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The fifth book written for ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series and the third book chronologically; a {{midquel}} that takes place during the reign of the Pevensies in ''[[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]].'' ''The Horse and His Boy'' is the only book in the series where no action takes place in our world. It tells the story of four runaways from the southern kingdom Calormen -- the peasant boy Shasta, the RebelliousPrincess Aravis, and two Narnian horses Bree and Hwin -- whose quest for their own freedom soon turns into a mission to warn Narnia and Archenland of an impending invasion by the Calormene prince Rabadash. The journey will take them through the great city of Tashbaan, across the treacherous desert that borders Calormen, and over the mountains that separate Archenland from their ultimate goal -- Narnia and the North!

Unlike other books in the ''Narnia'' series, this one is not mythic in scope (until the ending, where certain epic deeds are done and TheReveal is... revealed.) Royalty is mentioned only in passing until the finale, there are barely any religious or magical elements, and the protagonists don't have a ready-made court of willing, loyal Narnians ready to help them through any troubles they have. The novel makes it clear that our heroes are alone in a largely hostile world, and that no one will respect them until they've ''earned'' respect. The plot focuses mainly on the four's long, long journey to Narnia, the sights they see and things they learn, and the CharacterDevelopment everyone goes through in doing so.

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!!This book provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: A mini-one. On arriving in Tashbaan, [[RunawayFiance Aravis]] is horrified to discover (from her friend Lasaraleen) that her father is also in town -- and yet this discovery does nothing more than keep Aravis from moving openly through the city, which she probably couldn't have done anyway.
* ActionSurvivor: Shasta. At the beginning, he's just an escaped teenaged slave who has mostly done minor physical labor. While his attempts at being conventionally heroic generally leave him looking ridiculous, he grows into being competent and self-sufficient, and he ends up saving the day. The postscript describing his fate reveals that he graduates into being a full-fledged {{Badass}} as an adult.
* AdiposeRex: The Tisroc [[PhraseCatcher (may he live forever)]] of Calormen.
** King Lune is also described as being fat, but in [[BigFun a jolly rather than disgusting way]].
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Shasta is unable to help Bree by walking during the daylight desert crossing because the hot sands burn his [[BarefootPoverty shoeless feet.]]
* ArabianNightsDays: Calormene culture is heavily inspired by the ''Arabian Nights'' version of the Middle East; notably, Creator/CSLewis is on record as being a fan of the English translation and even borrowed the name "Aslan" from the footnotes to one edition. [[spoiler: It's Turkish for "Lion."]]
* ArbitraryScepticism: Bree scoffs at the idea that the tombs of the ancient kings are haunted by ghouls, regarding it as foolish superstition. He turns out to be right, and it's true that Calormene is a much less magical place than Narnia: but c'mon - Bree is a ''talking horse''. Also, it was established back in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' that ghouls exist in the Narniverse.
* ArrangedMarriage: What Aravis is fleeing. Suggested to be the case with her friend Lasraleen. However we never see her husband (it is suggested that he spends a lot of time away from home) and she rather enjoys her high life.
* AssholeVictim: Anradin Tarkaan, who is apparently very cruel to his slaves. He dies in the Battle of Anvard, and his death gets only a glancing mention.
* AutomatonHorses: Defied quite resoundingly. Not only can the horses ''tell'' their humans what they need, the threat of "Rabadash and two hundred horse" drops from 'legendary' to 'big but manageable' when Bree points out how long it will take to get that many riders moving, saddled, provisioned, watered, etc. Bree also remarks that "galloping for a day and a night" is completely out of the question.
* BadBoss: Bree assures Shasta that his master is this. Lasaraleen seems to blur the lines, see InThatOrder below.
* BalefulPolymorph: Aslan turns Prince Rabadash into a donkey during his HumiliationConga. The final part? He can only be changed back by showing up at the temple during a huge festival, letting thousands see what happened to him. Furthermore, if he ever goes too far from the palace, he'll turn back into a donkey forever. This prevents him from conducting any military campaigns against neighboring kingdoms, since he would lose the respect of his own people if he tried to send his army to fight while he stayed behind, and might get overthrown.
* BarefootSage: The Hermit of the Southern March.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Shasta and Aravis. See LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
* BerserkButton: Did you just talk smack about Queen Susan in Prince Corin's hearing? [[TalkToTheFist Talk to the]] [[RedBaron Thunder Fist]]!
* BigBad: Rabadash is TheHeavy, but his father, the Tisroc (may he live forever), is clearly the brains of the operation.
* BigFancyCastle: The Tisroc's (may he live forever) palace is so vast, there is a whole section (the Old Palace) not used very much anymore.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Rabadash was apparently quite gallant when he visited Narnia to court Queen Susan, but she loses interest upon seeing what a bloody and capricious tyrant he is in his home country.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy and his Stallion as well as A Girl and her Mare. Bree, however, finds this phrasing prejudiced and believes it's just as fair to say that the children are the horses' humans. [[CaptainObvious Hence the title]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Bree, Aravis, and Rabadash, although only the first two really learn anything from the experience.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: When [[spoiler: Cor, his older brother, returns to Archenland - and thus becomes next in line for the throne]] - Corin is delighted that he will not have to become king. Lune agrees, pointing out that princes live in luxury and are highly respected, but kings have to do a lot of work and make hard decisions.
-->"For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there's hunger in the land (and must be now and then in bad years) to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land."
* ChangelingFantasy: [[spoiler:Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland]]. Atypically for the trope, [[spoiler:Shasta]] is kind of dismayed by the fact that this means he'll have to be king one day, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility. ("I shan't have to be king! It's princes that get all the fun!")
* ChekhovsGunman: This book introduces the Calormenes, their god Tash and their tense relationship with the Narnians - which will come into play in ''Literature/TheLastBattle''.
* CleverCrows: Sallowpad the raven is considered the voice of wisdom in the council during the deliberations of Edmund, Susan and the Narnians who were held hostage to Rabadash's whim.
* CoolOldGuy: The Hermit of the Southern March.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Aravis is pretty proud and cold for the first half of the book, but she eventually warms up to Shasta as he demonstrates his courage and resourcefulness.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Hermit of the Southern March
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In many of his non-fiction essays, Lewis argued against theologians who tried to "demythologize" Christianity by arguing that, for example, Christ wasn't literally the "son of God" and/or didn't really rise from the dead. In TheHorseAndHisBoy, Bree explains that while Narnians call Aslan a lion, he isn't ''really'' a lion -- it's just a figurative way of saying he's as ''brave'' as a lion or as ''fierce'' as a lion, unaware that the very-literal lion is right behind him. (Aslan seems to find this highly amusing.)
* EccentricMentor: The Hermit of the Southern March, who helps the cast with his magical powers once they cross the desert.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Played straight with the Calormene nobility; subverted with the Narnian nobility who dress more modestly but seem more regal; averted with King Lune in everyday clothes.
* EvilChancellor:
** The Grand Vizier, though unusually for this trope he's more of a passive-aggressive back-biter than anything else. Oddly enough the Grand Vizier seems genuinely loyal and grateful to the Tisroc (may he live forever), it's his son that he plots against (who, to be perfectly honest, is a [[JerkAss really detestable person]]).
** Lord Bar, King Lune's chancellor, is mentioned in passing as the one who was caught embezzling money, selling secrets to the Tisroc (may he live forever), and [[spoiler:kidnapped the infant Prince Cor]] before the story started.
* EvilPrince: Rabadash certainly seems evil, and his father, the Tisroc (may he live forever) fears Rabadash may overthrow him if he is not sent to cool his blood. Apparently this is the norm for the eldest sons of Tisrocs, he mentions that more then five Tisrocs died because their eldest sons grew tired of waiting.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bree tells Shasta that he should prefer to be dead tonight than be Tarkhaan Anradin's slave tomorrow.
* AFriendInNeed: Both Bree and Hwin reveal they can talk just when Shasta and Aravis, respectively, are in desperate need of help.
* GameFace: Subverted - Rabadash rolls his eyes, sticks out his tongue, and wiggles his ears. It terrifies his underlings (who know he can have them boiled in oil at any minute), but it doesn't have the same effect on the free northerners, who just worry he's having a seizure or a fit.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: All that's said among the Narnians about Rabadash's plans for Susan is that he plans to make her his "wife -- or more likely, [[SexSlave slave]]."
** We're not told exactly why Bree thought Shasta should [[FateWorseThanDeath rather be dead]] than be Anradin's slave but since Anradin was buying him because he was [[EveryoneLovesBlondes fair and beautiful]], [[{{Shotacon}} we can]] [[DepravedHomosexual guess...]]
** During his rant upon learning of Susan's escape, Rabadash calls her a "false jade". To a child, and to many adults, this sounds like he is calling her a backstabbing liar; however, "false jade" is actually an old-fashioned way of calling her a whore. (And apparently he called her worse things, but the narrator omits these because they "[[NarrativeProfanityFilter would not look at all nice in print]]").
* GodWasMyCopilot: When Shasta finally meets Aslan, [[spoiler: Aslan reveals just how many times he's helped out Shasta, beginning when he engineered the infant Shasta's arrival at Arsheesh's hut.]]
* TheGoodKing: Both Edmund and Lune. Lune gives a good summation of the job - see The Chains of Commanding, above.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Corin is an outstanding boxer even as a boy -- it takes three Calormene watchmen to subdue him -- and, as an adult, punches out a ''bear'', thus earning the name [[AwesomeMccoolname Corin Thunder-Fist]].
* TheGrandVizier: The Calormene Grand Vizier is too minor of a character to be a ''good'' example of the trope, but he is portrayed as ugly, grovelling and petty. His brief appearance is an interesting deconstruction of the EvilVizier trope, though, as his seemingly fat and decadent master is every bit the cool-headed pragmatic ruler that his immediate circle aren't.
* HeirInLaw: A Calormene prince wants to marry Queen Susan of Narnia so he'll be able to take over the country.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Aslan warns against being ''too'' interested in this, but the Pevensies are this to Shasta and he is this to them. It's one of the few books that are written from the Hero Of Another Story's point-of-view.
* HeroicSacrifice: In Shasta's backstory, the knight who starved himself to keep Shasta alive.
* TheHighQueen: Queen Susan. Prince Corin describes her as "like an ordinary grown-up lady". Queen Lucy features as well but she doesn't fit the trope - essentially being a grown up version of her GenkiGirl self.
* HumiliationConga: Prince Rabadash, ending with a KarmicTransformation.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: One of the Tarkaans that rides with Rabadash is Corradin of Castle Tormunt.
* InsistentTerminology: When speaking to or of the Tisroc, it is apparently reflexive to add "May you/he live forever."
* IntellectualAnimal: A Narnian staple, but Bree and Hwin are unique among the Calormene horses.
* InterruptedSuicide: Aravis in her BackStory. Hwin stops her.
* InThatOrder: [[TheDitz Lasaraleen]] tells her servants that if they reveal Aravis' presence, she'll have them beaten to death, burnt alive, and then kept on bread and water for three weeks -- rather ineffectual punishments if done in that order, and a display of her casual, lazy attitude.[[labelnote:analysis]]This allows Lewis to make her a kind of IneffectualSympatheticVillain, which is necessary because she is a friend of Aravis and helps her, but she is still a Calormene noblewoman and a product of her culture.[[/labelnote]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Bree could have been a bit politer about pointing out that Aravis had just as much right to say Hwin was her horse as he does to say Aravis is Hwin's human... but even the narrator basically agrees with the point.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bree acts like this on several occasions -- a combination of being a [[IntellectualAnimal Talking Horse]] among horses ''and'' the prize war-stallion in an official's stable has left him with an over-inflated sense of his own magnificence. That said, he's got a strong sense of honor, helps Shasta escape from a FateWorseThanDeath, and is an unquestionably loyal companion.
* JustifiedCriminal: Shasta feels guilty about taking food and supplies from the Calormenes, but Bree rationalizes it by explaining that they are Narnian soldiers raiding "enemy territory".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan -- and the Tisroc not much better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.
** Rabadash also gives the Grand Vizier a LiteralAssKicking during the interview, but it doesn't make us feel all that sorry for Ahoshta.
* LadyOfWar: Queen Lucy joins the archers in battle. Queen Susan, it is explained, is an excellent shot, but [[PrincessClassic doesn't like fighting]].
* LastStand: Discussed, [[spoiler: but ultimately averted and slightly deconstructed. It's pointed out that while they make for noble stories, they don't do much good beyond that, as the house ultimately ends up burned to the ground. The Narnian court decides to sneak away with a clever ruse instead.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: When our heroes are chased and attacked by a lion [[spoiler: who, it turns out, is Aslan]] it scratches Aravis across her back. The Hermit who tends to her wounds notes that his was unusual behavior for a lion. [[spoiler: When Aslan reveals himself, he explains that the wounds he gave her, "tear for tear, throb for throb, blood for blood" were equal to the beating received by the slavegirl Aravis drugged in order to make her escape]]. "You needed to know what it felt like."
* LemonyNarrator: Creator/CSLewis waxes eloquent on several occasions.
--> "For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays."
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: (And then they end up becoming one.) Aravis and Shasta become so used to fighting and making up again that they get married [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "to go on doing it more conveniently."]]
* MadeASlave: What Shasta is fleeing, and the horses' backstory.
* TheMagnificent: Rabadash is called "the Peacemaker" to his face, due to [[spoiler: Aslan's judgment making going on campaign nigh-impossible for him]], but he ultimately goes down in history as "Rabadash the Ridiculous."
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%% destructive, which very obviously isn't what the author describes.
* MightyWhitey: The free Narnians and Archenlanders immediately catch Calormene-raised Shasta's attention as being a cut above, while even Calormen who aren't sympathetic to the "barbarian" Northerners also call them "beautiful."
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Shasta [[spoiler: a.k.a. Prince Cor]].
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: Bree may be an IntellectualAnimal, but he still panics and bolts from a lion.
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: In the backstory, one of Bar's knights sailed away with the young Prince Cor, [[HeroicSacrifice starving himself so the child might live on what little food they had]].]]
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Bree and Hwin among Calormene (i.e. non-talking) horses. This has somewhat gone to Bree's head.
* NotSoSimilar: This is the book that introduces Tash, a figure that is theorized to be another culture's name for Aslan. (It isn't.)
* OddballInTheSeries: Absolutely no scenes on Earth, the story focuses on characters native to Narnia and neighboring countries, the main thrust of the story focuses on Archenland and Calormen rather than Narnia, and the plot is on a much smaller scale than previous entries in the series.
* TheOjou: Lasaraleen Tarkheena is the SpoiledSweet type: ditzy, gossipy, and shallow, but not half as bad as most of the Calormene nobles in the story.
* OldManMarryingAChild: Aravis is somewhere in her early teens when betrothed to Ahosta Tarkaan. Bree explains that all Calormene noblewomen marry young.
* OverlyLongName: The titular horse's full name is Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah (i.e. a horse's neigh). He begrudgingly accepts the shortened form "Bree" for the rest of the book. "Hwin" sounds like the shortened version of a similar name.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: As grown men, Cor is the more dangerous of the twins, because he is a better swordsman, but Corin is the famous hero, because he once boxed with a bear and won.
* PersonAsVerb: In Calormen, the actions of Rabadash in this book caused the phrase "a second Rabadash" to become synonymous with foolish behavior in schools.
* PonyTale: [[AvertedTrope It's not one]], but C.S. Lewis thought the title "might allure the 'pony book' public."
* PhraseCatcher[=/=]VerbalTic: The name "The Tisroc" is usually followed with "May he live forever." As a free Narnian at heart, Bree makes a point of omitting that little titbit. The other characters stop saying it over time too, though the length varies.
* PlatonicLifePartners: After the story is over, Bree and Hwin remain close friends for the rest of their lives, and eventually get married "but not to each other."
* {{Pride}}: One of Bree's defining characteristics, perhaps as a result of being both the only talking horse surrounded by dumb animals and pampered as a prize warhorse for a Calormene official. It later backfires on him, as he becomes neurotic about what "proper" Narnian horses do (whereas Hwin states that she's just going to do what makes her happy), [[spoiler: and only by admitting that his own weaknesses and insecurities after abandoning Hwin and Aravis to the lion while Shasta runs back to help does he become a better and humbler person]]. Similarly, the text notes that Rabadash could endure almost anything the northerners could do to him, [[spoiler: but not Aslan ruining his reputation forever]].
* PrinceCharmless: Rabadash was apparently charming enough in Narnia, but when Queen Susan and her company visit him, the mask starts to slip. It comes off entirely when she escapes him.
* RealityEnsues: When Shasta is making his BigHeroicRun to save the day, all he can think about is how he's winded, tired, his side hurts, his feet hurt, and it's just not fair that he should be given more to do after what he's already been through.
* RebelliousPrincess: Aravis, who likes fighting and adventures more than Lasaraleen's girly stuff... but still ''likes'' girly stuff. Lucy is a grown-up version, and they get along quite well.
* RefugeInAudacity: Mr. Tumnus' plan to escape Tashbaan: make it look like Susan is excited to marry Rabadash, invite him to a huge party on the Narnian ship, load the ship with their possessions under cover of preparing for the party, and then escape by night. [[spoiler: It works, but it enrages Rabadash to the point of setting up the main conflict of the book's second half.]]
* RightBehindMe: Aslan appears just as Bree is holding forth on how ludicrous it would be for their BigGood to be an ''actual'' lion.
* RoyalBlood: Besides the usual suspects, [[spoiler: Shasta, whose real name is Cor, the heir to the throne of Arkenland.]]
* RunawayFiance: Aravis again. She was engaged to the much older Ahoshta Tarkaan, aka the Grand Vizier, as both a way to gain power for her nobleman father ''and'' an excuse for her WickedStepmother to get rid of her. We really only hear her side of the story, but it's clear that she doesn't want to marry the evil, ugly old politician, and it's easy to see why.
* SamusIsAGirl: When Bree and Shasta first meet Aravis, they assume she is a young prince since she is wearing her brother's armor.
* TheSavageSouth: Calormen. Deconstructed, as Calormenes (at least those in power) consider Calormen more civilized than the North, and, indeed, their empire is well-organized and of a high cultural standard, if engaging in practices like slavery and abuse of power that the Northern nations do not.
* SapientSteed: The two Narnian horses in the story. Some additional talking horses are seen as the Narnians go to war, although it's noted that nobody rides talking horses (or centaurs) unless there is a pressing need.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Cor and Corin, [[spoiler: thanks to a crooked nobleman who stole and lost one of them by the shores of Calormen.]]
* SidenoteFullStory: ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' takes a brief moment to discuss an old legend as part of dinner entertainment, and says one day that story would have to be told in its entirety. That legend became this.
* SlapSlapKiss: Aravis and Shasta. As the narrator puts it, they had so many fights they decided to get married to make making up more convenient.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Bree, at first, thanks mostly to being a talking intelligent horse surrounded by regular witless horses. He panics on the verge of arriving in Narnia when he realizes that he's spent his life as a big fish in a small pond and begins to fear that he will embarrass himself in front of the other talking horses. Aslan tells him gently to get over himself -- he may not be exceptional, but he's a perfectly fine horse.
* SmugSnake: Ye gods, Prince Rabadash, get your feet on the ground! Ahoshta Tarkaan as well, being a slimy advisor who fancies himself the power behind the throne.
* SpareToTheThrone: Turns out [[spoiler: Shasta was one of two princes of Archenland and had been kidnapped as a baby. As the older twin, guess who's next for the throne? His twin brother is delighted when this is discovered, not wanting the throne anyway]].
** Prince Rabadash's father the Tisroc (may he live forever) allows his eldest son to attack Archenland and Narnia specifically because the prince is {{hot blooded}}, hard to control, and [[WeHaveReserves easily replaceable]], the Tisroc having 18 other sons.
* SpoiledSweet: Lasaraleen. She's never anything but kind to Aravis, despite Aravis's short temper and impatience with her, risks her life to help her, and overcomes her fear in the end, albeit with a bit of prodding.
* TheStarscream: The Tisroc sends Rabadash, partially because he fears he may be this, as the oldest sons of Tisrocs often are. He mentions this happened to more then five Tisrocs.
** When he becomes Tisroc Rabadash doesn't send his Tarkhaans to win victories while he is stuck near Tashbaan, as them gaining fame at his expense may cause them to become this.
* StealthPun: The grand vizier describing Rabadash's familial love as a "carbuncle." (This usually means "ruby" but can also mean "festering sore.")
* TheStoryteller: Aravis tells her backstory in the manner of a royal court storyteller, since apparently in Calormen all children are taught storytelling in school.
* SweetPollyOliver: Aravis dresses in her brother's armour so she won't be recognised when she runs away. This is only on the first night however.
* SwiperNoSwiping: Subverted. When a lion pursues the horses and claws Aravis, Shasta runs at it and yells "Go home!", which even the narration describes as "idiotic." The lion checks and runs. (But of course [[spoiler: it was not just ''any'' lion, but Aslan inflicting a little LaserGuidedKarma).]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: This is a tradition in Archenland - Cor and Corin, Dar and Darrin, and Cole and Colin are the examples we meet.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Aslan tells several characters that they are not meant to know a) other people's stories, and b) what could have been if they made different choices. However, the implication is less "You would {{go mad from the revelation}}" and more "Hey, look, I'm not a gossip."
* ThisIsMyHuman: The title, also [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Aravis objects to Bree asking questions of "her" horse instead of her.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Aravis and Lasaraleen have this dynamic when the former hides in the home of the latter.
* TomboyPrincess: Aravis. Also Queen Lucy.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Aravis again. Also Queen Lucy acts a little more feminine in a private environment, since when she and Aravis meet they start talking about dresses and girly stuff.
* TooDumbToLive: Yeesh, Rabadash! First, [[spoiler: he's captured in battle by the Narnians and, even though they treat him quite nicely, he continues to throw fits and refuse to negotiate with them and threatens them all, even though they could just as easily have his head for it.]] Then [[spoiler: he continues to act like this while [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] is in the room, even when he's ''told'' to shut up or something bad will happen to him.]]
* TrashLanding: Shasta does one while escaping across the Tashbaan rooftops.
* UnreliableNarrator: When Aravis is talking about how Hwin convinced her not to kill herself, Hwin mentions she didn't talk as well as that, to which Bree says Aravis is telling the story in the grand Calormene style.
* UptownGirl: [[spoiler: Though it evens out by the time they actually marry.]]
* VillainousValor: Rabadash, for all his many faults, is a brave and valiant warrior. [[spoiler: But while he could have endured suffering with pride, he cannot endure the humiliation Aslan inflicts on him.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Aravis, who's grown up as a nobleman's daughter, can be quite haughty and initially does not have very much use for Shasta at all. She develops respect for him and grows in humility as the adventure progresses, but they never stop bickering, even - according to the ending - after they're married.
* WhamLine: After Shasta relates the story of all his travails to a person he can't yet see due to a thick nighttime fog:
-->"There was only one lion," said the Voice.\\
[...]\\
"How do you know?"\\
[[spoiler:"I was the lion."]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Shasta wonders what happened to the slave that Aravis drugged to escape. Aravis off-handedly mentions that she was probably punished, which Shasta (himself escaping from a life of slavery) points out as remarkably unfair. [[spoiler: As noted under LaserGuidedKarma, Aslan agrees.]]
* WickedStepmother: Aravis had one, and was one of the reasons why she left.
* WillNotTellALie: Corin, who scoffs at the suggestion that he'd do anything other than tell the truth about his and Shasta's inadvertent TwinSwitch.
* XanatosGambit: The Tisroc's [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever)]] plan in letting Rabadash off the leash to chase after Queen Susan: if he gets her, all well and good, and he'll not only have a potential long-term means of conquering Narnia, but Rabadash will get to let out some of the sort of hot-blooded passion that leads impatient princes to [[{{Patricide}} try accelerating the process of succession]]. Worst-case scenario, if he dies, well, that's a threat to the throne gone, and the Tisroc (may he live forever) has other sons. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Aslan's intervention prevents either of these outcomes from happening.]]
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