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Some are good at hunting men, others are good at hunting money. Both have value to me.
~ King Einon

King Einon is the main antagonist in the 1996 action/adventure/fantasy film Dragonheart.

He is portrayed by David Thewlis.


In the year 984, Einon's father is killed by a peasant rebellion and young prince is being educated by his mentor Bowen. Once when Bowen is instructing him, Einon is mortally wounded by a peasant girl, Kara. His mother takes him to a dragon, Draco, who agrees to give Einon a piece of his own heart, if he promises to rule with justice and virtue.

However, Einon becomes just as evil as his father, by forcing the rebels to rebuild the castle and torturing them for amusement. Bowen believes the dragon has corrupted his heart and swears vengeance.

12 years later, King Einon has successfully rebuilt the castle and reveals to Bowen that he's been evil along and lied about his oaths. His mother hires a group of dragon-slayers to capture the dragon, in hope of killing him.

King Einon is on to her and kills her for intending to "make a mistake made years ago, when she saved a creature not worth saving.". Bowen and King Einon engage in a last fight. Draco begs Bowen to kill him, as it's the only way to officially end King Einon. Reluctantly he does so, killing King Einon.


Hot-tempered, spoilt and arrogant, Einon was a cruel and heatless individual. He was extremely narcissistic and immensely callous. He was sly, bitter and very malicious, considerably unaffected by the suffering he caused. His pure evil is almost driven to the point of murdering members of his family and attacking his own, trusted allies.



  • King Einon is very similar to Anakin Skywalker because he was a good knight who turned to the Dark Side and King Einon, like Anakin is assisted with his wise mentor Obi Wan, (who Anakin later betrays and kills) King Einon is assisted by his wise mentor Bowen (who King Einon later betrays, yet is killed before he can kill Bowen).
  • How King Einon becomes evil is rather similar to how Mathayus overthrows an evil ruler and then becomes corrupted by power himself.

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