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Artemis Fowl

  • Adorably Precocious Child
  • Adorkable: He has his moments.
  • Affably Evil
  • Affectionate Nickname: When Angeline calls him Arty.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Myles and Beckett.
  • The Atoner: In Books 7 and 8.
  • Awesome by Analysis
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Break the Cutie: Arguably before the series even begins. With Father presumed dead and Mommy falling to pieces, what's to be expected? Plus, Angeline's episodes in the first book cause him to stifle a few 'uncharacteristic tears'. Afterwards, he is fixed, broken and re-fixed again. After THAT the cycle continues, especially with his difficulties with his Atlantis Complex.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He has tried. He has been discouraged. Minerva, on the other hand, is impressed when Artemis understands one of her smarty jokes.
  • Character Development: As the series progresses, Artemis develops from a ruthless criminal mastermind into something almost heroic. And his ten year old self is even more of an asshole.
  • The Chessmaster: He's quite the schemer and planner, coldly moving people like chess pieces.
  • Child Prodigy/Teen Genius: A preteen genius in the first book.
  • Cool Shades: A Justified Trope, given they can dispel the mesmer.
  • Creepy Child
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Perhaps not as drastic as some examples, but he was relatively friendless and it's implied Artemis Senior treated his son as his business partner rather than as little Arty. Luckily, Daddy's taken a few happy pills in the form of magical blue fairy sparkles.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Disappeared Dad: He gets him back.
  • Disney Death: In The Last Guardian.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: It's one of the reasons he's described as 'a vampire' when he smiles.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Only Angeline is allowed call him 'Arty'. Although he doesn't mind Juliet referring to him as so either.
    • Later on, Holly too. This causes Artemis some confusion.
  • Enemy Mine: In the second book, where he teams up with the fairies in order to track down the source of the goblin batteries, and the third book, where he requests their assistance after Butler is shot.
  • Enfante Terrible: He's 12 in the first book but it's implied that he was like that for years before the start of the book.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother is a Morality Pet in the first book as he genuinely cares for her and takes care of her. He even parts with half his hard earned gold to cure her insanity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even when a Villain Protagonist, Artemis would not stand for mistreatment of the environment. He also abandons kidnapping schemes at Butler's request after their first tangle with the fairies, when they discover how human they are.
  • Evil Plan: In the first book, it's extorting gold from fairies to rebuild his father's criminal empire. Afterward, his plans become less evil.
  • Friendless Background: Butler is more like a father that takes orders than a real friend. There's a real Tear Jerker in The Artemis Fowl Files, where it is revealed that he used to keep sweets in his limo in case he ever made friends.
  • Geek Physique: The only muscle he cares about is his brain. The rest of him is scrawny.
    • This is a running gag through the latter half of the series.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Artemis is the Ancient Greek goddess of archery, the moon, and hunting (though he claims the name itself is a genderless noun in Greek). There's an awesome moment in EC where Artemis uses this to deliver a code phrase, as he's explaining to Spiro about his name.
    • Meaningful Name: His last name may be a reference to Guinea Fowl, one of the animals associated with his namesake —the goddess Artemis, and is said to be her favorite animal.
  • Gentleman Thief: Artemis executes elaborate heists for the challenge and, after book one, seems to pick targets that he feels deserve it.
  • Good with Numbers: Slight understatement...
  • Guile Hero/Magnificent Bastard: He is as triumphant an example of both tropes in his time as a Villain Protagonist and Anti-Hero.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Butler with their brother/father relationship thing that has been around since forever and ever.
  • Hidden Depths: There's that 'spark of decency' his fairy friends figure out he possesses. Plus, who would've thought Arty likes horse-riding, as of the Time Paradox?
  • Instant Expert
  • I Lied: Holly being not-too-willing to travel through time in The Time Paradox, Artemis resolved that some not-quite-truths were in need. There's also the bank robbery at the start of The Opal Deception, wherein Artemis acted as a typical teenager (hell, he DRESSED like one too) to pull off his plans.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: A bright, piercing blue that he shares with his father.
  • Insufferable Genius: Less so than Foaly, but he definitely has many an 'I am the smart one in this building' moment.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Juliet.
  • Nerves of Steel: In The Lost Colony, after Holly was fatally stabbed, he was able to keep himself together enough to maintain the bomb's erratic countdown in his head and figure out the exact moment to act to retroactively prevent her death — all while they were under assault by a horde of demons.
  • Noble Demon: Spelled out by Holly: "Deep beneath the layers of deviousness you have a spark of decency. Perhaps you could blow on that spark once in a while". Artemis says he might consider that.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • No Social Skills: Although he has improved in leaps and bounds since the first book, he still hasn't attended any of those school dances Butler mentioned in The Eternity Code. Plus, he's still keen on his vampire way of life. Also, he isn't incredibly skilled in the good first impressions category, preferring to scare people with his analyzing capabilities and his extensive vocabulary (although this could simply be a habit).
  • Out-of-Character Moment/Ooc Is Serious Business: Artemis spends most of The Last Guardian too scared to think of a way to stop the apocalypse that Koboi set off.
  • Overlord Jr.: Albeit one whose overlord is missing in Russia.
  • Pet the Dog: His treatment of the endangered lemur in book six is probably the most prominent example. Also, in book three, his (begrudging) decision to donate Spiro's billion dollar fortune to Amnesty International, with 10% going to the Fowl Estate as a finders fee, and his request for Holly to heal his mother in book one.
  • Photographic Memory
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Fairies speculate that Artemis only healed his mother because he didn't want social services interfering in his plans.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Dear God, who has bested him in the way of polysyllables yet?
  • Ship Tease: With Holly starting in book 2. He thinks of her as being 'pretty in a dangerous way. Black widow pretty.'
  • Shoot the Dog: In the Time Paradox, with the lemur. Subverted in that he actually saved it, but didn't remember doing so.
  • Showy Invincible Hero
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • Spanner in the Works: His arrival (as well as his LAPTOP of all things) is what sends Cudgeon and Koboi crashing into ruin.
  • The Southpaw: Ambidextrous, but favors his left hand. Orion favors his right.
  • Split Personality: Orion, who is never to be mentioned after the Atlantis Complex.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He gradually gets kinder over the course of The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, briefly reverts because of a mind wipe, and completes his transformation near the end of The Opal Deception, after having regained his memory.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts in the first book, around the time he says "I don't like lollipops".
  • Villain Protagonist: In the first book.
  • Wicked Cultured: A villain with taste in fine arts and architecture.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: A major motivation for his villainy.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In the seventh book. Artemis may have been a condescending Insufferable Genius at times, but his smarts get things done, as opposed to his split personality, Orion, who seems to think he lives in a high-fantasy novel.
  • What The Hell, Villain?: At the end of the first book, Butler calls him out on kidnapping the very human-like fairies and using his mother as an unwitting test subject for an experimental escape mechanism from a fairy superweapon.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: At thirteen, he'd already done enough to earn an active file from Interpol.

Holly Short

Domovoi Butler

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Juliet, as well as Artemis.
  • Anti-Villain/Punch Clock Villain: In the first book. He really wasn't kidnapping fairies For the Evulz; he was just doing his duty in serving Artemis, even calling him out on various occasions.
  • Badass: Oh so very, very much. He can punch out a troll.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil
  • Battle Butler: Not only is he a perfect example, being an armed martial artist and personal attendant, the Butler family is the origin of the word "butler".
  • Berserk Button: He's not exactly a gentle giant to start, but go ahead — hurt Artemis, hit him, touch him, vaguely insult him... he's only a weapons expert and a 7 foot tall, 200 or 300 pound, pure muscle man who, like his family has for generations, spent his entire life preparing to be Artemis's bodyguard, and who has barely ever been out of yelling range since he started serving as such by guarding his hospital nursery... yeah, go ahead, just try it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Juilet's safety is his highest priority. It overrides his training and Artemis' orders.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Oh yeah. Taught Juliet judo when she was six.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With matching black designer suits.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He tells Opal Koboi to 'Go to Hell' when she tries mesmering him into obeying an order.
  • The Dragon: To Artemis, in book one.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's huge because of muscles and an expert in anything military (weapons, tactics, etc).
  • Husky Russkie: In Name Only, mind you. He's technically Eurasian, and is very culturally neutral thanks to his training.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: For both Arty and Juliet.
  • Legacy of Service: His family's been with the Fowls since the Third Crusade, and every time a new baby is born they're assigned a Butler to care for them. Naturally, the Fowls are rather attached to them.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He doesn't really care what Artemis is doing because it's his duty to help him do it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He apparently likes romantic comedies, his favorite film being Some Like It Hot. He reads romantic novels when nobody is around, though he would never admit it.
  • Younger than They Look: After being bought back to life by Holly Short, he was aged by 15 years, meaning that he was physically 55 at the age of about 40.

Juliet Butler

Julius Root

Mulch Diggums

  • Big Damn Heroes: To Artemis and Holly in the Eleven Wonders Exhibition in book four, and again in book eight.
  • Big Eater: Party-size sherry trifle, a bottle of Moet champagne, a chicken, a t-bone steak, fruitcake, a Pavlova, a whole rack of lamb in one bite, two baguettes, a cocktail of dairy products... and that's just the part of one meal actually described. Then there's the whole issue of super-fast tunneling via eating dirt and expelling it.
  • Boxed Crook: In the first three books. He joins relatively of his own volition later.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Drives Like Crazy: In The Eternity Code, he drives the getaway van. Being a dwarf, he is much too short to reach the pedals, so he ties a small plank of wood to his foot and the gas pedal. Just the gas pedal.
  • Gasshole: He tunnels by eating dirt and his method of disposal and propulsion is this trope.
    • Fartillery: He can use his gas as a method of attack. Its descriped as a 'mini-cylcone' and 'dozens of sledgehammers'.
  • Genius Bruiser: While not on the same level as Artemis (duh), he is quite crafty and good at what he does. Even Artemis can't match him in geology. He is also fully capable of biting anyone's head off... or blowing it off with Fartillery.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: By refusing to help Root in book 1 he tricks Da Chief into thinking he wants a lighter prison sentence, when in fact he plans to escape outright. Then extends the trick by faking his death and stealing the other half of the ransom gold.
  • Lovable Rogue
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, for selling a Jules Remy trophy to the undercover LEP and later "laying low" in a Los Angeles penthouse whilst "collecting" Academy Awards. A prison warden was highly amused.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Very, very averted, as they are the source of most of the series potty jokes.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Prehensile Hair: Mulch Diggums's beard hair, which can also serve as handy custom lockpicks.
  • Teen Genius
  • Tunnel King


  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Crazy-Prepared: While aware brain control waves have not been invented yet, he wears tinfoil hats in preparation for them nonetheless.
  • Insufferable Genius: Irreplaceable so he pushes Root's buttons all day; his favorite topics are his own work and the chief's smoking.
  • Only One Name
  • Our Centaurs Are Different
  • Mission Control: He directs LEPRecon missions from his computer room.
  • Obnoxious Snarker
  • The Smart Guy: Taking him out of his computer room is like taking the brain out of LEPRecon.
  • Techno Wizard
  • Tinfoil Hat: He wears them. After Opal (seemingly) outthinks him anyway, he gives it up.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He deliberately angers his boss and decorates LEPRecon's equipment however he wants but there are two reasons why he is never fired:
    • As noted above, he's a Bunny-Ears Lawyer: while he may be a little odd he's extremely good at what he does.
    • Vetinari Job Security: He built the computer system and hid a virus that will crash it if he's not there to boot it up.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Perfectly summed up in this line "I'm right there with you, darling. Unless you trigger a land mine, in which case I'm in the Operation Room." Most of his 'field' time is this: talking through a headset to people in the field and supplying them with info.


I share everything. Memories and movies are as real as each other to me. You, Peter Pan, the Loch Ness Monster, me. It's all real, maybe.
Why dont we look for some magic stones that can grant wishes?

Artemis Fowl Sr.

Angeline Fowl

  • Apron Matron: Seems to be becoming one of these in later books.
  • Demonic Possession: Angeline's "illness" is actually this in book six, by Opal.
  • Morality Chain: Has a hold on Artemis Sr's (and to a lesser extent Artemis Junior's) Morality Chain.
  • Proper Lady: Hidden at first but once she recovers she's described as carrying herself with dignity and grace, as well as ordering the house hold, finances etc.

Myles and Beckett Fowl

  • Annoying Younger Siblings: While still being ridicolously adorable and pretty darn awesome.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Beckett, who manages to move faster than the fairy bonds and punch Opal in the gut, knocking her on her butt and leaving her gasping for air.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Myles, all the time.
  • Demonic Possession: By the two of the Berserkers, in the eighth book.
  • Different as Night and Day: Beckett is cheerful, ditzy, and much prefers physical activity, while Myles is basically a toddler version of Artemis.
  • Genius Ditz: Beckett is just as smart as Myles, just much less restrained.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Myles, despite being two (four in The Last Guardian).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With each other and with Artemis (more so on Beckett's part than Myles's).
  • Spanner in the Works: Myles following Artemis into his shed lead to his solar plane's discovery by Juliet, allowing Opal to learn about it and basically force Artemis to sacrifice himself.

Trouble Kelp

Grub Kelp

Raine Vinyya

Doodah Day

Minerva Paradizo





Opal Koboi

  • A God Am I: Prone to delusions of godhood, especially when Her magic gets supercharged in books six and eight.
  • Ax-Crazy: most promiently when she attacks Cudgeon for treachery.
  • Big Bad: In books four, eight and six.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Briar Cudgeon, in book two. She ends up killing him for plotting to betray her.
  • Breakout Villain: Was first introduced as a secondary villain in the second book, where she was the Evil Genius to Briar Cudgeon. She eventually became the closest thing the series had to a Big Bad.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She implants a human pituitary gland into her brain in the fourth book. This ends up draining her magic reserves.
  • Cute Is Evil: Her Fairy subspecies, Pixies, are famous for being child-like, cute and adorable-looking. Doesn't prevent her from easily being one of the nastiest character in the whole series.
  • Dark Messiah: Expects to become this in Book eight; she envisions the more warlike elements of fairy society rallying around her and making her empress, after her plan to destroy humanity comes to fruition.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm
  • The Dog Bites Back: She is finally killed by Oro after he is released from her control and she still tries to order him to kill Nopal.
  • Enfante Terrible: When she's posing as a human in The Opal Deception.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Fur and Loathing: She has the seats of her private shuttle lined with animal fur, symbolizing of her rejection of fairies in favor of humans.
  • Insufferable Genius: Just like Foaly she loves to show off how smarter she is than anyone she happens to be in the room with.
  • It's All About Me
  • Kick the Dog: Not only did she kill Root, she tricked Holly into speeding up his demise by shooting the bomb wrapped around his waist, claiming there was a weak spot.
  • The Man Behind the Man: While the B'wa Kell has not always worked for her, she and Cudgeon helped orchestrate it's largest historical campaign against the LEP. She is also this to the Extinctionists in book six.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Never My Fault: She blames Foaly for her decision to implant a human pituitary gland in her skull. The logic involved is probably of the insane troll variety.
  • Properly Paranoid: Sets up an elaborate deathtrap for Holly and Artemis in Book four, with a videofeed so she can watch their demises from her shuttle. When the videofeed shorts out moments before they get devoured by trolls, she decides to proceed with her plan as though they survived and are hunting her down. Given who she's dealing with, this is the right course of action.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In the graphic novel of the second book, Opal is depicted as wearing what looks like a thick sweater and "footy pajamas".
  • Smug Snake:
  • Tempting Fate: In the fourth book, she arrogantly proclaims that magic is of no use to her, and she will rely on science instead. When she needs to use her mesmer powers on a human at the end of the book, it backfires on her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate. Especially truffles.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this in book 4 after Artemis tricks her into detonating the charges needed to complete her plan on her own shuttle, ensuring that her Evil Plan will fail and leaving enough evidence to show that she was behind everything.

Briar Cudgeon

  • Ambition Is Evil: His 'favorite daydream' of a Council seat leads him to one questionable act after another, leading to the following tropes.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Opal Koboi in book two.
  • Combat Pragmatist: On his first arrival at the Fowl Mannor, he wanted to blue rinsed the whole place immediately. Quick, unexpected, clean, and completely against the rules.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Foaly sends a conversation of him admitting his plans to betray Opal to Artemis' mobile phone near the end of book two.
  • Fallen Hero: One of the few on a First Name Basis with Root because of their long friendship and the former's respect for his integrity and sense of duty. Then he lets ambition get the best of him.
  • Lady and Knight: Has this Dynamic Opal Koboi The Artic Incident. Opal is the ojou who does her techo-wizardy from a safe distance and Cudgeon is the Fallen Hero in the thick of things. "I shall be the hero of the resistance and you shall be my princess."
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • The Man Behind The Monsters: In this case, goblins. The B'wa Kell goblin triade were just a public nussiance until he organized and armed them.
  • Smug Snake: Pride outstreching his ability is the reason for his fall.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Julius calls him out on using a troll in the Fowl siege.

The B'wa Kell

The Russian Mafia

Jon Spiro

Arno Blunt

Loafers McGuire

Pex and Chips

Turnball Root

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti-Villain: Somewhat. His motivations in The Atlantis Complex are sympathetic, but it's made clear that he has been anything but an Anti-Villain throughout his career. Artemis states at the end that he finds it hard to really see Turnball as a villain.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: In LEPrecon (in the Artemis Fowl Files), he swallows a lethal spider rather than let his brother take him back to prison. Julius manages to save him, though.
  • Big Bad: Book seven.
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother Julius.
  • Corrupt Cop: He tried to flood a section of Haven in an attempt to wipe out a competitor who was muscling in on his illegal mining operation.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Smug Snake
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Insists on being adressed as captain despite obviously no longer holding that rank in the LEP.

Mervall and Descant Brill

Ark Sool

Leon Abbott

Billy Kong

  • Anime Hair: Invoked by his spiky, multicolored hair, which the narration refers to as "manga hair".
  • Ax-Crazy
  • The Dragon: To Minerva.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He actually has his own reasons to work for Minerva; he plans to kill all demons by sending a bomb in their dimension. He ends up betraying Minerva and holding N1 hostage because of it.
  • Freudian Excuse: His brother made up stories about him fighting shapeshifting demons to cover up his nightly gang escapades. When murdered in a gang war, his brother was driven to kill the demons that supposedly took his brothers life.
  • Knife Nut
  • Multicolored Hair: It's dyed.
  • Psycho for Hire: A shining example of this trope.

Damon Kronski


Madam Ko

Jerbal Argon

    The Eight Fairy Families 
In the Artemis Fowl Universe, Fairies are divided in seven (eventually revealed to be eight) families:





  • Cute Is Evil: Pixies are described as being very cute compared to other fairy subspecies, with a large head and child-like features. The Pixie major characters we get in the series range from Axe Crazy (Opal) to Punch Clock Villain. Even the one Pixie character who isn't a villain started out as a small criminal before making a Heel-Face Turn.



  • Our Centaurs Are Different: For starter, they are super-smart.
  • Properly Paranoid: They are well-known to be a bit paranoid, but considering their species was nearly driven into extinction by humans, who already exterminated their Unicorn cousins...
  • The Smart Guy: They apparently are the most intelligent tribe.



  • Cursed with Awesome: Warlocks never get to turn into adult demons and stay Imps all their lifes, but on the bright side, they are the only demons to develop magic powers.
  • Horned Humanoid
  • Metamorphosis: One major characteristic amongst demons is that they don't grow up gradually; instead, they stay imps, then at some point in their life suddenly turn into cocoons, from which they will emerge as full-grown demons. Imps who never grow up will instead develop magic abilities and become warlocks.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They are creatures evolved from micro-organisms that came from the Moon, and it only gets weirder from there.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Justified; they are more barbaric than the other tribes because they were forced to live outside of time under the influence of a megalomaniac.

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