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These are some of the characters from [[Creator/GarthNix Garth Nix's]] KeysToTheKingdom series and tropes that are associated with them.

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!!Main Characters

!!Arthur Penhaligon

The protagonist of the series, Arthur was an average asthmatic who was about to die until Mister Monday tried to loophole the Will by making him Heir. Even half of Monday's Key was enough to save Arthur's life, however, setting him on the path to collecting all the keys and fulfilling the Will.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of Lord Sunday, Arthur [[spoiler: becomes the New Architect.]]
* TheChosenOne: Possibly deconstructed since he was chosen as he was about to die and Monday expected he would get the Key back.
* CoolShades: [[spoiler:As the New Architect.]]
* TheCorruption: The more he uses the keys, the closer he gets to becoming a Denzien. [[spoiler: Or so he thinks at first, but it turns out humans can't become denizens so he's changing into something else.]]
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Thanks to a 'Thesaurus' denizen he rescued from the pit in Book 2. From book 3 onwards, everyone shows disbelief at who he says he is just because he's not 10 feet tall, has a beard and isn't accompanied by a frog/bear hybrid.
%%* KidHero
%%* IJustWantToBeNormal
* IllBoy: He suffers from asthma as a plot point. Holding a Key alleviates the symptoms.
%%* NewTransferStudent
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Arthur has a habit of making friends wherever he is. It might help however that he says please to denizens, who are surprised someone higher than them actually says it. He gets a lot of extra help this way.
%%* ShroudedInMyth
%%* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: His title.
%%* WeaponOfChoice: The Keys
%%** HeroesPreferSwords: The First and Fourth Keys.
%%** ProngsOfPoseidon: The Third Key.
%%** PowerFist: The Second Key
%%** RoyalRapier: The Fourth Key in its combat form.


!!Suzy Turquoise Blue

One of the Piper's Children, and one of Arthur's few friends in the House.
%%* GenkiGirl
%%* GuileHero
%%* InnocentFanserviceGirl
%%* KidHero
* NiceHat: A slightly squashed top hat.
* OvernightAgeUp: [[spoiler: In ''Lord Sunday'''s epilogue, requested of the New Architect given her actual age. She also calls dibs on being Lady Sunday.]]
%%* PluckyGirl
* Really700YearsOld: Like most of the Piper's Children.



One of Arthur's friends from Earth, Leaf is largely the POV character for all the strange things that happen on Earth due to the chaos in the House.
%%* KidHero
* ISeeDeadPeople / ISeeThemToo: She can see things from the House that are supposed to be InvisibleToNormals, due apparently to the spiritual sense she gets from her grandmother.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Hippie parents strike even TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.


!!Fred Initial Numbers Gold

One of the Piper's Children, serving in the Glorious Army of the Architect.
* BlackBestFriend: To Arthur in Sir Thursday.


[[folder:The Will]]
!!The Will/Dame Primus/[[spoiler: The Architect]]

The Will of the Architect, a sentient piece of magical legislation sent to the Trustees for them to carry out. Instead, they ripped it into seven pieces and imprisoned each.

* BigGood: [[spoiler: Not quite.]]
%%* TheChessmaster
* EmbodimentOfVirtue: Each part of The Will represents one of seven virtues. In order: Fortitude, Prudence, Faith, Justice, Temperance, Charity, and Hope.
* FrogsAndToads: Part 1, Fortitude, manifests as a toad.
* LazyBum / LawfulStupid / ObstructiveBureaucrat: Part 2, Prudence, refuses to acknowledge Arthur as the Rightful Heir without proper documentation. As such, they're forced to carry it around, while it does nothing but sleep.
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat
%%* HaveYouSeenMyGod
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Temperance is perhaps the most reasonable of the Will's pieces.
%%* SupportingLeader
* TooDumbToLive:
** Most of the individual pieces. Dame Primus is generally much better about this.
** Part 4, Justice, attacks [[spoiler: The Piper]] in negotiations.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever
* WingedHumanoid: Initially, but as more parts were added to her, they soon faded away.


!!The Trustees
[[folder:The Trustees as a whole]]

The rulers of the House, who were meant to carry out the Will of the Architect. They refused to give up power, tearing up the Will and imprisoning the pieces.
* HourOfPower: The Trustees can only visit the Secondary Realms on the day they are named after. Their Dawn, Noon and Dusk are restricted to their time of day.
%%* DayOfTheWeekName
* EvilOverlord: All of them, to one degree or another (except Wednesday).
* SevenDeadlySins: Each of them now represents one of the seven sins, [[spoiler: having been corrupted by the Will]].


!!Mister Monday

The first Trustee, who suffers from Sloth.
* TheAtoner: Once Arthur takes the key away from him and heals his mind, Monday becomes a much better and more-helpful person.
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: Delayed, but present: he and Tuesday both [[spoiler: get assassinated off-page by Dame Primus partway through the third book.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Quite calculating and clever in his machinations, despite wanting to just sleep all day.
* LazyBum: Does nothing but sleep, although it's suggested he can communicate words with a flicker of eyelids.
* LetsGetDangerous: When he finally steps into the fray, well, see ScaledUp below.
* SaveTheVillain: Arthur heals his 'Sloth' affliction at the end of the book, resulting in him becoming cheery and less evil.
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: Can transform into a massive serpent to attack.]]


!!Grim Tuesday

The second Trustee, who suffers from Greed.
* CoolTrain: Covered in spikes on the outside to stop denizens climbing on it, and is the only way to get in, or out, of the massive pit in the Secondary Realms. Also has an equally cool train station (Which Tuesday has to repair all the time because it keeps being degraded by nothing) copied from one on Earth.
* CreativeSterility: Can create beautiful things, and combine existing things to make something new, but not from scratch.
* TheCollector: Has a tower filled with treasures, including [[spoiler: The Mariner.]]
%%* {{Greed}}
* LeanAndMean: 7 feet tall.
* TrickedOutGloves: The Second Key, in the form of a pair of gauntlets which can be used to create things out of nothing.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Sort of. He wears a leather one and [[SleevesAreForWimps nothing else]] above the waist.
* UnusualEyebrows: Well, one eyebrow. Both got singed off in an explosion of nothing but one gained sentience and helps out Arthur.


!!Drowned Wednesday

The third Trustee, who suffers from Gluttony.
* BalefulPolymorph: Her Leviathan form, a gigantic whale.
* BigEater: Oh yeah. Ties in to her sin of {{Gluttony}}.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Her body works like this, especially in human form. Apparently everything contracts or grows depending on her size.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: She struggles to maintain her human form as she dies rather than becoming the malformed beast Arthur had seen earlier. Arthur notes that it seems to be taking a large amount of effort to do so.]]
%%* ProngsOfPoseidon: Her key.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She attempts to give Arthur the Key and Will of her own accord, knowing she wasn't a suitable Duchess of the Border Sea. [[spoiler: [[ForWantOfANail If she hadn't told]] [[BigBad Superior Saturday]] [[ForWantOfANail of her plan prior, she would have been much more successful.]]]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only Trustee to seek to give Arthur her Key willingly. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a bad thing in the end.]]
* WombLevel: [[spoiler: Since Feverfews island is inside her, they have to go into her mouth to defeat him.]]


!!Sir Thursday

The fourth Trustee, who suffers from Wrath.
* BadBoss: He spends a fair bit of his page time beating up his subordinates. And then there's [[spoiler: his killing of the mind-controlled Piper's Children]]
* {{BFS}}: His key, while it's in his possession.
* DrillSergeantNasty: A particularly nasty one.
* HairTriggerTemper: He shreds a map with a bayonet upon the mere description of the New Nithling's attack. However it's implied he was holding back, [[spoiler: as the fourth part of the will was waiting for him to become angry enough to break free of his control.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: Upon talking to Arthur for the first time in private, he makes it quite clear he does not plan to relinquish the Fourth Key or Will without a change in orders from Lord Sunday or his deputy, Superior Saturday.
* UnstoppableRage: It takes his three Lieutenants to hold him back while Arthur tries to get control of the Fourth key.
* VillanousValor: His incredible willpower and self-control is the only thing holding back the power of the Will, and it must be ''constant''. It'd be almost inspiring if he weren't such a violent jerk anyway.
%%* WouldHurtAChild: Oh, yes.


!!Lady Friday

The fifth Trustee, who suffers from Lust.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Her addiction to "experiencing."
* {{Lust}}: Interpreted for a younger audience as an insatiable desire for the experiences and pleasures of mortal life, rather than, well...
%%* MagicMirror: Her key.
%5* WingedHumanoid: Can become this.


!!Superior Saturday

The sixth Trustee, who suffers from Envy.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Except really a DiscOneFinalBoss.]]
* CantCatchUp: To Lord Sunday. He even mocks her for it by giving her glimpses of the Incomparable Gardens.
* {{Envy}}: Being the ''second'' most powerful being in the universe is utterly intolerable to her not for the privileges that being the top dog would grant her, but because the thought of someone having it better than her consumes her.
%%* EvilSorcerer
%%* TheStarscream
%%* TheUnfought
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Physically appears very rarely, though is behind most of the evil throughout the books.
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair


!!Lord Sunday

The seventh Trustee, he suffers from Pride.
* AffablyEvil: He offers to let Arthur go free if he relinquishes his Keys to him, which will enable him to stop the flow of Nothing, and will not get involved in further intrusions on Earth. However, he does so whilst threatening to have [[EyeScream Arthurs eyes removed...]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With the Mariner near the end of the book.
%%* DimensionLord
* GenreSavvy: Knows about Saturday's attempts to reach his tower, but doesn't care.
%%* {{Pride}}
* SatanicArchetype: Almost certainly intended to bring this to mind given his sin and position.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: Takes the form of a Piper's Child in order to fool Arthur.]]


!!Other Characters

[[folder:The Old One]]
!!The Old One

The second oldest entity in existence, outpaced only by the Architect herself.
* ChainedToARock: A clock, with torture-puppets instead of cuckoos that rip out his eyes every day.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: His eyes do regrow almost as soon as his daily torture is over. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it hurt less.
* EyeScream: It could be worse. Used to be his liver, as per the ShoutOut below. He almost lets it happen to Arthur instead, just to see if he's fallen far enough to let it happen for a moment's reprive. He hasn't, but it's a close thing. After all, Arthur's won't grow back...
* ShoutOut: To [[ClassicalMythology Prometheus]].


[[folder:The Mariner]]
!!The Mariner

Son of the Old One and the Architect, the Mariner explores the Secondary Realms as a sailor.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* EmpathicWeapon: The Harpoon seems to be of this ilk.
* FatherNeptune: The Platonic ideal, more or less.
* ShoutOut: To the [[Literature/RimeOfTheAncientMariner Ancient Mariner]].


[[folder:The Piper]]
!!The Piper

Another son of the Old One and the Architect, the Piper is best known for calling mortal children to the House. He was exiled into Nothing centuries ago.
* BodyHorror: Being soaked in corrosive proto-matter is ''awful'' for the complexion.
* CoolMask: To cover his deformity.
* MagicalFlutist: Many of his powers revolve around the use of music.
%%* MagicMusic
* ShoutOut: To ThePiedPiperOfHamelin.
* TheStarscream: Exiled for attempting to usurp the Architect, and is currently trying to conquer the House again with a new army behind him.


!! Pravuil

An ally of Arthur's in the House.
* DeceptiveDisciple: [[spoiler: Pretends to follow Arthur in ''Mister Monday'' only to later betray him and join Superior Saturday.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Disappears after nuking the hospital and isn't seen again.]]