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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.
- 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.
- The Dragon: Ironically, d'Artagnan becomes this to Mazarin.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: D'Artagnan sticks in a Lieutenat rank for twenty years, even after the queen Anne he and his friends saved becomes the sole ruler of France. He is pretty disgruntled about it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Kill the Ones You Love: The reason for his alcoholism, etc.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- The Lancer
- 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 "The Reason You Suck" 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.
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.
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.
- Rags to Riches: In later books.
Athos' valet. Athos ordered Grimaud to speak only in emergencies, and he generally only communicates through sign language.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blondes are Evil
- 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.
- Slave Brand: Milady has a brand marking her as a convicted criminal.
- The Sociopath: Fits the definition to a T. In particular, whenever someone slights her she reacts by trying to murder them.
- The Vamp
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.
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.
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 Consort to 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.
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.