For more information, see [[Literature/TheQueensThief here]].

'''Beware of unmarked spoilers.'''



* AintTooProudToBeg: The only one who can invoke this from him is Attolia, in her very scary TheHighQueen persona.
* AirVentPassageway: The escape by this method didn't work as well as it should have, thanks to interference from a certain someone. See CosmicPlaything.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}: In many ways. He's an excellent fighter, but his greatest strength is how much of a clever, conniving bastard he is.
* BadassBack
* BadassBoast: "I can steal anything," followed by "I can do anything I want!" with a helping of PunctuatedForEmphasis.
* BadassBookworm: He's very knowledgeable about the old myths but also keeps up with the current plays and other scholastic affairs.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He wanted to marry his love. He married her, along with all the responsibilities and obligations that came with the position.
* BreakTheCutie: Broken horribly and tragically in the second book.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Subverted. Initially he and everyone else thinks that a one-handed thief is no thief at all, but as the magus says, he can still do something.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He pisses off everyone. ''Everyone''. The family member who's the fondest of him says that being constantly angry with him is the correct reaction. But he is the best thief.
* TheChessmaster: Particularly in ''King of Attolia''. He promises Attolia that [[spoiler:he can bring down Erondites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.
* ComesGreatResponsibility
* ConsummateLiar: In the words of Eddis: "He always lies to me. He lies to himself. If Eugenides talked in his sleep, he'd lie then too."
* CosmicPlaything: The gods had a hand in some of his great, as well as his [[ColdBloodedTorture not so great]] achievements.
* CowardlyLion[=/=]TheSoCalledCoward: He doesn't like fighting which makes people tend to assume that he's a coward who isn't good at it. [[UnderestimatingBadassery They are very wrong]].
* CrazyPrepared
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler:Attolia]] in ''The King of Attolia''.
* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts off his hand is definitely karmic.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After his episode of BreakTheCutie, his long hair is cut short and it stays that way for the rest of the series.
* FirstPersonSmartass: In the first book only.
* GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenelations.
* GentlemanThief: Although he appears to be a common street thief in the first book, he's quite insistent that he's from a respectable family. [[spoiler:From Eddis' ''royal'' family in point of fact.]]
* GuileHero: Basically whenever you think you know what Gen is up to, you don't. And even if you do, you don't know the half of it.
* HairyHammerspace: Part of his first plot: hiding [[MineralMacguffin something]] [[ImmortalityInducer essential]] in his long hair.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After a lot of trial and suffering, he and Irene--that is, the Queen of Attolia]].
* HeroicBSOD[=/=]HeroicRROD
* HesBack: Makes a spectacular and ground-breaking return after his episode of {{Angst}} in the second book.
* [[spoiler: HookHand: From the second book onwards]].
* HyperAwareness
* ImpossibleThief: [[spoiler: He goes from a lowly thief in the prisons of Sounis at the beginning of the series to the sovereign of ''all three countries by the end of the series; Eddis, Sounis and Attolia. Though to be fair, he was in prison by his own choice and only pretending to be "lowly".]]
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: How the first book came into being, apparently. Sophos does something similar to create ''A Conspiracy of Kings.''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He enjoys provoking the hell out of people, is rude and sarcastic, and generally infuriates everyone he meets, but he's still a good friend who's trying to help the peninsular countries the best he can.
* JumpedAtTheCall: When it comes to spying in Attolia. [[spoiler:It loses him a hand.]]
* LeapOfFaith: He believes he'll only ever die of a fall if his god himself drops him. And once your god betrays you, you really don't have any hope left anyway.
* LetsGetDangerous: Spends most of his time being a pain in the ass, but when you put his back to the wall watch ''out''. The magus, Attolia, and the Mede found this out in different ways.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With [[spoiler: Eddis, his cousin.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: [[spoiler:Towards the Queen of Attolia. He says that this kind of love doesn't last, mind, but he spies on her enough that it just gets stronger]].
* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut off his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.
* MeaningfulName: Eugenides is also the name of the god of thieves, and as he's the [[spoiler: Queen's Thief]], it's his name as well as his [[spoiler: title]].
* NoHeroToHisValet: As much as his childhood friend [[spoiler: and cousin Eddis]] respects him, she still says explicitly that she would sooner strangle him than marry him. She also tells the woman he's in love with how much of a liar he is.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the first book. Funny thing is, ''he's the narrator,'' using the first-person perspective. Somehow he manages to [[UnreliableNarrator fool the reader]] without leaving out anything that would be noticed. This also comes into play in the third book (although this time the reader is in on it), wherein the court in [[spoiler: Attolia]] are lead to think he's an ineffectual UpperClassTwit.
* PalsWithJesus: Eugenides is noted for not only talking to his gods, but for having them ''talk back''. Of course, they tell him things like "STOP WHINING" and "GO TO SLEEP", which he finds to be rather anticlimatic.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's noted to be small (shorter than Attolia, for example) but he's a very effective fighter.
* [[spoiler:ReluctantRuler]]: [[spoiler: He married his wife because he loved her, not because he wanted her throne.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: He hates killing and refused to follow his father into the army, which caused a lot of strife between them. But the final refusal came ''after'' years of learning how to fight.
* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* [[ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes Screw The Rules, I'm Eugenides!]]
* SherlockScan
* TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him. He snarks at himself just as much.
* [[spoiler:StalkerWithACrush: To Attolia.]]
* StreetUrchin: See ObfuscatingStupidity above.
* TookALevelInBadass
* TricksterMentor: Towards Sophos, and towards some degree towards Costis.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: At first, he despised fighting and killing like his father did, but it soon became a necessary skill for him to keep his position and his life. He also turned out like his mother and grandfather, who were both thieves.
* UnreliableNarrator: In ''The Thief'', like you wouldn’t believe. See also ObfuscatingStupidity, above.

'''Eddis [[spoiler:Helen]]'''

* ActionGirl: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* BadassArmy: She has one.
* BoyishShortHair
* TheChessmaster
* TheHighQueen
* IronicName: [[spoiler:She's explicitly ''not'' beautiful. Her name is Helen.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With [[spoiler: her cousin, Eugenides.]]
* MeaningfulName: Of the ironic variety.
* ModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to by her attendants.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddia", but she deliberately took Eddis.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Attolia's Girly Girl.
* [[TookALevelInBadass Took Another Level in Badass]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor: She had two older brothers, but they died suddenly of illness and left her the sole heir.

'''The Minister of War'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* BadassArmy: He leads one.
* FourStarBadass
* PapaWolf: Downplayed example, since he is also TheStoic, and given his position and the political elements of the series, he cannot actually strike out at the woman who [[spoiler:cut off his son's hand]]. He does make it as clear to her as he can that he is very angry with her for it.
* TheStoic: According to Eddis, he, like his son, will not admit when he is in pain.

'''Attolia [[spoiler:Irene]]'''

* AfraidOfBlood: [[spoiler:Eugenides]]'s blood, at least.
* ArrangedMarriage: In her backstory.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassArmy: She has one that's absolutely devoted to her, in the form of the Queen's guard.
* BigBrotherIsWatching : This quote from the third book sums it up.
---> '''Attolia''': "I have trusted you, and no, that does not mean that I have not had you watched and that I do not have spies that watch my spies, and spies even that watch those."
* BrokenBird: She was pawned off on an asshole husband, and after she took control of her country, she had no choice except to be totally ruthless to maintain her power thanks to the misogyny on ''top'' of the fact that her barons are untrustworthy power-grubbers.
* TheChessmaster: She's playing Nahuseresh far better than he thinks he's playing her and manages to subvert his plans in plain sight of him.
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler: Eugenides]], in "The King of Attolia".
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceQueen: A major plot point in "The Queen of Attolia".
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When she has [[spoiler: Gen's hand cut off]]. She spends a lot of time in the first and second books [[DefrostingIceQueen mellowing out]].
* TheExtremistWasRight: Even Eddis has to admit that Attolia's ruthlessness was necessary both to survive the DeadlyDecadentCourt and to set her country in a good direction.
* GallowsHumor: When [[spoiler:Eugenides]] is outraged at an ambassador, she defuses it by offering him her goblet--which was how she killed her first husband. [[spoiler:Eugenides]] finds this hilarious.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Played with. Really, she's ruthless because it's the only way to survive as a female ruler in a sexist government. The Attolian lower class seems to love her, at least the ones we've seen.
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: It started when she was sent to live with her future husband's family, where they spoke openly of their plot to take the throne. She stayed quiet and demure and secretly collected poisonous leaves, then sold most of her jewelry to buy the palace guard over to her side.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]
* HeelRealization: She realizes she's hit a new low after she cuts off a boy's hand.
* HiddenDepths: As Eugenides says, she ''does'' have a heart. She's just had to wall it away because of her position.
* TheHighQueen
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Attolia's cruelties were all to keep her country stable and in the hands of someone who wanted the country to prosper.
* IronicName: [[spoiler:Her given name is Irene, which means peace.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: See TheExtremistWasRight.
* KickTheDog
* TheMasochismTango: Mentioned above, with [[spoiler: Eugenides]]. When you [[spoiler: cut your love interest's hand off]], you know you have this trope.
* MeaningfulName: Irony, again, as her name means “peace", and her reign has been brought with violence.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: To her Mede ambassador. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ObliviousToLove: Everyone from here to Sounis knew that Dite was madly in love with her... except for her. She thinks it's a ''joke'' when she finds out.
* PalsWithJesus: Indirectly, as she is [[spoiler:married to the chosen one of the gods, Eugenides.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SherlockScan
* TheStrategist
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Eddis' Tomboy.
* TranquilFury: When she gets mad, this is how it plays. It's very rare that she ever shouts or pitches things.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Her brother was king, but her future husband's family had him killed so they could seize the throne through her. And then she poisoned him.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask


* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Relius.
* HonorBeforeReason
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege
* UnderestimatingBadassery: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]


* BigBrotherIsWatching: He ''is'' Big Brother, as Attolia's spymaster.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Teleus.
* TheMentor: He taught Attolia everything she knows about how to survive as a sovereign Queen.
* TheSpymaster
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]]

'''Costis Ormentiedes'''

* {{Badass}}: Well, he's a soldier and squad leader for a reason.
* BerserkButton: The honor of the Queen's guard, his own honor, honor in general.
* TheChewToy: Most of the third book is about him getting punished, ostracized, provoked, humiliated, being called out in the middle of the night because the king has gone ''nuts''...
* DidISayThatOutLoud: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...
* FieldPromotion: The king promotes Costis to lieutenant so he can have him as a personal guard, long before Costis would have been considered ready by himself or Teleus.
* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far.
* KnightInShiningArmor: He sees himself as one to Attolia, mentally referring to her as "my Queen" rather than the more proper "Your Majesty".
* LoveEpiphany: Not so much love as ''loyalty'', but not long after Costis says he'd happily see the king choke to death accidentally, he finds himself making a wild charge through hunting dogs and high-ranking officials to [[spoiler:save Eugenides' life.]] He finds himself re-evaluating that statement in light of his own actions.
* OhCrap: When he realizes that the dogs were released to occupy the Guard and leave the king alone in the garden.
* RageBreakingPoint: Very early in ''King of Attolia'', when he punches said king in the face for mocking the Guard's inability to protect their queen in the previous book. [[spoiler:Turns out this was all part of the plan for Eugenides--by changing Costis' mind he hoped to change Teleus']].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To [[spoiler: Eugenides]], saying that he sits on the throne like a printer's apprentice among other things.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions, partly because he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Eugenides and Attolia actually do love each other]] for another hundred pages or so, and is worried he might be forced to choose between them.


* HonorBeforeReason: Surprisingly averted, unlike other guardsmen.
* OddCouple: A pragmatic okloi, best friends with Costis, an honor-bound patronoi.

'''Baron Erondites'''

'''Erondites the Younger (Dite)'''

* BawdySong / EarWorm: He wrote one called "The King's Wedding Night". It’s even a plot point.
* TheUnfavorite: His father hates him and only won't disinherit him because he'd only have Sejanus left.


* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:When Eugenides tears down his entire house in the space of fifteen minutes and leaves him just his and Dites' life, Sejanus accepts it stoically and calls him by the archaic title 'Basileus' as he's arrested.]]
* TheHyena: Whether the joke ends up on him or someone else, Sejanus always laughs.
* JerkAss: The only reason he's popular is that people like him mocking the people they dislike, and they also don't want to end up as a target.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:He actually loves his brother, he just pretends not to so their father doesn't separate them]].
* MuggingTheMonster: Like many of the Attolians, he underestimates Eugenides as a pawn of the queen of Eddis, and falls for his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* SmugSnake


'''The Magus'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He was a soldier before becoming magus.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBookworm: He's probably the most scholarly character in the books, but he's a skilled fighter and an incredibly capable royal servant.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In ''Queen of Attolia'', he tries to return Eugenides' spirits by saying there are still things he can do. Eugenides takes him at his word [[spoiler:and steals the ''magus'' by framing him for the destruction of Sounis' navy]]. The magus didn't mean he should do ''that!''
* TheChessmaster
* CoolTeacher: To Sophos and Ambiades.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Thus far, his real name has not been revealed.
* GuileHero: In the first book he devises a plan to conquer Eddis without warfare by compelling the queen to marry Sounis through her country's sacred artifact.
* OutGambitted: By [[spoiler:Eugenides, who knew that this plan was in the works and planted himself in the magus' party as their thief.]]
* TheProfessor: When he's not plotting, he's studying botany and applying historical analysis to legends and myths.
* QuipToBlack


* {{Badass}}


* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]]
* [[spoiler:{{Badass}}]]
* BadLiar
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia. It doesn't work. [[spoiler:So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.]]
* BreakTheCutie: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', when he is [[spoiler: kidnapped, [[MadeASlave becomes a slave]], and is generally thrust neck-deep into the cutthroat politics of his world, where everyone is trying to manipulate him.]]
* TheBusCameBack: He doesn't appear at all in the middle two books, but he's the protagonist of the fourth.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: During the fourth book, he realizes that he's done his family, servants, and country a huge disservice by not putting any effort into being a plausible, intimidating heir to his uncle.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' is about this.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that his gift is knowing that he is an ass. (In fairness, so few people do.)
* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:He's hidden by his kidnappers this way in ''Conspiracy of Kings'', along with some beating to make his face unrecognizable. He actually likes it ''better'' than being the heir.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Everyone thinks he's an idiot and his emotions show on his face. [[spoiler:So he lets everyone think he's a gormless, naive dolt while he plans to show them all that he is 1. smart and 2. definitely ruthless enough to succeed his uncle]].
* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.


* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Is a serious jerk to Sophos, who hero-worships him, not to mention anyone who he perceives as being from a lower class (most noticeably Gen).
* ImpoverishedPatrician: His family was disgraced a generation ago.


* AssInAmbassador
* BadLiar
* BigDamnHeroes
* TheChessmaster
* DiplomaticImpunity
* FanNickname: Nahuserfish.
** And occasionally Nahuserloser.
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: So far.
* KickTheDog
* PlayingBothSides
* StupidEvil
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:He assumes that he has Attolia wrapped around his little finger.]] Boy, was he surprised.