Artemis Fowl/Characters

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Heroes and Anti Heroes

Artemis Fowl

  • Affably Evil
  • Annoying Younger Siblings: But one could also say they're just plain awesome.
  • Anti-Hero: From the second book onwards. A Type IV in the second book, developing into III or II in the third and being cemented as such in the fifth.
  • Blue Eyes: A bright, piercing blue that he shares with his father.
  • The Chessmaster: He's quite the schemer and planner, coldly moving people like chess pieces.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: A preteen genius in the first book.
  • Cool Shades: A Justified Trope, given they can dispel the mesmer.
  • Creepy Child
  • Noble Demon: Spelled out by Holly: "Deep beneath the layers of deviousness you have a spark of decency. Perhaps you could blow on that spark once in a while". Artemis says he might consider that.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: It's one of the reasons he's described as 'a vampire' when he smiles.
  • Enemy Mine: In the second book, where he teams up with the fairies in order to track down the source of the goblin batteries, and the third book, where he requests their assistance after Butler is shot.
  • Enfante Terrible: He's 12 in the first book but it's implied that he was like that for years before the start of the book.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother is a Morality Pet in the first book as he genuinely cares for her and takes care of her. He even parts with half his hard earned gold to cure her insanity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even when a Villain Protagonist, Artemis would not stand for mistreatment of the environment. He also abandons kidnapping schemes at Butler's request after their first tangle with the fairies, when they discover how human they are.
  • Evil Plan: In the first book, it's extorting gold from fairies to rebuild his father's criminal empire. Starting with the second book, his plans become less evil.
  • Friendless Background: Butler is more like a father that takes orders than a real friend. There's a real Tear Jerker in The Artemis Fowl Files, where it is revealed that he used to keep sweets in his limo in case he ever made friends.
  • Geek Physique: The only muscle he cares about is his brain. The rest of him is scrawny.
  • Gender Blender Name: Artemis is the Ancient Greek goddess of archery, the moon, and hunting (though he claims the name itself is a genderless noun in Greek). There's an awesome moment in EC where Artemis uses this to deliver a code phrase, as he's explaining to Spiro about his name.
    • Meaningful Name: His last name may be a reference to Guinea Fowl, one of the animals associated with his namesake—the goddess Artemis, and is said to be her favorite animal.
  • Guile Hero / Magnificent Bastard: He is as triumphant an example of both tropes in his time as a Villain Protagonist and Anti-Hero as to rival Kane himself.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Mismatched Eyes: After he and Holly accidentally trade eyes during the Time Travel sequence in book five.
  • Nerves of Steel: In The Lost Colony, after Holly was fatally stabbed, he was able to keep himself together enough to maintain the bomb's erratic countdown in his head and figure out the exact moment to act to retroactively prevent her death -- all while they were under assault by a horde of demons.
  • Overlord, Jr.: Albeit one whose overlord is missing in Russia.
  • Pet the Dog: His treatment of the endangered lemur in book six is probably the most prominent example. Also, in book three, his (begrudging) decision to donate Spiro's billion dollar fortune to Amnesty International, with 10% going to the Fowl Estate as a finders fee, and his request for Holly to heal his mother in book one.
    • Pragmatic Villainy: Fairies speculate that Artemis only healed his mother because he didn't want social services interfering in his plans.
  • Ship Tease: With Holly starting in book 2. He thinks of her as being 'pretty in a dangerous way. Black widow pretty.'
  • Shoot the Dog: In the Time Paradox, with the lemur. Subverted in that he actually saved it, but didn't remember doing so.
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • The Southpaw: Ambidextrous, but favors his left hand. Orion favors his right.
  • Split Personality: Orion.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts in the first book, around the time he says "I don't like lollipops".
  • Villain Protagonist: In the first book.
  • Wicked Cultured: A villain with taste in fine arts and architecture.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: A major motivation for his villainy.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In the seventh book.
  • What The Hell, Villain?: At the end of the first book, Butler calls him out on kidnapping the very human-like fairies and using his mother as an unwitting test subject for an experimental escape mechanism from a fairy superweapon.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: At thirteen, he'd already done enough to earn an active file from Interpol.

Holly Short

Domovoi Butler

Juliet Butler


"By the time she was fourteen, Juliet was a third-dan blackbelt in seven disciplines, could dissemble and reassemble any weapon blindfolded, and could do her makeup in under four minutes."

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In book three.
  • Battle Butler: Steps in for her big brother in book three.
  • Braids of Action
  • Brother-Sister Team: With matching black designer suits.
  • Cute Bruiser: A particularly hilarious example is her playing dumb-blonde teenager for Pex and Chips in The Eternity Code and then knocking them both out.
  • It Runs in The Family: As a Butler, she's just as kickass as her brother.
  • Legacy of Service: She was able to step in for her brother.
  • Morality Pet: She's the only one allowed to laugh at Butler and one of two people allowed to called Artemis 'Arty'.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: In the first three books, when all she wants to do is live up to the Butler legacy. Unfortunately, between her decision to make her own name coincides with a Retcon and she then runs off to join a lucha libre troupe.
  • Professional Wrestling: Juliet's a big fan, and she runs off to join a lucha libre troupe after the third book.
    • And then the sport itself appears in the seventh book when she and Butler fight off an attack during a show.
  • Put on a Bus: After The Eternity Code, she goes off to become a pro-wrestler.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When she returns in book 3.

Julius Root

Mulch Diggums

  • Big Damn Heroes: To Artemis and Holly in the Eleven Wonders Exhibition in book four.
  • Big Eater: Party-size sherry trifle, a bottle of Moet champagne, a chicken, a t-bone steak, fruitcake, a Pavlova, a whole rack of lamb in one bite, two baguettes, a coctail of dairy products... and that's just the part of one meal actually described. Then there's the whole issue of super-fast tunneling via eating dirt and expelling it.
  • Boxed Crook: In the first three books. He joins relatively of his own volition later.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gasshole: He tunnels by eating dirt and his method of disposal and propulsion is this trope.
    • Fartillery: He can uses his gas a method of attack. Its descriped as a 'mini-cylcone' and 'dozens of sledgehammers'.
  • Genius Bruiser: While not on the same level as Artemis (duh), he is quite crafty and good at what he does. Even Artemis can't match him in geology. He is also fully capable of biting anyone's head off... or blowing it off with Fartillery.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: By refusing to help Root in book 1 he tricks Da Chief into thinking he wants a lighter prison sentence, when in fact he plans to escape outright. Then extends the trick by faking his death and stealing the other half of the ransom gold.
  • Lovable Rogue
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, for selling a Jules Remy trophy to the undercover LEP and later "laying low" in a Los Angeles penthouse whilst "collecting" Academy Awards. A prison warden was highly amused.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Very, very averted, as they are the source of most of the series potty jokes.
  • Plucky Comic Relief


  • Bunny Ears Lawyer
  • Crazy Prepared: While aware brain control waves have not been invented yet, he wears tinfoil hats in preparation for them nonetheless.
  • Insufferable Genius: Irreplacable so he pushes Root's buttons all day; his favorite topics are his own work and the chief's smoking.
  • Only One Name
  • Our Centaurs Are Different
  • Mission Control: He directs RECON missions from his computer room.
  • The Smart Guy: Taking him out of his computer room is like taking the brain out of RECON.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He deliberately angers his boss and decorates RECON's equipment however he wants but there are two reasons why he is never fired
    • As noted above, he's a Bunny Ears Lawyer: while he may be a little odd he's extremely good at what he does.
    • Vetinari Job Security: He built the computer system and hid a virus that will crash it if he's not there to boot it up.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Perfectly summed up in this line "I'm right there with you, darling. Unless you trigger a land mine, in which case I'm in the Operation Room." Most of his 'field' time is this: talking through a headset to people in the field and supplying them with info.


Artemis Fowl Sr.

Angeline Fowl

  • Apron Matron: Seems to be becoming one of these in later books.
  • Demonic Possession: Angeline's "illness" is actually this in book six, by Opal.
  • Morality Chain: Has a hold on Artemis Sr's (and to a lesser extent Artemis Junior's) Morality Chain.
  • Proper Lady: Hidden at first but once she recovers she's described as carrying herself with dignity and grace, as well as ordering the house hold, finances etc.

Trouble and Grub Kelp

Raine Vinyaya

Doodah Day

Minerva Paradizo





Opal Koboi

  • Ax Crazy: most promiently when she attacks Cudgeon for treachery.
  • Big Bad: In books four and six.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Briar Cudgeon, in book two. She ends up killing him for plotting to betray her.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She implants a human pituitary gland into her brain in the fourth book. This ends up draining her magic reserves.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm
  • Enfante Terrible: When she's posing as a human in The Opal Deception.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Fur and Loathing: She has the seats of her private shuttle lined with animal fur, symbolizing of her rejection of fairies in favor of humans.
  • Insufferable Genius: Just like Foaly she loves to show off how smarter she is than anyone she happens to be in the room with.
  • It's All About Me
  • Kick the Dog: Not only did she kill Root, she tricked Holly into speeding up his demise by shooting the bomb wrapped around his waist, claiming there was a weak spot.
  • The Man Behind the Man: While the B'wa Kell has not always worked for her, she and Cudgeon helped orchestrate it's largest historical campaign against the LEP. She is also this to the Extinctionists in book six.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In the graphic novel of the second book, Opal is depicted as wearing what looks like a thick sweater and "footy pajamas".
  • Smug Snake: Though to be fair, it's very hard to be a Magnificent Bastard against the likes of Artemis.
  • Tempting Fate: In the fourth book, she arrogantly proclaims that magic is of no use to her, and she will rely on science instead. When she needs to use her mesmer powers on a human at the end of the book, it backfires on her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate. Especially truffles.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this after Artemis tricks her into detonating the charges needed to complete her plan on her own shuttle, ensuring that her Evil Plan will fail and leaving enough evidence to show that she was behind everything.

Briar Cudgeon

  • Ambition Is Evil: His 'favorite daydream' of a Council seat leads him to one questionable act after another, leading to the following tropes.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Opal Koboi in book two.
  • Combat Pragmatist: On his first arrival at the Fowl Mannor, he wanted to blue rinsed the whole place immediately. Quick, unexpected, clean, and completely against the rules.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Foaly sends a conversation of him admitting his plans to betray Opal to Artemis' mobile phone near the end of book two.
  • Fallen Hero: One of the few on a First-Name Basis with Root because of their long friendship and the former's respect for his integrity and sense of duty. Then he lets ambition get the best of him.
  • Lady and Knight: Has this Dynamic Opal Koboi The Artic Incident. Opal is the Ojou who does her techo-wizardy from a safe distance and Cudgeon is the Fallen Hero in the thick of things. "I shall be the hero of the resistance and you shall be my princess."
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: In this case, goblins. The B'wa Kell goblin triade were just a public nussiance until he organized and armed them.
  • Smug Snake: Pride outstreching his ability is the reason for his fall.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Julius calls him out on using a troll in the Fowl siege.

The B'wa Kell

The Russian Mafia

Jon Spiro

Arno Blunt

Loafers McGuire

Pex and Chips

Turnball Root

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti-Villain: Somewhat. His motivations in The Atlantis Complex are sympathetic, but it's made clear that he has been anything but an Anti-Villain throughout his career. Artemis states at the end that he finds it hard to really see Turnball as a villain.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: In LEPrecon (in the Artemis Fowl Files), he swallows a lethal spider rather than let his brother take him back to prison. Julius manages to save him, though.
  • Big Bad: Book seven.
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother Julius.
  • Corrupt Cop: He tried to flood a section of Haven in an attempt to wipe out a competitor who was muscling in on his illegal mining operation.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Smug Snake
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Insists on being adressed as captain despite obviously no longer holding that rank in the LEP..

Mervall and Descant Brill

Leon Abbott

Billy Kong

  • Anime Hair: His spiky, multicolored hair, which the narration refers to as "manga hair".
  • Ax Crazy
  • The Dragon: To Minerva.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To kill all demons. He ends up betraying Minerva and holding Nº1 hostage because of it.
  • Freudian Excuse: His brother made up stories about him fighting shapeshifting demons to cover up his nightly gang escapades. When murdered in a gang war, his brother was driven to kill the demons that supposedly took his brothers life.
  • Knife Nut
  • Multicolored Hair: It's dyed.
  • Psycho for Hire: A shining example of this trope.

Damon Kronski


Madam Ko

Jerbal Argon