For more information, see [[Literature/TheQueensThief here]].

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[[folder:Eddis]]
'''Eugenides'''

* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** When Costis makes his "which is more unlikely, your deaths or an heir?" comment, Eugenides finds it ''hilarious.''
** He also laughs quite a bit when he looks at his empty wineglass and Attolia says "take mine." She killed her first husband by poisoning her own wine.
* AintTooProudToBeg: The only one who can invoke this from him is Attolia, in her very scary TheHighQueen persona.
* AirVentPassageway: The escape by this method didn't work as well as it should have, thanks to interference from a certain someone. See CosmicPlaything.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassBack
* BadassBoast: "I can steal anything," followed by "I can do anything I want!" with a helping of PunctuatedForEmphasis.
* BadassBookworm: He's very knowledgeable about the old myths but also keeps up with the current plays and other scholastic affairs.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He wanted to marry his love. He married her, along with all the responsibilities and obligations that came with the position.
* BreakTheCutie: Broken horribly and tragically in the second book. He comes back, but it's still noted afterwards that his health isn't what it was.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Subverted. Initially he and everyone else thinks that a one-handed thief is no thief at all, but as the magus says, he can still do something.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He pisses off everyone. ''Everyone''. The family member who's the fondest of him says that being constantly angry with him is the correct reaction. But he is the best thief.
* TheChessmaster: Particularly in ''King of Attolia''. He promises Attolia that [[spoiler:he can bring down Erondites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: As he tells Phresine, he has to keep his distaste for killing people a secret because he'll have to do it whether he wants to or not, [[spoiler:since it comes with being King]].
* ConsummateLiar: In the words of Eddis: "He always lies to me. He lies to himself. If Eugenides talked in his sleep, he'd lie then too."
* CosmicPlaything: The gods had a hand in some of his great, as well as his [[ColdBloodedTorture not so great]] achievements.
* CrazyPrepared
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler:Attolia]] in ''The King of Attolia''.
* {{Determinator}}: As Attolia points out in the fourth book, Gen will whine, he'll complain, he'll wriggle and procrastinate, but in spite of all that he will ''never quit''.
* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts off his hand is definitely karmic.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After his episode of BreakTheCutie, his long hair is cut short and it stays that way for the rest of the series.
* FirstPersonSmartass: In the first book only. After that he's just a smartass.
* GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenelations.
* GentlemanThief: Although he appears to be a common street thief in the first book, he's quite insistent that he's from a respectable family. [[spoiler:From Eddis' ''royal'' family in point of fact.]]
* GuileHero: Basically whenever you think you know what Gen is up to, you don't. And even if you do, you don't know the half of it.
* HairyHammerspace: Part of his first plot: hiding [[MineralMacguffin something]] [[ImmortalityInducer essential]] in his long hair.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After a lot of trial and suffering, he and Irene--that is, the Queen of Attolia]].
* HeroicBSOD[=/=]HeroicRROD
* HesBack: Makes a spectacular and ground-breaking return after his episode of {{Angst}} in the second book.
* [[spoiler: HookHand: From the second book onwards]].
* HyperAwareness
* ImpossibleThief: [[spoiler: He goes from a lowly thief in the prisons of Sounis at the beginning of the series to the sovereign of ''all three countries by the end of the series; Eddis, Sounis and Attolia. Though to be fair, he was in prison by his own choice and only pretending to be "lowly".]]
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: How the first book came into being, apparently. Sophos does something similar to create ''A Conspiracy of Kings.''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He enjoys provoking the hell out of people, is rude and sarcastic, and generally infuriates everyone he meets, but he's still a good friend who's trying to help the peninsular countries the best he can.
* JumpedAtTheCall: When it comes to spying in Attolia. [[spoiler:It loses him a hand.]]
* LeapOfFaith: He believes he'll only ever die of a fall if his god himself drops him. And once your god betrays you, you really don't have any hope left anyway.
* LetsGetDangerous: Spends most of his time being a pain in the ass, but when you put his back to the wall watch ''out''. The magus, Attolia, and the Mede found this out in different ways.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With [[spoiler: Eddis, his cousin.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: [[spoiler:Towards the Queen of Attolia. He says that this kind of love doesn't last, mind, but he spies on her enough that it just gets stronger]].
* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut off his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.
* MeaningfulName: Eugenides is also the name of the god of thieves, and as he's the [[spoiler: Queen's Thief]], it's his name as well as his [[spoiler: title]].
* NoHeroToHisValet: As much as his childhood friend [[spoiler: and cousin Eddis]] respects him, she still says explicitly that she would sooner strangle him than marry him. She also tells the woman he's in love with how much of a liar he is.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: This is how he conducts his affairs. He routinely lies and breaks his promises to take it easy if he thinks he can get away with it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the first book. Funny thing is, ''he's the narrator,'' using the first-person perspective. Somehow he manages to [[UnreliableNarrator fool the reader]] without leaving out anything that would be noticed. This also comes into play in the third book (although this time the reader is in on it), wherein the court in [[spoiler: Attolia]] are lead to think he's an ineffectual UpperClassTwit.
* PalsWithJesus: Eugenides is noted for not only talking to his gods, but for having them ''talk back''. Of course, they tell him things like "STOP WHINING" and "GO TO SLEEP", which he finds to be rather anticlimatic.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's noted to be small (shorter than Attolia, for example) but he's a very effective fighter.
* QuitYourWhining: When he spends a little too long lamenting [[spoiler:his lost hand and the resulting war]] and visits the temple, the ''gods themselves'' tell him to get over it.
* ReluctantRuler: [[spoiler: He married his wife because he loved her, not because he wanted her throne.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: He hates killing and refused to follow his father into the army, which caused a lot of strife between them. But the final refusal came ''after'' years of learning how to fight.
* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* SherlockScan: Particularly prominent in the first book (which is from his point of view), where he notices all sorts of small details about the magus and his party.
* SirSwearsALot: Although, thanks to the NarrativeProfanityFilter, not much of it ends up on the actual page outside of the occasional [[OhMyGods gods damn]]. Costis' narration in ''King of Attolia'' mentions that he's usually very creative.
* TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him. He snarks at himself just as much.
* TheSoCalledCoward: He doesn't like fighting, which makes people tend to assume that he's a coward who isn't good at it. [[UnderestimatingBadassery They are very wrong]].
* ScarsAreForever: In escaping from the Attolians in ''The Thief'', a flying stone chip leaves a feather-shaped cut on his cheek. The magus sympathetically hopes it'll heal cleanly, but Eugenides recognizes it as a mark of approval from his patron god (albeit a bloody one). He also has scars from Sounis' shackles.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler:To Attolia. He fell in love with her while spying on her for Eddis and soon began spying on her in the times when she had the mask off.]]
* StreetUrchin: See ObfuscatingStupidity above.
* StepfordSmiler: Inverted. After being wounded in ''King of Attolia'', he makes ''such'' a whining, hammy ruckus about how much pain he's in all the way across the palace that everyone is just exasperated or amused. It's only when the extent of the injury is revealed that Costis realizes that his childish complaining was a far more effective smokescreen than stoically gritting his teeth would have been. (A point further made when Eugenides is convinced to stoically grit his teeth, and only then does Irene faint.)
* TricksterMentor: Towards Sophos, and towards some degree towards Costis. He makes liberal use of the BatmanGambit and ReversePsychology, setting them up to do things by pissing them off.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: At first, he despised fighting and killing like his father did, but it soon became a necessary skill for him to keep his position and his life. He also turned out like his mother and grandfather, who were both thieves.
* UnreliableNarrator: In ''The Thief'', like you wouldn’t believe. See also ObfuscatingStupidity, above.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: He greatly respects the magus, loves Irene Attolia, and likes Costis Ormentiedes. And he quite thoroughly upends their lives over the course of three books.

'''Eddis [[spoiler:Helen]]'''

* AltarDiplomacy: Much of her problems come from whether or not she's going to marry Sounis. Sounis and the magus plot to force her hand in the first book, but even in the second and fourth she admits she may ''have'' to in order to strengthen the coast against Mede invasion, even though he's an unpleasant man. [[spoiler:When Sophos becomes Sounis the question becomes less odious, but still not easy.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do, and she's got a broken nose from her life among them.
* BadassArmy: She has one. She also leads it.
* BoyishShortHair: As part of her practical, unfeminine appearance.
* TheChessmaster: Works with Eugenides to manipulate and spy on the Peninsula in order to keep herself and her country strong and independent. One Attolian soldier in the third book remarks that she has to be every bit as cunning and ruthless as Attolia to achieve that.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: The fourth book reveals that the gods have been sending her dreams [[spoiler:of an eruption of the Sacred Mountain that will kill everyone if she doesn't empty the country to the lowlands]]. It's not going to happen for another century, but given the event she has to start fixing it ''now''.
* IronicName: [[spoiler:She's explicitly ''not'' beautiful. Her name is Helen.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With [[spoiler: her cousin, Eugenides.]]
* MeaningfulName: Of the ironic variety. It's made quite clear that her beauty is all on the inside.
* ModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to look opulent for publicity purposes.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Eddis is a very active monarch and probably the most pleasant in personality, though she admits her circumstances are much more fortunate than the rulers of Attolia and Sounis.
* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddia", but she deliberately took Eddis.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Attolia's Girly Girl.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: She had two older brothers, but they died suddenly of illness and left her the sole heir.

'''The Minister of War'''

* ActuallyIAmHim: When the minister makes a dismissive comment and the magus defends Eugenides as a son any father would be proud of, all of the Eddisans in the room are highly amused.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is every bit as capable of fighting as the soldiers under his command.
* BadassArmy: He leads one.
* FourStarBadass
* PapaWolf: Downplayed example, since he is also TheStoic, and given his position and the political elements of the series, he cannot actually strike out at the woman who [[spoiler:cut off his son's hand]]. He does make it as clear to her as he can that he is very angry with her for it.
* ShootTheDog: When he and Eugenides are taken prisoner, he uses his bonds to strangle his son until Attolia stops it--not because he hates Eugenides, but because it would be better for Eddis and because he's afraid Eugenides will suffer even more than he did the first time.
* TheStoic: According to Eddis, he, like his son, will not admit when he is in pain.
* UptightLovesWild: Evidently, given that he married Eugenides' thiefly mother.

'''Ambassador Ornon'''

* GoneHorriblyRight: Thinks this in ''King of Attolia''. Ornon had always wanted to see Eugenides humiliated, but seeing him swallow ever insult and humiliation hurled at him by the Attolians soon makes him seriously worried. (It's all according to plan.)
* NoodleIncident: How he lost his sheep, and much of his wealth with them. Gen was certainly responsible, given that Ornon told him to stop baa-ing like a lamb whenever Ornon walks into a room. (Gen barks like a sheepdog instead.)
* ShootTheDog: When Eugenides is caught by Attolia, Ornon deliberately does everything he can to inflame Attolia into an execution on the spot so that she won't torture Gen for information--and nearly succeeds, but for Nahuseresh giving her the idea of the traditional punishment for thieves. Gen considers this to have been just what Ornon ''should'' have done, because he would have been "safely dead."
* SitcomArchNemesis: He is always mentioned to severely dislike Eugenides, but the specific reasons are left mostly unstated and never does anything substantial--he just takes any opportunity he can to annoy him. It's also possible that the extent of Ornon's antipathy is somewhat played up for the benefit of others.
* WorthyOpponent: Describes his relationship with Eugenides as "a great deal of hard-won respect for each other."
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[[folder:Attolia]]
'''Attolia [[spoiler:Irene]]'''

* AfraidOfBlood: Not notably. But she does faint when she sees [[spoiler:her husband's blood and realizes how severe his injury is]].
* ArrangedMarriage: In her backstory. Her dad fobbed her off on another house as she was only a minor princess.
* BadassArmy: She has one that's absolutely devoted to her, in the form of the Queen's guard.
* BigBrotherIsWatching : This quote from the third book sums it up.
---> '''Attolia''': "I have trusted you, and no, that does not mean that I have not had you watched and that I do not have spies that watch my spies, and spies even that watch those."
* BrokenBird: She was pawned off on an asshole husband, and after she took control of her country, she had no choice except to be totally ruthless to maintain her power thanks to the misogyny on ''top'' of the fact that her barons are untrustworthy power-grubbers.
* TheChessmaster: She's playing Nahuseresh far better than he thinks he's playing her and manages to subvert his plans in plain sight of him.
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler: Eugenides]], in "The King of Attolia".
* DeadpanSnarker: Most people are too scared of her to perceive her sense of humor, but it's very dry and often verges into BlackComedy.
* DeathGlare: Her gaze can cut down her courtiers like a scythe.
* DefrostingIceQueen: A major plot point in "The Queen of Attolia" is how much of her emotion she's locked away for the good of her country. In "The King of Attolia", her husband tells her mentor that a heartless queen would end up hurting the country in the end.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When she has [[spoiler: Gen's hand cut off]]. She spends a lot of time in the first and second books [[DefrostingIceQueen mellowing out]].
* TheExtremistWasRight: Even Eddis has to admit that Attolia's ruthlessness was necessary both to survive the DeadlyDecadentCourt and to set her country in a good direction.
* GallowsHumor: When [[spoiler:Eugenides]] is outraged at an ambassador, she defuses it by offering him her goblet--which was how she killed her first husband. He finds this absolutely hilarious.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Played with. Really, she's ruthless because it's the only way to survive as a female ruler in a sexist government. The Attolian lower class seems to love her, at least the ones we've seen.
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: It started when she was sent to live with her future husband's family, where they spoke openly of their plot to take the throne. She stayed quiet and demure and secretly collected poisonous leaves, then sold most of her jewelry to buy the palace guard over to her side.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Eugenides, in spite of the hand amputation. He's one of the few who sees her as a person.]]
* HeelRealization: She realizes she's hit a new low after she cuts off a boy's hand.
* HiddenDepths: As Eugenides says, she ''does'' have a heart. She's just had to wall it away because of her position.
* TheHighQueen: Attolia is beautiful, serene, ''terrifying'', and inspires both great loyalty and great fear in her close allies. She ruefully describes herself as a magnificent war chariot, scything down friend and foe alike.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Attolia's cruelties were all to keep her country stable and in the hands of someone who wanted the country to prosper.
* IronicName: [[spoiler:Her given name is Irene, which means peace.]]
* KickTheDog: Most of her cruelties were committed in the name of stabilizing her rule and her country. Cutting off [[spoiler:Eugenides' hand]] was an act of pure spite.
* TheMasochismTango: Mentioned above, with [[spoiler: Eugenides]]. When you [[spoiler: cut your love interest's hand off]], you know you have this trope.
* MeaningfulName: Irony, again, as her name means “peace", and her reign has been brought with violence.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: To her Mede ambassador. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ObliviousToLove: Everyone from here to Sounis knew that Dite was madly in love with her... except for her. She thinks it's a ''joke'' when she finds out.
* PalsWithJesus: Indirectly, as she is [[spoiler:married to the chosen one of the gods, Eugenides.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SherlockScan
* TheStrategist
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Mostly ice; even when she's angry, it's cold. However, she does still have human emotions, which she's able to show around [[spoiler:her husband Eugenides]].
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Eddis' Tomboy.
* TranquilFury: When she gets mad, this is how it plays. It's very rare that she ever shouts or pitches things.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Her brother was king, but her future husband's family had him killed so they could seize the throne through her. And then she poisoned him.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask

'''Teleus'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The head of the Queen's Guard is the best fighter in it.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Relius.
* HonorBeforeReason: He initially refuses to plead for his own life after the assassination attempt in the garden, feeling that it's his just punishment for his failures.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Though reluctantly, he pleads for his life and the lives of the squad who failed to secure the King's safety from would-be assassins.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]

'''Relius'''

* BigBrotherIsWatching: He ''is'' Big Brother, as Attolia's spymaster.
* BrokenAce: After he is [[spoiler:imprisoned and tortured for his failures]]. Though he remains the Queen's confidant, it's noted that he's not up to being her full-time spymaster again.
* {{Fingore}}: Suffers this at the hands of Attolia's torturer after he unwittingly betrays her. Both of his hands were broken and it's noted in ''Thick as Thieves'' that he's missing a few fingers.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Teleus.
* TheMentor: He taught Attolia everything she knows about how to survive as a sovereign Queen.
* RagsToRiches: Started as an underservant who was dragged out for spying on the new Queen until he offered to teach her how to navigate the cutthroat world of Attolian politics.
* TheSpymaster: His official position is "Secretary of the Archives," but he spies on everything and everyone inside Attolia and as much as he can outside of it.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]] Later he becomes just as loyal to Eugenides.

'''Costis Ormentiedes'''

* BerserkButton: The honor of the Queen's guard, his own honor, honor in general.
* TheChewToy: Most of the third book is about him getting punished, ostracized, provoked, humiliated, being called out in the middle of the night because the king has gone ''nuts''...
* DidISayThatOutLoud: Costis' response to the king saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option the king says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...
* DontCallMeSir: He tells Kamet several times to stop calling him "Master" when they're not pretending in front of others, until he finally says it in such a way that Kamet is too afraid to slip up again. [[spoiler:As far as Costis is concerned, Kamet stopped being a slave from the moment Costis met him.]]
* FieldPromotion: The king promotes Costis to lieutenant so he can have him as a personal guard, long before Costis would have been considered ready by himself or Teleus.
* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far. [[spoiler:He retains this despite becoming a bit of a GuileHero in ''Thick as Thieves'', when he reveals that he would have let Kamet leave at anytime if he'd known that Nahuseresh was dead[[note]]which would have been bad because the false information was planted by Eugenides to make Kamet leave, but he also knew Kamet would be too scared to reveal it[[/note]] and would have taken all the blame for it to save Kamet, had Kamet not interrupted loudly.]]
* ItGetsEasier: When Kamet asks how he can make himself kill people, Costis says that it's not hard once you think of it as part of the job, but that there's also a reason [[INeedAFreakingDrink soldiers get drunk after every battle]].
* KnightInShiningArmor: He sees himself as one to Attolia, mentally referring to her as "my Queen" rather than the more proper "Your Majesty".
* LoveEpiphany: Not so much love as ''loyalty'', but not long after Costis says he'd happily see the king choke to death accidentally, he finds himself making a wild charge through hunting dogs and high-ranking officials to [[spoiler:save Eugenides' life.]] He finds himself re-evaluating that statement in light of his own actions.
* OhCrap: When he realizes that the dogs were released to occupy the Guard and leave the king alone in the garden.
* RageBreakingPoint: Very early in ''King of Attolia'', when he punches said king in the face for mocking the Guard's inability to protect their queen in the previous book. [[spoiler:Turns out this was all part of the plan for Eugenides--by changing Costis' mind he hoped to change Teleus']].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To [[spoiler: Eugenides]], saying that he sits on the throne like a printer's apprentice among other things.
* SirSwearsALot: In multiple languages, in fact, as Kamet notes in ''Thick as Thieves''.
* TooDumbToFool: Downplayed. Costis isn't stupid and he's both capable and quickwitted enough to get through Medea, but [[spoiler:Eugenides sent him to fetch Kamet because he knew Kamet would be able to escape a more cunning man]].
* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Thick as Thieves'' he's become quite adept at manipulating people.
* TranquilFury: In ''Thick as Thieves,'' [[spoiler:he silently snaps the neck of several slavers while escaping from them, and the look in his eyes terrifies Kamet. After this episode, Costis admits he wasn't doing the work of a soldier]].
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions, partly because he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Eugenides and Attolia actually do love each other]] for another hundred pages or so, and is worried he might be forced to choose between them.

'''Aristogiton'''

* HonorBeforeReason: Surprisingly averted, unlike other guardsmen.
* OddCouple: A pragmatic okloi, best friends with Costis, an honor-bound patronoi.
* UnwittingPawn: He delivers a message (which tells an ill-intentioned prankster to let the hunting dogs loose in the king's path) and is later promoted to a squad leader specifically so that he'll be he NewMeat unable to stop an assassination attempt on the King.

'''Baron Erondites'''

'''Erondites the Younger (Dite)'''

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: He is madly, desperately in love with Attolia (one reason his father tolerates him was the off-chance that Dite might woo her). Unfortunately for him, she has absolutely no idea.
* BawdySong: He wrote one called "The King's Wedding Night". It proves to be an EarWorm around court and becomes a plot point later.
* TheUnfavorite: His father hates him and only won't disinherit him because he'd only have Sejanus left.

'''Sejanus'''

* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:When Eugenides tears down his entire house in the space of fifteen minutes and leaves him just his and Dites' life, Sejanus accepts it stoically and calls him by the archaic title 'Basileus' as he's arrested.]]
* TheHyena: Whether the joke ends up on him or someone else, Sejanus always laughs.
* JerkAss: The only reason he's popular is that people like him mocking the people they dislike, and they also don't want to end up as a target.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:He actually loves his brother, he just pretends not to so their father doesn't separate them]].
* MuggingTheMonster: Like many of the Attolians, he underestimates Eugenides as a pawn of the queen of Eddis, and falls for his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* SmugSnake: He thinks himself very clever, smiling even as he's accused of treason. Unfortunately for him, his inability to disguise his hatred of the king means that he totally failed to enact the "make myself indispensable" part of the Baron's plan to manipulate the throne.
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[[folder:Sounis]]
'''Sounis'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Although he's the most unpleasant ruler on the Peninsula, Sounis is a legitimate warrior.
* JerkAss: Sounis is a ruthless, unpleasant man who quite happily mistreats Gen. Gen is later able to use his penchant for temper against him.

'''The Magus'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He was a soldier before becoming magus.
* BadassBookworm: He's probably the most scholarly character in the books, but he's a skilled fighter and an incredibly capable royal servant.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In ''Queen of Attolia'', he tries to return Eugenides' spirits by saying there are still things he can do. Eugenides takes him at his word [[spoiler:and steals the ''magus'' by framing him for the destruction of Sounis' navy]]. The magus didn't mean he should do ''that!''
* TheChessmaster: He's the architect of the plan to steal Hamiathes' Gift, which would force Eddis to marry Sounis. He's also mentioned later as having fought spy-to-spy with Relius.
* CoolTeacher: To Sophos and Ambiades.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Thus far, his real name has not been revealed.
* GuileHero: In the first book he devises a plan to conquer Eddis without warfare by compelling the queen to marry Sounis through her country's sacred artifact.
* OutGambitted: By [[spoiler:Eugenides, who knew that this plan was in the works and planted himself in the magus' party as their thief.]]
* TheProfessor: When he's not plotting, he's studying botany and applying historical analysis to legends and myths.
* QuipToBlack

'''Pol'''


'''Sophos'''

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:After he uses two well-placed bullets as his ''second'' argument, the council of barons unanimously confirms him as king]].
* BadLiar: Everything he feels shows on his face, but he and Eugenides figure out how to turn this to their advantage.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia to prevent a Mede conquest. It doesn't work. [[spoiler:So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.]]
* BreakTheCutie: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', when he is [[spoiler: kidnapped, [[MadeASlave becomes a slave]], and is generally thrust neck-deep into the cutthroat politics of his world, where everyone is trying to manipulate him.]]
* TheBusCameBack: He doesn't appear at all in the middle two books, but he's the protagonist of the fourth.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' is about this.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that his gift is knowing that he is an ass. (In fairness, so few people do.)
* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:He's hidden by his kidnappers this way in ''Conspiracy of Kings'', along with some beating to make his face unrecognizable. He actually likes it ''better'' than being the heir.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Everyone thinks he's an idiot and his emotions show on his face. [[spoiler:So he lets everyone think he's a gormless, naive dolt while he plans to show them all that he is 1. smart and 2. definitely ruthless enough to succeed his uncle]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's put on the dangerous trip to steal Hamiathes' Gift in ''The Thief''. [[spoiler:He racks up more considerable achievements in the fourth book, starting when he saves his father from assassination and escapes enslavement at the same time.]]
* SlasherSmile: A scar he got from the identity-concealing beating of his capture turns his normal smile into this. Once he sees it, he realizes it's an asset--it makes him look like his uncle.
* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Not only does he start using his brains for practical and political ends, his time digging and building walls makes him much tougher physically.
* UnfitForGreatness: Initially. He's keenly aware of how disappointment he is to his father and uncle, being a soft, shy, scholarly boy instead of shaping himself into a cunning fighter like Sounis. The realization that he's failed his family and his country hits him hard in the fourth book, and he launches himself out of this trope as hard as he can.

'''Ambiades'''

* {{Jerkass}}: Is a serious jerk to Sophos, who hero-worships him, not to mention anyone who he perceives as being from a lower class (most noticeably Gen).
* ImpoverishedPatrician: His family was disgraced a generation ago and then his father gambled away what remained of the family's money.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:He was secretly working for Attolia as they offered to pay him and his family quite handsomely.]]
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'''Nahuseresh'''

* AssInAmbassador: Like all the Mede ambassadors that follow, Nahuseresh is smug, imperious, and there only to bring about a Mede conquest of the peninsula.
%%* BadLiar
* BigDamnHeroes: He acts on an anonymous tip to rescue Attolia from the Eddisians, not realizing the tip was from one of the goddesses. (It doesn't take, all he's really doing is giving Attolia the freedom to ''choose'' Gen as her husband rather than being forced into it.)
* TheChessmaster
* DiplomaticImpunity: He can get away with a lot because a wise ruler knows that insulting a Mede ambassador too flagrantly will give them a pretext for invasion.
* FanNickname: Nahuserfish.
** And occasionally Nahuserloser.
* HateSink: Oh so very much. He first appears in ''The Queen of Attolia'', the book where Attolia is revealed to be much more human than originally expected but not until ''after'' she cuts off the beloved main character's hand, so he mainly seems to exist so that the readers have someone to hate more than her. It works, as he's easily the most hated character in the entire series and as a smug, rude, sexist, KarmaHoudini who stirred up more trouble than just about any other single character, he deserves every bit of it. He's canonically this InUniverse as well, as Gen makes it clear that he blames and hates Nahuseresh for the loss of his hand, not Attolia.
* HenpeckedHusband: After the events in the second book he had to hide out his disgrace on his home estate, where his wife was ''spectcularly'' unimpressed with his attempt to marry Attolia. Can't blame her, really.
* KickTheDog: He's the one who convinces Attolia to [[spoiler:cut off Gen's hand]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Gen finally gets him back by stealing Kamet, his enslaved secretary, three books after Nahuseresh contrived Gen's amputation and humiliation. Losing his own "right hand," who knew enough about the inner workings of the Empire to have the PraetorianGuard sent after him, destroyed Nahuseresh's chances of ever leaving his disgrace.
* PlayingBothSides: He's happy to pit Attolia against Sounis in an effort to weaken both.
* StupidEvil: Even knowing that Attolia is considered a ruthless tyrant by her enemies and simply ruthless by her allies, he persists in thinking of her as a naive little woman.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:He assumes that he has Attolia wrapped around his little finger.]] Boy, was he surprised.

'''Kamet'''

* AscendedExtra: He's Nahuseresh's personal secretary, only appearing in ''Queen of Attolia'' and his own opinions are only seen in a brief mention that he has some sympathy and admiration for the queen's impossible position. The fifth book, ''Thick as Thieves,'' is told entirely from his point of view.
* CultureClash: Frequently with Costis--as a slave he would never presume to sit before a free man, and as an Attolian Costis waits for his guest to sit first.
* FantasticRacism: He shares the Mede contempt for Attolians, and believes wholeheartedly that most of the nobility can't even read. Narrating after the fact, he expresses embarrassment over this.
* FireForgedFriends: Eventually with Costis as they journey across the Mede empire, facing many perils and saving each other's lives. Though he doesn't realize it, [[spoiler:even after he thinks Costis is ''dead'', until a stranger--who is strongly implied to be Ennikar--suggests that he's as wrong as that as he is about whether Costis is truly dead]].
* FriendshipMoment: Near the end of the book. Though believing the friendship shattered by his own actions, when he sees what kind of ruler Eugenides is, [[spoiler:Kamet yells out before Costis can try to lie for Kamet's sake and begs Eugenides not to punish him for not realizing Kamet's deception. Fortunately, the whole situation was a set-up by Eugenides himself.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: When Costis offers him freedom in Attolia, Kamet has to stop himself from laughing because he is the right hand to a member of the imperial family, which includes authority over all the other slaves and even some free men, and he'd be likely to have a great deal of influence as the personal secretary for the emperor's brother.
* OhCrap: To be honest, the entirety of ''Thick as Thieves'' is Kamet having one heart attack after another. [[spoiler:But he has an especially climactic one when he finally sees Eugenides and realizes this is not a vain, petty lordling, but a genuine ruler, and therefore not likely to forgive Costis' "failure."]]
* PalsWithJesus: He kind of cottons on to the fact that [[spoiler:Immakuk and Ennikar gave him a little help on his journey]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He initially thinks that Costis is a stupid guardsman from a nation of illiterates.
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