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These are some of the characters from [[Creator/GarthNix Garth Nix's]] ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' series and tropes that are associated with them.

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!!Main Characters

!!Arthur Penhaligon

The protagonist of the series, Arthur was an average asthmatic who was about to die until Mister Monday tried to loophole the Will by making him Heir. Even half of Monday's Key was enough to save Arthur's life, however, setting him on the path to collecting all the keys and fulfilling the Will.
* AGodIAmNot: Played with later on. Arthur himself never claims to be godlike in any way, and doesn't want to be, but [[spoiler: his transformation as a result of using the keys gradually makes him [[AGodAmI act more and more like one]].]] Arthur himself is aware of and deeply troubled by this, and works against it, culminating in him [[spoiler: choosing to remake the old universe entirely instead of creating one of his own, and then splitting his human and architect selves from each other.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of Lord Sunday, Arthur [[spoiler: becomes the New Architect.]]
* ChildSoldier: He's twelve when he gets drafted into the House's army in ''Sir Thursday'', though he doesn't end up having to serve the century he was drafted for.
* TheChosenOne: Possibly deconstructed since he was chosen as he was about to die and Monday expected that he would get the Key back.
* CoolShades: [[spoiler:As the New Architect.]]
* TheCorruption: The more he uses the keys, the closer he gets to becoming a Denzien. [[spoiler: Or so he thinks at first, but it turns out humans can't become denizens so he's changing into something else.]]
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Not actually the dark side, but his transformation from using the keys also has this kind of effect. In the seventh book in particular, he feels almost suicidally overconfident while wielding [[spoiler: both the fifth and sixth keys at once]] and comes very close to torching an entire planet in a show of force.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Thanks to a 'Thesaurus' denizen he rescued from the pit in Book 2. From book 3 onwards, everyone shows disbelief at who he says he is just because he's not 10 feet tall, has a beard and isn't accompanied by a frog/bear hybrid.
* KidHero: He's only twelve years old when he gets dragged into the whole mess.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: ''Really'' wants to just go home and stop transforming into an immortal-but-completely-inhuman Denizen.
* IllBoy: He suffers from asthma as a plot point. Holding a Key alleviates the symptoms.
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* ThePowerOfFriendship: Arthur has a habit of making friends wherever he is. It might help however that he says please to denizens, who are surprised someone higher than them actually says it. He gets a lot of extra help this way.
* ShroudedInMyth: by the third book he has become this, due to the Will providing publicity. As for how well he lives up to it, see ExpectingSomeoneTaller above.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Apart from "Rightful Heir to the architect" he acquires new titles with every key he claims. By the later books, the full list has reached ridiculous extremes.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Keys. Justified, as they have very useful abilities, such as aiding Arthur's survival in more ways than one.
** HeroesPreferSwords: The First and Fourth Keys turn into swords at various times. Subverted in that he never actually wields them as such.
** ProngsOfPoseidon: The Third Key, which is a trident in its default form.
** PowerFist: The Second Key, which consists of two gauntlets.
** RoyalRapier:
*** The complete First Key, which is a sword made of two clock hands.
*** The Fourth Key in its combat form, a sword.


!!Suzy Turquoise Blue

One of the Piper's Children, and one of Arthur's few friends in the House.
* GenkiGirl: She's very, very talkative and energetic.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She has nothing against taking off her clothes around others.
* KidHero: Well, not really. She's a 4 hundred-year-old woman with the mind and body of a young girl.
* NiceHat: A slightly squashed top hat.
* OvernightAgeUp: [[spoiler: In ''Lord Sunday'''s epilogue, requested of the New Architect given her actual age. She also calls dibs on being Lady Sunday.]]
* PluckyGirl: The epitome of the trope.
* Really700YearsOld: Like most of the Piper's Children.



One of Arthur's friends from Earth, Leaf is largely the POV character for all the strange things that happen on Earth due to the chaos in the House.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of ''Sir Thursday'' and ''Lady Friday''.
* KidHero: She's the same age as Arthur.
* ISeeThemToo: She can see things from the House that are supposed to be InvisibleToNormals, due apparently to the spiritual sense she gets from her grandmother.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Hippie parents strike even TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.


!!Fred Initial Numbers Gold

One of the Piper's Children, serving in the Glorious Army of the Architect.
* BlackBestFriend: To Arthur in ''Sir Thursday''.


[[folder:The Will]]
!!The Will/Dame Primus/[[spoiler: The Architect]]

The Will of the Architect, a sentient piece of magical legislation sent to the Trustees for them to carry out. Instead, they ripped it into seven pieces and imprisoned each.

* BigGood: [[spoiler: Not quite.]]
* TheChessmaster: It was all her plan. ''All'' of it.
** ManipulativeBastard
* EmbodimentOfVirtue: Each part of The Will represents one of seven virtues. In order: Fortitude, Prudence, Faith, Justice, Temperance, Charity, and Hope.
* LawfulStupid: Part 2, Prudence, refuses to acknowledge Arthur as the Rightful Heir without proper documentation. As such, they're forced to carry it around, while it does nothing but sleep.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Insists on going through a ridiculously long agenda even though the situation calls for urgent action.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: The seven parts of her were imprisoned and incapable of action for millennium after the Architect left and the House fell into decay.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Temperance is perhaps the most reasonable of the Will's pieces. They even outright say their purpose is to ballance out the other pieces to make them more reasonable.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Part 4 is described as vindictive, and actually attacks [[spoiler: the Piper]] during diplomatic negotiation. [[GenreSavvy Arthur]] even sees this coming and makes them promise not to, and they stoop to LoopholeAbuse and ExactWords to do it.
* SupportingLeader: Does most of the actual leading of the various parts of the House off-screen while Arthur goes to free the other parts of her.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Not Primus herself, but part 6, Charity, is quite helpful to Arthur, and even goes on to help Suzy and Giac later. Suzy is quite dissapointed when it merges with the others, saying that it was the nicest of the lot by far.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Most of the individual pieces. Dame Primus is generally much better about this.
** Part 4, Justice, attacks [[spoiler: The Piper]] in negotiations.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: Her motif at the end. She wanted to die, but had to tear down her entire creation to do so]]
* WingedHumanoid: Initially, but as more parts were added to her, they soon faded away.


!!The Trustees
[[folder:The Trustees as a whole]]

The rulers of the House, who were meant to carry out the Will of the Architect. They refused to give up power, tearing up the Will and imprisoning the pieces.
* DayOfTheWeekName: Each of the Trustees is named for a day of the week.
* HourOfPower: The Accord between the Trustees forbids them from interfering with the Secondary Realms outside the day they are named after. Their Dawn, Noon and Dusk can only leave the House during their time of day.
* EvilOverlord: All of them, to one degree or another (except Wednesday).
* SevenDeadlySins: Each of them now represents one of the seven sins, [[spoiler: having been corrupted by the Will]].
* StatuesqueStunner: Their major status within the House grants them both attractiveness and physical height.

!!Mister Monday

The first Trustee, who suffers from Sloth.
* TheAtoner: Once Arthur takes the key away from him and heals his mind, Monday becomes a much better and more-helpful person.
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: Delayed, but present: he and Tuesday both [[spoiler: get assassinated off-page by Dame Primus partway through the third book.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Quite calculating and clever in his machinations, despite wanting to just sleep all day.
* LazyBum: Does nothing but sleep, although it's suggested he can communicate words with a flicker of eyelids.
* LetsGetDangerous: When he finally steps into the fray, well, see ScaledUp below.
* SaveTheVillain: Arthur heals his 'Sloth' affliction at the end of the book, resulting in him becoming cheery and less evil.
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: He can transform into a massive serpent to attack.]]

!!Grim Tuesday

The second Trustee, who suffers from Greed.
* CoolTrain: Covered in spikes on the outside to stop denizens climbing on it, and is the only way to get in, or out, of the massive pit in the Secondary Realms. Also has an equally cool train station (which Tuesday has to repair all the time because it keeps being degraded by Nothing) copied from one on Earth.
* CreativeSterility: Can create beautiful things, and combine existing things to make something new, but not from scratch.
* TheCollector: Has a tower filled with treasures, including [[spoiler: the Mariner.]]
* {{Greed}}: His deadly sin.
* LeanAndMean: 7 feet tall.
* TrickedOutGloves: The Second Key, in the form of a pair of gauntlets which can be used to create things out of nothing.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Sort of. He wears a leather one and [[SleevesAreForWimps nothing else]] above the waist.
* UnusualEyebrows: Well, one eyebrow. Both got singed off in an explosion of nothing but one gained sentience and helps out Arthur.

!!Drowned Wednesday

The third Trustee, who suffers from Gluttony.
* BalefulPolymorph: Her Leviathan form, a gigantic whale.
* BigEater: Oh yeah. Ties in to her sin of {{Gluttony}}.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Her body works like this, especially in human form. Apparently everything contracts or grows depending on her size.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: She struggles to maintain her human form as she dies rather than becoming the malformed beast Arthur had seen earlier. Arthur notes that it seems to be taking a large amount of effort to do so.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: She concludes that her affliction was caused by the Trustees disobeying the Will and thus aims to give her Key to a Rightful Heir. Unfortunately, she told [[BigBad Superior Saturday]] of her intention first...
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Her key.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She attempts to give Arthur the Key and Will of her own accord, knowing she wasn't a suitable Duchess of the Border Sea. [[spoiler: [[ForWantOfANail If she hadn't told]] [[BigBad Superior Saturday]] [[ForWantOfANail of her plan, she would have been much more successful.]]]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Of a sort. She was already trying for redemption, but died within moments of giving her key to Arthur and being cured of her sin.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only Trustee to seek to give Arthur her Key willingly. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a bad thing in the end.]]
* WombLevel: [[spoiler: Since Feverfew's island is inside her, they have to go into her stomach to defeat him.]]

!!Sir Thursday

The fourth Trustee, who suffers from Wrath.
* BadBoss: He spends a fair bit of his page time beating up his subordinates. And then there's [[spoiler: his killing of the mind-controlled Piper's Children]].
* {{BFS}}: His key, while it's in his possession.
* DrillSergeantNasty: A particularly nasty one. Doesn't help that he is curse with Wrath.
* HairTriggerTemper: He shreds a map with a bayonet upon the mere description of the New Nithling's attack. However it's implied he was holding back, [[spoiler: as the fourth part of the will was waiting for him to become angry enough to break free of his control.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: Upon talking to Arthur for the first time in private, he makes it quite clear he does not plan to relinquish the Fourth Key or Will without a change in orders from Lord Sunday or his deputy, Superior Saturday.
* UnstoppableRage: It takes his three Lieutenants to hold him back while Arthur tries to get control of the Fourth key.
* VillainousValor: His incredible willpower and self-control is the only thing holding back the power of the Will, and it must be ''constant''. It'd be almost inspiring if he weren't such a violent jerk.
* WouldHurtAChild: Oh, yes. [[spoiler: He decapitated two Piper's children in a row.]]

!!Lady Friday

The fifth Trustee, who suffers from Lust.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Her addiction to "experiencing."
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler: She pretends to leave her key in her realm and give it up to whoever takes it first. Said key is actually a fake, and a very dangerous trap.]]
* {{Lust}}: Interpreted for a younger audience as an insatiable desire for the experiences and pleasures of mortal life, rather than, [[ReallyGetsAround well...]]
* MagicMirror: The Fifth Key, which she uses to transport herself and her entourage throughout the universe and drain mortals of their memories.
* WingedHumanoid: One of only a few Trustees to demonstrate the form -- preceding members of the Court of Days either had charge of regions of the House where flight was inadvisable (Tuesday and Thursday) or were prevented from using wings by the nature of their afflictions (Monday and Wednesday).

!!Superior Saturday

The sixth Trustee, who suffers from Envy.
* AssholeVictim: After everything she's done throughout the series, it's nigh-impossible to feel any sympathy when [[spoiler: the Piper kills her in revenge for disfiguring him.]]
* BadBoss: She punishes subordinates who have failed her by essentially ''turning them inside out''. Since Denizens are immortal, this is a FateWorseThanDeath for them.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Except really a DiscOneFinalBoss.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: She attempts to blackmail Arthur into giving up the Keys he has acquired by using his family, who the [[EvilTwin Skinless Boy]] has under his control, as leverage. However, Arthur manages to destroy the Skinless Boy.
* CantCatchUp: To Lord Sunday. He even mocks her for it by giving her glimpses of the Incomparable Gardens.
* {{Envy}}: Being the ''second'' most powerful being still active in the universe is utterly intolerable to her not for the privileges that being the top dog would grant her, but because the thought of someone having it better than her consumes her.
* EvilSorcerer: Her full self-styled title is "Superior Sorcerer of the Upper House."
* FalseFriend: Saturday pretends to agree to take part in Wednesday's plan to give their Keys to a Rightful Heir, but she betrays Wednesday with the help of the other Trustees.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She destroys entire sections of the house in an attempt to catch up to Lord Sunday, just because she wants his position. [[spoiler: Even as she dies, she claims that nothing would have ever gone wrong if she'd just been Sunday.]]
* TheStarscream: She's second in command within the House as run by the Trustees and spends the bulk of her resources attempting to reach the Incomparable Gardens and overthrow Sunday.
* TimeAbyss: She claims to be the first Denizen ever created, which would make her ''the oldest being in the Universe'' aside from the Architect and the Old One.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Arthur takes her down immediately in a very anticlimactic confrontation even though she was constantly made out to be the ultra-powerful [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] behind all the evil in the series.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Physically appears very rarely, though she's behind most of the evil throughout the books.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has electric blue hair.

!!Lord Sunday

The seventh Trustee, who suffers from Pride.
* AffablyEvil: He offers to let Arthur go free if he relinquishes his Keys to him, which will enable him to stop the flow of Nothing, and will not get involved in further intrusions on Earth. However, he does so whilst threatening to have [[EyeScream Arthur's eyes removed...]]
* AllPowerfulBystander: An awful lot of trouble could have been avoided if he'd just got involved sooner, but his pride got in the way
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With the Mariner near the end of his titular book.
* DimensionLord: Why, it's even in his name.
* GenreSavvy: He knows about Saturday's attempts to reach his tower, but doesn't care.
* {{Pride}}: His sin. [[spoiler: Which is why he didn't tell Arthur about Dame Primus' true motives until it was too late...]]
* SatanicArchetype: Almost certainly intended to bring this to mind given his sin and position.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: Takes the form of a Piper's Child in order to fool Arthur.]]

!!Other Characters

[[folder:The Old One]]
!!The Old One

The second oldest entity in existence, outpaced only by the Architect herself.
* ChainedToARock: A clock, with torture-puppets instead of cuckoos that rip out his eyes every day.
* EyeScream: It could be worse. Used to be his liver, as per the ShoutOut below. He almost lets it happen to Arthur instead, just to see if he's fallen far enough to let it happen for a moment's reprieve. He hasn't, but it's a close thing. After all, Arthur's won't grow back...
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: His eyes do regrow almost as soon as his daily torture is over. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it hurt less.
* ShoutOut: To [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]].
* TimeAbyss: he is very abtly named, being far older than most Denizens. [[spoiler: Ultimately revealed to be part of the arcitect, making him techncially the oldest being in the entire universe]]

[[folder:The Mariner]]
!!The Mariner

Son of the Old One and the Architect, the Mariner explores the Secondary Realms as a sailor.
* CoolOldGuy: Has a harpoon that can OHKO anything, and has lived for countless millenia.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Harpoon seems to be of this ilk.
* FatherNeptune: The Platonic ideal, more or less.
* ShoutOut: To the [[Literature/RimeOfTheAncientMariner Ancient Mariner]].

[[folder:The Piper]]
!!The Piper

Another son of the Old One and the Architect, the Piper is best known for calling mortal children to the House. He was exiled into Nothing centuries ago.
* BodyHorror: Being soaked in corrosive proto-matter is ''awful'' for the complexion.
* CoolMask: To cover his deformity.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: He kills Superior Saturday after learning that she had him thrown in Nothing and then blamed his brother, Lord Sunday.]]
* MagicalFlutist: Controls the Piper's children with his pipes.
* MagicMusic: Many of his powers revolve around the use of music.
* ShoutOut: To Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin.
* TheStarscream: He was exiled for attempting to usurp the Architect, and is currently trying to conquer the House again with a new army behind him.

!! Pravuil

An ally of Arthur's in the House.
* DeceptiveDisciple: [[spoiler: He pretends to follow Arthur in ''Mister Monday'', only to later betray him, and it's shown that he actually works for Superior Saturday.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: He disappears after nuking the hospital and isn't seen again.]]

[[folder:The Skinless Boy]]
!!The Skinless Boy

A Cocigrue, or Spirit-Eater, that was created by Superior Saturday as part of her plan to blackmail Arthur into giving up his Keys.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's first introduced in ''Grim Tuesday'', but gains a prominent role in ''Sir Thursday''.
* DemBones: Half his true form resembles a red skeleton.
* EvilTwin: He's identical in appearance to Arthur.
* GlamourFailure: His true form can be seen through a veil of raindrops on a sunny day or by the application of various sorceries.
* HiveMind: He is able to form one with the people he controls, due to them being infected by the same type of mold in his body.
* HumanoidAbomination: He looks mostly like a normal human boy, but is actually a type of dangerous Nithling.