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The Determinator: Emma Tolly seems to be much more persevering than Emilia Moon. She manages to escape from Bloor's in the first book by herself, and continuously strives to rescue Olly Sparks from invisibility and captivity in Bloor's Academy in the third book.
Unrequited Love: For Tancred, until they finally become a couple at the end of the final book.
A storm-bringer, Tancred is descended from Petrello. His Scandinavian ancestor was named after the thunder god, Thor.
Face-Heel Turn: Temporarily in the fourth book, due to Joshua Tilpin's gift of magnetism. Luckily he becomes good again when Olivia makes Joshua Tilpin repellent to the endowed by making it seem as if he were covered with spiders.
Corrupt the Cutie: In the final book, Titania Tilpin tricks Olivia into wearing a bewitched belt which turns her evil. Luckily Emma and Alice Angel bring Olivia back to her old self by replacing the bad belt with a new, good one.
A Chinese girl who was adopted by Bartholomew Bloor long ago after her parents died in a flood. Can send shadow messages to others, provided they have their curtains drawn back. She is descended from Amadis.
The Mole: Ezekiel convinces Billy to spy on Charlie in the first book by telling him he'll be adopted. Billy tells the Bloors of Emma's awakening, which leads to Emma being taken back to the Academy in the middle of the night.
The Pawn: To the Bloors Billy is just a tool they use to spy on Charlie and the good endowed.
Playing with Fire: Manfred Bloor, upon losing his hypnotism power, begins instead to develop fire powers like his ancestor Borlath. This is especially terrifying for the younger kids when the only other firestarter in the series was a cruel, brutal tyrant whose greatest sport was stated to be torture.
A telekinetic, and descended from Olga. She comes from a line of Polish magicians. She is related to Idith and Inez Branko. She leaves Bloor's Academy after the third book to attend university as she is a mathematical genius.
The Sadist: They enjoy causing chaos in the schoolyard.
The Stoic: They never show any emotions on their faces, except when someone is in trouble.
A small scrawny boy with a strange magnetic talent who is first introduced in book four. At first his origins are unknown, but it is discovered that he is descended from Lilith and Count Harken Badlock and Ms Chrystal is his mother.
Charm Person: Joshua is a human magnet in every sense of the word.
Descended from Cafal, Asa becomes a werebeast at dusk. Asa is originally evil, but turns good after the sixth book.
Animal Eyes: Asa's most distinct feature is his wolfish-yellow eyes.
Body Horror: Asa when he changes from human to beast, or vice versa.
Book Dumb: Justified, since children of Merromals reportedly have academic difficulties.
Involuntary Shapeshifting: With a sufficient light source, Asa is human. But in the dark, he cannot retain that shape, instead automatically transforming into a beast — the eponymous "Wilderness Wolf" of the sixth book. Being trapped as an animal for too long can also have a bad effect on his sanity, though luckily he manages to hold himself together enough to not rip apart his rescuers when they come for him.
My Instincts Are Showing: Asa at times. Especially prominent where Yolanda was concerned, as he was attracted to her specifically because her powers were similar to his.
Heel-Face Turn: It's implied that Asa actually might have rejoined the Bloors, had they not seen fit to lock him up for a few months in a cave, later on without sunlight (which is what he requires in order to be human). In other words, they deprived him of his humanity for several weeks and nearly starved him to death in the process. Their actions also led up to Asa's father being shot and killed by local hunters. It's no wonder he turned his back on them completely after that.
Mysterious Past: Next to nothing is known about Asa's family or past until the sixth book.
Benjamin is Charlie's oldest friend and lives across the street from him. He is small with straw-blonde coloured hair, and has no other friends other than Charlie. He owns a dog called Runner Bean. His parents are detectives.
Parental Neglect: Benjamin's parents leave him alone at home quite a number of times because of their job as detectives. Benjamin is said to almost always have to cook his own dinner, because his parents aren't there to do it for him. In Midnight for Charlie Bone, however, they change their ways after Paton calls them back from their wild goose chase and tells them they should be home more often.
Put on a Bus: In the third book, when he goes to Hong Kong with his parents.
Dr Bloor's father and Ezekiel's son. Is the White Sheep of the Bloor family.
Anger Born of Worry: Bartholomew is furious with Naren when she goes into the city against his wishes and brings Charlie back with her, because she could have been captured by the Bloors and he was afraid for her well-being.
Bold Explorer: After his wife dies and his family turns his back on him, Bartholomew becomes an explorer. It is said that he visited almost every country in the world. He writes diaries of his adventures which he later gives to Charlie Bone to help him defeat Count Harken Badlock.
Head of the Music Department, and a descendant of the Red King. Has an endowment which is not fully specified. Later in the series he helps fight against the Bloors, and displays an attraction to Treasure, the Bloor Academy cook.
A young art teacher at the Academy. He is friendly and often helps the good children of the Red King. In the third book it's discovered that he is searching for his brother Ollie Sparks who was abducted and turned invisible by the Bloors. He is hypnotized by Yolanda Yewbeam, but recovers his memories at the end of the book when Yolanda dies.
Identity Amnesia: Samuel is hypnotized by Yolanda into forgetting who he is. Luckily, after her death the spell over him is broken and he is reunited with his younger brother.
The Determinator: Despite the dangers and opposition, Samuel searches for his missing brother Ollie (the invisible boy), even taking a job at Bloor's in the hopes of learning his whereabouts. Before coming to Bloor's, he went to five castles that the Bloors owned, thinking that Ollie could be held in one of those.
Bloor Academy's cook. She is dedicated to keeping the balance between the good and bad endowed children.
Balance Of Good And Evil: This actually is almost her downfall in the fourth book when the good children start getting systematically picked off by the bad ones.
The gardener, handyman, driver, chauffeur and porter at Bloor's Academy. He is a bald, well muscled man who is one of Count Harken Badlock's followers, and works for the Bloors.
Weedon's wife. She runs the green canteen and is disliked by all students for being grumpy and mean.
A music teacher at the Academy, teacher trumpet to Charlie in the later part of the series. It turns out that he is a descendant of the Red King and helps Lyell out when he is the Red Knight by making sure Charlie does not find out who the Red Knight really is in case he is captured by the Bloors.
A music teacher at the Academy, teaches violin and piano. She is later revealed to be an evil witch
Basement-Dweller: After she is outed as a witch, she is forced into hiding in a basement in Bloor's Academy.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, Ms Chrystal appears to be an attractive, nice, open-minded person who is always on the side of the children. She shows her true colours later on when she brings Count Harken Badlock into the world.
Not Good with Rejection: Ms Chrystal was deeply in love with Lyell Bone, and she thought he loved her too, but he rejected her and married Amy Jones instead. It did not go down well with her.
The Determinator: And how. After Lyell rejects her, she waits fourteen years to have her revenge and brings Count Harken into the world. Then after the enchanter is banished, and the Mirror of Amoret is broken, she hides in the Academy and keeps trying to fix the Mirror and find a way to bring Harken back.
Woman Scorned: She bears Lyell a grudge for rejecting her for Amy and is determined to have her revenge on him. In the fifth book she brings Count Harken into the world and tries to make sure Lyell doesn't wake up from his trance.
A sadistic shapeshifter, Yorath is the father of Yolanda. He is over one hundred years old and is forced to survive by feeding from other beings.
Character Death: He's killed by Christopher Crowquill, who sacrifices his own life by pushing him off the edge of a cliff.
The Corrupter: Yolanda seems to be fond of corrupting people. First, before the series begins, she corrupts Paton's four sisters into what they are now, and in the third book she turns Dorcas Loom to the evil side.
The Heartless: Yolanda doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone.
The mother of Lyell Bone and grandmother of Charlie Bone. Also known as Grandma Bone. She lives in Filbert Street with Charlie and his family.
Antagonistic Offspring: Her son Lyell refuses to side with the Bloors and Yewbeams, which causes Grizelda to turn against him.
I Have No Son: Grizelda's general feelings towards Lyell after he 'breaks the rules'. She turns her back to him and allows him to be hypnotized and lost, and later only thinks of his as an unfortunate episode that has passed.
Heroic Neutral: This is Paton's stance until the end of the first book.
It's All My Fault: Paton never forgives himself for not meeting Lyell at the cathedral on the day Lyell disappeared, and blames himself for what happened.
Magic Enhancement: Paton is a "power booster", though this mainly extends just to electronics, lightbulbs in particular. He also knows how to utilize this power effectively, and even manages to fatally electrocute Yolanda with it.
Mentor: To Charlie.
Missing Mom: Paton's mother died when he was seven, after being pushed down a staircase by Yolanda Yewbeam in Yewbeam Castle.
Parental Substitute: Paton seems to get into this role as the series goes along. At first he is aloof and a loner, but after he puts his head up he begins to be more of an influence in Charlie's life, and helps Charlie undo whatever evil the Bloors have done and get him out of any trouble he has with Grandma Bone. It's justified, since with Charlie's father out of the picture for ten years, and Paton being the only reliable adult male in 9 Filbert Street, then of course Charlie would turn to Paton for the sort of fatherly or familial support he needs. By the end of the series it's clear that they have grown really close and that Charlie looks up to Paton a lot and is terribly upset when he believes Paton has died during the final battle on the heath.
Sword Cane: Paton has one in his walking stick, used in the final battle. And it's electrified.
The Confidant: Seems to have been this for Lyell, and eventually becomes this for Charlie.
This Means War!: When Paton goes to help Benjamin and Runner Bean (who's been attacked by a beast), and sees his sister Eustacia acting as Benjamin's sitter so that the Bloors can steal Dr Tolly's case, he effectively declares war on his sisters, realising that they've gone too far this time and need to be stopped.
Charlie's father, and Amy's husband. He is an organist who disappeared in 1994 while trying to stop the abduction of Emma Tolly. He is hypnotized by Manfred Bloor into forgetting who he is and spends the next ten years disguised as a teacher at Bloor's Academy. He is eventually woken up and is reunited with his wife and son. During the last three books, he and Amy pretend to go on a second honeymoon while Lyell roams the city as the Red Knight.
Brainwashed: By Manfred Bloor, eight years before the beginning of the series, for trying to prevent the abduction of Emma Tolly (and also because he knocked Ezekiel Bloor to the ground, crippling him permanently).
Brainwash Residue: It's said that Lyell did not fully recover from his long ordeal by the time of the events of book six.
Chekovs Gunman: He's Mr Pilgrim, the strange piano teacher at Bloor's Academy. He's also the Red Knight in books six, seven and eight.
Mysterious Past: While he's hypnotised, he's frequently thought of as mysterious.
Mysterious Protector: Lyell is this in the last three books. The children and adults in the city (except for a chosen few) have no idea he is the Red Knight.
Never Found the Body: Even though his car crashed into a quarry, his body was never found. This is because the Bloors and Yewbeams dragged him out of the car just before it went over the edge of the quarry.
Took a Level in Badass: In the last three books. Though he is still recovering from his ten-year-long trance, Lyell chooses to roam around the city as the Red Knight, protecting the endowed children, including his own son. With a mare that used to be the Queen, an unbeatable sword and the Red King's cloak, he kills a fair amount of enemies during very dramatic battles. He even kills Harken, a powerful enchanter.
Shrinking Violet: She is described as rather timid and quiet during the first five books of the series. However, when she gets her husband back she seems to become a lot more confident and develops more poise.
Team Mom: By the fifth book, Amy seems to have befriended quite a few of Charlie's friends' parents, most notably Mrs Gunn.
Amy's mother and a widow. She is very cheerful, plump and bossy.
Secret Legacy: Maisie is descended from Mathonwy, a magician and friend of the Red King.
The Pets' Cafe
A small man who has a way with animals, Mr Onimous is a friend to the good endowed and aids them repeatedly in their fight against the Bloors. He looks after the three Flame cats, Leo, Sagittarius and Aries. His wife runs a Pets' Cafe where he can be found helping out.
Introduced in the sixth book, she is the owner of a kettle shop in Piminy Street. She is also secretly a blacksmith and is descended from Feromal.
The rightful guardian of Billy Raven. He was sent to prison for eight years for supposedly robbing a bank. He concerns himself with the safety of Billy, but ultimately he sacrifices his life to save Paton Yewbeam's.
Bartholomew Bloor's second wife, and Naren's adopted mother.
A very curious boy who once attended Bloor's Academy in the music department. He disappeared before the beginning of the series and is revealed to have been held captive in Bloor's Academy by the Bloors, who were using him to experiment with invisibility. He is eventually rescued and made invisible again by the good endowed.
Put on a Bus: At the end of Castle of Mirrors, after hearing of Christopher Crowquill's death, Alice leaves the city, intending never to return there.
The Bus Came Back: In the final book she returns, after realising that Olivia is in trouble. She then proceeds to stay for the final battle and by the end is settled in the city permanently again.
Cook's sister. She lives with James Yewbeam, and is his housekeeper and caretaker.
Emma Tolly's father and Nancy Tolly's husband. He was a brilliant but lazy inventor who chose to give away his only daughter to the Bloors in exchange for an exciting challenge. He eventually regrets this and tries to put it right, but is murdered before he can.
A magician and ancestor of all endowed children, this is the man who started it all. He came out of Africa in the twelfth century and settled in England, marrying Berenice, a daughter of a knight of Toledo, and having ten children who each inherited a part of his power. He was accompanied by three leopards, who later became the Flame cats.
Badass in Distress: First in The Stones Of Ravenglass, when Timoken is imprisoned after being accused of killing his friend Mabon the archer, and then in Leopards' Gold, when he is captured by the Damzel of Decay and imprisoned in a lake underwater.
I Gave My Word: Timoken promised Berenice that he would never raise a hand against his children.
It's All My Fault: Timoken blames himself for his children's betrayal and his family's troubles, as he has one foot in the realm of enchantments and that causes him and his family to be targeted by evil forces.
True Companions: With Beri and his friends Peredur, Mabon, Gereint and Edern, whom he rescued from slavers in The Secret Kingdom
Walking the Earth: Timoken and his sister Zobayda spend centuries doing this, after they are forced to flee their kingdom after it is attacked.
Queen Berenice (Beri)
The kind, spirited wife of the Red King. She died when their youngest child, Amoret, was born, but was later resurrected by Ezekiel Bloor in the form of her favorite mare. She now lives in the ruins of the Red Castle with the tree that is the Red King.
The Red King's third daughter, and an illusionist and psychic. She is one of the good children who flees the castle when Harken takes over. She marries an Italian prince, Enrico, and has seven daughters, all witches. The Vertigos, Sages and Silks are descended from her.
The husband of Amoret, and father of Roland. He is a giant who finds himself trapped in Badlock and separated from his wife and son for twenty years. In the seventh book Charlie and Paton help him reunite with Amoret in the Castle of Mirrors.
Otus and Amoret's son. He is the direct ancestor of the Yewbeams.
Amadis' youngest son and only survivor of the fire in the Castle of Mirrors. He could talk to animals. He is the ancestor of the Ravens and Crowquills.