Unlike many of the more comedic and wacky villains - the harmless Ludo among them - presented on the show, Toffee stands out from most due to his competency and serious nature. Toffee is always in control of his situation, and is incredibly duplicitous and manipulative, using psychology and practicality to gain the trust of Ludo and his men, and then finally control of the castle and Ludo's army.
No matter what situation he is in, Toffee presents himself a gentleman through and through. He puts up with Ludo's idiocy with no complaint, offers a sandwich to Marco when he holds him prisoner and even holds his end of the bargain when Star agrees to his terms. However, it is implied that Toffee is hiding a personality significantly more unhinged under this, evidenced when he briefly grows a massive smile when he orders Star to destroy her wand, before returning to his stoic nature in a literal second.
He also displays some sociopathic and obsessive tendencies, manipulating Ludo's men into abandoning him, threatening to kill Marco in front of Star without flinching and even giving a momentary glimpse of amusement to Star's confusion.
As revealed in the film "The Battle for Mewni", before the start of the series, Toffee (also known as "The Lizard") was a general in the monster army fighting against the Mewmans. However after his king decided to sign a peace treaty with the Mewmans, he and his group split off to fight on their own. At some point he murdered Moon Butterly's mother (then only a child), making her the new queen. Using a dark spell given to her by Eclipsa, Moon approached Toffee and his equally immortal army to kill him, but realizing the magic was making her dark and that Eclipsa would be free if she did (which was part of the bargain she made with Eclipsa), she simply used the spell to separate the middle finger off his right hand. When Toffee proved unable to regenerate it his army ran away scared forcing Toffee to withdraw begrudgingly, beginning a lifelong grudge against Moon.
Years later when Moon has grown up and had her own daughter Star Butterfly, Toffee first appears in the series as an "evil efficiency expert" who is first hired by Ludo in the season one's episode "Fortune Cookies". Discovering that Star took fortune cookies seriously, he had Ludo's minions give Star a fortune cookie that said "Love is always the answer," so that she would refuse to fight back against the monsters, giving them hugs instead. However, when the two-headed monster told Star the truth, she blasted the monsters away, foiling Toffee's plan.
In "Mewnipendence Day", Toffee replaced Ludo's right hand man Buff Frog, who did not trust him, with an electronic eye to spy on Star. He also introduced a mace with a portal hidden inside it and sent Buff Frog to use it to get Star's wand to Ludo. However, he sabotaged the device so it would not work for Buff Frog, claiming it as 'idiot proof', resulting in him failing his mission and convincing Ludo to fire Buff Frog.
In "Marco Grows a Beard", After Ludo's attempt to take Star's wand when the house became a labyrinth of Marco's beard was foiled by Star and Ludo's negligence and lack of courtesy to his minions because of an unwavering fear of hair because of a traumatizing event as a kid involving a 'tickle monster' on one of his birthdays, Toffee told Ludo's minions that Ludo was incompetent as a leader because of this, and told them to choose between the two of them. The monsters chose Toffee as their new leader, and Ludo was kicked out of his castle.
In the Season One finale, Toffee captured Marco and held him for ransom for Star's wand. Star, Ludo, and Buff Frog join forces to defeat him, during which Star blasted his left arm off, but he regenerated it and threatened to crush Marco with a containment cell with magically durable and self-regenerative crystal glass that gets twice as strong whenever it's destroyed, revealing that he wanted Star to destroy her wand rather than give it to him. Star used the Whispering Spell to destroy her wand, which caused an explosion that blew up Ludo's castle, presumably killing Toffee; however, he is seen smiling as his "death" unfolds, hinting that he expected the wand to explode and that he may possibly be alive, or that his plan has yet to truly come to fruition.
In the Season Two episode "Ludo in the Wild", after being banished to another dimension by Star following the Season One's finale and the destruction of his castle, Ludo discovers a dark wand made from the right half of Star's wand and Toffee's skeletal right hand which he continues to use from that point on. It is also revealed that the wand "speaks" to him, hinting that Toffee's ghost is manipulating Ludo from inside the wand.
In the episode "Into the Wand", Star tries to fix her own wand and discovers Toffee's finger inside of it, so she removes it and places it inside her secrets closet.
In the episode "Page Turner", Toffee is pictured in a crystal ball while trying to find the source for the universes depletion of magic. At some point the wand (Toffee) tells Ludo where to find an ancient monster temple to live in.
In the episode "The Hard Way", it is confirmed that Toffee is indeed inside Ludo's wand: when Ludo becomes tainted by the dark magic of Queen Eclipsa's chapter in the Magic Instruction Book, this allows Toffee to take possession of his body. Toffee tells Glossaryck that he'll never get Ludo on his side, but Glossaryck says he doesn't have a side. In response to this, Toffee laughs and says, "Excellent."
In "Starcrushed", Toffee completely takes control of Ludo's body and his skeletal hand regenerates onto Ludo's arm fusing the magic crystal to his palm. He then proceeds to beat and drain the magic of all the Magic High Commission members, leaving Hekapoo, Rhombulus, and Omnitraxus Prime in a comatose state. Chancellor Lekmet uses up his life energy reviving Moon and dissolves into dust, leaving behind a single horn. Moon rises to take on Toffee but is easily defeated, and grabs her allies to escape. Before Moon leaves through a portal Toffee tells her to tell Star he will be coming for his finger.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The Battle for MewniIn the movie "The Battle for Mewni", it is revealed that Toffee instructed Glossaryck to stay hidden during the events of "Starcrushed" in order to initiate a scheme to absorb the powers of the Magic High Commission. After Ludo furiously throws the Book of Spell into a fire, Toffee re-possesses Ludo and says while he did not intend for Glossaryck to disappear, it still works to his advantage. Toffee's manipulations prove successful to the point where Ludo overthrows King River and takes over his position.
Star returns to Butterfly Castle to find Ludo and stop Toffee, and then uses the Whispering Spell and lets it absorb her into the wand crystal where Toffee emerges as an enormous slimy version of himself and takes her on, all the while convincing Moon to give him back his finger through Ludo with Star as leverage. Moon finally agrees and as the finger merges with his hand, he says goodbye to Star and leaves her trapped as his true body emerges and forms around Ludo before spitting him out and declaring Star to be gone. As he leaves, an enraged Moon uses the Darkest Spell taught by Eclipsa, but is surprised when it does nothing to him. Toffee easily defeats Moon and Marco and prepares to leave them behind forever, having both recovered his finger and fulfilled his revenge on Moon. However, Star successfully breaks free from the inside with help from Glossaryck after seemingly drowning in the wand, causing the wand halves to merge together again and allowing Star to gain a new Mewberty form, in which she uses to burn the villainous lizard and sear his skin clean off, leaving him as a horrendous black ink-like creature with part of his ribs showing.
Despite this, he merely laughs and says that it's not over and that he made all the plans and that only he knows how everything turns out before Ludo pushes a pillar onto him, destroying most of him and leaving only his black arm and eyeball, the rest of him having melted into sludge.
Ludo proclaims that it turned out that Toffee is dead. With his destruction, Eclipsa's prison begins to crack. However, whether or not this is the Immortal Monster's final and permanent death, given his claims of more unknown plans, remains a mystery, especially with his claim that he is the only one who knows the plan. Furthermore, based on the fact that he already has all Magic High Commission members's power which powerful enough to rule Mewni as well as killing Moon easily, he chooses to walk away after getting his finger back rather than ruling Mewni suggesting that ruling Mewni or getting revenge on Moon are not his end goals. However given that Eclipsa is revealed to be free in "Stranger Danger" it is quite possible that he is permanently gone given that the deal between Moon Eclipsa would only release her once Toffee was killed. However, it is still possible that he might return since he already cheated death once and there is still a lot of ambiguous part in his plan.
In "Meteora's Lesson", Glossaryck and Meteora go back in time to when Toffee was young and see him showing his fellow Septarian friend Rasticore about their kind's regenerative abilities. He previously broke Glossaryck's right arm for making a 'stupid leaf hat', and when he threatens to break his other arm, Meteora almost sucks out his soul, saying that is why monsters and Mewmans wage war.
The extent of Toffee's powers are never given, but it is clear that he is very dangerous when provoked. He has a firm grasp of magic and technology, having access to both with the wit and knowledge to use them to their fullest potential.
He has the ability to teleport, appearing in different places instantaneously with no visibly shown method as to how. Not unlike actual lizards, Toffee is able to regenerate whole body parts, such as when Star blew his entire left arm off with her wand, only to regenerate it within seconds.
Despite his regenerative abilities, he is still missing his middle finger. It is revealed that it was separated from him with a powerful spell, so perhaps very strong spells can permanently injure him.
According to the verse in the episode "Into the Wand", Toffee is immortal.
After taking over Ludo's body and fusing the wand into his arm, he proves himself to be easily the most powerful threat in the series, his magic being powerful enough to defeat and drain three Magic High Commission (Hekapoo, Rhombulus, and Omnitraxus Prime) members, rendering them either temporarily dead or unconscious and in a coma (although they can be revived). He drained Moon of all her energy forcing Lekmet (the fourth Commission member) to sacrifice himself to restore her.
Once Moon transforms into her winged form to battle Toffee, she is still easily defeated by his giant green energy blade. Even after burying him in rubble, he rises out unscathed and she is forced to recover her defeated teammates and escape.
- "Sometimes your biggest threat is right under your nose."
Role in the series
Toffee was revealed to have murdered Queen Moon's mother because he refused to allow a peace treaty to be signed after the sins they committed during Mewnipendence Day, and even the reign of Queen Solaria whose Solarian Army killed his parents, believing that they cannot simply be repented by a peace treaty, and his family, including his younger brother Coffee, attempt revenge on Star, and even their newfound allies in the Shell Lodge Squad, though Taffee, an off shoot cousin, is a problem of a different catagory. It's also revealed that he is an avatar of the Xexaxez responsible for the destruction of the Mewmans' home dimension who made a deal with him: in return for being it's avatar, he would get revenge against Mewmanity for their crimes, beginning with the murder of Queen Moon's mother, and after losing his finger, he devised a plan to destroy magic, and did so by entering the Realm of Magic and becoming an Antithaumite, a thaumadyte, or being of pure magic, that was instead made of antimagic, quantumized antimatter capable of destroying magic that takes the form of black green slime, resulting in his resurrection in Battle for Mewni and his apparent death from being blasted by Star's powerful new magic form and crushed by Ludo, which only allowed him to regenerate from antimagic sludge and retain the power of Ludo's wand, quickly learn to 'Dip Down', and use his antimagic abilities to finally gain the power to fulfill the Xexaxez's wishes.