[[quoteright:197:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FitzAndNighteyes_1805.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:197:Fitz and Nighteyes, by Michael Whelan]]
''The Realm of the Elderlings'' is the universe in which the majority of Creator/RobinHobb's work takes place. So far it is comprised of the following sub-series:

* ''The Farseer''\\
First trilogy about Fitz, a royal bastard who grows up at a court threatened from within and without.
* ''The Liveship Traders''\\
A trilogy about the traders of Bingtown, to the south of the Six Duchies.
* ''The Tawny Man''\\
Second trilogy about Fitz, taking place fifteen years after ''The Farseer''.
* ''The Rain Wilds Chronicles''\\
A quartet picking up loose ends from ''The Liveship Traders''.
* ''Fitz and the Fool''\\
Third trilogy about Fitz, only the first book of which has been published so far.

There are also the related stories "Homecoming", "The Inheritance", "Words Like Coins", "Blue Boots" and "Cat's Meat" and the novella ''The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince''.
----
!! Tropes common to the universe
* AmbiguousGender: The Fool, to an extent. We only meet three characters, The Fool included, who are [[spoiler:Whites (as opposed to Humans)]], and one of the three (The Pale Lady) is unambiguously female.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Fool. In his youth he's mistaken for an albino, but his skin darkens throughout the series to golden and eventually to chestnut brown. He's actually [[spoiler:not a human at all, but a White.]]
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Kelsingra
* BondCreatures: Those with the Wit choose animal partners
* BurnTheWitch: Witted people who are caught are hanged over water and burned; superstition holds that this is done because otherwise their spirit might escape or even allow them to come back to life. [[spoiler:It's considered a horribly evil thing to do, but the Wit ''does'' allow this to happen under very specific circumstances.]]
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Elderling civilization seems to have been this and based on {{Magitek}}.
* TheDragonsComeBack: All the series except The Farseer Trilogy revolve to a greater or lesser extent around the return of dragons and their Elderling servants.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A recurring theme in the story. But even then, love between evil tends to lead to evil ends. Examples include but are not limited to...
** Regal loved his mother, Queen Desire, and [[spoiler:attempted to drive apart the Six Duchies on her behalf]]
** Kyle Haven loves his daughter Malta, and is completely unconcerned that she's turning into a seductress at a troublingly young age and engaging in behavior that will alienate her family from the Bingtown upper classes. Instead, he spoils her rotten and interferes with anyone trying to discipline her.
** The Chalcedean Merchant's family is [[spoiler:being held by the Duke of Chalced and subjected to torture]]. The Chalcedean Merchant does as bad and worse to everyone he encounters in the attempt to win their freedom.
* FantasticRacism: The persecution of Old Blood in people known as the Witted, who are born more highly attuned to life and bond with an animal companion. In the Six Duchies, they are vilified as little more than beasts themselves and tend to get lynched if discovered.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Fitz, for the Fool.
* MoralityKitchenSink: The Six Duchies folk, the Bingtowners, and the Outislanders all have very different standards of morality.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons are intelligent, can fly, and they breath acid as a weapon. They also have a complex life cycle. They begin as Sea Serpents, go upriver to cocoon themselves inland, and emerge as dragons. The disruption of this cycle creates the current state of the world, with the dragons all but gone and humanity's knowledge of the magics of the past nearly lost.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Elderlings combine this with LizardFolk.
* SorcerorKing: The Farseer dynasty are psychically gifted with a variety of powers. Whether they fall here or under SorcerousOverlord depends on the monarch: Kings Shrewd and Verity are definite examples of TheGoodKing, while Regal is a prejudiced asshole and part of the first trilogy's BigBadEnsemble.

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:''The Farseer Trilogy'']]
The first trilogy follows the story of the royal bastard of Prince Chivalry, Fitz. As a young boy he is brought to the heart of the Six Duchies, Buckkeep, and to its court, where most of the story takes place. As a bastard, Fitz is trained in the only real way he can serve his country: as an assassin. He aids the King and his King-in-Waiting in protecting the kingdom both from internal threats and an external threat: the Outislander pirates, the Red-Ship Raiders.

* The books in this series are:
** ''Assassin's Apprentice''
** ''Royal Assassin''
** ''Assassin's Quest''

!! Tropes found in ''The Farseer Trilogy'':
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: Molly ends up marrying Burrich thinking that Fitz was dead]]
* AbusiveParents: Molly's father. [[spoiler:Molly herself]] shows shades of this later, until someone intervenes.
* AlcoholicParent: Molly's father. [[SarcasmMode Suprisingly]], related to the entry above.
* AndIMustScream: Averted since it's not presented as a particularly horrible fate.[[spoiler:The HeroicSacrifice Skill coteries tend to end up making, along with their skill coteries. Eventually, the coteries are drawn to the Dragon quarry, where they'll carve a new dragon and join with it, to sleep until the Kingdom needs them.]]
** What does seem more like this trope is the carving of Girl-on-a-Dragon; the leader of that coterie thought to preserve herself, carving a human body astride the coterie's dragon and attempting to fill only the body with her mind. [[spoiler:Her vanity and reluctance to throw herself fully to the dragon resulted in it not fully awakening, leaving it lifeless and half-trapped in stone.]]
* {{Angst}}: Fitz tends towards this mindset, sometimes dropping into {{Wangst}} territory. Given [[BreakTheCutie what happens to him]], though, it's understandable. It's also supposedly a side effect of elfbark, which he starts abusing partway through the trilogy; elfbark is later shown to cause mood swings.
* AnnoyingArrows: Averted. Fitz gets hit with one and only his badassery and {{Determinator}}ness and Nighteyes allow him to keep going. It nearly kills him and it takes weeks for him to recover.
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: the ending of ''Royal Assassin''. King Shrewd is dead, Verity is missing, Kettricken is forced to flee Buckkeep, Regal becomes the new king and Fitz is sentenced to death. It slowly gets better in the next book.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Chade, and by extention King Shrewd, are this toward Fitz.
* BigBadEnsemble: Regal and the Red Ships.
* BittersweetEnding: To put it mildly. [[spoiler:The Six Duchies is safe, but the woman Fitz loves has married a man he cares about too deeply to take her from, everybody thinks he's dead, he's been revealed as Witted so if he returns he's liable to be lynched, and he has no home to call his own.]]
* BloodSport: [[spoiler:Regal's gladiator ring, a twisted version of the King's Justice.]]
* CainAndAbel: Regal's feud with Chivalry and Verity. His mother hammered it into him that he was "better" than his half-brothers because she was higher-born than Chivalry and Verity's mother, and he never forgot it.
* CampStraight: Regal is somewhat flamboyant and effeminate, but is implied to have female lovers.
* ChekhovsGun: On his way to assassinate Prince Regal, Fitz encounters the half-mad bond companion of a Witted man Regal had tortured to death. The insane little ferret is bent on killing Regal, as well, intending on slashing open his throat and drinking his blood, and Fitz wishes him well, as one assassin to another. [[spoiler:In the book's epilogue, Regal is described as having died in his bed in a way that implies Small Ferret got to him in the end, after all.]]
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Rosemary is a DoubleSubversion. [[spoiler:She is TheMole, but, being a small child, is simply doing what Prince Regal's people tell her to and has no concept of what she's doing.]]
* CluelessBoss: [[spoiler:Shrewd becomes this in ''Royal Assassin'']].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Done to Fitz. It leaves trauma on him that persists strongly for the rest of the trilogy and affects him all the way through Fool's Fate.
* ComicBookAdaptation: A French production that has only been translated into Dutch so far.
* TheCoup: Happens [[spoiler:at the end of ''Royal Assassin'', when King Shrewd is murdered and Regal usurps the throne.]]
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Usually not decadent, but the first books are called ''Royal Assassin'' and ''Assassin's Apprentice'' for a reason.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: An almost DiabolusExMachina-level series of coincidences causes this to happen to [[spoiler: Fitz. At least part of it ''was'' his own fault.]]
* EmergencyAuthority: Patience [[spoiler:becomes the ''de facto'' ruler of Buckkeep in ''Assassin's Quest'', due to Regal abandoning the castle during the Red Ships raids]].
* EvilIsPetty. Zigzagged with Regal. Fitz and the reader spend most of the trilogy assuming that Regal entirely fits this trope, and he often does, but it also turns out that Regal [[spoiler: wrongly believed that Shrewd had his mother assassinated]], which is not exactly a petty motivation.
* ForegoneConclusion: Some of the notes that start each chapter reveal things to happen later in the future, but keep it vague enough to keep the story's tension. For example, in one of the first chapters Fitz talks about his shaking hands and fits [[spoiler:which comes from his poisoning and his near-death at the end of ''Assassin's Apprentice''.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: played with. At first Molly [[spoiler: pregnant with Fitz child]] wanted to take abortive'plant but Burrich conviced her to keep the child. However averted with Starling [[spoiler: who endured an abortion after being raped by raiders. Fitz doesn't judge her.]]
* GovernmentInExile: [[spoiler:Kettricken has to flee to the Mountain Kingdom, refusing to recognize Regal as King]].
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Fitz plays the role of the perfect backstage man: he sets things into motion, but never receives any recognition for his actions. Of course, if people knew, his job as an assassin wouldn't nearly be as effective.
* HeirClubForMen: Subverted. The line of succession moves to the next heir, regardless of gender. The current generation of Farseer royalty is made up completely of MrFanservice, but female rulers are just as common as male ones.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Averted. Fitz usually uses a sword, but he actually prefers an axe, and his teachers comment occasionally that he just doesn't have the talent to be a particularly good swordsman.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Regal's penultimate fate. [[spoiler:Fitz blasts his mind with the compulsion of absolute loyalty to Kettricken, and he spends a few weeks being nice and helping undo the clusterfuck he'd made out of the Six Duchies before getting his throat torn out in the middle of the night by the crazed companion of one of the Witted he'd had killed.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Mountain Kingdom has definite shades of this.
* TheHighQueen: [[spoiler:Kettricken]] becomes his in the second and third book, although she's only queen regent, not queen regnant.
* HookersAndBlow: While Regal is not much of a womanizer, he is shown getting high more and more often as the story progresses.
* IdiotBall: The amount of trust nearly everyone [[spoiler: including Kettricken, who knows for a fact that Regal ordered her brother's death in the end of the first book]] extends towards Regal is pretty amazing.
* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Invoked in ''Assassin's Apprentice'' [[spoiler:where Regal seems to not mind telling everyone in his service that Fitz is an assassin. They treat Fitz like dirt, but he notes that he'd have to kill them afterwards to stay an effective assassin.]]
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The trilogy's narrative is Fitz writing down [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold his]] story. Each chapter begins with small notes on the kingdom of the Six Duchies, important things that happen elsewhere, [[ForegoneConclusion as well as things that'll happen in the future]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Fitz, particularly in "Assassin's Quest." [[spoiler:After spending most of the book planning on going home to Molly to raise their child once he's done saving the kingdom, he winds up deciding to never seek her out, as he gets a Skill vision showing her falling in love with Burrich. It's a somewhat unusual example; Fitz makes this decision as much out of respect for Burrich as anything else, because he knows that whether he reclaimed Molly or not, just the knowledge that he was still alive would leave [[HonorBeforeReason Burrich a broken man after he'd "stolen" Molly for himself]].]]
* JediMindTrick: The Skill can work like this. It's often so subtle that a person can be called to go to a location without their being aware that they were called in the first place; or someone can be made to feel something that they wouldn't naturally feel, like fear.
* KangarooCourt: [[spoiler:Fitz is sentenced to death for killing King Shrewd, Justin and Serene in a trial in which he's not even present.]]
* TheKingdom: The Six Duchies.
* LivingLegend: The Fitz earns a reputation as a fighter before "dying". After dying, he continues to earn a reputation as a witted sinner, but still serving his king.
* LowFantasy: Follows a HighFantasy plot structure, but Hobb's narrative resembles JackLondon more than Creator/JRRTolkien. CharacterDevelopment, WeatherAndEnvironment, and internal narrative are, generally, the main focus. Questing is nasty, hard, dirty work, and magic is a (thankfully) uncommon, often painful experience.
** It's established that magic ''should'' be more common than it is, and more impressive, but Galen suppressed and badly mishandled all the coolest powers of The Skill while those with The Wit are actively persecuted.
** The series is really more of an after the end of magic scenario since the rise of magic seems to be dovetail with [[spoiler:the return of the dragons. The dragons themselves, and the high fantasy society that developed with them, were eliminated in an earlier unexplained catastrophe.]]
* MeaningfulName: Babies born in noble families are usually named after a virtue, in belief child assimilates said virtue as a crucial part of his/hers personality. Thus we have Lords Chivalry, Verity, Bright, Shrewd, Dutiful and Ladies Patience, Constance, Faith, Celerity and Grace, among others.
* MeaningfulRename: Thrice:
** First when he was given into the care of his father's family; he loses the name given him by his mountain mother, which he doesn't remember until the end of the third trilogy and is given the name [=FitzChivalry=] by his uncle Verity.
** Second a secret Man Name as part of Fitz's RiteOfPassage.
** Third is [[spoiler:his new identity]] in the third trilogy. [[spoiler:Tom, the name given him by Patience, Badgerlock, for the white scalp lock given him in Regal's dungeon.]]
* MindlinkMates: Between a Witted one and his animal companion.
** Fitz has one with all of his BondCreatures, like Nosy and the terrier Patience gave him.
** Then there's Fitz, Nighteyes [[spoiler:and the Fool.]]
* MindRape: Part of what the Skill can do to someone, forcing pain, attacking their mind, or forcing compulsions onto someone. It's even possible to fry someone's mind entirely with a Skill-blast, though the feedback is pretty nasty when that happens.
* MistressAndServantBoy: [[spoiler:Chade]] and Fitz pose as this in one of their missions.
* MoodWhiplash: One moment, under the influence of blue smoke, Fitz and Rurisk are giggling [[spoiler:about Regal's failed assassination attempt. Until it ends up not being such a failure.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: The Skill, when done very subtly, can inflict this on people.
** Galen's method of [[DrillSergeantNasty teaching]] his coterie, which broke their spirits and made them incredibly loyal to him [[spoiler:even after his death]]. Fitz theorizes that Galen didn't so much as take students with little talent and made them into reliable Skill-users, but rather took great Skill-users and made them adequate tools.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Fitz ends up doing some amazing things with the Skill once he's under pressure or asleep. Much of this is the result of mental blocks he's built up (or had inflicted upon him) against the Skill that make it difficult for him to consciously control it; his natural Skill strength is pretty phenomenal when he actually can get to it.
* NinjaMaid: Lacey, the "best student Hod ever taught." Looks like a doddering little lady just like Patience, but [[spoiler:the first time Fitz gets too uppity around Patience, Lacey has a knitting needle against his throat before he can blink.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Plenty of these have been dealt out to Fitz. After Galen delivers one to Fitz during a Skilling lesson, Burrich returns the favor and beats Galen so badly he's afraid to do physical harm to Fitz from then on.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Queen Desire, Regal's mother. While she was alive, she was considered half-mad even when she wasn't doped out of her mind, and way too deranged and unstable to act on any of the treasonous things she said about destroying the Six Duchies. [[spoiler:She convinced Regal to do it in her stead and taught him how before she died, and Regal wound up killing his way into the throne and nearly drove the Six Duchies to pieces.]].
* NotUsingTheZWord / TechnicallyLivingZombie: The Forged. They stumble around in groups taking or killing what they want with no heed for their own safety and will even [[spoiler:[[IAmAHumanitarian resort to cannibalism]] on a whim if there's no other food casually lying about.]] Technically, they act more like TheSoulless, but the aimless, unabashed wandering in large groups definitely evokes feelings of a ZombieApocalypse.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: the MythArc's first version of dragons are sculptures made of magical stone and imbued with the memories of Skill coteries; additionally, [[spoiler:true dragons are given a twist in that they have a butterfly-esque life cycle in which sea serpents spin cocoons and then hatch as dragons.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: A recurring theme, more or less.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Verity and Kettricken. After a fashion.
* ProfessionalKiller: Fitz, of course, and Chade. Somewhere between the "assassin" and "hitman" subtypes, as they are assassins in name and double as spies, working undercover, meaning they have some status, but the actual killing is considered "dirty work", carried out by bastard children to the princes and kings of the royal family. And should you not longer be under the protection of the king ...
* PsychicLink: Both the Skill and the Wit/Old Blood are used in this way, the latter mostly as BondCreatures.
* Really700YearsOld: If one is talented enough in the Skill, they can achieve this.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: King Shrewd, until [[spoiler:his excessive use of the Skill and Regal's manipulation he becomes a KingOnHisDeathbed of sorts]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Pretty much everyone, most obviously the Mountain Kingdom. Inverted with Regal, who plots and schemes to power but thinks he has a right to be a layabout, drug addicted JerkAss.
* RiteOfPassage: Fitz hints at having one of these to mark passage into manhood. It's one of the few things he doesn't expound upon, as its not considered seemly to discuss in mixed company.
* SadistTeacher: Galen at first seems to be merely a SternTeacher, but he soon shows his true colours.
* SamusIsAGirl: Hod.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Fitz gets one as part of his assassin training early on. Chade instructs him to steal something of King Shrewd's as a prank, then gets angry with him when he balks; in reality, they're testing him to see if his loyalty to Chade, one of the only mentors he's ever known, is strong enough to override his loyalty to Shrewd. Fitz passes via TakeAThirdOption, at which point Chade admits the entire thing was Shrewd's idea. [[spoiler: He then slams the silver fruit knife he "stole" (with Shrewd watching every move) into Chade's mantel as a message not to do that to him again, where it stays for the rest of the series.]]
** It should be mentioned that this was probably a major pass/fail exam on Fitz's part; Shrewd was testing his loyalty, and there's little question that Fitz would not have survived if he'd lost Shrewd's trust.
* {{Seers}}: Apart from the white prophets, there's also the first Farseer who was named thus because he could see the future.
* ShootTheDog: Subverted, at least in the first book; [[spoiler:Burrich just gave the dog away. However, the sharp pain of the bond being broken forcibly by Burrich's Wit led Fitz to believe that he'd killed the dog, and to hate and fear Burrich for it for years.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:The end reveals that the Red Ship Raiders only attacked to get revenge for the dragons the Six Duchies unleashed on ''them'' many years ago, which created the first Forged. So now it only seems that Verity's final act defending his kingdom has only continued the cycle.]]
* TheSpartanWay: How the Skill users are trained by Galen.
* SlutShaming: Not too bad, but the threats to Molly begin with being forced out of the castle in shame. Fitz's reputation is also likely to suffer, though not as much. Minstrels are explicitly free from the shame normally attaching to sluttly liaisons.
* SquishyWizard: Averted by Fitz. See {{Determinator}}.
* StarCrossedLovers: Molly and Fitz.
* SternTeacher: Burrich. Incredibly gruff and almost universally loved.
** Averted with Chade, who sometimes falls under the TricksterMentor, but is terribly laid back considering how serious his job is.
* TakeAThirdOption: Fitz passes his SecretTestOfCharacter this way. Rather than steal something from Shrewd in order to pass one of Chade's tasks, he goes to meet with Shrewd, then picks up and hides a fruit knife with Shrewd watching, without saying a word, then slams it into Chade's mantle the next time they meet.
* ThemeNaming: Traditionally, noble-born (especially of the royal line) are named for traits and virtues, with the folklore claiming that they would grow to exhibit the traits for which they were named. Commoners tend to have simple names denoting a profession.
** The ThemeNaming does pan out, from what we see. Shrewd is a cunning old bastard, Verity is honest and blunt-spoken, Chivalry is said to have edged into HonorBeforeReason territory. Regal lives up to his name as well, considering its connotations do fit with the power and wealth that are his entire pursuit in life.
* TheThreeFacesOfAdam:
---->''Assasin's Apprentice'': Fitz is the hunter, Burrich is the lord, Chade is the prophet.
---->''Royal Assasin'': Fitz is the hunter, Varity is the lord, Chade is the prophet.
---->''Assasin's Quest'': Nighteyes is the hunter, Fitz is the lord, Fool is the prophet.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Verity has StoutStrength, while Kettricken comes from the tall, nimble Mountain folk.
* TrainingFromHell: What Galen does.
* UndyingLoyalty: Although several characters are notable for their unwavering loyalty to the person or a cause, Burrich stands out among them.
* WanderingMinstrel: The whole profession of bards, who wander around Six Duchies making money by singing.
* TheWisePrince: Chivalry and especially Verity.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Inverted. Molly doesn't like palace living or the burdens that come with it.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Kettricken.
* WomensMysteries: Inverted. See RiteOfPassage
* WouldHitAGirl: or slash, or poison. Given [[{{SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality}} the genders are pretty much equal]], nobody pulls punches.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Liveship Traders'']]
** ''Ship of Magic''
** ''The Mad Ship''
** ''Ship of Destiny''

* AmazonianBeauty: Jek is one of Althea's crewmembers. She's a large, muscular woman from the Six Duchies who the locals find fascinating compared to the refined southern women. In a tavern, men line up for the chance to armwrestle her. They mostly win, but it's implied she lets them.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Wizardwood's magical properties allow it to be used as ships, contraception, good-luck charms, etcetera. [[spoiler:Dragon cocoon fiber is potent stuff.]]
* BecauseYouCanCope: Ephron's implied rationale for leaving Vivacia to Keffria is that Althea was competent enough to make it on her own, whereas Keffria and her children were dependent on Kyle, and Ephron didn't trust Kyle's ability to provide for them without ''Vivacia.'' [[spoiler: This goes horribly, ''horribly'' wrong.]]
* BestHerToBedHer: Somewhat implied with Malta Vestrit, with her subconscious view of herself and Reyn showing an ancient kidnapping marriage.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Althea as Athel is more than a little attractive to women, including Jek.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Malta certainly fits the description
* BreakTheCutie: A couple examples.
** Almost as soon as ''Vivacia'' quickens--becomes sentient, in other words--she is subjected to a family dispute and put to work as a slave ship. Since liveships are closely bonded to the family and feel everything that goes on within their decks, this equates to her suffering horribly as soon as she's born.
** Wintrow is a young introverted boy longing for a religious life, whose father ends up trying to convert him into a tough masculine sailor. Wintrow does lose his optimistic outlook on life, but he doesn't exactly end up broken.
** Althea, who goes through a bunch of unpleasant stuffs to say the least.
* BrokenBird: Etta, an ex-prostitute who isn't really a HookerWithAHeartOfGold (only under very odd circumstances could she be called "sweet").
* TheBully: Wintrow has a revelation [[spoiler:while waiting for his crushed finger to be amputated]] that in the long run this is all Kyle is. His talk about bringing more respect to the family and making money and toughening Wintrow up is all really just an excuse to impose his will upon other people, and even if abusing people gets Kyle what he wants he's never satisfied with it.
* CharacterDevelopment: Lots of it.
** Wintrow starts as a naive, idealistic boy training for the priesthood. After living through the brutality his father subjects and exposes him to, he realizes how awful things can be in the world. [[spoiler:He winds up becoming quite a {{Badass}} in the cause of doing what he thinks is right.]]
** Malta is a spoiled brat who enjoys attention and potentially ruining her reputation as far as Bingtown standards for chastity go, all set to inherit [[ItsAllAboutMe her father's attitude]]. [[spoiler:A miserable trip through the jungle with the Satrap and an encounter with a dragon wises her up considerably.]]
* BrownEyes: All the Vestrits have inherited of the same dark eyes. Brashen and Etta as well. Amber has a amber-colored eyes. Pretty much the only people with others colors of eyes are Kyle and others blond-haired chalcedians and Kennit, who's icy blue are frequently commented upon.
* ContinuityNod: when Amber resculpts the ship Paragon's visage in order to restore its eyes, the end result is heavily implied to be Fitz the assassin. In ''The Tawny Man'', [[spoiler:this turns out to have been a ChekhovsBoomerang]].
* CorruptChurch: [[spoiler:The church of Sa in Jamailla City has turned corrupt, and now collaborates with the slave traders.]]
* DaddysGirl: Malta to Kyle, Althea to Ephron.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dear Sa, Kennit has one. Paragon's past at least rivals Kennit's. So does Brashen, albeit on a considerably smaller scale than Kennit.
* DeadGuyJunior: a variation: [[spoiler:Etta and Kennit's son is named ''Paragon'', after the ship]]
* TheEmpire: Jamaillia.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Kennit can't. In the end (not literally), the story shows why.
* EyeScream: Parangon backstory involve having his face hacked up with an axe, rendering him blind.
* FaithHeelTurn: Hinted to be the backstory of [[spoiler:Sa'Adar]].
* FantasyContraception: Wizardwood used as a belly button ring.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The story starts with ThreeLinesSomeWaiting as it switches between Althea, Kennit, and Wintrow. As the situation in Bingtown becomes tense and characters from Jamilla are brought in, more points-of-view are added and it all becomes quite complicated.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Kennit's being held prisoner and raped as a child and, more dramatically, becoming a sociopath due to investing his traumatic memories in ''Paragon''. Note that putting memories into wizardwood or skill stone, as with the stone dragons, is shown to remove the emotional attachment the person has to those memories throughout the series. While it might come off as strange, it is consistent with how that type of magic works in the series.]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: An odd variation where Althea and Wintrow are described as almost identical, although they're ''aunt and nephew''
* IdiotBall: Almost all of the problems in the first book are directly caused by Ronica's decision to give the family liveship ''not'' to her nice but unorthodox daughter Althea, but to the harsh and brutal husband of her other daughter, Kyle. Within the first few chapters, Kyle alienates his wife, disrupts the life of his son, chases Althea out of the family, supports his daughter becoming a manipulative vixen, kicks out most of the ship's crew, and turns the newly awakened family ship to slave trading.
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Being a Sa priest is not easy.
* IGaveMyWord
* ItsAllMyFault: ''Vivacia'', upon seeing [[spoiler:Wintrow's slave tattoo]].
* JerkWithAHeartofJerk: Satrap Cosgo is made more prudent and pragmatic by his ordeals, but every time you think he's learned something about empathy or humility as well, he turns out to be as big of a JerkAss as ever. [[spoiler:His advisers ''assure'' Malta that he's much improved from his earlier ways at the end, but she has to take their word for it.]]
* LivingLegend:
** Kennit, King of the Pirate Isles, strives for this his entire career, and succeeds in spite of himself. His legacy passes to Etta and Wintrow.
** Kennit is also the protege of another pirate who would have been king. His legend was much darker.
** Malta and Reyn, as [[spoiler:the first of the new Elderlings]], become movers and shakers across nations by virtue of that fact. Also, wildly popular at parties.
* KarmaHoudini: Kennit never really gets any punishment for [[spoiler: raping Althea, killing people, manipulating everyone and trying to make Paragon kill himself. True, Kennit does die, but he dies a martyr]] with the love and adoration of many, including [[spoiler: Vivacia]], whose bond with [[spoiler: Althea]] was the whole motivation for the latter's story. Similarly, [[spoiler: Serilla]] never receives any justice after [[spoiler: the Satrap]] had her raped out of spite.
* LoveTriangle: ''Three'' of them, each with one girl and two guys: Althea, Brashen and Grag; Malta, Cerwin and Reyn; Etta, Kennit and Wintrow.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Just ask ''Vivacia'' which captain she preferred and which one was the most successful.
* MadeASlave
* MeaningfulName: ''Vivacia'' the ''live''ship.
* NeverMyFault: Kyle Haven and Kennit both tend toward this form of reasoning, and it's [[PlayedForDrama not played for laughs]].
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Explicitly noted when the dead pig is found in Davad Restart's coach.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Happens to Wintrow, a ''lot''.
* NotSoDifferent: Althea knows she and Malta are(n't). Neither are Kennit and [[spoiler:Wintrow]], as it turns out.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Variant two. Dragons are arrogant, imperious, and powerfully magical. They are also rare; none have been seen in ages. [[spoiler:This is because "wizardwood" is actually the material that forms their cocoons. Building wizardwood ships killed many dragon offspring.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Malta and Reyn's (then again, Reyn was the one who asked for it)
* PluckyMiddie
* RapeAsDrama:
** [[spoiler:Cosgo allows the crew of the Chalcedan ship he's travelling on to gang-rape his adviser Serilla. She goes from being a competent BeleaguredBureaucrat to hostile, frightened, and unable to properly judge situations due to the trauma.]]
** [[spoiler:Althea is drugged and raped by Kennit near the very end of the trilogy.]]
** [[spoiler:This is also Kennit's backstory. As a child, he was subjected to brutal sexual abuse by his pirate captain and expelled the emotional trauma into ''Paragon'', turning himself into a sociopath.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealityEnsues: protip: if you want someone to help you, don't make them look stupid for months first.
* ReligionIsMagic: Specifically, ''healing'' magic. It's implied that the magic practiced by the priests is the Skill.
* SailorsPonytail: Most of the sailor characters wear a naval ponytail, including the protagonist Althea, as it's a fantasy version of WoodenShipsAndIronMen.
* SaintlyChurch: The church of Sa, for the most part.
* SapientShip: The premise. Wizardwood ships are imbued with the memories of the families that own them and eventually awaken into sentient beings.
* SaveTheVillain
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:Sa'Adar.]]
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Bingtown used to be more egalitarian; Althea's great-grandmother was ''Vivacia's'' original captain, for example. As the society has grown more prosperous, it has adopted the Chalcedan norm of "keeping women idle" to show off one's prosperity, to the point where Althea has to pose as a man to get any work on a ship.
* SlutShaming: The tenor of Bingtown society is more conservative than Six Duchies, and the shaming women face is more severe. Althea in particular gets a lot of it, including from her own sister in one important incident from their youth. Jek, who actually is implied to be promiscuous, is notably immune to being shamed because of her forceful personality.
* TheStoic: Wintrow tries hard to make himself this in the face of the human evil he has to witness and endure.
* SweetPollyOliver: Althea masquerading as Athel in order to earn back her ship.
* TroubledButCute: Brashen was disinherited by his family for being a wastrel. He had a terrible time trying to support himself in the world until Ephron Vestrit gave him a chance to make something of himself.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Part of the teachings of the Sa priests.
* TheUnfavorite: Several. Althea feels like this when her family pressures to be more conventional and her father leaves ''Vivacia'' to Kyle. Kyle actively favors Malta while he verbally and emotionally abuses Wintrow. Brashen was disinherited, although he did genuinely embarrass his family.
* UngratefulBastard: Kennit, especially to Etta.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Kennit is a selfish sociopath who has no interest in helping anyone else, but his pirating strategy leads him to be seen as a hero to the slaves in the region.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Etta, to Kennit. Definitely not comedic.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:The Fool as Amber, probably. The Fool's gender is never truly revealed, although he is generally considered to be male.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Kyle is determined to turn Wintrow into his image of a Real Man, regardless of Wintrow's wishes.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Tawny Man'']]
** ''Fool's Errand''
** ''The Golden Fool''
** ''Fool's Fate''

* ApocalypseHow: Something happened to the Elderings and all those dragons, possibly a class 0-2.
** [[spoiler:The Pale Lady also plans to wipe out all civilization and start anew]]
* AndManGrewProud: Fool predicts this will happen if Dragons aren't around to keep humanity in check.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Pale Lady]] Finally, the EvilCounterpart behind most of the evils in the series is shown.
* BlessedWithSuck: Years before the first trilogy took place, Chivalry somehow sealed Burrich against all effects of The Skill, and nobody is sure how he did it. So when [[spoiler:Burrich is dying, they can't use the Skill to heal him because of Chivarly's sealing]].
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler:Burrich]] as it turns out - horribly prejudiced against The Wit and its practitioners, but immensely talented in it as well. FreudianExcuse and all.
* CatsAreMean: Subverted: the cat in question is under the control of a [[spoiler:dead]] woman who [[{{GrandTheftMe}} used the Wit to take over its body]] and [[BodySurf intends to move on to Dutiful next]]]]. The cat has actually been FightingFromTheInside the whole time.
* ACrackInTheIce: In the last book, [[spoiler: Fitz and the Fool]] fall down one when crossing a glacier.
* DeadGuyJunior: This time, [[spoiler:Chivalry]]
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Burrich. Fitz]] loved him too much to think of trying to disrupt the family he'd made with [[spoiler:Molly.]] But when he was killed [[spoiler:fighting a stone dragon, Fitz]] was free to court [[spoiler:Molly]] all over again.
* DepravedBisexual: Lord Golden has to pretend to be one. After disrupting court by flirting with Civil Bresinga's betrothed, when Civil tries to confront him Lord Golden counters by asking him if he's interested in a threesome.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Thick, who combines the mind of a child with enough power in the Skill magic that he may be the most powerful Skill-user in the series.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Fitz loses a surprising number of dear and personal friends and opportunities, but in the end, finds a life that he can be content with.
* EngagementChallenge: The Outislanders' challenge to Dutiful is that he must place the dragon Icefyre's head upon the hearth of Ellania's motherhouse.
* EpilepticTrees: In-universe, they're planted and kept by Prince Dutiful, who's left to draw his own conclusions rather than given the truth from the start. No wonder he comes up with explanations such as Tom Badgerlock being Chade's and Lady Thyme's son.
* ExactWords: Dutiful must place the dragon Icefyre's head on the hearth of Ellania's motherhouse to win her hand. The original task was to cut the head off a frozen dragon. What actually happens is [[spoiler:after they save Icefyre from the glacier, he's induced by Tintaglia (who was in turn nagged incessantly by Nettle) to stick his head into the house and place it on the hearth.]]
* GenerationXerox: Dutiful, who is biologically Fitz's son and who takes after Chivalry a bit more than Verity. Also Fitz himself - after a Skill-healing repairs all of his old scars, he comes out looking so much like his father Chivalry that Chade immediately decides Fitz needs to be re-scarred.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The trilogy starts out with a book about prince Dutiful's abduction by the Piebalds, with his upcoming betrothal to an Outislander princess a background detail. The Outislands plotline becomes more prominent in the second book and completely makes up the third book, while the Piebald storyline steadily becomes less prominent and is [[spoiler:almost-but-not-quite resolved off-page in the third book.]]
* HollywoodAutism: Rather well done with Thick. Most people consider Thick to be nothing more than a half-wit. Thanks to the Skill, Fitz recognizes that Thick isn't actually stupid; he just devotes his attention to things most people find inconsequential.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. The Fool thinks that Fitz will be happier rebuilding what should have been his life at Buckkeep than following him, and sends him home almost against his will.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Fitz's relationship with The Fool evolves to this. It's not quite HoYay since the Fool is [[spoiler:neither human nor exactly male]] and there's no sexual element to their relationship, but they're a lot closer than HeterosexualLife Partners. His views on The Fool start changing after their fight after Fitz's MistakenForGay episode, and as he helps the Fool recover [[spoiler:from being tortured to death in the Pale Lady's dungeons]], he holds him while he sleeps and even considers giving up on Molly to follow him.
* LesCollaborateurs: As it turns out, [[spoiler:Regal]] had been on the take from the BigBad the whole time.
* LivingLegend: The Witted Bastard is widely suspected to be alive, he has become the symbol for two political movements within the secret, witted communities. And now he's returned to court as a mysterious adviser to the Queen and to Prince Dutiful.
* MistakenForGay: Fitz, sort of. He finds out from Jek that The Fool is in love with him, and falls into what can essentially be called a homophobic rage. Jek, however, was familiar with The Fool's alterego Amber, and thought of The Fool as a 'she.'
* MookFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Rosemary]], who was Regal's spy in the first trilogy, is now Chade's apprentice.
* MyGreatestFailure: Fitz is shocked when he learns that Burrich has blamed himself for Fitz's death for years because Burrich (believes he) failed to beat the Wit out of him.
* MythArc: Concluded in ''Fool's Fate''
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Patience deliberately acts like an oddball eccentric old lady to make sure that nobody thinks she's still got a mind for politics.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Mk.2. Dutiful and Elliania.
* ThePlan: The Pale Woman seeks the collapse of civilization. Her version of the world [[spoiler:involves the ending of the Farseer line and the extinction of the dragons.]]
* PowerIncontinence: See: TheRainman.
** Despite his refusal to use it intentionally, [[spoiler:Burrich]] is so buzzing with The Wit, not only do [[{{FriendToAllLivingThings}} animals instinctively come to him]] but, he's been [[{{HealingHands}} working as a mystical chiropractor]] all these years and not known it.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Oh so subverted. The Pale Lady's magical palace under a glacier is powered by a forsaken ''warlord''. Kebal Rawbread, the BigBad of the first Trilogy, is [[spoiler:shackled to a throne while she slowly feeds his memories into a memory-stone dragon, and when he breaks free, she freezes to death, unable to magic herself any warmth.]] The Pale Lady was very skilled at the use of magic, but she didn't have any of her own, and drew it all from him.
* TheRainman: Subverted. Thick's PowerIncontinence makes him a sheer terror to train [[spoiler:until the end of the last book]], and because of his childish mind, when he's uncomfortable or upset he can't help but radiate those feelings outward. It's enough to make people who aren't even sensitive to the Skill share his seasickness.
* RetiredBadass: Burrich, who was King's Man when Chivalry was King-In-Waiting, but who retired to start a family and a farm.
** Fitz is sort of retired at the start of Fool's Errand, having vanished after the end of the Red Ship War fifteen years ago. The end of the first trilogy heavily reinforces this, as it ambiguously paints Fitz as very old and ''well'' past his prime at the time of this trilogy (he is in fact in his early thirties). This is explained in Fool's Fate: [[spoiler:Fitz poured so much of himself into Girl-on-a-Dragon that he wasn't really alive afterwards.]]
* RomancingTheWidow: Happens in an oddly circular fashion with [[spoiler: Molly. She was never married to Fitz originally, but her relationship with Burrich resulted from him taking care of her and her child in the wake of Fitz's apparent death, and then Fitz is faced with the task of wooing her all over again after she has mourned Burrich's death]].
* ScryVsScry: Hinted at in the first trilogy; made much more obvious. The entire plot of the books revolves around the Fool and the Pale Woman's opposing views of what the future should be like and their attempts to enforce their version.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Fitz notices that Rosemary has become a very attractive young woman, although considering that she was Regal's mole he isn't remotely attracted to her.
* SlutShaming: People heap shame on Fitz and Lord Golden for their perceived promiscuities. Svanja's father is distraught over what she and Hap are doing, and starts a fight with Fitz over it (though in that case the real issue, unbeknownst to Fitz and Hap at first, is that [[spoiler: Svanja is actually cheating with Hap on another suitor whom her father prefers.]]).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Rain Wilds Chronicles'']]
** ''Dragon Keeper''
** ''Dragon Haven''
** ''City of Dragons''
** ''Blood of Dragons''

* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Hest]], who is first forced by the Chalcedeans to go to the Rain Wilds and help them in their plot to obtain dragon blood, and after suffering many hardships is finally [[spoiler:eaten by a dragon]]
* BadBoss: The Duke of Chalced takes his noblemen's families as hostages, threatening to have them killed if they fail in their missions abroad (and he gets to carry out that threat more than once).
* TheBeard: Alise for Hest.
* BlackWidow: The Duke of Chalced's daughter Chassim lost three husbands, her third the very evening after he publicly abused her.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Dragons view humans as having this. Dragons have lives so much longer than those of humans that they can't understand how humans can care about anything. Even Mercor, who is generally the most tolerant and respectful of the dragons towards the keepers, sees a woman [[spoiler:with a dying baby]] in the same way a human would see a child with a wilted flower.
* BondCreatures: As some of the dragons and keepers become closer, or keepers drink the dragon's blood, this sort of relationship develops between them.
* BrokenBird: Thymara.
* TheCameo: Althea, Brashen and the Paragon aren't that important to the plot, but it's nice to see them again.
* CentralTheme: Romantic relationships must be based on mutual respect and affection, regardless of the gender, sexual orientation, or even species of the people involved. Conversely, relationships based on lust and convenience aren't just doomed to fail, but likely to hurt the people in them in the end.
* CharacterFilibuster: Bellin to Jerd, when the latter is [[spoiler:having a miscarriage.]] Hoo boy.
** IgnoredEpiphany in that Jerd quickly goes back to sleeping around with no thought to the consequences.
* ChristmasCake: Alise at the start.
* ComingOutStory: Sedric eventually [[spoiler: comes out to Alise, and also reveals her husband Hest's homosexuality]].
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The dragons defeat Chalced within ''hours''.]]
* DaddysGirl: Thymara.
* TheDandy: Cedric isn't camp or flamboyant, but his fondness of outfits and grooming keeps him from being StraightGay.
* DeadGuyJunior: Malta names her newborn son after her grandfather Ephron.
* DomesticAbuser: Hest, who never fails to enjoy a cruel joke at either Alise or Cedric's expense and occasionally engages in physical abuse.
* [[TrilogyCreep Duology Creep]]: First being planned out as one book, the story grew so long that it was released as two books. And then the sequel grew into two books as well.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:Hest]] suffers this fate, SwallowedWhole to boot. [[KarmicDeath Not that he didn't have it coming.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The only person Hest seems to genuinely love is his mother, and is very distraught when [[spoiler:the Chalcedeans threaten to rape and kill her if he doesn't cooperate]].
* FantasticRacism: The Rain Wilders, who already grow dragonish physical traits as they get older, want anyone ''born'' with these defects [[OffingTheOffspring abandoned at birth.]] Those who survive are forbidden to breed and are generally treated like crap.
* FantasyContraception: Subverted: it doesn't work, and after one character has a miscarriage, another [[CharacterFilibuster reiterates to all the girls that they'd better keep their legs shut, period.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Thymara's mom obviously doesn't like her.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Averted at first when nobody wants Alise except the guy looking for a beard, played straight later.
* HumiliationConga and TraumaCongaLine: Things go very badly for Hest once he gets mixed up with the Chalcedeans.
* HollywoodAcid: The dragons' acidic BreathWeapon can reduce a human to sludge in ''seconds''. ''One drop'' landing on a Chalcedean soldier is even enough to kill him, having destroyed his guts from the inside.
* IKnowYourTrueName: According to Sintara, no dragon could lie to someone who demanded the truth with her true name or used it properly when asking a question. Nor could a dragon break an agreement if she entered into it under her true name.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: For the framing/epistolary story between the two pigeon keepers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Hest, Sintara, Greft, Jess, Spit, and really Sedric as well ([[spoiler:although he gets better by the end of ''Dragon Haven''.]])
* JerkassHasAPoint: A few of Greft's ideas were good, and some others could have been good had he been mature enough to apply them properly, or more tolerant of people not agreeing with him.
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:Alise's reaction upon discovering Sedric's locket]]. I understand you're sheltered, but there's no excuse for that sort of abject stupidity.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Hest, who is a horrible husband and lover to Alise and Sedric respectively, [[spoiler:becomes a victim of the Chalcedeans, who are far worst villains]].
* KilledOffForReal: Several supporting characters and a couple main characters bite it. [[spoiler:Greft is already mutating so badly he's dying, but he's killed by gallators when he leaves the group. Heft is eaten by Kalo.]] And although the reality is a little more complicated, Thymara views this as [[spoiler:Rapskal's]] fate when he slowly absorbs the personality of an Elderling warrior.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sexual predator Hest tries to rape Davvey. He is subsequently [[spoiler:eaten by Davvey's dragon Kalo]].
* LittleBitBeastly: Those who are "touched by the Rain Wilds" tend to have features like claws and scales.
* LoveMartyr: Sedric.
* LoveTriangle: Thymara has feelings for both Tats and Rapskal (and they for her), but doesn't want to commit to either of them or anyone else until she's ready.
* TheMagicComesBack: The second half of the series is concerned with restoring Elderlings and Elderling magic to the world.
* {{Nerd}}: Alise is a self-made scholar and dragon expert.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Rapskal and Heeby. [[spoiler:So they obviously survived.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Hest]] - although the reader witnesses his ultimate fate, the only character in the story who does is [[spoiler:Kalo, who doesn't bother informing anyone that he ate Hest.]]
* NoBisexuals: Although there are more LGBT characters in this saga than in previous instalments, they tend to be either 100% straight or 100% gay.
* OffingTheOffspring: The Duke of Chalced had almost all of his sons executed for (allegedly) conspiring against him. Unfortunately for him, the few sons he didn't execute died of natural causes shortly after, leaving him with only one daughter.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Born deformed, they suffer the same prejudice as their keepers.
* PetTheDog: Hest does manage to be genuinely grieved and horrified when [[spoiler:the Chalcedean merchant has Redding killed]].
* ThePlotReaper: [[spoiler:Hest's death could be seen as this, since it allows Alise to continue her relationship with Leftrin without having to go back to Bingtown to get a divorce]].
* PrecociousCrush: a mild example. Davvie, who is a teenager, develops a crush on Sedric, who is in his mid-20s. Sedric is oblivious to this until he is told by Davvie's uncle, and is never interested in reciprocating, partly because of Davvie's young age.
* RapeAsDrama: Hest's marital rape of Alise.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: Detozi turns out to be female when she reveals her family has been pushing her to get a husband.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Alise. She's a pale skinned freckled redhead and looks ridiculous in the extravagant Bingtown fashions, but dressed simply with her hair down she's actually quite pretty.
* SlutShaming: Proper Bingtowners don't do extramarital sex, and deformed Rain Wilders shouldn't ever.
* TheStarscream: The Duke of Chalced suspects all the members of his court to be this, including his children.
* StraightGay: Hest, Carson, Davvie, and Lecter.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Hest ends up being eaten by a dragon after speaking to him as if he were an animal and trying to become its "master"]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: Rapskal. This is partly because he spends so much time among the memory stones that [[spoiler:he slowly absorbs the mind of a jerkass Elderling warrior named Tellator.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Tats, for Thymara.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: InUniverse, nobody has any clue [[spoiler: what happened to Hest, who was eaten by Kalo.]]
* WingedHumanoid: [[spoiler: Thymara]] by the end of ''Dragon Haven''.
* WingsDoNothing: Most of the dragons don't have well-developed enough wings to fly, though they discover that a good diet and practicing flying helps a lot. [[spoiler:Thymara's wings qualify as this until the very end of the series, when she is able to put them to use for the very first time.]]
* WouldNotShootACivilian: In the final assault on Chalced, the dragons ''only'' use their acid spray on enemy soldiers. The civilians ''are'' incited to panic and run with the dragons' Glamours, which the dragons ''do'' enjoy, but it's implied this is as much to get them out of harm's way as for the Schadenfreude.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fitz and the Fool]]
This trilogy begins 19 years after the successful conclusion of Dutiful's betrothal to the Narcheska. Fitz, under the name Tom Badgerlock, has retired to Withywoods to a happy life with Molly. As far as the outside world is concerned, he's Holder Badgerlock, managing Withywood on behalf of his wife's daughter, Skillmistress Nettle. The pair are settling into a comfortable middle age and look forward to a happy senescence, when things get a little strange.

** Fool's Assassin (the only book published so far)

* TheLostLenore: 12 years into the book's story, 9 years after the birth of Fitz's second daughter, Molly dies (at the age of 60+). Fitz spends the rest of the book recovering from his terrible grief.
* MagneticHero: Though it remains to be seen how many of the people introduced in this book continue to play a role (given Fitz's proclivities toward solitude, probably none), Fitz nevertheless expands his household, thanks to the addition of a few bastards who didn't fit in as Chade's apprentice. Namely,
** FitVigilant (Lant), the bastard son of Lord Vigilant and [[spoiler:Huntswoman Laurel, introduced in the Tawny Man trilogy]]. He's rejected by Chade as being too kind, unable to take up the necessary aspects of their "dirty work". After receiving a nearly fatal beating from men hired by his father's wife and/or his legitimate half brothers, he is sent to Withywoods to act as Bee's tutor.
** Shun, a bastard Farseer whose parentage isn't revealed in the first book (but whose father is strongly hinted to be Chade, not least because he gifted her with his own surname, Fallstar). Although she's capable enough as an assassin, she's far too showy, vain, and arrogant. Not only that, but ''something'' has made her politically toxic, so she's sent to Withywoods to hide.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Thanks to the skill-healing that rescued him from certain death in the Tawny Man trilogy, Fitz, although approaching 60 by the end of the book, is still physically in his thirties. He greatly laments that his beloved Molly is "leaving him behind".

[[/folder]]