History Characters / Temeraire

14th Jun '16 5:36:39 PM Prioris
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* GeniusBruiser: He's one of the smartest dragons in Britain, and also a heavy weight.

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* GeniusBruiser: He's one of the smartest dragons people in Britain, the series, has a near-uncanny ability to command the respect and allegiance of both humans and dragons, and is also a heavy weight.heavyweight dragon with insane aerial maneuvering ability and a OneHitPolykill BreathWeapon. Piss him off at your peril.



* TheDitz: Volatilus is a sweetie, but brains are not his strong point. He's so scatterbrained, in fact, that Laurence and Temeraire initially suspect him of being mentally disabled. Greylings just aren't very smart in general, being bred for speed above all else.

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* TheDitz: Volatilus is a sweetie, but brains are not his strong point. He's so scatterbrained, in fact, that Laurence and Temeraire both initially suspect him of being mentally disabled."simple" (read: cognitively impaired). Greylings just aren't very smart in general, being bred for speed above all else.
13th Jun '16 10:46:24 AM Observance
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** [[spoiler:ties pouches full of fragrant herbs into his horses' bridles, preventing them from smelling dragons and panicking, and thus letting him use cavalry in conjunction with his aerial corps]]


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** [[spoiler:massively increases the mobility of his army by incorporating Chinese-style dragon transportation into the march]]
13th Jun '16 10:28:05 AM Observance
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** [[spoiler:builds airborne troop carriers for his first attempt at invading Britain, completely unprecedented]]

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** [[spoiler:builds airborne troop carriers for his first attempt at invading Britain, completely unprecedented]]and likely would've succeeded if not for Temeraire and his divine wind]]
13th Jun '16 10:26:45 AM Observance
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* TheStrategist: While not invincible, he is feared as the greatest military genius in the entire world and had steamrolled army after army in the western world. His ability to adapt and create new plans at the drop of the hat [[spoiler: like changing his entire regiment's formation on Lien's advice]] is legendary.

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* TheStrategist: While not invincible, he is feared as the greatest military genius in the entire world and had steamrolled army after army in the western world. His ability to adapt This is largely because he's continuously coming up with innovative new strategies and create new plans at the drop tactics that, by virtue of the hat [[spoiler: like changing being innovative and new, cannot be directly countered. He:
** [[spoiler:builds airborne troop carriers for
his entire regiment's formation on first attempt at invading Britain, completely unprecedented]]
** [[spoiler:abandons traditional formation-fighting at
Lien's advice]] is legendary. advice, defeating the renowned Prussian dragon corps not by direct combat but by boarding and capturing all their heavyweights]]
** [[spoiler:deals with the British naval blockade by spearing them with dragon-sized harpoons and physically pulling them out of position]]
** [[spoiler:develops beef jerky for dragons to feed his invasion of Russia, decentralizes his supply lines to protect them from attack, and invents the chainsaw (powered by dragons!) to build fortifications at an incredible rate]]
2nd Jun '16 4:11:24 PM Qussow
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* DefrostingIceQueen: The few brief interactions we see of her with Napoleon suggest that she is beginning to care for him to some degree, even if not to the same extent as she did for Prince Yongxing.
13th May '16 10:38:32 PM Vir
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* EvillyAffable: Although he's on the enemy side, Lefebvre is depicted as a down-to-earth man with a broad sense of humor, particularly when the joke's on him.

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* EvillyAffable: FauxAffablyEvil: Although he's on the enemy side, Lefebvre is depicted as a down-to-earth man with a broad sense of humor, particularly when the joke's on him.
30th Apr '16 4:39:21 PM RealSlimShadowen
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* HumbleHero: Laurence disliked flashy clothing even before his exile, and dislikes putting on airs even when by rights he might be entitled to them. This is one difference between his worldview and Temeraire's that is largely played for laughs, since if Temeraire had his way Laurence would be decked out in jewels at all times.



* HumbleHero: Laurence disliked flashy clothing even before his exile, and dislikes putting on airs even when by rights he might be entitled to them. This is one difference between his worldview and Temeraire's that is largely played for laughs, since if Temeraire had his way Laurence would be decked out in jewels at all times.
** 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.]]



* 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 suggests a way he could have accomplished the same thing without revealing his actions, it strongly suggests 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 suggests a way he could have accomplished the same thing without revealing his actions, makes that suggestion, it strongly suggests hints he would have gone right ahead with his big show of insubordination even if he had thought of it, making this more HonorBeforeReason.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Laurence is a well-mannered son of a Lord who much enjoys dining and parties, and he also has a reputation of a fighting captain in both Navy and Aerial Corps.

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Laurence is a well-mannered son of a Lord who much enjoys dining dinner parties and parties, high society, and he also has a reputation of as a fighting captain in both Navy and Aerial Corps.



* RiskingTheKing: An admirable habit for a naval captain, but outright idiocy in an Aerial Corps one according to his new colleagues--a dragon will damn all orders to save an endangered captain, and if Laurence ''died'' Temeraire would be out of commission for a good while (if not permanently) from grief, if he didn't just kill himself avenging Laurence.

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* RiskingTheKing: An admirable habit for a naval captain, but outright idiocy in an Aerial Corps one according to his new colleagues--a dragon will damn all orders to save an endangered captain, and if Laurence ''died'' Temeraire would be out of commission for a good while (if not permanently) from grief, if he didn't just kill himself avenging Laurence. It takes ''years'' for Laurence to stop instinctively putting himself on the front line and even then he doesn't like staying out of harm's way.



* 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 both praise him for [[spoiler:delivering the coughing fever cure to the French]].

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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 and Lung Tien Qian (Temeraire's mother) both praise him for [[spoiler:delivering the coughing fever cure to the French]].



Half English and half Nepalese, Tharkay is an exceptional guide and translator. Due to the era's views, however, he cannot follow his father into English politics.

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Half English and half Nepalese, Tharkay is an exceptional guide and translator. Due to the era's views, however, he cannot follow his father into English politics. politics, and feels unwelcome in his mother's nation--and, for that matter, wherever he goes.



* 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 person. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', he finally relents on it.]]




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*TheStoic: Tends not to talk much (at least by Laurence's standards), as he says what needs saying in as few words as possible with little politeness or flowery language.



Captain of Lily, one of the Longwings who will not accept anything but female captains. Her existence (a female serving officer) is kept rather secret by the Aerial Corps.

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Captain of Lily, one of the Longwings who will not accept anything but female captains. Her existence (a gender (and that of other female serving officer) officers) is kept rather a closely-guarded secret by of the Aerial Corps.



* TheLadette: She is ''far'' more mature than the usual frat-boy-with-a-vagina archetype, but she is no more ladylike especially by [[RegencyEngland early 19th century standards]] of such.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To Laurence, and when she takes over from Lenton, the Aerial Corps as a whole.
** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:Though she briefly got busted down in ''Victory of Eagles'' because of sexism, she was quickly reinstated.]]

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* TheLadette: She is ''far'' more mature than the usual frat-boy-with-a-vagina archetype, but she is no more neither particularly ladylike nor gentlemanly, especially by [[RegencyEngland early 19th century standards]] of such.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To Laurence, as a senior captain, companion to a crucial and experienced dragon, and the mother of one of Laurence's officers.
** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:And
when she takes over from Lenton, the Aerial Corps as a whole.
** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:Though
whole. Though she briefly got busted down in ''Victory of Eagles'' because of sexism, she was quickly reinstated.]]



* {{Tomboy}}: To the extent that several people actually assume she ''is'' a boy.




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* {{Tomboy}}: To the extent that, at least in the early books, several people assume she ''is'' a boy.



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''. 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''.Eagles'', a scapegoat for [[spoiler:Laurence's treason]]. As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he follows Lawrence around the world.



* IRegretNothing: When asked directly, he says he would rather have been hanged for doing the right thing [[spoiler:(giving the cure to the French)]] than viewed as a lying coward.

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* IRegretNothing: When asked directly, he says he would rather have been hanged for doing the right thing [[spoiler:(giving ([[spoiler:giving the cure to the French)]] French]]) than viewed as a lying coward.



* ChildSoldier: Although he started relatively late in his aviator career to still be considered much of a child.

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* ChildSoldier: Although by the standards of aviators, he actually started relatively late in his aviator career to still be considered much of a child.late.



* ParentalSubstitute: He may not show it due to his independent nature, but he respects Lawrence for the protection he offers to him and Sipho. When the captain is [[spoiler:lost at sea and presumed dead in ''Blood of Tyrants'']], he's worried the other aviators will send the two kids back to Africa and take Kulingile away from him.

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* ParentalSubstitute: He may not show it due to his independent nature, but he respects Lawrence Laurence for the protection he offers to him and Sipho. When the captain is [[spoiler:lost at sea and presumed dead in ''Blood of Tyrants'']], he's worried the other aviators will send the two kids back to Africa and take Kulingile away from him.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Laurence feels compelled to keep Demane with him, since he and his brother don't have anything to go back to.

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Laurence feels compelled to keep Demane with him, since he and his brother don't have anything to go back to.
to, in no small part due to the actions of Laurence and the rest of the formation.



* ChildSoldier: Although he's done less soldier-ing than both his brother and Emily have.

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* ChildSoldier: Although he's done less soldier-ing than both either his brother and or Emily have.



* NostalgicNarrator: Zigzagged. Sipho writes at length about the adventures of Temeraire, but only in a scholarly context, and he doesn't seem to be the {{Narrator}} proper. However, his works overlap with the novels and ''Tongues of Serpents'' is presented as his account of the events in the novel, due to his map prefacing the story.
* ParentalSubstitute: Both Lawrence and Temeraire look out for him and make sure he's properly educated.

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* NostalgicNarrator: Zigzagged. Sipho writes at length about the adventures of Temeraire, but only in a scholarly context, and he doesn't seem to be the {{Narrator}} proper. proper (not least since he wasn't around for events of the first three books). However, his works overlap with the novels and ''Tongues of Serpents'' is presented as being at least in part his account of the events in the novel, due to his map prefacing the story.
* ParentalSubstitute: Both Lawrence Laurence and Temeraire look out for him and make sure he's properly educated.



A more conventionally raised captain--meaning he treats dragons like idiotic beasts and sneers at anyone who seeks civil rights for anyone.

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A more conventionally captain raised captain--meaning more conventional, to society's beliefs--meaning he treats dragons like idiotic as beasts of burden and sneers at anyone who seeks civil rights for anyone.



* TheUnfavorite: As a first generation aviator, he didn't have a chance of promotion in England; hence, the trip to Australia. When he gets promoted to first lieutenant, Temeraire doesn't like him because of his shabby clothes.

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* TheUnfavorite: As a first generation aviator, he didn't have a much chance of promotion in England; hence, the trip to Australia. When he gets promoted to first lieutenant, Temeraire doesn't like him him, entirely because of his the ungentlemanly, indeed shabby clothes.
way he clothes himself.



* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:One of the architects of the plan to spread the dragon plague to France. Laurence considers this a MoralEventHorizon.]]

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* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:One of the architects of the plan to spread the dragon plague to France. Laurence considers this this, even more than his support of slavery, a MoralEventHorizon.]]



* GlorySeeker: At one point Laurence points out that Nelson loves glory no less than Napoleon does: he's just pursuing glory in a way Laurence applauds. Nelson recognizes it himself:
---> '''Lord Nelson:''' "I have never heard anyone say that I love glory less than other men."
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Played straight and defied. Nelson survives in the novels when he died in RealLife and consequently goes on to greater military success, but is also a staunch advocate of slavery.

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* GlorySeeker: At one point Laurence points out that Nelson loves glory no less than Napoleon does: he's just pursuing glory in a way Laurence applauds. Nelson recognizes it himself:
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is quite aware of his own flaw:
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'''Lord Nelson:''' "I have never heard anyone say that I love glory less than other men."
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Played straight and defied. Nelson survives in the novels when he died in RealLife and consequently goes on to greater military success, but is also a staunch advocate of slavery.slavery (as he was in real life).



* TheRival: {{Invoked}} by British newspapers, as he and Laurence are both popularly-regarded military men who have contributed greatly to Britain's fight against France, but fight in different services and disagree on the issue of abolition. In reality, Nelson and Laurence admire each other, and Nelson even invites Laurence and Temeraire to campaign with him at one point.

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* TheRival: {{Invoked}} by British newspapers, as he and Laurence are both popularly-regarded military men who have contributed greatly to Britain's fight against France, but fight in different services and disagree on the issue of abolition. In reality, Nelson and Laurence admire each other, other (Laurence in particular feeling he in no way compares to Nelson's genius), and Nelson even invites Laurence and Temeraire to campaign with him at one point.



* TheCharmer: For all the mocking Laurence and Granby do of his habit to try to talk people to his side, he is shown to be quite possibly the most charismatic man in the entire world. This had allowed him to create one of the most cohesive (and loyal) military forces in the world, several international alliances with anti-western forces and [[spoiler: managed to win the appreciation and loyalty of Lien, a xenophobic chinese dragon, in a matter of weeks]]. It borders in magic.

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* TheCharmer: For all the mocking Laurence and Granby do of his habit to try to talk people to his side, he is shown to be potrayed as quite possibly the most charismatic man in the entire world. This had allowed him to create one of the most cohesive (and loyal) military forces in the world, several international alliances with anti-western forces and [[spoiler: managed to win the appreciation and loyalty of Lien, a xenophobic chinese Chinese dragon, in a matter of weeks]].weeks--and it's not merely mutual goals; by late in Black Power War she has started to become fondly protective of him]]. It borders in magic.
19th Feb '16 8:44:55 PM LBHills
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* PutOnABus: Like Gentius, Requiescat, Minnow and the rest of Temeraire's RagtagBunchOfMisfits from ''Victory of Eagles,'' she hasn't been seen or heard from since.

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* PutOnABus: Like Gentius, Requiescat, Minnow and the rest of Temeraire's RagtagBunchOfMisfits from ''Victory of Eagles,'' she hasn't been seen or heard from appeared since. However, she has maintained a (very) minor presence as Temeraire's pen pal.
21st Jan '16 8:34:06 PM LBHills
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* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: When he voluntarily brings his corps of 'free' dragons to aid England in repelling invasion, one of the [[TooDumbToLive stupider]] staff officers threatens to execute Laurence if Temeraire proves disobedient. Temeraire explains that this threat, ordinarily so effective, will ''annihilate England.''

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* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: When he voluntarily brings his corps of 'free' dragons to aid England in repelling invasion, one of the [[TooDumbToLive stupider]] staff officers threatens to execute Laurence if Temeraire proves disobedient. Temeraire explains that this threat, ordinarily so effective, will ''annihilate England.''doom England instantly if carried out:
21st Jan '16 8:32:37 PM LBHills
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--> '''Wellington:''' I must say, Laurence, I have never met a man so desirable and yet so inconvenient to hang.

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--> '''Wellington:''' I must say, don't know what sort of genius of disaster you are, Laurence, I have never met a man so desirable and yet so inconvenient to hang.but if you can be aimed at Bonaparte instead of us, you are worth not hanging.


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* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: When he voluntarily brings his corps of 'free' dragons to aid England in repelling invasion, one of the [[TooDumbToLive stupider]] staff officers threatens to execute Laurence if Temeraire proves disobedient. Temeraire explains that this threat, ordinarily so effective, will ''annihilate England.''
--> '''Temeraire:''' I will not let him be parted from me again, and if you ''do'' hang him, then I will take my friends and go; but not back to China. I will go to Napoleon, and I will tell him he may have my territory, if only he destroys you all, and I will give him any help he wants of me to do it. ''Now'' threaten me again, if you like.
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