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[[folder:Characters introduced in ''Sabriel'']]
!!Sabriel

The eponymous heroine of the first book. Sabriel has been living in Wyverly College ("For Young Ladies of Quality") since she was very young, and though she excels in academia and leadership, she knows that her true destiny lies in helping her father, Abhorsen, in fighting the Dead in the mysterious Old Kingdom. But she is not prepared when news comes that her father has met with terrible danger. Armed with her bells, her sword, and her courage, she ventures into the Old Kingdom alone, little knowing what adventure and horror she will find there.

* ABoyAndHisX: As a cat and occasional dwarf, Mogget is this to Sabriel.
* ActionGirl: In her first book. Swordfighting is taught in her school, and she was top of the class.
* ActionMom: In ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen''.
* BackFromTheDead: Is briefly stillborn at the beginning of the book, but is revived by her father before she passes the First Gate. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, she is killed defeating Kerrigor, but is sent back by her ancestors because the Abhorsen's work is not done]].
* {{Badass}}: Practically a part of the Abhorsen's job requirements; even as a teenager Sabriel is very formidable both physically and magically, and as an adult in the later books she's become a legend in her own time for it.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Like all Abhorsens, she uses necromantic powers. Instead of raising the dead, she puts them [[DeaderThanDead back where they belong.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Touchstone in ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen''.
* HeroicLineage: Her father is the Abhorsen and taught her a great deal about the craft.
* ItIsNotYourTime: [[spoiler: Why her ancestors' spirits save her life at the end of the first book]].
* KidWithTheLeash: To Mogget.
* LadyOfWar: When she's older.
* MagicalGirl: Her school is close enough to the Wall that there are Charter mages there, and classes offered to a select few.
* MagicMusic: The weapon of all necromancers are bells -- and it so happens Sabriel did very well in music at Wyverly, too!
* TheNecromancer: Abilities-wise, anyway, though as an Abhorsen she uses them to combat the undead, rather than creating or controlling them.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Touchstone, whom she marries]].
* ProperLady: Her boarding school included etiquette classes, and Sabriel tends to fall back on them in social situations, particularly otherwise-awkward ones.
* RefusalOfTheCall: In the beginning, Sabriel dislikes being called Abhorsen because her father would have to die in order to pass on his title, and she is in firm denial. As far as she's concerned, she's helping him out, and then joining him in his duties.
* SilkHidingSteel: In her introduction. Mind you, it doesn't hide for long as she's busy banishing one of the Dead from her school in the first few pages. Throughout the series she slays zombies with elegance and poise, rarely losing her composure.
* TheyDo: With Touchstone.
* TwentiesBobHaircut: Probably in keeping with the WorldWarI-era aesthetics in Ancelstierre.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Not only does she have this problem with her father, but her duties stopping horrific undead monstrosities and radioactive magic constructs from killing everyone tend to cut into her time with her kids later.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Mogget

!!Mogget

Mogget looks like a well-fed white cat with malicious green eyes and a red collar, with a small bell on it. This, however, is only a temporary shape, forced upon him by someone or something long-forgotten. Now Mogget is bound to serve the Abhorsens, and he despises every minute of it. He provides information, sarcasm, and fish, for his own consumption. If the collar is ever loosened... your best bet is to run, and fast.

* AntiHero: Ranges from Type III to Type V.
* [[HeroicAlbino Anti-heroic Albino]]: Mogget's other form, forbidden to him by a past Abhorsen unless his master gives him permission.
* BrilliantButLazy: After the [[spoiler:bell that binds him changes to Ranna, he is not above playing up its effects]].
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: He's like this toward any given Abhorsen on a good day, though more often with Sabriel than with anyone else.
* CatsAreMean: Mogget is bitter, sarcastic, and acerbic, jumping straight to downright homicidal when loosed from his collar.
* CatScare
* ConflictingLoyalty: He's bound to serve the Abhorsen, but that doesn't mean he's willing to do so nicely. Without his collar he's even worse.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefeatMeansFriendship: With Sabriel, at least, and perhaps her father. With Sameth and Lirael he's far more reluctant to help, especially as he doesn't think much of the competence of the former.
* DepravedDwarf: Subverted with one of Mogget's other forms as an albino dwarf. He has hair as white as Mogget's fur and wears a belt around his waist where the bell hangs from. Also, he's not depraved, he just still likes to eat small creatures similar to his cat form.
* EldritchAbomination: Mogget's true form is an incredibly powerful Free Magic being that prefers the form of a humanoid torso atop a whirling tornado, all made of bright white fire.
* EnigmaticMinion: Sort-of-heroic example. Nobody knows exactly where Moggert came from, what he is, or why he was first bound to serve the Abhorsens, but they do know that he ''will'' serve dutifully- so long as his collar stays on. [[spoiler: He's actually Yrael, one of the Bright Shiners, bound as punishment for refusing to help the Seven against Orannis]].
* [[AnimalisticAbomination Feline Abomination]]: Looks like a small white cat (normally). Is actually a tremendously ancient and powerful free magic elemental [[spoiler: and essentially a god being punished, as it turns out]].
* FriendlyEnemy: When he's collared, at least...
* GodWasMyCopilot: [[spoiler: Real name: Yrael]].
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Well, sort of. Usually the agenda consists of attempting to violently murder the Abhorsen if he's unbound. [[spoiler:Until the end.]]
* IFightForTheStrongestSide: [[spoiler: It's implied that the reason Yrael tried to stay neutral in the original conflict between the Seven and Orannis was because he didn't want to be on the losing side. Things didn't exactly go according to plan]].
* IntellectualAnimal: Though, not quite just an animal.
* NeutralNoLonger: [[spoiler: Originally neutral in regards to the other eight Bright Shiners and was bound for his troubles. Over time Yrael has developed a liking to the living word, particularly fish, and got off the fence to fight Orannis.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Mogget can be very stealthy when he wants to and has a tendency to pop up randomly around the heroes. Being what he is, it's unclear if he's actually teleporting or just channeling his cat side.
* QuitYourWhining: Says this a lot, especially to Sam.
* RestrainingBolt: His ensorcelled red leather collar, which has a miniature Saraneth and then Ranna hanging from it.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Mogget, that snarky, Free Magic thing disguised as a cat? He's Yrael, the Eighth Bright Shiner. Yeah.]]
* SdrawkcabName: [[spoiler: Yrael was the one who neither stood for, nor against the creation of the charter.]]
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: An immensely dangerous magical being who is normally forced to take the shape of a small white cat.
* ServileSnarker: Mogget has to serve the Abhorsens. That does not mean Mogget ''likes'' most of the Abhorsens, and tends to hold a snarky running commentary of all of their deficiencies.
* TheShadowKnows: It's not always that of a cat.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Oh so very much.
* SourSupporter: Again, Mogget is bound to serve the Abhorsens, but most of the time he'll make sure you know he's doing so under duress.
* ReleasingFromThePromise: [[spoiler: Sabriel releases Mogget/Yrael from his contract with the Abhorsens after helping them defeat the BigBad. Despite this, he changes back to his cat form after the battle and remains with the Abhorsen.]]
* TheResenter: Resents the Abhorsens for binding him. [[spoiler: Shows similar resentment for his "siblings" the other Bright Shiners, most especially Kibeth, since she's the only one generally present for him to snark at]].
* TalkingAnimal: Subverted. he's not an animal.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Has the meanest temperament of any character on the Abhorsen's side.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sabriel.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: When his collar is gone, we definitely want snarky Mogget back.


!!Touchstone / [[spoiler:Torrigan]]

Sabriel first finds Touchstone, frozen in a fighting position, transmogrified into a wooden ship's figurehead. Of course, Sabriel rescues him, as a hero should, but when he wakes up, he prompts questions. Who is he? Who sealed him as a figurehead, and why? All Sabriel suspects is that he's ashamed of something from his past, which is why he acts so irritatingly servile.

* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Becomes King at the end of ''Sabriel''.]]
* BadassInDistress: As a ship figurehead. But his hands were frozen in a spellcasting position, so it's clear from the start he's an able warrior.
* TheBerserker: When Sabriel is badly wounded, he completely flips out. [[spoiler:Later assassination attempts result in similar]]. Either Touchstone inherited his madness from his father, or he is unstable due to trauma, namely [[spoiler:being present at the breaking of a Charter Stone where his mother and half-sisters were killed in front of him]].
* CainAndAbel: With [[spoiler:Kerrigor]]. He's Abel.
* DualWielding
* MrFanservice: Well, when you arrive in the story naked....
* HappilyMarried: To Sabriel in ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen''.
* HeroicBastard: As an illegitimate son, he served as a retainer to his trueborn siblings.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: At first, he constantly puts himself down and acts like Sabriel's servant, even when she makes it clear it bothers her. [[spoiler: He's ashamed of having failed the Royal Family, and allowing them to be killed.]]
* HumanPopsicle: He was turned into the figurehead of a ship. Mid-battle. He's understandably disoriented when he wakes up.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for the deaths of his mother and sisters.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Yeah, trying describing the second and third books without giving away that [[spoiler:he's the last survivor of the royal family]].
* MeaningfulRename: Mogget calls him Touchstone, a fool's name, in fact a Shakespearean fool's name. Touchstone grudgingly accepts it, and bears it for the rest of his life. [[spoiler: He probably earned it by going berserk at the worst possible time.]]
* NakedOnArrival: Sabriel finds it hard not to notice how ''anatomically correct'' the "statue" is.
* OfficialCouple: With Sabriel.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Touchstone" is referred to as "a fool's name" and while he initially objects when Mogget calls him this, he accepts it because of what he's done. At the end of ''Abhorsen'' we find out his real name is [[spoiler:Torrigan]].
* [[spoiler:RoyalBlood: Illegitimate, but still plenty strong enough to effectively rule the Old Kingdom.]]
* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He and Sabriel expend a lot of time--and in Touchstone's case, literally blood--to restore the Old Kingdom to order and prosperity.]]
* TheyDo

!!Kerrigor
A Greater Dead Adept, who has been battling the Abhorsens for the past two hundred years, and winning. Powerful in Free Magic and commander of terrible armies, he is singlehandedly responsible for the coup d'etat that obliterated the royal family two hundred years ago, and is hellbent on finishing the job, and breaking [[TheForce the Charter]] for good.

* ArchEnemy: To the Abhorsens.
* BigBad: Of the first book.
** BigBadFriend: To [[spoiler: Touchstone]]
* CainAndAbel: With [[spoiler: Touchstone]]. [[CaptainObvious He's Cain]].
* CameBackStrong: All the Greater Dead do this. Kerrigor did it moreso than most.
* CatsAreMean: [[spoiler: Trapped as a cat by the end. And good lord, is he mean. Subverted in that, once he's sealed as a cat, he's never seen again and is said to be sleeping in Abhorsen's basement.]]
* DarkIsEvil: The Dead in general are generally described as wraith-like creatures of smoke and shadow, at least when not attached to a particular corpse. Kerrigor goes through several forms during ''Sabriel'', and each of them follows this aesthetic to a greater or lesser degree.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Being an exceptionally powerful Greater Dead, he's totally inimical to life as we know it.
* EvilIsHammy: As [[spoiler: Prince Rogir]] he was a flamboyant guy who loved being the center of attention. As Kerrigor, his taste for the theatrical is even more pronounced.
* TheEvilPrince: [[spoiler: Real name: Prince Rogir of the Royal line. Murdered the rest of his family in order to break the Great Charter Stones and add to his power]].
* EvilOverlord: Of sorts. He's the dominant force in the Old Kingdom during the first book, but doesn't "rule" so much as "manage the chaos for his own purposes". That said, he was still the closest thing the Kingdom ''had'' to a ruler after the last regent died, albeit more in the vein of a warlord than a crowned head of state.
* EvilSorcerer: He possesses great knowledge of magic, and his combination of necromancy, Free Magic, Dead powers and [[spoiler: royal magic]] makes him exceptionally formidable.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Like all Greater Dead, his eyes appear as flaming pits.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler:Given what [[{{Badass}} Badasses]] the royal line produces, it's quite a feat to murder all of them and near-permanently incapacitate the last. And then he becomes responsible for the death of Abhorsen Terciel, and has been fighting off Abhorsens for centuries, wearing the family down without being destroyed himself- again, quite a feat]].
* HumanoidAbomination: As a Greater Dead. At first, he apparently still looked human [[spoiler: enough to fool his family, all accomplished Charter Mages]]. During most of ''Sabriel'', he uses an artificial body that resembles a twisted, distorted version of his original appearance- Touchstone speculates that he likely ''was'' trying to recreate his mortal appearance, but had forgotten enough of what being human was like that he ended up monstrous instead. By the end of the book, even that body is destroyed [[spoiler: when Terciel sacrifices himself]], and Kerrigor just uses his raw spirit form- an amorphous, vaguely-humanoid giant of shadows, featureless save for his burning eyes.
* HybridMonster: Why Kerrigor is just so dangerous. Not only is he a powerful Dead spirit and a Free Magic practioner, but he [[spoiler: is a royal prince with the powers that come with that. He gives his followers a mark to link them to himself, increasing his own power in the perversion of the bond between Old Kingdom subjects and royals, where each one strengthens the other.]]
* InTheBlood: With the royal bloodline, who descend in a roundabout way from the original makers of the Charter, he is naturally good at commanding others and has a formidable will.
* LackOfEmpathy: Noticeable when talking to him. He doesn't care about anyone or anything beyond becoming as powerful as possible; it's unclear if he was ''always'' TheSociopath, or if this is a case of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
* TheNecromancer: And since he's Dead himself, he doesn't need bells; he appears to command his minions through sheer force of will.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Or rather, as a Greater Dead Adept, he's the local equivalent.
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: [[spoiler: Gets turned into a cat like Mogget.]]
** SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: And once that part is done, he's locked up in the basement of the Abhorsen's House behind every warding that Sabriel and Touchstone between them can put up, with the intention that he'll sleep there until the end of the world]].
* SdrawkcabAlias: His actual name is [[spoiler:Rogir, or Rogirek to be formal; "Kerrigor" was a childhood nickname that stuck]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Murdered his mother and his sisters to break the Charter Stones]].
* SoulJar: The reason that no Abhorsen was ever able to banish him fully [[spoiler: is that he uses his original body- which he still maintains a connection to- as one of these; so long as it exists, he can always return to Life]].
* TheUndead: And the evidence points to him having sought out the condition, rather than having it forced on him by a necromancer.
* WasOnceAMan: Like all Dead, he was originally a living person. [[spoiler: Specifically, Touchstone's half-brother, Prince Rogir]].

!!The Mordicant
* BearsAreBadNews: It's a flaming mud bear.
* TheDragon: To Kerrigor; it's his most powerful minion and chief hunter.
* {{Golem}}: A Mordicant is essentially an artificial body of inorganic materials possessed and animated by a Dead spirit, and is therefore equal parts {{Golem}} and undead.
* ImplacableMan: Follows Sabriel, Mogget, and Touchstone across the entire Old Kingdom, with nothing [[spoiler: except Astarael]] slowing it down.
* NoNameGiven: A Mordicant is ''what'' it is, being the name of one of the most powerful types of Dead. Its own personal name is never revealed, if it has one.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Can seemingly follow its quarry anywhere; Kerrigor even refers to it as "my Hound".
* VillainTeleportation: A unique trait of Mordicants is their ability to take their physical bodies with them into Death, and then emerge somewhere entirely different still intact. This allows it to bypass virtually any physical obstacles in its pursuit of Sabriel.
* TheVoiceless: It sometimes makes verbal ''sounds'', particularly loud howls, but despite being apparently sentient it never actually speaks during any of its appearances.
* WakeUpCallBoss: ''Sabriel'' is never exactly a light or cheerful book, but the Mordicant is the first enemy that Sabriel just ''can't'' defeat in a straight-up fight, and its presence adds a much greater tension and urgency to the plot.
* WasOnceAMan: Presumably, though we're given no indication of who or what its animating spirit ''really'' was in Life.

!!Sanar and Ryelle
When we meet them in ''Sabriel,'' these identical twins appear as the Voice of the entire tribe of Clayr. Their skills include speaking in unison, predicting the future, and flying Paperwings. In later books, we see that they have ascended to becoming the de facto leader of the Clayr, as their Sight is among the strongest in the Kingdom.

* DarkSkinnedBlond: A trait of the Clayr.
* MadOracle: Especially in their first appearance, where they have a hard time speaking in a way Sabriel can follow linearly owing to being mentally UnstuckInTime. Less pronounced in ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen'', possibly owing to them being older, or possibly because Lirael, who grew up around the Clayr, is just better at following their mannerisms and way of speaking.
* PrescienceIsPredictable: Toyed with. They see many fragments of ''possible'' futures, some of which are the results of Lirael failing.
* PsychicLink: As twins they have a magical bond with each other.
* PsychicPowers: Particularly of the prescient variety; part-and-parcel of being Clayr.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: A lot of Clayr prophecies seem to work this way, at least when the Clayr themselves are the subject; they do things a certain way because they Saw themselves doing it that way.
* SingleMindedTwins: They really come off this way. The only time they're given any distinction is when Sanar says that Ryelle is the better Paperwing pilot of the two. [[spoiler: In the final confrontation, they wield one bell together instead of taking one bell each, further adding to this impression.]]
* TwinBanter: They have a distinct tendency to finish each other's sentences and generally carry on a conversation as if they were one person, which, combined with their MadOracle tendencies can make following a conversation with them quite a headache.
* UnstuckInTime: Mentally, at least; they live as much in the future as in the present, because their Sight is so strong.;
* WonderTwinPowers: They're both very strong in the Sight, and can combine their vision for stronger viewings.

!!Abhorsen Terciel
The father of Sabriel, and the current Abhorsen when ''Sabriel'' begins. He wanders all over the Kingdom in fighting off the Dead, though his own sacrifices have been dear. He put Sabriel in a boarding school in Ancelstierre so that she would be safe and have something of a normal childhood... and because the Clayr foresaw that the Kingdom would need an Abhorsen who knew Ancelstierre well.

* BadPowersGoodPeople: As an Abhorsen, he uses necromancy to fight against the undead.
* DisappearedDad: He's absent a lot of the time in the course of his normal duties, but his failure to make a scheduled visit is the signal that something is badly wrong.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Not only the soldiers on the Wall but his own daughter think that Abhorsen is his name, not his title.
* GoodParents: He clearly cares a lot for his daughter. However he often has to be dragged away by his crucial duty.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Wielded Astarael against Kerrigor to drag him deep into death and buy time for Sabriel.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: He dies about three-quarters of the way through the first book, leaving Sabriel to take up his sword- literally and figuratively- as the new Abhorsen]].

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[[folder:Characters introduced in ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen'']]
!!Lirael

A Daughter of the Clayr -- who is forever an outsider from them. Lirael has been marked as an outcast from the beginning: her mother left the Glacier, came back pregnant, and never named her child's father, all contrary to tradition, before vanishing when the girl was five and dying just before her tenth birthday. As a teenager, Lirael desperately wishes to gain the Sight that is every Clayr's birthright, and the transition into adulthood. Without it, she waits, and waits, despondent and solitary. Looks like an assignment as a Third Assistant Librarian might lift her spirits... if it doesn't get her killed, first. But Lirael has no idea of what destiny awaits her beyond the Glacier's frozen walls.

* ActionGirl: She will admit she's not as good at swordfighting as she should be.
* BadassBookworm: The "badass" part is a ''requirement'' for Clayr librarians, due to some of the things lurking in the deeper shelves.
* [[spoiler:BadPowersGoodPeople: As the Abhorsen, particularly when using Free Magic to traverse Death.]]
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: [[spoiler:It gets back on the line when she finds a door with her name on in deep in the Clayr's Glacier and finds the tools of a Remembrancer.]]
* [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: She's a type of Chosen One that hasn't been seen in centuries: being half-Clayr and half-Abhorsen makes her the only person capable of being a Remembrancer, on top of Abhorsen-In-Waiting.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: She seriously considers it during the first part of the book, and even gets up to the edge of the Glacier before the arrival of Sabriel and Touchstone forces her to leave.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Her tendency towards morbid thinking. At first it seems like it's due to her chronically low self-esteem. [[spoiler:Which is part of it, but it also has a lot to do with her being Terciel's daughter.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Where other Clayr are tanned and blonde, Lirael has pale skin that burns, and black hair and eyes. Younger Clayr regard her as a freak, afraid that they'll turn out Sightless, like her.
* HeroicLineage: [[spoiler:Her mother had a one-night stand with Terciel ''specifically'' to become pregnant with the next Abhorsen, BecauseDestinySaysSo.]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: It takes her a very long time to like herself, thanks to her lack of coming-of-age in Clayr society.
* InstantExpert: Although, magic books in the Old Kingdom tend to work by reappearing with clarity in the reader's mind at need, so it makes sense by the world's rules.
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler:Just not Clayr blood]].
* KidWithTheLeash: In a technical sense on the Disreputable Dog, who acts like a dog out of personal preference. [[spoiler:Moreso on Mogget later on]].
* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler: Due to her Abhorsen heritage, her hair is black instead of blond.]]
* [[spoiler:LongLostSibling: Sabriel's half-sister.]]
* MagicMirror: The Remembrancer's mirror allows her to see the past if she walks into Death.
* MagicMusic: The Remembrancer's panpipes, which are basically a weaker version of a necromancer's bells.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: She learns how to make several animal "skins" with Charter magic, but they leave her with the residual instincts of whatever she becomes for some timeafterwards.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother left her at a young age and is reported dead before the beginning of ''Lirael''.
* TheUnfavorite: Most Clayr manifest the sight before age fourteen, making Lirael stick out as a teenage "child" in their society, exposing her to unwanted pity and condescension.
%%* {{Wangst}}: Mileage on the subject varies, naturally, but the Dog certainly thinks so.

!!The Disreputable Dog

The Disreputable Dog began life as a Charter sending that Lirael made to keep her company -- or did she? Or did Lirael instead summon up some much older and more powerful spirit than she bargained for?

Wonder away, the Dog's not here to answer questions. She's here to be chipper and friendly, Lirael's best friend and guide through any hardship or peril. Beware of her teeth, and her bark -- the Dog can use Charter Spells ''and'' Free Magic, without being corrupted by it. Rest assured, she's a good dog in every sense of the word.

Now, who's ready for a walk?

* AnimalisticAbomination: Most of the time she appears to be a normal dog that can talk, but she can shapeshift at will--usually only parts of her, like when she lengthens her toes to climb down a ladder.
%%* EnsembleDarkhorse
* GenderEqualsBreed: Subverted.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Lirael has bite scars from the last time she considered [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].
* [[spoiler:GodWasMyCopilot: Hey there, Kibeth. Although she also says that she isn't nearly what she once was]].
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: She stops Lirael's own sacrifice by biting her hand off during the binding of Orannis, which redirects his last rage onto her.]]
* ILied: She is the ''Disreputable'' Dog.
* MentorMascot: Not cutesy, but she quite likes being a dog... except for baths.
* IntellectualAnimal
* InterspeciesFriendship: With Lirael.
* [[spoiler:NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay]]: For Nick.
* OffscreenTeleportation
%%* [[spoiler:TearJerker: Her "death."]]

!!Sameth

The second child of Sabriel and Touchstone, and a Royal Prince. Since his sister Ellimere clearly got the royalty genes, what's left for Sameth is to be the Abhorsen -- and he'll get around to studying the Book of the Dead ''one'' of these days, just as soon as he's wrapped up his education as a normal, magic-free boy in Ancelstierre. Though Sameth wants to be brave, he often fears he's not the warrior type, much less the Abhorsen type. He's quite certain he'll never live up to the glorious examples of his (distant) parents, so why bother, when tinkering away in his workshop is more fun?

You'll never get out of destiny ''that'' easy, Sam.

* CharacterDevelopment: He starts off in ''Lirael'' uncomfortable as his role as Abhorsen-in-waiting, and feels out of place in the Old Kingdom. By the end of his journey with Lirael he's found a path that suits him better and become more responsible.
* ChekhovsGun: His hobby is tinkering and adding magic to it. [[spoiler:Because he's a Wallmaker.]]
* CowardlyLion: He is terrified of going into Death, and telling [[WellDoneSonGuy his parents that he's afraid]], but he still risks his life willingly (if not happily).
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a failure because he can't even bring himself to open the Book of the Dead.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Shortly after we meet him, he organizes a group of kids in fighting off the Dead with cricket equipment.
* KidWithTheLeash: On Mogget, the family heirloom.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Really, really, really does not like the prospect of being an Abhorsen. Then again, [[spoiler:the Call misdialed]].
* RoyalBlood
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: When a magical attack strikes his cricket team en route back from a game, he springs into action, directing the boys on how to fight the Dead effectively, and going out to confront the necromancer at work himself.
%%* {{Wangst}}: Whether more or less than Lirael [[{{YMMV}} depends on who you ask]], but he also gets [[QuitYourWhining called on it]], courtesy of Mogget.

!!Nicholas Sayre
Nicholas Sayre is a nephew of the High Minister in Ancelstierre, a member of an old and rich family, and therefore just the sort of fellow you'd expect to see attending school with Prince Sameth. More than that, Nick is Sam's best friend, even if he ''does'' regard Charter Magic as a scientific curiosity rather than a profound fact of the universe. Nick is bright, cheerful, and interested in everything. He's a natural leader and, like a true-born son of the industrialized south, loves to develop and work on projects. But a chance encounter with Hedge means that all of Nick's energy might be turned to a dark purpose...
* AgentScully: Highly skeptical of magic and the Old Kingdom; he's sure that it can somehow be explained by science.
* BadassNormal
* [[spoiler:DemonicPossession: Is infested by a shard of Orannis, which compels him to try and free the main body and occasionally takes over his own.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: Tries very hard to do this after encountering Lirael and learning just what is happening to him.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Wields a mean cricket bat.
* [[LastGirlWins Last Boy Wins]]
%%* [[spoiler:TooCoolToLive]]: Subverted, thankfully.
* TookALevelInBadass
%%* TheWoobie
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: As soon as the Lightning Farm does his work, the last shard of Orannis zips out of his body, mortally wounding him.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: He sees the "Night Crew" (a horde of Dead Hands created by Hedge) as alive but diseased and Hedge as an odd but damned useful chap. [[spoiler:This is because the fragment of Orannis is clouding his mind.]]

!!Ellimere

The first child of Sabriel and Touchstone, and the Crown Princess. Bossy -- no, ''commanding'' -- and meddling -- rather, ''micromanaging'' -- clearly Ellimere inherited the Royal Bloodline. She takes her duties as future queen very seriously, often practically ruling (with the aid of a Regent) while her father is out slaying Dead (i.e. nine days out of ten). Her current project is to slap some sense and work ethic into her layabout, good-for-nothing-brother, Sam. He'll be an efficient Prince and Abhorsen if it kills him. No, really.

* ActionGirl: Though she doesn't get to do much on page, she's mentioned to be an avid hunter and athlete and generally comes off as more than capable of handling herself.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Unless you ask Sam.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: She's basically (with help from a co-regent) during Sam and Lirael's adventures. A message she sends near the end of ''Lirael'' mentiones her calling up the Old Kingdom's armed forces to deal with the threat from Hedge and Chlorr.
* RoyalBlood: Explicitly so: her mother has the Abhorsen bloodline, but Ellimere clearly manifests the commanding and leadership abilities inherent in the Royal bloodline.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She sits on the council and the courts along with more mundane activities like sentry duty.

!!Hedge
* BaldOfEvil: Or at least he's on his way, more like Bald''ing'' of Evil.
* BigBad: Being the leash-holder of most of the Dead that are after Sam and Lirael. [[spoiler: Until the end of ''Lirael'', where we learn he's TheDragon to something [[EldritchAbomination far]] [[OmnicidalManiac worse.]]]]
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Hence not being able to use a normal horse.
* EvilSorcerer
* [[spoiler: GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler: Upon seeing the Stars of the Ninth Gate, the flames in his eyes go out, he smiles and raises his hands to the sky before falling into the last gate.]]
* HellishHorse: Ordinary horses can't stand him, so he rides undead ones instead. Even these tend to destroy themselves when loosed from his direct control.
* HumanoidAbomination: An exercise in knowing when to stop using [[PrimordialChaos Free Magic.]] It takes him over and transforms his body and soul. Mostly his soul, though.
* MysteriousPast: It is hinted that he was born in Ancelstierre and served as a soldier at the Wall around 50 years before the books' events.
* {{Necromancer}}
* OlderThanTheyLook: Most likely to be just over one hundred years old.
* OmnicidalManiac
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Hedge always wears red plate armour, and as he becomes more inhuman he gains red fire in his eyes and black smoke on his head.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Particularly notable in ''Abhorsen'', he becomes increasingly inhuman the more he falls under the sway of Free Magic. Of course, since this comes with an increase in power, it's not like he ''minds''...

!!Chlorr of the Mask
The main villain of ''Lirael,'' Chlorr is a necromancer who has extended her life through unholy means. Though her powers of commanding the Dead and Free Magic are terrible, she willingly submits herself to the power buried beside the Red Lake, when Hedge gives her but a taste of it. Only an Abhorsen can have a prayer of matching Chlorr in combat.
* AscendedExtra: Getting her own book called ''[[spoiler: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen]]''.
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]: Several ''centuries'' old through the power of Free Magic and nearly an adult Sabriel's equal in power even before [[spoiler: becoming a Greater Dead]].
* TheDragon: To Hedge.
* EnigmaticMinion: She's very powerful, very old, and very evil, but exactly what her deal is when not taking orders from Hedge is never made clear... [[spoiler: well, until her own book comes out, anyway]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Tapping into an ancient, powerful, source of Free Magic you know next to nothing about: ''bad idea''.
* [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]]
* TheFaceless: Well, she is Chlorr of the ''Mask'', after all. [[spoiler: Mogget hints it may be more than that- he taunts her by calling her "Chlorr No-face", and refuses to explain himself when questioned about it]].
* [[spoiler:FallenHero]]: Once upon a time Chlorr was [[spoiler:an Abhorsen named Clariel]].
* HumanoidAbomination: [[RunningGag Notice a trend here?]]
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini: Runs off in ''Abhorsen'' after Lirael stands up to her and Mogget taunts her about her past and apparently survives the book]].
* MysteriousPast: Mogget hints that Chlorr [[spoiler: was once an Abhorsen.]] That alone makes her past ''way'' mysterious!
* {{Necromancer}}
* [[spoiler: OurLichesAreDifferent]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:''Clariel'' will be the story of hers]].
* [[spoiler: [[WasOnceAMan Was Once a Woman]]]]

!!Corolini
An Ancelstierre politician of the conservative bent, seeking the highest offices in the land. He hates the Old Kingdom and distrusts the existence of "magic."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
* BigBadWannabe: Based on how his deputy acts in his brief appearance, he seems to think he's in a BigBadDuumvirate with Hedge. Not exactly...
* CorruptPolitician
* FantasticRacism: Towards anyone non-Ancelstierran, especially Southerlings.
* TheGhost: Plays a pretty important role in ''Lirael'' and ''Abhorsen'' but never actually shows up in person.
* KarmaHoudini: Seizes power midway through ''Abhorsen'', and the end of the book gives no indication if he was deposed or not. [[spoiler: "The Creature in the Case" reveals that his coup ultimately failed, but gives no indication of how or what happened to him afterwards]].
* OffscreenVillainy: None of the main characters ever interact with him.
* PragmaticVillainy: When Sabriel and Touchstone start interfering in his plans, he simply arranges for them to be assassinated. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, they survive]].
* SmugSnake: Though he never shows up directly, his reputation gives off this vibe.
* UnwittingPawn: To Hedge.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He ''is'' popular in Ancelstierre.

!![[WalkingSpoiler The Enemy]][[spoiler:/ Orannis the Destroyer]]
What Hedge serves. What Chlorr serves. The enemy so terrible the Disreputable Dog will not speak its name. The thing that, long ago, was sealed beneath seven wards beside the Red Lake, but it has slowly cracked its prison open and its working its way to freedom. But what ''is'' it?

You may be sorry you asked.

* [[spoiler:ApocalypseHow]]
* [[spoiler:BigBad]]
* [[spoiler: CompellingVoice: Its words seem to have some sort of physical power.]]
* [[spoiler: DemonicPossession: Controls Nicholas Sayre via a tiny sliver of the silver sphere, that was lodged into his heart by Hedge.]]
* TheDreaded: Even the Disreputable Dog, [[spoiler: who is actually Kibeth in disguise,]] is afraid of It, and with good reason.
* [[spoiler: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Its form is of two bisected silver halves of a sphere. When brought together, they eventually cast an enormous eruption of heat, fire, light and concussive sound that completely vaporizes all life within vicinity, leaving a mushroom cloud...]]
* EldritchAbomination
* [[spoiler:KillItWithFire: Its destructive phases can best be described as explosions of flame and heat.]]
* [[spoiler:[[TheMagnificent The Destroyer]]]]
** [[spoiler:NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast]]
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Eldritch Abomination Behind The Man]]: Chlorr, one of history's most powerful necromancers, asks Hedge why she should serve Hedge's master. Hedge instructs her to drink just a little water that trickles out from beneath the master's prison. And Chlorr ''at once'' agrees and serves It loyally.
* NoBiologicalSex: It doesn't really seem to have anything comparable to a sex ''or'' gender identity, always being identified as "It" (with capital). [[spoiler: Interestingly, this appears to be unique to It and not a trait of Shiners as a whole- Astarael and Kibeth are clearly female, while Yrael is clearly male, but Orannis is neither]].
* [[spoiler:NumerologicalMotif: [[note]]There may be a better trope for this akin to ArcNumber[[/note]] Ninth Bright Shiner, nine manifestations, nine second countdown before the Destroyer phase activates...]]
* [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac: Why does It try to wipe out everything wherever he goes? It just ''does''. Implied is that it is in It's nature to obliterate life.]]
* [[spoiler:TheScottishTrope: The Disreputable Dog will write Its name, but doesn't say it and warns Lirael and Sam not to either. ]]
* SealedEvilInACan: Its current physical form is something like a huge, bisected silver ball buried in the ground.
* WalkingSpoiler: In case you couldn't tell. It's not until the last chapter of ''Lirael'' that we get a hint as to Its true nature.
* [[spoiler:XanatosGambit: Puts together a long-running plan to gain followers, make a son of the royal line his slave, and have his hemispheres united so he can destroy the world. Unfortunately for Orannis, It did not seem to foresee Yrael's decision.]]

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!!The Dead
* CameBackWrong / CameBackStrong: Depending on the type.
** The stronger the Dead, the deeper from Death it came back from. The more powerful Dead also seem to be more intelligent and cunning.
* ImplacableMan: Most of the mindless Dead are single-minded in their orders, and don't stop until their bodies are completely useless.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Most are technically zombies, but their aversion to sunlight, fire and running water as well as their feeding on Life evokes this instead.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Running water is the best deterrent for the Dead.
* TheUndead: [[CaptainObvious Well, duh.]]
* [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb to Unlive]]: They tend to be very, very stupid. For instance, a [[GlassCannon Gore Crow]] charging right into a flying slingstone, and various Hands [[SuperDrowningSkills walking off a cliff into running water.]]
* WeakenedByTheLight: Though it has much less of an affect on the stronger Dead.

!!Dead Hands
* ArmyOfTheDead
* DidntNeedThoseAnyway: There's not a whole lot holding them together, but they just keep coming.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Dead, Undead, Dead Hands, Hands
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: These can only be destroyed if their current body is absolutely ruined.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Inverted. The corpses are not controlled by their brain but a spirit; even if the body is completely smashed into something even barely describable as human, they can still move.

!!Shadow Hands
* EliteMook: The next step up from Hands.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Unique among the Dead in that they don't have physical forms.

!!Gore Crows
* FeatheredFiend
* HiveMind: An entire flock of Gore Crows is powered by one dead spirit.
** GlassCannon: This has the unfortunate side-effect of the whole swarm dropping like stones if one crow is killed.
** ConservationOfNinjutsu: Hedge invokes this with two of his Gore Crows. Instead of making a huge swarm, he only made two from a spirit. One crow to watch Sam, the other to transfer its information. ConservationOfNinjutsu comes in when the individual crows are stronger, thanks to having half a spirit instead of a hundredth.
* KeystoneArmy: [[GlassCannon And every crow is the keystone.]]
* RavensAndCrows

!!Mordaut
* BodySurf
* PuppeteerParasite: A variant, where it gives mental commands instead of just taking over.

!!Greater Dead
* CameBackStrong: This is what happens when someone hangs around the later precincts in Death. Thankfully, only two are shown breaking out.
* HumanoidAbomination: They're significantly more powerful than most Dead creatures and Free Magic monsters. The longer they stay in death, the more their shapes are distorted.
* MuggingTheMonster: In the third book, a gang of them make the mistake of believing that [[spoiler: Lirael]] is just another low-level necromancer in over their head. One is KilledOffForReal, the rest wisely stay away.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: If Kerrigor and Chlorr are any indication.

!!The Stilken
* HumanoidAbomination
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* SinisterScythe: It has two for hands.
* TheVamp: Though not a human woman, she does take the shape of a "comely woman"... with giant mantis scythes for forearms.

!!Ferenk
* DishingOutDirt: It's a mud monster. Like the Mordicant, but without the fire.
* SmallNameBigEgo: It's pretty much powerless on its own, and can only scare people and eat corpses.

!![[OverlyLongName Creature of Free Magic and the Flesh of Swine]]
* FullBoarAction
* HumanoidAbomination: Its disguise as a boat captain.
** AnimalisticAbomination: Its true form is a boar. [[IncendiaryExponent Made of fire.]] [[OhCrap That can]] WalkOnWater.
* WalkOnWater: It's destroyed by total immersion, though.

!!The Hrule
* HumanoidAbomination
* ImmuneToBullets: Much to the [[{{Muggles}} Ancelstierrans']] dismay.
* NoodlePeople: It's a wasp-waisted thing with limbs and a neck that are way too long.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: It's a stretched out hominid with cross-hatched, bulletproof skin, barbed clubs instead of hands and it's freaking purple.

!!Charter Sendings
* HappinessInSlavery: Sort of. They're generally created to do one thing, and most are devoted to that one thing. It gets problematic when there are tons of them, they have essentially the same programming, and half of them are senile. See [[HilarityEnsues any scene at Abhorsen's House.]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Nonphysical beings comprised totally of Charter Magic.
* ServantRace: Created to serve there masters.

!!Paperwings
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Their paint jobs invoke this trope.
* GiantFlyer
* SapientShip: Well, sentient anyway.

!!''Finder''

* SapientShip: A much better example than Paperwings, as ''Finder'' is animate, fully capable of saving her passengers' lives, and apparently has limited forms of communication.
* {{Troll}}: At High Bridge, she tilts slightly just to splash [[CatsAreSnarkers Mogget]], who is accordingly irritated.



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