History Characters / Temeraire

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* MeaningfulRename: After she [[spoiler: returns to the Tswana]] she prefers to be called Lethabo.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: In-universe. Westerners have a hard time telling his ethnicity other than that he's not white. Laurence at first mistakes him for Chinese due to his brown skin and dark hair and eyes, but decides he probably isn't because he doesn't have epicanthic folds.



* MrFanservice: Tharkay, very much so. A [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], mixed-race wanderer with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]], who trains birds of prey, speaks several languages and had some HoYay with the main male character? Checks all the boxes.

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* MrFanservice: Tharkay, very much so. A [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], mixed-race wanderer with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]], who trains birds of prey, speaks several languages and had has some HoYay with the main male character? Checks all the boxes.boxes.
* ParrotPetPosition: He keeps birds of prey (an eagle and later a kestrel) and often puts them on his shoulder. (RuleOfCool applies here, as in real life it would probably immediately peck out his eyes.)
* TheSnarkKnight: He's a smart dude who's justifiably weary of other people (specifically Englishmen) and social institutions, which he lets on through a heavy dose of sardonicism. He's much more noble than he lets on, though.



* LadyLooksLikeADude: While none of the female aviators are particularly feminine, Harcourt is the only one who, post-puberty, still passes for a young boy without close inspection.



'''Jane Roland'''\\
Captain of the Longwing Excidium. Roland serves as the ReasonableAuthorityFigure for the Aerial Corps. She and Laurence developed an informal romantic relationship, which grows increasingly complicated by outside events.

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'''Jane Roland'''\\
'''Augustine Little'''\\
Captain of the Longwing Excidium. Roland serves as the ReasonableAuthorityFigure for the Aerial Corps. She and Laurence developed an informal romantic relationship, which grows increasingly complicated by outside events.Immortalis.



* TheQuietOne: He doesn't talk much, which makes him almost TheGenericGuy in the first half of the series. Laurence describes him as having a poetic, dreamy air, often lost in his own world.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: He's having a liaison with Granby. This isn't hinted at at all before it's mentioned.]]

'''Chenery'''\\
Captain of Dulcia.
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Seems to be very close to Little; [[spoiler: although the "heterosexual" part doesn't apply to Little.]]
* {{Keet}}: One of the younger captains, energetic and nearly constantly cheerful.

'''Jane Roland'''\\
Captain of the Longwing Excidium. Roland serves as the ReasonableAuthorityFigure for the Aerial Corps. She and Laurence developed an informal romantic relationship, which grows increasingly complicated by outside events.
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Promoted to Temeraire's 2nd Lt. in ''Throne of Jade'' and 1st Lt. in ''Black Powder War'' after Granby becomes Iskierka's captain. Gets dismissed from the Corps in ''Victory of Eagles'', a scapegoat for [[spoiler:Laurence's treason]]. As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he follows Lawrence around the world.

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Promoted to Temeraire's 2nd Lt. in ''Throne of Jade'' and 1st Lt. in ''Black Powder War'' after Granby becomes Iskierka's captain. Gets dismissed from the Corps in ''Victory of Eagles'', a scapegoat for [[spoiler:Laurence's treason]]. As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he follows Lawrence Laurence around the world.



* DrowningMySorrows: In ''Crucible of Gold'', Lawrence notices his face bears the tell-tale marks of a heavy drinker. Fortunately, he gets better.

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* DrowningMySorrows: In ''Crucible of Gold'', Lawrence Laurence notices his face bears the tell-tale marks of a heavy drinker. Fortunately, he gets better.better.
* FieryRedhead: Inverted. He's got auburn hair, but temperamentally he's gentle (barring battle) and soft-spoken.



* SkilledButNaive: He's a competent aviator but his lack of experience occasionally causes problems in a position of command. When Granby is injured in "Throne of Jade" and Ferris as second lieutenant becomes responsible for keeping the crew in line, he has no idea how to stop the aviators from arguing with the sailors; later on, once Granby becomes Iskierka's captain, Laurence worries that his youth will be an issue in a position of command (he's nineteen at this point.)




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* TookALevelInCynic: When he reappears in "Crucible of Gold", he seems significantly more cynical (it's possible he sees the British government as a BrokenPedestal for what they did to him.)



* PutOnABus: He's [[spoiler: transferred to the quieter Edinburgh covert after his grief over Obversaria begins to affect his health, and we don't hear from him again.]]



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A direct inversion. He's got golden hair which the dragons admire (even Temeraire admits it's quite nice to look at) but he's also a selfish jerk.




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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides his attitude towards how dragons ought to be treated, there's also his classism towards the other aviators, his racism towards Tharkay and Demane in the sixth book, and possibly sexism judging by some aspects of his interactions with Harcourt in the first book.
* RichBitch: Male example. A lot of his attitude comes from upper-class entitlement.




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** In "League of Dragons, after [[spoiler: Dobrozhnov shoots early during the duel and wounds Laurence]], Hammond's reaction is to coldly propose they ''fight to the death.'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It's touching, in a weird way.]]


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'''Hannah Erasmus/Lethabo'''\\
Wife of the preacher Mr. Erasmus, who along with her husband accompanied Laurence on the Allegiance in "Empire of Ivory." She was formerly a slave, kidnapped from the Tswana people as a child. [[spoiler: After her husband is killed, she decides to stay with the Tswana with her children.]] We later see her [[spoiler: in SOuth America working to send escaped slaves to live with the Tswana.]]
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* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler: Decides to stay with the Tswana instead of going back to England, feeling she and her children will have a better life there.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: A mild-mannered wife of a priest, who ends up [[spoiler: helping Laurence and co. escape captivity and then helps return escaped slaves to the Tswana tribe, despite resistance from the Portuguese government.]]
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*MedievalStasis: Unlike other dragons, has perceived how unlikely things are to remain as they are. She points that that guns were invented, and they have gotten better over centuries, and believes that in the future humans will make a cannon that can kill a Regal Copper in flight with a single shot--and then where will dragons be?



* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]]: At twenty, Churki is relatively young in dragon years, and for a heavyweight, hasn't come of age yet to be responsible for her own ayllu. Yet she's a veteran soldier and an excellent tactician that can adapt to any given conflict in any situation. She, like her mother, regards the Napoleonic Wars [[SillyReasonForWar as silly and childish]]. In addition, her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.

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* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]]: At twenty, Churki is relatively young in dragon years, and for a heavyweight, hasn't come of age yet to be responsible for her own ayllu. Yet she's a veteran soldier and an excellent tactician that can adapt to any given conflict in any situation. She, like her mother, regards the Napoleonic Wars [[SillyReasonForWar as silly and childish]]. In addition, while they remain in South America her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.



'''Vosyem'''\\
The most prominent of the heavyweight Russian dragons encountered by Temeraire. She is brutal, ruthless, savage, lacks any empathy even for other dragons, and greedy. She is also enormous, covered in bony armor plating, and a very deadly fighter.

*Badass: As much as Temeraire finds the Russian heavyweights disagreeable, he has to admit that they, and in particular Vosyem, are ''very'' good at fighting.
*TheBigGuy: Russians have three sizes of dragon: lightweights (who work as couriers, or serve larger dragons in the coverts if they want to get fed), "flyweights" (used by the Cossack irregulars, slightly larger than the Chinese Jade Dragons), and heavyweights. They have almost no use for middleweights and, indeed, have a very different scale, so much so that Temeraire, indisputably considered a heavyweight from book 1, is casually referred to as a "middleweight" by a Russian officer. Though they never meet or serve together so no direct comparison is made in the text, Vosyem is probably as big as or bigger than Maximus or even Kulingile.
*{{Greed}}: About the only thing that can control Vosyem (and most of the Russian heavyweights) is their desire for treasure of all sorts, and the better they fight, the more they're given, which they guard jealously against all other dragons. Much of it is worthless, brass or similar, but as long as it's shiny, they're content.
*HeelFaceDoorSlam: At first, Temeraire's behavior during the French retreat making him rich, and his subsequent overtures to them ) inviting them to dinner where they are all given prizes and lavish food), seem to have an effect on the Russian heavyweights--they're all more willing to behave and follow his orders if it means treasure. But Vosyem quickly shows that she hasn't really changed when [[spoiler:a carrying-strap becomes uncomfortable, so she simply tears it off and lets the three hundred men she was carrying plummet to their death]].
*ImAHumanitarian: Many Russian dragons, Vosyem among them, do not seem to see humans as people in the same way as dragons of other nations do, and require far less extremity to consider eating people than other dragons would.
*ItsAllAboutMe: ''Iskierka'' would likely call her selfish.
*JerkAss: Yes. Vosyem lacks even affection for her captain or officers, and Russian dragons (aside from those used by the Cossacks, who have a more a traditional relationship with their beasts) will gladly fight on even if their crew are captured.
*MeaningfulName: A stealth example. Vosyem is an Anglicization of the Cyrillic восемь, Russian for the number eight. This allows readers who know this to infer how Russians think of dragons.

'''Grig'''\\

*BlueAndOrangeMorality: Even more than other dragons with odd notions (whether by human or Temeraire's standards), Grig and the Russian lightweights have developed a strange code about how dragons are supposed to behave. They don't judge Temeraire or the Chinese dragons for their behavior, being more curious about how they act differently; their own standard of behavior is more about how they, not being very valued by Russian humans, can manage to survive.
*Omniglot: Unusually for a western dragon, Grig and the other Russian lightweights [[spoiler:(the ones used as spies, anyway)]] are very good with languages even after becoming adults.
*TheTrickster: A relatively harmless variant. Grig is far more subtle and manipulative than he first seems.
*WoundedGazelleGambit: Played with. Grig and his fellow lightweights really are mistreated, but they're not nearly as bad-off as they pretend, or as other Russian dragons--their [[spoiler:facility as spies makes them too useful to grind down like the other Russian dragons]].



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once farsighted and impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed. She has an aversion for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once patient and farsighted and yet impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed.self-possessed and almost amoral yet with a strong sense of ethics. She has an aversion for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.


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* RedOniBlueOni: Calmly debates the advantages of tyranny with the fiercely democracy-loving Perscitia.
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* PutOnABus: Takes a volley of cannon fire to the back from a French ambush. He survives, but his convalescence takes him out of action for the rest of the book.

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* PutOnABus: Takes a volley of cannon fire to the back from a French ambush. He survives, but his convalescence takes him out of action for the rest of the book.series. (Given his age and experience he may have been offered an early retirement.)



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once farsighted and impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed. She has no love for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once farsighted and impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed. She has no love an aversion for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.
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'''Dyhern'''\\
Introduced in ''Black Powder War'', Dyhern is a Prussian officer who works closely with Laurence, and while Dyhern is at first a little condescending to what he sees as a lack of British discipline, events conspire to change his opinion.


*MildlyMilitary: Along with the rest of the Prussians, inverts this hard; the Prussians are seen, at least by Laurence, as the embodiment of proper military discipline and bravery. Indeed, it is this adherence to classical training and tactics that makes it possible for Napoleon's unconventional maneuvers to overwhelm them.
*TakeAThirdOption: Coaxes a young Russian peasant girl to marry him as opposed to kindly if somewhat disgraced Ferris, who isn't certain he really wants to marry her; or the scummy Russian nobleman, who clearly plans on using her for his own desires before leaving her. He apologizes to Ferris for swooping in as he did, but notes that Ferris is still young and still has many chances ahead of him; Dyhern is an older officer.
*UndyingLoyalty: Though he escapes captivity, and works against Napoleon's interests in Russia, Dyhern is despondent from Eroica's uncertain fate and Prussia's crushing defeat. Apparently inspired by Laurence and Temeraire not having given up the fight, he agrees to go along with them to fight Napoleon's invasion of Russia--and then when finally reunited with Eroica thanks to Temeraire's actions, it's clear he considers them all friends for life.


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'''Eroica'''\\
A huge Prussian dragon and formation-leader. An exemplar of how Prussian military discipline and confidence applies even to their aerial corps, Eroica finds himself captured when the Chinese-derived tactics of Napoleon roll over the disciplined Prussians in ''Black Powder War''.

*BadassArmy: Played with. The Prussians are seen, at least by Laurence (and themselves), as the finest fighting force in Europe. Napoleon's wholly unconventional tactics kick the shit out of them anyway. In fairness, even after defeats the soldiers maintain an impressive degree of morale.
*MildlyMilitary: Very much averted in his case and the case of all the other Prussian dragons, for whom Eroica is presented as the ideal. Though not the most agile flyer, he is so precise and well-trained that his corners almost have points.
*UndyingLoyalty: Aside from the standard loyalty to his captain, Dyhern, after being reunited with Dyhern thanks to Temeraire's actions, Eroica refers to Temeraire as "best of friends" and swears, when Temeraire has a task to do but Lawrence is too unwell to come with him, to look after Lawrence as if he were his own captain.


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'''Lung Tien Ning'''\\
The hatchling of [[spoiler:Iskierka and Temeraire]], introduced in ''League of Dragons''. She seems determined to have a hand in shaping the next century or more.
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*BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once farsighted and impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed. She has no love for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.
*EnfantTerrible: One of the first things she does after hatching is ''burn down a palace'' as a distraction.
*ShoutOut: Her breath weapon is described in a way very much reminiscent of the Night Fury in ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'', and her use of it happens at night.
*SocialClimber: Ning is very much interested in finding the position where she can do the most good (from her perspective). Given that she is part-Celestial, and the current Chinese Emperor's companion [[spoiler:was assassinated]], she could easily have herself accepted into the Imperial court despite being so young...except she's not certain China would be the best power to ally herself with.
*WiseBeyondHerYears: A bit less than a decade old, Temeraire, for all his intellect, is still impatient to get results. By comparison, Ning, at less than a ''year'' old, is already beginning to put together plans that might take a century to come to fruition.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Cares greatly for his crew and is very considerate of them, whoever they may be. For a more close to literal, foster-like relationship, there's his relationships with Temeraire, Emily, Dyer, Demane, and Sipho. In the Navy, he had a reputation for being a good captain for midshipmen because of the care he takes for their education; he eventually gets this reputation again in the Aerial Corps for the interest he takes in his midwingmen and cadets.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Cares greatly for his crew and is very considerate of them, whoever they may be. For a more close to literal, foster-like relationship, there's his relationships with Temeraire, Emily, Dyer, Demane, and Sipho. (Emily in particular, possibly due in part to his relationship with her mother, comes to see him almost explicitly as a father figure.) In the Navy, he had a reputation for being a good captain for midshipmen because of the care he takes for their education; he eventually gets this reputation again in the Aerial Corps for the interest he takes in his midwingmen and cadets.



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:His treason against Britain.]] He knew the personal consequences before he did it, but after seeing that the [[spoiler:King driven insane by the invasion of Britain]], he becomes a DeathSeeker. For a while it really looks like he's crossed the DespairEventHorizon, but by the end of the book HesBack, having accepted that he did the right thing and he'll just have to endure being despised.

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* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:His treason against Britain.]] He knew the personal consequences before he did it, but after seeing that the [[spoiler:King [[spoiler:King, who was already ailing and now is completely insane, apparently driven insane mad by the invasion of Britain]], he becomes a DeathSeeker. For a while it really looks like he's crossed the DespairEventHorizon, but by the end of the book HesBack, having accepted that he did the right thing and he'll just have to endure being despised.



** Laurence can be so humble he doesn't understand it's almost a character flaw in him. Beyond his tendency to try RiskingTheKing (see below), he is completely unaware or disdainful of the idea that he is in any way special except to Temeraire and/or as being the companion of a very special dragon. This despite [[spoiler:being a war hero several times over, an adoptive prince of China, helping find the cure to a deadly plague, stopping attempted genocide-by-bioweapon, forging a truce with at least one hostile nation, helping spark at least one civil rights revolution, seeing more of the world in the 19th century than most people in the 21st century do, and winning the admiration of Napoleon.]]

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** Laurence can be so humble he doesn't understand it's almost a character flaw in him. Beyond his tendency to try RiskingTheKing (see below), he is completely unaware or disdainful of the idea that he is in any way special except to Temeraire and/or as being the companion of a very special dragon. This despite [[spoiler:being a war hero several times over, an adoptive prince of China, helping find the cure to a deadly plague, stopping attempted genocide-by-bioweapon, forging a truce with at least one hostile nation, helping spark at least one civil rights revolution, seeing more of the world in the 19th century than most people in the 21st century do, and winning the admiration of Napoleon.Napoleon twice over.]]



* LawfulStupid ''and'' StupidGood: Laurence's actions at the end of ''Empire Of Ivory''. This is made quite clear when [[spoiler:Admiral Roland tells him in ''Victory Of Eagles'' a simple thing he could have done other than being a stiff-necked idiot, which would have had the desired effect of saving the Continental dragons without getting himself branded as a traitor]]. Although given his comments when Jane makes that suggestion, it strongly hints he would have gone right ahead with his big show of insubordination even if he had thought of it, making this more HonorBeforeReason.

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* LawfulStupid ''and'' StupidGood: Laurence's actions at the end of ''Empire Of Ivory''. This is made quite clear when [[spoiler:Admiral Roland tells him in ''Victory Of Eagles'' a simple thing he could have done other than being a stiff-necked idiot, which would have had the desired effect of saving the Continental dragons without getting himself branded as a traitor]]. Although given his comments when Jane makes that suggestion, it strongly hints he would have gone right ahead with his big show of insubordination even if he had thought of it, making this more HonorBeforeReason. He notes it would still be treason either way, though when Roland points out that if he'd done it the "smart" way it would have at least saved his loved ones a lot of heartache it does strike home.



* SoProudOfYou: From the most unlikely source he could imagine and for the action that caused him the greatest pain in the series: the Emperor of China and Lung Tien Qian (Temeraire's mother) both praise him for [[spoiler:delivering the coughing fever cure to the French and the rest of the world, including China]].

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* SoProudOfYou: From the most unlikely source he could imagine and for the action that caused him the greatest pain in the series: the Emperor of China (who incidentally adopted Laurence as a son to keep peace between Britain and China) and Lung Tien Qian (Temeraire's mother) both praise him for [[spoiler:delivering the coughing fever cure to the French and the rest of the world, including China]].



* HenpeckedHusband: PlayedForDrama. He feels deeply uncomfortable that he has basically no control over Iskierka, and feels like he's a terrible captain.

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* HenpeckedHusband: PlayedForDrama. He feels deeply uncomfortable that he has basically no control over Iskierka, and feels like he's a terrible captain.captain as a result.



* StraightGay: Revealed in ''Crucible of Gold'' when [[spoiler:Iskierka arranges for a marriage with the Inca Empress, then blabs about his relationship with Little.]] Laurence, to his credit, never makes a big deal of it (as he's quite familiar with the HelloSailor phenomenon).

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* StraightGay: Revealed in ''Crucible of Gold'' when [[spoiler:Iskierka arranges for a marriage with the Inca Empress, then blabs about his relationship with Little.]] (Aside from a certain informality in the way they address each other, mirrored with Laurence's relationship with Tom Riley--see below--there are no hints given to Granby's orientation before the reveal.) Laurence, to his credit, never makes a big deal of it (as he's quite familiar with the HelloSailor phenomenon).



* NobleBigot: Due to his father owning slaves and several plantations, he's an adamant proponent of slavery. He at one point outright calls a black woman sub-human. Despite this, he's still shown to be a good person. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', he finally relents on it.]]

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* NobleBigot: Due to his father owning slaves and several plantations, he's an adamant proponent of slavery. He at one point outright calls a black woman sub-human. Despite this, he's still shown to be a good an otherwise-good person. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', he finally relents on it.]]



* BrutalHonesty: He has no sense of tact and will often spout the pressing but highly impolite question that everyone else has on their minds (like who the father of Harcourt's impending child is).

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* BrutalHonesty: He has no sense of (or at least care for) tact and will often spout the pressing but highly impolite question that everyone else has on their minds (like who the father of Harcourt's impending child is).



* TheLadette: Like many other female aviators, although it takes her a little while to achieve it.
* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from being a ShrinkingViolet in Book 1 to being a serious formation leader in Book 4.

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* TheLadette: Like many other female aviators, although given how inexperienced she is in the first book it takes her a little while for her to achieve it.
* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from being a ShrinkingViolet in Book 1 to being a serious the unquestioned leader of the formation leader in Book 4.



** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:And when she takes over from Lenton, the Aerial Corps as a whole. Though she briefly got busted down in ''Victory of Eagles'' because of sexism and her ties to Laurence, she was quickly reinstated when it became clear she .]]

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** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:And when she takes over from Lenton, the Aerial Corps as a whole. Though she briefly got busted down in ''Victory of Eagles'' because of sexism and her ties to Laurence, she was quickly reinstated when it became clear she .she was far and away the best option and Wellington refused to work with any other choice.]]



* ParentalSubstitute: She may consider Laurence "churchy" and "stuffy"[[note]]in ''Blood of Tyrants'' [[/note]], but he's the closest thing to a father she ever had--and like many teenage daughters, she veers between resentment, admiration, and affection.

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* ParentalSubstitute: She may consider Laurence "churchy" and "stuffy"[[note]]in ''Blood of Tyrants'' [[/note]], but he's the closest thing to a father she ever had--and like many teenage daughters, teenagers, she veers between resentment, admiration, and affection.



* ThrowTheDogABone: In ''League of Dragons'', Laurence [[spoiler:makes the price of his accepting command of the allied aerial forces in the eastern front Ferris being reinstated to the Corps, not just out a general sense of justice but because if Ferris, who was wrongly convicted, was still locked out of the Corps after Laurence, who actually committed the crime, was not merely accepted back but ''promoted'', it would be even more unfair to him.) In the conflict, Ferris earns command of a dragon...in the Prussian air force.)]]

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* ThrowTheDogABone: In ''League of Dragons'', Laurence [[spoiler:makes the price of his accepting command of the allied aerial forces in the eastern front Ferris being reinstated to the Corps, Corps. This is not just out a general sense of justice but because if Ferris, who was wrongly convicted, was still locked out of the Corps after Laurence, who actually committed the crime, was not merely accepted back but ''promoted'', it would be even more unfair to him.him. (Laurence attempted something similar to get Ferris his place back in ''Crucible of Gold'', but had much less pull at the time.) In the conflict, Ferris finally earns command of a dragon...in the Prussian air force.)]]



* {{Jerkass}}: He comes from old money and has been raised to believe dragons are inferior to men and are to be bullied and disciplined into submission (an outdated mode of thinking, but one that is still supported by the admiralty). His neglect of his dragon, and his refusal to allow anyone to interfere, leads to [[spoiler: his first dragon, Levitas, being fatally wounded in action and nearly left to die alone]]. In the sixth book he shows up in Australia announcing [[spoiler: he's to be given a new dragon. Fortunately, Caesar is strong-willed enough to have his own opinions, clever enough to manipulate Rankin into giving him what he wants, and materialistic enough that all he really wants is lots of food and treasure and and a wealthy captain who can provide it]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: He comes from old money and has been raised to believe dragons are inferior to men and are to be bullied and disciplined into submission (an outdated mode of thinking, but one that is still supported by the admiralty). His neglect of his dragon, and his refusal to allow anyone to interfere, leads to [[spoiler: his first dragon, Levitas, almost being left to die alone after being fatally wounded in action and nearly left to die alone]].action]]. In the sixth book he shows up in Australia announcing [[spoiler: he's to be given a new dragon. Fortunately, Caesar is strong-willed enough to have his own opinions, clever enough to manipulate Rankin into giving him what he wants, and materialistic enough that all he really wants is lots of food and treasure and and a wealthy captain who can provide it]].



* ForWantOfANail: Zigzagged. Dragons mean that Trafalgar played out somewhat differently--Nelson is wounded by dragonfire, but survives and becomes a national hero who significantly changes the course of British policy regarding slavery. But then, InSpiteOfANail, [[spoiler:he dies in a naval battle off of Britain's coast when Lien sinks the whole fleet]].

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* ForWantOfANail: Zigzagged. Dragons mean that Trafalgar played out somewhat differently--Nelson is wounded by dragonfire, but survives and becomes a national hero who significantly changes the course of British policy regarding slavery. But then, InSpiteOfANail, [[spoiler:he dies in a naval battle off of Britain's coast when Lien sinks the whole all but one ship in his fleet]].



* WorthyOpponent: Considers Laurence one, almost verging into FriendlyEnemies territory. Laurence is less comfortable with the idea, but he still has respect for the man's genius and accomplishments.

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* WorthyOpponent: Considers By the end of the series considers Laurence one, almost verging into FriendlyEnemies territory. Laurence is less comfortable with the idea, presumably due to his own humility, but he still has respect for the man's genius and accomplishments.



* GoodCopBadCop: After his 'father' King Mokhachane has Laurence brutally beaten for refusing to reveal military information, Moshoeshoe waits for Laurence's injuries to heal and then brings him in for a much more general interrogation. He gets a lot more information that way.

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* GoodCopBadCop: After his 'father' King Mokhachane has Laurence brutally beaten for refusing to reveal military information, Moshoeshoe Moshueshue waits for Laurence's injuries to heal and then brings him in for a much more general interrogation. He gets a lot more information that way.



** {{Omniglot}}: As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he can speak a variety of languages, if not all of them perfectly fluently. He knows English, French, Chinese, Turkish, German, Xhosa, Durzagh (the language of feral dragons), and Quechua. He later picks up Russian and presumably a bit of Japanese.

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** {{Omniglot}}: As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he can speak a variety of languages, if not all of them perfectly fluently. He knows English, French, Chinese, Turkish, German, Xhosa, Durzagh (the language of feral dragons), and Quechua. He later picks up Russian and presumably a bit smattering of Japanese.



* UndyingLoyalty: Like most dragons, he is [[ThisIsMyHuman deeply protective of his captain]] (and unlike many British dragons this eventually extends to his whole crew) which provides an effective source of comedy relief.

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* UndyingLoyalty: Like most dragons, he is [[ThisIsMyHuman deeply protective of his captain]] (and unlike many British dragons this eventually extends to his whole crew) which provides an effective source of both pathos and comedy relief.
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* MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first captain, and his second, served the Aerial Corpse faithfully, so he continues to serve.

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* MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first captain, and his second, two captains, served the Aerial Corpse Corps faithfully, so he continues to serve. serve even though, having rejected the captain they proposed for him, he would normally have been retired to the breeding grounds.



* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," having gone into retirement during the plague, possibly because the British government finally caught on, although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility.

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* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," having gone into retirement during the plague, possibly plague. This might be because the British government finally caught on, although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility.responsibility for having tricked him when they [[spoiler:steal the cure from Loch Laggan]]; alternately, having borne up under the deaths of his captains, the deaths of so many of his friends (many of whom would likely have been students) during the plague, he might have decided to be shot of the whole business.



* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Celeritas' undisputed skill in training young dragons quickly and effectively is seen as highly unusual and laudable, but it doesn't occur even to the [[NobleBigot Corps' human members]] that this is evidence that dragons should be considered equals.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Celeritas' undisputed skill in training young dragons quickly and effectively is seen as highly unusual and laudable, but it doesn't occur even to and the Aerial Corps [[NobleBigot Corps' human members]] that this is accept it without question, but they don't ever consider him as evidence that dragons should be considered equals.



A Regal Copper, the largest breed of dragon available to Britain (though French Grand Chevaliers are known to be larger, and sometimes Petit Chevaliers as well). Like his captain Berkley, Maximus can be grumpy, but their hearts are in the right place.

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A Regal Copper, the largest breed of dragon available to Britain (though French Grand Chevaliers are known to be larger, Chevaliers, and sometimes Petit Chevaliers as well).well, are known to rival their size). Like his captain Berkley, Maximus can be grumpy, but their hearts are in the right place.



* TheBigGuy: Maximus takes this position for granted. When [[AlwaysABiggerFish Kulingile]] shows up, there's a certain amount of friction.

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* TheBigGuy: Maximus takes this position for granted. When he encounters Requiescat in ''Victory of Eagles'', the two almost instinctively come to blows--not even out of anger, but simply because this is what happens when adult male Regal Coppers first meet. (As Requiescat notes fondly, female Coppers are even bigger, but it's "different with girls".) Then, when [[AlwaysABiggerFish Kulingile]] shows up, there's a certain amount of friction.



* FluffyTheTerrible: Zig-zagged. Lily ''is'' a huge acid-spitting dragon, but personality-wise she is very sweet and gentle.

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* FluffyTheTerrible: Zig-zagged. Lily ''is'' a huge acid-spitting dragon, but personality-wise she is very sweet and gentle.gentle, almost ladylike.



* HollywoodAcid: It's green, it smokes, and it can burn through warships. There's an offhand mention in one book about how a tiny splatter of it on the foot is lethal. (Then again, given what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrofluoric_acid Hydrofluoric acid]] can do, that last may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.)

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* HollywoodAcid: It's green, it smokes, and it can burn through warships. There's an offhand mention in one book about how a tiny splatter of it on the foot is can be lethal. (Then again, given what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrofluoric_acid Hydrofluoric acid]] can do, that last may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.)



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Arkady's self-important insistence on leadership doesn't apply to Iskierka - she's accepted as unofficial leader when she's around. Unfortunately, their bad habits tend to reinforce each other.
* LoveableRogue: The adjective usually applied to him is 'piratical'. He has no loyalty to Britain or enmity toward France - he's in it for the regular meals, the excitement and the occasional shiny object.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Arkady's self-important insistence on leadership doesn't apply to Iskierka - she's accepted as unofficial leader when she's around.around due to a combination of her size, firebreathing, and personality. Unfortunately, their bad habits tend to reinforce each other.
* LoveableRogue: The adjective usually applied to him is 'piratical'. He has no loyalty to Britain or enmity toward France - he's France--he's in it for the regular meals, the excitement and excitement, the occasional shiny object.object, and the acclaim of his fellow ferals.



* PintSizedPowerhouse: Being a feral, he's classed as a lightweight (and not the biggest of them). But having lived his whole life wild, he's also stronger and a better fighter than any other dragon in his weight class.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Like any bandit chief, he's got a loyal gang of boisterous, gluttonous thieves to back him up. Molnar and Wringe are the two that are most often mentioned.

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* PintSizedPowerhouse: Being a feral, he's classed as a lightweight (and not the biggest of them). But having lived his whole life surviving in the wild, he's also stronger wiry, cunning, vicious, and a better fighter more maneuverable than any other dragon in his weight class.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Like any bandit chief, he's got a loyal gang of boisterous, gluttonous thieves to back him up. Molnar and Wringe Wringe, his mate, are the two that are most often mentioned.



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: She gets distracted easily by gold, riches, and other such valuables, or even the prospect of some.

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: She gets distracted easily by gold, riches, and other such valuables, or even the prospect of some.same.



* BreakTheHaughty: In ''Crucible of Gold,'' Granby finally finds the willpower to put an end to her obnoxious attitude. [[spoiler: He flatly states that, while he loves her, a dragon who won't obey orders is of no use to a loyal captain of the Aerial Corps, and while it breaks his heart he will leave her for another dragon if she doesn't grow up. Iskierka is aghast.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: In ''Crucible of Gold,'' Granby finally finds the willpower to put an end to her obnoxious attitude. [[spoiler: He flatly states that, while he loves her, a dragon who won't obey orders is of no use to a loyal captain of the Aerial Corps, and while it breaks his heart he will leave her for another dragon if she doesn't grow up. Iskierka is aghast.aghast, but at least tries to be more obliging.]]



* InnocentlyInsensitive: In ''Crucible of Gold'', she loudly announces [[spoiler:that Captain Little is Granby's lover]], not understanding that homosexuality is considered a ''crime'', nor why a homosexual man would be really unwilling to have sex with a woman.
* ItsAllAboutMe: There are at least four major crises precipitated by this attitude.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: In ''Crucible of Gold'', she loudly announces [[spoiler:that Captain Little is Granby's lover]], not understanding that homosexuality is considered a ''crime'', ''crime'' for Britain at the time, nor why a homosexual man would be really unwilling to have sex with a woman.
* ItsAllAboutMe: There are at least four major crises of various direness precipitated by this attitude.



* SpoiledBrat: Completely and utterly rotten, much to Granby's despair. Even without the Admiralty doing almost anything to hang onto heavyweight dragons and those with special abilities, Iskierka has a deep-seated belief that "I breathe fire, therefore [[KnowNothingKnowItAll I'm always right]]."

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* SpoiledBrat: Completely and utterly rotten, much to Granby's despair. Even without the Admiralty doing almost anything to hang onto heavyweight dragons and those with special abilities, abilities (and Iskierka is ''both''), Iskierka has a deep-seated belief that "I breathe fire, therefore [[KnowNothingKnowItAll I'm always right]]."



* InsufferableGenius: And while she easily keeps a grudge if anyone corrects her, she's not that bad an example.
* LongBusTrip: Like Gentius, Requiescat, Minnow and the rest of Temeraire's RagtagBunchOfMisfits from ''Victory of Eagles,'' she dropped out of view during his subsequent world travels. However, she maintained a (very) minor presence as Temeraire's pen pal, and turns out in the final book to have been central in the effort to win legal citizenship for the dragons of Great Britain, eventually becoming [[spoiler:a member of Parliament]].

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* InsufferableGenius: And while she easily keeps She's not too bad an example, aside from her ability to carry a grudge if for anyone who corrects her, she's not her or informs her that bad an example.
her admittedly brilliant mathematical discoveries were discovered long ago by someone else.
* LongBusTrip: Like Gentius, Requiescat, Minnow and the rest of Temeraire's RagtagBunchOfMisfits from ''Victory of Eagles,'' she dropped out of view during his subsequent world travels. However, she maintained a (very) minor presence as Temeraire's pen pal, and turns out in the final book to have been central in the effort to win legal citizenship for the dragons of Great Britain, eventually becoming [[spoiler:a [[spoiler:the first draconic member of Parliament]].



* TheSoCalledCoward: Almost unique in being a dragon with no hunger for battle, though she has no problem with supporting her allies in ''their'' battles. (It's for the best, as even if she had a lot of fighting spirit she's a slow flyer with very visible coloration.) Since 'war machine' is the only career path allowed to British dragons of her size, she's ''very'' sensitive about her 'shortcoming.'

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* TheSoCalledCoward: Almost unique in being a dragon with no hunger for battle, though she has no problem with supporting her allies in ''their'' battles. (It's for the best, as even if she had a lot of fighting spirit she's a slow flyer with very visible coloration.) Since 'war machine' is the only career path allowed to British dragons of her size, she's ''very'' sensitive about her 'shortcoming.'
"shortcoming".



** More specifically, Rankin attempts to use old-school dragon training that's more in keeping with how one would train a dog or a horse. Despite Temeraire's warnings, Caesar is entirely willing to be manipulated in such a fashion--so long as Rankin keeps him well-fed and dresses to show off his wealth.



* GentleGiant: Like Maximus, he's a big sweetheart.

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* GentleGiant: Like Even more than Maximus, he's a big sweetheart.



* MagikarpPower: As a hatchling, his air sacs were so large he could barely move. Only Demane will take care of him; the aviators and dragon-surgeon wanted to mercy-kill him. Later, it's revealed that the air sacs are so big because he is, at full growth, one of the largest dragons anyone in the cast has ever seen. There's one (known) contender in the Incan Empire of his scale, and the Sui-Riu in the eight book are larger (but flightless): but he's still substantially larger than any European dragon.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ordinarily he is laconic and friendly. On the other hand, when Demane (in ''Crucible of Gold)'' or Sipho (in ''Blood of Tyrants)'' are endangered, he's a [[OneManArmy One-Dragon Army.]]

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* MagikarpPower: As a hatchling, his air sacs were so large he could barely move. Only Demane will take care of him; the aviators and dragon-surgeon wanted to mercy-kill him. Later, it's revealed that the air sacs are so big because he is, at full growth, one of the largest dragons anyone in the cast has ever seen. There's one (known) contender in the Incan Empire of his scale, and the Sui-Riu in the eight book are much larger (but flightless): (thought flightless), but he's still substantially larger than any known European dragon.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ordinarily he is laconic and friendly. On the other hand, when Demane (in ''Crucible of Gold)'' Gold')' or Sipho (in ''Blood of Tyrants)'' Tyrants'') are endangered, he's a [[OneManArmy One-Dragon Army.]]



* MamaBear: To Hammond. Incan dragons are even ''more'' this than most dragons, having lost so many of their people to epidemics.

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* MamaBear: To Hammond. Incan dragons are even ''more'' this than most dragons, having lost so many of their people to epidemics.epidemics, and when they finally arrive in Britain she extends her protectiveness to his entire extended family.



* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]]: At twenty, Churki is relatively young in dragon years, and for a heavyweight, hasn't come of age yet to be responsible for her own ayllu. Yet she's an excellent tactician that can adapt to any given conflict in any situation. She, like her mother, regards the Napoleonic Wars [[SillyReasonForWar as silly and childish]]. In addition, her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.

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* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]]: At twenty, Churki is relatively young in dragon years, and for a heavyweight, hasn't come of age yet to be responsible for her own ayllu. Yet she's a veteran soldier and an excellent tactician that can adapt to any given conflict in any situation. She, like her mother, regards the Napoleonic Wars [[SillyReasonForWar as silly and childish]]. In addition, her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.



A Siu-Riu water dragon, and one of the noble guardians of Japan. Several hundred years old, she sheltered Laurence and Junichiro who were on the run from the law that forbade foreigners outside of Nagasaki.

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A Siu-Riu water dragon, and one of the noble guardians of Japan. Several hundred years old, she sheltered Laurence and Junichiro who were on the run from the law that forbade foreigners outside of Nagasaki. Nagasaki, for reasons of her own (which are implied to be mostly curiosity).



* [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Dragons Love Shakespeare]]: She became enamored with the works of William Shakespeare that Laurence taught her and demanded he teach her every line he knew in English, and not to bother translating it, as she wanted to memorize the play in its original context and meaning. (She is particularly fond of the sound of the line "Neither wit nor words nor worth" in English.)

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* [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Dragons Love Shakespeare]]: She became enamored with the works of William Shakespeare that Shakespeare, and when Laurence taught her and demanded reveals he knows some of ''Julius Caesar'' demands he teach her every line he knew in English, and not to bother translating it, as she wanted to memorize the play in its original context and meaning. (She is particularly fond of the sound of the line phrase "Neither wit nor words nor worth" in English.)



* TheHighQueen: Dragons are part of the ruling hierarchy of the nation. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Kiyomizu is a very powerful figure]]. Though shocked at her for protecting Lawrence, an outsider, no one in Japan ''dared'' to challenge her actions.

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* TheHighQueen: Dragons are part of the ruling hierarchy of the nation. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Kiyomizu is a very powerful figure]]. Though shocked at her for protecting Lawrence, Laurence, an outsider, no one in Japan ''dared'' to challenge her actions.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: While behaving in a somewhat decadent manner, drinking and carousing with outsiders, she is no fool, and when the ''Potentate'' leaves has already initiated the construction of Japan's own Naval fleet.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: While behaving in a somewhat decadent manner, drinking and carousing with outsiders, she is no fool, and when the ''Potentate'' leaves has already initiated the construction of Japan's own Naval naval fleet.



* SizeShifter: For moderately realistic reasons. Her sub-species are flightless, and the 'air sacs' used for buoyancy can instead be used to draw in exceptional quantities of water - like sponges. On land, she's the size of a Yellow Reaper, a middleweight. She can swell much larger by drawing in water, though this would immobilize her if she weren't in an ocean or river.

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* SizeShifter: For moderately realistic reasons. Her sub-species are flightless, and the 'air sacs' used for buoyancy can instead be used to draw in exceptional quantities of water - like sponges. On land, she's the size of a Yellow Reaper, a middleweight.Reaper (a middleweight). She can swell much larger by drawing in water, though this would immobilize her if she weren't in an ocean or river.
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* ButtMonkey: Or LaserGuidedKarma, depending on one's impression of Blight. His time in Australia has been a series of setbacks and humiliations: Laurence and Temeraire only make matters worse for him.

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* ButtMonkey: Or LaserGuidedKarma, depending on one's impression of Blight.Bligh. His time in Australia has been a series of setbacks and humiliations: Laurence and Temeraire only make matters worse for him.
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** 龍 天 祥, Temeraire's Chinese name (Lung Tien Xiang by Novik's not-quite-historically-accurate transliteration[[note]]In fairness, nobody really knows which transliteration system would ''be'' appropriate for the time period, but since Novik mixed two of them...[[/note]], Lóng Tiān Xiáng in [[ChineseLanguage modern pinyin]]), means "Dragon Heaven Auspicious". While all Celestials go by Lung Tien [Whatever], "auspicious" means "BornLucky" and "promising success." This has certainly proven true for Laurence and England.

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** 龍 天 祥, Temeraire's Chinese name (Lung Tien Xiang by Novik's not-quite-historically-accurate transliteration[[note]]In fairness, nobody really knows which transliteration system would ''be'' appropriate for the time period, but since Novik mixed two of them...[[/note]], Lóng Tiān Xiáng in [[ChineseLanguage [[UsefulNotes/ChineseLanguage modern pinyin]]), means "Dragon Heaven Auspicious". While all Celestials go by Lung Tien [Whatever], "auspicious" means "BornLucky" and "promising success." This has certainly proven true for Laurence and England.
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Subverted. He is not only a genius military commander but a forward-thinking liberal who, [[TruthInTelevision as he did in our version of history]], has done a great deal for equal rights ([[spoiler:though as mentioned in Crucible of Gold he has reinstated slavery in at least some French territories after a brief period of abolition]]). He's still trying to conquer Britain, so Laurence and Temeraire oppose him on principle, but there is respect accorded to all, and Laurence admits to Temeraire (somewhat uncomfortably) that no mere monster could have accomplished what Napoleon has.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Subverted. He is not only a genius military commander but a forward-thinking liberal who, [[TruthInTelevision as he did in our version of history]], has done a great deal for equal rights ([[spoiler:though as mentioned in Crucible of Gold he has reinstated slavery in at least some French territories after a brief period of abolition]]). He's still trying to conquer Britain, so Laurence and Temeraire oppose him on principle, but there is respect accorded to all, and Laurence admits to Temeraire (somewhat uncomfortably) that no mere monster could have accomplished what Napoleon has. Of course the whole "conquering the world" and "conquering Britain" part neglects the well-attested historical fact that it was England who broke the Peace of Amiens in 1804 (which Napoleon had negotiated) and declared war on France after refusing to honor the terms of its treaty for a year, and as such they, and not Napoleon, started UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars.
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