The oldest of the Pevensie siblings and the High King of Narnia. He tries his best to protect his other siblings and to act like a responsible young adult. In the book it is implied that he is more mature than his other siblings because, after their father was called out to fight in the war, it was left to Peter by his mother to support his three siblings though the ordeal of their father going away.
Genre Savvy: In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe his familiarity with fantasy stories serves him fairly well, prompting him to, for example, trust the robin which leads the Pevensies to Mr. Beaver, because robins in stories are always good creatures.
Parental Favoritism: Or in this case brotherly favoritism, as Prince Caspian flat-out states that Lucy is his favorite sister.
Parental Substitute: Had to basically replace his father for the younger sibs during World War II.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Edmund and Susan's cold blue, in the movie. When compared to Edmund, he's definitely the vibrant, determined, impulsive one of the two, and he is, to an extent, more sensitive than Edmund who is logical, stoic and snarky even after his Heel-Face Turn. The books mention that King Peter was a brash man, less wise than the cold-thinking King Edmund who represented justice.
Took a Level in Badass: As depicted through the course of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and especially the final chapter, in which he grows from a kid to a warrior king.
The elder sister and the second eldest Pevensie child. She is crowned to the Radiant Southern Sun as Queen of Narnia by Aslan, and shares the monarchy with her brothers Peter and Edmund and her sister Lucy. She later becomes known as Queen Susan the Gentle.
In The Last Battle, she's the only visitor to Narnia who now denies it ever happened. Some readers believe this and the ending indicate that she will not be allowed into Aslan's country when she dies; others say that this view misreads Lewis' intent.
In the movies, she's skeptical to almost every fantastic event that takes place at the beginning of the first film. When Edmund leads them to hide in the wardrobe, she says "You've got to be joking." There are also other similar lines:
Susan: He's a beaver. He shouldn't be saying anything.
Archer Archetype: She's the graceful, elegant, ladylike kind of archer. Her bow was a gift from Father Christmas, and she became a famously skilled archer as Queen, yet hated to fight or use her skill in battle. One of the ways the Pevensies prove their identities to Trumpkin in Prince Caspian is by Susan beating him in a target-shooting contest.
Blitz Evacuee: Evacuated to the countryside along with her siblings in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Book Dumb: By 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', it is stated that she is not a particularly good student.
Brainy Brunette: Subverted. She may seem capable in 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' and 'Prince Caspian' (especially the movie adaptation). But by 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', it is stated that she is not a particularly good student and that she is regarded as the pretty one of the family.
Informed Attractiveness: In at least two books, Susan is said to be beautiful, and her looks drive a couple of subplots. There's one very easy to miss reference to Susan's hair being black, and nothing else about her appearance is described anywhere.
The second of the Pevensie children to go to Narnia. He betrays his siblings to the White Witch while under her influence, but as the story goes on he accepts the error of his ways. He is redeemed with the intervention of Aslan and joins the fight against the Witch. Fulfilling an ancient prophecy, he becomes King Edmund the Just, King of Narnia and, with sisters Susan and Lucy, co-ruler under High King Peter.
Blitz Evacuee: Evacuated to the countryside along with his siblings in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Call My Name: He and Lucy constantly call each other's name in the movie adaptation of the third part, especially when they're separated from each other.
Character Depth: Edmund stands out as being the most complex character from the siblings and from most protagonists. Even though he redeems himself in the first part, he still has many traits that make him quite different from the typical hero. There is a full page dedicated to his personality.
Character Development: Over the course of the first two books, we see him move from a bullying jerk to an outright traitor to a much nicer person.
Deadpan Snarker: Perhaps the biggest one in the series. Especially in the movie.
The Mole: In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund listens in on his siblings' conversation with the Beavers, then goes to turn over all he learned to the White Witch.
The Not-Love Interest: He fulfills this role for Lucy in Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, as they have only each other when they are sent away to their ignorant, uncaring relatives. They depend on each other and constantly look one after the other, as they are practically alone in an unwelcoming place. Plus, during the entire book, they become the closest siblings of the main four, as Edmund's main and most important priority is to take care of Lucy and keep her safe, as well as for Lucy, who looks for her brother. So, basically, they are the most important persons to each other.
Pet the Dog: In Prince Caspian, Edmund takes care to support Lucy's claims about seeing Aslan so he can make up for being mean to her in the previous book. Also, in the third part, he gets into the protective, older brother mode.
Pragmatic Hero: Especially when compared to the chivalrous, idealistic Peter. Edmund has a more cold-natured thinking, a sharp mind and logic. He is rarely driven by emotions and is mostly collected and down-to-earth, having an acute sense of justice, going to the point where he becomes unsympathetic towards enemies and downright cruel, as opposed to Peter, who is more impulsive and emotional. This is proven when Peter battles Miraz, because Edmund tells Peter not to be chivalrous and to strike Miraz. The scene suggests that, if Edmund had been in Peter's place, he would not have hesitated and would have killed Miraz in a heartbeat. This is one of the reasons he is considered an Anti-Hero.
Edmund: Now is not the time for chivalry, Peter!
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Peter and Lucy's red. The books say he was the silent, wise, cold-thinking king who represents justice, as opposed to Peter and Lucy, who are impulsive and extroverted.
Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Lucy, a brother-sister example. The book describes that the adult Edmund was a silent, wise, collected man who had a cold judgement, while Lucy was a wild, bright, tomboyish girl, driven by impulse. Their movie versions are close, since Edmund is a witty Deadpan Snarker while Lucy is a joyous Plucky Girl.
The youngest of the four Pevensie children, and the first to find the Wardrobe entrance to Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of all the Pevensie children, Lucy is the closest to Aslan. Also, of all the humans who have visited Narnia, Lucy is perhaps the one that believes in Narnia the most. She is ultimately crowned Queen Lucy the Valiant, co-ruler of Narnia along with her two brothers and her sister. Lucy is the central character of the four siblings in the novels.
Does Not Like Shoes: Justified in Voyage of the Dawn Treader as she kicked off her shoes in the middle of ocean to be able to swim easier. She is shoeless for the first part of the book until she gets a pair or so at the Lone Islands. In Prince Caspian it's explicitly stated that she prefers to go barefoot.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde in the book, Lucy is the youngest and most innocent of the Pevensie children. Her special relationship with Aslan can be seen for example in Prince Caspian when initially nobody but her believes enough to see him.
Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With adult Edmund, who was a silent, wise and down-to-earth man, who had a cold judgement, as opposed to the adult version of her, a bright, wild, tomboyish girl, driven by impulse.
The Pevensie's annoying younger cousin. He first appears in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He fancies himself (not entirely without reason) to be rather intelligent, and considers this a valid reason for nurturing an arrogant attitude toward his cousins. He accompanies Lucy and Edmund on their third trip to Narnia. Upon learning that Narnia is real, his feelings toward it go from amused disdain to fear and outright hatred. It isn't until transforming into a dragon (long story) and having Aslan change him back by breaking the curse that his attitude towards Narnia and his cousins change for the better.He later appears as the main character in The Silver Chair and as one of the main characters in The Last Battle. In these books, his adventuring companion is his friend, Jill Pole instead of his cousins.
Played by Will Poulter in the film adaptation.
Anti-Hero: Type I or III in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Scarily Competent Tracker: She is skilled in "woodcraft" (tracking and moving quietly through forested areas), as noted by King Tirian in The Last Battle; Eustace credits this to her time as a Girl Guide, but no doubt this was supplemented by her travels and experiences in The Silver Chair.
Scout Out: Averted; Jill is flat-out called a member of the Girl Guides and has various skills enhanced by her membership, namely tracking and archery.
Introduced in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe as an old man ("the Professor"), with whom the Pevensies have been billeted. Eventually turns out to have a Backstory connected with that of the wardrobe, as revealed in The Magician's Nephew.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Asks Peter and Susan if Lucy is the sort of girl who makes up stories and, if not, whether that might indicate she's telling the truth.
Red Oni: Spends a lot of his time in The Magician's Nephew falling into scrapes and pulling Polly with him.
Introduced as Digory's neighbour in The Magician's Nephew and is caught up in Uncle Andrew's plot and transported to The Wood Between the Worlds, starting the main adventure of the book. Returns in The Last Battle as a 'Friend of Narnia'.
Girl Next Door: Not in the romantic sense but she does fit the characteristics of the type as a friendly, down to earth, childhood friend. Also lives over the wall to Digory. (Its even how they first meet).
Fire-Forged Friends: Her and Digory. The Last Battle reveals they remain in contact their whole lives.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Fledge becomes 'the father of all flying horses,' but none of his progeny appear in any subsequent book. Not necessarily sinister, since the world of Narnia is large and there are only seven books.
A faun and typical citizen of Narnia in the age of the Hundred-Year Winter, Mr. Tumnus is the first Narnian to encounter a human being, at least since the last humans descended from King Frank and Queen Helen were driven out of Narnia at the beginning of the Witch's reign.Portrayed by James McAvoy in the film.
Miles Gloriosus: He feels himself unusually brave. Eventually he breaks himself of this habit after a wiser character says he's been comparing himself to normal horses, "and you could hardly help being braver than them."
Old Soldier: During his time in Calormen he served as a war-horse in the Tisroc's army and apparently was the veteran of several campaigns.
Slave Mooks. Well kind of by definition being a warhorse. But on the other hand he was an aristocrat's warhorse so he was not just a mook.
King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands, also called Caspian the Seafarer and Caspian the Navigator (born 2290–died 2356, Narnian Time) was one of the greatest leaders of the Narnian Empire who took part in the successful Narnian Revolution and began the Age of Exploration. Caspian was descended from the Telmarine Dynasty, but unlike his ancestors he chose to ally with the indigenous Narnians (talking animals, satyrs, fauns, centaurs, etc.) instead of persecuting them. Succeeded by his son Rilian.
Played by Ben Barnes in the film adaptation.
Adaptation Dye-Job: He is described as fair-haired in the books. However, since the Telmarines are descended from pirates and the native tribe of an uncharted island on Earth the choice to portray him as dark-haired and Hispanic stands to reason.
Sheathe Your Sword: Used in the movie version of Prince Caspian, when Caspian, after seeing an entire squadron of Telmarine assassins downed by something underfoot, is himself tripped and set upon by the unseen assailant... Reepicheep the Mouse. Reepicheep orders Caspian to retrieve his sword and face him in honorable combat, as he refuses to kill an unarmed man. Caspian's reply: "Then I'll live longer if I don't." Reepicheep doesn't have infinite patience, though, so this tactic doesn't last Caspian forever.
What the Hell, Hero?: Caspian in his pride wants to stay at the end of the world; the entire crew and even Aslan calls him out on abandoning his responsibilities and promises. In the film version, Caspian is very much tempted by the prospect of staying at the end of the world to the point of crying, but he realizes that his father wouldn't have wanted him to throw away the kingdom his father died for.
Reepicheep: Yes! And then throw them at the Telmarines! *glares at the Squirrel* Shut up.
Determinator: “My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world into some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise…”
Honor WAY Before Reason: For example, his first instinct when hearing of a dragon nearby is to challenge it to single combat. Later in the book, he jumps into the ocean because he thought a Mer-king was challenging him.
Sour Supporter: Tends to be pessimistic, doesn't believe in the old legends or that some old horn can summon help, or that mythical kings can make a return, or even that the resistance can win, but is fiercely loyal to Caspian and goes to an old ruined castle to see if said mythical kings return there because Caspian asked that someone do it.
Shasta grew up in poverty in some nameless fishing village in Calormen, the son of an abusive fisherman named Arsheesh. When his father decides to sell him into slavery, Shasta overhears that he was adopted and decides to run away. Over the course of The Horse and His Boy, he grows up (somewhat), teams up with runaway princess Aravis, and saves Archenland from the greatest danger it had ever faced. Only at the end does he learn that he's the long-lost Prince Cor, son of King Lune of Archenland. He was abducted as a baby and taken to Calormen in a (vain) attempt to avert the prophecy that he would save the country. He eventually married his one-time traveling companion Aravis, and the two ruled together once King Lune died. Their son was King Ram the Great.
Big Damn Heroes: He pulls this twice. The first time when he rushes to protect Aravis and Hwin from what he believed was a hungry lion chasing after them. The second one was when he ran non-stop, after having been through almost a whole book's worth of shit -— most recently a potential suicide mission through a desert -— to warn King Lune about the impending invasion.
Changeling Fantasy: Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland. Atypically for the trope, Shasta is quite dismayed because, being the eldest twin, he'll be forced to rule as king, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility.
A Friend in Need: When Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his ability to speak to tell Shasta exactly that. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At least in the Pauline Baynes illustrations he is portrayed as having blond hair, and he had the wholesome and kind aspect down pat. He's described by the Tarkaan who tries to by him from Arsheesh as being "fair" (like the cursed barbarians of the North).
True Companions: His devotion to his own is uncontested. Made all that much clearer when out of sheer loyalty he jumps off Bree’s back to face down a freakin' lion, who's actually Aslan, chasing Aravis and Hwin.
A young Tarkheena, a female member of the ruling nobility of Calormen. She ran away from home with her talking horse, Hwin, in order to escape an Arranged Marriage to an old man.
Infallible Narrator: Aravis recounts her entire backstory like this, and Bree explains that Calormenes are taught story-telling in school. She isn't entirely infallible, either; by the standards of her culture, she colors her narrative with painful amounts of Purple Prose, even when recounting what another character, who is present, said - causing the said character to comment that she didn't say it in nearly as fancy words
Interrupted Suicide: Aravis in her back story, contemplating forced childhood marriage to an old man. Hwin stops her and convinces her to run away instead.
Nice to the Waiter: Averted as part of Aravis's Character Development: she drugged one of her servants in order to escape. When Shasta asked what happened to the servant, Aravis casually speculated that she was whipped for it. Shasta pointed out that this was hardly fair to the servant, which Aravis coldly rebuffed. Aravis did get her just deserts when Aslan attacked the party as a lion and slashed her back, giving her the same wounds as the servant received.
Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: This defines her relationship with Shasta from the very beginning. Their first words to each other: "Why, you're only a girl." "And you're only a boy. A rude, common little boy. A slave probably who's stolen his master's horse!"
The oldest son of the Tisroc (the Calormene king). A very impulsive and childish man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. After Queen Susan refuses to marry him, he plans to conquer Narnia, but is defeated during an attempt to conquer Archenland.
Humiliation Conga: A very good example that went on for the rest of his life. [[Spoiler: During the battle for Archenland, he gets stuck on a hook on a wall. He demands to be released in order to duel King Edmund, but is denounced as a traitor, due to attacking during peace time. After this, he was put on trial for his treachery and was given multiple opportunities to redeem himself, but kept threatening his captors. As punishment, Aslan temporarily turns him into a donkey, but tells him that if he went more than 10 miles from the temple, he will be permanently transformed into one. Since this prevents him from waging war, he is known as Rabadash the Peaceful during his rule as Tisroc. But after his death, he is known to history as Rabadash the Ridiculous and the expression 'Second Rabadash' is also used for students who act incredibly stupid.]]
The Great Lion, a talking lion, King of the Beasts, son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea; a wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); mysterious and benevolent guide to the human children who visit; creator, guardian, and savior of Narnia. The author, C. S. Lewis, described Aslan as an alternate version of Christ—that is, as the form in which Christ might have appeared in a fantasy world.
Beware the Nice Ones: The most sure way of dealing with either a villain or a hero tempted to the dark side is for Aslan to give a show of force, which tends to terrify hero and villain alike...and He's more than willing to back it up with action if necessary (as the Witch found out).
Big Damn Hero: Comes roaring (literally) to the rescue in the battle at the end of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with Lucy, Susan, and everybody they rescued from the Witch's castle. Lucy is very disappointed in Prince Caspian when he doesn't do the same.
The Chessmaster: Even when things don't go perfectly according to his plan (e.g. when Jill forgets the signs he had given her in The Silver Chair, he still manages to accomplish his goals.
The Chooser of The One: Aslan chooses who enters Narnia (and would be the kings and queens), and picked the children.
Deus ex Machina: He spends the entire series behind the scenes, spinning the adventure and coming before them only when they need him most. He comes in during the last battle in Prince Caspian to help the Narnians win after they began to lose hope.
Jadis, commonly known as the White Witch, is the main villain of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jadis also appears at length in The Magician's Nephew, which concerns her origins and the origins of Narnia. She is the Witch who froze Narnia in the Hundred Years Winter.
Above Good and Evil: Jadis thinks she's exempt from morality just because she's magical and special. "Ours is a high and lonely destiny."
Adaptational Badass: The film adds a sword fight with Peter, where she parries all his strikes with contemptuous ease and seems to mostly be toying with him, until Aslan arrives and she starts to get desperate.
Big Bad: In Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew, at least (arguably The Silver Chair, if the Lady of the Green Kirtle is indeed supposed to be a reincarnation of Jadis); after that, she is little more than a bad memory. However, the movies seem to be giving her a much greater presence post-mortem.
Blessed with Suck: After biting the Silver Apple, gains immortality but intensifies her misery.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "The Magician's Nephew," she points out torture chambers, dungeons, and locations of massacres in Charn as casually as if they were minor tourist sites.
Cain and Abel: Fought a long and bloody civil war against her sister for control of their kingdom that culminated in the destruction of their entire universe.
Composite Character: She is based on four characters in fiction: Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Ayesha from She by Rhyder J. Haggard, the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson's fantasy story of the same name, and the Queen of Babylon from the Story of the Amulet by Nesbit. The mythological character of Lilith was also an inspiration for her character and Jadis is said to be descended from her in the stories.
Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the books, her hair is black and her skin is literally white "like snow, or paper, or icing sugar," clearly intended to look creepy and unhealthy. Not true in the movies, in which she is blonde and has a more or less natural skin tone.
Evil Is Deathly Cold: Plunges Narnia into an infinite winter in which neither spring nor Christmas ever occur.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her insistence on demanding Edmund's life, and her gleeful willingness to kill Aslan in Edmund's place, leads to her defeat thanks to her ignorance of the Deeper Magic beneath the Deep Magic she invokes.
Mysterious Past: The Beavers tell the Pevensies that she's some kind of djinn-giantess something, without explaining where she came from (presumably they don't know). The Magician's Nephew fleshes out her origin and past, though Mr. Beaver's statement never does get explained.
It's probably deliberate misinformation spread by the Witch.
The Vamp: For Edmund and Digory. Uncle Andrew has just as strong an infatuation with her, though in his case the reason is not that Jadis is deliberately seducing him like a Vamp; he's attracted to her just because Evil Is Sexy, without any deliberate effort on Jadis's part.
Wax Museum Morgue: Her entire castle courtyard, filled with statues. Take a wild guess where she got them. Her hall in Charn resembles this, but the statues are actually just statues in this case — except Jadis herself.