"Skulduggery Pleasant came into focus as what he really was – a genius, a killer, a tortured soul, and the only true dead man among them."
The Skeleton Detective | Lord Vile | Master of Wisecracks | Dokuro-Senpai
He is a tall, slender skeleton....so everyone thinks. Skulduggery wears exquisite suits and covers his face with a scarf and always has his hat on which he also uses to cover part of his skull and has Sunglasses to also conceal his 'skeleton' self.
He usually wears a black suit with a white shirt and purple tie, but sometimes he may want an exquisite day or if it's a special occasion he'll change the cuff links or tie, something like that. Maybe his jacket if he really cares. He also wears a trench coat just in case people notice his very thin build under the shirt as they could probably see the gaps of his rib cage.
Skulduggery actually wears a mask that covers his whole head and neck, he is bald so that he can make the skeleton appearance more real, he covers his face with a highly detailed skull pattern, that also gives the effect his eyes are pitch black and his jaw can actually move to speak, and has never ever shown his real face.
Skulduggery, despite his bizarre appearance (which he hides while in public with a disguise), is something of a dapper gentleman. He has a polite, old-fashioned way of speech, and a velvety-smooth voice which enraptures Valkyrie when they first meet. As well as a powerful shinobi, more specifically an Elemental, he is particularly enthusiastic about detecting, always searching for clues, much to Valkyrie's and Tanith's chagrin. He is also a flamboyant egotist, vocally exalting his own plans, complimenting himself, and showing off his abilities to Valkyrie, at one point walking on the ocean's surface after falling from a cliff.
Skulduggery is a clever strategist, usually forming the plan the team uses (when they actually have a plan) and sharpening his wit on Valkyrie's, taking pleasure in his own wisecracks. The two partners develop a relationship throughout the books. He reveals that he used to be great at motivational speeches, although he has obviously lost this talent, as his attempt to psyche up the party before they confront the Grotesquery with:
"I want you all to know that we are the first line of defence. In fact, we practically the only line of defence. If we fail, there won't be a whole lot anyone else will be able to do. What I'm trying to say is that failure at this point isn't really the smart move to make. We are not to fail, do I make myself absolutely clear? Failure is bad, it won't help us in the short term and certainly won't do us any favours in the long run, and I think I've lost track of this speech, and I'm not too sure where it's headed. But I know where it started and that's what you've got to keep in mind. Has anyone seen my hat?".
Skulduggery's suave demeanor hides a desire for revenge. Because he "died" hating Serpine and his hatred brought him back, it forms part of his existence. At Valkyrie's questioning, he describes his true nature as a "dark, twisted thing." Several characters have commented about his legendary rage, which manifests itself in the form of Lord Vile, who is Skulduggery's evil side and shows how deadly the skeleton detective can really be. When Skulduggery transforms into Vile his is capable of appalling acts including slaughtering hundreds of people, one of the most notable being the mother of one of his closest friends Ghastly Bespoke. However Skulduggery has also shown a very strong will and has managed to fight off his darker urges and managed to help Valkyrie do the same. He is also deeply remorseful for the terrible acts he committed as Lord Vile and has spent his entire life (after the lord vile incident) trying to redeem himself. Despite the darker side of his nature, witnessing the murder of his family makes him sensitive to the loss of others. Although he accepts sacrifice of individuals as part of war, he is highly reluctant to allow this to happen. He protects Valkyrie diligently throughout the missions they do together; originally only about to arrest Serpine, he is forced to kill him when he attempts to kill Valkyrie.
"Oh, I was only joking about that. I don't really think you murdered someone. Unless you did, in which case I reserve the right to say I knew it all along."
Prologue : Vile
Skulduggery pleasant was raised as a normal young shinobi in Kirigakure, he was trained very well and became a very strong and admirable shinobi. He tackled a lot of hard missions and participated in a Ninja War. Though during this ninja war, skulduggery was captured by a group of enemy ninja, he was taken around the Ninja world with other prisoners; when finally the prisoner wagons got ambushed and he managed to escape. Nearing the end of the Ninja War he and a group of Mist Ninja had to take an important outpost outside of Kushagakure, though to their horror a strong enemy Shinobi called Serpine was there, it was down to the last men. When Skulduggery and Serpine fought a what seemed; endless battle. Finally after all the chaos, Skulduggery was knocked unconscious and Serpine took him. In the depths of Amegakure, just after the war had ended, Skulduggery was prisoner in a deep dark hideout. Serpine has also taken Skuduggery's wife and child hostage to show skulduggery true pain, Serpine Killed them both in cold blood. Skulduggery was broken, Serpine has wounded him and burned his face multiple times, though skulduggery had the lust of revenge and escaped the hideout; not managing to find Serpine.
Skulduggery roamed the Ninja World, his face torn and wrecked. He became Dark, and changed his appearance, wearing an armor that concealed his wounds from the past; becoming a Mass murderer. He destroyed small villages, killed Civilians and powerful Shinobi in the process. The Shinobi nicknamed him "Lord Vile"
Though after being ambushed, Lord Vile fought to his end, when he was defeated and cast off the side of a cliff, everyone thinking that he was dead.
Skulduggery's on the edge of death's self was founded by Shinobi of the Sand Village. They treated him as much as they could; though they managed to heal him, they could not fix his face, and because skulduggery went without eating when as lord vile, he was extremely thin. He woke up, himself again; though he went through another transformation, creating a highly detailed mask which give him the affect that his head was a skull; his pale skin and extremely thin build also helped that. All of people actually believed he was a skeleton and so gave him nicknames; he also regards himself as a skeleton as he believes he has died already. He became thankful to Suna and joined them as a Shinobi as he believed it was his true home, his own squad being called 'The Dead Men' as they always went on suicide missions, but came out fine. Though Hopeless and Larrikin were killed in some. The Squad Consisted of Skulduggery Pleasant, Ghastly Bespoke, Erskine Ravel, Anton Shudder, Dexter Vex, Corrival Deuce, Saracen Rue, Larrikin, Hopeless. The Leader being Corrival Deuce, it was known that Larrikin was the Joker of the group and always used to wind Anton up, Larrikin decided that it was Anton's birthday when on a mission. Although their targets were passing by, Larrikin insisted he sing Anton a happy birthday song. He then proceeded to hug Anton, which showed Anton not being a hugging person. The hugging lead into an intensely quiet wrestling match between the two. When Larrikin was in a chokehold, he pulled out a very crushed bun that he had been hiding for three days and put a candle in it, saying that it was Anton's cake. It was the only time that they had seen Anton smile while on a mission. Ghastly became good friends with skulduggery and kept in tough even after their squad disbanded.
Skulduggery spent some time in Amegakure, where he learned some new ninjutsu that involved the usage of water and wind, creating rain. Skulduggery enjoyed his time in Amegakure, becoming stronger; yet the weather could have been better.
Chapter 1 : The Skeleton Detective
Eventually Skulduggery met a rather dashing girl called Tanith Low. A Samurai that was very skilled in her field. They both became good friends, Tanith becoming very close with Ghastly. The three started to work together a lot and eventually came across a man called Gordan Edgely, he was more of an intelligence officer, but still came along on adventures with Skulduggery Pleasant and completed a lot of missions successfully together and both became good friends. Though Gordon Edgely was murdered and he left a will, to his family and a bit to skulduggery. Gordon left his House to his niece Stephanie Edgely, who went and visited that house a lot to get away from her parents, when one day a man attacked her in her house, and Skulduggery saved the day. Stephanie was shocked, and even more especially shocked at Skulduggery's appearance which made her faint. Skulduggery caught her, made her a cup of tea and stayed with her until she woke up. There were a lot of questions smashed at Skulduggery when she woke up, and when he had to leave, she threatened to destroy his hat by stamping on it and so he accepted Stephanie as a partner and she went on many adventures with him. Skulduggery trained her in his element specialities; Wind then Fire. Stephanie took on the name of Valkyrie Cain and now uses that a lot more than her actual name, which she normally uses when at home with her parents.
On a couple of missions, Skulduggery has been shown to be quite stubborn and a bit of a joker, whether he means it or not; he always did it to wind up Valkyrie
and then he seems to purposefully compliment himself to wind up Valkyrie again, "Don't be jealous of my Genius". Skulduggery and Valkyrie then came across a cult, an old cult that Skulduggery knew of...consisted of the one that he swore revenge upon, Serpine. They tried to track him down, with Ghastly and Tanith Low they went on various missions to gather information that Serpine was after a weapon called the sceptre of the ancients. They then went looking for the Sceptre before Serpine could and ventured beneath the depths of Gordon's house (The one that he left to Valkyrie in his will) which Serpine had already managed to get into. They fought until the Sceptre was taken by Serpine and he retreated back to wherever his target was. Skulduggery and Valkyrie had to find him before he rained hell over the world with the Sceptre and they did, he had Infiltrated the Kage's Mansion in suna and killed all the Ninja and killed the Kazekage Mockingbird with the almighty sceptre, so Skulduggery and his partner took Serpine by surprise. They eventually captured and secured Serpine and Skulduggery didn't take his revenge, but because Serpine managed to get free and attacked Valkyrie; Skulduggery killed Serpine and the Sceptre lost it's power.
Chapter 2 : Playing with Fire
Skulduggery started to teach Valkyrie what he knew about Ninjutsu, first he taught her Wind the easiest in his opinion and then Fire, she got to grips with Wind but struggled with Fire. She was also being taught by Tanith Low to do Taijutsu. Whilst she was under training an old enemy of the Dead men, Baron Vengeous escaped from prison and formed a little group of villains to bring back a creature called the Grotesquery that had the power to bring back more terrifying creatures called the Faceless Ones so powerful they could take over the world. So the new Kazekage ordered them to stop Baron once again, they first had to find out where he keeping the Grotesquery and had to deal with an old Shinobi named 'The Torment' who knew the location of what they were after but his terms weren't simple. After the terms had come to an agreement they went to find the Grotesquery just outside Konohagakure in a ruined fort, only to find that Vengeous and his band of misfits had gotten there first and had Revived the Grotesquery creature only it wasn't at full strength and needed to wait until it could summon the Faceless Ones; Skulduggery and Valkyrie regrouped back in Suna with Tanith Low, China Sorrows a beautiful woman and intelligence for Skulduggery, Mr. Bliss a strong and powerful man that is referred as the strongest man in the world and some Sand Shinobi along with Konoha Shinobi. They went on an assault at a Fort between Suna and Konoha against Vengeous, his allies and the Grotesquery. Though having had to retreat a couple of times to regroup as they were split off, the castle was like a maze. "We're not retreating, we're advancing in reverse". This time it was Valkyire that saved the world, using Tanith's Sword to cut down the creature before it could reach it's full power. Some of the Sand Shinobi and Konoha Nin died, Vengeous' men got away but Vengeous had died by the hands of Skulduggery.
Skulduggery returned home after dropping Valkyrie off at hers and was confronted by a man, a man with a mysterious aura about him, he offered Skulduggery a place in his 'Family', from what he heard off the man it seemed promising and agreed to join and help this family, becoming a part of it.
Chapter 3 : The Faceless Ones
The Diablerie a group that worships the dreaded faceless ones have returned and are plotting to take the Grotesquery's body remains and use it to bring back the actual faceless ones to terrorize the ninja world. Skulduggery and Valkyrie investigate to find out that Certain shinobi are being killed that know how to use the Grotesquery's body to bring back the faceless ones, only one of these shinobi remain and his name is Fletcher Renn, lets just say he has a hair style problem. Skulduggery saved him from Billy-Ray Sanguine who was working for the Diablerie this time, they took him back to suna to be looked after by Kenspenkle grouse who was later raided by Jaron Gallow, Gruesome Krav and Murder Rose; or for short the Diablerie. The crew escaped, but the enemy had another plan they kidnapped the Kazekage, this gave Skulduggery no choice but to hand over Fletcher Renn in exchange for their Kazekage which took place at a bridge in the Bird Country outside of sunagakure. Skulduggery tried a double-double cross where they would acquire both Renn and the Kazekage, but it didn't work out as the enemy had reinforcements and they acquired Fletcher, taking him to Aranmore Farm with the grotesquery where they prepared to bring back the faceless ones.
Skulduggery, Valkyrie, Tanith, Ghastly go to Aranmore Farm where they are instantly attacked by Murder Rose and Gruesome Krav. They take cover in the farmhouse only to be attacked by about 200 hollow men, though they may be easy kill there numbers made them annoying. Tanith Low is saved by the White cleaver before Murder Rose can kill her and Mr. Bliss, China and some cleavers arrive as reinforcements for Skulduggery. Paddy the farmer is being protected by Valkyrie only to find out later on that he person not capable of moulding chakra, was the leader of the Diablerie and her knocked Valkyrie out. Fletcher was saved by Skulduggery, but it was too late the Faceless ones has been released and the three monsters appeared from the seal. The first faceless one kills Gruesome Krav and another kills Murder Rose, Valkyrie wakes up to find that Mr. Bliss is dead and so is Paddy. Skulduggery runs over to her as the three faceless ones slaughter cleavers and hollow men, China brought with her the sceptre of the ancients which now works again the only weapon possible to kill the Faceless ones. Valkyrie being the only one able to use it kills two of the faceless ones, the sceptre being taken by Jaron Gallow and hidden; the last faceless one gets lured into a trap where Fletcher Renn seals it into it's dimension. Skulduggery is grabbed by the last Faceless one and is dragged into the sealed dimension before Fletcher could stop it, Valkyrie went cold and screamed...
Chapter 4 : Dark Days
Skulduggery like a lot of the members of the Nara clan have a great mind, he is a quick thinker and can deduce things easily, hence the nickname 'Skeleton Detective'. He has been complimented within Sunagakure, solving crimes to keep the village a safer place.
“So that plan worked out well."
Skulduggery, your entire plan consisted of, and I quote, "Let's get up close and then see what happens."
"All the same," he said, "I think the whole thing worked out rather beautifully.”
Skulduggery's Great Mastery in the Fire Element has taught him how to perform fire with only the one hand seal needed.
Skulduggery's Great Mastery in Wind has made him able to perform any Wind jutsu faster than normal.
Skulduggery has the ability to use a Dark release and found this out whilst in his 'Lord Vile' state, thought he needs training in it to be able to use it, he is currently roaming the ninja world for a teacher, going to allied villages and seeking out missing nin.
Skulduggery has always been a keen fighter, he never hesitates to get close to his enemy and punch them. He trained under his friend ghastly who was a specialist in the art. His great mastery in Taijutsu has given Skulduggery the ability to be faster than most taijutsu users. “We punch people, Valkyrie. That’s who we are. Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.”
ラ Scroll of the LonelyAssassin ラ
Skulduggery has traveled the Ninja World a lot and has been to many places other shinobi don't even know about. On one of these ventures he founded the Scroll of the LonelyAssassin inside of a cave inbetween Konoha and Suna. Skulduggery spent a couple of weeks going back to that cave to learn his secrets.
Futōmei is Skulduggery's new sword, it is a broad sword and is a lot stronger than his previous. His previous sword was destroyed and lost in the battle at Aranmore Farm. His new sword was made by the Sunagakure Sandbu, still representing skulduggery being a 'skeleton' the sword is said to be made of bone as hard as steal. He keeps it strapped behind his waist, the hilt sticking out on the right side.
"I'm placing you under arrest for murder, attempted murder, conspiracy murder and, I don't know, possibly littering."