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Characters: The Musketeers

The Character Sheet for the the BBC Series.


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D'Artagnan

Portrayed by: Luke Pasqualino

Athos Comte de la Fere

Portrayed by: Tom Burke
  • Badass
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Faking the Dead: Pretended to be murdered by D'Artagnan to trick both the Cardinal and Milady in the 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.
  • 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.

Aramis

Portrayed by: Santiago Cabrera
  • Badass
  • Cartwright Curse: Invokes this on himself in the second season premiere after he's shown Adele's grave.
  • The Casanova / Chick Magnet: Chases and successfully beds numerous women, but...
    • Chivalrous Pervert: He is always polite and respectful towards the women he pursues, never taking advantage of them, and he proves to genuinely love several of them including the Queen.
    Comtesse De Larroque: You are a contradiction Monsieur Aramis, a soldier who preaches love and a famous libertine who cherishes women.
  • Dance Battler: He definitely remains stylish and graceful in battle.
  • Dual Wielding: Often uses a sword with a pistol and occasionally a musketoon (a smaller musket).
    • 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.
  • 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 might be 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.
  • 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.

Porthos

Portrayed by: Howard Charles
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: Slavers seem to be it since his mother was a slave.
  • The Big Guy
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Combat Pragmatist: Most fond out of the four to use these methods to fight.
  • 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.
  • 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' 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.

Treville

Portrayed by: Hugo Speer
  • Badass
  • 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 hints at 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure

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Cardinal Richelieu

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: towards the end of the season he tried to assassinate the queen, because he believed her to be infertile
  • 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.

King Louis

Portrayed by: Ryan Gage
  • 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.
  • 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!).
  • 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.
  • Royal Brat
  • Royal "We"
  • 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.
  • Upper-Class Twit
  • 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.

Queen Anne

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.
  • 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • The High Queen
  • 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's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It's left ambiguous if her son's father is King Louis or Aramis.
  • Parenting the Husband
  • Sheltered Aristocrat
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: With Aramis.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist

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 version 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.
  • 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).
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of the second season.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil
  • Double Agent: Is secretly working for Spain and plans to use his new position to drive France into chaos.
  • 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 presently unaware of his true intentions.
  • 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.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Perfectly showing his inner coldness and disregard for others.
  • Sinister Minister: Fulfills this role after the death of the Cardinal.
  • Villainous Crush: Is creepily obsessed with Queen Anne and the idea of her falling in love with him, to the point where he hires prostitutes that look like her and dresses them up in expensive gowns and tiaras to act out his deepest desires.
  • 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.
  • Yes-Man: Acts this way towards King Louis to get into his good graces.

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Constance

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.
  • Defiant Captive: In the 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.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: First meets D'Artagnan when he attempts this with her to hide from pursuers.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Her affair with D'Artagnan.
  • 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.

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.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: To Cardinal Richelieu.
  • Green Eyes: Of the devious and untrustworthy variety.
  • Femme Fatale
  • The Mistress: Seems to be setting herself up as 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 is setting herself up to be his mistress. He gives her an expensive ring as a token of his affection after they spend the night together.
  • 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.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Street Urchin: Grew up as a thief on the streets and in a gang.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She clearly still has feelings for Athos, despite the history between them.
  • 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!