History Characters / TheDeathGateCycle

29th May '16 12:24:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Blond kids, in this case.
8th Oct '15 11:45:27 AM Theriocephalus
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* BigBadWannabe: He's not as powerful as Xar, but he's up there. His plans to the universe are almost as horrifying as the Serpents' (and may be ''worse'' depending on if you think "universe locked in a state of eternal chaos and misery" is better or worse than "universe of tormented undead ruled by Kleitus). Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for everyone else) things in the last books never quite work out in his favor.

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* BigBadWannabe: He's not as powerful as Xar, but he's up there. His plans to for the universe are almost as horrifying as the Serpents' (and may be ''worse'' depending on if you think "universe locked in a state of eternal chaos and misery" is better or worse than "universe of tormented undead ruled by Kleitus).Kleitus"). Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for everyone else) things in the last books never quite work out in his favor.
8th Oct '15 11:43:40 AM Theriocephalus
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* AxeCrazy (now that she's a lazar)
* CameBackWrong (pretty much the poster girl in this series)
* HappilyMarried (with Jonathan)

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* AxeCrazy (now Now that she's a lazar)
lazar.
* CameBackWrong (pretty Pretty much the poster girl in this series)
series.
* HappilyMarried (with Jonathan)With Jonathan.



* TheSmartGuy (while alive)
* TokenEvilTeammate (briefly after her transformation. She turns on the heroes as soon as she gets a good oppurtunity, though)
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds (like all the lazar except for Jonathan and Kleitus)

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* TheSmartGuy (while alive)
While alive
* TokenEvilTeammate (briefly Briefly after her transformation. She turns on the heroes as soon as she gets a good oppurtunity, though)
though.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds (like Like all the lazar except for Jonathan and Kleitus)Kleitus.



* TheAtoner (for what he did to Jera)
* GeniusDitz (in life- he's a very skilled necromancer, but is otherwise rather naive and absent minded. This changes following his religious experience)
* IncorruptiblePurePureness (the only lazar to be at peace with himself, and—more pertinently—the only being, living or otherwise, who can undo a lazar and separate soul from corpse.)

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* TheAtoner (for For what he did to Jera)
Jera.
* GeniusDitz (in In life- he's a very skilled necromancer, but is otherwise rather naive and absent minded. This changes following his religious experience)
experience.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness (the The only lazar to be at peace with himself, and—more pertinently—the only being, living or otherwise, who can undo a lazar and separate soul from corpse.)
9th Sep '15 5:01:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: She was a teenager when she married Sinistrad and had Bane (not that he seemed to have been much older); by the present of the story, she's still only 26.


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* TeenPregnancy: She was a teenager when she married Sinistrad and had Bane (not that he seemed to have been much older); by the present of the story, she's still only 26.
13th Aug '15 7:13:07 PM MasterGhandalf
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* TheEmperor: His title as Dynast is equivalent to this; he's explicitly stated to outrank other monarchs, something even his opponents admit.

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* DemotedToDragon: Xar manages to force him into servitude through a display of more powerful magic. Kleitus is [[TheStarscream less than enthused about this]].
* TheEmperor: His title as Dynast is equivalent to this; he's explicitly stated to outrank other monarchs, monarchs such as kings and princes, something even his opponents admit.



* EvilSorcerer: Really the only Sartan or Patryn who fits this trope. Even in life he was a power-hungry necromancer. In death, he's a power-hungry NighInvulnerable OmnicidalManiac necromancer.

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* EvilSorcerer: Really the only Sartan or Patryn who fits this trope. Even in life he was a power-hungry necromancer. In death, he's a power-hungry NighInvulnerable OmnicidalManiac ''NighInvulnerable, OmnicidalManiac'' necromancer. [[SarcasmMode Fun guy]].



* LargeAndInCharge: Sartan on the whole tend to be either slender or pudgy and aren't all that physically imposing. Kleitus, on the other hand, is a tall and powerfully built man who looks the part of the ruler of his world.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Near the climax of ''Fire Sea'', one of the Kairn Telest Sartan shoots him dead center with an arrow while in the middle of a speech. Kleitus, not missing a beat, proceeds to rip the arrow out and start gesturing with it.




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* VoiceOfTheLegion: As a lazar, he speaks with the voice of his soul and the voice of his body slightly out of sync, producing this effect. Even Xar finds it unsettling.
24th Mar '15 5:53:13 PM MasterGhandalf
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** HeelRealization: [[spoiler: But during his final confrontation with Haplo and Sang-drax, he finally realizes that he'd been had and was turning into the very thing he once fought against. RedemptionEqualsDeath quickly followed]].



* AxCrazy: As a lazar, he's consumed with hatred for the living, but unlike most of the other lazar, he can make that hate work for him rather than being dominated by it.



* TheChessmaster: Kleitus is fond of strategy games, and is no slouch at applying that skill to his day-to-day life; he schemes rings around Haplo in ''Fire Sea'', and keeps plotting even after he's dead.
* TheEmperor: His title as Dynast is equivalent to this; he's explicitly stated to outrank other monarchs, something even his opponents admit.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Jera notes that, whatever his other failings, Kleitus was a dutiful son. Even in death, his mother remains housed in the palace[[note]]albeit under house arrest, as she never realized she was dead and was no longer wanted at official functions[[/note]] and is constantly attended by servants and necromancers courtesy of her son.



* EvilVersusEvil: He and the serpents despise each other, as their goals are mutually exclusive- they want to corrupt all life, while Kleitus just wants to kill it so he can rule an empire of the dead. He also doesn't get along with Xar or the Patryns, being a (former) Sartan.

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* EvilVersusEvil: He and the serpents despise each other, as their goals are mutually exclusive- they want to corrupt all life, life so they can feed on the ensuing chaos, while Kleitus just wants to kill it everyone so he can rule an empire of the dead.dead[[note]]Considering that the lazar are one of the only factions the serpents ''never'' try to get a TreacherousAdvisor installed in, the implication is that they can't feed on the undead, who are therefore useless to them[[/note]]. He also doesn't get along with Xar or the Patryns, being a (former) Sartan.
24th Mar '15 5:42:52 PM MasterGhandalf
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* AntiVillain
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BadassGrandpa (big time. He may look the part of the elderly wizard, but he's every bit as much of a MagicKnight as any of his followers)
* TheChessmaster
* EvilCannotComprehendGood (As he falls into Sang-drax's influence, he loses the ability to grasp that not all people are motivated by personal ambition)
* EvilOverlord (at least half averted; he may be an Overlord but he is hardly evil [[spoiler: at least until he starts listening to Sang-drax]])
** Well, it's all in the perspective. He cares deeply for his own people (until the spoilered events, anyway), but barely spares a thought for the well-being of the Mensch. At one point he seriously considers a mass genocide simply because their stupidity gets on his nerves.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* MeaningfulName (Xar is speculated to have derived from the Russian "czar", which of course is itself derivative of "Caesar".)
** MeaningfulRename (Xar himself has long since forgotten what his birth name was, and since he's old enough to be the grandfather or possibly great-grandfather of every other Patryn character in the series, nobody else ever knew it)
* WellIntentionedExtremist

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* AntiVillain
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BadassGrandpa (big time. He may look
AmbiguouslyEvil: Whether he can be considered "evil" mostly boils down to whether one thinks the "save my people" part of his motivation trumps the elderly wizard, but he's every bit as much of a MagicKnight as any of his followers)
* TheChessmaster
* EvilCannotComprehendGood (As he falls into Sang-drax's influence, he loses
"conquer the ability to grasp that not all people are motivated by personal ambition)
* EvilOverlord (at least half averted; he may be an Overlord but he is hardly evil [[spoiler: at least until he starts listening to Sang-drax]])
** Well, it's all in the perspective. He cares deeply for his own people (until the spoilered events, anyway), but barely spares a thought for the well-being of the Mensch. At one point he seriously considers a mass genocide simply because their stupidity gets on his nerves.
universe" part.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
AntiVillain: Xar is, by his own admission, a ruthless and often cruel man, but he's also deeply invested in the survival and wellbeing of his people, risking his life on a nearly daily basis on the chance he might be able to free Patryns from the Labyrinth.
* MeaningfulName (Xar TheArchmage: Quite possibly the most powerful mortal wizard alive at the time of the novels; his only real competition is Samah [[spoiler: and Alfred]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Patryns don't give their allegiance lightly; the fact that Xar made a career out of kicking the crap out of the Labyrinth was what won him the loyalty of most of his followers.
* BadassGrandpa: Big time. He may look the part of the elderly wizard, but he's an immensely powerful mage and every bit as much of a MagicKnight as any of his followers.
* BerserkButton: Anything and everything to do with the Labyrinth and his people's imprisonment therein; meeting Samah (the Labyrinth's creator) for the first time finds Xar nearly incoherent with sheer, spitting rage.
* BigBad: Initially appears to be this. Things get more complicated when he ends up with Sang-drax and Kleitus, simultaneously manipulating and being manipulated by both of them, while also opposing the KnightTemplar Sartan (who are ''also'' being advised by the serpents, who play both sides). [[spoiler: In the end, even Xar is forced to admit that the serpents were the greatest threat, and he'd been playing into their, er, hands.]]
* BlackCloak/ManInWhite: Xar always wears robes that are either all black or all white, perhaps a nod to his rather extreme and harsh personality.
* TheChessmaster: Xar is very intelligent and has been building his plans for domination of the worlds for decades.
* DeadpanSnarker: When Kleitus informs Xar that he intends to murder him at the first opportunity, Xar drily responds that it must be pleasant for the lazar to have a goal still. Apparently, Kleitus makes Xar nervous, and being nervous makes the Lord of the Nexus particularly snarky.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: As he falls into Sang-drax's influence, he loses the ability to grasp that not all people are motivated by personal ambition, since the serpents want him to see everyone as potential rivals. [[spoiler: Haplo manages to snap him out of it]].
* EvilOverlord: He's undeniably an overlord; how evil he is varies depending on one's perception of him, but he starts falling into it more and more as Sang-drax gains greater influence over him.
* FatalFlaw: Pride (in his own power) and Wrath (against the Sartan) are his big ones.
* HumanNotepad: Being a Patryn, it goes without saying, but Xar has so many tattoos he's actually started ''tattooing over his tattoos''.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: He becomes increasingly tyrannical, brutal, and paranoid in the later books, largely due to Sang-drax's influence. [[spoiler: Haplo manages to recall him to himself just barely before he hits rock bottom]].
* LikeASonToMe: He calls all his followers "my son/daughter", but with Haplo, he ''really'' means it, explicitly musing that Haplo is closer to him than his own (long-dead) biological children. Though he's too proud and stoic to show it, it's clear that even when he thinks Haplo has betrayed him, having him killed breaks his heart.
* MagicKnight: To be expected of a Patryn; best illustrated by the beginning of ''The Hand of Chaos'' where he defeats a legion of [[FromASingleCell chaodyn]] through a combination of superior spellcasting and swordplay.
* MeaningfulName: Xar
is speculated to have derived from the Russian "czar", which of course is itself derivative of "Caesar".)
"Caesar".
** MeaningfulRename (Xar MeaningfulRename: Xar himself has long since forgotten what his birth name was, thanks to having tattooed over his heart-rune, and since he's old enough to be the grandfather or possibly great-grandfather of every other Patryn character in the series, nobody else ever knew it)
it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
MotiveDecay: At some point his motivation became more about acquiring power for himself than about saving his people, something he slowly realizes during ''The Seventh Gate''. "How did I end here, from where I began?"
* NotSoDifferent: To Samah, emphasized by Haplo and especially by [[spoiler: the vision of the Sundering that he, Haplo, and Alfred share, which casts each observer as the historical figure they most resemble. Xar, of course, gets cast in Samah's role]].
* NotSoStoic: Around Sang-drax and Kleitus, two beings he doesn't understand and can't control, he finds himself in the uncomfortable position of being visibly nervous. He covers by being [[DeadpanSnarker very snarky to them]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: In the end, he realizes that Haplo was telling him the truth all along and Sang-drax is his true enemy; he reverses the spell that would collapse the worlds together, but is killed by the serpent immediately for his trouble]].
* StrongerWithAge: It's explicitly stated that Sartan and Patryn magic strengthens as the wielder ages; Xar, who is both immensely old and incredibly powerful, is a walking testament to this fact.
* ThatManIsDead: Accidental self-inflicted example. Xar tattooed over his heart-rune with symbols of power, which had a side-effect of making him forget his real name. He has a brief moment of horror in the last book when he realizes that he can no longer remember the name of that young warrior who escaped the Labyrinth so long ago.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Xar ''will'' save his people from the Labyrinth and restore to them their birthright - that birthright being, unfortunately, as conquerors of the other races.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Well, strongest Patryn.
9th Mar '15 9:52:46 PM MasterGhandalf
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* BackFromTheDead (another one of his eccentricities. He does a HeroicSacrifice ''twice'', to save the same characters each time. [The second one is revealed quite directly to be a sham.])
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]NoFourthWall: ''Constantly''.
* EccentricMentor
* [[spoiler:GoMadFromTheRevelation (he is a Sartan who opposed the Sundering and stayed on Earth during TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, attempting without success to save the millions abandoned there.)]]
** [[spoiler:ActionSurvivor (and if that wasn't enough, Samah then condemned him, along with all the other Sartan dissenters, to the Labyrinth. Zifnab is believed to have been the first to escape it, after which he wrote a huge collection of books for other escapees to educate themselves with. This library forms the foundation of Xar's knowledge base.)]]
* SmallNameBigEgo

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* BackFromTheDead (another BackFromTheDead: Another one of his eccentricities. He does a HeroicSacrifice ''twice'', to save the same characters each time. [The second one is Both cases are almost immediately revealed quite directly to have been faked.
* BlatantLies: In ''Elven Star'', he insists that he's not a Sartan despite being able to effortlessly bypass Haplo's wards, a feat no mensch wizard would
be capable of. Haplo doesn't buy it for a sham.])
second, and in ''Hand of Chaos'' he finally admits that yes, he ''is'' a Sartan.
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]NoFourthWall: ''Constantly''.
''Constantly''. Zifnab is wise enough - or insane enough - to seemingly be fully aware that he's a fictional character, and also aware of ''other'' fictional characters to boot.
* EccentricMentor
CloudCuckooLander: Zifnab speaks almost entirely in non-sequiturs and pop culture references none of the other characters can get. It's almost impossible to hold a coherent conversation with him even when he ''doesn't'' think he's James Bond.
* [[spoiler:GoMadFromTheRevelation (he EccentricMentor: He's genuinely one of the oldest and wisest people in the Sundered Realms. Alas, he's also (almost) completely insane.
* {{Expy}}: of Fizban from the same authors' ''Dragonlance Chronicles''[[note]]in fact, he almost introduces himself as Fizban before changing his mind[[/note]] - though Zifnab may be even weirder, if possible.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation : [[spoiler: He
is a Sartan who opposed the Sundering and stayed on Earth during TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, attempting without success to save the millions abandoned there.)]]
]]
** [[spoiler:ActionSurvivor (and [[spoiler:ActionSurvivor: and if that wasn't enough, Samah then condemned him, along with all the other Sartan dissenters, to the Labyrinth. Zifnab is believed to have been the first to escape it, after which he wrote a huge collection of books for other escapees to educate themselves with. This library forms the foundation of Xar's knowledge base.)]]
* SmallNameBigEgoOOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Zifnab stops goofing around and starts talking sense, for the love of the One, ''listen to him''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: At least as far as the people he interacts with are concerned, as despite his constant claims of being a powerful wizard, he almost never does anything to prove it. [[spoiler: Of course, as an immensely ancient and -when lucid - powerful Sartan and the actual first person to escape the Labyrinth, that sense of his own importance may not be so inflated...]]




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* TimeAbyss: Zifnab is older than most civilizations' histories. Even for a Sartan, that's ''old''. And considering he was a contemporary of Samah's, he was presumably fairly old even ''before'' the Sundering.
* WizardClassic: A rather ragged version, admittedly, just like his inspiration Fizban.



Zifnab's constant companion, a highly intelligent but bloodthirsty being kept in check only by a powerful spell that makes him think he's a butler. Or is he...

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Zifnab's constant companion, a highly intelligent but bloodthirsty being kept in check only by a powerful spell that makes him think he's a butler. [[WalkingSpoiler Or is he...
he...]]



* ArchEnemy (he and Sang-Drax appear to have a history, though it's not elaborated on)
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]NoFourthWall (though not quite as much as Zifnab)
* DeadpanSnarker
** ServileSnarker (in his "butler" persona)
* [[spoiler: AllPowerfulBystander]]
* HypercompetentSidekick (from his and Zifnab's interactions, it's clear who's the brains of the operation, especially in later books)
* NoNameGiven
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* [[strike: OnlySaneMan]] [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Dragon]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent


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* ArchEnemy (he ArchEnemy: [[spoiler: he and Sang-Drax appear to have a history, though it's not elaborated on)
on]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]NoFourthWall (though BigGood: [[spoiler: As the apparent leader - or at least spokesman - of the Pryan dragons, he's the chief opposition to the Serpents]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]NoFourthWall: though
not quite as much as Zifnab)
Zifnab, he'll get in a pop-culture related one-liner here and there. [[spoiler: Being a timeless cosmic being, he may well have been there for that pop culture]]
* DeadpanSnarker
DeadpanSnarker: The dragon often has the long-suffering air of someone forced to shepherd a bunch of unruly children, "his" wizard being foremost among them, and frequently makes dry remarks about the situation.
** ServileSnarker (in ServileSnarker: in his "butler" persona)
persona
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[spoiler: AllPowerfulBystander]]
* HypercompetentSidekick (from
From his and Zifnab's interactions, it's clear who's the brains of the operation, especially in later books)
books]]
* NoNameGiven
NoNameGiven: He's only ever "the dragon" or "Zifnab's dragon".
* ObfuscatingStupidity
ObfuscatingStupidity: He pretends to be a bloodthirsty beast placed under a spell that compels him to act like a butler. [[spoiler: He's really an immensely ancient and wise embodiment of order]].
* [[strike: OnlySaneMan]] [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Dragon]]
Dragon]]: He's usually the voice of reason compared to Zifnab's lunacy.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent

OurDragonsAreDifferent: He's a giant, wingless serpent from the depths of Pryan's jungle [[spoiler: and an ancient embodiment of peace and harmony]].




* AffablyEvil (at least, while alive...)
* DragonWithAnAgenda (slips into this role for Xar after Xar defeats but can't destroy him. Xar is GenreSavvy enough to be aware of this, and knows better than to allow Kleitus out of his sight for long)
* EvilOverlord
* EvilSorcerer (really the only Sartan or Patryn who fits this trope)
* EvilVersusEvil (he and the serpents despise each other, as their goals are mutually exclusive- they want to corrupt all life, while Kleitus just wants to kill it so he can rule an empire of the dead)
* ImplacableMan
* {{Necromancer}}
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (his first encounter with Xar- it's remarked on as having been a spectacular, albeit brief, battle, but it only gets referenced in passing and we never see it)
* OmnicidalManiac

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* AffablyEvil (at least, while alive...)
* DragonWithAnAgenda (slips into this role for Xar after Xar defeats but can't destroy him. Xar is GenreSavvy enough to be aware of this, and knows better than to allow
AffablyEvil: While alive, Kleitus is a polite, cultured man who'll invite his enemies over for drinks and gaming, execute them out of hand when they become more valuable dead than alive, and calmly discuss the finer points of rune magic with Haplo while the Patryn is dying from the poison Kleitus himself gave him. As a lazar, he's at least capable of holding conversation without immediately murdering whoever he's talking to, which may not sound like much, but is really quite something when compared to [[AxCrazy the other lazar]].
* ArcVillain: Of ''Fire Sea''.
* BigBadWannabe: He's not as powerful as Xar, but he's up there. His plans to the universe are almost as horrifying as the Serpents' (and may be ''worse'' depending on if you think "universe locked in a state of eternal chaos and misery" is better or worse than "universe of tormented undead ruled by Kleitus). Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for everyone else) things in the last books never quite work out in
his sight for long)
favor.
* EvilOverlord
BlackCloak: He wears heavy black robes (as a Sartan necromancer) with purple trim (because he's royalty).
* EvilSorcerer (really EvilOverlord: As Dynast, he's the most powerful ruler on Abarrach. As lord of the lazar, he's one of the most dangerous rulers in the multiverse.
* EvilSorcerer: Really
the only Sartan or Patryn who fits this trope)
trope. Even in life he was a power-hungry necromancer. In death, he's a power-hungry NighInvulnerable OmnicidalManiac necromancer.
* EvilVersusEvil (he EvilVersusEvil: He and the serpents despise each other, as their goals are mutually exclusive- they want to corrupt all life, while Kleitus just wants to kill it so he can rule an empire of the dead)
dead. He also doesn't get along with Xar or the Patryns, being a (former) Sartan.
* ImplacableMan
ImplacableMan: As a lazar, he's functionally indestructible, as there's only one spell that can reliably kill him, and few Sartan are capable of casting it. He'll come back from anything less.
* {{Necromancer}}
{{Necromancer}}: One of the most powerful of the Abarrach Sartan, and they're a culture with "necromancer" as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (his ObfuscatingStupidity: He's noted to promote the perception of himself as a lighthearted gamester to distract his court from his true political acumen.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: his
first encounter with Xar- it's remarked on as having been a spectacular, albeit brief, battle, but it only gets referenced in passing and we never see it)
it.
* OmnicidalManiac
OmnicidalManiac: It's explicitly stated that the lazar Kleitus's goal is to kill every living person on every world, then rule over a universe of the undead for all eternity. You can't say the man thinks small...
* OurLichesAreDifferent: As a lazar, he's an undead wizard of immense strength.
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: In ''Seventh Gate'', he's the "bigger fish" the Cursed Blade summons to combat Ramu and the Sartan]].
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: He may be forced to serve Xar in ''Into the Labyrinth'', but that's not say he's fond of the arrangement, and outright states his intentions to kill Xar as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Xar, for his part, doesn't trust Kleitus as far as he can throw him, but keeps him around because he knows more about necromancy than anyone (and, admittedly, because he's close to impossible to kill).]]
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* {{Asexuality}}: He only had sex with Iridal to produce Bane; he outright states he found the process unpleasant and has no desire to resume it.



* BrokenBird
* KaleidoscopeEyes
* MamaBear
* TheDogBitesBack: To Sinistrad.

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* BrokenBird
AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: She was a teenager when she married Sinistrad and had Bane (not that he seemed to have been much older); by the present of the story, she's still only 26.
* KaleidoscopeEyes
BigDamnHeroes: Twice. First, saving Bane from Sinistrad in ''Dragon Wing'', and later [[spoiler: saving Stephen from Bane in ''Hand of Chaos'']].
* MamaBear
BrokenBird: Once an idealistic, good-natured young woman, years of living in Sinistrad's shadow ground her into the dirt. [[spoiler: In her appearances after he's dead, she seems to be putting herself back together again fairly well]].
* FatalFlaw: Iridal consistently believes that she can influence her family to be better people; unfortunately, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter her husband and son are manipulative sociopaths]]. [[spoiler: Not to say she doesn't get over it]].
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Iridal's eyes constantly change colors, possibly a side-effect of her coming from a powerful wizard lineage.
* MamaBear: One of the few things that can provoke a violent reaction from Iridal is to try and hurt Bane. [[spoiler: And when she realizes that Bane doesn't need to be protected from the world so much as the world needs to be protected from Bane, she takes it upon herself to ShootTheDog]].
* MysticalWhiteHair: This powerful wizardess has long, thick white hair.
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler: Kills Bane herself rather than let him assassinate Stephen]].
* TheDogBitesBack: To Sinistrad.Sinistrad; when he [[spoiler: tries to kill Bane, she immediately attacks ''him'', which in turn gives Hugh the opening he needs]].



* [[spoiler: UnwittingPawn: First to Sinistrad, then to Bane. She wises up in the end, though]].

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* [[spoiler: UnwittingPawn: First Initially, she was Sinistrad's tool in birthing a child to Sinistrad, then act as his emissary to the Mid Realms. [[spoiler: Later on, Bane himself manipulates her to his advantage, but she's wizened up by now...]]
* WideEyedIdealist: As a young woman. The present Iridal in ''Hand of Chaos'' is more of a...
** KnightInSourArmor
* WizardDuel: Has a brief one against Sinistrad after [[spoiler: he tries to kill
Bane. She wises up in the end, though]].
loses, creates an opening for Hugh...]]

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* AntiHero (he and Haplo get along just fine)
* BadassNormal

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* AntiHero (he AntiHero: he and Haplo get along just fine)
fine
* BadassNormalBadassBeard: Hugh has a long, braided, instantly-recognizable beard.
* BadassNormal: Hugh has no magical abilities, but is one of the deadliest warriors in Arianus, to the point of being able to kill the most powerful wizard in the World of Air.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: He kills Sinistrad in single combat [[spoiler: but doing so costs him his life]].
* BoxedCrook: Saved from execution early in book one because King Stephen has need of an assassin.
* CallBack: Early in ''Dragon Wing'' when he thinks he's about to be executed, he remarks that his one regret in life is that he never killed a wizard. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, he dies killing a wizard]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments. His conversation with King Stephen is particularly snarky.



* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
** [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead, via a...]]
** [[spoiler:PowerTattoo inscribed by Alfred]]
** [[spoiler:ImmortalityImmorality (doesn't want to come back)]]
*** [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence ("I can die. I just don't stay dead.")]]
*** [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck (also, now that he can't die, he can't kill. Makes him a damn poor assassin.)]]
* ProfessionalKillers

to:

* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
TheCynic: Hugh is an incredibly bitter, cynical man as of the beginning of ''Dragon Wing''. His later experiences [[spoiler: such as dying and coming back]] change him profoundly.
* FamedInStory: Elf or human, most everyone in the Mid Realm knows his reputation.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Dragon Wing'', he sacrifices himself to kill Sinistrad]]...
** [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead, via BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: but is resurrected by a...]]
** [[spoiler:PowerTattoo PowerTattoo: [[spoiler: inscribed by Alfred]]
Alfred...]]
** [[spoiler:ImmortalityImmorality (doesn't want ResurrectiveImmortality: [[spoiler: which will also bring him back any time he dies again...]]
** ImmortalityHurts: [[spoiler: but results in a situation he is,
to come back)]]
*** [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence ("I can die. I just don't stay dead.")]]
***
put it mildly, less than fond of]].
**
[[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck (also, now that he can't die, he can't kill. Makes him a damn poor assassin.)]]
* ProfessionalKillers
{{Jerkass}}: Initially. Later develops into more of a...
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KarmicDeath: Providing these for those who escape justice is his specialty; he advertises himself as "the Hand of Retribution". He says it's just a means of attracting customers, but there may be a bit more to it...
* LoveRedeems: He falls hard for Iridal from pretty much the moment he sees her, and this ends up providing a good chunk of the impetus to finally take a stand.
* NobleDemon: Hugh may be a ruthless killer, but he's an honorable man in his own way.
* OrphansOrdeal: His mother died when he was a kid, and he never knew his father [[spoiler: until he later tracked him down and killed him]]. He was raised by the Kir, an order of spooky death-worshippers not exactly known for their overflowing compassion. Small wonder he grew up a bitter loner with a fixation on death.
* ProfessionalKillers: Considered the second greatest assassin in Arianus... and the first is past her prime.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Though Alfred doesn't let the "death" part stick]].



* AbusiveParents (his real dad, Sinistrad, uses him in his EvilPlan ''the day after he was born''.)
* BastardUnderstudy
* ChangelingFantasy
* DeliberatelyCuteChild
* EnfantTerrible
* OffingTheOffspring (King Stephen explains that Queen Anne is pregnant, so now that there's a ''real'' heir to the throne they can do away with the CreepyChild they got left with)
* [[spoiler:SelfMadeOrphan: later hires Hugh to kill his father and mother.]]
* SwitchedAtBirth

to:

* AbusiveParents (his AbusiveParents: his real dad, Sinistrad, uses him in his EvilPlan ''the day after he was born''.)
born''.
* BastardUnderstudy
AffablyEvil: Bane is always cheerful and charming, even while poisoning people.
* ChangelingFantasy
AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler ''"I will be king!"'']]
* DeliberatelyCuteChild
BastardUnderstudy: To Sinistrad, who seemed himself rather ignorant of just how intelligent (and ruthless) the boy was. Later becomes this [[spoiler: to Xar himself, who sees through the human child easily but like's the kid's intelligence, ruthlessness and guts]].
* EnfantTerrible
BlondGuysAreEvil: Blond kids, in this case.
* OffingTheOffspring (King ChangelingFantasy: Though raised as the son of King Stephen and Queen Anne, he was really the offspring of the wizard Sinistrad. Of course, everyone ''knew'' this - they just couldn't do anything about it.
* CharmPerson: Sinistrad wrapped Bane in a powerful spell that compels anyone who sees him to adore and dote on him.
* ChildMage: Inherited his parents' magical ability, though he doesn't know many spells without Sinistrad to walk him through it.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Sinistrad's CharmPerson spell on him works on this principle.
* EnfantTerrible: What a charming, adorable, precocious little sociopath.
* TheEvilPrince: The fact that Bane qualifies for this trope at ''ten'' should tell you something about him.
* FreudianExcuse: Growing up in a loveless royal court with your only companion being the disembodied voice of an evil wizard would leave anyone a little twisted.
* GodGuise: Tries to pass himself off as a young god to the Gegs. Fails when it becomes apparent that even with Sinistrad's help, he just doesn't have the magical chops to fake it believably.
* ManipulativeBastard: Bane is ''very'' good at using peoples' emotions - particularly adults' instinctive desire to protect him - to make them do what he wants.
* OffingTheOffspring: King
Stephen explains that Queen Anne is pregnant, so now that there's a ''real'' heir to the throne they can do away with the CreepyChild they got left with)
with.
* [[spoiler:SelfMadeOrphan: SelfMadeOrphan: Tries (and fails) to kill [[spoiler: Sinistrad]] after realizing he has no intention of sharing power; later hires Hugh to kill his adoptive father and mother.]]
mother.
* SwitchedAtBirth
TheSociopath: It's outright stated that "right" and "wrong" mean nothing to Bane, only "What do I want?" and "how do I get it?"
* SwitchedAtBirth: With Stephen and Anne's real son.



* AgentMulder
** TheUnmaskedWorld (gets to see all the Mid and High Realms for himself)
*** BreakTheCutie ([[spoiler:later becomes a ruthless general]])
*** BewareTheNiceOnes

to:

* AgentMulder
{{Adorkable}}: Jarre particularly finds him this way.
* AgentMulder: Limbeck desperately wants to believe that there is more to life than serving the Kicksey-winsey
** TheUnmaskedWorld (gets TheUnmaskedWorld: gets to see all the Mid and High Realms for himself)
himself
*** BreakTheCutie ([[spoiler:later [[spoiler:later becomes a ruthless general]])
general]]
*** BewareTheNiceOnesBewareTheNiceOnes: Limbeck is a gentle soul, but if you push him to the breaking point, he can literally change the world.
* NonActionGuy: Limbeck is no fighter, and is actually rather out of shape (unusual for a Geg).
* RebelLeader: Though he starts off an unusually ''nice'' one.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism (embodied in a single character! He starts off massively idealistic, becomes completely cynical, and later [[spoiler:is jolted back to idealism]])

to:

* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism (embodied SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: embodied in a single character! He starts off massively idealistic, becomes completely cynical, and later [[spoiler:is jolted back to idealism]])
idealism]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Initially, he really doesn't understand why everyone can't just get along.



* BaldOfEvil
* CardCarryingVillain

to:

* BaldOfEvil
TheArchmage: The mysteriarchs are the most powerful human wizards; Sinistrad is the most powerful mysteriarch. With the possible exception of the Kenkari keepers, he was almost certainly the most powerful mensch wizard on Arianus. Haplo's not that impressed with him, though.
* CardCarryingVillainBaldOfEvil: He has no hair anywhere on his body; it's apparently a birth defect.
* CardCarryingVillain: The fact that he aactually changed his name to Sinistrad in the first place indicates that he doesn't care about being seen as evil.
* TheChessmaster: He developed an elaborate long-term plan that, had it succeeded, would have resulted in the mysteriarchs - and by extension, Sinistrad himself - ruling Arianus.
* DarkIsEvil: From his deathly pallor to his black robes and skullcap, every inch of his aesthetic screams this.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: He dies at the end of the first book, and later books show him for the small fish he really was]].
* DomesticAbuser: After Bane's birth, he seemed to keep Iridal around mostly so he'd have a convenient target whenever he felt the urge to KickTheDog.



* EvilSorcerer
* ManipulativeBastard
* MeaningfulName

to:

* EvilSorcerer
EvilSorcerer: A ruthless man single-mindedly dedicated to using his magic to acquire more and more power.
* ManipulativeBastard
ManipulativeBastard: Played his fellow mysteriarchs for fools for more than ten years.
* MeaningfulNameMeaningfulName: "Sinistrad" is pretty obviously [[IncrediblyLamePun "sinister"]]


Added DiffLines:

* NecessarilyEvil: How he pitches himself to his fellow mysteriarchs.
* ObviouslyEvil: And will freely admit it.
* OffingTheOffspring: Tried to kill Bane after [[spoiler: he turned on him. "I can get more sons!" Iridal and Hugh stopped him from succeeding]].


Added DiffLines:

* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: A successful one! He didn't succeed in saving himself, as he'd already been fatally knifed before transforming, but he did manage to kill Hugh with this form before expiring]].
* TheSociopath: Like father, like son.
* SorcerousOverlord: Already the ruler of the mysteriarchs. Had his eyes on rulership of Arianus as well.
* SquishyWizard: [[spoiler: dies to Hugh's knife as easily as any man]].
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