Good and Evil is a 2013 novel written by Soman Chainani.

[[LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine Sophie and Agatha]] both grew up in the small town of Gavaldon, where, once every four years, two children over the age of twelve are kidnapped by the Head Master of the School of Good and Evil. These kidnapped children never return home, but are seen again as the main figures of fairy tales that arrive in the town after the abductions.

Sophie, [[PinkMeansFeminine who adores pink dresses]] and beautifying herself, has dreamed of being kidnapped all her life and ending up as a Princess trained by the School for Good. To further that end, she made it a point to befriend Agatha, the friendless girl who lived in the cemetery, as her good deed. To Sophie's delight, she and Agatha are each kidnapped by the agents of the Head Master. Only for Sophie's dream to turn to a nightmare, with Agatha sharing that sentiment, as Sophie is deposited in the School for Evil, and Agatha, much to her own horror, finds herself dropped off in the overly pink School for Good.

Book two, ''A World Without Princes'' takes place nine months after Sophie and Agatha [[spoiler: chose each other instead of a traditional fairy tale ending]] and returned home. A new curse befalls Gavaldon and forces the two girls to return to the School for Good and Evil. There they learn that [[spoiler: their new form of happily ever after has forced all girls to become Good and all boys to be pushed to Evil, with Tedros now leading the boys as the new Evil schoolmaster.]]

Book three, ''The Last Ever After'', hit store shelves in July of 2015. It takes place after [[spoiler: an illusion of Sophie turning evil made Agatha reject her. She is convinced that only evil can love her which allowed Evil to usurp Good. Now the villains of previous fairy tales are returning in the hopes of getting a second chance at Evil triumphing in their tales]], and Agatha and Tedros are the key to saving them.
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This work contains examples of the following tropes:

* AcademyOfEvil: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The school for Evil.]] Both academies, in fact, are ExtranormalInstitute.
* AdultFear: Your children are kidnapped, never to be seen again, every four years by the Head Master.
* AnAesop:
** For the series as a whole, "True Love is never selfish, nor can it be forced" and "People who appear pure evil sometimes just need to be shown kindness" are prominent.
** Early into Sophie's individual storyline, there's "If you are only doing nice things for others to make yourself look good, they are not really good deeds."
** Agatha's storyline holds, "As long as YOU like yourself, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks."
* AesopAmnesia: Sophie is still self-centred in book two. [[spoiler:And she even manages to get worse in book three.]]
* AlphaBitch: Beatrix to the Evers and Sophie to the Nevers.
* AllMythsAreTrue: As Agatha and Sophie quickly discover, all of the fairy tales they've ever read are quite real, and many feature children who've been abducted from their own village.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: To go with her ItsAllAboutMe mindset, Sophie is the Taker in her major relationships. She befriended Agatha, daughter of the town outcast, to prove that she is PrincessClassic material, but their friendship consists of Agatha bending over backwards to help Sophie obtain her dream of princesshood, who never returns the favour or expresses much gratitude. She pursues Prince Tedros because she will gain the Happily Ever After she has always wanted as his princess, never getting to know him as a person.
** Come ''A World Without Princes'', Sophie’s attempts to be a good person and Agatha’s friend are still self-centred, but now fuelled by [[spoiler:a desire to not turn into the AxCrazy evil hag she became in the last book.]]
** [[spoiler: Sophie goes right back to her old ways in book three, insisting that the only way she'll turn her back on the Schoolmaster is if Tedros gives her another chance. Tedros and Agatha agree to her terms, but she still refuses to completely sever her bond with Rafal even though their agreement to give her a second chance with Tedros stated that she'd destroy the ring connecting them as soon as they got to safety. This is all while Rafal only grows stronger and more and more resurrected Villains seek out and murder the heroes who defeated them years ago. This is also all while Agatha is putting her own Happily Ever After on the line in order to make Sophie happy.]]
* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The Woods, being a Fairy tale world, is pretty all over the place, containing elements from anywhere between TheMiddleAges to the Victorian Era. However, people are also aware of things like quiche, nail polish and the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein.
* AndIMustScream: Some pretty nasty fates await students who fail in '''either''' school.
* BaldOfEvil: Sophie's full hag appearance.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: Students for Good who fail are turned into the wolf servants for Evil, while Evil students who fail are turned into pixie servants for Good.]]
* BareYourMidriff: One of Sophie's costume changes invokes this. Dot's outfit in the sequel does the same.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Sophie's effort to trick the Good side into betraying its rules by having them Attack, and on a larger scale, the Head Msster's desire to find Evil Love]].
** [[spoiler: He also had a backup plan thanks to his deal with Evelyn Sader, who pulls off a Batman gambit to set Sophie and Agatha against one another again and convince Sophie to wish for him to come back.]]
* BeautifulAllAlong:
** [[spoiler:The trope is cited word for word when Agatha makes this realization of herself.]]
** [[spoiler:The same can be said for Dot in the sequel after she becomes FormerlyFat.]]
** In book three, [[spoiler: Hort reinvented himself and becomes quite the eye-turner.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] to Hell and back. People and places aligned with Good are clean and good-looking and those aligned with Evil are rather ugly. However, many Evers (Good-aligned) are downright shallow and lazy, while surprisingly decent Nevers (Evil-aligned) exist. Concerning the two protagonists, Agatha, who is Good at heart, is considered ugly and/or creepy, — until she is revealed to have been BeautifulAllAlong, — but the vain and selfish Sophie believes in this trope’s literal extreme: “If you are beautiful, you are automatically Good,” and uses it to justify that she is really an Ever. [[spoiler:When Sophie embraces Evil in book one, she not only turns into hideous old crone, but uses the laws of Good and Evil to turn her fellow Nevers beautiful, while making the Evers horrifically ugly.]]
** In ''A World Without Princes'', the new StrawFeminist movement convinces Evergirls that adhering to grooming is a way for boys to subjugate them, and they respond by losing interest in their appearances, while the Nevergirls begin to experiment with makeup and lose weight. This is especially evident with Beatrix, who has shaved her head, and Dot, who has gotten highlights and lost 30 pounds.
** In book three, [[spoiler: the School for New Evil plays up EvilIsSexy instead of Ugly is Evil.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Quickly averted when's Sophie, who every Evil student complains looks like a Good, is dumped unceremoniously in the moat. It only gets worse from there.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Tedros and [[spoiler: Agatha]]. Also, given the book's ending, quite possibly the whole dynamic between [[spoiler: Agatha and Sophie]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Head Master, who was the Evil Brother of the legend, and only maintained the balance between Good and Evil so that he could find himself an Evil Love.]]
** [[spoiler: Dean Sader]] for book two.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: The Dean's entire plot in book two is a gambit to resurrect the former headmaster.]]
* BitchAlert: Beatrix reveals herself to be a nasty piece of work on her introduction.
* BookDumb: Sophie does well on her classes up until the lessons actually turn to studying. Agatha has to tutor her once her grades drop down dramatically.
* BookOnTheHead: In etiquette class, the "Princess Posture", lesson uses nests of nightingale eggs as a variant to replace books. [[FishOutOfWater Agatha]], used to slouching, [[EpicFail ends up breaking twenty eggs.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Sophie wasn't really any more or less evil than some of the other Libbies in the Good school when she started out. But then she started getting subjected to [[HumiliationConga indignity after indignity]], constantly being told she's Evil, winning at Evil challenges while trying to prove she's good, having her beautiful hair axed off by The Beast, trying to win Tedros over, only to have him constantly pick Agatha during their exercises to suss out good from evil in disguise, being threatened with death by her roommates, overhearing teachers callously dismissing the very real danger she was in, and finally irredeemably losing the love of the boy she adored. It's no wonder she cracked.
* BreakTheHaughty: Tedros in book two, full stop. [[spoiler: He initially accepted Agatha's decision to choose Sophie, but after feeling her wish for him and seeing the misery caused by their wish, he bets half his fortune on someone being able to kill Sophie for him. When he's about to realize that he went too far and forget his grudge in order to be with Agatha, Sophie's selfishness convinces Agatha that he'd been planning on killing her anyway and that Agatha had been plotting against him. He then tries to bet the freedom of the princes on the chance to get back at them, and is promptly dethroned, betrayed by the other princes, and spends a horrible amount of time in the Doom Room. He gets a friend whom he can confide in, but it's really Sophie in disguise the entire time. When he ''finally'' realizes that Agatha had never meant him any harm from the start, the Headmaster winds up resurrected.]]
* BurnTheWitch: The citizens of Gavaldon's course of action to any calamity is to capture the "guilty witches," (aka all the misfits in town,) burn them at the stake, and see if the misfortune dies with them. Callis, Agatha's mother, barely escaped this fate before Aggie was born, because the villagers had started blaming the School Master instead of witches. In ''The Last Ever After'', however, [[spoiler:when Tedros and Agatha almost end up burned as witches, Callis offers herself up to the Gavaldon elders so her daughter can escape with her prince]].
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly, Tristan.]]
* CatsAreMean: Agatha's cat, Reaper, enjoys hissing and spitting at Sophie, and delights in stalking the cemetery birds and biting their heads off, leaving their decapitated corpses behind.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Sophie, of all people, deftly maneuvers events towards the end that trick the Evers into breaking their rules, leading them to launch a preemptive Attack on the Evil Ball. Since the rules state that Good Defends and Evil Attacks, she is able to use this to return herself to her former beauty, as well as bestowing physical beauty on her Never classmates, all while transforming the Evers into hideous appearances. She is then free to claim justifiable Defense against the Evers for Attacking first.]]
--> '''Sophie''': ''We're not finished, Teddy. You and your army invaded a Ball. You and your army attacked a defenseless school. You and your army tried to kill a room full of poor students, trying to enjoy the happiest night of our lives. Which leaves another question. What happens when Good becomes '''Evil'''?''
* DanceOfRomance: Sophie stages a Dark version of this between her and [[spoiler: [[LesYay Agatha]]]] to convince [[spoiler: Tedros that Agatha has betrayed him]].
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: [[spoiler: Subverted with Sophie's mother Vanessa. Sophie remembers her as the perfect wife and mother, beautiful as a fairy tale queen and tragically TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. For most of her life, she was a homely and manipulative woman who used potions to trick Sophie's father, Stefan, [[TheBabyTrap into having a child with her, forcing them to get married]]. Vanessa then used countless more potions to alter her appearance and make herself beautiful later in life.]]
* DisappearedDad: Common for many of the fairy tale folk. Agatha has never met her father, assuming that he just skipped town before she was born. [[spoiler:Than it is revealed that Stefan is actually her father.]] Hort's father was killed by Peter Pan.
** Tedros' father, King Arthur, died broken-hearted after his wife, Guenivere, left him for Lancelot.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Beast forcibly cut Sophie's hair, so Sophie shoved him into the sewers to die.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Tedros' reaction to Sophie's stripperific modifications to her outfit: his sword falls out of its scabbard.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler: Double subverted.]] Early in the book, Sophie dreams of going to the School for Good and being surrounded by handsome princes, but she winds up being dropped into the School for Evil instead. [[spoiler: It gets double-subverted when the prince she chose in her dream turns out to be the Evil headmaster.]]
** The most evil Villains are lucky (or [[BlessedWithSuck unlucky]]) enough to receive Nemesis Dreams. These show them their ArchEnemy who grow stronger as they grow weaker (and vice versa). Nemesis Dreams are accompanied by a number of symptoms that signify that they aren't ordinary dreams.
* DumbBlonde: Sophie, except when it comes to manipulation.
* DyingAlone: Sophie's worst fear, and her motivation to seek [[FamedInStory immortality]] via Happily Ever After.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Sophie's "I love you" to Agatha after being impaled on the Storian]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Agatha thinks this of herself, as does pretty much everybody else.
** [[spoiler: RavenHairIvorySkin: What Agatha learns she really is. Tedros even describes her as such in the second book.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Several of the characters get this.
** Sophie gets hers on her introduction. She is vain, silly and shallow. But she cares about Agatha and feels unloved by her father. She also misses her mother something dreadful.
** Agatha gets hers when she tries to save Sophie from the School Master regardless of her own safety.
** Tedros gets his when he easily outshines all of the Ever boys and judges Sophie and Agatha based on their looks.
** Dot is the only one to be friendly to Sophie and her loyalty to a friend (via eating double the amount of meerworms) impresses even Tedros.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite many statements that Evil cannot Love, many of the Nevers refer affectionately to their parents. Hort's most beloved possession is the pajamas his father hand made for him. And Dot sounds quite doting about her father letting her have first swing at Robin Hood.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Never students are informed in school that they should not kill unless it is absolutely necessary, lest one cease to be a proper villain and instead become a common thug. They are also told to use bullying of their henchmen only as a last resort, because a villain who cannot get a servant to do their bidding without bullying may fall victim to the henchmen bullying back. On a more direct level, many members of the Nevers feel that Sophie is taking things way too far after she begins her SanitySlippage.
** Sophie herself is appalled at the concept, seemingly casual to most of her Never classmates, of eating children.
* EvilAlbino:
** Subverted for Anadil, who is an albino and eagerly a Never, but she is still capable of being nice. The reason she is looking forward to a career in Evil is because she's been raised on a BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad outlook.
** Played very, ''very'' straight with [[spoiler:Rafal the Schoolmaster's young form. When she agrees to be his Evil Queen, Sophie becomes one too, and it is described as really creepy.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:The Schoolmaster, whom most assumed was good because Evil had been losing under his tenure of the last 200 years. But it turns out that he was just playing a long game to turn the tables on Good once and for all.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Spectacularly displayed by Sophie.
* EvilFormerFriend: According to the school's BlindSeer, this is the true hallmark of many fairy tales, that Good was betrayed by someone close to them, [[spoiler: and treated as a prophetic view of how Sophie and Agatha's friendship will fall.]]
* EvilMakesYouUgly[=/=][[EvilMakesYouMonstrous Monstrous]]: Since BeautyEqualsGoodness is a law of the fairy tale, those who embrace Evil are subjected to this. The School for Evil even has a class, Uglification, that’s dedicated to this. As Sophie grows more callous and resentful of Agatha in the first book, she is horrified to discover a real wart has grown on her chin. After her descent into Evil goes into overdrive, the new psychopathic Sophie looks just ''barely'' human enough to be an old crone.
** This hits Sophie again, albeit in a new way, in ''The Last Ever After''’s climax, when [[spoiler:she agrees to be the Schoomaster’s queen. While the transformation certainly isn’t ugly, her skin turning [[UndeathlyPallor stark white]] and [[EvilIsDeathlyCold icy cold to the touch]] is right in the key of UncannyValley.]]
* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]HeelFaceTurn: Pollux and Castor caution at the beginning of the novel that this is not possible. Good cannot, they claim, become Evil, nor Evil Good. [[spoiler: They turn out to be, thankfully, mistaken in the end.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Sophie's effort to switch. schools, and Agaths's attempts to go home.
* FalseDichotomy: [[spoiler:The division between good and evil, hinted at throughout the novel, but fully smashed by Sophie and Agatha by the story's end.]]
* FormerlyFat: [[spoiler: By the time book two comes around, Dot has lost a lot of weight and is now one of the prettiest girls at the School for Good.]]
* GambitRoulette: Many simple factors could have made Evelyn's plan fall apart entirely, as explained in WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis, but [[spoiler: the headmaster is still resurrected.]]
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Sophie's biological mother Vanessa, her father Stefan, her stepmother Honora had a rivalry very similar to the dynamic Sophie has with Agatha and Tedros. Vanessa was originally a homely young girl who resembled Agatha before Agatha had her makeover. Vanessa also desperately loved Stefan, but Stefan already loved Honora. Vanessa resorted to any means to manipulate Stefan into falling for her, but he never left Honora. Vanessa wished for any means to steal him away from Honora. This is when Agatha's mother, wanting to escape from the Headmaster, appears in Gavaldon for the first time. Callis grants Vanessa a love potion, but warns her that it will only last for a Night. Vanessa becomes Honora's friend and tricks Stefan into drinking the potion. In no time, she winds up carrying Stefan's child and Honora leaves Stefan for cheating on her.]] Stefan and Vanessa get married [[spoiler: but Vanessa only bears stillborn children. Vanessa gets a fertility potion from Callis, and winds up giving birth to two girls, one who resembles Stefan but has her Evil personality, and another who resembles her but bears Stefan's pure personality. She only takes one. Years later, these two girls would grow up and be whisked off to the School for Good and Evil. The beautiful blond girl does everything in her power to seduce the prince of Camelot, but he winds up naturally falling in love with her friend Agatha instead.]]
* GoThroughMe: [[spoiler: Agatha tells the Head Master he'll only get Sophie, "Over My Dead Body!"]]
** [[spoiler: Earlier she'd done this with Sophie, seeing Sophie turn the tables on the Evers, she declares "Your war is with me. Let them go." ]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Nobody considers Dot's power to turn anything into chocolate to be useful outside of making a snack. However, in book three, [[spoiler:we learn that "anything" includes a barrier of poisonous mist]].
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Throughout the series, Hort goes through a process leading to this. In the first book, he is short, gangly and scruffy with a submissive personality. He gains more height and muscle along with determination to prove himself in ''A World without Princes'', and by ''The Last Ever After'', he has a toned body, clean, coiffed hair and a confident bearing. Sophie wouldn't have even recognize Hort were it not for his beady eyes.
* HeManWomanHater: Aric the Never is a particularly psychopathic combination of this and BloodKnight. As it happens, he has a FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:His mother, Lady Lesso, was forced to abandon him in the Woods at age six when she became a teacher at the School for Evil. By book three, Aric is set on becoming a SelfMadeOrphan.]]
* HeroicLineage: Tedros is the son of King Arthur himself.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The school's BlindSeer, and Sophie, pulling a HeelFaceTurn]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Even before her adventures begin, Agatha has only ever wanted to live a boring, ordinary life, albeit one where she has friends and isn't the town outcast. Learning that AllMythsAreTrue has only strengthened this goal
* IKnowYourTrueName: Lady Lesso claims to never give her first name to prevent this. [[spoiler:In ''The Last Ever After'', she reveals it to be Leonora with her dying breath.]]
* IntimateHealing: [[spoiler:Sophie is brought back to life in book one by Agatha's kiss.]]
** [[spoiler: The Schoolmaster comes back from the dead by tricking Sophie into kissing him in the guise of her beloved mother.]]
* IronicEcho: The book opens with Sophie's father barricading her in her room so that the Head Master can't get her. Later in the book, it's her Never classmates barricading her room, so she can't get out and get them.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Oh, Sophie, ''Sophie'', ''SOPHIE''! There is no end to the list of people she will eagerly inconvenience, manipulate or flat out double-cross to get what she wants. And, should she feel even the slightest bit of regret for her actions, Sophie will just trade these thoughts for how much closer she is to her perfect Happy Ending.
** In book three, [[spoiler: Sophie returns to her old ways of trying to earn Tedros's affections at Agatha's expense.]] This case is especially egregious in that [[spoiler: she's keeping her one link to the Evil Headmaster as a sort of insurance until Tedros accepts her love. But by doing this, she's allowing the Headmaster to retain his powers and youth, which means that Villains are continually rising from the grave and killing the heroes who defeated them.]] Essentially, her obsession with getting a perfect Happily Ever After [[spoiler: is costing countless innocent people their lives. Sophie even spends a few paragraphs convincing herself that it's not really her fault that heroes are being murdered, and constantly tries to paint herself as the victim.]] This is all while [[spoiler: Agatha becomes the one who risks her happiness for the greater good, in allowing Sophie to try and win over Tedros, in the hopes that she'll destroy the ring.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Agatha is grumpy, something of a NightmareFetishist, and has a caustic tongue. At her core however, she is a decent person with strong morals.
* KickTheDog: Quite a lot of this going on, what with there being a School for Evil. Of course, the School for Good has its share, as well.
* TheLibby: A few of the Princesses come off this way, as does Sophie to her fellow Nevers.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: This trope is obvious with fairy tale fangirl Sophie and gloomy, {{goth}} Agatha from the moment they are seen together. However, it is subverted as their characters are tested; Sophie is revealed to be a shallow and selfish FilleFatale, and Agatha, though morbid and socially awkward, is loyal, compassionate and a good listener.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
** Merlin credits Tedros’ worst traits — pride and stubbornness — to his father King Arthur.
** [[spoiler:Although Sophie remembers her mother Vanessa as the most beautiful, wonderful woman that ever lived, it is ultimately revealed that she was every bit as vain, deceitful and LoveHungry as her daughter.]]
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Sophie and Agatha are the twin daughters of Vanessa and Stefan, SeparatedAtBirth when Vanessa tried to abandon the ugly Agatha. However, both girls acknowledge that they are not truly blood, because their conception was from a magic potion.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Not that Sophie was ever the most Good, but under the influence of Love, she goes full on {{Yandere}}.
* LoveTriangle: Sophie Loves Tedros, who loves Sophie, but he finds he truly loves Agatha, who loves Tedros, but loves Sophie too much to betray her, while Sophie truly loves Agatha....It's complicated.
** In book two, it's changed. [[spoiler: Sophie and Tedros are both pining for Agatha and are willing to start an entire war between Good and Evil to determine who gets to live happily ever after with her.]]
* LovingAShadow: Any feelings Sophie believed she had for Tedros in book one were shallow at most. What she was truly in love with is the glamorous HappilyEverAfter she would gain as his princess. [[spoiler:In book three, these feelings are subconsciously transferred to Rafal, the Schoolmaster.]]
** This comes back to seriously bite her [[spoiler: in book three.]] To put things simply: Sophie has convinced Tedros to give her one more chance [[spoiler: despite the fact that he and Agatha are in love. They only agree to this because Sophie needs to willingly destroy the ring she wears because it connects her to the Schoolmaster and grants him immense power, and she's too afraid of winding up alone to give up on the Headmaster unless she knows she can get her Happily Ever After without him.]] Finally, as Tedros knows [[spoiler: Agatha isn't too keen on ruling a kingdom and would be happier with a simpler life]], he asks Sophie why she loves him, genuinely wanting to give her a chance. [[spoiler: Sophie's explanation boils down to, "IJustWantToBeSpecial, I was born for the luxury and grandeur that comes with being a queen, and Agatha would be better off living a simple life on her own." Tedros then rejects her because she never once mentioned loving him as one of the reasons she was so desperate to be with him.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:Although book three ends with Sophie accepting a prince-less fate by being comfortable in her own skin, it is implied that she has grown closer to Hort…]]
* MeaningfulName:
** PlayedWith for Sophie, who's name means "wise." While she can be a capable schemer, it is more [[IronicName ironic]] because she is notoriously BookDumb, and even her manipulations tend to fail when the marks act with true selflessness and compassion, because EvilCannotComprehendGood.
** This trope is played straight as an arrow for Agatha. Her name means "good", foreshadowing her true nature.
** The name of Sophie's mother, Vanessa, means "butterfly," and Sophie credits this in-universe to her beautiful and sadly brief existence. [[spoiler:As it happens, she went through a very caterpillar-to-butterfly-like transformation.]]
* MenCantKeepHouse: [[spoiler: After the School for Evil becomes boys-only, it deteriorates from dark and grimy to nigh uninhabitable.]]
* MissingMom: A fairy tale staple. Sophie's mother had died five years prior to the story's opening. Hester's Mom was shoved into her own oven by Hansel and Gretel.
** Tedros' mother, Guenivere, ran off with Lancelot, leaving Tedros with serious issues.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Though it's a bit hard to tell whether Sophie is trying to kill [[LesYay Aggie]] or [[FoeYay Tedros]] at certain times.
** [[spoiler: In book two, Tedros offers half of his fortune to whoever can kill Sophie so he can be with Agatha.]]
* NeverMyFault:
** In book one, after choosing not to protect Tedros at the cost of her own ego during the Trial By Tale, Sophie not only loses the prince's affections, but is applauded by the Nevers for "tricking" him into helping her win. Naturally, her response is to accuse Agatha of sabotage.
** It happens again in ''The Last Ever After''. [[spoiler:To settle his decision whether to take Sophie as his True Love, Tedros asks her why she wants to be Queen of Camelot. Sophie gives a illustrious speech about how she’s always known that she was never meant for boring village life, but destined for glory and greatness of Ever After. Of course, as there was no mention of Tedros in this speech, much less that Sophie loves him, he coldly rejects her. Heartbroken, Sophie decides to believe that it was always Tedros’ plan to humiliate her, instead of realizing that she just outed herself as a GoldDigger. Just like last time, her decision signals that everything is bound FromBadToWorse.]]
* NiceGirl: Agatha, Dot and Kiko.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In book two, [[spoiler: Sophie's selfishness once again sets of a catastrophic chain of events. This time it culminates in the death of a student, nearly getting Tedros to kill her and Agatha, and Evelyn ultimately takes advantage of her resulting vulnerability to trick her into resurrecting the Headmaster.]]
* NobleDemon: Lady Lesso is the School of Evil’s dean and a wicked sorceress through and through, but not only does she acknowledge that Evil cannot truly exist without Good to appose it, (unlike [[spoiler:the Evil Schoolmaster]],) her best friend and confidante is Clarissa Dovey, the FairyGodmother. [[spoiler:After becoming the new Evil Dean in The Last Ever After's epilogue, Sophie appears to have adopted this way of thinking in honour of Lesso.]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Castor. Made all the more noticeable when [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness he speaks in a hushed tone in one scene]].
* ObliviousAdoption: [[spoiler:Agatha is Vanessa’s daughter, but when she was born with less than perfect features, her mother demanded that Callis, her midwife and magic potion supplier, leave her in the Woods to die. Fortunately, the lonely Callis chose to keep the rejected child and raise her. In retrospect, Agatha was definitely HappilyAdopted.]]
* OhCrap: Several of the students, and even a few of the teachers, have this reaction to finding out that Sophie has become a full fledged witch.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After [[spoiler:Tedros breaks up with her]], Sophie and her GirlPosse pull a series of destructive pranks. Agatha tries to remain optimistic, but when Sophie dyes her beloved golden locks black, Aggie finally admits to herself that something is seriously wrong.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Besides the talking wolf guards, [[spoiler: Hort's power evolves from [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway growing a single hair on his chest]] to becoming a Manwolf, which apparently has more control than a Werewolf.]]
* ParentalNeglect:
** Both Agatha and Sophie’s single parents. Callis is a bitter hermit who never really paid attention to Agatha, and Stefan just doesn’t understand Sophie. In ''A World Without Princes'' and ''The Last Ever After'', however, they are given more depth as [[ParentsAsPeople troubled people who still love their children]].
** [[spoiler:In a lengthy flashback, it is revealed that Sophie's mother Vanessa never truly loved her, and only ever thought of her daughter as a little doll she could pretty up to grab Stefan's attention.]]
* PetTheDog: A few key moments. Sophie gets one for telling Agatha, early in the story, that while she may have befriended Aggie as part of her shallow "good deed", she had come to value their friendship far more than that. She gets another later when, hearing Hort say that if he could love, he'd love her, she refrains from kicking him out of his room.
** The Wolves get one later on. After Hester gracefully acknowledges that her talent is no match for Agatha's, she steels herself for the punishment that the Head Master doles out to the losers. In her case, it was boiling oil. Three wolves, moved by Agatha reminding them of who they'd once been (see BalefulPolymorph) shield her from this brutal fate.
* PrinceCharming: What the Good boys are being trained to be. Unfortunately they act more..
* PrinceCharmless: The majority of the boys are fairly awful to Agatha before her makeover.
* PrincessPhase: From the start of the series, Sophie is firmly placed in one of these, using fairy tales as an escape from the mundane world she considers herself too good for. However, it is shown that she wants to emulate her pretty princesses because they are associated with the Happily Ever After she is determined to get. Sophie may crave a life of glamour, pampering and mass adoration, but ultimately, she doesn't care if she gets it through being Good or through being Evil.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Sophie was merely vain and shallow, until The Beast lopped off her golden locks with an axe. Shoving him to his death was her first truly evil action.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:Agatha defiantly tells the Head Master that she'll only give him Sophie, "Over her dead body." The Head Master responds, "So it is written.", throwing the Storian at her like a dagger.]]
* RapidAging: [[spoiler:When Sophie resists the Schoolmaster’s advances in the first book, his [[PrinceCharming Handsome Prince]] disguise fades away in favour of a centuries-old fossil. [[NightmareFuel It is seriously disturbing.]]]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** After being transformed into haggard appearances, Agatha's classmates want to run away. Agatha lays into them.
--> '''Agatha''': ''Our towers aren't Fair and Lovely, they're Valor and Honor! That's what Good is, you stupid cowards!''
** To establish that he is no longer her LoveMartyr, Hort gives Sophie an earful in ''The Last Ever After'', about how he knows her to be a selfish brat who worships a shallow concept of Love, and that she’s only with [[spoiler:Rafal, the School Master]] now because he’s the handsomest boy around, and he caters to her every whim.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Sophie, taking the Storian to her heart to save Agatha. She gets better.]]
* RousingSpeech: Agatha reminds the Ever girls that Good is about Honor and Valor rather than Beauty. The Evers immediately begin to fight.
* RoyalSchool: The school for Good teaches every girl how to be a princess, but only a few graduate into this in fairy tales afterwards. Most are children of former [[PrincessClassic heroines]], and already have the title. Not to mention the pink uniforms, BrightCastle-like building, or nymphs and fairies to serve everyone.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Apparent throughout [[spoiler:the League of Thirteen]], but ''especially'' [[spoiler:Cinderella]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: Agatha and Sophie each have their moments.
* SinisterSurveillance: Dean Sader uses her iconic blue butterflies to spy around the School for Girls. Professor Anemone's reaction to one implies they can't see, only eavesdrop.
* StrawFeminist: "Empower girls and subjugate boys" is the School for Girls' curriculum in a nutshell.
* SympatheticAdulterer:
** Guinevere was mutually in love with Lancelot since their schooldays, but she was coerced into marrying Arthur for the sake of his story. The Queen continued to pine for Lancelot until they ran away together.
** [[spoiler:Stefan and Honora were in love, but he was forced to marry his StalkerWithACrush Vanessa, after she slipped him a LovePotion and pulled TheBabyTrap. Despite both being married, Honora and Stefan continued to see each other in secret, and when Vanessa finally dies, they get engaged.]]
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: [[spoiler:When Sophie and Agatha are trapped in the School for Evil's crypt in ''The Last Ever After'', they discover that the graves are equipped with biographies narrated by Professor Sader. However, when the girls find Vanessa, Sophie's late mother, the biography is revealed to be a message addressed to them, which responds to Agatha's outburst in the manner of this trope. It is completely justified; he ''was'' a BlindSeer after all.]]
* TheWhitePrince: Tedros is the most yearned for of the Ever boys but he is also immature and judges on appearances.
* TraumaticHaircut: Involuntary and delivered by an axe.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Sophie doesn't stay dead for a full page]].
** [[spoiler: Possibly an effect of TrueLovesKiss, depending on how you interpret [[IncestYay her and Agatha's relationship.]]]]
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler: The Schoolmaster's ultimate plan was to lure someone with evil to match his own and gain Evil Love, allowing Evil to win over Good forever.]]
* TheUnsmile: Agatha's attempts at smiling in Beautification Class leave her teacher and classmates very concerned.
* VagueAge: We're never told how old the characters are. We know the Head Master never takes anyone under the age of 12, and are told that four years ago, Sophie (and by extension, Agatha) was too young to be taken. That means that our heroines could be anywhere between the ages of twelve and fifteen. However, a few lines in the third book imply that Tedros is just about to turn 16, ergo old enough to be crowned king, and so it is implied that the girls must be around his age as well, if not slightly younger, which does narrow down the possibilities a bit - they were probably around 13-14 in the first book, and aging one year accordingly between each book.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Invoked as part of the rules on how to act Good or Evil.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sophie and Agatha are genuinely friends, but they each get furious with one another quite frequently.
* VoluntaryShapeShifter: A skill taught by the school, referred to as mogrification. Agatha's preferred form is a cockroach, while Sophie's is a pink fox.
* WickedStepmother: Ultimately averted with Honora, a Gavaldon woman whom Sophie's father, Stefan, courts and eventually becomes engaged to. Sophie certainly believes Honora is a potential one, but this is based on her [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest adoration for her dead mother]] and her belief in fairy tales. The worst thing Honora has done is ask Sophie to help her around the house and participate in the wedding.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tedros gets one of these from Agatha full stop after he beheads a gargoyle.
* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Book two would have ended less than 150 pages in had Sophie [[spoiler: not let her fears of losing Agatha get the better of her.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Sophie’s father, Stefan, wishes Sophie could have been a son, and he ignores her dreams of glamour and fantasy. At least, [[UnreliableNarrator that’s how Sophie perceives him]].
* WomanScorned: Sophie, full stop.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Sophie, towards Tedros. Hoo boy. As revealed in ''The Last Ever After'', she gets it from her mother.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:Once the Schoolmaster is defeated, thereby ending Sophie and Agatha's fairy tale, the girls, Tedros, and every other fairy tale character must return to the Woods to live Happily Ever After, meaning Sophie and Agatha can never return to Gavaldon.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Evelyn Sader's reward from the Evil Schoolmaster for tricking Sophie into bringing him back is a swift, but extremely painful, death. [[WhatAnIdiot What did she expected, a thank you kiss?]]]]