Characters: The Musketeers
The Character Sheet for the the BBC Series.
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Musketeers in General
- Badass Cape: They all sport royal blue capes in official Musketeer uniform.
- Badass Crew
- Dual Wielding: Sword and flintlock pistols are standard issue.
- Master Swordsman: Seems to be a basic requirement.
- Mr. Fanservice: Multiple shirtless scenes. They are very pretty men.
- The Musketeer: Usually, though it sometimes turns into Sword and Gun.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Also a basic requirement.
- Nice Hat: Part of the standard uniform.
- Except for d'Artagnan, for some reason. Even after he's commissioned, he doesn't get one.
- True Companions: Naturally.
Portrayed by: Luke Pasqualino
- Brown Eyes: All the better to use Puppy-Dog Eyes with!
- Conveniently Orphaned: Young heir to the family spending all his time running around with the musketeers? Good that he has no parents to care about this.
- Farm Boy: Grew up on one in the Gascogne.
- Fearless Fool: Ties together with Hot-Blooded below.
- Heart Broken Badass: When Constance breaks up with him, he becomes very cynical and downtrodden, murdering a man directly in a duel.
- The Hero
- Heroes Want Redheads: Sets his sights on Constance very quickly.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Doesn't fall for Milady's tricks after knowing who she really is.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He doesn't even tie it up for fighting.
- New Meat
- Pretty Boy
- Puppy-Dog Eyes
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being an skilled swordsman with some potential to becoming a fully-fledged Musketeer in less than a year. Athos even tells Treville that D'Artagnan has the potential to be the greatest out of them all.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He is adorably innocent.
- This idealism can make problems for him, however. For example, he doesn't understand why Constance chose to stay with Bonacieux instead of being with him, and doesn't consider the reality for her especially if she left her husband for him.
Athos Comte de la Fere
Portrayed by: Tom Burke
- Abdicate The Title: Voluntarily renounces his title as Comte in season two, and leaves his lands in the care of the villagers that live there.
- The Alcoholic: He's still grieving about his wife and brother and spends the majority of his free time drinking like a fish. When he disappears, the first places the remaining Musketeers check are taverns.
- Broken Tears: As witnessed by D'Artagen over Milady. Especially poignant as he's normally The Stoic
- The Cynic: Oh hell, yes.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Finding out that his beloved wife was a liar - who murdered his younger brother Tomas - and then having to sentence her to death by hanging.
- Da Chief: Becomes the new Captain of the Musketeers in the second season finale, following Treville's promotion to Minister of War.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare: Gives a pretty epic one to Aramis after the King announces the Queen is pregnant. Considering that Aramis and Anne had slept together in the previous episode, all signs point to him being the father of the child.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Drinks to help him with his heart break.
- Honor Before Reason: As he bitterly tells D'Artagnan, it was his sworn duty to condemn his wife Milady to death after he discovered the truth about her...regardless of how much he loved her.
- Invoked again in the second season finale. After more-or-less reconciling with Milady, she tells him she's leaving France and wants him to come away with her. As he's about to leave, Treville tells him that he's being promoted to Captain of the Musketeers and to 'do his duty.' Athos' first instinct is to stay. By the time he realizes he wants to be with Milady, she's already left.
- Faking the Dead: Pretended to be murdered by D'Artagnan to trick both the Cardinal and Milady in the first season finale.
- The Fettered: The man's shtick is honour, truth and justice.
- Freudian Trio: Of the Original three he is the Superego. Opposed to his book counterpart who is the Ego.
- Four-Star Badass: Following the final episode of Season Two, he is promoted to be the new captain of kings Musketeers.
- The Leader
- Master Swordsman: Appears to be the best of the group, rivaled only by the less experienced D'Artagnan.
- Non-Idle Rich: The richest member of the four, being the only one from nobility.
- The Unfavourite: Implies he was this in relation to his younger brother Thomas.
- Spoiled Sweet
- The Stoic: A very emotionally reserved musketeer. Especially in contrast to the more passionate Aramis and Porthos.
- Not So Stoic: Does lose it when Milady De Winter's involved however. And when he finds out that Aramis slept with the Queen.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Inverted, Despite lying to him, killing his younger brother and actively working against the Musketeers as Richelieu's agent in season one (up to and including taking Constance hostage), Athos still has feelings for Milady.Catherine: Even after all this time, you still prefer her.
Portrayed by: Santiago Cabrera
- The Atoner: Towards the end of the series 2 finale, he leaves the Musketeers to take up a religious life in a monastery to fulfil a vow he made to God in prison and to atone for the sins that put him there in the first place. In the final moments of the episode, when war against Spain is all but declared, the others set off to retrieve him. Since a third series is planned, it seems likely that they will successfully convince him to return, but how he resolves the conflict between doing his duty as a soldier and fulfilling his vow to atone is yet to be seen.
- Cartwright Curse: Invokes this on himself in the second season premiere after he's shown Adele's grave. It borders on Death by Sex, because three out of the four women he's been in a relationship with (regardless of his feelings for them), have ended up dead.
- The Casanova / Chick Magnet: Chases and successfully beds numerous women, but...
Comtesse De Larroque: You are a contradiction Monsieur Aramis, a soldier who preaches love and a famous libertine who cherishes women.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is always polite and respectful towards the women he pursues, never taking advantage of them (well... except Marguerite - because although he does admit to her that he is not in love with her, he still seduces her simply as a means to gain access to the Dauphin, whom he believes to be his son), and he proves to genuinely love several of them including the Queen.
- Gets Deconstructed in 2.9 when the other Musketeers find out about sleeping with the Queen, and the Dauphin being his son, they are all outraged and shocked. Although, it's not his philandering per se that they are angry about. Their outrage is more about the high treason aspect of his actions and how what he has done has endangered them all, including their king, queen and country.
- Dance Battler: He definitely remains stylish and graceful in battle.
- Destination Defenestration: In episode 2.06, Marmion throws Aramis out of a high window. He survives thanks to Plot Armor and a well-placed awning.
- Dual Wielding: Often uses a sword with a pistol and occasionally a musketoon (a smaller musket).
I've done the two swords thing and I've always got something else in my hand. I like that about Aramis. Right now it's a sack... sack-slash-pillow sort of thing. Yeah. But I think that's a great idea. I'm gonna suggest that. Fight with a pillow. Yeah. Feathers going everywhere. Yeah, why not?
- And a particularly cool instance during a Musketeers vs Red Guards fight at the end of The Challenge episode where he takes an opponent's rapier (flipping it up from the ground with his foot) and proceeds to wield it with his left hand, still using his own rapier with his right.
- Santiago Cabrera comments on his character's Dual Wielding in this Behind the Scenes interview for 2.05
- Freudian Trio: Of the Original three he is the Ego. Opposed to his book counterpart who is the Superego.
- Friendly Sniper: The best shot of the group, and a cheerful sociable person.
- Friend to All Children: Aramis has demonstrated a tenderness towards children and some ability for handling and soothing infants. It's hinted that he would very much like to have been a father (and nearly was one when he was younger, until his then-fiancee suffered a miscarriage). He's also very attached to the Dauphin. Which isn't surprising, considering he believes he is the father of the baby.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has several war wounds on his body, women think this makes him dashing.
- The Heart: The one most concerned with keeping everyone together and caring for their well being.
- Latin Lover: Although the character's ancestry has not been outright stated (so far), he does appear to speak fluent Spanish and is played by an actor of Chilean descent. And he's a Casanova that likes to describe himself as "the romantic hero type".
- If Spanish ancestry for the character does get confirmed, he'd also qualify as a Dashing Hispanic.
- He identified as French during 2.04, although it was when he had just been accused of "looking Spanish" while surrounded by an army who really hated the Spanish and he was also more or less on an undercover mission at the time.
- He could quite legitimately consider himself French by nationality even if he does have Spanish heritage. It is interesting that this scene seems to echo the scene in 2.03 where Porthos insists he is French despite his African heritage.
- Nonetheless, at the very least, his Hispanic appearance has been acknowledged in 'verse.
- If Spanish ancestry for the character does get confirmed, he'd also qualify as a Dashing Hispanic.
- Oh Crap!: Plenty throughout the series, but the most epic one comes at the end of 1.10, after King Louis happily announces that Queen Anne is pregnant. Given he and the Queen slept together in the previous episode, it doesn't take long for him to put two and two together. His silent panic is a thing to behold.
- Retired Badass: Is set to become one after the events of season two, after giving up his commission as a Musketeer to become a monk, as a means to remove himself from Paris and honour his vow to God. This may be set to change should France declare war on Spain.
- The Medic: Usually the one sewing up the others and they also turn to his expertise when Cardinal Richelieu is poisoned.
- Token Religious Teammate: Catholicism is the national religion, but Aramis is the only Musketeer who seems to embrace it.
Portrayed by: Howard Charles
- Ancestral Weapon: following Trevile being promoted to minister of war, he gives Porthos his own sword, to carry on in future conflicts.
- Berserk Button: Slavers seem to be it since his mother was a slave.
- Keeping the truth from his is another one. Treville learned this the hard way when Porthos confronts him about what happened to him and his mother.
- BFS: While most of the cast favour the rapier as their primary weapon, Porthos carries a much larger and heavier Schiavona.
- The Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Combat Pragmatist: Most fond out of the four to use these methods to fight.
- Calling the Old Man Out: To his biological father, the Marquis de Belgarde. First, for trying to use him to kill his son-in-law and disinherit his half-sister. Secondly, for inadvertently showing Porthos what he truly thought of his mother by buying a stock portrait of a black woman and trying to pass it off as one of Porthos' mom. He even disgustedly tells him that he 'probably thinks all Black women are the same.'
- Also, to a lesser extent, to Treville who is the main Father Figure in his life. When Porthos realises the captain is keeping a major secret about is his past from him ( ironically a the secret about his biological father and his villainy to protect Porthos), Porthos tells him that he will save his life as a fellow Musketeer, but refuses to shake his hand until he comes clean with the truth.
- Card Sharp: Introduced playing a game and dueling when accused of cheating, he actually did but wouldn't take the accusation.
- Emotional Bruiser: A huge softie. He even sheds a few tears at Athos's fake funeral.
- Freudian Trio: Of the Original three he is the Id. Fitting with his book counterpart.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed, he is a former street urchin, who taught himself to read and write and is knowledgeable enough to drop names like Nostradamus into common conversation.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has several scars, including a prominent one that crosses from above to below his left eye.
- Heroic Bastard: He's one of the good guys, and is the illegitimate son of a Marquis.
- Or is he? The Marquis claimed that he married Porthos' mother, albeit in a clandestine way, which would make Porthos his legitimate son, but according to Treville, the Marquis also had a long history of lying and manipulating people, so who can say if that is true or not?
- Improbable Weapon User: Defeats one of the Cardinals soldiers with a Fork.
- Manly Tears: Gets very emotional at Athos's fake funeral, thinking about what it would be like if Athos really had perished.
- Meaningful Rename: Took on the noble last name Du Vallon after getting out of the Court of Miracles.
- Race Lift: This version is played by an actor of black decent, Word of God says it was inspired by Alexandre Dumas's father being a part-black Frenchman who became a general.
- Self-Made Man: Was a former street urchin who grew into one of the kings best soldiers.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: If the Series 1 finale is indicative, he seems to have kept "Cleopatra" the blunderbuss after her former owner died in combat.
- Street Urchin: Was one in the Court of Miracles in his youth.
Portrayed by: Hugo Speer
- The Atoner: He outright states that immediately after helping the Marquis de Belgarde strand Porthos and his mother in the Court of Miracles, he regretted his actions and everything he had done since that has been an effort to atone for it.
- Da Chief: He takes this role with the other Musketeers.
- Dark Secret: Knowingly sent a regiment of his Musketeers on false pretenses towards Savoy, where they were systematically slaughtered by the Duke and his men. To his credit, Treville didn't know about the massacre until after it had taken place.
- Season two introduces another one, pertaining to Porthos' biological father and the circumstances that led to him and his mother winding up in the Court of Miracles.
- Father to His Men
- Four-Star Badass: Captain of the kings Musketeers and an influential member of court.
- Papa Wolf: Don't hurt the men under his command. Just don't.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In regard to the King, he is the Red to the Cardinal's Blue.
- Refusal of the Call: At the beginning of the second series, King Louis asks Treville to take a seat on his council and effectively become his new right-hand man ( after the death of Richelieu), but Treville refuses the honour saying that he's a soldier and not a politician. Louis, being the Man Child that he is, is angered by this and with Rochefort's subsequent rise to power, Treville has cause to lament turning down the position.
- But in the second series finale, Louis makes Treville his Minister of War, saying "You will not refuse me a second time." and Treville does indeed accept the position.
- Reluctant Retiree: He's forced to retire as Captain of the Musketeers in season two, after one too many failed missions (unknown to him, almost all of the failures orchestrated by Rochefort). He's not very happy about it. Regardless of this the others continue to treat him as if he was the Captain, and it ends up for the best, with being promoted to become the King's Minister for War.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Portrayed by: Peter Capaldi
- Adaptational Villainy: To a degree. In the book, Richelieu was for the most part a Worthy Opponent for the musketeers, at times bordering on Friendly Enemy. Here, the cardinal has his mistress murdered for disloyalty in the very first episode to establish his ruthlessness, in the mid-season generally seems to be on the side of stable government, sometimes collaborating with the main characters, and in the final episodes, well and truly Jumps Off The Slippery Slope by trying to have the Queen killed for not being fertile enough.
- It's possibly worth noting that Richelieu's character usually gets at least this degree of Adaptational Villainy (if not more), in most screen adaptations of the source material. At least here he appears to be doing what he thinks is best for France, even if his methods are somewhat dire, and he's not trying to murder his royal master and rule in his stead or anything like that.
- Beard of Evil
- Dirty Old Cardinal: Richelieu, despite being a high-ranking man of the cloth, has absolutely no qualms about his desire for beautiful women.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies rather perfunctorily during the gap between the first two seasons.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It's revealed Richelieu decided to abandon Rochefort to the Spanish, because he realised how mentally unstable and dangerous a man he really was.
- Evil Chancellor: Richelieu, the Prime Minister. Somewhat of an Anti-Villain since he believes he's acting for the good of France, and he doesn't seek the throne for himself (unlike some adaptations). But he is bent on controlling it, and will coldly mete out death to further his ends.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Power Vacuum: Whatever his faults, the Cardinal was at least acting in the interests of France during his rule. His death leads to the the rise of Rochefort, a former pupil of his turned traitor that's acting as a spy for Spain. Athos lampshades this in the second season premiere, stating that the world actually feels less safe after the Cardinal's passing.
- Historical-Domain Character: Cardinal Richelieu
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: towards the end of the season he tried to assassinate the queen, because he believed her to be infertile and without an heir to the throne, there would be civil war if the king were to suddenly die
- The episode seems to imply he believed the king wish this.
- Pragmatic Villainy: What Cardinal Richelieu sees his actions as. If there's another solution to a problem that doesn't call for bloodshed, he'll pursue it.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In regards to the King, he is the Blue to Treville's Red.
- Sinister Minister: Richelieu, who even dresses in black.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he does, he does for France.
Portrayed by: Ryan Gage
- Broken Tears: In 2.06. The whole hostage ordeal - including having his wife and son taking from him, and then being made to choose if they would die or not - leaves him a shaking, sobbing, traumatized mess.
- Again in the second season finale, after Rochefort tells him of Anne's infidelity and the fact that he might not be the father of her baby. And yet again in the same episode, where Rochefort all but bullies him into signing Anne's death warrant.
- The Caligula: While not evil, the king however has little interest in the business side of ruling, preferring to relax and enjoy himself. However to pay for his eccentricities it has caused taxes to be raised throughout France.
- Historical-Domain Character: Louis XIII
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Whilst not a villain, this is toyed with a bit as the Louis in the series is very much a manchild who is extremely ungrateful and essentially a brat, whereas historically Louis XIII was a taciturn man, and his policies earned him the moniker of 'The Just'.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He favours Rochefort above his other council members, and trusts him completely, to the point where he gives him Richelieu's old position - and ring - of First Minister. It's a shame that Rochefort happens to be a Spanish spy that wants to kill him, marry his wife and rule his kingdom.
- Idle Rich: While not lazy, per se, he does leave a lot up to the Cardinal.
- Ignored Epiphany: During his captivity in 2.02, he learns first-hand what his subjects truly think of him, and sees how easy it is for criminals and thugs to take advantage of the poor in France, and decides that he's going to try and change things. He's back to his old self by the end of the episode, however, and blames the entire affair on the Musketeers (when he was the one who wanted to sneak out of the palace!).
- An even bigger one in 2.06. He does not learn a thing from his ordeal at Marmion's hands, and instantly reverts to type: blaming the Musketeers for failing to protect him, expelling Milady because she "abandoned" him (despite the fact she risked her life to escape and get help), and refusing to ackowledge anyone but Rochefort.
- Man Child: Louis is pretty much one of these; naive, childish, and prone to temper tantrums and storming off when he doesn't get his own way.
- Pet the Dog: He seems genuinely happy at D'artagnan's obvious gratification when he finally grants him his commission.
- Properly Paranoid: Horribly subverted. He's right to think that someone is after his life and hide himself away in his rooms (and to insist on all his food being tasted for poison). Unfortunately for him, the one person he puts his trust in happens to be the one person that wants him dead.
- Royal Brat
- Royal "We"
- Sadistic Choice: In 2.06, he's forced by his captor to pick a room at random. One room contains his wife and son, the other contains innocent members of his court. Whichever room he picks, its occupants will meet a grisly end by one of the captor's thugs. He picks the first room...executing his courtiers in the process.
- Sore Loser: He refuses to be seen to lose at anything. In 1.04, he easily defeats the Duke of Savoy's very young son in a mock "duel" and then publicly laughs at the child. In 2.02, he starts a brawl in a tavern by accusing a man who was beating him at a card game of cheating.
- The Paranoiac: By the end of Season two, following all his experiences he's reduced to this. Constantly terrified that there are assassins everywhere, and that people are trying to kill him, he refuses to leave his room, refuses to let anyone see him and spends every waking moment in fear. The only one left he trusts is Rochefort, unfortunately...
- The Unfair Sex: Granted, Louis is not the best person or husband, but Queen Anne looks brokenhearted and annoyed when the King takes Milady as his mistress, never mind the fact she cheated on him with Aramis who could be the father of the Dauphin.
- Trauma Conga Line: Despite how petulant he behaves towards his rescuers (see Ungrateful Bastard below), it's hard to deny that Louis has been through a lot in season two. Rochefort's flawless manipulation ends in him successfully persuading Louis to sign his wife's execution order, almost destroying him completely.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Musketeers have continually saved King Louis' life, particularly in episodes 2.02 and 2.06, and he does nothing but blame and bully them for getting him into danger in the first place, never mind the fact its his own fault in both episodes. In 2.02, he wants to experience life as a commoner only to get abducted by slave traders, and in 2.06, he wanted to see the eclipse and it was his careless government management that led to the deaths of Marmion's village and family. Furthermore, in the latter episode, Milady manages to help him by getting the Musketeer regiment to save him, and his reward is to dismiss her for abandoning him.
- Upper-Class Twit
- Why Did It Have To Be Poison?: He confides in Rochefort that out of the ways he can conceivably be killed, he's most frightened of being poisoned. Rochefort, of course, poisons him in 2.09 so he can be further dependent on him.
- Young and in Charge: The King of France.
- Your Cheating Heart: Is seduced by Milady de Winter in short order and spends the night with her, much to the Queen's heartbreak.
Portrayed by: Alexandra Dowling
- 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone but the Cardinal adores and loves her.
- Well everyone of the Musketeers. As in real life, Anne is not very well liked by the ladies of the court due to her being Spanish.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It doesn't come up much, because she is a genuinely good hearted person, but once Rochefort reveals his true colours, she is -extremely- merciless and unforgiving to him. Even when he dies, she tells Aramis not to close the dead man's eyes, merely stating 'Not for him'.
- Big Bad Friend: She's currently unaware that her good friend Rochefort is a traitor that's been acting against France's interests from day one.
- The secret's out as of 2.8, although it's not done pleasantly.
- Face Death with Dignity: When Rochefort is about to kill her, she doesn't beg, plead or play his game. She just tells him 'You will never touch me again', referring to his Attempted Rape in 2.8.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- The High Queen
- Historical-Domain Character: Anne of Austria
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Lethal Chef: In "Knight Takes Queen", Queen Anne attempts to be helpful to her rescuers by cooking some fish. She thoroughly burns them. The musketeers are too chivalrous to make a mention of it, forcing themselves to eat their respective portions and making up an excuse when she offers them more. To be fair, it was her first time cooking, ever.
- Lonely at the Top: Her father was the previous King of Spain, her brother is the current one, and her husband is France's king. Despite this, as she sadly tells Constance, very few people at court have love for a Spanish queen, least of all her own ladies-in-waiting.
- Mama Bear: The Dauphin is her baby. Do NOT threaten it in any way.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It's left ambiguous if her son's father is King Louis or Aramis.
- She tells Constance with absolute certainty that Aramis is the father in season two.
- Parenting the Husband
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Literally in 2.08. She uses a hairpin to gouge out Rochefort's eye when he tries to rape her.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: With Aramis.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Your Cheating Heart: She falls in love with Aramis and sleeps with him. Even after episode 1.09, her feelings seem to remain strong for him.
Comte de Rochefort
Portrayed by: Marc Warren
- Adaptational Villainy: As with Cardinal Richelieu, his book counterpart was far more towards the Worthy Opponent end of Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness and eventually became an actual friend to the novel's hero, as opposed to this ruthless Ax-Crazy Manipulative Bastard who is betraying his country by spying for the Spanish crown.
- And again, as with Richelieu, Rochefort is more evil than his book counterpart in most screen adaptations.
- A God Am I: A variant. He thinks of himself as God by the time of Episode 2.9 due to the power and influence he's accumulating. Also comes with a Blasphemous Boast, actually saying 'I am your God now'.
- Attempted Rape: He forces himself on Queen Anne and nearly rapes her before Constance comes in.
- Ax-Crazy: Rochefort is somewhat unstable, and while keeping himself under control, he nevertheless resorts to murder far too quickly. In his introduction alone, he murders no less than six people (discounting those killed in battle).
- His craziness was already apparent before he was captured by the Spanish. Cardinal Richelieu pretty much abandoned him in Spain because he thought his instability outweighed any usefulness he may have had.
- Badass: Rochfort was a soldier before, and hasn't lost his skills with a sword and a gun. Even proving he is able to take on the likes of Aramis and D'Artagan (separately).
- Beard of Evil
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Played with. He was already unstable and dangerous to begin with hence why the Cardinal abandoned him to the Spanish. However, it's heavily implied that the agonising torment he went through with the Spanish is what pushed him to become the total unfeeling monster he is.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT mention his eye or eyepatch in any fashion.
- Big Bad: Of the second season.
- Blackmail: This seems to be Rochefort's M.O in season two. When he wants someone to do something for him, he finds out their secrets and uses that knowledge against them. He uses this to get Milady to kill the Spanish ambassador (by threatening to tell the King the truth about her). He also tells the Dauphin's governess to spy on the Queen for him, by threatening to reveal her affair with Aramis to the court.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil
- The Chessmaster: Although he normally relies on manipulation and blackmail, Rochefort proves he several skills in this area to, able to successfully engineer multiple plots such as taking advantage of the kings growing paranoia and negotiations with a treaty to Sweden to remove several of his chief rivals, all of which he manages to pull of without any evidence being left leading back to him, and no one even suspecting him.
- Composite Character: His name and position with Richelieu are true to the books (and his eyepatch comes from the many adaptations), but his Ax-Crazy Manipulative Bastard tendencies bear more resemblance to Mordaunt, Milady's son and the main antagonist of the second book of the D'Artagnan Romances, Twenty Years After.
- Defiant to the End: In the final episode of season 2, he decides to fight until the very end, despite being outnumbered and surrounded by people who hate him. See Rasputinian Death.
- Dies Wide Open: Dies like this, surrounded by people he hates, and doesn't get his eyes closed because Anne says he doesn't deserve it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His response to Queen Anne rejecting him and fighting him off when he tries to rape her? To poison her husband and have her placed under house arrest for attempted regicide and high treason for sleeping with Aramis, with the endgame of having her, her lover and her infant son killed.
- Double Agent: Is secretly working for Spain and plans to use his new position to drive France into chaos.
- However it recently seems that he's really Playing Both Sides as part of a plan to take over France himself. Upon his death, he admits before he died, none of what he did was for Spain.
- Dying Alone: He's not alone when he dies, but he's surrounded by people who despise him, and has been abandoned by Vargas (and by extension, Spain itself). His last words are even 'I am alone...'
- Evil Chancellor: Fulfils this role after the death of the Cardinal. Unfortunately, he plays it much straighter and is a lot worse.
- Evil Former Friend: He is a close friend of the Queen's, and it was him who taught her about France when she first arrived from Spain. Queen Anne is unaware of his true intentions until the end of 2.08 when he declares his "love" for her and, finding it unrequited, tries to rape her.
- Eye Scream: Anne stabs his left eye out when he tries to rape her.
- Eyepatch of Power: Finally appearing after 8 episodes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Creates a kinder and charismatic front (when he needs to), but inside he is cold and uncaring towards others. Even the Musketeers are partially fooled by it at first.
- Four-Star Badass: Becomes Captain of the Red Guard following the death of the Cardinal.
- Handicapped Badass: Him loosing his eye does not damage his abilities with a sword or a gun, in any way.
- Hot for Student: Rochefort first fell in love with Anne when he was her tutor back in Spain. Even worse, she would have been approximately thirteen years old at that time.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Perfectly showing his inner coldness and disregard for others.
- If I Can't Have You: After being rejected by Queen Anne, he poisons King Louis and has Constance and Dr. Lemay falsely accused of the fact. At the end of 2.09, he has the Queen and Aramis arrested for their adultery. His ultimate goal is to implicate Anne herself in the poisoning and have her executed for high treason against the King.
- Indy Ploy: In contrast to Richelieu's complex plans, Rochefort often does evil stuff on the spur of the moment and somehow makes it work out for him. That's not to say Rochefort doesn't have his own plans, or is a in anyway bad at planning (he proves to be an effective Chessmaster when pushed), he's just very good at improvisation.
- Kick the Dog: He has Constance and Dr. Lemay falsely imprisoned for trying to poison the King (an act that he did). He then forces Constance to watch Dr. Lemay be beheaded when she refuses to testify against the Queen, and gets the King to write an execution order for Anne.
- He does this to Queen Anne when he has her arrested. First, he tells her that Marguerite had been sleeping with Aramis all along, and then refuses to let her see her son.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies in the season two finale, after a lengthy fight and a lot of damage, before D'Artagan delivers the final wound.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the season two finale. After an entire season of backstabbing people and betraying friends, he gets stabbed in the back literally with a knife, contributing to his death.
- Lack of Empathy: A large part of what marks Rochefort out from the majority of the shows other villains. He literally cares nothing for anyone but himself. This means he can go from working with or for others, to murdering and using them at the drop of a hat.
- Love Makes You Evil: He sees everything, up to the part where Queen Anne rejects his advances as a method to bring himself and Anne together. Granted it should be noted, that his understanding of love is severely questionable, being closer to an obsession.
- Loving a Shadow: His entire obsession with Queen Anne is this. He has very little idea of what she is actually like as a person, nor that she doesn't return his feelings; even going so far as to arrogantly declare that she is in love with him (although Porthos, whom he said this to, doesn't know it's Anne that Rochefort's talking about.) When he finds out the truth, he doesn't take it well .
- Made of Iron: As shown by his final fight, Rochefort can take an incredible amount of punishment. He likewise endured torture at the Spanish's hand for much longer than it was expected by anyone.
- Manipulative Bastard: Rochefort is able to play people like a violin. He quickly assesses a person's secrets and desires, and uses that to his advantage. He quickly gets the king wrapped around his finger.
- Rasputinian Death: In his final fight Rochefort gets shot in the shoulder, slashed to the left side of his chest, takes a dagger into his back, several other cuts, two blows to head and finally being stabbed in the chest. Even after all this he is still alive, for several minutes.
- Red Right Hand: His eyepatch.
- The Sociopath: Rochefort fits the definition flawlessly, underneath all his facades he is a ruthless man who doesn't care in the slightest for anyone but himself. He happily takes others lives and takes obvious pleasure in doing so. He happily manipulates others and treats all like tools for him to further his own goals. And despite his claims to love Anne he proves to only love her in the sense he wants her, and attempts to rape her when she rejects him. Then when it comes clear she will never love him, he decides to send her to her death.
- The Stoic: Villainous version, Rochefort rarely shows any genuine emotion aside from occasional anger, and some level of satisfaction from killing others. But when he does get angry, it's a bad idea to be in the same room. Or building. Or Paris at all.
- Villainous Crush: Is creepily obsessed with Queen Anne and the idea of her falling in love with him, to the point where he hires a prostitute that looks like her and dresses her up in expensive gowns and tiaras to act out his deepest desires. As of 2.o8 he's gotten over it, deciding it's better to kill her instead.
- Villainous Breakdown: Goes through one when he finally realises that Queen Anne doesn't love him, his response is first to beg her, when this fails, he resorts to trying to rape her. After she manages to stab him in the eye, his response is to drop all pretences and decide to tell the King of her adultery.
- Goes through another in the finale of Season 2. Seeing all his plans fall apart, he decides to just go out fighting with hints of Despair Event Horizon.
- Villain with Good Publicity: A former close friend of the queen, trusted by the king, and by the end of the first episode of the second season, even Athos's opinion of him is noticeably higher. This becomes clearer during the second season, as the Musketeers fall further out of favor with King Louis.
- Would Hurt a Child: The previews for the second season finale show Marguerite publicly declaring that the Dauphin is Aramis' son, which puts the baby's life in jeopardy along with his mother.
- Yes-Man: Acts this way towards King Louis to get into his good graces.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Rochefort is very good at adapting to the situation, and taking advantage of events that have occurred to further his own plans.
- You're Insane!: Queen Anne basically tells him as such when he declares his love for her. Justified in that he's obviously unstable and stalker-like during it, cumulating in his Attempted Rape.
Portrayed by: Charlotte Salt
- All Love Is Unrequited: She's in love with Aramis. Aramis seduced her to be closer to his son, the Dauphin.
- Break the Cutie: Oh, big time.
- Driven to Suicide: She's so overcome with guilt about betraying the Queen and Aramis that she downs the remaining poison Rochefort used on the King. Rochefort shreds the note she left.
- Dies Wide Open: Found thus by Rochefort clutching the bottle poison (see above).
- Irony: Rochefort blackmails her into cooperation by threatening to reveal her affair with Aramis, which would ruin her reputation and chances of finding a husband. Eventually, she's caught in Rochefort's web so deeply that she confesses to sleeping with Aramis as a part of an official testimony.
Portrayed by: Tamla Kari
- Action Girl: Somewhat, following D'Artagnan's lessons she's able to successfully disarm a thug in a sword fight (while admittedly being shaky and have several close calls). However she is still easily defeated by true Action Girl, Milady De Winter, in the first series finale.
Vargas: (to the Musketeers) You bring women to fight your battles?Constance: Maybe I bring men to fight mine.
- But had so much Taken A Level In Badass by the finale of the next series, that she rides with the Musketeers to capture the Spanish spymaster and ends up being the one holding her sword to his throat.
- Big Damn Heroes: Walks in on Rochefort trying to rape the Queen and distracts him long enough for Anne to stab him in the eye.
- Death Glare: Gives a pretty good one to Rochefort from her cell, when he tells her to testify against the Queen or be executed for attempted regicide.
- Defiant Captive: In the series one finale she refuses to let being captured to break her spirit. She would've escaped on her own too if Milady hadn't stopped her.
- She also acts this way when captured by Marmion in 2.06, confronting him over his actions and risking everything to protect D'Artagnan.
- And yet again in 2,09, when she and Dr. Lemay are falsely accused of poisoning the King. She's calm throughout the ordeal (except when she's made to watch Lemay be executed), and refuses to testify against the Queen.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: While in the camp of "prophet" Emilie of Duras, she suffers a nightmare foretelling the death of King Louis. It's later discovered that Emilie's visions, and thus possibly Constance's, are caused by Emilie's mother poisoning her with a hallucinogenic drug (Constance ate from Emilie's bowl) - but the show implies Constance's dream may be a real premonition (since Rochefort wants Louis dead in order to rule France together with Anne.)
- Fake-Out Make-Out: First meets D'Artagnan when he attempts this with her to hide from pursuers.
- Fiery Redhead
- Happily Married: To D'Artagnan in the second season finale.
- Love Cannot Overcome: She's clearly in love with D'Artagnan, but the fall-out Constance would face from following her heart (the scandal of being an adulteress; the fact that any children she and D'Artagnan would have will be bastards, since their marriage would not be recognized until the death of Bonacieux; the fact that she wouldn't be entitled to D'Artagnan's pension if he dies before they can even marry, leaving her penniless and alone) gives her tremendous pause.Constance: *to D'Artagnan* You never even tried to understand what you were asking of me!
- Happily subverted in 2.06, where she admits her feelings to D'Artagnan and decides to be with him, whatever the consequences.
- Pimped-Out Dress: When she's appointed by the Queen to serve as her personal confidante, her wardrobe changes accordingly to signal her new rank.
- Plucky Girl: When she's threatened by a man the Musketeers brought into her house, the first thing she does is get D'Artagnan to teach her how to shoot.
- Secret Keeper: For Queen Anne. Not only is she appointed to act as the queen's "confidant", she becomes one of only two people who know of the queen's affair with Aramis after she sees them kissing in 2.04 and Anne actually Lampshades this. (The other Secret Keeper for the affair is Athos.)
- She's also the only one who knows that Aramis is the father of the Dauphin. Although Athos clearly suspects this to be true.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: Her affair with D'Artagnan.
- Took a Level in Badass: See Action Girl above.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In-universe with Constance and her husband. While Monsieur Bonacieux isn't ugly, quite a few people comment how he is plain and dull next to his younger and prettier wife.
- Undying Loyalty: Constance is completely devoted to Queen Anne, to the point where she stays in the palace to look after the Dauphin when the Queen flees from Rochefort's wrath, knowing that she will be imprisoned and most likely tortured/executed for helping the Queen escape.
- Widow Woman: Briefly in 2.08, after Bonacieux's death. She goes through the motions of mourning her husband - wearing all black etc - but realizes that her time (and emotions) is better spent loving D'Artagnan than mourning for a man she never cared for.
- Your Cheating Heart: She never loved her husband and then d'Artagnan came along...
Milady De Winter
Portrayed by: Maimie McCoy
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Becoming the Mask: Heavily implied with Milady when she was married to Athos, which explains why she's so obsessed with getting revenge on him after he ordered her execution.
- Cassandra Truth: She tries to warn Athos that Rochefort is a Spanish spy that's actively working against the country. He refuses to believe her, pointing out her previous track record with the truth.
- Milady also seemed to have been telling the truth about why she killed Athos' younger brother (i.e, that he tried to rape her). When she asks Athos why he would still believe she was lying about that, he points out that she lied about everything else, and so had no reason to believe her.
- Dark Action Girl
- Defector from Decadence: She confides in Athos that she's sick of the person that she's become and leaves France in the season finale, hoping that she'll be able to get away from her past and start again.
- The Dragon: To Cardinal Richelieu.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After being captured along with her lover the King, his family and members of his court in 2.06, Milady escapes through sheer luck and immediately rides back to Paris to alert the Musketeers that the King is in peril. While Porthos and Aramis and D'Artagnan managed to stall and make their own escapes, it's ultimately Milady's actions that saved the day. Her reward for this? To be summarily and pettily dismissed by King Louis because she 'abandoned' him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being a petty thief to becoming an assassin and spy with a reputation that precedes her.
- Green Eyes: Of the devious and untrustworthy variety.
- Femme Fatale
- Flower Motif: Her calling card is the forget-me-not, something she's used since before she killed Thomas.
- I Have Many Names: She says these exact words to the fake Princess Louise in 2.07. So far, she has only one name that we know of in the story, although it's revealed that Athos knew her as Anne (as he did in the original books.)
- The Mistress: Becomes the maîtresse-en-titre for the King in season two.
- Riches to Rags: After being thrown under the bus by the Cardinal at the end of season one, Milady goes from being the well-paid tool of the most powerful man in France to running around with low-level thugs and kidnappers just to survive.
- Rags to Riches: As of season two, however, she's seduced King Louis and becomes his mistress in short order.
- Rape as Backstory: She claims to D'Artagnan that this was the reason she killed Athos's brother, Tomas. However, as this differs from what she told Athos, it's unclear if this event happened.
- Her conversation with Athos in 2.09 seems to confirm that she was telling the truth.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Street Urchin: Grew up as a thief on the streets and in a gang.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: The reason she turned to the Cardinal after being hanged by Athos.Milady: Why not become the woman that you believed me to be?
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She clearly still has feelings for Athos, despite the history between them. And she seems to almost declare it to him in 2.04, although what she tells him is that he is still in love with her but in denial. Pot? Kettle?
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: While rescuing D'Artagnan and King Louis from a press-gang, she tells Louis that she too had been kidnapped and forced to do illegal things by their leader. This lie, coupled with her acting like a damsel and more than a little flirting, convinces a smitten Louis to give her a full pardon for her crimes and invite her to court, much to the Musketeers' horror.
- Yandere: Implied with Milady towards Athos, especially in 1.07 when she takes an especial glee in destroying Ninon's reputation in court, and then going further to threaten all the women under Ninon's care with being burned at the stake unless she gives a false confession. And all because Ninon and Athos flirted with each other in her parlour!
Portrayed by:Ed Stoppard
- Accidental Discovery: Despite failing to understand the mechanics behind it, Lemay appears to stumbled across the benefit of sterilizing surgical equipment, before his time. Simply stating that using implements cleaned in boiling water appeared to improve his patients chances of survival.
- Adorkable: A lot of his interactions with Constance falls into this.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He falls for Constance, but she's in love with D'Artagnan and, in contrast to every single other spurned lover on this show, after Constance tells him she loves another, Lemay wishes her well and remains a good and loyal friend to her and the Musketeers.
- Kill the Cutie: Is framed for attempting to poison the king by Rochefort and executed by him without even having a trial.
- The Medic: In the second season, he's the one they go to for matters more serious than Aramis can handle.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: When asked to determine whether some soup is drugged in 2.04, his response is "I'm a doctor, not an alchemist."
- Nice Guy: Genuinely kind and friendly, to just about everybody.
- The Smart Guy: As well as Medicine, the Musketeers have approached him for help on more scientific matters.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Sweet and cute? Check. Romantically interested in a Main Character? Check. His murder/execution directly inspires said Main Character into getting dangerous with lethal weaponry? Also check. Bonus for a wail of - But I liked that character...