Characters: Malazan Book of the Fallen
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Whiskeyjack / Iskar Jarak
Captain Ganoes Paran
- Blessed with Suck: How he sees the intervention of various gods in his life.
- 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.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One
- Nice Guy
- Defector from Decadence: A former High Priest of Shadow.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Shadowthrone, Hood, the Crippled God, Quick Ben's made a very long list of powerful enemies, and doesn't seem to mind in the least.
[...] Of course he was hiding secrets. Of course he was playing unseen games. He was Quick Ben, the last surviving wizard of the Bridgeburners. He thought outwitting gods was fun. [...]
- Insufferable Genius: Occasionally. Though he's usually right.
- 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...
- 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)
- Underestimating Badassery: People and gods do this to Quick Ben a lot. It doesn't usually end well for them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kalam.
- Voice of the Legion: Another character notices that he tends to mutter to himself in different voices.
- Voodoo Doll: Plays with them. Hairlock might count as one as well.
High Mage Tayschrenn
- The Archmage
- Ascend to Ascendant/An Elder God am I: Takes K'rul's place as T'renn in Orb, Sceptre, Throne
- General Ripper: Took Laseen's plan to marginalize the remaining Old Guard way, way too far.
- 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.
- Playing with Fire: Uses High Telas.
- Mercy Kill: Delivered to him by a Malazan marksman to release his soul and spare him the shame of being crucified.
- Messianic Archetype: So, so much.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The leader of the Wickan tribes in service to the empire.
- 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.
- The Stoic
- The Casanova
- Informed Ability: We're often told that Murillio is extremely skilled with the rapier. Usually right before (or as) someone or something kicks his ass.
- Killed Off for Real: And rather pointlessly to boot.
- 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.
Caladan Brood's Forces
Warlord Caladan Brood
Kallor, The High King
- 0% Approval Rating: Apparently how his people felt about him during his stint as The Emperor.
- Age Without Youth: Were it not for his use of Century Candles, Kallor would be too decrepit to move.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wants power, no matter what the price.
- Beard of Evil
- BFS: Not an extreme example, but Kallor's bastard sword is a two-hander and is repeatedly described as "huge", "enormous" and so on.
- Commander Contrarian: Rarely agrees with the strategy suggested by the Alliance.
- Cursed with Awesome: Subverted. Being cursed to live forever sounds great, but with the continuous aging, and Failure Is the Only Option subclause, it really, really appears to suck for him.
- Determinator: Demonstrates some aspects of this in Toll The Hounds.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Three gods cursed Kallor to live forever and never Ascend. He cursed them back. And it worked.
- Face-Heel Turn: Betrays Brood to The Crippled God for a chance at killing Silverfox.
"If you call it a sudden reversal of strategy, the sting fades."
- Elderly Immortal
- The Emperor: He called himself The High King, but he's much closer to this trope, specifically the Evil Overlord/ General Ripper variant.
- Failure Is the Only Option: A part of his curse.
"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."
- Famed In-Story
- Gone Horribly Right: Kallor's curse did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made him an even bigger SOB.
- Hero Killer: Clearly has this status by Toll the Hounds.
- Immortality Hurts: Although he'll deny it to the end.
- 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.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Everybody mocked Kallor as a bullying braggart. Right up until he joins with the Crippled God and performs an epic backstab on Brood's forces. Averted in Toll the Hounds where he approaches near Hero Killer status.
- Number Two: Serves as Brood's second-in-command.
- Precision F-Strike: Twice during his duel with Spinnock Durav in Toll the Hounds.
- 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.
- Time Abyss
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.
- Bad Ass: So. Very. Much.
- Dark Is Not Evil: One of the best examples in modern lit.
- Famed In-Story: There are entire poems about him.
- Fate Worse Than Death: What those slain by Dragnipur (his sword) suffer.
- Genius Bruiser
- Hero Killer: Introduced this way in Gardens of the Moon.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- 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.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Or somewhere in his thirties or forties anyway.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Shapeshifts into a giant, black dragon.
- Interspecies Romance: Apparently, Silanah the dragon was his lover as well as his ally. The mother of his children, however, is implied to be Lady Envy.
- Large and In Charge
- Lightning Bruiser
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Magic Knight
- Master Swordsman
- Messianic Archetype: Becomes one in Toll The Hounds
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Known as "The First Son of Darkness".
- Physical God
- Really 700 Years Old: Most Tiste Andii live 20,000. Rake is so much older.
- Scary Black Man: How his opponents see him.
- Sorcerous Overlord
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: As a Soletaken, Rake becomes a black dragon.
- Warrior Prince
- 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.
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.
High Mage L'oric
Osseric's son by an unnamed Ascendent, and a powerful mage in his own right. He becomes involved in the Apocalypse Army's plans, though prefers to avoid fighting.
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.
See High House Chains
Hannan Mosag, The Warlock King
Kagamandra Tulas Shorn
Imass / T'lan Imass
- Bad Ass: Yes he's undead. Yes he has a host of advantages related to being undead. And yet, Tool is still incredibley Bad Ass.
- Berserk Button: Tool doesn't have a lot of friends. Don't hurt the ones he has.
- Cool Sword: A huge, enchanted flint sword.
- 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.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Like most of the T'lan Imass, Tool regularly shrugs off crippling injuries, just to remind us that, yes, he is undead.
- Implacable Man: Comes with being a T'lan Imass, although even by their standards he's pretty damn hard to stop.
- Lightning Bruiser: As the First Sword, he can fight with the best, and as a T'lan Imass, he can basically become dust and travel really fast, and short of decapitation T'lan Imass don't die. However, T'lan Imass cannot materialize over water.
- Loners Are Freaks: Tool is unbound, and unconnected to any clan. Other T'lan Imass tend to view him with a mix of suspicion and awe because of this.
- Master Swordsman: The First Sword of the T'lan Imass.
- The Undead: Naturally.
- The Unfettered
Onrack the Broken
- 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.
- An Ice Person
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like most Jaghut, shows a rather...weird sense of humor.
"I greet you as guests and so will not crush the life from you and devour your souls with peals of laughter. No, instead, I will make some tea."
- Famed In-Story
- The Hermit: Like most non-Tyrant Jaghut. To the point where he willingly lives in an Azath house.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Lord of Hate.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Oh yeah. His work, Gothos' Folly, is described as a suicide note dozens of volumes long.
- Parental Neglect: To his son Icarium, a rather screwed up individual.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When you can casually freeze an entire continent...
- Really 700 Years Old
- 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.
- Dark Messiah: As dark as they come.
- Evil Overlord
- Mordor: Is deliberately transforming his realm into one.
- Religion of Evil: Runs one.
- The Reveal: He's a Jaghut named Pannion in disguise.
- Sorcerous Overlord
- Unwitting Pawn: He's being manipulated from the start by the Crippled God, who is messing with his emotions.
Anaster, First Child of the Dead Seed
The Defenders Of Capustan
- The Champion: Becomes Mortal Sword of Trake
- Dual Wielding: Cutlasses.
- Hired Guns: Worked as a caravan guard for hire.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong and fast. Becomes stronger, and lethally quick and agile when Trake selects him as his Mortal Sword.
- Panthera Awesome: As the Mortal Sword of the Tiger of Summer, Gruntle now moves like a big cat.
- Power Makeover: His appearance becomes very, very tigerish following his selection as Mortal Sword of Trake, to the point where it creeps people out.
- Power Tattoo: Trake's blessing tattoos his skin with tiger stripes.
- Technicolor Eyes: They turn tiger-yellow.
The Army of the Whirlwind
Also called The Army of the Apocalypse
, or the Apocalypse Army
Sha'ik Reborn / Felisin Paran
Heboric Light Touch / Heboric Ghost Hands
Leoman of the Flails
—-See High House Chains
—-See Tiste Liosan
High House Chains
The Crippled God
- 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.
- The Corrupter: The Crippled God specialises in bringing out the worst in people, typically offering them exactly what they want in exchange for their inclusion in his House of Chains. He seems to like driving his followers/victims mad.
- Deal with the Devil: Munug, Kallor and many others have made them with him.
- 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.
- Good All Along
- Hidden Villain: For the first two and a half books.
- I Have Many Names: The Crippled God, the Fallen God, the Chained One. But his real name is Kaminsod.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of Ruhlad Sengar. See below.
- Mad God
- The Man Behind the Man: To so many different villains, with the Pannion Seer being a particularly spectacular example.
- Narrator All Along
- Omnicidal Maniac: He's slowly poisoning Burn. Whether he genuinely wants her dead, or is hoping that someone will free him in order to prevent this isn't known for most of the series. It's the latter.
- Pillar of Light: When he's freed.
- Physical God
- Red Right Hand: The evil god is the crippled one. Go figure.
- Sadistic Choice: See Xanatos Gambit below. The best case scenario is his freedom, and the end of civilisation as they know it. The worst case scenario is the slow death of the entire world.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Chained in place, to the sleeping goddess Burn, though his spirit can move around inside a Warren and has appeared in several places around the world.
- Start of Darkness: He was just a foreign god who fell to earth as the result of a trap meant for Kallor. And went stark raving mad as a result.
- Vader Breath: Has to constantly inhale incense in order to keep his lungs clear. Even then, his breathing is still ragged and wheezing.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The fate of many of those who choose to follow him.
- 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.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: None of the injuries from the Fall have healed. Not one in a hundred thousand years.
- Xanatos Gambit: If they don't loose him, Burn dies and he gets his revenge. If they do, he's free to wreak havoc and get his revenge via other means. Kind of a win-win situation for him.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Before the horror show began.
- Artifact of Doom: Mystically linked to one.
- Axe Crazy
- Back from the Dead
- BFS: The aforementioned Artifact of Doom.
- Blessed with Suck: He comes back every time he's killed, but only after having his soul tortured by the Crippled God.
- Body Horror: Covered in half-melted gold coins from a Tiste Edur death rite. Some of them fall out, but that just leaves him with horrific burn scars instead.
- The Caligula: Deconstructed. We're treated to a blow-by-blow account of his descent into madness, and it's treated as tragedy rather than menace.
- Cool Sword: Subverted. It's the Artifact of Doom that keeps bringing him back.
- Death Seeker: Gee, I wonder why?
- The Dragon: As The King in Chains, he fullfills this role with regards to the Crippled God.
- The Emperor: Of the Letherii Empire and the Tiste Edur.
- Evil Overlord
- Healing Factor: Can heal any injuries, save those inflicted on him by the funeral rites after his first death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Which got him linked to the Artifact of Doom in the first place.
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real: When Karsa finally kills his soul.
- Lust: Lusted after his brother Fear's wife, who toyed with his emotions as a game. This results in a very nasty Love Triangle once he becomes The Emperor.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Emperor of a Thousand Deaths.
- Neck Snap: How he meets his second death at the hand of Letherii soldier Iron Bars. He gets over it.
- Pet the Dog: His attempt at returning Mayen, his wife, to his brother, Fear, whom she genuinely loves. Also, his forcing Mayen to stop beating her slave, Feather Witch.
- Pride: One of Rhulad's major sins before becoming The King In Chains. He was convinced he was far superior to everyone, including his brothers Fear and Trull.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Averted. He forces his brother's wife to marry him, and has his way with her, and somehow, it just makes him all the more pathetic and pitiable.
- Sanity Slippage: Gradually loses his mind as each new resurrection takes its toll on him.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not that this was his intention. He threw his mom and dad in prison. The jail promptly flooded.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Initially. His first death pretty much shatters his ego though.
- 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.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not Rhulad.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- 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...
- Wound That Will Not Heal: No matter how many times he dies, the wounds from his first death will not heal. And then there's those damn coins from his first funeral.
Karsa Orlong / Toblakai
- Anti-Hero: Type V. Type IV on a good day.
- Badass: How his fans view him.
- Barbarian Hero: Sort of. How heroic he is, is really up for debate. It's possible that Erikson meant him to be a subversion or a deconstruction.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Catch Phrase: "Witness!" Usually followed by something very Bad Ass or just plain insane.
- The Champion: Accepting the position of Knight of High House Chains would make him this to the Crippled God.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Or more accurately, killing The Emperor Of A Thousand Deaths who was supposed to be unkillable.
- The Dragon: The Crippled God wants him to be his Knight Of Chains. So far, Karsa has been doing his best to refuse.
- Fish out of Water: Anytime he approaches a remotely civilised location.
- The Giant: Karsa's immense size is almost always noted.
- Hellish Horse
- 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.
- Inherent in the System: Karsa believes slavery and exploitation are inherent in society. His solution? Burn it down.
- Karmic Death: Hands them out, with great relish.
- Kill the God: In addition to Rhulad Sengar, who was more or less the vessel of the Crippled God, he also kills Fener, facilitating his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Psychopathic Man Child: On occasion.
- Refusal of the Call: Sort of. He has no problem with going on adventures and raping and pillaging and whatnot. He just really resents doing it on the Crippled God's orders.
- Tattooed Thug: The broken-glass tattoos on his face that denote his past as a slave.
- Values Dissonance: Both in-universe (with the rest of the cast that is) and with the fans.
High House Shadow
Cotillion The Rope
"It's not such a bad thing girl, to be the pawn of a god."
- Bad Ass: If the stories are to be belived, Dancer was a Bad Ass even before his Ascension to Godhood. He's definitely one now.
- The Champion: As Assassin of High House Shadow he holds this position.
- Demonic Possession: Takes over Apsalar/Sorry during Gardens of the Moon.
- The Dragon: To Shadowthrone.
- Knife Nut
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Rope, Patron of Assassins.
- Parental Substitute: Seems to be trying to become one to Sorry/Apsalar, as a means of making up for what he put her through.
- Pet the Dog: Has a minor one with Sorry right before he possesses her, reassuring her that the experience won't be that bad. Has had many more since than; see Parental Substitute, above.
- Physical God
- Professional Killer: Cotillion is the Patron of Assassins.
- The Reveal: Was formerly Dancer, Emperor Kellanved's companion, and Ascended alongside his master.
- Revenge: For the same reasons as Ammanas.
- 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.
- Creepy Child
- Dance Battler
- Dark Action Girl: Though much more sympathetic than most (she's one of the main protagonists).
- Dark Magical Girl: Her personality is closer to this, even if her abilities are those of a Dark Action Girl.
- Demonic Possession: Posessed by Cotillion, though whether it's in full or in part isn't entirely clear.
- Knife Nut: Inherited from The Rope.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Loses all her memories of The Rope's actions, post-posession.
- Loss of Identity: She remembers quite a bit of her life pre-possession, but clearly isn't that girl anymore. Not to mention that she still doesn't know her name.
- Maybe Ever After: One of the Epilogues of The Crippled God has Cutter finally tracking down Apsalar, at the ruins of the fishing town she originally came from.
- Psycho for Hire:Poses as one while infiltrating the Malazan Army. She scares Quick Ben, Whiskeyjack, and Kalam she's so damn creepy.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Somewhere between an extreme example of this, and Crazy Awesome.
- 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.
- Thinking Out Loud: Often.
Lady Envy's Companions
Toc The Younger
Mok, Thurule, and Senu
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.
An Elder God. The shaper of paths.
- Elder God Unaware: As Keruli.
- 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."
- Big Good: Kind of. Maybe.
- Body Horror: The warrens run through his veins, literally. So when the warrens are poisoned, opening them occasionally causes boatloads of blood to come pouring out.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The lack of it is implied to be the reason he's so weak now.
- Elder Gods accept prayer in the form of blood sacrifice. Give generously...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jaraku. Also the entire warren system.
- In the Hood: Default appearance is a fully cloaked figure.
- Karmic Punishment: Kallor's curse.
- The Mentor: To Kruppe.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the prequel, implied to have been the root cause of all the series' problems, though probably not intentionally or knowingly.
- Older and Wiser: To all the gods.
- Samus is a Girl: Apparently. Maybe. Nope, we didn't see that coming either.
An Elder God, the Suzerain of Night, Consort to Mother Dark, and brother of K'rul. He was killed with his own sword, Dragnipur
, by Anomander Rake, and has been trapped in there ever since
. Or at least until Rake's Heroic Sacrifice.
- 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.
- Cool Sword: Forged Dragnipur...
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Naturally, he also turns into a giant black dragon. Although his particular Soletaken form is described as "darkness with wings" instead of a normal draconic form.
- Love Makes You Crazy, together with Love Ruins the Realm: Implied.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Terondai he commissioned from Errastes
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: with a side of I Have Many Names.
- Older and Wiser: Apparently, spending several hundred thousand years suffering a Fate Worse Than Death mellowed him out a bit.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Doesn't quite get it right, with unfortunate consequences.
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.
The god of death, and (an undead) Jaghut. Succeeded as King of High House Death by Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners
Errastas / The Errant