Character sheet for the film Willow.
Willow and his allies
The titular hero of the story. He is a young and reluctant Nelwyn farmer and aspiring sorcerer who will play a critical role in protecting Elora Danan from Bavmorda.
- Action Survivor: He has no training in warfare or true magic, but he manages to triumph.
- The Apprentice: He does end up learning magic... although he uses the trial and error method. Emphasis on 'error'.
- Chekhov's Skill: His disappearing pig trick.
- The Chosen Zero: Fin Raziel has this opinion of him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: More of a magician who manages to miscast spells till the end of the film.
- Farm Boy: More like a farm man... with a wife and kids.
- Good Parents: To his children as well as to Elora.
- Guile Hero: Willow earns this status in the film's climax.
- Happily Married: One of the things that stand out with Willow's status as he becomes a hero. He already has a family at the start of the film.
- The Hero: Willow follows a fairly classic 'peasant hero' pattern.
- Home Sweet Home: Willow gains a hero's welcome when he returns to his village and runs straight into his family's waiting arms.
- Humble Hero: As compared to Madmartigan, despite having some high expectations for himself.
- Little People / Hobbits: Nelwyn rarely reach four feet in height.
- Nice Guy: Compared to most of the cast.
- Oh, Crap!: When he finds himself face-to-face with General Kael.
- Took a Level in Badass: Going from a simple farmer to outwitting the Big Bad.
- Why Did It Have To Be Trolls?: Very afraid of them.
A boastful swordsman who ends up helping Willow on his quest.
- Anti-Hero: He's a selfish jerk looking out for number one, but he eventually fights for the right cause.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Though we soon learn his skills actually match his bravado.
- Badass Boast: "I am the greatest swordsman that ever lived."
- Badass Normal: He manages to beat the Eborsisk and General Kael despite being the least magical member of the group.
- Butt-Monkey: For most of the film.
- The Casanova: Often flirts till he settles down with Sorsha.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has an odd imagination at times.Madmartigan: (to Elora) Did you see what he did?! He stole our blackroot! (kisses her forehead) I'll get some more, don't worry about it...
- Cool Helmet: Finds one in the armories of Tir Asleen, and uses it from that point on.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's self-centered and roguish, but deadly in a fight.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He's first encountered locked up in a crow's cage to rot like a criminal. Airk isn't surprised he's ended up there, calling him a thief later. We never find out exactly what happened.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Under the influence of love powder Sorsha proves most distracting. Though he was also taken aback the first time they met too.
- Heroes Want Redheads: With Sorsha.
- Human Snowball: During their escape from the mountaintop camp, Madmartigan falls off their shield-cum-bobsled and ends up encased in a tumbling mass of snow.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lecherous, bragging and irresponsible, but ultimately cares for his allies.
- The Lancer: To Willow.
- Leitmotif: A heroic-sounding one. James Horner based parts of it on Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenish".
- Loveable Rogue: When not being a jerk.
- Master Swordsman: When he finally gets his hands on a blade, Madmartigan doesn't disappoint.Willow: "You are great!"
- Miles Gloriosus: Subverted. Madmartigan is a braggart and a loudmouth for the first half of the film. Then he finds a sword, and we find out that his skills are more than enough to back up his talk.
- Mr. Fanservice: When shirtless, and even when cross dressing, one man found him attractive until he was revealed to be "Not a Woman?!"
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish to Airk. Airk is dedicated to the downfall of Nockmaar, Madmartigan needs to find his cause.
- Noodle Incident: He had a falling out with Arik sometime back, the details of which are not given. There's also whatever he did to get thrown into that cage in the first place.Airk: Madmartigan. I still serve Galladoorn. You serve no one. Remember? Sit in your coffin and rot.
- One-Man Army: As the forces of Bavmorda found out.
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, at the end.
- Shirtless Scene: At one point.
- Warrior Poet: He waxes poetically about Sorsha under the influence of a love powder.
- With Friends Like These...: With Airk.
- Undying Loyalty: "I serve the Nelwyn, Airk."
An aging sorceress who was turned into a possum by Bavmorda.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Exiled to a small island after being turned into a small animal. It seems for added cruelty she still had the lifespan of a human and thus lived as an animal for decades longer than naturally possible. Subverted in that Raziel says it could have been worse.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization describes in details her youth, her rivalry with Bavmorda starting during their tutelage under Cherlindrea herself, her courting of the Prince of Tir Asleen, whom Bavmorda stole with sorcery to get the throne. Suffice to say Bavmorda has been pretty much ruining her life from day one.
- The Archmage: The most powerful benevolent sorceress in the world, more than a match for Bavmorda herself even in old age.
- Baleful Polymorph: Throughout the film, mostly by Willow's mistakes; she gets turned into a crow and a goat, for example. In fact, it was one of the first times that type of morphing special effect had been used in a film.
- Big Good: Still a bit petty with Bavmorda, quite understandably so, but she is still the mightiest force on the good guys' side.
- Cool Old Lady: As she turns out to be. Her dialogue implies she had been trapped in an animal form for longer than she remembered.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She assumed she'd still be a beautiful young woman once she turned back to her original form, but a long time has passed.
- It's Personal: Bavmorda not only stole her fiancé, but forced her to waste her youth and most of her life under the form of a possum. As such, it is no surprise why she takes so much delight in her chance for revenge against her old rival.
- Kill It with Ice: She casts a powerful ice spell to freeze Bavmorda solid, but the evil queen No Sells it.
- Mind over Matter: She displays very powerful telekinesis, violently flinging Bavmorda through the air.
- Never Mess with Granny: As Bavmorda finds out.
- Not So Above It All: She got a bit too much enjoyment in flinging Bavmorda about with Cherlindrea's wand.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A reasonable and powerful sorceress.
- Woman in White: To counter Bavmorda's black.
A baby girl who is prophesied to bring about the downfall of Bavmorda.
- Baby Talk: For a really, really obvious reason.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Under her left arm.
- The Chosen One: Just not in the usual way.
- Living MacGuffin: The prophecy of her birth goads Bavmorda into abducting every pregnant woman she can; once born, she's secretly smuggled out of Nockmaar Castle, winds up drifting down a river clear to Willow's farm, and leads directly to the rest of the plot. She's abducted and rescued repeatedly.
- The Load: Again, for a really, really obvious reason.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: How she ends up found by Willow's children.
- Prophecy Twist: 'It has been prophesied that the birth of this child will cause the downfall of the wicked queen Bavmorda.' Bavmorda interpreted this in the most obvious way - that Elora would become capable of overthrowing her when she grew up. Ultimately she is not the agent of Bavmorda's destruction but the catalyst: it's the people protecting Elora that lead Bavmorda to destroy herself.
- Save This Person, Save the World: She is the key to defeating Bavmorda.
A powerful entity and ruler of the fairy forest.
- Big Good: Along with Fin Raziel. Cherlindrea is the non-action version.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: She gives Willow her magic wand.
- Fairy Godmother: Although she doesn't directly help Willow with magic, she provides him some crucial information and gives him her wand to bring to Fin Raziel.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde and seems to be made of purity and goodness.
- Light Is Good: She's an ethereal being appearing in a halo of light, and she seeks to bring an end to Bavmorda's reign of evil.
- Ms Exposition: Tells Willow about Elora Danan's name and fate, and directs him to Fin Raziel.
Rool and Franjean
A duo of Brownies who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.
- Anime Hair: Franjean.
- Big Damn Heroes: When rescuing the baby.
- The Ditz: Rool.
- Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Franjean.
- Lilliputians: Being computerized to be smaller than the rest of the cast.
- Lilliputian Warriors: As Brownies. They trap Willow and Meegosh in a pit, then tie them up ala Gulliver's Travels before presenting them to Cherlindrea.
- Nemean Skinning: Rool, with a mouse skin.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Both, but mostly Rool.
- Those Two Guys: Never seen apart.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With each other and Madmartigan.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Unlike most, they actually serve a purpose in the plot, being guides for Willow and Madmartigan.
The general in charge of the Galladoorn army. He had a past acquaintence with Madmartigan, but while Airk served Galladoorn, Madmartigan refused to serve anyone.
- Big Damn Heroes/The Cavalry: Arrives with his army to aid Madmartigan at Tir Asleen.
- Cool Helmet: Airk and his army wear what look like ancient Greek helmets.
- Cool Sword: He has this weapon that is like a sword blade sticking out of the end of a gauntlet.◊ Also counts as Blade Below the Shoulder.
- Four-Star Badass: A very powerful fighter serving as a general of the Galladoorn armies.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's good, but just barely lenient enough to tolerate Madmartigan's antics, and he's not immune to saying "Peck" (derogative slang term for Willow's people).
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Stabbed to death with his sword gauntlet by General Kael.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed to death by General Kael during the Final Battle.
- Ironic Echo: "Win this war for me."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's implied that Madmartigan and himself fell out over the former's refusal to take an active role against Bavmorda in favor of looking out for himself. However Airk's been fighting a lost cause against Bavmorda's forces for some time and is clearly one of the good guys. He does also seem to regard Madmartigan as an old friend throughout and the two quickly set aside any differences when Madmartigan takes an active role in the war.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: He's the noble one to Madmartigan's Roguish Male, as he already has a cause. Madmartigan needs to find one.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Calls Willow "Peck", a derogative term for Nelwyns.
- Sacrificial Lion: To give Madmartigan the resolve to kill Kael.
- Supporting Leader: To Madmartigan and Willow.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Madmartigan over the fact he only looks out for himself. When it later becomes clear he's actually looking out for Willow and Elora, rather than personal survival, Airk is notably impressed. Though he still thinks he's mad.Airk: "Madmartigan, I still serve Gallodoorn. You serve no-one. Remember?"
- With Friends Like These...: With Madmartigan.
- You Got Guts: He thinks Madmartigan and Willow are insane for thinking they'll succeed where armies have failed. But clearly admires their courage.
The forces of Nockmaar
The evil ruler of Nockmaar and mother of Sorsha.
- Abusive Parents: To Sorsha.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization explains her youth and rise for power.
- Ambition Is Evil: Wants to Take Over The World, and is only a hair's breadth away from succeeding with her armies alone.
- The Archmage: She is an exceptionally powerful and skilled sorceress, easily the mightiest human magic user of the story.
- Bad Habits: She looks like a nun with a crown.
- Baleful Polymorph: Her favourite way of dealing with foes, just ask poor Fin Raziel. She can curse an entire army with it in a single spell, with little effort.
- Big Bad: Bavmorda and the armies she commands hold an iron grip over the lands. The only hope of stopping off her way is a child prophesied to destroy her.
- Black Cloak: To counter Raziel's Woman in White.
- Charm Person: She mesmerized the prince into marrying her and get the throne.
- Child Prodigy: According to the novelization, she displayed incredible potential for magic even before being born, and was able to fly before she could walk.
- Classic Villain: Being Ambitious and Arrogant, the latter of which results in her downfall.
- Cool Crown: She wears one as a queen, designed to look like thorny vines.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears a Black Cloak.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's subtle but Bavmorda not only trusts her daughter above all others in her service, but is genuinely upset by Sorsha's treachery despite having been warned of the possibility. Even after Sorsha turns against her, Bavmorda still seems proud of Sorsha when she sees Sorsha defeat a group of armed men relatively easily. Although that bit of maternal pride only goes so far, and it certainly doesn't stop Bavmorda from attempting to kill Sorsha herself mere moments later.
- Evil Brit: She's played by the very British Jean Marsh and is very evil.
- Evil Counterpart: To Fin Raziel.
- Evil Is Hammy: More than a little hammy.
- Evil Laugh: Laughs evilly too, with an evil cackle more subdued than most examples of the trope, but still plenty creepy.
- Evil Matriarch: An evil queen/mother.
- Evil Overlord: A rare female example.
- Evil Sorceress: Bavmorda is an extremely powerful sorceress capable of using her magic to defeat entire armies single-handed.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A sorceress queen as the Big Bad.
- Karmic Death / Hoist By Her Own Petard: She ends up accidentally sending her own soul into oblivion instead of little Elora's.
- Lady of Black Magic: An extremely powerful sorceress who used her magic to become queen, able to use powerful curses that can affect an entire army and telekinesis.
- Mind over Matter: She displays very powerful telekinesis, easily levitating people, conjuring things in her hand or sealing doors at distance.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bavmorda doesn't sound nice.
- No-Sell: She counters Fin Razel's powerful freezing spell, and later easily shrugs off the effects of the magical acorn Willow throws at her.
- Obviously Evil: A hammy queen who wears a Black Cloak... yeah.
- One Woman Army: Gather hundreds of soldiers to face her, and once she's done laughing, you can consider a career change as a pig farmer... Provided her spell spared you, that is.
- Suspended Animation / And I Must Scream: She cursed the entire population of Tir Asleen with this, paralyzed but conscious in green crystal.
- Villainous Breakdown: Which causes her to unwittingly destroy herself when Willow tricks her.
- Would Hurt a Child: She spends the entirety of the film trying to capture and kill the infant Elora Danan. And attempting to destroy the soul of the baby in the process.
The warrior daughter of Bavmorda tasked with finding Elora Danan.
- Action Girl: As well as a Dark Chick for her mother.
- Big Damn Kiss: Mid-battle at Tir Asleen with Madmartigan.
- Cool Sword: It even has a hidden blade in the pommel.
- Distracted by the Sexy: More than a little taken with Madmartigan when he's spouting poetry under the influence of the love potion. She's even more enamored with his bravery and prowess in battle at Tir Asleen. It ultimately proves the final straw for any resistance she had left.
- Does Not Like Men: At first.
- The Dragon: To her mother. Until her HeelFace Turn, that is.
- Co-Dragons: With Kael.
- Fiery Redhead: A redheaded, fiery warrior.
- HeelFace Turn: Through The Power of Love. The novelization and Marvel Comics' adaptation include the bonus that while in Tir Asleen she unexpectedly finds the cursed form of her long-lost father... and suddenly, magical blocks Bavmorda placed on her daughter's memory melt away. Scenes were actually filmed including her back story but sadly they got cut. The lost scenes can now be seen on Blu-Ray.
- Lady of War: She is a badass warrior.
- Love Redeems: Falling in love with Madmartigan is what prompts her HeelFace Turn.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, her mother is not a scientist (she's a sorceress instead), but pretty much fits.
- Mommy's Little Villain: Initially.
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, at the end.
- "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: It's shown early on that all Sorsha really wants is to please her mother. At least until her HeelFace Turn.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: An element of this regarding her attraction to Madmartigan.
The ruthless high commander of Bavmorda's army.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As a Four-Star Badass.
- Badass Cape: Wears one befitting his status as a Darth Vader Clone.
- Beard of Evil/Badass Beard: Though it's usually covered by his helm.
- Cool Helmet: A skull shaped one.
- Cool Sword: Uses one to attack. It looks like a cross between a rapier and a longsword, with long spiked quillions.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: We only see him approaching Willow and reappear holding Elora, but he dished one out to Willow offscreen.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears dark clothes, a bad guy and rides a black horse.
- Darth Vader Clone: Mask check, Large and in Charge check, The Dragon to the Big Bad check and Hero Killer check.
- The Determinator: So, so much. Kael approaches everything with a single-minded tenacity, be it cutting through an army to return to Bavmorda with Elora or trying to kill Madmardigan while having a sword shoved through him.
- Disney Villain Death: After suffering a Rasputinian Death.
- The Dragon: To Bavmorda.
- Co-Dragons: With Sorsha.
- The Dreaded: When he comes to capture Elora, his appearance results in an Oh, Crap! for Willow.
- Expy: Besides the Darth Vader clone reference, his skull-like mask and The Dragon rank makes him very similar to the original interpretation as the right hand man of the Big Bad in the"Book of Three"; ironically making it closer than the Disney adaptation of the same name.
- Four-Star Badass: As a general of Bavmorda's armies.
- Guttural Growler: His voice is harsh and raspy.
- Hero Killer: As Bavmorda's top general, his reputation in-story speaks for itself, and everyone fears his utter ruthlessness and his prowess in personal combat. He earns his reputation on screen when he kills Airk in the final battle.
- Implacable Man: The man does not stop. See Rasputinian Death for what it takes to kill him.
- No Indoor Voice: Almost all of Kael's lines sound like he's shouting. Just watch this video for reference.
- Obviously Evil: He has a skull shaped helmet, for heaven's sake.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His forces took out half of the Galadoorn army (which is itself a Badass Army) offscreen.
- One-Man Army: At one point he was leaving a ruined castle when an army appears to attack him. He only has a few men with him. What does he do? Charge straight at the army and hack his way through. He didn't stay for long and just cut himself a path because he was carrying precious cargo, but the fact that an army couldn't kill him still stands.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner/Prepare to Die: As he goes to fight Airk, he just shouts, "Now you die!"
- Rasputinian Death: Madmartigan smashes his skull-mask, and Kael chases Madmartigan up a flight of stairs. Madmartigan stabs him in the chest and leaves the blade there; Kael responds by punching Madmartigan in the face and trying to strangle him. Madmartigan slashes at Kael's belly with another sword, then when he gets that punched out of his hand, he twists the blade he left in Kael's chest earlier. Kael does not appear to notice. Madmartigan impales Kael on his own sword. Kael is still on his feet when Madmartigan finally shoves him off the walkway. Even then he's still moving so Madmartigan throws a dagger into him just for good measure.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Manages to find which way Willow, Elora and Madmartigan are heading just by looking at the ground for horse tracks.Kael: This way!
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet/Skull for a Helmet: The front of his helmet is a skull.
- Spikes of Villainy: He has a few on his armor.
- The Unfettered: Utterly unfazed by the sudden appearance of an enemy army or even a rampaging two-headed dragon. He just gets on with the task at hand.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Finds the Eborsisk to be this when compared to the capture of the baby.
Bavmorda's Death Dogs
Wooly beasts used by the forces of Nockmaar for tracking and for attack. They are first used to track down and kill the midwife that snuck away with Elora. One of them is next seen wreaking havoc in the Nelwyn village, searching for Elora until Vohnkar kills him. They are later seen in a few other instances running with mounted Nockmaar soldiers.
- Hellhounds: They look like a hellish mix of rodent and dog.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death Dogs. Not that you'll get very far once you start running...
- Right Hand Attack Dogs: They are Bavmorda's troops' attack dogs.
- Scarily Competent Trackers: They relentlessly track Elora.
- They Have the Scent!: Much to Ethna the Midwife's horror. Once she hears them howling in the distance, she knows her time is short.
The Nelwyn Village
The spiritual guide of Willow's village, High Aldwin seeks to take on a new apprentice. Whilst no one officially passes his test, he takes a keen interest in Willow and believes he has the potential to be a great sorcerer.
- Cool Old Guy: A cool and old spiritual guide.
- Don't Think, Feel: Tells Willow to trust in himself and listen to his own heart before he's about to embark on his adventure.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Aldwin gives Willow magical acorns that turn anything they're thrown at to stone.
- The Mentor: He is this to Willow and his village.
- Eccentric Mentor: A little bit.
- Phony Psychic: Played with. He's very much capable of genuine magic but he also favors using superstition to manipulate positive outcomes. In this case he "uses" the bones to prevent a frightened mob handing the child over to Bavmorda and comes to the logical conclusion the child is important and must be safely taken to her own kind. He reveals to Willow that it's all a show and in reality bases his decision on Willow's desire to protect Elora.High Aldwin: "The bones tell me nothing."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Uses his influence to help Willow protect Elora and also puts Burglekutt in his place with some clever manipulation.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Wears them.
- Wizard Beard: Sports one.
The village's resident bully and general Jerkass. Willow is apparently in debt to Burglekutt, a fact he feels necessary to lord this over him at every opportunity.
- Asshole Victim: Whenever misfortune befalls him he thoroughly deserves it. Be it Elora throwing up on him or the bird Willow summoned shitting on his face.
- The Bully: He enjoys being a jerkass towards Willow.
- Dirty Coward: For all his bravado Burglekutt is not a courageous Nelwyn.
- Fat Bastard: He's pretty fat (by human dwarf standards), and a massive jerk.
- Hypocrite: Demands their best warrior Vohnkar not go with Willow on his quest because they need him to stay and protect the village. That is until High Aldwin declares the bones have named Burglekutt leader of the expedition. Vohnkar's suddenly on the cards again.Burglekutt: No - not Vohnkar! He's the best warrior in the village, we need him here. Vohnkar - step back!High Aldwin: All this expedition needs is a leader. And according to the bones, that leader is... you, Burglekutt!Burglekutt: VOHNKAR!!!
- Jerkass: While not a villain, he's quite a big jerk.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets some comeuppance for his bullying of Willow, with Elora throwing up on him, being forced to lead the mission to accompany Elora to human territories, and last but not least the bird Willow summoned shitting right on his face.
- Loan Shark: Willow borrowed money from him, and he threatens to evict Willow from his farm if he doesn't honor his debt.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: On the DVD Commentary, Warwick Davis said that Mark Northover was "a jolly chap in real life".
- Not Bad: Burglekutt is actually noticeably impressed by Willow's disappearing pig trick, making it the closest thing he has to a Pet the Dog moment. Of course when the trick quickly goes sour, he returns to his default jerkassery.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abandons Willow at the crossroads when he grows tired of waiting for a suitable person to give the child too.
- Smug Snake: He thinks highly of himself while he clearly shouldn't.
The most experienced warrior of the village, he's the one who slays the hound of Bavmorda that was wreaking havoc in the village in search for Elora. He is the second Nelwyn to volunteer for Willow's quest.
Willow's best friend. He is the first to volunteer to accompany him on his quest.
- Annoying Arrows: When attacked alongside Willow by Brownies they're assaulted by a barrage of small but still painful arrows. Though it turns out the annoying arrows are just to drive them towards a trap.
- Friendship Moment: Meegosh stepping forward to go with Willow despite not being the bravest of Nelwyns is greeted with a respectful nod from Willow.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's Willow's best friend in the village. Also he's the first to volunteer to accompany him on his mission to take Elora to her own people and the last person from the village to leave his side. note
- Home Sweet Home: When the duo believe they've completed their task they muse over the heroes' welcome they'll receive upon their triumphant return. During the finale Meegosh is among the first to warmly greet Willow upon his heroic return.
- Nice Guy: Despite his Opt Out.
- Opt Out: Once their mission goes from delivering a child to her own kind and escalates to saving the world, Meegosh journeys home. Though initially he expected Willow to do the same but quickly realises his friend is just getting started.
- You Can Turn Back: And does so.
Willow's wife. She is a loving mother and enthusiastic in caring for Elora.
- Good Parents: She seems a good mother from what little we see. And she was fully willing to care for a mysterious baby from a different race.
- Happily Married: To Willow.
- House Wife: Works as this.
- Memento MacGuffin: She gives Willow a braid of her hair before he leaves their village. Willow treats it as both a good luck charm and a source of strength later in his journey.
- Nice Girl: She is pretty nice.
- Parental Substitute: To Elora, briefly.
Ranon and Mims Ufgood
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: With the momentary addition of Elora.
- Cheerful Child: Mims.
- Child Mage: Mims, in the novelisation, is implied to have an innate talent for magic that surpasses her father's, at one point early on repaying Burglekutt's bullying by inflicting pain on him via a short rhyming chant.
- Constantly Curious: They're very curious about the mysterious baby and 'daikinis' (humans).
Ethna The Midwife
Elora's mother convinced her to escape with the baby.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She is torn apart by a pair of Bavmorda's vicious hounds.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: The midwife that risked her own life for a mother she didn't know. Smuggled her child away moments before Bavmorda arrived to kill her. Spent months evading capture and raising the child as her own in the wilderness by herself. And finally made the ultimate sacrifice to give Elora just the slightest chance at surviving. Yet it's unlikely her story will ever be known. Though this may be ultimately averted in the long run with Sorsha's HeelFace Turn; the midwife's actions could become common knowledge.
- Heroic Bystander: A simple midwife who heroically saved Elora Danan's life.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She's the only reason Elora ever reached Willow and she paid with her life.
- Hero of Another Story: And of The Greatest Story Never Told no less! She managed to escape Bavmorda with Elora and to survive in the wilderness by herself for a while, before a Death Dog eventually finds her, leaving her just enough time to put Elora on a basket in the river to give her a slight chance of surviving. Her actions still manage to save Elora's life.
- Killed Off for Real: A Death Dog kills her.
- Spanner in the Works: Bavmorda went to the extreme lengths of having every new born child checked for a birthmark. She could not have anticipated a lowly midwife would risk everything for a perfect stranger and her child.
- What You Are in the Dark: She had no personal reason to help Elora's mother other than it was the right thing to do. And she did so despite the risks.
- All Men Are Perverts: "Wanna breed?"
- Beard of Barbarism: A pretty barbaric man with a beard.
- The Berserker: Even after he's struck the wrong person when trying to hit Madmartigan, Llug continues to beat the soldier anyway.
- Berserk Button: Apparently it's finding out someone he's been hitting on isn't a woman. Or that his wife is cheating on him. Or maybe even both.
- The Big Guy: Pretty big.
- Dumb Muscle: Strong but dumb.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: From angry killer, to horny slimeball, back to murderous rage in an instant.
- Hypocrite: He goes from ready to kill any man near his wife to trying to have sex with her "cousin", whilst his wife's standing right beside him.
- Stout Strength: He shows it in a fight.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Played for laughs with cousin "Hilda" when Llug discovers "she" wasn't a woman after all.Madmartigan: "Gentlemen. Meet Llug."
- Unstoppable Rage: He is The Berserker.
The Trolls of Tir Asleen
A species of smelly, vicious men-apelike brutes who inhabit Tir Asleen since Bavmorda has cursed the place. Willow is notably afraid of them.
After a botched spell during the battle at Tir Asleen, Willow accidentally turns one of the trolls into a two-headed mass of flesh with Raziel's wand. He then kicks it in the moat of Tir Asleen, only for it to grow giant in a matter of seconds, much to the surprise of both Madmartigan and Kael's army.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Especially since the Eborsisk is more eldritch than a normal dragon.
- All There in the Manual: Never namely referred to as "the Eborsisk" in the movie, the name only shows up in additional material.
- Annoying Arrows: Kael's army riddles it with arrows. But the only result seems to be angering it.
- Body Horror: When Willow botches his spell and touches the troll with his wand, the troll's skin turns it inside out and it ends up a horrible mass of flesh with two heads sticking out. Willow is horrified and disgusted and promptly kicks it in the moat, then it grows into a giant two-headed monster.
- Flaying Alive: The first part of the spell Willow uses on it turns it inside out.
- Fire Breath: It can spew fire.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Once a troll until Willow accidentally turned it into a fire-breathing abomination leading to a three sided battle - Madmartigan trying to kill it and save the baby, Kael wanting its death as well as killing the baby and the Eborsisk just trying to kill and eat anybody in its way.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Madmartigan impales one of the monster's heads with his sword. It then blows its own head off trying to breath fire, and the other head dies pretty much instantly.
- One-Winged Angel: The Eborsisk used to be a troll until Willow botched a spell on it.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dinosaur-like body, no wings and a big tumor on both heads.
- Take That!: "Eborsisk" is named for movie reviewers Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel .
- Two Beings, One Body: Despite being once a one headed troll, it has two heads after Willow botches a spell on it.
- Your Head A-Splode: What happens to the head that was impaled by Madmartigan's sword, resulting in the death of the monster.