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[[folder: '''Malazan Empire''']]

!!Empress Laseen
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* BadassNormal
** AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Leader of the Claw, even before taking the throne, and can kick ass with the best of them.
** BareFistedMonk
** LadyOfWar
* BadBoss: Purging the nobility whenever things go wrong is a favorite tactic.
* BastardUnderstudy: To Emperor Kellanved
* TheChessmaster: Has a not entirely deserved reputation as one.
* [[TheEmperor The Empress]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: She rose to power through assassination, and she herself is assassinated in ''Return of the Crimson Guard''.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: Created the Claw, and served as their leader.
* UngratefulBastard: Kellanved raised her from scullery wench to consort. She thanked him by trying to have him killed.
** AlternateCharacterInterpretation: It's pointed out that as someone close to Kellenvad, she may have usurped the empire because she didn't think he would be as able as emperor as he was a conquerer.
* UriahGambit: Does this to all of the Bridgeburners.

!!Adjunct Lorn
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* AntiVillain
* BreakTheCutie: Her backstory.
* BrokenBird
* CoolSword: Her Otataral blade negates magic.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Saw her family die when the mages scoured the quarter of the city where she lived.
* DarkActionGirl: Is she ever.
* TheDragon: Is one of Laseen's, alongside Topper.
* [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: Murdered by two back alley thugs, Irilta and Meese. She says it to Paran herself: "Can't you see the irony? No glorious end for the Adjunct"]].
* EmptyShell: Comes to see herself as one.
* MouthOfSauron: Speaks with the Empress' voice, rather than her own.

!!Whiskeyjack / Iskar Jarak
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* AFatherToHisMen
* [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie: Slain by Kallor in ''Memories of Ice'']]
** [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead or maybe TheUndead: It's not entirely clear how dead he is by the end of the series.]]
** [[spoiler:TheGrimReaper: Kind of. In a collective sense...]]
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]]
* TheCaptain: Though he's officially a Sergeant now, as Laseen doesn't trust him.
** FourStarBadass: Used to be a High Fist
* MasterSwordsman: [[spoiler: If his knee hadn't shattered at the last moment, he would've beaten Kallor.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Korlat
* NumberTwo: Is Dujek Onearm's in ''Memories of Ice''.
** Though Korlat points out that he's actually a more compelling leader than Dujek, which is why Laseen demoted him in the first place.
* OddFriendship/EnemyMine: With Anomandar Rake
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Like most Malazan soldiers. His birth name is Iskar Jarak.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ReassignmentBackfire: Laseen demoted him to Sergeant and put him in the front lines at Pale and Darujhistan in an attempt to get him killed. This leads to him and [[spoiler:the entirety of Onearm's Host defecting to Brood's campaign against the Pannion Domin]].
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]

!!Dujek One-Arm
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* AFatherToHisMen
* [[spoiler: DroppedABridgeOnHim: Dies of plague, offscreen.]]
* CoolOldGuy
* HandicappedBadass
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Captain Ganoes Paran
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* BlessedWithSuck: How he sees the intervention of various gods in his life.
* [[CantStayNormal Can't Stay Normal]]: Whether it's falling for a mage, being used by the Adjunct, gaining a sword blessed by Oponn, absorbing the blood of a Hound of Shadow, or [[spoiler: becoming Master of the Deck]] Paran cannot seem to stay away from the supernatural.
* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler:Becomes Master of the Deck of Dragons in ''Memories of Ice'', a position he'd really rather avoid]].
* CoolSword: For a while. His sword, Chance was blessed/cursed by Oponn.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne
* NiceGuy

!!Quick Ben
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* DefectorFromDecadence: A [[spoiler:former High Priest of Shadow]].
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Shadowthrone]], [[GrimReaper Hood]], the [[BigBad Crippled God]], Quick Ben's made a very long list of powerful enemies, and doesn't seem to mind in the least.
--> [...] Of course he was hiding secrets. Of course he was playing unseen games. He was Quick Ben, [[spoiler:the last surviving wizard of the Bridgeburners]]. He thought outwitting gods was fun. [...]
* InsufferableGenius: Occasionally. Though he's usually right.
* ScaryBlackMan: Black-skinned, and pretty damn scary. Even if he's on your side.
* TheSmartGuy: For the Bridgeburners and the Malazan Army in general. It's been said that if [[TheChessmaster Kruppe]] is one of the smartest people in the world, than Quick Ben is only a step behind him. A short one, mind you.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: After Quick Ben unleashes half of his warrens (sources of magical power) to blast Korbal Broach through a wall, Bauchelain, partner of the aforementioned Korbal Broach, notes that Quick Ben's power is most impressive, but that, in retrospect, he ought to have saved at least half his warrens.
-->"But Bauchelain," replies Quick Ben, "I did."
-->He then blows Bauchelain through the wall too.
* [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe: Quick Ben goes out in a literal blaze of glory in ''Dust of Dreams'' unleashing all his magic at once to eliminate part of a attacking Nah-ruk invasion force. It doesn't help the Bridgeburners much...]]
** [[spoiler:It also doesn't stick.]]
* TheTrickster: Definitely has some aspects of this trope. He alters his plans easily, and plays with mortals, Ascendants and gods with equal ease.
** "He was Quick Ben. He thought outwitting gods was fun." (''Dust of Dreams'')
* UnderestimatingBadassery: People and gods do this to Quick Ben a lot. It doesn't usually end well for them.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Another character notices that he tends to mutter to himself in different voices.
* VoodooDoll: Plays with them. [[spoiler: Hairlock might count as one as well.]]

!!Corporal Kalam
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* BadAss
** BadassNormal: He's a former Claw. That's it. And yet he's pulled off stunts to rival those of Ascendants.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Not as obvious a one as Rallick Nom, but it's definitely there.
* KnifeNut
* LightningBruiser
* MadeOfIron
* ProfessionalKiller: A former Claw assassin.
* ScaryBlackMan: If you're on the other side from him, he ''definitely'' looks like one of these.

!!Fiddler
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* AudienceSurrogate: While there are a lot of POV characters, Fiddler seems to be the "core" Malazan viewpoint.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassNormal
* DemolitionsExpert: He and Hedge were the first and greatest of the (in)famous Malazan sappers.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Like most Malazan soldiers. Unlike most, his birth name isn't even given.
* TarotTroubles: Probably the best reader of the Deck of Dragons in the series.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Hedge.

!!Corporal Trotts
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* {{Badass}}
* TheBigGuy: Plays this role to Quick Ben and Whiskeyjack whenever Kalam is unavailable.
* DuelToTheDeath: Against Humbrall Taur's unnamed son.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MightyGlacier
* TheQuietOne
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Subverted. Trotts is a Barghast, but takes no joy in combat, and fights in the style of the Malazan army.

!!Tattersail
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* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]
** [[spoiler:{{Reincarnation}}: as one of the three souls in [[CreepyChild Silverfox]]]]
* CuteWitch
* GenkiGirl: Possibly the only remotely upbeat character in the [[CrapsackWorld Malazan Empire.]] [[spoiler:She doesn't last long.]]
* [[spoiler:KillTheCutie]]
* TarotTroubles: An Adept reader of the Deck.
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Wanders off somewhere with [[spoiler: an entire undead army]]

!!High Mage Tayschrenn
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* TheArchmage
* [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascend to Ascendant]]/[[AGodAmI An Elder God am I]]: Takes K'rul's place as T'renn in Orb, Sceptre, Throne]]
* GeneralRipper: Took Laseen's plan to [[spoiler:marginalize the remaining Old Guard]] way, way too far.
** AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Later portrayals of Tayschrenn are considerably more sympathetic
** TheAtoner: As [[spoiler: Artanthos]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Joins Onearm's Host in the guise of Artanthos, the standard bearer.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: When he unleashes his Warrens in full during a battle with the Pannion Domin, he takes out all of their wizards, knocks down a third of the walls of their capital city, and causes Korlat, who had only heard about his duel with Rake, to nearly pass out as she realizes her lord tried to ''fight that''.
* PlayingWithFire: Uses High Telas.

!!Dassem Ultor/[[spoiler:Traveller]]
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* {{Badass}}
* TheChampion: Was First Sword of the Malazan Empire under Emperor Kellanved.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Betrayed Hood, leading to riots, widespread destruction and chaos, shortly before Lasseen's attempt on him.
* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]
* MasterSwordsman: Possibly the best fighter in the entire series.
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Revenge}}: Swore vengeance upon Hood.

!!Coltaine
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* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler:MercyKill: Delivered to him by a Malazan marksman to release his soul and spare him the shame of being crucified.]]
* [[spoiler: MessianicArchetype:]] So, so much.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The leader of the Wickan tribes in service to the empire.
* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Escorted 30,000 Malazan refugees across the worst desert in the world, under constant attack from dozens of different armies and in constant danger of starvation. His reward? To be abandoned by his superiors and crucified right outside the walls of Aren. Most of the refugees were {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s as well.]]
* TheStoic
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[[folder: '''Darujhistan''']]

!!Crokus Younghand/Cutter
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* BadassNormal: Becomes one.
* GentlemanThief: How he sees himself.
* KnifeNut
* LoveHurts[=/=]LoveMartyr: His relationship with Apsalar, which was initially portrayed as kind of cute, is more or less poisoning his life. All attempts to move on have so far, failed.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cutter
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Frequently. Against opponents in his own weight class, he's very capable. Against Ascendants and monsters, not so much.
* TookALevelInBadass: Has he ever!

!!Rallick Nom
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* BadAss
** BadassNormal: Unlike the various superpowered freaks present in the story, Rallick relies entirely on his own skill (and a little magic-negating dust).
* DualWielding: [[KnifeNut Knives]].
* HitmanWithAHeart
* KnifeNut
* ProfessionalKiller: A member of Darujhistan's Guild of Assassins.

!!Kruppe
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* AuthorAvatar: In ''Toll the Hounds.''
* TheChessmaster
* InsufferableGenius: Oh, the man's ego.
* ManipulativeBastard
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kruppe is way, way, ''way'' smarter than he looks. Underestimating him has had unfortunate results for many characters.
* ThirdPersonPerson

!!Murillio
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* TheCasanova
* InformedAbility: We're often told that Murillio is extremely skilled with the rapier. Usually right before (or as) someone or something kicks his ass.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler:And rather pointlessly to [[IncrediblyLamePun boot]]]].
* [[spoiler: StuffedInTheFridge]]: [[spoiler:His death serves only to force Cutter to kill Gorlas Vidikas, which is in and of itself, ''completely irrelevant to the overall plot of both the entire series, and ''Toll the Hounds'''']].

!!Coll
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* TheAlcoholic: When the story begins he hasn't been sober since [[spoiler: losing his land]].
* CharacterDevelopment: [[spoiler:Has stopped drinking since regaining his land.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Hands up, anyone who expected Coll to show anything approaching ''competence or sobriety'' let alone fighting skills.
* DrowningMySorrows: And he has a lot of sorrows.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Somehow he didn't notice that his (now) ex-wife, [[spoiler:Lady Simtal]] was a psychotic (and none-too subtle) bitch.

!!Alchemist Baruk
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!!Lady Simtal
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* GoldDigger: A particularly evil version.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler: And good riddance!]]
* ReallyGetsAround
* RichBitch
* TooDumbToLive: Commented on by everyone who knows her, including her SmugSnake accomplice Turban Orr. Who's [[spoiler:no slouch in the TooDumbToLive department himself.]]
* TheVamp

!!Snell
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* CainAndAbel: Tries to sell his handicapped sisters into slavery.
* EnfanteTerrible
* EvilIsPetty
* KidsAreCruel: Kids are sniveling monsters.
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath

!!Bellam Nom
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* GoodIsNotNice: Which he lampshades as he threatens to sell Snell into slavery.
* TeensAreMonsters: Fakes it incredibly well.
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[[folder: '''Caladan Brood's Forces''']]

!!Warlord Caladan Brood
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* {{Badass}}: Very, very BadAss.
** FourStarBadass: And in command of a BadassArmy to boot.
* DropTheHammer: His main weapon is a hammer that only he can lift. If swung, it can awaken Burn, the Sleeping Goddess of the Earth, though this will kill everything on the planet.
* FamedInStory
* GeniusBruiser
* GuileHero
* HealingHands: Ironically, despite his well-deserved title of "Warlord" and being a FourStarBadass who has the ability to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, his principal magical abilities are his healing powers.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser: Heavily implied.
* MagicKnight
* PhysicalGod
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As an Ascendant, Brood no longer ages. [[spoiler: He's also an Azathanai.]]
* TheStrategist

!!Kallor, The High King
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Apparently how his people felt about him during his stint as TheEmperor.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Were it not for his use of Century Candles, Kallor would be too decrepit to move.
* AmbitionIsEvil: He wants power, no matter what the price.
* {{Badass}}
** [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal: Following his deal with the [[TheBigBad Crippled God]] he gains access to the Warren of Chaos]].
** BadassBeard: In ''Toll the Hounds''.
** BadassGrandpa: He's over a hundred thousand, looks to be around one hundred, and can still fight like a madman.
** BadassLongcoat: {{Justified|Trope}} as it's a chainmail longcoat.
* BeardOfEvil
* {{BFS}}: Not an extreme example, but Kallor's bastard sword is a two-hander and is repeatedly described as "huge", "enormous" and so on.
* CommanderContrarian: Rarely agrees with the strategy suggested by the Alliance.
* CursedWithAwesome: Subverted. Being cursed to live forever sounds great, but with the continuous aging, and FailureIsTheOnlyOption subclause, it really, really appears to suck for him.
* {{Determinator}}: Demonstrates some aspects of this in ''Toll The Hounds''.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Three gods cursed Kallor to live forever and never Ascend. He cursed them back. And it ''worked''.
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn: Betrays Brood to The Crippled God for a chance at killing Silverfox.]]
--> "If you call it a sudden reversal of strategy, the sting fades."
* ElderlyImmortal
* TheEmperor: He called himself The High King, but he's much closer to this trope, specifically the EvilOverlord/ GeneralRipper variant.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: A part of his curse.
--> "Kallor Eiderann Tes'thesula each time you rise you shall than fall. All that you achieve shall turn to dust in your hands. As you have willfully done here, so shall it be visited upon you in all that you do."
* FamedInStory
* GoneHorriblyRight: Kallor's curse did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made him an even bigger SOB.
* HeroKiller: Clearly has this status by ''Toll the Hounds''.
* ImmortalityHurts: Although he'll deny it to the end.
* {{Jerkass}}
* LoneDalek: In ''Toll the Hounds'', where the degree that Kallor's life has ''sucked'' becomes apparent. It's almost entirely his own fault, but you can still feel a certain amount of pity for him.
* MasterSwordsman: In one hundred thousand years, Kallor has never been defeated. Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because he picks his opponents well.
* MisanthropeSupreme: Kallor is fully aware that he is a spiteful, vicious minded bastard, who takes out his frustrations on everyone around him. He also believes that HumansAreBastards, and that as such, his tyranny and brutality are not only justified, but the norm.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: ''Everybody'' mocked Kallor as a bullying braggart. Right up until [[spoiler: he [[FaceHeelTurn joins with the Crippled God]] and performs an epic backstab on Brood's forces.]] Averted [[spoiler:in ''Toll the Hounds'' where he approaches near HeroKiller status]].
* NumberTwo: Serves as Brood's second-in-command.
* PrecisionFStrike: Twice during his duel with Spinnock Durav in ''Toll the Hounds''.
* {{Pride}}: Kallor is arrogant, prone to overestepping his bounds, and ''very'' touchy about insults to his person. And then there's the whole, "allowing a continent to die rather than relinquishing control of it" thing, and the obsession with power and becoming an Ascendant.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He's older than most Ascendants, despite being completely mortal. He was cursed over 120 000 years ago and is still alive and kicking.
* [[spoiler:SanitySlippage: Seems to have suffered some between ''Memories of Ice'' and ''Toll the Hounds'']].
* TimeAbyss
* [[spoiler:{{Turncoat}}]]
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[[folder: '''Tiste Andii''']]

!!Anomander Rake
Lord of Moon's Spawn, leader of the Tiste Andii, wielder of Dragnipur, eldest son of Mother Dark [[spoiler: metaphorically; Andarist is older than him]], Knight of High House Dark, and all-around badass, he initially opposes the Malazan Empire's invasion of Genabackis, before allying with Dujek Onearm to take on the Crippled God's forces. He has a long-standing alliance with Caladan Brood.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Several of the Tiste Andii are so tired of their own immortality they have more or less chosen to commit suicide. The only reason they are still alive is that Anomander Rake asks them to live.
* AntiVillain-->AntiHero
* BadAss: So. Very. Much.
** FourStarBadass
* {{BFS}}
** BlackSwordsAreBetter
** CoolSword: Not so much cool as [[FateWorseThanDeath terrifying]]. Anyone killed by it is trapped next to the Gates of the Warren of Darkness for all eternity. And it's black with smoking chains attached.
* DarkIsNotEvil: One of the best examples in modern lit.
* FamedInStory: There are entire poems about him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What those slain by Dragnipur (his sword) suffer.
* GeniusBruiser
* HeroKiller: Introduced this way in ''Gardens of the Moon''.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* IHaveManyNames: Anomander/Anomandaris Rake/Irake/Purake/Draginipurake, in all combinations. Also sometimes referred to as the Lord of Moon's Spawn, the Mane of Chaos, and the (First) Son of Darkness.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Or somewhere in his thirties or forties anyway.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Shapeshifts into a giant, black dragon.
* InterspeciesRomance: Apparently, Silanah the dragon was his lover as well as his ally. The mother of his children, however, is implied to be Lady Envy.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MagicKnight
* MasterSwordsman
* [[spoiler: MessianicArchetype]]: [[spoiler: Becomes one in ''Toll The Hounds'']]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Known as "The First Son of Darkness".
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* PhysicalGod
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Most Tiste Andii live 20,000. Rake is so much older.
* ScaryBlackMan: How his opponents see him.
* SorcerousOverlord
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: As a Soletaken, Rake becomes a black dragon.
* WarriorPrince
* WhoWantsToLiveForever?: The reason he sells the services of the Tiste Andii off as mercenaries is to pevent them from becoming suicidal over the boredom of their eternal life; in effect, he is trying to inspire them to fight and live for something bigger than themselves in defiance of this trope, though he fears it is a losing battle.
* YourSoulIsMine: Anyone killed by Dragnipur is sealed within the Warren inside it for all eternity.


!!Andarist
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* TheHeart: Among the Purake brothers. Maybe.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Pointedly averted. Of the three Purake brothers, only Andarist refused Tiam's blood.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Somewhat, compared to his brothers.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Nimander and his siblings.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Gets barely any screentime. Shows up a bit more in the prequel.

!!Korlat
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: A Soletaken, like Rake and her brother.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Whiskeyjack.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Whiskeyjack.
** MayflyDecemberRomance: Made even more inevitably shorter by [[spoiler: Kallor's murder of Whiskeyjack]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Par for the course with Tiste Andii.
* TheUnfavourite: Her mother is a lot more concerned about Orfantal.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

!!Orfantal
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* BreakTheCutie: In the prequel.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Shapeshifts into a big, black dragon, same as Rake.
* HeroicBastard
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler: In ''Toll The Hounds'' he picks a fight with [[HeroKiller Kallor]]. It doesn't end well for him]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Another Tiste Andii Soletaken.

!!Spinnock Durav
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* BadAss
* {{Determinator}}: And a prime example at that. Despite being completely outmatched, he manages to duel ''[[HeroKiller Kallor]]'' for an ''entire'' night, lasting from dusk until dawn. He's cut to pieces in the attempt but never falls down. All because Rake asked him to stand between [[HeroKiller Kallor]] and Darujhistan.
* InterspeciesRomance: With a teenage girl.
* MayflyDecemberRomance

!!Silchas Ruin
Annomander Rake's brother, Silchas Ruin is the youngest of Mother Dark's children, and cruelest. Having been betrayed and sealed by Scabandari Bloodeye, one-time leader of the Tiste Edur, he has sworn to have his revenge on Bloodeye and his kin.
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* {{Antihero}}
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* {{Badass}}
* DualWielding: Holds Sarat Wept and Glory Goat, one in each hand. Later swapped out for a Hust dragon-slaying sword.
* FamedInStory: Though not quite to the extent of his brother.
* GeniusBruiser
* GoodIsNotNice
* HeroicAlbino
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MagicKnight
* MasterSwordsman
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RedEyesTakeWarning: If you happen to be a villain.
* {{Revenge}}: Swore it on Scabandari Bloodeye, and all the Tiste Edur.
* SealedGoodInACan
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: Another Tiste Andii Soletaken. He becomes a giant white dragon, with blood red eyes.

[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Tiste Liosan''']]

!!Osseric
Eldest son of Father Light, and ruler of the Tiste Liosan, Osseric was the counterpart, rival, and former companion of Anomander Rake. The Champion of High House Light, worshipped as a god by the Tiste Liosan, and a famed figure within the Malazan mythos, Osseric has long since withdrawn from the world and has no desire to interact with it.
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* AGodAmI: Worshipped as a god by the Liosan. Osseric himself notes wryly that the Liosan have always worshipped themselves, and he is just a convenient figurehead for their narcissism.
* {{Badass}}
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted. Osseric is one of the few Tiste Liosan who isn't totally evil.
* TheChampion: Champion of High House Light; also known as The Son of Light.
* FamedInStory: He once journeyed alongside Rake, and is featured in all the same poems.
* {{Foil}}: To Anomander Rake
* GeniusBruiser
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* KnightTemplar: Once, though no more.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MagicKnight
* MasterSwordsman
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Nobody can seem to agree how his name is spelled. Osseric? Osserc? Osric?
* [[TookALevelInBadass Took Many Levels in Badass]]: Between the prequels and the present.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting

!!High Mage L'oric
Osseric's son by an unnamed Ascendent, and a powerful mage in his own right. He becomes involved in the Apocalypse Army's plans, though prefers to avoid fighting.
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* TheArchmage
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted again. L'oric is not notably evil, unlike the rest of his KnightTemplar race.
* DefectorFromDecadence: L'oric doesn't seem to have much to do with other Tiste Liosan.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Tiste Edur''']]

!!Scabandari Bloodeye
One-time leader of the Tiste Edur, Scabandari led the Tiste exodus from Kurald Galain in the company of Silchas Ruin. Coming to a new world, Scabandari betrayed Silchas, and was himself slain by the Elder Gods Kilimandaros and Mael.
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* AGodAmI: Worshipped as such by the Tiste Edur.
* {{Badass}}: It took two Elder Gods to take him out.
* FamedInStory
* GeniusBruiser
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MagicKnight
* PosthumousCharacter: Long dead, though Fear, Trull, and Rhulad Sengar stumble onto his body.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

!!Fear Sengar
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* TheAce: How his family saw him.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* TheStoic

!!Trull Sengar
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* TheAtoner: Tries to make up for what he did while in service to Rhulad.
* {{Badass}}: The first person to ever successfully hold off Icarium Lifestealer.
* BladeOnAStick: His spear is his favourite weapon.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy

!!Ruhlad Sengar
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See '''High House Chains'''

!!Hannan Mosag, The Warlock King
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Only Kallor would make a better poster boy for the trope.
* DealWithTheDevil: Cut a deal with the Crippled God, exchanging alleigance for use of the Chaos Warren.
* EvilChancellor: To Rhulad, following his ascension to the throne.
* EvilCripple: Courtesy of his deal with the Crippled God.
* SanitySlippage
* SorcerousOverlord: Before Rhulad ascended to the throne.
* VaderBreath: Due to his crippling overuse of the Chaos Warren.

!!Kagamandra Tulas Shorn
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* BashBrothers: With Silchas Ruin.
* BackFromTheDead: Escaped Hood's realm while Death was otherwise occupied.
* HellHound: The Hounds of Shadow originally belonged to him.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Transforms into a gigantic, undead grey dragon.
* ShapeShifter
* ShellShockedVeteran
* TheUndead
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: An undead Soletaken dragon.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Imass / T'lan Imass''']]

!! Onos Too'lan
* BadAss: Yes he's undead. Yes he has a host of advantages related to being undead. And yet, Tool is still incredibley BadAss.
* BerserkButton: Tool doesn't have a lot of friends. Don't hurt the ones he has.
* CoolSword: A huge, enchanted ''flint'' sword.
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: As a T'lan Imass, Tool can surive anything short of beheading or total dismemberment. It's not surprising, therefore, that these kind of tactics feature prominently in his playbook.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Like most of the T'lan Imass, Tool regularly shrugs off crippling injuries, just to remind us that, yes, he is undead.
* ImplacableMan: Comes with being a T'lan Imass, although even by their standards he's pretty damn hard to stop.
* LonersAreFreaks: Tool is unbound, and unconnected to any clan. Other T'lan Imass tend to view him with a mix of suspicion and awe because of this.
* MasterSwordsman: The First Sword of the T'lan Imass.
* TheUndead: Naturally.
* TheUnfettered

!!Silverfox
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* CompositeCharacter: In-universe.
* CreepyChild: For a while.
* RapidAging
* {{Reincarnation}}: Of Tattersail, Nightchill, and Bellurdan.
* VampiricDraining: Is stealing her mother's life energy without even knowing it.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: She's only a few years old, but has aged herself to her early twenties.

!!Kilava Onass
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* LonersAreFreaks: Even more so than her brother, Tool. Especially since she was the one who killed their entire tribe...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pannion. That is all.
* TheUndead: A notable aversion; she refused to take part in the Ritual of Tellann and is now one of the only living Imass still around.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting / PantheraAwesome: As a bonecaster, she turns into a big black panther.

!!Onrack the Broken
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* FluffyTamer: His two [[PantheraAwesome emlava]] cubs.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: Eventually, with Kilava.]] Not so much with his first wife...
* PowerOfFriendship: With Tulas Shorn
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Averted. Onrack is one of the few T'lan Imass that doesn't see his condition as a curse.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Cheated on his wife, the Imass woman who would later become the Whirlwind Goddess.]]

[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Jaghut''']]

!!Raest
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* AGodAmI: Like many Jaghut Tyrants, Raest took perverse delight in being percieved as a god by the Imass.
* ArmourIsUseless: You don't even find out he was wearing it until several books after the fight. To be fair, he was fighting Dragons, so it probably didn't make all that much difference.
* {{Badass}}: Hell yes. Possibly one the strongest characters introduced in the series, in terms of raw power (although that may have just been a [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness GOTM thing]].
* [[spoiler:DeadpanSnarker: Is evolving into one as the series progresses. His sense of humour is definitely an odd one though]].
* [[spoiler:MoralityPet: Has several Malazan soldiers find him a dead cat. He brings it to life so that it can keep him company inside the House of Azath and names it Tufty]].
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The Jaghut loathed community and avoided it as though it were a disease, believing it led only to horror and violence. Raest is a tyrant, who gets his kicks out of enslaving weaker species.
* SealedEvilInACan: Well, sealed in a barrow anyway, and by his own species no less. His Finnest, which contains most of his power, is also an example.
* SoulJar: The Finnest has most of Raest's power in it.
* TheUndead: He's not Undead like the Imass are, but it's clear that Raest and his body no longer share a particularly intimate connection, and the destruction of the latter causes him few difficulties. [[spoiler:A straight example now that he's inside the Azath House]].

!!Gothos
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* AnIcePerson
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Like most Jaghut, shows a rather...weird sense of humor.
---> "I greet you as guests and so will not crush the life from you and devour your souls with peals of laughter. No, instead, I will make some tea."
---> "Ah, I despair, or I would if I cared enough. [[RunningGag No, instead, I will make some ashcakes.]] Which I will not share."
* FamedInStory
* TheHermit: Like most non-Tyrant Jaghut. To the point where he willingly lives in an Azath house.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler: The Lord of Hate.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: Oh yeah. His work, Gothos' Folly, is described as a suicide note dozens of volumes long.
* ParentalNeglect: To his son [[spoiler: Icarium]], a rather screwed up individual.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: When you can casually freeze an entire continent...
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* {{Troll}}: Really enjoys jerking Kilmandaros and Mael around.

!!Pannion
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See '''Pannion Domin'''
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Pannion Domin''']]

!!Pannion Seer
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* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie]]: [[spoiler:His backstory. His mother was killed by the T'Lan Imass and he was shoved through a rent and into the arms of the K'Chain Che'Malle Matron. This has had a rather negative impact on his sanity]].
* DarkMessiah: As dark as they come.
* EvilOverlord
* {{Mordor}}: Is deliberately transforming his realm into one.
* ReligionOfEvil: Runs one.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He's a Jaghut named Pannion in disguise]].
* SorcerousOverlord
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:He's being manipulated from the start by the Crippled God, who is messing with his emotions]].

!!Anaster, First Child of the Dead Seed
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* BastardBastard
* ChildByRape: His mother raped a dying man, in order to become pregnant with Anaster.
* [[spoiler:DeathSeeker: Becomes a monster in the hope that someone will kill him]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Crossed it long ago.
* EmptyShell: There's literally ''nothing'' left inside Anaster. All he has is his despair.
* FreakOut: When Itkovian offers to take his despair from him. It's all he has.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Toc the Younger's soul eventually takes possession of Anaster's body]].
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: Encourages cannibalism among his followers and practises it himself.
* ImprobableAge: He's in his late teens and leading an army. Justified by his {{Tykebomb}} status.
* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: Tries this on Rake and Whiskeyjack, appearing to be a Type 2, before revealing that [[DeathSeeker he really does want to die]].
* PoisonousPerson: Briefly demonstrates this sort of ability when Annomander Rake grabs him.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Taken to the extreme.
* SociopathicSoldier
* SoullessShell: After Itkovian claims his despair.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Raised since birth to lead the cannibalistic Tenescowri horde.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''The Defenders Of Capustan''']]

!!Gruntle
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassNormal --> EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler: When he becomes Trake's Mortal Sword, Gruntle shifts from a ''very'' capable caravan guard to a nigh-unstoppable warrior]].
* TheChampion: Becomes [[spoiler:Mortal Sword of Trake]]
* DualWielding: Cutlasses.
* HiredGuns: Worked as a caravan guard for hire.
* LightningBruiser: Big, strong and fast. Becomes stronger, and ''lethally'' quick and agile when [[spoiler: Trake selects him as his Mortal Sword]].
* PantheraAwesome: As [[spoiler: the Mortal Sword of the Tiger of Summer, Gruntle now moves like a big cat]].
* PowerMakeover: [[spoiler: His appearance becomes very, very tigerish following his selection as Mortal Sword of Trake, to the point where it creeps people out]].
* PowerTattoo: [[spoiler: Trake's blessing tattoos his skin with tiger stripes]].
* TechnicolorEyes: [[spoiler: They turn tiger-yellow]].

!!Stonny Menackis
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* LipstickLesbian/ BiTheWay: Not sure which she really is.
* RapeAsDrama

!!Brukhalian
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* TheChampion: Mortal Sword of Fener
* HiredGuns
* PrivateMilitaryContractors

!!Itkovian
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* AscendToAHigherPlainOfExistence: [[spoiler:Becomes an Ascendent known as The Redeemer.]]
* BadAss
* CelibateHero
* [[spoiler:DeathIsCheap: He's apparently returned to life by ''Toll the Hounds'']]
* TheEmpath: Can detect and absorb others' grief. Given the [[CrapsackWorld nature of the series]] there's a lot of it to go around.
* [[spoiler:Heroic Sacrifice: Dies absorbing the collective grief of the T'lan Imass]].
* [[spoiler:MeaningfulFuneral]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''The Army of the Whirlwind''']]
Also called '''The Army of the Apocalypse''', or the '''Apocalypse Army'''.
!!Sha'ik Reborn / [[spoiler: Felisin Paran]]
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* BreakTheCutie
* DarkMessiah
* DemonicPossession
* RebelLeader: of the Whirlwind Rebellion
** TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge

!!Heboric Light Touch / Heboric Ghost Hands
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* ChekhovsGunman
* PoisonousPerson: His hands; natural, Jade and Otataral.
* [[RedRightHand Jade and Otataral Hands]]
* SanitySlippage

!!Leoman of the Flails
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* BadassNormal
* DualWielding: Uses two [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin flails.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere

!!Toblakai
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See '''High House Chains'''

!!L'oric
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See '''Tiste Liosan'''
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''High House Chains''']]

!!The Crippled God
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* BigBad: About as close to one as the series gets. [[spoiler:Arguably subverted in that he's treated with considerable sympathy, particularly in the later books, and in the end the protagonists end up having to ''save'' him when his plots get [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked by the Forkrul Assail]].]]
* BlackCloak: Of sorts. He usually covers himself in dark-colored rags, rather than an actual cloak, but the look is very similar.
* TheCorrupter: The Crippled God specialises in bringing out the worst in people, typically [[DealWithTheDevil offering them exactly what they want]] in exchange for their inclusion in his House of Chains. He seems to like driving his followers/victims mad.
* DealWithTheDevil: Munug, [[spoiler: Kallor]] and many others have made them with him.
* DisabledDeity: It's in the name. He's not a paragon of mental health, either.
* DysfunctionJunction: His followers. It's entirely deliberate too. The Crippled God desires every member of his House to be as flawed, mentally and/or physically as he is.
* EvilCripple: Evil due to crippling. The Fall destroyed his mind.
* FreudianExcuse: The Fall did not do good things to his sanity. The fact that most of the pantheon has periodically gotten together and chained him up for, from his perspective, no real reason didn't help either.
* GodOfEvil: Deconstructed. He's more like a god of ''suffering'', and that suffering includes his own. While he's initially presented as ''causing'' it, in the end [[spoiler:after the Bonehunters risk everything to save him from the Assail and ''succeed'', he ends up becoming the god who has sympathy for those who suffer]].
** [[spoiler: Well, at least up until the point Cotillion kills him with a surprise backstab.]]
* [[spoiler:GoodAllAlong]]
* HiddenVillain: For the first two and a half books.
* IHaveManyNames: The Crippled God, the Fallen God, the Chained One. [[spoiler:But his real name is Kaminsod]].
* KickTheDog: His treatment of Ruhlad Sengar. See below.
* MadGod
* TheManBehindTheMan: To ''so'' many different villains, with the [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Pannion Seer]] being a particularly spectacular example]].
* [[spoiler: NarratorAllAlong]]
* OmnicidalManiac: He's slowly poisoning Burn. Whether he genuinely wants her dead, or is hoping that someone will free him in order to prevent this isn't known for most of the series. [[spoiler:It's the latter]].
* PillarOfLight: When [[spoiler:he's freed]].
* PhysicalGod
* RedRightHand: The evil god is the [[EvilCripple crippled one]]. Go figure.
* SadisticChoice: See XanatosGambit below. The best case scenario is his freedom, and the end of civilisation as they know it. The worst case scenario is the slow death of the entire world.
* SealedEvilInACan: Chained in place, to the sleeping goddess Burn, though his spirit can move around inside a Warren and has appeared in several places around the world.
* StartOfDarkness: He was just a foreign god who fell to earth as the result of a trap meant for [[TheEmperor Kallor]]. And went stark raving mad as a result.
* VaderBreath: Has to constantly inhale incense in order to keep his lungs clear. Even then, his breathing is still ragged and wheezing.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The fate of many of those who choose to follow him.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Fall left him crippled, agonised and totally insane. He seems to be out to destroy the world in order to make the pain go away. It's very hard not to feel bad for him on some level.
** [[spoiler: After his plans get taken over by the Forkrul Assail, who are basically using his heart as an ArtifactOfDoom, he turns into more of a straight-up {{Woobie}}]].
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: None of the injuries from the Fall have healed. Not one in a hundred thousand years.
* XanatosGambit: If they don't loose him, Burn dies and he gets his revenge. If they do, he's free to wreak havoc and get his revenge via other means. Kind of a win-win situation for him.

!!Rhulad Sengar
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Before the horror show began.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Mystically linked to one.
* AxeCrazy
* BackFromTheDead
* {{BFS}}: The aforementioned ArtifactOfDoom.
* BlessedWithSuck: He comes back every time he's killed, but only after having his soul tortured by the Crippled God.
* BodyHorror: Covered in half-melted gold coins from a Tiste Edur death rite. Some of them fall out, but that just leaves him with horrific burn scars instead.
* TheCaligula: Deconstructed. We're treated to a blow-by-blow account of his descent into madness, and it's treated as tragedy rather than menace.
* CoolSword: Subverted. It's the ArtifactOfDoom that keeps bringing him back.
* DeathSeeker: Gee, I wonder why?
* TheDragon: As The King in Chains, he fullfills this role with regards to the Crippled God.
* TheEmperor: Of the Letherii Empire and the Tiste Edur.
* EvilOverlord
* HealingFactor: Can heal any injuries, [[WoundThatWillNotHeal save those inflicted on him by the funeral rites after his first death]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Which got him linked to the ArtifactOfDoom in the first place.
* IHaveManyNames: Rhulad Sengar, The Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, The King in Chains.
* ImmortalityHurts: Between getting tortured by the Crippled God in the afterlife, the BodyHorror from his funeral, his bride committing suicide rather than bearing his child, and his enroaching insanity, yeah.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: When Karsa finally kills his soul]].
* {{Lust}}: Lusted after his brother Fear's wife, who toyed with his emotions as a game. This results in a very nasty LoveTriangle once he becomes The Emperor.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Emperor of a Thousand Deaths.
* NeckSnap: How he meets his second death at the hand of Letherii soldier Iron Bars. He gets over it.
* PetTheDog: His attempt at returning Mayen, his wife, to his brother, Fear, whom she genuinely loves. Also, his forcing Mayen to stop beating her slave, Feather Witch.
* {{Pride}}: One of Rhulad's major sins before becoming The King In Chains. He was convinced he was far superior to everyone, including his brothers Fear and Trull.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Averted. He forces his brother's wife to marry him, and has his way with her, and somehow, it just makes him all the more pathetic and pitiable.
* SanitySlippage: Gradually loses his mind as each new resurrection takes its toll on him.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not that this was his intention. He threw his mom and dad in prison. [[DeusAngstMachina The jail promptly flooded]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Initially. His first death pretty much shatters his ego though.
* TraumaCongaLine: His brother is murdered by Karsa, his bride kills herself, his parents are drowned in his dungeon, his people are scheming against him, he's slowly going mad, and that's without getting into the horror show that is his curse.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Not Rhulad.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It's hard to not to sympathise with him, after his mind starts to slowly break apart because of his deaths... and deaths of his loved ones. Also Udinaas, his only friend, betrays him - or so he thinks...]]
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: No matter how many times he dies, the wounds from his first death will not heal. And then there's those [[BodyHorror damn coins]] from his first funeral.

!!Karsa Orlong / Toblakai
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* AntiHero: Type V. Type IV on a good day.
* {{Badass}}: How his fans view him.
* BarbarianHero: Sort of. How heroic he is, is really up for debate. It's possible that Erikson meant him to be a subversion or a deconstruction.
* BloodKnight
* BoisterousBruiser
* CatchPhrase: "Witness!" Usually followed by something very BadAss or just plain [[RefugeInAudacity insane]].
* TheChampion: Accepting the position of Knight of High House Chains would make him this to the Crippled God.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Or more accurately, killing [[spoiler:The Emperor Of A Thousand Deaths]] who was supposed to be unkillable.
* TheDragon: The Crippled God wants him to be his Knight Of Chains. So far, Karsa has been doing his best to refuse.
* FishOutOfWater: Anytime he approaches a remotely civilised location.
* TheGiant: Karsa's immense size is almost always noted.
* HellishHorse
* HeManWomanHater: Not a straight example as he doesn't ''hate'' women, but he does believe them to be inferior, and holds them in deep contempt, believing that [[ValuesDissonance rape is totally okay]]. His interactions with [[HotWitch Samar Dev]] and various other women may be improving him for the better, although it's hard to tell.
* InherentInTheSystem: Karsa believes slavery and exploitation are inherent in society. His solution? [[DisproportionateRetribution Burn it down]].
* KarmicDeath: Hands them out, with great relish.
* KillTheGod: [[spoiler: In addition to Rhulad Sengar, who was more or less the vessel of the Crippled God, he also kills Fener, facilitating his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* PsychopathicManChild: On occasion.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Sort of. He has no problem with going on adventures and raping and pillaging and whatnot. He just really resents doing it on the Crippled God's orders.
* [[TattooedCrook Tattooed Thug]]: The broken-glass tattoos on his face that denote his past as a slave.
* ValuesDissonance: Both in-universe (with the rest of the cast that is) and with the fans.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''High House Shadow''']]

!!Shadowthrone/Ammanas
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* BlackCloak
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Feared emperor, chessmaster usurper of High House Shadow, all around ManipulativeBastard...and deathly afraid of his mother (and all females), apparently. Has some shades of CloudCuckooLander as well.
* TheChessmaster: sets in motion much of the series
* DealWithTheDevil: "Shadowthrone loves deals."
* [[spoiler:TheEmperor: Pre-Ascension]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Inverted. Ammanas' voice is very high-pitched and cold.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* [[spoiler: FromNobodytoNightmare: started off as a bar owner and middling criminal]]
* GigglingVillain
* {{Hellhound}}s: Commands seven of them.
* InTheHood
* LaughablyEvil
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Would you mess with a guy named "Shadowthrone"?
* PhysicalGod
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He's Emperor Kellanved, who Ascended following Laseen's assassination attempt]].
* {{Revenge}}: Wants to pay back [[spoiler:Laseen for murdering him]].

!!Cotillion The Rope
--> "It's not such a bad thing girl, to be the pawn of a god."
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* AntiVillain
* BadAss: If the stories are to be belived, [[spoiler:Dancer was a BadAss even before his Ascension to Godhood]]. He's definitely one now.
* TheChampion: As Assassin of High House Shadow he holds this position.
* DemonicPossession: Takes over Apsalar/Sorry during ''Gardens of the Moon''.
* TheDragon: To Shadowthrone.
* KnifeNut
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Rope, Patron of Assassins.
* [[spoiler:ParentalSubstitute: Seems to be trying to become one to Sorry/Apsalar, as a means of making up for what he put her through]].
* PetTheDog: Has a minor one with Sorry right before he possesses her, reassuring her that the experience won't be that bad. [[spoiler:Has had many more since than; see ParentalSubstitute, above]].
* PhysicalGod
* ProfessionalKiller: Cotillion is the Patron of Assassins.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Was formerly Dancer, Emperor Kellanved's companion, and Ascended alongside his master]].
* {{Revenge}}: For the same reasons as Ammanas.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:He seems to want Cutter and Apsalar to be happy. It's just that, well, try as he might to be a kind father figure, he's not the god of happy endings, he's the god of murdering people in the face. It's not working.]]

!!Sorry/Apsalar
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Has been gradually remembering the things she did while controlled by The Rope.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:She danced with the Claw. All of the Claw. When she was done, all of her dancing partners lay dead.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Twice. After Cotillion's posession she seemed to go back to normal...right up until she started recovering her skills and plunging into whole new depths of {{Wangst}}. [[spoiler: She's now abandoned Cutter, the one person who really gives a damn about her in order to go off and do god knows what, excusing it by claiming that he'd only get hurt]].
* CreepyChild
* DanceBattler
* DarkActionGirl: Though much more sympathetic than most (she's one of the main protagonists).
* DarkMagicalGirl: Her personality is closer to this, even if her abilities are those of a DarkActionGirl.
* DemonicPossession: Posessed by Cotillion, though whether it's in full or in part isn't entirely clear.
* KnifeNut: Inherited from The Rope.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Loses all her memories of The Rope's actions, post-posession.
* LossOfIdentity: She remembers quite a bit of her life pre-possession, but clearly isn't that girl anymore. Not to mention that she still doesn't know her name.
* [[spoiler:MaybeEverAfter: One of the Epilogues of ''The Crippled God'' has Cutter finally tracking down Apsalar, at the ruins of the fishing town she originally came from.]]
* PsychoForHire:Poses as one while infiltrating the Malazan Army. She scares Quick Ben, Whiskeyjack, and ''[[ProfessionalKiller Kalam]]'' she's so damn creepy.
* WaifFu

!!Iskaral Pust
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Somewhere between an extreme example of this, and CrazyAwesome.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: At times, Pust has been known to make comments like "she's falling for my clever scheme" ''to the person he is trying to manipulate''.
* EvilGenius: The only reason Shadowthrone keeps him around.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Maybe. It's really hard to tell if Pust is faking it, or if he just happens to be both rather bright and ''totally nuts''.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite his craziness, tendency towards accidentally stabbing himself in the foot, and an ego the size of some small countries, Pust is actually quite bright, and at times, suprisingly effective.
* TalkativeLoon: Trying to shut him up would likely take an act of god. Or several gods.
* ThinkingOutLoud: Often.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Lady Envy's Companions''']]

!!Lady Envy
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* CainAndAbel: With Spite.
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards her sister, Spite.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* UpperClassTwit: Does an amazing impression of one. She's actually quite bright, if a little ditzy.

!!Toc The Younger
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* AcheyScars: His eye still hurts.
* ActionSurvivor: Feels like one alongside Envy, Tool, Baaljaag, Gareth and the Seguleh.
* [[spoiler:[[CantStayNormal Can't Stay Normal]]: Or dead. He's been attacked by Hairlock and thrown into a rent, accompanied Lady Envy, [[BodySnatcher Body Snatched]] Anaster and become Mortal Sword of Togg and Fanderay, been killed again, and now serves Hood. Phew!]]
* TheChampion: Mortal Sword of Togg and Fanderay, [[spoiler:then Knight of Death]]
* [[spoiler:DeathIsCheap: How many times has he come back from the dead now?]]
* EyepatchOfPower
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe]]: Following [[spoiler: His death, Toc's soul is transplanted into that of [[EmptyShell Anaster]] in order to give them both a second chance at life]].
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: As leader of the Grey Swords

!!Mok, Thurule, and Senu
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Seguleh hierarchy is modelled on combat ability. As the Third, Mok can and does kick a lot of ass.
* BadAss: All three of them. To the point where their fellow Seguleh class them as a "punitive army" and expect them to carve their way through the Pannion Domin on their own. They don't dissapoint.
** BadassArmy: They're "the punative army of the Seguleh", themselves as BadassArmy of the first order.
** BadassNormal
* BloodKnight: Three representatives from an entire nation of them.
* {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s
* DualWielding: All three Seguleh.
* TheFettered: Courtesy of Lady Envy's magic.
* HonourBeforeReason: If the Seguleh think you might be tough, they will challenge you, no matter where or when. And they'll make it a fair fight too.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers
* ImprobableAge: Senu's just turned twenty.
* MaskPower: All Seguleh go masked, and the markings on their mask indicate their rank (Mok is the third-ranked Seguleh, his mask has two slashes on it).
* MasterSwordsman: All three, but especially Mok.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Trio]]
* TheQuietOne: All three of them, but especially Mok.
* TheStoic

!!Baaljaag
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* AmnesiacGod: The wolf-goddess Fanderay is trapped inside her.
* CanineCompanion
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Can greatly alter her size, though not to the extent Gareth can.
* StarCrossedLovers: Is searching for the spirit of her mate, the wolf-god Togg. [[spoiler: He's hiding inside Toc]].

!!Gareth
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* {{Hellhound}}: Has the potential to be a Hound of Shadow.
* CanineCompanion
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Can grow to tremendous size.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder: '''Letherii Empire''']]

!!Tehol Beddict
The middle Beddict brother. When the Beddict family came dangerously close to becoming Indebted, Tehol took it on himself to keep the family afloat, something he did in secret while attending his instructors. Tehol is an economic savant, and was able to amass one of the largest fortunes in Letheras - a "peak", or one million "thirds", roughly one eighth of the city's combined currency - before going bankrupt literally overnight, nearly crashing the economy of the Empire. What happened to the money is unknown, and Tehol is now a largely forgotten figure living in poverty with his manservant Bugg.
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* TheChessmaster
* ChivalrousPervert
* GuileHero

!!Bugg
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* BattleButler: To Tehol.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:He is actually the Elder God Mael, god of the sea.]] Hangs around with Tehol because he's interesting.
* HyperCompetentSidekick

!!Brys Beddict
The youngest of the three Beddict brothers. A Finadd (captain) of the Letherii army, he was recently raised to the position of King's Champion, the King's personal bodyguard for his superlative skills as a swordsman. Though he would like nothing more than to be left to do his duty, the intrigues of the Letherii court have a way of enveloping even the most tangential of players.
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* BadassNormal: Defeated Rhulad, ''without'' killing him.
* MasterSwordsman: Possibly the best non-Ascendant swordsman in the series.

!!Shurq Elalle
A burglar who got caught. Deciding to try her luck in the Drownings, she got tangled in detritus in the canals and drowned, only to discover that one of her victims had cursed her with undeath. Much to her frustration, her dead nerves prevent her from enjoying the pleasures of the living, most notably sex. She gives up stealing, not caring about much any longer, until Tehol Beddict contacts her for her services - and offering a way to enjoy carnal pleasures again.
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* ClassyCatBurglar
* CoolBigSis: To Kettle.
* ILoveTheDead: Inverted--she's a walking dead woman, who enjoys sex with the living.
* PirateGirl: Eventually decides she wants to be a pirate. No particular reason, it just sounds like a fun thing to do.
* TheUndead

!!Kettle
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* CreepyChild
* EnfanteTerrible: Played with. She's a creepy, UndeadChild with a penchant towards murder, but she's also one of the few things standing between a dying Azath's denizens and the rest of Lether.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: She tries to kill only evil people to feed the Azath.
* UndeadChild
* VigilanteMan: A truly bizarre example. She targets criminals, spies, etc.

!!Gerun Eberict
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* TheSociopath
* TheUnfettered

!!Harlest Eberict
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* CatchPhrase: "Fangs and claws".
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Harlest comes off as rather goofy, with all his talk of "fangs and claws" and his desire to scare people. Then he actually uses said claws in an attack on five Toblakai Ascendents.
* PsychopathicManChild
* SiblingYinYang: With his sociopathic (and living) brother Gerun.
* TalkativeLoon
* TheUndead
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Shurq.

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[[folder: '''Unaligned Ascendants''']]

!!K'rul
An Elder God. The shaper of paths.
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* [[spoiler: [[AngelUnaware Elder God Unaware]]: As Keruli.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mortal worshippers prayed to him. So he granted their prayers...which promptly caused all sorts of problems and power struggles.
** "...K’rul, who answered worship with generosity. Who, assailed by prayers written in spilled blood, gave answer to them. But the power he surrendered was not intended only for those who worshipped him. He has given it freely, to everyone."
* BigGood: Kind of. Maybe.
* BodyHorror: The warrens run through his veins, literally. [[spoiler: So when the warrens are poisoned, opening them occasionally causes boatloads of blood to come pouring out.]]
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The lack of it is implied to be the reason he's so weak now.
** Elder Gods accept prayer in the form of blood sacrifice. Give generously...
* HeroicSacrifice: Jaraku. Also the entire warren system.
* InTheHood: Default appearance is a fully cloaked figure.
* [[KarmicDeath Karmic Punishment]]: Kallor's curse.
* TheMentor: To Kruppe.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the prequel, implied to have been the root cause of all the series' problems, though probably not intentionally or knowingly.
* OlderAndWiser: To all the gods.
* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl]]: Apparently. Maybe. Nope, we didn't see that coming either.

!!Draconus
An Elder God, the Suzerain of Night, Consort to Mother Dark, and brother of K'rul. He was killed with his own sword, [[CoolSword Dragnipur]], by Anomander Rake, and has been [[YourSoulIsMine trapped in there]] [[FateWorseThanDeath ever since]]. [[spoiler: Or at least until Rake's HeroicSacrifice.]]
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* ParentalNeglect: Doesn't pay much attention to his kids, and named his three daughters [[VainSorceress Envy]], [[FemmeFatale Spite]], and [[EnfantTerrible Mal]][[WhatHappenedToTheMouse ice]] (if he had a fourth, she would apparently be named Venom). On the other hand, their mother, [[spoiler: Olar Ethil]], urges him to kill them, so...
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: Curbstomps Kilmandaros and Sechul Lath, both Elder Gods themselves.]] Also scares the crap out of everyone once they realize that [[spoiler: he's been freed from Dragnipur.]]
* CoolSword: Forged Dragnipur...
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: ...which was used to trap him in a FateWorseThanDeath. Although that was partially Kallor's fault.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Naturally, he also turns into a giant black dragon. Although his particular [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Soletaken]] form is described as "darkness with wings" instead of a normal draconic form.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Implied.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The [[HumanSacrifice Terondai]] he commissioned from [[spoiler: Errastes]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: with a side of IHaveManyNames.
* OlderAndWiser: Apparently, spending several hundred thousand years suffering a FateWorseThanDeath mellowed him out a bit.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Doesn't quite get it right, with [[PlayedForDrama unfortunate]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero consequences]].

!!Burn
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* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: revealed to be Olar Ethil. Maybe.]]
* DamselInDistress / IllGirl: A rather bizarre example. Spends most of the series being slowly poisoned, and although she never actually shows up in person, other characters comment constantly on her deteriorating condition. Mostly because it's making the CrapsackWorld [[DeathWorld even worse]].
* MotherEarth

!!Icarium Lifestealer
Icarium is an incredibly old being, forever wandering with a sole companion in tow. He is present in the mythology of many cultures, and is feared by most of them. While his companion varies - being often replaced due to the death of the previous one - they are always devoutly loyal, and act as friends, protectors and, above all, minders. Icarium is one of the most powerful beings to walk the planet, and he must always have someone nearby to check his temper. While an incredibly gentle person, should he ever grow angry the consequences for the world would be catastrophic, something he is only vaguely aware of. Fortunately, he suffers from frequent bouts of amnesia, especially when seriously injured, and his natural meekness makes him easy to to keep under control.
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* {{Badass}}
* TheBerserker
* GeniusBruiser: He's a mapmaker, inventor, scholar... and one of the most lethal fighters ever born.
* HalfHumanHybrid: He's a Jhag: half man, half Jaghut.
** Actually, his mother is implied to be [[spoiler: a Theloman Toblakai]]. His father is confirmed to be Gothos.
* ImplacableMan
* MadeOfIron: It's unclear if he can be truly killed. Serious wounds only knock him out and trigger his amnesia. He seems to grow even tougher when angry.
* MasterSwordsman
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast

!!Hood
The god of death, and (an undead) Jaghut. [[spoiler: Succeeded as King of High House Death by Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners]]
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* AnIcePerson: Comes with being a Jaghut.
* {{Badass}} [[spoiler: Seems fond of killing Forkrul Assail with his bare hands...and occasionally with his teeth.]]
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes:]] At the end.
* DarkIsNotEvil: One of the more reasonable gods, though still kind of a dick.
* TheGrimReaper
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: His wife was murdered by [[spoiler: Errastes]]. So he [[DisproportionateRetribution raised an army and waged war on death itself]]. [[CrazyAwesome And won!]]
* OurOrcsAreDifferent
* UnusualEuphemism: Not him, but "Hood's breath" and "Hood's balls" seem to be the most popular Malazan curses.
* [[spoiler: YouKillItYouBoughtIt: As the king of the Jaghut, he waged a war on death, which ended with him becoming the god of death.]]

!!Errastas / The Errant
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* AmbiguouslyEvil
* AmbitionIsEvil
* TheChessmaster
* DepravedBisexual: As [[spoiler: Turudal Brizad]].
* [[spoiler: [[AngelUnaware Elder God Unaware]]: As Turudal Brizad.]]
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkassGods
* ManipulativeBastard
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Although he ends the series with several rather nasty beings intent on chasing him down...]]
* PowersThatBe
* PrescienceIsPredictable
* TheOmniscient
* SpellMyNameWithAThe
* TimeAbyss

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