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* ThePuppetCutsHisStrings: [[spoiler:The Baselland CivilWar could be considered his personal fight to free himself from Empress Maria's influence and blackmail. He eventually succeeds, abolishes the monarchy and declares Baselland an independent republic. The aristocrats who supported Crown Prince Franz, who still obeyed the Empress, are stripped of their noble status and political power becomes more centralized in the government. Needless to say, Empress Maria is not pleased with this turn of events.]]


* ObliviousToLove: Helmut's feelings for him grow over the course of the story, but he is remains unaware of this due to being [[MarriedToTheJob more concerned with military matters]].



* BecomingTheMask: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. Despite not being the original Prince Franz, he comes to truly enjoy his role as Crown Prince of Baseland. Part of the reason why Franz indulges himself in fantasy and luxury is so that he can deny the truth as much as he can. Unfortunately, this also makes him a pliable pawn for Empress Maria, who could destroy his royal status at any time she wished. When Franz is stripped of his royal status after the abolishment of Baselland's monarchy, he suffers a mental breakdown.



* [[spoiler:FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Franz, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]

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* [[spoiler:FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Franz, only a randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]



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* PuppetKing: He is instated as Director of Baselland Railroad Company but everyone knows Balzar is the one pulling his strings. His only concerns are whether the company is used to draw Basellaand into Weissen's conflicts instead. Baltzar then explains to him, in the short run the company will be used as Weissen's tools but in the long run, HE, Dieter will be the one to choose what direction the company will take.


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* PuppetKing: He is instated as Director of Baselland Railroad Company but everyone knows Balzar Baltzar is the one pulling his strings. His only concerns are whether the company is used to draw Basellaand Baselland into Weissen's conflicts instead. Baltzar then explains to him, in the short run the company will be used as Weissen's tools but in the long run, HE, Dieter will be the one to choose what direction the company will take. \n\n






* BlueBlood: She is a noble by birth, just like the other cavalry cadets. This is later revealed to be a major source of personal angst for her, since she feels constrained not just by her gender but also by aristocratic traditions. Baltzar incidentally teaches her how to have more confidence and respect for herself, which is why she decides to ally with Baltzar and Prince Reiner during the CivilWar despite her parents and her friends allying with Prince Franz.



* [[spoiler:ObliviousToLove: She saw Jurgen only as her best friend until shortly before he is killed in battle. Helmut is also a victim of this because her own growing feelings for Bernd are unnoticed by him, since he is [[MarriedToTheJob more concerned with military matters]].]]

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* [[spoiler:ObliviousToLove: She saw Jurgen only as her best friend until shortly before he is killed in battle. Helmut is also a victim of this because her own growing feelings for Bernd Baltzar are unnoticed by him, since he is [[MarriedToTheJob more concerned with military matters]].]]



* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely: At Gala in Weissen's Embassy in Erzreich, she had to wear a dress. She doesn't look much different but still a feast to the eyes.]]

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* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely: At Gala the gala in Weissen's Embassy in Erzreich, she had to wear a dress. She doesn't look much different but still a feast to the eyes.]]




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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Baltzar gradually teaches her how to have more confidence in herself, if largely for the sake of her becoming a better soldier. She gradually falls in love with him because of this.



* BlueBlood: Like all the cavalry students of the Baselland Military Academy, he is a noble by birth. [[spoiler:This eventually results in his death when his family and many of his friends ally with Crown Prince Franz during the Baselland CivilWar.]]

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* BlueBlood: Like all the cavalry students cadets of the Baselland Military Academy, he is a noble by birth. [[spoiler:This eventually results in his death when his family and many of his friends ally with Crown Prince Franz during the Baselland CivilWar.]]



* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:He has to choose between 1) Helmut who stay in Academy 2) his family and friends who chooses to join Prince Franz's faction. Ultimately, he sides with his family and is killed for this.]]

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* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:He has to choose between 1) Helmut who stay in Academy 2) his family and friends who chooses to join Prince Franz's faction. Ultimately, he sides with his family and is killed for this.killed.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Subverted. He and the other cavalry cadets stay behind in an attempt to prevent pursuing forces from capturing Prince Franz and the other Baselland nobles. Despite their courageous death in battle, Franz is captured and his supporters are killed.
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* AppealToTradition: She told Bernd of how members the royal families of Ezreich and Weissen have [[AltarDiplomacy married each other over the past three centuries and how this was a tried-and-true method to ensure peace between the two countries]]. In a final bid to prevent CivilWar in Baselland, Empress Maria planned to marry off her granddaughter Helena to Reiner (who is anti-Ezreich) while Franz (who is anti-Weissen) is to marry a princess from Weissen. She then told Bernd to persuade Reiner to agree to this, knowing that Reiner was on bad terms with both her and his brother.

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* AppealToTradition: She told Bernd Baltzar of how members the royal families of Ezreich and Weissen have [[AltarDiplomacy married each other over the past three centuries and how this was a tried-and-true method to ensure peace between the two countries]]. In a final bid to prevent CivilWar in Baselland, Empress Maria planned to marry off her granddaughter Helena to Reiner (who is anti-Ezreich) while Franz (who is anti-Weissen) is to marry a princess from Weissen. She then told Bernd Baltzar to persuade Reiner to agree to this, knowing that Reiner was on bad terms with both her and his brother.



* TheChessmaster: Oh yes.



* TheChessmaster: Oh yes.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:A look of fury spreads on the Empress' face when she learns that Baselland became a republic after the CivilWar and she unknowingly breaks her fan in half. She has finally lost influence over Baselland after 25 years.]]

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* TheChessmaster: Oh yes.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:A look of fury spreads on the Empress' face when she learns that Baselland became a republic after the CivilWar and she unknowingly angrily breaks her fan in half. She has finally lost influence over Baselland after 25 years.years and it's likely that the new government would consider Ezreich an enemy for the foreseeable future.]]








* [[spoiler:TheLadette: Just before her gender reveal, everybody (except cavalry cadets) sees Helmut as a guy.]]
* [[spoiler:LadyLooksLikeADude: No one in the academy [except cavalry cadets(not even the reader] knew that Helmut is a girl. Baltzar (except cavalry cadets) is the first person to discover this when Helmut tries to get rid of the leeches from her body and then, Balzer saw her breasts.]]
* [[spoiler:ObliviousToLove: Posibbly to Jurgen]]

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* [[spoiler:TheLadette: Just before her gender reveal, everybody (except the cavalry cadets) sees saw Helmut as a guy.]]
* [[spoiler:LadyLooksLikeADude: No one in the academy [except cavalry cadets(not even the reader] knew that Helmut is a girl. Baltzar (except cavalry cadets) is the first person to discover this when Helmut tries to get rid of the leeches from her body and then, Balzer Baltzar saw her breasts.]]
* [[spoiler:ObliviousToLove: Posibbly to Jurgen]]She saw Jurgen only as her best friend until shortly before he is killed in battle. Helmut is also a victim of this because her own growing feelings for Bernd are unnoticed by him, since he is [[MarriedToTheJob more concerned with military matters]].]]



* BlueBlood: Like all the cavalry students of the Baselland Military Academy, he is a noble by birth. [[spoiler:This eventually results in his death when his family and many of his friends ally with Crown Prince Franz during the Baselland CivilWar.]]



* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:He has to choose between 1) Helmut who stay in Academy 2) his family and friends who chooses to join Prince Franz's faction.]]

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* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:He has to choose between 1) Helmut who stay in Academy 2) his family and friends who chooses to join Prince Franz's faction. Ultimately, he sides with his family and is killed for this.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: He, along with almost all of the cavalry students, are killed in battle against Prince Reiner's forces.]]



* [[spoiler: AltarDiplomacy: Planning to marry her Granddaughter to Reiner (Who is anti-Erzreich), while Franz to marry a Weissen princess (Who is anti-Weissen)]]
* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.]]

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* [[spoiler: AltarDiplomacy: Planning AppealToTradition: She told Bernd of how members the royal families of Ezreich and Weissen have [[AltarDiplomacy married each other over the past three centuries and how this was a tried-and-true method to ensure peace between the two countries]]. In a final bid to prevent CivilWar in Baselland, Empress Maria planned to marry off her Granddaughter granddaughter Helena to Reiner (Who (who is anti-Erzreich), anti-Ezreich) while Franz (who is anti-Weissen) is to marry a Weissen princess (Who is anti-Weissen)]]
from Weissen. She then told Bernd to persuade Reiner to agree to this, knowing that Reiner was on bad terms with both her and his brother.
* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.began.]]



* IWasQuiteALooker: While she still looks good for age, she was quite beautiful 25 years ago.



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The real Reiner and Franz were kidnapped in 1845, never be found (kinda hard to find your baby in a midst of 315), she convinced the queen to pick anyone, then essentially blackmailed the two princes, using the truth as leverage.]]

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* TheReveal: NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:A look of fury spreads on the Empress' face when she learns that Baselland became a republic after the CivilWar and she unknowingly breaks her fan in half. She has finally lost influence over Baselland after 25 years.]]
* SecretKeeper:
[[spoiler: The real princes Franz and Reiner and Franz were kidnapped in 1845, never be found (kinda (kind of hard to find your baby in a midst of 315), 315 children), so she convinced the queen their mother to pick anyone, anyone and then essentially blackmailed the two princes, "princes", using the truth as leverage.leverage. This is an important reason why Reiner later abolishes the Baselland monarchy, in addition to strengthening the country.]]


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* [[FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Reiner, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]
* RoyalWhoActuallyDoSomething: He uses the his influence and kingdom's treasury to educate people, strengthen his nation, and keep his nation's independent.

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* [[FakeKing [[spoiler:FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Reiner, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]
* RoyalWhoActuallyDoSomething: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He uses the his influence and kingdom's treasury to educate people, strengthen his nation, and keep his nation's independent.



* [[FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Franz, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]

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* [[FakeKing [[spoiler:FakeKing / BodyDouble: He is not the real Franz, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.]]



* NervousWreck



* EyepatchOfEvil=/=EyepatchOfPower: He has both in his right eye.

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* EyepatchOfEvil=/=EyepatchOfPower: EyepatchOfPower: He has both in his right eye.



* TheParagon / ParagonAlwaysRebel: He with Baltzar competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then he incites a revolt...

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* TheParagon / ParagonAlwaysRebel: TheParagonAlwaysRebels: He with Baltzar competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then he incites a revolt...



* WelllIntentionedExtremist: He claims his goal is to strengthen Weissen but he does so with war. Also the readers know the one strengthened the most is military and that ''will'' incite equivalent of [=WW1=].


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* WelllIntentionedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist: He claims his goal is to strengthen Weissen but he does so with war. Also the readers know the one strengthened the most is military and that ''will'' incite equivalent of [=WW1=].



* WelllIntentionedExtremist: He claims his goal is to strengthen Weissen but he does so with war. Also the readers know the one strengthened the most is military and that ''will'' incite equivalent of WW1.


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* WelllIntentionedExtremist: He claims his goal is to strengthen Weissen but he does so with war. Also the readers know the one strengthened the most is military and that ''will'' incite equivalent of WW1.

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!! !! Holst Von Stauffenberg : Weissen Army Chief of Staff


* TheAce: He is top of his class at his military academy days and see DoAnythingSoldier below.



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* DoAnythingSoldier: Theorist, instructor, and practitioner of artillery, infantry, cavalry. He is also a diplomat.



* NervesOfSteel: Few things can make him panic but then his wits return soon.

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* NervesOfSteel: Few things can make him panic but then if he does, he always can quickly regains his wits return soon.wits.



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* TheParagon: His superior, Groener, praises him as exemplary Weissen soldier in mind, body, and spirit. He is also able to detach his emotion from his reason.
* TheRival: He and [[spoiler:Liebknecht]] competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then [[spoiler:Liebknecht]] starts to use extreme methods to strengthen Weissen.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Baltzar was first jailed in Baselland, he didn't blame for it and acknowledging the fault is in him and other higher-ups for not having enough information as Baselland only tells minimum info for their request.


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!! Weissen Army Chief of Staff

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The head of the Weissen armed forces and ''de facto'' leader of the country.



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!! Weissen Army Chief of Staff

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* BrokenPedestal: He used to idolize his brother but his brother changed...
* ChildProdigy: [[spoiler:He made a very detailed (rude, but still has a chance according to Baltzar) plan of a coup before he was 12.]]



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* HumbleDream: To be a governmental clerk in peaceful office after he graduates.

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* HumbleDream: HumbleGoal: To be a governmental clerk in peaceful office after he graduates.



* ColonelKilgore

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* ColonelKilgoreColonelKilgore: He LIKES war.



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* Expy: To Maria Theresa.
* Chessmaster: Oh yes.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: To Maria Theresa.
* Chessmaster: TheChessmaster: Oh yes.



!! Rudolph von Liebknecht

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!! Rudolph von Liebknecht
Liebknecht (''WARNING: SPOILER'')



* EvilEyepatch=/=EyepatchOfPower: He has both in his right eye.

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* EvilEyepatch=/=EyepatchOfPower: EvilRedhead: Morally ambigous and has red hair.
* EyepatchOfEvil=/=EyepatchOfPower:
He has both in his right eye.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: He has a noble title and a manor but not much wealth. What makes exemplary is he doesn't mind this part much and focus to pursue his military career, and later a mysterious goal.
* TheParagon / ParagonAlwaysRebel: He with Baltzar competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then he incites a revolt...
* TheRival / RivalTurnedEvil: He with Baltzar competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then he starts to use extreme methods to strengthen Weissen.
* SoleSurvivor: Along with Baltzar to his whole academy, after failed coup attempt.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Baltzar.
* WelllIntentionedExtremist: He claims his goal is to strengthen Weissen but he does so with war. Also the readers know the one strengthened the most is military and that ''will'' incite equivalent of WW1.



* MajorlyAwesome
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* MajorlyAwesome
MajorlyAwesome: His rank for most of the series.
* NervesOfSteel NervesOfSteel: Few things can make him panic but then his wits return soon.



* SoleSurvivor: Along with Liebknecht to his whole academy.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Liebknecht.

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* SoleSurvivor: Along with Liebknecht [[spoiler:Liebknecht to his whole academy.
academy, after failed coup attempt.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Liebknecht.[[spoiler:Liebknecht]].



* AmbiguousDisorder: He is diagnosed with psychosomatic lapse and paranoia [[spoiler:when Reiner brings some psychiatrists to him.]] Readers may also see InferioritySuperiorityComplex in him.
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* [[spoiler:TheLadette: Just before her gender reveal, everybody sees Helmut as a guy.]]
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* [[spoiler:TheLadette: Just before her gender reveal, everybody (except cavalry cadets) sees Helmut as a guy.]]
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* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely: At Gala in Weissen's Embassy in Erzreich, she had to wear a dress. She doesn't look much different but still feat to the eyes.]]

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* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely: At Gala in Weissen's Embassy in Erzreich, she had to wear a dress. She doesn't look much different but still feat a feast to the eyes.]]



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Head instructor and vice-principal of the academy.
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* AllMenArePerverts: He frequently visits the brothel house in capital.



* AllMenArePerverts: He frequently visits the brothel house in capital.
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* MagnificentBastard: Chessmaster: Oh yes.



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* MagnificentBastard: Understatement of the year.Oh yes.


* [[spoiler: BitchInSheep'sClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.]]

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* [[spoiler: BitchInSheep'sClothing: BitchInSheepsClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.]]


* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.]]

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* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepClothing: BitchInSheep'sClothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.]]

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