Reassignment Backfire: Laseen demoted him to Sergeant and put him in the front lines at Pale and Darujhistan in an attempt to get him killed. This leads to him and the entirety of Onearm's Host defecting to Brood's campaign against the Pannion Domin.
Can't Stay Normal: Whether it's falling for a mage, being used by the Adjunct, gaining a sword blessed by Oponn, absorbing the blood of a Hound of Shadow, or becoming Master of the Deck Paran cannot seem to stay away from the supernatural.
The Chosen One: Becomes Master of the Deck of Dragons in Memories of Ice, a position he'd really rather avoid.
Cool Sword: For a while. His sword, Chance was blessed/cursed by Oponn.
Scary Black Man: Black-skinned, and pretty damn scary. Even if he's on your side.
The Smart Guy: For the Bridgeburners and the Malazan Army in general. It's been said that if Kruppe is one of the smartest people in the world, than Quick Ben is only a step behind him. A short one, mind you.
Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: After Quick Ben unleashes half of his warrens (sources of magical power) to blast Korbal Broach through a wall, Bauchelain, partner of the aforementioned Korbal Broach, notes that Quick Ben's power is most impressive, but that, in retrospect, he ought to have saved at least half his warrens.
"But Bauchelain," replies Quick Ben, "I did."
He then blows Bauchelain through the wall too.
Taking You with Me: Quick Ben goes out in a literal blaze of glory in Dust of Dreams unleashing all his magic at once to eliminate part of a attacking Nah-ruk invasion force. It doesn't help the Bridgeburners much...
It also doesn't stick.
The Trickster: Definitely has some aspects of this trope. He alters his plans easily, and plays with mortals, Ascendants and gods with equal ease.
"He was Quick Ben. He thought outwitting gods was fun." (Dust of Dreams)
Heel-Face Turn: Joins Onearm's Host in the guise of Artanthos, the standard bearer.
Person of Mass Destruction: When he unleashes his Warrens in full during a battle with the Pannion Domin, he takes out all of their wizards, knocks down a third of the walls of their capital city, and causes Korlat, who had only heard about his duel with Rake, to nearly pass out as she realizes her lord tried to fight that.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Escorted 30,000 Malazan refugees across the worst desert in the world, under constant attack from dozens of different armies and in constant danger of starvation. His reward? To be abandoned by his superiors and crucified right outside the walls of Aren. Most of the refugees were Ungrateful Bastards as well.
Stuffed In The Fridge: His death serves only to force Cutter to kill Gorlas Vidikas, which is in and of itself, completely irrelevant to the overall plot of both the entire series, and Toll the Hounds.
The Alcoholic: When the story begins he hasn't been sober since losing his land.
"Kallor Eiderann Tes'thesula each time you rise you shall than fall. All that you achieve shall turn to dust in your hands. As you have willfully done here, so shall it be visited upon you in all that you do."
Lone Dalek: In Toll the Hounds, where the degree that Kallor's life has sucked becomes apparent. It's almost entirely his own fault, but you can still feel a certain amount of pity for him.
Master Swordsman: In one hundred thousand years, Kallor has never been defeated. Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because he picks his opponents well.
Misanthrope Supreme: Kallor is fully aware that he is a spiteful, vicious minded bastard, who takes out his frustrations on everyone around him. He also believes that Humans Are Bastards, and that as such, his tyranny and brutality are not only justified, but the norm.
Pride: Kallor is arrogant, prone to overestepping his bounds, and very touchy about insults to his person. And then there's the whole, "allowing a continent to die rather than relinquishing control of it" thing, and the obsession with power and becoming an Ascendant.
Really 700 Years Old: He's older than most Ascendants, despite being completely mortal. He was cursed over 120 000 years ago and is still alive and kicking.
Sanity Slippage: Seems to have suffered some between Memories of Ice and Toll the Hounds.
Lord of Moon's Spawn, leader of the Tiste Andii, wielder of Dragnipur, eldest son of Mother Dark metaphorically; Andarist is older than him, Knight of High House Dark, and all-around badass, he initially opposes the Malazan Empire's invasion of Genabackis, before allying with Dujek Onearm to take on the Crippled God's forces. He has a long-standing alliance with Caladan Brood.
A Father to His Men: Several of the Tiste Andii are so tired of their own immortality they have more or less chosen to commit suicide. The only reason they are still alive is that Anomander Rake asks them to live.
I Have Many Names: Anomander/Anomandaris Rake/Irake/Purake/Draginipurake, in all combinations. Also sometimes referred to as the Lord of Moon's Spawn, the Mane of Chaos, and the (First) Son of Darkness.
Who Wants to Live Forever??: The reason he sells the services of the Tiste Andii off as mercenaries is to pevent them from becoming suicidal over the boredom of their eternal life; in effect, he is trying to inspire them to fight and live for something bigger than themselves in defiance of this trope, though he fears it is a losing battle.
Your Soul Is Mine: Anyone killed by Dragnipur is sealed within the Warren inside it for all eternity.
Determinator: And a prime example at that. Despite being completely outmatched, he manages to duel Kallor for an entire night, lasting from dusk until dawn. He's cut to pieces in the attempt but never falls down. All because Rake asked him to stand between Kallor and Darujhistan.
Annomander Rake's brother, Silchas Ruin is the youngest of Mother Dark's children, and cruelest. Having been betrayed and sealed by Scabandari Bloodeye, one-time leader of the Tiste Edur, he has sworn to have his revenge on Bloodeye and his kin.
Eldest son of Father Light, and ruler of the Tiste Liosan, Osseric was the counterpart, rival, and former companion of Anomander Rake. The Champion of High House Light, worshipped as a god by the Tiste Liosan, and a famed figure within the Malazan mythos, Osseric has long since withdrawn from the world and has no desire to interact with it.
A God Am I: Worshipped as a god by the Liosan. Osseric himself notes wryly that the Liosan have always worshipped themselves, and he is just a convenient figurehead for their narcissism.
One-time leader of the Tiste Edur, Scabandari led the Tiste exodus from Kurald Galain in the company of Silchas Ruin. Coming to a new world, Scabandari betrayed Silchas, and was himself slain by the Elder Gods Kilimandaros and Mael.
Deliberate Injury Gambit: As a T'lan Imass, Tool can surive anything short of beheading or total dismemberment. It's not surprising, therefore, that these kind of tactics feature prominently in his playbook.
Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on his wife, the Imass woman who would later become the Whirlwind Goddess.
A God Am I: Like many Jaghut Tyrants, Raest took perverse delight in being percieved as a god by the Imass.
Armour Is Useless: You don't even find out he was wearing it until several books after the fight. To be fair, he was fighting Dragons, so it probably didn't make all that much difference.
Badass: Hell yes. Possibly one the strongest characters introduced in the series, in terms of raw power (although that may have just been a GOTM thing.
Deadpan Snarker: Is evolving into one as the series progresses. His sense of humour is definitely an odd one though.
Morality Pet: Has several Malazan soldiers find him a dead cat. He brings it to life so that it can keep him company inside the House of Azath and names it Tufty.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Jaghut loathed community and avoided it as though it were a disease, believing it led only to horror and violence. Raest is a tyrant, who gets his kicks out of enslaving weaker species.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Well, sealed in a barrow anyway, and by his own species no less. His Finnest, which contains most of his power, is also an example.
Soul Jar: The Finnest has most of Raest's power in it.
The Undead: He's not Undead like the Imass are, but it's clear that Raest and his body no longer share a particularly intimate connection, and the destruction of the latter causes him few difficulties. A straight example now that he's inside the Azath House.
Troll: Really enjoys jerking Kilmandaros and Mael around.
See Pannion Domin
Break the Cutie: His backstory. His mother was killed by the T'Lan Imass and he was shoved through a rent and into the arms of the K'Chain Che'Malle Matron. This has had a rather negative impact on his sanity.
Big Bad: About as close to one as the series gets. Arguably subverted in that he's treated with considerable sympathy, particularly in the later books, and in the end the protagonists end up having to save him when his plots get Hijacked by the Forkrul Assail.
Black Cloak: Of sorts. He usually covers himself in dark-colored rags, rather than an actual cloak, but the look is very similar.
Disabled Deity: It's in the name. He's not a paragon of mental health, either.
Dysfunction Junction: His followers. It's entirely deliberate too. The Crippled God desires every member of his House to be as flawed, mentally and/or physically as he is.
Evil Cripple: Evil due to crippling. The Fall destroyed his mind.
Freudian Excuse: The Fall did not do good things to his sanity. The fact that most of the pantheon has periodically gotten together and chained him up for, from his perspective, no real reason didn't help either.
God of Evil: Deconstructed. He's more like a god of suffering, and that suffering includes his own. While he's initially presented as causing it, in the end after the Bonehunters risk everything to save him from the Assail and succeed, he ends up becoming the god who has sympathy for those who suffer.
Well, at least up until the point Cotillion kills him with a surprise backstab.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Fall left him crippled, agonised and totally insane. He seems to be out to destroy the world in order to make the pain go away. It's very hard not to feel bad for him on some level.
After his plans get taken over by the Forkrul Assail, who are basically using his heart as an Artifact of Doom, he turns into more of a straight-up Woobie.
I Have Many Names: Rhulad Sengar, The Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, The King in Chains.
Immortality Hurts: Between getting tortured by the Crippled God in the afterlife, the Body Horror from his funeral, his bride committing suicide rather than bearing his child, and his enroaching insanity, yeah.
Trauma Conga Line: His brother is murdered by Karsa, his bride kills herself, his parents are drowned in his dungeon, his people are scheming against him, he's slowly going mad, and that's without getting into the horror show that is his curse.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's hard to not to sympathise with him, after his mind starts to slowly break apart because of his deaths... and deaths of his loved ones. Also Udinaas, his only friend, betrays him - or so he thinks...
He-Man Woman Hater: Not a straight example as he doesn't hate women, but he does believe them to be inferior, and holds them in deep contempt, believing that rape is totally okay. His interactions with Samar Dev and various other women may be improving him for the better, although it's hard to tell.
Shipper on Deck: He seems to want Cutter and Apsalar to be happy. It's just that, well, try as he might to be a kind father figure, he's not the god of happy endings, he's the god of murdering people in the face. It's not working.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Has been gradually remembering the things she did while controlled by The Rope.
Badass: She danced with the Claw. All of the Claw. When she was done, all of her dancing partners lay dead.
Break the Cutie: Twice. After Cotillion's posession she seemed to go back to normal...right up until she started recovering her skills and plunging into whole new depths of Wangst. She's now abandoned Cutter, the one person who really gives a damn about her in order to go off and do god knows what, excusing it by claiming that he'd only get hurt.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: At times, Pust has been known to make comments like "she's falling for my clever scheme" to the person he is trying to manipulate.
Evil Genius: The only reason Shadowthrone keeps him around.
Obfuscating Insanity: Maybe. It's really hard to tell if Pust is faking it, or if he just happens to be both rather bright and totally nuts.
Smarter Than You Look: Despite his craziness, tendency towards accidentally stabbing himself in the foot, and an ego the size of some small countries, Pust is actually quite bright, and at times, suprisingly effective.
Talkative Loon: Trying to shut him up would likely take an act of god. Or several gods.
Action Survivor: Feels like one alongside Envy, Tool, Baaljaag, Gareth and the Seguleh.
Can't Stay Normal: Or dead. He's been attacked by Hairlock and thrown into a rent, accompanied Lady Envy, Body Snatched Anaster and become Mortal Sword of Togg and Fanderay, been killed again, and now serves Hood. Phew!
The Champion: Mortal Sword of Togg and Fanderay, then Knight of Death
The middle Beddict brother. When the Beddict family came dangerously close to becoming Indebted, Tehol took it on himself to keep the family afloat, something he did in secret while attending his instructors. Tehol is an economic savant, and was able to amass one of the largest fortunes in Letheras - a "peak", or one million "thirds", roughly one eighth of the city's combined currency - before going bankrupt literally overnight, nearly crashing the economy of the Empire. What happened to the money is unknown, and Tehol is now a largely forgotten figure living in poverty with his manservant Bugg.
The youngest of the three Beddict brothers. A Finadd (captain) of the Letherii army, he was recently raised to the position of King's Champion, the King's personal bodyguard for his superlative skills as a swordsman. Though he would like nothing more than to be left to do his duty, the intrigues of the Letherii court have a way of enveloping even the most tangential of players.
A burglar who got caught. Deciding to try her luck in the Drownings, she got tangled in detritus in the canals and drowned, only to discover that one of her victims had cursed her with undeath. Much to her frustration, her dead nerves prevent her from enjoying the pleasures of the living, most notably sex. She gives up stealing, not caring about much any longer, until Tehol Beddict contacts her for her services - and offering a way to enjoy carnal pleasures again.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Harlest comes off as rather goofy, with all his talk of "fangs and claws" and his desire to scare people. Then he actually uses said claws in an attack on five Toblakai Ascendents.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Mortal worshippers prayed to him. So he granted their prayers...which promptly caused all sorts of problems and power struggles.
"...K’rul, who answered worship with generosity. Who, assailed by prayers written in spilled blood, gave answer to them. But the power he surrendered was not intended only for those who worshipped him. He has given it freely, to everyone."
Parental Neglect: Doesn't pay much attention to his kids, and named his three daughters Envy, Spite, and Malice (if he had a fourth, she would apparently be named Venom). On the other hand, their mother, Olar Ethil, urges him to kill them, so...
Badass: Curbstomps Kilmandaros and Sechul Lath, both Elder Gods themselves. Also scares the crap out of everyone once they realize that he's been freed from Dragnipur.
Damsel in Distress / Ill Girl: A rather bizarre example. Spends most of the series being slowly poisoned, and although she never actually shows up in person, other characters comment constantly on her deteriorating condition. Mostly because it's making the Crapsack Worldeven worse.
Icarium is an incredibly old being, forever wandering with a sole companion in tow. He is present in the mythology of many cultures, and is feared by most of them. While his companion varies - being often replaced due to the death of the previous one - they are always devoutly loyal, and act as friends, protectors and, above all, minders. Icarium is one of the most powerful beings to walk the planet, and he must always have someone nearby to check his temper. While an incredibly gentle person, should he ever grow angry the consequences for the world would be catastrophic, something he is only vaguely aware of. Fortunately, he suffers from frequent bouts of amnesia, especially when seriously injured, and his natural meekness makes him easy to to keep under control.