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

'''Beware of unmarked spoilers.'''



* 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
* {{Badass}}: In many ways. He's an excellent fighter, but his greatest strength is how much of a clever, conniving bastard he is.
* BadassBack
* BadassBoast: "I can steal anything," followed by "I can do anything I want!" with a helping of PunctuatedForEmphasis.
* BadassBookworm
* 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.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
* 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 Eurodites' house in six months]] and it only takes him 98 days.
* ComesGreatResponsibility
* 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.
* CowardlyLion[=/=]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]].
* CrazyPrepared
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler:Attolia]] in ''The King of Attolia''.
* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of 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.
* GallowsHumor: Thieves traditionally fall to their deaths, as he's happy to tell Costis while he is drunk-hopping on crenellations.
* 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.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]
* 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
* 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 of 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
* 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
* [[spoiler: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]]
* [[ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes Screw The Rules, I'm Eugenides!]]
* SherlockScan
* TheSnarkKnight: This is a main reason why everyone wants to hit him.
* [[spoiler:StalkerWithACrush: To Attolia.]]
* StreetUrchin: See ObfuscatingStupidity above.
* TookALevelInBadass
* TricksterMentor
* 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.
* [[spoiler:UnreliableNarrator]]: In ''The Thief'', like you wouldn’t believe. See also ObfuscatingStupidity, above.

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

* ActionGirl: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* BadassArmy: She has one.
* BoyishShortHair
* TheChessmaster
* TheHighQueen
* IronicName: [[spoiler:She's explicitly ''not'' beautiful. Her name is Helen.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With [[spoiler: her cousin, Eugenides.]]
* MeaningfulName: Of the ironic variety.
* ModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to by her attendants.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Attolia's Girly Girl.
* [[TookALevelInBadass Took Another Level in Badass]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor

'''The Minister of War'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* BadassArmy: He leads one.
* FourStarBadass

'''Attolia [[spoiler:Irene]]'''

* AfraidOfBlood: [[spoiler:Eugenides]]'s blood, at least.
* ArrangedMarriage: In her backstory.
* {{Badass}}
* 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
* DanceOfRomance: With [[spoiler: Eugenides]], in "The King of Attolia".
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceQueen: A major plot point in "The Queen of Attolia".
* 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. [[spoiler:Eugenides]] finds this 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
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]
* HeelRealization
* HiddenDepths
* TheHighQueen
* 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.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: See TheExtremistWasRight.
* KickTheDog
* [[spoiler: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.
* PalsWithJesus: Indirectly, as she is [[spoiler:married to the chosen one of the gods, Eugenides.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SherlockScan
* TheStrategist
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Eddis' Tomboy.
* TranquilFury
* UnexpectedSuccessor
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask


* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Relius.
* HonorBeforeReason
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege
* UnderestimatingBadassery: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]


* BigBrotherIsWatching: He ''is'' Big Brother, as Attolia's spymaster.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Teleus.
* TheSpymaster
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]]

'''Costis Ormentiedes'''

* {{Badass}}
* 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 [[spoiler: Eugneides]] 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 [[spoiler: Eugenides]] 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...
* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far.
* KnightInShiningArmor: He sees himself as one to Attolia, mentally referring to her as "my Queen" rather than the more proper "Your Majesty".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To [[spoiler: Eugenides.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.


* HonorBeforeReason: Surprisingly averted, unlike other guardsmen.

'''Baron Erondites'''

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

* BawdySong / EarWorm: He wrote one. It’s even a plot point.
* TheUnfavorite


* BadLiar
* GracefulLoser
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MuggingTheMonster: Really, Sejanus, did you honestly think it was a good idea to try and bait [[spoiler: the former thief of Eddis]]? Where have you been for the past two books?
* SmugSnake: Comes across as one in that he ''thinks'' that he's a ConsummateLiar and brilliant schemer, but the reader (and some of the people around him) know he's not.


'''The Magus'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
* 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
* CoolTeacher: To Sophos and Ambiades.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Thus far, his real name has not been revealed.
* GuileHero
* TheProfessor: When he's not plotting, he's studying botany and applying historical analysis to legends and myths.
* QuipToBlack


* {{Badass}}


* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]]
* [[spoiler:{{Badass}}]]
* BadLiar
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia. 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.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: During the fourth book, he realizes that he's done his family, servants, and country a huge disservice by not putting any effort into being a plausible, intimidating heir to his uncle.
* 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 he has a gift, which is knowing when he is an ass.
* 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]].
* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.


* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]]
* {{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


* AssInAmbassador
* BadLiar
* BigDamnHeroes
* TheChessmaster
* DiplomaticImpunity
* FanNickname: Nahuserfish.
** And occasionally Nahuserloser.
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: So far.
* KickTheDog
* PlayingBothSides
* StupidEvil
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:He assumes that he has Attolia wrapped around his little finger.]] Boy, was he surprised.