Characters: Empire of the Ants

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  • Bad Ass: Manages to visit the human world twice and survive both times, defeated a human at some point and once forced a bird into retreating by shooting it in the eye.
  • Characterisation Marches On: The first book despict her as a soldier of apparently average intelligence compared to 56. Later books emphasize her curiosity and despict her as incredibly smart for an ant, capable of understanding human culture and even adapt some of their concept to Ant society. By the time of Book 3, she had been so influenced by human culture that many Ants consider her a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: From a Humans Are Cthulhu perspective, she is the only known Ant to have defeated humans. Though her success in Book 2 was mostly thanks to luck (the human happened to be allergic to bees), the second Book has her defeat Maximilien Linard.
  • Easy Sex Change: more like easy sex add. All she had to do was eating some wasp meal and she became a fertile female.
  • Genius Bruiser: From the Ants' perspective; she is despicted as big and strong by Ants' standards, but it's also pretty clear she is one of the smartest in her colony (at least in the two later books; she was more average before).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Well-known for her very impressive skills at shooting formic acid.
  • No Biological Sex: Kind of in the two first books (Worker ants are sterile, wingless females.) Then she becomes a complete female.
  • Only Sane Man: tends to be this amongst other ants. Ironically, the others ants often think she is insane.
  • Overly Long Name: initially; after defeating a bird in Book 2, she is granted a nickname by her subordinnates and referred as 103.
  • Took a Level in Badass: More like several.


  • The Cassandra: The ants don't want to listen to him when he tries to warn them about the ant-slaughter he has witnessed, since he fails to bring proof. The ant Mibs didn't help.
  • Decoy Protagonist: he is the first ant character introduced in the book, and the one followed for most of the beginning of the story, making you think he might be the hero... until he is killed right toward the middle of the book.
  • Token Boy
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: strongly hinted with 56. It didn't end well, even by Ants' standards.


  • Bad Ass: Just see all the dangers she survives in Book 1.
  • The Charmer: It takes her around a few seconds after meeting 103,683 to convince her to join her just with words.
  • Fantastic Racism: to her, humans are "puny parasites" that need to be exterminated. Not that she had no reason to think so...
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: in the second book, at least from humans' perspective.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: she is forced to eat her own eggs to survive when she's starting to create her own colony.
  • Karmic Death: She dies at the hand of the Deist Ants she had been persecuting for the whole book, after seeing the crusade she attempted against humans fail spectacularly.
  • Rogue Protagonist: Sort of; she doesn't really switch side, but Book 2 despicts her as much more antagonistic, organizing a crusade to exterminate humanity, leaving the previous queen's human friends to starve to death and trying to purge the colony from all pro-humans ants.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Not exactly badassery, but she really under-evaluated the humans' number, size and nature. Her crusade against them in Book 2 borders on Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu.



  • Foil: To 9.
  • Knight Templar: In the third Book.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She grows more and more irrational about her faith in Humans as Gods over the course of Book 2 and 3. By the third book, 103 is forced to have her kicked out of the colony because of this.


  • Character Development: Starts out as a Naive Newcomers following 23 in her religion. Eventually grows into a completely different character.
  • Easy Sex Change: Similarly to 103, gets turned into a male in the third book.
  • Love Interest: To 103 in the third Book.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: In the second book, before Character Development kicks in.
  • Out with a Bang: 103 knowns that, since male ants can't survive mating, she can't allows herself to have sex with 23 in the third Book, since she cares too much about him. They eventually do it when it appears they are probably going to die anyway.


  • Fantastic Racism: Toward Humans.
  • Foil: To both 103 and 23. She is obsessed with seeing humans as monsters who must be exterminated, in contrast to 103's curiosity about them and 23's conviction that they are gods.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu / Humans Are the Real Monsters: All Ants have this kind of vision of humans, but she especially stands as the most violent.
  • Irrational Hatred: Her hates of humans reach such level that she eventually turns against 103 and tries to kill her just for possibly be in league with humans. All of this while they are in the middle of a human city, with her, 103 and 23 as the only survivors of the crusade.
  • Knight Templar: She is even more hateful toward Humans than Chli-Pou-Ni is.


Edmond Wells

Jonathan Wells

Jacque Melies

  • Ascended Fanboy: In his backstory; he always was a big fan of detective novels and polar before becoming a detective himself.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: with Laetitia Wells.
  • Genre Savvy: Though he does make mistakes, he is good at his jobs. Later revelations from the Ramirez show that, despite what was initially apparent, he was the closest to the truth.
  • Great Detective: a rare case where the detective actually is part of the cops.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Much to Laetitia's surprise, he chose to leave the Ramirez alone after finding out the motive behind their murders.

Laetitia Wells

Arthur Ramirez

Maximilien Linard