- ‘‘ I never wanted a prince or a fairy tale. I never wanted a big life. I'm just a girl struggling to be ordinary. ’’
Agatha is one of the main protagonists of The School For Good and Evil book series and in The Tale of Sophie and Agatha. She is a Reader chosen by the School Master to attend The School for Good. She is engaged to King Tedros of Camelot, making her the soon to be Queen of Camelot.
Agatha is described to have dome-like, greasy, and oily black hair that is a bit shorter than shoulder length. It was also described as 'helmet hair'. Her skin is pale, as it is called ghostly in the books. She has big, bug-like brown eyes.
Agatha's height is unspecified, but she is speculated to be tall because Cinderella states at one point that Agatha "looked like a giraffe in her granny's crown". However, she is shorter than Tedros. She often wears all black and she keeps her black clumps throughout the novel. Throughout the beginning of the first book, Agatha tells herself that she is rather ugly. As the series progresses, however, she becomes more accustomed to looking and feeling like a princess.
In the first book, her fairy godmother, Professor Dovey, asked what it would take for Agatha to be happy, and Agatha replied that she wished to be beautiful. Professor Dovey makes Agatha think she did something to her, but she simply gave her confidence since Agatha assumes that she looks completely different. However, she soon discovers nothing about her has changed and that she was beautiful all along.
At the start of the first book, Agatha is shown as grumpy and insecure, not believing in the Schools though she reads fairytales anyway. She ironically played along with Gavaldon's fear that she was a witch, only to truly believe it as she got older. She also expected her classmates' treatment of her and didn't blame them, believing herself to be "too ugly to have any friends". But after Professor Dovey grants her wish to be beautiful, Agatha starts smiling, and, to her classmates' astonishment, looked beautiful.
Besides that, she is a very loyal friend, as shown when she tries to save Sophie even when the latter pushes her away or (on some occasions), tries to kill her. She also couldn't bring herself to hurt Sophie when she was putting Good's life on the line. She's forgiving and selfless when she warns Evil that Good will attack and she is quick to forgive Sophie for trying to take Tedros from her. Finally, she's brave and smart, especially when she found out what Rhian was going to do at the end of Quests for Glory.
At the start of The School for Good and Evil, Agatha lives in a small house in the Gavaldon cemetery with her adoptive mother, Callis, the town doctor and her bald cat, Reaper. Agatha states in the first book that she does not believe the School Master is responsible for the kidnappings that occur every four years, rather believing that two children run into the woods as a prank and get eaten by bears on the night of the kidnappings; she believes that the resemblance between fairy tale characters and the missing children is purely coincidental. Although she says this, it is believed Agatha wished for a happy fairy tale ending as she kept a rather large stack of fairy tales next to her bed that she read.
Sophie is said to be her one and only friend.
At the start of the book, Sophie goes to visit Agatha at her house on Graves Hill. She and Sophie go on a walk through Gavaldon. They walked to the lake. Sophie and Agatha have a conversation where Agatha confronts Sophie about her only becoming friends with Agatha to perform a 'Good Deed.' Sophie says that Agatha is correct, but now that they were friends Sophie enjoyed being around Agatha. She then goes on to say they would still be friends at school. Agatha asks why everyone seems to think that she would be taken for the School for Evil. Sophie says that Agatha is just different and different normally turns out to be Evil. Agatha then asks why Sophie is so eager to leave Gavaldon. Sophie responds that she can't live an ordinary life. The two then made a wish that the next day, they would still be in the company of each other. After Sophie leaves gingerbread hearts on her window to show how she is willing to be kidnapped, Agatha waits until Sophie leaves and eats the biscuits. Then she walks home and notices Graves Hill isn't guarded. When she approaches her home she hears her mother singing a song about the School for Good and Evil. After walking in she sees Callis, her mother packing her trunk full of items for the School for Evil. Here Agatha went for a nap and woke up from a nightmare a while later. She looked out the window and sees the eyes of the School Master. She ducks under her bed in fright, and when she looked up again, the eyes were gone. She looked out the window and saw the school master's crooked shadow creep away. Agatha realizes that he was going towards Sophie's house. She runs to Sophie's house and tries to interfere when Sophie was taken by the School Master. She grabs onto Sophie and the School Master drags the two into the woods.
The girls were taken, on the back of a stymph, to the School for Good and Evil. Sophie was happy when the stymph started to loosen its claws on her above the School for Good, but instead, Agatha was dropped down to the Good school.
The Evergirls soon swarmed Agatha, confused by her appearance, asked if she was lost, wanting her to show the Flowerground pass. Agatha let out a noxious fart and ran away. The girls were soon led along to a hall. The faculty were waiting to greet them, and they too were confused about Agatha, giving her glances, except for one teacher, Professor Sader, who beamed at her as if she belonged there. Agatha tries explaining to a nymph that she may be in the wrong school. The nymph smiled but didn't do anything. Agatha was then given an Evergirl uniform, an Ever time table and Ever books. Agatha climbs a statue of King Arthur and falls down into the lake around him. The lake was a portal, and Agatha was teleported to Halfway Bridge. She sees Sophie, running from the School for Evil, and runs toward her, but the two are separated by the barrier. Agatha watched in horror as Sophie was dragged by wolves towards the Evil castle. Sophie screams that there must have been a mistake, and the wolves growled at her that there was 'no mistakes'.
During Animal Communications with Princess Uma, the girls are told to put their hand in a lake so that the Wish Fish can read and tell the girls' greatest wishes. Most of the girls' wishes were boys, but when it came to Agatha's turn, the Wish Fish became extremely confused and began to cocoon around Agatha's arm. Eventually, Agatha's thoughts land on the word give, and she grants one of the fishes' wishes to become human again, in their true form. The girl thanks her and disappears.
Moments after, the animals from the Blue Forest ran after Agatha, pleading for her to save them too. To escape from the animals, Agatha reaches the top of a tower and meets a gargoyle. She granted his wish to become human again, and when Agatha was befriending it, Tedros appeared, killing the gargoyle, thinking that it was Evil.
In her class with Yuba, she and Sophie are instructed to disguise as hobgoblins for Tedros' assignment to tell which one of them is Good and which one is Evil. He correctly chooses Agatha, much to Sophie's rage. The two start fighting and causing a ruckus in class before Yuba changes them back to their human form and punishes them with white-hot iron shoes. They suffer all night until their punishment is finished.
Sophie and Agatha realize there's no hope in staying and decide to confront The Schoolmaster and break into his tower. They see the Storian, a big storybook and a pen that writes fairy tales. The Storian starts a new fairytale before their own eyes and - to their surprise - they are the protagonists.
They meet The Schoolmaster, who gives them a riddle: what does Evil lack that Good cannot live without? Solving the riddle will get them out of this fairytale. After they leave the tower, Agatha reveals that she and Sophie had visited the tower in front of the whole class. She explains what she saw inside - and that her fairytale was being written. No one believes her, not even the teachers, who had all never been in the Schoolmaster's tower. Sophie confirms this and Beatrix mocks both of them. She and Agatha get into an argument, which somehow leads to Tedros and Tristan sword fighting. A ruckus occurs and doesn't stop until Sophie chases Hort, pulls back a branch and hits Lady Lesso. Evil's dean sends Sophie to the Doom Room and Agatha to be locked up in her room, where the latter finds out the answer to the riddle - True Loves Kiss. She finds Sophie, who had also come to the same conclusion.
They believe this means Sophie must kiss Tedros for both of them to go home - and he has to mean it. They start plotting ways to get Tedros to fall in love with her. Once Sophie catches Tedros' attention, they get together. Sophie changes her mind and decides not to kiss him as she doesn't want to go home anymore and distances herself from Agatha. The two don't speak until Sophie qualifies for the Trial and needs Agatha's help again. Agatha mogrifies as a roach studies the material and whispers answers' into Sophie's ear. She feigns illness to get out of her own classes.
In the Trial, everyone targets Sophie, so Agatha sneaks into the Trial by Tale behind the teachers' and the students' backs, mogrified as a dove. Agatha saves Sophie multiple times during the Trial by Tale, and eventually, the two mogrify into shrubs.
Hester attacks Tedros and almost kills him. One of Hester's demon's limbs didn't vanish with the others, and charged toward Tedros, hoping to get rid of him once and for all. Tedros was too injured to fight back. Agatha urged Sophie to help Tedros, but Sophie refused because if she unmogrified she would be naked. Right before knife plunged onto Tedros' heart, Agatha grabbed his shield quickly and smashed the demon limb. Agatha saved Tedros just before Sophie reverted back to her human self and hid behind the bush. Tedros, angry with Sophie for cheating, breaks up with her. Sophie blames Agatha for this.
Agatha shuts herself in her room for the next few days, and when class starts, she feels really lonely. In the Beautification class, the task is to close your eyes and visualize who you want to ask you to the Ball. When you see a face, it means the boy is thinking of you too. Agatha sees a silhouette of a boy, and when she opens her eyes, Professor Anemone stares at her and asks her if she was feeling alright since she had started smiling.
At the circus of talents, she granted the wish of the fairies and the wolves: showing the students the truth behind the Schoolmaster's actions, revealing her talent at granting wishes. She stuns everyone and beats Hester, who she was up against. At that point, everyone had thought she won before Sophie walked in, and the latter's screams from the soul earned her the crown.
Back in Gavaldon, Agatha tries to fit in and go back to the life she used to have. She participates in a play Sophie wrote that tells a false story about what happened at the School for Good and Evil. Despite wanting to go back to her old life, Agatha can't help but dream about Tedros. At the wedding between Stefan and his wife, Agatha feels jealous and heartbroken, watching the wedding she will never have, and accidentally wishes for Tedros. This causes the magic barrier between Gavaldon and the woods to be opened, allowing archers to come in and fire at Sophie, who was consequently locked up in the church. Agatha stays with her. Since the archers caused many troubles for the people of Gavaldon, The Elders took Sophie into the woods and secretly attempted to sacrifice her to the enemy, planning to lie that it was her brave choice. Agatha does not trust them, and she leaves to find Sophie after promising Stefan that she will keep Sophie safe. After she finds Sophie, both of them try to find their way out, but butterflies lead them to the Flowerground Express, which takes them to the school.
When she and Sophie go back to the school, they find that it has been divided into the School for Girls and School for Boys. This happened because people around the woods were inspired by Sophie and Agatha's storybook's ending when they chose each other over a boy. This sparked the idea that a princess and a witch could be friends, that neither of them needed love - but instead, a best friend. This caused the divide between boys and girls. Agatha and Sophie also learn about the bounty on Sophie's head, which was issued by Tedros, the leader of the boys.
At this point, Sophie finds out about Agatha's wish and is furious. Agatha is torn between Sophie and Tedros. She approaches The Coven, who try to convince her to choose Tedros, because if she does, the war between Boys and Girls will be over, and things will go back to normal again. Agatha is convinced and she decides to confront Tedros the same night.
Agatha and Sophie are welcomed back into the School for Girls as heroes' and inspirations. Agatha tries to tell everyone that they don't plan on staying long, but Sophie says the opposite. She encourages the girls to stand up to the boys and especially Tedros, who wants her dead.
During class, Agatha notices witch symptoms appearing on Sophie: black teeth, warts, etc. Her fears get worse as Sophie's attempt at a challenge goes terribly wrong, enough to terrify the former Dean of Evil. In one of her challenges, Agatha sees Tedros, telling her to meet him at the bridge. She believes that was the message was real, unaware that she had hallucinated him because she wanted him to be there. For the rest of her challenges, she makes sure to fail so she can stand guard and have a chance to escape.
Agatha tells The Coven about Sophie's symptoms, but the latter overhears. Sophie decides she cannot trust Agatha to be loyal and she watches her the whole night. But Agatha had escaped before Sophie realized and a dummy made out of pumpkins was what was presumed to be her. At one point, late in the night, the dummy falls and the pumpkins roll out, right as Sophie was watching. In fury, Sophie sneaks out and chases after Agatha.
Agatha makes it to the bridge, but she doesn't see Tedros. She decides to go into the School for Boys, assuming her prince had forgotten or had planned wrong. She sneaks in as Sophie follows, invisible under a snakeskin cape. Hort finds Agatha, thinking she's Sophie and drags her to the rest of the boys. Agatha tells them that Sophie is turning into a witch again and she is here to save them all from her, as Sophie watches from behind. Agatha demands the boys to take her to see Tedros so she can seal their Ever After.
They comply and Aric, the second-in-command takes her, with Sophie secretly following. Agatha is left alone with Tedros and Sophie, who is hiding under the desk. Agatha and Tedros finally talk for the first time in months. Tedros explains how disappointed and embarrassed he felt when Agatha chose Sophie over him. Agatha tries to explain what Sophie means to her and when asked why she came back for him, she responds that now she needs more than a friend. Agatha frees the Storian, which Tedros had chained up, and the storybook flips to the last page, about to rewrite their ending. Tedros and Agatha are about to kiss when Tedros sees Sophie's shadow looming. He gets frantic and searches for her, and Agatha tries to convince him that Sophie isn't there. She manages to and Tedros, now relaxed, reveals that he had never asked her to come at all. Agatha is bewildered and Tedros is now suspicious, wondering how she got across the barrier. In their state of confusion, Sophie sees an opportunity. She blasts a spell, making both of them think it was the other, trying to hurt them. Agatha comes to the conclusion that Tedros only wanted revenge, not her, and escapes. Aric, who found Sophie's blood, when she scraped her foot on a stair, comes to tell Tedros that Sophie was there all along. They both look at the storybook and see that Sophie was indeed, hiding under the desk the whole time. Tedros thinks he had been tricked by both of them, and he puts a bounty on Agatha's head too.
Agatha comes back to her dorm and sees Sophie fast asleep. She believes that she had unjustly doubted Sophie this whole time. She tells Sophie everything, and the latter acts as if she knew nothing and forgives Agatha. The same morning, they found out that Tedros had ordered a Trial by Tale, where if the boys won, Agatha and Sophie were to be handed over for public execution, and if the girls won, the boys would become their slaves.
Agatha, Sophie, and The Coven plan on stealing The Storybook
- She has the ability to hear and grant wishes (although she believes for a while that she lost her talent during The Last Ever After) - on account of being 100% Good. But then realizes that she never lost them, but chose not to listen.
- Being Pure Good, Agatha can hear the thoughts of animals.
- She is very skilled in magic. Various spells, including Weather Manipulation, Stun Spells (She was one of the best in her class in her first year at school) the Lights Out Jinx, and Mogrification (In Book 1, she would often turn into a cockroach to visit Sophie in the School for Evil).
In the beginning, Agatha's hatred for the prince was great as Sophie fell for the prince more and more. However, eventually, she began to fall for Tedros and Tedros for her. In A World Without Princes, Agatha opens Sophie's and her storybook because she wished for a happy ending with Tedros. In The Last Ever After, Tedros and Agatha's relationship was tested as they fought and argued through the book, but they remained strong toward each other. As stated in the Ever Never Handbook, Agatha and Tedros are engaged.
They are supposed to be married on October 14th, although this may be delayed to Rhian taking the throne. At the end of Book 4, they are in a complicated stage after several arguments, they are separated due to Rhian's tyranny, Tedros in prison, and Agatha on the run.
After the events of The Last Ever After, Agatha got engaged to Tedros and was the soon-to-be Queen of Camelot (This changed after it turned out Tedros was not Arthur's oldest son). She is also the twin sister of Sophie, although their souls are the complete opposite. It is also told that Vanessa and Stefan are her biological parents and Callis is her adoptive mother.
Vanessa was Agatha's biological mother. Agatha was thrown away by Vanessa because Vanessa feared that such an "ugly" baby would not be good enough for Stefan. The baby was given to Callis, who was expected to throw the baby away in the woods.
Callis was Agatha's foster mother and a former teacher of Uglification in The School For Evil. Callis saved Agatha's life when she was born. Vanessa wanted a child to look like Stefan. Agatha looked like her mother Vanessa before Vanessa decided to beautify herself with herbs and items. After she gave birth, Vanessa only took Sophie home with her, saying that Stefan would not want an 'ugly baby' and leaving Agatha with Callis. Callis was supposed to leave Agatha in the Woods to die. However, Callis took her in as her own, believing she had found her true love at last, and slowly changed her appearance to look like her adopted daughter and be a believable mother. Callis sacrifices herself for Agatha in the third book, wishing for her daughter to find the Ever After she never did, even though she didn't like Tedros.
Stefan is revealed to be Agatha's biological father when Professor Sader read "The tale of Vanessa and Callis" in the third book. Agatha always thought of him of as a father figure, even before she knew he was her father, and Stefan felt loving to her, as he didn't know she was his daughter either. It is revealed in the third book that because Stefan and Vanessa did not love each their souls both bore their own child. Agatha looked like Vanessa but had Stefan's good soul which was why they felt some form of love towards each other.
Before the beginning of the story, Sophie was said to be the first to extend the hand of friendship even though at first Sophie just thought of Agatha as her "good deed". Agatha was still reluctant to grasp it throughout the first book. Agatha told Sophie that she did not agree with her superficial and foolish belief in fairy tales. Agatha tries to save her from the School Master, but Sophie refuses Agatha's help.
When they are transferred to the School for Good and Evil, Sophie assumed that she was to be dropped into the School for Good but after Agatha grabs her best friend's hand the stymph changes its mind and Agatha is dropped into the School for Good while Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil, much to both of their distastes.
Later the two friends ride Stymphs up to the School Master's tower, and he gives them a riddle. They later solve the riddle and realize that Sophie must kiss Tedros. While doing so, their friendship begins to go downhill. Sophie and Tedros meet, mogrified as foxes and with Agatha disguised as a cockroach. Tedros tries to kiss Sophie. However, Sophie refuses and Agatha realizes that Sophie does not want to go home.
Eventually, in the Trial by Tale, Agatha saves Tedros' life. Sophie had been hiding as a bush, and Sophie splits apart from both of them. Her new witch friends start to think her Nemesis is Tedros, but it is later revealed that her Nemesis is Agatha.
At the Circus of Talents, Sophie begins her rampage, fully transformed into an ugly hag-like creature, which does not end until the School Master attempts to kill Agatha. After Agatha and Sophie reconcile and Agatha revives Sophie with a kiss, the two return home to their town Gavaldon, where they are hailed as heroes.
The two seem to have resumed their friendship in The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes. However, Agatha accidentally wishes to be with Tedros again, the gates open, and the two are transported back into the Schools. However, it is quite different from when they visited last. Now the school is split between Boys and Girls. Sophie becomes mad at Agatha for wishing Tedros over her, and thus bringing them back. Eventually, they plan to infiltrate the School for Boys, so Sophie becomes a boy named Filip, with the help of Yuba the Gnome and a spell, to go into the School for Boys.
However, Sophie/Filip is roomed with Tedros, and Tedros becomes friends with Filip, not knowing that Filip is just Sophie with a different gender. In the end, they are all lead to believe that Sophie is becoming a witch again, and Agatha turned against Sophie and sided with Tedros. Sophie is heartbroken, and she revives the School Master with a kiss, sending Agatha and Tedros back to Gavaldon.
In The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After, Sophie has doubts with the School Master, now known as Rafal. However, after being with Tedros and Agatha again, Tedros chooses Agatha over Sophie again, because Sophie does not love him and he does not love her.
Sophie returns to Rafal and hardens back to Evil. A war breaks out, and Agatha chases Sophie, trying to convince her to destroy Rafal's ring, which will kill the School Master forever.
Eventually, with Agatha's love for her and them being twins, she gets Sophie to destroy the ring, and the war ends. Lady Lesso left a package for Sophie before her untimely death by the hands of her own son, Aric, in the war. The package is Lady Lesso's signature cloak, which they all take to mean that Sophie is meant to be the next Dean. She does not go to Camelot with Tedros and Agatha.
In Book 4, these two have a sisterly friendship, with no complications. In this book, Sophie states she's only showing her sweet side to Agatha, but eventually softens up to everyone else. They help and support each other throughout the book but Agatha, in the end, is forced to abandon Sophie while running away because Rhian had Sophie in a position where he could kill her if anything went wrong.
Kiko was Agatha's only friend in The School for Good in the first book. She and Agatha did homework together and hung out. In the second book, Kiko was excited her friend had come back, and in the third book, Kiko was part of the many students who helped Good win the war. Kiko often obsessed about her crush, Tristan, around Agatha.
The three witches claimed to be Agatha's friends but when Sophie started her beauty lectures, Hester and Anadil got angry at Agatha and said they were not her friends anymore because they believed that the lectures were Agatha's idea. In A World Without Princes, they tried to get Agatha and Tedros back together because Hester and Anadil believed that even though they hate boys, they can't live without them, and they became close friends with her. In the third book, they fought on Good's side with Agatha, Tedros, and old famous heroes and heroines. In the School for Good and Evil Handbook, Hester and Agatha often write letters to one another, knowing that they truly are great friends.
A bald, wrinkled cat who was Agatha's cat. Agatha missed Reaper very much in the first book. In A World Without Princes, Reaper was suspicious about Agatha and often scratched her when she came near. But in The Last Ever After, he helped Agatha win the war when it was revealed he was a messenger cat for the League of Thirteen.
The School for Good students
Due to her dark dresses and near-constant frowning, Agatha became an instant outcast upon her enrollment in The School of Good. Upon arrival, everyone including Agatha herself thinks that the School Master has made a horrible mistake. Within her first steps in school, she eats a fairy while the other princesses gasp at her. To chase the girls away from Agatha, Agatha promptly farts and the girls run away from her.
Agatha was supposed to share a room with other girls. However, upon their first sighting of her, they created excuses, enabling them to move rooms so that they didn't have to bunk with her. Agatha didn't mind at all.
Professor Dovey grants Agatha's wish to become beautiful and Agatha is lead to believe her appearance has changed, due to the other students looking stunned at the sight of her. However, it hasn't, and she learns that she was beautiful all along. She just needed to smile.
Professor Sader (August Sader)
Professor Sader was one of Agatha's teachers at the School for Good. He had always reminded Agatha of Sophie's father, Stefan (who in fact was also Agatha's biological father). Agatha referred to him as 'Professor Crackpot' at the beginning of the story. It was said that he was fond of Agatha and appeared to her and Sophie as a phantom, telling them the true story of their parents. He died at the end of the first book at The School for Good and Evil, as he sacrificed his body to the Good School Master's soul. He did it in order to save Agatha and Sophie so that they can find the true ending of their fairy tale.
- Agatha's age was yet to be confirmed, and thus is subject to a lot of speculation. Sophie and Agatha are twin sisters thus the same age and birthday. It is popular belief that she is 12 in the first book. However, this has later been contradicted. Using the 3 released SGE novels it has been deduced that she is 16 turning 17 in book 3. So she is actually 15 in the first book. The following proof is used to support the theory: In book 3 of the SGE series Sophie states that the "School Master looked 16 and thus was no older than her." Using this information it was assumed that Sophie was 16 at the start of book 3. Since Sophie and Agatha are in the same year at school, Agatha must be 16 at the start of book 3 as well. Book 3 is set in early February to early March of year 3. Book 2 is set in early November of year 2- late December of year 2. Book 1 is set from the night of the 10th of November of year 1- 14th of February of year 2. Using this information we know that Agatha turned 16 in the 9 month period between books 1 and 2 because her birthday was not mentioned in books 1,2 or 3. Since Agatha turned 16 in year 2 it is obvious that she turned 15 in year 1 and was thus 15 when she was kidnapped. Also, in a deleted chapter in book 1, Soman Chainani states that all the Readers that got kidnapped were age 15.
- Agatha's finger glow was originally described as orange but in later books, this is changed to gold, the same shade as Tedros' in A World Without Princes and The Last Ever After since he is her true love.
- Her name means 'Good'.
- Agatha is 100% Good.
- Agatha was abandoned by her mother Vanessa as she was thought of as too ugly.
- Agatha didn't like looking at mirrors and she said that dogs and pigs didn't go around looking at them.
- She once dressed up as a bride for Halloween.
"Real friends let each other grow up."
"You think because I'm ugly, I'm evil?"
"Look, Merlin thinks we can help each other."
(To Sophie) "You make me feel ordinary, and that's the only thing I've ever wanted."
(To Beatrix) "You wouldn't know Good if it crawled up your dress!"
"Even fairy tales have limits."
"Real friends don't lie."