'''Captain William Laurence'''\\
Main (human) character and primary narrator. Initially skipper of the HMS ''Reliant'', where Riley was his Second Lieutenant, he became captain of dragon Temeraire nearly by accident. However, he and Temeraire quickly became inseparable.
* AFatherToHisMen: Cares greatly for his crew and is very considerate of them, whoever they may be. For a more close to literal, foster-like relationship, there's his relationships with Temeraire, Emily, Dyer, Demane, and Sipho. (Emily in particular, possibly due in part to his relationship with her mother, comes to see him almost explicitly as a father figure.) In the Navy, he had a reputation for being a good captain for midshipmen because of the care he takes for their education; he eventually gets this reputation again in the Aerial Corps for the interest he takes in his midwingmen and cadets.
* BrokenAce: During ''Victory of Eagles.''
* ButtMonkey: Half the humor is the petty indignities Laurence gets subjected to.
** There's a RunningGag through the first couple of books where Laurence is presented with an unusual social situation and immediately assumes something scandalous is happening. He mentally chastises himself for jumping to conclusions, only for the other characters to embarrass him by cheerfully confirming his first impressions.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** In ''His Majesty's Dragon'', he's straight-laced, excessively polite and easily scandalized by socially ambiguous situations. His CatchPhrase could be "duty", since he manages to work the word into every other sentence; "duty" is probably mentioned here more times than in all the other books ''combined''. By ''Crucible of Gold'', he's largely informal with his friends and colleagues and not critical about things like mixed-race or homosexual couples. While he's polite to his acquaintances, he won't hesitate to be rude and[=/=]or sarcastic if they offend him or his friends. He also flat out states that he will never again follow orders that conflict with his personal sense of justice.
** Lampshaded by Lawrence himself in ''Blood of Tyrants'', after he [[spoiler:regains his memories]]. He muses that the man he was eight years ago would have placed his duty above ''everything'', up to and including his personal happiness and the welfare of his friends. The man he is now, however, would not allow society's disapproval to prevent him from doing what's right. He's very pleased he has become such a person.[[note]]As for duty: check how many times he mentions it when he's amnesiac and how many times after his memory comes back.[[/note]]
* CourtMartialed: Is tried for treason between books four and five for [[spoiler:giving the cure for the dragon plague to France]] and found guilty.
* DeadpanSnarker: During the course of the series, he gradually loses his straight-laced attitude and develops a sense of humour, often dropping sarcastic one-liners.
* EnsignNewbie: While he is an experienced naval officer and leader of men, Lawrence finds himself very reliant on his subordinates insofar as the fine points of aerial combat are concerned for some time.
* TheFettered: Laurence will outright refuse to do anything he feels is dishonorable and he will always follow orders. If the two things are at odds, he'll feel absolutely miserable and try to convince whomever's giving him the orders not to do it. He veers into TheUnfettered in ''Victory of Eagles'' and ''Tongue of Serpents'' [[spoiler:after he's discharged; he willingly uses dishonorable and dirty tactics to win the war in England, then outright refuses to follow Rankin's orders in Australia to murder the rebels. Somewhat snapped back after he's reinstated in ''Crucible of Gold'' although even there he says to Temeraire that he will refuse to follow any orders that he finds immoral.]]
* FishOutOfWater: At the beginning of the series, he had no idea how to function in the Air Corps, and is rather dismayed at the level of informality common amongst aviators. Later, he is excruciatingly uncomfortable as [[spoiler:the Emperor's adopted son.]]
* HatesSmallTalk: Inverted. Laurence really enjoys conversation and finds a great deal of pleasure in formal dinners and social events.
* HeelRealization: Twice over. ''Throne of Jade'' and ''Black Powder War'' both open his eyes on his beloved country's barbaric treatment of dragons. The second time is coming to terms with [[spoiler: the magnitude of his betrayal]].
* TheHero
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:His treason against Britain.]] He knew the personal consequences before he did it, but after seeing the [[spoiler:King, who was already ailing and now is completely insane, apparently driven mad by the invasion of Britain]], he becomes a DeathSeeker. For a while it really looks like he's crossed the DespairEventHorizon, but by the end of the book HesBack, having accepted that he did the right thing and he'll just have to endure being despised.
* HonorBeforeReason: Epitomizes it and it constantly causes immense problems for him.
** In ''Black Powder War'': Laurence finds himself in a position to flee the [[spoiler: doomed campaign to defend Prussia from France]], thereby getting Temeraire and his men out of danger and back on their original mission. However, he feels that doing so would be pretending they could do nothing more to help, so he decides to stay until Warsaw falls and everyone starts scrambling for the coast.
** [[spoiler:And then there's the critical point of this principle on the plot, which haunts him in later books: averting genocide by giving the cure for the dragon plague to the French, saving thousands of dragons in the process, but also committing treason against his country. When Jane chews him out for not simply bribing someone else to do it in secret, he responds that it would be treason either way.]]
** By the point of ''Crucible of Gold'', when he takes it upon himself to [[spoiler:flatly refuse to help a potential ally put down a slave rebellion]], his fellow aviators more or less just shrug and go "Well, it's Laurence, what did you expect?"
* HumbleHero: Laurence disliked flashy clothing even before his exile, and dislikes putting on airs even when by rights he might be entitled to them. This is one difference between his worldview and Temeraire's that is largely played for laughs, since if Temeraire had his way Laurence would be decked out in jewels at all times.
** Laurence can be so humble he doesn't understand it's almost a character flaw in him. Beyond his tendency to try RiskingTheKing (see below), he is completely unaware or disdainful of the idea that he is in any way special except to Temeraire and/or as being the companion of a very special dragon. This despite [[spoiler:being a war hero several times over, an adoptive prince of China, helping find the cure to a deadly plague, stopping attempted genocide-by-bioweapon, forging a truce with at least one hostile nation, helping spark at least one civil rights revolution, seeing more of the world in the 19th century than most people in the 21st century do, and winning the admiration of Napoleon twice over.]]
* IRegretNothing: Even [[spoiler:before his memory comes back]], he tells Temeraire that he wouldn't change any of the choices he made, [[spoiler:treason included]].
* KnightInSourArmor: After five books of trying to explain some things to Temeraire and realizing how many laws and beliefs he takes for granted are actually terrible when he says them out loud, seeing that Britain treats dragons horribly, diplomatic intrigues, and realizing what lengths the Admiralty will go to for the sake of victory, Laurence has become quite a DeadpanSnarker--in ''Blood of Tyrants'', he finds it quite plausible that England would deliberately fuel the opium trade in China. Despite this, he retains his personal sense of honor and his fierce loyalty to Britain.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Takes a blow to the head in ''Blood of Tyrants.'' He forgets the previous eight years of his life, meaning he remembers nothing of Temeraire or his time as an aviator and still thinks he's the captain of the ''Reliant.'' A more accurate portrayal than is typical in fiction, as [[spoiler:his memory returns in fits and starts and even when it returns, there are holes he suspects will never be filled.]]
** AmnesiaDanger: Emotional rather than mortal danger. As a result of his amnesia Laurance thinks of Temeraire as pleasant company at best, and without the knowledge of everything the two have sacrificed for each other he keeps making blunders that strain their relationship.
* LawfulStupid ''and'' StupidGood: Laurence's actions at the end of ''Empire Of Ivory''. This is made quite clear when [[spoiler:Admiral Roland tells him in ''Victory Of Eagles'' a simple thing he could have done other than being a stiff-necked idiot, which would have had the desired effect of saving the Continental dragons without getting himself branded as a traitor]]. Although given his comments when Jane makes that suggestion, it strongly hints he would have gone right ahead with his big show of insubordination even if he had thought of it, making this more HonorBeforeReason. He notes it would still be treason either way, though when Roland points out that if he'd done it the "smart" way it would have at least saved his loved ones a lot of heartache it does strike home.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: [[spoiler: Unless they're about to start a campaign of biological terrorism...]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:...but that cure directly led to the invasion of Britain]].
* NeatFreak: From the point of view of other aviators, who are happy to go around in wrinkled coats while he carefully stows his things in bandboxes and is so pained by Jane's haphazard packing that he's compelled to do it himself.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Laurence is a well-mannered son of a Lord who much enjoys dinner parties and high society, and he also has a reputation as a fighting captain in both Navy and Aerial Corps.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Emily Roland, Demane and Sipho.
* RiskingTheKing: An admirable habit for a naval captain, but outright idiocy in one of the Corps, according to his new colleagues--a dragon will damn all orders to save an endangered captain, and if Laurence ''died'' Temeraire would be out of commission for a good while (if not permanently) from grief, if he didn't just kill himself avenging Laurence. It takes ''years'' for Laurence to stop instinctively putting himself on the front line and even then he doesn't ''like'' staying out of harm's way (especially when his last line of defense during a boarding operation is often his middies and ensigns, who in the Corps are usually children).
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Unsurprisingly, given Laurence's character. [[spoiler: It's one reason why he refuses to give up Temeraire to China and Yongxing. When Napoleon offers him political sanctuary and rich rewards for delivering the remedy for the dragon plague to the French, Laurence abhors the notion.]]
* SoProudOfYou: From the most unlikely source he could imagine and for the action that caused him the greatest pain in the series: the Emperor of China (who incidentally adopted Laurence as a son to keep peace between Britain and China) and Lung Tien Qian (Temeraire's mother) both praise him for [[spoiler:delivering the coughing fever cure to the French and the rest of the world, including China]].
* SupportingProtagonist: The series centers on Temeraire and his adventures. Laurence is nearly the {{Deuteragonist}}: he serves as Temeraire's mentor and closest friend, provides exposition, and due to the lack of rights dragons have, often answers for Temeraire's actions.
* TenMinuteRetirement: He decides to just roll with being in exile and set up a permanent dragon pavilion at the end of ''Tongues of Serpents'' but ''Crucible Of Gold'' opens with him being called back into service.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Hugely in the fourth book, and he keeps being dogged by this for the rest of the series. [[spoiler:When the British government plans to spread a plague among the French dragons that will likely spread to kill off most of the dragons in the world, he feels morally compelled to bring the French the cure, even though it's an act of treason against his own country.]] And after all that, he's ''still'' Lawful enough to [[spoiler:go right back to Britain and let himself be arrested for it. Indeed, he expects to be executed for it, and rejects merely going into voluntary exile to save his skin. He transgressed and had to face the music.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Laurence is a younger son of Lord Allendale, who disapproves of almost every action Laurence has taken ever since he ran away from home to join the Navy. Laurence has long since made his peace with this strained relationship; usually he'll simply try to find a way to avoid his father's ire where possible. Their relationship warms a little in ''Empire of Ivory'' when Laurence returns from China with a thoughtful gift and a newfound willingness (urged on by Temeraire) to help the British abolition movement... but this hopeful trend is shattered when Laurence's treason coincides with (or perhaps aggravates) a sudden failure of his father's health.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In League of Dragons [[spoiler: after the guards run to rescue Napoleon Laurence chooses to rescue Napoleon's son from the burning palace rather than escape]].

'''John Granby'''\\
Lt. Granby was initially hostile to Laurence, as he was friends with the aviator chosen by the Corps to perform a hostile takeover of Temeraire's affections. However, once they had flown together in action, they got their bickering sorted out and he became both NumberTwo and close friend to Laurence. In this capacity he also became captain of Iskierka, a fire-breathing Kazilik, in ''Black Powder War.''
* BlingOfWar: At Iskierka's insistence and to his mortification. Granby (or rather Iskierka) owns three or four dress jackets, only one of which he can wear with any sense of humility, because the others are so covered in ludicrous gold frogging, jewels and other massive decorations that they're too heavy to wear.
* ButtMonkey: [[http://demonbunny.deviantart.com/art/Temeraire-Granby-Moments-92047108 Poor Granby!]] He has it rough even by comparison with Laurence. He nearly got killed with extreme regularity as a member of Temeraire's crew, and then he became the KidWithTheLeash to a fire-breathing LeeroyJenkins, with all the perils that implies. [[spoiler: After losing his arm - and giving his dragon an ultimatum - things seem to have improved for him. If only because it was time for Laurence to be the ButtMonkey again.]]
* FireForgedFriends: He's rude and passive-aggressive to Laurence all over Loch Laggan, but after the formation is ambushed on the way to Dover and they prove their mettle to each other, Granby makes a formal (and then much less formal) apology for being such a 'scrub'.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Has lost an arm by the end of ''Crucible of Gold''; is no less awesome.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: PlayedForDrama. He feels deeply uncomfortable that he has basically no control over Iskierka, and feels like he's a terrible captain as a result.
* TheLancer: To Laurence.
* StraightGay: Revealed in ''Crucible of Gold'' when [[spoiler:Iskierka arranges for a marriage with the Inca Empress, then blabs about his relationship with Little.]] (Aside from a certain informality in the way they address each other, mirrored with Laurence's relationship with Tom Riley--see below--there are no hints given to Granby's orientation before the reveal.) Laurence, to his credit, never makes a big deal of it (as he's quite familiar with the HelloSailor phenomenon).

'''Tenzing Tharkay'''\\
Half English and half Nepalese, Tharkay is an exceptional guide and translator. Due to the era's views, however, he cannot follow his father into English politics, and feels unwelcome in his mother's nation--and, for that matter, wherever he goes.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In-universe. Westerners have a hard time telling his ethnicity other than that he's not white. Laurence at first mistakes him for Chinese due to his brown skin and dark hair and eyes, but decides he probably isn't because he doesn't have epicanthic folds.
* DeadpanSnarker: His dry and sarcastic humor initially makes Laurence mistrustful of him.
* FamousNamedForeigner: Ang Tharkay and Tenzing Norgay are probably the two most famous Sherpas.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Unfortunately, in this time, there isn't much he can do about it.
* MrFanservice: Tharkay, very much so. A [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], mixed-race wanderer with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]], who trains birds of prey, speaks several languages and has some HoYay with the main male character? Checks all the boxes.
* ParrotPetPosition: He keeps birds of prey (an eagle and later a kestrel) and often puts them on his shoulder. (RuleOfCool applies here, as in real life it would probably immediately peck out his eyes.)
* TheSnarkKnight: He's a smart dude who's justifiably weary of other people (specifically Englishmen) and social institutions, which he lets on through a heavy dose of sardonicism. He's much more noble than he lets on, though.
* StealthHiBye: He makes a habit of this, which is rather disconcerting when he is guiding people through a desert and the like. This is intentional, as he would rather be openly mistrusted for good reason than [[HalfBreedDiscrimination passive-aggressively mistrusted for a bad one]].
* TheUnfettered: The one upside to being unacceptable in Western society.
** Yet subverted at one point in ''Victory of Eagles.'' [[spoiler: When Laurence prepares to engage in dishonorable guerilla warfare, Tharkay points out that a gentleman can temporarily sink into savagery and be regarded as a desperate hero, but someone of Tharkay's background would simply be exterminated.]]

'''Tom Riley'''\\
Naval captain of the HMS ''Reliant'', Riley inherited his ship from Laurence. Later takes on the ''Allegiance'', a huge ship built specifically to transport dragons.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He dies trying to save the ''Allegiance'' from sinking in ''Crucible of Gold''. Depending on your feelings, this may be an AlasPoorScrappy moment.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He was this to Laurence prior to capturing Temeraire's egg, and they still remain close friends after Laurence goes to the Corps--the relationship is significantly strained in ''Empire of Ivory'' when they go to Africa, however, and are unable to politely avoid the topic of slavery.
* NobleBigot: Due to his father owning slaves and several plantations, he's an adamant proponent of slavery. He at one point outright calls a black woman sub-human. Despite this, he's shown to be an otherwise-good person. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', he finally relents on it.]]
* OfficerAndAGentleman
* ShotgunWedding: Played with: he ''insists'' on marrying [[spoiler:Harcourt]], even though she thinks it's no big deal.

'''Matthew Berkley'''\\
Captain of Maximus.
* TheBigGuy
* BoisterousBruiser
* BrutalHonesty: He has no sense of (or at least care for) tact and will often spout the pressing but highly impolite question that everyone else has on their minds (like who the father of Harcourt's impending child is).
* LargeHam: Which is why when in ''Empire of Ivory'' [[spoiler: he isn't hammy, that the reader knows the dire straits Maximus is in]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Berkley typically comes across as stoic and brusque, but Maximus is his one enormous weak spot.
* TheStoic: Tends not to talk much (at least by Laurence's standards), as he says what needs saying in as few words as possible with little politeness or flowery language.

'''Catherine Harcourt'''\\
Captain of Lily, one of the Longwings who will not accept anything but female captains. Her gender (and that of other female serving officers) is a closely-guarded secret of the Aerial Corps.
* ActionGirl: She's an excellent captain and good at hand-to-hand combat, too.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Starting in ''Empire of Ivory'', which sees her increasingly pregnant while running around Africa and getting captured by dragons there]].
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:After she gets the news that Riley died.]]
* HostageSituation: Gets caught in one at the end of ''His Majesty's Dragon'' when Choiseul tries to kidnap her and Lily; it ends with a brawl between him and Laurence, and her clonking Choiseul over the head.
* TheLadette: Like many other female aviators, although given how inexperienced she is in the first book it takes her a little while for her to achieve it.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: While none of the female aviators are particularly feminine, Harcourt is the only one who, post-puberty, still passes for a young boy without close inspection.
* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from being a ShrinkingViolet in Book 1 to being the unquestioned leader of the formation in Book 4.

'''Augustine Little'''\\
Captain of Immortalis.
* TheQuietOne: He doesn't talk much, which makes him almost TheGenericGuy in the first half of the series. Laurence describes him as having a poetic, dreamy air, often lost in his own world.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: He's having a liaison with Granby. This isn't hinted at at all before it's mentioned.]]

Captain of Dulcia.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Seems to be very close to Little; [[spoiler: although the "heterosexual" part doesn't apply to Little.]]
* {{Keet}}: One of the younger captains, energetic and nearly constantly cheerful.

'''Jane Roland'''\\
Captain of the Longwing Excidium. Roland serves as the ReasonableAuthorityFigure for the Aerial Corps. She and Laurence developed an informal romantic relationship, which grows increasingly complicated by outside events.
* ActionMom: To Emily.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Her relationship with Laurence comes off as little more than a strong affection on Roland's part, until [[spoiler: Laurence sees in ''Victory of Eagles'' exactly how pained she is by his betrayal. She later lays into him - not for the treason, which she approves of, but because he did it in a way that not only ruined the careers and lives of others but left him under a sentence of death]]. In ''League of Dragons'' [[spoiler:they seem to rekindle their relationship after years, and both appear quite content with things as they are]].
* TheBusCameBack: She was prominent in the first book, again in the fifth book, and lastly in the ninth.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: She has a big, conspicuous scar down the left side of her face from some long-ago battle.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: It seems like any time we get news of her adventures elsewhere, she's winning some hugely important battle.
* LadyOfWar: Raised and trained to command one of England's most formidable dragons. However, she'd rather be an officer than a gentleman - she finds it difficult, and a bit silly, to mingle with high society.
* TheLadette: She is ''far'' more mature than the usual frat-boy-with-a-vagina archetype, but she is neither particularly ladylike nor gentlemanly, especially by [[RegencyEngland early 19th century standards]] of such.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To Laurence, as a senior captain, companion to a crucial and experienced dragon, and the mother of one of Laurence's officers.
** FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:And when she takes over from Lenton, the Aerial Corps as a whole. Though she briefly got busted down in ''Victory of Eagles'' because of sexism and her ties to Laurence, she was quickly reinstated when it became clear she was far and away the best option and Wellington refused to work with any other choice.]]
* UnequalPairing: If anyone told her it was unseemly for an Admiral to [[UnusualEuphemism ride subordinates to foundering]], she did not pay much attention. The only consideration she gives is that she refuses a marriage proposal from a subordinate entirely on the basis that if she vowed to obey she could hardly give him orders.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Of a sort, with Wellington; despite Wellington's abrasive personality and Roland's blunt forthrightness, they both share a respect for competence and levelheadedness--which both possess perhaps more than any other British officers.

'''Emily Roland'''\\
Jane's illegitimate daughter, who is being groomed to take over Excidium when her mother retires. She doesn't know who her father is (Jane doesn't much care), and on at least one occasion she has been mistaken as ''Laurence's'' natural daughter, to his embarrassment and Jane's amusement.
* ActionGirl: As would be expected. Lampshaded in the eighth book, when she starts teaching her chaperone Mrs. Pemberton how to use a pistol and the latter remarks that Emily is a more capable protector than herself.
* ChildSoldier: As a daughter of an aviator, she got put to the Corps early.
* HeirClubForMen: Inverted, thanks to Longwing preferences.
* IsThatCuteKidYours: Lord Allendale is under the impression she is his son's biological daughter. Lawrence cannot explain without embarassing both himself and his father, not to mention revealing a secret of the Aerial Corps. Later, Lady Allendale sends her jewelry. Naturally, Jane finds the misunderstanding incredibly amusing.
* ParentalSubstitute: She may consider Laurence "churchy" and "stuffy"[[note]]in ''Blood of Tyrants'' [[/note]], but he's the closest thing to a father she ever had--and like many teenagers, she veers between resentment, admiration, and affection.
* PluckyMiddie: One of Laurence's most capable (and luckiest) officers.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Or rather, she's getting there fast--and causing Laurence a lot of headaches.
* {{Tomboy}}: To the extent that, at least before she hits puberty, several people (Laurence included) assume she ''is'' a boy.

'''Henry Ferris'''\\
Promoted to Temeraire's 2nd Lt. in ''Throne of Jade'' and 1st Lt. in ''Black Powder War'' after Granby becomes Iskierka's captain. Gets dismissed from the Corps in ''Victory of Eagles'', a scapegoat for [[spoiler:Laurence's treason]]. As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he follows Laurence around the world.
* DrowningMySorrows: In ''Crucible of Gold'', Laurence notices his face bears the tell-tale marks of a heavy drinker. Fortunately, he gets better.
* FieryRedhead: Inverted. He's got auburn hair, but temperamentally he's gentle (barring battle) and soft-spoken.
* IRegretNothing: When asked directly, he says he would rather have been hanged for doing the right thing ([[spoiler:giving the cure to the French]]) than viewed as a lying coward.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Lawrence hoped he would be safe if he didn't know what Temeraire and the captain planned; he was wrong.
* ModestRoyalty: He's from a noble family both very old and extremely rich, if the size of the family manor[[note]]built sometime after the Crusades[[/note]] is any indication. You'd never realize it from the way he acts.
* TheScapegoat: Since the Board can't hang Laurence until the war is over, they settle with his first lieutenant's dishonorable discharge from the Aerial Corps.
* SkilledButNaive: He's a competent aviator but his lack of experience occasionally causes problems in a position of command. When Granby is injured in "Throne of Jade" and Ferris as second lieutenant becomes responsible for keeping the crew in line, he has no idea how to stop the aviators from arguing with the sailors; later on, once Granby becomes Iskierka's captain, Laurence worries that his youth will be an issue in a position of command (he's nineteen at this point.)
* ThrowTheDogABone: In ''League of Dragons'', Laurence [[spoiler:makes the price of his accepting command of the allied aerial forces in the eastern front Ferris being reinstated to the Corps. This is not just out a general sense of justice but because if Ferris, who was wrongly convicted, was still locked out of the Corps after Laurence, who actually committed the crime, was not merely accepted back but ''promoted'', it would be even more unfair to him. (Laurence attempted something similar to get Ferris his place back in ''Crucible of Gold'', but had much less pull at the time.) In the conflict, Ferris finally earns command of a dragon...in the Prussian air force.)]]
* TookALevelInCynic: When he reappears in "Crucible of Gold", he seems significantly more cynical (it's possible he sees the British government as a BrokenPedestal for what they did to him.)

An African child who aids Laurence during the adventures of ''Empire of Ivory''. For lack of any other option, Laurence ends up taking him and his brother Sipho home with him to Britain, where they become members of Temeraire's flight crew.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Very protective of his brother, to the point that as they grow up Sipho finds him a bit overbearing.
* BloodKnight: Demane is easily provoked, and enjoys combat.
* ChildSoldier: Although by the standards of aviators, he actually started relatively late.
* [[FallingIntoTheCockpit Jumped Into The Cockpit]]: Nobody else wanted the seemingly-deformed hatchling.
* FieldPromotion: Essentially. He goes from being a PluckyMiddie to [[spoiler:the captain of a dragon, even though there are going to be difficulties in getting the Corps to acknowledge this]].
* HotBlooded: He has a quick temper and a tendency to get into fights if he's not kept busy.
* MadeOfIron: He takes a stab wound in the gut, which a ship's physician says should kill him, but manages to fully recover, possibly due to the resilience of youth.
* ParentalSubstitute: He may not show it due to his independent nature, but he respects Laurence for the protection he offers to him and Sipho. When the captain is [[spoiler:lost at sea and presumed dead in ''Blood of Tyrants'']], he's worried the other aviators will send the two kids back to Africa and try to take Kulingile away from him.
* PuppyLove: He develops a strong affection for Emily Roland, and becomes extremely jealous when given reason. Emily reciprocates his feelings but is a lot more pragmatic - she doesn't see a point in a relationship that will be doomed by circumstance.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Laurence feels compelled to keep Demane with him, since he and his brother don't have anything to go back to, in no small part due to the actions of Laurence and the rest of the formation.

An African child who followed his brother Demane with Laurence's crew.
* BadassBookworm: Unlike Demane, he takes to his studies like a fish. By his early 20s, he's already publishing accounts of his adventures with Laurence and Temeraire. And while he's no soldier, neither is he timid or weak.
* ChildSoldier: Although he's done less soldier-ing than either his brother or Emily have.
* ForegoneConclusion: Sipho will survive the events of the story to become a scholar. One of his works also shows that the Tswana will ultimately broker a peace and it's implicit that Britain becomes less racist by the time Sipho begins to publish his works.
* NostalgicNarrator: Zigzagged. Sipho writes at length about the adventures of Temeraire, but only in a scholarly context, and he doesn't seem to be the {{Narrator}} proper (not least since he wasn't around for events of the first three books). However, his works overlap with the novels and ''Tongues of Serpents'' is presented as being at least in part his account of the events in the novel, due to his map prefacing the story.
* ParentalSubstitute: Both Laurence and Temeraire look out for him and make sure he's properly educated.

'''Admiral Lenton'''\\
The commander of the Dover covert in Book 1. [[spoiler: After Obversaria's death, he is put on a quieter post and Roland takes his position]]
* CollateralAngst: [[spoiler: Obversaria's death and Lenton's breakdown sets a grim tone for Book 4]].
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The death of Obversaria shatters him]], and he has to step down from his position.
* PutOnABus: He's [[spoiler: transferred to the quieter Edinburgh covert after his grief over Obversaria begins to affect his health, and we don't hear from him again.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Helped Laurence find his feet and get acclimated to the different culture of the Aerials Corps in the first book. He also had [[spoiler:no objections to Laurence manhandling Rankin when Levitas was dying]] and was rather surprised that Laurence even apologized for it.

'''Jeremy Rankin'''\\
A captain raised more conventional, to society's beliefs--meaning he treats dragons as beasts of burden and sneers at anyone who seeks civil rights for anyone.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Caesar is Rankin in a dragon's body.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: At first, Laurence takes a liking to him because he's the only aviator who acts polite and friendly to Laurence when he first arrives, and he assumes the reason the other aviators avoid Rankin is because they're uncomfortable around someone who acts upper-class. Nope; it's because Rankin abuses his dragon and is a snobby JerkAss to the other captains. The sheep's clothing is entirely off by ''Tongues of Serpents''.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A direct inversion. He's got golden hair which the dragons admire (even Temeraire admits it's quite nice to look at) but he's also a selfish jerk.
* {{Jerkass}}: He comes from old money and has been raised to believe dragons are inferior to men and are to be bullied and disciplined into submission (an outdated mode of thinking, but one that is still supported by the admiralty). His neglect of his dragon, and his refusal to allow anyone to interfere, leads to [[spoiler: his first dragon, Levitas, almost being left to die alone after being fatally wounded in action]]. In the sixth book he shows up in Australia announcing [[spoiler: he's to be given a new dragon. Fortunately, Caesar is strong-willed enough to have his own opinions, clever enough to manipulate Rankin into giving him what he wants, and materialistic enough that all he really wants is lots of food and treasure and and a wealthy captain who can provide it]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: In the sixth book, Rankin is sometimes [[OnlySaneMan the voice of reason]]. A dismissive and insulting one, but the voice of reason nonetheless.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the form of Caesar, who refuses to be treated like a dog, even naming himself. Granby gleefully notes that Rankin is going to have a lot of trouble managing him. (As it turns out, he and Rankin get along well, Caesar able to perform deference while holding his own and Rankin more than able to meet Caesar's material desires while getting a dragon who is obedient and respectful.)
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides his attitude towards how dragons ought to be treated, there's also his classism towards the other aviators, his racism towards Tharkay and Demane in the sixth book, and possibly sexism judging by some aspects of his interactions with Harcourt in the first book.
* RichBitch: Male example. A lot of his attitude comes from upper-class entitlement.

'''Arthur Hammond'''\\
Introduced in the second novel as the primary diplomat sent to China on behalf of England. After the events of that book, served for some years before being called away to enlist Laurence and Temeraire in resolving a crisis in South America.
* AssInAmbassador: Reversed trope, where he annoys ''his'' side.
** {{Ambadassador}}: ...and then there's this trope too. At one point, the delegation comes under physical attack and he urges them all to flee. When Laurence refuses (for fear of losing Temeraire), Hammond [[LetsGetDangerous seizes a sword and helps out]], fighting [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass fiercely if without finesse]] and earning Laurence's immediate respect.
* FunctionalAddict: The Inca give him coca leaves to chew so he doesn't get airsick. From then on and into the next book, he's always looking for some when the situation gets stressful. (Which is all the time.) It doesn't hamper his diplomatic abilities, though.
* HiddenDepths: He's not afraid of dragons. ''At all''. Most Westerners turn tail and run when they see one; Hammond quite casually talks with Temeraire, going so far as to reprimand him for his less than tactful comments about the Chinese.
* ImplacableMan: Has deliberately cultivated this reputation. People may not like him, but everyone knows he can get a job done.
* LetsGetDangerous: When an attack is imminent, he's not afraid to grab a sword and fight alongside the battle-hardened aviators.
** In "League of Dragons, after [[spoiler: Dobrozhnov shoots early during the duel and wounds Laurence]], Hammond's reaction is to coldly propose they ''fight to the death.'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It's touching, in a weird way.]]

Introduced in ''Black Powder War'', Dyhern is a Prussian officer who works closely with Laurence, and while Dyhern is at first a little condescending to what he sees as a lack of British discipline, events conspire to change his opinion.

* MildlyMilitary: Along with the rest of the Prussians, inverts this hard; the Prussians are seen, at least by Laurence, as the embodiment of proper military discipline and bravery. Indeed, it is this adherence to classical training and tactics that makes it possible for Napoleon's unconventional maneuvers to overwhelm them.
* TakeAThirdOption: Coaxes a young Russian peasant girl to marry him as opposed to kindly if somewhat disgraced Ferris, who isn't certain he really wants to marry her; or the scummy Russian nobleman, who clearly plans on using her for his own desires before leaving her. He apologizes to Ferris for swooping in as he did, but notes that Ferris is still young and still has many chances ahead of him; Dyhern is an older officer.
* UndyingLoyalty: Though he escapes captivity, and works against Napoleon's interests in Russia, Dyhern is despondent from Eroica's uncertain fate and Prussia's crushing defeat. Apparently inspired by Laurence and Temeraire not having given up the fight, he agrees to go along with them to fight Napoleon's invasion of Russia--and then when finally reunited with Eroica thanks to Temeraire's actions, it's clear he considers them all friends for life.

Introduced in ''Tongues of Serpents'', he's one of the aviators sent to Australia along with three dragon eggs to start a new covert. As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he's Temeraire's 1st Lt.
* AlwaysSecondBest: To Ferris.
* ParentalAbandonment: He's a foundling from Dover.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Temeraire gives him a hilarious one in ''Blood of Tyrants'', explaining why he's not too fond of him:
-->'''Temraire''': ''(to a dumbstruck Forthing)'' Why will you not buy a shirt? Even if you do not buy a particularly decent one, you might buy something clean; and that coat is nothing like green: not at all. Whoever could wish to acknowledge you as a connection in any way when you look like an untended scare-crow? The hands before the mast have a neater appearance, and I know that Laurence has given you a hint, now and againó
* TheUnfavorite: As a first generation aviator, he didn't have much chance of promotion in England; hence, the trip to Australia. When he gets promoted to first lieutenant, Temeraire doesn't like him, entirely because of the ungentlemanly, indeed shabby way he clothes himself.

'''Hannah Erasmus/Lethabo'''\\
Wife of the preacher Mr. Erasmus, who along with her husband accompanied Laurence on the Allegiance in "Empire of Ivory." She was formerly a slave, kidnapped from the Tswana people as a child. [[spoiler: After her husband is killed, she decides to stay with the Tswana with her children.]] We later see her [[spoiler: in SOuth America working to send escaped slaves to live with the Tswana.]]
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler: Decides to stay with the Tswana instead of going back to England, feeling she and her children will have a better life there.]]
* MeaningfulRename: After she [[spoiler: returns to the Tswana]] she prefers to be called Lethabo.
* SilkHidingSteel: A mild-mannered wife of a priest, who ends up [[spoiler: helping Laurence and co. escape captivity and then helps return escaped slaves to the Tswana tribe, despite resistance from the Portuguese government.]]


[[folder:Historical Domain Characters]]
'''Horatio Nelson'''\\
A genius naval commander and one of Britain's finest military minds.
* TheCharmer: Presented as a charismatic sort who can even talk a dragon who has every reason to dislike him into enthusiastic swapping of war stories.
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:One of the architects of the plan to spread the dragon plague to France. Laurence considers this, even more than his support of slavery, a MoralEventHorizon.]]
* ForWantOfANail: Zigzagged. Dragons mean that Trafalgar played out somewhat differently--Nelson is wounded by dragonfire, but survives and becomes a national hero who significantly changes the course of British policy regarding slavery. But then, InSpiteOfANail, [[spoiler:he dies in a naval battle off of Britain's coast when Lien sinks all but one ship in his fleet]].
* GlorySeeker: At one point Laurence points out that Nelson loves glory no less than Napoleon does: he's just pursuing glory in a way Laurence applauds. Nelson is quite aware of his own flaw:
--> '''Lord Nelson:''' "I have never heard anyone say that I love glory less than other men."
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Played straight and defied. Nelson survives in the novels when he died in RealLife and consequently goes on to greater military success, but is also a staunch advocate of slavery (as he was in real life).
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: By Lien]].
* TheRival: {{Invoked}} by British newspapers, as he and Laurence are both popularly-regarded military men who have contributed greatly to Britain's fight against France, but fight in different services and disagree on the issue of abolition. In reality, Nelson and Laurence admire each other (Laurence in particular feeling he in no way compares to Nelson's genius), and Nelson even invites Laurence and Temeraire to campaign with him at one point.

'''Napoleon Bonaparte'''\\
The Emperor of France, formerly a nobody from Corsica. He is the main antagonist of the story, since it covers the entire of the Napoleonic wars, although he rarely appears and has no personal issues against Temeraire and Laurence (indeed, he greatly admires them). It's only war.
* AffablyEvil: He's shown to have charm, is kind to his people, capable of accepting new ideas and having almost not a single prejudice. He is "evil" because he turns his considerable talents to conquest and war for the sake of his own ego.
* AntiVillain: Sure, he plans to conquer all of Europe through military force, but he's also genuinely interested in improving the lives of his citizens, and has been steadily granting dragons more and more rights and freedoms ever since [[spoiler: Lien became his ally.]] Although it's strongly implied that politics or PragmaticEvil is behind a lot of these decisions, it causes the British aerial corps to feel certain doubts when the enemy is the only side upholding rights for dragons. On a personal level, he deeply cares for his wife despite it being an arranged marriage, and in ''League of Dragons'', [[spoiler:when his palace is burned by Ning, he rushes into the burning building in search of his son, heedless of danger to himself]].
* AppealToNovelty: Laurence ([[UnreliableNarrator who is of course biased]]) accuses Napoleon of being radically progressive.
* TheCharmer: For all the mocking Laurence and Granby do of his habit to try to talk people to his side, he is potrayed as quite possibly the most charismatic man in the entire world. This had allowed him to create one of the most cohesive (and loyal) military forces in the world, several international alliances with anti-western forces and [[spoiler: managed to win the appreciation and loyalty of Lien, a xenophobic Chinese dragon, in a matter of weeks--and it's not merely mutual goals; by late in Black Podwer War she has started to become fondly protective of him]]. It borders in magic.
* FrontlineGeneral: Different from other generals in the world, he fights and lives with his men, which has allowed him to create an almost paternal bond with his army. By ''Crucible of Gold'', though, it's starting to take its toll on his health.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire franchise, from Laurence and Temeraire's meeting to every full-on war they face, traces its source to him one way or another.
* GlorySeeker: Said to be his primary motivation.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Subverted. He is not only a genius military commander but a forward-thinking liberal who, [[TruthInTelevision as he did in our version of history]], has done a great deal for equal rights ([[spoiler:though as mentioned in Crucible of Gold he has reinstated slavery in at least some French territories after a brief period of abolition]]). He's still trying to conquer Britain, so Laurence and Temeraire oppose him on principle, but there is respect accorded to all, and Laurence admits to Temeraire (somewhat uncomfortably) that no mere monster could have accomplished what Napoleon has. Of course the whole "conquering the world" and "conquering Britain" part neglects the well-attested historical fact that it was England who broke the Peace of Amiens in 1804 (which Napoleon had negotiated) and declared war on France after refusing to honor the terms of its treaty for a year, and as such they, and not Napoleon, started UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars.
* TheStrategist: While not invincible, he is feared as the greatest military genius in the entire world and had steamrolled army after army in the western world. This is largely because he's continuously coming up with innovative new strategies and tactics that, by virtue of being innovative and new, cannot be directly countered. He:
** [[spoiler:builds airborne troop carriers for his first attempt at invading Britain, and likely would've succeeded if not for Temeraire and his divine wind]]
** [[spoiler:abandons traditional formation-fighting at Lien's advice, defeating the renowned Prussian dragon corps not by direct combat but by boarding and capturing all their heavyweights]]
** [[spoiler:ties pouches full of fragrant herbs into his horses' bridles, preventing them from smelling dragons and panicking, and thus letting him use cavalry in conjunction with his aerial corps]]
** [[spoiler:deals with the British naval blockade by spearing them with dragon-sized harpoons and physically pulling them out of position]]
** [[spoiler:massively increases the mobility of his army by incorporating Chinese-style dragon transportation into the march]]
** [[spoiler:develops beef jerky for dragons to feed his invasion of Russia, decentralizes his supply lines to protect them from attack, and invents the chainsaw (powered by dragons!) to build fortifications at an incredible rate]]
* WorthyOpponent: By the end of the series considers Laurence one, almost verging into FriendlyEnemies territory. Laurence is less comfortable with the idea, presumably due to his own humility, but he still has respect for the man's genius and accomplishments.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Since [[spoiler:Laurence brought the cure to France]], Napoleon has never missed an opportunity to thank him, be it with words or actions. Whether this is genuine gratitude or an attempt to sow discord among Laurence's allies is left ambiguous. It could easily be both, as he seems quite happy to finally repay a willing Laurence by [[spoiler:commuting Tharkay's sentence for spying from death to imprisonment, at Laurence's request]].

'''Chrétien-Louis-Joseph de Guignes'''\\
Bonaparte's ambassador to China, and later to other countries.
* AffablyEvil: He's unfailingly polite, and he and Laurence first meet on a positive note. [[spoiler: The relationship is damaged, come ''Crucible of Gold'', when logistical and security concerns force him to strand his captives - Laurence, Temeraire, and the rest of their companions - on a deserted island with no hope of escape until the French come back for them, with just enough supplies to stay barely alive.]]
* AssInAmbassador: Thoroughly averted at first, thanks to his charm, charisma, and courtesy, up until [[spoiler: the aforementioned stranding.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: Quite so. He couches his [[spoiler:plan to strand Laurence and company]] in the politest terms of most ''sincere'' regret.
* FriendlyEnemies: He has a polite and supportive relationship with Laurence, despite their being political enemies. After the events mentioned under 'AffablyEvil', he is not upset at his own plans being foiled, or at least doesn't show it.

'''Marshal François Joseph Lefebvre'''\\
Napoleon's most affable Marshal. Appears briefly in ''Black Powder War:'' his fate after ''Victory of Eagles'' remains unknown.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Although he's on the enemy side, Lefebvre is depicted as a down-to-earth man with a broad sense of humor, particularly when the joke's on him.
* HiddenDepths: He may seem like a comical buffoon, but Napoleon doesn't choose Marshals for their ability to make him laugh.
* JustFollowingOrders: He suggests that Danzig surrender to him, since ResistanceIsFutile, and offers very generous terms. Though, as he adds to Laurence, "Sorry, but [[ItsPersonal these terms don't apply to you.]]"
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: All signs indicate that he's NotSoDifferent from the honorable, professional soldiers of Prussia and Britain... although he can certainly afford to be reasonable, given his position.
* RefugeInAudacity: Twice. The military commander of Danzig sarcastically offers to discuss terms of surrender over dinner if Lefebvre enters alone and unarmed - so he does. He's also noteworthy as the only character to give Lien a playful slap on the butt, a distinction we can safely assume is unique.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: He understates his own abilities and significance a few times, with a laugh.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lefebvre is mentioned as being one of the Marshals to lose to the English in ''Victory of Eagles,'' although it's not clear if he was killed or imprisoned or managed to slip away.

'''Arthur Wellesley (Lord Wellington)'''\\
An obscure British general who rises to the occasion during ''Victory of Eagles'' in order to repel the formerly-undefeated Corsican.
* CombatPragmatist: On a strategic scale. [[spoiler: Anything it takes to bring victory one step closer, whether it be good (granting pay and rank to dragons) or vile (encouraging Laurence to engage in war crimes) is within his capacity.]]
* FourStarBadAss: It's the Iron Duke; what do you expect?
* {{Jerkass}}: He's hardly the friendliest person Laurence has met. But also...
** JerkassHasAPoint: He's harsh and abrasive, but more often than not he's ''right''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most brass outside the Aerial Corps do not even try to comprehend it, seeing dragons as DumbMuscle and the aviators as the KidWithTheLeash. Wellesley takes the trouble to listen not just to the aviators but to ''the dragons themselves'', and in the process becomes the first ranking officer outside the Corps to treat them as the sentient beings they are. (Which is not to say he ''likes'' them; he just won't let common prejudice hinder the war effort.)
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He's usually on Laurence's side, but for pragmatic reasons. He has a grudging respect for Jane Roland (their relationship probably starts in this trope too), but he regards Temeraire as a rabble-rouser and Laurence as a NecessaryEvil.
--> '''Wellington:''' I don't know what sort of genius of disaster you are, Laurence, but if you can be aimed at Bonaparte instead of us, you are worth not hanging.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Of a sort, with Roland; despite Wellington's abrasive personality and Roland's blunt forthrightness, they both share a respect for competence and levelheadedness--which both possess perhaps more than any other British officers.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Temeraire says that it's all Iskierka's fault for not listening to orders, Wellington roars at him to ''never'' blame subordinates for the failure of an expedition and that it's his own fault for being unable to control her, a sharp and much-needed lesson in leadership.

Prince Moshueshue of the Tswana, the strategist and war leader of the Tswana. In our timeline, he was King Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho.
* BadassBoast: When Laurence claims, rather lamely, that he believes the multitude of British ships engaged in the slave trade will be banned 'soon', Moshueshue agrees.
--> "We will ban it ourselves," the prince said, the more ominously for the lack of any deliberately threatening tone.
* TheGoodChancellor: Tswana is a dracocracy ruled by [[SheIsTheKing King Mokhachane,]] but Moshueshue is the power behind the throne, and his foremost concern is the welfare of his people.
* GoodCopBadCop: After his 'father' King Mokhachane has Laurence brutally beaten for refusing to reveal military information, Moshueshue waits for Laurence's injuries to heal and then brings him in for a much more general interrogation. He gets a lot more information that way.
* HeelFaceTurn: Justified. After allying with Napoleon for a couple of years, Moshueshue turns on him - not out of moral outrage, but to keep the Tswana from being threatened in the long run by their Incan and French 'allies'.
* NeutralNoLonger: Sometime around the sixth book, Moshueshue brings the Tswana into the wars on Napoleon's side - just for long enough to crush the Portuguese slave-holders of Brazil. After Laurence negotiates a truce by ending the slave trade in Brazil, the Tswana seem sated of war and become a sort of spoiler power. In ''League of Dragons'' [[spoiler:the Tswana prove decisive in the final battle against Napoleon's army, as they believe the French-Incan alliance must be checked so that they can not come back to Africa with aspirations of enslaving the Tswana again]].

'''Governor William Bligh'''\\
A former British naval captain assigned as governor of the Australian penal colony, a position which he seems to be having difficulty retaining.
* ButtMonkey: Or LaserGuidedKarma, depending on one's impression of Bligh. His time in Australia has been a series of setbacks and humiliations: Laurence and Temeraire only make matters worse for him.
* InsufferableGenius: Laurence cannot help but admire his accomplishments as a sailor while despairing of his dickish personality.
* KickedUpstairs: He was assigned to Australia because his reputation in the Navy made him difficult to find a crew for.
* SmugSnake: This is not a particularly flattering depiction of Bligh.



Also known as Lung Tien Xiang, second son of Lung Tien Qian, Temeraire was given by the Chinese to the French and then captured in the egg by the English, with whom he serves [[ThisIsMyHuman alongside]] Captain Laurence.
* TheAtoner: Temeraire feels massively guilty for losing Laurence's fortune and is constantly trying to find ways of getting it back that Laurence would approve of. He flat-out doesn't believe [[HumbleHero Laurence]] when he says it doesn't matter to him.
* CunningLinguist: One of the advantages of being a Celestial is that he can pick up languages very quickly.
** {{Omniglot}}: As of ''Crucible of Gold'', he can speak a variety of languages, if not all of them perfectly fluently. He knows English, French, Chinese, Turkish, German, Xhosa, Durzagh (the language of feral dragons), and Quechua. He later picks up Russian and presumably a smattering of Japanese.
* AFatherToHisMen: Presumably influenced both by Laurance and later the Incan dragons' behavior, Temeraire becomes possessive and protective of his entire crew, unlike many British dragons who don't even learn their entire crews' names. As he becomes an experienced dragon commander, this attitude even begins to extend to his draconic subordinates.
* GeniusBruiser: He's one of the smartest people in the series, has a near-uncanny ability to command the respect and allegiance of both humans and dragons, and is also a heavyweight dragon with insane aerial maneuvering ability and a OneHitPolykill BreathWeapon. Piss him off at your peril.
* GreenEyedMonster: To his displeasure, Temeraire keeps losing members of his crew to become captains for newly-hatched dragons. He's even more possessive of Laurence, to the point of getting cagey at any other dragon that seeks attention from him.
* TheHero: Since the books start with Temeraire as a hatchling, the books are almost a ComingOfAge story for him. His perspective on the world changes the thinking of many around him, and he's excellent at winning new allies who can help him and Laurence deal with whatever problems happen.
* HonorBeforeReason: As much as he doesn't understand Laurence's tendencies for it, Temeraire also holds onto honor, mostly out of a desire to improve the lot of European dragons.
* LightningBruiser: He's big but fast, capable of turning on a dime and even hovering in the air, which most other dragons can't do. To top it off, he also has the Divine Wind; Temeraire, like other Celestials, is a formidable force.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Divine Wind.
* ManChild: As of the third book, he has reached his full growth, but is only 18 months old and has an appropriately simplistic worldview.
* MeaningfulName: In multiple languages!
** The ''Temeraire'' was a French sailing ship which was famously captured by the Royal Navy and put back into service; this has very obvious resonance with our dragon, though this was not Laurence's thought at the time.
** As for the word itself, ''Temeraire'' is the French word for "temerity," meaning "bravery" or even "audacity," two things Temeraire scarcely lacks.
** 龍 天 祥, Temeraire's Chinese name (Lung Tien Xiang by Novik's not-quite-historically-accurate transliteration[[note]]In fairness, nobody really knows which transliteration system would ''be'' appropriate for the time period, but since Novik mixed two of them...[[/note]], Lóng Tiān Xiáng in [[UsefulNotes/ChineseLanguage modern pinyin]]), means "Dragon Heaven Auspicious". While all Celestials go by Lung Tien [Whatever], "auspicious" means "BornLucky" and "promising success." This has certainly proven true for Laurence and England.
* MilitaryMaverick: In Prussia, he's very skeptical of their dragons' rigid formations, and he has little regard for what the Admiralty thinks. But when he plans tactics on his own and flies in formation with dragons, his ideas are usually quite good.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Unlike Laurence, Temeraire isn't inclined to beat himself up over their part in enabling France's invasion of England. What he failed to realise, however, was how thoroughly Laurence would be ruined for it. When Temeraire learns that Laurence's imprisonment left him unable to contest a ten thousand pound lawsuit he nearly has a heart attack. He comes to see the loss as a huge mark against his ability to take care of his captain, and he resolves to find a way to pay Laurence back.
* SpareToTheThrone: Temeraire is a twin. His brother Lung Tien Chuan was assigned to Prince Mianning, heir to the current Chinese emperor, and Temeraire packaged off to avoid his becoming a SpannerInTheWorks. (This sticks Temeraire with an IronicName as well.)
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: When he voluntarily brings his corps of 'free' dragons to aid England in repelling invasion, one of the [[TooDumbToLive stupider]] staff officers threatens to execute Laurence if Temeraire proves disobedient. Temeraire explains that this threat, ordinarily so effective, will doom England instantly if carried out:
--> '''Temeraire:''' I will not let him be parted from me again, and if you ''do'' hang him, then I will take my friends and go; but not back to China. I will go to Napoleon, and I will tell him he may have my territory, if only he destroys you all, and I will give him any help he wants of me to do it. ''Now'' threaten me again, if you like.
* {{Tsundere}}: An extreme type A towards Iskierka; Temeraire's internal narration is full of belittling comments about her, culminating in ''Crucible of Gold'' [[spoiler: where he finally relents and decides to give her an egg.]] Wounded pride also plays a part. [[spoiler:Lien had just revealed that Celestials cannot cross-breed, and Iskierka (being the BrattyHalfPint she is) immediately needles him about his failures in mating. His thought process is less that he likes her and more that she's, well, conveniently available.]] Having said that, he does credit her for the occasions when she pulls her own weight.
* UndyingLoyalty: Like most dragons, he is [[ThisIsMyHuman deeply protective of his captain]] (and unlike many British dragons this eventually extends to his whole crew) which provides an effective source of both pathos and comedy relief.
* TheUnfettered: Temeraire himself has some qualities of TheUnfettered, although this may be more a case of TrueNeutral or even BlueAndOrangeMorality. He has no sentiment of patriotism [[spoiler: (at least until his CharacterDevelopment in the fifth book)]], no innate drive to be helpful toward humans he's never met, and no particular dislike of France or Napoleon. Like most of the dragons of England, he only helps the British to keep ''his'' humans happy. His efforts to reconcile his attitude and [[LawfulGood Laurence's]] for the sake of their friendship gives the series a philosophical aspect.
* WarriorPoet: The tendencies are encouraged by Laurence's habit of reading to him, and when he visits China it's set.

'''Lung Tien Lien'''\\
An albino dragon--white is the color of death in traditional Chinese culture, and is considered horribly unlucky. Despite being one of the very few Celestials available to the nation, Lien was treated as an outcast... until a prince named Yongxing took pity on her, and [[UndyingLoyalty the two became inseparable]]. Too bad Yongxing was plotting to have Laurence killed, which Temeraire of course wasn't going to stand for...
* BadassBookworm: As a Celestial, Lien was exempt from taking the civil service examination. She took it anyway and became the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuangyuan zhuangyuan]] of her cohort.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Napoleon. They have different goals--she's out for vengeance and he's a conqueror--but since she wants vengeance on a pair of Brits, their goals fit hand-in-glove.
* BrokenAce: In China, thanks to her albinism.
* DefrostingIceQueen: The few brief interactions we see of her with Napoleon suggest that she is beginning to care for him to some degree, even if not to the same extent as she did for Prince Yongxing. Presumably, despite the difference in their goals, she admires humans of great ambition, vision, and ability.
* TheDragon: Quite literally, to Prince Yongxing and later Napoleon.
* DragonLady: Taking this trope from the Chinese point of view--fierce, powerful, and ''smart'', she quickly secures an alliance with the person most likely to help her make Laurence and Temeraire's lives an absolute hell. Her battle strategies are extremely effective and while she has little experience she is clearly a student of personal combat as well.
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:After Yongxing dies, she goes into exile to join Napoleon for a chance to utterly destroy Temeraire and Laurence.]]
* EvilAlbino: In China the color of her scales are looked upon as unlucky, but many people and dragons outside of China find her color admirable and beautiful.
* EvilCounterpart: To Temeraire.
* MakeMeWannaShout: She also possesses the divine wind, and knows how to use it better than Temeraire as well.
* MinoredInAsskicking: Direct combat is viewed as beneath Celestials in China, so prior to her encounter with Temeraire, while she had presumably studied it, she had zero experience with it. (She outmaneuvers him in their duel at first, but his cunning and experience begin to tell, and she is unused to pain from combat injuries.) After she allies herself with Napoleon, she quickly revolutionizes warfare tactics in France, refines her Divine Wind, and becomes much more of a martial threat.
* OutOfFocus: Despite her stated desire to see Temeraire and Laurence [[ToThePain suffer]], she hasn't done a whole lot in recent books (though her influence on France's dragon breeding techniques is becoming apparent). For the most part, Napoleon drives the plot. In ''Blood of Tyrants'', she's believed to be keeping an eye on Napoleon's newborn son, but in ''League of Dragons' joins Napoleon in his battles as the situation becomes more desperate towards the end.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Her arrival and alliance with Napoleon has revolutionized and improved the lot of every dragon in France, and most of them regard her with hero-worship, calling her the White Queen. This doesn't extend to the humans of France.
* WickedCultured: She's a scholar in various fields, and her knowledge comes in great use for Napoleon.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: She's ostracized for being an albino in China, and only one person ever shows her any affection. [[spoiler:When he dies, she has ''nothing'' to live for but revenge.]]

An elderly Malachite Reaper who acts as the chief trainer for British dragons at Loch Laggan. Unique in the Corps for having ''no'' human "captain" assuring his loyalty.
* TheMentor: Celeritas acts as the tutor for many of Britain's fighting dragons.
* MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave: Celeritas' first two captains, served the Aerial Corps faithfully, so he continues to serve even though, having rejected the captain they proposed for him, he would normally have been retired to the breeding grounds.
* OldSoldier: He was once a fighting dragon like the rest of the Corps, but he couldn't take the field if he wanted to, unless he accepted a human captain.
* OpenSecret: His role in training is generally known in the Aerial Corps, but kept secret from the other branches of the military (and, as far as possible, from the ObstructiveBureaucrat types in the British government.)
* PutOnABus: He drops out of the series after "Empire of Ivory," having gone into retirement during the plague. This might be because the British government finally caught on, although Temeraire feels a personal responsibility for having tricked him when they [[spoiler:steal the cure from Loch Laggan]]; alternately, having borne up under the deaths of his captains, the deaths of so many of his friends (many of whom would likely have been students) during the plague, he might have decided to be shot of the whole business.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While he trains dragons in the traditional ways, he has no objection to new concepts. He also turns a blind eye, when he feels it necessary.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Celeritas' undisputed skill in training young dragons quickly and effectively is seen as highly unusual and laudable, and the Aerial Corps [[NobleBigot Corps' human members]] accept it without question, but they don't ever consider him as evidence that dragons should be considered equals.

A Regal Copper, the largest breed of dragon available to Britain (though French Grand Chevaliers, and sometimes Petit Chevaliers as well, are known to rival their size). Like his captain Berkley, Maximus can be grumpy, but their hearts are in the right place.
* TheBigGuy: Maximus takes this position for granted. When he encounters Requiescat in ''Victory of Eagles'', the two almost instinctively come to blows--not even out of anger, but simply because this is what happens when adult male Regal Coppers first meet. (As Requiescat notes fondly, female Coppers are even bigger, but it's "different with girls".) Then, when [[AlwaysABiggerFish Kulingile]] shows up, there's a certain amount of friction.
* BrutalHonesty: He seems to have picked this habit up from Berkley, and sometimes uses it ''on'' Berkley, like when he points out that Berkley's too thin and ill himself worrying over the dragon plague.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: Maximus is so big he has trouble with the concept that anything could be a danger to him. Consequently he tends to underestimate serious threats, referring to a virulent plague as "a cold" and a cannonball to the chest as "a scratch."
* WithCatlikeTread: Makes a brief and extremely unsuccessful attempt at stealth in ''Empire of Ivory.''

A Longwing, one of a breed that spits acidic venom, much prized in Britain due to their lack of firebreathers. Lily is typically the center of any formation so that she can deploy her ranged attacks unmolested.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Among friends and family, Lily is a complete creampuff. In the center of a ground attack formation, she is an unholy terror.
* TheChick: She's not aggressive and often acts as a mediator when Temeraire and the other dragons in formation are getting on each others' nerves for one reason or another.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Zig-zagged. Lily ''is'' a huge acid-spitting dragon, but personality-wise she is very sweet and gentle, almost ladylike.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler:Protests very openly with Harcourt's marriage to Riley, and is even jealous of Harcourt's son.]]
* HollywoodAcid: It's green, it smokes, and it can burn through warships. There's an offhand mention in one book about how a tiny splatter of it on the foot can be lethal. (Then again, given what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrofluoric_acid Hydrofluoric acid]] can do, that last may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.)

A Grey Winchester, one of the small speedy dragons used for courier services. Of course, his master is Rankin, so you can imagine how well he's treated.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:[[spoiler: Well, emotionally, in Rankin's]].
* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Averted, thanks to Lawrence's forceful intervention.]]
* [[TheFourLoves I Just Want To Be Loved]]: All Levitas ever wanted his whole life was Rankin's affection. Tragic, considering Rankin is a ''complete jerk''.
* ParentalNeglect: Well, from Levitas' perspective. Dragons regard their riders as most treasured possession or their child or their parent. Rankin treated Levitas quite badly, not that he hated his loyal dragon partner, ''he just didn't care''.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Levitas brings vital news of the Dover invasion back to Britain just in time. Rankin gets a medal. Levitas gets to die in agony.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: He's always trying to please Rankin, but Rankin continues to treat him like an animal.

The leader of a band of feral dragons encountered on the way to Turkey by Laurence and Temeraire. Reckless and prone to posturing when he thinks his leadership is threatened. Tharkay eventually convinces him and his gang of ferals to fight for the British against Napoleon.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Arkady's self-important insistence on leadership doesn't apply to Iskierka - she's accepted as unofficial leader when she's around due to a combination of her size, firebreathing, and personality. Unfortunately, their bad habits tend to reinforce each other.
* LoveableRogue: The adjective usually applied to him is 'piratical'. He has no loyalty to Britain or enmity toward France--he's in it for the regular meals, the excitement, the occasional shiny object, and the acclaim of his fellow ferals.
* MildlyMilitary: After joining the Aerial Corps. He has very little patience for things like "discipline" and "orders", as unlike most other harnessed dragons he wasn't born into the service.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Being a feral, he's classed as a lightweight (and not the biggest of them). But having lived his whole life surviving in the wild, he's also wiry, cunning, vicious, and more maneuverable than any other dragon in his weight class.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Like any bandit chief, he's got a loyal gang of boisterous, gluttonous thieves to back him up. Molnar and Wringe, his mate, are the two that are most often mentioned.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He likes to exaggerate his role in things.

A huge Prussian dragon and formation-leader. An exemplar of how Prussian military discipline and confidence applies even to their aerial corps, Eroica finds himself captured when the Chinese-derived tactics of Napoleon roll over the disciplined Prussians in ''Black Powder War''.

* BadassArmy: Played with. The Prussians are seen, at least by Laurence (and themselves), as the finest fighting force in Europe. Napoleon's wholly unconventional tactics kick the shit out of them anyway. In fairness, even after defeats the soldiers maintain an impressive degree of morale.
* MildlyMilitary: Very much averted in his case and the case of all the other Prussian dragons, for whom Eroica is presented as the ideal. Though not the most agile flyer, he is so precise and well-trained that his corners almost have points.
* UndyingLoyalty: Aside from the standard loyalty to his captain, Dyhern, after being reunited with Dyhern thanks to Temeraire's actions, Eroica refers to Temeraire as "best of friends" and swears, when Temeraire has a task to do but Lawrence is too unwell to come with him, to look after Lawrence as if he were his own captain.

Enters into the series as an egg promised the British by the Sultan in Istanbul. The egg hatches on the way home, and Granby takes custody of her. Iskierka is an impulsive, self-important and utterly wrong-headed, but as Britain's one and only firebreather and a heavyweight on top of it, the Corps is forced to give her a fair bit of leeway.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: She gets distracted easily by gold, riches, and other such valuables, or even the prospect of same.
* BlingOfWar: She's fond of displaying her treasure, and ''insists'' Granby dresses to match. Note that while the humans find this behavior ridiculous, all the other dragons are jealous. The only thing stopping them from outfitting their own captains this way is the fact that Iskierka, with her talent at capturing enemy ships, is the only one who can afford it.
* BloodKnight: The only thing she likes better than fighting is looting the prizes she wins by fighting.
* BrattyHalfPint: She comes out of her shell particularly willful, and only gets worse after, as the Admiralty and the Corps tend to look over her faults, given how effective a fighter she is.
* BreakTheHaughty: In ''Crucible of Gold,'' Granby finally finds the willpower to put an end to her obnoxious attitude. [[spoiler: He flatly states that, while he loves her, a dragon who won't obey orders is of no use to a loyal captain of the Aerial Corps, and while it breaks his heart he will leave her for another dragon if she doesn't grow up. Iskierka is aghast, but at least tries to be more obliging.]]
* EnfanteTerrible: She displays bloodthirstiness straight out of the egg, by wanting to kill French dragons attacking.
* [[FieryRedhead Fiery Redscale]]: Her scales are colored red, black and violet.
* HotBlooded: Is she ever. There's no fight that she won't try to take on; when an Inca dragon challenges her to TrialByCombat, she's ''delighted''.
* GloryHound: There's nothing she likes better than showing off and flaunting her victories.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: In ''Crucible of Gold'', she loudly announces [[spoiler:that Captain Little is Granby's lover]], not understanding that homosexuality is considered a ''crime'' for Britain at the time, nor why a homosexual man would be really unwilling to have sex with a woman.
* ItsAllAboutMe: There are at least four crises of various direness precipitated by this attitude.
* TheLancer: To Temeraire. She'll always advocate the more proactive course, and sometimes she has a point.
* LeeroyJenkins: Her tendency for rushing into any battle for blood and glory is ''slightly'' moderated when it gets Granby captured.
* PlayingWithFire
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: She and Arkady find kindred spirits in each other, and she's later seen taking prizes in concert with him and his gang of ferals.
* SpoiledBrat: Completely and utterly rotten, much to Granby's despair. Even without the Admiralty doing almost anything to hang onto heavyweight dragons and those with special abilities (and Iskierka is ''both''), Iskierka has a deep-seated belief that "I breathe fire, therefore [[KnowNothingKnowItAll I'm always right]]."
* StalkerWithACrush / StalkerWithATestTube: Wants an egg by Temeraire that would have both her flames and his Divine Wind.
* UnwantedAssistance: [[invoked]] She outfits poor Granby in BlingOfWar and takes off after prizes ''constantly'' despite his efforts to restrain her, because she thinks he's the best and should therefore have the best clothes and best wealth. [[spoiler:She's ''so'' eager to cover him in glory that she offers him as a husband to the Incan empress.]] She does not consult Granby in any of this.

A dragon who disdained harnessing when she was hatched, Perscitia was relegated to the breeding grounds, where she and her prodigious intellect wasted away for at least four books. Then Temeraire happened.
* GadgeteerGenius: She figures out how to work cannons, and devises other strategies for Temeraire's regiment.
* InsufferableGenius: She's not too bad an example, aside from her ability to carry a grudge for anyone who corrects her or informs her that her admittedly brilliant mathematical discoveries were discovered long ago by someone else.
* LongBusTrip: Like Gentius, Requiescat, Minnow and the rest of Temeraire's RagtagBunchOfMisfits from ''Victory of Eagles,'' she dropped out of view during his subsequent world travels. However, she maintained a (very) minor presence as Temeraire's pen pal, and turns out in the final book to have been central in the effort to win legal citizenship for the dragons of Great Britain, eventually becoming [[spoiler:the first draconic member of Parliament]].
* MedievalStasis: Unlike other dragons, has perceived how unlikely things are to remain as they are. She points that that guns were invented, and they have gotten better over centuries, and believes that in the future humans will make a cannon that can kill a Regal Copper in flight with a single shot--and then where will dragons be?
* TheSmartGuy: She gives ''Temeraire'' a run for his money; she independently derives the binomial and Pythagorean theorem (and is quite disgusted to learn that they're common knowledge to every mathematician who hasn't been stuck in a damp cave in the Welsh countryside their whole life).
* TheSoCalledCoward: Almost unique in being a dragon with no hunger for battle, though she has no problem with supporting her allies in ''their'' battles. (It's for the best, as even if she had a lot of fighting spirit she's a slow flyer with very visible coloration.) Since 'war machine' is the only career path allowed to British dragons of her size, she's ''very'' sensitive about her "shortcoming".

The first of three eggs sent to Australia to hatch. He was born from Arkady and Wringe, and his assigned and accepted captain is Rankin. Though he's not pleasant, he's more disposed to stand up to Rankin and picked his own name.
* BirdsOfAFeather: A self-centered whiner who cares mainly about status? Perfect for Rankin!
** More specifically, Rankin attempts to use old-school dragon training that's more in keeping with how one would train a dog or a horse. Despite Temeraire's warnings, Caesar is entirely willing to be manipulated in such a fashion--so long as Rankin keeps him well-fed and dresses to show off his wealth.
* {{Jerkass}}: Much like his captain.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Rankin's first dragon rejected ''him:'' his second was an ExtremeDoormat. Caesar, on the other hand, is willing to be a companion, but ''refuses'' to be a servant.
* GoldDigger: He's okay with being Rankin's dragon once he finds out that Rankin is from a rich, important family.
* SpoiledBrat: From birth, and not much better after.

'''Volly (Volatilus)'''\\
A Greyling who is part of the courier service. He's the first dragon that Temeraire meets after hatching, and rather subverts Temeraire's obvious expectations. Very fast but somewhat lacking in intelligence.
* TheDitz: Volatilus is a sweetie, but brains are not his strong point. He's so scatterbrained, in fact, that Laurence and Temeraire both initially suspect him of being "simple" (read: cognitively impaired). Greylings just aren't very smart in general, being bred for speed above all else.
--> '''Temeraire:''' And where, pray, do you come from?\\
'''Volatilus:''' I was hatched! From an ''egg!''
* FluffyTheTerrible: As enormous carnivores go, he's adorable.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cows!

Introduced (as an egg) in the sixth book. At birth he appears to be deformed, but when Demane is allowed to keep him, he not only survives but turns out to be a beast of exceptional size, larger than a Regal Copper (Britain's largest established dragon breed).
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Like most dragons, his BerserkButton is any harm threatened to his captain. Otherwise, he is a kind soul.
* BigEater: Until he neared his adult size, "I am hungry" was his CatchPhrase.
* TheBigGuy: One wonders even how big he would be if he had been given all the food he wanted as a hatchling. His size has made Maximus, the ''previous'' Big Guy, rather jealous: but Kulingile is too easy-going to have a real rivalry with.
* GentleGiant: Even more than Maximus, he's a big sweetheart.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: He's massive, golden and intimidating. He even speaks with an unnerving reverb. But all poor Kulingile wants is to be like everyone else. When they join the battle in Spain, Jane Roland notes it's a good thing Demane is such a fierce warrior, since Kulingile is as sweet and mild a creature as you might ever desire to meet.
* MagikarpPower: As a hatchling, his air sacs were so large he could barely move. Only Demane will take care of him; the aviators and dragon-surgeon wanted to mercy-kill him. Later, it's revealed that the air sacs are so big because he is, at full growth, one of the largest dragons anyone in the cast has ever seen. There's one (known) contender in the Incan Empire of his scale, and the Sui-Riu in the eight book are much larger (thought flightless), but he's still larger than any known European dragon.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ordinarily he is laconic and friendly. On the other hand, when Demane (in ''Crucible of Gold')' or Sipho (in ''Blood of Tyrants'') are endangered, he's a [[OneManArmy One-Dragon Army.]]
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler:After he finally outgrows his young high-pitched voice, his voice is described as echoey, as if several people are talking at once.]]

An Incan dragon with vibrant, feather-like scales. Formerly of the Incan air force, she was tasked with escorting Temeraire and the rest to meet the Sapa Inca. When they had to flee she decided to come with them, having taken a liking to Hammond.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Non-romantic variant. Hammond isn't overly fond of dragons, being prone to airsickness. Churki can't take a hint, however, and eventually he resigns himself to the idea.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: She ''insists'' that Hammond marries at least several times and gives her many children to care for. By the time they reach Japan, she's become impatient with his "reluctance," and encourages Laurence to start having kids too.
--> "... A man should begin to have children at twenty, in ''my'' opinion, and a woman at sixteen."
* CrazyCulturalComparison: As far as dragons are concerned, anyway. Since Incan dragons are now always the head of ''ayllu'', and because they have gold laying around everywhere, she considers taking on Hammond (who has a large extended family) as a serious promotion and isn't nearly as interested in hoarding.
* FourStarBadass: She served in the Incan Army and won many honors. Now she's returned home to her mother to win the greatest honor in her country: a human family to look after.
* MamaBear: To Hammond. Incan dragons are even ''more'' this than most dragons, having lost so many of their people to epidemics, and when they finally arrive in Britain she extends her protectiveness to his entire extended family.
* [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Screw The Money I have People!]]: Dragons from the Incan Empire value their people above all earthly materials and are ''extremely'' possessive of them. Churki understands money is sometimes a necessity, but it is nothing compared to having a human family, and she berates any dragon who argues otherwise.
* TeamMom: She's significantly older and more experienced than the rest of Temeraire's usual gang and freely advises them on various matters, usually in regards to the proper treatment of their captains and crew (see BabiesMakeEverythingBetter above).
* ThisIsMyHuman: Upon learning Hammond isn't properly part of Temeraire's crew, she starts trying to convince him to stay in South America with her where she can take care of him. When he, in desperation, tries to deflect her attention by saying he has a large family in Britain and can't make such a commitment, she decides to go home with him so she can look after all of them.
* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]]: At twenty, Churki is relatively young in dragon years, and for a heavyweight, hasn't come of age yet to be responsible for her own ayllu. Yet she's a veteran soldier and an excellent tactician that can adapt to any given conflict in any situation. She, like her mother, regards the Napoleonic Wars [[SillyReasonForWar as silly and childish]]. In addition, while they remain in South America her knowledge of local botany and natural medicine is unrivaled.

'''Lady Kiyomizu'''\\
A Siu-Riu water dragon, and one of the noble guardians of Japan. Several hundred years old, she sheltered Laurence and Junichiro who were on the run from the law that forbade foreigners outside of Nagasaki, for reasons of her own (which are implied to be mostly curiosity).
* TheDitz: She's a little eccentric, mostly due to heavy drinking.
* [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare Dragons Love Shakespeare]]: She became enamored with the works of William Shakespeare, and when Laurence reveals he knows some of ''Julius Caesar'' demands he teach her every line he knew in English, and not to bother translating it, as she wanted to memorize the play in its original context and meaning. (She is particularly fond of the sound of the phrase "Neither wit nor words nor worth" in English.)
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: She told Laurence to dispense with all formalities and simply address her as "Kiyo", since it's blatantly obvious that he couldn't manage the proper forms anyway.
--> '''Kiyomizu:''' There is no point in expecting you to put out sakura blossoms, when you are a bamboo.
* TheHighQueen: Dragons are part of the ruling hierarchy of the nation. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Kiyomizu is a very powerful figure]]. Though shocked at her for protecting Laurence, an outsider, no one in Japan ''dared'' to challenge her actions.
* LadyDrunk: She loves drinking sake as much as she does reading poetry.
* MakingASplash: She can breathe underwater, as well as ingest and violently expel large qualities of water. She's also capable of heating and discharging boiling water, if need be.
* MundaneUtility: While transporting Laurence and Junichiro, she makes a pit stop to fill a village's frozen irrigation channels with heated water; it is implied this is an uncommon but not unheard-of boon Siu-Riu perform for their people.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: While behaving in a somewhat decadent manner, drinking and carousing with outsiders, she is no fool, and when the ''Potentate'' leaves has already initiated the construction of Japan's own naval fleet.
* SeaMonster: Kiyo's breed can be over 200 feet in length, more than twice the size of the largest dragons in Europe. Needless to say, sailors are absolutely terrified of her kind.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: It's illegal for foreigners to travel in Japan, which causes serious problems for Laurence's ''human'' host/captor. Kiyomizu doesn't give it a second thought, because she is Lady Kiyomizu.
* SizeShifter: For moderately realistic reasons. Her sub-species are flightless, and the 'air sacs' used for buoyancy can instead be used to draw in exceptional quantities of water - like sponges. On land, she's the size of a Yellow Reaper (a middleweight). She can swell much larger by drawing in water, though this would immobilize her if she weren't in an ocean or river.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Inverted. Lawrence requests his leave of the noble sea dragon, he frets that he's either going to exhaust [[SacredHospitality Kiyo's kindness and hospitality]], or get her into trouble for harboring him. Kiyo, however, ''doesn't want'' him to leave.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Dragons generally live two to three times longer than men. The Sui Riu are even more long lived than European dragons, with a lifespan of several hundred years.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Her attitude toward Laurence.

'''General Chu'''\\
An old and experienced officer of the Chinese Aerial Corps, introduced in ''Blood of Tyrants''. In charge of the expedition that saw Laurence and Temeraire earn Chinese reinforcements for England, then in charge of the reinforcements as they head to Russia.
* OldSoldier: Unlike others in China, Chu is respectful Laurence and Temeraire but doesn't bow and scrape before them. He knows his work and won't tolerate backtalk from anyone short of the emperor.
* PutOnABus: Takes a volley of cannon fire to the back from a French ambush. He survives, but his convalescence takes him out of action for the rest of the series. (Given his age and experience he may have been offered an early retirement.)
* {{Retirony}}: Briefly mentions wanting to retire to the mountains when the war is over, only to be grievously injured in the first battle in Russia. Played with a bit - he's not killed, although his injuries may result in ''forced'' retirement.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even when [[spoiler:it appears England is conspiring to undermine Chinese internal stability]], he's willing to listen to Laurence and Temeraire's defence and even help them look for evidence. He's also wise enough to overcome his own prejudices; when he sees that Iskierka is not only dangerous in a fight because of her breath but because she's a very skilled flyer, despite the conventional wisdom of the Chinese breeding programmes (which he heads up) being that firebreathers are too unbalanced to be graceful in the air, he decides that some changes might need to be made.
* StealthMentor: Since he can't openly tell Temeraire what to do, he phrases his advice in the form of asking questions Temeraire has no good answer for. Overlaps with ServileSnarker, as he clearly doesn't have much regard for British aerial tactics.
* VeteranInstructor: Teaches Temeraire about tactics, particularly the idea that you can't manage a battle from the front lines.

The most prominent of the heavyweight Russian dragons encountered by Temeraire. She is brutal, ruthless, savage, lacks any empathy even for other dragons, and greedy. She is also enormous, covered in bony armor plating, and a very deadly fighter.

* Badass: As much as Temeraire finds the Russian heavyweights disagreeable, he has to admit that they, and in particular Vosyem, are ''very'' good at fighting.
* TheBigGuy: Russians have three sizes of dragon: lightweights (who work as couriers, or serve larger dragons in the coverts if they want to get fed), "flyweights" (used by the Cossack irregulars, slightly larger than the Chinese Jade Dragons), and heavyweights. They have almost no use for middleweights and, indeed, have a very different scale, so much so that Temeraire, indisputably considered a heavyweight from book 1, is casually referred to as a "middleweight" by a Russian officer. Though they never meet or serve together so no direct comparison is made in the text, Vosyem is probably as big as or bigger than Maximus or even Kulingile.
* {{Greed}}: About the only thing that can control Vosyem (and most of the Russian heavyweights) is their desire for treasure of all sorts, and the better they fight, the more they're given, which they guard jealously against all other dragons. Much of it is worthless, brass or similar, but as long as it's shiny, they're content.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: At first, Temeraire's behavior during the French retreat making him rich, and his subsequent overtures to them ) inviting them to dinner where they are all given prizes and lavish food), seem to have an effect on the Russian heavyweights--they're all more willing to behave and follow his orders if it means treasure. But Vosyem quickly shows that she hasn't really changed when [[spoiler:a carrying-strap becomes uncomfortable, so she simply tears it off and lets the three hundred men she was carrying plummet to their death]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Many Russian dragons, Vosyem among them, do not seem to see humans as people in the same way as dragons of other nations do, and require far less extremity to consider eating people than other dragons would.
* ItsAllAboutMe: ''Iskierka'' would likely call her selfish.
* JerkAss: Yes. Vosyem lacks even affection for her captain or officers, and Russian dragons (aside from those used by the Cossacks, who have a more a traditional relationship with their beasts) will gladly fight on even if their crew are captured.
* MeaningfulName: A stealth example. Vosyem is an Anglicization of the Cyrillic восемь, Russian for the number eight. This allows readers who know this to infer how Russians think of dragons.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Even more than other dragons with odd notions (whether by human or Temeraire's standards), Grig and the Russian lightweights have developed a strange code about how dragons are supposed to behave. They don't judge Temeraire or the Chinese dragons for their behavior, being more curious about how they act differently; their own standard of behavior is more about how they, not being very valued by Russian humans, can manage to survive.
* Omniglot: Unusually for a western dragon, Grig and the other Russian lightweights [[spoiler:(the ones used as spies, anyway)]] are very good with languages even after becoming adults.
* TheTrickster: A relatively harmless variant. Grig is far more subtle and manipulative than he first seems.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Played with. Grig and his fellow lightweights really are mistreated, but they're not nearly as bad-off as they pretend, or as other Russian dragons--their [[spoiler:facility as spies makes them too useful to grind down like the other Russian dragons]].

'''Lung Tien Ning'''\\
The hatchling of [[spoiler:Iskierka and Temeraire]], introduced in ''League of Dragons''. She seems determined to have a hand in shaping the next century or more.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ning has a strange combination of her parents' personalities, being at once patient and farsighted yet impulsive, brilliant and self-possessed and almost amoral yet with a strong sense of ethics. She has an aversion for war but will not hesitate to put the lives of others at risk if it will achieve her goals, while at the same time proving remarkably unwilling to commit herself verbally to a course of action.
* EnfantTerrible: One of the first things she does after hatching is ''burn down a palace'' as a distraction.
* RedOniBlueOni: Calmly debates the advantages of tyranny with the fiercely democracy-loving Perscitia.
* ShoutOut: Her breath weapon is described in a way very much reminiscent of the Night Fury in ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'', and her use of it happens at night.
* SocialClimber: Ning is very much interested in finding the position where she can do the most good (from her perspective). Given that she is part-Celestial, and the current Chinese Emperor's companion [[spoiler:was assassinated]], she could easily have herself accepted into the Imperial court despite being so young...except she's not certain China would be the best power to ally herself with.
* WiseBeyondHerYears: A bit less than a decade old, Temeraire, for all his intellect, is still impatient to get results. By comparison, Ning, at less than a ''year'' old, is already beginning to put together plans that might take a century to come to fruition.