Machine Monotone: He can speak to people in their minds using his psyker abilities, but his force chair is equipped with a voice box for normal communications, or for use with someone he can't communicate with psychically. He's forced to use it as he is no longer able to speak physically, and it renders his voice in a flat, emotionless monotone.
Mind Rape: Ravenor is capable of this, and won't hesitate, particularly in interrogations where he can easily read somebody's mind (provided they don't know ways to block him out), forcefully enough to do some permanent damage or destroy their sanity if he is so inclined—likely due to a failed attempt at blocking the probe. Also see the People Puppets entry.
At one point he's forced to "ware"Angharad and has no time to ask her permission, and she accuses him of Mind Rape, using exactly those words.
People Puppets: "Waring" is basically possessing somebody and overriding their mental control, and also apparently a more refined and elegant method than simply bodyjacking somebody and controlling their muscles with brute psychic power. It's perhaps Ravenor's trademark ability. It's handy when somebody needs to take a few levels in badass on the fly, and Ravenor can do it to several people at once.
Power Limiter: Inverted. Ravenor has a power amplifier he can use to boost his psychic power enough to astral project to observe and aid his retinue from orbit.
Psychic Powers: Ravenor is in the upper tiers in terms of psychic power, and like most sufficiently powerful psykers in Abnett's literature, his power includes Astral Projection, telekinesis, and telepathy. He's strong enough to telekinetically crush a person (presumably with little effort) or read the minds of an entire city.
Sense Loss Sadness: Despite the fact that his psychic power more than compensates, Ravenor often laments how he isn't able to feel with his own senses any more.
State Sec: Naturally, as a member of the Inquisition.
Super Hoverchair: Ravenor's force chair is basically what's keeping him alive, and is completely self-sufficient unless damaged. Beside that, it has an impressive array of sensors, an electronic voice box, armor like a tank, a number of items he can use to interact with machines, and a pair of psycannons. Also, it floats.
Turn In Your Badge: Has to do this after the end of Ravenor Rogue. He's not incarcerated or executed, because he did manage to prevent Slyte from attacking the Imperium, but he ended up destroying a large area of Gudrun to do it, not to mention going rogue. He busied himself with writing for a while, before eventually being reinstated by the time Pariah takes place.
Knife Nut: An interesting variant as the knives are all blade and no handle, and she wields four at once with telekinesis.
Of Corsets Sexy: Usually wears a corset, disguising her kineblades as part of its boning.
Only Known By Her Alias: Patience keeps her birth name as a personal secret, from almost everyone including the reader. Ravenor knows, but he isn't telling either.
Psychic Powers: A very capable telekine, specialising in the use of double-ended "kineblades" as short-range weapons. Also good at "feeling" her surroundings for a considerable distance.
Waif-Fu: While tall, Patience is a slight, physically unimposing woman, yet fully capable of killing a trained soldier barehanded without using her Psychic Powers.
Boobs of Steel: Unlike Patience Kys, Kara is, and looks, very strong due to her former occupation as an acrobat. She is also curvy enough that her speed and agility surprise some people. The fact that she has a heavier build than the average acrobat is lampshaded when she infiltrates the Carnivora in the guise of a performer.
Ravenor's interrogator, a foppish computer expert with a dislike of fighting. In Ravenor Returned, he becomes the host of an extremely powerful daemon called Slyte.
Ambiguously Gay: Thonius never shows obvious attraction to anyone, but his companions occasionally joke that he is attracted to men, and his emphatic disinterest in women points at either homosexuality or asexuality.
An Arm and a Leg: Midway through the first book Carl's right arm gets hacked off with a chainsword during a mission gone wrong. It gets reattached, but the loss of perfect motor control (which makes the stuff he normally does with ease much more difficult) drives him to depression and flect use.And by extension, his possession.
Bad Powers, Good People: Carl tries desperately to invoke this after getting possessed, seeing the powers this grants him as a boon to the Imperium. He fails.
Evil Makeover: Carl starts wearing less foppish clothing after [[spoilers:getting possessed]], to the point that he's died his normally blonde hair black by the start of Ravenor Rogue. In particular, he starts wearing a ridiculous number of rings on his right hand—sometimes thirty at once. To Ravenor and those unaware of the true cause, it seems like an Adrenaline Makeover instead.
Waif-Fu: An unusual male example. Thonius is extremely thin, and looks weak, but is frighteningly capable in unarmed combat.
An Arm and a Leg: At one point, Ravenor visits each of his team in their dreams to ask them if they are willing to accompany him an the upcoming dangerous mission. In Zeph's dream, he's walking down a beach littered with flesh-and-blood hands, grabbing them and fitting them into his bare stump one after another, and throwing them back because they aren't 'right'.
Black Dude Dies First: Gets run through by Culzean's Brass Thief daemon in Ravenor Returned, being the first member of the retinue to die "on-screen".
Anti-Magic: He is fitted with a device called a "limiter" which dampens his blank-ness so that Ravenor and other psykers can still use their powers while in close proximity to him. When hiding from enemy psykers' scrying attempts, Frauka can deactivate it to make those around him effectively invisible to a psychic search.
Big Damn Heroes: Manages to save Ravenor from death at the hands of an enemy psyker by first turning off his limiter (yanking the psyker back into his body) and then snapping the confused psyker's neck.
Casual Danger Dialogue: Has this with a fellow blank who was under the employment of the drug barons hunting Patience. Said blank has Frauka and Carl at gunpoint, and after Frauka and the gunman identify one another as blanks, they have a very cordial conversation about their similar lines of work. The presence of the trope is justified by the simple fact that (as mentioned below) blanks are inherently disliked by those around them because of their natural abilities. The two know exactly what sort of life the other lived before finding a limiter and work. It doesn't stop Frauka from keeping him distracted long enough to be blindsided and killed.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: At one point he complains that no one appreciates him, even though his utility as a blank has helped the crew countless times. Justified in that his main asset, being a psychic blank, inherently causes others to dislike him. Patience even remarks (albeit internally) that he was reasonably good looking, but the simple fact that he's a blank, even with his limiter, is too much to get past, especially since she's a psyker.
Psychic Powers: Described as a 'mirror psyker', Zael has latent psychic abilities that grow more powerful over the course of the trilogy. In the first book, he's able to 'hear' Ravenor holding telepathic conversations with his team; by the second book, he's able to start his own telepathic conversations; and by the third, he can telepathically talk to and even ware Frauka, a Blank.
Took a Level in Badass - In The Emperor's Gift, the Grey Knight Hyperion is granted a very rare opportinity to discover who he was before his mind-scrubbing and training from hell. Turns out he used to be a child called Zael Efernetti... probably better to call that a "Took All Of The Levels In Badass".
An eccentric dwarf of a rogue trader with a tendency to mangle his words. He ends up working for Ravenor from the end of the first book onward.
Chekhov's Gunman: He appears briefly in the first book to bother the heroes at Bonner's Reach. By the end of the book, Ravenor finds himself needing to contract Unwerth's services.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Suffers this at the hands of Bertol Syskind and Lucius Worna in Ravenor Returned.
Drives Like Crazy: He is an insanely good pilot capable of driving a jet car at super sonic speeds at roof top level. He is such an insane driver that he terrified Kys!
Hidden Depths: Sholto may be a physically unimposing fellow that gets on everybody's nerves with his constant malapropisms and tendency to get underfoot, but he's unwaveringly loyal to Ravenor and his people and is a damned good pilot.
The Malaproper: His mangling of Low Gothic must be seen to be believed.
“Mistress, what say we chivvy us up some appendable tenders, attire ourselves some disgustable comestibles, and revive to a private booth for interculation?”
“I miss nothing, eaves-wise. Ears as sharp as pencils, me. No, no. All fair. If Mistress Zeedmund here finds me an abject increment to her affiliations, and wants no more of me, all she has to overtake is a word in my general. A simple ingratitude from her, and I will be, so to speak, out of your air. Without any requisite for shoving, slapping, or harsh language. On the however hand, if what I have so far expleted trickles her fancy, I would be most oblate to dispel some more, at her total inconvenience, on the subject of what I have pertaining in my cargo hold.”
Undying Loyalty: He is tortured horribly and has four fingers cut off. The first thing he says when seeing Kys again is to apologize for giving in to his captors and to tell her he isn't worthy of rescue. She saves him for his loyalty even though he had previously annoyed her greatly. Also, his man beast servant is stated by Ravenor to be many times more competent than Unwerth ,but it's very loyal to Unwerth for reasons unknown.
A back alley doctor working in the slums of Petropolis that used to look out for Zael. He gets involved with the retinue in Ravenor Returned when Kara needs treatment for a grievous wound.
Back Alley Doctor: His license was revoked. He claims it was for malpractice, but in reality it was because he committed fraud to make sure his department had enough medical supplies for the people who needed them, like children without registered parents.
Combat Medic: Belknap spent six years in the Imperial Guard before retiring to work as a civilian doctor. He may be a little rusty, but he knows how to handle himself in a firefight.
Religious Bruiser: A firm believer in the God-Emperor of Mankind. This leads him to break up with Kara at the end of Ravenor Rogue, when he learns that she knew Thonius was the host of Slyte and never told anyone.
A Cognitae agent and Ravenor's personal nemesis.
Antagonist in Mourning: Has this reaction when he believes that his trap successfully killed Ravenor near the end of Ravenor Rogue.
Arch-Nemesis: With Ravenor. The two of them have been trying to kill each other, on and off, for more than seventy years by the time the trilogy takes place.
Big Bad Duumvirate: With Orfeo Culzean in Ravenor Rogue, though their alliance is shaky at best. At several points Molotch even lampshades the fact that, because he and Culzean are both highly intelligent and charismatic villains, their partnership isn't going to last.
Compelling Voice: He can use what he calls 'the tone of command' to control people if he knows their names, or at least make them flinch if he knows part of it.
Enemy Mine: Ironically, he's forced to team up with Ravenor when Culzean turns against them at the climax of the third book.
Evil Is Petty: Molotch, Culzean, and Ravenor concoct a plan to force Slyte through the tri-portal and thus back into the Warp. Molotch engraves the necessary runes into the door, but he then stands back and tells Ravenor to utter the blasphemous incantation to banish the daemon. He does this purely out of spite, all while a massive and hungry Eldritch Abomination is bearing down on them.
Expy: He is most definitely the Moriarty to Ravenor's Holmes, with all the grimdarkness added.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Turns on Ravenor and Molotch at the climax of the third book when he learns that Thonius is the host of Slyte, believing that he can use the daemon's power to get whatever he wants. Unfortunately for him, Evil Is Not a Toy is in full effect...
The Grand Provost of Eustis Majoris' Ministry of Sub-Sector Trade, and a member of the Cognitae. Trice is the mastermind of a scheme to smuggle Chaos-corrupted cogitators onto Eustis Majoris in order to reconstruct Enuncia.
Big Bad: Appears to play this role in the first two books. In reality, however, he is...
Hijacked by Ganon: The entire scheme to reconstruct Enuncia and use it to attain absolute power was entirely Trice's idea, and he spent twenty years working on it by himself. Then Molotch got involved five years before the events of Ravenor Returned and essentially took over the whole project. Trice still isn't happy about that.
Charles Atlas Superpower: The man is strong enough to overpower and break the wrist of a cyborg who can punch craters in carapace armour. Due to absurd physical feats like this and his Made of Iron credentials, Worna is sometimes theorized to be a rogue Space Marine. Considering his size and what he's done, it wouldn't be too surprising.
Light Is Not Good: He has a shock of white hair and wears polished mother of pearl power armour. He's also a very unpleasant man; Nayl says Worna gives other bounty hunters a bad name, and he has no qualms whatsoever about brutalizing a helpless Sholto Unwerth.
Made of Iron: Worna is ridiculously tough, able to power through injuries that would have killed a lesser man and keep fighting. Reaches its zenith in the climax of Ravenor Rogue; see Rasputinian Death, below.
Rasputinian Death: First Nayl tags Worna with a magnetized grenade that sticks to his breastplate and blows up in his face, flinging him across the room and burning his face. He's able to get the upper hand over Nayl despite this. Then Kys impales him through an eye with one of her kineblades and stabs him in the chest with two more. He still hasn't gone down, so she starts choking him telekinetically and then lifts him out of a window into a raging storm, where he quickly gets struck by lightning three times. He still has enough strength left to taunt her, so she keeps him out there long enough for eight more bolts to hit him and finally set him on fire.