Characters / The Three Musketeers
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A young man from Gascony who leaves his family to join the King's Musketeers. He ends up becoming friends with the Three Musketeers and soon joins them on their various adventures and becomes involved with the intrigues of the royal court.
- Almighty Janitor: He's promoted to Captain-Lieutentant (the leader) of the Musketeers at the end of Twenty Years Later. By his return in Le Vicomte de Bragelonne he's lost his promotion due to Mazarin's scheming, but is the leader in all but rank.
- Awesome Ego: He's the best, and he'll be the first to tell you so.
- Book Dumb: d'Artagnan has no interest in academia, yet he's the group's idea man. The group sometimes goes into dangerous situations without much planning, confident that "d'Artagnan will think of something". And he does.
- Catch Phrase: "Mordioux!"
- Character Development: In the first book he is an ambitious and passionate rookie with a lot of potential. Twenty years of a soldier's life without any promotion or reward and Perpetual Poverty make him very pragmatic, especially when it comes to money, and while he is still loyal to the royal house, he isn't naive about it.
- His Jumped at the Call tendency to fight is gone by the final book. When De Wardes (the son of the man d'Artagnan dueled and tricked in the first book) attempts to cause trouble with Raoul and the others, d'Artagnan steps in to talk things out and avoid any bloodshed.
- The Dragon: Ironically, d'Artagnan becomes this to Mazarin.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: D'Artagnan has spent twenty years without promotion, despite the queen Anne he and his friends saved becoming the sole ruler of France. He is pretty disgruntled about it.
- At the end of the first sequel, he's promoted to Captain-Lieutenant of the Musketeers. By the next book, he's been demoted as soon as his leverage over Mazarin fades, although he's still their leader in all but name.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Gold Digger: In a way in Twenty Years After. He's having an affair with his landlady mainly to keep his rent down or free.
- Guile Hero: Shares this trait with Aramis. Whenever the latter tries to hide something from him, their encounters turn into battles of arts and wiles.
- The Hero: He is the main protagonist of the trilogy that starts with him Jumping at the Call and ends with his death.
- Hot-Blooded: Cools down a bit in later books.
- Jumped at the Call: Leaves home as soon as he is an adult to find his fortune with his sword arm.
- The Red Baron: In later books. It's why Mazarin wants him as his Dragon.
- Rookie Red Ranger: At first.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Twenty Years After.
Athos: The Comte de La Fere
The oldest of the Musketeers. He is melancholy and stoic yet becomes a sort of father figure to d'Artagnan. He is actually a nobleman and was married to Milady de Winter yet tried (and failed) to hang her after he discovered that she was branded as a thief. He has a son named Raoul in the later books who he is very fond of.
- The Alcoholic: At least in the first book.
- Broken Ace: Athos is essentially the perfect gentleman. His is born into high rank, has impeccable manners, a thorough education, and outstanding skill at arms. However, he also spends a lot of his life squandering his quality due to poor luck and a morose personality.
- Celibate Hero: After his disastrous marriage he absolutely refuses to ever let a woman into his heart again. Twenty Years After shows that one-night-stands are fine however.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first book, he's a snarky Byronic Hero who drinks too much. After his son's birth he straightens up and becomes much more virtuous. His friends consider him the perfect nobleman.
- Cool Sword: A sword passed down to him from his ancestors. He'd not sell it if he were starving.
- Doting Parent: In later books.
- Dual Wielding: He's as an accomplished fencer with his left hand as his right, and you knew there was trouble when he'd pick up a second sword.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Heartbroken Badass
- He-Man Woman Hater: But he has a better excuse than most.
- Honor-Related Abuse: Milady hid her branded thief status when they got married. Since marriage to a branded thief disgraced him and his family, he executed her for her betrayal (or so he thought). Unlike most modern examples of this trope Athos isn't portrayed as wrong for doing so and neither does he consider his honor restored by the act. It's shown just how devastated he is for losing his honour and failing his family.
- Impoverished Patrician: He is of a very noble kin, but his eardlom is rather poor.
- Kill the Ones You Love: The reason for his alcoholism, etc.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- The Lancer: Where d'Artagnan is Hot-Blooded, ambitious, somewhat idealistic and the youngest member of the group, Athos is brooding, apathetic, cynical and the oldest member of the group, about a decade older than him. In the sequel d'Artagnan turns into a jaded pragmatic due to decades of military service away from his friends, while Athos becoming a father and striving to be a good example for his son results in him sometimes falling into Honor Before Reason.
- The Stoic
- Obi-Wan Moment
- Papa Wolf: In Viconte de Bragelonne, when Athos learns that the king took his son's beloved Louise as his mistress, he gives the king an epic What the Hell, Hero? Speech.
- Supporting Leader: Being the oldest and most respected group member, it comes naturally.
- Team Dad
- Took a Level in Badass: In Twenty Years After.
Porthos: Chevalier, later Baron du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds.
One of the Musketeers. A strong but simple fellow who forms perhaps the emotional core of the Musketeers.
- The Big Guy: Class 4.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: His death in the last book really marks the beginning of the end of the Musketeers.
- Boisterous Bruiser: More and moreso as the books go on. Makes sense, since his strength grows too. His boisterousness bites him in the ass once, when his temper allows a cardinal's agent to lure him into duel and Porthos gets run thorough with a sword before he can react. In his next fight he is much more careful and collected.
- The Dandy: As a way of showing off his wealth (even in the first book, before he gets rich.)
- Dumb Is Good
- Dumb Muscle: His prominent trait in the sequels. Not so much in the original book.
- Somewhat subverted. He's Dumb Muscle in regards to politics and scheming, but even with his The Dandy habits, he's quite good at economics and managing money. His two estates prosper, and once he acquires money, he never seems to risk going broke.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: At Locmaria in The Man in the Iron Mask.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Gentle Giant: He's as fond of a good sword fight as the others, but outside of battle he's a pretty nice guy. The narrator notes that his willingness to do as he's told without asking a lot of questions makes him an ideal soldier.
- Gold Digger: Seduces and later marries a rich attorney's old wife for her husband's money. (He misses her after she dies, though.)
- Nouveau Riche: His family were commoners only a few generations back. He may be overcompensating just a little bit.
- He definitely is; in the first sequel part of his motivation is acquiring a baronhood for his estates to legitimize his wealth.
- The Strength of Ten Men: He's very proud of it, even if he sometimes breaks stuff without meaning to. His father and grandfather were even stronger.
- Stronger with Age: Not his legs though...
- Took a Level in Badass: In Twenty Years After.
Aramis: AKA René d'Herblay.
The last of the Musketeers, Aramis originally intended to join the priesthood but ended up as a soldier after he got into a fight with another man. He is scholarly and provides common sense for the other three. In the later books he does become a priest and then later Bishop of Vannes. He also attempts to have Louis XIV replaced with his identical twin brother.
- Badass Bookworm
- The Casanova: Mainly in the second book. He is a lover of Madame de Longueville, whose son is heavily implied to be his, and gets it on with his other 'spirit daughters'.
- Ironically, his mistress from the first book becomes the mother of Raoul alongside Athos, and Aramis considers killing her in the final book when she presents a threat to his plans.
- The Chessmaster: In the third book.
- Cultured Warrior
- Establishing Character Moment: His backstory as he tells it to d'Artagnan in the first book. After spending most of the first 20 years of his life in a Jesuit college he was gravely insulted by a romantic rival. He then put off his ordination for a year and spent that year learning how to fight (something most noblemen would have been taught from childhood) just so he could kill the guy in a duel. For all his poetry-writing, his Scripture-quoting and his Camp Straight manner, Aramis is not someone you want to cross.
- Face–Heel Turn: In The Man in the Iron Mask.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
- Guile Hero: Unlike his friends, he's not so much a gentleman or a soldier as a politician.
- Hot-Blooded: Not particularly notable in The Three Musketeers but very prominent in Twenty Years After.
- Irony: He spends the first book as a musketeer desperately looking for an excuse to put down his sword and become a priest. By the second, he's a successful priest but longs to be a man of action again.
- Manipulative Bastard: It's not that he doesn't care about his friends, it's just that in the third book he just doesn't see why he shouldn't use them as pawns when it suits him.
- How he becomes the leader of the Jesuits — he tricks his predecessor into naming him heir to the position.
- Nun Too Holy: Becomes a male version of this in the second book. He has finally become a priest yet his lifestyle is more of a Musketeer and he even brings his mistresses to his monastic cell.
- Sexy Priest
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Sinister Minister: In The Man in the Iron Mask.
- Averted in Twenty Years After. He's a priest, but fighting for a cause against the corrupt Mazarin, sans duplicity. He's a bit paranoid when encountering d'Artagnan (who, granted, is working for Mazarin), but drops that after the first meeting.
- The Smart Guy
- Took a Level in Badass: In Twenty Years After.
D'Artagnan's highly competent valet (and friend), who later retires to open a grocery shop.
- Androcles' Lion: At the end of the book Rochefort helps him to become an army sergeant. In the sequel Planchet returns the favor by staging Rochefort's escape when the latter is moved to prison.
- Battle Butler
- Butt Monkey: To pretty much everyone.
- Cowardly Lion: Complains about getting into danger but gets the job done.
- Friendly Enemy: He and d'Artagnan end up on opposite sides of the Fronde, but work together at times to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.
- Rags to Riches: In later books.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the time skip between the first and second books, he's served as a non-commissioned officer in the army, become a rich grocer, and in the course of the Fronde becomes one of the main organizers of the barricades. By the final book he's become rich enough to have a country retreat, which he lends to to d'Artagnan and Porthos.
Athos' valet. Athos ordered Grimaud to speak only in emergencies, and he generally only communicates through sign language.
- Badass: Some of the other servants take levels in the second book, but Grimaud is the only one to start a badass and stay that way.
- Battle Butler
- The Mole: In Twenty Years After he goes undercover as a prison guard to pass the Jail Bake to the Duke of Beaufort.
- Odd Friendship : After the rescue plot is revealed, the Duke of Beaufort drops his animosity for Grimaud and instead becomes his friend. By the final book, Grimaud carries on a better rapport with Beaufort than with Athos.
- Silent Snarker: Even though he does occasionally speak, this is one of his specialties. It's most evident when he's around Beaufort.
- The Voiceless: As noted, by Athos' command. By the second book Athos has given him leave to speak, but by then he's grown used to being quiet. When he does speak, he's very monosyllabic. When Athos dies in the last book, Grimaud cries without a sound.
Milady de Winter
A seductive spy who works for Cardinal Richelieu. She is involved in first the plot with the Queen's diamonds and then in the assassination attempt on the Duke of Buckingham. She turns out to be Athos' wife who he thought was dead.
- Black Widow: Has done this several times. Leads to her undoing when her latest husband's brother figures out she murdered him and swears to bring her to justice.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appears at the very beginning of the book and only really comes to the forefront at the halfway point.
- Enigmatic Minion: During part 1 she only sporadically appears from time to time doing some cardinal's bidding.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon
- Femme Fatale: One of the best and earliest examples from literature.
- I Have Many Names: Milady de Winter, Baroness Sheffield, Anne de Breuil, Milady Clarick, Charlotte Brackson, take your pick.
- Manipulative Bitch: Especially prominent when she manages to persuade John Felton to kill Buckingham, who was a father figure to him as well as his boss.
- Mark of Shame: Milady's fleur-de-lis brand marks her as a criminal.
- Missing Mom: For Mordaunt.
- More Than Mind Control: She can convince even people who know she's evil to change their minds and do her bidding.
- Naughty Nuns: Was originally a nun but seduced the local priest and persuaded him to rob his church.
- No-One Could Survive That: Athos hangs her and leaves her for dead. Even later, he remains skeptical of the news of her return. The Musketeers get better luck the second time, at the end of the book.
- Poisonous Captive: Milady seduces her jailer and twists him into an assassin that kills the Duke of Buckingham.
- Revenge by Proxy: Poor Constance.
- Slave Brand: Milady has a brand marking her as a convicted criminal.
- The Sociopath: Only ever cares about herself, good at manipulating people to serve her needs, doesn't at all mind to murder when it suits her.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Tries to kill d'Artagnan this way (she fails but another man dies) and later Constance (this time she succeds). It's also heavily implied she murdered her second husband this way.
- The Vamp: She is incredibly beautiful and knows how to use it to manipulate men, up to and including sex if that's what it takes to achieve her goals. Said goals frequently involve murder, with the man getting disposed of once he outlives his usefulness.
Madame Constance Bonacieux
D'Artagnan's Love Interest
and the Queen's servant who is involved in affair with the Duke of Buckingham. She is also married to Monsieur Bonacieux.
D'Artagnan's landlord and the husband of his Love Interest
Constance. He gets recruited by the Cardinal who sends him to spy after them.
Comte de Rochefort
An agent of Cardinal Richelieu who mocks d'Artagnan's horse and steals his letter at the beginning of the book. He keeps reappearing throughout the novel to make troubles for the Musketeers.
- Badass Grandpa: In 20 Years After, he's in his early-to-mid 60s, and still manages to be one of the main agents of the Fronde rebellion, despite his age and having spent years in jail.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After d'Artagnan defeats him in several duels at the end of the book, the two become close friends.
- In 20 Years After when they first reunite after years apart, the two are ecstatic to see one another despite the circumstances. When Mazarin makes Rochefort a Reluctant Retiree, the comte uses the opportunity to get his friend the job in his place.
- The Dragon: To Cardinal Richelieu.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Nothing Personal: Doesn't really bear ill will to d'Artagnan, only acting against him to serve the cardinal.
- Reluctant Retiree: In Twenty Years After Mazarin refuses his services (and sends him back in prison) because 'You are too old'. After making his getaway, Rochefort is determined to prove him wrong and actively helps his enemies.
The scheming minister of Louis XIII who plans to expose the Queen's involvement with the Duke of Buckingham. He organizes the death of Buckingham for the greater good of France.
- Anti-Villain: He does have France's best interests at heart.
- Benevolent Boss: Once the Musketeers start to see him as a Worthy Opponent. In fact, he's the one who not only gives d'Artagnan a posting in the Musketeers (previously being a member of the elite but slightly less so Kingsguard) but later an officer's commission.
- The Big Bad: Usually represented as this, but Milady is the real villain of the first book.
- The Chessmaster
- Churchgoing Villain
- Evil Chancellor: He endeavors to have control over France, but does not want to deal with the tedious parts of ruling and is quite happy to be The Man Behind the Man in regards to the king.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The Queen rejected his advances, which is why he wants to get back at her (and Buckingham).
- Historical-Domain Character
- Historical Villain Upgrade
- Discussed and downplayed in Twenty Years After, where the Musketeers view him as a cunning but capable Anti-Villain, contrasting him with the miserly and conniving Cardinal Mazarin.
- Karma Houdini: Despite opposing the Musketeers through most of the first book, winds up just as powerful as he was when the book started. He can even give d'Artagnan a promotion, acknowledging him as a Worthy Opponent.
- Magnificent Bastard
- Pragmatic Villainy: His modus operandi. He's never needlessly cruel nor does things just For the Evulz , but only what is practical to further his power.
- Sinister Minister
- Badass Preacher: Priests aren't really supposed to be on the battlefield, but Richelieu makes his own rules. Much of the strategy in the siege of La Rochelle comes from him.
- Stealth Insult: Loves these, especially to use on the king (however, it doesn't require much stealth to craft an insult that flies over the king's head).
Jules Mazarin, the prime minister of France during Twenty Years After
and the start of Le Vicomte de Bragelonne
. Unlike his predecessor Richelieu, he's disliked by almost everyone for his policies and for being an Italian running France in all but full authority, leading to the main conflict in the second book.
- Anti-Villain: He's not as noble as Richelieu, but he is trying to build up France into a strong nation.
- Church Going Villain
- Evil Is Petty: Perhaps his defining trait is that he's miserly and works to stop anyone who slights him.
- Generation Xerox: Like his predecessor, he's a Catholic cardinal working as First Minister, disliked by the Musketeers, and interested in Queen Anne. Subverted in that he's disliked by the people as well for his policies, being a foreigner, and for being miserly. The Musketeers say that Richelieu was a lion, and Mazarin a fox. Also, he's got Anne's affections, unlike Richelieu.
- Killed Off for Real: Already sickly at the start of the third book, he dies at the end of the first section, setting up the political power struggle between Fouquet and Colbert.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's not good enough to be a Magnificent Bastard, but when pressed, he can pull everyone's strings.
- Sinister Minister: He's an antagonist and a cardinal, and romantically involved with Queen Anne. It's suspected by many that the Real Life Mazarin never took vows of chastity and might have even secretly married the Queen.
The capricious King of France in the first book who wages war against the Protestants at La Rochelle and suspects that his wife is having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham.
Anne of Austria
The Queen of France. She is suspected of having an affair with Buckingham and is nearly brought down by Milady and the Cardinal. After Louis XIII's death, she becomes Queen Regent for her son Louis XIV, ruling jointly with Cardinal Mazarin (who she also marries secretly).
George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham
The first minister of England who aids the Protestants at La Rochelle. He woos Anne of Austria and, as such, jeopardizes France because this allows Cardinal Richelieu to try and discredit the Queen. Thanks to Milady, he is murdered by John Felton.
Mordaunt AKA John Francis de Winter.
Son of Milady and right-hand man of Oliver Cromwell
. In Twenty Years After
he learns of his mother's murder and goes on to take revenge on the people responsible.
- The Atoner: He attempts it just once, trying to reconcile with his uncle and get his inheritance. When that fails, he goes back to his plans. The next time he sees his uncle is on the battlefield and he shoots him through the heart.
- Avenging the Villain: One of his main goals is to avenge Milady. The other is to avenge himself.
- Ax-Crazy: Even Cromwell, his employer, is wary of him.
- Bad Habits: Is introduced disguised as a monk. He uses the position to Get a confession out of the wounded Executioner of Lille, before tormenting him and killing him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is mentioned a couple of times in The Three Musketeers. In the sequel he is the main villain.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Milady is a woman who manipulates or just pays others to do the dirty work for her or uses poison, when she has to do it personally. The one time she gets into a physical confrontation with a man she only survives because d'Artagnan isn't trying to kill her. Mordaunt is a man who kills his targets personally and directly. The one time he tries indirect means it blows in his face. Literally. Lampshaded by d'Artagnan when he offers the cornered Mordaunt a duel.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Serves Oliver Cromwell but has his own reasons and goals.
- The Farmer and the Viper: After everything Mordaunt has done, including trying to murder the Musketeers literally minutes ago, Athos tries to save him from drowning anyway. So what Mordaunt does? Drags him underwater because this is what his mom would want.
- Lean and Mean: Don't let his size fool you though, he's quite capable for his youth.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays nearly everyone to his end, even Cromwell.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Musketeers are about 20 years older than him.
- Overlord Jr.: Milady would be proud.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Just about everything he does. Him working for Cromwell in the first place is this too, since he does it because Charles I disinherited him (and his uncle refused to acknowledge him as a relative).
- Stronger Than They Look: Despite the skinny build and sickly look he is strong enough to cut off the King Charles' head with a single strike and go toe-to-toe with d'Artagnan.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Inverted. While not exactly ugly, he looks rather repulsive due to his gauntness and fanaticism.
- You Killed My Mother
The Duc de Beaufort
The Duke of Beaufort is a member of the royal family by an illegitimate branch, imprisoned by Mazarin before the start of Twenty Years After
. A member of the anti-Mazarin Fronde movement, he escapes with the help of Grimaud on Whitsunday, befriends Athos, and becomes a major figure in the Fronde rebellion. He's also veers on being a Talkative Loon
, known for his malapropisms.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a malaproping fast talker who can sound quite mad at times. He's also a badass commander and fighter, and immensely popular with Parisians, making him a skilled organizer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Which he manages to work into long monologues.
- Heroic Bastard: Sort of. His father was an illegitimate son of Louis XIV's grandfather, making Beaufort part of an illegitimate branch. He's on the side of good though, and capable and assertive.
- Jail Bake: How he escapes.
- The Malaproper
- Odd Friendship: Really. He talkative and eccentric, a descendant of a previous king, and he shows the most affection for Grimaud, a Silent Snarker servant.
- Warrior Prince: Sort of. He's a duke, not a prince, but he is a member of the royal family, and a capable military commander who joins the fighting, in the books and in Real Life.
Raoul-Auguste-Jules de Bragelonne
Athos's son by Madame de Chevreuse, born a few years after the end of the first book. The official story is that he's an orphan Athos adopted, but the truth is obvious to anyone who sees them together. He grows up to be a perfect gentleman and soldier, but his life is complicated by his love for his childhood friend Louise de La Vallière.