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Once called Fierce Einar due to his rebelliousness, he was the first to climb out of the cliffs that isolate their community -- but fell down just as quickly due to an injury he refuses to talk about. Having been dubbed Lame Einar, he now tends the sheep.

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Once called Fierce Einar due to his rebelliousness, he was the first to climb out of the cliffs that isolate their community -- but fell only to come down just as quickly due to an injury with part of his foot missing, the circumstances of which he refuses to talk about.discuss. Having been dubbed Lame Einar, he now tends the sheep.


* DefiledForever: Few people in her new home want anything to do with her after her TeenPregnancy is discovered.

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* DefiledForever: Few people in her new home want anything to do with her after her TeenPregnancy is discovered.discovered, largely because they can't wrap their heads around the idea that it didn't happen the "usual" way, leading them to assume other things about her character.

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* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Like Thomas, both of her parents recently died; her mother succumbed to illness, and her father apparently killed himself out of grief. It's one more piece suggesting there's something amiss in the Community.

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** Presumably Jonas' mother as well, since her job involves sentencing people to Release if the laws require it. She admits to being a little sad about the possibility in one case, but it's more like disappointment that it came to that; she, too, clearly has no concept of the magnitude of this.


-->'''Chief Elder''': You have seen children starve, seen people stand on each other's necks, just for the view. You know what it feels like when men blow each other up over a simple line in the sand, and yet, and yet, you and Jonas want to open that door again, bring all that back."\\

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-->'''Chief Elder''': You have seen children starve, seen people stand on each other's necks, just for the view. You know what it feels like when men blow each other up over a simple line in the sand, and yet, and yet, you and Jonas want to open that door again, bring all that back."\\"


* DrivenToSuicide: She couldn't take the horrors of the memories she received, and applied for Release, which, unknown to most of the characters, is a lethal injection. And she knew exactly what it was--she asked to perform the Release herself. This prompted the community to add a new rule, in that future Receivers of Memory cannot ask to be released.

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* DrivenToSuicide: She couldn't take the horrors of the memories she received, and applied for Release, which, unknown to most of the characters, is a lethal injection. And she knew exactly what it was--she asked to perform the Release herself. Her death caused the memories she had absorbed to revert back to the community, with near-catastrophic results. This prompted the community to add a new rule, in that future Receivers of Memory cannot ask to be released.


* AscendedExtra: To an extent, he just...stopped appearing in the narration after a certain point in the book, but has far more to do in the film.

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* AscendedExtra: To an extent, he just...stopped appearing in the narration after a certain point in In the book, but he fades into the background as Jonas gets farther and farther in his training, until he eventually isn't mentioned anymore. He has far more to do in the film.



* AscendedExtra: To an extent, she just...stopped appearing in the narration after a certain point in the book, but has far more to do in the film.

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* AscendedExtra: To an extent, she just...stopped appearing Like Asher, Fiona in the narration after a certain point in book fades away as the book, but has far more to do in story progresses. In the film. film, she's a major part of Jonas' arc.


Kira's DisappearedDad. Before his reappearance in ''Gathering Blue'' all that was known of him was that he was taken by beasts. In ''Messenger'' it's revealed that in the interim he'd found himself a new home in Village, where he serves as a source of guidance to its residents.

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Kira's DisappearedDad. Before his reappearance in ''Gathering Blue'' all that was known of him was that he was taken by beasts.beasts (which, he eventually reveals, was a lie). In ''Messenger'' it's revealed that in the interim he'd found himself a new home in Village, where he serves as a source of guidance to its residents.


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* LeftForDead: What really happened to him when he was supposedly "taken by beasts". He was hunting when another man, envious of his position, savagely attacked him and left him blinded and barely alive. But he was found by people from the Village, who nursed him back to health and helped him build a new life for himself.


* AmbiguousDisorder: As an infant, he's considered extraordinarily difficult and slow to learn basic skills, at least compared to the average child in the Community. This is somewhere between downplayed and nonexistent in later books; the closest they come is a few references to him being a bit lazy in school.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: As an infant, he's considered extraordinarily difficult and slow to learn basic skills, at least compared to the average child in the Community. This is somewhere between downplayed and nonexistent in later books; the closest they come is there are a few references to mentions of him being a bit lazy slacking off in school.school, but nothing to suggest his behavior is especially out of the ordinary.


* AmbiguousDisorder: He doesn't meet typical developmental goals for babies/toddlers. It's vaguely implied that he had some kind of Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Note that when the book was written, PDD and Autism were thought to be much rarer than they are today.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: He doesn't meet typical developmental goals for babies/toddlers. It's vaguely implied that he had some kind of Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Note that when As an infant, he's considered extraordinarily difficult and slow to learn basic skills, at least compared to the book was written, PDD average child in the Community. This is somewhere between downplayed and Autism were thought to be much rarer than nonexistent in later books; the closest they are today.come is a few references to him being a bit lazy in school.


* InferredSurvival: [[spoiler:It's strongly hinted in ''Messenger'' that Leader is Jonas: the mentions of his blue eyes, his sister, and Fiona, the sled makes an appearance, and that he first discovered his powers via an apple. Confirmed in ''Son''.]]

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* InferredSurvival: [[spoiler:It's strongly hinted all but said outright in ''Messenger'' that Leader is Jonas: the mentions of his blue eyes, his sister, and Fiona, the sled makes an appearance, and that he first discovered his powers via an apple. Confirmed in ''Son''.]]


* HeroesWantRedheads: He has his Stirrings for Fiona, who has red hair. [[spoiler:He ends up with the dark-haired Kira, though.]]

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* HeroesWantRedheads: He has his Stirrings for (basically a first crush) over Fiona, who has red hair. [[spoiler:He ends up with the dark-haired Kira, though.]]


* UncannyValley: He lacks lips and has slit pupils.

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* UncannyValley: He lacks lips and has slit pupils.


%% * ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[spoiler: Why the Giver asks to be left behind in the Community while Jonas escapes, and why, years later, Jonas lets Gabe fight Trademaster by himself]].

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%% * ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[spoiler: Why [[spoiler:Why the Giver asks to be left behind in the Community while Jonas escapes, and why, years later, Jonas lets Gabe fight Trademaster by himself]].



* TheDeterminator: He's so determined to find his mother that he tries to build a boat all by himself and sail down a very turbulent river to find her. Jonas also describes him as tenacious.



* DisabledLoveInterest: [[spoiler: To Jonas. Unlike most examples, it's pretty permanent.]]

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* DisabledLoveInterest: [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To Jonas. Unlike most examples, it's pretty permanent.]]



* LooseLips: Mentioning to Jamison that Annabella knows there are no beasts in the woods [[spoiler: gets Annabella killed]].

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* LooseLips: Mentioning to Jamison that Annabella knows there are no beasts in the woods [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets Annabella killed]].



* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: He sacrifices himself so that the residents of Village can find the good in themselves again. It's outright stated in ''Son'' that the villagers found ways to become worthy of his sacrifice.]]

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* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He sacrifices himself so that the residents of Village can find the good in themselves again. It's outright stated in ''Son'' that the villagers found ways to become worthy of his sacrifice.]]



* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Messenger'' -- effectively healing the world of all evil, but effectively taking his life in the process.]]

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* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end of ''Messenger'' -- effectively healing the world of all evil, but effectively taking his life in the process.]]



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Like the Giver, he's a wise old man who's experienced extremely trying times and serves as a source of wisdom to his community. Both of them also [[spoiler: lost their daughters (although Kira and Seer reunite)]] and take gifted young boys under their wing.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Like the Giver, he's a wise old man who's experienced extremely trying times and serves as a source of wisdom to his community. Both of them also [[spoiler: lost [[spoiler:lost their daughters (although Kira and Seer reunite)]] and take gifted young boys under their wing.



* EvilSmellsBad: In ''Son'', it's mentioned several times that he smells absolutely disgusting.




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* UncannyValley: He lacks lips and has slit pupils.



Claire is a girl from the Community three years ahead of Jonas, whose disastrous first birth (by C-section) terminates her assignment as Birthmother and gets her reassigned to Fish Hatchery. However, thanks to a slip-up by one of the handlers, she can't stop thinking about her son, Number Thirty-Six: whom the readers know as Gabriel. Overwhelmed with love and grief -- feelings she's kept bottled up due to them being forbidden -- after [[spoiler: Jonas takes Gabe on his escape to Elsewhere]], she ends up amnesiac and living with a caring seaside community. As her memories slowly return, she knows she has one goal -- to find her son.

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Claire is a girl from the Community three years ahead of Jonas, whose disastrous first birth (by C-section) terminates her assignment as Birthmother and gets her reassigned to Fish Hatchery. However, thanks to a slip-up by one of the handlers, she can't stop thinking about her son, Number Thirty-Six: whom the readers know as Gabriel. Overwhelmed with love and grief -- feelings she's kept bottled up due to them being forbidden -- after [[spoiler: Jonas [[spoiler:Jonas takes Gabe on his escape to Elsewhere]], she ends up amnesiac and living with a caring seaside community. As her memories slowly return, she knows she has one goal -- to find her son.


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* LivingIsMoreThanSurviving: She grows restless with her repetitive days in the Community after going off her pills, always yearning for something more.

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