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However, there was an approximately seven year gap in the series prior to the announcement of the publication of the short story collection ''The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm'', which is stated to feature three original stories set within Alagaesia, interspersed with an unfolding adventure featuring Eragon set a year following the ending of ''Inheritance''. The title will include a tale written by Christopher Paolini's sister, Angela, featuring the Angela the herbalist character she serves as the namesake for.

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However, there was an approximately seven year gap in the series prior to the announcement of the publication of the short story collection ''The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm'', which is was stated to feature three original stories set within Alagaesia, interspersed with an unfolding adventure featuring Eragon set a year following the ending of ''Inheritance''. The title will include includes a tale written by Christopher Paolini's sister, Angela, featuring the Angela the herbalist character she serves as the namesake for.
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* ForkFencing: Murtagh does this in the story "The Fork" in ''The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm'': he finds himself in a fight without a weapon, enchants a fork with a spell to prevent it from breaking and uses it to defeat sword-wielding mercenaries, and then presents it to a young girl so that she can keep it to defend herself when needed. (She names it "Mister Stabby.")


* Skulduggery himself in the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, with Stephanie/Valkyrie as the protagonist. The tritagonist is switched between the books.


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* ExactWords: Early on in ''Eldest'', the Varden Elders want Eragon to swear fealty to the Varden as part of their plot to turn Nasuada into their [[PuppetKing Puppet Queen]]. However, as Eragon only promised them that he would "swear fealty", he is able to swear fealty to Nasuada specifically, leaving the Elders shaking with impotent rage.


* AppliedPhlebotinum: in the form of FunctionalMagic.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: in the form of FunctionalMagic.


The ''Inheritance Cycle'', [[TrilogyCreep formerly known as]] the ''Inheritance Trilogy'' is a series of HighFantasy novels written by Creator/ChristopherPaolini. The first book was originally self-published by Paolini and his parents, but has since migrated to Alfred A Knopf on the recommendation of Carl Hiaasen. It contains the following books:

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The ''Inheritance Cycle'', [[TrilogyCreep formerly known as]] the ''Inheritance Trilogy'' Trilogy'', is a series of HighFantasy novels written by Creator/ChristopherPaolini. The first book was originally self-published by Paolini and his parents, but has since migrated to Alfred A Knopf on the recommendation of Carl Hiaasen. It contains the following books:



* {{Fictionary}}: Three fictional languages.

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* {{Fictionary}}: Three Creator/ChristopherPaolini invented three languages for the series: the Ancient Language (spoken by elves and magic users, based on Old Norse), [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarvish]] (mostly made up by Paolini), and the Urgal language (as of ''Brisingr'', still limited to mainly a few words). There also exists another language spoken by the nomads, but it hasn't been given any detail yet, except for clarification that adding "-no" to the end of a person's name is an honorific. The Ancient Language is similar to English but not entirely the same, so partly crossing over into conlang (although full rules of grammar have yet to be provided), while the dwarven language is far less similar to any pre-existing ones. A common criticism is that the Ancient Language and the Dwarven Language are simply encoded English with a few archaic word orders thrown in to spice it up. This is improved upon slightly in later books. He also [[CriticalResearchFailure drops a huge clanger]] when Oromis talks about Eragon's screw-up with Elva, where he applies idiosyncratic rules of English, wrongly, to his fictional languages.language. (Just for the record, "May you be shielded," is not in the past tense).


* ImmortalProcreationClause: Dwarves, who live much longer than humans, are repeatedly stated to reproduce at a slower rate. This is even more extreme with the immortal-unless-killed [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], who are even less prolific than the dwarves. At the beginning of the cycle, it's been over a decade since the last elf children(twins) were born, which is partially due to the fact that with such a long lifespan, Elves view children – a lifetime commitment – as the ultimate act of love and bonding. They don't exactly find that bond with everyone they marry.

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* ImmortalProcreationClause: Dwarves, who live much longer than humans, are repeatedly stated to reproduce at a slower rate. This is even more extreme with the immortal-unless-killed [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], who are even less prolific than the dwarves. At the beginning of the cycle, it's been over a decade since the last elf children(twins) children (twins) were born, which is partially due to the fact that with such a long lifespan, Elves view children – a lifetime commitment – as the ultimate act of love and bonding. They don't exactly find that bond with everyone they marry.every mate.



* OnlyOneName: Roran is "Roran Garrowsson" and Eragon is "Eragon Bromsson". This seems to qualify for all the villagers in their town (real cultures like the Norse used the same, and is still seen).



* OurOrcsAreDifferent: They're called Urgals. They also turn out to have been under MindControl of the Shade Durza. Once released, they're so pissed off with Galbatorix that they swiftly move to join the Varden, a move that is reluctantly accdepted. They prove powerful and erstwhile allies. In the end, Eragon is so impressed with them, and also concerned politically about their future, that he grants them the power to become dragon riders.

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* OurOrcsAreDifferent: They're called Urgals. They also turn out to have been under MindControl of the Shade Durza. Once released, they're so pissed off with Galbatorix that they swiftly move to join the Varden, a move that is reluctantly accdepted.accepted. They prove powerful and erstwhile allies. In the end, Eragon is so impressed with them, and also concerned politically about their future, that he grants them the power to become dragon riders.



* PsychicPowers: Anyone who can use magic also gains the ability to touch other minds via a MindProbe. It is also mentioned that non magic users can have this ability too(then called "Mindbreakers"), although so far the only mentioned case of this is with dragons (who technically are magic users, but not at will).

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* PsychicPowers: Anyone who can use magic also gains the ability to touch other minds via a MindProbe. It is also mentioned that non magic users can have this ability too(then too (then called "Mindbreakers"), although so far the only mentioned case of this is with dragons (who technically are magic users, but not at will).


* AuthorAvatar: According to some, Eragon is Creator/{{Christopher Paolini}} and Angela is, well, his sister Angela. Paolini himself admits that Angela is based on his sister, and that Eragon "started out" as an autobiographical character before eventually developing into his own character.



* AuthorAvatar: According to some, Eragon is Creator/{{Christopher Paolini}} and Angela is, well, his sister Angela. Paolini himself admits that Angela is based on his sister, and that Eragon "started out" as an autobiographical character before eventually developing into his own character.



* TheGodsMustBeLazy: This is the base argument for the Elves' atheism.
--> '''Oromis''': Ask yourself this Eragon: If gods exist, have they been good custodians of Alagaesia? Death, sickness, poverty, tyranny and countless other miseries stalk the land. If this is the handiwork of divine beings, then they are to be rebelled against and overthrown, not given obeisance, obedience, and reverence.



* HandicappedBadass: The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep High Priest]] ([[AmbiguousGender or is it Priestess?]]) of Helgrind is missing both legs, both arms, the lower half of their torso, and part of their tongue. This in no way diminishes the fact that they are one of the most dangerous foes that Eragon faces. And not only because of the army of fanatics they command. The Priest turns out to be capable of [[spoiler:immobilizing him, Arya, and Solembum at the same time with their mind, something even Durza and Varaug weren't able to accomplish.[[note]]Varaug was able to do something similar to Eragon, Saphira, and Arya, but they were able to fight back against him; against the High Priest, Eragon is barely even able to shield himself.[[/note]] Even Murtagh and Galbatorix needed to use magic to accomplish the same task, whereas the High Priest was able to do it with pure willpower. If Angela hadn't managed to NoSell the Priest's mental attack, a good part of the main cast would have all been killed by someone with barely enough remaining appendages to talk.]]

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* HandicappedBadass: The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep High Priest]] ([[AmbiguousGender or is it Priestess?]]) of Helgrind is missing both legs, both arms, the lower half of their torso, and part of their tongue. This in no way diminishes the fact that they are one of the most dangerous foes that Eragon faces. And not only because of the army of fanatics they command. The Priest turns out to be capable of [[spoiler:immobilizing him, Arya, and Solembum at the same time with their mind, something even Durza and Varaug weren't able to accomplish.[[note]]Varaug ]][[note]]Varaug was able to do something similar to Eragon, Saphira, and Arya, but they were able to fight back against him; against the High Priest, Eragon is barely even able to shield himself.[[/note]] Even [[spoiler:Even Murtagh and Galbatorix needed to use magic to accomplish the same task, whereas the High Priest was able to do it with pure willpower. If Angela hadn't managed to NoSell the Priest's mental attack, a good part of the main cast would have all been killed by someone with barely enough remaining appendages to talk.]]



* HeroInsurance: Eragon, being the poster boy for the Varden, has a license to kill, maim, and destroy as much as he pleases. Possible {{Subversion}} in ''Brisingr'' when Eragon finds a man that he had previously stolen from and pays him far over the original price with gold, while he says he really didn't mind, considering how Eragon used them and that [[spoiler:he destroyed the rest before leaving Carvahall anyway]]. Definite {{Subversion}} when Eragon refuses to kill [[spoiler:Sloan]], citing that it isn't his right, and Orrin and Nasuada both agree that the power to kill isn't something they want him to have. He may have a license for it in the sense that he's the hero and can't be put to death or exiled, but his higher-ups will definitely have a punishment in mind if he goes too far.

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* HeroInsurance: Eragon, being the poster boy for the Varden, has a license to kill, maim, and destroy as much as he pleases. Possible {{Subversion}} {{subversion}} in ''Brisingr'' when Eragon finds a man that he had previously stolen from and pays him far over the original price with gold, while he says he really didn't mind, considering how Eragon used them and that [[spoiler:he destroyed the rest before leaving Carvahall anyway]]. Definite {{Subversion}} {{subversion}} when Eragon refuses to kill [[spoiler:Sloan]], citing that it isn't his right, and Orrin and Nasuada both agree that the power to kill isn't something they want him to have. He may have a license for it in the sense that he's the hero and can't be put to death or exiled, but his higher-ups will definitely have a punishment in mind if he goes too far.


The novels tell the tale of Eragon, a farmboy who discovers a [[EggMacGuffin dragon egg]] in the mountains and is amazed when it hatches for him. He raises the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], Saphira, and becomes bonded with her as a DragonRider. Unfortunately, the [[BigBad evil Galbatorix]], the ruler of TheEmpire who betrayed and destroyed the Dragon Riders long ago, finds out, and sends his impenetrably cowled Ra'zac servants to capture Eragon and Saphira. They escape, but the Ra'zac [[DoomedHometown burn down Eragon's home]] and [[KickTheDog kill his uncle]]. Our heroes set out for {{revenge}}, joined by the village's old storyteller, [[CoolOldGuy Brom]], who, as it turns out, is a former Dragon Rider himself. On their quest, Eragon and Saphira meet up with a badass AntiHero with a MysteriousPast, rescue an [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses elf princess]], join [[LaResistance the Varden]], learn the truth about Eragon's past and his [[DisappearedDad missing father]], and face down foes far more powerful than themselves—eventually culminating in a final battle against Galbatorix himself.

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The novels tell the tale of Eragon, a farmboy who discovers a [[EggMacGuffin dragon egg]] in the mountains and is amazed when it hatches for him. He raises the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], Saphira, and becomes bonded with her as a DragonRider. Unfortunately, the [[BigBad evil Galbatorix]], the ruler of TheEmpire who betrayed and destroyed the Dragon Riders long ago, finds out, and sends his impenetrably cowled Ra'zac servants to capture Eragon and Saphira. Saphira.

They escape, but the Ra'zac [[DoomedHometown burn down Eragon's home]] and [[KickTheDog kill his uncle]]. Our heroes set out for {{revenge}}, joined by the village's old storyteller, [[CoolOldGuy Brom]], who, as it turns out, is a former Dragon Rider himself. On their quest, Eragon and Saphira meet up with a badass AntiHero with a MysteriousPast, rescue an [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses elf princess]], join [[LaResistance the Varden]], learn the truth about Eragon's past and his [[DisappearedDad missing father]], and face down foes far more powerful than themselves—eventually culminating in a final battle against Galbatorix himself.



The final title in the series, ''Inheritance'', answered a number of key mysteries regarding the series, such as what was contained in the Vault of Souls and the fates of major characters like Galbatorix and Eragon, but left open certain nagging mysteries such as the source of the witch Angela's powers. Following its publication, author Christopher Paolini floated a number of possibilities regarding what he might work on in the future, including a hypothetical fifth title, spin-off titles focusing on characters other than Eragon, or separate works in other genres. However, there was an approximately seven year gap in the series prior to the announcement of the publication of the short story collection ''The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm'', which is stated to feature three original stories set within Alagaesia, interspersed with an unfolding adventure featuring Eragon set a year following the ending of ''Inheritance''. The title will include a tale written by Christopher Paolini's sister, Angela, featuring the Angela the herbalist character she serves as the namesake for.

All titles in the series have been published in multiple languages, including German, Spanish and Swedish, among others.

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The final title in the series, ''Inheritance'', answered a number of key mysteries regarding the series, such as what was contained in the Vault of Souls and the fates of major characters like Galbatorix and Eragon, but left open certain nagging mysteries such as the source of the witch Angela's powers. Following its publication, author Christopher Paolini floated a number of possibilities regarding what he might work on in the future, including a hypothetical fifth title, spin-off titles focusing on characters other than Eragon, or separate works in other genres. genres.

However, there was an approximately seven year gap in the series prior to the announcement of the publication of the short story collection ''The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm'', which is stated to feature three original stories set within Alagaesia, interspersed with an unfolding adventure featuring Eragon set a year following the ending of ''Inheritance''. The title will include a tale written by Christopher Paolini's sister, Angela, featuring the Angela the herbalist character she serves as the namesake for.

All titles in the series have been published in multiple languages, including German, Spanish and Swedish, among others.
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: [[LaResistance The Varden]] and Elves are good, TheEmpire is evil. Eragon tries to give this a significant amount of thought, as a number of characters point out that he's fighting because other people told him to, however right they may be. After a significant amount of angst, Eragon comes to the bizarre and defeatist conclusion that [[spoiler: he has to cross the ocean to train the next generation of riders. He left behind civilization, everything he fought for, the chance to shape the creation of the next major golden age, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the chance to get into Arya's (the only woman for whom he could hold genuine affection)]] [[AuthorTract tight leather]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pants]].]]


* HollywoodAtheist: Arya goes out of her way to pick a fight with the dwarven priest regarding religion. However, none of the other elves display this. Orimis simply explains they disbelieve in any afterlife, gods or miracles as a result of lacking evidence, but would change their minds if presented with some that was convincing.

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* HollywoodAtheist: {{Zigzagged}}. Arya goes out of her way to pick a fight with the dwarven priest regarding religion. However, none of the other elves display this. Orimis simply explains that they disbelieve in any afterlife, gods or miracles as a result of lacking evidence, but would change their minds if presented with some that was convincing.


* DeusExMachina: Frequently, especially the Blood Oath Ceremony, which magically [[spoiler: transforms Eragon in a super-attractive half-elf and heals his crippling back scar]]. Also Saphira, who says she can [[spoiler:change reality in some unspecified way, although not at will. This is an ability all dragons have, which is the technical excuse for Eragon's change above.]]

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* DeusExMachina: Frequently, especially the Blood Oath Ceremony, which magically [[spoiler: transforms Eragon in into a super-attractive half-elf and heals his crippling back scar]]. Also Saphira, who says she can [[spoiler:change reality in some unspecified way, although not at will. This is an ability all dragons have, which is the technical excuse for Eragon's change above.]]]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: [[BadassNormal Roran]] [[{{Determinator}} Stronghammer]] in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' with [[{{Farmboy}} Eragon]] as the protagonist and [[AntiVillain Murtagh]] as the tritagonist, according to WordOfGod. Other possible interpretations include Eragon > Saphira > Roran, Eragon/Saphira > Roran > Murtagh, and Eragon > Roran > Nasuada.
* Skulduggery himself in the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, with Stephanie/Valkyrie as the protagonist. The tritagonist is switched between the books.


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* HollywoodAtheist: Arya goes out of her way to pick a fight with the dwarven priest regarding religion. However, none of the other elves display this. Orimis simply explains they disbelieve in any afterlife, gods or miracles as a result of lacking evidence, but would change their minds if presented with some that was convincing.


* HandicappedBadass: The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep High Priest]] ([[AmbiguousGender or is it Priestess?]]) of Helgrind is missing both legs, both arms, the lower half of their torso, and part of their tongue. This in no way diminishes the fact that they are one of the most dangerous foes that Eragon faces. And not only because of the army of fanatics they command. The Priest turns out to be capable of [[spoiler:immobilizing him, Arya, and Solembum at the same time with their mind, something even Durza and Varaug weren't able to accomplish.[[note]]Varaug was able to do something similar, to Eragon, Saphira, and Arya, but they were able to fight back against him; against the High Priest, Eragon is barely even able to shield himself.[[/note]] Even Murtagh and Galbatorix needed to use magic to accomplish the same task, whereas the High Priest was able to do it with pure willpower. If Angela hadn't managed to NoSell the Priest's mental attack, a good part of the main cast would have all been killed by someone with barely enough remaining appendages to talk.]]

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* HandicappedBadass: The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep High Priest]] ([[AmbiguousGender or is it Priestess?]]) of Helgrind is missing both legs, both arms, the lower half of their torso, and part of their tongue. This in no way diminishes the fact that they are one of the most dangerous foes that Eragon faces. And not only because of the army of fanatics they command. The Priest turns out to be capable of [[spoiler:immobilizing him, Arya, and Solembum at the same time with their mind, something even Durza and Varaug weren't able to accomplish.[[note]]Varaug was able to do something similar, similar to Eragon, Saphira, and Arya, but they were able to fight back against him; against the High Priest, Eragon is barely even able to shield himself.[[/note]] Even Murtagh and Galbatorix needed to use magic to accomplish the same task, whereas the High Priest was able to do it with pure willpower. If Angela hadn't managed to NoSell the Priest's mental attack, a good part of the main cast would have all been killed by someone with barely enough remaining appendages to talk.]]


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* HeroicBastard: Eragon is one, the son of Selena and [[spoiler: Brom]]. One could argue that this applies to all Elves, as they don't marry. However, as a result they don't even really have the concept of "legitimacy" and view it as a pretty silly human notion. Eragon angsts a bit over this after he first hears it, but he's told that his parents actually considered themselves married, assuaging this a bit.


* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Galbatorix had 13 Forsworn, Riders that turned traitor and joined his ranks. Their leader was Morzan, Murtaugh's father.



* AcheyScars: The gigantic scar that Eragon got [[spoiler: during his battle with Durza]] causes him immense pain until [[spoiler: it is healed in the second book.]]

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* AcheyScars: The gigantic scar that Eragon got [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during his battle with Durza]] causes him immense pain until [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it is healed in the second book.]]



* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler: Murtagh]] is the older, [[StrongerSibling stronger]], [[GoodIsDumb smarter]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse more popular]] ([[DracoInLeatherPants among fangirls]]), [[AntiHero more realistic]], [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism more cynical]], more experienced [[spoiler:half-]]brother of [[spoiler: Eragon.]]
* AltarTheSpeed: [[spoiler: Roran and Katrina]] in Brisingr.

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* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler: Murtagh]] [[spoiler:Murtagh]] is the older, [[StrongerSibling stronger]], [[GoodIsDumb smarter]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse more popular]] ([[DracoInLeatherPants among fangirls]]), [[AntiHero more realistic]], [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism more cynical]], more experienced [[spoiler:half-]]brother of [[spoiler: Eragon.]]
* AltarTheSpeed: [[spoiler: Roran [[spoiler:Roran and Katrina]] in Brisingr.



* AntiHero: Murtagh all the way. Elva also seems to be leaning in this direction after [[spoiler: her curse was broken and she was able to use her empathetic powers without direct cost to herself.]]

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* AntiHero: Murtagh all the way. Elva also seems to be leaning in this direction after [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her curse was broken and she was able to use her empathetic powers without direct cost to herself.]]



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Galbatorix, [[spoiler: Murtagh]].

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Galbatorix, [[spoiler: Murtagh]].[[spoiler:Murtagh]].



* RentAZilla: [[TheBrute Shruikan]] is absolutely ENORMOUS. The narration shows that Eragon has a [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm bit of trouble understanding]] that the gigantic black thing behind Galbatorix's throne is one creature.

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* RentAZilla: [[TheBrute [[GiantFlyer Shruikan]] is absolutely ENORMOUS. The narration shows that Eragon has a [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm bit of trouble understanding]] that the gigantic black thing behind Galbatorix's throne is one creature.


* WeCanRuleTogether: In ''Brisingr'', Eragon receives this offer from his father [[spoilerMorzan...but A.) It was only a nightmare (Morzan had long been dead.) and B.) Morzan wasn't really his father; he just thought that he was, until he later learned otherwise.]] Later, Galbatorix offers this for Nasuada when she's his prisoner. Unsurprisingly, she refuses.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: In ''Brisingr'', Eragon receives this offer from his father [[spoilerMorzan...[[spoiler: Morzan...but A.) It was only a nightmare (Morzan had long been dead.) and B.) Morzan wasn't really his father; he just thought that he was, until he later learned otherwise.]] Later, Galbatorix offers this for Nasuada when she's his prisoner. Unsurprisingly, she refuses.


* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In the first book, [[spoiler:subverted by Arya and Saphira at the critical moment, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome]]. Eragon is told that this is likely to happen with Galbatorix, since he's the only member of the Varden powerful enough to stand a chance.

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* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In the first book, [[spoiler:subverted by Arya and Saphira at the critical moment, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome]].moment]]. Eragon is told that this is likely to happen with Galbatorix, since he's the only member of the Varden powerful enough to stand a chance.



* ManipulativeBastard: Elva, being an [[TheEmpath empathic]] [[AntiHero antiheroine]], uses her power to discern a person's weaknesses and vulnerabilities, then say exactly the thing that she knows will give them the most comfort or the most pain. At one point, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she does this to Eragon, and is able to bring him to his knees just with some well-chosen words]].

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* ManipulativeBastard: Elva, being an [[TheEmpath empathic]] [[AntiHero antiheroine]], uses her power to discern a person's weaknesses and vulnerabilities, then say exactly the thing that she knows will give them the most comfort or the most pain. At one point, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she does this to Eragon, and is able to bring him to his knees just with some well-chosen words]].words.



* WhatTheHellHero: Four examples: Firstly, [[spoiler: Murtagh heavily criticizes Eragon's (and the Varden's) moral stance and allegiance at the end of ''Eldest'', going so far as to say that Galbatorix isn't bad enough to earn what Eragon's doing to the Empire]]. Secondly, Sloan gives Eragon a massive tongue lashing in ''Brisingr'' when he encounters him, complete with lots of [[UnusualEuphemism fantasy swear words]]. Thirdly, after Eragon [[spoiler: attempts to heal Elva of her [[BlessedWithSuck curse]], he makes a mistake and only succeeds in making it painless, leaving Elva still empowered but no longer shackled down with a desire to help others, turning her into an AntiHero. Shortly after, he decides that she isn't mature enough to handle such power and tries to take it from her, whereupon she puts him down and tells him he's behaving as Galbatorix would.]] And fourthly, a [[spoiler: soldier in Feinster]] complains about Eragon "taking glory for himself" by disrupting the peace and slaughtering even those who have been forced to serve the Empire. YMMV, but some people consider such moments a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Four examples: Firstly, [[spoiler: Murtagh heavily criticizes Eragon's (and the Varden's) moral stance and allegiance at the end of ''Eldest'', going so far as to say that Galbatorix isn't bad enough to earn what Eragon's doing to the Empire]]. Secondly, Sloan gives Eragon a massive tongue lashing in ''Brisingr'' when he encounters him, complete with lots of [[UnusualEuphemism fantasy swear words]]. Thirdly, after Eragon [[spoiler: attempts to heal Elva of her [[BlessedWithSuck curse]], he makes a mistake and only succeeds in making it painless, leaving Elva still empowered but no longer shackled down with a desire to help others, turning her into an AntiHero. Shortly after, he decides that she isn't mature enough to handle such power and tries to take it from her, whereupon she puts him down and tells him he's behaving as Galbatorix would.]] And fourthly, a [[spoiler: soldier in Feinster]] complains about Eragon "taking glory for himself" by disrupting the peace and slaughtering even those who have been forced to serve the Empire. YMMV, but some people consider such moments a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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