|“||I knew they couldn't hide that royal brat from me for long! Soon, the wand will be mine and then the universe, AND THEN... Actually, the universe should do it. I'm coming for you, Princess Butterfly!||„|
|~ Ludo's vow.|
|“||You're probably wondering who I am. So let me introduce myself: I have waged war on the Butterfly family for years. I burned the Magic Book of Spells to ashes. I've fused with the most powerful relic in existence. I amassed an army large enough to conquer this wretched land. I'm Ludo Avarius! And you have my wand!||„|
|~ Ludo to Evil J. LandBaron III, saying wand out of habit.|
Ludo Avarius is the redeemed main antagonist of the Disney XD animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. He is the power-hungry leader of a Monster Army who seeks to steal Star's wand and take over the universe. Later in the series, he required his own wand and new minions but is revealed that he is manipulated and possessed by Toffee. He briefly took over the Butterfly Kingdom and becomes King, but after Toffee's defeat, Ludo went on a soul-searching journey. He is the main antagonist in the first half of Season 1, before being usurped by Toffee in the finale. He retakes the position as the main antagonist in the first half of Season 2, before becoming the secondary antagonist in the second half of Season 2 and in the Season 3 premiere "The Battle for Mewni". After that, Ludo became a minor antagonist for the remainder of the series, before redeeming himself in the series finale.
He is voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also played The Duke of Weselton in Disney's Frozen, King Candy in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, Lenny in 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky's Ice Age, Alistair Krei in Disney's Big Hero 6, Duke Weaselton in Disney's Zootopia, Van Wayne in Powerless, and Iago in the 2019 live action remake of Disney's Aladdin.
Throughout the Season, Ludo attempts to take Star's wand and transform into a more powerful form, but is unsuccessful.
Eventually, he hires Toffee as an evil efficiency expert. Toffee manipulates Ludo into firing his right hand man, Buff Frog, and later convinces Ludo's army to reject him for himself, kicking Ludo out of his castle.
Ludo joins forces with Star and Buff Frog to defeat Toffee, but while attempting to take Star's wand he is eaten by Big Chicken. When Star uses the Whispering Spell to destroy her wand, it also destroys Ludo's castle and Toffee. Ludo hatches from an egg Big Chicken laid, and swears revenge on Star for destroying his castle. Star takes Ludo's Dimensional Scissors and banishes him to another dimension.
After being banished to another dimension by Star, Ludo had to learn to survive on his own, and also got two animals as his minions: The Bird and the Arachnid. Later, he becomes less cowardly and succeeds in stealing Star's spell book after making an army once he was banished to the other dimension.
Eventually, Ludo found a wand made of hand bones and used it as his own. It is later revealed that the wand is actually Toffee, who manipulated Ludo into reading the forbidden chapter of the book and managed to took over his body.
In "Battle for Mewni", Ludo destroys the book of spells in a fit of rage. He later successfully banishes King River and takes over Mewni. Star, who shows up to save Marco and her family, tries to convince Ludo that he is being controlled by Toffee, but Ludo refuses to believe her. He becomes an integral part in Toffee's return, but Toffee only belittles him, which brings Ludo to assist the Butterflies in Toffee's defeat. Ludo then decides to go on a soul searching journey.
Sometime later, Ludo is visited by his younger brother Dennis. Ludo now appears to have gone completely insane, living in a house with multiple replicas of his parents made of random objects. He also keeps similar replicas of Star and Marco in his closet, indicating he isn't completely reformed as of yet.
In Season 4, Ludo returned to his original objective of gain a magical item, only this time it was a magical bell rather than a wand. Though this soon went south and Ludo returned to the void, tired of feeling like his life. Dennis rebuilds his castle and hired back Ludo's former minions. They encourage him to try and steal the wand again. In the end, Ludo briefly channels his form evil ways to protect his brother, by attacking the Land Baron who conned him out of the deed to the castle. But this time, he did it out of respect for his brother Dennis and is now in good terms with him.
Ludo made his final appearance briefly in the series finale "Cleaved". Castle Avarius is rebuilt by the events of the episode and Star declines for an invitation to play basketball from him and his brother when she is running to the magic portal.
Ludo is a pale green pint-sized bird-like monster with sharp teeth, and what seems to be a dark green fringe surrounding the center, making Ludo resemble a kappa. In season 1, he wears a dark pale green robe with two small skulls, a bull skull with several teeth as a helmet, and flip-flops worn under his robe. Ludo is also seen wielding a black long "wand" with a green eye and dark bat wings.
As of season 2, particularly the episode "Ludo in the Wild", Ludo now grows a beard tied in three tails, wears a yellow potato chip bag, and holds a different wand, consisted of a skeleton arm, rock, and the half broken crystal, which originally come from Star's wand after the events of "Storm the Castle".
|“||Worried about me? Don't you get it? I lost my army, my kingdom, my clothes! And look... STILL STANDING!||„|
|~ Ludo's determination.|
Ludo is very unforgiving and heartless of his minions for their constant failure to defeat Star. He also has a grudge on Star Butterfly for always defeating him and foiling his plans of universal conquest.
In "Quest Buy", he did manage to take Star's wand, but realized it was out of magic batteries, which ultimately led to his quick defeat by the latter.
Over the course of Season 2, Ludo has become more determined and stronger willed after the destruction of his castle and disbandment of his army. Though he also loses his sanity in the process. Due to being born a runt amongst siblings, he was often mistreated and belittled to toughen him up, only for it to cause him to become extremely resentful towards his family and anyone who belittles him.
|“||(Laughs) That's your rainbow punch?||„|
|~ Ludo mocking a magic spell made by Star.|
|“||Oh, yes. Funny. Yes, I suppose it is. Funny that I ever believed you would take me seriously! Funny that ugly little Ludo wants to be a mighty magical superstar! What a joke, right?! Joke on me! Star was always your favorite, wasn't she? The cute little sparkles on the cheeks. I'm just a sad little dingus in a chip bag. Who you never believed in! Well, if you don't want me in your book, then I don't want me in it, either!||„|
|~ Ludo's villainous breakdown.|
|“||Distracted? Excellent! This is the moment I've been waiting for. No one's at their best when they're... distracted! Finally... I'll get my hands on that glorious wand!||„|
|~ Ludo in Match Maker.|
|“||Stop trying to sneak things into the cart! Same goes for you! I don't even know what that is. Look, we're only here because I need an electric beak groomer. Keeps the tip sharp while brightening my smile! (smiles) Oh, clerk peasant! Bring me your finest beak groomer.||„|
|~ Ludo in Quest Buy.|
|“||Well, that was pretty hardcore...||„|
|~ Ludo after firing Buff Frog.|
|“||You can't do this! This is my castle! Those are my monsters!||„|
|~ Ludo after being kicked out of his own castle at the end of Marco Grows a Beard.|
|“||At least let me buy back your friendship. You're going to love it. Quiet!||„|
|~ Ludo in Storm the Castle.|
|“||Oh, and then, and then, and then, when I was, like, five years old, my big brother Chudo was walking me home from the park, and we stopped at this old, burned-down castle, and he said, "Well! Looks like the house burned down. Guess we've got to live outside now."||„|
|~ Ludo's confession in Starcrushed.|
- He was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also voiced Turbo/King Candy and The Duke of Weselton. He is even similar to the former, as King Candy and Ludo are diminutive rulers who are insane and childish. Also, both of their stories feature them partially controlled (Toffee: Ludo, Cy-Bugs: King Candy).
- Even though he is small, he still has a number of henchmen who are much bigger than him.
- Since the events of "Battle for Mewni", Ludo has not been playing a major role anymore for the remainder of the series as he only had three episodes after the Season 3 premiere.