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Wartlord (left)

King Wartlord is the main antagonist of the 2001 Brazilian animated film The Happy Cricket. His primary motivation stems from self entitlement.

In the English dubbed version, he was voiced by the late Bob Papenbrook, whose memory the film was dedicated in.


Wartlord is a fat purple slimy lizard who declares himself king over the forests surrounding his castle. Because of the stature that he believes he has, he insists that he gets the best of everything: the best food, possessions, castle, and anything else that he feels he is obligated to. His personality comes off as evil for the sake of being completely evil. Typically, he hates positive things like beauty, and music in general, but he loves ugliness, the suffering of others, and beautiful expensive objects, such as the bright star in his respective film, who he believes is a magnificent diamond. With this diamond, he concludes that he will be able to create a great golden statue that would magnify his significant greatness. The irony in this is that he is not only far too lazy to get it or build the statue himself, but apparently the bright diamond will not glow for him. In comparison, the star turns as black and as dead as his heart whenever he touches it.

Even though he is considerably smarter than his henchman Buffuno, he is still very ignorant and unknowledgeable. When Buffuno informs him that the diamond is really a star, he rejects the idea and still believes that this one star will bring him glory, fortune, power, honor, and fame, despite the fact that it refuses to give him any of these things.

Because of Christopher, the Happy Cricket's, strong bond with music and the Night Star named Linda, he is determined to destroy him when said Christopher the Happy Cricket finally approaches his castle. When Christopher plays his guitar for the star, it glows so brightly and it forces Wartlord to back away far enough to fall over the edge of his castle. Christopher and his friends try to help Wartlord, but his slimy tail prevents them from getting a good grip, causing Wartlord to fall into the flames sparked from a thunderbolt and burns Wartlord to death.