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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She's a beloved and effective leader in her parents' absence.

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Lirael returns to the Clayr after becoming Abhorsen-In-Waiting to find that she no longer fits in like she used to. Part of it is that she's grown but part of it is that she's treated differently.


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* OutsideContextMagic: Multiple characters remark that Sam uses his magic in ways that are unusual and unheard of. [[spoiler: It's because he's a Wallmaker and instinctively using a brand of magic long forgotten]]


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* ConstantlyCurious: Spends most of Goldenhand awed and fascinated by the Old Kingdom and its customs, magic and technology.


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* NonActionGuy: Nick serves as the emotional and magical support for Lirael but leaves the combat to her. As a FishOutOfWater civilian who only recently learned magic, Nick simply doesn't know enough to be useful in combat.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: Nick rushing forward to face Hedge derailed his plans [[spoiler: as the shard of Orannis was supposed to go to Sameth.]]


* AllYourPowersCombined: Despite being a [[spoiler: Wallmaker]], Sameth does have the powers and qualities of the Abhorsen and Royal lines albeit at a weaker extent than his family. He has a death sense and can use a [[spoiler: Necromancer's panpipes]]. He also displays leadership abilities, shown when organizing his cricket team against a necromancer.

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* AllYourPowersCombined: Despite being a [[spoiler: Wallmaker]], Sameth does have has the powers and qualities of the Abhorsen and Royal lines albeit at a weaker extent than his family. He has a death sense and can use a [[spoiler: Necromancer's panpipes]]. He also panpipes]] and on occasion displays leadership abilities, shown when organizing his cricket team against a necromancer.abilities.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She sits on the council and the courts along with more mundane activities like sentry duty.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
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She sits on the council and the courts along with more mundane activities like sentry duty.duty.
** She's also the one raising the troops and leading the Army during a crisis

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* AllYourPowersCombined: Despite being a [[spoiler: Wallmaker]], Sameth does have the powers and qualities of the Abhorsen and Royal lines albeit at a weaker extent than his family. He has a death sense and can use a [[spoiler: Necromancer's panpipes]]. He also displays leadership abilities, shown when organizing his cricket team against a necromancer.

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* BrutalHonesty: Clariel is blunt, always says whats on her mind and has no appetite for smalltalk or platitudes


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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Clariel has a habit of doing things without fully considering the consequences beyond the short term and often lets her emotion and berserker rage get the best of her.


* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Subverted, thankfully, thanks to the Disreputable Dog.]]


* EnsembleDarkhorse: At first simply appears to be a talking animal companion to Lirael, before steadily growing into a popular and forceful character in her own right.



* TooCoolToLive: In the long run, unfortunately. [[spoiler: Not that it stops her from meddling from beyond the grave.]]

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* TooCoolToLive: In the long run, unfortunately. [[spoiler: Not that it stops her from meddling from beyond the grave.]]


* HeroicAlbino: Mogget's other form, forbidden to him by a past Abhorsen unless his master gives him permission.


* ActionGirl: Though she doesn't get to do much on page, she's mentioned to be an avid hunter and athlete and generally comes off as more than capable of handling herself.



* ActionGirl: Though she doesn't get to do much on page, she's mentioned to be an avid hunter and athlete and generally comes off as more than capable of handling herself.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Unless you ask Sam.

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* ActionGirl: Though CoolBigSis: She's friendly to everyone she doesn't get to do much on page, she's mentioned to be an avid hunter meets, hard-working and athlete dedicated and generally comes off as more than capable of handling herself.
she dearly loves Sam, even if she is a bit overbearing.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Unless you ask Sam. She's a beloved and effective leader in her parents' absence.


* [[LastGirlWins Last Boy Wins]]: For [[spoiler:Lirael]].

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* [[LastGirlWins Last Boy Wins]]: LastGuyWins: For [[spoiler:Lirael]].



* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]: For all her resentment of her mother, Clariel is very much like Jaciel. Namely, she inherited all her mother's fatal flaws -- her berserker rage, single-minded focus on her interest (smithing for Jaciel, the forest for Clariel) and an inability to understand and predict people.

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* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]: LikeMotherLikeDaughter: For all her resentment of her mother, Clariel is very much like Jaciel. Namely, she inherited all her mother's fatal flaws -- her berserker rage, single-minded focus on her interest (smithing for Jaciel, the forest for Clariel) and an inability to understand and predict people.


* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]: Several ''centuries'' old through the power of Free Magic, and nearly an adult Sabriel's equal in power even before [[spoiler:becoming one of the Greater Dead -- though it is implied that she was already one of the Greater Dead and had been for some time, it's just that her habit of possessing offerings from the steppe tribes meant that this was not necessarily apparent. What Sabriel did was prevent her from taking physical form again.]]



* [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]]: A powerful Free Magic user and necromancer [[spoiler: and she only gets worse as one of the Dead]].

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* [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]]: EvilOldFolks: Several ''centuries'' old through the power of Free Magic, and nearly an adult Sabriel's equal in power even before [[spoiler:becoming one of the Greater Dead -- though it is implied that she was already one of the Greater Dead and had been for some time, it's just that her habit of possessing offerings from the steppe tribes meant that this was not necessarily apparent. What Sabriel did was prevent her from taking physical form again]].
* EvilSorceress:
A powerful Free Magic user and necromancer [[spoiler: and she only gets worse as one of the Dead]].



* [[WasOnceAMan Was Once a Woman]]: Starts off human, becomes a powerful Dead creature.

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* [[WasOnceAMan Was Once a Woman]]: WasOnceHuman: Starts off human, becomes a powerful Dead creature.


* ConstantlyCurious: Sameth is constantly fascinated by strange and unknown magical artifacts. He observes Lirael when she's making Charter Skins and examines the Despicable Dog's collar.



* OppositesAttract: With [[spoiler: Ferin]] filling out the SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl dynamic.




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* UnskilledbutStrong: Sameth is a very powerful Charter Mage but tends to use his magic in ways that aren't quite as effective and efficient and mostly just blasts away powerful spells. [[spoiler: As he's a Wallmaker, he's blessed with power but doesn't have to training or knowledge to fully use his gifts, making him come off as this trope. Once he realizes his heritage, he become much more effective by putting his skills towards craftsmanship]]

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* ItsAllAboutMe: A subtle but present trait. Clariel can prioritize her own wants and desires over everyone else making her slightly self-centered. Her desire to stay in the Great Forest for example - it's not wrong for her mother to move to Belisaere to expand her business and also to not want a young, underaged woman joining the Forest Rangers by herself. Of note is Clariel thinking that her mother should have compromised with Kilp's plan as she would have been spared, ignoring the fact that would mean working with a Free Magic creature to ''usurp and destroy the Royal Family and the Old Kingdom''.


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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Arrives at the Abhorsen's house to find the garden on fire and the house in chaos. He takes charge of the situation, calms the sendings and calls for a set of bells. The Sendings all bow to him acknowledging him as the new Abhorsen.


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* OnlySaneMan: Zig-zagged. He's the only one of his family that takes his duty seriously and is the only one dealing with Kilp's Free Magic plot. He also tries to act as a MoralityChain for Clariel, keeping her away from Free Magic and under observation when it becomes clear she can't quite resist it's lure. That being said, his crush on Clariel is a massive blind spot, leading him to spare her life against the advice of everyone involved (''including Clariel herself'')



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* YouNeedToGetLaid: At one point, she seems to think that all that's needed for Sam is a girlfriend and tries to hook him up with pretty much every girl in the kingdom.
** ''Goldenhand'' reveals that she's been trying and failing to do the same for Lirael.

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* YouNeedToGetLaid: ShipperOnDeck: At one point, she seems to think that all that's needed for Sam is a girlfriend and tries to hook him up with pretty much every girl in the kingdom.
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kingdom. ''Goldenhand'' reveals that she's been trying and failing to do the same for Lirael.



* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler:When she was corrupted by Free Magic, she extracted the part of herself that remained Clariel and bound it, comatose, in Death. After Lirael wakes Clariel up, she helps in the fight against Chlorr.]]



* CorruptPolitician

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* ApocalypseHow: Several levels of this are suggested to happen as he comes closer to being unsealed.

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* ApocalypseHow: Several levels of this are suggested to happen as he comes closer to being unsealed. ''Goldenhand'' shows a glimpse of a world that he had destroyed; it's an utterly barren wasteland with no atmosphere.

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