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[[quoteright:272:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AnomanderRake_9597.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:272:Anomander Rake, from the ''Gardens of the Moon'' collectors edition.]]'''''The Malazan Book of the Fallen''''' is a series of [[DoorStopper long]] fantasy novels by Canadian author Steven Erikson. It is known for having [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters loads and loads and]] [[RunningGag loads and loads and loads]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters of characters]]. ''Dust Of Dreams'' has ''two hundred and forty-four'' characters listed, and that doesn't include the ones that are only mentioned in passing. The [[TheVerse universe]] in which the story takes place is a shared creation of Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont. !!!Ten of ten planned books have been published as of February 2011: # ''Gardens of the Moon'' (1999) # ''Deadhouse Gates'' (2000) # ''Memories of Ice'' (2001) # ''House of Chains'' (2002) # ''Midnight Tides'' (2004) # ''The Bonehunters'' (2006) # ''Reaper's Gale'' (2007) # ''Toll the Hounds'' (2008) # ''Dust of Dreams'' (2009) # ''The Crippled God'' (2011) !!!In addition to the ''Book of the Fallen'', the main sequence written by Erikson, there are also a number of side stories: * Steven Erikson: ''Blood Follows'' (2002) * Steven Erikson: ''The Healthy Dead'' (2004) * Steven Erikson: ''The Lees of Laughter's End'' (2007) * Steven Erikson: ''Crack'd Pot Trail'' (2010) * Steven Erikson: ''The Wurms of Blearmouth'' (2012) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Night of Knives'' (2005) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Return of the Crimson Guard'' (2008) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Stonewielder'' (2010) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Orb, Sceptre, Throne'' (Jan 2012 UK; May 2012 USA) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Blood and Bone'' (Dec 2012 UK) !!!The Kharkanas Trilogy (prequels focusing on Kurald Galain): # ''Forge of Darkness'' (2012) # ''Walk in Light'' (TBA) # ''Fall of Shadow'' (TBA) Now has a [[Characters/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen Character Sheet]]. ---- !!This series provides examples of: * AbusivePrecursors: The Forkrul Assail. * AcheyScars: Born by Toc the Younger (eye) * ActionGirl: Apsalar. [[spoiler:She killed almost one houndred Claws in ten minutes.]] * TheAlliance: The forces arrayed against the Malazan Empire's invasion of Genabackis, and later against the Pannion Domin. ** In backstory, most of the Elder Gods and ascendants [[spoiler:and the Jaghut and T'lan Imass]] coming together to [[spoiler:chain the Crippled God]] ** There is one between Gothos and Kilmandaros to seal Scabandari. ** Also, the Tiste Andii and Edur, until the Edur betray them. * AloofBigBrother: Fear Sengar and Tavore Parran as a GenderFlip * AmnesiacDissonance: Apsalar is an odd case. She has most of her old memories, but she got some of [[FakeMemories Cotillion's memories and skills]] from when he possessed her. * AncientConspiracy: The Nameless Ones. * AndIMustScream: Lots of examples * {{Animorphism}}: Soletaken and D'ivers. In the case of the latter, several of the animal form at once. The number depends on power. * AntiVillain: Cotillion is an obvious example. Anomander Rake looks like one at first, but gradually turns out to be more purely heroic in ''Toll the Hounds''. ** [[spoiler:The Crippled God falls in here too, as all he wants is be made whole and go home.]] * AnyoneCanDie: Most poignantly demonstrated at the end of ''Memories of Ice'' with the death of [[spoiler:Whiskeyjack]]. But see also DeathIsCheap, below. Another example is [[spoiler: Trull Sengar]] in ''Reaper's Gale''. * AscendedFanfic: The setting began as a homebrewed ''DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign * ArmyOfTheDead: One appears in Toll the Hounds consisting of everyone who has ever died ever. * ArtifactOfDoom: Rhulad Sengar's sword and Dragnipur * AscendedExtra: Tavore, Torrent, squad of Fiddler, Nimander and his friends. * AxCrazy: Smiles, Hairlock, [[spoiler:Rhulad]]. * BackFromTheDead: A lot. [[spoiler: Hedge, Brys, Toc the Younger, Duiker, Coltaine...]] * BadassAbnormal: So, so many. * BadassArmy: Up the wazoo, Bridgeburners and Bonehunters are two examples. * {{Badass}}: Most obvious examples are Anomander Rake, Karsa Orlong and Silchas Ruin. Many Bridgeburners also qualify. * BadassBoast: Kallor has one of the best boasts in the history of boasts:'I walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?' ** And Caladan Brood immediately shoots back with [[ShutUpHannibal 'Yes. You never learn.']] * BadassGrandpa: Kallor. Several hundred thousand years old, looks like he's in his eighties, fights as well or better than many of the established Badasses. * BadassNormal: Notably Kalam. Also, Crokus, Rallick Nom, and probably any (non-Bridgeburner) Malazan soldier. * BarbarianTribe: Teblors, who are really [[spoiler:Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai]]. * BelligerentSexualTension: Lostara and Pearl, [[spoiler: until they find ''way'' to resolve this]]. * BigBad: [[spoiler:The Crippled God.]] Although he is not introduced until ''Memories of Ice'' and plays next to no role in several books. ** Technically, he's mentioned in passing in books one and two- it's just not until ''Memories of Ice'' that the reader becomes aware of his central role. ** And in the final novel [[spoiler: his plans are hijacked by the Forkrul Assail, and he becomes the BigGood.]] * BigDamnHeroes: Suprisingly enough, [[spoiler: Hood in Dragnipur]]. * BigGood: Several of them. [[spoiler:K'rul, Mael, Anomander Rake]], maybe [[spoiler:Ganoes Paran]] ** [[spoiler:The Crippled God becomes this in the final book]]. * BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Warren of Chaos.]] * BlackAndGrayMorality: The all conquering Malazan empire teaming up with the Rake and Calodin Brood against the cannibalistic Pannion Domin in ''Memories of Ice' * BlackAndWhiteMorality: [[spoiler:Anomander Rake vs. Chaos]] in ''Toll the Hounds'' * BlessedWithSuck: Ganoes Paran, twice over. * BloodKnight: Karsa really like a good fight. * BornLucky: Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas. He has nearly every form of cancer on the planet, yet will never sicken. Multiple Arrows fired into his back all strike the same spear shaft hanging on his back, tripping in battle results in impaling an enemy etc * BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tusked Milk, an alcoholic drink made from orange rinds, honey and Tusked Seal sperm. * BreakTheCutie: Felisin Paran. Forced into a life of slavery and prostitution by her own sister, enduring an epic journey across oceans and desert, being possessed and finally [[spoiler: impaled by her own sister]] * BrokenBird: Again, Felisin Paran * BusCrash: [[spoiler:Empress Laseen.]] She's alive and well when last we see her in ''Reaper's Gale.'' Come ''The Crippled God,'' she's dead and apparently has been for a while. ** AllThereInTheManual: What happened is shown in ''Return of the Crimson Guard''. * ButchLesbian: Tavore Paran * ButtMonkey: Toc the Younger and Tool. * CelibateHero: [[spoiler:Shield Anvil Itkovian]] * CharacterFilibuster: Gets really {{Anvilicious}} in ''Toll the Hounds'' with Kruppe's long ramblings about inequality. * ChekhovsGun: Most notably, Whiskeyjack's injured leg in ''Memories of Ice'' * ChekhovsGunman: This series is in love with this trope. [[spoiler:First mentions about Icarium and Gothos are in the first novel, but they appear in story in the second.]] The most significant is [[spoiler:the crucified dragon]] found in ''House Of Chains.'' * TheChessmaster: Shadowthrone. * CharacterizationMarchesOn: Cotillon appears to be practically a monster while possessing Sorry, but becomes much more sympathetic after Gardens of the Moon. * ChivalrousPervert: Tehol Beddict * ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: So, so, so many characters get this in the series proper via a NoEnding, LongBusTrip, or PutOnABusToHell, although sometimes they appear in the side stories. * CloudCuckooLander: Ceda Kuru Quan, who jumpes from thread to thread during every discussion. Tehol also has shades of this. * CreepyChild: Kettle * ColonyDrop: Moon's Spawn getting dropped on the Pannon Domin army in ''Memories of Ice'' * ConservationOfNinjitsu: Despite the Claw being played up as elite assassins and mages, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Kalam manages to tear through the best of them]] in both ''Deadhouse Gates'' and again in ''The Bonehunters''. However, he ends both occasions badly wounded [[spoiler:and is NotQuiteDead at the end of ''Bonehunters''.]] ** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by him being a Clawmaster and a match for the patron god of assassins, pre-ascension. * ConstructedWorld * CoolSword: Dragnipur, which swallows the souls of those slain by it. Mention also goes out to Karsa's bloodwood swords, made of wood and harder than stone, and Karsa's stone sword, an eight foot length of flint containing the souls of his best friends. * CoolOldGuy: Ceda Kuru Qan, who damn near killed the whole Tiste Edur species on his own. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As a general rule, if you meet someone who's [[AGodAmI weak]], [[EldritchAbomination unassuming]], and/or [[LethalJokeCharacter downright wacky]], the appropriate response is to run away screaming, and don't look back. ** Ceda Kuru Quan is a good example. [[spoiler:Everyone thinks, that he lost his mind - he was just preparing himself to create powerful spell. This spell was designed to wipe out entire army of Tiste Edur, and he nearly succeeded]]. * DanceBattler: Some Shadow Dancers. You don't want to mess with them * DarkActionGirl / DarkMagicalGirl: Apsalar * DarkIsNotEvil: Anomander Rake and the Tiste Andii in general. Also Hood, who is one of more decent gods. * DeadpanSnarker: Lots of them * DeathFromAbove: Moon's Spawn * DeathIsCheap: Very, though at least there's a healthy dose of CameBackWrong going around to balance things out. Whilst there are a few [[KilledOffForReal permanent demises]] here and there, death is usually not to be feared in this series because of immediate, guaranteed CessationOfExistence, but because it's anyone's guess what's going to emerge from your grave once someone or something inevitably resurrects you. ** List of characters who have come back from the dead in some fashion at least once as of book 4: [[spoiler:Crust, Hawl, Tattersail, Bellurdan, Nightchill, Hairlock, Ganoes Paran, Baudin, Duiker, Coltaine, Toc the Younger, Truth, Trake, Bairoth Gild, Delum Thord, Apsalar's father, two Hounds of Shadow, the T'lan Imass as a race, the K'chain Che'Malle as a race, and all of the Bridgeburners. That's not counting Fiddler, Kalam, Corabb, and others who narrowly escape death on a regular basis.]] * DeathSeeker: Apsalar, and how. * DeathWorld: It's a wonder there's anybody NOT in the military given how many things can and will try to kill off anything else. * DemonicPossession: Okay, divine possession. Not much of a difference in most cases. * DepravedBisexual: Turudal Brizad, who even [[spoiler: slept with his own son, Tribal Gnol, who is also example of this trope]]. * DeusExMachina: This is the primary purpose of [[spoiler: the Houses of Azath.]] In addition, the [[spoiler:Trygalle Trading Guild]] in ''Deadhouse Gates'', the [[spoiler:army of Bridgeburner ghosts]] in ''House of Chains''. Justified in that all three of these are discussed at length in the book they're used, and others. There were rules for all three. And there were consequences for them all as well. * DiabolusExMachina: It would a separate page to list them all (and two to list them all AND put them in context) * DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Iskaral Pust * DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Quick Ben does this a ''lot'' ** Notably subverted with [[spoiler: the Crippled God.]] ** Ganoes Paran dispatching of [[spoiler: Poliel, the goddess of plaque]] without breaking much of a sweat. ** High King Kallor. [[spoiler: Three gods show up and curse him for his misdeeds. So he curses them back.]] * DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Quick Ben again. * DisproportionateRetribution: A long time ago, an Imass cheated on his wife. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She became a mad goddess of war dedicated to wiping out the human species she saw as descended from his tryst.]]. * {{Doorstopper}}: All the books are over 700 pages, some up to 1200. * DropTheHammer: Caladan Brood wields a great hammer so {{badass}} that it has the power to awaken the sleeping earth goddess Burn (whose body is apparently the earth itself). * DualWielding: Knives, swords, cutlasses, flails... * [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]] * ElementalPowers: More than the traditional four. Also, the Lost Elementals that are mentioned by Cotillion in ''House of Chains'' * TheEmpire: Averted with the Malazan Empire in that many of the protagonists work for it [[spoiler:and in that maybe it isn't as evil as it seems at first glance]]. Its fairly egalitarian and its subjects enjoy generally competent administration and have religious and economic freedom. Often forcibly. The Lether Empire on the other hand is a straight example, with its extreme class divisions and fixation on wealth and conquest for its own sake. * EnfantTerrible: Kettle - undead girl and serial killer feeding a dying Azath tower. * EtTuBrute: Rhulad finally snaps [[spoiler:when Udinaas, the closest thing he had to a friend, leaves him. Not that Udinaas [[DemonicPossession had a choice]] in the matter...)]] * EunuchsAreEvil: Korbal Broach. He actually became a necromancer because as an eunuch he couldn't create life anymore. * EvilAlbino: Silchas Ruin, described as "the most cruel of the three sons of Mother Dark". * EvilChancellor: Triban Gnol * FantasticRacism: Both subverted and played straight. Humans are racist towards other humans just like in real life, but the Tiste races hate each other. The T'Lann Imass make themselves undead so they can kill off the Jaghut. * FateWorseThanDeath: Getting killed by Dragnipur equals [[spoiler: spending eternity chained to the gates of the Warren of Darkness.]] * FloatingContinent: Moon's Spawn. And the island of Drift Avalii floats literally in the ocean. * FunctionalMagic: The Warrens * GambitPileup: Every god, Ascendant, and major human leader has some sort of long-range plan * Gaia'sVengeance: Subverted - it's [[spoiler:Poliel, goddess of Disease, who thinks, that Burn would want that done in her name]]. * GeniusLoci: The Mockra Warren and Azath Houses * GenocideBackfire: Subverted - The Jaghut survivors aren't interested in revenge against T'lan Imasses, they just want to be left alone. * TheGhost: Plenty of characters are namechecked but never appear in the main story - the most prominent being Admiral Nok and High Fist Greymane. * GodEmperor: Jaghut Tyrants. Also [[spoiler: Shadowthrone/Kellanved, although he was never both at the same time]] * GoldfishPoopGang: Bauchelain and Korbal Broach * GondorCallsForAid: The siege of Capustan in ''Memories of Ice'', although the besieged are strangers to the heroes * GreyAndGrayMorality: Malazans vs. Darujhistan in ''Gardens of the Moon'', Tiste Edur vs. Letherii in ''Midnight Tides'', Crippled God vs. everyone else. * GutturalGrowler: Count how many times "growled" or "grunted" is used as a dialogue tag. * HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Sergeant Helian is an oddly competent bottle fairy, managing to lead the most successful part of an invasion force across Lether, performing better drunk than the other sober commanders. * {{Hellhound}}s:The Hounds of Shadow, [[spoiler:and later, the Deragoth (Hounds of Darkness) and Hounds of Light]] * HellishHorse: Karsa's horse, Havok ** [[spoiler:Both of them]] * HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Seren Pedac]] * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Hedge, who detonated himself with attacking Kell Hunter]]. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Icarium and Mappo; Fiddler and Hedge, Quick Ben and Kalam, Gesler and Stormy; Tehol and Bugg, Karsa and Torvald... It seems to be a reccuring trope in this series. ** basically, at least one instance can be expected out of most any squad of Malazan Marines. ** Does Shadowthrone and Cotillion count? * HiddenDepths: Bugg. Not only a ServileSnarker, but also [[spoiler:The Elder God Mael in disguise, hanging out with Tehol because "he hadn't so much fun for centuries"]]. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Karsa and Samar Dev. * ImAHumanitarian: The Pannion Domin is an empire completely based on this. * ImplacableMan: The Forkul Assail and T'lan Imass are races composed of implacable men. Most Jaghut are as well * Jerkass: The Feather Witch, Clips. * JerkAssGods: Many, though Errastas is probably one of the nastiest. * JigsawPuzzlePlot: And only half the pieces are available.... * KaleidoscopeEyes: Anomander Rake * KarmicDeath: Most of the antagonists that don't die in direct battle get one of these. * KillEmAll: 75% of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters will not be breathing by the end of their third book. A good third won't make it to the end of their debut book. It's called ''Book of the Fallen'' for a reason. * KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Tattersail]] in ''Gardens of the Moon.'' * KnifeNut: Smiles * KnightTemplar: Most of the Tiste Liosan seem to be this way ** The T'lan Imass, too. * KudzuPlot: Oh, boy... * LighterAndSofter: Not thematically, but Erikson has announced that the Kharkanas Trilogy will have a slightly more traditional and less complex structure. * LightIsNotGood: The Tiste Liosan * LipstickLesbian: Stonny Menackis * LivingMemory * LizardFolk: The K'Chain Che'Malle, and their short-tailed creation, the K'Chain Nah'ruk. * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (''Reaper's Gale'' has seventy-two named Malazan soldiers. ''Seventy-two.'' Steven Erikson tries to give them all distinctive personalities, and fails.) ** ''Dust of Dreams'' has 75 * LoveMartyr: Crokus/Cutter for Apsalar * MadnessMantra: You see an issue with chronology? Start repeating: "The timeline is not importent, the timeline is not important..." * MadScientist: Korbal Broach kills and disembowels people so he can do creepy experiments on them. He even collects bottles of blood. * MaskPower: Redmask, the Seguleh * TheMasochismTango: Iskaral Pust and Mogora, Karsa Orlong and Samar Dev * MasterSwordsman: The Seguleh apart, plenty abound. Brys Beddict, Anomander Rake, Kallor and Karsa Orlong just to name a few. * MauveShirt: Mostly Malazan soldiers; it is possible that the Bridgeburners' burgundy uniforms are a LampshadeHanging on the whole RedShirt thing * MayflyDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Whiskeyjack (human middle age) and Korlat (millennia) in ''Memories of Ice'', Spinnock Durav (also millennia) and Salind (teenager) in ''Toll the Hounds'']] * MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:Anomander Rake]] in ''Toll the Hounds''. Don't forget [[spoiler:Coltaine]] in ''Deadhouse Gates'', the guy ends up being [[spoiler:''crucified on a hill top'' then is reborn, not to mention the devotion and worship that surrounds him both before and after his 'death']] the author actually seems to go out of his way to add parallels between him and good old JC * MindRape: Cotillion's possession of Sorry, Sha'ik's possession of Felisin. * MindScrew: The series' vague explanations and complex style of plotting tend to cause this for many readers. * MedievalStasis: Not a pure example. While the world is truly ancient, different civilizations, some of which not even human, have risen and fallen many times. Also, the K'Chain Che'Malle and Nah'Ruk reached higher technological levels. Lether also has magical reasons for being kept in a permanently primitive status. * MonsterIsAMommy: The emlava in ''Reaper's Gale'' * MotherOfAThousandYoung: Tiam. * MST3kMantra: Don't try to make sense of the timeline; really, don't. * MushroomSamba: The hallucinogenic honey in ''The Bonehunters'' * {{Mytharc}}: The backstory covers literally hundreds of thousands of years, repeatedly * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "The Emperor Of A Thousand Deaths", Icarium Lifestealer, "The Son Of Darkness" * TheNeidermeyer * NighInvulnerability: The Forkrul Assail, and some Ascendants. * NoBiochemicalBarriers: All kinds of hybrids between different intelligent species * NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Several times with different characters * TheNotSecret: Sgt. Strings[[hottip:*:Fiddler]] and Traveler[[hottip:*:Daseem Ultor, First Hero of the Malazan Empire]] don't seem to be fooling anyone who's even heard of them, pre-name change * ObfuscatingStupidity: Tehol Beddict and Bugg; possibly also Iskaral Pust, although he might just be genuinely mad. Then there's Kruppe, who uses all the standard ObfuscatingStupidity techniques, but never seems to actually ''fool'' anyone; the other characters all know he's smart, and his acting like an idiot all the time usually ticks them off . . . which is probably the real reason why he does it. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Most professional soldiers, especially the Malazan ones. * OracularUrchin: Kettle, Grub * OurDemonsAreDifferent * OurDragonsAreDifferent * OurElvesAreBetter: Tiste races, especially the Liosan, who are a massive {{deconstruction}} of the elves in other fantasy sagas. * OurGiantsAreBigger: The Thelomen Toblaki. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Jaghuts: with the exception of the Tyrants, they are actually peaceful in nature. * OurVampiresAreDifferent: Kettle. * OurZombiesAreDifferent: The T'lan Imass. Shurq Elalle is another example - she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. * OvershadowedByAwesome: Crokus is an absolutely lethal assassin and knife fighter, whose skills surpass people who were {{Badass}} in the first book. He just keeps ending up in fights with immortals, demigods and monsters. ** He finally gets to take on opponents in his weight class in ''Toll The Hounds'', and shines. * PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Rhulad is a half insane emperor wielding cursed sword, but he really wants to be a good ruler, has sort of friendship with Udinaas, and gives his brother Fear Mayen back]]. * PhysicalGod: All the Ascendants and Elder Gods. * PiecesOfGod: The Warrens are literally the body and blood of the Elder God K'rul. * PlanetEris: The Malazan world may be the most insane ConstructedWorld in the history of fantasy. * PowersThatBe: The Azath. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Karsa Orlong. Again. And many others. ** Karsa Orlong might also be seen as an attempt at a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] or {{deconstruction}}. * PurpleProse * PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Silverfox, Ganoes Paran, Apsalar]], where are you? * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Seems to be a requirement to join the Malazan army. * RandomEventsPlot: Can come across as this at times. WordOfGod says this intentional * RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Seren Pedac]] * ReligionOfEvil: The Faith of the Pannion Seer. ** The Religion of the Dying God * RoaringRampageofRevenge: [[spoiler:Dassem Ultor / Traveller, whose only goal in life is killing Hood, god of death]]. ** RevengeBeforeReason: Again, [[spoiler: Dassem Ultor. He even starts fight with Rake, only because he killed Hood first]]. * RotatingArcs * RuleOfCool: As of ''Memories of Ice,'' zombie velociraptors with swords for hands * SealedBadassInACan * SealedEvilInACan: Or buried in a barrow. Or chained to a monolith. Or captured by a House of the Azath. Grave robbing and amateur archeology are dangerous indeed in this world. Played straight, but also subverted at least once, in that the big, unstoppable evil gods rose... to be dispatched within ''minutes'' by the new [[{{Badass}} Badasses]] who have arisen to replace them * SeriesContinuityError: Some of them seem to be intentional or the result of an UnreliableNarrator, but there are still quite a lot. ** Tattersail's account of the Siege of Pale in ''Gardens of the Moon'' differs quite substantially from the one Tayschrenn gives in ''Memories of Ice''. In particular, Tayschrenn states that Nightchill killed A'Karonys, but in Tattersail's account, Nightchill died first. (For storyline purposes, Tayschrenn's account is the correct one.) ** Lorn claims that she knew Toc the Elder, but also that he has been missing since the death of Emperor Kellanved, which took place when Lorn was at most twelve (going by the dates given), so it's unlikely that she actually could have. ** In ''Gardens of the Moon'', Tool states that the battle in the Jhag Odhan was the end of the Twenty-Eighth Jaghut War, but in the prologue of ''Memories of Ice'', which takes place thousands of years before ''Gardens'', the T'lan Imass declare the end of the Thirty-Third Jaghut War. ** Orfantal changes genders from female to male between ''Gardens of the Moon'' and ''Memories of Ice''. * ServileSnarker: Bugg, a servant of Tehol. * ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Definitely death of Trull Sengar. And the end of Grey Swords. And many more.]] ** Onrack [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in ''Dust of Dreams'' * ShoutOut: The Jaghut are based on the Green Martians from ''JohnCarterOfMars''. * SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: [[SarcasmMode Just a little bit cynical]] * SmugSnake: Triban Gnol, Karos Invictad * SoulJar: Jaghut Finnests * SpeciesLostAndFound: Repeatedly * SteamPunk: A lot of K'Chain Che'Malle technology. * StupidNeutral: The Forkrul Assail are now functionally extinct, in no small part due to their randomly switching sides during the war between Jaghut and T'lam Imass to ensure balance * {{Sword Fight}}s: Lots of them * TeleportersAndTransporters: The Warrens are often used this way. * TheChewToy: Toc the Younger, oh, so much. [[spoiler:He lost his eye, was sucked into the magic black hole, thrown away half year later, KILLED, resurrected in a new body (which also hadn't one eye), KILLED AGAIN, resurrected as an undead, and forced to make his best friend his enemy.]] Let's face it, Steven Erikson propably hates him. * TheMessiah: Trull Sengar. Is also the point of a Shield Anvil ** Itkovian: "You are in pain. I will embrace you now..." * [[AWizardDidIt The Nascent Did It]] * ThePowerOfFriendship: Is what allows the T'Lan Imass Tool and Onrack to start feeling emotions again. Is also what enables [[spoiler:Beak's]] HeroicSacrifice. * TheUndead and DemBones * ThirdPersonPerson: Kruppe * ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: About half of the Crippled God's followers get screwed over because they allied with him. * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. * ThoseTwoGuys: Scorch and Leff. Possibly Telorast and Curdle. * TitleDrop: ---> '''Memories of mountain-high ice''' remained. * TooDumbToLive: High Fist Pomqual. For Shadowthrone's sake Pomqual. [[spoiler:Fortunately he did not live past the first book he appeared.]] * {{Turncoat}} * {{Tykebomb}}: Apsalar and Rud Elalle * TheUndead: The T'lan Imass. * UnstoppableRage: Icarium * ViewersAreGeniuses * WarIsHell * WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler: Tattersail]] * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Icarium, Sinn, Feather Witch, Hannan Mosag and lots of the followers of the Crippled God * WhoWantsToLiveForever: The "naturally immortal species are immune to this" angle is subverted with the Tiste Andii; [[spoiler:also, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths is an example of the BlessedWithSuck variety]]. ** Non naturally immortal beings vulnerability is also subverted in several cases, such as [[spoiler:Onrack, a Tlan Imass, who doesn't find his immortality to be all that bad because "there's always something else to see"]] * WorldOfBadass: Very nearly everyone is a {{badass}} to some degree. * TheDogBitesBack: The war between the Imass and the Jaghut is a species-wide example. * TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler:Tiam when she incarnates in the final book.]] * YouShallNotPass: Trull Sengar fights Icarium to a standstill to protect the child army of House Shadow. ** Also, in ''Reaper's Gale'', Trull beats Silchas Ruin and Clip in order to protect the Finnest. Neither make it past him. ** Let's not forget Spinnock Durav holding Kallor at bay for an entire night. ----
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[[quoteright:272:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AnomanderRake_9597.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:272:Anomander Rake, from the ''Gardens of the Moon'' collectors edition.]]'''''The Malazan Book of the Fallen''''' is a series of [[DoorStopper long]] fantasy novels by Canadian author Steven Erikson. It is known for having [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters loads and loads and]] [[RunningGag loads and loads and loads]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters of characters]]. ''Dust Of Dreams'' has ''two hundred and forty-four'' characters listed, and that doesn't include the ones that are only mentioned in passing. The [[TheVerse universe]] in which the story takes place is a shared creation of Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont. !!!Ten of ten planned books have been published as of February 2011: # ''Gardens of the Moon'' (1999) # ''Deadhouse Gates'' (2000) # ''Memories of Ice'' (2001) # ''House of Chains'' (2002) # ''Midnight Tides'' (2004) # ''The Bonehunters'' (2006) # ''Reaper's Gale'' (2007) # ''Toll the Hounds'' (2008) # ''Dust of Dreams'' (2009) # ''The Crippled God'' (2011) !!!In addition to the ''Book of the Fallen'', the main sequence written by Erikson, there are also a number of side stories: * Steven Erikson: ''Blood Follows'' (2002) * Steven Erikson: ''The Healthy Dead'' (2004) * Steven Erikson: ''The Lees of Laughter's End'' (2007) * Steven Erikson: ''Crack'd Pot Trail'' (2010) * Steven Erikson: ''The Wurms of Blearmouth'' (2012) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Night of Knives'' (2005) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Return of the Crimson Guard'' (2008) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Stonewielder'' (2010) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Orb, Sceptre, Throne'' (Jan 2012 UK; May 2012 USA) * Ian Cameron Esslemont: ''Blood and Bone'' (Dec 2012 UK) !!!The Kharkanas Trilogy (prequels focusing on Kurald Galain): # ''Forge of Darkness'' (2012) # ''Walk in Light'' (TBA) # ''Fall of Shadow'' (TBA) Now has a [[Characters/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen Character Sheet]]. ---- !!This series provides examples of: * AbusivePrecursors: The Forkrul Assail. * AcheyScars: Born by Toc the Younger (eye) * ActionGirl: Apsalar. [[spoiler:She killed almost one houndred Claws in ten minutes.]] * TheAlliance: The forces arrayed against the Malazan Empire's invasion of Genabackis, and later against the Pannion Domin. ** In backstory, most of the Elder Gods and ascendants [[spoiler:and the Jaghut and T'lan Imass]] coming together to [[spoiler:chain the Crippled God]] ** There is one between Gothos and Kilmandaros to seal Scabandari. ** Also, the Tiste Andii and Edur, until the Edur betray them. * AloofBigBrother: Fear Sengar and Tavore Parran as a GenderFlip * AmnesiacDissonance: Apsalar is an odd case. She has most of her old memories, but she got some of [[FakeMemories Cotillion's memories and skills]] from when he possessed her. * AncientConspiracy: The Nameless Ones. * AndIMustScream: Lots of examples * {{Animorphism}}: Soletaken and D'ivers. In the case of the latter, several of the animal form at once. The number depends on power. * AntiVillain: Cotillion is an obvious example. Anomander Rake looks like one at first, but gradually turns out to be more purely heroic in ''Toll the Hounds''. ** [[spoiler:The Crippled God falls in here too, as all he wants is be made whole and go home.]] * AnyoneCanDie: Most poignantly demonstrated at the end of ''Memories of Ice'' with the death of [[spoiler:Whiskeyjack]]. But see also DeathIsCheap, below. Another example is [[spoiler: Trull Sengar]] in ''Reaper's Gale''. * AscendedFanfic: The setting began as a homebrewed ''DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign * ArmyOfTheDead: One appears in Toll the Hounds consisting of everyone who has ever died ever. * ArtifactOfDoom: Rhulad Sengar's sword and Dragnipur * AscendedExtra: Tavore, Torrent, squad of Fiddler, Nimander and his friends. * AxCrazy: Smiles, Hairlock, [[spoiler:Rhulad]]. * BackFromTheDead: A lot. [[spoiler: Hedge, Brys, Toc the Younger, Duiker, Coltaine...]] * BadassAbnormal: So, so many. * BadassArmy: Up the wazoo, Bridgeburners and Bonehunters are two examples. * {{Badass}}: Most obvious examples are Anomander Rake, Karsa Orlong and Silchas Ruin. Many Bridgeburners also qualify. * BadassBoast: Kallor has one of the best boasts in the history of boasts:'I walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?' ** And Caladan Brood immediately shoots back with [[ShutUpHannibal 'Yes. You never learn.']] * BadassGrandpa: Kallor. Several hundred thousand years old, looks like he's in his eighties, fights as well or better than many of the established Badasses. * BadassNormal: Notably Kalam. Also, Crokus, Rallick Nom, and probably any (non-Bridgeburner) Malazan soldier. * BarbarianTribe: Teblors, who are really [[spoiler:Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai]]. * BelligerentSexualTension: Lostara and Pearl, [[spoiler: until they find ''way'' to resolve this]]. * BigBad: [[spoiler:The Crippled God.]] Although he is not introduced until ''Memories of Ice'' and plays next to no role in several books. ** Technically, he's mentioned in passing in books one and two- it's just not until ''Memories of Ice'' that the reader becomes aware of his central role. ** And in the final novel [[spoiler: his plans are hijacked by the Forkrul Assail, and he becomes the BigGood.]] * BigDamnHeroes: Suprisingly enough, [[spoiler: Hood in Dragnipur]]. * BigGood: Several of them. [[spoiler:K'rul, Mael, Anomander Rake]], maybe [[spoiler:Ganoes Paran]] ** [[spoiler:The Crippled God becomes this in the final book]]. * BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Warren of Chaos.]] * BlackAndGrayMorality: The all conquering Malazan empire teaming up with the Rake and Calodin Brood against the cannibalistic Pannion Domin in ''Memories of Ice' * BlackAndWhiteMorality: [[spoiler:Anomander Rake vs. Chaos]] in ''Toll the Hounds'' * BlessedWithSuck: Ganoes Paran, twice over. * BloodKnight: Karsa really like a good fight. * BornLucky: Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas. He has nearly every form of cancer on the planet, yet will never sicken. Multiple Arrows fired into his back all strike the same spear shaft hanging on his back, tripping in battle results in impaling an enemy etc * BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tusked Milk, an alcoholic drink made from orange rinds, honey and Tusked Seal sperm. * BreakTheCutie: Felisin Paran. Forced into a life of slavery and prostitution by her own sister, enduring an epic journey across oceans and desert, being possessed and finally [[spoiler: impaled by her own sister]] * BrokenBird: Again, Felisin Paran * BusCrash: [[spoiler:Empress Laseen.]] She's alive and well when last we see her in ''Reaper's Gale.'' Come ''The Crippled God,'' she's dead and apparently has been for a while. ** AllThereInTheManual: What happened is shown in ''Return of the Crimson Guard''. * ButchLesbian: Tavore Paran * ButtMonkey: Toc the Younger and Tool. * CelibateHero: [[spoiler:Shield Anvil Itkovian]] * CharacterFilibuster: Gets really {{Anvilicious}} in ''Toll the Hounds'' with Kruppe's long ramblings about inequality. * ChekhovsGun: Most notably, Whiskeyjack's injured leg in ''Memories of Ice'' * ChekhovsGunman: This series is in love with this trope. [[spoiler:First mentions about Icarium and Gothos are in the first novel, but they appear in story in the second.]] The most significant is [[spoiler:the crucified dragon]] found in ''House Of Chains.'' * TheChessmaster: Shadowthrone. * CharacterizationMarchesOn: Cotillon appears to be practically a monster while possessing Sorry, but becomes much more sympathetic after Gardens of the Moon. * ChivalrousPervert: Tehol Beddict * ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: So, so, so many characters get this in the series proper via a NoEnding, LongBusTrip, or PutOnABusToHell, although sometimes they appear in the side stories. * CloudCuckooLander: Ceda Kuru Quan, who jumpes from thread to thread during every discussion. Tehol also has shades of this. * CreepyChild: Kettle * ColonyDrop: Moon's Spawn getting dropped on the Pannon Domin army in ''Memories of Ice'' * ConservationOfNinjitsu: Despite the Claw being played up as elite assassins and mages, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Kalam manages to tear through the best of them]] in both ''Deadhouse Gates'' and again in ''The Bonehunters''. However, he ends both occasions badly wounded [[spoiler:and is NotQuiteDead at the end of ''Bonehunters''.]] ** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by him being a Clawmaster and a match for the patron god of assassins, pre-ascension. * ConstructedWorld * CoolSword: Dragnipur, which swallows the souls of those slain by it. Mention also goes out to Karsa's bloodwood swords, made of wood and harder than stone, and Karsa's stone sword, an eight foot length of flint containing the souls of his best friends. * CoolOldGuy: Ceda Kuru Qan, who damn near killed the whole Tiste Edur species on his own. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As a general rule, if you meet someone who's [[AGodAmI weak]], [[EldritchAbomination unassuming]], and/or [[LethalJokeCharacter downright wacky]], the appropriate response is to run away screaming, and don't look back. ** Ceda Kuru Quan is a good example. [[spoiler:Everyone thinks, that he lost his mind - he was just preparing himself to create powerful spell. This spell was designed to wipe out entire army of Tiste Edur, and he nearly succeeded]]. * DanceBattler: Some Shadow Dancers. You don't want to mess with them * DarkActionGirl / DarkMagicalGirl: Apsalar * DarkIsNotEvil: Anomander Rake and the Tiste Andii in general. Also Hood, who is one of more decent gods. * DeadpanSnarker: Lots of them * DeathFromAbove: Moon's Spawn * DeathIsCheap: Very, though at least there's a healthy dose of CameBackWrong going around to balance things out. Whilst there are a few [[KilledOffForReal permanent demises]] here and there, death is usually not to be feared in this series because of immediate, guaranteed CessationOfExistence, but because it's anyone's guess what's going to emerge from your grave once someone or something inevitably resurrects you. ** List of characters who have come back from the dead in some fashion at least once as of book 4: [[spoiler:Crust, Hawl, Tattersail, Bellurdan, Nightchill, Hairlock, Ganoes Paran, Baudin, Duiker, Coltaine, Toc the Younger, Truth, Trake, Bairoth Gild, Delum Thord, Apsalar's father, two Hounds of Shadow, the T'lan Imass as a race, the K'chain Che'Malle as a race, and all of the Bridgeburners. That's not counting Fiddler, Kalam, Corabb, and others who narrowly escape death on a regular basis.]] * DeathSeeker: Apsalar, and how. * DeathWorld: It's a wonder there's anybody NOT in the military given how many things can and will try to kill off anything else. * DemonicPossession: Okay, divine possession. Not much of a difference in most cases. * DepravedBisexual: Turudal Brizad, who even [[spoiler: slept with his own son, Tribal Gnol, who is also example of this trope]]. * DeusExMachina: This is the primary purpose of [[spoiler: the Houses of Azath.]] In addition, the [[spoiler:Trygalle Trading Guild]] in ''Deadhouse Gates'', the [[spoiler:army of Bridgeburner ghosts]] in ''House of Chains''. Justified in that all three of these are discussed at length in the book they're used, and others. There were rules for all three. And there were consequences for them all as well. * DiabolusExMachina: It would a separate page to list them all (and two to list them all AND put them in context) * DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Iskaral Pust * DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Quick Ben does this a ''lot'' ** Notably subverted with [[spoiler: the Crippled God.]] ** Ganoes Paran dispatching of [[spoiler: Poliel, the goddess of plaque]] without breaking much of a sweat. ** High King Kallor. [[spoiler: Three gods show up and curse him for his misdeeds. So he curses them back.]] * DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Quick Ben again. * DisproportionateRetribution: A long time ago, an Imass cheated on his wife. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She became a mad goddess of war dedicated to wiping out the human species she saw as descended from his tryst.]]. * {{Doorstopper}}: All the books are over 700 pages, some up to 1200. * DropTheHammer: Caladan Brood wields a great hammer so {{badass}} that it has the power to awaken the sleeping earth goddess Burn (whose body is apparently the earth itself). * DualWielding: Knives, swords, cutlasses, flails... * [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]] * ElementalPowers: More than the traditional four. Also, the Lost Elementals that are mentioned by Cotillion in ''House of Chains'' * TheEmpire: Averted with the Malazan Empire in that many of the protagonists work for it [[spoiler:and in that maybe it isn't as evil as it seems at first glance]]. Its fairly egalitarian and its subjects enjoy generally competent administration and have religious and economic freedom. Often forcibly. The Lether Empire on the other hand is a straight example, with its extreme class divisions and fixation on wealth and conquest for its own sake. * EnfantTerrible: Kettle - undead girl and serial killer feeding a dying Azath tower. * EtTuBrute: Rhulad finally snaps [[spoiler:when Udinaas, the closest thing he had to a friend, leaves him. Not that Udinaas [[DemonicPossession had a choice]] in the matter...)]] * EunuchsAreEvil: Korbal Broach. He actually became a necromancer because as an eunuch he couldn't create life anymore. * EvilAlbino: Silchas Ruin, described as "the most cruel of the three sons of Mother Dark". * EvilChancellor: Triban Gnol * FantasticRacism: Both subverted and played straight. Humans are racist towards other humans just like in real life, but the Tiste races hate each other. The T'Lann Imass make themselves undead so they can kill off the Jaghut. * FateWorseThanDeath: Getting killed by Dragnipur equals [[spoiler: spending eternity chained to the gates of the Warren of Darkness.]] * FloatingContinent: Moon's Spawn. And the island of Drift Avalii floats literally in the ocean. * FunctionalMagic: The Warrens * GambitPileup: Every god, Ascendant, and major human leader has some sort of long-range plan * Gaia'sVengeance: Subverted - it's [[spoiler:Poliel, goddess of Disease, who thinks, that Burn would want that done in her name]]. * GeniusLoci: The Mockra Warren and Azath Houses * GenocideBackfire: Subverted - The Jaghut survivors aren't interested in revenge against T'lan Imasses, they just want to be left alone. * TheGhost: Plenty of characters are namechecked but never appear in the main story - the most prominent being Admiral Nok and High Fist Greymane. * GodEmperor: Jaghut Tyrants. Also [[spoiler: Shadowthrone/Kellanved, although he was never both at the same time]] * GoldfishPoopGang: Bauchelain and Korbal Broach * GondorCallsForAid: The siege of Capustan in ''Memories of Ice'', although the besieged are strangers to the heroes * GreyAndGrayMorality: Malazans vs. Darujhistan in ''Gardens of the Moon'', Tiste Edur vs. Letherii in ''Midnight Tides'', Crippled God vs. everyone else. * GutturalGrowler: Count how many times "growled" or "grunted" is used as a dialogue tag. * HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Sergeant Helian is an oddly competent bottle fairy, managing to lead the most successful part of an invasion force across Lether, performing better drunk than the other sober commanders. * {{Hellhound}}s:The Hounds of Shadow, [[spoiler:and later, the Deragoth (Hounds of Darkness) and Hounds of Light]] * HellishHorse: Karsa's horse, Havok ** [[spoiler:Both of them]] * HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Seren Pedac]] * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Hedge, who detonated himself with attacking Kell Hunter]]. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Icarium and Mappo; Fiddler and Hedge, Quick Ben and Kalam, Gesler and Stormy; Tehol and Bugg, Karsa and Torvald... It seems to be a reccuring trope in this series. ** basically, at least one instance can be expected out of most any squad of Malazan Marines. ** Does Shadowthrone and Cotillion count? * HiddenDepths: Bugg. Not only a ServileSnarker, but also [[spoiler:The Elder God Mael in disguise, hanging out with Tehol because "he hadn't so much fun for centuries"]]. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Karsa and Samar Dev. * ImAHumanitarian: The Pannion Domin is an empire completely based on this. * ImplacableMan: The Forkul Assail and T'lan Imass are races composed of implacable men. Most Jaghut are as well * Jerkass: The Feather Witch, Clips. * JerkAssGods: Many, though Errastas is probably one of the nastiest. * JigsawPuzzlePlot: And only half the pieces are available.... * KaleidoscopeEyes: Anomander Rake * KarmicDeath: Most of the antagonists that don't die in direct battle get one of these. * KillEmAll: 75% of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters will not be breathing by the end of their third book. A good third won't make it to the end of their debut book. It's called ''Book of the Fallen'' for a reason. * KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Tattersail]] in ''Gardens of the Moon.'' * KnifeNut: Smiles * KnightTemplar: Most of the Tiste Liosan seem to be this way ** The T'lan Imass, too. * KudzuPlot: Oh, boy... * LighterAndSofter: Not thematically, but Erikson has announced that the Kharkanas Trilogy will have a slightly more traditional and less complex structure. * LightIsNotGood: The Tiste Liosan * LipstickLesbian: Stonny Menackis * LivingMemory * LizardFolk: The K'Chain Che'Malle, and their short-tailed creation, the K'Chain Nah'ruk. * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (''Reaper's Gale'' has seventy-two named Malazan soldiers. ''Seventy-two.'' Steven Erikson tries to give them all distinctive personalities, and fails.) ** ''Dust of Dreams'' has 75 * LoveMartyr: Crokus/Cutter for Apsalar * MadnessMantra: You see an issue with chronology? Start repeating: "The timeline is not importent, the timeline is not important..." * MadScientist: Korbal Broach kills and disembowels people so he can do creepy experiments on them. He even collects bottles of blood. * MaskPower: Redmask, the Seguleh * TheMasochismTango: Iskaral Pust and Mogora, Karsa Orlong and Samar Dev * MasterSwordsman: The Seguleh apart, plenty abound. Brys Beddict, Anomander Rake, Kallor and Karsa Orlong just to name a few. * MauveShirt: Mostly Malazan soldiers; it is possible that the Bridgeburners' burgundy uniforms are a LampshadeHanging on the whole RedShirt thing * MayflyDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Whiskeyjack (human middle age) and Korlat (millennia) in ''Memories of Ice'', Spinnock Durav (also millennia) and Salind (teenager) in ''Toll the Hounds'']] * MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:Anomander Rake]] in ''Toll the Hounds''. Don't forget [[spoiler:Coltaine]] in ''Deadhouse Gates'', the guy ends up being [[spoiler:''crucified on a hill top'' then is reborn, not to mention the devotion and worship that surrounds him both before and after his 'death']] the author actually seems to go out of his way to add parallels between him and good old JC * MindRape: Cotillion's possession of Sorry, Sha'ik's possession of Felisin. * MindScrew: The series' vague explanations and complex style of plotting tend to cause this for many readers. * MedievalStasis: Not a pure example. While the world is truly ancient, different civilizations, some of which not even human, have risen and fallen many times. Also, the K'Chain Che'Malle and Nah'Ruk reached higher technological levels. Lether also has magical reasons for being kept in a permanently primitive status. * MonsterIsAMommy: The emlava in ''Reaper's Gale'' * MotherOfAThousandYoung: Tiam. * MST3kMantra: Don't try to make sense of the timeline; really, don't. * MushroomSamba: The hallucinogenic honey in ''The Bonehunters'' * {{Mytharc}}: The backstory covers literally hundreds of thousands of years, repeatedly * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "The Emperor Of A Thousand Deaths", Icarium Lifestealer, "The Son Of Darkness" * TheNeidermeyer * NighInvulnerability: The Forkrul Assail, and some Ascendants. * NoBiochemicalBarriers: All kinds of hybrids between different intelligent species * NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Several times with different characters * TheNotSecret: Sgt. Strings[[hottip:*:Fiddler]] and Traveler[[hottip:*:Daseem Ultor, First Hero of the Malazan Empire]] don't seem to be fooling anyone who's even heard of them, pre-name change * ObfuscatingStupidity: Tehol Beddict and Bugg; possibly also Iskaral Pust, although he might just be genuinely mad. Then there's Kruppe, who uses all the standard ObfuscatingStupidity techniques, but never seems to actually ''fool'' anyone; the other characters all know he's smart, and his acting like an idiot all the time usually ticks them off . . . which is probably the real reason why he does it. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Most professional soldiers, especially the Malazan ones. * OracularUrchin: Kettle, Grub * OurDemonsAreDifferent * OurDragonsAreDifferent * OurElvesAreBetter: Tiste races, especially the Liosan, who are a massive {{deconstruction}} of the elves in other fantasy sagas. * OurGiantsAreBigger: The Thelomen Toblaki. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Jaghuts: with the exception of the Tyrants, they are actually peaceful in nature. * OurVampiresAreDifferent: Kettle. * OurZombiesAreDifferent: The T'lan Imass. Shurq Elalle is another example - she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. * OvershadowedByAwesome: Crokus is an absolutely lethal assassin and knife fighter, whose skills surpass people who were {{Badass}} in the first book. He just keeps ending up in fights with immortals, demigods and monsters. ** He finally gets to take on opponents in his weight class in ''Toll The Hounds'', and shines. * PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Rhulad is a half insane emperor wielding cursed sword, but he really wants to be a good ruler, has sort of friendship with Udinaas, and gives his brother Fear Mayen back]]. * PhysicalGod: All the Ascendants and Elder Gods. * PiecesOfGod: The Warrens are literally the body and blood of the Elder God K'rul. * PlanetEris: The Malazan world may be the most insane ConstructedWorld in the history of fantasy. * PowersThatBe: The Azath. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Karsa Orlong. Again. And many others. ** Karsa Orlong might also be seen as an attempt at a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] or {{deconstruction}}. * PurpleProse * PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Silverfox, Ganoes Paran, Apsalar]], where are you? * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Seems to be a requirement to join the Malazan army. * RandomEventsPlot: Can come across as this at times. WordOfGod says this intentional * RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Seren Pedac]] * ReligionOfEvil: The Faith of the Pannion Seer. ** The Religion of the Dying God * RoaringRampageofRevenge: [[spoiler:Dassem Ultor / Traveller, whose only goal in life is killing Hood, god of death]]. ** RevengeBeforeReason: Again, [[spoiler: Dassem Ultor. He even starts fight with Rake, only because he killed Hood first]]. * RotatingArcs * RuleOfCool: As of ''Memories of Ice,'' zombie velociraptors with swords for hands * SealedBadassInACan * SealedEvilInACan: Or buried in a barrow. Or chained to a monolith. Or captured by a House of the Azath. Grave robbing and amateur archeology are dangerous indeed in this world. Played straight, but also subverted at least once, in that the big, unstoppable evil gods rose... to be dispatched within ''minutes'' by the new [[{{Badass}} Badasses]] who have arisen to replace them * SeriesContinuityError: Some of them seem to be intentional or the result of an UnreliableNarrator, but there are still quite a lot. ** Tattersail's account of the Siege of Pale in ''Gardens of the Moon'' differs quite substantially from the one Tayschrenn gives in ''Memories of Ice''. In particular, Tayschrenn states that Nightchill killed A'Karonys, but in Tattersail's account, Nightchill died first. (For storyline purposes, Tayschrenn's account is the correct one.) ** Lorn claims that she knew Toc the Elder, but also that he has been missing since the death of Emperor Kellanved, which took place when Lorn was at most twelve (going by the dates given), so it's unlikely that she actually could have. ** In ''Gardens of the Moon'', Tool states that the battle in the Jhag Odhan was the end of the Twenty-Eighth Jaghut War, but in the prologue of ''Memories of Ice'', which takes place thousands of years before ''Gardens'', the T'lan Imass declare the end of the Thirty-Third Jaghut War. ** Orfantal changes genders from female to male between ''Gardens of the Moon'' and ''Memories of Ice''. * ServileSnarker: Bugg, a servant of Tehol. * ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Definitely death of Trull Sengar. And the end of Grey Swords. And many more.]] ** Onrack [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in ''Dust of Dreams'' * ShoutOut: The Jaghut are based on the Green Martians from ''JohnCarterOfMars''. * SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: [[SarcasmMode Just a little bit cynical]] * SmugSnake: Triban Gnol, Karos Invictad * SoulJar: Jaghut Finnests * SpeciesLostAndFound: Repeatedly * SteamPunk: A lot of K'Chain Che'Malle technology. * StupidNeutral: The Forkrul Assail are now functionally extinct, in no small part due to their randomly switching sides during the war between Jaghut and T'lam Imass to ensure balance * {{Sword Fight}}s: Lots of them * TeleportersAndTransporters: The Warrens are often used this way. * TheChewToy: Toc the Younger, oh, so much. [[spoiler:He lost his eye, was sucked into the magic black hole, thrown away half year later, KILLED, resurrected in a new body (which also hadn't one eye), KILLED AGAIN, resurrected as an undead, and forced to make his best friend his enemy.]] Let's face it, Steven Erikson propably hates him. * TheMessiah: Trull Sengar. Is also the point of a Shield Anvil ** Itkovian: "You are in pain. I will embrace you now..." * [[AWizardDidIt The Nascent Did It]] * ThePowerOfFriendship: Is what allows the T'Lan Imass Tool and Onrack to start feeling emotions again. Is also what enables [[spoiler:Beak's]] HeroicSacrifice. * TheUndead and DemBones * ThirdPersonPerson: Kruppe * ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: About half of the Crippled God's followers get screwed over because they allied with him. * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. * ThoseTwoGuys: Scorch and Leff. Possibly Telorast and Curdle. * TitleDrop: ---> '''Memories of mountain-high ice''' remained. * TooDumbToLive: High Fist Pomqual. For Shadowthrone's sake Pomqual. [[spoiler:Fortunately he did not live past the first book he appeared.]] * {{Turncoat}} * {{Tykebomb}}: Apsalar and Rud Elalle * TheUndead: The T'lan Imass. * UnstoppableRage: Icarium * ViewersAreGeniuses * WarIsHell * WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler: Tattersail]] * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Icarium, Sinn, Feather Witch, Hannan Mosag and lots of the followers of the Crippled God * WhoWantsToLiveForever: The "naturally immortal species are immune to this" angle is subverted with the Tiste Andii; [[spoiler:also, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths is an example of the BlessedWithSuck variety]]. ** Non naturally immortal beings vulnerability is also subverted in several cases, such as [[spoiler:Onrack, a Tlan Imass, who doesn't find his immortality to be all that bad because "there's always something else to see"]] * WorldOfBadass: Very nearly everyone is a {{badass}} to some degree. * TheDogBitesBack: The war between the Imass and the Jaghut is a species-wide example. * TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler:Tiam when she incarnates in the final book.]] * YouShallNotPass: Trull Sengar fights Icarium to a standstill to protect the child army of House Shadow. ** Also, in ''Reaper's Gale'', Trull beats Silchas Ruin and Clip in order to protect the Finnest. Neither make it past him. ** Let's not forget Spinnock Durav holding Kallor at bay for an entire night. ----[[redirect: Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen]]
16th Mar '13 6:58:38 AM SeptimusHeap
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Everythings Better With Chickens was renamed to Clucking Funny and Garnishing The Story. Zero Context Examples and plain misuse is being removed.
* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: At Tehol Beddict's house in ''Reaper's Gale''.
6th Mar '13 9:01:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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Heroic Sociopath has been split between Heroic Comedic Sociopath and Sociopathic Hero, examples and misuse without context are being removed.
* HeroicSociopath: Karsa Orlong, especially early on.
20th Jan '13 5:47:49 AM YonTroper
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* MedievalStasis: Not a pure example. While the world is truly ancient, different civilizations, some of which not even human, have risen and fallen many times. Also, the K'Chain Che'Malle and Nah'Ruk reached higher technological levels
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* MedievalStasis: Not a pure example. While the world is truly ancient, different civilizations, some of which not even human, have risen and fallen many times. Also, the K'Chain Che'Malle and Nah'Ruk reached higher technological levelslevels. Lether also has magical reasons for being kept in a permanently primitive status.
20th Jan '13 5:44:31 AM YonTroper
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* JerkAssGods: Many, though Errastas is probably one of the nastiest.
6th Jan '13 3:35:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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The Archer was renamed to Archer Archetype. It isn't just about archery, but a specific archetype. Examples not showing that are being zapped - if your example was incorrectly deleted, add it back with the required context.
* TheArcher: Toc the Younger
29th Dec '12 11:46:24 AM YonTroper
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21st Dec '12 10:48:40 PM Freezer
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I've haven't read Gardens Of The Moon, so if either character appears there, feel free to edit.
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* TheGhost: Plenty of characters are namechecked but never appear in the main story - the most prominent being Admiral Nok and High Fist Greymane.
18th Nov '12 3:07:58 PM ArcadesSabboth
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redefined. moving to discussion
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: And they're all [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys.]]

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: And they're all [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys.]]
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