- “Glorious [death]!”
- ―Varvatos’ catchphrase
Varvatos Vex lived on Akiridion-5 and is the commander of the Taylon Phalanx. One day, there was a large bombing in his sector (on Satellite-9), caused by the Zeron Brotherhood, and it took the lives of his dear family. Embittered by grief, he swore he would make anybody pay.
He was the king’s best friend and became the royal family's most respected guardian.
On the day before Morando's attack, General Morando used Vex's bitterness towards the Zerons to convince him to lower the shields so that his soldiers to infiltrate the kingdom during the royal ceremony. He promised he would help Vex avenge his family (but was lying). He also promised no one would get hurt (but was lying about that too). However, unknown to Varvatos at the time, Morando was the one who hired the Zerons to bomb Satellite-9, intending to use a vengeful Vex to lower the shields and allow him to attack.
Unknown to either of them, a Blankbot had been recording their conversation with its memory cache.
3Below (Part One)
On the day of the ceremony, Vex is seen sparing with Prince Krel, until General Morando strikes after vex lowered the planet's shields. During the attack, Vex goes out to rescue Aja, while Zadra, his lieutenant, is helping Krel get to the safety of his parents, who have fled into the palace.
When the royal family was about to escape, Morando and the Taylon, who have betrayed Akiridion-5, attack. During this confrontation, King Fialkov and Queen Coranda are forced to retreat into their life cores. Vex temporarily has a shield up.
Right before he retreats into his life core, the king of Akiridion-5, who treated Vex like his brother, told him that he knew that Vex was the traitor, and to protect his family, with his life if necessary. Varvatos takes this task to heart to honor his king and demonstrates the measures he will go to to protect them. Vex cries out when he sees his king go into the life cores.
Morando demands Vex lower the shield, but, now realizing that Morando has been lying all along, Vex takes the royal life cores, puts another shield up, and retreats onto the mothership with the children. Zadra jumps off to hold the Taylon back and ensure a safe escape for the royals and the commander.
Landing on Earth
The Zeron Brotherhood
Meeting the Trollhunters
Gnome Chase and Area 49-B
Kidnapped by Zeron Alpha
3Below (Part Two)
After Aja and Krel destroy Omen, the Mothership was critically damaged and her system was as well. Aja and Krel later learn from Magmatron that Varvatos is being held hostage on the Earth's Moon, and didn’t leave the royal family. He also mentions that he will be shipped to Akiridion-5 where he will be beheaded to Morando for his actions.
Aja and Krel (along with Stuart) journey to the moon to rescue Varvatos, who is being held captive by Zeron Alpha. With their plan foiled but Varvatos out of his cell, they confront Alpha, along with Tronos, Bookie, and the Foo-Foos. But when the bounty hunters begin fighting over who gets the bounty, the children, Stuart and Varvatos escape, only to be pursued at by Alpha.
Varvatos Vex, wanting to end the Zeron Brotherhood and avenge his deceased family once and for all, engages in an epic battle. During their battle, Alpha coldly confesses that he and his brothers were under orders from Morando to kill Vex's family on Satellite 9, which was meant to leave him vulnerable enough to betray the royals (much to Vex's dismay and anger). Fueled by this revelation, Varvatos manages to stab Alpha, vaporizing him for good and avenging his family.
Aja, Krel, and Stuart return to Earth with Varvatos, but Zadra shoots the ship down, thinking it was an enemy ship. Although Zadra was relieved that the children were safe, she was not very pleased about Vex's return and was not very welcoming. Despite that, she still informs him and the royals that she has received a message from Loth Saborian, who warns them that Morando has expanded his Omen Project, creating dozens of Omens enough for an army, and is readying an invasion towards Earth.
Dancing with Nancy
Finding Gaylen's Core
The Reign of Morando
Returning to Akiridion-5
Wizards (Part One)
In his alien form, Vex has blue skin and four blue eyes with black sclera. He is larger and muscular than Krel and Aja. He wears a glowing blue and teal armor, similar to an Akiridion's jumpsuit.
In his human form, Vex is an old man with grey hair, blue eyes, and a mustache. His outfit consists of a red sweater, cream pants with a belt, a light blue Gingham shirt, and brown shoes.
Varvatos is protective of Aja and Krel. He is also deadly and zealous. When his family was killed in a bombing long ago, he became blinded by grief and swore that he would make anyone pay. However, he soon befriended the king and he promised to protect the royal family. He also has a habit of speaking in the third person, rarely referring to himself in the first person.
He felt extremely guilty for allowing Morando and his minions to infiltrate the kingdom and has made it his goal to make things right again, even willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of saving Aja and Krel's mothership and parents.
Like his charges, Vex finds Earth customs strange and to understand human phrases literally. For example, when Aja gave him a hug, he assumed it to be a form of attack.
After being rescued from the Moon, Vex gains a second chance at doing the right thing and did everything in his power to regain everyone's trust. He becomes a much better Akiridion during the rest of his time on Earth, even explaining his feelings for Nancy. For the sake of Aja and Krel's safety and well-beings, Vex believes that he should use the king and queen's cores as he also believes the children are worth keeping alive than their parents, not even flinching when Aja (out of mere denial) angrily begins to accuse him as a traitor and a "murderer".
Varvatos later shows to have a heroic, selfless side as he was willing to protect the king and queen from an empowered Morando so they could use their cores to power up Seklos' cannon, despite knowing he could've been lethally wounded.
Powers & Abilities
- Akiridion Physiology: As an Akiridion, Varvatos is far stronger, durable, agile, and intelligent than a normal human.
- Superhuman Strength: Varvatos has a super upper body strength that can defeat almost any opponent. He could lift and throw a car with no strain and overcome an agile Zadra with ease. Even in his human form, both Eli and Detective Scott claim that he is strong for his age, and he was able to stop a large moving truck with little strain in "Mind Over Matter".
- Enhanced Endurance: Varvatos can endure more than an average human or common Akiridion
- Enhanced Durability: Varvatos is more durable than his royal charges. He was able to take a full blast from a god-empowered Morando, albeit severely weakened and required medical assistance.
- Enhanced Stamina: Varvatos can physically exert himself for long periods of time without tiring before fatigue begins to wear him down. This extends to his human form as well, despite its advanced age.
- Enhanced Agility: Varvatos’s greatest feats of agility were shown in "The Arcadian Job" when he flawlessly evaded a laser grid, despite his larger structure. Also, in his human from, he displayed an incredible agility for a human in a such advanced age, most notably shown in "Terra Incognita Part Two".
- Hypermetabolism: Varvatos an energy-based being who doesn't require organic consumption.
- Vacuum Adaption: As an Akiridion, Varvatos can adapt and survive in any atmospheric environment without any aid, but a planet's gravity does still affect him, as shown in "Moonlight Run".
- Oxygen Independence: Varvatos does not require oxygen to live.
- Longevity: As an Akiridion, Varvatos can live for hundreds of years, but is still vulnerable to death and can fall in battle.
- Swordsmanship: Like Zadra, Varvatos is a highly trained and true warrior. He is an accomplished swordsman, being able to rival Zeron Alpha and later Aja.
- Marksmanship: Varvatos can fire his serrator with great aim, such as when he vaporized Halcon with one shot and without harming Luug.
- Combatant: As the commander of the Taylon Phalanx, Varvatos is highly skilled in direct hand-to-hand combat. While fight the Zeron Brotherhood, he was able to flawlessly evade their attacks with one and two hands restrained. Plus, even though Zadra is smarter and faster than him, he was still able to defeat her direct combat, most likely due to his greater strength.
- Tactician: Originally, Varvatos was not intelligent enough to construct plans, since he was more into pulverizing on sight. However, after learning a few things from his elder friends, Vex uses their tricks of tactics to think one step ahead of his enemies. Like in "Truth Be Told", he tricked Zeron Alpha that he has brought them the king and queen's cores (which were actually bombs) so he could infiltrate the ship and save his charges.
- Physical Damage: Varvatos could most likely be forced to retreat into his core if he ever suffered too much damage. However, he barely survived a blast from a god-induced Morando once and never retreated to his core.
- Revenge: Varvatos desires vengeance (especially before reason) when something close to him is taken away from his life, like his late family being killed in a staged bombing. Morando even used this exploit to make Varvatos vulnerable enough to betray House Tarron after they refused to aid him avenge his family, and even trick him into leaving the planet defenseless when he stages a coup. Luckily, after realizing what he has done to Aja and Krel, he eases up his thirst for vengeance after eradicating the last remaining Zeron brother, and accepts the royals as his newfound family.
- Serrator: Vex uses his own serrator as a combat weapon as well. Unlike Aja and Krel's serrators (which look more like protractors), his is like a full circle and can form into a larger blaster capable of more power.
- Cane: In his human form, Varvatos almost always carries a cane, due to his "bad back". He often uses it as a weapon when engaged in combat in his human form.
In "Flying the Coop", Varvatos instantly fell in love with Nancy the second he laid eyes on her, despite their senior ages. He compliments her hair and admires her strategic intelligence. During "Truth Be Told", he invites her and his other chess pals for some advice about staying behind while Aja and Krel head home (due to his own guilt of betraying them and their parents). Nancy tells him she understands that he only wants to stay with them so he could protect them, but they also needed to find their own adventure, explore the world, and let them grow on their own.
In Part Two, Varvatos and Nancy grow more closer and Nancy didn't seem to mind that Vex is an alien. At the end of "A Glorious End, Part Two", when Vex chooses to return to Akiridion-5 with Aja, Nancy promises that when Toby leaves for college, she'll join Vex later. They finally share their first kiss later on.
As stated by Zadra, Fialkov and Varvatos were close like brothers.
While Fialkov loses his body, he reveals that he had known about Varvatos's betrayal. Despite this, he still entrusted Vex to protect his children from any harm with his life, all while presumably understanding his commander's actions. After this, Varvatos becomes completely overcome with guilt for allowing Morando to harm him and his entire family.
Aja and Krel Tarron
"Of course you were afraid! What warrior isn't? Varvatos Vex is constantly afraid for you younglings. But you did not let fear hold you back. You kept fighting, and Varvatos is proud of you." -Vex to Aja in "Flying the Coop"
Vex made a promise to the king to protect Aja and her brother from General Morando. Vex was reluctant to train Aja in the art of combat, but later decides to help her defend herself from threats that could come. He was visibly guilty for being the catalyst of Morando's surprise invasion and was ready to face any kind of punishment from Aja and Krel when they finally discover the truth.
Before he sacrifices himself to stop the mothership from leaving Earth, he apologizes to Aja and Krel for his misdeeds and tells them that they are unstoppable together. In Part Two, he regains the royals' respect when they come to the moon to save them. Varvatos Vex has genuinely come to see Aja and Krel Tarron as his surrogate family after his real family was killed by General Morando.
After defeating Morando, Vex decides to join Aja on Akiridion-5 and is accepting when Krel decides to stay with his friends on Earth for a while longer.
At first, Vex and Stuart had a rocky start, due to Vex's intense and skeptic nature. Throughout Part One, they begin to grow closer and more decent together, to the point where Vex (indirectly) asks Stuart if he helped Morando for a good reason, but Stuart (who was dumbfounded when he learns about this "traitor") points out that there was no good reason to betray Aja and Krel, especially their parents.
Despite learning that Varvatos was the traitor all along, Stuart still considered him a friend, even assisting Aja and Krel in a rescue mission to free him from the moon outpost.
Zadra became very hostile when near Vex after she found out he was the traitor. However, she was presumably touched when he chooses to sacrifice himself to stop the mothership from leaving, apologizing to the children for his misdeeds.
In Part Two, she still had mixed feelings for Vex after the children rescue him from the Moon, often clashing with each other when Zadra (out of spite) keeps him in the dark about Tronos attacking Arcadia. Luckily, she slowly begins to forgive him and eventually make amends, even assisting each other in finding the retrieval ray for Krel.
Varvatos and Mother have a professional relationship. Mother once helped Varvatos on his date with Nancy (though was pretty rusty, considering her experience with romantic comedy). Varvatos was saddened when she sacrificed herself to stabilize Coranda and Fialkov's stasis chambers.
Varvatos is almost always annoyed with Luug whenever he bites him or tries to laser-pee on him. Despite that, Varvatos still values him as a valuable assist of the group.
Varvatos obviously views Steve as a clumsy oaf, yet clearly respects his well-meaning intentions and his romantic relationship with Aja.
Varvatos instantly viewed Eli as a threat to his and his royals' secret when he starts snooping around their ship. He immediately wanted to pulverize him to protect his charges. However, they later become good acquaintances after Eli joins their cause. In "The Big Sleep", Varvatos was annoyed that he had to help Eli jump safely off the moving truck, due to his weak ankles. He calls Eli out when he exclaims that he did it, even though it was Varvatos who took the fall for him.
Varvatos seems to have some mutual views towards Toby, as he became quickly aware that he's a competent warrior. He also found his braces fascinating and believed them to be "weapons".
In the beginning of Part Two, Toby was clearly grossed out and disturbed when he learns from one of Varvatos's video logs that he's in love with his nana.
Although Varvatos and Jim have little interaction, Varvatos seems to have taken a liking to the Trollhunter's sense of honor as a warrior. He briefly displayed some fondness towards the boy by placing his hand on Jim's shoulders (though he winces from the commander's immense strength).
Initially, Varvatos despised Costas after everything he and Kubritz put him and his charges through. He was even wanting to kill him, even after he turned on his former superior. After he explains Kubritz's plan to the Tarrons, Varvatos seems to have accepted that Costas has indeed seen the error of his ways.
Varvatos is close friends with his two chess pals. They're even happy to give him advice about "pawn sacrifice", meaning he should give up what he wants so his "grandchildren" could have what they want.
Before the ceremony, Morando tricks Vex into betraying the royal family by reminding him of his family's tragedy (something which Morando staged himself in order to truly make varvatos betray House Tarron). After Morando almost kills Fialkov and Coranda, Vex immediately sees the error of his ways and was completely overcome by guilt for even trusting Morando.
His hatred for Morando only intensifies more when he learns from Zeron Alpha that Morando was the one who ordered the Brotherhood to kill Vex's family just to make sure he would betray House Tarron.
Varvatos views Kubritz as a deplorable hypocrite who is without honor, as she attempted to kidnap, kill, and torture the Tarrons and attack innocent people without reason, in spite of her claims of wanting to protect Earth. His disgust towards the colonel grows when he learns that she's allied herself with Morando, whom he also despises with burning passion.
Varvatos was even quick to defend the citizens of Arcadia (Nancy especially) when Kubritz's insanity and prejudice reached a boiling point.
- Main article: Varvatos Vex/Quotes
|3Below Part 1|
| "Terra Incognita Part One"|
| "Terra Incognita Part Two"|
| "Mind Over Matter"|
| "Beetle Mania"|
| "Collision Course"|
| "D'aja Vu"|
| "Flying the Coop"|
| "Party Crashers"|
| "Lightning in a Bottle"|
| "The Arcadian Job"|
| "Truth Be Told"|
| "Last Night on Earth"|
| "Bad Omen"|
|3Below Part 2|
| "Moving Day" |
| "Moonlight Run"|
| "Dogfight Days of Summer"|
| "Mother's Day"|
| "Ill Gotten Gains"|
| "There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"|
| "Asteroid Rage"|
| "Luug's Day Out"|
| "The Fall of House Tarron"|
| "The Big Sleep"|
| "Race to Trollmarket"|
| "A Glorious End, Part One"|
| "A Glorious End, Part Two"|
- The first time he is shown using first-person pronouns is at the end of the episode, "The Arcadian Job", when he confessed of his past betrayal to Krel, who was unconscious and in recovery. He mostly uses first-person pronouns when he's being sincere with his words and/or is in a state of regret.
- Varvatos appears to speak with some sort of Southern accent.
- A running gag in the series is people saying Varvatos is intense after talking to him. This was said by Eli, Seamus's father, and his elder friends.
- Varvatos is currently the only main star in the Tales of Arcadia franchise to not make any physical appearances nor has ever been mentioned once in Trollhunters, despite Part One of 3Below taking place during Part Three of Trollhunters.