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This list comprises information on characters who exist in the Skulduggery Pleasant series written by Derek Landy.


The premise of the novel is that magic is real and those with the ability to wield it live among us. Magic is split into many "Schools" or disciplines, the two main groups being Elemental (which concentrate on magic involving the classical elements of fire, earth, air and water) and Adepts (which is split into many other disciplines, some more obscure than others, examples being Sensitives (similar to traditional psychics or mediums), Teleporters, Shape-shifters, Necromancers etc.). Many years ago an evil sorcerer named Mevolent (an Elemental) attempted to conquer the world and was opposed by a resistance movement led by a powerful magician named Skulduggery Pleasant who was later killed by Mevolent's right-hand man Nefarian Serpine, but came back to life as a living skeleton and then defeated Mevolent.

In the book Skulduggery meets a strong-willed girl named Stephanie Edgley whose uncle, an old friend of Skulduggery, has died under mysterious circumstances and together the two of them must defend the world from various evil beings who seek to destroy it. Stephanie subsequently adopts the name Valkyrie Cain which she retains for the rest of the series. She and Skulduggery have a good relationship.


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Main characters
Valkyrie Cain
Stephanie Edgely
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Skulduggery Pleasant Main Main
Tanith Low Main Main Guest Main
China Sorrows Main Main Mentioned Main
Ghastly Bespoke Main Mentioned Main Main Guest Main Guest Mentioned
Mr. Bliss Main Mentioned Guest Mentioned Guest
Eachan Meritorious Main Mentioned Guest
Morwenna Crow Main Mentioned Mentioned Mentioned
Gordon Edgley Mentioned Main Mentioned Main Mentioned Main Mentioned
Vaurien Scapegrace
The Zombie King
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Clarabelle Main Main Main Main
Kenspeckle Grouse Main Mentioned Mentioned Guest Guest
Thurid Guild Main Mentioned Mentioned
Dusk Main Main Main Guest Main Guest Guest Main
Finbar Wrong Recurring Main Recurring Main Guest Mentioned Guest Main Mentioned
Fletcher Renn Main Mentioned Main Main Guest Main
Solomon Wreath Main Mentioned Guest Main Guest Mentioned
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Caelan Main Mentioned Main
Auron Tenebrae Main
Dullahan Main Mentioned
Lord Vile Mentioned Guest Main Main Main Mentioned Main
Melancholia St Clair
The Death Bringer
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Dexter Vex Main Main Main
Kenny Dunne Main Guest Guest Mentioned
Deacon Maybury
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Saracen Rue Mentioned Main Guest Main
Donegan Bane Main Main TBA
Gracious O'Callahan Main Main
Myosotis Terra Guest Main
Omen Darkly
Child of the Ancients
Never Main
Auger Darkly
Child of the Ancients
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Stephanie, the Reflection
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The White Cleaver
The Black Cleaver
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Nefarian Serpine Main Recurring Recurring Main
Sagacious Tome Main Mentioned
Billy-Ray Sanguine Main Main
Baron Vengeous Mentioned Main Recurring Recurring TBA
The Torment Main Recurring Guest Guest
The Grotesquery Main Guest
Paddy Hanratty
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Jaron Gallow Guest Main Mentioned Guest Mentioned
Erskine Ravel Main Main Mentioned Main
Remus Crux Main
Sea Hag Main Guest
Murder Rose Main
Gruesome Krav Main
Springheeled Jack Recurring Main Main
Doctor Nye Main Mentioned Main Main Main TBA
Dreylan Scarab Main Mentioned Guest
Madame Mist Main Mentioned Main Main Mentioned Main
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Burgundy Dalrymple Main
Alison “Alice” Edgley
Child of the Faceless Ones
True King of the Darklands
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Vandameer Craven Guest Main Guest
Ian Moore Main
Samuel Main Main
Obloquy Main Main
Mercy Charient Main Main
Vincent Foe Main Main
Mevolent Mentioned Main Mentioned Main Mentioned Main
Walden D'Essai
Main Guest Guest
Kitana Kellaway
Kitana Killherway
Doran Purcell
Doran Kickass
Sean Mackin
Sean the King
Black Annis Main Main
Charivari Main
Bubba Moon Main
Cadaverous Gant Main
Martin Flanery Main TBA
Princess of the Darklands
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Prince of the Darklands
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The Unnamed
King of the Darklands
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Recurring characters[edit]

Valkyrie Cain / Stephanie Edgley[edit]

The primary protagonist of the series. Stephanie Edgley is introduced at the start of the book when her wealthy uncle, Gordon Edgley, a writer of magical horror/gore fiction, dies under mysterious circumstances. He leaves Stephanie (of whom he was especially fond) his mansion and his fortune in his will (family is angry about that). Stephanie is depicted as an exceptionally mature and independent girl who possesses great confidence and self-esteem. Skulduggery says that she is much like her uncle of whom he says he is "strong-willed", "intelligent", "sharp-tongued", and "doesn't suffer fools gladly." Stephanie proves herself to possess all these qualities and she and Skulduggery frequently exchange witty banter. Although the two annoy each other considerably they do have a great respect and affection for one another.

Stephanie Edgley is extremely brave to the point of being fearless and also possesses a great desire for adventure and discovering the unknown. She does not have many friends her age and laments the boredom of her dull ordinary life in the village, Haggard, in which she lives. Stephanie appears to possess considerable physical strength for the twelve-year-old girl she was at the start of Book 1 and exhibits aptitude in swimming, running and fighting. At the end of Book 1 she also displays magical powers, confirming that she is part of the ancient race of mages called the Ancients, that banished the race of gods, The Faceless Ones.

During Book 1 Stephanie adopts the name Valkyrie Cain to protect herself from people using her former name to control her as China Sorrows did, and is known as Valkyrie throughout the rest of the series. Valkyrie is the last person to look inside the Book of Names before it was destroyed, and thus the only person who knows her own true name, which is Darquesse. Close to the end of the book, while her and Skulduggery are fighting Nefarian Serpine for the Sceptre of the Ancients her leg is broken by a table and while she can't fight, Serpine uses his power to effectively kill her {she survives}. In the second book of the series, Valkyrie's fighting skills have improved but she seems somewhat more insecure than before. She is also much more passive. Throughout the book numerous adults ignore and patronise her and various characters (including her cousins) refer to her as a child, something which Valkyrie was established in the first book as hating. She says nothing however and does not even complain. She kills the Grotesquery (a hybrid form made by Baron Vengeous from the remains of a Faceless One) with Tanith Low's sword, and when she's surprised she and Skulduggery haven't died, Skulduggery says, "Of course not. I'm too clever to die and you're too pretty."

In Book 3, she uses the Sceptre of the Ancients to kill a Faceless One and another Faceless One dies by destroying it. She is told by Solomon Wreath that she would have great potential as a necromancer at the end of the book, and in Book 4 he says that she may even surpass Lord Vile, once the most powerful of the Necromancers.

In Book 4, Valkyrie travels into what Skulduggery calls hell, the dimension in which the Faceless Ones weren't trapped, but tore through the walls of reality destroying countless civilizations of different realities until being trapped in "hell" for 300 years, in order to rescue Skulduggery. She kisses Fletcher Renn twice, once before going into the alternate universe to rescue Skulduggery and the second time was at Kenspeckles after she thought Fletcher was dead thinking about how she "didn't want to admit to herself how much he meant to her." It was in this book that the Necromancers start referring to her as 'The Death Bringer', and Sanguine decides not to kill her because 'It will be more fun to keep her alive' and she 'has a lifetime of dark days ahead of her'. At the end of the book a "Dream Whisperer" that Cassandra Pharos gave her is seen whispering a dream which reveals to her that her true name is Darquesse, a sorcerer who is said to destroy the world.

In the fifth book, Valkyrie is shown to have matured (ever so slightly). She has a romantic relationship with Fletcher and is worried about her future and possibility that she will be the one to destroy the world. She undertakes the problem alone, going to Doctor Nye to have her true name sealed, not alerting even Skulduggery at what she faces. This hints at a fear she didn't know she had: Skulduggery's reaction. However, after her name being sealed by Doctor Nye, she tells Skulduggery. She gets captured by the remnants, which bring out Darquesse, which is Valkyrie at her most powerful but with no morals on killing. Skulduggery and Tanith manage to persuade her to destroy the remnant inside her and return to normal.

In the sixth book Valkyrie has lost interest in Fletcher as a boyfriend and is struggling with how to tell him. She later breaks up with him by lying about having been "seeing Caelan behind your back", Caelan being a vampire obsessed with her. She also finds out that Darquesse comes out whenever her life is truly threatened, which helps in defeating the Jitter Girls. She is devastated when she finds out that Skulduggery was Lord Vile, but she manages to forgive him as she understands why he kept it from her. She becomes Darquesse in order to prevent Lord Vile killing Meloncholia, but calms down as Valkyrie and Skulduggery reassert themselves, though she is tempted by the power Darquesse has. She prevents Scorn killing China after learning of China's secret, and leaves her afterwards. She then reconciles with Fletcher after Caelan attempts to turn her through force. The two agree not to contact each other too much, and Fletcher leaves for Australia.

In the seventh book, Valkyrie is touched by a Shunter named Silas Nadir, who can shift through dimensions. Valkyrie therefore travels to a dimension where Mevolent and his generals have won the war while China Sorrows and the Dead Men have formed a resistance against Mevolent's forces. Valkyrie's reflection is kidnapped by Mevolent's men and is tortured for information on the resistance, though Valkyrie saves it. Valkyrie is forced to transform into Darquesse when Kitana tries ripping her heart out. Darquesse and Lord Vile defeat Kitana, Doran and Sean. Skulduggery returns Valkryie to her natural self however Valkyrie's reflection secretly kills Valkyrie's cousin Carol and replaces her with her reflection. Valkyrie's reflection states she will kill Valkryie and all her friends and take over Valkryie's life as the new Stephenie Edgley.

In the eighth book Valkyrie takes part in many battle with the Dead Men before witnessing Ghastly's death at the hands of Ravel. She is attacked by the reflection ( now calling itself Stephanie) and has to flee, leaving her family under the Reflections grasp. Later in the book, during a mission to rescue Fletcher, Darquesse speaks to Valkyrie, leading her into a trap. After sustaining serious injuries and experiencing incredible pain she willingly lets Darquesse take over permanently. For the rest of the book Valkyrie remains Darquesse. Near the end Darquesse states that Valkyrie's personality is gone and only Darquesse remains, though Skulduggery doubts this.

Skulduggery Pleasant[edit]

The titular character and secondary protagonist of the series, Skulduggery Pleasant is a powerful sorcerer who was killed in battle many years ago but came back to life as a skeleton. Many centuries ago, according to Skulduggery, an evil sorcerer named Mevolent gathered an army and tried to take over the world but he was opposed by a resistance movement. Skulduggery was one of the leaders of this resistance movement but he fell victim to Mevolent's second-in-command, Nefarian Serpine, who killed Skulduggery's wife and child and then tortured Skulduggery until he died. Mevolent's minions then stuck Skulduggery's body on a pike and burnt it for all to see.

One by one the other leaders of the resistance fell but strangely Skulduggery's spirit did not move on. His bones had been placed in a bag and thrown in a river but Skulduggery was somehow able to go into the bag, re-enter his bones and quite literally put himself back together. He then returned, and with his help the resistance, was able to defeat Mevolent, whose minions were either imprisoned or rehabilitated, Nefarian Serpine included. Another of Mevolent's henchmen, Baron Vengeous, was personally tracked down by Skulduggery, who threw a stick of lit dynamite at him[citation needed]. A truce was signed between the Sanctuaries and the former followers of Mevolent and an uneasy peace ensued. After Mevolent's defeat, Skulduggery (now a skeleton) became a detective, but he never lost his hatred for and desire for revenge on Serpine.

Skulduggery, despite his bizarre appearance, which he hides with a disguise in public, is a rather dapper gentleman. He has a polite, somewhat old-fashioned way of speech, and a velvety-smooth voice which enraptures Valkyrie when they first meet. As well as a powerful sorcerer, commanding the four elements, he is particularly enthusiastic about detecting, always sleuthing for clues, much to Valkyrie and Tanith's chagrin. He is also a flamboyant egotist, vocally exalting his own plans and showing off his magical abilities to Stephanie/Valkyrie, at one point walking on the ocean's surface after falling from a cliff.

Skulduggery is a clever strategist, usually forming the plan the team uses (when they indeed have a plan) and sharpening his wit on Stephanie's, taking pleasure in his own wisecracks; the two develop a close relationship throughout the books. He reveals in Playing With Fire that he used to be great at motivational speeches, although he has obviously lost this talent, as his attempt to psyche up the party before they confront the Grotesquery ends with "I seem to have lost track of this speech, I'm not sure where it is going, but I know where it started and that's what I want you to remember. Has anyone seen my hat?"

However, Skulduggery's suave demeanour hides a desire for revenge. Because he died hating Serpine and his hatred brought him back, it forms a part of his existence. At Valkyrie's questioning, he describes his true nature as a "dark, twisted thing." Several characters throughout the series have commented on his legendary rage, though he has never displayed it in the books. Conversely, witnessing the murder of his family makes him sensitive to the loss of others. Although he accepts sacrifice of individuals as part of war, he is highly reluctant to allow this to happen. He protects Stephanie diligently throughout the novels; originally only meaning to arrest Serpine, he is forced to kill him when he attempts to kill Valkyrie.

When the Faceless Ones returned to Earth, Skulduggery was sucked into the vortex along with them, and was trapped with them in a parallel universe, where they hunt and torture him for sport.

On an interesting note, the head he wore in Books 1-3 was not his own; he won it in a poker game. His real head was stolen from him by goblins while he was asleep. At the end of The Faceless Ones Solomon Wreath says his head is an Isthmus Anchor and says to Valkyrie: "But if you were to retrieve this missing head and give it to Mr. Renn, he would find the link between the skeleton and his 'real' skull that is keeping the gateway from closing over." In book four, "Dark Days," he replaces the head he is wearing with the original one, saying that "Its nice to have a spare."

In Book 4, he was rescued by Valkyrie, with the help of China, who had to intervene as he had first believed Valkyrie to be a figment of his imagination. He also learns to fly, and is now able to use his fire powers like a flamethrower. In this book he explains what happened to the Faceless Ones since their banishment many years ago.

In Book 5, he is much more ruthless and brutal, due to his apparent residual insanity, but isn't featured as much as in previous books. He takes a lot of damage in the book, but is also shown to be a competent swordsman when he duels Burgundy Dalrymple. Also, when the Remnants lay siege to the Hibernian, he is shown to have developed a new earth power, as he presses his hands to the ground and a cave collapses. Near the end he bumps into Tesseract in Torment's house and their fight leads to The Sanctuary with Tesseract (after being torn open by 'Lord Vile') guessing that Lord Vile had something to with Skulduggery not fully passing on.

In Book 6, entitled Death Bringer, it is revealed that High Priest Tenebrae is responsible for the resurrection of Skulduggery after he perished at the Red Hand of Serpine. Tenebrae did this because he thought Skulduggery had potential as a Necromancer, as Skulduggery is one of the few sorcerers with the ability to switch between schools of magic (a talent that Tenebrae himself discovered when Skulduggery used Tenebrae's own 'Necromancer object' (an amulet) to save his life). It is also revealed that Skulduggery was, in fact, Lord Vile, as his grief and anger over the loss of his family made him apathetic and unable to live with his original identity. Lord Vile's armour gains some consciousness, and attempts to kill the Death Bringer. During a fight in the secret tunnels beneath Gordon's house, Skulduggery again becomes Lord Vile in order to stop Melancholia becoming Death Bringer and killing people (half the world's population), and Valkyrie becomes Darquesse in order to stop him. He goes missing after finding out China's role in his family's tragic death.

In Book 7, he turns into Lord Vile again and, with the help of Darquesse, manages to take on Kitana, Doran and Sean.

In Book 8, Skulduggery fights in many battles, many with the newly reformed Dead Men against the other Sanctuaries, as well as investigating rumours of warlock activity. The video of Erskine Ravel murdering Ghastly Bespoke and Anton Shudder is broadcast worldwide, which Skulduggery inevitably sees. The next major event is when Valkyrie arrives, telling him that her reflection tried to kill her. However, they immediately have to put that aside to deal with the present problem of the warring Sanctuaries and go on a mission to infiltrate the Brides of Blood Tears' Pyramid to save Fletcher Renn. Once Fletcher has been reluctantly saved, Skulduggery attempts to infiltrate the now-fortress (thanks to shunter Silas Nadir) of Roarhaven with the help of the remaining Dead Men (Saracen Rue and Dexter Vex) and the reflection, now calling itself Stephanie. However, when Ravel's plan goes awry and the Warlocks attack Roarhaven, the two sides are forced to ally, which is in some ways a relief, since they would otherwise have been fighting and killing people whom they'd come to know and call friends. During the battle, Skulduggery converses with the reflection multiple times, even calling it Valkyrie once when telling it to go home to safety. After confronting Ravel, Skulduggery meets Darquesse, with whom Skulduggery tries to reason, after punishing Ravel and saving China Sorrows, to persuade her to come with him to run some tests, but his attempts are fruitless. Taking advantage of the now vacant position of Grand Mage, China Sorrows appoints herself as such. She orders Skulduggery to find and stop Darquesse at any cost. Later Skulduggery meets with Stephanie (the reflection) and agrees with her to become his new partner in the quest to stop Darquesse, the reason for this being that the Sceptre has bonded to Stephanie, so she has the best chance of killing Darquesse.

Tanith Low[edit]

Tanith Low is a master swordswoman who is first introduced while battling a troll on London Bridge in the first book. Tanith does not work for the Elders (who are the leaders of the magical population of Europe) because she has a natural distrust of all authority. Instead she merely, as Springheeled Jack says in 'Playing With Fire', "deals out what she calls justice". She is English and originally lived in London. Tanith Low's job is to apprehend or otherwise kill criminals and evil creatures who threaten national security.

She befriends Valkyrie in Book 1. During a conversation with Valkyrie, Tanith expresses a desire for a little sister and she and Valkyrie develop an affectionate sisterly relationship. Valkyrie refers to Tanith as being like a sister to her in the fourth book. Tanith is also known to have an elder brother whom she states she "loves to death." Despite her softer, warmer side, Tanith can be very ruthless, sending two Cleavers to their death in order to distract some Hollow Men to rescue Skulduggery from Serpine. She is also an excellent fighter. She takes on Serpine's White Cleaver in combat at the end of the book, and nearly wins, but the White Cleaver throws his scythe through her back and she nearly dies.

She assists Skulduggery in defeating the Torment in the second book. She is an Adept who can run on walls, strengthen doors and unlock locks by touching them. Her appearance is one of beauty as she is described as appearing in her early twenties with golden hair. Her actual age is eighty-three in Mortal Coil. In Playing With Fire Springheeled Jack thinks to himself And such a pretty face. Jack hadn't seen a pretty face in many a year. and Valkyrie has remarked that Tanith acts like a four-year-old despite her physical or actual age. In Book 2 she comments that Valkyrie should spend more time with people her age. While fighting the Grotesquery halfway through the book she was poisoned by it and the others had to go to the Sanctuary to get the antidote for her. In the final battle, she proves instrumental in the defeat and destruction of the Grotesquery.

In Book 3, she is asked to protect Peregrine, but fails and is injured in the hand by Murder Rose and Gruesome Krav in the process. In the end of the book, she loses in a fight against Murder Rose again, resulting in more injuries such as getting stabbed in the shoulder and leg.

In Book 4, Tanith assists Valkyrie in finding Skulduggery's skull. She is arrested by the Sanctuary when she tries to assist in stealing Skulduggery's skull from the Sanctuary. She is later freed, and is kidnapped by the Revengers Club and tortured by a possessed Grouse, who quite ruthlessly nails her hands, legs and collarbones to a chair. She is later treated by Grouse once he is rid of the Remnant. When confronted by Valkyrie, she admits that she is wary of him, saying that, although she knows it wasn't him who hurt her, a part of her still hates him for it.

In Book 5, Mortal Coil, Tanith develops some feelings towards Ghastly Bespoke after he asks her out on a date. Later on, Tanith is taken over, or possessed by a remnant, and loses her true self and control of her body. At the end of the book she and Billy-Ray Sanguine are together. As Valkyrie puts it "Tanith was gone now. She was lost." Though Valkyrie hopes that they will be able to track down Tanith and remove the remnant, she doubts it. It was rumored that Nye may come back in Death Bringer to cure her of the Remnant, but this does not happen.

This continues for many books t'ill the last one when Darquesse, the deity that the remnant inside her worships, removes the remnant and gives her back her life. Only for her to find out that the man the she loves, Ghastly, had only recently been murdered.

She is also a massive fan of Gordon Edgely's (Valkyries Uncle) books. She feels extremely excited and joyful when she finds out that one of Gordon's books is about her and is based on one of her great battles.

In every book, Tanith will be tortured either emotionally, physically or psychologically because, as Derek Landy commented, "she deserves it", as before she started fighting evil people, she and her family were part of the organization the hidden daggers, a group of assassins that she quit in the 70's. That's why in the first draft of the story, he wrote her being killed off by the White Cleaver. But his agent said it was too depressing so Landy said that he would let her live on the condition that he would get to torture her every single book.

Ghastly Bespoke[edit]

An immensely strong tailor who was born with hideous facial deformities (scars that are the result of a jinx cast on his mother while she was pregnant with him) but is nevertheless a perfectly pleasant and sociable individual who is an old friend of Skulduggery and expresses concern for Valkyrie's safety much to her chagrin. He is apt at boxing which he learned from his mother and sewing which he learned from his father. Reasoning that he was ugly enough already without having to get his face damaged in a boxing ring, Ghastly went into sewing and became a tailor. His considerable physical strength and boxing skills come in handy when he assists Valkyrie and Tanith in taking on Serpine. He is an Elemental.

He is not seen in the second book as he harnessed the power of earth in the first book to turn himself into stone, thus protecting himself from being killed by The White Cleaver.

Ghastly stayed in his stone form through the entirety of Playing with Fire, but became his human self again midway through The Faceless Ones. He then made Valkyrie a new suit (which was black with red sleeves), and progressed to help them in the battle later on.

In The Faceless Ones, he tells to Valkyrie his mother was a Sensitive (an Adept with powers similar to that of traditional psychics) who didn't want the power but sometimes the visions just came to her, and that she once told him of a vision where Valkryie died a very painful death while the world ended.

In book 5, Mortal Coil, Ghastly asks Tanith out on a 'date' and was not rejected. Unfortunately, Tanith gets taken over by a remnant and so gives him a reason to take up the post as an Elder of the Irish Sanctuary. Even though he knows very well he can't do anything to remove the remnant, he just chooses to believe it as Skulduggery says.

He is then killed, along with Anton Shudder, by his friend Erskine Ravel in Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men.

Fletcher Renn[edit]

Fletcher is the newest and only living Teleporter after the Diablerie killed the others. The Diablerie forced Fletcher to open the gate to the Faceless One's dimension. He has "spiky and carefully, meticulously untamed" hair that "defies both gravity and reason" and an English accent- as he is from London. He appears as a selfish, overconfident child when first introduced; however, he seems to grow as a person towards the end of the book. He appears to have grown a likening to Valkyrie and they become friends, but when he first laid eyes on Tanith Low, he developed a crush on her which lasted throughout the third book. He has a habit of being annoying.

In the year between Books 3 and 4, Fletcher's crush on Tanith dissipated and during Book 4 his affections move to Valkyrie which is displayed when he kisses her before she rescues Skulduggery, and is jealous when she cultivates a friendship with Caelan, an attractive vampire. At the end of the fourth book, they are officially a couple.

In Mortal Coil, Fletcher's ego grows rapidly when he learn the secret to teleportation, and that the universe revolves around him.

His relationship with Valkyrie grows deeper upon meeting her parents. They go on a date, which results in Valkyrie kissing Fletcher. Nearing the last part of the book, he is possessed by a remnant and turns against Valkyrie. At the last moment, Valkyrie is saved by the vampire Caelan before Fletcher could do her any more damage. At the end of the book, he teleports to Australia with Valkyrie, who tells him she loves him whilst they are there.

In Death Bringer, Fletcher and Valkyrie break up when Valkyrie claims to have cheated on him with Caelan, leaving him feeling hurt and betrayed. Fletcher realizes that the reason why Valkyrie grew bored of him was because of his complete devotion to her. He tells Valkyrie that he is less angry with her, however he is now bitter. He also says that he will be moving to Australia, another cradle of magic, so he can continue to learn magic and start living his life. At the end of the book, he returns just in time to save Valkyrie from Calean, who is trying to turn her into a vampire. After the battle, the two reconcile, but do not start a relationship. Instead, Fletcher tells Valkyrie to take him off her speed-dial, as he goes back to Australia.

In Kingdom of the Wicked he comes back to help Valkyrie and Skulduggery but it turns out he has a new girlfriend, Myra (a mortal) and he introduces her to Valkyrie; Myra subsequently attempts to murder him for profit in Last Stand of Dead Men.

China Sorrows[edit]

An enchantingly beautiful but dangerous sorceress who has a charm on her that makes anyone who sees her fall in love with her, regardless of age or gender, even affecting Valkyrie (the effect wears down slightly every time one meets her). China Sorrows owns a library of rare magical devices which she collects by ruthless and somewhat corrupt means. As mysterious as her brother, Mr. Bliss, she is a cunning and insidious character whom Skulduggery does not trust. The two of them know each other well and appear to have mutual respect.

In book 1, China is first introduced when, after being attacked at Gordon's house, Stephanie convinces Skulduggery to let her accompany him to see China. She later goes on to control Stephanie, using her name until she chooses her taken name of Valkyrie Cain and China loses power over her. Later in the book, China saves Skulduggery, Tanith and Valkyrie by helping them escape from Serpine after he recovers the Sceptre of the Ancients.

In Book 2, Skulduggery seems to still be in love with China. In Book 2 the Echo Stone Gordon Edgley says he also loved her, saying our love was stronger and true. It is also revealed that China, not only belonged to a cult with Baron Vengeous that worshipped the Faceless Ones, founded a group called the Diablerie who were "dangerous by a zealot's standards". Vengeous attempts to convince her to join him in Playing With Fire but when she rejects his offer, he vows to destroy her. She is also a formidable sorceress and quite a skilled fighter through the use of magical "Symbols" which appear in the form of tattoos on her body. These symbols also appear on most of her possessions, allowing her to magically manipulate them in various ways, e.g. sending all of the furniture flying at intruders to her home, or heating the kettle to boil the water inside.

In Book 3, Jaron Gallow also came to her to ask her to lead the Diablerie to victory when the Faceless Ones came through the portal saying that "Batu was a great leader but he wasn't her. He could never be her." She admitted that his offer was quite tempting but in the end refused to state that she was "a traitor to a race of sadistic gods who loathe humanity," and asked him why she would want them to return.

In Dark Days, she is shot in the chest by a new Sanctuary Detective named Pennant. She heals herself but is left injured in the rest of the book. During the Requiem ball Skulduggery and China dance together and have a whispered conversation. Dexter Vex claims to have taught Skulduggery all he knows about dancing and that before he helped him he was uncoordinated as a turnip. Disgraced sanctuary detective Remus Crux reveals that she was involved in Skulduggery's family's murder, stating that "Everyone knows what you did. They're all whispering. China Sorrows, China Sorrows, she's the one, they're saying. She's the one. Nefarian Serpine killed Skulduggery Pleasant, but China Sorrows led his family into the trap." China subsequently shoots him in the chest, point blank, killing him. China also becomes less passive at the end of Book 3 and throughout Book 4, actively assisting Skulduggery and Valkyrie instead of merely passing information to them. China's friendship towards Skulduggery and Valkyrie is broken when Eliza Scorn tells them of China's involvement in the killing of Skulduggery's wife and child.

She does appear in Book 7 but only in a parallel dimension after Valkyrie Cain "shunted" into the dimension. She is the Resistance's leader against Mevolent employing Anton Shudder as her bodyguard. When Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain request China's help in retrieving the Sceptre of the Ancients although she double-crosses them when the duo retrieve it and keeps it for herself. When Valkyrie/Darquesse "shunts" one more time she takes the Sceptre from China and prepares to leave but Nefarian Serpine kills China from behind with his red right hand and pushes the Sceptre out of Darquesse's hands just as she leaves. Strangely, in the normal dimension China has disappeared, possibly in fear of what Skulduggery Pleasant and the others would do to her after her secret was revealed.

In Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men she is hunted down by a group of mercenaries. She kills Madame Mist by setting off a symbol which turns her into a human furnace, boiling herself as well as Madame Mist. Darquesse heals her, saving her life. By the end of the book, she is made Grand Mage, after she took advantage of the confusion created by the War of the Sanctuaries and the violence and turmoil since.

On an amusing sidenote China also states that she has attempted to kill her brother several times and failed, most likely due to their shared tendency to double-cross people, or as she puts it '"he just won't stay down'".

China also tends to become more reliable in the last few books. She is more trustworthy and helps Skulduggery and his gang a lot more. In book 6 she apparently thinks of Skulduggery and Valkyrie as friends, and tries to protect her secret from them. Before she shoots Remus Crux, she says ' "You tried to kill Valkyrie Cain, and I actually like Valkyrie" '.

Mr. Bliss[edit]

The strongest man on Earth, Mr. Bliss is a sinister and enigmatic man who works for the Elders. He later betrays them in favour of Serpine who he believes is too powerful to defeat. He is later revealed to be a double-agent for the Elders and assists in defeating Serpine. And he became an elder in Book 2. He is China Sorrows' brother. In addition to his alarming strength, Mr. Bliss is also described as being very difficult to kill, with his sister admitting "I've tried to kill him several times already. He just won't stay down". He and China were brought up to worship the Faceless Ones but neither worships them anymore, although they continue to believe in their existence and so assist Skulduggery in preventing Serpine from resurrecting them in Book 1 and Baron Vengeous from doing so in Book 2 and Batu and the Diablerie in Book 3. Both he and China mistrust and apparently despise each other, However, in the third book after Gruesome Krav attempts to kill China, Bliss fights him yelling "My sister? You tried to kill my sister? My sister is the only family I have left!” Krav ran away from Bliss and was possessed by a Faceless One, which then twists Bliss into shreds of flesh

Kenspeckle Grouse[edit]

The Sanctuary's top scientist, Kenspeckle is a paranoid genius with a neurotic phobia of vampires. He appears to be a perfectionist and is entrusted with the task of dismembering the Grotesquery once Skulduggery and Valkyrie steal it; however the Grotesquery wakes up and kills two of Kenspeckle's assistants. Kenspeckle later bemoans their deaths saying "They were good lads they didn't deserve to die like that." In the book it says that he had always had a soft spot for Valkyrie. He vehemently refuses to take part in any violence (though he did use some kind of magic to defend himself in an attack), and constantly admonishes Skulduggery for putting Valkyrie in danger with such alarming regularity. He seems to have the ability to take away or to give pain. Grouse only appears in the second, third, fourth and fifth books, although a reference is made to a "cantankerous old man" that heals wounds in the end of the first book, presumably Grouse.

In Book 4 Grouse is kidnapped by the Revengers Club because he had the ability to repair the Desolation Engine, and was possessed by an evil spirit called a Remnant. Whilst in Grouse's body, the Remnant tortures Tanith by nailing her to a chair. Tanith later states that though it was not Grouse who hurt her, she cannot help but hate him for it. Grouse is also shown to blame himself, though he in fact has no recollection of torturing Tanith at all. He was the creator of the Desolation Engine; a bomb which destroyed the Irish Sanctuary in the end of the 4th book. In the fifth book, he was told to cure Vaurien Scapegrace and Thrasher (Gerald), but ended up not doing so. Kenspeckle dies at the last part of the book, he was killed by his remnant occupied assistant Clarabelle.

Billy-Ray Sanguine[edit]

William Raymond Sanguine or Billy-Ray in short is a Texan assassin (he calls himself a hitman deluxe) with the ability to melt into the ground and travel under it like a mole. He was introduced a little way through Book 2. Sanguine dresses like a stereotypical cowboy, giving him similarities to the Stephen King character, Randall Flagg. He has no eyes but is capable of sight and he can see very well in the dark. He covers his empty eye-sockets with a pair of sun-glasses. He is described as being rather attractive, though this was mentioned before it was revealed that he has no eyes. Skulduggery and Tanith Low speculate that he may be a clinical psychopath however he appears to be somewhat cowardly in contrast to the reckless fearlessness of most clinically diagnosed psychopaths (However, as demonstrated near the end of the climax, this could be simply an act). Nevertheless, Sanguine himself admits to being psychopathic and also exhibits misogynistic tendencies. He has an obsession with his razor (an enchanted blade, scars from which never heal) which he uses to commit his murders and becomes enraged when it is taken from him by Valkyrie Cain twice. Sanguine, like Dusk, has an obsession with killing people and, like Scapegrace, despises Valkyrie though for different reasons. Sanguine was the one who freed Baron Vengeous from prison with the help of a vampire called Dusk although he is actually working for Batu, the leader of the Diablerie.

In The Faceless Ones Sanguine says "I been workin' for you for over a year now. Ain't it time we met, face to face?" Sanguine only appears in the second, third fourth books and fifth, and near the end of the third book, he says to Valkyrie "Everybody bein' so eager to die...almost takes the fun outta killin' them!” Valkyrie then cuts his stomach and he shouts "What the hell have you done!" before disappearing into the ground.

Strangely enough, despite his reputation as a worldwide feared mercenary and murderer, Sanguine appears remarkably inept at his profession; apart from killing Vaurien Scapegrace and turning him into a zombie, he has never actually killed someone in the course of the books, and appears to only offer a physical threat to the surprised, the helpless and those without combat training, and is mainly used as a mode of transportation rather than a fighter by his employers.

In Book 4, he picks up his father after being released 2 days early from a high security prison in Arizona. His father is revealed to be Dreylan Scarab. With Scarab, he forms the Revengers Club, the main antagonists of Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days. The wound given him by Valkyrie Cain at the end of Book 3 is shown to seriously damage his magical powers in the book. He makes an appearance late in the fifth book, Mortal Coil, working for the Roarhaven sorcerers, and aids Valkyrie, Skulduggery and the others in their war with the Remnants. He has developed a perverse crush on Tanith, which Valkyrie (Stephanie) describes as "disgusting" after she is possessed by the final Remnant, they abscond together.

In book 7, Dr Nye treats him and he can use his magic freely again. He is hired, along with Tanith, to prevent Valkyrie's assassination.


An enigmatic and powerful vampire, introduced in Book 2. Dusk is a freelancer who works for Vengeous and Billy-Ray Sanguine. He is obviously highly treacherous as Vengeous was not surprised that he did not attempt to free him from prison and so did not take it upon himself to punish the vampire.

Like all vampires Dusk is eerily elegant and graceful. Valkyrie describes him as "oddly beautiful." He possesses immense physical strength and superhuman agility and speed(all vampires have that too). He curbs his vampire nature through the use of a syringe. (containing a mixture of Hemlock & Wolf's bane, which Kenspeckle Grouse says is rare) When Valkyrie knocks the syringe from his hand when he is about to inject himself with it he loses control and transforms into his monstrous form, earning a slash across the face from Billy-Ray Sanguine's razor, a wound which never healed. Dusk dedicated himself to punishing Valkyrie for this and later captured her and threatened to turn her into a vampire and set her loose on her parents while in her bloodlust. As he was transforming however Valkyrie stabbed him in the leg with his syringe that he had thrown away beforehand, wanting the monster within to have free rein, leaving him trapped between human and vampire. Springheeled Jack later defeated him and threw him into the sea which knocked him unconscious. He was later taken into custody by Mr Bliss.

He escapes the prison in Russia in Book 4 and joins Billy-Ray Sanguine's Revengers Club. He succeeds in biting Valkyrie Cain, but she is cured by Kenspeckle Grouse before she turns into a vampire. He then gets revenge on Springheeled Jack by leaving him to defend on his own against Anton Shudder and Ghastly Bespoke. In Book 8, he kills Moloch after Tanith Low reveals that he bit Dusk as a child. He also states he knows a secret about Valkyrie that even she does not know. Later, in Book 13, he divulges that Valkyrie is not a descendant of the Ancient Ones but of the Faceless Ones

Vaurien Scapegrace[edit]

Book 2 opens with a fight scene between Valkyrie and Scapegrace. An incompetent aspiring serial-killer, Scapegrace seeks to make a name for himself in the world by becoming the greatest murderer of all time, "The Killer Supreme" by the use of his to-be title; however he proves to be utterly inept at killing people. He claims to make murder into a form of art. He is easily apprehended by Valkyrie and Skulduggery at the start of Book Two and imprisoned in the Sanctuary. He is later called upon by Skulduggery and Valkyrie who force him to assist in their investigation, where he helps them find the Torment. Scapegrace appears to be emotionally immature. He is easily frightened and has a tendency to cry when he is hurt. He despises Skulduggery and Valkyrie for capturing him, the latter in particular but is more of a nuisance that a threat.

In "Dark Days" he is killed by Billy-Ray Sanguine, after Sanguine discovers that he hasn't actually killed anyone, and becomes a zombie. He then calls himself the Zombie King. In this state, he begins infecting people and builds up an army. However, all but one (Thrasher) are disobedient to him and he leaves defeated once again.

In "Mortal Coil" he seeks out a cure for being a zombie as bits of his body keep falling off(like his ear, while he tries to glue it back on). In this search, he finds out where Skulduggery lives, and is forced to give the information to Tesseract. Valkyrie and Skulduggery bring him and Thrasher to Kenspeckle to be cured, but are forgotten about during the Remnant invasion. After Kenspeckle's death, he, along with Thrasher are forgotten by everyone else so they stayed locked in the medical facility. Caelan discovers them and sets them free, still uncured.

In 'Death Bringer' Scapegrace and Thrasher are enlisted to help the Necromancer Order accomplish 'The Passage'. He makes another horde of Zombies and leads them into the secret passages underneath Gordon Edgley's house. However, all of his minions except Thrasher are eaten by the monsters that reside there and, while attempting to flee the tunnels from Valkyrie, he is beheaded by the White Cleaver and taken away by Thrasher.

In 'Kingdom of the Wicked' Scapegrace gives Doctor Nye the remains of the White Cleaver in exchange for a new body. However Nye gives Scapegrace a women's body.

Gordon Edgley[edit]

Valkyrie's uncle, Gordon was a wealthy author of magical fiction who based his bestselling novels on adventures he had with Skulduggery. Skulduggery describes Gordon as "sharp-tongued, strong-willed, intelligent, doesn't suffer fools gladly" traits Valkyrie herself possesses. Gordon was a cultured and sophisticated gentleman with a childish playful demeanor who had a great fondness for Valkyrie although he didn't have children of his own. He and Valkyrie's mother dated for a while until she met Gordon's brother who later became Valkyrie's father. Gordon chivalrously stepped aside and allowed his girlfriend to marry his brother although he later complained that he had never had anything more than a peck on the cheek. He did however go on to have numerous torrid affairs with many beautiful women.

Gordon died whilst putting the finishing touches to his novel And the Darkness Rained Upon Them before being killed by Nefarian Serpine. Secretly he had the Sceptre of the Ancients concealed in a maze of catacombs beneath his mansion and left the Key to it (disguised as a brooch) to his greedy brother Fergus and his grasping wife Beryl. He left his fortune and mansion to Valkyrie.

A living image or "ghost" of Gordon is seen in an Echo-Stone in Playing With Fire and "Dark Days". Valkyrie found the stone in a secret room in Gordon's mansion and later took it to the family reunion with her in a pocket. When taking refuge from her disagreeable cousins in an adjourning room, Valkyrie took the Echo-Stone out of her pocket and had a conversation with the living memory of Gordon. While being a separate entity from the real Gordon, the living memory in the Echo-Stone was essentially a perfect copy of the real Gordon. After learning that Gordon was dead, the "Echo-Gordon" had something of an existential crisis but did not lose his sense of humour, dryly remarking that being taken to the family reunion with Valkyrie reminded him that he didn't miss his family at all. Gordon was once genuinely in love with China Sorrows and liked to think that she reciprocated his feelings. In Mortal Coil when Valkyrie finally reveals the existence of the Echo Stone to the group China refers to him as "my darling dear." However this might not prove anything as China often uses terms of endearment.

Gordon played a very small role in The Faceless Ones, though he does assist Valkyrie in finding a new crystal to power the Sceptre of the Ancients, and points her in the direction of Anathem Mire's house in the tunnels underneath his house. It is also revealed that Tanith Low is a fan of his books.

In the fifth book, Mortal Coil, Gordon is finally revealed to the others in the group by Valkyrie Cain, only to find out that the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, knew the whole time but didn't say anything because he figured that Gordon would be a little sensitive. Gordon then assists the group to capture the remnants.

In the ninth book, Gordon's Echo Stone is wiped by Darquesse, which puts an end to his existence. This causes Valkyrie no small degree of distress and she states that it's like losing him again.

Erskine Ravel[edit]

Erskine Ravel is an Elemental who was first introduced in the fifth book. During the War, Ravel was part of the group the Dead Men.

In the 5th book, at the Great Chamber, after Corrival Deuce is elected as Grand Mage, Ravel, along with Skulduggery, is nominated as an Elder by Corrival, despite not wanting to become one. He is present at the interrogation of Davina Marr where he, along with Skulduggery, Valkyrie Cain and Tanith Low, is defeated by Tesseract. He fights Tessaract, sustaining only some broken ribs. He leaves the medical bay early to report to Deuce, despite Kenspeckles orders. Ravel likes Tanith, but Skulduggery tells him to keep away from her as Ghastly is also interested in her. The three are attacked by Deuce, Shudder and Wreath who are all possessed by Remnants. He joins the possessed Remnants that attack the Hibernian and later has the Remnant ripped from him at MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Near the end of the book, he is elected as Grand Mage, and he accepts Madam Mist and Ghastly Bespoke as his Elders. In the 6th book, he begins his job as Grand Mage, attending the Requiem Ball. In the 7th book, Ravel is forced to deal with the attempted invasion of the Supreme Council, and the questioning of his ability as a leader. After the assassination of Strom, in Book 8, Ravel again has to contend with the Supreme Council, alongside the issues from within Ireland. He sets of to France with the Dead Men, rescuing the Engineer, before hearing of trouble in Ireland and returning with Ghastly and Shudder. Once there, Ravel stands by as the Black Cleaver kills Shudder, before killing Ghastly, although with regret, revealing himself as the traitorous man with the golden eyes. Video footage of the murder is broadcast to the other Sanctuaries, making Ravel the enemy. He is involved in the battle with the warlocks, before being cursed by Darquesse, so that for 23 hours of each day he is in crippling agony. At the end of the book he is imprisoned, with there currently being no cure for the curse. His pain is relieved when he is shunted to Mevolent's dimension in The Dying of the Light (Book 9). When he is shunted back, he is used as bait to lure in Darquesse, as Skulduggery knows that she will want to keep punishing Ravel out of anger. (It is said that she took Ghastly Bespoke's murder personally.) Ravel is later given the God-Killer spear (recovered in The Maleficent Seven and taken from Billy-Ray Sanguine by Skulduggery and Valkyrie) and sent to be part of the team that attempts to take down Darquesse. Upon being approached by her he drops the spear and runs off. Valkyrie encounters him in the Sanctuary afterwards and wants to take him back into custody, but he threatens her and she lets him go. Near the end, Ravel is seen again, this time in the Accelerator room on the floor in handcuffs. According to China and the Engineer, he had used it to bolster his power, but China was able to subdue and handcuff him. At the very end of The Dying of the Light, it is stated by Valkyrie that Skulduggery had picked him up and thrown him into the Accelerator for his soul to be used to shut it down.

Dexter Vex[edit]

Dexter Vex is an Energy Thrower and a member of the Dead Men. He appears in Death Bringer, Kingdom of the Wicked, The Maleficent Seven (as a major character), Last Stand of Dead Men, and The Dying of the Light. He's described as having light brown hair and a 'chiselled look' by Valkyrie, who has a crush on him for a short period of time. Vex first appears in Death Bringer at the Requiem Ball, during which he meets Valkyrie and participates in the telling of the story known as "Shudder's Birthday" (a small and favourite tale of the Dead Men). He isn't seen again up until Kingdom of the Wicked, where an alternate version of himself meets Valkyrie in an alternate dimension ruled by Mevolent and aids in the effort to free her, her reflection Stephanie, and other prisoners from Mevolent's dungeon. This alternate-dimension Vex is last seen in the midst of battle directly before Valkyrie shunts back to her dimension, and does not reappear. He plays a major role in Last Stand of Dead Men, and Dexter is first seen being brought to prison in America due to his nationality (Irish). He is witness to the death of a colleague he was working with, Caius Caviler, by Grim, an American guard. (Caius protested their arrest and Grim was looking for a fight, resulting in a very short confrontation in which Grim choked Caius to death.) Vex is next seen in prison again, and is approached by American Elder Zafira Kerias. Elder Kerias asks him to appear in a message to the Irish asking them to end the conflict. Dexter refuses, and instead adds that he had been tracking down reports of Faceless Ones followers killing mortals before his arrest. Zafira leaves him to be taken to a high security prison; however, before this can be done Tanith Low (still possessed by a Remnant) frees him during his transport. She and Billy-Ray Sanguine takes him to a dock in Wexford, and after a short talk with Skulduggery Pleasant, Ghastly Bespoke, and Valkyrie Cain (who act as representatives for the Sanctuary) release Dexter to them. Afterwards he rejoins Skulduggery, Valkyrie, Ghastly, Saracen Rue, Anton Shudder and Erskine Ravel, and participates in the reunion of the Dead Men. As a member of the Dead Men Dexter goes on several missions, including one to find the town of Wolfsong and recover the Engineer from the French Sanctuary, and another to get a portion of the Engineer's prototype brain from the English Sanctuary. He is also present for the battle of the Keep, between the Irish Sanctuary and the Supreme Council's forces. Later on he is with Saracen, Skulduggery, the Monster Hunters Donegan Bane and Gracious O'Callahan, and Billy-Ray Sanguine as they watch the footage revealing Ravel's betrayal. His reaction is hurt and angry, and he is all for Ravel's death. (Incomplete.)

Saracen Rue[edit]

Saracen Rue is a character that appears in The Maleficent Seven (book 7.5), Last Stand of Dead Men (book 8), and The Dying of the Light (book 9). A member of the Dead Men and a seemingly amiable person, he appears to have a good sense of humour and a liking for designer suits. His ability is Adept and repeatedly stated as not Sensitive; however, other than that he refuses to say anything more about it other than "I know things." This vagueness irritates his fellow Dead Man, Dexter Vex, much to Rue's amusement.


Caelan is a vampire, who offers his services to Valkyrie when she tries to retrieve the skull from a dealer named Chabon. When questioned about his motives, Caelan says he holds a grudge against Dusk, and was a lot better off when he was imprisoned. He is described as relatively young and quite attractive, with sleek black hair. He died when he was 19. Caelan seems to be the only vampire who tries to control his condition- sealing himself in a cage which only unlocks at dawn. He is not well liked by many of the characters, aside from Valkyrie- most of the vampires hate him because he killed another vampire (the one forbidden rule among them) - when asked why he simply says that the other vampire had it coming. Skulduggery states upon meeting him that he neither likes nor trusts him. When Caelan leads Skulduggery and Valkyrie to Moloch's lair, he is exiled and targeted by the other vampires, who destroy his cage, forcing him to turn to Anton Shudder for new dwellings. Caelan appears in the final fight scene and fights with Dusk, but is easily outmatched. Many suspect that he has certain feelings for Valkyrie- much to Fletcher's jealousy.

In book 5, Caelan confesses to Valkyrie that he loves her, and kisses her. This causes Valkyrie to get confused with her feelings towards the vampire. She stays quiet about this to the others except Tanith Low. Meanwhile, Caelan watches over her in secret and becomes her 'guardian angel'. Towards the end of the book Valkyrie meets up with him and Caelan reveals to her that he has been taking Dusk's serum so that he will not turn into a monster every night, telling her that "For her, he could be human". In book 6, it is revealed that Valkyrie is cheating on Fletcher with Caelan, eventually leading to Fletcher getting dumped. Valkyrie then tries to dump Caelan but he goes all crazy and tries to turn her into a vampire too. Fletcher had not been removed as Val's emergency contact so he is forced to come to her aid where he and Valkyrie push Caelan into the sea. Due to the large amount of sea water (which is deadly to vampires) he ingests, his throat swells up and he dies. In book 6 he also reveals why he has a grudge against Dusk. When he was a young vampire he fell in love with a 'mortal' woman. However, Dusk and his friend Hrishi told him this was an unhealthy habit, and that he should be more careful. Later that night Caelan kills Hrishi causing him to become an outcast among vampires.

Thrasher (Gerald)[edit]

After Scapegrace was turned into a zombie he had orders to create a zombie army. Thrasher was his first infection, all the other zombies died after a while but because Thrasher was the first infected he had some magic in him and this is what kept him from decomposing.

Thrasher is the zombie servant of Vaurien Scapegrace (before he became a zombie his name was 'Gerald'). He was the only zombie to listen to his masters orders, although annoys him with his loyalty and nervous disposition (he begins to cry when the other zombies refuse to listen to him). At the end of Dark Days, he and Scapegrace escape capture/death.

Thrasher often tries to correct Scapegrace, such as his name for the Revengers Club (Vengeance Brigade), agreeing with Valkyrie's suggestion, Vengeance Squad. He also admits to Valkyrie that the reason he burns so well is probably the creams he uses. Thrasher is portrayed as being dim-witted and is known to disrupt conversations, much to the annoyance of his master Vaurien Scapecrage (also a zombie).

In Mortal Coil, Thrasher assists his master in his plan to be embalmed. This is unsuccessful and Thrasher and Scapegrace end up becoming test subjects for Kenspeckle (whom wanted to make them human again.) Eventually, they're set free by Caelan and escape.

The White Cleaver[edit]

A Cleaver that was abducted by Serpine and turned invincible through the use of Necromancy, he was the cause of Ghastly Bespoke turning himself into a statue. He was about to kill Tanith, but suddenly left. At the time it was presumed that he had actually formed his own mind, and betrayed Serpine on his own initiative. The White Cleaver reappears in The Faceless Ones, where it is revealed that the "Necromancer contingent" who "created" the White Cleaver dictated that, since he was created using their own Necromancy, he would obey any order from the Necromancers. Therefore, when Serpine commanded him to kill Skulduggery and Valkyrie, they ordered him to stop.

The White Cleaver aids the good guys along with the Necromancers in The Faceless Ones, The White Cleaver also attempts to kill a Faceless One but fails and the Faceless one punches him in the chest, that removes him from the battle. He appears briefly in Mortal Coil with the Necromancers during their meetings.

The White Cleaver is an extremely strong fighter, being able to heal any wounds immediately. He fights and defeats Tanith Low (nearly killing her by impaling her on his scythe), and even defeats Murder Rose in the third book. In the first book he proves more than a match for Skulduggery, Valkyrie, Tanith and Ghastly put together, and in the end they are forced to retreat from him, during this fight Ghastly is forced to use the power of earth and turn himself into a statue. The White Cleaver does not appear in the fourth book. In the sixth book he acts as a bodyguard to Craven and Melachonia and is torn apart fighting Lord Vile.

In Kingdom of the Wicked, Scapegrace ordered Thrasher to pick up all the pieces of the White Cleaver, and then used them to bargain with Doctor Nye for a new body. It is unknown by the end of the novel if he is resurrected.

In "Last Stand of Dead Men", he is resurrected by Doctor Nye and is renamed the Black Cleaver.

Auron Tenebrae[edit]

The High Priest of the Necromancer order in Ireland, Tenebrae spends most of his time searching for the Death Bringer, the most powerful Necromancer ever, who is supposed to stop the stream of life and death by creating a "massive influx of souls". He is killed by Melancholia St Clair later on in the series, in trying to initiate The Passage.

The Grotesquery[edit]

An immensely powerful hybrid creature made from the remains of a Faceless One by Baron Vengeous who gave it the name Grotesquery. Because It resembles a stereotypical Egyptian mummy and is similar to the Chimera of Greek mythology.

The Grotesquery was put together during the war against Mevolent with the purpose of bringing back the Faceless ones. It was made up of many different powerful magical creatures and also had the torso of a Faceless one. Which in turn makes it part-god and Baron Vengeous worships it as such.

The Grotesquery has powers of teleportation as well as unfathomable strength. A punch from Mr Bliss, the single strongest man on Earth, did not faze it in the slightest, yet it was able to incapacitate Bliss with a single blow. It does not seem particularly intelligent however. Given the fact that it was made from part of a Faceless One it is presumably immortal however it is not indestructible as it was overpowered and almost killed by a group of Cleavers.

It eventually meets its demise after Valkyrie Cain stabs it through the heart with Tanith Low's sword. While Valkyrie stabbed the Grotesquery's heart, it emitted a death scream which alerted the Faceless Ones to the weakest point in our reality. It is a necessity for the ritual to open the portal for the Faceless Ones. Also to open the gate for the Faceless Ones in Book 3, they had to use the Grotesquery's torso to open the gate to the realm of the Faceless Ones.

Springheeled Jack[edit]

A mage with an obsession with killing, he is named after the legendary London monster, Spring-heeled Jack, and acts in the same manner. Springheeled Jack is a hideous man who, like Sanguine, does not have traditional magic powers. Instead he is capable of leaping over great distances and haunts the roofs and streets of London at night looking for people to murder. He is apprehended by Tanith Low and imprisoned but is later freed by Billy-Ray Sanguine who asks him to kill a man working for the Sanctuary in London.

Jack later learns that Sanguine was working for Vengeous who wanted to bring back the Faceless Ones. Knowing how dangerous the Faceless Ones are, Jack does not want them free and is furious at having been tricked. He then defeats Dusk, unknowingly aiding Tanith meanwhile saving Valkyrie and running off to Italy.

Jack appears again in the fourth book, as a member of the Revengers Club. His aim is to kill Tanith Low. Dusk then gets revenge on Jack by leaving him to fight Ghastly and Anton Shudder. In The Maleficent Seven, Jack joins Tanith Low's team of villains and falls in love with Sabine, a member of Tanith's squad who can drain the powers of other sorcerers. Tanith decapitates Jack by the end of the novella to cause a distraction to the Cleavers while Tanith's group sneak into the English Sanctuary.

Finbar Wrong[edit]

Finbar Wrong is a tattoo artist that resides near Temple Bar in Dublin. He appears to be perpetually confused and there is no mention of his magical powers in the second book, when Valkyrie first meets him. In the third book, however, it is revealed he is a Sensitive. Using his magic, he helped Skulduggery and Valkyrie find the Gateway of Realities, although he temporarily becomes possessed by the Faceless Ones while doing so.

In the Book 4, Finbar talks to Valkyrie and Skulduggery about the visions that all Sensitives find disturbing: a vision of the end of the world, caused by the feared sorceress, Darquesse. He has a wife 'Sharon', who never appears, and later on a child too.

During Mortal Coil, Solomon Wreath possesses Wrong with a Remnant to find out whether Valkyrie will be the "Death Bringer." This plan was unsuccessful however as the Remnant saw the future which Darquesse created and came to the conclusion that she was their Messiah.

In The Death Bringer, Finbar is approached by a journalist called Kenny Dunne who finds out about the sorcerers and plans to blow their cover. Finbar then sets up a meeting between Dunne and Geoffrey Scrutinous who persuades him that the sorcerers are crazy.

The Torment[edit]

An ancient and enigmatic sorcerer as well as one of the Children of the Spider, the Torment is a misanthropic recluse who lives in an underground building beneath the sordid village of Roarhaven. The building itself was intended to be a new Sanctuary by a group of dissenters in Roarhaven who attempted to overthrow the Elders and create a Sanctuary of their own. The plan failed and the building itself sank in decay. The Torment believes that sorcerers should rule over those who do not wield magic, and believes that his kind are weak to hide from humans when they should be conquering them. He fought against Mevolent in the war however as he reasoned that if the Faceless Ones came back, no-one would be safe, even him.

He claims to despise the Ancients as much as the Faceless Ones however and because Valkyrie is a descendant of the Ancients he demands that Skulduggery destroy her in exchange for information on the whereabouts of the Grotesquery. Skulduggery pretends to kill her by shooting her reflection and when the Torment learns that Skulduggery tricked him he comes after the undead sorcerer for revenge but is defeated by Skulduggery and Tanith Low.

The Torment is a Shapeshifter with an affinity for spiders and is capable of transforming into a giant three-eyed spider himself. He fights the Grotesquery as a spider, but is defeated (by being scalped). The Torment later appears again in 'Mortal Coil', where he hires Tesseract to kill Marr. However, the Torment attempts to kill the mercenary after. He is also responsible for helping Madam Mist (another child of the spider) to become an Elder. Near the end of the book, Tesseract gets his revenge by splitting the Torment's skull with his bone breaking ability, killing him.

Remus Crux[edit]

He is the incompetent replacement for Skulduggery as the lead detective for the Sanctuary after Skulduggery was fired at the end of Book 2. He was appointed by Thurid Guild. He is portrayed as a fool, but apparently knows a secret concerning China Sorrows in regards to Skulduggery's rebirth, and uses it to frequently blackmail China Sorrows. Crux arrests Valkyrie right after her parents leave for Paris in Book 3, and tries to arrest her again during The Battle of Aranmore Farm, but ultimately fails. During the Battle, his sanity was shattered after looking upon one of the intangible Faceless Ones.

In the fourth book, he began to worship the Faceless Ones, and he ended up joining the Revengers Club. China eventually seeks him out and she reminds him that he tried to kill Valkyrie at her house late at night, but after he tries to convince her that he told everybody the secret saying that "Everyone knows what you did. They're all whispering. China Sorrows, China Sorrows, she's the one, they're saying. She's the one. Nefarian Serpine killed Skulduggery Pleasant, but China Sorrows led his family into the trap.", China shoots him and leaves him to die.

Solomon Wreath[edit]

Solomon is a Necromancer introduced in Book 3, who has some connection to Skulduggery's past, possibly an old partner like Valkyrie. He placed his power inside his cane, much like Lord Vile's armour, and is quite powerful. During the crisis in the third book, he forms a "Necromancer contingent", consisting of him, a Necromancer with his power forced into a flintlock pistol, a necromancer whose power has been channelled into her cape, and the White Cleaver, who they brought under their control. In the battle of Aranmore Farm, whilst trying to guide the final Faceless One through the gate, he throws his cane over to Valkyrie, who tries to use it to stop the Faceless One from killing Skulduggery. The cane breaks, but Solomon creates another cane "identical to the first one", upon which Valkyrie remarks "How original of you". The book ends with Wreath telling Valkyrie that to get Skulduggery back from the realm of the Faceless Ones they will need Skulduggery's true head, which was stolen from him while he was meditating and won a new one in a game of poker, as an Isthmus Anchor, and to gain the power needed Valkyrie would have to change her profession from Elemental to an Adept Necromancer.

During the year-long gap between books 3 and 4 Wreath teaches necromancy to Valkyrie Cain. It is during this book that the Necromancers start referring to Valkyrie as the "Death Bringer." Thinking that she is the one who has the power to break down the barriers between life and death.

In Book 5 Wreath is ordered by the High Priest Tenebrae to take the Remnant that was possessing Kenspeckle Grouse and was now trapped inside a soulcatcher and to release it upon Finbar Wrong, to see if Valkyrie really was the "Death Bringer." In book 6 Wreath captures Valkyrie after telling her what the Passage is, and the role of the "Death Bringer", which is to stop the cycle of life and death by killing 3 billion people at the same time, so the massive release of souls will stop the stream of life and death.

Solomon dies in book 9 after Darquesse kills him with the remains of the god-killer sword.

Thurid Guild[edit]

Introduced in Playing With Fire as the new Grand Mage of the Irish Council of Elders, he has yet to appoint any other Elders and so is by effect the dictator of the Sorcerer's Sanctuary of Ireland. He does not trust Skulduggery and holds Valkyrie in contempt. A somewhat grim and humourless character, Skulduggery speculates that he may be corrupt and thinks he was in league with the Diablerie in Book 2, but is proved wrong in Book 3, when "the Administrator", brought in by Guild, proves to be the traitor.

In Book 4, Guild seems to have forgiven Skulduggery and helps the team, although this may be because Skulduggery knows it was he who actually killed Vanguard. At the end of the fourth book, he is sentenced to 300 years in prison but isn't imprisoned due to the destruction of the Irish Sanctuary. His leg is disintegrated by the same explosion that destroyed the Sanctuary.


Evil souls who possess people as they do not have bodies of their own. For a long time they were trapped in room 24 in the Midnight Hotel- owned by Anton Shudder, until one of them was freed by Solomon Wreath when he was ordered to go to Finbar Wrong to find out about Valkyrie's future about her being the Death Bringer, he had to use the Remnant because Finbar would not help him. Wreath escaped out the window leaving the Remnant in Finbar. Later the Remnant went to the Midnight Hotel, possessed Anton Shudder, and opened the door to room 24, releasing all 2000+ Remnants trapped there. They attack and possess many people in Ireland and inflict terror on the entire country. In Mortal Coil they have one goal: to make Valkyrie Darquesse so that they can dwell in the dead world without bodies. They only manage to make Valkyrie Darquesse for a short while by possessing her, which they regret after Darquesse starts killing them all. They are then trapped in the Receptacle, a huge soulcatcher located in a mountain chain, with only the one in Tanith escaping.

Vandameer Craven[edit]

A power hungry Necromancer who detests Solomon and Valkyrie. He experiments on Meloncholia to make her the Death Bringer by looping her Surge, an event which locks sorcerers in the discipline most skilled in, so she is constantly gaining power. He is killed by Skulduggery in Death Bringer.

Melancholia St Clair[edit]

Valkyrie's rival in Necromancy. She is not particularly powerful in Mortal Coil, but after having symbols carved into her skin, her power continuously cycles making her powerful enough to be the Death Bringer. She uses her new power to slice Valkyrie within an inch of her life. Her powers drive her crazy when she attempts to kill the whole world, resorting Skulduggery to become Lord Vile to stop her. She brings out Darquesse by attempting to kill Valkyrie when Valkyrie asks her to. She is placed into a coma by Nye to prevent her from killing everyone.

Lord Vile[edit]

One of Mevolent's Three Generals, Vile was a powerful Necromancer who also possessed the ability to manipulate darkness so he could get stronger, shadows creating blasts from his hand or to teleport, and death to kill person or creating a bubble to kill multiple beings at one time. He had impregnable armour that rendered him invincible, which is the object of Baron Vengous's desires in Playing With Fire. Lord Vile allegedly died alone in a chamber, but it has not been revealed how. China Sorrows says that Vile was "remarkable" and "could have changed the world" while Baron Vengeous "wouldn't know where to begin". He was apparently extortionately powerful, probably one of the most powerful mages ever to have lived, and Baron Vengeous says "how could Vile ever have been beaten with power like this?” In The Faceless Ones, Ghastly says, "There was a rule we had back then. You don't go up against Vile alone. You wait until your army is gathered behind you, you all attack together and you pray someone gets in a lucky shot."

It is suggested that Lord Vile is much more powerful than either Nefarian Serpine or Baron Vengeous, as Ghastly's mother defeats both of these but is killed by Vile. He is considered an enemy by the Necromancers. Vile was originally believed to be the saviour of the Necromancers, whom they called the "Death-Bringer", but since his apparent death Solomon Wreath at least believes that this may actually be Valkyrie Cain. It is actually hinted though that Lord Vile may still be alive. The Necromancers seem to know more about this and it is likely that he is hiding.

Lord Vile seemingly makes an appearance near the end of Mortal Coil where he attacks Skulduggery and kills Tesseract with ease.

In Death Bringer, this Lord Vile is revealed to be part of Skulduggery Pleasant's subconscious that can operate his armor without Skulduggery that had previously been separated from Skulduggery with the "Murder Skull", Skulduggery himself having become the original Lord Vile following his initial resurrection before having a "moment of clarity". However, this manifestation of Lord Vile is not nearly as strong compared to its pure form, which is reborn when Skulduggery takes the armor into himself to once again become Lord Vile and easily defeat Melancholia, requiring Darquesse to fight him (per his request) a standoff; instead of continuing to fight, he regains control of his mind (uttering "Valkyrie") and casts off the armor, as well as convincing Darquesse to stop fighting, allowing Valkyrie to resume control. Unfortunately this was probably not the best move for Skulduggery, since every time Darquesse takes control over Valkyrie's body she becomes more powerful, thus leading to the idea that if Darquesse once again emerges, she will probably be too powerful for Skulduggery to stop, giving Darquesse the opportunity to destroy the world.

It is explained in Death Bringer that during Skulduggery's five years away during the war with Mevolent, his darker nature took ahold of him. He had the armour created, trained at the Irish Sanctuary, and reemerged as Lord Vile, to fight during the war on Mevolent's side. Eventually, however, his better side regained power and he buried the armour within a deep cavern, left, and rejoined the Dead Men.

Lord Vile is suggested to be the most powerful Necromancer to ever live, and possesses the ability to fly and manipulate his armor as well as manipulate shadows. Like Melancholia, he is capable of generating a 'death bubble.' His armor is where he houses his extraordinary power that has obliterated entire armies at a time. He is also shown to be incredibly strong and capable of clubbing the virtually invincible Darquesse's brain out through her skull. He is also invulnerable to the latent energy that Darquesse wields. Though, Lord Vile seems a little overconfident in his own abilities as he seems to think that he could take on the entire race of Faceless Ones who have torn apart worlds.


Darquesse is a supposedly evil sorcerer who is believed to destroy the world. In Dark Days, Valkyrie sees a vision of Darquesse killing her parents, and an older image of herself doing nothing to stop it. At the end of the book, Valkyrie uses a Dream Whisperer to see a nightmare of hers. It was in the Repository while Skulduggery and Serpine fought. As the Book of Names fell, Valkyrie sees her true name, Darquesse, therefore Darquesse is actually Valkyrie. In Mortal Coil, as an effort to prevent the future of Darquesse killing the world, she goes to Doctor Nye to seal her name. This does not prevent her future as we see later on in Mortal Coil. She becomes Darquesse while she is possessed by a Remnant (although the Remnant is not in control while she was possessed; Darquesse is. The Remnant just 'opened a door' to Darquesse.).

When the Remnants are trapped in the Receptacle (a giant soul catcher) apart from the one possessing Tanith, Valkyrie feels that her future isn't exactly something she can avoid. Sensitives can still sense Darquesse, and Valkyrie apparently must decide to destroy the world of her own accord. In Death Bringer, her mind is touched by a Jitter Girls - it puts its hand inside her brain - and she turns into Darquesse and they get the Girls back in the box. Later, Valkyrie is surprised that Darquesse doesn't come out when she is being attacked by Melancholia and left sliced up. She discovers that Darquesse only comes out when her life is in true danger. She comes out again after Valkyrie gets Melancholia to attempt to kill her so she can fight Lord Vile. She later comes out when Kitana puts her hand through Valkyrie's chest, however this time Darquesse and Lord Vile fight side by side.

In Last Stand of Dead Men, after luring Valkyrie into a trap where she sustains major injuries, Darquesse convinces Valkyrie to let her take over. Valkyrie accepts and Darquesse takes control and flees. She is later seen at the end of the book, aiding the sorcerers against the Warlocks and saving China's life. She also causes Ravel to be in extreme pain 23 hours every day for killing Ghastly. Darquesse says to Skulduggery that she only wants to live and not harm anyone as well as stating that Valkyrie is gone. She tells him to stay out of her way and as she departs states that it will be fun to see him try to defeat her.

In The Dying of the Light, a group of sensitives pulls Darquesse out of Valkyrie's body, so Darquesse kills the reflection for having killed Carol Edgely and takes over that body.

Darquesse can wield a unique type of magic (possibly Ancient magic) which grants her huge strength, the ability to fly, to sharpen her senses, to wield latent energy which can turn rock to dust, to see and manipulate someone's consciousness, to dull pain, to heal, to survive situations that would kill a normal mage, physically "see" magic, and create portals. She is also the reason Valkyrie Cain had to kill her baby sister, Alice, so she could defeat Darquesse and help her parents.

Although her power is greater than Lord Vile's, she is less skilled. Her power also rivals that of Mevolent, but she was beaten by him by getting her head ripped off her body. She managed to survive however and fixed herself in 5 seconds. One of few people that could be sure of killing her is the only other person alive who has learnt their True Name; Argeddion. Lord Vile and Darquesse end up beating him, and Darquesse lives on. She finally leaves in book 9 when she creates a portal to the realm of the Faceless Ones.

Skulduggery Pleasant[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the first book so far:

Nefarian Serpine[edit]

An insane, power-crazed sorcerer intent on finding the Sceptre of the Ancients to gain access to the Book of Names and take over the world. He used necromanctic magic to first create the White Cleaver, and then used it to make himself invincible. However, he is destroyed by the Sceptre of the Ancients, even though it was deadlocked to him. Because of the procedures Serpine used on himself, he could not truly be 'alive', which allowed Skulduggery to blast him the Sceptre. Skulduggery was able to use the Sceptre because while he was dead, he did not die after gaining possession of the Sceptre, allowing him to keep possession of it. It is revealed in the sixth book that Serpine got his red hand from the High Priest Tenebrae with the unknown added extra that his hand would not truly kill Skulduggery, allowing Skulduggery to come back and exact revenge to Nefarian Serpine.

The Elders[edit]

The Elders are the three democratic leaders of the Sanctuary, the Sorcerer's Parliament. Every different country has a different Sanctuary which is hidden in an inconspicuous location. Sanctuaries usually have three elders. The main Elders seen in the series are based in Dublin and the representatives of Ireland where the majority of the story takes place. Other known Sanctuaries exist in London, Russia, New York City, Berlin and Tokyo, respectively.

Eachan Meritorious[edit]

Once Grand Mage and leader of the Elders, Meritorious was one of the most powerful and wisest magicians in Europe. He was killed along with Morwenna by Serpine with the Sceptre of the Ancients in Skulduggery Pleasant.

Morwenna Crow[edit]

A very beautiful sorceress, Morwenna was killed along with Meritorious by Serpine in Book 1. There is speculation as to Morwenna having been a Necromancer due to her method of appearance in Book 1- forming out of a black shadow[citation needed], much likes the ones described in connotation to other Necromancers in later books. It is confirmed in Death Bringer that she was the first and only Sanctuary Elder to be a Necromancer. She is mentioned by Tenebrae in book 6.

Sagacious Tome[edit]

Although a wise and powerful Elder himself, Sagacious Tome appears to have something of an inferiority complex and is somewhat paranoid believing that all the Magical Community believe him to be insignificant compared to Meritorious and Morwenna. Bitter at this, the very ambitious Sagacious joins forces with Serpine and tricks the other Elders enabling Serpine to destroy them in order to get the Great Book of Names. When the spell that Sagacious, Meritorious and Morwenna placed over the Book to protect it still doesn't disappear, Serpine kills Sagacious with the Sceptre of the Ancients as well, thereby enabling him to take the Book.

Sagacious is a very haughty individual and is notable for being even more melodramatic than Serpine saying about the people who he believed were mocking him "The streets will run red with their blood" causing Serpine to wryly comment "How very dramatic". Also, in The Faceless Ones, he is mentioned to have been a Teleporter, as evidenced when he appeared and disappeared from the Christ Church in Book 1.

Playing With Fire[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the second book so far:

Baron Vengeous[edit]

Baron Vengeous was one of Mevolent's three infamous generals, along with Nefarian Serpine and Lord Vile. He has a nickname of The Baron. Along with Nefarian Serpine he has the objective to bring back the Faceless Ones. He works with Billy-Ray Sanguine and Dusk. He also tries to bring back the Grotesquery with Lord Vile's armor. Vengeous is an Adept with the ability to make whole bodies explode as shown when he blows up Argus- one of Mevolent's men. He is described by China as "an unusual man, he likes to think of himself as straightforward. He is anything but." He tried to make China "come back into the fold." When she refused he became unreasonably angry and told her that she would be the first traitor they destroy. He was killed at the end of Book 2 by the Grotesquery. An alternate reality version of Vengeous additionally appeared in Kingdom of the Wicked.

The Faceless Ones[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the third book so far:

The Faceless Ones[edit]

Faceless Ones have many powers. They are impossibly powerful and have greater power than any alive mage. They seem to have powers along the lines of Darquesse's. These include killing by looking at the victim or driving them insane, resistance to any magical or non-magical attack (to the point where there is only one weapon capable of destroying them), and looking at one hits like a physical force. Also they can kill people in various different ways with a wave of their arm and turn things to dust and have some form of mental power to move objects with their mind. They are drawn to hosts by invitations that Batu inscribed on the Diablerie's arms. The only member of the Diablerie able to get away from being hosted by the invitations Batu inscribed on them was Jaron Gallow, who cut his own arm tattooed off. At the very end of The Faceless Ones, Skulduggery Pleasant is sucked through a portal into the world the Faceless Ones were inhabiting.


A man called Paddy Hanratty who was from a family of sorcerers with no magical powers who brings back the Diablerie after their destruction. He uses them to bring back the Faceless Ones by tattooing symbols onto their arms. He explains that these are for their protection, to mark them out as believers when the Faceless Ones come, but in fact they are invitations; when the Faceless Ones return they will inhabit their bodies and become invincible beings. Batu does this as not to waste the Faceless Ones' time searching for good hosts. He also offers himself as a host, so then he would finally have magic. He didn't know that it would completely wipe his personality. At first Batu appears as an old man who doesn't know about magic. Batu reappears in the fourth book briefly as the body that the Faceless Ones use to torture Skulduggery.

The Diablerie[edit]

A mysterious secret society, akin to a terrorist organisation, the Diablerie were the ones responsible for the manipulation of Baron Vengeous in Playing With Fire. Sanguine was working for them and he meets their leader in secret in the penultimate chapter of the book. They seek the return of the Faceless Ones, a "race of sadistic gods who loathe humanity". As revealed in Skulduggery Pleasant: the Faceless Ones, China Sorrows started the Diablerie, and Baron Vengeous later took over.

Their leader's plan was for the Grotesquery to die so that its dying scream would alert the Faceless Ones to the whereabouts of the Earth, meaning that all the Diablerie have to do now is let them in. In The Faceless Ones, the Diablerie are the main antagonists of the book, including a "huge man with silver hair" called Gruesome Krav and a mad swordswoman called Murder Rose, as well as a dark-haired man called Jaron Gallow. Jaron Gallow is believed by Solomon Wreath, a Necromancer, to be the Diablerie's leader, but this is later revealed to be Paddy Hanratty, who nicknames himself "Batu". Batu isn't a sorcerer and he wants the "Faceless Ones" to return so one of them can possess him and give him magic, although this would wipe out his personality.

Gruesome Krav and Murder Rose are possessed by Faceless Ones and killed, although aforementioned Jaron Gallow escapes this. Batu is also possessed by a Faceless One, but that Faceless One is pushed through the "portal between realities", away from "our reality". The word "Diablerie" is an apparent derivation of the Latin "diabolos", meaning "devil".

Murder Rose[edit]

An adept magician with powers similar to that of Tanith Low. A member of the Diablerie under Batu. Murder Rose defeats and nearly kills Tanith, after Batu kills the teleporter Emmette Peregrine. She has amazing sword and knife skills.

Gruesome Krav[edit]

Gruesome Krav is an adept mage that has incredibly enhanced strength, like the character Mr Bliss. However, he is not his equal, having been easily defeated by Bliss in The Faceless Ones He attacks Tanith with the help of Murder Rose.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the fourth book so far:

Dreylan Scarab[edit]

Dreylan is a great sorcerer who returns to the earth from 200 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Scarab was freed from prison, thirsty for revenge against the Sanctuary and Thurid Guild, who framed him, having served his full sentence. Once freed Scarab is joined first by his son, Billy-Ray Sanguine, and later by the other members of the Revenger's Club, who join him on his quest for revenge. Now aged after two centuries in a bound prison, unable to touch his magic, Scarab is an old man who is willing to commit suicide in his attempts to disgrace Thurid Guild. Scarab's Adept ability is with symbols, and he also displays knowledge of magic-science, e.g., resurrecting Scapegrace as a zombie. Scarab's plan is foiled and he is put in jail by Skulduggery.


Moloch was the only vampire that would talk to Caelan. When Caelan, Skulduggery and Valkyrie(Stephanie)goes to Moloch for help to find Dusk, he attacks Caelan and then throws Valkyrie(Stephanie)down his "Infected Hole" because one of his infected was not infected by him, but by one of Dusk's Vampires. Dusk hauls her out and then throws her over the railing. Skulduggery saves her by flying and catching her. Later Skulduggery asks why Dusk was there. Moloch says he requested some infected but Moloch did not give him any.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the fifth book so far:


An immensely strong and mysterious headless coach driver who picks up those who are subjected to the banshee's scream. Valkyrie is required to die to seal her name, and allows herself to be taken by the Dullahan (but not before she tries to fight it off after it takes another woman). The Dullahan is invulnerable and according to Valkyrie is like 'punching a brick wall'. This is elaborated, the Dullahan being unable to get hurt due to just "being". After delivering Valkyrie to Nye, it isn't featured again, although he does check up on Nye in mid-operation. They seem to have some way of communicating, despite the Dullahan apparently not being able to talk.

Burgundy Dalrymple[edit]

Burgundy Dalrymple was one of Mevolent's most competent soldiers, and was a master swordsman. He is obsessed with Remnants, as he misses the feeling of closeness and belonging to something greater than himself, and owns one half of the key that can operate the Receptacle. He engages Skulduggery and China in an energetic sword duel, but is subsequently beaten, and hands over the key. Later on in the book, he is featured in a small cameo when he shoots Billy-Ray Sanguine when he sprays bullets at Skulduggery, Tanith, Valkyrie and Sanguine. He is eventually killed by a possessed Valkyrie after begging to be possessed as well.


Tesseract is a lethally skilled Russian assassin, with the ability to break and shatter bones with a touch. In Mortal Coil, he is hired by The Torment to kill Davina Marr. Eventually, after a failed assassination attempt on Marr thanks to Skulduggery Pleasant, Tesseract is led to an old pub where a now zombified Scapegrace is giving out info on Skulduggery Pleasant's living quarters. After a brutal fight in the bar, Tesseract kills everyone besides Scapegrace and his sidekick, Thrasher.

Scapegrace tells him where Pleasant lives while being aware that Tesseract could kill him. Tesseract arrives at Skulduggery's house only to find that Tanith, Valkyrie and Ravel are also there. Tesseract confronts them and his superior strength and abilities overwhelm the team so much that they eventually resort to back up, with Fletcher Renn teleporting the team away just in time. Later, The Torment buries Tesseract alive. But, Tesseract escapes and sets out to gain revenge. After failing to kill The Torment, he and the Torment's gang are possessed by Remnants.

Toward the end of the book, Tesseract now free of the remnant inside him, attempts to kill The Torment again only to bump into Pleasant while at Torments house. He manages to kill the Torment and then battles with Skulduggery. Their fight leads them to the Sanctuary, where eventually what appears to be Lord Vile attacks the two.

Tesseract is mortally wounded and Skulduggery manages to get rid of Vile in an explosion of shadow by merely punching him. Tesseract eventually takes off his mask and reveals his face but at a cost of his body now rotting and killing him. Tesseract then requests Skulduggery to let the sun hit Tesseract's face as it is warm. While Pleasant carries Tesseract to a bench outside the Sanctuary, Tesseract explains how he will miss his cat. Tesseract is laid out on the bench outside the Sanctuary. He asks Skulduggery questions about Vile and Skulduggery's resurrection. Skulduggery does not answer and Tesseract dies.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the sixth book so far:


They look identical to cleavers but they wear black and have twin sickles (instead of scythes) on their backs. Rippers are personal bodyguards or mercenaries. Rippers are usually older than cleavers because they have retired from the cleaver force.

Kenny Dunne[edit]

A journalist whose career as a freelance journalist is starting to deteriorate at the start of Death Bringer, where he plans to meet the sensitive Paul Lynch, who is a homeless man living on the streets, in a park. He finds Lynch dead, he is then interrogated by Skulduggery and Valkyrie, posing as a Police Inspector and a school girl on work experience. After realising they were not who they said they were, he plans a meeting with Finbar Wrong, who tells him to go to Geoffrey Scrutinous, where he gets brainwashed into disregarding all stories as hoaxes. He later realises he was brainwashed, reinvigorating his interest, but we don't see him until the very end of the book, where he is planning to unearth the entire magical subculture.

Erskine Ravel hired Dunne to film the war against the warlocks, where he realized that blowing the cap off the magical community would lead to disastrous consequences.

He delivers a package containing a thumbstick (thumb drive) to Desmond Edgley, Valkyrie/Stephanie's father, where Valkyrie (actually her reflection) appears to die. Valkyrie, along with an at first disguised Skulduggery, have to confront her parents and tell them the truth about magic. Skulduggery points out a few frames in which Fletcher are visible, then teleporting away with Valkyrie's reflection.

Ian Moore[edit]

A mugger who tried to attack Valkyrie's mother. Unfortunately, he was thrown into a pharmacy window by Valkyrie's father. While in prison, Valkyrie pays him a visit. As she was in an unstable state, she beats him, until an inch of death, but suddenly stops realizing what she was about to do. While abusing Moore, Valkyrie's mind goes into a state similar to Darquesse's. The next day the guards find Moore, and release him to avoid a lawsuit. Before he's released, he catches the Edgley's address and goes there to beat up Valkyrie as revenge. However, she and her reflection over-power him, and he gets arrested once again. He is a mortal, and simply serves as a device to help characterize Valkyrie's anger. This was also one of the subtle reasons Fletcher Renn broke up with her.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of The Wicked[edit]

Characters who have only appeared in the seventh book so far:


Argeddion (also known as Walden D'Essai) is a Mage who had discovered his True Name. A mage who discovered his true name becoming Argeddion develops unlimited powers. He has the ability to control people, even whilst in a coma. He also had shown the ability to give a portion of his magic to anyone, able to retrieve it when he wished. He even had enough power to destroy a machine channeling dozens of powerful sorcerers' energy, and quickly recover. After awakening from his coma, Argeddion discovered that he could manipulate any form of magic after experiencing it once. This is true, as he copied Fletcher's Teleportation ability and Silas' Dimensional Shunting after experiencing each technique once. However, Argeddion did not use his amplified magic abilities for combat, as he was a pacifist. He also showed that he can use his magic to heal himself rapidly, as well as revive the deceased Kitana, Doran and Sean.

Like Darquesse, he has the ability to see magic, and 'other things too' he noted, due to knowing his True Name for a longer period and studying magic more.

After he re-absorbed his own magic from Kitana and her allies even Darquesse admitted that she was no match for someone with his power.

He believed in peace and attempted to use his powers to make everyone in the world magical - his vision of a peaceful world. After retrieving his alternate self from the parallel dimension, "Walden" attempts to convince Argeddion that his plan would only end in chaos and death.


An immensely powerful and evil elemental who was the cause of the great war before the start of the series. He was determined to bring back the Faceless Ones but was defeated before he could succeed. In Kingdom of the Wicked, Valkyrie is transported to another dimension where Mevolent had won the war and conquered the entire world, with the help of his Three Generals and his armies. Despite not knowing his true name, Mevolent could face the likes of Darquesse in one-on-one battle, and even managed to temporarily defeat her by tearing off her head. He allows his soldiers to kill him every day so he can "master death." This ability is proven very useful as Mevolent survives and continues fighting after Darquesse breaks every bone in his body.

Sean Mackin[edit]

A teenager that discovers magical powers at the beginning of the book, taking the name "Sean The King". It is shown that Sean follows Kitana everywhere and almost dies while saving her. Sean is taken prisoner by the sanctuary and is questioned on the whereabouts of his friends. He later ends up fighting with Argeddion but soon switches sides to battle Lord Vile and Darquesse. In the end Sean's powers are taken away by Argeddion along with Doran's and Kitana's. He is shown crying when he almost kills Valkyrie.

Kitana Kellaway[edit]

A normal teenage girl who is given powers by Argeddion and uses them to her own ruthless ends, taking the name "Kitana Killherway". She uses her physical attractiveness to manipulate Sean and Doran. She takes Valkyrie's armoured jacket, which causes Valkyrie a lot of both grief and injuries. In the end Kitana's powers are taken away, Valkyrie takes back her stolen jacket and beats Kitana unconscious (without using magic, to show Kitana that she could beat her on even ground). At first Kitana thinks that she will return to her normal life but Valkyrie rather gleefully explains that she is a murderer and that she must face justice for the crimes she committed. In the end, Kitana gets locked up in the Gaol, the Sanctuary's prison for sorcerers.

Doran Purcell[edit]

Doran Purcell is a character in the seventh book. He, along with his high-school friends Kitana, Sean and Elsie, are given incredibly powerful magic from Argeddion, as a test to begin giving all mortals in the world magic, taking the name "Doran Kickass". Doran likes video games. Doran is seen to rip his own brother apart and enjoy doing it.

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