History Characters / HisDarkMaterials

21st Jun '17 7:30:17 PM Eagal
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* MultiversalConqueror: Metatron and his angels. While they apparently do not want to rule physically, they do want to install their religious ideals everywhere. Considering the size of the angelic army in the final book compared to the sheer amount of universes with creatures in them to which the concept of "Religion" is propably very alien (the Mulefa), not to mention that several significant events (such as Jesus being born) may not even have happened in some of them, their prospects are propably not very good, although the books never bring that issue up. They get defeated nonetheless, by a - comparably - small opposing force consisting of locals of "only" a few universes and the final battle of the two armies, while fitted with grand and bombastic visual displays (such as the angelic cloud fortress) seems to be on a smaller scale than World War II and is certainly shorter - hardly worthy of a multiverse-deciding conflict.

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* MultiversalConqueror: Metatron and his angels. While they apparently do not want to rule physically, they do want to install their religious ideals everywhere. Considering the size of the angelic army in the final book compared to the sheer amount of universes with creatures in them to which the concept of "Religion" is propably very alien (the Mulefa), not to mention that several significant events (such as Jesus being born) may not even have happened in some of them, their prospects are propably not very good, although the books never bring that issue up. They get defeated nonetheless, by a - comparably - comparatively small opposing force consisting of locals of "only" a few universes and the final battle of the two armies, while fitted with grand and bombastic visual displays (such as the angelic cloud fortress) seems to be on a smaller scale than World War II and is certainly shorter - hardly worthy of a multiverse-deciding conflict.
2nd Dec '16 7:57:59 PM somebob
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* ParentalAbandonment: In the backstory she was told, her parents died in an airship accident. This was a lie and the real truth was far more complex. Both are alive but do not want her to know they are her parents. [[spoiler: The man she knew as her uncle is actually her father and her mother never contacted her for eleven years and even then didn't tell her the truth.]]


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* FireForgedFriends: With Will and Lyra. Neither Will nor Lyra could ever truly trust them as Salamakia and Tialys were spies for Lord Asriel and had their own mission apart from and in direct opposition to Will and Lyra. The spies saw the kids as annoying and, with Lyra, bratty and a liar. In the end, both pairs had gained the utmost respect for each other.
30th Oct '16 9:15:18 PM dlchen145
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6th Aug '16 1:08:29 PM cherrychels
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* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother at all and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that the Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to the Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from the Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from the Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]

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* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother at all and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that the Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to the Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from the Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from the Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to save their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]
6th Aug '16 12:56:32 PM cherrychels
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* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter. Lyra is her soft spot and Mrs. Coulter does protect her throughout the series but, for the first two books, Mrs. Coulter still does whatever she wants (like performing grisly experiments on her daughters' friends) and only saves ''her''daughter so it's hard call Lyra her MoralityPet. Although, her love for Lyra is what inspires her HeelFaceTurn in the final book of the series.

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* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter. Lyra is her soft spot and Mrs. Coulter does protect her throughout the series but, for the first two books, Mrs. Coulter still does whatever she wants (like performing grisly experiments on her daughters' friends) and only saves ''her''daughter ''her'' daughter so it's hard call Lyra her MoralityPet. Although, her love for Lyra is what inspires her HeelFaceTurn in the final book of the series.
6th Aug '16 12:55:16 PM cherrychels
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* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that the Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to the Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from the Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from the Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]

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* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother at all and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that the Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to the Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from the Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from the Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]



* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter. Lyra is her soft spot and Mrs. Coulter does protect her throughout the series but, for the first two books, Mrs. Coulter still does whatever she wants so it's hard call Lyra her MoralityPet. Although, her love for Lyra is what inspires her HeelFaceTurn in the final book of the series.

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* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter. Lyra is her soft spot and Mrs. Coulter does protect her throughout the series but, for the first two books, Mrs. Coulter still does whatever she wants (like performing grisly experiments on her daughters' friends) and only saves ''her''daughter so it's hard call Lyra her MoralityPet. Although, her love for Lyra is what inspires her HeelFaceTurn in the final book of the series.
6th Aug '16 12:41:21 PM cherrychels
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* HeroicSacrifice: He prevents [[spoiler: the Muscovites (Russians) working for the church]] from getting to John Parry and Lyra by fighting them off from behind a rock until the zeppelin carrying [[spoiler:the Muscovites falls, exploding and killing everyone in its vicinity.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: He prevents [[spoiler: the Muscovites (Russians) working for the church]] Church]] from getting to John Parry and Lyra by fighting them off from behind a rock until the zeppelin carrying [[spoiler:the Muscovites falls, exploding and killing everyone in its vicinity.]]



A woman who hungers for power and seeks to get it by exploiting the hierarchy of the church. While she initially charms and captivates everyone she meets (except for the strongest-willed), a closer look will reveal her absolutely mercenary intentions. In addition to charm (''unnatural'' persuasion abilities) and beauty, she possesses a mind like a razor and no such thing as a "conscience." She may only have one true weakness -- Lyra. Played by Creator/NicoleKidman in the film. Her daemon is a golden monkey that is never named in the books, but is called Ozymandias in the radio play (Pullman doesn't like this name, however).

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A woman who hungers for power and seeks to get it by exploiting the hierarchy of the church.Church. While she initially charms and captivates everyone she meets (except for the strongest-willed), a closer look will reveal her absolutely mercenary intentions. In addition to charm (''unnatural'' persuasion abilities) and beauty, she possesses a mind like a razor and no such thing as a "conscience." She may has only have one true weakness -- - her daughter, Lyra. Played by Creator/NicoleKidman in the film. Her daemon is a golden monkey that is never named in the books, but is called Ozymandias in the radio play (Pullman doesn't like this name, however).



* LoveRedeems: Her love for Lyra is what enables her defect from The Church, successfully lie to Metatron and buy her daughter time to free the ghosts from death. She ultimately sacrifices herself to save Lyra.
* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that The Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to The Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from The Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from The Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]

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* LoveRedeems: Her love for Lyra is what enables her defect from The the Church, successfully lie to Metatron and buy her daughter time to free the ghosts from death. She ultimately sacrifices herself to save Lyra.
* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that The the Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to The the Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from The the Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from The the Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]



* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter, but it's still so small it's hard to call Lyra her MoralityPet.

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* PetTheDog: The affection she develops for her daughter, but it's daughter. Lyra is her soft spot and Mrs. Coulter does protect her throughout the series but, for the first two books, Mrs. Coulter still does whatever she wants so small it's hard to call Lyra her MoralityPet.MoralityPet. Although, her love for Lyra is what inspires her HeelFaceTurn in the final book of the series.
6th Aug '16 12:26:52 PM cherrychels
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* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:As seen below, he's never that obviously close to Lyra - and in fact pretends to be her uncle for most of her life - but he killed Mrs. Coulter's husband to protect her when she was a baby; he removed her from the influence of the Church and placed her at Jordan College to make sure she grows up at least relatively happy and free; the only time he ever really, ''visibly'' loses his cool in the series is when he thinks Lyra's been sent to him as the sacrifice he needs to leave his world; and, in the end, he sacrifices himself with Mrs. Coulter to stop Metatron, so that Lyra will be safe.]]

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* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:As seen below, he's never that obviously close to his daughter, Lyra - and in fact pretends to be her uncle for most of her life - but he killed Mrs. Coulter's husband to protect her when she was a baby; he removed her from the influence of the Church and placed her at Jordan College to make sure she grows up at least relatively happy and free; the only time he ever really, ''visibly'' loses his cool in the series is when he thinks Lyra's been sent to him as the sacrifice he needs to leave his world; and, in the end, he sacrifices himself with and Lyra's mother, Mrs. Coulter Coulter, sacrifice themselves to stop Metatron, so that Lyra will be safe.]]



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: It's suggested that not even angels or souls can escape after falling into the Abyss between worlds. Even death is not an escape. She is trapped in the Abyss, falling forever with Metatron and Lord Asriel, never to leave again.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: It's suggested that not even angels or souls can escape after falling into the Abyss between worlds. Even death is not an escape. She is trapped In their mission to save their daughter, Lyra, Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel defeat Metatron but in doing so, all three of them fall forever through the Abyss, falling forever with Metatron and Lord Asriel, never to leave again.]]



* LoveRedeems: Her love for Lyra is what enables her to successfully lie to Metatron and buy her daughter time to free the ghosts from death.

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* LoveRedeems: Her love for Lyra is what enables her to defect from The Church, successfully lie to Metatron and buy her daughter time to free the ghosts from death.death. She ultimately sacrifices herself to save Lyra.
* MamaBear: Though she's not a very nice mother and enjoys torturing ''other'' children, Mrs. Coulter is protective of her daughter, Lyra, and won't allow anyone to harm her. [[spoiler: Learning that The Church intends to experiment on children alarmed Mrs. Coulter so much that, against her loyalties to The Church, she steps in to protect Lyra from The Church and plucks Lyra from danger each time they pose a threat to her. In The Amber Spyglass, Mrs. Coulter defects from The Church and abandons her power-hungry ambitions to save Lyra. She and Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, ultimately sacrifice themselves to their daughter from the Metatron, who intended to kill her.]]
15th Apr '16 11:11:08 AM Thespian101
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The trilogy's main character. Lyra is a free spirit, an twelve-year-old orphan who has been more-or-less adopted by the bachelor Scholars of Jordan College. Between her hodgepodge education, Lyra roams wild over the College and the streets of Oxford. She is passionate, optimistic, and high-spirited -- a natural leader and a gifted liar. She has a great destiny awaiting her, of which she must remain entirely ignorant -- and it almost seems supernatural how almost everyone who meets her at once likes her and wants to help her.

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The trilogy's main character. Lyra is a free spirit, an a twelve-year-old orphan who has been more-or-less adopted by the bachelor Scholars of Jordan College. Between her hodgepodge education, Lyra roams wild over the College and the streets of Oxford. She is passionate, optimistic, and high-spirited -- a natural leader and a gifted liar. She has a great destiny awaiting her, of which she must remain entirely ignorant -- and it almost seems supernatural how almost everyone who meets her at once likes her and wants to help her.
1st Mar '16 3:49:13 PM vifetoile
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* MeaningfulName: His name means "All-Compassionate" or "All-Forgiving," and he's named [[UsefulNotes/PatronSaints after a saint in the Orthodox church.]]
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