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->''"It's like [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]], but with mice."''
-->-- '''LetsPlay/LuckySevenDX'''

A [[PrintLongRunners lengthy series]] of books by Brian Jacques, about a fantasy world in which all kinds of animals are the [[FunnyAnimal equivalents of people]]: they wear clothes, live in buildings, have humanlike societies, et cetera. Yet they also [[AnimalStereotypes retain some of their animal natures]], which usually manifest as specific skills: such as moles being expert workmen, especially at digging, and otters being skilled swimmers and shrimp fishermen.

The series centers on Redwall Abbey, a commune devoted to peace, though many who live there are quite capable of defending themselves if attacked. The books take place across a vast time period that may span centuries (it's difficult to tell since the characters measure time in ill-defined "seasons"). Most are complete stand-alone stories, so they can mostly be read in any order. In fact, for a while, Jacques wrote the stories wildly out of chronological order, though in his final years, he set each book further ahead in time than the last one. Only four books (''Redwall'' and ''Mattimeo'', ''Mariel of Redwall'' and ''The Bellmaker'') act as direct sequels featuring most of the same characters. Most others do share a few characters, albeit many seasons apart.

Typical stories consist of some villainous horde laying siege to the abbey, while/or some of its inhabitants have to venture somewhere else. Either way, several exciting medieval-style battles ensue until the book's villains are defeated. Despite the lack of an ongoing story, continuity lovers will find much to admire in the consistency of the world surrounding Redwall; each book's inside cover features a map of the territory the story covers, and they all fit together very well (although things may change slightly over the years). Other societies, like the badger lords and hare soldiers of the mountain fortress Salamandastron, or the wandering Guosim shrews, pop up frequently and have a real sense of history to them. As well, some of the most exciting times for fans came with the publications of the books ''Martin the Warrior'' and ''Lord Brocktree'', as the eponymous characters are mentioned numerous times in other books as legendary warriors from the past, meaning that with the titles alone Jacques was announcing that we would finally be seeing the real story behind those legends.


[[folder: The books, by order of publication, are: ]]

# ''Redwall'' (1986)
# ''Mossflower'' (1988)
# ''[[Literature/RedwallMattimeo Mattimeo]]'' (1989)
# ''Mariel of Redwall'' (1991)
# ''Salamandastron'' (1992)
# ''Martin the Warrior'' (1993)
# ''The Bellmaker'' (1994)
# ''Outcast of Redwall'' (1995)
# ''The Pearls of Lutra'' (1996)
# ''The Long Patrol'' (1997)
# ''Marlfox'' (1998)
# ''The Legend of Luke'' (1999)
# ''Lord Brocktree'' (2000)
# ''The Taggerung'' (2001)
# ''Triss'' (2002)
# ''Loamhedge'' (2003)
# ''Rakkety Tam'' (2004)
# ''High Rhulain'' (2005)
# ''Eulalia!'' (2007)
# ''Doomwyte'' (2008)
# ''The Sable Quean'' (2010)
# ''The Rogue Crew'' (2011)

[[AuthorExistenceFailure Jacques died of a heart attack]] [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-12380763 on 5 February 2011,]] leaving his 22nd novel, ''The Rogue Crew'', finished but unpublished; the book was later released on May 3rd, 2011.

The AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/{{Nelvana}} and featured three seasons - the first based on the original book, the second on ''Mattimeo'' and the third on ''Martin the Warrior''. It was played on Creator/PBSKids ([[CreatorsOddball really]]). And Creator/{{Teletoon}} in Canada.

A [[https://www.facebook.com/RedwallGame video game based on the books]] is currently in the works.

Has a [[Characters/{{Redwall}} character page]] in progress.

Not to be confused with ''Film/RedCliff''.

!!This series provides examples of:


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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Gruven. There is not ''a single character'' who even remotely likes him. [[TheScrappy Not even the readers]]. When he's not being a snobby little brat who runs his mouth, he's being a SmugSnake and insulting anyone at the first opportunity. When he's not running away from his enemies, he's either trying to outsmart them ([[BigBadWannabe and typically failing]]) or he's literally sobbing and begging to be spared. Even Gruven's mother Antigra found the stoat annoying, and only put up with him because [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes he was her son]] and because she needed him to rule the Juska tribe. However, it seems Brian did this on purpose as an ironic joke, as The Taggerung is prophesied to be the perfect warrior, practically a demi-god in terms of skill. Gruven is the complete opposite, no skills in anything and is useless at everything, yet still stubbornly claims to be the "True Taggerung".
* TheAbridgedSeries: A Website/YouTube user named Hethrin created an abridged series based on the Redwall TV series, which often parodies the many changes that were made in the show, as well as some tropes that appear in the books.
* AbusiveParents: Nimbalo the Slayer's father, whose violent attitude drove his mother away. He then repeatedly beat Nimbalo and treated him extremely poorly until Nimbalo finally had enough one day and ran out. LaserGuidedKarma catches up with him though, but Nimbalo still cries over his body.
* AccidentalMurder:
** In ''Mossflower'', Blacktooth and Splitnose start fighting each other over the food they stole from Martin, Gonff and Dinny. Everything was going fine until Splitnose decided to use his spear...
** In ''The Bellmaker'' Captain Slipp accidentally kills Ma Mellus when she leaps at him-right onto the knife he holds.
** In ''Salamandastron'', [[ThoseTwoGuys Dingeye and Thura]] start playing with archery equipment inside the Abbey and aim a bow and arrow ''at the stairs''. Cue Brother Hal.
** A [[KarmicDeath karmic]] example happens in ''Outcast of Redwall''. Just when the Wraith is about to assassinate Lord Sunflash after climbing up to an open window, Porty throws two rockcreams at Folrig and Ruddle (who were hiding behind Sunflash at the time). The badger and two otters duck, and the rocks end up hitting Wraith, causing him to fall to his death--[[HoistByHisOwnPetard and also to stab himself in the jaw with his blade, coated in a deadly poison]].
** Yet another karmic example pops up in ''Doomwyte''. Just when the raven Tarul was about to kidnap a mousebabe, Sister Violet came into the belltower to help the mousebabe ring the bells. She ends up ringing them and crushing the bird in-between them both.
** [[RuleOfThree And yet another karmic accidental murder]] happens in ''Eulalia!'' After Orkwil, Maudie, and Rangval free themselves from Saltear, Undril, and Ruglat, Ruglat tries to run away with his spear in paw. Orkwil accidentally trips the weasel, and he falls on his spearpoint.
** In ''The Sable Quean'', [[spoiler:Brother Tollum swings into the attic windows of the abbey, but a shocked Globby ends up stabbing him with a kitchen knife. [[MutualKill Simultaneously, Brother Tollum's paws smash into Globby's chest, mortally wounding him as well.]]]]
** Towards the end of ''The Rogue Crew'', [[spoiler:Uggo kills Badtooth by mistake when he and Razzid Wearat plunge through Redwall's kitchen window]].
* ActionGirl: Quite a few, starting with Jess Squirrel and Constance in the first book. Mariel is probably the best known and most popular of them among the fandom. Any female member of the Long Patrol fit the bill, notably Hon Rosie. Lady Cregga Rose Eyes also qualifies.
* AdaptationOriginConnection: In the TV show, Cluny killed Matthias's family.
* AdorableEvilMinions: If you like rats and mustelids, they can induce a bad case of misplaced squeeing.
* AerithAndBob: Martin and Gonff, for example. This is more common in the earlier books when a large number of the characters still had human-ish names.
* AFatherToHisMen:
** Captain Plugg Firetail is a villain in the series who doesn't treat his troops entirely like crap, and his troops are the ''only'' ones who don't try to seize power, going into HeroicBSOD when he dies ([[spoiler:seeing Plugg being taken by a trio of adders]] may have had something to do with the latter).
** Bane from ''Mossflower'' is an earlier example of this trope. He seemed content to share plunder with his troops, and they all seemed to respect him, while having nothing but contempt for Tsarmina, who ''did'' treat her troops like crap. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, none of this helped his character survive the book.]]
** Tramun Clogg is probably the nicest vermin leader in the series who still manages to remain a villain.
** On the non-villainous side, badger lords are often this, although some remain more aloof. The officers of the Long Patrol almost always fit this trope.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Triss, after fans asked why there had never been a female bearer of Martin's Sword. Sadly, it [[TheScrappy backfired]] a tad (probably because they thought Triss was a MarySue). Mariel might also count, but she didn't bear the sword and is far more popular.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Axtel Sturnclaw gets stabbed in the footpaw with a spear and the spearhead ends up breaking off and getting stuck to said footpaw. And to make things worse, he accidentally bangs his footpaw against a stone, causing him to pass out as it gouged his footpaw even more. And when he wakes back up, he removes it by ''bashing the spearhead against a stone and pulling it out by paw''.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler:Ublaz]]. He spent the last moments of his life freaking out and having a VillainousBreakdown as he was forced to watch his glorious empire slowly fall apart in the course of about a day. It's hard not to at least pity the creature when he realizes that everything he's worked so hard to achieve is crashing down around him.
--> [[spoiler:'''Ublaz''': "Nobeast was mightier than me...Emperor...I was...Emp..."]]
** The way [[spoiler:Ungatt Trunn]] died is absolutely pitiful. Not even he deserved such a cruel death, especially when you look at some other Redwall villains, like [[EvilOverlord Badrang]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Mokkan]] and [[WickedCultured Vilu]] [[ItsPersonal Daskar]].
** [[spoiler: Captain Plugg Firetail]], the only interesting villain from ''Triss'' who wasn't a [[DirtyCoward complete coward]] and [[AFatherToHisMen didn't treat his crew like crap]]. All of them were openly upset about his death and even cried over it.
** [[spoiler: Globby]]. He was just an adolescent PunchClockVillain who broke into Redwall simply because he wanted to taste the delicious food. And right before he dies, he uses his last breath [[spoiler:[[DeathEqualsRedemption to tell Abbess Marjoram who kidnapped the two lost Dibbuns and where they're at.]]]]
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: For a supposedly peaceful bunch, the Redwallers are pretty handy when it comes to war.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: "Vermin" -- the catch-all term for rats, stoats, and other carnivorous mammals (other than badgers, otters, or shrews) -- are universally criminals. It borders on FantasticRacism at times:
** Only [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch about three named vermin characters]] have ever pulled a HeelFaceTurn, and two of those [[RedemptionEqualsDeath didn't last long]].
** Averted in ''Marlfox'', which concludes with the rat army, who had hated their lot in life, joyfully tossing out their arms and armor and learning to live as farmers.
** Somewhat subverted in ''The Sable Quean''. The Quean and one of her {{Mooks}} are plotting revenge on TheStarscream, Zwilt the Shade. He [[spoiler:tried to kill the Quean and sent the Mook's mate to his death.]] As they talk about their plans, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes we hear, for the first time, a vermin say the words, "I loved him."]]
** It should be noted that the degree of evilness exhibited by vermin varies between books, and even in the same book, there is often a distinction between [[PunchClockVillain punch clock vermin]], [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain serving primarily as comedic relief]], like Flinky and most of his gang in ''Loamhedge'' or Lousewort and Sneezewort in ''Long Patrol''; and genuine, murdering villains. Quite a few of the former successfully pull ScrewThisImOuttaHere, and many of those are implied to give up banditry and such for good.
*** In the animated adaptation, and in the first book, there were rats and other vermin who were peaceably living in the area, but Cluny ordered them press-ganged into fighting. Given Cluny's orders: "Smash their dens so they don't have homes to worry about! Kill all who resist!", those that didn't fall in line were probably killed.
** Averted in the very first novel, where the protagonist encounters a wildcat who conscientiously avoids eating meat, and, bar a few personality quirks, is quite happy to help the heroes. Additionally, his ancestor and namesake was a goodbeast pretty much from the start, as was his mate. Judging by the few examples given, cats are some of the only animals with a real chance of becoming either good or bad, which makes sense considering there are both good and bad AnimalStereotypes for them. It's just that the evil ones tend to be BigBad.
** In "Outcast of Redwall", we also have the episodic character of gentle Bluefen.
** Blaggut is about the only vermin (in his case a searat) who is part of a villainous group yet isn't portrayed as a villain from the very get go. He seems to be a good sort who just goes along with his evil captain out of fear, and deeply prefers life with the Redwall dwellers. [[spoiler: It eventually leads him to kill his captain when the latter steals from them, kills one of them (by accident) and pushes him [[TheDogBitesBack too far]] finally.]]
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Just as the vermin are always bad, the woodlanders are always good. Later books subvert this trope, but not before ''Taggerung'' took this trope to the ridiculous extreme:
** People say that Tagg could just have been [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a very rebellious teen with a bad case of]] ValuesDissonance. After all, what's the most horrifying thing one can do when one's authority figures are evil? And that the same book featured a not-so-nice woodlander in the form of [[spoiler:Nimbalo's father]].
** ''Eulalia'' has a vole that might have readers ''cheering'' when he dies. He threatens to shoot one of the main characters when he's first introduced, then, after the Redwallers take him in and help him after he's nearly killed, decides to ''steal Martin's sword'' in exchange for the character he threatened to shoot stealing his dagger. He also kills a Sister when she tries to stop him, though he's killed later on and the sword is stolen by an actual vermin, who manages to get to the end of the book before dying.
** Voles are very neutral. There are multiple times where they would screw honest woodlanders over to try and save themselves, Druwp from Martin the Warrior is probably the best example.
** ''Doomwyte'' has a Log-a-Log named Tugga Bruster. Unlike the other Log-a-Logs in the series, who were all good chieftains and relatively badass in one form or another, Tugga was brutal (even killing the chieftain of a vermin gang when he was begging for mercy), harsh to his crew and a total [[{{Jerkass}} prick to the Redwallers]]. At first, it's easy to assume he was [[JerkassFacade acting tough as a leader should]], but it's made clear that he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk a genuine jerk]], a [[DirtyCoward coward]] and a thief.
** Subverted in The Sable Quean: there is a Hedgehog who kidnaps a group of children pretending to rescue them, to keep them as slaves on his island, though he may not count since he's insane, not evil of his own free will.
** This is also subverted in the forms of several "bad" woodlanders, all of whom are either hedgehogs, voles, or shrews.
** ''Martin the Warrior'' has a tribe of pygmy shrews who are slavers, a tribe of squirrels who make a game of hunting and killing strangers and a hedgehog who is known to poison trespassers. None of them face any real consequences for their actions, however.
** In short, by the end of almost two dozens of books, there are exactly three woodlander species that never had their members portrayed downright negatively: mice, otters and badgers. If we count characters like Rawnblade and Folgrim, that are, by any reasonable standards, [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] [[AxCrazy psychopaths]] that pass as good guys by virtue of targeting villains and having some PetTheDog moments, then only mice remain, and, in their backstory, one mouse character had an {{abusive parent|s}}.
* AmbiguouslyGay: See [[HoYay/{{Redwall}} Ho Yay]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Ungatt Trunn's Blue Hordes. They insist that they're "The Chosen Ones" and that every creature that isn't one of them is a member of "the lower orders". Also, Riftgard can only be ruled by EvilAlbino "Pure Ferrets", who all speak with ridiculously broad faux-German accents.
* AncestralWeapon: [[InfinityPlusOneSword The Sword of Martin the Warrior.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Ungatt Trunn is assumed to be dead by the heroes and left on the seashore with a broken back. He's not dead. And the tide is coming in very, very slowly]]... and then, to make it all worse, a Woobie ex-mook, whose family Ungatt killed years ago, shows up, to speed on his fate.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Happens twice. The first time it occurs in ''Marlfox'', when Elachim is killed during the Marlfoxes' first attack on Redwall; his twin brother Borrakul lives to the end of the story. In ''Rakkety Tam'', [[spoiler:Dauncey is abruptly killed by Gulo's archers, but his twin sister Kersey lives to the end too, and even has a son she names after her late brother]].
* AnimalReligion: Subverted. Despite the titular Redwall being an abbey, having an abbot/abbess and various characters referred to as Brother/Sister, there is no real religion to speak of (no one is referred to as a monk/nun, prayer is a generic grace at mealtimes). The only form of supernatural is the spirit of Martin the Warrior, who appears once a book to aid the protagonists, and Dark Forest, which some characters see when near death, and the ghosts of their ancestors. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Even the first book]], which featured a church of Saint Ninian, had no one to pray to (although the villain does have a nightmare of the Devil, who got referenced as well). There are often references to the afterlife though, such as "Dark Forest" (a neutral land of eternal slumber) and "Hellgates". Curiously, bad guys are referred to as going to either when they die. Sunflash even briefly witnesses the Dark Forest in ''Outcast of Redwall'', though he is barred from entering until his quest is complete.
* AnimalStereotypes:
** Weirdly, it's averted with the owls; they're almost invariably goodnatured but absent-minded, and almost never "wise", as folklore would have it. Possibly [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Literature]], as owls aren't terribly smart in real life. Also, the bats are fairly cute and harmless with a silly VerbalTic (verbal tic, verbal tic...), as opposed to the usual portrayals of them as evil in fiction. Though Boldred, Udara Groundslay and Captain Snow plays it rather straight, as Boldred is very wise, while Captain Snow and Udara are both are sharp minded and ruthless hunters.
** Also unusual, rabbits are not at all flirtatious, [[TricksterArchetype mischievous, or clever]]. The hares take that role, and the rabbits are universally [[TheLoad prissy little weaklings]] who never factor heavily into the plot.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/{{Nelvana}} produced an animated series, which adapted the books ''Redwall'', ''Mattimeo'', and ''Martin the Warrior''.
* AnnoyingArrows: Both averted and played straight; Mooks will fall to arrows easily, but major characters can pull them out with their teeth and keep [[PlotArmour fighting so long as the plot requires it]].
** Justified, though, because most of the woodlanders are stated to be excellent marksmen for various reasons, whereas average marauding rats and other bandits are not, and the original book stated that rats are very incompetent when it comes to the making and firing of arrows. Searats are shown to be better marksmen than the average vermin, though.
** Subverted in ''The Taggerung'' [[spoiler: when Deyna takes an arrow to the chest from Vallug Bowbeast he keeps running, kills Vallug then chases after and kills Eefera but this is justified as Deyna was in excellent physical condition and was likely running on adrenaline the whole time. After his kills Eefera Deyna suffers PostVictoryCollapse and it's stated that the arrow in his chest will almost cripple him and is too deep to be removed except by the very skilled "otterfixer" Rukky Garge.]]
* AntagonistTitle: ''Marlfox'', ''Doomwyte'', and ''The Sable Quean''.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Overall, the characters in Redwall are far more like actual animals at the beginning of the series than they are in the most recent novels. Even the cover art reflects this, as some of the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mmcover.JPG earlier]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rwall.JPG books]] show the characters as far less anthropomorphic than some of the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/elala.JPG later]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rtam.JPG ones]]. Some artworks even go as far as to show them as [[HalfHumanHybrid humans with rodent heads and tails]].
* AntiClimax:
** You would ''think Mattimeo'' would end between a big showdown with Slagar and Matthias--or even Mattimeo himself. Instead, [[spoiler: Slagar runs and falls down a hole. And dies.]] Yeah.
** {{ZigZagg|ingTrope}}ed in ''Mariel of Redwall''. At first it looks like Rawnblade and Gabool are about to get into a massive swordfight...but then Rawnblade disarms Gabool with little effort. Then, after a small chase, [[spoiler: Gabool challenges Rawnblade to a fight using nothing but their paws, only for Rawnblade to fall into Skrabblag's chamber.]] Just when you think the fight will end with Mariel and her friends taking on Gabool themselves, [[spoiler: Rawnblade grabs the scorpion and throws it out the hole onto Gabool, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard where it promptly stings him in the head and kills him.]] And then Dandin chops the scorpion in half with ease.]]
** At the end of ''Taggerung'', Deyna, Skipper, and several otters are seconds away from fighting the entire Juskabor tribe, and shit is about to hit the fan. What happens next? [[spoiler:Nothing. Lord Russano pops up out of nowhere (with at least one thousand hares backing him up) and confronts Ruggan Bor. The fox surrenders in a short amount of time, and Russano and his hares force the Juska tribe to crawl away from Redwall.]] A few pages later the book ends.
** If you're expecting the fight against Princess Kurda and Triss to be amazing, you're gonna be disappointed (much like Triss, in fact). And if you're expecting the fight against King Agarnu and Triss (and the ending to ''Triss'' entirely) to be amazing, you're gonna be ''very'' disappointed.
** Zwilt the Shade goes down after his much-hyped swordfight with Buck goes sour, so he takes a baby hostage and is [[spoiler:suddenly stabbed in the back by the wife of one of his victims with Martin's sword.]]
* AntiHero: Jukka the Sling and her tribe from ''Lord Brocktree''. Even though they help the protagonists, they were mostly just there so they could steal more weapons from their enemies.
* AnyoneCanDie:
** The deaths of [[spoiler: Rose, Skarlath, Rockjaw Grang and [[MentorOccupationalHazard Methuselah]]]] prove that point.
** Not to mention the other numerous deaths throughout the series. Generally, at least one important character will die before the end of the book, and he or she is often greatly loved by the other characters and/or readers.
** This trope is downplayed after ''Lord Brocktree''. Compared to older Redwall books, the number of deaths on the good guys' side went down significantly, and it was mostly minor characters who were starting to develop that bit the dust, culminating in ''[[LighterAndSofter Rakkety Tam]]'', which had practically ''no'' good characters die.
%%* ApologeticAttacker: Abbot Mortimer, in the AnimatedAdaptation.
* ApronMatron: In most of the books, Badger Mothers of Redwall act as caretaker of Dibbuns. Their bulk and stern behavior is what keeps the Dibbuns in line.
* ArchnemesisDad: This crops up a hell of a lot, usually with the young sons of vermin warlords. Firstly, Swartt Sixclaw, Veil's father. He completely neglects him, doesn't even name him, and abandons him in a ditch during a battle. That's not counting what Swartt does to him the next time they meet. There's also Ferahgo and Klitch in ''Salamandastron'' and Riggu Felis and Pitru in ''High Rhulain''. The most prominent female example is Verdauga and Tsarmina, the first time in the series when this trope actually results in the child murdering their father. Also touches of it with Agarnu and Kurda in ''Triss'', but it's nowhere near as significant. And then Gulo murdered his father Dramz prior to the events of Rakkety Tam before chasing his brother Askor to claim the throne of the northlands.
* ArmourIsUseless: Armour, mostly mail, is occasionally useful, but its weight, hotness, and restrictiveness is shown either realistically or overplayed. Mostly armour is just rare or absent. Unless it's PlotArmour.
* ArrowsOnFire: The fire-swingers in ''Mariel of Redwall''. The traditional kind are aplenty as well. Greypatch burned a ship with flaming arrows in the same book.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy:
** In ''The Sable Quean'', Buckler is a step or two away from this trope. [[TheRival His enemy, Zwilt the Shade]] is spot on: he likes to challenge any strong warriors, [[NonchalantDodge effortlessly evade their assaults]] [[TrashTalk while scorning their efforts]], and oft-times will kill them with their own weapons.
** All of the important Blue Hordes members in ''Lord Brocktree'' are this, Ungatt Trunn the worst of the lot.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: A hare beats the snot out of an enemy both for killing the hare's friends and for [[IAmNotWeasel calling him a rabbit]].
* ArtifactOfDeath: The Tears of All Oceans. The Sword of Martin could fall into this category since it's fine with the good guys but any vermin who tries to mess with it tends to die very quickly.
* AssholeVictim: Nimbalo's father, that unnamed watervole from ''Eulalia!'', [[spoiler:Fenno]], and [[spoiler:Tugga Bruster]] are the only non-vermin characters whose deaths will make you jump with joy.
* AuthorAvatar: WordOfGod is that Jacques based Gonff the Mousethief on his younger self.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** Relatively speaking, the strongest fighter in the vermin gangs are almost always the leader.
** The Badger Lords. You do not screw with them. This Lord Brocktree quote pretty much sums it up, when settling a shrew "debate": "Let me explain the rules. One Badger Lord carries two hundred votes and his sword carries another hundred. Agreed?"
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Occasionally, it gets really apparent that Jacques ''loved'' to have his characters "salute smartly", preferably with a weapon in their paw. Latter books in the series favored "Chunnering" to a very high degree, to the point that finding a chapter without it was almost startling.
* AvengingTheVillain:
** Saltar attempts to avenge his brother Bludrigg by fighting Gabool.
** In ''Rakkety Tam'', Freeta wanted both to conquer Redwall and to get revenge on [[TheBrute Gulo the Savage]] on behalf of her mate, [[HyperCompetentSidekick Shard]]. And in the newest Redwall saga ''The Sable Quean'', a weasel Mook [[spoiler:teams up with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Quean Vilaya]] to avenge her mate, who [[TheStarscream Zwilt the Shade]] knowingly sent to his death.]]
%% ** Don't forget Conva and Barranca.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Axtel Sturnclaw, mole berserker.
* AxeCrazy:
** Many {{big bad}}s, but especially Gabool and Gulo.
** The majority of badgers are prone to the Bloodwrath. It's a good idea to move if you see the red mist.
** Sparras as well. The fact that they have "KILLEE KILLEE" as a catchphrase should be a pretty big clue.
%%* BabyTalk: The Dibbuns.
* BabiesEverAfter: Most of the books' epilogues have the new Abbey Recorder telling about what has happened in the seasons since the books' events, with marriages and babies a common staple.
* BackstabBackfire: Almost constantly. Perhaps the best example was Cheesethief, planning to usurp Cluny's position as leader of the horde. He actually went so far as to try on Cluny's armor, and [[spoiler:got mistaken for Cluny himself by Constance and ended up impaled with a giant crossbow bolt.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: The hares' favored battle tactic when outnumbered. Of course, it's more back to back to back to back...
%%* BadassAdorable: From a human point of view, most of the major cast members.
* BadassBoast:
** Romsca gets the most significant one in the Pearls of Lutra. Hares, badgers, and eagles often get their own every now and again.
** Boasting is one of the challenges set by King Bucko Bigbones that all challengers to his throne must face. (Others are Feasting and Fighting.) Dotti wins this one by being almost a DeadpanSnarker, but more cheerful.
%%* BadassLongcoat: Ruggan Bor.
* BadBoss: All vermin leaders. Badrang is noted by his own horde as being bad tempered.
** Exception: Captain Plugg Firetail of the Freebooters.
** Other exception: Cap'n Tramun Clogg. His former crew agrees that he was good to them; it's just that he erred too much, so switching to Badrang's side at that point was the only way for them to stay alive.
** Gulo the Savage. His response when one of his soldiers complains about his injuries? ''Kill the guy and eat him.'' Later, when his forces are reduced to eight vermin including himself, he still kills the one who thought about running.
** Conspiring against Swartt Sixclaw? He may just force you to feed a whole dead bird to another lackey, bones and all, when said lackey chokes to death you're then executed for murder.
** Razzid Wearet doesn't think twice about killing a minion and tossing him into the river, for no other reason than for the blood to attract big carnivorous fish which he then harpoons for his lunch.
* BadDreams: [[TheInsomniac Tsarmina and Gabool]]. Mokkan realizes that killing off siblings and becoming king brings bad dreams his first night. Tagg learns of Nimbalo's past through the latter's sleeptalking.
* TheBadGuyWins: Briefly in ''Redwall''. [[spoiler:After [[BigBad Cluny]] and his horde break into the Abbey by forcing Plumpen to open the gates, he and his crew start terrorizing the place. Don't worry, Matthias kills him.]]
* BarbarianTribe: The Painted Ones, the Flitchaye, the Darat, and the Sparra (though they get better [[spoiler:after King Bull is killed and Warbeak takes over.]]) The Gawtrybe might also fall into this category; although they're more articulate than the others on the list, they're basically a tribe of sociopathic children.
* BattleCry:
** ''Eulaliaaaa!''
** ''Blood and vinegaaaaaar!''
** And, for the abbey-dwellers, ''Redwaaaaaaaallllll''
** For the Highlanders and Borderers, ''Haway the braaaaw!''
** And for those Guosim types, ''Logalogalogalogalogalog!''
** This is apparently a requirement if you're in a combat situation. Even if you've never fought a day in your life, like Inbar Trueflight from ''Pearls Of Lutra''. He screams "RUDDARIIIIIIING!" (he's from a community of otters who live in a hidden fertile basin) before taking down several corsairs with his arrows.
* BerserkButton:
** Do ''not'' hurt/kidnap a woodlander's kids. Seriously. [[WaifFu Even if the kids can take care of themselves.]]
** NEVER call hares rabbits.
** If you're a vermin, don't mess with Martin's sword or tapestry if you value your life. You will get absolutely {{Curb Stomp|Battle}}ed.
* TheBerserker:
** Most Badger Lords and anybody else who suffers from the Bloodwrath (one notable, non-badger example is Axtel Sturnclaw the mole in ''The Sable Quean'').
** Muta and Rab fall into this in ''Bellmaker'', though they eventually snap out of it.
** Don't forget Ranguvar Foeseeker, who wants to kill basically everything she doesn't like.
** Gulo the Savage, who's above the size and weight of a badger, but with sharper claws and teeth. When the heroes lead him through a crow-infested grove, he actually loses interest in pursuing them to continue the slaughter.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Happens in ''Marlfox'' with the rat Janglur captured, who threw himself into a river and drowned because he knew he'd break during Janglur and Log a Log's [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogation]]. It's implied he was less scared of suicide than what the Marlfoxes would do to him for betrayal.
* BewareMyStingerTail:
** Cluny, in a way that borders on OrganAutonomy.
** Skrabblag the scorpion, naturally.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Almost every peaceful Abbey-dweller can be provoked into extreme violence. With hares, it's a defining trait. In ''Mariel of Redwall'', Redwallers have to be reminded that the smiling, well-spoken, joke-cracking Long Patrol squad are "perilous"; and the Long Patrol proves it by [[spoiler:going to their deaths smiling and chatting whilst the three of them (plus a vengeful squirrel) kill thirty or forty sea-rats; Hon Rosie survives, and so that's practically annihilating a force when outnumbered ten to one and ''joking'' about it.]] [[spoiler:Zwilt the Shade]] finds this out the hard way in ''The Sable Quean''.
** Baby Dumble is a baby dormouse, yet he still is able to kill crows with a few sticks.
* {{BFS}}: The weapons of Badger Lords (who, being the biggest creatures around, wield weapons too heavy for other animals to lift).
* BigBad: In order:
** In ''Redwall,'' Cluny the Scourge and Asmodeus Poisonteeth each were primary antagonists in their own right. Cluny tries to take over Redwall, while Asmodeus has hold of Martin's sword.
** Verdauga Greeneyes initially appears to be the main antagonist of ''Mossflower'', though admittedly he would rather come to a mutual agreement between the woodlanders rather than actually oppress them, and is willing to eventually let Martin leave Kotir after he is caught trespassing. His daughter Tsarmina, in contrast, initially appears to be a HateSink to make him seem better in comparison, until she poisons him and takes over Kotir herself, thus cementing her as the true villainess of the novel. Captain Ripfang is the main antagonist of Boar the Fighter's character arc, though Ripfang still pales in comparison.
** The three books of ''Mattimeo'' are each named after a corresponding main villain - Slagar the Cruel, General Ironbeak, and Malkariss.
** In ''Mariel of Redwall,'' Gabool the Wild is directly responsible for almost everything that happens, which includes his former second-in-command Greypatch leaving Terramort and trying to eventually conquer Redwall.
** ''Salamandastron'' features Ferahgo the Assassin the most, though the conflict extends to beyond the fight in Salamandastron with no {{BigBad}}s for the other subplots. Ferahgo's son, Klitch, also collaborates with Ferahgo in the invasion of Salamandastron, with TeethClenchedTeamwork adding nuance to the story.
** ''Martin the Warrior'' cements Badrang the Tyrant as the BigBad, though a good majority of the book is a civil war between him and Captain Tramun Clogg.
** ''The Bellmaker'' has Urgan Nagru, the Foxwolf. He fights with his wife, Silvamord, which causes problems later down the line.
** ''Outcast of Redwall'' has Swartt Sixclaw chasing Sunflash the Mace throughout the entirety of Mossflower. It's also heavily implied that Swartt's son, Veil the Outcast, goes through a Self v. Self conflict in which he is his own worst enemy.
** The conflicts in ''Pearls of Lutra'' are directly caused by Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes, whose avarice and hubris cause many of his subordinates and associates to try turning against him.
** ''The Long Patrol'' has the entire Rapscallion Army, led by Damug Warfang.
** Mokkan proclaims himself the Leader of the group known as ''Marlfox,'' which sticks well enough for his position to be solidifed as such when recapped in various series bibles.
** ''Legend of Luke'' does not have a Big Bad in Book 1 or Book 3. Book 2's main antagonist is Vilu Daskar.
** ''Lord Brocktree'' features Ungatt Trunn and King Bucko Bigbones, though the latter [[spoiler: joins the side of good and lends his aid in stopping the former.]]
** This is PlayedWith in ''Taggerung,'' to an extreme that no other book can rival. [[spoiler: Initially, the narrative leads one to believe Sawney Rath is the main villain up until he is killed off right at the beginning of Book 2. Then, Gruven Zann and his mother, Antigra, try leading the Juskarath clan to both stopping Tagg and making the Juskarath reign supreme throughout Mossflower. Gruven's group eventually is a three-way BigBadDuumvirate between himself, Vallug Bowbeast, and Eefera (though the latter were given secret instructions to kill Gruven should he chicken out). Antigra eventually gets murdered by the Juskabor tribe's leader, Ruggan Bor, though he is another decoy antagonist for Book 3.]]
** In ''Triss,'' King Agarnu sends his daughter, Princess Kurda, alongside her brother, Prince Bladd, and a pirate by the name of Plugg Firetail. This forms a BigBadDuumvirate that [[spoiler: slowly begins to fall apart the moment they reach Mossflower.]] On top of that, there are also Zassaliss, Harsscacss, and Sesstra, [[spoiler: three children of the fallen adder Berussca]] who are also in the running for the title of the book's main antagonist.
** ''Loamhedge'' features Raga Bol and Kharanjul the Wearet as final bosses in their own right. Kharanjul is the enemy faced at the end of the journey to Loamhedge, while Raga Bol [[spoiler: proves a far less effective villain than one is inclined to believe, not getting any closer to harassing Mossflower Country than Badredd's gang. However, Raga Bol is the main enemy of Lonna Bowstripe.]]
** ''Rakkety Tam'' has Gulo the Savage emerge from the Northlands. However, Gulo does virtually no planning whatsoever, which is instead done by his fox and ermine army.
** ''High Rhulain'' showcases another inversion - while Riggu Fellis is the named threat, it's implied that nobody in his group actually likes him (not even his wife or children) snd only deals with him because of how ruthless he is. On top of that, another threat exists on Green Isle of equal malevolence, the legendary monster Slothunog.
** ''Eulalia!'' features both Vizka Longtooth and Gruntan Kurdly, but the former winds up being more relevant.
** The conflict of ''Doomwyte'' becomes Korvus Skurr and Baliss the Slayer fighting ''each other'' as well as trying to overpower the denizens of Mossflower. On top of this, there was also Tugga Bruster, the Log-a-log featured in Doomwyte, who caused roughly as many problems for the protagonists as Korvus and Baliss.
** ''The Sable Quean'' intends for Quean Vilaya to be the main villain, but Zwilt the Shade proves to be more than a DragonInChief from the onset. Quean Vilaya does not ever take back Big Bad status in time, though she does prove herself to be a nasty piece of work of her own.
** Razzid Wearat cements himself as the primary antagonist in ''The Rogue Crew.'' A secondary antagonist exists, in the form of the fox Ketral Vane, but he does not do enough to come even close to holding the {{Big Bad}} title.
* BigBadWannabe: Quite a few rather incompetent vermin 'leaders' fit this trope; notably Badredd and Gruven.
* BigDamnHeroes: Lots. The biggest one that doesn't come off as an AssPull occurs in ''Eulalia!'', when [[spoiler: Orkwil abruptly disappears, then reappears a few chapters later with ''hundreds'' of Redwall soldiers at his side so they can rescue Gorath, Rangval, Maudie, Salixa, and the Guosim]].
* BigEater:
** Hares. Well, pretty much every character becomes one whenever they're given the opportunity, but the hares are the most obvious.
** Veil Sixclaw ravenously devours any food put in front of him. Bella remarks, "Some creatures are always hungering after one thing or another."
* The BigGuy: Badgers are ''always'' the hugest in any group, with the only villain ever coming close in size being a wolverine.
* BigNo: Happens OnceASeason in the TV series.
** Season 1 has [[spoiler: Cluny, shortly before he's crushed by the Joseph Bell]].
** Season 2 has [[spoiler: Log-a-Log, right before he [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Spear]] for Matthias]].
** Season 3 has Clogg, right when he realizes his ship has been set on fire. There's also Martin at the end of an episode, when he wakes up and sees the Warden being strangled by snakes.
** The novel ''Mariel of Redwall'' has Mariel, when she was regaining her memory and remembered Saltar and Ledder throwing her shipmates off the boat in retaliation for her resistance.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Marlfoxes. The queen of the Marlfoxes killed her mate to take the throne only in turn to be manipulated and killed by her daughter who ends up being killed by her brother, Mokkan. The other children of the queen are all equally nasty as the others.
* BilingualBonus: "Gonff" sounds remarkably like the Yiddish word for Thief. Confirmed by WordOfGod. Also Old Norse for "victory" is ''Yulalya" pronounced (all together, boys and girls) '''Eulaliaaaa!'''
** Additionally, 'Gulo' is the scientific name for a wolverine, and is latin for glutton.
* BittersweetEnding: ''Martin the Warrior'' ends on one. The villain is defeated and Martin has gotten his father's sword back...but two of his friends are dead including the one that would have been the love of his life, leaving him alone and depressed, and then leaving to head south.
%%* BlackCloak: A few villains, mostly creepy [[TheDragon dragon]] types such as Nadaz, Grand Fragorl, and Grissoul.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[CreepyAwesome Shadow]] and Zwilt the Shade are described as having dead black eyes.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce:
** Hotroot pepper. There is no RealLife British plant known as hotroot, but it seems most likely that the Mossflower variety is a type of particularly strong horseradish.
** Watercress (a peppery river plant) or Samphire (also peppery and grows on rocks on the sea shore). Both would be the sort of things otters (River or Sea respectively) could find. Admittedly neither are quite as hot as described.
* BloodKnight:
** Zwilt the Shade (''The Sable Quean''), the [[TheDragon right-hand sable]] of Vilaya. He goes out of his way to find any warrior with a strong reputation and challenge them one on one; as others have noted, [[PsychoForHire death always follows in Zwilt's wake]]. Gulo the Savage (''Rakkety Tam'') is this trope taken to its extreme; even when chasing his enemies with a badly-depleted horde, he will stop the chase and turn around to attack ''an entire grove of crows'' just for receiving a few scratches.
** Gelltor from ''Marlfox'', when compared with [[CombatPragmatist his siblings.]] Raventail from the same book.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The inhabitants of the Land of Ice and Snow from ''Rakkety Tam'' don't have a cultural taboo against cannibalism. Askor, for instance, who was apparently a much fairer and more-sympathetic character than his mad brother, Gulo the Savage, while he is dying beneath an incredibly heavy tree, tell the woodland creatures who find him to eat him before he goes bad, and dies lifting it off so that they can get at his flesh. That said, Gulo is still crazy even by ''their'' standards: he likes to eat sapient creatures ''alive'', and his hunger is never satisfied.
* BodyHorror:
** Slagar's deformed face is described very well. As is Riggu Felis's. And Ashleg wears a cloak over half of his body; the half that's twisted and maimed.
** There also exists three conjoined serpents. Technically they're not conjoined, but a vermin's flail wrapped itself around them when young so tightly they can't get loose, growing into it. Their presence is announced by the horrible smell of their exposed flesh.
* BoringButPractical: Russa Nodrey's choice of weapon? A stick.
* BoringReturnJourney: Applies to a number of the books. For instance, in ''The Bellmaker'' the characters run into a fair bit of trouble when sailing to Southsward, but there's no hint of any difficulty getting back to Redwall.
* BornUnderTheSail:
** While there are some hedgehog tribes known to sail the rivers of Mossflower, the best inland sailors are the tribes of shrews in logboats. Out at sea, it's sea otters and searats (both are piratical, the otters attacking vermin and the rats any helpless victims).
** The (river) otters, one of the AlwaysLawfulGood species in the series, are all proficient sailors, led by one they call Skipper.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: In the Animated adaptation, Cluny's tunnel plan is foiled by Redwallers pouring porridge down the hole. In the book, it was boiling water.
* BraggingThemeTune:
** ''Taggerung'' has Nimbalo the Slayer do this. He ends it by telling Tagg "I'm modest, too!"
** Romsca delivers a more badass boast in ''Pearls of Lutra''.
* BrattyHalfPint: More than a few Dibbuns and young creatures in the books end up being this. Most of them end up being infuriatingly {{Karma Houdini}}s, such as in ''Pearls Of Lutra'' when the Dibbuns ''lock themselves in the kitchens'' causing the Redwallers to have to ''take off the doors with coopering tools'', but aren't punished at all. In ''Martin the Warrior'' a mother actually gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she picks up her spoiled son and starts spanking him because he [[UngratefulBastard started kicking and hitting Martin for throwing him off a cliff in order to save him from a bird that would have otherwise eaten him.]]
* BreathWeapon: Jokingly lampshaded in ''Mariel of Redwall'' on the subject of Burgo's garlic breath.
* BreatherEpisode: Inverted in ''The Legend of Luke''. Part 1 and Part 3 of the novel merely consist of Martin and his crew traveling around Mossflower, encountering new friends, and dealing with small-scale WackyWaysideTribe vermin as they try to uncover the story regarding Martin's father. Part 2, however, is a WholeEpisodeFlashback that reveals the BigBad and fully explains Luke's tragic fate when the two characters clash.
* BrokenAesop:
** Dear god, the ending of ''Outcast''. Bryony spends the entire book insisting that Veil is not pure evil, and then when he gives his life to save her, she goes back to the Abbey and says that everyone was right, she was wrong, and the world is better off without Veil... and then they make her the Abbess?
** Part 3 of ''Loamhedge'' is just as bad. It gives us two broken aesops. The first is that being a HandicappedBadass is useless since you can earn the gift of walking by [[spoiler: growing a pair of balls and overcoming your "lack of willpower"]]. The second is that you shouldn't give a damn about two characters who venture across the country and try to cure you of your paralysis, [[spoiler: even if their quest turns out to be ''pointless'' due to the first broken aesop and they end up sacrificing themselves ''for reasons that could've easily been prevented'']].
** It must be nice to be a woodlander in the later books. Basically, as long as they don't intentionally kill any of the "goodbeasts", (vermin are fine, as they would have eventually "tortured, bullied, and/or murdered" some "peace loving" creature somewhere) they can do absolutely anything they want. This includes lying, cheating, and stealing. The biggest example would probably be Yoofus Lightpaw in ''Rakkety Tam'', who steals any number of important items, but is never given more than a slap on the wrist and a good natured head-shaking, and is beloved by all the characters. Didn't this series use to be about a religious order of mice who were renowned for offering aid to anyone, even predators?
* BurningTheShips: When Cluny the Scourge arrives in Mossflower, he press-gangs all of the local vermin into his cause and orders his rats to smash the new conscripts' houses, so that they will have nothing to return to if they desert him.
%%* ButtMonkey: Horty.
* CallingYourShots: At a slinging competition in ''High Rhulain'', all the participants must declare what their targets are before slinging at a pinata-like target (the head is worth more than the legs which is worth more than the body). The heroine declares "two eyes and a head" and hits them, a never-before seen feat.
* CardCarryingVillain: Lots. By ''Triss'', they're doing ''[[VillainSong song and dance numbers]]'' about how "'tis nice to be a villain".
* CarnivoreConfusion: See AlwaysChaoticEvil and CatsAreMean.
** Vermin armies are a mix, usually of rats mixed with foxes and weasels. But don't foxes and weasels ''eat'' rats?
** The eating habits of the (almost) AlwaysChaoticEvil vermin? They're carnivores who by nature would eat mice, but in a setting like Redwall, that would be cannibalism. Mostly when they kill for meat, it's wood pigeons or sea gulls. To add to the confusion, badgers and otters are always good characters, even though they're carnivores. Badgers even eat mice in real life.
** Most species prominently featured in the Redwallverse, including hedgehogs and squirrels, eat mice. In the real life, that is. In the books, even among the villains only a minority eat other sapient creatures.
** The whole quasi-religious eating of fish by the good guys just adds another level to the confusion.
** Averted by Gulo the Savage (a wolverine) and his horde of ermine in ''Rakkety Tam'', who gladly chow down on their defeated enemies. However, this is referred to as cannibalism throughout the book.
* CarryingACake: Tansy and the Friar are carrying a cake they made for Abbot Durral to hide in the Gatehouse until the appropriate time. It has been decorated with seven marchpane orbs wrapped in rose petals on top, and after Clecky the Hare sneaks one, four gulls attack. It turns out that the cake decorations resemble the six Pearls of Lutra, and the gulls had been sent by [[BigBad Ublaz]] to find the pearls.
* CatsAreMean: Surprisingly, averted. Some cats are evil, but others are good.
* TheCavalry: In ''Martin the Warrior'', the Rosehip Players and escaped slaves are ready to do a LastStand, as Badrang's horde leaves the fortress to attack, when suddenly an entire army brought by Martin and Boldred arrives to attack Marshank.
* ChameleonCamouflage: In ''Marlfox'', this is the ability that marks the eponymous Marlfoxes.
* CharacterTitle: ''Triss'', ''Mattimeo'', ''Martin the Warrior'', ''Lord Brocktree'', ''Rakkety Tam'', ''Mariel of Redwall''... sheesh, it never ends!
* CharacterizationMarchesOn:
** In ''Mariel of Redwall'', it was explicitly stated that Rawnblade was the first badger lord to suffer the Bloodwrath since Boar the Fighter. As of ''Outcast of Redwall'', the Bloodwrath abruptly became something that all badgers got every time they fought.
** At various points, it's stated that certain badgers (and sometimes other creatures) have a particularly strong version of the bloodwrath. Presumably, there are plenty of badgers out there who don't suffer from the bloodwrath (Lord Russano comes to mind) -- we just don't hear about them because of RuleOfCool.
* CheatersNeverProsper: Played straight in the case of Vermin being the cheaters, as the goodbeasts normally win the upper hand again, with horrible results for their foebeasts. But it is played straight in the case of goodbeasts being the cheaters [[spoiler:like in the case of Dotti vs. Bucko Bigbones; She did not win the first contest, ''Bragging (spoiler-notouchingorfightingallowed-disqualificationmayfollow)'', by bragging best. She rather was concentrating on provoking her easily angered counterpart, and neutralising his brags by joking about them. She went so far (which was of course calculated on Dotti's behalf), that Bucko went after her and struck her. Guess what... disqualification followed.]] Likewise, she wins the second contest -- an eating contest -- [[spoiler:by nibbling away until Bucko succumbed to the sun, the wine, and the copious amount of food he'd eaten and passed out.]] She even admits that she feels bad about this.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler: The iron star Tiria extracted from Pandion.]]
** The Joseph Bell in the first book, which is what Matthias eventually uses to [[spoiler:kill Cluny the Scourge]].
** [[spoiler:Martin's sword]] in ''The Sable Quean'', which surprisingly wasn't used at all in the book except to [[spoiler:kill Zwilt the Shade]].
** Tsarmina's inability to swim.
* CheshireCatGrin: Rose, Martin, Grumm, and Pallum must do this to avoid provoking the pygmy shrews.
* TheChessmaster:
** Cluny. Every chapter has him adapting his EvilPlan to exploit some new development or preceived weakness.
** Swartt Sixclaw was a great master planner, as well.
%% * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Slagar and Mokkan, full stop.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: What happened to the sparrows?
** There were only 4 left by the end of the third book (possibly 5. General Ironbeak's rooks manage to bring one down; while it's unclear whether it survived in the book, in the TV series Constance finds it outside and it is shown being tended to shortly after). Assuming there are 2 males and 2 females, they would eventually be forced to inbreed to keep the sparrows alive. Possibly, this could have caused some screwed up genes, depending on how anthropomorphic the animals are supposed to be.
** Bagg and Runn don't appear in ''The Bellmaker'', despite taking place only four seasons after their first appearence. Jacques never explains their disappearance.
* ChurchOfSaintGenericus: The Abbey has no mentioned denomination.
* CircusOfFear: Slagar's gang. They weren't really one, but they posed as a traveling circus.
* ClockTower: The climax of ''Redwall'' takes place in a ''bell'' tower, but it's close enough.
* CoDragons: Several {{Big Bad}}s have these, but most notable is Ungatt Trunn's group: [[TragicVillain Groddil]], [[BlackCloak Grand]] [[DarkChick Fragorl]], and [[MookPromotion Ripfang]].
* CommanderContrarian: The pygmy shrews in ''Martin the Warrior'', to the point that you can get them to do exactly what you want by telling them the opposite: Tell Dinjer to keep hitting Martin, and he'll stop. Tell Queen Ambala to kill the prisoners, and she'll order them to be kept alive.
* ConjoinedTwins: The "three-headed dragon" in ''Triss'' is actually a set of adder triplets, bound together by a mace and chain they were unable to remove.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Wildcats get hit hard with this in ''High Rhulain.'' One wildcat villain? Some of the most dangerous foes in the series, being basically the vermin equivalent of badgers. But a whole army of them? They fall just as easy as rats or weasels.
* ContinuityDrift:
** The first book of the series more or less stated that the stories take place in the "real world" - there's a full-sized church near Redwall Abbey, some vermin arrive stowed away in a horse-drawn carriage, and BigBad Cluny the Scourge is said to come from Portugal. Three or four books down the line, the Redwall world has its own geography, and neither humans nor Portugal has anything to do with it. Then ''High Rhulain'' comes along and implies that the cats' distant ancestors were once pets.
** Salamadastron. In ''Mossflower'' Boar the Fighter uses a metal dragon to scare away any searats/vermin, inducing the legend of the fire lizard. In all the other books Salamandastron is just a military fortress.
** Martin's shield, sheath and belt disappear after ''Mattimeo''.
* CoolSword:
** The Sword of Martin the Warrior (which was named Ratdeath at the end of ''Redwall'', but Jacques apparently either forgot or decided that wasn't a very good name). It was forged from ThunderboltIron by the [[UltimateBlacksmith Badger Lords]]!
** Rawnblade's sword, "Verminfate", even though it only appeared in one book.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The description on the cover of the hardback version of ''Outcast of Redwall'' described Redwall coming under attack from Swartt's army and Veil being forced to choose between his home and his father. To be fair both are ''sort of'' true. There ''was'' a battle between Swartt's force and the Abbey dwellers (that lasted a few pages and was never anywhere near the Abbey) and Veil did have a moment of conflict when Bryony showed up at the cave Swartt was hiding in (and it's left unclear what he decided, if anything).
* CraftedFromAnimals: Appears often, and used for disturbing effect considering that it takes place in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. There are a few villains in the series with clothing, armor, or weapons made from parts of animals they've allegedly killed, such as Cluny the Scourge and his cloak made from bat wings, and Urgan Nagru and his wolf pelt, with the skull intact.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: Redwall and Salamandastron are basically little [[SugarBowl Sugar Bowls]], but apparently everywhere else you're in imminent risk of marauding bandits, predatory birds, pirates, cannibalistic lizards...
* CrapsackWorld: Only and arguably in the later books. Eventually, the world consists of Redwall, Salamandastron...and in between, a wretched hive of AlwaysChaoticEvil vermin ready to kill or enslave anybeast who steps outside. However, there are many villages scattered about that give sanctuary, such as Noonvale, Camp Tussock, King Araltum's settlement, or [[spoiler: pre-plague]] Loamhedge, then there is the Southsward Kingdom. There are probably dozens more deep within Mossflower that exist but never mentioned.
* CreepyCrossdresser: It probably wasn't ''meant'' to be read that way, but the evil Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes has a weird fixation on silk robes, perfume, nail polish, and pink pearls.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: ''Many'' characters, mostly hares who aren't on the Long Patrol -- Basil Stag Hare, Tarquin L. Woodsorrel and most especially Cleckstarr Lepus Montisle aka. Clecky.
** Clecky's owl companion Gerul gets a special mention as well for being described by Clecky as "a young duffer" on introduction but turning out to be an absolutely ''ferocious'' fighter, with an impressive will to live. It's noted after his fight with the jackdaw tribe that it's a miracle he's still alive.
--->'''Gerul:''' Ah well, d'ye see, sir, as me ould mother used t'say, there's not a bit of use shakin' claws with the other feller. If yer goin' t'fight then best get it done with proper so's yer foe don't come back fer more.
* CruelMercy
** At the end of ''Pearls of Lutra'', Martin decides to free Gowja and forces him to swim back to Sampetra so he can rejoin the other surviving corsairs. On the upside, Gowja and the other pirates can fish and have enough clean water and fruit on the island to survive. On the negative side, ''they're stranded there, seemingly forever''. And they can't even build a small boat because [[spoiler:Martin and his friends burned all the wood on the island]]. ''And'' there are giant monitor lizards on the island that will probably have no problem [[ImAHumanitarian eating the corsairs]]. It doesn't help that the book blatantly stated that they're all probably gonna kill each other in a struggle for power...
** Toward the end of "Mattimeo", after Ironbeak's army of corvids was defeated, the Redwallers informed the birds that their lives would be spared. However, "this does not mean we are soft". In order to incapacitate the birds from being able to continue preying on the weak, they would each be made to wear bent iron rungs that would serve as permanent yokes and limit their flight mobility and physical prowess. The birds will spend the rest of their lives being vulnerable marks at the bottom of the food chain.
* CurbStompBattle: Sometimes the battles are PendulumWar types. Nine times out of ten, however, the heroes will utterly stomp their way through the villains.
** The series is famed for this on the good guys' side to the point where [[IntercontinuityCrossover there are cross-fandom jokes]] about the ability of woodlanders to curbstomp: "How do you know when you are fighting [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Wood Elves?]] You walk under some trees, a voice 30 feet above you shouts 'fire!', and you die. How do you know when you are fighting Mossflower squirrels? You walk under some trees, die, and ''then'' a voice 30 feet above you shouts 'fire!'"
* CuteButCacophonic:
** Dotti in ''Lord Brocktree''. Pretty haremaid, appalling singer, worse with instruments.
** All hares in general seem prone to this.
* CuteIsEvil: Baby Veil causes CutenessOverload in Bryony even when he's biting her. Anyone who's owned a ferret knows this is TruthInTelevision.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Most notably, Clogg's announcement that he wishes to cut Badrang's head off and throw it in his face.
* DarkerAndEdgier: According to this '''SPOILER LADEN''' [[http://redwall.wikia.com/wiki/News:%22Doomwyte%22_-_Reviewed_by_the_Redwall_Wiki Review]] of ''Doomwyte'', the series went this way with the later novels.
** If any of the later books, ''Rakkety Tam''. The book itself isn't exactly darker or edgier (since the series already has loads of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence), but the BigBad is. He and his army are all cannibalistic and (relatively) competent villains. But like every other Redwall book, the amount of [[SacrificialLion Sacrificial Lions]] only ranges between one and five, and the book still has a rather light-hearted feeling to it.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Matthias vs. the Wearet (''Mattimeo''), Tam vs. Gulo (''Rakkety Tam''); ''arguably'' Martin vs. Tsarmina (''Mossflower'')
* DeadGuyJunior: Mattimeo.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Several of the heroes, especially hares.
---> '''Cluny:''' "Get him! I want his head!!"\\
'''Basil:''' "What's the matter? Isn't your own head good enough?"
** A few villains are good at this too, most notably Flinky.
** Veil unloads on his father near the end of ''Outcast'': "Some warlord you are. I've seen more action from a squashed frog!"
* DeathByChildbirth: [[WeHardlyKnewYe Bluefen]] (Veil's mum). After giving birth to him, she soon dies, having been weakened by enduring a harsh winter earlier.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Slagar the Cruel, Princess Kurda, Queen Vilaya,]]... it's amazing how many Redwall [[BigBad Big Bads]] never seem to look where they're going. [[spoiler:Especially Tsarmina ("UGH! SLIMY, WET, COLD WATER!").]]
* DeathByLookingUp:
** [[spoiler:Cluny]].
** And to a lesser extent, that {{Jerkass}} watervole from ''Eulalia!''
* DeathByMaterialism:
** [[TooDumbToLive Flogga.]] Sure, you should definitely trust Gabool just because he promised you treasure and completely ignore that [[VillainousBreakdown he's spent the last several days going crazy]] and thinks you're Greypatch, the rat he's been trying to kill. [[SarcasmMode Nothing could possibly go wrong]].
** Subverted in ''The Long Patrol'' with Friar Butty, who fell into an underground swamp due to the weight of the treasure he was carrying and was nearly devoured by toads and mudfish. Luckily, he got saved by Shad at the last minute.
** Gruntan Kurdly gets special recognition for dying in an attempt to steal ''a swan's egg''.
* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''Martin the Warrior'' is generally considered to be the best book of the series. It is by far the most tragic.
* DeathGlare:
** Sister Alkanet gave such "icy glares" to anyone who discredited her, her infamous physicks or her perceptions of how dibbuns have to behave.
** Some villains have something like this, almost literally in the case of Ublaz, and it is said that if you stare too long into Farran the Poisoner's eyes, you'll either die or go insane.
* DecapitatedArmy:
** The rats in ''Marlfox'' do a HeelFaceTurn once the Marlfoxes and their captains are dead. As do Flinky's band in ''Loamhedge'' and the Brownrats in ''Eulalia!''.
** Same goes for the Monitors in ''Pearls of Lutra''. After Martin shouts that [[spoiler:Ublaz is dead]], the lizards throw down their spears and look at each other stupidly, unsure of what to do next.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Slagar to Malkariss (''Mattimeo''), Klitch to Ferahgo (''Salamandastron'')
* DeconstructionFic: The fandom commonly attempts to deconstruct the AlwaysChaoticEvil nature of vermin. Success varies.
* DecoyProtagonist:
** Veil Sixclaw, in large part [[CoversAlwaysLie due to the cover, which is actually of his father]].
** Gabool is arguably a Decoy ''Antagonist''. You would think with the book's description, he'd be going around causing as much turmoil as he could. Up until the end of ''Mariel of Redwall'', all he does is sit on his throne [[VillainousBreakdown going crazy]] and killing his own searats. The real BigBad is [[TheStarscream Greypatch]], who not only betrayed him with complete success but did what Gabool probably should've been doing in the story: trying to take over Redwall.
** Inverted again in ''Taggerung''. [[spoiler:Sawney Rath]] is killed not even a third of the way into the story.
** Bragoon and Saro from ''Loamhedge''. They spend the entire novel looking for something to help Martha walk again, only to find [[spoiler: nothing but bones. And on their journey back to Redwall, both of them sacrifice their lives, unaware that Martha ''had already learned to walk on her own''.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence:
** [[spoiler:Grubbage]].
** And to a lesser degree, [[spoiler:Ashleg]] from ''Mossflower''. After seeing how Tsarmina [[VillainousBreakdown was beginning to lose her grip on sanity]], he decided to get away from and "find new friends under a new sun that knew how to live simply, without dreams of grandeur".
** [[spoiler: Blaggut]].
** Upon escaping from BigBad Raga Bol, [[PunchClockVillain Flinky and his band]] seem more than content to find a nice spot to settle down and forget all notions of Abbey conquest.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Trouble-making mouse baby Dwopple cries on cue and exaggerates his BabyTalk even more than the rest of the Dibbuns.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Even discounting all the species-related stuff, in Mossflower, small children can drink alcohol and get involved in battle, and thirteen-year-olds can marry. In real world Medieval England (similar to the world of the books) this would have been perfectly acceptable. Cider, beer and wine were safer to drink than water, girls as young as 13 were often married to older men and army drummer boys or navy powder monkeys might be as young as 10. Although WordOfGod stated in a Q&A that Redwall drinks aren't alcoholic, he's been known to contradict himself on occasion. In any case, alcoholic drinks in the medieval era were far less intoxicating, and safer than water in many cases dud to it killing germs.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment:
** Sometimes done with hares, usually for having eaten too much food in the first place. This rarely ends well. Also seen sometimes with slaves in the series.
** This actually nearly got a character killed in ''Triss''. After the hare in question (who had already been in trouble twice for eating food that belonged to other people) eats a trifle that the Dibbuns were supposed to get as a prize for winning a contest, the abbot makes him clean the abbey from top to bottom, with only lettuce and water for food. The hare then loads up a haversack full to bursting with food, and leaves. He then gets caught by the villains and has to be rescued, [[TheScrappy to no one's delight.]]
* DepravedDwarf: The Flitchaye are a tribe of midget weasels who ambush travelers with drugged smoke and plant camouflage.
* DerelictGraveyard: One appears in ''The Bellmaker''.
* {{Determinator}}: Shows up quite often, mostly with badgers, but most ''especially'' with Martin the Warrior at the end of ''Mossflower''. He beats Tsarmina by simply ''refusing to lie down and die.''
* DevilButNoGod: In the first book, the Devil is mentioned by name, along with references to Satan and "Old Harry" (an English nickname for the same), but not God. The omission is pretty odd considering that Redwall is an abbey, with monks and an abbot. They only say a generic grace at meals, with no mention of prayers. In the other books however it gets downplayed even more, with only the "Lord of Dark Forest" (the afterlife) occasionally mentioned. However he also appears to be more a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]] figure than Satan.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Lampshaded in ''The Pearls of Lutra'', where Ublaz didn't quite realize that his Monitor lizards were a) landlubbers and b) tropical creatures. Half of them are dead before Lask Frildur and Romsca ever reach Mossflower.
* DirtyCommunists: In the animated series, the shrews. They even have Russian accents, complete with putting everything to a communal vote.
* DirtyCoward: Pretty much all vermin are cowardly:
** Subverted with Gulo the Savage (''Rakkety Tam''), who often fought from the front alongside his vermin Mooks. Of course, considering [[TheBerserker who]] [[ImAHumanitarian he]] is, aside from a badger lord or another wolverine, there wouldn't be too many threats to his person. And the fact he grows [[AxCrazy increasingly psychotic]] doesn't hurt either...
** Cluny (original ''Redwall''), Ferahgo (''Salamandastron''), Vallug Bowbeast (''Taggerung'') plus six rebel captains and Romsca (''Pearls of Lutra'') were fairly badass as well.
** Ferahgo was a highly dangerous fighter, but he was still a coward (look at his "duel" with Urthstripe for proof of that).
** All of the Marlfoxes were not only smart, but very skilled and stealthy fighters. Gelltor in particular had the balls to take on Janglur ''by himself''. The only coward in the entire family was Mokkan, and Lantur and High Queen Silth (although they don't fight anyone in battle).
** And in a less known case (''Triss''), the Pure Ferret [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Sarengo]] was a major subversion of this, as he attacked and killed a full grown female adder solo. Granted, he was only searching for a way to reach and plunder Redwall, and he died from his wounds (though he wouldn't have if his son hadn't deserted him) but it's still a badass feat few others aside from Matthias could replicate. It's a pity that his genes didn't pass on [[DirtyCoward to]] [[PsychopathicManchild his]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen descendants]]...
* DisabilitySuperpower: Simeon from ''Mariel'' and Cregga in ''Taggerung'' are both {{Blind Seer}}s. Probably inverted with Lord Asheye, who forced himself into the [[UnstoppableRage Bloodwrath]] so many times that he went blind.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The "BigBad" in ''Taggerung'' gets killed off quite early into the story, and several other vermin begin to take his role as the main villain.
* DisneyVillainDeath: See DeathByFallingOver. Also [[spoiler:Ferahgo]] and [[spoiler:Swartt Sixclaw]]. Judging by the disturbing simile provided in ''Outcast of Redwall'', [[spoiler:Swartt]] was probably dead before Sunflash tossed him off the mountain...
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler:Rose in ''Martin the Warrior'', whose death is what drove Martin into heading to Mossflower (thus leading up to the events in ''Mossflower'') to begin with]].
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Vizka Longtooth kills [[spoiler:Glurma and Jungo]] for no reason at all. The latter simply insulted Vizka, and the former died because ''she didn't want to get in a muddy ditch''.
** In ''Marlfox'', a rat accidentally drops his shield and disturbs Queen Silth with the noise. His punishment? ''Feed him to a bunch of ravenous pikes''.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** In ''Lord Brocktree'', the BigBad is killed by [[spoiler:the fortune-telling fox he constantly mistreated.]]
** Blaggut's CrowningMomentOfAwesome. After his Captain Slipp [[spoiler:kills Ma Mellus, Blaggut strangles him to death, goes back to the Abbey to apologize, and then gets to live happily ever after as a carpenter and shipwright]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: It's called '''Red'''wall. Everyone who lives there works together, without monetary reward, for the good of the community as a whole. Everyone eats together, and most sleep in a communal dormitory. It's an abbey, which really do have this kind of communal living. On the other hand, the villains and mooks are violent, dirty, uneducated and amoral at best, working for pay and/or the rewards of battle...
* DownerEnding: ''Martin the Warrior''. [[spoiler:The eponymous character's girlfriend is killed in battle and he goes into exile.]] This summary doesn't begin to do it justice.
* TheDragon: Rare due to the treacherous nature of most vermin. The straightest examples would be Lask Frildur to [[SissyVillain Ublaz]], and Nightshade to Swartt Sixclaw.
** DragonTheirFeet: Pitru, even though he was also TheStarscream.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Zwilt the Shade and Cheesethief.
** DragonAscendant: Nadaz tried it after Malkariss was slain. He didn't last very long...
%%* DramaQueen: Trajidia.
* DreadfulMusician: Dotti in ''Lord Brocktree''. As quoted from the narration: "To say her singing was akin to a squashed frog trapped beneath a hot stone [[InsultToRocks would be a great insult to both frog and stone]]."
* DressingAsTheEnemy:
** Midge Manycoats in ''The Long Patrol'' is the master of this, to the extent that he managed to trick an entire horde of vermin into believing that he and Tamm - both Hares, who have the single most prominent identifying feature of any species in the series, their ears - were actually a pair of vermin.
** Mask from ''Mossflower''.
** Brome and Keyla from ''Martin the Warrior''.
** Jukka the Sling from ''Lord Brocktree'' as well.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Inevitable given the [[AnyoneCanDie high death rate in the series]], but there are several examples that stand out.
** In ''Pearls of Lutra'', the rebellion against Ublaz was started by a guy named Barranca. Shortly after the rebellion started Rasconza stepped into the plot, stabbed Barranca and took over as rebellion leader.
** At least half of the [[BigBad Big Bads]]. The biggest ones include [[spoiler:Princess Kurda, who tripped and fell on her broken sabre,]], [[spoiler:Slagar, who tripped ''and fell down a big hole'']], and [[spoiler:Gruven, who's swiftly beheaded by Ruggan Bor]].
** Not even the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]] are immune to this. [[spoiler:Malkariss]] is stoned to death very quickly, and [[spoiler:King Agarnu]] drowned after someone ''[[SuperDrowningSkills pushed him into a lake]].''
** Despite being a HeroKiller and semi-BigBad, [[spoiler:Vallug Bowbeast]] gets his head lopped off before he even has the chance to put up a fight.
** [[spoiler:Antigra]], who was PutOnABus halfway into ''Taggerung''. Towards the end it was revealed that [[spoiler:she was killed after trying to overthrow Ruggan Bor. Not even her son seemed to care about her death]].
** [[spoiler: Lantur]] in ''Marlfox''. Immediately after [[spoiler: she becomes the new ruler of Castle Marl]], Mokkan conveniently shows up, approaches her, and slyly [[spoiler: pushes her into the lake, where a bunch of pikes eat her.]]
** Twoggs Wiltud. [[DeathByFallingOver She fell down some stairs and banged her head on the Redwall cellar door]]. Justified since she was an old hedgehog, but it's still very ludicrous and random.
* DrunkWithPower: Mokkan [[spoiler: after he becomes the High King of Castle Marl and all the other Marlfoxes die]]. It got so creepy that it looked like he was having a borderline VillainousBreakdown...
* DualWielding: Finbarr Galedeep's swords. Saltar in ''Mariel'' wields a sword in one paw and a hook in the other.
* DynamicEntry: Done in ''Mariel'' with a battering ram.


[[folder:Tropes E-I]]

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A number in the first novel, ''Redwall''.
** ''Redwall'' features a number of references indicating that the animals live in a world where humans also exist, such as a horse cart, a church, taverns, ports, and a direct mention of Portugal. Also, one of the characters was a beaver. In later books, author Brian Jacques made it clear that only animals existed in the Redwall universe, and only animals native to the British Isles, so there were no future appearances of any more beavers (though beavers WERE native to Britain at one time, but they were killed off due to overhunting). And when animals that aren't native to Britain do appear, like the golden hamster in one book, they speak with foreign accents to indicate that they aren't from Mossflower.
** The animal characters also gradually became more human-like, especially badger characters. In the first book, specific note is always made when Constance rears up on her back feet; in later books, even badgers are assumed to be bipedal.
** The order of Redwall itself started out as reminiscent of a Catholic monastic order: the members wore habits, they lived somewhat sequestered inside their Abbey, and remained celibate for the entirety of their lives. Cornflower got yelled at for flirting with Matthias, who was a postulant of the order and therefore off-limits; when they got married, Matthias was mentioned to have left the order and lived apart from the monks. In later books, all that's left of this rule is that there is an Abbey. Even Abbesses and Abbots can be married, and not even the habit is required anymore, morphing it into some sort of peaceful commune that's little different from other communities in the forest.
** The first book ''Redwall'' had more religious/mystical references, including mentions of heaven and hell and a snake named Asmodeus, after a demon in the Catholic/Orthodox Bible. Again, these are toned down in establishing Redwall as its own universe. In the first book, it is also ambivalent whether Sela the fox actually had unique powers. Later in the series, any claims of supernatural powers are explicitly presented as a ScoobyDooHoax.
** The feast scenes in the first couple of books occasionally mention corn and tomatoes. In future books, only Old World produce is available.
** In most books, hares often interject "wot" or "wot, wot" into sentences as a VerbalTic. Hare archetype Basil doesn't do this in ''Redwall''. The Salamandastron hares in ''Mossflower'' do it, but it's spelled "what". Once Basil picks it up in ''Mattimeo'', "wot" has been settled on.
* EatenAlive:
** What usually happens to the victims of large snakes or large fish. [[spoiler: Lantur]] and [[spoiler: Mokkan]] from ''Marlfox'' stand out the most.
** Lampshaded in ''Doomwyte'' with Aluco, who admitted he had to "hunt" so he wouldn't starve while hiding from the Painted Ones. Whether or not he ate his prey while they were still alive isn't certain though.
* EatsBabies: Some of the bad guys. Cluny makes a throwaway remark about baby rabbits being "tasty little things". See CarnivoreConfusion.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase:
** Salamandastron is a fortress built into an extinct volcano.
** Brockhall, which was dug out under a tree.
** Asmodeus' lair is an intricate maze of caves in the walls of a quarry.
* EmbarrassingNickname:
** Most of the vermin get stuck with unflattering nicknames. One can't help but pity the one who ended up as "Stinky".
** Hogspit from ''The Long Patrol''. Fittingly, he's possibly the most loathsome character in the book.
* EnemyCivilWar: This happens repeatedly. ''Mossflower'', ''Martin the Warrior'', etc.
** ''Marlfox'' does it one better with the BigBad Band stabbing each other in the back.
** The war between Ublaz and Rasconza is a major portion of the plot in ''Pearls of Lutra''. The same book gives us Romsca's crew vs. Lask Frildur and the Moniters.
* EpicFail: Swartt trying to take over Redwall in ''Outcast of Redwall'' goes so horribly wrong and results in so many deaths in his horde that it's practically BlackComedy.
* EpicFlail:
** Ferahgo the Assassin and Vizka Longtooth both use mace-and-chains; the former as a secondary weapon, and the latter as his primary weapon. A few other random villains have used them as well.
** In ''Loamhedge'', [[spoiler: Lonna uses ''Raga Bol's carcass'' as a flail]].
* EssentialMadness: In High Rhulain, the hare Major Cuthbert went insane after his daughter was killed by vermin. He ended up killing a sea monster single handedly.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ferahgo openly states that he'd let Klitch live if he was caught plotting rebellion just because Klitch is his son, [[spoiler:Vilaya is very distressed by the death of her confidante Dirva, who was said to be something a mother figure]], and a few of the minor vermin are clearly upset when their partners or friends are killed. In ''The Sable Quean'', a vermin speaking of her deceased mate actually says -- for the first time in the series -- the phrase "I loved him."
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** It is said in ''Mariel of Redwall'' that out of all villains, sea rats are the only ones verminous enough to use fire as a weapon.
*** The rats are bigger assholes than even Jacques suspected. Fire is the most dreaded occurrence aboard ship, because it is extremely difficult to stop. Flooding can be contained relatively easily if you're quick about it, and abovewater impacts typically won't put the ship at risk. Fire, however, cannot be contained, and with the tools available at that tech level, cannot be fought. If you start a fire aboard ship you're going to be fishfood shortly. The sea rats more than ''anyone else'' should fear fire as a weapon.
** Sawney Rath also refuses to kill a mother nursing a babe. Whether a villain is considered a [[ImAHumanitarian cannib-]] [[CarnivoreConfusion eating other speaking animals]] might also be a clue as to how monstrous they're supposed to be -- the threat of Cluny gobbling up beasts is offered as frightening to most inhabitants of Mossflower.
** Vizka Longtooth's pirate crew deserted him after he murdered two of his own crew members in cold blood and for no reason whatsoever.
** During the performer's play in ''Martin the Warrior'', when Ballaw asks the vermin spectators if he should "kill" a pretty squirrelmaiden with a (trick) knife, none of them speak up, except for [[BigBad Badrang]].
** Most of Razzid's crew is disgusted when he uses a (still-living) member of the crew as fishbait, and flat-out refuse to eat any of the captured fish.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** The watervole from ''Eulalia!'', who's just referenced as...the watervole. Even the Redwall Wiki never found out his name and just called him "Grumpy Watervole."
** Also the baby mouse in ''The Bellmaker'', who is only ever referred to as "(the) mousebabe."
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: [[StockNessMonster Slothunog]] in ''High Rhulain'' is implied to be a surviving Mesozoic sea reptile.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Guosim Windmill maneuver. A regiment of shrews work together to become a rotating shredder of death that cuts down an enemy horde pretty darn well.
* EvilAlbino: The Pure Ferrets of Riftgard, who are albinos and--like any other ferret in the series--AlwaysChaoticEvil.
%%* EvilIsHammy: Cluny and Slagar, full stop.
* EvilIsPetty:
** Ublaz's big Evil Plan, for which he slaughtered entire tribes and put in years and years of work? Was all so he could have a ''pink pearl crown''. He didn't even seem to think the pearls were magical, he just thought they were pretty. He must have ''way'' too much empty time on his hands. He is a king, so it's likely he does.
** Triss. Plugg didn't think King Agarnu would send [[PsychopathicManchild Prince Bladd]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Princess Kurda]] sailing across the ocean from Riftgard to Mossflower just to find a long-dead skeleton, a gold crown and a pawring; he thought there ''had'' to be more to it than that.
** Ferahgo spends a full season sending trackers after a pair of {{Mook}}s who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere tried to desert]]. They weren't even ''competent'' Mooks. And he'd probably have been better off leaving them alone, as that way the Abbeydwellers wouldn't have got involved ...
* TheEvilPrincess: Tsarmina. WordOfGod says that her name came about as [[MeaningfulName a mix of both "tsarina" and "mean"]].
** Also Kurda from ''Triss'', who is one of the Pure Ferrets of Riftgard.
* EvilerThanThou: What tends to result if a book's "A-plot" villain confronts the "B-plot" bad guy (see EnemyCivilWar above). A good example is in ''Loamhedge'', when Raga Bol and his searat crew encounters [[BigBadWannabe Badredd]] and his band.
* EvilLaugh: Cluny the Scourge, in the AnimatedAdaptation.
* EvilPlan: Each book has one but they usually involve conquering Mossflower/Redwall/Salamandastron.
** The Legend of Luke is a inversion as 2/3 of the narrative is actually TheHero searching for the truth about his father's fate and then going home.
* EvilTaintedThePlace: Saint Ninian's Church used to be a harmless place until Cluny the Scourge captured it and used it as a headquarters for his assaults on Redwall Abbey. After he was defeated, its former occupants never moved back in, leaving it abandoned and letting other invaders claim it during their attacks. After several generations of being a vermin base, Rollo orders it destroyed because it's become nothing but a home for evil.
* ExactWords:
** The voices told Cluny the Scourge that after the final battle in Redwall, he would never see the Warrior Mouse again. They never said he'd win.
** And in that same battle, when they were in the Belltower, and Matthias had run up the stairs, Cluny found Friar Hugo, who had been ringing the Joseph Bell earlier, and took him hostage. Matthias swore on his honor as a warrior that he'd come down if Cluny let Friar Hugo go. [[spoiler: He never said he wouldn't do something like [[DeathByLookingUp cut the rope holding the Joseph Bell, making it fall on Cluny]] before coming down.]]
* ExpansionPackWorld: Brian Jacques only expected to write one book when he started out, hence the aforementioned ContinuityDrift.
* ExtendedDisarming: Cluny has quite a few weapons with him that he leaves outside the Abbey when he enters for the parley at the beginning of ''Redwall''. But before he enters, Matthias points out that they know he can use his tail as a weapon, and asks that he also bind his tail around his waist for the duration of the parley. Cluny complies.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Damug Warfang stabs Cregga's eyes, putting them out as she kills him.]]
* FacialHorror:
** The right half of Slagar the Cruel's face is horribly disfigured, having no fur and black and purple skin hanging loosely from it.
** Riggu Felis from ''High Rhulain'' after an osprey ripped off half his face. [[{{Squick}} If he wants to horrify someone, all he has to do is reveal that half.]]
* FalseReassurance: The scene with Matthias and Cluny in the belltower. It's either [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] or [[MoralDissonance cringe-worthy]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Some characters die in fairly horrible ways. It can be disturbing to some. One of the most horrifying examples took place in ''The Legend of Luke''. Two rats are bullying a seemingly defenseless otter, taunting about how they're going to drown him [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]]. Martin sees this, but Log-a-Log--knowing who this otter is--[[GenreSavvy wisely tells him]] to keep Trimp and Chugger from seeing what happens next. And for good reason: once one of the rats got too close, the "defenseless" otter sinks his teeth ''directly into the vermin's throat''. But that wasn't all bad... at least the otter [[CarnivoreConfusion had some company for dinner...]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Yep.
** Some of the more gruesome deaths (mostly of villains) include: being boiled to death by scalding water, having their spine snapped and ''still living for hours after'', being asphyxiated after paralysis, getting shredded to pieces by pike fish, getting force-drowned, being eaten alive by giants snakes, being eaten alive by [[CarnivoreConfusion cannibals]], being eaten alive by spider crabs, being thrown onto a row of sharpened javelins, being flayed alive, getting a smashed-in skull, being cloven in two with a sword or axe, being stung to death by thousands of bees, and the usual [[LosingYourHead beheading]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling]], and [[PoisonedWeapons poisoning]]. Several good guys die this way as well.
** And in non-death violence:
*** One BigBad gets half of his face ripped off by a hawk.
*** Another survives gets bitten in the head by an adder and has [[TwoFaced a hideously deformed and flayed face]] to show for it.
*** Yet another has his paw ripped off.
*** One mook gets smashed hard into a wall (and survives).
*** Another mook is tortured on a rack before being strung up and shot full of arrows.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: In an odd way, with the moles universally being given broad Somerset accents and the hares talking like [=WW2=] RAF pilots. The creatures from "the north" have Scottish accents as well.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper:
** Chickenhound in the first novel who tried to loot Redwall because of his greed.
%%** Despite the Redwallers' attempts to nurture Veil to be good, he's still untrustworthy, nasty and malicious with him trying to poison the Abbot which ultimately leads to his banishment. [[spoiler: Subverted with his dying actions where he sacrifices himself to save his caretaker.]]
* FeedTheMole: No, this is ''not'' related to [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Deeper N' Ever Turnip N' Tater N' Beetroot Pie.]]
** Played straight in the first Redwall book, when [[BigBad Cluny the Scourge]] believed his healer Sela was [[DoubleAgent trying to double-cross him]]. So when he was sure he'd be left alone, Cluny drew out [[SchmuckBait a map with clearly-written instructions for his next attack on Redwall and its focus on the main gate]] and left just a corner of it visible under his pillow, knowing Sela would find it and make a copy of it to sell to his enemies. [[ChessMaster Of course, this was all as Cluny intended]], [[KansasCityShuffle as the attack was going to be from a different position than the one the map indicated and he wanted all of his enemies focused on the main gate.]]
* FemmeFatalons: Tsarmina. {{Justified}} since [[CatsAreMean she's a cat]].
* FiveBadBand: These can often be seen amongst the bad guys, such as in ''Redwall'':
** BigBad: Cluny the Scourge.
** TheDragon: Redtooth, [[spoiler: later killed and replaced by Cheesethief...who is then also killed and replaced by the trio of Darkclaw, Killconey and Fangburn.]]
** TheEvilGenius: Killconey. [[spoiler: Mostly for his work on the tunnel.]]
** TheBrute: Fangburn.
** TheDarkChick / SixthRangerTraitor: Sela.
* FiveManBand: There have been a few of these in the series, but the group from ''Marlfox'' seems to fit the tropes best.
** TheHero: Dannflor.
** TheLancer: Dippler.
** TheSmartGuy: Burble.
** TheBigGuy: Sollertree (for a short time).
** TheChick: Songbreeze.
* {{Flanderization}}: It becomes common knowledge that hares have big appetites. This is taken UpToEleven with Bescarum (who will steal from various hosts when he gets hungry) and Diggs (who simply never talks about anything else.)
* FlayingAlive:
** This seems to be a favored method of execution/torture/punishment of Ferahgo the Assassin. He even keeps some of his victim's pelts for clothing.
** In ''High Rhulain'', Riggu Felis orders one of his top mooks to do this to one of [[OverlordJr his son's]] spies. We never find out if he went through with it, but one of Riggu's soldiers mentioned the spy was chopped to pieces. Which isn't much better.
* FlowerFromTheMountaintop: In ''Salamandastron'', one of these is needed to create medicine which will cure a plague.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Lady Cregga Rose Eyes may not sound like a fearsome name, until you remember badgers' eyes glow red when the Bloodwrath takes them. Meaning Cregga's is ''always on''.
* FoeTossingCharge: Generally speaking, when a badger goes into [[UnstoppableRage Bloodwrath mode]], chances are that one of these is going to follow. The most spectacular in the series is probably Boar the Fighter versus Ripfang's horde. That being said, the Bloodwrath allows even non-badgers to plow through enemy ranks with reckless abandon, as shown with Cuthbert Blanedale Frunk.
* FoodPorn: Lots in every book. Particularly in the first, where a Redwall feast consists of "tender freshwater shrimp garnished with cream and rose leaves, devilled barley pearls in acorn purée, apple and carrot chews, marinated cabbage stalks steeped in creamed white turnip with nutmeg." Later books stick to a more standard rotation of bread, cheese, soup, pasties, salad, sweets, etc. [[WordOfGod Jacques]] said in a meet the author that growing up in a food-rationed era, he was always annoyed by the lack of descriptions of food in the books he read, and would often just read recipe books.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Since a previous book starts with Martin already on exile alone, it was practically a given that he would either leave Rose behind or she was going to die.]]
* ForeignQueasine: Tagg is initially apprehensive when he hears about "snakeyfish pie", a pygmy shrew delicacy made from elvers (young eels). Subverted when he ends wind up loving it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Cluny the Scourge has repeated nightmares about being pursued by Martin the Warrior, and is always woken up by the Joseph Bell just before Martin is about to kill him. [[spoiler:At the end of the first book, the Joseph Bell crushes Cluny to death.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Absolutely ''no one'' remembered ([[AngstWhatAngst or really even cared]]) about Sister Atrata's death. The author didn't even mention her being buried.
* ForTheEvulz: While the main motivations that drive typical vermin are power and plunder, sometimes revenge, most of them also engage in meaningless cruelties just for the thrill.
* FramingDevice: Often used in the books that had their story taking place in the past, where the story is told by someone to an excited group of Dibbuns.
* FreudianExcuse: Slagar the Cruel claims to have one during a conversation with the titular mouse in ''Mattimeo'', though Sam Squirrel is quick to correctly educate the young mouse that not only was Slagar's fate his own fault, but that he killed a Redwaller after stealing a large number of things from the abbey ''as payment for them saving his life''.
%% * FromNobodyToNightmare: Chickenhound, aka [[spoiler:Slagar the Cruel.]] Alternately also [[spoiler:ChekhovsGunman.]]
* FrothyMugsOfWater: {{Averted}}. Canon states Matthias is the equivalent of about thirteen during the events of ''Redwall'' and you see him drinking ale and cider with the rest, and in British English, there is no such thing as ''hard'' or ''soft'' cider: cider is alcoholic by definition. In fact, the FoodPorn has lots of gratuitous drinking, [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy vermin sentries are easily taken out of action by leaving]] [[GargleBlaster grog]] [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy lying around were they will find it]], the multiple {{Poison Chalice Switcheroo}}s only work because of the senior vermin's love of a nice [[AGlassOfChianti goblet of damson wine]], and, in earlier novels, it is strongly implied that some of the adult good guys are [[AlcoholHic dead drunk at the victory feasts]].
* FunetikAksent: Used a ''lot'' - to the point that the moles' accent is portrayed as indecipherable in the first book, burr aye! Methuselah has to ''translate'' mole dialect into ordinary speech for Matthias!
* FurryConfusion: Mostly avoided, though there are still a few oddities. Lizards and frogs are either savage but sapient carnivores or cute pets with about the intelligence level of real-world monkeys. Eels appear to be monsters in ''Taggerung'', but in ''Mossflower'' a deal is made with a talking eel to free him in exchange for their lives. [[NoCartoonFish And the fish.]]
** In the third book, Basil Stag Hare jokes that the magicians be allowed in Redwall "as long as they don't pull rabbits out of hats", which makes one wonder how that trick would work when the rabbits are the size of the performers.
** In ''Sable Quean'', the heroes take care to avoid ground-nesting birds that could give their position away, again implying they're human-sized (or that hummingbirds nest on the ground).
** In Rogue Crew, the fox marauders' war cry is "YIPYIPYIPYIP!!!" which is (of course) the sound foxes make in our reality.
* GambitRoulette: Subverted. A plan which includes four thugs sneaking into the abbey, spiking ''everyone's'' drinks, make them drink them ''at the same time'' by calling out a ''toast'' and then kidnap ''all'' the young ones fails. However, [[spoiler:the antagonists still succeeded in their EvilPlan, as they simply killed nearly everyone who was still awake]].
** Ublaz and Rasconza's fight for power in ''Pearls of Lutra''.
* GargleBlaster: The infamous Seaweed Grog favored by pirates and corsairs.
* GenderBender:
** In one chapter of the first book, Killconey the ferret becomes female for a while.
** Pallum is a boy in the book, but a girl in the show.
* GenderIsNoObject: In the later books, at least. In the first few books there don't seem to be any female vermin whatsoever, but in the later ones gender seems to be assigned to them at random, and [[PurelyAestheticGender it doesn't really make a lot of difference to their characterisation]]. As for the good guys, the very first general of the Long Patrol was female, and while only one female has wielded the Sword, females make up a reasonable proportion of the most respected fighters.
* GeneralFailure: While many of the Redwall villains exhibit this from time to time, Gruven from ''Taggerung'' seems stuck in this mode. His mother, Antigra, believes that her son is the rightful ''Taggerung'', [[RefusedByTheCall even though Grissoul and the signs say different]], and fills his head with that knowledge. When he finally does go on his journey to kill Tagg, he [[NoSenseOfDirection shows he can't differentiate between left and right]], is all but ignored by his group and is outright bullied by self-appointed leaders Vallug Bowbeast and [[HeroKiller Eefera]] ([[DeceptiveDisciple who's been given secret orders to kill Gruven if he shows fear]]). When he and his two remaining allies attempt to kill Vallug and Eefera via ambush, he is reduced to a sobbing, weeping little bitch who manages to escape in a later battle, only to get recaptured by [[TheStoic Ruggan Bor]]. But take heart, for Gruven does technically become the Taggerung... [[LosingYourHead for about all of ten seconds]]. He does have the excuse of being a spoiled teenager.
* GenreSavvy:
** Sawney Rath (''Taggerung''); he's heard all the stories about warlords with great armies and vast hordes trying to take Redwall and dying in the process, and he won't have his name added to that list. Thus, he [[RaisedByOrcs captures baby Deyna]] without going within a mile of Redwall, and hauls considerable ass once the deed is done. In fact, many vermin leaders have become slightly aware of Redwall's reputation and won't use head-on warfare anymore.
** One of the rats in ''Marlfox'' was fully aware of what the BigBad does to [[YouHaveFailedMe subordinates who fail him]]. After he's captured and starts to get interrogated, he ''kills himself'' so the Marlfoxes won't.
* GentleGiant: Most badgers are portrayed as loveable, valiant, cute creatures who are friendly to almost everyone. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just]] [[MamaBear don't]] [[PapaWolf piss]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge them]] [[AxeCrazy off]].
* GeographicFlexibility: Distances between places, and the locations of places are not very consistent between books. A particularly egregious example of this can be seen when in ''Salamandastron'' it takes days or weeks to traverse the distance between Redwall and Salamandastron (which is on the coast), whereas in ''Pearls of Lutra'' the Abbeyfolk are able to make it in a night of forced marching - but then in the book immediately following it, a big source of tension revolves around whether or not the Long Patrol will arrive in time to assist the Abbeyfolk against a siege despite knowing about it ''weeks'' in advance.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See AccidentalInnuendo and HaveAGayOldTime. It's very, very hard to believe that some of that stuff actually COULD be accidental.
* GiveChaseWithAngryNatives: Running through hornet's nests or crow-infested trees while making ungodly noise is a common tactic for Redwallers, and the hapless pursuing vermin fall for it every time.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Any creature with the Bloodwrath ends up with glowing red eyes, which is how Lady Cregga Rose Eyes got her nicknames.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Tsarmina who after killing her father and framing her brother for the act, begins a merciless campaign to bring all the inhabitants of Mossflower under an iron boot.
%%** And now, Vilaya, the Sable Quean.
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals: Played to a T. Vermin are evil; mice, badgers, moles, and so on are good. There are exceptions on both sides, but not many.
%%* GoOutWithASmile: Most notably [[spoiler: Lady Cregga Rose Eyes]].
* GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood: Some of the vermin's behaviour. See the VillainSong in ''Triss'', "'Tis Nice To Be A Villain".
* GoodIsNotSoft: In the first season of the animated adaptation, the heroes of Redwall plot to end the siege by sniping Cluny. Furthermore, the plan would have worked if Cluny hadn't heard of it and they certainly were pleased when it looked like they took him out.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Any hare noted to be a good boxer in the series will normally only utilize their paws for combat, with a sling for distance.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted occasionally; Folgrim has terrible facial scarring and a lost eye, but he turns out good.
** Also includes Lonna Bowstripe from ''Loamhedge''; he has a pretty hefty scar across his face from an encounter with Raga Bol's scimitar, but he's a good guy.
* {{Gorn}}:
** The description of the pus-oozing, festering wounds on Baliss's face are a bit ''too'' enthusiastic. You almost feel sorry for it.
** Also, the infamous searat ballad "Slaughter of the Crew of the ''Rusty Chain''", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** In the first book, Cluny has a very vivid nightmare/vision involving the shades of his dead captains -- and each ghost still bears the marks of their deaths by crushing, falling, poison, ''boiling alive'', etc.
** The final duel between Martin and Tsarmina in ''Mossflower'' quickly degenerates into a shockingly graphic war of attrition to see who can take the most horrible wounds.
* GoryDiscretionShot: One of the main reasons why the TV series is LighterAndSofter.
* GotMeDoingIt: The accents can be catching, burr aye.
* GreaterScopeParagon:
** In some of the books, Martin the Warrior takes on this role after he has died, from either an invisible influence acting through the heroes to an occasional SpiritAdvisor in dreams. However, his power from beyond the grave is limited. Though Martin's legendary sword is powerful in the hands of a hero, he himself warns that nothing stops any villain who obtains it from using it for evil.
** It is sometimes implied that the Badger Lord fortress Salamandastron has some kind of supernatural influence on it, as its forge's wall is full of carved images of both history and prophecy, which no one knows where they come from. On occasion it's been shown that badgers under the effects of [[TheBerserker Bloodwrath]] may carve the prophecies on the walls with their claws, but still no one knows where they get their visions.
* GreaterScopeVillain:
** Malkariss acts as this in Mattimeo, as Slagar The Cruel is in fact working for him throughout the novel. And then [[spoiler:he turns out to be a misshapen wimp]].
** King Agarnu in ''Triss''. But just like Malkariss [[spoiler: he does virtually nothing but sit on his ass all day. And like Malkariss, his death is quite pathetic]].
* GrimUpNorth: Allusions to the North being war-torn are made in most of the early books, and the later books that take place up there... In Rakkety Tam, we see a shipload of Northerners, cannibals all. A number of the vermin hordes come from there, not surprisingly.
* GrotesqueCute: The entire series is basically about about cute little fluffy animals wielding bigass weaponry and killing each other in various unpleasant ways. [[RuleOfCool Hell yeah.]]
* GutPunch: There's at least one per book to remind the readers that, despite the seemingly safe and kid-friendly setting, anyone can be kidnapped or tortured, enemies can appear at any time, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter how thick the characters' PlotArmor is.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Played straight in the animated series, possibly subverted in the books as prisoners are occasionally stripped as a form of humiliation. Oddly enough, in the animated series, all of the characters are dressed well enough...except for the otters, who go around in the buff.
%% * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Killconey]].
* HandicappedBadass: Axtel takes a spear to the foot in his first battle, leaving him with a permanent limp. He still slays more vermin than all the other Redwallers.
* HateSink: Some books have a minor villain who manages to outdo even the BigBad in terms of sheer loathsomeness. Cheesethief from ''Redwall'' and Hogspit from ''The Long Patrol'' are two standout examples.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Quean" does not mean "queen", nor does it, as Mr Jacques claimed in interviews, mean "wicked woman". According to [[http://dictionary.reference.com the online dictionary]], it actually means either "promiscuous woman" or "prostitute". That being said, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar he's not wrong]], [[GeniusBonus as "wicked woman" was once also a term for a prostitute]]. Also, the two meanings of the word "mate" in vermin slang can lead to some unintentional MinionShipping moments.
* {{Headdesk}}: In Sable Quean, Skipper closes his eyes and puts his head on the battlement when the moles inform him they've finished building their catapult. In the cellar.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam:
** Bladeribb from ''Pearls of Lutra''. After he gets captured by the Guosim and Martin's friends, he helps guide them to Ublaz's lair without much coercion, despite knowing he'll probably get killed by either Ublaz or one of Martin's companions. Just when it looked like he ''might'' have a change of heart and assist the heroes in slaying Ublaz's army, the author [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped an Iceberg on Him]].
** Gripchun from ''The Sable Quean'', one of the few vermin who gleefully told the Redwallers all the information he knew in regards to the BigBad's operations. Instead of trying to use him against Vilaya's Ravagers, the Redwallers decide to trade him over to them, and he's subsequently slain by his own army's archers.
* HeroicAlbino: Lord Urthwyte the Mighty, from ''Salamandastron''.
* TheHeroDies: Usually averted. The heroes will most likely die of old age in-between books, and their death will only be briefly mentioned in the chronological sequel. Played [[TearJerker tear-jerkingly]] straight with [[spoiler: Urthstripe the Strong]], and to a lesser extent [[spoiler: Luke the Warrior]].
* HeroKiller: Several, the most prevalent are Asmodeus from ''Redwall'', Vallug Bowbeast and Eefera from ''Taggerung'', and the Adder Triplets from ''Triss''.
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Major from High Rhulain.]]
%%** And so many others, like.... [[spoiler: Shogg, Bragoon and Saro, Warbeak, Mask, etc....]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Martin and Gonff especially; Deyna and Nimbalo from ''Taggerung'' have this as well.
** Rakkety Tam and Wild Doogy Plum from ''Rakkety Tam''.
** Sunflash and Skarlath from ''The Outcast of Redwall''. Although many fans believe that, after [[spoiler:Skarlath dies]] and Sunflash starts writing poetry about him, [[AmbiguouslyGay it went a tad bit further than "life partners"]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Some of the [[BigBad Big Bads]] die this way. [[KarmicDeath Which makes their death that much more enjoyable to read about.]]
* HoldYourHippogriffs:
** "the leaf calling the grass green"
** "I'll bet you an apple to an acorn"
** "Stop taking a seavoyage to get round a cockleshell"
* HookHand: Raga Bol
* TheHorde: Pretty much every vermin army is called a horde, and most apply to this trope. Gulo's horde does to a T.
* HostageMacGuffin: Gabool the Wild intends to use Mariel as a hostage to [[spoiler:force her father Joseph to design and build a belltower for him]]. Things do not go quite according to plan.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe:
** "No! Don't die! If you die, I'll kill you! Oh, I'm sorry, dear."
** From ''Marlfox'': "If you die, I'll never speak to you again, ever!"
* HumanPincushion: Skalrag is hung from the gates of Marshank and used as target practice for Badrang's archers.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Stringle. Since his boss was Gruntan Kurdly, that's not saying much.
* HypnoticEyes: The serpents, specifically Asmodeus, have these. A non-serpent character, Ublaz "Mad Eyes", also has this type of gaze (and uses it to hypnotize his own snake).
* IAmAHumanitarian: Gulo and his horde are infamous for eating anything that moves. The Flitchaye, a tribe a runty weasels, are presumably cannibals too. Also see CarnivoreConfusion.
* IAmNotWeasel: Hares hate being called rabbits. Eventually {{Justified|Trope}}: rabbits are shown to be harmless examples of BritishStuffiness antithetical to the one personality most hares share. One vermin soldier in ''Rakkety Tam'' gets the crap beaten out of him by a hare that knows boxing, partly for eating several other hares earlier in the book and partly for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking repeatedly calling him a rabbit]].
* IAmTheNoun: The Warden of Marshwood Hill with his "I am the law!" and a snake that declares "I am death to all beastssssss!"
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: In ''Mariel of Redwall'', Gabool's headquarters is on Terramort. Combined with a BilingualBonus (or even a tri-lingual one), "terra" is Latin for land and "mort" is French (or a derivative of the Latin) for death. So, essentially, the Land of Death or simply Deathland.
* IdiotBall:
** Passed around occasionally in ''Triss'', particularly when Malbun and Crikulus leave Redwall in the middle of the night, alone, with no weapons or means to defend themselves from danger.
** Ruggan Bor doesn't get this passed to him so much as shoved forcefully into his hands. Throughout the story, he's never shown to be anything but a competent, calculating leader who weighs all his options and remains calm. He comes to Redwall seeking information, gets it, and is about to leave when circumstances [[spoiler:lead him to believe he's inherited the title of Taggerung. All at once, he starts laughing maniacally and turns to attack the abbey. Then the resident badger lord and his hares [[DeusExMachina swoop in out of nowhere]] to stop him.]]
* IDontPayYouToThink: This is a common attitude among the vermin commanders in the series.
-->'''Tsarmina''': Thought?! Who gave you permission to think?
** This actually gets one of the villain underlings killed in ''Mossflower''. Sent out to trail Tsarmina, he comes back to one of her commanders and says that he thought he'd better come back and report. At first, he is praised, but then another commander asks "Who told you that you had permission to think?" and tells him go to right back out and find Tsarmina. He does so, and ends up getting killed by Tsarmina, who in a haze of crazed revenge believes him to be her traitor brother Gingivere.
* ImColdSoCold: In ''Lord Brocktree'', [[spoiler:Fleetscut]] dies with a smile on his face; "Funny. [[BigEater Don't feel hungry anymore]]. Jolly cold, wot!"
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[{{Squick}} Cludd's death]], in particular. Also Cheesethief.
%%** Not to mention [[spoiler:Badrang, Kurda, Zwilt, Veil, and several others.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A minor example, but this seems to be the only explanation as to why when Woodlanders and Vermin get into the final epic battles, almost ALL the vermin die, while the woodlanders lose probably less than six characters at most, a few others injured.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Say what you will about Brian Jacques, but anyone who can make food which consists mostly of vegetables sound so delicious to children that there was demand for a book of recipes from the series has to be doing ''something'' right.
* InertialImpalement:
** In the animation of ''Martin the Warrior'', Martin's sword falls from Badrang's paws and into the prison pit. Martin dives for it and holds it up, and when Badrang leaps into the pit after him, he gets impaled on it. This moment provides the page image for the trope.
** Baliss' breakdown starts like this. He's blind and has a mouth full of dead crow, so he can't tell that he just headbutted a hedgehog so hard it rammed quills deep inside both of their bodies. Unfortunately, where Corksnout gets the spikes pulled out before they can fester, Baliss has no such luck.
** The Bellmaker has a rare example of a hero dying this way. [[spoiler:Mellus, the resident Badger Mother, charges Cap'n Slipp when he's threatening some dibbuns. He raises his knife just as she bowls him over, and she ends up being stabbed through the heart and killed instantly.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: This exchange from the first book basically destroys any PlausibleDeniability Sela and Chickenhound may have had:
-->'''Chickenhound''': Yes, sir! Give us a chance, and we'll tunnel with the best of them.\\
'''Cluny''': Who said anything about tunneling? I only mentioned digging.
* InTheBack: Possibly the most cowardly act from someone you'd expect to be AlwaysLawfulGood occurs in ''Marlfox''. [[spoiler:Fenno stabs Log-a-Log in the back instead of facing the shrew with honor, then [[DirtyCoward runs away and deserts the Guosim]]]]. [[HumiliationConga What happens to him afterwards will make you cheer for joy]], and eventually, [[KarmicDeath he gets it in the end]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: Vilu Daskar finds that the ship Luke is chasing him on is called the ''Sayna'', after Luke's dead wife. He makes a snarky comment about how it would have been "saner" for ''Sayna'' to stay away. [[SurroundedByIdiots Cue blank stares from his crew.]]
* InfantImmortality: While it's nowhere near as bad as ''Literature/WarriorCats'', the series has averted this trope a few times. Anyone who isn't a Dibbun can die at any moment, even if they're described as being "young" in the novel.
* TheInsomniac: Gabool the Wild, Tsarmina and Mokkan. Also Mokkan's mother, Queen Silth (''Marlfox''), Cluny the Scourge (''Redwall'') and Ungatt Trunn (''Lord Brocktree'').
* InspirationalInsult: In ''The Bellmaker'', several of the heroes are trapped in a tower, with their only hope of rescue a rope brought to them by a shrike (aka butcher bird). Unfortunately, the rope is too heavy for the bird, so the hare starts insulting, a previously noted BerserkButton. The shrike makes it to the tower, fully intent on proving its name, but is convinced to leave instead.
* InstantExpert: It seems that any good character who wields the Sword of Martin becomes an expert swordsman and all-around warrior...even if they haven't been shown to wield a sword before (Triss, though some may claim she'd [[InTheBlood be inherantly skilled because her dad was a swordmaster]]). Even if, in the case of Laird Bosie (Doomwyte), the user has explicitly stated they are bad at using swords because they're unwieldly. Would have been an obvious case of [[AWizardDidIt enchantment that grants Martin's swordsmanship skills to the wielder]], but the Sword of Martin was explicitly stated to be totally nonmagical in earlier books.
** Averted in ''The Rogue Crew'', where Uggo couldn't wield the sword to save his life. He could barely even hold it, let alone swing it, without tripping or stumbling.
* InstantSedation: The Flitchaye tribe uses knockout gas (resembling ether or chloroform) to anaesthetise travelers, to rob and to kill them. Oh, and No! [[HollywoodScience You cannot nullify the knockout gases' effect on you by stuffing ramsons or garlic or whatnot up your nostrils!]]
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Corporal Rubbadub from ''The Long Patrol'' speaks only in drum sounds (and one time, with a cymbal crash), but others in his regiment understand him fine.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Although Bragoon and Sarobando probably come the closest, this never actually occurs. It does, however, show up in songs.
** There are many occasions when an attractive member of one species gets young members of another to get all flirty, like Nimbalo (mouse) with a shrew tribe.
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Brom asks Felldoh if he'd like some cordial. Felldoh replies, "Does a fish like water?"
* ItsAllAboutMe: Vilaya, [[UngratefulBastard who won't think twice about killing those who saved her life.]]
%%** Ublaz
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Rowanoak gives a short speech about this when all hope seems lost in ''Martin the Warrior''.
* IWantThemAlive: A common statement of the vermin commanders if they're looking to take prisoners or make an example.

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* {{Jerkass}}:
** Cheesethief... big time. He has absolute contempt for his fellow hordebeasts, [[FantasticRacism especially non-rats,]] and only cares about his own advancement. His response when Cluny offers to promote Scragg the weasel ahead of him? He shoves Scragg out of a high tree, critically injuring him, then ''steps on his throat until he suffocates,'' taunting him the entire time. He sneeringly mocks Killconey for mourning Scragg's death, lying that it was his own "clumsiness." Then when he does get promoted, he works the troops under his command like a slave driver, and starts fantasizing about supplanting Cluny as horde leader. ''No one'' mourns when he gets a giant arrow in the chest.
** Tubgutt. He gets better though after his near-death experience with The Deepcoiler.
** Tugga Bruster is a particular standout for being pretty much the most dickish member of a goodbeast species in the series. It's bad enough that he has the dubious honor of being the ''only'' Log-a-Log in the series to be stripped of his title because ''no one'' wants him as leader [[spoiler:and his death is just about the only instance of a vermin killing a goodbeast where the ''vermin'' is portrayed as being more sympathetic]].
** Hogspit from ''The Long Patrol'', who can hardly even appear without the phrase "nasty-looking" following close behind. He's also TheNeidermeyer and a DirtyCoward, and his utterly ''humiliating'' death scene is guaranteed to get you cheering.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Pakatugg comes off as nothing more than a common {{Jerkass}} in ''Mariel of Redwall''. [[spoiler: Up until he sacrifices his life to ensure the rescue of a bunch of oarslaves he doesn't even know.]]
** Warbeak.
** The Guosim [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags]] this trope throughout the series. Sometimes they're rowdy, abrasive beasts who are only helping the heroes because they hate the vermin more. Other times they'll gladly lend a paw whenever Redwall or the main band of heroes are in danger.
** After the {{Flanderization}} kicked in, some of the hares became so snobby and selfish that it was more annoying than funny. But the heroes still tolerated them [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass for their impressive combat skills and bravery in battle]]. Scarum, for example, just ''barely'' (and arguably) managed to keep himself from being a full-on {{Jerkass}} [[ItsAllAboutMe who only cared about himself]].
* JesusTaboo: The characters live in an ''Abbey'' up the road from an abandoned ''Church'' and several of the characters are Abbots and other religious personages. And yet there's not a single mention of anything resembling God or Jesus or religious services. In ''Redwall'' (the original novel), the Abbey inhabitants were expressly stated to be an "order", with robes and prayers and all that. Of course, a lot of what happened in ''Redwall'' has been unofficially declared CanonDisContinuity.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Warden, a heron who keeps the reptiles and amphibians of his swamp under control by eating them strategically when they commit a serious disturbance; also [[ShoutOut a nod]] to [[AnAesop Aesop's]] fable "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Frogs_Who_Desired_a_King The Frogs Who Desired A King]]".
* {{Kaiju}}: There are several SeldomSeenSpecies whose size relative to the heroes makes them this.
** The Welzz in ''Doomwyte'' is a monstrous catfish that can eat birds whole. Not monstrous enough to survive [[spoiler:being chokeslammed by Baliss]] who also counts as one.
** The Slothunog is apparently the LochNessMonster.
** Salamandastron had what is implied to be a dinosaur skull used to scare off vermin with tales of dragons.
* KarmaHoudini: Despite the fact that nearly every major villain in every book dies, there have been a few exceptions...
** Juska chieftain Ruggan Bor in ''Taggerung'' was humiliated and sent home with his tail between his legs by badger lord Russano the Wise. Possibly justified in that he hadn't actually harmed Redwall yet.
** In ''Loamhedge'', [[BigBadWannabe Badredd]] and his cronies ran off into Mossflower after escaping from the clutches of Raga Bol. (But seeing as they were AffablyEvil {{Punch Clock Villain}}s, it is doubtful that any readers would ''want'' them dead.)
** Also, Agrill in ''Martin The Warrior.'' He drugs the protagonists for absolutely no reason other than disliking them, and it's made very clear that, had they not been in the company of Boldred, he would have ''murdered'' them. Not only is he not punished for this, no one even seems to care.
** Any vermin who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere successfully desert their army]], such as Sneezewort, Lousewort, [[spoiler: Ashleg, Ripfang, Grand Fragorl]], and more, though in Ashleg's case he deserts the army because among other things Tsarmina made him walk ahead of her troops in the desert sun. However, [[spoiler: Ripfang]] [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty gets what's coming to him]] in ''Mossflower'' (assuming it's the same character).
** Triggut Frap, who's left dangling from a tree. Considering that he threatened [[WouldHurtAChild to feed little Diggla to a bunch of pikes]], he got off easy.
** Gruntan Kurdly's Brownrats who weren't under Stringle's command. Also, what was left of Vizka Longtooth's Sea Raiders.
* KarmicDeath: Many of the main villains had very karmic deaths. Examples: [[spoiler:Cluny was crushed by the bell that had earlier awakened him from his nightmares; hydrophobic Tsarmina drowned when she nearly killed Martin the Warrior; Fortunata was killed by Lady Amber and her archers for helping the aforementioned Tsarmina take over and oppress the woodlanders before going to spy on them, Malkariss was stoned to death by the very creatures he had enslaved; Gabool was stung to death by his pet scorpion, whom he had used to execute foes previously; Ublaz was bitten by his pet snake; Princess Kurda fell and stabbed herself on her own broken sword; Riggu Felis was killed by the same barbed star that he earlier used to trap Pandion; Vilaya fell on her own poisoned dagger, which she had used to kill numerous characters.]]
** Some of the minor villains or [[TheDragon Dragons]] have karmic deaths too. For instance, Brool and Renn are killed by Veil shortly after they tied him up and stole all his food and gear; the Wraith is accidentally knocked off Salamandastron by Porty; [[spoiler: Klitch drinks the water Farran poisoned just when he thinks he's survived the gruesome battle at Salamandastron; Karangool was presumably whipped and killed by Bucko Bigbones, whom he had tortured in the past]].
** [[spoiler: Tugga Bruster is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed in the chest by Tala]] as revenge for killing her husband Chigid]]. This is a rather interesting case. Unlike all the names listed above, [[spoiler: Tugga Bruster]] wasn't evil or even a vermin. He was just [[{{Jerkass}} an asshole]] who made even the [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] look good. Not even the Redwallers or his own son missed him.
* KickTheDog: Many villains do it a few times per book, but even good guys aren't above pulling this on vermin from time to time.
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** It's really hard to hate Magger after he kills that {{Jerkass}} watervole in ''Eulalia!'' [[spoiler:Even though he wound up stealing Martin's sword afterwards.]]
** When the Juskazann clan raids Nimbalo's old home, Dagrab slews his father, presumably because [[ForTheEvulz she felt like it]]. Considering how [[AbusiveParent hateful and abusive he was]], no one ''except'' Nimbalo missed him.
** Baliss devouring [[spoiler:Jeg]] in ''Doomwyte'', mostly because he just wanted food. That's one less [[BrattyHalfPint annoying]] OverlordJr Mossflower needs to worry about.
** Veil killing Brool and Renn. Considering they were both bandits who probably spent most of their lives robbing food from woodlanders before killing them, Veil did Mossflower a favor getting rid of them.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Blaggut who easily made friends with the Redwallers, was trying to help everyone including his captain who was planning to loot whatever he could from the Abbey and was oblivious to Slipp's maliciousness, greed and violence until it was directly in his face.
* KissingCousins: Arguably. In ''Doomwyte'' where two descendants of [[spoiler:Gonff]] get married, but since by this point [[MedievalStasis a couple of thousand seasons have passed since the shared ancestor was alive]] it probably doesn't count anymore.
** In the animated series, mainly due to LostInTranslation Cornflower's father was John Churchmouse (Not Mr. Fieldmouse) though Tess was still canonly John's daughter. Take a wild guess who marries his Aunt.
* KnifeNut: Ferahgo, in particular. Wraith from ''Salamandastron'', Sawney Rath from ''Taggerung'', Tazzin from ''Triss'', and [[TheStarscream Rasconza]] from ''Pearls of Lutra'' fit as well. [[BoisterousBruiser Bucko Bigbones]] (''Lord Brocktree'') is shown having at least four knives on his person when taking back Salamandastron.
* LameRhymeDodge:
-->"There's worse cooks aboard than me."\\
"What was that?"\\
"I said the sky's as blue as the sea."
* LampshadeHanging:
** "[[HowDareYouDieOnMe Wait, you'll never speak to me again if I die?]]"
** "[[BigScrewedUpFamily We're Marlfoxes, born to stealth and deceit.]] [[TheStarscream Only one of us could ever rule the island.]]"
** "[[DirtyCoward You have lived the life of a coward,]] [[FaceDeathWithDignity now learn t'die like a soldier, sir!]]"
** "So, [[spoiler: Tugga Bruster]]'s wicked ways [[LaserGuidedKarma finally caught up with him]]. [[KarmicDeath Got what he deserved, I think.]]"
* LaResistance: Unless the enemies are an invading mobilized army, there will be one.
* LargeHam:
** Cluny and Ublaz, in particular, are as close to this as you can get in a text-based medium.
** Some of the hares. For example, Cleckstarr Lepus Montisle, aka Clecky.
-->'''Clecky:''' What ho, the jolly old camp! Rovin' fighter returnin' with tales of derring-do, high adventure, and all that nonsense, wot!
** Dingeye and Thura successfully annoy the Abbess into letting them in via overblown crying fits.
** Oakheart Wytherspike, a hedgehog actor, and his family.
** [[GenerationXerox Ballaw as well as Florian]] as both tend to act overdramatic in their shows, Florian especially, as he tends to stay in-character even when not doing a show.
* TheLastThingYouEverSee: In ''The Pearls of Lutra'', the BigBad tells Martin (not ''that'' one, but Matthias's descendant who was [[DeadGuyJunior named after him]]) that the last thing he'll ever hear is the BigBad's name.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap
* LeeroyJenkins: Felldoh. His rousing nature [[spoiler:and ultimate death nearly cost the life of all the Fur'n'Freedom fighters]]. Idiot.
** Sadly he [[spoiler:never learned]] his lesson, that leading a small, personal war against the main antagonist, whilst all of his friends fight the big, official war against the main antagonist, does ''not'' pay off. And yet he's still an EnsembleDarkHorse.
** He was a berserker but he knew what he was doing. His plan would have worked perfectly, and he would have killed Badrang easily except he didn't expect Badrang to play dirty.
* LegacyCharacter: The Log-a-Logs, Foremoles, and [[TheGoodCaptain the Skipper of Otters]].
%% * LethalChef: Cap'n Slipp, Hon Rosie.
%% ** Also, one of the many random songs in ''The Long Patrol'' deals with one of these...
%% ** The entire crew besides Beau in ''The Legend of Luke.''
* LighterAndSofter: The animated series tones down the violence significantly from the book by use of BloodlessCarnage and [[GoryDiscretionShot Gory Discretion Shots]]. Considering how violent the animated show could gt regardless - including the instances where they ''didn't'' use a GoryDiscretionShot - this says numbers about how bloody the books could get.
** Particularly in the case of Skalrag the Fox. The animated series shows him being tickle tortured; in the books, he's just plain put on the torture rack before being hung from the gates and shot full of arrows.
** Oddly one of the more violent children's books... what network do they choose to put it on? PBS. The most family friendly network on the planet.
%% * LinkedListClueMethodology: The reason OnlySmartPeopleMayPass.
%% * LiteralCliffhanger: Happens to Pallum in the animated series.
%% * LittleMissBadass: Mariel, in particular.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost every book introduces a buttload of new characters.
* LongRunningBookSeries
* LosingYourHead: A lot of villains end this way. [[spoiler: Namely Gulo]].
* LowFantasy: There is no magic. The only kinds of supernaturalism are prophetic visions and the appearance of Martin the Warrior to abbeybeasts.
* LuminescentBlush: Martin in the animated series, after telling Rose he could listen to her singing forever.
* LyingToThePerp: In ''Outcast of Redwall'', someone is poisoning people using wolfsbane, so the herbalist announces the fact that handling the plant stains the perpetrator's hands red, so they will soon be revealed, while also making note of the wash that can remove the stain. Naturally the poisoner tries to clean himself with the wash, and is caught literally red-handed in the act of doing so.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Exactly how Mokkan killed [[spoiler: his sister Lantur, in order to become king]].
* MaliciousMisnaming:
** Constance calls Ironbeak "Ironbum" and similar names.
** Pikkle refers to Swinkee as "Stinky".
* MamaBear:
** In ''Redwall'', for example, Constance nearly crushed Cluny and Redtooth with the grand feast table...
** In ''The Sable Quean'', [[spoiler:Clarinna Kordyne.]] Whether you're some random vermin mook or [[spoiler: Zwilt the Shade]], you do ''not'' threaten a mother hare's kid in front of them. Especially if [[spoiler:you're the guy who killed her husband.]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Ublaz dresses himself in the finest clothes and jewels he could get his hands on. His weapons are equally opulent, being a finely crafted silver dagger with sapphires in the handle. He even kickstarted the conflict of ''Pearls of Lutra'' by demanding to have the titular pearls for his crown from a tribe of otters at any cost.
%% * MasterPoisoner: Farran the Poisoner.
%% * ManipulativeBastard: Slagar the Cruel.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A variety of PlotCoupon artifacts and trinkets, notably Martin's sword and the tapestry depicting him. (Easy answer for those two is that they're mundane by themselves but Martin's spirit uses them to reach out to others.)
* MeaningfulName: They're freaking ''everywhere'':
** [[MethuselahSyndrome Methuselah, the oldest mouse in Redwall]].
** Constance is always around to help.
** Skipper is a captain of river otters.
** Boisterous hares Tarquin and Lorquin, after Greek gods who liked to party.
** Martin is from the Latin for "warrior."
** Gonff is from "goniff," Yiddish for "thief."
** Colin is Gaelic for "child." He's a childish brat.
** Keyla is Greek for "pure of heart." He's friendly and selfless.
** Salamandastron may be after the mythical version of the salamander, since that creature can live in fire and it's an extinct volcano (and they had a dinosaur skull at one point to scare off vermin).
** At the time Veil, the son of a warlord, is taken into the Abbey as an infant, Bella says she named him that because there's a veil over his life - they know nothing about him. Later, it's revealed that her other reason for the name is that it anagrams to "vile" and "evil":
--->''Give him a name and leave him awhile, Veil may live to be evil and vile. Though I hope my prediction will fail, and evil so vile will not live in Veil.''
** Tsarmina, after the Tsars of Russia.
** Gabool the Wild ruled over Terramort. Terra=land, mort=death. He ruled over the Land of Death.
** The Latin (taxonomic) name for wolverines is ''Gulo gulo.'' So ... the wolverine BigBad is just named "Wolverine"!
** Likewise, the otter clan Holt Lutra was named after the taxonomical name of the European river otter: Lutra lutra.
** Mellus is from Meles Meles, the Eurasian badger, and Brocktree is from an Old English word for badger.
** Plumpen is Dutch for "dormouse."
** Tammbeak and Rocangus are both falcons with Scottish accents.
** Russa Nodrey is a ''red'' squirrel with no home ("drey" is a word for a squirrel's nest). This is actually explained in the text.
** Verdaugua is Latin for "green eyes."
** Simeon is Hebrew for "he who hears." He's blind, so relies on his hearing.
** Rose's full title was [[spoiler: ''Late''rose]]. Interestingly, the first book is set in the Summer of the Late Rose.
** Braggio Ironhook was incredibly ambitious and vain, and loved to boast about himself.
** Korvus Skurr (a raven) from Corvus, the scientific name for crow. Strangely enough, he holds actual crows in contempt.
* MedievalStasis:
** The time period never changes, and the weapons never improve, despite at least 28 generations of abbots of Redwall having come and gone. Not even rudimentary gunpowder weapons (which were used in the late Middle Ages) are seen.
** They don't have ''countries'', so no prolonged wars with traditional land-based enemies which would inspire an arms race. The only established permanent residence with warlike tendencies is Salamandastron, and they're not exactly filled to the brim with inventive types, just straight-up soldiers.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Russa Nodrey]] from ''The Long Patrol'', who conveniently died shortly after Tammo TookALevelInBadass and joined the Long Patrol.
%% ** Both [[spoiler:Methuselah and Abbot Mortimer]] in the first book.
* MethuselahSyndrome: Badgers live very long lives; it's noted in ''Outcast'' that they age in years instead of "seasons". Not to mention Methuselah himself.
* MinionMaracas: Plugg has a habit of picking up crew members who do something stupid and beating their heads together. [[AFatherToHisMen His crew loves him anyways.]]
%% * MinionWithAnFInEvil: Some of the {{Mooks}}. Lousewort and Sneezewort are probably the best example.
%% * MirrorMonologue: Ublaz.
* MisplacedRetribution: Slagar the Cruel blames the Redwallers for the death of his mother and his facial disfigurement, and in revenge he steals their children to sell as slaves. However, all the bad things that happened to him were a result of he and/or his mother's villainous ways, and none of the inhabitants of the Abbey were responsible for any of it. In fact, they tried to ''help'' him when he dragged himself to Redwall after being badly injured by Cluny the Scourge's horde and left for dead alongside his mother. His repayment for their kindness was to steal from them and murder the elderly Methuselah.
* MissingMom: Veil Sixclaw's mother dies in the wake of giving birth to him. Klitch and Tsarmina, who are also their warlord fathers' heirs, don't even get their mothers mentioned.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Wearets (part weasel, part ferret).
%% * TheMole: Druwp. Before you ask, he's a bankvole, not an actual mole.
%% * MonsterSobStory: Brian Jacques seems to like this trope.
* MoodWhiplash: Many of the novels are well-known for jumping from a death-laden battle scene to flat-out humor. ''Mossflower'' has Martin encoutering a massive crab with giant pincers, and shortly after it begins to attack him, Gonff [[HilarityEnsues shoves a stick between its claws and dances with it, joking about it the whole time.]].
* MookPromotion: Tends to happen a lot, especially when TheDragon or one of the CoDragons is killed halfway through the novel and the BigBad needs a replacement. But more than likely, said mook will not handle his or her new promotion well and will either get demoted or killed off even faster than said dragon. Just ask Zurgat, Lousewort, Graywort, or Hogspit, to name a few.
* MoralDissonance: Bragoon and Sarobando invoke this like it's going out of style. Their introduction sees them stealing food and drink from a band of vermin; later on, they beat and threaten a small desert "jerbilrat" who's stolen ''their'' supplies in a hostile environment, defending their actions on the ground that the name contains the word "rat". Later on still, the group stays with an old dormouse who repeatedly claims to have very little of his own, and Bragoon immediately decides to give him "all they can spare." In the end, when it's discovered that the dormouse actually has an entire cellar full of supplies, both Bragoon and Saro rush to point out that the environment is harsh, Toobledum is simply looking out for himself, but that the young ones are naive to be taken in by his ruse at all.
* MostFanficWritersAreGirls: Averted by the fandom, probably because of heavy crossover with the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom at large, which is mostly made up of males.
* MouseWorld:
** ''Redwall'' (the novel) seemed to take place in one of these, what with bits like an entire army of rats hitching a ride on a horse-drawn cart and mentions of piglets, town dogs, and ''Portugal'' (Part of Cluny's introduction including speculation that he was a "Portuguese rat.") By the second novel, however, all aspects of humanity had been removed.
** There is a vague hint of humanity or a higher life form of some sort in ''High Rhulain'', where Riggu Felis speaks of his ancestors (the Wildcats) liberating the Feral Cats from some unnamed group that had domesticated them.
* TheMovie: Averted. Literally ''half a dozen'' times! Most of the projects failed primarily due to [[WordOfGod Brian Jacques']] general distaste of movie adaptions. The ones who didn't suffer from this actually made it into pre-phase before it was discovered they lacked the rights. Those who had rights and made it into pre-phase turned out to be mere [[DudeNotFunny practical jokes]] or misunderstandings. Currently, however, a Website/DeviantART [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits group]] is working on a feature-length adaption of ''Mossflower'', the second book of the series. Not to be confused with another so-called ''"movie"'' that was brought out (which was just a re-edited version of the animated series with the {{Filler}} episodes removed).
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Children like the books because the plots and characters are quite clear-cut; this becomes a liability with adult readers, most of whom like the books rather because of Jacques's clever use of language.
* MultipleHeadCase: The adder triplets.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[ShowWithinAShow The Duel of Insults]] in ''Marlfox''. The characters shout insults at each other and react as if actually wounded. Sesstra, Zassaliss and Harssacss basically got a Hydra into this, as well.
* MurderBallad: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Slaughter of the Crew of the Rusty Chain."]]
* MurderByInaction: [[spoiler:Ungatt Trunn dies when,]] after surviving being thrown into the sea with a broken back, finds himself stranded as the tide comes in. Then his much-abused former seer shows up to gloat, not doing a thing to get him out of the rising water.
* MurderByMistake: It happens a lot:
** ''Redwall'' has [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Cheesethief]], whom Constance thought was Cluny.]]
** In ''Mossflower'', [[spoiler: Tsarmina fires an arrow at her brother as he, Ferdy, Coggs and Mask escape from Kotir. Mask ran behind them and coincidentally ended up [[HeroicSacrifice shielding Gingivere and Coggs from the arrow]]]].
** Happens twice in ''Salamandastron'', with both cases regarding Ferahgo. First, Lord Urthstripe fires an arrow at him, only for Goffa to step in front of him and coincidentally [[TakingTheBullet get hit]]. Later, [[spoiler: Forgrin and Raptail kill Sickear because they thought he was a wounded Ferahgo lying on a rock. [[OhCrap And then Ferahgo shows up behind both of them...]]]]
** ''Martin the Warrior'' also has two cases. First, Badrang conspires with Gurrad to poison Cap'n Clogg, whilst Clogg simultaneously conspires with Oilbeak to have Badrang knifed. So naturally, [[spoiler: Oilbeak accidentally chucks his knife at Gurrad's throat, and then proceeds to steal the tainted drink from Gurrad's body, which he later drinks from]]. Later, Badrang's archers fire arrows at a small group of animals they thought were Fur and Freedom Fighters. They turn out to be Hisk and his four trackers.
** During Swartt Sixclaw's failed attempt at taking over Redwall in ''Outcast of Redwall'', a rat captain named Scraw gets shot full of arrows after Swartt's archers mistook him for woodlanders hiding in the bushes.
** In ''Loamhedge'', [[spoiler: Lonna picks up Raga Bol's body and uses it as a shield. The Searats chuck a few spears at Lonna, but hit Bol instead]].
* MutualKill: There is quite a large amount of these in the series, between both hero-and-villain, and villain-and-villain. Some notable ones are [[spoiler: Urthstripe and Ferahgo, Romsca and Lask Frildur, Sagitar and Rasconza (this makes two occasions in one book), and Argulor and Bane]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Some of the Redwallers who haven't experienced war have this reaction after killing someone. Burlop from ''Rakkety Tam'' breaks down and starts crying before he decides to head back to Redwall after killing one of Gulo's soldiers.
** In ''Mossflower'', Splitnose is horrified when, during a heated argument/fight, he realizes that he has fatally wounded his companion Blacktooth.
* MyopicArchitecture: The main gate of Redwall Abbey is large and thick, impervious to even the most dedicated of sieges. Basically, not one invading vermin horde has ever gotten through it. The tiny wicker side-gate, on the other hand, has been breached by countless invading hordes over the seasons, probably accounting for every successful invasion of the abbey. This is presumably intentional, since it would be easy to station three well-armed, armoured guards there during a siege to hack up any single file intruders who tried to get in. Unfortunately, being peaceful monk and villagers, the Redwall inhabitants never think of that.
* MyNaymeIs: Some characters' names have the word "white" spelled as "wyte" and "earth" spelled as "urth" (including twin badgers Urthstripe and Urthwyte).
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Moles are all hardworking, salt-of-the-earth types except maybe three: a scholar, a wanderer, and the first warrior mole ever, Axtel Sturnclaw. However, the other moles don't make any fuss about it.
** Lonna Bowstripe is the first badger to use a ranged weapon, despite the narration insisting on how huge he is (even moreso than it usually does when describing badgers).
** In general, the further along you are in the series the more likely you are to see evil members of "good" species, with voles, for whatever reason, being more likely to be self-serving thieves or outright {{Quisling}}s, along with the occasional hedgehog or squirrel.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: When Badrang's in need of a piece of rope, he cuts a random minion's belt, causing said minion's kilt to drop off and everybeast to start laughing at him.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cluny the Scourge. Slagar the Cruel. Emperor Ublaz "Mad Eyes". Gabool the Wild. Gulo the Savage. The list goes on and on.
** And if you are vermin, Martin the Warrior or anybeast carrying the title Champion or Warrior of Redwall.
** Badger Lords tend to get impressive titles as well. Orlando the Axe, Sunflash the Mace, Boar the Fighter, Uthrun the Gripper... Lady Cregga Rose Eyes would appear to be a subversion... until you learn she's called that because where Badger Lords' eyes only glow red when the Bloodwrath is on them, and hers is on ''all the time''.
%% * {{Narcissist}}: Ublaz.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter:
** Mention is made of searats using "very colourful language" and hares and otters singing a BawdySong, but we never actually see any.
** Grood in ''Lord Brocktree''. Apparently, he's got quite a tongue on him for being a young squirrel...
** Apparently, Dotti from ''Lord Brocktree'' could give Grood a few lessons in choice language.
%% * NarratorAllAlong: In several books.
* NationalWeapon: Several of the species have trademark weapons, though not consistently through the books.
** Shrews use rapiers.
** Otters use slings and javelins.
** Squirrels are archers.
** Hares of Salamandastron use different types of spears -- pikes in one book, lances in another.
** Rats of Malkariss use either short stabbing spears or bows.
* TheNeidermeyer: Cheesethief is hated by all of the other hordebeasts due to the viciousness with which he drives them during his brief stint as TheDragon. It's best not to think about the implications that hordebeasts used to serving under ''Cluny'' find Cheesethief's behavior unacceptable.
** Hogspit from ''The Long Patrol''. He gets off on abusing his subordinates for no reason at all, treats those under his command as expendable fodder, and is ''humiliatingly'' outmatched when he tries to take on Log-a-Log himself.
** Swartt Sixclaw is a rare example of a BigBad being this. He has a lot of trouble keeping his own troops in line (which is justified, since a lot of them were co-opted from other hordes). By the end of the book, most of his troops have concluded that he's led them from one disaster to another, and Veil, ''his own son'', delights in pointing out what an inept leader he is.
* NeverMyFault: Slagar, otherwise known as [[spoiler:Chickenhound]], who blames the Redwallers for scarring his face when he reveals it to Mattimeo, claiming that he did nothing to deserve his fate and was driven out of Redwall for no reason. Sam Squirrel, who was alive when the Late Summer Rose Wars happened, actually knows the truth and tells Mattimeo that he took advantage of the Redwallers' kindness to steal everything valuable in the Abbey after they [[UngratefulBastard saved him from dying]], then murdered Methuselah before he had an unfortunate run-in with Asmodeus.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Plenty of covers.
** By far most blatant ones were made by a German cover artist. The [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060105021050/redwall/images/2/27/GermanRedwall.jpg Redwall]] one, for instance shows all animals nude. And further shows all Redwallers, including Constance and Basil, cowering behind in fear, while Matthias seems to be the only one brave enough to stand up against Cluny. The one for [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060106055125/redwall/images/f/f9/GermanMossflower2.jpg Mossflower]], however, is worse. It shows nude Martin and his cronies ''riding'' the Salamandastron hares like on horses (apart from the fact that there are only [[RuleOfThree two]] hares present). And... wait a minute... who is that third mouse?! What do you mean, it's [[IAmNotWeasel supposed to be a shrew]]?! And why are the other two mice ''blue?'' Artist, are you blind? Or illiterate? Or high? Or everything at the same time? Anyway, it apparently took the publishers three of such covers, before they finally fired that cover artist. For his cover for [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060105021558/redwall/images/d/d5/GermanMattimeo.jpg Mattimeo]], he finally managed to draw a creature with clothes on, but apparently still does not know the difference between a [[TooDumbToLive ''combat axe'' and a ''spike club'']]. Especially, when the axebearer is explicitly called Orlando the ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Axe]]''! And Mattimeo was ''not'' a baby at that time anymore. And lastly, none of the scenes portrayed on these covers happened (or at least happened ''that way'') in the books.
** Russian cover art is a relatively mild case of this - it is well-drawn, and characters ''usually'' are recognizable, but its recurring artist really likes fancy Renaissance-style clothing and armor, and [[http://images.wikia.com/redwall/images/2/21/Rustaggerung.jpg inserts them in most of his later Redwall covers]], [[http://images.wikia.com/redwall/images/3/33/Ruslp.jpg with results less than authentic to the savage world barely into the Iron Age, that the books past the original Redwall actually imply]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** [[spoiler: Thank you, Searats, for killing Raga Bol in a stupid attempt to take out Lonna Bowstripe]]. [[SarcasmMode You guys deserve a medal]].
** [[spoiler: Good job burning down Riggu's fortress, Lady Kaltag]].
* NobleDemon: Verdauga Greeneyes is willing to negotiate with the woodlanders instead of going to war with them, although his reign HAS made life difficult for the woodlanders. Unfortunately for him, his daughter Tsarmina kills him and earns the title of the BigBad instead.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: The word "love" is rarely used, and even Rose and Martin hardly even hold paws onscreen, but their relationship is still very clear and a firm favourite with a lot of the fans, possibly ''because'' it's subtly handled. It is {{Justified|Trope}} in that the target audience seems to consist mostly of ten-year-old boys. There are also no references to any kind of sexuality: no female characters are shown pregnant.
** Antigra, however, was shown nursing Gruven at the start of ''The Taggerung''.
** In ''The Legend Of Luke'', a late summer song about fruit harvesting has a reference to sweetness being lost "like a faithless lover's kiss." It's one of the most overtly risque moments in the series, which says a lot.
** A few couples (Matthias and Cornflower, Gonff and Columbine, Tarquin and Rosie) officially marry and have kids. This only happens to characters who are featured in more than one book, so that kids just sort of appear in the sequel.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Stated outright by Log-a-Log when [[TheBrute Gulo the Savage]] went over the waterfall in ''Rakkety Tam''. In the first book, [[BigBad Cluny the Scourge]] took a tumble from the very top of the Abbey wall, suffering cracked ribs, a smashed claw and countless other brutal injuries; Abbot Mortimer started to invoke this, but Constance told him Cluny would be back.
* NobodyPoops: You'd think this trope would be averted all the time considering how much the Redwallers eat...
** Not to mention a scene from ''Eulalia!'' involving Gorath. He's forced to drink tons of rainwater since Vizka's crew was ordered not to feed him anything. Vizka also told his crew not to undo his chains for any reason or go anywhere near him since Gorath could easily kill one of them. [[PottyFailure You do the math]].
* NominalImportance: Zigzagged. In ''Rakkety Tam'', Captain Shard is presented as TheStarscream to Gulo, but dies around halfway through in a random battle. In the final act, one of the smartest vermin (who knows not to run from Gulo) lives until the final mop-up, but is only ever referred to as "the old fox".
* NonindicativeName: What the heck is a Walking Stone? [[spoiler: A tortoise.]] Justified in that the nothlands are unlikely to have many walking around (and it's even menioned that it came from far south).
* NoodleImplements: Spriggat, Samkim, and Arula threaten to do something involving "three squashed frogs and those maggoty apples", among other things, to get a captured rat to talk.
%% * NoseTapping: Done on occasion, such as in ''High Rhulain''.
* NotDrawnToScale: There are frequent problems with this. In several stories a badger or hare climbs the same flight of stairs as a mouse, or using the same tools. Jacques has {{HandWave}}d this by saying that the characters are whatever size you think they are.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Veil is treated like a delinquent even when he didn't do anything, so he [[spoiler:turns to thievery and eventual attempted murder]].
* NotQuiteDead:
** Skipper from ''The Long Patrol''. He gets sucked down a well with a yellow eel wrapped around him and presumably drowns/gets eaten. A couple chapters later, he's found inside a Mossflower stream safe and sound. Plus he managed to kill the eel.
** A much more disturbing example would be [[spoiler: [[AndIMustScream Ungatt Trunn]]]].
** Stukkfur, a water rat from ''Marlfox'', survived being slammed into the Abbey wall after a failed attempt at breaching Redwall. But not without getting a massive bruise and losing all his teeth.
** Gruven tricks a stoat named Rawback into falling into a swamp and supposedly drowning after [[spoiler:his plan to kill Deyna goes horribly awry]]. An insane Rawback shows up a few chapters later, [[OhCrap much to Gruven's dismay]].
** In ''Taggerung'', [[spoiler: Deyna gets shot in the chest with an arrow before killing the main villains. He's not found until sometime later with the arrow still inside him. Luckily, Skipper gets him to the "Otterfixer" to get him healed and he makes a full recovery.]]


[[folder:Tropes O-T]]

* ObfuscatingStupidity: King Bull Sparra really is pretty unhinged, but he [[ManipulativeBastard pretends to be more so than he actually is]]. Matthias, in turn, fakes CloudCuckooLander status to avoid Bull Sparra seeing him as a threat.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: The Long Patrol hares, being based on popular perception of British R.A.F. pilots in WWII.
* OffWithHisHead: It's a fairly common form of death for the villans due to the high FamilyUnfriendlyViolence. Notable ones include [[spoiler:Gulo, Asmodeus, Vallug Bowbeast, and Gruven.]]
* OhCrap: Cluny [[spoiler: just before being crushed by the Joseph Bell.]]
* OneDoseFitsAll: In ''Mattimeo'', Slagar the Cruel successfully drugs an entire abbey into unconsciousness with a toast, with apparently adult badgers, adult mice, and their children all taking the dose amount. The only two exceptions stayed awake because they were distracted during the toast [[spoiler:so Slagar's goons just murder them.]]
* OneHitKill: Even some of the burliest of characters will go down quite easily. Just ask Bluggach, who, after his BadassBoast, gets whacked in the head by Gurgan's mallet just ''once'' and dies.
* OneLinerNameOneLiner: "Nor did I, Pikkle. Nor did I."
* OneManArmy: Badgers, or any creature for that matter, under the Bloodwrath can carve through a horde with ease. Also, Gulo the Savage, a ''wolverine''.
* OneSteveLimit: Setting aside the characters named after each other InUniverse (such as the three Martins) and the LegacyCharacter Log-a-Log, we have:
** Buckler the hare from ''The Sable Quean'' shares a name with Buckler the mole from ''Martin the Warrior''.
** There are two searats named Ripfang, one in ''Mossflower'' and the other in ''Lord Brocktree''. Interestingly, since ''Lord Brocktree'' takes place before ''Mossflower'' within a relatively close time frame, it's entirely possible that [[FridgeBrilliance they are the same rat.]] WordOfGod states that was merely a coincidence, but many fans like to think otherwise.
** There exist two unrelated rat mooks named Bladetail, one in ''Pearls of Lutra'' and the other in ''The Bellmaker''.
** Two characters share the name Ruggan, namely Ruggan Bor in ''The Taggerung'' and Ruggan Axehound in ''The Rogue Crew''.
* OneWordTitle: The first three books, ''Redwall'', ''Mossflower'', and Mattimeo, among others. The first two being {{Portmantitle}}s and the third being a ProtagonistTitle.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Was a fan assumption about the vermin until ''Loamhedge'', when it was made explicit. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Evidently even vermin aren't sadistic enough to inflict names like "Stinky" on their offspring at birth.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The [[BigScrewedUpFamily Marlfoxes]] have no problem at all doing each other in, but if an outsider kills one of them, [[AvengingTheVillain hoo boy ...]]
%% * OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Every. Single. Book.
* OpenShirtTaunt: In ''Salamandastron'', Klitch strips off his shirt and dares Urthstripe to shoot him, pointing out that the prisoners Sapwood and Oxeye will die if Klitch or Ferahgo are harmed. In ''Lord Brocktree'', Fleetscut opens his shirt during his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Jukka, shouting that if she kills him instead of coming back to help defend Salamandastron her home will be invaded next.
%% * OrcusOnHisThrone: Gabool and King Agarnu. At least the former managed to do ''something'' while he was locked away in his fort.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: The closest the series gets to this trope is with Axtel Sturnclaw, a sledgehammer-wielding mole berserker with all the digging skill of his peaceful comrades. Some mace-wielding moles also show up in ''Bellmaker''.
* OutDamnedSpot: Veil suffers from this, which leads to his downfall and capture.
* OverlordJr: Klitch to Ferahgo, and Pitru to Riggu Felis. Mostly subverted with [[YoureNotMyFather Veil]] to [[ParentalNeglect Swartt]].
* OverlyLongName: Jodd's full name is ''the'' single longest one in the series. According to him, YouDoNOTWantToKnow what it is, and when it's revealed it spans roughly ''two and a half lines of text'' before he gets cut off. Captain Tramun Josiah Cuttlefish Clogg also counts.
** As does Laird Bosie Mc Scutta of Bowlaynee (''Doomwyte'') and now, Subaltern Meliton Gubthorpe Digglethwaite (''The Sable Quean'').
** Bellscut Oglecrop Obrathon Ragglewaithe Audube Baggscut (Boorab the fool)
** Hares in general, really. It's rather rare to find a hare who gets spotlight and has less than three parts to their name.
* PapaWolf: Matthias is an all around nice person throughout the series, but mess with Cornflower, Mattimeo or Redwall abbey in general and you'll meet the end of his blade. [[spoiler: Just ask Cluny, Asmodeus and Slagar to name a few.]]
* ParentalNeglect: Swartt's relationship with Veil. Progresses to ParentalAbandonment when Veil is still a baby.
* PendulumWar: Almost every military engagement in the series that isn't a CurbStompBattle. Let's say, that whenever there is a big battle in the end, vermin usually have an upper hand at the beginning, until heroes manage to close the gap in numbers/invent a better plan. However, smaller skirmishes against named heroes usually are curb stomps in said heroes favor (even if villains manage to bury one or two of them under their own dead). ConservationOfNinjitsu?
** Particularly the final battle of ''The Long Patrol'', which also served as the single largest engagement in the series. Damug spends the first 2/3 of the battle attempting to advance upon the combined Redwall army on top the hill and eventually succeeds in surrounding them and threatening to annihilate them. Cue Cregga Rose Eyes and the Salamandastron army.
* PerilousOldFool: Bluddbeak was once a great adder killer, but is now old, rheumatic and blind. However, he thinks he can [[BullyingADragon take on a trio of adders]] (and Ovus is only too happy to help.) The result? [[CurbStompBattle Ovus dying]], [[NotEnoughToBury nothing left of Bluddbeak but scattered feathers]], and [[ManlyTears Skipper mourning]] "[[TooDumbToLive Ole fools]], brave, [[TropeNamer perilous ole fools]], why did ye try it?"
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "Dibbuns".
* PerformerGuise: In ''Mattimeo'', the evil Slagar the Cruel and his band of slavers want to infiltrate Redwall Abbey to kidnap the children. They achieve this by disguising themselves as a circus troupe, and while his goons perform, distracting the Abbeydwellers, Slagar goes around placing a drug in their drinks to make them fall asleep so his slavers can grab the children.
* ThePigpen: The natural state of vermin. Flinky actually sings a song about how bathing is dangerous. TruthInTelevision, as ferrets, weasels, and stoats, along with foxes, do produce a stronger odor than, say, mice or squirrels. It's completely natural and expected of them. So it stands to reason that vermin consider frequent baths and flowery soaps to be unnatural and unattractive.
* PirateGirl: Romsca
* PirateSong: In ''Triss'', Captain Plugg Firetail's crew sings three songs, which the audiobook gives shanty-like tunes to: "[[https://youtu.be/kwuLz4fZMmo The Freeboter's Way]]", "[[https://youtu.be/MHZ9rhCXvfA Dirty Desperate Crew]]", and "[[https://youtu.be/Uo1X9TYuH0Y Freebooters' Song]]", about how they enjoy being marauders.
* {{Pirates}}: Lots of the vermin are pirates. They're often some of the worst of the villains.
* PlanetOfHats: Or rather, species of hats. For example, hares have two staple personalities: "old veteran" and "cocky youngster" (which might or might not intersect with "annoying moron"). Besides them, there are FlatCharacter soldiers.
%% * PlayfulOtter: Several.
* PlotArmor: As the series goes on, it gets stronger and stronger, and covers more and more of the heroes. Earlier in the series AnyoneCanDie. [[UpToEleven Taken to extremes]] in ''Taggerung''. With the exception of Rillflag and [[spoiler: Cregga Rose Eyes]], the only good guys who die in the novel are nameless [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] or characters who were forgotten shortly after their death.
* PlotTumor: Salamandastron becomes progressively far more important.
%% * PluckyComicRelief: Basil Stag Hare.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Lantur poisons [[spoiler:her mother]] in ''Marlfox''. Swartt Sixclaw pulls off a good one in ''Outcast'' by poisoning the chalice itself instead of the wine. In the latter case, [[AnAxeToGrind Balefur]] even Lampshades this outright when Swartt invites him to sit down and have some food: "Yer a canny creature, Swart, [[GenreSavvy ye drink from the bottle an' ah drink from the silver cup, eh? Is that what yer thinkin'?"]]
* PoisonedWeapons: A few of the nastier villains.
** Swartt, especially, had a poisoned chalice he used several times.
** Wraith used a poisoned dagger so lethal it could kill in seconds with the poison alone, without even letting the victim cry out.
** In ''The Sable Quean'', Vilaya is shown using a tiny poison dagger against her enemies.
** Also, the adders fall under this heading by default.
** Cluny and his tail probably also counts.
* PokemonSpeak: "Asmodeusssssss!" Hearing that name is enough to chill any woodlander's blood, but it's when Asmodeus ''starts talking normally'' that shit is about to get horribly real.
* ThePowerOfRock: In the audio book of ''Rakkety Tam'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4EmWMyap5Q&feature=plcp "What is fear/I know it not/What is death/The foebeast's lot..."]]
* PrecursorHeroes: Luke the Warrior and Co.
** As well as Lord Brocktree and his group.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: Almost every single book that takes place after Martin's death has a prophetic dream involving his spirit. Every single one of these has him delivering a prophecy in rhyme.
%% * ProphecyTwist: Most famously in ''The Bellmaker''.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
** Very much so in some of the later books. While the heroes don't exactly do anything as despicable as the villains, some of them commit acts that would brand them as [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] when compared to earlier Redwall books, yet no one calls them out on it. At one point in ''High Rhulain'', Tiria, who killed a rat by complete accident, gets yelled at by her father for not slaying all the other water rats she found, and the book makes it seem as though killing vermin just because they're vermin is perfectly acceptable.
** Apparent in ''Loamhedge.'' Bragoon and Sarobando walk up to a band of vermin, insult them, steal the fish they're cooking, and create a scuffle that inadvertently gets one of them killed. Note that they didn't do this because they were on the cusp of starving to death, and the band hadn't yet been seen to do anything more villainous than sit around cooking fish.
* PsychoForHire: Baliss, who was hired by Korvus Skurr to strike fear in the Redwallers. [[WhatAnIdiot Not his best decision...]]
%% ** Most of Cluny's minions.
* PsychopathicManchild:
** The Gawtrybe are an entire tribe of ChaoticNeutral squirrels who do whatever seems like the most fun at the time. Also, Prince Bladd has hints of this, though VagueAge means he may in fact be fairly young.
%% ** King Bull Sparra.
** Gruntan Kurdly, who's just a fat rat who obsesses over hard-boiled eggs and has a "what I say is ''always'' right!" attitude.
* PunchClockVillain: Most of the vermin, if they're not pirates or bandits, just want to live a peaceful life where they don't go hungry.
* PutOnABus: Some of the vermin characters run away rather than being killed, and are never seen again.
* PyroManiac: Prince Bladd: "I like playink mitt fire!"
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Martin]] certainly gets one in ''Martin the Warrior''--[[DownerEnding as if the ending wasn't already depressing]]. After everything he goes through, [[spoiler: the only thing Martin earns is his freedom and his sword. By the end of the book, he probably would've preferred death so he could spend the afterlife with his late girlfriend Rose. And his sword? ''It got snapped in half early on in Mossflower''.]]
* TheQuietOne: Tan Loc from ''Mariel of Redwall''. Has two bits of dialogue in the last phase of the book, the first being his name and the second one talking to a searat that murdered his family:
--->'''Tan Loc''': [[PreAssKickingOneLiner I've been waiting for you.]]
* RaisedByOrcs: The entire point of ''Taggerung'', where a baby otter is raised by vermin, as they believe him to be the titular Taggerung.
* RealityEnsues: Has [[RealityEnsues/{{Redwall}} its own page]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Fleetscut dishes out [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap a redeeming one]] to Jukka in ''Lord Brocktree''.
** Vizka gets one as well towards the end of ''Eulalia!'', from ''one of his own Sea Raiders''.
** Blaggut delivers one as he [[spoiler:strangles his former captain]], cementing his popularity among the readers.
* RecognizableBySound: Hon Rosie has a very loud, distinctive laugh that the others always recognize her by. "Whoohahahahahoohah!"
* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** ZigZagged with Veil, sort of. Subverted because he's still considered a bad guy after TakingTheBullet for Bryony, and inverted because even though he spent practically every one of his scenes being a horrid little bastard, Bryony thought he was good but misunderstood, only "realizing" he was evil after said TakingTheBullet.
%% ** Played straight with [[spoiler: Romsca]].
** Subverted with Blaggut: [[spoiler: his HeelFaceTurn causes him to strangle ''Captain Slipp'' to death.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Anyone with the Bloodwrath gets these. Guess where Cregga Rose Eyes got her nickname. The same can be said for Lord Asheye who was in the Bloodwrath so often when he was young that his eyes were more or less red 24/7, though that cost him his sight in the end.
* RedRightHand: Swartt and Veil Sixclaw; [[MeaningfulName take a guess what it is]]. Veil also gets a literal case when he's exposed as a poisoner at Redwall with a dye that stains his hands red.
%% * RedshirtArmy: The Guosim in ''Mattimeo''.
* ReedSnorkel: In ''Mattimeo'' when Mattimeo and co. use them while hiding underwater from the slavers.
* ReforgedBlade: In ''Mossflower'', Martin the Warrior's sword, which belonged to his father, is broken in his travels. It is then reforged by the great lord of Salamandastron, using a "fallen star" (a meteorite, rather) to rebuild it into a purely unbreakable (it hasn't seemed to have been reforged since) sword, which also begins its legendary status. All during one book of the series. Martin wears the broken hilt around his neck through most of the book, until he finally gets it reforged and proceeds to kick much ass.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Matthias is established to be a reincarnation of Martin, and it's possible that so are all the other Swordbearers. Cornflower ''might'' be [[ReincarnationRomance Rose's reincarnation]], but it's not spelled out. Matthias's case is rather unique within the trope, as Reincarnation more or less means that one's soul/spirit/ghost is recycled into a new person. Yet both Martin and Matthias's spirits existed simultaneously.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Cornflower is John Churchmouse's daughter in the cartoon.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Practically every reptile and amphibian in the series is [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]]. Frequently, they are depicted as being far worse than the vermin. Nearly all are cannibalistic. Exceptions made for the ones which have occasionally been seen as pets -- see FurryConfusion. Some come across a little more as TrueNeutral, however.
* RepulsiveRingmaster: Slagar the Cruel, who disguises him and his minions as a travelling circus of which he is the ringmaster.
* RevengeBeforeReason: This is arguably the entire theme of the book ''Martin the Warrior''. The two main character, Martin and Felldoh, are both driven by a desire for revenge on Badrang and in both their cases it costs them everything. Both may have the reason being that they wish to stop an evil slaver and free the slaves but it's made clear, especially in Felldoh's case, that their main motivation is revenge. [[spoiler: Even after all the slaves are freed, Felldoh insists on staying around Marshank to attack Badrang and swears a litteral oath of vengeance when Juniper is killed in a raid; when Felldoh has a duel with Badrang he could have easily just killed the tyrant but chose instead to beat him in retribution for all the years he'd spent as a slave, which gave time for Badrang to call up his reinforcements which ends with Felldoh killed. Martin's desire for revenge and reclaiming his father's sword does lead him to kill Badrang, but it gets many of his allies killed and causes Badrang to kill Rose which emotionally scars Martin so deeply that he leaves all of his friends and his potential life behind, presumably riddled with guilt]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves:
** Damug Warfang drowns some traitors in ''The Long Patrol''.
** Badrang in ''Martin the Warrior'' does this.
** {{Subverted}} by Tsarmina in ''Mossflower'', who states that ''not'' invoking this trope is the only reward for defecting to her side.
** A spy in ''The Bellmaker'' is warned about this by Urgan Nagru, the BigBad, after he offers information on Nagru's mate (they're constantly plotting against each other) after the rat suggests a reward would be in order. He's then happy to escape with his life.
** In ''The Bellmaker'', [[BadBoss Urgan Nagru]] {{lampshades}} this trope to an underling who was serving both him and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his wife, Silvamord]]: "Life is the highest reward of all, my friend. [[TheMole Double dealers]] and [[TheStarscream traitors]] often receive death as their payment. But I will spare you for your treachery to me and my queen. Your reward is that I allow you to live."
** As far as goodbeast species traitors, Skan the shrew in ''Mattimeo'' was put in Slagar's slave line as reward for his treachery, and soon after killed by the Painted Ones.
** Slagar is a double-crosser anyway, promising his slaver recruits the sky only to abandon those who haven't died along the way and pit them against each other.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Swartt Sixclaw, as his sole motivation in the entire book for stalking Sunflash was to kill him for maiming his infamous six-clawed paw.
** The slaves in ''Martin the Warrior'' - they all escape, but they attack Marshank anyway to pay back Badrang and make sure he doesn't enslave anyone else.
%% ** Grath Longfletch.
%% ** Most badgers in the series.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize:
** Damug Warfang is a "Greatrat", twice the size of a normal rat.
** Cluny the Scourge is described as " the largest rat the Redwallers had seen."
** Also, some fanon suggests that--to solve issues with scale and such--most of the animals are human-sized or thereabouts and objects are scaled to in a similar manner, with badgers and such things being around ten feet tall (though this doesn't apply to the first book, due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.) Other theories scale up the smaller animals, like mice and moles, to place them on more equal footing with their larger neighbors while still maintaining things like owls and snakes as genuine threats.
* RollingAttack: ''Mattimeo'' had a pair of hedgehogs locking together into a single spiked ball, then rolling around to attack enemies. Incidentally, this book was released two years before the first ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' game came out.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Piknim and Craklyn.
* RuleOfCool: Salamandastron is a ''hollowed out volcano fortress'' ruled by ''berserker and often seer badgers'' all of whom TookALevelInBadAss with a standing army of posh hares whose job primarily consists of stopping Pirates and Mook Hordes from ''taking over the world!'' and they have a catchphrase: ''Eulaliaaaa!''
* RunningGag:
** Tutty from ''Outcast'' sure does love to threaten to cut somebeast's tail off.
** Aunt Blench's shawl in ''Lord Brocktree'' Dotti was to give it to her upon arriving at Salamandastron, yet throughout the adventure it gradually becomes more and more destroyed. (Shredded, patched, torn, tattered, soaked with cider and inexpertly repaired) heck the third part's alternative title is called "A shawl for Aunt Blench"
** Grood's swearing could also count.
* SacrificialLamb / SacrificialLion: Given the whole AnyoneCanDie thing, these are to be expected.
* SameStoryDifferentNames:
** ''Pearls of Lutra'' is a ShaggyDogStory about a BigBad who wants pearls and will torment the Redwallers in any way to get them. ''Doomwyte'' is a ShaggyDogStory about a BigBad who wants his jewels back and will torment the Redwallers in any way to get them.
** Many of the novels' plots are ''very'' similar. Redwall's in trouble. A hero carries Martin's legendary sword and kicks ass. FamilyUnfriendlyViolence occurs. [[SacrificialLion Someone important]] (or not important, [[SacrificialLamb but very kind or innocent]]) dies. More FamilyUnfriendlyViolence. The BigBad gets a daily dosage of LaserGuidedKarma and dies. Redwall is saved. The end.
* SanitySlippage:
** Having a bell intended for a Badger Lord around really does a job on Gabool's sanity, causing him to mistake (and kill) a captain for his traitorous NumberTwo Graypatch.
** [[spoiler:Abbot Durral]] briefly becomes delirious in ''Pearls of Lutra'' after being held captive for so long by pirates, and after watching [[spoiler:Romsca]] die right beside him.
* SatanicArchetype: Cluny the Scourge is treated as such, [[SadisticChoice and]] [[AxCrazy rightly]] [[Monster/{{Redwall}} so.]]
* SavageSouth: Both the Kingdom of Malkariss and the island of Sampetra are in the south.
* ScreamingWarrior: There's at least one in every book. Some examples:
* ScaryScorpions: Skrabblag, Gabool's giant (in proportion to the characters) black scorpion that acts as a pet/executioner.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Lousewort and Sneezewort, Fragorl, Ripfang, Greypatch, Wulpp, Ullig, Wilce, etc. Dingeye and Thura ''started'' a book's plotline by trying (and failing) to do this, whereas most characters who do this do so at the end.
** Fragorl pulls what is probably the most impressive desertion in the series, by taking around a third of Ungatt Trunn's massive army with her in the process. [[WhatHappenedtotheMouse Said 300-strong army of deserters is promptly never mentioned again.]]
** Ashleg leaves behind Tsarmina when he realizes that she is completely insane and will likely no longer listen to him. He leaves his cloak behind, which proves to be a Chekhov's Gun.
** Mokkan (''Marlfox''), Tsarmina {''Mossflower'') Slagar (''Mattimeo''), Vizka Longtooth (''Eulalia!'') and [[spoiler:Quean Vilaya (''The Sable Quean'')]] tried to cut and run as well. But unlike the first group, most of whom were either [[PunchClockVillain just doing their jobs]] or [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain were more incompetent than genuinely cruel]], these characters relished in evil and wickedness. Fortunately, [[LaserGuidedKarma they couldn't outrun death...]]
* SdrawkcabName:
** Ballaw poses as "''Tibbar'' the magic ''rabbit''".
** Urgan Nagru made his name like this on purpose, so that his enemies would know he could come at them from all directions.
* SeriesContinuityError:
** In ''Taggerung,'' Sawney Rath has a nicer moment of genre savviness when he swears he won't be one of the many dead vermin lords who've attacked Redwall...except that one of the names he drops is Ferahgo, who never went near Redwall.
*** Then again, that took place the equivalent of several centuries earlier, and Sawney, being a vermin chieftain, would have been going off of oral legends, not the official chronicles of the Redwall recorders.
** However, there is another one that's not so easily explained. In Mossflower, Bella the badger says that only male badgers make the journey to Salamandastron, but in Lord Brocktree, which chronologically took place before Mossflower, when Lord Brocktree is looking at carvings of previous badgers who ruled Salamandastron, one of the names mentioned is Spearlady Gorse. On the other hand, Gorse may have been male or have come long enough ago that she simply wasn't recorded in Bella's books.
** Barlom from ''Outcast of Redwall'' states that he is the grandson of Timballisto and wishes Martin had lived long enough to have met him. ''The Legend of Luke'' states that Timballisto died shortly after the events in ''Mossflower'', where Timballisto and Martin interacted on more than one occasion.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Pine martens, most prominently. And strangely enough, rabbits.
* SelfPoisoningGambit: Both Lantur from ''Marlfox'' and Swartt Sixclaw from ''Outcasts of Redwall'' managed to trick opponents into drinking poison through using this.
** Lantur tried to persuade her mother Silth that the wine Lantur was offering her was harmless by claiming that Lantur was going to drink some herself. Silth was too paranoid to fall for that, and a round of IKnowYouKnowIKnow and PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo followed. However later Lantur succeeds by drinking from one of the cups and pretending to die, at which Silth drinks from the other one... which is where the poison really was.
** Swartt Sixclaw offers some wine and an ornate cup to a rival warlord. The other warlord has his GiantMook drink some of the wine first with Swartt, which they both enjoy. The warlord then pours some wine into the cup, drinks, and dies the next day. Turns out it was the cup that was poisoned, not the wine. Swartt is even able to "prove" his innocence by drinking the rest of the wine to show it wasn't poisoned.
* SenselessSacrifice: {{Averted}} ''and'' {{played straight}} with [[spoiler: Bragoon and Saro]]. Sure, they committed a HeroicSacrifice in order to save Horty, Springald and Fenna, but if you get past a moment of FridgeBrilliance, you'll realize [[spoiler: they wouldn't have had to sacrifice themselves if they just stayed away from Loamhedge, since Martha wound up walking on her own]].
* SequelEscalation: In the early books, the vermin armies keep getting bigger and the {{Big Bad}}s' titles more impressive, up to "Emperor" Ublaz (whose domain was actually just an island). In both cases this process stopped when it couldn't go any further.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
** The hares, to the point that even other hares sometimes struggle to understand them.
--->"So, what happens when the bally precipitation ceases?"
--->"Precipitation ceases?"
--->"Sorry, I mean what happens when the rain stops?"
** In ''The Long Patrol'', Perigord refers to leafy green treetops as "Arboreal Verdance". Rockjaw and Morio then wonder why he didn't just say that, the answer being "Why should he when he knows how to say words like arboreal verdance?"
* ShaggyDogStory:
** The whole search for the pearls in ''The Pearls of Lutra''.
** [[spoiler: Bragoon and Saro's quest to find something at Loamhedge that'll make Martha walk again. But Martha ends up walking anyway without their help so...subverted?]]
** The search for the Doomwyte jewels in ''Doomwyte'', which ended ironically for the very same reason as the pearls.
%% * ShamefulStrip: On two occasions, in ''Lord Brocktree'' and ''Loamhedge'' respectively.
* ShootTheShaggyDog:
** Bryony's journey to find Veil Sixclaw ends with [[spoiler:him dying right in front of her. Despite the fact he died ''for the sake of saving her'', Bryony and all the other Redwallers just shrug it off, saying he was always evil to begin with]]. [[AntiVillain The readers, however, would disagree]].
** Martin and Rose's romance subplot in ''Martin the Warrior''. Almost everyone knew it wouldn't end well (since the story, chronologically, takes place before ''Mossflower''), but it was still a huge GutPunch when [[spoiler:Rose was killed at the end of the book, thus making the subplot almost pointless and heartbreaking]].
* ShoutOut:
** A possible one to ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' of all people: the self-proclaimed Warden of a marsh with a tendency to use the phrase "I AM THE LAAAAAAAAW!"
** Joseph Bell was the name of the man who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to create SherlockHolmes. Redwall has a literal bell named after its maker Joseph.
** The animated series has the otters walk around without clothing while everyone else is fully dressed. This is a possible reference to ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', where the four main characters Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad were drawn anthropomorphic, but minor character Otter was drawn as a regular old otter.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Luke the Warrior paraphrases Theatre/JuliusCaesar as he prepare to kill Vilu Daskar.
-->'''Luke''': Cowards die a thousand times. A warrior dies only once. You will die as you lived, a coward to the last!
* ShownTheirWork: In a moment of FridgeBrilliance you see why squirrels have bows and arrows but otters almost always use slings and javelins: slings and javelins still work when they are ''wet!''
* TheSiege: The first book's main conflict revolves around Cluny's forces encamped in a siege of Redwall. Other books have this plotline but not as the main plot, like when General Ironbeak began his aerial siege of the abbey in ''Mattimeo''.
%%* SissyVillain: Ublaz.
* SlippingAMickey: Done to the entire abbey in ''Mattimeo'', Martin and his companions in ''Martin the Warrior'', and quite unsettingly, to a boat full of rowdy children in ''Eulalia.''
* SmugSnake: Hoo boy, do we got a list for you...
** Ublaz, again. He's possibly the most pathetic BigBad the series ever had, spending almost the entire book under siege in his castle by his own rebellious pirate crews (constantly [[IncrediblyLamePun outfoxed]] by their leader Rasconza) before dying when he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard steps on his own pet snake.]]
** Vilu Daskar too. He always acted as though he was the most intelligent creature around ([[SurroundedByIdiots which was true for the most part]]), and that everything was under his control.
** Klitch, who tried too hard to be like his father and always smart-mouthed him whenever he could.
** Zigu. He's an excellent swordsbeast, a DeadpanSnarker, and (arguably) the smartest bad guy in ''Outcast''. Yet when he gets into a swordsfight with Sabretache and realize he's losing, he starts using dirty tactics and turns out to be nothing more than a DirtyCoward.
** Mokkan is the most smug Marlfox out of his entire family, which is saying a lot.
** Gruven. He makes all the vermin listed above look as tough as Cluny. Even Ublaz had the balls to at least get into a short sword fight with Martin.
** Pitru is more or less a feline version of Klitch.
** Tugga Bruster. Despite being one of the burliest shrews in the series (and, y'know, being a ''[[AlwaysLawfulGood shrew]]'') he's just a cowardly and despicable as the vermin. He can't even insult someone right.
** Slagar the Cruel, albeit a high-functioning one, was one even as Chickenhound.
** Badrang is VERY proud of being the lord of a very small territory.
%% * TheSociopath: Cluny the Scourge and Swartt Sixclaw.
* SociopathicHero:
** Folgrim (''The Legend of Luke''), though if you learn his backstory, [[ColdBloodedTorture you will see why]].
** Major Cuthbert Frunk from ''High Rhulain''. His [[TheVillainSucksSong anti-vermin song]] was quite bloodthirsty.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Tramun Clogg]] is the last one left alive in Marshank. He always wanted to rule it, but true to poetic justice, [[spoiler:it's destroyed and he's utterly insane, talking to corpses and likely to soon die of exposure]].
** Subverted in ''Salamandastron'' when Klitch survives the final battle and is in the middle of escaping, when [[spoiler:he comes across some of the poisoned stores, thoughtlessly drinks some of it, and ends up dying anyway.]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Outcast of Redwall'' is not only more epic in scope than the rest of the series, but also much less clear-cut, averting the usual BlackAndWhiteMorality in favor of more fleshed-out, and sympathetic "vermin", and Redwallers committing unprovoked acts of violence (including killing of innocents).
* SoundOff: Several of the ever-present songs are marching or working tunes.
* SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying: Mostly averted, except for one thing... ermine and stoats are treated as two seperate species. An ermine is just a stoat in its winter coloration.
* SpoilerCover: The back of ''Outcast of Redwall'' spoils Veil getting exiled from Redwall. This doesn't happen until the ''very end'' of Part 2 of the book (and the title helps give it away too).
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Sssssnakes and, in ''Pearls of Lutra'', monitor lizardzzz.
* {{Spoonerism}}: Baby Rollo picks up a slightly garbled version of a drinking song, and declares his intention to "fight a flagon and drink a dragon".
* SpotOfTea: Usually of the mint variety.
* TheStarscream: The Horde leaders generally have one per horde. Ex: Cheesethief to Cluny, Zigu to Swartt, Antigra to Sawney Rath ([[spoiler:who succeeds, but then gets killed when she tries to do it again to the new leader]]), and [[BloodKnight Zwilt the Shade]] to [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Quean Vilaya]].
** KlingonPromotion is standard operating procedure on Terramort. The Searat King defends his title with his own blade until meets a superior fighter and is slain. Said superior fighter becomes King. Greypatch is especially notable as he succeeded and split off from Gabool, making himself another BigBad.
* StartOfDarkness: Slagar The Cruel was once known as [[spoiler:Chickenhound, up to the point where Asmodeus bit him and disfigured his face]].
%% * StarsAreSouls
* StockNessMonster: The Deepcoiler in ''Salamandastron'' and the Slothunog in ''High Rhulain'' both qualify. The latter in particular, because while the Deepcoiler is described as simply a very big snake, the Slothunog is implied to be a surviving plesiosaur.
* StraightForTheCommander:
** In the first Redwall novel, Constance the badger tries to end the siege of Redwall Abbey by sniping enemy commander Cluny the Scourge. It fails due to a rather accidental Decoy Leader situation. Later on, when Cluny falls in battle, the enemy army falls into disarray, and many of the invaders surrender immediately.
** The Bloodwrath causes the afflicted creature to see only their hated enemy, causing this trope.
* StayInTheKitchen: ''High Rhulain'' both subverts this and plays it straight. Tiria is barred from becoming Skipper on account of her sex, and her choice to wield a sling draws derision from male characters -- all of whom wind up eating their words. On the other hand, many of those same male characters also hand-hold her through her quest, treating her attempts to make her own decisions with condescending amusement. When she insists on accompanying her warriors to battle, Kolun outright compares her to his bossy wife.
** Odd, given that The Legend of Luke had a female otter as "Queen of NORT (the Northern Otter River Tribes)." Maybe Skipper is an inherently male title, with the ladies able to become Otter Queens?
* StrictlyFormula: There are basically four Redwall plots: the siege, the kidnapping, the land quest, and the sea/river quest. And then there's the "solve the puzzle/rhyme/prophecy." All with lots and lots of FoodPorn. Subverted in the last book; only one relatively minor prophecy, no great siege and no sea quest.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome:
** Friar Hugo is killed off early on in ''Mattimeo''. Later on, [[spoiler: Log-a-Log]] also bites the dust. For many fans though, the saddest one in the book is the death of [[spoiler: Warbeak]], an incredibly fleshed-out character with strong development in ''Redwall''.
** [[spoiler: Nutwing]] from ''The Long Patrol'' ended up as a SacrificialLamb in ''Marlfox''.
** [[spoiler:Mother Mellus]] from ''Mariel of Redwall'' ends up killed in ''The Bellmaker'', though her death brings about [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn and among the best SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the series.]]
** [[spoiler: Lady Cregga Rose Eyes]] almost subverted this trope. But then [[spoiler: she took an arrow to the chest]].
* SufferTheSlings: Shrews and otters use slings in combat which are often deadly and effective on the enemy.
* SuicideAttack: While faced with overwhelming odds, both Luke the Warrior and the badger lord of Salamandastron Stonepaw pull one of these on their enemies, doubling as {{taking you with me}}.
* SundialWaypoint: Common in riddles in the series, such as in Mattimeo when the entrance to an underground city is located by following the shadow of a pine tree.
* SuperDrowningSkills: [[spoiler: King Agarnu]] died simply because he couldn't swim and because his fat body weighed him down when he was pushed into a lake. Apparently, no one ever told him fat floats.
%% * SupremeChef: Most Redwallers, small woodland families, Beau (although that may just be in comparison to [[LethalChef the rest of the crew]]), and the hares of Salamandastron.
* SurpriseCreepy: Cute fluffy animals! That stab each other messily!
* SurroundedByIdiots: The [[ArmiesAreEvil Armies]] of most {{Big Bad}}s consist of hundreds of complete morons who [[ItsProbablyNothing ignore obvious clues]] and frequently [[TheStarscream want to take command]] too.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the very first book: [[BigBad Cluny]] [[BadBoss The Scourge]] ponders the fact that his underlings generally are dumb as bricks and decides that their inability to think for themselves (and resulting obedience) outweighs their incompetence.
** In the animated series, Badrang ''screams'' this from the wall of his fortress after another failure. His minions are indeed phenomenally stupid; the dumbest in the whole show.
--->'''Badrang:''' '''FOOLS!''' I'm surrounded by FOOLS!
* SweetSeal: A few seals and sea lions appear in the series, and they're AlwaysLawfulGood.
%% * TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Lord Stonepaw, Lord Urthstripe, Luke the Warrior]]. [[spoiler: Cregga Roseyes]] subverts this, as she doesn't die. She lasts two more books, and in the second one [[spoiler: almost to the end.]]
%% * TalkingToTheDead
* TalkingAnimal: Every character.
* TerribleTicking: Tsarmina hears water running constantly. [[spoiler:It's real, as the heroes are diverting the lake under her castle; her minions just don't want to go down there to check as they're lazy and it's scary.]]
* TattooSharpie: In ''Lord Brocktree'', the Blue Hordes of Ungatt Trunn get their names from the fact that they are made to wash in permanent blue dye on the day they're inducted, showing that they belong to Trunn permanently. Over the course of the book, the vermin discover that walking while up to their necks in seawater for several hours will wash out the dye, leaving only their heads blue (and marking yet another symbolic victory against Trunn, who by that point is holed up in Salamandastron without food and with an increasingly unruly and hungry army).
* ThemeNaming:
** Most of the mice in the original novel had names beginning with "M".
** A lot of female mice in subsequent novels have been named after flowers.
** In ''Salamandastron'', all of the badgers save one have names beginning with Urth-
** Several badgers have "stripe" in their names.
** The squirrel warriors. "Reguba" is a common bloodline, and last name.
** Many {{Big Bad}}s have names like "Verminname the somethingevilsounding," "Verminname Combinationofonesyllableevilsoundingwords," "Verminname Punbasedonactualtraithad" and "Two-syllables one-syllable".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Do '''''NOT''''' fuck with badgers, especially Lonna Bowstripe. [[spoiler: He uses Raga Bol's body as a shield, and he's promptly impaled by a few spears. Afterwards, Lonna uses Raga's carcass as a flail to kill the other Searats. And then he chucks his grotesque body at a tree.]]
* TheyCallHimSword:
** Sunflash the Mace from ''Outcast''. Also, Orlando the Axe.
** Cluny the Scourge is partly named for his whip-like tail.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Sneezewort and Lousewort. Technically ThoseTwoBadGuys, but they are so [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffectual as villains, they can't pull it off.]]
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: The Redwall critters are constantly turning red from rage, green from seasickness, white with fury or fright, and pink with pleasure.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: In ''Mattimeo'', Log-a-log slays Stonefleck with a sword throw.
* ThudAndBlunder: Gruntan Kurdly's CatchPhrase
* ThunderboltIron: The Sword of Martin the Warrior was forged from metal taken from a "falling star" (meteorite).
%% * TomeOfProphecy: The painted cavern behind the boulder.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Ungatt Trunn, the BigBad of ''Lord Brocktree''. He has the single biggest army in the series, and he attempts to feed them by sending out only a few small foraging parties -- with predictable results.
** [[spoiler: Ovus]] and [[spoiler: Bluddbeak]], two very old birds--one of whom is borderline blind--try to kill a trio of adders. By themselves. Guess who dies?
** [[spoiler: During her VillainousBreakdown, Lady Kaltag makes a fire inside her husband's fortress just to burn Leatho Shellhound out of the room he's hiding in. Although it's only briefly mentioned, her clothing catches on fire, and she ends up burning the whole fortress down (with her presumably still in it).]] Idiot.
** Gruntan Kurdly. Apparently he didn't realize that a swan's nest full of swan eggs [[CaptainObvious might also have a swan in it]].
** Scratch, Splitnose and Blacktooth takes this even further. They also find a swan's nest with an egg, they notice the swan. What do they do? Try to scare it off by throwing weapons at it. Scratch then goes right up to it in an attempt to stab it. Too bad its mate was also in the water.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Matthias, occurring literally as he gets his hands on Martin's sword. All of a sudden, he has the strength, stamina, and fighting experience to go toe-to-toe with Cluny, a powerful and experienced rat warlord.
** Viola from ''Pearls of Lutra''. She starts out being nothing more than a tattletale vole, and she's easily frightened by the monitor lizards after she's captured by Lask's forces. But after she's rescued, she willingly joins Martin and his crew to go find Abbot Durral (who was still held captive by the corsairs), and she was more than happy to bonk a few vermin heads with an oar when [[spoiler:several pirates tried to retake the ''Freebooter'']].
** Dann too. He spends the first part of ''Marlfox'' being a "disappointment" to his father, and he even calls himself a coward when he and Song run away from Raventail (who had captured Dippler and Burble). He immediately decides to rescue his two friends, and when he encounters Raventail a second time, ''he beats the shit out of him''. From that moment on his badassery just got better and better.
** [[HandicappedBadass Martha]] and Horty Braebuck from ''Loamhedge''. They're quite possibly the only two non-warrior Redwallers to do this without touching Martin's sword.
** Spectacularly subverted in ''The Rogue Crew'' with Uggo Wiltud. At the end of the story, Uggo is granted the Sword of Martin, and you'd expect him to become an InstantExpert. Instead, he's just a nervous, scared hedgehog who can barely wield the sword. When he finally encounters Razzid Wearat and Badtooth, he [[spoiler:kills Badtooth completely by mistake, his carcass falls on Uggo, and the sword is knocked away. If it hadn't been for Posy picking up the sword and impaling Razzid, the wearat would've killed Uggo]].
** In ''The Sable Quean'', Clarrina is just a simple haremother/widow, but she ends up [[spoiler:killing Zwilt the Shade in revenge for her husband's murder]] with Martin's sword no less.
** Cynthia Bankvole through entire story of ''Mattimeo'' does nothing but whine and complain (which is understandable, suddenly being taken from your comfy home and family into a life of slavery), but in the animated series, during the final battle, she joins in trying to kick ass.
--> '''Mattimeo''': Cynthia? What happened to you?
--> '''Cynthia''': I got angry.
** Arven from ''The Pearls of Lutra'' was a cheeky, bratty and mischievous toddler. In ''The Long Patrol'', at some point once he became an adult (Or maybe even earlier) he was badass enough to earn the title Warrior of Redwall.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: For the otters, it's hotroot soup. For the moles, it's Deeper-N'-Ever-Turnip-N'-Tater-N'-Beetroot-Pie. For seafaring beasts (good and bad alike), it's Skilly n' Duff. For the hares, it's [[BigEater pretty much anything]].
%% * TragicBromance: Between [[spoiler:Sunflash and Skarlath, the latter of whom dies towards the end of ''Outcast of Redwall'']].
%% * TragicHero: Felldoh.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Nearly every time Redwall proper is threatened, starting in the first book.
* TribalFacePaint: In ''Taggerung'', all the Juska clans have tattoos to signify which clan they are from. Tagg has an extra one on his cheek to signify that he is an unusual creature.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Wrrrrraith.
* TrilogyCreep: Initially, ''Redwall'', ''Mossflower'', and ''Mattimeo'' were marketed as a trilogy.
* {{Tuckerization}}:
** Two fans named Samantha Kim and Laura were featured - with slight modifications - as "Samkim" and "Arula" in ''Salamandastron''. Oddly enough, the character Samkim is a boy.
** Gauchee in ''Martin the Warrior'' is named for Patricia Lee Gauch, an editor of the books and friend of Brian Jacques, to whom the book is also dedicated.
** Rab Streambattle in ''The Bellmaker'' was named for an enthusiastic Oregonian Redwall fan named Robert Adam Banagale.
** ''Loamhedge'' features two characters named after people that Jacques mentions in the dedication: Lonna Bowstripe is named after a person named Nolan Wallace, and Martha Braebuck is inspired by Brian Jacques' friend Martha Buckley.
** Tiria Wildlough from ''High Rhulain'' is based on a fan named Patricia who met Brian Jacques at a book signing in 2003 and gave him a letter requesting that he name an otter character after her.
** Sampetra Isle, was named after two fans "Sam and Petra".
** Axtel Sturnclaw, who appears in ''The Sable Quean'', seems to have been named after US soldier Pfc. Donald Reas Axtell III, to whom ''Doomwyte'' is dedicated.
* TurtlePower: The "Walking Stone", a pet tortoise, is the symbol of kingship among wolverines. How such a creature (native to deserts and tropical climes) survives in the wolverines' icy homeland is not explained.
* TunnelKing: The moles
* TwoFaced: Slagar the Cruel of ''Mattimeo'', under his mask.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Along with the usual reasons, this structure takes advantage of previous supporting cast (such as the Guosim shrews or the hares and badgers of Salamandstron) while still allowing for a new and unique party of adventurers to explore a new setting.



* UncertainDoom: Despite WordOfGod saying that [[spoiler:Ripfang]] from ''Lord Brocktree'' (who pulled a KarmaHoudini) is not the same [[spoiler:Ripfang]] from ''Mossflower'' (who ended up getting crushed to death by Boar the Fighter), a lot of fans still believe otherwise (since the events in ''Lord Brocktree'' happen before ''Mossflower'', not to mention that they're both searats). Even the [[http://redwall.wikia.com/wiki/Ripfang Redwall Wiki]] thoroughly explains why both of them may be the same character.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Most of the rank-and-file vermin, though a lot of the BigBad characters avert it.
** This is addressed in ''Loamhedge'' when [[BigBadWannabe Badredd]] gets garbage dumped on him and he takes a bath (his last one being last Spring): "Every vermin knows that bathin' weakens ye."
%% * UndefeatableLittleVillage
* UnderdogsNeverLose: The good guys just about ''never'' have the numbers advantage and always win anyway because RightMakesMight.
* UnderhandedHero: Characters' morality is pretty much determined by their species, so while heroic species like otters and mice can be thieves and pirates, they only target vermin.
%% * UnfamiliarCeiling: This happens to the main character at least once a book.
* UngratefulBastard: A lot of major villains, thanks to running on ItsAllAboutMe, exhibit utter lack of gratitude or obligation to those who just helped them. Vilaya is probably the biggest example, killing a {{Mook}} who saved her life and still was on her side more or less just because said {{Mook}} refused to grovel before her.
%% * TheUnfavorite: Veil, to the Abbeydwellers.
* UnfortunateNames: "Stiffener Medick"? Probably unintentional on the author's part, but one wonders how that got past the publisher. "Felch" might be even worse.
* UniquenessValue: Whatever the SeldomSeenSpecies of the book's BigBad, it's a given there'll be very few others of that species (sometimes gaining EliteMook status).
* UnreliableNarrator: Honestly, with quite a number of books framed as a retelling, of a retelling of a retelling of a story that happened long before their narrator's lifetime, one has to wonder how reliably events are conveyed to us. But a straight and definite example ironically is Martin the Warrior himself - in ''Mossflower'' he lies outright about events of his youth we learn from later books.
* UnstoppableRage: The Bloodwrath, a temporary mental condition where the person who has it flies into an anger beyond anything and throw away all reason as they violently attack anyone in their way, whether they be friend or foe. Usually badgers are the ones who go through these in books, although some non-badgers also entered the Bloodwrath.
%% * UnusualEuphemism: "Gorokkah!"
%% * UnwantedSpouse: Poor Bluefen.
* VerbalTic:
** Those bally hares, wot wot? In this case it's also a "question tag". Like most of their dialect it's based on some of the posher StockBritishPhrases.
** Asmodeus has the [[PokemonSpeak habit of hissing his own name between sentences]], and the bats repeat the last couple of words of every sentence, every sentence ...
** Also, moles will say "ho urr", "burr aye", or something similar every few sentences.
** Many birds make random screeches and squawks before and/or after sentences.
** Rockjaw Grang tends to say "sithee" a lot.
** When ''doesn't'' Lousewort start a sentence with "er"?
** Tutty Pollspike has a habit of starting her sentences by shouting out "X 'n' X!"
* ViewersAreGeniuses: ''Outcast.'' Now they subliminaly introduced the dominant genetics of polydactyly? What?
* VillainDecay:
** Korvus Skurr. At the start of ''Doomwyte'', he actually comes across as a competent and frightening BigBad. But as the novel progresses, he slowly starts to lose control over his own army (due to his reckless decision to hire ''[[PsychoForHire a blind adder]]'' as an instrument for fear against the Redwallers), and eventually he devolves into a SmugSnake.
** Vizka Longtooth. His decay started shortly after [[spoiler: his brother Codj was killed by Gorath]]. As time passed, he slowly began to lose control over his crew, all his plans to conquer Redwall failed thanks to the Brownrats, and many of the Sea Raiders were getting killed left and right. By the end of ''Eulalia!'', [[spoiler: Vizka's crew is down to only ''four'', and they all desert him after Vizka killed two of his Raiders simply because [[DisproportionateRetribution they annoyed him]]]].
** Gruntan Kurdly as well. He already started out as a lazy leader of a group of rats [[WackyWaysideTribe who were only there to make Maudie's subplot more exciting]]. By the time Part 3 of ''Eulalia!'' came, Gruntan did nothing but obsess over hard-boiled eggs, and he turned into the laziest antagonist in the entire book, if not the whole ''series''. And if that's not bad enough, he dies trying to acquire a ''swan egg''.
* VillainousBreakdown: Several examples.
** Gabool the Wild in ''Mariel of Redwall'' does it most obviously and impressively. He goes from being evil but reasonably lucid to a gibbering insomniac who can't tell his followers from his sworn enemies and starts to believe that a plundered bell understands what he's saying and rings itself to mock him.
** Slagar the Cruel in ''Mattimeo'' is already crazy at the start, blaming Matthias and the Redwallers for the horrible scarring on his face. By the end, he's pretty much raving, frantically reassuring himself that however events turn out, he will "win" somehow. He even plans to steal Matthias' sword, now convinced that it is magic and grants victory to whoever wields it.
** Gulo starts out as being creepy, scary, and menacing, but after he survives falling down the waterfall, he becomes AxCrazy, starts LaughingMad, rambles about his dead brother and talks to himself--and inanimate objects, making him even scarier and creepier. Needless to say, his soldiers were scared out of their wits of him.
** Tsarmina in ''Mossflower'' also does this. Granted she's being driven insane by a constant dripping noise and the fact that everytime she tries to destroy the resistance fails.
** Cap'n Clogg's really the only character who had a justified reason for his breakdown. After all, he did suffer a head injury.(Though who KNOWS what happened when Gulo fell down the waterfall - he could have hit his head as well.)
** Justified with Baliss too, who was already blind and not-so-sane to begin with. After he gets a bunch of hedgehog spikes in his head, he spends the rest of the novel literally losing his mind and thrashing around killing anything in sight and trying to soothe his wounds.
%% * VillainousGlutton: Many vermin.
* VillainSong:
** ''The Pearls Of Lutra'': Romsca's BadassBoast.
** ''Triss'': The Freebooters have three.
** And Flinky in ''Loamhedge'' has about six songs.
%% * ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer
%% * TheVoiceless: Farran from ''Salamandastron'' and [[MeaningfulName Muta]] from ''The Bellmaker''.
%% * WaifFu: Mariel Gullwhacker.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Used constantly. ''The Legend of Luke'' would only be one-third the length without it.
** The Flitchaye could certainly count for this in ''Mariel of Redwall''. They aren't mentioned again until near the end of the book, where it mentions that the scattered survivors of Greypatch's pirate crew were fleeing towards Flitchaye territory, with the implication that it would be the end of them. They also appear in ''Sable Quean''.
** Used again in ''Doomwyte'' with the Gonflins, a literal tribe of [[LovableRogue thieves and robbers]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: It isn't uncommon for minor characters to die abruptly, but [[spoiler: Asio Bardwing]] didn't get the chance to even ''start'' his CharacterDevelopment before he died.
* WeaponsKitchenSink: One of the major examples in child's fiction. Let's see, finely crafted light fencing rapiers? Pattern-welded meteoric iron broadswords? Giant axes? ''Tree trunks!?'' Just ''running at your enemy with teeth and claws!?!?!''
* WelcomingSong: The novel ''Taggerung'' has a song about welcoming a son home. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwih1212O-c Here]] it is sung in the audiobook.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Gulo of all people. In his final MotiveRant he yells that his father will finally see his favorite son killed by the one he never paid attention to.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** What happened to [[ThoseTwoGuys Sneezewort and Lousewort]]? After [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they ditch the Rapscallions]], they're only mentioned one more time in ''The Long Patrol''. After that it seemed like even the author forgot about them.
** What happened to Tazzin and Scummy? Were they killed by Triss, Sagax, and their army of Redwallers, or did they escape to safety?
** They never did mention what happened to Weilmark Scaut...
** Ungatt Trunn suffers a case of this when one of his commanders decides to pull a ScrewThisImOuttaHere and deserts with around 300 of his troops in tow. Said contingent of fully armed, train vermin marches away and right out of the plot, never to appear again.
** The kingdom that Rakkety Tam served was said to be menaced constantly by vermin. However, when Tamm -- who was arguably the only thing keeping them away -- leaves, nobody ever mentions it again.
** What about the twelve guards that were guarding the Vole family in Cluny's camp? After Matthias rescued the voles, the guards as punishment were imprisoned without food and water until further notice. Never mentioned again... either "When Cluny recovered he personally executed them, which was implied he would have done in the first place" "They were pardoned" or "They starved to death"
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Even the ones [[NominalImportance with names]] almost invariably die.
* WhatTheHellHero: Toran borderline verbally abuses Martha [[spoiler: after she learns how to walk]], all because she was upset that [[spoiler: Bragoon and Saro went to Loamhedge for no reason]].
** Rusvul Reguba gets one in ''Marlfox'', from his best friend Janglur Swifteye. It's a very well-deserved one as well, because just before it Rusvul had screamed at his own son, who wants nothing more than to please him, over something that Dann had no control over and couldn't have even stopped. Rusvul even went so far as to say that ''it would have been better that he'd died'' than have to come back into the abbey and see Dann having been knocked unconscious by vermin. Janglur's speech actually makes Rusvul apologetic, but it takes Dann running off without telling anyone and being gone for weeks, for Rusvul to be able to apologize to him.
* WhipItGood: Cluny uses his own tail as a whip in ''Redwall'' and attaches a poisoned barb to the tip so he can use it as a lethal weapon. Not to mention the numerous slavedrivers who wield whips, notably Bullflay, [[MeaningfulName whose name even seems to reflect his weapon of choice]].
%% * WickedCultured: Emperor Ublaz (''Pearls of Lutra''), Vilu Daskar (''The Legend of Luke''), Queen Vilaya (''The Sable Quean'').
* WickedWeasel: Weasels are AlwaysChaoticEvil, so...
* WigDressAccent: See DressingAsTheEnemy. Jukka Sling, a squirrel, passes for a rat by shaving her tail.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Just how many times has the abbey been attacked now?
** Subverted in ''Taggerung'', where the GenreSavvy leader of the Juska tribe wants to avoid Redwall at all costs.
** Averted in some of the earlier books, with a literal aversion in ''Outcast of Redwall''.
** Also, given that most books introduce a whole new cast of characters, it is likely that the Abbey gets attacked about once a generation, probably less.
* WorldOfBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]]
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Vilaya actually does. And she doesn't just hurt a child, she ''kills'' one.
** Slagar The Cruel. He has several children from Redwall kidnapped to be sold into slavery, and he abuses them along with his own guards if they fail him.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: So Martin's gathered up thousands of warriors, Marshank is slowly being overrun, Badrang is running away from his fortress in shame, and the Fur and Freedom Fighters have been saved. And after Badrang's gone, Martin and Rose will surely fall in love and live a peaceful life. What could possibly go wrong? ...Cue Badrang abruptly killing Rose.]]
* YesMan: In ''Mossflower'', Tsarmina complains about Brogg being this to her. This doesn't stop her from keeping him a position of power, nevertheless.
--> '''Tsarmina''': Yes, jellybrains. You and Ratflank take them one by one to the cells.
-->'''Brogg''': Yes, Milady.
-->'''Tsarmina''': Will you stop interrupting me and listen! All anyone ever says around here is 'yes, Milady' or 'no, Milady'.
-->'''Brogg''': Yes, Milady.
-->'''Tsarmina''': Shut up!
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: Keyla helps Martin and some other slaves escape from Marshank this way in ''Martin the Warrior''.
* YouFightLikeACow: Hares have a tendency to snark at their opponents when duelling. Also, the fight between Dippler and Fenno:
-->"I'll kill you just like I killed Log-a-log!"
-->"You can't. I'm facin' you, Fenno, you stabbed Log-a-log in the back!"
* YouHaveFailedMe: The villains in the Redwall series sure do have a habit of killing their own henchmen....
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Same as above, although not as JustForFun/{{egregious}}. Even if you do everything the BigBad says, he or she will still kill you if you're of no value anymore. Just ask [[spoiler:Gliv]].
* YouNeedABreathMint:
** If somebeast is eating or has just eaten wild ramson/garlic, [[RunningGag do not be surprised if another beast comments about his or her breath]].
** Special mention goes to Lask Frildur and his monitor lizards. Throughout ''The Pearls of Lutra'', the author mentions multiple times that they all have foul breath. Ublaz had to turn away from Lask in the very first scene they were in just because it smelled so bad.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Sparrows and some of the more uncivilized vermin.
* YourMom: Tarquin insults a seagull by claiming mother was a cuckoo.
* YouShallNotPass:
** [[spoiler:Rockjaw Grang]] in ''The Long Patrol''.
** Subverted in ''Mattimeo.'' Matthias attempts to do this, but his allies refuse to actually leave him behind.
** [[spoiler: Bragoon]] and [[spoiler: Saro]] in ''Loamhedge.''
** [[spoiler: Jukka the Sling]] and [[spoiler: Fleetscut]] in ''Lord Brocktree,'' which is even more impressive, considering they spent most of the book [[VitriolicBestBuds viciously insulting each other]], and nearly [[TeethClenchedTeamwork coming to blows]] more than once.