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Dodge is the main antagonist of the Locke & Key graphic novels. It is a demonic being from the other side of the Black Door. Its true name is still unknown (it is implied to be rather esoteric), though it continually refers to itself as "the Legion". The entity has had many identities, as he possessed many people; including Lucas Caravaggio, Zack Wells, and Bode Locke.

History[edit | edit source]

The entity originated from a realm inhabited by eldritch demons called the Children of Leng. On the day the demon was born, its "mother" devoured half of its litter of siblings but was then eaten by its "father", whom the demon itself later ate.[1] In 1988, the Tamers of the Tempest opened the Black Door in order to let a demon through, that would turn into Whispering Iron with no host. Due to the accidental intervention of Duncan Locke, the demon found a host in Lucas "Dodge" Caravaggio.[2]

The Possession of Lucas Caravaggio[edit | edit source]

Having infected Lucas's soul, Dodge attempted to blend in and hide by pretending to be Luke, but was quickly discovered by the Tamers of the Tempest. They used the Head Key to remove all of Dodge's memories, hoping to limit the danger by making him unaware of what he was. Rendell Locke then places Dodge's memories in the Well House, where they would be guarded by the echo of his mother.

Ellie Whedon, devastated at the idea of losing the man she loved, began to visit the Wellhouse to sit with Luke's memories. The spirit of Mrs. Locke asked Ellie why she would torture herself like that, and Ellie responded that it was the only way for her to be close to him again.

Dodge followed Ellie to the Well House. Mrs. Locke warned Ellie to stay back while she called Rendell and the others, but Ellie panicked and pushed Mrs. Locke through the door of the Wellhouse, causing her to fade away.[3]

Dodge knocked out Ellie and replaced his memories.

He then used the Gender Key to become a woman, and soon killed Mark Cho and kidnapped Duncan Locke. Dodge then removed part of his personality and stored it in a jar along with the Echo Key. He had one of the shadows hide it in Ellie Whedon's house as a failsafe.

Dodge, with use of the Shadow Key, demanded Rendell bring the Omega Key to the Drowning Cave in exchange for Duncan's life. Erin Voss attempted to incapacitate Dodge using the Music Box Key, allowing Kim Topher to rescue Duncan. But Dodge was covering his ears with the shadow and didn't hear it. Kim was caught by the shadows and was killed.

Dodge overwhelmed Rendell and Erin with shadows and used the Head Key to remove all of Erin's memories in an attempt to find the Omega Key. Erin's memories were scattered throughout the Drowning Cave. Ellie eventually showed up with the Owl Key and used it to disable Dodge's control of the shadows.

Rendell caused part of the cave to collapse, crushing Dodge in the rubble.[4]

The Lady in the Well[edit | edit source]

Dodge was eventually returned by Ellie Whedon, who, controlled within by the fragment of Dodge that snuck into her head, summoned him as an Echo. He killed her mother, Candice Whedon, by breaking her neck. Dodge was unable to leave the Well House, and remained there for several months until causing the chain of events that composes Welcome to Lovecraft.[5]

Zack Wells[edit | edit source]

The Lady in the Well, still sharing the physical appearance of Lucas Caravaggio having used the Gender Key, uses the key again to become male and arrives at Ellie Whedon's house. He then assumes the name Zack Wells and poses as Ellie's nephew. As Zack, he pretends to befriend the Locke family to gain access to more keys.[6]

Bode Locke[edit | edit source]

After Tyler suspects Zack Wells, he confronts him in the Whedon household, and Bode is kidnapped by Zack.[7] Zack takes Bode to Keyhouse and the Death Door, where he tells the ghost of Sam Lesser he can have the body of Zack Wells, and Dodge will take the body of Bode. Once switched Sam, in Zack's body, tries to take Dodge, in Bode's body, to the wellhouse door to disperse his echo, before he can open it Sam is attacked and killed by Kinsey. The only person who knew Dodge was inside of Bode being dead, and Bode being a ghost means Dodge is no longer considered a threat to the Locke kids and they let their guard down.[8]

Omega and Alpha[edit | edit source]

To be added

Known Victims[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of characters directly killed by Dodge:

Dodge has also killed two orderlies tending to Erin Voss (slit throat, stabbed), at least one more student (killed by shadows in attack at Drowning Cave), and a police officer (killed by shadows in the attack at Keyhouse).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Luke/Dodge/Zack is often associated with a wolf. Examples include when he uses the Animal Key to turn into one and his shadow becomes a wolf with the Crown of Shadows.

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