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* PsychopathicManchild: Regal's thoughts when Fitz pokes around in his mind include feeding his healer to Forged ones as punishment for not being able to find out what causes his fits, having two innocent people killed for seeing him in the midst of a fit so nobody would know about his condition, and only reluctantly deciding to send someone to rescue his lame servant because of his disdain for "broken things" - all in a childlike tone with liberal use of the word "Mother".
** Kettricken and Fitz speculate that Regal really only wanted the throne because it was not his, and didn't regard the towns and people of the Six Duchies as such but rather as possessions of Verity's that could be destroyed if he couldn't take them for his own. Fitz's peek into his mind later mostly confirms this.



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** Heck, he's so damn gifted in the very difficult area of reconstructive healing that he knocks the propaganda idiots like Galen spouted for generations about how the use of the Skill was a refined talent fit only to be trained and used by those graced with great intelligence and at least ''some'' noble blood right out the window.


** The "Tom" part of his new name is a [[RealNameAsAnAlias memento of his past life]]: he thought his father's legal wife and widow just gave him that name on a whim, but it's actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the name she had been planning to give her son had she given birth to one]] and since then symbolised the bond between them.

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** The "Tom" part of his new name is a [[RealNameAsAnAlias memento of his past life]]: he thought his father's legal wife and widow just gave him that name on a whim, but it's actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the name she had been planning to give her son had she given birth to one]] one and since then symbolised the bond between them.


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* NoPlaceForMeThere: At the end of the first trilogy, Fitz believes that because of everything he did and went through to keep the Six Duchies safe, he no longer belongs there. However, [[spoiler: the later books subvert this, as Fitz learns that it was only his own emotional issues (some mundane and some caused by pumping memories into skill stone) that led him to think he no longer belonged with his loved ones.]]

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* NoPlaceForMeThere: At the end of the first trilogy, Fitz believes that because of everything he did and went through to keep the Six Duchies safe, he no longer belongs there. However, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the later books subvert this, as Fitz learns that it was only his own emotional issues (some mundane and some caused by pumping memories into skill stone) that led him to think he no longer belonged with his loved ones.]]



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Hides the fact that he has The Skill from the rest of his family, and more importantly that he and Galen have access to old books about its advanced techniques which were thought lost to the world.]]

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Hides the fact that he has The the Skill from the rest of his family, and more importantly that he and Galen have access to old books about its advanced techniques which were thought lost to the world.]]



* GenerationXerox: After Galen's death, Serene takes his place as teacher of The Skill. Fitz is astonished at how similar she has become to Galen in both attitude and appearance, even taking on behavior and dress that remove her femininity.

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* GenerationXerox: After Galen's death, Serene takes his place as teacher of The the Skill. Fitz is astonished at how similar she has become to Galen in both attitude and appearance, even taking on behavior and dress that remove her femininity.



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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The Servants are all looking for the 'Unexpected Son'... which they take to mean Bee.]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Servants are all looking for the 'Unexpected Son'... which they take to mean Bee.]]



* WaifProphet: She's a young girl who looks even younger, and possesses the [[spoiler: dreams of a White Prophet.]]

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* WaifProphet: She's a young girl who looks even younger, and possesses the [[spoiler: dreams [[spoiler:dreams of a White Prophet.]]



* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: During the Withywoods attack, she is raped twice by the Chalcedeans. Fortunately, Bee is able to save her from a third assault.]] Combined with her step-father's abusiveness, it seems to have put her off men for life.
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Shun and Lant become very close, before discovering that they are half-siblings.]]

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* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During the Withywoods attack, she is raped twice by the Chalcedeans. Fortunately, Bee is able to save her from a third assault.]] Combined with her step-father's abusiveness, it seems to have put her off men for life.
* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Shun [[spoiler:Shun and Lant become very close, before discovering that they are half-siblings.]]


* TheGadfly: When he finds out that Starling thinks he is in love with Fitz regardless of his gender, he flirts with him outrageously in her face, aware of her attraction for Fitz. This leaves Fitz exasperated, Kettle amused and Starling [[{{Understatement}} less than pleased]]. What makes this count is that he is fully aware that [[IncompatibleOrientation Fitz would never return his romantic advances]].

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* TheGadfly: When he finds out that Starling thinks he is in love with Fitz regardless of his gender, he flirts with him outrageously in her face, aware of her attraction for Fitz. This leaves Fitz exasperated, Kettle amused and Starling [[{{Understatement}} less than pleased]].pleased. What makes this count is that he is fully aware that [[IncompatibleOrientation Fitz would never return his romantic advances]].



* AbusiveParents: [[{{Understatement}} Kyle Haven is not a model father.]]

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* AbusiveParents: [[{{Understatement}} Kyle Haven is not a model father.]]


* MadOracle: [[spoiler:The majority of the apparent madness does not only seem to be due to the particular style of prophecy, but also is pushed by the character to keep enemies in the court at bay. Who would consider a mad fool a threat?]]



* TheJester: For most of the first trilogy. Prodding at Regal's fragile ego earns him the man's spite in particular.
* MadOracle: [[spoiler:The majority of the apparent madness does not only seem to be due to the particular style of prophecy, but also is pushed by the character to keep enemies in the court at bay. Who would consider a mad fool a threat?]]



* TheJester: For most of the first trilogy. Prodding at Regal's fragile ego earns him the man's spite in particular.



* UnrequitedLove: Loves Fitz absolutely, with his entire being. Fitz, who is straight, balks at the thought of sleeping with him...[[spoiler: at least until near the end when he realizes that theirs isn't necessarily a sexual love]].

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* UnrequitedLove: Loves Fitz absolutely, with his entire being. Fitz, who is straight, balks at the thought of sleeping with him...[[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at least until near the end when he realizes that theirs isn't necessarily a sexual love]].

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* MagicKnight: He's a capable fighter, as well as having powerful albeit unreliable magical powers.
* MasterOfNone: Fitz has either been trained in or is naturally talented in the use of a number of areas, from assassination to scribing, from axe fighting to scholarship. He's also got both the Skill and the wit. However, the point is frequently made that exactly because he's spread himself so thin, he's actually no more than competent in any of them.


* ShipTease: There are lots of small hints across the books that she is attracted to Fitz, but she never confesses or acts on it.

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* ShipTease: There are lots of small hints across the books that she is attracted to Fitz, but she never confesses or acts on it. [[spoiler:She does drop, as a last goodbye in the final trilogy, the tidbit that she'd known for a long time that Dutiful was secretly Fitz's blood son even though she agreed with Fitz's belief that Verity was the father in every way that mattered.]]

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* TragicVillain: When push comes to shove, Kennit is not good people. He also happens to not be entirely... whole, through a series of events that are nothing short of a major TraumaCongaLine of abusive awful that was definitely ''not'' entirely of his own making, at a time when he was far too young to cope. [[spoiler: Paragon and he made the mistake of trying to remove his pain in a bid to save him, but they wound up making a right hash of who each were, which bits belonged where and how you put a person, let alone a divided set of merged dragon-mixed-with-human-memories-around-a-premature-Liveship-construct, together in something resembling health. All major personality aspects of this horrific merger were too inexperienced/ confused to have a hope of getting it right.]] And, the result was some very messed-up personalities; primarily, but not exclusively, what wound up in Kennit's head.


* OlderThanTheyLook: In the ''The Fitz and The Fool'' series dues to the skill. He's nearly sixty, but is still in his thirties, physically.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: In the ''The Fitz and The Fool'' series dues to the skill. He's nearly sixty, but is still in his thirties, physically.physically, as a result of the Skill-healing from ''Golden Fool'' still affecting his body.



* TallDarkAndHandsome: Definitely. [[spoiler:Or he would have been anyway, if not for the aforementioned and unpleasant time spent in Regal's dungeons, though some people comment that he's not as ugly as he thinks.]]

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* TallDarkAndHandsome: Definitely. [[spoiler:Or he would have been anyway, if not for the aforementioned He looks very much like his father, whose noble bearing and unpleasant time spent appearance are relatively frequently commented on. He considers himself very unattractive, though, after [[spoiler:being brutalized and tortured in Regal's dungeons, though some people comment that dungeon.]] He's largely wrong about how ugly he's not as ugly as he thinks.]]become, but his generally grim or gloomy demeanor tend to put people off of challenging that assumption.



* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: Marries Burrich thinking Fitz was dead.]]

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: Marries Burrich thinking Fitz was dead.dead, though Burrich claims that she'd have probably wound up choosing Fitz anyway if Fitz had returned after all.]]



* TheExile

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* TheExileTheExile: Self-imposed for Patience's sake, out of fear that she wouldn't be able to handle the stress of remaining at court in the wake of Fitz's emergence.



* LostWillAndTestament: Before embarking on his Elderling quest, secretly wrote and sealed an order [[spoiler:recognizing Fitz as his heir over Regal in the event of the deaths of both Kettricken and her unborn baby.]] Fitz doesn't find out until decades later, and when he does, he struck both by how disastrous events would have been if that had come about, and by how much it would have meant to him to know of this years earlier.



* DirtyCoward

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* DirtyCowardDirtyCoward: Acts exclusively through poisoning, political maneuvering, and other skulduggery.



* GreenEyedMonster: Spent his youth being jalous of the honors of his older brothers.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Spent his youth being jalous jealous of the honors of his older brothers.brothers, with his mother doing all she could to stoke those feelings.



* TheManBehindTheMan: Of a sort. Serene and Justin are both tactless with the Skill, and Justin isn't even very good at it. That suits Will just fine - he's very good with the Skill, and Serene and Justin help him stay unnoticed.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Of a sort. Serene and Justin are both tactless with the Skill, and Justin isn't even very good at it. That suits Will just fine - he's very good with the Skill, and Serene and Justin Justin's blundering help him his insidiously light touch stay unnoticed.



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage
PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Not at first, but it doesn't take long once they start to actually get to know each other.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomethingRoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Though it takes her a while to achieve this since she has to labor against the Six Duchies expectation of proper behavior from a Queen.



* MeaningfulName:

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* MeaningfulName:MeaningfulName: Of course, though it seems that minstrels frequently choose their names with this in mind.



* YourCheatingHeart: Marries a minor noble but still sleeps with Fitz until Fitz finds out. Starling isn't especially bothered about it and blames Fitz for being upset about it.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Marries a minor noble but still sleeps with Fitz until Fitz finds out. Starling isn't especially bothered about it and blames Fitz for being upset about it.
it, though after she does become pregnant she pretty much immediately drops any flirtation with Fitz.



* Ethical Slut : Happily promiscious she doesn't hide her apetites


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* Ethical Slut : Happily promiscious promiscuous she doesn't hide her apetites

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Is very good at making people forget their interactions with him.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Is very good at making people forget their interactions with him.him, and is later the first to realize that the oddness and missing memories of the people of Withywoods was caused by an incredibly powerful Skill-suggestion printed on their minds.



* TheRainMan: Most people assume he is a moron (hence his name), but Fitz immediately realises he is a very strong (if completely untrained) user of the Skill.

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* TheRainMan: Most people assume he is a moron (hence his name), but Fitz immediately realises realizes he is a very strong (if completely untrained) user of the Skill.
Skill. As he becomes more powerful, Fitz is frequently intimidated at the least at the thought of what Thick seems able to do, particularly once Thick notes that replicating the persistent memory-fogging encountered in Withywoods wouldn't be that hard now that he'd seen it done.


* MistakenForGay: The HoYay with his best friend is so strong that he gets mistaken for gay by the most of the court, his friends, and his family members. [[spoiler:(Though it's never explicitly revealed whether the Fool is male, female, or something else entirely.)]]

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* MistakenForGay: The HoYay with his best friend is so strong that he gets mistaken for gay by the most of the court, his friends, and his family members. [[spoiler:(Though it's never explicitly revealed whether the Fool is male, female, or something else entirely.)]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Is very good at making people forget their interactions with him.
* TheLoad: Subverted. At first his PowerIncontinence makes him far more of a hindrance than an asset, but he ends up being the only Skill user strong enough to [[spoiler: rescue Fitz and Nettle from inside Icefyre's mind]], which he does seemingly effortlessly.


* TheBerserker: Although less from being either of the personality types involved in a usual berseker. He just loses control when he fights. And despite not being trained or built for it, people have commented that he fights like a brawler. Hence, his [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].

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* TheBerserker: Although less from being either of the personality types involved in a usual berseker.berserker. He just loses control when he fights. And despite not being trained or built for it, people have commented that he fights like a brawler. Hence, his [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].



* CombatPragmatist: Fitz does not fight fair at all. Poison, hidden weapons, sniping, and deliberate maiming are all standard tactics for him.

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* CombatPragmatist: Fitz does not fight fair at all.all when he has the option. Poison, hidden weapons, sniping, and deliberate maiming are all standard tactics for him.



* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Has acute bouts of this whenever he binges on elfbark, which is notable for bringing on a bout of powerful nervous energy coupled with crippling depression. He's a bit prone to it in any circumstance, but much less so as of ''Golden Fool'' when his elfbark stores are taken away.



* ShipTease: Gets a bit, which he finds squicky, with Kettricken, especially in the Tawny Man trilogy.

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* ShipTease: Gets a bit, which he finds squicky, with Kettricken, especially in the Tawny Man trilogy. It never pans out, though.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: In the ''Tawny Man'' series.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: In the ''Tawny Man'' series.
series, his grim demeanor and generally battered features add a good ten or twenty years to his real age.



* DisguisedInDrag: As the foul-tempered Lady Thyme.

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* DisguisedInDrag: As the foul-tempered and foul-smelling Lady Thyme.Thyme. He points out at one point, after Thyme's "death," that her acidic demeanor and legendary odor were all calculated to ensure people kept a great distance from her, since his abilities in the art of disguise weren't up to creating something that would hold up under any kind of close inspection.



* IWasQuiteALooker: When he was younger and before he received his scars. He was also apparently quite the lady's man.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: When he was younger and before he received his scars. He was also apparently quite the lady's man.man, and developed that reputation once more once he came out of the shadows.



* ManipulativeBastard: Almost compulsively so.
* ParentalSubstitute: One of the many father figures for Fitz.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Almost compulsively so.
so. The Fool comments that Chade hoards secrets to himself as a magpie hoards glittering objects, and for little more reason than the having of them.
* ParentalSubstitute: One of the many father figures for Fitz.Fitz, though the notoriously wooden-headed Fitz takes a while to catch on to how strongly the sentiment is returned.

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* BreakTheHaughty: While she's a skilled sailor and a far more suitable heir to her father than Kyle, she doesn't know as much as she thinks she does, and it's only after about a book and a half of humbling experiences that she's really ready to lead a crew.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: She realizes too late that she can't ask a captain to provide a reference for her when she's been fooling him for months into thinking she's someone else.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: A twist, in that her near-twin is not her brother but her nephew.


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* HalfIdenticalTwins: Looks remarkably like Althea.

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