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* GoodIsNotNice: Robinton is a good man, one filled with kindness and love for outcasts and his own people. Do not mistake that for weakness. While not raising a hand to personally harm an evil man, Robinton was more than willing to allow the pain of his cancer torture the man until [[spoiler:Lord Meron finally names a successor. And then tricks Meron into naming the one decent and good person of his potential heirs by making him seem the most disliked of the options by forgetting him once or twice when listing them]].
* GuileHero: As a man with nothing but skill in music, Robinton typically uses his wit in crafting plots and spy maneuvers in gathering information on enemies to himself and F'lar. See GoodIsNotNice for his handling of that situation.

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* GoodIsNotNice: GoodIsNotSoft: Robinton is a good man, one filled with kindness and love for outcasts and his own people. Do not mistake that for weakness. While not raising a hand to personally harm an evil man, Robinton was more than willing to allow the pain of his cancer torture the man until [[spoiler:Lord Meron finally names a successor. And then tricks Meron into naming the one decent and good person of his potential heirs by making him seem the most disliked of the options by forgetting him once or twice when listing them]].
* GuileHero: As a man with nothing but skill in music, Robinton typically uses his wit in crafting plots and spy maneuvers in gathering information on enemies to himself and F'lar. See GoodIsNotNice GoodIsNotSoft for his handling of that situation.



* GoodIsNotNice: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in ''Dragondrums'' when [[spoiler:Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room]].

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* GoodIsNotNice: GoodIsNotSoft: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in ''Dragondrums'' when [[spoiler:Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room]].






* BondCreatures: Her gold dragon Prideth, and later an unnamed gold fire lizard.



* JerkAss: Seems to have no other ambition than beating Lessa for the role of AlphaBitch

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Seems to have no other ambition than beating Lessa for the role of AlphaBitchAlphaBitch.



* BondCreatures: She Impresses bronze fire lizard Berd in ''Dragonquest''.



* BondCreatures: Aside from his dragon Canth, he Impresses gold fire lizard Grall in ''Dragonquest''.















* PowerIncontinence

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* PowerIncontinencePowerIncontinence: She can't shut out the dragons' voices.






* BondCreatures: He Impresses bronze fire lizard Zair in ''Dragonsinger''. [[spoiler:Zair dies with his master when Robinton passes away from old age and failing health near the end of ''All the Weyrs of Pern''.]]









* AndTheRest: Menolly's fire-lizards. We mostly see her queen Beauty and the two bronzes, Rocky and Diver; the others get very short shrift: her third brown fire-lizard has so few distinguishing characteristics that she just names him "Brownie," and her two greens are so similar that she names them "Auntie One" and "Auntie Two."

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* AndTheRest: Menolly's fire-lizards. We mostly see her queen Beauty and the two bronzes, Rocky and Diver; the others get very short shrift: her third brown fire-lizard has so few distinguishing characteristics that she just names him "Brownie," "Brownie", and her two greens are so similar that she names them "Auntie One" and "Auntie Two."



* BondCreatures: She Impressed ''nine'' fire lizards (gold Beauty, bronzes Rocky and Diver, browns Lazybones, Mimic and Brownie, blue Uncle, and greens Auntie One and Auntie Two) by sheer chance in ''Dragonsong'', and a tenth (Poll, her third bronze) by the time of ''The White Dragon''.









* BondCreatures: He Impresses gold fire lizard Farli in ''Dragondrums''.



The MasterComposer in the Harper Hall.

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The MasterComposer [=MasterComposer=] in the Harper Hall.Hall.




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* HatesEveryoneEqually: Including himself, as Sebell notes to Menolly at one point.



The MasterSinger in the Harper Hall.

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The MasterSinger [=MasterSinger=] in the Harper Hall.
Hall.

!! Master Morshal
A Master Harper / Craftmaster in Musical Theory and Composition in the Harper Hall.

* HeManWomanHater: Feels it's a waste of time to teach girls because it wouldn't do him any good. Robinton mentions that his dislike of females is a running joke in the Harper Hall and tells Menolly not to take it personally.









* KindheartedSimpleton: Camo is slow-witted, but overall a gentle, helpful soul.

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* KindheartedSimpleton: Camo is slow-witted, slow-witted (having suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen at birth), but overall a gentle, helpful soul.



Robinton's assistant Harper. [[spoiler: After Robinton's death he becomes the Masterharper of Pern.]]

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Robinton's assistant Harper. [[spoiler: After Harper, and Robinton's death he becomes the eventual successor as Masterharper of Pern.]]Pern.


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* BondCreatures: He Impresses gold fire lizard Kimi in ''Dragonsinger''.


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* GrowingUpSucks:

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* GrowingUpSucks: His voice changing at puberty abruptly yanked him out of his comfortable place as a boy soprano.



* HappilyMarried

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* HappilyMarriedHappilyMarried: He eventually hooks up with Mastersmith Fandarel's granddaughter Jancis, and they're very happy together.



TheHeart: Silvina is generally warm and kind to everyone, even the lowest members of the Weyr.
ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robinton acknowledges Manora as the only person who really knows what's she's doing around here.

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* TheHeart: Silvina is generally warm and kind to everyone, even the lowest members of the Weyr.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robinton acknowledges Manora Silvina as the only person who really knows what's she's doing around here.



DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Camo is completely unaware that he's a huge, muscled hulk of a man. When he's upset, he comes in flailing at both friend and foe.
GentleGiant: Camo is huge, but mostly harmless.
KindheartedSimpleton: Camo is slow-witted, but overall a gentle, helpful soul.

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Camo is completely unaware that he's a huge, muscled hulk of a man. When he's upset, he comes in flailing at both friend and foe.
* GentleGiant: Camo is huge, but mostly harmless.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Camo is slow-witted, but overall a gentle, helpful soul.


* BestServedCold

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* BestServedColdBestServedCold: Lessa carefully plots her revenge on Fax for ten years, starting from when she's only a child.



* BrokenBird
* CharmPerson

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* BrokenBird
BrokenBird: After witnessing the murder of her family, being forced into hiding as a servant for her entire childhood, and subjected to constant abuse, Lessa is initially manipulative and mistrustful. Gradually she overcomes her traumatic past as she grows more confident.
* CharmPersonCharmPerson: It's hard to tell if Lessa's really just that good at manipulating others or if her latent psychic abilities plays a part in her success.



* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan

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* GetAHoldOfYourselfManGetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Lessa to F'lar.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She's already short, but compared to F'lar, Lessa is ''tiny.''

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She's already short, but compared to F'lar, Lessa is ''tiny.''''tiny'' due to childhood malnourishment.



* SheCleansUpNicely: F'lar first suspects Lessa of being more than she seems when he notices that under her ragged clothes and filthy hair, she's kept herself clean and is far too pretty for a mere kitchen drudge. When she finally gets a bath, her true beauty becomes clear.



* YouAreNotAlone

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* YouAreNotAlone
YouAreNotAlone: After the death of her dragon and the near-loss of her lover, Brekke is drawn back from the verge of despair by her fire-lizard, whose mental bond reminds her of this.


* AllOfTheOtherReindeers: Menolly is the Hall's only female apprentice. Unwilling to put her in the apprentice dorm, the Harpers instead have her room with the snobby female students, who are there for general music education, not to become musicians. The other apprentices won't befriend Menolly because she's a girl and the other girls won't befriend her because she's not one of them. (Eventually she makes inroads with the apprentices, but the girls never really warm to her.)

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeers: AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Menolly is the Hall's only female apprentice. Unwilling to put her in the apprentice dorm, the Harpers instead have her room with the snobby female students, who are there for general music education, not to become musicians. The other apprentices won't befriend reject Menolly because she's a girl and the other girls won't befriend reject her because she's not one of them. (Eventually she makes inroads with the apprentices, but the girls never really warm to her.)


* ABoyAndHisX: As a sickly, frail child himself, Jaxom finds himself drawn to an undersized, unhatched "dud" dragon egg, breaks it open, and Impresses the white dragon Ruth. As two runty underdogs, the two bond and flourish with one another.



* IllBoy: Jaxom was born prematurely by Caesarean section and is initially known for being small and sickly.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeers: Menolly is the Hall's only female apprentice. Unwilling to put her in the apprentice dorm, the Harpers instead have her room with the snobby female students, who are there for general music education, not to become musicians. The other apprentices won't befriend Menolly because she's a girl and the other girls won't befriend her because she's not one of them. (Eventually she makes inroads with the apprentices, but the girls never really warm to her.)
* AndTheRest: Menolly's fire-lizards. We mostly see her queen Beauty and the two bronzes, Rocky and Diver; the others get very short shrift: her third brown fire-lizard has so few distinguishing characteristics that she just names him "Brownie," and her two greens are so similar that she names them "Auntie One" and "Auntie Two."



* CoolLoser: Menolly's incredible musical talent causes her to be ostracized by her home Hold. She runs away to live outside the safety of the hold (something most people equate with death) and not only survives, but manages to Impress nine fire-lizards in the bargain. She ''outruns'' a Thread storm and arrives at Benden Weyr with said fire-lizards just in time to solve a fire-lizard-related crisis that has baffled the most powerful players on the planet. She accepted into Harper Hall, where she rises from apprentice to journeyman in a matter of weeks, all while students and teachers alike try to hold her back.



* EarWorm: Incredibly, this is a plot point. While Harper Hall has plenty of musicians who can compose in the classical style, Menolly's gift is that she is able to craft distinctive, memorable, catchy tunes. Essentially, she's Pern's first pop musician. Robinton recognizes the value of simple songs that can be sung by everyone and is determined to find her.

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* EarWorm: Incredibly, this is a plot point. While Harper Hall has plenty of musicians who can compose in the classical style, Menolly's gift is that she is able her ability to craft distinctive, memorable, catchy tunes. Essentially, she's Pern's first pop musician. Robinton recognizes the value of simple songs that can be sung by everyone and is determined to find her.




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TheHeart: Silvina is generally warm and kind to everyone, even the lowest members of the Weyr.
ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robinton acknowledges Manora as the only person who really knows what's she's doing around here.




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DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Camo is completely unaware that he's a huge, muscled hulk of a man. When he's upset, he comes in flailing at both friend and foe.
GentleGiant: Camo is huge, but mostly harmless.
KindheartedSimpleton: Camo is slow-witted, but overall a gentle, helpful soul.


* ChillyReception: When she first joins the Harpers, the girls she stays with and their matron treat her coldly.

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* ChillyReception: When she first joins the Harpers, the girls she stays with (except one) and their matron treat her coldly.


* GoodIsNotNice: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in "Dragondrums" when [[spoiler:Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room]].

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* GoodIsNotNice: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in "Dragondrums" ''Dragondrums'' when [[spoiler:Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room]].


* AliensMadeThemDoIt: Caught up in the mating of their dragons, F'lar has extremely rough sex with Lessa, causing her to freeze up whenever he touches her afterwards. Worse, F'lar notes that while he's much gentler afterwards, their sex "might as well be rape" unless their dragons are involved...bringing up the [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implication]] that he's ''still'' having sex with her outside of their dragons even when he's aware that she's unwilling. This is later smoothed over and it appears they become consensual lovers.



* TheNapoleon

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* TheNapoleonTheNapoleon: In almost every scene we're told how short Lessa is. But bossy. Very very bossy.



* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet

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* NeverTheSelvesShallMeetNeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Lessa witnesses her ten-year-old self hiding in the watchwyer's den on the night her family was murdered but can't interfere or help her.




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* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: After finally getting her hard-won revenge and reclaiming her birthright, Lessa realizes that she never really planned for anything beyond revenge and that she has no idea how to run a Hold.



* JerkAss

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* JerkAss
JerkAss: Seems to have no other ambition than beating Lessa for the role of AlphaBitch
* SignificantName: Her gold dragon's name is ''Pride''th, a reflection of Kylara's arrogance.



* IllGirl: After her dragon is killed, all of Pern knows of Brekke's illness and is desperately rooting for her to come out of it.





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\n* TookALevelInKindness: Notoriously prickly in other books, she is extremely pleasant and gentle with Menolly in the Harper Hall Trilogy and the two grow to like one another. She's also significantly less grumpy after impressing Path.




* AgonyOfTheFeet: When trying to outrun Threadfall on one occasion when she is Holdless, Menolly's feet are badly burnt. Years later she comments that they are still rather sensitive.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: When trying to outrun Caught outside during Threadfall on one occasion when she is while Holdless, Menolly's feet are badly burnt. Years Menolly tries to beat the leading edge of the Thread back to her cave and ends up running first the soles off her boots then ''the skin off the soles of her feet'' before she is rescued in the nick of time. She can barely walk for the entirety of the next book, and years later she comments that they her feet are still rather sensitive.



* BrokenBird

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* BrokenBirdBrokenBird: Menolly's parents have driven into her mind that she's inferior because she's a girl and behave as if they're ashamed of her. Gradually she's come to believe that there must be something "wrong" with her.



* DarkAndTroubledPast
* GuileHero

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* DarkAndTroubledPast
DarkAndTroubledPast: Raised in one of the most strict and repressive Holds on Pern, neglected and shamed by her family, forbidden to practice the music she loves, beaten by her father for playing music or singing, and--perhaps most horribly--betrayed by her mother [[spoiler: who deliberately allows a hand injury to heal incorrectly in hopes of crippling Menolly to the point where she can no longer play an instrument]].
* GuileHeroEarWorm: Incredibly, this is a plot point. While Harper Hall has plenty of musicians who can compose in the classical style, Menolly's gift is that she is able to craft distinctive, memorable, catchy tunes. Essentially, she's Pern's first pop musician. Robinton recognizes the value of simple songs that can be sung by everyone and is determined to find her.



* MamaBear
* ShrinkingViolet

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* MamaBear
MamaBear: Even before she's an actual mom, Menolly tends to come in with fists flying to protect anyone smaller or weaker than she is.
* ShrinkingViolet
SamusIsAGirl: Subverted. ''We'' know Menolly's a girl from the start, but part of the reason Harper Hall never connects the Sea Holder's missing daughter with Petiron's disappeared apprentice is because Petiron neglected to mention that his apprentice was a girl, leading the Harpers to search for a missing ''male'' musician. (There's even some overlap with LadyLooksLikeADude: Menolly is tall and lanky, trims her hair short, and wears trousers, which causes several people who see her from a distance to mistake her for a boy and suspect she might be the missing musician...[[DramaticIrony only to dismiss their suspicions when they realize she's female.]])
* ShrinkingViolet: When she finally arrives at Harper Hall, Menolly has spent so many years being scolded for being herself that she apologizes for ''everything'' and continues to downplay her talents until the Masterharper himself tells her to cut it out, pointing out that he wouldn't have worked so hard to find her if she ''wasn't'' a big deal and that whenever she insults herself, she's also insulting his ability to recognize great talent.



* ChillyReception
* GrowingUpSucks

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* ChillyReception
ChillyReception:
* GrowingUpSucksGrowingUpSucks:



* MouthyKid

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* MouthyKid
InopportuneVoiceCracking: Piemur has a beautiful boy soprano voice and is the star of the choir until puberty hits.
* MouthyKid: Piemur makes up for his small stature by being a big talker who can convince people of anything.


* GuileHero

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* GoodIsNotNice: Robinton is a good man, one filled with kindness and love for outcasts and his own people. Do not mistake that for weakness. While not raising a hand to personally harm an evil man, Robinton was more than willing to allow the pain of his cancer torture the man until [[spoiler:Lord Meron finally names a successor. And then tricks Meron into naming the one decent and good person of his potential heirs by making him seem the most disliked of the options by forgetting him once or twice when listing them]].
* GuileHeroGuileHero: As a man with nothing but skill in music, Robinton typically uses his wit in crafting plots and spy maneuvers in gathering information on enemies to himself and F'lar. See GoodIsNotNice for his handling of that situation.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
* ScareDare

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
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TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives a blistering one in the first book to the holders who have refused to believe the Thread has returned.
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ScareDare



* ChillyReception

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* ChillyReceptionChillyReception: When she first joins the Harpers, the girls she stays with and their matron treat her coldly.


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* GoodIsNotNice: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in "Dragondrums" when [[spoiler:Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room]].


* HeroicBSOD: Has one after her dragon is killed. It takes Berd (her dragon-lizard) to snap her out of it.

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* HeroicBSOD: Has one after her dragon is killed. It takes Berd (her dragon-lizard) fire-lizard) to snap her out of it.

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* NeverGetsDrunk: According to some of the supplementary material, has the fourth highest capacity for alcohol on the ''planet'' (After Mastersmith Fandarel, and the Mastervinters of the Tillek and Benden wineries).


* Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With F'lar.

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* Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With F'lar.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: She travels back in time on Ramoth to the end of the Eighth Pass, where she convinces the dragonriders of Fort, Ista, Igen, Telgar to go forward in time with her to help fight Thread in the Ninth Pass.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: She travels back in time on Ramoth to the end of the Eighth Pass, where she convinces the dragonriders of Fort, Ista, Igen, Telgar Telgar, and High Reaches to go forward in time with her to help fight Thread in the Ninth Pass.


* Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Lessa.

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* Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Lessa.


* AwwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Lessa.

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* AwwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Lessa.



* AwwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With F'lar.

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* AwwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Aww,Look!TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With F'lar.

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