Characters / Versailles

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    Louis 

King Louis XIV

Played by George Blagden
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  • Arranged Marriage: To Marie-Thérèse
  • Boom, Headshot: Louis blows a Dutch infantry drummer's head, hundreds of meters away from his position, in a single shot, with a 17th century flintlock rifle.
  • The Casanova: He has a wife and an official mistress, but still has sex with as many ladies of the court he wants, including his sister-in-law.
  • The Chosen One/Divine Right of Kings: Keeps reminding everyone that he was chosen by God to be King of France. Truth in Television, he practically invented the concept of Divine Right of Kings.
  • Crisis of Faith: When he suffers setbacks in his campaign against the Dutch, he starts to question himself, and if his lifestyle is somehow angering God.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Louis, and his royal guards, failed to see William of Orange standing in an open and well lighted hallway less than 10 meters away.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: During a particularly bad episode during his Crisis of Faith, he imagines former mistress, the pious Louise de La Vallière as his good angel, and current mistress Madame de Montespan as his bad angel.
  • Hallucinations: In moments of stress or intense emotion, he might hallucinate dreams he had before or see his mother lecture him. Also happens when seriously ill.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Louis knows Cassel conspired against him and tried to stop the construction of Versailles, but still named him Minister of Justice.
  • King Bob the Nth: King Louis the 14th
  • Kissing Cousins: His mother, Anne of Austria was sister of Marie-Thérèse father, Philip IV of Spain. His sister-in-law and mistress, Henriette, was also his cousing by virtue of her mother Henrietta Maria of France being sister of Louis XIII.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • The Magnificent: The Sun King.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Louis has no problem manipulating and abusing the emotions and motivations of his family, mistresses and subjects.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Adherent to the idea of absolute monarchial rule and centralized power, Louis enlarge the Palace of Versailles to control his court and rule the country with absolute power. We see him command armies, receive diplomats, and discuss matters of State with his ministers.
  • Sleepwalking: Quite often.
  • Your Door Was Open: Louis walks into other people's bedrooms all the time, when they are asleep or naked, sometimes even multiple times in a single episode. The doors in Versailles have locks, but it looks like nobody uses then.

    Philippe 

Philippe d'Orléans

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  • Agent Peacock: Unabashedly flamboyant, but a more than competent swordsman and dreams of going to war by his own admission.
  • Are We There Yet?: Philippe jumps from his horse into Louis' carriage to ask this.
  • Arranged Marriage: First to Henriette, and after she was poisoned, to Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess of the Palatinate.
  • Camp Gay: Although it's hard to tell how much of the campiness is just him by his nature, and how much of it is a result of him being emasculated all his life so he doesn't threaten his kingly brother
  • Drama Queen: Every fight with the Chevalier end with screaming, tears, bouncing hair, and the occasional sword versus candlestick duel. Louis said it best “Must you live your entire life in a melodrama?”
  • Drag Queen: When he is particularly angry with Louis, he puts on a dress, full make-up and hair.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: Philippe begs his brother to pardon the Chevalier after he was charged with treason.
  • Frontline General: Episode 4 ends with him leading his men straight into a line of cannons, musketeers and smoke. He seems to do quite well.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Honey Trap: Louis has him seduce a potential spy in Court to send false information to William of Orange. This creates tension between him and the Chevalier.
  • Impersonation Gambit: When a Indian ruler visits Versailles to sign a trade deal with France, he demands that he negotiate with Louis directly, refusing to speak with either Colbert or the Queen. Since the King was currently in the front, the Queen, Colbert, and Liselotte convince Philippe to impersonate Louis and manages to get a favourable deal on the silks on offer.
  • Kissing Cousins: His wife is also his first cousin. Her mother, Henrietta Maria of France was sister of Louis XIII.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As is damn near every other man in the series.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As common in the 17th century, Philippe takes commands of the royal army in a battle against the Spanish.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Episode 5's opening scene has Philippe with a blank expression, holding his dead horse's head in his lap, surrounded by dead soldiers. By the end of the episode, he is experiencing flashbacks triggered by fireworks during a party in Versailles.
  • Spare to the Throne: This being the 17th century, there was always a possibility that Louis and his son could die of many causes, making Philippe the potential king.
  • The Dandy: Philippe spend 50 000 livres in shoes. His answer to his brother about this was "You haven't seen the shoes."
  • The Woobie: Constantly trying to achieve success by his own merits or finding happiness in his relationships, he finds himself frustrated by his own brother. Every few episodes he would broke down crying for one reason of another. In episode 7 of the first season, he is constantly worried by his brother's health, has no support as a potential regent (all part of Louis' plan) and his lover is arrested as a traitor and sentenced to death., his final scene is him crying tears of despair, all alone in the Royal Chapel.

    Marie-Thérèse 

Queen Marie-Thérèse

Played by Elisa Lasowski
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  • Arranged Marriage: To Louis.
  • Dry Crusader: While the King is at war, she locks the wine under key, closes the gambling tables, and makes everyone sober up.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Holier Than Thou: Her being a pious Spanish princess grates on the libertine courtiers of Versailles, when Louis leaves for the front and leaves her in charge of court, Athénaïs complains that she has turned the palace into a convent.
  • Kissing Cousins: She and her husband are first cousins. Her father, Philip IV of Spain was brother to Louis' mother, Anne of Austria.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: No matter what she goes through, she stands on her dignity as a Spanish Princess and Queen of France.

    Henriette 

Henriette d'Angleterre

Played by Noémie Schmidt
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Sister of King Charles II of England, Henriette is the wife of Philippe and the mistress of King Louis.

    Liselotte 

Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess of the Palatinate

Played by Jessica Clark
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A Princess of the Palatinate and Philippe's second wife after the death of Henriette.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her friends know her as Liselotte, from Elizabeth Charlotte.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Philippe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Upon being told of Henriette's virtues her only response is "How depressing."
  • Historical-Domain Character: Her correspondence is one of our best sources on life at Versailles.
  • Only Sane Man: When having to deal with Philippe and Chevalier's lovers' spats.
  • Morning Sickness: The Doctor suspected she was poisoned, but thankfully, she was only pregnant.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Against Louis via Philippe when news reaches Versailles that French forces have sacked a city in the Palatinate, her home and initially a French ally.

Courtiers

    Athénaïs 

Madame de Montespan

Played by Anna Brewster
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  • False Friend: To Louise, when asked to help her boost the Louis's spirits, Athénaïs seduces him and usurps Louise's place as the King's Mistress.
  • Foil: Unlike Louise, Athénaïs is irreverent, opinionated, and proud.
  • Hand on Womb: Did this all the time to remind people that she was carrying the King's child.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • If I Can't Have You...: Convinced she has lost the King's love, she dabbles in magic to keep his love, and is later roped into an assassination attempt against Louis when it has no effect, and risks implicating her in the ongoing investigation of the palace poisonings.
  • Parental Neglect: She has little to no interest in her daughter, even when she is ill and dying of smallpox.
  • The Mistress
  • The Rival: To Queen Marie-Therese, not so much for Louis's affection, but for influence and power in court.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: During the second season, courtiers, ministers, and members of his own family fear the influence Monstespan holds over Louis is putting the Kingdom at risk. Louis certainly seems to be acting more irrationally and selfishly whenever she is involved.

    Louise 

Louise de La Vallière

Played by Sarah Winter
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  • A Taste of the Lash: She is a devout Catholic, so she self-flagellates as expiation for the sin of having unmarried sex with the King.
  • Foil: To Athénaïs, as she is pious, quiet, and deferential.
  • Gilded Cage: Louise wishes to leave the palace and enter a convent to expiate her sins, but the King would not allow it.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • The Mistress: Which because of her piety weighs heavily on her conscious.

    Françoise 

Françoise, Madame Scarron/Madame de Maintenon

Played by Catherine Walker
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  • False Friend: At least that's what Athénaïs thinks when she starts spending more time in the Queen's company, and is given a title of Madame de Maintenon by the King.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Governess to Louis's Bastard Children, eventual third mistress and second, albeit morganatic, wife of the king.
  • The Mole: Athénaïs originally lets her spend time with the Queen in order to get information on what she is planning, but comes to think that Françoise is instead giving information to the Queen on her to plot her downfall.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gentle, quiet and pious, is that Madame Scarron or Louise de La Vallière?

    Chevalier 

The Chevalier de Lorraine

Played by Evan Williams
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  • Drama Queen: Every time Philippe is not paying attention to him, the maximum amount of drama must be employed to get him back, including excessive spending, other lovers, tears, insults and slaps.
  • Hellhole Prison: He is send to Bastille for conspiring against the king. The cell itself is horrible, but he also spends his time there listening to the screams of other prisoners being executed by dismemberment.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • One Steve Limit: His actual name was Philippe of Lorraine, but the show never use his name, referring to him only as his title of Chevalier, probably to avoid confusion with his lover, Philippe d'Orléans.
  • The Dandy: Purchases 15 pairs of breeches in a month, with Philippe's money.
  • The Exile: Season 2 starts with the Chevalier exiled to Rome.

    Béatrice 

Béatrice de Clermont

Played by Amira Casar
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The Chevalier's cousin
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The real Madame de Clermont died in a fire ten years ago.
  • Fake Aristocrat: Pretend to be a member of the House of Lorraine, is really a Protestant Hugenot.
  • Impoverished Patrician: She is member of a cadet branch of the ancient House of Lorraine, but her husband's death left her a penniless widow. Averted. She is not really a member of House Lorraine, she is faking her noble credentials to hide her real identity as a protestant huguenot.
  • Off with His Head!: When her part in the conspiracy is discovered by Marchal, he has Jacques behead her.
  • Social Climber: Her main objective in life is to make her daughter Sophie into one of the king's mistresses

    Sophie 

Sophie

Played by Maddison Jaizani
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Béatrice's daughter
  • Deep Cover Agent: Afer her mother's death, she keeps her position in the palace by becoming an agent to Marchal.
  • Fake Aristocrat: In the beginning she believes to be a member of the House of Lorraine, is really a Protestant Hugenot. When she realizes the truth, keep pretending to avoid religious persecution.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pretty much defines her relationship with her husband, the Duc de Cassel.
  • Lady-in-Waiting: She becomes this, first to Henriette, and later to Liselotte.
  • Marital Rape License: In the second season, she is married to the much older Duc de Cassel, who rapes her in their first night.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Got rid of her abusive new husband.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Not the clearest example, but she's not exactly thrilled to learn that not only is she not a noble, she's a Protestant Hugenot.

    Rohan 

Rohan

Played by Alexis Michalik
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Louis' old friend.

    Cassel 

Duc de Cassel

Played by Pip Torrens.
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Old noble who refuses the King's authority.

    Montcourt 

Montcourt

Played by Anatole Taubman.
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Disgraced noble.
  • Fake Aristocrat: Louis revealed in front of the entire Court that Moncourt wasn't a real noble, and then expels him from the palace.
  • The Highwayman: Sabotaged the construction of Versailles by attacking the road and stealing the materials as they are transported.
  • Mook: Becomes one for Cassel.
  • In the Back: Shot Charlotte Parthenay in the back while she was trying to escape.
  • Kill the Cutie: He and his men killed the entire Parthenay family, but he personally killed the King's goddaughter, Charlotte.
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: After being exiled from Court he starts to look unwashed.

Staff

    Bontemps 

Alexandre Bontemps

Played by Stuart Bowman
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The king's valet
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • The Jeeves
  • Only Sane Man: Constantly has to mediate between the fights and tantrums of the Royal Family.
  • Parental Substitute: He gives quiet emotional support to the King whenever he is in distress, while still maintaining the proper distance between ruler and servant.
  • The Reliable One: Bontemps is always behind the King, making sure the palace and the Court are in order.
  • Undying Loyalty: His every waking (and sleeping) moment is dedicated to serve and protect Louis. Not even his son's death kept him away for long.

    Fabien 

Fabien Marchal

Played by Tygh Runyan
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The King's chief of security
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Spymaster, chief of security, torture, interrogation, covert assassination, executions, Marchal does anything the King need of him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Béatrice uses sex to distract him and poison him, only survived because of Claudine.
  • The Dreaded: Every suspect looses confidence when he walks into a room, and even mentioning his name is enough to make people nervous.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we first meet Marchal, he and his guards have surrounded a groups of assassins send to kill Louis. Marchal stabs one of then in the stomach and holds face against the mud with his boot. "My name is Fabien Marchal. My work protects the King. Welcome to Versailles."
  • Good Is Not Nice: He is unquestionably loyal to the king, but his methods - torture, mutilation, secret executions and more - leave one hell of a bad taste in the mouth.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Just look at him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Not even women are safe from his tortures if it's for the protection of the King.

    Claudine 

Claudine

Played by Lizzie Brocheré
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The king's doctor.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: She was taught medicine by her father, a profession that could get her burned as a witch. Disapproves of the usual treatment of blood-letting for every condition and has very modern techniques compared to other physicians in the Court.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Doing an autopsy.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Claudine had to choose between saving her father, who was dying in her arms, or saving her King, who was very ill. She choses her King.
  • He Knows Too Much: The moment she identifies the poison of the latest murder spree, she is killed.
  • The Medic: Learned the basics from her father, but her more modern ideas are self-taught
  • Only Sane Man: Her medical suggestions have her come off as this, as everyone else suggests nothing but useless, pseudo-medical quackery.

    Jacques 

Jacques

Played by Gilly Gilchrist
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The king's gardener.
  • Artificial Limbs: Lost his left hand and replaced it with a mechanical one.
  • Caring Gardener: Man in charge of creating and giving maintenance to the gardens of the palace.
  • Retired Badass: Former soldier in The King's armies, left behind the battles to dedicated himself to gardening.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: His left hand is a prosthetic, that has a convenient shortened sword hidden in the sleeve.
  • Zen Survivor: He lost his sons and his hand because of war, now, besides gardening, he gives proper cryptic counseling and gardening metaphors to the king of France.


Others

    William of Orange 

William of Orange

Played by George Webster
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Stadtholder of Holland and the king's rival.
  • Arranged Marriage: Recently engaged to his cousin Mary.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Before he was made official Stadtholder, Louis would only negotiate with William because he saw him as the most skilled Dutch official and field commander.
  • The Chessmaster: Louis is convinced that everything bad that happens in his kingdom is because William planned it, and he might not be mistaken.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Just the First Citizen: Some people might call him king, but his actual title is Stadtholder, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Charles II of England when confronting him about his meeting with Henriette, defusing his anger over the Secret Treaty of Dover by arranging his marriage to Mary of York.
  • The Rival: The Absolutist Catholic King of France versus the "Republican" Calvinist Stadtholder of the Netherlands, and future Constitutional Protestant King of England.
  • Young Conqueror: Johan de Witt tried to abolish the position of Stadtholder, William outmaneuvered him and lets his followers kill and eat De Witt.
  • Young Future Famous People: Don't tell Louis this, but William and his wife Mary, will become joint monarchs of England in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

    Agathe 

Madame Agathe

Played by Suzanne Clément
Fortune teller and witch.
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  • Burn the Witch!: The King has her burnt at the stake.
  • Composite Character: Inspired by the real Marquise of Brinvilliers and fortune teller and poisoner La Voisin.
  • Evil Mentor: Athénaïs just wants to keep the love and attention of the King, but she took advantage for her insecurities to turn her against him.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Averted in this particular case, as the Affair of the poisons did detail Black masses and child sacrifices in the charges and allegations.
  • Fortune Teller: Reads the Tarot to Athénaïs.
  • Poison Is Evil: The mastermind behind all the poisonings in the palace.
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