[[WMG: Solomon]]

->''"Consider the lilies of the field. Not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as well as these."''

* AuthorFilibuster: Ecclesiastes. The topic? "Life Sucks Without God."
* BrokenAce: Was the wisest, richest and most famous man of his time, and credited as a scholar, author and songwriter. Yet, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!"
* TheCasanova: He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines, which is more than anyone else in Literature/TheBible. Also, if you read the ''Literature/SongOfSongs'', you can see that he sure knew how to sweet talk women.
* ElementalPowers / SpeaksFluentAnimal: According to Islamic tradition.
* TheEmperor: He was never called "Emperor," and may have ruled an "empire" about the size of UsefulNotes/NewJersey (or, about twice the size of Yorkshire), but when one hears the name "Solomon," one thinks of grandeur, riches, power and fame.
** EmperorScientist: ''“He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts and of birds and of reptiles and of fish.”'' (1 Kings 4:33)
* FallenHero: The man who built Judaism's greatest monument fell to pagan worship.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wrote the ''Literature/SongOfSongs'' (aka the Song of Solomon). Some interpret it as being a metaphor for self-sacrificing love between God and his people, while others interpret as being a steamy love poem. Still others take the view that it is meant to be read as both, [[DoubleEntendre equally and simultaneously.]]
* TheHighKing: The Queen of Sheba and King Hiram of Lebanon, and likely others, pay homage to Solomon.
* InfantImmortality: See TakeAThirdOption below.
* JudgmentOfSolomon: TropeNamer.
* LonelyAtTheTop: According to Ecclesiastes, not even the wisdom he asked from God had made him happy.
* {{Polyamory}}: Again, he had a ''thousand'' women. [[LoveRuinsTheRealm Who led him to worship pagan gods, leading to the kingdom of Israel fracturing]].
* ThePurge: Appointed as the next king and secured it by killing all his rivals, including his brother and David's general Joab.
* ReallyGetsAround: He was so promiscuous that made his father look like a celibate monk.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Nobody seriously believes he was actually going to cut a baby in half.
* TheSmartGuy: There was a reason why he was consulted for miles around for answers to problems.
* TakeAThirdOption: Two woman came up to him with a baby, one of the woman had accidentally smothered her own child in her sleep and swapped it with the other woman's baby. Now both claim to be the mother of the surviving child. How does Solomon decide which woman should get the baby? He orders it to be ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe split in half]], with each woman getting one half''. One woman, bizarrely, [[CrazyEnoughToWork is perfectly okay with this]]; the other begs him to give the baby to the other woman. He gives it to the woman who actually cared about the baby. [[SecretTestOfCharacter It was his plan all along; he never intended to actually cut the baby in two]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Jewish and Islamic legends say he fought demons.
* UpToEleven: David had multiple wives and originally [[YourCheatingHeart cheated on all of them with Solomon's mother]] before marrying her. Solomon outdoes his father and, well... see the numbers above.
* YoungestChildWins: Became king despite being the youngest of David's first eight children; he was also the second child of Bathsheba, David's favorite wife.

[[WMG: The Queen of Sheba]]

* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Debate rages to this day as to whether or not she was ever intimately involved with Solomon during her visit. (The Ethiopian monarchy claimed to have secret books that not only say they did, but that the resulting child founded their dynasty. Most other texts, however, make her visit to Solomon out to have been strictly a ''business'' deal.)
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: She is only ever known as “The Queen of Sheba.”
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The great wealth she brings to Israel suggests the Queen of Sheba was a great monarch in her own right. Also, according to tradition, her trip to Israel introduces Judaism to the horn of Africa, and she is still revered in Ethiopia today.
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Was pretty well-read and eloquent.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Sheba?]]: Debates range to this day.

[[WMG: Rehoboam, king of Judah]]

* BadassBoast: Which convinces the ten Northern tribes to secede. However this serves as a {{Deconstruction}} as it left both Israel and Judah vulnerable to their enemies.
* {{Jerkass}}: That little speech to his people promising to ''increase'' their workload after they'd come to him petitioning for relief [[IdiotBall proved to be a terrible mistake]]. [[CharacterDevelopment He did eventually "grow in office" and learn from his mistakes]], though it was too late to reunite the kingdom.
* LastOfHisKind: Last king of a united Israel, and that for a painfully short time.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Listening to his peers, who were encouraging him to throw his weight around and try to intimidate his people, proved to be a costly mistake.
* {{Sucksessor}}: Israel goes from the height of fame, wisdom, and power under Solomon to losing 10 out of the 12 tribes of Israel during Rehoboam's first year as king.

[[WMG: Jeroboam, king of Israel]]

* ArchEnemy: To Solomon.
* FallenHero: Started as TheChosenOne. Before Ahab, bad Israelite kings were described as "walking in the ways of Jeroboam, who led Israel to sin."
* NobleFugitive: Fled to Egypt after antagonizing Solomon and came back only when he died.

[[WMG: Zimri, king of Israel]]

* DrivenToSuicide: Set his palace on fire.
* KlingonPromotion: Became King by assassination. His "reign" lasted a week. Before ''Judas'', ''Zimri'' was the byword for "traitor." Jezebel called Jehu a "Zimri."
* TheStarscream: Zimri was commander of half of King Elah’s chariots when he overthrew the king.

[[WMG: Ahab]]

-->''"[[RulingFamilyMassacre I will purge the house of Ahab like I had done to the houses of Jeroboam and Baasha. Anyone who dies in the city will be eaten by dogs and anyone who dies in the country will be eaten by birds!]]"''

* CornerOfWoe: After Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to Ahab, Ahab proceeded to curl up on his couch, refuse to eat and go into a truly royal sulk.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: At times, when listening to Elijah, he could be brave and righteous. (He even dared to taunt Ben-Hadad in 1 Kings 20:11 about his AssumedWin.) Yet Jezebel kept dragging him back into his old wicked habits. Even after repenting of murdering Naboth for his field at Elijah's rebuke and thereby being spared his punishment, Ahab soon went back to committing idolatry with Jezebel.
* HeelRealization: After Elijah declared to him the fate of his family, Ahab tore his clothing and fasted, humbling himself before God.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His plan to have King Jehoshaphat dress as him to draw fire away from him while he disguised himself as a common soldier backfired when one of the arrows the enemy archers were firing into Israel's armies at random struck him down just like any other common soldier.
* KarmicDeath: Lampshaded by God via Elijah regarding Naboth’s murder: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick up your blood.”
* ManipulativeBastard: He was always scheming to displace the Davidic dynasty in Judah with his own through intermarriage, though that was more Jezebel's plan than his idea.

[[WMG: Jezebel]]

-->''The very dogs will eat up Jezebel in the plot of land of Jezreel.''

* ApocalypseMaiden: She certainly brought a major holocaust to Israel with her assault on God's prophets and other true believers.
* ArchEnemy: To Elijah the Tishbite.
* ArrangedMarriage: Was a Phoenician princess given to Ahab as a means to seal a political alliance between their two nations.
* BeautyIsBad: According to some, the TropeCodifier
* CharacterExaggeration: Over the years, her defining feature has become a [[SexIsEvil sexual, seductive nature]] when, in reality, she was an influential and powerful, if evil, queen.
* {{Curse}}: Elijah foretold that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs when she died. He was right, and it gets described in gory detail.
* DisneyVillainDeath: At least the thrown-out-of-the-tower bit. What comes after, on the other hand...
* DefiantToTheEnd: Basically, her taunt to Jehu meant "Considering what happened to Zimri, what makes you think you'll fare any better?" She knew she was beaten, but she wasn't going to repent.
* TheDreaded: Even Elijah, who could call down fire from Heaven, was scared of her.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: She ''knew'' that she wasn't going to survive her confrontation with Jehu, so she just put on her best clothes and got ready for whatever he might do.
** NamesTheSame: She is confused with a pagan cult leader mentioned in Revelation.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* KickTheDog: After her husband failed to buy Naboth's vineyard, she just coldly arranged his death. And embarrassed him in the process.
* LadyMacbeth: The OlderThanFeudalism example.
%%* MoralMyopia
* PoisonousFriend: Lead her husband Ahab down the path of Baal worship and is usually considered to be a bit more evil than he.
* ThePurge: Ordered the deaths of the Israeli prophets.
* SoreLoser: After Elijah defeats the priests of Baal at Mt Carmel, Jezebel refuses to acknowledge the LORD’s superiority and instead orders Elijah to be killed. Though, to be fair, [[JustifiedTrope Elijah did have all the Baal priests at Carmel killed]].
* TropeNamer: Her name is associated with the {{flanderization}}.

[[WMG: Elijah the Tishbite]]

-->''He went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. [[FriendToAllLivingThings And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening]]; and he drank of the brook.''

* AngelUnaware: Jewish tradition has him taking up this role. Elijah was human back in Biblical days, but he never died and, according to legend, ascended to {{Heaven}} while still alive. To this day, it is believed he turns up on Earth sometimes to deliver unexpected help.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: He went to Heaven in a fiery whirlwind, rather than die. When he ascended, his robes/coat fell onto his apprentice/friend/padawan Elisha, thus inventing the phrase "Taking up the mantle of the prophet." Many still leave a seat open for him at feasts, because they believe that he will come back. In fact, the last verse of the Old Testament refers to Elijah coming back to announce the Day of the Lord.
* BadassLongcoat: The Coat, or Mantle of The Prophet. It was instrumental in Elijah and Elisha's first meeting, Elijah threw The Coat at Elisha, who instinctively caught it. Later, Elijah parted a river with with it, just before giving it to Elisha, who also used it perform miracles.
* CleverCrows: God sent ravens to feed him.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: When he was hungry, ravens would bring food to him. Despite his skill in killing people, he was very good with animals and kids. It might have something to do with how he grew up in the wilderness.
* LastOfHisKind:
** He thought that he was the last surviving prophet and the last faithful person left for a while. God told him that [[YouAreNotAlone he was not alone]] and, even if he is the last prophet, he can always train some more prophets, like Elisha.
** He and Elisha were also the last major Old Testament characters to work miracles. (Though many characters in the New Testament worked miracles.)
* PlayingWithFire: His specialty.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Him and the widow, arguably.
* YouAreNotAlone: God showed up, not in a maelstrom of fire, not in a howling wind/hurricane, but in a still, small voice to tell Elijah this.

[[WMG: Elisha]]

-->''The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.''

* ArcWords: His last words to Elijah, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof," were spoken to him also as he lay dying. No one knows what it means even now.
* BadassLongcoat: Given to him by Elijah, later used to part the sea, proving himself the true prophet, thus inventing the phrase "Taking up the mantle of the prophet."
* BaldOfAwesome: Never, under any circumstances, insult him for it. Ever. Forty-two youths learned this the hard way.
* BearsAreBadNews: Summons them to maul his enemies.
* BerserkButton: Never insult his mentor and NEVER mock his baldness in front of him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: If summoning two bears to [[DisproportionateRetribution maul 42 youths because they mocked your baldness]] is any implication. To be fair though, some interpret that scene as those youths threatening to kill him.
* DubInducedPlothole: A nice prophet guy summoning bears to maul what King James and co. translate as "children" makes a ''lot'' more sense when you look at the actual Hebrew word and see what it means and how it was used. He was being mocked by a gang of 42 young men (as in late teens to early 20's), which could have been a threat, especially if they were soldiers.
* NiceGuy: Surprisingly so, especially when compared to his mentor, Elijah. While most of Elijah's miracles were powerful, violent and fiery, Elisha's miracles were mostly to heal, save or help people. Elijah showed thousands of people the power of God, while Elisha preached to individuals and showed God's helpful, loving side. Just don't insult Elijah, or mock his BaldOfAwesome. However, Elisha was not good with kids, nor was he as good with animals as Elijah. Maybe it was because he was a city kid?
* ThinkNothingOfIt: He refused to take a material reward for curing Naaman of leprosy; however, his friend Gehazi gladly took Naaman's stuff, and for that, he got leprosy himself.

[[WMG: Jehu, king of Israel]]

-->''And his captains threw their capes in the air, blew their trumpets and shouted "Jehu is king!"''

* DrivesLikeCrazy: His master the king recognized him (2 Kings 9:20) because he drives his chariot "like a madman."
* KlingonPromotion: He earned his with a vengeance.
* KnightTemplar: Though God generally approved of Jehu's purging of Jezebel's idolatry, an oracle to Hosea later condemned him for overdoing it by slaughtering so many others. Also, his zeal for violence didn't translate so much into an actual zeal for worshiping God, since he allowed the golden calves from Jereboam's day to go on standing.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Among those he killed was his master's cousin, the king of Judah. This triggered Athaliah's purge.
* ThePurge: Killed Jezebel and all Baal priests as well as Ahab's relatives.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Appointed by God to eradicate pagan worship in Israel, he carried out his assignment with great enthusiasm, to the point that he badly exceeded his mandate.

[[WMG: Joash, king of Judah]]

* AChildShallLeadThem: Became king at only 7 years old.
* BestServedCold: Why he was murdered.
* FaceHeelTurn: Had the son of the man who saved his life killed for speaking out against his reign.
* HiddenBackupPrince: Saved from being killed during his grandmother's purge.

[[WMG: Athaliah, queen of Judah]]

* GenerationXerox: Tries to carry on her mother Jezebel's legacy.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Was one kid close from destroying David's royal line.
* OffingTheOffspring: She very nearly succeeds, too.
* ThePurge: What her father Ahab couldn't do with intrigue and manipulation, she tried to do with force.

[[WMG: Hezekiah, king of Judah]]

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: He gets a bad case of this trope after God cures his illness and blesses him with unfathomable riches.
%%* TheGoodKing
* [[IllBoy Ill Guy]]: Once was this close to death...
* TragicMistake / NiceJobBreakingItHero: Showing Babylonian envoys all Judah's treasures put his nation on Babylon's hit list.

[[WMG: Josiah, king of Judah]]

%%* AChildShallLeadThem
%%* TheGoodKing
* HeroicBSOD: He found a "Book of the Law" (possibly Deuteronomy) and ripped his clothes and mourned because he realized how far his nation had forgotten its roots.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: After he dies, his kingdom falls right back into the sinful practices he worked to end.
* TragicMistake: Going to war with Egypt. He was killed in battle and Judah just couldn't recover.

[[WMG: Hosea]]

-->''"Go and get married; your wife will be unfaithful, and your children will be just like her. In the same way my people have left me and became unfaithful."''

* ArrangedMarriage: God told him to marry an unfaithful harlot as an object lesson to Israel's idolatry.
* LoveMartyr: Part of the point God was making was to tell Hosea's audience "Look at what Gomer is doing to him: he gives her his home, his reputation, his good name, and everything, and see how she repays him! How can he go on loving her and taking her back when she treats him that way, you may ask? Well, I've been asking myself the exact same thing about you people, because that's the ''exact same way'' you've been treating me!"
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: Tries to change Gomer's wanton ways. [[DeconstructedTrope It does not work]].
* MyGirlIsASlut: A rather tragic subversion, in that Hosea was [[ICanChangeMyBeloved trying to make a respectable wife out of her]], but she kept going back to old habits.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Amos' Red. He spoke out against Israel's internal spiritual problem.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech

[[WMG: Amos]]

-->''"Let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"''

* BearsAreBadNews: 5:19
* JusticeWillPrevail: He starts off condemning each of Judea's neighbors for their sins and prophesying how they'll be punished for them, and then circles home to Judea and finally Samaria (northern Israel), telling people they'd better either shape up and start embracing justice and righteousness again, or God will bring them to justice by punishing them severely for their unrighteousness.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Hosea's Blue. He was a plain-spoken Judean farmer who railed against Israel's corrupt affluence.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: See above.

[[WMG: Jeremiah]]

-->''"Wherever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of God has brought me insult and reproach all day long."''

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Jeremiah could ''not'' catch a break from anyone in Jerusalem, even stating that his "friends" were all waiting for him to slip up so they could get him arrested for treason and silence him.
* CassandraTruth: Even after Jerusalem's destruction, the remaining Jews who'd seen ''every last one of his prophecies'' come true still refused to follow his advice to stay where they were and submit to Babylon, dragging him off to Egypt with them where he made his final prophecy that Babylon would also eventually conquer Egypt (which it did) and therefore they had fled there in vain (as they had).
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet" for his oracles, which sound like the laments of a man living in a waking nightmare. On several occasions, he speaks of being suicidally depressed and wishes he'd never been born.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Ezekiel's Red. Jeremiah spends a lot of time weeping buckets and pleading with God to stop forcing him to keep prophesying all the disasters to come, but God refuses to relent.

[[WMG: Ezekiel]]

-->''"They are a hard and obstinate people so I will make you as hard and obstinate as they."''

* CelebrityIsOverrated: People finally listened to Ezekiel when Jerusalem fell, but it was clear to him that they still had not taken God's words to heart.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: At one point, Ezekiel makes a model of Jerusalem and besieges it in the city square for about fourteen months. Another time, he shaves his head and beard with a sword, then runs about town with a portion of the hair, hitting it with the sword.
* GoodShepherd: He cultivated the image of God as a shepherd better than anyone.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Ate a scroll containing God's word. According to him, it tasted like honey.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Jeremiah's Blue. God promised to make him just as stubborn and hard-headed as the unrepentant Israelites to whom he was preaching.