History Characters / Temeraire

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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. He even gets a reputation for being a good captain for midwingmen because of the care he takes over their education.

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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. He even gets In the Navy, he had a reputation for being a good captain for midwingmen midshipmen because of the care he takes over for their education.education; he eventually gets this reputation again the Aerial Corps for his midwingmen and cadets.



* 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.

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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 ''like'' staying out of harm's way.way (especially when his last line of defense during a boarding operation is often his middies and ensigns, who in the Corps are usually children).



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Her relationship with Laurence comes off as little more than a strong affection on Roland's part, until [[spoiler: Laurence sees in ''Victory of Eagles'' exactly how pained she is by his betrayal. She later lays into him - not for the treason, which she approves of, but because he did it in a way that not only ruined the careers and lives of others but left him under a sentence of death]].

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Her relationship with Laurence comes off as little more than a strong affection on Roland's part, until [[spoiler: Laurence sees in ''Victory of Eagles'' exactly how pained she is by his betrayal. She later lays into him - not for the treason, which she approves of, but because he did it in a way that not only ruined the careers and lives of others but left him under a sentence of death]]. In ''League of Dragons'' [[spoiler:they seem to rekindle their relationship after years, and both appear quite content with things as they are]].



** 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.]]

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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.reinstated when it became clear she .]]




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*VitriolicBestBuds: Of a sort, with Wellington; despite Wellington's abrasive personality and Roland's blunt forthrightness, they both share a respect for competence and levelheadedness--which both possess perhaps more than any other British officers.



* ParentalSubstitute: She may consider Lawrence "stuffy"[[note]]in ''Blood of Tyrants'' [[/note]], but he's the closest thing to a father she ever had.

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



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

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



* TheScapegoat: Since the Board can't hang Lawrence until the war is over, they settle with his first lieutenant's dishonorable discharge from the Aerial Corps.

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* TheScapegoat: Since the Board can't hang Lawrence Laurence until the war is over, they settle with his first lieutenant's dishonorable discharge from the Aerial Corps.
*ThrowTheDogABone: In League of Dragons'', Laurence [[spoilers: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.)]]



*MadeOfIron: He takes a stab wound in the gut, which a ship's physician says should kill him, but manages to fully recover, possibly due to the resilience of youth.



* BadassBookworm: Unlike Demane, he takes to his studies like a fish. By his early 20s, he's already publishing accounts of his adventures with Laurence and Temeraire.

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* BadassBookworm: Unlike Demane, he takes to his studies like a fish. By his early 20s, he's already publishing accounts of his adventures with Laurence and Temeraire. He's no soldier, but he's neither is he weak.



* {{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 turns out to be more than willing to stand up to him]].

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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, 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 turns out is strong-willed enough to be more than willing have his own opinions, clever enough to stand up to him]].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]].



The Emperor of France, formerly a nobody from Corsica. He is the main antagonist of the story, since it covers the entire of the Napoleonic wars, although he rarely appears and has nothing against temeraire and Laurence. It's only war.

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The Emperor of France, formerly a nobody from Corsica. He is the main antagonist of the story, since it covers the entire of the Napoleonic wars, although he rarely appears and has nothing no personal issues against temeraire Temeraire and Laurence.Laurence (indeed, he greatly admires them). It's only war.



* AntiVillain: Sure, he plans to conquer all of Europe through military force, but he's also genuinely interested in improving the lives of his citizens, and has been steadily granting dragons more and more rights and freedoms ever since [[spoiler: Lien became his ally.]] Although it's strongly implied that politics or PragmaticEvil is behind a lot of these decisions, it causes the British aerial corps to feel certain doubts when the enemy is the only side upholding rights for dragons.

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* AntiVillain: Sure, he plans to conquer all of Europe through military force, but he's also genuinely interested in improving the lives of his citizens, and has been steadily granting dragons more and more rights and freedoms ever since [[spoiler: Lien became his ally.]] Although it's strongly implied that politics or PragmaticEvil is behind a lot of these decisions, it causes the British aerial corps to feel certain doubts when the enemy is the only side upholding rights for dragons. On a personal level, he deeply cares for his wife despite it being an arranged marriage, and in ''League of Dragons'', [[spoiler:when his palace is burned by Ning, he rushes into the burning building in search of his son, heedless of danger to himself]].



* TheCharmer: For all the mocking Laurence and Granby do of his habit to try to talk people to his side, he is 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 dragon, in a matter of weeks--and it's not merely mutual goals; by late in Black Podwer War she has started to become fondly protective of him]]. It borders in magic.



* TheCharmer: For all the mocking Laurence and Granby do of his habit to try to talk people to his side, he is 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 dragon, in a matter of 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.



* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Since [[spoiler:Laurence brought the cure to France]], Napoleon has never missed an opportunity to thank him, be it with words or actions. Whether this is genuine gratitude or an attempt to sow discord among Laurence's allies is left ambiguous. It could easily be both.

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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Since [[spoiler:Laurence brought the cure to France]], Napoleon has never missed an opportunity to thank him, be it with words or actions. Whether this is genuine gratitude or an attempt to sow discord among Laurence's allies is left ambiguous. It could easily be both.
both, as he seems quite happy to finally repay a willing Laurence by [[spoiler:commuting Tharkay's sentence for spying from death to imprisonment, at Laurence's request]].



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He's usually on Laurence's side, but for pragmatic reasons. He has a grudging respect for Jane Roland, but he regards Temeraire as a rabble-rouser and Laurence as a NecessaryEvil.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He's usually on Laurence's side, but for pragmatic reasons. He has a grudging respect for Jane Roland, Roland (their relationship probably starts in this trope too), but he regards Temeraire as a rabble-rouser and Laurence as a NecessaryEvil.



*VitriolicBestBuds: Of a sort, with Roland; despite Wellington's abrasive personality and Roland's blunt forthrightness, they both share a respect for competence and levelheadedness--which both possess perhaps more than any other British officers.



* NeutralNoLonger: Sometime around the sixth book, Moshueshue brings the Tswana into the wars on Napoleon's side - long enough to crush the Portuguese slave-holders of Brazil.

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* NeutralNoLonger: Sometime around the sixth book, Moshueshue brings the Tswana into the wars on Napoleon's side - just for long enough to crush the Portuguese slave-holders of Brazil.
Brazil. After Laurence negotiates a truce by ending the slave trade in Brazil, the Tswana seem sated of war and become a sort of spoiler power. In ''League of Dragons'' [[spoiler:the Tswana prove decisive in the final battle against Napoleon's army, as they believe the French-Incan alliance must be checked so that they can not come back to Africa with aspirations of enslaving the Tswana again]].



** {{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.

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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 of Japanese.
*AFatherToHisMen: Presumably influenced both by Laurance and later the Incan dragons' behavior, Temeraire becomes possessive and protective of his entire crew, unlike many British dragons who don't even learn their entire crews' names. As he becomes an experienced dragon commander, this attitude even begins to extend to his draconic subordinates.



* UndyingLoyalty: Like most dragons, he is [[ThisIsMyHuman deeply protective of his crew (especially Laurence)]], which provides an effective source of comedy relief.

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



* 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.
* TheDragon: To Prince Yongxing and later Napoleon.

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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.
Yongxing. Presumably, despite the difference in their goals, she admires humans of great ambition, vision, and ability.
* TheDragon: To Quite literally, to Prince Yongxing and later Napoleon.



* MinoredInAsskicking: Direct combat is viewed as beneath Celestials in China, so prior to her encounter with Temeraire, she had zero experience with it. After she allies herself with Napoleon, she quickly revolutionizes warfare tactics in France, refines her Divine Wind, and becomes much more of a martial threat.

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* MinoredInAsskicking: Direct combat is viewed as beneath Celestials in China, so prior to her encounter with Temeraire, while she had presumably studied it, she had zero experience with it. After she allies herself with Napoleon, she quickly revolutionizes warfare tactics in France, refines her Divine Wind, and becomes much more of a martial threat.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Her arrival and alliance with Napoleon has revolutionized and improved the lot of every dragon in France, and most of them regard her with hero-worship. This doesn't extend to the humans of France.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Her arrival and alliance with Napoleon has revolutionized and improved the lot of every dragon in France, and most of them regard her with hero-worship.hero-worship, calling her (translated) the White Queen. This doesn't extend to the humans of France.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: She's ostracized for being an albino, and only one person ever shows her any affection. [[spoiler:When he dies, she has ''nothing'' to live for but revenge.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: She's ostracized for being an albino, albino in China, and only one person ever shows her any affection. [[spoiler:When he dies, she has ''nothing'' to live for but revenge.]]



An elderly dragon who acts as the chief trainer for British dragons at Loch Laggan. Unique in the Corps for having ''no'' human "captain" assuring his loyalty.

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An elderly dragon Malachite Reaper who acts as the chief trainer for British dragons at Loch Laggan. Unique in the Corps for having ''no'' human "captain" assuring his loyalty.



* OldSoldier: He was once a fighting dragon like the rest of the Corps, but he couldn't take the field if he wanted to, unless he accepted a human captain.



* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," most likely because the British government finally caught on. Although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility.
* OldSoldier: He was once a fighting dragon like the rest of the Corps, but he couldn't take the field if he wanted to, unless he accepted a human captain.

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* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," most likely having gone into retirement during the plague, possibly because the British government finally caught on. Although on, although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility.
* OldSoldier: He was once a fighting dragon like the rest of the Corps, but he couldn't take the field if he wanted to, unless he accepted a human captain.
responsibility.



* BrattyHalfPint: She comes out of her shell particularly willful, and gets only worse after, as the Admiralty and the Corps tend to look over some of her faults as she's a very valuable dragon.

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* BrattyHalfPint: She comes out of her shell particularly willful, and gets only worse after, as the Admiralty and the Corps tend to look over some of her faults as she's faults, given how effective a very valuable dragon.fighter she is.



* HotBlooded: Is she ever. There's no fight that she won't try to take on; when an Inca dragon challenges her to TrialByCombat, she's delighted.

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* HotBlooded: Is she ever. There's no fight that she won't try to take on; when an Inca dragon challenges her to TrialByCombat, she's delighted.''delighted''.



* GadgeteerGenius: She later figures out how to work the cannons, and devises other strategies for Temeraire's regiment.

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* GadgeteerGenius: She later figures out how to work the cannons, and devises other strategies for Temeraire's regiment.



* 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.

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* 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.Britain, eventually becoming [[spoiler:a 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. 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.'



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Like most dragons, his BerserkButton is any harm threatened to his captain.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Like most dragons, his BerserkButton is any harm threatened to his captain. Otherwise, he is a kind soul.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: He's massive, golden and intimidating. He even speaks with an unnerving reverb. But all poor Kulingile wants is to be like everyone else.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: He's massive, golden and intimidating. He even speaks with an unnerving reverb. But all poor Kulingile wants is to be like everyone else. When they join the battle in Spain, Jane Roland notes it's a good thing Demane is such a fierce warrior, since Kulingile is as sweet and mild a creature as you might ever desire to meet.



* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler:After he finally outgrows his young high-pitched voice, his voice is described as echoey and as if several people are talking at once.]]

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* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler:After he finally outgrows his young high-pitched voice, his voice is described as echoey and echoey, as if several people are talking at once.]]



* [[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]]. 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 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]]. Her In addition, her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.



A Sui 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 Sui Riu 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.



* [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Dragons Love Shakespeare]]: She became enamored with the works and playwright of William Shakespeare that Laurence taught her, she 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.

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* [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Dragons Love Shakespeare]]: She became enamored with the works and playwright of William Shakespeare that Laurence taught her, she 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.meaning. (She is particularly fond of the sound of the line "Neither wit nor words nor worth" in English.)



* MakingASplash: She can breathe underwater, ingest and violently expel large qualities of water. She's also capable of heating and discharging boiling water, if need be.
* MundaneUtility: While transporting Laurence and Junichiro, she makes a pit stop to fill a village's frozen irrigation channels with heated water.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: While boozy, she is no fool, and has initiated the construction of Japan's own Naval fleet.

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* MakingASplash: She can breathe underwater, as well as ingest and violently expel large qualities of water. She's also capable of heating and discharging boiling water, if need be.
* MundaneUtility: While transporting Laurence and Junichiro, she makes a pit stop to fill a village's frozen irrigation channels with heated water.
water; it is implied this is an uncommon but not unheard-of boon Siu-Riu perform for their people.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: While boozy, 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.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: It's illegal for foreigners to travel in Japan, which causes serious problems for Laurence's human host. Kiyomizu doesn't give it a second thought because she is Lady Kiyomizu.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: It's illegal for foreigners to travel in Japan, which causes serious problems for Laurence's human host. ''human'' host/captor. Kiyomizu doesn't give it a second thought thought, because she is Lady Kiyomizu.



* {{Retirony}}: Briefly mentions wanting to retire to the mountains when the war is over, only to be grievously injured in the first battle. Played with a bit - he's not killed, although his injuries may result in ''forced'' retirement.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even when [[spoiler:it appears England is conspiring to undermine Chinese internal stability]], he's willing to listen to Laurence and Temeraire's defence and even help them look for evidence.

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* {{Retirony}}: Briefly mentions wanting to retire to the mountains when the war is over, only to be grievously injured in the first battle.battle in Russia. Played with a bit - he's not killed, although his injuries may result in ''forced'' retirement.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even when [[spoiler:it appears England is conspiring to undermine Chinese internal stability]], he's willing to listen to Laurence and Temeraire's defence and even help them look for evidence. He's also wise enough to overcome his own prejudices; when he sees that Iskierka is not only dangerous in a fight because of her breath but because she's a very skilled flyer, despite the conventional wisdom of the Chinese breeding programmes (which he heads up) being that firebreathers are too unbalanced to be graceful in the air, he decides that some changes might need to be made.
28th Jun '17 7:41:52 PM LBHills
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* AscendedExtra: She, like the rest of the British cast, was completely absent from books 2 and 3, other than Laurence writing letters to her from time to time. She briefly has roles in books 1 and 4, but it isn't until ''Victory of Eagles'' that she becomes pivotal to the plot.



* TheBusCameBack: She was prominent in the first book, again in the fifth book, and lastly in the ninth.



* LadyOfWar

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* LadyOfWarLadyOfWar: Raised and trained to command one of England's most formidable dragons. However, she'd rather be an officer than a gentleman - she finds it difficult, and a bit silly, to mingle with high society.



* BloodKnight: Demane is easily provoked, and enjoys combat.



* [[FallingIntoTheCockpit Jumped Into The Cockpit]]: How he got [[spoiler:Kulingile]].

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* [[FallingIntoTheCockpit Jumped Into The Cockpit]]: How he got [[spoiler:Kulingile]].Nobody else wanted the seemingly-deformed hatchling.



* ParentalSubstitute: He may not show it due to his independent nature, but he respects 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.
* PuppyLove: Him and Emily. Whenever someone tries messing with Emily because she's a girl Demane flips out. And in ''Tongues of Serpents'' Emily tells Laurence that he has asked to marry her numerous times, but she refused: they'll practically never see each other because they'll both have dragons in the Corps.

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* ParentalSubstitute: He may not show it due to his independent nature, but he respects 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 try to take Kulingile away from him.
* PuppyLove: Him and Emily. Whenever someone tries messing with He develops a strong affection for Emily because she's a girl Demane flips out. And in ''Tongues of Serpents'' Roland, and becomes extremely jealous when given reason. Emily tells Laurence reciprocates his feelings but is a lot more pragmatic - she doesn't see a point in a relationship that he has asked to marry her numerous times, but she refused: they'll practically never see each other because they'll both have dragons in the Corps.will be doomed by circumstance.
28th Jun '17 7:30:58 PM LBHills
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Captain of the Longwing Excidium. Roland serves as the ReasonableAuthorityFigure for the Aerial Corps, and Laurence enjoys serving under her.

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



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Her relationship with Laurence comes off as a little more than a strong affection on Roland's part, until [[spoiler: Laurence sees in ''Victory of Eagles'' exactly how pained she is by his betrayal. She later lays into him - not for the treason, which she approves of, but because he did it in a way that not only ruined the careers and lives of others but left him under a sentence of death]].

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Her relationship with Laurence comes off as a little more than a strong affection on Roland's part, until [[spoiler: Laurence sees in ''Victory of Eagles'' exactly how pained she is by his betrayal. She later lays into him - not for the treason, which she approves of, but because he did it in a way that not only ruined the careers and lives of others but left him under a sentence of death]].
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* SeaMonster: Kiyo is over 200 feet in length, more than twice the size of the largest dragons in Europe. Needless to say, sailors are absolutely terrified of her kind.

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* SeaMonster: Kiyo is Kiyo's breed can be over 200 feet in length, more than twice the size of the largest dragons in Europe. Needless to say, sailors are absolutely terrified of her kind.
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* TheGoodChancellor: Tswana is a dracocracy ruled by [[SheIsTheKing King Mokhachane,]] but Moshueshue is the one whose foremost concern is the welfare of his people.

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* TheGoodChancellor: Tswana is a dracocracy ruled by [[SheIsTheKing King Mokhachane,]] but Moshueshue is the one whose power behind the throne, and his foremost concern is the welfare of his people.



* HeelFaceTurn: Justified. After allying with Napoleon for a couple of years, Moshueshue turns on him - not out of moral outrage, but to ensure that the Incan/French alliance cannot grow strong enough to defeat its enemies.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Justified. After allying with Napoleon for a couple of years, Moshueshue turns on him - not out of moral outrage, but to ensure that keep the Incan/French alliance cannot grow strong enough to defeat its enemies. Tswana from being threatened in the long run by their Incan and French 'allies'.
13th Jun '17 9:14:54 PM LBHills
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'''Moshueshue'''\\
Prince Moshueshue of the Tswana, the strategist and war leader of the Tswana. In our timeline, he was King Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho.
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* BadassBoast: When Laurence claims, rather lamely, that he believes the multitude of British ships engaged in the slave trade will be banned 'soon', Moshueshue agrees.
--> "We will ban it ourselves," the prince said, the more ominously for the lack of any deliberately threatening tone.
* TheGoodChancellor: Tswana is a dracocracy ruled by [[SheIsTheKing King Mokhachane,]] but Moshueshue is the one whose foremost concern is the welfare of his people.
* 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: Justified. After allying with Napoleon for a couple of years, Moshueshue turns on him - not out of moral outrage, but to ensure that the Incan/French alliance cannot grow strong enough to defeat its enemies.
* NeutralNoLonger: Sometime around the sixth book, Moshueshue brings the Tswana into the wars on Napoleon's side - long enough to crush the Portuguese slave-holders of Brazil.
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* MoralityChainFromBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first captain, and his second, served the Aerial Corpse faithfully, so he continues to serve.

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* MoralityChainFromBeyondTheGrave: MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first captain, and his second, served the Aerial Corpse faithfully, so he continues to serve.
2nd Jun '17 4:29:21 PM LBHills
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'''Maximus'''\\
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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'''Maximus'''\\
A Regal Copper, the largest breed of
'''Celeritas'''\\
An elderly
dragon available to Britain (though French Grand Chevaliers are known to be larger, and sometimes Petit Chevaliers who acts as well). Like his captain Berkley, Maximus can be grumpy, but their hearts are the chief trainer for British dragons at Loch Laggan. Unique in the right place.Corps for having ''no'' human "captain" assuring his loyalty.


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* TheMentor: Celeritas acts as the tutor for many of Britain's fighting dragons.
* MoralityChainFromBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first captain, and his second, served the Aerial Corpse faithfully, so he continues to serve.
* OpenSecret: His role in training is generally known in the Aerial Corps, but kept secret from the other branches of the military (and, as far as possible, from the ObstructiveBureaucrat types in the British government.)
* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," most likely because the British government finally caught on. Although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility.
* OldSoldier: He was once a fighting dragon like the rest of the Corps, but he couldn't take the field if he wanted to, unless he accepted a human captain.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While he trains dragons in the traditional ways, he has no objection to new concepts. He also turns a blind eye, when he feels it necessary.
* 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.

'''Maximus'''\\
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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* AntiVillain: Sure, he plans to conquer all of Europe through military force, but he's also genuinely interested in improving the lives of his citizens, and has been steadily granting dragons more and more rights and freedoms ever since [[spoiler: Lien became his ally. That said, in ''Crucible of Gold'' he has reportedly reinstated slavery in French territories.]]
** That said, ''League of Dragons'' makes it clear that he only treats dragons well because that will make them more willing to fight for him. Since air superiority is a key part of contemporary warfare, making sure his dragons go above and beyond in terms of loyalty gives him that much more of an advantage over the rest of the world.

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* AntiVillain: Sure, he plans to conquer all of Europe through military force, but he's also genuinely interested in improving the lives of his citizens, and has been steadily granting dragons more and more rights and freedoms ever since [[spoiler: Lien became his ally. That said, in ''Crucible of Gold'' he has reportedly reinstated slavery in French territories.]]\n** That said, ''League of Dragons'' makes it clear ]] Although it's strongly implied that he politics or PragmaticEvil is behind a lot of these decisions, it causes the British aerial corps to feel certain doubts when the enemy is the only treats dragons well because that will make them more willing to fight side upholding rights for him. Since air superiority is a key part of contemporary warfare, making sure his dragons go above and beyond in terms of loyalty gives him that much more of an advantage over the rest of the world.dragons.



* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire franchise, from Laurence and Temeraire's meeting to every full-on war they face, trace sits source to him one way or another.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire franchise, from Laurence and Temeraire's meeting to every full-on war they face, trace sits traces its source to him one way or another.
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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, she was quickly reinstated.]]

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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, sexism and her ties to Laurence, she was quickly reinstated.]]
* UnequalPairing: If anyone told her it was unseemly for an Admiral to [[UnusualEuphemism ride subordinates to foundering]], she did not pay much attention.
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