- The Chosen One: It does at least suck somewhat less for this aspect of the Eternal Champion.
- Cosmic Plaything: Dorian gets a bit fed up with artifact hunting by The Sword of the Dawn.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He starts out having been defeated and taken prisoner by Granbretan.
- Determinator: Told you he got better.
- Heroic Neutral: It doesn't last even halfway through the first book.
- Neutral No Longer
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Martial Pacifist: He would be a Warrior Poet but he's more poet than warrior.
- Meaningful Name
- The Medic
- Action Girl: Takes up arms alongside her father and husband in The Runestaff. While pregnant yet!
- Brainwashed and Crazy: During The Mad God's Amulet.
- Heroes Want Redheads: And strawberry blondes, too.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half giant— oddly enough, this makes him shorter than most men (and very furry).
- Non-Human Sidekick
- The Big Bad Wolf: His mask definitely evokes this.
- Darth Vader Clone: He's a powerful warrior who wears black armor and a black mast, serves as The Dragon to an ancient, withered Evil Overlord who he secretly plots against, is The Heavy of the series and the most personal adversary of its hero... and he predates Vader by roughly ten years.
- The Dragon: As the highest-ranking commander of Granbretan's military, he serves as this to King-Emperor Huon.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can be a very polite and cultured man, but it's all on the surface. Inside, he's everything bad about Granbretan cranked Up to Eleven.
- The Heavy: He's Hawkmoon's most personal and recurring enemy across the novels, and ends up replacing Huon as the Big Bad at the end.
- If I Can't Have You...: Yisselda's refusal leads to Revenge Before Reason.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: He's a much more direct and personal threat to all of the protagonists than Huon is.
- Malevolent Masked Men: As the head of the Order of the Wolf, he always wears a wolf mask in public.
- Revenge Before Reason: To the point of regicide.
- The Sociopath: Even by the low standards of Granbretan, he's noteworthy for his naked ambition and utter Lack of Empathy.
- The Starscream: Eventually becomes this to Huon. He's successful.
- Villainous Breakdown: He becomes rather progressively unhinged as the goes on.
- Wicked Cultured: At first.
- Agent Peacock / The Dandy
- The Casanova: He does quite a good job on Flana (see below) and in turn becomes...
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defector from Decadence, though for purely self-serving reasons. A little different in that he is not a Granbretanian born, but a Frenchman who threw his lot in with them even before they took his nation.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted since it's not what kills him— he's just a hypochondriac.
- Wild Card
The Knight in Jet and Gold
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Though he doesn't so much give Dorian items of power as points him to where to find them.
- The Faceless
- Knight Errant: Duh.
- The Hedonist: Until her...
- Sex–Face Turn
- Unexpected Successor: Meliadus (her ex-husband) thinks if he sets her up as Queen-Emperor, he can set things right (and, coincidentally, rule through her). It doesn't work.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: After the death of her lover, Huillam she seems resigned to being this. Ironically, one of her first orders is to dismantle the Granbretanian mask-wearing system.
- Age Without Youth: His throne-globe keeps him alive but hasn't stopped him from withering into a fetus-like creature.
- Big Bad: As the King-Emperor of Granbretan, he's the ultimate antagonist of the series. At least until Meliadus overthrows him.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He can't leave his throne-globe, which is the only thing keeping him alive after so long.
- Dirty Old Man: He's no longer capable of having sex himself, but apparently will sometimes order his court to throw orgies just so he can watch.
- Evil Old Folks: Emphasis on the old - he's at least two thousand.
- Evil Overlord: Well, he is the tyrannical ruler of an expansionist nation bent on world domination. It goes with the territory.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride, which leads him to believe that non Granbretanian could ever consider turning against him. Meliadus proves him wrong.
- God-Emperor: His Granbretanian subjects revere him as something near divine, even swearing by his name.
- Immortality Inducer: His throne-globe has preserved his life far beyond a normal human span.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Thanks to being a Dark Lord on Life Support, he's physically helpless without his subjects and machines.
- Orcus on His Throne: By necessity rather than choice, as he's literally incapable of moving from said throne without dying.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's two thousand and counting.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite his withered appearance, he has a very melodious, youthful-sounding voice. Apparently it was stolen from some unfortunate and somehow transferred to him.