History Characters / TheQueensThief

2nd Oct '15 12:52:32 AM LadyArin
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* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of his hand is definitely karmic.
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* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of off his hand is definitely karmic.

* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut of his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.
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* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut of off his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.
2nd Oct '15 12:49:05 AM LadyArin
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* BigBrotherInstict: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]
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* BigBrotherInstict: BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]

* MuggingTheMonster: Really, Sejanus, did you honestly think it was a good idea to try and bait [[spoiler: the former thief of Eddis]]? Where have you been for the past two books? * SmugSnake: Comes across as one in that he ''thinks'' that he's a ConsummateLiar and brilliant schemer, but the reader (and some of the people around him) know he's not.
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* MuggingTheMonster: Really, Sejanus, did you honestly think it was a good idea to try and bait [[spoiler: the former thief of Eddis]]? Where have you been for the past two books? * SmugSnake: Comes across as one in that he ''thinks'' that he's a ConsummateLiar and brilliant schemer, but the reader (and some Like many of the people around him) know he's not.Attolians, he underestimates Eugenides as a pawn of the queen of Eddis, and falls for his ObfuscatingStupidity. * SmugSnake
2nd Oct '15 12:46:50 AM LadyArin
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Actually, Sejanus *isn't* trying to be the king's ally. He tells his father he is, because his father wants Gen under their control. Sejanus wants Gen dead, so he doesn't care if Gen likes him or not.
* BadLiar: He's trying to position himself as the king's only ally among his unruly attendants, but does a terrible job hiding that he's the ringleader of all their pranks.

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* BadLiar: He's trying to position himself as TheHyena: Whether the king's only ally among his unruly attendants, but does a terrible job hiding that he's the ringleader of all their pranks. joke ends up on him or someone else, Sejanus always laughs.
23rd Sep '15 4:23:13 PM LadyArin
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* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddisia", but she deliberately took Eddis.
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* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddisia", "Eddia", but she deliberately took Eddis.

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* SheIsTheKing: The female variant PapaWolf: Downplayed example, since he is also TheStoic, and given his position and the political elements of the series, he cannot actually "Eddisia", but she deliberately took Eddis.strike out at the woman who [[spoiler:cut off his son's hand]]. He does make it as clear to her as he can that he is very angry with her for it. * TheStoic: According to Eddis, he, like his son, will not admit when he is in pain.
4th Jul '15 11:01:27 AM amaXdear
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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.
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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions. emotions, partly because he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Eugenides and Attolia actually do love each other]] for another hundred pages or so, and is worried he might be forced to choose between them.
6th Apr '15 11:59:43 AM eowynjedi
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* TheChessmaster: Particularly in ''King of Attolia''. He promises Attolia that [[spoiler:he can bring down Eurodites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.
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* TheChessmaster: Particularly in ''King of Attolia''. He promises Attolia that [[spoiler:he can bring down Eurodites' Erondites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.

* [[spoiler:UnreliableNarrator]]: In ''The Thief'', like you wouldnít believe. See also ObfuscatingStupidity, above.
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* [[spoiler:UnreliableNarrator]]: UnreliableNarrator: In ''The Thief'', like you wouldnít believe. See also ObfuscatingStupidity, above.

* {{Guile Hero}}ine
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* {{Guile Hero}}ine Hero}}ine: It started when she was sent to live with her future husband's family, where they spoke openly of their plot to take the throne. She stayed quiet and demure and secretly collected poisonous leaves, then sold most of her jewelry to buy the palace guard over to her side.

* {{Guile Hero}}ine ObliviousToLove: Everyone from here to Sounis knew that Dite was madly in love with her... except for her. She thinks it's a ''joke'' when she finds out.

* UnexpectedSuccessor
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* UnexpectedSuccessorUnexpectedSuccessor: Her brother was king, but her future husband's family had him killed so they could seize the throne through her. And then she poisoned him.

* UnexpectedSuccessorTheMentor: He taught Attolia everything she knows about how to survive as a sovereign Queen.

* UnexpectedSuccessorFieldPromotion: The king promotes Costis to lieutenant so he can have him as a personal guard, long before Costis would have been considered ready by himself or Teleus.

* UnexpectedSuccessorLoveEpiphany: Not so much love as ''loyalty'', but not long after Costis says he'd happily see the king choke to death accidentally, he finds himself making a wild charge through hunting dogs and high-ranking officials to [[spoiler:save Eugenides' life.]] He finds himself re-evaluating that statement in light of his own actions. * OhCrap: When he realizes that the dogs were released to occupy the Guard and leave the king alone in the garden.

* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]Eugenides]], saying that he sits on the throne like a printer's apprentice among other things.

* BawdySong / EarWorm: He wrote one. Itís even a plot point.
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* BawdySong / EarWorm: He wrote one.one called "The King's Wedding Night". Itís even a plot point.

* BawdySong / EarWorm: BigBrotherInstict: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He wrote one. Itís even hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a plot point.crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]

* GuileHero
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* GuileHero GuileHero: In the first book he devises a plan to conquer Eddis without warfare by compelling the queen to marry Sounis through her country's sacred artifact. * OutGambitted: By [[spoiler:Eugenides, who knew that this plan was in the works and planted himself in the magus' party as their thief.]]

* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that he has a gift, which is knowing when he is an ass.
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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that he has a gift, which his gift is knowing when that he is an ass.ass. (In fairness, so few people do.)

* ImpoverishedPatrician
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* ImpoverishedPatricianImpoverishedPatrician: His family was disgraced a generation ago.
5th Apr '15 3:51:04 PM eowynjedi
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* BadassBookworm
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* BadassBookwormBadassBookworm: He's very knowledgeable about the old myths but also keeps up with the current plays and other scholastic affairs.

* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
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* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Subverted. Initially he and everyone else thinks that a one-handed thief is no thief at all, but as the magus says, he can still do something.]]

* GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenellations.
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* GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenellations.crenelations.

* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]
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* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After a lot of trial and suffering, he and Irene--that is, the Queen of Attolia]].

* LetsGetDangerous
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* LetsGetDangerousLetsGetDangerous: Spends most of his time being a pain in the ass, but when you put his back to the wall watch ''out''. The magus, Attolia, and the Mede found this out in different ways.

* PintsizedPowerhouse
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* PintsizedPowerhouse PintsizedPowerhouse: He's noted to be small (shorter than Attolia, for example) but he's a very effective fighter.

* TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him.
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* TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him. He snarks at himself just as much.

* TricksterMentor * TurnOutLikeHisFather: At first, he despised fighting and killing like his father did, but it soon became a necessary skill for him to keep his position and his life. ** He also turned out like his mother and grandfather, who were both thieves.
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* TricksterMentor TricksterMentor: Towards Sophos, and towards some degree towards Costis. * TurnOutLikeHisFather: At first, he despised fighting and killing like his father did, but it soon became a necessary skill for him to keep his position and his life. ** life. He also turned out like his mother and grandfather, who were both thieves.

* TricksterMentor * TurnOutLikeHisFather: At first, he despised fighting and killing like his father did, SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddisia", but it soon became a necessary skill for him to keep his position and his life. ** He also turned out like his mother and grandfather, who were both thieves. she deliberately took Eddis.

* UnexpectedSuccessor
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* UnexpectedSuccessor UnexpectedSuccessor: She had two older brothers, but they died suddenly of illness and left her the sole heir.

* TheChessmaster
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* TheChessmasterTheChessmaster: She's playing Nahuseresh far better than he thinks he's playing her and manages to subvert his plans in plain sight of him.

* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen ** Played with. Really, she's ruthless because it's the only way to survive as a female ruler in a sexist government. The Attolian lower class seems to love her, at least the ones we've seen.
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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen ** GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Played with. Really, she's ruthless because it's the only way to survive as a female ruler in a sexist government. The Attolian lower class seems to love her, at least the ones we've seen.

* HeelRealization * HiddenDepths
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* HeelRealization HeelRealization: She realizes she's hit a new low after she cuts off a boy's hand. * HiddenDepthsHiddenDepths: As Eugenides says, she ''does'' have a heart. She's just had to wall it away because of her position.

* [[spoiler:TheMasochismTango]]: Mentioned above, with [[spoiler: Eugenides]]. When you [[spoiler: cut your love interest's hand off]], you know you have this trope.
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* [[spoiler:TheMasochismTango]]: TheMasochismTango: Mentioned above, with [[spoiler: Eugenides]]. When you [[spoiler: cut your love interest's hand off]], you know you have this trope.

* TranquilFury
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* TranquilFuryTranquilFury: When she gets mad, this is how it plays. It's very rare that she ever shouts or pitches things.

* {{Badass}}
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* {{Badass}}{{Badass}}: Well, he's a soldier and squad leader for a reason.

* {{Badass}}RageBreakingPoint: Very early in ''King of Attolia'', when he punches said king in the face for mocking the Guard's inability to protect their queen in the previous book. [[spoiler:Turns out this was all part of the plan for Eugenides--by changing Costis' mind he hoped to change Teleus']].

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* OddCouple: A pragmatic okloi, best friends with Costis, an honor-bound patronoi.

* TheUnfavorite
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* TheUnfavorite TheUnfavorite: His father hates him and only won't disinherit him because he'd only have Sejanus left.

* BadLiar * GracefulLoser * JerkWithAHeartOfGold
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* BadLiar BadLiar: He's trying to position himself as the king's only ally among his unruly attendants, but does a terrible job hiding that he's the ringleader of all their pranks. * GracefulLoser GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:When Eugenides tears down his entire house in the space of fifteen minutes and leaves him just his and Dites' life, Sejanus accepts it stoically and calls him by the archaic title 'Basileus' as he's arrested.]] * JerkWithAHeartOfGoldJerkAss: The only reason he's popular is that people like him mocking the people they dislike, and they also don't want to end up as a target. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:He actually loves his brother, he just pretends not to so their father doesn't separate them]].

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskickingAuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He was a soldier before becoming magus.
21st May '14 10:01:47 AM eowynjedi
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* ReluctantWarrior
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* ReluctantWarriorReluctantWarrior: He hates killing and refused to follow his father into the army, which caused a lot of strife between them. But the final refusal came ''after'' years of learning how to fight.

* TheSnarkKnight
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* TheSnarkKnight TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him.

* TheSnarkKnight IronicName: [[spoiler:She's explicitly ''not'' beautiful. Her name is Helen.]]

* TheSnarkKnight IronicName: [[spoiler:Her given name is Irene, which means peace.]]

* TheChewToy * HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard. * KnightInShiningArmor * OhCrap: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...
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* TheChewToy * HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members TheChewToy: Most of the Guard. third book is about him getting punished, ostracized, provoked, humiliated, being called out in the middle of the night because the king has gone ''nuts''... * KnightInShiningArmor * OhCrap: DidISayThatOutLoud: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...them... * HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far. * KnightInShiningArmor: He sees himself as one to Attolia, mentally referring to her as "my Queen" rather than the more proper "Your Majesty".

* [[spoiler:MadeASlave]]
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* [[spoiler:MadeASlave]]HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that he has a gift, which is knowing when he is an ass. * MadeASlave: [[spoiler:He's hidden by his kidnappers this way in ''Conspiracy of Kings'', along with some beating to make his face unrecognizable. He actually likes it ''better'' than being the heir.]]
19th May '14 7:52:32 PM eowynjedi
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Some cleanup. Starting, anyway.
* {{Badass}}
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* {{Badass}}{{Badass}}: In many ways. He's an excellent fighter, but his greatest strength is how much of a clever, conniving bastard he is.

* BunnyEarsLawyer * TheChessmaster
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* BunnyEarsLawyer BunnyEarsLawyer: He pisses off everyone. ''Everyone''. The family member who's the fondest of him says that being constantly angry with him is the correct reaction. But he is the best thief. * TheChessmasterTheChessmaster: Particularly in ''King of Attolia''. He promises Attolia that [[spoiler:he can bring down Eurodites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.

* TheDogBitesBack
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* TheDogBitesBackTheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of his hand is definitely karmic.

* FirstEpisodeSpoiler

* GallowsHumor * GentlemanThief * GuileHero
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* GallowsHumor GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenellations. * GentlemanThief GentlemanThief: Although he appears to be a common street thief in the first book, he's quite insistent that he's from a respectable family. [[spoiler:From Eddis' ''royal'' family in point of fact.]] * GuileHero GuileHero: Basically whenever you think you know what Gen is up to, you don't. And even if you do, you don't know the half of it.

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold * JumpedAtTheCall
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He enjoys provoking the hell out of people, is rude and sarcastic, and generally infuriates everyone he meets, but he's still a good friend who's trying to help the peninsular countries the best he can. * JumpedAtTheCallJumpedAtTheCall: When it comes to spying in Attolia. [[spoiler:It loses him a hand.]]

* [[spoiler:LoveAtFirstSight]]: [[spoiler:Towards the Queen of Attolia.]]
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* [[spoiler:LoveAtFirstSight]]: LoveAtFirstSight: [[spoiler:Towards the Queen of Attolia.]]Attolia. He says that this kind of love doesn't last, mind, but he spies on her enough that it just gets stronger]].

* PalsWithJesus: Eugenides is noted for not only talking to his gods, but for having them ''talk back''.
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* PalsWithJesus: Eugenides is noted for not only talking to his gods, but for having them ''talk back''. Of course, they tell him things like "STOP WHINING" and "GO TO SLEEP", which he finds to be rather anticlimatic.

* ActionGirl
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* ActionGirlActionGirl: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do.

* ModestRoyalty
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* ModestRoyaltyModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to by her attendants.

* BadassArmy: She has one that's absolutely devoted to her, in the form of the Queen's guard * BigBrotherIsWatching : This quote from the third book sums it up
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* BadassArmy: She has one that's absolutely devoted to her, in the form of the Queen's guard guard. * BigBrotherIsWatching : This quote from the third book sums it upup.

* BrokenBird
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* BrokenBirdBrokenBird: She was pawned off on an asshole husband, and after she took control of her country, she had no choice except to be totally ruthless to maintain her power thanks to the misogyny on ''top'' of the fact that her barons are untrustworthy power-grubbers.

* GallowsHumor
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* GallowsHumorGallowsHumor: When [[spoiler:Eugenides]] is outraged at an ambassador, she defuses it by offering him her goblet--which was how she killed her first husband. [[spoiler:Eugenides]] finds this hilarious.

* BigBrotherIsWatching
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* BigBrotherIsWatchingBigBrotherIsWatching: He ''is'' Big Brother, as Attolia's spymaster.

* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia.
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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]]

* BadassBookworm
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* BadassBookworm BadassBookworm: He's probably the most scholarly character in the books, but he's a skilled fighter and an incredibly capable royal servant. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In ''Queen of Attolia'', he tries to return Eugenides' spirits by saying there are still things he can do. Eugenides takes him at his word [[spoiler:and steals the ''magus'' by framing him for the destruction of Sounis' navy]]. The magus didn't mean he should do ''that!''

* BadassBookworm EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Thus far, his real name has not been revealed.

* TheProfessor
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* TheProfessorTheProfessor: When he's not plotting, he's studying botany and applying historical analysis to legends and myths.

* BewareTheNiceOnes
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* BewareTheNiceOnes BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia. It doesn't work. [[spoiler:So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.]]

* ComesGreatResponsibility * EarnYourHappyEnding
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* ComesGreatResponsibility TheBusCameBack: He doesn't appear at all in the middle two books, but he's the protagonist of the fourth. * EarnYourHappyEndingComesGreatResponsibility: During the fourth book, he realizes that he's done his family, servants, and country a huge disservice by not putting any effort into being a plausible, intimidating heir to his uncle. * EarnYourHappyEnding: ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' is about this.

* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingStupidity]]: In ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.
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* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingStupidity]]: ObfuscatingStupidity: In ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.Kings''. Everyone thinks he's an idiot and his emotions show on his face. [[spoiler:So he lets everyone think he's a gormless, naive dolt while he plans to show them all that he is 1. smart and 2. definitely ruthless enough to succeed his uncle]].

* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''
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* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' Kings''.

* UnderestimatingBadassery
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* UnderestimatingBadasseryUnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:He assumes that he has Attolia wrapped around his little finger.]] Boy, was he surprised.
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* OhCrap: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...

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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.
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