Characters: The Underland Chronicles
Characters who appear in The Underland Chronicles
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The main character. At first an ordinary eleven-year-old kid living in New York City, he discovers the Underland when he follows his baby sister down a vent in their apartment building's laundry room and learns he's the prophesied Warrior.
- A Boy and His X: At the end of Gregor the Overlander, he bonds with the bat Ares.
- Badass Normal
- Because Destiny Says So: If it weren't for the prophecies, he would not be involved in any of the Underland's battles. And he isn't always happy about it.
- Beginner's Luck: He seems to get lucky a lot when fighting, even though he's not the brightest.
- Somewhat justified in that he's a rager.
- Lampshaded in Gregor and the Code of Claw, when he realizes that if his rager skills fail him, he's just a twelve-year-old kid who's had a few sword lessons, and therefore in big trouble.
- The Berserker: In Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, he learns he's a "rager" a person with highly developed warrior skills, a natural-born killer. Meaning he has a natural capacity to go into this state when his life is in danger. It's not always voluntary, which is really bad for a character who normally hates to kill.
- Blessed with Suck: Turns out being the Warrior of the prophecy isn't much fun for him. At the end of the series, he is warned that with his rager abilities it will be much easier for him to kill people, so he'll always have to keep an eye on himself.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: He never wants to fulfill the prophecies that Sandwich set down for him, but they always find a way to rope him in. Particularly in Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, his Grandma tells him "You can run away, but the prophecy will find you somehow." A bit later his mother is infected with a deadly plague forcing him to go after the cure. The call metaphorically hits him right where he lives.
- Ripred's "escort" for him is a much more literal example from the same book.
- Children Forced To Kill
- Covered with Scars: By the end he's racked up an impressive total. After his fight with the Bane, he basically gives up the idea of even coming up with an excuse for them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He wears black armour during the final battle, and his bond is black as well.
- Death Is Such an Odd Thing: The Kill 'em All ending leaves him in a state of emotional distress about many characters, many of whom were absolute jerkasses toward him. Particularly in Gregor and the Code of Claw, when faced with the Prophecy of Time that foretells his own death.
- Disappeared Dad: His father in Gregor the Overlander, vanished when he was eight. They find him though.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Eventually like Ripred, he learns to spin. It is implied that all ragers can.
- First Name Basis: His last name is never mentioned.
- Heroic BSOD: Suffers from one in the Gregor and The Code of Claw, when the realization that if the prophecy is true he's going to die.
- Hyper Awareness: He can see his surroundings by using echolocation.
- Idiot Hero: He's just a kid, after all.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He has a bad case of this. He's fated to fulfill several prophecies which make the series go from mildly darker than standard High Fantasy to bad. Really bad.
- Kid Hero
- Missing Mom: When his mom gets the plague in Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, she spends most of the rest of the series recuperating in the Underland.
- Official Couple: With Luxa.
- One-Man Army
- Promotion to Parent: With his dad missing, his mom working, and his grandma's dementia, he starts out with a lot of weight on his shoulders. Things don't get much better when he has the Underland to think about as well.
- Scars Are Forever: Which he realizes is part of his Bittersweet Ending.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: At the end of the series. He's twelve.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: It's strongly implied that he will never see Luxa again.
- Unstoppable Rage: As a result of being a rager.
- War Is Hell: He realizes this is true for both the Underland and Overland in the ending chapter.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: He seems to love mocking Luxa's stiff conduct and all that. Has some pretty funny moments.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Even before the books start, he didn't get to be much of a kid.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Brought home in Gregor and the Curse of The Warmbloods when his mom contracts the plague; he acknowledges mentally that there was no other way to ensure the prophecy would happen the way it needed to.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The final prophecy in Gregor and the Code of Claw refers to the Warrior's death.
Gregor's youngest sister. Her real name is Margaret. She starts the events of the whole series by falling through a vent in her apartment's laundry room.
Gregor's second younger sister. Extremely shy, she never even visits the Underland until the last book
Gregor, Boots and Lizzie's Family
At the start of the series, their father has been missing for over two years.
- Adults Are Useless: The parents are not completely useless, and never by choice, but they are rarely able to help Gregor with his unique problems. Averted in Gregor the Overlander when the dad manages to steer them back to Regalia.
- Disappeared Dad: The father in Gregor the Overlander, vanished when Gregor was eight. They find him though.
- First Name Basis: The mother's first name is Grace.
- Good Parents: Though their father is mysteriously missing in Gregor the Overlander, and their mother is a Missing Mom for most of the last three books.
- Missing Mom: When the mom gets the plague in Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, she spends most of the rest of the series recuperating in the Underland.
- No Name Given: We never learn the father's name.
- Shipper on Deck: The mom who secretly approves of Luxa, because she's "got attitude."
An older widow who lives in the same apartment building as Gregor's family.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She tends to send just the right objects at just the right times and who gives tarot readings. Gregor at one point wonders if she can see what he needs in her tarot cards, and given that psychics exist in this series, he could be right.
- Nosy Neighbor: A well-intentioned and not especially annoying version, but any questions are awkward when you don't know have a good explanation.
- Secret Keeper: Becomes this for the family starting in Gregor and the Marks of Secret.
- Supreme Chef: Apparently a very good chef.
Tropes that apply to a species as a whole.
A year younger than Gregor, she is the reigning queen of Regalia, though still under the authority of a ruling Council. Frequently involved in the quests.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: When she is introduced, she's eleven, and the Queen of Regalia.
- Action Girl: Pretty much a requirement, with the humans nearly always at war with the rats.
- A Girl and Her Bat: Her bond bat, Aurora.
- Badass Normal
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: We never learn much about her parents, but apparently they were pretty decent people.
- Defrosting Ice Queen:
- Fantastic Racism: Getting over it is part of her Character Development.
- Heroic BSOD: Becomes essentially catatonic when her cousin betrays her.
- Official Couple: With Gregor.
- Rebellious Princess: Technically a queen, still she owns this trope completely, but makes it seem pretty cool.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: More so as the books go on, especially when almost the entire Council is killed in the war.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: It's strongly implied she and Gregor will never see each other again.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
- Unable to Cry: Gregor really starts warming up to her when she tells him that she has not cried since her parents' deaths. When her cousin Henry betrays her at the end of Gregor the Overlander, she goes into a catatonic state of sorts, and it seems like she still won't cry - until she sees Vikus.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out more than once on her behavior.
A member of the ruling Council, husband of Solovet and Luxa's grandfather.
Luxa's cousin (on her father's side), and brother to Nerissa.
- Shipper on Deck: Very much averted, he seems hellbent on making sure Gregor and Luxa never go on a date.
- Badass Normal
- The Berserker: Like Gregor, he is also a "rager".
- Covered with Scars
- Everything's Better with Spinning: He can spin. It is implied that all ragers can.
- Failure Knight: Is this for his dead mate and pups.
- Fair Weather Mentor: He could fit into this, particularly in Gregor and The Curse of the Warmbloods.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an antisocial semi-loner with only a small band of outcasts around him, and doesn't respect anyone unless they earn it from him. He has his moments, such as in Gregor the Overlander comforting Gregor after one of the quest members dies and he feels it's his fault, but in Gregor and the Code of Claw, we learn he had a family that drowned in an event described in Gregor and the Mark of Secret. He had a daughter, named Silksharp, that liked to do math puzzles and was apparently not very strong-bodied. Lizzie, the middle child of Gregor's family, reminds her of him. One of the heartwarming moments of the book is him comforting Lizzie in the middle of the night after she has a panic attack.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- One-Man Army: It takes four hundred soldiers to take him out.
- Pet the Dog: He is never more than civil to anyone, until he meets Lizzie.
- Rodent of Unusual Size
- Scars Are Forever
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- Unstoppable Rage: As a result of being ragers.
- X Marks the Hero: He gets this type of scar near the end of Gregor and the Code of Claw from himself, so he could fill the role of the a person from one of Sandwich's prophecies.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Scarily good orator, possibly insane, wreaks Holocaust-esque genocide on a group of innocent mice ("nibblers"). He tells them that he is only "relocating" them yet again; however, this is discovered to be false when he traps them under a volcano and gasses them to death.
- Big Bad: Literally.
- Establishing Character Moment: Interestingly enough, he gets one after his initial introduction. We first meet him as a baby, whose cries for his mother make it impossible for Gregor to kill him. What could be more innocent? Well, in Gregor and the Marks of Secret, we learn he killed his devoted caretaker. Still, he said it was an accident, and he's so big he might not know his own strength .. he tried to eat him to cover it up?
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Though in Gregor and The Marks of Secret, we find out that his name is Pearlpelt.
- Evil Albino
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Rodent of Unusual Size
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His father killed his other children so Pearlpelt could have more milk and grow stronger. His parents killed each other in a fight, and he saw his mother lying dead with her innards spilled over the ground. To make matters worse, almost all the humans shun him because he's the Bane, and many of his fellow rats honor him and want him to be their king. Eventually, he goes completely off the deep end, becoming an Evil Albino and a great Hitler allegory.
- Failure Knight: He shouldn't have listened to his mother and let the flood gates open so that everyone would drown.
- Mother I Don't Want to Fight: He tried this. It didn't end well.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has this when while trying to drive the rats out of the Garden of the Hesperidies, he permanently floods the garden, destroying the apple trees, drowning countless rats, bats, humans, and even the rat pups who had been taken into the cave to escape the fighting, leading to him fleeing Regalia to live in the jungle.