Et Tu, Brute?: One of his first friends turned on him after he was revealed to be an Alpha Stigma bearer, despite the fact that he just saved her life. With Sion, on the other hand—rather than react negatively, Ryner simply decides to chase after him and figure out whatever he's hiding.
Expecting Someone Taller: After becoming the Greatest Magician in Roland—the one who beat the previous holder and won that title is only thirteen? Seriously?
He Cleans Up Nicely: When he wears formal clothing and has his hair tied, he looks great. Subverted however in that rather than be in awe, Ferris just pokes fun at how out of character it is for Ryner to not look like he just rolled out of bed for once.
Internalized Categorism: He's come to see himself as the monster everyone says he is by the start of the series, and it takes him a long time before he finally accepts that he isn't.
Iron Butt Monkey: He suffers a lot of abuse at the hands of the female cast. Mainly Ferris's.
Ironic Echo: At the beginning of the series, Sion holds his hand out and asks Ryner, who's given up on the world, to join him. Much later, showing just how far he's come, Ryner returns the favour in Remurus's tower, and then does the same thing again for Tiir, who's given up on humans.
Like an Old Married Couple: Fights with Ferris so much that Sion notes that they have a good relationship, which they'll deny when they aren't referring to each other as their partner.
Little Mister Badass: You know how he's the Greatest Magician in Roland? He won that title when he was thirteen. And that's only one of numerous moments throughout his childhood.
Living Emotional Crutch: Somewhat of one for Kiefer, who can function just fine without him around but also makes it clear that she can't live in a world without him. He—or rather, the memory of him—also used to be one for Milk.
No Social Skills: Can't be polite and tactful to save his life most of the time, even when he tries. Considering his past, that's not much of a surprise.
Not Quite Dead: When Lir gouges out his eyes, thanks to not being your run-of-the-mill Alpha Stigma bearer.
Not so Above It All: As much as he may snark at Ferris, he can be just as odd as her at times, especially if it has to do with making Sion miserable.
Not So Weak: Won't fight back at the academy and has a reputation for both laziness and incompetence, but when Sion and Kiefer are about to be killed by the magic knights... well, you can't say they learned not to taunt and abuse captives like that.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Being an Alpha Stigma bearer, he can analyze all magic with just one look. But because of not wanting anyone to know that he's one, he just prefers to get hit directly with Kiefer's magic.
Power Incontinence: Suffers from this both as an Alpha Stigma bearer and with his Solver of All Equations power.
Power Strain Blackout: Subverted, in that Ryner falls unconscious for several days after his true power awakens—but it was actually Lieral forcing him to sleep, knowing that Ryner's Guilt Complex would be kicking in after the battle.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: If Ryner in any form says something along the lines of "Analyze/terminate existence", you know you're screwed.
The Promise: Makes two within the span of one day—the first with Lafra to save the God's Eyes bearers and the other with Ferris. See under her section for the second one.
Selective Obliviousness: Zohra outright tells him that Sion resumed the human experimentation after Germer already warned Ryner that Roland wasn't as peaceful as it seemed, but he refuses to believe it and instead finds alternative explanations. Granted, it helps that Sion's a good liar.
Shrouded in Myth: After his true powers awaken during the battle between Gastark and Geihlficlant, Vois inflates Ryner's reputation as much as he can by spreading a multitude of rumours. Some of them are close enough to the truth, while some of them Vois was probably having fun with.
One of the Kids: She's odd enough on her own as it is, but Iris seems to have been her primary companion while growing up, and if Ferris isn't bothering Sion or Ryner, she's probably hanging out with her (and Arua and Kuku).
One Woman Army: Downplayed, however, in that when she fends off an army to give Ryner time to cast his spell, she ends up badly wounded in the process.
The Promise: See Kill the Ones You Love, made for the sake of giving him the courage to exist alongside others. She also makes one with Lieral to kill the demon in Ryner, at the cost of her life, if he ever loses the will to move forward.
The King of Roland. He was once in the same school as Ryner and Kiefer. He is now working hard to rebuild his country that has been corrupted by the nobles. He has Lucile as his bodyguard. He's actually the vessel of The Mad Hero, Roland's first King and constantly in danger of being berserk.
Guilt Complex: Being a king, he feels responsible for quite a bit.
Hazy Feel Turn: After cutting off ties with Ryner and Ferris and starting his attempt to conquer the continent, he goes from being a Pragmatic Hero to either more of a Pragmatic Hero or a Villain Protagonist, but his goals haven't changed—just his methods. Several volumes later, he then repairs his friendship with Ryner and Ferris, pulling one of these again.
The Needs of the Many: How he justifies his later actions—particularly the slaughter of the Nelphan people, who are used to set an example.
No Hero to His Valet: Ryner and Ferris don't quite see Sion as their king. To a lesser extent, his direct subordinates can be rather casual towards him as well, probably since they're the reason he even managed to become king.
Orphan's Ordeal: His mother's suicide forms a large part of his resentment towards the nobility and his desire to change the country.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In a short story, he comes close to this when he finally has the power to avenge Fiole's death. What stops him is him knowing that Fiole wasn't the sort to wish for revenge, let alone for Sion to stain his hands in the process.
Sion's bodyguard. The head of the distinguished sword clan of Eris and Ferris and Iris' older brother. He killed his parents to save Ferris and become the head. Due to his contract with thousand of demons, he currently cannot step foot outside of Roland.
Freudian Excuse: The Eris household was not a nice place to grow up in. By his family's standards, which essentially demanded sociopathy, the most abnormal thing about Lucile is that he even developed any sense of humanity, thanks to Ferris.
Stepford Smiler: As Iris puts it, the fact that he's always smiling is pretty scary.
Story Breaker Power: Due to a variety of nullifying abilities, his Healing Factor, and ability to appear and disappear at will, he's nearly untouchable. That said, he has no reason to involve himself with anything unless it concerns Sion or Ferris.
Tranquil Fury: When attacking Froaude for trying to kill Ferris to the point where it's hard to tell if he's even angry (and he claims not to be, at least).
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He was nicer as a kid, at least, but no less casual at the thought of killing others. For starters, him plotting to kill his parents started several years before he actually did it.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His Stealth Hi/Bye tendencies or appearing as a disembodied voice. Ferris is entirely used to it by now, Sion eventually adjusts as well, and Ryner's left to wonder where the heck that voice is coming from.
Unwitting Pawn: Lieral's, though in a strange variation in that he knew Lieral was manipulating him when he accepted his proposal, but doesn't remember for the next several years due to Lieral wiping his memory of their meeting.
The Paragon: During the revolution, he managed to inspire much of the enemy forces to believe that Roland could truly change and to defect to his side. Points for making it a (would-be) dying speech too.
Parental Abandonment: His mother was killed when he was young, prompting him to spend a large portion of his life plotting to kill the Emirel Private Forces in revenge.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Fully believes that Eslina deserves better than a playboy and soldier like him, and so despite being aware of her feelings and liking her back, he would rather have her find someone else.
Driven to Suicide: After his failed assassination attempt, he requests that Sion, whom he believes to be an assassin, to kill him, as he no longer sees a point in living. Fortunately, Sion obviously doesn't comply.
Face Death with Dignity: His reaction when Klausberr and the assassins enter his room? Smile and comment on how Sion's going to blame himself for this.
Go Out with a Smile: In the novels, as he's reassured by the thought that his sister will be fine in a country where Sion is the king.
Hero-Worshipper: He's very, very grateful to Sion, shall we say. See: his letter to Eslina, half of which is him gushing over Sion.
I Owe You My Life: To Sion, for saving Eslina and providing a commoner like him with opportunities he never had before.
My Sister Is Off Limits: Fiole hints that he wouldn't mind Sion marrying Eslina one day, averting this trope himself. Calne, on the other hand, believes in this, as one of the many reasons why he won't pursue Eslina.
Orphan's Ordeal: It's noted that Eslina is the sole reason Fiole was able to move on from their parents' deaths, hence his significant attachment to her.
Parental Abandonment: His parents died in the war years ago, leaving him and Eslina to grow up in an orphanage.
Posthumous Character: In the novels, where he only has one scene before dying. Any other scene and his first meeting with Sion are either flashbacks or revealed in the short stories later on.
A girl from the same orphanage as Ryner. Now the captain of the Taboo Breaker Pursuit Squadron, she's under orders to apprehend Ryner. She's also the reincarnation of a Goddess. See Milk Ephillet below.
Smarter Than You Look: She's rather sheltered and therefore tends to be naive and childish, but she's noted to have done very well in officer academy and is quick to realize when her team is hiding things from her.
Stepford Smiler: At times, though she does remain genuinely optimistic in spite of her past.
Awesome by Analysis: He could tell that a group of people had been trained in Roland just by the way they moved.
Becoming the Mask: He's been aware of Milk's brainwashing from the start and stayed by her side in case he would one day have to kill her. In the end, though, he seems to genuinely care for her on some level—which should be impossible for him and which he embraces.
False Reassurance: If one pays attention, when Luke first meets Claugh, he tells him he has a plan to overcome the situation and that there's merit in helping him. In the end, there was merit—for Luke—and he didn't specify that Claugh would be escaping.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Subverted. He comes across as this initially, but while he likes Sion, he also states that he'll kill him if he ever loses his way and becomes like the previous kings of Roland.
Overprotective Dad: He doesn't threaten Ryner, but he definitely doesn't approve of him either, as well as deciding that it's too early for Milk to be thinking of a romantic relationship—never mind that he's not even her actual father.
Sole Survivor: Along with Claugh when he was young, during an experiment in which everyone was slaughtered—though he knew that would happen and was counting on it.
The Spock: Despite surface appearances, Lieral believes that he's this at heart as, due to a military experiment, he should lack the emotions that would affect his judgment. Ultimately subverted, however—see Becoming the Mask above.
Berserk Button: As Lear himself notes, he's not the kind of person who can stay calm while his friends are in danger.
Beware the Quiet Ones: Much like Luke, Lear doesn't take kindly to people messing with his team. See: attacking Calne and threatening to kill Eslina when his team went missing and not hesitating to stab Lieral when he threatened Milk.
Shoot the Dog: Presumably played straight in general, given the nature of the Taboo Breaker Pursuit Squadron, but subverted in regards to Moe and Lach. Instead of killing them as he was supposed to, he secretly hired them.
Hypocrisy Nod: He's well aware that he's contradicting himself when he claims to be waging war to bring world peace.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: While he still hoped for a while that Kiefer might return to his side, he accepts that she loves Ryner, wants to grant her some happiness with the latter, and after the battle against Geihlficlant, decides that he doesn't deserve her anyway.
Let's Get Dangerous: It might be hard to believe that he's the conqueror of the northern continent—until he gets serious.
Love Makes You Dumb: Lize and the others fear this trope becoming the case for Riphal, seeing as how Kiefer works for the other side. While he does show some shades of it, though, he's also careful not to fall into this trap.
Manchild: Occasionally acts like one, though when things get serious, he's perfectly mature.
Modest Royalty: Outside of his armour, he dresses in more plain clothes than most of the non-royalty characters.
Necessarily Evil: He's aware of how questionable his actions are, but believes them to be necessary by this point, especially considering the sacrifices he's already made—a mindset shared by the rest of Gastark as well.
"I will not let this sacrifice be in vain. I am a slaughterer. I... I will advance forward! I will... mow everything down!"
"I… I am a murderer! I am a king of slaying! If you want to curse me, then come! But, even so, I will still swing this sword. So that I can save more lives than I am going to kill now, I will kill you all here!"
Reluctant Ruler: Had no desire to become head of Gastark. Didn't have much of a choice in the matter either.
Reluctant Warrior: All he wanted was to live in peace, believing that life was more important than anything. The world said no.
Resigned to the Call: Doesn't really want to be doing what he's doing, but acknowledges that he's The Chosen One and that the world will end if he doesn't, making it just a bit hard to ignore.
Not so Above It All: Easily the most serious of those from Gastark seen, to the point where it wouldn't be hard to believe him to be a Perpetual Frowner at first—but he's definitely not above making jests at Riphal's expense.
The Extremist Was Right: He told Ryner that as a king, Sion would inevitably have to make sacrifices, no matter how ideal Ryner believed Sion to be. Guess what Ryner discovers by the end of the first series?
Face Death with Dignity: He survives, but when on his deathbed, he calmly accepts his fate, worrying over Kuu instead and being relieved when Riphal chooses to have Sui pass on information while he can rather than immediately try to save him.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Occasionally due to outside forces, though. First forced to betray Estabul for Roland, then forced to betray her friends for her sister, and then betrays Gastark for Ryner.
Break the Cutie: A mild example, in that he still stays fairly strong, but compare his first appearance to when he meets Ryner again. He's understandably exhausted, both physically and emotionally, and things never get truly better for him.
Chekhov's Gunman: Shows up for a short while at the start of the series, while Ryner and Ferris stay over at his house, before disappearing from the picture once they leave. He then returns later with more significance when Roland invades Nelpha.
Good Is Not Soft: Easily one of the nicest people around. But he won't tolerate others messing with his people, and to Vois's surprise, he makes it clear that if it means protecting the Nelpha soldiers, he's willing to let Geihlficlant soldiers die in their place.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He prevented the meaningless deaths of 10,000 soldiers... and effectively ruined his own life by thus becoming a threat in Roland's eyes and becoming the leader of the Nelphan forces, even if he didn't mean for either to happen.
Only Mostly Dead: Vois stops his breathing and pulse, thus only temporarily killing him off.
Turn the Other Cheek: Not only does he not hold a grudge against Sion, but he won't accept any apologies either. That said, part of it is that apologizing implies Sion believes what he did was wrong, which would then imply the Nelphan people died for nothing, making it something of an insult.
Harmful to Minors: In a short span of time, he gets taken captive because of his Alpha Stigma, is tortured, sees his mother's corpse with the knowledge she died because of him, watches his father be killed in front of him, and has the only person left who still cares about him taken hostage against him. It's fairly impressive that Arua still remains as well-adjusted as he is.
Bad Boss: He doesn't abuse or kill his lackeys without reason—he's far too level-headed for that—but if he sees you as expendable, you're likely not going to live long. And he sees a lot of people as expendable.
Badass Pacifist: Far from a pacifist most of the time, but he does have one moment where he calmly tries to talk the God's Eyes bearers down and encourage them to believe in a better future, all while they throw rocks at him.
Beware the Silly Ones: A cheerful pervert, brat and self-proclaimed lolicon—and one of the most ruthless and pragmatic people around.
The Extremist Was Right: As much as Ryner and co. dislike his way of doing things, the inevitable reality is that he tends to get more done than them, and much of Ryner's later success can be owed to Vois.
Improbable Age: He's only fifteen by the time he becomes a part of the main cast, and by that point he's already been the head of a mafia and is currently the leader of what becomes one of the most powerful factions.
Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Starts off as the latter, due to opposing Vois, whom she believes sold the world out to the Goddesses, and by association Ryner. Once things get sorted out and they join forces, she shifts to the former.
An Iino Doue bearer and old enemy of Claugh's. He seeks to create a world where Cursed Eye bearers can live in peace.
Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Could be considered one of the two, considering that, despite his Ax-Crazy tendencies, he still is one of Ryner's allies, though which one generally depends on the specific situation. Now that he's learning to let go of his hatred, he seems to have settled on Anti-Hero.
Black and White Insanity: One of Tiir's major flaws is his inability to see humans as anything other than scum (and, conversely, Cursed Eye bearers as anything other than friends).
Blessed with Suck: As powerful as Tiir's Iino Doue makes him, Ryner notes that his consequent inability to use magic is a major drawback against opponents who wield Rule Fragments—namely Gastark, aka Tiir's biggest threat.
Break the Haughty: For all his talk about how strong he is, he just can't seem to protect those he cares about, which he's aware of. This, his increasing desperation as Roland and Gastark conquer the continent, and Ryner's "The Reason You Suck" Speech ultimately lead him to accepting humans as allies, as he realizes that he doesn't have much of a choice anymore.
Evil Counterpart: To Ryner, being the other primary Cursed Eye bearer in the series whose Character Development somewhat mimics his as well. Whereas Ryner still liked humans, however, Tiir chose to resent them.
Hazy Feel Turn: While initially introduced as a villain, he's actually neutral as a whole, concerned mainly with the survival of his group—and though he sees himself as Ryner's ally, he's not quite on Ryner's side, per se. Eventually, though, as Tiir begins to move past his hatred towards humans, Ryner convinces him to become his ally for real.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: Loves to talk about how superior the Cursed Eye bearers are to humans, but some of his lines, particularly to Ene, seem to indicate that his self-esteem is lower than you'd expect.
Properly Paranoid: While he generalizes too much, his overall paranoia that humans will betray and hunt down his kind if given the chance is supported by him constantly witnessing such things over and over again.
Restored My Faith In Humanity: Ryner does this to him, in a bit of a strange example where Ryner himself, being a Cursed Eye bearer, isn't proof that not all humans are bad, but rather, his friends are—particularly Ferris. Tiir admits that he could bring himself to believe in her, at least, having seen her defend Ryner.
Psychic Powers: His Ebra Crypt allows him to see into people's dreams.
Sacrificial Lion: Though he's killed soon after his introduction, his request leaves a lasting impact on Ryner, who almost always inevitably thinks of him whenever Gastark or the Cursed Eye bearers are brought up.
Senseless Sacrifice: He dies protecting Pueka, only for her to go berserk afterwards, allowing Lir to gouge out her eyes.
Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: The Goddesses and whatnot couldn't notice Ryner for Ryner's own safety, and seeing as how Lieral had caught their attention, staying with Ryner wouldn't have been very safe.
Spanner in the Works: One for the entire world, since the gods were really not expecting anyone to willingly break the world for his son.
Story Breaker Power: Being a magic genius to end all geniuses, he has virtually a method for everything. However, he mostly stays in the background, seeing as how he only cares about protecting Ryner, but is unable to stay close and so works more so by manipulating others and interfering directly only when necessary.
Badass Pacifist: Not a fighter like her husband, but you have to admit that someone who gracefully subjects herself to years of suffering all to protect her son is pretty impressive. There's a reason Lieral believes she deserved better than him.
Otherwise known as the Mad Hero. He was created for the sake of killing the Goddesses, which eventually led to him meeting Ryner Eris Reed—and from there, the rest is history.
Ambiguously Evil: Often not portrayed in the kindest of lights, given that he wanted to destroy everything, but when 'everything' was primarily the Goddesses, who aren't exactly saints, and he wasn't actually capable of thinking any other way, it's hard to pin him down.
Story Breaker Power: The strongest being around, what with being a Reality Warper—except he was sealed for most of his (properly alive) life, and now, aside from not quite being alive, he's been split into two.
Otherwise known as the Goddess of Reincarnation. Asruld's original mating partner, and the one who sent him to meet Ryner Eris Reed. Presently resides in Milk Callaud, the human form she reincarnated into.