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Although the Tortall books have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, it's currently practical to keep them all in one spot because the protagonists from one series end up as supporting characters in the next--or extras take center stage.[[note]]If future books start making the page too unwieldy to edit, what's practical might change.[[/note]]

Watch out for spoilers.
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! First appearing in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''
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!!'''Alanna of Trebond (and Olau)'''

The protagonist of the "Song of the Lioness" quartet, Alanna switches places with her brother to train as a knight despite being a girl. For eight years she disguises herself as a boy, makes friends both among royalty and thieves, as well as some very powerful enemies.

Alanna is a very capable fighter, especially with a sword, and a powerful Mage, though for years she was afraid of using it. She is rash, somewhat arrogant and has a terrible temper.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Lightning, her sword. Helps that magic is involved.
* AbusiveParents: Her father neglected her and Thom after his wife had [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth]] to the twins.
* ActionGirl: Later upgraded to ActionMom.
* AnimalTalk: With Faithful.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: As the wife of a baron and a regular knight she's relatively low in the noble hierarchy (although the Trebond family is very old and noble). As the King's Champion of Tortall, she speaks with the authority of the Crown when neither the king nor queen is near.
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]: By the time of ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' she's well into middle age and still kicking just as much ass. Plus she's literally a grandmother-to-be by the end.
* BetterAsFriends: With Jonathan. They both marry other people, but remain extremely close.
* BlingOfWar: She has gold-washed mail picked out with amethysts for fancy occasions, but she can fight in it if she has to.
* BullyHunter: Alanna is small and weak, but she learns the skill to make Ralon leave her alone for good.
* TheChampion: "King's Champion" is the position given to the best knight in the realm. Post-''Lioness Rampant'', Alanna has held this position as Tortall's first female Champion. At the end of ''Trickster's Queen'', chronologically the last book in the series, she's held it for well over twenty years.
* CharacterTics: She fiddles with her emberstone pendant when she's worried.
* CombatMedic: In ''In The Hand Of The Goddess'', where she learns to control her healing magic.
* CoolHorse: Moonlight, then later Darkmoon.
* CosmicPlaything: For the Mother Goddess. She doesn't mind as the missions are for Tortall's good.
* [[CustomUniform Custom Heraldry]]: A lioness rampant on a red field rather than the Trebond arms (black tower on yellow field).
* FieryRedhead: She has flaming red hair, a wicked temper and, strangely, {{purple eyes}} (which match the colour of her Gift).
* FirstLove: Hers is Jonathan.
* GodWasMyCopilot: Heck, the second book is titled ''In the Hands of the Goddess''.
* HappilyAdopted: Myles adopted her in the third book.
* HappilyMarried: With George. Their daughter sees them as SickeninglySweethearts, as teenagers do.
* TheHero: Of the first quartet. She overcomes internal and external struggles, loves and loses, and her actions help to save her king and country.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Alanna, being a hero herself, was romantically pursued by the three greatest heroes in the story, namely, her WarriorPrince (Jonathan), The King of Thieves (George), and The Shang Dragon (Liam).
* GutFeeling: She hates Roger on sight even though she admits herself she has no actual reason to. (He gives her actual reasons soon enough.) She also Just Knows that George is a good person despite being a thief and brings the actual crown prince to befriend him.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: She says this to George. [[OfficialCouple They ruin it anyway.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: Seen best when Alanna and her apprentices have to defend the Bloody Hawk tribe from being attacked.
* KnightErrant: Alanna does this in ''The Woman Who Rides Like a Man'' to avoid the scandal from the reveal of her gender and to find adventure.
* MagicKnight: Though she fears her magical abilities in the beginning.
* TheMagnificent: Known as Alanna the Lioness. And to the Bazhir, she's first the Burning Brightly One and then [[TitleDrop Woman Who Rides Like a Man]].
* MercyKill: Does this for a badly wounded soldier friend during the Tusaine War.
* MightyWhitey: She becomes a respected shaman to the Bloody Hawk Tribe in ''The Woman Who Rides Like a Man'' (because [[spoiler:she killed the last one, though she didn't mean to]]).
* NeverMessWithGranny: As of the end of ''Daughter of the Lioness''.
* OneOfTheBoys: Considering that she spent the better part of a decade posing as a boy this was inevitable, and even once the cat's out of the bag she still has many masculine and aggressive mannerisms. These traits helped her maintain the illusion for as long as she did.
* TheParagon: In ''The Woman Who Rides Like a Man'', according to Bazhir law she must be the tribe's shaman until she trains a new one to replace her or someone kills her and takes her place. So Alanna selects three Gifted children of the tribe, Ishak, Kara, and Kourrem, and begins to train them in magic.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother died giving birth to her and her father went into a deep depression as a result, neglecting his children until he sent them away when they were ten.
* ParentalSubstitute: Myles looked after her during her training years and they become close friends. He would eventually [[HappilyAdopted adopt Alanna]].
* RedBaron: Alanna is frequently addressed as just "Lioness" by other knights.
* {{Redheaded Hero}}ine: Her flaming red hair is one of her trademarks.
* SelfProclaimedKnight: In the first half of the quartet she pretends to be a boy so that she can train for knighthood.
* SheCleansUpNicely: In ''Lioness Rampant''. Jon doesn't recognize her in a dress.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Faithful.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Alanna being Alanna foils both of Roger's attempts to kill Jon in ''The First Adventure''; he couldn't predict that some new kid with untrained but powerful healing abilities would ''just'' happen to be in the city during the Sweating Sickness. After sending Jon to the Black City fails, Roger cottons on and starts singling ''her'' out for assassination attempts too.
* SweetPollyOliver: As a ten-year old she starts dressing as a boy in order to train for knighthood.
* TakingTheBullet: Rather taking the arrow for Jon in a battle during the Tusaine War, but it grazes her rather than hitting her directly.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet:
** Once she's ready to take on Ralon, she goes to the training yard and starts insulting him loudly in front of the other lads so that he has no choice but to answer her in a fair fight.
** Alanna was ''forbidden'' by Jon to challenge men to duels on personal grounds after becoming a knight, simply because if she kept doing so every time she was insulted, Tortall's population would drop rapidly.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Numair notes that "her eyes are extraordinary", and other characters gush as well. It is ''also'' noted that she is otherwise merely reasonably pretty, and certainly not a stunning beauty on the level of, say, Thayet.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She really hates the idea of drowning, especially after an attempt on her life is made this way. Naturally, the Chamber makes use of this during her Ordeal.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Killed a Bazhir shaman and so has to replace him.
* [[RealWomenDontWearDresses You Say Girl Like A Bad Thing]]:
** She has this attitude towards ''herself'' in the first book. She hates that she's a girl and thinks herself unworthy of her friends solely because of that fact.
** The Shang Dragon found it distasteful when he saw The Lioness in a dress. She found it distasteful that he found it distasteful.

!!'''Thom of Trebond'''

Alanna's twin brother. While Alanna was always fearful of her magic, Thom relished in his, and trained to become a mage. Over the years he grew more and more distant as he became engrossed in acedemia, magic and the power it offerred. It's often stated that the only person he truly loves is his sister.

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* BreakTheHaughty: His instructors tried and failed to teach him humility. It took [[spoiler: a terminal magical illness and endangering the realm to do so.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: Pity makes him ''really'' angry.
* IneffectualLoner: He eventually grows to disdain ''everyone'' except for his twin sister, and he's even distant with her when he reaches adulthood. Alanna and her friends often remark how unhealthy this is since he's basically stewing in his own sense of superiority.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Mainly self-imposed, as he lacks interest in socializing with anyone but Alanna and believes that his teachers envy him.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He puts near-lethal wards on his "experiment" in the third book to keep any mages from messing with it; when Eleni Cooper tries an innocuous spell to figure out what it even ''is'', she's laid up for days. George is understandably pissed as hell, but Thom says it was her own fault for meddling. [[spoiler:And the fact that said experiment is to resurrect Roger, who tried to kill his sister multiple times, solely to prove that he's That Good at magic? Yeaaaaah.]]
* LonelyAtTheTop: He soon learns that there's a price for being the best.
* LonersAreFreaks: He's disinterested in making friends or getting close to people unless they can directly benefit him somehow, something the others don't view favorably.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Before he takes his exams, he pretends to be stupid and even suggests that Alanna put it about that her twin brother is a dullard, since he doesn't want to get Roger's attention. Once he does graduate, he sheds this, and his teachers are completely freaked out.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died giving birth to him and his father went into a deep depression as a result, neglecting his children until he sent them away when they were ten.
* {{Pride}}: He is proud beyond the point of arrogance about his magical prowess. [[spoiler:This is how Delia goads him into resurrecting Roger.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Granted, he's still a selfish little thing as a kid, but at least he cares about Alanna. By book three he's siphoning off her magic without even asking... [[spoiler:to bring her ArchNemesis back from the dead. On a bet]]. He also becomes rude and dismissive of ''everyone'' and decides that all his teachers (even the one genuinely trying to help him be more of a person) are just jealous of how awesome he is.
* SquishyWizard: He was glad to not have to learn how to be a knight as he'd be completely unfit for it.
* WhatTheHellHero: He's called out on his shenanigans multiple times. It never seems to stick [[spoiler: which has tragic results.]]

!!'''Coram Smythesson'''

A faithful man-at-arms to Trebond. Coram is an initially-reluctant participant in Alanna's plan to become a knight, but supports her nonetheless. He acts as a manservant during her page years and travels with her during her time as KnightErrant to provide a second sword arm and emotional support.

* BetaCouple: Strikes up a happy and uncomplicated "understanding" with George's cousin Rispah, which eventually becomes a marriage.
* DoesNotLikeMagic: Alanna pressures him into helping her by threatening to make him "see things." He gets over it eventually.
* TheLancer: A rather classical example--the Lancer character was traditionally TheHero's man-at-arms, which is exactly the position Coram holds. While Alanna is young, adventurous, and HotBlooded, Coram is older, steady, and levelheaded.
* LikeASonToMe: Openly admits to having "a father's interest" in Alanna's welfare, particularly when dealing with her love interests.
* OldRetainer: He's been with the Trebond family for years and raised the twins almost from birth. When asked why he travels with her, his reply is simply "Smythessons have always served Trebonds."
* OlderSidekick: Especially in the third and fourth books, when Alanna is a full-fledged knight. He's a sounding board, adviser, and person she can vent to.
* ParentalSubstitute: He raised Alanna far more than her father did, teaching her how to hunt and fight. He even gets to be an embarrassing dad.
* RetiredBadass: He served in the King's army at one time and is known to the other veterans at the palace, who respect him greatly. Occasionally he helps out in combat lessons. Effectively un-retires after she becomes a KnightErrant and he watches her back on the road.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Alanna. As much as he might grumble about it, he'll follow wherever she wants to go.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler:Jon elevates him and Rispah to the nobility and gives them Trebond, in light of his good service and the fact that Thom is dead and Alanna isn't interested in inheriting it]].

!!'''George Cooper'''[[note]] (later of Pirate's Swoop)[[/note]]

When Alanna first met him, George Cooper was a thief--but not just any thief, the King of the Rogue. George was one of the first people to discover Alanna's true gender, and he supported her throughout, whether it was finding her fine horses or teaching her to fight dirty. Eventually he revealed that his feelings towards her were more than just friendly...

Later, [[spoiler: he left the Rogue after King Jon made him a nobleman]]. He's now married to Alanna and serves as a spy for Tortall.
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* AdultFear: He refuses Aly's requests to be a field agent because of how dangerous the work is. If she'd been satisfied with just being his office assistant, he'd have been much happier.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: He's the first guy that "Alan" meets in Corus and quickly befriends him.
* ImprobableAge: He's pretty young to be running the ThievesGuild of a capital city, but he's ruthless enough to hold onto the job.
* GentlemanThief: He's a NiceGuy and a thief. The Court of the Rogue has ''rules'' and he follows them.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He cares a lot about his friends and helps out the kingdom if he can. He also cuts off the ears of his enemies and [[YouHaveFailedMe kills rogues who fail him twice]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: He romantically pursued Alanna.
* KlingonPromotion: How he got the job of Rogue. In ''The First Adventure'', he cheerfully mentions the possibility that it's going to happen to him eventually.
* KnifeNut: As a thief, this is his WeaponOfChoice.
* LoveableRogue: Despite his collection of enemies' ears, he's a good friend to his allies.
* MayDecemberRomance: He's several years older than Alanna, and was described as being a man on her first visit, when she's still eleven.
* OverprotectiveDad: He's happy to have Aly as his secretary, but point-blank refuses to let her do field work. ([[AllThereInTheManual Pierce explained]] that he ''did'' take her on a trip once and it turned into a fight, which quite spooked him).
* TheSpymaster: After the events of the first quartet, he takes up this position.
* StalkingIsLove: He sends out agents to follow Alanna during her time as a KnightErrant. Pierce admits that this was a creepy move.

!!'''Jonathan of Conté'''

Originally the heir to Tortall's throne, Jon was one of Alanna's closest friends since she arrived at court. He discovered her true gender when they faced off against some evil demons, and decided to make her his squire. Despite being friends, and sometimes lovers, he and Alanna tend to clash. Jon can be very proud, arrogant and pragmatic, which can make him difficult to deal with, despite being a fine leader.

Later, [[spoiler: he became the Voice of the Tribes to stop the fighting between Tortall and the Bazhir]]. He was crowned King despite his cousin's best attempts to stop him, and eventually married Thayet. He now tries his best to advance social progress in Tortall while balancing politics.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's first seen as a page. This seems to be a thing with the royal line of Contés, as his son Roald is trained as a knight too.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: All sorts of pomp for his official coronation.
* TheBeautifulElite: There are many words devoted to what a good-looking man he is.
* BetterAsFriends: With Alanna.
* BigBrotherInstinct: When he found out that the new page "Alan" was being bullied, he was quick to help out "him" and was severe against the one who bullied her.
* TheGoodKing: He wanted to be this since the beginning; at the end of the first book he says that people will think twice before they take on a prince--or a king--who can defeat demons.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Alanna is the first girl who wasn't overawed by his title. Thayet is the first woman who wasn't charmed by him.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Takes one look at Thayet and falls head over heels.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: He had already had experience with at least Delia of Eldorne when he first became sexually active with Alanna, and Alanna mentions other affairs when he proposes to her.
* MightyWhitey: He becomes the Voice of Tribes to the Bazhir Tribesmen in ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man''. This is mostly done as a political manoeuvre by the previous Voice who realizes - via a minor prophetic gift - that Tortall will win in their war in the end.
* OlderAndWiser: In the subsequent series. He has to very carefully mange his reformist agenda so as not to incite his conservative nobles to start an uprising.
* PrinceCharming: He charmed Alanna (initially) and almost every other female. Thayet is the only woman who wasn't swept off her feet and she became his wife.
* [[KingIncognito Prince Incognito]]: When he visits the Court of the Rogue as "Johnny."
* SecretKeeper: When he becomes Alanna's knight-master, he helps her to maintain the masquerade.
* SorcererKing: He's a powerful mage, something which is augmented when Alanna brings him the Dominion Jewel.
* RebelPrince: Mostly during ''Woman Who Rides Like a Man''. He's chafing under the obligations of prince and heir, and decides that the loudest way to declare that he's not going to be beholden to anyone is to marry Alanna, which she does ''not'' consider a good motive to marry.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He has several big adventures with Alanna, fights in wars, and in later quartets pursues social and political reforms.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: His dark hair, Conte-blue eyes, and gorgeous features are described many times as making Court ladies swoon.
* TookALevelInJerkass; During the third ''Lioness'' book he's very imperious towards Alanna, acting like his proposal of marriage is a foregone conclusion, refusing to understand that it's an even bigger deal than a regular proposal because she would have to be ''queen'' for the rest of her life on top of the whole "lifelong commitment to another person" thing. When she refuses, he flips out and insults her for being unfeminine before taking up with Josiane of the Copper Isles mostly to spite her. Life whacks him in the gut between then and the next book, returning him to normal.
* WarriorPrince: After he becomes a knight and Tortall goes to war in ''In the Hand of the Goddess.''
* TheWisePrince: Seen best in ''The Woman Who Rides Like a Man'' when he becomes the Voice Of Tribes.

!!'''Gareth of Naxen'''

Often referred to as Gary, Gareth is one of Alanna's closest friends. Though he completes his knighthood, his true strength seems to lie in organization and management. Has a sharp and biting wit.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Alanna when she first started her training.
* DeskJockey: His job after knighthood is largely a bureaucratic one, more likely to be seen with a quill than a sword. His job is legitimately important and he's not a slacker in the least, being one of Jon's trusted advisers, but pages worry about getting stuck doing paperwork with him if they're not picked by a field knight.
* TheGoodChancellor: After her father died, he managed Alanna's fief while she trained.
* HonoraryUncle: To Alanna and George's kids.
* TheSmartGuy: He's the cleverest of Alanna's friends while they're both pages and squires, and he's the organizer-in-chief once John takes the throne.

!!'''Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak'''

A goodhearted and humorous man, both as in training and as a knight. Absolutely hates social engagements. A fine warrior and eventually becomes Knight Commander of the King's Own. Takes on Keladry of Mindelan as his squire.

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* TheAlcoholic: Strongly implied to be the case when he was a young man, but by ''Squire'' he no longer drinks.
* AscendedExtra: In ''Squire'' he becomes Kel's mentor and one of the most important characters in the book.
* {{Badass}}: Takes down a giant all by himself.
* BadassArmy: The King's Own.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Alanna. When he found out that Ralon was bullying and hurting her, he gave Ralon his own beatings in retaliation.
* TheBigGuy: He's a man-mountain and the biggest in his [[TheTeam personal team]].
* AFatherToHisMen: To Kel, and to the King's Own in general.
* FourStarBadass: Becomes TheLeader of a BadassArmy after the first quartet.
* HonoraryUncle: To Alanna and George's kids.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With [[spoiler:Buri]] in ''Protector of the Small''.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Fights off the bandits and engages in less glamorous activities like grunt work.
-->'''Raoul''': When people say a knight's job is all glory, I laugh, and laugh, and laugh. Often I can stop laughing before they edge away and talk about soothing drinks.
* LargeAndInCharge: Again, a man-mountain.
* TheMentor: He takes Kel as his squire and teaches her about how to be a good commander, navigating personal relationships, and why the King can't always do the most "right" thing. Kel later reflects with some surprise that if she had the opportunity to go back and change things - to train with Lady Alanna as she originally wanted - she wouldn't do it; Raoul was the best mentor for her particular talents that she could possibly have had, as Alanna would not have been able to nourish Kel's talent for leadership.
* NiceGuy: Kel considers him one of the nicest people she knows, second only to [[GoodParents her father]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Though Kel has GoodParents who love her, she is separated from them during most of her squiredom, which means Raoul is the one who gets her through her teenage years. (Except "girl issues" - Kel waits to talk to her mother for that one, to the relief of both of them.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For Kel in particular. He's also the only person who would allow an Eldorne (as in, one of Delia's relations) in his company despite the shame on the family.
* RedBaron[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Giantkiller; he killed a giant single-handed.

!!'''Myles of Olau'''

Technically a knight, though he much prefers academia to fighting. Kind-hearted and intelligent, he took Alanna under his wing when he saw that how little her father cared for her. Indeed, he was the only person to correctly ''guess'' she wasn't really a boy. Eventually adopted Alanna, [[spoiler: married Eleni Cooper and is now Tortall's spymaster]].

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* TheAlcoholic: Well-known as the court drunk, Alanna frequently has to tow him back to his rooms when he overindulges at dinner. By Kel's books, this reputation seems to have been replaced with the fact that he's the royal spymaster.
* CoolOldGuy: He's the page's fictive grandfather because they admire him so much.
* CoolTeacher: His lessons are the favorites of pages. He openly encourages them to question the stories and stereotypes about knights and honor and offers a sympathetic ear to both Alanna and Kel.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: With Eleni Cooper. They become HappilyMarried.
* DeskJockey: Even in Alanna's day he's retired from combat service, although he does participate in the FinalBattle. He continues serving as an instructor in Kel's time.
* LetsGetDangerous: Normally he's a genial old man who likes his drink too much, but there are several points when Alanna is reminded that he was once a serving knight.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Alanna. He eventually makes it official, becoming a case of HappilyAdopted.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Similar to Raoul.
* TheSpymaster: He's the more publicly-known spymaster, though the mysterious "Whisper Man" does all the legwork.

!!'''Faithful/Pounce'''

A black, purple-eyed kitten given to Alanna as a squire by the goddess. Alanna spent some time trying to convince herself it was just an ordinary cat until the fact that it was able to talk to her made that almost impossible. On a similar note, several hundred years earlier, guards-woman Beka Cooper had a purple eyed feline named Pounce ''just'' like him. At both times the constellation of "The Cat" was missing from the sky.

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Though he's not really your regular cat...
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Whenever he "dies" he has to chill in the Divine Realms for a couple centuries until he gets bored.]]
* TheCameo: Makes a brief, unnamed appearance in "Realms of the Gods". He falls asleep on Mithros's throne so he can't sit down. Truly a cat in all the ways that matter, then...
* CatsAreSnarkers: To both heroines he humbles with snark.
* ContinuityNod: "Pounce" was one of the names suggested by Alanna's friends when she finds him.
* DeadpanSnarker: And since he controls who hears him, he can target his snark for maximum effectiveness.
* GodsHandsAreTied: He has wide latitude in helping his charges and using magic, but there are certain things he's barred from doing--he can help, but he can't make decisions for that person and he can't save them from ''everything''.
* InsistentTerminology: Pounce insists that he's not a god, but a constellation.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Since George Cooper grew up reading the journals of his ancestor Beka, he had to wipe his memory so that he wouldn't recognise the similarities between Faithful and Pounce.]]
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Part of the reason he keeps coming down to the mortal realms is because there's always more heroes to follow and snark at.
* TheMentor: To his human charges.
* NonHumanSidekick: Cat to human.
* PhysicalGod: For all intents and purposes. Both Beka and Alanna find him as a kitten and he grows to adulthood. [[spoiler:He "dies" in ''Lioness Rampant'' but he's fine in the Divine Realms, as mentioned above.]]
* PurpleEyes: Any time someone new meets him, they're quite startled by his purple eyes and start speculating on his nature.
* PutOnABus: He leaves Beka's side for most of ''Bloodhound'' because he's doing something to sort out other constellations. [[spoiler:In ''Mastiff'', the Great Gods banish him back to the skies for a century]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In ''Mastiff'', he [[spoiler:heals Achoo of a mortal wound even though he knows the gods are going to punish him for interfering so directly]].
* SinkOrSwimMentor: With justification in ''Bloodhound''. First, he does have to go, but he also realizes Beka takes his help and protection for granted, so she needs to stand on her own two feet when he can't be around.
* TechnicolorEyes: Purple.

!!'''Liam Ironarm, the Shang Dragon'''

Shang Warriors are some of the most powerful fighters in the world- Liam, having earned the designation of "Dragon", is even more powerful still. When he meets Alanna they immediately strike it off, though their similar personalities and his deep hatred of magic causes some difficulties between them.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: He acts as though he knows better than Alanna about anything, from travel sense to the life she's chosen for herself.
* TheMagnificent[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Shang Dragon.
* OneLastFling: Liam is Alanna's. They don't work well together for very long.
* OneManArmy: He's able to take down multiple bandits all on his own.
* RealMenGetShot: He advocates against using magic to heal injuries. This is mainly because he doesn't like magic.
* TechnicolorEyes: His eyes change color with his mood.
* WarriorMonk: Kinda sorta; Shang martial arts has its own culture and beliefs but it's technically not a religion.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Magic]]: He ''hates'' it and is very upset when Alanna uses it.

!!'''Thayet ''jian'' Wilima'''[[note]](later Thayet of Conté)[[/note]]

A Sarain princess exiled from her country after civil war broke out. She is beautiful and, fortunately for all involved, far from useless. She's very intelligent, a strong fighter, a champion of women, and since her [[spoiler:marriage to King Jon]], one of the most powerful forces for social change in Tortall. She is both Founder and original Commander of the Queen's Riders.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: This princess, and later queen, will kick your ass at the head of her own army.
* BadassPrincess: She was first seen holding a crossbow like she knew how to use it; she does.
* TheHighQueen: After her marriage to Jonathan.
* LadyOfWar: She eventually founds a military group that has a large population of these, too.
* TheLancer: To Alanna once she joins the group.
* TheMagnificent: Thayet the Peerless.
* MixedAncestry: Her mother was K'miri (an egalitarian, nomadic people) and her father was the king of Sarain (emphatically ''not'').
* ModestRoyalty: See the story at PimpedOutDress.
* PimpedOutDress: In one story Thayet utterly ruined a very expensive pink tissue dress when she went to the aid of the Queen's Riders in the middle of a dinner party. She didn't consider it a loss. (Nor did Jonathan. He just asked her to try and change next time.)
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: She is very patriotic and is willing to fight for her people and country. At one point she left a court function to respond to a call of the Queen's Riders.
* PrincessInRags: Thayet is a runaway princess from a country at war. She plans on creating her own life in Tortall without rank or title since her father is dead and she is in exile. Then she catches the attention of Prince Jonathan...
* RavenHairIvorySkin: As soon as we meet her in ''Lioness Rampant'' she is described as follows:
--> Her face -- particularly her nose -- was strong boned; her hazel eyes were deep-set under even brows; her chin was determined. Her mouth was naturally red, accented by ivory skin. She wore her jet-black hair pulled into a knot. Alanna sighed. "Cute" was the best ''she'' could hope for.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Not only does she found the Queen's Riders, she's its first leader.
* SilkHidingSteel: A model court lady who could insult and frustrate her would-be suitor (and future husband) Jon while remaining impeccably polite. [[LadyOfWar She's also the founder of the Queen's Riders, a branch of Tortall's military.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Thayet's the girly-girl, Buri's the tomboy.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Her father had the priests pray to give him a son ''daily'', which had no good effect on Thayet's self-esteem.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Hailed as the "most beautiful woman in the world," which is the same thing that her mother had been called in her lifetime. Ironically, the princess says that she takes after her father in looks.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The fortune teller explicitly says that she will never return to Sarain.

!!'''Buriram Tourakom''' [[note]]later of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak)[[/note]]

Buri's first duty was to protect Thayet, no matter what. She takes her duty ''very'' seriously, and being such an adept fighter, deserves (and earns) a ''lot'' of respect.

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* ActionGirl: Upgraded to LadyOfWar in ''Protector of the Small'', where she's older.
* BattleButler: Thayet's.
* BadassArmy: The Queen's Riders, which she takes leadership of after queenly duties force Thayet to resign.
* DrillSergeantNasty: She's tough on recruits.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Raoul.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Although she's tough on recruits, she gives Kel some good advice on how to deal with mistakes and regrets.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Thayet's the girly-girl, Buri's the tomboy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Villains]]
!!'''Duke Roger of Conté'''

Handsome, intelligent, and the most powerful mage in the land, everyone loves Jonathan's cousin. Except Alanna, who can't shake a strange suspicion about him...

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* AffablyEvil: His charm is part of the reason no one suspected him of regicide.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: This applies to him too, fitting in with the idea that noble titles carry an expectation for martial skill.
* BigBad: He is the architect for every bad thing that happens to Alanna--the MysticalPlague, secretly ginning up a war between Tortall and Tusaine, numerous assassination attempts, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Delia's antics]]... even [[spoiler:after he dies]] and Alanna is in the Southern Desert, she finds an EvilWeapon that's got his magic fingerprints all over it, and ''that'' causes a boatload of problems too.
* TheChessmaster: Even in the fourth book where ''eveyone'' is suspicious of him, he can endanger the realm with his schemes.
* DevilInPlainSight: He plays the lovable uncle bit to the hilt, and only Alanna is able to have a "bad feeling" about him. [[spoiler:It turns out he was magicking everyone to not suspect him.]]
* EvilMentor: To Alex of Tirragen. Roger morphs him from a secretive boy who has trouble with Ethics to Alanna's enemy.
* EvilPlan: First a subtle usurpation by bumping off those ahead of them. This covers the first half of the quartet. Then in the final book he [[spoiler:CameBackWrong]] and tried to destroy the place instead.
* EvilSorcerer: Part of his EvilPlan was a vodoo thing and he has other magic besides. He's ''extremely'' powerful, enough to engineer the [[MysticalPlague healer-draining plague]] on Corus while he himself is in Carthak.
* EvilUncle: To Jonathan. (Although he is technically a cousin, as he's Roald's nephew, Jon refers to him as uncle.)
* GenreSavvy: He is ''very'' good at hiding what he's up to, with the help of this trait.
* ManipulativeBastard: He projects a very charming front, easily manipulates Jon into visiting the Black City, and turns Alex against all of his old friends, among other things. Roger also augments his manipulations with magic, just in case his standard charm abilities fail.
* NayTheist: He ''believes'' in the gods, but he doesn't like them. The feeling is mutual.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He probably wasn't going to use the Ysandir for anything more than a cheap way to kill Jon, but accidentally invoking TheProphecy for their defeat by the Night One and Burning-Brightly One? Impressive.
* ObviouslyEvil: Although Alanna is the only one who suspects him at first [[spoiler:thanks to Roger's magic on the royal family]].
* TakeThat: His character is based on Pierce's lousy ex-boyfriend.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Again, like the other men in the family.
* WordOfGod: [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/roger-contes-inheritance-children/ Tammy has something to say]] about his StartOfDarkness and what happened later.
--> As for later, I don’t think of him as evil so much as I think of him as apocalyptically crazy. [[spoiler:8 months buried alive would do that to a person, I think. He had no guarantee that he’d be resurrected]], and even when he was, he felt his people could have made it happen sooner. He decided to punish everyone involved in his trial [[spoiler:and death]] and if the world was destroyed with them, he really didn’t care. Like I said, nuts. He was always self-centered. This just took it to the extreme. He’d have to acknowledge his wants and desires were evil, and he never did.

!!'''Delia of Eldorne'''

A stunning beauty who comes to Corus during ''In the Hands of the Goddess''. Delia is unpleasant from the start, seducing Jon and encouraging the other men in court to fight over her, all as a part of Duke Roger's plan to take the throne.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: She makes "Squire Alan" her special favorite at court. Alanna can't stand her--not because she's ugly, but because of the way her friends fight over Delia.
* AlphaBitch: She delights in making "Alan" uncomfortable, enjoys the fights over her, and plots in regicide.
* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: To Lerant of Eldorne in ''Protector of the Small''. [[spoiler:Granted, she's serving a life sentence and isn't scheming anymore, but her actions disgraced Lerant in the eyes of most nobles because they think evil is InTheBlood]].
* GreenEyes: Her brilliant green eyes are noted as part of her charm and allure.
* LadyInRed: Being a Lady in ''Green'' has the effect of this trope, making her stand out at court and indicating that she is sexy and flirtatious.
* ManipulativeBastard: Myles suggest that she's a woman who enjoys breaking up men's friendships. Later we learn that [[spoiler:she goaded Thom into raising Roger from the not-quite-dead]].
* SmugSnake: Even Duke Roger yells at her for messing up his plans.
* TheVamp: She openly seduces (or tries to seduce, in Alan's case) the men at court and becomes Prince Jonathan's lover, toying with his emotions.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Why she sides with Roger--at least, she assumes this is going to be the case.

!!Alex of Tirragen
A squire in Jon's group of friends. He's clever and secretive, and doesn't take being bested well. Duke Roger takes him as his squire, and everything goes downhill from there.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's described as a "slim, dark boy".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a number of things in the first book that hint Alex might not stay Alanna's friend. She never takes him to visit George, he argues with Myles over right and wrong and has to do extra work in Ethics, and Ali Mukhtab outright says he wouldn't want to meet him.
* {{Pride}}: Alex does not like it that people might be better than him at things.
* MasterSwordsman: He's probably the best fencer out of all Alanna's peers. She can't even beat him by swords during the FinalBattle and has to turn to unarmed Shang techniques instead.
* MoreThanMindControl: He tries to kill Alanna during a practice duel in the second book. It may or may not have been Roger directly possessing him, but it was certainly due to Roger's ''influence'' on him.
* RivalTurnedEvil: He and Alanna are the top swordfighters at the palace, and he comes to see her as a personal rival.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He orders all of his men to stay back in ''Lioness Rampant'' because he wants to beat Alanna himself.

!!Ralon of Malven
A page who immediately targets the new boy "Alan" for abuse. He antagonizes Alanna until she learns how to wrestle from George; after she thrashes him once and for all, he flees back to his family. It is not the last time he'll cross paths with her or her friends.

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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:He tries to rape a woman from a neighboring fief, but her maid catches him in the attempt and makes him leave. With acid.]]
* CurbStompBattle: After he breaks Alanna's arm, her friends all visit and beat him up. And after months of torment, Alanna learns how to fight left-handed and unarmed. When she's ready she forces Ralon to answer in front of all the boys and trounces him thoroughly.
* DirtyCoward: He only goes after Alanna when there's nobody else around (or at least no nobles, since commoners can't interfere in noble fights). [[spoiler:He also tries to kill George through underhanded and indirect methods.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Invoked by George, who orders his thieves to make sure Ralon always gets pickpocketed when he visits the city.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: You couldn't expect a kid named ''Mal''ven to turn out any good. [[spoiler:Later he goes around calling himself Claw.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He inflicts more than one on Alanna, breaking bone several times.
* RichesToRags: He was disinherited by his family for [[spoiler:attempting to rape a woman, after which he involves himself in the criminal world]].
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:His would-be victim's made chucks acid in his face, leaving permanent scars and burning out one of his eyes.]]
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: He returns in the third book to cause trouble in George and Alanna's lives again.
* SmugSnake: Even though his behavior ensures that ''nobody likes him at all'' and more than one of Page Alan's friends beats him in revenge, he keeps thinking that he'll win. [[spoiler:He also thinks that he has what it takes to go up against George Cooper. Doesn't work.]]

[[/folder]]

!First appearing in ''Literature/TheImmortals''

[[folder:Heroes and supporting]]
!!'''Veralidaine "Daine" Sarrasri [[labelnote:*]]later Salmalin[[/labelnote]]'''
After having her family killed by raiders and succumbing to "madness", Daine was a runaway and an outcast. Due to her knack with animals she was hired to help manage ponies, which is where people first began to suspect her "knack" might be much more.

Daine is a practical-minded soul, but also sweet and caring--with an anger that only comes out when you threaten the ones she loves. Capable of talking to animals, and later transforming into them, she's a very powerful fighter.

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* AnimalTalk: Played with: Daine can talk to all animals because of her magic, and all the animals could talk to each other with relative ease, but it is implied that each species has its own distinct dialect.
* TheBeastmaster: One aspect of her wild magic involves this ability, but Daine is something of an aversion in that it's the power she least likes to call on, and more often than not only does so to keep animals ''out'' of the fighting.
* BerserkButton: Whatever you do don't try to kill Numair. [[spoiler:''UNDEAD ZOMBIE DINOSAURS'' get involved if you do. No, seriously.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Besides this being part of her back story when she was literally RaisedByWolves, just look what she does if she "loses her temper."
* BigNo: [[spoiler:When Rikash dies.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Wild magic when she knows too much, affects animals without intending to, and [[spoiler:when she passes on her powers to her child, resulting in a ''shapeshifting fetus'']]. Oy.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Because of her VoluntaryShapeshifting, Daine knows what it's like for game animals to be hunted and killed, which turns her off from eating them as a human. Before she started to learn about her magic, she grew up eating meat like anybody else, and continued to hunt and eat meat for a long time after discovering it — she says at one point that she doesn't see why this would surprise anybody, since animals kill and eat each other all the time, and it's not as if she kills for sport or uses her magic to lure prey towards her. This changes, however, after a bad experience or two when she herself is pursued in animal form by hunters — game meat becomes Nausea Fuel for her, and she can't stand to eat it anymore, having felt what the animal went through. She doesn't object to it in principle or try to stop other people; she just literally can't stomach it herself. It's mentioned that she gets by okay with domesticated meat by never bonding mentally with any farm animals, and how she feels about fish or insects isn't mentioned.
* CosmicPlaything: In ''Emperor Mage'' only, thanks to a Carthaki goddess named the Graveyard Hag claiming her as her "vessel." Otherwise, Daine is entirely her own woman and likes it that way.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Justified: Daine's magic allows her to communicate with animals, i.e. explain to them that [[HumansAreBastards she isn't a cold-blooded killer,]] heal them, and animals gravitate to her because of this.
* FullFrontalAssault: Not terribly uncommon for Daine, because aside from the badger god's silver claw nothing she wears can follow her through her shapeshifting, leaving her naked fairly often. [[spoiler:This is how she kills Ozorne, because that claw is razor-sharp.]]
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Of a god, no less]]. This does cause her some difficulty in certain social circles, since the matrynomic "Sarrasri" makes her uncertain parentage obvious. According to WordOfGod, it's also what [[spoiler:finally convinces her to marry Numair while heavily pregnant, since she didn't want her child to go through what she went through.]]
* HotForTeacher: Magic teacher in this case.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Lands a fatal hit on a fast-moving spidren ''in the dark'' -- even Alanna is impressed. Later explicitly named as part of her magical ability, [[spoiler:inherited from her father, the Hunt God.]]
* JustFriends: See Numair's entry below.
* TheMagnificent: The Wildmage.
* MerlinAndNimue: The magic, age difference, and sexual tension are present, but not the betrayal.
* [[NatureHero Nature Heroine]]: Because of her wild magic.
* TheNicknamer: She does this with ''dragons'', which tend to have very poetic names like Skysong. She calls them things like "Kitten" and "Big Blue." [[spoiler:Big Blue, AKA Diamondscale, a ''very'' powerful fully grown adult, is amused and slightly bewildered at this.]]
* NomDeMom: After discovering her father's identity, she toys with the idea of changing her last name to [[spoiler:Weirynsra]], but decides that she's gone through so much as Sarrasri that she'd rather keep it.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Type 1. The bandit attack on her home soured her on her fellow humans, and she's quick to sympathize with animals affected by human mischief.
* OddFriendship: With Rikash the Stormwing because his duty is defiling the battlefield dead.
* RaisedByWolves: Literally, but only for a little while after her mother died. The local pack took her in and let her run with them until humans found out what was going on and she had to flee.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: At the end of ''Emperor Mage,'' when she thought a certain friend of hers had been executed. Sadly, the person her revenge was supposed to be directed at -- the executor -- turned into a Stormwing, and his innocent nephew had to pay the damages.
* SheCleansUpNicely: She looks lovely in noble dress, but she doesn't enjoy dresses at all. In the first book she ranted about all the ways it was impractical.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: Throughout her quartet.
* {{Understatement}} :''Emperor Mage'', chapter nine: "Daine Loses Her Temper." [[spoiler: She wrecks a palace complex with zombie dinosaurs!]]
* UnstoppableRage: The aforementioned explosion.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She can take on the form of any vertebrate due to wild magic, though she can't take the shape of any Immortal because the laws of magic would leave her unable to change back.
* WildChild: For a little while, thanks to grief and some confusion caused by her untrained magic.


!!'''Numair Salmalin [[labelnote:*]]formerly Arram Draper[[/labelnote]]'''

A black robe mage, the highest possible degree, Numair was trained at the University of Carthak, though he was forced to flee after his his incredible magical power and outspoken opinions angered Emperor Ozorne. He's an extremely powerful mage, though you might not notice at first, what with him being a somewhat absentminded academic.

He first met Daine in the form of a drugged black hawk, and shortly after returning to human form, took her on as his student.

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* TheAce: A powerful mage, a charming courtier and famous throughout the land.
* TheArchmage: He's the royal court's magician and famous for his mighty feats of magic.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Which he picked out himself since Arram Draper is too plain. Of course, it also had to do with being on the run from his former friend, who was trying to kill him. [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/the-new-age-baby-name-book/ Word Of God]] cites the reason for his choice was "geeky old Arram Draper would want a majorly cool mage name to announce to the world he was a mighty black robe, no longer the geek who fell off his horse and forgot to take spells down before he left the room."
* BadassBookworm: Before coming to Tortall, he was a student.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The most powerful mage in Tortall is also the most ''vain'' mage in Tortall, and kinda lazy.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: When Tkaa and Numair first met, Tkaa described him as 'unusual,' putting it mildly. Daine calls him the "last person qualified to diagnose madness in another."
* CourtMage: He works for King Jonathan.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: He does... now. Numair recalls lighting his shirt on fire when he tried to dry it with his magic, and Duke Baird mentions to Neal that Numair has to get up to blow out candles; if he uses he Gift, the candle explodes. So does the table it was sitting on and possibly the wall behind it. Also, while he was on hand at Haven in ''Lady Knight,'' Numair calls a massive pile of boulders from ten miles away, instead of carrying a few over a couple of miles, as Baird or Neal would have done.
* FanNickname: Numy. Later upgraded to canon by Aly, Alanna's daughter.
* GeniusDitz: An intelligent former student and powerful sorcerer who forgets to take a restraining spell off rowdy pages before he tells them to clear off.
* HonoraryUncle: To Alanna and George's kids.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With [[spoiler:Daine. Mind you, Daine isn't particularly short (about 5'6"), but compared to Numair (who is 6'5"), she seems small in comparison. ]]
* JustFriends: Numair's situation is a sort of mash-up of the different subtypes: Over the course of time, he falls in love with [[spoiler:Daine, but didn't realize it for a long time, claiming that "she [was his] ''student,'' and "laughing it off" (Daine's words) if anyone suggested he was interested in her sexually. At the same time, he began warning anyone who might take an interest in her not to interfere with her, and is very protective of her; as to Daine, she gets jealous of Numair's ex. When Numair finally realizes he's in love with her, he decides not to tell Daine for fear of the reciprocation that would arise over various things.]]
* MagicMusic: In ''Lady Knight,'' to the chagrin of many normal people in the fort, he uses a recorder to enact a spell called the Sorceror's Dance. The sight of a small army of boulders answering his call from as far off as ten miles and following behind a dancing Numair like a gang of ducklings leaves a lot of people out of sorts.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: It's well-known that he has a few ex-lovers. He and Daine run into one of them in Carthak.
* MeaningfulRename: See AwesomeMcCoolname
* MerlinAndNimue: [[spoiler:Him and Daine, without tragic consequences.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In ''Wolf-speaker'', to lull the conspirators into a false sense of security. They knew him when he was much more of a book-absorbed scholar and had no idea of the depth of practical knowledge he'd picked up in the years since.
* OlderSidekick: For Daine because she's the hero of Immortals.
* RelationshipCeiling: Inverted, but shown more on Numair's part than [[spoiler:Daine's. After nearly ten years of being lovers, Numair seems to be ''more'' in love with Daine, not less. Then they get married]].
* StudentAndMasterTeam: With his magelet, Daine.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: How some people describe him. WordOfGod says he's based on Jeff Goldblum.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Hawk shape only, although not a true shapeshift, as the hawk shape he takes is too large and black to be a real hawk. He won't try other shapes since the first one already gives him migraines; he needs incredible amounts of power and the ability to control and hang onto it.

!!'''Onua Chamtong of the K'miri Raadeh'''

Responsible for all the ponies and horses of the Riders, Onua was Daine's first human companion and ally in Tortall. She's no-nonsense and matter-of-fact.

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* AngryGuardDog: Tahoi's supposed to be, but around Daine he's a BigFriendlyDog.
* BadassNormal: Downplayed. Although in ''Wild Magic'' Daine can see she has a touch of wild magic herself, and her Gift specializes in hiding things. Compared to Numair and Daine, though, she is quite normal, and it doesn't come up when she reappears in ''Protector of the Small''.
* DomesticAbuse: Her ex-husband abused her and left her in the street to die.
* LivingLieDetector: Can do a spell that allows her to tell if someone is lying.
* {{Nature Hero}}ine: Stable hand.
* PutOnABus: Although Daine considers her a best friend throughout the series, Onua only has a prominent role in the first book and is barely mentioned in the second and third.

!!'''Skysong (Kitten)'''

When Kitten's mother was summoned to the human realms she was flung into battle, and nearly miscarried. Daine accidentally healed the child, but when the mother still died in battle, she was placed in charge of raising the hatchling.

Though still very young and unable to speak, Kitten is an intelligent as any human, though she the maturity of a child. She loves her adopted family and gets angry when she's separated from them.

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* HappilyAdopted: By Daine.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: In this case, 'adorable' is more appropriate.
* MuggleFosterParents: Considering Kitten's birth parents were dragons, and this series' dragons have no compulsions about challenging gods, Daine and Numair are definitely muggles in comparison.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Kitten is always discovering new things she's able to do, such as magically forcing locks in book 2 or commanding lesser dragonkin in book 4. This is primarily a result of Kitten's status as an infant, since she's slowly mastering her natural dragon magic.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known By Her Nickname]]: Although we do know her real name, 90% of the time everyone calls her Kitten--or even Kit.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Immortal, sentient, and immensely powerful. Even though she's just a baby, she can exert control over other draconics (such as wyverns) by the fourth book.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: A wild dragon who becomes Daine's charge.

!!'''Cloud'''

A grey mountain pony, Cloud is the last member of Daine's family that's still alive. She lost her mate and offspring in the same bandit raid, and has stayed with Daine since, even when her mind started to become more and more wolf-like. She often acts as the voice of reason.

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: {{Justified}}. Prolonged exposure to Daine's magic (and her blood from biting her) means that she's much more intelligent in a "human" way than the average pony, even understanding human language.
* DeadpanSnarker: She calls Numair a "stork man" and makes it clear whenever she's unimpressed with twolegger habits.
* DemotedToExtra: Though a main character in the first two novels, she's completely absent in ''Emperor Mage'' and only appears at the end of ''Realms of the Gods''.
* TeamMom: She borders on a ParentalSubstitute for Daine after Sarra's death and extends her maternalistic commonsense to Numair as well.
* SapientSteed: See AmplifiedAnimalAptitude.

!!'''Rikash Moonsword'''

Rikash is a terrible monster--the body of giant metal bird of prey with a human head, smeared with blood and feces, that exists to desecrate the dead and feed off the misery of war. When Daine meets him, she immediately hates him. However, his care for Maura, biting sense of humor, and fierce loyalty to his clan makes her question her hatred of Stormwings.

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* DeadpanSnarker: His biting sense of humor.
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Lampshaded by Daine when she finds out.
* FriendToAllChildren: It's hard for Stormwings to bear children, so they tend to be fond and protective of any they come across, regardless of race or species.
* GenreSavvy: Enough to know what Daine being TheBeastmaster means when he discovers small animals reading military reports.
* OddFriendship: With Daine and Maura of Dunlath.
* NobleDemon: He has a cantankerous personality and makes it clear that he delights in defiling the battlefield dead. Then we find that the only reason he (and the rest of his kind, for that matter) treat dead soldiers so badly is in the hope that any who see the "corpses" would harbor no ideas that WarIsGlorious.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: He takes being a Stormwing very seriously and is very angry when Stormwings try to ''wage'' war on humans when their ''raison d'etre'' is to be a deterrent.
* ShipTease: Sees Numair entering his conversation with Daine and loudly wonders if Numair thinks he's "corrupting" her.
* ShmuckBait: Tells Daine to try Stormwing form because she'll totally like it, but she knows better. Once a human has assumed an immortal's form they are {{Mode Lock}}ed. [[spoiler:He pulls it on Ozorne, as well, offering him a Stormwing feather and promising that when it contacts his blood it will let him fly away from his enemies on wings of steel; the feather ends up turning Ozorne into a Stormwing, losing him his throne and his magic powers in an instant. (Immortals are permitted neither mortal thrones nor the mortal Gift.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Daine. They argue and bicker, but when [[spoiler:he dies, she is horrified and saddened]].

!!'''The Badger God'''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Tasked with protecting Daine by her mysterious father as a baby, when he next checked in, he was quite surprised to see that over ten years had passed, the girl's home had burned down and she was now in Tortall. Determined not to let it happen again, he gave her one of his magical claws so he could always follow her. Slightly grumpy and pompous, he nonetheless has a soft spot for her.

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* ChekhovsGun: The badger claw. After over three books of just being a necklace, [[spoiler: Daine eventually uses it to stab Ozorne in the chest.]] The Badger approves.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Daine thinks he's doing this to her whenever she "forgets" to ask him who her father is.
* TheMentor: With a touch of ParentalSubstitute. He watches over and advises Daine throughout the quartet.
* NoNameGiven: He's just "The Badger God", even though all the other animal gods have names.
* PapaWolf: He steps in to aid Daine when she needs it. [[spoiler: Such as when she accidentally kills herself with wild magic and he has to pull her back from the Divine Realm.]]

!!'''Brokefang the Wolf'''

Leader of his pack, Brokefang took Daine in and helped her get revenge on the raiders that killed her family. However, licking her wounds led to a high exposure to her magic, making him much more...human. Terrified by all these foreign thoughts and ideas, Brokefang nonethless tries to do the best for his pack...including using his new found intelligence to fight again humans destroying the forest.

* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Justified and explained. Daine is disturbed at what she's done.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Considers it his responsibility to solve the pack's problems.
* PapaWolf: To the pack's cubs, naturally.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He does an admirable job watching out for his pack; in fact, his introduction scene is him planning their future.

!!'''Kaddar Ghazanoi Iliniat'''

Ozone's nephew and heir, Kaddar seems like an okay guy, all things considered- while pompous, arrogant and discriminatory against the poor, he genuinely wants to help people (if he can live long enough to do so). [[spoiler: Becomes emperor after Orzone is dethroned]], and later [[spoiler:marries Princess Kalasin]].

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: He's lived for all his life in Carthak, where slavery is commonplace, and he has a casual disregard for slaves and their lives that shocks Daine, who had found him so nice before.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Apart from the above, he's basically a NiceGuy who would rather see Carthak ruled properly.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He does indeed rule properly when [[spoiler: His uncle turns into a stormwing and flees the empire, leaving him in charge.]]
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[[folder:Villains and neutral]]
!!'''Tristan Staghorn'''

One of Numair's colleagues (sort of) during his days at the Carthaki University; they didn't get along. When they meet again some two decades later, not much has changed in that department.

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* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:Into a tree.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Numair.
* EvilSorcerer: Again, like Numair but evil.
* JerkAss: While Numair's vanity is endearing, this guy is a creep.
* MugglePower: Tristan is by no means on Numair's level as a mage, but he has lots of the black opals being mined from Fief Dunlath to boost his power. Unfortunately for Tristan, he's ''still'' not on Numair's level.


!!'''Ozorne Muhassin Tasikhe'''

Emperor of Carthak and a powerful mage, Orzone is obsessed with power and expanding his empire. He hates anyone who he can't control, and will ''quash'' those who disobey him. Really, the only good think you can say on his behalf is that he really cares for animals.

Later, [[spoiler:he gets turned into a Stormwing. He manages to learn their magic, creating a spy network of darklings from his blood, and becomes a pawn of Chaos itself. Eventually killed in one-one-one battle with Daine]].
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* AffablyEvil: To Daine in ''Emperor Mage''. She helps his birds!
* BadBoss: Numair says that working under him is a terrifying prospect. That's why he risked punishment by fleeing to Tortall.
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:His defeat by Daine and transformation into a filthy, loathed creature.]]
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: He piles on entertainment to distract his court from problems in the empire and kills those that can or have caused issues.
* TheEmperor: Of Carthak.
* EvilPlan: Two at once; TakeOverTheWorld for Torall and AGodAmI domestically. When they didn't pan out he decided to RageAgainstTheHeavens.
* EvilSorcerer: He uses his power to oppress his people, and later, RageAgainstTheHeavens.
* FauxAffablyEvil: To everyone other Daine in ''Emperor Mage'', he is politely evil.
* AGodAmI: This is his EvilPlan; to displace the worship of the gods by his citizens with worship of ''himself''. The other gods are not terribly amused, and Carthak's local patron deity, the Graveyard Hag, is downright ''furious.''
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Uses a Stormwing feather to escape death or being desposed in the third book, only to discover that it [[spoiler: turns him into a Stormwing. Which means he is now ineligible to continue ruling and subject to Stormwing justice for his crimes against them.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: What other mindset would force his subjects to worship him instead of genuine gods that can manifest themselves before mortals and get shirty about blasphemy?
* IWantThemAlive: In the last book he gives this order regarding Daine and Numair as he wants to kill them himself.
* ManipulativeBastard: For all his magical power, he's more likely to work social magic to get what he wants.
* PetTheDog: Inverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Kaddar at the beginning, who complains that Ozorne cares far more about his birds than his subjects. This makes him ''less'' sympathetic than instead of more.
* SorcerousOverlord: He's known as [[RedBaron Emperor Mage]].
* VillainousBreakdown: When he cornered and beaten at the end of [[spoiler: Emperor Mage]] he becomes frantic and desperate.

!!'''Varice Kingsford'''
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Played with: Daine and Numair aren't in a relationship--[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend they aren't aware]] [[LikeBrotherAndSister of their feelings yet]] -- but Varice showing up makes things awkward, and Daine gets jealous.
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!First appearing in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''

[[folder:Heroes and supporting]]
!!'''Keladry of Mindelan'''

Raised in the Yamani Islands, Kel is obsessed with doing what's right. Deeply inspired by Sir Alanna and the warrior women of Yaman, Kel signed up to be the first openly female page--and was so disgusted at being given the unfair title of "probationer" that she almost gave up right then and there. Still determined, she preserved through bullying, double-standards and the hardships of training to eventually win her shield.

Kel is a natural-born leader, possessing a cool head and stoicism, and shows brilliance as a commander even during her page years. She has a deeply instilled sense of duty, which often clashes with her desire to do what's right.

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* ActionGirl: Proving this trope is her personal goal.
* BadassNormal:
** The whole point of her character according to WordOfGod and the final book. She has no powers ''at all'' but still kicks ass and leads others. (She is also the only one of the Tortall protagonists to be one).
** This is also why her success is just as important for would-be Lady Knights as Alanna's: nobody can say that she leaned on magic to succeed. {{Word Of God}} is that this was the intended message for readers just as much as the other characters.[[note]] Alanna didn't, but it's one of the arguments that conservatives like to make against training women.[[/note]]
-->'''Alanna''': I had the magic, you see, and the hand of the Goddess on me. Everyone could and did say I was a freak, one of those once-a-century people. No one else needs to strive for what I did, because they couldn't reach it. But you, bless you, you are ''real''.
* BladeOnAStick: Her preferred weapon due to her Yamani upbringing, though she's also competent with the sword and excellent with the lance.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Invoked. Due to her training and height, she is much larger and stockier than most women and her practical haircut makes it easy for strangers to assume she's a boy.
* BullyHunter: She didn't like the hazing and thought fighting the older boys who did it was good training, and so she steps in repeatedly to stop people who are abusing weaker people or animals.
* BuxomIsBetter: Inverted, Kel was not happy in the least when she started growing breasts.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: In ''Lady Knight''. For the first half, she's constantly torn between her desire to go after Blayce and protect her refugee camp. It doesn't help that some of those refugees are incredibly demanding and obnoxious.
* CosmicPlaything: For the Chamber of the Ordeal. It's the one who named her "Protector of the Small."
* CoolHorse: Peachblossom, who is a {{Badass}} in his own right. He's an extremely ill-tempered horse with a knack for causing trouble, but he's fond and protective of Kel.
* {{Determinator}}: One of Kel's defining traits. Discussed in ''Lady Knight'' by her friends. They admit they should have expected her to chase after the captive civilians. Once they were in her care she was going to save them even if she had to invade an enemy country by herself.
* DueToTheDead: As military commander in Haven, she insists on burying the enemy dead, even though most commanders bury only their own and leave enemies for the Stormwings. [[spoiler: She eventually leaves the bodies of Blayce and his men to the Stormwings, because that way someone will benefit from them.]]
* EnsignNewbie: One of her protests to being put in charge of Haven is that the "paint is still wet on her shield." Wyldon sticks by it because she trained with the commander of the King's Own and she's responsible enough to do the job properly; she's also the only person he knows he can trust to actually lead the refugees, as opposed to treating them like a dirty chore or waste of time like many other nobles would.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Inverted into Even Goodness Has Limits. Kel is just about the only Tortallan who will burn dead enemy soldiers and pray for them instead of leaving them for Stormwings, immortal semihuman scavengers who defile battlefield corpses. However, she leaves [[spoiler:Blayce the Gallan]] and the soldiers who guarded him for them.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Kel is a much more down-to-earth example than most, but she makes a habit of caring for animals, protecting them, and taking in strays. Since a lot of them have had their intelligence enhanced by proximity to Daine, they repay the kindness by helping her in battle.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: A justified in-universe example, as Kel is the first girl to openly try for her shield after Alanna. Her success inspires a number of girls who might otherwise not have tried.
* GoodParents: She has them; in fact, Kel's mother and father are easily the best biological parents Pierce has written to date (and possibly the best parents, period). They are extremely supportive of her dream and are there to help her with other issues like periods and romance.
* GoodWithNumbers: She greatly enjoys her math lessons as a page, and the skill serves her well while dealing with logistical and engineering problems as a squire and knight. It also wins her a lot of support among her peers, and her year-mates claim, half-seriously, that their entire year would have probably failed their mathematics classes without her tutoring.
* HonorBeforeReason: When her people are captured by Blayce, it was a matter of honor and responsiblity to rescue them even though she herself realized it was suicidally stupid to do so on her own. However considering that if she hadn't done this an enemy mage would have gone on to make two hundred children into monstrous killing devices, abandoning her post to save them wasn't entirely unreasonable.
* HugeSchoolgirl: A running gag. Even Alanna jokes that the only bad thing about Keladry's fantastic successes as a page and squire is that the stocky Alanna looks fairly runty standing next to her.
* [[HumbleHero Humble Heroine]]: She has a tendency to [[DismissingACompliment dismiss any compliments]] her friends try to give her and is quick to attribute her successes to luck, her training, or some other factor, rather than her own personal merit.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Her dream is to be this.
* LadyOfWar: She becomes this by the time of the fourth book. Literally; the standard address is "Lady Knight."
* TheLeader: Type Levelheaded. She is remarkably good at staying cool in a crisis, a quality that is noticed early on. Raoul later gives her specific lessons, saying that a good, solid commander is often a more useful asset for the realm than a questing hero.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Kel and Neal eventually.
* MamaBear: Despite not being a mom she is this for Haven.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: She has at least four brothers and three sisters.
* ParentalSubstitute: To her sidekick, Tobe, whom she more or less adopts.
* MaybeEverAfter: Though she's eager to see Dom again at the end of ''Lady Knight'', that's as far as any romantic implications go at the end of the quartet.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Takes it upon herself to defy this trope all over the country.
* SheCleansUpNicely: She deliberately wears dresses to dinner as a page to remind people that she's a girl.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Squire.'' Lerant, Raoul's jealous standard-bearer, grabs her to try and intimidate her. She responds simply by flexing her bicep and popping his hand right off.
* TheStoic: She has a "[[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/yamani-faces-and-principles/ Yamani face]]", which she uses to avoid showing bullies and other enemies that they've upset her. (This winds up getting her the nickname "Yamani Lump" in training.)
* TranquilFury: This is what happens whenever you break through Kel's Yamani calm and get her ''mad''.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Out of everyone, Kel wants Wyldon's approval. [[spoiler:She gets it, eventually.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: With heights. After the end of ''Page'', she stops getting dizzy and throwing up, but she still doesn't like them.


!!'''Lord Wyldon of Cavall'''

Wyldon is a conservative, obsessed with tradition and firmly of the opinion that women are not fit to be warriors. It was he that insisted Kel be placed on probation due to her gender, and caused her a lot of hardships in her first year of training.

Despite all this, he has a deep sense of honor and wants to serve the crown as best he can, and is most certainly a hero. [[spoiler: Though he never seems to fully shake off his misogyny, he becomes one of Kel's staunchest supporters]].
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* [[YouAreACreditToYourRace A Credit To Your Gender]]: He tells Keladry a few times that he wishes she was a boy. She just says that she likes being a girl.
* {{Badass}}: Being completely at home on a battlefield aside, he's also an extremely skilled jouster. While knights would usually feel proud after defeating an opponent, especially if they knocked them off their horses, when put up against Wyldon, even ''Raoul'' considers it an accomplishment to simply stay in the saddle for the three bouts, at which point the judges would always rule in Wyldon's favour.
* BadassNormal: Not only does he lack magic but he doesn't like it used unless absolutely necessary.
* FourStarBadass: A general who much prefers fighting at the border and protecting people than living at the capital training kids. Kel realizes this in ''Lady Knight''.
* HeelRealization: He very nearly rejects Kel's pagehood despite the fact that she'd thoroughly earned it, but his conscience won the wrestling match.
* HappilyMarried: To Lady Vivenne, via WordOfGod.
* InSeriesNickname: Neal refers to him as 'The Stump' because he's stocky and stubborn.
* JerkassHasAPoint: To first-time readers, especially young ones, his constantly forcing Kel to face her fear of heights seems more like torture than anything else. But in hindsight, Wyldon was absolutely right; Kel's phobia ''would'' have crippled her in a fight, and his methods did work. He really wasn't doing it just to be mean; he was doing it to help her, too. (He does later admit that he ''was'' still trying to make her quit at that point, however.)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He was a colossal prick to Kel, and openly misogynistic. However, after she proves him wrong about her, not only does he lighten up on her, but he begins to hold her in extremely high esteem. When he resigned from his position, he apologized to her for all the shit he put her through and told her that she was the best student he ever had.
* MeaningfulName: The name of his fief, Cavall, also happens to be the name of KingArthur's favourite hunting hound. This is not a coincidence.
* MyGreatestFailure: In ''Squire'', he [[spoiler:resigns as a training instructor after the spectacular failures of Joren and Vinson and the realization that his greatest achievement would be Keladry's success--the thing that he spent most of her page years trying to prevent]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: He gets along well with the staff and civilians; it's the pages he's nasty to.
* OldSoldier: A veteran of many battles.
* ParentalSubstitute: For Kel, to an extent, as he guides her on the path to knighthood. Kel later tells him that he's the kind of knight she'd like to be.
-->'''Wyldon''': I am not. But that you believe it is the greatest compliment I will ever receive.
* PetTheDog: One of the first clues that Wyldon isn't ''that'' bad a guy is his kindness toward Kel's technically disallowed terrier mix, Jump. Later on it's revealed that he breeds hunting dogs, and that Cavall produces some of the finest in Tortall.
* RealMenGetShot: Wyldon is a firm believer that suffering makes you a real man. Unless it's absolutely necessary to survive or stay in the field, he won't accept a magic healing.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When not overcome with horrible misogyny and he [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]].
* ScarsAreForever: His face and arm were scarred defending the royal children from hurroks shortly before ''First Test'', and they're still there in ''Lady Knight''.
* StayInTheKitchen: His attitude at first, though it gradually changes as Kel proves herself more worthy than most men.
* SternTeacher: To pages. He's famous among them for his rule that if a page is late to the year-end ceremony, even if it's just a minute, they have to repeat the entire year of page training, and if they're ''really'' late, they have to repeat ''all four''. His reason is "Tardiness in knights causes fatalities."
* TrainingFromHell: Sometimes intentional, as when he forces Kel to constantly climb things, and sometimes accidental, as when he takes the pages out on a training exercise after the local leaders have falsely claimed there weren't any bandits where Wyldon wanted to send them.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally he was [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/25/evolution-of-villains/ slated to be]] an outright villain.

!!'''Nealan "Neal" of Queenscove'''

One of the oldest pages ever, Neal changed his mind about being a healer in order to do his perceived duty as a knight. Having grown up around women like Alanna and Thayet, he was already convinced that women deserved a chance to become warriors, and so took Kel under his wing. A hopeless romantic and intellectual, Neal is prone to poetic outbursts and extreme snarking.

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* CombatMedic: He's a knight ''and'' a healer.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kel is his favorite target, though The Stump (Wyldon) had the first honor.
* DramaQueen: If a situation needs overreaction or ranting, Neal's the one to provide it. His father dryly {{lampshades}} it in the first book.
* EmbarrassingNickname: His family (and most especially his cousin Dom) calls him "Meathead."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He remains Kel's best friend throughout their training and into knighthood.
* TheLancer: To Kel. He's comical and snarky and doesn't take anything seriously.
* InLoveWithLove: Discussed by his friends after seeing him fall in love time after time with the same type of women. [[spoiler: Ultimately HappilyMarried to Lady Yukimi noh Daiomoru, one of Princess Shinkokami's Yamani ladies-in-waiting.]]
* TheMedic: He has healing magic and can make potions and ointments.
* TheSnarkKnight: Literally, after passing his Ordeal.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Keladry.
* SerialRomeo: He likes to moan, groan, and write bad poetry about unattainable ladies, but when he ''really'' falls in love, not even Kel has any idea until his Ordeal.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: He was originally a university student training to be a healer and NonActionGuy. When his older brothers died in the Immortals War, though, Neal felt obligated to enter page training at age 15 (the standard age is ten) because Queenscove has had a serving knight from its house for centuries.
-->'''Neal''': A knight from our House --
-->'''Kel''': --[[DeadpanSnarker has served the Crown for ages, is a pillar of the kingdom, I know, I know.]]
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to mages like Numair, he and his father don't have a lot of power; they can, however, use it with much more precision, able to even perform surgery magically. If Numair tried that, the patient would most likely end up as a fine red paste.

!!'''Peachblossom'''

A mean-spirited, nasty, ill-tempered horse that's suffered a lifetime of abuse; Kel decides to take him on despite all his faults, since he was almost certainly due to be killed if not put to work. While their relationship is often rocky, the two eventually become great partners.

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Once again, due to Daine's presence.
* CoolHorse: Sure, he's not particularly pretty, but he's great in battle.
* FluffyTheTerrible: 'Peachblossom' is an oddly docile name for such a mean horse.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's uncooperative towards anyone but Kel, prone to lashing out at other horses, and bites Neal just to hear him squeak, but he's loyal to Kel and, later, protective of Tobe.
* SilentSnarker: He doesn't communicate with Kel the way that Cloud does with Daine, but he's still quite opinionated.
* SitcomArchNemesis: He's especially fond of biting Neal. It's eventually revealed [[spoiler:he just likes the noises Neal makes.]]

!!'''Cleon of Kennan'''
A third-year when Kel enters page training. He becomes part of her friend group after she finishes her probationary year; his joke flirting turns into a genuine attraction to her and they start dating in ''Squire''. He squires under her brother Inness.

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* ArrangedMarriage: He's betrothed to Ermelian of Aminar and he strongly considers asking his mother to break it off so he can marry Kel instead. [[spoiler:Circumstances force him to go through with it, which is for the best.]]
* FirstLove: For Keladry.
* FriendToAllChildren: Kel's nieces and nephews ''love'' him, and she can see that he'd like to have kids of his own.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Described as having curly red hair, although Kel doesn't take an interest in him until she realizes his flirting has gotten serious.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: His fief is hit hard by floods between ''Squire'' and ''Lady Knight'', wiping out their stored grains. [[spoiler:This forces him to abandon his wish to marry Kel, as Ermelian has much more to bring to a marriage, as marrying for love would be selfish when Ermelian would keep his people from hunger.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Initially. He has no problem hazing the first years, but he's not malicious about it, so Kel doesn't mind being his gofer quite as much.
* PurpleProse: Prone to calling Kel "pearl of my heart" and other absurdly flowery compliments for fun; she replies by pointing out the logical errors in them. Later he gets serious about the flirting.

!!'''Jump'''

A stray dog who Kel rescues from an angry butcher he's been stealing from. She tries to give him to Daine, but he will only stay with her.

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* PetTheDog: He provides Wyldon with plenty of literal opportunities.
* ScarsAreForever: Despite Daine healing many of his injuries, he retains the two breaks in his tail and his missing ear, because they're old and have already "healed" naturally.
* UglyCute: In-universe. Kel frequently remarks that he wouldn't win any prizes for beauty, but he charms most everyone he meets regardless. From the descriptions he seems to be a bull terrier, a popular real life instance.

!!'''Lalasa Isran'''

A shy and timid girl who Kel decides to take on as maid at her uncle Gower's request. Afraid of her own shadow, and terrified that Kel's kindness is just a mask that will one day fall off, Lalasa slowly learns to find confidence and friendship.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: She's described as "dark" when Kel first meets her.
* CharacterDevelopment: At first she's incredibly timid and afraid of Kel. By the end of the book she's much more confident in herself.
* DoesNotLikeMen: With good reason. She tells Kel that Gower is the only member of her family who treats women well (and [[WhiteSheep they think he's weird]] because of it). She's frequently harassed and menaced by men in the palace, and [[spoiler:she was raped by her own brother]]. Not hard to see why she warns Kel that ChildrenAreInnocent won't last with the male pages.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her uncle took her in after her parents were killed. [[spoiler:They abandoned her long before that.]]
* SculleryMaid: Started this way before becoming Kel's personal maid.
* ShrinkingViolet: Starts out timid but gradually gains confidence.
* TookALevelInBadass: As she served under Kel she became more confident, and on one occasion held off a squire - a "strong, brawny fighter." In ''Squire'', Kel is told that she teaches the self-defense Kel taught her to other girls in the city.

!!'''Owen of Jesslaw'''

A page who starts training during Kel's second year. Owen is a very energetic and enthusiastic boy with a strong sense of right and wrong, but he's quite impulsive and has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth. He befriends Kel when she defends him from Joren's gang and he piles into the ensuing fight.

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* BadassBookworm: Kel first meets him in a library because he absolutely loves books.
* BadLiar: Wyldon doesn't tell him Keladry's orders because he know it'll show all over Owen's face. Kel tells him to take this as a compliment to Owen's sense of honesty.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Owen generally gives the impression of a bouncy ball with curly hair when he first arrives. But when the pages are surprised by bandits during summer camp, he's one of the few besides Kel who keeps a completely cool head and is an excellent shot.
* BoisterousBruiser: He really enjoys fighting, calling it jolly.
* BreakTheCutie: The grueling slog of war and aftermath of Fort Mastiff in ''Lady Knight'' leaves Owen hurt and disillusioned.
* CatchPhrase: Describing things as "jolly."
* CharacterDevelopment: As a result of becoming Wyldon's squire in the third book. Wyldon gets his feet on the ground and instills some manners and savvy into him.
* ScarsAreForever: Invoked. He asks Neal ''not'' to heal a cut on his face because he wants a scar to impress the girls.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In ''Lady Knight'', [[spoiler:he leaves his knight-master Wyldon to join Kel's party. This saddens Kel, as she feels guilt for leading Owen into betraying his personal oaths to Wyldon on top of her own betrayal of Wyldon's orders.]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: It's not a ''big'' deal, given [[DeliberateValuesDissonance medieval attitudes towards death and killing]], but Kel is still surprised when ten-year-old Owen feels nothing but intense satisfaction for killing bandits.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: He ''hates'' bandits and his main motivation for becoming a knight is to hunt them because they killed his mother.

!!'''Domitan of Masbolle'''

Neal's cousin, a sergeant in the King's Own. Also Raoul's unofficial protégé, albeit in a different way than Kel, with whom he becomes quite close. First appears in ''First Test'', though he's unnamed; he takes a much larger role in ''Squire'' and ''Lady Knight'', and remains one of Kel's firmest champions throughout.

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* BadassNormal: No magic and still formidable fighter.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: He primarily uses the sword, but is more than capable with a bow as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: Apparently this is a family trait.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He first appears, unnamed, as part of a group of the King's Own watching Kel and the pages joust in ''First Test'', but it's not until ''Squire'' that he becomes a major character.
* TheLancer: To Raoul in a similar vein to Neal/Kel.
* MaybeEverAfter: Implied with Kel at the end of ''Lady Knight''.
* NonIdleRich: Member of the noble house of Masbolle (related to Queenscove, Neal's family) but serves in the King's Own.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Sergeant and a gentleman.
* [[ColonelBadass Sergeant Badass]]: He's a squad leader (one rank below commander of the Company) who can and will take you to school.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Kel.
* UpToEleven: Kel had a small schoolgirl crush on Neal early on. Then she met his cousin who is described (more or less) as "Neal but better." That was the end of the first crush.

!! '''Flyndan Whiteford'''
Captain of Third Company in the King's Own, he also serves as Raoul's second in command. Although he's not as nice as Raoul and highly skeptical of Kel, he's a competent and fair commander.

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* CommanderContrarian: This is a key part of his job. Raoul values his viewpoint, though he doesn't always act on it.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He shows up as part of the spidren hunt in ''First Test'' (and unlike Dom, actually gets named there).
* TheLancer: He has a much harder demeanor than Raoul. Dom says that this is necessary; otherwise Raoul would be too easygoing.
* TheReliableOne: To Raoul and the King's Own.
* SlutShaming: This is one of his objections to Raoul taking on Kel as a squire; Flyn worries that it will ruin ''both'' of their reputations.
* TokenMinority: He's a commoner in high command.

!! '''Lerant of Eldorne'''
Standard-bearer of the Second Company of the King’s Own, and nephew to Delia of Eldorne. He is extremely loyal to Lord Raoul because Raoul accepted him into the King's Own, after the army and navy refused him because of his aunt's high treason. He resents Kel for having what he sees as a closer relationship to his commander.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The reason he isn't a knight is that his family simply didn't have the money to pay for a page's equipment.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He shows an unpleasant side to Kel, particularly at first, but he does have his good qualities.
* PetTheDog: He raises an orphaned baby squirrel late in ''Squire''.
* TheResenter: Lerant resents Kel because she's Lord Raoul's squire, a position that he could never have. Lerant is unique as the only character who starts out resenting Kel and never becomes friendly with her--though they do come to understand one another.
* TheRival: Lerant sees himself and Kel as rivals, although she thinks it’s pointless. He'll try to compete with her for tasks serving Lord Raoul, and she'll frequently put up a token effort and let him win.
* TakingTheBullet: At some point before ''Squire'', he took an arrow meant for Lord Raoul. Qasim mentions this as an example of Lerant’s UndyingLoyalty.
* UndyingLoyalty: He is completely loyal to Lord Raoul, because Raoul let him join the King's Own despite his relationship to a traitor.

!! '''Tobeis "Tobe" Boon'''
A young boy introduced in the final book, ''Lady Knight''. He's an abused servant boy in a northern inn until Kel buys his indenture. Although he's nominally her servant, she really did it to give him a good upbringing, and he sticks to her like glue from then on.
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* AnimalTalk: He has minor horse magic. This makes him the only person besides Daine and Kel who can approach Peachblossom without fear, something which shocks anyone who knows her; even Kel was afraid that Peachblossom would kill the boy the first time he dove into the gelding's stall.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He's a good lad, although the hair color indicates his heritage rather than personality.
* HappilyAdopted: By Kel, who becomes his ParentalSubstitute.
* OrphansOrdeal: His mother died in childbirth and he was essentially sold to an abusive innkeeper after the death of the midwife who raised him.
* PeopleOfHairColor: One reason that he was rejected by most people was his blond hair and blue eyes, indicating that his parents were Scanran.
* TheReliableOne: He is a pretty good servant and reliably brings the equipment and other items she requests in a battle situation.
* ServileSnarker: Alvik wasn't able to beat his penchant for smart remarks out of him.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Kel once he's convinced that she's not going to abandon him. [[spoiler:He even follows her into Scanra without hesitation after the attack on Haven.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: A darker version, as being abused and given [[HopeSpot false hope of rescue]] multiple times has made him cynical. Kel calls him a "litle old man."
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[[folder:Villains and neutral]]
!!'''Joren of Stone Mountain'''

Son of one of the oldest families in Tortall, Joren firmly believes that women should never be knights, and will stop at nothing to prevent Kel from becoming one. Outside of that, he is a great believer in the superiority of nobles.

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* BlondGuysAreEvil: His hair is so pale that it borders on WhiteHairBlackHeart, too.
* EvilPlan: As the first proper antagonist, his plan is to force Kel out of knight training. He tries this several ways, like [[spoiler:kidnapping her maid]] or persuading knights to joust her in the hopes that she'll die or be crippled.
* {{Jerkass}}: He bullies younger pages and is offended by Keladry's mere presence because of her gender.
* KickTheDog: Kel catches him verbally abusing a palace servant after his claim that he had changed.
* ManipulativeBastard: After becoming a squire, his face-to-face interactions with Kel become passive-aggressive rather than aggressive-aggressive. [[spoiler:Then he has Lalasa kidnapped during exams, because she'll be caught between publicly abandoning her servant -- very bad -- or repeating all four years as a page, which he doesn't think she'll do]].
* MuscleAngst: Tries to provoke this in Kel, see below.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He gives Kel a weighted lance to make tilting harder for her. When she figures it out, she decides to start training with other weighted weapons, because it ''is'' a good way to build up strength. That's why the training yard has them in the first place.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: That's how he sees it because he's a misogynist.
* PrettyBoy: He's described as "lovely" and "as rosy-cheeked as a girl" with long blond hair. His appearance was based on a real person Pierce knew (who was similarly pretty outside and rotten inside), but there's some unintentional ironic value in a misogynist having such feminine looks.
* TheUnfought: Kel fights him repeatedly when they're both pages. When he becomes a squire he stops -- but that doesn't mean he stops trying to bring her down through indirect means. WordOfGod says that he couldn't ever ''directly'' challenge Kel as knights and squires do; that would mean he accepts the fact that she is a squire with the same rights to a duel of honor.

!!Blayce the Gallan

The antagonist of the final book. A mage working for the King of Scanra, he creates twelve-foot metal and bone monstrosities known only as "killing devices", which he powers with the souls of dead children. Despite his fearsome invention, in person he's nebbish and unremarkable. After passing her Ordeal, Kel is charged by the Chamber with stopping him.

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* AntiClimaxBoss: Invoked. Kel is startled at how easily he goes down, given the monstrosity of his crimes.
* BlessedWithSuck: He claims that he has no choice but to use his necromantic "gifts" because that's what he got, but Kel calls bullshit because he clearly enjoys what he's doing.
* InUniverseNickname: Kel calls him "The Nothing Man" because he's such a bland-looking individual. And also because he's a soulless bastard.
* TheHeavy: Although Maggur is an excellent strategist, Blayce is what makes the Scanrans such a threat. The Scanran army is tough, but manageable. The killing devices, however, make seasoned veterans flee, and finding Blayce is top priority for the spies.
* TheNecromancer: Which is frowned upon by the gods, although he says that it's the Gift he got.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: He's a dumpy little fidgeter with acne. The kind of person you'd avoid on a bus, maybe, but certainly not one you'd assume to be a total monster.
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! First appearing in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness''

[[folder:Heroes and supporting]]
!!'''Alianne "Aly" of Pirate's Swoop'''[[labelnote:*]]Aly originally appears in ''The Immortals Quartet'', but she is the main character of ''Daughter of the Lioness'', so she's listed here.[[/labelnote]]

Daughter of Alanna, Aly has no interest in becoming a knight, much preferring her father's spy work (and stringing along boys). When she's captured by slavers and shipped to the Copper Isles, she finds herself in the middle of a underground rebellion and the plaything of a god. Quick-witted, stealthy and intelligent, Aly must find a way of placing the right person on the throne ''without'' dying.

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* AntiHero: Aly starts the series as a spoiled rich girl who views war and spy work as fun. She enjoys stringing boys along. She gets better, though she still retains some JerkAss traits. See MagnificentBitch.
* TheChessmaster: She plays people like a champion.
* CosmicPlaything: For Kyprioth, who engineered her abduction and enslavement. Unlike the rest of her family, she gives him as much grief as he does her.
* DeadGuyJunior: Both herself and her kids, in roundabout ways.
* [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Desperately Looking For A Way To Achieve Her Intended Purpose In Life]]: Before the story starts, Aly wants to be a spy, but her parents won't let her, instead asking that she find another line of work. Aly has no other wish than to be a spy, and the skills to be a master. Then Kyprioth makes her an offer...
* DirtyBusiness: She is troubled by some aspects of her work such as when she comes up against the reality that Elsren Balitang, as a potential heir to the luarin throne, is a severe liability to the rebels.
* HiddenInPlainSight: When the Duke and Duchess offer to free her from slavery, she asks to keep the collar and is given a task for which nobody would notice or question her for running all around the estate.
* GenreSavvy: To a lot of spying and espionage tropes. Chapter breaks often include excerpts from books on spying that she's read or her father's own words.
* GuileHero: She can fight if she has to, but that's ''not'' what she prefers. Her specialty is manipulations and {{plan}}s.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Nawat the crow-man.
* KnifeNut: Her last resort, but she carries a variety of concealed blades.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Initially she's just in it to prove to her father that he should let her join the spy corps.
* SayingTooMuch: She is keenly aware of this trope and has to work hard to make sure that she doesn't fall into it, which is difficult when Dove and Sarai want to know everything about her famous mother and other family members. Even so, she sometimes slips. (Fortunately, being "Mithros'" chosen helper gives her leeway.)
* TheSpymaster: Eventually becomes this for the whole rebellion.
* SpyGlasses: Aly's Sight serves this purpose because it can perform a variety of functions like great distance and zoom.
* TeenSuperspy: Being the daughter of Tortall's spymaster helps.

!!'''Kyprioth'''

The Trickster God of this particular pantheon, Kyprioth has two main forms- a grey haired raka man and a crow. After centuries of subjugation by his older siblings Mithros and the Goddess, Kyprioth is ready to win back his power...and is going to use Aly to get it.

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* BatmanGambit: His wager with Aly. Of course he will return her to her parents if she wins. But he was rather banking on the idea that she would want to stay and help the revolution to its conclusion.
* BigGood: To the raka, he is their leader and inspiration.
* BlasphemousBoast: Even though he's a god himself. Turns out the other trickster gods get offended if you say you're better than the rest of them! It gets him a sharp slap on the wrist from the Graveyard Hag [[spoiler:when she repays a loyal worshipper ''and'' helps Sarai leave the Islands--and Kyprioth's plans for her--at the same time]].
* IGaveMyWord: When Aly doubts his commitment to their wager, he assures her that he always pays his debts.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kyrpioth has two sides: silly prankster and ''extremely'' bitter exiled king. Aly finds the latter unnerving.
* PhysicalGod: Likes to manifest as a colorfully-dressed and very handsome (but distinguished) raka man.
* RuleOfDrama: He enjoys invoking this. Any time he appears before a follower will be accompanied by some impressive special effects, which Aly lampshades.
* TricksterArchetype: Proudly calls himself ''the'' trickster, ahead of all the others in the Tortallverse. Those tricksters don't appreciate such boasting.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure is a NonGod]]: It's pointed out several times in the series that he sees humans, Aly included, as pets at best and pawns at worst. This is best shown when he [[spoiler:encourages Imajane and Rubinyan to kill Elsren, Dunevon and their friends, because the boys needed to die for the revolution to succeed]]. He has no empathy for them at all.

!!'''Nawat'''

A crow that helps with the rebellion. He learns to transform into a human to better aid them (and to be with Aly).

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's dark-skinned in human form but doesn't look quite the same as a raka.
* ArrowCatch: His crow reflexes let him do it with tremendous ease.
* DoggedNiceGuy: He was after Aly early in book 1. She didn't reciprocate until book 2.
* TheFace: The Crows are a CastHerd. They communicate with Aly primarily through him because, unlike them, he likes humans. He becomes their official spokesman in book 2.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Offscreen. He's absent for a little while after turning human because he has to learn how to move around in the new body.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He doesn't understand that mating practices among humans are much different than crows, leading him to casually suggest anything from mating with Aly so that their brood can help them fight to feeding her bugs.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Aly, but according to raka legend, crows and humans arose from the same eggs.
* MayDecemberRomance: He's all of three years old when he and Aly officially get together, but in crow years it more or less works out okay.
* MrFanservice: In universe. He's very popular among the young women in the duke's employ.
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Crows]]: Justified because he is one and gets along pretty well with humans. It still weirds people out when he eats bugs or tries to feed his children bugs.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Alysexual.
* SkunkStripe: He has a wavy white patch in his feathers that he got from pissing off Ochobu.
* SpiderSense: In "Nawat." He can sense apparently anything about his flock, whether they're in great pain or if his children need to pee.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: [[spoiler: Has to choose between culling one of his triplets according to crow law, or letting her live, but being cast out from his flock forever.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Apparently, any crow can turn into a human if they want in the Tortall universe. He can change back and forth at need, with some PowerIncontinence if he's upset, as we see in "Nawat."


!!'''Saraiyu Balitang'''

Duke Mequen's oldest child with his first wife, Sarugani Temaida, who was part of the raka royal line, making her "twice royal." Beautiful, charming, and passionate in her beliefs, Sarai's birthright is the focus of the raka conspiracy to retake the Isles.

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* TheChosenOne: The raka believe her to be this due to the Trickster's prophecy. [[spoiler:She doesn't take the job.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: One reason why she gets so much attention over Dove as TheChosenOne is her great beauty.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: When she gets the thanks for an idea of Dove's, Dove attributes it to this.
* {{Expy}}: She actually has quite a few similarities with Alanna, ultimately including [[spoiler:not being suited at all to ruling a country.]]
* HotBlooded: After [[spoiler:her father's death]], she becomes increasingly prone to criticize the luarin noblility's lifestyle and policy to their faces, which is not appreciated by the subterfuge-based rebellion.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The leaders of the raka rebellion stipulate that she and her sister not be told of the plans being made on their behalf, because it would put them in further danger.
* LooseLips: In ''Trickster's Queen'' she ignores her family's advice about the wrong time to criticize luarin racism, as well as flippantly telling her social circle where there are secrecy spells. Everything she says about the luarin nobility is ''true'', but with the monarchs being as tyrannical as they are, making her opinions public is outright reckless.
* MixedAncestry: As well as being luarin/raka, she is a daughter of both the luarin and raka royal bloodlines; hence "twice-royal."
* RebelliousPrincess: Rebellious duke's daughter, anyway. It's [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]; her passionate tendencies are a liability for the rebels [[spoiler:and she eventually abandons the rebellion to elope with a foreign prince]].
* RefusalOfTheCall: Although she doesn't actually ''know'' about the plans being made for her, she frequently laments being in the position she's in--a mixed-race daughter of a royal house. [[spoiler:And when offered an arranged marriage, she elopes to Carthak and has nothing more to do with the Copper Isles. A case where it works out for her; not that anyone else is happy about it.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: The most popular belle in the Copper Isles. One time she talked down a poorly planned noble revolt while making it sound like she was only interested in a date for the Summersend ball. She's no slouch with a sword either, even if she's a bit out of practice.
* SpiritedYoungLady: She's an excellent rider who impresses suitors with her adventerous nature, used to train in swordplay, and is quite charming.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Between the first and second books, particularly in how she treats the servants. In ''Choice'', she makes a point of ''not'' ordering Aly to give her an alibi for dallying with Bronau. In ''Queen'', she threatens her with a riding crop.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original plan was [[spoiler:that she would run her mouth about the Rittevons one too many times and be killed.]]


!!'''Dovasary Balitang'''

Sarai's younger sister by Duke Mequen's first wife. Dove is often in her more beautiful and gregarious sister's shadow and doesn't draw attention to herself. She's both thoughtful and sharp-minded.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: She's incensed with Nawat for using a palace boulevard as a diaper for his kids and lists all the horrible things that could have happened if it, ahem, hit an ambassador from Yaman[[note]]defilement and ritual suicide[[/note]] or Carthak[[note]]possible war[[/note]]. But she did find the expression on the Tyran ambassador's secretary to be pretty funny.
* BadassBookworm: Not a fighter, but she's just as smart as Aly.
* HiddenDepths: She cultivates friendships with servants and commoners, unlike Sarai, and is much more thoughtful. [[spoiler:This makes her the better candidate to take the throne.]]
* GenreSavvy: She's well aware that Sarai is going to get more attention than her when they're both in the room (even if Dove is the one who finds the solution to a problem) so she deliberately allows herself to be in her sister's shadow and learns much more by hanging around with the servants and commoners.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: For the same reasons as Sarai. [[spoiler:She figures it out on her own.]]
* MixedAncestry: Like Sarai.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: As one of the hidden princesses of the raka line. She decides to take an active hand in the rebellion and insists on knowing everything that's relevant to her future. [[spoiler:When she replaces Sarai as the intended queen, Dove takes part in the fighting by riding a kudarang to inspire the rebels.]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Has a few chess partners in the palace.
* SpottingTheThread: She's very good at noticing when Aly says, does, or thinks something that a country maidservant shouldn't.
* TheUnfavorite: Not to her parents, but she's hardly ''noticed'' by the raka and rebels except as Sarai's quiet younger sister. [[spoiler:Aly has to remind ''Kyprioth'' that Dove is qualified to fulfill the prophecy after Sarai runs away to Carthak.]]
* TheUnchosenOne: Aly realizes early on that Dove is far more savvy and motivated than gorgeous, gregarious Sarai, and laments that she's not the older one. [[spoiler:When Sarai runs off, Dove has to remind the rebels that she ''is'' qualified to become queen under the prophecy.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Despite being thirteen, adults often enjoy conversing with her and respect her intellect.

!!'''Duke Mequen Balitang'''
A luarin noble and relative of the Rittevons. His first wife was a raka noblewoman named Sarugani, who was part of their royal line. He's very unusual for a high-ranking luarin noble for that fact, as well as the fact that he treats his raka servants just like his luarin servants.
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* NiceGuy: A [[GoodParents good father]] to his children, a sincere friend to Rubinyan and Bronau, and all-in-all the most genuinely decent adult in the Rittevon line.
* NiceToTheWaiter: When he's forced to fire or sell much of his household for the move to Lombyn, he does his best to ensure that they'll have good masters.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's very fair to his servants and slaves. In particular he protects his female servants and slaves from unwelcome attentions of other nobles and makes sure his children treat them well, inspiring a great deal of loyalty from them.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Although he's a good man who would much rather ''not'' get involved with court intrigues, he can't escape the complications that his relatives throw into his life.
* WideEyedIdealist: Tends to believe other people have his sense of decency when they don't. He thinks of Bronau and Rubinyan as his good friends, what a shame they don't get along better. On a more positive note, though, this also means he treats raka and other people considered beneath his station with respect and decency.

!!'''Duchess Winnamine Balitang'''
Mequen's second wife and best friend to Sarugani. She married him several years after Sarugani's death and became the girls' stepmother, as well as giving birth to two children of her own, a girl and a boy.
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* AdultFear: Her whole family is under attack and she has to endure numerous occasions where her children's lives are at risk. [[spoiler:She also loses her husband and her youngest child, Elsren, which devastates her.]]
* CrisisOfFaith: Because she thinks Aly was sent by Mithros and not Kyprioth, she has an anguished conversation with Aly to ask if [[spoiler:Mithros' will was really for her husband and son to die]] in ''Trickster's Queen''.
* GoodParents: As well as thoroughly averting the WickedStepmother trope, she teaches her own children to treat the household slaves and servants well. It's mentioned she once made Petranne do the work after hitting her maid.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Cheanol remarks that Winnamine doesn't have any of the prejudice you'd expect of a luarin noble.
* ParentalSubstitute: She's an excellent stepmother to Sarai and Dove.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Like her husband, she's both kind and very intelligent. She's quite happy to take Aly's suggestions for keeping the family safe.
* SecondLove: To Mequen. We later learn that his aunt Nuritin basically ordered him to marry again so he'd have a male heir, but they're in love nonetheless.
* SilkHidingSteel: She starts learning combat techniques after the assassination attempt on the family. She's also less idealistic than her husband and has a better idea of the dangers that the family connections impose on them.
* WellDoneDadGuy: She is sensitive about being Sarai and Dove's stepmother. She's very happy when Sarai acknowledges that she's been good to them late in the first book.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Villains]]
!!'''Prince Bronau Jimajen'''
The younger brother of Rubinyan and brother-in-law to Imajane Rittevon, making him a prince. Bronau is an old friend of the Balitangs and once courted Winnamine, but despite his charming personality he's a liability to the family in their exile.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: He's very charming and flirtatious, but Aly and Nawat both note his "hawk-like" nature; he is willing to go to any length to get ahead.
* CannotKeepASecret: The Balitangs quickly decide to keep mum about anything they don't want him to carelessly gossip about when he returns to Rajmuat.
* TheDandy: He spends more on shoes than Maude spends on the food for Pirate's Swoop.
* FantasticRacism: He insults raka food and customs while he's being hosted by them.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:He tries to force Sarai's hand in marriage so that he can take the throne from his brother.]]
* PrinceCharmless: [[spoiler:You don't get much more charmless than killing the father of the girl you're courting.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: He flirts with Aly, Sarai, and has a well-earned reputation for sleeping with all the willing female servants and slaves of any household he visits.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: A skilled warrior who is respected by his men, despite his other faults.
* SiblingRivalry: He and Rubinyan hate each other, to Mequen's sorrow. In contrast, he's a favorite of his brother-in-law.
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:His opinion of his intellect is inflated. He plots to pay off his considerable debts by marrying Sarai because her half-brother is in the royal line and he wants to use the connection to get the cash. When things go awry, he tries to abduct the new child king in an incredibly foolish manner and then flees to the Balitangs.]]

!!'''The Rittevons'''
* AdiposeRex: Hazarin Rittevon, whose chief vices are rich food and his insistence on overindulging in it. [[spoiler:He dies of it shortly after ascending the throne.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil: Excluding Dunevon, who's too young to be evil yet.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled:
** An understated version with [[spoiler:Hazarin. He's repeatedly told by the royal doctors that he has to eat healthier if he wants to live. He knows he's ''not'' going to survive for long after becoming king, so he decides to die of something self-inflicted and enjoyable rather than a painful assassination]].
** At the end of ''Queen'', [[spoiler:Imajane jumps to her death rather than face capture and execution after the rebel victory.]]
* TheCaligula: Rittevons are genetically inclined towards insanity, so the line tosses up one of these every so often. King Oron was turning into one by the time of his death; he had several court families executed and exiled the Balitangs out of paranoia.
* AChildShallLeadThem: Dunevon, the five-year-old king who succeeds his brother Hazarin.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: There's a lot of back-stabbing in this court. For instance, when [[spoiler: Hazarin dies from gluttony]] he's relieved because he thought he'd die from poison and that's also the immediate assumption of others at court.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Princess Imajane is far quicker to punish dissent than Rubinyan; not that Rubinyan is a paragon of morality himself.
* HeirClubForMen: Unlike the old raka nobility, they only inherit through the male line.
* IncestIsRelative: Imajane and Rubinyan offer a [[ArrangedMarriage marriage contract]] with [[AChildShallLeadThem Dunevon]] to Sarai [[spoiler:and later to Dove]]. They didn't expect her to accept.
* PuppetKing: Poor [[spoiler:Dunevon]].
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Insanity [[InTheBlood runs in the family]].
[[/folder]]


!First appearing in ''Literature/ProvostsDog''

[[folder:Heroes and supporting]]
!!'''Rebakah "Beka" Cooper'''
The protagonist and narrator of the story through her journals. Beka showed an early talent for policing when she tracked the man who beat and robbed her mother Ilony and helped Lord Gershom bag a notorious gang in the process; in gratitude, he took her family into his household. She is sixteen when she starts writing her journal to aid in her policework and shows a [[IncrediblyLamePun dogged]] determination to protect the poor and powerless of the realm.
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* [[AlwaysGetsHisMan Always Gets Her Man]]: Her [[IncrediblyLamePun doggedness]] earns her each book title as a nickname.
* AnimalTalk: Pounce and the pigeons, although it's the ''ghosts'' riding the pigeons that do the talking rather than the birds themselves.
* AsleepForDays: Due to a combination of bloodloss and powerful healing magic at the end of ''Bloodhound.''
* BerserkButton: Don't criticise Dogs or Lord Gershom. And don't hurt Pounce or Achoo.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Demonstrated frequently--as Aniki observes, she's shy, not stupid, and she's very good at the physical part of her job. She's also prone to giving voice to all of her pent-up frustrations when the person she's mad at pushes her once too far.
* BraidsOfAction: She braids a spiked strap into it so nobody can grab it in a fight.
* DatingCatwoman: Her [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] with Rosto--this trope is why Beka makes sure it ''stays'' unresolved. It's both out of professionalism and the memory of how her mother was treated by her own criminal boyfriends.
* {{Determinator}}: She earns the nickname of "[[TitleDrop Terrier]]" while she's still a Puppy for going all-out to apprehend criminals (whether in hot pursuit or investigation).
* DoesNotLikeMagic: A mild and rather understandable case in ''Mastiff''. Mostly she just wants to ''know'' when someone is going to magic her and exactly what it will do, having been attacked with magic in the previous book. Otherwise she's fine with Farmer's magic stuff.
* DrinkOrder: Twilsey[[note]]raspberry or cider vinegar in water[[/note]] or barley water. She avoids alcohol because she dislikes not being in control, although she does get drunk a couple of times.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Fishpuppy; fortunately it doesn't last long. She reacts to Terrier with embarrassment too, although by ''Bloodhound'', Pounce scolds her for "preening" over it.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Complete with a DeathGlare. Her eyes are [[IcyBlueEyes pale blue]]. When she gets pissed people say she has spooky [[OccultBlueEyes Ghost Eyes.]] And they pretty much scare everyone, even her friends and partner.
* HeroicBSOD: She nearly breaks in ''Mastiff'' when, after a long chase that has already involved many ugly deaths, they find [[spoiler:the slavers and slaves hiding Prince Gareth]] murdered and left like trash--men, women, and children. She's desperate to find ''some'' way to give their rotting bodies some dignity even though they don't have time. [[spoiler:The Black God takes pity on her and arrives in person to bury them.]]
* IdiotBall: There are a few times in the trilogy where Beka struggles to remember a key detail that would advance (or even crack) the case. This is always a detail that she has ''already written about'' in the journal that is explicitly a memory aid. Does she go back and re-read previous entries? Nope.
* KnifeNut: The baton is her go-to weapon. But try and count how many knives she carries hidden on her person. Clearly, favoring easily concealed, sharp, pointy things is a [[IntheBlood Cooper family trait.]]
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Subverted, as while she's not exactly promiscuous, she has been around the block a few times. No one really seems to care, though.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father's name is never mentioned, although his mother is a minor character and Beka inherited her Gift from him. Her mother Ilony died of tuberculosis not long after the Coopers were taken in by Lord Gershom.
* {{Psychopomp}}: Hence her status as an unofficial priestess of the [[DontFearTheReaper Black God.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: She's incredibly shy and finds it nearly impossible to talk to people she doesn't know. It tends to go away when she's in uniform or on Dog business, though.
* [[TheyFightCrime She Fights Crime]]: Her books are crime novels rather than involving quests or wars.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: Gershom of Haryse took her family out of Mutt Piddle Lane in gratitude. She frequently counts her blessings for this. However, she voluntarily goes ''back'' to the Lower City because she likes and understands it better than the wealthier districts.
* TheUnfavorite: To Lady Teodorie, who's offended that Beka chose to be a Dog rather than a maid or seamstress like her sisters, and tries to keep Beka from her siblings. She also half-blames Beka for the times Gershom gets particularly into his job. Beka is also avoided by her father's side of the family for being a Dog.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Granny Fern suggests this in ''Bloodhound''.

!!'''Lord Provost Gershom of Haryse'''
Head of the Provost's Guard. Gershom took in the Coopers when Beka helped him track down a notorious gang and became her inspiration to join the Provost's Guard. He's a good man who's good at a very difficult job and taught Beka much of what she knows.
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* AFatherToHisMen: He attends every Dog funeral and walks a beat with his Dogs afterwards.
* DaChief: A benevolent version. He allows his trusted Dogs a lot of leeway, but he's not about to take insubordination or ''too'' much corruption from his forces.
* HenpeckedHusband: Downplayed. Teodorie is a dutiful wife, but she hates Gershom's job and closes her bedchamber to him whenever he does field duty.
* InSeriesNickname: His family calls him "Granite."
* [[IOweYouMyLife I Owe You My Career]]: Eight-year-old Beka saved him from disgrace, so he ensured that she and her family would be taken care of after Ilony's death.
* ParentalSubstitute: For Beka, who follows in his footsteps.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He was the only member of the Guard who would actually ''listen'' to Beka when she tried to tell them where the Bold Brass gang was.

!!'''Tansy Lofts'''
Tansy is a childhood friend of Beka's who has also escaped Mutt Piddle Lane, in her case by marriage. Her two-year-old son Rolond was murdered by the Shadow Snake, which pulls Beka into two cases at once.
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Is only 3 years older than Beka, but got married and had her first child around age 16. TruthInTelevision for the RealLife Dark Ages and Medieval periods of history.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: She's on the receiving end of this when distraught with grief over her son's death.
* HappilyMarried: To Herun Lofts, who apparently didn't inherit his father's nastiness.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: She didn't get into high society or anything, but she was able to marry into one of the richest families in the Lower City.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's one of Beka's closest friends and is much more feminine than she is.

!!'''Ersken Westover'''
A friend of Beka's and a fellow Puppy. He's a very amiable fellow who has a knack for being liked.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: For all that he's a sweetheart, Ersken is a very good Dog.
* DatingCatwoman: He and Kora become lovers. They deal with it by not talking shop.
* NiceGuy: Beka says that he's the kindest of the Puppies entering training that year.

!!'''Clara "Clary" Goodwin'''
Beka's female training partner. Goodwin is a veteran with an excellent reputation and resistant to taking on a Puppy. Although she is stern and intimidating, Goodwin has a nicer side for those she likes and respects and she eventually admits that Beka's not so bad.
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* TheAtoner: Was a "[[DirtyCop loose dog]]" in her youth. A couple of Rats decided that a bribe wasn't enough insurance and nearly killed her.
* {{Badass}}: A tough-as-nails Dog who has won many a street battle. Beka even says at one point "I want to be Clary Goodwin when I grow up."
* CharacterTics: Paces around when thinking. Also makes a two-fingered beckoning gesture when she wants someone to talk to her.
* DefrostingIceQueen: It takes her a bit to warm up to Beka. [[KindHeartedCatLover Pounce helps]].
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Mastiff''. She never actually appears.
* HappilyMarried: She did have difficulties in her marriage during the time she was a DirtyCop, but they're well settled now. She does use the image that they're not when she and Beka go to Port Caynn.
* HeelFaithTurn: She told the Goddess that she'd change her ways if she survived in TheAtoner incident. The Goddess apparently answered, and Goodwin kept her promise.
* KindheartedCatLover: Her PetTheDog moment is actually a Pet The ''Cat'' moment when she shamelessly flatters Pounce.
* InSeriesNickname: Everyone on a first-name basis with her calls her Clary.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: She's been refusing promotions to Sergeant for quite a while because she prefers street duty. [[spoiler:She finally takes it after the end of the rough assignment in ''Bloodhound'', having had more than her fill of it.]]
* OddCouple: She's known to be much more grouchy and reluctant to take a Puppy than her partner Mattes.
* OppositesAttract: With her friendly, easygoing, and trusting husband Tomlan.
* ReligiousBruiser: In addition to Dog work, she also serves as the Goddess' Magistrate for the Lower City.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Beka is quite shocked at Clary's appearance whenever she's dressed as a citywoman and not a Dog.

!!'''Matthias "Mattes" Tunstall'''
Beka's other training partner. Tunstall is significantly more easygoing than Goodwin, but he is just as respected (and feared) in the Lower City. He's happy to have Beka along and tends to get on well with most people until he has to arrest them.
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* BerserkButton: You should ''really'' think twice about commenting on his relationship with Lady Sabine.
* TheBerserker: When he gets into a full-out brawl he gets fighting mad, and has been known to roar.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As easy-going as he is, he didn't survive to be a Senior Dog on Evening Watch in the [[WretchedHive Lower City]] by being an ineffectual fighter. [[spoiler:This trope turns sinister in the third book]].
* TheBigGuy: Of the trio. He's well over six feet and a very powerful fighter.
* DeathGlare: Can get people to leave just by looking at them.
* DentedIron: Although he's one of the most feared Dogs in the Lower City, he's been doing the job for a ''long'' time and has built up such a resistance to magical healing that his broken legs in ''Bloodhound'' take almost as long to heal as the natural way. (For comparison, Beka's broken bones from an unrelated incident take a few days.) By ''Mastiff'', he won't even visit the Guards' healers because they would immediately take him off of street duty.
* GentleGiant: ''Very'' tall, but generally an easy-going and friendly individual unless you give him reason not to be. [[spoiler:Until the third book]].
* LikeASonToMe: He's much more outwardly kind and encouraging to Beka than Goodwin is while they're training her, and says that he's wanted a Puppy for a long time. Later says the trope name outright (with the correct gender, obviously). [[spoiler:While they're trying to kill each other, sadly.]]
* RealMenWearPink: Likes to grow miniature roses, which he learned from a Yamani friend.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler: In the third book. He resented the difference in status between him and Sabine, which constantly led to such things as the two of them being placed apart at functions, endless mockery, and--in his opinion--Sabine's reluctance to marry him. In the end, he joined the conspiracy in the hope of obtaining a title and land, which would put him on her level.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Gardening. He's rather affronted when Beka suggests he could just ''pick'' some flowers from a public garden!
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the third book. He's noticeably cranky and spends a good chunk of the book picking at Farmer's temper for no real reason. Explained away by the fact that he's aging and very achy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mistress Noll's apple-raisin patties, although he'll eat any pastry she makes.
* UptownGirl: With Sabine. It doesn't end well.

!!'''Rosto the Piper'''
A Scanran rusher who comes to Corus for better opportunity. He is instantly attracted to Beka and flirts with her shamelessly despite her refusals. He is also a deadly fighter who enters the Rogue's court with a good deal of ambition.
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Both Aniki and Kora are his lovers, and in ''Bloodhound'' he's said to have slept his way around the Lower City.
* DemotedToExtra: Although [[spoiler:he becomes the Rogue at the end of ''Terrier'']], he has a much more minor role in the rest of the trilogy since Beka hardly spends any time in Corus.
* GentlemanThief: He really is a good musician and he's had some kind of education. Some Dogs speculate that he used to be a noble back in Scanra and well-regarded for being an intelligent, sensible Rogue.
* IHaveThisFriend: Tells a hypothetical story about ''if'' someone attacked a man in the Royal Palace, King Roger would have no choice but to retaliate because it happened right in his own walls, to justify having the Pell brothers killed for attacking Beka across the street from the ''Dancing Dove''.
* LoveableRogue: Literally.
* NoLastNameGiven: He seems to lack a surname or a patrynomic/matrynomic, something that Beka takes note of.
* PrettyBoy: He's even called a "Scanran pretty boy" by one of Beka's friends.
* SlapSlapKiss: With Beka, as he will, according to her, insult you as he's trying to tumble you.

!!'''Aniki Forfrysning'''
A Scanran who came to Corus with Rosto. She's a friendly swordswoman, but as easygoing as she is, there's no mistaking that she's deadly.
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* AbortedArc: She helps Beka and her partners "dog" Crookshank's associates and Goodwin makes a few comments that Aniki would make an excellent Dog. Nothing comes of this.
* BarBrawl: First meets Beka when she jumps into one.
* KindheartedCatLover: She keeps trying to cuddle Pounce until he gets fed up enough to bring her a kitten of her own.
* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: Beka notes that when she's holding her sword, it's like an extension of her arm.
* MeaningfulName: "Forfrysning" is Danish for frostbite, something a Scanran would know a lot about.
* LadyOfWar: As a rusher it's almost a prerequisite.
* TrueCompanions: With Rosto and Kora. If it comes between her boss or her friends, she'll pick her friends, as do they. [[spoiler:Rosto becoming the Rogue takes care of this problem, though.]]

!!'''Koramin Ingensra'''
Rosto's other lady companion. Kora is a mage and rather a NiceGirl, despite the fact that she's a criminal.
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* BerserkButton: People who kill children, as her older sister was murdered.
** A bit less seriously, trying to wake her up early in the morning will get you a face full of fire.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She keeps a number of city animals in her rooms and is better at animal medicine than people medicine.
* HealingHands: Subverted. For humans, her limit seems to be a potion that functions like Mucinex. Her healing spells for ''animals'', however, work much better.
* MundaneUtility: Uses her magic to make laundry charms, among other things.
* NiceGirl: She's an incredibly sweet person and a good friend to Beka. That said, BewareTheNiceOnes.
* NotAMorningPerson[=/=]WakeUpFighting: If you wake her up early, be prepared to get a fireball to the face.
* WeakButSkilled: As Kora will freely admit, she's just a simple hedgewitch -- but she's perfectly capable of using what power she ''does'' have to, say, [[TruthSerums force you walk into a Kennel and confess to murdering your own child]]. And ''never remember'' that it was her who did it.

!!'''Lady Sabine of Macayhill'''
A lady knight, since this is a time in Tortall's history where women were allowed to be so. She's not the usual kind of knight, avoiding the high society she'd be expected to mix with to help Tunstall, Goodwin, and Beka with their police work.
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* BoisterousBruiser: Downplayed, but certainly by a knight's standards. Beka meets her in a fight at the Barrel's Bottom, also called the "Barrel of Blood," later skips a party to hang out with Goodwin and Tunstall, and helps them break heads throughout the rest of the book.
* CoolHorse: The Macayhills are minor horse mages.
* GoodIsNotSoft: She casually suggests that Beka kill Yates Noll. It's what Sabine would do.
-->"Oh, I forgot--I'm in Corus again. They care about things like that here."
* GuileHero: In ''Mastiff''. She wins over the women of Queensgrace with a PurpleProse-y tale of woe to appeal to the "Gentle Mother" and [[spoiler:immediately "agrees" to marry Prince Baird when the group is captured by the traitors, and in general uses her status to her advantage in every way]].
* LadyOfWar: Well, obviously. But she's just as good in a Lower City brawl as she is in more chivalrous combat.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Beka quickly notices that Sabine's knight friends treat their surroundings with a proprietary air out of long habit, while Sabine is much more friendly (and sensible) towards people in the Lower City.
* NoodleIncident: Her companions mention some disagreement with the King that required her to be ''away'' from Corus for some time. [[spoiler:Later we learn that she threatened to break every bone in his hand if he tried to touch her with it.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: She's the same height as Tunstall: 6'1".
* UptownGirl: She and Tunstall hit it off quickly and start a relationship. She's not bothered at all by the class disparity, though, since she's pretty rough-and-tumble.

!!'''Farmer Cape[[spoiler:/Cooper]]'''
A Kennel mage who joins Beka and Tunstall during their investigation in ''Mastiff''. Although he acts silly, he's more than he appears. [[spoiler:He and Beka eventually fall in love and get married]].
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Comes across is silly or stupid, but he knows what he's doing.
* CatchPhrase: "My ma always said [piece of advice and/or SelfDeprecatingHumor]."
* EngagingConversation: Once joked about wanting to marry Beka because she's so clever. [[spoiler: The genuine offer came much later.]]
* FailOSuckyname: His birth name was [[spoiler:Pincas Huckleburr]]. Beka nearly dies laughing when he confesses this.
* FarmBoy: Well, sort of.
* HealingHands: His Gift allows him to treat injuries. As one would imagine, this is very useful to the group.
* MinoredInAssKicking: Can hold his own in a fight.
* NiceGuy: He's very genuinely good-natured and caring towards his friends. Although he ''could'' attain status and wealth if he really wanted to, he would much rather help people with his abilities and learn outside of academia.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He makes an art form of it. It means he avoids people who enslave mages and doesn't have to get into pissing contests with other mages if they assume he's worthless from the start.
* RealMenWearPink: Fond of shawls, and a talented seamster(?) and cook.
* TheSmartGuy: Of the group looking for the kidnapped prince.
* WeakButSkilled: Supplements his own Gift with heaps of studying and a talent for gathering and utilizing the leftover magic of other mages.

%%For the sake of not spoiling The Reveal in Terrier, Mistress Noll is here.
!!'''Deirdry Noll'''
A baker Beka knows from childhood. Deirdry Noll is an expert in her profession and works very hard to make her business succeed. Her wares are a particular favorite of Tunstall's, so they end up visiting her stall whenever possible.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:She turns out to be one of the two [[BigBad Big Bads]] of ''Terrier.'']]
* CoolOldLady: Beka remembers how Mistress Noll taught her how to knead dough, she doesn't charge Dogs, and Goodwin and Tunstall can rely on her for information. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end.]]
* SelfMadeMan: She used to run her bakery on Mutt Piddle Lane and broke her back working to get herself into a more respectable area of the Lower City. By the present day she can even afford servants. [[spoiler:Later turns out that she was supplementing her income with extorted valuables.]]
* SupremeChef: She's described as the best baker in the Lower City, and Tunstall always finds an excuse to detour to her stall.

!!'''Nestor Haryse'''
A Dog from Port Caynn and Lord Gershom's cousin. He was "born on the wrong side of the sheets," which is another way to say he was born out of wedlock.
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* BetaCouple: He and Okha have a (mostly) harmonious relationship, contrasting with Beka's burgeoning SlapSlapKiss with Dale.
* DatingCatwoman: Not a straight example, as Okha is emphatically a good guy. However, Okha does have some ties to the underworld of Port Caynn, which causes tension.
* HappilyMarried: It's unknown if gay marriage is legal in Tortall, but he and Okha are included in Beka's annoyance with older couples showing affection like teenagers.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Both Okha and Nestor are hinted at having deeper connections to Pearl Skinner than explored in the novel.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Although he warns Beka about not doing too much obvious Dog work, it's to do with the fact that Pearl threatened her for it. His main problem is that he's hobbled by Sir Lionel's complete unwillingness to do anything about Pearl.
%% * NiceGuy

!!'''Okha Soyan (Amber Orchid)'''
A gorgeous singer in Port Caynn and Nestor's lover. She is also a transwoman.
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her family kicked her out for unknown reasons, she's met others like her, and Pearl Skinner had someone she loved killed. Other than that, we get little from her.
* GuileHero: While not the protagonist, Okha serves as this in the context of Bloodhound. She helps Beka primarily by gossiping and spying, and keeps several secrets from Nestor in order to protect him (at least until the time is right), in contrast to Nestor, Beka, and even Goodwin, who are much more direct.
* HappilyMarried: To Nestor.
* MagicalQueer: Older, wiser, teaches Beka how to wear makeup and perfume so she can better woo Dale. Although she is in a relationship with Nestor herself.
* {{Transsexual}}: Sex-reassignment surgery doesn't exist in-universe, so she could also count as a DragQueen. Beka refers to her as "him", since it may have been confusing for the reader had Pierce switched mid-novel from calling Okha 'he' to 'she'. Alternatively, Beka may not have had a full understanding that just because Okha is ''physically'' male, she should not actually be referred to as male.
* WholesomeCrossdresser
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[[folder:Villains]]
!!'''Pearl Skinner'''
The Rogue of Port Caynn. She doesn't care about the common folk, who look to the Rogue for help because official channels don't care tuppence about commoners; instead she exploits them for all they're worth. She's selfish and cruel, dealing out terminal retribution to any underling who fails her.
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* BigBad: Of the second book.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Pearl is cruel and self-centered, but can't stand people who mistreat animals.
* FreudianExcuse: Averted. While it's implied that Pearl is from an abusive family, there's no hint of it justifying her present nastiness. The fact that she had them murdered later just adds to her notoriety.
* GoldTooth: Rather, pearl teeth. She has them magically transformed even though it's bad for her dental health.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Beka and Goodwin are mystified by the way Pearl ''drenches'' Port Caynn with coles because it would just make her riches worthless before long. But she doesn't care; she just wants to have the most money out of anyone. [[spoiler:And she was planning to flee to Yaman when it went bad anyway.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Skinner, to Beka's surprise, turns out to actually be her real last name, in addition to her preferred torture and execution method.
* PetTheDog: Subverted in that this doesn't hint at any secret good tendencies. She's still a very horrible person who happens to genuinely like dogs.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Her family members mysteriously died after she became Rogue. It's hinted that her father was abusive, but nobody considers excusing her present behavior for it.
* SweetTooth: She apparently has a fondness for sticky candies. Bad for the teeth under normal circumstances, but they rip pearls right out.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: She will do this to anyone who works for her, anyone at all.
[[/folder]]

!First appearing in short stories

!!'''Kylaia al Jmaa'''
A girl from a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture African-like]] village and the future Shang Unicorn.

* ActionGirl: Her self-taught moves are very effective in combat and attract the notice of a Shang warrior.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: She teaches herself to fight by observing the fighting moves of animals at the waterhole and imitating them herself.
* TheChampion: When her sister is falsely accused of witching a boy into a marriage contract, Kylaia steps up as champion for trial by combat in her father's place.
* EarlyBirdCameo: She was mentioned in ''Lioness Rampant'' by Liam Ironarm as one of the three Shang warriors named after immortals- the Shang Unicorn.
* KickChick: She doesn't just use kicks, but the first fighting technique she developed was based on ostriches' kicks.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Her father says that "Even less than a bride possessed by a demon will a young man like a wife who can kick his ribs in".
* TrainingMontage: The scene that takes place over a few years, teaching herself to fight.

!!'''Qiom'''

* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: He rescues Fadal [[spoiler:from execution in the temple]] because Fadal persisted in giving him food and taught him to hope.
* DrivenToSuicide: After a few days of misery he gives up and tries to starve himself to death. Fadal finds him before he succumbs.
* GreenThumb: Knows about plants, since he was a tree before being turned to a human.]]
* SuperStrength: The axe gives him blisters so he rips up firewood with his bare hands.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Although Numair gives him some knowledge so he knows how to eat, he has no idea about basic human custom and how to ''get'' food and other necessities.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: His story is an answer to the question "what happened to the tree that Numair turned into a man?"
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He hates fire.

!!'''Fadal/[[spoiler:Fadala]]'''
A boy who finds Qiom starving himself to death and convinces him to give living another try.

* TheCameo: Fadal also appears in the next story, "The Hidden Girl."
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Her would-be fate when she's discovered. Qiom stops it.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: Nobody discovers that Fadal is really a girl until towards the end of the story.
* SweetPollyOliver: Disguised herself as a boy and ran away from home because her stepfather wanted her to be veiled like the other females in their country and later married.
* WalkingTheEarth: She wanders from place to place, not wanting to be caught out.

!!'''Tekalimy'''
A girl who wanders with her father, teaching the parts of scripture that the official priests don't like to hear (namely, the bits about how women aren't inherently evil).

* ChekhovsSkill: Her ability to imitate her grandmother, Omi Heza. [[spoiler:At the end, she pretends to be Omi because an old woman will get more respect and notice than a girl.]]
* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler:The God of Flame selects her to preach for their female half.]]
* PreacherMan: With her dad. They spread the hidden teachings because they think it's needed.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: [[SubvertedTrope No]]. When Fadal goes on a rant about how terrible veils are, Teky says that she likes hers because nobody can judge her looks and it's easier to escape in a crowd.