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Willow and his allies


Willow Ufgood
"You need a warrior for a job like this. I'm a nobody."
Played by: Warwick Davis

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.



"Give me a sword, I'll win this war for you."
Played by: Val Kilmer

A boastful swordsman who ends up helping Willow on his quest.

    Fin Raziel 

Fin Raziel
"Then the prophecy is true. The princess has been born. Take me to her."
Played by: Patricia Hayes

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.


Elora Danan
Played by: Ruth and Kate Greenfield

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.


"All creatures of good heart need your help, Willow. The choice is yours."
Played by: Maria Holvöe

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 

Rool and Franjean
"That way!"
Played by: Kevin Pollack (Rool) and Rick Overton (Franjean)

A duo of Brownies who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.



Airk Thaughbaer
"I always knew you'd end up in a crows cage."
Played by: Gavan O'Herlihy

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.

The forces of Nockmaar


Queen Bavmorda
"This child will have no power over me."
Played by: Jean Marsh

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.


"What are you staring at?"
Played by: Joanne Whalley

The warrior daughter of Bavmorda tasked with finding Elora Danan.


General Kael
"Destroy the beast! Find the baby!"
Played by: Pat Roach

The ruthless high commander of Bavmorda's army.


    Death Dogs 

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.

The Nelwyn Village

    Nelwyns in general 

  • Little People: A race of short-sized people, played by dwarf actors and actresses.
  • Hobbits: They were basically George Lucas' answer to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's Hobbits, if less cultured, not running around barefoot and having the proportions of humans with dwarfism.

    High Aldwin 

High Aldwin
"Forget all you know, or think you know"
Played by: Billy Barty

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.
  • 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.


"You're no sorcerer Ufgood. You're a clown."
Played by: Mark Northover

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.


Played by: Phil Fondacaro

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.


"I'll go with him."
Played by: David Steinberg

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.


Kaiya Ufgood
Played by: Julie Peters

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 

Ranon and Mims Ufgood
Played by: Mark Van de Brake and Dawn Downing

Willow's children.

  • 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).


    The Midwife 

Ethna The Midwife
Played by: Zulema Dene

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 Heel–Face 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.


Played by: Ron Tarr



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.

    The Eborsisk 

The Eborsisk

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.


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