Organized by the novel they appear in.

!!''The Curse of Chalion''


[[folder: Lupe dy Cazaril ]]

* BadassBookworm: Although he's not very good at holding a pen anymore, he's hired as a secretary and a tutor of languages. He even winds up writing poetry.
* BewareTheHonestOnes:
** He regularly refuses bribes, from the Roknari during the siege of Gortoget, from Dondo dy Jironal, and from the Fox of Ibra, cementing his reputation as an unimpeachable courtier.
** Imparting on Iselle an understanding of how to recognize self-serving flattery helps her deflect Dondo's initial wooing attempts.
** Finally, he rides across Chalion and Ibra to persuade Royce Bergon to marry Iselle, so she can legally become the Royina upon Orico's death without triggering a civil war.
* BlessedWithSuck: Becomes a living saint, hosting two miracles from different gods. This is less awesome than it sounds.
* BrokenBird: Nineteen months of backbreaking slavery on a galley will do that to a guy. He gets better.
* CombatPragmatist: Having witnessed both courtly duels and real combat, Caz knows exactly how far knowledge of the former will take you in the latter. The answer is: not very.
* {{Determinator}}: Once he sets his mind on a goal he will see it through, no matter how much pain he might be in.
* HumbleHero: To the point where it seems to be a symptom of depression. To hear Caz tell it, he's failed at everything he's ever done in his life and is just generally worthless and useless. Other characters frequently [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre point out]] his praiseworthy qualities and many achievements, but he always dismisses them as irrelevant.
* MrSeahorse: It's left vague whether he's ''literally'' pregnant with some kind of [[FetusTerrible ghost-demon-hybrid]] that will eventually claw its way out of his body ([[spoiler:when his tumour is punctured at the end of the novel there is no demonic fetus to be found within it, but Caz dourly notes that the demon might just have taken its half-formed body with it as it vacated the premises]]), but he does in fact carry the spirits of a ghost and a demon within him, and they manifest physically as an abdominal tumour that makes his stomach look swollen.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Even without the [[BuffySpeak demonic cancer thing]], his greying beard makes him seem rather older than his mid thirties.


[[folder: March dy Palliyar ]]

* TheLancer: To Cazaril. He's also his best friend.
* BewareTheHonestOnes: He's genuinely shocked when his case against an corrupt official in the Daughter's Order is summarily thrown out, and is uneasy when Iselle recruits him to help in arranging her marriage to Bergon. However...
-->'''Palli''': I, I, I... I can swear my fealty in addition to what I have sworn to your brother Orico, lady. I cannot swear to you instead of to him.\\
'''Iselle''': I do not ask for your service before what you give to Orico. I only ask for your service before what you give to Orico's chancellor.\\
'''Pallli''': Now that I can do. And with a will.
* GoodLookingPrivates: He's described as being a very handsome soldier of the Daughter's Order, to the point that Caz wonders why Betriz isn't attracted more to him.


[[folder: Iselle ]]

* TheIngenue: Though with Cazaril's help she quickly sheds her maidenly ignorance and becomes very sophisticated, clever and bordering on wily.
* TheHighQueen: The High Royina. She's heading there toward the end of the book, with her native intelligence, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask carefully schooled demeanor]], heroic husband and clever advisors. She's got ''great'' PR.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's determined to become this, even though tradition is for highborn women to be demure and passive. After a few stumbles along the way, she succeeds admirably.


[[folder: Betriz ]]

%% * TheIngenue
* TheLancer: To Iselle


[[folder: Royse Bergon ]]

* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:Caz gave him water and defended him from a rape attempt, earning himself a vicious flogging, while they were on the galley together -- all with no clue who the boy truly was until they met again over a year later.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: He's mentioned briefly in the early chapters as background detail, and then re-enters the plot at a crucial point late in the book.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Well grounded and a thoughtful strategic and tactical planner.
* WarriorPrince: Almost the WisePrince, but without the associated melancholy. He's cunning but not cynical.

!!''Paladin of Souls''


[[folder: Ista ]]

* BlessedWithSuck: Sainthood ain't all it's cracked up to be...
* BrokenBird: ... as a matter of fact, it [[HeroicBSOD drove her mad]] the first time around.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Adultery, betrayal, treason, murder, madness... she's got it all.
* IWasQuiteALooker: It's how she feels now that she's reached forty, though Illvin seems to think she's still got it.
* MayDecemberRomance: She was eighteen when she married the fifty-something Ias.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After a series of very, very painful experiences, Ista has no interest whatsoever in being the gods' tool again, and often appends any talk of them with curses. (As it happens, the latest god to choose her as a champion finds this hilarious.)
* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious Dowager Royina]]: Perhaps it runs in the family...
* TheSnarkKnight: Spends a lot of time insulting the Bastard, even as she works for his goals.


[[folder: Liss ]]

* ActionGirl: In typical LMB manner, realistically. She doesn't wield any weapons, but as a courier, Liss is an expert rider, lightweight with access to the fastest horses. She uses her skills to materially affect the outcome of events in the book.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: When she wants to Liss can be very deliberately dense when a higher born character, particularly Lady dy Hueltar, tries to get her to shove off.
* {{Tomboy}}: She's far more comfortable in her riding gear than dresses. She wears a skirt tucked up around her waist while she rides, and only unrolls when forced to pay lip-service to conventional attire.
* PonyExpressRider: [[InSpace Medieval Fantasy Edition]]!


[[folder: Ferda dy Gura ]]

* AscendedExtra: The dy Gura brothers had a cameo in ''The Curse of Chalion'', escorting Cazaril to Ibra and back.
* CulturedWarrior: Though he's not the avid reader Foix is, he's very much a gentleman.


[[folder: Foix dy Gura ]]

* AscendedExtra: With Ferda.
* AnAxeToGrind: Though he also carries a sword, he uses a battle axe on occasion.
* BadassBookworm: He's built like a brick, er...[[{{Bowdlerization}} house]], but is an avid reader and has a mind like a steel trap.
* CulturedWarrior: When Ista finds him in Ahrys' library, she's surprised to find him reading a book of poetry.
* GeniusBruiser: At first glance Foix looks like little more than his brother's faithful shadow; in truth, while he ''is'' very close to his brother and aids him loyally, Ferda relies heavily on Foix's [[TheSmartGuy intelligence and analytical ability]].
* HiddenDepths: The point of his characterization, if you weren't getting that by now.


[[folder: Lord Arhys dy Lutez ]]

* TheAce: He's good at ''everything''.
* CantLiveWithoutYou: [[spoiler:He's dead, but his soul remains in his body and keeps it from rotting so long as a spiritual "link" exists between him and a living person -- currently Illvin. Any injuries sustained by Arhys close up and reappear on Illvin. Unfortunately, the body is a limited vessel; there just isn't enough spirit in one person to sustain two living people at full strength. Typically Arhys is upright and in the prime of health while Illvin lies comatose, though the link can be manipulated. There's a more significant downside: he is sundered from the gods, denied his proper place in the afterlife]].
* ChickMagnet: It's a plot point!
* DisappearedDad: Arhys and his mother were well provided-for but completely ignored by Lord Arvol dy Lutez.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Illvin confides to Ista that Arhys believed as a boy that if only he was good enough, his father would call him to court. [[spoiler:In the end, it is not his father but the Father who calls him, through Ista]].


[[folder: Lord Illvin ]]

* AlwaysSecondBest: But ''not'' TheResenter. He adores his brother and pities his fatherless upbringing.
* HeroicBastard: Lady dy Lutiz and the Castle Warder were... close.
* TheLancer: To Arhys.
* TheSmartGuy: He's a medieval version of an intelligence analyst and field agent.


[[folder: Lady Cattilara ]]

* ClingyJealousGirl: She ''really'' does not want anything to come between her and Arhys. Not even death...
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:An untrained noblewoman barely out of her teens with no grasp of theology whatsoever kept an experienced demon under control with ''sheer grit''.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Illvin and Ista regard her as such, and not without reason.
* TookALevelInBadass: By the end, she rallies the castle to repel invaders [[spoiler: and finally starts to ditch her spoiled traits]].

!!''The Hallowed Hunt''


[[folder: Ingrey kin Wolfcliff ]]

* AmazonChaser: Ingrey thinks so of Ijada.
* TheBerserker: When his spirit-wolf takes over, he becomes insatiably blood-thirsty.
* CursedWithAwesome: Ingrey's "defilement" gives him superhuman strength, a CompellingVoice and a [[TroubledButCute dangerous, angsty air]].
* TheFettered: In more ways than two. Ingrey is constrained by his honor code and his oath of service, which in the course of the novel begins to conflict with his equally ironclad sense of chivalry. His wolf adds yet a third dimension -- he must keep its wild tendencies "bound" by a vaguely spiritual mental discipline.
* KnightInSourArmor
* TroubledButCute: At least Ijada thinks so.


[[folder: Ijada kin Badgerbank ]]

* CursedWithAwesome: Ijada's spirit animal.
* TheIngenue: Though she's highly intelligent and practical-minded, Ijada had lived a sheltered, provincial life.
* SpiritedYoungLady: She's brave, determined, and energetic, and she did bash in the head of her would-be rapist with his own warhammer.


[[folder: Wencel kin Horseriver ]]

* BlessedWithSuck: Congrats! You can [[CharmPerson bespell people around you]], control animals, and have powers to thwart the gods themselves... what could go wrong? Well, the way you did it was to [[spoiler: involuntarily [[BodySnatcher steal the bodies]] of your descendants and lock them in a [[AndIMustScream sensory-deprived]] mental prison. Also, you are incapable of death, though you can still feel pain and you still have all your memories. Enjoy!]]
* BlueBlood: Ijada and Ingrey are nobility, but Wencel outranks them quite a bit, as an Earl.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler:He knows perfectly well how much the gods love all human souls, which is why he's going to sunder as many of them as he can before he goes. There is very little left in him at all except spite.]]


[[folder: Prince Boleso ]]

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Even Ingrey's silver-tongued employer can't come up with anything nice to say at his funeral, having to settle for something vague about "young lives cut short."
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: For various reasons, but mainly as a member of the royal family, his death must be universally confirmed because of its effect on the order of succession.


[[folder: Jokol Skullsplitter ]]

* BlueBlood: A barbarian prince is still a prince. Jokol's casual interaction with Ingrey belies his rank, but is underscored when he meets Prince Biast for the first time and they greet each other as equals.
* CulturedWarrior: He's a either a [[BarbarianHero barbarian prince]] or possibly a {{pirate}} -- no one's quite sure -- yet poetry drips from his lips like kisses from the Goddess of Spring.
* HeroicBuild: He's big.
* MeaningfulName: Though not what you'd think, and Bujold gets a [[RunningGag good bit of mileage]] out of the joke.

!!The Penric stories


[[folder: Penric kin Jurald ]]

* BadassBookworm: A young man with a love of learning, who happens to be a sorcerer with a powerful and protective demon.
* BrokenBird: In between ''Penric and the Shaman'' and ''Penric's Mission'', Penric [[spoiler: tries to commit suicide, thanks to being assigned the most desperate cases to heal and repeatedly losing patients.]] Fortunately he gets better, but he's still leery of healing extreme cases.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Penric's family are the barons of a valley whose peasantry's main pastimes seem to be "archery, poaching, and tax evasion". His father was fond of drinking and gambling; his older brother, the current baron, is a sucker for any "pious beggar, whether in rags or Temple robes."
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Penric has light blond hair usually pulled into a long braid. It gets a lot of attention in ''Mira's Last Dance'', especially when [[spoiler: he starts dressing as a woman.]]
* NobilityMarriesMoney: His intended marriage to Prieta, the daughter of a wealthy cheese merchant. The marriage is cancelled when he becomes a sorcerer.
* TheSmartGuy: Even before he obtained a demon with twelve previous lives, four of which went to the university.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: In ''Mira's Last Dance'' [[spoiler: he dresses as a high class prostitute to help disguise his party's escape to Orbas. Later in ''The Prisoner of Limmnos'' he dresses up again to rescue Nikys' mother from the titular island.]]


[[folder: Desdemona ]]

* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: Twelve of her, referred to by one name that Penric gave her. The individuals sometimes are referred to separately as well.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She's lived through twelve lives already, including a lioness, a mare, and ten women of varying nationalities, social classes, and professions.


[[folder: General Adelis Arisaydia ]]

* AFatherToHisMen: He seems one of those generals who truly inspires his soldiers.
* {{Expy}}: Of UsefulNotes/FlaviusBelisarius.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Under house arrest on a false charge of treason, he continues to believe that he will be found innocent by those who trumped up the treason charge in the first place.


[[folder: Madame Nikys Khatai ]]

* BigBeautifulWoman: As a [[AuthorAppeal Bujold love interest]], she's definitely not skinny.

!!The Gods


[[folder: All Gods ]]

* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Grey for the Father, green for the Mother, red for the Son, blue for the Daughter, and white for the Bastard.
* GodsHandsAreTied: Here's the thing. The five gods hold absolute power over the realm of spirit. Souls can be manipulated by them as easily as a human being manipulates matter. What they ''can't'' do is, well, manipulate matter. Even lifting a pebble is beyond all measure of their powers. For this reason, they need saints: mortal agents who consciously surrender their souls to the gods and act as living conduits into reality. Most people aren't psychologically capable of yielding so utterly even if they want to, and the moments of surrender happen under painful/traumatic circumstances, which is one reason why saints seems to be just a little bit odd to anyone who is not a fellow saint.
* {{Psychopomp}}: All five take up mortal souls after death; funerals determine which one by observing the reactions of sacred animals brought close to the body. Usually it's whichever would best fit the personality or preference of the deceased. However, if the first four shun that soul, it must be taken by the Bastard; if even he refuses (or is refused), or under certain other unusual circumstances, the soul is sundered from heaven and trapped in the mortal world until it fades into nothingness. The gods prefer to avoid that, and so do most mortals.


[[folder: The Father of Winter ]]

* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: He appears to one character in the shape of someone she knew to be a comforting and stolid presence.
* DarkIsNotEvil: His domain is winter and his colours are black and gray, but he is the god of fatherhood, justice, fairness and leadership.
* DontFearTheReaper: The god of natural and peaceful deaths (others fall under the governance of the Bastard). Like winter itself, he brings rest and dormancy so that life can be renewed.
* HotGod: An especially attractive and manly man is said to be "blessed by the Father" -- so, yes, masculine allure, virility and sexuality are also his domains. To hammer home ''that'' point, the area on the human body associated with the Father is the genitalia.


[[folder: The Mother of Summer ]]

* LoveGoddess: Of love and the results of love, but especially motherly love.
* TheMedic: Her dedicats are often physicians or midwives.
* MotherNature: She governs healing, renewal and birth, as well as holding domain over general motherly qualities. When invoking the gods, she is represented by touching the navel; the only place everyone was once connected to his or her mother.


[[folder: The Son of Autumn ]]

* CardiovascularLove: The god of passionate emotion and overt displays of such, as well as friendship, has the heart as his symbolic point in the body. Naturally.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Heroism, courage, action and the emotions behind such things are his gifts. His Order defends a nation's borders from invasion and, of course, makes invasions of its own. Soldiers pay at ''least'' lip-service to him.
* WarGod: A kindly one, governing more the camaraderie and nobility of soldiers than violence for its own sake. He is also god of the hunt and the harvest, and the one most often associated with animals.


[[folder: The Daughter of Spring ]]

* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Notable in that she doesn't bother to take one when appearing to a human character (he was fortunate in that his perception was altered enough to bear it). He specifically describes how he'd come to imagine her, from childhood sermons, as a "nice immortal lady" -- nothing at all like the magnificent and incomprehensibly powerful being he perceives.
* GuileHero: Or...well, god. Thought, learning, logic, subtlety and long-laid plans are her specialities. When performing the Quintarian gesture to invoke the gods' protection, touching the forehead is representative of the Daughter.
* NatureSpirit: As the Son is heralded by animals, she is heralded by plants, especially flowers in bloom.
* WarGod: Her Order is much like the Son's, but turned inward; it pursues bandits, hunts down murderers, investigates crime, roots out corruption and defends those who can't defend themselves (such as, for example, maidens who are not trained in combat -- hence their patron deity). Those who pledge themselves to the Daughter in this regard are fewer than the followers of the Son, but what they lack in numbers they make for with a certain romantic dedication.


[[folder: The Bastard ]]

* DraggedOffToHell: When demons escape his hell, this is the fate that ultimately finds them -- and the souls of those unwise enough to entangle themselves in such forces tend to go with them.
* ForWantOfANail: When a nail is needed, it's his job to provide it.
* [[LoveGoddess Love God]]: Specifically, homosexual love (or perhaps any form of romantic attraction that doesn't conform to the traditional sort). Not coincidentally, nations that revile the Bastard tend also to regard homosexuality as heretical.
* [[OddJobGods Odd Job God]]: "All things out of season" covers everything from [[OrphanageOfLove Foundling Hospitals]] to [[OffWithHisHead Executioners]].
* TricksterMentor: And of course, any trickster's best tool is his or her mouth, which is the Bastard's holy symbol. Invoking him requires touching one's lips. (Since blessing from the gods are conferred with a kiss, the Bastard has great fun with this metaphor by smooching the hell out of his saints. Or into them, as may be required.) Various comments are made by his followers about how his miracles are somewhat...distinctive in their peculiarity.
* SatanicArchetype: His domains are disasters and chaos; "all things out of season". When calling a demon, one prays to the Bastard. Most other prayers beseech him to steer clear. When cursing, one invokes "the Bastard's Hell." Deaths by violence, accident or sickness -- lives cut short -- are his. He actually ''is'' reviled as a Satanic figure in some regions. He fulfils the role only up to a point, however -- he may be inscrutable and his blessings hard to parse as such, but he loves humanity as much as the rest of his family. Orphanages are run by his dedicates (since unwanted children are often bastards), and unexpected windfalls are also his purview.
** SatanIsGood
** HeroWithBadPublicity