I will KILL anyone who says I am!
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Xar curses a lot when he wants to. This being a middle grade book, his curses are all of the Gosh Dang It to Heck! variety.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Downplayed, because Xar is not truly mean, but he definitely behaves less nice than he could to hide the fact that he feels like a disappointment.
- The Trickster: Is Xar ever.
- Tooka Levelin Kindness: A large part of his Character Development.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Xar feels ashamed for NOT being able to murder Wish in cold blood. Partially Deliberate Values Dissonance, because their tribes are at war.
- Why Are You Not My Son??
Wish is one of the two main characters of the books. She is the daughter of iron warrior queen Sychorax, but secretly keeps an enchanted spoon as pet.
- All-Loving Hero: Wish is friendly to everyone. Loves Xars snowcats the second she meets them (despite the fact that Xar himself tried to kill her). She adores her mother
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Wish loves her mother dearly.In most peoples eyes, Wishs mother, Queen Sychorax, was the most petrifying Warrior leader in the entire western wildwoods, known for her stern punishments, her short temper, and her dungeons of interminable depth.In Wishs eyes, her mother was the most wonderful, beautiful, splendid person in the entire world.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Xar and all his companions.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Wish actually dies stopping the ancient Kingwitch from stealing her power and gaining his freedom. Then she manages to put herself back together. It happens again in book two when she seals the Kingwitch away in iron, and Sychorax for the only time ever is relieved that Wish is magic.
- Insistent Terminology: Even after learning of her mother's atrocities, Wish insists that Sychorax isn't "wicked," but rather "mistaken".
- I Owe You My Life: Wish wants to save Squeezjoos because he saved her from the poisonous witch's blood.
- L Isfor Dyslexia: Wish has dyslexia of the non comedic variety.
- Noodle Incident: Wish has a long and regal name no one ever uses.
- Resurrective Immortality: Wish is a Great Enchanter, and can come back to life if she is killed.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sychorax delivers a particularly painful one to Wish in the beginning of book 2.Queen Sychorax: Hair disgraceful, height poor, general Warrior turnout utterly substandard. Spelling appalling, disobedience unspeakable, deportment tragic. Yes, its definitely her.
- Spoon Bending: Duh.
- In book 2 she bends more than spoons.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When the Witchsmeller in book two nearly sniffs out Wish's magic, Xar happens to be attempting to burgle back his Spelling Book from her but realizes they have to escape together. Wish goes along with it and starts screaming that Xar is kidnapping her. Sychorax follows suit to save Wish from the Witchsmeller's fanatic approach.
- Trying Not to Cry: Wish sees crying as a weakness her mother does not approve of, and thus tries to keep her tears to herself.
- The Un-Favourite: Both Wish and Xar to their parents.
Bodkin is Wishs anxious assistant bodyguard. He unwillingly gets dragged into all her adventures.
- Ascended Extra: While never really an extra, the unknown narrator insists that this is a story with two heros, Xar and Wish, and Bodkin isn't one of them. At the end of book three, however, the unknown narrator changes their mind, so one can hope that Bodkin may be given the credit he deserves in the intro to book four.
- Bodyguard Crush: Played with. Bodkin is the one having a one-sided crush and Wish is the one doing the saving.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Wish is objectively more competent than him.
- Bookworm: Bodkin loves books.
- Fainting: Bodkin has a medical condition that makes him fall asleep in dangerous situation.
- Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Bodkin feels pressured to become a bodyguard, even though he dislikes violence.
- Intelligence = Isolation: His classmates dont want anything to do with him because he got a promotion at only 13.
- Legacy of Service: His family have been bodyguards too.
- Lovable Nerd: Whenever he is not obstructing the adventure by fainting.
- Nervous Wreck: Downplayed with Bodkin, although he is always the cynical one.
- Not What I Signed on For: Every single adventure.
- Servile Snarker: Often replies with a dry comment whenever Wish comes up with another dangerous plan.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Bodkin wrestles with his duty to guard Wish and his need to assist her. He ultimately chooses assisting Wish each time.
- Tooka Level In Badass: A small one.
- Vetinari Job Security: He is the replacement of Wishs regular bodyguard. While he is on duty, all the shenanigans in book 1 happen.
- Thanks to Ultimate Job Security he still has his position six months later.
The scary iron Warrior queen and Wishs mother. She is disappointed in Wish, for a number of reasons, most of them relating to Wish not being a proper Warrior.
- Abusive Parents: Sychorax is emotionally abusive to Wish, to the point of hiding her in a punishment cupboard when the emperor sends "guests". While she does later defend Wish and lies for her to protect her from the Witchsmeller's claims, it still doesn't undo the harm to Wish's self-esteem.
- Addictive Magic: This is how Sychorax sees it.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Great at swordfighting, archery and the queen.
- Cultured Warrior: Considers herself this. Truth be told, she does keep a tidy castle, has lots of books and wears gold and finery.
- The Dreaded
- Ermine Cape Effect: She is described as beautiful multiple times.Queen Sychorax: We are Warriors. And a Warrior should always be well put together, Every hair in place. Every weapon sharpened. Every fingernail shining. Remember that.
- Evil Matriarch
- Faux Affably Evil: She speaks in a soft voice and is (nearly) always polite.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Everyone fears queen Sychorax.
- Human Head on the Wall: Turns out she KEEPS the decapitated heads of the people she beheaded.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She is a fantastic archer.
- Lady of War: Can sword fight in a long white dress.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: At the end of book 1.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has zero qualms about lying and guilt tripping people into doing her bidding.
- Parents as People: Both her and Encanzo. The two of them are the most important secondary characters.
- Royal Blood: She values the royal bloodline, and she and Wish are descendants of Brutal the Giant-Killer himself.
- War Ship: With Encanzo.
- Wicked Cultured: Sychorax is clever, sophisticated and very deadly.
Xars father and king of wizards. He struggles to be a good parent, as Xars disobedience often drives him up the wall.
- Bald of Awesome: He is bald on all illustrations, and also the most powerful wizard in the wildwoods.
- Emotional Powers: The buzzing clouds above his head change depending on his mood.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Encaro and the wizards believe that Xar killed the witch in his bedroom. This is entirely logical because they had no idea that Wish sneaked into the fort.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Sychorax in book 2. They get a bit of Ship Tease at the end, when he gives her a backhanded compliment about her nose and she still calls him by his old name.
- Go to Your Room!: Encanzo sends Xar back to his room bound in magic.
- Hand Blast: He is so powerful he does not need a staff to perform magic.
- I Have Many Names: Three as far as we know of, and even more aliases.
- Magic Kiss: His kiss gave Wish her magic powers.
- Parental Favoritism: Looter is Encanzos favorite son.
- Parental Neglect: Wheras Sychorax is emotionally abusive, Encanzo borders on this trope. He basically leaves the parenting to Caliburn.
- Parents as People: Both him and Sychorax. The two of them are the most important secondary characters.
- Parting Words Regret: Encanzo regrets that he sent Xar to his room, while the latter shouted that he wanted a magical child and not him, and then it seems that a witch attacked Xar. When Xar goes missing, Encanzo is worried that his son is dead.
- The Power of Creation:Encanzo: It is easy to destroy, but I am not like a Warrior, impressed by destruction. It is far harder to create, and creation is what we Wizards are all about.
- Villain with Good Publicity: While undoubtably less ruthless than Sychorax, he is a tricky king with terrifying magical powers. However, he is not feared.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can turn into [[Animorphism a bird]] at will.
- War Ship: With Sychorax.
Characters from the Wizard Encampment
A raven who is Xars mentor and advisor. His task is keeping Xar out of trouble.
- I Just Want to Be Free: Played with on multiple occasions, but ultimately when Encanzo does "free" him and Ariel, they both refuse to leave Xar.
- Indentured Servitude: For unknown reasons EncanzoEncanzo: Xar will need you for a little while longer. I will not release you [...] until the boy grows up into a wise and thoughtful adult.
- Resurrective Immortality: Caliburn is a Great Enchanter too, and has lived previous lifetimes already.
- Old Retainer: Genuinely cares for Xar, and has been around for quite a while.
- Private Tutor: To Xar.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Is casually mentioned in book three to have previously been the Wizard Pentaglion, which does explain why Castle Death has a raven motif.
Xars slightly stupid young sprite.
- All Animals Are Domesticated: All creatures obey Xar.
- Cool Pet: Three large snowcats with teeth and claws like kitchen knives, long fur AND you can ride on them.
- Xar also has a pack of wild wolves and a bear.
- Free-Range Pets: All Xars creatures have a large amount if freedom to roam and fly around.
- Gentle Giant: Crusher, the vegetarian giant who is always distracted by deep thoughts.
- Horseofa Different Color: The Snowcats
- I Just Want to Be Free: Ariel, mostly.
- Indentured Servitude: Ariel, and perhaps all Xars other sprites and animals too.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Despite everything, they are this.
- Pet Monstrosity: Have I mentioned the snowcats, wolves and bear?
Xars smug older brother.
- Baleful Polymorph: Xar accidentally turns his older brother into an imaginary creature in book two due to some magical misfiring. He leaves the instructions to turn him back with Looter before running away with Wish to stop the witches.
- Big Brother Bully: Looter is downright nasty to Xar for no reason, even if he makes a point that Xar is a troublemaker.
- Smug Snake
- The Rival: Swivelli to Encanzo. So far its unknown whether he is a serious threat or a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
- Pelts of the Barbarian: Played with. Wizards wear long fur coats and are seen as barbarians by the warriors.Queen Sychorax: The ignorance of these poor Wizards. We are civilization. We are progress. Look at us. Look at our weapons, our clothes, our tapestries, our furniture. You Wizards, in comparison, are barely better than animals
Characters from the Warrior Fort
A perfectly normal iron dinner spoon... except that it is alive. Wish keeps him as secret pet.
- Animate Inanimate Object
- Head Pet: Likes sitting on Wishs head.
- Love Triangle: Spoon gets caught in one when a living door key falls in love with him. A fork also takes a shine to the spoon who does not seem to like all the trouble.
- Silent Snarker: Spoon cannot talk, but he has shades of this.
- The Speechless
Drama and Unforgiving.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Everyone fears queen Sychorax. Bodkin calls her a terrifying tyrant, and they are too afraid to talk back to her. She removes the heads of people who speak kindly to her, which explains their fear.
- The soldier who has to inform her of a wizard attack is clearly afraid to do so.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Book Two reveals that Queen Sychorax serves an Emperor who is even more strictly anti-magic than she is.
- Pest Controller: Completely averted with the Witchsmeller.
- Wicked Cultured: The warrior fort in general. Even Xar is secretly impressed.
The rest of the Wildwoods
Pentaglion, his giant Proponderus and his sprite Eleanor Rose.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Pentaglion, when he stole drood tears.
- Mr. Exposition: Essentially their role.
- Proponderus telling the story of a silly young wizard and a warrior princess.
- Posthumous Character: Pentaglion died before the end of the events of the books.
- You See, I'm Dying: Proponderus.