The ''TableTopGame/ForgottenRealms'' campaign setting and shared fiction universe for ''TableTopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has birthed a legion of popular characters, from Elminster and Drizzt to Arilyn Moonblade and Cadderly. Get the scoop on a whole mess of 'em here.

This is by no means a complete list. As one of the most detailed shared universes (if not ''the'' most) in literary history, there are always more characters in the Realms left to explore.

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[[folder:The Elminster Series]]
!!Elminster Aumar, Sage of Shadowdale
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* AuthorAvatar: Ed Greenwood vehemently denies it, insisting that ''Mirt'' is his avatar, [[LyingCreator but no one believes him]]. (Who says you can only have one?)
* CaptainErsatz: In appearance, at least, Elminster was a stand-in for Gandalf from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' until 3rd Edition, when he suddenly looked like SeanConnery.
* CoolOldGuy
* CrazyPrepared
* DoomedHometown: Once a dragonrider burned a village to kill one of younger sons of late king, but accidentally left alive a single shepherd boy. Who later turned out to be the son of the killed prince.
* InvincibleHero
* KavorkaMan: The number of beautiful women with whom he's had carnal relations is truly staggering.
* {{Mascot}}
* RobeAndWizardHat: Though he ditched the hat when 3rd Edition rolled around.
* SmokingIsCool: His pipe is actually a magical artifact.
* WifeHusbandry: Some of the women he's bedded in the past are ones he's raised himself.
* WizardBeard
* WizardsLiveLonger: The man is over a millennium in age.

!!Mirt the Moneylender
->'''Race:''' Illuskan human
->'''Class:''' Rogue/Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* {{Acrofatic}}
* AuthorAvatar: Of Ed Greenwood.
* RedBaron: His loud mercenary youth gave him titles "the Old Wolf" and "Mirt the Merciless".
* RetiredBadass: Fomerly, commander of a mercenary company.

!!Storm Silverhand
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Fighter/Bard/Sorcerer
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* TheCaretaker: To the ghost of her sister Syluné, until Syluné's HeroicSacrifice. Also, after the death of Mystra, Storm is the only person who can soothe Elminster's insanity when he uses magic.
* [[FatherToHisMen Mother To Her Men]]: Storm acts as a sort of "den mother" to the Harpers.
* LadyOfWar
* MagicMusic

!! Undarl
->'''Race:''' [[spoiler:Malaugrym]]
->'''Class:''' Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' NeutralEvil

* CycleOfRevenge: He [[DoomedHometown burned down Heldon]], which gave one Elminster Aumar the cause for killing him and other Magelords. Which wasn't the end of it -- [[spoiler:Clan Malaug]] would be ''much'' better off if they considered his death a personal affair, rather than the cause for a blood feud quickly adding ''all'' Chosen of Mystra to the list of their enemies, already quite formidable. Thus, while on his own Undarl was but a secondary villain in one book, he was at the root of some very large-scale affairs happening over a great span of time, such as Harpstar War and events described in ''Shadow of the Avatar''.
* DragonRider: He even used this as a gimmick to join the Magelord and was nicknamed "the Dragonrider".
* MultilayerFacade: [[spoiler:A Malaugrim who pretended to be a Yuan-Ti]] posing as but yet another aspiring Magelord trying to infiltrate [[TheMagocracy the magical oligarchy]] of Athalantar.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Like most of his kin. When Magelords were brought down, he was nearly killed and got a golden opportunity to [[PlayingPossum pretend he's dead]] and go take over another place. Instead, he [[spoiler:pops up and gives Elminster one more reason to kill him]].

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[[folder:The Dark Elf Series]]
!!Drizzt Do'Urden
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Fighter/Ranger
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* TheAloner: Spends nearly a decade in the Underdark with Guenhwyvar as his only companion. It almost drives him mad. He eventually surrenders himself to the [[OurGnomesAreWeirder svirfnebli]], mortal enemies of the drow, out of desperation and loneliness.
* AmplifierArtifact: His anklets (really wrist bands, but he wears them on his legs) give him a massive boost to his running speed.
* AuthorFilibuster: Salvatore often [[AuthorAvatar uses Drizzt]] to deliver speeches about various morals, political stances, and viewpoints that are [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall suspiciously relevant to things that happen in our world]] at the beginning of every part of a book.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Entreri. A few times.
* {{Badass}}
* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He is polite and trusting almost to a fault (even more so in the earlier books), but if you mess with the people he cares about he ''will'' end you.
* BerserkButton: Threatening any of his friends will more than likely end with the ones doing the threatening dying horribly.
* BlackSheep: He becomes this to House Do'Urden after he flees Menzoberranzan at the end of ''Homeland''.
** Could also apply as a WhiteSheep.
* BlueBlood: Was a prince of a noble house before he went rogue.
* BreakoutCharacter: Wulfgar was originally going to be the main character of the series.
* ChekhovsSkill: This could technically apply to all drow, but in this instance, it specifically applies to the counter of the double-thrust low maneuver.
* CoolHorse: Andahar.
* {{Cool Sword}}s: [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Twin]][[PowerGlows kle]] and [[AnIcePerson Icing]][[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe death]].
* CrusadingWidower: During most of ''Gauntlgrym''. Disturbingly, instead of drowning his sorrows with alcohol, he did it with ''blood''.
* DualWielding: With scimitars.
* FantasticRacism: He was a victim of this during his earliest decades on the surface due to the notoriety of his [[AlwaysChaoticEvil race]]. In fact, a major part of the early series deals with his struggle against this trope.
** Not that he's immune to it himself. When fighting against King Obould and his orcs, he thought it absurd that the orcs didn't "know their place", though he does catch himself on it and reevaluate his position.
* FlashStep: The "Ghost Step" technique. Half SuperSpeed, half optical illusion. With perfect timing, Drizzt can step to the side in the split second his opponent's weapon passes through his own line of sight, blocking him from view and causing him to seemingly disappear. Done correctly, by the time the opponent figures out what happened, half of his more important organs will be out of place.
* FullNameBasis: Most people call Drizzt by his full name when addressing him.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Starless Night'' when Drizzt gets annoyed that [[EvilMatriarch Matron Baenre]] addresses him by his full name at the end of almost every sentence.
* HandSignals: The Drow hand cant is not used so much in later novels because he's not usually around any other drow to use it with, but he attempts to teach it to his companions with limited success.
* HeroicBSOD: After the events at Shallows during the ''Hunter's Blades'' trilogy, and a more recent one near the end of ''The Ghost King''.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: On account of his race. In later novels, however, his reputation is what allows him to be accepted in most places.
* InSeriesNickname: Due to most people's inability to speak Drow Undercommon properly, most people (usually vermin) who have only heard of Drizzt call him "Drizzit" upon first meeting.
* KirkSummation: Attempts to give one to Artemis Entreri in ''Charon's Claw'', suggesting that Artemis pursue good instead of ending his life. Being [[DeathSeeker Artemis]] [[DeadpanSnarker Entreri]], he tells Drizzt to [[StrikeMeDown just get it over with]].
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Zaknafein absolutely hated everything to do with Menzoberranzan and the ideals instilled into drow from birth by Lolth's clergy. To say Drizzt adopted his mindset is an understatement.
* MasterSwordsman: He was supposed to replace Zaknafein as House Do'Urden's weaponsmaster before he fled from Menzoberranzan. In later books, many drow warriors and even the weaponsmasters of rival households, to their ultimate doom, have sought the chance to fight "Zaknafein's equal".
* MindRape: During ''Starless Night'', involving an [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} illithid]]
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
* NayTheist: Drizzt doesn't so much worship Mielikki as he looks to her as a symbol of the values he holds dear.
* NonHumanSidekick: Guenhwyvar.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Drizzt attempts to outrun a drow raiding party sent to recapture him, avoid Artemis Entreri, who is pursuing him in the tunnels, ''and'' tries to find a way back up to his friends while physically dragging the injured Regis along with him in ''The Legacy''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Officially, his first name is pronounced "''Drist''", but a lot of people also say "Driz-et" or other pronunciations.
** Author R.A. Salvatore seems to pronounce it as "Dritz" in interviews.
** The ''Demon Stone'' video game has it pronounced "Drid-st".
* OurElvesAreBetter
* PropheticName: "Drizzt" can mean both "Dawnfinder" and "Unyielding Hunter" in the drow language.
* PurpleEyes: Considered his most recognizable feature.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against the orcs in the ''Hunter's Blades'' trilogy when he thinks all of the other Companions were killed.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Hunter.
* ThinkNothingOfIt
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Drizzt Do'Urden of D'aermon Na'shez'baernon, Ninth House of Menzoberranzan.
* TheUnfettered: Spent most of ''Gauntlgrym'' being one until Jarlaxle pinned him against the wall to give him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* UnstoppableRage: When Drizzt gives himself up to his Hunter personality, there's almost no stopping him.
** During the almost century-long TimeSkip in ''Gauntlgrym'', while he and Bruenor are seeking out the titular Dwarven kingdom, Drizzt constantly goes out of his way for an excuse to kill something. When coming across other travelers in need, he would jump at the chance to clear out a goblin lair or three or hire himself out as a bodyguard escort, ostensibly for needed money but in honesty hoping for a few random encounters.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Cattie-Brie.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Innovindil made him consider the more pleasurable side of life in ''The Lone Drow''.
* WideEyedIdealist: He's this in the earlier books of the series, with ''Homeland'' being one of the most obvious examples. However, as of the current storyline he has lost most of this.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Explored in depth. Drizzt was definitely worried about the idea of outliving his friends for his first few decades on the surface until he struck up a friendship with Innovindil, a surface elf. She advised him to live a series of shorter, segmented lifetimes, taking each as they come, rather than dwelling on the looming centuries. Her advice came into play after the events of ''Gauntlgrym'', when Bruenor, the last of his original friends, died in battle. Drizzt mourned his loss, then picked himself up and began traveling with Dahlia Sin'felle.

!!Montolio Debrouchee
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Ranger
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* BadassGrandpa: And he's ''[[HandicappedBadass BLIND]]'' to boot!
* DeathSeeker: He originally came to the grove where he lived because he was looking for a place to die after the incident where he lost his sight, wherein several of his friends died. The grove was next to a large establishment of hostile orcs.
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* HermitGuru: For Drizzt.
* NiceHat
* NonHumanSidekick: Hooter.

!!Roddy [=McGristle=]
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment''' Chaotic Neutral

* ButtMonkey: Thanks mostly in part to Drizzt, he never fails to make an ass out of himself.
* {{Determinator}}: Whatever else can be said about the guy, he doesn't quit easily; he chased after Drizzt all across Faerun for years trying to get revenge on him for humiliating him and killing one of his dogs.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Allied with orcs in an assault on a ranger's grove. Murdered at least two people. Tortured monks. Threatened to rape a seven year old. Why? All because Drizzt killed one of his dogs in self defense.
* HarmlessVillain: Inverted. Roddy initially comes off as somewhat of a joke villain and isn't really much of a threat. But then he murders two characters and threatens to rape the then-seven-year-old Catti-brie.
* ManipulativeBastard: Has shades of this; when an adventuring party was dispatched to track down Drizzt, thinking he was responsible for the murder of a family, Roddy joined them and egged them on in trying to hunt him down. Later he managed to con an orc chieftain into launching an attack on a forest Drizzt was staying in, using Drizzt's presence there and the threat of usurpation as a means of goading him, and further down the line did his best to try and turn the already suspicious Bruenor Battlehammer against Drizzt despite his having done nothing to warrant it save for being a drow.
* NeverMyFault: Suffers from this big time; everything that has gone wrong in his life since Drizzt showed up has ultimately been of his own doing, including wasting much of his life trying to hunt down and kill Drizzt. But as far as he's concerned it is Drizzt who is ultimately responsible for his sorry excuse for a life rather than his own pigheadedness and bad judgement.

!!Artemis Entreri[=/=]Barrabus The Gray
->'''Race:''' Calishite human
->'''Class:''' Fighter/Rogue/Assassin
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* ArchNemesis: To Drizzt. Artemis despised Drizzt because, despite their equal abilities in combat, Drizzt devoted his life to, well, his ''life'', gaining friends and actually having a life worth living, whereas Entreri became a soulless killing machine, and he sees in Drizzt the hollow emptiness of his own existence. Drizzt, for his part, hates Entreri both because he's an evil bastard, and because he sees in Entreri what he could have become if things had been different. [[spoiler:Entreri later grows out of it. He comes to respect Drizzt for the choices he took in life and the friends he made, rather than despise him for them, and as Entreri becomes a better person, Drizzt hates him less and less.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: With Drizzt more than a few times over the years, most recently in ''Neverwinter''.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Jarlaxle's red.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: With Jarlaxle until ''Road of the Patriarch''.
* CloseToHome: When attempting to enter Castle Perilous, Athrogate called a stuck gate a "son of a bar whore". Artemis didn't take it well.
* CombatPragmatist: Played straight for the most part, he'll pull every dirty trick in the book during a fight. Of course, its kind of subverted in that he lacks pragmatism on a grander scale; he prefers to fight, period, meaning he'll avoid less hazardous ways of dealing with his enemies.
** At one point, while fighting Drizzt, he held a mouthful of sewer water in his mouth for several pages until the ''perfect time'' to spit it in Drizzt's face.
* TheComicallySerious: ''Road of the Patriarch'' gives us this glorious exchange:
-->'''Athrogate:''' Well now, I'd say that's better, but it'd be a lie. Any elf's but a girl making ready to cry.
-->'''Entreri:''' And if you keep rhyming, you're going to die. ''[Athrogate laughs]'' No. There is no joke in my words. And the rhyme was coincidental.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It is revealed in the short story ''The Third Level'' and later in ''Road of the Patriarch'' that Entreri was physically and sexually abused as a child and was sold to a pedophile merchant who later intended to sell him into slavery.
* DeadpanSnarker: In ''spades'' in the ''Sellswords'' trilogy and in the short stories that are set during that timeline. He also displays these tendencies in the ''Neverwinter'' books, particularly in the second after he meets up with Drizzt and Dahlia.
* DeathGlare: Most people on the receiving end on this usually don't end up living too much longer afterwards.
* DeathSeeker: Implied for some time, but confirmed in the ''Neverwinter'' trilogy.
* DualWielding: Noteably, Artemis actually does it ''right'', using a sword in his main hand and a dagger in his left.
* EmpathicWeapon: Charon's Claw
** See also EvilWeapon. Doesn't have a personality aside from vague impulses, but will burn its owner alive from the inside out the minute he drops his guard. Recently, it has been revealed that the weapon has enslaved ''him'' and is keeping him alive to torture him.
* EnemyMine: Teams up with Drizzt in an early appearance, and a few subsequent ones as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He has a special kind of hate for parents who sell out or abandon their kids in an effort to save themselves.
* EvilCounterpart: To Drizzt. Drizzt even states himself on more than one occasion that if things had gone differently in Menzoberranzan he had no doubt that they would have turned out the same.
* EvilVirtues: [[{{Determinator}} Determination.]]
* FirstNameBasis: Only with Jarlaxle.
** Dhawvel also refers to him as Artemis once in ''Servant of the Shard'', but not to him directly.
* FriendlessBackground: He considers relationships as a vulnerability and mocks Drizzt's loyalty to his friends on several occasions. [[spoiler:Later, however, he comes to reverse this opinion and begin to hate the empty life he's been leading.]]
* FullNameBasis: People sometimes address him as this, even if they're talking directly to him. Jarlaxle is the most frequent offender.
* GenderBlenderName
* [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Not-Quite-As-Heel Turn]]
* InNameOnly: Game-stat example. In every appearance, he is universally described as an assassin. But when the Time of Troubles rolled around, R.A. Salvatore got a phone call saying that the writing team planned to have all assassins die as part of a massive ritual. Not wanting to lose a beloved character, Salvatore replied, "He's not really an assassin; just a fighter with a few levels of thief who specializes in killing people."
* LackOfEmpathy: An odd case, in that he's a remorseless killer who will not hesitate to torture anyone who may have information he needs, but if someone is not a target or involved with a job, he's perfectly capable of showing empathy, if in a cynical manner.
* LastNameBasis: To everyone else.
* {{Mangst}}: In ''Road of the Patriarch''.
* MasterSwordsman: He's a human and one of the most skilled swordsmen alive.
* MeaningfulRename: Took on the mantle of [[TheMagnificent Barrabus the Gray]] as of ''Gauntlgrym''.
* MenacingStroll: He excels at this.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Specifically stated to be over 40, but looks like he's in his late-20s to early-30s.
** Played even straighter as Barrabus the Gray. Due to Entreri/Barrabus being infused with a Shade, he would now be over 100 years old and still looking about 30.
* NominalHero: By the start of ''The Sellswords''. He feels compassion for a few specific people, but on the whole he's still extremely cold-blooded.
** [[spoiler: UnscrupulousHero: Through Jarlaxle's manipulations and his own insights, Artemis loses much of his callousness. By ''Gauntlgrym'', he actually feels remorse for being forced to kill someone.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: And ''how''.
* ProfessionalKiller: Rose to fame in Calimport as a ruthless assassin.
* RapeAsBackstory
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: At the end of ''Road of the Patriarch''.
* ServileSnarker: To Alegni.
* SexSlave: During his time in Menzoberranzan, Artemis was passed around by the priestesses of Lolth as a sex toy.
* [[ShutUpKirk Shut Up, Kirk!]]: Just before Artemis' (self-anticipated) death, Drizzt starts in on a KirkSummation, which Artemis cuts off before it really gets going.
-->'''Drizzt:''' "A man of your skills could contribute..."
-->'''Artemis:''' "Spare me your idiocy."
* SonOfAWhore: His mother Shanali was a prostitute.
* StartOfDarkness: ''Road of the Patriarch'' showed Artemis's childhood via flashback, wherein it was shown that he was molested, beaten, and sold into slavery.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Whenever he's forced to fight alongside Drizzt against more immediate enemies.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: With Drizzt to an extent. He is perfectly willing to let Drizzt become a sacrifice to Lolth, but only if he is allowed the chance to defeat him in a fair battle first.
* TheStoic: Is known for his cold, emotionless personality until he started partnering with Jarlaxle, and, thanks to Idalia's Flute, he became...
** NotSoStoic.
* ThatManIsDead: Literally said word for word at the end of ''Road of the Patriarch''.
** A variant by the time of the Neverwinter trilogy: Artemis/Barrabus doesn't care how people address him, and Drizzt spends the latter third of the book calling him Entreri. Herzgo Alegni, however, has a decided opinion on the matter.
--->'''Alegni:''' He's still mine, you understand, and so his name remains Barrabus.
* VillainProtagonist: In his later appearances alongside Jarlaxle.
* VillainousRescue: Entreri frees and teams up with Catti-Brie in ''Starless Night'' to free the captured Drizzt in the hopes that Drizzt will help lead him to the surface and away from Menzoberranzan.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Formerly a Type II with Jarlaxle.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Thanks to Charon's Claw, he literally can't die. Not that [[DeathSeeker he likes this at all]], especially since said sword [[ImmortalityHurts makes it a living hell for him.]]

!!Athrogate
->'''Race:''' Shield Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* TheAtoner: In ''Gauntlgrym'', he's shown to be deeply remorseful for his part in destroying the legendary dwarven kingdom, and vows to make it right.
* BoisterousBruiser
* BloodKnight: It's really hard to get him to ''not'' go looking for a fight any time he's bored.
* CoolHorse: His demonic hell pig.
* DeathSeeker: He ''does'' like fighting, but the reason he can charge so fearlessly headlong into battle against impossible odds is that he doesn't fear death, but rather he almost welcomes it, thanks to the death of his family. This is only doubled after [[spoiler:he releases the primordial of fire caged in Gauntlgrym Fortress.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: In ''Gauntlgrym'', before becoming {{the atoner}}.
* EpicFlail: Athrogate [[DualWielding dual wields]] morning stars. When activated, one causes anything metallic it hits to rust, the other causes an explosion on impact.[[note]]He does ''not'' {{carry a big stick}}. Despite some artwork, Athrogate's weapons are described on numerous occasions as having chains separating the long handles from the heads, and what's written is canon. Also, though his weapons are called Morning Stars, which is what spiked maces are often called, "Mrning Star" actually only refers to the head of the weapon, spikes required. Whether there is a chain or not is irrelevant.[[/note]]
* EvilVirtues: Honor.
* GeniusBruiser: He is much smarter than he looks. He's not as well-read, clever, or eloquent as Jarlaxle, nor as cunning as Entreri, but he's not dumb and he knows his way around a battlefield.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Originally introduced wearing the ale-and-sweat stained furs and leathers that come to dwarves standard issue. By ''Gauntlgrym'', almost a century later, Jarlaxle has him wearing a downright stylish purple-and-black outfit, convinced him to bathe at least twice a year, and has even managed to groom his beard. By Jarlaxle's own reckoning, he's worked miracles.
* HiddenDepths: On the surface, he's nothing more than an obnoxious BoisterousBruiser BloodKnight. However, he reveals to Jarlaxle that he's actually outlived even the most generous of dwarven life-expectancies, and that once, centuries ago, he had a family in Citadel Felbarr. When the citadel was invaded by orcs, however, the dwarves were forced to flee and Athrogate's wife and children were slaughtered. His youngest died in his arms. Their deaths essentially destroyed him, and though he's recovered somewhat, he could never bring himself to return to Felbarr, even to aid an army of dwarves in retaking it, because there was too much pain for him there. He is also far more insightful than his appearance would imply, and capable of surprising empathy.
* HonorBeforeReason[=/=]LetsFightLikeGentlemen: While his ''reasons'' for fighting are rarely benevolent and are often selfish, when the fight actually gets started, he's as honourable as they come, if more than a bit brutal. He had two golden opportunities to kill Drizzt during their fight, and he passed up both of them because it would have been un-sportsmanlike.
* ICallItVera: He's given his Morning Stars the names Cracker and Whacker (or Rotter and Slaughter, this is [[CrazyAwesome Athrogate]]). While he doesn't talk to them, he is quite attached to them and he considers them true and reliable friends. When they're stolen in ''Gauntlgrym'', he feels truly alone.
* LargeHam: The rhyming helps a lot.
* LightningBruiser: While not a particularly fast runner, Athrogate is incredibly agile, able to keep pace with Drizzt in hand to hand combat, and casually doing ''backflips'' while curb-stomping mooks, for no other reason than to show off. He's also tough enough to shrug off fireballs and falls from considerable heights, and his weapons of choice are a pair of flails that either rust whatever they hit or blow up on impact.
* TheLostLenore: He's never gotten over the deaths of his wife Gerthalie or their children, and to a lesser extent, all the members of Clan Felbarr that died with them. He couldn't even bring himself to return home because everywhere he looked, he saw his dead kin.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: Got completely curbstomped by a pit fiend and fell from a bridge, but (barely) lived to tell the tale.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: At first he comes across as a loud, obnoxious dwarf who wouldn't be anything without both his powerful friends and his powerfully enchanted weapons. Except, the thing is, he's actually skilled enough to put both Artemis Entreri and Drizzt Do'Urden on the back foot (not at the same time) and he has decades of combat experience under his belt.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He is this to a race that ages slower than humans (though they still age faster than elves). The most generous life-expectancy for a dwarf is about 350 years, and the few dwarves who reach that age look every year of it. Thibbledorf Pwent's knees had pretty much given out by the time he reached that age, and Bruenor was a shadow of his former self when he hit 340. Athrogate, on the other hand, was alive and still in his prime when he was around 370 years old, in 1372, and ninety years later, in 1462, when he's about 460 years old, he's shown no signs of stopping. Athrogate claims that he pissed off a wizard, who cursed him with a long life, [[DeathSeeker the cruelest punishment possible for the dwarf]].
* RhymesOnADime: Much to ''everyone's'' annoyance, [[PainfulRhyme for obvious reasons]]. [[ItAmusedMe He thinks it's funny as hell.]]
* TheSoCalledCoward: An odd example. Most people would not view him as such, given his {{Boisterous|Bruiser}}- and [[BloodKnight battle-loving]] nature, but to the dwarves of his old clan, he's a coward because he couldn't bear taking part in the retaking of their citadel and returning to the place where his family died. The warrior has faced down a dracolich, but to his people, he'll always be Athrogate the Coward.
* StepfordSmiler: Athrogate died with his family when orcs invaded Citadel Felbarr, and what's left is a broken shell of a dwarf. He hides it well behind the mask of an irreverent, violent brawler, and even though he'll insult his old clan for calling him a coward, he believes it as much as they do because he didn't have the guts to face the ghosts of his family.
** Jarlaxle says it best: "Something had created Athrogate as he was; something had broken the dwarf to that base level, where he had no emotional defense other than a wall of ridicule and self-ridicule, fastened by the occasional rap of a mighty morningstar and hidden by the more-than-occasional drink."
* [[StrongerThanTheyLook Stronger Than He Looks]]: Despite being a burly dwarf, he is still this thanks to wearing a Girdle of Storm Giant Strength.[[note]]With the exception of Titans, which are really just a superior subspecies of titans, Storm Giants are the strongest type of giant.[[/note]]
* ThatManIsDead: As far as he's concerned, Athrogate died with his family 350 years before ''Promise of the Witch King''.
* UnskilledButStrong: While his skills are nothing to really scoff at, Dahlia noted that Athrogate makes up for his lack of precision with brute strength.
* WarriorPoet: Literally. Generally agreed to not be very good, though.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: While not immortal, he was cursed by a wizard to have an unnaturally long life span, even for a dwarf. He is not the least bit happy about this.

!!Bruenor Battlehammer
->'''Race:''' Shield Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* AllergicToRoutine: He'll find any way to try to head out adventuring instead of sitting around taking care of the boring royal matters of his station.
* AnAxeToGrind: Signature weapon is a one-handed battle-axe and a shield.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassGrandpa: Begins the series as this. Already well into middle-age in dwarven years when he first meets Drizzt, he continues for another two hundred or so and never lets up for a minute.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Or I'm a bearded gnome!"
** "Ye durned elf!"
* DisneyDeath: His apparent demise in his battle with the dragon [[FluffyTheTerrible Shimmergloom]].
* EatTheDog: In the third book of ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'', he spends much of the book with a strong urge to eat Roddy [=McGristle's=] dog. By the novel's end, he does end up cutting off one of its legs, which he then cooks and eats, as retribution against [=McGristle=]. He is promptly very, very sick afterwards and vows never to eat dog again.
* GoOutWithASmile
* ItIsNotYourTime: Pulled out of his coma by Regis in ''The Lone Drow'', but dwarves strongly believe that Moradin sent him back to help fight against Obould's horde.
* MutualKill: Takes out a pit fiend, but the fiend mortally wounds him in return.
** DyingMomentOfAwesome: After killing the pit fiend, he pulls the lever (which only he can pull) that will stop a volcano from erupting.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* PapaWolf
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Single-handedly, with only the help of the other Companions, retook Mithral Hall from an army of duergar commanded by a shadow dragon. [[{{Badass}} And then proceeded to take down said dragon by jumping on top of it with a keg of oil, a torch, and an axe.]]
* SupportingLeader: As far as politics and wide-scale events go, Bruenor is much more important than Drizzt, but isn't the focus of the novels.

!!Catti-brie Battlehammer
->'''Race:''' Illuskan human
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' ChaoticGood

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Khazid'hea. It's also a TalkingWeapon. [[EvilWeapon And it has nothing nice to say.]]
* ActionGirl
* AnchoredShip: Type I with Drizzt (after many books of WillTheyOrWontThey) in ''The Orc King''.
* BattleCouple: With Drizzt.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Drizzt for ''many'' books.
* BowAndSwordInAccord
* DeathByFlashback: Flashbacks she actually acted out in story.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge on Her]]
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest
* GoIntoTheLight: Played with, since a pinpoint of light marked the unicorn of Mielikki that took her soul away.
* PeacefulInDeath
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Has this reaction after the first time she killed another human. Notably, she'd killed quite a few orcs and goblins before, and indeed had just slaughtered a group of grey dwarves a few moments before with a bow.
* WomenInRefrigerators: In her last appearance, she is struck down at the beginning of the book by a wild magic surge during the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Spellplague]]. She spends the remainder of the story alternating between a coma and magic-based hallucinations before finally expiring.

!!Dahlia Sin'felle
->'''Race:''' Elf
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil, later Chaotic Neutral

* AbsoluteCleavage
* BaldOfEvil: Mostly, anyway; has a single bit of hair tied back in a long [[EvilRedhead red and black]] braid. Later becomes BaldOfAwesome.
* BlackWidow: Not just with men, either.
* BloodKnight: She doesn't kill her lovers in their sleep; when she gets tired of them, she challenges them to straight-up fights.
* BrokenBird
* CorruptTheCutie: It seems to be her personal mission to bring Drizzt around to her worldview.
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkSkinnedRedHead: Not very dark, but rather tanned.
* DepravedBisexual: Either this or BiTheWay.
* DeathSeeker
* DistractedByTheSexy: Her fighting garb is designed to distract her opponents with the sexy.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Tortured her vampire lover for information, then told him to make love to her, and that if he didn't, or didn't do it well, she would kill him. While this isn't portrayed as a positive act, it isn't treated as horribly as depictions of her own rape; it serves more to demonstrate that she's a powerful character, and no sympathy is given to the vampire over it.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: The rest of her fighting style is this.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Against ''all'' Netherese. No exceptions.
* FemmeFatale
* HeelFaceTurn
* ILoveTheDead: The closest thing she'd had to a long-term relationship before Drizzt was with a vampire.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Her outlook on the world became especially bleak after [[DespairEventHorizon she was horribly raped, and killed the resulting child.]]
* MeaningfulRename: Changed her surname from Syn'dalay to Sin'felle after escaping from the Netherese to symbolize her defilement.
* NiceHat: Wears one to cover her shaved head and hide her Thayan allegiances.
* NominalHero: Not entirely incapable of compassion, but extremely aggressive and self-centered to the point of narcissism. This is demonstrated most poignantly when she [[spoiler: mortally wounds Drizzt for refusing to kill her.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Killed her infant son by throwing him off a cliff.
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RapeAsBackstory: Main reason for the offing of the offspring.
* SerialKiller: Surprisingly close to being one, with a set hunting-pattern and pre- and post-kill rituals, though she hasn't shown any preferred type of victim besides "people who are useful to her."
* SwissArmyWeapon: Includes a three-sectioned [[SimpleStaff staff]], [[DualWielding dual]] [[EpicFlail flails]], [[BladeOnAStick spear]], and [[CarryABigStick batons]], complete with [[ShockAndAwe lightning.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: She starts acting this way towards ''Artemis'', of all people, being belligerent with him one moment and relaxed and (emotionally) intimate the next. She even gets noticably jealous when he has a quickie with another woman, and again when a drow woman brings up them having slept together a century ago, despite Artemis having no specific memory of her. All of this while Dahlia is technically in a relationship with Drizzt.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She's afraid of snakes.
* YourCheatingHeart: Starts an affair with Artemis after she and Drizzt become distant, though as there was no offical break up, everyone involved feels conflicted about it.
* ZettaiRyouiki

!!Ellifain Tuuserail/Le'lorinel Tel'e'brenequiette
->'''Race:''' Moon Elf
->'''Class:''' Warrior
-> '''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* BaldOfEvil: Shaved her head as part of her disguise.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents
* BrokenBird
* CoolMask: To hide her gender.
* CrazyPrepared: Has a magical item meant for every one of Drizzt's defenses.
* DarkActionGirl
* DualWielding
* OurElvesAreBetter: Our elves are nuts.
* FantasticRacism
* FreakOut: When Drizzt visits the Moonwood in ''Starless Night'' she gets one good look at him and then attacks him.
* FreudianExcuse: Drizzt covering her in her mother's blood in order to hide her from his fellow drow didn't do her sanity any good. That, and her sole reason for going after Drizzt is because she think he's the guilty party of her people's massacre, rather than the one who saved her.
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: With the bonus that she isn't even really fighting monsters.
* MeaningfulName: Her alias means "I to you as you to me" in an Elvish language.
* MoralMyopia
* MutualKill: If Drizzt's friends hadn't arrived when they did, both of them would have bled out.
* NighInvulnerable: While using her [[TakenForGranite stoneskin]] spell.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Towards Drizzt.
* {{Revenge}}: On every living drow, but especially Drizzt, who she views as a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* RevengeBeforeReason
* SaveTheVillain: Drizzt tries to invoke this with her, wanting to ''sacrifice himself'' to save her life. His friends will have none of it.
* ShutUpKirk: Just about everyone points out how stupid her desire for revenge is. She tells them all to shove it.
* SuperSpeed: One of her spells enables this.
* SweetPollyOliver: A very dark take on in.
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: Drizzt saves her as a child, refuses to harm her in a later book even though she attacks him with no provocation. She thanks him by blaming him for her mother's death and then spends ''Sea of Swords'' will the sole purpose of finding him so she can kill him. In her defence, she's not all there.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Towards Drizzt.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Inverted: she's a female elf who disguises herself as a male.

!!Jarlaxle Baenre
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Rogue/Fighter/Duelist (3E); Skirmisher (4E)
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil, later Chaotic Neutral

* AbusiveParents
* AffablyEvil
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Jarlaxle's always someone better is his older brother, Gromph, whose power structure is superior even to Jarlaxle's, and whose personal skill in the arcane arts blows Jarlaxle's right out of the water. ''Gauntlgrym'' shows that Jarlaxle'll go to Gromph for help and advice(reminiscent of Sherlock and Mycroft) and that Gromph has no trouble in seeing through Jarlaxle's bullshit.
* BadassCrew: Bregan D'aerthe.
* BaldOfAwesome: Notably, Jarlaxle's shaved head is actually significant; hairstyle indicates station in drow society. By shaving his head, Jarlaxle removes himself from this system.
* BareYourMidriff: Besides his eyepatch, cape, and hat, Jarlaxle's other iconic piece of clothing is a short vest that exposes his stomach muscles.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* {{Bishounen}}: Has been complemented on his handsomeness by a ''dragon''. She also said looks even more handsome with hair. Not to mention the narration itself, which mentions several times how ridiculously attractive he is.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his quirks, he has been extremely successful as a houseless drow ''male'' for centuries and as the leader of Bregan D'aerthe.
* TheCasanova: Has loved and left more than his fair share in the past. Including dragons, much to Entreri's horror.
* TheCharmer
* TheChosenOne: He was blessed by Lolth just as he was to be sacrificed to her by his mother.
* EvilVirtues: Resourcefulness.
* EyepatchOfPower: Of course.
* FirstNameBasis: Most people call him by his first name (since it's the only one he gives), but notably, he's the only person to ever call Entreri by his first name in universe.
* HandSignals: The Drow hand cant. He uses it frequently with his lieutenants and sometimes with Entreri, whom he taught it to.
* HiddenHeartOfGold
* KarmaHoudini: Manipulated various parties into starting a war in Luskan so that he could take control of the city and use it as a free port to trade Underdark goods with the surface world. Thousands died in the ensuing conflict, including noncombatants that died due to lack of food and shelter during the harsh winter that followed. Not only does Jarlaxle succeed in becoming the ManBehindTheMan in Luskan, but he convinces Drizzt of his relative innocence and suffers no consequences for it.
** Not to mention that it directly resulted in the death of Drizzt's good friend Deudermont, which happened when Athrogate engaged Drizzt in combat and prevented him from rescuing the poor guy. And yet when Jarlaxle teams up with Drizzt again in the following book, there (astonishingly) don't appear to be any hard feelings.
* KnifeNut: He has a bracer that produces an unlimited amount of throwing knives. He puts them to good use.
* LovableRogue
* MeaningfulName: Jarlaxle means "charmed ally" in Deep Drow.
* MinoredInAsskicking
* MotorMouth: According to Artemis.
* MultiMeleeMaster
* NayTheist: Jarlaxle knows as a matter of fact that Lady Lolth exists. He refuses to worship her, though.
* NiceHat: Roughly described as a sombrero with a giant peacock feather. [[CrazyPrepared Both the hat and the feather are magical]].
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Completely abandoned Entreri in the battle against Urshula at the end and made very little apology about it afterward.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The amount of times he's pulled this is staggering.
* OneManArmy
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ZigZagged. While Jarlaxle is certainly morally ambiguous and is usually working with the bad guys, he is never considered an outright villain himself. This is actually averted in ''The Ghost King'' and ''Gauntlgrym'', when his role is actually as one of the ''good'' guys.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Entreri's blue.
* RefugeInAudacity: Jarlaxle's flamboyancy tends to either enrage or shock people too much for them to actually try to do anything to him. It was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] after Jarlaxle's "Who I Am" monologue to Queen Christine in ''Road of the Patriarch''.
** The acceptance in a public tavern that Drizzt labored for decades to earn? Jarlaxle got it in five minutes when he walked in, took a seat at another man's table, got him kicked out for drawing steel, and bought everyone a round.
* RefusalOfTheCall: He was chosen by Lolth to be one of her agents and flat-out refused. Then again, Lolth's most favored servants are bringers of chaos, and he certainly is that, almost singlehandedly making things more interesting in Menzoberranzan than they've been in centuries.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: To Entreri.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Drow]]: He encourages Entreri to be a SharpDressedMan by playing dress-up with him during their adventures.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Played with. Stepped away from Bregan D'aerthe after the events of ''Servant of the Shard'', but was shown to be back in control as of ''The Pirate King''. Treated in later installments to be more of a sabbatical, putting his mercenaries in Kimmuriel's command so that there'd be an opposing voice of reason and business to counteract Jarlaxle's often-whimsical orders.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Entreri, then later with Kimmuriel.
* VillainousRescue: The amount of times he's saved The Companions or simply let them escape, on purpose, is staggering.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type II with Entreri.
* WalkingTheEarth: 10% for finding new business opportunities for Bregan D'aerthe, 90% just for the hell of it.
* [[GunsAkimbo Wands Akimbo]]: Has been shown a few times wielding two wands (one that fires [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] and one that shoots globs) in long-range combat.
* WasntThatFun: This is practically Jarlaxle's catch-phrase during the ''Sellswords Trilogy'' and the various short stories featuring him and Entreri. Entreri is never impressed.
* WildCard: During his tenure in Menzoberranzan so very, very much.

!!Kimmuriel Oblodra
-> '''Race:''' Drow
-> '''Class:''' Psionicist
-> '''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* BadassBookworm
* BarrierWarrior: The kinetic barrier. Used as a ChekhovsGun through Entreri on Drizzt in ''The Silent Blade''.
* CommanderContrarian: His arrangement with Jarlaxle after taking over Bregan D'aerthe while Jarlaxle is WalkingTheEarth. Jarlaxle is still in nominal command of the group, and occasionally calls in the troops for his latest projects, but Kimmuriel has the power to refuse or modify Jarlaxle's orders if he feels that what Jarlaxle wants isn't in the group's best interests. Despite the possibility of conflict ''(especially between drow)'', so far the arrangement has worked out swimmingly for both.
* ConflictingLoyalty: In ''Servant of The Shard'' between Jarlaxle and Rai-guy. He didn't want to betray Jarlaxle, out of loyalty to him for saving his life after the fall of House Oblodra, but he eventually sided with Rai-guy because he believed that Jarlaxle's behaviour would destroy Bregan D'aerthe.
* CreatureOfHabit: He would rather serve as lieutenant and focus on improving his abilities than serve as leader of Bregan D'aerthe.
* DeadpanSnarker: And he doesn't hesistate to use it on anyone, including Jarlaxle.
* DragonAscendant: Kimmuriel is more or less forced into this after Jarlaxle leaves him in charge of Bregan D'aerthe to go travelling on The Surface.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Rai-guy.
* JediMindTrick
* MindProbe: He ''is'' a psionicist, after all.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* OurElvesAreBetter
* PsychicPowers: Easily one of the most powerful character in the series because of this.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: It doesn't show much due to his nature as the stoic, but it's mentioned a few times that he is especially racist, even for a drow.
* TheSpock: He is calm, stoic, rarely emotes, and takes the time to logically point out the flaws and consequences of Jarlaxle's plans if he needs to.
* TheStoic: Expresses less and less emotion as the series progresses.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Jarlaxle.

!!Obould Many-Arrows
->'''Race:''' Mountain Orc
->'''Class:''' Barbarian/Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil, later Chaotic Neutral

* ArchEnemy: After Artemis, Obould is top ringer for Drizzt's arch rival. Obould's war is responsible for the death's of several of Drizzt's friends, the crippling of his love interest, and shaking the very foundations of his reality. Drizzt, on the other hand, is was the single biggest thorn in Obould's side during the war, causing no end of problems for the orc king by killing hundreds of his soldiers and spreading fear through the rest. Obould is one of the few people to force Drizzt to flee from combat, and despite two vicious battles, neither was able to achieve a decisive victory over the other.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Averted; while he is a [[AManIsNotAVirgin sexually active character]], he made a habbit of surrounding himself with the most beautiful female orcs in his kingdom, letting them grind against him during feasts and warcouncils, and showing absolutely no interests in them as a way of showing off to his men how much more disciplined and controlled he was compared to them.
* AntiVillain: His methods are brutal, but his goal is noble; create a stable orc state and put an end to his people's self-destructive ways.
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. His armour saves his life again and again.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: After his death, he was made a demigod by the orc deity Gruumsh.
* {{Badass}}: Oh yeah.
* BadassBoast: To Drizzt;
-->'''Obould:''' ''Look around you, drow. This is my home now. My kingdom! When you fly on your pet, you see the greatness of Obould. You see the Kingdom of Dark Arrows. Remember that name for the last minutes of your life. You die in Dark Arrows, Drizzt Do'Urden, and will be eaten by birds on a mountain side in the home of King Obould.''
* {{BFS}}: And it's [[FlamingSword on fire.]]
* CanonImmigrant: Reversed, depending on whether you consider the novels or gamebooks more canon; Obould was originally featured in a sourcebook for the RPG before making it into the novels.
* TheChosenOne: Blessed and Chosen by Gruumsh to lead the orc people into a new age.
* CombatPragmatist: Subtle, as generally speaking he's just plain good enough that he doesn't need to resort to dirty tricks, but he does have one ploy that he uses to deadly effect; when attacking, he wills his FlamingSword to blink on and off if quick succession to mess with his opponent's vision and present an opening.
* CoolHorse: Averted; he tried breaking a captured {{pegasus}}, but when the horse refused to yield to hem even after he made it clear he could kill the thing with a swift punch, he relented, having a respect for the creature's wild nature.
* CoolSword: His [[FlamingSword flaming]] {{BFS}}.
* DiagonalCut: Does it twice.
* [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Deity of Orcish Origin]]: Post Spellplague.
* EvilOverlord
* EvilVirtues: Honor.
* FullFrontalAssault: During his last fight with Drizzt, a cleric's spell forces him to remove all his armor or [[ItMakesSenseInContext get eaten alive by metal spiders.]] He's even more dangerous naked.
* GeniusBruiser: Really only compared to other orcs, but is still very intelligent by other race's standards.
* HeelFaceTurn: Though never truly good, Obould slided into neutrality after he was blessed by Gruumsh.
* HeroKiller
* KarmaHoudini: A lot of innocent people die in the war he starts. A lot of innocent people die by his hand. In the end, he forces a stalemate, establishes a lasting kingdom, and rules for decades before dying in his sleep of old age.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm
* LightningBruiser: He's stronger than Wulfgar and as fast as Drizzt.
* MasterSwordsman: He's as good with his greatsword as Drizzt is with his scimitars or Artemis is with his saber.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Though not in the same way as Drizzt. Obould is every bit as ''evil'' as you would expect an orc to be, it's just that he's also bright, extremely motivated, capable of diplomacy, and far more civilised than any member of his species has a right to be.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: ''Everyone'' is sure he died of his DisneyVillainDeath even though Drizzt survived the exact same fall. It is very quickly revealed that he's NotQuiteDead.
* OffingTheOffspring: Obould originally had eight sons. Seven of them plotted against him, [[TheStarscream three did so openly.]] By the time he comes into the books, Obould only has ''one'' living son, the implication being he killed the others. He would have killed that one too (for incompetence rather than treason), but someone else beat him to it.
* [[ManBitesMan Orc Bites Drow]]: He bite's a drow priestess' throat out and spits it back into her face as she bleeds to death; he did this both as insult and to prevent her from casting a spell.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Are they ever.
* PetTheDog: He treats his prisoners fairly well. He threatened death to any of his men who harmed a captured pegasus or a dwarven prisoner, and even had his shamans heal Regis before returning him to the Companions. This is more about the pragmatic villainy than actual sympathy, but still.
* PragmaticVillainy
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ShadowArchetype: To Drizzt. They're both [[BadAss exceptional]] members of AlwaysChaoticEvil races who [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch see the obvious flaws in their respective cultures]], [[{{Ubermensch}} rejecting said culture in favor of their own moral codes]]. Where as Drizzt used his martial skill to escape and evade his people, living apart from them, Obould used his cunning and political savvy(backed by martial skill) to force a fundamental change in the way his people lived. It's interesting to note that the parallels between them are never drawn explicitly in the text, and Drizzt never compares himself to Obould. He does, however, compare Obould to Artemis twice, the first time noting that the orc king apparently felt he needed to prove something by insisting on fighting Drizzt one on one, and the second time as a note towards his prowess in combat.
* SmugSuper
* SpikesOfVillainy
* SuperEmpowering: He was "blessed" in a public ritual, and became a semidivine being -- the Chosen of Gruumsh One-Eye.
* TinTyrant: Something of a plot point was that Drizzt couldn't cut through his armor. Came complete with SpikesOfVillainy.
* TookALevelInBadass: Before being blessed by Gruumsh, he was at best, an EliteMook. Afterwards he becomes a HeroKiller.
* [[{{Ubermensch}} Uberorc]] : Obould rejected the traditions and morals of orcish society, rising above them and forcing a fundamental change in his people and their way of life, and by extension, the way of life for their neighbors.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The very idea that an orc could be as badass as Obould is is utterly incomprehensible to the Companions of the Hall. This both serves him well and bites him in the ass; in battle he has the edge(not that he really needs it) because they think he'll far less formidable than he is. On the other hand, when he seeks to try and force negotiations, that same underestimation leads them to think that fighting him is the better option.
* VillainousValor: Sees fit to fight Drizzt in one on one combat not once, but ''twice''. Somewhat subverted in that he's not outmatched; the first time he forces Drizzt to run away, and the second time it's Drizzt who has to pull out [[CombatPragmatist all the dirty tricks]] to stand up to him.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Has shades of this speech pattern in his early appearances, giving the rogue drow band the impression that he was an easily manipulated pushover. Eventually, after being made into Grummsh's Chosen, he becomes [[GeniusBruiser much more articulate]].

!!Regis Rumblebelly
->'''Race:''' Lightfoot halfling
->'''Class:''' Rogue
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* BigEater: The other Companions usually have to pull him away from his food when they're in the middle of an adventure.
* CarryABigStick: Played with, since his mace is actually small.
* TheChewToy
* CreatureOfHabit
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDragAlong
* FreakOut: When he tried to help Catti-brie come out of her coma, his soul got [[DraggedOffToHell pulled to where she was]]. [[DrivenToMadness It didn't end well.]]
* GentlemanThief
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He started to feel bad about being a burden on his friends after his NearDeathExperience and sulked about it for a while until he decided to [[TookALevelInBadass suck it up and help out]].
* {{Hobbits}}
* LovableCoward
* LovableRogue
* PeacefulInDeath
* UndyingLoyalty: To his friends, but especially Bruenor.

!!Thibbledorf Pwent
->'''Race:''' Shield Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Barbarian/Battlerager
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* BadassBeard
** BeardOfBarbarism
* TheBerserker
* AGoodWayToDie: His final act was placing Bruenor on the crankshaft that would let the king reseal the primordial that powers Gauntlgrym.
** [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]] : ''Charon's Claw'' shows [[spoiler: him rising from his grave as a vampire, rather unhappy about the whole situation.]]
* TheLastDance: Helping Bruenor fight the pit fiend in ''Gauntlgrym'' proved to be his.
* ThePigPen: Covered in dirt and grim. Hair's greasy as all hell. Was actually forced to take a bath in ''The Orc King'', for the first time in ''years'', and likely tried to kill the person who forced it on him.
* PowerFist: Uses his armored gauntlets to punch the hell out of enemies. Some art depicts them with [[WolverineClaws wolverine...spikes]].
* RuleOfCool: The only reason his fighting style actually works.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Averted; his armor is covered with spikes, but he's very much a good guy.
* UndyingLoyalty: Would follow Bruenor to hell and back.
* UseYourHead: Primary mode of attack. It helps that he has a ridiculously large spike on his helmet.
* WildHair: All. Over. His. Body.


!!Wulfgar
->'''Race:''' Illuskan human
->'''Class:''' Barbarian
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* BackFromTheDead: In ''Passage to Dawn''.
* BarbarianHero
* DefeatMeansFriendship: When Wulfgar was young, Bruenor defeated him in battle, then took him on as a slave. He eventually grew into the adopted son and apprentice roles over the period of five years.
* DropTheHammer: His signature weapon is Aegis-fang, a massive warhammer that returns when he throws it.
* DrowningMySorrows: Fell deep into the bottle to try and deal with his post-traumatic stress from being trapped in the Abyss.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Wulfgar was supposed to stay dead, but a combination of fan request and editor input brought him back in ''Passage to Dawn''.
* ForgingScene: Gets one after the TimeSkip in the first book as something of an EstablishingCharacterMoment for how the years of service have changed him.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: To a mild degree. While in Luskan, he was recruited by Morik the Rogue to be the muscle for his extortion racket for the promise of good money, a few laughs, and the chance to beat up unscrupulous smugglers and the like. Looked at through the bottom of a whiskey bottle, it didn't seem like that bad an idea.
* HesBack: Finally managed to break out of his alcoholism in ''The Spine of the World''.
* HeroicBSOD: Somewhere during his time in the Abyss.
* [[IAmXSonOfY I Am Wulfgar, Son of Beornegar]]
* MadeOfIron: Something of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, Wulfgar's amazing durability is the result of long hours of working alongside dwarves every day for five years straight.
* PutOnABus: Got in a fight with a [[EldritchAbomination yochlol]] and nearly won...only to be [[RocksFallEveryoneDies crushed to death]], then [[DraggedOffToHell got taken to the Abyss]] to [[FateWorseThanDeath be a balor's plaything]] for seven years. While the effects were felt by the other characters, the manner in which Wulfgar was removed was abrupt, to say the least.
** Was PutOnABus in ''The Orc King'' after the events of ''The Two Swords'', and made a brief appearance in ''The Pirate King'' before disappearing from the main narrative completely. He gets a send off in a short story in an anthology book later on, though.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Played with, since he didn't fight in a war, so much as survive being tortured by a demon for seven years.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Before he was killed at Mithril Hall, he and Catti-Brie were set to be married. But after being recovered from the Abyss and all the torture he was made to endure, they couldn't quite make it work anymore.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Catti-brie, who ended up with Drizzt.

!!Yvonnel Baenre
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* BigScrewedUpFamily
* BlueBlood
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Was gifted one to use against House Oblodra after the Time of Troubles to show the entire city what happens when you annoy Lolth.
* TheEmpress: Had been called "the uncrowned Queen of Menzoberranzan" many times during her reign.
* EvilMatriarch
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* IHaveNoSon: Acts this way toward Jarlaxle because she's actually terrified of him, since she believed him blessed by Lolth.
* ManipulativeBitch
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Is actually over 2,000 years old by the time she finally dies.
* TooImportantToWalk


!!Rai-guy Bondalek
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric/Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kimmuriel
* OhCrap: In ''Servant of the Shard''.
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStarscream: When Jarlaxle is swayed by the Crystal Shard's personality, he convinces Kimmuriel to join him in a coup, deliberately sabotaging Bregan D'aerthe's surface operations before moving against Jarlaxle himself. Note that he only did so out of fear that Jarlaxle's greed had gotten the best of him and put the group at risk, but being a drow, it's not as though he needed much of an excuse.

!!Zaknafein Do'Urden
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* {{Badass}}
* BigBrotherMentor: To Drizzt.
* CameBackWrong: As the Zin-carla.
* CombatPragmatist: So much so, right down to blinding his opponents and [[GroinAttack kicking them where it hurts.]]
* DrivenToSuicide
* [[HumansAreBastards Drow Are Bastards]]: He sees his bretheren as nothing but heartless murderers.
* DualWielding: With two swords. Sometimes with a sword and a whip.
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* HeroicSacrifice
* InSeriesNickname: "Zak". Interesting variation in that the author uses it more in narration than he does Zaknafein's full name, and even more than the actual characters themselves use it.
* MasterSwordsman: He is the weapons master of House Do'Urden and is considered to be the best in Menzoberranzan.
* MeaningfulName: According to the 3.5E sourcebook ''Drow of the Underdark'', "Zaknafein" means something along the lines of "distant noble vengeance". Rather appropriate considering who his son became.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Apparently he actually had feelings for Malice prior to the series.
* OurElvesAreBetter
* PoorCommunicationKills: He and Drizzt end up having a dramatic face-off due to this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted, as he is not evil.
* SacrificialLion
* WeUsedToBeFriends: It is mentioned that Zaknafein and Jarlaxle were once good friends, but Zak was betrayed by Jarlaxle at some point in the past.
* WouldHitAGirl: Zaknafein takes particular glee in killing Drow priestesses. Justified as he sees them as holding up the evil ideals of Drow society.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played straight and subverted. He is horrified with the drow practice of murdering every member of an opposing family during a house war, including small children. At the same time he has no choice in the matter because refusing would mean his death. This later becomes a BerserkButton for him when he thinks that Drizzt murdered an elven child during the surface raid.

!!Dinin Do'Urden
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* BackStab: Pulled this on Nalfein near the beginning of ''Homeland'', which allowed Drizzt to not be sacrificed on the day of his birth. By drow law, every third male child is sacrificed to Lolth. With Nalfein's death, Drizzt was [[ExactWords no longer the third son]] and was spared.
** UnfriendlyFire: The above backstab is pulled during a war with another house.
* BodyHorror: What happens to him in ''The Legacy''.
* PragmaticVillainy: At the end of ''Exile'', he flat-out refuses to participate in any more plans to chase down Drizzt because he knows people who do it [[BewareTheNiceOnes tend to die]]. He even manages to curb Jarlaxle's enthusiasm for the idea. Sadly for him, his sister isn't so pragmatic.
* SiblingRivalry: One-sided with Drizzt. Drizzt seems to be more or less oblivious to it throughout ''Homeland''.
** Also with Nalfein to the point where he assassinated him in the aftermath of a war.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* JerkAss
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RedEyesTakeWarning

!!Errtu
->'''Race:''' Balor (demon)
->'''Alignment:''' '''ChaoticEvil'''

* ArchEnemy: Self-proclaimed arch enemy to Drizzt, at one point declaring himself "He who hates Drizzt most."
* TheDragon
* EvilIsPetty
* FlamingSword
* MultiMeleeMaster
* WhipItGood
* WingedHumanoid: Stretch on the humanoid part.

!!Innovindil
->'''Race:''' Moon elf
->'''Class:''' Warrior
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* DeathOfTheHypotenuse
* LoveTriangle: Drizzt and Innovindil seem to express some amount of feelings for each other, while Drizzt also has strong feelings for Catti-brie. However, Innovindil seems happy to encourage Drizzt to find love with Catti-brie.

!!Herzgo Alegni
->'''Race:''' Tiefling
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* BerserkButton: It is ''not'' the Wyvern's Walk. It is ''not'' the Walk of Barrabus. It is ''[[InsistentTerminology The Herzgo Alegni Bridge]]''.
* EvilWeapon: Came into possession of Charon's Claw when Bregan D'aerthe sold Artemis out to the Netherese.
* TheFightingNarcissist: A ruthless warrior who's constantly ensuring that his cloak sets off his hair, his vest bares the right amount of chest, and who was distinctly unhappy that Shadovar magic dulled his previously-scarlet skin.
* GloryHound
* HighCollarOfDoom
* LargeAndInCharge
* AManIsAlwaysEager
* RapePillageAndBurn: His go-to tactic earlier in his career.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In Neverwinter, anyway.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou Why Do You Make Me Magically Torture You?]]: A hallmark of his interactions with Barrabus.

!!Sylora Salm
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Red Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* BaldOfEvil
* TheBaroness
* HighCollarOfDoom
* LadyOfBlackMagic
* ManipulativeBitch: Used her champion's love for her to convince him to undergo a procedure that turned him into a feral living weapon. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard She paid for it later.]]
* SquishyWizard
* RasputinianDeath: Was blasted nearly to death by a super-charged lightning shot, then healed almost completely, only to have her spine snapped in half moments later.
* VainSorceress
* WomanInBlack

!!Effron the Twisted
->'''Race:''' Tiefling
->'''Class:''' Warlock
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* AntagonisticOffspring: Barrabus ''thinks'' that Effron hates Alegni, but Effron has been loyal to Alegni thus far. His attitude towards Dahlia is more ambiguous.
* BastardBastard: Implied to be the result of Alegni raping Dahlia.
* HornedHumanoid: Ram-like horns that are said to be "like Algeni's."
* LeanAndMean: To the point where he's practically skeletal.
* TheLoad: Considered this, particularly by Barrabus, though Effron proves adept in combat magic.
* TheMagnificent: Though "the Twisted" isn't quite as impressive.
* MommyIssues: Seems focused on finding Dahlia, probably thanks to her attempt at OffingTheOffspring.
* MulticoloredHair: Black with purple streaks.
* ObviouslyEvil: Prominent horns? Mismatched eyes? Unnatural thinness highlighting a permanently-dislocated left shoulder whose withered arm hangs behind him? Not exactly [[BeautyEqualsGoodness standard hero material]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: A minor example, in that while Effron is in his twenties, he's described as looking like "a young teenager."
* PsychopathicManchild: A powerful twenty-something warlock who likes annoying the Netherese, Barrabus in particular; 'clapping' with his useless arm when something amuses him; and asking brightly to borrow Charon's Claw, once he sees Alegni torture Barrabus with it, so he can 'play.' It ''may'' be just a facade.
* RedRightHand: More "practically-boneless left arm," but yes.
* SquishyWizard: Moreso due to his deformities.
* StepfordSnarker: Implied to be hiding some 'great pain' beneath his mask.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Towards Alegni.
* [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Why Couldn't You Be Different?]]: Alegni brought him along hoping that Effron would become a warrior, but that didn't pan out and now Alegni can't stand him. Effron is keenly aware of this.

!!Ambergris O'Maul
->'''Race:''' Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* CarryABigStick
* HealingHands
* HeelFaceTurn: Came to Drizzt's rescue (and informally joined the team for good) when she threw Glorfathel into the primordial pit, and came close to killing both Effron and another of her former allies.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:War of the Spider Queen Series]]
!!Pharaun Mizzrym
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* TheAlcoholic: This almost got him killed sometime before the start of the series when his sister Greyanna attempted to kill him by luring him into a trap. He didn't realize what was up until it was almost too late.
* AttentionWhore: In spades.
* BadassBookworm: As a mage he has to frequently memorize spells. And he knows how to use them.
* BackForTheDead: In ''The Crystal Mountain''.
* {{Bishounen}}
* BlueBlood: He is quite proud of his noble status.
* TheCasanova
* TheCharmer
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Magically paralyzed in the Demonweb Pits and eaten alive by thousands of spiders.
* CulturedBadass
* TheDandy
* DefiantToTheEnd: Sneering at an Alhoon at that.
* DistractedByTheSexy: When he first met Danifae, he couldn't stop staring.
* EatenAlive: By spiders, no less.
* EnemyMine: Decided to help Quenthel when Danifae started to show signs of group dominance in ''Resurrection'', despite the fact that they still wanted to wring each other's necks.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sacrificed himself to save Kael in ''The Crystal Mountain''.
* LovableRogue
* MakeMeWannaShout: How he dealt with Belshazu.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Played completely straight.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Completely left Ryld for dead in ''Dissolution'', but felt a mote of guilt about it, albeit briefly. It came back to bite him.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: While he was forced into looking for Lolth by Gromph and the Matrons of Menzoberranzan, Pharaun was mostly in the hunt for the glory, since if he came back successful, it would put him in a better position to become Archmage, should Gromph ever die.
* OurElvesAreBetter
* ReallyGetsAround:
-->'''Ryld:''' You've had relations with a ''goblin''?
-->'''Pharaun:''' A true scholar always seeks out new experiences.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Ryld's blue.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Sensitive Guy]]: To Ryld's manly man.
* ServileSnarker: Ultimately what got him killed.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Drow]]
* TheSmartGuy
* SquishyWizard
* SwordAndSorcerer: Type I with Ryld.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* [[InhumanHuman Undrowish Drow]]: Was quasi-resurrected in the body of a human in ''The Crystal Mountain.''
* {{Whatevermancy}}: ''"Pedomancy! Sorcery of the feet!"''
* WreckedWeapon: Belshazu disintegrated his favorite attack ring. [[BerserkButton He didn't take it well.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: On the receiving end.

!!Ryld Argith

->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: [[{{BFS}} Splitter.]] It's so sharp, [[BeyondTheImpossible it can cut through enchantments!]]
* AllergicToRoutine: The main reason he agreed to help Pharaun to begin with.
* TheBigGuy: Class 5.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Pharaun's red.
* CombatPragmatist: He knows about fencing styles traditional for Drow, but goes with what gives him more advantage instead of [[CombatAestheticist show-off]].
* ConvertingForLove: Played with, but ultimately averted.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: By drow standards. Most drow use light weaponry with an emphasis on dexterity, crafted from Underdark mithril. Ryld's blade is dwarven-crafted and friggin' ''huge!''
* InHarmsWay: Wanted more excitement in his life and got plenty.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Attempted to use this in the Cold Fields when he and Halisstra were dying of hypothermia. [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind She didn't let it happen.]]
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Manly Man]]: To Pharaun's sensitive guy.
* MasterSwordsman
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStoic
* [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Smart People Play Sava]]
* SwordAndSorcerer: Type I with Pharaun.
* WeaponAcrossTheShoulder: Standard for Ryld when Splitter's out, but not being put to use.
* WreckedWeapon: Splitter got destroyed in his fight against Jeggred. It was a prelude to [[FromBadToWorse something a lot worse.]]

!!Quenthel Baenre

->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* AlphaBitch
* BackFromTheDead: She was killed by Drizzt during ''Siege of Darkness'', but was brought back to life by Lolth some time later.
* BlueBlood
* BreakTheHaughty: When Faeryl turned on her and got her captured, she was stripped and tortured. Her normal personality faded quickly.
** It seems to have returned at the end of the series, however.
* DarkActionGirl
* DeadpanSnarker
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* IceQueen
* KlingonPromotion: As of the current edition, she slew her sister Triel in battle and is now the current Matron Mother of House Baenre.
* LadyOfWar
* MistressAndServantBoy: With Jeggred, primarily, but tries to treat every male she comes across as this.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* WhipItGood

!!Jeggred Baenre

->'''Race:''' Draegloth
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* AndShowItToYou[=/=]BeatStillMyHeart: How he made sure Ryld was dead after ''axing him in the chest''.
* BloodKnight
* BloodLust
* BodyHorror
* TheBrute
* CombatSadomasochist
* DumbMuscle
* FingerLickinEvil
* [[HumanSacrifice Demon Sacrifice]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Also likes the taste of Drow.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
* MistressAndServantBoy: With Triel and Quenthel.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SlasherSmile
* TortureTechnician

!!Valas Hune

->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Rogue/Scout
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* GoodScarsEvilScars: Kinda hard to tell which side of that fence he's on.
* KukrisAreKool
* OurElvesAreBetter
* {{Ranger}}
* ScarsAreForever
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* StealthHiBye
* TheStoic
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: To practically every female he encounters.

!!Faeryl Zauvirr

->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* BlueBlood
* TheDogBitesBack: Got a measure of revenge against Quenthel before she got killed herself.
* FalseFriend
* GreenEyes
* HumiliationConga: Just as she was getting her {{Revenge}} on Quenthel, the rest of the party showed up and turned the tables completely upside-down. [[BrainFood It didn't end well for her.]]
* KilledOffForReal
* TheMole
* OurElvesAreBetter

!!Halisstra Melarn

->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric/Bard/Seeker of the Song
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* ActionGirl
* AndIMustScream: As a "reward" for betraying Lolth ''(and doing such a bad job of it)'', she was transformed into Lolth's emissary, sent to deal with her enemies as her avenger while unable to control her own actions and being perfectly aware of her consciousness while doing so.
* BodyguardBetrayal
* BlueBlood
* TheChosenOne: Was chosen by Elistraee to destroy Lolth, but didn't go through with it.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Between her love for Ryld and her worship of Elistraee, then between her worship of Elistraee or Lolth.
* DoomedHometown
* EtTuBrute: Played straight enough to wonder if she really remembered she was a drow, when all is said and done.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Was forced to become Lolth's handservant for losing her faith.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: You could hear the hinges squeak in ''Resurrection''.
* MagicMusic
* OurElvesAreBetter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: According to Lolth.
* ScrewDestiny: See The Chosen One.
* TurnCoat: To Lolth and then to Elistraee.

!!Danifae Yauntyrr
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* TheChosenOne: Handpicked by Lolth to be the final piece of her rebirth.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Being such a master manipulator is probably the reason that she became Lolth's chosen vessel.
* DepravedBisexual: Used her ability to seduce pretty much anyone constantly and to deadly effect more than a few times in the series.
* DarkChick
* TheDogBitesBack
* GrayEyes
* IJustWantToBeFree
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]
* OurElvesAreBetter
* TheStarscream: Quickly became Quenthel's right-hand, and just as quickly started plotting against her.
* TheVamp

!!Gromph Baenre
->'''Race:''' Drow
->'''Class:''' Wizard/Archmage
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Gromph is the Someone Better to his brother, Jarlaxle. When he shows up in the Drizzt books, it's shown that Jarlaxle comes to him for advice and magical assistance with matters that exceed his own expertise, and that Gromph is perfectly secure in laughing in Jarlaxle's face.
* TheArchmage
* BadassBookworm
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Pretty standard for the drow, though.
* BlueBlood
* CrazyPrepared: Just in case he ever got caught by a mind flayer, he prepared a time stop potion and an amnesia potion. He then [[MemoryGambit programmed his own memory to forget what was in the bottles he put them in]] ''and'' [[KansasCityShuffle made it so that he'd try to warn himself not to drink them just to throw the mind flayer off about what was about to happen.]]
* CrystalBall
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare
* EyeScream: Had his eyes eaten out by his familiar as part of a transplant.
* {{Familiar}}: Kyorli.
* MakeMeWannaShout: What he teaches at Sorcere. Also doubles as a SignatureMove.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: Escaped the monumental explosion of a House, but only just barely.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Over 700, but looks young thanks to an Amulet of Eternal Youth.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: He used to have amber eyes (like his brother Dantrag and his daughter Liriel), but was blinded and got an eye transplant.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Drow]]
* SiblingRivalry: He and Quenthel fight over Triel's ear on the throne. So much so that he tried to kill her several times.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* WizardsLiveLonger


!!Aliisza
->'''Race:''' Alu-fiend
->'''Class:''' Sorcerer
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Neutral

* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' threaten Kael.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happened frequently the more times she used her magic after the Spellplague until she died.
* CastFromHitPoints: Her magic was turned into this immediately following Mystra's death.
* ClingyJealousGirl
* ConflictingLoyalty: Between Tauran, Kael, and Kaanyr during the ''Empyrean Odyssey'' trilogy.
* DarkMagicalGirl
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Died in Kael's arms, telling him how proud she was of him.
* [[GoodWingsEvilWings Evil Wings]]
* GoodBadGirl
* HeelFaceTurn: During the ''Empyrean Odyssey'' trilogy.
* HellBentForLeather
* HeroicSacrifice
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey
* JerkJustifications: Types I and III prior to her HeelFaceTurn.
* MemoryGambit: Zasian cast a spell on her in order to prevent the inhabitants of Celestia from catching on to her role in his plan to invade the realm. Unfortunately, this also prevented ''her'' from realizing what was going on.
* MsFanservice
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Delivered a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Kaanyr just as he was about to kill her, enabling her enough time to get off one last spell that, eventually, killed them both.
* WingedHumanoid

!!Kaanyr Vhok
->'''Race:''' Cambion
->'''Class:''' Fighter/Rogue/Sorcerer
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* GlorySeeker
* {{Jerkass}}
* KlingonPromotion: Killed his mother to take over the Scoured Legion.
* AManIsAlwaysEager
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* RevengeBeforeReason: After being freed from his geas in ''The Crystal Mountain'', he could have just walked away and left the entire ordeal behind him after leaving the party. Instead, he decided he'd help the demon lords of the Abyss wage war on Celestia because the angels pissed him off.
* TheScream: Was ''quite'' pissed to learn that traveling from the City of Brass over to Celestia had taken 12 years instead of the mere moments it felt like.
* TeamKiller: Abandoned the party in ''The Crystal Mountain'' and came back with a host of demons to kill them for getting in his way.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He ''really'' did not like being forced to work with an angel in the ''Empyrean Odyssey'' trilogy.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Aliisza.
* VillainousBSOD: Had one just as he was about to kill Aliisza, thanks to her ReasonYouSuckSpeech, which gave her enough time to take him out first.
* WickedCultured

!! Nimor Imphraezl
->'''Race:''' Drow/Shadow Dragon
->'''Class:''' Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Evil

* CastingAShadow
* TheChessmaster
* DarkIsEvil
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent
* [[GoodWingsEvilWings Evil Wings]]
* TheFightingNarcissist
* TheGlovesComeOff: When he cut ties with Dyrr, the lichdrow attempted to kill him in retaliation. Nimor put on his GameFace and fought back for a bit and set the guy--who was just as powerful as Gromph--back on his heels.
* HybridMonster
* KnifeNut
* LieToTheBeholder: His handsome drow appearance is just a disguise. His real form is more akin to the shadow dragons that make up half his heritage.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* OurDragonsAreDifferent[=/=]OurElvesAreDifferent
* ProfessionalKiller
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp-Dressed Hybrid]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He sees the destruction of countless of drow cities as a necessary sacrifice to bring about the downfall of Lolth.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Empyrean Odyssey]]
!!Kael
->'''Race:''' Half-drow/half-fiend
->'''Class:''' Paladin
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Good

* HotBlooded
* GrandTheftMe: Aliisza took over his body (thanks to a spell from Zasian) as soon as she met him for the first time, though not entirely by choice.
* MilitaryMaverick
* OrphansOrdeal: Had to come to grips with the fact of who his parents were and their differences in morality over the course of the ''Empyrean Odyssey'' trilogy.
* ThePaladin
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Wasn't even born when the series started. He was born while Aliisza was in stasis placed on her by the Triad and was raised by Tauran. The next time we (and Aliisza) see him, he's already fully grown.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Followed in Tauran's footsteps at the end of the ''The Crystal Mountain'' and went to stop Kaanyr from reaching the Lifespring instead of marching off to war against the Abyss.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted. While he is a half-drow, he's actually a good guy. Doesn't mean he's not dangerous to his enemies, though.
* TrickedOutShoes

!!Tauran
->'''Race:''' Astral deva
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Good, later Neutral Good

* BreakTheCutie: The fall of Helm and Tyr's disgrace nearly forced him into HeroicBSOD territory.
** Happened again after the death of Mystra, since the group ultimately failed and he thought he had been completely betrayed by Aliisza.
* CarryABigStick: Wielded an enchanted mace in combat.
* FallenAngel: Was stripped of his divinity and immortality as punishment for his crimes against the House of the Triad.
* [[GoodWingsEvilWings Good Wings]]
* GuardianAngel: Both in normal and literal sense for Kael.
* GuileHero
* HalfTruth: His mastery of this and lying by withholding information would make many a devil proud.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Had a feeling something was amiss with the gods and went rogue when no one would listen to him.
* ShipTease: Had a scene where he was feeling particularly heart-broken about what was happening with the gods and got head-on-lap action with Aliisza...
** ShipSinking: ...and then they ''both'' died at the end of ''The Crystal Mountain''.

!!Zasian Menz
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* TheChessmaster
* ConsummateLiar: Kind of a requirement to be a follower of Cyric.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent
* ManipulativeBastard
* SoullessShell: Became a Living Vessel after his role in helping to kill Mystra.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Arilyn Moonblade
->'''Race:''' Half-elf (Moon)
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* ActionGirl
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Thanks to her half-elven heritage, she's pretty and pale like a moon elf and tall like a human. Other aspects of this trope also apply.
* DeadpanSnarker: most of the time, usually directed at Danilo.
* LadyOfWar
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SwordAndSorcerer: With Danilo Thann.
* StarcrossedLovers: With Danilo Thann, though it works out for them in the end.

!!Cadderly Bonaduce
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Cleric
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* BadassPreacher
** BadassBookworm: Spent the better part of his life building a Cathedral/Library, Spirit Soaring.
* TheChosenOne: Chosen of Deneir
* [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Agnostic]]: For a long time he questioned whether or not the gods actually existed, even though he was a priest and recieved magic from one; somewhat justified in that Deneir actually encourages his followers to question dogma and think for themselves.
* HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Ghost King'', against the title monster.
* KillerYoyo: His weapons of choice
* OlderThanTheyLook: Over sixty, but looks to be in his mid twenties due to reverse aging for a few years; he actually looks younger than his own son.
* SealedEvilInADuel: See Heroic Sacrifice above.

!!Danica Bonaduce
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Monk
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Good

* ActionGirl
* BareFistedMonk

!!Danilo Thann
->'''Race:''' Human
->'''Class:''' Bard or Aristocrat/Wizard/Spellsinger
->'''Alignment:''' Chaotic Good

* BawdySong: He wrote a few. And even taught one to a [[TalkingWeapon singing sword]].
* BlackSheep
* TheDandy
* GoThroughMe
* NonIdleRich: What he actually is. Later, [[spoiler: becomes RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, due to being one of the Lords of Waterdeep, for a time.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: What image he's cultivating. TheDandy singing dubious couplets and less than successfully dabbling in magic -- just [[UpperClassTwit one more good-for-nothing noble]]. He's the lad who pranks people using a singing sword with BawdySong. He "forgot" to make publically known the part where he personally researched the spell allowing to edit the musical repertoire of pre-existing magical items. For example.
* SpoonyBard. Of course. Despite being identified as Aristocrat/Wizard/Spellsinger in 3E, he considers himself a bard. Also, is sufficiently spoony, or at least tries to be seen as such.
* SwordAndSorcerer: With Arilyn Moonblade.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Elaith Craulnober, [[FireForgedFriends eventually]].

!!Elaith Craulnober
->'''Race:''' Elf (Moon)
->'''Class:''' Fighter/Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Mostly. He tried to be a full-on hero, then full-on villain, but failed at both.
* BrokenBird: The [[BreakTheHaughty haughty]], though back then innocent, variant. From the prince, Captain of the King's guard, betrothed to a princess and heir to an almost sacred artifact to self-exile and soon enough grave robber.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: He knows he's badly messed up and wants his daughter to be a proper elf.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: He doesn't advertise his wizardry expertise and it frequently makes a nasty surprise.
* KnifeNut: He's a skilled fencer and more, but daggers tend to jump into his hand first unless he's against something big.
* LastOfHisKind: He was the last in his clan, which is why [[spoiler:the moonblade he expected to take for granted]] didn't kill an unworthy claimant.
* MagicFeather: Once accidentally did a darkly humorous version of this to himself.
* NobleDemon: As a crimelord, he's obviously ruthless and indiscriminate, but still retains some elven ideals.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Danilo Thann, [[FireForgedFriends eventually]].

!!Ivan Bouldershoulder
->'''Race:''' Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Good

* AnAxeToGrind
* BadassBeard
* BashBrothers: With Pikel.
* GeniusBruiser: On top of being a fierce warrior, he's also a brilliant engineer and inventor.
* NiceHat: Has a helmet with deer antlers on it.

!!Pikel Bouldershoulder
->'''Race:''' Dwarf
->'''Class:''' Druid
->'''Alignment''': Neutral Good

* BadassBeard: It's very long, dyed green, and he wears it by parting it into two branches and wearing one branch over each ear, so it merges with his long shoulders.
* BashBrothers: With Ivan
* CarryABigStick: His shillelagh, or as he calls it, his "sha-la-la". Or as his brother calls it, "his tree".
* CatchPhrase: "Oo Oi".
* CloudCuckooLander: Pikel thinks and acts in a very odd manner. There's a fairly strong implication that he has, in DungeonsAndDragons terms, High Wisdom and Low Intelligence. In other words, he's legitimately mentally retarded.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Most people who spend five minutes around Pikel assume he's either insane or stupid. Once they see him fight, his badassery can't be denied.
* GeniusDitz: Often comes up with clever plans, and has saved the day more than once with a BigDamnedHeroes moment. But still, he's a bit of a ditz.
** Furthermore, he managed to become a druid at a time when, by the background rules of the setting, only humans, elves and half-elves could do that.
* HandicappedBadass: Missing an arm by the time of ''The Lone Drow''. If you believe that his weirdness is due to being mentally handicapped, he still counts as this even before then.
* NatureHero: Can talk to animals, grow trees, control roots... This is very notable because, at the time Pikel was introduced, a Dwarven Druid was impossible by the game rules.
* ScarsAreForever: Lost his arm while helping to defend Mithral Hall against Obould Many-Arrows, Gerti Orelsdottr, and their respective forces. Thirteen years later, he still hasn't got it back.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: His hair is actually dyed green.

!!Szass Tam
->'''Race:''' Mulan human lich
->'''Class:''' Wizard
->'''Alignment:''' Neutral Evil

* AGodAmI: Attempted a ritual to turn himself into a greater god. Failed and more or less destroyed his country in doing so, turning most everyone into zombies. Plans to try again in another country.
* TheArchmage: Of the EvilSorcerer variety, of course.
* AxCrazy: His original characterization was this, along with a dose of CacklingMad. He's mellowed out a bit and doesn't cackle so much, but he still has shades of this.
* DealWithTheDevil: During the EnemyCivilWar in Thay, Szass Tam made a deal with [[GodOfEvil Bane]] to assure his victory.
* EvilOverlord
* TheNecrocracy: Turned Thay into Type I.
* OurLichesAreDifferent
* SurroundedByIdiots: In Neverwinter, at least.

!!Yamun Khahan
->'''Race:''' Tuigan human
->'''Class:''' Fighter
->'''Alignment:''' Lawful Evil

* {{Badass}}
* TheEmperor
* EvilChancellor: His stepmother/wife, Eke Bayalun.
* EvilOverlord
* KlingonPromotion: He became the emperor of the Tuigan by being the biggest badass on the steppes and killing everyone in his path.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Very plainly based on Genghis Khan.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RedeemingReplacement: His son, who became a paladin and kept the Tuigan nation united through wisdom rather than strength of arm.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* VillainProtagonist: In ''Horselords''.
* WifeHusbandry: Yamun married his stepmother, Eke Bayalun. He became khahan by killing his father, and by Tuigan tradition the new king inherits the former king's harem.
* WorthyOpponent
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Gods]]
!!Good Deities

!! Amaunator, God of the Sun

* BackFromTheDead: Died after the fall fo Netheril, when his worshippers either died or abandoned him. Was reborn as Lathander, and reborn again after the Spellplague.
* BadassBeard
* LawfulStupid: Allowed most of his followers to die in the fall of Netheril as he was contractually prohibited from interfering in matters of magic, which were Mystryl's domain.
* LightIsGood: Currently straight: Lathander was NeutralGood and Amaunator is LawfulGood. In Netherese times however, he was LawfulNeutral.
* SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have a strong connection to the moon diety.

!!Angharradh, Queen of Arvandor

* OurElvesAreBetter

!!Bahamut, The Platinum Dragon

* ArchEnemy: To Tiamat.
* CainAndAbel: Again, Tiamat.
* TheLancer: To Torm.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* ThePaladin

!!Berronar Truesilver, The Mother of Safety

* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame

!! Chauntea, the Great Mother

* DistaffCounterpart: To Silvanus; he represents the wild untamed nature, while Chauntea is the more humanity friendly agricultural farmland that feeds and sustains people.
* SinisterScythe: Averted; she is depicted with a scythe, but uses it for its intended purpose: agriculture.

!! Corellon Larethian, The Creator of the Elves

* TheAce: To some extent; among the elves he is the god of war, magic, art, poetry, music and pretty much everything else.
* ArchEnemy: He has two--Lolth and Gruumsh.
* FirstNameBasis: He is most commonly referred to simply as Corellon.
* MagicKnight
* OurElvesAreBetter
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He approves of those who kill [[FantasticRacism orcs]] and the followers of Lolth.
* WarriorPoet

!!Eilistraee, the Dark Maiden.
* AntiMutiny: An odd case in that she was tricked by her mother Aurushnee / Lloth into helping with the coup, then turned back, atoned and began to convert the dark elves (now turned into drow) back to the old path as she saw it. [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=67#159733 And succeed with a lot of them]].
* DanceBattler
* DarkIsNotEvil
* GodivaHair: She's usually depicted tall and dancing naked, with ankle-long silver hair flowing around. Because she tend to appear like this.
* KilledOffForReal: Slain by Lolth's BrainwashedAndCrazy TheDragon during the War of the Spider Queen.
* NudeNatureDance: The main veneration ritual and one of manifestations.
* SolarAndLunar: Again, no clean-cut counterparts.

!!Eldath, Goddess of Singing Waters.
* ActualPacifist: She's also the goddess of peace. And gives a sanctuary to those who think they fed up with violence, such as a certain Gold Elf vampire, and collected the whole colony of disillusioned [[BizarreBabyBoom Malenti]].
** This doesn't mean she's not decisive or strategically savvy. At least two novels did show her at active and well-timed work on expansion and conversion -- Eldath is non-violent, and smoothly subversive, so her acquisitions go quietly.
* GhibliHills: The terrain of preference is quiet glades, pools, springs and waterfalls.
* RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's in almost sisterly relationship with Mielikki -- they generally divide jobs at "nurturing" vs. "protection".

!!Garl Glittergold, The Watchful Protector

* AnAxeToGrind: His EmpathicWeapon and NonHumanSidekick, Arumdina the Justified
* OurGnomesAreWeirder
* ThePrankster: Likes playing jokes on evil deities of the underdark. Hasn't made him very popular.

!!Ilmater, The One Who Endures

* CrystalDragonJesus

!!Mielikki, The Forest Queen

* HorseOfADifferentColor: She rides on Lurue, the unicorn ''demigoddess'' (also venerated on Faerun -- mostly by non-humanoids).
* RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Eldath.
* {{Unicorn}}: Her holy symbol.

!! Moradin, The Soul Forger

* DropTheHammer
* GeniusBruiser
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Like Corellon, he commands his followers to wipe out orcs and the followers of Gruumsh.
* TheUltimateBlacksmith

!! Selūne, The Moonmaiden

* ArchEnemy: See below.
* CainAndAbel: With her twin, Shar.
* HomosexualReproduction: Created the first Goddess of Magic, Mystryl, by hurling a chunk of her body through the body of her twin sister, Shar.
* TheObiWan: Tried to be this to Mystryl, who resented it.
* SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have strong ties to the sun god.

!! Sune, Lady Firehair

* AbsoluteCleavage
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Her church believes this, though she doesn't.
* EthicalSlut
* FieryRedhead
* LoveGoddess
* WomanInWhite

!! Torm, The Loyal Fury

* ArchEnemy: With Bane and Cyric.
* HeroesPreferSwords: The [[{{BFS}} greatsword]] is the favored weapon of his clergy.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Supposed to "end and rebirth" Toril after a battle to the death with Cyric, god of various nasty things. His worshipers seem to think this is a GREAT goal, however. Apparently, Cyric's death is worth ending the world as we know it.
* ThePaladin: Actually the god of paladins.
* TakeUpMySword: After Tyr was manipulated by Cyric into murdering Helm, he retired from the pantheon in disgrace, and Torm took up the mantle as god of justice.
* TookALevelInBadass: Twice; was originally a fairly minor demigod who managed to take out [[BigBad Bane]] during the Time of Troubles; this got him upped to intermediate god. When Tyr decided he was no longer cut out for the job, he passed his power and duties onto Torm, promoting him to greater god.

!!Tymora, The Lady Who Smiles

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse Halflings consider her a halfling Goddess who has tricked other races into worshipping her too.
* BadassBoast: "Fortune Favors the Bold!!" used to encourage worshippers and others to trust in Tymora's luck and take high risks in return for high rewards in the pursuit of what they want.
* CoolButInefficient: Her favored weapon is the shuriken, one of the weakest weapons that exists.
* SplitAtBirth: Tymora and Beshaba were both literally formed when Tyche the Goddess of Luck, was split in half by Selūne after being corrupted by Moander. The myth goes that Beshaba got all of Tyche's beauty and frivolousness, while Tymora got all of the heart and kindness.

!!Tyr, The Maimed God

* DisabledDeity: He's blind and missing a hand.
* HeroicSacrifice: Gave his life to defend Faerun against an army of demons.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His reaction upon accidentally killing Helm due to Cyric's manipulations. He was so wracked with guilt that he abdicated his position as God of Justice.
* ThePaladin: The former god of paladins.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TakeUpMySword: After Helm's death, he decided he was no longer fit to be the god of justice, and passed his powers down to Torm and Bahamut.
* UnwittingPawn: To Cyric during the buildup to the Spellplague.

!! Yondalla, The Protector and Provider

* ApronMatron
* {{Hobbits}}: The goddess of halflings, though not their creator. Supposedly she found them wandering in the wilderness and took them in.
* LadyOfWar: Though she fights only defense of halflings. She's more known for her shield than her sword.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MamaBear
* PintsizedPowerhouse
* {{Retcon}}: In 4th Edition, changed into an aspect of Chauntea.

!! Neutral Deities

!!Gond, The Wonderbringer

* ForScience: He promotes prosperity, but yes, he's a very much Neutral power. This sometimes becomes easy to forget, and sometimes important to remember (e.g. his work for Cyric).
* GadgeteerGenius
* TheSmartGuy
* UltimateBlacksmith

!!Helm, the Vigilant One, the Watcher
Patron god of guardians, watchmen and lawkeepers. Dead in 4e.

* NeverLiveItDown: Nobody will ever forget Helm's famous moments of LawfulStupid -- and this is ''in-universe''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Slew Mystara, causing incredible devastation and unleashing the phenomena of AntiMagic and WildMagic onto Faerun. This is one of the moments he can't live down.



!!Kelemvor (Lyonsbane), Lord of the Dead

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: A large part of the plot of the first expansion for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is a war against him because he is holding mortals souls hostage for power.
* ArchEnemy: With Cyric
* DarkIsNotEvil: He is not evil, but neutral.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* DontFearTheReaper: While not nice or friendly, Kelemvor goes a long way to minimize fear of death.
* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As a mortal, Kelemvor wanted to be a hero and wanted to help people. However, he had a curse that turned him into a panther and forced him to kill someone if he ever did anything for reasons other than personal gain.
* NecessaryEvil: He maintains a [[AndIMustScream wall of souls]] to keep the gods in power. This is a motivation for one of the party members in ''[[NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer]]'' renouncing her faith in him. However, what most who bring this up fail to mention is that he actually ''tried'' taking it down soon after becoming a god, and, well... Let's just say it [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly didn't]] [[HumansAreBastards work]] [[WatchTheWorldDie out]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In his first years after becoming God of Death, he took the moral judgment of souls upon himself, whereas previous death gods only judged on whether a soul has been true to his patron god. He constructed places of reward and punishment for the faithless souls in his realm. As a result, good and heroic mortals stopped worshiping their own gods because they could count on Kelemvor's judgment, while more evil types were terrified of dying for fear of being condemned ''(you know, even more so)''. This screwed with the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil on Faerun and resulted in a pantheon of seriously disgruntled deities on both sides.
* OddFriendship: Maintained an alliance with Lathander, God of the Sun. Despite the two deities controlling very different portfolios, Lathander shared Kelemvor's desire to destroy the undead.

!!Oghma, The Lord of Knowledge

* BadassBookworm
* TheSmartGuy

!!Red Knight, The Lady of Strategy

* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her the Red Knight]]: The Red Knight keeps her real name secret from everyone except Tempus. If anyone were to know it, that person "would be privy to all the plots and strategems of rulers throughout Faerūn and the deities throughout the planes."
* LadyOfWar
* TheLancer: To Tempus.
* LawfulNeutral: [[invoked]] In 3E. Turns LawfulGood in 4E.

!!Silvanus, The Forest Father

* CarryABigStick
* GaiasVengeance: Is all about this.
* SpearCounterpart: To Chauntea; while she represents the tamed nature of agriculture and farming, Silvanus represents the wild forests.

!!Tempus, Lord of Battles
Supreme god of war in the Faerūnian Pantheon.

* AnAxeToGrind: His church's favored weapon is the battle axe; odd, considering one of his titles is the Foe'''hammer''' and his holy symbol is a sword on a shield. Of course, Being the god of war, it would make sense for him to be a MultiMeleeMaster.
* ArchEnemy: Tempus shares the portfolio of War with Garagos, who embodies [[RapePillageAndBurn the destructive aspects of war]] in contrast to Tempus embodying its [[WarIsGlorious glorious, honorable aspects]]. The two mutually loathe each other, but Garagos is the weaker of the two deities, and Tempus refuses to completely destroy Garagos because it would mean being forced to take control of his portfolio.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Tempus became and maintains his position as god of war by defeating all others who would claim the title.
* BloodKnight: About halfway. Tempus does enjoy fights the most, but the warfare should be about honour and [[WarIsGlorious glory]] -- he opposes meaningless carnage and destruction, or endless blood feuds. Conversely, cowardice and other dishonorable behaviour is punished, as are attacks on what belongs to Eldath: his followers are supposed to search for a tough opponent, not push pacifists around.
* BoisterousBruiser: His style -- honest, feasting, active, not holding grudges, but eager for the next fight. He even gave the Strategy part of the portfolio to Red Knight and left Destruction to Garagos.
* DatingCatwoman: Has romantic ties to Beshaba, evil goddess of bad luck. While Tempus is a neutral god, he's one of the only non-evil gods to have an affair with a blatantly evil one.
* DueToTheDead: Those who fought well are praised and remembered. Indeed, followers of Tempus frequently hang all around the worship site collected shields of fallen warriors, whether allies or foes.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The fact that gods in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms are empowered by worship means that Tempus, to whom practically every combatant on the planet says a prayer on the eve of battle, is one of the most powerful deities in the entire pantheon.
* WarGod: His dogma (as illustrated by "object lessons" of ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=fr/pg20011226x The Trail of Tears]]''): "War is fair in that it oppresses all sides equally and in any given battle a mortal may be slain or [[YouAreInCommandNow become a great leader among his or her companions]]."; "Acquit yourself honorably and tirelessly in battle, but do not fear to [[TacticalWithdrawal retreat from hopeless fights]].", "War should not be feared, but be seen as a natural force that civilization brings by its very existence. Pestilence and famine are the true scourges of civilization, for they too afflict all equally yet [[UndignifiedDeath without the opportunity for valor]].", "Defend what you believe in, lest it be swept away, and [[DueToTheDead remember the dead who fell fighting before]]. [[WorthyOpponent Disparage no foe and respect all]], for valor blazes in all, regardless of age, gender, or race."

!!Evil Deities

!!Asmodeus, Supreme of the Nine Hells

* AffablyEvil: Is generally calm and polite. Just don't piss him off.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The path of Asmodeus is the way to great and unatainable power, so clerics of Asmodeus are often men and women of great influence and charisma and end up in positions of leadership. His own ambition is nothing short of conquering and corrupting every single plane of existence- and he seems more than capable of pulling it off.
* ArchEnemy: He seems to have made a hobby out of this; every single archdevil, while nominally his subordinate, hates his guts and dreams of overthrowing him; the ChaoticEvil demons of the Abyss consider him their long-term enemy (insofar as they think "long-term", anyway), and his is directly opposed to every Good-aligned deity and the entirety of the Celestial realms, working long and hard to corrupt them all.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: As with most evil deities, he maintains power mainly by being smart enough and strong enough to stop anyone from taking it from him. He is far more powerful than any of his closest rivals and has more worshippers than every other archdevil combined, and those devils have to share their worshippers with him anyway. And now he is a full-blown god, as strong or stronger than he has ever been.
* BigBad: Possibly the Biggest Bad of the whole setting. Apparently he views the entirety of the forces of Evil, including rivals and enemies, to be nothing but pawns on a cosmic chessboard with himself as the player against the forces of Good, who are barely aware that they are playing. And given what an utterly brilliant chessmaster he is, he may well be right. His recent ascension to godhood has certainly put him up there, at the very least.
* CarryABigStick: The Ruby Rod of Asmodeus, besides having a very...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything unfortunate name]], is one of the most powerful weapons in the realms, able to perform a wide range of magical spells. His church favors great clubs and maces crafted in the Rod's image.
* TheChessmaster: Possibly the best chessmaster of all greater deities; probably the best of all evil deities and ''definitely'' the best throughout the Nine Hells. He has spies and assasins on every plane of existence and in every court of power, and his plans are intricately detailed and may take centuries if not millenia to come to fruition, but almost always manage to benefit him in some way once they do.
* TheCorrupter: ''Par excellence.''
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Baator as a whole is run on this premise. Asmodeus ''always'' comes out on top.
* DealWithTheDevil: His ''modus operandi''; and of all the evil deities, he is the one most likely to play this trope literally, with a contract and everything, or at least to hold onto his side of the bargain (FromACertainPointOfView, of course).
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: One of the classic modern examples and possibly the most influential after actual demonology.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Suggested to have genuinly cared for his (deceased) wife and (still living) [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]]. Granted, both were/are evil themselves, but still.
* ExactWords: He is the undistupted master of the carefully worded diabolical contract and will always take care to carefully word any agreement so that it ultimately benefits him. However, he will never, ever tell a flat-out lie, and his dogma explicitly forbids his followers from doing so- not out of [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], or course, but because having people know they can at least technically trust you is efficient PragmaticVillainy.
* EvilVsEvil: The Blood War between Devils and Demons which has raged on for tens of thousands of years at the very least. Until now- Asmodeus has won.
** Although, it's really more of a successful EnforcedColdWar. Preventing relatively easy access between between the two race of fiends put a damper on it, but didn't really stop it.
* EvilGenius
* EvilVirtues: Ambition, patience, resourcefulness, and valor.
* GodOfEvil: His offical position within the pantheon is God of Sin.
* TheLegionsOfHell: His to command.
* MagicKnight: Most gods are like this, really, but descriptions of Asmodeus go out of their way to cite both his skill with magic and as a warrior.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He has innumerable mortal followers including countless who end up in positions of leadership, almost certainly including many kings and other monarchs as well as members and perhaps even heads of various rival religions, including Good-aligned ones. Every single time a mortal worships an archdevil, their worship actually goes all to Asmodeus, whether this know or wish it or not. And he is said to be the secret master of the ChaoticEvil demon lord Grazzt...and maybe even ''his father''.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MultipleChoicePast: Different versions name him as either a FallenAngel or a fallen god, and the details of his fall are given conflicting accounts- in the main, this is just clumsy writing and {{Retcon}}-itis at work, and was not intentional. One that can probably be dismissed is the idea that he became ruler of Hell by signing a contract with the gods to take the souls of the damned, only for the gods to find out the carefully-worded contract allowed for Asmodeus to actively corrupt mortals to damn them in the first place; this contradicts the fact that he explicitly was kicked out of the heavens before taking over Hell, and has the still-bleeding scars to prove it.
* TheOmniscient: Possibly. Apparently he is at least aware of every single plot that is ever hatched against him- which is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking one]] [[GodOfEvil of many]] reasons why [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption none of them ever succeed.]] In addition, his godly domain includes the realm of Knowledge. He is probably not literally omniscient, but may be within the realms of Baator and possibly in some wider sense as well, and this would go a long way to explaining why he is so successful.
* {{Satan}}: While not as straight forward an analogue as in PointsOfLight, he's still the closest thing.
** Not quite. Satan himself actually does exist in the cosmology [[MultipleChoicePast in some accounts of Asmo's backstory]], but he is the deposed ruler of Hell and a SealedEvilInACan that nobody is in any hurry to let out, and might be weaker and less dangerous than Asmodeus anyway.
*** While Satan and Lucifer(specifically mentioned as separate entities) are mentioned in previous editions, and Satan himself was even statted at one point, their current status as canon is highly questionable. Moreover, Asmodeus has the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels classic]] [[{{Pride}} characterization]] of Satan as made popular in Christian fiction such as ''ParadiseLost''- which is significantly different from the mythological Asmodeus/Asmodai's characterization as a [[AnythingThatMoves lustful]] TricksterArchetype, which for all his cunning, Asmodeus certainly is not.
* SorcerousOverlord
* TortureTechnician: Well, he ''is'' a devil, after all- torturing mortal sinners for eternity is part of the whole deal. In fact, one (probably false) version of his backstory has him actually creating Hell for this exact purpose, meaning he invented the very concept of punishment (in reality, he seems to have been one of the first being to be punished via being cast out of the Heavens for some unknown crime). Torment is actually listed as one of his domains.
* TookALevelInBadass: Went from the most powerfulArchdevil for the first 3 (and a half) editions of ''D & D'' to a full-blown Greater God by the time the 4th came about. It is implied that he has basically done nothing but become more and more powerful ever since he took up ownership of Hell all those millenia ago. Yes, even that one time he was overthrown was just part of an elaborate EvilPlan on his part to root out traitors.
* VillainsNeverLie: Half-truths, ExactWords, FromACertainPointOfView ''etc. etc.'' are all fair game though.
* WeAreEverywhere: His cultists are rarely if ever out in the open, but they infest every sector of society from the highest to the lowest. He even has followers in the Good-aligned religions, working to subvert them from within. He also has agents in the Celestial realms, the demon planes of the Abyss, and within the ranks of his own archdevils, all secretly answering to him.
* WickedCultured: Amongst other things, his clothes alone are said to cost more than a country spends on food in an entire ''year''.

!!Auril, The Cold Goddess

* AnAxeToGrind: Surprisingly enough. Oh, it's also called "Icemaiden's caress".
* AnIcePerson

!!Bane, The Black Hand.

* AmbitionIsEvil
* ArchEnemy: With Torm.
* BackFromTheDead: Was slain during the Time of Troubles, but has since returned.
* BigBad: Top contender for Big Bad of the Realms. WordOfGod is that, at the very least, he was ''designed'' to be this. Other evil gods that have shown up since probably would give him a run for his money; that said, he is never one to be underestimated.
* TheChessmaster
* DarkIsEvil
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Is one of the earliest examples in the Forgotten Realms mythos, having been part of an adventuring trio known as the Dead Three, along with Bhaal and Myrkul. The three sought out Jergal, Lord of the End of Everything, the previous god of death, fear, and murder, hoping to kill him and divide his power. Luckily for them, Jergal was bored with his power, and gave it up willingly, making Bane the god of fear, Bhaal the god of murder, and Myrkul the god of the dead. All three were later killed, and thus far only Bane has returned.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: The only thing Bane is interested in is power- pure power. And he will kill anyone and everyone to attain it.
* EvilVsEvil: Though Torm is his ArchEnemy, he is currently focusing his forces on Cyric.
* GeniusBruiser
* GodOfEvil: Specifically, he is the God of Fear.
* MagicKnight
* ManipulativeBastard
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PragmaticVillainy: Bane commands order in his church, and his followers are as likely to solve disputes through reasonable debate as through show of force. This is a relatively new development since his return from the dead- before, the church was marked by infighting and sectarian violence, but eventually Bane came to realise this was only harming his long-term interests.
* PowerFist: His church favors the use of spiked gauntlets called The Black Hands of Bane as their WeaponOfChoice.
* ThePowerOfHate
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He and the Dead Three made a pact to conquer not just the world, but the Heavens themselves and to slay all the other gods. Though Bane is more than willing to make alliances for his own long-term benefit, he regards every other god as his enemy (including the other members of the Dead Three, though both are now deceased) as he cannot stand to be subservient to another or to share power with anyone, even in theory. Given the chance he would likely kill the lot of them.
* SoulJar / OffingTheOffspring: The bastard made a soul jar out of his own ''son'' (who was evil, but still); his BackFromTheDead gambit ended up killing the latter.
* VillainTeamUp: For such a vain, paranoid and selfishly power-hungry son of a bitch, its surprising just how many times he has teamed up with other evil deities, and sometimes even non-evil ones.
* WarGod: Both he and Asmodeus are gods of tyranny, but while Asmodeus is all about politics and subtle manipulations, Bane, a former adventurer and warlord, is the god who tries to achive WorldDomination through strength of arms, and his portfolio explicitly includes war and destruction. He is still principally a schemer, though- he is a war god of TheStrategist school of thought, and his ''modus operandi'' is not just waging war on his enemies, but manipulating his enemies into waging war on ''each other'' (or themselves), creating chaos from which HIS ordercan be imposed.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: In ''Shadowdale'', a loyal follower who'd rescued him earlier dies in one of the Time of Troubles's magical backlashes. Much to his own shock, he finds himself screaming with grief.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Priests of Bane pray for their spells at midnight, pledging their eternal loyalty and service to the Black Hand.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The punishment for treason or failure for any of his followers is death.

!!Beshaba, Lady Doom

* CainAndAbel
* ComedicSociopathy: Basically the goddess of this. She's the god of bad luck and delights in turning those who displease her into the ButtMonkey.
* EvilTwin: With Tymora
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Romantically involved with Tempus, the antiheroic WarGod. One of the very few instances of an evil deity being involved with a non-evil deity.

!!Cyric, The Prince of Lies

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: DependingOnTheWriter really. In some books, he is described as classically handsome and extremely charismatic, such as by the Succubus in The Fractured Sky and throughout most of James Lowder's works, and as hideous and twisted in most other works. WoTC Canon has him pictured mostly as a normal-looking guy. Cyric has more appearances than perhaps any god/goddess except Mystra, who seems to change appearance after each "death/reincarnation" cycle.
* ArchEnemy: Formerly with Mystra; currently with Kelemvor and Bane.
* AGodAmI: Even when human, this was all he could think of.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: Admits his lies and murders very easily, since he is the god of such things and he is not at all going against his specific "code of honor" if he has one. Even the Overgod agreed with Cyric on the case of murdering other gods. Except, it seems, when he murdered Mystra, Azuth, Helm, and Tyr. That seemed to be even more than Ao could handle (if Ao exists in 4E anyway).
* AxeCrazy: Most of the time, though his lucid moments are far scarier than his crazy moments.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Cyrinishad. Nuff said.
* BlessedWithSuck: During his trial, a mortal worshiper managed to steal a reversed copy of the Cyrinishad away from the middle of Candlekeep and a pair of guardians a hell of a lot more skilled and violent than [[DirtyCoward he was]]. While under Mystra's ''(lifelong, as it turns out)'' enchantment to speak the truth, the full truth, and nothing but the truth, he read the book aloud at Cyric's trial, curing him of the original Cyrinishad's curse and restoring him to sanity. As a reward, Cyric promoted him to be his Seraph of Lies. When the man protested that he couldn't lie, Cyric told him [[CassandraTruth that made him perfect for the job]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: '''''All the time.'''''
* ConsummateLiar: Note title, of course, even though he doesn't HAVE to lie most of the time.
* DarkIsEvil: One of his titles is the Black Sun.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* DependingOnTheWriter: His sanity, appearance, and relationships with the other gods. In the Avatar series, he seems to have unrequited love for Mystra and seems to resent brawny, handsome Kelemvor for winning her heart. In Denning's works, he is just a megalomaniac who wants everyone to worship him. In WOTC timeline, he's actually a brilliant Trickster and ends up proving himself not so harmless after all, and NOT too insane to be effective. He causes Shar to lose a massive amount of power, her own Weave AND Mystra's Weave, the deaths of [[NorseMythology Helm, Tyr]] and Azuth, and the Spellplague. Sure he gets locked up for a thousand years, but thats a small price to pay for causing all that chaos that Cyric loves so much. Besides, as master of lies and illusion its only a matter of time before he's out of his prison.
* DirtyCoward: Runs away when he knows he can't win at all, turns to stealing and lying instead of fighting to get what he wants.
* EldritchAbomination: Binds one of these to him after freeing it from its fetters. Kezef the Chaos Hound still seems loyal to Cyric even while being imprisoned again by Mask.
* EvilVsEvil: Is commanding his church into a holy war against the church of Bane. Was also commanding his church to war against EACH OTHER when he was "insane".
* FateWorseThanDeath: His punishment for the deaths of Helm and Mystra and the Spellplague? Eternal banishment to a pocket plane, doomed to forever be trapped and hated and feared by all.
** Not quite so. He can still grant spells to his worshippers and such, just not communicate with anyone or anything. Cyric is already insane. Imagine when he gets out of his little prison. He is already hated and feared by all, also. That isn't something new to Cyric and that seems to almost be his entire goal.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Had his followers create a tome that convinced anyone who read it that Cyric was the only true god. Then he read it himself.
* MadGod: As ''Dragon Magazine'' put it, "When it comes to madness, Cyric leads by example."
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: For a while, he was considered something of a harmless villain because he was too crazy to be effective. Then he killed Mystra and set off the Spellplague.
** Don't forget how he orchestrated the death of Helm, and subsequently Tyr's fall from grace.
** And Shar's loss of BOTH her own Shadow Weave and Mystra's Weave. A massive loss of power for the Lady of Loss. Oh, he also indirectly killed Azuth, which most people forget. Making his total of murdered gods (directly or indirectly) in 4E...well...four. There's also a chance, with Helm's death, that the Rainbow Bridge was damaged. This troper read a fanfic where Helm's death resulted in the total destruction of the Rainbow Bridge, which leads to all the other realms, hindering travel for all the other gods. Which would be a PRETTY BIG DEAL to them, lending more credence to this troper's theory that Mystra's death was NOT the only reason Cyric was imprisoned. He is, after all, god of Murder. Its his JOB to murder. There had to be another reason.
* ProfessionalKiller: A major part of his worship comes from this profession.
* SealedEvilInACan: Was banished to his realm The Supreme Throne(he's a [[SarcasmMode very humble god]] ) for the aformentioned killing of Mystra.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Murders both his adoptive and biological fathers. In the original story (possibly a lie, possibly just different writers not getting the story straight) he simply ran away from his adoptive parents and then murdered his biological father. In Prince of Lies, its made clear by Oghma, God of Knowledge, that he murdered BOTH sets of parents. SelfMadeOrphan indeed.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: Note his title.
* StartOfDarkness: In Shadowdale (the book), its made clear that he absolutely LOVES watching gods kill each other. This is possibly the start of his future God of Murder status. Then he gets rejected by Midnight in favor of [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood Kelemvor]] and that is what really pushes him over the edge toward evil.
* ThatLiarLies: Pretty much called by Torm "nothing but lies" when he claims he didn't kill the former goddess of Illusion. (He was technically NOT lying, since it was MASK who killed her, in the guise of Cyric's sword, Godsbane.)
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to an entire council of murderous greater gods in the Trial of Cyric...and gets away with it. He also gives Mystra and Kelemvor various speeches throughout the book. Cyric is also on the receiving end of such a speech in the same book, but it isn't near as epic as his chewing out an entire pantheon of angry battle gods, some who absolutely HATE him, such as Kelemvor and Tempus.
* TricksterArchetype: Sort of. He makes it very clear that he prefers trickery and lies over such petty things as judging the dead, but he isn't a funny jokester at all. More like an Evil!Trickster.
* VillainsNeverLie: Despite his title, he doesn't have to, most of the time. Like with Malik, the best lie is the most unbelievable truth.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Kelemvor (and Midnight/Mystra), as a mortal. He was brains to Kel's brawn. After Kel slept with Midnight...their relationship went out the window. After he crossed the MoralEventHorizon by killing one of Midnight's friends, that relationship also went down the drain. He really has NoSocialSkills.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Cyric is a master of this. Just read the novels he's in and see how he turns every situation to his advantage, even if it looks like its going to pot. The Trial for example. His plot to have the Cyrinishad read at the Trial gets squashed quite quickly, but Cyric had another way to win the Trial. He had planned for the eventuality of the trial failing, even though he is about as arrogant as it gets and doesn't believe he could possibly fail. Of course, in the end, we realize the trial was ALL CYRIC'S DOING IN THE FIRST PLACE! At the start, he had planned it to expose the other gods to the Cyrinishad, but when that failed, immediately decided ending Mystra and Kelemvor's love would also serve his evil just as well.

!!Ghaunadaur, That Which Lurks
Drow god of slimes and oozes.

* BlobMonster
* DirtyCoward
* {{Expy}}: Of Tharizdun. {{Greyhawk}} version moreso than PointsOfLight version.
** It's implied in some sources that he's really the Greyhawk deity known there as the Elder Elemental Eye. It's implied in ''other'' sources that the E.E.E is really Tharizdun himself. So...
* EldritchAbomination

!!Gruumsh, The One-Eyed God
TopGod of the orc pantheon, worshiped by humans as Talos, god of storms.

* ArchEnemy: With Corellon.
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}: Multiple counts of deicide under his belt, most notably the death of Re, TopGod of the Mulhorand pantheon.
* BladeOnAStick: Carries an iron spear, though some art shows him with a [[CarryABigStick spiked mace]] instead.
* BloodKnight
* DragonInChief / TheHeavy: Was this when part of Lolth's LegionOfDoom. While she was the mastermind behind it, Gruumsh was by far the most powerful deity in the group, and the only one who could hold his own against Corellon.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tempus. While the two have little in the way of interaction, Gruumsh's realm is described as a dark reflection of Tempus' Warrior's Rest.
* EvilVirtues: Determination and valor; Gruumsh doesn't quit.
* EyeScream: On Lolth's advice, Gruumsh ambushed Corellon, who cut out one of his eyes. Gruumsh now despises both deities.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Gruumsh himself is the epitome of the older, more savage orcs, though lately has been guiding his people to a more neutral stance, if only because getting them out of caves will make them stronger as a whole.
* TheManBehindTheMan / HijackedByGanon: Was revealed that Talos, a more human-centric deity of storms, natural disasters, rebellion, and destruction, and the leader of a group of evil gods known as the Deities of Fury, was in fact Gruumsh in disguise, getting some non-orc worshipers.
* TheSocialDarwinist

!!Lolth, (Demon) Queen of Spiders
Patron goddess of the drows, also associated with spiders and deceit. Lolth spent a long time as a [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils demon princess/queen]] before ascending to godhood.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Lead to her FaceHeelTurn.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Betrayed Corellon, then betrayed the evil deities she had gathered to fight him.
* DarkIsEvil
* EvilMatriarch
* FaceHeelTurn: Was originally allied with Corellon, but gathered an [[LegionOfDoom alliance of evil deities against him]].
* GiantSpider: Her true form.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: There were once several drow deities. Lolth is the only one that remains, since she [[OffingTheOffspring either killed them directly or manipulated others to do it]].
* OurElvesAreDifferent
* WhipItGood

!!Loviatar, The Maiden of Pain

* BondageIsBad: Loviatar's holy rituals resemble BDSM rites to the extreme - her clergy often making livings as professional dominaxtrixes or the masters of brothels catering to that fetish - but she and her followers are all evil by CharacterAlignment.
* TheDragon: To Bane
* WhipItGood: Whips are the favored weapon of her clergy, and her associated weapon is the scourge (multi-lashed whip).

!!Luthic, The Blood Moon Witch
One of the most important orc gods besides Gruumsh, Luthic is his consort and the patron goddess of orc females and "caves", which translates to not only caves themselves, but also to home, wisdom, fertility, healing and serviture. In 4th edition, she became an exarch rather than a full-fledged deity, and is associated with cunning, viciousness and havoc.

* EvilMatriarch
* FemmeFatalons
* OurOrcsAreDifferent

!!Malar, The Beastlord

* AxeCrazy
* BeastMan
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The most important religious festival amongst Malar's worshippers is the High Hunt, where they kidnap sentient beings and hunt them for sport.
* PetTheDog: The Feast of Stags, a practise in which Malar's worshippers travel to Faerun's remote villages during harsh winters and make sure they have enough food to survive.
* SocialDarwinist

!!Shar, Mistress of the Night
Twin sister of Selūne, one of the first goddesses to come into existence at the dawn of creation. Despises her sister for introducing life to the universe that they helped make.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Oddly literal example- hope and ambition are explicitly forbidden in the dogma of Shar, and you are only allowed to question your superiors if you forfeit your life to do it. Trying to improve your lot in life in any way is sinful. Since Shar is a GodOfEvil, this is both played straight and an inversion.
* ArchEnemy: With Selūne, her twin sister. By extension-
** CainAndAbel
** DarkIsEvil
** EvilCounterpart
** EvilTwin
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: One of the oldest and original Greater Deities and one of the most powerful; her realm, the Shadowfell, is the largest of any in the Astral Sea despite several other deities creating their own planes of existence there, including several that are ''infinite''.
* BigBad
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: She traps those who enjoy their freedom in a place called the Tower of Loss, a place with no obvious entrances or exits, in order to savour their despair. In general, she detests freedom- at least, the freedom of everyone who is not her.
* EvilMatriarch
* GodOfEvil / GodISEvil: The Goddess of Darkness, and one of the creator deities of the mythology.
* HomosexualReproduction: Kind of; Mystryl, the first Goddess of Magic, was born when Selūne hurled a piece of her own body through Shar's body.
* LivingShadow
* TheMaker: One of the oldest deities in the mythos and one of the co-creators of the entire universe; her beef with the others, such as her sister, was when they wanted to add that annoying thing called "life" to the once-perfect bleak, dead infinity.
* MisanthropeSupreme
* OmnicidalManiac: Shar is the goddess of entropy and loss. She wishes to reduce all the world to nothingness.
* TheOmniscient: In a limited sense; she can see anything and everything that happens or lies in the dark.
* ThePowerOfHate
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery
* VillainTeamUp: Worked together with Cyric to orchestrate the Spellplague. However, once the Spellplague began, Cyric promptly stabbed her in the back and stole her Shadow Weave.

!!Vhaeraun, the Masked Lord
Chaotic Evil patron of drow rogues, thieves and assasins, males (and any females who are disillusioned with Lolth). Interested in getting rid of Lolth (his mother), returning the drow to the surface world (whether the surfacers like it or not) and being a badass but ruthless revolutionary leader.

* BadassCape: That absorbs magic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: One would think somebody whose goal is to liberate a whole race from a crazy tyrannical goddess would have more redeeming qualities. But no, he`s quite a bastard.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: His eyes change color according to his mood. [[KaleidoscopeHair So does his hair]]. He gets a double dose of RedEyesTakeWarning; while most drow have red eyes, his turn red when he's angry.
* MoralMyopia: He gets outraged over crimes committed against him and his followers but sees no problem with doing the same to other people.
* ProfessionalKiller
* RebelliousSpirit: Does not play well with any kind of authority.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: He and his followers might be somewhat better than Lolth... but that`s not saying much, is it?
* TakeAThirdOption: Lolth is outright crazy. Eilistraee is good, but very demanding, and not to everyone`s taste. Enter Vhaeraun.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Described as this.
* TheTrickster: Sneaky, snarky, underestimate him at your peril.
* TheUnfettered: Does what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals. Or just to amuse himself, really. Has no problem with breaking a LOT of eggs.
* VillainHasAPoint: Women make up less than one percent of his clergy but it's ''still'' less gender-exclusive than his Chaotic Good sister's. It's not surprising he has more appeal to the disgruntled male drow seeking escape from LadyLand.
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