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14th Mar '16 12:30:37 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* {{Agnosticism}}: A refreshingly realistic version. While she is a practitioner of the Elvhen religion, she isn't fully convinced of the existence of any known gods, believing that most religions are just stories that people use to explain the world, and would rather stick with her people's stories rather than the ones that humans try to push on them. However, she doesn't actively ''dis''believe in any gods either; she seems open to the existence of any gods, even if proof of their existence hasn't been made known yet.

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* {{Agnosticism}}: UsefulNotes/{{Agnosticism}}: A refreshingly realistic version. While she is a practitioner of the Elvhen religion, she isn't fully convinced of the existence of any known gods, believing that most religions are just stories that people use to explain the world, and would rather stick with her people's stories rather than the ones that humans try to push on them. However, she doesn't actively ''dis''believe in any gods either; she seems open to the existence of any gods, even if proof of their existence hasn't been made known yet.
9th Mar '16 3:34:27 PM Give1Take2
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** On that note, in party banter Fenris often rips into Merrill for taking "unnecessary risks" with the mirror and demon just to recover scraps of their people's lost lore, rather than appreciating what she has and using her resources to help their people now. Merrill counters that Fenris himself takes unnecessary risks trying to recover more of his past (such as Hadriana's claim [[spoier:about his sister]]), jeopardizing the freedom he worked hard for to recover some of his own lost history.
8th Mar '16 2:29:42 AM NanoMoose
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* {{Agnosticism}}: A refreshingly realistic version. While she is a practitioner of the Elvhen religion, she isn't fully convinced of the existence of any known gods, believing that most religions are just stories that people use to explain the world, and would rather stick with her people's stories rather than the ones that humans try to push on them. However, she doesn't ''dis''believe in any gods either, as she seems open to the existence of any gods, even if proof of their existence hasn't been made known yet.

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* {{Agnosticism}}: A refreshingly realistic version. While she is a practitioner of the Elvhen religion, she isn't fully convinced of the existence of any known gods, believing that most religions are just stories that people use to explain the world, and would rather stick with her people's stories rather than the ones that humans try to push on them. However, she doesn't actively ''dis''believe in any gods either, as either; she seems open to the existence of any gods, even if proof of their existence hasn't been made known yet.



* BadassAdorable: You wouldn't think a klutzy , naive elf could also be a Blood Mage.

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* BadassAdorable: You wouldn't think a klutzy , klutzy, naive elf could also be a Blood Mage.



* BlatantLies: By the DLC she's telling these about Dalish culture purely to be snarky.

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* BlatantLies: By the DLC she's telling these them about Dalish culture purely to be snarky.



** [[spoiler:She's not so plucky in Act III's "A New Path", especially if Hawke doesn't make [[GuideDangIt the exact choice]]. In the worst-case scenario, her entire clan she worked to restore to their former glory will end up dead. Even in the best case scenario, she'll be slightly more brittle for the rest of the game.]]

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** [[spoiler:She's not so plucky in Act III's "A New Path", especially if Hawke doesn't make [[GuideDangIt precisely the exact correct choice]]. In the worst-case scenario, her entire clan she worked to restore to their former glory will end up dead. Even in the best case scenario, she'll be slightly more brittle for the rest of the game.]]



* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Borderline. She uses the same staffs as any other mage character, but has access to Blood Magic and other spell trees that are brutal enough on their own.

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* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Borderline. She uses the same staffs staves as any other mage character, but has access to Blood Magic and other spell trees that are brutal enough on their own.



* {{Pride}}: Merrill's fatal flaw is that she feels she's convinced that she had complete control over her deal with the demon. [[spoiler: It turned out that Merrill would have eventually been tricked into being possessed if it were not for Keeper Marethari.]]

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* {{Pride}}: Merrill's fatal flaw is that she feels she's convinced that she had complete control over her deal with the demon.demon, and understood fully the threat it posed because she'd studied them. [[spoiler: It turned out that Merrill would have eventually been tricked into being possessed if it were not for Keeper Marethari.]]



* WhatHaveIDone: If the rivalry path is pursued, after her Act III quest, [[spoiler: Merrill will destroy the mirror, admitting that her obsession with it is what caused the death of Marethari/her clan. However, on the friendship path she will lament that their lack of understanding is what caused their deaths.]]

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* WhatHaveIDone: If the rivalry path is pursued, after her Act III quest, [[spoiler: Merrill will destroy the mirror, admitting that her obsession with it is what caused the death of Marethari/her clan. However, on the friendship path she will instead lament that their lack of understanding is what caused their deaths.understanding.]]



** However, do not EVER question whether she is going soft on the men under her command and coddling certain individuals (Donnic). When the Templars force you to investigate her on this in Act III, you set out to prove that Donnic is doing the same routes as the other men, if not more dangerous, and most of her men are fighting for their life twice a week to keep Kirkwall safe.

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** However, do not EVER ''ever'' question whether she is going soft on the men under her command and coddling certain individuals (Donnic). When the Templars force you to investigate her on this in Act III, you set out to prove that Donnic is doing the same routes as the other men, if not more dangerous, and most of her men are fighting for their life lives twice a week to keep Kirkwall safe.



* DrillSergeantNasty: Borderline; she trains with each guard individually and makes certain that they know what they are doing. They certainly think that it's TrainingFromHell. If you've been succeeding at her personal quests, she bonds with each of the guards as well, which takes the edge off of it. If not, the guards become more efficient, but Aveline herself will not be well liked.

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* DrillSergeantNasty: Borderline; she trains with each guard individually and makes certain that they know what they are doing. They certainly think that it's TrainingFromHell. If you've been succeeding at her personal quests, she bonds with each of the guards as well, which takes the edge off of it. If not, the guards become more efficient, but Aveline herself will not be well liked.well-liked.



** One of her gifts to Donnic is a copper engraving of marigolds. Odd enough to get a man a picture of flowers, but in traditional floriography, marigolds represent ''grief and cruelty'' - pretty much the ''last'' sentiment you'd want to express to a man you're hoping to court!

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** One of her gifts to Donnic is a copper engraving of marigolds. Odd enough to get a man (and specifically a watchman, who'd you think would be a practical type) a picture of flowers, but in traditional floriography, marigolds represent ''grief and cruelty'' - pretty much the ''last'' sentiment you'd want to express to a man you're hoping to court!cruelty''. Whoops.



* BadassGrandpa: According to the timeline, Dog must be in or near his double digits by the game's final act, which is quite old by dog standards. This doesn't stop his badassery in the slightest.

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* BadassGrandpa: According to the timeline, Dog must be in or near his double digits by the game's final act, which is quite old by dog standards. This doesn't stop his badassery in the slightest. Could be a Mabari trait.



** He's not immune to his own recriminations; a late-game line all but spells out that he believes he's been corrupted and spoiled by magic and regards himself with loathing.



* [[spoiler:DoNotCallMePaul]]: His response to [[spoiler: his sister calling him by his real name at the end of "Alone" after he finds out she betrayed him]] is an angry "Stop calling me that!".

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* [[spoiler:DoNotCallMePaul]]: DoNotCallMePaul: His response to [[spoiler: his sister calling him by his real name at the end of "Alone" after he finds out she betrayed him]] is an angry "Stop calling me that!".



** Actually, of particular note of this trope is Anders. Unlike Merrill, the two rarely have a conversation that doesn't end verging on violence. [[spoiler: Even during his Act III quest, Anders is the only one to give Friendship points for selling him out to Danarius. Contrast that with Merrill being on the verge of tears.]] Even if you don't [[spoiler: give Fenris back to Danarius]], he'll call Fenris a "bloody hyprocrite" and says he's just jealous when our dark and broody elf learns [[spoiler: his sister is a mage,]] even though Fenris likely didn't have any idea.

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** Actually, of particular note of this trope is Anders. Unlike Merrill, the two rarely have a conversation that doesn't end verging on violence. [[spoiler: Even during his Act III quest, Anders is the only one to give Friendship points for selling him out to Danarius. Contrast that with Merrill being on the verge of tears.]] Even if you don't [[spoiler: give Fenris back to Danarius]], he'll call Fenris a "bloody hyprocrite" hypocrite" and says he's just jealous when our dark and broody elf learns [[spoiler: his sister is a mage,]] even though Fenris likely didn't have any idea.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite his hatred of most mages, when Sebastian brings up the idea of turning in Merrill and Anders, Fenris angrily refuses to betray Hawke's friends and, by extension, Hawke.
* FantasticRacism: He believes that all mages, no matter their intentions, will eventually become power-hungry maniacs unless constantly controlled. [[spoiler:If Hawke sides with the mages in "The Final Straw," Fenris will turn against them unless he has been permanently locked in as a friend or rival or if Hawke calls him on the hypocrisy of supporting the enslavement of mages.]] With a high Friendship, [[CharacterDevelopment Fenris can move a little past this in regards to mages]]. He admits in conversations with both Hawke (particularly a Mage Hawke) and Anders in the third act that there are a few mages who are strong enough that they have proven that they do not require the Circle's supervision, pointing out Bethany or a Mage Hawke as a specific example.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite his hatred of most mages, and his intense and mutual dislike of Anders, when Sebastian brings up the idea of turning in him or Merrill and Anders, in, Fenris angrily refuses to betray Hawke's friends and, by extension, Hawke.
* FantasticRacism: He believes suspects that all mages, no matter their intentions, will eventually become power-hungry maniacs unless constantly controlled. [[spoiler:If Hawke sides with the mages in "The Final Straw," Fenris will turn against them unless he has been permanently locked in as a friend or rival or if Hawke calls him on the hypocrisy of supporting the enslavement of mages.]] With a high Friendship, [[CharacterDevelopment Fenris can move a little past this in regards to mages]]. He admits in conversations with both Hawke (particularly a Mage Hawke) and Anders in the third act that there are a few mages who are strong enough that they have proven that they do not require the Circle's supervision, pointing out Bethany or a Mage Hawke as a specific example.



* FreudianExcuse: His pretty horrifying life as a slave, as well as the fact that this is quite literally [[IdentityAmnesia all he knows]], explains quite a bit of his antisocial tendencies.
** He often snaps at Merrill because she's a (rather naive) Blood Mage, leading to some [[{{Jerkass}} nasty]] moments, especially after her personal quests. But, if you pay attention to some of their conversations, he has [[GreenEyedMonster his reasons]]:

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* FreudianExcuse: His pretty horrifying life as a slave, as well as the fact that this is it was quite literally [[IdentityAmnesia all he knows]], knew]], explains quite a bit few of his antisocial tendencies.
** He often snaps at Merrill because she's a (rather naive) Blood Mage, leading to some [[{{Jerkass}} nasty]] moments, especially after her personal quests. But, But if you pay attention to some of their conversations, he has [[GreenEyedMonster his reasons]]:reasons]] become clear:



* MoreThanMindControl: By his own words, a slave does not dream of freedom but thinks only of satisfying his master. Fenris's initial escape had been an accident, not deliberate, and even after months spent outside of his master's influence, upon his return it felt unthinkable for him to do anything but obey. Danarius also claims that Fenris had once felt affection for him. Of course, it bears remembering that he's a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Tevinter Magister]].

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* MoreThanMindControl: By his own words, a slave does not dream of freedom but thinks only of satisfying his master. Fenris's initial escape had been an accident, not deliberate, and even after months spent outside of his master's influence, upon his return it felt unthinkable for him to do anything but obey. Danarius also claims that Fenris had once felt affection for him. Of course, it bears remembering that he's Danarius is a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Tevinter Magister]].



* MusclesAreMeaningless: Very wiry and slender, and uses double-handed weapons that are sometimes bigger than he is with ease. A few of the cutscenes also show off his physical strength as he can [[NeckSnap snap necks]] and toss around human adults with no trouble. Granted, the lyrium under his skin is said to have something to do with this.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Very wiry and slender, and uses double-handed weapons that are sometimes bigger than he is with ease. A few of the cutscenes also show off his physical strength as he can [[NeckSnap snap necks]] and toss around human adults with no trouble. Granted, the lyrium under his skin is said appears to have something to do with this.also augment his strength and he mentions intense physical training.



** Some PartyBanter implies they have a slight glow, visible through clothing, even when he isn't using his powers. Varric thinks this is "kind of cool."

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** Some PartyBanter implies suggests they have a slight glow, visible through clothing, even when he isn't using his powers. Varric thinks this is "kind of cool."



* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory:]] Heavily implied in dialogue, and WordOfGod confirms it. This puts Isabela's "glistening" joke in Act II in a rather unfortunate light. He seems to take it rather well though, all things considered.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the stereotypical roleplayer's "first D&D character," being a brooding, sexy lone wolf, too-hardcore magical elf ninja with a dark past, a bad attitude, and special rage powers who might as well be wielding a katana and seems inspired by an overindulgence in juvenile shonen manga and cheap fantasy literature. Not only does the story go to great lengths to show just how "uncool" this type of character really is (yes, you can go on an awesome, bloody revenge spree against the people who ruined your life... [[AndThenWhat but then what?]]), it constantly and deliberately pokes fun at it and the more it develops, the more does Fenris' character grow beyond its roots into a more well-rounded and sympathetic one. Bonus points for showing that as he does that, he naturally becomes more comfortable around others, eventually coming to genuinely like spending time with his friends and even fooling around a bit rather than spending all of his time looking "dark and aloof".
* RevengeBeforeReason: Most obviously during his Act II personal quest, where he kills a hired sword after [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogating him]], and then kills Hadriana despite promising not to kill the latter in return for information about his past. Neither of these people were exactly innocent (Hadriana may have even [[KickTheSonOfABitch deserved it]]), but he still killed them after it was obvious they were no longer a threat to him. He also yells at Hawke if they try to call him out on it. To his credit, he does clearly regret his behavior, and he goes to Hawke to apologize later.

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* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory:]] RapeAsBackstory: Heavily implied in dialogue, and WordOfGod confirms it. This puts Isabela's "glistening" joke in Act II in a rather unfortunate light. He seems to take it rather well though, all things considered.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the stereotypical roleplayer's "first D&D character," being a brooding, sexy lone wolf, too-hardcore magical elf ninja with a dark past, a bad attitude, and special rage powers who might as well be wielding a katana and seems inspired by an overindulgence in juvenile shonen manga and cheap fantasy literature. Not only does the story go to great lengths to show just how "uncool" this type of character really is (yes, you can go on an awesome, bloody revenge spree against the people who ruined your life... [[AndThenWhat but then what?]]), what?]] "Broody, violent and aloof" also isn't much fun to be around, so good luck making friends when you need them), it constantly and deliberately pokes fun at it and the more it develops, the more does Fenris' character grow beyond its roots into a more well-rounded and sympathetic one. Bonus points for showing that as he does that, he naturally becomes more comfortable around others, eventually coming to genuinely like spending time with his friends and even fooling around a bit rather than spending all of his time looking "dark and aloof".
* RevengeBeforeReason: Most obviously during his Act II personal quest, where he kills a hired sword after [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogating him]], and then kills Hadriana despite promising not to kill the latter in return for information about his past. Neither of these people were exactly innocent (Hadriana may have even [[KickTheSonOfABitch deserved it]]), but he still killed them after it was obvious they were no longer a threat to him. He also yells at Hawke if they try to call him out on it. To his credit, he does clearly regret his behavior, and he goes to Hawke to apologize later. He even claims he genuinely intended to let Hadriana go, and was ashamed that he gave into his hatred when he thought he'd moved past it.



* [[spoiler: SexSlave]]: Although his primary purpose was to be Danarius' bodyguard/living weapon, WordOfGod confirms that he was also this.

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* [[spoiler: SexSlave]]: SexSlave: Although his primary purpose was to be Danarius' bodyguard/living weapon, WordOfGod confirms that he was also this.served in such a capacity.



-->'''Fenris:''' [''scars glowing''] Shut your mouth, [[spoiler:Danarius]]!\\
[[spoiler:Danarius]] [''frustrated sigh''] The word is "master."

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-->'''Fenris:''' [''scars glowing''] ''(scars glowing)'' Shut your mouth, [[spoiler:Danarius]]!\\
[[spoiler:Danarius]] [''frustrated sigh''] [[spoiler:'''Danarius''']] ''(frustrated sigh)'' The word is "master."



* WhatHaveIDone: The incident that prompted him to run away from Danarius [[spoiler:when he killed the Fog Warriors, who had rescued and cared for him, on Danarius' orders.]] He says at first it wasn't Danarius he was running from.

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* WhatHaveIDone: The incident that prompted him to run away from Danarius [[spoiler:when he killed the Fog Warriors, who had rescued and cared for him, on Danarius' orders.]] orders]]. He says at first it wasn't Danarius he was running from.



** [[spoiler: Hawke can also call him out on his hypocrisy concerning keeping mages captive during the end-game and get him to turn his back on supporting Meredith. It says something about how much he respects Hawke, considering how Anders has been browbeating him about that particular issue since Act I.]]
** He himself will be furious at Hawke if they choose [[spoiler: to take Orana as a slave.]] Be particularly blase about it and he'll [[PardonMyKlingon curse at Hawke in Tevinter]] and [[SpitefulSpit spit at the ground]] before storming off.[[note]]He's quickly mollified if you tell him you intend to pay her.[[/note]]

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** [[spoiler: Hawke can also call him out on his hypocrisy concerning keeping mages captive during the end-game and get him to turn his back on supporting Meredith. It says something about how much he respects Hawke, considering how Anders has been browbeating him about that particular issue since Act I.I (or possibly about how much he dislikes Anders).]]
** He himself will be furious at Hawke if they choose [[spoiler: to take Orana as a slave.]] Be particularly blase blasé about it and he'll [[PardonMyKlingon curse at Hawke in Tevinter]] and [[SpitefulSpit spit at the ground]] before storming off.[[note]]He's quickly mollified and even a little ashamed of his outburst if you tell him you intend to pay her.[[/note]]



* BiTheWay: Dialogue indicates that in his youth he slept with both men and women. Despite his bisexuality, he will only allow a female Hawke to romance him, assumably because of his role in the Chantry (The Chantry allows brothers and sisters of the order to marry chastely but wont allow same-sex marriages).

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* BiTheWay: Dialogue indicates that in his youth he slept with both men and women. Despite his bisexuality, he will only allow a female Hawke to romance him, assumably because of presumably due his role in the Chantry (The Chantry allows brothers noble background (nobles, speaking generally, could usually do whatever - and sisters of the order to marry chastely whoever - they liked as long as it was discreet, but wont allow same-sex marriages).when it came to stuff in paperwork and ceremony, securing primogeniture and power absolutely overrode personal desire).



* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With Churchmen]]: He's not always completely blind to the Chantry's faults - just most of the time. And especially when he's talking to Anders.

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* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With Churchmen]]: He's not always ''always'' completely blind to the Chantry's faults - just faults. Just most of the time. And especially when he's talking to Anders.



** ChastityCouple: If a female Hawke pursues him and is in a friendship with him, they become this.

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** ChastityCouple: If a female Hawke pursues him and is in a friendship with him, they become this.exchange vows but don't break Sebastian's own vow of chastity.



* [[spoiler: HappilyMarried: If ''Legacy'' is played after his last "Questioning Beliefs" scene in Act III, it's revealed that he and a F!Hawke who romanced him as a friend are this. And no, she doesn't care about the lack of sex, though Sarcastic-Hawke will tease him about it. He's the only companion Hawke can actually marry before the end of the game.]]

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* [[spoiler: HappilyMarried: If ''Legacy'' is played after his last "Questioning Beliefs" scene in Act III, it's revealed that he and a F!Hawke who romanced him as a friend are this. tied the knot. And no, she doesn't care about mind the lack of sex, chastity bit, though Sarcastic-Hawke will tease him about it. He's the only companion Hawke can actually marry before the end of the game.]]



* HeroWorshipper: He never has anything but praise for the Grey Wardens. He leaps at the chance to help them in Nathaniel's sidequest, and is almost a fanboy in ''Legacy''. He'll even support [[spoiler: Janeka's plan to utilise Corypheus using forbidden magic.]]

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* HeroWorshipper: He never has anything but praise for the Grey Wardens. He leaps at the chance to help them in Nathaniel's sidequest, and is almost a fanboy in ''Legacy''. He'll even support [[spoiler: Janeka's plan to utilise Corypheus using forbidden magic.]]]] The only Grey Warden he dislikes is Anders, and even that might have started because Anders ''left'' the Wardens and has a dim view of the order.



* {{Hypocrite}}: After spending most of the game letting go of his bitterness, both at his family and their murderers, and scolding other party members for letting revenge take over their lives, he swears [[spoiler: to build up an army and promises to kill everybody in Kirkwall]] if you spare [[spoiler: Anders, to avenge Elthina. A pacifist. Who previously refused to leave the city specifically to protect the people of the city. And who had ''consistently urged him not to seek revenge''.]] CompletelyMissingThePoint indeed...

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* {{Hypocrite}}: After spending most of the game letting go of his bitterness, both at his family and their murderers, and scolding other party members for letting revenge take over their lives, he swears [[spoiler: to build up an army and promises to kill everybody in Kirkwall]] if you spare [[spoiler: Anders, to avenge Elthina. A pacifist. Who previously refused to leave the city specifically to protect the people of the city. And who had ''consistently urged him not to seek revenge''.]] CompletelyMissingThePoint indeed...DramaticallyMissingThePoint, little prince...
25th Feb '16 4:24:01 PM PocketFox
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** Actually, of particular note of this trope is Anders. Unlike Merrill, the two rarely have a conversation that doesn't end verging on violence. [[spoiler: Even during his Act III quest, Anders is the only one to give Friendship points for selling him out to Danarius. Contrast that with Merrill being on the verge of tears.]] Even if you don't [[spoiler: give Fenris back to Danarius]], he'll call Fenris a "bloody hyprocrite" and says he's just jealous when our dark and broody elf learns [[spoiler: his sister is a mage.]]

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** Actually, of particular note of this trope is Anders. Unlike Merrill, the two rarely have a conversation that doesn't end verging on violence. [[spoiler: Even during his Act III quest, Anders is the only one to give Friendship points for selling him out to Danarius. Contrast that with Merrill being on the verge of tears.]] Even if you don't [[spoiler: give Fenris back to Danarius]], he'll call Fenris a "bloody hyprocrite" and says he's just jealous when our dark and broody elf learns [[spoiler: his sister is a mage.]]mage,]] even though Fenris likely didn't have any idea.
24th Feb '16 6:56:14 AM outlander2012
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* HiddenDepths: Is surprisingly fluent in Qunlat and Qunari customs (to the point he actually manages to impress the Arishok if he is in the party on their first meeting).


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* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Expresses this to Hawke [[spoiler: just before the final battle if he is a friend]].
-->'''Fenris''': You're a good friend, the only one I've ever had. It will be an honor to fight at your side.
23rd Feb '16 9:20:52 PM Give1Take2
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* FantasticRacism: A much more subtle and realistic (and likely unintentional) example than most, but she doesn't see any issue with elves being segregated into [[FantasticGhetto impoverished ghettos]], nor elves being forced to sleep in stables and out-buildings (like farm animals) in towns too small to fit an alienage, and seems mildly surprised when Merrill (an elven companion) gets upset to hear it.

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* FantasticRacism: A much more subtle and realistic (and likely unintentional) example than most, but she doesn't see any issue with elves being segregated into [[FantasticGhetto impoverished ghettos]], nor elves being forced to sleep in stables and out-buildings (like (just like farm animals) in towns too small to fit an alienage, and seems mildly surprised when Merrill (an elven companion) gets upset to hear it.


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* ShutUpHannibal: Gives a rather spectacular one to [[spoiler:Danarius]] when he starts in on a HannibalLecture in his final personal quest.
-->'''Fenris:''' [''scars glowing''] Shut your mouth, [[spoiler:Danarius]]!\\
[[spoiler:Danarius]] [''frustrated sigh''] The word is "master."


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* VillainsNeverLie: Averted for Hadriana, played straight for Danarius. While Fenris is understandably skeptical of Hadriana's information on his "sister" [[spoiler:which he spends years cautiously looking into to make sure it's true]], he and the party take Danarius' [[spoiler:and Fenris' sister's]] claim that [[spoiler:Fenris had ''competed'' for his lyrium markings]] at face value.
15th Feb '16 12:08:34 PM JustTroper
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* BarefootLoon: See CloudCuckoolander and DoesNotLikeShoes.
8th Feb '16 1:39:19 PM Scabbard
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Initially, her venture into [[spoiler: cleansing the shard]] had her approach the Keeper so they could pool their healing magic together, as in the first game the Keeper's unamplified magic was enough to [[spoiler: weaken Mahariel's taint]]. When the Keeper refused, and seeing that she had no lyrium to work with, she turned to the [[spoiler: a Demon trapped inside a statue and sundered from the Fade, asking it to teach her the basics of blood magic, in order to have the means to cleanse the shard]] and reclaim some of her people's history. She does not come into contact with [[spoiler: the spirit]] again and builds her own Eluvian from scratch, but is still using blood magic which many consider a dangerous road. She is aware that these actions might harm herself, but her inability to comprehend that the consequences will likely hurt others as well sometimes crosses over into denial.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Initially, her venture into [[spoiler: cleansing the shard]] had her approach the Keeper so they could pool their healing magic together, as in the first game the Keeper's unamplified magic was enough to [[spoiler: weaken Mahariel's taint]]. When the Keeper refused, and seeing that she had no lyrium to work with, she turned to the [[spoiler: a Demon trapped inside a statue and sundered from the Fade, asking it to teach her the basics of blood magic, in order to have the means to cleanse the shard]] and reclaim some of her people's history. She does not come into contact with [[spoiler: the spirit]] again and builds her own Eluvian from scratch, but is still using blood magic which many consider a dangerous road. She is aware that these actions might harm herself, but her inability to comprehend that the consequences will likely hurt others as well sometimes crosses over into denial.
28th Jan '16 4:41:18 PM system
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28th Jan '16 12:06:18 PM Xilizhra
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* FatalFlaw: Merrill's is that she doesn't understand that her actions have consequences that she cannot completely control, and those consequences may not stop with her - she's aware that she runs the risk of becoming an abomination, and on some occasions she even makes sure to have someone on hand to [[ShootTheDog kill her]] if that should happen, but she rarely seems to consider the potential collateral damage if she were to become possessed or let a demon loose on the world, and can't remotely grasp that others such as Hawke and Marethari would rather put themselves at risk than let her die. Yet, because she believes she fully understands and accepts the risks of what she's doing, she refuses to listen to warnings or criticism. [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly, the Demon she summoned to help her fix the Eluvian, as well as the Demon that causes her to temporarily [[OutOfCharacterMoment turn on Hawke]] whilst they are in the Fade, in both instances are revealed to be ''{{Pride}}'' Demons.]]



* HappilyAdopted: By Keeper Marethari, as per the Dalish tradition of moving magically-gifted children between the clans to distribute them evenly amongst clans that need them, but by the start of the game their relationship has gotten strained due to the blood magic and demon summoning.

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* HappilyAdopted: By Keeper Marethari, as per the Dalish tradition of moving magically-gifted children between the clans to distribute them evenly amongst clans that need them, but by the start of the game their relationship has gotten strained due to the blood magic and demon summoning.strained.



* NeverMyFault: She appears to have this attitude, as shown in her final personal quest. In the scene where Merrill [[spoiler: mourns the Keeper's death]], a large amount of rivalry points can be gained if Hawke chastises her for not listening to the Keeper instead of saying that the Keeper was foolish for not believing in her.
** Another example is when confronted by the hunters after the [[spoiler: Keeper's death]], the same amount of rivalry points are gained if the option to take responsibility for what she had done was chosen, rather than the other two options which would make Hawke indicate that she's blameless for what had happened.
** Basically, Merrill will show great disapproval whenever Hawke will say something that indicates that what happens to her clan is of her own doing, directly or indirectly. This is subverted if a full rivalry with her is achieved, however, as she will say that it is her fault that the Keeper [[spoiler: or even her whole clan died]].



* {{Pride}}: Merrill's fatal flaw is that she feels she's convinced that she had complete control over her deal with the demon. [[spoiler: It turned out that Merrill would have eventually been tricked into being possessed if it were not for Keeper Marethari.]]
%% ** Except for a Pride Demon to possess Marethari, she must have been prideful and Merrill did not express any Pride at all. She expressed Desire. She wanted the Mirror fixed. She simply wanted. It was Marethari that refused to leave Merrill's side and continuing trying to thwart Merrill. Merrill was the only character who treated Audacity with caution, but the spirit had to be getting pride from somewhere. Marethari was the one who who refused to see herself as wrong and refused to leave Sundermount with her clan. [[spoiler: Then, in DA:I you see Merrill's eluvian in the crossroads so Merrill was right all along.]]



* SelectiveObliviousness: Her attitude towards demons and blood magic crosses over into this frequently. She states, (and even demonstrates), that she understands the risks... yet is surprised when people ask/demand that she stop, and doesn't seem to understand why others might view ''her'' as dangerous.
%% ** Subverted in Inquisition, in that Merrill was correct. Demons and Spirits are one and the same, and Blood Magic may be dangerous but one has to express caution when using it. They can be perverted into being worse by human emotion and can be handled if one expresses caution like Merrill did. She just did not account for Keeper Marethari who shown too much Pride that she may have been wrong.



* ToughLove: [[spoiler: The only way to get Merrill to understand how her actions affect others, and break the Eluvian, is to have a full rivalry with her]].



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Initially, her venture into [[spoiler: cleansing the shard]] had her approach the Keeper so they could pool their healing magic together, as in the first game the Keeper's unamplified magic was enough to [[spoiler: weaken Mahariel's taint]]. When the Keeper refused, and seeing that she had no lyrium to work with, she turned to the [[spoiler: a Demon trapped inside a statue and sundered from the Fade, asking it to teach her the basics of blood magic, in order to have the means to cleanse the shard]] and reclaim some of her people's history. She does not come into contact with [[spoiler: the spirit]] again and builds her own Eluvian from scratch, but is still using blood magic which many consider a dangerous road. She is aware that these actions might harm herself, but her inability to comprehend that the consequences will likely hurt others as well sometimes crosses over into denial.
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