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Zigzag in his laboratory.




The Thief and the Cobbler


Phido (eventually)


The Sultan (or so he pretends)
Phido The Mighty One-Eyes' leader


Grand Vizier and sorcerer.


Is eaten alive by his former minions Phido the Vulture and the Crocodiles.

Zigzag, also known as Zigzag the Great, is the secondary antagonist of The Thief and the Cobbler.


Zigzag is the Sultan of the Golden City's Grand Vizier. The Sultan's laziness allows him to rule the city almost alone, and he does so with an iron fist and a good dose of megalomany. He pretends to be a sorcerer, although he doesn't seem to have real magic powers of his own (he only knows some rather impressive parlor tricks and has got an astonishing ability to make any given animal do his biddings). Whether he's entirely human remains questionable, as he has got a light blue skin and six fingers on each hand, mentions not being made of meat to the Crocodiles (though he may have been lying in order to avoid being eaten by them, or maybe using this as a metaphor to tell them how skinny he is) and by his own word doesn't need to sleep (he even mocks the average humans' need to waste several hours a day by, as he puts it, « sleeping their life away »). He has also the strange feature of always speaking in rhymes, for no obvious reasons (whether it's in his nature to speak in rhymes, or if he just speaks like that to show everyone how cultivated and intelligent he is, is not clarified.

Zigzag has got a pet and a minion, whom he frequently abuses, in the person of Phido the Vulture, a starving-looking vulture who is understandably scared of his master. He fuels on fear more than loyalty, and has no scruples eating his former master once he's no longer a threat to him.

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  • "Oh, greatest king on all the Earth,
This lowborn cobbler of no worth
Attacked me in the square today...
Shall we take his head away?"

  • "Calm down, Your Highness. Invaders? One-Eye?
Why, this is against what has been prophesied !
Has it not been written we are safe from any threat,
As long as those 3 golden balls are on the minaret?"

  • "We'll see who wins at the end of the day...
We'll see who ends up grieving !
I'll go to the One-Eyes right away !

  • "The camp of the One-Eyes... How very nice !
Perhaps they will be willing to pay my price !
Ah ! I'll have those barbarians kissing my feet !
And maybe, we'll find you something to eat... eh, Phido?
(the One-Eyes soldiers appear, putting their spears at his throat)
Gentlemen, gentlemen, what a delight
To meet you all here, on such a fine night !"
  • "My friends, my friends ! Are you still here ?
I haven't fed you yet, I fear…
(as the Crocodiles start to eat him alive)
Oooh ! My bottom ! Oooh ! My top !
You greedies ! Don't you ever stop ?!?
(as Phido joins the Crocodiles and is about to eat his whole head all at once)
…You too, Phido, Man's Best Friend ?…
For Zigzag, then… it is… (sob)… the end." (as Phido finally closes his beak on the wizard's head)