Evra Von

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Evra Von
Profession Freak
Gender Male
Species Human/Snake
Relatives Merla (wife)
Shancus (son)
Lilia (daughter)
Urcha (son)
Status Alive
Background Information
Book Universe The Saga of Darren Shan
First Book Appearance Cirque Du Freak
First Movie Appearance Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Acted By Patrick Fugit

Tseng's (TAKO) drawing of Evra
Evra Von from the manga by Takahiro Arai
Evra Von when he is older

Evra Von is a snake boy and a member of The Cirque du Freak.

In the Books[edit]

Evra Von was Darren Shan's first real friend after becoming a vampire and remained a trustworthy ally during Darren's life. He was a 'snake-boy' (his skin was either covered by or made of scales.) He was born to normal parents, though when they saw him, they were horrified, and left him to live at an orphanage. There, he was picked on by the other kids until he was four and was bought by a cruel circus owner. For seven years, he lived there, being abused and neglected, kept in a glass tank, and forced to feel ugly, useless, and freakish. When he was eleven, Mr. Tall came and rescued him by killing his previous "owner." Evra stayed with the Cirque his entire life, and met another freak named Merla, with whom he fell in love. He had three children with Merla (who has detachable ears), named Lilia (a little snake-girl), Shancus (a snake-boy, and named after Darren) and Urcha (the only normal skinned child of Merla and Evra).

Shortly before Mr. Tall's death, the Von home was invaded by R.V. and Morgan. They cut up one of the family's three snakes, and started on a second when they were interrupted by Mr. Tall, Darren, Vancha March and the others. R.V. took young Shancus, who had just turned eight, hostage. Morgan murdered Mr. Tall when he tried to rescue the child, and they escaped with Shancus in tow. They were pursued by Vancha, and led to the old theater where Darren and Steve, who would later become the Vampaneze Lord, first saw the Cirque du Freak perform. Shancus was killed by Steve, despite the fact that Darren had taken Steve's own son, Darius Shan (who later was revealed as Darren's nephew) hostage.

In the Movie[edit]

Evra is not the last act on in the show that Darren saw. He tries to make music but he usually fails. As such, he has a drum kit and electric guitar in his tent. When Darren first joined, he seemed hostile towards him but they later became friends. He also did chores around the Cirque.

Later, when the Vampaneze attacked, Evra got injured and he told Darren where they had taken Rebecca.


Evra was found in a dumpster at the age of 2 days by Mr. Tall. He was then taken on by the Cirque and never knew his parents.