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--> "We looked at this place here, this kingdom. And we thought 'Hey, these people have STUFF. That could be OUR stuff.' [[MightMakesRight So we took it.]]"

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--> "We -->'''Dalinar:''' We looked at this place here, this kingdom. And kingdom, and we thought 'Hey, realised, "hey, all these people have STUFF. That could be OUR stuff.' ''stuff.''" And we figured... hey, maybe ''we'' should have that stuff. [[MightMakesRight So we took it.]]"]]


* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters. Of particular note is his blunt honesty on why they conquered and unified the kingdom.

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* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters. Of particular note is his blunt honesty BrutalHonesty on why they conquered and unified the kingdom.


--> "We looked at this place here, this kingdom. And we thought 'Hey, these people have STUFF. That could be our stuff.' [[MightMakesRight So we took it.]]"

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--> "We looked at this place here, this kingdom. And we thought 'Hey, these people have STUFF. That could be our OUR stuff.' [[MightMakesRight So we took it.]]"


* AffablyEvil: When he was younger. He really plays up the barbarian warlord thing, and would probably be quite at home swapping drinks and stories with Conan. He's also charismatic enough to recruit enemies on the battlefield who managed to impress him after they literally tried to kill him just minutes ago. He also suffers from no self-delusion about what they're doing or why. But despite all this, there's still a reason he's the most hated and feared man on Roshar.



* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters. He really plays up the barbarian warlord thing, and would probably be quite at home swapping drinks and stories with Conan.

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* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters. He really plays up Of particular note is his blunt honesty on why they conquered and unified the barbarian warlord thing, and would probably kingdom.
--> "We looked at this place here, this kingdom. And we thought 'Hey, these people have STUFF. That could
be quite at home swapping drinks and stories with Conan. our stuff.' [[MightMakesRight So we took it.]]"


* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters.

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* LaughablyEvil: In ''Oathbringer'', as the Blackthorn, Dalinar's boorishness and nonchalant attitude towards slaughter and war (especially [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis compared to present Dalinar]]) are worth a laugh or two. It's probably for the best, otherwise it'd be ''much'' harder to read his chapters. He really plays up the barbarian warlord thing, and would probably be quite at home swapping drinks and stories with Conan.



* RetiredMonster: Due to his actions as [[TheBrute The Black]][[RedBaron thorn]], Dalinar is seen as this by the rest of Roshar. This - combined with much of the world's willingness to see Alethkar this way - is one of his main obstacles to creating meaningful diplomacy with the rest of the world.

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* RetiredMonster: Due to his actions as [[TheBrute The Black]][[RedBaron thorn]], Dalinar is seen as this by the rest of Roshar. And they're [[CharacterDevelopment arguably]] right. This - combined with much of the world's willingness to see Alethkar this way - is one of his main obstacles to creating meaningful diplomacy with the rest of the world.


-->''Sometimes, a hypocrite is nothing more than a man who is in the process of changing.''

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-->''Sometimes, -->'''The Stormfather:''' You are not a hypocrite, Son of Honor.\\
'''Dalinar:''' I am. But sometimes,
a hypocrite is nothing more than a man who is in the process of changing.''

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Dalinar is constantly worried he'll be viewed as one, due to his attempts to both follow his own codes of honor and also take control and lead the world to safety. Later on, as he recovers his memories and learns of the horrible things he did in his youth, he slides further into this fear. Ultimately, however, he starts to make peace with this, realizing that it is often a sign of growth.
-->''Sometimes, a hypocrite is nothing more than a man who is in the process of changing.''

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** One of Dalinar's problems is that while he recognizes that he is feared as the Blackthorn among his own people and the greater world, his LaserGuidedAmnesia means that he doesn't know the precise reason why he is so feared. [[spoiler:He burned down an entire city, killing the entire population, for an ambush that the city's highlord had sprung on him, and in the process unknowingly killed his wife.]] Once he starts to remember, he really understands why everyone outside of Alethkar initially thought his overtures of peace were a deception.

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* OneManArmy: Even before he had won his Shardblade and Plate, Dalinar was terrifyingly skilled in battle. Afterwards he was close to unstoppable. Sadeas even remarked that they needed to find him a set of Plate and Blade solely so he'd stop showing up those who already owned them.

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* DissonantSerenity: One sign that her [[spoiler:Brightness Radiant]] persona has started to manifest is that the normally timid, kind, and empathetic Shallan shifts to a cold, calm, and brutally logical mindset. Chronologically, she first shows this when she calmly poisons and then garrotes her father to protect her family and as punishment for killing her stepmother. This side of her gradually begins to manifest more and more until Shallan [[spoiler:creates it as a full, separate personality to handle combat situations]].

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* BrokenPedestal: As a youth, Kaladin viewed most lighteyes as being heroic and noble, and that the more scheming and honorless ones were the rejects and outcasts and not ''real'' lighteyes. Roshone's and later Amaram's treatment of him, as well as his experiences as a slave, convinced Kaladin of the opposite, engendering a bitter hatred for much of their kind that takes a very long time for Kaladin to escape from.


** One scene in ''Way of Kings'' has her counting to ten heartbeats, and thus in process of [[SoulCuttingBlade summoning a shardblade.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of for a woman to have one, much less someone with the image she tries to present in public. It's later shown that the ten heartbeats aren't necessary to summon the blade, as she's bonded with a spren.

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** One scene Early on in ''Way of Kings'' Kings'', Shallan has a flashback to her holding "a long silvery sword in her hand, sharp enough to cut stones as if they were water," and a later scene has her counting to ten heartbeats, and thus in process of [[SoulCuttingBlade summoning a shardblade.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of for a woman to have one, much less someone with the image she tries to present in public. It's later shown that the ten heartbeats aren't necessary to summon the blade, as she's bonded with a spren.


* PersonalityPowers: As a Lightweaver, she has the ability to cast illusions and to Soulcast, transforming one thing into another. A large part of her arc is lying about things (such as her wish to become Jasnah's ward or describing the deserter band as heroes) and then making them true.

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* PersonalityPowers: As a Lightweaver, she has the ability to cast illusions and to Soulcast, transforming one thing into another. A large part of her arc is lying about things (such as her wish to become Jasnah's ward or describing the deserter band as heroes) and then making them true. Shallan later admits that much of her own persona is actually a fabrication created in an attempt to survive her childhood traumas.


** One scene in ''Way of Kings'' has her counting to ten heartbeats, which "means what you think it means". A [[SoulCuttingBlade shardblade takes ten of the owner's heartbeats to summon. The scene means she has one, each of which are considered priceless and rare.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of for a woman to have one, much less someone with the image she tries to present in public.

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** One scene in ''Way of Kings'' has her counting to ten heartbeats, which "means what you think it means". A and thus in process of [[SoulCuttingBlade shardblade takes ten of the owner's heartbeats to summon. The scene means she has one, each of which are considered priceless and rare.summoning a shardblade.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of for a woman to have one, much less someone with the image she tries to present in public. It's later shown that the ten heartbeats aren't necessary to summon the blade, as she's bonded with a spren.


* FatalFlaw: His tendency to lash out at anyone he perceives to have wronged him (Up to and including any lighteyes that isn't Dalinar) in the first two books causes him a ''lot'' of trouble. It's part of the reason he ends up as a bridgeman, it [[spoiler: nearly gets both Syl and Elhokar]] killed, and it also places a heavy burden on his relationships with both Shallan and Adolin.

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* FatalFlaw: His tendency to lash out at anyone he perceives to have wronged him (Up (up to and including any lighteyes that isn't Dalinar) in the first two books causes him a ''lot'' of trouble. It's part of the reason he ends up as a bridgeman, it [[spoiler: nearly gets both Syl and Elhokar]] killed, and it also places a heavy burden on his relationships with both Shallan and Adolin.



* TheCassandra: Dalinar is right about most of the problems of Roshar from the conventional - how the obsession with war is harming their nation, and how the lack of discipline is causing them to act less like a state and more like a unruly mob, and the need for unity - to the more supernatural, such as the return of the Radiants, the approach of the Everstorm, and Roshar's very fate hanging in the balance. Unfortunately, he's dogged by rumors of degrading mental health, speculation that he's gone soft, and his InUniverse reputation as a RetiredMonster.

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* TheCassandra: Dalinar is right about most of the problems of Roshar Roshar, from the conventional - how the obsession with war is harming their nation, and how the lack of discipline is causing them to act less like a state and more like a unruly mob, and the need for unity - to the more supernatural, such as the return of the Radiants, the approach of the Everstorm, and Roshar's very fate hanging in the balance. Unfortunately, he's dogged by rumors of degrading mental health, speculation that he's gone soft, and his InUniverse reputation as a RetiredMonster.



* {{Curse}}: Bears one as the traditional price for receiving a blessing from the Nightwatcher. ''Oathbringer'' reveals [[spoiler:the Nightwatcher neither blessed nor cursed him. Instead Cultivation herself "pruned" Dalinar's memories and soul; an effect that mimiced the Nightwatcher's usual pattern]].

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* {{Curse}}: Bears one as the traditional price for receiving a blessing from the Nightwatcher. ''Oathbringer'' reveals [[spoiler:the Nightwatcher neither blessed nor cursed him. Instead Cultivation herself "pruned" Dalinar's memories and soul; soul, an effect that mimiced mimicked the Nightwatcher's usual pattern]].

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