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Shrike formerly Kit SolentA very, very old stalker who adopted Hester.
- Call a Human a "Meatbag": Refers to most humans as 'once-borns' to differentiate them from stalkers.
- Darth Vader Clone: Cyborg built for combat? Check. Ruthless killing machine who undergoes enough Character Development to do a Face–Heel Turn? Check. Complicated Father/Son relationship with the protagonist? Check... sort of (since Hester is his adopted daughter).
- Made of Iron: survives getting blasted with electrical weapons, shot in the face, over 1000 years of activity, being run over by 2 towns, being stabbed in the chest, a brutal stalker fight and falling out of an airship, and is ticking possibly millennia later.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: Well, he's an undead cyborg who is surprisingly stealthy and sometimes works as an Assassin, so it's 3 out of 4.
- Team Dad: By the end of the fourth book he's the one shepherding the motley bunch of adventurer's around. He even develops the world-weary deadpan to go with it.
- Technical Pacifist: Becomes this in Infernal Devices, due to a combination of being reprogrammed by Oenone Zero and developing a natural conscience. Still has no problems disarming or pinning people for Hester to kill, or inflicting non-lethal injuries.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: He feels a strange sense of empathy towards children which he can't explain (implied to be residual memories of him being a father when he was alive). It's what motivated him to adopt Hester after her mother's death, and kill one of his employers when he asked Shrike to murder the children of a political rival.
Mortal Engines Quartet
Tom NatsworthyAlong with Hester, the central character of the story. A rather naïve apprentice historian from London in the first book, who ends up stranded on the hunting ground after foiling an assassination attempt.
- Anti-Hero: Type 1. Spends most of the action scenes utterly terrified.
- Action Survivor: In the first book, where he manages to temporarily kill Shrike, and shoots down the 13th Floor Elevator.
- Nice Guy: Probably the most moral character in the series.
- Non-Action Guy: in the later books.
- Opposites Attract: with Hester. Tom is handsome, well-educated, naïve and hates violence. Hester is horribly scarred, Book Dumb, cynical and borderline sociopathic.
- The Pollyanna: A rare male example, and done believably. Tom endures - and does - terrible things over the course of roughly twenty years, and a lot of it weighs on him. Yet none of it truly crushes him - while he enters slumps of depression (most notably at the end of the first book after London is destroyed), he never stops being a genuinely kindhearted, pleasantly bright fellow, and rarely crosses into Stepford Smiler territory to boot.
Hester ShawThe other main character of the series. She was horribly disfigured by Thaddeus Valentine, and tries to kill him in the first book, setting off the series plot.
- Dark Action Girl: Very good at killing people.
- Anti-Hero: Starts out a type 3 and goes down the scale with alarming speed.
- Death Seeker: Wanted to kill Valentine and die.
- Facial Horror: Her scars are really quite nasty.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Massively disfigured, and goes steadily down the slippery slope as the series goes on.
- Improvised Weapon: Kills a man with a typewriter.
- Knife Nut: Seems to prefer them.
- Morality Chain: Tends to tone down the violence in Tom's presence.
- Not Afraid to Die
- Raised by Robots
- Sociopathic Hero: Gets alarmingly close to this, although offset by occasional emotional outbursts and her love for Tom.
Wren Natsworthy:Tom and Hester's daughter, born shortly after Predator's Gold.
- Action Survivor: manages to hold off Kobold for about a minute, which is quite impressive considering he's a trained soldier with a proper sword against her lump of metal.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: In Infernal Devices; she grows out of it.
- Guile Hero: Unlike both her parents she learns to become an excellent liar.
- Nice Girl: Seems to take after Tom, although she's rather more worldly.
Fever Crumb Series
Fever Crumb:The main character of the prequels. A former Apprentice Engineer who leaves the Guild to work with the archaeologist Kit Solent.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Loves Cluny's Trrrilling Rrrs.
- Bald Women: In the first book.
- Bi the Way: Attracted to Arlo in the the second book, and Cluny in the third. At first she thinks she only likes Cluny because of Auric's implanted memories, but realizes they're her own.
- Diseased Name: Apparently there was a fashion for it when she she was born.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Visibly it's hard to tell the Scriven part as she doesn't have the dappled skin, just the odd-coloured eyes.
- Last Of Her Kind: After her mother's death in Scrivener's Moon.
- Straw Vulcan: Has this attitude to start with thanks to her Engineer upbringing. Her experiences outside London temper her so she's a bit more normal.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Engineer until this point, more appear in London's future.
- Wrench Wench: Gifted with machines and all things tech.
Auric Godshawk:Fever's grandfather, who was killed by the Skinners before the start of the series.
- Bi the Way
- Body Backup Drive: Uploaded his mind into Fever and Cluny.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Came up with the idea of Traction Cities.
Cluny Morvish:The daughter of an Arkhangelsk leader, who has visions of Traction Cities.
- Ambiguously Bi: It's not clear what her relationship with Fever is at the end of Scrivener's Moon.
- Amazonian Beauty
- Blind Seer: Kind of, she's a seer who later goes blind.
- Closet Key: For Fever.
- Deadpan Snarker: She starts to loosen up when away from her hated prophet duties, and has several good remarks in response to the odd things she comes across, including Fever's observations.
- Oblivious to Love: Pretty much the last person to know about Fever being in love with her.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Which Fever adores.