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

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[[folder:Main Characters]]

!!Arthur Penhaligon

* [[spoiler: AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]: At the end of Lord Sunday, Arthur [[spoiler: becomes the New Architect.]]
* TheChosenOne: Possibly deconstructed since he was chosen as he was about to die and Monday expected 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.]]
* 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
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* IllBoy: He suffers from asthma as a plot point. Holding a Key alleviates the symptoms.
* NewTransferStudent
* 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
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: His title.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Keys
** HeroesPreferSwords: The First and Fourth Keys.
** ProngsOfPoseidon: The Third Key.
** PowerFist: The Second Key
** RoyalRapier: The Fourth Key in its combat form.

!!Suzy Turquoise Blue

* GenkiGirl
* GuileHero
* InnocentFanserviceGirl
* KidHero
* NiceHat: A slightly squashed top hat.
* PluckyGirl
* Really700YearsOld: Like most of the Piper's Children.


* KidHero
* ISeeDeadPeople / 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 Who Names Their Kid "Leaf"?]]

!!Fred Initial Numbers Gold

* BlackBestFriend: To Arthur in Sir Thursday


[[folder:The Will]]

* EmbodimentOfVirtue: Each part of The Will represents one of seven virtues.
* TooDumbToLive: Most of the individual pieces. Dame Primus is generally much better about this.

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

* [[spoiler: BigBad: All the events of the series are down to her, due to her plan to destroy the universe.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler: Not quite.]]
* TheChessmaster
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* [[spoiler: HaveYouSeenMyGod]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]
* SupportingLeader
* [[spoiler: WhoWantsToLiveForever]]
* WingedHumanoid: Initially, but as more parts were added to her, they soon faded away.

!!Part 1 (Fortitude)

* FrogsAndToads

!!Part 2 (Prudence)

* BearsAreBadNews
* LazyBum / LawfulStupid / ObstructiveBureaucrat: 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.

!!Part 3 (Faith)

* LegendaryCarp

!!Part 4 (Justice)

* KnightTemplar
* TooDumbToLive: Good job attacking [[spoiler: The Piper]] in negotiations, Part 4.

!!Part 5 (Temperance)

* MixAndMatchCritters
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Perhaps the most reasonable of the Will's pieces.
* SizeShifter

!!Part 6 (Charity)

* AllLovingHero
* ThePollyanna

!!Part 7 (Hope)

* HowDoYouLikeThemApples


[[folder:The Trustees]]

* [[HourOfPower Day Of Power]]: The Trustees can only visit the Secondary Realms on the day they are named after. Their Dawn, Noon and Dusk are restricted to their time of day.
* DayOfTheWeekName
* EvilOverlord: All of them (except Wednesday)
* SevenDeadlySins: Each of them represents one of the seven sins, [[spoiler: having been corrupted by the Will]].

!!Mister Monday

* BrilliantButLazy: Quite calculating and clever in his machinations, despite wanting to just sleep all day.
* [[SaveTheVillain Heal The Villain]]: Arthur heals his 'Sloth' affliction at the end of the book, resulting in him becoming cheery and less evil.
* 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.
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: Can transform into a massive serpent to attack.]]

!!Grim Tuesday

* 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}}
* 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

* 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.
* [[spoiler: 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.]]
* 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 prior, she would have been much more successful.]]]]
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only Trustee to seek to give Arthur her Key. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a bad thing in the end.]]
* [[spoiler: WombLevel]]: [[spoiler: Since Feverfews island is inside her, they have to go into her mouth to defeat him.]]

!!Sir Thursday

* BadBoss: He spends a fair bit of his page time beating up his subordinates. And then there's [[spoiler: his killing of the controlled Piper's Children]]
* {{BFS}}: His key, while it's in his possession.
* DrillSergeantNasty: A particularly nasty one.
* 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: Oh, yes.

!!Lady Friday

* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Her addiction to "experiencing"
* {{Lust}}
* MagicMirror: Her key.
* WingedHumanoid: Can become this.

!!Superior Saturday

* BigBad: [[spoiler:Except really a DiscOneFinalBoss.]]
* CantCatchUp: To Lord Sunday. He even mocks her for it by giving her glimpses of the Incomparable Gardens.
* {{Envy}}
* EvilSorcerer
* TheStarscream
* TheUnfought
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Physically appears very rarely, though is behind most of the evil throughout the books.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Lord Sunday

* 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 Arthurs eyes removed...]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With the Mariner near the end of the book.
* DimensionLord
* GenreSavvy: Knows about Saturday's attempts to reach his tower, but doesn't care.
* {{Pride}}
* 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.]]


[[folder:Other Characters]]

!!The Old One

* [[ChainedToARock Chained To A Clock]]
* EyeScream
* ShoutOut: To [[ClassicalMythology Prometheus]]

!!The Mariner

* CoolOldGuy
* EmpathicWeapon: The Harpoon seems to be of this ilk.
* FatherNeptune
* ShoutOut: To the [[Literature/RimeOfTheAncientMariner Ancient Mariner]].

!!The Piper

* BodyHorror
* CoolMask
* MagicalFlutist
* MagicMusic
* ShoutOut: To ThePiedPiperOfHamelin.
* TheStarscream

!! Pravuil

* [[spoiler: DeceptiveDisciple]]: [[spoiler: Pretends to follow Arthur in ''Mister Monday'' only to later betray him and join Superior Saturday.]]
* [[spoiler: WhatHappenedToTheMouse]]: [[spoiler: Disappears after nuking the hospital and isn't seen again.]]