[[folder:Characters Introduced in The Farseer Trilogy]]
->'''a.k.a [=FitzChivalry=] Farseer; a.k.a Tom Badgerlock'''

The main protagonist of ''The Farseer Trilogy'' and ''The Tawny Man Trilogy''. Fitz is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry Farseer. He was brought to Buckkeep, its court, and intrigues at a young age. As a bastard, he found plenty of enemies; the most dangerous of them being Prince Regal, half-brother to Prince Chivalry. Also because of his status as a bastard, he finds himself in service to the King in the only real way a bastard can be: as an assassin.
* AnAxeToGrind: Fitz's weapon of choice; averting HeroesPreferSwords since he sucks at using them. He just doesn't have the finesse.
* BadAssBookworm: Fitz cover as an amateur/apprentice scribe, in which he gains the respect of several nobles in the course of his [[ProfessionalKiller real work]]. [[spoiler:The third book also reveals that he has become an amateur historian and scholar, possibly the only reliable one at the time.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Wanted to help Verity in sculpting the dragon, but got to help him another way.
** [[spoiler: [[TearJerker He gives away most of his memories]] about Molly and [[TellMeAboutMyFather his father]] [[TearJerker (such as, when he was younger, he used to spend entire nights staring at Chivalry's portrait when he thought no one was looking)]] because he wanted to stop hurting so much. He ends up emotionally crippled and he doesn't even realise it.]]
* TheBerserker: Although less from being either of the personality types involved in a usual berserker. He just loses control when he fights. And despite not being trained or built for it, people have commented that he fights like a brawler. Hence, his [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
** This becomes even more apparent after his [[spoiler:death]] and as his bond with Nighteyes deepens; people have commented that when Fitz breaks down into a fighting rage he attacks with his hands and teeth as well as his weapon.
* BreakTheCutie: Happens over the course of the series, pretty badly. (Most people consider him good, if not very good looking, though this is revealed retroactively). He still suffers PTSD from the things that happened some thirty years later.
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:Technically, although he wasn't in his body when it happened.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Fitz does not fight fair at all when he has the option. Poison, hidden weapons, sniping, and deliberate maiming are all standard tactics for him.
* {{Determinator}}: He walks across a continent, fights a group of armed men, and takes an arrow in the back while climbing a mountain, ''and keeps going''.
* DrowningMySorrows: Fitz tries to do this occasionally, especially when he's young. It usually ends badly.
* TheExile: [[spoiler:He goes into a self-imposed one at the end of the first trilogy. The second trilogy involving Fitz eventually demonstrates that this was because leaving so much of himself in Girl-on-a-Dragon left him too emotionally dead to ''want'' to come out of hiding, at least until the Call comes knocking again.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:How he escaped death and Regal's dungeons. At least, this is what they ''tell'' him; it's implied that his body was, in fact, completely dead, and only Burrich's enormous strength in the Wit, possibly combined with Fitz's Skill, was able to revive him.]]
* FatalFlaw: Careful reading indicates that his HeroicSelfDeprecation is actually pretty extreme; count the number of times that he's been "rebuked" by his friends, and then count the number of times that he either refuses to stand up for himself or tries to bend to multiple, conflicting demands. By the end of the first trilogy, there is literally no aspect of his personality or character, other than loyalty, that he considers in a positive light, and and there are very few insults that he defends himself against. As such, despite having some useful skills and resources, he refuses to take action at certain critical moments [[spoiler: most apparent during King Shrewd's murder and Regal's taking of the throne]] when he could have made a huge difference. In later books, this low self-regard leads him to [[spoiler: spend years cut off from most of the people he loves, letting many of them think that he's dead, under the assumption that they'd be fine, if not better off, without him.]]
* FirstLove: With Molly. [[spoiler:He only really gets to be with her years and years after.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[spoiler:With Verity in ''Assassin's Quest''. This was, somewhat unusually, intentional on Verity's part and with Fitz's acceptance.]]
** [[spoiler: Then again with the Fool]] in ''Fool's Fate'', this time so he could bring the latter back to life.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Due to the Wit rather than the usual meanings of this trope.
* GeniusBruiser: He looks rough around the edges but he enjoys being a scholar more than a warrior.
* HeroicBastard: Despite everything (including how some of them treat him) Fitz remains loyal to the Farseer line, and to the Six Duchies.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: What he used to think he was, and mainly the reason for his self-imposed exile. Subverted at the end when he finds out people actually believe him a hero.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Has acute bouts of this whenever he binges on elfbark, which is notable for bringing on a bout of powerful nervous energy coupled with crippling depression. He's a bit prone to it in any circumstance, but much less so as of ''Golden Fool'' when his elfbark stores are taken away.
* {{Hunk}}: Fitz, along with being a pretty boy. He's an ax-wielding oarsman. There's no way he's not stacked.
* IdenticalGrandson: To Chivalry. He's often said to look exactly like his father when he was a boy. [[spoiler: After his Skill healing he immediately compares himself to the his portrait.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: So very, very much. Court life has no charms for him, and killing disgusts him; he only wants to live a simple life, free of the complexities of politics.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: He can't remember the first six or seven years of his life [[spoiler:but he gets his memory back at the end of ''Fool's Fate''.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: He's Nettle's and Dutiful's dad but, unlike Nettle, Dutiful never finds out.]]
** To clarify, [[spoiler: thanks to his FreakyFridayFlip with Verity, the latter used his body to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin make a baby]] with Kettricken in Fitz's body. Genetically, Dutiful is the son of Fitz, but everyone in the know considers him the son of Verity, which isn't really untrue either. It doesn't hurt that even Kettricken is unaware; Verity's Skill-presence was so powerful that she wasn't ever aware it was Fitz's body at work.]]
* MasterPoisoner: This is a large part of his training in ''Assassin's Apprentice''. He doesn't, unfortunately, actually get to ''use'' it much aside from a lot of offscreen killing of Forged townsfolk with poisoned food.
* MeaningfulName: [=FitzChivalry=], a {{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} which also shows his bastardry; and then Badgerlock relating to his hair. (During the second trilogy, Fitz's hair is black with a distinct white streak where he took a head wound in the first trilogy.)
** The "Tom" part of his new name is a [[RealNameAsAnAlias memento of his past life]]: he thought his father's legal wife and widow just gave him that name on a whim, but it's actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the name she had been planning to give her son had she given birth to one]] and since then symbolised the bond between them.
* MistakenForGay: The HoYay with his best friend is so strong that he gets mistaken for gay by the most of the court, his friends, and his family members.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: At the end of the first trilogy, Fitz believes that because of everything he did and went through to keep the Six Duchies safe, he no longer belongs there. However, [[spoiler: the later books subvert this, as Fitz learns that it was only his own emotional issues (some mundane and some caused by pumping memories into skill stone) that led him to think he no longer belonged with his loved ones.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: In the ''The Fitz and The Fool'' series dues to the skill. He's nearly sixty, but is still in his thirties, physically.
* PapaWolf: Don't threaten his child. Don't sound like you're threatening his child. Don't look like you're threatening his child. He may be the most dangerous man in the world and he ''is'' a wolf.
* PlotInducedStupidity: He's usually smart but he can a bit oblivious sometimes. [[spoiler: In just 100 pages or so he manages to get poisoned TWICE when he's in a mission and is supposed to be in alert mode.]]
* PrettyBoy: While he's more stocky and more of a {{Hunk}} then Regal, he's also quite pretty, at one point jokingly wondering with Molly if he'd pass for a girl. [[spoiler:The Fool mourns the loss of his pretty looks when they see each other again in ''Assassin's Quest''.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: Wouldn't you know; it's right there in the titles.
* ShipTease: Gets a bit, which he finds squicky, with Kettricken, especially in the Tawny Man trilogy. It never pans out, though.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Like most of the Farseers. One of the reasons they recognise him.
* SkunkStripe: [[spoiler:After his time in Regal's dungeons.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Definitely. [[spoiler:Or he would have been anyway, if not for the aforementioned and unpleasant time spent in Regal's dungeons, though some people comment that he's not as ugly as he thinks.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Having been abandoned and raised as a bastard really did a number on him, such that he reacts very strongly to praise or disapproval from Chade and Burrich.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In the ''Tawny Man'' series, his grim demeanor and generally battered features add a good ten or twenty years to his real age.

Stablemaster of Buckkeep, and Fitz's first father figure. He first served under Prince Chivalry, but he was retired from his service after he saved the prince from a boar attack; it crippled his leg instead. He starts the trilogy still recovering from the injury, as well as the injury of being left behind when Prince Chivalry abdicated from the throne and left Buckkeep.
* BrokenBird: Burrich's gruff exterior goes along with an even gruffer past. Being taken into slavery, losing his family, [[spoiler:losing Lady Patience to Chivalry]], then being KickedUpstairs to stable master after [[{{HeroicSacrifice}} taking a hit for Chivalry]] and injuring his knee are just the start of it. Having to take care of the king's Royal Bastard is just icing on the cake.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:His death is what makes it possible for Molly and Fitz to end up together.]]
** Awkwardly, it works the other way around, too--[[spoiler: Molly and Burrich got together only because Burrich believed Fitz really had died, and Burrich finding out differently is what set him out on the quest that eventually killed him.]]
* HandicappedBadass: His lame leg hasn't diminished most of his badass-itude, either.
* ImportantHaircut: When Chivalry dies, he shaves his head and even his eyebrows. Six Duchies tradition is for people to cut some piece of their hair as an offering for the dead, but it's shown that Burrich's shaving is normally excessive for someone of Chivalry's standing.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's famous for his black temper and surly demeanor; that doesn't stop him from being kind to animals and protective of Fitz.
* LoveTriangle: The loser [[spoiler:in one with Chivalry for Patience.]] Later in a role reversal, he's the winner: [[spoiler:in the love triangle between him, Molly, and Fitz.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He tries to deny it [[spoiler: but he's this because of his Wit.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:With Molly; Burrich is at least ten years older than her.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: To Fitz who he does much of the early raising for. [[spoiler:Seemed like he was going to be this for Nettle, but given she was raised believing he was her father and they didn't tell her about Fitz it's not quite this trope.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Seems to get drunk more often later in his life. [[spoiler:He cleans up when he begins living with and protecting Molly, who has a hatred of alcoholism after her abusive childhood.]]

!!Chade Fallstar
The royal assassin before Fitz, and his beloved mentor. Chade is an old, clever, and pock-scarred man who lives in an isolated and hidden room up in Buckkeep.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Chade Fallstar.'' Damn.
* BadAssBookworm: Since he spends most of his time alone, he takes all that time to read and study ancient scrolls and books. Doesn't stop him from being a badass [[spoiler:especially when he comes out of hiding and declares a personal war on Regal.]]
* DisguisedInDrag: As the foul-tempered and foul-smelling Lady Thyme. He points out at one point, after Thyme's "death," that her acidic demeanor and legendary odor were all calculated to ensure people kept a great distance from her, since his abilities in the art of disguise weren't up to creating something that would hold up under any kind of close inspection.
* FakingTheDead: After a long period of absence from the court, everyone thought he was dead. He kept up that charade since it was useful as an assassin. [[spoiler:But he casts it away the instant he believes Fitz is dead, and rises up against Regal.]]
* TheGoodChancellor: Secretly for Shrewd [[spoiler:and then later publicly for Kettricken.]]
* HeroicBastard: Much like Fitz. He's the bastard brother of Shrewd.
* IWasQuiteALooker: When he was younger and before he received his scars. He was also apparently quite the lady's man, and developed that reputation once more once he came out of the shadows.
* MadScientist: He invents gunpowder! His misadventures in discovering gunpowder's *properties* offer a bit of comic relief, particularly when he accidentally blows up Fitz's fireplace because he hadn't yet worked out that it behaves differently under containment.
* ManipulativeBastard: Almost compulsively so. The Fool comments that Chade hoards secrets to himself as a magpie hoards glittering objects, and for little more reason than the having of them.
* ParentalSubstitute: One of the many father figures for Fitz, though the notoriously wooden-headed Fitz takes a while to catch on to how strongly the sentiment is returned.
* ProfessionalKiller: Fitz's mentor in the art of killing.
* TheSpymaster: To the Farseer line. He has spies ''everywhere''.
* TheResenter: Mainly thanks to him being illegitimate and not being taught the Skill. Doesn't stop him from serving his kingdom and his King, but it ''does'' make him very reckless in his training once he finally starts to learn the Skill.

Introduced in ''Royal Assassin''. Fitz's third BondCreature, a wolf that he bought--although it's more like rescued--from a trapper.

He's initially very feral and mistrustful of Fitz and humans in general, after his experiences with the trapper. Fitz initially has no clue what to do with him, or why he even sought out Nighteyes; he keeps him in a remote corner of Buckkeep, at least until Nighteyes becomes old enough to hunt on his own. At least, he was supposed to. Nighteyes soon becomes Fitz's most loyal companion and friend.
* DeadpanSnarker: He ever seems to stop being amused by certain human tendencies. Fitz has a hard time keeping a straight face when Nighteyes nicknames new encounters, on occasion, too, especially when he refers to Starling as the "howling bitch" for her singing.
* NobleWolf: Fitz's most loyal companion and friend.
* TimeDissonance: He experiences time slower than humans. [[spoiler: When Fitz takes possession of his body then goes back to his, he barely remembers having been human.]]

!!The Fool
->'''a.k.a. (spoiler for other trilogies) [[spoiler: a.k.a Amber, Lord Golden, Beloved, the White Prophet''']]
As the name suggests, the Fool of King Shrewd's court at Buckkeep. He has a sharp and acid wit, and is fond of teasing people. He takes a special interest in Fitz, and often drops him cryptic hints and suggestions.
* AmbiguousGender: With the successful cross dressing, people assuming that he is female even when he's dressed like a male, not taking off even his shirt in front of Fitz, and his refusal to state his gender firmly, it's no wonder many readers are not sure what gender he is. He's usually referred as male for convenience's sake and because Fitz refuses to believe he's anything but male.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In the first trilogy he is only called the Fool.
* TheFool: What he masquerades as most in the first trilogy and the role that gives him his most common nickname.
* HasTwoDaddies: He reveals to Fitz that it's his people's custom to have two daddies and one mommy in a family.
* HeroicAlbino: In the first two books; he starts to darken to the color of ivory in the third one. It turns out to be a natural trait of the White Prophets; they undergo a feverish illness that leaves them with darker skin when they recover as they bring their visions of the future to fruition. [[spoiler:The only other White Prophets we see have either the pure white skin, for one who never achieves her visions, and coal black skin, for a White Prophet who had long ago completed his life's works.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Lord Golden, Amber, the Fool, and the White Prophet.
* MindScrew: There must be a reason why some of the characters believe he's female, but if he's male how did he manage to pass as a female in a sentient ship [[spoiler: when Ophelia knew right away that Althea was female]]? But if he's female then how Fitz wouldn't noticed at the end of ''Fool's Fate''?
* NonSpecificallyForeign: He comes from another country than the Six Duchies, has an albino's skin tone and features described as alien, and comments on how weird certain aspects of their cultures are to him.
* TheJester: For most of the first trilogy. Prodding at Regal's fragile ego earns him the man's spite in particular.
* MadOracle: [[spoiler:The majority of the apparent madness does not only seem to be due to the particular style of prophecy, but also is pushed by the character to keep enemies in the court at bay. Who would consider a mad fool a threat?]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Apart from an overall darkening appearance, he doesn't seem to age much. Since the former white prophet is still around, this is also probably a case of Really700YearsOld.
* PrettyBoy: He's considered to be really pretty as Lord Golden; he was more freaky looking than pretty when he was an albino. The Fool's delicate (almost alien) features are described as creepy coupled with the Fool's albinism but attractive and exotic with Lord Golden's ivory skin.
* TheGadfly: When he finds out that Starling thinks he is in love with Fitz regardless of his gender, he flirts with him outrageously in her face, aware of her attraction for Fitz. This leaves Fitz exasperated, Kettle amused and Starling [[{{Understatement}} less than pleased]]. What makes this count is that he is fully aware that [[IncompatibleOrientation Fitz would never return his romantic advances]].
* {{Tsundere}}: He can be awfully teasing and sarcastic, especially to Fitz but when they see each other again in ''Assassin's Quest'' he's nothing but sweet.
* UnrequitedLove: Loves Fitz absolutely, with his entire being. Fitz, who is straight, balks at the thought of sleeping with him...[[spoiler: at least until near the end when he realizes that theirs isn't necessarily a sexual love]].
* WholesomeCrossDresser / SweetPollyOliver: Not sure what gender exactly he's cross dressing as, although he looks more manly when he's dressed as a female than when he's male.

!!Molly Chandler
Fitz's childhood friend; although back then, she was known as Molly Nosebleed thanks to the beatings her father always gave her. When she and Fitz meet again, she's become a proud young woman who's taken control of her father's ailing candleshop.
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: Marries Burrich thinking Fitz was dead.]]
* AbusiveParents: Her father. Who also doubles as AlcoholicParent.
* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler:Even if she did fall in love with someone else first.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: When pregnant, she asked Burrich to seek an abortive plant but the latter convinced her to keep the baby.
* MamaBear: However, it takes a while for her to get used to it and become this trope.
* OfficialCouple: With Fitz [[spoiler: but then later with Burrich, years after they think he's dead. Then Fitz again, ''more'' years later.]]
* ShesAllGrownUp: Fitz's reaction when he sees her in a dress.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger.

!!Chivalry Farseer
King Shrewd's first son and Fitz's dad. He was King-in-Waiting before Verity but decides to abdicate and remove himself from the court after Fitz is revealed to be his bastard son.
* CatchPhrase: "It's too late to apologize, I've already forgiven you". Borrowed later by his widow Patience.
* DisappearedDad: Fitz never gets to meet him, but spends much of his early life being compared to him.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Patience, who was very reluctant to accept his courtship.
* TheExile
* MeaningfulName: A tradition among Six Duchies nobility, as they believe that a virtuous name will bless the child with that virtue. They certainly weren't wrong with Chivalry; fathering Fitz is one of the only actions attributed to him that's less than upstanding.
* PosthumousCharacter: He dies very early in the first book.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Well, Fitz did get his looks from him.

!!Verity Farseer
A prince of the Farseer line, second son to King Shrewd, and Fitz's uncle. He becomes King-in-Waiting after Chivalry abdicates from the throne, and only very reluctantly.

* TheAce: He felt that his elder brother Chivalry was one, and had been entirely content with the thought of spending his life serving his elder brother. He was driven to tears of gratitude to learn Fitz saw him the same way. Given what Verity ended up doing[[note]]Carving a skill dragon by himself, and very nearly completing it, when that's a task that normally requires the combined effort and Skill of a coterie, possibly with centuries of life behind them. All that with minimal training in the Skill, having to figure it all out for himself, and that after a journey through hostile territory, harried by deadly enemies.[[/note]], Fitz was pretty damn well right.
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[spoiler:With Fitz, who gives him one last night with Kettricken.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He gives up his whole self to breathe life to his carving of an Elderling, and to save the Six Duchies from the Red Ship Raiders.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The people of the Six Duchies don't like him that much since they can't see that he's doing anything against the Red Ship Raiders; he spends all of his time cooped up in his tower rather than showing his face to the public or getting personally involved in the fight. However what he's really doing is Skilling the Red Ship Raiders away, and no one can see the effects since they'd rather account the raids that do happen rather than the raids that don't. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that Regal later enforces the bad publicity against Verity, either.]]
* HumbleHero: Felt that he was not up to the job of being King-in-waiting, but he stills performed the job admirably well and gained the loyalty of many.
* TheMentor: To Fitz, whenever he has the time, on matters of Skilling.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With Kettricken, but only after some time.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: A royal who actually does quite a lot, to be more precise. For the sake of the Six Duchies, he [[spoiler: deliberately wasted himself Skilling, undertook a long and dangerous journey, and ultimately sacrificed his life by pouring himself into the dragon which would come to his Kingdom's defense.]]
* TheWisePrince: Fits the trope very well, although the melancholy only comes later, when he becomes increasingly hidden away in his tower rather than hunting and walking amongst his people.

!!Regal Farseer
->'''a.k.a Regal the Pretender'''

Another prince of the Farseer line, the third son to King Shrewd, and half-brother to Chivalry and Verity. His mother is Queen Desire, Shrewd's second wife, who comes from a highborn family from an inland duchy. He inherited his mother's scorn for his older brothers, who he considers lower in rank to himself since their mother came from a lower nobility. He has even more scorn and hatred for Fitz, who, as a bastard, comes from an even ''lower'' mother.
* ArchEnemy: To Fitz. Bear in mind that the first three books cover Fitz's life from childhood 'till he's in his twenties, and consider that for nearly all of that these two have despised each other, mostly on account of Regal being an evil, spoilt, murdering bastard.
* BadBoss: Will murder his own men to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness conceal his crimes]] [[spoiler:and will torture them [[MindRape with The Skill]] when they [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]]], though at times he seems to be doing it ForTheEvulz as well.
* BigBad: Technically part of a BigBadEnsemble with the Red Ships, [[spoiler:but he's the one where ItsPersonal and the Ships would have been less of a threat were it not for his machinations and willingness to commit murder and treason against his own family and kingdom, sabotaging the war effort for his own ambition.]]
* BigBrotherBully: Acts this way toward Fitz (although he's his uncle, not brother) when he's a child. After Fitz reaches adolescence, things become much worse.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He's known for being nice and funny in the court which makes him more popular than his brother.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: His penultimate fate.
* BreadAndCircuses: His style of rule, and to a lesser extent how he cultivates enough popularity to take the throne and cast Verity as a villain.
* TheBully: To Fitz, when they were both children. When he usurped the throne, he carried the same tendency to a greater extreme.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Verity and Chivalry's Abel's.
* TheCaligula: Prince Regal fits this to a tee, complete with decadent parties, a drug habit, gladiators fighting for his amusement and a sadistic penchant for ColdBloodedTorture.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Hides the fact that he has The Skill from the rest of his family, and more importantly that he and Galen have access to old books about its advanced techniques which were thought lost to the world.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Death by ferret, the bond-mate of a Witted one that Regal put to death. It tears out his throat one night while he sleeps.]]
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Though partly due to prejudice against them, he's willing to sacrifice the coastal Duchies--''half the kingdom''--to the Red Ships and murder his way through his family in the middle of a war if it will put himself on the throne. And he ignores the Red Ship threat when he gets it, as well as the economic crisis it has brought about, simply content to be king.
* DirtyCoward
* DrugsAreBad: Is a drug addict, much like his mother, who doubtless got him into the habit.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: His mother is probably the only person he ever loved and cared about. By contrast, he couldn't give a shit about his father or anyone else in his family [[spoiler: with the possible exception of his bastard half-brother--on his mother's side of course--Galen.]]
* TheEvilPrince
* EvilUncle: To Fitz, though neither of them like the fact that they are related and few people bring it up much.
* GreenEyedMonster: Spent his youth being jalous of the honors of his older brothers.
* HateSink: Big time. He's a massive jerk, a self centered coward, a bully and a racist yet Fitz can't openly be against him because he's still Shrewd's son.
* ItsAllAboutMe: With the exceptions of his mother and half-brother, everyone else can go piss up a rope as far as Regal's concerned.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even in his ordinary, day-to-day life when he's not trying to usurp the throne, Regal is an utter bastard. Even if he wasn't the BigBad, you still wouldn't like him, because he's just that unpleasant.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted; it looks like he's going to be this [[spoiler: before suffering CruelAndUnusualDeath.]]
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Fitz finally blasts him with one in the ending of Assassin's Quest, leaving him imprinted with a slavish loyalty to the ''rightful'' Farseer line-Kettricken and her unborn son. It doesn't last long before LaserGuidedKarma catches up to him once and for all.]]
* PrettyBoy: He still has the Farseer looks, but he's built on more delicate lines than his relatives and lacks the heavy muscle of the outdoorsy Verity.
* RoyalBrat: Starts out as one, but later he becomes worse. Much, much worse.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Responsible for King Shrewd's death. If Fitz had the common decency to [[spoiler:stay dead,]] he'd probably be a Self Made Only Child as well.
* SmugSnake: No where near as clever or as powerful as he thinks he is; the only reason he gets away with all that he does is that half the kingdom is incompetent and buys into his [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good publicity]], and the rest are far too busy dealing with the war against the Red Ships, that and lack of evidence and the fact that he is royalty. His reign ruins the kingdom due to him being a lazy, callous and drug-addicted psycho.
* TheSociopath
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The only reason he gets away with anything is that Fitz can't prove anything and the people are easily duped by him, mostly because he serves as a rich and flamboyant contrast to the moody and serious Verity (though Verity has a [[WarIsHell very good reason to be moody and serious]]). Essentially, Regal encourages them to forget about the war, which is how he gets to be so popular.
* WouldHurtAChild: Tried to kill Fitz [[spoiler: and later his baby daughter.]]

!!Galen and his coterie
* DrillSergeantNasty: Galen. Not the "really for your own good" kind either. His training style is meant to psychologically break the trainees so that he can mold them into weapons fanatically loyal to Regal... except for Fitz, who he's just out to straight psychologically break for its own sake.
* FaceHeelTurn: Most of the coterie who managed to stick with it, but especially Serene, who was a rather nice girl before Galen's training broke her mind.
* GenerationXerox: After Galen's death, Serene takes his place as teacher of The Skill. Fitz is astonished at how similar she has become to Galen in both attitude and appearance, even taking on behavior and dress that remove her femininity.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Of a sort. Serene and Justin are both tactless with the Skill, and Justin isn't even very good at it. That suits Will just fine - he's very good with the Skill, and Serene and Justin help him stay unnoticed.
* VillainousLegacy: Galen is dead by the end of the first book, but much of what Regal and his Coterie do over the following two books involves plans that Galen hatched or made possible while he was alive.

Daughter of King Eyod of the Mountain Kingdom. She enters into an arranged marriage with Verity to seal an alliance between the two nations.
* TheHighQueen: became one after the timeskip, with Chade's help.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ShipTease: There are lots of small hints across the books that she is attracted to Fitz, but she never confesses or acts on it.
* StayInTheKitchen: She comes from a culture where women, even royals, share in combat and heavy manual labor, even more so than in the Six Duchies. She resents bring cooped up in a tower making tapestries (considered a winter activity) when she could be , at he very least, stitching sails for the fleet of ships being built. Partially Justified in that both her and her unborn child are targets for assassination and Fitz is doing his darnedest to protect them and the stability of the whole kingdom.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Particulary evident in [[spoiler:''The Tawny Man'' trilogy, where she keeps her public facade calm and collected while she privately confides in Fitz and Chade how afraid she is about Dutiful's disappearance.]]

!!Lady Patience
More or less Fitz's adoptive mother, and Chivalry's widow. She's small, willowy, and scatterbrained, constantly flitting between interests and hobbies. Lives in Withywoods on Chivalry's estate until later, when she comes to Buckkeep largely to watch over Fitz; while she's hurt by Fitz's existence, particularly in that she herself is most likely barren, she also loves him as the son she never was able to bear and is one of the few figures in Fitz's life to have only his well-being at heart.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: [[spoiler:At the start of the third book as the unofficial Lady of Buckkeep.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: She's known to be weird.
** ObfuscatingStupidity: She might know more about whats going on than she lets on. [[spoiler: When Fitz "dies", she's begs Regal to let her bury him but before he's buried she takes care of his wounds. She admits later that she knew that he wasn't dead. She also takes control of Buckkeep after Regal abandons it.]]
* GeniusDitz / DitzyGenius: She's either one or the other, but she's definitely more capable than many people realize.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: As the Lady of Buckkeep, she maintains the traditional seat of Farseer power, rallies the people of the Duchy, and generally kicks ass.
* WickedStepmother - Averted, she really loves Fitz and believes him to be the son that she should have had.

!!Starling Birdsong
A wandering minstrel Fitz encounters during his travels in ''Assassin's Quest.'' She picks up on his true identity and resolves to follow in his path, seeking to make a song out of his story so great as to buy her a place of security even into her old age.
* BabiesEverAfter: She was supposedly sterile, but she got pregnant by her husband.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. After her rape, she takes herbs to abort. They failed the first time, and taking a bigger dose the second time, against the herbalist's advice, is what left her (almost) completely infertile.
* FriendsWithBenefits: With Fitz. Not uncommon among the minstrel folk, at least by reputation.
* MeaningfulName:
* TheBard: Her eventual goal. As a wandering minstrel her life is destined to become harsher as her beauty, voice, and health eventually begin to wane, and so she seeks a position as a permanent court-bard to avoid that fate.
* UnrequitedLove: Was in love with Fitz, but he only ever had eyes for Molly... [[spoiler:and was too emotionally crippled after Assassin's Quest to form that kind of attachment, anyway.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Marries a minor noble but still sleeps with Fitz until Fitz finds out. Starling isn't especially bothered about it and blames Fitz for being upset about it.

A mysterious old woman Fitz encounters in his travels. She takes an immediate, and unusual, interest in him, and often seems to be more than she appears to be. [[spoiler:She's actually the last surviving member of a centuries-past coterie of Skill users, wandering the earth in penance after she murdered her sister in a quarrel over a man and broke their coterie apart.]]
* TheExile: [[spoiler:For killing her twin sister.]]
* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler:She's at least some 200 years old at the start of ''Assassin's Quest''.]]
* SiblingTriangle: Kettle was part of one in her past [[spoiler:which lead to her exile.]]


[[folder:Characters Introduced In The Liveship Traders]]
!!Althea Vestrit
* BreakTheHaughty: While she's a skilled sailor and a far more suitable heir to her father than Kyle, she doesn't know as much as she thinks she does, and it's only after about a book and a half of humbling experiences that she's really ready to lead a crew.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: She realizes too late that she can't ask a captain to provide a reference for her when she's been fooling him for months into thinking she's someone else.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: A twist, in that her near-twin is not her brother but her nephew.
* SweetPollyOliver: She has to pose as a boy named "Athel" to be hired on most ships.
* {{Tomboy}}: To the distress of her mother and older sister, as sailing has become a completely male profession.
* TheUnfavorite: Considers herself to be such when Ephron leaves ''Vivacia'' to her SmugSnake of a brother-in-law.

!!Brashen Trell
* SelfMadeMan: Although he was born to a wealthy family, they kick him out for his prodigal ways and he takes to the sea. Under Ephron's tutelage he's built a reputation as an excellent sailor.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Althea. [[spoiler:TheyDo when he becomes captain and she his first mate.]]

!!Wintrow Haven
* AbusiveParents: [[{{Understatement}} Kyle Haven is not a model father.]]
* BadassPreacher: Develops into this as the books wear on.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Looks remarkably like Althea.
* StockholmSyndrome: At first Wintrow just tries to ingratiate himself to Kennit out of self-preservation, but over time his desire to stay on Kennit's good side morphs into genuine (albeit twisted) loyalty.
* StupidGood: Starts out as this. He learns a lesson about it at the hands of some very unfriendly guards.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He was never actually one, but when he needs his finger amputated he decides to pretend he was one to see how Kyle takes it. Kyle didn't.

* GoodLuckCharm: A tiny wizardwood carving of his face.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He views other people entirely in terms of how useful (or not) they are to him.
* ManipulativeBastard: Constantly manipulates everyone and anyone around him, Etta being the most painful example.
* LackOfEmpathy: His POV shows a noticeable sense of detatchment from other human beings.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: One of the reasons why he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity is that he keeps inadvertently helping the people he's trying to exploit, and in the end [[spoiler: by stealing Vivacia and forging a kingdom for his own aggrandizement, then conveniently dying so that someone nobler than him ends up in charge of both, he changes the entire known world for the better.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:He put the trauma from his sexual abuse into ''Paragon'' as he grew up.]] This had the unfortunate side-effect of turning him into a sociopath.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler:He rapes Althea near the end of the story]], cementing that he's beyond redemption.
* SlaveToPR: Carefully and methodically cultivates his public image to the point of obsession. He's quite willing to murder everyone who he suspects has knowledge that would shatter said image.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: People start to think of him as hero when he makes attacking slave ships (and freeing or recruiting their human cargo) his primary strategy.
* VillainousValour: Despite putting himself and his survival as his paramount priority, he does not shy from personally engaging in combat and being quite proficient in it.
* WickedCultured: Connoisseur of fine poetry. Enjoys philosophical debates with Wintrow.

* Action Girl: holds her own in combat
* Ethical Slut : Happily promiscious she doesn't hide her apetites

[[folder:Characters Introduced In The Tawny Man]]

Son of Kettricken and Verity, although Verity was wearing Fitz's body at the time, making him Fitz's blood son. Raised much in the Mountain tradition by his mother.
* BondCreatures: Like Fitz he is Witted and spends much of ''The Tawny Man'' looking for an animal to bond with, much to Fitz's consternation (he believes he is too young for such a commitment). There are several references to a dog in ''Fitz and the Fool'', including at least one that describes it as his "wit-hound", suggesting that he eventually finds what he is looking for.
* TheDutifulSon: Has a few bumps on the way, but is very much this at heart.
* MeaningfulName: As with many of the royal Farseers, Dutiful both subverts and lives up to his name. When we first encounter him he has absconded from court; but spends the rest of the trilogy as TheDutifulSon, doing everything his mother and Chade want him to out of a sincere desire to help his people. Of course it helps that his is a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, at least from his point of view.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Fitz and the Fool'', in terms of his impact on the plot, though it's made clear that he has important problems of his own and is thus perhaps more the HeroOfAnotherStory.
* SorcerorKing: Like most Royal Farseers he is a powerful user of the Skill. He also has the Wit.

A White Prophet from several generations ago, now known as the Black Man who haunts the island on which the dragon Icefyre is entombed. His skin, once albino like the Fool's, has long since gone fully to coal-black as he lived out his cycle as the White Prophet and saw his visions become reality.
* Really700YearsOld

A young man living among the servants of Buckkeep. Born to a mother living among nomadic folk who, it's implied, was rather old, Thick bears physical deformities and mental disability, giving him a very childish and immature attitude and perspective. However, he's also phenomenally gifted with the Skill, perhaps making him the strongest user of that magic seen in the book.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Is very good at making people forget their interactions with him.
* TheLoad: Subverted. At first his PowerIncontinence makes him far more of a hindrance than an asset, but he ends up being the only Skill user strong enough to [[spoiler: rescue Fitz and Nettle from inside Icefyre's mind]], which he does seemingly effortlessly.
* TheRainMan: Most people assume he is a moron (hence his name), but Fitz immediately realises he is a very strong (if completely untrained) user of the Skill.

[[folder:Characters Introduced In The Rain Wilds Chronicles]]

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Thymara’s mother resents her for being alive and marked by the Rain Wilds, and resents her father for rescuing her when the midwife left her outside to die.]]
* LonelyTogether: With Tats, in the beginning
* ScaledUp: Becomes scaled and even grows wings as she becomes an Elderling.
* WingedHumanoid: Thanks to Sintara.

* BewareTheNiceOnes
* DragonRider: His dragon is the only dragon who will allow her keeper to ride her.
* EntitledToHaveYou: [[spoiler: Acts this way with Thymara once he begins absorbing memories in Kelsingra]]
* FearlessFool: He comes off as this quite a bit.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Becomes this in ''Blood of Dragons'' as he merges with a previous Elderling warrior.
* ScaledUp: As with all Elderlings, he takes on dragon traits as his bond with Heeby deepens.

!!The Dragons
* AlphaBitch: Most of the queens bar Relpda and Heeby.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Mercor and Sintara. [[spoiler: They become mates at the end of ''Blood of Dragons''.]]
* BigGood: Mercor is the driving force behind the plot, convincing the dragons to find Kelsingra and take keepers with them. He is always present whenever the main characters need advice.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: They pay little attention to human laws and customs, preferring to follow their own savage natures.
* BreathWeapon: They can breathe acid, though only when they're healthy.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: The dragons' personalities, save for the main characters, seem to change from book to book. Most notably, Spit goes from a docile if dumb dragon to a vicious little shit.
* GiantFlyer: The drakes, once fully grown, especially Kalo.
* TheHeart: Mercor, again. Without him, the dragons would have killed each other and the keepers long ago. He is unusual in the respect that he cares almost as much for the humans as he does for the dragons, at least in the first two books.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Sintara's main reason for acting so snobby and superior is that she secretly despises herself for being forced to rely on humans.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Most of the dragons are extremely narcissistic, but Sintara takes the cake.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kalo is outwardly aggressive and vicious, but secretly he does care for his fellow dragons and his keepers.
* MixAndMatchCritters: They're dragons, but they appear to be feathered and spit venom the way cobras do.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: You know that Silver is important when just a drop of it makes ''Spit'' start talking sense.
* PetTheDog: Although they fundamentally consider their keepers to be lesser beings, most dragons bar Sintara do seem to have varying degrees of affection for them. And even Sintara is surprisingly kind to Thymara during ''Blood of Dragons'', though she had an ulterior motive.
* TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies: The dragons claim they have the right to take humans and exploit them as they see fit simply because they're better in every way imaginable. They also think humans should be grateful for this.
* SurvivalMantra: "Kelsingra!"
* TechnicolorEyes: As they grow, their eyes develop a whirling, multi-colored, hypnotic effect.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The dragons actually don't particularly like each other very much, but they do accept that they need to work together to reach Kelsingra.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Before taking a name, Spit was actually quite docile and shows distress at discord among the dragons. Afterwards, he's easily the nastiest of the bunch.
* TookALevelInKindness: Sintara in ''Blood of Dragons'', once she no longer depends on Thymara.
* TheVoiceless: Heeby can speak, but she's never heard to do so in text.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Many forms of this are present throughout the series. Some people consider dragons to be nothing more than vicious talking animals, and it's all right to slaughter them for their meat, while people who have spent any time at all with dragons know this to be nonsense. The dragons themselves have this with the less intelligent members of their group; they refuse to consider pre-awakened Relpda and Spit as dragons at all.

[[folder:Characters Introduced in Fitz and the Fool Trilogy]]
!!Bee Farseer
* TheAce: Despite being slow developer (physically), Bee proves adept at many things she's tasked with at a young age - such as artwork, reading, gardening, bee-keeping, candle-making. She's also sharp and intelligent. Bee possesses some ability with [[spoiler: the Wit, extreme sensitivity to the Skill, and has powerful White Prophet dreams.]]
* AllTheOtherReindeer: The other children bully and shun her, while their parents feel uncomfortable around her.
* CuteMute: As a very young child.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Fool's Assassin'', the Servants kidnap her, believing her to be the Unexpected Son.]]
* ElectiveMute: Once she is slightly older, particularly after her tongue is 'loosened' and she's able to form coherent sentences. Bee worries that now being able to talk will only make others shun her more.
* HasTwoDaddies: Possibly even three, technically. [[spoiler: The Fool reveals that it's customary for his people to have two fathers, and that he is also Bee's father, due to the extremely close bond he's had with Fitz. One could also include 'Wolf Father' - the aspect of Nighteyes that Bee sometimes speaks to.]]
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: [[spoiler: It gets you kidnapped, your friends/household raped, abused and murdered, yourself hit, poisoned and starved... and that's all ''before'' she arrives at the hellhole of Clerres.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The Servants are all looking for the 'Unexpected Son'... which they take to mean Bee.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: In a surprisingly short space of time, Bee [[spoiler: is beaten by other children, loses her mother, meets a dying messenger and helps her father dispose of the body, almost gets kidnapped by a beggar who her father then stabs - before rushing off through a Skill pillar with him. Then she gets kidnapped for ''real'', by people that brutalise her household and kill some of her friends. She escapes her captors only to be betrayed and caught again, and is then pulled through a Skill pillar with them.]] Quite a lot for a small child to handle.
* WaifProphet: She's a young girl who looks even younger, and possesses the [[spoiler: dreams of a White Prophet.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: At the age of nine, she still physically resembles a five year old.

!!Shun Fallstar
->'''a.k.a [[spoiler: Shine Fallstar]]'''
* AbusiveParents: Her mother, who treated Shun like a cash cow. When her father stopped paying up, Shun's mother held her hostage and blamed her for her step-father's sexual interest.
* AlphaBitch: She has an abrasive personality, and a constant need for attention. Despite her neglected childhood (or perhaps because of it), she acts much like a spoilt rich brat.
* DaddysGirl: From a young age, she [[spoiler: instinctively skilled out to her father. When she discovers her father's indentity, she dotes on him.]]
* DamselInDistress: After the attack on [[spoiler: Withywoods, she's kidnapped along with Bee.]]
* DisappearedDad: Her biological father is absent for most of her life. [[spoiler: She discovers his identity in ''Fool's Quest'']]
* ItsAllAboutMe: She seems to think that everyone else's lives and actions revolve around her. When Fitz discovers his nine-year-old daughter has wandered out of the inn without him knowing, he immediately goes to search. Shun's reaction? (paraphrased) 'Bee can take care of herself, now please go tell that waiter off for ignoring me.'
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: During the Withywoods attack, she is raped twice by the Chalcedeans. Fortunately, Bee is able to save her from a third assault.]] Combined with her step-father's abusiveness, it seems to have put her off men for life.
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Shun and Lant become very close, before discovering that they are half-siblings.]]
* UnfortunateNames: 'Shun'. It's later revealed that her father named her [[spoiler: 'Shine']], but her abusive mother twisted it.

->'''a.k.a [[spoiler: Lantern Fallstar]]'''
* AbusiveParents: His father is neglectful and his step-mother tries to have him killed so her own sons can have a better advantage. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that Chade is his biological father... so it's only Lant's non-blood parents who are abusive.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Part of why he joins [=FitzChivalry=] on his assassination mission is because he feels like he failed to protect Shun and Bee from the Chalcedeans and Servants.]]
* TheDeterminator: Regardless of being beaten, stabbed or brainwashed, he will complete a mission if he's set his mind to it.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: He idolises [=FitzChivalry=], and wants to surpass Chade's image of him as a son.
* PrivateTutor: Chade sends him to Withywoods for his own protection, under the guise of a tutor.
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Shun and Lant become very close, before discovering that they are half-siblings.]]
* UpperClassTwit: In [=FitzChivalry's=] chapters, the narrative often focuses on Lant's foolishness - both the snobbery and childishness.

->'''a.k.a [[spoiler: Spark]]'''
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Her mother named her Spark and Ash - Spark as her true self, and Ash as her false identity.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: Much to the dismay of Fitz and especially Perseverance, 'Ash' turns out to be a girl.]]
* SonOfAWhore: [[spoiler: Spark was raised in a brothel by her mother, and was taken into Chade's care when her mother was murdered protecting her.]]
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler: She was raised from birth to believe that she was a boy, for her own protection. As Chade's apprentice, she continues to operate as a boy when she's 'Ash', and a girl when she's 'Spark']]
* UndyingLoyalty: To the Fool, after befriending him. Ash considers him an unsung hero for his actions in the earlier trilogies, and even accompanies him [[spoiler: on a dangerous mission through Skill pillars to kill the Servants.]]

* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Bee. He's one of the few Withywoods children to be kind to her, and once she lands in trouble, [[TheDeterminator he'll stop at nothing to help her.]]
* BookDumb: He struggles with his lessons, and doesn't see the value in it.
* NoSell: During the attack on [[spoiler: Withywoods, he is able to resist the compulsion that leaves all the other residents docile and brainwashed. He's also unable to hear the whispering around the Skill pillar]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Bee, and by extension, Fitz. He even [[spoiler: follows Fitz through a Skill pillar on a suicide mission to get revenge for Bee's 'death'.]]